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‘Rot In Hell’ Biden – Trump Christmas Greeting (RT)
Obama Shaped CIA To Boost His Political Agenda – Former Agent (JTN)
The Supreme Court Holds to Regular Order for the New Year (Turley)
India’s Turnaround On Palestine Has More Than Meets The Eye (Bhadrakumar)
US ‘Cannibalizing Europe’ – Oreshkin (RT)
Russia Now Europe’s Largest Economy – Oreshkin (Sp.)
German Car Industry Could Be Sold To China – Oreshkin (RT)
Russia – China Are on a Roll (Pepe Escobar)
CIA Struggling to Tackle ‘Horrendous’ Losses in China Spy Network (Sp.)
Germany’s Bundeswehr Not Battleworthy Beyond Several Hours’ Fight (TASS)
Ukrainian MP Explains Why Kiev Needs 500,000 More Conscripts (RT)
Why Russian Liberation of Maryinka is So Significant (Sp.)
Nearly 250,000 People Flood Southern Border In 1 Month (CS)
Gaetz Demands Transparency From Delta CEO About Illegal Immigrants (ET)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“We are in the fight of our lives to save our country from madness and doom.”

‘Rot In Hell’ Biden – Trump Christmas Greeting (RT)

Former US President Donald Trump has posted Christmas greetings wishing eternal damnation on his political enemies and ranting about their alleged efforts to interfere in the 2024 election by blocking voters from returning him to power. Trump’s series of holiday messages on Monday reached a crescendo with a post wishing a merry Christmas to US President Joe Biden, federal prosecutor Jack Smith and world leaders, “both good and bad.” He concluded, “May they rot in hell. Again, merry Christmas.” Trump referred to his successor as “Crooked Joe Biden” and said Smith was the current president’s “only hope” to win reelection in 2024. Smith is prosecuting Trump in two criminal cases – alleging mishandling of classified documents and trying to overturn Biden’s 2020 election victory – and is trying to win convictions before voters go to the polls next November.

Referring to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) special counsel as an “out-of-control lunatic,” Trump claimed that Smith’s recent hiring of outside lawyers was an “unprecedented” move that aimed to “help him with his poorly executed witch hunt.” He went on to say that “the thugs we have inside our country” are trying to destroy the US through such measures as open borders, high inflation, high taxes, “woke military,” and Biden’s handling of Israel-Iran tensions and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The ex-president lamented in another post that it was difficult for him to have a “truly great” Christmas as he faced “a crooked and incompetent president who wants to put his political opponent in jail.” He added, “We are in the fight of our lives to save our country from madness and doom.”

Trump also predicted that 2024 will “go down as the year of great and fully coordinated illegal election interference” by Biden, the DOJ, the FBI and politically motivated prosecutors around the country. In addition to the two federal cases, he faces criminal indictments on state charges in Georgia and New York. “But despite it all, in the end, there will be a big and glorious victory for those brave and valiant patriots who want to make America great again,” he said. “Merry Christmas to all!” Trump issued a more traditional holiday greeting on Sunday, wishing Americans a merry Christmas. He acknowledged the birth of Jesus Christ as the reason for the celebration and alluded to the 2024 election by referring to the “pivotal” year ahead. “May 2024 be the best year of our lives,” he concluded.

The former president has made a tradition of scathing holiday messages, such as a Thanksgiving greeting in which he blasted Biden and aired his legal grievances. His Christmas post last year called out “radical left Marxists,” the “lamestream media,” the DOJ and the FBI.

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“..the continued existence of a politicized [intelligence community] that will cause problems for years to come — long after Trump has left the political scene..”

Obama Shaped CIA To Boost His Political Agenda – Former Agent (JTN)

Former CIA agent John Gentry said that the CIA became politicized under the Obama administration with the hiring of Democratic activists who shifted the intelligence agency leftward. Gentry, a Georgetown University adjunct professor who served in the CIA from 1978 to 1990, details the agency’s political changes in his new book, “Neutering the CIA: Why U.S. Intelligence Versus Trump Has Long-Term Consequences.” The politicization of the non-partisan agency first became an issue in the 1990s under CIA analyst Robert Gates, who later went on to become defense secretary for both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Gentry says. At the time, Gates ordered reports to be skewed to support elected officials’ political narratives, according to The Washington Times.

Obama and his appointees “made and institutionalized significant changes, largely by creating new structures, policies, and incentives designed to alter organizational cultures in ways congruent with Obama’s political agenda,” Gentry wrote. He said that Democratic activists hired by Obama “shifted leftward the collective, politically salient worldview of the intelligence bureaucracy.” Gentry also calls the CIA a “center of partisan political activity.” This shift was illustrated in the 2016 election, with the most prominent example occurring with the embrace of the since discredited Christopher Steele dossier. “While activists tried hard to keep observers’ focus on Trump and his exceptionalism, the preponderance of evidence points strongly to the continued existence of a politicized [intelligence community] that will cause problems for years to come — long after Trump has left the political scene,” Gentry said.

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“..would overturn the long-standing Justice Department policy to avoid even the appearance of trying to influence elections..”

The Supreme Court Holds to Regular Order for the New Year (Turley)

The decision on Friday by the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a motion for expedited appeal is not ordinarily a matter for exhaustive media coverage. However, if the Trump name appears in the caption of a case, many legal experts suddenly jettison all due process concerns or sense of restraint. That is particularly true when the denial could — as here — prove highly beneficial to Donald Trump. The denial very likely ends the effort by Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith to put Trump on trial just before the March 5 Super Tuesday primary elections, and it could well result in a trial after next November’s general election. Smith was able to get D.C. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan to shoehorn the trial into a small window in March 2024. At the time, some of us stated that we were skeptical whether Smith could hold to that date in light of the novel constitutional and evidentiary issues in the case.

Even with the expedited review of the D.C. Circuit appellate court with an oral argument scheduled for Jan. 9, it will take time to issue an opinion. Trump then has a right to seek review with the full court in an en banc petition. That could easily take weeks, even on an expedited basis. It would then have to be appealed to the Supreme Court for a full briefing and argument. That schedule would likely approach or pass the March date. Assuming Smith prevails in every review, the pretrial proceedings still would have to resume after the case is returned to Judge Chutkan. That could easily push any potential trial to within 60 days of the general election — a period in which the Justice Department has historically avoided prosecutions under a long-standing policy to prevent influencing elections.

Ironically, Judge Chutkan ruled against Trump on immunity and the scheduling by insisting that he should be treated no differently from ordinary citizens. That is precisely what the Supreme Court just did. It refused to take away an appeal that most ordinary defendants could expect from the courts. Once the Court’s rejection became known on Friday, the coverage was full of anger and accusations. Before the ruling, many legal experts praised Smith and supported the effort to cut short Trump’s right to appeal. Just a day before the Court’s decision to turn down Smith, legal expert Dave Aronberg declared on MSNBC that “the Supreme Court seems to be willing to hopscotch over the appellate court. Jack Smith is calling Trump’s bluff.” It did not exactly work out that way.

Although the justices’ actual vote on the motion is not known, commentators immediately declared that conservatives on the Court had rendered a politically calculated opinion to spare Trump. A typical take appeared on Vox, where senior correspondent Ian Millhiser referred to “the GOP-controlled Supreme Court” and that three justices are Trump appointees, in order to paint the decision as nothing more than a rigged process. The decision, however, stuck with the regular order of appeals used for defendants. The extraordinary act would have been for the Supreme Court to allow Smith to bypass the court of appeals for no other reason than his insistence that the case is hugely important.

