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Dems Have Resurrected Law as a Weapon that Serves Power (Paul Craig Roberts)
Fani Willis: Wife of Lover an Adulterer and Political Conspirator (Turley)
Atlanta DA Fani Willis Just Stepped on a Rake (CTH)
Georgia Prosecutors Should Go, But That Won’t End the Trump Case (Turley)
Trump’s Lawyers Warn Of Nationwide ‘Chaos’ (RT)
Trump Warns Of Years Of Trauma If Presidents Don’t Have Total Immunity (Hill)
Gaza Will Be The Grave Of The Western-Led World Order (Takahashi)
Houthis Declare Safe Passage For All Russian, Chinese Ships In Red Sea (ZH)
Russia and the US Are Set For A Long Confrontation (Sushentsov)
The Ukraine Charade, Revisited (Pepe Escobar)
Western Mercenaries Used To Fill Kiev’s Expertise Gaps – Larry Johnson (RT)
French Mercenaries Dying For A Nazi Regime – Russia’s Top MP (RT)
Americans Enslaved Themselves to the State When They Accepted Income Tax (PCR)
The Biden Laptop is Proven Authentic as Past Deniers Double Down (Turley)
The Goddess of the WEF (Kunstler)

 

 

 

 

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We may be in for a full year+ of this. Why would it stop on November 8?

Dems Have Resurrected Law as a Weapon that Serves Power (Paul Craig Roberts)

Fani Willis, the incompetent and apparently corrupt black female Atlanta district attorney reportedly put in office by George Soros’ billions, is in more hot water than Trump is in from her fabricated case against him. Fani appointed Nathan Wade, who is believed to be her lover, special prosecutor to aid in Trump’s kangaroo trial. According to county records reviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fulton County paid Wade $654,000 in tax payers’ money since January 2022. The money appears to be what financed the couple’s lavish vacations. The white liberal Democrats are disturbed that Willis was so stupid as to damage her case against Trump by destroying her credibility and public perception of her integrity. Fani’s defense is, of course, that the race card is being played against her as she and her lover are black. There are two ways you can look at her self-justification.

One is that blacks have learned from Jews that a claim of victimhood is a shield against being held accountable. The other is that she has no comprehension of acceptable behavior for public officials. We have an interesting situation in which the prosecutions at the state and county level against Trump are in the hands of black women put in office by George Soros. Why is Soros doing this? Some people think that Soros himself got away with stealing his billions from the Bank of England via his manipulation of the British currency. Where was James Bond when the British needed him? Criminal justice in America is in a serious situation when one billionaire can staff up state and local district attorneys with blacks taught to hate “white exploiters” who are sicced on Trump, his attorneys, and his supporters. The trials are unconstitutional, because a black jury consisting of people taught to hate “white racists” does not constitute a “jury of peers” for a white person.

What happened to the justice system that a president of the US finds himself the target of weaponized law used for racial, ideological, and political reasons, and there is not a peep from law schools, bar associations, judges, or media? How can citizens have confidence in the veracity of prosecutions, the veracity of judges, law schools, bar associations? “Fulton County Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade allegedly did not disclose payments he received from working on the racketeering case against former President Donald Trump to his wife, leaving her without financial support throughout their divorce proceedings, according to a court document obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Wade, who was appointed to work on Trump’s case by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, is allegedly romantically involved with her and used the compensation he received from his position to take her on cruises and vacations, according to a motion filed Monday by a Trump co-defendant.

In separate filings for his divorce case obtained by the DCNF, Wade’s wife alleges he did not disclose to her over $700,000 in earnings from the county. “Wade’s wife alleges he has continued to draw from her bank account, leaving it “routinely overdrawn” despite “the clear inequity in financial circumstances.” His wife has been a stay-at-home mom for 20 years and relied on Wade for support during the course of their marriage, according to the filing. “Willis was subpoenaed earlier this week to testify in Wade’s divorce proceedings, according to CNN. “Wade filed for divorce on November 2, 2021, the day after his contract with Willis began, according to court filings. He had his divorce case sealed on February 10, 2022, according to the Monday motion filed by Trump co-defendant Michael Roman.

“Republican US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene sent a criminal referral Wednesday to Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr asking for an investigation into Willis and expressing “serious concerns” about the allegations. Greene suggested Willis could have violated a number of Georgia statutes, including violations of public oath, bribery, improper influence of a government official and more.”

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A DA should not be throwing mud.

Fani Willis: Wife of Lover an Adulterer and Political Conspirator (Turley)

In an surprising filing, Fulton County’s district attorney Fani Willis has accused the estranged wife of her alleged lover of conspiring to undermine the Trump prosecution by seeking her deposition in the messy divorce case of Nathan Wade. Willis, again, does not deny having an affair with Wade, who she appointed lead prosecutor in the case. Instead, she accuses Joycelyn Wade of an affair that broke up the marriage and suggests that she is coordinating with Trump forces to interfere with the prosecution. Willis is accused of major ethical violations in appointing her alleged lover to the position as she went on lavish vacations with him. She previously denounced those raising obvious ethical concerns as being racist due to the fact that both Willis and Wade are black. She did not, however, deny the intimate relationship or the allegation that Wade paid for her vacation expenses.

At issue in the filing is the demand for a pretrial deposition in the divorce case of Nathan and Joycelyn Wade on January 23. Willis’ counsel leveled a full attack on the motivations and associations of Joycelyn Wade. She accused Joycelyn Wade of having an adulterous relationship with a longtime friend of Nathan Wade’s. Willis’ counsel Cinque Axam then added that Joycelyn Wade “has conspired with interested parties in the criminal election interference case to use the civil discovery process to annoy, embarrass and oppress District Attorney Willis.” The filing noted that the allegations against Willis were used by Trump codefendant Mike Roman to seek judicial review and remedy for the alleged conflict of interest. A hearing has now been set by the court for Feb. 28th.

Willis bases her conspiracy theory on the fact that, on January 8, Roman’s filing was made public and on the same day, she was served a subpoena and Merchant moved to unseal the Wades’ divorce case. That certainly makes this all a bit different from the usual “other woman” element in the divorce case. However, it is not a smart move. The level of animus and vexatious language in the filing only magnifies the concern over the Willis-Wade relationship. By attacking the estranged wife of her alleged lover, Willis only increases concerns over the professional separation between Willis and Wade in making decisions in the case. Accusing the estranged wife of your alleged lover of being a political conspirator is about as compelling at accusing people raising ethical concerns of being virulent racists.

For example, if Wade were to exceed his authority or act unprofessionally in the case, Willis would be forced to take action against not only an alleged lover but someone she has had to defend as the ideal choice for the position. Their personal relationship would presumably weigh in the balance in any supervisory review or decision. Likewise, if Willis was taken on vacations by Wade and their relationship is continuing, the termination of his contract could have an economic impact on Willis. In the end, the accusatory motion was a mistake in my view. Willis could have objected to the necessity of the deposition on factual and legal grounds (as she does) without escalating the rhetoric and recriminations.

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”The scale of Lawfare stupid, perhaps driven by hubris and/or an entitled sense of just being above the rules, is simply off-the-charts. Crazy stuff.”

Atlanta DA Fani Willis Just Stepped on a Rake (CTH)

Boy howdy… when things get interesting, they REALLY get interesting. In an effort to deflect attention from the gross corruption she initiated in the prosecution of Donald Trump, Atlanta District Attorney Fani Willis stepped into the middle of a contentious divorce between Willis’s married lover and appointed Special Prosecutor, Nathan Wade, and his wife, Joycelyn Wade. After discovering details of the relationship between Nathan Wade and Fani Willis, lawyers representing Mrs. Joycelyn Wade wanted a deposition of Fani Willis. At issue are the finances in the marriage and Mrs. Wade’s discovery that her husband, Nathan Wade, and Fani Willis had been living a life of indulgence from the marital income received (more than $650, 000) as a result of DA Willis hiring Nathan Wade to prosecute Donald Trump.

In an over-the-top court filing trying to avoid the deposition, the Fulton County’s district attorney accused the estranged wife of conspiring to undermine the Trump prosecution by seeking her testimony. Fani Willis does not deny the affair; instead, she accuses Joycelyn Wade of coordinating with Trump people and co-defendants to interfere with the prosecution. (VIA AJC Politics) – “Fulton County’s district attorney on Thursday fired back at allegations she has engaged in an “improper” relationship with her top deputy, accusing his estranged wife of trying to obstruct her prosecution of Donald Trump and his allies.” That approach by Fani Willis opened up a can of worms the district attorney likely didn’t expect. Because Mrs. Jocelyn Wade has credit card statements and receipts showing how her husband booked and paid for lavish travel, expenses and indulgences using Fani Willis’s real name as his companion.

The details and credit card statements are attached to the filing, which substantiates and supports the originating court filing by one of the co-defendants who made the allegation against Fani Willis and Nathan Wade. (via AJC Politics) […] “The records have emerged as part of the Wades’ contentious divorce proceedings in Cobb County Superior Court and have rocked Fulton’s sweeping racketeering case against the former president and 14 remaining defendants. One defendant is seeking to disqualify Willis and her office because of her alleged “improper, clandestine personal relationship” with Wade.”

[..] Nathan Wade was a lawyer specializing in family matters prior to being appointed by District Attorney Fani Willis. Mr. Wade never prosecuted a single felony case in his legal career. Judge Scott McAfee ordered District Attorney Fani Willis to file a written response by Feb. 2. He said he will hold a hearing on the allegations on Feb. 15.

Additionally, according to White House visitor logs, Mr. Nathan Wade visited White House lawyers prior to the indictment of President Trump. Also, DA Willis met with staff (Mary McCord) from the January 6 Committee prior to the indictment. The Georgia prosecutor meeting with Biden lawyers, prior to the indictment against Biden’s political opposition, is a big issue that has yet to surface in front of Judge McAfee. Something is going to change in this case as a result of these explosive findings. I suspect by Monday of next week Ms. Fani Willis will have to remove herself from any involvement in the case. Something substantive is going to change in Atlanta as a result of the discovery of her grossly inappropriate/unethical conduct, and the now exposed financial and personal relationship with the prosecutor she hired, Nathan Wade. The scale of Lawfare stupid, perhaps driven by hubris and/or an entitled sense of just being above the rules, is simply off-the-charts. Crazy stuff.

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“If these allegations are true, Willis is not just outside of the ethical navigational beacons. She is off the map.”

Georgia Prosecutors Should Go, But That Won’t End the Trump Case (Turley)

Chris Christie once said that Donald Trump is often portrayed by legal counsel as “the unluckiest S.O.B. in the world.” Perhaps, but when it comes to his enemies, Trump sometimes seems to find advantages despite his worst efforts. Many of us have criticized Trump for his personal attacks on Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis as being racist and unethical; he even accused her of having an affair with a gang member, a claim that was widely contested as unfounded and denied by key figures. This month, however, Willis has seemingly imploded with an ethical scandal which, unlike Trump’s prior claims, appears perhaps to be more well-founded, as it appears in an official court filing. It involves reports of an intimate relationship with Nathan Wade, appointed by Willis as lead prosecutor in the Trump case.

