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Edward Hopper Morning sun 1952

 

The Death of Israel (Chris Hedges)
Pentagon Mulls Strikes Against Houthis Amid Red Sea Chaos (Sp.)
‘Lower-Intensity Phase’ Of Gaza War Must Begin Within Weeks – US (Cradle)
Russia Wants To Improve Ties With NATO, Not Fight – Putin (RT)
Russia Is No Threat To NATO – Hungary FM (RT)
I Was Naive About The West – Putin (RT)
German Customs Threatens To Seize Russian Christmas Gifts (RT)
Fico Exposes Dark Reality of Western Plan for Kiev (Sp.)
EU Policies Threaten ‘Destruction’ – Fico (RT)
US Entering 2024 With Tiniest Military Since 1941 (Sp.)
Last of the Caucasians (Jeffries)
‘No One Off the Table’ for Deportation If Trump Re-Elected – Ex-ICE Chief (Sp.)
The Time to Replace Kamala Harris Is Now (Saperstein)
Eric Swalwell and The Politics of Contempt (Turley)
Musk’s Starlink Breaks Through Bureaucracy and Corruption in Africa (ET)

 

 

 

 

Priest

 

 


Free Palestine.

 

 


In Belgium, the green traffic lights become #Free_Gaza while the red lights say #Stop_Israel

 

 


Israel killed 92 journalists so far

 

 

Dore/Tucker

 

 

Larry Johnson

 

 

Nap Scott Ritter Resolution 377

 

 

 

 

Libya

 

 

Vivek AI

 

 

Klausi

 

 

 

 

“The vaunted fight against anti-Semitism is a thinly disguised celebration of White Power..”

The Death of Israel (Chris Hedges)

Israel will appear triumphant after it finishes its genocidal campaign in Gaza and the West Bank. Backed by the United States, it will achieve its demented goal. Its murderous rampages and genocidal violence will exterminate or ethnically cleanse Palestinians. Its dream of a state exclusively for Jews, with any Palestinians who remain stripped of basic rights, will be realized. It will revel in its blood-soaked victory. It will celebrate its war criminals. Its genocide will be erased from public consciousness and tossed into Israel’s huge black hole of historical amnesia. Those with a conscience in Israel will be silenced and persecuted. But by the time Israel achieves its decimation of Gaza — Israel is talking about months of warfare — it will have signed its own death sentence.

Its facade of civility, its supposed vaunted respect for the rule of law and democracy, its mythical story of the courageous Israeli military and miraculous birth of the Jewish nation, will lie in ash heaps. Israel’s social capital will be spent. It will be revealed as an ugly, repressive, hate-filled apartheid regime, alienating younger generations of American Jews. Its patron, the United States, as new generations come into power, will distance itself from Israel the way it is distancing itself from Ukraine. Its popular support, already eroded in the U.S., will come from America’s Christianized fascists who see Israel’s domination of ancient Biblical land as a harbinger of the Second Coming and in its subjugation of Arabs a kindred racism and white supremacy.

Palestinian blood and suffering — 10 times the number of children have been killed in Gaza as in two years of war in Ukraine — will pave the road to Israel’s oblivion. The tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of ghosts will have their revenge. Israel will become synonymous with its victims the way Turks are synonymous with the Armenians, Germans are with the Namibians and later the Jews, and Serbs are with the Bosniaks. Israel’s cultural, artistic, journalistic and intellectual life will be exterminated. Israel will be a stagnant nation where the religious fanatics, bigots and Jewish extremists who have seized power will dominate public discourse. It will find its allies among other despotic regimes. Israel’s repugnant racial and religious supremacy will be its defining attribute, which is why the most retrograde white supremists in the U.S. and Europe, including philo-semites such as John Hagee, Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene, fervently back Israel. The vaunted fight against anti-Semitism is a thinly disguised celebration of White Power.

Despotisms can exist long after their past due date. But they are terminal. You don’t have to be a Biblical scholar to see that Israel’s lust for rivers of blood is antithetical to the core values of Judaism. The cynical weaponization of the Holocaust, including branding Palestinians as Nazis, has little efficacy when you carry out a live streamed genocide against 2.3 million people trapped in a concentration camp. Nations need more than force to survive. They need a mystique. This mystique provides purpose, civility and even nobility to inspire citizens to sacrifice for the nation. The mystique offers hope for the future. It provides meaning. It provides national identity. When mystiques implode, when they are exposed as lies, a central foundation of state power collapses.

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Houthis means Iran. Really, US?

Pentagon Mulls Strikes Against Houthis Amid Red Sea Chaos (Sp.)

At least four major global shipping companies have suspended operations through the Red Sea in the past 72 hours, citing the threat of attacks by Yemen’s Houthi militiamen. The Houthis began their campaign of ship hijackings, missile and drone attacks in response to Israel’s military operation in Gaza, and Western powers’ support for Tel Aviv. The United States military is considering strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen. That’s according to a report by a US news outlet citing Biden administration officials. The anonymous officials indicated that they have been growing “increasingly concerned” by the Houthis purported efforts to “undermine global trade,” “both to undercut trade to Israel and raise the costs to the US and its allies” for supporting the IDF’s Gaza rampage. Officials further said that Washington is holding back, for now, out of “fears of potentially fueling a broader war against Iran and its proxies,” citing (unsubstantiated) claims that the Yemeni militia group is one such proxy.

A Pentagon spokesman stated publicly this week that the DoD “will not hesitate to take action” where “necessary and appropriate, including to protect against actions in the maritime domain that could threaten our troops,” but this has yet to include attacks on Houthi forces. US and British warships operating in the Red Sea targeted over a dozen suspected Houthi drones over the body of water on Saturday alone. Four major shipping companies, including Danish giant Maersk, Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd, Swiss-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MCS) and France’s CMA CGM halted operations through the Red Sea Friday and Saturday, citing the Houthi threat. With their proximity to the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait (lit. ‘Gate of Tears’) linking the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea, the Houthis have the ability to restrict access to a key global strategic bottleneck accounting for up to 10 percent of the world’s oil trade, and up to 20 percent of global shipping.

The Strait, which along with Egypt’s Suez Canal serves as a key gateway for maritime trade between Europe and Asia, threatens to turn into a genuine Gate of Tears for companies, businessmen and consumers worldwide amid the Houthis’ missile, drone and hijacking campaign. Oman stepped in to mediate talks between the Yemeni militia group and “international parties” over the weekend to try to put a halt to its Red Sea attacks.Houthi representative Mohammed Abdul-Salam confirmed that the Oman-mediated talks were taking place, but reiterated that the militia’s position was that “we cannot stand idly by in the face of attacks on the Gaza Strip, the crippling siege, and the complete ban on the entry of foodstuffs, medicine and even drinking water into the territory.” The Houthis’ stance on the Palestinian issue was “non-negotiable,” the spokesman said.

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Yeah, just carry on.

‘Lower-Intensity Phase’ Of Gaza War Must Begin Within Weeks – US (Cradle)

During a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu and members of the Israeli war cabinet on 14 December, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan renewed Washington’s call that the “lower-intensity phase” of Israel’s assault on Gaza must begin within weeks. Israel has to “transition to the next lower intensity phase in a matter of weeks, not months,” Sullivan said, according to two US and Israeli officials who spoke with Axios. “[This is not] a deadline, and we understand the campaign must and will continue, but in a lower intensity manner,” the US official said. “Sullivan pressed Netanyahu and the members of the war cabinet on the timetable and details on planning for when the low-intensity phase of the war is going to start and what it will look like,” the White House official added.

An Israeli official said there was “no pressure” from Sullivan but instead “concern” over civilian casualties and the displacement of Palestinians. During the meeting, Sullivan also told Netanyahu and the war cabinet that the US “wants to move toward talking more seriously about what happens after the war, stressing that it will make it easier for the US to maintain support for the military operation.” The US recently said Israel has been more open to discussions about what post-war Gaza will look like. However, Netanyahu remains staunchly opposed to a US-proposed plan that would see the Palestinian Authority (PA) assume control over the enclave after the war.

During his visit to Israel, Sullivan also met with the Mossad chief, David Barnea. According to a report by Hebrew outlet Channel 12, the two discussed possibilities for a new prisoner-exchange deal between Hamas and Israel. “The American administration is currently discussing several initiatives with the two parties, Hamas and Israel, to renew the agreement to release hostages and prisoners between them,” Channel 12 said. The talks come just days after Saudi media reported that a European capital is hosting secret negotiations between Israeli and Qatari delegations for a new prisoner exchange deal.

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“We had the most open-hearted, cordial relations… We had no problems, but now are going to, because we are going to create the Leningrad military district and deploy certain military units there. Why did they need that?”

Russia Wants To Improve Ties With NATO, Not Fight – Putin (RT)

Russia does not have the slightest reason to attack NATO, President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that the US-led military bloc is well aware that Moscow has no plans to do so. In an interview with Russian journalist Pavel Zarubin aired on Sunday, Putin was asked to comment on remarks by US President Joe Biden, who said earlier this month that Moscow might attack the alliance if it prevails in the Ukraine conflict. The Russian leader dismissed his American counterpart’s speculation as “nonsense.” “I think that President Biden understands that this is just a figure of speech to justify his misguided Russian policy,” he said, explaining that he does not believe Moscow’s “strategic defeat” would be in the interests of the US. Putin went on to say that the president of the United States – which he called the “master” of NATO – surely knows that “Russia has no interest… geopolitically, economically or militarily… in waging war against NATO.”

Moscow, he added, has no claims on the territory of the bloc’s member states and only seeks to improve ties with them. However, the West’s political course is making this increasingly difficult, Putin noted, citing the example of Finland, which applied to join NATO after the start of the Ukraine conflict and became a full-fledged member in April. Russia has no disputes with its Nordic neighbor, Putin said, noting that the last territorial claims were settled after the end of WWII. “We had the most open-hearted, cordial relations… We had no problems, but now are going to, because we are going to create the Leningrad military district and deploy certain military units there. Why did they need that?” The president added that Russia has no quarrel with other NATO states either. “It is they who are artificially creating problems with us because they don’t want Russia as a rival.”