It is clear, of course, that the case is important — but the question is why such weighty issues should be given less judicial scrutiny due to that importance. A full appeal can produce concessions or admissions by a party in the course of arguing the issues. It creates a full appellate record that is considered by the Supreme Court, along with the trial record. So far, just one judge has ruled on this matter. The D.C. Circuit adds at least three — and potentially more — appellate judges as part of the standard review process.

If anything, Smith has an advantage before the D.C. Circuit. Notably, while two of the three judges were appointed by President Joe Biden, much of the media does not refer to the panel as “Democratic-controlled.”Every defendant is entitled to due process, including a full opportunity of appellate review absent a set of narrow, expedient circumstances. This was not one of those. Smith never actually explained why the trial is so urgent that the defendant should be denied one of two courts for appellate review. The assumption is that Smith’s urgency is to convict Trump before the 2024 election for the benefit of voters. That, of course, would overturn the long-standing Justice Department policy to avoid even the appearance of trying to influence elections.

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“The way out of this impasse lies in Israel reinventing itself. But the near civil war conditions in the country won’t permit that to happen.”

India’s Turnaround On Palestine Has More Than Meets The Eye (Bhadrakumar)

Indian diplomacy is ending 2023 with a momentous turnaround. What began as a course correction necessitated by the torrential flow of events in West Asia is assuming strategic overtones. Truly, the aberration in India’s policies can be traced to the UPA rule (2004-2014) but it is under the period since then 2014 that they accentuated phenomenally and began creating contradictions undermining national interests. This aberration also led to a serious erosion of India’s strategic autonomy in a transformative international environment. India’s voting pattern in the United Nations with regard to the Israel-Palestine conflict is lately marked by a calibrated distancing from Israel. Only a few weeks ago, Israel’s ambassador in Delhi bullishly described the Indian stance as one of “100% support” to his country. But that is no more the case today.

Delhi has rejected the repeated Israeli entreaties to declare Hamas as a terrorist organisation, marking its independent opinion regarding the ecosystem of resistance movements. Indeed, this is a highly significant distinction that Delhi is making vis-a-vis the Israeli and Western narrative about Hamas. although India has not hesitated to condemn the violence directed against Israel on October 7, it refused to name Hamas. Considering that Hamas had a chequered past of receiving patronage from Israel, Tel Aviv has no right to expect Delhi to dance to its tunes. Equally, Hamas’ future is far from an open and shut case. The fact that Sinn Fein and Irish opinion has shown empathy towards Hamas, or that South Africa, which has itself been a victim of apartheid, has recalled its ambassador and diplomatic mission to Israel, calling the horrific Gaza killings as “genocide,” go to show that the embers of national liberation struggle are still burning.

Although India expressed “solidarity” with the Israeli people over the brutal violence on October 7, it cannot condone the vastly disproportionate Israeli retaliation since then, blithely calling it a matter of Israel’s ‘right to self-defence’. On December 13, India voted in favour of a resolution in the UN General Assembly that demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict. This was the first time India supported such a resolution since the war broke out more than two months ago. Such a stance puts India on the right side of history, as the 193-member UNGA overwhelmingly adopted the resolution at an emergency special session, with 153 nations voting in its favour. A third aspect is that from a geopolitical perspective, Delhi has marked its distance from the US-Israeli campaign branding Iran as the instigator of extremist groups acting against Israel.

Interestingly, on December 19, India was one of only thirty states — along with Russia and China — who voted against a UN resolution on “the human rights situation in Iran.” The running thread here is that India has reverted to its traditional stance on the Palestine problem and jettisoned the tilt supportive of Israeli interests. The unprecedented unity among the Arab countries, the close coordination between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the huge groundswell of opinion in the Arab world against Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian populations in Gaza and West Bank — all this has created a new momentum in Middle East politics that has pitchforked the Palestine problem to the centre stage, which is something India cannot afford to ignore. Nor can Delhi be oblivious of the new reality that something has fundamentally changed in the dynamics of the Palestine problem after the events since October 7.

The Israeli ploys of dissimulation and evasiveness and deliberate wrecking of dialogue process and negotiations may no longer work. Indeed, Israel’s overwhelming military superiority vis-a-vis its Arab neighbours has lost its relevance. Coupled with the US’ loss of influence and America’s waning global hegemony alongside the sharp polarisation of opinion within Israel itself internally add up to create grave uncertainties regarding the future of the state of Israel as it exists today. Suffice to say, India feels the need to adapt to the new conditions in West Asia where regional countries prefer to settle their issues by themselves, which in turn undermines the rationale behind the creation of Israel as a cockpit of western strategic interests. The way out of this impasse lies in Israel reinventing itself. But the near civil war conditions in the country won’t permit that to happen.

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Maksim Oreshkin is not a public figure. But when he appears, pay attention. He’s labeled a “Putin aide”, but he’s his no.1 economic adviser. A very influential man.

US ‘Cannibalizing Europe’ – Oreshkin (RT)

The US insistence on sanctioning Russia has caused a downturn in the EU economy, according to President Vladimir Putin’s top economic adviser, Maksim Oreshkin. In an interview with Expert magazine published on Tuesday, Oreshkin said the sanctions imposed since February last year have caused the EU to lose both its energy security and a key export market. Oreshkin pointed to the key factors underlying the EU’s economic prosperity, outlined by the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. They include easy availability of energy resources from Russia, the use of cheap production in China, and access to the Russian and Chinese markets. “The gradual loss of these factors is leading the EU economy towards long-term stagnation,” Oreshkin argued, “because European manufacturers now have neither the export market nor the advantages in technology that they had five to ten years ago.”

Oreshkin accused the US of “cannibalizing its European partners, killing European chemicals, automotive and other industries.” This comes amid a broader degradation of the West and its economic model, he said. “The economies of the Global North – the US, Japan, the EU – are slowly losing their status, their significance. This gradual decay of the countries of the Global North and the growth of countries in the East and South is what will further shape the landscape of the global economy,” he predicted. Oreshkin noted that China has already become the leading global economic power, while Russia is now the largest economy in Europe, “on course to replace Japan as the world’s fourth largest.”

According to the presidential aide, the world’s key economic players will be focusing their development strategies on growing markets in Asia and Africa in the coming years. Russia’s development will take the same direction, he predicted, especially in the energy sphere. “The stronger the economic growth [in Asia and Africa], the higher will their level of energy consumption be, and the better the energy markets will feel… For Russia, the key task is to remain the most efficient producers of what we make, which includes energy. We must have lower costs, more efficient production, and then the changes that will occur in the energy markets will affect us to a lesser extent.”

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“..the so-called economies of the Global North – the United States, Japan, the EU – are gradually losing their role and importance.”

Russia Now Europe’s Largest Economy – Oreshkin (Sp.)

Russia has become the largest economy in Europe, revealed Russian presidential aide Maxim Oreshkin in an interview with Expert magazine. Globally, he also stated that the Russian economy sits just behind Japan in the race for the fourth-largest economy. According to Oreshkin, “the so-called economies of the Global North – the United States, Japan, the EU – are gradually losing their role and importance.” “China has become the leading economy, Russia is now the largest economy in Europe and is closing in on Japan in the race for fourth rank. Asian economies have moved up significantly in the rankings, with India taking third place, Indonesia moving up to seventh place and poised to challenge Germany’s sixth place in the near future,” Oreshkin said. According to the World Bank, China emerged as the world’s largest economy in purchasing power parity terms in 2022. The United States secured second place, followed by India in third and Japan in fourth. Russia secured fifth place, while Germany remained in sixth.

