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Salvador Dalí Dream, Caused by the Flight of a Bee (Around a Pomegranate, a Second Before Waking Up) 1944

 

Will War Result From The Ever Hesitant Putin? (Paul Craig Roberts)
The Four Horsemen of Gaza’s Apocalypse (Chris Hedges)
Netanyahu’s Shape-Shifting ‘Endgame’ (Alastair Crooke)
Russia’s Push for Palestinian State Can Stop Endless ‘Loop’ of Violence (Sp.)
US Sees Ukraine As A ‘Lucrative Business Project’ – Lavrov (RT)
US Forming ‘Colonial Administration’ In Ukraine – Russian Spy Chief (RT)
Ukraine Must Give Up Territory – Fico (RT)
Zelensky Brands Parts Of Russia ‘Historically’ Ukrainian (RT)
Medvedev Denounces Zelensky’s ‘Territorial Claims’ To Russia (RT)
AfD Leader Calls for German ‘Dexit’ Vote to Break From EU (Sp.)
Russian Attack On Nato In 2044 (Zlatko)
DOJ Seeking Retribution Against Journalist for Recent Jan. 6 Coverage (ET)
The Pipe-Bomb Caper (Kunstler)
Dutch Queen Promotes Digital ID at Davos (Martin Armstrong)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tucker Hunter

 

 

Biden inflation

 

 

 

 

RFK autism + allergy

 

 

Tucker Catturd

 

 

 

 

Stop counting

The People’s Pundit: But that’s only half the story. The other half, is that they were lying. They actually continued to add to the totals between midnight and 3AM.

 

 

 

 

“The failure to confront Russia’s enemies with defeats means the pressure against Russia, the ongoing provocations, and the humiliations inflicted will continue until Russia is forced into war.”

Will War Result From The Ever Hesitant Putin? (Paul Craig Roberts)

I have often expressed my concern that the lack of proactive action by Putin, Xi, and Iran was maximizing the expansion of Israeli and US aggression in the Middle East and leading to a dangerous confrontation and outbreak of nuclear war. It is the purpose of Israel and Washington to attack Iran. That is what the Israeli-Hamas-Hezbollah-Washington-Houthis conflict is about. It is an entirely simple matter for Russia, China, and Iran to prevent any expansion of Israel’s war against Palestine. All they have to do is to announce a mutual defense treaty: An attack on one is an attack on all. But proactive action does not seem to be in the skill set of Washington’s targeted enemies. With the single exception of Putin’s intervention in Syria to prevent Obama’s invasion, Putin has proved to be ever hesitant about taking control of the situation. It took him eight years to abandon his delusion about the Minsk Agreement. When he finally realized that he had been taken for a ride, the Russian military was not prepared for the level of violence required. Consequently a war that Russia should have won in a few days is two years old and continuing.

From my experience with the liberal Russian intelligentsia, I would say that their program is surrender to Washington. They would rather be invited as visiting professors to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, and to serve as consultants to American corporations than to be in conflict with the West. As Putin seems to believe toleration of subversion is a sign of democracy, he could have been prevented from required action by pressure to prove that he is not, as the entirety of the West proclaims, a dictator. Putin would have saved many lives by ignoring the propaganda of his enemies and being more forceful in Russia’s defense. But now Putin is showing more awareness of what needs to be done. News reports which I saw in the Indian press, not in the American whore media, a collection of paid liars, say that, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, Russia and Iran are finalizing a pact stressing their commitment to fundamental principles of Russian-Iranian relations, including unconditional respect for each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In a way this is good news. It indicates that Putin has finally realized that left unprotected, Iran is vulnerable, and if Iran goes, Washington has a direct entry to send “jihadists” into the Russian Federation and the former Soviet central Asian republics. But once again, like with the nonsensical “Minsk Agreement,” Putin has made an error. The pact has been announced before it goes into effect. It is unclear when this acknowledgement of mutual association is to be finalized. So the message to Washington and Israel is to attack Iran now before the agreement goes into effect. There is risk that this will happen. By trying to avoid the expansion of conflict in the Middle East, when conflict is Washington’s and Israel’s intention, Putin by his non-intervention, has given a green light for the expansion of conflict.

Moreover, the Russian-Iranian pact does not seem to be, except, by implication, a mutual defense pact. You can bet that Victoria Nuland and Israel’s American neoconservative agents who control US foreign policy will try to strike Iran before the pact is is in effect or they will argue that it is not a mutual defense agreement. It seems that Russia, China, Iran, and Israel’s Muslim enemies think that words count when nothing but action counts. In the West words are meaningless. Only actions count. And Russia’s are missing. Now, let me back off a bit. There are other indications of progress toward an environment less able to be turned into war by Washington. China had the foresight to broker a peace deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia. This was a fundamental blow to Washington. This rapprochement, if it holds against Washington’s counter offer, has expanded Putin’s organization BRICS to include Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. This gives new meaning to Saudi Arabia’s abandonment of the petro-dollar.

There is even a potential good sign on Russia’s part. Russia has announced air patrols over the Syrian Golan border with Israel. Putin prevented Washington’s invasion of Assad’s Syria but then went soft. Putin has left the Syrian oil fields in Washington’s hands. Putin has permitted both Israel and the US to conduct air and missile attacks on Syrian territory, apparently preventing Syria from using the Russian-supplied S-300 air defense system to protect Syrian territory. It remains to be seen if this means anything. The Russians have been sufficiently weakened by Western influence that they now have, associated with the Defense Ministry a “Center for Reconciliation.” This center says the air patrols are just for monitoring. In other words, there will be no military intervention, so it is largely meaningless. The failure to confront Russia’s enemies with defeats means the pressure against Russia, the ongoing provocations, and the humiliations inflicted will continue until Russia is forced into war.

There is a great deal of talk about American over-extension, outmoded weapon systems, excessive debt, inability to recruit for the military, etc., most of which is true. But the neoconservatives in control are still full of confidence, and this confidence is ever encouraged by Putin’s lack of decisive action. The war that is shaping up appears to be unavoidable. I know that it seems arrogant, egocentric, and self-glorifying to appear to be giving advice to Putin. But that is not what I am doing. I am describing a situation. To preclude a US/Israeli attack on Iran, there needs to be a Russia-China-Iran alliance which probably should include Turkey. Right NOW Iran needs the highly effective Russian air defense systems and, if Iran doesn’t have them, the hypersonic Russian long distance offensive missiles. Putin showed a strategic side when he committed the Russian Air Force to Syria’s defense, thus blocking Syria’s invasion by Obama. But he was very late getting into the game, almost too late. The multipolar world that Putin is always talking about cannot materialize without a Russian-Chinese-Iranian mutual defense treaty. Without more strategic vision and action on the part of Russia and China, war is unavoidable.

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“Joe Biden’s inner circle of strategists for the Middle East — Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan and Brett McGurk..”

The Four Horsemen of Gaza’s Apocalypse (Chris Hedges)

Joe Biden’s inner circle of strategists for the Middle East — Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan and Brett McGurk — have little understanding of the Muslim world and a deep animus towards Islamic resistance movements. They see Europe, the United States and Israel as involved in a clash of civilizations between the enlightened West and a barbaric Middle East. They believe that violence can bend Palestinians and other Arabs to their will. They champion the overwhelming firepower of the U.S. and Israeli military as the key to regional stability — an illusion that fuels the flames of regional war and perpetuates the genocide in Gaza.

In short, these four men are grossly incompetent. They join the club of other clueless leaders, such as those who waltzed into the suicidal slaughter of World War One, waded into the quagmire of Vietnam or who orchestrated the series of recent military debacles in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine. They are endowed with the presumptive power vested in the Executive Branch to bypass Congress, to provide weapons to Israel and carry out military strikes in Yemen and Iraq. This inner circle of true believers dismiss the more nuanced and informed counsels in the State Department and the intelligence communities, who view the refusal of the Biden administration to pressure Israel to halt the ongoing genocide as ill-advised and dangerous.

Biden has always been an ardent militarist — he was calling for war with Iraq five years before the U.S. invaded. He built his political career by catering to the distaste of the white middle class for the popular movements, including the anti-war and civil rights movements, that convulsed the country in the 1960s and 1970s. He is a Republican masquerading as a Democrat. He joined Southern segregationists to oppose bringing Black students into Whites-only schools. He opposed federal funding for abortions and supported a constitutional amendment allowing states to restrict abortions. He attacked President George H. W. Bush in 1989 for being too soft in the “war on drugs.” He was one of the architects of the 1994 crime bill and a raft of other draconian laws that more than doubled the U.S. prison population, militarized the police and pushed through drug laws that saw people incarcerated for life without parole. He supported the North American Free Trade Agreement, the greatest betrayal of the working class since the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act. He has always been a strident defender of Israel, bragging that he did more fundraisers for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) than any other Senator.

“As many of you heard me say before, were there no Israel, America would have to invent one. We’d have to invent one because… you protect our interests like we protect yours,” Biden said in 2015, to an audience that included the Israeli ambassador, at the 67th Annual Israeli Independence Day Celebration in Washington D.C. During the same speech he said, “The truth of the matter is we need you. The world needs you. Imagine what it would say about humanity and the future of the 21st century if Israel were not sustained, vibrant and free.” The year before Biden gave a gushing eulogy for Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister and general who was implicated in massacres of Palestinians, Lebanese and others in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon — as well as Egyptian prisoners of war — going back to the 1950s. He described Sharon as “part of one of the most remarkable founding generations in the history not of this nation, but of any nation.”

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“Israel’s only answer (to the issue of how to maintain Zionism) was to keep the State’s borders undefined – whilst holding on to scarce water and land resources..”

Netanyahu’s Shape-Shifting ‘Endgame’ (Alastair Crooke)

The late Ariel Sharon, a long-time Israeli military and political leader, once confided to his close friend Uri Dan that, “the Arabs had never genuinely accepted the presence of Israel … and so, a two-state solution was not possible – nor even desirable”. In the minds of these two – as well as for most Israelis today – is the ‘Gordian Knot’ that sits at the heart of Zionism: How to maintain differential rights over a physical terrain that includes a large Palestinian population. Israeli leaders believed that in Sharon’s unconventional approach of ‘spatial ambiguity’, Israel was close to evolving a solution to the conundrum of managing differential rights within a Zionist majority state, which includes substantial minorities. Palestinians, many Israelis believed (until recently), were being successfully contained in a striated political and physical space – and were even being “disappeared” from significance – only for Hamas, on 7 October, to blow apart that whole elaborate paradigm.

