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Biden Vows To Protect US Democracy From ‘Nazi’ Trump (RT)
Supreme Court Takes Up Colorado Trump Ballot Disqualification Case (ET)
Trump Org Refutes House Democrat Report on Trump’s Finances (ET)
Genocide in Gaza (John Mearsheimer)
The “Transfer” of Palestinians Out of Gaza Is Not a “Voluntary Migration”(TO)
Gaza Destroys Western Divide-and-Rule Narratives (Narwani)
Ex-Pentagon Analyst: Mideast Crisis May Spiral Out of Control (Sp.)
Lindsey Graham Vows To Make Iran’s ‘Worst Nightmare’ Come True (RT)
After Military Collapse, Kiev Bets on Terrorism (Leiroz)
Brussels Eyeing ‘Plan B’ To Finance Ukraine (RT)
Musk Warns Against Invading Russia (RT)
Recruitment Problems Plague US Military (Paul Craig Roberts)
House GOP To Move Toward Holding Hunter Biden In Contempt Of Congress (CBS)
New York To Sue Bus Companies … For Busing People (Turley)
The Month That Labor Markets Fell Apart (Street)

 

 

 

 

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Scott Adams: “Illegal immigration is now ten-times as high as 2017 when the national conversation was already about it being too high. We can rule out “accidental.”

 

 

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After months of brainstorming this is their strategy: Trump is Hitler.

“We’ve become an embarrassment as a country,” Trump added.”

Biden Vows To Protect US Democracy From ‘Nazi’ Trump (RT)

US President Joe Biden has accused his Republican rival Donald Trump of seeking to take power through “political violence,” likening the former leader’s rhetoric to that used by “Nazi Germany” while deeming him a threat to American democracy itself. Biden launched a major broadside against Trump during a campaign speech in Pennsylvania on Friday night, citing the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol as a major part of the last president’s legacy. “Donald Trump’s campaign is about him, not America. Not you. Donald Trump’s campaign is obsessed with the past, not the future. He’s willing to sacrifice our democracy, put himself in power,” Biden said, going on to slam Trump as “sick” and a “loser.” Recalling the unrest in the wake of the last presidential election, Biden went on to say that Trump and his supporters still embrace “political violence,” adding “Trump’s assault on democracy isn’t just part of his past. It’s what he’s promising for the future.”

He also drew a comparison between the Republican candidate and the Third Reich. “He calls those who oppose him vermin. He talks about the blood of Americans being poisoned, echoing the same exact language used in Nazi Germany,” the president continued, positing himself as a defender of American institutions. Trump hit back during his own remarks on Friday night, calling Biden’s speech a “pathetic fearmongering campaign event” while slamming the leader for “an unbroken streak of weakness, incompetence, corruption and failure.” “Biden, if you take a look at what he’s doing on the border or inflation, or our military, that horrible day in Afghanistan, you look at what he’s done with energy – all throughout the world, we’re an embarrassment as a country. We’ve become an embarrassment as a country,” Trump added.

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They better be very clear and unanimous.

Supreme Court Takes Up Colorado Trump Ballot Disqualification Case (ET)

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted a petition for immediate review regarding a Colorado Supreme Court decision to strike former President Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential ballot. “The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted,” reads the procedural order. Oral arguments are scheduled for Feb. 8. Petitioners’ and amicus briefs are due by Jan. 18, and respondents’ and amicus briefs are due by Jan. 31, with any reply briefs due by Feb. 5. The Colorado Supreme Court had disqualified President Trump as a candidate on Dec. 19 in an order that left little chance for the actual removal of his name from the ballot. On Dec. 27, the Colorado GOP filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking three separate questions regarding the application of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and political parties’ First Amendment rights to primary their candidate of choice.

On Jan. 3, President Trump filed a separate petition with a simpler question: Did the Colorado Supreme Court err in its ruling? The U.S. Supreme Court has taken up President Trump’s petition, and has yet to accept to reject the Colorado GOP’s petition. Trump Campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said the campaign “welcomed” the Supreme Court review. “We welcome a fair hearing at the Supreme Court to argue against the bad-faith, election-interfering, voter-suppressing, Democrat-backed and Biden-led, 14th Amendment abusing decision to remove President Trump’s name from the 2024 ballot in the state of Colorado,” he stated. He added that several of these challenges, including the one in Colorado, had been represented and funded by large, left-wing, out-of-state activist groups and have the effect of “disenfranchising voters.”

“We are confident that the fair-minded Supreme Court will unanimously affirm the civil rights of President Trump, and the voting rights of all Americans in a ruling that will squash all of the remaining ballot challenge hoaxes once and for all,” he stated. Just before the Supreme Court order, the campaign had issued a statement highlight the “precedent” of similar cases being dismissed in state and federal courts the past week. Colorado was the first state to disqualify President Trump, and the first state to hold hearings regarding the merits of a Section 3 challenge at all. The legal theory that President Trump can be disqualified under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment rests on the premise that the events of Jan. 6, 2021, constituted an insurrection, and that President Trump actively participated in or instigated it.

It also assumes that individual state courts at various levels have the authority to adjudicate the eligibility of a presidential candidate under Section 3. There have been at least 60 of these challenges across the country in recent months, according to President Trump’s attorneys. However, the majority of these challenges have been dismissed for a wide range of reasons, with several courts citing lack of jurisdiction. Officials and some judges—including dissenting justices on the Colorado Supreme Court—have argued that if individual state courts were meant to be able to rule if a presidential candidate engaged in insurrection and whether that affected his eligibility, it could result in “chaos,” with upwards of 50 different rulings.

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“.. the company voluntarily implemented a program to track payments from foreign governments, which the company donated to the U.S. Treasury Department annually.”

Trump Org Refutes House Democrat Report on Trump’s Finances (ET)

The Trump Organization denied on Jan. 4 that former President Donald Trump improperly profited from his presidency, describing House Democrats’ claims to the contrary as “insane.” A new report published by the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee asserts that the 45th president’s businesses took in at least an estimated $7.8 million from 20 foreign governments—including those of China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and others—during his term, in violation of the Constitution. The outlined payments mostly included spending on rent at Trump Tower and Trump World Tower—both in New York—and on stays at the Trump International Hotels in Washington and Las Vegas. The report also alleges that President Trump allowed those payments to influence his foreign policy moves, citing his decision not to sanction the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)—which leases office space in Trump Tower—as an example.

But Kimberly Benza, a Trump Organization spokesperson, told The Epoch Times via email that such claims were ridiculous. “That narrative is insane, especially given there is no President in United States history who was tougher on China than Donald Trump… a President who introduced billions and billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs on their goods and services,” she said. Ms. Benza stressed that ICBC—which accounted for roughly $5.4 million of the payments detailed in the report—had been a preexisting, long-term tenant at Trump Tower since 2008—“almost a decade before President Trump entered office.” As for the remaining funds, Ms. Benza noted that the Trump Organization does not have the “ability or viability” to prevent individuals from making reservations through third-party booking websites. Nonetheless, she said the company voluntarily implemented a program to track payments from foreign governments, which the company donated to the U.S. Treasury Department annually.

[..] “We still don’t know the extent of the foreign payments that Donald Trump received—or even the total number of countries that paid him and his businesses while he was President—because Committee Chairman James Comer and House Republicans buried any further evidence of the Trump family’s staggering corruption,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the top Oversight Democrat, charged in a Jan. 4 statement. “Despite these efforts, today’s report makes clear that former President Trump put lining his pockets with cash from foreign governments seeking policy favors over the interests of the American people.” The former president’s staff and advisers see the report differently. For Ms. Benza, it’s confirmation that House Democrats are “desperate to save face” amid Republicans’ ongoing investigations of President Joe Biden and his family members.

“There is a large difference between someone who leases commercial office space to a foreign company a decade ago … versus the son and family members of the Vice President extracting money from China, Ukraine, and Romania and others while providing no apparent or tangible goods and services,” she said. “It would be dishonest to not clearly distinguish between the two.” That view was echoed by Jason Meister, a member of President Trump’s campaign advisory panel in New York, who told The Epoch Times that there is no valid comparison between President Biden’s family finances and the Trump family’s businesses. “Democrats desperately want you to believe that diplomats in D.C. reserving hotel rooms or buying candied bacon at the Trump Hotel over four years is the same thing as Joe Biden converting his son into a bag man, to collect and then split with him the millions in graft he took from all around the world,” Mr. Meister said.

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“One is reminded of how the Nazis talked about dealing with Jews when reading how Israelis in “positions of the highest responsibility” talk about dealing with the Palestinians.”

Genocide in Gaza (John Mearsheimer)

I am writing to flag a truly important document that should be widely circulated and read carefully by anyone interested in the ongoing Gaza War. Specifically, I am referring to the 84-page “application” that South Africa filed with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 29 December 2023, accusing Israel of committing genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza.1 It maintains that Israel’s actions since the war began on 7 October 2023 “are intended to bring about the destruction of a substantial part of the Palestinian national, racial and ethnic … group in the Gaza Strip.” (1) That charge fits clearly under the definition of genocide in the Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a signatory. The application is a superb description of what Israel is doing in Gaza. It is comprehensive, well-written, well-argued, and thoroughly documented. The application has three main components.

