May 312024
 


Ivan Aivazovsky Stormy Night at Sea 1850

 

It’s Time For Russia To Drop A Nuclear Bomb (Dmitry Suslov)
The West is Hell-Bent on Provoking Russia Into Hot War (Pepe Escobar)
Biden Allows Ukraine To Use US Weapons To Attack Inside Russia (ZH)
US Leaders Pushing for Three-Front War When They Can’t Handle One (Sp.)
Le Pen: Backing of Ukraine Strikes Inside Russia Step Toward World War (Sp.)
US Preparing Major Propaganda Campaign Against Russia In Scandinavia (RT)
Trump Responds After NY Guilty Verdict (ZH)
‘Mother Teresa Could Not Beat Those Charges’ – Trump (RT)
Canned Hunt: The Trump Jury is Out But is the Case in the Bag? (Turley)
Hush Money Trial To Boost Trump’s Odds Of Winning, Taking House, Senate (Every)
Musk Denies Report Of Trump Admin Advisory Role (ZH)
Judge Denies Hunter Biden’s ‘Frivolous’ Bid to Halt Delaware Gun Case (ET)
‘Paranoid’ Zelensky Lashing Out At US – FT (RT)
Israel’s Gantz Moves To Dissolve Knesset, Hold New Elections (ZH)
Sergey Lavrov Full Interview (Sp.)

 

 

Two major issues today: the Trump verdict and the rapid escalation in the West’s attitude vs Russia. Hard to choose 😉

 

 

 

 

Trump after verdict
https://twitter.com/i/status/1796309856091300285

 

 

Merchan
https://twitter.com/i/status/1796140639161143740

 

 

Mike Davis Trump 47
https://twitter.com/i/status/1795807037432984050

 

 

RFK Trump

 

 

Ballot access

 

 

Polls

 

 

 

 

Dmitry Suslov is a member of the Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, deputy director of World Economy and International Politics at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, and Valdai Club expert.

It’s Time For Russia To Drop A Nuclear Bomb (Dmitry Suslov)

There’s every indication that the US and several of its allies may soon allow Ukraine to use Western weapons, including long-range missiles, to attack targets located within – how do we put this? – Russia’s internationally recognized borders. Or those that existed before the 2014 Maidan in Kiev. In America, as the New York Times recently reported, backers of the idea include Secretary of State Antony Blinken, most Republicans in Congress (including the Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson), and many members of the foreign policy establishment, including Victoria Nuland, who recently resigned as deputy secretary of state. In Europe, Poland, the Baltic states, Germany’s main opposition party, the CDU/CSU, and some Western European figures, including the head of the UK Foreign Office, David Cameron, are agitating for the measure. Recently, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made a similar appeal, but he would not have made such statements if the issue had not already been considered on a practical level and had not received substantial support from Washington.

It has already come to the point where the topic has been discussed at the level of the heads of defense ministries of EU member states. Such a decision would take the conflict to a fundamentally different level, would mean the erasure of one of the brightest “red lines” that has existed since February 24, 2022, and signal the direct entry of the US and its NATO bloc into the war against Russia. Indeed, the strikes would be carried out on the basis of coordinates provided by Western intelligence systems; the decisions on these strikes would be taken by Western military officers (the media has repeatedly relayed confessions from Ukrainian military officers that every case of Western missile use is coordinated in advance by Western military advisers); and even the button would probably be pressed directly by Western military officers. It is no coincidence that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz justifies his reluctance to transfer Taurus missiles on the grounds that they would have to be operated by German, not Ukrainian, military personnel.

This is why denying Kiev such a right was the main condition for providing it with military aid and one of the main principles of Western involvement in the conflict from the very beginning. There are at least two reasons why the West is now discussing abandoning this principle. The first and main one is the increasingly difficult position of the Ukrainian army on the battlefield. Don’t forget that NATO leaders have been saying throughout that the outcome is of existential importance not only for Ukraine, but also for themselves, as it will determine the nature of the new world order. In other words, the West itself has given the Ukrainian conflict the status of a World War, and therefore Kiev’s defeat will mean its own strategic defeat, the final collapse of the Western-centered international order. Accordingly, the worse the situation for Kiev at the front, the greater the risks of escalation that the West is willing to take.

The second reason is Russia’s unwillingness to escalate relations with the West each time it crossed a ‘red line’ and became more involved in the conflict (supplying Kiev with tanks, aircraft and, eventually, long-range missiles). As a result, the fear of escalation, which was relatively high at the beginning of the military operation, has gradually diminished, as Western publications have repeatedly pointed out. Thus, the West has come to believe that the cost of Kiev’s defeat is far greater than the risks of a direct military confrontation with Russia, as a result of allowing Western weapons to strike deep into its ‘old’ territory. The voices of those who argue that even this time Moscow will not inflict direct military damage on Western countries are growing louder. This logic can inevitably lead to World War III. And if the West’s further involvement in the conflict in Ukraine is not stopped now, a full-scale “hot” war between Russia and NATO will become inevitable. Moreover, due to the superiority of the US and its 31 NATO members in the field of conventional weapons, this war will inevitably move to the nuclear level.

In a few months (or maybe even weeks), the same logic will be applied to stationing regular Western troops in Ukraine and then starting to shoot down Russian missiles over it. The Kiev regime has been making these proposals more and more insistently of late. According to even the current Russian nuclear doctrine (certainly a ‘peacetime’ doctrine in need of tightening), such a scenario would amount to official grounds for the use of nuclear weapons. There is only one way to prevent such a catastrophic development of events: a sharp increase in Moscow’s policy of deterrence and intimidation. The option of ‘freezing’ military operations along the current line of demarcation without any political conditions for Kiev and modalities for its security relations with the West is completely unacceptable.

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“This is a continuation of the pattern in which the NATO forces recognize they are losing the war in Ukraine, with the fragile lines of defense breaking, and the NATO response is to escalate..”

The West is Hell-Bent on Provoking Russia Into Hot War (Pepe Escobar)

The warning by President Putin could not be starker: “In the event of the use of long-range weapons, the Russian Armed Forces will again have to make decisions about expanding the sanitary zone further (…) Do they want global conflict? It seemed they wanted to negotiate [with us], but we don’t see much desire to do this.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov then came up with the appropriate metaphor to designate NATO’s ramped-up military outbursts: not only NATO is raising the degree of escalation but delving into a warlike “ecstasy”. It does not get more serious than that. “They”, as Putin alluded to, do seem to want “global conflict”. That’s at the heart of NATO’s new suicidal “ecstasy” strategy. For all their circumlocutions, NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have effectively greenlighted Kiev using Western weapons for attacks deep inside the Russian Federation.

The alleged debate, still ongoing, is just a “smokescreen” for the real objective: a pretext that could lead to WWIII. There’s no reason to think Kiev will stick to “limited” strikes against relatively unimportant targets. Instead, it is likely to target critical security infrastructure in hopes of provoking an unrelenting Russian response, which in turn would pave the way for NATO to invoke Article 5 and de facto engage in a Hot War. The escalation “ecstasy” defined by Peskov went out of control since a – secret – new batch of ATACMS was dispatched to Kiev earlier this year, complemented with longer-range ATACMS. Kiev has been using them for serious hits on Russian air bases and key air defense nodes. These ATACMS fire missiles at Mach 3 speed: a serious challenge even for the best Russian air defense systems. All that seems to point to a crucial decision enveloped in several layers of fog: as the incoming, cosmic NATO humiliation in the black soil of Novorossiya becomes self-evident day after day, the Western elites who really run the show are betting on provoking a full Hot War against Russia.

Richard H. Black, a former US senator from Virginia, offers a sobering analysis: “This is a continuation of the pattern in which the NATO forces recognize they are losing the war in Ukraine, with the fragile lines of defense breaking, and the NATO response is to escalate. This is not accidental, but very deliberate. It is not the first attack on the Russian nuclear triad. The ideological folks are seeing their world crumbling, after flying the rainbow flag over conservative countries and [waging] perpetual wars. They are frantic and could escalate to nuclear war to get out of the bind. They are taking a series of baby steps, and respond that ‘they don’t do anything in response,’ and so they keep taking baby steps until one of them lands on a land mine and we are into World War III. (…) Putin is very aware of the disconnect in the West, who keep saying he is just saber rattling, but he is not—he is informing the West of the dangerous reality.”

In Russia, Senator Dmitry Rogozin, a former head of Roscosmos, directly warned Washington: “We are not just on the threshold, but already on the edge, beyond which, if the enemy is not stopped in such actions, an irreversible collapse of the strategic security of the nuclear powers will begin.” General Evgeny Buzhinky advanced an ominous scenario: “I am sure that if the strikes of Taurus of ATACMS are very harmful for Russia, then I presume we will at least strike the logistical hub in the territory of Poland in Rzeszów” where the missiles are staged for delivery to Ukraine. The connection in this case would be irreversible: Russia hits Poland; NATO invokes Article 5; WW3.

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“.. this is surely going to be a distinction without substance or meaning from Russia’s point of view, as it makes attacking Russia’s sovereign territory with US weaponry ‘allowable’ for the first time..”

Biden Allows Ukraine To Use US Weapons To Attack Inside Russia (ZH)

Given the last days of momentum and growing pressure coming from some NATO countries, this was perhaps inevitable: the United States has now greenlighted Ukraine’s use of American-supplied weapons against Russian territory in a huge escalation which takes the world a big step closer to WW3 and nuclear-armed confrontation. Politico is reporting Thursday afternoon, “The Biden administration has quietly given Ukraine permission to strike inside Russia — solely near the area of Kharkiv — using U.S.-provided weapons, two U.S. officials and two other people familiar with the move said Thursday, a major reversal that will help Ukraine to better defend its second-largest city.” An anonymous US official was cited a saying, “The president recently directed his team to ensure that Ukraine is able to use U.S. weapons for counter-fire purposes in Kharkiv so Ukraine can hit back at Russian forces hitting them or preparing to hit them.”

The same official stipulated that the policy of not allowing long-range strikes inside Russia “has not changed.” However, this is surely going to be a distinction without substance or meaning from Russia’s point of view, as it makes attacking Russia’s sovereign territory with US weaponry ‘allowable’ for the first time. According to more details of what are expected to be the immediate implications: In effect, Ukraine can now use American-provided weapons, such as rockets and rocket launchers, to shoot down launched Russian missiles heading toward Kharkiv, at troops massing just over the Russian border near the city, or Russian bombers launching bombs toward Ukrainian territory. But the official said Ukraine cannot use those weapons to hit civilian infrastructure or launch long-range missiles, such as the Army Tactical Missile System, to hit military targets deep inside Russia.

