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Supreme Court Action Alters Course of Jan. 6 Defendant Sentencings (ET)
Russia Must Give Up Its Nuclear Weapons – Ukrainian Officials (RT)
Frontline Situation ‘Dramatic’ For Ukraine – German Reporter (RT)
EU Mulls $21 Billion Military Aid to Ukraine Bypassing Hungary’s Veto (Sp.)
Scale of NATO Drills Marks Return to Cold War-Era Patterns (Sp.)
NATO Drills Raise Risks of Inadvertent Escalation – Moscow (Sp.)
US Preparing For ‘Sustained’ Yemen Bombing Campaign – WaPo (RT)
Mexico And Chile Call On ICC To Investigate Crimes In Gaza (Singh)
Iran and US Use Saudi Arabia to Swap Messages and Cool Gaza Tensions (MEE)
American Democracy ‘In Danger’ – Trump (RT)
RFK Seeks Path to Victory by Forcing House to Elect President (ET)
WSJ Editor-in-Chief Admits To Davos Elites ‘We No Longer Own The News’ (ZH)
John Kerry Wants To Remove 1.6 Trillion Tons Of CO2 From The Atmosphere (X)

 

 

 

 

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SCOTUS is late.

Supreme Court Action Alters Course of Jan. 6 Defendant Sentencings (ET)

A recent Supreme Court decision to review a case called Fischer v. United States, which experts say could weaken prosecutors’ hand in hundreds of Jan. 6 cases, including former President Donald Trump’s, is already upending some defendant cases and sentencing proceedings. In December, the Supreme Court decided it would take up the appeal by Jan. 6 defendant Joseph W. Fisher of the Biden administration’s novel use of an Enron-era evidence-tampering law to prosecute hundreds of defendants for obstruction of Congress during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach. The obstruction of Congress charge—which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison—is the most widely charged felony in Jan. 6 cases, including against President Trump.

Mr. Fischer was indicted for various alleged offenses for his role in the Jan. 6 incident, including obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, violent entry, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds—and obstruction of Congress based on 18 U.S. Code Section 1512(c)(2), or “Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant.” That’s an evidence-tampering provision that’s part of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act, which experts say was conceived largely to curb wrongdoing on Wall Street—but is now used by the Justice Department (DOJ) to prosecute Jan. 6 cases. Mr. Fischer challenged the obstruction charge, claiming that 1512(c)(2) doesn’t prohibit his alleged conduct on Jan. 6. A district court agreed but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed that decision, siding with a broader reading of the provision, namely that it applies other forms of obstructive conduct, not just ones related to investigations and evidence.

While it’s unclear when the Supreme Court will hold the first hearings in Mr. Fischer’s appeal, several legal experts told The Epoch Times in earlier interviews that the high court is likely to find that 1512(c)(2) is being improperly used against Jan. 6 defendants. If the challenge proves successful, the Supreme Court’s decision could have far-reaching consequences, potentially erasing some charges against President Trump and overturning felony convictions for numerous Jan. 6 defendants. The implications extend beyond individual cases to the core strategy employed by the DOJ in securing convictions. Meanwhile, the fact that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Mr. Fischer’s challenge to the provision is already having an effect on some Jan. 6 cases.

Since the Supreme Court agreed in mid-December to take up the Fischer appeal, a number of Jan. 6 defendants have asked judges to pause their trials and sentencing proceedings pending the outcome of the case. One of these is John Strand, a former underwear model convicted of obstructing Congress on the basis of 1512(c)(2), who describes himself as a “political prisoner.” He was sentenced to 32 months in prison. On Jan. 19, Mr. Strand’s attorneys filed a motion for release pending the Fischer appeal and a motion for reduction of sentence based on the zero-point offender guideline, which gives defendants with no criminal history an extra two points off their sentencing calculations, court filings show. The DOJ has taken the position that Jan. 6 defendants are ineligible for sentence reduction on the basis of the zero-point offender guideline, which has some exceptions, including for violent crimes.

Noteworthy in Mr. Strand’s filing is the singling out of the obstruction charge, which in his case is the only felony he’s been found guilty of. “In particular, a substantial question exists as to whether the statute underlying Strand’s sole felony conviction, 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2), applies to his conduct on January 6, 2021, in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant certiorari in United States v. Fischer,” it reads. While it’s too early to know whether the judge in Mr. Strand’s case will side with his request to reduce his sentence, several other Jan. 6 defendants have won early release based on the Supreme Court’s decision to review the Fischer case.

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How Ukraine prolongs the war:
– Bombing civilians (Donetsk most recently)
– Grossly exaggerate number of Russian victims.
– Make preposterous demands (re: Zelensky “peace plan”, this zinger.)

Russia Must Give Up Its Nuclear Weapons – Ukrainian Officials (RT)

As President Vladimir Zelensky pushes forward with his so-called “peace formula,” which was already dismissed by the Kremlin as “absurd,” Ukrainian officials continue to come up with additional terms and conditions. The conflict in Ukraine can only end with a “complete liberation” and “restoration of its 1991 borders,” Kiev’s deputy defense minister Ivan Gavrilyuk told the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel last week. Only then Moscow and the pro-Kiev “coalition” will be able to sign a document to “create preventive mechanisms so that Russia will never think about another war against Ukraine or any country in the future.” “This document must include Russia’s renunciation of nuclear weapons, because it poses a threat to the world,” Gavrilyuk claimed. A senior adviser to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Mikhail Podoliak, voiced a similar idea, claiming that the negotiation should take place only when Moscow “suffers a global defeat,” or at the very least a series of “tactical defeats,” and “internal riots” that would threaten political stability in Russia and force it to “voluntarily give up nuclear weapons.”

