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Salvador Dalí Living still life 1956

 

Poison Spiders at the Center of the Web (Kunstler)
Signs Of A New World Order Are Becoming Increasingly Obvious (Bordachev)
Fanigate Goes Full Jerry Springer (ZH)
Erdogan Accuses US, UK Of Trying To Turn Red Sea Into ‘Sea Of Blood’ (TASS)
Biden Admin Deployed Air Force Team To Israel To Assist With Targets (IC)
UK Pledges Largest Military Aid Package To Ukraine Yet (RT)
British Troops In Ukraine Would Be ‘Declaration Of War’ – Medvedev (RT)
Zelensky Plays ‘Pensioners Will Die’ Card In Bid To Unlock US Aid (RT)
Ukrainians Dying Trying To Escape The Country – The Times (RT)
Russian Books A ‘Huge Threat’ To Ukraine – Official (RT)
Bill to Seize Russian Assets Bound to Deepen De-Dollarization (Sp.)
Polish President Revolts Against New Government (RT)
Migrant Crisis Motive Revealed (Martin Armstrong)
Hunter Cracks, Will Sit For Closed-Door Deposition After All (ZH)
WEF Declares “Disinformation” to be the World’s Greatest Threat (Turley)
No, Democracy is Not on The Ballot in 2024 (Turley)

 

 

“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.”
— Tucker Carlson

 

 

 

Senior living

Elon

 

 

Alina Habba

 

 

Ben Carson

 

 

Trump WWIII
https://twitter.com/i/status/1745761557387030975

 

 

Final battle

 

 


We aim to please

 

 


The Year of the Dragon promises action.

 

 

 

 

“Mary McCord is the best friend you never knew you didn’t have.”

Poison Spiders at the Center of the Web (Kunstler)

Okay, I’ll tell you the actual reason that Ray Epps got the VIP powder puff treatment: It was to give half of America a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. . . the old double-barreled middle finger. . . a thunderous fuck you, with the subtext: we can do anything we want to you and you can’t do anything about it. . . and we can rub your faces in it, too, ho ho. . . and then empty a bed pan over your head in case you’re not feeling sufficiently impotent and humiliated. And the purpose of all that is their hope to foment some act of genuine violent resistance against the blob to justify further lawless persecution of the blob’s enemies. They’re really hoping to set off a civil war to justify martial law in order to ensure a free and fair election.

The judge in the Ray Epps case is. . . wait for it. . . the fabulous judicial utility infielder, James Boasberg, now Chief Judge of the DC Federal District Court, a big cheese. Yes, the same rascal who sat on the FISA Court during the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” shenanigans, when they fed all manner of fake documents to that court to enable the FBI to conduct warrantless surveillance on Donald Trump’s campaign, and then afterwards on his presidency. It was Judge Boasberg who let FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith off the hook with probation when he was charged with doctoring an email to conceal the fact that FBI target Carter Page had been an active CIA informer in Russia over the years, not just some schlub swanning around the fringe of the Trump Campaign. Getting a FISA warrant on Carter Page was tremendously advantageous to the FBI, because it enabled them to use the “three-hop rule,” meaning they could also surveil anyone else in the Trump retinue who Mr. Page had communicated with by phone or email.

The disposition of Ray Epps’s case also means there will be no further official inquiries into his behavior that fateful day 1/6/21. The principle of double jeopardy means he can’t be tried for the same thing twice. There will be no further inquiries into what he did that day and on J-6 itself when he appeared at the barricades on the Capitol grounds, apparently goading protesters to bust through them. It’s a dead letter. Chalk up a “W” for the blob. But now, chalk up an “L” for the blob: Fani Willis., the Fulton County (GA) District Attorney, has been caught funneling more than half a million dollars to her love bunny, attorney Nathan Wade, after appointing him “special counsel” in the gigantic RICO case against Donald Trump and eighteen other defendants. Poor optics, as they say, and maybe a good deal more than that — such as prosecutorial misconduct. The fact that the lovestruck pair took Caribbean cruises together with that money may only be a minor part of the story. More will come out when Fani Willis answers the summons she has been served to give a deposition at the request of Joycelyn Wade’s lawyers in the Wades’ ongoing divorce proceeding.

More to the point, both Fani Willis and Nathan Wade (in her service) spent time consulting with lawyers at the White House before they filed charges against Mr. Trump. Mr. Wade was there on May 23 and November 19, 2022, talking to Joe Biden’s White House counsel for sixteen hours. Ms. Willis is shown by White House visitor logs to have been present for five hours a few months later, on February 18, 2023, a week after recommending charges to a Fulton County grand jury. The log states that she spent those five hours with veep Kamala Harris. I doubt that is who she came to visit. My guess is that Ms. Willis spent those hours being coached by Deputy US Attorney General Lisa Monaco, possibly joined by Mary McCord, a former head of the DOJ’s National Security division during the “Crossfire Hurricane” years, then “outside counsel” to the first House impeachment committee, then counsel to the House J-6 committee.

It was Ms. McCord, in Trump Impeachment # 1, who arranged for then DOJ Inspector General Michael Atkinson to change the whistleblower rules, allowing for hearsay evidence, which gave a green light to NSA mole Eric Ciaramella to report on the infamous Ukraine phone call that he had not personally witnessed (but was fed a story on by Col. Alexander Vindman.) Nice work there. In other words, these two gals, Lisa Monaco and Mary McCord, are the poison spiders in the DOJ web of veteran seditionists.

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“>.They did not aim to destroy the US-led world order, and have not yet come up with such an ambitious program..”

Signs Of A New World Order Are Becoming Increasingly Obvious (Bordachev)

The BRICS group emerged at a time when the dominance of the US and its closest European allies in world affairs was almost complete, when they could act as the main distributors of global benefits and, most importantly, when this situation was to some extent acceptable to other states. This is another phenomenon of the international order to which we are now saying goodbye, and of the way in which it is happening. Never before has the injustice shown to the interests of the majority of the world’s countries been so effectively offset by the benefits that have accrued to virtually everyone from globalization. One might even say that the state of affairs known to us as the liberal world order was, in its nature and content, a transitional phase between the absolute tyranny of the European empires of the 19th century and the new international order that is only now emerging.

And it is coming to pass precisely as a response to the inevitable process of the emergence of a multitude of sovereign states. The countries that formed BRICS in 2006 originally set out to increase their influence in world affairs and to shape global development in their own interests. They did not aim to destroy the US-led world order, and have not yet come up with such an ambitious program. The main feature of this association – the sovereign equality of its participants – initially distinguished it from the existing formal and informal coalitions of the West, which are centered on the unquestioned power of the US over the main actions of its allies in the sphere of foreign policy and security. Due to its composition, the BRICS group won’t be able to establish such a type of relations among its participants.

However, as the crisis of the liberal world order deepened, the influence and role of the BRICS group in world affairs gradually increased. First of all, the political significance of the group grew – precisely as a way of signaling an alternative to the Western approach to solving the problems of global development and the broader international agenda. At the same time, the countries of the group still do not formulate strategies that could be seen as a direct challenge to the West or that reflect a vision of an ‘ideal’ world order comparable in clarity to that of the West. This is an inevitable consequence of the lack of hegemony of a single power in the group, which does not prevent the emergence of common interests, but deprives it of the possibility of setting goals and objectives, the fulfillment of which requires the submission of all to the same leadership.

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“Wade’s wife has alleged in divorce documents that he failed to disclose over $700,000 in earnings from the county, and has continued to draw from her bank account..”

Fanigate Goes Full Jerry Springer (ZH)

Update (1523ET): House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has launched an investigation into Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor in the Trump-Georgia case who has been accused of making more than $650,000 off the case – during which he and Willis took lavish vacations together. “According to a recent court filing, you have been paid more than $650,000—at the rate of $250 per hour—to serve as an ‘Attorney Consultant’ and later a ‘Special Assistant District Attorney’ in the unprecedented investigation and prosecution of the former President and other former federal officials,” wrote Jordan in a Friday letter reported by Just the News.

