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Assange Secures Big Win In US Extradition Hearing: How It Happened (RT)
Vladimir Zelensky: No Mandate, No Election. So What Now? (Drize)
End of Zelensky’s Term To Have No Effect On Russia’s Operation – Kremlin (TASS)
Zelensky Emerges as ‘First Obstacle’ to Peaceful Resolution of Ukrainian Conflict (SP.)
Zelensky A ‘Legitimate Military Target’ – Medvedev (RT)
Ukraine has lost 90% Of Energy Capacity – Ex-Minister (RT)
ICC Chief Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrants For Netanyahu And Hamas Leaders (RT)
There Is No Genocide In Gaza – Biden (RT)
Why Are Israel And The West Unravelling In Tandem? (Alastair Crooke)
Judge in Trump Case Says She’s Concerned With Special Counsel Jack Smith (ET)
Michael Cohen Admits Stealing Tens of Thousands From Trump Organization (ET)
The President Whose Voice Must Not Be Heard (Turley)
China Offloads Record Amount Of Dollar Assets – Data (RT)
Fugazy Land (Jim Kunstler)

















“Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Sputnik that the decision of the UK’s High Court of Justice in London doesn’t appear to be in support of the Wikileaks founder. “It is difficult to call the ongoing execution a ‘decision in favor of Assange,'” Zakharova said.”

“The UK High Court ruled that Washington’s assurances of a fair trial for the WikiLeaks founder were insufficient, allowing a full appeal.”

My first reaction: Until now, the appeals were always limited to a few small points, excluding most others. This appears different. RT claims it is a full appeal. Which would involve 1000s upon 1000s of pages of documents that may have to be revisited. I don’t see a positive confirmation of this. We’ll have to see. Knock on wood.

Assange Secures Big Win In US Extradition Hearing: How It Happened (RT)

The High Court in London has ruled that WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has the right to appeal an extradition request by the US. Washington is seeking to put the Australian publisher on trial for espionage for disclosing alleged war crimes committed by the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. The UK High Court considered Washington’s assurances that Assange would be given a fair trial if extradited to the US. The court had previously requested two sets of written guarantees from the US stating that the WikiLeaks founder would not be discriminated against due to his Australian citizenship, and would not be held in a maximum security prison or be given the death penalty. If the court had ruled that these guarantees were adequate, Assange would likely have been extradited to the US in a matter of days. While the US had provided the assurances, it did so with a number of conditions.

The American side promised not to immediately place Assange in a maximum security prison, but reserved the right to do so based on his conduct. US prosecutors also stated that the WikiLeaks founder would be able to rely on the First Amendment right to free speech during the trial, but noted that its applicability would be “exclusively within the purview of the US courts.” Assange’s supporters slammed Washington’s diplomatic assurances, with Amnesty International’s criminal justice expert Juli Hall calling them “inherently unreliable because the US government gives itself an out.” The publisher’s wife, Stella Assange, had also described the US guarantees as “blatant weasel words.” Ahead of Monday’s ruling, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the High Court in London calling for Assange’s immediate release.

During the hearing, Assange’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald told the judges that the assurances of a fair trial given by US prosecutors could not be relied upon as American courts would not be bound by them. “We say this is a blatantly inadequate assurance,” Fitzgerald told the court. In a short ruling, the two senior judges of London’s High Court stated that the assurances provided by the US were not sufficient, and gave Assange’s legal team the right to a full appeal hearing. While the legal battle continues, Assange himself will remain in London’s top-security Belmarsh Prison, where he has been held for the past five years since his arrest in 2019 when his asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London was revoked.

The legal victory was immediately celebrated by Assange’s supporters, with Amnesty International’s Simon Crowther calling it a “rare piece of positive news for Julian Assange and all defenders of press freedom.” Stella Assange applauded the court’s verdict, calling it the “right decision.” She criticized the US for the ongoing persecution of her husband, and demanded that Washington “read the situation” and drop the case against him. Former Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also celebrated Monday’s verdict, but stressed that there was still a lot to be done to secure Assange’s freedom.

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“On May 20, Vladimir Zelensky’s presidential powers officially expired..”

Vladimir Zelensky: No Mandate, No Election. So What Now? (Drize)

On May 20, Vladimir Zelensky’s presidential powers officially expired. He retains power, however, because no elections can be held in Ukraine due to the current state of martial law. Responding to a question last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said peace agreements can only be signed with legitimate leaders. He added that the Ukrainian legal system should draw the necessary conclusions. Firstly, because there is the temptation, if not to cancel them altogether, then to postpone elections in Ukraine for as long as possible. Of course, even if peace is achieved, Ukraine’s infrastructure will have to be rebuilt in order to conduct a proper ballot. Political life also needs to be restarted. All this takes time. But the main point is that Zelensky may well lose the election. He no longer looks like a winner. Moreover, it’s relevant to ask if Ukraine will survive not just as a state but with some form of democracy. It is also unlikely to join NATO any time soon.

There is a growing sense that Zelensky’s backers are tiring of him. A true politician has to be able to run a long race, which is why US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has hinted at the desirability of holding elections. So what’s the bigger picture here? A high-level peace conference on Ukraine is scheduled for mid-June in Burgenstock, Switzerland. It’s highly likely that this will fall short of expectations, to put it mildly. If it takes place at all. At the very least, the participation of the Global South appears to be unlikely. And US President Joe Biden is apparently not coming either. What was the point of all this? Well, for Zelensky this is an important project – to get as many influential states on his side as possible. Instead, China is promoting its own peace plan, supported by Russia. And the West is subtly making it clear that, in theory, it would be open to discussions.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to Europe saw all this discussed. We also have to recognize that it’s very difficult for Zelensky to continue fighting without enough weapons and without clear guarantees that supplies won’t stop at some point. And with mobilization not going well, Russia advancing, and the West getting tired of him, if the conference in Switzerland also fails, it will be a big blow for the Ukrainian leader. On the other hand, a compromise might be even worse. This is where you need political experience – rather than making unreasonable demands or issuing statements about saving the West. But we aren’t going to give advice. It’s clear that there is no ideal way out for Moscow either, so everything is very complicated. The chances for peace are slim, but at least some do exist.

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“The powers of the current Ukrainian president under the current Constitution expire on May 21. There is no legitimate way of extending them..”

End of Zelensky’s Term To Have No Effect On Russia’s Operation – Kremlin (TASS)

The expiration of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s term of office does not affect the special military operation, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told reporters. “No, the special operation continues,” Peskov said when asked whether the expiration of Zelensky’s term of office might influence the special operation. The powers of the current Ukrainian president under the current Constitution expire on May 21. There is no legitimate way of extending them. Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the issue of the Zelensky presidency’s legitimacy after May 20 should be resolved in Ukraine by its political and legal systems.

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“He is the first obstacle to any peace negotiation. If he comes to Switzerland, it would be for receiving the support of his Western supporters and to get more aid for the war. Not for peace..”

Zelensky Emerges as ‘First Obstacle’ to Peaceful Resolution of Ukrainian Conflict (Sp.)

Nextpmonth, Switzerland is expected to host a conference ostensibly meant to help achieve a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, even though Russia was not invited while BRICS members and Global South countries seem reluctant to attend the event. The upcoming conference at the Burgenstock resort in Switzerland, touted by its organizers as an event to further the peace process in Ukraine, will most definitely be anything but a peace summit, says Swiss MP and former executive director of the Geneva Press Club Guy Mettan. “The deliberate rejection of Russia is now jeopardizing the success of the meeting and returning against its organizers,” Mettan tells Sputnik, pointing out that Russia was not invited to participate in the conference. “Aware of this problem, the Swiss official narrative is now trying to put forward that Russia didn’t wish to participate and that its absence came from its own decision, which is false and will not mislead anybody outside the collective West.”

According to Mettan, the countries of the Global South may end up sending their representatives to this gathering, though they will likely dispatch “medium-level participants with no-decision power, in order to avoid being accused of being ‘against the peace’ or of ‘boycotting the West’.” “For the Global South, the present questions are: why should it participate in a summit which is no longer a summit, which is not focused on peace due to the non-invitation of Russia, and which will certainly be a failure?” he adds. Mettan also argues that Zelensky is in fact opposed to the “real negotiation process” as he signed a decree banning any peace talks with Russia and with his so-called peace formula essentially calling for Russia’s capitulation. “He is the first obstacle to any peace negotiation. If he comes to Switzerland, it would be for receiving the support of his Western supporters and to get more aid for the war. Not for peace,” Mettan remarks.

