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Saving our Democracy This Memorial Day (Jim Kunstler)
Why the Trump Trial Could End With a Hung Jury (Turley)
Trumpophobia Is Cresting With His Polls (Victor Davis Hanson)
NATO Falling Into ‘Wartime Ecstasy’ – Kremlin (RT)
ECB Tells Banks To ‘Get Out Of Russia’ (RT)
Russia Producing Shells at 25% Price of NATO Countries, 3x Faster (RT)
NATO To ‘Institutionalize’ Arms Support For Kiev At US Summit (TASS)
Ukraine Conference is Propaganda to Cover Up Zelensky’s Illegitimacy (Sp.)
The Small Baltic States Lead The EU In Insanity (Paul Craig Roberts)
Estonian President Pledges To Bring Russia ‘To Its Knees’ (RT)
Zelensky Bodyguard Told His Men To Surrender – The Times (RT)
The Brink Of Dissolution: Neurosis In West As Levee Breaks (Alastair Crooke)
Canada Afraid To Prosecute Colonel For Saying Ukrainian War Is Lost (Helmer)
Biden’s Tariffs Are Another Nail in the Dollar’s Coffin (Ron Paul)
Raisi’s Legacy is a Beacon For Posterity (Bhadrakumar)
Blinken’s Blunders Epitomize The Bankruptcy Of US Power And Diplomacy (SCF)

 

 

 

 

“Israel must accept that it cannot exist without a Palestinian state.”

 

 

US bases
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Elon Obama

 

 

SpaceX booster

 

 

 

 

Hard choice what to open with today. Both Kunstler and Turley are excellent.

“..Legal experts at MSNBC, Andrew Weissmann (of the Mueller Special Counsel office) and Andy McCabe (former Deputy Director of the FBI), have already found this Trump guilty, and they know about these matters better than anybody..”

Saving our Democracy This Memorial Day (Jim Kunstler)

Surely it was the right thing to do for President “Joe Biden” to remind the nation of the tragic loss of George Floyd four years ago this Memorial Day weekend. At the time, the man known as “the Black Thomas Edison” was rumored to be this close to achieving an economically viable system for producing electricity via atomic fusion using the fentanyl molecule (C22H28N2O) combined with the nuclei of alcohol (C2H6O), releasing enough energy from one gram to power a city the size of Minneapolis for a day. The math he left behind on his chalkboard spells it out:

You see how that works? Alas, Dr. Floyd had apparently ingested a small amount of these experimental substances accidently before leaving his lab May 25, 2020, when he encountered the white supremacist police officer Derek Chauvin outside a Cup Foods convenience store in Minneapolis’s “Powderhorn” neighborhood. For reasons never understood, despite manifold judicial inquiries, the officer dragged the Great Man out of his car — where he was polishing some of the requisite algebra in his notebook — and for no reason at all placed one knee, and all his weight, on Dr. Floyd’s neck, constricting his airway and causing his death. The nation erupted in violence, and you know the rest of the story: no cheap energy for you, you nation of white supremacist asswipes!

And so it has gone since that fateful day: one darn thing after another. Luckily though — and with a little help from Mark Zuckerberg’s Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) — the vigilant “Joe Biden” presides in the White House, keeping America safe for democracy, by democracy, and of democracy. The country has never experienced so much democracy. The Brookings Institution even warns that the country might be close to a democracy overload, in which the popular will is so immense that everyone in all fifty states thinks the same morally correct thoughts all day long without giving offense or making any space unsafe or dis-including any diverse category of human (except white supremacists) from his, her, or they’s share of the nation’s limitless wealth.

“Joe Biden” has been especially effective at containing the Grand Golem of all white supremacists, Trump, from deconstructing our utopian democracy. This Trump uttered perfidious misinformation that the 2020 election was less than fair and upright. He is under indictment in Fulton County, GA, for conspiring to transmit this incorrect thinking to other white supremacists and creating an unsafe space for GA Sec’y of State Brad Raffensperger by asking him to “find” additional votes. What log was Bradraff supposed to look under, anyway (ha ha!)?

The case is being guided by Fulton County DA, the indomitable Fani Willis, at least for now, as she awaits a process known as getting the bidness from a white supremacist so-called ethics committee in the Georgia State Senate, where she has been falsely accused of mis-spending state money on vacations with erstwhile special prosecutor Nathan Wade. These trips were, of course, fact-finding efforts. One fact found is that the white supremacist cruise ship directors attempt to kill black people by luring them into all-you-can-eat buffets at sea, from which escape is impossible.

“Joe Biden” also got Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint Lawfare paladin Jack Smith to prosecute this nefarious Trump in the most upright of all federal court districts, Washington, DC, for instigating what “Joe Biden” recently called an “erection” against our democracy. Trump, you see, told a gigantic mob of white supremacists to penetrate our nation’s capitol building so as to obstruct certification of the 2020 electoral vote and murder then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, if possible, along with all congresspersons of color. Legal experts at MSNBC, Andrew Weissmann (of the Mueller Special Counsel office) and Andy McCabe (former Deputy Director of the FBI), have already found this Trump guilty, and they know about these matters better than anybody, so the trial under Judge Tanya Chutkan may be unnecessary.

Things are not going quite so well for SC Smith in the Martin County Federal Court of Judge Aileen Cannon, where this Trump stands accused of fobbing off with classified government documents, claiming some fabricated sort of presidential privilege — unlike “Joe Biden” who got his classified docs before he was president and therefore does not have to claim any such privilege (and was understandably “forgetful” when asked about the docs by the other SC Robert Hur). In any case, AG Garland can always dispatch an FBI SWAT team to Judge Cannon’s home to spur an attitude adjustment on the bench, if required.

Hopes really rest, though, on the current case against the Grand Golem Trump in Judge Juan Merchan’s Manhattan courtroom, where the most supreme of all white supremacists stands accused of book-keeping irregularities in furtherance of federal crimes so unspeakable that they have never actually been spoken. The case, engineered by veteran DC Golem hunters Mary McCord, Norm Eisen, Lisa Monaco, and Matthew Colangelo, fronted by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, goes to the jury after final arguments this week.

Judge Merchan is expected to instruct the jury to vote guilty because no other conclusion is possible. Thus, Judge Merchan will be celebrated far and wide for saving our democracy. But that’s not all. After the most excellent verdict of guilty X-23-Plus, he will have the pleasure of sentencing this Trump to life in the Rikers Island prison complex, where it will be difficult for the Grand Golem to organize any white supremacist activities and will be relegated to a diet of baloney sandwiches for the duration of his term.

The only downside for this scenario is that Trump might get elected President of the USA despite conviction, and on January 20, 2025, commence operations to put “Joe Biden” and all the others in his train of officials in jail for the rest of their natural lives. You have to wonder if they’re thinking about that this holiday weekend.

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“..the only thing worse in New York than being a Trump supporter is being a chump..”

Why the Trump Trial Could End With a Hung Jury (Turley)

Abstract artist Jackson Pollock once said that his paintings have no objective meaning, so the best way for people to enjoy them is to stop looking for it. For many of us, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has created a new school of abstract law where there is no need for objective meaning. The jury is simply supposed to enjoy it for what it is: a chance to convict Donald Trump. Pollock was famous for his painting drips on large canvases. Bragg has achieved the same effect by regenerating a dead misdemeanor on falsifying business records as 34 felony counts. To achieve that extraordinary goal, he has alleged that the document violations (which expired long ago under the statute of limitations) were committed to hide some other crime. Originally, Bragg vaguely referenced four crimes and there have been months of confusion as to what he was specifically alleging as his criminal theories. Even legal analysts on CNN and MSNBC have continued to question the specific allegations against Trump as we head into closing arguments.

As it stands, there are three crimes that have been referenced by prosecutors: state and federal election violations and taxation violations. Bragg’s legal vision for non-objective indictments was greatly advanced by Judge Juan Merchan, who will allow the jury to reach different rulings on what crime is actually evident in Bragg’s paint splatters. Merchan has ruled that the jurors can disagree on what actually occurred in terms of the second crime. This means there could be three groups of four jurors, with one believing that there was a conspiracy to conceal a state election violation, another believing there was a federal election violation (which Bragg cannot enforce), and a third believing there was a tax violation, respectively. Nonetheless, Merchan will treat that as a unanimous verdict. In other words, they could look at the indictment and see vastly different shapes, but still send Trump to prison on their interpretations.

Moreover, Michael Cohen is the sole witness even to address the elements of any of these crimes. Cohen is a convicted serial perjurer and disbarred attorney who appears to have lied again during the trial. Even if they consider his testimony, there is no direct corroboration in evidence on Trump’s intent or knowledge. As a result, the prosecutors will rely on circumstantial evidence to support whichever interpretation the jurors will buy. Faced with charges that can mean different things to different jurors, Trump’s team will have to focus on the spaces between the paint drips; the canvas itself. All of this case is based on the payment for a non-disclosure agreement that is perfectly legal and indeed common in business and politics. The Trump team needs to stop dancing around the NDA.

The jury likely believes that Trump knew of the NDA and supported it. The defense has to emphasize the testimony of David Pecker, the former publisher of the National Inquirer, that he killed stories for a variety of celebrities and politicians, including Rahm Emmanuel and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also said that he killed stories for Trump for years before he even thought of running for president. They need to emphasize the testimony of multiple witnesses that Trump seemed to want to avoid embarrassment to his family. He was also the host of a popular television show and an international businessman. The payment of a couple hundred thousand to kill stories is considered a cost of doing business for most celebrities, particularly those who have television contracts with provisions allowing cancellation for scandals. In the instructions, the court will tell the jurors that payments cannot be campaign contributions if they would have been made anyway regardless of the campaign.

They also need to point out other gaps. It was not Trump who listed payments as legal expenses or retainer payments. Witnesses said that payments to lawyers are routinely recorded as legal expenses. Indeed, it is not clear how the money should have been denominated but the decision was being made by others in the Trump organization and by Cohen himself. Moreover, on the characterization of payments as part of a “retainer,” the other party to that characterization was former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. He is currently in prison in New York, but was not called by the prosecution. The prosecutors elected to rely entirely on Michael Cohen with various witnesses, including Cohen, referencing Weisselberg’s decision on how to pay the money.