While a recusal or removal of Willis may delay the case, it will not end the legal threat for Trump. Willis is accused of having a romantic relationship with Wade when she appointed him in this historic prosecution of a former president. Wade has no experience in racketeering law, yet he reportedly was paid more than an expert on Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) cases. Willis and Wade allegedly went on lavish vacations together, and the costs allegedly were covered by Wade, who has received nearly $654,000 in legal fees since January 2022 — approved, ultimately, by Willis. Wade has presented himself as the “only individual in the DA’s office who had authority to enter into agreements pertaining to the investigation.” Wade also has been held in contempt in his messy divorce.

The Georgia courts have established that a district attorney should be disqualified when there is a personal interest in the defendant’s conviction (Whitworth v. State, 275 Ga. App. 790, 793, 622 S.E.2d 21 [2005]). In this instance, Willis has staked much of her career on this case and appointed a prosecutor who’s alleged to be romantically involved with her; likewise, if the allegations are true, Willis may have an interest in furthering Wade’s career and benefits. Of course, Trump, the other defendants, and the public are entitled to disinterested prosecutors in this major case. Moreover, the Fulton County Code of Laws § 2-66 bars conflicts of interest “in fact and in appearance.” It expressly states that no “officer or employee shall, by his or her conduct, give reasonable basis for the impression that any person can improperly influence him or her, or unduly enjoy his or her favor, in the performance of any official acts or actions.”

These provisions are in addition to prohibitions on the receipt of gifts due to one’s office, such as possibly receiving alleged lavish vacations paid for by your subordinate. These are just some of the grounds supporting a motion by Michael Roman, one of the defendants in the massive racketeering case brought by Willis. If these allegations are true, Willis is not just outside of the ethical navigational beacons. She is off the map.

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“..if other states follow Colorado’s lead, it would “unleash chaos and bedlam.”

Trump’s Lawyers Warn Of Nationwide ‘Chaos’ (RT)

Donald Trump’s lawyers have warned that the entire entire US could be plunged into chaos if the country’s Supreme Court upholds the state of Colorado’s decision to remove the republican presidential frontrunner from its ballot. Last month, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Trump ineligible to run for re-election and removed him from the ballot for the presidential primary on March 5. The court cited the 14th Amendment, which bans insurrectionists from holding public office. Trump’s lawyers argued again on Thursday that the former president had not instigated the riot on January 6, 2021. The Colorado ruling, which was the first of its kind, has been left in limbo pending a decision by the US Supreme Court, with the first oral arguments in the case set for February 8.

“The court should put a swift and decisive end to these ballot-disqualification efforts, which threaten to disenfranchise tens of millions of Americans,” Trump’s lawyers wrote. They added that, if other states follow Colorado’s lead, it would “unleash chaos and bedlam.” The former president’s legal team also noted that the piece of legislation invoked by the Colorado Supreme Court can only be applied to an “officer of the United States,” which Trump is not. The attorneys insisted that the Republican firebrand was not inciting insurrection when he called on his supporters to “fight like hell” on January 6, and was merely “raising concerns about the integrity of the recent federal election.”

According to Trump’s defense team, he used the phrase strictly metaphorically, not expecting his supporters to interpret it as a call for violence. They added that, as events began to unfold on Capitol Hill that day, Trump “repeatedly called for peace, patriotism, and law and order.” House Speaker Mike Johnson, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and several other Republican lawmakers have also called on the US Supreme Court to void Colorado’s “insurrectionist ban.” A number of GOP secretaries of state also warned the judges that Trump’s potential removal from ballots would lead to a “foreseeable and unfortunate parade of horribles.” On January 6, the Maine secretary of state passed a tentative ballot ban similar to that in Colorado, with multiple lawsuits filed in other states as well. The final say, however, rests with the US Supreme Court.

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“..full immunity, without which it would be impossible for him/her to properly function. Any mistake, even if well intended, would be met with almost certain indictment by the opposing party at term end..”

Trump Warns Of Years Of Trauma If Presidents Don’t Have Total Immunity (Hill)

Former President Trump said there would be “years of trauma” if presidents are not awarded total immunity from prosecution for their actions in the White House — even if those actions “cross the line.” “A president of the United States must have full immunity, without which it would be impossible for him/her to properly function. Any mistake, even if well intended, would be met with almost certain indictment by the opposing party at term end,” Trump wrote in a Truth Social post early Thursday morning, writing in all capital letters. “Even events that ‘cross the line’ must fall under total immunity, or it will be years of trauma trying to determine good from bad,” he added. “There must be certainty.”

Trump compared the president to a police officer, who Trump argued should not be stopped from “doing the job of strong and effective crime prevention” simply because of a “bad apple,” adding, “Sometimes you just have to live with ‘great but slightly imperfect.’” Trump’s comments come one week after his attorney, John Sauer, made a similar case before a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals for a motion from Trump’s team to toss his election interference federal charges. During the hearing, the judges appeared skeptical of the argument that presidents could only be prosecuted if they had already been impeached and convicted by the Senate.

When asked whether a president who directed SEAL Team Six to kill a political opponent would then be immune from prosecution for that action, Sauer answered with a “qualified yes,” unless the president was convicted by the Senate first. One judge on the panel noted that, under that framework, a president could take any action on his or her last day in office without fear of criminal prosecution or simply resign shortly thereafter — preventing Congress from impeaching and convicting in time.

The appeals court seems poised to reject Trump’s argument in the case, and Trump has signaled his intention to appeal an unsatisfactory ruling to the Supreme Court. Trump again hinted at his intention to appeal to the high court in his post Thursday. “All presidents must have complete & total presidential immunity, or the authority & decisiveness of a president of the United States will be stripped & gone forever,” Trump wrote. “Hopefully this will be an easy decision. God bless the Supreme Court!” he added.

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“..However, it is too little, too late. Western credibility has been shredded irrevocably..”

Gaza Will Be The Grave Of The Western-Led World Order (Takahashi)

No matter how it concludes, South Africa’s lawsuit in the International Court of Justice arguing Israel has violated the Genocide Convention will go down in history. It will either be remembered as the first step towards finally holding a rogue state accountable for repeated, longstanding violations of international law; or as the last, dying breath of a dysfunctional, Western-led international system. For the hypocrisy of Western governments (and the Western political elite as a whole) has finally brought the so-called “rules-based world order” they purport to lead to the point of no return. Full-throttled Western support for Israel’s genocidal rampage in Gaza has truly exposed the double standards of the West with regard to human rights and international law. There is no turning back, and the West has only its own arrogance to blame.

The litany of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israel in Gaza are clear as the light of day for anybody who has access to a smartphone. Social media feeds are overflowing with videoclips of hospitals and schools being bombed, fathers pulling out the lifeless bodies of their children from under destroyed buildings, mothers crying over the corpses of their babies. And yet, the reaction of Western governments – besides seemingly limitless military and political support – has been to label any criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism and attempt to ban outright any expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Regardless of this oppression, tens of thousands of people are coming out on the streets day after day expressing their disgust at Israeli atrocities and Western complicity. Desperate to regain some semblance of credibility, Western governments (including the US) have recently started to be marginally critical of Israeli attacks. However, it is too little, too late. Western credibility has been shredded irrevocably.

Of course, Western hypocrisy is nothing new. According to Western governments, the world should be up in arms about Russian aggression but should be perfectly happy with Israeli brutality and flouting of international norms. Ukrainians who throw Molotov cocktails at Russian occupation forces are heroes and freedom fighters, while Palestinians (and others) who dare to speak out against Israeli apartheid are terrorists. White-skinned refugees from Ukraine are more than welcome, while black and brown-skinned refugees from conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Africa (most of which the West are behind) can sink to the bottom of the Mediterranean. The Western attitude has truly been: rules for thee, not for me. The Western position towards China exhibits the same insincerity. China is virtually encircled by American and allied military bases, armed to the hilt. Yet it is China that is guilty of… what? Unable to point to any concrete infraction, Western governments and media can only accuse China of “increased assertiveness”, ie, not knowing its assigned subjugate place in the Western hegemonic order.

International justice has become a sick joke. Were the International Criminal Court (ICC) functioning effectively, Israeli leaders would be on trial even as we speak, and there would have been no need for South Africa to approach the ICJ. As it stands, though, the ICC only indicted Africans until 2022, when it announced an investigation into the Russian invasion of Ukraine less than a week after its start. The ICC issued indictments, including for Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, in less than a year. Conversely, it took over six years for the ICC to open an investigation into the situation in Palestine, and even now, years later, meaningful action has yet to be taken. While Israel continued its orgy of violence against the people of Gaza, Karim Khan, the British Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, visited Israel and stressed the need for Hamas’s crimes to be prosecuted, while going soft on Israeli crimes. Little wonder many civil society organisations are calling for him to be fired.

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“It represented pressure on Israel only, it did not represent pressure on any country in the world.”

Houthis Declare Safe Passage For All Russian, Chinese Ships In Red Sea (ZH)

In a remarkable development, and at a moment European retailers and factories are beginning to bear the brunt of the global shipping chaos and soaring Red Sea transit risk, the Houthis have declared safe passage for Russia and China. A senior Houthi official, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, mentioned these US rivals by name in an interview with the Russian outlet Izvestia on Friday. “As for all other countries, including Russia and China, their shipping in the region is not threatened,” he said, stipulating this will remain as long as they are not linked to Israel or its supporters. “Moreover, we are ready to ensure the safe passage of their ships in the Red Sea, because free navigation plays a significant role for our country,” he added, but then underscored that attacks on ships will continue if they are “in any way connected with Israel.”

The spokesman went on to blame the Red Sea crisis on Israel’s (and its backers) refusal to reverse course in Gaza, given its aerial and ground campaign as continued. “Ansar Allah [the group’s formal name] does not pursue the goal of capturing or sinking this or that sea vessel,” he claimed. “Our goal is to raise the economic costs for [Israel] in order to stop the carnage in Gaza.” Some of the vessels which have come under attack thus far actually have connection to dozens of countries, but ships with Russian or Chinese ownership, or deep ties, have yet to be attacked. Another Houthi official told Reuters separately that the group doesn’t seek to expand its campaign, after a fragile peace took effect with Saudi Arabia and the EUA concerning the Yemeni civil war:

Yemen’s Houthis have said they do not intend to expand their attacks on shipping in and around the Red Sea, beyond their stated aims of blockading Israel and retaliating against the US and Britain for airstrikes. In an interview with Reuters, spokesperson Mohammed Abdulsalam, who is also the chief Houthi negotiator in peace talks over Yemen’s decade-old civil war, said the group had no plans to target its longstanding foes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “We do not want the escalation to expand. This is not our demand. We imposed rules of engagement in which not a single drop of blood was shed or major material losses,” said Abdulsalam. “It represented pressure on Israel only, it did not represent pressure on any country in the world.”

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“.It was that the West would deal Russia a quick defeat, a lot of economic resources would be freed up, and relations with Moscow would be rebuilt on a different platform, more favorable to the EU..”

Russia and the US Are Set For A Long Confrontation (Sushentsov)

Relations between Russia and the United States have entered a prolonged phase that can be described as a “long confrontation.” If the interaction between Moscow and Washington were still the central process of international life, as was the case during the Cold War, this new phase might be considered temporary. But the Moscow-Washington confrontation is now one of many. More importantly, it is taking place in conditions that occur once every few centuries – a period of global redistribution of power and resource potential. This process affects our country and the US only in part. Within a few decades, the center of global production and consumption will finally shift to Asia, and the center of world economic gravity will be on the border of India and China. In this context, the long-standing Russian-American confrontation will remain one of the main fault-lines, but certainly not the only one.