Back in October, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised its 2023 GDP growth forecast for Russia to 2.2% growth compared to the earlier prediction of 1.5% in July. However, the outlook for 2024 has been adjusted downward to 1.1% from 1.3%. The IMF noted “mixed effects” of Western sanctions on Russian crude oil exports in its latest World Economic Outlook. Despite sanctions, Russian export flows remained stable, and crude oil continues trading above the $60 price cap imposed by the G7 countries. Earlier, Russian Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov hinted at a 3.5% GDP growth in 2023, but the formal forecast of 2,9% remained unchanged. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin was more optimistic and asserted a minimum 3.5% growth by the year’s end, surpassing the ministry’s official 2.8% forecast for 2023.

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May sound crazy, but the reasoning is solid.

German Car Industry Could Be Sold To China – Oreshkin (RT)

China is rapidly gaining market capitalization in the global automobile sector, while European carmakers are losing competitiveness, Maksim Oreshkin, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top economic adviser, told Expert magazine in an interview published on Tuesday. Oreshkin noted that China has already become the number one exporter of cars in the world, which does not bode well for European car brands. “I wouldn’t be surprised if companies like Mercedes and BMW fade into history in ten years. As brands they will probably remain, but will follow the fate of Volvo, which was sold to China. In other words, they will actually cease to be European cars,” the presidential aide predicted.

“European manufacturers now have neither the market nor the technological advantage that they had five to ten years ago,” according to Oreshkin. The broader EU, and Germany, its industrial powerhouse, in particular, have been in the grip of an economic crisis for the past year and a half, ever since Brussels launched its sanctions war on Russia in response to the Ukraine conflict. As a result, the bloc lost access to cheap energy from Russia, which used to power much of its industry. Earlier this year, the head of Germany’s Association of the Automotive Industry, Hildegard Muller, warned that the country “is losing dramatically its international competitiveness” as the location for the automobile industry because of soaring energy costs.

China became the world’s largest automobile exporter for the first time in Q1 this year, having sold 1.07 million vehicles and pushing Japan to second place. The country has kept up its lead in the following quarters, with the export volume registering a year-on-year growth of 59.7% in January-October at 3.92 million units, according to data from the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. Meanwhile, following the departure of European, American, South Korean, and Japanese carmakers due to sanctions, China became Russia’s biggest automobile supplier in 2023. According to the latest available data, Chinese brands accounted for 92% of all Russian car imports between January and August.

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The west goes down. The rest does not.

Russia – China Are on a Roll (Pepe Escobar)

One of the most impressive features of the expanded Russia-China partnership is what is being planned for the Chinese northeastern province of Heilongjiang. The idea is to turn it into an economic, scientific development and national defense mega-hub, centered on the provincial capital Harbin, complete with a new, sprawling Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The key vector is that this mega-hub would also coordinate the development of the immense Russian Far East. This was discussed in detail at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok last September. In a unique, startling arrangement, the Chinese may be allowed to manage selected latitudes of the Russian Far East for the next 100 years. As Hong Kong-based analyst Thomas Polin detailed, Beijing is budgeting no less than 10 trillion yuan ($1.4 trillion) for the whole thing. Half of it would be absorbed by Harbin.

The blueprint will reach the National People’s Congress next March, and is expected to be approved. It has already been approved by the lower house of the Duma in Moscow. The ramifications are mind-boggling. We would have Harbin elevated to the status of direct-administered city, just like Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing. And most of all a Sino-Russian Management Committee will be established in Harbin to oversee the whole project. Top flight Chinese universities – including Peking University – would transfer their main campuses to Harbin. The universities of National Defense and National Defense Technology would merge with Harbin Engineering University to form a new entity focused on defense industries. High-tech research institutes and companies in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen would also move to Harbin.

The People’s Bank of China would establish its HQ for northern China in Harbin, complete with markets trading stocks and commodities futures. Residents of Heilongjiang would be allowed to travel back and forth to designated Russian Far East regions without a visa. The new Heilongjiang SEZ would have its own customs area and no import taxes. That’s the same spirit driving BRI connectivity corridors and the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC). The underlying rationale is wider Eurasia integration. At the recent Astana Club meeting in Kazakhstan, researcher Damjan Krnjevic-Miskovic, Director of Policy Research at the ADA University in Baku, gave an excellent presentation on connectivity corridors.

He referred for instance to the C5+1 (five Central Asian “stans” plus China) meeting three months ago in Dushanbe joined by Azerbaijan’s president Aliyev: that translates as Central Asia-Caucasus integration. Miskovic is paying due attention to everything that is evolving in what he defines, correctly, as “the Silk Road region” – interlinking the Euro-Atlantic with Asia-Pacific and interconnecting West Asia, South Asia and wider Eurasia. Strategically, of course, that’s the “geopolitical hinge where NATO meets the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and where the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) connects with Turkiye and the territory of the EU.” In practical terms, Russia-China know exactly what needs to be done to propel economic connectivity and “synergistic relationships” all across this vast spectrum.

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“We have no real insight into [Chinese] leadership plans and intentions in China at all..”

CIA Struggling to Tackle ‘Horrendous’ Losses in China Spy Network (Sp.)

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is struggling to rebuild its damaged spy network in China, unnamed American officials have told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). According to them, the goal is to restore the CIA’s “human espionage capabilities” in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), where the agency lost its network of agents a decade ago. The sources referred to what they described as Beijing’s spycatchers, who “all but blinded” CIA agents in China at the time, when the officials claimed at least “two dozen assets” providing information to the US had been executed or put behind bars. The officials argued that the US currently faces limited understanding of secret plans by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his associates on key security issues, including those pertaining to Taiwan.

“We have no real insight into [Chinese] leadership plans and intentions in China at all,” the sources claimed. The insiders added that details of what went wrong are not known to the public and it is unclear whether any of the CIA’s employees have been held accountable. One official argued that the agency’s losses in China were “horrendous.” Per the sources, the CIA and other US spy agencies cut spending on counterterrorism and other targets to focus on funding programs to penetrate the Chinese government after 2020. One official made it clear that strengthening the human spy network targeted on China will be a tricky task, saying, “The reality is that you don’t have collection resources that you can exploit all over the world.”

The claims come after CIA Director William Burns said in an interview with the WSJ that China remains at the top of the agency’s to-do list. “We are approaching the PRC as a global priority, more than doubling the budget resources devoted to the China mission over the past three years, and establishing the China Mission Center as CIA’s only single country mission center to coordinate the full agency’s efforts on this issue. Even as we are balancing multiple priorities including ongoing conflicts, we remain intensely engaged on the strategic long-term challenge posed by the PRC,” he said.

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“Before it would have endured three days. Now it’s a matter of hours..”

Germany’s Bundeswehr Not Battleworthy Beyond Several Hours’ Fight (TASS)

The current material and technical condition of Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr, has deteriorated sharply over the past two years, Colonel (Ret.) Ralf Thiele, a retired Bundeswehr officer told the Focus Online publication. “At the beginning of the attack (the start of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine – TASS), the Bundeswehr was already understaffed. Now it is even worse,” he contends. According to the expert, the German armed forces can only blame themselves for this deplorable state of affairs, as they long delayed needed upgrades. Should Germany or any other NATO country be attacked, the Bundeswehr’s equipment would not last long, Thiele believes. “Before it would have endured three days. Now it’s a matter of hours,” Thiele remarked without elaborating. At the end of February 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced the creation of a special 100 bln euro fund specifically for upgrading the Bundeswehr.