That made the canvas itself largely Michael Cohen. All of this is held together by a witness who admitted that he has lied to banks, Congress, prosecutors, business associates, and virtually every creature that has ever walked or crawled on the face of the Earth. He also lied in front of the jury about the critical call where he said that he told Trump about the NDA payment. The defense showed that that 96-second-long call was to Trump’s bodyguard, Keith Schiller, in late October 2016. It was preceded and followed by text messages that indicated that their conversation was actually about a teenager harassing Cohen.

Moreover, Cohen admitted to making millions by bashing Trump, and that he has a personal interest in his conviction. You can throw paint on Cohen all day, but it will not cover up the fact that he is a pathological liar and grifter. That is why I still believe that a hung jury might even be the most likely possibility. That may change when we see Judge Merchan’s final instructions. However, the only thing worse in New York than being a Trump supporter is being a chump. To rely solely on Cohen and not even call someone like Weisselberg is to play these jurors as chumps.

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“The public increasingly agrees that the Democrat Party is the party of the very rich, the bicoastal privileged, and the subsidized poor..”

Trumpophobia Is Cresting With His Polls (Victor Davis Hanson)

So, what is Trumpophobia? The syndrome displays a number of symptoms. One, the left always projects its sins onto its opponents. It accuses Trump of doing precisely what it has done, as a way of avoiding blame for its self-inflicted disasters. And the left so vehemently projects because it knows what it would do if it were Trump and was treated as he has been by them. Two, desperate Democrats are scrambling to find some bizarre way to depose both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, especially should Biden have a disastrous, historic preconvention June presidential debate. As a result, the 2024 campaign has never been about comparison of 2017-2020 to 2021-2024. But rather, it has already descended into the Democratic de facto smear that “Trump is even worse than Biden.”

And that fixation instills fears of what Trump might do rather than what he actually has done. Three, the left feels Biden may do more than just lose the Democrats the presidency, Senate, and its close margin in the House. His hyperinflation seriously damaged the middle class. He turns them off with his arrogance, screaming speeches, loud, obnoxious gibberish, compulsive lying, and generally impotent appearance. His racial condescension and pandering fool no one. As a result, Biden may well redefine the two parties as race is replaced by shared class concerns. Wealthy blacks may vote for Biden because they are black and wealthy, but more and more middle-class blacks may vote for Trump because they feel his policies benefit the middle class like themselves.

The public increasingly agrees that the Democrat Party is the party of the very rich, the bicoastal privileged, and the subsidized poor, while the lower and middle classes feel far more confident and secure with Republicans. Four, the left fears a more organized, savvier Trump second term might hit the ground running‚ and thus rapidly and professionally instill a conservative agenda to stop the current neo-socialist revolution. Given all that, 2024 for the left is little more than “Fear Trump or Bust.”

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“NATO is increasing the degree of escalation, NATO is flirting with warlike rhetoric, falling into “wartime ecstasy.” This is the reality we have to continue to deal with,” Peskov stated.”

NATO Falling Into ‘Wartime Ecstasy’ – Kremlin (RT)

The US-led NATO bloc has not only been directly involved in a confrontation with Russia but is now falling into “wartime ecstasy,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. He was speaking in response to the military bloc’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg advocating the removal of restrictions on use of Western weaponry by Ukraine. Stoltenberg’s remarks can be only considered as the official stance of the entire US-led military bloc and Russia will respond accordingly, Peskov told the Izvestia newspaper on Monday. “This cannot be his personal opinion. He is an official, he is the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and that is how we perceive it. NATO is increasing the degree of escalation, NATO is flirting with warlike rhetoric, falling into “wartime ecstasy.” This is the reality we have to continue to deal with,” Peskov stated.

Subsequent remarks by Stoltenberg that NATO “will not become part of the conflict” were rather “contradictory,” Peskov noted, given that the military bloc has de-facto long been a party to the hostilities and had entered into a direct confrontation with Russia. NATO is directly involved into the conflict. On Friday, Stoltenberg urged NATO allies to lift restrictions on Kiev’s use of Western-supplied weaponry against Russia. “To deny Ukraine the possibility of using these weapons against legitimate military targets on Russian territory makes it very hard for them to defend themselves,” he argued. “The time has come for allies to consider whether they should lift some of the restrictions they have put on the use of weapons they have donated to Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said in an interview with The Economist.

However, Stoltenberg insisted on Sunday that “NATO will not become part of the conflict.” The bloc has no plans to send in troops or to protect Kiev through extending “NATO’s air-defense shield to Ukraine,” the NATO chief told Germany’s Welt am Sonntag. Moscow has long rejected NATO’s rhetoric about its role in the conflict and the supposed restrictions on the use of Western-supplied munitions for striking deep into Russian territory. Such talk is merely designed to maintain the illusion that the West is not part of the conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. “We proceed from the fact that American and other Western weaponry strikes targets on the territory of Russia, primarily civilian infrastructure and residential areas,” the top diplomat told reporters on Friday.

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The only things these banks still do in Russia are either essential for survival or highly profitable. And that may be the same thing. The ECB is trying to kill off the banks.

ECB Tells Banks To ‘Get Out Of Russia’ (RT)

A senior official at the European Central Bank (ECB) has urged Italian banks with operations in Russia to pull out, amid the threat of harsher US sanctions on Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine. Italy’s UniCredit currently has the second largest exposure to the Russian market among EU-based banks, after Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI). Another lender, Intesa Sanpaolo, is working to dispose of its business in the country. ”From there (Russia) you have to get out,” ECB policymaker Fabio Panetta said at a press conference following a G7 finance meeting in Italy, as quoted by Reuters. ”There are objective difficulties because getting out of Russia is complicated… however, you have to get out because there is a reputational problem,” said Panetta, who is also the governor of the Bank of Italy.

The G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in the Italian lakeside town of Stresa was also attended by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. In an interview with Reuters, Yellen warned that European banks operating in Russia face growing risks, as the US is looking at “potentially a tougher stepping-up” of secondary sanctions on lenders that do business in the country. Sanctions related to banks’ dealings in Russia would only be imposed “if there was a reason to do so, but operating in Russia creates an awful lot of risk,” Yellen stressed. The risk of a US crackdown has reportedly spurred the ECB to up the pressure on European financial institutions still working in Russia.

Apart from RBI, UniCredit, and Intesa Sanpaolo, a number of other EU banks – notably the Dutch lender ING, Germany’s Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank, Hungary’s OTP Bank, and Sweden’s SEB –maintain a presence on the Russian market despite Western sanctions. According to the Financial Times, the regulator has sent letters to lenders with a request for an “action plan” to fold their business in Russia as early as June. Earlier this month Reuters reported that the US Treasury had threatened to cut off Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI)’s access to the American financial system due to its activities in Russia. RBI said it would start withdrawing in the third quarter of this year following pressure from the ECB.

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“..the production of ammunition in the country has increased 14-fold, drone manufacturing has increased four-fold, and the assembly of tanks and armored vehicles has increased 3.5-fold..”

Russia Producing Shells at 25% Price of NATO Countries, 3x Faster (RT)

Russia is able to produce artillery shells much faster and cheaper than Ukraine’s backers in the US and Europe, Sky News has reported, citing a study by the consulting firm Bain & Company. According to the research, based on publicly available data, Russian factories are projected to make or refurbish approximately 4.5 million rounds this year, compared to the West’s combined production of about 1.3 million rounds, the broadcaster reported on Sunday. This means that Moscow currently generates more than three times more artillery shells than the NATO members. The figures given by Bain & Company suggest that the average production cost of a Russian 152mm shell is $1,000, which is one quarter the price of the 155mm rounds used by NATO, which are priced at $4,000. The fact that the output of shells in the US and EU “lags behind” Russia poses “a major challenge” for the Ukrainian military amid the conflict with Moscow, Sky News stressed.

According to the broadcaster, Ukraine’s frontline troops are complaining that they can only fire one round for every five shells launched from the Russian side. The Pentagon said last fall that it plans to increase its output of 155mm rounds from 28,000 to 100,000 per month by the end of 2025. The EU announced in March that its goal is to ramp ammunition production capacity to 2 million shells per year during the same period. During a meeting with the leadership of Russia’s defense industry enterprises on Saturday, President Vladimir Putin said that the production of ammunition in the country has increased 14-fold, drone manufacturing has increased four-fold, and the assembly of tanks and armored vehicles has increased 3.5-fold since the launch of the military operation in Ukraine in February 2022.

“It’s a good pace, a large volume,” the president stressed, adding that the output of the country’s military-industrial complex continues to grow. “I want to thank you and your teams for dealing with such large-scale tasks,” he told the industry leaders. Moscow has warned repeatedly that deliveries of weapons and ammunition to Kiev by the US and its allies will not prevent it from achieving its military goals, adding that it will merely prolong the fighting and could increase the risk of a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO. According to officials, the provision of arms, the sharing of intelligence, and the training of Ukrainian troops obviate that Western nations have already become de-facto parties to the conflict.

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Trump wants peace. NATO does not. So they try to come up with something he cannot touch when elected.

“..a permanent NATO military fund for Ukraine worth $100 bln a year..”

NATO To ‘Institutionalize’ Arms Support For Kiev At US Summit (TASS)

NATO will establish a permanent entity at July’s summit in Washington to organize mandatory arms supplies to Ukraine and their financing, with the amount to be determined later, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, speaking at a NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting. “Support must start to flow in again, but delays and also the fact that not everything is delivered as promised, has caused serious consequences. That’s also the reason why I have suggested that at the summit we agree a bigger NATO role in coordinating and providing security assistance and training for Ukraine. Because I strongly believe that we need a firmer, stronger institutionalized structure for the support. Ad hoc, short-term, voluntary announcements are good, but in the long term we need more predictable, stronger support for Ukraine,” he emphasized. According to Stoltenberg, the budget has not been agreed yet. The secretary general said earlier that it was necessary to create a permanent NATO military fund for Ukraine worth $100 bln a year.

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Switzerland just sold out its long lasting status of neutrality.

“Under these circumstances, Switzerland cannot be a neutral host by definition, let alone a mediator..”