Russian officials have repeatedly described relations between Moscow and Washington as being at an all-time low, blaming the situation on the US’ support for Ukraine, as well as the country’s stance on arms control. Earlier this month, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the two powers are balancing on the brink of a hot war, with the last similar stand-off dating back to the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s.

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“I don’t think that Russia would attack any NATO member state..”

Russia Is No Threat To NATO – Hungary FM (RT)

Russia poses no immediate threat to NATO, including to those members of the bloc located close to its borders, because any attack would trigger an overwhelming response, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has suggested. Speaking in an interview with French broadcaster LCI, part of which was uploaded on Szijjarto’s Facebook page on Sunday, the minister was asked to comment on the warning of EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who suggested that after the end of the Ukraine conflict, Russia would threaten NATO countries. “I don’t think that Russia would attack any NATO member state,” he replied, explaining that most EU members are also part of the alliance. According to Szijjarto, the US-led military bloc is “the strongest security and defense alliance in the world.”

He cited Article 5 of the bloc’s treaty, which stipulates that if any NATO nation comes under attack, it will be interpreted as an attack all members. “I don’t think that anyone, not only Russia, would risk any attack against any NATO member state,” he stressed. When pressed on why the Baltic states and Poland disagree, the minister explained that some countries have “different histories and different geographic locations.” “I don’t know what would be my position if I was in the geographic location of the Baltics [or Poland],” he said, noting that Hungary has always respected their position and never tried to challenge it. “This kind of respect should be given to every position of every member state. My problem is that this respect is very rarely given to the Hungarian position. This is unfair and weakens the European Union,” he added.

Szijjarto’s remarks come on the heels of comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has said that his country does not have any intention of attacking NATO. Putin told Russian journalist Pavel Zarubin in an interview aired on Sunday, that the US-led bloc itself is well aware that the Kremlin harbors no such plans. “Russia has no interest… geopolitically, economically or militarily… in waging war against NATO,” Putin stated, dismissing the recent claims by US President Joe Biden that Moscow might attack if it wins the Ukraine conflict as “nonsense.” “I think that President Biden understands that this is just a figure of speech to justify his misguided Russian policy,” the Russian President suggested.

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“After the collapse of the Soviet Union they thought they just had to wait a little longer, and then they would break Russia apart as well.”

I Was Naive About The West – Putin (RT)

The West was determined to break Russia apart after the collapse of the Soviet Union, believing that multiple states based on the country’s ruins would be too weak to resist outside influence, President Vladimir Putin has said. In an interview with Russian journalist Pavel Zarubin aired on Sunday, Putin admitted that he was a “naive” leader early in his political career even though he had a solid background in Soviet intelligence. The Russian president said that he had believed that the West understood that Russia had become a completely different country after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that there were no further ideological differences warranting a serious stand-off. According to Putin, even when he saw Western efforts to support terrorism and separatism in Russia two decades ago, he thought that it was the “inertia of thinking” that was to blame.

“They had just got used to fighting the Soviet Union,” he believed. In reality, however, the West was deliberately trying to undercut Russia, the president said. “After the collapse of the Soviet Union they thought they just had to wait a little longer, and then they would break Russia apart as well.” According to Putin, the West saw no need for the existence of the world’s largest country, with its large population. “It would be better, as suggested by… [former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew] Brzezinski, to divide it into five parts, and subjugate them one by one.” This alleged Western plan, he explained, hinged on the premise that several smaller states “would have no weight or voice of their own, and would have no chance to defend their national interests in the way that the united Russian state has.”

The Russian leader was apparently referring to a 1997 article penned by Brzezinski, an ardent supporter of Soviet containment who died in 2017, which suggested at the time that Moscow should abandon “a futile effort to regain its status as a global power.” The former White House adviser also opined that “a loosely confederated Russia, composed of a European Russia, a Siberian Republic, and a Far Eastern Republic” would have an easier time fostering economic relations with its neighbors. Putin has repeatedly said that the West was planning to split Russia into several states, warning that the Russian people could cease to exist if this happens, and naming its continued unity as the key condition for the country’s success.

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“..even such innocent items such as books, toys and perfume sent from Russia will likely not make it to their German recipients..”

German Customs Threatens To Seize Russian Christmas Gifts (RT)

Germany may confiscate gift parcels sent from Russia ahead of this year’s festive season, the country’s Federal Customs Service announced in statement on its website this week. According to the statement, gift parcels are regulated by the same sanctions legislation as any imports, as they may contain sanctioned goods such as paper, pulp, precious stones and metals, cigarettes, chemical and plastic products, cosmetics, etc. “There is no exception to the prohibitions covered by an Annex XXI to the Sanctions Regulation for gift consignments sent from a private individual in Russia to another private individual in the customs territory of the European Union,” the statement read, signaling that even such innocent items such as books, toys and perfume sent from Russia will likely not make it to their German recipients.

Gifts are not the first personal items belonging to Russians that have not been allowed in Germany. Previously, the country’s customs officials warned that any personal belongings of Russians falling under sanctions could be confiscated at the border, including smartphones, laptops, suitcases, portables, clothing and even toiletries. Cars have also been subject to the embargo: there have been several incidents this year when German customs officers seized cars bearing a Russian license plate, which travelers brought across the German border. Several other EU member states have also been confiscating Russians’ personal items at border crossings. Most began doing so after the European Commission issued a sanctions clarification in September that condoned such measures.

Last month, the European Parliament urged EU nations to stop the practice and called on the executive body to “review its interpretation of sanctions leading to the seizure and confiscation of items and vehicles for personal use only.” In a joint motion, lawmakers warned that “such over compliance discredits the goal and instrument of sanctions.” However, the recommendation was not legally binding and has not yet been taken up by the European Commission. Moscow has repeatedly slammed the practice of taking away the belongings of ordinary Russians as illegal, with Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova calling it outright “racist.”

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“When major EU members calculate the hundreds of billions of euros that Ukraine’s EU membership would cost, the decision made in Brussels will remain a political gesture for many years..”

Fico Exposes Dark Reality of Western Plan for Kiev (Sp.)

Ukraine and its citizens have simply become a bargaining chip in the geopolitical squabble, says Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. “In fact, most of the member states of the European Union are obsessed with Ukraine and hatred towards Russia, which leads to peculiar views that are undoubtedly propagated in the European media — that the war in Ukraine should continue to weaken Russia,” Fico said in his video address published on social media. The Slovak leader said that obsession was linked to unfounded scaremongering claims that Russia might attack a NATO member “In reality, Ukraine is only being used for geopolitical purposes to weaken Russia both economically and internationally,” Fico added. The Slovak prime minister also viewed Ukraine’s possible accession to the EU as nothing more than a political gesture to cover up inconvenient realities on the battlefield.

He emphasized that it will take years before Ukraine can realistically join the EU as the country is not ready both in terms of democratic functioning and the fight against corruption — putting the European Union in a hopeless situation. “When major EU members calculate the hundreds of billions of euros that Ukraine’s EU membership would cost, the decision made in Brussels will remain a political gesture for many years,” Fico added. He believes that Ukraine is simply a ‘golden goose’ for Western companies involved in the arms trade — regardless of the human cost. “I fear that, in the name of these geopolitical goals, the West will continue to fight with Russia until the last Ukrainian soldier, and we are not far from that,” Fico said. On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed as “complete nonsense” recent comments by US President Joe Biden about a possible Russian attack on NATO.

Putin stressed that Russia has no interest in waging war against NATO countries, saying there was no political, economic or military reasons to do so. Moscow has previously argued that Kiev intends to continue fighting “to the last Ukrainian” in the interests of Western powers. Russia earlier warned NATO countries against further arms shipments to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said any cargo containing weapons for Ukraine would be a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry has previously accused NATO countries of “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that arming Ukraine with Western weapons would not contribute to the success of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and would only have a negative impact. Lavrov charged that the US and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “not only through arms supplies, but also by training personnel… on the territory of the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and other countries.”

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“if our exclusion from the international party is to be a price for pursuing a genuine left-wing agenda in Slovakia and voicing sovereign opinions, we are prepared to pay such a price.”

EU Policies Threaten ‘Destruction’ – Fico (RT)

The EU’s backing of Ukraine, sanctions on Russia, and “fanatic” environmental policies are “destructive for Europe,” yet Brussels does not tolerate discussion of these issues, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Saturday. “If we can’t tell the truth at the Brussels table that, for example, anti-Russian sanctions didn’t work, that further destruction of Ukraine and killing Ukrainians is going nowhere, that the fanatic implementation of the Green Deal is killing our economies, that 20 thousand casualties in the Gaza Strip cannot be overlooked just because Israel causes them, we are on a slippery slope that can be not only politically, but also economically destructive for Europe,” Fico wrote in a post on Facebook. The Slovak PM has cut off his own country’s military aid to Kiev and vowed to block Brussels’ next sanctions package if it includes an embargo on Russian nuclear fuel.

While Fico did not veto the European Council’s decision on Thursday to open accession talks with Ukraine, he has dismissed the vote as “a political decision that has nothing to do with reality,” and asserted that Kiev “is absolutely unprepared to open the negotiations.” Fico’s position on Ukraine’s membership bid is at odds with that of most EU leaders, who hailed Thursday’s decision as “a breakthrough” and “a clear signal of support” for Kiev, in the words of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Apart from Fico, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been the EU’s staunchest critic of the bloc’s sanctions policy and its push to admit Ukraine. Orban has referred to Ukraine as “one of the most corrupt countries in the world,” and called the bloc’s leaders “senseless and irrational” for opening membership talks with a country involved in an active conflict, with an economy entirely dependent on foreign aid to function.

