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Nabuillina vs the West (RT)
Russia May Establish BRICS Secretariat – Iranian Foreign Ministry (Sp.)
Medvedev Labels French Diplomats ‘Scum, Bastards, Freaks’ (RT)
Washington Sees No Sign of Genocide in Gaza (RT)
The US Can’t Stop China’s Rise, But It Will Cripple The EU While Trying (RT)
Leopard 2 Tanks Supplied to Ukraine Are Non-Operational – German MP (Sp.)
Will Chancellor Scholz Step Down Amid Plummeting Rating? (Sp.)
“What Do We Do if He Doesn’t Recuse Himself?” (Turley)
Colorado Disqualification Case Brings Back Bad Memories for SCOTUS (Turley)
White House Blames Republicans For Illegal Immigration Crisis (RT)
House Speaker Johnson At Border: ‘Disaster Of The President’s Own Design’ (JTN)
The Epstein Files (Cernovich)
Was Barack Obama Guilty of Insurrection? (Cashill)

 

 

 

 

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Putin has surrounded himself with some excellent people that he places a lot of trust in. For instance Lavrov as FM, Patrushev for security, Medvedev as the crown prince who can express things Putin may think but can’t say. And then there’s Elvira Nabiullina, who as central banker has guided the economy, and the ruble, through a decade of problems, not least of all many layers of sanctions, and came out on top.

Nabuillina vs the West (RT)

Elvira Nabiullina’s ten-year stewardship at the forefront of the Bank of Russia, marked by fiscal mastery and trailblazing leadership, showcases a narrative of exceptional achievement against the backdrop of societal shifts and global economic challenges. Nabiullina’s journey from humble beginnings to becoming the first woman to steer the economic course of a then G8 country underscores her mettle and intellectual prowess, exemplifying the significance of equal opportunities in a landscape defined by traditional gender roles. Maintaining a low profile yet earning the accolade of Russia’s ‘leader of distinction,’ Nabiullina’s transparent and disciplined leadership style, complemented by an unparalleled work ethic, has solidified her position as a beacon of excellence, integrity, and resilience. Her impact on the financial landscape resonates not only as a testament to her adept economic stewardship but also as a pioneering force toward a more inclusive and equitable future.

Nabiullina’s tenure has been characterized by deft maneuvers, particularly during challenging times when her hawkish monetary policies stabilized the economy and garnered international acclaim, including the prestigious title of central bank governor of the year. As the West intensifies efforts to isolate Russia financially, Nabiullina stands as the linchpin, navigating the economy through unprecedented sanctions. However, despite commendable fiscal strategies, the recent IMF prediction of a 2.2 percent growth in Russia’s economy, a substantial increase from the initial 0.7 percent forecast, prompts scrutiny. Entering a new year, Nabiullina faces mounting challenges – tightening sanctions, potential brain drain, volatile commodities markets, a weakened ruble, and spiraling inflation. This critical juncture prompts the question: Will she persist as Moscow’s steadfast economic steward, ensuring the Kremlin’s financial resilience, or will internal dissent and external pressures necessitate a change in course?

In a recent interview with RBK, Nabiullina acknowledged the hurdles ahead, underscoring the need for preparedness amidst potential escalations in Western sanctions. The freeze and blockage of central bank reserves and Russian investors’ assets were deemed painful measures, with Nabiullina not ruling out the possibility of further sanctions against Moscow. Furthermore, Nabiullina revealed that the Russian central bank will require two to three months or more to ensure a steady decline in inflation before making decisions on interest rate cuts, emphasizing the importance of a comprehensive analysis of indicators characterizing sustainable inflation declines. Admitting that the central bank might have initiated monetary policy tightening earlier than July, Nabiullina stressed the uncertainty surrounding the timing of rate cuts, urging a cautious approach and considering a broad spectrum of indicators indicative of inflation stability.

In her role as a torchbearer for gender equality, Elvira Nabiullina aligns with her counterparts, Christine Lagarde and Janet Yellen. Her decade-long leadership has not only demonstrated fiscal mastery but has also championed inclusivity in the financial realm, actively addressing gender disparities in the global economic landscape. Nabiullina’s commitment to gender diversity extends beyond fairness, recognizing its indispensable role in fostering sustainable economic growth. Her leadership is a beacon of inspiration for women aspiring to excel in central banking and finance, contributing to the broader narrative of achieving gender equality in influential economic positions. As we reflect on Nabiullina’s decade-long stewardship, the upcoming year promises to be a pivotal chapter in her legacy. Will she continue to navigate economic challenges with the finesse that earned her international recognition? Only time will tell, but one thing remains certain – Elvira Nabiullina’s journey is far from over, and the world will be watching closely.

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“..currently each country holding the presidency of BRICS collects and stores information about the bloc’s activities, but does not transfer this data to the succeeding nation..”

Russia May Establish BRICS Secretariat – Iranian Foreign Ministry (Sp.)

Russia may establish a BRICS secretariat, Mahdi Safari, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for economic diplomacy, told Sputnik, citing Moscow’s experience in managing international organizations. “Russia – a country with vast experience in international and regional organizations – in my opinion could establish a new body in BRICS which will eventually evolve into secretariat,” Mahdi Safari says. According to the Iranian diplomat, currently each country holding the presidency of BRICS collects and stores information about the bloc’s activities, but does not transfer this data to the succeeding nation. Safari stressed that Iran wants “this secretariat to be established as soon as possible.” The deputy foreign minister also congratulated Russia on assuming the BRICS presidency in 2024 and thanked it for helping Iran to join the bloc, expressing confidence that Russia will help Tehran and other new BRICS members to achieve unity.

Iran is not seeking to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) as soon as possible because its membership in other leading regional organizations is in sum equal to WTO membership, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy also told Sputnik. “We are a [WTO] observer country, but with membership in BRICS, the SCO [Shanghai Cooperation Organization], EAEU [Eurasian Economic Union], ECO [Economic Cooperation Organization] — all of that combined equals the WTO itself! Now, we do not see the need for WTO membership … [Being a member of] these organizations, we have automatically almost become a member of the WTO at the regional level and are enjoying our benefits. This is a winning position for all parties,” Safari says.

Tehran’s membership in the aforementioned groups meets almost all the country’s needs at the regional and global levels, the diplomat noted, adding, however, that if Iran was offered membership in the WTO, it would welcome such a step and agree to join the organization. At the same time, the diplomat pointed out that free trade with the EAEU would have a great impact on Iran-Russia trade and create prospects for successful cooperation in finance, transit, energy, technologies and knowledge-intensive projects. BRICS is already effectively dealing with important energy issues and is able to play a key role in aerospace and the development of new technologies, expanding its presence to the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Mahdi Safari told Sputnik.

“The most important problem is represented by three issues: the first is energy production, the second is energy transportation, and the third is energy consumption. I can say that these three issues are being resolved by BRICS,” Safari said, adding that thanks to the membership of India, Russia and Iran, the group could also play an important role in such areas as new technologies, aerospace, transit corridors and global trade. In addition, BRICS can contribute to the international presence in the waters of the Persian Gulf, Oman Gulf and Indian Ocean, he added. “Iran’s accession to BRICS will provide this organization with enormous opportunities. One of them is transit, the second is energy, be it oil or gas, the third is new technologies and the knowledge-intensive sector,” the diplomat said. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and BRICS are the world’s largest producers and consumers of oil and gas, Safari noted in his interview with Sputnik, adding that BRICS is an oil and gas market half the size of the world, while the SCO is a major regional market, which itself can have a great impact.

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“We never liked the French,” Medvedev said in a Telegram post. “The frogs fought a war against us..”

Medvedev Labels French Diplomats ‘Scum, Bastards, Freaks’ (RT)

The French Foreign Ministry has justified Russia’s historic dislike of France by declaring the Ukrainian massacre of civilians in Belgorod to be self-defense, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev claimed on Wednesday. Ukrainian artillery struck the central square of the Russian city with cluster bombs on Saturday, injuring over 100 civilians and killing 25, including children. Asked about it on Wednesday morning, a spokesman of the Foreign Ministry in Paris said that Ukraine was “acting in self-defense” while Russia was “an aggressor state” responsible for any “human tragedies that accompany” the conflict. “We never liked the French,” Medvedev said in a Telegram post. “The frogs fought a war against us,” he added, referring to Napoleon Bonaparte’s ill-fated 1812 invasion.

“Now we are convinced of this. The French Foreign Ministry said that the strike on Belgorod using cluster munitions was ‘self-defense’,” he added. “Scum. Bastards. Freaks.” The French response to the Belgorod massacre echoed the official position of the European Union, which has fully endorsed Kiev. “In general, Ukraine has the legal right to defend itself,” EU foreign policy spokesman Peter Stano said on Wednesday. “Regarding the specific incident in Belgorod, no information that comes from Russia can be considered trustworthy.” Although Kiev’s forces have struck Russia’s border regions for months, the December 30 attack on Belgorod was the worst of its kind over the course of the conflict. Moscow has accused the US and the UK of helping plan the attack, while a security source told RT that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky personally ordered the massacre.

Russia has responded with drone and missile strikes on Ukrainian military industry facilities, repair shops and ammunition warehouses, including depots loaded with weapons donated to Kiev by the West. Medvedev currently serves as President Vladimir Putin’s deputy on the national Security Council. Since the Ukraine conflict escalated in February 2022, the former president (2008-2012) and prime minister of Russia (2012-2020) has emerged as a hard-line critic of Kiev and the West, compared to the more moderate rhetoric coming from the Kremlin.

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“Calls for mass displacement of the Palestinians are contrary to official Israeli government policy and the US view..”

Washington Sees No Sign of Genocide in Gaza (RT)

US President Joe Biden’s administration has rejected genocide allegations against Israel by multiple nations, including a NATO ally, insisting that Washington sees no indication that West Jerusalem’s forces are committing such acts as they pound the Gaza Strip in a campaign to destroy Hamas. South Africa’s government filed a genocide case against Israel last week in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and NATO member Türkiye announced its official support for the charge on Wednesday. US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller denounced the allegations at a press briefing later on Wednesday, saying there was no indication that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were committing genocide against the Palestinians.

“Genocide is of course a heinous atrocity, one of the most heinous atrocities that any individual can commit,” Miller said. “Those are allegations that should not be made lightly, and as it pertains to the United States, we are not seeing any acts that constitute genocide.” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby was more pointed in his response, saying the allegations against Israel were “meritless.” He added that the ICJ case filed by South Africa was “counterproductive and completely without any basis in fact whatsoever.” More than 22,000 Palestinians have been killed since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7, according to Gaza health authorities. The UN warned last month that more than 500,000 Gazans were starving amid the Israeli bombardment, and 85% of the population had been displaced.

