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Russia Is Negotiating With The Houthis For Red Sea Passage (Helmer)
‘Stopping Bloodshed In Gaza Our Primary Task:’ Lavrov (Cradle)
WHO Denies Seeing Evidence Of Hamas Using Hospitals As Hideouts (Cradle)
Saudi-French Plan Proposes Exile For Hamas Leadership (Cradle)
What? Ukraine Is Not Winning the War? (Patrick Lawrence)
On Speaking Plain ‘Putin’ (Scott Ritter)
Ukraine Losing 800 Troops A Day – ex-NATO Officer (RT)
Western Leaders Should ‘Stop Playing The Fool’ – Putin (RT)
The Bidens Move To Embrace Influence Peddling With A Twist (Turley)
DOJ Blocked Ex-Hunter Biden Prosecutor From Discussing Case With Congress (WE)
Trump Facing Mounting Challenges To Presidential Eligibility – NYT (RT)
Trump Asks Supreme Court To Deny Special Counsel’s Request (JTN)
Ex-White House Lawyer: SCOTUS Could Rule ‘9-0’ In Trump Case (Hill)
Economist Claims 2024 Will Bring ‘Biggest Crash of Our Lifetime’ in US (ET)
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“No one needs this war — except, of course, the United States with its Western allies and Israel..”

Russia Is Negotiating With The Houthis For Red Sea Passage (Helmer)

Russia is negotiating with the Houthis of Yemen to protect Russian oil cargoes moving through the Red Sea for delivery to India and China, the principal destinations of Russian oil currently traversing the waterway, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, and the Gulf of Aden. Notified in advance to the Yemeni authorities and the Houthi military command, the Russian oil movements by tankers flying a variety of ship registry and national flags, are running the gauntlet of US and European Union (EU) sanctions against Russian oil exports. China is also negotiating with the Houthis for safe passage and protection of Chinese-flagged container vessels. The Chinese military base in Djibouti, recently reinforced to support a large Chinese military group intended for a United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, is also covering the waterway.

Both Moscow and Beijing are acting in semi-secret against US and EU government threats to assemble a naval fleet to convoy shipping headed to and from Israel’s southern port of Eilat. This plan, which the Pentagon is calling Operation Prosperity Guardian, follows the failure of the two US aircraft carrier groups in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf to protect Israel, and deter the Houthi operations. The Pentagon is also threatening to attack Yemeni territory. The fleet, to be assembled over the next month from the Ukraine war coalition states against Russia, will also threaten military force against the movement of Russian oil. Responding to direct questions about the new Red Sea threats on Wednesday afternoon, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Maria Zakharova, skirted saying what the Russian Security Council and General Staff have decided by asking the rhetorical question: “What will the US presence there bring to the region? Greater stability, security, crisis resolution? Or will it all end, as always, with the opposite results?”

Asked to be more specific, Zakharova said: “I have already commented on this question today. I just want to add to what has been said that any presence must have its own purpose and its own result. We see how the United States has increased its presence in the whole region: in the form of attacks on countries, aggression against sovereign regional states, interference in internal affairs, in the form of color revolutions, arms supplies, and manipulation of conflicts in the region. We see what all this has led to…The terrible crisis that has been unfolding before our eyes since October 7 this year. There is no prospect of its immediate completion or even de-escalation. Now everything is balancing on the level of whether, God forbid, this crisis will expand further. Everything is being done on our part to ensure that this does not happen.” Vzglyad, the semi-official security analysis publication in Moscow, has been pro-Israel since the Gaza war began. But yesterday it published a warning from sources identified as Russian experts on the region.

“Yemen has already reacted to this statement. Representatives of the Houthis said that this coalition does not frighten them at all. That they have all the necessary capabilities to provide an adequate response to any actions directed against them and against Yemen. And this is not just a bluff, but words that have a real understanding of their resources and the capabilities behind them. In fact, the coalition ships which will be in the Red Sea will themselves be targets for Yemeni missiles (as the Houthis have already warned)…And the Americans are unlikely to risk conducting a ground operation against them. It is generally difficult to cope with any of the armed formations in Yemen, given the experience of the Yemeni militants and the terrain…

The composition of the coalition has turned out to be quite specific. It did not include Egyptians and Jordanians suffering from Yemeni actions, nor the leaders of the region, the Saudis. There is not a single country in the Middle East except Bahrain. It turns out that none of them has wanted to defend their region, their sea and their interests from the Houthis, together with the Americans. Partly because they understand the futility of such an undertaking. Partly because they are afraid of a backlash from the Houthis. Partly because speaking out against the Houthis would mean, in this particular case, opposing their demands to de-blockade the Gaza Strip.” “No one needs this war — except, of course, the United States with its Western allies and Israel,” Vzglyad concluded.

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‘Stopping Bloodshed In Gaza Our Primary Task:’ Lavrov (Cradle)

The sixth Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum kicked off on 20 December in Morocco’s capital, Marrakesh, for the first time since 2019. The meeting gathered regional foreign ministers of participating countries, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Deputy Secretary-General of the Arab League Houssam Zaki, and ministerial delegations from various Arab states. Algeria continued a long-standing boycott of events held in Morocco. Lavrov commented on the situation in Gaza, saying that external powers are using the war between Palestinian resistance factions and Israel for their benefit. “It has become clear that some external powers are not opposed to using the periodic escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for their interests, to ignite the fire of a regional war in the development of the many past adventures of the United States and its allies that have been launched in [West Asia] over the past 20 years, and the result is the undermining of the state, hundreds of thousands of victims and massive flows of refugees,” the Russian foreign minister said.

Lavrov also noted that Russia is in contact with its allies, especially in the Arab world, to stabilize the situation in Palestine for the long term and to transfer the work of conflict resolution to the political and diplomatic level rather than militaristically. He also continued his line of criticizing Israel, saying, “The suffering of the enclave’s population is aggravated by the consequences of the blockade imposed by Israel. We see our primary task in stopping the bloodshed and ensuring conditions for providing the necessary humanitarian assistance to all those in need.”

He continued by saying that Russia’s diplomatic mission with allies pushed the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution that demands a lasting ceasefire in Gaza, but it has been met with opposition by the US, “which takes a one-sided stance and, as usual, tries to usurp any processes and initiatives,” he stated. Lavrov ended by saying that the world is in a storm and that it’s essential to return to the international covenant that affirms the sovereign rights of all countries. He added that “Russian-Arab relations are based on the principles of equality and mutual respect, noting that Russia has many areas to develop with Arab countries.”

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It was always just a story.

WHO Denies Seeing Evidence Of Hamas Using Hospitals As Hideouts (Cradle)

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on 21 December that northern Gaza has been left without functional hospitals due to the lack of fuel, staff, and supplies. “There are actually no functional hospitals left in the north,” the WHO representative in Gaza, Richard Peeperkorn, said to reporters via video link from Jerusalem. “Al-Ahli [Hospital] was the last one, but it is now minimally functional: still treating patients but not admitting new ones.” Peeperkorn described Al-Ahli Hospital as one that resembled a hospice, providing very limited care with only about 10 staff members, all of whom are junior doctors and nurses who provide basic first aid, pain management, and wound care with scant resources, he said. “Until two days ago, it was the only hospital where injured people could get surgery in northern Gaza, and [the hospital] was overwhelmed with patients needing emergency care,” he said.

The WHO spokesman added that the bodies of Palestinians from Israel’s recent attacks were lined up in the hospital courtyard as they could not be given safe and dignified burials. Hospitals, which are protected under international humanitarian law, have been repeatedly attacked by Israel airstrikes in Gaza since the war erupted. The Israeli army has accused Hamas of having tunnels under hospitals and using the medical facilities as command centers, a claim that has been denied by the Palestinian resistance group. When asked about Israel’s claim, Peeperkorn said: “On our missions we have not seen anything of this sort on the ground”, adding that WHO was “not in a position to assert how any hospital is being used.”

“The role of WHO is to monitor, analyze, and report. We do not attribute attacks to healthcare facilities. We are not an organization investigating crimes. I think this should be very clear,” Peeperkorn went on to say. In the south of Gaza, Israel has continued its attacks on hospitals, with the Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis being hit by multiple Israeli strikes, including an Israeli tank shell that hit the maternity building, killing a 13-year-old girl. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said earlier this month that hospitals in the southern Gaza Strip were in “total collapse, unable to deal with the quantity and quality of injuries that arrive.”

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Why would they move want to move to Algeria?

Saudi-French Plan Proposes Exile For Hamas Leadership (Cradle)

The French newspaper Le Monde published details on 20 December of a Saudi document containing a plan to end the war in Gaza, which stipulates the transfer of Hamas’ military and security leaders to the Algerian capital. The newspaper stated that the document was prepared by the head of the Gulf Research Centre, Abdulaziz bin Saqr, after a meeting on 19 November in Riyadh with the head of the North Africa and Middle East Department at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anne Greux. The document was then transferred to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Le Monde pointed out that the evacuation of Hamas leaders to Algeria most likely refers to the leader of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Muhammad Deif, and the leader of the movement in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar.

Algeria was reportedly chosen as a potential place of exile for the movement’s leaders because of the north African nation’s good relationship with Qatar and Iran, the main supporters of the Hamas movement, and because of its security capabilities that would allow it to tightly control their activities. Le Monde contacted the Algerian ambassador in Paris, but he did not wish to comment on the matter. The plan also calls for the deployment of an Arab peacekeeping force in Gaza under UN auspices and the establishment of a “joint transitional council,” including the main factions in Gaza, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and Fatah. The council would be responsible for managing the enclave for a period of four years, and for organizing presidential and parliamentary elections.

The newspaper noted it is unclear if the plan had been approved by the Saudi authorities, or whether it was a purely personal initiative of the Gulf Research Centre head. The document stated only: “It appears that the search for a Saudi-French consensus could contribute to the crystallization of a common vision acceptable to all parties, and have an impact on the decision to end the war.” Since 7 October, the Israeli army has carried out vicious campaign against Gaza that has killed almost 20,000 people, the majority women and children. Israel’s bombing campaign and ongoing siege threaten to make the enclave completely uninhabitable.

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“..Emperor Hirohito’s famous declaration on August 15, 1945, when he announced the surrender on Japanese radio. “The war,” he told his desperate subjects, “has not necessarily progressed to our advantage.”

What? Ukraine Is Not Winning the War? (Patrick Lawrence)

“Putin’s Russia is closing in on a devastating victory. Europe’s foundations are trembling.” This was the headline atop a Dec.9 commentary in The Telegraph, the farthest right of the major London dailies. The subhead elaborated the theme in yet graver terms: “Kyiv’s counteroffensive has ended in failure. This could be NATO’s Suez moment.” The piece that followed included all sorts of goodies in this line. It is not official, not yet, that Ukraine’s grand counteroffensive, the great Russophobic hope of the Zelensky and Biden regimes earlier this year, has proven a bust and that defeat is in the offing. The closest we have to such an admission came from Volodymyr Zelensky earlier this month, when the Ukrainian president declared that the counteroffensive “did not achieve the desired results.”

