May 152024
 


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A Reckoning of Biblical Proportions (Turley)
“Trump Is Innocent”: Mike Johnson Speech Outside Trump Trial In Manhattan (ZH)
Putin Needs to Shake-Up Himself (Paul Craig Roberts)
Supreme Court Justices Thomas and Alito Warn About State of America (ET)
US Lags Behind Russia In Electronic Warfare – Ex-Pentagon Official (RT)
Western Elites Want To Prosper At The Expense Of Others – Putin (RT)
Russia-China Relations At Highest Level Ever, Still Strengthen – Putin (Sp.)
Just How Confused Is US Foreign Policy Right Now? (Jay)
RFK Jr. and AV24 Super PAC Sue Meta, Alleging Election Interference (ET)
West Considering Large-Scale Conflict – Russian Spy Chief (RT)
Erdogan Holds Emergency Meeting Following Coup Warning (Sp.)

 

 

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“..the New York Post revealed that Cohen has been peddling a reality show called “The Fixer..”

A Reckoning of Biblical Proportions (Turley)

[..] my column in the New York Post on the first day of the examination of Michael Cohen. He is expected to start his cross examination today. How bad will it be? After lying to Congress, courts, banks, and most everyone else, it will be bad. Years ago, Cohen threatened a journalist and told him “what I’m going to do to you is going to be f—ing disgusting.” Well, that bad. On cross examination, Cohen faces a reckoning of biblical proportions.

Michael Cohen apparently wants a reality show but, if his testimony Monday is any indication, reality is about to sink in for not just Cohen but the prosecutors and the court. In stoking interest in his own appearance, the former Trump counsel promised the public that they should be “prepared to be surprised.” Thus far, however, Cohen has offered nothing new and, more importantly, nothing to make the case for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Just before he took the stand, the New York Post revealed that Cohen has been peddling a reality show called “The Fixer,” including working with Colin Whelan, who helped create “Joe Exotic: Tigers, Lies and Cover-Up.” Whelan appears interested to stay within that genre. The Cohen pitch came with a cheesy promo video where he promised viewers, “I am your fixer.” His first post-Trump client, Bragg, may have to disagree. Cohen had only one advantage for Bragg: His notoriously flexible morals and ethics, which allows him to say most anything to support his sponsors.

With the prosecution’s case almost over, Bragg needed Cohen to clearly state that Trump intentionally committed fraud to conceal some still poorly defined crime. The problem is that Cohen only confirmed that Trump knew he was going to pay for the nondisclosure agreement and that it would be buried before the election. None of that is unlawful. On his reality show promo, Cohen tells viewers that he is now there to fix their problems because “the little guy doesn’t usually have access to people with my particular set of skills.” Those skills seem to have escaped all of the witnesses who were compelled to work with him. Witnesses detailed how Cohen was ridiculed as someone “prone to exaggeration” and unprofessional. Former Trump associate Hope Hicks said that Cohen was constantly trying to insinuate himself into the campaign and that he “used to like to call himself Mister Fix It, but it was only because he first broke it.” Cohen only succeeded in confirming that he put together this payment and advised Trump to go forward with it. He assured him that it would effectively kill the story before the election.

None of that is illegal. The “Fix it man” assured Trump that he fixed it and now wants Trump to go to jail for following that advice. In the course of that representation, Cohen also admitted to taping his client without his knowledge, a breathtaking breach of trust and confidentiality. This is the man who, according to Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Keith Davidson, expected to be Trump’s Attorney General. Davidson said that Cohen was “depressed and despondent” and “I thought he was going to kill himself” when he realized that he would not be made a cabinet member. Cohen contradicted Davidson and insisted that he only wanted to be Trump’s personal lawyer. He also admitted that he was unaware that the publisher of National Enquirer, David Pecker, had long killed negative stories about Trump and other celebrities for decades. Cohen has yet to fix the problem for Bragg.

More importantly, he has added to the problem for Judge Juan Merchan. Many of us have ridiculed this case as devoid of any criminal act. Indeed, Merchan has allowed the prosecutors to proceed without clearly stating what crime was being concealed. It is not even clear why paying one’s lawyer a lump sum for his services and costs (including the NDA payment) was not a “legal expense” or how it was supposed to be entered on a business ledger. Absent a sudden epiphany in his final testimony on Tuesday, Merchan should rule in favor of a directed verdict — that is, throwing the case out before it goes to a jury. If he instead sends this farcical case to the jury, it is Merchan, not Cohen, who may have a better claim to a reality show as the ultimate “Fixer.”

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“..Republicans are coming out of the woodwork to support him now that it’s safe..”

“Trump Is Innocent”: Mike Johnson Speech Outside Trump Trial In Manhattan (ZH)

Johnson, Ramaswamy, Doug Burgum, Byron Donalds, Cory Mills, and Eric and Lara Trump all joined Trump today. Johnson gave a speech. “This is the fifth week that President Trump has been in court for this sham of a trial. They are doing this intentionally to keep him here and keep him off of the campaign trail,” he said. “And I think everybody in the country can see that for what it is.” “President Trump is innocent of these charges,” he later declared. Johnson told reporters that he went to his “friend” Trump’s trial voluntarily. “I called President Trump and told him I wanted to be here myself to call out what is a travesty of justice. And I think everybody around the country can see that,” said Johnson. “President Trump is a friend and I wanted to be here to support him.” “I came here, again, today on my own to support President Trump because I am one of hundreds of millions of people, and one citizen, who is deeply concerned about this,” he added.

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Now that Donald Trump’s Manhattan ‘hush money’ trial has revealed itself to be yet another Democrat farce, Republicans are coming out of the woodwork to support him now that it’s safe. On Monday, GOP Sens. J.D. Vance of Ohio (a VP hopeful) and Tomy Tuberville of Alabama went to the courthouse. Now, in a display of loyalty to Trump (and of course, optics), House Speaker Mike Johnson is reportedly expected to attend Trump’s trial, according to Axios, Other names expected to attend are North Dakota Gov. Burgum as well as Vivek Ramaswamy, both Trump VP contenders. The flood of support comes after a former attorney for Stormy Daniels – who claims she had a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump, and was paid $130,000 right before the 2016 election, testified that payments made to her weren’t “hush-money,” and were instead a “consideration.” On Monday, convicted felon and perjurer Michael Cohen, Trump’s former fixer, testified that Trump was intimately involved in the scheme.

“Everything required Mr. Trump’s sign-off,” Cohen said, adding “What I was doing, I was doing at the direction of and benefit of Mr. Trump.” Johnson’s trip comes less than one week after House Democrats helped block an attempt by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to oust him from office over his successful ‘America Last’ effort to fund wars in Ukraine and Israel. Trump, meanwhile, has repeatedly voiced support for Johnson – including during a joint appearance at Mar-a-Lago, after which he urged Republicans to table Greene’s motion to vacate.

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Includes criticism of central bank head Elvira Nabiullina. Rare. “Stalin would have long ago shot her..”

Putin Needs to Shake-Up Himself (Paul Craig Roberts)

Putin is conducting a large shake-up in the Russian government. He needs to give himself a good shaking as well. Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of Russia’s Chechen providence said on Russia’s Rossiya TV channel: “I believe that we need to attack more actively, we need to hit hard while there is time. This month we need to take the nearest territory, we definitely need to take Odessa and Kharkiv. Then sit this Zelensky down and force him to sign all the papers that Russia needs for the security of our state, citizens and the Russian-speakers who live on the territory of Ukraine.” This is the second Russian war leader after Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner Group, to express dissatisfaction with the glacially slow pace at which Putin is conducting the conflict. One wonders if Kadyrov will have a similar fate to Prigozhin.

I am not an expert on the Russian military. My impression is that the Wagner and Chechen soldiers are Russia’s best combat troops. It is a pity to waste such troops in a war conducted at a snail’s pace. The slow pace at which Putin has conducted the war has resulted in the war being greatly widened and thus made much more dangerous and difficult to resolve. Indeed, Putin is now in danger of NATO occupying Odessa before Russian troops can get there. If the West can keep Odessa and Kharkiv out of Russian hands, the war will be a defeat for Putin. It is inexplicable that Putin takes this risk. Putin’s dilemma is that a man who sees himself as an instrument of peace is a poor war leader. Curiously, Foreign Minister Lavrov says that the West has decided to prolong the war. No. The prolonged war was Putin’s decision. A war that should have been over in three weeks has lasted 27 months.