It’s a stunning shift the administration initially said would escalate the war by more directly involving the U.S. in the fight. But worsening conditions for Ukraine on the battlefield –– namely Russia’s advances and improved position in Kharkiv –– led the president to change his mind.Ukraine has been complaining that all restrictions need to be taken off if it is to defend against Russia’s recent major offensive in Kharkiv, which was launched from across the border. For example, Russian artillery is able to fire from rear positions within the Belgorod region near the border. It meanwhile remains part of Moscow’s stated aim to push the border deeper into Ukraine to create a ‘buffer zone’ – making it harder for pro-Kiev forces to shell Russian towns and villages.

Politico’s fresh reporting is consistent with something Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. While visiting Moldova – itself feeling the pressure of the war right next door – Blinken laid out that the US does not “encourage or enable” Ukrainian attacks inside Russia – but he then moved the goalpost by stressing the US would “adapt and adjust” this position based on developing battlefield needs. A reporter followed up by asking if he meant the White House will now support Ukrainian attacks inside Russia. Blinken responded with: “Adapt and adjust means exactly that.”

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“Despite a nearly $1 trillion budget, the United States military is unable to secure a major shipping lane from a government they don’t officially recognize in one of the poorest countries in the world..”

US Leaders Pushing for Three-Front War When They Can’t Handle One (Sp.)

On Monday, a bipartisan group of US representatives visited Taiwan against the protests of Beijing, promising Taiwanese lawmakers that the US-supplied weapons would be coming soon and publicly warning China from invading the island. The meeting, which included the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), was the latest in a string of meetings between US and Taiwanese officials that have taken place during the Biden administration. The saber-rattling of China by the United States is insanity, as it cannot handle the crises it is already facing, retired senior policy analyst Michael Maloof told Sputnik’s The Critical Hour on Wednesday. “We don’t have the means to fight that [one-front] war, let alone, a three-front war. Right now, we’re doing very poorly. The United States is doing very poorly just trying to work through a proxy against Russia,” Maloof explained.

“If you have a direct confrontational approach to war with Russia, then China and… Iran, there’s no way the United States is going to be able to sustain that. On Wednesday, Yemeni Houthi forces announced that they had brought down a US MQ-9 Reaper reconnaissance and strike drone. The US claimed that the drone was lost due to technical problems but it was the sixth such drone to be lost over Yemen since the Houthi movement began blockading the Red Sea against ships it says are connected to Israel. Despite a nearly $1 trillion budget, the United States military is unable to secure a major shipping lane from a government they don’t officially recognize in one of the poorest countries in the world, resulting in a 50% reduction of shipping through the Suez Canal compared to last year. In 2022, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), then speaker of the House, visited Taiwan against the protests of Beijing. Then, US President Joe Biden claimed he did not authorize her visit, but this statement caused some reasonable doubts.

The next year, then-Taiwanese head of administration Tsai Ing-wen traveled to California where she and other Taiwanese politicians met with then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Again, US and Taiwanese officials attempted to soften the diplomatic outcry from China by claiming it was just part of a layover on her tour of Central America. Again, China didn’t buy it. On this latest trip, Washington provided no pretenses. The bipartisan delegation met with the newly elected head of Taiwanese administration and publicly promised them weapons and further support. “There should be no doubt, there should be no skepticism in the United States, Taiwan or anywhere in the world, of American resolve to maintain the status quo and peace in the Taiwan Strait,” Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), the co-chair of the Taiwan caucus said while meeting Taiwan’s new head of administration Lai Ching-te. “If the island in an unprovoked manner was invaded, then it would be to the American people and the United States Congress and my committee that has the power to declare war, how to deal with that,” McCaul said.

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“..The parties should return to diplomacy and start talks, but Macron is preparing French society for the announcement he is sending troops to Ukraine, Le Pen said..”

Le Pen: Backing of Ukraine Strikes Inside Russia Step Toward World War (Sp.)

French President Emmanuel Macron’s support for Ukraine’s targeting of military facilities in Russia’s internationally recognized territory is another step toward a world war, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French right-wing National Rally party, said on Thursday. “Macron wants France to enter the war. This statement is an additional step in that direction. I am against it and I think it creates an enormous risk for the security of our citizens,” Le Pen told French radio broadcaster Franceinfo. The right-wing politician only supports the supplying of defensive weapons to Kiev, she added. “Similarly to the United States and Germany, I am against permitting Ukraine to use Western-supplied weapons to strike targets on the territory of Russia. This is a mechanism for entering the third world war. I am against anything that might create the risk of a global conflict, with France being on its front line,” she added.

The parties should return to diplomacy and start talks, but Macron is preparing French society for the announcement he is sending troops to Ukraine, Le Pen said. “It is necessary to find a way towards a dialogue. Everyone knows that the victory will not be a military one. The only way is to find paths for negotiations. We have to provide Ukraine with military aid without sending troops. But Macron is preparing us to send military personnel to Ukraine. It is another concerning step,” the politician told the radio station. France does not try to play a role of a mediator anymore while other countries are doing this, she said. “No one except Ukraine and Russia can resolve this [conflict], but some countries might try to bring their positions closer. Others are doing that instead of us, and France is not doing that,” Le Pen said On Tuesday, Macron said that Ukraine should be allowed to strike military sites in Russia. The supply of long-range weapons to Ukraine capable of hitting Russian military facilities is not an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, he said.

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“..high-ranking Swedish and Finnish officials are being trained, “like diligent students,” to repeat the “Russophobic mantras of their American patrons without hesitation..”

US Preparing Major Propaganda Campaign Against Russia In Scandinavia (RT)

Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service claims that the US is preparing a major propaganda campaign aimed at sparking fear among the population of Sweden and Finland about Moscow’s alleged “territorial appetites.” In a press release on Thursday, the service claimed that the US State Department, “gripped with anti-Russian hysteria,” has transformed into an “unprincipled propaganda mouthpiece” that is now striving to turn the entire international community against Russia. The first targets of this propaganda machine, according to Moscow, are the residents of Sweden and Finland, which recently joined NATO.

The Foreign Intelligence Service has claimed that, under the patronage of the US State Department, a series of short videos will soon flood social media networks and instant messengers to demonstrate “the ‘seriousness of the Russian threat’ and drum up ‘universal fear’ of Moscow’s ‘territorial appetites’” among the Scandinavian population. The campaign, according to the service, will be presented as a “spiritual impulse” of a team of independent experts and journalists, and will aim to spread panic among the residents of Sweden and Finland like the times of McCarthyism in the US. After that, Washington supposedly expects top officials in the two countries to “start throwing themselves out of the windows, shouting ‘the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! They are everywhere.’”

At the same time, high-ranking Swedish and Finnish officials are being trained, “like diligent students,” to repeat the “Russophobic mantras of their American patrons without hesitation,” the service wrote. Specifically, it mentioned the commander-in-chief of the Swedish Armed Forces, Micael Byden, who has recently claimed that Russia is planning to invade the island of Gotland to establish control in the Baltic Sea; and Finnish President Alexander Stubb, who has been claiming that Russia poses an “existential threat” and has insisted that the only way to achieve peace is “through the battlefield.” Moscow has repeatedly stated that it has no plans to attack any NATO nations or revise its existing borders with the West. Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed such talk as “nonsense,” and an attempt to scare local citizens “to extract additional expenses from people.”

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“..The crime has a maximum sentence of four years in prison. That said, Merchan could also opt for home confinement, probation, supervised release, fines or community service..”

The appeal could take years. They just want to be able to call him a convicted felon.

Trump Responds After NY Guilty Verdict (ZH)

Former President Donald Trump has been found guilty on all 34 counts in his New York ‘hush money’ trial. The outcome makes him the first former president to become a convicted felon. Trump reportedly stared ahead motionless as the verdict was read. The trial centered on allegations that Trump falsified business records in order to conceal a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 US election. Prosecutors under Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg argued that Trump oversaw a scheme to influence the 2016 election by using Trump Organization records to conceal the payments. “Everything Mr. Trump and his cohorts did in this case is cloaked in lies,” said prosecutor Joshua Steinglass. “The evidence is literally overwhelming.” “This is a rigged, disgraceful trial,” Trump said in response, adding “The real verdict will be on November 5.”

Judge Juan Merchan will now decide Trump’s sentence on July 11 – days before Republicans are set to select him as the 2024 nominee. The crime has a maximum sentence of four years in prison. That said, Merchan could also opt for home confinement, probation, supervised release, fines or community service. “In New York today, we saw that no one is above the law,” reads a statement. “Donald Trump has always mistakenly believed he would never face consequences for breaking the law for his own personal gain. But today’s verdict does not change the fact that American people face a simple reality. There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: at the ballot box. Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president.”

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“It’s the people that surround him in the office. They’re smart. They’re fascists, they’re communist, but they’re smart.”

‘Mother Teresa Could Not Beat Those Charges’ – Trump (RT)

Former US President Donald Trump has decried the charges against him in the Manhattan hush-money trial as of the kind that even Mother Teresa would not beat. Trump made the comment while speaking to reporters on Wednesday after the jury started deliberating the verdict. The ex-president and presumptive Republican nominee in the 2024 election faces a litany of accusations in several separate cases. The proceedings, which concluded on Tuesday, revolved around hush money that the ex-president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, claims to have paid in 2016 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an affair with the then-candidate. Speaking with the press after his fate was handed over to the 12 New Yorkers constituting the jury, Trump reiterated his claims that the trial was politically motivated and meant to disrupt his bid to retake the White House.

“Mother Teresa could not beat those charges, but we’ll see,” he fumed. “We’ll see how we do. It’s a very disgraceful situation.” He criticized judge Juan Merchan for supposedly being “conflicted and corrupt,” placing a gag order on him and allegedly barring some of the people that Trump’s defense wanted to testify from doing so. The judge significantly limited what election law expert Brad Smith, a former member of the Federal Election Commission, could talk about during the trial. Merchan said he wanted to avoid a “battle of the experts” in the courtroom. Trump claimed that “the whole thing is rigged” and amounts to weaponization of the justice system by the Democratic Party against its political opponent. The trial has kept him from campaigning, he complained. “This is all because of Joe Biden,” he claimed, pointing the finger at the incumbent president. “It’s the people that surround him in the office. They’re smart. They’re fascists, they’re communist, but they’re smart.”

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“Putting aside that the federal government found no basis to impose a civil fine, let alone bring a criminal charge, the court barred a legal expert who could have shown that no such violation occurred. The jury does not know that. Instead, the judge allowed them to be repeatedly told a false fact that could make it difficult for anyone to acquit.”