Why do I think this confrontation will be protracted? Despite significant resource advantages and strong positions in key areas, the US finds itself in a situation where its pursuers are catching up fast. Washington is faced with an increasingly dense international environment that poses obstacles to previously unfettered American action. The four US strengths that underpin its offensive strategy are: first, its still-advanced military power; second, its central global financial system, which provides an international settlement infrastructure and a convertible currency; third, its strong position in a number of technological fields; and fourth, its ideology and values platform, which, together with the other three dimensions, provide what can be tentatively called a “pyramid of credibility” for American strategy in the world.

This pyramid exists in the economic and financial spheres as well as in foreign policy. Trust explains the irrational behavior of some European states. Incapable of a balanced analysis of the consequences of their decisions, for example on the Ukraine crisis, they are now forced to ask themselves, as the German magazine Der Spiegel does: “What if the United States has no permanent allies? Western Europeans trusted the logic offered by the United States, they literally ‘bought’ the proposal. It was that the West would deal Russia a quick defeat, a lot of economic resources would be freed up, and relations with Moscow would be rebuilt on a different platform, more favorable to the EU. The belief was that it would be an effective strategy.”

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“..There is no “Biden”. Just Team Biden: a corporate combo featuring low-rent messengers such as de facto neocon Little Blinkie..”

The Ukraine Charade, Revisited (Pepe Escobar)

Selected players scattered around the Beltway silos of power, diligently working as messengers for the people who really run the show in the Hegemon, have concluded that a no holds barred confrontation with Russia would lead to the collapse of all of NATO; undo decades of US iron grip on Europe; and ultimately cause the Empire’s downfall. Playing brinkmanship games sooner or later would meet the indestructible red lines inbuilt in the unmovable Russian object. US elites are smarter than that. They may excel on calculated risk. But when the stakes are this high, they know when to hedge and when to fold. The “loss” of Ukraine – now a graphic imperative – is not worth risking the loss of the whole Hegemonic ride. That would be too much for the Empire to lose.

So even as they get increasingly desperate with the accelerated imperial plunge into a geopolitical and geoeconomic abyss, they’re frantically changing the narrative – a domain in which they excel. And that explains why discombobulated European vassals in NATO-controlled EU are now in total panic. Davos this week offered bucketloads of Orwellian salad. The key, frantic messages: War is peace. Ukraine is not (italics mine) losing and Russia is not winning. Hence Ukraine needs way more weaponizing. Yet even Norwegian Wood Stoltenberg was told to toe the new line that matters: “NATO is not moving into Asia. It’s China that is coming close to us.” That certainly adds a new wacky meaning to the notion of moving tectonic plates. There is a total void of “leadership” in Washington.

There is no “Biden”. Just Team Biden: a corporate combo featuring low-rent messengers such as de facto neocon Little Blinkie. They do what they’re told by wealthy “donors” and the financial-military interests that really run the show, reciting the same old cliché-saturated lines day after day, bit players in a Theatre of the Absurd. Only one exhibit suffices. Reporter: “Are the airstrikes in Yemen working?” The President of the United States: “Well, when you say working, are they stopping the Houthis? No. Are they gonna continue? Yes.” The same in what passes for “strategic thinking” applies to Ukraine. The Hegemon is not being lured into fighting in West Asia – as much as the genocidal arrangement in Tel Aviv, in tandem with US Zio-cons, wants to drag it into a war on Iran.

Still, the imperial machine is being steered to keep the Forever Wars engine running, non-stop, at varying speeds. The elites in charge are way more clinical than the whole Team Biden. They know they will not win in what will soon be country 404. But the tactical victory, so far, is massive: enormous profits out of the frantic weaponizing; totally gutting European industry and sovereignty; reducing the EU to the sub-status of a lowly vassal; and from now on plenty of time to find new proxy warriors against Russia – from Polish and Baltic fanatics to the whole Takfiri-neo ISIS galaxy.

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“I think Russia sent a very clear message in killing these mercenaries: If you are going to send them over here, if you are going to send that materiel, we’re gonna kill you..”

Western Mercenaries Used To Fill Kiev’s Expertise Gaps – Larry Johnson (RT)

Ukraine is probably experiencing a shortage of soldiers who can handle complex Western weapons systems, former CIA analyst Larry Johnson has told RT. A Russian report this week about a strike on “French mercenaries” in Kharkov may be a warning to would-be clandestine arms technicians that Paris plans to supply, he believes. France has denied having mercenaries in Ukraine or anywhere else in the world, responding to the statement by the Defense Ministry of Russia. Moscow said some 60 foreign fighters, most of them French, died in the long-range attack. Meanwhile, President Emmanuel Macron has announced plans to supply additional air-launched SCALP cruise missiles to support Kiev’s fight.

“I strongly suspect that many of those French ‘mercenaries’ – and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brits and Americans scattered in there as well – are being brought in to help operate systems that they’ve been trained on previously in prior military careers,” Johnson said. He named the US-made long-range Patriot anti-aircraft missile and the Storm Shadow, the British counterpart to SCALP, as examples of donated arms that may require competent foreign staff to deploy. France is making itself a target by openly arming Kiev, Johnson told the broadcaster, contrasting current events with how the US acted in the past, when it sought to undermine the USSR. “When the US ran covert operations through the CIA to fund the mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviets, it was done with some measure of secrecy and at least keeping up a pretense that we were not directly in conflict,” he pointed out.

“I think Russia sent a very clear message in killing these mercenaries: If you are going to send them over here, if you are going to send that materiel, we’re gonna kill you,” the analyst added. Johnson believes that Moscow could have acted in a far bolder manner in targeting Ukraine’s foreign donors, and that its reluctance to do so has been taken in the West as a sign of weakness. “It’s not that, but the West has a track record of misinterpreting Russia on many points,” he commented.

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“There was a time when our grandfathers and great grandfathers fought together against fascism. Now, it turns out that French mercenaries are dying for the Nazi regime in Ukraine..”

French Mercenaries Dying For A Nazi Regime – Russia’s Top MP (RT)

The French public and lawmakers should be aware that their compatriots are fighting and dying as mercenaries in Ukraine, Russian State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin said on Friday. The senior lawmaker was commenting on an announcement by the Defense Ministry in Moscow earlier this week, which said some 60 foreign fighters, most of them French citizens, were killed by a Russian long-range strike on the city of Kharkov on Tuesday. The Russian military described them as “mercenaries,” although the French Foreign Ministry disputed this description, insisting that Paris “has no ‘mercenaries’ either in Ukraine or anywhere else.”

In a post on social media, Volodin said the lower chamber of the Russian parliament will soon consider a formal request to French lawmakers about the incident. “There was a time when our grandfathers and great grandfathers fought together against fascism. Now, it turns out that French mercenaries are dying for the Nazi regime in Ukraine,” he stressed. On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned French Ambassador to Moscow Pierre Levy in connection with the incident. Ukrainian officials have denied the veracity of the Russian military’s announcement and have claimed that Moscow’s forces only hit civilian targets in Kharkov on Tuesday.

Last summer, the Le Monde newspaper reported that French national intelligence estimated the number of its nationals fighting in Ukraine at 320. The overall pool of would-be recruits was put at 800, including 120 identified as far-right and 40 deemed ultra-left in terms of ideology. Overwhelmingly, they wanted to fight for Kiev rather than Moscow. The report followed the arrest in April of two men who had returned to Paris from Ukraine, illegally carrying assault rifle magazines and optical sights. The local press described them as far-right individuals who were previously known to the French General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI). Both were sentenced to 15 months in jail, nine of which were suspended.

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“A “free American” has ceased to exist. Such an American predates 1913..”

Americans Enslaved Themselves to the State When They Accepted Income Tax (PCR)

It was not until 1913, 137 years after the Declaration of Independence established a free people who are no longer free, that there was an income tax. Years ago I researched and wrote the story of how it happened. It exists somewhere in print. In the old analogue, library card file days, it would have been easy to find. The income tax required a Constitutional Amendment. I remember some of the story. What I remember is this: The threshold for being subject to income tax was high, and the first rate was 1%. The Georgia legislature voted to ratify the amendment because as one legislative leader concluded, “there’s no one in Georgia with an income high enough to be subject to the tax. Let the Yankees tax themselves. Why should we object.” There was no vision of the future. 1913 was also the year that the Federal Reserve, with its policy of depression, inflation, recession, and inflation, was established and unleashed on America, and it was also the year that World War I and its inflation was about to be launched by the French, Russian, and British Governments.

War and inflation quickly brought income tax home to insouciant Americans who thought they were exempt.In 1963 prior to the Kennedy tax rate reductions the top tax rate was 91% on incomes above $200,000. Kennedy left it at 70%. Reagan left it at 50%. Today it is 39.6%, or with rounding 40% The highest medieval tax rate on serfs was 30%. Anything higher and they revolted and killed the feudal lords. 50% was the highest tax rate on cotton plantation slaves. The other 50% of their work went for their food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. What is indisputable is that for more than a hundred years the tax rate on American citizens has been higher or equal to the tax rate on medieval serfs and 19th century plantation slaves. What does this mean? It means that Americans and the entirety of Europeans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders are slaves in the same sense that blacks were slaves on southern cotton plantations.

The historical fact is that a free person is a person who owns his own labor. Just as a slave does not own his own labor, neither does any person who is subject to income tax. In the anti-South propaganda in the 19th century, such as the propagandistic “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” southern slave owners are portrayed unrealistically as demoralizing their work force and destroying their capital investments in human labor by demoralizing and alienating their slaves by separating families and whipping, beating, and raping their work force. A slave was expensive. To abuse him or her is the equivalent of abusing an expensive piece of machinery. It makes no sense for an owner to abuse his own resources. Yet southern planation owners are portrayed as people who ran torture prisons.

Neither the South nor the United States are responsible for black slaves in America. The slaves that came to the New World came from the Black Kingdom of Dahomey’s slave wars. The captured slaves were carried to the New World in ships often financed by Jews. The southern plantations were not responsible for the origin of their work force. Indeed, it was an inherited institution. For decades as April 15 approached, I pointed out that it is today’s white people who pay the income taxes who are the real victims of slavery. Even after the Reagan marginal tax rate reductions, Americans pay a higher rate of tax, that is, they are more enslaved, than medieval serfs and are almost exploited by “their government” to the same extent as 19th century black slaves. So what is “white privilege”? It is to be a slave owned by Washington, used to support privileged people of color, including millions of immigrant-invaders settled by Democrats on American slaves who pay for their upkeep?

A “free American” has ceased to exist. Such an American predates 1913. The American liberal-left doesn’t mind being enslaved to a good cause–the coercive use of American citizens to support causes that the people reject, such as the normalization of sexual perversion, the genocide of the Palestinians, the demonization of white people, the use of the “justice system” to destroy ideological and political opponents. Today the insouciant American people are enslaved for causes that are to their detriment, unlike the plantation’s agenda of growing cotton. The American people voluntarily accepted slavery, because they thought it would apply to others–the rich. But as multi-billionaire Warren Buffet has said, his secretary pays a higher tax rate than he does.

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“I’m telling you, you’re wrong about these things, and you don’t listen.”