I loved that moment, to be honest. It reminded me of Emperor Hirohito’s famous declaration on August 15, 1945, when he announced the surrender on Japanese radio. “The war,” he told his desperate subjects, “has not necessarily progressed to our advantage.” O.K., let’s leave Zelensky to Zelensky, Joe Biden to Joe Biden, and Antony Blinken to Antony Blinken. We can count news of failure unofficially official when mainstream media start dropping such news on their readers and viewers. The Telegraph, so far as I know, was the first big daily on either side of the Atlantic to make such blunt admissions. Others have already followed, if in gentler, more oblique language—in Zelensky-speak, this is to say. A significant moment may be upon us. What will follow once it is acknowledged that the Nazi-infested crooks in Kyiv have failed?

President Biden, as is his consistently unwise wont, radically overinvested in the proxy war he chose to start with the Russian Federation as soon as he took office three years ago next month. Having defined the Ukraine conflict as a war in the name of democracy and freedom —“values” rather than interests, this is to say—he has left the U.S. and its European clients no room for compromise and nearly none even for negotiation. What is the next move when defeat is too obvious any longer to deny? If we are about to enter uncharted territory, will it prove dangerous ground? It may, but this is not yet clear. It will be uncertain and probably unstable: This we know. Of the many things I do not like about this circumstance, I will mention a few straightaway. Biden may be the stupidest president of the postwar era on the foreign policy side: He exhibits no capacity whatsoever for nimble or imaginative thought. He is a warmonger of long standing, an election year is upon us, and he is by now in obvious danger of being impeached. His mental incompetence, atop all this, is plain for all to see.

There are also the national security people around Biden to consider. With the exception of CIA Director William Burns, who seems to dedicate himself to his career advancement, these are lockstep ideologues who share a Manichean vision of the world and how it works. And we had better think long and hard about these people now. I urge this because of an item in Politico two weeks back. The piece reported on the policy cliques’ thinking after recent Houthi attacks on U.S. warships in the Red Sea. Some officials urge a vigorous response, but the reigning view favors restraint for fear of enlarging Israel’s barbarity in Gaza into a wider war. Then, well down in the story, this paragraph: “The military’s job is to present a variety of options to senior commanders, but the ultimate decision is up to the president and the administration’s political appointees. In multiple high-level meetings this week, the Pentagon has neither briefed President Joe Biden on options to strike Houthi targets nor recommended that he do so, two of the officials said. All were granted anonymity to detail sensitive internal deliberations.”

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“..Russia’s victory in the war against Ukraine will be a defeat of NATO,” adding ominously, “This cannot be allowed.”

On Speaking Plain ‘Putin’ (Scott Ritter)

Given the failure of the collective West to impose its will on Russia through what is widely considered a proxy conflict, one would think that some form of retrospective analysis would be in order. However, to engage in such an activity constructively, an agreed-upon lexicon would be needed to communicate effectively. Since Russia is prevailing in the conflict, one would also think that a modicum of interest should be given to how Russia defines the conflict. In short, anyone who is interested in learning the lessons of the collective West’s failure in Ukraine should learn “to speak Putin.” The problem is, those in the West who should be preparing a proper lexicon from which the Russian-Ukraine conflict could be more accurately assessed are instead operating from an outdated lexicon rooted in the language and mindset of a time that no longer exists, born of a Cold War mentality that prevents any deep-seated and relevant analysis of the true situation between Russia and the West.

Both the United States and NATO have described the Russia-Ukraine conflict as possessing existential consequences for Europe and the world, with the secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, going so far as to declare in October 2022 that “Russia’s victory in the war against Ukraine will be a defeat of NATO,” adding ominously, “This cannot be allowed.” Bad news, Mr. Stoltenberg — Russia has won. While the “Special Military Operation” has yet to be concluded, Russia has seized the strategic initiative across the board when it comes to conflict with Ukraine, forcing the Ukrainian military to terminate a counteroffensive, which the government of Ukraine and its NATO allies had invested tens of billions of dollars in military resources, and tens of thousands of Ukrainian lives in hopes of achieving a decisive victory over the Russian military on the battlefield.

Today, Ukraine finds its military decimated by the fighting and unable to sustain itself as a cohesive combat force on the field of battle. The U.S. and NATO likewise find themselves unable and/or unwilling to continue supplying Ukraine with the money and material needed to continue to maintain a viable military presence on the battlefield. Russia is in the process of transitioning away from a posture of flexible defense, and instead initiating offensive operations along the length of the line of contact designed to exploit opportunities presented by an increasingly depleted, and defeated, Ukrainian army. U.S. President Joe Biden has likewise argued that a Russian victory was unacceptable.

“We can’t let Putin win,” Biden said earlier this month to put pressure on a U.S. Congress that has allowed the Ukrainian conflict to become wrapped up in domestic American politics, with key Republicans in both the Senate and House refusing to support a funding bill that lumps some $60 billion in Ukraine assistance together with money for Israel and immigration reform. “Any disruption in our ability to supply Ukraine clearly strengthens Putin’s position,” Biden concluded.

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“Kiev needs to recruit more than 20,000 soldiers every month..”

Ukraine Losing 800 Troops A Day – ex-NATO Officer (RT)

Around 800 Ukrainian troops are being killed and wounded daily amid the conflict with Russia, retired German Air Force Colonel and prominent military analyst Ralph D. Thiele has claimed. In an opinion piece for Focus magazine on Wednesday, Thiele, who used to serve in the personal staff of NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, claimed that Kiev needs to recruit more than 20,000 soldiers every month in order to replace its dead and injured. He did not reveal his sources or basis for his calculations, however. Ukraine also requires additional personnel to be able to rotate its troops on the frontline, so that “exhausted soldiers” may recover and units may replenish their material supplies, he wrote. According to Thiele, who now heads the Political-Military Society, EuroDefense (Germany) and StratByrd Consulting think tanks, “the highly motivated defense” and subsequent counteroffensive, which he described as “a thing of the past,” came at a “high price” for Ukraine.

Kiev’s manpower and hardware are “significantly worn out,” he said. “Western weapons systems are not miracle weapons and are wearing out,” the analyst added. The worsening battlefield situation and decreasing Western support for Kiev are “eating away at the morale” of the Ukrainian troops, who “will have to save ammunition in a war of attrition and endure slaughter at the front without rest and without a greater sense of achievement,” Thiele stressed. Russia has also lost “a large number of soldiers and huge amounts of material” during the conflict, but “it has much more of both than Ukraine,” he argued. “Step by step, Russia’s superiority in the conflict with Ukraine is becoming more visible,” the analyst acknowledged. Moscow’s “strategy of attrition” is “taking effect” in terms of personnel, material, ammunition and morale, he said.

Thiele’s number of 800 Ukrainian soldiers being lost per day appears to be higher than the one announced by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu at the expanded meeting of the Defense Ministry’s Board on Tuesday. According to Shoigu, some 400,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed or wounded since the start of the fighting in late February 2022. This means that, according to Russian figures, Kiev’s daily losses stand at around 600 servicemen. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who chaired the meeting, stressed that “we can say with confidence that our troops have the initiative” on the frontline with Ukraine. “In essence, we are doing what we consider necessary, what we want. Wherever… commanders decide active defense is best, it takes place. And where it is needed, we improve our positions,” Putin explained.

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That’s hard if you are an actual fool.

Western Leaders Should ‘Stop Playing The Fool’ – Putin (RT)

Western nations that expect Russia to collapse are misguided and should instead let their economies benefit from cooperation, President Vladimir Putin said at a government meeting on Thursday. The US and its allies have targeted Russia with unprecedented sanctions in a bid to punish Moscow for the Ukraine conflict. The country has largely adapted to the pressure, according to the Russian government and Western analysis. Putin raised the issue during a meeting of the Council on Strategic Development and National Projects, as he described Russia’s booming commercial ties with non-Western nations. He noted, however, that Moscow is not closing the door on the West. “It’s time for them [Western leaders] to stop playing the fool and waiting for us to collapse. Everyone realizes by now that if they want to benefit from cooperation with Russia, they should do so,” the president said.

Western nations have a choice between following “ephemeral considerations” motivating them to seek Russia’s destruction and “the interests of their own nations and peoples,” which require cooperation based on a “new foundation of a multipolar world,” Putin stated. Moscow has weathered Western economic attacks by reorienting its economy toward trade with countries that declined to join the Washington-led sanctions campaign, including Asian powerhouses China and India. Russia has also taken measures to decrease reliance on Western-controlled financial institutions, switching to alternative payment methods and national currencies in commerce. During a visit to Beijing on Tuesday, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said the US dollar has almost fully been replaced in trade with China.

Meanwhile, EU nations have suffered a surge in energy prices after rejecting Russian supplies to supposedly reduce dependence and cut Moscow’s profits. In particular, Russian pipeline natural gas has been replaced with more expensive liquified natural gas (LNG), sourced from the US, Qatar, and other nations. Russia is also among Europe’s LNG suppliers and has made record deliveries, according to a report by Kommersant earlier this month. Some factory owners in Germany, the leading European economy, have been forced to shut down due to increased operational costs. The Credit reform credit agency reported this month that it expects 18,100 German companies to file for insolvency this year, marking a 23.5% increase on 2022.

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“It is a curious defense that we are not corrupt because we just ripped off dupes who were corrupt people..”

The Bidens Move To Embrace Influence Peddling With A Twist (Turley)

As the House of Representatives goes into high gear in its impeachment proceedings (and possible contempt resolution against Hunter Biden), the Biden family legal problems continue to mount. In one week, it was revealed that President Biden’s brother James was caught on an FBI audiotape in a corruption investigation, while Ashley Biden, the president’s daughter, is now also facing demands for unpaid taxes. James Biden is expected to appear before the House for questioning in the coming weeks. The appearance may solidify a new line of defense for the Bidens: that they are harmless grifters. After years of denying influence peddling with the help of an obligating media, even some Democrats are now admitting that Hunter and his uncles have been selling influence. Biden associates confirmed that Joe Biden was the brand that they were peddling to foreign clients, who paid millions to the family.

The FBI tape is the latest example of how the Bidens would market their name and access. The surveillance occurred in the bribery investigation into Mississippi trial attorney Richard Scruggs. Like many Biden associates, Scruggs would eventually go to prison while the Bidens remained untouched. Scruggs forked over $100,000 to James Biden when he was seeking to reinforce support for the massive tobacco legislation and Joe Biden was viewed as skeptical on what some viewed as a windfall for trial lawyers. Scruggs admitted to the Washington Post that “I probably wouldn’t have hired [James Biden] if he wasn’t the senator’s brother.”Scruggs was just another shady figure whose business association with the Bidens would ultimately end with a prison stint. As soon as the tape came out, so did the new defense.