“This filing also alleges that while receiving a substantial amount of money from Fulton County, you spent extravagantly on lavish vacations with your boss, Ms. Willis.” “The Committee has information that the FCDAO [Fulton County District Attorney’s Office] received approximately $14.6 million in grant funds from the Department of Justice between 2020 and 2023 and, given the enormous legal fees you have billed to the FCDAO, there are open questions about whether federal funds were used by the FCDAO to finance your prosecution,” the letter continues. Wade has until January 26th to reply with documents related to the case.

[..] Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis – who has charged Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants with trying to change the outcome of the 2020 US election in Georgia – has become the main attraction in a major prong of the left’s 2024 election lawfare operation. On Tuesday we noted that Willis had hired Nathan Wade (without proper approval), a private attorney in the midst of a divorce who “has little to no experience trying felony cases, much less complex RICO actions,” according to the 127-page filing. Wade ended up pocketing nearly $700,000 from Fulton county taxpayers – with which he allegedly took Willis on lavish vacations.

Now, Wade’s wife has alleged in divorce documents that he failed to disclose over $700,000 in earnings from the county, and has continued to draw from her bank account, leaving it “routinely overdrawn” despite “the clear inequity in financial circumstances,” the Daily Caller reports. Wade filed to divorce his stay-at-home wife of 20 years on November 2nd, 2021, the day after Fani hired him as a Special Prosecutor in the Trump case. He had his divorce sealed on February 10th, 2022, according to the 127-page filing by Trump co-defendant Michael Roman.

Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene sent a criminal referral Wednesday to Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr asking for an investigation into Willis and expressing “serious concerns” about the allegations. Greene suggested Willis could have violated a number of Georgia statutes, including violations of public oath, bribery, improper influence of a government official and more. The Monday motion did not cite hard evidence that Willis and Wade were romantically involved but referenced “sources close to both the special prosecutor and the district attorney” who confirmed their ongoing relationship. -Daily Caller. Oh, and let’s not forget – Wade billed taxpayers $2,000 to talk to the Biden White House about prosecuting Biden’s political opponent.

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“..the US and UK have so far delivered 73 strikes on Yemen..”

Erdogan Accuses US, UK Of Trying To Turn Red Sea Into ‘Sea Of Blood’ (TASS)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the United States and Great Britain for a disproportionate use of force in their attacks on the Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebel movement in Yemen and for trying to turn the Red Sea into “a sea of blood.” “They used force disproportionately and they are trying to turn the Red Sea into a sea of blood. Israel is doing the same in Palestine,” the Turkish leader told reporters. “We are currently getting news through numerous channels. And through various channels we learn that the Houthis are mounting a successful response,” he added.

Sa’ada

Last night, the armed forces of the United States and the United Kingdom delivered air strikes on positions held by the Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebel movement in several Yemeni cities, using aircraft, warships and submarines. US President Joe Biden said the military action was ordered in response to “unprecedented Houthi attacks” on shipping in the Red Sea and that the strikes, targeting Houthi munitions depots, launching systems, production facilities, and air defense radar systems, were delivered in self-defense. The Yemeni capital Sanaa, as well as four provinces — Hodeidah, Taiz, Hajjah and Saada — were hit as the US and UK have so far delivered 73 strikes on Yemen, killing five Houthi fighters and leaving six others injured, the Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Saria, said.

After the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Gaza Strip, the Houthis warned that they would launch strikes on Israeli territory while barring ships associated with the Jewish state from passing through the waters of the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait until Tel Aviv ceased its military operation against Palestinian radical group Hamas in the embattled enclave. According to estimates by the US Defense Department’s Central Command (CENTCOM), the Yemeni rebel group has attacked more than 20 vessels and civilian ships in the Red Sea since mid-November.

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“U.S. Gen. Pat Ryder insisted that the special operations forces deployed to Israel to advise on hostage rescue were “not participating in [Israel Defense Forces] target development.”

Biden Admin Deployed Air Force Team To Israel To Assist With Targets (IC)

Targeting Intelligence — The information used to conduct airstrikes and fire long-range artillery weapons — has played a central role in Israel’s siege of Gaza. A document obtained through the Freedom of Information Act suggests that the U.S. Air Force sent officers specializing in this exact form of intelligence to Israel in late November. Since the start of Israel’s bombardment in retaliation for Hamas’s strike on October 7, Israel has dropped more than 29,000 bombs on the tiny Gaza Strip, according to a U.S. intelligence report last month. And for the first time in U.S. history, the Biden administration has been flying surveillance drone missions over Gaza since at least early November, ostensibly for hostage recovery by special forces.

At the time the drones were revealed, U.S. Gen. Pat Ryder insisted that the special operations forces deployed to Israel to advise on hostage rescue were “not participating in [Israel Defense Forces] target development.” “I’ve directed my team to share intelligence and deploy additional experts from across the United States government to consult with and advise the Israeli counterparts on hostage recovery efforts,” said President Joe Biden three days after the Hamas attack. But several weeks later, on November 21, the U.S. Air Force issued deployment guidelines for officers, including intelligence engagement officers, headed to Israel. Experts say that a team of targeting officers like this would be used to provide satellite intelligence to the Israelis for the purpose of offensive targeting.

“They’re probably targeting people, targeting officers,” Lawrence Cline, who served as an intelligence engagement officer in Iraq before retirement, told The Intercept. Targeting intelligence refers to the identification and characterization of enemy activities including missile and artillery launches, location of leadership and command and control centers, and key facilities. “What I can see is we’ve got a lot of global assets in terms of satellites and the like and the Israelis have a lot in terms of more localized radar coverage.” The deployment guidelines were issued by the Pentagon’s Air Force component command for the Middle East, Air Forces Central, on November 21. The document provides deployment instructions to air personnel sent to the country, including an “Air Defense Liaison Team” as well as “airmen assigned as the Intelligence Engagement Officer (IEO).”

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Taking over from the US. On the very day Ukraine murders an American citizen.

UK Pledges Largest Military Aid Package To Ukraine Yet (RT)

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed during a visit to Kiev on Friday that his government is to supply Ukraine with £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) in military assistance over the next financial year. It is to be the UK’s most significant annual aid commitment since the start of Russia’s offensive in February 2022. The aid package, which will begin in the next financial year in April, was confirmed in a statement by Downing Street earlier on Friday and comes amid rising concerns in Kiev about dwindling support from its backers in Washington and Brussels. Political in-fighting on either side of the Atlantic has threatened to legislatively curtail the torrent of Western financial assistance that has aided Ukraine in the conflict as dissent grows among some European and American lawmakers over failed efforts on the battlefield.

“I am here today with one message,” Sunak said in an address from the Ukrainian capital. “The UK will not falter. We will stand with Ukraine in their darkest hours and in the better times to come.” He added in a post to social media after arriving in Kiev: “To all Ukrainians, Britain is with you – for as long as it takes.” Downing Street said that the aid package is the first step in what it called a “totemic” security agreement with Ukraine, which it said will develop into an “unshakeable hundred-year partnership” between both countries. The bilateral accord detailed by Sunak’s government – the UK-Ukraine Agreement on Security Cooperation – includes a range of measures on UK security guarantees for Ukraine. The agreement also formalizes Britain’s “swift and sustained” defensive assistance for Ukraine “in the event that it is ever attacked by Russia again.”

“We recognize that their security is our security,” Sunak said. The aid package confirmed by London on Friday is about £200 million ($254 million) larger than those that came over the previous two years and will supply Ukraine with long-range missiles, air defense, and artillery ammunition. About £200 million of the military aid will be spent on drones – the largest such contribution of state-of-the-art military drone hardware since the onset of hostilities nearly two years ago. It also includes £18 million ($23 million) in humanitarian aid, as well as assistance to Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and funding for online English language training. The UK’s updated aid provision to Kiev will likely return the focus to legislators in Europe and the United States, where Congress has declined to advance a $50 billion (£39 billion) security package. The White House said on Thursday that its support for Ukraine has “ground to a halt” as a result.

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“.. the UK has been and will continue to provide for Ukraine’s security, including intelligence sharing, cyber security, medical and military training, and defense industrial cooperation..”

