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There is Hope After All (Paul Craig Roberts)
We Are Witnessing The Final Downfall Of The West (Emmanuel Todd)
The End of Global Leadership (Patrick Lawrence)
After 100 Days, Netanyahu Vows To Continue Gaza Killing (Cradle)
Western Strikes On Houthis Mostly Failed – NYT (RT)
Egypt’s Suez Canal Revenues Plunge (RT)
Political Survival Now Netanyahu’s ‘Real Objective’ (Sp.)
Ukrainian Army Mostly ‘Very Old Men’ – Commander (RT)
Why Did West Put Ukraine Funding Onto Back Burner? (Sp.)
Germany Unsure Where Its Ukraine Weapons Went – Der Spiegel (RT)
No Peace Without Russia – Swiss Foreign Minister (RT)
Fani Willis Says Accusations Of Affair With Trump Prosecutor Are Racist (NYP)
NBC News Admits ‘Deep State’ Exists… To Save Us From Trump’s Return (ZH)
Dems Hatch “Republicans For A Day” Scheme To Boost Haley Vs. Trump In Iowa (ZH)

 

 

 

 

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“The West is going down in flames. Don’t be discouraged by the collapse of evil. Be encouraged. The collapse of evil brings the opportunity for renewal.”

There is Hope After All (Paul Craig Roberts)

From time to time I receive a message from a reader that he or she has been reading my analyses for years, is convinced that what we have known as Western civilization is in collapse, but wishes to see some hope. What can we do to resurrect our civilization, integrity, moral behavior, and respect for truth? My position has been that nothing can be done unless the people are aware of their plight. My job is to bring awareness. Nothing can be done until the people seek awareness and become aware. As long as the media and official narratives keep people in The Matrix, nothing can be done. Movies such as V for Vendetta and The Matrix have made this clear. But today I bring you good news. After a conversation with a friend today, I can tell you that it is in the collapse of the system where hope resides. As every aspect of the system is corrupt, collapse is the corrective. The ruling elites have miscalculated. By bringing about the collapse, the elites are collapsing their own power.

Collapse brings reset, not the World Economic Forum’s, but the peoples’ reset. The people have the numbers, not the elites, who are diminished by fights among themselves. As their power shrinks from their miscalculations, their power diminishes. The elites know this, which is why they are trying to kill us with “vaccines,” “pandemics,” and the destruction of our food supply in the name of “saving the planet from global warming.” The only way humans can destroy planet Earth is through nuclear war, which seems to be the goal of US/Israeli neoconservatives, such as Robert Kagan and Victoria Nuland. Why is there hope in collapse of the accumulated evil? Because it clears the agenda. What can you do to survive the collapse? Arm yourselves. Create organizations of family, friends, community, county, and elevate them into state alliances against the anti-American woke, the anti-American neoconservatives, the anti-American Democrats, and your deadly anti-American enemy in Washington. Secession of the red states is possible.

It is the blue states that are the reservoirs of anti-American hatred. These states are a far more dangerous enemy to Americans than Russians, Chinese, Iranians, Hamas, and Houthis in Yemen. Yet we hear from the whore media nothing of the real threat, only the make-believe threat to America from the designated enemies of Zionist Israel’s expansion from the Nile to the Euphrates. Except for the Houthis and Hamas, the Muslim rulers are too content accepting bribes from Washington to do anything about the US/Israeli genocide of the Palestinians. Other than the Houthis, the entire Muslim world could be in the dock, with Israel and the West, at the International Court of Justice. One consequence could be the collapse of American/Israeli power in the Middle East. Arab power collapsed long ago. But American power has failed to take its place.

After a 20-year effort, the American “superpower” was defeated and driven out of Afghanistan by a few thousand lightly armed Taliban, who again rule the country, just as happened in Vietnam where endless US bombing only ensured the Vietcong’s victory. It is the Houthis and Iranians who are likely to control the sea lanes in the territory under attack, not Washington, unless the Houthis and Iranins accept being paid off. None of this works for the anti-American, anti-nation, anti-national sovereignty, anti-white civilization ruling elite of Washington. The ruling anti-western white elites hate America, national sovereignty, and human liberty far more than they hate their self-chosen foreign enemies chosen for profit and control reasons. The US Constitution is in the way of their dictatorship more than are the Houthis.The West is going down in flames. Don’t be discouraged by the collapse of evil. Be encouraged. The collapse of evil brings the opportunity for renewal.

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“The American ruling class is devoid of morality, it has no more religion, all that remains with it is an obsession with money and war and a kind of enjoyment at creating a mess all over the world.”

We Are Witnessing The Final Downfall Of The West (Emmanuel Todd)

Emmanuel Todd is a prominent and brilliant French intellectual: a historian, a demographer, and an anthropologist. He is one of France’s last independent thinkers, a category that has become a rarity… while we used to have so many. He has just published a new book: “The Defeat of the West”. In it, he proposes a dispassionate analysis of the world’s geopolitical scene, laying out facts without taking moral stances. In Todd’s assessment, the disappearance of American Protestantism is the key factor in the fall of the West. This fall of the Protestant religion in America has given rise to this new American ideology reigning over the whole Western space: Nihilism. This is the central concept of the book. This Nihilism is both the trigger of the West’s final downfall and the driving force behind the West’s renewed violent imperialism. Here are some of his quotes from interviews he has given over the last couple days:

“My book is basically a sequel to Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. On the eve of the 1914 war, he rightly believed that the rise of the West was at its heart the rise of the Protestant world – England, the United States, Germany unified by Prussia, Scandinavia. France’s luck was to be geographically glued to the leading pack. Protestantism had produced a high level of education, unprecedented in human history, universal literacy, because it required that every believer should be able to read the Holy Scriptures for himself. In addition, the fear of damnation and the need to feel chosen by God induced a work ethic, a strong individual and collective morality. On the negative side, there were some of the worst forms of racism that ever existed – anti-black in the United States or anti-Jewish in Germany – since, with its conceptual dichotomy of “Chosen by God” and “Damned by God”, Protestantism renounced the Catholic principle of equality between all people.”

“Today, symmetrically, the recent collapse of Protestantism in the U.S. has set in motion an intellectual decline, a disappearance of work ethic, and its substitution by mass greed (official name: neoliberalism). After the rise of the West comes its downfall. This analysis of the religious element does not denote any nostalgia or moralizing lamentation in me: it is a historical observation.” “I emphasize the industrial deficiency of the United States with the revelation of the fictitious nature of the American GDP. I deflate this GDP and show the root causes of industrial decline: the inadequacy of engineering training and more generally the decline in educational levels. The US GDP is a bubble.” s”The fixation of the Western middle classes on transgenderism raises a sociological and historical question. To constitute in the social horizon the idea that a man can really become a woman and a woman a man is to affirm something biologically impossible, it is to deny the reality of the world, it is to affirm the false.”

“Trans ideology is, therefore, in my opinion, one of the flags of this nihilism that now defines the West, this drive to destroy, not just things and humans but reality.” “The collapse of Protestantism in the United States has caused a decline in the level of education.” “The disappearance of religion: Americans don’t go to church anymore, they don’t believe in God anymore.” “There is a powerful nihilistic impulse in the US: the search for war and violence. This is a lost society without meaning, that provokes or fans conflicts everywhere in the world.” “Something important has happened in the West : the transition from liberal democracy to liberal oligarchy.”

“France does not exist because it is now aligned with the United States.” “The Americans’ obsession is to prevent the cooperation between Germany and Russia. This is American leaders’ terror. But it’s going to fail because the West is going to lose. It’s reality that’s going to win.” “The best thing that could happen to Europe is the retreat of the US.” “The West is on an aggressive trajectory.” “The American ruling class is devoid of morality, it has no more religion, all that remains with it is an obsession with money and war and a kind of enjoyment at creating a mess all over the world.”

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“..the apartheid state, as it exposes its own grotesquerie, also exposes the West’s centuries of sins..”

The End of Global Leadership (Patrick Lawrence)

There are many photographs of President Biden floating around these days. Maybe it is because, even allowing for his physical decline and his mental incompetence, his minders can no longer keep him so thoroughly out of sight as this, an election year, begins. The picture I am thinking of, carried by the BBC, is a video frame shot at Biden’s Valley Forge speech last week. That was his first outing as he seeks reelection next November. And there are Joe Biden and First Lady Jill—excuse me, Dr. Jill—standing before the usual prop on such occasions, an immense American flag. Joe smiles out from a mask-like face, blank with what looks like bewilderment. Dr. Jill smiles, too—a frozen smile, but one that suggests she is at least aware of what is going on. Dr. Jill waves, left arm hoisted high. The two are holding hands. What is it about this image, among so many others, that causes it to linger in my mind? I conclude it was the utter emptiness of the poses and the gestures. I have seen few photographs of prominent pols, and in this case the spouse, so abjectly devoid of sincerity and authenticity.

It has something to do with the moment, too. This is a president who has supplied and financed a proxy war in Ukraine that has failed after killing scores of thousands of soldiers and displacing millions more. This is a president who now sponsors a genocide in Gaza as the world watches in real time—a genocide, do you hear me? This president’s signature project—America will lead democratic nations in a crusade against the world’s authoritarians—is virtually nowhere taken seriously. This is a man who presides with imperial distance over a republic that has tumbled into spiritual and social collapse and extreme economic inequality, all the while displaying more or less complete indifference to this national plight. This is a president facing articles of impeachment based on plentiful evidence that he participated in the influence-peddling schemes of his son and brother.

This is a man who is smiling. At the end of the video Dr. Jill has to lead President Joe off the stage. He does not stop smiling as she does so. I suppose the intent is to encourage as many Americans as possible to assume—to assume without thinking too much—all goes swimmingly as 2024 begins, the outlook altogether hunky-dory. My read of the Valley Forge image is upside down to this. I find the president and First Lady’s fixed expressions, and their evident determination that they must not betray any of what lies behind the smiles, frightening. This is what “victory culture” looks like when it is videoed or photographed, to borrow Tom Engelhardt’s very useful phrase. When Tom published The End of Victory Culture in 1995, he thought he had written the epitaph for the peculiarly American preference for the illusion of never-ending “wins,” success everywhere one looks. He knows better now, as a revised edition of this fine book makes clear. If I find the image of Joe and Dr. Jill Biden at Valley Forge frightening, I also find it dangerous. And I may as well add, I find it abusive.