This event has triggered a widespread and existential fear that the Zionist project could possibly implode, were its Zionist exceptionalist foundations to be rejected by a wide resistance ready to take the issue to war. U.S. journalist Steve Inskeep’s recent piece – Israel’s Lack of Strategy is the Strategy – brings into focus the seeming paradox: That whilst Netanyahu is very clear about that which he does not want, he at the same time remains obstinately opaque about what he does want as a future for Palestinians living on a shared terrain. For those who think that Middle East peace might (or should) be Netanyahu’s goal, this opacity appears as a serious ‘flaw’ to resolving the Gaza crisis. However, if Netanyahu (backed by his cabinet, and a majority of Israelis) offers no strategy for peace with the Palestinians, then perhaps its omission is not ‘a bug’, but is its feature.

To understand the underlying oxymoron, you have to grasp why Ariel Sharon and Uri Dan ‘said what they said’, and understand how Sharon’s military experience from the 1973 War effectively has shaped the entire Palestinian paradigm. In 2011, I wrote a piece in Foreign Policy which postulated that Sharon’s notion of Palestinian Permanent Ambiguity was – and has been – the Zionists’ principle answer to how to bypass the paradox inherent within Zionism. Thirty years later, it still lurks in all of Netanyahu’s (and Israeli leaders across the political spectrum’s) recent pronouncements. Even in 2008, Foreign Minister (and lawyer), Tzipi Livni, was spelling out why “Israel’s only answer (to the issue of how to maintain Zionism) was to keep the State’s borders undefined – whilst holding on to scarce water and land resources – leaving Palestinians in a state of permanent uncertainty, dependent on Israeli goodwill”.

And I noted in a separate piece: “Livni was saying that she wanted Israel to be a Zionist state – based on the Law of Return and open to any Jew. However, to secure such a state in a country with very limited territory – means that land and water must be kept under Jewish control, with differential rights for Jews and non-Jews – rights that affect everything, from housing and access to land, to jobs, subsidies, marriages and migration”. A two-state solution inherently therefore, did not solve the problem of how to maintain Zionism; rather, it compounded it. The inevitable demand for full equal rights for Palestinians would bring the end of Jewish ‘special rights’, and of Zionism itself, Livni argued – a threat with which most Zionists concur. Sharon’s answer to this ultimate paradox, however, was different: Sharon had an alternative plan for managing a large non-Jewish ‘out-group’, physically present within a Zionist State of differentiated rights. Sharon’s alternative amounted to frustrating a two-state solution within fixed borders.

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“Without the establishment of a Palestinian state, there can be not reliable security for Israel,” Lavrov said.”

Russia’s Push for Palestinian State Can Stop Endless ‘Loop’ of Violence (Sp.)

A lasting resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli crisis is the keystone to regional stability, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. “The main focus of efforts should be the creation of a Palestinian state in full compliance with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. The state described in these decisions would be competent and would exist in security and good neighborliness side by side with Israel and other countries in the region,” Lavrov said, speaking at a press conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2023 on Thursday. “Without the establishment of a Palestinian state, the Palestinian people will continue to feel disadvantaged and disenfranchised. Generation after generation of young Palestinians will fell this injustice and pass it on to their children. This must end through the creation of a Palestinian state. I hope that the Israeli leadership will eventually come to this conclusion…Without the establishment of a Palestinian state, there can be not reliable security for Israel,” Lavrov said.

The foreign minister announced plans to address the United Nations Security Council next Tuesday to discuss how the crisis in the Middle East can be resolved through “collective efforts,” in place of current attempts by the United States to “advance its agenda around the world.” “Perhaps our Western colleagues should learn some life lessons. And the countries of the region must insist that they are the ones who live here, and that for them, the security of all states [in the region] is of decisive importance to them. No one wants to prohibit advice from the outside, but the final decisions should be made by regional countries themselves,” Lavrov stressed. The creation of a Palestinian state is the “dream” of the Arab and Muslim World, and Russia’s position on the Palestinian-Israeli crisis indicates a very good understanding of the Middle East, says Riyadh-based political analyst Dr. Ahmed Al Ibrahim.

Russia’s position on Palestinian statehood is “going to be very well-received,” Al Ibrahim told Sputnik. “It’s going to cause stability. It’s going to give a lot of ground for the foreign policy of Russia to integrate here in the Muslim-Arab World. If Russia succeeded in that, then Russia has solved the most crucial thing in the history of this region by aligning Israel and Palestine to be together next [to each other]. And they’re going to win the hearts and the minds of the Arab and the Muslim World.” Attempts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict have been spearheaded by the United States for some seven decades, Al Ibrahim recalled, noting that in all this time “nothing happened except destruction for the Palestinian land, and more expansion, more settlers taking lands.”

“Definitely the whole world would welcome Russia and the BRICS members to be mediating this. But the solution is going to be very hard. Russia and the BRICS members [would] have to coordinate with the United States and with Britain because they are the majority stakeholders of this file, in order to yank it from them and do something on the ground,” the political analyst noted. Otherwise, unless a genuine, multilateral effort is launched to establish Palestinian statehood, the cycle of violence being seen today will continue indefinitely, Al Ibrahim believes. “The real core of the problem is in the deep mind and the deep state of the Israelis,” Al Ibrahim stressed. “Do they want a two-state solution?

We still see at the Knesset, when you enter the building, a big map – a big Israeli state from the [Jordan] River to the Sinai. If this is the creed of the Israelis, then there is no point of anybody mediating and Israel needs to work within themselves in order to come up an evolution to change their mindset and work to have a peaceful neighboring country with the Arab World supporting them. By reaching that, Israel is going to gain a lot by normalizing relationships with many Arab and Muslim countries,” he emphasized. “But if they’re going to play the cat and mouse game, you know, ‘I say something and I do something else on the ground,’ this is not going to work,” Al Ibrahim said, saying Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Arab countries and the Muslim World in general are too smart to be tricked by such deception.

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“..not as a war that has already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives … but as a profitable business project.”

US Sees Ukraine As A ‘Lucrative Business Project’ – Lavrov (RT)

Recent statements from the US suggest it regards Ukraine as nothing but a “lucrative business project,” one that it is profiting from, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the UN Security Council on Monday. The minister was referring to earlier statements made by US State Secretary Antony Blinken. Last month, the top US diplomat claimed that 90% of the money allocated for Ukrainian aid ends up getting funneled back to the US “to the benefit of American business, local communities, and strengthening the US defense industrial base.” In November 2023, the Washington Post also reported that the majority of these funds were spent on manufacturing new weapons or replacing the equipment sent to Ukraine out of American stockpiles.

The US is essentially “developing its military industrial” complex while “dumping the old junk in Ukraine,” Lavrov said. Russia’s top diplomat also claimed that most major Ukrainian companies, including lithium producers, are being sold to Americans and US companies have been able to get their hands on Ukraine’s fertile land “on the cheap.” Lavrov denounced the statements made by US officials as “cynical” and said that Washington has been treating the ongoing conflict “not as a war that has already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives … but as a profitable business project.” Moscow is waging a military campaign not against Ukraine but against “a criminal regime, presumptuous in its impunity,” he declared.

Kiev has not forgone on the “war against its own citizens in the east and south” despite years-long efforts by Moscow to find a peaceful solution to this crisis, he explained, adding that over 7 million Ukrainians had found refuge in Russia since the 2014 Maidan coup. Kiev’s Western backers have never tried to stop the government from persecuting Russian-speaking Ukrainians, the minister said, accusing the US and its allies of using the past few years to “arm Ukraine and prepare it for war against Russia,” while using the Minsk Agreements as a cover. Russia is ready for talks on Ukraine but it is not willing to discuss ways to keep Kiev’s current government in power, Moscow’s top diplomat concluded.

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“Zelensky realizes that the damaging data that the Americans have is capable of destroying him as president. In this situation, he’ll continue to dance to the tune of his American masters..”

US Forming ‘Colonial Administration’ In Ukraine – Russian Spy Chief (RT)

Washington has begun creating “a colonial administration” in Ukraine consisting of local politicians who have sworn allegiance to the US, the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) has said. The US government has demanded that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky “remove” dozens of high-ranking officials, whom Washington no longer trusts, from their posts under various pretexts, Sergey Naryshkin claimed on Monday. Washington wants those jobs to be filled by “Ukrainians trained in the West, who have sworn allegiance to American interests,” he said in comments cited by the SVR press service. “As part of the policy of total vassalization of Ukraine, the US has started forming what is essentially a colonial administration in that country,” the spy chief stated.

According to Naryshkin, the required changes in the Ukrainian government were relayed to Zelensky during his visit to Washington in December. “The Americans are pushing for Ukrainian ambassador to Washington Oksana Markarova, who received her education at Indiana University Bloomington, to take the post of prime minister. The deputy head of the Finance Ministry, Alexander Kava, who studied at Harvard University, is being suggested for the job of finance minister. The current deputy head of the Economy Ministry, Taras Kachka, a graduate of Poland’s National School of Public Administration (KSAP), is recommended for the post of economy minister,” he said. The latest high-profile change in the Ukrainian cabinet follows the pattern described by Naryshkin. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Rustem Umerov, who replaced Zelensky’s ally Aleksey Reznikov in the job last fall, used to participate in the Future Leaders Exchange program, funded by the US State Department.

The Biden administration, which is in possession of a “killer corruption dossier” on members of Zelenksy’s inner circle, is threatening to make this information public if Ukrainian leader refuses to greenlight the desired personnel decisions, the spy chief claimed. “Zelensky realizes that the damaging data that the Americans have is capable of destroying him as president. In this situation, he’ll continue to dance to the tune of his American masters,” Naryshkin predicted. The US, which has provided Zelensky’s government with $111 billion in military and economic assistance since the start of the conflict with Russia, already has advisers embedded in all key Ukrainian ministries, but Washington believes this is not enough and is “steadily increasing Kiev’s feudal dependence,” Naryshkin said.

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“What are [the Ukrainians] waiting for? That the Russians will leave Donbass and Lugansk, or that they will leave Crimea? It’s unrealistic,” Fico insisted.”

Ukraine Must Give Up Territory – Fico (RT)

Ukraine should concede the loss of some of the territories that were previously under its control in order to end the conflict with Russia, Slovakia’s prime minister Robert Fico has said. Fico made the statement during a weekend interview with broadcaster RTVS dedicated to his upcoming visit to Ukraine. The Slovak PM is scheduled to travel on Wednesday to Uzhgorod, a city near the border between the two countries, for a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Denis Shmygal. The ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev can’t be resolved through military means and should end in compromise that might be “painful for both sides,” he said. “What are [the Ukrainians] waiting for? That the Russians will leave Donbass and Lugansk, or that they will leave Crimea? It’s unrealistic,” Fico insisted.

The People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk were officially incorporated into the Russian state in the fall of 2022, together the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, as a result of referendums held in those areas. Crimea has been a part of Russia since 2014. The continuation of the fighting that has been underway since February 2022 will only make Moscow stronger, Fico added. The Slovak premier also said Ukraine was “not a sovereign, independent country” due to it being “under the absolute influence of the US.” He criticized the EU for making “a huge mistake” of following Washington’s lead when it comes to dealing with Kiev, instead of developing its own “sovereign” view on the issue. As for his talks this week with Shmygal, Fico promised to tell his Ukrainian counterpart that he’s against Kiev’s membership in NATO, as that would be “exactly the basis of World War Three,” and to reiterate that President Vladimir Zelensky’s government won’t be getting any more weapons from Bratislava.