British Troops In Ukraine Would Be ‘Declaration Of War’ – Medvedev (RT)

Moscow would consider the open deployment of British troops to Ukraine as a “declaration of war,” former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned. He was responding to a visit to Kiev on Friday by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is set to sign a security agreement with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. Sunak’s arrival in the Ukrainian capital is meant to “set out a major new package of support and reaffirm the close UK-Ukraine partnership,” his office said in a statement. The security document is a follow-up to agreements reached by G7 and NATO members last year, it noted. The statement did not mention any plans for a British military deployment in Ukraine.

“[The deal] formalizes a range of support the UK has been and will continue to provide for Ukraine’s security, including intelligence sharing, cyber security, medical and military training, and defense industrial cooperation,” Downing Street said. Medvedev, who currently serves as deputy chair of the Russian Security Council, issued his warning in a social media post. The British government has pledged £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) in military aid to Ukraine over the next two years, including in the form of thousands of military drones, which London said will be the largest of their kind ever received by Kiev. Most of the UAVs will be made in the UK, the announcement added.

The UK has been a key supporter of Kiev’s war effort against Russia. Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly played a significant role in derailing a nascent truce that Kiev and Moscow had negotiated in the early months of the hostilities in 2022, although he has denied ordering the Ukrainian government to keep fighting. Moscow has on several occasions accused the UK of helping Ukraine organize attacks against Russia, particularly in the Black Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry has claimed that British military personnel already have a presence in Ukraine.

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“..When DeSantis is older “and we have won this war, I will personally send financial aid to him as a gesture of gratitude for the US helping our pensioners..”

Zelensky Plays ‘Pensioners Will Die’ Card In Bid To Unlock US Aid (RT)

Ukrainian pensioners will die without social benefits financed by Western aid, President Vladimir Zelensky told journalists in Latvia on Thursday. The leader lashed out at US politicians who oppose continued assistance to Kiev, taking particular aim at Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis. Zelensky addressed his government’s budget shortages, which he expects Western backers to cover, when asked how interruptions in aid deliveries could affect Ukraine. Kiev is obliged to pay pensions to around 11 million people, the president noted. “I am not exerting moral pressure here. But we simply must pay them. It’s impossible not to do that, because the elderly people will die [without government assistance],” Zelensky warned.

He claimed that the Ukrainian government covers much of its expenses with its own money, but that it also relies on Western funding. Money spent on pensions means less funding for weapons to fight Russia, Zelensky explained, suggesting that this means sacrificing the lives of troops in favor of the elderly. He was also asked about opposition to continued Ukraine aid among Republican politicians in the US. At a debate on Wednesday, Florida governor DeSantis, who is seeking the GOP nomination in this year’s presidential election, clashed with rival Nikki Haley on the issue of assistance to Kiev. While Haley, a former US ambassador to the UN, backs continued aid, DeSantis criticized the administration of President Joe Biden for providing “tens of billions of dollars” to pay pensions and “salaries for Ukrainian government bureaucrats.”

Zelensky claimed that DeSantis, who like the Ukrainian president is aged 45, is “still a young man” and does not fully understand the importance of paying pensions in a nation locked in a conflict. When DeSantis is older “and we have won this war, I will personally send financial aid to him as a gesture of gratitude for the US helping our pensioners,” Zelensky vowed. Republicans in the US Congress have blocked a White House request to appropriate over $60 billion in additional aid for Ukraine, demanding concessions on immigration policy and a clear plan on how Kiev could beat Russia.

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“..tens, hundreds of thousands of people” may have evaded military enlistment.”

Ukrainians Dying Trying To Escape The Country – The Times (RT)

More than 20 Ukrainians have died while trying to escape the country since the start of the conflict with Russia, The Times newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a Ukrainian border guard. The deaths were registered by a single guard unit, responsible for a 320km stretch of the border with Romania and Hungary. The unit is based in the western Ukrainian city of Mukachevo, which has become a popular destination for people trying to flee, given its proximity to four neighboring states – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. Since the outbreak of the hostilities in February 2022, the Mukachevo border guard unit has found 19 bodies in the River Tisza – of people believed to have drowned during botched attempts to cross into Romania. A further five were found frozen to death in the woods.

More Ukrainians are expected to flee the country given the government’s plan to mobilize an additional 500,000 to bolster its military ranks, the newspaper noted. A new mobilization bill was introduced in parliament late last year, seeking to lower the draft age from 27 to 25, and drop exemptions for some categories of disabled people, along with other measures. So far, parliament has failed to pass it into law, with the legislation shelved by MPs for amendments. Over the past year alone, nearly 11,000 military-eligible men have been caught at the border while trying to leave, Ukrainian border guard spokesman Andrey Demchenko said in late December. The total number caught on the frontier since the start of the conflict has surpassed 17,000.

The number of men prosecuted for evading the draft, however, remains relatively low. Ukraine has more than 9,000 active criminal proceedings against such individuals, with some 2,600 having made it to court, Interior Minister Igor Klimenko revealed last week. Deputy Defense Minister Natalya Kalmykova stated in October 2023 that “tens, hundreds of thousands of people” may have evaded military enlistment.

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“..Moscow claims that such laws violate the rights of Russian-speaking people, who make up around half of Ukraine’s population..”

Russian Books A ‘Huge Threat’ To Ukraine – Official (RT)

The illegal import of Russian literature poses a threat to Ukraine, the country’s language ombudsman claimed a post on his official Facebook page on Friday. While stressing the importance of promoting the Ukrainian language, Taras Kremen expressed regret at the lack of state-owned publishers and printers, which means the government has no control over book production. Kremen also argued that the “smuggling of Russian-language imports, including banned literature, is a huge threat to the national interest of Ukraine.” He stressed that although the market is not large, the government should do everything within its power to prevent it from growing. “The sooner we block this, the stronger our standing will be both domestically and internationally,” the ombudsman said.

He criticized Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture for “not having the opportunity or the time” to approve a state program to support the national language, which would include book printing – calling it an important source of revenue. In recent years, Kiev has adopted a number of laws making the use of the Ukrainian language obligatory in almost all spheres of public life, including in government, medicine, science, education and the media. Failure to comply with the laws can result in fines. Following the launch of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine in 2022, Kiev doubled down on its de-Russification campaign, with top officials calling for the complete removal of the Russian language nationwide, “as an element of hostile propaganda and brainwashing of the population.”

Lawmakers have since imposed complete bans on Russian-language works of art, performances, films, songs, and books, and have also outlawed the study of Russian in schools and universities. Kiev has banned the sale and distribution of all Russian-language books inside the country, along with the import of any literature printed in Russia and Belarus, with the exception of those that were written by former Russian and Belarusian citizens before 1991, subject to special government approval. Moscow claims that such laws violate the rights of Russian-speaking people, who make up around half of Ukraine’s population.

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“..the West seems to be escalating its financial warfare. “This suggests a deeper motive than just pressuring Russia..”

Bill to Seize Russian Assets Bound to Deepen De-Dollarization (Sp.)

The White House has indicated its “in principle” support for a bill that would potentially allow the US government to seize around $300 billion in frozen Russian assets and redirect them to Ukraine. While this measure seeks to penalize Russia, it brings up significant concerns surrounding the integrity and reliability of the US financial system. Critics are cautioning that these actions have the potential to erode global trust in the greenback. Consequently, international partners may reconsider their reliance on the dollar, driven by fears of possible future US sanctions.The declaration made by the Biden administration, expressing its support for legislation that permits the seizure of Russian assets, has triggered widespread tremors across the global financial sphere. While the motive behind this is to support Ukraine during the ongoing conflict, this move is teeming with serious risks.

Tom Luongo, financial and geopolitical analyst, sheds light on the potential ramifications of this decision. According to Luongo, the act of seizing Russian foreign exchange reserves already cast a shadow of doubt over the principles guiding global trade. “It was a clear statement by the West, signifying a deliberate rift between East and West, not a mere reaction,” Luongo explains. The analyst emphasizes that this isn’t just a US issue but a broader Western phenomenon. “The European Union, particularly, is at the forefront of this approach,” he adds. Luongo also points out that, nearly two years after the initial sanctions, which Russia has largely withstood, the West seems to be escalating its financial warfare. “This suggests a deeper motive than just pressuring Russia,” he observes.