The conflict began when Hamas militants launched surprise attacks against villages in southern Israel, killing more than 1,100 people, including nearly 700 Israeli citizens, and taking hundreds of hostages back to Gaza. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has likened Israel’s military campaign in the Palestinian enclave to Nazi Germany’s Holocaust against the Jewish people. He also has blasted Western nations for supporting Israel’s tactics, and he suggested that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was just as genocidal as Germany’s Adolf Hitler. Türkiye’s foreign minister, Hakan Fidan, argued on Wednesday that by giving “unconditional support” to Israel, Western nations had lost all credibility to talk about “principles, virtue and morality.” He added, “I see that all of this is paving the way for a huge geostrategic rupture.”

Miller’s comments came one day after the US State Department rebuked “inflammatory and irresponsible” statements by two Israeli politicians calling for the removal of Palestinians from Gaza. Israeli Defense Minister Ben Gvir doubled down on his statement later on Tuesday, saying, “With all due respect, we are not another star on the American flag.” Calls for mass displacement of the Palestinians are contrary to official Israeli government policy and the US view, Miller told reporters on Wednesday. “They are in direct contradiction of his own government’s policy, and we believe those statements should stop,” he said of Gvir’s rhetoric. However, Miller added that it was appropriate for the IDF to ask Gazans to “temporarily” evacuate their homes when Israeli forces carry out “legitimate military operations” in their neighborhoods.

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“You need to be in China to compete in the game, you don’t win by refusing to participate when the other side is still kicking the ball.”

The US Can’t Stop China’s Rise, But It Will Cripple The EU While Trying (RT)

For years now, the US has been strongarming the Netherlands into accepting technology restrictions on the export of advanced lithography machines to China. These machines, produced by the Dutch firm ASML, use lasers to help create circuits for microchips. Although ASML is a world-leading specialist company, its foundational patents are derived from the US, which allows Washington to coerce it into following unilateral export controls as the Americans see fit. American restrictions have come in several waves, building on the sweeping export controls introduced in 2022. One such update concerning a specific kind of lithography machine came into effect on Monday, January 1, 2024. ASML attempted to rush through the sale of several such machines to China before the deadline but canceled it at the last moment – reportedly due to pressure from the US.

The news caused ASML’s US shares to drop. The fundamental goal of US foreign policy here is to try and crush China’s semiconductor industry and hobble its high tech ambitions, which has become one of the critical strategies to try and curb China’s military and economic rise as a whole. In doing so, the US has blacklisted Chinese technology firms and has increasingly tried to stave off the exports of semiconductor equipment to China, describing it as a “small yard, high fence” approach. Despite this, there is overwhelming evidence at this stage that such sanctions are not working, not least because China is pursuing a coordinated state and industry effort to forcibly advance itself in semiconductor technology which has seen Huawei, the original US target of sanctions, effectively piece together its very own semiconductor supply chain.

While doing this, China has also found increasingly creative ways around restrictions, secured loopholes for US equipment, and has continued to make progress on new chip nodes while also making older designs more efficient and effectively shrugging off America’s coercive campaign. If it wasn’t obvious already, the US is doubling down on failure and is forcing China towards self-sufficiency, which, of course, most ironically, will hurt US companies and exports above all. How exactly can the US feasibly maintain strict export controls over the world’s second-largest economy and largest trading nation? However, moves targeted at companies such as ASML show that the US continues to represent an obvious threat and challenge to European economic competitiveness and prosperity. Why? Because EU firms are being forced, by command of a third party, to sever ties with their most lucrative market, in order to meet American goals.

The US likes to claim that it supports free and fair trade in a market governed by the rule of law, but what kind of “rule of law” is there in a system where a firm you operate has secured a large number of sales in anticipation of a restriction deadline imposed by a third party outside of your legal system and then has to cancel those sales anyway because the same third party doesn’t want to wait for the deadline? China is the world’s largest semiconductor market, whose high-tech development fuels a greater demand for microchips than anywhere else in the world. The US believes it can hamstring China’s long-term prospects by blocking this ascension as the country moves away from low-end manufacturing. Washington’s plan to stop China’s development and induce stagnation is based on faulty logic that China is incapable of innovating or moving forward without Western technology, which goes against all evidence to the contrary.

Instead, in the long-term, this approach will effectively cut off Western firms from the critical and lucrative Chinese market, as the US aims to create a new global supply chain in technology which it dominates, and therefore make the EU dependent upon it. This reminds us that the EU is the biggest loser of America’s war on China as it seeks to break a lucrative trading relationship but also, more critically, undermine European competitiveness, as it has done by depriving it of Russian energy over the war in Ukraine, and therefore absorb the market space for itself. To follow American wishes on China is to sacrifice sovereignty, geopolitical autonomy, and prosperity to serve the goals of the United States. It is a lose-lose situation. What happens to ASML when the time comes that China is capable of creating its own high-end chips and lithography equipment? And no longer has need of it for its domestic market, and offers the same solutions to other countries? You need to be in China to compete in the game, you don’t win by refusing to participate when the other side is still kicking the ball.

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Leopard 2 Tanks Supplied to Ukraine Are Non-Operational – German MP (Sp.)

Very few of the Leopard 2A6 tanks delivered by Berlin to Ukraine are still in service, according to Green Party member Sebastian Schafer. The majority of the machines were damaged in battle and spare parts are scarce, he stressed. “Unfortunately, we must admit that Ukraine can now use only small number of tanks delivered,” Schafer wrote to Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann arms manufacturers, which was reported on by German media. The politician noted that some of the Leopard tanks were further damaged by Ukrainian servicemen who tried to repair them. He stresses that there is a shortage of spare parts in the Lithuanian repair center. According to the politician, who recently visited the repair center in Lithuania with Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, there are not enough spare parts for these tanks in the workshops to keep the vessels in working condition.

In his speech, Schaefer, a member of the parliamentary budget committee, called for measures to speed up the repair work. Western donors had earlier announced the delivery of Leopard tanks to Kiev, hailing them as a miracle weapon that would turn the tide for Ukraine. In total, the German government has transferred 18 Leopard 2 tanks from the Bundeswehr arsenal to Ukraine. Within weeks of the Leopards’ arrival on the battlefield, Russian forces began hunting them down with missiles and kamikaze drones. In November 2023, Forbes magazine reported that Ukraine was in danger of losing its entire Leopard fleet due to the incompetence of its soldiers.

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“..he does not currently see a way to force Scholz to step down, as it is not in the interests of his coalition partners, as they are even more unpopular..”

Will Chancellor Scholz Step Down Amid Plummeting Rating? (Sp.)

Support for Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party has dropped from 20% to 15% according to a December survey by the country’s Institute for New Social Answers (INSA). The drop is reportedly causing deep concern among party officials. Furthermore, the gap between it and its main rivals, the opposition conservative block CDU/CSU, has nearly tripled, reaching 17 percentage points. Scholz’s approval rating as the head of the government has also plummeted, with only one in five Germans expressing approval of his performance, as reported by Bild. Likewise, a December article from the Italian newspaper La Repubblica hinted at “bad rumors” circulating in the Bundestag, without disclosing sources. The potential successor to Scholz, according to the Italian publication, is also under consideration, with Pistorius being a prominent candidate.

The Wirecard scandal of 2020, involving a fraudulent scheme amounting to $2 billion, may also influence Scholz’s fate. At that time, Scholz served as the Minister of Finance in Angela Merkel’s government. Wirecard, once considered a promising fintech company specializing in cryptocurrency cards, went bankrupt in June 2020, revealing the disappearance of €1.9 billion from its accounts. Markus Braun, the head of the company, was arrested, and Jan Marsalek, the company’s executive, went missing. Scholz was responsible for financial supervision, as Wirecard was a partner of the federal government. The chancellor has consistently denied any involvement in the scandal and personal responsibility for what transpired. Addressing the chancellor’s policies, Gunnar Beck, a member of the European Parliament from the hard-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, stated in an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia on January 3 that Scholz should resign.

“I think it would be very good if he (Scholz) resigned because his government is a disaster, diplomatically, economically, and in all other respects. But I don’t think he will resign for this reason. If he resigns now, it will not lead to the restoration of his own political career or to the electoral success of his own party in the next elections. It would be good for the country if he resigned, but I don’t think he will do that,” he said. As the politician noted, he does not currently see a way to force Scholz to step down, as it is not in the interests of his coalition partners, as they are even more unpopular. The opposition party will also not push him to resign because it is in the interest of the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Friedrich Merz, for Scholz to cause a real catastrophe in the remaining 18 months.

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“There is nothing Congress can do to force Thomas off the appeal. The concern is that Raskin is encouraging new targeting of justices at their homes by protesters..”

“What Do We Do if He Doesn’t Recuse Himself?” (Turley)

Rep. Jamie Raskin raised eyebrows on Sunday with a CNN interview where he said that there may have to be action taken if Justice Clarence Thomas does not recuse himself from pending appeals over the disqualification of Donald Trump from the Colorado and Maine ballots. Not only is there a weak basis for demanding such recusal, the suggestion of some type of response or retaliation raises ongoing concerns over efforts to influence or intimidate justices. CNN host Dana Bash asked Raskin, a former law professor, whether Thomas or any of the judges appointed by the former president should recuse themselves. Raskin responded that “anybody looking at this in any kind of dispassionate, reasonable way would say, if your wife was involved in the ‘Big Lie’ and claiming that Donald Trump had actually won the presidential election and been agitating for that and participating in the events leading up to January 6, that you shouldn’t be participating in (the rulings).”

I, for one, disagree. Under this theory, Thomas would have to recuse himself from any election or Trump related case because of his wife’s advocacy. Justices on both the left and right have long applied a far more narrow view of recusal. However, Raskin then stated: “He absolutely should recuse himself. The question is, what do we do if he doesn’t recuse himself?” The reference to some response from Congress or the public was left unexplained. In the past, Democrats have been criticized for fueling the attacks or targeting of conservative justices. In fairness to Raskin, I do not believe that he is an advocate for violence. He could be referring to the public voting against Trump. I wish, however, that his fealty to the constitution would extend to opposing this pernicious and dangerous theory. Other leading Democrats in Congress have done so.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer was widely criticized (including by Chief Justice John Roberts) when he went in front of the Supreme Court to publicly declare “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price! You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” There is nothing Congress can do to force Thomas off the appeal. The concern is that Raskin is encouraging new targeting of justices at their homes by protesters. The interview had other curious elements. Raskin made a rather anemic effort to portray the removal of someone from the ballot as weirdly democratic under the theory that Trump picked himself for disqualification: “If you think about it, of all of the forms of disqualification that we have, the one that disqualifies people for engaging in insurrection is the most democratic because it’s the one where people choose themselves to be disqualified.”