The lawmaker suggests that Western support for Zelensky’s regime, aimed at weakening Russia, may persist until the US presidential election in November, but afterwards, the strategy’s failures might become more apparent across the military, economic, financial, and political domains. Meanwhile, it appears that the summit in question has been snubbed by many of the prospective participants due to the “unrealistic approach” adopted by the event’s organizers, says Paolo Raffone, a strategic analyst and director of the CIPI Foundation in Brussels. During an interview with Sputnik, Raffone points out that not only Russia was not invited to the summit, but the conference itself is aimed at promoting the so-called Zelensky ‘peace formula,’ a scheme that includes the demand for Russia to cede a part of its territory to Ukraine as a precondition for ending the Ukrainian conflict. “Such an unrealistic approach is the reason for many invitees not attending. The countries that have chosen not to attend are aware that a dialogue in the absence of Russia does not represent ‘the legitimate interests of the parties’,” he explains. “Moreover, no peace talks are well funded if not based on reality. Any meaningful peace talks imply that the Ukrainian government must recognize the ‘new territorial realities’.”

“World leaders are aware that any resolution to the war in Ukraine can only find a settlement between the real world powers underpinning the events, notably Russia and US,” he adds. “While behind the scenes contacts and talks are continuing, the majority of world leaders believe that the time is not yet ripe for ‘peace talks’ and that in any case the starting point cannot be other than the document drafted and mostly agreed in Turkiye in March 2022.” The analyst also observed that the implementation of Zelensky’s plan would be impossible without the “direct military intervention of Western countries,” and that it has already become clear that “none of the Western countries will officially send troops to fight in Ukraine against Russia.”

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“He spat on the Constitution of his ‘country,’ ignored the Constitutional Court, and did not even extend, but usurped the supreme power..”

Zelensky A ‘Legitimate Military Target’ – Medvedev (RT)

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, as the leader of a “hostile political regime,” is a legitimate military target, Dmitry Medvedev, the head of Russia’s Security Council, has said. Speaking to TASS on Monday, Medvedev said that the question of Zelensky’s legitimacy as president is of no particular importance to Moscow. “For Russia, the final loss of legitimacy by the pseudo-president of the former Ukraine will not change anything,” the former Russian president said, noting that the leaders of countries waging war are “always considered” a legitimate military target. Medvedev called Zelensky a “war criminal,” who should be caught and brought to justice or “liquidated as a terrorist” for his crimes against Russians and Ukrainians.

Zelensky appeared on the Russian Interior Ministry’s wanted list earlier this month though no data has been released about criminal proceedings against him. The constitutional powers of the current Ukrainian president expired on May 20. A presidential election was originally scheduled for March, but was postponed under the pretext of martial law, which was imposed after the start of the conflict with Russia in February 2022, and has repeatedly been extended by the nation’s legislature. Zelensky announced in December 2023 that no presidential or parliamentary elections would be held as long as martial law remains in force. In early May, lawmakers prolonged martial law by another three months. According to Medvedev, Zelensky “effectively seized power” in the country after elections were annulled.

“He spat on the constitution of his ‘country,’ ignored the Constitutional Court, and did not even extend, but usurped the supreme power,” Medvedev argued, adding that Zelensky “covered himself with an inarticulate declaration of the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian parliament) on the abolition of presidential elections in times of war.” In March, Ukrainskaya Pravda claimed, citing members of parliament, that Zelensky had virtually stripped the legislature of its powers and established de facto personal rule. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said recently that a “moment will come soon when many people, including those inside Ukraine, will question [President Zelensky’s] legitimacy.”

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“..Galushchenko urged Ukrainians to prepare for outages during spring and summer, and advised the population to stock up on electricity generators and power banks..”

Ukraine has lost 90% Of Energy Capacity – Ex-Minister (RT)

About 90% of Ukraine’s power generation capacity has been taken out by Russian missile attacks, according to former minister of infrastructure Aleksey Kucherenko. The situation is not expected to improve dramatically, as the damaged infrastructure cannot be restored quickly, the member of parliament warned during an interview with the YouTube channel Vishka. “We have lost around eight thousand megawatts of electricity, that’s a lot, out of eight thousand, 800 are currently working,” he said, citing power engineers, and warning of extensive power outages through the summer and winter. Moscow began targeting Ukrainian energy infrastructure in the autumn of 2022, after Russia’s Crimean Bridge was bombed that October.

In recent months Russia has intensified its strikes on Ukrainian military and energy facilities. In April, the Russian Defense Ministry said the bombardment was in response to Kiev’s attempts to target Russian oil infrastructure. Since January, Ukraine has launched multiple long-range attacks on energy facilities deep inside Russia, including oil depots and refineries, using kamikaze drones. In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia’s strikes on energy facilities “directly affect the defense industry of Ukraine,” calling them part of “demilitarization” efforts. Moscow reiterated the attacks are only aimed at Ukrainian military targets and facilities that support their operations, and never at the civilian population.

To alleviate the pressure on the power grid, Ukraine has introduced temporary blackouts for industrial and household consumers in all regions. The nation has also ramped up imports of electricity from neighboring EU countries – Romania, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary – and also from Moldova. Earlier this month, Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko claimed that the combined financial losses from Russian attacks amounted to more than $1 billion, and warned that the figure is likely to rise. He noted that the main damage was to thermal and hydro generation, as well as power transmission systems. In April, Galushchenko urged Ukrainians to prepare for outages during spring and summer, and advised the population to stock up on electricity generators and power banks.

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Not everyone will be pleased…

ICC Chief Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrants For Netanyahu And Hamas Leaders (RT)

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has said he’s seeking arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. There are “reasonable grounds to believe” that the wanted persons are responsible for “war crimes and crimes against humanity” in Gaza and in Israel, Karim Khan outlined in a statement on Monday. Along with Netanyahu, the prosecutor is looking to arrest Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. The wanted Hamas officials include the Palestinian armed group’s leader Yahya Sinwar, the commander of its military wing –al-Qassam Brigades – Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri, and the chief of Hamas’ Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh, the prosecutor’s statement reads. According to Khan, Netanyahu and Gallant are suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza such as intentional attacks on a civilian population, willful killing and causing of suffering, using starvation as a method of warfare, “extermination and/or murder” as well as other “inhumane acts.”

The wanted Hamas leaders allegedly “bear criminal responsibility” for murder, rape and other acts of sexual violence, and for taking hostages, torture and other “inhumane acts,” the prosecutor said. On October 7, Hamas fighters carried out an incursion into Israel, which resulted in about 1,200 people being killed and 250 taken hostage. The Israeli government responded to the attack by launching a large-scale military operation in Gaza that is still ongoing. According to data from the Palestinian enclave’s health ministry, 35,456 have been killed and 79,476 others wounded as a result of Israel’s airstrikes and ground offensive. Israel is not a member of the ICC and does not recognize the jurisdiction of the UN court, but the State of Palestine joined the organization in 2015. Once warrants against Netanyahu and Hamas leaders are issued, any of the court’s 124 member-states will be obliged to arrest them if they set foot on their territory.

Benny Gantz, the centrist member of Israel’s three-person war cabinet, labeled the decision by Khan to seek arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Gallant as “a crime of historic proportions.” Israel is waging “one of the just wars fought in modern history” and drawing parallels between its top officials and Hamas leaders is “a deep distortion of justice and blatant moral bankruptcy,” he claimed in a statement. The country’s far-right finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich said that “we have not seen such a show of hypocrisy and hatred of Jews like that displayed by the court in the Hague since Nazi propaganda.” Another rightist cabinet member, national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, has urged the Israeli PM and defense minister to “ignore the anti-Semitic prosecutor and order a stepped-up assault against Hamas until they are completely destroyed.”

Back in April, when reports of a possible arrest warrant against Netanyahu emerged, the PM blamed the ICC for seeking to “paralyze Israel’s very ability to defend itself,” while fanning the “fires of anti-Semitism.” Axios reported earlier this month that a group of Republican lawmakers in the US House of Representatives had been devising sanctions against the ICC in a bid to deter it from prosecuting the Israeli leaders. The US, Israel’s major ally, is not a state party to the Rome Statute, which founded the ICC in 2002.

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We’re beyond semantics, Joe…

There Is No Genocide In Gaza – Biden (RT)

US President Joe Biden has dismissed arguments that Israel’s military operation in Gaza can be described as genocide, reiterating Washington’s support for West Jerusalem as he hosted an event for Jewish American Heritage month at the White House. On Monday, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, announced that he is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri, and Ismail Haniyeh, accusing them of “war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Speaking at the White House later in the day, Biden condemned the ICC move as well as separate allegations by the UN’s International Court of Justice that Israel’s actions in Gaza could be genocidal.

