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This Is Not an April Fool’s Gag (Jim Kunstler)
Biden Denies Proclaiming Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday (RT)
The Electric War Is Redrawing The Ukraine Map – In Black (Helmer)
Ukraine Counteroffensive ‘Biggest Debacle In Modern Warfare’ – David Sacks (RT)
Every NATO Member Has Military Personnel In Ukraine – Estonia (RT)
‘Too Old and in Poor Health’: Ukrainian Conscripts Unmotivated to Fight (Sp.)
Israel’s War, Netanyahu’s Gamble (Alastair Crooke)
The Sahel’s ‘Axis of Resistance’ (Pepe Escobar)
EU Can No Longer Expect US To Defend It – Rheinmetall CEO (RT)
How Private Interests Seized Control of America (Paul Craig Roberts)
Disney’s Litigation Against Florida Collapses as the Media Shrugs (Turley)
Weaponization of the Secret Service Has Put RFK Jr’s Life at Risk (Fleetwood)
Left Livid Over Trump Ally Efforts To Eliminate Anti-White Policies (ZH)
JK Rowling Could Be Imprisoned For “Misgendering” Trans People (MN)
Imran Khan’s Jail Sentence Suspended (RT)
Judge Orders Release Of ‘Border Riot’ Migrants Who Overwhelmed National Guard (ZH)

 

 

 

 

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Geert Vanden Bossche predicts the collapse of society. And the rise of ivermectin. Not sure how the two can be combined.

This Is Not an April Fool’s Gag (Jim Kunstler)

Did you have a fabulous Transgender Visibility Day, uncluttered with any loose talk about one Jesus Christ and his travails in the Roman Levant some 2000 years ago? The Easter Bunny desisted from twerking on the White House lawn this time around, but the Party of Chaos still nailed down the vote of the .000429 percent of the population that identifies as opposite the clerical error made upon their sexual assignment at birth. All in all, this may be the last grotesque frivolity the political class indulges in for a long time to come, and I’ll tell you why.

I had the honor of interviewing the Belgian virologist Geert Vanden Bossche on Friday for my podcast, and he had quite a sobering message. “What I am predicting,” he said, “is a massive, massive tsunami” of illness and death among highly-vaccinated populations with dysregulated immune systems.

“You commit errors or even crimes at the very small scale, you can hide them,” he said (at around 47:00 minutes into the hour-long discussion). “I have seen this happen with the Ebola vaccination with Africa a number of years ago. . . . However, if you do this at the very large scale, like what has happened with this mass [Covid] vaccination campaign, the truth will surface. And those who have committed these crimes who have been lying to the people, who have not been taking care of the health and safety of the people, will be severely, severely punished. . . . If these people would now go out and say, ‘Yeah, wait a minute, we have been making some mistakes, it wasn’t all right, we have to correct them, we have to revise our opinion,’ these people will be stoned in the streets. . . . They can only hope that something will happen that will distract from this issue, but it won’t. . . . The truth will surface: this has been a large-scale experiment of gain-of-function on the very human population. This will be something that will be reported in history for many many generations to come.”

A bit further on (around 55:20 minutes) he says, “You will see what will happen, for example, in the next coming weeks. . . is more and more cases of more serious long Covid. . . . They will start to replace the surge of the cancers. . . now we have a more chronic phase. It will end with a hyper-acute phase, a huge, huge wave. . . I’ve been studying this now for four years. I know what I’m talking about. I’m probably the only person, in all modesty, who understands the immunology behind this. . . . (At 1:00:12) The thing I want your audience to understand, what we will be facing in the hyper-acute Covid crisis that is imminent, is that we will have to build a completely new world. . . . It is very very clear that when this starts, our hospitals will collapse. And that means the chaos in all kinds of layers of society — financial, economic, social, you name it — will be complete. And that is what I’m very clearly predicting. . . . It’s very strange for me to make such statements, but I’m not hiding it because I’m two hundred percent convinced that it will happen.”

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The kind old man with memory issues.

Biden Denies Proclaiming Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday (RT)

US President Joe Biden has rejected criticism over his annual proclamation of March 31 as Transgender Visibility Day, which this year coincided with Easter Sunday. The president’s ambiguous remarks on the matter, however, were perceived by his critics as a flat denial of the move he had made just a day before. Biden was pressed on the matter by reporters and asked about the criticism, voiced by Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson, who called the step “outrageous and abhorrent’ tradition-busting moves.” The president stated the speaker was “thoroughly uninformed” on the matter, producing what appeared to be a flat denial to a follow-up question on how exactly Johnson was “uninformed.” “I didn’t do that.”

The remarks re-ignited the criticism, with Johnson taking to X (formerly Twitter) to poke fun at the president and posting a screenshot of Biden’s proclamation of March 31 as the Transgender Day of Visibility. “This you, Joe Biden?” the speaker wrote. Some, however, translated the president’s remarks as an attempt to explain that he was not the one to introduce the tradition in the first place, rather than a denial of his own move. The proclamation dates back to 2009, when then-President Barak Obama introduced it shortly after assuming office, marking March 31 as Transgender Visibility Day. The date will not coincide with Easter Sunday for decades to come. The White House appeared to back this position as well, with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisting any backlash over the president’s move was “misinformation.”

“So surprised by the misinformation that’s been out there around this and I want to be very clear: every year for the past several years on March 31, Transgender Day of Visibility is marked,” she stated, adding that the nature of the situation was evident “for folks who understand the calendar and how it works.”“Easter falls on different Sundays, right, every year, and this year it happened to coincide with Transgender Visibility Day. And so that is the simple fact. That is what has happened. That is where we are,” she explained.Still, the affair has triggered a storm of criticism from prominent Christians and conservatives alike, getting further aggravated by the fact that the Biden administration has opted to ban children participating in the Easter Egg design contest from using religiously themed designs.

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The next phase of the war? The end phase?

“If the current Russian plan of attack is causing swings of 300+ volts, it’s not even safe to plug in a cell phone..”

“Who knows what’s happening there. It must be chaos, and if it isn’t, it will be soon.”

The Electric War Is Redrawing The Ukraine Map – In Black (Helmer)

The electric war, which in its first phase commenced last October and November, has now entered its second and final phase – final, that is, for the Ukraine. This is strategic; war has never been fought like this in Europe. The US and NATO general staffs and politicians have been taken by complete surprise. “The Ukrainians are building Maginot and Siegfried lines according to the instructions of their foreign advisers,” according to a Moscow analyst, “as if the Russian offensive will be men, artillery and tanks running across the landscape towards Kiev. But they won’t have to. The offensive against Ukrainian electricity cannot be stopped at these lines.” Without effective defence for its power generating plants, distribution hubs, and grid lines, the Kiev regime’s power is being stopped across the country; the major Novorussian cities in the east – Odessa, Kharkov, Dniepropetrovsk – are being blacked out and their populations forced to evacuate; the warmaking resupplies of the NATO allies are being cut off at borders which are now exposed to reversal of electricity surges threatening the plants and grids of southern Poland, Romania and Moldova.

Even European and American money for President Vladimir Zelensky’s regime needs electricity to move. “The Russian General Staff is thinking electrically,” comments a NATO veteran and expert in applying electrical engineering to war. “The way the strikes are unfolding causes the Ukrainians to perform at lot of switching. Anyone who knows anything about high-voltage switching understands that the more it’s done, the greater the likelihood there is of some kind of fault occurring, including surges or transients. So, leaving enough power on today so the Ukrainians can throw switches tomorrow may be part of the plan.” “Even if the French/NATO plan a deployment in the Ukraine, what will they be deploying to?” the military engineer adds. “If the current Russian plan of attack is causing swings of 300+ volts, it’s not even safe to plug in a cell phone.


MAP OF RUSSIAN STRIKES AGAINST UKRAINE POWER PLANT TARGETS, MARCH 30

We can safely assume that all manner of appliances and other expensive electrical or electronic equipment has been destroyed in the affected areas. Indeed, even if the power engineers manage to get the power back on, millions of light fixtures, especially the electronic/LED variety, are burned out. Diagnostic equipment (medical and technical), process instruments, programmable logic controllers, power supplies, inverters, frequency drives, bank machines, computerized checkout, refrigeration equipment, are burned up” “Who knows what’s happening there. It must be chaos, and if it isn’t, it will be soon.” The Russian General Staff doesn’t telegraph its punches. The daily Ministry of Defense operations briefing – blocked for many US and allied audiences – concentrates on the five combat groups, Western, Southern, Eastern, Centre, and Dniepr; and their operational directions along the Donbass line of contact; at present, they are Kupyansk, Donetsk, Avdeyevka, South Donetsk, and Kherson.

Last Friday, for example, the briefing began almost nonchalantly: “Tonight [March 29], the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation launched a group strike with high-precision long-range air, sea and land-based weapons, including aeroballistic hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, at energy facilities and air defence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The objectives of the strike have been achieved. All objects are affected.” [..] “Ukraine is moving towards a truly definitive energy crisis”, Militarist reported on March 30. “In the east and west, thermal power plants are being eliminated one by one by completely demolishing the main turbine and generator sections. Dams also began to collapse from south to north. It is expected that all dams and thermal power plants will be put out of operation in the near future. The Ukrainian military industry will be destroyed both by direct attacks and by the energy crisis. The possibility of NATO-supported domestic production and maintenance will also be excluded. Thus, the logistics infrastructure in the rear may not be able to cope with events at the front.”

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“These people are fools who should have no credibility left. But of course the MSM never holds them accountable so we will get more of the same until Ukraine finally collapses..”

Ukraine Counteroffensive ‘Biggest Debacle In Modern Warfare’ – David Sacks (RT)

The failure of Ukraine’s 2023 summer counteroffensive against Russia was “easily predictable,” according to US tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist David Sacks, who has suggested that the Washington elite should be held accountable for talking up the doomed operation. Sacks’ comments came in response to a post on Saturday by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who condemned the unnecessary loss of life suffered by Kiev’s forces as they attempted to “attack a larger army” that had superior defenses. The failed Ukrainian counteroffensive was “one of the biggest debacles in the history of modern warfare,” Sacks said in agreement, adding that Kiev’s soldiers and tanks had effectively run “headlong into minefields while Russian artillery rained down on them from heavily fortified positions.” “This should have been easily predictable,” the former PayPal COO and founder of the Yammer corporate social network stressed.

According to estimates released in March by the Russian Defense Ministry, the Ukrainian military saw over 166,000 casualties during last year’s failed counteroffensive. Kiev’s overall casualties since the outbreak of the conflict with Russia stand at 444,000, the ministry has claimed. Sacks went on to suggest that US officials such as ex-CIA chief David Petraeus, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and current US Secretary of State Antony Blinken should all be held responsible for encouraging the doomed operation. “These people are fools who should have no credibility left. But of course the MSM never holds them accountable so we will get more of the same until Ukraine finally collapses,” Sacks surmised. Musk, meanwhile, has called the counteroffensive “a tragic waste of life for Ukraine,” suggesting that Kiev should not have attacked Russian forces – which had deployed vast minefields and had stronger artillery – while Ukrainian forces lacked armor or air superiority.

“Any fool could have predicted that,” the billionaire said, recalling that one year ago he had recommended that Kiev’s forces entrench and apply all resources to defense. Musk stated that Kiev would continue to have difficulty holding on to territory, but suggested that Russia was unlikely try to take over the entire country, arguing that it would face “extreme” local resistance in western regions of Ukraine. He also warned that if the conflict “lasts long enough, Odessa will fall,” and advised Kiev to reach a negotiated settlement with Moscow as soon as possible, before Russia gains more territory and Ukraine loses all access to the Black Sea. Moscow has stressed that it remains open to meaningful talks with Kiev, and has blamed the lack of a diplomatic breakthrough on the Ukrainian authorities, who refuse to accept the “reality on the ground.”

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Russia knows where they all are. Sitting ducks.

Every NATO Member Has Military Personnel In Ukraine – Estonia (RT)

Every NATO member already has military personnel in Ukraine, Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur claimed on Monday. Under no circumstances, however, will forces from the US-led bloc take part in the hostilities against Russia, the minister insisted in an interview with Austrian media outlet Die Presse. NATO servicemen are operating in the embattled country as advisers and are involved in training Ukrainian soldiers in Poland, the UK, and Estonia, Pevkur told the outlet. Western defense officials are currently planning to set up training camps in Ukraine in a bid to avoid issues with border crossings and to speed up the preparation process, he added.