James Biden took the money but allegedly did nothing to land his brother. If that sounds familiar, it should. After Hunter Biden’s former business associate Devon Archer admitted that they were selling the “Biden brand,” the Bidens’ defenders immediately insisted that it was merely “illusory.” In other words, these corrupt figures wanted to buy influence and access, but they were just chumps fleeced by the Bidens. The idea is to get the public to think less of coked up Henry Hill in “Goodfellas” and more of the lovable professor Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” the charming rascal ripping off hayseeds by selling marching bands. It is a curious defense that we are not corrupt because we just ripped off dupes who were corrupt people. The problem, of course, is that influence peddling is a form of corruption. Indeed, it is a form of corruption that is so damaging to good government that the United States has pushed global agreements to ban influence peddling in other countries.

The question is whether Joe Biden knew about the influence peddling of his brothers and his son. If so, he actively assisted his family in acquiring millions to influence him on public policy or legislation. His family was effectively marketing time shares in a senator, a vice president and now a president. Whether or not Biden delivered, the family business corrupted the functions of government by converting offices into types of commodities. That is the case regardless of whether or not they delivered. It is akin to an extortionist taking money without any intent to follow through on threats of disclosure or use of damaging material. Even in today’s willfully blind politics, every voter should be able to agree on two simple facts.First, influence peddling is corruption long opposed by the government and denounced by both parties. Second, if the president knew that his son and uncles were using him for influence peddling, Joe Biden is also corrupt.

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“I will not be permitted to answer most of the questions you have for me..”

DOJ Blocked Ex-Hunter Biden Prosecutor From Discussing Case With Congress (WE)

A key prosecutor who worked for years on the Department of Justice’s case against Hunter Biden refused to answer nearly every question lawmakers asked her during recent congressional testimony after the DOJ instructed her not to speak about the case, according to a transcript reviewed by the Washington Examiner. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf, who appeared alongside her personal lawyers, told the House Judiciary Committee last week during a closed-door interview that she was “significantly constrained” by the DOJ in what she could discuss. “My voluntary appearance here today is not without an overwhelming feeling of frustration and disappointment because as much as I would invite the opportunity to explain the decisions made and accurately describe the actions taken, I will not be permitted to answer most of the questions you have for me,” Wolf said at the start of the interview.

Wolf’s testimony came after two IRS whistleblowers who spent years working on the Hunter Biden investigation accused her of blocking investigative steps that they say were necessary to advance the case. They blamed Wolf and others for allowing the first son to avoid certain tax charges and for allowing his father, President Joe Biden, to avoid scrutiny. Republicans grilled Wolf during the interview about specific actions the whistleblowers said she took, but she responded repeatedly that she was “not able to discuss any particular matters related to an ongoing investigation.” Days ahead of her testimony, the DOJ provided lengthy written instructions to Wolf, which the Washington Examiner verified, that said that even as a former employee, she is expected not to disclose nonpublic information about the investigation and prosecution of Hunter Biden.

The department cited its internal policies and a statute that governs the disclosure of grand jury-related material as reasons for restricting her testimony. The DOJ also sternly observed that Wolf was not the appropriate witness to answer questions related to the substance of the Hunter Biden case or DOJ personnel matters, repeatedly saying that senior officials, rather than line-level officials like Wolf, were better-suited witnesses to address those topics. The DOJ also said it wanted to be cognizant of the separation of powers in prosecutions, a point that comes after Hunter Biden’s defense attorneys argued this month that his gun charges in Delaware should be dismissed on those very grounds. The first son’s lawyers claimed the DOJ breached the separation of powers by, in their view, caving to Republican lawmakers’ pressure to press charges against their client.

Wolf still provided some general comments that shed light on what she was thinking when she made the controversial decisions cited by the whistleblowers. When Wolf was asked about an email she wrote to investigators instructing them to remove Joe Biden’s name from a search warrant, she said she could not discuss the matter. She did, however, speak to the process of drafting warrants. “I think that’s important for people to understand that search warrants…are limited. They’re intrusions on people’s rights. And the default is an intrusion on someone’s rights. So that there are protections built into the process by the Constitution that the magistrates are responsible for enforcing,” Wolf said.

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“..If the Supreme Court takes the case, it will effectively stay the proceedings in all the other states..”

Trump Facing Mounting Challenges To Presidential Eligibility – NYT (RT)

This week’s decision by Colorado’s Supreme Court to disqualify Donald Trump from holding office is the first of several legal challenges that could derail the former US president’s bid to return to the White House, the New York Times has reported. At least 17 states are currently processing legal challenges to Trump’s eligibility, the newspaper claimed on Wednesday. The Times, which cited Lawfare – a website which tracks US national security issues – added that four of these lawsuits have been filed in state courts in Michigan, Oregon, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. A further eleven lawsuits, in states including Arizona, Nevada, New York, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming, have been filed in federal district courts. Trump’s legal team has said they intend to appeal the Colorado decision to the US Supreme Court.

Colorado’s top court on Tuesday ruled that Trump is ineligible to appear on the state’s primary ballot ahead of next year’s presidential elections. In a 4-3 ruling, the Colorado justices found that Trump had violated the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from holding office. The former US president is accused of breaching the so-called “insurrectionist ban” over his alleged efforts to overturn the results of his 2020 election defeat to Joe Biden and inciting the riots at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The ruling does not prevent Trump from running in other states across the US. In a statement on Tuesday, Colorado’s Supreme Court noted that its judgment placed the court in “uncharted territory” over its efforts to disqualify Trump from the state ballot. It also said that its decision could be reversed with “the receipt of any order or mandate from the Supreme Court.”

Should the US Supreme Court opt, as expected, Trump’s appeal to hear it would mean that he would be returned to the state ballot until America’s top court makes a formal decision. An appeal would also suspend the other active lawsuits across the US, according to retired appeals court Judge J. Michael Luttig. “If the Supreme Court takes the case, it will effectively stay the proceedings in all the other states,” Luttig said, according to the New York Times on Wednesday. The Supreme Court’s judgment on the issue also faces time constraints. Colorado’s Secretary of State confirmed to MSNBC this week that it must certify the candidates eligible to appear on ballots by a January 5 deadline to physically print the documents ahead of the state’s primary election in March. In addition to constitutional arguments over Trump’s capacity to potentially return to the White House, the former president also faces 91 felony counts in four ongoing criminal cases in Washington, New York, Florida, and Georgia.

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“What is ‘imperative’ … is that this case be decided correctly, not that it be decided quickly..”

Trump Asks Supreme Court To Deny Special Counsel’s Request (JTN)

Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on quickly ruling on special counsel Jack Smith’s request for the high court to review the former president’s appeal of charges related to the 2020 election on the grounds that he has presidential immunity. The Supreme Court should refrain from ruling on Smith’s request until after a lower federal appellate court makes a decision on the issue, Trump’s attorneys said Wednesday in a 44-page court filing. Smith had asked the court last week to quickly rule on whether Trump could be prosecuted for allegedly attempting to overturn the 2020 election in his favor and then playing a role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, ahead of the planned trial start date of March 4, 2024, in the middle of the 2024 presidential primary season.

The special counsel justified the date by calling it of “paramount public importance” to hold the trial “as expeditiously as possible,” but Trump’s legal team wrote that “in an omission that speaks volumes, the Special Counsel never explains why March 4, 2024, is supposedly the only ‘appropriate timetable’ for this historic prosecution. That date has no talismanic significance.” Trump’s attorneys also said that precedence favors allowing the lower appeals court to address the issue first before the Supreme Court. “What is ‘imperative’ … is that this case be decided correctly, not that it be decided quickly,” the lawyers wrote. The former president’s legal team also argued that Smith’s request to the Supreme Court “misstates the legal issue in this appeal by incorrectly framing it as whether absolute presidential immunity extends to ‘crimes committed while in office,'” the former president’s legal team said, arguing that Trump instead “asserted that a President is immune from prosecution for official acts.”

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“..the ruling “vindicates” Trump’s “insistence that this is a political conspiracy to interfere with the election and that … he’s the target and people shouldn’t tolerate that in America.”

Ex-White House Lawyer: SCOTUS Could Rule ‘9-0’ In Trump Case (Hill)

Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb predicted Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court could rule “9-0” in favor of former President Trump in a potential appeal of Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that would kick Trump off the state’s ballot. “I think this case will be handled quickly. I think it could be 9-0 in the Supreme Court for Trump,” Cobb said in an interview on CNN, adding later, “I do believe it could be 9-0, because I think the law is clear.” The Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday that Trump should not appear on Colorado’s ballot due to his alleged role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Citing the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection clause,” the 4-3 ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court argued Trump engaged in an insurrection by promoting false claims of election fraud and encouraging supporters to go the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled the office of the president falls under the insurrection clause, which states those who previously took oaths to support the Constitution as a “member of Congress,” “officer of the United States,” “member of any State legislature” or an “executive or judicial officer of any State” cannot engage in a rebellion against it.“The real key issue in this case is — is Trump an officer in the United States in the context in which that term is used in the Article 3 of the 14th Amendment,” Cobb said. “And in 2010, Chief Justice [John] Roberts explained in free enterprise that people don’t vote for officers of the United States.” Cobb went on to reference multiple Supreme Court decisions that do not conclude officers include the president or vice president in this context.

Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, has already vowed the Trump campaign will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority and includes three justices nominated by Trump. “The Supreme Court though will not hesitate to move quickly on this; they know what the stakes are. They know what their responsibility is,” Cobb continued. “And they can delay some of these Colorado dates to the extent that they feel they’re obligated to or have to.” Colorado’s Supreme Court put its ruling on hold until Jan. 4 to allow Trump to first seek review from the U.S. Supreme Court. If he does, his name will automatically remain on the ballot until justices resolve the appeal. Cobb further argued the ruling “vindicates” Trump’s “insistence that this is a political conspiracy to interfere with the election and that … he’s the target and people shouldn’t tolerate that in America.”

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Haven’t seen Harry Dent for a while.

Economist Claims 2024 Will Bring ‘Biggest Crash of Our Lifetime’ in US (ET)

An economist who focuses on consumer spending has issued a dire warning about the U.S. economy in the coming year. “Since 2009, this has been 100 percent artificial, unprecedented money printing and deficits: $27 trillion over 15 years, to be exact,” economist Harry Dent told Fox Business on Dec. 19. “This is off the charts, 100 percent artificial, which means we’re in a dangerous state. “I think 2024 is going to be the biggest single crash year we’ll see in our lifetime. “We need to get back down to normal, and we need to send a message to central banks,” he said. “This should be a lesson I don’t think we’ll ever revisit. I don’t think we’ll ever see a bubble for any of our lifetimes again.” Mr. Dent, who owns the HS Dent Investment Management firm, told the outlet that U.S. markets are currently in a bubble that started in late 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Things are not going to come back to normal in a few years. We may never see these levels again. And this crash is not going to be a correction,” he said. “It’s going to be more in the ’29 to ’32 level. And anybody who sat through that would have shot their stockbroker,” Mr. Dent said, making references to the stock market crash in 1929 that led to the Great Depression throughout the 1930s. “If I’m right, it is going to be the biggest crash of our lifetime, most of it happening in 2024. You’re going to see it start and be more obvious by May. “So, if you just get out for six to 12 months and stuff stays at the highest valuation history, maybe you miss a little more gains if I’m wrong. If I’m right, you’re going to save massive losses and be able to reinvest a year or year-and-a-half from now at unbelievably low prices and magnify your gains beyond compare.”

