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Rembrandt van Rijn The Storm on the Sea of Galilee 1633
On March 18, 1990, the painting was stolen by thieves disguised as police officers. They broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, and stole this painting, along with twelve other works. The paintings have never been recovered, and it is considered the biggest art theft in history. The empty frames of the paintings still hang in their original location, waiting to be recovered.

 

Obscene Award Vs Trump Is Testing New York Legal System’s Integrity (Turley)
Cultural Marxism and the Corruption of Common Law (Brooks)
From Censorship to Criminalizing Dissent (Jeffrey Tucker)
Navalny Timeline (Maria Zakharova)
Transcending Adveevka (Pepe Escobar)
Throwing Good Money After Bad in Ukraine? (CN)
Europe Is Losing Dignity By Obediently Submitting To US – Lavrov (TASS)
Germany Blocked Von Der Leyens NATO Bid – Welt (RT)
EU To Get ‘Defense Commissioner’ – Von der Leyen (RT)
France Warns Of ‘Economic Shock’ From Russian Victory (RT)
Suicide Pact Threatens to Flood EU With 75 Million More Migrants (MN)
Texas To Build Military Base Camp On Mexico Border To House 1,800 Soldiers (ZH)
American Doctor In Gaza: What I Saw Wasn’t War – It Was Annihilation (LAT)
Plastics Cannot Be Recycled and Producers Know This (Sp.)

 

 

 

 

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Celtic Park, Glasgow, Sat Feb 17

 

 

 

 

Biden Navalny

 

 

 

 

 

 

“..Engoron fulfilled Oscar Wilde’s rule that the only way to be rid of temptation is to yield to it. He ordered everything short of throwing Trump into a wood chipper..”

Obscene Award Vs Trump Is Testing New York Legal System’s Integrity (Turley)

In laying the foundation for his sweeping decision against former President Donald Trump, Judge Arthur Engoron observed that “this is a venial sin, not a mortal sin.” Yet, at $355 million, one would think that Engoron had found Trump to be the source of Original Sin. The judgment against Trump (and his family and associates) was met with a level of unrestrained celebration by many in New York that bordered on the indecent. Attorney General Letitia James declared not only that Trump would be barred from doing business in New York for three years, but that the damages would come to roughly $460 million once interest was included. That makes the damages against Trump greater than the gross national product of some countries, including Micronesia. Yet the court admitted that not a single dollar was lost by the banks from these dealings. Indeed, witnesses testified that they wanted to do more business with Trump, who was described as a “whale” client with high yield business opportunities.

Undervaluing and overvaluing property is a longstanding practice in New York real estate. The forms submitted by the Trump organization cautioned the banks to do their own estimates and the loans were paid in full and on time. Yet, the New York law used by James is a curiosity because it does not actually require a victim. Indeed, everyone can make ample profits and still allow for an investigation into “repeated fraudulent or illegal acts.” Having campaigned on bagging Trump on any basis, James turned the law into a virtual license to hunt him down along with his family and his associates. Engoron proved the perfect judge for the case. The opinion itself seems almost cathartic for the jurist who struggled with Trump inside and outside of court. In the judgment, Engoron fulfilled Oscar Wilde’s rule that the only way to be rid of temptation is to yield to it. He ordered everything short of throwing Trump into a wood chipper.

The size of the damages is grotesque and should shock the conscience of any judge on appeal. Even if the Democrat-appointed judges on the New York Court of Appeals were to ignore the obvious inequity and unfairness, the United States Supreme Court could intervene. State courts tend to get a significant amount of deference in the interpretation of their own laws. After all, if New York wants to turn Wall Street into a remake of “The Hunger Games,” it has only itself to blame as other businesses flee the state. The impact on New York business is likely to be dire. New York is already viewed as a hostile business environment, with the top end of its tax base literally heading south as taxes and crime rises. This draconian award is only going to deepen concerns over the arbitrary application of the law by figures like James, who previously sought to disband the National Rifle Association. (She has shown less interest in cracking down on liberal organizations like Black Lives Matter or the National Action Network of Al Sharpton despite their own major financial scandals.)

As James gleefully uses this law to break up a major New York corporation, it is hard to imagine many businesses rushing to the Big Apple. This follows Democratic politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) campaigning against Amazon seeking to open new facilities in the city. After this week, drawing new businesses to the city is going to be about as easy as selling country estates during the French Revolution. The one hope for New York businesses may be the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite the deference afforded to the states and their courts, the court has occasionally intervened to block excessive damage awards.

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“..as specious allegations come before American courts, folks can’t help noticing that the so-called “oppressed” usually win..”

Cultural Marxism and the Corruption of Common Law (Brooks)

Legal scholars once insisted that “justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.” Everyone should be able to expect a fair trial that’s accurately covered by public news organizations. But unbiased judges and honest reporters are in short supply. While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is facing unprecedented indictments, journalists are still insisting that American justice is fair and impartial. The left’s recourse to “lawfare” requires judges and journalists to conceal the truth rather than expose it. Legacy news organizations say there’s no evidence of the “weaponization of justice” or a “two-tiered” legal system. But, as specious allegations come before American courts, folks can’t help noticing that the so-called “oppressed” usually win.

For example, in 2019 American advice columnist E. Jean Carroll suddenly accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room in the mid-1990s. Mr. Trump vigorously denied the allegations, but Ms. Carroll was permitted to sue him for defamation and battery. One could have guessed the outcome of this case before it began. The left views Donald Trump as an arch-oppressor, and E. Jean Carroll was seen as an “oppressed” victim. In May 2023, a New York jury found the former president liable for defamation and sexual abuse and awarded E. Jean Carroll $5 million in damages. In January of this year, Mr. Trump was found liable in a second defamation suit, and Ms. Carroll was awarded an additional $83.3 million. The second award was unprecedented. Late in January, Breitbart News reporter Hannah Bleau Knudsen revealed several facts about this case that she said the establishment media didn’t want the public to know.

First, there were no witnesses and no surveillance video of the attack, which was alleged to have occurred in a downtown New York department store. The plaintiff came forward with her story while promoting a book titled “What Do We Need Men For?,” which featured a list of “The Most Hideous Men of My Life.” The dress she claimed to be wearing during the alleged attack was not for sale in the year she initially claimed the event occurred. Despite her public reputation for being very open about sexual matters, she didn’t accuse President Trump until some 30 years after the alleged encounter. Her entire story was very similar to a 2012 “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode, titled “Theatre and Tricks,” in which an individual talks about a rape fantasy in Bergdorf Goodman. In a November 1993 edition of Elle, before the alleged abuse, Ms. Carroll had made a joke associating sex with Bergdorf Goodman.

E. Jean Carroll’s case was financially backed by anti-Trump Democrat mega-donor Reid Hoffman. One of her lawyers is Roberta Kaplan, whose wife is a Democratic Party activist. In fact, her lawsuit was only able to proceed after New York Democrats created a 2022 “Adult Survivors Act,” which allowed judges to overlook the usual statute of limitations for such charges. Judgments in cases that are tried in partisan-charged venues such as New York City or Washington DC, have almost become forgone conclusions. A steep decline of common law principles will not bode well for the future of the American Republic. Who would have thought that in 2024 American citizens would be witnessing a partisan special prosecutor seeking the U.S. Supreme Court’s permission to put the opposing party’s presidential candidate on trial months before a presidential election.

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“Can you imagine? Criticize a wind turbine or pandemic lockdowns and find yourself hauled in front of a judge!”

From Censorship to Criminalizing Dissent (Jeffrey Tucker)

A major battle is brewing throughout the Western world over the basic principle of free speech. Is it going to be protected by law? It’s not entirely clear what the outcome will be. We seem to be on the precipice of a potential calamity if the courts don’t decide the right way. Even if we squeak out a victory, the question is already in play. Our free speech rights have never been more fragile. Turn your attention to France right now. In the dead of night, a new law slipped through the General Assembly that would make it a crime to criticize mRNA shots. Critics call it the Pfizer law. It calls for fines up to 45,000 euros and possibly three years in prison for debunking an approved medical treatment. Like all Western nations, criticism of the mRNA platform has already been subjected to vast social-media censorship. Even given this, there has been a major and global consumer turn against these shots. People are not convinced that they are necessary, safe, or effective. Still, government imposed mandates for everyone, billions of people worldwide.

This was a form of conscription that has driven a deep divide between the rulers and the ruled. Rather than back down, however, governments, which have been captured by pharmaceutical interests, are going to bat for the companies and the technology to threaten imprisonment of anyone who speaks out openly against them. Here is where censorship becomes severely weaponized. It’s the next logical step. First you deploy every power to keep the distribution channels of information free of dissent. When that doesn’t entirely work, simply because people find alternative means of getting the word out, you have to intensify matters and institute outright controls. It stands to reason that this would happen. After all, the whole point of censorship is to curate the public mind to put down opposition to regime priorities. When mainstream corporate media is falling apart and new media is rising, the next stage is to go the full way to flat-out criminalize opinion, like any totalitarian government.

We are very close to that stage. If it can happen in France, it can happen throughout Europe, then the Commonwealth, and then the United States. We know this much about politics today. It is global. The elites that have seized control of our governments coordinate across borders. This is why it is hugely important to pay attention to what’s going on across the pond. As a second item, I’m alarmed to read the lead piece in the New York Times opinion section that celebrates a defamation case about which I had not previously heard. It is by Michael Mann, professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He had sued a writer for the Competitive Enterprise Institute for taking issue with Mann’s climate change model, and the so-called hockey stick in particular.