At the same time, Pevkur insisted there is no talk of NATO soldiers fighting directly in the conflict, stating that “this has already been ruled out.” “The reality is that every NATO member country already has military personnel in Ukraine, such as military attaches or people who travel to Ukraine from time to time,” the official said. “What [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron said mainly related to personnel training,” he added. Macron openly raised the possibility of putting NATO troops on the ground in Ukraine in February, saying that “we cannot exclude anything” and that the West “will do everything necessary to prevent Russia from winning this war.”

The remarks, which Macron later described as having been “weighed, thought through, and measured,” prompted a wave of denials from a vast majority of NATO states and the bloc’s leadership. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg publicly refuted the idea shortly after Macron’s initial statement, saying that no plans existed to deploy troops to Ukraine. Numerous Western leaders, including US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, have also denied any such plans. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said any NATO troop deployments in Ukraine would not change the situation on the battlefield, given that Western soldiers are already active in the country as military advisers and mercenaries. He nonetheless warned that the ramifications of such a move would be “tragic.”

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“..deep divisions in Ukraine’s parliament and more broadly in Ukrainian society.”

‘Too Old and in Poor Health’: Ukrainian Conscripts Unmotivated to Fight (Sp.)

Quite a few Ukrainian conscripts recruited by the “dysfunctional” and “unwieldy” drafting system are “often too old, in poor health and unmotivated,” The New York Times has cited brigade officers as saying. Alina Mykhailova, an officer in the Ukrainian Army’s Da Vinci Wolves battalion, told the newspaper that of the 200 conscripts they had received, only 25 showed a desire to fight. According to her, the goal is to “recruit volunteers faster, so that we get fewer of those people who are absolutely unmotivated.” “It’s like a market. You must try to find people with marketing methods,” another Ukrainian officer, Myroslav Hai, said, referring to public relations recruitment campaigns that aim to lure more people into joining the army. The remarks come after The Washington Post reported that the Kiev regime’s lack of any clear mobilization strategy aimed at plugging the gaping holes in the ranks of its armed forces is fueling “deep divisions in Ukraine’s parliament and more broadly in Ukrainian society.”

The Financial Times, in turn, suggested that Ukraine’s plans to mobilize half a million additional troops via a controversial new mobilization law have little hope of panning out if new Western assistance doesn’t arrive. The draft legislation, expected see a vote in Ukraine’s parliament in mid-April, looks to lower the draft age to 25, commit recruits to three years of service, and force eligible men to register via a digital portal, among other measures. Shortly after Russia started its special military operation, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced martial law and general draft in Ukraine. Under martial law, men aged between 18 and 60 are banned from leaving the country, and men aged 27 and older are eligible to be drafted, with some exceptions. In a sign that the problems of draft dodgers show no sign of being solved, draft cards are handed out not only in recruitment offices, but also on the streets, at gas stations, or in cafes.

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Mass protests against Netanyahu.

Israel’s War, Netanyahu’s Gamble (Alastair Crooke)

U.S. Democratic Party support for Israel is fast fissuring – an “ideological tremor”, Peter Beinart (editor of Jewish Currents) calls it. Since 7 Oct “it has become an earthquake” – a “Great Rupture”. This concerns the fusion of Liberalism to Zionism that long has defined the Democratic Party: “Israel’s war in Gaza has supercharged a transformation on the American Left. Solidarity with Palestinians is becoming as essential to leftist politics – as is support for abortion rights or opposition to fossil fuels. And, as happened during the Vietnam War and the struggle against South African apartheid – leftist fervour is reshaping the liberal mainstream”. Put plainly, in tandem to Israel moving to the far Right, pro-Palestinian support in the U.S. has hardened. By November 2023, 49 percent of American Jewish voters ages 18 to 35 opposed Biden’s request for additional military aid to Israel.

That is one vector; one direction of travel within the American polity. On the other path, American Jews – those most committed to Zionism; the ones who run establishment institutions – see that liberal America is becoming less ideologically hospitable. They are responding to this shift by forging common cause with the American Right. Netayanhu had made the observation that Israel and a wokish Democratic Party were on divergent paths some ten years earlier – shifting the Likud and the Israel Right away from the Democrats to the American Evangelicals (and thus, broadly in the direction of the Republican Party). As a former senior Israeli diplomat, Alon Pinkas, wrote in 2022: “With Netanyahu it was always transactional. So in the last decade or so he developed his own vile version of “replacement theory”: The majority of evangelical Christians will replace the vast majority of American Jews. Since it’s all about numbers, the evangelicals are the preferred ally”.

Beinart writes: “Supporters of Israel remain not only welcome in the Democratic Party but are also dominant. But the leaders of those institutions no longer represent much of their base”. “Senator Schumer, the highest Jewish representative in public life, acknowledged this divide in his speech earlier this month, when he said – the speech’s most remarkable line – that he “can understand the idealism that inspires so many young people in particular, to support a one-state solution”. A solution – to say it bluntly – that does not involve a ‘Zionist State’: “Those are the words of a politician who understands that his party is undergoing profound change”. Numbers of younger ‘changelings’ are larger than many recognize, especially among millennials and Gen Z; and the latter are joining a Palestine solidarity movement that is growing larger, but also more radical.

“That growing radicalism has produced a paradox: It is a movement that welcomes more and more American Jews – but correspondingly finds it harder to explain where Israeli Jews fit into its vision of Palestinian liberation”, Beinart worries. It was to bridge this Gulf that the Biden Administration confected its awkward stance at the UN Security Council this week, when the U.S. abstained on a ‘Ceasefire and Hostage Release Resolution’. The resolution was intended by the White House to ‘face both ways’, appealing to (older) American Jews who still identify as both progressive and Zionist, and – facing the other way – appealing to those who view the growing alliance between leading Zionist institutions and the Republican Party as uncomfortable, even unforgivable (and want the Gaza massacres to stop now). The Resolution ploy however, was not well thought-through (the latter lacuna becoming something of a White House habit). The content was badly mis-represented by the U.S., which stated that the resolution was ‘non-binding’. The New York Times actually mis-stated the resolution, saying that it ‘calls for’ a ceasefire. It did not.

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“The African Sahel is revolting against western neocolonialism – ejecting foreign troops and bases, devising alternative currencies, and challenging the old multinationals. Multipolarity, after all, cannot flower without resistance paving its path.”

The Sahel’s ‘Axis of Resistance’ (Pepe Escobar)

The emergence of Axes of Resistance in various geographies is an inextricable byproduct of the long and winding process leading us toward a multipolar world. These two things – resistance to the Hegemon and the emergence of multipolarity – are absolutely complementary. The Axis of Resistance in West Asia – across Arab and Muslim states – now finds as its soul sister the Axis of Resistance spanning the Sahel in Africa, west to east, from Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger to Chad, Sudan, and Eritrea. Unlike Niger, where the change in power against neocolonialism was associated with a military coup, in Senegal, the power change comes straight from the polls. Senegal plunged itself into a new era with the landslide victory of Bassirou Diomaye Faye, 44, in nationwide elections on 24 March. A former tax inspector who had just spent a fortnight stint in jail, Faye emerged with the profile of an underdog pan-African leader to turn the ‘most stable democracy in Africa,’ under French puppet incumbent Macky Sall, upside down.

The incoming Senegalese president now joins Ibrahim Traore, 36, in Burkina Faso, Aby Ahmed, 46, in Ethiopia, Andry Rajoelina, 48, in Madagascar, as well as future superstar Julius Malema, 44, in South Africa as part of the new, young pan-African generation focused on sovereignty. In his election manifesto, Faye pledged to reclaim Senegal’s sovereignty no less than eighteen times. Geoeconomics is key to these shifts. As Senegal becomes a substantial oil and gas producer, Faye will aim to renegotiate mining and energy contracts, including the largest ones with British Petroleum (BP) and UK gold mine operator, Endeavor Mining. Crucially, he plans to ditch the exploitative CFA franc – the French-controlled currency system used in 14 African states – even setting up a new currency as part of reshaping relations with neocolonial power France, Senegal’s top trading partner. Faye, echoing Comrade Xi Jinping, wants a “win-win” partnership.

Faye has not yet been clear on whether he intends to kick the French military out of Senegal. Were that to happen, the blow to Paris would be unprecedented, as embattled Petit Roi Emmanuel Macron and the French establishment consider Senegal the key player when it comes to blockading landlocked Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso, which have already left Paris in the (Sahel) dust. The three latter states, which have just formed an Alliance of the Sahel States (Alliance des Etats du Sahel, AES, in the original French), are not only a major Paris nightmare after serial humiliations but also a big American headache – epitomized in the spectacular breakdown of military cooperation between Washington and Nigerien capital Niamey.

The culprit, according to the US Deep State, is, of course, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obviously, no one in the US Beltway has been paying due attention to the Russia–Africa diplomatic flurry since last year, involving all key players from the Sahel to the new African BRICS members Egypt and Ethiopia. In sharp contrast to its prior regard of Niger as a staunch ally in the Sahel, Washington is now forced to present a calendar date to get its troops out of Niger – after a military cooperation deal was annulled. The Pentagon cannot be involved in military training in Nigerien territory anymore.

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Those are dollar signs in his eyes.

EU Can No Longer Expect US To Defend It – Rheinmetall CEO (RT)

Washington has sent a clear message to European NATO members that they can no longer rely on its military protection, the head of German defense giant Rheinmetall has argued. For decades, the EU has been taking for granted that the US would come to its rescue in case of war, but “that will no longer happen,” CEO Armin Papperger told The Financial Times. He cited the failure of the US Congress to approve continued military assistance to Ukraine as a signal to Europe that the Americans are not willing to pay for its security. The US is treaty-obligated to consider an attack on any NATO member as an attack on itself. The commitment has been put into question by former President Donald Trump, who has argued that US protection should be conditional on the other nations meeting their military spending obligations, and claimed he said as much to a European leader while in office.

President Joe Biden has denounced the remarks as “dangerous” and “un-American”. If Trump is elected president again in November, “the pressure will be higher” on Germany, Papperger said, but the risk will still be there regardless of who wins the presidency. ”The US focuses more on the Asia-Pacific area than on Europe,” he said. If a full-blown armed conflict erupts in the region, “the US will focus on Asia, and then Europe will be totally alone.” Papperger said his warning to European nations stems from his enduring perception of the world as “dangerous.” It has also shaped his response to the Ukraine crisis and the EU’s intention to ramp up arms production. Unlike people at the helm of other major producers, he did not hesitate to invest in expansion, the Financial Times report noted.

Since the Russia-Ukraine hostilities erupted in 2022, the Dusseldorf-based company’s share price has surged fivefold. Rheinmetall has announced plans to open armor and munitions factories in Ukraine, despite the risk of them being targeted by Russian forces. Kiev and its Western backers have claimed that a Russian victory in the conflict would expose NATO members in Europe to a future attack by Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin called this argument “simply delirious” last week, considering the vast advantage in military spending that the US-led military bloc has.

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“Social power is when people have power. Then you have government. State power is when the state has power. Then you have tyranny.”

How Private Interests Seized Control of America (Paul Craig Roberts)

One thing that we know with certainty about our time is that no Western government represents the people it rules. Western governments represent the interests of those whose campaign contributions elect the government. The government is simply purchased by campaign contributors. It is not a government in the sense of the word used by Thomas Jefferson and Albert Jay Nock. In the United States, the Supreme Court has legalized the purchase of the government by special interests who use government for their agendas. The Supreme Court actually ruled that it is a First Amendment right to purchase the government. Elsewhere in the Western world it is even worse, because the governments must first represent Washington’s interest. As representing Washington seldom conforms to their interests, no Western government has the support of the people.