Ukraine Conference is Propaganda to Cover Up Zelensky’s Illegitimacy (Sp.)

Russian President Vladimir Putin “is correct” when he states that the goal of the upcoming Ukraine ‘peace’ conference in Switzerland is to try to confirm Volodymyr Zelensky’s legitimacy to the Western community, Christopher C. Black, an international criminal lawyer with 20 years of experience in war crimes and international relations and a commentator on international affairs, told Sputnik. “It is a propaganda exercise to try to cover up the fact the Kiev regime is not legitimate. Of course legitimacy cannot be assured by statements by supporters of an illegitimate regime and those who arranged the coup d’etat of 2014,” Black pointed out.He was echoed by Francis Boyle, a professor of international law at the University of Illinois’ College of Law, who said in an interview with Sputnik that “everyone knows that the conference in Switzerland is a joke and a fraud that is based upon Zelensky’s peace program.”

“[The] Switzerland [summit] will just be an anti-Russian propaganda stunt designed to further vilify Russia in the eyes of the world. I am surprised the Swiss government is going along with it. But, of course, Switzerland is a member of NATO’s Partnership For Peace (PFP) and is no longer truly neutral — I have lectured there against this and told the Swiss they should pull out of NATO/PFP,” Boyle noted. As for Zelensky, he “has never been a legitimate president of Ukraine,” Black argued. According to him, the last legitimate president of Ukraine was Viktor Yanukovich, “who was overthrown in the NATO orchestrated coup d’etat of 2014” and who “has never served out his complete term.” “So when the Kiev coup regime conducted subsequent elections they could not be considered free and fair by any standards in the world. They were all rigged to maintain the coup regime in power under different figures or puppets,” the analyst noted.

In this vein, he referred to the people of eastern Ukraine who “have never accepted the legitimacy of the regime installed by NATO in the coup of 2014 for two reasons – it was a regime that still regards them as enemies and their democratic choice was denied” and “their chosen president [Yanukovich] was overthrown.” The remarks come after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that discussing security issues at the Switzerland conference will be “absolutely futile” without the participation of Russia. “Most likely, it will be just empty scholasticism with no prospect of getting at least some tangible result,” Peskov added. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova earlier confirmed that Russia was not planning to participate in the summit due to be held in Buergenstock, Switzerland, on June 15-16. She also said that Russia had no confidence in Bern, a supporter of the Ukrainian government in Kiev that has implemented several rounds of EU sanctions against Russia. “Under these circumstances, Switzerland cannot be a neutral host by definition, let alone a mediator,” the spokeswoman underscored.

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“We should not be afraid of our own strength,” she declares..”

The Small Baltic States Lead The EU In Insanity (Paul Craig Roberts)

The president of Estonia (population 1,319,000 million) pledges to bring Russia “to its knees.” The prime minister of Estonia says she is not afraid of Russia and favors sending troops to Ukraine. “We should not be afraid of our own strength,” she declares. Lithuania (population 2,696,000) also thinks it is a good idea. The prime minister of Latvia (population 1,883,000) says she supports sending troops to Ukraine. The population of one Russian City, St. Petersburg is 5,600,000.

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“We will do everything possible to bring Russia and Putin to their knees,” Karis stressed. “Then it will be possible to start serious negotiations on ending the war in Ukraine.”

Estonian President Pledges To Bring Russia ‘To Its Knees’ (RT)

Estonian President Alar Karis has claimed that meaningful discussions on ending the Ukraine conflict can only take place when Moscow is fully subdued. The head of state also called on Western nations to attempt to force political change in Russia. In an interview with the news website Yle on Sunday – ahead of Finnish President Alexander Stubb’s state visit to Tallinn on Monday – Karis expressed skepticism over whether Russia can “change” quickly enough to “respond to our [Western] understanding of democracy.” He urged Western powers to intensify the pressure on Moscow – referring to sanctions imposed by the EU and US since the start of the conflict – with the goal of fueling public discontent among ordinary Russians. “We will do everything possible to bring Russia and Putin to their knees,” Karis stressed. “Then it will be possible to start serious negotiations on ending the war in Ukraine.”

Russia had a “chance” when the USSR ended, but then something went “wrong,” and now even regime change and the removal of President Vladimir Putin would not have the effect desired by the West, he argued. “Maybe you have to wait a little longer, many similar leaders, before change occurs,” he continued. Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in February 2022, the Estonian leadership has adopted a hawkish stance towards Moscow, regularly referring to the country as “an aggressor” and an “existential threat” to the Baltic states.

Last week Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas suggested that the conflict between Moscow and Kiev should end with the breakup of the Russian Federation into separate states, arguing that it would bring “a change in society.” She repeatedly urged NATO nations to keep “all options on the table” to ensure that Moscow “loses the war.” The Kremlin has consistently decried Western involvement in the conflict, accusing NATO of waging a proxy war against Russia. Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that “the acute phase of the military-political confrontation with the West” is currently in “full swing,” with no end in sight, claiming that “many facts” indicate that “Europe as a partner” will remain irrelevant for at least another generation.

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“..the arrests were likely connected to Zelensky’s attempts to purge all people he does not trust, as his popularity dwindles..”

Zelensky Bodyguard Told His Men To Surrender – The Times (RT)

One of the Ukrainian officers arrested earlier this month for allegedly trying to assassinate the country’s leaders told his men to lay down their arms after the conflict with Russia erupted over two years ago, The Times has claimed. The SBU, Kiev’s security agency and successor to the Soviet KGB, has arrested two colonels serving in the State Security Administration, which is responsible for the personal protection of senior officials. On Sunday, the British newspaper reported new details about their alleged activities. The SBU claims Andrey Guk and a subordinate named Derkach were willing to assist Russia in executing a coordinated missile strike, which would have killed Vladimir Zelensky and other senior figures in the Ukrainian government sometime in early May. The Times spoke to an SBU insider, who claimed on condition of anonymity that Guk had become a traitor right after the Ukraine conflict erupted, when he instructed presidential bodyguards not to resist Russian forces.

“He told them: ‘We are not the armed forces, we don’t have a particular task to defend Ukraine and I’m not paid enough to organize Brest Fortress here,’” the officer said, referring to an outpost in Belarus, which heroically stood against a Nazi onslaught during Adolf Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union. According to the report, Guk retained his position because his words were dismissed as an emotional outburst. The Times said his men had “realized he was acting under orders from” the Russian intelligence, which came as a shock. The colonel’s alleged betrayal could be explained by the fact that he was born in Russia, the newspaper suggested. The SBU claims that Guk also received some $3,000 a month plus expenses while working for Moscow.

After the Ukrainian agency first claimed that it had thwarted an assassination plot involving the two colonels, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said no statements coming from the SBU “can be treated as truthful.” The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) said last week that the arrests were likely connected to Zelensky’s attempts to purge all people he does not trust, as his popularity dwindles. Zelensky’s five-year term in office has expired, and he has postponed elections under the martial law that remains in force in Ukraine. Ruslan Stefanchuk, the speaker of the national parliament, declared last Thursday that only “enemies of Ukraine” express doubts regarding Zelensky’s claim to the presidency.

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“Just for clarity, this (i.e. Ukraine) is Russia’s existential war which it will fight, no matter what it takes..”

The Brink Of Dissolution: Neurosis In West As Levee Breaks (Alastair Crooke)

[..] how and why can the West be said to be accelerating its own dissolution? The NY Times gives the clue to the ‘why’: The old ‘Anglo’ obsession with a defiant Russia that the West has never been able to bend to their will. And now, Russia and China have signed a joint statement somewhat similar to the ‘no limits’ friendship declared in February 2022 but reaching further. It portrays their relationship as “superior to political and military alliances of the Cold War era. Friendship between the two States has no limits, there are no ‘forbidden’ areas of cooperation … ”. Put starkly, this breaches the long-standing western rule of triangulation: the U.S. must stand with either the one, Russia or China, against the other; but never should China and Russia be permitted to band together versus the U.S.! – a doctrine sanctified in western ‘canon law’ since Mackinder’s time in the 19th Century. Yet, that ‘two versus one’ is precisely what Team Biden inadvertently have ‘done’.

What then, constitutes the ‘how’? The problem with the western solutions to any geo-political problem is that they invariably comprise more of the same. The combination of this deep disdain for Russia – subsumed into the undercurrent fear of Russia as a putative geo-strategic competitor – invites a western recourse to repeating the same triangulation approach, without due reflection on whether circumstances have changed, or not. This is the case here and now – making for a ‘clear and present’ risk of unintended and damaging escalation: A prospect that might midwife the very thing that the West most fears – a loss of control, spiralling the system down into freefall. The Mistake: Ray McGovern, a former U.S. Presidential briefer, has chronicled how as “Biden took office in 2021, his advisers assured him that he could play on Russia’s fear (sic) of China – and drive a wedge between them. This represents the ‘mother of all errors’ of judgement, because it brings about the circumstances in which the western ‘Order’ may dissolve”.

“This [presumption of Russian weakness] became embarrassingly clear when Biden said to Putin during their Geneva summit … let me ask a rhetorical question: ‘You got a multi-thousand-mile border with China. China is seeking to be the most powerful economy in the world and the largest and the most powerful military in the world’.” McGovern observes that this meeting gave Putin clear confirmation that Biden and his advisers were stuck in a woefully outdated appraisal of Russia-China relations. Here is the bizarre way Biden described his approach to Putin on China: At the airport after the summit, Biden’s aides did their best to whisk him onto the plane but failed to stop him from sharing more ‘wisdom’ on China: “Russia is in a very, very difficult spot right now. They are being squeezed by China”. ‘Yes’: More of the same! Biden was trying, on the advice of his experts, to insert the ubiquitous western ‘wedge’ between Russia and an ‘BIG’ China.