Mr. Dent’s predictions of a market crash are nothing new. In 2009, he wrote “The Great Depression Ahead,” a book that forecasted a significant market crash. In the past few weeks, several analysts have been making similar predictions of a significant stock market crash in the near future. “Based on prevailing market valuations, we estimate that poor total returns are likely for the S&P 500 in the coming 10–12 years, that equity market returns, relative to bonds, are likely to be among the worst in history, and that a market loss on the order of [minus] 63% over the completion of this cycle would be consistent with prevailing valuations and a century of market history,” Hussman Investment Trust President John Hussman, who called the 2008 crash, wrote in a note in October.

However, in a recent note, investment banking firm Goldman Sachs raised its 2024 S&P 500 target by 8 percent, to 5,100, forecasting a tailwind for U.S. stocks from falling inflation and declining interest rates. “Looking forward, the new regime of both improving growth and falling rates should support stocks with weaker balance sheets, particularly those that are sensitive to economic growth,” the firm wrote late last week.

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“Power is the horse ridden by evil..”

The Greatest Gift For All (Paul Craig Roberts)

Christmas is a time of traditions. If you have found time in the rush before Christmas to decorate a tree, you are sharing in a relatively new tradition. Although the Christmas tree has ancient roots, at the beginning of the 20th century only 1 in 5 American families put up a tree. It was 1920 before the Christmas tree became the hallmark of the season. Calvin Coolidge was the first President to light a national Christmas tree on the White House lawn. Gifts are another shared custom. This tradition comes from the wise men or three kings who brought gifts to baby Jesus. When I was a kid, gifts were more modest than they are now, but even then people were complaining about the commercialization of Christmas. We have grown accustomed to the commercialization. Christmas sales are the backbone of many businesses. Gift giving causes us to remember others and to take time from our harried lives to give them thought.

The decorations and gifts of Christmas are one of our connections to a Christian culture that has held Western civilization together for 2,000 years. In our culture the individual counts. This permits an individual person to put his or her foot down, to take a stand on principle, to become a reformer and to take on injustice. This empowerment of the individual is unique to Western civilization. It has made the individual a citizen equal in rights to all other citizens, protected from tyrannical government by the rule of law and free speech. These achievements are the products of centuries of struggle, but they all flow from the teaching that God so values the individual’s soul that he sent his son to die so we might live. By so elevating the individual, Christianity gave him a voice. Formerly only those with power had a voice. But in Western civilization people with integrity have a voice.

So do people with a sense of justice, of honor, of duty, of fair play. Reformers can reform, investors can invest, and entrepreneurs can create commercial enterprises, new products and new occupations. The result was a land of opportunity. The United States attracted immigrants who shared our values and reflected them in their own lives. Our culture was absorbed by a diverse people who became one. In recent decades we have lost sight of the historic achievement that empowered the individual. The religious, legal and political roots of this great achievement are no longer reverently taught in high schools, colleges and universities or respected by our government. The voices that reach us through the millennia and connect us to our culture are being silenced by “Identity Politics,” “political correctness,” “critical race theory” and the war against “white culture.” Prayer has been driven from schools and Christian religious symbols from public life.

Christianity is being gradually marginalized. Each year it becomes more difficult to find a Christmas card that says “Merry Christmas” instead of “Seasons Greetings.” In place of Christmas carols we get Hollywood Christmas songs. In some churches Christianity is being transmuted into Christian Zionism and the worship of Israel. Others fly LGBTQ and BLM flags. We are approaching a time when a Christian Christmas cannot be celebrated as it is not inclusive in a diverse society and therefore is politically incorrect if not a hate crime. Constitutional protections have been diminished by hegemonic political ambitions. Indefinite detention, torture, and murder are now acknowledged practices of the United States government. The historic achievement of due process has been rolled back. Tyranny has re-emerged.

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    Pablo Picasso Weeping woman 1937   • Russia Is Negotiating With The Houthis For Red Sea Passage (Helmer) • ‘Stopping Bloodshed In Gaza Our Primar
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 22 2023]

    #148969
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Are these the same?

       “I get the sense you believe since I don’t want to track down and kill every Jew on sight, I am therefore unfailingly pro-anything-any-Jew-worldwide-does. While I must have 5-10 comments on the inappropriateness of Israeli actions daily”

      “To block out such inconvenient truths (the voice of conscience) the privileged use ‘conversive thinking’, which means changing the outcome of the reasoning process to a more convenient outcome”

    #148970
    aspnaz
    Participant

    In fact, the coalition ships which will be in the Red Sea will themselves be targets for Yemeni missiles (as the Houthis have already warned)…And the Americans are unlikely to risk conducting a ground operation against them.

    I imagine the Houthis would like nothing more than to have to opportunity to kill Americans face to face. The Houthis have all the experience in this field, they have been attacking ships for years, they have been the targets of American missiles for years. Now that they have Russia and China’s interests on their side plus a shit load of weapons from Ukraine courtesy of Biden, I imagine they would like nothing more than the chance to chew on some American soldier leg on the barbie.

    The world is changing a lot … fast.

    #148971
    Dr. D
    Participant

    What I mean to say: Weren’t those Marxists great who stood on the barricades and gave us a 40 hour workweek and weekends off? People who really meant what they believed. Yes, they were great. Where have all the good men gone? These days?

    #148972
    aspnaz
    Participant

    In some churches Christianity is being transmuted into Christian Zionism and the worship of Israel. Others fly LGBTQ and BLM flags. We are approaching a time when a Christian Christmas cannot be celebrated as it is not inclusive in a diverse society and therefore is politically incorrect if not a hate crime.

    Wow, it is like the Christians are becoming Jews with all their amoral society and family sabotage, combined with the Soros hate. Americans really are retarded, they have been too isolated for too long, they need an invader …. oh, thank God, here come the Middle and South Americans to save them.

    #148973
    boilingfrog
    Participant

    Just wanted to say that I very much appreciated the “conversation” you all had in yesterday’s comments (w a nod to Phoenix for kind of initiating). I don’t have the mental horsepower to engage, but sure do like observing those who do and having my thinking expanded.

    Currently doing some remodel work for an architecture professor and happened to read some papers she had on-site. To me, gibberish.
    Full of terms and labels that had no meaning and were often created by the author. And then responses which just spun into even deeper gibberish as words had lost all meaning, twisted and contorted like a lump of clay. Made me think of our politics: “faith-based”.

    Defining terms, and sticking to those terms, is the only possible way to have anything that might be considered a “conversation” about ideas (or, imagination, as Greer dicusses), so these efforts on TAE are very much appreciated.

    For me, personally, it gives a sense of understanding (and false sense of “order”, or at least “control”?) and that is important for two reasons: (1) my mind seems to need that at a purely intellectual level, and (2) I try to position my sorry-ass for the various potential futures we face…intellectually, emotionally and physically (a ‘crash now and avoid the rush’ type of thing, I guess).

    Am sorry I can’t really include anything substantial to the arguments and discussions, but did want you all to know there’s a wider audience out here appreciating your thoughts from around the world (and Illargi’s heroic efforts).

    Time to let the chickens out…

    #148974
    EoinW
    Participant

    20th century America: Bing & Frank. Class, style, self confidence

    21st century America: I don’t know the names of any rappers!

    #148975
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Picasso: the hard part was getting her to weep for 6-7 hours so he could do the portrait. But Picasso was good at that.

    As if I need the help: “When Government talks to you” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ-rLmwiswY

    This is how an abusive controlling sociopath acts. And this is of course the least of all events and interactions with government.

    New initiative, no doubt in view of the election. “YouTube Featured Before you react to a story, hit pause:
    Ever been swayed by a story before considering its motive? Watch this to see why it’s important to look for potential agendas.”

    Thanks! Yes, YouTube: yours. YOU are the agenda I most have to dodge and fear.

    NY Times and Boston Globe both – I don’t know what? Actually do their jobs except that’s suspicious to me?
    “NY Times Blasts Harvard’s Gay in Detailed Plagiarism Review as Scandal Spirals out of Control

    Not Harvard! Their action was to sue the PAPER for telling the TRUTH. (again). Go Crimson!

    BBee

    “Investigators Beginning to Suspect Claudine Gay’s Novel ‘Larry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Rock’ May Have Been Plagiarized” –BBee

    And I’m beginning to suspect that people believe if you claim to be a minority, the rules don’t apply to you.

    “Germany’s Anti-Immigration AfD Party Soars to New High in Year-End Poll

    The workers and common people are behind them. This is not the party of Capitalist Billionaires.

    “”If you’re arguing that we get rid of fossil fuels you’re arguing that we kill off half the world’s population and what you are doing is advocating genocide.” Ian Plimer

    They did plan to swap out with green, and great! but because of this “genocide” thing it is serious business and you need to really test and confirm it’s all certain to work. They are certain it’s not working, never will, and moving forward with vigor.

    “Javier Milei with an incredible speech… Not talking like a politician. Just a man. Announcing massive deregulation of the economy and condemning what got Argentina to the situation it’s currently in”

    Well that part is true but it’s not like there aren’t land mines on the Right as well. Perhaps he can avoid them.

    “Reporter GOES OFF on Biden Border Patrol facilitating the invasion of our country”

    Pool has been commenting on these guys, who are LITERAL human traffickers, walking not just on the streets but in airports with literal CHILDREN in tow, and the police go: “oh wells! My hands are tied! Nothing I can do! ” …While they pull you over and arrest any citizen for anything they feel like, most days of the week. Uh-huh. We know you CAN. You just WON’T. So if you arrest, you’ll eventually cause enough of a mess you get fired? So? Would the alternative be to promote and approve literal human trafficking of a thousand kids? Yup, and that’s what they’re doing. Raping kids for an extra $10k a year at home + healthcare.

    “WHO Denies Seeing Evidence of Hamas Using Hospitals as Hideouts (Cradle)

    I would believe they are there. Just you can’t just level the place when all the doctors and children are also there. What world are we in where I have to say that? The world’s most UN-civilized people I guess. But did we leave depleted uranium around all the Iraqi hospitals and say the same thing? We did in Ohio, so…

    “Saudi-French Plan Proposes Exile for Hamas Leadership (Cradle)

    So they can fight against the genocide of their people from there, or is your belief is that they will stop caring? Says a lot about Israel and the West that they think you can hand money and they will stop caring anymore.

    ““The military’s job is to present a variety of options to senior commanders, but the ultimate decision is up to the president and the administration’s political appointees.” I believe this part is true. Wow, a true statement was printed? Will they be arrested, or just catch on fire?“

    In multiple high-level meetings this week, the Pentagon has neither briefed President Joe Biden on options to strike Houthi targets nor recommended” Now that is pretty amazing. But accurate: Joe wouldn’t understand where we was anyway.