Canned Hunt: The Trump Jury is Out But is the Case in the Bag? (Turley)

Today the jury began its deliberations in the trial of former president Donald Trump. Before jurors left, however, Judge Juan Merchan framed their deliberations in a way that seemed less like a jury deliberation than a canned hunt. For many of us, the Trump trial has seemed otherworldly, a vaguely familiar proceeding where common elements of a trial seem to have been flipped. Even before the jury instructions, the trial was controversial for both liberal and conservative commentators. At the start of closing arguments, most honest observers were still wondering what the prosecutors were alleging as to the crime that Trump was allegedly concealing with the falsification of business records. Then came the closing arguments. Around the country, it is standard for the government to go first with a closing to allow the defense to respond. The government is then given the privilege of a rebuttal after the defense rests.

In New York, the defense must go first, giving the government free rein over its closing with no risk of contradiction from the defense. With the exception of objections, any abusive or improper arguments are left to the judge to address.In the case of Judge Merchan, that protection was all but absent as the prosecution engaged in flagrant violations from offering testimony on unestablished facts to directly contradicting prior instructions. In one of the most egregious moments, Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass told the jury that it is an established fact that former Trump counsel Michael Cohen committed a federal election law violation on the direct orders of Donald Trump. Merchan had repeatedly said that Cohen’s earlier plea could not be used to imply the guilt of Trump. Merchan overruled an objection and Steinglass proceeded, as he did earlier in trial, to repeat the false statement. Merchan did nothing as Steinglass told the jury that Hope Hicks cried in court because she knew that she had destroyed Trump’s defense (Hicks has never explained why she cried).

Merchan did nothing as Steinglass falsely told the jury that the media and political campaigns do not do what Trump did in seeking to kill and plant stories. (This ignored, for example, that the Clinton campaign did precisely that repeatedly in the very same election, including with the false Russian collusion allegations).mIt was only when Steinglass repeatedly instructed the jury on the law that Merchan finally sustained objections, at the end of his closing arguments. So going into the deliberations, the court allowed the jury to be told repeatedly that there were federal campaign violations committed by Trump. That is not true. Putting aside that the federal government found no basis to impose a civil fine, let alone bring a criminal charge, the court barred a legal expert who could have shown that no such violation occurred. The jury does not know that. Instead, the judge allowed them to be repeatedly told a false fact that could make it difficult for anyone to acquit.

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In every trial, there are always two opinions: the prosecution and the defense. In this trial there are three: anti-Trump, pro-Trump, and anti-Trump but concerned about the rule of law..”

Hush Money Trial To Boost Trump’s Odds Of Winning, Taking House, Senate (Every)

The Financial Times main headline is that ‘NATO has just 5% of air defences needed to protect eastern flank.’ No, NATO doesn’t have an eastern flank but an eastern FRONT: it faces east, so its vulnerable flanks are to the north and south. Regardless, it urgently needs to spend 20x more on air defence alone. Meanwhile, Poland is reinforcing its border with Belarus and Russia, as the former withdrew from the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe treaty, and the Baltics and Scandinavia plan a ‘drone wall’. Many EU countries will also now allow Ukraine to use their donated weapons to attack Russian forces inside Russia proper. Militarily, that’s the best strategy; geopolitically, it m”eans the West escalating to deescalate – which Russia will only mirror. The UK Telegraph is running a series of articles starting today on the topic ‘What if Putin Wins?’ The first argues, “A Russian victory would unleash a cascade of events triggering irreversible changes, pushing the world to the brink of chaos.”

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” (Dick the Butcher, Henry VI, Part 2). We can also expect imminent market headlines from the Trump trial in New York, where the jury are still out. In every trial, there are always two opinions: the prosecution and the defense. In this trial there are three: anti-Trump, pro-Trump, and anti-Trump but concerned about the rule of law. Alan Dershowitz, a Democrat, has been withering in his criticism of how this trial has been prosecuted. Legal expert Jonathan Turley notes it “has seemed otherworldly, a vaguely familiar proceeding where common elements of a trial seem to have been flipped,” listing the numerous ways normal practice has not been followed – which those pro-Trump naturally allege have occurred for nefarious political purposes. Given how the judge –‘The Merchan of Vengeance’– instructed the jury, experts think the most likely outcomes are a hung jury or a conviction.

If it’s the former, Trump will gain huge publicity, and cry he was wronged by Democrat ‘lawfare’; and if he’s convicted, that is arguably even more the case (even if the latter will prompt a rapid appeal, potentially all the way up to the Supreme Court, which many observers think will then see the verdict overturned). To presume, as White House strategists must do(?) that being able to call Trump a “convicted felon” on TV will necessarily dent his electoral prospects rather than boosting them may be to totally misread the current situation, as in 2016. This matters for markets more than some reading the very Beige Book realize. Not only could this trial potentially increase the likelihood of Trump winning in 2024, which would already shift the US, the world, and world markets, but it might boost his odds of taking the Senate and the House too, ensuring that he could shift them all if he wants to. It might also convince him that he needs to (as the Wall Street Journal says Elon Musk might take an advisory role at the White House were Trump to win: what might that mean for US policy: Orange Cybertrucks? CyberTrump? Trumpcoin? Camp Trump on Mars?)

More broadly, it’s a further dent in the reputation of US law just as (contrived?) media controversy rages over a Supreme Court judge for flying a flag, again politicizing the highest echelons of the US justice system. Following previous controversial court cases involving Trump there, it doesn’t do New York many favors as an investment destination unless one’s business is in the anti-Trump camp. Yet that points to a polarization in the US mirroring past ones in emerging markets. Indeed, Dershowitz and Turley fear precisely the political rule BY law, not OF law if precedent is set: could future presidents find partisan judges and juries to rustle up court cases to take out potential opposition legally, as happens elsewhere? That still seems unlikely given the checks and balances in the US system, but for some this is all a worrying step in that direction. US businesses and markets players, even those anti-Trump, should be aware that those kinds of legal environments are partly why so much foreign capital ends up in the US in the first place.

Moreover, when The Economist is worrying about the collapse of global liberal institutions, and the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice have mired themselves in controversy, splitting the West internally and vs. the Global South in a new Cold War –as Mexico joins South Africa’s case vs. Israel at the ICJ, The Australian says “The ICC issuing warrants for the arrest of Netanyahu and his defence minister is grandstanding by this toothless, bloated court”– the last thing the West needs is for its rule of law to be brought into ill-repute. ‘Let’s kill all the lawyers’ is how you destabilise things in Shakespeare’s eyes: but so is letting all the lawyers kill us.

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Too early for any set roles. But big takeaway: “Musk and Trump speak on the phone several times per month..” As Mike Benz said in the video posted yesterday: “if it’s true, it would be the most natural pairing since peanut butter & jelly.”

Musk Denies Report Of Trump Admin Advisory Role (ZH)

Musk denied today’s report that he’s been in discussions about a possible advisory role in a future Trump administration. “There have not been any discussions of a role for me in a potential Trump Presidency,” Musk posted on X in response to user Herbert Ong, who posted a CNBC segment discussing the report. * * * In a notable shift from past acrimony, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has engaged in discussions with Elon Musk about a possible advisory role for the Tesla mogul should Trump retake the White House, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move could see Musk influencing policies on border security and the economy. Musk, known for his outspoken views and innovative leadership at Tesla and SpaceX, has increasingly voiced his concerns over national issues, aligning more with conservative viewpoints in recent months. Alongside billionaire investor Nelson Peltz, Musk has also taken a proactive stance against what they perceive as electoral vulnerabilities, briefing Trump on a data-centric project aimed at curbing voter fraud—a topic of significant controversy and debate.

“The discussion around the advisory role and voting project took place at a March gathering at Montsorrel, Peltz’s sprawling oceanfront estate in Palm Beach, Fla., with a group of wealthy and powerful friends, some of the people familiar with the discussions said. The New York Times earlier reported the meeting had occurred, but details of the discussions haven’t been previously disclosed. As guests nibbled on a Sunday morning breakfast of eggs, bacon and fresh fruit served by Peltz’s household staff, Peltz, Trump and Musk held forth on the November elections, criticizing Biden’s stewardship of the country, the people said.” -WSJ. The discussions, still in preliminary stages and without definitive roles, would mark a notable pivot in Trump’s strategy – embracing influential tech and business leaders to bolster his campaign promises of economic revitalization and stringent border controls. The meeting with Peltz suggests a concerted effort to integrate Musk’s technological prowess and worldview into the fabric of Trump’s policy initiatives.

According to the report, “the role hasn’t been fully hammered out and might not happen.” During a March interview, former CNN host (and failed X contributor) Don Lemon asked Musk about the meeting with Trump – to which Musk replied: “I was at a breakfast at a friend’s place and Donald Trump came by—that’s it,” adding “I went to a friend of mine’s house and he said, ‘Donald Trump’s coming by for breakfast, just so you know.’ I said, ‘Okay, fine.'” “Let’s just say he did most of the talking,” Musk said of Trump – adding that the former president did not ask him for donations, nor help with mounting legal bills. Musk doesn’t simply want to write a check to a super PAC – he wants to use his clout within elite business and technology circles to steer the US in a better direction.

Musk’s potential involvement in Trump’s orbit marks a stark contrast from their previous public exchanges, which included a series of sharp criticisms and disagreements over policies like the Paris climate accord. However, their relationship has evolved, with Musk not only reevaluating his political allegiance—publicly shifting his support to the Republican party in 2022—but also seeking to exert his influence through more direct and personal engagements with Trump. Now, according to the report, Musk and Trump speak on the phone several times per month. The potential collaboration also extends to Musk’s broader ambitions in the political arena, where he has expressed dissatisfaction with the current administration’s direction, particularly criticizing the so-called “woke mind virus” that he argues undermines societal cohesion and economic progress. Musk says he’s a centrist, who wants secure borders, safe & clean cities, and to stop ‘sterilization below age of consent,’ among other things.

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He wants it denied so he can appeal it?!

Judge Denies Hunter Biden’s ‘Frivolous’ Bid to Halt Delaware Gun Case (ET)

A federal judge on Wednesday denied Hunter Biden’s bid to halt the prosecution of his Delaware gun case, deeming it unconvincing and “frivolous.” U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika issued the ruling on Wednesday, rejecting Mr. Biden’s request to enjoin the investigation led by Special Counsel David Weiss. Mr. Biden contended that Mr. Weiss’s appointment violated the Appropriations Clause, arguing that he is not an “independent counsel” and was not approved by Congress. “The Court should enjoin the Special Counsel from continuing to fund his investigation and prosecution of Mr. Biden without an appropriation from Congress or promptly deny the motion so it can be appealed,” Mr. Biden’s motion, filed on May 14, stated. The judge found no merit in Mr. Biden’s claims, stating that the use of permanent appropriations to fund special counsels has been well-established and previously upheld.