“What is a global defeat? The Russian Federation will no longer be able to dominate… will not be able to use its veto right in the UN Security Council,” Podoliak explained. “Then conditions are possible for nuclear weapons, and for the number of carriers of nuclear weapons, including missiles of a certain range, and for cross-border buffer zones, etc.” During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Zelensky once again attempted to promote his so-called ‘peace formula’, which among other things proposes that Russia pay reparations, surrender its officials to face war crimes tribunals, and restore Ukraine’s 1991 borders. It has previously been rejected by the Kremlin as “absurd,” with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov referring to it as a publicity stunt and “a figment of a sick imagination.”

Moscow insists it never closed the door to talks but Kiev itself did, and now bears full responsibility for the situation in which it finds itself, Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week. Putin noted that the head of Ukraine’s negotiation team had recently admitted that Kiev was at one point ready to reach an agreement with Moscow – before then-British prime minister Boris Johnson convinced them to continue fighting. “Are they not idiots?” Putin asked, adding that if Ukraine had simply ignored Johnson, then the violence could be long over by now. “This just proves yet again that they are not independent people.” Even Ukraine’s former top spin doctor, Aleksey Arestovich, recently admitted that Kiev’ had the chance to make peace at the 2022 Istanbul talks but “something” changed Zelensky’s mind, and Moscow is unlikely to offer Kiev such favorable conditions ever again.

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“..mobilization isn’t working.”

Frontline Situation ‘Dramatic’ For Ukraine – German Reporter (RT)

The situation on the front lines is becoming increasingly disadvantageous for Ukraine, a Kiev-based correspondent with German daily Die Welt reported this week. Ukrainian troops severely lack ammunition and personnel to fend off Russian attacks, according to Paul Ronzheimer, citing “generals and soldiers” whom he has “constantly been in contact with.” Kiev’s troops have largely gone on the defensive following the failure of their much-hyped summer counteroffensive. The operation, which began in early June 2023, failed to gain much ground or bring about significant changes to the front lines, despite heavy personnel and equipment losses. Russia’s Defense Ministry has previously estimated Ukraine’s losses during the failed counteroffensive at 160,000.

Moscow also described Kiev’s total losses throughout the conflict as catastrophic, estimating that nearly 400,000 soldiers have been killed or wounded since February 2022. Late last year, Kiev intensified its mobilization efforts in a bid to replenish the troop pool. President Vladimir Zelensky stated earlier that the military wanted up to 500,000 new recruits. According to Ronzheimer, “mobilization isn’t working.” Ukraine has also been flooded with reports about difficult situations at the front lines, the reporter said, without mentioning any particular news pieces. Kiev’s forces were also about to run out of ammunition for its Western-made air defense systems, such as America’s Patriot, he noted, characterizing the situation as a “major concern” for the local population.

Ukrainian “generals and …soldiers” also told the correspondent that the frontline situation “is extremely tense,” particularly near the Donbass city of Avdeevka, a strategic location north of Donetsk that’s seen heavy fighting over the past months. The Ukrainian generals want “more mobilization” efforts, Ronzheimer wrote, adding that they want to “send more soldiers” into the fray. In another report earlier this week, the correspondent noted that Ukrainian troops had taken to the defensive along the entire front line in the East and the South, and were still struggling to hold ground. Moscow’s troops launched “massive attacks” in 80 areas “along several hundred kilometers of the front,” he added.

“We keep hearing the messages from the soldiers, which become more dramatic,” Ronzheimer reported, adding that Kiev’s troops had warned they would hardly be able to defend their current positions with whatever they had in stock as of that moment. It will be “very difficult” for Ukrainian troops to hold Avdeevka in the long term, since Moscow’s forces were making steady progress in that area, Ronzheimer said. “The Russians are on the offensive there and are making progress meter by meter,” he added, while noting that such advances are still quite costly for Moscow.

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“..the assets of the extra-budgetary European Peace Facility ..”

EU Mulls $21 Billion Military Aid to Ukraine Bypassing Hungary’s Veto (Sp.)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced last month that Budapest had vetoed 50 billion euros in the EU macro-financial aid for Ukraine. The European External Action Service (EEAS) is developing a new plan to provide military assistance to Ukraine that will allow EU members to override Hungary’s veto of the bloc’s aid to Kiev, according to The Wall Street Journal. Under the plan, a draft of which was seen by the newspaper, EU members will provide Ukraine with more than 20 billion euros ($21.8 billion) in military aid over the next four years. The EEAS, for its part, is proposing the creation of a special military fund for Ukraine, which would include some 6.5 billion euros ($7 billion) from the assets of the extra-budgetary European Peace Facility (EPF) and provide up to 5 billion euros ($5.4 billion) per year from 2024 to 2027.

The purpose of the project is to reimburse several member states for the joint purchase of military equipment, including ammunition and air defense missiles, to be transferred to Ukraine. The remaining funds will be used to cover the costs of the EU military training program for Ukrainian soldiers. In 2024, the project will offer EU countries around 7.5 billion euros ($8.1 billion) in compensation for military aid. The structure of the new fund will reportedly make it possible to avoid ditches, which are regularly blocked by Hungary or used by Budapest as “leverage” to demand something in return. The proposal will reportedly be discussed by EU leaders at their summit scheduled for February 1, with a final decision likely to take weeks. Brussels has not yet commented on the WSJ report.

In mid-December, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that his country had vetoed an expansion of the EU’s 2024-2027 budget to include 50 billion euros ($54.5 billion) in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine. “Summary of the nightshift: veto for the extra money to Ukraine, veto for the MFF [Multiannual Financial Framework] review. We will come back to the issue next year in the #EUCO [European Council] after proper preparation,” Orban wrote at the time on X, formerly known as Twitter. Last month, when asked whether Budapest would support a 50 billion euro financing plan for Kiev ahead of the forthcoming summit, Orban told reporters that Budapest supports the provision of more funds to Ukraine by the EU “outside” the bloc’s budget.

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“..90,000 servicepeople with the participation of 31 countries..”