Luongo, in his discussion of the precedent set by this situation, raises concerns about the message it sends to the world: if you defy the West, your assets might be in danger. As a result, there has been a movement away from Western banking systems, known as ‘de-dollarization.’ Furthermore, Luongo highlights the substantial decrease in the euro’s role in global trade in recent years. “The Biden administration’s actions are counterproductive to US interests,” Luongo asserts, suggesting that these moves align more with the interests of globalist entities, which he refers to as ‘Davos.’ As for why this issue has surfaced now, Luongo believes it aligns with broader strategic goals, including distancing the US from both Russia and Europe. He sees the bill as a potential catalyst for a shift in global financial dynamics, ultimately undermining the US banking system and changing the landscape of global trade.

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“..he has reportedly decided to use “total obstruction” against Tusk’s government, vowing not to approve a single bill proposed by the ruling coalition..”

Polish President Revolts Against New Government (RT)

Polish President Andrzej Duda is reportedly planning to launch an all-out offensive against the country’s new pro-EU government led by recently elected Prime Minister Donald Tusk, following the arrest of two former Law and Justice MPs. According to the Polish news outlet Onet, Duda intends to send formal letters regarding Tusk’s alleged violation of the law and constitution to the heads of all EU countries, US President Joe Biden, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the United Nations, and the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission for Democracy through Law. While Duda has so far excluded pursuing the “nuclear option” of shortening the term of parliament and calling for early elections, he has reportedly decided to use “total obstruction” against Tusk’s government, vowing not to approve a single bill proposed by the ruling coalition, Onet reported citing anonymous sources.

Duda’s accusations stem from the recent arrest of former Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski and his deputy, Maciej Wonsik, both of whom were detained at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday despite having received a pardon back in 2015. Tusk’s new government has insisted that Duda did not have the right to grant amnesty to the two Law and Justice (PiS) MPs, who were being tried for abuse of power, and reopened the case against them. In December, that case was concluded when a court sentenced both men to two years behind bars. An order for their arrest was issued on Monday, triggering a standoff at the Presidential Palace, after which the two were arrested. Both have since announced they have begun a hunger strike in protest at their arrest.

Duda and other PiS members have strongly condemned the arrest of the two former officials, with party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski describing them as the country’s “first political prisoners since 1989.” The PiS has demanded the immediate release of the lawmakers, stating that their detention is a constitutional violation. Meanwhile, Kaminski himself has described his arrest as “political revenge” for his work in fighting corruption and has announced a hunger strike.

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“..Soon, they will be provided with the right to vote, and certainly, they will vote for the people who are enabling their new lives..”

Migrant Crisis Motive Revealed (Martin Armstrong)

Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke is running for re-election this year in New York’s 9th District to FINISH THE JOB of utterly destroying New York. To achieve her goal of ruining a once great city, Clarke is demanding MORE illegal migrants. Clarke actually admitted that the Democrats need more migrants to overrun their cities and states for “redistricting purposes.” “I’m from Brooklyn, New York. We have a diaspora that can absorb a significant number of these migrants,” said Clarke, who has served on the House Committee on Homeland Security. “When I hear colleagues talk about, you know, the doors of the inn being closed — ah, no room at the inn — I’m saying I need more people in my district just for redistricting purposes.” Now, redrawing districts is a common tactic used by the right and left. However, dismantling the Constitution to allow non-citizens to enter the country and vote is not.

Did Clarke actually admit that the invasion of America under Joe Biden was a deliberate ploy for votes? Republican New York City councilwoman explained the situation in further detail. “Congressional seats are allocated by population. Higher population states get more congressional seats, and therefore more political power in Washington. “Blue states have been LOSING seats as people flee progressive policies,” continued Paladino. “We’re set to possibly lose THREE seats by 2030 in NY. These allocations are determined by census-calculated raw population, including illegals. See how it works?” Clarke is from Brooklyn, where children were just expelled from school to make room for illegal migrants. Clarke was responsible for passing the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) legislation that provided 2.5 million illegal migrants, or dreamers, temporary residence in America and an easy path to citizenship.

The ploy to infiltrate America with illegal migrants began years ago. At first, they said those wishing to come here were simply “dreamers” looking for a better life, similar to most of our ancestors. However, they were not following the typical protocol to enter the country. Then left politicians told migrants that they were WELCOME in their cities and could declare sanctuary there. Naturally, countless people fled their socialistic hell holes for America, where the government then decided they were not going to issue work permits but force them to become dependent on government aid. Soon, they will be provided with the right to vote, and certainly, they will vote for the people who are enabling their new lives.

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“If you issue a new proper subpoena, now that there is a duly authorized impeachment inquiry, Mr. Biden will comply for a hearing or deposition..”

Hunter Cracks, Will Sit For Closed-Door Deposition After All (ZH)

Hunter Biden has reversed course, and will sit for a closed-door deposition with House GOP lawmakers. In a Friday letter to the House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, defense attorney Abbe Lowell said that Hunter would comply with a new subpoena to sit for a deposition, the Daily Caller reports. “Consequently, the November 8 and 9, 2023, deposition subpoenas to Mr. Biden and the contempt resolutions approved by your committees on January 10, 2024, based on those subpoenas were and are legally invalid. You have not explained why you are not interested in transparency and having the American people witness the full and complete testimony of Mr. Biden at a public hearing,” reads the letter.

“If you issue a new proper subpoena, now that there is a duly authorized impeachment inquiry, Mr. Biden will comply for a hearing or deposition. We will accept such a subpoena on Mr. Biden’s behalf.” On Friday, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise announced that the chamber will a floor vote to hold Hunter in contempt for dodging subpoenas to appear for a closed-door deposition on Dec. 13. Lowell previously offered to have Hunter testify publicly, suggesting that a closed-door session would result in biased leaks against his client (and of course, would limit the questions lawmakers can ask in regards to national security).

Hunter Biden made a surprise appearance Wednesday at the House Oversight Committee’s markup hearing on a resolution and accompanying report to hold him in contempt. He sat in the crowd with Lowell and his financier, Hollywood attorney Kevin Morris, for a few minutes before dashing out when Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene began her line of questioning. After he stormed the hearing, Hunter Biden flew back to Los Angeles, California, where he pleaded not guilty Thursday to nine federal tax related charges at an arraignment. He faces up to 17 years in prison for the tax charges. -Daily Caller

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“..we are now facing alarming drops in testing scores and alarming rises in medical illness among the young..”

WEF Declares “Disinformation” to be the World’s Greatest Threat (Turley)

The World Economic Forum has surveyed the world’s experts and issued its 2024 “Global Risks Report.” The international elite of experts have declared that the number one threat to humanity is not terrorism or pandemic or even climate change (which is second), but “misinformation and disinformation.” Of course, that means that the only hope for humanity is censorship and speech controls. The report shows just how engrained this anti-free speech movement has become among the world elite from media to business to politics. The absurd finding is consistent with the warning of other international figures and groups. We previously discussed how WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has supported censorship to combat what he calls the “infodemic.”

So “1,490 experts across academia, business, government, the international community and civil society” looked at all of the world’s military, economic, and environmental threats and concluded that the greatest threat to humanity is too much free speech. A “global risk” is defined as “the possibility of the occurrence of an event or condition which, if it occurs, would negatively impact a significant proportion of global GDP, population or natural resources.” We have seen how during the Covid crisis “experts” supported censorship and blacklisting when their views were challenged by colleagues and the public. Earlier positions treated as gospel in the press have been discredited. For example, a recent scientific review by 12 researchers from leading universities found little support for the claims that masks reduced Covid exposures.

The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) initially rejected the use of a mask mandate. However, the issue became a political weapon as politicians and the press claimed that questioning masks was anti-science and even unhinged. In April 2020, the CDC reversed its position and called for the masking of the entire population, including children as young as 2 years old. The mask mandate and other pandemic measures like the closing of schools are now cited as fueling emotional and developmental problems in children. The closing of schools and businesses was also challenged by some critics as unnecessary. Many of those critics were also censored. It now appears that they may have been right. Many countries did not close schools and did not experience increases in Covid. However, we are now facing alarming drops in testing scores and alarming rises in medical illness among the young. Masks became a major social and political dividing line in politics and the media. Maskless people were chased from stores and denounced in Congress. Then-CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said during a Senate hearing that “face masks are the most important powerful health tool we have.”

