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Salvador Dalí White calm 1936

 

The Georgia Case Against Trump Should Be Paused (Gregg Jarrett)
Fani Willis Coordinated with J6 Committee Before Launching Trump Case (PB)
Biden White House Has Been Prosecuting Trump (JTN)
US Confirms Ukraine Military Supplies Have Stopped (RT)
Ex-Ukrainian MP Calls For Corruption Charges Against Biden (RT)
Ukraine Prosecutor ‘Fired’ By Biden May Be Killed, Ex-MP Warns (RT)
The Russian Art of War: How the West Led Ukraine to Defeat (Baud)
Israel Cannot Be a Colonial Power and a Democracy (Chris Hedges)
What Israel Faces at The Hague (Gareth Porter)
Questions For NYT About Shoddy ‘Hamas Mass Rape’ Report (GZ)
The EU’s Worst Nightmare: Pitchforks! (Butler)
US School Boots Out Students To Shelter Migrants (RT)
Trump Runs On ‘Largest Deportation Effort’ If Reelected (SAC)
X, Drugs, Politics: What’s Behind The Latest Attack On Elon Musk? (Amar)

 

 

A reader sent me this, saying “I’ve had a graphic in my head for awhile now that I was hoping would appear in the public domain but I haven’t seen anyone post it yet. Finally I just hacked it out on an old version of Photoshop..”

 

 

These people are serious (-ly ill)

 

 

Ben Carson

 

 

 

 

ICJ

 

 

Voter fraud

 

 

Letitia

 

 


No Europe (maybe Belgium?!), no North America.

 

 

 

 

“Willis might want to consult with a criminal defense attorney for some advice. Just a suggestion.”

The Georgia Case Against Trump Should Be Paused (Gregg Jarrett)

Sex, money, and power. That’s what drove District Attorney Fani Willis to bring flimsy racketeering and conspiracy charges against former President Donald Trump and others in Georgia, according to a recent court filing demanding that the case be toss out. The scheme that Willis purportedly concocted reads like a steamy Harlequin romance novel, replete with a secret lover and luxury trysts financed by taxpayer dollars as they plotted to elevate her career by destroying a political opponent seeking to retake the White House. Pull up a beach chair and dig in. The salaciously shocking accusations by Trump co-defendant Michael Roman threatens to upend the Fulton County prosecution by disqualifying the DA and even dismissing entirely her prosecutions for election interference.

There’s a lot of slime to unpack here. But it begins with the curious decision made by Willis to hire —allegedly without authorization— a private attorney by the name of Nathan Wade to honcho the case against Trump, even though he has scant experience in felony cases. That would normally make him an unqualified prosecutor. So, what was going on? Perhaps Wade has other skills because Roman claims that the Trump-hating DA and her married subordinate were having an affair before and after she retained him. So far, neither one has denied the liaisons. To complicate matters, Willis has been subpoenaed by Wade’s wife to appear as a witness in their divorce case on January 23. That’ll be stimulating. Oh…but there’s more.

County records show that Wade was paid a whopping $654,000 for his “work,” which is hard to fathom by any compensation standard. The court motion contends that Willis and her paramour then used some of the cash for lavish vacations taken together in California, Florida, and the Caribbean. I’m guessing there wasn’t much incriminating Trump evidence to be gathered in those venues. But you never know what you’ll find on board one of those popular cruise lines. Billing records also show that Wade traveled to Washington DC for two different meetings at the Biden White House, which are identified on the invoices as 8 hours each. This would put a lie to Willis’s earlier statements that her prosecution of Trump was not discussed or coordinated with his election opponent.

I have long argued that the Georgia case is tainted by the stench of political prejudice, manipulated evidence, and a shameful contortion of the racketeering laws. But now, one is left to wonder whether it was “pillow talk” that led to inventing charges against Trump. In a sane world, the Georgia trial judge should hold an open hearing and demand honest answers. The accusations are serious, the conflict of interest is self-evident, and the ethical impropriety is severe. If warranted, the judge must refer the matter to the state attorney general, Christopher Carr, for immediate investigation of Willis and Wade. Obviously, the District Attorney’s office cannot be trusted to investigate itself. And neither can the feds appointed by Biden and controlled by his lapdog Merrick Garland at the DOJ.

In the meantime, the misbegotten racketeering case against Trump should be halted until an independent probe is concluded so that the public can be assured that this dubious prosecution was not poisoned at the outset by unethical or even corrupt conduct. If the allegations have validity, Willis’s actions demand her removal from the case and, potentially, the charges dropped against Trump and all other defendants. The previously negotiated plea agreements could be vacated due to prosecutorial misconduct. Willis might want to consult with a criminal defense attorney for some advice. Just a suggestion. Did she and her lover conspire to nail Trump while enriching themselves and promoting her political career as the darling of Democrats who brought down Joe Biden’s nemesis? It sure looks like it.

Funneling county money to your amorous partner and then using it jointly for extravagant recreation smacks of misappropriation of public funds and honest services fraud. As the court filing notes, Willis and Wade were “profiting significantly from this prosecution at the expense of taxpayers.” One can even contend, as Roman does, that it was Willis and Wade who were running an organized criminal enterprise known as racketeering, not Trump. But that’s probably a bridge too far.

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The White House AND the J6 Committee…

Fani Willis Coordinated with J6 Committee Before Launching Trump Case (PB)

There is more evidence of political motivation behind the Trump “racketeering” case launched in Fulton County, Georgia last year. According to a new report in Politico, the Fulton County prosecutor got help from none other than January 6 committee, which was organized and run during the previous Congress under former Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The partisan coordination between the January 6 committee and the Fulton County D.A.’s office reveals more insight into Trump opponents’ relentless efforts to criminalize legal objections to the 2020 election. “Georgia prosecutors probing Donald Trump’s effort to subvert the 2020 election got an early boost in the spring of 2022. It came from another set of investigators who were way ahead of them: the House Jan. 6 select committee,” Politico’s report noted.

“Committee staff quietly met with lawyers and agents working for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in mid-April 2022, just as she prepared to convene a special grand jury investigation,” the report continued. “In the previously unreported meeting, the Jan. 6 committee aides let the district attorney’s team review — but not keep — a limited set of evidence they had gathered.” “Over the next few months, committee staff also had a series of phone calls with Willis’ team,” the report added. “They answered the prosecutors’ questions and shared insight on matters like Trump’s false electors gambit and his efforts to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Both of those ploys ultimately featured prominently in the criminal charges that Willis brought against Trump and his allies last summer.”

“The contacts between the committee and Willis’ team also helped prosecutors prepare for interviews with key witnesses,” the report noted. The Politico report continues to shed new light on the contacts between the partisan January 6 committee and the Fulton County D.A.’s office, again, framing legal objections to the 2020 election as “election subversion.” “The content of the meetings and calls was described by two former committee officials familiar with the outreach, who were granted anonymity to speak candidly about the contacts,” Politico noted in the exclusive report. “The timing was corroborated by exhibits attached to new court filings in Willis’ ongoing prosecution of Trump and 14 co-defendants for their efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

“The committee aided Willis’ nascent probe even as it rebuffed the Justice Department’s requests for material in the separate federal criminal probe of Trump’s election subversion,” it continued. The Fulton County D.A.’s office replied that it was only granted access to now-public information. “As the January 6th Committee’s final report transparently stated, the Committee shared information — all of which is now public — with prosecutors conducting concurrent, independent investigations.”

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Changed the title. Enough beating around the bush.

Original title: “Georgia prosecutor’s meeting with Biden officials the latest evidence of WH hand in Trump cases”
Subtitle: “The Biden White House had previously worked with the National Archives and FBI to provide “special access” to Trump’s presidential documents.”

Biden White House Has Been Prosecuting Trump (JTN)

The special prosecutor in the Fulton County, Georgia case against former President Donald Trump sent an invoice to the district attorney which included charges for meetings with the Biden White House officials, according to court documents, raising questions about the White House’s involvement with criminal cases against Trump. This revelation comes after Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor, and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis came under scrutiny because of the court filings which allege that the two have been engaged in an affair while the DA’s office paid Wade over $650,000 in legal fees since January 2022. The new information regarding the White House Counsel meeting with Wade also follows previous reports by Just the News that the Biden White House worked to facilitate “special access” for the FBI to 15 boxes of Trump presidential documents that he had returned to the National Archives.

The new court filing, which is part of a Georgia case against Michael Roman, a Trump codefendant, shows that the special prosecutor met on at least one occasion with Biden’s White House Counsel. Wade indicated that this meeting was part of his travel to Athens, Ga., on May 23, 2022, according to an invoice that he submitted to the DA’s office. “Travel to Athens; Conf with White House Counsel,” the invoice reads. Wade charged the DA’s office $2,000 in attorney’s fees for the work. The invoices provided in the suit show at least one more meeting with Biden White House staff, on November 18, 2022, that appears to have taken place in Washington, D.C., though there is no record of a visit by Wade in the White House visitor logs. “Interview with DC/White House,” the invoice reads. Wade charged another $2,000 in fees for this meeting.

The November meeting with undisclosed White House staff was held just three days after Trump, the widely anticipated election opponent of Biden, announced that he was running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Roman’s attorney, Ashleigh Merchant, filed the motion calling for the court to dismiss the criminal charges against her client, arguing that Willis “never had legal authority to appoint the special prosecutor, who assisted in obtaining both grand jury indictments.” The motion also called for Willis and Wade to be disqualified from office and removed from the prosecution, respectively, because of an “improper, clandestine personal relationship” between the two during the case, according to the filing. Merchant is interested in sealed court records that are a part of the special prosecutor Wade’s divorce, which may shed light on his alleged relationship with Willis. Merchant told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she reviewed these filings and is asking a judge to unseal the case, arguing that they were improperly sealed.

Wade started his special prosecutor contract with Willis the day before he filed for divorce in Cobb County, Ga., in November 2021, but the filing was improperly sealed, the court document also states. Willis hired Wade to prosecute Trump, and he has been paid nearly $654,000 in legal fees from January 2022 through December 2023, according to the court filing. Willis’ office didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday. Willis spokeswoman Pallavi Bailey said that the district attorney’s office would respond to the allegations “through appropriate court filings,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Roman, the former president, and 17 other co-conspirators were charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, among other Georgia state counts, for their alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in favor of Trump. Three former Trump attorneys, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, as well as Republican poll watcher Scott Hall, have all pleaded guilty in the case, while all other defendants pleaded not guilty. The Fulton County case is one of four ongoing criminal cases brought against Trump.

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Secure the border now?

US Confirms Ukraine Military Supplies Have Stopped (RT)

The military aid Washington has been providing Kiev has come to a halt, White House national security spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday. His remarks came amid the resurgence of debate in Congress about the importance of continuing support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. “We have issued the last drawdown package that we had funding to support, and that’s why it’s critical that Congress move on that national security supplemental request,” Kirby told reporters at a press briefing, admitting that “the assistance that [the US had] provided has now ground to a halt.” The last aid package worth $250 million was authorized by President Joe Biden in late December through the Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows for urgent deliveries of weapons to allies without congressional approval.