Scale of NATO Drills Marks Return to Cold War-Era Patterns (Sp.)

The scale of NATO exercises Steadfast Defender-2024 marks the final and irrevocable return of the alliance to the Cold War schemes to oppose Russia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Sputnik. On Thursday, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe Gen. Christopher Cavoli said that the alliance would begin Steadfast Defender-2024, “the largest NATO exercise in decades,” next week. About 90,000 servicepeople will be involved in the drills, he added. “These exercises are another element of the hybrid war unleashed by the West against Russia. The exercises of such scale – 90,000 servicepeople with the participation of 31 countries – mark the final and irrevocable return of NATO to the Cold War support schemes, when the military planning process, resources and infrastructure are being prepared for confrontation with Russia,” Grushko said.

He also noted that the preparation for the exercises “takes place in an artificially heated atmosphere of military psychosis.” “Irresponsible statements about a possible war with Russia, for which European citizens ‘should prepare,’ were made by the German defense minister, the Swedish commander-in-chief and the chairman of the NATO Military Committee. The goal is clear: by demonizing Russia, intimidating the average person, to justify the unbridled increase in military spending and the completely failed policy of supporting the Kiev regime with the aim of inflicting a strategic defeat on Russia. And at the same time, force the Europeans to join the arms race even more energetically, to the delight of the American military-industrial complex,” Grushko said.

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“..European security is of little concern to the top NATO command, which is too busy trying to keep this tool of US influence relevant in the already lost war for the West’s global dominance..”

NATO Drills Raise Risks of Inadvertent Escalation – Moscow (Sp.)

NATO’s upcoming military exercise, Steadfast Defender 2024, raises the risk of unintended military confrontation and undermines security in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Sputnik on Sunday. NATO announced Thursday that it would kick off exercise Steadfast Defender 2024 next week. The US-led alliance bills it as the largest NATO exercise in decades, with participation from some 90,000 troops from 31 allies and Sweden. “Any event of this scale significantly increases the risk of military incidents and further destabilizes security. But European security is of little concern to the top NATO command, which is too busy trying to keep this tool of US influence relevant in the already lost war for the West’s global dominance,” Grushko said.

The senior diplomat added that Russia would not be intimidated by what he described as a provocative show of force. He said his country had everything it needed to ensure its security and defense capabilities. The NATO exercise will run through May. NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Gen. Christopher Cavoli, told reporters on Thursday that the allies planned to test out a conflict scenario against a “near-peer adversary.”

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“..Washington is “not trying to defeat the Houthis. There’s no appetite for invading Yemen..”

US Preparing For ‘Sustained’ Yemen Bombing Campaign – WaPo (RT)

The US is preparing for a “sustained” bombing campaign in Yemen after ten days of airstrikes failed to undermine the ability of Houthi fighters to target ships in the Red Sea, the Washington Post has reported, citing unnamed officials. The administration of President Joe Biden does not expect a protracted operation such as the US campaigns in Iraq or Afghanistan, but at the same time it cannot provide a timeframe for when Houthi military capabilities will be adequately diminished, the newspaper reported on Saturday. Washington’s strategy is to curb the ability of the Shiite militant group to target ships off the coast of Yemen, or at least create safe conditions for shipping companies to resume sending vessels through the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, sources added.

The Houthis have launched dozens of drone and missile attacks on commercial ships in the area in recent months, declaring support for Gaza amid Israel’s military operation in the Palestinian enclave. The militants have also vowed revenge against the US and the UK, who have been carrying out strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen for more than a week. “We are clear-eyed about who the Houthis are, and their worldview. So we’re not sure that they’re going to stop immediately, but we are certainly trying to degrade and destroy their capabilities,” one US official told the Post. Washington is “not trying to defeat the Houthis. There’s no appetite for invading Yemen,” a diplomat familiar with the situation explained.

Instead, the US wants “to degrade their ability to launch these kind of attacks going forward, and that involves hitting the infrastructure that enables these kind of attacks, and targeting their higher-level capabilities,” he added. President Biden ordered the strikes on Yemen for ideological reasons, rather than economic, as the US seeks to maintain its status as the world’s “indispensable nation,” officials claimed. The Washington Post expressed concern that the bombing campaign against the Houthis would become a “setback” for Biden’s goal of preventing the spread of the Israel-Hamas conflict to other parts of the Middle East. It could also end up “undermining his attempt to refocus US foreign policy on Russia and China,” the newspaper argued.

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“..believed to be responsible for perpetrating, ordering, planning, and instigating international crimes, including genocide, committed over the past 100 days as well as since 13 June, 2014.”

Mexico And Chile Call On ICC To Investigate Crimes In Gaza (Singh)

Chile and Mexico have called upon the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the crimes being committed amid Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza. In the past 105 days, Israel has killed over 24,600 Palestinians in Gaza, with more than 7,000 people missing and presumed dead under the rubble. In a statement released on January 18, Mexico and Chile stated that their referral to the ICC was “due to growing concern about the latest escalation of violence, particularly against civilian targets, and the alleged continued commission of crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court, specifically since the attack on October 7, 2023, carried out by Hamas militants and the subsequent hostilities in Gaza.” The ICC is based at The Hague alongside the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is the chief judicial organ of the United Nations that adjudicates disputes between states.

Meanwhile, the ICC is a separate legal entity that has been established under the Rome Statute, and is authorized to prosecute individuals. It has jurisdiction over crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and crimes of aggression. The referral filed on Thursday follows after Bolivia, South Africa, Djibouti, and the Comoros approached the court in November, calling on chief prosecutor Karim Khan to investigate the commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Palestine. While Israel is not a State Party to the Rome Statute and does not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC, Palestine was accepted as a member state of the ICC in 2015. In February 2021, a pre-trial chamber of the court ruled that it had jurisdiction over the “territories occupied by Israel since 1967, namely Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem”.