This is a time of many defeats for America and Americans. There is the list noted above. The war in Ukraine is out-and-out lost no matter how long and perversely the U.S. and its clients continue wasting lives and money to avoid this truth. The Israelis will prevail on the ground in Gaza, as argued recently in this space, but Israel and America have already lost big, very big, if we think in strategic terms rather than tactically. The Gaza crisis, in turn, has further shredded the social and political fabric at home. Federal and state legislatures, the courts, the universities, the media, rights of assembly and free speech: How far will America go until it recognizes that U.S. support for an out-of-control Zionist state is damage America inflicts on itself?

I look now to a defeat greater than all of these. Ours is a passage in history that, however difficult it is, we must recognize for its sheer magnitude. It was a long time coming, but the pathological savagery of the Israelis as they exterminate the Palestinians of Gaza announces the end of any claim America and the West altogether have to global leadership on any kind of moral basis, legal basis, or any assumption that the West possesses superior ideals, principles of government, or what have you. Israel’s genocide, we had better acknowledge, has many antecedents. In this way the apartheid state, as it exposes its own grotesquerie, also exposes the West’s centuries of sins.

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“..the war is turning out to be a bloody slog that is demonstrating the limits of Israeli military capabilities—and the sophistication of Hamas’s underground defense network.”

After 100 Days, Netanyahu Vows To Continue Gaza Killing (Cradle)

In a speech on 13 January, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin said not even the International Court of Justice in The Hague would stop Israel from continuing its war on Gaza, which has killed some 23,900 Palestinians, including 10,000 children, so far. “No one will stop us — not The Hague, not the Axis of Evil, and no one else. It is possible and necessary to continue until victory, and we will do it,” Netanyahu told a televised press conference marking day 100 of the war. Earlier this week, South Africa brought a case against Israel for breach of the UN Genocide Convention, of which Tel Aviv is a signatory. South Africa is hoping the court will issue a temporary injunction demanding Israel halt its bombing and ground campaign that has seen 65,000 tons of munitions dropped on Gaza, leaving large areas in its cities and refugee camps appearing as “moonscapes” and many dead under the rubble.

Netanyahu accused South Africa of supporting “baby burners,” though Israel has not provided any evidence Hamas committed such crimes. Instead, evidence continues to emerge that the Israeli forces burned many of their own civilians to death during Operation Al-Aqsa Flood by responding to the attack by Hamas’ Qassam Brigades using helicopter and tank fire. Israel issued the “Hannibal Directive” to kill Israeli civilians and soldiers rather than let them be taken captive by fighters from Hamas’ military wing, the Qassam Brigades, to exchange for Palestinians held captive in Israel. The Israeli premier claimed that the war on Gaza had already “eliminated most of the Hamas battalions.” However, The Wall Street Journal noted on 14 January that Netanyahu has not achieved the goals he declared at the beginning of the war, including destroying Hamas, ending its control of Gaza, and freeing Israeli captives taken on 7 October.

Instead, “the war is turning out to be a bloody slog that is demonstrating the limits of Israeli military capabilities—and the sophistication of Hamas’s underground defense network.” “The Israeli military is still seeking to find and destroy tunnels where Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, and others are believed to be hiding,” the paper added. In his speech, Netanyahu told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this week, “This is not only our war, this is also your war.” As Al-Mayadeen noted, Tel Aviv is deeply dependent on Washington, which has played a vital role in the war to support the killing. Israel’s Channel 12 reported on 26 December that 244 US transport planes and 20 ships had delivered over 10,000 tons of armaments and military equipment to Israel since 7 October.

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Biden administration cleared a potential $147.5 million foreign military sale of M107 155mm artillery shells and supporting equipment to Israel on December 30. Israel is also relying on US naval forces to target Yemen’s Ansarallah-led armed forces, who have been targeting Israeli-linked commercial ships traveling through the Red Sea. Ansarallah seeks to blockade and punish Israel for what the resistance group views as the genocide in Gaza. But Israeli leaders are hoping for additional US help to expand the war to Lebanon to confront the most important Axis of Resistance member, Hezbollah

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Western Strikes On Houthis Mostly Failed – NYT (RT)

The US-led strikes on alleged positions of Houthi militias in Yemen have failed to significantly weaken their military potential and prevent them from further attacks on shipping routes in the Red Sea, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing sources. According to the first assessment of Friday’s barrage cited by the paper, the attacks successfully hit 90% of designated targets. However, two US officials suggested that while the strikes had destroyed or damaged more than 60 drone and missile sites with more than 150 munitions, the Houthis still retained about 70-80% of their military capability. The article added that some of the militia’s assets are also mobile, meaning they could be hidden if necessary.

Meanwhile, The Times noted that locating Houthi targets is proving more difficult than expected, as Western efforts picked up steam only after the start of the Hamas-Israel conflict on October 7. The Houthis, who control most of Yemen, have rallied to the support of the Palestinian armed group, attacking both Israeli targets and what they describe as Israeli-linked ships in the region in recent weeks. US officials interviewed by the NYT have suggested that Washington may launch another barrage on Houthi targets after it analyzes the damage from the recent strikes. The outlet’s sources also noted that while the militia’s response to the Western attack has so far been muted, they are bracing for a Houthi retaliation.

The US and UK launched what they called “defensive” strikes against the Houthis in the early hours of Friday morning, backed by Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands, with President Joe Biden declaring them a success and accusing the militia of “endangering freedom of navigation”. According to Reuters, the barrage has caused mixed reactions in the EU, where several members would have preferred a calmer policy towards the security crisis in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Moscow has called the strikes “illegal,” noting that they had violated the UN Charter. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has also suggested that the latest development risks derailing the Yemen reconciliation process and triggering a “destabilization of the entire Middle East.”

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“Egypt’s Suez Canal saw a 40% year-on-year decline in the first eleven days of 2024..”

Egypt’s Suez Canal Revenues Plunge (RT)

Revenues generated by Egypt’s Suez Canal saw a 40% year-on-year decline in the first eleven days of 2024, canal authority head Osama Rabie said earlier this week. Ship traffic through the maritime artery connecting the Mediterranean and the Red Sea dropped 30% between January 1 and January 11 compared to the same period a year prior, the official noted, speaking on a talk show Thursday night. According to Rabie, the number of ships that have moved through the Suez Canal fell to 544 in the first eleven days of the current year compared to 777 in the equivalent period of 2023. He pointed out that the period of cargo transportation has increased by at least two weeks while costs for the delivery of goods and insurance were also growing.

“The Cape of Good Hope is not a valid and safe route for ships to cross at this time, especially in light of bad weather and the long duration of the crossing,” the official said, adding that navigating around the African continent adds up to 15 days compared to passing through the Suez Canal. The canal is a major source of foreign currency for Egypt. In recent years, the country’s government has been trying hard to increase revenues generated by allowing commercial vessels through it. The route was expanded in 2015, with further enlargement underway. In June, Egypt’s Suez Canal posted an all-time high annual revenue of $9.4 billion in the fiscal year 2022-2023, up from $7 billion recorded a year earlier.

Back then, 25,887 ships carrying 1.5 billion tons of cargo passed through the route, marking the highest amount on record. However, at the end of last year, cargo traffic through one of the world’s vital trade arteries dropped 28% due to the attacks carried out by Yemen-based Houthis against commercial ships in the Red Sea. The assaults became more frequent after the rebels instituted a de facto blockade through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. They have been attacking vessels thought to be linked to Israel in what they say is a show of solidarity with the Palestinians following the escalation of hostilities in Gaza.

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“..the real objective of Netanyahu and his government is political survival. The victory, per se, is very far.”

Political Survival Now Netanyahu’s ‘Real Objective’ (Sp.)

Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas’ attacks on October 7 has essentially devolved into a bloody quagmire. It remains unclear how exactly it might end. While Israeli forces continue to battle Palestinian militants amid the ruins of the Gaza Strip, Tel Aviv’s stated goal of destroying Hamas appears to be far from accomplished, even as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasts that not even International Court of Justice will prevent Israel’s triumph. Commenting on the current situation, Beirut-based scholar and analyst specializing in the Middle East Dr. Lorenzo Trombetta pointed out to Sputnik that now, 100 days after the launch of Israel’s invasion, “it is clear to many Israelis, and perhaps also to Netanyahu and his ministers, that this achievement” – the destruction of Hamas – “is far from being obtained.”

According to Dr. Trombetta, Israeli “military operations on the ground and their airstrikes will continue in the Gaza Strip and in various areas of the region.” “And the victory won’t be something that won’t concern the present in the endgame, the narrative, aim of Netanyahu this victory be something concerning the future,” he remarked. “But between the victory and today, for Netanyahu, that is the political survival. I think the real objective of Netanyahu and his government is political survival. The victory, per se, is very far.” As for what victory might look like for the denizens of the Palestinian strip, Trombetta suggested that a “Hamas victory could be its survival after the October 7 offensive and after so many months, and perhaps because the war would continue, if Hamas will continue to survive and we could have a physical presence in the Gaza Strip, this could be a victory, of course, and this will be claimed as a victory.”

“But for the Palestinian society, it could be seen in another way,” he added. He branded as unrealistic the scenario in which the Israeli military assumes “full control of the Gaza Strip” or where Egypt and other Arab states manage to “exert that control” over the area. “So as far as things are going in this direction, I think that at the end of the day, there would be a sort of truce between Hamas and Israel and Hamas would continue to have a physical presence in Gaza Strip with huge humanitarian aid for basic reconstruction, at least for basic services in some parts of the Strip, where Israel could maintain some partial control of key areas,” Trombetta speculated. “A sort of mixed control between Hamas and Israel, mainly Israel on the internal borders of the Gaza Strip while Hamas can retain some key hotspot here and there.”

He also said it is unlikely that the Gaza Strip would receive some “new legal status” in the near “foreseeable future,” and that he thinks “from now to one year and half of two years, we will see a de facto hybrid scenario in Gaza Strip, something that is resembled to after post-conflict settlement, but not really something that will last the many years.” Regarding the recent escalation in the Red Sea, Trombetta noted that the US-UK strikes on Houthi position in Yemen “didn’t calm down the situation,” achieving the opposite result instead. “It will get worse and worse, because the Houthis will continue to fire, the Anglo-US leading Western coalition will continue to retaliate or to strike Houthi positions and there will not be any truce among parties because the Houthi are very well determined to be present in this conflict, to say, hey, we are here, we want to say our word, we, we want to show our support to Gaza and our other friends, to the axis of resistance,” he predicted.