That is akin to treating every criminal charge as an act of self-selection and consent by the accused. Raskin also stated that all of the justices on the left and right “call themselves textualist and originalists.” That is not true in the sense of originalism as a school of constitutional interpretation. Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, and Jackson do not follow an originalist approach but rather a more flexible living constitutional approach. Moreover, many of us do not believe that the text or original intent of the 14th Amendment support this anti-democratic theory.

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“.. the two states’ decisions — and the risk of others joining them — underscores the imperative need for the nation’s high court to decide the issue once and for all.”

Colorado Disqualification Case Brings Back Bad Memories for SCOTUS (Turley)

It is “a sad day for America and the Constitution when a court decides the outcome of an election.” Those words, condemning a4-3 decision by state supreme court justices regarding a presidential election, undoubtedly spoke for millions of Americans. However, it wasn’t a reference to the Colorado Supreme Court’s recent 4-3 decision to disqualify Donald Trump from running in the 2024 election. Instead, it was a statement by James Baker, then a spokesman for Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush, criticizing the Florida Supreme Court’s decision during the 2000 election. Of course, the condemnations in 2000 would shift to the U.S. Supreme Court, when it stopped the recount ordered by the four Florida justices and effectively called the election for Bush.

Then, it was the left condemning the U.S. justices as being, in the words of law professor Cass Sunstein, “illegitimate, undemocratic, and unprincipled.” Even the justices appeared to lose some of their customary collegiality and civility in the moment. Then-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously omitted the customary word “respectfully” before the phrase “I dissent” at the end of her opinion. Now, the Supreme Court is being pulled into another election vortex by the Colorado decision and, potentially, by some of the cases in at least 15 other states. (Appeals of ballot decisions are pending in Arizona; ballot challenges are in process in Alaska, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. A Wisconsin challenge has been denied twice.)

Colorado and, now, Maine remain outliers after the Michigan Supreme Court rejected another disqualification effort in that state. Last Wednesday, the Colorado GOP appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to accept the case given the split among the states and the importance of the issue. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have criticized the decision by Maine’s secretary of state and urged that the courts overturn it. But the two states’ decisions — and the risk of others joining them — underscores the imperative need for the nation’s high court to decide the issue once and for all.

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Attack is the best defense?

White House Blames Republicans For Illegal Immigration Crisis (RT)

US President Joe Biden’s administration has responded to the political fallout over a record influx of illegal immigrants by trying to shift blame for the border crisis to Republican lawmakers. As House Speaker Mike Johnson led a delegation of Republicans visiting the US-Mexico border on Wednesday, the White House issued a statement accusing the opposition party of blocking Biden’s efforts to resolve the crisis. Biden spokesman Andrew Bates condemned Republicans for refusing to pass the president’s emergency-funding request and accused them of having an “anti-border-security record,” including an effort to cut funding for Border Patrol officers.

“House Republicans are once more compromising America’s national security and economic growth with shutdown threats,” Bates said in response to a report that lawmakers vowed to block funding for the whole government if Biden didn’t close the border. He added, “Today’s statements are just House Republicans’ latest admission that as President Biden and both parties in the Senate seek common ground to address the needs of the American people, their conference is instead choosing extreme politics that would subject American families to needless pain.” However, Biden bundled his request for $6.4 billion in border security funding into a $106 billion emergency spending package that also includes military aid to Ukraine and Israel.

Most House Republicans oppose continuing to send weapons to Kiev, arguing that Biden’s policies lack a strategy for ending the fighting. Lawmakers have also argued that the president’s plan doesn’t go far enough to stop the flow of illegal aliens into the US. Border Patrol officers reportedly encountered more than 300,000 illegal immigrants crossing into the US in December, an all-time high for a single month. Illegal border crossings have surged since Biden took office in January 2021 and began dismantling the immigration policies of his Republican predecessor, former President Donald Trump. Biden’s administration released nearly 1.4 million illegal aliens into the US in the last fiscal year, in many cases letting them stay in the country while awaiting court hearings for dubious asylum claims, according to the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington.

A Monmouth University poll released last month showed that Biden’s approval rating dropped to a record low of 34%. Just 26% of US adults approve of his immigration policies, a troubling statistic as he seeks reelection in 2024. Critics of Biden’s policies have argued that in addition to flooding the US with illegal aliens, the nation’s porous borders have jeopardized national security. More than 172 illegal immigrants encountered by Border Patrol agents in the last fiscal year had been flagged on the nation’s terrorist watch list. House Republicans plan to launch impeachment proceedings next week against Biden’s Homeland Security chief, Alejandro Mayorkas, citing his alleged failure to enforce immigration laws. “The border crisis is a direct result of President Biden’s policies,” Johnson said on Wednesday as he began his border trip.

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“Treason, I don’t know. It comes to an end soon and we’re here to make sure it happens.”

House Speaker Johnson At Border: ‘Disaster Of The President’s Own Design’ (JTN)

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., said on Wednesday that the crisis at the southern border is a “disaster of the president’s own design,” adding that Biden has the authority to fix the problems. A group of 64 lawmakers representing 26 states visited the southern border in Texas on Wednesday. Describing the situation there as “heartbreaking and infuriating,” Johnson called on President Biden to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy that he ended as soon as he took office in 2021. He also said the Biden administration must end “catch and release,” which allows illegal immigrants apprehended at the borer to be released into U.S. communities. Johnson said those policy changes would “stem the flow” of illegal immigrants arriving at the border by 70% or more. He told reporters that a border sheriff explained to him that the policy changes made since 2021 have “dismantled” 100 years of progress on border security.

House Republicans on the border trip urged Biden to resume construction of border barriers along open areas of the border. Johnson said there have been 7 million border encounters with illegal immigrants under Biden and a record amount of 312 individuals on the terrorist watchlist caught at the border. He noted that the Biden administration has taken the state of Texas to court for taking steps to secure the border. “Madness is the only word that we can think of to describe this,” Johnson said, as another lawmaker suggested treason as another word. “Treason, I don’t know. It comes to an end soon and we’re here to make sure it happens.”

Johnson emphasized that the president has the authority to “stop this madness.” He said the Biden administration has opened the border to the “entire world.” Johnson declared that any foreign aid package for Ukraine and Israel that Congress passes “better begin by defending America’s national security.” Republican leaders are pushing to incorporate border security measures into a supplemental foreign aid package. “We want to get the border closed and secured, first, and we want to make sure that we reduce non-defense discretionary spending,” he said.

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I’m hesitant to pay too much attention to this. FBI and CIA have had access to it for years. The info has been thoroughly cleaned.

The Epstein Files (Cernovich)

The Epstein Files. Today a tranche of documents were released in a case involving Jeffrey Epstein. There’s no revelations. Jeffrey Epstein’s case was covered up. I can explain why. In 2017, my lawyer Marc Randazza found a wonky freedom of the press case. There was a defamation case, and although Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t named as a defendant, the case was central to some “conspiracy theories.” Marc asked me if I wanted to file a motion to intervene. We expected it to be a simple matter. Media interest was almost zero. No one in the “free press” cared. Then Trump nominated Alexander Acosta to the Secretary of Labor. Acosta had handled the original Epstein criminal case, and said Epstein was given kid gloves treatments due to protection from the intelligence community. Epstein was an asset of the FBI. What his exact relation was remains sealed.

By 2019 the case I sought to intervene in had an ORANGE MAN BAD angle because Acosta was Trump’s Labor Secretary. Even if the motives were impure, at least we were on to the races. Hundreds-of-thousands of dollars later, a trip to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and a lot of fighting, we had a batch of documents ready to be unsealed. The weekend before the documents were made public, SDNY arrested Epstein quietly when he landed his private jet on an airport from a trip he took in France. No perp walk for Epstein. In 2019 I wrote the following after a press conference was held re: Epstein’s arrest: ” Why didn’t the SNDY charge Jeffrey Epstein under the Mann Act? Under the Mann Act, it’s unlawful to transport an underage girl through interstate travel, including on an airplane.” “In a widely-publicized press conference the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced sex trafficking charges against Jeff Epstein.”

“Epstein was charged for paying minors for massages from 2002 to 2005. Yet what was more newsworthy was the what the indictment left out.” “The indictment against Epstein does not charge anyone except Epstein, and there’s nothing to indicate that anyone who flew to Epstein’s private island has faced scrutiny.” “The SDNY’s actions have all of the telltale signs of containment. Because the Miami Herald and Cernovich won a civil lawsuit, leading to over 2,000 records being unsealed, it’s simply impossible for the same Feds who gave Epstein a pass years ago to continue to cover up.” “The SDNY could have charged Epstein in 2002, 2003, 2004, or at anytime until today. Yet they did not file charges until the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that previously sealed records involving Jeff Epstein would become public record.Thus they are charging him without implicating anyone else who assisted with his operation.”

You know what happened next. Epstein committed suicide. Because SDNY charged the lowest level offenses possible, they “lacked jurisdiction” to raid Epstein’s island in Little St James, as well as his New Mexico and Paris properties. Those houses were left unattended for a couple of weeks. During that time, a safe went missing. During the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, it was reported: Evidence from Jeffrey Epstein’s safe ‘went missing’ after FBI raid. What was in the safe? We’ll never know for certain. We do know that the FBI has Jeffrey Epstein’s blackmail files. The real Jeffrey Epstein files are the blackmail material. Very powerful forces have made sure we will never see it.

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“The flood came. It inundated America’s newsrooms for the next two and a half years and washed away the Republican House majority in 2018. And we’re charging Donald Trump with insurrection? Please! Pass the bananas.”

Was Barack Obama Guilty of Insurrection? (Cashill)

According to the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, no person shall be eligible to hold federal office who “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion.” Although all parties know the “insurrection or rebellion” clause refers specifically to recently completed Civil War, the Department of Justice argues for a much more elastic definition, all the better to hang Donald Trump with. Yet if there were one president guilty of insurrection in recent years, that president would have to be Barack Obama. In late 2016 and early 2017, Obama knowingly conspired with others to subvert the presidency of Donald Trump. Thanks to the zealous note taking of his once and future factotum, Susan Rice, we have documentation of this flagrant act of sedition. The formal plot to unseat President Donald Trump was launched with a White House meeting on Jan. 5, 2017, 15 days before Trump’s inauguration.