“Mr. Weiss was lawfully appointed,” under relevant statutes, “to serve as special counsel to conduct investigations and prosecutions relating to this criminal matter,” Judge Noreika wrote in her decision, “and he is an ‘independent counsel’ appointed pursuant to ‘other law’ within the mining of the permanent appropriation.” Judge Noreika ruled that Mr. Biden’s motion was not presented as a “serious request” but rather as a necessary procedural step before he could appeal. Mr. Biden contended that Mr. Weiss lacked authority from Congress because he “is not an independent counsel and that is by design.” In their response motion, the prosecution highlighted that Mr. Biden’s attempts to claim Appropriations Clause violations had been struck down in two district and two circuit courts, using the same arguments. Additionally, they contended that Mr. Biden “now offers no new facts or law” to support his motion for an injunction.

Mr. Biden acknowledged that his motion relied on previously rejected arguments. He asked the judge to either enjoin Mr. Weiss “or promptly deny the motion so it can be appealed.” His motion filed on May 14 stated that if the district court found against him regarding his argument of Appropriations Clause violations, “as it did previously,” then he would “have the basis” to take it to the Third Circuit “to address this issue when considering Mr. Biden’s forthcoming petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc.” In calling his request unserious, the judge highlighted the motion’s length, at four and a half pages, and noted that half of it was dedicated to “explaining why the Third Circuit would have jurisdiction over an appeal should this Court deny the requested injunction.” “The Court has no reason to believe that Defendant’s inevitable appeal of this denial of his motion for an injunction is any more meritorious than his prior efforts,” Judge Noreika wrote.

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“Zelensky recently sacked several government and military officials that the US was “working closely” with, without much of an explanation..”

‘Paranoid’ Zelensky Lashing Out At US – FT (RT)

Vladimir Zelensky has instructed Ukrainian officials to publicly criticize US President Joe Biden for not attending the upcoming “peace summit” in Switzerland, the Financial Times has reported, citing documents from Kiev. Neither Biden nor his VP Kamala Harris is scheduled to attend the gathering in Lucerne, where Kiev hopes to win non-Western countries to its “peace formula” for resolving the conflict with Russia. According to FT, the Ukrainian leader specifically instructed MPs and officials in a May 26 memo to “pile public pressure” on Biden, as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping, for not attending the summit. “It is unlikely that the world will understand President Biden and President Xi if they do not join in the realization of such undeniably just goals and [in] bringing peace closer,” said the memo, as quoted by the outlet. While China has shown understanding for Russia in the conflict, the US has been one of Ukraine’s most prominent supporters.

According to FT, however, there have been “many points of friction” between the leadership in Kiev and Washington lately, as Russian troops have continued to advance on the battlefield. Zelensky recently sacked several government and military officials that the US was “working closely” with, without much of an explanation. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent visit to Kiev, during which he lectured Zelensky on corruption and played rock music on stage at a club, also reportedly rubbed the Ukrainian leadership the wrong way. One senior Kiev official described the feeling in Zelensky’s office as “paranoia” and said the Ukrainian leader had “deep anxiety” about both the military situation and the peace summit, which is scheduled for mid-June in Lucerne.

Another Ukrainian official told FT that Zelensky has become more “emotional and nervous” over the situation at the front, convinced that the US is eager to start talks with Russia because Washington wants the conflict “to go away before the [US] election.” Polls currently show Biden losing support as he faces a rematch with former US President Donald Trump in November. Zelensky is “very irritated” with Biden, said one member of his government, noting that many Ukrainian officials are worried about Kiev “openly provoking” the White House. “What do you say in America? Do not bite the hand that feeds you,” a fourth Ukrainian government official told FT. Zelensky has infuriated Washington before. His social media rant last July, after NATO did not formally invite Ukraine to join, reportedly almost caused a backlash from the White House. In the end, however, the US and its allies continued to fund Kiev’s war effort.

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“You must choose between Zionism and cynicism, between unity and division, between responsibility and neglect – and between victory and disaster.”

Israel’s Gantz Moves To Dissolve Knesset, Hold New Elections (ZH)

Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz is mounting a new challenge against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the coalition government, on Thursday announcing his centrist party is proposing holding a parliamentary vote on dissolving the Knesset. “The head of the National Union Party, Pnina Tamano-Shata, has put forward a bill to dissolve the 25th Knesset. This follows the request of party leader Minister Benny Gantz to move forward in broad agreement to an election before October, a year since the massacre,” the fresh statement from Gantz’s party said. Gantz had already previously verbalized a plan to hold new elections by October, and two weeks ago he demanded in a provocative ultimatum that Netanyahu has until June 8 to present a clear strategic plan for the Gaza war. Below is the outline that Gantz previously articulated while lambasting the lack of a clear plan from Netanyahu:

”Bring our hostages home, topple the Hamas regime, strip the Gaza Strip, and ensure Israeli security control. Alongside maintaining Israeli security control, establish an American-European-Arab-Palestinian administration to civilly manage the Strip and lay the foundation for a future alternative to Hamas and Abbas, return the residents of the north to their homes by September 1, and rehabilitate the Western Negev, promote normalization with Saudi Arabia as part of an overall move that will create an alliance with the free world and the Arab world against Iran and adopt a service plan that will lead to all Israelis serving the state and contributing to the supreme national effort.” Gantz had continued in that prior statement: “The people of Israel are watching you. You must choose between Zionism and cynicism, between unity and division, between responsibility and neglect – and between victory and disaster.”

Huge anti-Netanyahu protests have continued in Tel Aviv and in front of government buildings and even Netanyahu’s residence, and have been led by hostage victims’ families. They are outraged there’s been lack of clarity or prioritization of getting the rest of the hostages home, also as truce negotiations with Hamas have all but collapsed. It is anything but clear if Gantz has the votes to dissolve Knesset, but Netanyahu’s Likud party quickly shot back on Thursday with a terse statement: “The dissolution of the unity government is a reward for [Hamas leader Yahya] Sinwar, a capitulation to international pressure and a fatal blow to efforts to free our hostages.” But Gantz Tamano-Shata party reasoned that “The 7th of October is a disaster that requires us to go back in order to receive the public’s trust, to establish a broad and stable unity government that can lead us safely in the face of the enormous challenges in security, the economy and, above all, in Israeli society. Submitting the bill now will allow us to bring it up in the current session.”

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“..we have agreed with our Chinese partners to increase cooperation to counteract Washington’s irresponsible behavior, which undermines international stability..”

Sergey Lavrov Full Interview (Sp.)

Russian strategic objects, including nuclear ones, may come under threat from American short-range missiles if the US deploys ground-based intermediate and shorter-range missiles in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. What additional nuclear deterrence measures might Moscow take in this case? Would a reciprocal response from the Russian side be sufficient?
Sergey Lavrov: You are undoubtedly correct that the deployment of American ground-based intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF) in the mentioned regions would pose a serious security challenge for us. This issue is not only significant for us. In a joint statement following the recent visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China, it was noted that such destabilizing actions by the US represent a direct threat to both our country and China. Therefore, we have agreed with our Chinese partners to increase cooperation to counteract Washington’s irresponsible behavior, which undermines international stability. The implementation of US plans to deploy ground-based INF missiles will not go unanswered by us. Specifically, in this scenario, the abandonment of unilateral self-imposed restrictions introduced by Russia after a US withdrawal from the INF Treaty is inevitable. Additional steps in the field of nuclear deterrence are also not ruled out, as forward-deployed American missiles could target our command posts and locations of our nuclear forces. Decisions on these matters are within the competence of the president of the Russian Federation.

Is Russia considering increasing joint military exercises with China in response to US actions in the Asia-Pacific Region?
Sergey Lavrov: The foundation of our military cooperation with China is a high level of mutual trust. Russian-Chinese collaboration aims to strengthen international security and is conducted in accordance with international law. Our joint efforts are not directed against third countries. However, both Russia and our Chinese friends must consider the negative military-political trends in the Asia-Pacific region and take measures to mitigate their effects. We agree on the importance of enhancing defense cooperation not only bilaterally but also within multilateral formats. This understanding was recorded in the joint statement signed following the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China. Specifically, this involves expanding the scale of joint exercises and combat training, conducting naval and aerial patrols, and developing joint response capabilities.

With the end of Volodymyr Zelensky’s presidential term, does Russia see any forces in Ukraine with whom it is ready to engage in dialogue for peace? Is there any understanding of when the special military operation might be concluded?
Sergey Lavrov: In Kiev, the “party of war” is in power, striving, at least rhetorically, to defeat Russia “on the battlefield.” Under these conditions, a dialogue for peace is hard to imagine. Furthermore, since September 30, 2022, a legal ban on negotiations with Russia’s leadership has been in place in Ukraine. Regarding Volodymyr Zelensky’s legal status after May 20, when his presidential term ended, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke clearly on this matter at a press conference in Minsk on May 24. Let’s hope that sooner or later, political forces will emerge in Ukraine that care about the interests of the people. For now, there is no other option but to continue the special military operation until its goals are achieved.

Is there a possibility to speed up the process of political settlement of the situation around Ukraine?
Sergey Lavrov: Theoretically, yes. For this to happen, the West must stop supplying Ukraine with weapons, and Kiev must cease hostilities. The sooner this occurs, the quicker a political resolution will begin. We have repeatedly stated, including at the highest level, that Russia remains open to negotiations. However, it is crucial to understand that we seek peace, not just a ceasefire. There is no point in granting the opponent a pause, which they will use once again for regrouping and rearming. Negotiations must be based on the principle of indivisible security and the realities on the ground.

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    Ivan Aivazovsky Stormy Night at Sea 1850   • It’s Time For Russia To Drop A Nuclear Bomb (Dmitry Suslov) • The West is Hell-Bent on Provoking Rus
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 31 2024]

    #160056
    aspnaz
    Participant

    There are 24 sitting judges in NY county, and Merchan is an “acting” judge. He’s not even on that list!

    Thank God there is X, otherwise how would Americans fix their country? How would they stop all the Zimbabwe-style corruption? How would they stop the crooks stealing from them? Thank God for Musk and X, otherwise the USA would be driven down the toilet by the sofa-sitters. Greatest democracy in the world …. my ass! Greatest crookocracy in the world … maybe. Greatest Jewocracy in the world … definitely.

    #160057
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    ************serviceman*************

    President Trump convicted and now a Felon.

    He now enjoys the same status as felons Ssgt Frank Wutterich (the only Haditha Massacre conviction and Marine One Scott Ritter.