This is not my area of specialization at all but I have no doubt that mainstream climate science should be subject to vigorous criticism. If the COVID era has taught us anything, it is that the “scientific consensus” can be outrageously wrong and needs a check that comes in the form of writing, some of it zippy and cutting. Dr. Mann filed a defamation lawsuit. Defamation is a very high bar: it means to deliberately lie about something with the intention to harm. One might not suppose that many things could qualify as that, certainly not criticism of a climate model. Indeed, most defamation lawsuits are dismissed outright simply because this country generally values free speech. This one, however, was accepted by the judge in Washington, D.C. court. After a full decade in litigation, and a full hearing, the jury ended up deciding in favor of the plaintiffs. One defendant, Rand Simberg, has been told to pay $1K and the other, Mark Steyn, $1M. Simberg says he will appeal and stands by every word that he wrote. Steyn agrees and is ready to appeal.

Essentially this verdict is criminalizing hyperbole, said the defense attorney. The op-ed writer, however, says this is justice. “Our recent trial victory may have wider implications,” he says. “It has drawn a line in the sand. Scientists now know that they can respond to attacks by suing for defamation.” He mentions in particular people who have disagreed with the COVID consensus—disagreeing with Anthony Fauci—or otherwise make “false claims about adverse health effects from wind turbines.” Can you imagine? Criticize a wind turbine or pandemic lockdowns and find yourself hauled in front of a judge!

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There is talk of bloodclot(s). Paul Craig Roberts concludes Navalny died of mRNA.

Navalny Timeline (Maria Zakharova)

“The reaction of Western leaders, politicians and the media to the news of the death of Alexei Navalny once again demonstrated their hypocrisy, cynicism and unprincipledness. The “in any situation, blame Russia” scheme is in action. Moreover, for each case there is a preparation according to the manual. Let’s look at the chronology. Today at approximately 14:19, a message was published on the website of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug about the death of convicted Alexei Navalny in correctional colony No. 3. Literally 15 minutes later, a torrent of carbon-copy accusations began pouring in:

– 14:35 – Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström: “Terrible news about Navalny. If the information about his death in a Russian prison is confirmed, this will be another heinous crime of the Putin regime”;
– 14:35 – Norwegian Foreign Minister Bart Eide: “Deeply saddened by the news of Navalny’s death. The Russian government bears a heavy burden of responsibility for this”;
– 14:41 – Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich: “Whatever you think about Navalny as a politician, he was just brutally murdered by the Kremlin. This is a fact and something that everyone should know about the true nature of the current Russian regime”;
– 14:50 – Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky: “Russia still treats foreign policy issues the same way it treats its citizens. It has turned into a cruel state that kills people who dream of a beautiful, better future, like Nemtsov and now Navalny, who was imprisoned and tortured to death”;
– 14:51 – French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejournet: “Navalny paid with his life for the fight against the system of oppression. His death in a penal colony reminds us of the realities of Vladimir Putin’s regime”;
– 15:02 – President of the European Council Charles Michel: “The EU holds the Russian regime solely responsible for this tragic death”;
– 15:10 (during a press conference) – leader of the Kyiv regime Zelensky: “Obviously, he was killed by Putin, like thousands of others who were tortured.”
– 15:16 (in the media), 16:50 (in social networks) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: “Russia must establish all the facts, answer very serious questions”;
– 15:20 – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte: “Navalny’s death illustrates the unprecedented cruelty of the Russian regime”;
– 15:30 – President of Moldova Maia Sandu: “Navalny’s death in a Russian prison is a reminder of the regime’s blatant oppression of dissent”;
– 15:35 – German Foreign Minister Annalena Bärbock: “Navalny, like no one else, was a symbol of a free and democratic Russia. That’s why he had to die”;
– 15:43 – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: “A grim reminder of what Putin and his regime are”;
– 15:49 – Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson: “The Russian authorities and President Putin personally are responsible for the fact that Navalny is no longer with us”;
– 16:14 – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz: “Navalny paid with death for his courage. This terrible news once again demonstrates how Russia has changed and what kind of regime is in power in Moscow”;
– 16:25 – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken: “Navalny’s death in a Russian prison, as well as one man’s obsession and fear, only highlight the weakness and rot at the heart of the system that Putin built. Russia bears responsibility for this”;
– 17:28 – French President Emmanuel Macron: “In today’s Russia, free people are placed in the Gulag and sentenced to death.”

In a short period of time, within two hours (from 14:19), Western politicians and the media at their side were able, as it were, to obtain the results of a forensic examination that had not yet been carried out, conduct an investigation, blame Moscow and render a verdict. There is no other explanation other than the fact that all these reactions were prepared in advance. [..] “We might be able to believe in this incredible, miraculous speed if the whole world had not just watched the helpless ‘investigation’ of terrorist attacks on the Nord Stream gas pipeline that stretched out over many months and turned up empty,” the ministry added.

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“The people of Novorossiya, as much as Yemeni Houthis, have Faith imprinted in their DNA..”

Transcending Adveevka (Pepe Escobar)

Avdeevka. The name sounds like an incantation. Like Debaltsevo, or Bakhmut. The incantation summons the figure of a cauldron. As it stands, and it’s all moving at lightning speed, it takes only 2 km for the cauldron to be closed. Virtually all roads and muddy trails are under massive Russian fire control. There may be up to 6,000 Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) soldiers left. They have nowhere to go. They are already in – or are going straight to – Hell.= “The Butcher” Syrsky, who has just been appointed Commander-in-Chief of the AFU amidst a nasty dog fight in Kiev, immediately got himself a fresh cauldron. Old habits die hard. The morale and psychological state of AFU fighters is in tatters. Azov batallion neo-nazis are being decimated by massive artillery, FPVs and FABs. Still, AFU generals are setting up the P.R. stage for another “victory” – a replay of Ilovaisk and Debaltsevo, even as the actual retreat, evacuation or “extraction” will proceed through the Corridors of Hell.

In fact, the only player who has successfully extracted himself from Hell, just in time, was Gen Zaluzhny. To quote Dylan: “Strike another match/ go start anew.” During my vertiginous journey across Donbass, only a few days ago, Avdeevka – the incantation – was omnipresent. At a meeting in a secret compound plunged in darkness in the western outskirts of Donetsk, two top commanders of Orthodox Christian batallions, while discussing tactics, noted that the fall of Adveevka would be a matter of days, maximum weeks. The symbology is quite transcendental. Kiev has been fortifying Adveevka non-stop for nearly 10 years – essentially to keep shelling civilians in Donetsk and other parts of Donbass with impunity, ad infinitum. Donetsk remains extremely vulnerable – and the shelling persists. The strength, resilience and faith of the residents of this historic mining town – and the surrounding countryside – are deeply moving.

In a very special conversation with Alexander Dugin, we both made it clear, directly and indirectly, that the working classes of Novorossiya are spiritual brothers of the oppressed in Palestine and Yemen. Yes, the Axis of Resistance in West Asia is mirrored by the Slavic Axis of Resistance in the black soil of the steppes. As much as Russia may have been drawn to a civilizational war against the collective West, that is also a spiritual war. The proxy war by the Hegemon against Russia in Ukraine is as much a geopolitical gamble as a war of Western nihilism against Russian Orthodoxy. I did mention the parallel between Orthodox Christianity and Shi’ism to a top commander; he may have been bemused, but he definitely got the message. After all, he must have instinctively noticed it was the rejected, harassed and bombed in Orthodox Christianity and Islam who have re-awakened the Orthodox and Islamic civilizations for a transcendental war of survival – supported by faith.

Way beyond the Adveevka incantation – a sort of catalyst of all these times of trouble, as Mother Mary of God eventually comes offering solace – what struck me in this vertiginous journey in Donbass is Almighty People Power. Civilians are the true heroes of the full liberation of Novorossiya, as much as the people scattered across Greater Syria – encompassing Palestine, Syria and Lebanon – Iraq and Yemen. These are the souls who have endured a Hell on Earth much more toxic and much longer than the Adveevka cauldron, since Zionism and its subsequent eschatological garrison-settler colonial offspring took over the Holy Land. The people of Novorossiya, as much as Yemeni Houthis, have Faith imprinted in their DNA. Those deeply committed commanders and soldiers that I met in Novorossiya close to the front lines mirror the popular consensus.

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“Ray McGovern and Lawrence Wilkerson argue the U.S. should accept that no amount of U.S. funding will change Russia’s will and means to prevail in Ukraine.”

Throwing Good Money After Bad in Ukraine? (CN)

On July 13, 2023, President Joe Biden announced Russian President Vladimir Putin “has already lost the war.” That was six days after C.I.A. Director William Burns, normally a sane voice, had called the war a “strategic failure” for Russia with its “military weaknesses laid bare.” Earlier, in December 2022, National Intelligence Director Avril Haines reported that the Russians were experiencing “shortages of ammunition” and were “not capable of indigenously producing what they are expending.” We advise caution, as these same people now say that Ukraine can prevail if the U.S. provides $60 billion more. Do they think they can change geography, overcome Russian industrial might, and persuade the Russians that Ukraine should not be a core interest of theirs? Recall President Barack Obama’s reasons for withholding lethal weapons from Ukraine.

In 2015, The New York Times reported on Obama’s reluctance: “In part, he has told aides and visitors that arming the Ukrainians would encourage the notion that they could actually defeat the far more powerful Russians, and so it would potentially draw a more forceful response from Moscow.” Senior State Department officials spelled out this rationale: “If you’re playing on the military terrain in Ukraine, you’re playing to Russia’s strength, because Russia is right next door. It has a huge amount of military equipment and military force right on the border. Anything we did as countries in terms of military support for Ukraine is likely to be matched and then doubled and tripled and quadrupled by Russia.” The above words were spoken by then-Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken on March 5, 2015 to an audience in Berlin. It turns out President Obama was right. It is hard to understand why Blinken (and Biden) chose the way of President Donald Trump, who gave lethal weapons to Ukraine, over the way of Obama.