In conference with Rice and Obama were his national security team, including all the usual suspects: the FBI’s James Comey, the CIA’s John Brennan, then Vice-President Joe Biden, DNI James Clapper and Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Following the meeting, Obama asked Yates and Comey to stick around along with Rice, his trusted scribe. Obama had a reason for singling out Comey and Yates. Unlike the others, they were staying on in their jobs. On the very day at the very moment Trump was being inaugurated, Rice sent to “self” a peculiar email memorializing this meeting. “President Obama began the conversation,” wrote Rice, “by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book.'”

The “issue” in question was the framing of Donald Trump for collusion with Russia. Obama had to know by this time that the collusion accusation was spawned by the Clinton campaign. The law firm that served as cutout for Clinton, Perkins Coie, was the same law firm that magically produced Obama’s birth certificate in 2011. There is evidence that Obama knew in early August of the provenance of the infamous Steele dossier. In 1974, Nixon campaign aide Donald Segretti made “dirty tricks” a household phrase. The nation was scandalized that Segretti would send fake letters using the letterhead of presidential candidate Edmund Muskie. For his dirty tricks, Segretti served four months in prison. For hers, the mother of all dirty tricks, Hillary Clinton walked away without even a scolding. The Steele dossier proved to be the most consequential dirty trick in American political history.

There is no “book” that justifies what Comey and pals did in the weeks immediately following this meeting while Obama was still president. The next day, Jan. 6, 2017, the conspirators released the declassified version of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA). Commissioned a month earlier by Obama, the ICA was John Brennan’s way of welcoming the president-elect to Washington. Titled “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections,” the report concluded that Putin “ordered” an influence campaign, the goal of which was “to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.”The corollary of this, of course, was that “Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

The “Obama dossier,” as Rep. Devin Nunes called the ICA, reads like one of my college term papers, filled with sundry bits of information gathered from here and there just hours before the due date. Although Comey lobbied to have the Steele dossier included in the body of the text, wiser heads prevailed, and it was relegated to the appendices. On the same day the ICA was released, Jan. 6, Comey, Clapper, Brennan and the NSA’s Mike Rogers briefed the incoming president at Trump Tower, sort of. “[W]e were not investigating him and the stuff [in the dossier] might be totally made up but it was being said out of Russia and our job was to protect the president from efforts to coerce him,” Comey wrote in his notes to self following the meeting. At least three of the four men were investigating Trump, and it was not the Russians who were doing the coercing.

Only Comey stayed behind to brief Trump about the Steele dossier. It had not yet been published. CNN had the story, Comey knew. He also knew that by telling the president about the dossier, he would give CNN the necessary news hook to report the dossier’s allegations, at least the more plausible ones. One of the conspirators promptly leaked the news of the more intimate briefing to CNN. On Jan. 8, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe emailed his senior FBI colleagues. “CNN is close to going forward with the sensitive story,” wrote McCabe, emphasis his. “The trigger for [CNN] is they know the material was discussed in the brief and presented in an attachment.” McCabe sent this email under the heading, “The flood is coming.” The flood came. It inundated America’s newsrooms for the next two and a half years and washed away the Republican House majority in 2018. And we’re charging Donald Trump with insurrection? Please! Pass the bananas.

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    Rembrandt Old man with a beard 1630   • Nabuillina vs the West (RT) • Russia May Establish BRICS Secretariat – Iranian Foreign Ministry (Sp.) • M
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 4 2024]

    #149713
    Dr. D
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    Trying to be slightly more helpful than yesterday, we had a giant, record Sunburst, and I’m like “So what??? Once again, no electronics go out, nothing happens.” Au contraire. It immediately caused a heck of an earthquake in Japan, as these things do. Oh. Right. Adjust antenna. Just because the media and henny pennies are wrong doesn’t mean it’s nothing.

    ““We often hear about ‘natural disasters’ in the news or from NGOs and international organisations [sic] (even some less-well informed UN agencies!). The truth is, there is no such thing as a natural disaster,” the United Nations boldly claimed in their recent assessment…” — Armstrong

    Yup! We control the sun! Who knew?

    Also in the report: only poor black trans people are killed, and it’s the government’s fault. (wish I were kidding) You win: I totally believe you. “Defund government today”. How long must we endure the madness of government helping? We must erase government to prevent this travesty from happening again. That’s not what you had in mind? It was “The solution to ‘The Sun Exists’ is global communism??” Huh. I do not follow.

    Other news: Ukraine shot down every Hypersonic missile the other day. EVERY. ONE. …Like always. So far, every slow, old missile has hit Kiev and only every new Hypersonic is shot down. Ya know? What are the odds??? Boy what a waste of money for Russia, amirite?

    Russia now officially agrees with the DNC: they agree that U.S. Elections are unfair and rigged.
    “Russian Textbooks Revised: US Rigged 2020 Presidential Election” Sooo. All peace now, right? We all agree?

    “Bill Ackman Pens Magnum Opus On Why ‘DEI Is Racist’ : “DEI is racist because reverse racism is racism…”

    As this becomes the consensus view, will I have to change my mind? To keep my reputation, I mean?

    “Biden Admin Says US, Israel Not Behind Iran Blast As Death Toll Surpasses 100″

    Must be those Micronesians again. Maybe the Ugandans. We don’t know who did it, but we know it’s not the One Thing you think it is. Because we don’t know what we know, you know? Probably Gilligan and Skipper rented a sunfish and blew them up, like last time.

    Epstein files finally. They must have the timeline working at last. And a limited hangout of Epstein, remember. So, so limited.

    Barely any names, this guy was around for decades doing this. Clinton likes them young? How young? 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 8, 5? Has he tried to find out? How would he know then? And why exactly? No reason at all he’s working for Mossad’s closest daughter in a mansion filled with cameras? And these are the “Quids” , what are the “Pro quos”? Like $200B in weapons, $2T in West Asian wars and supporting a couple ethnic genocides while erasing the Constitution for corporations? That sort of thing? Blink if I get warmer.

    Covering the sudden, inexplicable reversal of the Left from all their principles:
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/opinion/the-5-strangest-features-of-the-modern-left-5556647

    You could easily triple that list. The question here is more the “Inexplicable” part. When we figure out WHY and HOW you can just say “We were never at war with Estasia” an hour after saying “We were always at war with Estasia” and have it be accepted with lathering hebephrenic 5 minutes of hate, we’ll be on understanding it and finding a cure, that is addressing a solution. To protecting them I guess, from what I have to think is someone jacking them, I guess. But we’d have to find out before interfering. Why?

    Because I like getting involved in people’s business? Aw heck no. Count me out. It’s because, as under 1,000 years of precedent, in this state they are a provable danger to themselves and others. I don’t want to, but if they keep proving – and especially a specific danger to ME, a poisoner and perjurer in the house – I have no choice but to take up and address the problem of what I can only guess is their mental illness?

    Don’t bring yourself to my attention. I don’t wanna. Please let me leave you alone, neither of us will like it.

    The Left? “Harvard President’s Resignation Highlights New Conservative Weapon Against Colleges:” The Associated Press · 5 min

    The weapon of discrediting serial liars and plagiarists? Boy, those Conservatives sure are evil to try to get a competent Dean in charge by pushing the firing of all the incompetent, immoral ones. How dare they?

    This was a good one:
    “The People Who Brought You Travis Kelce: A plan was hatched to make the football player “as famous as The Rock.” It began long before you might guess.” The New York Times · 8 min

    So this is all just made up, the media knows it, and they play along, pretending it’s real. In fact, it’s almost certain the whole Kelce-Swift relationship is entirely fake, with zero grain of truth at all. Zero. So Swift SELLS her “Brand” to Kelce for money, to get the “Swift bump” (different than the usual meaning) which he buys and pays for by all the promos on his newly purchased fame. Which HE didn’t do either, but was invented, fabricated, and beta-tested as a new method by his Agent and Promo-house.

    Okay, breathless there. Why is this relevant? “When it’s serious you have to lie” Jean-Claude Jüncker said. But also now when it’s NOT serious, you have to lie? Mr. Media? You all MUST know this, and if you don’t you’re a moron. Even I can tell this and I don’t even follow Taylor Swift. But you just get up and report on it as if it’s real anyway? And therefore LIE, every day, then REPORT the lie, THAT you lie, that you’ve ALWAYS lied, in the NY Times???

    …And expect me to take you all seriously. Okay, you win: I believe you. You say you’re a liar. Let’s see: you lie about all the little stuff. And when something serious happens, like your whole team is losing or there’s a world war, you WON’T lie about the big stuff? When you promised us you would? Job description: “Lie about the big stuff. Lie about the little stuff. Lie about all the stuff. Never not lie.” — The media.

    …And that was just reported in the NY Times, just as “Time” Magazine reported they rigged the election and how. (one of the methods) THAT is the news here on Kelce.

    “I see how much you all have lied for years with zero accountability.” — Ramaswamy

    BTW like Tim Pool that Junker quote has been purged off Google. It now never happened. Thanks Winston.

    “You didn’t say that you condemn white supremacy though.”

    It’s a RELIGION. A really, really intolerant one. We’re not allowed to be a theocracy. Now HOW is that done? Easy: apparently and no one knows why, there is a God-shaped hole in men. The Social Engineers drive out the existent God and religion into Atheism, then they can usually shove anything they want into that hole, no matter how crazy, and people will die for it. It’s AWESOME. It’s both logical to treat people this way, effective, and highly profitable. Also totally hilarious. …If you’re a psychopath with no morals or emotion. You’d do it just for the lols.

    Solution? Well one comes to mind: protect yourself by putting a God back in that hole. Pick one, I don’t care, just not Madison Avenue neo-libs. Something from your heart.

    “Ex-CIA analyst STUNS America” America won’t notice. If they notice they won’t care. If they care they’ll say it’s a GOOD thing. But okay.

    “Patrushev for security, Medvedev as the crown prince”

    Brought to attention that although there are VERY far Right warhawks in Russia, even these like Putrushev, of immediate consideration to replace Putin, are far, far more warlike and antiWest than now. Keep that in mind. If THEY got in, would Russia like to visit the Eiffel Tower or at least get in sight of it? Possibly. Let’s not find out.

    “• Nabuillina vs the West (RT)

    Nabuillina like others has got in and double-crossed them. It must be easier to do in that job than others. She was supposed to be a shill who controls Putin and Russia and makes policy subservient. Instead she was Pro-Russia. This reminds me of Powell, at least so far. He’s promoting the banking and business interests of Wall Street. No U.S. economy, central planning, UBI, a CBDC, = No Wall Street. So in this he is on our side: he means to keep the plan of allocating capital on the basis of “Reality” and economic returns. Not the “magic manic pixie dust” of Congress. And he just told Biden that directly in public, which is unheard of. That means the system is breaking down and Government/Corporations are not on the same side there. Good, let them fight and keep us out of it.