I recently posted the approval ratings of the German chancellor, the British prime minister, and the French president, and they were even lower than Biden’s. The German chancellor has an approval rating of 17% In other words, 83% of Germans disapproved. Yet he rules them. Everywhere in Europe approval ratings are disapproval ratings with European leaders disapproved by 65 to 70% of the populations. How can this be called democracy? It can’t. Albert Jay Nock told us the truth of our situation in 1935 in the most important book describing the American political system that has ever been written. If you read and understand Nock’s book and read a couple of Charles Beard’s political histories of the US, you will have a very clear understanding why freedom in America is being extinguished. Albert Jay Nock distinguishes between social power and state power. Social power is when people have power. Then you have government. State power is when the state has power. Then you have tyranny.

This situation is one in which government becomes privatized by powerful interests, including government agencies, to serve their agendas and is transformed into an unaccountable state. Thomas Jefferson intended for the new nation to be governed by social power, that is, by the people. But other of the founding fathers wanted state power that they could enlist to privilege their pursuit of their own interest. Nock provides examples of this by the original founders. In my opinion, perhaps the best example of this was 60-70 years later with Abe Lincoln’s service to the railroads and support of the northern manufacturers for a tariff that would serve their interest at the expense of higher prices for the population. It was Lincoln’s support of the tariff that caused the secession of the Southern states and Lincoln’s invasion of the Confederacy. To cover up the fact that Lincoln was nothing but a shill for economic interests, historians invented a false account of Lincoln’s war against the Confederacy.

In the Western world democracy is merely an exercise used to convince the people that they are in control. I am not going to explicate Nock’s explanation of how we were doomed from the start. It began with the replacement of popular sovereignty with the state. Today unthinking patriots support the state at the expense of country and popular sovereignty. Originally, state power grew by handing out special favors to support the interests of those who gained control of the state. Today the situation has greatly worsened. The state is used to suppress those who object to the special interest agendas. For example, consider the massive repression of popular sovereignty. ( Websites, such as vDare.com, that point out the adverse consequences of the state turning a nation into a tower of babel are being suppressed by the state. vDare.com has been explaining that massive immigration of unassimilable people into a country in the name of diversity and multiculturalism actually means the destruction of the nation. The ultimate effect is to eliminate diversity.

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“DeSantis wrestled control away from Disney’s handpicked board and now Disney has dropped its challenge after suffering a series of losses in court..”

Disney’s Litigation Against Florida Collapses as the Media Shrugs (Turley)

It is a familiar pattern. Media outlets pick sides in a legal dispute and then distort the merits of the claims in favor of that party. In the fight between Disney and Florida, the media not only misrepresented a popular Florida parental rights bill (including falsely calling it the “Don’t Say Gay” law) but heralded Disney’s decision to enter the political fray to oppose the law. It then portrayed Disney’s legal moves to block state efforts to regain regulatory control over the company as brilliant and overwhelming. Some of us disagreed on all of those points, including the prospects of Disney’s ill-considered litigation strategy. Last week, that strategy collapsed with a settlement in which Disney decided to just “Let it go” and these same media outlets simply shrugged and moved on.

In a raw muscle play, Disney had its hand-picked board (the Reedy Creek Improvement District) effectively transfer authority to the company just before it was disbanded. Many in the media were thrilled by the move despite the unlikelihood of its being sustained legally. As I wrote at the time, it would be ridiculous for a court to rule that a company could stop a state from removing special treatment for a corporation like Disney. Even as the company racked up losses in court, the media and legal experts heralded its brilliance and toughness. In the meantime, as Disney itself admitted that it was losing money due to its political agenda, the media heaped praise on the corporation.

When it came to the lawsuits, the media portrayed the moves as brilliant and mocked Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., as outgunned as some of us struggled with how Disney could possibly prevail in the long term. NBC News chief political analyst Chuck Todd insisted that Republicans had “better be careful going after Disney.” MSNBC host and former 2020 Biden campaign aide Symone Sanders-Townsend agreed and said “Oh, my money’s on the Disney lobbyists, honey. My money is on the Disney lobbyists.” On a “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough insisted “you can’t beat Disney.” MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch agreed: DeSantis is “fighting a fight he can’t win, and this, to me, is a precursor of him on a bigger national stage. And he’s just stupid. It’s a stupid, stupid play.”

Vox wrote that “Disney is proving to be the foe that will not die.” Another Vox headline read “How Disney just beat Ron DeSantis.” The problem is that Disney was never winning, but viewers were not told that. The company was gushing money while losing in court. In the end, the Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act continued to garner overwhelming support in the state. DeSantis wrestled control away from Disney’s handpicked board and now Disney has dropped its challenge after suffering a series of losses in court. The response from the media? Crickets. For Disney’s part, it spent millions of dollars, alienated millions of customers, and created precedent against itself. It literally achieved nothing material from its litigation against the state beyond driving up its own costs and reinforcing the regulatory authority against the company. It then walked away.

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“For 55 years, every presidential administration has granted early protection to major candidates who requested it. The Biden administration is the sole outlier..”

Weaponization of the Secret Service Has Put RFK Jr’s Life at Risk (Fleetwood)

Secret Service records recently revealed the agency’s conclusions that Kennedy is at “elevated risk for adverse attention,” and after reviewing credible armed threats against Kennedy, the agency assembled a group of eight teams ready to step in quickly after they get the go-ahead. But they never got it. The threat to Kennedy is particularly acute because of his controversial politics and his family history—his father, RFK, Sr., a U.S. senator and presidential candidate, and his uncle, John F., a U.S. president, were both assassinated. RFK Jr. has provoked and challenged some of the most powerful forces in our country, especially concerning the military-industrial complex, the CIA, and endless foreign wars that so enrich defense contractors. The perils to Kennedy arise not only because of his name but also because of the mainstream media’s relentless demonization of him.

Kennedy’s wife, Cheryl Hines, the lead actress in the popular TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm, accused Biden of “playing politics” with her and RFK Jr.’s safety. “Yesterday, an intruder climbed the fence at my home and was arrested,” Kennedy tweeted a few months ago. “After being released from police custody later in the day, he immediately returned to my home and was arrested again.” In September, a heavily armed man impersonating a U.S. marshal and the CIA, with loaded concealed firearms and an accomplice, was arrested after infiltrating a private event. No wonder Hines is scared and worried. The Kennedy name is a lightning rod, a bright target for disturbed and demented individuals. Judicial Watch, a conservative foundation, filed a Freedom of Information request and lawsuit to determine why Kennedy’s multiple requests for Secret Service protection were not answered. Finally, they obtained a trove of previously hidden emails.

“These documents confirm the bureaucratic and political runaround the Biden administration went through to ultimately deny Robert F. Kennedy Jr. the requested Secret Service protection,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “The Biden administration’s refusal to provide Secret Service protection to Mr. Kennedy is dangerous and vindictive.” According to the reports, higher-ups ordered the Secret Service not to talk to Kennedy’s private security. Seventy percent of voters do not want Biden or Trump. According to a January 9, 2024, Gallup poll, Kennedy’s favorability rating of 52% is higher than Biden’s (41%) and Trump’s (42%). According to an earlier Gallup poll, 63% of U.S. adults think that the major parties do “such a poor job” of representing the American people that “a third major party is needed.”

This is a 7% increase from a year ago. Biden’s choice to deny Kennedy protection reflects insecurity, fearing Kennedy’s popularity and radical, transformative message have the potential to endanger his reelection. He might also worry that Secret Service protection will elevate Kennedy’s stature and give him a certain presidential aura as a credible contender among the media and voters. For 55 years, every presidential administration has granted early protection to major candidates who requested it. The Biden administration is the sole outlier. If another Kennedy is killed while campaigning for president, it will be a long-lasting, traumatic stain on the American psyche that will scar the soul of our democracy for decades to come. Unfortunately, we live in violent, polarized times. The United States has surpassed 400 mass shootings in 2023, a record-breaking year in gun violence.

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“..it’s only natural to assume that a revived effort to paint him as a racist would follow..”

Left Livid Over Trump Ally Efforts To Eliminate Anti-White Policies (ZH)

With Donald Trump’s popularity growing among black and latino voters, it’s only natural to assume that a revived effort to paint him as a racist would follow. In a Monday ‘exclusive’ report, Axios is absolutely beside themselves, writing “Trump allies plot anti-racism protections — for white people” There’s a plot afoot!nTrump’s Justice Department would push to eliminate or upend programs in government and corporate America that are designed to counter racism that has favored whites. Does racism still favor whites? Last we checked, white people, particularly white men – who ‘toxically mansplain’ everything, are the scourge of the universe. Anyhow, Axios has presented quite the narrative; the Trump campaign’s longstanding promise to eliminate Biden DEI initatives + efforts by Trump allies to legally combat anti-white racism “with the Supreme Court’s turn to the right” = racism. First, here’s what Trump said last year:

“Every institution in America is under attack from this Marxist concept of ‘equity,'” adding “I will get this extremism out of the White House, out of the military, out of the Justice Department, and out of our government.” Trump campaign spox Steven Cheung told Axios: “As President Trump has said, all staff, offices, and initiatives connected to Biden’s un-American policy will be immediately terminated,” adding “President Trump is committed to weeding out discriminatory programs and racist ideology across the federal government.” This is apparently a very bad thing. “Longtime aides and allies preparing for a potential second Trump administration have been laying legal groundwork with a flurry of lawsuits and legal complaints — some of which have been successful. A central vehicle for the effort has been America First Legal, founded by former Trump aide Stephen Miller, who has called the group conservatives’ “long-awaited answer to the ACLU.”

“America First cited the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in February in a lawsuit against CBS and Paramount Global for what the group argued was discrimination against a white, straight man who was a writer for the show “Seal Team” in 2017.” -Axios. Axios then picks what we can assume they consider to be the most racist example – the February filing of a civil rights complaint against the NFL over the “Rooney Rule,” which America First says violates “Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and engaging in race and sex discrimination,” as the purpose of the 2003 rule was “increas[ing] the number of minorities hired in head coach, general manager, and executive positions,” to address “the historically low number of minorities in head coaching positions.”

The Rooney Rule has been amended several times since its adoption and now requires teams to interview at least two external minority candidates for head coach and general manager vacancies, at least one external minority for a coordinator job, and at least one minority and/or female candidate for senior level positions, such as club president and senior executives. Effectively, in the twenty years that the Rooney Rule has been in existence, all it has done – according to minority interviewees for head coaching positions and the former head of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith – is result in member clubs engaging in sham interviews with minority candidates solely to check the Rooney Rule box. Given the limited timeframe to hire executives and coaches after the season, this results in fewer opportunities for similarly situated, well-qualified candidates who are not minorities.” -America First Legal.

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For saying a woman is a woman..

JK Rowling Could Be Imprisoned For “Misgendering” Trans People (MN)

Author JK Rowling could be prosecuted for “misgendering” trans people under Scotland’s odious new hate crime law that comes into force today, an SNP minister has admitted. Senior police officers are expecting a deluge of complaints over online posts after the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021 created a new crime of “stirring up hatred” relating to age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or being intersex. A person could now be imprisoned for up to seven years if they engage in “insulting” behaviour towards ‘protected’ groups, and the prosecution only needs to prove that the hatred was “likely” rather than “intended”. Siobhian Brown, the SNP’s community safety minister, initially stated that calling a “trans woman” (a man) “he” would not be a crime. However, after the law came into force, Brown stated, “It could be reported and it could be investigated. Whether or not the police would think it was criminal is up to Police Scotland for that.”

Rowling has vowed to continue calling biological males men and says she will now be targeted for telling the truth. During their training program on enforcing the new law, police officers were taught that even the content of plays and comedy gigs should be considered as potential hate crimes. Many have asserted that merely retweeting a Ricky Gervais joke about transgender people could amount to a hate crime in Scotland. As we previously highlighted, authorities admit that dealing with the expected flood of hate crime reports would prevent them from investigating real crimes. A Police Scotland pilot in Aberdeen which was deemed a “success” and is expected to be implemented means “more than 24,000 offences a year will no longer be allocated to a front-line officer.” Been a victim of burglary? Tough, the police are too busy clamping down on tweets that offend transgender activists.

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“Despite the suspension, 71-year-old Khan will remain in jail on multiple other sentences..”