The earmarked funds were to be used for investment and armament projects, in particular, the purchase of new equipment, ammunition and machinery. According to German experts, however, no significant improvement in the material and technical base of the country’s armed forces has been achieved yet. In late March, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius sacked Gabriele Korb, the head of the Federal Office for Defense Technology and Procurement. She had come under criticism for overly long timeframes and overly complex procedures for weapons and equipment procurement. The total amount of German support for Ukraine – including humanitarian, financial and military assistance – has exceeded 25 bln euros since February 2022. In November, it was reported that the German government intended to increase support for Kiev from 4 bln euros to 8 bln euros in 2024. However, the authorities have not yet agreed on the budget for next year due to fiscal problems.

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They made people believe they were winning.

Ukrainian MP Explains Why Kiev Needs 500,000 More Conscripts (RT)

The Ukrainian military needs 500,000 new conscripts to cover casualties and man new units created during the next 12 months, the secretary of Ukraine’s parliamentary national security committee, Roman Kostenko, has said. The lawmaker also warned that eligible Ukrainians would not escape the ongoing mobilization. President Vladimir Zelensky claimed last week that the military leadership had requested the mobilization of “450,000-500,000 individuals” amid the conflict with Russia. Earlier this month, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu estimated that Kiev had lost more than 383,000 troops, both killed and wounded, since the start of hostilities in February 2022. In an interview with the Ukrinform media outlet published on Monday, Kostenko lamented that his compatriots “thought that we would win soon,” which instilled the belief in Ukrainians that “they could live quietly [and] not prepare for mobilization.”

“And now the words about an additional 450,000-500,000 mobilized have become a cold shower for everyone,” the lawmaker said. He added that the figure roughly reflects the armed forces’ needs in terms of replenishing “sanitary losses during the year” as well as forming new units. The military, according to Kostenko, must plan years ahead as the conflict “can… drag on for a long time.” The national security committee chief added that the Ukrainian government should shift the focus of its information policy from the promise of a quick victory and a vacation in Crimea to a more solemn message that “everyone must protect the Motherland. No one will evade it.”

Several Ukrainian media outlets reported on Monday that the legislation currently being considered by the Verkhovna Rada calls for the conscription age to be lowered from 27 to 25. The draft law is also said to include the introduction of electronic military draft notices, which would be sent via email and other means. According to reports, draft dodgers will be banned from receiving certain benefits and services from the state, obtaining loans, traveling abroad, and carrying out property transactions. MP Vadim Ivchenko told the Strana.ua news outlet that men hiding from mobilization abroad could be denied consular services, including the issuance of new IDs.

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“There were firing positions for long-range artillery and MLRS that shelled Donetsk. Now Maryinka is taken and thus the threat was moved away from Donetsk.”

Why Russian Liberation of Maryinka is So Significant (Sp.)

Russia’s Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu formally announced that the Russian Armed Forces liberated Maryinka, a heavily fortified city in the Donetsk People’s Republic, which for years served as an important stronghold for the Ukrainian troops, on December 25. Maryinka’s close proximity to the region’s capital of Donetsk allowed Ukrainian forces to shell the bigger city with relative impunity, noted military analyst Anatoliy Matviychuk, a retired colonel of the Russian Armed Forces. “Most importantly, they (Ukrainian forces) turned that city into a fortification,” Matviychuk said. “There were firing positions for long-range artillery and MLRS that shelled Donetsk. Now Maryinka is taken and thus the threat was moved away from Donetsk.”

He further noted that the liberation of Maryinka results in Russian forces taking control of “a hub of railways and highways,” not to mention cutting off the supply lines for the Ukrainian forces in the sector.The Russian victory in Maryinka also means that Ukrainian forces suffered a huge blow to their morale and lost confidence in their ability to hold their positions, suggested Colonel General Georgy Shpak, ex-commander of the Russian Airborne Forces. “Already, as I’ve learned, the number of Ukrainian soldiers who want to end up in Russian captivity has drastically increased,” Shpak said, adding that Kiev troops are becoming disaffected with their leaders and their ideals. Meanwhile, Ret. Col. Rustem Klupov, a military analyst and Russian military intelligence veteran, argued that the liberation of Maryinka was the beginning of a breakthrough in multilayered enemy defense in the sector, which may be followed by further breakthroughs in the Artemovsk and Avdeyevka sectors.

“These three directions – Artemovsk, Maryinka and Avdeyevka – they may lead to a strategic advance towards Pavlograd and Dnepropetrovsk, that’s about 200 kilometers, in order to encircle the enemy attack force that sought to punch through our frontlines in the south,” Klupov said. According to him, such a move by Russian forces would put the entire Ukrainian southern army group at risk as Kiev would be forced to either pull these troops back or risk them being cut off. “The success of this big operation is being determined there, near Avdeyevka and Maryinka,” Klupov claimed. While Kiev’s “counteroffensive” that started early in June and ended without much fanfare by the year’s end failed to produce any results apart from tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers killed, Russian forces scored a number of victories in 2023 which include the liberation of the cities of Artemovsk, Soledar and Maryinka.

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“Aliens cross the border illegally, test the system, are released into the interior, and then call home to share their experiences. That’s happened millions of times in the past three years.”

Nearly 250,000 People Flood Southern Border In 1 Month (CS)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered a new record number of illegal border crossers in November as the agency pleaded for help from Congress. Total illegal border crossers encountered along the southwest border in November were 242,418. The majority of apprehensions, 191,113, occurred between ports of entry. CBP agents also processed more than 43,000 people at ports of entry who made appointments through the CBP One App. As part of the administration’s expanded parole program to foreign nationals from specific countries, which Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced earlier this year, an unprecedented number of Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans were released into the U.S. who otherwise would not have been allowed in. Early this year, 20 states sued over the program, which they argue is illegal.

The plan initially allowed up to 30,000 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans to enter the U.S. a month. Since then, that total and the program were expanded. Through the end of November 2023, CBP reports that 297,000 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans “arrived lawfully under the parole processes.” More than 62,000 Cubans, more than 120,000 Haitians, more than 54,000 Nicaraguans, and more than 81,000 Venezuelans “were vetted and authorized for travel,” CBP states. They were released into the U.S. CBP also states that more than 60,000 Cubans, 112,000 Haitians, 47,000 Nicaraguans, and 76,000 Venezuelans arrived at the border and were granted parole. CBP processing facilities are currently at capacity along the southwest border in what is projected to be the largest number of illegal entries for the month of December in U.S. history.

In response to the surge at the border, CBP directed more personnel and transportation resources to areas being hard hit in order to transfer illegal foreign nationals “from high traffic areas to locations where they can be efficiently and humanely processed,” it said. “We are screening and vetting every individual we encounter at the border and those without a legal basis to stay are processed for removal,” the statement says. Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy Miller also said the agency needed more resources from Congress, at a time when Republican Congressional leaders are planning on impeaching Mayorkas in January over the border crisis. “We are facing a serious challenge along the southwest border and CBP and our federal partners need more resources from Congress – as outlined in the supplemental budget request – to enhance border security and America’s national security,” Miller said in a statement.