    ““Now we are convinced of this. The French Foreign Ministry said that the strike on Belgorod using cluster munitions was ‘self-defense’,”

    If you missed this – and I did – Ukraine responded to recent attacks (and overall failures of the Front line) with the attack on Belgorod, that is, Russia proper. Okay, got that, understand that, even if it’s not great. THEY USED NATO WEAPONS for it, with NATO help. Okay, got that, provocative, not great. They attacked a CITY, well it’s a war right?

    No, I mean they attacked a CITY, not a target. Not a trucking station, munitions dump, a PARADE. Like no military relevance whatsoever, nor could there be. Okaaaaay, that sounds bad. Why are you telling me this?

    They Attacked that entirely Russian city, which has no military purpose, and the general civilians, with NATO weapons and help, WITH CLUSTER MUNITIONS. That’s it. “Send NATO cluster bombs into a Russian parade.” That’s our plan. #Winning. #TigerBlood.

    So…kind of speechless about it. Like maybe you should open with the Lede here? I thought Biden said cluster bombs were a UN war crime even on soldiers (before we sent thousands of cluster bombs to them)

    To me, well, yeah, there is a war on you know. But what do you think Russia will do now? Is this helping or hurting?

    “The conflict began when Hamas militants launched surprise attacks against villages in southern Israel, killing more than 1,100 people, including nearly 700 Israeli citizens,”

    NPR reporters at RT, every day. It doesn’t help, guys. Lying won’t get you more credibility, even if you lie in service of the powerful West. Okay, we now know like at least 250 of those guys were killed by ISRAEL, in their hellfire missile strike on a civilian concert, Vegas-style. Take those off, that’s proven. Also they were not “Israeli citizens”, they are off-duty IDF Border Guards. Remove those too as they are “legitimate targets” as it were.

    Stop “lying your -sses off” as Cullom says. You know we can see you, right?

    “The news caused ASML’s US shares to drop”

    Yellow slanty-eyed little people are inferior and can’t do it without the White Man’s help. …Except they immediately made all those chips more or less without pause, even without Europe’s help, direction, or machines. Huh, it’s like Europe isn’t that special or important after all, you appalling, racist bastards.

    In this case, racism is relevant (as it is neither real, nor scientific). This appalling, deep, internalized racism like Blinken and Borrell have causes our side (ew) to wildly, manically underestimate our enemy, and therefore always lose. Thinking we are obviously and inherently superior, and therefore don’t need “Shells” or the rails and steel that make them. We’re SUPERMAN! And will laser them with our heat vision or something, who can tell what these psychopaths think.

    Thanks to their appalling racism, we’ve been losing for 10, 20, or 50 years. Being beaten by every Charlie in pajamas, beaten by every goatherder with a rock has no effect on them/us. They still think they’re the best, superiour, and “The Garden”.

    “there are not enough spare parts for these tanks in the workshops to keep the vessels in working condition.”

    There are no spare parts in Germany either. We don’t “Make stuff”: that’s for the Little People. The Jungle. We ne’er sully our soft hands with such things. For hark and forsooth, we are the spreadsheet jockeys.

    ““What Do We Do if He Doesn’t Recuse Himself?” (Turley)

    Sure you might WANT to recuse yourself from such a case, but you can’t. We’ll recuse all Trump judges, and therefore also all Biden judges. That’s three. Then in this environment we should probably recuse all Republican Judges and all Democratic judges? Only then would that include Thomas, the man they’re most after, because he’s Black, and the Democrats hate black people like cancer. I guess, prove me wrong. So that’s ALL judges? No, you can’t practically do that. Besides, I’m guessing every “Liberal” judge has said the same things from their side 1,000 times. (Quotes as Roberts is a “Liberal” judge, and anti-Constitutional Statist, things have no meaning, it’s all Narrative)

    ““House Republicans are once more compromising America’s national security and economic growth with shutdown threats,”

    They’re compromising border security by demanding border security? Got it.

    TikTok: “We are not criminals”

    Um, no, literally, you are. Crossing without proper procedure is literally a felony.

    Last Cullom I have listed:

    One Nation Under Blackmail, Vol. 1 and 2: The Sordid Union Between Intelligence and Crime that Gave Rise to Jeffrey Epstein by Whitney Webb.

    This is a monumental effort to document massive white-collar crime over the last century. Volume 1 is pre-Epstein; volume 2 is the Epstein era, but not as much Epstein as you would expect. You could easily jump to volume 2, and it is better because you will know more of the players. I would rename it Encyclopedia of Crime, Corruption, and Grift. As my friend Rudy Havenstein said, it is not a book to be read left to right but rather used as a reference. I did the audio, but somebody sent me the hard copies, which gives me both. The more you know about the relationship of organized crime, intelligence agencies, banks, and other corporations the more you will get from the book. Guys like Roy Cohn—the badass of sexual blackmail and political kingmaking—gets a lot of coverage as do the Clintons. Trump gets winged a little but not as much as Trump haters would like. The Jewish mafia gets hit very hard, although I cannot detect antisemitism. You can’t help but conclude that above some quantity of wealth and power, the CIA and big-money power brokers have control. Whitney would have made more money if she had dumbed it down to a narrative, but she wanted to throughly document the corruption. In a podcast she noted that the first volume was important to slowly open the Overton Windows of the readers before hitting the modern era where dismissal of the story as fiction would be tempting. The Amazon critics totally missed her intention: they wanted an easy read.7,8

    “Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia by Paul L. Williams.

    This was a natural follow-up to Whitney Webb’s encyclopedic analysis of the Deep State. Operation Gladio was set up as a for-profit drug trade to funnel profits into the hands of the three players. I knew the CIA and Mafia dabbled in the drug trade at serious levels. Williams makes a compelling case that these three groups were and likely still are the entire drug trade. The Vatican is the banker, the CIA clears serious geopolitical hurdles, and the Mafia gets the drugs to the street. You would be hard pressed to convince me that any other group would dare try to take over this market from these serious players. I find myself asking a simple question: does the CIA work for the US or is it just a US-domiciled international crime syndicate?9”

    #149714
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    “Tranche” and “wonky” always add so much clarity to an explication of government wrongdoing.

    Let following sink deeply in because it was always true no matter how much one throws the terms January 6th, White Deplorables, MAGA, White Supremacists as distractions against the bonafide criminal insurrectionist here Barracks Obama.

    7 year anniversary of President Obama’s targeting of President-elect Trump’s presidency is upon us.

    Here’s a little corrective clarification:

    Rather than:

    “The formal plot to unseat President Donald Trump was launched with a White House meeting on Jan. 5, 2017, 15 days before Trump’s inauguration.”

    (Instead, as was written here and there many times over the past 7 years including at The Wretched Marci Wheeler’s blog EmptyWheel much to Marci’s et al chagrin.)

      Barack Obama’s Oval Office Meeting of The Principals to surveil, target and unseat President-elect Donald Trump was launched with Rice, Comey, Brennan, Lynch, Biden et al n Jan. 5, 2017, 15 days before the inauguration.”

    #149715
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Affirmative Action never tasted sweeter

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    #149716
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Plagiarism the New Tool against Tranny Tyranny

    Fired not because she was a woke twat cuck with no moral integrity but because she copied with no attribution.

    The new gold standard for holding academic office

    #149717
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    The Obama-chaired (after all Barack WAS The President then) meeting to Target, Surveil, and Unseat the Man Obama and his Insurrectionist Crew didn’t like elected president IN FACT prevented the Election of the President later by The Electoral College.
    The latter is no small point because They, Obama’s Crew had been running interference on This Electoral College issue since the Contrived January 6th Non-insurrection Insurrection of 2021.

    Pot calling the kettle black.
    Projective identification of the inner object state.
    Accuse others of what you’re doing.

    Importantly,
    CIA and FBI at center stage.

    Subsequently,
    NSA and the United States Supreme Court/FISA running Official interference

    #149718
    Oroboros
    Participant

    If plagiarism can bring down the Alpha Female in national academic circles, then a motivated investigator should be able to destroy 99.9% of all woke college president’s careers because they are all undoubtedly plagiarists.

    #149719
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The irony of modern ‘communication’

    No one I know ever answers their phone for the most part to actually talk to someone, it’s pretty much all text, all day and night in every direction.

    With a corded telephone, people had to plan ahead and had peace and quiet most of the day when not at white collar work.

    When the internet was just coming up and most of the Empire of Lies had a hi-tech jump on Europe for awhile, I remember a German fellow saying:

    “I envy you Americans for your sophisticated electronic communication and media systems, it’s a pity you have nothing to communicate. ;>) ”

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    #149720
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Empire of Lies ‘Health CAre” explained in 38 seconds.

    Hahahahahahahahaahaha

    Yeh baby!

    It’s all hustle, all hat with no cattle

    #149721
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Axis Mundi of Duh’merican ‘politics’ in anutshell

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    #149722
    Oroboros
    Participant

    And ta-da, wait for it…..

    Putting the Duh in Duh’merica

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    #149723
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #149724
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    “You’ve got to be eloquent and elusive about your murderousness. Like Obama.”

    Were Folk genuinely fooled or impressed by Barack? Caitlin thinks so.

    If by eloquent and elusive the writer meant preening and pansy-assed murderousness like Barack Obama then I’m buying the characterization. The discussion puts Obama’s order to murder Muslim Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki’s son and U.S. citizen 16yo Abdulrahman in a whole new light. The light being a malignant narcissist is always going to think his eloquence and elusiveness are covers for killing a 16yo boy or 8yo girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, for any reason whatsoever.

    In other news, Claudine Gay really wasn’t punished since she’s still receiving $900k per annum and I suppose also in perpetuity.
    Wouldn’t we all rather have THAT punishment than any sort of impoverished forgiveness or penniless absolution of sins ever again?

    It’s in the contract.

    #149725
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Claudine Gay ‘contract’ with Harvard was not because of her academic chops or her administrative skills.

    She’s just another propaganda prop, a virtue signaling Black Butt Plug.

    She will get a ‘think tank’ gig or an ambassador post or some such utterly corrupt pretend jobs with a big sallary.

    She’s a whore, plain and simple

    The Ass Master of Duh’merican Academia

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    #149726
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • Leopard 2 Tanks Supplied to Ukraine Are Non-Operational – German MP

    This is not a Leopard II but they all end up looking just like this all the time on the steppe of Ukronaziland, at least the ones that can run for more than a day at a time.

    They’re garbage, like everything else the Empire of Lies Military Industrial Mafia ‘produces’. (vomits)

    Ukronazis travel to Bandera Heaven

    #149727
    Dora
    Participant
    #149728
    zerosum
    Participant

    Influencers?