The prime minister’s interview caused angry reaction in Kiev, with the head of the Ukrainian parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Aleksandr Merezhko demanded that Fico’s trip to Ukraine be canceled for his “disgraceful statements” that crossed “the red line.” “Every country should have at least minimal self-respect. It’s absolutely unacceptable to pretend that nothing is happening when the leader of another state makes statements that question the sovereignty of a state” that he’s about to visit, Merezhko wrote on Facebook. Fico made a comeback as Slovakia’s prime minister in October after his party won the snap election in the EU country, campaigning on promises of, among other measures, cutting military aid to Kiev and improving ties with Moscow.

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The MO: crazy claims.

Zelensky Brands Parts Of Russia ‘Historically’ Ukrainian (RT)

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky declared six Russian regions to be “historically inhabited by Ukrainians” in a decree published on Monday. The list does not include any of the territory that Kiev claims sovereignty over in the ongoing conflict with Moscow, and focuses on globally recognized parts of Russia. The document includes Bryansk, Kursk, and Belgorod regions, all of which border Ukraine. It also lists Voronezh, Rostov, and Krasnodar regions, all of which bordered Ukraine before 2014, when Crimea decided to join Russia in a referendum and the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics declared independence from Kiev. Zelensky claimed the population of these territories had been subjected to “the policy of forced Russification,” and ordered the government in Kiev to develop “an action plan” to “preserve” Ukrainian “national identity” in Russia.

The decree calls on Russia to “provide Ukrainians living in its territories” with access to education in the Ukrainian language, as well as access to Ukrainian-language mass media and special “civil, social, cultural, and religious rights.” Moscow has never imposed any restrictions on the Ukrainian language. Russia’s education minister, Sergey Kravtsov, said in July 2022 that “no one was banning” it, and that it would be taught in schools where necessary. Zelensky’s decree also tasks the Ukrainian government and the National Security and Defense Council with “collecting and studying facts and testimonies about crimes” supposedly committed against Ukrainians in Russia throughout its history, as well as “countering disinformation and propaganda” about Ukrainian history, allegedly spread by Moscow.

The president also instructed the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences to “prepare materials” on the “thousand-year-old history” of Ukraine and distribute them around the world. The country’s educational programs and textbooks should also contain “the true history of ethnic Ukrainians,” Zelensky added. The Russian regions mentioned in the decree have repeatedly been targeted by Ukrainian missile and drone attacks as well as shelling since the start of hostilities with Moscow in February 2022. Zelensky’s decree comes just weeks after Kiev launched a major attack on the city of Belgorod. The strike, which according to the Russian Defense Ministry involved the use of banned cluster munitions, claimed the lives of 25 people, including children, and left more than a hundred injured. In mid-January, a child was injured in a Ukrainian drone attack on the city of Voronezh – the capital of another region Zelensky claimed was “historically inhabited by Ukrainians.”

The developments come amid Kiev’s attempts to ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) – the country’s biggest Christian denomination, which is reported to have more than 8,000 parishes. The Ukrainian government has long accused it of having ties with the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated that Ukraine in its pre-2014 borders was largely “created” by the Soviet leadership over the course of the 20th century. Historically, “Ukrainian lands” included a much smaller territory, he has argued. When the Cossacks living on the territory of modern Ukraine broke away from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 17th century following the Bogdan Khmelnitsky uprising and asked the then-Tsardom of Russia to take them in, the territory they controlled effectively amounted to present-day Kiev, Chernigov, and Zhitomir regions – three areas in the north of Ukraine, the Russian president said in 2022.

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“Medvedev dismissed the decree as a “crude PR stunt” aimed at drawing public attention away from the Ukrainian forces’ failures on the front lines..”

Medvedev Denounces Zelensky’s ‘Territorial Claims’ To Russia (RT)

The latest decree by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky essentially amounts to “territorial claims” on sovereign Russian regions, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday. Posting on Telegram, he was referring to a document declaring six Russian regions to be “historically inhabited by Ukrainians.” Signed on Monday, Ukraine’s Day of Unity, the presidential decree claims that six territories that are universally recognized as a part of Russia – the Krasnodar, Rostov, Voronezh, Belgorod, Kursk and Bryansk regions – had been “historically” populated by “ethnic Ukrainians” that were then supposedly subjected to “forced Russification.” The document then orders the Kiev government to develop an “action plan” to “preserve” the Ukrainian national identity in Russia and demands the “true history” of Ukraine be made known to the “world.”

It also demands Russia provide people living in these regions with access to Ukrainian-language mass media and to some special “civil, social, cultural and religious rights.” Medvedev dismissed the decree as a “crude PR stunt” aimed at drawing public attention away from the Ukrainian forces’ failures on the front lines. He also said there was even no need to comment on the contents of the order, since the territories mentioned in it have always been part of Russia. The former president (2008-2012) also said it was high time Zelensky “stopped” such policies and abandoned them, or he might end up “annexing Canada in the near future.” Zelensky himself described signing the decree as a way to promote “truth about Ukrainians… and their history.” He also claimed that it was aimed at “restoring the truth about the historical past for the Ukrainian future.”

The Russian regions mentioned in the decree have been regularly subjected to drone and missile attacks as well as shelling by the Ukrainian troops. In December, Belgorod – the capital of one of the regions supposedly “historically inhabited by Ukrainians” – was struck by a major Ukrainian attack. The strike claimed the lives of 25 people, including children. The Russian Defense Ministry also said that Kiev’s forces used banned cluster munitions in an attack targeting the city center just a day before New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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Scholz will try to ban the AfD.

AfD Leader Calls for German ‘Dexit’ Vote to Break From EU (Sp.)

The Alternative for Germany party promotes direct voting on legislation and strict immigration controls. It was the subject of nationwide protests last week after some of its members were spotted at a meeting that advocated for mass deportation of immigrants in Germany, including those with German passports. Britain was “dead right” to leave the European Union and Germany should consider its own “Dexit,” the leader of the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alice Weidel said in an article published in US media on Monday. “If reform isn’t possible, if we fail to rebuild sovereignty of the EU member states, we should let the people decide, just as Britain did,” she said, adding that “we could have a referendum on ‘Dexit’ – a German exit from the EU.”

A recent poll found that only 45% of AfD members would currently vote to leave the EU and only 10% of the general population said they would. It is worth noting that opinions can shift rapidly. In late 2014, only 36% of Britons said they would support the UK leaving the EU; less than two years later, more than half voted for “Brexit.” The AfD is leading the polls in five East German states and is polling second nationally at 22%. The party hopes to make gains at both the European Parliamentary elections in June and the regional elections in September. However, AfD’s high polling numbers may not reflect how much power the party will have in the near term. Establishment parties, including conservative-leaning ones, have ruled out forming a coalition with the AfD, limiting its potential power.

Weidel admitted that the issue will limit her party’s power in the short term but believes the “firewall” will not last forever, pointing to the conservative establishment CDU party, which includes former chancellor Angela Merkel, as the first likely to break. “The CDU will not be able to maintain its firewall in the long term,” Weidel said. She added that the last year proved “that we can form a clear right-wing majority. And the CDU can’t refuse to accept that in the long term, especially in the eastern states.” Weidel admitted her party is unlikely to take control until 2029 at the earliest. It is currently polling only behind the CDU but is ahead of every other party, including Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s three coalition parties.

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X thread. War games.

Russian Attack On Nato In 2044 (Zlatko)

Europe is being frightened by the “scenario of a Russian attack on NATO” in 2044. Former US commander Hodges and defense analyst Sam Cranny-Evans put together “their” scenario: “This is not about Russia trying to take over all of NATO. This is not what their goal will be in 20 years. It would be about destroying NATO as an alliance by invading the eastern flank and conquering critical places – like the Arctic – that would benefit them,” General Hodges said. In their opinion, everything will begin with cyber attacks on transport chains, after which a missile attack will be launched on key infrastructure facilities in Europe.

The ground operation will begin in Finland, where tanks controlled by artificial intelligence will “enter.” At the same time, the Suwalki corridor will be taken under control and the Baltic countries will be attacked. The Russian Navy, as planned by Hodges, will take control of the Arctic regions. “There is even the possibility of some kind of conflict in space, where satellites are used to attack each other or jam satellites, which has already been done at a lower level in Ukraine,” Cranny-Evans added. Ostashko reports.

The best take on this, from a commenter:

Then aliens will come down and mate with all the women in Sweden, Orcs will invade France and steal all the wine, and Zelensky will have run off with Von Der Layen and fathered 20 children……..

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“..events described under oath by two Capitol Police officers in the first Oath Keepers trial in 2022 could not have happened, based on Mr. Baker’s examination of security video..”

DOJ Seeking Retribution Against Journalist for Recent Jan. 6 Coverage (ET)

Attorneys for a journalist threatened with prosecution for being at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, are challenging federal prosecutors to try his case outside the District of Columbia, suggesting prosecutors are seeking retribution for his recent reporting on possible Capitol Police perjury and the Jan. 6 pipe bombs. Six attorneys who said they volunteered to represent Stephen Baker of Raleigh, N.C., released a statement on Jan. 22 expressing belief that the DOJ is seeking even more serious Jan. 6 charges as retaliation. Mr. Baker, a former independent journalist, now writes for Blaze Media. “We now have information that Steve’s reporting has so agitated officials in multiple federal agencies that an effort is now underway to find a basis to charge Steve with more serious crimes and to use those more serious crimes as a pretext for early morning raids to execute search and arrest warrants on him and his family,” the statement read.

“If this is true, and search and arrest warrants are used to drag Steve out of his house in the early morning hours someday soon, that will be evidence of retaliation against a journalist exercising his First Amendment rights to report information that is embarrassing to government officials.” The statement is signed by five well-known Jan. 6 defense attorneys: James Lee Bright, Brad Geyer, Phillip Linder, William Shipley, and Edward Tarpley Jr. It was also signed by Mr. Baker’s Raleigh-based attorney, Matthew Ceradini. Mr. Geyer and Mr. Shipley were federal prosecutors for more than two decades. “After not having indicted me for three years, it is clear that any move to do so now will be in retaliation for my reporting,” Mr. Baker wrote in a news release. “I will not be intimidated. I will continue to report the findings of my investigation into the evidence being made available to me to review,” he said.