The following month, the ICC, under former chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, opened an investigation into the “situation in Palestine” covering the period starting from June 13, 2014. This was after Bensouda concluded that there was a “reasonable basis to believe that war crimes “have been or are being committed” in the occupied Palestinian territories. In November, Bensouda’s successor, Karim Khan had stated that the investigation would cover “the escalation of hostilities and violence” since October 7. However, Palestinian human rights organizations and legal representatives of victims have denounced delays and double standards in the investigation under Khan. In early December, Khan visited Israel, however he did not go to the Gaza strip despite the fact that Israel had already killed over 15,000 people by that time. Even prior to the ongoing attacks on Gaza which began on October 7, Palestinian human rights organizations had repeatedly called on Khan to issue preventive statements “to deter the commission of more crimes” by the Occupation. These calls, along with calls to expedite the investigation, were ignored.

These organizations have since urged the Court to issue arrest warrants for Israeli political, security and military officials “believed to be responsible for perpetrating, ordering, planning, and instigating international crimes, including genocide, committed over the past 100 days as well as since 13 June, 2014.” In its statement on Thursday, the Mexican foreign ministry emphasized “the importance of guaranteeing the independence of the ICC prosecutor to investigate crimes committed in the context of the conflict in Gaza.” The submission to the ICC was welcomed by the Palestinian foreign ministry, stating that the move “confirmed the urgent need for the Court to fulfill its mandate, to deter, investigate, and prosecute the most serious crimes of concern for the international community.” “Israeli officials are not deterred as they continue their genocidal war.”

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Saudis sitting on the fence.

Iran and US Use Saudi Arabia to Swap Messages and Cool Gaza Tensions (MEE)

Nine months since Riyadh and Tehran restored ties after years of animosity, Saudi Arabia has assumed a new role as an intermediary between Iran and the United States, three sources in Iran told Middle East Eye. High-ranking officials in Riyadh have been instrumental in relaying messages between the countries and reducing tensions over Israel’s war on Gaza. The process began in November, when Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian attended an emergency summit in Riyadh on the Gaza war attended by leaders from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Arab League countries. An Iranian insider familiar with the matter told MEE that Amirabdollahian carried with him a message for the US to give to Saudi officials. It was a response to one recently received from Washington.

The Saudis then conveyed this message to senior officials in Washington, the source said. Another source in Iran’s foreign ministry told MEE that Saudi Arabia has been used as a conduit between the two sides alongside Oman, Qatar and Switzerland, which occasionally represents the US diplomatically in Tehran. The four countries have had to work as go-betweens repeatedly since the 7 October Hamas-led attack on Israel and the war on Gaza. Iran is the Palestinian group’s strongest backer, and other Iranian-associated groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthi movement in Yemen have attacked Israel and Israeli- and US-linked targets as Israel’s assault on Gaza has escalated. According to the foreign ministry source, the communications passed between Iran and the US have primarily focused on curbing tensions and avoiding greater escalation in the region.

The source said Tehran had warned the US about the potential consequences if Israel’s war on Gaza, which has already killed 24,000 people, brings regional tensions to an uncontrollable level. These included Israel being defeated in a broader regional war and increased security pressure on the US military. The first source said Saudi Arabia has been used as a conduit when tensions have ramped up following Israel’s assassination of senior commanders from the “Axis of Resistance”, the Iran-backed group of countries and armed groups in the region. After Israel killed Razi Mousavi, a general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp’s elite Quds force, on 25 December, a Saudi delegation visited Tehran with a message from Washington that said the US wanted to contain the conflict in Gaza.

According to the first source, the US suggested potential concessions from Israel. One was that the US would not give backing or support to hard-right Israeli officials, which dominate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. This, the source said, would be contingent on Iran not trying to derail efforts to establish full ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, a process that was interrupted by the outbreak of the Gaza war. On 8 January, Hossein Akbari, the Iranian ambassador to Syria, said that Iran had received a message from “one of the Persian Gulf countries”. According to Akbari, this country sent a delegation to Iran with a message from the Americans, offering a plan to resolve conflicts for the entire region, rather than solely addressing the Gaza war. MEE understands this Gulf country was Saudi Arabia.

Another Iranian insider told MEE that Washington used Saudi channels to inform Tehran that it was about to strike Yemen’s Houthis, who have been staging attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea to disrupt Israeli supplies and commerce. The message urged Iran to restrain its allied groups during the US strike. It also indicated that the strikes on the Houthis would not initially be too strong, but if Tehran reacted forcefully then a fierce US response would follow.

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“..a “deadly combination” of Biden’s “incompetence, radicalism, and weakness.”

American Democracy ‘In Danger’ – Trump (RT)

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has countered claims that his possible reelection to the White House poses an existential risk to the American way of life, telling supporters in the US state of New Hampshire on Saturday that it is Joe Biden’s ‘incompetence’ that represents the real threat to democracy. Trump was speaking in Manchester ahead of primary elections beginning on Tuesday that could further cement his status as the likely GOP candidate to challenge presumptive Democratic nominee Biden in November. But after being accused earlier this month by Biden of being “willing to sacrifice democracy,” the former US president turned the tables on his political rival, saying that Biden’s incapacity for the job is a clear and present danger to the United States. “He is a threat to democracy,” Trump said, his comments delivered under a giant sign reading: ‘Biden attacks democracy.’

He added: “We have to get him out. You know why he is a threat to democracy? A couple of reasons, but you know the first reason? He’s grossly incompetent.” It is an accusation that Trump has repeated on several occasions throughout his bid to return to the White House. In October, he blamed the Hamas attack on Israel on a “deadly combination” of Biden’s “incompetence, radicalism, and weakness.” Trump, who faces 91 charges in a range of criminal cases as he campaigns for the nation’s highest office, also accused Biden’s administration of “weaponizing” the justice system against him. He added that Biden’s efforts to do so are being enabled by his “protectors” in the “fake news” media. The comments appeared to be a reference to claims made by Biden in Pennsylvania earlier this month in which he said that Trump intends to uproot democracy to ensure he wins the election.