First, it describes in detail the horrors that the IDF has inflicted on the Palestinians since 7 October 2023 and explains why much more death and destruction is in store for them. Second, the application provides a substantial body of evidence showing that Israeli leaders have genocidal intent toward the Palestinians. (59-69) Indeed, the comments of Israeli leaders – all scrupulously documented – are shocking. One is reminded of how the Nazis talked about dealing with Jews when reading how Israelis in “positions of the highest responsibility” talk about dealing with the Palestinians. (59) In essence, the document argues that Israel’s actions in Gaza, combined with its leaders’ statements of intent, make it clear that Israeli policy is “calculated to bring about the physical destruction of Palestinians in Gaza.” (39)

Third, the document goes to considerable lengths to put the Gaza war in a broader historical context, making it clear that Israel has treated the Palestinians in Gaza like caged animals for many years. It quotes from numerous UN reports detailing Israel’s cruel treatment of the Palestinians. In short, the application makes clear that what the Israelis have done in Gaza since 7 October is a more extreme version of what they were doing well before 7 October.

There is no question that many of the facts described in the South African document have previously been reported in the media. What makes the application so important, however, is that it brings all those facts together in one place and provides an overarching and thoroughly supported description of the Israeli genocide. In other words, it provides the big picture while not neglecting the details. Unsurprisingly, the Israeli government has labelled the charges a “blood libel” that “has no factual and judicial basis.” Moreover, Israel claims that “South Africa is collaborating with a terror group that calls for the destruction of the state of Israel.” A close reading of the document, however, makes it clear that there is no basis for these assertions. In fact, it is hard to see how Israel will be able to defend itself in a rational-legal way when the proceedings begin. After all, brute facts are hard to dispute.

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“Every time I go back (to Gaza), I always think it cannot get worse, but every time I see more misery, more grief, more sadness..”

The “Transfer” of Palestinians Out of Gaza Is Not a “Voluntary Migration”(TO)

Palestinians have known all along that the real objective of Israel’s horrendous assault on Gaza is emptying the Strip of all Palestinians and the return of Jewish settlements. After nearly 90 days of relentless bombardment and a lackluster effort on the part of the Israeli government to negotiate the release of the hostages taken by Hamas, it has become clear even to Israelis that Netanyahu’s declared goals of “dismantling Hamas, returning our hostages, and ensuring that in Gaza there will be no one that threatens Israel” are nothing more than a cover for the government’s “transfer” plan.

The first phase of the transfer plan commenced with the carpet bombing of northern Gaza and an evacuation order telling Palestinians to leave the area — one of the most densely populated in the world — and move to southern Gaza “where they will be safer.” But no sooner had they reached southern Gaza than bombs started to rain on them again — in Beit Lahia, Khan Younis, Maghazi, and other heavily populated residential neighborhoods. Nowhere is safe in Gaza; nowhere to hide from U.S.-supplied 2,000-pound bombs. The 2.3 million inhabitants of the Strip are now squeezed into an even smaller over-crowded, open-air prison that is a third of the size of the previous one they were forced to evacuate from.

The “transfer” — or “voluntary migration” as some Israeli officials are calling it — is now being promoted as the humane solution for the people of Gaza who now populate a parcel of land that has been rendered completely unlivable, a fulfillment of a promise made by several Israeli government officials after the October 7 Hamas attack. Recall Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant saying, “We are fighting human animals, and we are acting accordingly.… We will eliminate everything — they will regret it.” Or retired Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland telling Israeli media, “Creating a severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza is a necessary means to achieve the goal. Gaza will become a place where no human being can exist.” After his return from a recent visit to the besieged Gaza Strip, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini told the Global Refugee Forum in mid-December that the people of Gaza “are running out of time and options, as they face bombardment, deprivation, and disease in an ever-ever-shrinking space.”

Also speaking at the forum, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the siege to allow for sufficient aid. Grandi said, “Every time I go back (to Gaza), I always think it cannot get worse, but every time I see more misery, more grief, more sadness, and have the feeling that Gaza is not really a habitable place anymore.” In a lead editorial in the Israeli daily Haaretz, Knesset member Danny Danon was reported as saying, “We have to make it easier for Gazans to leave for other countries.… I’m talking about voluntary migration by Palestinians.” He added that he thinks that “the Arab states have a duty to help the Palestinians. They should have the decency to help instead of making inflammatory speeches.”

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“..nothing has the power to inflame the region’s masses like this particular fight between right and wrong..”

Gaza Destroys Western Divide-and-Rule Narratives (Narwani)

It could be a clean sweep. Decades of western-led narratives crafted to exploit differences throughout West Asia, create strife amid the region’s myriad communities, and advance western foreign policy objectives over the heads of bickering natives are now in ruins. The war in Gaza, it transpires, has blown a mile-wide hole in the falsehoods and fairytales that have kept West Asia distracted with internecine conflicts since at least the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. Shia versus Sunni, Iran versus Arabs, secular versus Islamist: these are three of the west’s most nefarious narrative ploys that sought to control and redirect the region and its populations, and have even drawn Arab rulers into an ungodly alliance with Israel.

It took a rare conflict – uncooked and uncontrolled by Washington – to liberate West Asian masses from their narrative trance. Israel’s genocidal assault on Gaza also brought instant clarity to the question of which Arabs and Muslims actually support Palestinian liberation – and which do not. Iran, Hezbollah, Iraqi resistance factions, and Yemen’s Ansarallah – maligned by these western narratives – are now visibly the only regional players prepared to buttress the Gaza frontline, whether through funds, weapons, or armed clashes that aim to dilute and disperse Israeli military resources. The so-called ‘moderate Arabs,’ a misnomer for the western-centric, authoritarian Arab dictatorships subservient to Washington’s interests, have offered little more than lip service to the carnage in Gaza.

The Saudis called for support by hosting Arab and Islamic summits that were allowed to do and say nothing. The Emiratis and Jordanians trucked supplies to Israel that Ansarallah blockaded by sea. The mighty Egypt hosted delegations when all it needed to have done was to open the Rafah Crossing so Palestinians can eat. Qatar – once a major Hamas donor – now negotiates for the freedom of Israeli captives, while hosting Hamas ‘moderates,’ who are at odds with Gaza’s freedom fighters. And Turkiye’s trade with the Israeli occupation state continues to skyrocket (exports increased 35 percent from November to December 2023). Palestine, for the pro-west ‘moderate Arabs,’ is a carefully handled flag they occasionally wave publicly, but sabotage privately. So, they watch, transfixed and horrified today, at what social media and tens of millions of protesters have made crystal clear: Palestine remains the essential Arab and Muslim cause; it may ebb and flow, but nothing has the power to inflame the region’s masses like this particular fight between right and wrong.

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“Whether the US will leave or not, I don’t know. I tend to doubt it because they have too much [interests there].”

Ex-Pentagon Analyst: Mideast Crisis May Spiral Out of Control (Sp.)

Two powerful blasts killed close to 100 people in the Iranian city of Kerman this week, with Daesh (ISIL/ISIS)* claiming responsibility for the terror attack. However, former Pentagon senior security policy analyst Michael Maloof does not rule out that the terrorist group “might be trying to take credit for something as a cover for somebody else.” “I’m not surprised because ISIS has been known to work with the Israelis,” he told Sputnik. “We have an interesting context, particularly since the Israelis are very anti-Shia and ISIS is basically radical Sunnis. So it’s not surprising. And ISIS has a history of also detonating explosives in Iran. In fact, just a few years ago, they had a few explosions, I think, on the parliament building in Tehran. So it’s not unique.”

In the wake of the attack, Iranian authorities had suggested that the bombing might be linked to Tehran’s opposition to Israel’s Gaza war, assuming that Tel Aviv or Washington could have been behind it. President Ebrahim Raisi’s deputy, Mohammad Jamshidi, tweeted that: “Make no mistake. The responsibility for this crime lies with the US and Zionist regimes (Israel) and terrorism is just a tool.” The US and Israel have strongly denied having a hand in the deadly bombing, claiming that Sunni radical groups, including Daesh, could have carried out the attack. Shortly after, a post on Daesh’s Telegram account popped up saying that the terrorist group was behind the blasts. In a statement, the terrorist organization named Omar al-Mowahid and Sayefulla al-Mujahid as the perpetrators.

Nonetheless, the bombing has raised a lot of questions, especially given that Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the political bureau of Hamas, was killed in a drone strike in southern Beirut just a day before. Al-Arouri’s assassination is widely believed to be committed by Israel The Wall Street Journal claimed on December 1 that Israel’s intelligence services were preparing to kill Hamas leaders around the world. Extraterritorial targeted killings of individuals designated as terrorists by Tel Aviv is Israel’s decades-long practice touted as a way to prevent terrorist attacks and scale down “collateral damage.” Likewise, the use of proxy groups is nothing new for Israel or the US, as per Sputnik’s interlocutor. For its part, the US has recently launched a military operation against Houthi rebels in the Red Sea and stepped up attacks on Shiite groups, belonging to the so-called Axis of Resistance, in Iraq.

