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BRICS Member South Africa Takes Zionism To Court (Pepe Escobar)
The War Within Israel’s War Cabinet (Cradle)
Ukraine Conflict Drove Up Ammo Prices Tenfold – Sweden (RT)
Lavrov Knew of ‘Secret’ Ukraine Meeting Weeks Before Bloomberg Report (Sp.)
Ukrainians Will Benefit From Zelensky’s Fall – Medvedchuk (RT)
West Got Ukraine ‘Painfully Wrong’ – Slovak PM Robert Fico (RT)
Ukrainians In UK Told To Register For Military Service (RT)
US Government Debt Biggest Threat To Global Economy – Russian NGO (RT)
China Has Become More Aggressive – UK Foreign Secretary (RT)
Germany’s ‘Krisenmodus’ Has No End in Sight (Conor Gallagher)
German Government Is Ripping Off The Farmers Who Feed The Country (Marsden)
UK Parliament Cold, Damp, and Infested With Mice – Politico (RT)
Hunter Biden Defends Including Father On Business Calls (Fox)
Can Big Pharma Be Held Accountable? (Paul Craig Roberts)
Trump Says Georgia Case ‘Totally Compromised’ (ET)

 

 

Fani Willis and her beau were there, but so was Letitia James. It was all coordinated.

 

 

Trump

 

 

Before: Russia exported cheap energy to European industries & imported European industrial goods. Now: Russia exports cheap energy to Asia & imports Asian industrial goods.

 

 

Hunter

 

 

 

 

Rogan study

 

 

LGBTs

 

 

 

 

Poland

 

 

 

 

“Both Pretoria and Tel Aviv are members of the ICJ – so the rulings are binding..”

But are they enforcable?

BRICS Member South Africa Takes Zionism To Court (Pepe Escobar)

Nothing less than the full concept of international law will be on trial this week in The Hague. The whole world is watching. It took an African nation, not an Arab or Muslim nation, but significantly a BRICS member, to try to break the iron chains deployed by Zionism via fear, financial might, and non-stop threats, enslaving not only Palestine but substantial swathes of the planet. By a twist of historical poetic justice, South Africa, a nation that knows one or two things about apartheid, had to take the moral high ground and be the first to file a suit against apartheid Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The 84-page lawsuit, exhaustively argued, fully documented, and filed on 29 December 2023, details all the ongoing horrors perpetrated in the occupied Gaza Strip and followed by everyone with a smartphone around the planet.

South Africa asks the ICJ – a UN mechanism – something quite straightforward: Declare that the state of Israel has breached all its responsibilities under international law since 7 October. And that, crucially, includes a violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention, according to which genocide consists of “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.”South Africa is supported by Jordan, Bolivia, Turkiye, Malaysia, and significantly the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which combines the lands of Islam, and constitutes 57 member states, 48 of these harboring a Muslim majority. It’s as if these nations were representing the overwhelming majority of the Global South. Whatever happens at The Hague could go way beyond a possible condemnation of Israeli for genocide. Both Pretoria and Tel Aviv are members of the ICJ – so the rulings are binding.

The ICJ, in theory, carries more weight than the UN Security Council, where the US vetoes any hard facts that tarnish Israel’s carefully constructed self-image. The only problem is that the ICJ does not have enforcement power. What South Africa, in practical terms, is aiming to achieve is to have the ICJ impose on Israel an order to stop the invasion – and the genocide – right away. That should be the first priority. Reading the full South African application is a horrifying exercise. This is literally history in the making, right in front of us living in the young, tech-addicted, 21st century, and not a science fiction account of a genocide taking place in some distant universe.

Pretoria’s application carries the merit of drawing The Big Picture, “in the broader context of Israel’s conduct towards Palestinians during its 75-year-long apartheid, its 56-year-long belligerent occupation of Palestinian territory, and its 16-year-long blockade of Gaza.” Cause, effect, and intent are clearly delineated, transcending the horrors that have been perpetrated since the Palestinian resistance’s Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on 7 October, 2023. Then there are “acts and omissions by Israel which are capable of amounting to other violations of international law.” South Africa lists them as “genocidal in character, as they are committed with the requisite specific intent (dolus specialis) to destroy Palestinians in Gaza as a part of the broader Palestinian national, racial and ethnic group.”

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“..originally intended to be about post-war plans — a topic the prime minister appears reluctant to tackle given the potential risks to his political and personal future..”

The War Within Israel’s War Cabinet (Cradle)

Three months into Israel’s longest and costliest unconventional war, the country’s armed forces have emerged as a significant indirect source of pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s extremist government. This development comes at a crucial juncture, both politically and in terms of security, for Tel Aviv. Amid ongoing internal differences over post-Gaza war strategies and proposed resolutions for Hamas’s prisoner exchange demands, the negative shift in international and regional public opinion over Israel’s 13-week Gaza assault has generated further stressors. At the same time, the escalating situation on the northern front with Hezbollah has compelled the Israeli army to establish a committee to investigate the political, security, and military shortcomings that led to the 7 October Al-Aqsa flood operation.

This decision by the Israeli army has triggered a political uproar, particularly from a faction uncertain about how to deal with intensifying Palestinian resistance activities brought on by the formation of Netanyahu’s coalition government – which is marked by extremism and controversial decisions, even by Israeli standards. During a recent cabinet meeting, far-right and nationalist Zionist ministers slammed army Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi’s decision to probe intelligence and operational failures leading up to the 7 October resistance operation, claiming that forming an inquiry commission during the ongoing Gaza war damages army and soldier morale. Some cabinet members rallied to scuttle the selection of former Minister of Defence Shaul Mofaz as head of the inquiry commission, largely because of his role in Israel’s unilateral Gaza disengagement plan in 2005.

The timing of the investigative committee’s formation is underscored by Defense Minister Yoav Galant and emergency cabinet member Benny Gantz’s vigorous defense of Halevi’s decision. They emphasize its importance in learning from past mistakes, addressing security gaps, and preparing for potential wider conflicts, particularly with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Less clear, however, is Netanyahu stance on the matter, despite the fact that he scheduled the session which was originally intended to be about post-war plans — a topic the prime minister appears reluctant to tackle given the potential risks to his political and personal future.

Netanyahu’s right-wing cabinet members view the inquiry as a tool to further undermine an already precarious government. They recognize that the findings of the commission could be especially damning for their governing coalition, which, since its formation, has implemented an agenda focused on the oppression of Palestinians living under occupation and the strangulation of their national aspirations. It is an agenda which security and military experts in Israel have consistently warned could heavily exacerbate the level of retaliatory violence against settlers and inflame the security situation, whether in the Gaza Strip or in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

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In other news, Sweden is telling its people to prepare for war with Russia.

Ukraine Conflict Drove Up Ammo Prices Tenfold – Sweden (RT)

The deficit of ammunition in Europe has led to inflated prices as Western nations scramble to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia, the chief of staff of the Swedish Armed Forces has said. Speaking to Sveriges Radio national broadcaster on Tuesday, Michael Claesson said the conflict had led to a surge in demand in a very short period of time. He described the increase as “dramatic.” “I won’t give exact figures, but we are talking about an increase of between five to ten times compared to the time before the war started,” he said, noting that it impacted not only ammunition, but also other military materiel. According to Claesson, artillery shells for the Swedish-designed Archer 155mm self-propelled howitzer are now eight times more expensive than in 2021.

He told the broadcaster that the development had been caused by a significant rearmament campaign underway both in Sweden and other European countries. “All this creates an enormous demand and competition, essentially as if people were standing in a queue.” Commenting on weapons procurement in late December, Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson admitted that his country found itself in a “difficult situation” because it had not only to support Ukraine, but also take care of its own security. As of December, Stockholm has provided Kiev with $2.2 billion in military assistance. On Sunday, speaking online at the Society and Defense conference held in Sweden, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky urged his European partners to “create an arsenal for the defense of freedom” by stepping up joint arms production.

Russian officials have repeatedly said that the Western push to arm Ukraine will only prolong the conflict while becoming a burden on ordinary taxpayers. In October, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov stated that “the potential of the collective West to produce munitions is limited,” saying that it would have to spend a lot of time mobilizing its resources, an effort he suggested could cause “certain points of friction.” Meanwhile, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba admitted last month that Kiev senses a growing “war fatigue” in the West, and acknowledged that the country’s much-hyped counteroffensive had failed to produce swift and decisive results. Moscow has described Kiev’s push as a complete fiasco, claiming that Ukraine lost some 160,000 troops over the six months of the offensive.

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Secret meeting to discuss Zelensky’s “peace plan”, “that Kiev be given control over its pre-2014 borders, while calling for the prosecution of the Russian leadership and reparations from Moscow..”

Lavrov Knew of ‘Secret’ Ukraine Meeting Weeks Before Bloomberg Report (Sp.)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spilled the beans on the much-touted “secret meeting” of Ukrainian, Western, and Global South countries’ national security advisors in Riyadh on December 16 weeks before Bloomberg’s report on the gathering, telling Rossiya Segodnya chief Dmitry Kiselev about it on December 28. “Considering our good relations [with Global South countries, ed.], I can say that another meeting like this took place 10 days ago – the G7 plus the leading developing nations. Not all countries from the world majority attended. Some turned down their invitations. The meeting took place in complete secrecy. Nothing was reported about it; there were no leaks,” Lavrov said at the time. “But you know about it,” Kisilev interjected.

“Yes, we do. Our close allies and associates who attended that meeting did not promise to keep an issue that concerns Russia secret from us. Another meeting is scheduled to take place in January 2024 and a ‘peace summit,’ where [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky’s ‘peace formula,’ is to be approved in February 2024,” Lavrov said. Commenting on Bloomberg’s report and the absurdity of organizing “peace talks” aimed at resolving the Ukraine crisis without inviting Moscow to the table, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Radio Sputnik on Wednesday that the “secret meeting” had less to do with ending the conflict, and more to do with pumping up Mr. Zelensky’s ego.