“Let me be clear, contrary to allegations against Israel made by the International Court of Justice, what’s happening is not genocide. We reject that,” Biden said. Palestinian militant group Hamas carried out an incursion into Israel on October 7 which resulted in about 1,200 people being killed and 250 taken hostage. The Israeli government responded by launching a large-scale military operation in Gaza, which according to the Palestinian enclave’s health ministry has killed over 35,000 people and left almost 80,000 others wounded. Israel has vowed to continue the offensive until Hamas is completely eliminated. “We stand with Israel to take out Sinwar and the rest of the butchers of Hamas,” Biden said on Monday. “We want Hamas defeated. We’ve worked with Israel to make that happen.”

In January, an interim ruling by the ICJ, the UN’s top court in The Hague, ordered Israel to take steps to prevent genocide and improve humanitarian conditions for Gaza’s population. The lawsuit, filed by South Africa late last year, accuses West Jerusalem of committing systematic war crimes in the Palestinian region. Ireland announced in March that it would support Pretoria’s case, calling Israel’s actions in Gaza a “blatant violation of international humanitarian law on a mass scale.” Last week, Egypt also called on Israel to “comply with its obligations as the occupying power.”

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“..more and more Israelis on both sides of the divide see their country as essentially split into two distinct (non-reconcilable) entities”. Does this sound familiar, albeit in another context?..”

Why Are Israel And The West Unravelling In Tandem? (Alastair Crooke)

Alon Pinkas, a former senior Israeli diplomat (well plugged in at the White House), says aloud the ‘reality’ about Israel which he underlines cannot be hidden further: “[There are now] two [Jewish] states – with contrasting visions of what the nation should be. There is an elephant in the Israeli room – and ‘no’: it’s not occupation, though that is its main cause”. “The elephant in the room is Israel gradually but inexorably being divided [into a high-tech, secular, liberal state] … and a Jewish-supremacist, ultranationalist theocracy with messianic, antidemocratic tendencies that encourage isolation”. “Zionism … has morphed and mutated through the settler movement and extreme right-wing zealots into a Masada-like political culture, based on the concept of the redemption of the ancient kingdom in the ancestral land. (Masada was a Sicarii cult in CE 73)”. Pinkas continues:

“[I]n essence, there is a civil war raging in Israel. It has not reached Gettysburg levels, but the deep and wide schism is becoming glaringly evident. The two political value systems are just not reconcilable. “We are fighting the Arabs (or Iran) for our existence” remains the only common thread, but it is weakening. That is a negative definition of national identity: a common enemy and threat, but very little of what unites us in terms of the type of society and country we want to be”. “Even the most fundamental common narrative, the Declaration of Independence, is now being questioned with some of its basic tenets and guiding principles a source of political contention”. Of course, one can see from which side of the divide Pinkas views his world – yet “above and beyond pondering 7 October, there is a growing realization that ‘unity’, ‘one destiny’ and ‘we have no choice and no other country’ have become meaningless and hollow clichés. Instead, more and more Israelis on both sides of the divide see their country as essentially split into two distinct (non-reconcilable) entities”. Does this sound familiar, albeit in another context?

It should. For it is a metaphor for the inexorable divide in the West, too. The war in Gaza has precipitated and sharpened the latent schisms within in the West. It too can be hidden no longer. On the one hand, there is an (illiberal) social engineering project posing as liberalism. And on the other, a project to recover the ‘eternal’ values (however imperfect) that once lay behind European civilisation. The conflict in the Middle East has thrown the parallels between the two spheres in the West into clarity. Again, the parallels and similarities are discomforting: As Pinkas says: “the divide is real, widening and becoming unbridgeable. The political, cultural and economic gaps and rifts are growing, accompanied by toxic vitriol that masquerades as political discourse. Even the most fundamental common narrative, the Declaration of Independence, is now being questioned with some of its basic tenets and guiding principles a source of political contention”.

He is referring to Israel, but the same is true in the U.S., where the basic tenets and guiding principles of the Constitution (i.e. free speech) are a source of political contention. He talks also of the Right’s claim that Tel Aviv ‘is a bubble’, but adds: “As for the bubble claim, they’re right – but New York is a bubble, Paris and London are bubbles” – geographical, as well as ideological bubbles. Yet Pinkas does not ‘get’ the paradox he creates: Is not that the core of the problem? The ‘Techie-obsessed’ Metro-Élites of America versus the Rest (i.e. ‘flyover America’)? The bubbles are the problem, not something to be brushed aside. Today, tens of thousands of students in the West are protesting the on-going massacre of Palestinians, whilst the institutional place-holders fully support the annihilation of Hamas and any ‘complicit’ civilians (which is extended by some to include all who live in Gaza). The two worldviews share no common perception. They represent contrasting visions for the future – and of the essence of their nations. October 7 exploded the simulacra of the ‘status quo’ in Israel – and at the same time, unravelled the political order in the West – as in Israel.

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“The sealing and redaction rules should be applied consistently and fairly upon a sufficient factual and legal showing..”

Judge in Trump Case Says She’s Concerned With Special Counsel Jack Smith (ET)

The federal judge overseeing one of the criminal cases against former President Donald Trump on May 19 expressed concern and disappointment with special counsel Jack Smith. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, an appointee of President Trump, said that Mr. Smith and his team have taken inconsistent positions during the case as it pertains to keeping some information sealed, or hidden from the public. “In two separate filings related to sealing, the special counsel stated, without qualification, that he had no objection to full unsealing of previously sealed docket entries related to allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. In light of that repeated representation, and in the absence of any defense objection, the court unsealed those materials consistent with the general presumption in favor of public access,” Judge Cannon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida wrote in an order.

The materials that were unsealed, though, contain information such as grand jury details that the special counsel has and continues to say, in all other filings, should be kept sealed. Judge Cannon asked for an explanation of the inconsistency. “In response to those inquiries, counsel explained that the special counsel took the position on unsealing in order to publicly and transparently refute defense allegations of prosecutorial misconduct raised in pretrial motions,” Judge Cannon wrote. “Fair enough. But nowhere in that explanation is there any basis to conclude that the special counsel could not have defended the integrity of his Office while simultaneously preserving the witness-safety and Rule 6(e) concerns he has repeatedly told the court, and maintains to this day, are of serious consequence, and which the court has endeavored with diligence to accommodate in its multiple orders on sealing/redaction.”

Judge Cannon described herself as being “disappointed in these developments.” “The sealing and redaction rules should be applied consistently and fairly upon a sufficient factual and legal showing. And parties should not make requests that undermine any prior representations or positions except upon full disclosure to the court and appropriate briefing,” she added.

The case was brought against President Trump over his alleged mishandling of sensitive documents. The order came after Mr. Smith and President Trump filed competing proposals for redactions, in response to a May 9 order from the judge that directed the parties to submit the proposals. The order concerns several motions filed by President Trump, including a motion to dismiss the case based on allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, which have not yet been placed on the docket. The proposals for redactions are also not yet public. Both parties and the judge agree that the names of potential witnesses or information that would clearly identify them should be kept hidden, along with “ancillary names” and personal identifying information such as addresses. Redactions agreed upon by both parties were accepted by the judge in the new order, with a few exceptions. President Trump’s proposed redactions to some witness statements were rejected.

“No basis is provided for these redactions, and the court has previously denied requests to redact the substance of potential witness statements are relied upon in pre-trial motions,” Judge Cannon said. The judge also turned down a request by the special counsel to redact some of the same information. Judge Cannon said that for redactions where the parties disagree, she would “accept for now” President Trump’s characterization of portions of the material falling under privilege, pending her review of privilege arguments. She would also accept the special counsel’s position on Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, despite the concerns outlined in the order. The filings with the authorized redactions are now expected to be docketed in the coming days. Rule 6 states, in part, that a number of people, including government attorneys, must not disclose any matters occurring before a grand jury, with limited exceptions.

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“The former president has denied her claims, describing her and Mr. Cohen in April as “sleaze bags” who are making false statements against him.”

Michael Cohen Admits Stealing Tens of Thousands From Trump Organization (ET)

Former Trump associate and lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from the Trump Organization as he testified during the former presidents’ trial in New York City. Mr. Cohen made the admission while facing cross-examination from defense attorney Todd Blanche. “You did steal from the Trump Organization based upon the expected reimbursement from Red Finch,” Mr. Blanche asked him, making reference to a repayment plan that was intended to pay adult film performer Stormy Daniels $130,000 and tech firm Red Finch $50,000. “Yes sir,” Mr. Cohen said in response. The former attorney then said he went to the bank and took out cash over several days, totaling about $20,000 before keeping it in a small brown paper bag. Then he gave it to the tech firm, he testified, adding he never gave the full $50,000 amount.