    “The appeal could take years. They just want to be able to call him a convicted felon.”
    ———RIM (Is correct)

    Their Narcissistic Mortification is projected onto their Target Trump. They think they have expiated their sins, not his because Donald will never be contrite nor engage in acts of atonement. The latter behavior toward error and state sanctioned murder is exactly what the ruling class expects from their CEO….rather President of the United States.
    However, unlike President Trump, none of his predecessors nor Joe Biden will ever sit in the dock. Obama ordered the murder of 16yo American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and his father Anwar al-Awlaki. George Bush II sanctioned systemic torture, murder and mayhem in Iraq. He will never be convicted of anything as silly as the crimes attached to Trump’s rap sheet.

      June 17, 2008, six defendants had their cases dropped and a seventh was found not guilty.[7] The exception was former Staff Sergeant, now-Private Frank Wuterich. On October 3, 2007, the Article 32 hearing investigating officer recommended that charges of murder be dropped and Wuterich be tried for negligent homicide in the deaths of two women and five children.[8] Further charges of assault and manslaughter were ultimately dropped; Wuterich was convicted of a single count of negligent dereliction of duty on January 24, 2012.[9][10] Wuterich received a rank reduction and pay cut but avoided jail time.[11][12] Iraqis expressed disbelief and voiced outrage after the six-year U.S. military prosecution ended with none of the Marines sentenced to incarceration

      September 25, 2008, former Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, one of the Marines that had criminal charges that had been subsequently dropped, filed a slander suit against Rep. Murtha. The lawsuit stated that “Sharratt, in being labeled repeatedly by Murtha as a ‘cold-blooded murderer’, and by Murtha outrageously claiming that the Haditha incident was comparable to the infamous (My Lai) massacre of Vietnam, has suffered permanent, irreversible damage to his reputation.” In 2011, Sharratt’s lawsuit was dismissed by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Sharratt killed himself at his home in Pennsylvania on August 3, 2022. He was 37

    #160058
    aspnaz
    Participant

    I told @jessebwatters that I believe the strategy to beat President Trump in the courtroom rather than the ballot box will backfire.

    Yeah, it also kind of breaks loads of laws and other stuff that the sofa-Americans are so proud of – you know the world’s greatest Duh’mocracy, greatest constitution etc – but know nothing about. Most couldn’t give a flying fuck about their country, you can see that by watching the theatre they put on in congress and their courts, I guess they are just hoping that the other guy gets fucked over, not them. They are certain that their sofa will be among the winners …. oh dear, a mistake made so many times in the past.

    Whites stood at about 60% of the USA during Covid, so I guess now, with the addition of millions of imports, plus the natural decline of about 1% per year, I guess the whites stand at about 50%? I am waiting for the non-whites to pass a law that puts the whites in reservations, like they did with the Indians …. ooops, the US abos. Soon the whites will be the abos, pissed on cheap liquor and fentanyl, hanging out at the reservation, singing songs from the ’60s. Nice.

    RFK Jr doesn’t care for the USA or the law, he is bent over for the Jews. If his concern was the country, he would not be backing the usurpers and their genocide in Gaza. A vote for RFK Jr is a vote for another dead Palestinian child, his mother and grandparents … go USA!

    #160059
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Given the last days of momentum and growing pressure coming from some NATO countries, this was perhaps inevitable: the United States has now greenlighted Ukraine’s use of American-supplied weapons against Russian territory in a huge escalation which takes the world a big step closer to WW3 and nuclear-armed confrontation.

    This was always the plan, this was the plan when Biden was claiming that Russia was going to invade Ukraine, back at the start of 2022. They ensured that Russia invaded and now they will involve NATO, and the reason is that they get to attack Russia without Russia being willing to attack the USA.

    Putin and his military will have known this from a long time ago, maybe over 10 years ago, that this was the USA’s end game. They may have thought they could stop it, but they still knew the game and they prepared. China also prepared.

    Putin is now saving as many of his resources as he can before the inevitable attack by the west. The reason he did not demolish Ukraine is because Ukraine is not the enemy, NATO, the USA and the UK are the enemy, they are the ones who want to steal Russia and take all its resources so that they can be the rulers of the world for another few hundred years.

    The USA and UK want Russian wealth and they are going to try to steal it, the same as they both did in the past, the UK with its empire, the USA with its financial, military and oil business arrangements; the thug empire.

    Putin is being sensible, he knows where the real fight is going to happen, he knows what military might he should save for the big battles. NATO is already trying to destroy the Russian nuclear early warning system, that is not a joke for the Russians and they will understand that punch from NATO.

    The one thing you know for sure is that Putin will not gradually demolish the west; his main advantage is surprise, so if he is ever convinced that he has no other option, he will launch everything that Russia, China and North Korea can muster against the western nations. It will happen instantly, because their chance of winning is way higher if they launch everything at once than if they poke back a little at a time and wear down their own defenses. They know the USA and UK are not going to negotiate, they are thieves, they have a choice of thieve or be poor, and the USA and UK cannot condone being poor.

    The other thing you should not get fooled about; if Putin pushes the button, he will not be considering the people of the world and what they think about his actions, he knows the people of the world will soon be dead, so the PR is irrelevant. His aim will be to demolish the USA and NATO before they can harm the Russian military forces, so his submarines will have missiles within a few minutes range of Washington, and he will be in a bunker somewhere, with his second phase forces on standby, the forces that will emerge after the nuclear war, the ones who will do the last of the fighting and defend Russia.

    We shall see.

    #160060
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service claims that the US is preparing a major propaganda campaign aimed at sparking fear among the population of Sweden and Finland about Moscow’s alleged “territorial appetites.”

    Coming from the USA, a country currently genociding the population of Palestine so that they can steal their land. The American sofa-sitter has produced millions of these government workers who think that everybody else is bad and that they are automatically good because …. Duhmerica. It is like watching retarded squirrels take over the planet; they hide their nuts, forget where they put them, so attack other squirells for their nuts.

    How dumb are the Swedish and the Fins? We shall find out, but if this PR works then they would be better off nuked by Russia because their brains are not even as competent as those of their wildlife. Mind you, they joined NATO, so their leaders are captured and they sat on their sofas and watched, so maybe they too have the American brain disease.

    #160061
    tboc
    Participant

    aspnaz have you determined in your research that Pope Leo IX was a German Jew? That would certainly explain a lot of western European history and give weight to your Jews run the world hypothesis.

    since the Jews control ALL western finance and banking didn’t they loan Musk the do-re-mi to purchase X?
    There are a lot of things done in a circle, logic is just one

    ZZ Top Heard It On The X

    #160062
    aspnaz
    Participant

    tboc said

    aspnaz have you determined in your research that Pope Leo IX was a German Jew?

    I was not aware of that and would like to see your source. But, if true, he did cause the great schism so it would be in keeping with his tribe’s tendency to take at the cost of everyone else.

    #160063
    EoinW
    Participant

    What does one envision a Putin surprise attack as being? Are we talking about destroying every NATO base west of France(including the US bases in Germany)? Or sinking every NATO ship in the western Mediterrean?

    Would it be too reckless to take out every conventional weapon NATO has that could reach Russia? Then wait and see how the USA reacts. With the only counter attack option being nuclear, would the Russians be willing to gamble that the loudmouth WWF leaders of NATO will throw a fit but do nothing else?

    Would such a devastating attack trigger the break in confidence and the inevitable economic collapse in the West? Sure it’s prudent for China/Iran/Russia to wait for the West to self destruct but something needs to trigger it. With the western mind being so far down the rabbit hole…

    That’s my simple/optimistic view on things. Putin with a 1st Round KO(or are we already in the 3-4 round?). After the dust settles, the Globalists who run the West have Russia to blame for the economic collapse. Mission Accomplished! Then we pivot to the real front line in WW3 – western governments against their own citizens. Meanwhile the sane societies in the world just move on with life. See you after the Globalist Thousand Year Reich ends and our New Dark Age plays itself out.

    #160064
    Dr. D
    Participant

    I had no idea America was a Jewish nation. Here I was told it was a Christian nation. …With no churchgoers from sea to sea.

    Both. Neither. All. None. Whatever-I-said-last. Aii.

    #160065
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Actually, that verdict affected me more than I thought. How annoying. Well here we are, need to stage his assassination now.
    Toon
    https://sinfest.xyz/btphp/comics/2024-05-31.jpg

    Tashida has remarkably changed the tone of his cartoon again. This is posted to point out the bored, cynical, so-over-it, nothing matters point of view. Really? Sounds like this guy we still totally believe some things because it’s emotionally satisfying while wearing our berets like poetic nihlists on the Seine. Believe in something, fall for anything?

    ““This is the final battle. With you at my side, we will demolish the deep state. We will expel the war mongers from our government.”

    Okay, man, whatever. Actions talks, bulls—t walks.

    “IMPOSSIBLE that this judge was assigned to the Trump Organization case, the Hush money case & the Steve Bannon Case!”

    Prove it. And do something about it. You have people in that jurisdiction, so act.

    “The same radical left Democrats who are complaining that President Trump’s comments are causing harm to public officials seem to not care”

    Yes, that Beam in my Eye everything-proof invisibility shield. And? DO something about it. They won’t, or can’t see it. And? We all now know normal processes of telling them has no effect. And? That walking around like that makes them a danger to themselves and others. There are ways to get through to them, like arresting them for literal crimes.

    “• It’s Time For Russia To Drop A Nuclear Bomb (Dmitry Suslov)

    Or not. They can and will be smarter than that. But point taken and I said that only yesterday. With that roster of support, here, everywhere, in Congress, Parliament, EU, clearly they will not stop unless Russia stops them. As is moral, we have tried all the other options and they have not been accepted.

    Okay WHEN – not If – they do this shortly, WHAT will be the effects on markets, that is to say, Our Lives? The West does a lot, gets up in the morning, pumps oil, delivers bread, so how will all that keep happening when this other thing – which is only icing and irrelevant – then does and has to rock the whole rest of the ship.

    You can SAY 99% of the ship is in good shape, but if you’ve taken a hole below the waterline…well, see what I mean? ANY attack Russia makes at this point will in actual functional, practical fact, be small, same as that a few F16s, even with nukes, will not topple all Russia. But that will mean every man on that ship starts running around like a whacked beehive, looking like they’re going in circles. But in organic collectives like humans, there will be organic, collective order at the bottom.

    MARKETS run us…presently. And MARKETS aren’t that organic order: they are like a 3rd level AI who IMITATES that order. No humans trade, and the few who do will be shut out as the markets lock, close, and pass inane rules like “No short sales”, and “Money Market Lockouts.” They may say “Market’s closed due to “volatility” and “War” – you understand, pal – but if you want 5c on the dollar today I can hand you this CBDC. “Market” however runs the daily payrolls and the lending for oil trucks.