    @VigilantFox

    @VivekGRamaswamy

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    All wars are banker’s war.
    The Winner …. Mover and Shaker. Influencers?

    https://swentr.site/business/589774-elvira-nabiullina-russia-central-bank/
    3 Jan, 2024 14:39

    As she embarks on her second decade as head of the Central Bank, the pioneering official must steer her country’s finance’s through a maze of threats.
    Russian Market is a project by a financial blogger, Swiss journalist and political commentator based in Zurich. Follow him on X @runews

    Elvira Nabiullina’s ten-year stewardship at the forefront of the Bank of Russia, marked by fiscal mastery and trailblazing leadership, showcases a narrative of exceptional achievement against the backdrop of societal shifts and global economic challenges. Nabiullina’s journey from humble beginnings to becoming the firate woman to steer the economic course of a then G8 country underscores her mettle and intellectual prowess, exemplifying the significance of equal opportunities in a landscape defined by traditional gender roles.

    Maintaining a low profile yet earning the accolade of Russia’s ‘leader of distinction,’ Nabiullina’s transparent and disciplined leadership style, complemented by an unparalleled work ethic, has solidified her position as a beacon of excellence, integrity, and resilience.
    Her impact on the financial landscape resonates not only as a testament to her adept economic stewardship but also as a pioneering force toward a more inclusive and equitable future.

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    Deciders …. the workers …. the debt slaves ….


    The largest migrant caravan of 2023 known as the ‘poverty exodus,’ has recently departed from Southern Mexico, comprising approximately 15,000 individuals from 24 countries en route to the US border.

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    Was Barack Obama guilty of insurrection?


    • Was Barack Obama Guilty of Insurrection? (Cashill)
    Exclusive: Jack Cashill details January 2017 effort ‘to subvert the presidency of Donald Trump

    Yet if there were one president guilty of insurrection in recent years, that president would have to be Barack Obama. In late 2016 and early 2017, Obama knowingly conspired with others to subvert the presidency of Donald Trump.

    Thanks to the zealous note taking of his once and future factotum, Susan Rice, we have documentation of this flagrant act of sedition.
    The formal plot to unseat President Donald Trump was launched with a White House meeting on Jan. 5, 2017 – 15 days before Trump’s inauguration.

    In conference with Rice and Obama were his national security team, including all the usual suspects: the FBI’s James Comey, the CIA’s John Brennan, then Vice-President Joe Biden, DNI James Clapper and Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

    The next day, Jan. 6, 2017, the conspirators released the declassified version of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA).
    https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf
    Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US
    Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution
    “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections” is a declassified version of a highly
    classified assessment that has been provided to the President and to recipients approved by the
    President.
    ———–
    intel agencies to be politically active again in 2024 election

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    #149729
    WES
    Participant

    So no list of 150 names named?
    Color me “surprised”!
    And no mention of Hillary as expected.

    No, the Supreme Court is not going to “ever” rule on banning Trump from on the 2024 election ballots.
    Because Trump won’t be elected president!
    Therefore no need to take up the case!
    That is the whole plan!

    #149730
    zerosum
    Participant

    Influencers use “scare tactics” words. (COVID-19)
    https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/tripledemic-flu-rsv-and-covid-19
    ‘Tripledemic:’ What Happens When Flu, RSV, and COVID-19 Cases Collide?

    serious for the extremely young and very old, as well as anyone with a compromised immune system or underlying health conditions, such as congenital heart disease or cancer.
    it’s important to take certain precautions, doctors say. First and foremost, now is the time to get your flu shot and make sure you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination, including the new bivalent booster.

    “The influenza vaccine may not completely prevent you from getting the flu, but it has a really good chance of keeping you from getting seriously ill and being hospitalized and dying,” Dr. Murray says.

    …. don’t go to a big, indoor concert with tons of people shouting, (ie. football games )

    The COVID-19 variant XBB.1.5, yet another descendent of Omicron, is quickly spreading in the U.S. and has been described as the most transmissible form of the virus yet.

    However, there is not yet evidence to suggest that it causes any more severe disease than other Omicron strains.

    The JN.1 strain surfaced in the U.S. in September. It is a close relative of BA.2.86 (informally referred to as “Pirola”), a lineage of the Omicron variant that the CDC has been tracking since August. (While the Omicron variant, which first took hold in the U.S. in 2021, has had multiple descendants, the original strain is no longer in circulation.)

    #149731
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    @zerosum

    All was true Januart 5, 2017 and has been true since then and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    It fascinates me, but does and doesn’t disappoint me that these facts and their attendant gravity gained traction….today.
    I take personal note these past 7 years writing about this exact event on several blogs coincided with UW Medicine’s ongoing ruination of my reputation after being assaulted by the adult autistic patient/son of a VIP mother.

    Before some budding psychiatrist declares loosening associations take note of the use and meaning of ‘coincided’ in the prior sentence.

    However, I guarantee you this, zerosum. Barracks Obama will no sooner be brought to Justice than I will receive Restorative Justice against my employer as in made whole.

    7 years is/are long enough for Hell to freeze over..
    Btw, what happened to all the obscurantists?

    #149732
    John Day
    Participant

    Uh, these “birds” are NOT of-a-feather.
    “In her role as a torchbearer for gender equality, Elvira Nabiullina aligns with her counterparts, Christine Lagarde and Janet Yellen.”

    Sesame-Street-Rule applies:
    “One of these things is not like the others.”

    #149733
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Hahaha! JD: “One of these things is not like the others.”

    In other news, witness an Admiral “carry water”…

    John Kirby style:

    “White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby calls South Africa’s 84-page suit accusing Israel of genocide “meritless, counterproductive, and completely without any basis in fact whatsoever”

    John Kirby, Michelle Howard, Lisa Franchetti: all of these things are like the others.

    #149734
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Oh I get it now!

    I have to keep reading.

    Today’s exposě on Obama is meant to distract from The Pritzkers, Tom specifically, AND remind Barracks Obama that he is, was and ever shall be a Made Man…according to the Pritzkers of Chicago.

      “Epstein victim ‘was trafficked to Jewish hotels magnate Tom Pritzker’

      “Tom Pritzker, the executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels, was named … as among the many men Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre said she had sex with, according to a newly unredacted legal deposition.

      “In the 2016 deposition, Giuffre was asked by her lawyer: ‘How many times have you had sex with Tom Pritzker?’ and she answered: ‘I believe I was with Tom once’ …

    Maybe I got that association all wrong

    #149735

    If you are able at age 23-34 to portray a, let’s say, 74-year old man the way Rembrandt did there, you are not only an insanely good painter, you are also an insanely good observer of people. It’s 3D. I can see inside the guy’s head. I can see his emotions.

    #149736
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    The List

    No. 88 Bruce Willis

    Tell me the dementia is real or a ruse meant to preclude “testification”, you know, prevent Bruce from being deposed, testifying.

    #149737
    zerosum
    Participant

    Wake up. Read the tea leaves.
    Israeli War Phases
    “How many more of us have to die?”

    1. Gaza
    2. North Bank
    3. Hezbollah Palestinians
    4. Iran
    5. Muslim/Arabic world

    Dr Ahmed Moghrabi from Nasser Hospital expressed his anger at the international community’s failure to halt lsrael’s ongoing attacks and siege on Gaza’s civilians.

    #149738
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    For balance and the name of Penny and 81%ers

    Btw, they wrote ’em.

    “Pritzker, the billionaire Chicago hotel scion and former Obama administration official, was elected senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation last year, months after she had donated $100 million to the university. In her new position, she personally led the search committee that named Gay as president…”

    (In case you wondered where ‘corporate governance’ supersedes, you know, ‘Government Governance’.)

    “This is a full-blown corporate governance crisis for Harvard University and the fellows of the Harvard Corporation”

    The 64-year-old Jewish entrepreneur and philanthropist from Chicago, whose brother, J.B., is the governor of Illinois, was one of Barack Obama’s earliest and most important financial backers, and has been credited with persuading Jewish and pro-Israel donors to support his first presidential campaign,

    Tom’s and Penny’s and Barrack’s nexus

    https://jewishinsider.com/2023/12/penny-pritzker-harvard-president-claudine-gay-barack-obama/

    81%

    https://jewishinsider.com/2023/12/poll-overwhelming-majority-of-american-jews-support-israels-fight-against-hamas/

    #149739
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://askeptic.substack.com/p/war-reports-2024-01-04
    Here’s what one US Navy member stationed in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden had to say about the thoughts of personnel in the region:

    “We live in anxiety about the prospect of a major heavy attack on our warships of our aircraft carrier fleet in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. For this reason, we have decided to completely withdraw the aircraft carrier CVN 78 Gerald Ford from the region to avoid the worst.”

    Many ships were withdrawn from the Red Sea. Ford will also be leaving the region soon. The failure to stop the Houthi missiles and the failure of two missiles from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to stop two of the three Houthi missiles further fueled panic about what would happen if the attacks targeted the destroyers.

    The Houthis have modern anti-ship missile systems and, for the first time in the history of wars, hit a ship with an anti-ship ballistic missile.

    The United States is increasingly worried about what surprises might await it deep in the tunnels of the Lebanese Mountains at the hands of Hezbollah, a force with a direct supply line to Tehran.

    Moreover, when the problems between Netanyahu and Biden and the aircraft carrier Gerald Ford, which was involved in the accident, came together, the process of anxiety and withdrawal became a reality.

    #149740
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    re: the bromeliad, we have yucca, what I’d guess are distant cousins, here in SoCal. They’re among a few of the 100-year club, have that party, then become cranky. Odd thing is yucca is an asparagus, not a bromeliad. The other, actually the one known as century plant, is an agave.

    The yucca gets to be about 3-4m tall, the blossoms are prized (saw a pickup full of them on a remote road). Flowers have a delicate scent like magnolia, with a sharp perfume undernote…to which I am allergic.

    Here are 3 shots from San Gabriel Mtns near Los Angeles:

    #149741
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://southfront.press/russia-establishes-two-new-posts-along-front-with-israeli-occupied-golan-heights-photos/
    RUSSIA ESTABLISHES TWO NEW POSTS ALONG FRONT WITH ISRAELI-OCCUPIED GOLAN HEIGHTS (PHOTOS)

    ————
    https://southfront.press/military-situation-in-palestine-on-january-4-2024-map-update/
    MILITARY SITUATION IN PALESTINE ON JANUARY 4, 2024 (MAP UPDATE)

    #149742
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The two seminal inventions for dog owners are the Frisbee and the Tennis Ball Chucker.

    Once lived near an animal shelter that gave one of each to folks who adopted a dog at the shelter.

    I think this chewy toy should be the third leg of the Dog Toy Triumvirate.

    .