    “We can’t let Putin win,” Biden said earlier this month”

    Or else what? Russia will invade and conquer us? Can anyone explain what we’re doing there?

    “The Bidens Move to Embrace Influence Peddling with a Twist (Turley)

    Narcissist’s Creed: 1) It never happened. 2) It never happened and you’re crazy. 3) maybe it did happen, but it’s okay. 4) it both did and did not happen. 5) It it happened, but it was nothing. 6) It happened, but it’s all your fault. Etc. They’re now about #5 and the media is their abusive codependent. Like the “Good” child who allies with Daddy, instead of the “Bad” child who is abused and tells the truth so they won’t go insane.

    So wouldn’t James’ Biden’s position here just be straight fraud? He was implying he could provide a service he both could not, and never meant to, provide. …That’s according to him, not me. If he CAN and MEANT to, that would also be a felony. Thanks to the Republicans we will pursue neither crime.

    ““I will not be permitted to answer most of the questions you have for me..”

    That’s fine, so we’ll talk to your boss. But their boss does the same? And so on and so on? So therefore no one gets in trouble? …Must be the Republicans again. Going straight over the cliff…but SLOWLY.

    ““I think that’s important for people to understand that search warrants…are limited. They’re intrusions on people’s rights.”

    Unless your name is Trump. Or unless you’re Roger Stone and they call CNN and get a SWAT tank, 40 men, and Scuba team rather than just ASK him to come in. That was the same for the African immigrant from the Babylon Bee. They’re like “But would you really have come in, really?” Wtf? YES!!!!!!! Yes I would really come in, with my lawyer, and start process when I’m innocent. The guy had a pregnant wife and a career in L.A. where’s he gonna go??

    NOPE. SWAT team for you, bucco. In the airport where we video and post it to show how tough we are.

    We need warrants??? And they invade people’s rights??? Hey DoJ, when did all this pearl clutching start? AT THIS VERY MOMENT you are wiretapping all Americans plus every human in D.C. with your Stingray cell hacker. Where are their rights, or are you saying we should arrest you on the way out? That can be arranged except that the Republicans are in charge.

    “This week’s decision by Colorado’s Supreme Court to disqualify Donald Trump”

    Or not disqualify him as the case may be.

    “In a 4-3 ruling, the Colorado justices found that Trump had violated the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution,”

    You know what else is specifically in the 14th Amendment? That no one will have their liberty or property taken without “Due Process.” So if you’re pearl clutching and just a-gotta enforce that there 14th, then YOUR law REQUIRES due Process on Trump being an insurrectionist in the first place. NOPE! “We make s—t up!!!!” We enforce any law we like, we ignore any law we like. We even enforce laws were there are none at all. “The Law is in my mouth” — King John. Or not even in my mouth anymore: it’s in my HEAD and you have to guess what it is all the time. As Dore said, Obama rolled back Habeas Corpus which was in the Magna Carta. We are now legally operating at the level of the 14th century. So. Proud.

    “The Illegality started with Garland and Jack Smith”

    This is true, and is called, “Fruit from the poisoned tree”. That is, if the original step was illegal, all steps that follow are automatically void and illegal. But “We make s—t up!” We wanted a prosecutor, so we just made one up! He was illegal, so we just ignored it! People pointed it out, so we just said it wasn’t! Day after day after day.

    “The Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday that Trump should not appear on Colorado’s ballot”

    Another part – as every part is both illegal and illogical – the specific statement here is that Trump shouldn’t appear on the PRIMARY. Wait: both legally, and confirmed by Hillary, the primary party can put on anybody they feel like, and pick anybody they want for any reason they want, completely undemocratically if they choose. That was her California case vs Bernie. Why? It’s a totally private, non-governmental action.

    So…CO Supreme Court, how do YOU get to decide Trump can’t be chairman of the He-Man Woman-Hater’s Club? We’re not in the general election yet. A: “Because Reasons.”

    “Haven’t seen Harry Dent for a while.”

    That’s because he’s been dead wrong for decades since they started seriously rigging markets, and we haven’t had actual price discovery since at least ‘08 but probably ‘01 or before. (1990 with core algo-computer rigging) Now he can probably detect the root impulse of the people, the market in the charts, but that literally has no value and literally doesn’t matter if every time it appears, they just rig it again. We buy and sell the actual posted price: like oil at NEGATIVE $30/bbl. Or Tesla worth more than all other car companies combined. It doesn’t matter what the price MEANT to be. Just like elections no longer matter what the people want, or how they voted.

    Okay, so if the market is being interfered with, then WHO is doing it? Not the market, since the market can’t interfere with itself, that would just be “The Market”. It’s the GOVERNMENT. The government authorizes a cartel, the government regulates the market and overlooks astonishing accounting fraud (when they feel like, and also NOT when they don’t feel like), the government changes the rules, refuses to decide on the rules, the government funds FTX, the government prints the money, the government has the PPT and the Exchange Stabilization Fund. JP Morgan does it, but they couldn’t do it without government. The market isn’t interfering in the market. Only an outside person can do that.

    Is he right? Well, probably, just like the London Gold Pool ended, and also years longer than anyone thought. The problem being, this time they both can and want to add fascism as a solution to their market-rigging problem. If you just keep adding fascism, interference, until you are the Soviet Union, there’s no reckoning and it doesn’t “Crash”. Every definition of what is “money” what is “price” what is “market” just vaporizes instead. And that will also “Work”, until it doesn’t. 70 years later it also falls, and the market also re-asserts itself because “The Market” is by definition a VOLUNTARY exchange, and adding violence to everything is very, very expensive. Unnecessary overhead. Can’t compete.

    Btw: where did Maui go? Maui ceased to exist, Hawaii state took all the Indian land, stole it, and give them nothing? Along with all their kids? Where are the kids now? Did they reappear? Why would I care about Ukraine’s or Gaza’s kids when we have our own? NOPE: all kids are super, super important except our own. All humans are legal, vital, critical, loved, and need help, except our own. If you’re American, you can be killed like rats and die in a hole for all I care. …And Americans are the ones agreeing to and supporting this.

    Here we go again:

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/archaeology/a46094797/excavation-changes-fall-of-roman-empire-history

    Roman town didn’t fall, lasted hundreds of years longer than believed. All of Rome fell, except for all the towns that didn’t. Which is most of them. So the argument becomes each individual town didn’t fall, but in aggregate all the towns fell. Right? The collective is not made up of the individuals.

    Or you could just admit that, again, you were totally wrong. So if Rome didn’t “Fall” or at least not until after 400AD, why did it fall? It sure wasn’t Julius and the conversion from Republic to Empire. Or are we going to learn something more now and that it didn’t fall ever but evolved? (Probably it did fall. But probably nothing with humans at all. Probably worldwide weather got bad in a predictable cycle long before cars and coal)

    Other notes: they have a +1,500 man public theatre, which most modern towns don’t. That is, they were more refined than us.

    “Government by agreement is only possible provided that we do not require the government to act in fields other than those in which we can obtain true agreement.” – F. A. Hayek
    Pic
    https://iv1.lisimg.com/image/17413261/740full-salma-hayek.jpg

    I realized what is so antagonistic about Left and Government to me (or in fewer words): You’re going to use MY money to enact YOUR political agenda. That is, not only is it happening, I’m paying for it. You’re using me to undermine and weaken me. I’m paying for my own annihilation. Then go, “What? What?” What if I used YOUR money to make them put in a plaque of the 10 Commandments in every courthouse in America? Feel good about the use of that money? That’s what every action and every tax is like for us. There’s not a single thing they do that I want done. It’s like funding terrorists, and lately, that’s been actually literally funding terrorists who burned down 12 cities and killed 50 people. That’s with Hayek here saying we can only really do tasks there is very wide agreement on, which aren’t very many. “Not very many” is fine because it’s a lot cheaper and I’m not preventing you from doing them on your own if you want to. Just not with my money.

    #148976
    chooch
    Participant

    Salma and Friedrich aren’t related. Like Pirates aren’t Steelers.

    #148977
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Art today
    Dora just realized that another woman in rascal’s life is not going away.
    Her face is disintegrating in utter anguish, and soon to expand into last remnants of her dignity – carefully combed hair and the fancy hat. I newer knew that eyes rendered “like that” can express state of emotion so powerfully.

    #148978
    John Day
    Participant

    @Mr. House, from last night: I don’t disagree. I read Tom Luongo with interest, and sometimes post his work. He does try to understand everything and “shows his work”. I always take his thoughts into consideration. This thing with Yemen is thorny and really important. I am getting a post together now that I am up for the day.

    @Aspnaz
    : Thoughtful comment last night, Sir.

    “I don’t think it means what you think it means.:
    “We can’t let Putin win,” Biden said earlier this month to put pressure on a U.S. Congress.
    I think that means “we” gets replaced with somebody-who-can-do-the-job.

    #148979
    John Day
    Participant

    @Aspnaz: Not bad this morning, too 🙂

    #148980
    John Day
    Participant

    @Dr. D: I think it’s a different Hayek, but I get the point. One had better written thoughts, while the other is downright attractive to what were once known as “men”.

    #148981
    John Day
    Participant

    I think the correct term is “democide” if it is not directed against one specific group, but more or less all the human herds:
    ”If you’re arguing that we get rid of fossil fuels you’re arguing that we kill off half the world’s population and what you are doing is advocating genocide.” Ian Plimer

    #148982
    zerosum
    Participant

    RED SEA
    Executive summary
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    RUNNING THE RED GAUNTLET  — RUSSIA IS NEGOTIATING WITH THE HOUTHIS FOR RED SEA PASSAGE OF OIL CARGOES DEFYING US, EU SANCTIONS  


    RUNNING THE RED GAUNTLET — RUSSIA IS NEGOTIATING WITH THE HOUTHIS FOR RED SEA PASSAGE OF OIL CARGOES DEFYING US, EU SANCTIONS
    by John Helmer

    Russia is negotiating with the Houthis of Yemen
    China is negotiating with the Houthis of Yemen

    US and EU government threats to assemble a naval fleet, Operation Prosperity Guardian.

    ———–
    UPDATE

    BREAKING NEWS:  CHINESE, IRANIAN AND INDIAN WARSHIPS ARE NOW IN THE RED SEA, GULF OF ADEN


    BREAKING NEWS: CHINESE, IRANIAN AND INDIAN WARSHIPS ARE NOW IN THE RED SEA, GULF OF ADEN
    by John Helmer

    A Russian military blog post posted on Thursday, December 21 at 11:33 Moscow time, has revealed the hitherto secret positions of all warships in the area which the Pentagon has announced for its OPERATION PROSPERITY GUARDIAN.