Biden has been asking Congress to vote for his more than $100 billion supplemental budget request, of which more than $60 billion is slated for Ukraine. Republicans have blocked the measure, demanding that the White House and congressional Democrats agree to their plan of tightening security at the border with Mexico. Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young told the press in January that the drawdown authority “is not going to get big tranches of equipment into Ukraine,” describing the situation as “dire.” Earlier in the month, Pentagon spokesman, Major General Patrick Ryder, warned that the army was running out of options “to replenish the stocks.”

While Biden has publicly pledged to back Kiev for “as long as it takes,” some Republicans and the media have been questioning Washington’s existing strategy, given that Ukraine’s much-hyped counteroffensive ended in a failure. Valery Zaluzhny, Ukraine’s top general, admitted last year that the conflict was “at a stalemate.” EU officials are also increasingly acknowledging that the deliveries of weapons to Ukraine have been delayed due to production and logistics issues. “Europe doesn’t know how to fight wars,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in a recent interview. “Unfortunately, our friends spent too much time deliberating on how and when to ramp up their production of weapons and ammunition.”

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“..Biden’s partners in the corruption business in Ukraine finance terrorist acts, thus avoiding responsibility for corruption in Ukraine..”

Ex-Ukrainian MP Calls For Corruption Charges Against Biden (RT)

The Republican-led effort to impeach US President Joe Biden should include an indictment for facilitating corruption in Kiev, former Ukrainian MP Andrey Derkach said in an interview published on Wednesday. The ongoing impeachment inquiry against Biden, dismissed by US Democrats as a partisan publicity stunt, is looking into the president’s potential involvement in influence peddling in Ukraine by his son, Hunter. It is also investigating possible interference in the 2020 US presidential election, during which reporting about Biden Jr.’s laptop was suppressed by partisan American media and tech giants. Former Ukrainian MP Derkach is a controversial figure who worked with Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s lawyer, who investigated Biden’s ties with Ukraine. Speaking to Italian-US journalist Simona Mangiante in the Belarusian capital Minsk, Derkach claimed there was substantial evidence of the Biden family enriching itself in Ukraine, which is allegedly being ignored by US authorities.

“What’s important to me in the congressional investigation is not to bring Biden in for influence peddling. It is important for me that the final document of the Congress says that the money stolen from my fellow Ukrainians was taken out of Ukraine… and given to… Biden,” he said. As vice president, Joe Biden was the leading official on Ukraine in Barack Obama’s administration. A widely publicized example of Biden’s influence on Kiev came in 2016, when he pressured the country into sacking its prosecutor general. At the time, Viktor Shokin was investigating Burisma, a gas firm that listed the then-vice president’s son Hunter Biden on its board. Critics have accused Joe Biden of abusing his position to cover for his son, though the US president has claimed he was merely removing a corrupt official from power. Derkach, who has been accused by the US and Ukraine of working for Russia, lives in exile and says he is focused on anti-corruption advocacy.

Anyone who wants to expose alleged Ukraine-linked criminality in the Biden family is routinely dismissed by American officials as agents of Moscow, Derkach argues. In his interview with Mangiante, the former lawmaker implied that US influence on Ukraine allowed Joe Biden ensure that anyone involved in the alleged corruption schemes was let off the hook. He cited the example of Burisma head Nikolay Zlochevsky, who in 2020 was accused of sending $6 million in cash to people investigating him in exchange for closing the case. Despite being caught red-handed, neither Zlochevsky nor his middlemen were duly punished, Derkach said. The businessman effectively received a slap on the wrist last year in the form of a $1,800 fine, he pointed out.

Zlochevsky has also donated tens of millions of dollars to Kiev’s war effort against Russia, which some Ukrainian media have speculated impacted the outcome of the case. According to Derkach, some of the money went to the GUR, Ukraine’s military intelligence agency, and was presumably used to fund its operations. The agency’s leadership makes “no secret of the fact that they carry out terrorist acts and political assassinations for extra-budgetary cash. Once again: Biden’s partners in the corruption business in Ukraine finance terrorist acts, thus avoiding responsibility for corruption in Ukraine,” the former official alleged.

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“Shokin is now a hostage on Ukrainian territory. As far as I know, he is not allowed to leave Ukraine. He is under the total control of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU)..”

Ukraine Prosecutor ‘Fired’ By Biden May Be Killed, Ex-MP Warns (RT)

The former Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Viktor Shokin, who was famously sacked by then-President Pyotr Poroshenko, under pressure from US president Joe Biden, is being used by the current government in Kiev as a bargaining chip with Washington, controversial former MP Andrey Derkach has claimed in an interview. Biden had Poroshenko sack Shokin in 2016, when he was Vice President in the Obama administration, and threatened to withhold a $1 billion loan otherwise. The now-incumbent US president claimed that the prosecutor was corrupt, and also bragged about getting rid of the man. Critics of Biden have alleged that he used his office to derail an investigation into the gas firm Burisma, which infamously retained his son Hunter on a well-paid board position during his father’s tenure as Obama’s VP.

Derkach made his explosive claims in an interview with Italian-US journalist Simona Mangiante, which she published on Wednesday on X (formerly Twitter). It was recorded in Minsk, Belarus. “Shokin is now a hostage on Ukrainian territory. As far as I know, he is not allowed to leave Ukraine. He is under the total control of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU),” he claimed. The senior figures interested in information possessed by Shokin are President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the US side, and President Vladimir Zelensky and his chief-of-staff Andrey Yermak on the Ukrainian side, according to Derkach. He claimed that last October Shokin had contacts with two attorneys “working with the US Congress,” Jake Greenberg and Clark Abourisk.

The SBU “recorded those conversations, where Shokin told the Congress about real criminal acts of Blinken and Biden, and about the corruption of the Biden family.” The former official said he’d been tipped off about the surveillance by sources inside the SBU. Derkach is an intelligence officer by background and served in the Ukrainian agency before being elected to the parliament. He claimed that his sources had told him that “the question of liquidating Mr Shokin on the territory of Ukraine is under consideration.” He urged the US Congress to ensure the man’s safety and extraction from his home country. During the hour-long interview Derkach spoke in Russian and touched on a number of sensitive aspects of US-Ukraine relations, including those he’d been personally involved in.

He was the official that published in 2020 what he claimed to be recordings of conversations that Biden and Poroshenko had in 2015-2016. In the interview this week he also claimed that he was acting with the blessing of Zelensky’s office, which was seeking to discredit the former president. The US government branded Derkach a Russian agent in 2022 and indicted him for allegedly interfering in the 2020 presidential elections. Last year, Ukraine accused him of treason, claiming he was working for Moscow. Zelensky stripped him of his Ukrainian citizenship in January 2023. Derkach has denied the accusations and claims in the interview that the Ukrainian charges against him were brought after Kiev failed to dispose of him by other means, on a direct request from Antony Blinken.

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“This is an excerpt from Colonel Jacques Baud’s latest book, The Russian Art of War: How the West Led Ukraine to Defeat (L’art de la guerre russe: Comment l’occident conduire l’ukraine a la echec)”

The Russian Art of War: How the West Led Ukraine to Defeat (Baud)

Throughout the Cold War period, the Soviet Union saw itself as the spearhead of a historical struggle that would lead to a confrontation between the “capitalist” system and “progressive forces.” This perception of a permanent and inescapable war led the Soviets to study war in a quasi-scientific way, and to structure this thinking into an architecture of military thought that has no equal in the Western world. The problem with the vast majority of our so-called military experts is their inability to understand the Russian approach to war. It is the result of an approach we have already seen in waves of terrorist attacks—the adversary is so stupidly demonized that we refrain from understanding his way of thinking.

As a result, we are unable to develop strategies, articulate our forces, or even equip them for the realities of war. The corollary of this approach is that our frustrations are translated by unscrupulous media into a narrative that feeds hatred and increases our vulnerability. We are thus unable to find rational, effective solutions to the problem. The way Russians understand conflict is holistic. In other words, they see the processes that develop and lead to the situation at any given moment. This explains why Vladimir Putin’s speeches invariably include a return to history. In the West, we tend to focus on X moment and try to see how it might evolve. We want an immediate response to the situation we see today. The idea that “from the understanding of how the crisis arose comes the way to resolve it” is totally foreign to the West.

In September 2023, an English-speaking journalist even pulled out the “duck test” for me: “if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.” In other words, all the West needs to assess a situation is an image that fits their prejudices. Reality is much more subtle than the duck model…. The reason the Russians are better than the West in Ukraine is that they see the conflict as a process; whereas we see it as a series of separate actions. The Russians see events as a film. We see them as photographs. They see the forest, while we focus on the trees. That is why we place the start of the conflict on February 24, 2022, or the start of the Palestinian conflict on October 7, 2023. We ignore the contexts that bother us and wage conflicts we do not understand. That is why we lose our wars…

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“Religious nationalism is to religion what National Socialism was to socialism..”

Israel Cannot Be a Colonial Power and a Democracy (Chris Hedges)

The scholar, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, who Isaiah Berlin called the conscience of Israel, warned that, “If Israel did not separate church and state, it would give rise to a corrupt rabbinate that would warp Judaism into a fascistic cult. Religious nationalism is to religion what National Socialism was to socialism,” warned Leibowitz, who died in 1994. He understood that the blind veneration of the military, especially after the 1967 war that captured the West Bank in East Jerusalem was dangerous and would lead to the ultimate destruction of democracy. “Our situation will deteriorate to that of a second Vietnam, to a war and constant escalation without prospect of ultimate resolution,” he wrote. He foresaw that, “The Arabs would be the working people and the Jews, the administrators, inspectors, officials and police, mainly secret police. A state ruling a hostile population of 1.5 million to 2 million foreigners would necessarily become a secret police state.

With all that implies for education, free speech and democratic institutions. The corruption characteristic of every colonial regime would also prevail in the state of Israel. The administration would have to suppress Arab insurgency on the one hand and acquire Arab quiz links on the other. There is also good reason to fear that the Israeli Defense Force, which has been until now, a people’s army would, as a result of being transformed into an army of occupation to generate and its commanders who will have become military governors, will resemble their colleagues in other nations.” He warned that the rise of virulent racism would consume Israeli society. He knew that prolonged occupation of the Palestinians would spawn concentration camps for the occupied, and that in his words, “Israel would not deserve to exist and it will not be worthwhile to preserve it.”

The decision to obliterate Gaza has long been the dream of Israeli fanatics, heirs of the fascistic movement led by the extremist Meir Kahane, who was barred from running for office and whose Kach Party was outlawed in 1994 and declared a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States. These Jewish extremists who today make up the ruling coalition government are orchestrating the genocide in Gaza, where hundreds of Palestinians are being killed or wounded a day. They champion the iconography and language of their homegrown fascism. Jewish identity and Jewish nationalism are the Zionist versions of blood and soil. Jewish supremacy is sanctified by God as is the slaughter of the Palestinians who are compared to the biblical Amalekites massacred by the Israelites. Enemies, usually Muslims, slated for extinction are subhuman who embody evil.