“Whether democracy is still America’s sacred cause is what the 2024 election is all about,” Biden said on January 5. “Donald Trump’s campaign is all about him, not America, not you. Donald Trump’s campaign is obsessed with the past, not the future. He’s willing to sacrifice our democracy to put himself in power.” Meanwhile, GOP-nomination candidate Nikki Haley, whom polling suggests trails Trump by around ten percentage points in New Hampshire, openly questioned her Republican opponent’s mental fitness, following comments in recent days in which Trump appeared to mistake her for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “When you’re dealing with the pressures of a presidency, we can’t have someone else that we question whether they’re mentally fit to do it,” Haley said on Saturday.

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“..contingent election..” We touched on this before.

RFK Seeks Path to Victory by Forcing House to Elect President (ET)

To win the 2024 election as an independent, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is firstly hoping for an outright win, but the second path to victory is to make sure no other candidate wins 270 electoral votes. If no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes in a presidential election, the winner is decided in a contingent election by the House of Representatives, where each state votes as a bloc. The House has picked the president twice in American history. In 1800, Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson were deadlocked after the electoral votes were counted. The House cast their ballots to elect President Jefferson, who received 61 percent of the popular vote. When none of the four presidential candidates received an electoral vote majority in 1824, the House elected John Quincy Adams on Feb. 9 the following year.

“People are starting to realize that Bobby can win, with where he is in the polls,” Amaryllis Fox Kennedy, the campaign manager of Mr. Kennedy, told The Epoch Times. “They are starting to see that, for the first time in their lifetime, the two-party system can be broken and they can vote for somebody who excites them rather than having to vote for the lesser of two evils,” she said. Ms. Kennedy is also the candidate’s daughter-in-law. Ms. Kennedy said Mr. Kennedy could be considered a preferred candidate over former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, the likely Republican and Democrat nominees.

The prospect of Mr. Kennedy winning as a compromise candidate is relatively slim because a contingent United States election is decided by state delegations. Republicans currently hold a four-vote delegation lead, according to a tally maintained by ProPublica. The next House of Representatives, composed of lawmakers elected in 2024, would vote in a contingent election. A consensus forecast by 270toWin based on an aggregate of forecasts by five major analytics firms sees Republicans keeping their delegation majority in the House in 2024.

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“..We were the gatekeepers, and we very much owned the facts as well.”

WSJ Editor-in-Chief Admits To Davos Elites ‘We No Longer Own The News’ (ZH)

Thanks to the internet and (shrinking) press freedoms, legacy media outlets no longer have a monopoly on information and narratives. Case in point, during a WEF discussion at Davos entitled “Defending Truth,” Wall St. Journal EIC Emma Tucker lamented this loss of control over ‘the facts,’ as Modernity.news reports. “I think there’s a very specific challenge for the legacy brands, like the New York Times and like the Wall Street Journal,” Tucker said, adding “If you go back really not that long ago, as I say, we owned the news. We were the gatekeepers, and we very much owned the facts as well.” “If it said it in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, then that was a fact,” she continued, adding “Nowadays, people can go to all sorts of different sources for the news and they’re much more questioning about what we’re saying. “Russia, Russia, Russia!

European Commission VP Vera Jourova also piped up during the same discussion, calling the rise of “disinformation” a “security threat,” and suggesting that “It was part of the Russian military doctrine that they will start information war, and we are in it now.” Like when the Hillary Clinton campaign used a former (?) British spook’s Russian source to fabricate a hoax against Donald Trump, which was peddled through the Wall Street Journal and every single other legacy media outlet? That kind of information war? Or when 51 former US intelligence officials used disinformation to influence the 2020 election, suggesting the NY Post’s Hunter Biden laptop bombshell was Russian meddling? “Disinformation is a very powerful tool,” Jourová continued, adding that “In the EU we are focusing on improving of the system where the people will get the facts right. We don’t speak about opinions. We are not correcting anyone’s opinions or language. This is about the facts.” Bitch please.

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X thread from Wall Street Apes.

“Estimated Cost For Tax Payers: $1.6 Quadrillion Dollars..”

John Kerry Wants To Remove 1.6 Trillion Tons Of CO2 From The Atmosphere (X)

John Kerry Told The Washington Post He Wants To Remove 1.6 Trillion Tons Of Carbon Dioxide From The Atmosphere Via Direct Air Capture. Estimated Cost For Tax Payers: $1.6 Quadrillion Dollars That’s $1,600,000,000,000,000 (This isn’t a joke, he’s serious). “The lowest periods of carbon in the atmosphere and not only recorded history, in the history of life existing on the planet. In December of 2022, you told the Washington Post we need to remove 1,600,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere via direct air capture. The cost for that is about $1,000 per ton or 1.6 quadrillion dollars. Now I said you said you didn’t know, But since 2015, since the last El Nino, about 500,000,000,000 tons have been have been emitted into the atmosphere. During that same period of time, 2015, if you look at the temperature graph, this is from NOAA.

The temperature has gone down. Show the next slide. This is from NASA satellite data. Temperature has gone down. You wanna have the Have the American taxpayers, my constituents that are having a hard time afford their groceries, pay for a car, buy a new home, Spend 1.6 quadrillion dollars to fix a problem that, a, doesn’t exist. And as a matter of fact, You might be exacerbating because it’s unknown. It is unknown at this time the low level that of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that might actually destroy life, because plant life all depends. As you know, secretary, Plant life all depends on CO2. And when we kill it, then we’re done too. I yield the ballots.”

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    Leonardo da Vinci Salvator Mundi 1513   • Supreme Court Action Alters Course of Jan. 6 Defendant Sentencings (ET) • Russia Must Give Up Its Nucle
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 22 2024]

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    TAE controlling some of the news BIATCH!!