The attorneys challenged the DOJ to try any case against Mr. Baker in the eastern district of North Carolina where Mr. Baker lives, or the northern district of Texas, where his employer, Blaze Media, is located. “Are citizens of those two districts not suitable jurors in Steve’s case?” the statement asked. “Is the federal judiciary in those two districts not able to provide a fair and impartial trial? “On what basis does the United States Department of Justice believe the ‘United States’ can only get a fair trial in the District of Columbia and not one of those ‘United’ States?” Mr. Baker’s most recent coverage identified the person who found one of the two pipe bombs on Jan. 6 as an undercover U.S. Capitol Police officer and not a “passerby.” Since October 2023, he wrote a series of stories that said events described under oath by two Capitol Police officers in the first Oath Keepers trial in 2022 could not have happened, based on Mr. Baker’s examination of security video.

Mr. Geyer suggested that reporting should result in the Oath Keepers’ convictions being thrown out. Mr. Baker was one of dozens of journalists at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. His video footage appeared in an HBO film and was licensed by the BBC, The New York Times, and The Epoch Times. Mr. Baker was first contacted by the FBI in July 2021 about his presence at the Capitol. He voluntarily sat down with FBI special agents in November 2021. He said he was told the DOJ was considering charging him with interstate racketeering because he received money from licensing his Jan. 6 video. In March 2023, he said he was warned by a high-profile journalist that his reporting was chafing some high-level DOJ officials. In August, he was served a subpoena for his Jan. 6 video. In December, the FBI told his attorney that his arrest was imminent, although that plan was subsequently delayed.

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“..the falsely-elected, tyrannically corrupt, and epically deranged regime fronted by the ghost-in-the-White House, “Joe Biden.”

The Pipe-Bomb Caper (Kunstler)

“The FBI must come forward with the whole truth, immediately. If they will not, then Republicans have a duty to tear the FBI down to its foundation, and ensure that no government organization is allowed to amass this kind of power ever again.” — Charlie Kirk . Kudos to Darren J. Beattie of Revolver News and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) for doing the FBI’s work for the FBI, smoking out the role of law enforcement (including the FBI) in but one module of the J6 operation that turned a peaceful mass assembly of disgruntled voters into a riot in order to color it as an “insurrection” and so destroy opposition to the falsely-elected, tyrannically corrupt, and epically deranged regime fronted by the ghost-in-the-White House, “Joe Biden.”

Mr. Massie arranged to extract previously unseen video from the Capitol Police vaults showing the exceedingly strange behavior of various law-men in the minutes after one of their number reported a pipe-bomb beside a park bench, a few steps away from their parked vehicles, outside the DNC headquarters near the US Capitol building around one o’clock in the afternoon on J6/21, just around the time that a joint session of Congress would commence the entertainment of official complaints and objections to the certification of votes in the 2020 presidential election. Of course, that proceeding was disrupted by events outside and inside the US Capitol, and those many complaints and objections were never registered.

Two cars are shown parked blocking the driveway to the basement garage: a white Washington DC Metro Police SUV and a black Secret Service cruiser — because Veep Kamala Harris happened to be in the building at the time. A man with a backpack, later identified as a plainclothes Capitol Police officer, steps up first to the Metro car, then to the Secret Service cruiser, cueing minutes of slow milling-about by the officers in the two cars. Eventually several cops dawdle over to the bench to inspect what turns out to be a pipe-bomb planted in plain sight on the ground there. The video shows no effort to cordon-off the area or to stop cars or pedestrians (children) from entering the scene near the bomb.

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“The power they tasted during the lockdowns opened Pandora’s Box..”

Dutch Queen Promotes Digital ID at Davos (Martin Armstrong)

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands took to the Davos stage to declare that digital IDs are necessary for nearly every aspect of social engagement. The Dutch queen told the World Economic Forum (WEF) that they can no longer trust the people, and digital IDs will provide governments with a clear way to track our behavior. Vaccine passports are necessary to tell “who actually got a vaccination or not,” highlighting how those at the top do not trust the public. They want complete unilateral control. In fact, she believes that children should not be allowed to enroll in school unless they have a digital ID that includes their vaccination passport. “It [digital ID] is also good for school enrollment; it is also good for health – who actually got a vaccination or not; it’s very good actually to get your subsidies from the government,” she said to a room of nodding heads. Want to open a bank account? You must present a digital ID.

Now the Netherlands implemented a COVID certificate that was required for travel throughout the EU. Citizens were provided yellow vaccination booklets that they were required to carry throughout the pandemic. Mass protests erupted, but the government did not drop restrictions until 72% of the population was already injected. Over 40% of restaurants said they would not ask patrons to show proof of vaccination to enter. Prime Minister Mark Rutte immediately fired Deputy Economic Affairs Minister Mona Keijzer for questioning the vaccine passport. “If we end up in a society where we have to be afraid of each other unless we can show proof, then you really have to scratch your head and ask yourself: Is this the direction we want to go?” Dissent is no longer tolerated. The power they tasted during the lockdowns opened Pandora’s Box. The Dutch government must realize they will be met with resistance as the Dutch people will not allow the government to control them without a fight.

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    Salvador Dalí Dream, Caused by the Flight of a Bee (Around a Pomegranate, a Second Before Waking Up) 1944   • Will War Result From The Ever Hesit
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 23 2024]

    #150954
    Dr. D
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    “New Hampshire Primary: The state could be the last stand for Republicans who don’t want Donald Trump to be their nominee again.” –NPR

    You mean the wild MINORITY of Republicans? They might have to accept a vast MAJORITY vote? Oh noes. However will we have Democracy if we accept the majority rule?

    Again, as yesterday, Nikki Hillary not only HAS Democratic views, not only did the Democrats come out to boost her to a DISMAL showing in Iowa, not only is she a key insider, a warmonger funded by the MICMAC who are CIA and Democratic party, she is LITERALLY FUNDED by the Democratic machine PAC.

    That puts a final point on it: She’s literally a Democrat. The only reason she can even run as GOP is because the RINOs and operatives are all Democrats too, as we’ve long known. As is Trump too, being pro-gun control, pro-abortion and first President pro-gay marriage. Trump is just MODERATE 90s Democrat on those issues, not chewing-my-hands far-left Trotsky Democrat on them as their party has come to for some reason.

    Oh and if we didn’t guess, she’s also a serial adulterer who slept her way to the top like Kamala I guess. That explains some things, thanks, and finalizes that she’s a ruthless, demented, evil sociopath. Which is in the name: Nikki Hillary.

    Do we need to add anything? Yes. She was also the candidate of Britain, no joke, as Alexander reported. EVERYONE there had her as “The Candidate” to beat Trump, since obviously no normal person would want Trump, and therefore all Americans have entirely British Empire values. NOT. So they were shocked – shocked I tell you! — to discover we didn’t want to elect a female Tony Blair, only uglier, and thereby have two equally abhorrent warmongering mass-murderers to choose from. They are still reeling, as is Davos, they say.

    Okay, why? THAT MEANS BRITAIN IS INVOLVED. Davos, UK, DNC, Soros, MI6, CIA, Lockheed, all same team, funding and placing Nikki Hillary as their war-whore. Just as 2016 and lots of other times, MI6 is election tampering, choosing our president like they do to all good little colonies who don’t know better. If they weren’t involved, why such emotional investment in her? I mean, clearly also they would invest in a DNC candidate, no? Since all Republicans are Hitler KKK White supremacist Putin puppets? No? UK’s actions say not Hillary, she’s the GOOD Hitler-KKK choice.

    Uh, yeah, thanks Britain, you told me all I need to know, even from the 30,000 foot, casual comment from a blogger view.

    Didn’t work at all, Dimon is out as Pro-America, that tells me all I need to know here too. AND – therefore as Armstrong says, going to be a small plane crash shortly.

    Okay, rundown: Have to clear the DNC primary, then erase Biden for “More time with family”. Superdelegates have no problem inserting Newsom, Mike, or Yertle the Turtle for super-love of Democratic base. Then as they couldn’t get a viable showing for anyone, they can’t very effectively arrest Trump to “default” to Nikki. That seemed to be Ramaswamy’s position, so he must think all-clear now. They may arrest him, but I doubt it will work, so small-plane crash it is then.

    So we have an election with one candidate. As in “We’re not going to have a 2024 election” and “No one will accept the results.”

    I guess what you have is a logic tree and as we travel the number of options steadily narrows.

    “Can only be restored by the terrible lessons of catastrophe”.

    We’re not just walking away from this after what we’ve done, That isn’t how things work. We can, however, mitigate it and dilute it. For example, all the kids going “tiny house” and chickens may in aggregate fare better. And that may not perhaps be economically, although a little, but emotionally and personally.

    “The FDA protects the big drug companies”

    Not only that, which is gotten way, way out with the FDA KILLING the public, but ALL regulatory bodies quickly are co-opted to act like this. That difficult to prevent, but the first key is to recognize it happens. That is the PURPOSE of regulation, and why lobbyists exist and pay so much. I mean, “There oughta be a law!”

    Do Hunter and Pfizer LOOK like they’re following any laws?

    “Imagine Joe Biden was winning a clear +300 electoral college vote”

    We’ve already established that they are incapable of comprehending hypocrisy. So there’s no point in using this approach as it is so dismissed as if if doesn’t exist.

    “• Will War Result From The Ever Hesitant Putin? (Paul Craig Roberts)

    He believes this, and I understand it given the West, but I don’t. He needs to read more about the Russian military thinking and strategy. Like the difference of “Shock and Awe” and “Land War in Asia”, that is, Russia’s WHOLE PLAN, which we found out wasn’t impromptu, they has planned ahead in case of Napoleon, to withdraw and entrap, then grind out their military enemies in 1812. Do they want that? No, probably not. It’s costly and breaks things. But IT WORKS. Has always worked, is working now. So if you’re a Russian General and you’re like “Hey boys, I’ve got an idea, let’s NOT do the things that worked and wins every war, let’s do what the AMERICANS do.” Um, no, that’s not going to get traction, even if it might work.

    So PCRs setup is like this. Even though NATO isn’t really IN the zone but safely drinking champers and caviar in Knightsbridge, it still works fine. Putin is grinding them up nicely, and both NATO and Europe are collapsing economically and militarily, and also with manpower.

    That’s not “Surrender”. And I think at a base level pundits need to be able to distinguish between “Totally winning” and “Surrender”. Those are in fact #Opposites. I respect his perspective on how warped our side is and you’re not giving them a black eye that will shut them down. But when it totally collapses the West — which both they, and the West, are saying it is – how is that NOT giving them a black eye? Or more like the slow anaconda squeeze.

    Because although his point is well taken, the real job is prevent Pearl Harbor. Which is what Lira said. The U.S. and West DEMAND a Pearl Harbor event. It is required to have an event so they can get the PR and mobilize. …Even if it’s fake and half the country doesn’t want that like 911 wars. No Pearl Harbor = No U.S. and EU mobilization. “Remember the Maine!!” “The Lusitania!!… (which proven was totally filled with Allied weapons and Britain was human-sheild behind civilians again.) No justification. So then Russia can just keep popping 1k soldiers a day, one year, two years, three years… Until like at this point, there are no men, no mercenaries, no guns, no shells, no jeeps.