Before the conflict in Ukraine began, Orban regularly clashed with the EU over his hardline immigration policies. Earlier this year he accused Brussels of “raping” Hungary and Poland by introducing legislation that he said would “relocate migrants to Hungary by force.” “I respect every politician who can sovereignly stand up for the interests of his own nation, because today in Europe discussion is more of an exception than a rule,” Fico wrote on Facebook. “And Viktor Orban is the exception.” The Slovak leader said that he would take a similar approach when negotiating with the bloc’s officials, and would not seek to “collect personal praise from the West.” Fico’s position on the fighting in Ukraine was a key factor behind his party’s suspension from its European parliamentary faction, the Party of European Socialists, in October. Responding to the suspension, Fico declared that “if our exclusion from the international party is to be a price for pursuing a genuine left-wing agenda in Slovakia and voicing sovereign opinions, we are prepared to pay such a price.”

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Just blame TikTok.

US Entering 2024 With Tiniest Military Since 1941 (Sp.)

The United States will ring in the new year with its smallest active duty footprint since 1941 – the year Washington abandoned its non-interventionist foreign policy and joined the Second World War. That’s according to military strength levels outlined by the NDAA, which showed a drop in active duty personnel to 1,284,500 service members, from 1.39 million in the previous year, as recruiters face growing difficulty enticing young people to join. Observers blame a variety of factors for falling recruitment numbers, from declining confidence in the US military (from 70 percent in 2018 to about 46 percent now), to growing incidence of health problems among young people, to concerns among conservatives about the military’s increasingly “woke” culture, to falling morale in the wake of decades of illegal wars abroad.

DoD acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness Ashish Vazirani told lawmakers this week that the military had recruited about 41,000 troops less than planned over the course of 2023. “That number understates [sic] the challenge before us as the services lowered end-strength goals in recent years, in part because of the difficult recruiting environment,” Vazirani said. Citing “low trust in institutions” being a key problem among young people – specifically people from Generation Z born between 1997 and 2012, Vazirani stressed that America’s all-volunteer armed forces are presently facing “one of the greatest challenges since inception” in 1973 and the end of the draft. Some officials have proposed novel solutions for resolving the drought in recruits, with Democratic Senator Dick Durban telling his Senate colleagues earlier this month that illegal immigrants flooding into the country could be conscripted to fight in the wars Americans don’t want to.

“Yes, we need order at the border. Yes, we need to have changes in the laws that reflect the reality of the overwhelming numbers from all over the world who are coming to our shores and our border. But there’s also an incredible demand for legal immigration into this country even now. The presiding officer, my colleague from the state of Illinois has legislation which addresses one aspect of that. Her bill…says that if you are an undocumented person in this country, and you can pass the physical and the required background tests, you can serve in our military and if you do it honorably, we will make you citizens of the United States,” Durban said on the Senate floor during a debate on immigration and border security. “Do we need that? Do you know what the recruiting numbers are in the Army, and the Navy, and the Air Force?” Durban asked. “They can’t reach their quotas each month. They can’t find enough people to join our military forces, and there are those who are undocumented who want the chance to serve and risk their lives for this country. Should we give them the chance? I think we should.”

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“Nonwhites, especially Hispanics, just as often consider pregnancy great news. They think of the baby as a blessing. The ultimate blessing.”

Last of the Caucasians (Jeffries)

How does a “Great Replacement” work exactly? Well, it would be impossible without the cooperation of those who are being replaced. White females, especially, were conditioned into thinking that motherhood, particularly when combined with household drudgery, was something to be avoided. The tremendous increase in casual sex, and the availability of abortions. The channeling of the maternal instinct towards animals. Feminism created the “career woman” whose job, not family, was her top priority. Males enjoyed being the first generation to have the opportunity to have multiple sex partners. I knew very few males from my generation who didn’t pay for at least one, if not more abortions. With great relief. At the same time, the White nuclear family was belittled and demonized in films and on television. Actors playing adult children were shown as being ostracized from their parents, and dreading the occasional interaction with them.

We went from Ward Cleaver to Al Bundy in a very short period of time. Dysfunction was the norm in these productions, and it should be no surprise that those raised on this propaganda began living it out in real life. Life imitates art. Literally every family I know now is riddled with dysfunction. If you lose respect for the nuclear family, there is little reason for you to want children, which are the foundation of the family unit. I fell prey to this a bit myself. I love children, and ideally wanted a huge family. But I limited myself to the then “new norm” of two kids. As a White boomer, I’d been conditioned to think “responsibly.” Children cost a lot. Can we really afford them? How many White couples have not asked themselves this question? When a White woman becomes pregnant by a White man, it’s often considered bad news, especially if they aren’t married. They mull over the options, and often choose abortion.

Nonwhites, especially Hispanics, just as often consider pregnancy great news. They think of the baby as a blessing. The ultimate blessing. Their religious faith, which is usually Catholic, is stronger than mass media messaging. My very large family is full of middle-aged White females with no children. I’ve heard any number of White relatives proclaim that they didn’t want children. Remember, almost all of them were raised Catholics, where huge families were common. I don’t understand this mindset, but my libertarian impulse is to say, fine- that’s your decision. But the problem is this decision didn’t happen naturally, at least in the vast majority of cases. They were brainwashed, propagandized, into thinking this way. It’s an unnatural way to think. And no other race thinks this way. Of course, because so many Whites accepted the programming, White birth rates began to plummet. Which was the foundation for the Great Replacement.

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“..the cartels are “making more money than they have in their entire existence..”

‘No One Off the Table’ for Deportation If Trump Re-Elected – Ex-ICE Chief (Sp.)

Former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan has lambasted the Biden administration’s border policies for generating the ongoing migrant crisis. Homan led ICE during the Trump administration between 2017 and 2018. He speculated in a US media interview that if the ex-President were to return after the 2024 elections for another stint at the White House, he could help launch a “historic” deportation program. No illegal immigrant would be “off the table,” Homan stressed. Homan quoted official data showing that under the Biden administration, deportations had dropped from a high of 267,258 in 2019 to 72,177 in 2022. According to the former agency chief, the Biden administrations border polices have in effect “enriched and emboldened” the people-trafficking cartels. The ex-ICE chief weighed in on the recent news that US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) had issued a memo last week warning agents to “exercise extreme caution and should report any possible armed subjects approaching the border with possible explosive devices”.

The internal officer safety alert followed discovery of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by agents stationed at a Tucson border post. 10 more IEDs were seized by the Mexican military after a gunfight between rival cartels close to a border fence gap, over control of the area increasingly being used for weapons, drugs and people smuggling. Cartels in Mexico have been using IEDs since 2010 against both rival groups and the Mexican military, Homan noted. He lamented that the cartels are “making more money than they have in their entire existence,” smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs. The gangs are well-trained, possess sophisticated weaponry and “meet all the definitions of terrorist organizations,” he warned, adding that “US special intelligence and special ops are the only means of taking them out.” “We have to take action, this is a serious threat to the security of the United States,” Homan said.

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No, let her run against Trump. Much more fun.

The Time to Replace Kamala Harris Is Now (Saperstein)

2024 is going to consist of an attack on Biden for being too old and frail, combined with an attack on his VP, who would become president if Biden died. The attack on Biden will be simple: endless, repeated videos of him slurring words, misstating facts, stumbling, looking lost, forgetting names — all the classic signs of dementia. The Republicans ignored Kamala in 2020, but they won’t in 2024 because of Biden’s age. They will be shouting from the rooftops, “Hey, people, this person could become your President!” Remember that the person we are talking about entered the 2020 primaries polling 18% and, after four debates, fell to 6% and dropped out. I can’t remember any presidential aspirant falling so far, so fast, so there should be no argument Kamala is a truly terrible candidate. But there is more, much more.

My career was as a trial lawyer in the SF Bay Area. The mayor and later Speaker of the California Assembly, Willie Brown, was a personal friend and political supporter of trial lawyers. I loved Willie. He was smart, politically gifted — he supported everything I ever asked him for — and funny. Willie defined the word “dapper.” We’d go shopping at the same store, Wilkes Bashford, where he was the King. He would always tell the staff, “Now, you take care of my white buddy Guy. Whites are not blessed with my good taste, so help the poor boy.” Willie had more charm than ten white boys. Willie was married and estranged from his wife. It was well-known he had a young — 30 years younger — black girlfriend. He didn’t even try to hide it. The girlfriend was Kamala Harris, then a nondescript assistant city attorney.

Next thing I knew, Kamala was running for District Attorney, supported by Willie’s powerful political machine against the then DA, Terence Hallinan, a progressive. Willie’s machine won and Kamala became San Francisco DA. Next next thing I knew, assistant San Francisco DAs were calling me and asking, “Where is Kamala?” They knew I was a friend of Willie’s. Apparently, she wasn’t showing up for work. A few months later, I read that Kamala had been read the riot act by a solid Democratic judge for not maintaining good chain of custody for evidence. “Chain of custody” is a legal term which means that the evidence you submit to the court is that same uncontaminated evidence you seized at the crime scene. Before I became a civil rights class action lawyer, I did 50 criminal jury trials, and chain of custody was never an issue because the DA would do his/her job competently and insure that the correct evidence was presented to the court. But that was before Kamala’s laziness set new standards.

Kamala was hauled before three liberal judges who were outraged by her sloppiness. In response, Kamala lied under oath to all of them, trying to blame it on the police department crime lab, but that was total bullshit. When an attorney presents evidence to a court, she or he vouches for it. Kamala should have been disbarred as a result, but San Francisco is a liberal “old boys” network, and liberals protect even lying, unethical DAs. When the dust cleared, 1,100 FELONIES had to be dismissed — and by Democratic judges. In the history of American jurisprudence, I don’t think this has ever happened. Just think of what it means to have 1,100 felonies dismissed for defective chain-of-custody. Harris was willing to allow 1,100 people to go to prison for years because she wouldn’t admit her errors.

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“..the House wants it this way. Witnesses, even a president’s son, do not get to choose how or when they appear..”

Eric Swalwell and The Politics of Contempt (Turley)

This week, millions of people were glued to their televisions as Hunter Biden defied a House subpoena in a press conference with the Capitol building in the background. It was an act of legal self-immolation as the president’s son engaged in flagrant contempt of Congress, a federal crime. Stranger still was that behind Hunter was standing his lawyer, Abbe Lowell, who watched as his client effectively begged to be criminally charged. But it was a familiar figure behind Lowell that was the most incongruous: Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). At first, one had to wonder whether Swalwell had simply wandered by the presser on the way to his office. But the Biden team set up the conference on the Senate side — out of the reach of the House sergeant at arms, who might not have reacted well to an act of open contempt of Congress on his side of the Capitol. We later learned that Swalwell was not there simply as a pedestrian, but as a participant.