    WEF – the tight lips and screwed up faces were as a result of sour grapes. The Davos crew lied so much we all stopped listening (starting with The Guardian – piece of crap that it is ).

    Gunna get worse with AI.
    I’m gunna end up trusting my eyes and ears and digital sources will recede into the distance.

    #150912

    That painting is not Leonardo’s work. I take umbrage for his sake.

    #150913
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • Frontline Situation ‘Dramatic’ For Ukraine – German Reporter

    “Moscow’s troops launched “massive attacks” in 80 areas “along several hundred kilometers of the front,”

    Well……..Duh

    The Russians are producing thousands of new drones a week and production volume keeps increasing.

    The latest onslaught against the sad Ukronazis positions on the front are drones equipped with Night Vision which allow the Russians to destroy Nazilenskyites in pitch dark all night. The Night Vision lights up Ukro soldiers and vehicles as thermal images that glow in the night on their screens.

    Drones are the future. Attacked 24/7/365

    No Rest for the Wicked

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/FJHvgYH90AvU/

    #150914
    Dr. D
    Participant

    There’s something odd about that painting I’ve never put my finger on. Is it a woman? Is it something else, some symbolism too clever for me?

    “Zelensky Lashes Out At Trump Over ‘Very Dangerous’ Plan To End War

    That’s pretty weird, he doesn’t have a plan. He’s a blow hard. Just like “Putin puppet” who 1) put on the world’s strongest sanctions for no reason at that time, 2) NATO-Trained the entire Ukrainian Army which was certain to start a war, and 3) Gave them all Javelin missiles which was pretty contested and said to be inflammatory. So…??? Oh wait, my bad: Reason and Facts.

    Obviously: world’s greatest sanctions = in Russia’s pocket. And in that case the EU is in Russia’s pocket too!!

    “Ukraine simply doesn’t have a viable strategy for victory without international arms shipments such as those provided by the United States…”

    Nor a viable strategy with it either.

    “Boris Johnson Says Davos Elite “Trembling Violently” at Return of Trump

    BoJo the Clown IS Davos, and they would never say this or admit it without permission. Same as they would never allow Milei to speak and berate them, or for ask Conservative think thinks to insult them to their face. That means this is all staged. NOT that what they say isn’t true, but as WaPo says, they’ve lost control, and need to make it LOOK like they’re over here, the man behind the curtain here.

    Obviously not, or they wouldn’t have painted a bunch of bullseyes on everything. The target by definition must be elsewhere. Now whats more interesting is Jamie Dimon has apparently also seen the light and is effectively backing Trump or at least his policies. As Tom says, you think he wants to be the cabana boy and servant of a bunch of cross-dressing, thong-wearing Eurocommies? Uh, no. He may hate our guts and want to steal every American dollar and kill every American child, but he won’t want to do it as their bottom.

    Now, HOW, the new interview with Webb, https://usawatchdog.com/you-will-own-nothing-because-they-will-steal-everything-david-rogers-webb/ you can sort of skip after first 15 min, or to the last 15 min, as he describes the “clever” (Too clever by a half) plan they have of DTCC, collapse, where the assets of … everyone… are pledged to DTCC and other exchanges for ‘no money paid’. But that has also broken all the legal “Ownership” claims. So Stock > You > ETF > subcorp Fidelity > Fidelity > DTCC > and to where? It that enough layers you can’t sue through? If/When the DTCC etc goes down, then who has the “Claims” on “Bankruptcy” of this entity that doesn’t exist, only legally exists and was constructed in order TO collapse? Well the creditors for them would be Chase, Morgan, BIS, HSBC, etc. Ultimately there are 10% assets, 90% claims, and they are the first creditors, with the richest lawyers.

    All legal. Like this:
    BumpintheNight
    https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/0*DsctG7J_m25OVMp6.png

    That is, they will very cleverly, over 50-100 years, more cleverly and with a longer, larger debt bubble than every before, with more owned politicians than ever before, will steal 90% of the world’s money.

    …And they we will go up, club them with a $5 wrench, and throw them in the Elbe. You guys are true, true geniuses. Bank robbery isn’t STEALING the money, any hobo with duct tape can make a gun-shaped object and walk out with cash. Bank robbery is GETTING AWAY with the money, and spending it in peace. Which they now can’t. Good day, sir.

    #150915
    Dora
    Participant

    That painting is odd. The eyes don’t focus. One eye looks up and slightly over the viewer’s right shoulder as one hand is raised in an upward gesture. The other eye looks straight at the viewer as one hand holds the orb of the world. So much attention and detail in the robe while the face and hands remain indistinct.

    #150916
    zerosum
    Participant

    Workarounds –
    Make new laws, Ignore old laws, challenge opposition with “make me”, lie about the facts, make claims without supporting facts, and scam/divert/finance, create deep fake evidence, terrorism and assassination.
    ———
    • EU Mulls $21 Billion Military Aid to Ukraine Bypassing Hungary’s Veto (Sp.)

    ———–

    • Scale of NATO Drills Marks Return to Cold War-Era Patterns (Sp.)

    The goal is clear:
    by demonizing Russia, intimidating the average person, to justify the unbridled increase in military spending and the completely failed policy of supporting the Kiev regime with the aim of inflicting a strategic defeat on Russia. And at the same time, force the Europeans to join the arms race even more energetically, to the delight of the American military-industrial complex,” Grushko said.
    ———–
    • NATO Drills Raise Risks of Inadvertent Escalation – Moscow (Sp.)

    NATO’s upcoming military exercise, Steadfast Defender 2024, raises the risk of unintended military confrontation and undermines security in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Sputnik on Sunday.
    ———–
    the WSJ editor-in-chief admitted to losing control
    “..We were the gatekeepers, and we very much owned the facts as well.”