After these remarks, Putin and Xi spent the rest of 2021 trying to disabuse Biden of the “China squeeze” meme: This mutual effort culminated in the Xi-Putin ‘no limits’ friendship summit of that year. If the advisers had been paying attention however, they would have threaded a long history of Russo-Chinese rapprochement. But no, they were ideologically frozen in the view that the two were destined to be eternal enemies. Doubling Down on the Mistake. It gets worse: Then, in a 30 December 2021 telephone conversation, Biden assured Putin that “Washington had no intention of deploying offensive strike weapons in Ukraine”. However, Foreign Minister Lavrov has revealed that when he met Blinken in Geneva in January 2022, the U.S. Secretary of State pretended he had not heard of Biden’s undertaking to Putin on 30 December 2021. Rather, Blinken insisted that U.S. medium-range missiles could be deployed in Ukraine, and that the U.S. might be willing to consider limiting their number.

In August 2019, when the U.S. withdrew from the treaty banning intermediate-range missiles in Europe, the U.S. had already deployed missiles in Romania and Poland (saying their purpose was ostensibly ‘to defend against Iran’). However, the tubes installed are deliberately configured to accommodate nuclear warhead equipped, cruise and ballistic missiles; but here is the rub: it is not possible to determine which missile is loaded, as the tubes have lids to them. The time for these missiles to reach Moscow would be 9 minutes from Poland, and 10 from Romania. But if, as Blinken threatened, missiles might be installed in Ukraine, it would drop to only 7 minutes (and were it to be a hypersonic missile, which the U.S. does not yet possess, it would be a mere 2-3 minutes). Just for clarity, this (i.e. Ukraine) is Russia’s existential war which it will fight, no matter what it takes. Beijing is fully aware of the high stakes involved for Russia (and ultimately for China, too).

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“A reporter named David Pugliese, who works for the Ottawa Citizen, has been the single source of the publicity against Kearney..”

Canada Afraid To Prosecute Colonel For Saying Ukrainian War Is Lost (Helmer)

A new press release in Ottawa reports that the court martial announced for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Colonel Robert Kearney for his disagreement with Canadian, American, and British military planners of Ukrainian battlefield operations against Russia may not proceed. The Canadian government news slip reveals the allegations of disloyalty against Kearney announced publicly last month are now likely to be abandoned. On April 29 a CAF press release was issued in Ottawa claiming that as a senior planning officer based in the UK and in Romania for Ukraine war operations, Kearney had made “derogatory and disloyal comments about Senior CAF [[Canadian] and NATO [US, UK] members. The first offence allegedly occurred in December of 2021 and four subsequent offences ranged from January 2023 to November 2023. The offences are alleged to have taken place in the United Kingdom and in Romania.”

Kearney was at the time of his “disloyal comments” the assistant chief of staff at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) in Innsworth, United Kingdom. In this role, Kearney supervised more than 400 staff officers from the armies of the UK, US, Canada, Italy, Denmark, and other NATO states. ARRC and NATO press releases claim Kearney’s unit has been operating against Russia in Estonia and in Romania “in its primary role as a war fighting Corps Headquarters.” Under Section 129 of Canada’s Defence Act – the provision of military law reportedly being applied against Kearney — prosecution of soldiers is allowed for an undefined “act, conduct, disorder, or neglect to the prejudice of discipline”. The penalty for conviction is “dismissal with disgrace”, which includes loss of pension. This law has not been tested — no officer of Kearney’s rank has been charged and prosecuted for a Section 129 offence in a court martial before.

Canadian military sources believe Kearney is being threatened with court martial now because the Canadian government’s policy to finance, arm, train, plan, and direct Ukrainian operations against Russia is being defeated; and that the military collapse east of Kiev now risks loss of more territory and the lives of Canadians currently working in the Ukraine and at cross-border bases in Poland and Romania. At least one thousand Canadians have been counted by the Russian Defense Ministry on the battlefield since the start of the Special Military Operation; by March of this year, 422 had been confirmed killed in action. Loss of confidence in the Ukraine war has become increasingly public in the military staffs of the US, France and Germany, but this is being kept secret in the UK and Canada.

On May 15, a new press Canadian government release was issued acknowledging that, in fact, no charges have been filed against Kearney, and that the “military [have] yet to decide on court martial for colonel accused of making derogatory comments about Canadian Forces leaders”. The new press release, issued ten days ago in an email to an Ottawa journalist, reversed the meaning of the earlier government announcement. The new message divulges that Kearney has been accused by officers he had criticized for their professional incompetence, but he has not been charged with a military offence. “National Defence spokeswoman Andrée-Anne Poulin noted the charges against Kearney have now been referred to the Director of Military Prosecutions. ‘The prosecutor assigned to review the case will first complete the post-charge analysis,’ she explained in an email.

If the prosecutor prefers charges, and once the counsel for the accused indicates they are ready to proceed, the case will be brought before the Chief Military Judge, at a scheduling conference.’ Once the dates for the trial have been identified, the court martial administrator will issue a convening order, and a summons to the accused, which will specify the date for the court martial, Poulin added.” Canadian lawyers point out that the conditional “if” and “once” in this defence ministry statement are a new sign that the political costs of prosecuting Kearney have become too high to proceed against him. A reporter named David Pugliese, who works for the Ottawa Citizen, has been the single source of the publicity against Kearney. According to his newspaper, Pugliese is “an award-winning journalist covering Canadian Forces and military issues in Canada.”

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“This will not just end the US military and financial empire abroad. It will also end the welfare state at home.”

Biden’s Tariffs Are Another Nail in the Dollar’s Coffin (Ron Paul)

President Biden recently raised taxes on American consumers and businesses and may have hastened the end of the dollar’s world reserve currency status. President Biden did this by increasing tariffs on Chinese imports. Specifically, President Biden raised tariffs on products including Chinese-produced steel and aluminum and many components imported from China for use in manufacturing electric vehicle batteries. Tariffs on Chinese-made semiconductors are rising from 25 to 50 percent while tariffs on Chinese-made electronic vehicles are rising from 25 percent to an astounding 100 percent. Of course, the costs of these tariffs will be borne by Americans wishing to purchase electric cars and American electric car manufacturers that use material imported from China. These new tariffs thus undercut Biden’s goal of getting more Americans to drive electric cars.

The tariffs on Chinese goods give China even greater Inventive to challenge the dollar’s world reserve currency status. The same week Biden imposed these tariffs, China President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced they were strengthening their alliance in order to better challenge US military and economic hegemony. This is a reaction to US foreign policy of the post-Cold War era which has reversed the Richard Nixon-Henry Kissinger strategy of pursuing good relations with China.

A part of the announcement recognized use of the Chinese yuan and Russian ruble for over 90 percent of the trade between the two countries. This is only the latest challenge to the dollar’s world reserve currency status. China’s share of the global economy has more than doubled in the last twenty years from 8.9 percent to 18.5 percent while the US share of the global economy has fallen from 20.1 percent to 15.5 percent. China’s rise is one reason why the US currency held by foreign central banks has dropped from over 70 percent in the early 2000s to under 60 percent today.

Last year, China and Saudi Arabia agreed to expand their use of their own currencies in trade between the two countries. This is the first time the Saudis have agreed to use a currency other than the dollar for the oil trade since Henry Kissinger negotiated a deal where the Saudis would trade exclusively in dollars in return for US support for the Saudi regime. The “petrodollar” is a major reason why the dollar retained the world reserve currency status after President Nixon severed the last link between the dollar and gold.

If the dollar loses its world reserve currency status, the US government would lose the ability to “weaponize the dollar.” Other countries would then have less incentive to abide by US demands, including related to regime changes. It would also reduce other countries’ interest in purchasing US debt instruments. This would increase pressure on the Federal Reserve to monetize the debt, creating more price inflation and leading to a major economic crisis. This will not just end the US military and financial empire abroad. It will also end the welfare state at home.

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Raisi was not “just some kind of butcher..”

Raisi’s Legacy is a Beacon For Posterity (Bhadrakumar)

Raisi’s three-year term stands out for his non-involvement in the bickering endemic to Iran’s various powers and institutions, including parliament, judiciary, Revolutionary Guard Corps, military, intelligence services, the police agencies, clerical elite, the ubiquitous bazaar, the Friday prayer leaders, and so on. Having been a cleric who spent his entire public life in the judiciary, he acquired a deep understanding of Ayatollah Khomeini’s vision of velayat-e faqih as crucial to the Islamic government. Hence, his total submission to the Supreme Leader was anchored on the conviction that it is essential for the harmonious functioning of the system. Arguably, in the past three years, the presidency and the government showed a rare unity of purpose, even in the face of the concerted fueling of protests by western powers.

Raisi openly attributed his actions and policies to the Supreme Leader’s instructions. This meant that the government’s paralysis due to incessant factional feuds disappeared. The breakneck speed with which Tehran could advance its nuclear program, resisting pressure from Washington and Brussels, testified to this. When Raisi came to power, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated by the previous government had reached a cul-de-sac. Raisi’s administration tried to negotiate with the US through European intermediaries to revive the nuclear deal. However, the Biden administration ultimately refused to re-enter the JCPOA, and the EU proved ineffective as a mediator. As things stand, Iran is a nuclear threshold state. Equally, last October, the UN arms embargo on missile transfers to Iran ended, as the European members of the Security Council decided not to instigate the snapback mechanism. Iran can now legally supply the missiles, and sanctioning such arms transfers is voluntary. This has been a tremendous diplomatic victory.

From a longer-term perspective, another big shift in the situation around Iran is Washington’s tacit recognition that Tehran can be a factor of regional stability and security in the West Asian quagmire. The New York Times reported on 18 May that talks took place between senior officials of the US and Iran in the past week, the first such conversations after the Iran–Israel “tit-for-tat” missile strikes. Brett McGurk, the top White House official on West Asia policy, and Abram Paley, the deputy special envoy for Iran, attended the talks in Oman alongside Iran’s newly appointed interim Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani, who has played an active role in Iran’s nuclear negotiations with the US and European powers over the years.

[..] The Iranian news agency Nour News coined an apt description of the vital link between Iran’s diplomatic strategies and the battlefield needs of the Axis of Resistance under Raisi’s watch – “rational resistance.” At any rate, the geostrategic reality is that if Israel feels boxed in today, Iran is responsible for it. Raisi realized that hard power alone could not solve the looming crisis and understood the importance of soft power embodied in Iran’s culture and values through which it could generate trust and mobilize the regional and international audience around forward agendas that looked beyond the military and political problems. Abhorrence of war has become axiomatic in Raisi’s approach, which in turn has transmuted Iran’s “soft power.” That became possible only because Raisi understood deeply that power is nothing more than the ability to affect others to get what you want.