“There was what seemed to be a further retaliation this morning against one of the Shia leaders in Baghdad of one of the militant groups,” said Maloof. “That was a US strike with a missile. (…) So it was a direct hit and inside of Baghdad. And so I think that that’s probably going to cause the Iraqis to start putting increasing pressure for the US forces to get out altogether. That seems to be the trend. The parliament did it a few years ago and nothing ever happened. Nobody moved out. Now, the prime minister has made a statement to that effect recently and I think last week that he wants American troops out of Iraq. Whether the US will leave or not, I don’t know. I tend to doubt it because they have too much [interests there].”

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“His words came as Washington was reportedly preparing for the conflict between Israel and Hamas to spill over the borders of Gaza and expand further to the Middle East..”

Lindsey Graham Vows To Make Iran’s ‘Worst Nightmare’ Come True (RT)

Washington will continue to actively support Israel and seek to realize a “nightmare” scenario for the Iranian leadership, US Senator Lindsey Graham told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Tel Aviv on Thursday. The US expressed its strong support for the Jewish State in October 2023 in the wake of a Hamas terrorist attack, which claimed some 1,200 lives and saw more than 240 people taken hostage. The Israeli retaliation campaign, which was also backed by the US, has already killed more than 22,000 people in the Palestinian enclave, according to local health officials. On Thursday, Graham told Netanyahu that both US lawmakers and the administration of President Joe Biden would “push forward to make Iran’s worst nightmare real,” adding that the US would “do everything we can” to support Israel.

He argued that West Jerusalem should strive for reconciliation with Arab nations, calling such an outcome “a nightmare for the ayatollah.” He also described establishing ties between Israel and the Arab world as an “absolutely essential ingredient to a better, more stable Mid-East and a safe and secure Israel and a prosperous Palestinian people.” The senator also stated that he was personally “more dedicated now to bringing stability to your country and this region.” Netanyahu responded by expressing his gratitude to Graham and vowed to continue Israel’s war campaign in Gaza. “We’re absolutely committed to achieving our war goals,” Netanyahu told Graham, adding that West Jerusalem would “apply maximum power with maximum precision everywhere that’s needed.”

Iran has repeatedly blamed Israel for the escalation in the region throughout the ongoing conflict as well as accused it of committing “genocide” in Gaza and setting “fire to the region.” Tehran also accused West Jerusalem’s Western backers, including the US, of employing double standards in their assessment of the situation in the Middle East. Last month, Graham, who is also known for his staunch anti-Iranian position, called for a bombing campaign against Iran, calling for the country’s oil fields and the Revolutionary Guard Corps headquarters to be “blown off the map.” Graham is a retired US Air Force colonel but spent his entire military career in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a lawyer and then a judge. He also has a long history of promoting the use of force abroad.

His words came as Washington was reportedly preparing for the conflict between Israel and Hamas to spill over the borders of Gaza and expand further to the Middle East, according to Politico. The administration of US President Joe Biden was allegedly reviewing scenarios that could see Washington drawn into a major conflict in the region. A US response could be triggered by Yemeni Houthi fighters, who have been targeting commercial ships off Yemen’s coast in response to the attacks on Gaza by Israel, according to the news media outlet.

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“..The attacks on Belgorod and other Russian demilitarized zones clearly show how close the Ukrainian regime is to definitive defeat..”

After Military Collapse, Kiev Bets on Terrorism (Leiroz)

A major military escalation is taking place in the special operation zone – and even outside of it. Moscow is launching massive attacks against Ukraine after the demilitarized region of Belgorod was hit in terrorist actions by Kiev. Faced with military fiasco and the impossibility of continuing to fight through appropriate means, the neo-Nazi regime relies on terrorism as a war tactic against Russia. On December 30, Ukrainian forces launched a deadly attack with cluster weapons on Belgorod, killing dozens and injuring hundreds of people, including several children. There was no military target in the region to justify the attack, making it a deliberate action against civilians, which is why the attitude can be considered a crime under international law.

Russian diplomats at the UN called for an emergency meeting on the topic and Secretary General Antonio Guterres himself condemned Kiev’s actions. However, as expected, no consensus was reached on punishing Ukraine for its crimes, as Western states absolutely support the actions of the neo-Nazi regime. In the following days, Ukraine continued to bomb Belgorod and generate more victims. In response, Russia tightened its actions, hitting several military, industrial and critical infrastructure targets in numerous Ukrainian cities, including Kharkov, Kiev and even Lvov. Among the targets, decision-making and logistics centers used in planning attacks against Belgorod were destroyed. So, undoubtedly, recent days have been marked by a military escalation that could be decisive regarding the future of the conflict.

The Ukrainian side is the one that suffers most from this type of escalatory situation. Unlike the Russians, who are only using a small percentage of their military potential, Ukraine does not have the capacity to continue fighting in the long term. Since 2022, Kiev has had great difficulty facing high-intensity frictions, constantly suffering heavy losses. Especially after the failed “counteroffensive” attempt last year, the situation has further deteriorated, with the neo-Nazi regime collapsing militarily.In military sciences, terrorism is seen as a type of tactic used by belligerent agents incapable of facing a regular war situation. This explains why Kiev is committed to increasing terrorist attacks and generating more and more civilian victims. The attacks on Belgorod and other Russian demilitarized zones clearly show how close the Ukrainian regime is to definitive defeat, having collapsed militarily and being unable to reach any target other than innocent and unarmed civilians.

It would be wrong to say that this phenomenon is something recent. Terrorism has always been a common practice for the Ukrainian military. Although the Western media says otherwise, in fact, Kiev has always been at a disadvantage in direct conflict, not being able to face hostilities in accordance with international standards of humanitarian law. This is why Ukrainian intelligence and armed forces carried out terrorist maneuvers against Russian public figures and targeted non-military infrastructure such as the Kakhovka dam and the Crimean Bridge.However, the use of these criminal practices tends to become more and more frequent from now on, as Kiev is facing a situation of absolute military ruin. The so-called “counteroffensive” was the neo-Nazi regime’s main bet in 2023 and created great expectations in Western public opinion about a possible “game change” in the military scenario of the conflict. Western propagandists even commented that Kiev would “retake” the regions liberated by Russian forces – including Crimea.

But none of these expectations came true. Russian forces were efficient in protecting their defense lines and preventing any Ukrainian territorial advance. As admitted by Russian authorities, Moscow’s main goal in 2023 was to neutralize the Ukrainian counteroffensive and this objective was evidently achieved successfully. Tens of thousands of Ukrainians died in the fighting, mainly due to the heavy use of artillery by the Russians. Kiev’s death numbers exceeded half a million soldiers, in addition to massive losses of military equipment, leading the regime to collapse and strategic paralysis.

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Just admit you lost and move on.

Brussels Eyeing ‘Plan B’ To Finance Ukraine (RT)

The EU is considering alternative ways to keep funding Ukraine, in case member states fail to bypass a veto by Hungary, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said. Budapest earlier blocked a €50 billion ($55 billion) assistance package for Kiev amid the conflict with Russia. Speaking at a press conference with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on Friday, von der Leyen stressed that the EU must “urgently move forward on stabilizing our financial aid” to Ukraine. Reaching a consensus between all 27 member states is the “first priority… But of course we must prepare for other options. These are operational solutions that we are preparing right now,” she said, without giving details.

Von der Leyen recalled that just before Christmas, the EU adopted an €18 billion ($20 billion) support package for Kiev, to help “Ukraine finance their needs for the beginning of this year” and give Brussels some leeway when negotiating the main funding package. “But of course we have to work as hard and as fast as possible to deliver,” the top official added. Last month, Hungary – which has been consistently critical of the EU’s policy on Ukraine – blocked a €50 billion aid package for Kiev, to be disbursed between 2024 and 2027. Balazs Orban, an adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has said Budapest could drop its opposition to the effort if Brussels unblocks all of the €30 billion earmarked for Hungary – which were withheld over a perceived crackdown on democracy. The EU has so far unfrozen only one third of the sum, citing Budapest’s progress on judicial reforms.

The Financial Times reported late last month that the EU was working on a mechanism to bypass the Hungarian veto, that would see member states provide guarantees to the EU budget, thereby allowing Brussels to borrow some €20 billion for Kiev. An EU special summit on funding Ukraine will take place on February 1. Since the start of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev in February 2022, the EU has provided Ukraine with more than $91 billion in various forms of aid. Russia has repeatedly denounced arms shipments to Kiev, while warning that continued support is becoming a serious burden for EU taxpayers.

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Nobody was going to.

Musk Warns Against Invading Russia (RT)

Never invade Russia, tech billionaire Elon Musk has insisted during a discussion of military strategies over the past few centuries on his platform, X (formerly Twitter). In a post on Thursday, Musk argued that 18th and early 19th-century British naval commander Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson was “incredible.” He also praised Arthur Wellesley, the First Duke of Wellington, who was among the military leaders who defeated French Emperor Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. “Wellington is usually underrated. Not on Napoleon’s level, but still one of the best generals in history imo,” SpaceX and Tesla CEO wrote. In response to his comment, one of the users suggested that Napoleon was actually “not so smart” when he launched his failed Russian campaign in 1812.