Violence and the threat of violence are the only forms of communication those outside the magic circle of Jewish nationalism understand. Millions of Muslims and Christians, including those with Israeli citizenship, are to be purged. Joining me to discuss what the occupation of Palestine has done to Israeli society and what the results of the current murderous campaign in Gaza and the West Bank portends for Israel in the future is Ilan Pappe, Professor of History of the University of Exeter in Great Britain, who has described what Israel does to the Palestinians as incremental genocide. He has written numerous books including The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories and The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, which his French publisher has ceased publishing despite a surge in sales since the October 7th attacks, part of the concerted campaign by Zionists and their supporters to discredit and censor narratives that are critical of Israel.

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“..As many as 312 Palestinian families in Gaza lost over 10 members each in just the first month of the bombing alone…”

What Israel Faces at The Hague (Gareth Porter)

When the International Court of Justice opens its consideration of the case against Israel’s genocidal policy towards Palestinians living in Gaza on Thursday it will have before it a petition from South Africa, which initiated the case. In legal terms it is a request that the court decides on “provisional measures” to protect the Gazan people from “imminent and irreparable loss,” in other words, to stop Israel’s assault on Gaza. But in political terms the 84-page document that South Africa submitted to the Court represents the most powerful indictment of Israeli genocide that has been available to the public thus far. It not only documents the genocidal consequences of the Israeli massive bombing and siege of Gaza, but presents a complete file of official Israeli professions of determination to carry out genocide against the Palestinians population of the Gaza strip.

The latter evidence comes directly from the mouths of Prime Benjamin Netanyahu himself, the president of Israel, the minister of defense, the minister of national security, five other government ministers and several leading Israeli military figures. It is a heart-rending document that can leave no one who reads it in doubt about the explicitly genocidal motive of the Israeli government in ordering indiscriminate bombing and the deliberate denial of food, water, energy and medical care and supplies to the Palestinian population with the explicit intention of making it impossible for Palestinians to sustain life in Gaza. The terrible human toll of the Israeli assault on the population of Gaza in terms of death and injury from Israeli bombing is well known. What is not generally known to the U.S. public is evidence provided in the South African document that Israelis have deliberately chosen the most indiscriminate way of bombing possible.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas of the world, so indiscriminate weapons are far more lethal there than in normal situations. Yet despite the availability of precision guided weapons, as the South African document points out, Israel has been dropping completely unguided “dumb bombs” and 2,000 pound munitions that have a lethal radius of up to 360m and cause serious injuries for 800m in all directions. Primary victims of the Israeli strategy, counting for 40 percent of the casualties, are children, with more than 115 Palestinian children in Gaza killed every day. The document cites a study by Save the Children showing that the 3,195 Palestinian children killed in the first three weeks in Gaza alone is more than total number of children killed each year since 2019 across all the world’s conflict zones.

And because of the close-knit character of Palestinian families and the prolonged war, the document reveals that this bombing strategy has taken a tragic toll on entire extended families, with mothers, fathers, children, siblings, grandparents, aunts and cousins frequently killed simultaneously with no remaining survivors. As many as 312 Palestinian families in Gaza lost over 10 members each in just the first month of the bombing alone.

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Max Blumenthal and Aaron Maté.

Questions For NYT About Shoddy ‘Hamas Mass Rape’ Report (GZ)

The Grayzone has identified serious issues with the credibility of key sources quoted in the New York Times’ December 28 story, “Screams Without Words: How Hamas Weaponized Sexual Violence on October 7.” Authored by Jeffrey Gettleman, Anat Schwartz, and Adam Sella, the article purports to prove “a broader pattern of gender-based violence on Oct. 7” than even Israeli authorities have been willing to allege . However, the Times report is marred by sensationalism, wild leaps of logic, and an absence of concrete evidence to support its sweeping conclusion.

The Times has come under fire from family members of Gal Abdush, the so-called “girl in the black dress” who features as Exhibit A in Gettleman and company’s attempt to demonstrate a pattern of rape by Hamas on October 7. Not only have Abdush’s sister and brother-in-law each denied that she was raped, the former has accused the Times of manipulating her family into participating by misleading them about their editorial angle. Though the family’s comments have sparked a major uproar on social media, the Times has yet to address the serious breach of journalistic integrity that its staff is accused of committing. The Israeli police have also issued a statement since the publication of the Times’ article asserting that they themselves are unable to locate eyewitnesses of rape on October 7, or to connect the testimonies published by outlets like the Times with anything remotely resembling evidence.

We call on the New York Times to publicly address the comments by the Abdush family accusing Times reporters of misleading them and lying about the circumstances of her death. The Times must also address the statement issued by Israel’s police subsequent to the article’s publication and explain why Gettleman and his co-authors apparently omitted it. Further, we demand a response to our thoroughly sourced debunking of testimony by key witnesses quoted in the story, as well as the documented record of discredited claims and ethically dubious activity by those same witnesses. We have provided several questions for your consideration. If you are unable to furnish responses which satisfactorily address the issues we have raised about the credibility of your article, we believe it must be retracted in full.

You write, “Based largely on the video evidence — which was verified by The New York Times — Israeli police officials said they believed that [Gal] Abdush was raped, and she has become a symbol of the horrors visited upon Israeli women and girls during the Oct. 7 attacks.” However, the sister of Gal Abdush, Miral Alter, stated in a January 2 Instagram comment that “she was not raped… There was no proof that there was rape, it was only a video.” She also pointed out that the timeline between Gal’s last message to the family and the time of her reported murder made it impossible for a rape to occur: “How in 4 minutes [were] they also raped and burned [?]” Alter concluded, “the New York Times that came to us indicated that they wanted to do a story in memory of Gal and Nagy [her husband] and that’s why we approved. If we knew that it was a headline like rape slaughter, we would never agree. Never.”

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“Having been pushed too far, the farmers are now threatening to undermine the entire European project with support for populist and, in some cases, outright anti-EU parties..”

The EU’s Worst Nightmare: Pitchforks! (Butler)

I recently wrote about what has become a global, populist political phenomenon. Citizens of multiple countries, in both hemispheres, are not only voting for populist candidates but are also working outside their entrenched political establishments to either enact desired changes or oppose undesired ones. The latter has been in focus this week as German farmers travelled to Berlin and other cities to blockade the roads in protest at the removal of certain subsidies considered noncompliant with official climate policies. Although not well reported in the British media, in the continental media, the protests made the front page. Farm subsidies have existed all across Europe ever since the EU was founded. Affordable and available basic food was considered – and still is – a matter of national security. And since European farmers are not always as competitive as those elsewhere, subsidies were deemed required to keep them in business.

No longer. Apparently, climate goals now trump food security and affordability. And so the subsidies are to be ended, rendering farmers less competitive and possibly forcing some into bankruptcy. As has been true throughout modern European history, the progressive Dutch were among the first to revolt against what they perceived as oppressive rules handed down from above. Farmers blockaded multiple cities and motorways in response to proposed nitrogen (fertiliser) quotas. More recently, the Dutch gave the largest portion of seats in the Tweede Kamer – their equivalent of the House of Commons – to the populist party of Geert Wilders. Now farmers in Germany, the EU’s largest, wealthiest country, and largest net contributor to the EU budget, have joined the fray. They, in turn, have been joined by farmers in neighbouring Poland, Hungary and Austria. HGV drivers, many of whom supply farms with fertilisers and other essentials and in turn deliver produce from farm to table.

The pitchforks have come out, as it were. As it happens, the UK also has a venerable populist tradition. In 1381, there was the so-called “Peasants Revolt” led by Wat Tyler. It began in Brentwood, Essex, with a dispute over unpaid taxes and rapidly spread to engulf much of southeast England. London was sacked, and many prominent buildings were set on fire. These included the Tower of London, in which Richard II’s lord chancellor and lord high treasurer were discovered by the rebels and summarily killed. By comparison, today’s EU farmers are rather restrained in their actions. But they have laid down a populist political gauntlet of sorts. The common agricultural policy has been the backbone of the EU for decades. The perceived common interest of farmers has functioned as a form of political “cement” to hold the European project together and provide a base on which to build further integration into other industries.

Having been pushed too far, the farmers are now threatening to undermine the entire European project with support for populist and, in some cases, outright anti-EU parties. Recent polls suggest that, in eastern Germany, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is the leading political party. Brussels has yet to voice any specific concerns about the matter. Perhaps they see these developments as just storms in teacups. Ensconced in their modern glass and steel palaces, they might even ponder whether, if European food security and affordability are compromised in pursuit of their lofty climate goals, they should just let their peasants eat cake instead.

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“Over 162,000 migrants have arrived in New York City since the spring of 2022, when governors and mayors of states along the southern US border began busing them north en masse..”

US School Boots Out Students To Shelter Migrants (RT)

Thousands of New York City public school students were ordered to attend classes remotely on Wednesday so that migrants previously housed in a Brooklyn tent city could take shelter in their school’s gymnasium during an approaching storm. Students and teachers were informed on Tuesday morning that James Madison High School had been “activated” as a “temporary overnight respite center” for some 1,900 migrants staying at Floyd Bennett Field, a tent city five miles away. They were given until 5pm to remove everything they might need for the coming days. The relocation was described by City Hall spokeswoman Kayla Mamelak as “a proactive measure being taken out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals working and living at the center,” as the storm was predicted to bring winds of up to 70mph. However, it was not clear how long the migrants were expected to be staying at the gym.

“The relocation will continue until any weather conditions that may arise have stabilized and the facility is once again fit for living,” Mamelak said. She noted that the migrants would “continue to be provided with essential services and support” while occupying the school building. New York City Mayor Eric Adams attempted to convert public school gyms into migrant housing last spring as thousands of illegal immigrants descended on the city every week. The plan met with strident opposition and organized protests from parents concerned about their children sharing space with unvetted adults of unknown origin. The mayor ultimately backed off on plans to convert dozens of gyms into temporary migrant accommodation, though his administration denied a policy reversal had taken place and reserved the right to commandeer the buildings once more if the rate of new arrivals increased.

Over 162,000 migrants have arrived in New York City since the spring of 2022, when governors and mayors of states along the southern US border began busing them north en masse to so-called “sanctuary cities” known for their refusal to enforce immigration law. The human tide has long since overwhelmed the shelter system, leading the city to erect three massive tent complexes across the five boroughs – though only Floyd Bennett Field, with its tents held down by “heavy stones” rather than permanent anchors, was deemed at risk enough to warrant evacuation in the face of the coming storm. Last month, Adams predicted the resulting humanitarian crisis would cost the city $12 billion over three years. He has declared a state of emergency and significantly cut funding for most city services, further outraging long-time residents, who are fleeing the city in droves. New York lost more residents in 2023 than any other state, many hailing from the city.

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“.. we’re going to have peace through strength.”

Trump Runs On ‘Largest Deportation Effort’ If Reelected (SAC)

The border crisis has reached such a level that even liberal, so-called sanctuary cities, are admitting migrants are taking over their resources at an unsustainable rate. During his Fox News town hall Wednesday night, former President Donald Trump vowed that if he were to be reelected, he would create the “largest deportation effort in the history of our country…we have no choice.” Trump stated more than 18 million people will have entered the United States borders illegally by the end of President Joe Biden’s presidency. Not only is the number “not sustainable for our country” but a huge risk lies within just who the individuals are that are passing through without detection. “Many of those people come from jails and prisons, many of those people come from mental institutions and insane asylums, and many of those people are terrorists,” Trump said.