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“Even more cringe-making was his choice of song, Neil Young’s ‘Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World’. Not only was Blinken tone deaf to the horror of war, but he was oblivious to the fact that the song is an explicit condemnation of American imperialist barbarity…”

Blinken’s Blunders Epitomize The Bankruptcy Of US Power And Diplomacy (SCF)

As the Iranian nation mourned the tragic death of President Ebrahim Raisi this week, the United States could not even muster a respectful offer of condolence. The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, officially that country’s top diplomat, made a crass remark that the Iranian people would be “better off”. This as the Islamic Republic had declared five days of mourning for the late president whose funeral in the city of Mashhad was attended by millions of Iranians. President Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash along with the country’s much-respected Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and several other dignitaries who were also on board the aircraft. The fatal crash happened in treacherous weather over a mountainous region in northwest Iran as the president’s entourage returned from a visit to Azerbaijan. Most of the world expressed shock and grief over the loss. The UN General Assembly held a minute’s silence and at the funeral, 68 nations were represented including officials from Russia and China.

The United States and Iran have been staunch adversaries for more than half a century following the Iranian revolution in 1979. Nevertheless, it is a basic matter of diplomacy and etiquette for countries to show a token of sympathy at such a time of national mourning. The disgraceful and cheap comments about the death of Iran’s president show how inadequate Blinken is as the supposed U.S. primary diplomat. But the failure is not merely a personal matter, it epitomizes the general collapse of Washington’s political quality and international standing. The United States presumes to be a world leader but it evidently has no class. Biden, the president and Blinken’s boss, is a foul-mouthed crank who regularly insults other leaders with ignorant prejudice.

On Blinken’s insult over the Iranian president’s death, Russia’s presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed the disgust of many observers around the world when he said: “It is hard to believe that a diplomat — let alone a high-ranking official of a country such as the United States — would make such a clumsy remark, to say the least. In essence, it was an insult directed at an entire nation.” Apart from the lack of human decency, there is a total lack of politics. Blinken’s offensive comment comes at a moment of extreme tension in the Middle East amid a genocide perpetrated by the Israeli regime with support from the United States. The powder-keg situation could explode at any time into an international war engulfing the entire region. Israel and Iran have already exchanged military blows. All diplomats worth their salt should be trying to calm tensions, not inflame them. Blinken’s contemptible insult to the Iranian people is a reckless provocation.

But such sensibility and respect are too much to expect from Blinken who has shown himself to be way out of his depth as a diplomat. Last week, the “top diplomat” embarrassed his office by playing guitar on stage in a bar during an official visit to Kiev. Blinken was in the Ukrainian capital promising billions of dollars more in military aid to prolong a bloody and futile proxy war against Russia. Reliable estimates put the Ukrainian military death toll at over 500,000 in over two years of combat. Yet, here was Blinken strumming electric guitar with a local rock band. Even more cringe-making was his choice of song, Neil Young’s ‘Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World’. Not only was Blinken tone deaf to the horror of war, but he was oblivious to the fact that the song is an explicit condemnation of American imperialist barbarity. How could anyone be so stupid and insensitive? That is the measure of Antony Blinken right there.

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    Edward Hopper Second Story Sunlight 1960   • Saving our Democracy This Memorial Day (Jim Kunstler) • Why the Trump Trial Could End With a Hung Ju
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 28 2024]

    #159857
    Dr D Rich
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    **********serviceman************

    Colonel equals Captain(Navy) Kearney uttered disloyal comments against operatives in Ukraine.

    A future admiral Bill Roberts accused me of similar misconduct…… ~20 years ago for asking two questions about operatives in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cuban.

    Bill said: “you weakened the nation”
    Me: How so Skipper?
    Bill: ***still no answer 20 years later****

    Here’s the question posed to the Navy Surgeon General Don Arthur at a public forum in Washington D.C.

    Admiral,
    1.what are your expectations for the conduct of Navy doctors, nurses and corpsmen in the care and treatment of enemy POWs and combatants held at Abu Ghraib, Bagram and GITMO?

    2. Do you expect Navy Medical personnel to abide by the proscriptions defined in Navy Regulations Title X, the UCMJ, The Geneva Conventions and Law of Land Warfare?

    Good luck to Kearney..
    May the good Colonel give us follow up in 20 years to see how it goes….

    #159859
    tboc
    Participant

    Thank you Dr D Rich, 159,858, for placing a point of temporal reference.

    the history of your experience is evidence the culture of deceit is not a recent phenomena, thank you for your chronicles

    #159860
    tboc
    Participant

    US Department of State, saving the village since 1968

    #159861
    aspnaz
    Participant

    US Fleet Forces Commander Admiral Says NON-CITIZENS are attempting to INFILTRATE our military bases.

    If they can vote then these “non-Citizens” are the same as citizens? If they can vote then they have as much right to see what they voted for as any citizen. And here I was thinking that the US forces were solely the chicks with dicks in mini skirts, not the admiral chafing his collar because now he has to share “Simone” (was Simon just weeks back) in the little red tutu with Rodriquez.

    #159862
    Oroboros
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    • Russia Producing Shells at 25% Price of NATO Countries, 3x Faster

    The Empire of Lies: Duh’merica is the Arsenal of Despotism

    The Military Industrial Mafia can not produce any weapons that function in a peer to peer conflict.

    Period

    No ifs, no ands, no buts

    The “grift overload” is now so fantastically enormous is overwhelms the basic functionally of the third rate weapons produced.

    The F-35 Lardbucket is the Pinnacle of Putrefaction.

    Duh’merica’s “weapons” are like pinching a loaf on the potty.

    The Empire of Lies Patron Saint & Guiding Light

    “Believe in Something
    Even if it means Sacrificing Everyone”

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    #159863
    Dr. D
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    “Ukraine Faces a Crucial Moment in the War: Two years after Russia launched its invasion, the fighting is shifting in its favor.” — The New Yorker

    Wow. Just, wow. Is that BECAUSE they have no men, or DESPITE they have no men?

    “Musk recently said he expected xAI to catch up to OpenAI and DeepMind Google by the end of 2024…

    That it lies faster, or lies more convincingly? Yes, when all employees are trained and rewarded to lie and be incompetent, then it’s easy to replace them. You could replace them with a Twister wheel and a book of Mad Libs. Replacing competence, and something other than random word-soup, monkey dart board decisions is far harder.

    ““Israel doesn’t get to decide whether or not the Palestinians have a right to self-determination.”

    Yeah? Or else what? You and whose army?

    Do you understand now why we HAVE armies? Yes, in our lifetimes they were only MIS used, but that doesn’t mean they can be properly used, or exist for moral reasons.

    Kunstler: Ah a day when Howard is feeling as cynical as I am.

    It’s like ‘America is at that awkward stage; it’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.’ — Claire Wolfe “101 Things to Do ‘Til the Revolution”

    But the Libertarian Party threw its full weight behind Trump it seems: they nominated a gay, vaxxed, mask-wearing, child-amputating candidate. Gooooo Liberty!

    “• Why the Trump Trial Could End With a Hung Jury (Turley)

    I guess they’ve reached the goal they were always headed for: no objective truth at all. Not even any attempt at it.

    • NATO Falling Into ‘Wartime Ecstasy’ – Kremlin (RT)

    Yes, the sanguine insouciance of the entire West, to a man, like Speaker Johnson saying, “Hey, yeah, let’s just bomb all Russia with long-range missiles, I’m sure nothing will happen” is unspeakable. Like I DO talk about them being LITERALLY PSYCHOTIC all day, but this, THIS is what “Literally Psychotic”, “total break from reality” means.

    Okay well, Russia’s going to bomb us then. I’m not sure what that means because they have restraint and understand the situation accurately as far I can tell. So they know they’re not at war with the PEOPLE, and in fact the People will joyfully overthrow Macron, Biden, etc, with little song birds on each shoulder like Snow White. But Russia needs to “SIGNAL”, something they’re not experts in, to the LEADERS, without a Pearl Harbor which is what the leaders are desperate for. That’s pretty tough, and they know it, and they know they made it tough. But I think they can do it since they can hit anywhere on earth with the push of a button, it only requires these months or years to develop that chess move, something else they excel at.

    Maybe the better plan is to very suddenly rush right to the border and see what happens. Ukraine collapsing with all these worthless pipe dreams, all their collateral, will shatter CON-fidence in NATO and the West, yet Russia wouldn’t have to “escalate” in a visible manner or expand the field of operation yet.

    I talk a lot about Russia’s advantages because they’re using them well and the Press keeps Making S—t Up and denying them. Like above. Don’t you know Ukraine is winning? Green shoots, they’re turning the corner now! But what about Russia’s DIS-advantages? There are a bunch, — and let’s point out that all the internal tours about war production has Russia planning this war-armament PERMANENTLY – but they come down to: they are not a projecting force, AND, they have too few men.

    That’s one reason Joe Biden is murdering every Slav he can find worldwide. If over, Ukraine’s population would join with Russia’s and offset one of their weaknesses right now. Europe is trying to draw Russia in (again) and do the same plan (again) that worked when these guys were only 70 years old, about 100 years ago. China vs Russia! You can’t trust those guys! Reagan makes the military too large for the economy! Stinger missiles in Charlie Wilson’s War! Heroes! We always arm and bomb Muslim extremists, wherever found worldwide, like the Chechens who murdered a theatre, or the Crocus gay bois! It’s always the best time for MURDER. Point being, these plans are like ONE HUNDRED years old. TWO hundred. Three hundred. Like all our leaders, and anyone in the U.S. or West who has a nickel, ‘cause sure the Millennials don’t, and they’re 40 now. (Nor GenX. Who???)

    These PLANS ARE RETARDED. It’s like developing your war plan with Sopwith Camels. Sir? Those planes no longer exist, it’s 1946 and we have JETS now. Nope! Not our geniuses here in the West!