Putin’s neglect of the war’s requirements is the reason that Russians in the Russian city and region of Belgorod are slaughtered by drones and missiles on their way to work and why “Russian apartment buildings in Russian cities struck by high intensity weapons supplied to Ukraine by the West collapse on the inhabitants. The snail-paced conflict was supposed to save lives. Instead, casualties have multiplied many fold and spread to Russian civilians distant from the battlefield. Now there is a shakeup at the top of the Russian military with a civilian without military experience taking over as defense minister. I think Putin would be taken more seriously if he had appointed Ramzan Kadyrov as defense minister. Instead, Putin has stuck in an economist who, like Putin’s central bank director, is more concerned with the expense of the conflict–now one-third of the Russian budget–than they are about winning the war before it spins out of control.

The neo-liberal Putin supports as Russia’s central bank manager is a failure on all fronts. She left Russian assets in the West to be seized by Washington’s sanctions. She was unable to understand that Russia did not need loans from the West to develop economically. And now she imposes 16% interest rates on the Russian economy. Stalin would have long ago shot her. I have often wondered if Russia can survive Putin’s central bank director. Putin has done a good job of Russifying a population that was infatuated with the West. The population again thinks of itself as a distinct and proud national entity, not as a wannabe cog in globalist machinery run by Washington. Putin gets kudos for this, but his conduct of the war maximizes the likelihood of the conflict spinning out of control. Prigozhin understood this, and so does Kadyrov. Will Putin understand before his limited military operation spins into World War 3?

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The entire justice system is shaking. Look at the Trump indictments. Thomas and Alito should stand up and be heard.

Supreme Court Justices Thomas and Alito Warn About State of America (ET)

In separate remarks at two different events on Friday, Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito issued warnings about the state of affairs in America today, including support for freedom of speech “declining dangerously” and the nation’s capital becoming a “hideous” place where cancel culture runs rampant. Justice Thomas spoke at a conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Point Clear, Alabama, while Justice Alito delivered a commencement address at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Catholic college in Ohio, with both of the conservative-minded judges painting a dark picture—while encouraging action and offering hope. At the Alabama event, Justice Thomas was asked to comment by the moderator—U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle—about what it’s like to work “in a world that seems meanspirited.” “I think there’s challenges to that,” Justice Thomas said. “We’re in a world and we—certainly my wife and I the last two or three years it’s been—just the nastiness and the lies, it’s just incredible.”

Justice Thomas has faced heavy fire from Democrats who accuse him of skirting disclosure rules, of corruption in general, and of being too cozy with wealthy Republicans. They have not been able to point to any specific court cases in which the justice has misbehaved. Some activists have even pushed for Justice Thomas’s impeachment. By contrast, over 100 former Supreme Court clerks signed an open letter last year defending Justice Thomas’s integrity, calling him a man of “unwavering principle” whose independence is “unshakable.” They called various critical stories that have targeted him as “malicious” and “perpetuating the ugly assumption that the Justice cannot think for himself.” “They are part of a larger attack on the Court and its legitimacy as an institution,” the letter also stated. “The picture they paint of the Court and the man for whom we worked bears no resemblance to reality.” Public opinion polls suggest public trust in the Supreme Court recently fell to new lows.

Addressing the criticism, Justice Thomas said at the Alabama conference that Washington had become a “hideous” place where “people pride themselves in being awful,” while characterizing America beyond the Beltway as a place where regular people “don’t pride themselves in doing harmful things.” Justice Thomas also expressed concern that court writings have become inaccessible to the average person, engendering a sense of alienation. “The regular people I think are being disenfranchised sometimes by the way that we talk about cases,” Justice Thomas said, while expressing hope that this could change. Justice Alito warned graduates at the Catholic college in Ohio that freedom of speech and religion were both being assailed in today’s America, while expressing hope that young people would take up the mantle and fight for positive change. In his address, Justice Alito made a reference to pop culture, namely to a graduation speech delivered by the character Thornton Melon (played by Rodney Dangerfield) in the movie “Back to School.”

He jokingly cited Mr. Melon’s advice to graduates, which was not to go out into the world after graduating because “it’s rough out there” and instead move back in with their parents, let them pay all the bills, and “worry about it.” “As Mr. Melon said, it is rough out there,” Justice Alito said. “It’s probably rougher out there now than it has been for quite some time. But that is precisely why your contributions will be so important.” Justice Alito said that, outside the walls of the campus, “troubled waters are slamming against some of our most fundamental principles,” referring to freedom of speech. “Support for freedom of speech is declining dangerously,” he continued, noting that this problem is especially acute on college campuses, which he said are places where the exchange of ideas should be most protected.

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“..We will invite failure along the way, but if you’re not willing to fail, you’re not going to succeed.”

US Lags Behind Russia In Electronic Warfare – Ex-Pentagon Official (RT)

The US military has been surpassed by Russia and other potential adversaries in the field of electronic warfare, including jamming technology used to take down enemy weapons, a retired Pentagon official has reportedly lamented. Speaking at the SOF Week conference in Tampa, Florida, retired US Army Lieutenant General Mike Nagata warned that Washington is “still falling behind” its rivals in electronic combat. “The gap between where the United States should be and where we are, in my judgment, continues to expand not everywhere, but in far too many places,” Defense One quoted Nagata as saying. Jamming technology has become an increasingly important battlefield tool, as evidenced by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Russian forces have been successful in sending HIMARS rockets and other US-made weaponry off course, using electronic signals to scramble their guidance systems.

In fact, General Valery Zaluzhny, then Ukraine’s commander-in-chief, said in an interview last November that Russia had gained the upper hand. He called electronic warfare “the key to victory.” The Pentagon will need to be more creative in its use of radio technologies, especially space-based communications, to close the gap in the electronic warfare domain, said Nagata, who led US Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) in the Middle East. Russian jamming has reportedly reduced the accuracy rate of US-made Excalibur artillery shells to 6% from their normal level of 70%. Retired special operations officials told Defense One that Moscow had consistently invested in electromagnetic innovations for decades. While those advances were being made, the outlet said, US electronic-warfare efforts were focused on gathering intelligence in the Middle East.

Nagata said countering Russia’s jamming prowess will require more risk-taking in efforts to advance satellite communications and other technologies. “The US government, particularly its leadership – from senior military officers all the way to civilian policymakers – we have to be willing to take more risk in experimenting with, adopting and employing new technologies. We will invite failure along the way, but if you’re not willing to fail, you’re not going to succeed.” The Pentagon has reportedly been exploring the use of narrower and stronger signal bands to overcome jamming attempts. However, Mark Cancian, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told Business Insider that “game changers” should not be expected. “The other side always develops countermeasures that reduce effectiveness,” he said.

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Of course. There’s no other way to be an elite.

Western Elites Want To Prosper At The Expense Of Others – Putin (RT)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has set the stage for his state visit to China by praising efforts by Moscow and Beijing to build a “just, multipolar world order” as Western leaders try to retain global dominance by disregarding the sovereign interests of other countries. In an interview with Xinhua News Agency that was published on Tuesday, Putin said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping had achieved the strongest Russia-China relations in history by relying on “the principles of equality and trust,” as well as mutual respect for each sovereign nation’s interests. He contrasted that approach with Western attitudes toward other nations. “Earth is the cradle of humanity, our common home, and we are all equal as its inhabitants,” Putin said. “I am convinced that this view is shared by most people on the planet.”

However, he added, US led Western elites refuse to respect civilizational and cultural diversity and reject centuries-old traditional values, and have usurped the right to tell other nations whom they may or must not make friends and cooperate with. They seek to ensure their well being at the expense of other states, just like in the old days, and resort to neo-colonial methods to that end, Putin said. Putin is scheduled to begin his two-day visit to China on Thursday. Just as Xi chose Russia for his first foreign trip after being reelected last year, the Russian leader is heading to Beijing after winning his fifth term as president. The leaders sat down for more than five hours of face-to-face talks during Xi’s trip to Moscow in March 2023. During the meeting, the Chinese president reiterated his “long-term commitment” to strengthening the ties and practical cooperation between the two states.

The Ukraine conflict is currently among the top issues on that agenda. Putin noted that from the outset of the crisis, China had worked to find a diplomatic solution. Neither Ukraine nor its Western backers were ready for an “an equal, honest and open dialogue based on mutual respect and consideration of each other’s interests,” he told Xinhua. Even as the West tried to wreck the Russian economy with sanctions, trade between Russia and China surged to nearly $228 billion, more than doubling 2019’s volume. “Given global turbulence and economic issues in the West, such results prove yet again the strategic wisdom of our sovereign course and pursuit of national interests,” Putin said. Beijing has consistently refused to blame Russia for the fighting in Ukraine, arguing that the expansion of NATO and Washington’s “Cold-War mentality” are the root causes of the confrontation.