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“..the average age of a soldier is way over 40 years old..”

Ukrainian Army Mostly ‘Very Old Men’ – Commander (RT)

The Ukrainian Armed Forces are in dire need of younger recruits because the average age of a soldier is way over 40 years old, said Alexey Tarasenko, commander of the 5th Assault Brigade. Speaking to Espresso TV on Sunday, Tarasenko said that it is “outlandish and perplexing” to hear that some people doubt the need for additional mobilization. “The military is eagerly waiting for fresh reinforcements because the situation in many units is critical in terms of personnel,” the commander lamented. “Even those who do come often leave much to be desired. Mostly, these are men of a much older age with a multitude of problems that typically arise [at that age].”

The military desperately needs “young men” because those who joined the army at the very beginning of the conflict are mostly “gone,” he said, adding the average age of soldiers is above 40. Tarasenko’s remarks came after Ukraine’s parliament – the Verkhovna Rada – asked the government for additional revisions of the much-debated bill that would expand the pool of men available for conscription. The proposed legislation would lower the maximum draft age from 27 to 25, limit deferrals, and increase penalties for draft dodgers. The critics have argued that the bill contains provisions that violate the constitution and pave a way for corruption. Last month, President Vladimir Zelensky revealed that the army had requested to mobilize between 450,000 and 500,000 people. Valery Zaluzhny, Ukraine’s top general, however, denied that the military asked for a specific number of new fighters.

Nevertheless, the situation prompted the authorities to consider different options for replenishing battlefield losses, including the introduction of electronic call-up papers, and to explore the conscription of women. The governor of Nikolaev region, Valery Kim, warned at the time that conscripting half a million people “is not enough” and Ukraine needs to enlist at least two million. Ukraine does not reveal its casualty numbers. According to Russia’s estimates, some 400,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed or wounded during the conflict, including 125,000 over the course of Kiev’s failed counteroffensive between early June and late November.

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“.. the escalation in Yemen after US and UK strikes on the Houthis is “more important for the West now, because commercial shipping is at risk.”

Why Did West Put Ukraine Funding Onto Back Burner? (Sp.)

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Thursday that US assistance for Ukraine “has now ground to a halt.” “While the US would like to sustain the war in Ukraine, because none of its objectives have been met, Washington can see the Ukraine conflict is unwinnable and Russia has the upper hand strategically,” Anuradha Chenoy, a retired professor and dean of the School of International Studies at the New Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University, told Sputnik. She added that Ukraine is “now on the back burner of the Western mindset,” and that the escalation in Yemen after US and UK strikes on the Houthis is “more important for the West now, because commercial shipping is at risk.” This is a “creeping escalation of a regional war,” which Chenoy stressed no one doesn’t want to see because “it can really damage the global economy” and negatively impact oil and other commodities.

“If this war escalates it will be dangerous economically and militarily with global impacts,” she warned. As for Global South nations, Chenoy went on, they are especially up in arms against “any other war” because they all face “developmental challenges and internal issues that they have to concentrate on; many countries are indebted, many have their own conflicts.” “So the Global South does not want to see any conflagration in the Middle East, because if oil prices go up, they are the first to be impacted negatively. They would express neutrality in such a conflict and call for immediate peace. They also appeal to the Houthis, to not endanger commercial shipping, keep sea lanes safe and secure and negotiate a resolution of the Palestine issue,” Chenoy concluded.

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“..regarding the massive commitment to finance the Ukrainian military, there have been “no controls” whatsoever, Der Spiegel reported, quoting the ministry..”

Germany Unsure Where Its Ukraine Weapons Went – Der Spiegel (RT)

The German government checked only twice where the weapons it had sent abroad in 2023 went, Der Spiegel reported on Friday, citing officials. Meanwhile, Berlin’s massive military assistance to Kiev was also left unsupervised, with German policymakers relying on assurances from Ukrainian officials. The Ministry of Economics provided the information in response to a request from Bundestag member Sevim Dagdelen, who is now a member of the recently formed BSW party founded by MP Sahra Wagenknecht. The latter, often described as the ‘Icon of German Left,’ has been a vocal critic of arms deliveries to Kiev. Citing the reply, Der Spiegel noted that Berlin had checked the whereabouts of small arms sent to Taiwan in January 2023, and in June, it carried out a similar inspection in Cape Verde.

German officials insisted that both on-site inspections meant to make sure that the weapons did not leave the end destination went smoothly. However, regarding the massive commitment to finance the Ukrainian military, there have been “no controls” whatsoever, Der Spiegel reported, quoting the ministry. German officials reportedly stated that Kiev had assured them that all German weapons would remain in the country, adding that “any verification measures must under no circumstances impair Ukraine’s effective defense against ongoing Russian aggression.” Ukraine received €17 billion ($18.7 billion) in military aid from Germany between January 2022 and October 2023, according to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Meanwhile, the German government approved nearly €12 billion ($13 billion) in arms exports in 2023, setting a new record.

Commenting on the officials’ reply, Dagdelen called the inspections a “laughing stock.” She suggested that the German government was much more eager to check weapons going to Cape Verde than to Saudi Arabia – which she called a “dictatorship” – or the United Arab Emirates. “Given the corruption in Ukraine, checks must be there too,” the MP added. Russia, which has repeatedly condemned Western arms deliveries to Ukraine, has also warned that these weapons could end up in the black market, reaching criminals and terrorists around the world. Meanwhile, in late December, Ukrainian Interior Minister Igor Klimenko admitted that Kiev does not know precisely how many weapons are in the hands of its citizens. He noted that the estimates vary from one to two million and are based mainly on data provided by Ukraine’s international partners and statistics collected in other conflict-ridden countries.

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“The Swiss diplomat insisted on the urgency of ending the war promptly, as lives are lost daily. “We have no right to wait..”

No Peace Without Russia – Swiss Foreign Minister (RT)

Any peace negotiations to resolve the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev should involve Russia, asserted Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis during a press briefing in Davos, where he co-hosted a gathering focused on discussing a “peace formula” proposed by Kiev. The Ukrainian government has consistently sought to engage entities other than Russia in these discussions. Security officials from 83 countries gathered in the Swiss mountain resort before the World Economic Forum, which is scheduled to open on Monday evening. This Sunday gathering marked the fourth of its kind organized by Kiev, which actively promotes its vision for conflict resolution, supported mainly by its Western backers. “One way or another, Russia will have to be included,” Cassis conveyed to journalists on the sidelines of the meeting. “There will be no peace without Russia’s word,” he emphasized. The Swiss diplomat insisted on the urgency of ending the war promptly, as lives are lost daily. “We have no right to wait,” he stated.

Unveiled in November 2022, the Ukrainian proposal, also known as ‘Zelensky’s peace formula,’ demands that Kiev be granted control over its pre-2014 borders. Additionally, it calls for prosecuting Russian leadership and reparations from Moscow. The plan requires Moscow’s forces to withdraw from territories claimed by Ukraine before initiating peace negotiations. The ten-point plan also addresses less contentious areas, such as global food and energy security. Moscow has previously characterized the proposal as detached from reality. It has consistently expressed readiness for peace talks, emphasizing the need to consider the situation on the ground. In the autumn of 2022, four former Ukrainian territories, including two Donbass republics, officially joined Russia following referendums. The Crimean Peninsula, claimed by Ukraine, has been part of Russia since 2014, when its people voted to join Russia in a referendum.

Cassis also underscored the crucial role of BRICS nations, particularly China, in the future peace process. “The participation of the BRICS alliance is crucial because these countries have a relationship with Russia,” he noted, adding that “China plays a significant role.” Cassis called on meeting participants to explore collaboration with China on this matter. Representatives from Beijing did not attend the Davos gathering. China presented its 12-point peace roadmap early last year, addressing measures like a ceasefire, peace talks, abandoning the “Cold War mentality,” and ending sanctions while promoting global stability and international supply chains. The roadmap, welcomed by Moscow, was poorly received by Kiev and swiftly dismissed by Western backers.

Last February, US officials rejected the Chinese proposals, contending they would primarily benefit Russia. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg argued that China lacks “credibility” on the issue due to its refusal to condemn Russia for attacking Ukraine. In December, Moscow labeled the entire “peace process” organized by Kiev as a mere PR stunt. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denounced Zelensky’s peace formula as “a figment of a sick imagination,” asserting that demands for Ukraine to reclaim its pre-2014 borders, including the Donbass, amounted to a call “for genocide.”

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“..She called Wade “a great friend and a great lawyer,” along with a “superstar,” but failed to mention him by name once during her more than 30 minute speech..”

Fani Willis Says Accusations Of Affair With Trump Prosecutor Are Racist (NYP)

A Georgia district attorney accused of hiring her lover to prosecute former President Trump broke her silence on the controversy, saying she and the prosecutor were targeted because they are black. “They only attacked one,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis Sunday at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta. “First thing they say, ‘Oh, she’s gonna play the race card now.’ “But no God, isn’t it them that’s playing the race card when they only question one?” The comments were Willis’ first time addressing the allegations publicly — but she neither confirmed nor denied the claims lobbed at her and special prosecutor Nathan Wade, who helped secure an indictment against the former Republican president in an election interference case. She called Wade “a great friend and a great lawyer,” along with a “superstar,” but failed to mention him by name once during her more than 30 minute speech, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The pair were accused by Trump co-defendant Michael Roman of having a “clandestine” and “improper” affair when appointments were made for the 2020 election interference case. Roman, a former official on the Trump 2020 campaign, argued in a court filing last week that the integrity of the case had been compromised by their alleged affair and asked that all charges against him be dropped. “The district attorney chose to appoint her romantic partner, who at all times relevant to this prosecution has been a married man,” the filing read. Roman contended in the filing that Wade used some of the $654,000 in legal fees he’d earned on the case to take Willis on vacations to “Napa Valley, California, Florida and the Caribbean.” Willis pointed out during her speech that the other two prosecutors assigned to the case, Anna Green Cross and John Floyd, both are white, and noted that allegations have only emerged targeting the two prominent black members of the prosecution — her and Wade.