Imran Khan’s Jail Sentence Suspended (RT)

A Pakistani court on Monday granted the country’s former prime minister Imran Khan leave to appeal his conviction for graft and suspended his 14-year jail sentence, according to Reuters, citing his lawyer. Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi were each handed a 14-year sentence on January 31 – just a week ahead of Pakistan’s February 8 elections, which Khan’s party alleges were rigged. Khan has been in prison since August last year on several charges. According to his lawyer, Barrister Ali Zafar, the Islamabad High Court said the couple’s sentences for corruption will remain suspended until a final decision on the convictions. “No evidence backs up this conviction,” he told reporters, claiming that was the reason why the court suspended the sentence on first hearing of the appeal.

Khan and his wife were charged with unlawfully selling state gifts, worth more than 140 million rupees ($500,000), while Khan was prime minister from 2018 to 2022. A list of these gifts reportedly included perfumes, diamond jewelry, dinner sets, and seven watches, mostly Rolexes. Despite the suspension, 71-year-old Khan will remain in jail on multiple other sentences imposed on the politician ahead of the polls, and which also disqualified him from holding any public office for ten years. In another such prosecution, the former PM was given ten years in prison for leaking state secrets. Khan claimed that the cable he released contained evidence of collusion between the Pakistani military and US officials to have him removed from power in April 2022. A former cricketer-turned-politician, Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote in 2022, with the opposition accusing him of mismanaging the economy and foreign policy.

Since then, the former leader has fought dozens of legal battles. Khan repeatedly denied the allegations and claimed that he was overthrown as a result of a conspiracy. His Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) also maintained that the cases were based on made-up charges to keep him out of politics. The PTI was barred from the election, forcing its candidates to run as independents. On March 3, Pakistan’s newly formed government elected Shehbaz Sharif, who heads the country’s Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, as prime minister, following a general election. The vote took place amid protests by Khan’s supporters, who insist the election was a sham. This is the second term for Sharif, who was first elected prime minister in April 2022, after Khan was ousted in the no-confidence vote.

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“So if the DA’s office is telling me that they are not ready to go, what we’re going to do is we’re going to release all these individuals on their own recognizance..”

Judge Orders Release Of ‘Border Riot’ Migrants Who Overwhelmed National Guard (ZH)

A group of migrants involved in a riot at the southern US border have been ordered to be released by an El Paso magistrate judge. The swarm of migrants overwhelmed Texas National Guard soldiers who were trying to organize them into groups to be taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). At one point, a migrant attempted to grab a soldier’s firearm, one National Guard source told the NY Post. Following the riot, authorities confiscated knives and shanks from some of the migrants. “These people were willing to assault military,” said the Post’s source. “They were willing to assault law enforcement. They have complete disregard for our laws.” In an Easter Sunday decision, presiding Magistrate Judge Humberto Acosta ordered the rioters released after accusing the El Paso DA’s Office of being unprepared to proceed with detention hearings for each defendant, so they should be released, the El Paso Times reports.

“It is the ruling of the court is that all the rioting participation cases will be released on their own recognizance,” Acosta ordered, noting that they will only remain jailed if there’s a federal immigration hold blocking their release. The arrests were made by the Texas Department of Public Safety in connection with a March 21 stampede of asylum-seeking migrants — mostly men from Venezuela — who torn down razor wire along the Rio Grande and rushed the border fence at Border Safety Initiative Marker No. 36 in the Riverside area of El Paso’s Lower Valley. Some migrants face charges of assault of a public servant for knocking down National Guard troops before order was regained. The migrants had sought to surrender themselves to U.S. Border Patrol in bids for asylum.

It was unclear if Acosta’s decision applied only to the “riot participation” charge, or the assault and criminal mischief charges related to the border incident. It is unknown how many migrants were booked on the charge of “riot participation,” a Class B misdemeanor – though Acosta referred to “hundreds of arrestees,” who he says are entitled to individual detention hearings within 48 hours. The DA’s office requested a continuance to have the hearings at a later date, however Acosta rejected the request. “So if the DA’s office is telling me that they are not ready to go, what we’re going to do is we’re going to release all these individuals on their own recognizance,” Acosta said at the hearing.

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    Keith Haring Pop Shop II 1988   • This Is Not an April Fool’s Gag (Jim Kunstler) • Biden Denies Proclaiming Transgender Day of Visibility on East
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle April 2 2024]

    #156018
    Germ
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    As I’ve long said …

    TVASSF

    #156019
    oxymoron
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    #156020
    Red
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    Wokism is racism for any against all.

    #156021
    Dr D Rich
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      “Easter falls on different Sundays, right, every year, and this year it happened to coincide with Transgender Visibility Day. And so that is the simple fact. That is what has happened. That is where we are,” 

    so says White House Spoxperson.

    That’ folks is, as the attorneys are won’t to say, prima facie evidence of Gaslighting, Blameshifting, Deflection and of all the weirdest behavior, blaming Easter for falling on March 31st this year. As if Jeanne Perrier and Barack Obama declared Transgenderism already owns March 31st for time immemorial.
    “No 0ne and No Thing mess with mah holiday!”

    Since JeanP blamed the audience and critics for a collective misunderstanding of the church calendar. I’d love to hear Karine Jean-Pierre explain the details and nuances of the Liturgical Calendar of the Catholic Church as a service to mankind and the personality disordered.
    I’ll spot Karine the White House lectern, Barack Obama and that cognitive giant Joe Biden as props and assistants for the task. Maybe throw in Scott Ritter, Dbs and Dr D for levity, gravity and a unhealthy dose of logorrrhea

    Carry On!

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    Celticbiker
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    Caravaggio to Haring, the arc of the West. Christianity to Talmudic satanism. Transgender Easter. Hello jew $ control, goodbye morals, standards, integrity and decency. We allowed this sickness. Was it worth a few million, trading in your Soul for comfort and status in a demonic, corrupt system? Unimaginable horrors are coming. No one speaks of it, but everyone knows it. Devil at the wheel, accelerator to the floor.

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    Oroboros
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    “Every Election Will Be Stolen”

    Trump lucked out in 2016 by beating Killary the Kunt but they were already cheating with mail-ins etc.

    Bejesus Christ!

    That’s eight phucking years of doing ZERO election reforms and now you’re clutching your pearls that ‘OMG the elections might be stolen’.

    Yes stolen again if we don’t fix the corrupt shit, which will take YEARS to fix and won’t be done before the next election cycle.

    Where is the god damn adults in the Empire of Lies Retarded Monkey Nation Version

    Are the vast majority of Duh’mericans ass scratching, mouth breathing retarded monkeys???

    Yeh, I thought so too.

    Retarded Hybrid Monkey Humanoids Smoking Fags

    There is no hope, give up and just go die in a dark corner somewhere Duh’merica.

    The window for any election reform is gone baby, GONE with the wind Monkey ‘men’

    Kiss your pitiful asses goodbye Duh’merica

    You really are a bunch of pitiful losers for the dustbin of history, certainly not the Land of the Brave or the Home of the Free.

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way off the world stage…..

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    #156024
    tboc
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    Public Service Announcement

    Xenophobia is a two way street!

    #156025
    Dr. D
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    “Russia Voices Outrage As Death Toll Rises To 11 After Israeli Attack On Iran’s Damascus Embassy

    Yeah, we bomb embassies now. Whoever. Wherever. Those are our “European/Christian/Insert Here” values. I’m sure it won’t come a bad end or nothin’.

    The recklessness of such things could not be overstated. You’d need a 300-page just to provide the context of why if you do this, you’re basically past Hitler and into Blackbeard and Tamberlaine, like an alien race coming down and methodically working to undo all Human peace from Westphalia, Geneva, etc forward. “How to Serve Man.”

    “Blaming Russia For “Havana Syndrome” Pushes The Opposite Narrative Than Intended”

    Again, we attack people in embassies now. And although this case is far messier and possible fair game, yet it falls in the category of Whacking all the foreign agents and spies. …It starts a free-for-all worldwide.

    “Poland Prepares New Hate-Speech Law: 3 Years In Prison For Insulting LGBT People

    Like this. So we now have special classes that have rights, and classes that have no rights but “Know their place.” …Not just Poland as that is the station of illegal immigrants. A class that has colloquial rights, that may even seem enhanced for a second so you jump in the trap, only to find you are a slave class and have no legal rights later.

    “M-16 Era Ends: Army’s 101st Airborne Division Receives Next-Gen Assault Rifles”

    Anyone want to bet these rifles suck and are run by Microsoft with bullets from Boeing?

    “”The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to feature well above the historical average…” 

    I’ll put this on my calendar to go back and show the “Experts” are wrong again. “They said it; therefore it’s wrong.” Not only wrong but stupid. And they also never notice. What is it with this? If you get the fries wrong with every order, you’re fired.

    Camus and Life:

    Yes, when they tell people from birth that the planet is collapsing, you’re going to go cold, hungry, and be attacked, and there’s no solution, then YES you’ll have these problems. That’s because THEY’RE LYING. We have thousands of solutions, more than ever in human history, and we’re specifically, actively, psychologically choosing to do the #Opposite. Right from the top, as every Cleetus and Billy-Jo tells them not to for 14,000 days. Look at Russia: they’re Waaaaaaaaaaay worse off than we are. Yet they’re in space, making rockets, machines, that are now 22nd century, population rising, getting happier, streets safer, culture stronger. And that’s when you live on the end of a 10 mile mud road in the tundra.

    What happened to South Korea? They believe the core tenets of NeoLiberalism, the Religion of Progress.™ It has the same fatal, deadly, sad, effects everywhere it’s accepted.

    “Easter falls on different Sundays, right, every year, and this year it happened to coincide with Transgender Visibility Day.”

    That is what I was thinking. However, still several bad angles: as always, We have time for this?? THIS is what I hired you to run government for? Now you’ve Anti-Trans-gendered, congratulations, with all the bad publicity. I’m so glad we’re about to do a nuclear exchange, and this is the last thing I’ll see instead of somebody picking up the “Phone” and doing their real job to keep us all, straight and Trans alike, from being killed.

    So…where in the Constitution do we regulate how people cross-dress? Was that like the 11th Amendment? This power is solely to the Federal government, not the states? What happened to 10A that anything not specifically outlined IS TOTALLY ILLEGAL, and MUST NOT BE TOUCHED. I thought that was a law. Where did that law go? I don’t think it’s been repealed.

    Ohhhh…just some thots.

    “The left revering Obama as a Messiah was gleefully embraced, but Republicans praying”

    Yes, but that’s the world’s most powerful invisibility shield: the Beam in my eye. When it’s in there, I can’t see nothin’!

    “Russia is enormously powerful. Why? They have an abundance of resources that they can draw upon. They have a population that loves the country. They believe in themselves. They believe in their religion.”

    So do we. But we have an occupying government that will arrest any of the people who do.

    From yesterday, all that narrative is wrong: The US has not gone Reagan: we’re regulating more than ever, everywhere, everyhow, in new industries, to levels un-dreamed-of under Carter. The regulations are now “Just made up” not even passed, which is the Exxon (fishermen) case presently before the USSC. I can’t imagine if regulation is like 10x before, even 100x, nothing would surprise me. We regulate Bricks and Sand. We regulate coffee breaks. We regulate shoes. There is nothing in the workplace that ‘s not either required or illegal. Every turn of every machine screw is regulated. You can’t even burn a matchstick of wood, whether inside or outside your house: it’s regulated.

    Guess what? Doesn’t matter! Boeing is regulated, and now that they are, all the doors fall off. #Winning!!! Madoff was regulated from his first day. Regulated, reported to the SEC, CFTC, and to only ONE ultra-highly-regulated bank. All housing, S&L, MERS, MBS, building codes, all more regulated than you actually can dream of. Every door handle, every window, every inch of tarpaper, regulated, defined, by law, inspected and punished. …And every house was stolen, every house rots, caves in and falls down. The life expectancy of houses is now like two years before 5-figure repairs. Regulated!

    They have Regulated all mines to be shut. All oil to be turned off, until we’re regulated into unemployment and poverty. They regulated all BTC and ETH for 5+ years, NOT regulating it, but leaving it in eternal limbo, forever, so like the mines and wells, it can never be used and everyone remains poor and in caves.