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None of it includes the west…

Russia-China Relations At Highest Level Ever, Still Strengthen – Putin (Sp.)

Relations between China and the Russian Federation are stronger than ever and continuing to strengthen, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. “Today, Russia-China relations have reached the highest level ever, and despite the difficult global situation continue to get stronger,” Putin said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency, ahead of a state visit to China. Putin said that the unprecedented level of strategic partnership between Russia and China contributed to his decision to choose China for his first state visit after his most recent inauguration as President of the Russian Federation. Russia-China trade and economic relations are developing rapidly and are showing immunity to external challenges, Putin said.

“Trade and economic relations between our countries are developing at a fast pace, showing strong immunity to external challenges and crises. Over the past five years, we have doubled the Russia-China turnover: it reached US$227.8 billion last year, against US$111 billion in 2019,” Putin said in an interview with China’s Xinhua news agency. Putin said more than 90% of settlements between Russian and Chinese companies are made in the countries’ national currencies. “So it would be more accurate to say that bilateral trade currently totals about 20 trillion rubles [about $219 billion], or nearly 1.6 trillion yuan. China has remained our key business partner for 13 years, and in 2023, Russia ranked 4th among the PRC’s major trading partners,” he said.

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“..Arafat was right..”

Just How Confused Is US Foreign Policy Right Now? (Jay)

Arafat was right. He knew at the Camp David Summit of 2000 that if he signed the deal offered to him – 92 percent of Gaza and 100 percent of West Bank – of a new Palestinian state, that in a matter of only hours the Israelis would have cheated him and invaded, given that the most controversial point of the deal was that they would both have to be demilitarized.

Today the case to distrust America and Israel is even stronger. Our parents who witnessed the Camp David Summit and before that the Oslo Accords of 1993 – both Bill Clinton’s failed attempt at creating a two-state solution within Israel for the Palestinians – would not believe what we are witnessing now, since the massacre of October 7th. Israel has been not only allowed but goaded into what is clearly becoming obviously a policy of ethnic cleansing in Gaza and western media are asking us to believe that there is reason to this madness which lets Israel bomb innocent civilians while sending food aid. Israel successfully pulled the wool over the eyes of around half a million Gazans to move to Rafah which was supposed to be a ‘safe zone’ only to take the genocide to the next level and murder them en masse while they are there – all under the eyes of the so-called international community which witnesses the failure of international law which should have prevented the IDF from even making it to the border crossing itself with Egypt, incidentally part of the Camp David agreement in the 70s.

Is Biden really running the U.S.? The only inkling which might indicate that he is, would be the incoherent decisions and actions by him and his administration, not to mention the State Department which concluded in a report recently that probably Israel was breaking international law by almost certainly using U.S. weapons to bomb Gazans in Rafah. But the report seemed to be a self-lancing boil. While it pointed the finger, it also pardoned Israel for its war crimes, thus encouraging the government to continue, led by Netanyahu who, in the late 90s when he became prime minister in Israel delivered an award-winning performance for Clinton whereby he and his government showed it was committed to the ethos of Oslo and Camp David accords. In reality it was a bluff as he cheated even a naïve U.S. president leaving the Palestinians to exercise their only tool they had in the coming years: terrorism.

Biden, when he is lucid, is less naïve about the game of cat and mouse which Netanyahu is playing and winning. The move by him to temporarily block arms deliveries to the IDF is of course a bluff as he knows very well that for at least a couple of months Israel has enough stocks. The truth of the ruse is that the U.S. itself is very low indeed on ammo and that Biden is actually giving the manufacturers some time to replenish their own stocks while he attempts to beguile a gullible U.S. public that he actually cares about Palestinian lives. The reality is that he has no real problem with them being mowed down like rats in a pen. He simply can’t state that though so pretends to be disturbed about the genocide which, according to the Palestinian health authority has reached 37,000 deaths. Nothing compared to the Holocaust of WWII right?

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“The link was mistakenly blocked and was quickly restored once the issue was discovered.”

RFK Jr. and AV24 Super PAC Sue Meta, Alleging Election Interference (ET)

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy and the super PAC backing him have filed a lawsuit against Meta Platforms, Inc., for election interference after it allegedly shadow banned the documentary “Who is Bobby Kennedy?” on Facebook and Instagram. American Values 2024 (AV24) announced in a May 13 press release that they have filed the lawsuit in a California district court for violating the First Amendment and “the American people’s fundamental right to a presidential election decided by voters, not by trillion-dollar corporations.” The complaint alleges that Meta “brazenly” censored speech supportive of Mr. Kennedy, then lied about its actions. According to the complaint, Meta “sent users messages threatening to suspend their accounts or otherwise punish them if they sought to watch, share or even post a link to the film. And they made good on these threats, disabling and suspending users who did so.”

In addition, the complaint says that Meta stated that the film contained improper sexual or violent content. When users attempted to comment, those comments were removed, the complaint alleges. “Under the Support and Advocacy Clause of the Civil Rights Act of 1871, private companies and their officers and employees cannot in concert seek to prevent by force, threat or intimidation any citizen from engaging lawful speech supporting or advocating the election of a presidential candidate,” the complaint says. After AV24 released the documentary, it began trending on X. However, Facebook and Instagram—both Meta-owned—allegedly suppressed “the organic reach of content they don’t want to spread,” the PAC said in a May 6 press release. The film was also labeled with a COVID-19 vaccine disclaimer that referred users to other sources such as the Center for Disease Control’s website, the complaint said.

In response to The Epoch Times’ request for comment on the allegation last week, a spokesperson for Meta stated, “The link was mistakenly blocked and was quickly restored once the issue was discovered.” In response to a request for an updated comment on the allegation of election interference in the lawsuit, a Meta spokesperson repeated the above statement. AV24 said in its lawsuit that Meta’s claim of accidental censorship is “implausible on its face” and contradicts “the numerous messages users received from Meta offering other, equally implausible explanations.” The documentary film, released May 3, is narrated by actor Woody Harrelson. The film is a biography of Mr. Kennedy aimed at providing a look into who he is as opposed to how mainstream media portray him.

It begins with Mr. Kennedy quoting from various media reports that paint him as a “mentally disturbed” conspiracy theorist instead of an environmental attorney who took on corporate malfeasance. It discusses how he went after the pharmaceutical industry after meeting with mothers who believed vaccines injured their children. “Right now big oil funds the Republicans, Big Tech funds the Democrats, Big Pharma and the military contractors make sure to donate to both,” Mr. Kennedy said. “Who is liberal now and who is conservative? Who’s left and who’s right? These labels make less and less sense. I’ve been fighting corporate corruption for 40 years. I know how they work. I know how to clean them up. And that’s why I’m running for president.”

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“..such an escalation could actually occur if the West decides that it would be “reasonably safe” and beneficial to its interests..”

West Considering Large-Scale Conflict – Russian Spy Chief (RT)

A number of Western leaders believe they would be able to maintain their hegemony if they plunge the world deeper into turmoil, information possessed by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) suggests, according to the agency’s head, Sergey Naryshkin. The SVR chief’s statements come as French President Emmanuel Macron and several officials from the Baltic states have repeatedly hinted in recent months at the possibility of deploying Western troops to Ukraine. Russia has warned that such a move would escalate the conflict. Speaking during a plenary meeting of the Federation Council on Tuesday, Naryshkin stated that his agency had obtained information that “some Euro-Atlantic politicians consider it possible to unleash a large-scale military conflict in order to maintain their hegemony.”

He noted that there are “strong reasons” to believe that such an escalation could actually occur if the West decides that it would be “reasonably safe” and beneficial to its interests. However, the spy chief admitted that there are also “truly responsible” global and regional players in the world who, if united, could have the potential to “ensure the impossibility of unleashing such a conflict, including the use of nuclear weapons.” Russian special services will continue to monitor the development of the situation “very closely,” Naryshkin stated.

Macron has consistently refused to rule out the idea of sending NATO forces into Ukraine, calling such threats “necessary” to maintain the West’s “strategic ambiguity.” While NATO and most of its members, as well as the EU, have vehemently denied the possibility of such a move, Lithuania has backed Macron’s proposal. Meanwhile, Madis Roll, the national security adviser to Estonian President Alar Karis, has also stated that Tallinn was “seriously” considering sending troops to fill “rear” roles in Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that any NATO troop deployment to Ukraine would be treated as a major escalation and would almost certainly lead to a direct confrontation between Russia and the US-led bloc. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has also pointed out that any NATO troops that appear in the conflict zone would “inevitably become targets for the Russian military,” as would any foreign-supplied weapons used to strike Russian territory, no matter if they are deployed in Ukraine or elsewhere.

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There we go again.