    “Moreover, the Russian-Iranian pact does not seem to be, except, by implication, a mutual defense pact”

    Again, the approach. The West, the Anglos HAVE these specifically, spelled out treaties, then double-cross them. Is that better? Are we still supporting the South Vietnamese “Whatever it takes”? No, we ran away like a little girl. And right now, right in front of PCR, they demanded Russia Shock and Awe ALL Ukraine so they could get in too deep too fast. Then they DEMAND that same thing in Syria, and implication, Iran. Instead, “Iran” may – or may not – have followed the Houthis to attack on their behalf. But DID they? Are you SURE? And if you take Iran, will the Houthis stop? Nope. So how is it “Iran”?

    You see, that’s the Eastern way. China is the king of “political ambiguity”, as per they both own and don’t own Taiwan, which we officially agree they both control and don’t control. PCR doesn’t like that, because he’s from the West, which is fine, it’s a different approach, and I also prefer it. But that would require we know other ways, and also uphold instead of betray every treaty we’ve ever signed.

    “actions count. And Russia’s are missing.”

    Except for blowing up three NATO armies in two years, Russia blew up no armies at all! Except for wiping out every separatist, every mercenary, every Western slav who jumped in, except for bombing NATO’s training base the first day, knocking the Pentagon out of the war, then bombing NATO bunker with every general inside this month, they took no actions.

    ““Livni was saying that she wanted Israel to be a Zionist state – based on the Law of Return and open to any Jew. However, to secure such a state in a country with very limited territory – means that land and water must be kept under Jewish control, with differential rights for Jews and non-Jews – rights that affect everything, from housing and access to land, to jobs, subsidies, marriages and migration”.

    That is, raw, blinding, white-light capital “R” racism. And since racism is neither logical nor scientific, cannot be defined, and makes no sense, then they borrow in all these conflicts and contradictions that destroy them.

    It’s like your supervillains again. “No! This can’t be happening! It’s impossible!” Like the Joker, they think, at a base level, might makes right and stealing is ethical when – I – do it. But then, dum dum, all your minions ALSO think stealing is right when they do it, so they STEAL FROM YOU. And you then use raw FEAR and VIOLENCE to stop them, then you end up killing your own men to control them and get ever smaller. That is, “Your internal contradictions are self-defeating”, although if you play it right, this can take a long time, during which every minute is fear, work, and misery.

    This is why the good will always and freely advise you not to do that. But ultimately have to get involved and stop you. Your violent insanity inevitably spreads and then we have a level of self-protection that kicks in sooner or later.

    Because they’re insane, they think that destroying their own allies: WEF killing the United States, the U.S. killing Europe, the West positioning Ukraine to be depopulated, etc, they think that makes them MORE powerful. Um, obviously not? Now you have EU vs US, Red vs Blue, People vs Government, EU vs China, why do you think “The West”, Europe, had power so long? Because they did NOT do this, and without internal murders, they were unified against the RoW, rest of the planet, Global South, who was divided. And your Grand Mater Plan is to REVERSE all this?

    Okay man. I’ll watch.

    “• Zelensky Brands Parts of Russia ‘Historically’ Ukrainian (RT)

    Wow, that is just stunning. Even now. He was STILL on how Russia was a-gonna collapse, fight in a civil war, get chopped up, arrest every Russian, pay every reparation, cede every territory, give up every nuke, become 100% disarmed and defenseless….oh as an opening ask.

    Ritter interview: “Instead we picked the side of the British Crown.” Take the PCR view on this: except for the $6 Billion dollars, burning 80 Russians alive, shooting into crowds, toppling the legitimate government and installing “Our Cabana Boy Yats”, we weren’t involved at all!

    To the comments here, Ritter is still out there talking, and he’s still seemingly the only one. Yet he never seems to experience pressure for it. Why? So they SWAT Tim Pool and Catturd in a daily serial attempted murder, but not Ritter?

    “Scholz will try to ban the AfD.”

    Seemed like hyperbole when I said they’d arrest and kill anyone to the right of Mao. It wasn’t.

    ““If this is true, and search and arrest warrants are used to drag Steve out of his house in the early morning hours someday soon, that will be evidence of retaliation against a journalist exercising his First Amendment rights to report information that is embarrassing to government officials.”

    Since they’ve been doing that for 100 years they’re going to be very confused as to why that’s not okay.

    “he wrote a series of stories that said events described under oath by two Capitol Police officers in the first Oath Keepers trial in 2022 could not have happened,”

    This is a “Who are you?” Test. Will Americans sit down, shut up, and obey? Or not? Apparently we can’t keep our mouths shut and aren’t going to. Like Catturd, we have opinions.

    ““The FBI must come forward with the whole truth, immediately. If they will not, then Republicans have a duty to tear the FBI down to its foundation, and ensure that no government organization is allowed to amass this kind of power ever again.” — Charlie Kirk

    Yay. And of course they need to sell that to “The People” first, and only can move forward when they say “What took you so long?” Because they’re not “Leaders”. They’re people who jump in front of a parade. They’re so far behind, they’re not even followers. They’re Pretenders.

    “Eventually several cops dawdle over to the bench to inspect what turns out to be a pipe-bomb planted in plain sight”

    Yeah, but in their defense they didn’t Sniff the backback to examine it for nerve toxins.

    Speaking of the Media geniuses at CNN, taste-testing every nerve gas they find worldwide, what are the Apex of British genius doing over at Times Radio?

    “Why Iran could face collapse if Houthi war escalates | Chip Chapman

    “Why Russia’s new offensive could bring down Putin | Frontline

    “Putin’s conscripts ‘limited’ to ‘gruesome meat grinder’ tactics | Frontline”

    “Belgorod Forces depleted: Russian tactics set Putin at disadvantage as Ukraine begins 2024 training | Maj. Gen. Rupert Jones

    I know! And that’s why Avdiikva basically surrendered and fell yesterday. Iran is next: if Iran’s plan to escalate Iran’s war succeeds, Iran will collapse Iran. If Iran gets the war Iran is causing. Yup, Iran’s been planning that for years! Tricky-tricky.

    Oh, and since I got distracted, that pipe bomb was set with a 1-hour egg timer. It was 7 hours later. And since they go tick-tick-tick, that timer wasn’t ticking. Obviously. That doesn’t explain their non-standard behavior, but it does need some explanation. So the bomber was going to have them go off 1am the day before when nobody was there, stopping nothing? The FBI knew before they knew that they shouldn’t know, because they already knew, that they shouldn’t look for this guy?

    Go on, I’ll wait.

    “80% of the fat is exhaled through the lungs as carbon dioxide”

    That’s it, losing weight causes global warming. That’s Science. At at least better Science than I’ve been seeing lately. …As Harvard pulls another 30 papers for being totally fabricated, following Stanfords 30, following….

    #150955
    Just Some Randomer
    Participant

    ““If this is true, and search and arrest warrants are used to drag Steve out of his house in the early morning hours someday soon, that will be evidence of retaliation against a journalist exercising his First Amendment rights to report information that is embarrassing to government officials.”

    Since they’ve been doing that for 100 years they’re going to be very confused as to why that’s not okay.

    Yep – ask Julian Assange. This is the exact same thing as his ‘Crime’

    #150956
    Red
    Participant

    A thought on CBCD’s. Anywhere these become a reality than accountants would no longer be required would they? If all transactions are followed and spending is controlled by A.I. no need to employ bean counters. A.I. would assign all required remittances at the time of transaction to the corresponding recipients including the taxes to various .gov dept. This would also cut back the number of legal beagles required would it not? Funny really when it seems that this sort are some of the ones proposing this. Give them enough rope….

    #150957
    John Day
    Participant

    Trust The Death Star https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/trust-the-death-star

    Charles Hugh Smith sets the tone, as faith in institutions has been strip-mined for profit, and the cookie-jar is full of IOUs. Widespread trust in monetary transactions with strangers allowed modern industrial economy to become real.
    How to Navigate Our Low-Trust, Increasingly Dysfunctional Society and Economy
    Politicians and corporate managers have an enviable record of self-enrichment but very little to show in terms of putting the long-term interests of the citizenry above their own.
    What happens when high-trust decays to low-trust is the circle of reliable, trustworthy sources and people shrinks to the local, decentralized level? Rather than trust Big Ag, Big Fast-Food and supply chains of highly processed glop to feed us, we start turning to local sources of real food.
    In the same way, we rediscover the value of thinking for ourselves rather than accepting self-serving memes-of-the-day.
    https://charleshughsmith.substack.com/p/how-to-navigate-our-low-trust-increasingly

    Samo Burja analyzes the sincere efforts to record and preserve the elements of Chinese civilization which contributed to a stable 800 years of social order, as it broke down.
    How Late Zhou China Reverse-Engineered a Civilization
    The knowledge and practices needed for civilization to flourish are commonly lost. Thinkers in the Late Zhou dynasty of ancient China recognized the decline of their era and attempted to overcome it.
    All three of these great schools would play central roles in Chinese thought and practice after the Zhou dynasty’s fall. But in each case, they evolved beyond the original intents of their founders. The Legalist and Taoist focus on learning from nature and observance let their adherents bootstrap entire states by doing what worked and abandoning what did not. Moreover, the Legalist appropriation of Taoism made its concepts amenable to state power in a way that its more extreme expressions could not be. But depending on each individual or generation to re-learn the basics could never be a sustainable task. Legalism’s total focus on strategy and power could become a liability if it undermined the regime’s continuity. Confucianism was not able to fully learn and re-establish the social technology of China’s golden ages. However, its insight that such knowledge had to be maintained in order for a civilization to last secured its ascendancy in regimes which its rivals established, but could not maintain themselves.
    Each school was able to identify and re-engineer admirable and possibly unique features of epistemic health, stability, and prosperity of later Chinese civilization. These were features the early Zhou displayed in great abundance. This collective fruit provides the greatest lesson for those studying social technology: the loss of this knowledge is common, but a permanent loss is rare.
    https://letter.palladiummag.com/p/how-late-zhou-china-reverse-engineered

    WSJ Editor-in-Chief Admits To Davos Elites ‘We No Longer Own The News’ [My personal impression is that only verifiable-truth is this strong, not propaganda.]
    Wall St. Journal EIC Emma Tucker lamented this loss of control over ‘the facts’.
    “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.”…
    ..European Commission VP Věra Jourová 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.”…
    ..”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.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/wsj-editor-chief-admits-davos-elites-we-no-longer-own-news