For years, scientists faced censorship for even raising the lab theory as a possible explanation for the virus. Their reputations and careers were shredded by a media flash mob. The Washington Post declared this a “debunked” coronavirus “conspiracy theory.” The New York Times’ Science and Health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli was calling any mention of the lab theory “racist.” When a Chinese researcher told Fox News that this was man-made, the network was attacked and the left-leaning PolitiFact slammed her with a “pants on fire rating.” The extensive censorship and blacklisting that has occurred over the last four years protected such experts from scrutiny and criticism. Many of those same experts are now listing what they deem disinformation to be the world’s greatest threat. The question is whether the public can be, again, spooked into surrendering this core human right by world elite.

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“..Democratic leaders in Florida, North Carolina and other states are refusing to allow other candidates to run against Biden in the primary..”

No, Democracy is Not on The Ballot in 2024 (Turley)

“It may well be the last real vote you ever get to cast.” Those words from former Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., capture the mantra of this election season from politicians and pundits. It is narrative that preys on the fear of Americans that our constitutional system is on the verge of collapse. Yet, it is untrue and ironically shows the lack of faith in our democratic systems that many of these figures ascribe to others. If one briefly surfs cable news, you would think that this election is the only thing that stands between democracy and tyranny. On MSNBC, hosts like Joe Scarborough have repeatedly told viewers that former President Donald Trump will “throw away” democracy if elected. President Joe Biden himself has taken up this claim. In his speech Friday near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Biden insisted that “democracy itself is on the ballot” and said that this election would determine if democracy can survive in the United States.

This campaign tactic holds obvious advantages for a candidate who has the lowest polling numbers of the past seven presidents at the same point in their first term in office. Biden and others are calling for citizens to vote not for Biden, but for democracy itself. The pitch would be more compelling if Democratic activists were not trying to remove Trump from 2024 ballots and Democratic leaders in Florida, North Carolina and other states are refusing to allow other candidates to run against Biden in the primary. In those states, the primary ballots themselves might not be very democratic. Trump helps to fuel such dire predictions with his reckless rhetoric. After the Supreme Court accepted review of his disqualification from the ballot in Colorado, he said at an Iowa rally, “I just hope we get fair treatment. Because if we don’t, our country’s in big, big trouble. Does everybody understand what I’m saying?”

The answer is that it depends on whom you ask. For Democrats, the comment seemed to threaten more violence like the kind we witnessed during the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, especially given Trump’s pledge to pardon rioters. For Republicans, it was a frank acknowledgement of the deepening anger and divisions in the country. Those divisions are manifest in a new Gallup poll showing that only 28% of U.S. adults are satisfied with the way democracy is working in the country. It’s down from 61% in 1984. Only 17% of Republicans and 38% of Democrats are satisfied with our current state of democracy.

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    Salvador Dalí Living still life 1956   • Poison Spiders at the Center of the Web (Kunstler) • Signs Of A New World Order Are Becoming Increasingl
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 13 2024]

    #150301
    Formerly T-Bear
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    A word on Israeli “Right to Defend Themselves”, from what?, from whom?

    Children’s dreams while huddled under blankets, in the winter’s cold, in the powerless dark, thirsty from lack of drinkable water, and stomaches shrunken from nothing much to eat; dreaming of having a normal life in-which to grow and develop into healthy beings.

    How about the dreams of youngsters having dreams of caged birds, of the freedoms to travel, to explore other lands and their peoples, to experience normal relations with others without fear,

    The dreams of their parents of the safety that their children will return uninjured, un-arrested, un-jailed and alive. That they themselves may have the freedom, the liberty to move freely as they may wish. And that they do not outlive their children.

    Israel and its controlling elite Zionists have indeed much to fear from the astral plane where this resistance to their rule takes place. But no fact in evidence exists to support the inhuman atrocities they are visiting upon the innocent civilians can justify the mindless rage that exists in their sick minds alone.

    Families sheltering in power darkened , unheated homes, in bed under blanket, shivering from the winter’s cold, starving, sick from drinking either salty or unsafe, unpotable water and without medications apparently are those existentially threatening Israel that require 2000 lb. American and British bombs to be dropped on them in the middle of the night for the ‘security’ of a 75 year old untreated national paranoia.

    Those supporting the deeds of Israel are a culpable as Israelis themselves. Those in positions of responsibility to say “No!” to government and military policy that violates legal conventions governing military contact down to the pilots dropping their ordinance on sleeping populations must all pay the final price for their failures to exercise civility and humanity. Israel has become evil incarnate under their Zionist rulers.

    #150302
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    From RT:
    https://www.rt.com/russia/590548-covide-vaccine-pioneer-dead/

    One of the lead developers of the Russian Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine, Boris Naroditsky, has died at the age of 82, the chief researcher of the Gamaleya Epidemiology and Microbiology Research Center, Anatoly Altstein, announced on Thursday.

    In August 2020, the Sputnik-V Covid-19 vaccine was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin as one of the first to be developed in the world. Since then, the jab, which has shown up to 97.8% efficacy with no serious adverse events, has inoculated millions of people in the nearly 70 countries that have approved its use, including Argentina, India, Serbia, Hungary, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

    Certainly don’t hear much about a real vaccine these days; wonder why. RIP with gratitude.

    #150303
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Formerly T-Bear, the Zionist rulers must be seen as completely insane. They believe they live by killing. They believe that killing women, children, doctors, the elderly is courageous and the embodied acts of the righteous.
    They are shadow people who laugh like the sound of empty rusted soup cans filled with rocks.
    I shudder to imagine a mind so capable of separation and disassociation.

    Arrogance is of the ego and the ego shrieks in madness fear and carnage.

    #150304
    tboc
    Participant

    The Persistence of Memory – Dali, 1931

    Insanity – The pursuit of stasis within an entropic system.
    Insanity manifests as the willingness to destroy life to maintain the present.

    Profit from that? Questionable

    #150305
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Oxymoron @ 150303

    I wonder who is more insane, the Zionist or those who listen and believe what they hear. Shadow people, aka shades (a ghost of) image of their humanity. Israel has jumped the shark insofar as favourable repute allows. Ban all Isreli diplomats from the UN, dismiss Israel from the UN and all other international organisations (As easy as banning and sanctioning Russia even). The moral bed that is made is what the world will sleep in for generations.

    #150306
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Dr D should have appeared by now with the daily tract.

    #150307
    tboc
    Participant

    Recognition of one’s personal brutality is the key that opens the door to the terror of the unknown.

    as Ray Stevens sang, “Don’t look Ethel”
    “I hollered, “Don’t look, Ethel!” But it was too late. She’d already been mooned
    Flashed her right there in front of the shock absorbers” -The Streak, 1973 – released 1974

    #150308
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Elon’s culture comment about immigration destroying a country’s culture if it’s unlimited.

    It like stating the obvious, “water is wet”, “grass is green”, “politicians are corrupt”

    It shouldn’t be news, it’s a function of how distorted and perverted public debate and consensus has devolved into.

    AfD Bundestag Member Vows To Deport Foreigners From Germany “By The Millions”.

    Germany is noticing.

    Deporting illegals should be easy.

    Put a bounty on them. Other illegals will rat them out for the money.

    Simple.

    Duh’mericans can’t pay their every day bills cause of inflation.

    Identifying illegal immigrants could be a GDP cottage industry income booster.

    And as far as destroying culture, some countries still value and treasure their cultures.

    Others want to destroy it out of self hatred and a deep loathing of their meaningless lives.

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    #150309
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Others want to destroy their cultures for fun.

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    #150310
    boilingfrog
    Participant

    Not to minimize the horrible behavior and suffering occurring in so many places around the world right now, but I had a question…

    It seems to me that when an empire peaks and then loses its ‘reserve currency’ status (hegemonic) there is normally great upheaval and violence and bloodshed. Would it be fair to say that Britain did not seem to suffer this fate as the world transitioned from them to the the United Stares because they became a ‘special partner’ with the US?