“This is a well-worn concept of attracting political attention specifically to the Zelensky regime. This is PR for the Zelensky regime. Speaking in terms used in political science, [the talks] were about maintaining a sense of constant activity in the information and political space, at the center of which is Zelensky,” Zakharova stressed. “This has nothing to do with resolving the Ukrainian crisis. These are two completely different topics.” In fact, the spokeswoman suggested, holding “peace talks” without Russia, and on maximalist terms which Russia would never accept only serves to weaken the possibility of peace actually being reached.

“Because resolving the situation in Ukraine is, of course, painstaking work. This is work on the political and diplomatic track. This is negotiations, contacts and so on. This is not about the fate of one person, 10 people or their commercial, financial and economic interests, but about the fate of peoples and nations. That’s if we’re talking about the situation in Ukraine and a real resolution [to the crisis]. The PR around Zelensky, his so-called peace initiatives, his endless statements, appearances at various places and platforms – all this hype is created precisely to maintain the illusion of some kind of political activity while diverting the world’s attention from real processes of a possible settlement,” Zakharova said.

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“..an “unfunny parody of a dictator..”

Ukrainians Will Benefit From Zelensky’s Fall – Medvedchuk (RT)

President Vladimir Zelensky has antagonized all his allies, both domestic and foreign, and is doomed to be ousted this year, exiled Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Medvedchuk has said. But his failure will be good for the Ukrainian people, he added. Medvedchuk was the leader of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, which Zelensky’s government banned for allegedly being “pro-Russian.” He was arrested and forced out of Ukraine in a prisoner exchange with Moscow. The politician has since been promoting a project, which would make his home nation a neutral state, prioritizing national interests, as opposed to being a Russian enemy. In a column published on Wednesday, Medvedchuk blasted the incumbent Ukrainian president, branding him an “unfunny parody of a dictator,” whose weakness sends a signal to all “political predators to eat him.”

“Zelensky has antagonized everyone he could: big businessmen, whom he blacklisted as traitors and oligarch, professional Nazis, who see his cowardice, the military, who sees his incompetence, and last but not least the people, who see his indifference and cruelty,” he wrote. Ukraine is in a deep crisis that is bound to lead to a national disaster once Western funding for the proxy war against Russia is reduced, he claimed. And Ukrainian citizens need to realize that Zelensky’s downfall “does not necessarily mean a defeat of the Ukrainian people.” Instead, the opposite is true, according to Medvedchuk. It will be a victory for them, since the president “has long betrayed them and is selling them out for cannon fodder.”

The column predicted hard times for the US, which Medvedchuk believes has lost its direction, and the EU, which he expects to be sacrificed by Washington to support the American economy. For Ukraine, it means no EU membership, and its citizens should know that “Europeans will have to give their financial goodies to the American elites, not Ukrainian refugees.” Medvedchuk believes that Russia may serve as an alternative to “impoverishing Europe.” He expects that “the number of Ukrainians in Russia will increase in 2024, benefiting not just them, but everyone.” Russia has become a major destination for Ukrainian nationals, with officials estimating that as many as five million fled eastwards after the hostilities erupted in 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he considers Russians and Ukrainians brotherly peoples. He described as tragic the fact that Kiev’s divisive policies after the 2014 armed coup had led to bloodshed between these peoples.

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“..in two or three years we will still be where we are now,” Fico predicted. “The EU alone will be perhaps 50 billion euros lighter, and in Ukraine, cemeteries will be full with thousands more dead soldiers.”

West Got Ukraine ‘Painfully Wrong’ – Slovak PM Robert Fico (RT)

Funding and arming Ukraine is a “futile waste of human resources and money” that will serve only to fill Ukrainian cemeteries with “thousands of dead soldiers,” Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico wrote in an op-ed on Tuesday. Fico’s article was a rebuttal to his country’s president, who has urged him to send weapons to Kiev. Following his party’s electoral victory in September, Fico immediately cut off Slovakia’s military aid to Ukraine and vowed to block Kiev’s accession to NATO. Slovak President Zuzana Caputova, however, has called for Ukraine to be given “the means needed to defend itself,” while pro-Western pundits in Slovakia have accused Fico of cozying up to the Kremlin. “I will no longer be subject to stupid liberal and progressive demagoguery,” Fico wrote in Slovakia’s Pravda newspaper. “It is literally shocking to see how the West has repeatedly made mistakes in assessing the situation in Russia.”

Despite pumping Ukraine with tens of billions of dollars’ worth of weapons and sanctioning Moscow’s economy, “Russia completely controls the occupied territories militarily, Ukraine is not capable of any meaningful military counter-offensive, [and] it has become completely dependent on financial aid from the West with unforeseeable consequences for Ukrainians in the years to come,” he explained. “The position of the Ukrainian president is shaken, while the Russian president increases and strengthens his political support,” Fico continued, pointing out that “neither the Russian economy nor the Russian currency collapsed, [and] anti-Russian sanctions have increased the internal self-sufficiency of this huge country.”

Should the West continue along the path desired by Caputova, “in two or three years we will still be where we are now,” Fico predicted. “The EU alone will be perhaps 50 billion euros lighter, and in Ukraine, cemeteries will be full with thousands more dead soldiers.” Fico’s Slovak Social Democracy (SMER-SD) faction currently leads a three-party coalition government, while Caputova is the co-founder of the Progressive Slovakia party. Caputova’s role as president is largely ceremonial, and Fico claimed in his op-ed that she is “impatiently waiting” for the end of her term this year so that she can re-enter parliamentary politics.Fico has labeled Caputova an “American agent” on several occasions. After consulting the American Embassy in Bratislava last summer, Caputova sued Fico over the remarks, Slovakia’s SITA news agency reported.

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“..Ukrainians living abroad who have not registered for military service may end up being denied both consular and banking services under the new law..”

Ukrainians In UK Told To Register For Military Service (RT)

Ukrainians living abroad must register for military service, according to a recently adopted government decree, the consulate in the UK has said. In a statement released on Wednesday, it explained that the move is in response to numerous inquiries from Ukrainians residing in the country. According to the new rules, Ukrainian nationals must register for the military “in case of staying outside Ukraine for a period of more than three months,” the consulate stated. New arrivals must show up at Ukrainian diplomatic institutions within a week of entering Britain, it added. Currently, there are no penalties for avoiding military registration, the diplomatic body said, adding that rumors of consular services being denied to people who do not sign up are not true.

The situation, however, could change if these provisions are included in the new mobilization law, which is currently being considered by the Ukrainian parliament, it warned. Previously, Batkivshchyna party MP Vadim Ivchenko, who sits on the parliamentary committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence, warned that Ukrainians living abroad who have not registered for military service may end up being denied both consular and banking services under the new law. It remains unclear whether the provisions will be included in the new legislation, which is expected to be voted on in the first reading on Thursday. The mobilization law was introduced in the Ukrainian parliament late last year. It proposes lowering the draft age from 27 to 25, eliminating exemptions for some categories of disabled people, and other measures to bolster the ranks of the military.

Shortly before the mobilization bill was put forward, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said the military had asked him to round up another 450,000 to 500,000 soldiers. This claim has been disputed by Ukraine’s top general, Valery Zaluzhny, who insisted the military had not come up with exact figures, but wanted the government to ensure a steady flow of recruits to meet its combat needs and make up for losses. Kiev has never officially disclosed the country’s casualties amid the conflict with Russia, yet the tally is widely believed to be in the hundreds of thousands. According to the latest estimates by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu provided on Tuesday, Ukraine lost more than 215,000 troops and 28,000 pieces of military hardware last year alone. Last month, the minister said that Kiev lost more than 383,000 service members, killed or wounded, since the beginning of the hostilities, with more than half of the casualties sustained during its summer counteroffensive, which was launched early last June.

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“The excessive debt was accumulated at low rates but needs to be refinanced at high rates that limit economic activity and reduce cash flow..”

US Government Debt Biggest Threat To Global Economy – Russian NGO (RT)

US government debt and Washington’s budget deficit present the biggest threats to the global economy this year, Russian government agency Roscongress has warned. Washington’s $34 trillion burden is mathematically impossible to pay off, Roscongress has claimed in a report it published on Wednesday. The agency based its estimate on the current ratio between the size of the debt, the rate at which it is growing, and budget revenues. “The excessive debt was accumulated at low rates but needs to be refinanced at high rates that limit economic activity and reduce cash flow. In the medium term, the servicing of US debt will cost $1 trillion a year,” reads the report, titled ‘Key Events – 2024. Geoeconomics. Forecasts. Major risks’.

The US government cannot solve the problem by restarting the printing press this year because that would lead to higher inflation, the report added. The country saw consumer prices shoot up to the highest levels in decades in 2022, prompting the Federal Reserve to embark on a series of rate hikes to tame inflation. US government federal debt toped $34 trillion for the first time in history at the end of December. It now amounts to about $102,000 for every man, woman, and child in the country. US total public debt is roughly equivalent to the economies of China, Germany, Japan, India, and the UK combined, as pointed out by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a nonpartisan fiscal policy group in New York.

Among other threats to the global economy, Roscongress identified the global real estate bubble, mentioning the high-profile bankruptcies of Chinese property developers Country Garden and Evergrande; the volatility of the US stock market; and demographic issues, namely the shrinking of China’s population. The Roscongress Foundation was established in 2007 and is a key organizer of nationwide and international congresses and exhibitions with an economic and social focus. Among the events it hosted recently is the Russia-Africa forum in St. Petersburg in July, a high-profile international gathering attended by dozens of delegations from African nations.

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As I said the other day, Cameron was hired as war secretary, not Foreign Secretary.