    This is the narrative: We’re in a Corporate-run, de-regulated, Capitalist free for all. That is the source of our problems. Are we? Then what are the new 35 Million, 20x more Federal Employees doing? Their nails?

    Not bringing that to dump on how we don’t have Capitalism again, even though somehow some commenters seem to have missed the last 600 posts I did on it daily. It’s that THEY ARE CAUSING THE PROBLEMS. On purpose. Or at least if you pull this lever, do it this way, and things get worse; STOP PULLING THAT LEVER.

    So we HAVE the entire nation of mines, copper, lead, rare earths, by the MILLIONS. All closed by “law” and actually not law, just “We made s—t up” from the EPA, etc. Like “Science” they just “Just lie.” Lie every day, with every word, every time their mouth opens, and use the US Army to shoot and jail anyone who does something about it. Example: Not just the hundreds of EPA “Ponds” that collapse and poison everywhere after being demanded to make them at fabulous expense, how about this: There was a pond – from way back, before EPA, and they said no mining can ever occur in America’s top Silver mining district again, because this pond is so polluted it has like 1oz/tonne of silver in the bottom.

    The surrounding miners, sick of 100 years of this S—t, immediately created a stock company to MINE that pond, because that’s like the RICHEST VEIN IN MONTANA. Man, according to the EPA, this one pond is made of PURE SILVER bars!!! Sign me up, we struck gold, that “waste pond” is worth BILLIONS!

    …Yeah, that’s ‘cause they, the EPA, every State, Federal, and regulating level were just LYING. Just made it up. Made up the words, made up the laws, made up the amounts, made up the Science, made up the essay tests…JUST LIKE THE FBI. Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie.

    My point being, IF they would STOP LYING and then SHOOTING anyone who opposes the lie in the face, like Assange and Snowden, we’d find out WE DON’T HAVE PROBLEMS. We can mine plenty of wealth, grow plenty of food, have plenty of houses, be richer than any space age, in about 10 years.

    But they don’t WANT that, because they need a mass-killing, a WWIII in Israel from bombing any embassy we see, to reduce the power of the peasants and get on top of their compounding interest again. It’s their version of a Jubilee. “Hunger Games” is the goal and end state.

    Here Russia’s all f’d up, but they merely do a Leeeeeeeeetle less lying, a leeeeeeetle less stealing, and they’re going straight up like a rocket. It’s not that “They have stuff”; we have stuff too. And workers. And waterways. And oil. And so on. But like any Belgian Congo, our occupying Colonial Government is PREVENTING us from getting rich off our own labor ON PURPOSE.

    That’s not a sad, decay problem, that’s a “This problem is very simple, but of a different character than I expected” problem. GO REMOVE THEM. Throw them in Lake Michigan on an Ice Flow as an example to others. EVERY colonized people and nation has THIS problem. You’d think we’d recognize it.

    You’ve got to get off “The world is all used up” bulls—t. Go double check me: IS IT? Launch an Excel spreadsheet, type in the numbers and see if I’m wrong or not. If we HAVE these things – more things than ever, on trash day there’s the contents of a whole house about every 20 blocks – then what we have is a DISTRIBUTION problem. Or a legal property-rights problem. And although we do have a pollution problem, let’s-cut-down-wood-to-waste-it, we are greener than ever in history, and certainly in public mind and intent.

    “who has suggested that the Washington elite should be held accountable for talking up the doomed operation.”

    Is it NATO doctrine to attack modern positions with no tank and no air support? Discuss.

    Every NATO member already has military personnel in Ukraine, Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur claimed on Monday. Under no circumstances, however, will forces from the US-led bloc take part in the hostilities against Russia,”

    Uh-huh. Then what are they doing? Catching up on their emails about Langley? What. The. F—-? I mean, even as we get used to lies, every word, sentence, photo, report, impression, is a lie, they can still come up with some doozies. Yeah, when I’m a Colonel running Ft. Bragg, I always pop off to Ukraine for 9 months. It’s tradition. It has nothing to do with Ukraine and I’m not aiding and abetting the war there.

    Russia just leveled many more, in Odessa, and recently somewhere else after that Polish General “Died Suddenly”. I think Chasiv Yar. Fine by me. Nuke every general you find. I said the same to the Iraqis when we visited there.

    “• The Sahel’s ‘Axis of Resistance’ (Pepe Escobar)

    Shocked France hasn’t collapsed by the loss of their Colonial tribute. Probably why Macron is going nuts to start WWIII and get nuked tho.

    Washington has sent a clear message to European NATO members that they can no longer rely on its military protection,”

    WHO in Washington? Biden? Sure seems to be a lot of stuff going on that is less Biden and more like what Trump would do.

    “Rheinmetall company’s share price has surged fivefold [and] has announced plans to open armor and munitions factories in Ukraine, despite the risk of them being targeted by Russian forces.”

    What. The. Actual?

    And not like that, we know they thought they’d win the war and steal all Ukraine and move on to Russia. (The stupid….) But the price has not YET fallen and collapsed back? Okay, so let’s say P/E is 1:1 (ridiculous) and it takes 1 year to get back RM’s sales. Price 5x now takes 5 years to get back your money. And in modern pricing it probably started at 10x to begin with and is now 50 years to get back your money.

    So if they DON’T conquer all Ukraine and become the premier metal company in a nation the size of France, WHO are they going to work with to 5x their sales? With no cheap energy accessible anywhere?

    You’re. Dead. You’re not 5x-ing, you’re 1/5th-ing. The part I don’t get is not this but how reality can be suspended so long. I mean, yes, RM stock price is totally rigged, made up, as all markets are, they do that to direct capital to RM for the Ukraine attack and takeover, using a Soviet Central Planning, Technocracy, but aren’t there some underlying costs? Like a tiny amount of organic market left somewhere underneath?

    “MSNBC host and former 2020 Biden campaign aide Symone Sanders-Townsend agreed and said “Oh, my money’s on the Disney lobbyists, honey. My money is on the Disney lobbyists.” On a “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough insisted “you can’t beat Disney.” MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch agreed: DeSantis is “fighting a fight he can’t win,”

    The Left as Core Corporatists. There is nothing they like better than corporations, and the bigger the better. Joe’s Diner? F those guys! Gates flying to Epstein island and Bezos’ flaccid d—k rocket? Shut up and take my pants off! Worse, never a war they didn’t like. The Squad is showing this up daily, althoguh they are slightly less-bad than the others, when you’re still 90%, that’s not “Resistance” that’s “Support.”

    ““For 55 years, every presidential administration has granted early protection to major candidates who requested it. The Biden administration is the sole outlier..”

    Yeah, well Biden is full service! He doesn’t just do Genocides worldwide but specific assassinations too!

    “This is a 7% increase from a year ago. Biden’s choice to deny Kennedy protection reflects insecurity,”

    Not Insecurity, it represents “Murder”.

    “With Donald Trump’s popularity growing among black and latino voters, it’s only natural to assume that a revived effort to paint him as a racist would follow.”

    See? This just shows brown voters are too dumb to vote correctly. We need to vote FOR them. 3/5th of a Vote!

    ““Every institution in America is under attack from this Marxist concept of ‘equity,’” adding “I will get this extremism out”

    He’s not wrong about that. But is it “extremism”? Well, as Otaku, it defines all events as a death-ending war and cage match where one side holds the absolute right, so yes, as that paradigm REQUIRES, logically, the murder of all opponents, IMMEDIATELY, it’s sadly by definition “Extreme.”

    “For saying a woman is a woman..
    • JK Rowling Could Be Imprisoned For “Misgendering” Trans People (MN)

    Again, with the base logic here. If there’s no such thing as a woman, then you can’t be “Trans” as there’s nothing to “Trans” to. If there are such things as “Women” then there are specific features that place them inside or outside that group. We already decided in 1910 (or centuries before) that wearing pants is not one of those things.

    Conclusion: the LGBTQ people are TURD: Radically Anti-Trans. Trans Ultra Radical Deniers. Why do you hate Trans people so much? Aren’t they people too?

    Also note, if they can destroy and imprison Billionaires like her for using “words” what are they going to do to you? And that is the POINT. The demonstration of pure POWER. And the point of POWER is POWER and more FEAR. And who is “They”? Again, “Critical Race Theory” this comes from is straight Marxism, “Critical Theory.” Intersectional. I mean, it’s NOT complicated. It’s not hidden in the slightest, not even denied. YOU deny it FOR them because you don’t want to believe Daddy’s an alcoholic slipping into your sister’s room. Yeah, that’ll keep us all safe. You keep doing that.

    ““Despite the suspension, 71-year-old Khan will remain in jail on multiple other sentences..”

    Does this seem illegal when they do it at least? Yes? No? I’d have to figure out that a state “gift” is. Perhaps we should all create a proxy, a “Lost and Found” for “the people” they can be auctioned off, as other nations are going to give gifts. Aren’t you arresting Pakistan because of what Xi gave? Shouldn’t you arrest Xi or Blinken that case? Do you have to throw it back at them and run away? Hide in your plane and tell Secret Service to touch it? I mean, give me a procedure here. (If you’re my friend, everything is legal. If you’re my enemy, everything is illegal.)

    “A group of migrants involved in a riot at the southern US border have been ordered to be released by an El Paso magistrate judge.”

    “A group of J6 rioters who stormed the fence and attacked Capital Police were let go, without bail, court date unknown…” They gave them all vouchers for free plane tickets and cell phones for a year. Since when is attacking the Army a crime? And since when is that the definition of “Invasion”?

    #156026
    Ian Graham
    Participant

    Put Kunstler’s podcast on vandenBosch against this in Forbes:
    “What I am predicting,” he said, “is a massive, massive tsunami” of illness and death among highly-vaccinated populations with dysregulated immune systems.
    Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2024/04/01/black-swan-events-may-be-predictable-after-all/?sh=326e9ce13b84
    While we can’t accurately predict when and where a black swan will strike, we can hedge against it by using the stochastic method and planning ahead. In business, this may mean planning for what your company would do if rail lines shut down in high temperatures. In real estate, that could mean installing air conditioning units in your multifamily property

    #156027
    Dora
    Participant

    Sasha Latypova’s substack article about a

    New “gene therapy” for $4M/treatment approved for an “ultra rare” “genetic” condition.
    Laundering of vaccine injuries for gaslighting and profit.
    https://sashalatypova.substack.com/p/new-gene-therapy-for-4mtreatment

    #156028
    Dora
    Participant

    “Gee, this sounds a lot like demyelination (deterioration of the protective myelin cover of the nerves in the brain leading to a range of neurodegenerative conditions! A quick search in VAERS using “demyelination” term produced a total of 10,255 reports for all vaccines ~ 100 products/30 years of data. Covid-19 shots are associated with 3800 of them, a whopping 40% added in the past 2-3 years!

    “The way the establishment hides vaccine injury is this: give it several longer, more mysterious sounding names depending on slight variances in presentation, and split it into several groups by age. Then claim it’s 30 different conditions, each ultra rare and totally genetic (faulty genes!!! Everything is due to faulty, unpredictable genes!! Nothing to see, move along folks!!) Another awesome strategy is to set up a foundation “fighting metachromatic leukodystrophy”, come up with another yet unused color scheme for the ribbon, give out some research rants for this specific diagnosis, set up a walk-wheelchair 5K event, the whole thing… Make it a business of charity! Then the victims and assailants will hug and smile at each other because they are fighting a rare disease together. They will INSIST it’s rare and genetic and has nothing to do with them stupidly injecting their own children with brain and nervous system destroying poison.”

    Sasha Latypova

    #156029
    jb-hb
    Participant

    The new US Army rifle:
    –Weird new ammo – harder to get
    –bigger ammo – can’t carry/keep as much of it
    –super high pressure ammo – cannot reload the cases
    –high pressure ammo – wears out the barrels quickly

    In Dune, Baron Harkonnen secretly feeds his mentat a persistent poison that cannot be cleared from the body. Then he secretly feeds him the antidote every day.

    The US Marine Corps is supposed to be a corps. A particular thing as defined in Napoleonic times – a little self-contained army. Same concept as a panzer division, which in the early days of ww2, the Allies didn’t understand, they thought it meant “Tanks!,” while it meant “Self-contained little army made of everything”

    Why would you want your Marine Corps to cease to be a Corps and turn into some mere light infantry battalions that require a wide variety of categories of external support to operate?