    The fresh data and the open map (lead image) were not available when yesterday’s report was published at 09:32 Moscow time of Russia’s “two-track” strategy for opposing the US and NATO, and for protecting Russian oil shipments while the Houthi drone and missile operations are under way against Israel.
    ———-
    Peace ….. you better be good you better be nice …..

    #148983
    WES
    Participant

    If you stop and think about it, what Yemen is really doing is applying sanctions, just like the US routinely does.
    Launching drones and missiles is how Yemen is enforcing their sanctions.
    Russia and China are negotiating (talking) with Yemen while the US is not.
    Expect Yemen to refine their sanctions to only impact the US/NATO,not the rest of the world.

    #148984
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • Russia Is Negotiating With The Houthis For Red Sea Passage

    ‘Good’ nation get free passage, ‘Bad’ nations get Davy Jones Locker

    I like it, it works for me.

    • WHO Denies Seeing Evidence Of Hamas Using Hospitals As Hideouts

    The WHO is a criminal enterprise as evidenced by the ‘Covid Project’

    If the WHO said the sun rises in the East the only reason I believe that is through personal experience and observations.

    The WHO needs to be soaked in gasoline and burnt to the ground.

    Try building an actual global health association to replace psychopathic maniacs with the blood of millions on their hands.

    • Saudi-French Plan Proposes Exile For Hamas Leadership

    Why not relocate them to London or better Berlin? Maybe San Franshithole, the city by the bay?

    • The Bidens Move To Embrace Influence Peddling With A Twist

    The Biden Crime Family cant be Presidentally pardoned unless they are first charged with something. They are lining up their ducks as we speak. Like, Duh?

    Tucker:

    “Is it legal in the United States to punish someone [Trump] for a crime he’s never been convicted of committing?”

    OR:

    “Is it legal in the United States to PARDON someone [Biden] for a crime he’s never been convicted of committing?”

    • Ex-White House Lawyer: SCOTUS Could Rule ‘9-0’ In Trump Case

    Years ago I was in Colorado in the 70’s and saw the bumper sticker, “Don’t Californicate Colorado” due to the enormous influx of The Golden State residents taking over The Centennial State.

    “Too late” I thought to my self at the time.

    Colorado’s Supreme Clowns are a disgrace and reflect it’s inherent Californication.

    Same solution as the WHO, dowse them in gasoline and light’em up.

    We can have gentlemen’s wagers on who can run the fastest while on fire.

    The official state motto of Colorado is “Nil sine Numine” (Nothing without the Deity).

    Choke on it children.

    The Colorado Supreme Clowns, Turds in the Legal Punch Bowl

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Delenda Est

    .

    #148985
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Russia speaking to Ukronaziland

    .

    #148986
    Oroboros
    Participant

    New batch of Chechen fighters begin tactical fire training at the famous Special Forces University

    All Business All the Time

    Russia had 482,000 volunteer contract soldiers sign up this year, not press ganged old men, kids and women conscripts like Ukronaziland.

    These Chechans will cut through the Ukronazis like a hot knife through butter.

    #148987
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Ukronazi NATO stooges training when they run out of weapons

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/1fdWTZjMKmSS/

    #148988
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Zelensky ex buddy Arestovych interviewed :

    “It is not profitable for the poor to fight for the rich, it is not profitable for them to die for a system that has mocked, robbed and raped them for 30 years.”

    Interviewer: “You are describing Russia”

    Arestovych: “No, this is Ukraine…”

    The wheels is comin’ off this trolley Boss!

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/SMlF8zRmQU66/

    #148990
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.newsweek.com/russia-lost-three-su-34-bombers-one-day-ukraine-air-force-1854931
    Ukraine claimed three more Russian Su-34 bombers downed on Friday, all in the southern area of operations which has been the focus of Kyiv’s counteroffensive efforts over the past six months.

    The Ukrainian military published the claim—made by Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk—on social media on Friday. This brings the total number of Russian aircraft Kyiv claims to have destroyed since February 2022 to 327.

    Newsweek cannot independently verify the figure and has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry by email.

    #148991
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Alastair Crooke again:

    F.S.

    #148992
    zerosum
    Participant

    UN vote Gaza/Israel depopulation
    “creating the conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities”

    Translation:

    ‘eliminating Hamas after which we can easily force the remaining population to emigrate elsewhere with UN assistance’.

    #148993
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @John Day

    I will get Dr. Morgan to admit that the elites aren’t ignorant sooner or later. Getting very close now 😉

    #148994
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/12/1145022
    UPDATING LIVE: Security Council poised to vote on Gaza resolution calling for urgent, safe and unhindered flow of aid

    Vassily A. Nebenzia, Russian Ambassador and Permanent Representative,
    He said that the draft before the Council and being put to a vote today has been “extremely neutered”, including in its operative paragraph 4 on the mechanism that was supposed to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and ensure its monitoring.

    “By signing off on this the Council would essentially be giving the Israeli armed forces complete freedom of movement for furthering clearing of the Gaza Strip, and anyone voting for the text as it is currently worded would bear responsibility for that,” he said.

    #148995
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Yes they’re not the same Hayek, which is what makes it funny. I didn’t create the joke though, it’s been running around.

    #148996
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Are these things the same?

      “[Khazars]…are operating under a false Jewish identity.”

    And,

    The 75.5% of the 2020 U.S. population that is “white alone” according to the 2020 U.S. Census operates under a TRUE unified White Deplorable identity at least 3 percent of the time.

    #148997
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Pirates and Steelers
    Apples and Oranges
    Titles and Pennants
    Cups and Bowls

    #148998
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    I hope that the specifics of Milei’s “prescription” are good for Argentina. However, when he talks about government control being at the root of Argentina’s problems, “collectivism” being at the root — I believe that the man is lost inside his own belief system and hasn’t enough perspective of the world to know of what he speaks. Argentina had in the ‘90’s a fraction of the various government controls in place in the US in the ‘90’s. I was there 16 months, walking the streets, speaking with people, entering their homes and listening. There was no belief among the people that collectivism was the answer, and the government didn’t propagandize about collectivism either. The people at the time were excited because their new president was different — he had been Muslim, converted to Catholicism as the president had to be Catholic, and after he was elected he changed that law. There have been many Argentinian leaders who were sure that they had “the answer” to Argentina’s woes.

    I have never researched the specifics of Argentina’s history, politics, nor economics. But Milei’s version does not comport with what I observed. Every society has forces that promote individuality and forces that promote the well-being of the group. Healthy societies find equilibrium between the two forces. Outright rejection of either individualism or the group’s well-being will fray apart the fabric of the community. Often, powerful players in human societies will use rhetoric and deception to get members of societies to play a game of “let’s have you and him fight.” The fight is a bait-and-switch to get the masses to not realize that the powerful player is in the meantime consolidating and gathering power. And, just as often, people with medium power — like Milei — get very caught up in the fight, championing one cause with fire and verve. The battle between individualism and group well-being is a sham. Yes, every society needs to find an acceptable equilibrium between the two, but it isn’t an epic battle. The “epic battle” is between good and evil, between truth and lie, between tyranny and freedom, between life and death. Evil people seek to deceive; righteous people seek truth, even when what they find may not be what they were expecting. Most people are somewhere in the middle, and that is okay — life is messy and humans are imperfect. However, “by their fruits ye shall know them,” — some people hanker after lies, deception, destruction, pain and death. Milei — I don’t know which type he is. If he is a decent leader, with compassion for the people of Argentina, then he will seek policies that promote both individual and national well-being and when specific policies fail he will replace them with different ones that address the problems. That is all that can be asked. If Milei instead is so consumed by his beliefs that he cannot make course corrections when policies based on his beliefs fail, then he may be too consumed by self-deception to help the people of Argentina. We shall see.

    #148999
    John Day
    Participant

    @Phoenixvoice, and attn: Dr.D, too. Y’all are making me put this up before my blog post:

    The Billionaires’ Revolution , Shahid Bolsen (The Lewis Powell Memo of 1971 was the Declaration of Independence for the billionaire revolution)  “Well, there’s basically been like a worldwide billionaires revolution going on for the past several years or for decades, really. They’ve taken a very methodical, gradual approach, but overall, a constant advancement that has broken down nearly all resistance. And step by step, they have overthrown the former systems of authority that we have always known in the world, governance as we’ve always known it, and they’ve installed themselves, as the supreme rulers over the US, over Europe, and over the developing world, their revolution, the billionaires revolution has progressed, as I said, through stages, and it’s possible to identify many of the key victories that helped them achieve what they’ve achieved and enabled them to reach the point at which they are today.
      Things like the creation of the Bretton Woods economic system, the creation of the IMF and the World Bank and the WTO, things like NAFTA, and other free trade agreements, the deregulation of banking, The Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. The enactment of laws for unrestricted corporate political donations.
      Even the creation of the European Union and the creation of the eurozone, all of these things are significant triumphs in the global coup by the 1%. And within specific countries, you can also identify important victories that they’ve achieved as well. I mean, anytime a country takes a loan from the IMF or the World Bank or any other international so called development bank. and then they begin to implement the macroeconomic reforms that are always recommended or demanded, stipulated, in the loan agreements. Are victories for the 1%.
     That’s victories for this billionaires revolution. You know? Like in in Egypt, for example, the loan that they took And then the law that they imposed banning third party opposition to investor activity, the cutting of food subsidies, food and fuel subsidies in Egypt and in other countries that have succumbed to the IMF. All of these represent successes for the a revolution of the 1%. I think it’s vital for us to understand that what is happening is a revolution against state sovereignty and political authority.
      And at this project of the 1%, if you wanna call it that, the owners and controllers of global financialized capital, this project moves forward by means of key events, it’s not something that’s inevitable. It’s not some sort of natural disaster that cannot be anticipated, resisted or thwarted. Certain things have happened which have allowed it to triumph, and certain things are still being pursued, And we can do something about those things. We can anticipate those things. We can respond to those things preemptively.
      We have to recognize this so that we can identify any upcoming events or plans, steps that they’re going to want to take, that will consolidate their power and compound our subjugation. Once we identify these things, then we can organize ourselves and adopt a strategy that will turn those events in our favor because they are turning points. They will either be victories for them or victories for us depending on what we do about it.” https://scottcreighton.substack.com/p/shahid-bolsen-on-the-billionaires

    #149000
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    It is never alright to do something bad as a means of getting something good. Never. That is because the bad thing that gets done empowers the bad guy. In fact, that’s the only power the bad guy actually has, so without it he has nothing, is nothing, and can do nothing.

    It’s a good rule of thumb for healthy living to not contribute to the power and success of those whose primary aim is to steal your productivity and use those ill gotten gains to enslave or eliminate you.

    So how do they keep managing to do that?

    Simple. They invert the truth. Notice that I am not using the word “lie”, although there is lying aplenty throughout. I’m using the term “invert the truth” because it is the far more descriptive and accurate explanation of what they are actually DOING.

    They are turning everything backwards, and by “everything” I mean EVERYTHING.

    Let me lay out a few examples of this propensity for psychotic inversion.