“Despite ongoing challenges, in November, the men and women of CBP continued their tireless work and recorded increased seizures of illegal narcotics while facilitating lawful trade and increased holiday travel.” U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., who has vowed to impeach Mayorkas next month, said, “When there is no meaningful consequence applied to illegal activity, that activity will continue – and others will get the message that they can also engage in it with impunity. That’s exactly what has happened at our borders since Secretary Mayorkas took office. Aliens cross the border illegally, test the system, are released into the interior, and then call home to share their experiences. That’s happened millions of times in the past three years.” Green said this will not stop “so long as Secretary Mayorkas doubles down on his refusal to enforce the immigration laws passed by Congress. He must be held accountable.”

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“..legitimate major airline boarding passes for migrants that quite literally have the name printed as ‘NO NAME GIVEN.'”

Gaetz Demands Transparency From Delta CEO About Illegal Immigrants (ET)

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has raised national security concerns about Delta Air Lines’ role in transporting illegal immigrants from the U.S. southern border into the country’s interior without being “properly vetted.” In a letter to Delta CEO Ed Bastion on Friday, Mr. Gaetz urged transparency regarding arrangements between the airline, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) facilitating transportation. “It has recently come to my attention that Delta Air Lines is transporting non-resident aliens from the southern border of the United States into the interior of the country,” Mr. Gaetz wrote. “The United States Congress has an interest in understanding pursuant to which arrangements with federal agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) non-resident aliens are able to book and travel on Delta Air Lines flights.”

Sparked by claims in viral social media posts, Mr. Gaetz cited national security concerns around NGOs that receive taxpayer funds buying flights for illegal immigrants who have not been vetted and who seem to be boarding flights without proper identification. These concerns were also put to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday. Mr. Cruz sought information about the screening procedures for illegal immigrants crossing the border via the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) “CBP One” app and being helped onto flights to the country’s interior from southern border locations. In his letter to the Delta Air Lines boss, Mr. Gaetz said, “As you are likely aware, certain NGOs receive federal grants, including through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program and Shelter and Services Program, making it possible that these NGOs are using federal money to purchase flights for non-resident aliens on Delta Air Lines.”

The Republican congressman echoed Mr. Cruz, saying it was “alarming” that American taxpayers are paying for illegal immigrants to fly around the country from the U.S. southern border who “may not be properly vetted.” “Therefore, I am concerned the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be allowing nonresident aliens to board flights, including those operated by Delta Air Lines, with an alternate form of identification that meets a weaker standard than that used to verify the identities of American citizens when they fly,” he added.

Mr. Gaetz sought answers from Ms. Bastion to the following questions:
• How many nonresident aliens has Delta Ait Lines transported on behalf of governmental or nongovernmental organizations since January 20, 2021?
• How do NGOs purchase or reimburse your airlines for the tickets of non-resident aliens?
• Are you now receiving, or have you ever received, any incentive to reimbursement, including money, credit, or other benefits from the federal government, in exchange for the transport of nonresident aliens?
• Has the TSA notified you of what forms of identification are acceptable for nonresident aliens to clear airport security and board your flights? If so, what are they?

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    Edward Hopper New York restaurant 1922   • ‘Rot In Hell’ Biden – Trump Christmas Greeting (RT) • Obama Shaped CIA To Boost His Political Agenda –
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 27 2023]

    #149210
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    I love Hoppers’ art; It is as a snapshot of the real world without being an actual snapshot…yet faithfully
    rendering our reality…

    #149211
    Red
    Participant

    How many Black Mirror episodes are now reality? Here’s one that just aired as it was on hold due to lock downs and is already true. No news to most here, still the slide into fascism is almost complete. The big question is: How to change this trajectory? Individually you can “bug out” or go full luddite, but that won’t stop the beast. The only way my small mind can see is to take away its power. By power I mean electricity. This will only work if all electricity is gone from the entire planet for an extended period. That would be disastrous for all to say the least. As I see it though, as long as there is electricity the information that is now used to run the system will never be zeroed out of the equation. Solutions to this problem need to be discussed in a reasonable manner and implemented somehow. Ideas on how to accomplish this need to be put forth and hashed out. As it stands most here see the monster clearly yet solutions to this issue are not forthcoming. Hoping that this thing will crash under its own weight isn’t a strategy, it’s wishful thinking. The gorilla in the room is how to neuter the surveillance state without killing both host and parasite? Anywho if you haven’t seen episode 1 of season six black mirror and are a fan spoiler alert:

    #149212
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Very different from other Hoppers, also where you can hear noise and not silence in the background.

    Cullom on Covid: the uses for “a Louisville slugger or a sand wedge are multipurpose. How the doctors and scientists regain their credibility is unclear, but here is a good starting point: stop lying.”

    Following more Cullom, the yield curve inversions:

    reverse
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    Powell is both saying “Higher for Longer” and “We’re reversing fast”. Or him and his posse are out saying the opposite of each other, for the Daily Special for the Century now: Reality a la Carte. To be serious, Powell appears to be following the 1-year, just as all Feds do back to Greenspan. Well the 1-year panicked, so Powell was compelled to panic-follow it. But WHY it panicked is a different question, and the sky is black with swans.

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    “Derivatives strategist Jitesh notes that the top 10 stocks are carrying 86% of the S&P return.11 The QQQ comprising 100 of the hottest tech stocks sporting a $20 trillion market cap has the Mag 7 representing 54% of the total market cap.12 The Mag 7 enjoyed a 72% gain in first half of 2023.13 Apple crossed the $3 trillion mark only four years after crossing the $1 trillion barrier,”

    Gosh does that sound like a Tech ‘99 number? Who knows? Back then at least it was in the news; now we just print money, and when money runs out, print another trillion, $1 BILLION an HOUR.

    To put it lightly: “There’s a huge disconnect between (soaring) stocks and end markets.” ~ Fred Hickey The High-Tech Strategist

    The entire nation or world is broke and cutting back, all the companies that make the products they are (not) buying, go up 50-fold. (Or rather 50x valuation).

    Printing money: “The housing market, the stock market, and the bond market, all overpriced at the same time. If the Fed knew what it was doing it would not allow bubbles of this magnitude to take place.” ~ Jeremy Grantham

    Au Contraire, Jeremy, the Fed’s JOB is to print money so everything CAN be overpriced all at once. …Except the ugly, stupid things the “Wrong” people make, like food, copper, or silver. F’ them. We’ll hold down their prices while price of stocks are 40x their lows, corn is 5x and silver is 50% of those dates of 40 years ago despite all of them being used in everything. ‘Cuz “Free Markets” not “Central Planning.”

    “The Supreme Court Holds to Regular Order for the New Year (Turley)

    A different “We Make S—t Up” in every paragraph. I’ll spare you. But Jack had lots and lots and lots of time, years and years. He had no idea what Trump said three years ago? So you wait three years to press a case and NOW demand expedited status? WTF is wrong with you? No, you don’t get special treatment after that, the same as in an auto-repair shop, or cake baker, or anywhere else in America you could try that. Wait your turn, Karen. Back of the line.

    It’s so endemic we have a saying printed out on banana-smelling ditto paper, in purple, hung on office walls nationwide: “A failure to plan on YOUR part does not constitute an emergency on OUR part.” Smith, now having attended Harvard, has forgotten that.