    Simplicius , Year of Troubles: The Hatchets Come Out for Substack and Simplicius
    As of several weeks back, Substack has been under a massive seemingly coordinated attack from subversive forces seeking to create a viral exodus from the site by reputationally damaging it. Unfortunately, it seems the program is of such wide scope as to even target individual high volume accounts, of which I appear to be one—as I too have now come under the hatchetmen’s blade of deplatformization…
    ..Substack, as most people know, is a fairly young business. Though the company opened doors in 2017, it didn’t really begin gaining widespread appeal until around 2020, when a host of dissident voices found it to be the only non-censorial pulpit from which to shout the truth surrounding the unprecedented fraud of the 2020 election…
    ..It’s very clear to see why this is happening now, of all times. Just as Substack may have owed its initial popularity to the trench-war surrounding the 2020 election, J6, and Covid, Substack likewise stands to be at the center of what is certainly going to be an unprecedented, controversial, and dangerous historical firestorm later this year, and early next.
    https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/year-of-troubles-the-hatchets-come

    #150958
    John Day
    Participant

    Jessica Rose Ph.D. Focused take-down of the bad guys
    All countries need to withdraw from the WHO, I think, and establish their own sovereign techniques to keep populations healthy. It’s what we did before the WHO.
    The concern in of all us is the ‘declaration of a new pandemic’, even for those who don’t believe there was one by any definition. This is one of the things that the WEF members are scheming about in Davos right now. Their primary agenda talking point (if you don’t know) is ‘how to regain public trust’. Yeah, good luck with that, assholes. When they ‘declare a new pandemic’, this word ‘pandemic’ should make everyone’s eyebrow go up. Just one. As in, re-hee-hee-hee-heee-lly. Now, this is not to say that they’re not GOFing the next take-down pathogen, but more likely is that they will be symptom-laundering the shot effects using the guise of some ‘normal pathogen’ for which people ‘aren’t getting vaccinated against anymore’. The blame will always be shifted to us.
    https://jessicar.substack.com/p/focused-take-down-of-the-bad-guys

    Ellen Brown: Casino Capitalism and the Derivatives Market: Time for Another ‘Lehman Moment’? (A premonition that the 2008 financial crash will resume in 2024.)
    On Dec. 24, 2023, Catherine Herridge, a senior investigative correspondent for CBS News covering national security and intelligence, said on “Face the Nation,” “I just feel a lot of concern that 2024 may be the year of a black swan event. This is a national security event with high impact that’s very hard to predict.”
    What sort of event she didn’t say, but speculations have included a major cyberattack; a banking crisis due to a wave of defaults from high interest rates, particularly in commercial real estate; an oil embargo due to war. Any major black swan could prick the massive derivatives bubble, which the Bank for International Settlements put at over one quadrillion (1,000 trillion) dollars as far back as 2008. With global GDP at only $100 trillion, there is not enough money in the world to satisfy all these derivative claims. A derivative crisis helped trigger the 2008 banking collapse, and that could happen again…
    ..Derivatives are basically just bets, which are sold as “insurance” — protection against changes in interest rates or exchange rates, defaults on loans and the like…
    ..The collateral grabbed to close out derivative claims may be your stocks and bonds…
    ..In the United States, publicly traded stock does not exist in private hands.
    It is not owned by the ostensible owners, who, by virtue of having purchased shares in this or that company, are led to believe they actually own the shares. Technically, all they own are IOUs. The true ownership lies elsewhere… Nearly all publicly traded equities and a majority of bonds are owned by a little-known partnership, Cede & Co…
    ..In a 2023 book called The Great Taking (available for free online), Wall Street veteran David Rogers Webb traces the legislative history of these developments…
    ..The DTCC is a central clearing counterparty (CCP) sitting at the top of a pyramid of banks, brokers and exchanges. All have agreed to hold their customers’ assets in “street name,” collect those assets in a fungible pool, and forward that pool to the DTCC, which then trades pooled blocks of stock and bonds between brokers and banks in the name of its nominee Cede & Co. The DTCC, a private corporation, owns them all…
    ..You, the investor, have only a contractual claim against your broker, who no longer holds title to your stock either, since title has been transferred up the chain to the DTCC. Your contractual claim is only to a pro rata share of a pool of the stock designated in street name, title to which is held by Cede & Co…
    ..[T]he shadow banking system’s lifeblood is collateral, and the issue is that market players re-use that same collateral over, and over, and over again, multiple times a day, to create credit. The process is called “rehypothecation.” Multiple parties’ financial statements therefore report that they own the very same asset at the same time. They have IOUs from each other to pay back that asset—hence, a chain of counterparty exposure that’s hard to track…
    ..It is this reuse of the collateral to back multiple speculative bets that has facilitated the explosion of the derivatives bubble to ten times the GDP of the world. It should be the collateral of the actual purchaser, but you, the purchaser, are at the bottom of the collateral chain. Derivative claims have super priority in bankruptcy, ostensibly because the derivative edifice is so risky that their bets need to be cleared.
    https://scheerpost.com/2024/01/15/ellen-brown-casino-capitalism-and-the-derivatives-market-time-for-another-lehman-moment/

    Why Did HHS “Partner” with DOD? , Review of Article by Debbie Lerman for Brownstone Institute . Sasha Latypova
    It appears that one of the main reasons this “partnering” needed to happen was the use of Other Transaction Authority (OTA). It turns out, quite reasonably, different federal agencies have different scope of the OTAs. The scope of HHS’s OTA did not permit manufacturing pharmaceuticals at scale, especially not before satisfying regulatory requirements for safety…
    ..OTA was written and codified as a way for the military to acquire weapons and other necessary systems and equipment without a lot of bureaucratic red tape. It covers research and development, prototypes, and subsequent manufacturing.
    The only OTA for a public health agency is for the HHS and it only covers Research & Development, not prototypes or manufacturing.
    https://sashalatypova.substack.com/p/why-did-hhs-partner-with-dod

    #150959
    John Day
    Participant

    NATO is putting 90,000 troops near the Ukrainian border (with how many days of gas and ammo?) “just in case”.
    Scale of Steadfast Defender Drills Marks Return of NATO to Cold War-Era Patterns – Moscow
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20240121/scale-of-steadfast-defender-drills-marks-return-of-nato-to-cold-war-era-patterns—moscow-1116291509.html

    Eleni sends this unique insight from M.K. Bhadrakumar. Decoding Iran’s missile, drone strikes
    The stunning missile and drone strikes on three countries — Syria, Iraq and Pakistan — over a period of 24 hours and Tehran taking the extraordinary step of announcing its responsibility for the attacks conveyed a very big message to Washington that its stratagem to create a coalition of terror groups in the region surrounding Iran will be resolutely countered.
    That the US strategy against Iran was taking new forms began emerging after the October 7 attack on Israel and the consequent erosion of its standing as the regional supremo…
    ..There were signs already by the latter half of 2023 that the US with Israeli axis was planning to use terrorism as the only viable means to weaken Iran and restore the regional balance back in favour of Tel Aviv…
    ..Future historians are sure to study, analyse and arrive at sober conclusions as regards the attacks on Israel by Palestinian resistance groups on October 7. In classic military doctrine, they were quintessentially a pre-emptive strike by resistance groups before the US-Israeli juggernaut of terrorist groups — such as ISIS and Mujahideen-e-Khalq — turned into a rival platform matching the Axis of Resistance…
    ..Tehran has been pressing Moscow to expedite a bilateral strategic pact but Russians, unsurprisingly, took time over it…
    ..On Monday, finally, the Russian Defence Ministry disclosed in a rare statement that Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu called his Iranian counterpart Mohammad-Reza Ashtiani to convey that Moscow has agreed to sign the pact…
    ..According to Iranian news agency IRNA, Shoigu conveyed that Russia’s commitment to Iran’s sovereignty and territorial integrity will be explicitly stated in the pact. The report added that “the two ministers also pointed out the importance of issues related to regional security and emphasised that Moscow and Tehran will continue their joint efforts in establishing a multipolar world order and negating the unilateralism of the United States.”…
    ..“This document is not just timely, but also overdue,” said Zakharova. “Since the signing of the current treaty, the international context has changed and relations between the two countries are experiencing an unprecedented upswing,” she took note…
    ..Suffice to say, Iran’s missile and drone strikes against terrorist targets on Wednesday are a vivid demonstration of its assertiveness to act in self-defence in the new regional and international milieu. Iran’s so-called “proxies” — be it Hezbollah or Houthis — have reached adulthood with a mind of their own, who would decide their own strategic positioning within the Axis of Resistance. They don’t require a life-support system from Tehran…
    ..With regard to the strike on Baluchistan, interestingly, it took place within a month of COAS Gen. Asim Munir’s weeklong trip to Washington in mid-December.
    Munir met senior US officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, US Forces Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Charles Q Brown, and US Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer — and, of course, the redoubtable Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland, the driving force behind the Biden administration’s neocon policies.
    An official statement in Islamabad December 15 on Munir’s high-flying tour stated that Pakistan and the US “intend to increase interactions” for “mutually beneficial” engagements…
    ..Pakistan has an entire history of serving American interests in the region and the GHQ in Rawalpindi has been the charioteer of such collaboration. What is on evidence today is that the forthcoming elections in Pakistan did not discourage the Biden administration from rolling out the red carpet for Munir. But the good part is that both Iran and Pakistan are smart enough to know each other’s red lines.
    The US intentions are clear: outflank Tehran in the west and east with failing states that are easy to manipulate…
    ..In a nutshell, [US National Security Advisor Jake] Sullivan has voiced the US’ intention to strengthen its presence in Iraq — and it has similar objectives to pursue in Pakistan too. Washington trusts Munir to ensure that Imran Khan languishes in jail no matter the outcome of the Pakistani elections.
    This strategic realignment comes at a time when Afghanistan has conclusively slipped out of the Anglo-American orbit and Saudi Arabia shows no interest to be a cog in the American wheel or dabble with the forces of extremism and terrorism.