So much for geography and relative strength. What about core interests? In 2016 President Obama told The Atlantic that Ukraine is a core interest of Russia but not of the U.S. He warned that Russia has escalatory dominance there: “We have to be very clear about what our core interests are and what we are willing to go to war for.” Earlier, when a saner William Burns was ambassador to Russia, he warned of Moscow’s “emotional and neuralgic reaction” to bringing Ukraine into NATO. Braced on the issue by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in February 2008, Burns reported that Russia’s opposition was based on “strategic concerns about the impact on Russia’s interests in the region” and warned then that “Russia now feels itself able to respond more forcefully”. Burns added: “In Ukraine, these include fears that the issue could potentially split the country in two, leading to violence or even, some claim, civil war, which would force Russia to decide whether to intervene.”

The overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 gave immediacy to Russia’s warnings on Ukraine and its fear that the West would try to effect “regime change” in Russia, as well. In a major commentary, “Russian Military Power”, published in December 2017, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency concluded: “The Kremlin is convinced the U.S. is laying the groundwork for regime change in Russia, a conviction further reinforced by the events in Ukraine. Moscow views the United States as the critical driver behind the crisis in Ukraine and the Arab Spring and believes that the overthrow of former Ukrainian President Yanukovych is the latest move in a long-established pattern of U.S.-orchestrated regime change efforts …”

Is Putin paranoid about “U.S. regime change efforts?” D.I.A. did not think him paranoid. And surely Putin has taken note of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s remarks in April 2022: “One of the US’s goals in Ukraine is to see a weakened Russia. … The US is ready to move heaven and earth to help Ukraine win the war against Russia.” In sum: Russia has both the will and the means to prevail in Ukraine – no matter how many dollars and arms Ukraine gets. Obama was right; Russia sees an existential threat from the West in Ukraine. And nuclear powers do not tolerate existential threats on their border. Russia learned this the hard way in Cuba in 1962.

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The Europeans are grown-up people. May they take care of their own fate..”

Europe Is Losing Dignity By Obediently Submitting To US – Lavrov (TASS)

The United States is openly engaged in pumping resources out of European countries, while Europe in its obedient submission is losing strategic autonomy and the sense of dignity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the plenary session of the forum of supporters for the fight against modern practices of neocolonialism For Freedom of Nations. “Against the backdrop of economic problems, the Americans have openly engaged in pumping resources out of Europe. They are cutting off promising markets and reliable energy sources. For the sake of this, they blew up the Nord Stream gas pipelines without hesitation and ordered Germany and the rest of Europe to swallow this humiliation. Europe quietly obeyed, forgetting about its former timid speculations about strategic autonomy and dignity,” Lavrov emphasized. He pointed out that now “the European industry is literally being forced to choose between transferring operations overseas and ruin.” “The Europeans are grown-up people. May they take care of their own fate,” Lavrov said.

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“..von der Leyen’s antagonism toward Moscow “could prove to be a disadvantage in the long term..”

Germany Blocked Von Der Leyens NATO Bid – Welt (RT)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz intervened last year to prevent European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen from becoming NATO’s next secretary general, Germany’s Die Welt newspaper has said. Scholz reportedly felt that von der Leyen’s hardline anti-Russian stance would be a problem “in the long term.” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg received a fourth extension to his term as head of the military bloc last July. While Stoltenberg may remain in office until October, the alliance’s leaders have already begun jockeying to replace him. At the end of last year, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggested von der Leyen to President Joe Biden as a potential replacement, Welt reported on Saturday. Biden approached Scholz with the idea, but was shot down, the report claimed, citing “several high-ranking EU officials and top diplomats.

“Scholz was categorically against von der Leyen becoming NATO chief,” one of these sources said. The German chancellor reportedly told Biden that the position of secretary-general is too important “to leave to a Christian Democrat from Germany,” and that von der Leyen’s antagonism toward Moscow “could prove to be a disadvantage in the long term,” in the newspaper’s words. There is no formal process by which NATO chooses its secretary-general. Instead, member states discuss candidates among themselves until a consensus is reached. NATO’s largest military power and de-facto controlling member, the US, is said to favor a woman for the role. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was suspected to be a prime candidate last year, until she traveled to Washington in June and – according to Welt – failed to impress Biden or members of Congress. Stoltenberg’s term was extended a month later.

While Washington apparently wants a woman at the helm, Biden has already ruled out another leading female candidate, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. According to Welt, the US president considers Kallas too critical of Moscow and incapable of building stable relations with the Kremlin when the conflict in Ukraine eventually ends. With von der Leyen, Frederiksen, and Kallas out of contention, the Netherlands’ caretaker prime minister, Mark Rutte, is now described in the media as a frontrunner for the job. Welt’s sources stated that “support for him is increasing,” and that leaders in 21 member states – including Biden and Scholz – are prepared to endorse his candidacy. While Biden may have favored a woman, Rutte is reportedly seen as someone who could work with either him or former President Donald Trump, should the latter defeat Biden in this November’s election. “The decision should, if possible, be made before the European elections in June,” a NATO diplomat told Welt. This weekend’s Munich Security Conference, the paper noted, will provide ample opportunity for Rutte to bring more supporters on board.

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Ursula saw Germany’s move to block her coming. She’ll start her own NATO.

EU To Get ‘Defense Commissioner’ – Von der Leyen (RT)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will appoint a dedicated “defense commissioner” if she retains her post after EU elections in June, she said on Saturday. The precise duties of the role are unclear. “If I would be the president of the next European Commission, I would have a commissioner for defense,” von der Leyen said at the Munich Security Conference. Creating such a post would be a “reasonable” decision, she added. Von der Leyen and her 27 commissioners are not directly elected by European voters. Instead, a president of the commission is nominated by the European Council and approved or rejected by the European Parliament. If confirmed, the president then selects 27 commissioners, usually one from each member state.

The next commission will be formed while Hungary – whose prime minister has an antagonistic relationship with von der Leyen – holds the council’s rotating presidency. While right wing parties are projected to surge in June’s parliamentary elections, von der Leyen’s centrist European People’s Party (EPP) will likely remain the largest faction in the 720-seat legislature. The EPP has backed the appointment of a defense commissioner. In a draft manifesto seen by Euractiv last month, the party stated that whoever takes the post should be in charge of ensuring the EU spends 0.5% of its shared budget on defense and directs an equal share to overhauling the bloc’s ailing arms industry. Von der Leyen did not expand on these responsibilities, nor did she suggest whether a defense commissioner would have any input into the bloc’s overall military strategy, which was set out for the first time by the European Council in 2022.

The commission president said that it is an “open” question as to which nationality would get the post. However, she added that it is “important” for an Eastern European to receive a good portfolio, and “this is a good portfolio.” Earlier this week, an anonymous EU diplomat told Politico that Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas are leading candidates for the position. Both are vocal backers of Ukraine, with German media reporting on Saturday that Kallas reportedly missed out on a chance to replace Jens Stoltenberg as NATO’s secretary general due to her overly hawkish stance on Russia.

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“Today’s efforts to support Ukraine are nothing compared to those we would have to deploy against a Russia that feels victorious..”

France Warns Of ‘Economic Shock’ From Russian Victory (RT)

A potential Russian victory in Ukraine could deal an economic blow to the West because Moscow would gain control of vast resources, French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne has said. In an opinion piece for the French daily Le Monde published on Saturday, the minister argued that Moscow wanted Paris to believe that it would be “more reasonable to abandon the Ukrainians to their tragic fate.” He protested against this point, saying that “the French are not fools” and that there were few things that “would be more contrary” to the country’s interests. Beyond the security risks, however, a Russian victory would also have powerful economic repercussions for the West, Sejourne said. “Allowing Russia to seize the Ukrainian black lands, which are among the most fertile in the world, would be to abdicate a part of food sovereignty, accept unbridled inflation, and provide Russia with unprecedented means of pressure and extortion,” he stated.

Recalling that Ukraine accounts for 30% of global wheat exports, the minister claimed that Moscow’s control over those resources would enable it to “attack our own farmers.” He also said that Europe would be at “an immense risk” if Russia were allowed to continue controlling the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the largest facility of its kind on the continent, without elaborating on why. “Europe and the world, the French people would suffer an unprecedented economic shock,” Sejourne stressed. Russian troops seized the power station in March 2022 shortly after the start of the Ukraine conflict. After four former Ukrainian regions, including Zaporozhye, voted to join Russia later the same year, the facility was transferred to state ownership.

Sejourne went on to urge the West to resist the “temptation of fatigue.” “Today’s efforts to support Ukraine are nothing compared to those we would have to deploy against a Russia that feels victorious,” he said, insisting that the current policies would allow Kiev’s backers to keep control over prices. Russia has repeatedly warned the West against supporting Ukraine with arms, warning that it will only prolong the conflict. The Russian military also said last month that it had eliminated several dozen mercenaries in Ukraine, saying that most of them were French-speaking. While Paris initially denied that there were any French mercenaries in Ukraine, it later admitted that a number of French nationals had indeed joined Kiev’s forces, although it insisted they had no links to the national government.

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Just like Texas.

Suicide Pact Threatens to Flood EU With 75 Million More Migrants (MN)

The EU has passed a migration pact dubbed “the suicide of Europe” which could lead to the continent being flooded with as many as 75 million new migrants. The European Parliament’s LIBE committee passed the act on Wednesday, which formalizes the distribution of migrants to member states and punishes those that refuse to take them. Because cultural enrichment and diversity is “our greatest strength,” countries that try to maintain their national identity without being subsumed by migrants will be hit with severe financial penalties. Marine Le Pen, the leader of National Rally’s parliamentary wing, previously said the pact would lead to “the suicide of Europe,” adding that it was a deal with the devil and represents an “organized plan of submersion of Europe and the nations which compose it.”