China Has Become More Aggressive – UK Foreign Secretary (RT)

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has claimed that China has become more “aggressive and assertive” in the years since he headed the UK government and tried to build warm relations with Beijing. Speaking in front of the UK Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Cameron, who was prime minister from 2010 to 2016, said that while there had been a lot of incentives for the UK to develop business relations with China in the previous decade, “a lot has changed” since then. The diplomat pointed to China’s alleged repression of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province, which Beijing denies, as well as its policies in Hong Kong and its “wolf warrior diplomacy” as some of the primary examples of the country’s aggressive and assertive attitude.

Nevertheless, Cameron insisted that it was still crucial to engage with Beijing on various policy issues because China represented “a fifth of humanity.” “We’re not going to solve climate change without talking with the Chinese. We’re not going to work out the rules of the road on AI without at least engaging with the Chinese,” Cameron said, noting that he believes this is the foreign policy the UK should pursue. Meanwhile, China reported on Monday that it had detained the head of an overseas consulting firm for allegedly gathering sensitive data on the Asian nation on behalf of the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6.

Beijing’s Ministry of National Security accused the UK spy agency of hiring a man identified as Huang Moumou, who it claims was recruited by MI6 in 2015. He had allegedly been ordered to travel to China to collect state secrets and identify personnel to “incite rebellion.” The ministry added that London had provided Huang with intelligence training in the UK and other places, and with special spy equipment. The UK has so far declined to comment on the incident. In October, however, the British Security Service MI5 warned of the “epic scale” of Chinese espionage, claiming that more than 20,000 people in the UK had been approached by operatives who sought to acquire various secrets. China has consistently denied that it is engaged in spying against the US and UK.

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“..the fairytale that Germany’s crises are just a string of bad luck as opposed to the result of government policy..”

Germany’s ‘Krisenmodus’ Has No End in Sight (Conor Gallagher)

The Association for the German Language chose the term Krisenmodus as the ‘Word of the Year’ for 2023. I’m not sure they’ve ever awarded a back-to-back winner, but krisenmodus (crisis mode) looks to have a chance to repeat in 2024. The current government coalition has lost almost all trust from the public, yet they soldier on determined to make things worse for the vast majority of Germans. The Greens push for more war, the Free Democrats want more social spending cuts, and Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his Social Democratic Party (SPD) are in the middle adopting the worst from both sides and leading Germany to ruin. The chancellor’s decision making likely won’t get any better after a Christmastime bout with Covid-19 – if he sticks around much longer.

On the international front, Deutsche Welle declares that this year “Berlin must find ways to deal with two wars, an increasingly aggressive China, and a world order in transition.” Led by the ill-equipped and overconfident Green, Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s foreign policy has been disastrous and has spilled over into the domestic arena. Severing itself from Russian energy drained government coffers; at the same time, in addition to the money and weapons already sent to Ukraine, Berlin wants to increase military spending and become more interventionist. After running up the tab in these areas, there are now calls for a renewed fiscal responsibility, which means social spending cuts at home. A botched energy transition led by the Greens, which has industry collapsing and higher prices for consumers, militarization, and austerity – has proved to be an awful combination for the average citizen. And the data is grim.

Inflation continues to be problematic, the economy is contracting as industry shrinks, exports to China are declining and there is constant pressure from Atlanticists to self-impose a further reduction, living standards are declining, political paralysis reigns on most matters except social cuts and more military spending, wealth inequality grows, and industry continues to leave the country. Farmer protests are also now taking place across the country in response to the government’s decision to phase out a tax break on agricultural diesel. Scholz paid homage to the krisenmodus in his New Year’s address (including erroneously blaming Putin for “turn[ing] off the tap on our gas supplies”), centered around the fairytale that Germany’s crises are just a string of bad luck as opposed to the result of government policy.

He concluded with the following: “If we realize this, if we treat each other with this respect, then we don’t need to be afraid of the future, then the year 2024 can be a good year for our country, even if some things turn out differently than we expected today, on the eve of this New Year.” Such vacuous rhetoric is a sign that Scholz knows the path the country is currently on is doomed and yet plans nothing to change it. If anyone was watching, it was another reminder why Scholz’s approval rating has sunk to a miserable 26 percent and he and/or his government could soon be headed for an early exit.

Tucker Vlaar

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“Team Scholz is making one of the most productive elements of German society pay a heavy price for its own relentless screwups..”

German Government Is Ripping Off The Farmers Who Feed The Country (Marsden)

Farmers and their tractors started gathering on Monday here in Berlin as well as in cities across all of Germany’s federal states, including Hamburg, Cologne, and Bremen. The culmination, a massive planned protest, is set for Monday, January 15. The aim? To get Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition government to backtrack on its decision to eliminate tax breaks on the diesel fuel used for farming – a sector already struggling with high energy costs as a result of the government’s de facto policy to screw itself and its own citizens over “for Ukraine” by cutting off cheap fuel from Russia because Brussels ordered it to. And then deciding that it’s cool because gas isn’t “green” enough anyway. Who knew that the German economy couldn’t just run on wind and sun? Not this government, apparently.

Feeling the heat, Team Scholz has already said that it’ll now just slow roll the cuts to subsidies. Apparently he’s never tried removing a band-aid really slowly. The farmers responded with some slow rolling of their own – right down the Autobahn and up to the Brandenburg Gate. The other issue is a road tax exemption for agricultural vehicles that the government decided to reimpose. Well, at least the farmers are getting their money’s worth this week by taking their tractors out for a spin along roads they probably never would have bothered with, just to join up with the protests.

This whole mess is a result of Team Scholz’s own screwup. What else is new? Pretty standard operating procedure for the Western establishment: they screw up, then the cost of their mess gets dumped onto the average person. Scholz quietly took €60 billion ($65 billion) from a Covid recovery slush fund and plonked it into a fund for the much put-upon German industry. But only for the “green” industrials. Everyone else can just shove off. Which is also the arrogant attitude being bandied about by some establishment figures when it comes to farm diesel subsidies. Anyway, Scholz was ordered by the courts to put the misappropriated cash back – lest the government run the risk of incurring a debt. Whoops, too late. Berlin ended up €13 billion short in repaying it. So then the government had to figure out who it was going to have to screw over in an attempt to drum up some quick cash. Apparently those who literally feed the German people were identified as viable cash cows.

The government can now hear and see the honking tractors and big rigs from the Bundestag, gathering just a stone’s throw away from the epicenter of the protests at Brandenburg Gate. But Scholz has been talking instead about the need for European nations to mirror Germany in devoting more money to Ukraine – like he has nothing else going on inside his own country. You’d think that if he didn’t keep loading Ukraine up with cash and weapons then Russian tanks would just roll right into Berlin. He really should be more concerned about the German tractors and trucks that are already nearly right up under his office window. Germany doubled its Ukrainian military aid to €8 billion just before the New Year. Compare that with the €900 million that its rolled back tax breaks on farmers are expected to save them.

If Team Scholz was so blasé about shuffling money around in the creation of this whole debt problem, you’d imagine it would be easy enough at the very least just to hold onto that cash for Ukraine and take the jackboots off the necks of the farmers. It seems that German farmers may have to move to Ukraine to get treated fairly by their own government. Team Scholz is making one of the most productive elements of German society pay a heavy price for its own relentless screwups. The precise cost amounts to €10,000 annually for some farmers, who say it represents a potentially catastrophic loss for them. But the message being peddled by government officials is that farmers are already subsidized enough. You’d think they were just rolling in cash. Clearly, the reality is quite the opposite when €10,000 represents a make-or-break scenario.

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“..temporarily fixing problems as they appear is costing the British taxpayer £2 million ($2.54 million) per week..”

UK Parliament Cold, Damp, and Infested With Mice – Politico (RT)

Politicians and aides alike “dread” coming to work at Westminster Palace, Politico reported on Tuesday, describing how the crumbling Victorian building is driving them to work elsewhere in order to avoid the cold, the mold, and the rodents. British lawmakers returned to work at the House of Commons on Monday, as the Met Office warned that freezing temperatures will linger for the next week. Westminster Palace offers little respite from the winter weather, multiple staffers told Politico, citing persistent heating failures, power cuts, and moldy bathrooms. A report compiled by the GMB trade union – which represents parliamentary aides – in 2022 also noted crumbling masonry and falling glass even in one of the more modern buildings of the complex, as well as an outbreak of the legionella bacteria in showers on the estate.

“If it wasn’t a protected heritage site, there would be absolutely no way – with the current health and safety regulations – that we would be allowed to even set foot in a building this broken and damaged,” a Conservative Party staffer told Politico. “I would never go in again [if I could],” a Labour Party staffer said. “I think there is a sense that parliament is a very important building, you’re very lucky to be here – but there are basic standards, actually.” Much of Westminster Palace was built in the 19th Century and has not been renovated since before World War II. Some politicians have been demanding restoration works for years, but a vote authorizing this work will not be held until at least 2025. In the meantime, temporarily fixing problems as they appear is costing the British taxpayer £2 million ($2.54 million) per week, an anonymous official told Politico last September.

“This building is falling down and becoming a hazard to all those who work here,” Scottish National Party MP Pete Wishart said in an address in 2019. “It is so overrun with vermin that even the mice in this place now wear overalls.” Earlier this year, the Public Accounts Committee warned in a report that there is a “real and rising danger” that the building could be destroyed by a “catastrophic incident” before repairs take place. Labour leader Keir Starmer has almost completely eschewed working in the palace, multiple officials told the news site. Instead, he chooses to work up to three days per week at the party’s newly-built headquarters in Southwark, around a mile away. “It doesn’t feel as imposing, it’s not freezing cold, and it’s much more modern,” a Labour staffer said of the new building, describing it as “good for morale.” Despite the litany of complaints, politicians are unlikely to advocate too loudly for renovations these days, a GMP representative told Politico. “I don’t think that the general public have a lot of sympathy for politicians and their staff complaining about being cold at work… when there’s a lot worse things going on in other workplaces,” she said.