The Trump Organization ultimately repaid Mr. Cohen $50,000 and then doubled that payment in a practice known as “grossing up” to cover taxes he’d incur by declaring the money as income rather than a tax-free reimbursement. Mr. Blanche noted that despite Mr. Cohen’s guilty pleas in 2018 to federal charges including a campaign finance violation for the hush money payment and unrelated tax evasion and bank fraud crimes, he’d never been charged with stealing from President Trump’s company. “Have you paid back the Trump Organization the money you stole from them?” Mr. Blanche asked. “No, sir,” Mr. Cohen responded. President Trump was seen by courtroom reporters looking directly at the witness stand as Mr. Cohen made the admission about stealing. Eric Trump, Trump’s son, who is in the courtroom, posted on social media around the same time: “This just got interesting: Michael Cohen is now admitting to stealing money from our company.”

The 34 charges of falsifying business records stem from internal Trump Organization records where payments to Mr. Cohen were marked as legal expenses, when prosecutors say they were really reimbursements for Ms. Daniels’ payment. President has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers say there was nothing criminal about the Daniels deal or the way Mr. Cohen was paid. Last week, Mr. Cohen told jurors that President Trump was allegedly involved in the scheme to pay Ms. Daniels to prevent her from going public in 2016 about an alleged 2006 affair between her and President Trump. The former president has denied her claims, describing her and Mr. Cohen in April as “sleaze bags” who are making false statements against him.

The 34 charges of falsifying business records stem from internal Trump Organization records where payments to Mr. Cohen were marked as legal expenses, when prosecutors say they were really reimbursements for Ms. Daniels’ payment. President has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers say there was nothing criminal about the Daniels deal or the way Mr. Cohen was paid. Last week, Mr. Cohen told jurors that President Trump was allegedly involved in the scheme to pay Ms. Daniels to prevent her from going public in 2016 about an alleged 2006 affair between her and President Trump. The former president has denied her claims, describing her and Mr. Cohen in April as “sleaze bags” who are making false statements against him.

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Curious: President Joe Biden invoked executive privilege over the audiotape of his interrogation by Special Counsel Robert Hur. The transcripts of which were released long ago… So what’s on those tapes?

The President Whose Voice Must Not Be Heard (Turley)

Below is my column in The Hill on the curious claim of executive privilege over the audiotape from President Joe Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur. It is the first time that I know of where the content of a presidential conversation was treated as unprivileged but the audio of the conversation claimed as privileged. It is also an invocation on answering questions about alleged criminal acts committed while a private citizen. It is, in my view, entirely without merit but Attorney General Merrick Garland appears more interested in running out the clock than prevailing on the claim.

[..] While all eyes were focused on a Manhattan courthouse for Donald Trump’s trial, a curious thing happened in Washington. President Joe Biden invoked executive privilege in defiance of Congress. It is not the invocation that is particularly unusual. What is curious is that Biden is withholding the audiotape of his own interrogation by Special Counsel Robert Hur, even though the transcript has been released as unprivileged. It appears that Joe Biden is “he who must not be heard.” The invocation of privilege over the audiotape is so transparently political and cynical that it would make Richard Nixon blush. Multiple committees are investigating Biden for possible impeachment and conducting oversight on the handling of the investigation into his retention and mishandling of classified material over decades. Classified documents were found in various locations where Biden lived or worked, including his garage. The mishandling of classified material is uncontestable. Broken boxes, unprotected areas and lack of tracking are all obvious from the photos.

The comparison to the Trump case in Florida is both obvious and disturbing. Where Trump was charged with a litany of charges, including mishandling and retention of documents (in addition to obstruction), Hur decided not to charge Biden at all. His reason was outright alarming: The president is an elderly man with failing memory. Biden made the situation even worse with a disastrous press conference in which he attacked Hur and misrepresented his findings. Biden told the public that the special counsel did not find willful retention of material. This was untrue — Hur not only found that Biden had done this, but repeatedly detailed such violations in the report. Biden also claimed that he had not shown classified material to third parties, even though Hur specifically found that he had and established that there is a witness to that violation.

Biden also attacked Hur for bringing up the death of Beau, his son who passed away in 2018. In showing why Biden could use his diminished faculties as a defense, Hur had noted that Biden got the date wrong of his own son’s death. In the press conference, Biden angrily asked “How in the hell dare he raise that?” Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself it wasn’t any of their damn business.” It was later shown that it was not Hur but Biden himself who raised his son’s death, which he often does in speeches. Hur’s view that Biden’s diminished cognitive abilities would undermine any prosecution left many dumbfounded. After all, the man who is too feeble to prosecute is not only running a superpower with a massive nuclear arsenal but running for reelection to add four more years in office.

From impeachment to oversight to the 25th Amendment (allowing the removal of a president for incapacities), there are ample reasons for Congress to demand information and evidence from the government on these questions. Congress is also interested in looking at repeated omissions for “inaudible” statements. Under this sweeping theory that Biden can legitimately withhold these recordings under executive privilege, any president could withhold any evidence of incapacity or criminality. The House is poised to find Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for refusing to release the audiotapes. It is a cynical calculation. Garland knows that his own department will never prosecute him for contempt of Congress.

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Worst: China stops buying US treasuries…

China Offloads Record Amount Of Dollar Assets – Data (RT)

China sold a record number of US bonds in the first quarter of this year, highlighting the country’s shift away from dollar assets, the latest data from the US Treasury Department reveals. Beijing has divested a total of $53.3 billion in Treasuries and agency bonds combined in the first three months of the year, while at the same time increasing its purchases of gold and other commodities, data showed. Some analysts have suggested that this reduction in foreign exchange reserves could be part of China’s broader strategy to diversify away from US dollar-denominated assets amid rising geopolitical tensions with the US. Some experts have pointed to the economic impact of Western sanctions on Russia following the Ukraine conflict, saying that China seeks to mitigate similar risks.

“The handling of Russian reserves by the US and other G7 countries, including threats of expropriations and sanctions, likely prompted China to reduce its exposure to US Treasury assets to avoid being similarly targeted,” Craig Shapiro, a macroeconomic adviser at LaDuc Trading, told Newsweek on Saturday, referring to the seizure of Russian assets. The West has frozen roughly $300 billion in Russian sovereign funds since the start of the Ukraine conflict. The Brussels-based clearinghouse Euroclear, often seen as a custodian of China’s holdings, disposed of $22 billion in US Treasuries during the reporting period, according to Bloomberg.

As the second largest foreign holder of US Treasury securities after Japan, China’s sell-off could potentially unsettle the Treasury market and raise US borrowing costs, some economists argued. “As China is selling both despite the fact that we are closer to a Fed rate-cut cycle, there should be a clear intention of diversifying away from US dollar holdings,” said Stephen Chiu, chief Asia foreign-exchange and rates strategist at Bloomberg Intelligence. “China’s selling of US securities could speed up as the US-China trade war resumes” especially if Trump returns as president, he said. While China is selling dollar assets, its holdings of gold have surged in the country’s official reserves. The share of the precious metal in reserves climbed to 4.9% in April, the highest since records began in 2015, according to the People’s Bank of China.

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“It was a rather poor frontier province of Russia, and for a while was badly mistreated by Stalin, but it was not a problem outside of Ukraine and, frankly, it was none of our business..”

Fugazy Land (Jim Kunstler)

Really, you must agree: just about anything can happen now, and probably will, and possibly all at the same time — war, sickness, a disordered economy, chaos in money and finance, savages pouring across the open borders, assassination, mayhem in the streets, systems failure, mental illness everywhere you look. You have a sinister, blob-infested government acting like a desperate, cornered animal, fronted by a venal phantasm trailing a personal history of crime. What could go wrong? All of it. The doings in Judge Merchan’s Manhattan present the rectified essence of America’s authority problem. You will stipulate that judges are authorities in a pretty pure sense of the word. Their role is to determine what is right and what is wrong, or, at least guide the proceedings that would result in such a fair determination.

And, of course, the officers of this court, the District Attorney and his prosecutors, are also entrusted with bringing comprehensible cases that follow the facts fairly, and the laws pertaining to those facts. This maliciously misguided prosecution has only accomplished one thing so far: to demonstrate to the American public that the authority of our law has been contorted to become a sick joke. That is a ruinous lesson for the country. The free-for-all of our national life has required reliable adjudication of all the quarrels and inequities that arose out of it. For a long time, the rule of law was America’s great draw. If that goes out the window, all you’re left with is the free-for-all which pretty soon devolves into Thomas Hobbes’s nightmare existence in the state of nature where life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”

The current Trump trial in Manhattan will likely resolve this week, one way or another, though there is no way that the candidate will land in jail, even if he is convicted and sentenced to go there. That will only be another quandary for the foundering rule of law, and a dreadful challenge. Altogether this trial has alerted even the deranged news channels that the nation is still capable of feeling grossly insulted by its own rulers, and insults will be answered. Tribulation may be the only answer that will avail to correct America’s tragic capture by blobs foreign and domestic. And you must understand that our nation’s bad choices have brought these tribulations upon ourselves. Fugazy finance is finally hitting the wall it has been seeking. Wealth based on pretense eventually runs out of hallucinatory mojo. Zooming gold and silver prices signal that the US dollar is in distress. The eagle is flying upside down.