Member states will be forced to accept migrants or pay a massive financial penalty of €25,000 per migrant. This makes little sense given that we’re constantly reminded of how mass migration is such an economic boon and is both inevitable and vital to maintaining GDP levels. However, it makes total sense when you understand that such claims are completely fraudulent. “The next question is how many they will force on us. Now they are deciding that. So they are creating rules that give Brussels the right to say how many migrants they will distribute,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán last year. “So, several countries have indicated that they do not agree. We do not want to implement it. In the end, we are facing a very unpleasant turn of events here.”

Orbán questioned why, if accepting migrants was so financially profitable, are western European nations trying to offload them onto Hungary. Róbert Gönczi, an analyst at Hungary’s Migration Research Institute, pointed out that migrants distributed to Hungary normally end up leaving for Sweden or Germany, where they receive far bigger welfare payments. “The redistribution system could also create intra-EU flows from the countries where these migrants have been relocated to the countries where they actually want to leave, as typically the destination countries have not changed,” said Gönczi.

“However, it would now be necessary for other EU countries to welcome these migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, he added. The real problem is that the reinforcement of the EU’s external borders would be less or not at all, which is what is really needed.” As we previously highlighted, there is no appetite whatsoever for the EU simply to impose proper border controls. The new leader of Frontex, the European Union agency tasked with securing borders, recently called for open borders and vowed to appease left-wing pro-mass migration activists. “Nothing can stop people from crossing a border, no wall, no fence, no sea, no river,” said Hans Leijtens, which was a bizarre statement given that’s his one job.

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The Supreme Court said Biden could remove barbed wire. It said nothing about Texas putting up new wire.

Texas To Build Military Base Camp On Mexico Border To House 1,800 Soldiers (ZH)

In the latest signal of his resolve to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States, Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday announced that the Lone Star State will build a military base along the Rio Grand at the border city of Eagle Pass. Spanning 80-acres, “Forward Operating Base Eagle” will house upwards of 1,800 Texas National Guard soldiers supporting Operation Lone Star, and will be expandable to house 2,300. Texas Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer said the camp will have 300 beds by mid-April, and will add another 300 beds every month after that. “Before this effort here, they had been living in conditions that were atypical for military operations,” Abbott said at a press conference in Eagle Pass. “Because of the magnitude of what we’re doing, because of the need to sustain and actually expand our efforts of what we’re doing, it’s essential that we build this base camp for the soldiers.”

As it is, soldiers are housed all over the area, varyingly living in hotels, tents and even some private houses. Some bear long commutes. “Illegal crossings are down and, coincidentally, razor-wire barrier is up,” said Abbott. “We will continue to muster the efforts are needed to make sure that Texas does the job that the United States Congress has mandated. The United States Congress has mandated for barriers to be built on the border. Biden is not building those barriers.” Eagle Pass has been in the national spotlight in recent months, a flashpoint in the ongoing battle between Texas and the federal government over border security, including state authority to enforce immigration laws. Earlier this year, Texas seized control of a 47-acre park in the city, a park that has been a major avenue of illegal immigration.

The Texans also began barring US Border Patrol agents and watercraft from the property, which they’ve used as a staging area for processing migrants. The new base, located about 6 miles south of the park, will include a 700-seat dining facility, workout equipment, a recreation center and laundries, vehicle maintenance bays, weapons storage rooms and a helipad. Soldiers will have individual rooms. In January, the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could proceed with removing razor wire installed by Texas at the Eagle Pass border. However, a defiant Gov. Abbott not only slammed the order and barred federal agents from accessing the razor wire, he also added even more. On Friday, officials said they will add more barriers extending to the north and south of Shelby Park, the recreational site seized by the state in January, add three fan boats to the river-patrol capacity, and expand drone and radar capabilities.

Some 3,000 Texas troops are deployed along the 1,200-mile-long Mexican frontier. In December, Texas enacted a law allowing state law enforcement to arrest immigrants who’ve entered Texas without authorization. Biden’s Justice Department quickly sued, arguing that the Texas law encroaches on federal border-management authority. Gallup recently found that, among Americans who disapprove of President Biden’s job performance, immigration is their top reason for giving him a failing mark. In the January poll, only 41% approved of Biden — the worst-ever showing for an incumbent at that time in his term

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By Irfan Galaria.

American Doctor In Gaza: What I Saw Wasn’t War – It Was Annihilation (LAT)

In late January, I left my home in Virginia, where I work as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and joined a group of physicians and nurses traveling to Egypt with the humanitarian aid group MedGlobal to volunteer in Gaza. I have worked in other war zones. But what I witnessed during the next 10 days in Gaza was not war — it was annihilation. At least 28,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. From Cairo, Egypt’s capital, we drove 12 hours east to the Rafah border. We passed miles of parked humanitarian aid trucks because they weren’t allowed into Gaza. Aside from my team and other envoy members from the United Nations and World Health Organization, there were very few others there. Entering southern Gaza on Jan. 29, where many have fled from the north, felt like the first pages of a dystopian novel.

Our ears were numb with the constant humming of what I was told were the surveillance drones that circled constantly. Our noses were consumed with the stench of 1 million displaced humans living in close proximity without adequate sanitation. Our eyes got lost in the sea of tents. We stayed at a guest house in Rafah. Our first night was cold, and many of us couldn’t sleep. We stood on the balcony listening to the bombs, and seeing the smoke rise from Khan Yunis. As we approached the European Gaza Hospital the next day, there were rows of tents that lined and blocked the streets. Many Palestinians gravitated toward this and other hospitals hoping it would represent a sanctuary from the violence — they were wrong. People also spilled into the hospital: living in hallways, stairwell corridors and even storage closets.

The once-wide walkways designed by the European Union to accommodate the busy traffic of medical staff, stretchers and equipment were now reduced to a single-file passageway. On either side, blankets hung from the ceiling to cordon off small areas for entire families, offering a sliver of privacy. A hospital designed to accommodate about 300 patients was now struggling to care for more than 1,000 patients and hundreds more seeking refuge. There were a limited number of local surgeons available. We were told that many had been killed or arrested, their whereabouts or even their existence unknown. Others were trapped in occupied areas in the north or nearby places where it was too risky to travel to the hospital. There was only one local plastic surgeon left and he covered the hospital 24/7. His home had been destroyed, so he lived in the hospital, and was able to stuff all of his personal possessions into two small hand bags.

This narrative became all too common among the remaining staff at the hospital. This surgeon was lucky, because his wife and daughter were still alive, although almost everyone else working in the hospital was mourning the loss of their loved ones. I began work immediately, performing 10 to 12 surgeries a day, working 14 to 16 hours at a time. The operating room would often shake from the incessant bombings, sometimes as frequent as every 30 seconds. We operated in unsterile settings that would’ve been unthinkable in the United States. We had limited access to critical medical equipment: We performed amputations of arms and legs daily, using a Gigli saw, a Civil War-era tool, essentially a segment of barbed wire. Many amputations could’ve been avoided if we’d had access to standard medical equipment. It was a struggle trying to care for all the injured within the constructs of a healthcare system that has utterly collapsed.

I listened to my patients as they whispered their stories to me, as I wheeled them into the operating room for surgery. The majority had been sleeping in their homes, when they were bombed. I couldn’t help thinking that the lucky ones died instantaneously, either by the force of the explosion or being buried in the rubble. The survivors faced hours of surgery and multiple trips to the operating room, all while mourning the loss of their children and spouses. Their bodies were filled with shrapnel that had to be surgically pulled out of their flesh, one piece at a time.

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“..The recycling process—from collection to sorting to processing to transport—requires more time, labor, and equipment to achieve a lower quality and less efficient output..”

Plastics Cannot Be Recycled and Producers Know This (Sp.)

The Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) released a report on Thursday which details how the plastics industry has evolved its marketing pitch in order to circumvent public backlash and potential regulation.= According to a report by the CCI, despite their knowledge that recycling plastics is not technically or economically practical, petrochemical companies have continued to push “fraudulent” marketing and public outreach campaigns to convince consumers otherwise. Doing so, the report says, has stalled legislative and regulatory action that could have addressed plastic waste and pollution long ago. “Fossil fuel and other petrochemical companies have used the false promise of plastic recycling to exponentially increase virgin plastic production over the last six decades, creating and perpetuating the global plastic waste crisis and imposing significant costs on communities that are left to pay for the consequences,” the CCI wrote.

More than 99% of plastics are produced from fossil fuels, the report continues. Though there are thousands of different types of plastic, the majority of these cannot be “recycled”. And despite efforts to convince consumers otherwise, the recycling rate in the US for plastics in 2021 was estimated to be only 5% to 6%. After a 10-year review on plastics, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that there are only two types of plastics that can be turned into high quality objects: PET and HDPE, which are both commonly used to make plastic containers and bottles. Meanwhile, any other form of plastic is incinerated or sent to landfills, because even though some plastics are recyclable in theory, they are not actually recycled in practice due to purity requirements that are not practical—for example, a green PET bottle cannot be recycled with a clear PET bottle. The quality of the plastic also degrades as it is recycled, which limits its use in its next life. And ultimately, recycled plastic materials will still end up in the landfill.

The toxicity of the plastics also creates issues during the recycling process. The chemical additives in plastics include stabilizers, plasticizers, coatings, catalysts, and flame retardants as well as possible contamination by whatever that plastic contained such as cleaning solvents or pesticides. This means a majority of plastics cannot be recycled into food-grade packaging, or other products that interact with food. The cost of recycling plastics is also much higher than what it costs to produce new plastic. “The recycling process—from collection to sorting to processing to transport—requires more time, labor, and equipment to achieve a lower quality and less efficient output than the process of making virgin resin from fossil fuels,” the report explains.