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“Yes, but why did you talk to him during business meetings if he had nothing to do with your business?”

Hunter Biden Defends Including Father On Business Calls (Fox)

Hunter Biden defended including his father on business calls with Ukrainian associates while speaking to a FOX Business reporter on Wednesday. Hunter Biden was questioned by FOX Business’ Hillary Vaughn after walking out of a House hearing as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., began to question him about President Biden’s ongoing impeachment probe. “Why did you put your dad on speakerphone during these business meetings if he had nothing to do with your business?” Vaughn asked as Biden left the Rayburn office building on Capitol Hill. “Do you have a dad? Does he call you?” the first son asked in reply. “Yes,” Vaughn said. “Do you answer the phone?” Biden continued. “Yes,” Vaughn answered. “OK,” Biden said. “Yes, but why did you talk to him during business meetings if he had nothing to do with your business?” Vaughn pressed.

Devon Archer, a former best friend and business associate of Hunter Biden in Ukraine, testified to lawmakers in July that President Biden met with dozens of Hunter’s business associates while he was serving as vice president between 2009 and 2017. Archer testified about meetings he witnessed attended by both Bidens — Hunter and Joe — either in person or via telephone. During the meetings, Hunter would specifically introduce his father to foreign business partners or prospective investors, Archer claimed. Archer said Hunter put his father, then the vice president, on speakerphone while meeting with business partners at least 20 times. He described how Joe Biden was put on the phone to sell “the brand.”

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“..there is to be no more accountability for Big Pharma’s mass murder than there is for Israel’s mass murder of Palestinians..”

Can Big Pharma Be Held Accountable? (Paul Craig Roberts)

In 1935 Trofim Lysenko, a fraudulent agronomist took control of Soviet genetics and agronomy and destroyed the science with political and ideological explanations. With biology under Lysenko’s dominance, the principles of Mendel’s classical genetics were banned, and real scientists suffered political repression. The Lysenko affair exemplifies my point that without truth there can be no science and no scholarship. Tony Fauci and his puppet-masters introduced their own form of Lysenkoism with the Covid campaign. It was early apparent to independent scientists that the virus was a manufactured one made in a laboratory and that the “vaccine” was more dangerous than the virus. The distinguished scientists who sounded the alarm were suppressed, deplatformed, fired, prosecuted, and stripped of medical licenses. Big Pharma was a modern day Lysenko, and the large part of the medical profession under Big Pharma’s control discredited distinguished scientists by branding them spreaders of disinformation. The useless media did no investigation.

The Cleveland Clinic has shown that the “vaccine” actually makes it easier to catch the virus, and the excess deaths on the heels of mass vaccination demonstrate the killing and health injury power of the Covid mRNA “vaccines.” Professors Angus Dalgleish and Paul Goddard have just published a book, The Death of Science. Big Pharma has taken over regulatory agencies such as FDA, NIH, CDC, and controls with research grants the findings published in medical journals and the curriculums of medical schools. The fraud is far more extensive than the fraud imposed by Lysenko. We are in danger of losing medical science altogether as the young entering the profession are Big Pharma indoctrinated. When older generations such as Dalgleish and Goddard pass, there will be none to take their place. Medical science will die with them.

Congress and medical schools can do nothing about it as both are dependent on Big Pharma’s money. Scientists are not always adept at speaking to the public. If you have any doubts that a deadly world-wide fraud was perpetrated in service to private agendas, read The Death of Science. This is my only posting for today. Because of its importance, I do not want to distract you with multiple offerings. Dr. Reiner Fuellmich, a world-renowned international trial lawyer who was leading an organized effort to hold Big Pharma accountable is sitting in a German prison detained on false charges orchestrated in order to stop a campaign that was nearing success. In other words, there is to be no more accountability for Big Pharma’s mass murder than there is for Israel’s mass murder of Palestinians. When mass murderers cannot be held accountable, what is the prospect for humanity?

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It’s almost funny.

Trump Says Georgia Case ‘Totally Compromised’ (ET)

Ms. Willis brought the case against President Trump and more than a dozen co-defendants under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, a law drafted to fight organized crime. The indictment accuses President Trump, and 18 others, of being part of a “criminal organization” that sought to overturn the Georgia results of the 2020 presidential election by unlawful means. “It’s illegal. What she did is illegal. So we’ll let the state handle that, but what a sad situation it is,” President Trump added.Ms. Willis’s office did not respond to a request for comment from The Epoch Times, though a spokesperson for her office told media outlets that she would “respond through appropriate court filings.” Ms. Willis brought the case against President Trump and more than a dozen co-defendants under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, a law drafted to fight organized crime. The indictment accuses President Trump, and 18 others, of being part of a “criminal organization” that sought to overturn the Georgia results of the 2020 presidential election by unlawful means.

Mr. Roman, who faces seven charges in the Georgia election interference case, served on President Trump’s 2020 campaign as director of Election Day operations. In Monday’s court filing, Mr. Roman cited “discussions with individuals with knowledge” about Ms. Willis and Mr. Wade allegedly being “romantically involved” before the special prosecutor was brought onto the case by Ms. Willis. “Sources close to both the special prosecutor and the district attorney have confirmed they had an ongoing, personal relationship during the pendency of the special prosecutor’s divorce proceedings,” states the filing, which also accuses Ms. Willis of bringing Mr. Wade on as a special counsel without obtaining proper government authorization. The filing further states that Mr. Wade allegedly had a “lack of relevant experience” although he was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the county.

Mr. Roman’s filing also accused Ms. Willis of having potentially committed “an act to defraud the public of honest services” due to what he called an “intentional failure” to disclose her alleged relationship with Mr. Wade, which she “personally benefitted from.” Records obtained by a local media outlet show that Mr. Wade was paid over $650,000 in legal fees since January 2022 and that the district attorney is the one who authorizes it. Mr. Roman’s filing alleges that checks sent to Mr. Wade from Fulton County and vacations that he purchased with Ms. Willis could amount honest services fraud, which is a federal crime.

“Willis has benefitted substantially and directly, and continues to benefit, from this litigation because Wade is being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to prosecute this case on her behalf,” the filing states. Mr. Roman’s filing states that Ms. Willis and Mr. Wade could be prosecuted under a federal racketeering statute. Besides the public comments President Trump made on Tuesday in response to Mr. Roman’s filing, he also took to Truth Social to post that the case “should be immediately dropped” and that Ms. Willis should apologize. Earlier court filings by President Trump’s co-defendants have alleged that Mr. Wade’s work is “void as a matter of law” because he allegedly failed to file his oath of office paperwork in time to formally join Ms. Willis’ team.

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    Salvador Dalí Figure at a window 1925   • BRICS Member South Africa Takes Zionism To Court (Pepe Escobar) • The War Within Israel’s War Cabinet (
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 11 2024]

    #150133
    oxymoron
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    #150134
    Formerly T-Bear
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    Nyet&yahoo has surpasses himself in making Jeffrey Dahmer appear a fine upstanding humanist since Dahmer only slaughtered what he could ‘allegedly’ eat. Nyet&yahoo has let 70% of his slaughter, the best morsels go to waste by burial. Such is the intentional insanity of Zionism and their Israeli enablers. A pox on that house. Restore Palestine as it historically was to the Palestinian peoples.

    #150135
    oxymoron
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    That dog is performing psychological operation on that Cheetah

    #150136
    Celticbiker
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    The CEO’s of Phizer, Johnson +Johnson and Moderna are all jewish. Bigpharna=Isreal. Epstein=Isreal. Hightech{spying}=Isreal Tunnels under NY chabads where kids are raped.. Worlds largest skinbank. Ganster state, plain and simple. They have stolen all the money in the West. The Great Taking will scoop up what little is left. This is why they want you dead. Do you want your daughter raped by immigrants? Your son killed by fentanyl? The Palestinians are teaching us a harsh lesson.. You face the Demon, head on. Soulless, chipped meatbot being the alternate choice.

    #150137
    Dr. D
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    “SEC Approves Spot Bitcoin ETF (For Real This Time), Will Begin Trading Tomorrow
    …but the SEC screwed-up the release… again.

    Every time they screw up, insider trading happens. Funny world. So, I guess the SEC needs to investigate itself now! They’ll be right on that, like FTX, FBI, and Fani.

    “BREAKING: Judge Arthur Engoron bans Trump from speaking or giving closing remarks at his civil trial in NY”

    I’m sure not being able to speak or as Giuliani found, present any case at all is perfectly normal and will stand appeal. What am I saying??? The appeals judge will be just as bad!!

    “Reporter heard asking Hunter Biden: “Are you on crack today?”

    Alternate view: Hunter is raised in a crime family like Chelsea and Baby Bush was, with his father over there raping kids in the shower. (Eyewitness, written testimony). He’s then forced to be a drug, sex, and money mule for da Family. Da casa Nostra. So one day out in Thailand, life at a dead end, someone pops up an IM that says, “You want out? You want freedom before you die of crack? Freedom ain’t free, but I can point at the door. F—K your father, f—k him all to h—l and drop off your laptop at a certain shop we have arranged, and don’t get it back no matter how much he calls. It’s a plausible thing for a crackhead to do, right? We can’t let you off with nothing, but we CAN set you free. AND finally gt back at Joe and da Boyz after what they’ve done all these years. Let us know. — Morpheus”

    So…this nonsense of “laptops” then when the FBI loses it the 3rd time, the PC repair brings out the 3rd copy of the hard drive? That Hunter makes these shows, as directed, not showing up, THEN showing up for no reason and no gain…EXCEPT PUBLIC SPECTACLE.