It was Swalwell who helped orchestrate the defiance of his own House and facilitated an alleged federal crime. As first reported by the Washington Examiner, Swalwell used his official position to reserve the space for the press conference and lent his assistance to Hunter in refusing to appear before the House committees investigating his father, President Biden. It was a curious role for a former House impeachment manager to play in assisting in the obstruction of an impeachment inquiry of three House committees. Of course, Swalwell has argued for the rounding up of anyone who aided and abetted the unlawful conduct during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Indeed, in 2021 Swalwell sponsored a resolution exploring whether dozens of Republican colleagues could be expelled under the 14th Amendment for aiding and abetting an insurrection by “making unsubstantiated claims of systematic election and voter fraud.”

Now, Swalwell was standing in front of the same building aiding and abetting both a potential crime and the obstruction of congressional proceedings. Hunter was not just committing contempt of Congress; he was parading his contempt with Swalwell as the drum major. What followed him was contempt on steroids. All Hunter had to do was walk into the building behind him to appear in the deposition and plead the 5th Amendment to refuse to testify, as others have done. The only option he did not have was to refuse to appear. Swalwell insisted that it was the fault of the House for insisting on a closed-door deposition, which he portrayed as outrageous. It was another hypocritical moment since the Democrats insisted on the same process for witnesses, including those who appeared before the Jan. 6th committee.

It was also how Swalwell and his colleagues handled the investigation of the Ukrainian telephone call by Trump. Indeed, Swalwell participated in closed depositions and then gave interviews after they were held in private. There are various reasons for closed deposition preceding public hearings. First, these depositions allow professional staff to conduct questioning in a methodical and professional manner. In a public hearing, questioning is conducted by members who are often ill-equipped for substantive inquiries. Second, Hunter must be asked about an array of financial documents and communications involving names and privacy protected information. In a public hearing, the use of such documents would trigger redactions and interruptions in their use. Third, these depositions allow for in-depth questioning on transactions and communications. In a public hearing, members are confined to a five-minute rule that guarantees questioning cannot achieve much, if any, depth.

Both Hunter and Swalwell likely knew that, and that is precisely why they wanted a public hearing. Notably, after saying that he wanted to answer all questions in public, Hunter then refused to answer any questions in public put forward by the press. The fourth and most important reason for the deposition is that the House wants it this way. Witnesses, even a president’s son, do not get to choose how or when they appear. Two Trump associates – Steven Bannon and Peter Navarro – refused to appear in the House and were quickly held in contempt by a majority of the House, including Swalwell. Indeed, President Biden himself has maintained that defying subpoenas cannot be tolerated. When subpoenas were issued to Republicans during the House’s Jan. 6 investigation, Biden declared: “I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable criminally.”

[..] The issue is whether the House has a right to demand answers in this investigation. One member was particularly passionate in 2018 in calling for contempt sanctions against Steve Bannon: “If they don’t force him to answer legitimate questions, they will be ceding Congress’ authority, and we’ll be setting a very, very dangerous precedent that people can just tell Congress what they will and will not answer, and will show no resolve to use our subpoena power to get to the bottom of what’s going on.” That was Eric Swalwell.

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Nice project.

Musk’s Starlink Breaks Through Bureaucracy and Corruption in Africa (ET)

Elon Musk’s revolutionary satellite internet service, Starlink, is spreading across Africa, flying in the face of repressive and corrupt regimes that are trying to block it. In some cases, African companies are “illegally” importing and selling the equipment to allow users to bypass expensive and often state-controlled internet service providers (ISPs), and to use the cheaper and faster connectivity provided by the world’s richest man. Many Africans living in countries where authorities haven’t yet granted regulatory licenses to Starlink, which is a division of SpaceX, are also accessing its services using signal-boosting equipment. The signal boosters enable users to link to a SpaceX “ground station” in Nigeria, which in January became the first African country to grant regulatory approval to Starlink services. “The tech revolution is happening at a pace that most African governments just cannot keep up with,” said Arthur Goldstuck, founder and CEO of World Wide Worx, one of Africa’s leading tech firms.

“The genie is out the bottle. The sooner they realize that they can’t control the uncontrollable, the better for them and the better for their people,” he said. Mr. Goldstuck said Africa is the world’s fastest-growing, but most “technologically-starved,” continent. “Data is expensive in Africa, and you can’t progress in the modern world when data is expensive. So demand for well-priced and speedy connectivity has exploded. Musk is feeding this demand,” he told The Epoch Times. “Some governments don’t like this, because they want to control everything, and mostly they want to control money and information flows.” Starlink, operated by Mr. Musk’s SpaceX spacecraft manufacturer and satellite operator, has a constellation of thousands of satellites in low orbit, delivering the world’s “most advanced broadband internet system” to 60 countries, according to its website.

Mr. Goldstuck said “progressive” African governments that encourage private enterprise and respect its ability to help develop their countries have “no problem” with Starlink and recognize its value. “It offers high-speed streaming, video calls, and remote working, all of which contribute a lot to economic efficiency,” he said. Officially, Starlink is available in only seven of Africa’s 54 countries: Benin, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zambia. Another 25 are scheduled to go online in 2024. “Look at where [the] powers-that-be are trying to prevent the entrance of Starlink: It’s war-torn countries like Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. It’s repressive regimes like Congo and Equatorial Guinea, that restrict access to information,” Mr. Goldstuck said. “And it’s governments that have vested interests in keeping data expensive, and that have unreasonable rules designed to benefit political elites, like South Africa.”

Some African governments slap heavy taxes on private telecom services and infrastructure. For decades, the data needed to access the internet in Africa has been controlled by just a few multinational mobile telecommunications corporations, including South Africa’s MTN Group and Vodacom, and Kenya’s Safaricom. Their data packages are prohibitively expensive. In July 2022, research by British technology company Cable, published in Mobile Magazine, showed that six of the 10 countries with the most expensive data are in sub-Saharan Africa.In the tiny, mineral-rich kleptocracy of Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa, one gigabyte (GB) costs almost $50, the highest price for data in the world. In Chad, 1 GB costs $24. Until Starlink’s recent arrival, 1 GB was priced at $26 in Malawi.

An August 2022 report by global statistics service Statista calculated the average cost of 1 GB of mobile data in sub-Saharan Africa at $4.47. A one-time hardware and installation cost of Starlink kits, which contain a motorized satellite dish, assorted cables, a metal tripod stand, a power adapter, and a Wi-Fi router, is about the same everywhere: $550. But basic monthly subscription prices in the developed world, compared with those in Africa, are very different. In the United States, for example, Starlink’s monthly service fee is $110. In the African countries that officially have Starlink, the average price is about $45. This $45 package allows users to download 1,000 GB of data, meaning 1GB costs Africans less than $0.50—nine times cheaper than the average in sub-Saharan Africa.

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    Edward Hopper Morning sun 1952   • The Death of Israel (Chris Hedges) • Pentagon Mulls Strikes Against Houthis Amid Red Sea Chaos (Sp.) • ‘Lower-
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 18 2023]

    #148712
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Use: Palestinian Freedom Fighters

    NOT

    Fucking Terrorists

    Be first on your community, family and friends; a natural born leader.

    #148713
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    “The vaunted fight against anti-Semitism is a thinly disguised celebration of White Power”

    Oh Jesus h Christ….there are 4 or 5 leaps of logic in exactly opposite directions in that one sentence.
    Ah hell, maybe he meant “Celebration of White Power” IS a good, vaunted thing too.

    Terrorist boogeyman analogies abound since the Navy redeployed me and my midshipclassmates from the eastern Mediterranean in June 1981.
    What happened to precipitate such an action?
    Israel bombed the Osirak Nuclear facility in Iraq.

    On the fantail a commissioned officer gathered us midshippersons to inform us about The Plan.
    Transfer us to a 2nd ship that would out-chop the Med and return to CONUS.
    Off the port bow was a Sverdlov Class cruiser playing a game of chicken, cat n mouse with our LHA. Off starboard aft was a US ammunition ship on fire.
    The LT briefing us only made the scenario more surrealistic by pointing to the Soviet cruiser and stating the world changed and THAT badass ship no longer deserves our attention. The new threat he said is Terrorism as evidenced by Israel’s bombing of the Iraq’s Osirak nuclear facility.
    So I asked two obvious questions.

    1. Does this mean we’re gonna avenge the USS LIBERTY since that terrorist attack was only 14 years ago?
    2. Why are we midshipindividuals being sent home for our safety? In 2.5 years we’re going to be right here in Harm’s Way leading and commanding as John Paul Jones said he wished no connection with slow-assed ships because JPJ intended to Go There.

    The replies:
    Shut up . We’re going home, stupid.
    Israel is our ally. Those Iraq terrorists are building a nuclear weapons facility.

    42.5 years later The Stupid hasn’t relented except Israel’s ally Iran bombed the reactor the previous year.

    #148714
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Maher: “It’s Hard To Negotiate When The Other Side’s Position Is – You All Die And Disappear”

    Wow, Bill Maher and I agree completely. Yes, you probably can’t negotiate and may have to take military action it they want you all expelled dead or alive. Oh wait: he meant the Jews? Oh, sorry, I meant the Gazans. Peas in a pod, I guess.

    “G7 Closer To Giving $300BN In Seized Russian Assets To Ukraine After Orban Blocked EU Funds

    Please, please do this….

    “Yes, Hunter Is Now in Contempt of Congress

    …And nothing happened.

    I’m sure when Congress calls me up, I can just tell them “I prefer not to”, right VP? Those guys are totally chill and won’t mind at all.

    “Federal Judge Permanently Blocks Illinois Law Targeting Pro-Life Pregnancy Counseling

    The Governor’s argument here is that it’s illegal for anyone to tell a lie. …And then he got arrested. Just kidding! There is no greater creator of lies than government that I’m aware of. They easily transcend corporations, which is really saying something.