    It’s a simple truth that consistently telling the truth will eventually result in the people you interact with believing what you say. In other words, the TRUTH is what leads to BELIEF.

    Bad guys get that bass ackwards. They think that it’s the other way around. They think that the truth is whatever people BELIEVE it to be, and so they do everything in their power to control what people believe. Lie, cheat, steal, censor, “cancel”, imprison, KILL, whatever it takes. January 6th was an insurrection! Ukraine is winning the war! Israeli genocide in Palestine is self defense!

    Here’s another one. Diligent productive behavior eventually results in a wealth of material things of high quality. Bake your cake just right and that cake you own will taste great when you eat it. This is not a complicated concept. Wealth follows productivity. Good folks understand that implicitly.

    Bad folks turn it around by believing that wealth is needed FIRST. So they lie, cheat steal, etc. to get the wealth so that they can have the products.

    The trappings of well earned honor and genuine respect often include fame and high repute (as well they should) and therefore the bad guys go straight for the trappings and skip the “earned” and “genuine” part of it altogether. It’s all about appearances, flattering press coverage and ceremonial certificates of praise.

    This “mirror imaging”, inversion, “turning logic on it’s head” sort of thought and behavior is not just the hallmark of such evil doers. It is the essence of evil itself.

    Beware, because if you allow yourself to be tricked into doing things that enable and empower it then you are feeding the beast that means to eat you. Make it strong enough and it shall.

    Bad guys will tell you that they are all about and fully supportive of the wonderfully good thing that you want (a decent life, justice, peace, friendship) but to garner that help you must FIRST do the bad thing that THEY want (your tribute, your obedience, your allegiance, and even so far as your hatred & violence toward the bad guy’s opponents and victims.)

    So, never do something bad as a means of getting something good. That beast will eat you.

    #149001
    zerosum
    Participant


    Israel Withdraws Golani Brigade From Gaza After Deadly Battle With Hamas | Tactical Move Or Retreat?
    ———
    A cup and a donut are the same.
    ———–
    https://www.hindustantimes.com/videos/want-direct-war-with-u-s-houthi-chiefs-big-declaration-against-america-amid-red-sea-tensions-101703264900467.html
    ‘Want Direct War With U.S.’: Houthi Chief’s Big Declaration Against America Amid Red Sea Tensions
    Videos:
    https://www.hindustantimes.com/videos/want-direct-war-with-u-s-houthi-chiefs-big-declaration-against-america-amid-red-sea-tensions-101703264900467.html
    Published on Dec 22, 2023

    #149002
    Oroboros
    Participant

    One Good Deed Deserves Another

    .

    #149003
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Should Texas Ban Biden From The Ballot For Not Securing The Border?.

    Hell ya

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaa!

    What a pitiful excuse of a country

    The Empire of Lies is a retarded band of monkeys throwing poop against the blackboard waiting for something to stick.

    “..apparently it is under discussion in Texas following a ridiculous decision by the Colorado Supreme Court to ban Trump from the Colorado ballot on grounds of insurrection.”

    .

    #149004
    John Day
    Participant

    Transitions https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/transitions

    The End of Industrial Society , Samo Burja
    The Industrial Revolution stopped before it was ever completed. The aftermath is not a clean and developed world, but lost knowledge and civilizational decline.
    Suddenly our imports would become expensive, then shoddy, then finally we wouldn’t be able to find suppliers at all. At that point, technical knowledge and the ability to deploy it at scale would truly start to vanish. External shocks, wars, and natural wear would exhaust our legacy machinery, never to be replaced again. Out-of-order becomes the order of the day. I don’t think we will see a return of the sea peoples, but I can’t rule it out either. Here we start to hit the limits of what we can say about this scenario.
    How far we regress technologically under this scenario depends on how dependent technologies are on our quite centralized societal infrastructure. We probably wouldn’t keep modern consumer CPUs with their highly centralized production and global supply chains. We likely would keep cars, although it’s unclear whether we would keep electric cars, specifically their advanced and industrially intensive batteries. Perhaps our smartphones would turn out to have been bad for our mental health all along and the devices would become controlled purchases as a public health measure. Civilians really shouldn’t be carrying them around!
    These material symptoms are, however, just that—symptoms—and cannot be treated with mere technical innovation, nor minor variants of economic policy. Whatever solution our civilization might find to escape the post-industrial trap, it will require social technologies of production and knowledge very different from anything we’ve seen before. A good place to start would be a new basis for friendship that defeats atomization, and a truthfulness that is compatible with political loyalty.
    https://letter.palladiummag.com/p/the-end-of-industrial-society

    Gail Tverberg , Ten Things that Change without Fossil Fuels
    [1] Banks, as we know them, will likely fail…
    [2] Today’s governments will fail…
    [3] Nearly all of today’s businesses will fail…
    [4] Grid electricity and the internet will disappear…
    [5] International trade will be scaled back greatly…
    [6] Agriculture will become much less efficient…
    [7] Future labor needs are likely to be disproportionately in the agricultural sector…
    [8] Home heating will become a luxury item available only to the wealthy…
    [9] Living alone will become a thing of the past…
    [10] Governments and their laws will shrink in importance. Instead, new traditions and new religions will play a greater role in keeping order…
    Conclusion: In my opinion, the problem the world is facing today is like one that smaller economies have faced, over and over, in the past: The population has become too large for the economy’s resource base, which now includes fossil fuels. Today’s leaders reframe the problem as voluntarily moving away from fossil fuels to prevent climate change in order to make the situation sound less frightening.
    As I see the situation, the world needs to scale down its use of fossil fuels because, ultimately, the laws of physics determine selling prices for fossil fuels. We extract the inexpensive-to-produce fossil fuels first. The problem is that fossil fuel selling prices cannot rise arbitrarily high. Prices must be both:
    High enough for producers to make a profit, with funds left over for reinvestment and for adequate taxes for their governments.
    Low enough for consumers to afford to buy food and other consumer goods produced with these fossil fuels.
    If we assume that all the fossil fuels that seem to be under the ground can really be extracted, climate change from burning them may indeed be a problem. But it is hard to see that they can really be extracted, given the affordability issue. Politicians will hold down prices to get voters to vote for them if nothing else.
    Researchers have been working diligently to find solutions, but to date, their success has been poor. Every supposed solution requires significant use of fossil fuels. So, we need to think through what might happen if we are forced to get along without fossil fuels and without an adequate substitute.

    Ten Things that Change without Fossil Fuels

    Forwarded by Meryl Nass MD, The Billionaires’ Revolution , Shahid Bolsen
    (The Lewis Powell Memo of 1971 was the Declaration of Independence for the billionaire revolution)
    “Well, there’s basically been like a worldwide billionaires revolution going on for the past several years or for decades, really. They’ve taken a very methodical, gradual approach, but overall, a constant advancement that has broken down nearly all resistance. And step by step, they have overthrown the former systems of authority that we have always known in the world, governance as we’ve always known it, and they’ve installed themselves, as the supreme rulers over the US, over Europe, and over the developing world, their revolution, the billionaires revolution has progressed, as I said, through stages, and it’s possible to identify many of the key victories that helped them achieve what they’ve achieved and enabled them to reach the point at which they are today.
    Things like the creation of the Bretton Woods economic system, the creation of the IMF and the World Bank and the WTO, things like NAFTA, and other free trade agreements, the deregulation of banking, The Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. The enactment of laws for unrestricted corporate political donations.
    Even the creation of the European Union and the creation of the eurozone, all of these things are significant triumphs in the global coup by the 1%. And within specific countries, you can also identify important victories that they’ve achieved as well. I mean, anytime a country takes a loan from the IMF or the World Bank or any other international so called development bank. and then they begin to implement the macroeconomic reforms that are always recommended or demanded, stipulated, in the loan agreements. Are victories for the 1%.
    That’s victories for this billionaires revolution. You know? Like in in Egypt, for example, the loan that they took And then the law that they imposed banning third party opposition to investor activity, the cutting of food subsidies, food and fuel subsidies in Egypt and in other countries that have succumbed to the IMF. All of these represent successes for the a revolution of the 1%. I think it’s vital for us to understand that what is happening is a revolution against state sovereignty and political authority.
    And at this project of the 1%, if you wanna call it that, the owners and controllers of global financialized capital, this project moves forward by means of key events, it’s not something that’s inevitable. It’s not some sort of natural disaster that cannot be anticipated, resisted or thwarted. Certain things have happened which have allowed it to triumph, and certain things are still being pursued, And we can do something about those things. We can anticipate those things. We can respond to those things preemptively.
    We have to recognize this so that we can identify any upcoming events or plans, steps that they’re going to want to take, that will consolidate their power and compound our subjugation. Once we identify these things, then we can organize ourselves and adopt a strategy that will turn those events in our favor because they are turning points. They will either be victories for them or victories for us depending on what we do about it.”
    https://scottcreighton.substack.com/p/shahid-bolsen-on-the-billionaires

    #149005
    John Day
    Participant

    Gaza death toll surpasses 20,000 , Among the 20,000 killed by “Israel” are 8,000 children, 6,200 women, 310 medical personnel, and 97 journalists.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/gaza-death-toll-surpasses-20-000–over-two-third-children-an

    IDF shooting squad terrorizes Christian community in Gaza , Thanks Eleni.
    The Order condemns unequivocally the killing of two innocent Christian women seeking refuge at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family in Gaza City. In addition to these two deaths, seven others were injured in the attack. The parish is only two miles away from Saint Porphyrios Orthodox Church, which was also bombed by the Israeli Defense Force back on October 19th, killing around 20 people.
    According to reports, the IDF had shoot-to-kill orders for anyone leaving the confines of the parish. The Order views this violent and ruthless action as a senseless tragedy. These actions by the IDF prove that there is no safe place in Gaza. Not even the Christian churches in Gaza are recognized as a place of sanctuary. Our prayers are with the slain and those wounded at the Church of the Holy Family.
    This atrocity brings to mind our own concerns for the nearly 500 people still seeking refuge at Saint Porphyrios Orthodox Church, which we have not been able to make contact with for over two weeks.