A system based on credit is one thing, when credit can plausibly be paid back. But that system is gone. Finally, you must learn what truth or consequences really means, and the truth is that our debts are unpayable and everybody knows it. The consequences await. Any way you slice that — bond market blow-up, raging inflation, bank failures, stocks cratering, a “great taking” of collateral (your property) — the effect is the same: a crashing standard of living. That will get everybody’s attention in a way that Pride Month marches won’t. If “Joe Biden” thinks he will put over a central bank digital currency to cover for all this failure, he and the blob he rode in on will be in for a rude surprise. Fugazy war isn’t working either. When did Ukraine become a problem for Western Civ? When Victoria Nuland & Company in the US State Department decided to make it a problem in 2014. Before that, going back into the mists of history, Ukraine was not a problem.

It was a rather poor frontier province of Russia, and for a while was badly mistreated by Stalin, but it was not a problem outside of Ukraine and, frankly, it was none of our business. And in a matter of months, as Russia rolls up on the Zelensky regime, it will cease to be a problem for anyone. The notion that the USA and NATO can reverse this now is insane. The nations of Western Civ won’t draft troops to battle on the ground there. There’s no will to fight in Ukraine among the young people of Europe and America. And we have no more guns or ammo to give. The war will end in humiliation for all concerned in the West, especially the “Joe Biden” regime, which has been recklessly flirting with nuclear aggression — as if this would accomplish anything but turning Western Civ into an ashtray.

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    Roy Lichtenstein Crying girl 1963   • Assange Secures Big Win In US Extradition Hearing: How It Happened (RT) • Vladimir Zelensky: No Mandate, No
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 21 2024]

    Dr D Rich

    Second oldest profession. Beekeeping?

    International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim A. A. Khan K.C. Accuses Palestine of Waging War against Israel

    In order to avoid the appearance of “double standards” and “imbalance”, Karim Khan hands down indictments against both parties, the aggressor and the aggrieved, the bully and the abused, the victim and the oppressor.

    Sounds like the Vietnam War Redux when and where the defenders of Vietnam were treated as equals to American belligerent invaders, murder, mayhem, targeting of the civilian population notwithstanding. Yet Israel cannot be considered to hold equal stature to the United States or perhaps it’s a matter of similar ratios.

    Other than the law can really be an ass, what accounts for kharim Khan making the decision all about his and ICC’s image of balance and avoidance of double standard?
    Or does Kharim and the ICC know for a fact the accused Hamas “operatives” were acting under control/direction of Mossad and other western intelligence on October 7?
    Then the false flag operation becomes attributed to Hamas/Palestinians

    those darned kids

    how come you never feature one of hunter’s paintings?!

    Dr. D

    Apparently there are no good guys, good guys always lose as ICC sends out arrest warrants for starvation. Hope our guys causing starvation here get the memo. Certain people always win, that’s why this can never happen. So it didn’t. These are not the droids you are looking for. It’s a secret double space clone Nutty that they indicted. The real one is in the Vatican church basement with Elvis.

    Same thing in Cohen trial, he just said he embezzled — I guess, stole, he’s outside contractor — $30,000. In one go, a year’s pay for the rest of us. Of course this is the ONLY time and he never had before or since, right? What does this mean? Trump never authorized anything. Accounting just pays fake invoices all the time. And he did this on his own. (And he’s a f**k up and a moron). AND he admits it…IN COURT!

    “Your Honor, I would like to enter into the record, that I am a felon, guilt of Grand Larceny.” “Yes, is this in addition to being a serial perjurer and disbarred attorney?” “Yes, your honor.”

    Uh huh. But there are no Good Guys and there are no wins. Might as well give up now! Everything’s under total control. (Pssst: Everything. They’re under your bed listening. Right. Now.)

    “London Mayor Khan Says He’s Calling Trump Out For Being A “Racist, Sexist Homophobe”

    Wow. Explosive. Has anyone else said anything about this? And Khan isn’t black apparently, as the Black voters have doubled. Why does Khan hate black people so much?

    “Court Ruling Means California Schools Can Violate Students’ Rights When Following Public Health Orders

    …Then they’re not Rights, they’re Permissions. This is the core essence of all disputes. Are YOU sovereign? Or are you OWNED by a Sovereign? If you’re property of the King he can do what he likes. Hard to believe this is still going on or anyone would believe it at this time.

    “Maybe We’re Closer To “You’ll Own Nothing” Than We Realize” CHS, OTM.
    “Maybe we should rephrase the slogan to “you’ll appear to own things you don’t actually control and be happy.”

    Yes, The State CONTROLS the means of production. Under certain definitions, the State “Owns” it. Under others, you “own” it. But this is all eyewash, re-definition: IF YOU OWN SOMETHING, YOU CONTROL IT. They have it the #Opposite. You can “own” a 1,000 acre farm, but you pay $2,000/mo in taxes on it. If there is a mud puddle on it anywhere, that’s a “Wetland” and we can tell you what to do with it with even finer granularity. We can incentive or punish what crops you grow on it, what tractors or trucks you buy, the shape of your house. We can allow or prohibit what wood you can cut and how far that wood travels. Etc. If you violate ANYTHING, you lose all 1,000 acres in just a year or two, and maybe somebody will have a lawsuit and you’ll lose it anyway just for the lols.

    Yeah, you don’t OWN it. It’s all centrally planned.

    What’s the conclusion, like all Socialist systems? Why Bother? Their “Orders” are idiotic and say, cause you to grow corn, in the wrong area, at a loss, to create ethanol that is a new energy loss, at a loss. For which they build by paving more farmland and consuming valuable water, then close and becomes a rotting heap, which ALSO can’t be bankrupted and re-allocated to something useful, because somebody would have to take a loss. Multiply by 100 Million idiotic decisions like this. Why bother? You’re just going to randomly do what you like anyway. F– it, I’ll retire and go to the beach. …Say all talented people everywhere, Doctors, Farmers, Entrepreneurs… “But I ORDER you to work for nothing so I can steal it all, then blow it on more money and energy losing projects!!!” Hahahaaha! Yeah, good luck with that. “You may even be able to make me work if you point enough expensive guns at me. But you can’t make me be competent about it.” — Ayn Rand.

    The State CONTROLS the means of production. Right down to which car I’m allowed to have in my driveway, what cell phone I’m allowed to make business calls. (Hint: not a fully-secured, Canadian Blackberry. We need the back-door keys, back door Santa will be around shortly)

    “Given our dependence on software / digital rights and the phantom wealth of credit-asset bubbles,”how much do we actually own?” is a fair question. Consider the recent New York Times article Why Tech Companies Are Not Your Friends: Lessons From Roku,”

    Or lessons from John Deere, which is in like 20 years of expensive lawsuits over the Right-to-fix and somebody had to laboriously back-engineer how to get into their cab computers. It’s not even the FIXING. It’s that at harvest, I can’t have you finally get around to fixing my million-dollar Combine in January. It’s MINE, I’ll fix it. GFY and get out of the way. Let the real men work, little billy.

    “Given the valuations’ dependence on phantom capital asset bubbles, we might say that “ownership” of a mortgaged house is more an option bet on future valuation than actual ownership, for should the Everything Bubble pop and the house value drops below the mortgage owed,”

    And insurers can leave at any time, or the mortgage holder can call the loan. That’s not all.

    “If the house is in a high property tax state / county, “ownership” includes a hefty annual payment which may well have no upper statutory limit. If the “owner” owes $20,000 in annual property tax, the “ownership” is in effect a lease,” Already discussed.

    “New Florida Law Roils Its Condo Market Three Years After Surfside Collapse:
    But because of a recent state law that requires older buildings to meet certain structural safety standards, the condo board recently proposed a nearly $30 million special assessment for repairs, … $134,000 per unit owner.
    Rodriguez, 76, didn’t have the money. … After originally listing his unit for $350,000, he kept marking it down until finally it sold for $110,000 last month, or 42% less than what he paid for it.”

    OTHER people “Control” all aspects of your property. Including if you can live in it at all. (Unsafely). THEY decide what is “Safe” and since they’re not paying, no price is too high for safety! When that causes a run on the market, they don’t take the loss! In fact, they’ll buy up all the “distressed” properties – that they themselves CAUSED to be distressed – and then change the rules AGAIN to have only half the repairs. Lo! This is bad for business! Suddenly I see the light! In this case, buy up the whole block, convert it with a new developer, and sell at $220,000/per. Genius! (Or more accurately: open theft and extortion. Who knew you could make money using open robbery and extortion? Show of hands?)