    I’m just perplexed looking at their (“our”?) behavior, in so many ways, at this moment in time and this is all I can come up with…(though I know some feel that London is really ‘running the show’, too.) America + Britain, joined at the hip and ‘fighting’ to the last?

    Given the behaviors of the West at this moment it’s difficult to not believe that the underlying financial structures are far, far weaker than we are led to believe. It occurs to me that Raul (and Nicole) long ago transitioned from focus on the energy (The Oil Drum) to finance because finance was a better look/signifier into future ‘behavior’ of systems.

    (Professors Hudson and Desai’s conversations over at Yves site seem particularly on point, too)

    #150311
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Others just want to destroy Humanity in general, not just specific cultures, depopulation for a best future of Feudalism

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    #150312
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Limeys are Eastern Europe in the Cold War now

    Choke on it!

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    Oroboros
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    #150318
    Dr. D
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    “The core issue is that changing political mores have established the systematic promotion of the unqualified and sidelining of the competent.”

    It’s called “Corruption” and it’s the opposite of Meritocracy. Of course they want this, someone always does, because otherwise they would have to work hard and be good at things. Produce something useful. The opposite of meritocracy is to pay yourself for being useless and contributing nothing, taking in fact. TO each according to their need, and their need is infinite.

    “Dr. @RealBenCarson,”

    Who is this white guy? Is he doing blackface? We all know all Black people are required by law to vote Biden, or else they’re not Black. Biden has them removed, as he is the Decider, the arbiter of all black people and culture. He’s like a “Master” of some sort and set up some markets in Libya for it.

    “A complete mad man is using the War Powers Act against Yemen with F-22 Jets and Tomahawk missiles. Why?”

    …To hit a camel in the butt. Yemen has been at war for like 10 years. They DGAF. It’s got to be literally the funniest thing to them to have us use a million dollar missile to blow up a $10,000 house. I can keep this up all day!

    ““..the US and UK have so far delivered 73 strikes on Yemen..”

    My bad: they hit seventy-THREE camels in the butt. $73,000,000.00 for $7,000 of camel.

    “• Signs of A New World Order Are Becoming Increasingly Obvious (Bordachev)

    That means we’re winning everywhere. Them winning is when we don’t notice anything and follow orders because it’s all obvious and inevitable. You don’t have to TELL people when you’re actually in power, they just obey. WE win when people ask questions, make decisions and find out for themselves. And that’s messy. That means they’ll disagree. “If everybody’s thinking the same thing, nobody’s thinking.” As in, “The Science is Settled.” That means it’s not Science.

    “• UK Pledges Largest Military Aid Package To Ukraine Yet (RT)

    Hahahahaha! …But it ain’t London. It was D.C. the whole time! I laugh because without us, Britain is 1/10th the size and twice as poor. So if $200B did LITERALLY NOTHING and that’s BEFORE Russia mobilized and doubled production, how’s it going now? I mean if you want to keep it up until you get nuked, I’ll just stay over here and watch.

    Again: EXPOSURE. “The only enemy is #Truth”. When London is exposed for being the only progenitor of the Fourth Crimean War, basically the only one against Russia for 200 years running, then the Truth comes out about them, and about history. There’s a reason that’s their core enemy. When it comes out, they’re losing, they lost.

    “Sunak said in an address from the Ukrainian capital. “The UK will not falter. We will stand with Ukraine in their darkest hours”

    Whoever this guy is, I don’t think the people of Britain are down for losing a million Britons themselves in the effort, do you? And worse than that part: it STILL would make no difference. It would be truly, shockingly embarrassing, like, for the ages. The U.S., NATO, and U.K. COMBINED make no difference, but London is going to go it alone at like 100:1 smaller. Okay man. You’re like the Girl Scouts who all peed their pants in solidarity in “Troop Zero”.

    “• British Troops In Ukraine Would Be ‘Declaration Of War’ – Medvedev (RT)

    Now that they’ve cut us out, Russia can turn up the war substantially. Being belligerent or nuking London is like nuking Finland. Sure some people would be cross, but meh, what can ya do? Besides, they don’t mean to nuke them for fact, they just need them to GET THE MESSAGE. The British Empire runs from Dover to Newcastle, and not much of that either as they’re running a color revolution on their own people to discredit and topple their own government. #Winning! The Government is weak and divided! You win! And they will comply for why?

    “• Zelensky Plays ‘Pensioners Will Die’ Card In Bid To Unlock US Aid (RT)

    You’re seriously kidding, right? Is he aware they are not U.S. Citizens? You already got free health care for three years, which is more than American have had in 250.

    More than 20 Ukrainians have died while trying to escape the country since the start of the conflict with Russia, The Times newspaper reported”

    Much, much better off dying this way. For one thing your chances are far higher.

    “• Bill to Seize Russian Assets Bound to Deepen De-Dollarization (Sp.)

    Still doing this, and I can only pray they do it, but it would have to pass GOP Congress. Either normal, or as part of this Reality-TV puppet show they have running, it wouldn’t make sense. But whatever. Marvel has a 75 year old grandma beat up the Universe’s most violent brawler because “She really wants to” so what do I know about what they would buy in a actor’s script? Reality is our only enemy. It has dissolved into the Feelz and as you can tell, everyone is much, much happier now.

    “• Polish President Revolts Against New Government (RT)

    Trying to follow as all inside baseball and so many countries but https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z36BWFnk0U0
    He’s demonstrating that they may be “Conservatives” who were arrested – and probably out of line – but “conservatives” like Lindsay Graham. That is, TWO fake parties, neither of which is real or has anything to do with the people. So. Shocked. Hope and Change, Poland!

    …In other news, however, NeoCons are making pip-squeeks that “Russia is attacking Poland.” Uh-huh. So that’s your next play huh? What happened to attacking the nuke plant and them shelling themselves? Did that not play? So they (London) need to get Poland under complete control (With Tusk, EU-head and basically an American, having been here so long) before they try something this radical. I’m sure Moscow will be Completely. Surprised.

    “Did Clarke actually admit that the invasion of America under Joe Biden was a deliberate ploy for votes?”

    Of course they do. They admit it all the time for years. But the Republicans are afraid the Democrats might get mad at them. We wouldn’t want to say something naughty. Mommy knows best. Republicans do whatever Mommy says.

    “WEF Declares “Disinformation” to be the World’s Greatest Threat (Turley)

    Well s—t, they’d better disband then. Aren’t these the guys saying Marburg is an epidemic and everywhere? I mean, don’t you see it all the time where you are, people keeling over in the streets like during Covid? We saw how that worked out in the chart of “January of 2022”.

    Homeless in tents, healthier than ever! They’re getting bubonic plague, but there’s no medical concern for that. Compared to Covid at 0.06%, Plague is perfectly safe! We actually did LESS cleanup and MORE poop and MORE unchecked medical immigrants!

    Amazing. If some wit were to make up a “California Snake” stereotype, like AI, that’s exactly what they would draw.

    B.C. Pride. …I’m beginning to suspect a trend. …Especially when this is exactly what happened when I was a little boy. Creepy gay men are creepy, and sad panda is sad.

    Frog: Yes, Britain sure took some knocks, but they back-merged with the “Lions of Tarsus” in their collapse and kept the worst off. But that means we’re merged with Britain. I mean, look at our policies! Is there a single policy where London and us disagree? Wot a coincidence! That can only mean London is politically correct 100% of the time! No wonder we’re the same! You can track this with the “Jilted Jealously” o-meter, especially with France. Like the 1970’s (after the Op “British Invasion”) Disco, and “Freedom Fries.” So. Dumb. Probably with Germany too, but they use the “Nazi, Nazi, Nazi” card for that one. So. Dumb. The abusive shrew. But hey, if we’re just going to sit around and fall for it, I guess they really ARE the master race and we deserve it, eh? Party on Wayne.

    #150319
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Russia v The Ukraine goes on.

    Regarding G. Lira, is one time I’d absolutely love to hear from S. Ritter…hear him explain the (((source))) of his impunity and indemnity as opposed to his buddy’s lack thereof.