    #149743
    chooch
    Participant

    [..] “The point is that Russia is like every country on the planet: an oligarchy run by incompetent kleptocrats and cruel kakistocrats who, while they have diverse backgrounds and different political leanings, are in service to the broader globalist agenda to the precise degree that it helps their career and lines their pocketbooks.
     
    It is also like every other country on the planet in that the average Russian knows that the average Russian bankster or technocrat or political stooge is a corrupt oligarch who does not have the Russian people’s best interests in mind.
     
    The galaxy brains of the “BRICS will save us!” blogosphere play on the ignorance of the average American (or Canadian or Japanese…) about the realities of Russian politics to lure them into a hopium narrative about Putin and Xi saving the world from the very globalist policies that they are working so hard to put into place in their own country.”

    Sounds like Russia might be controlled by Zionists too.

    https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica2/sociopol_russia355.htm

    #149744
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @RaulIlargiMeijer

    If you are able at age 23-34 to portray a, let’s say, 74-year old man the way Rembrandt did there, you are not only an insanely good painter, you are also an insanely good observer of people. It’s 3D. I can see inside the guy’s head. I can see his emotions.”

    I’ve only every seen one Rembrandt portrait in close physical proximity, but back in the day (50+ years ago) you could get right up close enough to touch it. I wasn’t so obliviously crass as to do that, but I did get right up within inches, and looked long and hard. It was stunning. Layer upon layer upon layer of washes of various pigmentation density and translucence, ranging from opaque to glass-clear transparent. It was more like a three-dimensional bas-relief sculpture than a painting.

    It has been my good fortune to have seen a few other works of the greatest of the great masters, and they all had that same quality of spiritual transcendence that made me proud of being a human because here was evidence of a human who could show you what humans can do when we’re at our best. Humbled and proud in the same moment.

    #149745
    John Day
    Participant

    Jigsaw Puzzle https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/jigsaw-puzzle

    Surplus Energy Economics , How to be happy, wealthy, and bankrupt
    FINANCIALIZATION, ANOMALY AND RISK IN AN INFLECTING ECONOMY
    It’s been said that, when events turn fast, furious and frightening, and civilians are panicking, the professionals get ever cooler and more calmly calculating.
    If this is so, we’ll need to be very professional indeed in 2024.
    One of our most serious challenges is that economic and financial forces are pulling in opposite directions. Transactional activity, and the aggregates of assets and liabilities, are continuing to expand, even as the underlying material economy is inflecting from growth into contraction.
    Our interest, in this first article of 2024, is in the process of financialization which is driving this divergence. We need to know why parallel forces are driving us to a state of simultaneous affluence and destitution, and why trends increasingly obvious to investors in energy are still invisible to those investing in almost everything else.
    Just one consequence of this disconnect is the ludicrous proposition that fossil fuel assets – without which we cannot possibly transition to renewables – are somehow “stranded” and valueless, when the reality is the polar opposite of this exercise in absurdity.
    Where wealth is concerned, capital theory tells us that, as the authorities continue to prop up the flow side of the economy by wrecking the stock side of the equation, the resort to ever-looser monetary policies should result in continuing rises in asset prices.
    At the same time, though, a point will soon be reached at which the sheer magnitude of our mountainous debt and quasi-debt liabilities induces confidence-snapping vertigo.
    Soaring asset prices are, logically, going to make us rich, then, just as escalating liabilities are going to land us in the poor-house. Since logic baulks at the concept of affluent bankruptcy, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that we’re going to end up owning vast amounts of worthless money…

    -The detailed assessments-
    ..Where now?
    Looking at our predicament, whether as description or as charts, a number of critical points become apparent.
    First, the same financialization process which is creating a simulacrum of “growth” is driving debt and broader liabilities to a point at which vertigo sets in. A clear implication is that the “everything bubble” in asset prices must explode, and that decision-makers must adopt ever looser fiscal and monetary policies in an effort to keep the show on the road.
    Analysis of the material economy, meanwhile, reveals a background process in which certain sectors – led by discretionaries, and by those over-invested in the supposedly-perpetual miracle of financialization – either contract or disappear.
    Your guess is as good as mine as to whether the economy contracts gradually, or a financial collapse burns out the wiring linking the components of the material economy.
    All we can really do is work out the pattern of stresses in the system, thereby trying to push the odds in directions favourable for ourselves.
    It’s an old adage that ‘the most dangerous part of a car is the nut holding the steering wheel’.
    Where decision-making is concerned, we can only hope that the arrival of materiality brings wisdom where the progression of financialization has brought folly.

    #267: How to be happy, wealthy, and bankrupt

    Russia has the BRICS Presidency this year, and Vladimir Putin has just declared his intention to introduce a BRICS currency this year. This is time-sensitive, not casual.
    BRICS Currency ‘Almost Ready’, Will Be Much More Attractive Than US Dollar, Pound and Euro, Says Ex-Russian Minister , 11/3/23
    In an interview with TV BRICS, Sergey Glazyev says that the currency itself is almost complete, but it still needs support from all leaders of the economic alliance.According to Glazyev, some member nations have already thrown their weight behind the currency.
    “We need only political will because technically this currency is almost ready. The software and mathematical tools have been created.
    In order to launch this currency, we need the political consent of the BRICS countries, three of which have already expressed their support for the idea of introducing a new currency through their heads of state. We are waiting for the reaction of China and India.”
    The former minister also says that Russia will be in a position next year to convince other BRICS nations to green-light the currency.
    “And in order to launch such a currency, Russia, as the presiding country next year, could convene an international conference to sign an agreement on the introduction of such a new international settlement currency.”
    As a whole, BRICS nations have expressed varying levels of support for a common currency, with leaders in Russia and Brazil firmly behind the idea. South Africa is the most conservative, expressing the need for a cautious approach while emphasizing the importance of the US dollar.
    According to Glazyev, the new currency will be backed by two baskets which would make it less susceptible to debasement and more attractive than the US dollar.
    “It is based not only on a basket of national currencies of the member countries, but also on a basket of exchange commodities. The model shows that this currency will be very stable and much more attractive than the dollar, pound and euro.”

    BRICS Currency ‘Almost Ready’, Will Be Much More Attractive Than US Dollar, Pound and Euro, Says Ex-Russian Minister

    #149747
    John Day
    Participant

    Josh Mittledorf explores the controversy in Physics regarding determinism, and whether a “non-deterministic” universe has openings for the direct “Psi” influence of mind (whatever “mind” may be). Such influences have been demonstrated in various experiments, and many of us have personally experienced that effect. Howzat work?
    The Zeroth Law of Science , Is the Universe governed by fixed laws?
    Text/graphics: https://mitteldorf.substack.com/p/the-zeroth-law-of-science?
    Audio: https://mitteldorf.substack.com/p/the-zeroth-law-of-science-395

    Thanks Red, You have one life. Do you really want to spend it looking at your phone?
    It was 3.30 in the morning when I realized I needed to break up with my phone. I was holding my baby in my arms as I scrolled through eBay, feeling a bit delusional with fatigue, when I had a brief out-of-body experience in which I saw the scene as if I were an outsider.
    There was my baby, gazing up at me. And there was me, looking down at my phone.
    I was horrified. This was not the impression I wanted my child to have of a human relationship, and it also wasn’t how I wanted to be living my own life. I decided in that moment that I needed to “break up” with my phone and create a new relationship with better boundaries.
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/jan/02/smartphones-attention-economy-reclaim-free-time

    ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 89: Hamas and Hezbollah pledge to punish Israel following Aruri killing
    Israeli spokesperson says the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh Al-Aruri was “not an attack on the Lebanese state” while Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah pledge resistance will continue.
    22,313+ killed* and at least 57,296 wounded in the Gaza Strip.
    321 Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem
    Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,147.
    506 Israeli soldiers killed since October 7, and at least 2,193 injured.

    ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 89: Hamas and Hezbollah pledge to punish Israel following Aruri killing

    ​ Hezbollah Losses Grow To 9 In One Day After Israel Mounts Another Major Airstrike
    ​ Within hours after the Nasrallah speech, Israel has conducted another major airstrike on Lebanon, this time against a residential building which housed Hezbollah members.
    “Two security sources told the Reuters news agency that four Hezbollah members were killed in the attack on what had been described as a residential building,” Al Jazeera reports.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/watch-nasrallah-gives-speech-after-hamas-deputy-chiefs-assassination-beirut