The Biden Laptop is Proven Authentic as Past Deniers Double Down (Turley)

After years of suppressing the story and casting doubts over its authenticity, many in the media in the last year have belatedly and reluctantly acknowledged that the Hunter Biden laptop is real. Some of us reached that conclusion years ago due to the self-authenticating emails confirmed by third parties. However, the denials and doubts have continued, including most recently by Rep. Dan Goldman (D., N.Y.) in hearings. The Justice Department has now again confirmed the authenticity and added details on why these denials are unsupported. This week, the Justice Department confirmed that the laptop was authenticated through forensic examination and a search warrant on Hunter’s Apple iCloud. Hunter’s electronic devices were backed up on the Cloud and “the results of the search were largely duplicative of information investigators had already obtained from Apple.”

That is only the latest such confirmation, but some have continued to desperately cast doubts the laptop, which Hunter himself said might be the product of Russian intelligence. Once again, the last dogs in this fruitless fight are the most partisan among us. Rep. Goldman, for example, recently lambasted witnesses who referenced the laptop and challenged the credibility of a journalist who cited the laptop. Goldman attacked Journalist Michael Shellenberger and declared “You have no idea, you know hard drives can be manipulated. Hard drives can be manipulated by Rudy Giuliani or Russia. There is actual evidence of it, but the point is it’s not the same thing.” Goldman has never revealed the “actual evidence” showing that the laptop is fake or why the Justice Department and FBI are making the same false claim in court if such evidence exists.

The same week that the Biden Administration again confirmed the authenticity of the laptop, one of the loudest laptop deniers wrote a telling column on why the public should avoid researching such questions on their own. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump has repeatedly pushed false stories from Lafayette Park to Russian collusion to the laptop. Even after many in the media admitted that the laptop was authentic, Bump was still declaring that it was a “conspiracy theory.” Recently, in response to a column on these false claims, the Post remarkably declared that Bump’s original claims on Lafayette Park, the Hunter Biden laptop, and Russian collusion were true and they stand by them. This week, Bump warned citizens that they needed to continue to get their news from the media and not try to learn the truth on their own.

In a column titled “Doing your own research is a good way to end up being wrong,” Bump states without an sense of self-awareness that citizens will often “embrace dubious information supporting their belief than information that corroborates the allegations” — precisely what critics have accused Bump of doing for years on the laptop and other false stories. Bump’s column is a must read for understanding the sense of entitlement of columnists in today’s age of “advocacy journalism.” It is consistent with what Bump said in an interview last year before he walked out after being confronted about false stories. In a podcast interview with Noam Dworman, Bump became exasperated and said “I’m gonna lose my mind” when Dworman offered facts contradicting his view. Ironically, when Dworman noted that half of the country does not believe his positions, Bump shot back “I know, because half the country doesn’t actually dig into the issues.”

However, Bump does not believe that they should actually dig into the issues but accept his view. He chastised Dworman and the public “because you don’t listen to the press. I’m sitting here and I’m telling you, you’re wrong about these things, and you don’t listen … you refuse to listen to what I’m saying to you. You asked me on to present evidence. I keep telling you.” Indeed, Bump and others kept telling people that the laptop was a “conspiracy theory” and possible Russian disinformation. Now, he is reminding people not to do their own research as the Post expressly declared that the prior false claims in his columns were actually true. This is why, at the start of our Republic, alternative media sprang up with pamphleteers like Thomas Paine. Citizens rejected the state-supporting media and searched for their own sources. Today citizen journalists can be found on the Internet in blogs and other sites that carry opposing views or accounts.

The media is already moving to be sure that the public is limited in what they are allowed to see or hear. After Donald Trump won the Iowa caucuses, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained to viewers that the network had decided that they should not hear Trump’s victory speech because he would only tell them “untrue things.” As noted by Bump, citizens are much safer to just accept what they are given and avoid the temptation to do their own research. Censorship is now actually proclaimed as a form of virtue signaling, assuring viewers that they will not have to hear certain opposing views or figures. There is little tolerance for those who insist on seeking out such news. After all, as the Post’s Bump explained, “I’m telling you, you’re wrong about these things, and you don’t listen.”

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“.. the loving smile of the life-giver caressing humanity like a spring zephyr wafting through the piney Schwarzwald on a June morning..”

The Goddess of the WEF (Kunstler)

Tell me: is there a fairer grandmotherly face than this in all of Western Civ? Does it not seem to radiate eons of aggregate wisdom, maternal kindness, bountiful nurture, caring, and healing, and even a hint of fun in the nursury. . . the rectified essence of Teutonic beauty, fertility, vitality, and virtue. . . the loving smile of the life-giver caressing humanity like a spring zephyr wafting through the piney Schwarzwald on a June morning? That is exactly why Ursula von der Leyen was (s)elected President of the European Commission, and why she was sent out to front the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week in her keynote speech to the assembled global grandees of Davos in the dead chill of January. It’s one thing when a cadaverous goblin such as Yuval Noah Harari tells you to eat bugs, and quite another thing when Oma Ursula tells you Keine Sorge, Kinder. Alles ist gut.

Ursula did offer us children-of-the-world one wee note of caution, though, as every good “grammy” might give to the global kindergarten: watch out for misinformation and disinformation on the internet! Like the evil imps of the Germanic Märchen, these wicked forces lurk and propagate on the internet — waiting to dash all of the WEF’s benevolent plans for our utopian future. That’s why, she explained, the European Commission has drawn up the Digital Services Act — because misinfo and disinfo can fluoresce into hate speech, the most dangerous thing in the world. It must be stomped out! Ground into the dirt under a boot heel! Misinfo and disinfo about what, exactly? Ursula omitted to specify, but we can guess, can’t we? For instance, about how more and more every year the WEF seems to operate like a global racketeering operation, seeking the levers of control in all the naughtiest sovereign nations of the earth overpopulated with “useless eaters” who are remorselessly busy wrecking the climate to enjoy, say, in the case of the USA, their loathsome motor-sports, mega-churches, gun shows, hot-tubs, and Golden Corral All-You-Can-Eat buffets!

The WEF, a racket? A cabal of haughty control freaks? What a hateful thing to say, after everything kindly onkel Schwabenklaus has done for mankind! It hurts our feelings to hear this! Yet, why do scores of billionaires flock to the yearly Davos meet-up and coordinate their funding streams into countless NGOs and shadowy activist organizations aimed at manipulating the activities of governments around the world? I assure you it’s hardly for the fabulous hors d’oeuvre platters or the even more fabulous on-call hookers. (The nabobs of finance must be satisfied with the services of their personal chefs and masseuses.) Ursula says the WEF notables meet annually “because our democracies and our businesses have interests that align: creating prosperity, wealth and security for people, creating a stable environment to unlock innovation and investment, and creating equal opportunity and freedom.”

I have some disappointing news for you: grandmother Ursula is lying (alas, we live in time of epic disappointments). If the WEF wanted “stability” you would not see Alex (and papa George) Soros pouring money into every county DA election from Maine to California to make sure that looting, car-jacking, and mayhem go unpunished. . . or that men of military age from every failed state on the planet get flown across the oceans to NGO-supported waystations in Central America so that the cartels of Mexico can take over the final leg of their illegal entry into the USA. . . or ditto the boats ferrying Africans and Arabs across the Mediterranean to overwhelm the societies of Europe — including especially Grammy Ursula’s Germany.

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    Jackson Pollock Man with knife 1938-40   • Dems Have Resurrected Law as a Weapon that Serves Power (Paul Craig Roberts) • Fani Willis: Wife of Lo
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 20 2024]

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    Tell me: is there a fairer grandmotherly face than this in all of Western Civ?” Than this of Ursula von der Leyen? — Kunstler

    I know, which one, you ask? Which is a violent, lying, scheming, murderous, evil control fiend and which is Dolores Umbridge?

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    “Watch: “You Are The Problem” – Conservative Speaker Slams Davos Globalists To Their Faces

    Holy s—t! What? They invited him? These guys are the world’s superapex of groupthink, the denizens of drear, anyone who drops a comma from “The Narrative”™ is “Disinformation” and jailed on the spot like CJ Hopkins. What’s up with this?

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/article/new-york-stock-exchange-abandons-plan-to-control-americas-natural-resources-5568214
    “The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Jan. 17 withdrew its proposal to establish and list Natural Asset Companies (NAC), which would pool investors’ money from around the world to buy controlling rights to public and private land throughout the United States.”

    Collateral. And “The Great Taking”

    “Very few people understand how close we were to losing control of our property and natural resources through this diabolical NAC scam.”

    Hahahaaha! Sure. MAKE ME. Like the “Great Taking” where they expect to show up to all 300 million Armed American houses and evict the owners without issues. Sure pal, sure. Check your meds.

    “The creation of NACs was the initiative of an organization called the Intrinsic Exchange Group (IEG), which was created with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and other unnamed investors.”

    Rockefeller. Well they never dun wrong before! One problem: The Federal BLM DOES NOT OWN THE LAND. They “Manage” the land. The federal level only owns D.C. and some military bases. The. End. Therefore the STATES own the land and “permit” the Federal level to manage it if they want to. That being the case, what did they think they were “selling”? A right that the States can take back from them in seconds?

    This is what happens when nobody follows the law: eventually they all forget there IS a law. Then we have a “Rules Based Order” of “Norms” instead of “The Law”. The norm of 2024 is that all felons and arsonists go free: should we keep that “Norm”? How did it become a “norm” when it was “Ab-Norm” only yesterday? Who “Normed” it? Congress? No, Congress passes “Laws” on e.g. masks. “Norms” we just make up like the 6-foot rule, then un-make up when I want to eat at the French Laundry.

    Corruption is “Normal” in D.C. I hear that means it’s not illegal anymore.

    Anyway: collateral. Again. That means it’s really important and very close.

    “Ex-IRS Consultant Took Job with Intention of Stealing Trump’s Tax Returns: DOJ

    It is “Normal” for everyone to break the law when stopping Trump. FBI says so. So why you picking on poor Mr. Littlejohn? (Unfortunate name.) It is not “normal” to be prosecuted for it. Shouldn’t we jail the prosecutors for misconduct unbecoming of a “Rules and Norms Based Order”? Okay, I’m done. But anytime you hear “Norm” or “Rules-based order” think: illegal. If it were legal it would be called a “Law.”

    Littlejohn was also too dumb to realize they had already combed them 1,000 times illegally and there was nothing there. If there had been, it would have been leaked years before. Therefore, he was doing Trump a terrific favor. Thanks, I guess.

    Dems Have Resurrected Law as a Weapon that Serves Power (Paul Craig Roberts)

    From what I said last week, that he could be fine and it would be illegal anyway, well of course, he’s not fine. This guy has never brought cases of this sort, he was like an auto attorney or something. No offense, but when you’ve got a case that is likely to put you in the Supreme Court and the history books, you really have to go the extra mile to get someone, or at least your best guy in the house/State to run it.

    “Nathan Wade was a lawyer specializing in family matters, [he] never prosecuted a single felony case in his legal career.” This my guy! Shut up and take my money, you’re hired!

    Then as we find out, they were already paying “Their best guy” and the rate was $200/hr. I have no idea what billing rates are there. He was getting $250/hr to be hauled in, a 20% vig, arguably less qualified. That’s already provable fraud even when you’re not sleeping together and sharing the $650,000 on parties.

    “the massive racketeering case brought by Willis. If these allegations are true, Willis is not just outside of the ethical navigational beacons. She is off the map.”