    “• US ‘Cannibalizing Europe’ – Oreshkin (RT)

    Kind of. How is this not Europe “Cannibalizing America”? They’re both cannibals who wouldn’t do a lick of work to save their own lives and haven’t in 30 years. Of COURSE they are only attacking each other. The alternative would be to be useful and PRODUCE for a living. Socialists only consume, producing is for Capitalists. What I’m saying is, so America now is an additional TRILLION in debt, literally has no shells, no anti-aircraft, poverty is 40%, everyone is living in tents, and you’re saying we came out AHEAD on this? I don’t see that kind of decay and tent cities, complete absence of health care in Europe, which although troubled, remains one of the highest standards of living in the world. Suppose we HAD won Russia (ridiculous I know, bear with me) what would we have gotten? Only to pump and broker deals in Russia BACK TO EUROPE and nowhere else. Yes, we’d get our Vig, but we’d only be the service boys to Europe’s needs for their continuing standard of living.

    I feel like this accusation is therefore misplaced. Again. Europe is cannibalizing US. And we only barely put a stop to it by NOT getting 200,000 men and all our tanks – which Europe paid none of, never having put up anywhere near NATO GDP* – involved there. (* Except Greece, who being poor and weak is the only country they MAKE pay the full NATO weapons GDP amount, including new submarines while their people starve in ‘09. Good job, Saab.)

    Go on though: we already know we’re all one Club, run by the Lettermen. It’s just intra-club factions we discuss, not actual “Sides”.

    “• Germany’s Bundeswehr Not Battleworthy Beyond Several Hours’ Fight (TASS)”

    And so you see. Germany doesn’t HAVE a military. But not to worry, since the WEF, Davos, and Europe never intended to lift a finger and use it. They’re going to use OUR military. Like always last 50 years. Then morally blame us too. Satanic Yankee pig-dogs, I spit upon you. …Except we double-crossed them and didn’t show up for our big murder party, the “Great American Re-Colonization Project.” America First. Awwww, we didn’t show up in Ukraine? Shucks my calendar was booked that week, guess you’ll have to go without me. How’s that workin’ out?

    “• Russia Now Europe’s Largest Economy – Oreshkin (Sp.)

    That is a BIT deceptive though, isn’t it? As Russia’s GDP is not calculated using only economies West of the Urals. But the other 9 time zones. True in concept, just as Russia now #1 military ahead of the U.S. is true in concept.

    “As brands they will probably remain, but will follow the fate of Volvo, which was sold to China.”

    And Jag, and others. I wonder to track things like Swedish power, jobs, GDP, when you sell off the thing that makes you great to begin with. (Nokia) Anyone know? I don’t bother since in the long run it’s 100% certain it will lead to decay, implosion, and poverty. Right now they may have factories running as before, but that doesn’t last once you sell out, just as any other rich family, selling off the oil well titles, but keeping the expensive mansion. That is, KEEP the expenses, SELL the income.

    I guess it wouldn’t matter anyway, since apparently they did so knowing they, Europe, was about to outlaw all cars continent-wide. This is a long, well-known, well-advertised plan. And no one could stop them, as they savaged and run out of business any ONE they like, any TIME they like, for any REASON they like, if they opposed them. As per VW actually daring to make cars. “Lo! Then a Miracle Happened” and they got an emissions violation 100% of all companies also do.

    So it’s not a stretch to say “We are the Soviet Central Planners, and WE are going to end all car ownership, then all travel for the peasants – “Peasants” being anyone under $50 Million income. So why don’t you pop off and dump your car companies on idiots like China before you’re found having fallen off your boat in the Baltic sea like Maxwell did. Good day, sir.”

    ….Aaaaaaand because they’re raging morons who can’t stop sniffing glue long enough to get above the table, their plans are then all screwed up, screw up themselves, their host nations of the parasite, and even the WHOLE CONTINENT as their pin-headed Central Planning fails AGAIN.

    Whut? We needed carz? Aw shucks, but we don’t own anything and now all the profits are extracted back to China on uz!

    My god. The stupid. YES, MORONS: YOU ARE NOT GOING TO ERASE ALL INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES BY 2025 like you claimed would happen. Jesus. Christ. How have we never defeated you? Are we really only 1/10th less dumb that you are?

    “• CIA Struggling to Tackle ‘Horrendous’ Losses in China Spy Network (Sp.)

    Yeah, if I remember, Hillary outed all the Chinese spies – probably for money – back then? Just as Cheney (Bush who?) outed all our spies in Africa to get back at one operative who told the truth. Aaaaaaand then stayed under the table for another decade, sniffing glue. Whut? We’z a blinded? When’d this happen? Geez, I don’t know, my entire life maybe? Like yesterday’s article where they trained the CIA under Gates to provide only confirmation-bias to “The Narrative” to politicians? That is, the CIA runs the nation, just like Dulles and Kennedy in Cuba?

    “• Ukrainian MP Explains Why Kiev Needs 500,000 More Conscripts (RT) “

    As Military Summary says, this makes no sense. They’re going to get 20,000 a month, which equals 500k over time. They can’t train them anyway. The only difference here is to alarm everyone and have epically bad PR. …That will topple A) Zaluzhny, or B) Zelenesky, take your pick. Each is pointing at the other one right now. The people don’t care and are striking, but they added more Fascism and removed more Democracy, so they have checkpoints and soldiers everywhere to arrest and conscript striking workers. Sooooo…if all your troops are in Kiev and Lviv arresting your OWN people, how are you fighting a war with the OTHER people? A: “Reasons”.

    If Russians are on Strike, can you really MAKE them work, be productive? Because my sense of history is they’re best on the planet in work slowdowns, mistakes, and pretending to work. …Just as the French are best in street demonstrations, rioting, and national strikes. No slight to the Slavs on this, it’s a method of communication. We have our own problems and strengths because neither method is effective here in the ‘States.

    “Why Russian Liberation of Maryinka is So Significant (Sp.)

    It is amazing it took this long, and that Ukraine could shell their own people for now +10 years and not be in the news.

    ““Aliens cross the border illegally, test the system, are released into the interior,”

    And Delta flies them with no checkpoints and no papers. Some citizens are more equal than others. Scratch that: ANY non citizen is superiour in EVERY way, to any non-citizen. That’s not new either, but extends back decades. By 2002 it was ALREADY better to be a Mexican illegal than live here, and it’s gotten worse on an geometric curve. Many people like Doug Casey say “Why buck the curve?” They renounce citizenship, become citizens of Argentina or Costa Rica, then live here tax-free. What I’m saying is: I’m not exaggerating. It’s not emotional hyperbole or sour grapes. It’s literal, actual, legal and economic, social truth, provable any way you’d like to chart it. Taxes and police forebearance alone would make it worthwhile.

    “If people can’t control their own emotions then they have to start to control other people’s behavior.”~ John Cleese

    Responded to AGW comment yesterday, but answer is simple: if any of that is true, why do we have 20 Ice Ages over 200 million years. Clearly warming never, ever leads to more warming, only to another Ice Age. Warming is never caused by CO2, it’s caused by Ice Ages and miles of ice?
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    Your argument makes no sense and it is ridiculously easy to see.

    #149213
    Oroboros
    Participant

    In 1995 the republicans celebrated their first 100 days of being in the majority by having Chris Farley address them as Speaker Gingrich. Apparently politics used to be fun…

    Apparently fake Nuclear Bomb Test were more fun too.

    They were faked (rumor has it by Stanley Kubrick)

    Here’s Joe Rogan reacting to being ‘fucked again’ by the Deep Dipshit State.

    Lucy pulled the football away at the last minute once again.

    #149214
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    True things said or written:

    “We have no real insight into [Chinese] leadership plans and intentions in China at all,”

    More accurately:

    “We have no___insight____at all”

    The personality pathologies at work here share the same characteristic lack of insight.

    Then again, the malignant narcissist and psychopaths view personal insight as a weakness and someone else’s understanding of them as a liability worth exploiting.