    Russia knows this, they know Europe is trying to draw them out, away from their base, draw them into Europe, dilute them, then overwhelm them with 400M Europeans, but they still have the same challenges even knowing. Europe is desperate to start a world war they can throw those 400M hateful, disgusting, useless humans at Russia for, reduce the population, get some Leibensraum and stop the stink around here, WHILE cutting Russia back to 90M or something. And what’s Russia supposed to do to stop them if Europe, their closest neighbor, won’t stop? They can’t move Russia to a different CONTINENT and get a better class neighborhood.

    So yes, the Europeans are feckless, losing, pinheads, but even a retarded trust fund kid, if he’s too drooling moronic to comprehend reality, can poke you all day in the back seat of the car. And yes, you can take a swing at him, but won’t he just spasm and thrash about with his Euro-helmet on, tied to the side of the bus ceiling? Who is that helping?

    Russia has too few men. They did not build the army to project power and occupy things, nor should they. They may, they are starting presence in Africa, but like us in the 50s that will take generations. Europe knows this and is trying to push them into acting on their disadvantages. Russia is aware and isn’t doing it, but that doesn’t mean they won’t.

    “• ECB Tells Banks To ‘Get Out Of Russia’ (RT)

    I forget the additions to the long list, but they keep cutting off Europe and America from the BRIICS, so we can collapse quicker without harming them. Very nice of us.

    “• Russia Producing Shells at 25% Price of NATO Countries, 3x Faster (RT)

    Russia has said (implied) that this is permanent. That means they anticipate a long or endless war. Another problem: suppose they win, Europe collapses into the s—thole they’ve become, then what? Yes, the MICMAC takes over Russia just like they did us in the 50s. Under/before Ike. The evil just clouds over and moves to another state. Now this is a 20-40 year issue, and there may BE no solution such as humans found yet, but there it is. Will it be any good for the “Moral” Russia to just get powerful and corrupted all over again? Like we have? It’s like the same turd in the punchbowl, we’re just mixing it around, and I’m sick of this s–t.

    ““..a permanent NATO military fund for Ukraine worth $100 bln a year..”

    Great Plan! With what money? With a trillion every 100 days and a trillion in interest?

    “the goal of the upcoming Ukraine ‘peace’ conference in Switzerland is to try to confirm Volodymyr Zelensky’s legitimacy”

    You don’t know how disheartening this is. Both Switzerland, AND they choose to support Ze after he is ALREADY and definitively, legally, a dictator and tyrant with no social or legal legitimacy. THAT, is when Switzerland jumps into the breach to sell their neutrality. THAT is how far gone they are.

    The Swiss people are going to have to stop what they’re doing, take measure, and go up there and fix it, first order of business. And that will knock Switz off the chess board for a while, or even lose altogether. With these guys. They cannot tolerate peace or neutrality ANYWHERE on earth, so long as they breathe. Shoot these guys for resisting arrest and think of them no more.

    ““We should not be afraid of our own strength,” she declares..”

    There’s nothing to add to this. She is her own joke, and I guess they will all die?

    “Estonian President Alar Karis has claimed that meaningful discussions on ending the Ukraine conflict can only take place when Moscow is fully subdued.”

    That is, we’ll negotiate your unconditional surrender. What is wrong with the West? Do other cultures act this way? And you think Americans are stupid when we only leave everybody alone? If we could remove the eugenics-loving Europhiles on the coast, you wouldn’t hear nothing from us except orders for 4-Wheeler parts.

    “• The Brink Of Dissolution: Neurosis In West

    “Neurosis” is very kind.

    “Yet, that ‘two versus one’ is precisely what Team Biden inadvertently have ‘done’.”

    IDidIt
    https://rlv.zcache.com/joe_biden_i_did_that_rectangular_sticker-r3de6b35f242d4d928c0127e4b8a32569_0ugdw_8byvr_736.jpg

    In other news, the Marines are training to attack China and Taiwan. No, re-read that.

    The Marines are training to attack and invade China.

    I just don’t have any words, I have entirely run out of words for describing madness, which is infinite, versus sanity, which is specific. That’s like landing one Boy Explorer on the coast of Africa and describing how he is going to take over and be king from Cote to Ethiopia, from Egypt to Johannesburg. Yup. Even in a kid’s book that would be a parody, ridiculous. But that’s today’s Marines, I guess. Following a Navy with no ships and an Air Force with no jets.

    Okay, like Macron, you plan to send them in, get them all killed in a glorious, murderous, “Pearl Harbor” event.

    …And then what?

    No, really, and then what? France and the U.S. “mobilize”? With what? With 300 pound tattooed man-toddlers and no coal, oil, rail, shipyards, electric grid, no trucks, cars, or tractors made without Chinese parts? We’re going to mobilize our tranny army or American women who honestly believe a 99-pound blackbelt can beat up any man on earth? Cuz, Gurl Boss?

    As far as plans go, you “Have a plan” to cause an “Event” and “Mobilize” to total war footing is EQUALLY RETARDED as claiming you can land 40 Marines on the coast of Beijing and take over. They’re functionally equivalent. And it’s pointless to point out that YOU CAN’T TAKE OVER YEMEN, and you can’t even control two neighborhoods of Chicago.

    “Here is the bizarre way Biden described his approach to Putin on China: “Russia is in a very, very difficult spot right now. They are being squeezed by China”.

    It’s the geniuses at Yale and Harvard that gave him this gem of wisdom. Biden is incapable of thought and always has been, a lifelong plagiarist.

    “• Canada Afraid To Prosecute Colonel For Saying Ukrainian War Is Lost (Helmer)

    Afraid? Why would you even consider it?

    • Biden’s Tariffs Are Another Nail in the Dollar’s Coffin (Ron Paul)

    I thought tariffs were bad. Not when we do it? Yes, a nail in the coffin, but we don’t WANT the dollar to be the world currency, and we DO want the jobs and manufacturing that would bring back. Cut off the money is the only way to stop these guys. That means the US$ has to “fail”, drop 8:1 and go parity with the Yuan. Even that’s generous and I’m sure they’ll rig markets for years in a fit of lying and pretending until we finally match reality again.

    At the moment though, no nothin’. Are we waiting for Russia to smack us senseless to start this? Looks like.

    #159865
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Dr D

    This one’s for you:

    Congressmen reveal CIA uses weapon that makes target “feel like they’re going crazy”

    Hahahahahahahaaha!

    #159866
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The New Improved Russian TOS-2 Thermobarbic Vacuum Bomb Delivery System

    Gee the first TOS system was pretty awesomealicious

    Those Russians really do improve their weapons through live time field testing.

    How does a thermobaric bomb work?

    A thermobaric bomb (also called a vacuum or aerosol bomb – or fuel air explosive) consists of a fuel container with two separate explosive charges.

    This can be launched as a rocket or dropped as a bomb from aircraft.

    When it hits its target, the first explosive charge opens the container and widely scatters fuel mixture as a cloud.

    This cloud can penetrate any building openings or defenses that are not totally sealed.

    A second charge then detonates the cloud, resulting in a huge fireball, a massive blast wave and a vacuum which sucks up all surrounding oxygen.

    The weapon can destroy steel reinforced concrete buildings, any type of equipment and kill even the cockroaches in the corners.

    #159868
    poppie
    Participant

    Close the US Canada border. Make Alaska an economic development zone with Russia.

    #159869
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Adding to cheerful, animal photos:

    Bear

    Yay!

    #159870
    poppie
    Participant

    159,858 is gone. Where did it go?

    #159871
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/05/repression-peaceful-international-solidarity-demonstrations-against-human
    Repression of peaceful international solidarity demonstrations is against human rights: UN experts
    14 May 2024

    “Young people are frustrated with the lack of response from states, universities and non-state actors (including corporations) to promote peace and human rights,” the experts said. “They have a right to have their voices heard.”

    ————–
    It takes more than “TRUTH” words to get peace
    Fiction, Illusions, Lies, Propaganda

    NATO IS A DEFENSIVE ALLIANCE
    NATO is not into a direct confrontation with Russia.
    (urged NATO nations to keep “all options on the table” to ensure that Moscow “loses the war.” )
    (• NATO To ‘Institutionalize’ Arms Support For Kiev At US Summit (TASS))

    ————
    BANKERS WAR
    The European Central Bank (ECB) tells banks to get out of Russia.
    G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors
    Yellen warned secondary sanctions on lenders that do business in the country.
    ——–
    • Ukraine Conference is Propaganda to Cover Up Zelensky’s Illegitimacy (Sp.)

    “everyone knows that the conference in Switzerland is a joke and a fraud that is based upon Zelensky’s peace program.” – Francis Boyle

    absolutely futile” without the participation of Russia.
    absolutely futile” without the participation of China.
    absolutely futile” without the participation of USA.

    Switzerland cannot be a neutral host by definition, let alone a mediator,”
    —————
    • The Brink Of Dissolution: Neurosis In West As Levee Breaks (Alastair Crooke)

    Just for clarity, Beijing is fully aware of the high stakes involved for Russia (and ultimately for China, too).
    A prospect that might midwife the very thing that the West most fears – a loss of control, spiralling the system down into freefall. The Mistake: Ray McGovern, a former U.S. Presidential briefer, has chronicled how as “Biden took office in 2021, his advisers assured him that he could play on Russia’s fear (sic) of China – and drive a wedge between them. This represents the ‘mother of all errors’ of judgement, because it brings about the circumstances in which the western ‘Order’ may dissolve”.
    ———-
    The danger of telling the Truth.
    • Canada Afraid To Prosecute Colonel For Saying Ukrainian War Is Lost (Helmer)

    The new message divulges that Kearney has been accused by officers he had criticized for their professional incompetence, but he has not been charged with a military offence.
    ————
    Biden gets wrong advise, increasing tariffs on Chinese imports
    • Biden’s Tariffs Are Another Nail in the Dollar’s Coffin (Ron Paul)

    ————

    #159872
    Mr. House
    Participant

    So is surplus energy economics a limited hangout? A new article is released and will say the exact same thing as the last 40 articles!