    Sure, HE has to take the walk of humiliation, but he’s been humiliated by his father for 50 years. Who’s REALLY in control here, when he does this? Who is the joke on? Where is the power? It’s with HUNTER, screwing his father and all these f—ks, screwing them white and there’s nothing they can do about it. They – HAVE – to protect him. It – HAS – to be plausible deniability. Because what, he gets whack’d on national TV? How do you explain that? With this, he can whack them back.

    Go Hunter. …But he’ll still have to serve something, although I understand his terrible, deadly situation all these years.

    Bannon on Poland: No, they can’t be voted out because they’ll all be hung. It’s literally life and death for them and not for us. But so they’ll arrest anybody who disagrees with them, despite any law or courts. And who is arrested? The original anti-Nazi, anti-Communists. …Aaaaaand that means the guys who are the #Opposite of that are what? That’s right, the PRO-Nazis, the PRO-Socialists.

    So Europe (that is, the EU) is collapsing. They shoveled 100k Poles into Ukraine, but it wasn’t enough, and the EU is running out of money. So they need to fully devour and digest a nation the size of Poland, as an appetizer. Just to keep it off a few months. So they FORCE them to take the Euro, FORCE them to take the migrants, FORCE them to have no judiciary, and for some reason force anti-family, anti-tradition, anti-religion, anti-hetero stuff for some reason? Never understood that part. I guess it keeps them busy and crushes resistance.

    That is to say, Poland is a VASSAL state, now DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD. And what we TOLD you is that we’re going to kill, eat, and erase you as a People, Culture, and Nation. Now sit around and LET US.

    “tarnish Israel’s carefully constructed self-image.”

    He may mean “Image”, as in “Image to others” but crucially he’s also correct, it actually works by “SELF-Image”, that is, how Israelis and also worldwide Jews see themselves. I don’t think it can operate without this self-deception. I mean, look at Kunster for example. If Gaza has a case, then you have to go to court and air it all, right? You need to dismiss the very notion that they have a case so no one can look at the facts and evidence. You do that by being justified, being a victim, and claiming self-defense.

    If I harass my neighbors endlessly like a Redneck, then when he comes over to my porch for some new affront, letting the air out of his tires, and shoot him on my porch, what will the court say? …And in this case, I shot his children from my windows, in front of him. His negotiator came over just to release the other kids under 16 I was still holding, so I shot the negotiator too. …Aaaaaaand the court will say what?

    That’s not self-defense, sir. Even if he’s on your porch.

    “SELF-Image.” In other words, psychotic lies.

    “The War Within Israel’s War Cabinet (Cradle)

    I was more worrying about the war Israel surrendered and retreated. From Gaza City yesterday.

    “In other news, Sweden is telling its people to prepare for war with Russia.”

    I’m sure Sweden will win. Ukraine was 1/10th the size and they were supposed to wipe the floor with them, so why not? Why not 1/100th the size? I saw Luke Skywalker put one bullet into a planet and it blew up, so that’s my baseline for reality now.

    I’m more to the point, YOUR MONEY MEANS NOTHING TO ME. WHERE are these shells made? With what products? With gas-run factories from Russia? With Russian steel and phosphates? Russian titanium and Russian coal? Using oil transiting Hormuz and Saana? Tell me all about how you’re going to “Buy” these things.

    And you guys snipe at me that I think a magic free market will appear and Lo, fix all like God in a cloud. But it’s more like this: THEY believe Infinity exists. Like a Disney movie (Wish) infinity teddy bears and infinity Oompa Loompas already exist and are just not in your bedroom because of mean, bad Capitalists.

    In contrast, Capitalists PRODUCE. They say, “Um, none of that is ever going to exist UNLESS YOU MAKE IT.” That is, the #Opposite of “Wish” nothing exists without work. All the warehouses are empty, and if you want a sandwich, buddy, you better get off the couch and go make one. PRODUCTION PRECEDES EVERYTHING. You MAKE before you sell. You MAKE before you consume. You MAKE before there is money.

    So you see that Meta-Reality in the dialogue of “Leaders” here, but more specifically the journalists reporting on them: Not to a one of them does it ever occur to MAKE anything. Ever. WE, the Very Important People, shall never deign to MAKE things. That’s YOUR job. YOU figure out how to make “Shells” without “Metal” and “Explosives”; it’s what you goobers and morons do right? What do I pay you for? Now go figure it out, I’m busy moving spreadsheets.

    Aaaaaand. So much more offensively, this is Ayn Rand. My GOD why do you make Ayn Rand right? Then none of us are happy. What begins to close in on “Atlas Shrugged” about 3/4 way through is when the CEO tells his company to go make railroads without steel. Just figure it out! I’ve got banks to call and numbers to push here! Beginning of the end.

    And as we’ve discovered, Rand was the blueprint for the White Hat Plan, back from Greenspan, her major student. Nothing will ever break their psychosis except REALITY, because we already tried everything else. Russia is that reality. Our denial and psychosis may be the Immovable Object, but they are the Irresistible Force.

    So here we are with this Leader, this Nation, this Reporter, all the Very Smart and Important People, saying, “Oh alack, great sorrow! We shall have to print MONEY to solve this!” No. You will not. Like orca ramming boats, this is a problem money can’t solve. This does not compute because they’ve never made anything in their lives, and never done anything except print money and handing to golfing pals. That’s it. That’s their “Master Plan.”

    How have we not beaten these guys yet?

    “This is PR for the Zelensky regime. Speaking in terms used in political science, [the talks] were about maintaining a sense of constant activity in the information and political space, at the center of which is Zelensky,” Zakharova stressed. “This has nothing to do with resolving the Ukrainian crisis. These are two completely different topics.”

    They are winning the Narrative War, and losing the real war. But because they’re psychotic, this neither occurs nor matters to them. Okay then, make it easy.

    “The EU alone will be perhaps 50 billion euros lighter, and in Ukraine, cemeteries will be full with thousands more dead soldiers.”

    Europe wanted and got US to fight the war. $50 Billion? We paid $150B and they’re larger than we are. So like everywhere else, if they send 10 men and we send 1,000, they get the full participation trophy? Done. 100% of the oil at 1/100th of the cost. So what happens when we DON’T show up like usual? What does your money buy you now?

    Okay, backside: we SAID we “gave Ukraine” that “Money” but really we gave them…arms, for example. Since all the “Money” was recycled back to the DNC through FTX. We gave them all our Javelin anti-tanks. Sure. Then we rated them at $1.500/pc maybe when REALLY THEY WERE WORTHLESS. It would COST $2.500/pc to decommission them as they are explosive and dead. So we sent Ukraine $50B LIABILITY? You figure it out, it’s too complex. But “money” is like five things, not one. Only one of those things is a “Unit of Account” which is how we’re trying to use it here. But you got the number wrong by $1,500 – $2,500 or = $4,000 wrong on the ledger?

    Can’t figure out how we’re not winning when we shipped Ukraine a couple billion dollars of raw liabilities. All those 50 tanks disassembled in boxes tied up 100 tank repairmen when they could have been doing something useful. Then Germany has no parts because Germany is not a country. They swapped out this country with a skin suit and no one noticed.

    “US Government Debt Biggest Threat to Global Economy – Russian NGO (RT)

    Yes, following this, who’s in control? Powell? Is he raising rates for inflation? Really, why? Wouldn’t it be easier to just lie about inflation like usual? So we hear the bond auctions have no buyers. They are raising rates to sell bonds. And that would mean the Fed, Powell, and the U.S. are not in control. They have lost control, so to speak. The Market is in control.

    After 40 years we say “Powell can raise rates.” “Powell can lower rates.” Can he? Can he really? When if he lowers rates he’ll have unending bond auction failures and a rapid default? Of course they don’t want to TELL you that.

    Okay, great, that’s only the simplest version: IF “Powell” raises rates – or rather the rates are raised for him – then the national debt … ??? Yes, goes exponential immediately. We put up $36 Trillion at 1%, now we need to pay it at FIVE TIMES that. Or $180 TRILLION. Those aren’t the numbers but I’m trying to give a sense of what scale this is.

    “The US government cannot solve the problem by restarting the printing press this year because that would lead to higher inflation, the report added.”

    Be a problem money can’t solve? Be a problem PRINTING money can’t solve. Charles Hugh Smith said this: when you can print all your problems away, buy off anybody, kill anybody, what ends it? Well obviously, a problem you CAN’T print away. Usually that’s Inflation.

    Sure, let’s increase the tax bill on every American fivefold in the next 6 months, I’m sure that’ll work.

    Okay, well, when you have a giant steam engine run at 300% pressure, you can’t always tell exactly WHERE it will blow. But since the “Laws of Physics” “Exist”, you can be certain it will be somewhere.

    British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has claimed that China has become more “aggressive and assertive”

    Yeah, I see how China has 145 Military bases in 42 countries, and helped kill 6 Million people starting in Iraq. Oh wait, was that you? How embarrassing for you.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overseas_military_bases_of_the_United_Kingdom

    Not letting China off, as they would LIKE to have 145 military bases and build another new one somewhere monthly, just saying, who’s been “Aggressive” lately, sir?

    “but krisenmodus (crisis mode) looks to have a chance to repeat in 2024.”

    The “PolyCrisis”. Three World Wars. We liquidate Disney, CNN, InBev to make the world a smoldering ruin, shut off the oil taps worldwide, then say it’s all an act of God! Really! We weren’t anywhere near it! “It” being: promoting wars, protecting corruption, shutting off food, destroying families…

    I’ve got a better idea: shut THEM off, cancel THEM, and everything goes back to “normal.” You’re doing this on purpose. I can see you. Like you’re trying to REGULATE AND OUTLAW COWS then claim there’s no food. Are you for real thought that would work somehow?