Musk seemingly agreed with the notion, replying: “Just don’t invade Russia. It’s never a good idea.” The French Army, considered unbeatable at the time, crossed into Russian territory in late June 1812 and advanced quickly, entering Moscow by mid-September. However, after that, Napoleon’s forces could only retreat, being kicked out of Russia by the end of the year and suffering estimated losses of between 400,000 and 500,000. Russian historians attribute the country’s success in what they call the Patriotic War of 1812 to the sophisticated bait-and-switch strategies of Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, the heroism of Russian troops, the patriotism of the civilian population, many of whom joined the partisans, and the harsh winter conditions in the final months of the conflict.

Over the past two years, Musk has been calling for a peaceful settlement of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev, warning that due to the West backing Ukraine, the conflict could well spiral into a nuclear war between Russia and the US. The billionaire has been providing the Kiev forces with access to Starlink satellite internet but refused to enable the service in the vicinity of Crimea over concerns that the Ukrainians would use SpaceX’s system to guide drones and missiles toward Russian targets on the peninsula.

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“..they have heard enough from those forced out because of refusal to take the death vaccine to know that the officers no longer stand up for the troops..”

Recruitment Problems Plague US Military (Paul Craig Roberts)

Traditionally a few Southern states have provided the backbone of America’s military. But times have changed. Today white Southern men don’t like black female sergeants in their face. They don’t like homosexual sergeants in their face either. They don’t like comments from non-military friends about their officers wearing high heels and skirts. And they have heard enough from those forced out because of refusal to take the death vaccine to know that the officers no longer stand up for the troops. A military headed by a black Secretary of Defense, a female Deputy Secretary of Defense, a black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a female Chief of Naval Operations, a female Secretary of the Army, a Hispanic Secretary of the Navy, and a black head of the US Air Force Academy comes across as a military hostile to “racist, misogynist heterosexual white males.” These officials might all be competent, but they don’t come across to those in the ranks as warriors loyal to the troops.

The black Secretary of Defense reinforced this impression when he announced that promotions for whites were on hold because there are too many white officers. In other words, the military is no longer merit-based. It is a racial and gender quota system. Men with a temperament to be warriors want to be led by warriors, not by quota hires. They want to feel that they are part of a fighting force led by officers proven in combat. Their image of a military leader is George Patton or Robert E. Lee. The demonization of white people that permeates American society has now infected the military. Traditional military families now discourage sons from joining the US military. If the pro-Israeli neoconservative warmongers remain in control of US foreign policy, the likely consequence will be that Washington will make a deal with immigrant-invaders of trading citizenship for military service. This appears to be the road that the woke US military has us on. Just as Romans ended up ruled by their German mercenaries, Americans will be ruled by immigrant-invaders.

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“Comer and Jordan requested the White House provide information about Mr. Biden’s alleged involvement in his son’s defiance of the congressional subpoena. They gave the White House until Wednesday to turn over documents regarding Hunter Biden’s scheduled deposition.”

House GOP To Move Toward Holding Hunter Biden In Contempt Of Congress (CBS)

House Republicans said Friday that they will move forward next week with an effort to hold Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son, in contempt of Congress after he refused to comply with a congressional subpoena for closed-door testimony. Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer announced that on Wednesday, his panel will consider a resolution and accompanying report to penalize Hunter Biden for his defiance of the subpoena. If the Oversight panel advances the contempt resolution, it would then require approval by the full House. The Oversight and Judiciary Committees demanded the president’s son appear for a private deposition on Dec. 13, which he declined to do. Instead, Hunter Biden delivered a brief statement to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol, in which he reiterated that he would only answer lawmakers’ questions in a public setting.

He accused Republicans of “distorting the facts” and selectively releasing information from prior closed-door interviews with others appearing before House committees. Comer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan said in a statement Friday that Hunter Biden’s refusal to comply with their subpoenas for testimony constitutes contempt of Congress and warrants referral to federal prosecutors. “We will not provide him with special treatment because of his last name,” Comer, of Kentucky, and Jordan, of Ohio, said. Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, denounced Comer’s decision to hold a vote on the contempt resolution, saying there is no precedent for the House holding a private citizen who has offered to testify publicly in contempt of Congress.

“Chairman Comer does not want Hunter Biden to testify in public, just as he has refused to publicly release over a dozen interview transcripts, because he wants to keep up the carefully curated distortions, blatant lies, and laughable conspiracy theories that have marked this investigation,” he said in a statement. “However, the facts and the evidence all show no wrongdoing and no impeachable offense by President Biden.” Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, criticized House GOP lawmakers in a statement to CBS News. “It’s clear the Republican Chairmen aren’t interested in getting the facts or they would allow Hunter to testify publicly. Instead, House Republicans continue to play politics by seeking an unprecedented contempt motion against someone who has from the first request offered to answer all their proper questions,” he said. “What are they afraid of?”

GOP lawmakers have been investigating Hunter Biden’s business dealings for nearly a year and have accused Mr. Biden of profiting from his son and brother’s overseas work. But the Republicans have not produced any evidence of wrongdoing by the president or that he benefited from his family’s foreign business ventures. Still, the GOP-led House voted along party lines last month to formalize an impeachment inquiry into the president. As part of their probe, led by the Oversight, Judiciary and Ways and Means panels, Comer and Jordan requested the White House provide information about Mr. Biden’s alleged involvement in his son’s defiance of the congressional subpoena. They gave the White House until Wednesday to turn over documents regarding Hunter Biden’s scheduled deposition.

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“It is doubtful that anyone in New York seriously believes that they can force bus or airline companies to pay for migrants coming to a self-proclaimed sanctuary city..”

New York To Sue Bus Companies … For Busing People (Turley)

New York City Major Eric Adams announced on Thursday that he is suing bus companies for over $700 million for busing undocumented persons to the state. This is truly a thing to behold. It is a frivolous lawsuit based on an absurd law motivated by raw hypocrisy. In the meantime, the Biden Administration has been flying migrants to outside the city but no lawsuit is expected. New York City politicians have long heralded their status as a sanctuary city. Yet, it is now taking various methods to prevent migrants from seeking sanctuary by threatening anyone who brings them to the city. The lawsuit will rely on New York Social Services Law § 149, which requires that “[a]ny person who knowingly brings, or causes to be brought, a needy person from out of state into this state for the purpose of making him a public charge…shall be obligated to convey such person out of state or support him at his own expense.”

Of course, these companies are not transporting people to make them a public charge. They are transporting these people because they or a third party paid the fare for transport. That statute expressly allows the commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Services (DSS) to sue to recover costs. In seeking to impose crippling fines and damages on transportation companies, the lawsuit will likely be challenged as unconstitutional due to its vagueness, curtailment of interstate travel, and a host of other glaring problems. This is clearly an effort to grind companies financially. It is doubtful that anyone in New York seriously believes that they can force bus or airline companies to pay for migrants coming to a self-proclaimed sanctuary city. It is a cynical effort to impose litigation costs on companies to get them to refuse to accept such contracts.

Yet, how is a company supposed to determine if someone purchasing a ticket is a potential “public charge.” Does that apply to anyone who is impoverished? What proof of support is needed from the passenger? Such inquiries could themselves violate legal and constitutional protections. Transportation companies sell seats for transport. They are not responsible for those who purchase the tickets for their ultimate support. They are not responsible for the costs that a traveler may impose on a given city. If that were the case, I would sue the airlines everytime they fly the Packers to Chicago to play football. (Now that I think about it ….hmmm)

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Can you spell Bidenomics?

“..the print for implied full-time job creation/destruction comes to -1.479M.”

“They will tell you that this was a strong report even though they are not stupid. They hope you are.”

The Month That Labor Markets Fell Apart (Street)

On the surface, the BLS report of December labor markets appears somewhat strong. The keyword reading algorithms that skim the headlines acted in a microsecond. Bonds were hit, as yields went “pop.” Equity index futures reacted accordingly and put a momentary bottom in. The tough part of this report will be to determine just how positive, or negative December was. I’ll give you a clue as to what I think. I think December was tragic and may have been the first hint of something awful to come. I hope for your sake and for mine that I am overreacting. Okay, understanding that the BLS ends up significantly revising everything because their methods are antiquated and have been insufficient for the purposes of data collection for years, we’ll go with the numbers. The fact shall likely forever remain clouded in mystery.

As anyone reading this piece already knows, the Bureau of Labor Markets, which is part of the Department of Labor, posted the results of its twin December Labor Market surveys on Friday morning. The Establishment Survey of “Table B”, which is the more superficial of the two and of course the one that the financial media focuses on, showed an increase of Non-Farm Payrolls of 216K. Wall Street was looking for about 160K, I was looking for 164K. The BLS also revised November’s NFP print from 199K down to 173K and October’s NFP print from 150K down to 105K, leaving the December NFP print not at 216K, but at net growth of 145K from where we thought we were. 145K obviously falls short of consensus view. It gets worse from there. The Household Survey of “Table A” showed a decrease of 683K persons and another 676K individuals that became “discouraged” and left the labor force.