Erdogan Holds Emergency Meeting Following Coup Warning (Sp.)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held an emergency meeting with the heads of intelligence and the ministry of justice after his fellow party member, Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli, had warned of a possible coup d’état being prepared by law enforcement agencies, the Turkiye newspaper on Wednesday. The dismissal of several police officers in Ankara’s security directorate accused of links to criminal organization Ayhan Bora Kaplan has caused widespread concern. Their homes had been searched to seize digital materials. Bahceli has said the situation could be a conspiracy against the government, and the suspension of several police officers alone cannot be avoided. The official, while addressing a party meeting in parliament, has warned of a possible repeat of the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey.

Erdogan held the emergency overnight meeting with Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc and National Intelligence Organization Director Ibrahim Kalin at the president’s residence following a warning from Bahceli, the report said. The Turkish president is expected to speak on the topic at an expanded meeting of the ruling party in the parliament on Wednesday. A Sputnik correspondent reported that Turkish citizens have since been actively posting messages in support of Erdogan on social media platform X with the hashtag #DevletimizinYanındayız, which translates as “we stand by our state,” and images of the Turkish president with words of support and quotes.

The Turkish government has accused Members of the organization of US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen (FETO) of being responsible for a coup attempt in 2016. Over 80,000 people have been arrested in Turkey and some 150,000 civil servants and military personnel have been dismissed or suspended from their jobs over suspected links to FETO. Gulen, who has lived in self-exile in the US since 1999, rejected the accusations and condemned the coup attempt.

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    Vittorio Matteo Corcos Conversation in the Jardin du Luxembourg 1892   • A Reckoning of Biblical Proportions (Turley) • “Trump Is Innocent”: Mike
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    “Scott Ritter: The Russians Advance and Ukrainians Can’t Stop Them — As Russian troops continue to push south from the Belgorod area (Kharkiv front),”

    I commented on this, but not the specifics. Claimed Russia attacks here en masse because of Belgorod. E.g. Alexander says this. But that makes it seem like revenge, tit-for-tat. Reinforcing this is dispassionate practicality: IF they are shooting rockets and missiles into the town square – no military targets – then rationally Russia MUST push the borderlands back beyond their range. So they are. Odd because I’m saying the same thing but with a different emphasis and that matters.

    When they got there, it appears that Ukraine is so stretched that the area collapsed at the lightest foray. As Alexander says again, they can’t be invading because 50k troops won’t hold the area and certainly not go door-to-door in Kharkov City. But as all the reinforcement there were fake, no tanks, no minefields, they are able to take 12 towns before anyone shoots back. Well if you’re going to just LET me, then they’ll go take and hold it, right? That’s the point, right?

    …Seems to be more what happened here than some master plan. Now it’s all recriminations, WHY was nothing built ON TOP OF KIEV? Why aren’t there men there, why are we leaving all Odessa vacant to protect Kharkov (which I bet they don’t care, only nearby Kiev). Why? BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO MEN ANYWHERE, that’s why. Yeah a lot was stolen, and yeah that matters a lot, but only by a few weeks or months? They already lost and they’re like how come we lost?

    THAT’S HOW WARS GO. That’s why. At some point somebody is exhausted and the other guy ceases to exist. Then the winner dictates terms completely, with no alternative. I remember in History Class, the kids were all like “So…why did the South surrender? Why not keep going?” Why? Because we’ll just PUT THEM DOWN AGAIN. The winner will just keep going. We couldn’t understand that, being kids. “But then we’ll just shoot back when we have a chance again.” Then we’ll just PUT THEM DOWN AGAIN. Infinitely. Eventually the loser determines that surrender is less-bad than fighting. Or 100% of all people die, don’t care, we can do that. If all South Carolina is empty and we move half Ohio down there to the empty fields, don’t care.

    WHY did Kiev lose? THAT’S HOW WARS GO. Somebody loses. They fought far more valiantly than I expected, by years. They’re great. However, they lost and they were always going to lose. Russia could nuke them, first 5 minutes – they were ALWAYS going to lose. I can get them to win, but it would be an entirely different kind of war and take 100 years. Also “Winning” would not be taking Vladivostok as the West requires.

    “Cohen has been peddling a reality show called “The Fixer..”

    …Or apparently “The Breaker”. It’s been said but we’re coming to realize just how terrible a lawyer Cohen was. Worst lawyer in NY? He can’t do anything right, and has won nothing this time either, with like 10 chances at the apple and everybody within 100 miles on his side helping.

    “• “Trump Is Innocent”: Mike Johnson Speech Outside Trump Trial In Manhattan (ZH)

    Not anymore! Trump is guilty of supporting you, Mike Johnson, so I don’t want him as President anymore.

    “• Putin Needs to Shake-Up Himself (Paul Craig Roberts)

    Never a dull day with PCR. Always hilarious.

    “Then sit this Zelensky down and force him to sign all the papers that Russia needs”

    You might have noticed Russia isn’t fighting Ukraine but ALL NATO. To the DEATH. Macron and UK’s Stormshadow missiles demonstrate that. Russia has had to stop being so generous and tell UK they will counter attack ANYTHING THEY FEEL LIKE if Britain does that. They haven’t said this before now. Why? Because it would alarm and mobilize all NATO, which was The Plan. But now NATO already has no weapons AND, more importantly, every person in NATO is against it. France would topple day after. Germany can only dream of conscripting as they are suggesting to re-authorize.

    Russia is fighting all NATO and they SAID they were fighting all NATO, all along. Where were you PCR? So your plan was to get all NATO going, or keep them quiet and trickling in as a brushfire “proxy”? Any small war is better than any large war, I would think. Control is better than Out of Control.

    “It is a pity to waste such troops in a war conducted at a snail’s pace.”

    Yes, except: The Opposite. It’s not at a “Snail’s Pace” so they can catch I Love Lucy at 5pm, it’s slow BECAUSE they are minimizing losses. That’s the only and entire reason it’s slow. And working wonderfully, better than any war ever, it seems. 10:1 losses, not only once in one battle but sustained for 2 ½ years? Are you kidding me? What morons throw their own people into a grinder like that? A: Not Russia. It’s nigh-impossible to expect or arrange a 20 or 100:1 advantage and still be called a “war”. So the #Opposite of wasting troops. It’s being painfully conserving every Russian life that’s taking so long. Russia is a big place: taking so long has given Russian industry time to ramp up so much they could conquer all Europe (except they don’t have the men). That’s Russian doctrine for 200 years, you might have noticed, and it works great, you might have noticed.

    “resulted in the war being greatly widened and thus made much more dangerous and difficult to resolve.”

    I don’t get this. The coded message in Russia’s talk is that they will disarm and erase all the Nazis. …That is, all the Nazis running things in EUROPE, in NATO, in Brussels, not necessarily in Ukraine proper. All NATO has been disarmed. All NATO has been – is being – deNazified. When you’ve completely won in Ukraine, and NATO has no men, no weapons – already the case – how is the war HARDER to end? You TELL them it’s over. If NATO wants to keep trying, you blow them up more.

    “Putin is now in danger of NATO occupying Odessa before Russian troops can get there.”

    How? He blows them up the minute they cross the border. NATO now has no men. Macron can round up men in Paris and hand them a sharp stick, that’s it. That goes to the add I saw that YES, that $1B in weapons immediately arrived in Odessa and were blown up an hour later. (Duh. Like WTF? What were you thinking? Of course you have to smuggle them in a Hilux) That’s why Ze is so despondent. Blowing that up – after fighting and pulling every trick on the planet to get the Americans to send it – is the end of the war. PCR thinks what?

    …Like all 200-year-old men, he thinks the world is the same as 1979. Or 1959. It’s not; NATO has no men, no tanks, no guns, no jets and nearly no missiles. NATO will take Odessa by mis-pronouning them on Twitter??

    Etc, but it’s good to get an contrasting view.

    Last call “Before it spins into WWIII?” What he fails to realize is it’s ALREADY WWIII. Past-tense. And Putin knows that, and what 5G warfare is. When you’re ALREADY in WWIII with the entire West, entire world, you don’t have to worry about CAUSING a war with the West or dragging other nations in: they already are. American MADE them be involved and MADE them pick sides. And also MADE Russia win with all our previous actions.

    “• US Lags Behind Russia In Electronic Warfare – Ex-Pentagon Official (RT)

    And everywhere else. But I guess that depends who owns the space lasers and tic-tac flyers on the US Navy website.

    “Retired special operations officials told Defense One that Moscow had consistently invested in electromagnetic innovations for decades

    We invested $7B to make 7 car chargers. And $7 more billion to make 2 miles of high-speed rail in LA.