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    Rembrandt van Rijn The Storm on the Sea of Galilee 1633 On March 18, 1990, the painting was stolen by thieves disguised as police officers. They broke
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle February 18 2024]

    #153008
    aspnaz
    Participant

    UB40: Rat in mi kitchen

    [Chorus]
    There’s a rat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?
    There’s a rat in me kitchen what am I gonna go?
    I’m gonna fix that rat that’s what I’m gonna do,
    I’m gonna fix that rat.

    When you open your mouth you don’t talk, you shout
    And you give every body the blame,
    But when they catch you up,
    They will shut you up
    And you got no one to blame

    [Chorus]

    There’s a rat in me kitchen

    When you out on the street,
    You practice lies and deceit
    And you scandalize my name
    But when I catch you up
    I’m gonna pull you up
    I’m gonna check-out inside your brain

    [Chorus]

    When yo deh pon the scene,
    You make everyone scream
    Because they know your so unjust
    But when they catch you up
    They will kick you up
    Because you someone they cannot trust

    [Chorus]

    You invade my space
    Make me feel disgraced
    And you just don’t give a damn
    If I had my way
    If I had my say
    I’d like to see you hang

    A message to our American and UK friends; guess who is the rat?

    #153009
    tboc
    Participant

    A message to our American and UK friends; guess who is the rat?

    an answer to the above question
    The blood thirsty savages within Borrell’s garden

    even Niemöller had an epiphany

    #153010
    aspnaz
    Participant

    tboc said

    The blood thirsty savages within Borrell’s garden

    So not the bloodthirsty savages genociding Gaza? I know you are Jew and proud of your peoples’ work in Israel, but you are just one of the symptoms. The reason that your people are able to demolish the USA is because the people of the USA let their guards down and got lazy, they stopped cleaning the kitchen and eventually the rats invaded. Your people are part of the ecosystem, you are there as parasites and rodents, you will steal the last bits worth stealing then piss off, like the rats in the kitchen.

    I say your people because as a believer in Israel you must also be a believer in the Jew nationality; the biggest scam ever, but having a nationality means that you can rape America of more of its cash, they are donating to a nation, Israel. Could they ever donate so much money to the Jew people in America? Never, so they set up a nation and receive cash from their corruption schemes; parasites indeed.

    #153011
    aspnaz
    Participant

    tboc said

    Niemöller had an epiphany

    The Niemöller who was the German Navalny of his day? The US puppet? Give us a break.

    #153012
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Did We Really?

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=250759

    Denninger does not seem to have grasped that maybe the people who are running the USA are the same people running the UK and the EU. He is very perochial, his mind does not consider the wider picture. This is a big problem for a lot of his like in the USA. He has good instincts but his conclusions are very small scale. This is a problem because the people believe that their legal system can fix this, but the people calling the shots are not in the USA – or may not be in the USA – and they own the judicial system, so how is justice going to work?

    Reminds me of that Texas governor; he is fighting immigration but actually all he is doing is giving hope to the anti-immigration people, the result of which is that they wait to see the outcome in Texas and as time passes, more and more people immigrate and they are effectively neutered. If the Texas governor had not done anything, they would be complaining to Washington, their focus would be at the source of the problem, but the Texas governor is being rewarded for distracting them.

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    Dr. D
    Participant

    Here’s something rando useful for a change: “Adversaries keep chipping away at America’s military credibility. Trump isn’t helping. Does the US still have the power?
    https://www.vox.com/world-politics/24074393/deterrence-united-states-middle-east-iran-russia-military-drone

    “President Joe Biden noted that while the US would continue to respond to Iran-linked attacks “at times and places of our choosing,” it “does not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else.” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s statement on the strikes used almost identical language.
    Readers of these statements might reasonably wonder how one can bomb 85 targets and kill nearly 40 people without “seeking conflict.”

    Well that’s a pleasant change. Looks like Vox is now far right wing, white supremacist PutinHitler, and needs them some Freedom! Expect Vox HQ to be bombed shortly. Note the meta headline is that Trump has all the power, Trump is the leader, Trump is the man still controlling things. And Biden is decisively NOT. Biden who? Thanks, I guess?

    “Some Republican critics have called for the Biden administration to take even more aggressive action to deter Iran” Were they? Because I heard a lot of Democratic critics.
    “Trump also stopped short of striking within Iran itself, despite coming very close…” Did he? Because from what we can tell the CIA specifically dropped a drone inside a contested border zone in hopes Trump would start WWIII…and then didn’t. Doesn’t that say more definitively, he doesn’t want to, but the rest of government does?

    Demonstrating a few intelligent people remain in government: “Ashford was skeptical of the notion that military strikes against these groups constitute “deterrence” at all, in the traditional definition, noting that the whole point of deterrence is to prevent your opponent from taking some action, not responding to them after they already have. Once you’re exchanging fire with your adversary, that adversary has, by definition, not been deterred.” Yes. What he’s saying nicely is, “you’re losers who have lost.”

    Rapid fire: “Trump said he would encourage Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” to NATO countries that failed to meet the alliance’s defense spending targets.
    “NATO isn’t like a country club where you have to pay your dues to get your service.”
    Really? You can just pay nothing and get served?
    “extended deterrence,” but it only works if those allies and adversaries are certain you will live up to your commitments.”
    But the author feels that only applies to the U.S. who is required to live up to commitments, and Europe is not, as above. If Europe pays nothing at all, it is ONLY the United States who is responsible. That is perfectly just and normal.

    “Allies know that Biden will, as he promised, defend “every inch” of NATO territory”
    DO they? Because both he, and the United States have already refused. Specifically Biden in Specifically Afghanistan which specifically flipped Saudi the day after.

    His conclusion? “Whether it can still be averted may come down to whether other countries — both friends and enemies — still believe the US will make good on its word.”

    ONLY the U.S. has to make good on our word. The rest should ride with no men or defense spending if it’s inconvenient.

    Speaking of, I think, I wonder, if the plan on this side was to force, lure Europe into defense spending which is what collapsed the Soviet Union for us. Europe did not take the bait, (and collapse on us) doing f-all in spending WHILE claiming they’re about to be invaded. This shows they don’t believe a word, never have, never will, yet have not the least trouble selling it to the media and getting away with it. As above, their job is to do nothing, ever, and it’s America’s job to die. …That’s just common sense. They sit around and comb their smelly armpit hair and we save them like a damsel in distress. Right?

    And not so useful, “The opposition leader, who died in prison, had been persecuted for years by the Russian state. He remained defiant…” — The New Yorker Navalny? Putin’s top opponent? At 2%? It’s not me, it’s you. You’re completely mental. Mentally deficient, that is. But “New York”. Says it all.

    “Iran Transported $2.8BN Worth Of Oil In 2023 Under Washington’s Nose

    Um, yes? Because we control nothing, and what are we gonna do? Sink them? Sink all ships on all seas? To defend shipping safety? We already are a major pirate on the high seas, following Somalia.

    “Incest Is Best? The Economist Says Copulating-Cousins Cool “In Most Cases”

    The Economist feels the need to print this front page. Why am I reading this? This is Economics?

    GCHQ – London – toppling the U.S. election. At the direct request of President Obama and national security advisor Rice.

    GCHQ here pretends that Steele’s information is all good, reasonable, credible, and that neither they, nor Hillary, had anything to do with it. It is not. From 60,000 feet in space: Trump is a well-known germophobe, on the edge of being in trouble by it. The bed story is therefore ludicrous on its face, therefore the rest is suspect on its face. GCHQ is well-aware, but they need someone – Buzzfeed and Yahoo – to post a “Rumor” so they can pretend to follow it up.

    I started a rumor GCHQ is working for Dracos Constellation, stationed on the orbiting station of Venus. For some reason this rumor is not being followed up. Oh, so we DON’T have to follow up and topple domestic elections for rumors that are ludicrous? Tell me more.

    “• Obscene Award Vs Trump Is Testing New York Legal System’s Integrity (Turley)

    It’s not “testing” it, it’s failed. Past tense. And that comes with all NY leaving for Miami. Forever. Since they in NY hate work, money, and business, this suits everyone fine. It’s a new twist on “Running out of other people’s money.” They are “Running other people’s money out” … of town.

    As Socialism always works, I’m sure NY will become fabulously wealthy now, just, and socially equal. Everyone will be an art student and there will be no more plumbers.

    “While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is facing unprecedented indictments, journalists are still insisting that American justice is fair and impartial”

    While also reporting the #Opposite. Everywhere. Always. Everyone knows The System is broken and we need to “Burn it all Down.” ™

    “Can you imagine? Criticize a wind turbine or pandemic lockdowns and find yourself hauled in front of a judge!”

    Can I imagine what’s been going on for 50 years? With Exxon and only now moving to everything else? Yes, I can.

    The Michael Mann thing is amazing since the Hockey Stick WAS transparent, complete made up trollop, easily disproven with “Anything.” Like I can cite English literature, lists of kings, to say nothing of actual climate numbers. From anyone, even Mann himself. It’s also common knowledge as well as Wikipedia that “The Medieval Warming Period” “exists”.

    “Navalny Timeline (Maria Zakharova)

    Sounds about right. They print all the stories with no phone calls, facts, evidence, or statements at all. Immaculate Journalism! From God’s mouth to their ears. This is actually an improvement, as with Tucker – and is spreading industry wide – they are censoring and attacking stories BEFORE anyone knows what’s in them. They have gone lemon-sucking Church Lady second star to the Left and straight on ‘til morning. Far over the horizon into Neverland.

    “Here is Navalny trying to scheme his way into a $20M payday from MI6”

    London. Attacking Russia. So we post this because it is more or less offensive than Navalny’s open, appalling racism against…well, everyone.