Conveniently, these 676K individuals can be left out of the math, so that the unemployment rate can stay put. So, understand this. The BLS Establishment Survey shows net job creation of 145K, while the BLS Household Survey shows job destruction of 683K at a time of year when everyone and their brother is trying to hire temporary employees. It still gets worse from there. As the exodus of the discouraged left the labor force en masse, the participation rate dropped from 62.8% to 62.5% (that’s a huge drop) as the employment to population ratio dropped from 60.4% to 60.1%. Part-time work? Glad you asked, as this is part of the Household Survey. Part-Time jobs increased by a whopping 796K positions, even as 683K positions were eliminated. Hence, and this is a doozy, the print for implied full-time job creation/destruction comes to -1.479M.

That’s right. They will tell you that this was a strong report even though they are not stupid. They hope you are. “They” know darn well that the US economy lost 1.479M full-time jobs in December. That’s tragic. This large reduction in the ranks of those employed and the ranks of those downshifted from full-time to part-time left the unemployment rate at 3.7% and took the Underemployment Rate up from 7% to 7.1%. Do you realize how hard it is for these rates to not move lower and do so significantly when 0.4% of the entire labor force has “disappeared.”

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    Marc Riboud Painting the Eiffel Tower 1953   • Biden Vows To Protect US Democracy From ‘Nazi’ Trump (RT) • Supreme Court Takes Up Colorado Trump
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 6 2024]

    #149848
    tboc
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    has anyone seen any statistcs relevant to consumer spending from Black Friday to Christmas? Historically this time frame has been the period of profit for consumer enterprises and the spending reported in the press. This year there doesn’t seem to be any national reporting on spending. The BLS report should be considered in light of end of year consumer spending. Please post any information you may have gleaned concerning holiday spending.

    As i walked Buddy through the neighborhood after Christmas the amount of product wrapping at the curb seemed lower than in previous years. The amount of packaging from the delivery of online purchases did not show any notable increase at the curb in the weeks before Christmas. UPS uses small trailers drawn by small ATVs for neighborhood delivery during the holiday season and their traffic also seemed diminished.

    #149849
    Dr. D
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    The Eiffel doesn’t look very tall but it sure looks tall there.

    Thinking about the Peak Oil issue and how “We don’t have any”. That is, Russia is signing 50 year contracts, but we won’t even explore.

    I think it may go like this: YES, that is true, BUT, the Bush/Bilderberg Plan was to pump all the CHEAP oil, the shallow oil, for free, pay for it in printed, fake dollars. THEN, when you need technical competency to get the harder stuff, you control it by PROMOTING the Muslim Brotherhood, Wahaabism, Stone-Age Islam in all the key countries. Then you, Exxon, have control because THEY can’t pump oil in Libya without you. YOU, Exxon, BP, Dutch Shell, set prices. That was the foray into grabbing Iraq and surrounding Iran. Without them, this run into oil wasn’t going to work. AND, it was 1999, and we were just about to chop up and sell Russia back to Germany (at last).

    And why? Because Controlling the OIL (we already controlled the food) we would control CHINA. Make them our new slave market, our b—h.

    Okay, fast-forward, Bush is an idiot, Cheney is a maniac, and Blair is a pillar of shite. The Bilderbergs are now all idiot sons of idiot sons who can’t even listen to the functional evil of Rumsfeld and Kissinger (thank god).

    BUT! The legacy of that 50 year, world-wide “Take over the world plan” is still out there, it’s legacy persists as they could never tell the rubes enforcing it what was going on to begin with. We see that in the continuing “Peak Oil” plan, the control of Gaza gas fields, Suez/Hormuz oil transit, and Global Warming. You’re seeing that as these lies conflict with other lies, and the lies of these plans interfere with the new directions no one’s decided on yet.

    Back to the basics: THERE IS OIL. A LOT of it. IF BRIICS can get financing to Niger, Sudan, etc, they can pump it, there is no pricing power, London can’t willy-nilly rig the markets, the whole plan falls to s—t. …By making oil relatively cheap for us? Uh, sadly, yeah. The problem is no longer the oil is expensive, it’s that US/EU currencies are worthless. Same thing, from our perspective. So Niger could double production (and they will) but gas will still be $5/gal (I know you non-Americans are laughing).

    Again, as this happens, BRIICS will control the price, and Shanghai will control the banking. The oil will be pumped as they see fit. Again, on 50-year contracts.

    Part II: it is rumored we needed this NOT for Iraq’s oil (we could have bought every barrel cheaper than the war) but for the PRICING POWER, that is, the market rigging. Only THEN would it be safe to admit we still have a tonne of oil in Alaska and under 30,000 feet (aka, the magma center of the earth) in the Gulf. Before then (and we had a Saudi deal that runs the PetroDollar), if we “discovered” a new field, the price would merely drop. Why have that? Pump the other guy for free! WORSE, we would then be expected to pay back that $36Trillion we owe. No way, Jose’. FIRST default (or take over the world) THEN find that oilfield. Right?

    That would mean, there’s not only a lot of oil in Russia and Iran – Generations of it – but just as much again here in the U.S. Our oil is higher cost though, which is why we needed to price-rig as insurance.

    Got it?

    Yeah, the failing failures of fail, like Blair, the Idiot Sons of Idiot Sons, like Blinken, screwed up all that. The oil is safe though, still underground in storage like our rare earths and gold.

    WE ONLY HAVE FICTIONAL PROBLEMS.

    There is plenty of food. More than ever as Russia increases. There is plenty of oil. There’s no need for oil wars. There is manufacturing so much that they prove Marx right (why do you prove Marx right???) that I can order tech – earphones, etc — from China, made halfway around the world and shipped to my door for $1. Unlike nuclear power, goods are made almost too cheap to meter.

    And so we’re fighting for why again? ‘Cause some Billionaire with a d—k rocket told us to on WaPo?

    Down at the basic level, THAT is what is true, and THAT is what they don’t want US to find out: There’s plenty for everyone, and your neighbor is not your enemy. Where would they be then?

    Where would we be if they stopped using every dollar to make fake trouble in “Three World Wars” and are willing to liquidate Disney, Target, and AB InBev to cause dissension and strife? It’s all fake: the economy is fake, the war is fake, the reasons are fake, but your hardship is real. Behold, the Power of Lies.

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    Dr. D
    Participant

    Moving on to today:

    “In 2016, Victoria Nuland told Congress” …That we had dozens of illegal bioweapons labs in Ukraine. These were later to be shown working with Hunter, and creating Covid.

    Ramaswamy, boy they love to come back for seconds. Please never stop asking. It’s so disturbing to listen to such trollop. And it’s designed and meant to be demoralizing. Is it working on you? And this reporter I guess feels the story is all about her. She is more important than a Presidential candidate. She doesn’t care what he has to say OR a single thing about black people, black cities (so to speak), black crime, and black victims. When he brings it up, falls right out of her head as so irrelevant, such non-people, non-humans, doesn’t even compute. …Moves right on with her “white” narrative.

    Hey, go down to Baltimore and tell them to their face, yes? Go tell them you don’t care, see if you can get good agreement on that. Why don’t you go to Arkansas and Vermont and tell the white people they’re not poor. How privileged they are. Let’s go get it all on camera, and post it without editing on YouTube, so everyone can know who’s right and wrong.

    “Biden went on to say that Trump and his supporters still embrace “political violence,”

    Okay, show me. That can’t be too hard. Show me all the things. If there are so many should be easier than a normal news day and you can knock off early.

    “He also drew a comparison between the Republican candidate and the Third Reich.”

    Yes, that Republicans are long known to be the “Socialist” “Workers’” Party, right? Isn’t that their claim to fame? Practically identical I guess. “National-sozialistische Arbeiter-Partei“ Right? No one was more Socialist than Ronald Reagan, John McCain, and Mike Pence. Glad we’re all on the same page here.

    “We’ll know our work is done when everything the American People believe is a lie.” — CIA Director Casey.

    Biden: “The nation watched in horror on January 6th and Trump did nothing.”

    Except to ask Nancy Pelosi to beef up the city police and please use the national guard. Except to ask the same of the Joint Chiefs. Except tell them to be peaceful. Except tell them to go home. Except Which they did. The Horror was so great that the Capitol Police escorted many of them through the building, with 20 camera crews in tow, and took selfies. Such horror that Babylon Bee worker went home, then when stuff was happening, went back down empty streets to a mostly empty doorway and was let in. After he had been let in as a member of the press, they told him to go home, because there was no notice or riot and they could hear everyone at a speaking voice. So he did, and was arrested by Biden over 2 years later. For going home when requested.

    “The Horror, the horror” as Conrad said. “This aggression will not stand” that other fiction-writer said.

    “The Trump Organization denied on Jan. 4 that former President Donald Trump improperly profited from his presidency, describing House Democrats’ claims to the contrary as “insane.”