    “• West Considering Large-Scale Conflict – Russian Spy Chief (RT)

    Well, yeah: they have no choice except for it to collapse where they’re all hung. YOU can die, or THEY can die. The choice is obvious, don’t you think?

    “—about what it’s like to work “in a world that seems meanspirited.”

    “Meanspirited” in the sense that a mob shows up at your house with a taser and duct tape? Senators and Attorney Generals enthusiastically egg them on? I think we passed “spirited” in the 80s or 90s.

    “Justice Thomas has faced heavy fire from Democrats who accuse him of skirting disclosure rules, of corruption in general,”

    Of Racist Democrats who hate all black men and especially need to remove any black people who are successful. It’s tradition.

    “They have not been able to point to any specific court cases in which the justice has misbehaved.”

    That’s facts and evidence, the other thing they don’t do while being astonishing racists.

    Hey, Teacher, Leave that Anaconda alone.

    “Israel kills 130 Palestinians, wounds 241 since Friday, May 10,”

    Showing Gaza is, 100? times more deadly than the Ukrainian front?

    Yes, and the Ukrainian front every day is more deadly than the height of WWII. Just Ukraine, compared to all European nation at once.

    I am wondering very much why Mono hits humans at only this age of life. Like, technically other times, but effectively only this time, only shutting them down with severity now. Seems like, shut down for total Immune System upgrade and reboot? It’s very strange. Good news: it just goes away leaving no problems. Bad news: it takes out a big chunk of a very important time of lifin, leaving a giant hole.

    #159025
    those darned kids
    Participant

    all in all, you’re just another scale in the wall..

    #159026
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Exothermic Core-Mantle Decoupling”

    Yes, I’m following this from another angle. And yes it seems impossible to conceive of what could throw the earth off its axis. Yet here we are.

    Let’s follow the normal – Flood proof is worldwide, deep, incontrovertible at 12,000 years ago. We have like 100 foot deep sudden flood mudslides in Amazon tills for example. We know for a fact the seas rose 80 feet and stayed that way, back-flooding the Black Sea. Such things are everywhere, which is why Flood Scientists pointed at this obvious fact before “Smart and trendy” new, anti-religious Scientists set themselves to proving everything in the Bible was false. Just ‘cause. …Just ‘cause we always start with our desired emotional conclusion and work backward.

    This set up an epic battle between “Gradualists” and Flood people, before tireless good financing vs anything religious knocked out the Catastrophism. No reason. Just cause we had Christians and have to prove them wrong to sleep at night. And granted, they’re right: mostly things move slowly. MOSTLY. …And then a dozen times in every Scientist’s life some big catastrophe happens, right before their own eyes, a hurricane, flood, tsunami AND THEY IGNORE IT. There is no such thing as catastrophism, there are no such things as catastrophes. All statistics are utterly denied, as IF there is a “100 year” flood, then logically there must be something akin to a THOUSAND year flood, TEN thousand year flood, etc. Right? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gradualism

    NOPE. Not if you’re a scientist there isn’t. “The Truth is whatever is popular” is the Science credo. Read any Science journal and tell me how this isn’t a childhood popularity contest for nerds. Now it SHOULDN’T be like that – they vow and believe and try that it shouldn’t. BUT IT IS. It’s made of humans.

    Back to facts, you have so many it’s hard to credit. You have very definite inexplicable cutoffs. All large fauna vanish overnight. But mostly in America. What on God’s earth could erase all horses over a whole continent? You have endless catastrophism – largely again, in America. The Grand Canyon appears to have been cut overnight. But that’s impossible, we MUST propose gradualism.

    We have other anomolies: Mammoths are flash-frozen in hours for 12,000 years with buttercups in their stomachs. What? How does that happen? Okay, PAUSE on that one, let me hand you the details again: with BUTTERCUPS in their stomachs. Um, guys? Buttercups don’t live in Siberia. Elephants don’t hibernate and they don’t eat ice. They only live in a place where there are endless things to eat, year-’round, like buttercups, on latitude with Nebraska. Wait, hold on: that’s a THOUSAND miles from Siberia where they were found. What?

    Okay, other side again, my backyard in America: we have endless proof the glaciers melted OVERNIGHT. That’s why the seas rose 80 feet, apparently overnight. You see this all over Canada and the north U.S. WHY were the watersheds this way until the St. Lawrence unfroze? Yeah, if you propose the same thing, all those watersheds and erosion fit again. And all that water also rushes out of a very cold central U.S. down the Grand Canyon.

    Anything else? Yeah, all Hudson bay is up there, a giant, perfectly round depression in the earth for no good reason. Just there, looking at you. Yeah: THAT’S THE NORTH POLE, you people. THAT is the huge, soft depression of 100,000 years of ice buildup. …But it’s not the North Pole now. That’s Impossible. Yeah, it is. But THERE IT IS, anyway.

    Okay, suppose: North pole, Hudson bay, covered in 30 miles of ice, crushes the planet. And SUPPOSE, the earth, for reasons we simply cannot fathom, wobbles and changes axis, sliding a mere 1,000 miles south in the U.S. direction. What happens?

    ALL THE ICE MELTS OVERNIGHT. The also-cold land where AZ is on par with Montana all melts overnight. Water flash-floods the Grand Canyon, overnight. The wobble sloshes everything. Every creature that was living in land of arctic foxes now grows oranges: large creatures are less able to cope and die, leaving their smaller cousins. On the other side of the planet elephants on the Black sea are suddenly transported to the Arctic Circle and freeze instantly. The water melts and raises the seas worldwide, in Egypt’s cities, and Japanese Mu. Paved city streets off Bahamas are underwater. Ah: but the Pole is NO LONGER OVER LAND. It can’t re-melt, re-freeze. It floats, unable to re-snow and drop the sea levels after 1-2,000 years.

    Anything else? Yeah: Antarctica WAS ON PAR WITH AUSTRALIA. It moved south. That’s how we have ferns and dinosaurs there, otherwise impossible. Humans were around before 12,000 years ago we see in Gilgamesh, Sanskrit, and the Bible. They could map the coastline which is in the Vatican maps.

    I know this is impossible, but Science is looking at the DATA. The data – I know this is revolutionary, try to reverse your mind. FIRST data, THEN theory. FIRST facts, THEN explanations. We look for what does NOT fit – not what does. We say “WHY does this not fit? HOW is this possible?” I mean, IS the data itself wrong? That’s possible but in this case isn’t, is impossibly well-substantiated. So HOW is this possible? WHY do we see these huge effects?

    I dunno, but clearly it seems the pole DID shift. And not magnetically as they often show (and wandering pole is also in the magnetic rock records) but also PHYSICALLY. That much seems like it has to be true or there’s no better theory.

    Now HOW that can happen is another whole question. Does the ice buildup unbalance the earth and cause wobble? Does another whole planet traverse our solar system and gravitationally disrupt it? Don’t know. And there isn’t a lot to go on, even on those human stories about it. One of the few clues is it didn’t “Rain” 40 days or 40 nights – although it did. The waters “Came up from the Deep”. How? Who saw this? What are you talking about? Are they describing it accurately? Well, if the mantle cracks, apparently there actually ARE waters trapped in the crust layers that CAN. Is that what they’re saying? It’s only two words in a very short story, not much to go on. They did NOT seem to see a wandering planet like they did with the “Dragon” or “Angel of Death” in the sky like is reported in Exodus. A comet that drops dust and turns everything red. It’s sort of like out of a clear blue sky, and the disruption itself – all volcanoes going off at once, all water melting at once – CAUSED the dark and rains.

    Anything else? Yeah, you’d have to be in a boat to escape the sloshing: done. And you’ve had problems up to 10,000 feet: done. All the flood stories worldwide agree on these things. In South America who survived? A few people in caves. Where? Above 10,000 feet, same height as “Ararat”. Why? Don’t know. These are facts we have to go on: you decide.