    And in a recent article they said the Russian “Opposition” – that is, fabricated, made-up Navalny’s & co. — were flying “Confederate” flags? Da whut now? You want to show me that? Can anyone think of ANY reason ANYONE in Russia would EVER have a U.S. flag?

    Btw, it’s NOT the “Confederate Flag”. (Why do I have to say these things? Sigh.) It’s General Lee’s specific BATTLE flag. The Confederate Flag was WHITE, for White Supremacy. Which demonstrates the OTHER thing I shouldn’t have to say, that although yes, the Civil War was about State’s rights and Federal oppression, the imminent colonization of the South, it was IN REFERENCE to slavery specifically. …Don’t worry if you’re foreign: nobody here knows it’s not the Confederate Flag either. Which goes to the OTHER part of the flag: People who fly it are not “Confederates”, nor necessarily racists. After the 1980s “Dukes of Hazard”, it was picked up as a light-hearted symbol of “I’m a rebel” “Born to be Wild” “Rebel Without a Cause” “Ain’t Skeered” and symbol of the South which had, as the South feared, become an African slave colony of the North oppressed and extracted for 100 years. But that was about to change, coincidentally about exactly that time in 1980, as all things were lifted, all investment went south, and the North was gutted. …But I am a coincidence theorist, and that this happened exactly then, and Civil Rights happened 100 years after to the day of Appomattox, is not suspicious at all. Things signal themselves and happen to the day all the time! And no one is ever involved or plans it, even though it involves shifting half a trillion dollars in money over +10 years at a pop. Just ask them. Nope! No planning here at the Family Office at all. Rich people never meet on the golf course and never, ever talk to each other. Not once! Just lucky, I guess.

    ““The people of Novorossiya, as much as Yemeni Houthis, have Faith imprinted in their DNA..”

    Whatever, Pepe. That’s what they said about Americans too. Pride cometh. Your natural, racial superiority.

    Back to important matters, Avdiivka was a true modern fortress. It was specifically built, chosen, and then reinforced again after by NATO. It was the gathering and staging ground for the 200,000 men ethnic cleansing murder campaign on Donbas. It’s the local military center, perhaps THE military center. To give you an idea, it’s not just a rully rully nice building and chemical warehouse. It’s probably an underground bunker, and DUMB like we saw last time, a salt mine where they held troops, trucks, artillery pieces in hope Russia would roll over them and pop up in the rear.

    Fortress. Which has fallen. Military Summary and others were “complaining” or perhaps noting that there is no defense behind Avdiivka. They didn’t build one, and why? Because anything they built behind would be worse and weaker than Avdiivka itself. And time and resources aren’t infinite. So they doubled Avdiivka instead of sapping it and making tank traps and minefields to the West, and that’s just a tactical decision. That means they are open to the Dniper or to Kiev and Lvov. But what difference would it have made if they did? They are outnumbered 10:1 in the field, and by a million more men in Moscow. Russia is making 10 helicopters and 20 tanks a week, and is shooting 100,000 shells a day. They have all air defense, and no jets have been shot, the now have total air superiority and aren’t even using it because they invented the FABS – “GPS” targeting mega glide bombs. They highlight Ukr “drones” and those are nice, but immediately find that dropping a hand grenade is like a pop gun. Even artillery isn’t quite enough, 10x larger. FABS are 10x larger than artillery and can drop them all day now.

    Who knew in these days war would end up so similar to WWI, to Middle Ages, to Rome, with fortresses set up and besieged as ever. All Rumfelds’ high-tech, no-man force useless as the day is long.

    “On July 13, 2023, President Joe Biden announced Russian President Vladimir Putin “has already lost the war.”

    There is nothing Biden isn’t doing to boost up and credit Trump. Nothing.

    “In 2015, The New York Times reported on Obama’s reluctance: “In part, he has told aides and visitors that arming the Ukrainians would encourage the notion that they could actually defeat the far more powerful Russians, and so it would potentially draw a more forceful response from Moscow.”

    Meaning they already knew it, and already decided against it. What changed? Europe collapsing economically? They thought they’d have more time? Remember August 2019 before “a Miracle Happened”?

    “Russia learned this the hard way in Cuba in 1962.”

    Not really. Russia won that one since we withdrew OUR nukes from THEIR Cuba: Turkey. The difference is, the Anglos mouth off and make stuff up and Russians don’t.

    “German Chancellor Olaf Scholz intervened last year to prevent European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen from becoming NATO’s next secretary general,”

    But they ALSO stopped “blood, gore, guts, veins in his teeth” Ben from LONDON from getting in as well. And he resigned. Sorry I can’t remember his name, but the problem is I also don’t care.

    “While Biden may have favored a woman,”

    What’s that? How do we know Rutte isn’t one?

    “• EU To Get ‘Defense Commissioner’ – Von der Leyen (RT)

    United States of Europe, with the United Army of Europe. …But no men and no dollars. That way they can send Poles to shoot French women in the face, which is much more palatable.

    “von der Leyen’s centrist European People’s Party (EPP) will likely remain the largest faction in the 720-seat legislature.”

    Hardly matters in any way I understand, since the EU Parliament has no power in the first place and can be overwritten by any bureaucrat at will.

    ALSO overridden by the ECB, and ALSO overridden by local governments from time to time. ALSO overridden by Biden, it seems? Is there anything they ARE in charge of? A million dollar expense account they don’t show up for and a multi-billion dollar no-bid merger with Pfizer over texts, perhaps?

    “• France Warns of ‘Economic Shock’ From Russian Victory (RT)

    Once again, France is correct. But they are also speaking in code. It’s worth watching them.

    “• Suicide Pact Threatens to Flood EU With 75 Million More Migrants (MN)

    Anyone know what they’re up to yet? Endless Slave ships, like here? Or can’t let GDP fall bc it would lead to compounding debt collapse? Disaster Capitalism either way.

    “• American Doctor In Gaza: What I Saw Wasn’t War – It Was Annihilation (LAT)

    Ah, but the U.S. has a solution: Send 21,000 more bombs! #Helping! Pay your taxes, folks.

    Plastics, we used to use less, but also we used to reuse glass, like Coke bottles. But like the Moscow subway, that requires people to behave themselves en masse. That requires morality and a very level, long-term outlook.

    I can do it, mostly, or reduce it by half. But everything would have to change. It would cost a lot more, and people would die. Like for sterilizing IVs and syringes again, e.g.

    I guess the plastics committee is a good example of the base cause: all laws are for “Somebody else”. You already CAN do all these things, voluntarily. That would be “Capitalism” they hate so much, ie “Voluntary Exchange.” But they don’t want that freedom they already have. They want to MAKE YOU do something you don’t want, AND also not have to do it themselves. That is, they live only for AntiFreedom. For FORCE and VIOLENCE. And I’m not being pejorative here, I know what they say, what they do, and that they really mean it, earnestly in their hearts. But who are the ones flying to Cancun and Vanuatu for a scuba holiday? Exclusively Climate-Changer PMCs like this. No one else could afford it. Plus ten billionaires, but they hardly turn the dial. ALL of our issues right now are encapsulated in this one issue: seeing the beam in your own eye, instead of the mote in theirs. That’s why hypocrisy comes up with almost every sentence, and illogic.

    If you want it, DO it. Thanks for your testimony and advice, done. Show us the better way. As California and the 50 Blue cities are the shining Light on the Hill, Utopias of love and prosperity, absent of crime, shootings, and racism. Show us. I won’t stop you. Never have. And I promise I WILL imitate you, whatever works, even if it hurts and makes me look stupid. Promise.

    “How Panama canal works”

    And how the nearby China canal can never work. Unless the entire world is turned upside down: no Water. No rain, and no lake at the top. Explain? So it’s a Chinese military base self-financing with Tropical clear-cutting? Yes. But China’s the world’s bestest friend ever and ain’t up to nothing. They’re the exception to all nations and all history! This time they’re different! Yup.

    #153014
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Aspnaz. You’re really stinking’ out the party with your mouth farts. I wish Boscohorowitz would come back and tear you a new arsehole.
    He would do I better job than me. I can’t be fucked mate. You deserve it though. You really do.
    Kanye West told the world he was an Anti Semite on his latest record but the record wasn’t boring.
    Catching my drift?
    I’m happy your an anti/Semite if that gets you off and helps form your tender identity and I think people should be allowed to hate as it’s a right – just STOP telling us so repeatedly- it’s like watching paint dry you fucking boring cunt.

    Anyway.

    Decorum and all that.
    Sorry everyone.

    Richard Werner analysis of Carlson Putin interview is tops

    #153015
    aspnaz
    Participant

    oxymoron said

    I’m happy your an anti/Semite if that gets you off and helps form your tender identity and I think people should be allowed to hate as it’s a right – just STOP telling us so repeatedly- it’s like watching paint dry you fucking boring cunt.

    Ha ha, you are a laugh, so we have reached C word level, as my colleagues would say. Glad to see it. Well, your moniker says it all, what can I add except that I am disappointed you don’t enjoy UB40, they were a great band?

    #153016
    Dr. D
    Participant

    America is parochial, because we’re not supposed to be involved in the world, and the Feds aren’t supposed to do anything. That’s what happens when CA is the 5th largest nation, and Texas is larger than the next 150 nations. Then…the States…act like nations? Yes?

    Anyway, no, it’s not wrong in Texas, it’s just a strategy. The strategy is, the Center, the US Feds, are collapsing and the States — who are the size of nations — are taking over. By ignoring them and going around. And saying “Make Me.” “Stop me.” It may not be the RIGHT tactic — although I suspect it is — but it’s not a DUMB tactic. It’s just one of several functional moves on the chessboard.

    Today’s theme song, big wet kisses and sing it together.