    This is what happens when you have no control over your own Property. It ain’t property. The King owns it, not you, and he can get a bug and re-allocate to the Lannisters at any time. Like: whenever he’s in $36 Trillion in debt and his bills are due. Property rights are the foundation of Capitalism. No Property rights = no Capitalism. That’s where we are now, past-tense. And it’s working about as well as usual, killing EVERYONE and causing misery-spread-widely-as-possible. Everyone’s attacking and beating each other, making a living stealing instead of working and utterly miserable. All human love dies. Birth rates plummet. Drugs are premier. Death and #AntiLogos. No “Life, and that more abundantly.” Go ahead, keep going. You can stop any time. No do I own my property or don’t I? If not, I stop working. For 1,000 years. The End. If you want to be like Holland in 1600 and re-install property rights and equal justice, then that’s the day I start working again. Simple.

    For today’s here: Cohen. Yeah, all that’s left is to find he stole Trump’s money to pay Stormy to sleep with HIM, not Trump. This may not be true, but it would be a good endpoint for this plotline.

    “German MEP Christine Anderson: “We are on the verge of slipping into totalitarianism.”

    Yeah, if we don’t look out something might happen. And we’ll be arresting Greek ministers for SPEAKING about Genocide. …Remotely On Zoom. Not DOING a Genocide – heavens no. Not STOPPING a genocide, however small being a few men, no. But merely TALKING ABOUT IT, thinking about it, and opinions whether it’s right or wrong. Than then arresting doctors, playwrights, other people…planting evidence and arresting whole wings of the opposition party…stuff like that. Stuff like that MIGHT happen. …IF we’re not careful. Wouldn’t want that to happen someday. Might start an aggressive war on Russia and then we’d be hosed.

    “• Assange Secures Big Win In US Extradition Hearing: How It Happened (RT)

    Aha! But you see, Assange is locked in Maximum Security solitary in ENGLAND, instead of having any actual trial in AMERICA! #Winning! The risk is: he’d be murdered in the wrong place. Heavens no: we need to murder him in the RIGHT place. That’s the most important thing.

    “He retains power, however, because no elections can be held in Ukraine due to the current state of martial law.”

    I bet they CAN…it’s Martial Law! You just SAY “we’re having elections now.” Problem solved! Oh, they don’t WANT to? Yeah, that’s totally different. I love how they constantly point at “The Rules” and then say “The Rules Say”. While ALSO just MAKING UP the rules, hour by hour, minute by minute. Yes, this is narcissistic sociopath behavior. Only abused codependents would tolerate it. Or more importantly, credit it at all. Like, I can be trapped in an abusive house and family, that’s just a situation and common one. Then you just respond rationally, practically, same as if you’re in a sea-storm. Whatever. S—t happens. You’ll get out eventually or you won’t. That’s tooooootally different than buying in, participating in the drama trauma, becoming part of, an extension of their ego and lies. No. This is a lie. You are a d–k and you can hit me but you can’t make me respect or believe you. Tomorrow you’ll still be a d–k and abuser and we’ll both still know it.

    THERE ARE NO RULES. THERE ARE NO LAWS. They just “Make Them Up.” Stop pretending they don’t.

    ““He is the first obstacle to any peace negotiation. If he comes to Switzerland, it would be for receiving the support of his Western supporters and to get more aid for the war.”

    Switzerland is no longer neutral, which is disgusting. I’m sure the people are as annoyed about it as the rest of us. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but if Putin showed up he’d be summarily arrested by the ICC and put on Trial in the Hague, for a crime that has already been extensively debunked as very questionable? (Moving kids out of a war zone. Safely, where all ICC inspectors can get a list and visit each one.).

    So a meeting where they’ve already decided, already chosen support? “Well, you can meet if you give us a full surrender not just of Ukraine but liquidate all of Russia….”

    ““He spat on the Constitution of his ‘country,’ ignored the Constitutional Court, and did not even extend, but usurped the supreme power..”

    Sorry. I thought he was talking about Biden. And Student loans, although there are many more pressing issues. Supreme Court said NO!, so Biden just “Made some s—t up” and re-NAMED the same actions, and it’s all legal now! Amazing! If I reNAME your murder into your “Accidental rapid, uncontrolled disassembly” then you’re not dead and it’s all good now! Like yesterday, if I pay SOMEBODY ELSE to kill my husband, then I didn’t kill him, did I? Huh? Huh? Can’t argue with that logic!

    How about: “EVERY country, spat on their Constitutions, Ignored all their own courts, and usurped all dictatorial powers…” France. England. Germany. Canada. Australia. “The ultimate question it comes down to will be: The PEOPLE vs the BANKS.” It’s the Lords vs the peasants. They want a fight, remember WE didn’t start this. But we’ll sure end it. We have no choice. YOU made sure of that so don’t go cryin’.

    “..Galushchenko urged Ukrainians to prepare for outages during spring and summer, and advised the population to stock up on electricity generators and power banks..”

    You are kidding, right? Maybe it has not come to your attention that generators run on GASOLINE? You f—ing moron, if YOU have a generator, for YOUR very-special, important house, YOU can find the fuel. If EVERYBODY tries that, there is no fuel. YOU’RE THE CENTRAL PLANNER, it’s literally your only job to know that rather than have Ukraine collapse trying. Newsflash: that’s why we have power plants. That’s why they exist. Because it’s so very MUCH more efficient we can generate 100 miles away and put power through a billion dollars of high-power transmission lines, THAT is how much more efficient a central grid is than a 5,000kw generator.

    Congratulations, you’ve just re-invented the horse. We’re now back 150 years.

    “There Is No Genocide In Gaza – Biden (RT)

    That’s not what the ICC says. But Joe is only Vice President when this was going on, so…

    “New York is a bubble, Paris and London are bubbles” – geographical, as well as ideological bubbles. Yet Pinkas does not ‘get’ the paradox he creates: Is not that the core of the problem? The ‘Techie-obsessed’ Metro-Élites of America versus the Rest (i.e. ‘flyover America’)?”
    “any ‘complicit’ civilians (which is extended by some to include all who live in Gaza). The two worldviews share no common perception.”

    Yes, and what is this division of worldviews? Collectivism. Are you owned by the King? Or are you a sovereign individual? There are several levels that tie onto this, but once you choose “Individual” or “Collective” they all follow. Are you a mammal, or a hive-wasp? They act different. Not that they’re against freedom and individual choice, but ultimately they always value the “Collective” higher. …The “Collective” as – I – see it, choose it, control it. Me. The reason American AWFL Midwit, middle management apparatchik PMCs Support all this is, ultimately they think THEY will tell others what to do. THEY decide. THEY have the power. They are not the powerless. So giving up the power to the “Collective” seems fine because they’re just claiming their own power for themselves, to do what they like and run over anyone who doesn’t agree. Who doesn’t, right? That’s only logical, you’re well-intentioned, so obviously they must be violent, hateful, neanderthals or they would be the perfect, enlightened helpful beings that you are.

    …It never occurs to them – because they’d be out of a job in seconds – that THEY don’t have the power. The OWNERS do. And the Owners will make the PMCs peasants and trod-upon in ten seconds if they don’t likewise do what they’re told. That is: they DON’T have the Power.

    But that, — Power-Over – is the dividing line here between City and Country, Socialism and “Capitalism”. If – I – do something make something, is it mine? Or is the minute it’s made and done, it’s no longer mine but stolen? The other parts, tech, violence, “Progress” are just CONTROL. They are merely ways to CONTROL the extraction, as the COLLECTIVE can only steal from the INDIVIDUAL, who will inevitably resist as sure as the sun rises in the morning. They ALWAYS resist, and they MUST resist. That is “Natural Law”.

    So we’re still fighting the Kings as the “Anointed by God” vs the Enlightenment of Man. Sadly. You’d think we’d have f-ing grown out and solved this by now, it’s 300 years. And you’d think they’d notice THEY are the religious extremists, not us. THEY are the ones directing us to Religion, not us.

    “• The President Whose Voice Must Not Be Heard (Turley)

    Following this script, where every time Trump trips, Biden has to trip HARDER, this follows the “Must release Ukrainian phone call” script. I’m bored. Don’t care already. Release or don’t release, but arrest somebody.

    Musk, who is barely a programmer, doesn’t do rockets or electric cars, is ALSO an expert on water? Why don’t we have Gates instead? Oh well, at least he has the sense of any other normal guy about it.