    • WSJ Editor-in-Chief Admits To Davos Elites ‘We No Longer Own The News’ (ZH)
    ———–
    My way or the highway
    Leverage

    Who has the “Claims” on “Bankruptcy” of this entity that doesn’t exist, only legally exists and was constructed in order TO collapse?
    Well the creditors for them would be Chase, Morgan, BIS, HSBC, etc.
    Ultimately there are 10% assets, 90% claims, and they are the first creditors, with the richest lawyers.

    ———–

    #150917
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    No, it isn’t that Nikki Haley is funded “by Democrats” — that statement presumes a world where Democrats are “the bad guys” and Republicans are “the good guys” — which is inaccurate. Nikki Haley is funded by and serves the elites, just like Biden & Company and many RINOs. The political party designation is not what matters here….

    #150918
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Where is Lloyd “Darth” Austin …

    He’s been summoned to testify in front of the Congress … anybody seen him lately?

    The Empire of Lies always Lies

    So why is anything the WH says about “The Darth” true.

    Fist Bump to victory…..

    .

    #150919
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Crooke this a.m.:

    F.S.

    #150920
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant
    #150921
    WES
    Participant

    No farmers are protesting in Europe. Actually there are no protests at all. Everything is calm in Europe. Everybody in Europe is content!

    The US wants to close the Suez Canal, therefore daily bombing of the Houthis will continue until morale improves!

    US Uniparty warmongers know they only have a 9 month window left for starting new wars, so they need to escalate everywhere now!

    Everything is so calm, the US dollar is going up and gold and sliver prices are dropping!

    #150922
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Canada joins Houthis Hunt:

    F.S.

    #150923
    zerosum
    Participant

    Canada joins Houthis Hunt:

    Canada’s leaders will learn that Wargames are expensive and are dangerous.
    Will the leader ever listen to call of “Peace and Ceasefire” from the people?

    #150924
    Dora
    Participant

    So the Davos masters-of-the-universe crowd say they’re terrified of Trump, and they never meant to eliminate nation states governments in favor of a global goverment they own. I don’t believe them. Lying is a tradition for keeping control of situations. I’m reminded of what happened to Wat Tyler in the English peasants’ revolt. Lie to the upstarts, lull them into letting down their efforts, then round ’em up and kill ’em. I’m not saying the Davos machine would kill us, but calling us “useless eaters” isn’t a good sign.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Tyler

    I think the Davos project is an outgrowth of the Mont Pelerin Society’s project to run the world through business and crush labor everywhere. They won’t give up easily.

    #150925
    poppie
    Participant

    The picture is of someone who is dead.

    #150926
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Canada’s leaders will learn that Wargames are expensive and are dangerous. – zerosum
    —————————————-

    Yes, … but on this Red Sea mission, Canada only sent out, so far, the old bed pan, “HMCS Calgary” (FFH 335) – by now grossly outdated “patrol frigate” that by design had an original expiry date 2012, … while being commissioned in 1995. So no great loss if it is sent to the bottom of Red Sea to serve as an artificial reef!

    Btw, currently envisaged replacement programme is for first vessel of the similar type probably not entering service until the early/mid 2030s.

    #150927
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Loadings of Russian and Kazakhstan oil onto marine tankers at Russia’s second-largest export terminal on the Baltic Sea, Ust-Luga, have resumed at around midday on Monday after coming to a standstill in the early morning hours on Sunday when captains ordered vessels to be pulled back to sea due to security concerns, marine traffic data suggests.

    At least two drones have been reported in Russian news outlets as being spotted over the gas condensate facilities operated by Russian producer Novatek before explosions took place, triggering widespread fire. The gas condensate plant is located next to the oil export terminal.[…]

    https://www.upstreamonline.com/energy-security/oil-exports-restart-at-key-russian-terminal-after-drone-attack/2-1-1586595

    #150928
    John Day
    Participant

    Not even any fake news about “Lloyd Austin” since “released from hospital” a week ago.
    Buried that “story” with no glimpse of Schrodinger’s Sec.Def.

    #150929
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    @poppie re: “The picture is of someone who is dead.”

    Which one? Austin, or Jeezus?

    #150930
    John Day
    Participant

    A Russian human rights organization has published research into pedophilia in the highest circles of the US government, which I would not like to withhold from the German audience.
    https://www-anti–spiegel-ru.translate.goog/2024/brisante-ergebnisse-einer-recherche-ueber-paedophilie-bei-den-us-demokraten/?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp

    #150931
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant
    #150932
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    AI Bots on X (Twitter) – schneier.com

    Interesting comments in the thread. Also, many of the technical sites I read have become 20% more wordy without corresponding increase in substance. AnandTec example. In some places it feels as awkward as the prayer recited by Brother Maynard upon employment of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

    #150933
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Dora – no they won’t give up easily. They are boring inflexible types. Specialists really.
    F.S. That Canada excess deaths graph is walking straight to Deagle but I doubt it will make it there.
    I reckon fuel prices are gunna go up soon but I’ve been wrong 100 times before.

    #150934
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    A quote from the Doctorow article linked down-thread at schneier.com

    AI companies are implicitly betting that their customers will buy AI for highly consequential automation, fire workers, and cause physical, mental and economic harm to their own customers as a result, somehow escaping liability for these harms. Early indicators are that this bet won’t pay off. Cruise, the “self-driving car” startup that was just forced to pull its cars off the streets of San Francisco, pays 1.5 staffers to supervise every car on the road. In other words, their AI replaces a single low-waged driver with 1.5 more expensive remote supervisors – and their cars still kill people.

    #150935
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Speaking of short staffed operations

    The competency collapse in Empire of Lies in basic life services and skills

    Putting the DUH IN DUH’MERICA

    .

    #150936
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #150937
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Cruise pays 1.5 staffers to supervise every car on the road. In other words, their AI replaces a single low-waged driver with 1.5 more expensive remote supervisors – and their cars still kill people.”