    Decoding Iran’s missile, drone strikes

    US Navy Gives Major Update On Missing Seals After Searching 21,000 Square Miles Of Ocean
    US Central Command (CENTCOM) has belatedly announced the death of the two Seals. “We regret to announce that after a 10-day exhaustive search, our two missing U.S. Navy SEALs have not been located and their status has been changed to deceased,” a statement issued Sunday indicated. “Out of respect for the families, no further information will be released at this time.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/military/us-navy-gives-major-update-missing-seals-after-searching-21000-square-miles-ocean

    Yemen Hits ANOTHER U.S. Ship with Ballistic Missiles , Unconfirmed report that “military carrier” Ocean Jazz has been sunk. Pictures don’t match.
    https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/flash-yemen-hits-another-u-s-ship-with-ballistic-missiles-2

    European Union Agrees to Military Use against Yemen, 27 EU Member States agree on Military action in the Red Sea.
    European Union states have reached an agreement in principle to launch a military operation to secure merchant shipping in the Red Sea – EU top diplomat
    https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/bulletin-european-union-agrees-to-military-use-against-yemen

    #150960
    John Day
    Participant

    Nasrallah will not be provoked or intimidated. Israeli Strike Targets Hassan Nasrallah – Hezbollah Leader! Kills one of Personal Security Team
    https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/israeli-strike-targets-hassan-nasrallah-hezbollah-leader-kills-one-of-personal-security-team

    Israeli occupation government’s members reject establishment of Palestinian state
    Ministers in the Israeli occupation government said on Saturday that they would not allow the establishment of the State of Palestine in accordance with American and international demands.
    This comes hours after statements made by US President Joe Biden in which he claimed that Israeli entity’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed him that he did not mind implementing the two-state solution and establishing the State of Palestine.
    The Minister of Finance of the occupying entity, Smotrich, said: “There is a broad consensus in Israel to reject the Palestinian state and the division of lands.” He added: “The White House must be freed from the illusions of the concepts that led to the disaster in Israel,” according to his claim.
    Smotrich continued: “Friends of Israel must understand that pushing towards the establishment of a Palestinian state is pushing towards the next massacre and an existential threat to Israel.”
    https://en.ypagency.net/316708

    Alastair Crooke (Thanks F.S.), Netanyahu’s Shape-shifting ‘Endgame’ – It Is No Ploy, but a Reversion to Earlier Zionist Strategy
    ..The late Ariel Sharon, a long-time Israeli military and political leader, once confided to his close friend Uri Dan that, “the Arabs had never genuinely accepted the presence of Israel … and so, a two-state solution was not possible – nor even desirable”.
    In the minds of these two – as well as for most Israelis today – is the ‘Gordian Knot’ that sits at the heart of Zionism: How to maintain differential rights over a physical terrain that includes a large Palestinian population.
    Israeli leaders believed that in Sharon’s unconventional approach of ‘spatial ambiguity’, Israel was close to evolving a solution to the conundrum of managing differential rights within a Zionist majority state, which includes substantial minorities…
    ..U.S. journalist Steve Inskeep’s recent piece – Israel’s Lack of Strategy is the Strategy – brings into focus the seeming paradox: That whilst Netanyahu is very clear about that which he does not want, he at the same time remains obstinately opaque about what he does want as a future for Palestinians living on a shared terrain…
    ..Sharon’s military experience from the 1973 War effectively has shaped the entire Palestinian paradigm… Sharon’s notion of Palestinian Permanent Ambiguity was – and has been – the Zionists’ principle answer to how to bypass the paradox inherent within Zionism… In 2008, Foreign Minister (and lawyer), Tzipi Livni, was spelling out why “Israel’s only answer (to the issue of how to maintain Zionism) was to keep the State’s borders undefined – whilst holding on to scarce water and land resources – leaving Palestinians in a state of permanent uncertainty, dependent on Israeli goodwill”…
    .“Livni was saying that she wanted Israel to be a Zionist state – based on the Law of Return and open to any Jew. However, to secure such a state in a country with very limited territory – means that land and water must be kept under Jewish control, with differential rights for Jews and non-Jews – rights that affect everything, from housing and access to land, to jobs, subsidies, marriages and migration”.
    A two-state solution inherently therefore, did not solve the problem of how to maintain Zionism; rather, it compounded it. The inevitable demand for full equal rights for Palestinians would bring the end of Jewish ‘special rights’, and of Zionism itself, Livni argued – a threat with which most Zionists concur…
    ..Sharon had an alternative plan for managing a large non-Jewish ‘out-group’, physically present within a Zionist State of differentiated rights. Sharon’s alternative amounted to frustrating a two-state solution within fixed borders…
    ..The roots to Sharon’s ‘alternative’ lay with his radically unorthodox military thinking on how to defend the then-occupied Sinai from the Egyptian Army during the war with Egypt in 1973.
    The 1973 Israeli-Arab war outcome thoroughly vindicated Sharon’s doctrine of a network defence based on a matrix of elevated strong points spread throughout the depth of the Sinai – a framework that acted as an extended spatial ‘trap’ providing Israelis with a high level of mobility, whilst paralyzing the enemy caught within its matrix of interlocking strong points. (If the reader notices the similarity of approach to the Israeli strategic locii of settlement ‘strong points’ spread across the West Bank today, it is no coincidence!).
    Sharon envisaged the depth of the West Bank in its entirety as one extensive, permeable and temporary ‘frontier’. This approach could thus disregard any thin-nibbed pencil line, drawn to denote some political border. This framework was intended to leave Palestinians in a state of permanent uncertainty, caught within a matrix of interlocking settlements, and subject to Israeli military intervention at Israel’s sole discretion.
    In 1982, Sharon drew up his “H” plan matrix of strong-point settlements for the West Bank that would mirror the Sinai strategy. This defensive strategy, however, also had the effect of imbuing ‘settler Zionism’ with new purpose and legitimacy.
    The success of this strategy thus saw it transposed from being an essentially military defensive structure (to paralyse the Palestinians within a matrix of IDF strongpoints) to become subsequently the basis for managing the Palestinians more broadly. It was, over the years, to become more repressive, more iniquitous and resented. And ultimately, it seeded the apartheid two-state solution…
    ..It has permitted the fashioning of a two-layered space, subjecting Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs each to different matrices of mobility and administrative treatment.
    Differentiated legal and administrative space thus solidified the Zionist political principle of differential political rights too. This two-tier system provides for Palestinian political exclusion, but maintains Palestinian dependency and legal inclusion under the Israeli apparatus of control…
    ..Once you make explicit that the overriding objective is that of maintaining Zionism, everything that Netanyahu is doing then makes sense. The crux of the problem is unchanged: The inherent contradiction of an exceptionalist Zionist state incorporating a substantial non-Jewish out-group without rights – whether it be held in the fenced ghetto of Gaza, or in a West Bank ‘settler stronghold matrix’ – has become untenable…
    ..Put plainly, Zionism will need to be re-thought – or abandoned.
    So too, the West’s policy responses will need re-visiting. Well-intentioned platitudes about a two-state ‘solution’ are years too late. Too much water has flowed under the bridge. Rather, the West might begin to consider the implications of defeat for those who have embraced a side to this conflict. It is more than just Israel in Gaza that is in the dock at the Hague, much else is too (from the perspective of the Global South)…
    ..“Israel is the state of the Jewish people”, Livni underlined in 2008 – stressing the Zionist ‘bottom line’ – “and I would like to emphasise the meaning of “its people” is the Jewish people, with Jerusalem the united and undivided capital of Israel and of the Jewish people for 3007 years”.

    Netanyahu’s Shape-shifting ‘Endgame’ – It Is No Ploy, but a Reversion to Earlier Zionist Strategy

    The Israeli occupation is largely conflicted among itself amid reports of infighting and an overall sense of defeat among the soldiers.
    In reality, ministers revealed there were discrepancies in what was being heard from the military apparatus and from what was going on the ground, the Israeli broadcaster said.
    There was a notable lack of respect in this session, escalating to shouting between the Minister for Advancement of the Status of Women May Golan and Chikli.
    A new indication of a major division in “Israel’s” war leadership has surfaced, following the former Israeli chief Gadi Eisenkot’s call for elections within months.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/israeli-soldiers-returning-from-gaza-feeling-defeated–repor

    Israeli Commanders Believe Diplomacy Is the Only Way to Free Israeli Hostages
    Four Israeli military leaders told NYT that the goal of decimating Hamas is incompatible with rescuing the hostages

    Israeli Commanders Believe Diplomacy Is the Only Way to Free Israeli Hostages

    #150961
    John Day
    Participant

    Israel Offers Substantial 2-Month Gaza Ceasefire For Release Of All Hostages
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/israel-offers-significant-2-month-gaza-ceasefire-release-all-hostages

    ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 108: Israel is systematically obliterating Gaza, section by section
    As Israeli forces surround yet another hospital in Gaza, Hamas releases a letter clarifying its motives behind the October 7 attack, reiterating the Palestinian demand for the right to self-determination.

    ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 108: Israel is systematically obliterating Gaza, section by section 

    The world has reached a point of no return. The fraud of Western powers is spectacularly exposed and has become untenable.
    Washington, London, and Brussels have pointedly refused to demand a ceasefire in Gaza under the guise of cynical excuses that recycle odious Israeli propaganda lies, such as the Palestinian militant group Hamas allegedly using human shields or hospitals as bases.
    Yet these Western powers turn around and suddenly bomb Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab region because it has taken the principled action of blocking Red Sea shipping as a leverage point to force a ceasefire in Gaza. The Yemenis are invoking their right under the 1948 Genocide Convention to act in solidarity to prevent the genocide of Palestinian people.
    Thus the Western powers are not only arming, enabling, and justifying the Israeli crimes in Gaza. When another party, Yemen, takes action to help the Palestinians, the Western powers double down on their criminality by assaulting Yemen.
    The Red Sea shipping crisis could be easily averted by calling a ceasefire in Gaza, as the Yemenis are contending. So, why don’t the Western powers comply? The conclusion is that they are unwilling to stop the genocide in Gaza. The Israeli regime is a bastion of U.S. and Western imperialism in the geo-strategically important Middle East.

    Gaza, Yemen & Ukraine Sound Death Knell for U.S.-Led ‘Rules-Based Global Order’

    Red Sea ships declare lack of ties to Israel online to avert Houthi attacks
    Shipping operators are reportedly posting statements on marine monitoring websites declaring that they have no connection to Israel before entering the Red Sea to avoid their vessels being targeted by the Houthi militia in Yemen.
    The Houthis have said that they will not target ships passing through the Red Sea, Ban Al-Bandab, or the Gulf of Aden so long as they provide early notice of their destinations or indicate on maritime traffic monitoring sites that they have no relation with Israel.
    https://www.arabnews.com/node/2445131/middle-east

    Lawmakers Push Funding To Replace The Ultra-Expensive Weapons Used In Yemen
    Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said fighting in Yemen means Congress needs to add further spending for munitions to a supplemental military funding package. “As I’ve warned for weeks, using million-dollar missiles to defend against thousand-dollar drones strains an already insufficient inventory of long-range capabilities,” he added. “The supplemental is our chance to expand our capacity to meet the national security challenges we face.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/lawmakers-push-funding-replace-ultra-expensive-weapons-used-yemen

    #150962
    John Day
    Participant

    Senate blocks measure proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders to FREEZE Israel aid and probe Gaza war crimes
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has proposed a resolution to potentially freeze U.S. military aid to Israel and mandate the Biden administration to investigate war crimes in the Gaza Strip – a measure that was unfortunately set aside.
    Under the resolution, all U.S. security aid would be frozen unless the U.S. Department of State produces a report examining whether Israel had committed human rights violations in its wartime conduct. The resolution gave the State Department 30 days to produce this report.
    Earlier this month, Sanders – who is Jewish himself – decried the Gaza offensive as an “illegal and immoral war against the Palestinian people.” In turn, pro-Israel lobbyists campaigned aggressively against Sanders’ resolution, calling it poorly timed and unnecessary.
    https://www.naturalnews.com/2024-01-19-senate-tables-bernie-resolution-freeze-israel-aid.html

    Mexico and Chile call on International Criminal Court to investigate crimes in Gaza
    Mexico and Chile have joined South Africa, Bolivia, Djibouti, Bangladesh, and the Comoros in calling on the ICC to investigate Israel for its crimes in Gaza, including war crimes and genocide.