    “To get Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition government to backtrack on its decision to eliminate tax breaks on the diesel fuel used for farming”

    This is PRECISELY the Yellow Vests. The gilets jaunes. Raise taxes on the rural poor because they are the only ones left who would resist you? I guess Europe is made of retards who are really slow learners? Scholz puts on his surprised face.

    “Trump Says Georgia Case ‘Totally Compromised’ (ET)

    Again, kind of blows my mind. So, $100,000 and sex with me? No? How about ANOTHER $100k and sex with me 10 more times? Okay, how about you take the $100k my office paid you, we go on a Caribbean 5-star resort and have sex all week with me? Then I can write a check for $400,000 MORE dollars – That is, more than an average American will see in a lifetime – and THEN will you join this petty crime? No? Well the money fire house hasn’t shut off yet, hang around long enough and I’m SURE we can get you to $1 Million dollars. …And me in the butt. Just a little visualization for the day. You’re Welcome.

    I guess all the Rabbits, Chickens, and Geese don’t have any appointments for the day.

    “Plastics water” It’s really the hormone and poisons that “Nobody knewd” while they were promoting them tirelessly over better, more enduring, more profitable alternatives. I know, right? What a coincidence! It just Haaaaaaaappened to cause infertility and low sperm count like all those eco white papers were promoting during the exact same period these were uneconomically and unecologically rolled out.

    Yup, funny old world. Who can understand it?

    #150138
    Dr. D
    Participant

    #150139
    WES
    Participant

    Dr. D:

    You missed “the mice in this place are even wearing coveralls”!

    #150140
    tboc
    Participant

    what is not discussed leads today’s discussion

    surely a rhetorical question – “How have we not beaten these guys yet?”
    a rhetorical answer: follow the money

    another couple of rhetorical questions: How did that dollar get into your pocket? From making physical objects by assembling raw materials?
    Shirley, you jest.

    #150141
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Micro plastics are unlikely to be harmful to consumers.
    Ah. Just like Covid vaccines were touted by government authorities to be “safe and effective.”

    I could always taste that there was something funky with water bottled in plastic. Couldn’t everyone else?

    #150142
    John Day
    Participant

    The House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution on Wednesday to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for ignoring a Congressional subpoena related to the impeachment inquiry of his father, President Biden.

    House Judiciary Holds Hunter Biden in Contempt of Congress.

    Jeffrey Epstein and his VIP associates had “prior knowledge” of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in the months before they happened, according to Prince Andrew’s ex-girlfriend Lady Victoria Hervey.
    Hervey took to social media to break her silence regarding what she knows about Andrew’s relationship with the notorious child sex offender, claiming that Epstein’s contacts knew details about 9/11 before they happened, including the flight numbers of the commercial airplanes to be used in the attacks.
    According to Hervey, Epstein and some of his close associates bought plane tickets “as souvenirs” of the horrifying and heartbreaking national tragedy.
    “Regarding 9/11 which I’ll touch more on tomorrow, I have a story that connects it to Epstein,” she wrote on Instagram. “As in he knew it was going to happen and so did his close circle. They even bought plane tickets as souvenirs and never got on the planes. This is a whole new level of Sick.”

    Prince Andrew’s Ex says Jeffrey Epstein had ‘Prior Knowledge’ of 9/11

    #150143
    zerosum
    Participant

    What caught my eye
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    Profits
    a significant rearmament campaign, inflated prices, increase of between five to ten times, for weapons procurement.

    Stockholm has provided Kiev with $2.2 billion in military assistance.
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    A “secret meeting” requires lying.
    “peace talks”, a ‘peace summit,’ where [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky’s ‘peace formula,’
    “This has nothing to do with resolving the Ukrainian crisis.”
    All this hype is created precisely to maintain the illusion.
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    Russia has become a major destination for Ukrainian nationals, with officials estimating that as many as five million fled eastwards after the hostilities erupted in 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he considers Russians and Ukrainians brotherly peoples.
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    Funding and arming Ukraine is a “futile waste of human resources and money” that will serve only to fill Ukrainian cemeteries with “thousands of dead soldiers,” – Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico
    “I will no longer be subject to stupid liberal and progressive demagoguery,” Fico wrote in Slovakia’s Pravda newspaper. “It is literally shocking to see how the West has repeatedly made mistakes in assessing the situation in Russia.”
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    Inflation is an opportunity to increase of profit and increase of leveraging/borrowing to cover increase of costs.

    farmers were identified as viable cash cows.
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    In other words, there is to be no more accountability for Big Pharma’s mass murder than there is for Israel’s mass murder of Palestinians.
    When mass murderers cannot be held accountable, what is the prospect for humanity?
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    Slow death and slow change.
    Most of you is 10 years old or less, because your cells are always renewing.
    The epidermis recycles every 2-4 weeks, red blood cells every 4 months, and your skeleton every 10 years.
    (Change is perpetual. I’m not the same person that you married.)
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    #150144
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Nothing sums up the Duh’merican vibe like this offer and the utter contempt of the ruling class towards the Sheeple…..

    Sounds like the FED hustling interest rates

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    #150145
    Oroboros
    Participant

    1982 newspaper ad for Pakistani Airlines

    They can get you from Karachi to NYC in 16 hours and 30 minutes

    I guess that includes actually safely landing to.

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    #150146
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Just sayin…

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    #150147
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The FED in 1913 assured the fate of the Dollar

    You can wipe your ass with a dollar now.

    Progress is our most important product…

    #150148
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Scumbag academic retracts 4th paper in 4 months

    Former Stanford President Retracts “Ground-Breaking” Alzheimer’s Paper

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    Maybe he has Alzheimers

    Hahahahahahahahahahaa!

    Former Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who resigned in July of last year after an investigation found flaws in his research, retracted a 2009 science paper formerly described as “groundbreaking.”

    In 2009, Tessier-Lavigne, a neuroscientist, was an executive at the biotechnology company Genentech, according to The Daily.

    Two days after the paper’s publication, Genentech described it to its shareholders as “groundbreaking basic research about an entirely new way of looking at the cause of Alzheimer’s disease.”

    “Such incidents are rare, as just eight out of every 10,000 science papers are retracted, according to Retraction Watch.”

    The Harvard “Gay Syndrome” at work

    #150149
    John Day
    Participant

    First Day In Genocide Court https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/first-day-in-genocide-court

    ​ Gaza grandmother gunned down by Israeli sniper as child waved white flag
    Shocking video shows Hala Rashid Abd al-Ati being shot and killed while leaving Gaza City, as her grandson, who had his arms interlocked with her, was waving a white flag
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/war-gaza-israel-grandmother-killed-waving-white-flag

    grandma

    #150150
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ M. K. BHADRAKUMAR​ , Blinken’s window dressing tour of Arab capitals
    ​ What truly distinguishes the present crisis is that the Arab world is profoundly concerned and feels outraged by the barbaric Israeli behaviour toward hapless Palestinians — ‘animals,’ as Israeli politicians have described them. The Arab psyche is convinced that an enduring final settlement of the Palestine problem cannot be postponed indefinitely. Something has fundamentally changed even for Saudi Arabia which had clandestine dealings with Israel for decades and was inching toward establishing formal relations with it.

    Blinken’s window dressing tour of Arab capitals

    ​ South Africa’s statement begins at 15:50 on the time mark. South Africa on Thursday presented its case against Israel of committing genocide in Gaza and asked the World Court to order Israel to stop its military operation. Watch the replay. Israel responds on Friday.

    WATCH: Day 1 of SA v Israel on Genocide at World Court

    CRACK IN A 75-YEAR-OLD WALL OF IMPUNITY: SOUTH AFRICA CHALLENGES ISRAELI GENOCIDE IN COURT​
    1948 was a year of tragic irony.​ That year saw the adoption of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, together promising a world in which human rights would be protected by the rule of law. That same year, South Africa adopted apartheid and Israeli forces carried out the Nakba, the violent mass dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Both systems relied on western colonial support.
    ​ In short, the modern international human rights movement was born into a world of racialized colonial contradictions. Seventy-five years later, the world is watching in horror as Israel has continued the Nakba through its months-long, systematic ethnic purge of Gaza — again with the complicity of powerful western governments led by the United States.
    ​ The horrors of the original Nakba were met with decades of absolute impunity for Israel, feeding further violence. But this time, three decades since the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa, the post-apartheid “Rainbow Nation” is taking the lead in challenging Israel’s genocidal assault.
    ​ On December 29, South Africa became the first country to file an application to the UN’s high judicial arm, the International Court of Justice, instituting genocide proceedings against Israel for “acts threatened, adopted, condoned, taken, and being taken by the Government and military of the State of Israel against the Palestinian people.”

    A Crack in a 75-year-old Wall of Impunity: South Africa Challenges Israeli Genocide in Court

    ​ The initial hearing is not going to determine definitively whether Israel is committing genocide in Gaza. The issue before the court this week is whether there is sufficient evidence to move the case forward, whether South Africa has legitimate standing to bring the case, whether the case is based on plausible treaty rights and obligations, and most importantly, whether to grant the provisional measures South Africa is seeking.
    ​ It is very likely that the Court will find that the legal questions of standing and legitimacy merit moving the case forward. That is particularly so because the Court does not have to rule definitively on those questions in order to move the case forward. They can decide later that, for some reason, South Africa does not have standing or that the ICJ doesn’t have jurisdiction over this case. By the time the case is fully adjudicated—a process that is likely to take months or years—the court could decide that the case for genocide is not conclusive.