    #150320
    zerosum
    Participant

    Why …
    Control the Narrative
    Next step, ???
    Control the Complexity/Everything
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    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/taiwan-president-elect-lai-to-face-china-s-ire-after-victory/ar-AA1mUqat?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=05729e58bfcb47a2b056c6e9a73a12c9&ei=18

    Taiwan president-elect Lai to face China’s ire after victory
    Story by By Ben Blanchard

    During the campaign, Lai said he would stick to President Tsai’s path of proffering talks with China and maintaining peace and the status quo, while also pledging to defend the island and reiterating only its people can decide the island’s future.
    ————
    ‘Biden Violating Article I of the Constitution by carrying out airstrikes in Yemen without congressional approval.
    ———
    • Poison Spiders at the Center of the Web (Kunstler)

    (Hmmm… can’t reach this pagekunstler.com took too long to respond)

    we can do anything we want to you and you can’t do anything about it. . . and we can rub your faces in it, too, ho ho. . . and then empty a bed pan over your head in case you’re not feeling sufficiently impotent and humiliated. And the purpose of all that is their hope to foment some act of genuine violent resistance against the blob to justify further lawless persecution of the blob’s enemies. They’re really hoping to set off a civil war to justify martial law in order to ensure a free and fair election.
    ————–
    • Signs Of A New World Order Are Becoming Increasingly Obvious (Bordachev)

    However, as the crisis of the liberal world order deepened, the influence and role of the BRICS group in world affairs gradually increased. First of all, the political significance of the group grew – precisely as a way of signaling an alternative to the Western approach to solving the problems of global development and the broader international agenda. At the same time, the countries of the group still do not formulate strategies that could be seen as a direct challenge to the West or that reflect a vision of an ‘ideal’ world order comparable in clarity to that of the West. This is an inevitable consequence of the lack of hegemony of a single power in the group, which does not prevent the emergence of common interests, but deprives it of the possibility of setting goals and objectives, the fulfillment of which requires the submission of all to the same leadership.
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    • Erdogan Accuses US, UK Of Trying To Turn Red Sea Into ‘Sea Of Blood’ (TASS)

    “..the US and UK have so far delivered 73 strikes on Yemen..”

    • Biden Admin Deployed Air Force Team To Israel To Assist With Targets (IC)

    “U.S. Gen. Pat Ryder insisted that the special operations forces deployed to Israel to advise on hostage rescue were “not participating in [Israel Defense Forces] target development.”
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    World Economic Forum Declares “Disinformation” to be the World’s Greatest Threat


    • WEF Declares “Disinformation” to be the World’s Greatest Threat (Turley)

    the only hope for humanity is censorship and speech controls.
    https://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_Global_Risks_Report_2024.pdf
    The Global Risks Report 2024

    The Global Risks Report 2024 presents the findings
    of the Global Risks Perception Survey (GRPS),
    which captures insights from nearly 1,500 global
    experts. The report analyses global risks through
    three time frames to support decision-makers in
    balancing current crises and longer-term priorities.

    ————

    #150321
    Noirette
    Participant

    Open Doors Kick…

    Promoting ‘diversity’ as exemplified and vaguely discussed in the last thread, i.e. hiking ppl of ‘color’ or ‘xyz disadvantaged’ (gay, disabled, trans-gender, etc.) is simply a means for those in power to put forward underlings who will do their bidding 100%, without question.

    Racism / anti-gay in France is a HUGE topic of concern and justifies a lot …Don’t get me onto *Attal* as PM in F..

    The result, a completely ‘fake’ ‘Gvmt’ and ‘Associative Society’ (applies to F..) where many important posts are occupied by ‘stooges’ who are under ‘orders’ – aka kindly formulated suggestions – which are carried out without question.

    The stooges are often genuinely really impressed, star-struck, and adore their masters, some can’t believe their good luck, others rapidly adopt an arrogant attitude — the former are preffered by the PTB.

    In the US, from far off, it seems that white men are particularly targeted, being demeaned, cancelled, imprisoned. The ‘revanchard’ mentality may account for some of that, but basically, imho, ppl are being manipulated by those in power, the divide-to-conquer strategy reaching an alarming apogee, stridency and actioning of levers to spread suspicion, hate, and the ‘norms’ one must adhere to as a ‘proper person’ going thru the roof.

    > Objecting makes one a Nazi, a white supremacist, a terrorist, a Muslim radical, a Marxist, a Communist, a laughable clue-less retrograde idiot stuck in past epochs, a woman who doesn’t stand by other women, a person who wants to undermine democracy, etc. etc.

    #150322
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Why is there not more coverage on the Lloyd Austin unannounced disappearance debacle?

    The “shore stories” attempting to deflect public attention from the SERIOIUSNESS of the screw up are pathetically inadequate (and change from day to day anyway so why even bother listening to them?).

    For example, we are told that Austin’s deputy (Kathleen Hicks) covered his duties in his absence BUT did not know (for two whole days) why her boss was off duty. WHAT?! How could she possibly not know? Her position of authority is so powerful, crucial and highly placed that it is literally her JOB to know EVERYTHING. I guess she just wasn’t very curious about the unexplained disappearance the guy in charge of all of the defenses of the world’s largest military, during a time of war.

    That’s a pretty serious lack of curiosity.

    Apparently that lack of curiosity stretches’ to include pretty much every media and information source in the world, INCLUDING the so-called Alternative Media.

    What’s going on here, folks? Has everybody got a slight case of brain death?

    #150324
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/violent-explosions-rock-us-occupation-base-in-syria

    Violent explosions rock US occupation base in Syria

    On 11 January, the Pentagon announced that 130 attacks have targeted its bases in Iraq and Syria since October.

    According to the correspondent, the attack “destroyed the base and its surroundings.

    American air defenses tried to confront the missile attack with their ground and air anti-aircraft weapons, to no avail … the American occupation army’s air force and helicopters, in the meantime, began flying over the skies of the towns surrounding its bases” in the oilfields of Conoco and Al-Omar.

    #150325
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/us-uk-attack-on-yemen-will-not-go-unpunished-official

    The Yemeni Armed Forces released a statement on 12 January condemning the US-British attack on the country and announcing the deaths of several of its troops.
    “The US-British enemy, as part of its support for the continued Israeli crime in Gaza, launched a brutal aggression against the Republic of Yemen with seventy-three raids, targeting the capital, Sanaa, and the governorates of Hodeidah, Taiz, Hajjah, and Saada. The raids led to the death of five martyrs and the injury of six others from our armed forces.”

    The attack will “not go unpunished or unanswered,” the Armed Forces added.

    “The US and British enemy bears full responsibility for this criminal aggression … [We] will not hesitate to all target all threats and all hostile targets on land and sea in defense of Yemen.”

    The statement vowed that no US or British attack is capable of deterring Yemen “from its position of supporting and standing with the oppressed Palestinian people.”

    Sanaa’s forces will continue to attack ships linked to Israel or bound for Israeli ports, the statement confirmed.

    #150326
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Dali – Living Still Life
    Hey, wait a minute, that looks like a head of Romanesque broccoli!
    I never noticed that before.

    #150327
    Oroboros
    Participant

    @D Benton Smith

    “Why is there not more coverage on the Lloyd Austin unannounced disappearance debacle?..”

    #150328
    zerosum
    Participant

    “US Decided To Have War With Iran! Act 1: Setting The Stage To Play The Victim.” (????)

    Source:

    In the video there is a reference to an article in the New York Times called “Houthis vow to retaliate as White House seeks to contain Mideast war”.

    Pascal Lottaz (the host of “Neytrality Studies”) explains why he thinks the strikes on Yemen is the 1st stage of the coming war against Iran. LLoyd Austin is in hospital and the neocons are seeing their chance of escalating the war(s) in the Middle East.

    Posted by: WMG | Jan 13 2024

    #150329
    WES
    Participant

    Yesterday I listened to a Black Mountain video of retired colonel Valadimir Trukhan (army staff officer?). One of the moderators provide “short” translations as best as he could. I suspect much info was lost in translation. With my poor hearing I also missed much/liiely misinterpreted too.

    Most of Ukraine’s USSR Air defenses were destroyed in first 2 months of the SMO by Russia. All remaining Ukrainian air defense missile systems are now located around big cities to protect military industry. Most of these are US-NATO air defense systems, many of these are no longer used by NATO. The newer air defense systems are all manned by NATO personnel.