    Mexico and Chile call on International Criminal Court to investigate crimes in Gaza

    Journalist Who Attacked Top Tennis Player For Refusing COVID Vaccine Dies Suddenly
    One of the lead instigators of this attempt at cancellation was Mike Dickson, a prominent British sports journalist working for the Daily Mail. Dickson is noted as being relentless in his criticism of Djokovic, calling the player “arrogant and deplorable” for refusing to submit.
    This week, Mike Dickson is reported to have collapsed and “died suddenly” at the age of 59 while covering the Australian Open. The cause of death has been kept confidential.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/journalist-who-attacked-top-tennis-player-refusing-covid-vaccine-dies-suddenly

    E-Bikes Caused Record Fires, Injuries, & Deaths Last Year In NYC None of my regular-bikes will ever cause this kind of problem.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/e-bikes-caused-record-fires-injuries-and-deaths-last-year-nyc

    #150963
    John Day
    Participant

    Palestine jersey

    #150964
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Alex Soros is a sicker fuck than his father

    Pure Evil, the Bad Seed

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    Alex in drag

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    #150965
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #150966
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #150967
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Nikki Kerry sends out a message ahead of New Hampshire

    Wicked funny John Kerry in drag channeling NeoConJob Nikki the Demonrat in drag as a Rethuglican

    #150968
    John Day
    Participant

    Quoth Dr. D: 🙂

    “80% of the fat is exhaled through the lungs as carbon dioxide”

    That’s it, losing weight causes global warming. That’s Science.

    #150969
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Oh no, I so wanted the Asian National Anthem at the Super Bowl the year, I thought it was their turn, with legions of little Kung-Fu fighters singing about noodle dishes in unison in front of awesome fireworks!

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    #150970
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #150971
    John Day
    Participant

    Sperm are completely replaced by spike protein in a “vaccinated” specimen.
    https://gab.com/DavidJensen/posts/111796424931426260

    #150972
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Duh’merica, losing it’s Mind slowly…

    Then all at once

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    #150973
    those darned kids
    Participant

    YERTLE/ONCE-LER 2024!
    “We got your back, America”

    #150974
    zerosum
    Participant

    RIM said Read more …

    THE Majority
    Takes responsibility for nothing.
    Wrong about everything.
    ————-
    T0 prevent war,
    NATO DID IT.
    UKRAINE IS DOING IT.
    Russia, China, and Iran, need to announce a mutual defense treaty:
    An attack on one is an attack on all.
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    A profitable business project.
    The US is essentially “developing its military industrial” complex while “dumping the old junk in Ukraine,” Lavrov said.
    ———–
    blackmail
    My way or the highway

    The Biden administration, which is in possession of a “killer corruption dossier” on members of Zelenksy’s inner circle, is threatening to make this information public if Ukrainian leader refuses to greenlight the desired personnel decisions, the spy chief claimed. “Zelensky realizes that the damaging data that the Americans have is capable of destroying him as president. In this situation, he’ll continue to dance to the tune of his American masters,” Naryshkin predicted. The US, which has provided Zelensky’s government with $111 billion in military and economic assistance since the start of the conflict with Russia, already has advisers embedded in all key Ukrainian ministries, but Washington believes this is not enough and is “steadily increasing Kiev’s feudal dependence,” Naryshkin said.

    Read more …
    ———–
    Listen to the minority.
    Not lying

    The People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk were officially incorporated into the Russian state in the fall of 2022, together the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, as a result of referendums held in those areas.
    Crimea has been a part of Russia since 2014.
    – Fico, Slovakia’s prime minister
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    Scott Ritter: The Ukraine Scam is Coming to an End

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    What!!!!
    Truth is perjury

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    “..the falsely-elected, tyrannically corrupt, and epically deranged regime fronted by the ghost-in-the-White House, “Joe Biden.”

    • The Pipe-Bomb Caper (Kunstler)
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    #150975
    Red
    Participant
    #150976
    Oroboros
    Participant

    “Sperm are completely replaced by spike protein in a “vaccinated” specimen.”

    Duh’merica isn’t going to pay attention to that, the ‘black national anthem” is far, far more important.

    Focus, here’s what’s a vital national issue:

    Pink, hot pink or ‘other’, get your priorities straight man…

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    Resigned Nazilensky ex-advisor Oleksii Arestovych says Trotskyism won in the US

    Hahahahaahahaahaha!

    Right on dude!

    #150977
    Dr. D
    Participant

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yertle_the_Turtle_and_Other_Stories

    More accurate than I guessed or remembered.

    #150978
    Oroboros
    Participant

    More Madness in Duh’merica

    Slowly, then all at once…

    Nude artist sues Museum of Modern Art for failing to stop ‘groping’ visitors

    A nude artist who performed in a Marina Abramovic exhibition is suing New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for allegedly failing to stop visitors from groping him.

    John Bonafede claimed he was hired by the museum for the 2010 exhibition Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, for which his job was to stand naked while facing an unclothed woman who stood 18 inches away.

    A “hard job”

    The show required a naked male and female artist to stand 18 inches away from each other, with attendees urged to squeeze between them while moving between galleries

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    This is actually what passes for a ‘job’ in Big Shity Duh’merica

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    Mr Bonafede said he has endured “years of emotional distress” which have impacted his “mental health, body image, and career”.

    The lawsuit was filed under the New York Adult Survivors Act, which temporarily lifted the statute of limitations on old sexual assault cases.

    Wow, I was worried sanity was making a come back, but this restores my undying faith in the Land of the Free

    #150979
    Alexander Carpenter
    Participant

    Stepping outside all the madcap false-dichotomies so many of us seem trapped in these days, here is an almost entirely different approach which resonates with some of the sentiments expressed here by the TAE commentariat:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr-xcuZQk3c.

    Oxford Talks, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
    During the summer of 2022, the Economist published an article, “ESG, Three letters that won’t save the planet”, as a 9-page feature. The article sets out the argument that we are in a climate crisis, and we should only focus on the E ‘Environment’; therefore, ESG should be boiled down to one simple measure: Emissions.

    Since this article, it seems as if national leaders, captains of industry, standard setters, regulators, and sadly even Chief Sustainability Officers are rapidly going in this direction and hence why Manjula felt compelled to film this Oxford Talk urgently. Firstly, Manjula challenges this theory and illustrates why this strategy is not only wrong but dangerous for humanity, and at the same time, demonstrates that there truly is a more sustainable and simple way forward. Discover in this film three letters that will actually save the planet, the holistic lens with which we need to view sustainability challenges and the changes in our thinking that will truly make a difference for the planet and its people.

    These folks can be easily forgiven their wokish resonances (they have a fine balancing act emotionally) and its carbon-cult infiltrations (they aren’t scientists, after all). But they look deep into the hidden powers of human algorithmic behaviors and have the courage to explore their dissonances with the cognitive pretensions that comprise almost the entirety of our public discourse.

    #150980
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Get your Mad Max Doomstead On!

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    Bill Gates’ TerraPower aims to build its first advanced nuclear reactor in a coal town in Wyoming

    Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to build new kind of nuclear reactor in Wyoming

    Gee, does the small nuclear reactor have something to do with the Gates Doom Bunker?

    Another Coincidence Theory!

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    The project in Wyoming – the country’s top coal-producing state – is a small advanced reactor with salt-based storage that could boost output…

    Have you heard about “Billionaires building doomsday bunkers”? It’s making people wonder if something big is coming. There’s a lot happening worldwide, but the question remains: Is doomsday really on the horizon? Big tech guys seem to think so, spending a ton on swanky hideouts.

    Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook genius, is leading the charge, reportedly building a whopping $270 million underground fortress on Hawaii’s Kauai island. This secret project has people talking, sparking speculation about whether these billionaires are getting ready for some serious doomsday scenarios. Let’s take a closer look at Zuckerberg‘s secret hideaway and why he’s not the only one going to extremes.

    #151008
    zerosum
    Participant

    Idiots guide
    How to make friends. Don’t tell the truth.
    Tell lies to hypocrites and liars

    Hamas said to reject Israeli offer of two-month pause in war for release of hostages.

    #151009
    zerosum
    Participant

    Truth

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/trudeaus-orwellian-attack-truckers-declared-unconstitutional
    Canada’s Federal Court ruled on Tuesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act in 2022 to punish protesting truckers was both unreasonable and unconstitutional.

    https://theccf.ca/wp-content/uploads/EA-challenge-fed-court-reasons-FINAL.pdf

    #151010
    zerosum
    Participant

    Truth
    Update:
    Revolt means “vote no to Liberals”

    #151011
    zerosum
    Participant

    News medias are not apologizing for being wrong and for their bad behaviors against the truckers.

    #151012
    Oroboros
    Participant

    It is clear that America has abandoned its child, Zelensky, in order to take care of its spoiled child, Netanyahu.

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    #151013
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Yes, that’s blood in the bottle….

    #151014
    zerosum
    Participant

    Find the truth, read more
    https://karlof1.substack.com/p/lavrov-interviewed-by-cbshttps://karlof1.substack.com/p/lavrov-interviewed-by-cbs

    Lavrov was interviewed by US BigLie Media outlet CBS at the UN yesterday with the transcript being dated today. Lavrov educates the interviewer while keeping his cool:

    #151015
    Oroboros
    Participant

    “Whoever, Owing Allegiance To The United States, Levies War Against Them Or Adheres To Their Enemies, Giving Them Aid And Comfort Within The United States Or Elsewhere, Is Guilty Of Treason And Shall Suffer Death.”

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    #151016
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Interesting snap-shot into Canadian real estate, … considering an ongoing fiasco!

    An active real estate agent looks into the members of Canadian parliament and finds over half members own multiple properties. Subsequently asks questions: During a housing crisis is this a moral issue?, Should MP’s be using their government salary to purchase rental properties and remove housing supply from we the citizens?

    As a bonus, some other juicy stuff in this vid, especially about Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and non-financial Finance Minister, …plus aMember of Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, Christia Freeland. Story on her starts at ~ 9:15 mark. Have-a-peek!

    F.S.

    #151017
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    You, Go! Orange One, …

    Donald Trump is projected to win New Hampshire primary, according to The Associated Press,

    F.S.

    #151018
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Catturd Thank you.
    Best closing remarks Tucker Carlson ever made.

    We the people can be funny fuckers.

    #151019
    WES
    Participant

    1984:

    As people are slowly learning, the hard way, the deep state has no intentions of stopping any wars it starts. Rather it seeks to constantly start new wars and escalate existing wars.

    Ukrainians will never figure this out because they will all be dead before this happens. Same for Palestinians too. Same for covid vaccine believers too. They should have all died yesterday.

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