    “Pro-Vaccine Journalist Who Called for Punishment For Refusing Jab Dies Suddenly”
    ““I, for one, advocate we bring the carrot and the stick,” Mr. Vandaelle stated in a social media post in July 2021. “Incentivize getting the vaccine however we like – ice cream, lotteries, literally whatever, I don’t care – and require vaccination to do non-essential things. Wanna go to a bar to watch the game? Passport.”
    “Take the jab or resign; anything else is moral and ethical cowardice. You take an oath to protect citizens? You get vaxxed. Shameful that we have to say this.”

    TVASF Mostly because of denial. Additional deaths are running 150,000/yr even in “good” places like the U.S, an entire city every 12 moths, and they are all Blue Progressives I guess, and will be totally replaced by all the brown people coming in the border, just as they always dreamed of.

    Sounds like a win-win happy ending to me. Everybody fulfilled their dreams.

    “The West was determined to break Russia apart after the collapse of the Soviet Union, believing that multiple states based on the country’s ruins would be too weak to resist outside influence,”

    This is what the same people want for the United States and always have. Thus we had to move to a more centralized government from the Articles of Confederation, and later, centralize power to the Feds that became dangerous, as France and England backed and funded, created the Civil War. They are working on Texas, and Podesta said directly it was their plan to have the PNW secede. DC is already a non-US area.

    Divide and conquer. Let me bring up something to a more conscious level: we say “The Internet” as in the Internet does, is, or shows this or that. But unlike CBS broadcast, “The Internet” is entirely radically different for each person who clicks it. We are not on “The Internet”. We are on OUR Internet, and they are on theirs. And since they can’t cure the first part, this is their Plan B POINT of the Internet: everyone in their own self-reinforcing echo chamber, divide and conquer. Now we don’t agree on the actions of the facts, the interpretation of the facts, WE DON’T AGREE ON THE FACTS themselves. Thanks to evil, paid, corrupt reporting as we all know.

    But think about that in general: everyone’s internet, their info, their propaganda, their entire WORLD is different online. And although not perfect, each act is meant to tune it specifically to them in a panopticon VR Matrix they cannot get a single click outside of. Us too, by the way. Although as Mainstream isn’t nearly as strong but still persists, we tend to hear the Billionaire status quo establishment AND something else, while in the reverse they hear ONLY billionaire paid mainstream and maybe only occasionally something else mocked or at Thanksgiving Dinner.

    “peculiar views that are undoubtedly propagated in the European media — that the war in Ukraine should continue to weaken Russia,”

    Apparently it has been strengthening Russia, which had no trouble eclipsing the U.S. to become the strongest military in the world this year. Still rising fast. Counterintuitive since it IS costing them a lot in GDP and men. So steal against steel making them better? Since it’s happening for whatever reason Europe wants to course-correct? Not on your life. And I do mean YOUR life, not theirs. They’ll fly to Moscow, buy Russian oil and stocks all they want while they’re outlawed for you.

    Okay, WHY? I think besides plan-matrix: they thought he wouldn’t attack. They thought he wouldn’t win, the U.S. thought they’d get away with it, the Pentagon Arm-Dealers thought we could dump our turd weapons, then if it fails, Europe thought they’d have a fallback of sinking the U.S., etc. Besides that, which was all wrong, EUROPE NEEDS FASCISM. That is,

    THEY ALREADY TOLD YOU!

    One THOUSAND times. For 30 years. WE. ARE. COMING, FOR YOU. We have Greened Eugenics, we have to RATION all your goods, YOU will live in a VR pod and eat the bugs so there can be enough Waigu Steaks for ME. The coast of France and Italy should remain beautiful so we need to kill all the humans and return it to a paradise again I can enjoy from my yacht. Now HOW can we get you to take a gun out of a drawer, put it to your head, and pull the trigger for us? With lies, of course!

    Green was, is going okay, I guess, but not nearly far enough fast enough. They REALLY have to have Iron Curtain Berlin Wall control over all Western Europe or collapse. For so many reasons, top being there’s oil everywhere, but NOT in Europe. Europe would have to BUY that oil fair and square which would lead to certain bankruptcy like the British Tea trade draining 100% all silver to China. “And then a miracle happened”, right HSBC? Anyway, if they can Techocratically Centrally Plan, like the USSR, like NoKo, they can keep power in the whole continent, and jettison I dunno, 100 million useless troublemakers? Into mass graves? Import people who we can whip, and take orders, expensively imported African slaves – I mean, immigrants?

    So at this point WHY to the need a LOSING war with Russia, and won’t give it up? So they can have the premise to install this pan-continental open fascism. Which the EU always was, btw, it was never voted in, the bureaucracy was NEVER subservient to the national parliaments, and we NEVER got to see who was actually running the bureaucracy that was overruling all the national leaders. And/or removing them at will in Italy. Right?

    The EU has always BEEN fascism. It’s never NOT been fascism. They’re just revealing to you that it is, and taking off the mask the rest of us have been saying since 1995. Confirmed with each illegal entry and non-vote in 2000 and 2004, etc.

    Only a “War’ with Russia can provide the slightest plausibility to do this. And even that, not much. But they can divide and keep the idiots too busy to mount a resistance of going up and hanging them from lampposts. As they continue to take lavish salaries for selling their countries and not even showing up for work. Without Russia, without Ukraine, how plausible would their consolidation of power be? Not at all. Thus they can’t stop. Lose a million men? Hahahaha! They ain’t MY men.

    Not like Russia isn’t warning them. Or us. Or Assange.

    “• US Entering 2024 With Tiniest Military Since 1941 (Sp.)

    Thank God. Can we make it smaller? A: Yes. You can’t NOT make it smaller since no one will sign up nor support it.

    The smaller the base military, the harder it is to hide $40Trillion in accounting fraud. So they need fascism too. “Got a Problem? Add Fascism! Yours today for $19.95!”™

    “COP28 was about ‘power’ and ‘control’: … their purpose is to control energy systems worldwide.”

    Yes but more. They Eugenics all the Bad (i.e. Poor) people, by the multi-millions, and install fascism where you ask for and demand it. And so it has. Why would I kid you? Okay, this is your theory, you believe it, great. What are the ACTUAL results of it, your CO2 Environmentalism so far? Well let’s see, 10 years of riots in France. Totally Dickensian devastation of the Poors continent-wide. Deindustrialization across Europe, and as that is Germany perhaps the collapse of the EU itself. High inflation where what Caulkin bought at the grocery in Chicago for “Home Alone I” for $20, not costs $75 today 30 years later. Deindustrialization but also demilitarization as each military is entirely hollowed out and each nation ripe for collapse and occupation. And the De-Law-ing of the entire West as the “Helping” in each case creates new unaccountable central powers, most of which transfers money to unelected corporations. Any protest or resistance also permits new laws and to normalize draconian measures further erasing Democracy and law. Oh: and the economic strain is destroying the environment about 5x faster than when you started. They’re paving fields and making cows extinct “for the ecology.”

    So: great track record there, guys! All the Fascism and actually the #Opposite of all environmentalism in Holland, Ireland, etc.

    Meanwhile in MY theory, THAT is all planned, but You, sir, are a SUCKER, a sap, an idiot, a mark, a rube, for a Giant Con. BY these corporations you claim not to trust at all. Who have in fact provably transferred $20 Trillion out of you the people SO FAR and they haven’t even got it installed yet. Which of us is more likely correct?

    “How could the climate on Venus possibly have changed without cow farts, nitrogen fertiliser, gas cookers, combustion engines and human CO2 exhalation?!”

    Again: pick one. I don’t know what to argue when all things are equally true as their #Opposites. My Feelz!

    “42.5 years later The Stupid hasn’t relented except Israel’s ally Iran bombed the reactor the previous year.”

    Indeed. As I’ve said: pick one. So bombing a nuclear site for basically no reason with no authority isn’t terrorism? And that’s what makes us sure they are our good and perfect ally? Because they sink our ships then put US in the line of fire, hiding behind us?

    With allies like these (later to sell all our nuclear secrets to said terrorists)…

    I grew up in this. And everyone you mentioned it to said it was fine. Perfectly normal! Commendable in fact! I mean, WHO doesn’t defend to the death nations who intentionally sink our ships and lie about it, amirite? And that’s the Americans. You should talk to the American Jews on the same subjects of Israel, Iraq, etc. They make us look like geniuses and peaceniks.

    Conclusion: I have no IDEA why they psy-ops work on anyone. But they really really do. SMH.

    #148715
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Nap vid: chat with Alastair Crooke this a.m.

    F.S.

    #148716
    John Day
    Participant

    I like this Hopper painting a lot.
    It expresses the private harvest of a modest, but predictable, small blessing.
    The human collecting the blessing of natural sunlight in an impoverished environment appears to be very modest, not “desirable”, but wise.

    #148717
    John Day
    Participant

    @Dr.D: “Hey, You, Get off of My Cloud (computing) internet!

    #148718
    zerosum
    Participant

    access to information

    @ Veracious Poet

    A People’s History Of The United States Summary


    A People’s History Of The United States – Howard Zinn – Summary

    1-Sentence-Summary: A People’s History Of The United States will help you improve the world by giving you a better understanding of the true, sometimes shameful, story of this America’s rise to power.

    A book about the uprising of the United States from the perspective of the oppressed. You definitely didn’t hear these facts in history class. It comes off a bit one-sided at times, but I think you’ll appreciate the eye-opening new view you’ll get.

    Here are the 3 most eye-opening lessons I’ve learned from this book:

    1. The founding fathers set up the US government to benefit wealthy landowners, who still have power today.
    2. The Civil War wasn’t as much about ending slavery as it was about advancing political interests.
    3. The US has repeatedly used war as a way to improve their economic situation.

    Are you ready to have your mind opened about history as you thought you knew it?
    Let’s begin!
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    TAE brings a collection that should stimulate peace.
    Look into yourself.
    Discover your motivator.
    Discover the enemy.

    King of the hill – conflict, War, anger, killing, hate, injustice, lies, profits, power and control, status quo, on your life.