    However what does it mean to have insight into a lack of insight or recognize your own profound lack of self-recognition? Clathrates!

    Two problems with Bill Burns:
    1. Gay as a bleached whale bone and just as inert
    2. He is not a megamind
    3 . Do you think the “dead” CIA spies in China looked American or Chinese?

    4. Here’s part 4 of Bill Burns two-part problem. Bill still thinks about stealing shit from China as a foundation for being a Great American, a Patriot.

    All the while, China has a guy doing this:

    “The idea is to turn it into an economic, scientific development and national defense mega-hub, centered on the provincial capital Harbin, complete with a new, sprawling Special Economic Zone (SEZ).”

    Does such a MegaMind exist in America or have they all been psychologically brutalized by the likes of Bill Burns and other pinheads at CIA?
    Gates, Musk, Oppenheimer et al look pathetic in comparison.

    Must have been all Chinese locals: The insiders added that details of what went wrong are not known to the public and it is unclear whether any of the CIA’s employees have been held accountable. One official argued that the agency’s losses in China were “horrendous

    Yes!:

      The unprecedented unity among the Arab countries, the close coordination between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the huge groundswell of opinion in the Arab world against Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian populations in Gaza and West Bank — all this has created a new momentum in Middle East politics that has pitchforked the Palestine problem to the centre stage, which is something India cannot afford to ignore
    #149217
    tboc
    Participant

    Red – ROM = read only memory

    #149218
    Oroboros
    Participant

    While the ‘Little People’ are being crushed with debt

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    Beelzebub can still fog a mirror

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    #149219
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #149220
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Found the forest where Home Depot gets its lumber

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    #149221
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    In summary, “against” the “against”, India can no longer afford to ignore the “pitchfork[ed] the Palestine problem” in international politics.

    Nor can one ever overestimate the power of alliteration among the international political punditry.

    #149223
    zerosum
    Participant

    Movement, Changes, fluctuations, variations, cycle, expansion, contraction, pattern, adaptation
    ———–
    Au Contraire
    Stabilizing, not a bubble, printing, inflation, decay, implosion, and poverty.
    ———–

    #149224
    Red
    Participant

    tboc yes rom doesn’t die on its own. Give it back its electric and its up and running again. There are vast amounts of personal info on severs that will disappear should the severs die. As well as a lot of financial info that with die an ether death. This could prove out to be beneficial to joe sixpack in the long run. Going analog as much as possible would also assist in dragging the monster to its grave. Somehow leaving as much of the digital world on its own has to become fashionable if these social credit schemes are to be avoided. You don’t have to be a clairvoyant to see the road ahead but you do have to be looking up more often than not.

    #149225
    Red
    Participant

    CT: What are your thoughts on Greta Thunberg and the movement surrounding her?

    DR: It is sad and pathetic. The movement is a testament to the success of the global propaganda project that I describe in my report. The movement is also an indicator of the degree to which totalitarianism has taken hold in Western societies; wherein individuals, associations and institutions lose their ability for independent thought to steer society away from the designs of an occupying elite. Individuals (and their parents) become morality police in the service of this ‘environmentalism’.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/13/from-dollar-hegemony-to-global-warming-globalization-glyphosate-and-doctrines-of-consent/

    #149226
    zerosum
    Participant

    USA Money to help Israel
    Work Around to send money to Israel.
    Intel to build chip factories in a war zone, with banker support.

    #149227
    Noirette
    Participant

    Trump’s ‘X’ Xmas Message (no. 1 at top post, link below.)

    Didn’t know he had gone that far, damning his enemies. His personal pov, perhaps understandable from his position, Hmm -> doesn’t count in the grand scope.

    All is just one more glaring sign of the now ongoing rapid fall, heh, let’s say plunge into the fiery depths, of the USA’s hegemonic power.

    Trump, Biden, Hunter B., others, are seen, all over the world, to be new style ‘Mafia’ Capos, using whatever available means to attack, discredit, stifle their political ‘accusers,’ enemies, Biz rivals, and more.

    Using all means to hand (lawfare, lies, smears, false accusations, kontrol of media narratives, etc. not mentioning possible violence) and making it all **public**, see the digital aspect (Twitter-X etc.) to garner public support …? Heh, for votes in rigged elections?

    All this looks more like .. Crazy US teenagers? Gang wars fought out with messages by rich people barricaded in their homes? Pathetic attempts to garner sympathy thru vilification, slander, playing the victim, making empty threats, etc.?

    https://swentr.site/news/589721-trump-christmas-greeting/

    #149229
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    The fox hunt (although useless for every other imaginable purpose) is GREAT practice for running down and recapturing (or slaughtering) run-away slaves . . . . and reminding all of the other slaves of the Elite’s ability to do it. for sport.

    #149230
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @zerosum

    USA Money to help Israel
    Work Around to send money to Israel.
    Intel to build chip factories in a war zone, with banker support.”

    Or, as an alternative method, Bibi Netanyahu could take up painting and anonymous art lovers could buy up his artwork for $5 Billion a pop. (I think overpaid speaking engagements for big institutional gatherings is off the boards for now due to security concerns) but there’s always the chance for a big book/movie deal like Obama is so good at.

    #149231
    tboc
    Participant

    Red today’s Ecosophia is looking at this, Greer is always good.

    #149232
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Incidentally, for anyone interested, that’s what the Netflix movie “Leave The World Behind” is all about.. Sure, sure, sure, it’s propaganda and predictive programing and all of that shit, too. But what the movie is REALLY about is paying Barrack Obama a half billion or so in wages, expenses compensation, profits and royalties. Nice gig, Barry. Hopefully the money will keep you free of the gallows for a couple more years.

    #149233
    WES
    Participant

    Still Wearing Masks:
    We all see folks still wearing masks these days. This helps us clearly identify those amoung us who are still traumatized by Operation Covid. These are the weak sheep who still need the Covid Narrative to continue to function in life.These people are willing slaves who can’t give up their Slave Status. They have traded their freedom for Security. They now have neither. They are more insecure than ever. Their masks are their security blankets. They would feel naked without wearing their masks. Behaviors of slaves.

    Covid War Continues Unabated:
    At a recent Xmas family dinner one spouse just lost 2 sisters. One 3 months ago to a heart attack (husband also had heart attack at same time) and the other 2 days before Xmas due to turbo cancer. I was told not to go there re-covid vaccines. They prefer “not to be aware ” that death stocks them. mRNA vaccines are good and combining covid with flu shot the way to go. So all have the latest covid booster shots. Degrees in Biology but drinking the Kool-Aid. These stupid sheep won’t be with us for much longer as they will all die sooner than later. The truth would destroy their bubble world. Stupid as stupid does. What can you do? Nothing! Just more victims of Operation Covid.

    Excess Deaths:
    Sudden Death and Died Unexpectedly are the confirmed Operation Covid’s successes. They no longer need to live in a state of denial as they are now dead, victims of Operation Covid.

    The West’s Covid War successfully continues unrelentingly like the power of compounding ìnterest. This is making Bill Gates and WEF very happy.

    #149234
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    From Dec 23:

    Me: The country, The Ukraine hasn’t lost yet…

    (((despite defunding and withdrawal of U.S. Congressional support)))

    RIMs reply: ” The country, The Ukraine hasn’t lost yet…”

    You’ve only lost when you admit it? Not sure

    Dec 27:
    UK-raine sunk the ?amphib? Novocherkassk with a UK-madecruzmissile. 33 missing lives at the bottom of the sea ARE testament to the ruse that was the withdrawal of U.S. congressional support and hundred billion dollar aid to The Ukraine’s Wolod Zelensky.