National Review notes a few other key points trump made during the Fox News live event: Trump called the economy under Biden “horrible” and said inflation also continued to be “horrible.” But, he noted, the stock market is doing well, and attempted to take credit. “I think if I wasn’t leading [in the polls] the stock market would be 25 percent lower,” he said. “And I think, frankly, if I didn’t win, I think the stock market would crash.” He touted the relative global calm under his leadership, saying, “I’m the only president in 72 years, I didn’t have any wars.” He claimed that Russian president Vladimir Putin wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine if he was president, and Hamas terrorists wouldn’t have attacked Israel. “They see a weak president in our country and they did something that is unthinkable,” Trump said, adding that if he’s elected again “we’re going to have peace through strength.”

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“..the death of “X,” as Musk has renamed the platform, has been foretold with a regularity reminiscent of Western fantasies about Russia’s government..”

X, Drugs, Politics: What’s Behind The Latest Attack On Elon Musk? (Amar)

A few months ago, Musk committed the unforgivable sin of stating the facts. From Beijing’s standpoint, he explained, Taiwan is “an integral part of China that is arbitrarily not part of China mostly because … the US Pacific Fleet has stopped any sort of reunification effort by force.” That is, actually, true. (Yes, he also made a comparison with Hawaii. Frankly, who cares?) Taiwan, it is also true, is a special case. The US and China have long practiced a compromise, going back to 1972. China has insisted that it has the right to use force to reunite Taiwan with mainland China, but, crucially, it has refrained from doing so. The US has recognized that Beijing speaks for China (and not Taiwan’s capital Taipei), while still supporting Taiwan militarily and maintaining a policy of “strategic ambiguity.” This is designed to leave open the question of whether Washington would fight for Taiwan. This compromise has been inconsistent but helped preserve the peace for half a century.

Yet since 2022, it has been Washington, not Beijing, that has upset this fragile balance the most, by provocative visits, exercises, and statements, most importantly by President Joe Biden himself. This is the context in which Musk reminded everyone of the underlying reality: that Taiwan is not a sovereign country, and that China has a legitimate claim under international law. Yet the narrative build-up to what may be the next major war for American global hegemony (this time to be lost against China, not Russia), requires us to forget that basic fact. It would be hard for CNN et al to whip Western publics into the requisite furor against “Chinese aggression,” if they were too well aware that, as a matter of fact, China is after what is legally its own territory.

If Musk has been worse than tactless, namely factual, about the world outside the US, he also has created upset at home. In general, he has become more outspoken about his politics that tend strongly – and for my taste – very unattractively to the right, even by American standards, in a capitalist-libertarian register. In particular, he has loudly challenged what he sees as the bane of the “woke-mind virus” and the failure of American border and immigration policy. In addition, he has been open about shifting his allegiance from the Democrats to the Republicans. And, worst of all, of course, he has taken over the social media platform once known as Twitter. Since then, the death of “X,” as Musk has renamed the platform, has been foretold with a regularity reminiscent of Western fantasies about Russia’s government.

Musk has also been criticized for bias and caprice in his very personalized handling of X, often with good reason. But the real issue for his centrist detractors is not his being biased but being biased in the wrong direction. Whereas old Twitter was a solid bastion of the center-liberal US establishment, Musk’s X is more right-wing, erratic, and unpredictable. It is, however – as Jill Lepore, another Musk-slayer with impeccable centrist credentials has rightly pointed out in the New Yorker – not a matter of “free speech” or “representation.” Because Twitter/X has always been a business. What is at stake is something else: control, or, as the perspicacious Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci would have put it, ideological hegemony. And with Musk at the helm, the former Twitter is certainly not a stable tool of such hegemony. That does not make it an agent of revolution or even progress. But it does make for an increase in establishment insecurity and infighting, for now.

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    Salvador Dalí White calm 1936   • The Georgia Case Against Trump Should Be Paused (Gregg Jarrett) • Fani Willis Coordinated with J6 Committee Bef
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 12 2024]

    #150209
    oxymoron
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    Tembeka Ngcukaitobi just gave a mic drop statement. Such a good angle too. Black Man, scholar, third world country. In a game where character assassination is a key method to deflect from arguement – this is a solid opening gambit.
    Let the game begin!

    #150210
    WES
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    With the billions the US has poured into Yemen, surely it wouldn’t be a stretch if some of this money is being used to fund the Houtis to launch some drones and missiles at passing ships just to increase the level of chaos in the world.

    Suspiciously most of the world’s current chaos doesn’t directly affect the US, just the rest of the world. Domestic US chaos mostly affects the American people but not the deep state.

    Spreading chaos is what the US Deep State does best, both at home and abroad!

    #150211
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Why One Bank Sees Bitcoin Hitting $200,000 After ETF Approval

    Opposite of Bitcoin Obits. Nearing the end. Because the ETFs allow them illegal leverage as they hypothecate the assets they don’t own 10,000 times. The only way to cure it is accounting fraud…and that doesn’t seem so likely where the SEC is THEMSELF insider trading in full view?

    Dunno what to say: there is an ACTUAL low-cost blockchain for a reason. It’s a Trust Machine. They would rather die than use it and enforce trust. #Truth is our only enemy.

    “”Hurricane-Force Blizzard” Could Hit Northeast Next Week, Weather Forecaster Warns

    Blizzards??? In JANUARY? When will the madness stop? …And worse, I remember saying this also last year. As words have meanings, not every snowflake is a blizzard. If I remember correctly, it’s like a 50mph wind by definition? So “Hurricane force” by definition when you further cherry-pick coastlines and mountain passes where this is also “common”. (the map is of the whole United States, also pointless and not useful) Remember, NH had like 100mph winds AND was colder than Mars one year? Odd, something about that particular location which runs worse than where you’d expect like Colorado or Montana.

    So far, if I’m not mistaken, winter has been pleasantly mild, meaning most probably more food than ever. This of course is ALSO bad and ALSO a sign of Global Warming, as indeed ALL temperatures and ALL weather events are. Hot, cold, wet, dry, doesn’t matter: they are all proof of the same thing. And the answer is Global Communism.

    So remember kids: when it rains, it means Global Communism. But also sun. Definitely that.

    Too complicated to explain, probably too complicated for Pool to explain even in half an hour, but WHY does Nikki Haley exist? Or as he says “Nikki Hillary”? Okay: we run DeSantis, Haley, and some entirely pointless chaff, placeholders for cover. Then, It’s a miracle! Right at the end, DeSantis makes a fumble! It’s Haley for the goal!!!!!!!!! She’s the primary candidate, a woman President (because for reasons inexplicable to any of the rest of us normal people, this is required). But wait: there’s big bad Trump, he’s the favorite at 40:1 odds, but Oh My God!!! The Referees are out on the pitch! Trump has gotten two yellows and a red card all at once! For the same foul play!!!! Trump is ejected, disqualified! Nikki Hillary is the OFFICIAL GOP candidate for 2024! What an upset!!!

    And then Nikki loses to Gruesome, who is ALSO stuffed in, because “Health Issues,” but AFTER THE PRIMARY, so the all-white “superdelegates” just meet in a smoky back room. Because ANYONE will beat EVERYONE in the DNC primaries. …As we saw with Bernie in California. None, Zero, of these DNC candidates, Biden, HIllary, Newsom, would win a fair primary against, gosh, even Cornell West? So they HAVE to just “stick ‘er in and call ‘er gay” So BOTH candidates are “Selected” – against EVERY voter in America — and not “Elected.”

    And then what? Bernie Bros and the MAGA riot in the streets when their stupid, unwanted, boring candidates lose? No. Because they’re not even offensive enough. Thus America is saved!!! For the oligarch class.

    Okay, back to reality, THIS IS WHY RAMASWAMY RUNS. And this is probably where his support, that is, someone calls reporters on the phone and tells them they’re going to be giving him coverage, letting him speak, and not having “accidents” … or else. Unlike Ron Paul, Laura Loomer, everybody else for 30 years. You see, if Ramaswamy wins the Primary, no Nikki Hillary and an instant, pop-up WWIII as their wet dreams are made of. The instant murder of … oh, say 6 BILLION people, which is a public service, the highest good, and “a great start” …As they themselves write in white papers daily.

    So Ramaswamy is the Nikki veto. You can vote Trump at the end if you want to. But at the least vote Ramaswamy as the anti-Hillary now. We don’t need no mini-Me’s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRKeAFuC10o

    This week’s search for that clip has 100% Sam Seder results, where Sam is now the “I post daily that everything Pool says is wrong, and have given up making any content of my own” Troll content. …+6 months old. Because THAT’S a normal search, fair and honest. Thanks YouTube. You’re the reason Rumble exists and is now rising up to displace you.

    This disgusts me in a way I can’t define. I guess at a base level it says the election strategists, their backers, ilk, every candidate, all the policemen, congress, the FEC, they are all deeply and viscerally anti-democracy. That is, anti-YOU, doing everything they can think of – every WEASELLY thing they can think of, from deep at the bottom of a lawyer’s, Saul’s dirtiest lick-bag – to make SURE you never, EVER, EVER, EVER get a fair candidate. And therefore certainly not a fair election.

    The levels of ways they are distorting, illegalling, bribing, distorting, railroading, blackmailing, slandering, libeling, and as we see so often, even murdering, is encyclopedic. As in, every YEAR you could fill an Encyclopedia Brittanica set with just the synopsis of these crimes. Actual crimes, but more disgustingly, crimes and seething, dismissive contempt for the Spirit of the law. Even the CONCEPT of there BEING a Spirit of the law. And which, as we see, means no law at all.

    So what did reporters (and Sam Seder) do with the Ramaswamy interview, as now even a 3rd rate like Tim Pool is 10x the views of CNN? They just misreported everything. They just straight-up lied. Not even trying: open mouth, lie fell out. They said Ramaswamy said the FBI set up J6, 911 was an inside job, and probably he’s run by aliens in lizard masks. No kidding.

    …Um…Multiple police let J6 protesters in and escorted them around – on camera – that is not a dispute, and that is the definition of “abetting” by your own security, aka legal definition of “an inside job”. Which is not only on camera, but certain of the J6 cases, this was legally affirmed by the judge in court, as legal fact and precedent. And Ramaswamy wasn’t even saying that. He was saying – just like AOC – “Gosh this seems somewhat unusual, maybe we should look into it because some of the facts don’t seem to add up. Why were the police helping? Who told them to?”

    Nope. Just lied. They’re like the Descartes of Media: “I Exist, therefore I lie.”

    …Because we need Nikki Hillary and WWIII RIGHT NOW. To fight with Iran at Israel’s direction, which has been openly clear since before 2002, like a LIFETIME. Israel doesn’t hide it, and if they want wars – and this is a world war for global conquest and dictatorship of the “New Order”, Nikki is a NeoCon from birth and will make this happen, and murder those 6 Billion humans and sleep like a baby after. Otherwise, it collapses, they can’t pay their blackmail, and are exposed an hung for actual crimes they committed.