    Fascism : a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government.

    or

    Peace – Agreement
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    The smaller the base military, the harder it is to hide $40Trillion in accounting fraud. So they need fascism too. “Got a Problem? Add Fascism! – Dr. D

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    #148719
    John Day
    Participant

    Chris Hedges: “Despotisms can exist long after their past due date. But they are terminal. You don’t have to be a Biblical scholar to see that Israel’s lust for rivers of blood is antithetical to the core values of Judaism. The cynical weaponization of the Holocaust, including branding Palestinians as Nazis, has little efficacy when you carry out a live streamed genocide against 2.3 million people trapped in a concentration camp.”

    Israel is weaponizing its remaining goodwill and status in a last doubling down gamble, as the $US financial regime is also doing.

    #148720
    zerosum
    Participant

    What are the top 3 motivators?
    But it turns out that each one of us is primarily triggered by one of three motivators: achievement, affiliation, or power. This is part of what was called Motivation Theory, developed by David McClelland back in 1961.
    (Missed the biggest motivator of the majority of humanity)

    “King of the hill” – competition, conflict, War, anger, killing, hate, injustice, lies,
    Successful Politicians are capable of pushing your buttons.
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    #148721
    morongobill
    Participant

    I loved the parts where he talks about Willie, truly one of the most gifted and smartest politicians of all time, and Kamala, one of the dumbest and laziest pols of all time- but he just plain lost it extolling Stacey Abrams for VP.

    #148722
    Oroboros
    Participant

    By All Means Have Kamala Run

    .

    #148723
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Rope a’ Dope a’ Pope

    .

    #148724
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Holiday Greetings!

    .

    #148725
    Oroboros
    Participant

    .

    #148726
    Oroboros
    Participant

    And now we’ll change the subject to something more Erudite

    .

    #148727
    Oroboros
    Participant

    So who’s Debt explodes first sending them into depression?

    #148728
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Look just above the Duh’merica flag.

    OMG, it’s Russia weighting in at .41%

    #148729
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Are (((they)) sincerely trying to drive me back my supposedly Catholic Church after being raped there 50 years ago?
    I mean, we have to choose sides and what’s worse, child rape or murder by sniper?

    From CNN:

      Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sniper shot and killed two women inside the Holy Family Parish in Gaza on Saturday, according to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which oversees Catholic Churches across Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

      The majority of Christian families inside Gaza have taken refuge inside the parish since the start of the war, the patriarchate said in a statement.

      The two women, described as a mother and daughter, were walking to the Sister’s Convent, the patriarchate said. “One was killed as she tried to carry the other to safety,” it added.

      Seven others were also shot and wounded in the attack.

      “No warning was given, no notification was provided,” the statement continued.

      “They were shot in cold blood inside the premises of the parish, where there are no belligerents.”

    Undermine the authority of officers and we end up with this evil, malignant and epitome of undisciplined behavior.

    #148730
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Alastair Crooke essay this a.m.:

    … ending of:

    The Resistance understands and can see it all: How does Israel get out of this? Overthrowing Bibi? That won’t do it. It’s too late. The stopper is off; the genies and the demons are out.

    If the ‘front’ remains co-ordinated, proceeds by consensus; eschews any Pavlovian over-reaction to events that might plunge the region into an all-out war, then:

    ‘They can wait at leisure, whilst (Netanyahu) labours’ – and errs (Sun Tzu).

    They Can Wait at Leisure, Whilst Netanyahu Labours – and Errs

    #148731
    zerosum
    Participant

    As Russia Signals It Can Achieve Maximalist Aims in Ukraine, How Would Russia Manage Kiev and Western Ukraine?


    As Russia Signals It Can Achieve Maximalist Aims in Ukraine, How Would Russia Manage Kiev and Western Ukraine?
    Posted on December 18, 2023 by Yves Smith
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    #148732
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    From my in-Box today on one of many criminal enterprises [ Pfizer Inc. *]

    Pfizer Falters
    Pfizer, one of the developers of the Covid vaccine, was one of the market’s favorite stocks in 2021. From its March 2020 lows to its 2021 peak, the stock appreciated nearly fivefold. Since then, it has been consistently falling. It now resides below the 2020 trough and at levels last seen ten years ago. So what went wrong?

    For starters, demand for the vaccine is down sharply. It is estimated, per the CDC, that only 17% of people over the age of 18 have taken the latest booster shot. For 2024, the company estimates $8 billion in vaccine and Paxlovid sales. Consider that in 2022, the two products generated over $100 billion in sales. The second chart below, courtesy of the WSJ, shows vaccine sales have fallen off a cliff.

    Pfizer executives made a bad bet. They grossly overestimated the profit potential of the vaccine and Paxlovid. Therefore, research toward new and existing drugs with future revenue potential was underfunded. Consequently, the company is on a $3.5 billion cost-cutting effort, including layoffs and reduced research investments.

    https://realinvestmentadvice.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/pfe-pfizer.png

    https://realinvestmentadvice.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/pfizer-vaccine-sales.png

    *) Definition at: https://www.lawinsider.com/dictionary/criminal-enterprise#:~:text=Criminal%20enterprise%20means%20a%20group,scope%20of%20individual%20criminal%20incidents.

    F.S.

    #148733
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    “Settler colonial states have a terminal shelf life. Israel is no exception.” – Chris Hedges

    An invasive species adversely affect habitats and bioregions, causing ecological, environmental, economic damage. They rarely eliminate natives. The time is nigh, …

    F.S.

    #148734
    Oroboros
    Participant

    I thought this was the Babylon Bee, but no, it’s the real deal.

    The IDF, the Killer Klown Army (KKA)

    IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, as he visited troops in the Gaza Strip told them:

    “Not To Shoot Shirtless People Waving Surrender Flags…”

    .

    #148735
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Couldn’t happen to a worse army.
    US Military Faces ‘Mutiny’ Of Enlisted Gen-Zers As TikTok Virus Spreads.

    “Gen-Zers in the civilian world have already taken to the Chinese social media platform ‘TikTok’ to blast Washington and the military-industrial complex that they will not fight America’s endless wars. Even enlisted Gen-Zers are bashing the military amid a worsening recruitment crisis while neocon warmongers in the White House drag the world closer to World War III.

    A new report from DailyMail shows a number of enlisted TikTokers, with millions of followers, are bashing the military as a morale crisis spreads like a virus across the ranks.

    Laster has more than a million followers on TikTok. His negative press on military life leaves a terrible impression on recruits. …”

    This will help recruitment goals

    .

    #148736
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Soldier above ‘Laster’ has more than a million followers on TikTok.

    Hahahahahahaah

    Eat my shorts!

    #148737
    WES
    Participant

    The Great Reset:
    What Dr. D describes is all part of the Great Reset our masters have planned for us. Anti family, anti energy, anti climate, anti people, anti money, anti freedom, etc.

    In my family there are no grand children àmoung 6 adult children. Only one is married and is not having children opting for 2 dogs instead. Only one male makes enough money to afford children but perfers girlfriends instead. The HVAC and Mechanic don’t make enough to get married or have children. The Great Reset in action.

    In Europe, first NATO conquers, then EU destroys.
    In WW2 Panzers conquered, then Nazi bankers destroyed.
    Same old story.

    Ukraine Jerking:
    Notice the constantly changing official narrative.
    War.
    No Peace.
    Winning War.
    No Ammo.
    War Stalmate.
    Peace Talks.
    No Money.
    New War Plans.
    Same pold story.

    Unwanted Palestinians:
    Should have died yesterday but didn’t.
    Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait all don’t want Palestinians.
    Yemen are not offering Palestinians a place to go.
    Nobody wants them because they only bring War.

    Living in interesting times.
    Bombing Iran Reactor.
    I was in southern Jordon near Saudi border when Israeli jets bombed Iran.
    The jets had to have passed within 50 km of where I was.

    Shah of Iran.
    I was in Marrakesh, Morroco, when the Shah of Iran fled to the King of Morroco’s winter palace, turning the city into a military fortress.
    3 military road blocks times 2 each day for me.

    Koren 747:
    I was in Siberia when the Russias shot down Korean 747 Plane.

    Frankfort, Germany:
    I was in the Frankfort airport a few days after Menbarder gang attack.
    All airport store windows were boarded up and I mean “all” windows!
    German army soldiers didn’t fool around.

    Kolweihi, Congo:
    I was therea year after Angolian rebels invaded the city.
    Shot up all animals in wall wildlife painting behind bar!
    Bullet holes still there!
    Belgium paratroopers flew in after rebels fled.

    West Bank:
    My Wife left an Israeli kabrok the day before it was attacked and people killed.

    #148738
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    … err, my last post is not what I intended. The time is nigh, … to eliminate alien species

    F.S., … stands corrected!

    #148739
    zerosum
    Participant

    My effort for peace.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Military/comments/18l7ygx/x_us_army_faces_tiktok_mutiny_as_gen_z_recruits/?rdt=50435
    Could it would it
    Help. pass it on.
    ” what if they called for a war and nobody came.”

    #148740
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Japan’s Nippon Steel To Buy US Steel For $14 Billion

    Nippon Steel Corp., Japan’s largest steel production company, announced Monday morning that it will acquire Pittsburgh-based US Steel in an all-cash deal

    The Russian industrial base will pass the Empire of Lies with less than half the population with moves like this.

    Nice meme

    Great optics

    Great PR image

    So the Empire of Lies produces even less of it’s own steel now?

    Gotta buy it from foreigners?

    What does Duh’merica make anymore, Woketard safe spaces?

    A Phases of Duh’merica

    .

    #148741
    zerosum
    Participant

    I had a dream/nightmare
    The deserts were full of rusting cars.

    On top of the wars causing/affecting oil productions and deliveries, I feel sorry for the oil companies, etc. who will feel the pinch.