    He profited by losing almost $2B dollars? After not taking a salary? Uh-huh. And of course we all remember when General Washington refused to sell tobacco and cotton to anyone in France or Britain so as not to be influenced, right? If I recall, he took million dollar book deals instead.

    ““are intended to bring about the destruction of a substantial part of the Palestinian national, racial and ethnic … group in the Gaza Strip.” (1) That charge fits clearly under the definition of genocide in the Geneva Convention,”

    Yes. Words have meanings. We are not being hyperbolic, we are being literal. They literally and legally are doing this.

    “After all, brute facts are hard to dispute.”

    Ah, you must be on the Right. No one “disputes” facts and data: We ignore them. We have feelz. We have “Context”. We have “exceptions”. We have “reasons”. That makes it all okay because we’re a pal.

    Law is POWER. If you have POWER, everything is legal. If you lack POWER, everything is illegal. Socialism is self-described as the study of precisely this social power and how to get it and use it. That’s what “Critical Race Theory” is, a updating of Socialist “Critical Theory.” All life, all action, all thought are about POWER. (To the critically and dangerously mentally ill such as they) Just watch. You don’t get “Justice in exactly the measure you can afford”, you get Justice in precisely the measure of your POWER. And everyone applauds.

    “The “Transfer” of Palestinians Out of Gaza Is Not a “Voluntary Migration”(TO)

    The Vax is voluntary. We’re just going to take away more stuff each day until you “voluntarily” do it. That’s what “voluntary” means. (to mentally ill diabolic narcissists) Since the whole West thought that was voluntary, Gaza must be voluntary too. Or at least not wrong at all.

    ““Whether the US will leave or not, I don’t know. I tend to doubt it because they have too much [interests there].”

    What interest is that? I hear this all my life but no one can seem to describe it. Best I can tell, we extort the region so we can blackmail other countries with shutting off their oil, like Yemen just so easily did to us. Just guessing tho. I keep asking and maybe someday someone will tell me.

    ““I’m not surprised because ISIS has been known to work with the Israelis,” he told Sputnik.”

    .: Pentagon believes Mossad and ISIS are basically brother groups. Huh. Right. But they’re also #Opposite groups? Well, I guess it depends which the reporters finds more convenient to fit that day’s narrative. Is it a day we are at war with Estasia, or what? Then Daesh is Goldberg and the Space Plane exists. If it’s Westasia, then the #Opposite.

    But Mossad? Was it Mossad who worked with the Libyan embassy (actually a 3rd rate CIA safe house) to move shiploads of arms, and was it Mossad who bought 10,000 pickup trucks in Texas and transported them through Turkey? Asking for a friend. And when that happened, MI6 and Interpol had no idea, and none of the money moved through EU or London Banks. How about that?

    “Lindsey Graham Vows To Make Iran’s ‘Worst Nightmare’ Come True (RT)

    Lindsay Graham wants war? That’s not news. Buddy, guy….here’s a plane ticket and a gun. Gratis! Have fun! Sayonara.

    “Ukrainian forces launched a deadly attack with cluster weapons on Belgorod, killing dozens and injuring hundreds of people, including several children. There was no military target…”

    That’s how you win wars: by hitting everything EXCEPT the military. …In #OppositeLand. Since that’s not a #Rational response, it is therefore a… IRRATIONAL one? A reaction of da Feelz? Is this a #Male-oriented approach or a #Female one? Just asking: you decide.

    “no consensus was reached on punishing Ukraine for its crimes, as Western states absolutely support the actions of the neo-Nazi regime.”

    And the West is an #Irrational nation of #Feelz?

    “Western propagandists even commented that Kiev would “retake” the regions liberated by Russian forces – including Crimea.”

    Let’s cover this for a second: +90% (98%) of Crimeans want to be Russian according to the referendum vote. Who would want to be in Europe’s most corrupt nation if you could even be in the 4th most corrupt? “The West” seems to think this isn’t so. Okay then, show me all the Crimean uprisings that are attempting to re-unify Crimea with Ukraine which is RIGHT ACROSS THE BORDER, that is, ZERO distance. It’s been 10 years, and most of that without a war. Surely you have a dozen attacks of Crimean loyalists by now, right?

    No? So if Ukraine retakes Crimea, what do you think will happen? You just showed me you have no pro-Ukrainian population there, and are therefore at least moderately pro-Russian. If Ukraine takes Crimea, won’t Crimean just fight and remove themselves again?

    Again, YOU are telling me this, with your facts and stories, not me. I’m just repeating it back to you. Now WHAT makes “a country” one thing or another, I guess it’s not top-down kings and spreadsheet jockeys moving lines on paper, is it? That is YOU don’t decide, Kiev, Moscow. THEY decide. And if THEY decide to go one way or another in their hearts, there’s no much anyone can do about it is there? Right Dublin? Zero distance from the British Empire and yet free?

    “The EU is considering alternative ways to keep funding Ukraine, in case member states fail to bypass a veto”

    It’s not about Ukraine: it’s about printing money. If they don’t print money they will collapse, and it doesn’t matter who or what it is for. To forestall inflation they either need Collateral, or else more Control (fascism). They are trying this with stealing Russia and Ukraine, yes, but also AGW Carbon Credits, the “original sin” of Social Credit scores, but no one will use them. Their plan just sucks and it has to. Fundamentally, it’s each and every a “You give me everything, I give you nothing” narcissistic abuser plan. WHO exactly do they think will sign up for that? The mentally ill, their codependent enablers? There’s not enough of them, even as, since you attract each other, you’re surrounded by them and think that there are. There aren’t: we hate your guts and hope you die, falling only slightly short of helping. And only for now.

    Back to money, we’re talking about the U.S. rolling over $6 TRILLION right now; $6,000 Billion; $6 Million dollars done a million times, and yet you look at Europe and say, “I’d like a million of that instead”? Uh, no. EU is 80% of the DXY and Europe is WORSE than we are. I know that’s near-impossible to believe, but it’s true.

    Take every line: which of us has oil, them or us? Which has 1,000 x 500 miles of gold mines? Which has an active war going, them or us? Is that war with their only energy supplier? We both have immigrants, which one pays them more? Which immigrants are more violent? If either was going to expel them, which could do it with least trouble? …And so on. Core currency goes down LAST.

    “Russian historians attribute the country’s success in what they call the Patriotic War of 1812 to the sophisticated bait-and-switch strategies of Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov,”

    It’s similar in type to Fabian in 218BC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabian_strategy And many wars are winnable like this. Perhaps most of them, like Ireland, above. If you’re willing to take the punishment, no one can stop you. That’s a social, cultural thing. Nor is it fixed in stone. Ireland wasn’t which is why they were conquered: squabbling and back-stabbing. But the experiences they had hardened them until they were. Once they were fixed and willing, England could no longer stop them, nor even affect them. Regardless of what happened, their focus always returned to one thing: independence. As ours does to freedom, but in a much more hazy way.

    No one would CHOOSE such a strategy. You do it because you didn’t prepare and have nothing else. But notice also WHEN Napoleon went there, who was surrounding him and directing him by then, as Emperor and without Josephine. This play was later imitated with Mussolini, sending him to Ethiopia (why???). Is this the first “British,” Crimean, ie Planetary war?

    Btw, this strategy of the “Fabian Socialists” who had essentially nothing but a few gay Lords back then, but a lot of time to “March through the institutions” until they essentially were running everything until recently. Unable to defend or defeat them, our present “White Hats” are doing the very same strategy, and it’s working equally well, wheels of time having started with the Fabians at the top (London) and let time grind them under like Bush Sr. Now they’re all moronic ninny-pants like Blinken, as “Soft times make soft, crack-smoking men” while all the Patriots are rock-hard and never lived a day so far without a beating. How do you stop them?

    You just used all the “nuclear options” your soft, soft hands could handle: You called them all “Hitler”. In public. Oh noes! You de-platformed them! From TikTok!!! You put almost a dozen out of 150 Million such people in jail! I’m literally shaking right now! However shall we survive and persist if they get Siaka Massaquoi too??? I think maybe they’re “Unclear on the concept”: We already won. The issue at hand is if we are willing to take the punishment to avoid a Civil War over it. Apparently we are.

    “a military hostile to “racist, misogynist heterosexual white males.” These officials might all be competent, but they don’t come across to those in the ranks as loyal warriors”

    I guess he’s so old he thinks this is both true and reasonable to say? No, PCR, no. THEIR FRIENDS ARE ALL BLACK, HISPANIC, Gay. Duh. Their WIFE and girlfriend is black. The military is one of the most integrated, they know that, it’s always been true, even their Daddy was already there was already fine with it as their GrandDaddy was in the integration. None of that is the slightest problem or point.

    So the point therefore is that they ARE incompetent, and as PROVEN by their disloyal actions, unfitting to the offices they serve. So were all of the White Officers, if you hadn’t noticed. There is no race lines, they are all made up out of a fevered hebephrenic delusions of the Left, and the ONLY point is the competency and loyalty of the Officers, so like an algebraic equation, race drops out of the matter, leaving pure numbers. In his generalities he may be correct, but he’s becoming a liability about it.