    S-300 missiles need to be updated every 10 years or so. This might explain S-300 launch failures hitting so many buildings in Ukrainian cities.

    Russia’s 3 line defensive lines were designed to require 100 tanks to breech first line, then another 500 tanks to breech the second and third lines. So 600 tanks in all. (We know no tanks reached the first line as all were killed in the grey zone.) These defenses placed where Russians wanted to break opponent.

    Russian logistics have included upgrading roads/railways to within 10 km of front lines. (We know Russian logistics are good since Ukrainian soldiers complain about the Russians having everything they need while Ukrainian soldiers have nothing.)

    Most NATO supplied equipment to Ukraine can not be repaired behind the front lines and must be shipped back to NATO for repairs, creating logistic nightmares. Most Russian military equipment can be repaired behind the front lines and quickly returned to service. Only badly damaged equipment is returned to factory for repairs.

    NATO strategy is focused on using air power/missiles rather than ground troops. NATO tries to find a weak spot and attack there. Russia focuses on ground troops/artillery/air defense.

    Currently there are no assault operations in cities as casualties would be too high. He pointed to Gaza City as an example why. Also no big arrow movements as casualties would be too high, like in first 2 months of SMO. Also commanders are under no time pressure to help keep casualties down. Can retreat to keep casualties down.

    NATO/msm propaganda very useful to Russian military (like in not so dumb farmer looking dumb?).

    A brand new Russian army being formed in St. Petersburg area. (Wonder why?)

    Goal is to degrade Ukrainian capabilities and break front line (not sure what “break” means – guess we will find out over time).

    I am sure I have forgotten most of topics covered!

    #150330
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Oroboros
    I have also seen billboards in AZ, some in English, some in Spanish, that promote healthy fatherhood, sponsored by a government entity. (I don’t recall which government entity. I think it belonged to the AZ state.)
    Stop having kids.org is (no doubt,) an elitest funded nonprofit.
    I cannot read Hungarian, so I cannot determine who sponsored that billboard.

    My family has not contributed to the US trend of voluntary population reduction. My parents had 4 children, and collectively my sibs and I have contributed 18 grandchildren. At least half of the grandkids never received the deceptive Covid inoculation, and of those, 6 have never had any vaccine of any sort. I have 3 kids, which provides population replacement for myself and my ex, and we can say that the third is a bonus and makes up for my childless current spouse.

    Of my siblings, the sister with the strongest marriage has the most kids. I, with the worst marriage (it ended,) have the fewest kids. In a world where birth control is easy to obtain, there is a certain logic to this outcome. (Obviously, this is anecdotal.)

    #150331
    zerosum
    Participant

    the escalation is meant to prevent escalation. – John Kirby

    #150332
    zerosum
    Participant

    The U.S. armada trashing itself, it is also helping the Houthis achieve its goals of closing down shipping to Israel through the Red Sea.

    #150333
    WES
    Participant

    Zerosum:

    I suspect CIA thought their Houthis pals would target all ships not just Jewish ships. So the Pentagon was forced to bomb Houthis to force more ships heading to Europe via Suez Canal to now reroute around Africa.

    Expect trouble in Moldova any day now.

    The deep state doesn’t give up easily do they.

    #150334
    zerosum
    Participant

    Hi WES

    I cannot think of a better way for the elites to increase the price of oil/everything on our trip down to the stone age and to reduce our “pollution”.

    #150335
    Dr. D
    Participant

    The Plan is the The Plan. We never give up on The Plan.

    Like good minions, we wouldn’t know what else to do if we did!

    #150336
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Why We Can’t Have Nice Things aka AmeriKa is burning:

    The core issue is that changing political mores have established the systematic promotion of the unqualified and sidelining of the competent.

    (see Dysgenics)

    Without a *core* populace Unified in Spiritual Sanity the inevitable path/destination of secular human de-evolution is/was *always* collapse via corruption.

    The current generation of We The People has totally withdrawn, here’s their theme song:

    While “thinkers” engaged in political circular mental disturbances full of self-centered, hubris-obsessed verbosity, The West’s foundation (which was gifted to us by the The Enlightenment), rotted away until there’s no there “there”, no-thing remaining to restore/rebuild, which anyone with a shred of “sanity” could readily ID, in fact many of us not otherwise *insane* have/are being PAINFULLY drawn & quartered for just noticing the wakingUniParty *nightmare*, how dare us question the loyal imperial electorate!

    The GlobalCap Empire has been at this for a long, LONG time, at this point given the success of the COVID PsyOp, all “humanity” waiting for is the deplorables’ coup de grâce

    Venerunt, Viderunt, Vicerunt, Morimur.

    #150337
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    “A complete mad man is using the War Powers Act against Yemen with F-22 Jets and Tomahawk missiles. Why?”

    Psss…you could have rescinded i.e. ROLLED-BACK the War Powers Act established by FDR in 1933, why didn’t you?

    (A) You’re a narcissistic elitist moron, too busy telling everyone how great! you are to have a *clue* about truly *important* real realities, that you COULD have remedied in 2017-2020?

    (B) You’re actually just an actor, in this case a heel, meant to appease the unwashed masses back into submission?

    So which is it Donald?

    Unfortunately given my experiences with the situation, I’m choosing door #1 🙄

    #150338
    Oroboros
    Participant

    @phoenixvoice

    Almost all developed countries not just in the West but SE Asia don’t have replacement birth numbers.

    Easy access to birth control and various degrees of abortion assure nobody has to have an unwanted baby. (still do but they’re stupid and selfish)

    Also a higher degree of women having equal rights and especially equal access to education and the perks of a well paying career and retirement pension alleviate the need for children to care for you in old age.

    Polls Ive seen asking younger women in these well off countries if they want to have children have come up with as much as 40% of women NOTwanting children.

    The 60% who do don’t necessarily actually fulfill their wish. No stable partner, medical issues or sterility knock that sixty percent down even further and having more than 2 kids is expensive, even more so now with runaway inflation striking western economies. So of the women who actually want children, probably less than 50% do and on average have barely 2 kids.

    Having healthy kids when 1 in 50 is autistic and having to give the child 80-90+ vaccines just to attend horseshit public schools is a disincentive to say the least.

    Covid will further increase miscarriages, birth defects and sterility.

    I’m old fashion and still believe only real biological women can give birth.

    So relatively equal rights and equal opportunity for women seems to naturally give rise to a sub replacement number.

    General prosperity naturally yields less kids as a cultural phenomenon.

    Ironic

    It’s baked into the cake.

    Countries like Hungary and Russia are actively promoting family formation using extra benefits and opportunities for young families and women. Ad aimed at young men are also in the works.

    Look at Duh’merica.

    Tucker Carlson just had Alex Berenson on talking about wanting to do a story on why so many young men globally are showing a distinct lack of interest in even having sex much less committing to long term marriage with a women and kids.

    An entire generation of kids with so much student debt they have the equivalent of a mortgage with no house and no prospects of saving for one.

    The cost of living crushes them with everyday living expense inflation.

    Snowflake Soyboys living in their parents cellars only surfacing for Ramen noodle runs and cases of Red Bull aren’t dating or marriage material.

    Full body tattooed fluorescent haired facially pierced emotionally deformed young women are not either.

    So illegal immigrants don’t have those hangup, they will breed like rabbits for a couple generations until they too succumb to Modernity and general prosperity.

    I’m glad I’m old and saw a basically sane and normal world for the better part of my life.

    Mayor of NYC scraping off motto from the Statue of Liberty

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    New Motto for the Empire of Lies Gangster Nation

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    #150339
    Oroboros
    Participant

    I love a nice landscape to help me relax

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    #150340
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Clark County Today:

    Mission Accomplished!

    #150341
    zerosum
    Participant

    “An entire generation of kids with so much student debt they have the equivalent of a mortgage with no house and no prospects of saving for one.”

    correction

    An entire generation of kids with so much student debt they each/both have the equivalent of a mortgage with no house and no prospects of saving and car payments with no cars to go to work. The fortunate couple have a “mommy basement” to live in and a “grandfathered gas car” or an evbike.

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