    #159027
    tboc
    Participant

    “Well, it just seemed wrong to cheat on my ethics test”. Calvin

    #159028
    tboc
    Participant

    Dr. D human beings living in one region of the US view Sherman’s March differently than those who live in the rest. The text books read across the US had the same information, life experience dictated a different regional understanding.
    Calvin’s money shot in today’s comic is much the same. One might find the words humorous and another might find them tragic. A matter of perspective and life history.
    the matter of the Archduke is still seen as pivotal by some and history is read accordingly, the Peterson clip joins the Calvin barb and the reading of history together nicely

    interesting that we are not at odds concerning PCR

    #159029
    zerosum
    Participant

    Fluff reporting
    Peddling a reality show of Lies and Cover-Up.
    Not unlawful
    Sham of a trial
    A travesty of justice
    ——–
    The Standard bearer, (of yesterday), is the Supreme Court,
    ———–

    Follow the bouncing ball
    US lags behind Russia in electronic warfare –
    https://swentr.site/news/597597-russia-us-jamming-technology/

    https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IF/IF11118

    https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2024/05/us-still-falling-behind-electronic-warfare-special-operators-warn/396533/
    John R. Hoehn
    Updated November 14, 2022

    https://media.defense.gov/2020/Oct/29/2002525927/-1/-1/0/ELECTROMAGNETIC_SPECTRUM_SUPERIORITY_STRATEGY.PDF
    2020 Department of Defense Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy
    Mark Esper
    Secretary of Defense
    ———-
    Beijing has consistently refused to blame Russia for the fighting in Ukraine, arguing that the expansion of NATO and Washington’s “Cold-War mentality” are the root causes of the confrontation.
    —————

    #159030
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Israel DEFINITELY runs america. When you see EVERY politician and even Joe Rogan in support you know America is owned. So are we I guess. Perhaps it’s just the way it is now. I know I’m sounding simplistic and reductionist but I see patterns just repeat and repeat and repeat.

    Anyways on another subject Putin has to have some or most or perhaps all of that Vulcan civilised mindset because he has just been so darned consistent for so long. A true master statesman – works to raise the living standards of his citizens while at the same time fending off adversaries and also keeping Oligarchs and Bankers happy. I think he is a genius.

    #159031

    Slovak PM Robert Fico is in serious danger after having been shot. He’s one of the last sane voices left in Europe.

    #159036
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Paul Craig Roberts is a “back seat driver” on many subjects but especially on Russia ansd Putin in particular.

    The “snail’s pace” of Russian military operations in the SMO in UkroNaziland has worked phenomenally.

    UkroNaziland has over 600,000 KIA, twice that so seriously wounded they will barely function ever again in the work place (blinded, missing one or more limbs, PTS so bad they can’t mentally cope)

    The UkroNaziland power grid is toast

    The industrial base is destroyed

    The transport sector is blown to shit

    Mass exodus of the population, especially child bearing age women to maintain a population level

    Etc……

    That’s what a “snail’s pace” has done for Putin and Mother Russia.

    Roberts sounds like a old worn out ‘agent provocateur’ for the Globohomos© trying to goad Russia into an over reaction from their clumsy provocations.

    Putin has play a masterful game plan, no perfect, but never the less masterful.

    Robert’s can blow it out his old ass.

    Go fishing Roberts, it the only place you’ll have an luck at this late stage of your life.

    Ukrainians who are building the fortifications show why there’s no fortifications….

    You mean besides rampant corruption?

    Oh, because the Russians are attacking construction crews and epuipment and blasting them into the next lifetime?

    #159037
    Oroboros
    Participant

    oxymoron…….. Israel DEFINITELY runs Duh’merica.

    Duh’merica is Isrealhell’s little toy poodle bitch clown

    Arf, Arf, Arf, Arf, Arf, Arf, Arf, Arf, Arf, Arf………Sic ’em

    .

    #159038
    SeaBirds
    Participant

    Yeah. Putin also builds slowly, carefully and decidedly, with well considered plans, – purging and cleaning out old deadwood who are still in Stalinist mode, corrupt, or both, – and replacinging them with guys with zest and a view to the future prosperity of Russia.

    Fico. Hope he pulls through.

    #159039
    Oroboros
    Participant

    From the horse’s mouth. (more like from the horse’s ass)

    Captured by the Russians Ukronazi grunt from a “blocking detachment” tells of his officer who ordered him to shoot his own men for retreating

    Sweet

    #159040
    John Day
    Participant

    Y’all missed this video of the Wunderwaffen:

    #159041
    John Day
    Participant
    #159042
    jb-hb
    Participant

    human beings living in one region of the US view Sherman’s March differently than those who live in the rest.

    I’m not aware of any consensus that it wasn’t effective.

    Sherman’s March was: Detach your army from the rail lines, supply it with a giant cloud of foragers that also screen you against enemy scouting.

    Previously, attackers were made ridiculously predictable because they were tied to the rail lines for logistics. And armies moved way slower than scouts. A defender could always get fortifications built in front of the enemy before they could get to their objective.

    Yeah, it was unsporting for the North to not participate in positional siege warfare. What do you want? It was what worked at the time, the South didn’t surrender on decent terms when they could, didn’t make a deal that wasn’t surrender sooner, wasn’t strong enough to win, tried to win with costly Napoleonic Robert E Lee battles instead of strategic offense tactical defense like Longstreet advocated.

    What does the South want other than for things to not be the way they were? The things that didn’t work should have worked? Maybe try not being so attached to slavery or something. Just riffing with ideas here. They did not have to be SO insistent as to get Sherman’s March as a result. 1,001 forks in the road before that. Plenty of opportunities to surrender once they saw how it was working with roughly 900 miles of it left to go. Or when it was at 700. Or 500. Etc.

    #159043
    John Day
    Participant

    Preparing For Summer https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/preparing-for-summer

    Simplicius has an update on the Ukraine War, and Russian military corruption-purge: Putin Cleans House
    Putin has sealed his new government, with Belousov given his first marching orders…
    ..Before he could hardly step foot into the Duma hall, news broke of a further MOD official being cuffed for corruption: high ranking Yuri Kuznetsov, as well as some affiliated underlings swept up in his alleged corruption scheme. Meanwhile rumors fly that deputy of Shoigu’s inner circle Tatyana “Chief Accountant” Shevtsova has resigned… with further rumors of other MOD-linked officials to potentially be taken down in the near future as part of the widening dragnet…
    ..Even as cell doors were still slamming shut, as if by design, Belousov quite symbolically proclaimed “You can make mistakes, but you can’t lie” to rousing Duma cheers…..This was all followed by news that Putin has elevated both (longtime FSB chief) Patrushev and rising star Aleksey (“godfather of Russian Special Forces” & Crimean operation) Dyumin to be his personal ‘presidential aides’… In short: Putin appears to have effected a coup in cleaning out a very diseased strain within the MOD, fortifying his executive station with a cadre of ultra hardline loyalists with proven track records…
    ..Scott Ritter , A New Revolution in Military Affairs
    The appointment by Russian President Vladimir Putin of Andrei Belousov goes beyond simply trying to bring economic structure and discipline to an expansive and expanding military industrial base.
    True, the rapid growth of Russian defense industry over the course of the past two years has created concerns that a fragile yet expanding Russian civilian economic sector still recovering from the shock of stringent U.S. and European sanctions in the aftermath of Russia’s initiation of the Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine could find itself held hostage by unconstrained defense spending that artificially skewed supply chains and pricing in a manner which could see the Russian economy go the way of its defense industry-heavy Soviet predecessor.
    Belousov, an accomplished economist in his own right, has been brought in to manage the intersection of defense and civil economies to make sure that civilian industry remains viably healthy even as the need for robust defense industry output remains high.
    But perhaps the most important aspect of Belousov’s appointment is his role as an industrial innovator.
    Russia is heading toward a new Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) which will be defined by the nexus of a Technological Development brought on by the experiences of the SMO (drone warfare, electronic warfare, increased lethality of munitions), b) Doctrinal Innovation that has emerged as the lessons learned on the SMO battlefield are studied, and required changes incorporated into formal military education systems responsible for producing up-to-date doctrine; and c) Organizational Adaptation which involves major structural and intellectual changes that reflect the reality of new technologies and doctrine.
    Under Sergei Shoigu, the Russian military made important progress in the first two legs of the RMA trio. But the kind of structural innovation needed in the Russian military to transform systemic changes into a true RMA are Belousov’s forte. Russia is on the cusp of implementing a new RMA that will be every bit as transformative to the modern battlefield that the German Blitzkrieg was to the conduct of the Second World War.
    This is good news if you’re Russian. For the collective West, facing the prospect of undertaking an expensive expansion of NATO, a Russian-driven RMA would be tantamount to disaster…
    ..On the front, Ukraine is facing one of its most rapid collapses of the war thus far… As of this writing, the Ukrainian General Staff has announced a withdrawal of Volchansk, the largest city and stronghold of northern Kharkov region…
    ..Frontline troops are frothing with anger at command…
    ..Russian forces have now even gotten within artillery range of Kharkov city itself, and there are reports they are hammering AFU positions on Kharkov outskirts from about 22-24km in Glyboke/Hlyboke. There are even reports of blocking detachments now waiting in the rear to intercept fleeing troops… There are reinforced checkpoints on the main roads of the region with “armed men without identification marks” who are looking for Ukrainian soldiers fleeing en masse from the battlefield…
    ..“The situation is on the edge,” Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence agency said in a video call from a bunker in Kharkiv. “Every hour this situation moves toward critical.” “All of our forces are either here or in Chasiv Yar. I’ve used everything we have. Unfortunately, we don’t have anyone else in the reserves.”… Budanov further admits that Russia will start the long-awaited Sumy operation within days… On the heels of that, whispers from the Sumy border have grown deafening…
    ..Kirill Budanov has left Kharkov with a scandal and is heading to Sumy. There he will organize the contraction of Russian DRGs and deploy detachments for TRO and OMBR, which Syrsky is transferring from the reserves. The Ukrainian armed forces have just under 54,000 in reserve, stretching from Kherson, which may end up back in the hands of the Russian armed forces, to Sumy and Chernigov…
    ..The part about Seredina-Buda checkpoint is quite interesting. The question was always whether Russia would come in on the east or west side of Sumy. If the east—perhaps even on the Grayvoron region—it would entail a giant pincer of Kharkov city. But the above checkpoint is far to the western side of Sumy—in fact, closer to Kiev:
    https://substackcdn.com/image/fetch/w_1456,c_limit,f_webp,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/https%3A%2F%2Fsubstack-post-media.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2Fd2473487-6377-462f-91ea-9ceabc92eb88_1211x729.png
    ..If Russia really entered that deep, it would seem to necessitate a Kiev push. The truth is, sieging Kiev could be one of the most fatally unexpected coups de grace, as Russia has very little territory to cover on that side and Ukraine—as Budanov himself admitted—has few reserves. Russian forces pushing in on the outskirts of Kiev would cause panic to ripple through not only Ukraine but the entire West, potentially destabilizing the situation catastrophically.
    Think about it this way: Russia doesn’t have to capture Kiev, or even attempt to do so. Simply by bringing its forces to the outskirts, it could sow enough chaos and panic, civilian flight, etc., so as to finally unseat Zelensky in some kind of destabilizing coup, or force him to show his hand by fleeing with a government-in-exile, to Lvov or elsewhere—which itself would be politically fatal…
    ..Amid the ongoing collapse, Blinken sped to Kiev to deliver another round of vapid “reassurances” to keep Ukrainian morale from catastrophically plunging. This ‘reassurance’ ended up consisting of nothing more than Blinken jamming out an uplifting rendition of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In a Free World” in a Kiev dive bar…
    ..I had reported that Ukraine is only replenishing about 50% of its losses via its lackluster mobilization drive. The latest figures claim this has dropped to a disastrous 25%. However, the newly signed mobilization bill is said to take effect on May 18th, which could initiate a much more far-reaching and heavy-handed campaign to grab bodies off streets. Interestingly, this almost exactly coincides with the May 21st deadline to Zelensky’s legitimacy, after which there are fears things may become quite a free for all. https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/sitrep-51424-putin-cleans-house-as