    His comments are common and have all the same common dead-fallacies every other moron has for the last 50 years. The problem isn’t ENERGY. All MATTER is made of energy. The whole universe is made of energy. The problem is to CONCENTRATE that energy, which is deeply, fundamentally diffuse. The state of solar power is equal to the heat-state of the end of the universe when nothing moves. Very pleasant, mild, and universal.

    Okay, can you collect ANY amount of that solar power? About 10%? Okay, then stop with “Gigawatts”, you’re already at megawatts. How much does it “cost” (in energy terms) to “collect” that heat? More than the heat you collected? So marginal as to be wavering above zero? Okay, you installed and collected it. How long does it last? A year? 500 years? This is the problem with geothermal which is very obviously high-energy and very obviously free: the process itself destroys the machine, the drilling, pipes, etc, tears them utterly apart, molecule by molecule. Same as the sea, with tidal or wind. Might as well toss it in an acid bath on Venus. No I am not kidding, what is the life-span for extremely well-made, well-tended ships?

    This is the problem with all machines on YouTube and elsewhere, “You can get 100x the power from this new tiny engine they never built!!!” (PS. “This is what — THEY – won’t tell you.” Who is “they” though?) No, dips—ts if you’d ask anyone they’d tell you: I CAN, caaaaaaaaaaaan, get 1,500hp from an 1.5l Acura engine. …For about 30 minutes. Then it blows the f—k up. Racers don’t care, they rebuild it for next week as long as the money’s flowing, but that’s the fact, Jack, it’s a money-energy LOSER, in the biggest possible way.

    The other one is best demonstrated by the Stirling Engines, which are indeed real, workable, and superior. WHY don’t we use them? They don’t even claim “THEY” have been suppressing them. Sooper-secret UFO space alien Tesla technology. Why? Because they are always 30% larger, heavier, and more expensive than any comparative engine, steam or gas. That means they are always 30% more expensive AND larger, power-to-weight ratio. They need 30% more copper and Iron mines to be dug up with 30% more railroad cars to get it to you. Because: Math. Because reality exists.

    Green energy has BOTH of these problems in the biggest possible way. IF ONLY solar gained 80%, not 20%. IF ONLY that power was 24h. IF ONLY those panels weren’t so anemic as to be impossible to high-voltage transmit distances. IF ONLY they weren’t so expensive. IF ONLY they weren’t so large. IF ONLY they weren’t so fragile. IF ONLY they didn’t wear out immediately and need the same constant maintenance of a regular power plant, only harder.

    Yeah, IF ONLY each of those things didn’t steal 5% from your math, THEN we’d have 80% of your math. BUT THEY DO. And if a frog had wings he wouldn’t bump his -ss on the ground. You can’t solve ANY of them, much less ALL Of them. Like all solar fields are being hail attacked, one by one, decades before their payback and end of life. Then all the giant earthmovers, 1,000 miles of copper wire, a shipyard of aluminum posts oxidizing in the rain, all useless. The entire 1,000 acres ruined FOREVER as topsoil and farmland, covered in broken glass and toxic rare earths.

    Good plan. Now would you like to test it and see if I’m right BEFORE you plow $40 Trillion into it? Or would you like to destroy all topsoil, mis-use all ore, burn up that last gallon of diesel fuel before you say “Oopsie! I dropped a zero in this equation”? That’s what “MONEY” is supposed to do. Interest rates. Rate-of-REturn, proxy for EROI.

    We already know. Musk knows too, but he’s a bulls—t artist, a technofuturist, that’s what he sells is hopium and bulls—t. Has anything turned a profit yet? Or is it all free money-printing in 0% interest rate bubbles?

    Headline: “The Algorithmic Radicalization of Taylor Swift: We’re all on the Eras Tour, forever.” The Atlantic

    Wow, headline: algo word, algo word, algo word. Algo word: clickbait. That’s like “Flapjack Whack Rap Claptrap” “Whacko Jacko Backo” or other famous headlines. Actually, come to think of it, maybe that’s an AI headline. All of the other news is written by drones and robots, why should this be different?

    Oh I love this! Star Trek on Logic: False Premise:

    And that’s one to Grow on!

    Other takeaways? With a presentation like that, people used to have really, really long attention spans.

    Next up? Logic by gaslighting.


    Astra Zeneca clinical trial data. 1 in 34 serious Adverse Reactions
    Eu trial data website. Shove it in everyone’s face and they still won’t see it. PROOF they new it would kill and injure. Shows negative efficacy compared to placebo against Covid.
    No one cares.
    It’s a cult.
    What the fuck dudes?


    Check it out. Right there on the goddam website.


    a kullervo

    How many bad deeds, all for goodness sake?
    “The ends justify the means.”
    Is there an end? A discernible goal? An effective purpose?

    Truth is elusive – Lies are real.

    Can the janitor at the landmines factory ever have a good night sleep, knowing innocents will get killed/maimed as the result of his doings?
    “Weapons are tools, it’s upon us to use them wisely.”

    Wisdom is subtle, foolishness concrete.


    how come you never feature one of hunter’s paintings?!

    They’re all hidden in private collections, waiting to accumulate value


    Star Trek. I managed to watch 60 seconds. Do I get a Klondike bar?


    Complexities – The chances for peace are slim. How slim?

    Since the creation of good and evil

    Since the first time man lied.

    Since god’s finger wrote the 10 commandments

    Let’s count the ways.

    Fugazy Land

    ( learn what truth or consequences really means)

    Autonomous Unit

    The Joe Rogan chemistry dude obviously went to Wakanda University. Total B.S. double talk.


    Kunstler writes:

    ” The consequences await. Any way you slice that — bond market blow-up, raging inflation, bank failures, stocks cratering, a “great taking” of collateral (your property) — the effect is the same: a crashing standard of living. ”

    Random musings: The Dems keeping Biden propped up as the candidate might be a way to make sure there’s a GOP president in the White House to take the blame when the chickens come home to roost. Neither party’s establishment likes Trump so he could be the perfect political bagholder for them.


    Trump is the Chump

    It even rhymes


    Picture it on highway billboards coast to coast.

    The Perfect Patsy

    That also rhymes


    CEO of Corp buying up America’s homes says Gen Z doesn’t want to own homes, they’re renters

    Corporations Are Buying More American Homes.

    Tricon CEO Says Them Buying Homes Is Good For Society & You Don’t Want To Own A Home

    Tricon Rental Housing is expanding To buy 800 houses a month”

    They’re young

    They’re ‘dynamic’, as all the young are.

    They like moving around a lot, especially when the rent doubles overnight.

    They’ll own nothing and be happy!

    Very predictable


    Russian Volunteer tells the difference between Putin and Zelensky

    Simple but true


    Ukrainian prostitutes are having a very hard time during the new mobilization in Ukraine

    A prostitute from Odessa complains that after the tightening of mobilization law in Ukraine, she has to visit her clients at their place.

    All the conscription aged men (her customer base) are too afraid to go out anywhere, even to get laid, so she’s forced to do house calls!

    “After May 18, I have to drive myself so that someone can f*ck me»


    Go UkroNaziland!

    Dr. D

    So the hookers are braver than the soldiers? More willing to do their jobs?

    Well that’s no surprise.


    A Ukrainian mobilized soldier, surrounded by his dead comrades, tells a horrifying story

    The other dead soldier were literally walking the streets less than a week ago before being given a uniform, a gun and dropped off at the front.

    No training, just days ago to this

    Ukronazi ‘leadership’ are truly monsters

    600K killed like this


    Russian MLRS (multiple Launch Rocket Systems) pound Belogorovka

    Day and Night


    Battle Hardened Russian soldier uses bow & arrow to shoot grenades at the enemy

    Russian soldiers are very clever and inventive.

    Sometimes using old techniques is the best solution

    Dr. D

    Maybe the song should be Go Back Jack and “Do It Again”:

    I know what people say to me: I’m not a (real) Doctor, they’ll slash all my children and dies a thousand deaths before they look at any data (and “What are you doing in my house?”) but I’d like to hear what DOCTORS say, who are talking to the public, or other doctors. Anyone?

    1 in 36. They stopped vaccines for having 36 PER MILLION. Not EVERY 36.


    A PATRIOT battery (i.e., the basic firing unit) consists of a phased array radar, an engagement control station, computers, power generating equipment, and up to eight launchers, each of which holds four ready-to-fire missiles.

    According to a December 16, 2022, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) article, “Patriot to Ukraine: What Does it Mean?,” a newly produced PATRIOT battery costs about $1.1 billion, including about $400 million for the system and about $690 million for the missiles.
    The Patriots are the most capable and expensive air defence systems that Ukraine has. Each Patriot battery costs around $1bn (£800m), and each missile costs nearly $4m.