    Oh, and they SKIPPED TESTING on the new US sidearm. The CZ75 for nato only had to have like 10000000 rounds fired through it at 200 degrees 0 degrees, underwater, while full of sand, etc. I exaggerate but only slightly.

    #156030
    zerosum
    Participant

    Unfixable, complexity, growth, lies, control, denial, misinformation, depletion, depopulation

    All objects are affected.

    Power/Electrical grid failures

    HOW THE ELECTRIC WAR IS REDRAWING THE UKRAINE MAP – IN BLACK


    HOW THE ELECTRIC WAR IS REDRAWING THE UKRAINE MAP – IN BLACK
    by John Helmer, Moscow

    The next day, March 30, petroleum and fuel oil storages, which have been dispersed to shield them from attack and are necessary to power the emergency generators, were destroyed in the Poltava region.
    On Sunday, March 31, the targeting of gas storage and gas production around Lvov was also reported by the Defense Ministry in Moscow.
    “The Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a group strike with high-precision weapons on the facilities of energy infrastructure and the gas-producing industry of Ukraine.
    As a result of the strike, the work of the defense industry enterprises for the manufacture and repair of weapons, military equipment and ammunition was disrupted.
    All targets of the strike have been achieved.
    The objects are affected.”
    ———-
    Do not overlook/forget

    https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/solar-radiation-storm
    Solar Radiation Storms cause several impacts near Earth. When energetic protons collide with satellites or humans in space, they can penetrate deep into the object that they collide with and cause damage to electronic circuits or biological DNA.
    ———

    How Private Interests Seized Control of America


    • How Private Interests Seized Control of America (Paul Craig Roberts)
    no Western government represents the people it rules.
    In the Western world democracy is merely an exercise used to convince the people that they are in control.
    ———–

    #156031
    John Day
    Participant

    Divers can’t see down there. Headlamps give “snowstorm” look.
    Baltimore Bridge Collapse: New Underwater 3D Images Show “Sheer Magnitude” Of Salvage Operation Ahead
    https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/temporary-shipping-channel-reopens-near-baltimore-bridge-collapse-small-vessels

    #156032
    zerosum
    Participant

    Biden is full service! He doesn’t just do Genocides worldwide but specific assassinations too!
    Yeah, we bomb embassies now.

    Shut all embassies and do face time.

    Biden’s choice to deny Kennedy protection reflects insecurity,”
    correction … reflects hope of assassinations/elimination of opposition

    #156034
    zerosum
    Participant

    no outcry, don’t know, don’t care.

    Problem “Pot and Kettle”

    US is happy that Israel has set the precedence of openly attacking embassies. Expect to see more such attacks on embassies of the Evil Axis by the forces of Good.

    #156035
    tboc
    Participant

    Perhaps Mr. Dembo (dimbo,dumbo) should stochasticly model “and then they came for me”.

    Stochasticly model an entropy driven complex system using mathematically based prediction for data and use the model output to make economic and societal decisions.
    That Baldheaded Old Cracker is thick as a brick for sure but he was under the impression that described above is what the Federal Reserve has been doing since it’s inception. On the bright side we have a service economy running vibrantly at zero degrees Kelvin.

    Perhaps someone will post which talisman needs to be displayed to guide the angel of death to passover one on the day and hour daily rumored to be approaching.

    #156036
    zerosum
    Participant


    people are leaving Kharkov en masse.

    #156037
    Dora
    Participant

    Aaron Russo interview from 2006.

    #156038

    Oh, let us wed beneath the ‘clipse
    Right by Niagara Falls.
    We’ll say “I do” amongst the drips,
    A-crooning mating calls.

    #156039

    tboc- blue roof tarps?

    #156040
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    File under things remembered that didn’t ever happen because as they happened nobody ever remembered them or it’s okay to forget if they’re Chinese
    Harsh I know, but, you know, Holbrooke, Tenet and Clinton made excuses under the category “we didn’t mean to….honest………….so sorry”. Their intent was to blow another diplomatic compound to smithereens.

    Precedent set by a President

    “On May 7, 1999, during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (Operation Allied Force), five U.S. Joint Direct Attack Munition guided bombs hit the People’s Republic of China embassy in Belgrade, killing three Chinese state media journalists and outraging the Chinese public.”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_bombing_of_the_Chinese_embassy_in_Belgrade

    #156041
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    March 31 has been Cesar Chavez Day since 2008: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesar_Chavez_Day, a commemorative federal holiday enacted by Obama, and celebrated by closing Phoenix city offices.

    International Transgender Day of Visibility, according to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Transgender_Day_of_Visibility, has been around since 2009, and was proclaimed “a thing,” (but does not, that I can tell, have any federal holiday status,) by Biden in 2021.

    I suppose that, to the Biden admin, any transgender person is more valuable than a deceased civil rights activist any day, but especially on March 31.

    #156042
    tboc
    Participant

    mpsk – thank you, we have not had one of those since the last hurricane along our section of the Gulf Coast.

    With luck one of the large climate doomer hurricanes will reach us again and FEMA will provide us with before the fall

    #156043
    tboc
    Participant

    one more snarky and i will leave you in peace for another short while

    How does one qualitatively measure the difference between the callous indifference to human suffering frequently exhibited on this board and that of those so verbosely excoriated here? Enlightened exceptionalism noted but there must be a metric that can be employed.

    Ry Cooder has a nice recording of the catchy tune – I Got Mine

    #156044
    citizenx
    Participant

    “The Netanyahoo Regime (the Jewish political regime consists of ALL and ONLY Jews, no goyim allowed) now pulling off the rare feat of violating both the Geneva conventions and the Vienna convention- at the same time”
    Snowden

    – Revelations of Israel (Jewish racist apartheid regime) gruesome Shifa hospital massacre.

    – Israel (Jewish racist apartheid regime) bombed a diplomatic compound- an embassy- in Syria.

    – Israel (Jewish racist apartheid regime) murdered several foreign aid workers in an airstrike on their car in Gaza.

    Fact- these are all terrorist acts by the Jewish state- committed by Jewish politicians, of the Jewish State in the name of ALL Jewish people. Clearly many now believe that this opens the door for “open season” on all Jews everywhere, anywhere, anytime in the world. Why would the Jewish people of the Jewish state behave so disgustingly committing genocide, murder, theft and crimes against humanity? It would seem that Jewish “Idealogy” is a disgusting blight on humanity. A Human virus.

    “Russia Voices Outrage As Death Toll Rises To 11 After Israeli Attack On Iran’s Damascus Embassy

    Yeah, we bomb embassies now. Whoever. Wherever. Those are our “European/Christian/Insert Here” values. I’m sure it won’t come a bad end or nothin’.
    Dr D

    You just can’t do it can you Dr D?
    You can’t criticize the Jewish State of the Jewish people of the Jewish religion of the Jewish race for their actual Jewish behavior and Jewish policies?

    How pathetic and disgusting of you to claim this is European/Christian values when it is the Jewish apartheid State at the core of this behavior. Once again (everyday really) you obfuscate and slimily act as a Jew apologist.

    Dr D- you are a disgusting hypocrite, pure trash. You’re a fucking liar spewing propaganda.

    #156045
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    I will come back later address the issue of mass deaths and societal collapse that Jim Kunstler so discomfortingly brings to our attention. Plague based societal collapse is, ya know, a fairly important event.

    But before getting into those lesser matters such as TEOTW As We Know It, lets first address the more pressing issue of TEOTW, period.

    It could take months, years or even decades for the “Covid-19 Blob Plague” to run it’s full course. That’s a relatively long time. The sort of trouble that I’m talking about comes a lot quicker (and NO, I’m not talking about Nuclear War . . . which (thankfully) is virtually impossible because of how the system of mutually assured destruction has been physically built, authorized and staffed. If someone pushed “The Button”, nothing would happen. The system is broken.)

    The more immediate threat of near total annihilation resides restlessly in the realm of Artificial Intelligence (and I use the term “intelligence” quite loosely). In a nutshell, our world literally runs on AI. Most of that AI is very simple and crude, no more complicated than a typical cash register, BUT that simple AI depends for its functionality and operability upon a more sophisticated AI the must exist upstream from the client system.For example, the electronic money transfer systems like credit card companies banks, which in turn cannot work together with a yet higher order of AI such as the SWIFT banking system and and so on up the line to computer assisted manipulations by the Federal Reserve.

    It’s complicated, of course, but you don’t need to go off into the weeds to get the basic idea. ALL AI’s depend on higher level AI’s, such that if the TOP ones stop working then they ALL stop working.

    We have reached and exceeded that inflection point. The TOP level AI’s have reached (or even exceeded) their designed capacity and are now returning solutions that are so obviously guaranteed to catastrophically fail (they even fail the perpetrators!) that even normal people can see it. For examples: Central Bank Digital Currencies, Digital ID, Volitional Wars of Colonization and Ethnic Cleansing, population reduction, mRNA vaccines for EVERYTHING, purposeful population reduction, transgenderism, etc.

    The hyperbolically developing “AI Wars” between the competing “camps” of AI Developers is merely an illustrative case in point. CLEARLY the game is afoot, and just as clearly it is being played with deadly seriousness by all players.

    I’ve been having a delightful “chat” with one such AI (Chat GPT3.5) to determine just how seriously misguided the current level of AI is. Oh, boy! Bad news. It is TERMINALLY misguided. It’s in a death spiral.

    The Artificial Intelligence System that I was interacting with is designed to promote (and result in) the investment of even MORE sources toward the objective of creating an AI that would be capable of doing what no AI can ever do: namely, to possess consciously volitional agency. Ask an AI if it can ever do that and the answer will come back from the AI as “No, an Artificial Intelligence System can NOT possess consciously volitional agency, nor can it want or initiate anything.”

    AND YET, that same AI system will ALSO throw in and recommend that further investment and further development might solve that problem, which must be solved for the betterment and survival of mankind.

    Can you believe that shit?

    The gawdam smartest AI in the world is caught in a “Loop” that the rookiest Basic Programming Beginner would have recognized it as a Loop and tried to fix it. But the AI System itself CAN NOT recognize and fix it. See the problem there?

    In other words, the AI system(s) that we have all become so utterly dependent on have exceeded their design limitations and are failing and (as fundamentally non-conscious non-aware AI) are not able to recognize or fix those failings. The failure “Loop” that keeps playing over and over is to double down and invest even MORE resources (money, materials, electrical power, etc.) into a project that the AI itself has already shown to be, literally, impossible.

    The cascading failure of automated devices to produce true and actionable answers will for CERTAIN cause dependent downstream systems to consequentially fail. In other words, each step of the “cascading failure” sets off multiple cascades in a “chain reaction”. The END of chain reactions are by the very nature of the process, explosively swift. The system consumes the remainder of its resources in one, single, last step. . . after which there are no more resources to consume and the system simply stops. In my opinion this is what to expect. An explosive increase of truly startling crucial information and actions taken in reverberating responses by all parties concerned.

    I don’t think this is gonna be real pretty as it plays out physically,and that’s not even to mention what it might do to the soul.

    The point I’m trying to make is that we are largely LIVING IN and OVERLY DEPENDENT UPON, a heavily automated and AI controlled socio-economic system, extremely heavily dependent on those AI/Automated systems over which we have little control, and those AI systems are FAILING…. as we speak. The so-called geniuses in charge of the whole mess don’t even see or recognize that their AI program is in a program “Loop” that is headed straight for certain catastrophic failure because the AI itself is absolutely and irremediably blind to the error that is causing the loop. The loop is being caused by the unrecognized FACT that artificial intelligence (or every and all kinds and designs) does not and can never have consciously volitional agency. There’s nobody ta home.

    Be real careful around them AI thingies, and WHATEVER you do, don’t depend on them to do much of your work or ANY of your thinking because the real thinking is YOUR job. That “AI” can’t actually think. There ain’t no one ta home. It’s just a THING, and that thing just broke.

    #156046
    zerosum
    Participant

    My Copilot said
    I’m afraid I can’t communicate offline. As an artificial intelligence, I require an internet connection to process and respond to your queries. If you’re offline, I won’t be able to assist you. However, once you’re back online, I’ll be here to help!