    #149748
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Hasan Illaik , Israel’s Gaza withdrawal, a prelude to full-out war [The Lebanese government is “captured” by the US/Israel, but Hezbollah can missile-blockade Israel.]
    Don’t be lulled by the Israeli troop withdrawal from northern Gaza. Tel Aviv has no intention of ending this war, and is escalating on all its other fronts, including with Lebanon.
    ​ At the start of the new year, Israel’s occupation army began implementing the withdrawal of a large portion of its forces from the northern Gaza Strip.
    This withdrawal did not mean the end of the war on Gaza, and it certainly did not suggest calm on the Lebanese-Israeli front. On the contrary, reducing the pace of the war in the Gaza Strip increases the possibilities of an Israeli war on Lebanon.​..
    ​..The third stage is coming
    ​ The first stage of Tel Aviv’s war was the mass destruction and occupation of northern Gaza; the second stage is the occupation of key points in the south of the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian civilians have flocked for safety. The current troop withdrawal from the territory’s north means that the Israelis are cementing their southern plans and preparing to move on to phase three: the long, low-intensity war.
    ​ As it enters the third stage, the occupation army intends to maintain a geographical buffer surrounding the northern Gaza Strip. It also plans to continue occupying the Gaza Valley area (central Gaza), while completing its operations in Khan Yunis in the south.
    ​ The fate of the Philadelphia axis – or Salah ad-Din Axis – a strip of land on the border between Gaza and Egypt which Israel wants to control, will be left to deliberations between Tel Aviv and Cairo. This is to ensure that incidents do not occur that lead to tension between the two parties, as well as to guarantee that refugees do not flow from the south of the Gaza Strip towards Sinai.
    ​ Israel’s ground withdrawal from northern Gaza is taking place primarily because the occupation army’s target bank has been depleted. All targets prior to the start of the war have been destroyed, and all new operational targets have been bombed.
    ​ Despite this, the Palestinian resistance continues to carry out operations against Israeli forces. These organizations remain relatively unscathed in the entire area of the northern Gaza Strip, which will increase the ability of the resistance to inflict losses on occupation ranks, now and in the future.​..
    ​..These measures are being taken because Israel has patently failed to achieve the two main goals of its war, namely, eliminating the Hamas-led resistance in Gaza, and liberating the Israeli prisoners captured by the resistance on 7 October.
    ​ There remains a basic motive that must be noted: The Israeli army is currently putting all its efforts into implementing a US decision to push the war from its first and second phases into the third phase before the end of January 2024. This requires the war to be managed at a slower boil, drawing less attention to Israeli carnage and the mass suffering of Palestinians.
    ​ After three months of brutalities, Washington has assessed the Israeli army as unable to eliminate the resistance or the possibilities of regional escalation, and has noted the significant harm caused to the US administration of Joe Biden as he enters the presidential primary season.​..
    ..As the Israeli occupation army moves to focus its operations on the southern Gaza Strip, the intensity of military operations along the Lebanese border between Hezbollah and the Israeli army has also been ratcheted up.
    ​ Hezbollah increased its targeting of occupation soldiers, both in their visible locations and inside the settlements of northern Palestine…
    ​..By increasing its strikes, Israel’s leadership seeks to inflict the greatest possible number of losses among the ranks of the resistance fighters, as well as to spread panic among southern Lebanese residents – displacing more of them, and destroying the largest possible number of homes. This places a burden on both Hezbollah and the Lebanese state in the reconstruction process after the end of hostilities.
    ​ But there is a longer-term goal to this Israeli military performance. The government in Tel Aviv, according to its official statements, wants Hezbollah to withdraw from the south of the Litani, to ensure the security of Israeli settlers in northern Palestine who abandoned their homes, either voluntarily or under evacuation orders from their army. By some estimates, the number of Israelis fleeing their settlements in occupied north Palestine has reached more than 230,000 people.​..
    ..Israel is therefore hoping that Hezbollah will yield to pressure and meet its demands regarding the withdrawal of its fighters from the border area with occupied Palestine.
    ​ The Israeli assessment of Lebanese affairs preceded its assassination of Al-Arouri in Beirut on 2 January. But in the same way that Israel military commanders and politicians have under-estimated and dismissed armed Palestinian resistance initiatives within occupied lands prior to 7 October, they continue to cling to a dated Israeli calculus that Hezbollah will never fully retaliate, or that it will only do so in a way that stops short of war.​..
    ​..But while Hezbollah takes into account the complex political and economic Lebanese reality, it is not prepared to make concessions. Sources in the resistance axis say that Israel, as Hezbollah sees it, is not in a position to go to war with Lebanon when it cannot even compensate or digest the massive strategic losses it has incurred from Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.
    ​ Despite its desire to not expand the war, Hezbollah has already begun to prepare for it.​..
    ..The bottom line is that Tel Aviv’s assessment of a war with Lebanon is based on its reading that Hezbollah wishes to prevent a major confrontation at any cost. Not only is this calculus wrong, but it has also muddled Israeli minds to the point where this may itself lead to the outbreak of a destructive war between the two sides.
    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/israels-gaza-withdrawal-a-prelude-to-full-out-war

    ​ Daesh militants claim Iran suicide bombings that killed 84
    ​ President Ebrahim Raisi’s deputy chief of staff for political affairs, Mohammad Jamshidi, charged on social media platform X that “the responsibility for this crime lies with the US and Zionist (Israeli) regimes, and terrorism is just a tool.”
    The United States rejected any suggestion that it or its ally Israel were behind the bombings, while Israel declined to comment.
    “The United States was not involved in any way, and any suggestion to the contrary is ridiculous,” said State Department spokesman Matthew Miller.
    “We have no reason to believe that Israel was involved in this explosion,” he added, expressing sympathies to the victims of the “horrific” explosions and their families.
    https://www.arabnews.com/node/2436021/middle-east

    War on Gaza: Turkey backs South Africa ‘genocide’ case against Israel at ICJ
    Ankara says Israel’s crimes against humanity in Gaza should not go unpunished in another deterioration in ties between the two states
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/war-gaza-turkey-south-african-backs-case-israel-icj

    ICJ to hold first hearing on January 11 to consider South Africa’s case against Israel
    https://en.ypagency.net/315337

    ​ No signs of genocide in Gaza – US​ , The State Department has dismissed allegations over Israel’s deadly military campaign in the Palestinian enclave
    ​ US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller denounced the allegations at a press briefing later on Wednesday, saying there was no indication that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were committing genocide against the Palestinians.
    ​ “Genocide is of course a heinous atrocity, one of the most heinous atrocities that any individual can commit,” Miller said. “Those are allegations that should not be made lightly, and as it pertains to the United States, we are not seeing any acts that constitute genocide.”
    ​ White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby was more pointed in his response, saying the allegations against Israel were “meritless.” He added that the ICJ case filed by South Africa was “counterproductive and completely without any basis in fact whatsoever.”
    https://swentr.site/news/590099-washington-israel-gaza-genocide/

    #149749
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Israelis present post-war strategies for Gaza ethnic cleansing
    ​ One of the strategies involved sending Palestinians to an already war-torn Congo, while another involved sending Palestinians to the Gulf to work in slave-like conditions as construction workers.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/israelis-present-post-war-strategies-to-gaza-ethnic-cleansin

    ​ Outrage as videos of Israeli soldiers admitting to targeting Palestinian children emerge
    ​ In one particularly distressing recording, an Israeli soldier is seen admitting on camera his intention to harm an infant, ultimately resorting to killing a 12-year-old Palestinian girl when unable to locate one.​ In the footage circulating on social media, the soldier is heard telling a comrade: “We are looking for babies, but there are no babies left.”
    https://www.arabnews.com/node/2433646/media

    ​ Since the Israeli offensive on Gaza commenced on October 7, more than 1,000 children in the besieged region have undergone amputation of one or more limbs, according to revelations from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Many of these surgeries occurred without the use of anesthetic, as the blockade imposed by Israel has led to shortages of essential medical supplies, including painkillers.​ [To sa​lvage a child’s life​, again and again and again…]
    https://www.naturalnews.com/2024-01-03-1000-gaza-children-amputated-mostly-without-anesthesia.html

    ​ 2nd Biden admin official resigns over president’s response to Gaza war
    A senior Education Department official resigned Wednesday, citing President Biden’s response to the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.
    ​ Biden administration appointee Tariq Habash is at least the second official, and the first who’s known to be of Palestinian origin, to resign in protest over the U.S. response to the war.
    https://www.axios.com/2024/01/04/gaza-war-education-official-resigns-biden-israel-policy

    ​ Family of key case in New York Times October 7 sexual violence report renounces story, says reporters manipulated them
    A New York Times story claiming a pattern of gender-based violence on October 7 hinged on the story of Gal Abdush. But the Abdush family says there is no proof she was raped, and that Times reporters interviewed them under false pretenses.

    Family of key case in New York Times October 7 sexual violence report renounces story, says reporters manipulated them

    #149750
    John Day
    Participant

    Sanders: “No More US Funding” for Israel as It Wages “Illegal” Assault on Gaza​
    The senator is calling on Congress to reject a bill to send $10 billion in military funding to Israel.

    Sanders: “No More US Funding” for Israel as It Wages “Illegal” Assault on Gaza

    ​Again, Hezbollah can do the same thing to the rest of Israeli shipping via the Mediterranean with its Iranian hypersonic missiles.
    18 shipping companies re-routing around Africa amid YAF attacks
    Brigadier General Yahya Saree previously reaffirmed that navigation was secure “for all ships worldwide, except those affiliated with “Israel.”
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/18-shipping-companies-re-routing-around-africa-amid-yaf-atta

    ​The US only has big drones, as expensive as fighter-planes, and is trying to recruit enough operators, not millions of FPV “suicide drones” and many thousands of operators.
    Islamic Resistance of Iraq targets US al-Tanf base using a drone​
    The bombing of the al-Tanf base comes after the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility on Tuesday for targeting the al-Shaddadi base.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/islamic-resistance-of-iraq-targets-us-al-tanf-base-using-a-d

    ​ 200 Servicemembers Demand Military Leadership Be Court-Martialed for Forced “Experimentation” on Troops​ , Sasha Latypova
    At the same time, health insurers begin declining coverage for injuries caused by “declared and undeclared wars…”
    ​..I think this points to a few things, many of them are circular. For example, the “Blob” (I refuse to call it elite) has been planning and predictively programming civil war, insurrection, etc. for quite some time. So, part of them believe the programming, part of them is actively planning the armed conflicts, and this percolated to the large health insurers.
    ​ I also believe both federal government and some states such as CA (Newsom) are importing a mercenary army(ies) through the open southern border. There are some reports that they are being imported from far off places such as China – my guess is that recent Xi visit to CA might have had something to do with this. If it is true that China did not use mRNA injections, then maybe they were planning to use their excess male population as mercenary soldiers for sale.
    ​ There may be currently 1.5 M to 5M mercenary soldiers already inside the US based on estimates from commentators on the open border situation.
    https://sashalatypova.substack.com/p/200-servicemembers-demand-military

    #149751
    John Day
    Participant

    ​More from Sasha , Breaking Good News from Idaho: Boise County Voted to Protect Children from Genetic Shots
    BOISE COUNTY RESOLUTION # 2O24-10: A BOISE COUNTY RESOLUTION TO ADVISE AGAINST USE OF GENETIC BIOLOGIC “VACCINE” PLATFORM TECHNOLOGY ON THE CHILD VACCINE SCHEDULE UNTIL FORENSICS INVESTIGATION, IDAHO HEALTH AUDIT, AND TRANSPARENT AND ACCURATE INFORMED CONSENT
    https://sashalatypova.substack.com/p/breaking-good-news-from-idaho-boise

    ​Dr. Marian Laderoute , Rapidly Elevating Elevated All Cause Mortality in the 0-44 Age Group in Canada in 2023
    Can >50 ng/ml of blood Vitamin D3 and Ivermectin Solve This?

    https://hervk102.substack.com/p/rapidly-elevating-eacm-in-the-0-44

    John Ward, The Slog , Old World Disorder and the New Normal Pfizer: a case history of prestidigitation… Why Pfizer really bought Seagen
    ​[Make a bioweapon; SELL a “vaccine”. Make turbo-cancer with your “vaccine”; SELL cancer-cures, the ​NEW self-licking-ice-cream-cone​ business model.]

    Old World Disorder and the New Normal Pfizer: a case history of prestidigitation.

    #149752
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Empire of Lies Just-US system is already incompetent and a compromised joke.

    Lawfare has weaponized the entire putrid edifice into a world class laughing stock.

    The whole Trump constellation of faux indictments is actually voter interference and it could be argued is itself an act of treason.

    Elements of federal and state DOJs should be rounded up and frog marched in shackles in real court rooms actually based on the Constitution, not some political hack judge and prosecutor.

    So this video made me laugh out loud.

    Duh’merican Just-US has morphed into a TV ‘reality’ show like Jerry Springer

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