    “Hating zion, and it feels so good
    Hating zion, ’cause we understood
    There’s one perfect fit
    And, sugar, this one is it
    We both are so excited
    ‘Cause we’re Hating zion
    , hey, hey

    I sat here staring at the same old wall
    Came back to life just when I got your call
    There’s one perfect fit
    And, sugar, this one is it

    This is a solid hate
    exactly what I’m dreaming of

    All through the day
    And all through the night
    I’ll give you all the hate
    With all my might

    Hating Zion, you’re my everything
    Only you know how to free
    Of all the hate that is in me
    I want to let you know I won’t let you go
    I’ll never let you go.”
    –Peaches.

    Like Rick Astley, never gonna give hate up, never gonna let hate down, never gonna desert you. You’re my everything! Hate. Why can’t I quit you?

    #153017
    tboc
    Participant

    friends look at it this way
    aspnaz might be compared to a slot machine, put a nickel in get a dollar out

    in the movie Evil Knievel, Knievel noted “Awful Knofel” was so mean he hated himself

    #153019
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Dr D said

    That’s what happens when CA is the 5th largest nation, and Texas is larger than the next 150 nations. Then…the States…act like nations? Yes?

    So your proclaimed morals stand for nothing, spending your money murdering people thousands of miles away stands for nothing, you are all standing aroung the California and Texas fires telling yourselves how good you are. Interesting. As I have said many times before, the world dislikes the Americans (part of the world hates you because you massacred their populations, not the likes of China, they are neither here nor there on the USA) but you have liquidity, so we have to live with you for the time being, but that will eventually change.

    Do you live in either California or Texas? Just wondering why you are singing their praises. Is that why you come up with “hate” as your signature tune?

    I am not a big GDP expert, but China’s purchasing power GDP has overtaken the USA in 2014, yet their nominal GDP is behind the USA by about 10 trillion. Interesting. What does this mean? You say that California has greater GDP than India, but india does more work, which means that California is living off rent. Which do you think will rescue the USA?

    #153020
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Dr D said

    Like Rick Astley, never gonna give hate up, never gonna let hate down, never gonna desert you. You’re my everything! Hate. Why can’t I quit you?

    Here are the actual lyrics:

    We’re no strangers to love
    You know the rules and so do I
    A full commitment’s what I’m thinking of
    You wouldn’t get this from any other guy

    I just want to tell you how I’m feeling
    Gotta make you understand

    Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

    We’ve known each other for so long
    Your heart’s been aching but you’re too shy to say it
    Inside we both know what’s been going on
    We know the game and we’re gonna play it

    And if you ask me how I’m feeling
    Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see

    Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

    Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

    (Ooh give you up)
    (Ooh give you up)
    (Ooh) Never gonna give, never gonna give (give you up)
    (Ooh) Never gonna give, never gonna give (give you up)

    We’ve known each other for so long
    Your heart’s been aching but you’re too shy to say it
    Inside we both know what’s been going on
    We know the game and we’re gonna play it

    I just want to tell you how I’m feeling
    Gotta make you understand

    Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

    So Risk Astley is singing about love and you pretend it is a song about hate. Why do you have to pervert such a good song? The song I posted by UB40, I also posted the lyrics, I did not pretend that it was something it was not.

    You should try being a bit more honest with your readers, cut out the lies and the bullshit. You otherwise sound just like the MSM, opportunist bullshitters.

    #153021
    aspnaz
    Participant

    The free world: https://www.rt.com/russia/592635-biden-interview-proposal-russia/
    The western world: https://swentr.site/russia/592635-biden-interview-proposal-russia/

    Biden offered prime time Russian TV slot

    Trolling Biden by inviting him to undertake an interview with a Russian “Tucker Carlson”. Got to play the retard in the room, the Russians are playing dementure Joe like a young girl with smelly hair.

    #153022
    aspnaz
    Participant

    The free world: https://www.rt.com/news/592608-china-reacts-navaly-death/
    The western world: https://swentr.site/news/592608-china-reacts-navaly-death/

    China reacts to death of Navalny

    The first paragraph:

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry has declined to comment on the death of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny before medical examiners have determined the exact cause of death, saying Moscow can handle its own domestic matters without foreign interference.

    Ha ha, so we see that the Americans have zero influence in China. Nice to see the Chinese standing their ground and not giving into the thugs of America.

    #153023
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @aspnaz

    A message to our American and UK friends; guess who is the rat?

    Your question is too easy, aspnaz. You’re the rat. The clues are those little pellets of rat droppings you leave like a trail of confessed crimes everywhere you go, and that distinctively disgusting aroma. Yeah, thanks for the metaphor. Not only do you leave a mess behind and foul the atmosphere, there’s also the unfortunate after effect that the topics you touch are left tainted, like when a rat chews the corner off of a package of food that was perfectly comestible until the rodent got to it.

    Your visits to the forum are like the skittering scritchy noises in the cupboard when the lights go out for the night, and we’re reminded that it’s probably time to set the traps again. Damn rats! It was easier back in the day when it was only the occasional troll that needed to attended to. They were ugly and noisy alright, but at least they didn’t shit in the rations.

    #153024
    poppie
    Participant

    Point to a bad guy and you support all the bad guys you didnt point to.
    Point to a challange to the empire and its the wrong challange. Just a campfire.
    Starting to smell like troll to me. Skip those comments. They dont exist.

    #153025
    poppie
    Participant

    You [whatever] are [insult]. We Chinese are wonderful. No constructive criticism. Over and over. Yeah. Troll.

    #153028
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Nima and Larry Johnson

    The Worst Defeat for Ukraine – No Victory for Netanyahu – Huge Miscalculations

    #153029
    zerosum
    Participant

    Have fun.
    Life.
    Follow the bouncing logic/learning/AI

    Energy extractors
    Energy convertors
    https: //www.google.com/search?q=Energy+extractors+Energy+convertors&oq=Energy+extractors+Energy+convertors&gs_lcrp=EgZjaHJvbWUyBggAEEUYOTIKCAEQABiABBiiBDIKCAIQABiABBiiBDIKCAMQABiABBiiBDIKCAQQABiABBiiBNIBCDMwMDRqMGoxqAIAsAIA&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#ip=1

    https: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosynthesis
    Photosynthesis is … supplies most of the biological energy necessary for complex life on Earth.

    solar panels
    Windmill

    Self repairing/self correcting/learning/AI

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replicator
    Replicator may refer to various things related to replication:

    Science
    Replicator (evolution unit), the theoretical basic unit of evolution in the gene-centered view of evolution
    Replicator (self-replication), a component that facilitates self-replication
    DNA replication, the process of producing two identical copies from one original DNA molecule
    Replicator (nanotechnology), a device to precisely position molecules to guide chemical reactions
    Clanking replicator, an artificial self-replicating system that relies on conventional large-scale technology and automation
    Replicator equation, a deterministic monotone non-linear and non-innovative game dynamic used in evolutionary game theory
    Replicator (cellular automaton), a pattern
    In culture
    Replicator (Stargate), a fictional species in the Stargate universe
    Replicator (Star Trek), a fictional technology in the Star Trek universe

    Self-replication
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-replication
    Self-replication is any behavior of a dynamical system that yields construction of an identical or similar copy of itself. Biological cells, given suitable environments, reproduce by cell division.

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

    Hypothetical types of biochemistry (life)
    https: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothetical_types_of_biochemistry

    See also ….
    Abiogenesis
    Artificial life
    Astrochicken
    Autopoiesis
    Complex system
    DNA replication
    Memetics
    Life
    Robot
    RepRap (self-replicated 3D printer)
    Self-replicating machine
    Self-replicating spacecraft
    Space manufacturing
    Von Neumann universal constructor
    Virus
    Von Neumann machine (disambiguation)
    Self reconfigurable
    ————-

    #153030
    Dora
    Participant

    Due Dissidence.

    #153031
    The Markster
    Participant

    Encouraged by the Scots organizing the peace display at a soccer game this month. Thanks for sharing.

    Encouraged by the publication of that 27 November 2016 memo regarding project FULSOME from British intelligence or whatever that was. Should be front page news across these disunited states, but obviously regime media will memory hole the thing even if it ever does see the light in normie land. Thanks for sharing.

    Sad for all the petty bickering on here without pointing fingers but hoping it self-corrects. Had to stop reading Greer blog comments once they got too tedious and long, hoping that does not happen here. TAE commentariat used to be so civilized. ☮️

    #153032
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Ukronazi suffered huge devastating defeat worst of SMO in Avdeevka

    Ukronazis are having to pull troops from other parts of the contact line which then makes Russian forces advance in that part of the weakened line.

    It’s a death spiral for Ukronaziland.

    The retreating Ukronazis are fleeing acroos open fields and being torn to bits by Russian artillery, tanks, helicopter gunships and fighter planes.

    Russian drones have thermal infrared imaging so no escape by night, Ukronazis never saw what was coming for them out of the pitch black sky

    #153033
    Dr. D
    Participant

    https://youtu.be/h_V8nXgTcvY?t=158 (Wherein AntMan can’t stop talking)

    Man we have got to him. He ain’t hearin’ nothing now. Now there’s no such thing as a song parody, he’s deflecting with Rick Astley, not Peaches and Herb, and is claiming that the fact that California is reputed 5th largest GDP in the world is some kind of secret message. Uh-huh.

    Well, it was fun winning that one. And I had a real spicy comment all queued up too, but what’s the point?

    As they say, Biggest. Help. Ever. Point at the decoy, while the bank robbers get away.

    Howso? Suck the air out of the room. There are REAL crimes going on, with actual, specific, written names associated with them, each of which is legally admissible in court. Enter “Abstraction”. It’s the Lizard people from Alpha Centri! See how they all have nose hair? Alpha Centurians have nose hair too! Coincidence? I think not.