“Isn’t it them playing the race card when they constantly think I need someone from some other jurisdiction in some other state to tell me how to do a job I’ve been doing almost 30 years?” she asked. Roman was unmoved by Willis accusations of the charges being racially charged. “The biggest difference between Ms. Cross, Mr. Floyd and Mr. Wade is that Ms. Willis is not in a relationship with Ms. Cross and Mr. Floyd,” he said in a statement to the Constitution-Journal Sunday. Willis is planning to file an official response to the allegations, her spokesperson said. Once that filing is in, Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said he would schedule a hearing to address the matter.

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“There are an array of horrors that could result from Donald Trump’s unrestricted use of the Insurrection Act.”

NBC News Admits ‘Deep State’ Exists… To Save Us From Trump’s Return (ZH)

The last time Donald Trump got within striking distance of the Oval Office in 2016, the Clinton campaign, the Obama administration, and various foreign accomplices invented a hoax accusing the real estate tycoon of being a secret Russian agent, who would use the power of the United States to do Vladimir Putin’s bidding (Which begs the question; why wouldn’t Putin have just invaded Ukraine when his ‘puppet’ Trump wouldn’t have waged a proxy war?). And when Donald Trump asked Ukraine about obvious corruption by the Biden family, one of the key ‘deep state’ players in his impeachment behind the scenes was none other than Mary McCord – who went from taking down Michael Flynn after the FBI set him up, to helping Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to peddle a “whistleblower” complaint about Trump’s Ukraine call. McCord is back with a new hoax to peddle, telling NBC News that the Deep State is preparing for Trump’s return – and is taking action to limit his ability to ‘become a dictator’ and use the military to those ends.

“We’re already starting to put together a team to think through the most damaging types of things that he [Trump] might do so that we’re ready to bring lawsuits if we have to,” McCord – executive director of the Institution for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown Law – told the outlet. The quotes from this fine piece of yellow journalism from NBC are simply hilarious… “Donald Trump is sparking fears among those who understand the inner workings of the Pentagon that he would convert the nonpartisan U.S. military into the muscular arm of his political agenda as he makes comments about dictatorship and devalues the checks and balances that underpin the nation’s two-century-old democracy.” “A circle of appointees independent of Trump’s political operation steered him away from ideas that would have pushed the limits of presidential power in his last term.” “In a new term, many former officials worry that Trump would instead surround himself with loyalists unwilling to say no.”

“He’s a clear and present danger to our democracy.” “His support is solid. And I don’t think people understand what living in a dictatorship would mean.” “There are an array of horrors that could result from Donald Trump’s unrestricted use of the Insurrection Act.” “The military is hundreds of thousands of people strong, and ultimately Trump will find people to follow his legal orders no matter what … The Insurrection Act is a legal order, and if he orders it there will be military officers, especially younger men and women, who will follow that legal order.” This one might be the best: “We’re about 30 seconds away from the Armageddon clock when it comes to democracy,” said William Cohen, a former Republican senator from Maine and defense secretary in the Clinton administration. “I think that’s how close we’re coming to it when you have a presidential candidate who can be indicted on 91 counts, who can be [found liable for] sexual aggression, who we have seen lies pathologically, who has flouted every rule in the book.”

Wow! Narrative: Trump is going to appoint loyal peons to subvert democracy and declare himself a dictator. But wait, the deep state cavalry is here! “Now, bracing for Trump’s potential return, a loose-knit network of public interest groups and lawmakers is quietly devising plans to try to foil any efforts to expand presidential power, which could include pressuring the military to cater to his political needs.”

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Too clever by half.

Dems Hatch “Republicans For A Day” Scheme To Boost Haley Vs. Trump In Iowa (ZH)

Iowa Democrats and independents have a plan to make a dent in former President Donald Trump’s massive lead over the rest of the GOP field – help Nikki Haley by becoming “Republicans for a day” during the Iowa caucuses. According to Axios, “crossover” voting is a low-key tradition in the Iowa event, as the state allows day-of party registration for voters, while Democrats aren’t holding in-person presidential caucuses this year – providing the perfect opportunity for uniparty Democrats to support yet another perpetual war candidate. As Don McLeese of west Des Moines told Axios, the crossover voting scheme gives anti-Trumpers “a chance to diminish Trump’s inevitability,” adding “I’ll hold my nose and caucus for Haley.”

Iowa Republican precinct captain for Haley, Lyle Hansen, acknowledged that “there could be a good crossover” vote for Haley, because Democrats “get to come over and pick the candidate for Biden to oppose.” Des Moines Democrat Jonathan Neiderbach told the outlet “I believe all Americans should cast a vote against Donald Trump every chance we have.” Reality bites… As Axios notes, the crossover votes are “are highly unlikely to help Haley catch Trump, who’s consistently had a big lead in Iowa polls.” But GOP strategist David Kochel said that if crossovers see Haley as the best Republican alternative to Trump, they could help her finish a solid second in Iowa, ahead of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “If you even had 5,000 or 7,500 people across the state cross over for her, that might be the difference between her and Ron DeSantis,” Kochel said.

The intrigue: There’s some risk for Iowa’s Democratic Party if many of its members cross over to vote with Republicans. People who switch parties to participate in a caucus sometimes don’t switch back, Tim Hagle, a political scientist at the University of Iowa, tells Axios. Responding to the ‘threat,’ Trump senior adviser Chrris LaCivita brushed aside any concerns. “If that is something they are relying on to get through the night, then poor people, I feel bad for them,” he told Axios.

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    Salvador Dalí The discovery of America by Christopher Columbus 1959   • There is Hope After All (Paul Craig Roberts) • We Are Witnessing The Fina
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 15 2024]

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    Red
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    Wes: “I am wondering how Michael and Red are doing since we have had so few sunny days since the beginning of December. Their battery banks must be having a very hard time getting recharged.”

    The worst is over for me. From mid November til mid January is the slowest. Low angle for the sun means any cloudy day I don’t get enough in through the PV system. On cloudy days I run a gen for about two hours +/- to top the bank, running on just the bank for a couple of days is more wear and tear than I want to put the bank through. From here on even on cloudy days I usually get enough for our needs. I rely totally on PV for my electricity. I’ve been off the electric grid for seventeen years now so we know how to manage our use quite well. Most folks would have a hard time with the steep learning curve during the dark period. I’m a bit further south than Micheal is so I can’t speak to his situation. When I first went off grid I had a small wind turbine (1kw), and small PV array also 1kw. The wind turbine was of little use even though the geological wind survey put out by environment Canada said that my location and elevation would produce three fold my expected electric use. Well mother nature didn’t take math or maybe I should say she doesn’t do averages.

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    What’s with the Trump picture? Is someone suggesting he’s a Buffalo Bills fan? Postponing a football game because of snow? is there nothing in western society that hasn’t been spoiled rotten? I’d love to send the NFL back to Regina, to Taylor Field for the 1970 CFL West Final. Real football for the 21st century woke pussies.

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    Dora
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    There they go again…

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    tboc
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    reference Dr. Martin speaking on the X clip”
    “…they are too incredulous to believe the things I just said happen to be true…”

    “Only the small secrets need to be protected.
    The large ones are kept secret by public incredulity.” ~ Marshall McLuhan

    The news automatically becomes the real world for the TV user
    and is not a substitute for reality, but is itself an immediate reality.
    Marshall McLuhan

    Please watch the X vid from Japan starting at minute 8:12 to the conclusion, more than once

    The scientist rigorously defends his right to be ignorant
    of almost everything except his specialty.
    Marshall McLuhan

    science is not a subsitute for ethics, there can be no science without ethics
    humans who justify and accept the murder of children are without an ethical boundary
    measurement demands a point of reference

    are you willing to accept the value you place on another’s life as the value of your life?
    I didn’t think so
    Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Madison be damned, we are very near peak Adams and Hamilton

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    Picking on Greg Hunter, he’s now saying, “Well maybe Israel doesn’t seem to be hitting only targets” Hey no kidding. And some others where it’s sinking in after the original knee jerk. But I appreciate it. Like Kunstler. Constant ranting on vax, which is distinct from reporting on vax, which does actually exist.

    Thoughts on that, bringing it back to Hemke interview: Blinken will FORCE a war. Armstrong says they MUST have a war, don’t care who or how. Pretty hard to stop when all you need is to shoot at people until they shoot back. Yemen was more than (casually) reported, using everything, involving everyone, including submarines. (ha. ha. Which is primary, land or sea? SEA can only carry 10 missiles. Yemen laughed because they have 500,000 targets. 500,000 vs 10, who wins? There are not enough ships or missiles on the planet, as Ukraine shows)

    So they MUST get the war, then what? The Fed mandate means they MUST solve the banking crisis…that was caused by a reckless Congress, where Johnson put in basically the same budget as McCarthy was fired for. So they “Print”. “Biden” — or the non-Biden, who like Austin, nobody-knows-who’s-running-things like the 1990 Soviet Union – wants to steal all Russian $300B because they’re broke and will collapse this month without it. On what legal basis? “Biden” says? The U.S. is not in the war. You know, in the war that Biden says we’re in. But we’re not in. Nor is Europe, who is in, but not in. So what legal basis is “Biden” saying “ANYTHING” concerning Russian money relevant? Is Biden our World God Emperor? WGAF what he says?

    Jurisdiction again. But they’ll do it because now the debt compounding is $36 Trillion and $1 TRILLION a year, probably two.

    Getting out in circles here, what does all that mean? Inflation. And they will stop the “Hyper” part of that inflation, that is, like ‘08, by not letting a single DOLLAR reach the People for how? Greg’s other rant: non-stop Covid deaths, of 22 year old Olympians (again and again). WHICH ARE DEFLATIONARY. So what’s the cure to hyperinflation for printing for my pals? KILLIN’ MORE FOLKS. The right folks, that is: YOU. Or their own golfing pals, they’re not picky as long as it’s not them personally.