    Zero-emission vehicles – which include battery electric, plug-in and hydrogen models – must represent 20% of all new car sales in 2026, 60% in 2030 and 100% in 2035,
    ———

    #148742
    John Day
    Participant

    Barriers Constrain Maximum Power https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/barriers-constrain-maximum-power

    ​ There is a rule in ecology called the maximum power principle formulated by Lokta in 1925. It can be summarized as follows: “The systems that survive in competition are those that develop more power inflow and use it best to meet the needs of survival.”
    https://thehonestsorcerer.substack.com/p/what-happens-when-the-economy-can

    ​ It is explained in the above post that the bacteria in a petri dish which consume power in the form of fuel for the purpose of reproduction, most rapidly will take-over and dominate the culture medium, and that utilizing coal for heat, then factories, then to mine more coal and iron, while sparing firewood to make battleships and transport vessels, led to the age of empires over societies which had not yet found ways to convert their coal and oil to human population growth through industry.
    There are barriers to the manifestation of the Maximum Power Principle, which must be overcome before a mode of energy-consumption can make the jump to other petri-dishes, like the jump from England to India, China, and the Americas. A class of humans focuses upon arranging and controlling these barriers to the flow of power consumption, so as to personally control the power for their own plans and purposes. These are the owners and their upper managers. The original imperial model of using coal to make gunships to carry soldiers and traders to other countries was limited by transport capacity. It could transport soldiers, guns, gunpowder, silk, gold, silver, tea and opium, but not coal or factories at first. Iron ships powered by coal, then oil tankers and pipelines allowed for consumption to be increased, populations increased, and factories increased and dispersed. If factories of one sort were concentrated in one place, to supply the whole world, they did not actually all have to be in England, as long as the shipping across the oceans was controlled by English fleets. This allowed power consumption to be increased by the English owners.
    There was always a fight for the flow of energy and goods produced by energy between ocean route empires (England) and land route empires (Russia). The change of fuel from coal-dominance to oil-dominance around WW-1 was strategically important. The US found and produced a lot of oil early, and took the lead finding global oil, then took the lead in controlling the global flows of oil through shipping and pipelines.
    This oil-empire developed bigger military fleets than the coal-fired British Empire, but another control factor was in play. Accounting for flows of goods and energy has always been a critical part of the system of controlling the flows of energy and goods produced by energy. “Finance” is this parallel-system of control of flows. It is based upon “ownership” at great distance, which is enforced by paid enforcers, armies, navies and local ruling elites, wherever energy and property flows are controlled. The owners need to extract enough value from the large system to pay the controllers and still have an excess for growth. They personally desire to hold-back some excess for their own options and desires. This option-power which they choose to hold, “profits taken”, reduces the current power consumption of the system. Reducing the power-consumption of the system, compared to what is possible, makes the system vulnerable to a competing system which can burn-energy-faster in the pursuit of burning-energy-faster.
    The ownership-elites who starve their economic systems by withholding “wealth” from their working populations will have more options of what to do with that wealth, but run the risk of losing control of that wealth if somebody makes their ownership-enforcers a better offer. “Wealth” also presumes a functioning industrial economy, which assumes cooperation of the workers. There are levels of “cooperation”. Henry Ford paid his workers 3X as much as the usual factory wages. Paradoxically, Ford’s factories thrived and outprofited their competitors with poorly-paid and grudging workers. Owners who push their economic systems into starvation-modes, which starve workers and enforcers, weaken the competitiveness of their systems over time. This threatens their entire systems when less-starved competing economic systems arise. The Fordist-capitalist US system, with low cost public utilities, public schools, public roads and railways was able to consume a lot of forms of energy rapidly, and convert them to more factories, mines, railroads, cars and food for a rapidly growing population of productive workers.
    This type of system has been used by Germany, Japan, China and now Russia. It was used in Europe after WW-2, as well. Over time, though, the social contract between productive workers and owners is energy starved for the workers, and progressively weakened overall. Germany and Japan became competitors to the US, which had replaced England by then. Now China and South Korea are rising, but more importantly, the combination of Russia and China is rising.
    Russia and China have both had collapses of their economic systems, and have rebuilt them efficiently, Russia since 1990, and China since about 1980. These countries share a border, so outside owners can have little control of their trade, except through the abstraction of money. That card has been played repeatedly, and has failed at this point. China has the largest productive industrial economy in the world, and Russia has by far the most natural resources per worker in the world, with the most effective military in the world to protect the resources and workers.
    The financial empire of the US/UK/EU, dominated by the (petro)$US, and enforced by the combined fleets, armies and air-forces, is threatened militarily, has already lost control of the financial-future, and is progressively threatened with the loss of choke-points of control of trade, such as the Yemeni Houthis, a “non-state-actor” effectively blocking trade with Israel through the Red Sea and Suez Canal, by making the insurance rates go too high for that route. At the same time, the enemy of the Houthis, the House of Saud, is finding common-ground within the growing alliance against the old-imperium, by making deals to sell Arabian oil for not-dollars, specifically for Chinese Yuan/Renminbi. The Russian and Chinese railroad expansion within Eurasia, notably including India and Iran, will progressively bypass remaining chokepoints controlled by the allied imperial fleets, shipping companies, and insurance companies.
    The rising-elite “alliance” with productive workers through a Fordist-capitalist social contract, is a critical factor for the success of a rising system against a declining system, which has become “starved” by the wealth withdrawal of its ownership elites. Cooperatively-engaged workers, making and buying Fords, create an aggressive industrial economy, which is motivated to change rapidly, to take advantage of developing possibilities in the war of systems. China has somewhat enabled this rise of a middle-class within its society, but with a lot of coercive control-structure overlay, which makes the most creative Chinese problem-solvers look for greener pastures outside China. Russia has a famously corrupt history of oligarchic control, but the world’s premier bureaucrat, Vladimir Putin, has turned that to the service of Russia, while punishing the most egregious excesses of anti-Russian selfishness. The real-wealth per capita of Russian workers is steadily rising over the same 20 years that it has been in gradual decline for the US, UK, Western Europe, and 5-eyes countries.
    The western neo-colonialist trade system has impoverished countries with natural resources, while enriching their local neocolonialist elites. Massive debts, taken on by the governments of these countries, are serviced to global and local-elite bondholders. The workers in farms, factories and small enterprises are impoverished. The replacement of the neocolonialist system byt the BRIICS+ system can be expected to raise living standards for productive workers in these starved economies, which will increase consumption of oil, coal, water, lithium, natural gas, etc. This should hasten the consumption of all natural resources and their conversion to pollution. It should also reduce elite control of resources, and remove the economic choices which elites have hoarded for themselves, as their system of enforced ownership fails to be enforced. Enforcers and managers will change their loyalties to rising systems with better social-contract offers.
    History shows this economic paradigm-shift to usually be a bloody process. It often replaces cruel elites with other cruel elites. However, as resources decline rapidly, often by becoming too expensive to extract, system-efficiency will be a decisive factor in which systems adapt more rapidly and effectively. The Fordist systems, with highly engaged workers, proactively cooperating for their-teams, will have an advantage over more coercive economies.
    Within this context, Russia is more Fordist, has a well-aligned society, is increasing economic output and is militarily defeating the declining empire for the world to witness. Russian diplomacy is simultaneously presenting the face of reason and long term reliability. The US has the potential to follow suit if it ditches the coercive elites and their model, which has financially bled the country progressively since the early 1980s. The US has the second best ratio of natural resources to population in the world, after Russia. The US has the capacity to rebuild infrastructure and industry over the next 20 years, aligning the rebuild with the needs of a new economics of declining resources, an economics of efficiency in supporting the needs of productive workers, rather than coercing the peoples of the world.
    Europe is in a difficult position, without much local energy resource supply, except for coal in some regions. European farms never went away, and European farmers are competent at growing quality food. European industrial economies will need to burn coal for electricity and industry, and will need to import gas through pipelines from Russia and Iran. Europeans will need to use nuclear energy to generate electricity. Europe will need to re-embrace the maximum-power-principle or wither rapidly. Europe will need social cohesion for that, and has a good history of social cohesion within nations. Since WW-2 the national elites of europe have become neocolonialist local elites, controlled from the seats of power in Washington, London and New York.
    What outcome will arise from the current battle for humanity on Israel/Palestine? There is a battle between a critical focal point of the existing order, which has served to dominate an oil-production region, and to keep oil-producing nations divided against each other. We can foresee that the current Israeli governance structure is on the wrong side of history, and doomed in the long run, but it has nuclear weapons deliverable by missiles, modern jets and submarines, and is deeply enmeshed in the control structure of finance, politics and deep-state coercion within the current western globalist imperium. It does appear to be grossly consumed by hubris, the “tragic flaw”. When will it fall? Who will it kill first?

    The Honest Sorcerer again: What Happens When the Economy Can No Longer Grow?
    ​ What is the goal of the economy? Growth? Full employment? Equity? Price stability? Security? Or, perhaps, to make the top 1% super rich at the cost of everyone else? Well, if it’s that latter, than the economy is doing a stellar job. If you think that’s too cynical to say, then you can chose two on the list above. Or one. Maybe none. With a relentless fall in people’s purchasing power, an energy infrastructure hitting diminishing returns, and being led by less than stellar minds, I argue, there will be just one overarching goal remaining. Security. The rest be damned.
    https://thehonestsorcerer.substack.com/p/what-happens-when-the-economy-can

    #148743
    John Day
    Participant

    ​Tom Luongo points out that current western elites are getting very antsy. Running On Empty, the US Leaves Zelenskyy Hanging
    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.

    Running On Empty, the US Leaves Zelenskyy Hanging

    Gilbert Doctorow , Israel’s Gaza war has ‘spilled over into the Red Sea’
    ​ By activities that resemble piracy, the Houthis of Yemen, widely considered to be ‘non-state actors,’ have achieved what the major states of the Middle East have been unable to do thus far: impose potentially great economic cost on the industrial nations of the world for failure to stop the Israeli onslaught in Gaza.
    ​ The Houthis may well be ‘non-state actors’ in the sense that they are considered by the West to be ‘rebels,’ as opposed to what is called the internationally recognized government in Yemen that they toppled. But they are obviously in control of substantial parts of a strategically important nation with a population of 33 million. And they have substantial military means both in missiles and sea-borne attack drones. Some of this likely comes from Iran, but, if Russian military experts are to be believed, much of it is now produced in Yemen itself.
    ​ Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin said that his staff is considering re-establishing order in the Red Sea, meaning entering into combat with the Houthis, which hitherto the United States had been doing by proxy, supplying arms to Saudi Arabia for that purpose. The Saudis abandoned their fight against the Houthis this past spring when they reached agreement with Iran, the Houthis’ backers, and resumed diplomatic relations under a China-brokered deal. If the United States now begins direct military action against the Houthis, it will quickly come up against Iran and the regional conflagration that so far has been averted by all parties may yet break out.
    ​ Is this a question that concerns Russia? It most certainly does, because just as China cannot afford to see Russia be defeated by NATO-backed Ukraine, so Russia cannot afford to see Iran be defeated by the United States and its allies inside and outside of NATO.