    South Africa’s ICJ case could be a game changer

    ​ Pepe Escobar , BRICS member South Africa takes Zionism to court
    ​ Whatever happens at The Hague could go way beyond a possible condemnation of Israeli for genocide. Both Pretoria and Tel Aviv are members of the ICJ – so the rulings are binding. The ICJ, in theory, carries more weight than the UN Security Council, where the US vetoes any hard facts that tarnish Israel’s carefully constructed self-image.
    ​ The only problem is that the ICJ does not have enforcement power.​..
    ..Reading the full South African application is a horrifying exercise. This is literally history in the making, right in front of us living in the young, tech-addicted, 21st century, and not a science fiction account of a genocide taking place in some distant universe…
    ​..Every grain of sand from the Negev to Arabia knows that the neocon psychos in charge of US foreign policy, including their pet, remote-controlled, senile occupant of the White House are not only complicit in the Israeli genocide but oppose any possibility of a ceasefire.
    ​ Incidentally, such complicity is also punishable by law, according to the Genocide Convention.
    ​ Hence, it is a given that Washington and Tel Aviv will go no-holds-barred to block a fair trial by the ICJ, using every means of pressure and threat available. That dovetails with the extremely limited power exercised by any international court to impose the rule of international law on the exceptionalist Washington–Tel Aviv combo…
    ..The Israeli Foreign Ministry has regimented its embassies to arm-twist host country diplomats and politicians to swiftly issue an “immediate and unequivocal statement along the following lines: To publicly and clearly state that your country rejects the outrageous, absurd, and baseless allegations made against Israel.”
    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/brics-member-south-africa-takes-zionism-to-court

    #150151
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ An international law expert explains why South Africa’s case at the ICJ is so important​
    “This is important in the history of the Palestinian cause, since we haven’t had an opportunity to get a binding international decision on any of the important questions that we have been dealing with, including for example, the issue of the Palestinian refugees, the [Israeli] occupation, etc,” Dr. Nuseibah continued.
    ​ The last time the ICJ made a decision in relation to Palestine was a 2004 advisory opinion that found Israel’s separation wall, which at that stage was still early on in its construction, violated international law and should be torn down.
    ​ However, because that decision was a non-binding advisory opinion, Israel was not obligated to stop construction or take down the wall. Instead, Israel continued constructing the wall, which today spans across hundreds of kilometers, cutting off Palestinians from their land and swallowing up swaths of Palestinian territory.

    An international law expert explains why South Africa’s case at the ICJ is so important

    ​ Jonathan Cook , War on Gaza: The West will stand in the dock alongside Israel at the genocide court
    ​ According to a cable from the Israeli foreign ministry, leaked to the Axios website, Israel hopes that, given the difficulties of making a legal case in defence of its actions, diplomatic and political pressure on the court’s justices will win the day instead.
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/war-gaza-west-stand-dock-alongside-israel-genocide-court

    Israel Calls South Africa The “Legal Arm Of Hamas” After 1st Day Of Hague Genocide Case
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/israel-calls-south-africa-legal-arm-hamas-after-1st-day-hague-genocide-case

    ​ The Russian representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, attacked Western members of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, accusing them of “wasting the council’s time in sessions far from what is happening in the Middle East, especially Gaza.”
    Nebenzia, speaking in an open debate, stated that “Israel” was seeking t​o “ethnically cleanse the Palestinian people in Gaza with American cover from top to bottom.”
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/-israel–seeks-ethnic-cleansing-under-us-cover–russia-says

    ​ Balls of Steel: Today’s Most Despised Knesset Member.​ Mike Whitney
    He signed a petition in support of “the upcoming hearing at the International Court of Justice … accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza.”There are 120 members in the ​ Israeli Knesset, but one man towers above them all. His name is Ofer Cassif, and he is, perhaps, the most despised man in Israel. His crime—if you can call it that—is that he put his moral convictions into practice by signing a petition in support of “the upcoming hearing at the International Court of Justice in The Hague”… “accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza.” (Times of Israel) Here’s what he said:
    “My constitutional duty is to Israeli society and all its residents, not to a government whose members and its coalition are calling for ethnic cleansing and even actual genocide.”

    Balls of Steel: Today’s Most Despised Knesset Member.

    #150152
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ British doctors forced to stop working and flee what appears to be the only hospital in the central Gaza Strip that is still functioning expressed “deep concern” about their patients and the remaining staff there as Israel’s war on the territory enters its fourth month.
    https://www.arabnews.com/node/2439536/middle-east

    ​ ‘Unimaginable situation’ in Gaza as 600 patients and staff expelled from Al-Aqsa Hospital
    ​ Six hundred patients and medical staff have been forced to leave the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza’s Deir al-Balah, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN, following an Israeli evacuation order.
    ​ The orders, which were reported by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, came amid an influx of injured people arriving at the medical centre.
    Al-Aqsa Hospital is the last remaining hospital in operation in Central Gaza, with recent evacuation notices by Israeli forces seeing an exodus of medical staff from.
    ​ According to WHO official Sean Casey who had visited the hospital on Sunday, the hospital was operating with “30 percent of the staff that it had just a few days ago”.
    Casey added that the hospital was receiving “hundreds of casualties every day in a small emergency department”.
    https://www.newarab.com/news/israel-expels-600-patients-staff-gazas-last-hospital

    ​ Gaza’s child amputees face further risks without expert care
    ​ KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Eleven-year-old Noor’s left leg was almost entirely torn off when her home in Jabalia, Gaza was hit by an explosion in October. Now her right leg, fitted with a heavy metal bar and four screws drilled into the bone, may have to be amputated.
    ​ “It hurts me a lot … I’m afraid that they’ll have to cut off my other leg,” she said from her hospital bed, staring at her clunky fixation device.
    “I used to run and play, I was so happy with my life, but now when I lost my leg, my life became ugly and I got sad. I hope I can get an artificial limb.”
    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/gazas-child-amputees-face-further-risks-without-expert-care-2024-01-04/

    ​ Israel held Gaza civilians in “torture camp,” new evidence shows
    ​ Dozens of Palestinian men captured by Israel in Gaza after the October 7 Hamas attack were blindfolded, handcuffed, stripped to their underwear and humiliated in a “torture camp,” a new investigation from Tel Aviv-based +972 Magazine has found.
    https://www.naturalnews.com/2024-01-10-israel-held-gaza-civilians-torture-camp-evidence.html

    ​ War on Gaza: Israel cages Palestinian towns in West Bank with iron gates
    The movement of Palestinians is severely constricted as Israeli army erects gates and barriers at entrances of towns and villages
    ​ “The gate is closed.” This phrase is repeated several times a day among Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, describing their lives under the ongoing Israeli closure of their towns and villages.
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/war-gaza-israel-cages-palestinian-towns-west-bank-iron-gates

    #150153
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lengthy one-on-one meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was “tense”, Channel 12 reports.
    ​ Indicative of the bad climate is that Anthony Blinken gave a press conference alone, without Netanyahu present.
    At the same time, the Israeli prime minister’s office did not release the minutes, as it is wont to do, which may indicate the rift.
    ​ The gap between the US and Israel is widening and Washington is losing patience, the Channel 12 report emphasizes.
    Blinken met privately with Netanyahu at Tel Aviv’s Kirya military base and then with the war cabinet.
    ​ Israel is going full steam ahead at war with Hezbollah (military preparations have escalated in the last 48 hours) with relations with the US and UK at a tipping point for the first time in history.
    https://warnews247-gr.translate.goog/istoriko-stratigiko-lathos-tou-israil-arpachtikan-agria-blinken-netaniachou-erchetai-polemos-idf-chezbolach-me-moudiasmenes-ipa-vretania/?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp

    Despite All Evidence, Blinken Calls Genocide Case Against Israel ‘Meritless’​
    The U.S. secretary of state dismissed South Africa’s case as he admitted 90% of Gaza residents are facing acute hunger.
    https://scheerpost.com/2024/01/10/despite-all-evidence-blinken-calls-genocide-case-against-israel-meritless/

    ​ The war within Israel’s war cabinet
    ​ The Israeli body politic is beset with political and security differences exacerbated by the deadly costs of their Gaza war. Now they’re fighting over whether to investigate their string of failures – before or after launching another war with Lebanon.
    ​ Undermining those efforts every step of the way is a growing Israeli chorus advocating for the reoccupation of southern Lebanon up to the Litani border as the only solution that would ensure the security of Israeli settlements. Recently, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman proposed the occupation of southern Lebanon, placing the area between the Litani River and the border with occupied Palestine under Israeli control with UN supervision.
    ​ Recognizing the potential catastrophic consequences of a full-scale confrontation with Hezbollah which has formidable – and unknown – offensive, armament, and intelligence capabilities at its disposal, the Israeli military is keen on addressing the root causes of its recent failures before engaging in any further battles.
    ​ For its part, Hezbollah conditions any discussion about military actions with Israel on the cessation of the genocidal war on Gaza. The Lebanese resistance emphasizes that side actions intended to bait Hezbollah into war, such as targeting Hamas leaders in Lebanon, are not part of the debate.
    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/the-war-within-israels-war-cabinet

    ​ Hezbollah’s use of anti-tank missiles unprecedented: Israeli media
    The Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed that Hezbollah’s utilization of this precision weapon is unparalleled in “Israel” and possibly globally.
    ​ Israeli media reported on Wednesday that Hezbollah’s use of anti-tank missiles as a sniper weapon is “unprecedented.”​…
    ..Moreover, the newspaper revealed that the “range of the anti-tank missiles fired from Lebanon at civilian targets in the al-Jalil now comes to “Moshav Beit Hillel”, located four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the border; and Kibbutz Kfar Szold in the Hula Valley, six kilometers from the border, whose residents have not been evacuated.”
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/hezbollah-s-use-of-anti-tank-missiles-unprecedented–israeli