    Okay, back not to markets, but how will a market in that state affect US?

    I suspect there is enough forewarning now and enough non-cooperation that everything just runs badly. Shortages, particularly of money, but intermittent; government attempts all sorts of things but no one believes or supports them; things are restructured to go around, etc. That’s why it was critical to destroy faith in GOVERNMENT as occurred yesterday. AMERICA is a place Against government. We are suspicious of government. If we’re not, we’re not Americans, as seen these last many years – we’re Socialists, of the soft or hard kind. Those cannot abide the Constitution, law, or the foundational principle that makes us work, so they must – and more or less completely have – annulled the entire Constitution, which is the entire basis of legal government. That was gone, a skin-suit. Okay, now we know it.

    The PLAN was to Russian Rev 2.0, and have the Millennial Socialists be Bolsheviks and murder everyone with joy and songbirds in their hearts. Which they mostly would have, we already know from the Summer of Love and Covid. But that window is almost shut, may now be closed. Without them and THEIR whack, 180° rabidly AntiAmerican beliefs, how are you going to get mass, total, Stalinesque Central Control and murderous tyranny? Go ahead: ask them with them down 30 points with @25 age, if they’re up to murdering their whole town for Great Leader Biden and his kids. No, they are EMOTIONAL. They have carefully withheld all rationality from them, from “Sponge Bob” through school right through to graduate studies and into corporations: nary a coherent thought right through to the writer’s rooms at the smallest or largest shows at Woke Disney. Right?

    But BECAUSE they’re EMOTIONAL, —- Their EMOTION is spent. Poof. Gone. You don’t have two emotions repressed about the same thing. They already EX-pressed their emotions about America like toddlers. Now, they have Emotions about “The Rent is Too Damn High” and “AYFKM with Another Genocide Around Here?”. So round them up and tell them the answer to Russia’s nuclear strike on is to ‘rally ‘round the Olde Biden Fire, and have Central Government run everything. Yeah, no.

    2001, 2016, 2020? My jaw drops and I said it every day, “IF these guys are incompetent, evil Nazis, who hunt down and kill black men in the streets are are the handmaidens of billionaire corporations, WHY are you supporting them??? That is, throwing being MOAR central government??” Finally got through, because that was a rational, logical argument, (so they ignored and hated it) but this is an EMOTIONAL one. Their costs are crushing and they’re paying $5,000 so immigrants can s—t in the streets and rob me. Uh, yeah pal. Welcome to the party. This is Flyoverland since 1994, glad you caught up.

    So NOW, perhaps that is LESS dangerous for Russia to nuke us and have markets crash. See? It’s a war, there are no safe days. “In the end it will come down to a war between the Bankers and the People” (–Not Lord Acton). And that war, strike, Ukraine being lost, is right on schedule for a week before the Biden election, where Biden has arranged to arrest, kill, and dis-bar BOTH his Presidential opponents, AFTER openly outlawing all Democratic contender nominees. “The election is about saving democracy!!!” Yes. Yes it is.

    I’m looking forward to Russia’s response to the maniacs in Davos and Europe and getting this over with. Then we as Americans can overthrow this Occupation government too. Occupied by Anti-American, anti-law, and honestly, illegal and illegally placed Europhiles who are contrary to everything we stand for. They are a pathetic, vanishing minority, which have no legal basis, but as I’ve said many times, they’re also barricaded into the nuclear control room and are phoning out orders from there.

    Again, compare flipping this event 5, 10, 20, 40 years ago with having it happen now. “The war is won before it starts” –SunTzu

    “In a few months (or maybe even weeks), the same logic will be applied to stationing regular Western troops in Ukraine and then starting to shoot down Russian missiles over it.”

    Past tense. France ALREADY posted uniformed soldiers, not even sheep-dipped HIMARS operators and CIA targeters, and we ALREADY said we’re going to run a no-fly zone out of Polish radar stations – but just for missiles, you understand, not for jets or nothin’ after we ALREADY shot down a POW plane.

    Okay, great, but have you asked Putin? He’s amassed some 1 MILLION soldiers somewhere behind the line and has 3-5 fronts open: we just have a habit of talking about the newest ones. 2-3 towns fall daily. There are no men to operate anything even as a little U.S. artillery has been smuggled in and reaches the lines. $1B in arms was blown up in Odessa – perhaps most of Johnson’s Johnson f-ing Ukraine here. Belarus looks open to mobilizing 50 miles from Kiev. Russia has doubled their arms and hasn’t used many tanks. Ukraine is politically toppling and being overthrown as the people refuse conscription and begin to beat police in the streets. So, um, you’re gonna what again?

    And back to us, Suppose Ukraine is out, yes still slowly being absorbed, but collapsed as an army and they want to enjoin all NATO and have Poland and Finland, Sweden attack. And? Does that look like it will have the slightest effect anywhere? Does it LOOK like they have the support of the Polish or American people for this war, or even the Finns?

    How are you planning a war with no support inside and no support outside? Against a superior opponent? Okay man, you’re just going to be toppled and removed. Legal or not (and it is) they will bring up the same corruption and election-rigging in Poland as we will here and remove the leaders by arresting them. For illegal things they actually did.

    “It’s a bunch of Big Clubs, and you’re not in any of them.” That is, some POWER inside the power – the police association or generals, as we see in France – REFUSE to do what Macron wants, as they already have. Or as the Pentagon already has after Lviv. THEY are fighting, not us. And certainly not Russia-vs-them. So at some point the Polish POLICE stop “overlooking” the MPs constant, serial felonies and arrest/pressure them. Then everybody is too busy at home to be supporting any no-fly zone wars. See?

    This is just the granularity of what I usually say at a 30,000 foot view. This is where the U.S. “Supports” Ukraine while dragging our feet for 6 months, then trickling out nearly nothing, while continuing to flip the House to anti-war. (But they got raped over House Members “retiring” … a day after there could be no special elections, so they could help flip the house back to Derp State Democrats and Trump/Johnson had to respond to this. Don’t be a child.) In the 30,000 foot view, IF you support Ukraine, you will lose your election. No more magic Ukraine flags someone seems to have printed up a year ahead of time and distributed everywhere, must be what ISIS is doing these days, they were experts in screen printing, branding, and Central Banks.

    That takes TIME, but you can clearly see it’s not supported. They will be toppled. Nazis such as they are depend on Blitzkreig. Like Bush, they attack you socially and run over while you’re too shocked trying to absorb what’s happening for you to respond. To getting slowly murdered these 20 years later with Chertof’s airport x-rays, catching and preventing exactly nothing. If you can fall back – because we’re a herd, a democracy, we must – THEN you can digest what’s happening to us and respond. We have. There are no Ukrainian flags and no support for this week’s latest genocide.

    That all ties into Russia’s response to us. THEY need to not give us a “Pearl Harbor” that like 9-11 “You impune my honor, sir!” and makes us mobilize like a bunch of retards and attack 5 wrong countries. (All but one of the 911 were Saudis. None were Iraqis). Are we there yet? If Russia responds at this point will young American men sign up 30k a day to fight the Russskies? People I know, raised on shooting video games, totally believe Russia is the USSR is evil, etc. …But they won’t sign up. That’s what it takes.

    “• The West is Hell-Bent on Provoking Russia Into Hot War (Pepe Escobar)

    Good. How else does this end? Okay, you’re the scriptwriter in the writer’s room, as this is all WWF, staged West Wing theatre anyway: write me a plausible conclusion to this plot and story.

    I only see Russia responding and us collapsing. HOW that happens, and WHO runs the Central CBDC in the “Great Taking” and WHO Treaty is the only question. But at last: Do we LOOK in the mood? Save me, Daddy Biden! Save me, Daddy Trump! ObiWan, you’re our only hope. Nope. No AOC, no Johnson either. No Obama, Beyonce, or Taylor Swift either. Good! Finally! Finally got through to you people. “Government is FORCE, it is FIRE. It’s a dangerous servant and a deadly master.”

    ““Despite a nearly $1 trillion budget, the United States military is unable to secure a major shipping lane from a government they don’t officially recognize in one of the poorest countries in the world..”
    • US Leaders Pushing for Three-Front War When They Can’t Handle One (Sp.)

    Yes, and WHY? Because they need to blame others for the runaway debt-compounding collapse. This is like 5,000 years now. AND when that happens, they need you to go to GOVERNMENT, to THEM or their paid employees, to save them. Then they take MOAR power. That’s why they don’t care about the collapse of the LAST 5 wars we lost to goatherders, the war we’re losing now, OR the three more wars they claim to fight when we don’t have a man in the field nor a functional plane to fly them there. Doesn’t matter: has to be CHINA’S fault so you rally ‘round US. Give US your power and money, and we’ll rape your daughters! Is this a great system or what?

    You have to understand NONE of what they’re saying is true. None. Ever. Watch what they DO.

    What we DID was make no shells in Ukr., make no ships in SE Asia, when we had plenty of time and ability to.

    “• Le Pen: Backing of Ukraine Strikes Inside Russia Step Toward World War (Sp.)

    It’s only a “World War” if the other side can fight it. We can’t.

    ““..high-ranking Swedish and Finnish officials are being trained, “like diligent students,” to repeat the “Russophobic mantras of their American patrons without hesitation..”

    Our entire Western war is all mind control since Bernays in 1910. But it’s all public so you can do something about it. “‘Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.’ — Bob Marley.

    “Prosecutors under Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg argued that Trump oversaw a scheme to influence the 2016 election”

    Stop. That’s a FEDERAL crime. Stop: No one cares.

    “He criticized judge Juan Merchan for supposedly being “conflicted and corrupt,”

    “Supposed” is not something we say. It’s “he said.” In this case his daughter made $90M in profits, so you may even dispense with the “Supposed”: it’s visible. Words are valuable: why did you waste one here injecting Op/Ed?

    “and amounts to weaponization of the justice system by the Democratic Party against its political opponent.”

    That might be crazier if they hadn’t destroyed all DEMOCRATIC nominees as well, allowing no opposition or alternative to stand even in their own party. TWICE.

    “no such violation occurred. The jury does not know that. Instead, the judge allowed them to be repeatedly told a false fact that could make it difficult for anyone to acquit.”

    You got it. You’re a lawyer and you don’t see this every day? Where two-bit judges meet the prosecutor to railroad random citizens, then have drinks over at the golf course later? How does anyone not know this is “What is done” for generations now? Well, I guess you need to know and this is how we tell you. Must be nice being rich that you’ve never seen this before.