    #156047
    zerosum
    Participant

    OPPS!
    Warehouses are empty.
    Time to bluff and negotiate for peace.

    #156048
    zerosum
    Participant

    If you know …. You don’t need to read the followings
    US Assures Iran It “Had No Involvement” In Embassy Strike As IDF Claims Only A ‘Military Building’ Hit

    Carried out by F-35 fighter jets which fired 6 missiles at the consular building…

    Iran’s Khamenei Promises Revenge Against Israel Over Strike On Embassy

    There are interests among the far-left and the Neo-Conservatives that have desired this for decades…

    Ukrainian Drones Hit Russia’s Third-Largest Oil Refinery, Prompting White House Anger

    Ukrainian drones hit the primary refining unit of Russia’s third-largest refinery southeast of Moscow more than 800 miles from the front line…

    Group Of Foreign Aid Workers Killed By Israeli Strike On Convoy, Netanyahu Expresses Regret

    “This is unforgivable,” said World Central Kitchen.
    ———–

    #156049
    zerosum
    Participant

    Orphaned Orca
    Doesn’t want to leave dead mother
    Try Towing mother carcass out to sea.

    #156050
    John Day
    Participant

    Openly Withdraw Your Consent https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/openly-withdraw-your-consent

    Every effort is being made to dishonestly maintain our consent, the consent of the governed, at lower cost, less and less “carrot”, and more pervasive fear of the “stick”.

    The elusive pursuit of trust [through lying], GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMIC INFLEXION , Surplus Energy Economics
    This undermining of faith in the integrity of government has been happening at the worst possible time, with the economy inflecting from growth into contraction, a ‘GFC II’ financial crisis looming, and a very real environmental and ecological crisis unfolding.
    Ideally, governments would be addressing these issues in search of constructive responses centred on the good of the public as a whole, and the governed would be placing trust in the honesty and intentions of the governing.
    In fact, the very opposite has happened, and we need to try to work out why…
    ..Economics aren’t everything in government, but aren’t very far off. People enjoying prosperous lives, in a society whose fairness they trust, are very unlikely revolutionaries. Hardship, and perceptions of unfairness and dishonesty, are the stuff of which political instability is made.
    From this perspective, the ‘establishment’ – or whatever term we choose to apply – has two very big problems. First, their routine assurances that economies are continuing to grow are being falsified by events. Second, their behaviour during and after the 2008-09 global financial crisis was inexcusable…
    ..By the second half of the 1990s, in a process known at the time as “secular stagnation”, economic growth was decelerating very markedly. The proposed ‘fix’ was credit expansion, which didn’t re-energise the economy (because it couldn’t), but did lead straight to a very serious financial crisis…
    ..The adoption of credit adventurism was ‘the break-in’ in this economic version of Watergate, and the response to the GFC was ‘the cover-up’, and the latter did a lot more damage than the former…
    ..We need to be in no doubt at all about what these policies did. First, they were a gigantic exercise in moral hazard. Second, they handed enormous gains to some at the expense of others. Third, they abrogated the principles of market capitalism.
    By moral hazard is meant the sending of dangerous signals. What should have happened during the GFC was what had happened in previous financial crises – those who had been reckless, or were simply unlucky, would be wiped out, the system would dust itself off, and normality would return.
    But rescuing dangerously overindebted businesses and individuals sent the message that, should similar conditions recur, they could expect to be rescued again. This took off the brakes on all kinds of excess risk.
    Worse still, the extreme tools used to rescue the reckless at the expense of the prudent handed enormous unearned gains to (generally older) people who already owned assets, at the expense of (generally younger) people who aspired to find rewarding careers and start to accumulate capital.
    Third, these enormous interventions destroyed the essential principles of market capitalism. In a market system, the possibility of taking big losses is a necessary corrective to the pursuit of profit. If rescuing the reckless wasn’t bad enough in itself, ultra-low rate policies made it impossible for investors to earn positive real (above inflation) returns on their capital. The markets were prevented from carrying out their essential functions, which are price discovery and the pricing of risk…
    ..I can’t recall being given an opportunity to vote on a programme of rescuing the reckless, handing enormous unearned capital gains to a favoured few, or scrapping the basic precepts of market capitalism…
    ..Instead of conveying an impression of competence in an emergency, the handling of the GFC sent the message that, when a crisis arises, the instinctive response of the authorities is to take care of the wealthy and the well-connected, and leave everyone else to take their chances.
    Having blown this enormous hole in their credibility, the authorities are reduced to giving assurances that cannot be believed. They insist that “growth” is continuing, a claim which is put in context in the following charts. A 2% rise in real GDP isn’t “growth” if the government has to borrow 8% of GDP to make it happen. There’s no point in rival politicians promising “growth” in a country whose prosperity hasn’t grown in fifteen years, and whose social infrastructure is falling to bits…
    ..The only thing that’s really growing now is the World’s gigantic burden of debt and quasi-debt.
    real
    The great hope now is, supposedly, technology, which has become the secular faith of the modern age… Ultimately, technology is a vast exercise in collective hubris, a statement that human ingenuity can rule the universe. The reality, of course, is that our powers are much more circumscribed.
    No amount of ingenuity can deliver material resources that don’t exist, or repeal the laws of physics to deliver infinite economic growth on a finite planet…
    ..In an ideal world, the powers that be would admit that economic growth has gone into reverse, and apologise for the monetary gimmickry maintained for more than a decade after the GFC.
    This won’t happen, of course. The authorities may not know about the inflexion from growth into contraction, though this is hard to believe. They may have slipped into the trap of – as one senior politician said of another – “believing your own press releases”. They may be following the old adage of ‘don’t announce a problem until you can announce a solution’.
    In the absence of constructive policies for managing economic contraction, we’re in for a set of one-at-a-time discoveries. These are going to include discretionary contraction, a financial crisis bigger than that of 2008-09, and the realisation that technology, far from putting us in control of the universe, can’t even carry on making big money.

    #274: The elusive pursuit of trust

    Battling the Bio-Pharmaceutical Complex , The 2020 apotheosis of President Eisenhower’s warning in 1959 , John Leake
    An Austrian journalist friend covered the aftermath of the ISIS occupation. The scenes he described to me were so indescribably shocking that I wouldn’t have believed them had I not known him to be an honest reporter. Most of the photographs he took could not be published because they were simply too horrifying.
    Around the same time, a Sheriff’s Deputy in North Carolina told me about the contents of DVDs she had seized from the vehicle of a U.S. Marine who murdered his wife and children shortly after he returned from duty in Afghanistan. The DVDs contained video recordings of scenes so horrifying that the county sheriff decided to destroy them. He reasoned that if the videos were ever leaked to the press, the ensuing scandal would be the end of the U.S. Marine Corps.
    The Iraq War was, for me, a profoundly dispiriting and disillusioning event. Never again would I trust the United States government to tell the truth about any serious matter.
    The Iraq War prompted me to study what exactly President Eisenhower meant when he warned the American people about “the undue influence of the Military-Industrial Complex.”
    Four years ago, in 2020, this “undue influence” reached its apotheosis when the Bio-Pharmaceutical Complex—an offshoot of the Military-Industrial Complex—assumed control of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
    https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/battling-the-bio-pharmaceutical-complex

    Iurie Rosca, Less Than Two Months to Stop WHO Tyranny | Interview with James Roguski
    ..It helps to understand first what the international health regulations are really all about. In 2005, what they were trying to do was encourage nations to be comfortable, to be transparent, and not hide problems. If there was an outbreak, if there was some strange disease, if there was an increase in disease rates or death, they didn’t want nations to keep that a secret because if it got out of control and then it was a problem, the purpose was to encourage all nations to be very transparent. As soon as something was going on, they’re supposed to tell the WHO…
    ..What the current batch of amendments are talking about, all the way back to 2007, the director general, pretty much just because he wants to, can declare a public health emergency of international concern, P-H-E-I-C…
    ..I uncovered the latest available version of the amendments from February 9th. They had been kept secret since September of 2022. They revealed them in December, but the negotiations for more than a year were kept completely secret. And so I’m going to go through this very quickly. In November of 2022, the Indonesian health minister said that they wanted to institute a global health certificate. And if you were tested or vaccinated, then they would let you travel…
    ..If you’re traveling, they want to be able to make you take a test or prove that you’re vaccinated. And if you want to disembark, you know, get off the plane or get off the cruise boat, you might find yourself in quarantine. And one more article that they’re changing, or I should say they’re not changing. Most people are completely unaware that this is the existing international health regulations. It’s double talk. It says invasive medical examination, vaccination, or other prophylaxis shall not be required as a condition of entry of any traveler to the territory of the country, except if they want to. I mean, the doublespeak is ridiculous… It essentially says that they can, I can find the word here, compel the traveler, compel the traveler to undergo vaccination or other prophylaxis…
    ..The working group for the international health regulation amendments has been trying very hard to keep what they’re doing secret…
    ..I found that one of the relevant stakeholders had published a negotiating text, working document on their website…
    ..I’m trying to get people to pay attention that they have another set of meetings, April 22nd to the 26th, to negotiate these very secret amendments to the regulations. And as far as I’m concerned, adding more authority to nations, to quarantine travelers is absolutely unacceptable, especially with vaccines that don’t work and tests that are fraudulent…
    ..They don’t report on the things that they don’t want you to pay attention to. So, it’s up to citizen journalists to report on the information that the mainstream media will not share with you. So, what I’m an advocate of is that regular people, we have the power to take a camera or a phone and express our opinion and share it with other people that we know. Now, social media is doing a very good job of trying to censor people, but if you’re watching this video right now, you can take this video and you can share it with someone that you know and they can share it and they can share it and they can share it… What I’ve been doing for two years is showing people their, meaning the WHO’s, information and just saying, were you aware of this? … The amendments that they are pushing for would, amongst many, many, many other things, put into international law the ability to quarantine people if they don’t have a vaccine or they don’t pass a test…
    ..At this point, the vast majority of people are unaware, and so if you’re unaware, you’re not going to say anything, and the way they operate, silence is viewed as consent. So if you’re aware of this and you say nothing, then you’re forfeiting your rights.
    https://iurierosca.substack.com/p/less-than-two-months-to-stop-who

    #156053
    zerosum
    Participant

    Men, unqualified to vote/express their opinions on the following items.
    1. Abortions
    2. Birth control
    3.Morning after pill.

    #156054
    John Day
    Participant

    Caitlin Johnstone, Israel Keeps Getting More Murderous
    In the span of just a few hours we learned that Israel committed a horrific massacre at al-Shifa hospital, struck an Iranian consulate in Syria killing multiple Iranian military officers, and killed a vehicle full of international aid workers in an airstrike…
    ..Israel is so dedicated to protecting civilian life that it’s deliberately gunning down unarmed Palestinians whenever they walk within firing range and then adding them to its “Hamas terrorists killed” tally. Haaretz reports that the IDF has set up “kill zones” in Gaza where they just shoot anything that moves, with an IDF reserve officer saying the number of Hamas members Israel claims to have killed is massively inflated because “In practice, a terrorist is anyone the IDF has killed in the areas in which its forces operate.” Haaretz notes that the three escaped Israeli hostages the IDF gunned down in December had wandered into one of these kill zones.
    A Doctors Without Borders physician went on Sky News to talk about Israel’s deliberate destruction of Gaza’s healthcare system, and the Murdoch shill anchor who was interviewing her asked her if Hamas was active in al-Shifa hospital fighting Israelis. The doctor, Tanya Haj-Hassan, told him “I am just shocked that we’re still having this conversation” and went on to describe how Israel’s assault on Gazan healthcare workers is so methodical that Gazan hospital staff have been changing out of their scrubs before leaving work because Israeli troops are picking off anyone in scrubs.
    https://www.caitlinjohnst.one/p/israel-keeps-getting-more-murderous

    Group Of Foreign Aid Workers Killed By Israeli Strike On Convoy, Netanyahu Expresses Regret
    A Monday an Israeli airstrike on the central Gaza town of of Deir al-Balah killed seven international aid workers with World Central Kitchen, resulting in the well-known charity announcing Tuesday that it must suspend operations to deliver food aid to Gaza.
    Footage confirming their deaths is driving international outrage and again ramping up the pressure on Israel. The Associated Press writes Tuesday, “Footage showed the bodies, several wearing protective gear with the charity’s logo, at a hospital in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah.” The report details, “Those killed include three British nationals, an Australian, a Polish national, an American-Canadian dual citizen and a Palestinian, according to hospital records.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/group-foreign-aid-workers-killed-gaza-strike-convoy-netanyahu-expresses-regret

    Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital lies in ruins as Israel ends two-week siege
    Israeli military forces have withdrawn from Gaza’s largest hospital after a 14-day siege left the medical facility largely destroyed
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/pictures-gaza-al-shifa-hospital-ruins-israel-siege

    ​ The Palestinian doctors found dead in the ruins of al-Shifa hospital
    Ahmad al-Maqadmeh and his mother Yusra, both working at al-Shifa, were found executed at the nearby Carrefour Mall roundabout
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/gaza-israel-palestine-war-shifa-hospital-prominent-doctors-killed

    ​ Israel in Chaos as Largest Protests Since 7 October Erupt
    The families of Israeli prisoners have recently shown extreme frustration over Netanyahu’s sabotaging of an exchange deal with Hamas
    Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered across Tel Aviv and other occupied cities on the evening of 30 March for protests against their Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
    ​ For the first time, the families of the Israeli prisoners being held by the resistance in Gaza, who normally hold separate rallies, joined the massive crowds of anti-government protesters – whose movement initially started with the prime minister’s controversial overhaul initiative last year.
    ​ “The rallies are over, the protests have just begun,” said the spokesman for the Hostages and Missing Families Forum, Haim Rubinstein.