    The Racketeering attorneys are racketeering? That is, attacking or extorting in coordiation with one another, often for profit of say, oh, $650,000??? Sounds about right. Can we sue them and 3x damages? (Yes, probably) No? So if Trump dropped out these problems wouldn’t have magically gone away? That’s the DEFINITION of “extortion.”

    Some people think that Soros himself got away with stealing his billions from the Bank of England via his manipulation of the British currency.”

    And some people think that the BoE GAVE that money to Soros in a pre-arranged trade since as Armstrong says, nothing is more obvious than currency pegs breaking. Or if they “win”, they just “Backsies” like they did to the Hunt Brothers. But the BoE just went “It’s a fair cop, old chum” and wrote the check. Then they were bestest pals forever, the end. As Soros somehow transformed overnight from simple trader like Jimmy Rogers his partner was, into Social Justice Warrior extraordinaire! Marching all over the planet helping, helping…helping British policy, MI6, and 20 or 50 Color Revolutions. Then helping topple, control, and re-colonize America for the Crown. Huh. All on accident, all starting “The Day After”.

    Have we ever seen such a thing before we can point to? Yes: Brown’s Bottom not too long after. BoE kept selling all the gold in England at ever-lower prices. Everyone told them so, and it was their selling MAKING the prices drop below market. The last ounce left on the last day of the lowest profit in a century. …Then the same day, Rothschild Bank gave up their seat on the London Fix after 100 years of continuous service. The price started rising and has gone from $200 to $2000, a 10x loss for the people of England. And a 10x rise for…Rothschilds, perhaps? In their castles in Europe?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downton_Abbey
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highclere_Castle
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_de_Rothschild

    But I’m sure we all confuse Barney and a Velocoraptor from time to time.

    “Donald Trump’s lawyers have warned that the entire entire US could be plunged into chaos if the country’s Supreme Court upholds the state of Colorado’s decision to remove”

    You might be overselling it there. In fact, we probably wouldn’t notice. All kinds of things would happen, most of them legal, like choosing the President in the House of Congress. They’ve been claiming “Chaos”, people running down the street smashing things like “Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow”, “Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria” but it never happens. Not in Katrina, not in Sandy, no where. People are the same mid-level of criminal and helpful before and after “It’s Happening”. Or it only happened once, and that was just small parts of 12 cities, paid for on Craigslist, despite all their efforts. Just because there’s no mushroom cloud doesn’t mean it isn’t a dangerous fraud. “Kansas Burning” may have been a brushfire in violence terms, but it led to bad ends.

    “• Trump Warns Of Years Of Trauma If Presidents Don’t Have Total Immunity (Hill)

    They keep saying this wrong. NOBODY HAS “TOTAL IMMUNITY”. There is no such thing. If the President misbehaves, he can be removed more or less immediately….BY CONGRESS, USING AN IMPEACHMENT.

    They’re not talking “Immunity”, there is no “Immunity”, they are talking PROCESS. You Impeach first, then immediately press criminal charges. You could probably impeach in three days, as the Democrats just demonstrated.

    This goes to bad news clips where the Judge and Lawyers are using non-obvious legal jargon. She asks, “So you think you couldn’t prosecute a President no matter what he does?” and the Defense mostly said “Yes”. Because he means you don’t Prosecute FIRST. By the STATES. If this happened, every time Biden changed oil leases, Texas would arrest him. Every time Trump changed gender positions, Rhode Island would arrest him. OBVIOUSLY you can’t have that. The President needs reasonable faith that if he tries to do his job, it’s legal unless it’s impeachable. …Which sadly is only partly legal but is partly political, as the DNC just proved. But it is, and there’s no way around it. You prosecute SECOND, after the Impeachment removes.

    No Immunity. There is no such thing. There is PROCESS however, even if we haven’t been following it for 100 years.

    “• Gaza Will Be the Grave of the Western-Led World Order (Takahashi)

    Gosh I hope so; they deserve it. Too bad it wasn’t Ukraine though. Would have saved some extra lives.

    Also what is “Grave” here? Germany still exists, America still exists, they’re essentially immortal. What you mean is HOW they exist, what policies they pursue. Nobody dies if we go home. Nothing bad happens except Nuland becomes school janitor. That’s it. That’s the whole thing they’re fighting and killing a million, now six million people for. So the CEO of Lockheed isn’t fired and takes early retirement in only FIVE beach houses instead of SIX. As they say: “International justice has become a sick joke.”

    It always was. Remember Churchill and killin’ some folks in India? Remember the Maine? Remember Nuking Nagasaki because we were mad at St. Pete? Those are history’s good guys, can you imagine what the bad guys were doing?

    “• Houthis Declare Safe Passage for All Russian, Chinese Ships in Red Sea (ZH)

    They re-declared, as this was always the declaration of their declaration from always and ever. Somebody finally “Asked” and “Read” what they wrote instead of “Making s—t up.”

    “the center of global production and consumption will finally shift to Asia,”

    Not only that, but because of their actions, the FINANCIAL center will be there too. It didn’t have to be that way. Like a Greek Play, Armstrong predicts these things, the players read and know it, then somehow their actions all lead to it anyway.

    ““What if the United States has no permanent allies?”

    “The U.S. has no allies, only victims” Whoops, no the quote actually goes, “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” — Henry Kissinger and we said that on camera, to Europe HALF A CENTURY AGO. The world’s slowest learners. They call them “The Garden People” because they’re mental vegetables.

    “have concluded that a no holds barred confrontation with Russia would lead to the collapse of all of NATO; undo decades of US iron grip on Europe; and ultimately cause the Empire’s downfall”

    Ah, but in his triumphialism, he needs to take a step back: OTHER beltway players ALREADY KNEW this and got us INTO this point to collapse the parasitic Empire and put America First. They are ALSO using the NeoCons’ death grip to their own ends. No Empire = we can’t be the water boys for London.

    Trump went and told them. They laughed at him, and here we are.

    ““NATO is not moving into Asia. It’s China that is coming close to us.”

    Whut? I can’t even get a fever-brain retard translation of this. Let’s just stick with “Bomb Bomb Bomb China” “China bad, m-kay?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDO_xVL1lAg Naturally, the original video (Jib Jab?) has been purged by Winston at the Ministry of Truth. You CAN see McCain’s YouTube comments on a video that apparently never happened and was never made?

    “Neither the South nor the United States are responsible for black slaves in America. The slaves that came to the New World came from the Black Kingdom of Dahomey’s slave wars.”

    Naturally none of this is true. However, they weren’t AMERICAN slaves, they were BRITISH slaves. We hadn’t rebelled yet. Britain loved slavery. And no, they didn’t care about the race. It’s a technical detail since all the whites died of malaria and that was bad for profits. Yes the slaves were sold by black Africans who were also Muslim, but they didn’t sell them to nobody: if Islam was A-ok with slavery, clearly Christianity and Europe were too. We miss as it’s a point of emphasis but we weren’t settled by the Puritans. They were a tiny outlier. It was settled by the Dutch as a mega MNC billionaire corporation in the fur trade. PA south it was approach identical to the Caribbean Sugar trade. It’s only that sugar didn’t grow there that made it only “The South”. But think “Haiti”, not “Madison”. Later that all got mitigated, but 1600-1770, a very long time, they were Caribbean, as Hamilton was, and after the Rebellion Britain happily carried on for a lifetime with slavery and whippings and uprisings without us.

    As it turned out, the North both settled the Dutch mega-corp thing with small farmers, who dissolved and distributed their power, and Massachusetts become not a footnote but a counterweight and eventually, after 200 years, the North matched the South. But it didn’t start that way. And although we, Jefferson, had a plan to end slavery, clearly it didn’t have enough leverage and didn’t come off. We didn’t even stop importing slaves until 1807, a long time. That seems soon, but 30 years after 1776 and 20 years after the Constitution, a generation. The idea was to stop the import and let it fade out, transform slowly so as not to collapse the economy and therefore half the United States, then be re-conquered by London. Okay, good, practical idea. We know what happened, though. After the cotton gin, slavery actually expanded. Different flavor than Caribbean British mega-corps, but they weren’t even tried to change until 1833, and that was only a long term phase-out. …Just as we tried to start in 1807.

    “Financed by Jews?” Really? How much? One? All? EVERYTHING was financed by Jews since you dum-dums outlawed lending by any Christians back when. So the Jews therefore deserve equal credit for all universal GOOD done worldwide, if they deserve a portion of the bads. GTFO.

    To his point: maybe. But the “tax rate” only is what we’re putting in vs what we’re getting. If we’re getting everything we want, we’re happy and won’t rock the boat even if the theoretical tax rate is 99%. …Which it never was, ask any tax accountant. The rich didn’t pay taxes then either (with exemptions and tax shelters) although probably more than now. Reagan tried to trade this bizarre tax rate for ending the loopholes that they weren’t paying anyway. In theory roughly neutral. Why have a “law” if everything and everybody is exempt? So it’s more “how much do I work?” and “how many hamburgers do I get?” This is why they’ll suffer higher rates for national health care.

    Speaking of, as it’s all “Free” and the best provider of all services in the universe is the government, wait times in a Canadian ER is now 36 hours. …But they have whole new offices dedicated to gender surgery, no lack of doctors or money there. You can get seen right away for euthanasia. And this is considered pretty good compared to England.

    …As everyone told them. “You run out of other people’s money.” It DOES work at first, that’s why socialism is so enticing. …But then it collapses, All doctors work for the government, and aren’t allowed to go private as the system fails, killing everyone. I hope Canada wasn’t that strict, but the point is the same. 100 Million dead in the 20th century.

    And here, when we ran into that same problem, instead of reducing involvement and bureaucracy and law, we DOUBLED it and ADDED the Socialism that was taking out Canada and UK. Whatever. It looks good at the time, except for the part that it kills everyone 100% of the time in all history. I’d expect doctors to read at least that much.

    But: pretty sure they didn’t do a thing doctors told them in the ACA. Clearly they would have said train more doctors and nurses, instead of less. Open more hospitals and nursing homes instead of closing them all. Yet here we are. Obama added 3x paperwork and I think 5x cost by now? And no doctors at all. So we’ve out-Socialist’d the Socialists. Infinity bureaucracy, zero service = Nirvana.

    But I have a solution: do it MOAR.

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    Fani and Wade – Marriage Councilors LLC

    Dr Archibald Bitchslap has your number….

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    Nikki could use ‘some learnin’

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    A quick news wrap up in Duh’merica:

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    • Americans Enslaved Themselves to the State When They Accepted Income Tax

    “A “free American” has ceased to exist. Such an American predates 1913..”

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    #150792
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Quaint Country Road Where the Biden Family’s Compound is Located Delaware

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    #150793
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • Atlanta DA Fani Willis Just Stepped on a Rake

    Wade did Too!

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    #150794
    Red
    Participant

    tboc: “With this information in hand, what value does the pursuit of this objective have for humanity as a whole.” No value what so ever.

    “Does achieving the goal bring one closer to engagement with the affairs of men or leave one estranged, a clod washed away by the sea?” No it does not, you are estranged as well as washed away.

    The whole experiment I’ve gone through is on of economic prudence. My first house off the electrical grid came about in ’07. The spot I wanted to build on was a kilometre from the nearest hydro pole which would have cost an approx. 40k to bring it to the site. The system including a gen that was stand alone rated cost 24k. No brainer from cost stand point. From experience with my former home on the grid I knew that we could live with 3kw daily use based on the meter readings on my electric bill.