    “• Hush Money Trial To Boost Trump’s Odds Of Winning, Taking House, Senate (Every)

    What election? We are allowed no candidates, even within, or without, the party. We’re Saddam and Stalin. “Won by 100%!!!”

    “There have not been any discussions of a role for me in a potential Trump Presidency”

    The White Hats are already renting Musk as a brand and a platform. Obviously. Otherwise, where’s Musk getting his protection from? They just took down a President and billionaire in a traffic court, with a non, “Acting” Judge. But not Elon? Having no trouble, banks cleared all his checks to buy Twitter and mud-stuff the Derp State left?

    “He wants it denied so he can appeal it?!
    • Judge Denies Hunter Biden’s ‘Frivolous’ Bid to Halt Delaware Gun Case (ET)

    If you have money, you can stay out of jail forever on appeals. Hunter has more than money. He’s eating 5-stars and flying provate jets to his Child support hearings where they listen to him say how broke he is. It’s the only way he can screw his wife and daughter good and hard again.

    “• ‘Paranoid’ Zelensky Lashing Out At US – FT (RT)

    Yes, that’s because we are actually out to get him. He needs to pass all these unpopular things the people will hang him in the streets for, before we dispense with his body and blame Russia for it. Easy. Who is the reporter that can meta-meta presume we are NOT out to get him? After all this plus 20-50 more years of 100 democracies toppled?

    “Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz is mounting a new challenge against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the coalition government,”

    I wonder why. They’re not killing Palestinians enough? Too slow? Been suggested there are three wings: EU, American, and BRIICS there, as they sell their transit-pipeline location to the highest bidder. Nothing to do with them, their religion, or Palestinians. All distractions and eyewash. PS, Rothschild just said “This is their family’s country.” They created, made, and run it. Xnay the eekingspay.

    “such destabilizing actions by the US represent a direct threat to both our country and China.”

    This is legal language, specific. That is, it activates and authorizes a counter-nuclear strike.

    “Is there a possibility to speed up the process of political settlement of the situation around Ukraine?”

    You’re in the Writer’s Room: how does this story end? We tried Ukraine being expelled (Freeland’s Nazi army in Canada) and to occupy it (USSR years, while being funded by the West). So? How do you get a Ukraine unable to be undermined and made to attack Russia, poor saps, and even more, it would be wonderfully helpful to Russia and Ukraine both if they could be prosperous trade partners. (As they always were and must be). So? How do you arrange this?

    Well, they’ve already set up a “Union” as with Belarus and Kazakhstan, which is working great. That’s a softer Federal style, just as the States here in the U.S. are breaking away with the times. NATO collapses and the West doesn’t have the free resources to bother, while BRIICS rocket to prosperity everyone wants to join. Sounds likely. Same here: they will say “The U.S. is falling apart! Aaaaaaiiiiii!!!!!” No, we’re not. We’re not supposed to be centralized to begin with. We’re just going to be breaking the law less and trampling our citizens less. Sounds just terrible.

    #160066
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • It’s Time For Russia To Drop A Nuclear Bomb

    Sure is starting to look that way.

    The NeoConJob homo globoiis are a Death Kult afterr all.

    There base is in Duh’merica the Beautiful.

    Maybe station some Kh-47M2 Kinzhals in CUBA

    See how that goes.

    Duh’merican have no historic memory however, it’s been wiped clean from 60 years of junk food and propagandized TV.

    Remember the ONLY reason the Soviets put nukes in CUBA was because the Empire of Lies put nukes in Turkey FIRST.

    It’s amazing how many Duh’mericans, to this day, don’t Grok that simple fact.

    .

    #160067
    Dr. D
    Participant

    BTW Martin Armstrong just said Again that the Dollar crashes by going UP. In order to change direction, there needs to be a blowoff super-excess move. And where the bears capitulate. Okay, but don’t think two-dimensionally: IF the markets close, then you can only get $50 out of a bank, like Australia or Cyprus. Then Cash is King: everyone owes huge debts they need to service, have margin calls in Stocks, etc. This may not last long, but blowoff tops never do.

    The RoW can’t tolerate a high US$, Argentina, Brazil, etc owe in US$ too. They will swap or die. After that, no US$ as Reserve currency means, The End to US Empire. That’s what an Empire is. And all Americans cheer, except like 10 guys at the top who can’t pay their blackmail anymore.

    #160068
    those darned kids
    Participant

    President Trump convicted and now a Felon AND a proud member of the wwe hall of fame.

    https://www.wwe.com/superstars/donald-trump

    #160069
    those darned kids
    Participant

    america is a churlish nation!

    #160070
    those darned kids
    Participant

    #160071
    those darned kids
    Participant

    #160072
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • US Leaders Pushing for Three-Front War When They Can’t Handle One

    Duh’merica has lost it’s shit and lost the narrative

    Pretty impressive mental meltdown.

    Dying Empires look a lot like 4th Stage Neuro-syphilis

    Neuro-syphilis occurs when syphilis spreads to the central nervous system.

    It manifests as a host of psychiatric and physical symptoms ranging from headaches, personality changes, and loss of coordination to delirium, visual changes, hallucinations, delusions of grandeur and loss of bladder and bowel control.

    Check

    The Empire of Lies has definitively lost bowel control.

    Ask Trump

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    #160073
    those darned kids
    Participant

    y’all need to draft kyrie irving for your next president.

    IRVING/LAVROV ’24 MAKE AMERICA BADASS

    #160074
    zerosum
    Participant

    Dreamtime/I wish upon a star/I had a dream/conflict resolution

    1. Shangri-la’

    an imaginary paradise on earth, esp. a remote and exotic utopia.
    a faraway haven or hideaway of idyllic beauty and tranquility.

    2. Trump (R) vs Biden (D) vs Robert F. Kennedy Jr (I)

    3. People (Peace on earth) vs Governments (WAR)

    4. Truth vs Lies

    5. Reincarnation, also known as rebirth or transmigration, is the philosophical or religious concept that the non-physical essence of a living being begins a new life in a different physical form or body after biological death.
    ———–

    #160075
    tboc
    Participant

    reference Murtha and My Lai
    How much irrational violence is too much? Depends on what needs to be hidden.
    Calley – Assange

    #160076
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Depression is more than a mental state in Duh’merica

    It’s an Economic Zen Be Here Now moment!. EBHN

    Namaste bitchez!

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    #160077
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Entitled and woketurd “Professor” gets arrested for messing with pro-Life street evangelist

    I’m dancing with Happy Feet!

    #160078
    Oroboros
    Participant

    ATACMS, F16s, boots on the ground; Russian warnings ignored

    Duran chews the fat on Empire of Lies insanity

    #160083
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Pedo Presidementia Seduces Miss Duh’merica Over the Cliff

    Bombs Away Dream Babies

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    #160084
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Russia is inches from completely and totally destroying the Ukronazi power grid.

    It barely functions now.

    No electricity: no water pumps or sewage treatment for the cities. Sweet

    Food preservation, gone with the wind

    Medical care on life support generators

    If the Empire of Lies green lights ATACMS into Russia, UkronNaziland will have zero electricity.

    The then Russia blows up all the bridges in UkroNaziland

    Especially all the bridges in Kiev and all across the Dnieper stranding the majority of the UkroNazi army without supplies on the wrong side of the river.

    #160085
    Oroboros
    Participant

    WokeTurd Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said she would support a policy that refuses to prosecute the following crimes:

    .

    (If you are white she would still prosecute)

    -shoplifting
    -larceny
    -disorderly conduct
    -receiving stolen property
    -driving with a suspended license
    -breaking and entering with property damage
    -wanton and malicious destruction of property
    -threats
    -minor in possession of alcohol
    -marijuana possession
    -possession with intent to distribute
    -non-marijuana drug possession

    #160086
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/30/politics/biden-ukraine-limited-strikes-russia/index.html
    Biden gives Ukraine permission to carry out limited strikes within Russia using US weapons
    Reply
    https://tass.com/politics/1796265

    MOSCOW, May 31. /TASS/. NATO countries that have approved strikes with their weapons on Russian territory should be aware that their equipment and specialists will be destroyed not only in Ukraine, but also at any point from where Russian territory is attacked, the Russian Security Council’s Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said on his Telegram channel, noting that the participation of NATO specialists could be seen as a casus belli.

    “All their military equipment and specialists fighting against us will be destroyed both on the territory of former Ukraine and on the territory of other countries, should strikes be carried out from there against Russian territory,” Medvedev warned.

    He added that Moscow proceeded from the fact that all long-range weapons supplied to Ukraine were already “directly operated by servicemen from NATO countries”, which is tantamount to participation in the war against Russia and a reason to start combat operations.

    Therefore, said Medvedev, NATO would need to legally qualify the destruction of its equipment, facilities and servicemen in case of “possible retaliatory strikes <…> in the context of articles 4 and 5 of the Washington Treaty”.

    Articles 4 and 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which created the alliance, list NATO countries’ actions in case any of them is threatened, as well as the rules of the bloc’s collective defense. According to these provisions, a threat to one NATO country is perceived as an attack on all members of the alliance. At the same time, the document does not specify what exactly NATO may regard as an attack or threat, so it establishes a consultation mechanism for deciding on a response.

    #160087
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Here’s an attempt to condense my various stages of bewilderment surrounding the Trump case for the past 2 days.

    Please understand, I am not defending Trump. I am reviewing the narrative as if it were a movie or a TV show. I found the writing to be inept, chaotic, providing neither a coherent narrative nor consistent believable characterization. This prevented me from entering a willing suspension of disbelief.

    Everything the writers did took me out of the story. Worse than Prometheus, and that’s saying something.

    1. 34 Counts Unanimous Guilty: Is this really unanimous, or exact-opposite-of-unanimous “unanimous”? Didn’t the judge say take your pick, each of you tell me a thing you think he’s guilty of and I’ll add all your votes up, no need for anyone to agree on that?

    2. Paying off the stripper to not talk trash… Trump was never charged, let alone found guilty of doing this AS A CRIME?

    3. The ledger entry in question – it was a misdemeanor Trump was never charged, let alone found guilty of doing AS A CRIME and it is expired, out of the statute of limitations?

    4. The ledger entry is what was being used to commit the crime of Election Promotion?

    5. Calling things names on accounting ledgers causes Election Promotion??????

    6. HOW did the naming of it as a legal expense on the piece of paper in and of itself promote Trump in the election? WHO was swayed in their voting decision by this entry on a ledger and how?

    7. Does the prosecution, judge, defense, jury, or general public know what alternate naming on the ledger would have AVOIDED Election Promotion? Nobody knows still?

    8. If making a legal non-disclosure agreement requires that you make public and explicit the very thing you are trying to make private, why does anyone ever do them? That’s just how non disclosure works, you bigot?