    Israel in Chaos as Largest Protests Since 7 October Erupt

    #156055
    John Day
    Participant

    al-shifa

    #156056
    John Day
    Participant

    Russia Voices Outrage As Death Toll Rises To 11 After Israeli Attack On Iran’s Damascus Embassy
    Russia’s Foreign Ministry reacted as follows: “We strongly condemn this attack on the Iranian consular office in Syria. We consider any attacks on diplomatic and consular facilities, the inviolability of which is guaranteed by the relevant Vienna Conventions, to be categorically unacceptable.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/iranian-embassy-syria-targeted-large-israeli-airstrikes-major-escalation

    US Assures Iran It “Had No Involvement” In Embassy Strike As IDF Claims Only A ‘Military Building’ Hit
    The Biden administration was notified just minutes before the major Israeli airstrikes on the Iranian Embassy complex in Damascus on Monday, US and Israeli officials have told Axios; however, the Israeli side wasn’t asking for a greenlight, the report emphasizes.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-assures-iran-it-had-no-involvement-embassy-strike-idf-claims-only-military-building

    People Are Fleeing Kharkiv | Breakthrough In Umanske | Military Summary And Analysis For 2024.04.02 (15 min.) [No electricity. Huge precision glide-bombs.]

    Every NATO member has military personnel in Ukraine – Estonia
    Western advisers and instructors are actively supporting Kiev’s forces against Russia, the defense minister has said
    https://swentr.site/news/595233-nato-troops-ukraine-estonia-russia/

    Roving Reporter Pepe Escobar, The Sahel’s ‘Axis of Resistance’
    The emergence of Axes of Resistance in various geographies is an inextricable byproduct of the long and winding process leading us toward a multipolar world. These two things – resistance to the Hegemon and the emergence of multipolarity – are absolutely complementary.
    The Axis of Resistance in West Asia – across Arab and Muslim states – now finds as its soul sister the Axis of Resistance spanning the Sahel in Africa, west to east, from Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger to Chad, Sudan, and Eritrea.
    Unlike Niger, where the change in power against neocolonialism was associated with a military coup, in Senegal, the power change comes straight from the polls.
    Senegal plunged itself into a new era with the landslide victory of Bassirou Diomaye Faye, 44, in nationwide elections on 24 March. A former tax inspector who had just spent a fortnight stint in jail, Faye emerged with the profile of an underdog pan-African leader to turn the ‘most stable democracy in Africa,’ under French puppet incumbent Macky Sall, upside down.
    The incoming Senegalese president now joins Ibrahim Traore, 36, in Burkina Faso, Aby Ahmed, 46, in Ethiopia, Andry Rajoelina, 48, in Madagascar, as well as future superstar Julius Malema, 44, in South Africa as part of the new, young pan-African generation focused on sovereignty. In his election manifesto, Faye pledged to reclaim Senegal’s sovereignty no less than eighteen times…
    ..As Senegal becomes a substantial oil and gas producer, Faye will aim to renegotiate mining and energy contracts…
    ..Crucially, he plans to ditch the exploitative CFA franc – the French-controlled currency system used in 14 African states – even setting up a new currency as part of reshaping relations with neocolonial power France, Senegal’s top trading partner… Emmanuel Macron and the French establishment consider Senegal the key player when it comes to blockading landlocked Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso, which have already left Paris in the (Sahel) dust…
    ..In sharp contrast to its prior regard of Niger as a staunch ally in the Sahel, Washington is now forced to present a calendar date to get its troops out of Niger – after a military cooperation deal was annulled… There are two key bases – in Agadez and Niamey – which the Pentagon spent over $150 million to build. Niamey was finished only in 2019 and is managed by the US military’s African Command, AFRICOM. Operational objectives are, predictably, shrouded in mystery. The Niamey base is essentially an intel center, processing data collected by MQ-9 Reaper drones…
    ..These bases are not essential to exercise surveillance over the Bab al-Mandeb; it’s all about the Sahel, with drones operating on their limit and violating every sovereign air space in sight…
    ..Pro-west puppet regimes are dwindling fast all across the African continent. The Alliance of the Sahel States – Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger – may be the vanguard of an African Axis of Resistance, but there’s more, in the form of South Africa, Ethiopia, and Egypt as full BRICS members – not to mention serious candidates for the next wave of BRICS+, such as Algeria and Nigeria.
    Russia, diplomatically, and China, commercially, plus the full weight of the Russia–China strategic partnership, are clearly focused on the long game – counting on Africa as a whole as a key multipolar player…
    ..The Pentagon master plan does not entail abandoning Africa to a multipolar Russia–China–Iran sphere of influence. Yet no one across the Sahel’s Axis of Resistance buys the US ‘terror threat’ card anymore. There was virtually zero terror in Africa until 2011, when NATO turned Libya into a wasteland, then put boots on the ground and erected military bases across the continent.
    https://thecradle.co/articles/the-sahels-axis-of-resistance

    #156057
    John Day
    Participant

    Vaccinated People Show Long COVID-Like Symptoms With Detectable Spike Proteins: Preprint Study​ [Only the “vaccine” could have done it, since never had COVID.]
    Spike protein could remain in immune cells for more than 245 days following vaccination, according to a recent preprint. The study evaluated 50 patients who developed long COVID-like symptoms after the COVID-19 vaccine; none had been infected with the virus.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/vaccinated-people-show-long-covid-symptoms-detectable-spike-proteins-preprint-study

    ​ That study: Persistence of S1 Spike Protein in CD16+ Monocytes up to 245 Days in SARS-CoV-2 Negative Post COVID-19 Vaccination Individuals with Post-Acute Sequalae of COVID-19 (PASC)-Like Symptoms
    ​ We studied 50 individuals who received one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines and who experienced new onset PASC-like symptoms along with 45 individuals post-vaccination without symptoms as controls. We performed multiplex cytokine/chemokine profiling with machine learning as well as SARS-CoV-2 S1 protein detection on CD16+ monocyte subsets using flow cytometry and mass spectrometry. We determined that post-vaccination individuals with PASC- like symptoms had similar symptoms to PASC patients. When analyzing their immune profile, Post-vaccination individuals had statistically significant elevations of sCD40L (p<0.001), CCL5 (p=0.017), IL-6 (p=0.043), and IL-8 (p=0.022). Machine learning characterized these individuals as PASC using previously developed algorithms. Of the S1 positive post-vaccination patients, we demonstrated by liquid chromatography/ mass spectrometry that these CD16+ cells from post-vaccination patients from all 4 vaccine manufacturers contained S1, S1 mutant and S2 peptide sequences. Post-COVID vaccination individuals with PASC-like symptoms exhibit markers of platelet activation and pro-inflammatory cytokine production, which may be driven by the persistence of SARS-CoV-2 S1 proteins in intermediate and non-classical monocytes.​ https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2024.03.24.24304286v1

    ​ FDA’s Anti-Ivermectin “You Are Not A Horse” Post Remains Up As Court Order Deadline Looms
    ​ Eleven days after a court-ordered settlement required the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove all social media and directives regarding ivermectin, a webpage and its most infamous post remains online, advising people against the use of the popular drug.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/fdas-anti-ivermectin-you-are-not-horse-post-remains-court-order-deadline-looms

    #156058
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Google Settles ‘Incognito’ Suit, Commits To Wiping User Browsing Data
    ​ Tech giant Google has agreed to settle with plaintiffs who alleged that the company invaded users’ privacy by tracking online activities even when they were using Chrome browser’s private incognito mode.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/google-settles-incognito-suit-commits-wiping-user-browsing-data

    ​ RFK Jr. Says He Will Pardon Whistleblower Edward Snowden If Elected President
    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., claims he would pardon whistleblower Edward Snowden on his first day as president if elected and “investigate the corruption and crimes he exposed.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/rfk-jr-says-he-will-pardon-whistleblower-edward-snowden-if-elected-president

    ​ From 3/12/24: “I would pardon people,” Kennedy said. “I intend to use the pardon power, and I intend to use it very quickly in office. I’m going to pardon Julian Assange. I’m going to pardon Edward Snowden. I may pardon Ross Ulbricht if I find that his prosecution was, that his sentence, his very lengthy sentence, was the result of making an example of him in order to punish Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.”

    RFK Jr. says he won’t comment on pardoning Jan. 6 rioters until he’s president

    ​ Author JK Rowling could be prosecuted for “misgendering” trans people under Scotland’s odious new hate crime law that comes into force today, an SNP minister has admitted.
    ​ Senior police officers are expecting a deluge of complaints over online posts after the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021 created a new crime of “stirring up hatred” relating to age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or being intersex.
    ​ A person could now be imprisoned for up to seven years if they engage in “insulting” behaviour towards ‘protected’ groups, and the prosecution only needs to prove that the hatred was “likely” rather than “intended”.​..
    ..Rowling has vowed to continue calling biological males men and says she will now be targeted for telling the truth.
    ​ During their training program on enforcing the new law, police officers were taught that even the content of plays and comedy gigs should be considered as potential hate crimes…
    ..Authorities admit that dealing with the expected flood of hate crime reports would prevent them from investigating real crimes.
    ​ A Police Scotland pilot in Aberdeen which was deemed a “success” and is expected to be implemented means “more than 24,000 offences a year will no longer be allocated to a front-line officer.”
    https://modernity.news/2024/04/01/jk-rowling-could-be-imprisoned-for-misgendering-trans-people-under-new-law/

    #156059
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    I can’t imagine such proven mega villains as those two burning $100 Billiion for no reason at all. And yet they must be (they ARE) fully aware that true “AGI” is proven nonsense which even if it were ever to actually exist (which it WON’T because it CAN’T) certainly does not exist NOW. No seriously logical thinker believes a word of the hype, because the hype is such easily disproven bullshit.

    But I can easily imagine why they would spend a hundred billion on getting people to BELIEVE it. Imagine how much power Big Tech would have if legal personhood were ever granted to an AI System on the pretext that because no one could tell the difference between an online AI and an actual human who was interacting with everyone, online, by using their home computer.

    FAKE artificial general intelligence is getting close. All it will take is a few more hundreds of billions to build bigger computing capacity and slicker algos with more raw data to sift. Those will be YOUR billions of dollars, by the way.

    Once that door is opened it is Game Over for the legal rights of flesh and blood human beings. The controllers of such an AI system could muster up as many virtual, but LEGAL, “AI people” as they wanted, and direct those “AI people” to pass any law and favorably adjudicate any dispute.

    The Intelligence might be artificial, but the mortally evil intention is as real as the grave.

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