    But…Republicans. So…

    However, not to fear, there is ONE candidate who hasn’t started a new war during his administration.

    “Stunning Evidence of Voter Fraud Comes to Light After Statewide Investigation in Michigan”

    And nobody cares, no one’s arrested, and like Arizona, they just let it happen (legally require foreign citizens to vote) and make you reverse it in court later…knowing this is easier to stop and will take four years. Election after election after election after election.

    Hey anyone remember how they election rigged and got the wrong President? That wasn’t Al Gore? TWENTY-FIVE years ago??? Or that time Russia interfered? So we’re…against ??? having paper ballots, trails, and investigations now? Yes. Yes we are. That’s how we have the most secure elections ever, by demanding the least certain methods we can devise. (According to DNC President Carter)

    “Trump and his team intentionally misrepresented the value of his assets.”

    Still arguing instead of arresting people. …Who pay ¾ of a million dollars to bribe someone to knock your opponent out of the race. “Funneling county money to your amorous partner and then using it jointly for extravagant recreation smacks of misappropriation of public funds”
    “Willis and Wade were “profiting significantly from this prosecution at the expense of taxpayers.”

    Well, I guess they better arrest themselves then. The Republicans sure won’t do it. Somebody might say mean, hurtful things about them, and we can’t have that.

    “Fani Willis Coordinated with J6 Committee Before Launching Trump Case (PB)

    And the White House, constantly. If you wondered why Trump never looks worried anymore. Like: he didn’t already know this? About the affair? If you want to see him serious, look at the 2016 inauguration. That was like stone cold, steely, rigid seriousness. This is cartoon level RICO, open coordination, and is the definition of a Conspiracy, and in fact a Seditious one. Trump doesn’t have to do much, he’s winning by letting them do it, then leaking it to the news. As WE are the Government, WE are the Jury on what this means and what happens next.

    WE are the people that need to be convinced, and it’s winning US that stops the long-planned and dreamed-of Civil War. Why? Don’t we fund and arrange civil wars in Africa and South America all the time? Aaaaaand we do it for why? Disaster Capitalism. To disrupt, control, and re-colonize these nations for extraction back to the home country. Who is that home country in our case? Europe. Soros and Davos haven’t been shy about it. They say it to your face.

    Soooo…Mr. Expert in toppling governments and running color revolutions (aka US)…how do you most STOP such a well-funded attempt? Well, apparently like this. Or like Russia. They have protests, light everything on fire, we neither join nor care. We’re not going to add fascism just to stop a few buildings burning. But we WILL hate your Party forever for it, like Navalinsky and Some Random Guido found out. No civil war = no color revolution = no (fake) global communism = no extraction and re-colonialization of America. Too bad, so sad.

    And we could have won that in a Civil War, in the 90s, 2000s, that was the expected. But we won even without a Civil War, which is better. WE are the nation. WE are the jury in the Trump case. Every time they overrule and trample us, it pisses us off more. Or more to the point of it, “Make Me.” What power do you have when nobody obeys?

    “The military aid Washington has been providing Kiev has come to a halt, White House national security spokesman John Kirby said”

    Right on schedule. How long and in exactly what month does Kiev entirely collapse now? On Biden, that’s for sure.

    “As a result, we are unable to develop strategies, articulate our forces, or even equip them”

    Speak for yourself. WE were all 100% correct about Ukraine(well, 92% correct). This is like 100% of articles, headlines, news reports “Why WE are obsessed with the 90s” (we are???) “Why we feel so sick after having 10 shots” (We did???) “Why we can’t buy houses and what (we) can do about it” Um, you know my financial situation now, and it’s the same as yours in Brooklyn? Funny, I thought that kind of official financial advice was illegal.

    “WE” did not get Ukraine wrong: YOU did. Just like we here at TAE and 300,000 other commenteriats did not get NAFTA wrong, did not get NASDAQ wrong, did not get Iraq wrong, did not get Greenspan 1% rates wrong, did not get subprime wrong, and did not get green energy wrong. Like most of the world, we got them all right.

    YOU, at Harvard, and particularly Stanford, made them all up, got them all wrong, and retracted your papers. Keeping the money. And your reputations. And then tomorrow, we hand the power back to every guy who got it WRONG, and wonder why nothing works around here.

    Speaking of worthless, s—t headlines:
    “Screams Without Words: How Hamas Weaponized Sexual Violence.”
    the article purports to prove “a broader pattern of gender-based violence on Oct. 7”

    Don’t be ridiculous! Everyone knows there is no such thing as gender. You said so yourself last week. Hamas are just gay trans people presenting as male (that is, CIS-Hetero). “Gender-based violence?” You guys are a threat to the safety of women everywhere, conflating say, a guy throwing a coffee cup at the drive-thru window because she’s a woman, with, you know, rape and murder. Same as you did in “Me Too”, same as you do in “Men-in-Sports”, and every other place you go and every other place your warped and broken consciousness lands on.

    Newsdesk: if you mean “Rape”, say “Rape.” Then say, “He said.” What they’re doing to be titillating is to NOT say “rape” so every woman who has a guy steal their coffee creamer in the office break room can call it “rape”. All things are rape, or in Biden’s case, no things are. All! Nothing! Both!!! Aiiii!

    You AWFL PMCs are a direct and daily threat to women everywhere, while men have to step in the breech and get shot at and unemployed trying to save women from real, actual violence and trampled out of all safe places in society. When the women will scream at them for it.

    …Oh yeah, AND the whole story was made up, which was obvious from the first 10 minutes, AND Greg Hunter believed it without question, ‘cause Israel stole his brain. In one of the cases like this one, her husband was with her the whole time and said it didn’t happen. So like Ramaswamy’s reporter, THEY JUST LIED and said it did. ‘Cause, my mouth opened! Help me I can’t stop myself! Help!!!

    “10 Weird Reasons we’re all Obsessed with lying about everything, local housewives say.”

    “• US School Boots Out Students to Shelter Migrants (RT)

    What’s the difference? They had zero competency at graduation anyway. Sending them home from school just stops wasting kids’ time. They can learn to be drug dealers and prostitutes in the privacy of their home instead of in class like now. From the Principal who approves of the gym teacher sleeping with them. (True story, coast to coast, hereletmegooglethatforyou.com)

    “Trump Runs on ‘Largest Deportation Effort’ If Reelected (SAC)

    Translation: Trump says he will enforce the law. Now that IS Front Page news! Republicans: “Now let’s not be hasty; we have to look into this ‘enforcing the law thing’ for a few years and make sure Democrats agree it’s okay.”

    “he has become more outspoken about his politics that tend strongly – and for my taste – very unattractively to the right, even by American standards,”

    Whose standards? Harvard’s? Or NASCAR’s? Harvard who plagiarizes and Stanford who fabricates (and Rutgers who sleeps with animals)? New Jersey and New York’s, or Texas and Idaho’s? “Some States are more equal than others.” Oh you mean YOUR America, in YOUR state, and YOUR socio-economic class. Got it. That is: just you and no other Americans. “I Am God”

    That’s where they say “America” did this, “America” went to Iraq, “America” wants the Ukraine war. Really? Because we voted in every anti-war candidate presented to us with perfect regularity. Just that as with campaign managers above, they were all bald-faced liars. Now “America” has these standards when 95% of counties voted against them and perhaps as few as 12 cities voted for them. Really? You should get out more. Go to Sheboygan and tell me what you think, and what they think there.

    Have to remember bears and stuff are as smart as we are but so young. Even at 18 we think humans are barely not naive. And also lacking a lot of language to transmit abstract things that aren’t in view. It’s hard to overcome that, thankfully, or octopus would be ruling the world. Now that is a different wet dream.

    #150214
    Stevec
    Participant

    @WES. I think you are right. The shipping to Europe is the target of the Yemen campaign. As a European, I think that is more interesting than the US WWE presidential cycle. My consumer lifestyle is currently somewhere off the Cape of Good Hope.

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    Oroboros
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    #150217
    Celticbiker
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    Depending on International Courts is like Kunstler harping about how the US justice system will right the ship. We are way past any of these corrupt institutions operating honestly.. For a good idea of the dystopia we are now in, check out Katharine Watt on Rumble…DOD Kill Box Against Humanity..

    #150218
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Mind Fuckery courtesy of the Cabal of Chaos

    3-D billboards are the only avenue left to grab the tiny deformed attention span of humanity’s Sheeple people.

    Their Memory Holed attention spans are so short now that they are barely capable of performing actual jobs that take minimum mental focus.

    Their attention span is so short now that AI will have no problem replacing the bulk of them.

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    Oroboros
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    #150220
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Stright white families in ads

    That is because the cowardly white people cannot see that there is a war waging between “natural families” and the Jewish “woke LGBTQ+” system; I say Jewish because they fund its promotion, as if it were some sort of Jewish plan.

    You allow a pair of fags to adopt a child and call them a family, thereby equating them to a hetrosexual couple who gave birth to a child. The fags actually used another heterosexual couple’s child, took it as their “responsibility”, then call themselves a family, and all their neighbours cheered because all their neighbours were cowards who could not think for themselves or work out their own values.

    The “natural family” is being destroyed because it is the bedrock of every human’s existence, it is like that tiger and her cubs, it comes with being human, but the Jews do not want the white folk to be family folk, they want the white folk to look to government for what they need, they are convincing whitey that he has no family and that family is so yesterday, government is way cooler.

    And whitey swallows it; Darwinism in action, the decline of the whites, the resurgence of the Jews, then the massacre of the whites and the Jews, that bit is yet to come, but it will, sure as night follows day.

    Come to China, or the third world, or Russia, and the natural family is doing just fine. Sure, China has had its birthrate problems, mostly resulting from the one child policy, resulting in a whole generation where there are not enough women around, so the birthrate hit the floor. But, it is rebuilding, it will take time.

    In the west, the people no longer have babies, so they import all sorts of foreigners as cheap labour and now as cheap votes, the natural family is dying and being replaced by foreigners who have nothing in common with the host nation other than being human.

    What is the plan, when the west is a shambles and cannot pay any more social security, has no more power and is answering to the jackboots in the global government, then the natural family will start to return. Or will it? Will the gobal government replace daddy with Pfizer? Will Big Pharma now be the only legal daddy? God it is pathetic to watch, but it is inevitable.

    #150221
    aspnaz
    Participant

    No Europe (maybe Belgium?!), no North America.

    No Russia, China or India either, they are not going to be the answer to the world’s Jew problem. Looks like BRICS only contributes Brazil and a couple of the newer members.

    #150222
    Oroboros
    Participant

    So I tried to post a youtube link of a 3-D billboard and the link, from Youtube , has a broken symbol. WTF. Are Youtube links now broken on TAE?

    Here is another try.

    Mind Fuckery II

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    John Day
    Participant

    “Quislings”, I believe…
    “The administration would have to suppress Arab insurgency on the one hand and acquire Arab quiz links on the other.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quisling

    #150224
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Blurring the line between fantasy and reality using AI.

    Another nail in the coffin of sanity.

    Throw in an autism epidemic for good measure.