    Israel’s Gaza war has ‘spilled over into the Red Sea’: WION interview yesterday

    ‘Operation Prosperity Guardian’ – Pentagon To Launch Expansive Naval Coalition To Defend Red Sea Passage
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/global-trade-risk-shippers-shun-red-sea-over-houthis-attacks

    ​ The EU’s backing of Ukraine, sanctions on Russia, and “fanatic” environmental policies are “destructive for Europe,” yet Brussels does not tolerate discussion of these issues, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Saturday.
    ​ “If we can’t tell the truth at the Brussels table that, for example, anti-Russian sanctions didn’t work, that further destruction of Ukraine and killing Ukrainians is going nowhere, that the fanatic implementation of the Green Deal is killing our economies, that 20 thousand casualties in the Gaza Strip cannot be overlooked just because Israel causes them, we are on a slippery slope that can be not only politically, but also economically destructive for Europe,” Fico wrote in a post on Facebook.
    https://swentr.site/news/589209-slovakia-eu-destruction-fico/

    #148744
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Israel Resuming Hostage Talks After Ugly Details Emerge Of ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident
    ​ The new to emerge details made known by a preliminary military investigation are very ugly and will drive controversy against military and government decision-makers into overdrive. The three young men killed by IDF troop fire were shirtless, waving a white-flag and shouting in Hebrew when they were gunned down by Israeli forces. According to the Times of Israel based on military statements​.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/israel-resuming-hostage-talks-after-ugly-details-emerge-friendly-fire-incident

    ​ Moon of Alabama has perspective: “Palestinian Terror Operative” Means Anyone Still Alive
    ​ The Zionist soldiers incredibly frightened and insane:
    Initial IDF probe: Hostages were shirtless, waving white flag when soldiers opened fire – Times of Israel
    ​ The IDF provides new details of yesterday’s tragic incident in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood, during which three Israeli hostages who managed to escape Hamas captivity were shot dead by troops…
    ​..The soldier, who believed the men moving toward him was an attempt by Hamas to lure IDF soldiers into a trap, immediately opened fire and shouted “terrorists!” to the other forces.
    ​ According to the probe, that soldier killed two of the men, while the third, who was hit and wounded, fled back into the building from which he came.
    At that stage, the commander of the battalion, who was also in the building where the soldier shot from, went outside and called on the forces to halt their fire.
    ​ Meanwhile, sounds of someone shouting “Help” in Hebrew were heard by the troops in the area.
    Moments later, the third man came out of the building to which he fled, and another soldier opened fire at him, killing him.​..
    ​..In Shejaiya, the senior officer says the IDF has not identified any Palestinian civilians in recent days.
    The officer says troops have killed at least 38 Palestinian terror operatives in Shejaiya in recent days.
    ​ “Palestinian terror operatives” seems to be a synonym for ‘anyone still alive’.
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2023/12/a-palestinian-terror-operatives-is-anyone-still-alive.html

    ​ Israel-Palestine war: Palestinian says soldiers sent him into Hamas tunnel strapped with bombs
    Gaza City resident says he was one of the Palestinians seen stripped and bound after being detained by Israel
    ​ The Palestinian, who wished to be identified only by his first name and was released two days ago, said he was one of the dozens of men seen in photographs and video bound and stripped to their underwear by Israeli troops…
    ​..“They were prepared to explode the tunnel using my body if the camera on my head showed any fighters inside,” he said​…
    ​ “I was 100 percent sure I was going to be killed at that moment, but then they pulled me out of the tunnel when they found nothing inside.”
    According to Hakim, a 15-year-old boy was subjected to the same treatment. The boy, who had been detained with Hakim, survived and was released three days later, he said.
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-war-soldiers-hamas-tunnel-bombs-sent

    ​ This scheme will invalidate the “ownership rights” of the “owners” if they attempt it. This includes a video explanation.
    Intentional Destruction​ ​, First Covid, Now Comes “The Great Taking”
    ​ The Great Taking describes the roadmap to collapse the system, suppress the people, and seize all your assets. And it includes the receipts.
    You Already Own Nothing
    ​ Webb’s book illustrates, among other things, how changes in the Uniform Commercial Code converted asset ownership into a security entitlement. The “entitlement” designation made personal property a mere contractual claim. The “entitled” person is a “beneficial” owner, but not the legal one.
    ​ In the event a financial institution is insolvent, the legal owner is the “entity that controls the security with a security interest.” In essence, client assets belong to the banks.
    https://dougcasey.substack.com/p/intentional-destruction

    ​Ellen Brown’s book review: The Great Taking explains this process in full detail.
    ​ According to a 2023 book called The Great Taking by veteran hedge fund manager David Rogers Webb, counterparty risk on all of these bets is ultimately assumed by an entity called the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), through its nominee Cede & Co. (See also Greg Morse, “Who Owns America? Cede & DTCC,” and A. Freed, “Who Really Owns Your Money? Part I, The DTCC”). Cede & Co. is now the owner of record of all of our stocks, bonds, digitized securities, mortgages, and more; and it is seriously under-capitalized, holding capital of only $3.5 billion, clearly not enough to satisfy all the potential derivative claims. Webb thinks this is intentional.
    ​ What happens if the DTCC goes bankrupt? Under The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) of 2005, derivatives have “super-priority” in bankruptcy. (The BAPCPA actually protects the banks and derivative claimants rather than consumers; it was the same act that eliminated bankruptcy protection for students.) Derivative claimants don’t even need to go through the bankruptcy court but can simply nab the collateral from the bankrupt estate, leaving nothing for the other secured creditors (including state and local governments) or the banks’ unsecured creditors (including us, the depositors). And in this case the “bankrupt estate” – the holdings of the DTCC/Cede & Co. – includes all of our stocks, bonds, digitized securities, mortgages, and more.

    “The Great Taking”: How They Can Own It All

    #148745
    John Day
    Participant

    Simplicius presents the bizarre elite hypocrisy of The COP28 Elite Dine and Dash
    ​ Glancing at the summit from afar, one can’t help the impression that it was more an elite shindig, where hobnobbing globalist haut monde rubbed shoulders and greased palms, and even simply jet-setted for the prestige and social cachet on offer in spades by the star-studded photoshoots pullulating throughout the event like pumpjacks in a wadi.
    https://darkfutura.substack.com/p/the-cop28-elite-dine-and-dash

    ​ Steve Kirsch, The NZ data is crystal clear evidence that the COVID vaccine is deadly. A simple, stunning example.
    This one chart is all you need to know. Deaths go UP. They are supposed to go DOWN.

    https://kirschsubstack.com/p/the-nz-data-is-crystal-clear-that#poll-128331

    ​ Long-Term Use Of Statins Linked To Heart Disease: Studies
    ​ For decades, statins have been heralded as the reliable heroes in the battle against heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States and globally. However, this seemingly flawless reputation has been called into question.
    ​ A new expert review suggests that long-term use of statins may be inadvertently aiding the enemy by accelerating coronary artery calcification instead of providing protection.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/long-term-use-statins-linked-heart-disease-studies

    Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms ​ ​[The paper referenced above]
    https://cardiacos.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2015-Statins-stimulate-atherosclerosis-and-heart-failure-pharmacological-mechanisms.pdf

    ​ ‘Groundbreaking’ Legal Action Demands EPA Finally Ban Glyphosate
    “EPA lacks a legal human health assessment of glyphosate to support its current use,” said a lawyer for the Center for Food Safety.
    ​ Citing research from the U.S. government’s own National Institutes of Health, a coalition of environmental and farmworkers groups said Wednesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is out of excuses for continuing to allow the use of the herbicide glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer in people who are exposed to it.
    ​ The Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a petition with the EPA on behalf of Beyond Pesticides and four farmworkers groups, including Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, saying glyphosate’s registration in the U.S. is illegal.

    ‘Groundbreaking’ Legal Action Demands EPA Finally Ban Glyphosate

    #148746
    John Day
    Participant

    data

    #148747
    kultsommer
    Participant

    @John Day
    No amount of sunlight can jolt the lady out of state of nothingness and lonely despair. Far away from the “feeling refreshed”, but not because holding cup of coffee or energetic arms stretch, as in some commercials, is missing .

    #148748
    Celticbiker
    Participant

    Hopper obviously had a gut instinct for what was coming. 1 Tribe seeks the complete destruction of all that is good. They see us as animals to be subjected. Anti God, anti nature, anti human. Animals hate them because they sense and understand the sickness. I wish Christian people would put down the phones and tv and quietly sense what is coming. Kosher slaughter. Liars, thieves and murderers, just as the talmud instructs them to be. Take a real good look around at the devastation all around you, it was well planned, long ago.

    #148749

    We (the US) will have an election- it’s just that there will be more than two choices. The more “choices”, the likelier the better cheaters will “win”.
    I think “vaccine” damaged people will provide a dandy excuse for more helicopter money (paid directly to pharma and the “healthcare” industry).
    It will also give “victims” something new to crow about while thumbing their noses at the antisocial anti”vaxxers”. Will ominous illnesses make the “victims” sad? Hmmmm. If reality were a thing for them, it would.

    Why oh why must I use “” on so many words nowadays?
    If reality were a thing…..

    My predictions for the coming year.

    #148750
    Oroboros
    Participant

    IDF Terror Forces’ Humvee destroyed by ATGM

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/MQQwlZkWy8ae/

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