    A PATRIOT battery (the basic firing unit) consists of about 90 soldiers, but three soldiers in the engagement control station are the only personnel required to operate the battery in combat. Raytheon Technologies manufactures PATRIOT radar and ground systems, and Lockheed Martin manufactures the interceptor missiles.

    If its not the whole truth, its a lie
    Canada to purchase U.S. missile defence system for Ukraine

    Richard Raycraft · CBC News · Posted: Jan 10, 2023 10:39 AM PST | Last Updated: January 10, 2023

    Canada to purchase U.S. missile defence system for Ukraine
    PMO announces President Biden will visit Canada in March

    Richard Raycraft · CBC News · Posted: Jan 10, 2023 10:39 AM PST | Last Updated: January 10, 2023

    The release said the donation would cost approximately $406 million and would come from $500 million in aid to Ukraine that Trudeau announced in November 2022. The release did not say when the system is expected to arrive in Ukraine.

    (Its not a donation. Canada borrowed the money and the people will payback the loan with interest)


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    If its not the whole truth, its a lie
    (Its not a donation. Canada borrowed the money and the people will payback the loan with interest)

    John Day

    Dr. D Rich inquired at to where I heard the term “scutboy”.
    It was med school slang.

    This is what the Mayo Clinic says about how CJD looks, and it won’t get you anywhere:

    Spring 1985, Hermann Hospital, Houston: The 60ish female patient with CJD was admitted to Internal Medicine in the afternoon and Psych Consult was called. I was doing a Psych Consult elective late in my third year.
    We saw and evaluated the patient before any sedating medications were given.
    I went in and evaluated the patient with the intern, then the resident.
    The chief resident supervised and met us in the hallway.
    “What is it”, he asked. We hemmed and hawed and tried to come up with something it could be, but we said we didn’t know and asked him what it was… “I don’t know either, but it sure as hell isn’t psychiatric”, he said. The patient would have every possible consult in the 5 weeks before she finally got a brain biopsy she didn’t consent to. She could not be made still enough for MRI. In those 5 weeks she was the fascinoma that nobody could diagnose, none of the august heads of departments. To a non-psychiatrist she looked something like a chronic psych patient with bad tardive dyskinesia and badly uncontrolled on meds, but to anybody who spent time on psych wards she did not look like that, or even a Bizarro World version of that. The involuntary movements were extreme and bizarre, and the thoughts expressed contained something like a cognitive analog of that staccato sharpness and irregularity of the spontaneous hemiballistic, writhing and other involuntary movements, without self-awareness. Speech was fluent, despite that, and did some kind of partial self-integration of the verbal eruptions, seemingly automatically, just as the patient mostly kept her balance.

    The “recognition” that one might have for CJD, without ever having seen it, could be a recognition of the shocking appearance, even to medical personnel, and having never seen anything else like it.

    John Day

    @Dr. D: “Do it Again” might be about the wheel of karma and reincarnation…

    John Day

    The musical-harmonic-circular-chemist on Joe Rogan has the specific ability of creating a novel model of a known and accepted reality, a model that is internally complex and intricately interwoven, mesmerizing to the listener as it is being explained from his internal vision.

    This is the kind of internal-structuring ability that people like Newton and Einstein brought to the world, and also the rare group of people known as “Highly Organized Paranoics”.
    The complexity of the vision and the fluency of the vision holder in explaining what he absolutely sees, make it difficult for the outsider to break-into the world of that vision, which may be very internally consistent, but have some sharp discontinuities with the world experienced and known by others.

    I am not saying this man is a highly-organized-paranoic, but that is the talent he is displaying, the talent for re-synthesis of reality.


    If you reside in the West, you’re about to get the jew2for1 special. Weimar hyperinflation and a Bolshevik murder spree. Orangejesus is’nt gonna save you, he’s gonna fuck you over harder than Pedojoe, the mongoloid king. ZOG is creating hell on earth to please their master. Will good folks wake up and understand the severity of their situation, the culprits behind it? Comes down to the money system and its debasement into slavery for 99.9 % of us. It goes or we go, we’ll soon find out, won’t we?

    Dr D Rich

    Celticbiker is proven correct almost minute by minute.
    The following two articles demonstrate two clear observations about the United States.
    1. We are at war. Call it Civil war Redux or a domestic insurrection. The house is divided. It cannot stand.
    2. Jews, as Celticbiker astutely and routinely reminds us, run the show with no benefit to Americans. We’re gonna reward Mercenaries with United States Active Duty military benefits???. My fucking God. That IS a logical step from putting enlisted personnel in leadership positions over commissioned officers. What the hell!

      Leaping headlong into 2024’s frenzy of Israel-catering legislative activity, two House Republicans have introduced a bill that would extend credit and employment privileges enjoyed by US military service members to American citizens serving in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). 

      This latest affront to American patriotism is brought to you by Pennsylvania congressman and Chief Deputy Whip Guy Reschenthaler, along with Ohio Rep. Max Miller.

      “Over 20,000 American citizens are currently defending Israel from Hamas terrorists

      operations plan for the raid of Mar-a-Lago in southern Florida stated that should President Trump arrive at Mar-a-Lago during the period when agents were there, FBI agents would be prepared to “engage with” him and U.S. Secret Service (USSS) agents who protect him.

      If the Secret Service agents “provide resistance or interfere with FBI timeline or accesses,” then FBI officials would contact certain individuals—their names and positions were redacted—the documents stated.

      The documents also stated that if Mar-a-Lago employees refused to provide a list of occupied guest rooms, FBI agents would “knock on each guest room door to determine occupation status.” Agents would request a map, list of rooms, and a skeleton key for all rooms, and were preparing to bring lock-picking equipment with them.

    Biden Drains Entire Northeast Gasoline Reserve In Bid To Lower Gas Prices As He Trails Trump By Double Digits

    The entire US 1 million barrel Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve will be required to be sold and closed in fiscal 2024, according to bill text of government funding legislation unveiled Sunday
    March 3, 2024 (12:48 p.m.
    U.S. Department of Energy Announces Sale of Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve as Americans Hit the Road for Summer Driving Season
    DOE Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response sent this bulletin at 05/21/2024 12:00 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Petroleum Reserves announced a solicitation for the sale and liquidation of 1 million barrels (42 million gallons) of gasoline in the Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve (NGSR). This solicitation is strategically timed and structured to maximize its impact on gasoline prices, helping to lower prices at the pump as Americans hit the road this summer.

    “The Biden-Harris Administration is laser focused on lowering prices at the pump for American families, especially as drivers hit the road for summer driving season,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “By strategically releasing this reserve in between Memorial Day and July 4th, we are ensuring sufficient supply flows to the tri-state and northeast at a time hardworking Americans need it the most.”

    The awarded entities, likely made up of retailers and terminals, from this sale will have the fuel transferred or delivered no later than June 30, 2024, just in time for the July 4 holiday. In 2024, in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, DOE will sell close to 1 million barrels of gasoline from the following NGSR storage sites:

    Port Reading, NJ (900,000 bbl)
    South Portland, ME (98,824 bbl)

    Bids for the solicitation are due no later than 11:00 a.m. Central Time on May 28, 2024. Revenues from the sale will be deposited to the Treasury.

    Department of Energy
    Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project Management Office
    900 Commerce East
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70123
    Pursuant to the authority and direction of the Secretary of Energy, the Department of
    Energy is conducting a sale of Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve (NGSR) petroleum
    for June delivery of 998,824 barrels of Gasoline CBOB/RBOB as provided for by
    Section 308 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024. “SEC. 308. (a)
    Notwithstanding sections 161 and 167 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42
    U.S.C. 6241, 6247), the Secretary of Energy shall draw down and sell one million
    barrels of refined petroleum product from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve during fiscal
    year 2024. (b) All proceeds from such sale shall be deposited into the general fund of
    the Treasury during fiscal year 2024. (c) Upon the completion of such sale, the
    Secretary shall carry out the closure of the Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve.”
    Contracts resulting from this sale shall be subject to contract price adjustment as set
    forth in the Supplements and Amendments to the Standard Sales Provisions (SSP).
    This Notice of Sale contains the terms and conditions of the sale and specific
    instructions for preparation and submittal of offers.
    Date: May 21, 2024

    John Day

    Zerosum beat me to the Biden selling strategic gasoline reserve just before July 4th story.

    John Day

    Klaus Schwab Steps Down As World Economic Forum Executive Chairman

    He has not been seen in public for 7 weeks now.


    Next stop … CRASH!!! …. Haiti


    The Future is sooooo bright,

    I gotta wear shades……

    Brainbridge” allows AI Bots toGive You a Head Transplant


    Just what the doctor ordered while….Rome burns.

    Better than uploading your consciousness to “the Coud”

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