    IDF shooting squad terrorizes Christian community in Gaza

    Israel Smears Christian Mother And Daughter They Assassinated in Gaza Church as ‘Hamas Spotters’
    https://www.informationliberation.com/?id=64189

    Shocking testimonies expose Israeli killings, field executions in Gaza
    According to horrifying testimonies gathered by the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor (EMM), Israeli occupation forces (IOF) carried out field executions against civilians in Palestinian homes in Gaza.
    Earlier reports from Al Mayadeen sources corroborate that Israeli forces executed more than 15 Palestinians at the Annan family residence near Burj al-Jalaa in the northern part of Gaza City.
    Israeli occupation forces left behind several martyrs and wounded several others, all in front of children and women in the residence.
    The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Observatory received shocking testimonies about field executions committed by the Israeli occupation forces against civilians during house raids in the border areas of Gaza.
    The organization indicated that the victims included members of the displaced families of Annan, al-Ashi, al-Shurafa, who were shot to death. There are also reports of other individuals who remain in critical condition and an elderly man who has been taken away by soldiers with an unknown fate.
    It also noted that among the 27 women and children trapped in the house, some are suffering from serious injuries, including amputated limbs. They have issued pleas to the International Committee of the Red Cross for coordination to evacuate them from the location to save their lives.
    According to EMM, Israeli forces stationed in military vehicles or high-rise structures are conducting sniping operations against Palestinian residents who are either inside their houses or attempting to move within a residential area in search of protection.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/shocking-testimonies-expose-israeli-killings–field-executio

    GAZA STRIP, Palestinian Territories: An Israeli strike killed the head of the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Thursday, Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip said.
    Crossing director Bassem Ghaben and three other people were killed as Israeli aircraft targeted the infrastructure, the crossings authority and the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory said.
    The Israeli army and COGAT, the defense ministry body responsible for Palestinian civil affairs, did not immediately respond to requests from AFP for comment.
    https://www.arabnews.com/node/2429411/middle-east

    #149006
    John Day
    Participant

    US Veto Threat Once Again Delays Security Council Vote on Gaza Ceasefire
    The White House threatened to veto a UN Security Council resolution that would call for a ceasefire in Gaza and set up an expedited inspection mechanism for bringing aid into Gaza. The US is demanding that the resolution affirm Israel’s right to self-defense and that the part of the text calling for a ceasefire be changed. The vote was scheduled for Monday but has been delayed three times this week.

    US Veto Threat Once Again Delays Security Council Vote on Gaza Ceasefire

    Hamas politburo seeks Palestinian state, to end war: Report
    Doha-based Hamas official Husam Badran says the resistance group is willing to join the PLO and support negotiations for a Palestinian State while not recognizing Israel
    “We don’t fight just because we want to fight. We are not partisans of a zero-sum game,” Husam Badran, a member of Hamas’ Doha-based political bureau, stated. “We want the war to end.”…
    ..“We want to establish a Palestinian state in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem,” Badran said.
    Badran also stated Hamas wishes to join the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which represents Palestinians at the United Nations and other international forums.
    “It will be a national dialogue,” Badran said. “We have always said the PLO should contain any Palestinian faction.”
    Badran and other Hamas officials say the talks have also included Mohammed Dahlan, a former Gaza security chief with close Emirati and Egyptian support, and former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
    “I am no friend of Hamas,” Dahlan said. “But do you think anybody is going to be able to run to make peace without Hamas?”
    The Hamas political leaders indicated they would be willing to join the PLO and support negotiations for a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.
    But Badran said that Hamas had no plans to recognize Israel as long as the occupation continues…
    ..Badran says Hamas is seeking a full-scale ceasefire and a full exchange of captives from both sides. “If there is a ceasefire, our stance is crystal clear: We want an exchange of all-for-all,” he said.
    Israel has for years sought to foster divisions between Hamas and the PA, led by Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party, to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear he has for years approved Qatari payments to Hamas in Gaza, while ensuring the PA remained weak and unable to win the establishment of a Palestinian state through peaceful diplomatic means.
    Israel has also sought to use the PA security forces to dismantle Palestinian resistance groups in the West Bank.
    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/hamas-politburo-seeks-end-to-war-palestinian-state-report

    ​ RUNNING THE RED GAUNTLET — RUSSIA IS NEGOTIATING WITH THE HOUTHIS FOR RED SEA PASSAGE OF OIL CARGOES DEFYING US, EU SANCTIONS
    ​ Russia is negotiating with the Houthis of Yemen to protect Russian oil cargoes moving through the Red Sea for delivery to India and China, the principal destinations of Russian oil currently traversing the waterway, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, and the Gulf of Aden.
    ​ Notified in advance to the Yemeni authorities and the Houthi military command, the Russian oil movements by tankers flying a variety of ship registry and national flags, are running the gauntlet of US and European Union (EU) sanctions against Russian oil exports.
    ​ China is also negotiating with the Houthis for safe passage and protection of Chinese-flagged container vessels. The Chinese military base in Djibouti, recently reinforced to support a large Chinese military group intended for a United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, is also covering the waterway.
    ​ Both Moscow and Beijing are acting in semi-secret against US and EU government threats to assemble a naval fleet to convoy shipping headed to and from Israel’s southern port of Eilat. This plan, which the Pentagon is calling Operation Prosperity Guardian, follows the failure of the two US aircraft carrier groups in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf to protect Israel, and deter the Houthi operations. The Pentagon is also threatening to attack Yemeni territory.
    ​ The fleet, to be assembled over the next month from the Ukraine war coalition states against Russia, will also threaten military force against the movement of Russian oil.​..
    ​..For the time being, Russian Foreign Ministry officials are keeping mum. In Marrakesh, Morocco, for a meeting on Wednesday (December 20) of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov did not publicly mention the Houthis or the Russian contacts.​..
    ​..The Foreign Ministry communiqué summarizing the discussions in Morocco declared: “There was a thorough discussion of the situation in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, the Ukrainian crisis, countering terrorism and extremism, and the creation of a zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.”

    RUNNING THE RED GAUNTLET  — RUSSIA IS NEGOTIATING WITH THE HOUTHIS FOR RED SEA PASSAGE OF OIL CARGOES DEFYING US, EU SANCTIONS  

    ​ More from John Helmer , Thanks Zerosum , BREAKING NEWS: CHINESE, IRANIAN AND INDIAN WARSHIPS ARE NOW IN THE RED SEA, GULF OF ADEN
    ​ A Russian military blog post posted on Thursday, December 21 at 11:33 Moscow time, has revealed the hitherto secret positions of all warships in the area which the Pentagon has announced for its OPERATION PROSPERITY GUARDIAN.
    ​ The fresh data and the open map (lead image) were not available when yesterday’s report was published at 09:32 Moscow time of Russia’s “two-track” strategy for opposing the US and NATO, and for protecting Russian oil shipments while the Houthi drone and missile operations are under way against Israel.
    ​ No Russian Navy vessel is in the area at present although Russian crude oil cargoes are moving through the Red Sea with Iranian and Houthi agreement. Because these ship movements are defying US and NATO sanctions, it has been decided in Moscow to negotiate safe passage with Iran and Yemen rather than deploy the Russian Navy to protect them. However, the new combined US and NATO operation, targeting the Houthis and their Iranian support and supply systems, increases the possibility of a direct American, allied, or false-flagged attack on a tanker carrying Russian oil.​..
    ​..The Russian source map is now reporting that the Chinese Navy’s 45th Escort Task Force, comprising the Type-052 destroyer Urumqi, the Type-547 frigate Linyi, and supply ship Dongpinghu were at berth at the Chinese base at Djibouti as of Wednesday, December 20.​..
    ​..The Russian map also reveals that the Iranian vessel MV Behshad is in a standing position in the Red Sea (lead image, top left of map). According to the Russian source, it is operating as an electronic surveillance, command and control centre to monitor friendly state ship movements – Russian, Chinese, Indian – and also hostile vessels of the US, British and French navies, tracking their positions; and relaying the data to Iran and probably to shore positions in Yemen.​..
    ​..According to the western vessel tracking service VesselFinder, the Behshad is a “general cargo ship” flagged by Iran. It reportedly sailed from the port of the Iran Shipbuilding and Offshore Industries Complex (ISOICO) to reach its current position, which VesselFinder confirms in the southern half of the Red Sea as of fifteen minutes ago. The western source reports the vessel is at anchor in 6.5 metres of water.​..
    ​..The new Russian intelligence now makes clear that the UK, France and Spain are already in the region, with the US.
    After Austin’s statement, his Italian counterpart announced that Italy is dispatching a frigate​…
    ​..The Greek Defense Minister Nikos Dendias followed the Italian to say that Greece too is sending a frigate to join the US operation. Dendias is claiming the reason is that Greece is “the country with the largest ocean-going fleet [and so] has a primary interest in preserving the freedom of maritime zones and protecting the lives of seafarers.” What he means is that the involvement of Greek shipowners in the sanctions-busting Russian oil trade has been so profitable, Dendias wants to protect the Greek tankers and their owners; and at the same time avoid the embarrassment of being so disloyal to the US and European Union sanctions regime.
    ​ For the time being, no Russian Navy vessel is reported in the Red Sea area, although reports indicate that the submarine Ufa is heading eastwards across the Mediterranean with a surface support vessel, and is likely to transit the Suez Canal and the Red Sea soon.
    ​ The presence of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy’s destroyer Yang Man-chun was reported when it left its home port in September to be for a six-month mission to combat piracy and threats against cargo shipments headed to and from Korea. The map reveals it is currently off the Somali coast, near Indian, British, and US Navy vessels, as well as the Japanese Navy’s destroyer, JS Akebono.​..
    ​..Operationally, US Navy releases indicate that the Japanese and the Korean destroyers are “working in coordination with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command” to combat both Somali pirates and Houthi operations.

    BREAKING NEWS:  CHINESE, IRANIAN AND INDIAN WARSHIPS ARE NOW IN THE RED SEA, GULF OF ADEN

    #149007
    John Day
    Participant

    Iranian Spy Ship Is Assisting Houthi Attacks On Red Sea Shipping: Intel Officials​ ​(That would be the MV Behshad, ​described above.)
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/iranian-spy-ship-assisting-houthi-attacks-red-sea-shipping

    ​ Dima at Military Summary Channel proposes that China is backing Yemen to tie-down western naval forces far away from Taiwan, and possibly to grossly humiliate them with hypersonic anti-ship missiles, should some of those be lying around. [IMHO this is a better “good investment” for China than the Ukraine war ever was for the US/NATO.]
    ​ The Red Sea Is The “Dead” Sea for Western Business. Military Summary And Analysis For 2023.12.21

    If US attacks Yemen, its battleships will be struck: Sayyed al-Houthi
    The leader of Ansar Allah movement slams the US action in the Red Sea as “illegal” and describes it as “a reckless and foolish aggression that only serves Israel.”
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/if-us-attacks-yemen–its-battleships-will-be-struck–sayyed

    ​ Russia has “already won” the war in Ukraine, which the US & NATO had been preparing since 2014. Only the final disposition is being worked out. Can any US politicians “let Putin win”, or even “admit Russia won” since it has already happened? White House Hysteria: New Domino Theory, Putin Won’t Stop With Ukraine

    White House Hysteria: New Domino Theory, Putin Won’t Stop With Ukraine

    #149008
    Oroboros
    Participant

    So Alexander Mercouris at the Duran is interviewing Daniel McAdams
    of the Ron Paul Institute.

    This guy knows Congress and it’s Byzantine rules inside and out and declared on the show that 500+ of Congress critter ONLY read and consume mainstream mediawhores for any and all news. They are lazy and stupid to a person and are herd followers and worship conformity. McAdams says none of them rule or govern anything, they barely pay attention to showing up once in a while on time. Life is like a kindergarden on the Gravy Train.

    Nothing that should surprise anyone but it’s nice once in a while to hear the silent part out loud.

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