    This morning’s update about Sumy Offensive and Wunderwaffen (guitarist Blinken) The USA Sent The Most Powerful Weapons To Kyiv. Military Summary And Analysis For 2024.05.15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL8-yD1Xw0Y

    “The Russians Just Walked In”: Ukraine Border Defense Funds Diverted To Fake Companies In Massive “Betrayal”​ https://www.zerohedge.com/political/russians-just-walked-ukraine-border-defense-funds-diverted-fake-companies-massive

    #159044
    John Day
    Participant

    That super-giant Antarctic oil field Russia just found? Putin To Visit China To Discuss Energy Ties https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/putin-visit-china-discuss-energy-ties

    (MINE!) Argentina Threatens to Involve US and China in Antarctic Dispute with Chile
    ​ The agreement between Buenos Aires and Washington to install a logistics base in southern Argentina could involve the US and China and bring greater external influence to southern South America. This planned logistics base is worrying Chile, which plans a legislative session in Antarctica to strengthen its sovereignty on the isolated continent.​ When Argentine president Javier Milei visited the southernmost city of his country, Ushuaia, to announce the United States’ participation in an Antarctic logistics base, concerns were sparked in Santiago, whose claim of sovereignty over Antarctica partially overlaps with that of Argentina. Chilean concern was consolidated when Milei stated in an interview with the Neura Media that US support in the south not only strengthens, according to the president, the claim of sovereignty over the British-held Islas Malvinas, more commonly known as the Falkland Islands, but also “endorses the claim over Antarctica.”​ https://www.globalresearch.ca/argentina-us-china-antarctic-dispute-chile/5857266

    ​ Slovak PM Fico in life-threatening condition after being shot, government says
    ​ Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico suffered life-threatening injuries when he was shot and wounded in an attempted assassination on Wednesday, the government office said.​ Slovak media said the shooter was a 71-year-old man but the motive was not immediately clear…
    ​..Fico, who returned as prime minister last October for the fourth time, has drawn criticism in some quarters for taking a more pro-Russian stance in the Ukraine war and initiating reforms of criminal law and the media which have raised concerns over the rule of law and prompted street protests.​ https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/shooting-after-slovak-government-meeting-tasr-agency-reports-2024-05-15/

    ​ The identity of the shooter has been revealed in national media, and video of the actual moment the shots range out and PM Fico went down has emerged.
    Several local media reports, citing visuals and witnesses at the scene, report that the man who shot the Slovak PM is a writer and activist named Juraj Cintula.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/slovakias-populist-prime-minister-robert-fico-has-been-shot

    #159045
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ On Wednesday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the controversial Rafah offensive, which has been criticized by a number of Western allies including Washington, is expected to “last weeks” and not not months or years.
    ​ The Israeli leader appears to be trying to calm the storm of condemnation coming from the West, especially in Europe at a moment at least 500,000 Palestinians have been forced to flee Rafah. On the same day the European Union issued a call for Israel to stop the Rafah operation “immediately”.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/netanyahu-says-rafah-op-take-weeks-not-months-eu-warns-damaged-ties

    Israel Prepared to Launch Full-Scale Incursion in Rafah in Coming Days ​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240514/israel-prepared-to-launch-full-scale-incursion-in-rafah-in-coming-days—reports-1118419981.html

    ​ UN warns ‘all humanitarian aid could stop in few days’ in Gaza​ , Following the closure of the Rafah border crossing, around 2,000 trucks loaded with aid are stranded.​ https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240513-israel-targets-rafah-leaving-palestinians-cornered/

    Israeli Ministers Join March Calling for Settlements in Gaza, Expulsion of Palestinians​ , Ben Gvir and a minister in Netanyahu’s Likud party joined the march​. https://news.antiwar.com/2024/05/14/israeli-ministers-join-march-calling-for-settlements-in-gaza-expulsion-of-palestinians/

    ​ “To end the problem, in order that the problem won’t come back, we need to do two things: one return to Gaza now! Return home! Return to our holy land!” Ben Gvir told the crowd. “And second, encourage emigration. Encourage the voluntary departure of Gaza’s residents…It is ethical! It is rational! It is right! It is the truth! It is the Torah and it is the only way! And yes, it is humane.”​ https://trendsinthenews.substack.com/p/israels-most-powerful-man-repeats

    #159046
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ President Joe Biden and his administration have been accused of being complicit in enabling a famine in Gaza by failing to sufficiently act on repeated warnings from their own experts and aid agencies.​ Interviews with current and former US Agency for International Development (USAID) and state department officials, aid agencies working in Gaza and internal USAID documents reveal that the administration rejected or ignored pleas to use its leverage to persuade its ally Israel – the recipient of billions of dollars of US military support – to allow sufficient humanitarian aid into Gaza to stop the famine taking hold.​ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/gaza-famine-biden-israel-hamas-b2542961.html

    ​ Biden Moves Forward Over $1 Billion in Weapons for Israel as Tanks Push Deeper Into Rafah​ , The weapons package includes tank ammunition, tactical vehicles, and mortar rounds​ https://news.antiwar.com/2024/05/14/biden-moves-forward-over-1-billion-in-weapons-for-israel-as-tanks-push-deeper-into-rafah/

    ​ Who’s Funding AIPAC’s Political Spending Barrage?
    Here are the tech industry founders, Republican megadonors and others funding AIPAC and its closely-tied allies this election cycle.

    Who’s Funding AIPAC’s Political Spending Barrage?