    ​ Shahed-238 Drone Makes Ukraine Combat Debut: Iran’s Enhanced New ‘Kamikaze’ Jets Built to Combat Enemy Air Defences​ (Cheap tech plays leapfrog.)
    ​ Its unveiling came less than a month before the Iranian-aligned Hezbollah militia group launching limited strikes against Israeli Iron Dome air defence systems, highlighting the value such aircraft could have not only for its extra-regional clients such as Russia but also for its strategic partners within the Middle East.
    https://militarywatchmagazine.com/article/shahed238-debut-suppress-defences

    #150154
    John Day
    Participant

    UNSC adopts resolution demanding halt to Yemeni operations in Red Sea
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/unsc-adopts-resolution-demanding-halt-to-yemeni-operations-i

    ​ Blinken Admits Iran Behind ‘Biggest Attack’ Targeting US Ships, But There’s No Plan
    ​ The Tuesday night attack saw up to 24 missiles and drones sent against international shipping lanes in the southern part of the Red Sea, and crucially directly against a US warship, as we detailed previously. The Pentagon said that three destroyers that are part of Operation Prosperity Guardian took part in shooting down the incoming barrage.
    ​ Secretary of State Antony Blinken has in fresh comments charged that ultimately Iran was behind this “biggest attack” by the Yemen-based Houthi rebels. He warned “there will be consequences” if the aggression continues. “We had the biggest attack just yesterday, aided and abetted by Iran​.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/blinken-admits-iran-behind-biggest-attack-targeting-us-ships-theres-no-plan

    ​Tit-for-tat
    ​ Iranian naval forces, acting under a court order, seized Marshall Islands-flagged tanker “St Nikolas,” Bloomberg reports, citing Iran’s semi-official Tasnim agency reports. The report said St Nikolas is a “US oil tanker.”…
    ..Bloomberg confirmed that the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker “St Nikolas” is the vessel that was hijacked. A previous report says that St Nikolas was seized by the US last year, sailing under a different name, “Suez Rajan,” for transporting unauthorized Iranian cargo.
    ​ Empire Navigation, the vessel’s operator, said the tanker was loaded with 145,000 tons of crude from the Iraqi port of Basra and was en route to Aliaga in western Turkey through the Suez Canal. It noted all communication with the vessel had been lost​.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/oil-tanker-hijacked-gulf-oman

    US government debt biggest threat to global economy – Russian NGO
    The burden is unsustainable and could destabilize the financial system, Roscongress has warned
    https://swentr.site/business/590384-russia-us-debt-threat-global-economy/

    #150155
    John Day
    Participant

    ​Still no pictures or video of “Lloyd Austin” in 2024.
    Pentagon inspector general to investigate mishandling of Lloyd Austin’s hospitalization​ , Austin’s recent secretive hospitalization has been at the center of controversy.
    https://www.politico.com/news/2024/01/11/lloyd-austin-controversy-hill-dems-00134856

    ​ Jeffrey Epstein and his VIP associates had “prior knowledge” of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in the months before they happened, according to Prince Andrew’s ex-girlfriend Lady Victoria Hervey.
    ​ Hervey took to social media to break her silence regarding what she knows about Andrew’s relationship with the notorious child sex offender, claiming that Epstein’s contacts knew details about 9/11 before they happened, including the flight numbers of the commercial airplanes to be used in the attacks.
    ​ According to Hervey, Epstein and some of his close associates bought plane tickets “as souvenirs” of the horrifying and heartbreaking national tragedy.
    “Regarding 9/11 which I’ll touch more on tomorrow, I have a story that connects it to Epstein,” she wrote on Instagram. “As in he knew it was going to happen and so did his close circle. They even bought plane tickets as souvenirs and never got on the planes. This is a whole new level of Sick.”

    Prince Andrew’s Ex says Jeffrey Epstein had ‘Prior Knowledge’ of 9/11

    #150156
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/iraq-wants-orderly-withdrawal-of-destabilizing-us-troops-pm

    Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said on 10 January that Baghdad wants “a quick and orderly” withdrawal of US combat forces from Iraq.

    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/washington-has-no-plans-to-withdraw-from-iraq

    Washington said that it does not intend to exit the country, and that it was unaware of any plans to do so.
    Pentagon press secretary General Patrick Ryder confirmed on 8 January that the US is not planning to withdraw any of its troops from Iraq, despite claims to the contrary made last week by the government in Baghdad.

    “We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build … We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it … We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever.
    It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame,” said then-US president Donald Trump on the same day as the Iraqi parliamentary vote.

    #150157

    Break your promise; take some pokes;
    Act insane; don’t make amends;
    Steal some stuff and bomb some folks:
    This is why you don’t have friends.

    #150188

    If you think of the law topologically, then corporate law is a möbius strip.

    Sasha L’s latest on TX is depressingly good.

    #150189
    Oroboros
    Participant

    High End Brothel in Kharkov that mercenaries love in frequent popped by Russian missile.

    Russians have excellent sources on the ground in Ukronaziland

    #150190
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Nazilensky relentlessly bitch slapped and pistol whipped by Scott & Larry tag team

    #150191
    zerosum
    Participant

    More random posts on Yemen.

    #150192
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.aljazeera.com/
    US, UK launch strikes on Houthis in Yemen
    (When will the UK< US navy ship/fleet be sunk?)

    #150193
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Four Great Villains of the Medical Industrial Complex

    Tucker kicking the Medical Industrial Complex in the NADS with Alex Berenson

    #150194
    WES
    Participant

    The neocon’s proxy war in the Ukraine has certainly turned parts of Ukraine society upside down not to mention also depopulating the country by almost 50 percent. It shouldn’t be forgotten that this is a Civil War too.

    Also of some interest, is how the huge amounts of foriegn money the west has poured into Ukraine has grossly distorted and hollowed out and extremely skewed the Ukrainian economy. This huge flood of foriegn money has allowed the Ukraine government to devote far more of it’s country’s resources towards it’s war effort, and for much longer than most warring countries normally can.

    Clearly when the foriegn money flows stop, Ukraine’s economy will be in a tremendous world of hurt. Then when the war ends the hurt will become even more painful.

    Likely Ukraine’s economy will be exceedingly slow to recover because of the structural damage caused by both the war and the huge flow of foreiegn money. One has to wonder how many of the productive Ukrainians will be willing to return to rebuild their country?

    If corruption was bad before the war, it will be far far worst after the war ends. Crime gangs will spring up like poppies because so many Nazi men will know no other way of earning a living but that with a gun.

    I look at El Salvador as a potential model for what to expect too happen in the Ukraine, not under Drussia’s direct control..

    After El Salvador’s brutal Civil War ended, the defeated rebels formed huge numbers of armed criminal gangs to continue the only way of life they knew. Decades after the Civil War ended every store and gas station had fully armed guards stationed out front in order to stay in business. It is only now, many decades later, are the people finally trying to stop the rule of these gangs by throwing every gang member they can find into prison.

    Those productive people in El Salvador who left did not come back to rebuild their country because they would has been quickly killed for their money. No Ukrainian with any money currently outside of the Ukraine, will return for the very same reason.

    Ukraine’s future is crime and corruption.

    #150195
    Oroboros
    Participant

    #150196
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.reuters.com/world/us-britain-carry-out-strikes-against-houthis-yemen-officials-2024-01-11/
    US, Britain carry out strikes against Houthis in Yemen, officials say
    By Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali and Mohammed Ghobari
    January 11, 20246:28 PM PST

    A Houthi official confirmed “raids” in the capital Sanaa along with the cities of Saada and Dhamar as well as in Hodeidah governorate, calling them “American-Zionist-British aggression.”

    Witnesses told Reuters that the raids targeted a military base adjacent to Sanaa airport, a military site near Taiz airport, a Houthi naval base in Hodeidah and military sites in Hajjah governorate.
    ————–
    Does Canada have a procedure before declaring war on Yemen?
    Australia, Bahrain, Canada and Netherlands provide support.

    #150197
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/houthis-vow-expanded-attacks-us-navy-bigger-tuesdays-barrage
    Gaza War Expands As US, UK Warplanes Bomb Houthi Strongholds In Yemen

    BY TYLER DURDEN

    #150198
    zerosum
    Participant

    The USA wanted Iran involved.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/oil-tanker-hijacked-gulf-oman
    Iran Hijacks Oil Tanker In Gulf Of Oman

    BY TYLER DURDEN
    THURSDAY, JAN 11, 2024 – 02:11 PM
    Update:

    Iranian naval forces, acting under a court order, seized Marshall Islands-flagged tanker “St Nikolas,” Bloomberg reports, citing Iran’s semi-official Tasnim agency reports. The report said St Nikolas is a “US oil tanker.”

    And now the Pentagon’s Operation Prosperity Guardian mission to safeguard critical commercial shipping lanes has to worry about conflict spreading from the Red Sea to the Hormuz Strait.

    #150212
    aspnaz
    Participant

    https://www.rt.com/news/590476-uk-israel-boycott-legislation/

    I wonder what the Jews have on Gove. He has been the slimyest MP for a very long time; I would put money on him being part of the London pedo scene.

    #150213
    aspnaz
    Participant

    “..there is to be no more accountability for Big Pharma’s mass murder than there is for Israel’s mass murder of Palestinians..”

    The Jews are killing us and nobody is even willing to call them out on it; most of the TAE commentariat are still too afraid to state the obvious, that the Jews are destroying our world in order to enslave us with something much, much worse, but nobody will fight because they are afraid of the shame of being called anti-semitic. The cowardice.

    #150216
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Plastics water

    We spend all day criticising MSM like 9 news australia for lying, then TAE goes and quotes them; fascinating to discover whether people really disbelieve the MSM or actually believe them but just don’t like the message. I never read, listen or watch them, but that is based on what they were like 20 years ago; maybe they got better, but being a cynic I suspect they just got worse. As soon as I saw the 9 news australia logo, I closed it down as more than likely to be bullshit that was trying to pollute my brain.

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