    The pressures that have to be counterbalanced in this house of cards are astonishing though. I mean, props to them, I not only couldn’t do it, I wouldn’t have thought it possible. Having all markets rigged, having levels of control is one thing, but having the intelligence and models to actually set the dials in the right positions is something else. Nevertheless, this is essentially the Techocratic Tower of Babel (See the EU’s HQ architecture) and a mistake will inevitably be made.
    Bebe
    https://wallup.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/19/549307-Tower_of_Babel-European_Union.jpg

    They say “Then rates will …” Will they? WHO makes the mistake? If Europe, (as we are attempting) then, money will flow here FIRST and rates will go DOWN. They will say “Powell” lowered, but “Powell” doesn’t do jack. He FOLLOWS the 1-year. The ONE YEAR will drop, as capital flees Europe for the U.S. …At FIRST. THEN it will all boomerang, but there’s a process and a window first. …Or vice versa if the U.S. fails first as they are paying every U.S. city D.A. and 5 million immigrants to do and collapse us back to colonial status. Their NGOs are paying for it, then running it through human trafficking drug cartels. Ran out of volunteers and had to move to Asians and West Africans. Did anybody LOOK to see how an Afghan gets $10,000 cash? If he had that, he’d be king and not need to leave. …Unless SOROS is printing it, and handing it, obviously not to him but to the cartel capo, directed by his CIA buddy Derp State. Step one: Print money. Step Middle: Lots of confusion. Step Three: Money ends up with my friends!

    Anyway, a mistake will be made. As they said, when Hamas did something nobody thought they would, they were gone, caput, missing, then Israel responded by letting it, expanding it, genociding and nuking it…did everyone predict all shipping would be in South Africa? I don’t think the core scenarios said “This, then that” did they? Only somewhere on the 150-branch logic tree did that one appear among hundreds of possibilities.

    We’re in a system with such pressures, so many, so high, with such low visibility, in a system so fragile ALL assets are viable targets in a “Target rich environment”, that besides the top level, it has become impossible to predict. Except WHO (Iran, Russia, China) and THAT (the West will keep doing stuff until they are stopped by force).

    “he (Vivek) has a not-so-publicly-disclosed interest in every shot that was delivered.”

    And Trump was in charge, authorized it, watched it be done wrong, let it go out to 700M shots, watched the effects, and still supports it today. And VIVEK is in trouble here? No mas. In fact, no one cares, so no one cares about Trump, won’t care about Vivek, and will deny the tripling of deaths of their own children as they already have, past tense.

    “Epstein Documents Reveal Alleged Sex Tapes That Clearly Identify Bill Clinton’s Face”

    It went classic narcissist’s handbook so it doesn’t matter: 1) That doesn’t exist. 2) That doesn’t exist and you’re crazy 3) Maybe it exists but it isn’t what you think. 4) Maybe it exists and it’s a little what you think but it doesn’t matter. 5) It exists like you think but it’s not as big and anyway everyone was doing it. 6) It exists and was as big as you think, and my guy was involved, but everybody already knows that, it’s old news. <—– You are Here.

    I guess everyone loves narcissistic abusers than themselves and their own children? Lies more than success? Your choice.

    Assad: One: He’s speaking German. How many languages does he know. Two: that’s the premise of “Three World Wars” as we seem to have on purview by 1900 at least. He is of course, exactly correct. There is no POSSIBLE interpretation except that the “West” was perfectly happy if Germany and Russia fought each other and all stood by. It’s only when RUSSIA won the war, with +2/3rd of all the fighting, that the “West” began to ACT and DO. So: Russia won the war, We rush in to steal the spoils. That is, to occupy and control all Germany as we do to this day, 80 years later.

    Okay, so WHO? Who is “We”? The Germans aren’t going to occupy themselves you know. The BRITISH. As a back-merger with the Anglosphere. The BRITISH needed to knock out an equal and viable Germany, and also run the Third Crimean War as Stalin stopped their British takeover plan, just as Putin stopped it today. So the BRITISH – through us, their retarded idiot-lackey – swooped into a war they barely fought and couldn’t take a few miles of Italy, raced across Europe at huge cost to occupy BERLIN, and then PUNISHED Russia for winning, already telling our soldiers they were are real enemy and not to fraternize with our own allies at the Elbe (Studs Turkel). Then we bombed Japan to tell Russia we were coming for them. Now why dey Sus?

    As Assad continues, all the Nazis were our Allies — Merged, “British” allies – against their REAL enemy since Nickolas II , the RUSSIANS. Chamberlain MADE SURE Germany was armed expressly to attack THE RUSSIANS for no earthly reason. So the NAZIS were our real Allies. Howso? Well as he says, look what happened after. They were all elevated and adored, primly placed throughout all our internal systems. Then in the declassified Trump docs, they themselves said they thought Hitler was alive and living in Argentina. I’m not saying that, our records from 1960 did. We know for an undisputed fact that SOME very high level Nazis DID live there as a point of historical fact, and so long as they were far away, we approved of it. Because they may have lost and government-in-exile, but they were our Allies. And our real enemy was the same: Russia. WHOSE Enemy? ENGLAND’s.

    Nazi Germany unifying Europe HELPS create world government, but you have to conquer Russia to take over the world.

    Being highly articulate, he then takes up the concentration camps in a thoughtful and accurate way, in few words, unlike me. Are the 6 more valuable than the 25? Yes!!! The 25 Million Slavs was the point all along. That was the goal, whatever else happened. The 6 million are heroes since rounding them up and murdering them bought me my own country! Nothing could be better than that. They, the leaders and directors of Israel, would have happily killed 12 or 20 million Jews to get a free new world nation. With nice beaches.

    You saw this in Eastern Europe since 1900 when this wacky concept first started. They tried everything to get the Jews to bite on this idiotic idea, but they wouldn’t. After running the narcissistic playbook for decades, eventually they just killed them all to MAKE them obey. Back of my hand, woman! See what you made me do! If you don’t shape up, you’re going to make me have to shoot you! Since the future owners of Israel killed every Jew they could find, these are the only ones left. Like maybe with PTSD? Ya think? Abusive co-dependent trauma, ya think? Stockholm for survival, ya think?

    This is the Narcissistic abuser catbird seat. The Le plus throne of personal power. And it’s not like he’s kidding. Like any pimp he WILL kill you all. For nothing, for lookin’ at him funny. And he HAS, just now, with the shots. And we, and “the police” do nothing. So what do you think the abused is going to do? Where must their minds live to cope?

    “Other than the Houthis, the entire Muslim world could be in the dock, with Israel and the West”

    This is a point that should be repeated again and again. “Oh the Israelis”. Really? And what are any of you 20 nations doing about it, including 1B Muslim Indonesians? Nothing. You control 100% of the oil as having a voting block, and like 1970 you used it to do…nothing. You own all the transit corridors, not just there but Indonesia, and you used them to do … nothing. You can blockade the whole Mediterranean probably, Algeria, Gibraltar, Libya, Egypt, and you used it to do…nothing. And the ISRAELIS are the bad guys? Uh-huh. So they were mugged on the street, you were walking by, and…bravely ran away rather than say anything. Even left it to South Africa to call 911 who can arrive 5 hours after the victim is dead.

    Right. Carry on then, I’m way too small other than to point at it. I’m an American so neither one of your problems is my business except to not be involved and not arm anyone. I’ll watch.

    “After a 20-year effort, the American “superpower” was defeated and driven out of Afghanistan by a few thousand lightly armed Taliban,”

    Kind of. The CIA-n-Co arm them, the Taliban, and ALL our enemies to JUSTIFY our being there, on the poppy fields. We weren’t beaten, we withdrew because we pivoted to attacking Russia DIRECTLY. Etc. Ugly, gruesome, cynical, murdering stuff. So evil the mind reels. Change my mind.

    And P.S. “Biden” didn’t do it because cynically, “Biden” doesn’t exist as a person. So who? I could say the same of Trump but let it pass for now.

    the disappearance of American Protestantism is the key factor in the fall of the West.”

    Seems weird but he’s actually kind of correct. That’s why they go after, pay for, discredit, and destroy religion first. They hate religion more than ANYTHING. In this case, trying a bunch of things, but eventually getting it in the 60s. Odd because Protestantism of course APPROVED of all the wars and other bad stuff, as often mentioned. They might even have been core support for some. BUT: what they don’t mention is that Protestantism LIMITS it. That is, you’re required to have a JUST war, with rules and honor. You’re required to have the war to HELP people, not help yourself. The war has to END. Moving to the much planned and paid for nihilism removed all that. Sure, now it’s harder to recruit them to fight (Army enrollment numbers) but history shows you can just PAY them, with made-up money, and MAKE them, with cynical, violent, nihilistic force. And so they have.

    I was going to bring up on that, the X letter forwarded 2x already, https://letter.palladiummag.com/p/complex-systems-wont-survive-the The “Incompetence” of the System is “The Point”. Suppose you had people who were competent. Suppose they were even Black or whatever. You tell them to go pour this train derailment into the river then shut down the Rail Union. They say “No man, I don’t think so” and go get another job. Why? Because they are COMPETENT. They are self-value in their COMPETENCE. Now maybe this isn’t intentional, but the machine Leviathan gropes blindly at WHO, who on earth can I possibly get to enact policies as violent and retarded as Nuland’s?

    Well…not the Competent, by definition. Run the same scenario with the IN-competent. Or might actually BE competent, but never had to rise up to that level and are unsure. YOU got your job ONLY as a diversity hire, and you know it. Because you failed all your grades up til now and they promoted you anyway. You didn’t know what was going on in College and all the other kids seemed like they did. Now you somehow got in as a diversity hire – which you are CERTAIN of, since you’re an idiot and a plagiarist – and the machine, the organization tells you to kill every union and dump this barrel in the river.

    You do it. Because you have nothing in yourself, it’s a miracle you have this job at all and are completely beholden to your “betters” liking you, for no good reason. The more incompetent they are, the more obedience you have.

    That’s why they not only HAVE this, are FORCING completely irrelevant, unqualified transgender people into the weirdest occupations…but they need you to KNOW it. It’s not “just” ritual humiliation, it’s that ONLY YOUR MINIONS ARE ONLY LOYAL TO YOU. And not only don’t care about anybody else, actively HATE everybody else, since you know your orders are about to be asking them to kill them, your opponents, the resistance, for doing nothing but breathing wrong. ONLY IF they are blinding incompetents is this possible.

    …And is also a movie trope. “No, you fool! That can’t be! That’s Impossible!” With the evil, mustache-twirling villain denigrating all his minions slapping each other who can neither think nor are competent at anything. This is why. And why Good wins, incidentally. Evil can’t work together, and this is what it takes to make them obey orders: complete stupidity and incompetence.

    Thus Claudine Gay: Poster child #1. Top of the heap.