    So where do we find the next generation of rocket scientists?

    Oh, I forgot, we won’t need any rocket scientists, we’ve got AI!

    .

    #150225
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Autism 2030: 1 in 2

    #150226
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Dictator for life
    I’ve never heard Trump say anything like that. Maybe it is projection?

    Regardless, “dictator for life” is very different when the supposed dictator is 70+ vs. decades younger.

    #150227
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Tucker Carlson Encounter: Alex Berenson

    So during the course of the conversation with Alex, Tucker asks him about any new topics of interest to him and he says: depopulation.

    Not the secret Cabal conspiracy type but the fact that in large parts of the developed world, young men aren’t interested in have sex.

    Tucker is puzzled, WTF?

    Berenson says in South Korea their replacement birth rate is 1/3 of the bare replacement necessary to even maintain the population at it’s current rate. One third. That’s hardly any new babies, at that rate their population will drop 90% over the coming century.

    Seems this lack of interest in having sex (especially among young men) and making babies only affects wealth countries.

    It seems that prosperity itself is producing this phenomenon.

    The wealthier and more ‘equitable’ the culture is, the less babies.

    Hahahahahaha

    Boy are we fucked!

    Hahahahahaha

    The animal kingdom is not effected

    They are baffled by humans.

    .

    #150228
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Humanity

    Progress is Our Most Important Product

    .

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    #150229
    zerosum
    Participant

    Acknowledge the truth

    Word Salad/lawyering up/lying has not/does not/will not stop/halt/prevent/or justify the killing/depopulation/genocide/ The Ethnic Cleansing/ death and injury/hate/fear/war/anger/motivation/cause/misappropriation/fraud/ corruption/stealing/evidence.
    ————
    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in a recent interview. “Unfortunately, our friends spent too much time deliberating on how and when to ramp up their production of weapons and ammunition.”
    ———
    • Ex-Ukrainian MP Calls For Corruption Charges Against Biden (RT)
    ———-
    We are unable to develop strategies, articulate our forces, or even equip them for the realities of war. The corollary of this approach is that our frustrations are translated by unscrupulous media into a narrative that feeds hatred and increases our vulnerability. We are thus unable to find rational, effective solutions to the problem.
    ————
    the Times report is marred by sensationalism, wild leaps of logic, and an absence of concrete evidence to support its sweeping conclusion.
    the Times has yet to address the serious breach of journalistic integrity that its staff is accused of committing.
    The Israeli police have also issued a statement since the publication of the Times’ article asserting that they themselves are unable to locate eyewitnesses of rape on October 7, or to connect the testimonies published by outlets like the Times with anything remotely resembling evidence.
    ———–
    • The EU’s Worst Nightmare: Pitchforks! (Butler)
    Having been pushed too far, the farmers are now threatening to undermine the entire European project with support for populist and, in some cases, outright anti-EU parties.
    ———–
    Tent Cities
    They’re in every city and town in Canada—the visible evidence of overlapping crises and a lack of resources to help people in need.
    In the past, most governments and police have dealt with encampments by tearing them down and moving their residents on. But recently courts have become more inclined to grant injunctions against that, in some cases even requiring governments to provide working bathrooms or water.

    As this trend continues, one expert on the legal fight over these tent cities believes we’ll see more courts refusing to let cities destroy the encampments.
    Which will leave most communities and governments with two options: Find the resources to safely house their most vulnerable residents, or accept that tent cities will become a fixture in many public parks and spaces—and everything that entails.
    ————–

    #150230
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    WSJ.com at your service! Yes, … from my in-Box this a.m.:

    Who Are the Houthis? What to Know About the U.S., U.K. Strikes in Yemen

    From their perch on the eastern side of the Red Sea, the Yemen-based rebels pose what could be one of the biggest threats to global shipping and, by extension, the world economy.

    In recent weeks, the Houthis have launched over two dozen drone and missile attacks on commercial shipping bound for the Suez Canal, what they say is a response to Israel’s war against Hamas. Major shippers are now diverting vessels south around the Cape of Good Hope, adding some 40 days to voyages in what could be a far more damaging disruption than when the Ever Given cargo carrier got wedged in the canal in 2021.

    Now, with a U.S.-led coalition launching more than a dozen strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, here is a look at where the Houthis came from, and what they might be hoping to achieve.

    The Houthis are among the combatants in Yemen’s long-running civil war.

    They are named after religious and political leader Hussein Al-Houthi, who launched an insurgency in the 1990s against what he saw as the corrupt Yemeni government.

    He gathered widespread backing among the northern tribes, who, like him, are Zaydis, a branch of Shia Islam that calls on its adherents to stand up against injustice wherever they see it.

    Houthi was killed in a battle with Yemeni forces in 2004 at age 45, but the group, now under the leadership of his brother, Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, has since gained significant territory in a long-running civil war.

    More formally known as Ansar Allah, or Supporters of God, the Houthis are still vying for control of Yemen, the country that lies on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula. The Zaydi see themselves as Yemen’s only rightful rulers. The Houthis took control of the capital, San’a, in 2014. But the group also receives funding and military support from Iran, another Shia power, and shares ties to Hezbollah, the Shia political and military group in Lebanon.

    The Houthis’ adversaries in the south and east of the country are backed by Iran’s regional rivals, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

    That conflict is now largely frozen. But the Houthis have also emerged as a significant player in the conflict now threatening to spread across the Middle East after targeting the shipping lanes in the Red Sea leading to the Suez Canal, particularly the narrow strait of Bab el-Mandeb, or the Gate of Tears.

    The Houthis claim they are trying to target vessels with links to Israel. Along with Iran and Hezbollah, they have positioned themselves as part of what Tehran calls the “axis of resistance” toward Israel’s campaign to eradicate the Hamas militant group in Gaza. Like Iran, the Houthis see the destruction of Israel as a fundamental part of their mission, borrowing Tehran’s thinking for their own slogan, “God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse Upon the Jews, Victory to Islam.”

    While a Bahamas-flagged vessel that was boarded in November has ties to an Israeli billionaire, there haven’t been many other Israeli connections among the other attacks.

    Security analysts suggest the Houthis are instead trying to create a systemic threat in the pivotal waterway to pressure Israel’s allies to compel it to withdraw from Gaza. The rebels know well the value of economic targets: The Houthis have hit Saudi oil facilities during the civil war.

    America had been reluctant to directly confront Iran and its proxies since the start of the war in Gaza, but a U.S.-led coalition launched more than a dozen strikes on Houthi targets early Friday local time, two days after the rebels defied an ultimatum to halt their attacks. The strikes were conducted by the U.S. and U.K. and supported by Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands and were designed to reduce the Houthis’ capability to continue their campaign.

    U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, said the strikes targeted radar and air-defense systems along with storage and launch sites for drones and missiles. A U.S. submarine, several destroyers and jet fighters, and part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier strike group took part, a U.S. defense official said.

    U.S. and British forces previously responded to the Houthi threat by shooting down missiles and drones fired by the group. The U.S. Navy recently sank Houthi boats that had fired on commercial ships.

    Russia on Friday requested an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the strikes. The Houthis, meanwhile, described them as “American-Zionist-British aggression against Yemen,” reporting blasts in San’a in addition to Hodeida, Saada, Dhamar and elsewhere, but said they were undeterred. One official threatened to hit U.S. bases in the region if the U.S. and U.K. strike more targets.

    “This is a brutal aggression,” Nasr al-Din Amir, a Houthi official, told The Wall Street Journal. “They will undoubtedly pay its price, and we will not waver in our stance to support the Palestinian people, regardless of the cost.”

    Iran on Friday said it condemns the U.S.-led attack, warning that it would add to “insecurity and instability” in the region, Iranian state media reported.

    The Saudi Foreign Ministry in a statement called for restraint and expressed “great concern” about the strikes, while emphasizing “the importance of preserving the security and stability of the Red Sea region.”

    President Biden, meanwhile, said, “I will not hesitate to direct further measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary.”

    The Houthi attacks have disrupted shipping in waters through which 8% of the world’s oil supply traveled, on average, in 2023 and risk raising consumer prices on everything from electronics to coffee. Container volumes through the Suez Canal from mid-December to Jan. 7 fell more than 60% from the same period a year earlier—from 3.3 million boxes to 1.3 million boxes as the result of the ship diversions.

    The Suez is used by about one-third of global container cargo and about 30% of freight bound for U.S. East Coast ports, according to Everstream Analytics, a supply-chain risk-management company. The disruption is having an effect in Europe. Tesla plans to halt production at its biggest factory in Europe for two weeks, raising the specter of a new supply-chain crisis for European manufacturers dependent on parts from China and other Asian countries. “The considerably longer transportation times are creating a gap in the supply chains. Due to a lack of components, we are therefore forced to suspend vehicle production in the Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg,” Tesla said. Other Europe-based automakers say they haven’t seen any shortages of components as yet, but are closely watching the situation.

    Shipping executives said the strikes would prompt shippers to keep away from the Red Sea for now until there is clarity about whether the route is safe or not.

    Christopher Long, intelligence director at British maritime-security company Neptune P2P, said, “There will be a period of 24 to 72 hours where shipping will take a hiatus…Longer-term, it will depend on the Houthis” and if Iran resupplies them with drones and missiles.

    —This article may be periodically updated.

    Write to James Hookway at [email protected]

    Copyright 2024 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

    F.S.

    #150231
    Oroboros
    Participant

    For those still wanting a healthy relationship and babies

    Zero Hedge Ad:

    Attention Men: Your UNjected Wife is Waiting!.

    Hahahahahaaha!

    It’s actually a ‘thing’ now.

    We’re there………

    Trying to produce healthy non-autistic kids still 2021

    .

    “Since its launch in May of 2021, Unjected has paved the way for unvaccinated connections worldwide and is continuing to thrive. As a massive depopulation agenda has been waged against the human race, Unjected has been helping people all over the world find love and connection and has been spearheading the REpopulation agenda.

    Unjected was born out of the need for modRNA-free singles to find each other and connect with uncompromised DNA. They have brought together many couples which has resulted in engagements, weddings and a new generation of genetically intact babies.”

    #150232
    Oroboros
    Participant

    German trucker has big message for all German people

    #150233
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Canazida, Oh Canazida!

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    #150234
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Turdeau, bringing multi-generational shame to Canazida

    #150235
    Oroboros
    Participant

    It’s better to LOOK good than to BE good

    In 2016, a wanted man in Ohio sent the police a selfie after he saw his mugshot on the news and didn’t like the photo.

    Hahahahahahahaha

    I love Duh’merica!

    You look marvelous!

    .

    #150236
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Southwest Airlines

    Where ‘equity’ and ‘inclusiveness’ is more important than experience

    The pilot and co-pilot look like High School science nerds

    .

    #150237
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Psst! Is there an electric, public bus transportation in your town’s future? Consider:

    F.S.