    By coincidence, are there coincidences?, I happen to have a daughter with a husband and two boys. They were gifted some acreage from me and wanted to go off grid as well. Set up cost was about the same in ’11 as when I built in ’07. The cost to bring the hydro in as far as they were was about even with the off grid price. The boys were toddlers at the time we built their new home. All went well until the boys got older. Getting tweens and teenagers to live by the sun wasn’t going well. So after doing a shit ton of math and taking advantage of the “new” green agenda .gov was pushing everywhere they went grid tied and are now “connected”. So going directly to your points:

    1. The bounds of geographical latitude that your experience would be applicable to.

    45 degrees north

    2. The scope of technology required, not to enter into trial and error, to insure a modicum of success.

    I’m using 21 solar Pv panels roof mounted rated at 260 watts, one combiner box basically a vdc breaker panel, 80 ft of #3 copper wire, yes big shit, to bring the power from the combiner to the charge controllers,
    two Flex max 60 charge controllers by Outback, one Outback radian series inverter/charger GS8048 the 80 is 8000 continuous watts producing 240 vac, one Mate three control panel, the inverter will run fine without the panel but you have more control over the input/output parameters with the control panel and one load centre basically another breaker panel fixed to the bottom of the inverter where dc power comes in and the ac goes out. Depending on local building codes you could run the home from the breaker suite available here, room for ten ac breakers. I’ve used a 200 amp panel as required by my local codes and then ran my power from the load centre to the panel to satisfy the inspectors. Then there is the battery bank that can vary in cost from a couple of thousand to well tens of thousands depending on your situation and desires. All that’s left is a gen to consider. I run an 8kw 30amp propane generator, more than plenty the way I use my system.

    3. The cost of putting the required infrastructure, including backup(mechanical generators and stored energy), into operational readiness.

    I done the install of the entire system my self. It’s a vdc system so black negative, red positive, if you can boost your auto and install a new radio you can do this. So no idea what a company would charge. It took me about two working days to do the install.

    4. The amount of resources to be put aside to create a fund for maintenance and replacement. The time that it would take to have these funds in place before necessity emerges.

    I’ve put in three systems one in ’07, one ’11 for my daughter and family and the last in ’15. To date the only replacement parts needed have been new batteries. If the system is used in a moderate way the batteries should get you four to ten years, this would depend entirely on the type and up front cost you want to foot. At a lower end of $4000 on lead acid, it’s reasonable to assume 6 or 7 years before replacement. If you stick away $100 bucks a month it should more than cover any replacement parts.

    Back in ’07 when I done the first system all the hype was about green save the planet shit and I thought that I might lead by example! Oh the naivety. I should have known better. Lots of accolades from people but no one followed. I’m quite comfortable living close to the sun as money has never been a driving force for me besides what was immediately needed for day to day bills. I could not get behind faith based systems and none are more faith based than fiat currency. The plus I get from my own system is watching the contortions made by the public at large with every increase in the electric bill. Beyond that there is no virtue in this. As Dr D says “Every watt not used is a watt you don’t have to buy or store.” I would add, create. I see dollars the same way, if you don’t spend it you don’t have to earn it and by way of not earning it you aren’t taxed on it. Hope that makes it at least as clear as mud. The following site has a lot of good info for those with interest in the off grid. https://shop.aeesolar.com/s/category/offgrid/0ZG1Q000000GmaHWAS
    For remote cabins or full time homes this is a good way to go but if your near the grid than conservation is more likely the best option. Beware the Jevons paradox problem. Easier = more energy slaves somewhere.

    #150795
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Off Grid

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    #150796
    zerosum
    Participant

    Control over complexities requires control of knowledge/information/change/effect/relevance/convergence/simplification.
    (Garbage in, garbage out.
    Butterfly effect)

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    Fact: “• Houthis Declare Safe Passage for All Russian, Chinese Ships in Red Sea (ZH)

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    Fact: French mercenaries are dying for the Nazi regime in Ukraine.
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    “Watch: “You Are The Problem” – Conservative Speaker Slams Davos Globalists To Their Faces

    Holy s—t! What? They invited him!
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    #150797
    tboc
    Participant

    Just for fun let us imagine that the song Teach Your Children was first released in 1949. In 1969 the song Teach Your Children was brought back from cultural obscurity on the album DeJa Vu. The Album Deja Vu was re-released in 1989, to great fanfare, as a wave of missed the point swept across the cultural abyss.

    “Teach your children well
    Their father’s hell did slowly go by
    And feed them on your dreams
    The one they pick’s the one you’ll know by” Graham Nash

    “And feed them on your dreams
    The one they pick’s the one you’ll know by”

    I see that is true and that vision is debilitating.

    Kevin Roberts and Melei – fool me once, fool me again, fool me again, fool me again
    “The one they pick’s the one you’ll know by”

    paraphrase: we will use the remaining power and strength of the citizens of the United States to crush the People’s Republic of China and put and end to raising humanity from poverty once and for all. By century’s end we will have driven the huddled masses to our desired outcome. The common man will be debt based chattel.
    “The one they pick’s the one you’ll know by”
    ahh – but you got your’s didn’t you
    boy howdy!!!!!

    another paraphrase:
    “Don’t you ever ask them why
    If they told you, you would cry
    So just look at them and sigh”
    And – – hope – – they love you
    more than you hate yourself
    living among your fellow islands

    #150798
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Race to the Bottom

    Commercial Real Estate is going to implode in spectacular fashion, especially in the urban outskirts of the Big Shities.

    Californicate is pioneering the techniques to completely break down the social fabric of the nation-state using Ritual Humiliation of any culture practices, like shopping, or dating, or courting.

    Kill the ‘office’ for work. Which kills the businesses that supported that urban office experience.

    Working from home isolates the individual (easier to mindfuck them), virtual friends aren’t real friends, it’s in the name, they’re like ‘virtual’, as in not real.

    Normalize severe public mental illness.

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    #150799
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #150800
    Oroboros
    Participant

    75% unoccupied malls scream: LOSER

    #150801
    zerosum
    Participant

    Control over complexities requires control of knowledge/information/change/effect/relevance/convergence/simplification.
    (Garbage in, garbage out.
    Butterfly effect)

    https://weapons.substack.com/p/houthis-using-commercial-satellites
    Houthis Using Commercial Satellites Combined with Radar to Target Ships in the Red Sea
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    #150802
    Dora
    Participant

    About Bump:
    ‘As noted by Bump, citizens are much safer to just accept what they are given and avoid the temptation to do their own research. Censorship is now actually proclaimed as a form of virtue signaling, assuring viewers that they will not have to hear certain opposing views or figures. There is little tolerance for those who insist on seeking out such news. After all, as the Post’s Bump explained, “I’m telling you, you’re wrong about these things, and you don’t listen.” ‘

    Sounds like a cult leader to me. “Have some Kool-Aid.”

    #150803
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    What is indisputable is that for more than a hundred years the tax rate on American citizens has been higher or equal to the tax rate on medieval serfs and 19th century plantation slaves

    *sigh*
    Actually, it is disputable, although I regret to inform….

    It is my understanding that the tax rates on serfs and slaves covered essentially *all* of their valuable productive capacity in the food they grew, animals they husbanded, and/or cotton grown. The income tax rates cited *never* covered the entirety of an individual’s income, since they apply gradually, for example, the 91% tax rate falling on income over a rather generous threshold, not on every penny made. Serfs and slaves paying 30% or 50% of all they produced were impoverished. In the US currently, truly impoverished people pay zero in income tax, and for those whom the upper portion of their earned income (through labor) is subject to the 39.7% rate, are earning above median income levels, and are typically living comfortable lives. This is the reason why there are no revolts like the serf revolts mentioned—the tax rate applied to the full income is less than the 30% threshold AND those subjected to it are not impoverished.

    I state this because I detest it when people twist facts around to try to get others to act, causing deception. I agree with much stated by the author — I have looked into the issue of whether or not the US federal personal income tax is legal and, although I lack any formal legal training, it appears to my understanding that this view is technically correct. It is my view that the US populace would be well served by rescinding this tax, as the federal government has become a behemoth that threatens the liberty of the people. It needs to shrink back to a more manageable size. Many of the federal programs that are of good use to the people are already administered by the states, and should a state want to keep the program, then it should work out with the residents of the state how to fund it.

    #150804
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    The southern plantations were not responsible for the origin of their work force
    I can accept that argument*, however, those who owned and ran the southern plantations *are* responsible for how they treated the slaves that they inherited and thereafter acquired — they are responsible for the human-rights abuses that they perpetrated or for the way that they used their Christian religion to justify mistreating enslaved humans. Those in power in the US south during slavery also crafted laws making it very difficult for slave owners who were fond of their slaves and wanted to free them from granting the manumission of their slaves.

    * There is a parallel here for all of us using devices with lithium batteries containing cobalt — including me on this iPad — and the cobalt mines in Africa.

    #150805
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    “Doing your own research is a good way to end up being wrong,”
    Interesting view…while that is sometimes the case, my life experience suggests that doing my own research has been a very effective tool for countering the lies of propaganda. Also, when I base my actions on my own research and later find that I was wrong I am less inclined to blame others for the outcome and more inclined to do further research to understand how I got it wrong, which has led me to better decisions in the future. Relying on “experts” rather than on my own research and intellect short-circuits this entire process.

    #150806
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Relying on “experts” to make decisions on one’s behalf is, essentially, the role of children, and not of adults.

    #150807
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #150808
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    “As noted by Bump, citizens are much safer to just accept what they are given and avoid the temptation to do their own research. Censorship is now actually proclaimed as a form of virtue signaling, assuring viewers that they will not have to hear certain opposing views or figures. There is little tolerance for those who insist on seeking out such news.”

    Plus ça change…

    Slaves should not pay any attention to that conspiracy theorist who left the cave a while back and came back peddling misinformation about the outside world of sunshine, plants, and animals. Just continue to watch the shadows on the wall and forgo every opportunity to embark on the Hero’s Journey.

    In Dora’s snippet from Philip Bump I hear the allegory of Plato’s Cave. Those that follow Bump’s advice remain slaves, children of the state, useful idiots, and not actualized adults who get to experience reality.