    Nobody cares. This has gone on so long, probably nobody under FORTY cares. Note that the “Trump Era” is now more than 10 years on. Whole swaths of Federal employees are resigned, retired, whole new waves like MTG have come in and are incumbents. In short, time moves ever on, it’s not the world of 2000 and baby Bush, not 2012 with five new Obama wars killin’ kidlings over breakfast. I know we all pin ourselves somewhere but try to keep up.

    ““We will not provide him with special treatment because of his last name,” Comer, of Kentucky, and Jordan, of Ohio, said.”

    “He said”. Not “he attacked”, not “he alleged.” Very nice, you keep your job for now. However, those Congressmen very much ARE giving Biden every possible special treatment, as per every other day of Hunter’s life. Or do you think I could smoke crack on camera, run gun charges, and traffic both money and crack and just walk around ignoring subpoenas? You really think that? Let’s take a walk.

    “But the Republicans have not produced any evidence of wrongdoing by the president or that he benefited from his family’s foreign business ventures.”

    Uhhhhh, whut? Oh: CBS, nevermind. It’s BS, right there in the name. Okay, ask Americans which they believe is true. CBS? CNN? Or somebody else. “Why don’t they trust ussssss? WHYYYY do they think we are LYINGGGGG???”

    “This is truly a thing to behold. It is a frivolous lawsuit based on an absurd law motivated by raw hypocrisy.”

    Yeah, uh, I just shrugged. This is our life now. This is the level we are. Why not? At least the bus company and the actions they took actually exist. That’s better than most lawsuits they bring.

    “• The Month That Labor Markets Fell Apart (Street)

    It’s been brought up all over that they changed the official report about a minute before they went on camera. Which never happened before. The Fed (which Fed, which chairs?) said they “Suddenly got new data” that minute, about the same minute they got a call from the White House to print a nicer, better, more election-winning report. And guess what? Only the Biden Dove chairs said Yes! Isn’t that an amazing coincidence?

    Whatever. They haven’t told the truth in a lifetime, why start now? There are floor traders making six sums that were born, raised, locked in closets, graduated prep school, finished Columbia and got in to Morgan by selling coke who have never seen a day the Fed or BLS ever told the truth, nor were rumored to have ever told it. Time’s winge’d chariot and all that. So is this news? We had the same discussion in ‘99 when “Subprime was contained” and the Nasdaq popping wouldn’t have any effects.

    “..but there are tens of thousands of doctors in the United States and where are they all standing up and saying: “Oh my gosh”?

    They need to stop lying their asses off, as Cullom said. That’s not a minimum, that doesn’t reach the minimum, that’s only the first step of the minimum, and we’re not there yet.

    “State troopers raided Amos Miller’s organic farm in Pennsylvania today.’

    I’m glad they have all kinds of time and money to remove these dangerous criminals off the buggies of Lancaster. God’s work.

    Potassium: I guess you wouldn’t want to get that in your eyes. But we are air-dropping all that potassium — or white phosphous — on Gaza for free!!! Usually you have to pay for your vitamins. Are we humanitarians or what?

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    AU
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    So did we close a Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly high? No interest, coverage, or buying. What does that mean when you break to all-time highs and the market yawns? 1) You’re at the beginning? 2) You’re at the end.

    This happened as “Something broke in the market” with Sofra, etc, out there in banking and rates. What is it? So when no one will finance our $6 Trillion on a $36 Trillion debt, we can do it far easier if we LOWER rates, right? More risk, less reward always brings out the buyers.

    #149852
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Woketardturd Boston

    PROGRESS is Our Most Important Product

    Chris “Adequate Citations” Martenson

    “100% built with fossil fuel-derived materials and workers fed with food grown with fossil fuel-based fertilizers who drove there on asphalt roads. “

    And, it’s ugly as sin.”

    This is the largest carbon-neutral building constructed in the City of Boston.

    “..please tell me more about all that steel you made with no fossil fuels …”

    “..That’s hideous! It looks like a giant game of rail car Jenga.”

    “…It has a huge parking garage attached at the bottom…”

    “…Celebrating expensive regulations, in an urban area full of poor ppl.Interesting..”

    “…I honestly thought this was a picture of a building in North Korea before reading the tweet. This is one of the ugliest buildings I’ve ever seen….”

    .

    #149853
    Dr D Rich
    Participant
      “One is reminded of how the Nazis talked about dealing with Jews when reading how Israelis in “positions of the highest responsibility” talk about dealing with the Palestinians.”

    Professor (I added professor for gravity and clarity) John Mearsheimer

    “One”. “Nazi”. “Jews”. “Israelis”. “Palestinians”

    All in one sentence courtesy of Prof. Mearsheimer.

    That’s one für the Commentariat.

    Go at it, obscurantists!
    Heave! Ho!

    Not in face of Corporate Governance is “Law [is] POWER. If you have POWER, everything is legal.”
    Go to court any day and each officer of the court, judge included, KNOWS WITHOUT EVER BEING ASKED OR CHALLENGED, to immediately defer to Corporate Governance.

    “Hebephrenic”…why?
    Disorganized replaced it in the DSM version some time ago. Did the rename it again? Those afflicted by it are some of the funniest people in the world, but laugh at them unsympathetically and you’ll injure them for life.

    “Most integrated institution in the world” said who but Colon Powell.
    45% of midshipmen were Roman Catholics, most of them Irish or Italian ethnicity (you can’t find that stat anymore) and I wrote an award winning term paper there on it, that fact, and the challenge presented by the Papal Encyclical on Nuclear weapons, proportionality and Just War Theory. Rickover didn’t give a damn about future Colon Powell’s most integrated institution claim.
    My section professor in Leadership & Law was visibly proud of his student AND equally flabbergasted that he hadn’t contemplated these things about his alma mater, his faith and his profession.
    Nevertheless, the celebration which was to have included a public citation by USNA’s Superintendent and my paper memorialized in Nimitz library alongside the best from the past WOULD never come to pass. As I previously predicted to my proud professor, once the paper reached the Offices of Commandant and Superintendent, men, all of them white like me, saw the danger the paper’s content demonstrated to midshipman who might read it and be informed about their lives and chosen profession.

    Inevitably they returned the paper to me, marked up and marked down. Marked up in red ink as, I suppose, a stinging rebuke to a 20 year old. Marked down from a “100” to a 95%.

    My professor said “I fought for the 95 but you don’t seem too disappointed by the politics of it all.”
    My reply, “it wasn’t my best effort. My plebe English professor Wysong would have judged the paper harshly. I’m rather busy with C-nav, pChem, instrumental analysis, economic geography and doubleE. We both learned something about this place’s leadership. They’re afraid of thoughts put to paper.”
    My prof: “How did you know Wysong judged your essay?”
    Me: “I didn’t. The Navy is a small place.. i bet Dean Kelly liked it”
    My prof: “John couldn’t have advocated more proudly for one of his own.”
    Me: “Irish Catholic”

    #149854
    zerosum
    Participant

    Control the “Narrative”(The Lies) – fight between right and wrong.
    The Establishment/The Entrenched/The Swamp

    Against

    Gaza – over-crowded, open-air prison
    Depopulation/Genocide with U.S.-supplied 2,000-pound bombs, and carpet bombs, destroying infrastructures.
    Gaza will become a place where no human being can exist.

    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/gaza-destroys-western-divide-and-rule-narratives
    Gaza destroys western divide-and-rule narratives
    Since Israel’s assault on Gaza began, three separate polls show that Arab and Muslim populations are shifting their support away from Washington’s regional allies toward West Asia’s Axis of Resistance.

    Sharmine Narwani JAN 4, 2024
    ————-
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20240105/ex-pentagon-analyst-mideast-crisis-may-spiral-out-of-control-after-beirut-and-kerman-blasts—1115991140.html

    However, former Pentagon senior security policy analyst Michael Maloof does not rule out that the terrorist group “might be trying to take credit for something as a cover for somebody else.”

    Assuming that Tel Aviv or Washington could have been behind it. President Ebrahim Raisi’s deputy, Mohammad Jamshidi, tweeted that: “Make no mistake. The responsibility for this crime lies with the US and Zionist regimes (Israel) and terrorism is just a tool.”