    #150238
    zerosum
    Participant

    “Turdeau, bringing multi-generational shame to Canazida”

    Trudeau said, “Canada provided support in the planning the US & UK strike against the Houti in Yemen.” (did not spill the coffee and cleaned up meeting room)

    #150239

    Off topic:
    “The state of Alabama may now put a convicted murderer to death using nitrogen gas, despite concerns voiced by UN experts”. (RT)

    I was unhappy with putting down suffering reptiles with a BB gun. It’s tough to pull the trigger no matter how miserable they are. So we tried nitrogen gas instead on Crabby (a 6 yr old bearded dragon).
    [An aside: vets know bupkis about reptiles and torture them before they go and die, anyway. And when they “put them down”, it can take as many as five days to die!]
    Crabby struggled enough to end the experiment almost immediately. I had to shoot him.
    I still feel bad about it.

    #150240

    Tucker Carlson just now:

    Gonzalo Lira, Sr. says his son has died at 55 in a Ukrainian prison, where he was being held for the crime of criticizing the Zelensky and Biden governments. Gonzalo Lira was an American citizen, but the Biden administration clearly supported his imprisonment and torture. Several weeks ago we spoke to his father, who predicted his son would be killed.

    #150241
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    … and here we have a most recent example of what happens when your EV flames up in your attached garage to your adobe, … and how it is all handled by your typical emergency services:

    … go, EV-ing! Go, …

    F.S.

    #150242
    John Day
    Participant

    I am sorry to hear that Gonzalo Lira was tortured to death in Ukrainian prison.

    Genocide in Whose Name https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/genocide-in-whose-name

    Jewish Voice For Peace, Why Israel’s War on Gaza is Textbook Genocide
    ​ From the very beginning, Israeli officials have made their genocidal intentions in Gaza clear. And in the three months since October 7, they’ve followed through on their promises, inflicting incomprehensible suffering on the over two million Palestinians trapped in Gaza…
    ..Both South Africa and the Center for Constitutional Rights are basing their cases on the Genocide Convention — the treaty that defines the crime of genocide under international law.
    This definition has two requirements for determining that a state is committing a genocide:
    The state must demonstrate the intent to destroy a group of people.
    There must be physical acts committed which put this intent into action.
    https://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/2024/01/11/israels-war-textbook-genocide/

    ​Four minutes of testimony to Israeli Genocide in Gaza:

    ​ Israel defends itself to UN against allegations of genocide against Palestinians
    ​ Israel insisted at the United Nations’ highest court Friday that its war in Gaza was a legitimate defense of its people and said that it was Hamas militants who were guilty of genocide.
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-defend-uns-top-court-allegations-genocide-palestinians-106316029

    ​ Chris Hedges, Israel Cannot Be a Colonial Power and a Democracy
    ​ The scholar, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, who Isaiah Berlin called the conscience of Israel, warned that, “If Israel did not separate church and state, it would give rise to a corrupt rabbinate that would warp Judaism into a fascistic cult. Religious nationalism is to religion what National Socialism was to socialism,” warned Leibowitz, who died in 1994. He understood that the blind veneration of the military, especially after the 1967 war that captured the West Bank in East Jerusalem was dangerous and would lead to the ultimate destruction of democracy. “Our situation will deteriorate to that of a second Vietnam, to a war and constant escalation without prospect of ultimate resolution,” he wrote.
    ​ He foresaw that, “The Arabs would be the working people and the Jews, the administrators, inspectors, officials and police, mainly secret police. A state ruling a hostile population of 1.5 million to 2 million foreigners would necessarily become a secret police state. With all that implies for education, free speech and democratic institutions. The corruption characteristic of every colonial regime would also prevail in the state of Israel. The administration would have to suppress Arab insurgency on the one hand and acquire Arab ​Quislings on the other. There is also good reason to fear that the Israeli Defense Force, which has been until now, a people’s army would, as a result of being transformed into an army of occupation to generate and its commanders who will have become military governors, will resemble their colleagues in other nations.”
    https://scheerpost.com/2024/01/10/israel-cannot-be-a-colonial-power-and-a-democracy/

    #150243
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ ‘Terrifying’ number of injuries since start of Gaza war: Israeli media​ (Only Jewish injuries and deaths count.​ This might be 5% of IDF injuries and murders of Palestinians.)
    According to the Israeli defense ministry, over 6,000 members of the security forces have been wounded over the past three months
    ​ Over 6,000 members of the Israeli security establishment – including the army and the police – have been injured since the start of the war between Israel and the resistance in Gaza and Lebanon, the Jerusalem Post reported on 11 January, citing defense ministry figures.
    “The numbers coming out are terrifying,” the Israeli outlet wrote. Out of the 6,000 who have been wounded, more than 2,000 are permanently disabled​ [none of them small children], the report highlights.
    “Nothing prepared the medical establishment for the onslaught of injuries resulting from the war over the last three months.”
    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/terrifying-number-of-injuries-since-start-of-gaza-war-israeli-media

    ​Dima at Military Summary gives a succinct (16 min), broad and detailed overview of military and geopolitical moves in global war today.
    US Coalition Strikes Yemeni Military Facilities | Zelensky Is In Panic | Military Summary 2024.01.12

    ​ Houthis Undeterred After US Coalition Pummels Over 60 Targets With Tomahawk Missiles, Airstrikes
    ​ Houthi spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree released a videotaped address saying “The American and British enemy bears full responsibility for its criminal aggression against our Yemeni people, and it will not go unanswered and unpunished.” Houthi sources have tallied over 70 strikes across five regions of Yemen, indicating that at least five people died in the attacks. The Pentagon indicated over 100 missiles of a variety of types were used.
    ​ The US Air Force’s Mideast command said in a statement that a combination of jets, destroyers, and a submarine were used, hitting Houthi “command-and-control nodes, munitions depots, launching systems, production facilities and air defense radar systems” in the operation which followed repeat Houthi attacks on Red Sea vessels. “I will not hesitate to direct further measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary,” President Biden had said in a written statement.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/houthis-remain-undeterred-after-us-coalition-pummels-over-60-targets-tomahawk-missiles

    “What Really Happened in Maui?”​ , John Leake appears in documentary about Lahaina disaster​ (Please look at the comme​nts by TriTorch for more links.)
    https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/what-really-happened-in-maui

    ​The 26 minute video looks more at what people went through, government corruption & criminal profiteering, but just mentions beam weapons briefly.
    What Really Happened in Maui? | Blaze Originals

    #150244
    John Day
    Participant

    From 9/7/23, Lahaina Tree Burns Inside Out
    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/lahaina-tree-burns-inside-out

    From 9/10/23, Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS)
    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/air-force-maui-optical-and-supercomputing

    But what is the “signal”? Still no 2024 images of “Lloyd Austin”. Lowry: AWOL Defense Secretary sends signal
    In an age when it’s nearly impossible to go off the grid, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin managed it. He failed to notify the White House and other key players that he was hospitalized in the intensive care unit. This, needless to say, is not an incidental detail about his life — like, say, that he routinely does his grocery shopping on Saturday afternoons, or is taking the Kansas City Chiefs and giving the points this weekend.
    If the principal deputy assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity went missing, presumably only her personal assistant would notice, and the country would be better for it.
    ​ The secretary of defense, in contrast, is a rather consequential position in the U.S. government.

    Lowry: AWOL Defense Secretary sends signal

    ​ In its latest assertion of sovereignty and responsibility for securing its border with Mexico, the once and future Republic of Texas has seized control of a 47-acre park in the city of Eagle Pass, which has been a major avenue of illegal immigration. What’s more, the Texans are barring US Border Patrol agents and watercraft from the property, which they’ve used as a staging area for processing migrants.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/texas-seizes-control-border-city-park-escalating-war-against-illegal-immigration

    Fanigate Goes Full Jerry Springer: DA’s Alleged Lover Left Wife ‘In Dire Need’ After Failing To Disclose $700K According To Divorce Docs
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/fanigate-goes-full-jerry-springer-das-alleged-lover-left-wife-dire-need-after-failing

    #150245
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ (Dude ALWAYS passes his piss-tests.) NASA Defends Elon Musk After WSJ ‘Drug’-Smear Campaign
    ​ Nearly a week after WSJ journos wrote a hit piece accusing Elon Musk of illegal drug use to the extent that has worried Tesla and SpaceX executives and board members, and of course, citing anonymous sources, NASA comes out swinging, saying the billionaire and SpaceX are not in violation of workplace rules on alcohol and drugs that could threaten rocket launches, according to Bloomberg.
    ​ “The agency does not have evidence of non-compliance from SpaceX on how the company addresses the drug- and alcohol-free workforce regulations,” NASA wrote in a statement on Thursday…
    ​..The world’s wealthiest person has used LSD, cocaine, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms, often at private parties around the world, where attendees sign nondisclosure agreements or give up their phones to enter, according to people who have witnessed his drug use and others with knowledge of it.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/nasa-defends-elon-musk-after-wsj-smear-campaign

    ​Surplus Energy Economics , At the end of the last delusion , Dr. Tim Morgan
    ​ One discovery really can change everything. What we are now discovering is that the economy – the system which supplies material products and services to society – has stopped growing, and has started to contract.
    ​ What this discovery means is that everything affected by economic conditions – including finance, politics, and the balance of forces within society – is going to change in ways that are only now starting to become apparent.
    ​ This is isn’t a difficult discovery or, even remotely, a new one. It has been known since at least as far back as 1972, when the authors of The Limits to Growth gave us a remarkably prescient picture of how events would pan out.
    ​ Far from being a hard concept to grasp, the reality is the simple impossibility of infinite economic expansion on a finite planet. That energy is at the core of everything material – which of necessity includes the economy – is day-one knowledge for every student of biology, chemistry or physics.
    ​ What falsified the gloomy predictions of Thomas Malthus was the omission of energy from his calculus. He didn’t, and arguably couldn’t, have foreseen how the harnessing of energy from coal, oil and natural gas was going to transform everything, including the production of food.
    ​ We cannot conclude, as an absolute certainty, that the fading out of the fossil fuel impetus is going to compress society back to a pre-industrial scale and simplicity.
    ​ But we are entitled to conclude that the economy will contract unless and until a successor form of energy is discovered. That successor energy must match or exceed the energy density of fossil fuels. Neither renewables nor – in our current state of knowledge – nuclear power can deliver on that requirement…​..The facts of the economy are that we use energy to extract raw materials and convert them into products and services. This, like so much else, is a duality. Just as energy is used to convert materials into products, so energy itself is converted from a dense to a diffuse form…
    ​..Time is being called on the dissipative-landfill model, and this call is coming from two directions.​ It is surely clear beyond dispute that we are testing, and probably over-taxing, the absorption tolerances of the natural environment.​ Meanwhile, our past exploitation of the easiest, lowest-cost sources of fossil fuel energy has put us onto a decline path, where each new source of oil, gas or coal has a lesser ex-cost value than the one that it replaces…
    ​..SEEDS – the Surplus Energy Economics Data System – interprets and projects the economy on the basis of this duality. It reveals that numerous economic problems are traceable to imbalances in the relationship between the “two economies” of the material and the monetary.
    ​ The linkage between the two is hierarchical. At least in theory, the “real” economy could exist without its financial counterpart. It is at least possible for us to operate the material economy on the basis of sharing, barter or centralised allocation.
    ​ But the “financial” economy cannot exist without its material corollary. Having no intrinsic worth, money commands value only as an exercisable “claim” on the material products and services for which it can be exchanged…
    ​..The financial economy, in its stock function of assets and liabilities, is based on a set of assumptions which are – in most cases inadvertently – false. The idea that the economy is an infinitely-expanding system powered by money is a fallacy. The economy is, in reality, an energy system, limited by the finality of resource value and the finality of environmental tolerance.
    ​ This, ultimately, is why we’ve been using fakery – perhaps innocent, perhaps intentional – to keep the financial system from toppling over. We tried to counter the deceleration (“secular stagnation”) of the 1990s by ramping up the supply of credit to the system. When this led, not to the nirvana of accelerating material growth, but to the crisis of 2008-09, we opted to turbocharge the credit flow with monetary gimmickry.
    ​ The result has been the simultaneous creation of an “everything bubble” in asset prices (which is destined to burst) and a liabilities mountain (which must collapse because it cannot possibly be honoured).