    What else does it, the sinking signify?
    Russian laziness and complacency?
    UKs future targeting by Russia for retribution?
    Could UK-US-Uk really be winning this war?
    Putin is on the ropes?
    Where are the mil-pol-pundits with their scholarly, prior enlisted analysis(es)is(es)??

    #149235
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    While we’re on the subject of movies I just wanted to remind everyone that a “movie” is a series of still frame photographs displayed in rapid succession (16 per second, or a little faster), usually accompanied by sound waves which correspond to sound-packets known as “words” which the recipient has been programmed to identify as cognitive concepts.

    When a recipient “watches a movie” they automatically translate the light waves and audible sound vibrations as a “story” or simulation of real life experience. But is really AIN’T real life, now is it? In actual real fact it is all just a bunch of crudely encoded vibrations directionally transmitted at certain frequencies on equipment any high school kid can obtain and master. Talk about cheap and easy. Nothing fancy or “woo” about any of it.

    If that ain’t AI programming of some kind of bullshit “Matrix-Metaverse” then I’ld sure as hell like to know what is!

    Watching movies doesn’t make people likely to get wise, active or revolt. It just makes them misinformed, inexperienced, disconnected from reality and INERT.

    #149236
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    David Tam c. 2021

      “We don’t need a world where China becomes another United States. This is neither rational nor feasible. Rather, the United States should try to make itself a better country, and China will surely become its better self.”

    #149237
    WES
    Participant

    I am just waiting for Justin Trudeau to announce that Canada will take in “some” meaning most of the Palestinians from both the Gaza and the West Bank.
    It is just a matter of time.
    The WEF is his only master.
    Canada is so screwed.

    #149238
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Oops, sorry.

    By Dave Tam, I genuinely meant Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
    Sometimes I get the two men Wang and Tam confused.
    Wang is some bonafide Chinese MegaBrain.
    While Tam is a bottom-dwelling flunky from med school who never passed The Pediatric boards or The National Boards Parts I, II, or III. Yet Beebe healthcare saw enough in his acquisitive nature and assiduous avoidance of combat to make him Leader during COVID. What would China let a cred-edentulous guy like that do? Maybe Leadership of the new MegaProject in northeast China, Heilongjiang.
    Or maybe China sent their Stupids like Dave here to counter all the CIA spies Bill Burns had murdered or disappeared in China?

    #149240

    I have clung to the idea that nukes aren’t what they claim they are. I would like to believe humans are too decent to have used them in the past (or now) but that doesn’t seem as plausible as that they are “faked”. Was it here that someone showed the photo of Hiroshima (Nagasaki?) where the mushroom cloud is tall in the background and there’s a guy in the foreground getting his picture taken….

    And then- delight of delights!- the mention of centuries that didn’t happen? I had not heard of that, but I’ve got a web page waiting for me to find out it’s actually 1720.
    I love this stuff!

    #149241
    Red
    Participant

    The first three minutes is Trudeau admitting everything pretty much.

    #149242
    TAE Summary
    Participant

    * Hopper art imitating life but with a better color scheme

    * Contronyms: Words that are their own opposites
    Sanction: To accept and to block: We sanction sanctions on Russia
    Oversight: To oversee and to overlook: Our oversight committee made an oversight and closed your account
    Left: To depart and to stay; They left me and I was left alone
    Trump: To overcome and to be canceled; Politics trump the rights of Trump

    * Non-citizens are favored over citizens: Shout for joy, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth in song and cry aloud, you who have never travailed; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband

    * George SOreos: The gooshy white stuff between two hard black cookies

    * Gore: Without Climate Action you could lose your capacity for “myself” governance

    * SciFi becomes reality: Back then we saw through a mirror, darkly; but now face to face

    * Be careful what you wish for; Worse than your dreams not coming true is your dreams coming false

    * Commodore Compton sells ROM
    For Computer Components® in Guam
    If the ROMs you by fail
    Then send him email
    At comcom@comcom.com

    #149243
    Oroboros
    Participant

    IDF ‘invincibility is a myth.

    They are taking heavy casualties.

    The IDF is not protecting their armor in urban surroundings with ground troops.

    As a result gutsy moves like this from Hamas are working.

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

    And this

    #149244
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Israeli (Empire of Lies) Humvee After Hamas Ambush

    #149245
    Oroboros
    Participant

    More hits on IDF

    #149246
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Israeli Jeep is Hit

    All gone

    #149247
    Oroboros
    Participant

    “Satan Always Degrades His Victims Before He Destroys Them.”

    Can’t string together two coherent sentences without a TelePrompter…..Duh’merica

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    #149248
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Russia

    Can give an off the cuff four and a half hour press conference without even notes.

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    #149249
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #149250
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #149251
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Fighting Biden Inflation One Meal at a Time

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    #149253
    aspnaz
    Participant

    davidteale said (yesterday #149239)

    Isn’t this like saying that “Everyone dies, so I cannot possibly be a murderer”?

    It is more like believing that every creature that dies was murdered by humans. We know that humans die of natural causes and we know that all creatures will eventually die of natural causes and always have done, from before humans existed. We see our own relatives die of natural causes with our very own eyes yet we decide not to believe our eyes and believe they were murdered; maybe they were, but if they are 80 and have been in poor health for a while, why not consider the most likely cause as your first priority. It is creating a problem that does not exist.

    We don’t know the cause of the current spike in all-cause mortality, but we do know that it cannot possibly be a result of the vax

    Cause and effect is a very reliable way of ruling out some causes of an event. Have you noticed how the people suffering from vax injuries took the vax BEFORE they got the injury? You see there is a time line involved and when you look through the ice cores etc, you see that the CO2 arrived AFTER warming, so it cannot be the cause of warming in the same way that anyone who has NOT HAD the vax cannot attribute their own death to the vax.

    Sure, I believe that climate can change for all sorts of reasons, the number one reason is probably the white hot ball in the sky, as it is the climate engine … when your car breaks down, do you look at the engine or at the stereo? Second is probably oceans and cloud cycles … when your car breaks down, do you check the engine then the fuel tank or the stereo then the coffee holder?

    I am very confident that humans do NOT have the faintest idea how the climate works, after all, humans have not fully worked out the mechanics of a liquid boiling in a tube in industrial processes yet; yes, boiling fluids is a complex area but we still don’t really understand how it progresses or why the heat transfer coeeficients change the way they do, but we have some ideas.

    Just because people believe that “my beach now has plastic pollution on it, it never used to, so humans must be the cause of climate change” is not enough to create the very real science of understanding the climate. Filling the gap in understanding with unproven theories, false data from concrete fields, and all the other tricks (met office is now going to use modelling to measure climate change rather than long term data) is even more destructive than accepting that we do not know. What we do know is that the sun causes climate change, we know water vapour causes climate change, the evidence point to CO2 does NOT cause climate change yet we pursue CO2 as the cause.

    Why CO2? It seems obvious to me that it was chosen because it is linked to human activity so there is a scam to be had. The high profile people driving this are all very rich – or backed by the very rich – and have skin in the game, they benefit from the huge waste of taxpayer money handed out as government grants in order to fix a problem that does not exist. If they had chosen the sun as the culprit, then people would realise that there is not much you can do and so access to government funds would have been limited, they could not reinvent the energy supply for industry as a “solution”.

    #149254
    Oroboros
    Participant

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