    ​ RFK Jr. Cries ‘Collusion’ After Biden And Trump Ditch Him For Debate
    ​ With recent analysis from both Goldman and TS Lombard suggesting that 3rd party candidates could have a huge impact on the 2024 election, wildcard candidate RFK Jr. has accused Trump and Biden of ‘colluding to lock American into a head-to-head match-up that 70% say they do not want.’
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/make-my-day-pal-biden-wants-june-september-debates-refuses-debate-commission-dates

    ​ US warns India over Iran deal​ , The White House brought up the threat of sanctions while commenting on New Delhi’s latest port agreement with Tehran​ Iran’s first deepwater port, Chabahar is also a strategic hub for the upcoming International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), developed by New Delhi, Tehran, and Moscow.​ The INSTC is projected to reduce transit times between Mumbai, India and St. Petersburg, Russia by 40%, shortening average trips and helping cut down on freight costs drastically, according to data. It will also become an alternative to the Gulf of Aden-Suez Canal route, which has remained unsafe since the outbreak of the war in Gaza. https://www.rt.com/india/597587-us-warns-india-over-iran-deal/

    #159047
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ The head of a German rail union warns that the country’s train system is turning into a “battleground” thanks to a wave of violence and intimidation being unleashed by male asylum seekers against female staff.​ https://modernity.news/2024/05/14/rail-union-warns-german-train-system-turning-into-battleground-thanks-to-male-migrants/

    ​Who benefits? 7 In 10 Europeans Say Governments Allowing Too Much Immigration​ https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/7-10-europeans-say-governments-allowing-too-much-immigration

    ​What is the end-game of the immigration-weapon? 30,000 People March in Dublin in Defiance of the Mass Plantation of ‘Unvetted’ Migrants into Ireland and Europe https://www.globalresearch.ca/30000-march-dublin-migrants-ireland-europe/5857188

    (Not Pfizer or Moderna​?) “They Left Us No Choice”: Woman With Vaccine Injury In Clinical Trial Sues AstraZeneca​ https://www.zerohedge.com/political/they-left-us-no-choice-woman-vaccine-injury-clinical-trial-sues-astrazeneca

    A new universal-risk diagnosis: Mysterious Brand-New Heart Syndrome Reportedly Affects 90% of U.S. Population​ https://www.globalresearch.ca/heart-syndrome-affects-90-us-population/5857170

    #159048
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Environmental Working Group Study Reveals Ubiquitous Pesticide Exposure in U.S. Population​ , 80% of persons tested had significant levels of Chlormequat. Expect male infertility.​ https://popularrationalism.substack.com/p/ewg-study-reveals-ubiquitous-pesticide

    Magnetic Pole Shift – Extinction Event (8:31 min. on nature’s Agenda 2030) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sDZiCLUW8I

    North American HF radio and agricultural GPS took hits. Biggest Flare Yet – X8.8, Big Volcano | S0 News May.15.2024 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02h2TNaVDZ4

    #159050
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Juraj Cintula, the guy who shot Fico was a security guard which explains why he had a legally registered gun.

    He also was an active member of a pro Russian militia group opposed to the flood of migrants pouring into Europe.

    That’s odd the guy who shoot Fico cause his stance on illegal migrants was clear enough.


    “Prime Minister Robert Fico did not immediately give details of the deployment but said that illegal migration must be controlled or else people linked to “terrorist” groups could enter the country. “

    Maybe Fico was saying one thing in public and cracking down and pressuring anti-migrant groups in private.

    Political hypocrisy is reason enough for some people to kill for at being betrayed.

    Almost all of Duh’merica’s Congress would be shot if that’s the case.

    Unfortunately Duh’merica’s Sheeple breathe in Hypocrisy like it was life giving oxygen.

    They could exist without it.

    .

    #159051
    johnyp
    Participant

    Jordan Peterson’s “give em hell” tweet prooves his own point.

    #159052
    aspnaz
    Participant

    I am not an expert on the Russian military.

    Paul Craig Roberts stating the obvious again. Why does he not just come out with it and admit that he is not an expert on anything Russian? He is trying to impose the bereft morality and the Hollywood military expertise of the JewSA onto Russia and is getting frustrated that Putin thinks he is an idiot. Now he is picking up the opinions of people who are not leading the war to show that modern JewSA tendency for using “another opinion” as proof that you must be wrong, yes wrong in the eyes of PCR, so wrong in the eyes of nature. Oh dear, time for the padded room.

    Taking Ukraine is a pointless exercise if it triggers NATO into a full-scale mobilisation of troops into war with Russia. The primary goal should be to avoid war with NATO; this is a war started to strengthen Russian security, how does triggering NATO achieve those ends? The Ukraine is just a pawn on the board and makes no real difference to the end game. The longer Russia drags it out, the more likely that the people of the west will turn their backs on Ukraine as it fades onto the inside pages.

    The politicians of the west will continue to need Ukraine to launder their stolen tax-payer dollars, but they may be happy to allow Ukraine to tick over without pushing in NATO if the war is very gradual and Russia is not too JewSA about winning. Why waste your resources taking Ukraine only to have NATO then attack you and you are no longer prepared and at your maximum strength to defend yourself? Even Russia has limited men.

    #159053
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Rail Union Warns German Train System Turning Into “Battleground” Thanks To Male Migrants

    Hahahahahahahaha!

    What did you expect?

    Sweetness and light?

    As we recently highlighted, foreign migrant suspects are responsible for nearly 6 in 10 violent crimes in Germany according to new figures released by the federal government.

    Despite comprising roughly 14.6 per cent of the population, foreign migrants were responsible for 58.5 per cent of all violent crimes.

    #159054
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Nothing compared to the Holocaust of WWII right?

    Or the 500,000 children killed in Iraq, Darkness Albright’s legacy.

    #159055
    Dora
    Participant

    Sasha Latypova. mRNA jabs commissioned by the Pentagon.
    https://sashalatypova.substack.com/p/commissioned-by-the-pentagon-part

    #159067
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Raúl Ilargi Meijer said

    Slovak PM Robert Fico is in serious danger after having been shot. He’s one of the last sane voices left in Europe.

    Prepare for more of this, the new world order demands obedience and the likes of Trump and Biden will deliver assassination as required. There are no morals when you serve the JewSA, just keep in mind the African leaders who died because they did not buy the Covid bullshit, or the Iranian general who died because Israel wanted it to happen. You can be sure that they have many more in their sights.

    #159068
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    “A new universal-risk diagnosis: Mysterious Brand-New Heart Syndrome Reportedly Affects 90% of U.S. Population”

    Bill Maher did a segment about how speaking of the health risks of obesity is viewed as “fat shaming”. Now it looks like the American Heart Association is bucking the trend in a big way, with a diagnosis for anyone with excess body fat:
    “Stage 1 CKM Syndrome”

    Stage 1 – Excess body fat and/or an unhealthy distribution of body fat, such as abdominal obesity, and/or impaired glucose tolerance or prediabetes.

    https://newsroom.heart.org/news/heart-disease-risk-prevention-and-management-redefined

    #159069
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Satanic Portrait of the Adrenochrome Drinking King Charles III

    Thought I was kidding when I refer to Satanists?

    .

    #159070
    Oroboros
    Participant

    WTF

    Drenched in kidnapped children’s blood

    #159071

    Picture of Dorian Gray? Before or after?
    When we moved to Illinois, a house we were shown had been owned by the guy (Ivan Albright) who painted the picture for the movie.
    It had very bad ghosts.

    #159072
    zerosum
    Participant

    35,000 murdered and counting

    UCLA attackers exposed: meet the violent Zionist agitators LA police haven’t arrested


    UCLA attackers exposed: meet the violent Zionist agitators LA police haven’t arrested
    WYATT REED·MAY 13, 2024

    The Grayzone has obtained a dossier detailing the identities of the Zionist hooligans who assaulted UCLA anti-genocide student protesters. It was sent to LA police, but no arrests have been made. And the cops still can’t explain why they disappeared for hours during the mob attack.
    On April 30, thirty people were injured when a mob of Zionist hooligans savagely assaulted the pro-Palestine UCLA encampment shortly before midnight. For over three hours, local and campus police stood down as the masked thugs assaulted students, journalists, and even officers of the law with fireworks volleys, pepper spray, and metal pipes. Though multiple attackers have been identified by community members on social media, to date there have been no arrests of pro-Israel goons.

    Read more …

    #159073
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://southfront.press/military-overview-massive-attacks-hit-russian-rear-regions-including-crimea-video-map-update/
    MASSIVE ATTACKS HIT RUSSIAN REAR REGIONS, INCLUDING CRIMEA (VIDEO, MAP UPDATE)

    https://southfront.press/military-situation-on-ukrainian-frontlines-on-may-15-2024-map-update/
    MILITARY SITUATION ON UKRAINIAN FRONTLINES ON MAY 15, 2024 (MAP UPDATE)
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    #159074
    zerosum
    Participant

    For Putin not Blinken

    “Welcome Ceremony”

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