    #268: At the end of the last delusion

    ​ Charles Hugh Smith , The Chinese Connection: Here’s Why Inflation Won’t Fall to 2% and Stay There Indefinitely
    Where is the global deflator expansive enough to replace China’s one-off deflation of global inflationary forces? There isn’t one.
    ​ In broad brush, central banks got away with the illusion of permanently low inflation even as they pumped trillions in new currency into the global economy for one reason: China. It is useful to think of China in the early-to-mid 1990s as a system of vast, interconnected, untapped pools of:
    1. Cheap labor just awaiting exploitation by global corporations, local entrepreneurs and state entities
    2. Ambition, drive and long-frustrated desires for improved opportunities for individual/family betterment
    3. Need for capital/credit to build a modern economy and infrastructure
    4. Potential for national issuance of currency and credit on an unimaginably large scale
    ​ All four pools were tapped at ever larger scales over the past 30 years, enabling China to deflate the cost of goods globally as “the workshop of the world.”
    https://charleshughsmith.substack.com/p/the-chinese-connection-heres-why
    ​​ ​John Ward, The Slog, presents the view from 2026 (or so) , Analogies and Outcomes: At the End of the Neoliberal Road
    ​ Gambia is further down the road to impoverished perdition…and this why I contend that Brits in particular and the EU in general would do well to use my adopted country as a yardstick for what the coming Apocalypse might entail.
    ​ Ultimately, neoliberal capitalism is a cul de sac economic system doomed to eat itself. It gives more and more ridiculous wealth to the tiny percentage of winners, but has no solution to the bust that inevitably follows the mortal combat [between rising interest rates and the level of lax household borrowing to maintain the feverish repeat consumption level] required to keep the ideology solvent.

    Analogies & Outcomes: at the end of the neoliberal road.

    ​ Jacques Baud , The Russian Art of War: How the West Led Ukraine to Defeat
    ​ The problem with the vast majority of our so-called military experts is their inability to understand the Russian approach to war. It is the result of an approach we have already seen in waves of terrorist attacks—the adversary is so stupidly demonized that we refrain from understanding his way of thinking. As a result, we are unable to develop strategies, articulate our forces, or even equip them for the realities of war…
    ..The way Russians understand conflict is holistic. In other words, they see the processes that develop and lead to the situation at any given moment. This explains why Vladimir Putin’s speeches invariably include a return to history. In the West, we tend to focus on X moment and try to see how it might evolve. We want an immediate response to the situation we see today. The idea that “from the understanding of how the crisis arose comes the way to resolve it” is totally foreign to the West…
    ..The reason the Russians are better than the West in Ukraine is that they see the conflict as a process; whereas we see it as a series of separate actions. The Russians see events as a film. We see them as photographs. They see the forest, while we focus on the trees. That is why we place the start of the conflict on February 24, 2022, or the start of the Palestinian conflict on October 7, 2023. We ignore the contexts that bother us and wage conflicts we do not understand. That is why we lose our wars…
    https://scheerpost.com/2024/01/10/the-russian-art-of-war-how-the-west-led-ukraine-to-defeat/

    #150246
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Sasha Latypova (Russian), We have a pandemic of marburg and ebola lasting to at least December 31, 2028.
    There is a potential for a trillion new viruses to emerge, and mutate! Ask you friendly CDC rep for directions to the nearest quarantine camp, ahem … wellness facility.
    ​ If you didn’t know this, the link below is to the most recent PREP Act declaration extending the marburg pandemic to 2028! Marburg is allegedly the deadliest “virus” out there.
    https://sashalatypova.substack.com/p/do-you-know-that-we-have-a-pandemic

    ​ The WHO Pandemic Treaty would enforce the sharing of THIS virus with every participating country.
    Chinese Scientists Reveal Experiments With Virus 100% Fatal To Mice
    ​ Scientists in China, experimenting with a coronavirus closely related to the virus that causes COVID-19, found that it had a 100 percent kill rate in a small mouse study, according to the researchers’ announcement on Jan. 4.
    ​ The scientists, including a doctor trained by the Chinese military, cloned a pangolin coronavirus and infected modified mice to “assess its pathogenicity,” they said in a preprint paper published on bioRxiv.
    ​ Of the four mice infected with the virus, all began to lose weight five days post-infection. Shortly thereafter, they exhibited symptoms including sluggishness and white eyes.
    The four mice died within eight days of inoculation. Researchers described the results as “surprising.”
    ​ Researchers then infected eight additional mice, euthanized them, and selected organs from four to analyze. High levels of viral RNA were found in various organs, including the brain, lungs, and eyes. While the viral load in the lungs decreased by the sixth day, it increased in the brain.
    ​ “This finding suggested that severe brain infection during the later stages of infection may be the key cause of death in these mice,” the scientists said.
    ​The experiments were on a mutant strain of the pangolin virus, known as GX_P2V(short_3UTR).​ The results suggest a risk for the virus to “spill over into humans.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/chinese-scientists-reveal-experiments-virus-100-percent-fatal-mice

    ​Tessa Lena Interviews James Roguski: A Deadline Coming Up on Jan 27: A Conversation with James Roguski on the WHO Power Grab
    ​ In this particular interview, we focus on a deadline that is coming up on January 27. James explains what it’s all about, and what you can do…
    ​..And here are some suggestions from Dr. Meryl Nass’​ Door to Freedom​ https://doortofreedom.org/what-you-can-do/​ , also dedicated to countering the WHO power grab.
    ​ I hope you find this interview and the background information helpful! There is also a philosophical point. The philosophical point is not in the interview but both James and I believe that the WHO already has the power to bribe and coerce “world leaders” into doing what their donors what them to do—which they demonstrated very convincingly in 2020. What they are trying to accomplish now is add another symbol of power to their crown.​ (Jump to the chase at 20:20 if desired​ and you know the background.)
    https://tessa.substack.com/p/james-roguski-who-power-grab

    ​ Greg Hunter interviews Meryl Nass MD , Disaster If WHO Gets Total Medical Control – Dr. Meryl Nass
    ​ Dr. Meryl Nass is an expert on vaccines. She has testified to Congress many times. Dr. Nass warned about the dangers of the CV19 vax. Massive amounts of deaths and disabilities have been documented around the world caused by what many doctors say are simply bioweapon injections. Early on, Dr. Nass was a proponent of treating Covid with Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine with outstanding results for her patients. For this, her medical license was suspended in the State of Maine two years ago. This did not stop Dr. Nass from fighting to get the word out about the evil being caused by the CV19 shots. Just when you think it’s over, and we can all get back to normal, Dr. Nass warns of a more evil global plan to take control of your healthcare (and life) in the next pandemic. The UN and the WHO are wanting to do this by May 2024. Dr. Nass explains, “The WHO is an agency under the UN. One document, that has never existed before, is called a ‘Pandemic Treaty,’ and they are drafting it now. The other is an ordinary document called ‘International Health Regulations.’. . . . What has happened is they want to use this document and amend it massively. They want to completely change what the document is about and have it become orders that all the nations of the world will have to obey. The person giving the orders is the Director General of the WHO. This director can declare a pandemic under any circumstances he likes. . . . It gives the Director General of the WHO enormous power to dictate healthcare to anyone around the world. . . .

    Disaster If WHO Gets Total Medical Control – Dr. Meryl Nass

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    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Meryl Nass MD welcomes another “sinner” into the fold: Ryan Cole, MD: Board Restricts Doctor’s License Over COVID Misinfo
    Mayo Clinic trained, brilliant doc gets slapped for misinformation. The brazenness is increasing–they are willing to overtly challenge Freedom of Speech now. Look what is coming down the pike, folks.
    ​ Cole has held a medical license in Washington state since 2007, with no prior disciplinary action against it. His medical license in Idaho, where he is based, remains active with no action against it.
    ​ Back in 2021, the Idaho Medical Association called on its state medical board to investigate Coleover his prescribing of ivermectin to COVID-19 patients. That same year, Cole and his laboratory, Cole Diagnostics, parted ways with St. Luke’s Health Partners, an integrated health network in Idaho.
    ​ Cole had also appeared in a viral documentaryreleased in 2022 called “Died Suddenly,” which claimed COVID shots were connected to unusual blood clots and the sudden onset of cancer.
    https://merylnass.substack.com/p/ryan-cole-md-board-restricts-doctors

    Peter McCullough MD, Mutational Resistance Expected with Mass Indiscriminate Nirsevimab Injection of Infants
    Analysis Demonstrates RSV Will Easily Mutate to Escape Monoclonal Antibodies
    ​ As a clinician, it makes more sense to me to reserve monoclonal antibodies for acute treatment in high-risk cases where mechanical ventilation and death are potential consequences such as children with severe lung disease at baseline. With widespread use of monoclonal antibodies on the first day of life, it is very likely RSV resistance will emerge and babies will have been unnecessarily injected with a novel product having no assurances on long-term safety. All the more reason to curtail this new, mass indiscriminate program for newborns before the entire population is put at risk.
    https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/mutational-resistance-expected-with

    #150248

    Remember that earthquake in Japan way back on the 1st of January? Here are photos showing a shift in the coastline. Apparently parts of Japan got a raise.

    #150249
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-67947795
    Oil prices rise on US-UK strikes over Red Sea attacks
    12th January 2024, 08:33 PST
    By Lora Jones, Jonathan Josephs & Faisal Islam

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    Noirette
    Participant

    Oroboros, on the unvaxxed getting together, it was bound to become a societal trend.

    Anyway, here the births in France 2015 – 2023.

    The /p/ > 2023 means ‘provisional’ – not all nos. in yet.

    https://lecourrierdesstrateges.fr/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/image_2024-01-04_200353429.png

    F, in Europe, has always had a strong ‘pro-natality’ policy, in the form of aid to families, mothers, small children, etc. which was quite successful, traditionally making F a ‘high’ birth rate country, in comparison with say, Italy (in the pits) — as well as *most often* the ‘top’ of Europe for birth-rate, one ex. of stats:

    https://www.euronews.com/next/2023/03/17/fertility-in-europe-which-countries-have-the-highest-and-lowest-numbers-of-live-births-per

    Now no more….Apparently authorities have no interest in figuring out what is happening.

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