    Plato's Cave

    #150809
    zerosum
    Participant

    #150810
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.middleeasteye.net/live-blog/live-blog-update/sanders-calls-biden-end-unconditional-support-israel-after-netanyahu?nid=334146&topic=Israel-Palestine%2520war&fid=498451

    Sanders calls on Biden to end ‘unconditional support to Israel’ after Netanyahu rejects two-state future
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    #150811
    John Day
    Participant

    BlackRock Empire https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/blackrock-empire

    Though I won’t vote for Bobby Kennedy Jr. unless he stands up for Palestine, I still get his campaign emails. This one is unusually clear and to the point. The western empire serves BlackRock, which is a cover for global financial interests, hiding the faces of the owners, while doing their will. BlackRock is no longer apparently-separated from the Fed and Treasury of the US since the “going-direct” carried out under cover of COVID. “The Blob”, needs to keep feeding on fresh assets. it needs to consume Ukraine. The defense against The Blob is to deny Ukraine to The Blob. Starve The Blob. Western troops and mercenaries will be hired with conjured money and sent to die as long as the money is accepted as “good”.
    Team Kennedy: The Ukraine war should have never happened, and it’s time we understand the complex web surrounding it.
    The Backstory:
    Russia tried multiple times to settle this conflict, wanting one key thing — to keep NATO out of Ukraine. However, the big military contractors had other plans. Adding new countries to NATO meant a captive market for specific companies like Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Lockheed.
    The Financial Toll:
    In March 2022, we committed a staggering $113 billion to the war in Ukraine. To put it in perspective, this could have provided homes for almost every homeless person in our country. But it doesn’t end there. An additional $24 billion was committed two months ago, and now President Biden is seeking another $60 billion.
    The Money Trail:
    Senator Mitch McConnell recently revealed a startling truth — it’s a money laundering scheme. The funds aren’t really going to Ukraine; they’re going to American defense manufacturers, and who owns these companies? BlackRock.
    The Loan Illusion:
    Senator Tim Scott tried to ease concerns by calling the billions we’re giving away a loan. But it’s not a generous offer; it’s a tactic. By labeling it a loan, extreme austerity measures can be imposed on Ukraine. This includes putting government-owned assets up for sale to multinational corporations, including its prized agricultural land.
    The Land Grab:
    Ukraine’s farmland, the breadbasket of Europe, is a major target. 30% of it has already been sold to Dupont, Cargill, and Monsanto — all entities owned by BlackRock.
    The Rebuilding Contract:
    In December, President Biden awarded the contract to rebuild Ukraine, and yes, you guessed it — BlackRock secured the deal.
    The Strategy:
    Their strategy is ancient but effective — keep us at war with each other. By fostering division, they maintain control.

    Pepe Escobar outlines La Défaite de L’Occident (“The Defeat of the West”) by Emmanuel Todd
    ​ Todd, in what he has defined as his last book (“I closed the circle”) allows himself to go for broke and meticulously depict the defeat not only of the US but of the West as a whole – with his research focusing in and around the war in Ukraine.​..
    ​..(Todd) focuses on the key reasons that have led to the West’s downfall. Among them: the end of the nation-state; de-industrialization (which explains NATO’s deficit in producing weapons for Ukraine); the “degree zero” of the West’s religious matrix, Protestantism; the sharp increase of mortality rates in the US (much higher than in Russia), along with suicides and homicides; and the supremacy of an imperial nihilism expressed by the obsession with Forever Wars.​..
    ​..I n February 2022, the combined GDP of Russia and Belarus was only 3.3% of the combined West (in this case the NATO sphere plus Japan and South Korea). Todd is amazed how these 3.3% capable of producing more weapons than the whole Western colossus not only are winning the war but reducing dominant notions of the “neoliberal political economy” (GDP rates) to shambles.​..
    ​..The Russian notion of a nation-state, focused on “sovereignty”: the capacity of a state to independently define its internal and external policies, with no foreign interference whatsoever.​..
    ..The implosion … of WASP culture, which led, “since the 1960s”, to “an empire deprived of a center and a project, an essentially military organism managed by a group without culture (in the anthropological sense)”. This is Todd defining the US neocons.​..
    ​..The US as a “post-imperial” entity: just a shell of military machinery deprived of an intelligence-driven culture, leading to “accentuated military expansion in a phase of massive contraction of its industrial base”… “​Modern war without industry is an oxymoron”.​..
    ​..The crux of Todd’s argument: his post-Max Weber reinterpretation of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, published a little over a century ago, in 1904/1905: “If Protestantism was the matrix for the ascension of the West, its death, today, is the cause of the disintegration and defeat.”​…
    ..In a nutshell, Todd shows how Protestantism imposed universal literacy on the populations it controlled, “because all faithful must directly access the Holy Scriptures. A literate population is capable of economic and technological development. The Protestant religion modeled, by accident, a superior, efficient workforce.” And it is in this sense that Germany was “at the heart of Western development”, even if the Industrial Revolution took place in England.
    Todd’s key formulation is undisputable: “The crucial factor of the ascension of the West was Protestantism’s attachment to alphabetization.”
    ​..Moreover Protestantism, Todd stresses, is twice at the heart of the history of the West: via the educational and economic drive – with fear of damnation and the need to feel chosen by God engendering a work ethic and a strong, collective morality..​. The collapse of Protestantism could not but destroy the work ethic to the benefit of mass greed: that is, neoliberalism.​..
    ..He refers to “one of the great illusions of the 1960s – between Anglo-American sexual revolution and May 68 in France”; “to believe that the individual would be greater if freed from the collective”. That led to an inevitable debacle: “Now that we are free, en masse, from metaphysical beliefs, foundational and derived, communist, socialist or nationalist, we live the experience of the void.” And that’s how we became “a multitude of mimetic midgets who do not dare to think by themselves – but reveal themselves as capable of intolerance as the believers of ancient times.”​…
    ..Todd’s brief analysis of the deeper meaning of transgenderism completely shatters the Church of Woke – from New York to the EU sphere, and will provoke serial fits of rage. He shows how transgenderism is “one of the flags of this nihilism that now defines the West, this drive to destroy, not just things and humans but reality.”​…
    ​..Todd correctly defines NATO by plunging into “their unconscious”: “We note that that its military, ideological and psychological mechanism does not exist to protect Western Europe, but to control it.”
    In tandem with several analysts in Russia, China, Iran and among independents in Europe, Todd is sure that the US obsession – since the 1990s – to cut off Germany from Russia will lead to failure: “Sooner or later, they will collaborate, as “their economic specializations define them as complementary”. The defeat in Ukraine will open the path, as a “gravitational force” reciprocally seduces Germany and Russia.
    ​ Before that, and unlike virtually any Western “analyst” across the mainstream NATOstan sphere, Todd understands that Moscow is set to win against the whole of NATO, not merely Ukraine​…
    ​..Whatever the deadline, inbuilt in all this is a total Russia victory – with the winner dictating all terms. No negotiations, no ceasefire, no frozen conflict – as the Hegemon is now desperately spinning.
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20240118/how-the-west-was-defeated-1116245840.html

    #150812
    John Day
    Participant

    Netanyahu: ‘In the Future, the State of Israel Has to Control the Entire Area from the River to the Sea’
    https://www.informationliberation.com/?id=64246

    Sanders calls on Biden to end ‘unconditional support to Israel’ after Netanyahu rejects two-state future
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/live-blog/live-blog-update/sanders-calls-biden-end-unconditional-support-israel-after-netanyahu

    ‘We are attacking Iran’ – Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister accuses Tehran of supporting militant groups ‘from the Houthis to Hezbollah to Hamas’
    https://swentr.site/news/590924-netanyahu-says-israel-attacks-iran/

    ​ Israel Bombs Damascus Residential Building, Kills Four Iranian Guard Members​ , Syrian state media reports warplanes fired on building from occupied Golan
    ​ The slain reportedly included a Quds force general, and the Revolutionary Guard identified the slain, but did not include their ranks or duties within Syria. Notably, the Guard’s names did not include the Quds force general, though it also did not deny he was killed…
    ..Iran followed up the incident with a statement condemning Israel for “organized terrorism,” and threatened retaliation at a time and place of their choosing.

    Israel Bombs Damascus Residential Building, Kills Four Iranian Guard Members

    ​ Israeli Military Chief Says Lebanon War Likely in Coming Months​ , Says Israel will apply lessons learned in Gaza offensive​ (Lesson: Make the Americans fight.)
    ​ Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, discussed the potential of war in Lebanon, saying the likelihood of a conflict in the coming months is “much higher” than it has been.
    Lt. Gen Halevi said he believes Israel will be starting the war with more advantages than in the past, and that lessons learned in Gaza will be applied to the situation in Lebanon. Tens of thousands of troops are reportedly being readied for the new offensive.

    Israeli Military Chief Says Lebanon War Likely in Coming Months

    #150813
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Israelis torture Palestinian prisoners using refrigerator trucks
    ​ Al Mayadeen’s correspondent in Gaza reported on Thursday, citing accounts of released Palestinian detainees, that the Israeli regime “exposed prisoners to low temperatures as a means of coercing them to make false confessions” by placing them in iron caravans with refrigerators set at – 20 degrees.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/israelis-torture-palestinian-prisoners-using-refrigerator-tr

    ​ Mohammed al-Kilani was among a family of 55 sheltering in Sheikh Radwan, Gaza City. Then Israeli forces stormed their apartment, executing his father, wife and 12-year-old son
    ​ “The walls started collapsing on us,” Kilani, 45, told Middle East Eye. “We did not know what to do. We all hid in one room.”…
    ​..The destruction was quickly followed by Israeli soldiers storming into the apartment.
    ​ Kilani’s father, Hussein, went out to meet them, raising his hands in submission and asking them what was happening.​ “They shot him in the heart. He was killed immediately,” Kilani said.
    ​ One of his sons, aged 12, was just behind his grandfather.
    “They threw a bomb on his abdomen. His intestines spilt out before my eyes. He was killed.”
    ​ When the family expressed shock at what had happened, an Israeli soldier fired another bullet into the boy’s dead body.
    ​ “The soldiers then ordered us to take off all our clothes, including our underwear,” Kilani said.
    “They kept the men on one side and the women on the other. My wife was holding the Quran as they led us out of the room. A soldier told her to throw it away. She refused. He shot her in the back and the bullet came through her abdomen.”​…
    ..“They ordered us to get out, along with the women, without any food, clothes or money, then they burned the apartment. We went down to the basement, completely naked, before they took us to the mosque near the house.”​…
    ​..Kilani said that for around 24 hours, Israeli soldiers “took turns” torturing and humiliating him and his son, while preventing the elderly family members from using the toilet or drinking water.
    ​ “They tortured us by putting glass and nails in our feet, and by leaving us naked on the seashore from about seven or eight in the morning until after 2am. We were left without food or water or anything that could keep us protected from the cold weather,” Kilani said.
    ​ The 45-year-old said that if he or his son moved, the soldiers would hit them on the back with their weapons.
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-gaza-war-execution-torture

    ​ Large Rocket Barrage Slams Into US Base In Iraq, Injuring Americans
    ​ The Al-Asad base is the same that suffered retaliatory strikes in January of 2020 after then-President Trump killed Iranian military officer Qasem Soleimani.
    ​ US defense officials at the time said just 10 missiles managed to make contact with the base. It appears fewer than 20 missiles were fired in Saturday’s attack — with an unknown number intercepted by missile defense systems — though the story continues to develop.
    ​ Al-Asad was the second largest base constructed during George Bush’s “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” — wherein ‘freedom’ in Neocon-speak of course refers to 300,000 dead Iraqi civilians — an operation which ostensibly ended in December of 2011.​..
    ..The Iran Observer said to “expect US retaliatory strikes against Iraqi resistance forces.”
    ​ This follows an Iranian strike on what they deemed foreign “espionage centers” and “anti-Iranian terrorist gatherings in parts of the region” with ballistic missiles, killing four though no Americans.​ [The Iranians are not attacking Americans.]
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/large-rocket-barrage-slams-us-base-iraq-injuring-americans

    ​ Houthis have declared safe passage for Russia and China.
    A senior Houthi official, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, mentioned these US rivals by name in an interview with the Russian outlet Izvestia on Friday. “As for all other countries, including Russia and China, their shipping in the region is not threatened,” he said, stipulating this will remain as long as they are not linked to Israel or its supporters.
    ​ “Moreover, we are ready to ensure the safe passage of their ships in the Red Sea, because free navigation plays a significant role for our country,” he added, but then underscored that attacks on ships will continue if they are “in any way connected with Israel.”
    ​ The spokesman went on to blame the Red Sea crisis on Israel’s (and its backers) refusal to reverse course in Gaza, given its aerial and ground campaign as continued. “Ansar Allah [the group’s formal name] does not pursue the goal of capturing or sinking this or that sea vessel,” he claimed. “Our goal is to raise the economic costs for [Israel] in order to stop the carnage in Gaza.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/houthis-declare-safe-passage-russian-chinese-ships-red-sea