    They’re not especially rubbing YOUR face in it. They’re rubbing THEIR face in it. Their slave class they have promoted for no reason. They want and NEED them to be slaves and not independent, self-actualizing people with agency. Independent self-actualizing people eventually follow “Reality” and “God”. Thus fabricating incompetent blue-haired subgroups even in the white class because there aren’t enough minions otherwise.

    And this is not to say they are not ABLE to be competent. That’s a whole different issue and they probably are. But if you were a kid and they say it was okay to fail or cheat on tests because your last name ended in “R”, at those ages, sometime in your career, you would, wouldn’t you? We all would. Only few cranks and iconoclasts wouldn’t. So the greater tragedy is, they could become great people, exceeding the masses, and your “Helping” actively sabotaged and stopped it, crippling them for life.

    Incompetency. ON PURPOSE. And that’s your plan for winning. Okay man.

    “On the negative side, there were some of the worst forms of racism that ever existed”

    Well, I’m glad to know France never bugged Africa or nothin’. Not like set up open air slave markets and are the only country running what are essentially African colonies TO THIS DAY. Sure showed those Belgians how it’s done. Thanks to France they’ve kept them living in huts and fighting with spears. Disgusting.

    “one of the flags of this nihilism that now defines the West, this drive to destroy, not just things and humans but reality.”

    Yes, and it’s an Orientation. Not a sexual one, but one TO God and “Reality’ or against. This isn’t special and happens with regularity, such as Napoleon as Anti-Christ, coming out of the bloody revolution. State is God. Cult of Personality.

    “There is a powerful nihilistic impulse in the US: the search for war and violence. This is a lost society without meaning, that provokes or fans conflicts everywhere in the world.”

    Why? I think because when you’re empty inside, you go out looking. Since there’s nothing inside, whatever’s happening can’t be you, so it must be somebody else’s fault. See some similar patterns in drug addicts. Then Envy and Hate.

    “This is a man who presides with imperial distance over a republic that has tumbled into spiritual and social collapse”

    As PCR says, the Collapse is the GOOD thing. The collapse is the CURE. They want an EMP like in Obama’s movie? Yeah, and then we go outside and talk to our neighbors and their Google Apps is blind. POWER is when one guy at the top tells people to do things. If the system is so fighting nothing gets done, then no orders are followed. That’s not power, although the “Disaster Capitalism” playbook, right there in the U.S. Marines Manual, is that “Promoting Democracy” (i.e. “Color Revolutions”) is to cripple and divide the system so they can then plop money in and pick the winners you like. Who like the minions above, are useless and beholden to you and know it. Like we did with USSR collapse and the Chechnian Mob. That’s only Power if you have a throne to do it from. If the Throne you’re sitting on is ALSO being shot at, this plan doesn’t work so well.

    So what throne do the Elites think they’re going to sit on and be untouched while they direct our winners and losers? Where do they hide when their plan is to have a war of “All against all” to exhaustion? Do they not know what “all” is? (No: they are definitionally insane)

    “the pathological savagery of the Israelis as they exterminate the Palestinians of Gaza announces the end of any claim America and the West altogether have to global leadership on any kind of moral basis, legal basis, or any assumption that the West possesses superior ideals, principles of government,”

    Yes, and in a way well worth it.

    “• After 100 Days, Netanyahu Vows To Continue Gaza Killing (Cradle)

    By Bravely running away. And leaving Gaza city as they blew up 100 tanks there or something? …But I’m sure all those tank drivers are fine and were only shot with paintballs or something and are back at the picnic bench.

    “Ask the Saudis how hard it is.
    • Western Strikes On Houthis Mostly Failed – NYT (RT)

    Yes, they say “Iran” is shooting, “Iran” = the Houthis. While Saudi Arabia is right there, doing nothing? Wow, must be the same “Saudi’s not involved” that happened with all the 912 hijackers. Schrodinger’s Saudis. And they bombed Yemen…from the SEA. Really? We have bases and support all over Saudi and we were stuck shooting from a wet postage stamp? It’s almost like Saudi told Joe to GFY and joined BRIICS or something. Nope, only Iran, ask the NeoCons.

    “Egypt’s Suez Canal saw a 40% year-on-year decline in the first eleven days of 2024..”
    • Egypt’s Suez Canal Revenues Plunge (RT)

    Always do a beta test. That was the Evergreen. Like the Michigan protest was the Beta test for J6, although they thought they had the right approach to work it and didn’t. But same undercover agents there, 12 of 15 violent supremacists were really CIA Director Wray. It’s a Shame about Wray.

    Boy, wait til the Republicans find out all their people are being railroaded and jailed without trial! Things’ll really change around here!

    “Political Survival Now Netanyahu’s ‘Real Objective’ (Sp.)

    Discount prophets say he’ll be tried for war, but so what? He would right now and every day he isn’t he gets to eat 5-star and fly Epstein Airlines. Justice Delayed is Justice Denied. Why ever on earth WOULD he stop? There’s not a single logical reason. He must BE stopped from outside.

    “Valery Zaluzhny, Ukraine’s top general, however, denied that the military asked for a specific number”

    Department of Irrelevancy Department. Does anyone doubt Zaluzhny said “Some Number”, “A lot”? So why “Specific number”? Are you all really high, or really stupid?

    “conscripting half a million people “is not enough” and Ukraine needs to enlist at least two million.”

    Same here. And they wear what? Shoot Russians with what? Do they ride to the front on two million donkeys? WTF is wrong with you people, and I don’t mean the Ukrainians, I mean the reporters.

    “more important for the West now, because commercial shipping is at risk.”

    It’s already not: everyone moved to South Africa. The End. It’s an additional cost but we can keep it up for 1,000 years.
    And for who? Our oil and goods don’t go through Suez, Europe’s do. Their cost, not ours.

    “backed by the strong and unwavering support of the United States”

    The unwavering of refusing to fund them at all, this month. But other than “Nothing”, we’re giving them everything. Nothing = Everything, in #AntiLogos.

    “• Germany Unsure Where Its Ukraine Weapons Went – Der Spiegel (RT)

    Mexico. We’ve already seen them there. Also Gaza.

    “• No Peace Without Russia – Swiss Foreign Minister (RT)

    You’re kidding. Why would Russia stop? They can sign Minsk III and start NordStream III?

    “Fani Willis Says Accusations of Affair With Trump Prosecutor Are Racist (NYP) “

    Wade could be a great lawyer and probably is. That’s not the point. They are CORRUPT lawyers, who definitely both know better. Let’s list the cases they’ve taken prosecuting exactly this.

    ““There are an array of horrors that could result from Donald Trump’s unrestricted use of the Insurrection Act.”
    • NBC News Admits ‘Deep State’ Exists… To Save Us From Trump’s Return (ZH)

    People were mad he didn’t use the Insurrection Act for the “Summer of Love” which is easily identified as a foreign-funded color revolution and I was one of them. But I do understand it and was probably wrong. Why would you not do this instead of risking Civil War? Wouldn’t we let them get tired like other angst-filled children and come back to the family having learned something?

    NBC also Not News Network: TIME magazine published a gloating article on the 2020 election rigging that month. They openly said they were picking the President against you because you’re too stupid to vote right.

    And their premise: Trump, who nobody’s ever obeyed yet, is going to be a dictator. Presumably like other Republicans, by making the government far smaller and following the Constitution. Yup. The “Not Logic Network” for the “Not Logic People”.

    “• Dems Hatch “Republicans For A Day” Scheme To Boost Haley Vs. Trump In Iowa (ZH)

    Never a day Democrats don’t want war. Must be embarrassing for you. Too long, gotta go.

    #150439
    tboc
    Participant

    where is Burr when you need him?

    #150440
    Clueless Honky
    Participant

    Thanks for everything TAE and commentariat.
    Clueless Honky has a new blog-post:
    That Ball Has No Sides Part 2
    Enjoy

    #150441
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Alastair Crooke this a.m.:

    F.S.

    #150442
    Red
    Participant

    Out of Africa!

    Spotting the similarities
    Can you see the commonality yet? The monetarist ”financialisation” of the UK economy has made the Nation poor in real export performance and the bankers rich; it has increased Britain’s dependence on toeing the NATO/US line, emptied the Treasury and weakened the NHS by succumbing to ridiculous panic in the face of Covid19, and seen its educational system become so narrow, politicised and inflexible, there has been a quite staggering loss of citizen willingness to think for themselves. Instead of the banks fulfilling their original role as purveyors of money to each generation’s entrepreneurs, the fabled ”trickle down wealth” process has actually been sucked up into banks who have – more and more – used their giga-wealth to buy other banks, while focusing on funding Big Globalist Multinationals to get even bigger through M&A. As we now see (but every villain from Gina Miller to Jeremy Hunt affects denial) Britain is under the immediate cosh of blocist centralisers in the EU, and New World Order fanatics persistent in their desire to make the UK look dysfunctional and thus unable to function independently. PM Sunak follows the insane mass migration policies because he works for them, not us…and Keir Starmer is exactly the same animal.

    Comparing the UK to Gambia, for EUNATO hegemony read Sino-Islamic hegemony; for financial services dependence in the UK, read Tourism dependence in Gambia; for educational and social neglect in Britain read precisely the same ignorance in my adopted country; for ECOWAS union politics in Gambia, read Brussels blocism in Britain; for emptied Treasury during the Big Pharma Contrick19, read tourism crippled in Gambia; for lower rates of good food repurchase in Britain read zero ability to afford a decent balanced diet here.

    But the last commonality is that of being enmeshed in the fishing net of credit-derived debt in the face of rising interest rates, and exposure to both smartphone technology and media content. For this is where brutal cultural change has served the geopolitical control-freaks in the shape of narcissism, fame fantasies, State control of information and mass brainwashing alongside higher and higher costs of consumption.

    Here in The Gambia, the astonishing rise and rise of smartphone usage has involved increases in citizen debt both to purchase these infernal spy-phones and renew credits to feed the addiction. Equally, however, it is seen by young Gambians as primarily useful for banal conversation at all times and [especially among females] selfies to the point where – when either at the beach or dressed up on Fridays – they pose and pout for what often becomes an amateur fashion shoot. Thus, even though they skipped both pre-digital cameras and mass cellphones, they hardly ever use their phones data content as a source of information beyond tabloid fame obsession, beefcake and locally made soaps appealing to a truly tooth-rattlingly low IQ and/or half-educated influence.