    I don’t care. Couldn’t care less if they’re Alpha Centurians, Pleiadians, Corsicans, or Lithuanians. They are live bodies who committed provable crimes, I write their names on a “Warrant”, then arrest and incarcerate their bodies, demonstrate “proof” and enforce “Punishment.” Then they can crime no more. If they sprout tentacles or start speaking in tongues, don’t care. If their fake wig comes off and they’re brown, not blonde, don’t care. If they are part of a crime syndicate of one, or of 600 Million, don’t care. Everything else is an epic and pointless distraction, a magic trick, that lets the bad guy zip offstage unseen. Practical people with real, practical work to do can’t be bothered with fairy stories and neverending sidelines.

    So no more “They” did “It”. Do you have a crime, and a name, or not?

    By the way, “America” did not do “It” either. Specific nameable, knowable Americans did, over the express objections of OTHER Americans who tried to stop them, often at the cost of their lives. That is why we arrest “America Group A” as guilty and release “America Group B” as innocent, if that’s too hard to understand.

    Keep it up though. This stuff probably works on all the idiot boards where the retards live, but not here. This is the comment section of Doctors, Lawyers, and Engineers. You know: people who can read.

    #153034
    Oroboros
    Participant

    What if Putin’s translator was an Aussie?

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

    It makes so much more sense hearing it from Oz

    #153035
    zerosum
    Participant

    Why this war with Russia.
    “emotional and neuralgic reaction”

    Kiev has been fortifying Adveevka non-stop for nearly 10 years – essentially to keep shelling civilians in Donetsk and other parts of Donbass with impunity, ad infinitum.
    ————
    Yes. They know. Yet. Continue

    Throwing Good Money After Bad in Ukraine?


    Throwing Good Money After Bad in Ukraine?
    February 16, 2024

    William Burns was ambassador to Russia, he warned of Moscow’s “emotional and neuralgic reaction”

    Russia’s opposition was based on “strategic concerns about the impact on Russia’s interests in the region” and warned then that “Russia now feels itself able to respond more forcefully”. Burns added: “In Ukraine, these include fears that the issue could potentially split the country in two, leading to violence or even, some claim, civil war, which would force Russia to decide whether to intervene.”
    ———–
    Yes. They know. Yet. Continued the lies
    The Secret Files of the Corona Expert Council
    (Documentary, Germany 2024, English version)
    (Misinterpreted the Omicron variant as particularly dangerous – Covid, Omicron, variants )
    ———-

    #153036
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Germany’s current ‘leaders’ directly descended from Nazi Scum

    .

    #153037
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Fentanyl Lollipops? Top Border Patrol Doctor Asked Staff For Narcotics Before UN Meeting In New York: Whistleblowers

    WWHaaaT?

    The rot is so deep in the Empire of Lies it rivals any third world shithole.

    “Several whistleblowers allege that the chief medical officer for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pressured his staff to smuggle fentanyl lollipops to a September United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York last September.

    According to NBC News, Dr. Alexander Eastman’s staff thought it was really strange that their boss would need to order fentanyl lollipops to take with him. What’s more, his explanation was hilarious; he might need them as part of his duties in case any injured CBP operators needed pain management, should an emergency occur.

    You mean like his Jones kicking in?

    Hahahahahahaha

    What a pathetic gobshite, the Empire of Lies Gangster Nation

    Another No Neck Mobster Goon for Pedo Jo-Joe

    .

    Customs and Border Protection is the chief agency responsible for detecting and stopping the illegal flow of fentanyl into the U.S. across international borders.

    Eastman’s staff initially responded to his request by explaining that Narcan, which can save the lives of those who overdose on fentanyl, has been requested for CBP operations in the past, but not fentanyl itself. The whistleblowers say staff members raised questions about how he would store the lollipops and what he would do with unused fentanyl at the end of the operation, according to the report.

    #153038
    Celticbiker
    Participant

    “This is the comment section of Doctors, Lawyers and Engineers…” You know, the people injecting you, making your laws and chemtrailing you from above. Pompous, full of shit Egghead.

    #153039
    zerosum
    Participant

    Why many blogs do not have a comment section.

    “Sad for all the petty bickering on here without pointing fingers but hoping it self-corrects. Had to stop reading Greer blog comments once they got too tedious and long, hoping that does not happen here. TAE commentariat used to be so civilized.”

    Yep! Without action, I’ve seen this operation being used to kill comments and blogs.

    #153040
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Regarding the GCHQ memo:

    1. Dated November 17, 2016

    2. References US President’s August 28, 2016 request to surveil Trump. (does not identify Obama by proper name)

    3. Names signatory GCHQ, director ROBERT HARRIGAN

    4. Names addressee MP BORIS JOHNSON

    5. Names NSA SUSAN RICE

    6. Cites the “approval” of Obama’s request to surveil Trump took place on Sept 15, 2016

    7. This document appears to be a request for 90-day renewal

    Admiral Mike Rogers’ sprint to Trump Tower to warn Trump took place during the time period cited in this GCHQ memo.

    IOCCO: “The Interception of Communications Commissioner was a regulatory official in the United Kingdom, appointed under section 57 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000…”
    “The Interception of Communications Commissioner has been replaced by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner by the Investigatory Powers Act 2016”

    Harrigan cites “Russian hostile actors” in his memorandum.

    ****notice Obama’s request of GCHQ to spy on Trump took approximately 18 days to accept/approve without revealing how long Obama domestically spied on Trump. Susan Rice was ready with the renewal request 30 days before the 90-day expiration window.

    7.5 years and counting versus 18 days to move Heaven and Earth against Trump….the putative motivation being Russian hostile actors.

    Nothing will come of it.
    The statute tolls.
    All these judicial rulings against Trump can be seen as malignant actors doubling down on their prior criminal acts because their acts rise to punishment by firing squad for High Treason.

    I’m all for it, and have been since 2016 when I debated just these facts at Emptywheel only to be set upon by Marci’s attack dogs.

    And I still think Admiral Mikey Roger’s sprint to Trump Tower was just a flag officer’s ass covering move.

    Prove me wrong. Prove that memo authentic.

    #153041
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @DrD

    I think that’s why advanced civilizations have learned to separate jailers from judges, judges from cops and cops from spies. Their respective jobs (although all aimed at the same target of maintaining security for the innocent) must go about their respective tasks in ways that must not be mixed together or combined. Spies figure out where the trouble is probably coming from. Cops gather evidence and haul the suspected trouble makers into court. Judges and juries decide if the evidence proves guilt and hand the guilty over for punishment and incarceration. The jailers keep the miscreants far enough away from society that it is better for everyone concerned (including the convicts, actually).

    Civilizations end when the fish is rotten from the spies on down.

    #153042
    zerosum
    Participant

    Twisted information

    https://ukrainianjewishencounter.org/en/yiddish-and-the-ukrainian-jewish-roots-of-the-new-u-s-secretary-of-state/https://ukrainianjewishencounter.org/en/yiddish-and-the-ukrainian-jewish-roots-of-the-new-u-s-secretary-of-state/
    Yiddish and the Ukrainian–Jewish roots of the new U.S. Secretary of State
    Posted On: November 30th, 2020
    Posted In: Diverse Voices

    #153043
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Here’s a bullet to chew on. Nobody (and I mean NOBODY) believes that there will be a free and fair election in the United States in November 2024.

    The bad guys know it. The good guys know it. And the genpop knows it too. That’s why the the Bad guys and the genpop say that they don’t know it, and why they don’t want anybody to even talk about it. It’s because they KNOW it (otherwise they wouldn’t care if you talked about it or not).

    So, since everybody knows that there is not going to be a free and fair election in Nov 2024 WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN BEFORE THAT DEADLINE?

    Lots of stuff, boys and girls. Lots of stuff. Like the Dollar, Ukraine, Palestine, free speech, border hemorrhage, election law, federal court system, you name it. What has to happen before November of the year with each of those crises? Can ANY of those crises be left unresolved without the consequence of preventing a free and fair election in ’24? And yet if ANY of the crises do get resolved then what will the effect of such resolution on the election itself?

    There’s the “Deadline”, so to speak, and I can’t imagine a better word for it.

    #153044
    Oroboros
    Participant

    .

    #153045
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Putting the Rich in Ritual Humiliation

    #153046
    Oroboros
    Participant

    .

    #153047
    tboc
    Participant

    please give a moment for this description of justice served

    Justice is served when complete and total cost for violation of the human social contract is petitioned for and received. The historical connection between punishment and recidivism is well established. The concept of punishment focuses to narrowly on an individidual and not the broader issue of cost to a community. Loss of property or life or lives at the narrow perspective often does not take into the account the broader community injury. There is a broadly known perspective on this issue among communities of faith. The frequency of violations of the social contract within any community is as much a reflection of the community as any individual within the community.

    glorification of the brutality of the Roman Empire or the brutality of Western European Colonialism of the last five hundred years is the glorification of brutality. The cost of two and a half millenia of the brutality of empire is plainly visible at this moment. How many libraries are full of cultural scripture glorifying the advancement of western culture? How many of the years any of us spent in the classroom were we taught of the civilizing virtues of Pax Romana? What was the cost to the communities subjugated by The Roman Empire? Where is the justice? yes i reject there is any nobility in the history of western european colonialism

    Everyone is crying out for peace, yes
    None is crying out for justice
    Everyone is crying out for peace, yes
    None is crying out for justice

    I don’t want no peace
    I need equal rights and justice
    I need equal rights and justice
    I need equal rights and justice
    Got to get it
    Equal rights and justice – Peter Tosh, Equal Rights and Justice

    #153048
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Big Mike Speaks

    The ground shakes

    .

    #153049
    morongobill
    Participant

    (S)he would know.

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