    #159873
    Mr. House
    Participant

    IM Doc on the Accelerating Decline in American Medicine

    IM a DOC still good, his writing is wasted at naked capitalism though

    #159874
    zerosum
    Participant

    Copilot
    Using the web
    The lifespan of artillery gun barrels can vary based on several factors. Let’s explore this topic:

    General Range:
    The lifespan of a gun barrel can generally range from 100 to 1,000 rounds1.
    However, this estimate can significantly differ depending on the specific gun system, its design, and usage.
    Thermodynamic Cycle:
    When a gun barrel fires a projectile, it follows a thermodynamic cycle similar to that of a single-stroke engine1.
    This cycle involves extreme pressure, heat, and mechanical stress, which gradually wear down the barrel over time.
    Specific Examples:
    M777 Howitzer: The barrel on a modern artillery system like the M777 typically needs replacement after firing up to 2,500 rounds2.
    German PzH 2000: This howitzer can fire up to 4,500 shots before the barrel requires servicing3.
    Erosion-Reducing Additives:
    Researchers have explored methods to extend barrel lifespan.
    For example, adding certain materials directly to the propellant can increase the lifespan of a tank gun barrel from 240 to 700 rounds with only a small additional amount4.
    Remember that these estimates are approximate, and actual barrel life depends on factors like maintenance, quality of ammunition, and operational conditions. Regular inspections and adherence to manufacturer guidelines are crucial for ensuring safety and performance.

    Learn more
    1 tochnyi.info
    2 en.wikipedia.org
    3 technology.org
    4 link.springer.com
    5 sto.nato.int +2 more

    #159875
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    @tboc

    Ur welcome.

    The rules are good, written by enlightened ppl and those rules are being ignored, I suppose, for the sake of expediency.

    Elspeth Ritchie and The Uniformed Surgeons General explained the new found attraction of prisoner torture and detainee abuse was an expression of an appeal to a HIGHER ethical and moral calling to justice in defense of the nation.

    Doesn’t that sound like a herculean-level of Megalomania or treacherous musings of ppl with nothing better to do than badness

    ~20 years…..they all were rewarded and promoted. So I’m also not just a little suspicious about Colonel Kearney’s predicament. Usually they disappear you rather than make a public spectacle of it.
    Can’t have martyrs can we?

    Then, Canary Mission has got to do it’s thing, right?

    #159876
    jb-hb
    Participant

    I’ve taken a cursory glance a bunch of times at the latest trump trial. Partially because I couldn’t make clear sense of it, I just said “It’ll be made more clear once they get closer to a verdict. I’ll check back later.”

    I made a more serious effort to understand the basis of the trial today.

    1. You falsify business records
    2. You commit a crime related to elections dependent on crime#1?

    do I understand correctly, crime #1 is seriously the Stormy Daniels thing?

    and then 2 is… running for office with the consideration that Stormy Daniels not saying her story helps the election efforts in the sense of not hindering them?

    Haven’t we established that even if election fraud occurs as a matter of record on camera, if each individual instance wouldn’t have been enough to swing the election, then it’s not worth doing anything about?

    But didn’t Stormy Daniels go ahead and tell her story? Did it swing the election?

    I’m still not getting it. Falsification of business records is that lawyer paying Stormy and then the election crime is Stormy not saying bad stuff about trump, which she goes ahead and does? Conspiring to not have Stormy talk, unsuccessfully, is crime #2?

    “unlawfully influencing the 2016 election” I’m just not getting it. Are they reasoning “Stormy got paid not to talk, that’s illegal, ergo not talking was an unlawful influence”???

    …and paying off Stormy to begin with for non disclosure is only illegal because it would influence the election? By not talking?

    I checked wikipedia and it was unclear

    I checked CNN and at least they said it was “an illegal hush money trial”

    I’ve visited ABC, NBC, BBC, Reuters.

    they’re saying there’s a whole bunch of people testifying. there’s documents. trump was in contempt.

    Closest I can get to an explanation of wtf is going on is “a scheme to bury stories”

    Do I understand correctly, assuming trump knowingly paid off stormy directly (which if I understand correctly, testimony said he didn’t do? or the person saying he did is a perjurer who stole from him? Have I understood correctly?) …but let’s say he did…

    then every politician who has ever paid anyone for non disclosure on events or claimed events that are thought, after the fact, to possibly have been able to influence an election if they had not been omitted, has committed one or more felonies? Even when the story was not suppressed and then the electio went their way anyway?

    I’ve canvassed mainstream media and wikipedia and I cannot make any more sense of it – like, I am trying to take their view of this as opposed to laying any preconceptions over their information – didn’t even visit fox news. Am I grasping this accurately?

    #159877
    jb-hb
    Participant

    I also read through zerohedge comments on the story – sometimes there’ll be someone that sums things up.

    Lots of anti-trumpers saying, in response to people asking the same questions as me “you were already told” or “it’s in the news” etc — why does not a single one just reply spelling it out and answer the question? Must have seen at least a dozen replies like that. Don’t THEY know?

    #159878
    jb-hb
    Participant

    I don’t even get why the stormy daniels thing is plausible. I remember taking a moment, back when the story was first breaking, to do a google image search. With and without safe search activated.. I’m sorry but Stormy looks like a brick with two stick arms glued on. Kind of unattractive actually. Pull up any free porn aggregator website thenude, cherrynudes, freeones, whoever, and instantly see, without searching, 37,345 women better looking. Without having clicked into a search field or category, filtered or sorted anything. Just on the front page.

    A multi billionaire with a better looking wife and access to supermodels and beauty contestants is going to make it with a gravely substandard porn industry worker (her face isn’t even symmetrical) who has who knows what diseases and for whom sex is humdrum work …instead of a 4 star hooker or 42,000 better options in the porn industry, as undesirable as any pick from there would be?

    trump, who spends money to make the towels softer and put fake gold inlay into everything is being CHEAP and trying to get a low-grade version of the thing, for free, that Eliot Spitzer, with a fraction of the wealth and income, was willing to spend for the top-drawer stuff? (no, you fool! the 4 stars is for DIFFICULTY! You could break your #$%%&ing neck that way!!!)

    like, maybe that one sleezy guy you know that moves packages down at the local UPS sorting facility would want to be able to say “bro! made it with a #&in PORN STAR!!! f’n A!” But most people who are NOT rich and have NO ready access to easy sex nor attractive people, would nevertheless say “ew, no I will pass on that”

    does this whole story depend on our elite managerial class assuming that the general populace IS totally, completely degenerate? Like, if someone were presented with the opportunity for sex with a porn star, OF COURSE they would automatically take the opportunity practically without time for thought, in an instant? Pathetically try to CREATE the opportunity even if only imagined, who wouldn’t????

    therefore it’s perfectly plausible a billionaire would, because “it’s what I would do”???

    #159881
    tboc
    Participant

    Dr. D Rich there is a selection process for building organizations with “a herculean-level of Megalomania”.
    The US military had “Up or Out” for selecting those with “HIGHER ethical and moral calling to justice in defense of the nation”. Selecting for those willing to accept and execute unlawful orders not as an expediency, rather as standard operating procedure. (Colonel Vindman?)
    “Citizens United” validated the corporate world “Up or Out” and the unlawful use of “speech”.

    DEI is the method to used place the lipstick of incompetence on the pig of amoral behavior. I have the feeling you and i see a failure of ethics while others see a tremendous cultural success. There is a selection process and what we see is the success of that process in action. Human Resource Departments have criteria and goals.

    as far as “Canary Mission” which dictionary one holds, or imagines, influences how one defines “hate”.
    ex. “I detest those who murder children for profit in pursuit of foreign policy”
    “you are a traitor to the US foreign policy”
    “you hate Israel!”

    “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”. – John Jay

    #159882
    tboc
    Participant

    Dr. D Rich, one more thought and i will give you rest

    That portion of our society which we discuss have no experience of one of the most basic of human experience.

    i submit these have no experience to understand Mr. Ted Williams
    Mr. Williams, perhaps, the greatest practioner of his art failed three out of five attempts. Among those passionate about that art Mr. Williams is deemed to have a front row seat on the Olympus of his sport.

    The experience of having run the best sprint of your life to place second and accept the outcome as victory because you ran with giants is not within their grasp. There is no substitute for adversity in forging strength of character.

    “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”. – Malcolm X

    thank you again

    #159883
    zerosum
    Participant

    The big lie – “pro-Palestinian”
    The truth – Anti-war, peace, cease fire, stop the murdering

    #159884
    Noirette
    Participant

    WES posted, prev. thread.

    One thing I noticed with many small web sites like Wolfe Street, CTH, MoA, they were all put under tremendous pressure to toe the covid line or they would be shutdown. The CTH was forced to set up their own servers to return to the internet. Smaller one man operations often don’t have the money, resources, time, ability, and energy to fight this kind of pressure.
So they had to go along with policing the pro-vaccine narrative. But it says a lot about them, and not in a good way. Once trust is broken….

    Debt Rattle May 27 2024

    As a participant in MoA for a long time after b took over, once covid hit – many?- ppl left as comments on any ‘covid / vax’ related topic was censored, Punktschluss. (dot-closed.)

    ‘War’ and ‘social issues’ are confined to set rubrics (as in school) for ex. arms manufacturing, number of soldiers, flags on territory, imagined calculations of powerful figures, etc. Which doesn’t mean that MoA is bad on wars, but the grand picture is missing, obscured.

    The two !top! taboo topics that are censored in the Anglosphere posturing as opposition, are 9-11 and Cov-19. The likes of Chomsky and Chris Hedges, b, and many others refuse to even mention 9/11. As for Covid-19 it is even more toxic (as it is more deadly for at-home pop) to bring up for ‘opposition’ figures, as it implies condemnation of a whole state /science / so-called / benevolent, caring, corporate profit apparatus.

    #159885
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @noirette

    I didn’t see WES’s post but agree with him 100%. Wolf street makes sense, dude lives in San Francisco and couldn’t state if homelessness was worse now then the early 2000’s because he doesn’t go where they are………. He’s a limousine liberal who wouldn’t have anything to say if he didn’t write about the “market”. He knows we’re bankrupt but won’t admit it, because then who would give him attention for his viewpoints. I think alot of writers in the alternative media are not in it because they want to make things better, they just want moneyz

    That is why i ask is surplus energy economics a limited hangout? They know they’re wrong, but they won’t admit it. We laugh at those who tried to apologize how they acted during covid, but many still can’t bring themselves to do it and would rather double down. Its amazing

    #159886
    Mr. House
    Participant

    I personally think, that many people in positions of authority and power know they shouldn’t be anywhere near those positions, but you can’t admit that, then you’d be a schlub just like everyone else. As Jessie at Jessiescafeamerican calls it, its the credibility trap. They’re all guilty, but will band together and continue to refuse reality. If they hang, they’ll hang together i guess.