    ———–
    https://swentr.site/news/590162-us-senator-iran-worst-nightmare/
    US senator vows to make Iran’s ‘worst nightmare’ come true

    Last month, Graham, who is also known for his staunch anti-Iranian position, called for a bombing campaign against Iran, calling for the country’s oil fields and the Revolutionary Guard Corps headquarters to be “blown off the map.”
    ———–
    Two birds with one solution

    Recruitment Problems Plague US Military


    Recruitment Problems Plague US Military
    January 5, 2024

    If the pro-Israeli neoconservative warmongers remain in control of US foreign policy, the likely consequence will be that Washington will make a deal with immigrant-invaders of trading citizenship for military service. (mercenaries)
    ———–

    #149855
    tboc
    Participant

    “That’s how you have to be about the two parties; stop thinking about them as two separate, competing entities and start looking at them as two weapons on the same enemy. Stop staring at one hand and start watching your actual opponent. Start watching their movements, start making some reads, and start figuring out ways to put some leather in that fucker’s face.” Caitlin Johnstone

    #149856
    Dora
    Participant

    Vivek says all the right things for a lot of voters. I’m glad to hear him push back against the official narrative media. However, he said in the Roseanne interview that he’s a libertarian internationalist. Sounds kinda a like a no govt rules globalist to me. I also see he was listed on the WEFs Young Global Leaders list a few years ago but recently sued them to have his name removed. He says he likes Argentina’s Milei a lot. Milei is affiliated with the WEF and is about to bring vast pain to Argentina’s middle class and poor. Think Milton Friedmans’ Chicago School economics revisited on a South American country…again.

    I like what Vivek says pushing back against the MSM official narrative recitations. Reading between the lines, howver, I think he’s another WEF adjacent globalist with a good talk but a real agenda for Davos centered than US centered. Like Clinton and Obama before him. Those two had great campaign talking points, too.

    #149857
    tboc
    Participant

    There were no pro-Israeli conservative warmongers in 1861-1865 and +-620000 human beings lost their life so a handful of industrialists could maintain their grip on the economic engine of the United States.

    In the last two years a similar number have been dispatched into the unknown so a small group might maintain a similar position. To paraphrase Joe Tzu “You can’t be a blood thirsty thieving bastard and pro human dignity and value”

    “Out damned spot” did not work for the Lady and it wll not work any of the apologists for 500 years of rape and pillage. Ignoble is as ignoble does.

    There are 50 non-Jewish citizens in the United States for every Jewish citizen. There is not a “Jewish” problem there is a problem with pleonexia driven human trash, globally. Those who might exclaim “The one who dies with the most toys wins” or “I got mine” are among the human flotsam and jetsam that plaque all life on the third rock from the sun. All of this moral posturing is truly respulsive.

    of course participation trophies abound

    #149858
    Dora
    Participant

    Vivek again.
    “My top goal is to reunite this country & pardoning Trump is a requirement to achieve that.”

    Pardoning Trump from what? Does Vivek assume and signal, like Biden, that Trump is guilty of something before he’s been convicted on serious charges? Sly way to stick in the shiv, Vivek.

    RFK, jr. Wish he’d spend less time running as his father’s son and JFK’s nephew and stand stronger on his own feet.

    #149859
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    This is an hour-long video, but I would dare call it a must-watch.

    #149860
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Vivek and RFK would not be allowed to run if either were genuine.

    Stop with the junior high naivete about ‘real alternatives’ running for office.

    It’s about as stupid as the stories prattling on about ‘negotiations’ with Russia over Ukronaziland.

    That too is unconditional surrender, period.

    Even Trump is a gasbag

    Nikki the Bimbo was his pick as UN ambassador.

    Really think he’d do better the second go around?

    John Bolton and that fatfuck turd AG Barr.

    The Demonrat Senate has to confirm his cabinet appointments.

    The same horror show of Deep Dipshit State players will be in his cabinet second time.

    Zaluzhnyi had a Grand Mal Seizure Meltdown in Ukronaziland parliament the other day.

    A panicked desperate psychotic bargaining performance.

    He’s really losing his shit.

    And in Gaza

    Al-Qassam is still working unhindered

    #149861
    Oroboros
    Participant

    And meanwhile back in the Empire of Lies rat infested subways, meatheads have fisty-cuffs with predictable results.

    Something that does NOT happen in Moscow’s subway system.

    Why you shouldn’t fight near the train tracks

    #149862

    “Gaza will become a place where no human being can exist.”
    So what will that make Israeli “settlers”?
    Yup.

    Oroboros- that building needs to be submitted to Kunstler’s “eyesore of the month”.

    #149863
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    @Dora re: RFK Jr, interesting.

    I used to watch Formula 1 racing a lot. I noted over several seasons that certain drivers who were superb but also good sports would eventually be dropped from teams. Drivers who were damn near sociopath became the champs. Ferrari had Michael Schumacher and Reubens Barrichello for a long period. Schumacher was a ruthless shite. Barrichello was a good sport.

    If you care, even a tiny bit, that is a crack into which the wedge is driven. Schumacher swerved and ran Barrichello off the track and nearly into the wall, just to have the position. I dare say their relationship changed markedly after that.

    #149864
    jb-hb
    Participant

    “literally hitler” was a thing for purple haired millennials on social media 9 years ago in 2015.

    I can’t imagine that Joe Biden spontaneously on his own thought it would be a brilliant election strategy to call his political rival, a 90’s business democrat, hitler. Or that he would think of much of anything at this point.

    We can only conclude that 22 year olds pushing this meme in 2015 are now 31 and managing “joe biden,” having totally ossified on “what works.” Couldn’t think of anything new in the intervening 9 years.

    #149865
    jb-hb
    Participant

    …it’s just weird to think of those White House staffers in their 30’s with brains ossified as if they were in their 80’s. Millennials are literally Boomers!

    #149866
    jb-hb
    Participant

    always that 30-34% Is that just what fake poll takers think is most effective? Biggest impact vs incredulity compromise? Or was it the same 30% that wanted to send me to summer camp? I wonder if we could get all the people who trusted everything on the survey in a room together, like a Trust Everything Convention or something. Or maybe Disney could do a theme cruise.

    https://cdn.statcdn.com/Infographic/images/normal/14514.jpeg

    #149867
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Chechans are sending in another “A Team to punish Ukronaziland

    Putting it in proper perspective — the Grozny’s Garrison alone is two and a half times larger and more combat ready than the entire combat component of the total British Army.

    Hahahahahahaha!

    British Butthurt

    Blimey the Limeys!

    #149868
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Chechans look and act like actual Real Men

    Not the Collective West Snowflake Girlie woke ‘men’.

    #149869
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Blimey

    British slang:

    a euphemism for “God blind me”

    #149870
    chooch
    Participant
    #149871
    chooch
    Participant

    One big spook operation.

    #149872
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Russia and China are Melding | Dmitry Orlov

    China’s realization: NATO=ZATO is a toothless tiger

    Russia is pistol whipping the Empire of Lies proxy in Ukronaziland.

    China can do the same

    The Empire of Lies abandons everyone is says it supports.

    Ukronaziland is just the latest in a long line of betrayals.

    Cut n’ Run

    Should be engraved on the Capital Dome in Latin.

    Secare et vade

    #149873
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Pedo Joe

    What a creep!

    .

    #149874

    Guys! Guys! Nobody’s on the ballot, and you have to write in your vote! Paper ballots only, and spelling counts. One day only!
    Ding ding ding!

    #149875
    WES
    Participant

    I don’t think the US Supreme Court will rule directly on the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling since it has already been stayed by the same Colorado Supreme Court. Therefore no US Supreme Court ruling is required since nothing has really happened. They are just pretending that they have banned Trump from the ballot. It is just Lawfare.

    Instead the US Supreme Court will side step the issue completely since there is nothing too rule on!

    This will leave the Uniparty free to do as they wish, banning Trump in just enough states to denied Trump 270 Electoral College Votes. They will ban Trump but then stay the ban as Colorado did. So Trump will remain on the ballot but the media will say he is not on the ballot to discouraged Trump voters from voting.

    Then after the 2024 election, congress will not certify Trump’s Electoral Votes in the banned states. Afterall congress created the fake January 6th “emergency” so they could certify the fake 2020 election results without any objections!

    Congress will then elect the new President and Vice President. It will be interesting to see which fraction of billionaires wins this election, Kamala or Nikki.

    Sorry Joe old boy, I don’t think your name will be on any congress ballot!

    Congress’s actions speak louder than their words!
    SCOTUS’s actions speak louder than their words!

    #149876
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    In the 80 years since it began in WW2, how much time, effort and treasure do you suppose has been invested in building the virtually axiomatic cultural belief of Nazi Germany being the worst nation, Hitler being the most evil tyrant, and the Jewish Holocaust being the biggest deliberate crime in human history?

    Yet in a mere 3 months Netanyahu’s Zionist Israel’s explicitly purposeful annihilation of innocent women and children in Gaza has already replaced these record holders, to assume First Place in all three categories of inexcusable depravity.

    This time, I think, the world truly shall never forgive and never forget.

    #149885
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Dr D Rich said

    “One”. “Nazi”. “Jews”. “Israelis”. “Palestinians”

    The real list reads as follows:

    “One” : “One”
    “Nazi” : “Ukrainian, German and Prussian (redundant) Nazi”
    “Jews” : “Ukrainian/Kazarian, same place”
    “Israelis” : “Ukrainian/Kazarian, same place but not transposed to Palestine”
    “Palestinians” : “Descendants of the Israelites, God’s chosen people”

    Funny how the world changes and the corrupt power mongers change the meanings of words, but just can’t let the original meaning die as it gives them POWER over the sheep. That power is currently murdering the descendents of the Israelites, God’s chosen people, and the modern Jews and modern Chritsians (has there ever been a dumber group) support it.

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