    9. Are ALL non-disclosure agreements with any applicability to elections “Election Promotion” and therefore illegal?

    7. Does Time Exist? There was a delay when the perjury-lawyer sent the bill. There was a delay in opening it. There was a delay in paying it. There was a delay in making the entry on the ledger. There was a delay in the private ledger entry being reported for taxes. Didn’t the election occur PRIOR to that? How did the ledger entry effect reverse-causality Election Promotion?

    8. Does Time Exist Pt 2? Didn’t the Stormy Daniels story break across all mainstream and alternative media channels BEFORE the election? How did the ledger entry go back in time to reverse this and perform reverse-causality Election Promotion? Did Trump steal Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet?

    9. Is there any selective prosecution occurring? Have hundreds, perhaps thousands of other non-disclosure agreements been made by politicians 2016-present and are any of them under investigation?

    10. Did the prosecution cite any previous cases to establish precedent and strengthen their case? Or is this a totally unique and new, never-before prosecution and finding?

    ONION LAYERS OF REALITY:

    A. Trump did awful things. We’ll get him through the legal process.
    B. Those Democrats are blinded by their own agenda and pursuing imagined crimes mistakenly
    C. The charges are knowingly faked up to influence the election (Republicans: wrongly, Democrats: to prevent dictatorship and WW3, worth it)
    D. Don’t you get it, Trump’s fake opposition, the whole thing is theatre to get you to vote for Trump

    TRYING TO PUT IT IN A NUTSHELL:

    1. Porn star swore in writing the sex never happened
    2. It’s legal to have sex with a pornstar anyway
    3. It’s legal to pay hush money
    4. It’s normal to account for legal payments as legal expenses
    5. It’s legal to promote yourself as a political candidate

    State of NY puts all these things in a test tube (possibly adds some expired misdemeanors, maybe?), mixes them, and produces 34 felonies.

    It wasn’t so much that the plotline/narrative was jarring as that there was no plot. More of a disjointed causeless fever-dream.

    The She Hulk writing team decided to make the main character a lawyer, adopting a serial format for the show – each episode, a new court case.

    The entire She Hulk writing team and showrunners admitted they know nothing about and have no experience with the legal system, lawyering, or writing a procedural law show.

    Nevertheless, Disney elected to proceed with a procedural law show in which their main character was a lawyer without:
    1. Hiring new writers experienced in a legal show format
    2. Obtaining expert advisors to help their existing writers
    3. Educating their existing writers on this type of show
    4. Giving up on the serial legal case format
    5. Making their main character something other than a lawyer.

    The timing looks right, in terms of She Hulk being cancelled and writing needed for the new court drama.

    This is my best hypothetical explanation. The She Hulk writing room was hired to write the 34 Felonies drama.

    #160092
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    I think that elimination of useless elites through the shrinking of their numbers (theoretically down to one top tyrant in charge, and everyone else a slave) through various wars of attrition is far more probable than the eradication of useless eaters by means of genocide.

    Time and arithmetic are definitely on the side of the downtrodden, while greedy selfishness (and arithmetic) is now and forever against the possibility of a tiny group taking everything from an enormous number of people who (with nothing left to be stolen) could not then support the elites in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

    It’s basically the old “Goose that laid the golden egg” story, but with a lot more bloodshed, car chases and explosions.

    #160093
    zerosum
    Participant

    my best hypothetical explanation.
    Emotions trumps your explanations. 🙂

    #160094
    jb-hb
    Participant

    D Benton Smith # 160092 – Yes, one interpretation to events of the 2000-present would be the elites increasingly squeezing absolutely everything else in an attempt to avoid/delay a war of elimination amongst themselves.

    But they need added-value activity to maintain themselves. And they keep increasing themselves while punishing added-value activity and added value actors. Question is will they eliminate some of their own before their resource/power base is utterly ruined or after?

    Will their best pragmatists eliminate the others and restore/preserve added-value activity/actors? Or will it be a series of stair-steps downward punctuated by elimination rounds forced upon the elite rather than chosen pre-emptively?

    But AI will save them

    “What do such machines really do? They increase the number of things we can do without thinking. Things we do without thinking-there’s the real danger.” Frank Herbert

    PS someone please somewhere stop making Ayn Rand right

    “You called it selfish and cruel that men should trade value for value—you have now established an unselfish society where they trade extortion for extortion. Your system is a legal civil war, where men gang up on one another and struggle for possession of the law, which they use as a club over rivals, till another gang wrests it from their clutch and clubs them with it in their turn, all of them clamoring protestations of service to an unnamed public’s unspecified good.”

    “Then she saw the answer; she saw the secret premise behind their words. With all of their noisy devotion to the age of science, their hysterically technological jargon, their cyclotrons, their sound rays, these men were moved forward, not by the image of an industrial skyline, but by the vision of that form of existence which the industrialists had swept away—the vision of a fat, unhygienic rajah of India, with vacant eyes staring in indolent stupor out of stagnant layers of flesh, with nothing to do but run precious gems through his fingers and, once in a while, stick a knife into the body of a starved, toil-dazed, germ-eaten creature, as a claim to a few grains of the creature’s rice, then claim it from hundreds of millions of such creatures and thus let the rice grains gather into gems.

    “She had thought that industrial production was a value not to be questioned by anyone; she had thought that these men’s urge to expropriate the factories of others was their acknowledgment of the factories’ value. She, born of the industrial revolution, had not held as conceivable, had forgotten along with the tales of astrology and alchemy, what these men knew in their secret, furtive souls, knew not by means of thought, but by means of that nameless muck which they called their instincts and emotions: that so long as men struggle to stay alive, they’ll never produce so little but that the man with the club won’t be able to seize it and leave them still less, provided millions of them are willing to submit—that the harder their work and the less their gain, the more submissive the fiber of their spirit—that men who live by pulling levers at an electric switchboard, are not easily ruled, but men who live by digging the soil with their naked fingers, are—that the feudal baron did not need electronic factories in order to drink his brains away out of jeweled goblets, and neither did the rajahs of the People’s State of India. She saw what they wanted and to what goal their “instincts,” which they called unaccountable, were leading them. She saw that Eugene Lawson, the humanitarian, took pleasure at the prospect of human starvation—and Dr. Ferris, the scientist, was dreaming of the day when men would return to the hand-plow.”

    #160095
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    Schneier has an interesting one today: How AI Will Change Democracy. He admits up front it’s a big pile of ‘what if?’ but it’s an interesting read, and it is time for most humans to begin considering these questions.

    Can we do a GoFundMe to pay a bounty for collection of independent telescopic observations of our Lagrange Points?

    ———————————————————————-

    last laugh

    They won’t last, and I won’t laugh.

    #160096
    Noirette
    Participant

    On, Biden allows UKR to use weapons to attack Russia, from ZH.

    Not the only one, see Macron (keen), Sholtz (hesitant, reluctant, confused), others…

    USuk-D (Germany) and others provide – gift, weapons and more to attack the Russkies, control the scope of operations, and have tight strictures / operational criteria, aka red lines that waver and change in function of the situation ‘on the ground.’ Follows, orders are sent to the Proxy UKR do this that not … etc.

    UKR must obey (it hasn’t perfectly, other story), but now it is authorised by its Masters to move some very dangerous provocative steps forward.

    Typical MSM: UKR now has to been ‘freed’ (so who is in control?) to do ‘what it needs’ or such language to ‘defend itself.’
    I.e. to attack Russia inside Russia… with arms / personnel etc. from the ‘W.’

    End game coming up….

    #160097
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Jihadist goes on rampage in Germany

    DEI is our strength

    Islam snowflake can’t take any criticism, Islam didn’t grow from nothing to controlling half the known world in 60 years in the 600s by putting up with opposition.

    15 German cops oddly on the scene, one cop still gets stabbed multiple times in the neck.

    Male cop shot the perp dead, male cop got stabbed, female cops were onlookers.

    An unknown person stabbed a politician in Mannheim’s central square, Michael Stürzenberger, who criticizes Islam.

    They tried to stop the bloodshed, but the criminal broke free and struck another blow to the policeman in the back. The second policeman shot and killed the instigator.

    The police have not yet provided any information about the severity of the victims’ injuries. The identity of the criminal is being established.

    #160098
    Oroboros
    Participant

    #160099
    zerosum
    Participant

    Demonstration against the murder of +36,000 people is now called a hate crime against Israel.

    #160100
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Oroboros’ video

    0:20 upper righthand corner, you can see the feet of a cop. THAT cop turns to tackle a friendly at 0:22

    he was right on top of the assailant while the assailant was on the ground. There’s nobody on the assailant but him. As he TURNS HIS BACK to tackle the friendly, all the cops to the right who were close enough to cover his stupid maneuver back away. EVERYONE can see that nobody has the knife guy.

    0:25 the cop that tackles the friendly keeps his back turned to the stabber while straddling the friendly to pin him down and gets knifed

    0:27 it’s the friendly that the cop tackled that actually grabs the knife and slides it away so the attacker cannot continue to use it before wisely laying back down to avoid the cops going after him again

    I cannot imagine a US cop turning their back on the armed assailant while nobody has got him under control and nobody else is even taking him on. (US cops would have turned the stabber into a colander about 20 seconds earlier)

    The cop who got stabbed was intensely, intensely stupid. It is VERY fitting that HE was the one, not some innocent bystander or fellow cop, that experienced the results of his failure to restrain the guy AT HIS FEET with a knife.

    0:45 the cops have the unarmed friendly who got tackled to the cobblestones and might very well be injured because of that,, the one who made it so the assailant couldn’t grab the knife again, THAT guy, they have in an uncomfortable position with his hands handcuffed behind his back and his face in the cobblestones.

    They seem far more concerned with the helpful gainfully employed european victim and far less concerned with the stabby mc stabberson knife wielding addidas clad migrant – is this part of their training or something?

    #160101
    Oroboros
    Participant

    I very puzzling amateur response

    I almost thought it was a police academy training lesson.

    A lot of cops just watching and not responding.

    Girlie-men, girlie girls?

    Stabbed in the neck, lucky he didn’t just bleed out on the spot.

    Preferential treatment against the German citizen and for the migrant ‘guest’

    Typical German-tard response

    #160102
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Just in:

    Bad Cop Speaks Truth

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    Medvedev: All Western military equipment and specialists fighting against Russia will be destroyed not only in Ukraine, but also in other countries if they are launched from there onto Russian territory.

    Medvedev also noted that “individual assistance from NATO countries against Russia, be it controlling missiles or sending troops, will become a serious escalation, followed by a response of such force that the alliance itself will not be able to resist being drawn into the conflict.”

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