    In short, they are even further down the road to simplistic manipulation than other similarly distracted electorates in the First World.*

    *In one area – advertising – I am bound to say a local acting profession really is emerging. To any and all Western commercials directors, I would point out that good scripts, intuitive casting and really good ”comedic” actors make the TV ads here infinitely more engaging and LOL funny than the programmes.

    Finally – last but far from least – Big Pharma represents the beginnings of a problem in my homeland, whereas in my self-banishment here, deregulated really means unregulated. There are lots of meds-pack notices saying ‘Prescription Only’ – somewhat pointless virtue-signalling given that there are no GPs to write the scrips. Once again, a State health service on the way to collapse allows one to glimpse what Britain will become in the end. [the coming EUNATO mandatory approach to ”vaccination” ensures that we will go the same way as Black Africa].

    Predicting the consequences
    Poverty moving rapidly towards desperation is far closer in the 3rd World than the first. For different reasons (naked corruption, lack of cultural remorse etc) Covid19 made less impact in terms of ”New Normal” kidology here than it did in the West…because compared to a pressing need to find family food for the evening meal, a bad flu bout was seen as something of a non-event. But the converse is also valid: people here are far closer to abject destitution than in the UK, and after a season of 50% fall off in tourists thanks to iniquitous EUNATO State lockdown in 2021, lots of seasonal workers crept ever closer towards starvation. In short, we’ll see the full consequences in the Gambia before you reach that stage in the UK.

    The ultimate consequences of following neoliberal perverted monetarism all the way down to the bottom of the pit could be summarised as follows:

    When the wealth gushes up not down, the mass repeat consumption neoliberal economies require doesn’t happen.

    It thus has to be stimulated by lax credit at low interest rates – and where possible, the import of poor quality goods from elsewhere in order to keep the Proles feeling rich.

    This has the potential to upset the import/export balance of payments problem, and produce a fall in the currency’s value, causing inflation at home.

    Competing Sovereigns then buy one’s currency with a view to taking ‘directionalised’ profit so exports fall, imports rise, and the citizenry suffers further inflation.

    In desperation, the Nation State borrows money to prop up the currency and provide more benefits to its by now very concerned electorate.

    Down and down goes the national wealth, up and up goes the national debt, further and further away goes the normalisation of interest rates in the light of citizens and sovereigns now mired in debt.

    Finally, there are four further crucial similarities you share with Gambians:

    1 Brits and Gambians are more likely to comply rather than complain

    2 While Brits have their imported thugs, Gambians have their beach bumsters and Nigerian hookers. Both can [and already are] displaying an increase in violent aggression if they don’t get what they want

    3 Gambians rarely expect elections to make any difference, and smart British voters feel the same: there is no radical Opposition deemed likely to tackle the underlying problems of Greed

    4 Tribal voting in Gambia and the UK is very different, but requires exactly the same skills in lying through your teeth about what you stand for. While the UK has Greens, EU Remainers, ScotNats, Plaid Cymru, Hard Left, anti-EU, Hard Right, Ulster Unionists, Scottish Tories, English Tories, The Labour Party, PC feminists and gender nutters, so too Gambia has The Mandinka tribe [the largest] followed by the Fula, Wolov, Jola, and Sarahule. In the 2021 Election that returned Adama ‘Plank’ Barrow to the Presidency, the dominant Mandika tribe was split about what it was after, but its dominant size still handed the election to Barrow. He is the leader of the National People’s Party, but all Parties here claim to be ‘National’, ‘United’ or ‘Alliance’ in a somewhat incredible attempt to suggest they have support above the tribal spectrum. This is no more true than the myth that Keir Starmer will offer any real alternative to Rishi Sunak.

    Both cultures share a tendency to vote in favour of self-interest and their wallets. Both electorates lack the education, informed radicalism and discernment to throw out the traitors at the top. But 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.

    Ever since 2009, the global alliance between Pharma, multinational business, central banking, silicon valley powered State surveillance and its dupes [climate emergencists, Davosites and crazy Vegans] has been trying to put off the moment when this sick neolib/neocon joke finally becomes obvious to even the last compliant sofa-bound blob.

    Along the way, we Anglofones lost the battle to establish a living wage for nurses, Waspi justice, real Brexit, an independent foreign policy, Covid19 weapon development, the reality of vaccine calumny, a fair deal for Russian speaking Ukrainians, and truth about the 2020 POTUS election tampering. It represents a grand theft of civil rights spanning thirty years, exacerbated by opening borders to anti-social thugs.

    Free speech and direct democracy have entered an existential crisis in the West; Black Africans have rarely if ever had either. The key thing that will accelerate events here in The Gambia compared to the West is the much thinner line between being poor now, and desperate by this time next year. The UK in particular already has its systematically imported thugs fighting with police and slagging off the Jews, but I suspect there may be [initially] a sense of giving Starmer a chance. The tourist season here is well below par again this year [reduced spending power in the First World] and – now that the IMF and China are involved working at their planned hegemonic duopoly – tourism and infrastructure projects put on hold plus over-leveraged accommodation speculators will start to lay people off and, in some cases, go to the wall. The same applies to smaller retailers suffering from a 16.7% inflation rate that can only squeeze the working class until they can no longer viably function. The moment when Devils find things for idle hands to do isn’t that far off.

    In the UK, the inflation rate is only 4% and the den of thieves at the Bank of England can still hide the inevitable with talk of reduced interest rates. In the US, the rate is just under 3.2%. Both the Fed and the BoE are gaily putting out puffery about reduced interest rates later this year, conveniently forgetting that both cupboards have been emptied by Covid, Permawar, welfare sprees and a host of other Bidenomic/NWO insanities. The US national debt more than doubled during 2023 – from $13 trillion to $34 trillion; the UK’s debt exceeded 100% of gdp for the first time in 64 years for similar reasons.

    But the Gambia is a minnow without the array of disguises enjoyed by the First World; in three years, the national debt here has grown 50% – globally, the debt is tiny but Washington [ie the IMF)] and Beijing are already extracting several kilos of flesh: a second port (for easy US troop access) is under way, and the Chinese are already ruffling feathers by installing factory fishing with the potential to wipe out the local fishing community. Add that to the other layoffs already mentioned, and we reach the tipping point: What happens when half-starved people have no money coming in at all and nothing to do?

    I advise all of you to keep a close eye on the gather storm in Gambia. The coast is unlikely to remain as smiley as it has traditionally been. For once, a sub-saharan African nation will be a peek into the near future.

    The Davos >> banker >> ecological looneys >> surveillance >> military complex knows perfectly well how nasty things could get when 7.8 billion Earthlings have had their savings digitally pilfered with nothing coming in. Hence the need to be rid of the Useless Eaters.

    2024 is a pivotal year. Sleepwalk through it at your peril.

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

    #150443
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Pedo NeoConJob Satanists and their mediawhores manipulate and distort language and the meaning of words.

    Projection is their go-to tool but misdirection is also a favorite

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    They even use Capitalization as a weapon

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    #150444
    zerosum
    Participant

    Futility
    Control the Narrative
    Control the illusion
    Control the Complexity/Everything
    ———-
    In other words
    • There is Hope After All (Paul Craig Roberts)
    • We Are Witnessing The Final Downfall Of The West (Emmanuel Todd)
    • The End of Global Leadership (Patrick Lawrence)
    • After 100 Days, Netanyahu Vows To Continue Gaza Killing (Cradle)
    • Germany Unsure Where Its Ukraine Weapons Went – Der Spiegel (RT)
    (“..regarding the massive commitment to finance the Ukrainian military, there have been “no controls” whatsoever, Der Spiegel reported, quoting the ministry..”)

    • Western Strikes On Houthis Mostly Failed – NYT (RT)
    ( Israel’s Channel 12 reported on 26 December that 244 US transport planes and 20 ships had delivered over 10,000 tons of armaments and military equipment to Israel since 7 October.
    According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Biden administration cleared a potential $147.5 million foreign military sale of M107 155mm artillery shells and supporting equipment to Israel on December 30.

    Israel is also relying on US naval forces to target Yemen’s Ansarallah-led armed forces, who have been targeting Israeli-linked commercial ships traveling through the Red Sea. Ansarallah seeks to blockade and punish Israel for what the resistance group views as the genocide in Gaza.
    But Israeli leaders are hoping for additional US help to expand the war to Lebanon to confront the most important Axis of Resistance member, Hezbollah)

    Friday’s barrage, then Saturday, then Sunday, then Monday…. Yemen’s response
    ————-
    Ignorance is bliss

    #150445
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #150446
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Fani Needs a Spanking

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    #150447
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Rappin’ out a crooked tune

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    Putting more than our heads together…………….

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    #150448
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #150449
    kultsommer
    Participant

    #150450
    Oroboros
    Participant

    She thinks he’s just ‘man-plaining’ to hog the attention from her

    #150451
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Fani Willis Doesn’t Deny Her Illegal Affair, Shouts “Racism” Instead

    Lawyers use weasel words and legalize sleaze

    #150452
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    A cousin, with kids ranging in age from 20 down to 7 was diagnosed recently with multiple blood clots. One difference from a couple of years ago: the doctors are openly acknowledging that these clots are a direct result of her Covid vaccination. (I don’t know how many she received.)

    #150453
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Nathan Wade’s Wife Subpoenas Georgia DA Fani Willis in ‘Contentious’ Divorce

    Wow, Nat traded a Joycelyn (m. young ruler, rejoice) for a Fani

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    #150454
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Idiocracy beckons…

    I’m noticing a general background of illiteracy throughout the Public Space.

    Il·lit·er·a·cy
    /i(l)ˈlitrəsē/
    noun

    1. the inability to read or write: “the ineffective educational system meant that illiteracy was widespread”

    Even college grads working as baristas trying to pay off 100k student debt can’t even count change back from the register.

    “They didn’t teach that when I was in school dude!”

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    #150455
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant
    #150456
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Continual losses are forcing the hidden Zionists to break cover and reveal themselves as such, regardless of how they profess to stand on other (often fake) issues . Most of these players publicly “identify” as Jews, but also many others are not Jewish at all, but simply opportunistic covert psychopaths and greedy suck-ups).

    All (repeat, ALL) of the leading candidates for the US presidential candidacy of both (repeat, BOTH) so-called political parties are pure Zionist. This is largely because it is impossible to make a serious run for President without the money that only the Zionist command and control network can provide.