    #159887
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Once you realize they’re lying, the next question is what else have they lied about. So it makes sense people refuse to change their mind, it would shatter their worldview and probably their view of themself.

    #159894
    Dr. D
    Participant

    JB, yes, you have it exactly right. Or possibly you’re being generous. Turley covers this each day that neither the prosecutor nor the judge can, or has, named the crime or legal theory. As far as it makes literally no sense at all then, yes, Trump, who was nowhere near his records, can be proven was unaware, and Cohen himself says he sends in fake invoices because Trump Inc never checks, supposed paid legal fees. Those fees, which are legal, covered hush money, which is legal.

    However, the Prosecution IMPLIES that the categorization of that generic lawyer’s fees — of which he was unaware and never oversaw, should be …Something Else. WHAT that something else SHOULD have been, they also will not say. Like if you were trying to travel expense rent or something.

    Moving on, THAT IS ALSO NOT ILLEGAL. Not really. It would never, ever be tried, it would almost never be noted even in an audit, and IF someone were to take the step — which probably no one has in 200 years — it would technically be a paper misdemeanor. Like failing to obey a traffic sign. In reality, they would audit, find it, ding you, tell you not to do it again, and throw it in the bucket because you’d need 1,000 of these things to amount to anything, and they’ll certainly find ACTUAL tax fraud if your records are that weak.

    Moving on, This Misdemeanor — never prosecuted on anyone for 200 years — has EXPIRED. It is no longer legal. He cannot be charged with it. HOWEVER… (and if you thought it made no sense and was murky before you ain’t seen nothing yet)

    IF he used this misdemeanor, the one that his own lawyer did, not him, that his own lawyer more or less substantiated Trump knew nothing about, that he personally did not catagorize, but the 3rd Jr Accountant on the 5th floor catagorized, IF he used this misdemeanor to commit or further a FELONY, well THEN, this dead, never prosecuted misdemeanor of mis-catagorizing check stubs matters. You see?

    Now. WHAT IS THAT FELONY? This is the part where the case was clear as pure water up to this point. Because, you see, IF it is an ELECTION felony, the State of NY has no jurisdiction over it and has already declined to prosecute. It cannot be a election-related, or federal election fraud. So what is it?

    Well, Turley and everyone are still looking, including Trump’s defense. No one knows. And again, paying NDAs or “Hush money” was not, is not, never was, isn’t now, illegal. It’s standard operating procedure not for us, but for all weasels in places like NY. Trump personally wasn’t within 1,000 miles of the check stub or the categorization or he wouldn’t have paid it, he would have fired Cohen and thrown him in jail. COHEN is the one who committed the crime. Both of grand larceny, and of hiding accurate legal costs.

    And yes, they are EXACTLY counting on all Americans to be such corrupt low-life’s that they ALL can’t conceive of ever NOT cheating on their wives with anyone they can or can pay. Yes, and that’s working perfectly. No one in America addresses that part at all. I don’t because I can’t prove it and he’s a rich guy who knows what they all get up to? Nothing good mostly. However, Stormy said a dozen times, in public, before this, including to Bill Maher, that nothing happened. She was in control. AND her story is different EACH time, in that she said to Maher that she did sleep with him, but to her lawyer on an affidavit that she did not. …Then paid damages to Trump for lying. Her other witnesses say SHE said it was a straight extortion racket, which besides having each time you tell the story be different, does not lend credence to your case.

    So if you can figure out what NY State Felony Trump committed, please tell Bragg, so he can tell the judge and jury. I’m sure he’ll pay you handsomely as no one has been able to figure what it is yet. …Remember, it can’t be a misdemeanor, it can’t be a Federal, and it can’t be Election. It’s possible he’s guilty of those, but they are not the jurisdiction of Mr. Bragg.

    Got it? Clear now? Okay, now since things are so clear perhaps you can tell me why the Media seems unable to say this. Although, honestly, we at last found the limits of CNN and CNBC who admitted on TV this case is illegal and makes no sense. They just don’t elaborate on HOW MUCH no sense it makes.

    …But speaking of, I’m sure they’ll find him guilty. Always have before, why change now? DC and SDNY always have 99 & 99/100th % conviction rate. (OR. ELSE.) That’s better than Stalin! Hey, are we a great nation or what?

    #159895
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Why is anyone here surprised that they’re distorting the law to go after trump? When they refused to follow the law as laid down in 2008, that opened the flood gates. Essentially what they did was destroy reality, as described in a market economy. If you bailout out things, you are refusing to let reality assert itself. Things take time, and the reason things feel so strange now is we are nearing the end of that carnival ride.

    #159896
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Honest question: Does anyone here actually think Trump will do anything beneficial if he becomes president again?

    #159897
    WES
    Participant

    Mr. House:

    Since Trump’s name likely won’t be on the ballot, we really don’t need to worry too much about what Trump can do.
    As soon as Trump is found guilty, Congress will remove his name from the presidential ballot per SCOTUS.
    Joe will refuse to debate criminal Trump on June 20th.
    The illegitimate Trump narrative is all set and ready to roll.the ^6l

    (If Trump is somehow still elected, the Uniparty will select his cabinet and keep all of Obama/Biden appointees in place, like in 2016, to ensure nothing much changes to deep state democracy.
    The empire’s new democracy everyone likes so much.)

    The Uniparty will win no matter what happens.
    The American people will continue to “love” losing as before.
    The Ukrainian war will continue as before until Russia loses.
    Russian sanctions will continue isolating the west from the rest of the world.
    The already dead Gaza Palestinians will continue not to die as before.
    Dedollarization will continue as before.
    Inflation will continue as before.
    Immigration will continue as before.
    Nothing will change.

    #159898
    Celticbiker
    Participant

    Mr House, Trump is gonna bend over and take it hard from the jews, his masters, just like all the rest of them. Don’t waste your time or energy, both precious, on politicians. They’re irrelevant. Don’t mean shit, never did. Frontmen for the gangster/traitor men who run the show. Today I re read Yeats’ The Second Coming. 105 years later, still dead on. Not much changes, really. Slavery, under a money system, controlled by psychopaths.

    #159899
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Trump’s achievements last time:
    – Number one claim was that he created huge numbers of jobs, then we discovered that those employment numbers coming from the government are bullshit.
    – Number two was to increase the defence budget for his mates in the MIC.
    – Number three was to hand billions to his mates in the Pharma Industrial Complex.
    – Murdered an Iranian General and icon to the Iranian people, for his Jew friends.
    – Gave Jerusalem to the Jews by recognising it as the capital of Israel.
    – Gave big pharma free-rein to do as they wish with the health of the American people.
    – Overspent like a child, the CARES act, giving away 2 trillion, triggering the start of inflation that we now see.
    – Tweaked healthcare, but did not reform healthcare and force them to obey the law.
    – Executive order to keep Guantanamo Bay open, ahh, the moral backbone of US torture.
    – Imposed tarifs, just like Biden is doing, in order to tax the American people and beat them when they are down.
    – Oh, the wall, he did something about the wall, I saw the pictures.
    – Tried to leave Afghanistan but was not able to, so Biden’s team did it.

    Don’t hold your breath for anything that will make a difference to you, it will only make a difference for his friends. He is the same as Biden but with more entertainment potential, but just as useless. The position of POTUS is of impotent figurehead, he will fill that role perfectly. The USA needs to collapse, there is no other way it can rebuild, and Trump will not make any difference, just another idiot in the road.

    #159900
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Apologies, this is a link to the UK Guardian … https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/28/israeli-spy-chief-icc-prosecutor-war-crimes-inquiry

    I got this link from a pro-Russia feed that covers the Ukraine war. I posted it here because The Guardian is stanchly pro-Israel, despite having a readership and a bunch of ex-journalists that is staunchly pro-Palestinian, yet here they are denouncing Mossad. Something is going on and it looks like the owners have changed their minds on Israel. We also have lots of irrelevant countries, like Spain, Norway etc, recognising Palestine; that is nice, but does nothing for the Palestinians in Gaza. It looks like the owners are changing their PR stance.

    Gaza is one of those policies where the WEF leadership puppets in national governments are intent on supporting Israel – they are just obeying orders – while the normal people are adamantly against genocide. Of course, the normal Americans are pro-genocide, that is what makes them different, their bloodlust, but for the rest of the western world – what used to be called the civilised world – that is not the case. So are all these little changes just crumbs being offered to the morally outraged citizenry, or is something more substantial happening? Time will tell.

    #159901
    Red
    Participant

    @mr-house You’re very right about SEE, just there to read the new post and nothing new. More of the same without any real substance beyond the regular observations of some distant social freeze up.

    On another note you can judge a society/culture buy the way it treats its animals. Take a long hard look at your agriculture industries.

    #159902
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Whoever is behind that green chicken is, … is a phlunkin’ dumb truck. The moment I noticed that he/she/green chicken quoted Peter Zeihan, I simply stopped reading!

    Mapping the War
    How to understand what’s really going on in Ukraine

    https://newsletter.doomberg.com/p/mapping-the-war?utm_source=post-email-title&publication_id=343139&post_id=144994188&utm_campaign=email-post-title&isFreemail=true&r=212ohr&triedRedirect=true&utm_medium=email

    #159907
    aspnaz
    Participant

    https://www.swentr.site/pop-culture/598308-assassins-creed-black-samurai/

    DEI jogger Samurais in feudal Japan. You got to laugh, it was not long ago that the woke were complaining about cultural appropriation and now it looks like the woke appropriated the entire historical Japanese culture in order to create their woke fantasy; woke porn for the ladies in purple and green hair, the feminised men, the trannies, the faux-intellectuals in academia, doing the woke group mansturbate. Lovely.

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