    Oh yes, but those 1.5 people DO PAPERWORK and are therefore essentially priceless, while the sort of people who drive cars are worthless pieces of human garbage that should all be murdered for the greater good. Replacing every one of them is worth it and no price is too high to replace humans with spreadsheets or managers.

    Infinity chiefs, Zero Indians = Managerial nirvana.

    Seems like hyperbole except you see “Solutions” like this 10x a day at 10x the cost. What other explanation is there?

    #150938
    Oroboros
    Participant

    .

    #150939
    Michael Reid
    Participant


    The collapse of higher education

    What’s wild about higher education is how completely useless it was in response to Covid. All of the tools of the physical and social sciences were abandoned in favor of fear, bias, panic, irrationality, obedience, and profit. The few academics who followed proper methods were fired. We spent hundreds of years developing the university system as a bulwark against tyranny and primitivism. And in the end it was just a Maginot Line that was overrun by the fascists.

    Bait and switch

    When the left started working on climate change 30 years ago it was all about cracking down on big polluters — mainly the U.S. military, the oil industry (Exxon, Shell, Chevron), and coal-fired power plants. Now climate change is all about billionaires going after small farmers and locking families inside 15-minute cities. What the heck happened!? How did a liberation movement come to embrace such tyranny? Why have none of the proponents of the original climate change narrative spoken out against this fascist takeover of the movement?

    Deadly products should not be on the market

    Many people in the freedom movement take the position that they support “freedom of choice” — if someone wants to get a vaccine (or 100 of them) they should be free to do so.

    Unfortunately that’s not going to work.

    As bad as things are right now (a literal genocide happening in front of our eyes) only 3% of parents completely opt out of the CDC vaccine schedule (as all evidence suggests that they should).

    The remaining 97% witness vaccine injuries in their children that are so catastrophic they will cause the collapse of the U.S. in our lifetime. We’re talking TRILLIONS of dollars in harm because they failed to do their proper due diligence and because our system allows this to happen.

    So “freedom of choice” in this case is just a path to collapse. We don’t allow freedom of choice for thalidomide; we rightly recognize that it’s a teratogen and ban its use for pregnant women.

    If vaccines are toxic (which they are) we should stop them from harming any more people and remove them from the market entirely.

    Double whammy

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a weird combination of two of the worst ideas in history.

    The WEF has taken the communist idea of “The International” — a worldwide body of revolutionaries that coordinates theory, policy, and strategy — and adapted it to serve capital.

    The WEF is also the sequel to The Third Reich in both its aims and ambitions.

    The annual WEF meeting in Davos should thus be called The Fourth Reich International because that’s who they are and what they are working on.

    A two foot putt

    It’s beyond surreal that our system cannot solve the simple problem of a toxic product that was approved in haste that now needs to be removed from the market because it is killing people.

    I will never normalize this

    Why do ob/gyns poison children in utero?

    Why do all U.S. hospitals poison children on the first day of life?

    Why do pediatricians poison children 90 times before they reach 18?

    What the actual f*ck is wrong with these people?

    How the actual f*ck did this country become so insane?

    You’ve gotta have checks and balances or power will corrupt

    After World War II, we set up these international institutions — the U.N., W.H.O., World Bank — with NONE of the checks and balances that are built into the U.S. Constitution. Is it any wonder then that these institutions are tyrannical, plagued by corruption, and incapable of reform?

    Even the European Union lacks checks and balances and mechanisms to protect the interests of smaller nations. Did we learn nothing from history?

    “Disease X”

    I’m not doing Disease X. I’m just not. I’ve seen enough psyops and official government lies to last a lifetime by now. Instead, I’m going to spend my time overthrowing the system that always tries to mess with us like that.

    Systems check

    If your worldview told you that the shot was probably okay, then your epistemology, ontology, and metaphysics are sh*t.

    If your university told you to get the shot, then your university is worthless.

    If your government told you to get the shot, then your government is illegitimate.

    Mainstream media decoder ring

    “Died suddenly” = killed by the vaccine.

    “Died unexpectedly” = killed by the vaccine.

    “No cause of death was listed” = killed by the vaccine.

    “Natural causes” = killed by the vaccine.

    “After a brief illness” = killed by the vaccine.

    This post did 600,000 views on Twitter and led Newsweek to write a hit piece on me

    Andrew Wiggins, forward for the Golden State Warriors, did not want to get the Covid shot. Coach Steve Kerr pressured him. The team threatened to withhold his salary. Wiggins gave in and still regrets it. Then Tuesday night (January 16) the whole team watched assistant coach Dejan Milojević, age 46 and previously healthy, have a vaccine-induced heart attack right in front of them at a team dinner in Salt Lake City. He died the next morning. Karma hates junk science. This is the most horrifying era in human history.

    The Cult of Pharma

    According to the Cult Education Institute cults are characterized by:

    1. Absolute authoritarianism without accountability.

    2. Zero tolerance for criticism or questions.

    3. Lack of meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget.

    4. Unreasonable fears about the outside world that often involve evil conspiracies and persecutions.

    5. A belief that former followers are always wrong for leaving and there is never a legitimate reason for anyone else to leave.

    6. Abuse of members.

    7. Records, books, articles, or programs documenting the abuses of the leader or group.

    8. Followers feeling they are never able to be “good enough.”

    9. A belief that the leader is right at all times.

    10. A belief that the leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or giving validation.

    They also take all of your money and eventually kill you.

    ALL of these warning signs apply to the Cult of Vaccine.

    https://tobyrogers.substack.com/p/thinking-points-january-22-2024

    #150940
    Michael Reid
    Participant


    Fascism is capitalism in decay.

    —Vladimir Lenin

    Quite so. Regulation is a cancer that slowly eats capitalism until it morphs into fascism.

    Capitalism—A New Idea

    #150941
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    @ Michael Reid

    Wow, you’re firing on all cylinders today; keep on keeping on…

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