    #150814
    John Day
    Participant

    Senior NATO Official Says There Will Be A Hot War With Russia
    ​ Admiral Rob Bauer, chairman of Nato’s Military Committee, told reporters following a meeting of Nato defence chiefs in Brussels that governments need to start putting preparations in place, and that civilians will need to be mobilised on a large scale.
    ​ “We have to realise it’s not a given that we are in peace. And that’s why we [Nato forces] are preparing for a conflict with Russia,”​ Baur declared.
    https://modernity.news/2024/01/19/senior-nato-official-says-there-will-be-a-hot-war-with-russia/

    ​ Russia can’t trust West – Lavrov​ , Moscow finally understands that it can never have a real partnership with the US-led bloc, the foreign minister has explained
    “The West cannot be trusted. Even now, it wants only one thing – to live at the expense of others and to be more clever than others.”
    https://swentr.site/russia/590896-russia-cant-trust-west-lavrov/

    ​ Russia killed 60 foreign fighters in a missile attack on Kharkov, the Russian Defense Ministry has said
    ​ Russia’s elimination of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine hurts the West because it demonstrates how Moscow can inflict “huge losses” with single precision strikes, Finnish news editor Janus Putkonen has told RT. The Russian military said that it targeted a “temporary assembly point of foreign fighters” in Kharkov on Tuesday, killing 60 foreign fighters and injuring more than 20 others, the majority of whom were “French mercenaries.” The French foreign ministry on Thursday denied the presence of any French mercenaries in Ukraine, although a pro-Russian resistance group in Kharkov told RIA Novosti that French-speaking personnel were present at the targeted building, and that some foreigners there had been “supervising” the RDK, a Ukrainian paramilitary unit associated with the country’s military intelligence agency.​..
    ​..Hours before the strike, French President Emmanuel Macron declared that his country could not allow Russia to win the conflict in Ukraine, and pledged further arms shipments to Kiev​.
    https://swentr.site/russia/590897-mercenaries-french-ukraine-finland/

    ​ Russia called the French ambassador for an explanation: The dead French in Kharkiv were members of the regular French Army – They were not mercenaries…
    Direct French involvement in the war – Russia hardens its stance
    https://warnews247-gr.translate.goog/i-rosia-kalese-gia-exigiseis-ton-gallo-presvi-meli-tou-taktikou-gallikou-stratou-oi-nekroi-galloi-sto-charkovo-den-itan-misthoforoi/?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp

    ​ NATO personnel in Ukraine now ‘fair game’ for Russia – Ritter
    ​ Ritter pointed to the possibility that at least some of the French-speaking individuals may have been active-duty French military, “who were in Ukraine at the behest of their government, and now they’re dead.”
    ​ “I think this shows a new mindset for the Russians,” he said. “In the past, Russia has not shown any hesitancy to eliminate foreign mercenaries fighting on behalf of the Ukrainian military. But there has seemed to be some sort of leniency towards military advisers or personnel who belong to NATO countries who are in Ukraine.”​ … Frenchmen in Kharkov may have been instructors teaching the Ukrainians how to handle weapons provided by the West.
    https://swentr.site/russia/590913-scott-ritter-kharkov-nato/

    #150815
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Johnson Throws Cold Water on Ukraine Funding, Prioritizing Border Security
    ​ “With regard to Ukraine, we have needed, we have requested publicly and privately in every form, answers to critical questions: What is the end game and the strategy in Ukraine? How will we have accountability for the funds?” said Johnson, seeming to suggest that a bipartisan deal may not be enough to encourage their support of continued funding for Ukraine. “We need to know that Ukraine would not be another Afghanistan.”
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20240118/johnson-throws-cold-water-on-ukraine-funding-prioritizing-border-security-1116239901.html

    ​Cat sent this. There is not much news getting out about Lahaina lately, but it looks like the plan is to get rid of the locals and take the land, “same as it ever was”. No new details of the microwave beam weapons, just grinding corruption and the weirdness of foreign cops. Still no views of what is happening. Airspace is closed to video-drones. Guarded fences. Insurance won’t pay.
    BOMBSHELL MAUI FIRE UPDATES: January 2024​ , FOREIGN POLICE HAVE ARRIVED TO SECURE THE PERIMETER, Insurance CHAOS and more.
    https://chemtrails.substack.com/p/bombshell-maui-fire-updates-january

    ​Pierre Kory MD, A Team of Experts Rebut The Expert Opinions of BC’s College of Physicians and Surgeons
    The College is trying to punish Dr. Charles Hoffe for numerous 100% scientifically accurate statements on multiple aspects of Covid science. Here is the first part of my expert defense testimony.
    ​ Canadian community doctor Dr. Charles Hoffe was one of the first to notice something was “wrong” with the vaccines in April 2021 after he witnessed terrible injuries (strokes etc.) and even a death in the patients he was vaccinating. He then wrote an open letter to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia with his observations and concerns, suggesting that perhaps the jabs should be put on pause until their safety could be more assured. One paragraph from the letter said:
    ​ “In our small community of Lytton, BC, we have one person dead, and three people who look as though they will be permanently disabled, following their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. The age of those affected ranges from 38 to 82 years of age,” he wrote.
    ​ Hoffe was then banned from working in the local emergency ward and other provincial hospitals. He later submitted more than a dozen claims of vaccine injuries on behalf of his patients, but all were denied validity.
    https://pierrekorymedicalmusings.com/p/the-long-awaited-debate-of-covid

    ​ In an appearance at the globalist World Economic Forum in Davos, the Director General of the World Health Organisation urged that global cooperation will be needed during the next pandemic, and that “national interests” hinder compliance.
    ​ In a session titled “Disease X,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that in order to be “better prepared” and “to understand disease X,” the WHO’s ‘Pandemic Agreement’ needs to be adopted globally.
    “This is about a common enemy,” Tedros continued, adding “without a shared response, we will face the same problem as COVID.”​…
    ..“This is a common global interest, and very narrow national interests should not come in the way,” he continued, adding “of course national interests are natural, but they could be difficult and affect the negotiations.”
    https://modernity.news/2024/01/17/world-health-organisation-head-global-compliance-needed-for-next-pandemic/

    ​ Meryl Nass MD , Why is Davos so interested in Disease X?
    The global biosecurity agenda is critical for them to achieve the New World Order/Great Reset.
    They strung several very well constructed fairy tales together that, when believed, lead you to walk happily into their ovens and pay for the privilege.
    It’s that simple.
    https://merylnass.substack.com/p/why-is-davos-so-interested-in-disease

    #150816
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Texas facing ANOTHER power grid collapse amid intense winter weather spell
    ​ An energy generation mix was taken from ERCOT’s app on Monday that showed zero percent energy contribution from solar, 0.8 percent energy production from power storage, and just 6.8 percent energy production from wind.
    ​ “Meanwhile, the ‘fossil fuels’ so detested by the state’s legacy media sites were kicking in 84.9 per cent of total generation, with a whopping 67.2 per cent coming from the state’s natural gas industry,” the media reported…
    ..”The problem was made a lot worse back then because ERCOT turned off the electricity to wells, compressors and pipelines,” reports indicate. “ERCOT, Texas regulators and the industry itself have worked to get grid-critical sites properly identified since 2021 to prevent that mistake from happening again.”
    ​ “If that claim is accurate, then the grid should be able to maintain service to all Texas customers during this severe weather event. If that claim is not accurate, then there could be trouble.”​
    ​ Whatever happens next will depend on the natural gas infrastructure of Texas, not the renewables infrastructure of Texas. The latter is entirely unreliable every time an unusual weather event arrives, which serves as a lesson for other states that are pushing “green” energy solutions as being the future.
    ​ “But the bottom line here in either event is clear: The success or failure of the Texas power grid when the chips are down is entirely related to the performance not of renewables, but natural gas,” says David Blackman, an energy industry veteran.
    https://www.naturalnews.com/2024-01-18-texas-electric-grid-collapse-intense-winter-weather.html

    ​ How Texas’ power grid weathered the latest freeze​ [Though peaking natural gas ​electrical generation has to do everything​, whenever asked, it is not mentioned here. Odd.]
    ​ Energy demand soared as minimum temperatures in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston and other cities began to fall in the mid-20s and teens beginning on Sunday.
    Texas then saw three consecutive unofficial winter demand records throughout the freeze, with the peak topping out at 78,138 megawatts on Tuesday morning. (ERCOT couldn’t measure peak demand during the 2021 storm, and it was likely higher than the new record.)
    ​ Tuesday’s peak demand will likely be the state’s third highest, being around 7,370 megawatts (MW) lower than the all-time record set in August 2023.
    Details: Later that afternoon, a new solar power generation record was set, with panels around the state contributing 14,835 MW to the grid, or around 20% of the total generated power at the time.​ [Good luck​ it was clear that afternoon, eh?]
    ​ Wind also accounted for 30% of the power generated during the now-broken winter demand record set Monday night. [Good luck Monday night, right?] …
    ​..Rickerson said surplus energy from solar generation throughout the storm helped charge batteries and gave operators a chance to correct issues at thermal plants.
    “This is the first time we’ve seen operational days significantly affected by the amount of solar during a winter storm,” he said.
    https://www.axios.com/2024/01/20/texas-power-grid-ercot-winter-freeze

    #150818

    Deep pockets speak more loudly than a hundred-thousand voices,
    And crush the aspirations of a hundred-thousand choices.

    #150819
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #150820
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Dr D. Loved it today. Bloody loved it.

    #150821
    Celticbiker
    Participant

    It’s the jews. To dance around, obfuscate, pretend and walk on eggshells because you had the holyhoax shoved up your ass as a kid, reinforced by shitty movies, tv and constant mindfuck ain’t no excuse. The kiddiefuckers are runnin this shitshow. Lookin away or pretending it isn’t happening won’t work anymore.

    #150822
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The ‘Houthis’ prefer the name Ansarullah which means Supporters of God (Allah)

    News Flash:

    A US official told Sky News Arabia that the Houthis are preparing to attack US bases in the Middle East

    “Ansarullah is at war with the US for striking Yemen

    Attacks on US bases through out the region are imminent.”

    Good, the Empire of Lies has no legal, moral or spiritual right to be anywhere in the Middle East in any capacity.

    It’s support for the genocidal Zionists negates it’s presence forever in the region. Death to the Empire of Lies.

    8 hours ago


    US Airbase in Iraq Hit by Massive Missile Attack

    “A number of US soldiers are being examined for traumatic brain injuries after “Iranian-backed militants” carried out a missile attack on US airbase Al-Assad in western Iraq’s Anbar Province, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Sunday, adding that the US is also assessing the damage caused to the base.”

    Iraqi told the Empire of Lies to leave, they are offically unwelcome and their presence is illegal.

    But the hypocritical Military Mafia of Duh’merica only believes in rule based order when it dictates the rules.

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    #150823
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #150824
    Oroboros
    Participant

    From Zerohedge Headline”

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    Fani Fingered (by Wade considering the $700,000 she paid him for his “services”)

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    Fani Gets Phucked

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