    That money, for example, is how Trump won in 2016. Netanyahu and the Zionist machine footed his bill, just as they provided funding (in exchange for promises) to his opponents (ALL of them). For example the video here on TAE yesterday about where Ramaswamy got his money (Covid-19 and the Big 3 hedge funds), and even the other dude RFK Jr whose ties to Zionism need no further elaboration.

    Do you seriously think that Trump would have got all of that “free” news coverage in 2016 if those fakers (who ostensibly hated him) didn’t want to give him the publicity that whipped up his “base” and got him elected? All they had to do to defeat him was ignore him! The argument that they did it to sell newspapers is ridiculous, they lost readership and cash right straight through the entire boondoggle. Such financial losses are called “the price of doing business”, and their business was to make people think that there was a REAL difference between the candidates, and that it made any difference at all in who won the kabuki talent show.

    I think that Trump (in his egotistical and narcissistic heart) believed that his way of doing business was the best way. He was honest to that extent at least. But he was and still is a Zionist from the git go, and he does what he’s told by his bosses just like everybody else.

    And yes, we ALL do what we’re told by our bosses. The only difference is in who we accept as our boss, and how bossy that boss is. Some bosses, for example, leave you alone with your free will to make your own choices and suffer your own consequences. Other bosses get so far up your junk that they tell you which words you’re allowed to think OR ELSE!

    Of course both so-called “sides” virtue signal like mad to their respective audiences, and the stuff they say makes eloquently logical ….. to their respective followers. Therefore they are seen to be steadfastly virtuous ….. to their respective followers. I would expect no less. These candidates are, after all, PROFESSIONAL liars who are good at it. But grownups should know by now that the “two sides” these candidates argue about so compellingly are complete bull shit with no bearing whatsoever on the REAL two sides. The only “two sides” that exist as real opposites are good vs evil (truth vs lies, freedom vs slavery, free will vs automatism, etc.)

    Conservative vs Liberal? Rethuglican vs Democrap? Hogwash. All sane people are BOTH …… as required by the circumstances and objectives at the time in question. I am, you are, and the vast majority of everybody else is too, regardless of which conservative or liberal style of approach they prefer. The only REAL things that sets them apart from each other is the degree to which they believe they are separated, and whether or not they proactively desire to serve good or serve evil.

    Both sides of the Conservative/Liberal ( and I say this laughingly) “political divide” are funded by the same funding sources, and all of them make the same promise : to defend and forward the Zionist One World Government cause as the priority above of ALL other considerations. Israel first, America second (at best, although you might as well just say “America last” because the only second-place in a duel to the death ….. is death.

    In this manner it does not matter which of the phony lying candidates wins the election, because all of the candidates are phony liars who are not even allowed to get on the ballot until they are completely captured by their Zionist paymasters. It’s all over before the fist ballot is even printed up.

    You are going to have to come up with a better way of doing business.

    #150457
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Whitney Webb Exposes Truths About RFK Jr.

    Robert Maxwell was actively trying for years to get his daughter Ghislaine Maxwell to marry a Kennedy.

    No shit.

    There was a lot of ‘intermingling’ between Maxwell and his daughter with the Kennedy Clan in the earlier 90’s

    JFK,jr was on Epstein Lolita plane too.

    Worth a listen. Whitney is one of the sharpest pencils in the case.

    #150458
    zerosum
    Participant

    You are going to have to come up with a better way of doing business.

    We did …. come up with better ways …repeatedly …. throughout history ,….. but the majority is/did NOT listening to us.
    We are a minority.

    #150459
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Yah, it’s a tabloid but still…….

    The rot run deep Grasshopper

    Headline

    Ghislaine Maxwell was a guest at disgraced former NYC Governor Cuomo’s wedding to a Kennedy scion:.

    Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ also boasted about ‘sleeping with JFK Jr.’ who she viewed as her ‘chief conquest’

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    #150460
    jb-hb
    Participant

    When you see someone like Nathan Wade trading down in such an obvious and massive way, you’ve got to think it has more to do with what sort of weird proclivities they could share rather than any sort of normal sex. And so it would have been more about giving access to something otherwise unavailable, not the person in their own right and what we would normally think of as temptation.

    https://heavy.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/joycelyn-wade.jpg?quality=65&strip=all&w=780

    #150461
    Dora
    Participant

    Sasha Latypova. Is she talking about the WEF’s new very scary pandemic X? Monkeypox didn’t work last year.
    “The Little Known Weird Trick: You Can Train the Sheep to Scare Themselves.”

    https://sashalatypova.substack.com/p/the-little-known-weird-trick-you

    #150462
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Alberta shut down its fleet of whirligigs because it’s just too cold and blades might just shatter due to materials turning brittle! True…

    “One of the first lessons any new engineering student learns in their materials class is “cold brittle behaviour” of materials. When it gets really cold, like -30 C or colder, many materials lose much of their strength and are prone to shattering. This applies to wind turbines as much as it applies to car bumpers.”

    Most of Alberta’s wind fleet slowly shut down Thursday night, but not for lack of wind
    https://pipelineonline.ca/alta-wind-shutdown-due-to-cold/

    #150463
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    @Michael Reid, Red, (and Wes, since he asked)

    Thanks for the progress report.

    Any thoughts about using pumped storage for a backup? Set a tiny panel and pump to trickle low-to-high, and leave the high tank for emergencies. It’s probably useless in winter, I guess. I’m a big fan of low-tech backup systems, so thought I’d mention it.

    #150464
    zerosum
    Participant

    Work around – no need of joining Nato
    During his visit to Kyiv on Jan. 12, UK PM Rishi Sunak signed a 10-year security agreement with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, which entails the UK providing material and intelligence security support to Ukraine through the next decade, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.

    Britain announces new winter humanitarian aid package for Ukraine worth almost $50 million
    “We have just reached an agreement with Britain on security in all areas: on the ground, in the air, at sea, in cyberspace,” Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne quotes Zelenskyy.

    The agreement is designed to last until Ukraine joins NATO but can be extended if needed.

    “If this [Ukraine’s accession to NATO] happens before the expiration of this agreement, the security architecture we have created will actually be incorporated into the security system of the entire alliance,” Zelenskyy added.

    London will share intelligence with Kyiv, assist with national cybersecurity, military training, and develop mutual defense industry cooperation, according to a statement on the UK government’s website.

    The deal also commits the UK to consult with Ukraine in case of another Russian invasion and to provide “swift and sustained” military assistance.

    #150465
    zerosum
    Participant

    Cut & Paste

    Military.com journalist Konstantin Toropin

    noted:

    The Houthi strike involved the USS Eisenhower, Philippine Sea, Gravely, and Mason in the Red Sea

    22 fixed wing aircraft from the IKE

    More than 80 Tomahawks were launched as part of the strike

    As another military analyst noted that is a year’s worth of production of the Navy slice of the Block V Tomahawk

    One has to wonder the wisdom of expending that many cruise missiles given the production issues the US has faced. If the US is preparing for war with China then I really must question their judgement.

    The US military has the greatest checkers players known to man.

    ———–
    Oil prices are rising not because of the threats of the Houthis, but because of US and UK strikes against the Houthis. Gas in Europe is getting more expensive too.

    There have been about 100 strikes with precision weapons (and they have a hefty price tag), but the result is rather the opposite. Iran has rightly claimed that the strikes are increasing instability in the region. The Houthis themselves promise more attacks, and “US and UK interests are now legitimate targets”. I wonder if Cyprus is too? That’s where the British typhoons took off from.

    Oman, which plays an important role as a mediator between the US and Iran, has condemned military action in Yemen. Beijing, too, is “deeply concerned”. Who supported it? According to Biden, Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands.

    The main fear is that Iran will block the Strait of Hormuz, this could affect up to 20% of the world’s oil and LNG supplies. So far the estimate is 50/50, but the US and UK won’t stop. Once they are involved, they will continue to poke the hornet’s nest with a stick. A 3% increase in prices will not do the trick.

    ———–

    #150466
    zerosum
    Participant

    The Telegraph notes:

    Britain’s aircraft carriers are not ready to be sent to the Red Sea because of the recruitment crisis engulfing the Armed Forces, The Telegraph can reveal.‌

    However, The Telegraph understands that RFA Fort Victoria, the only Solid Support Ship capable of providing the CSG with the amount of ammunition, aircraft, spare equipment and food required for a full deployment, is unable to sail owing to a lack of sailors.

    ‌In normal times it operates a crew of 100, but is understood to currently be working with a skeleton crew.

    So you built a 3 billion pound paperweight. Nice work!

    #150467
    zerosum
    Participant

    Time for the USA to change the anti Iran music.
    Iran and Russia working on a mutual defense agreement.

    #150468
    Just Some Randomer
    Participant

    @zerosum “So you built a 3 billion pound paperweight. Nice work!”

    No, no, no. Don’t be so silly. They built TWO 3 billion pound paperweights.

    #150469
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    Yesterday: Gonzalo Lira dies at the hands of a government.
    Tomorrow: Julian Assange dies at the hands of another government.

    So utterly sad.

    #150470
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    For good but depressing analyses of the British situation, by a writer based in Devon, I suggest visitng Tim Watkins’ Consciousness of Sheep website. According to him, Britain’s economic situation is DIRE. Among other things, they’ve run out of North Sea oil, squandered the gains on tax cuts for the rich, renewables aren’t making the grade, most of the country north of a line from the Severn to The Wash is among the poorest in Europe, and so on and on and on.

    The UK is being bled white by its poor leadership, muddle-headed economic policies, ignorance, denial, hubris, stupidity and cupidity.

    So is Australia.

    Stop the world, I want to get off.

    #150471
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    John Helmer latest: Putin fence-seats!

    “Not since Moses held out his hand and got the Israelites’ god to blow an easterly wind to part the Red Sea, has there been such a prodigious feat on that stretch of water. In the hours following the US and UK bombing and missile attacks on Yemen on Friday morning, the Kremlin ordered that a fence be constructed in the middle of the Red Sea on which President Vladimir Putin (lead image) has told Russian officials to sit.

    KREMLIN TRIES TO SIT ON THE FENCE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RED SEA

    #150472
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    ANIMALS MISTAKEN FOR MONSTERS.

    MONSTERS MISTAKEN FOR HUMANS.

    Sic semper tyrannis.

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