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Utagawa Hiroshige Sudden Evening Shower on the Great Bridge near Atake 1857

 

Ukraine Is A ‘Gold Mine’ – Lindsey Graham (RT)
Zelensky Not The One Running Ukraine – Times (RT)
Russian General Staff Aims At Ending The Ukraine By Electric War (Helmer)
Russia Ready To Strike NATO Airfields Hosting Ukrainian Jets – MP (RT)
US Lifts Arms Ban On Notorious Azov Brigade (RT)
The Three Key Messages From St. Petersburg to the Global Majority (Pepe Escobar)
Can Democracy Survive the “Defenders of Democracy”? (Turley)
Defense Rests In Hunter Biden Gun Case Without Defendant Testifying (JTN)
Democrat Lawfare Has Failed To Derail Trump Campaign So Far (JTN)
It’s Trump vs WWIII – Martin Armstrong (USAW)
Elon Says Will Ban Apple’s Creepy Spyware Devices If They Integrate OpenAI (ZH)
1000s of Californians Lose Jobs Thanks To Newsom’s $20/hr Minimum Wage (RT)
If Wishes Were Fishes – a Teachable Intermezzo (Kunstler)

 

 

 

 

Trump 51

 

 

Trump jail

 

 

Trump tips

 

 

Michael Cohen

 

 

Bannon Epstein

 

 

 

 

“..They could be the richest country in all of Europe… If we help Ukraine now, they can become the best business partner we ever dreamed of..”

Ukraine Is A ‘Gold Mine’ – Lindsey Graham (RT)

Washington “cannot afford” to allow Russia to achieve victory in the Ukraine conflict as this would mean losing direct access to vast mineral assets, US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has said. In an interview with ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS on Sunday, Graham accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being a “megalomaniac” who is attempting to “re-create the Russian Empire by force of arms,” starting with Ukraine. He further claimed that if Moscow wins the current conflict, it will then take over Ukraine’s wealth and share it with China. Graham described that prospect as “ridiculous,” suggesting it would be better if this “gold mine” were available to the US instead. “They’re sitting on 10 to $12 trillion of critical minerals in Ukraine.

Lindsey Graham

They could be the richest country in all of Europe… If we help Ukraine now, they can become the best business partner we ever dreamed of, that $10 to $12 trillion of critical mineral assets could be used by Ukraine and the West, not given to Putin and China,” Graham stated. This is a very big deal how Ukraine ends. Let’s help them win a war we can’t afford to lose… They’re sitting on a gold mine. To give Putin $10 or $12 trillion for critical minerals that he will share with China is ridiculous. Graham, a longtime Russia hawk and one of the staunchest supporters of Ukraine in the US Senate, also called on the West to speed up the seizure of $300 billion in frozen Russian sovereign assets. He reiterated his demands for Russia to be designated “a state sponsor of terrorism” under US law, a suggestion which earlier this year landed the senator on Moscow’s list of extremists and terrorists.

One day prior to Graham’s remarks, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban argued that the West wants Kiev to win the conflict with Russia so that it can control Ukraine’s wealth. In an interview with Hir TV, Orban accused the US and its allies of seeing Ukraine as a potentially huge source of revenue which they will be able to control, provided Russia is defeated. He also said the conflict is a major boost for Western “arms suppliers, creditors, and speculators,” arguing that this is the reason it has dragged on for so long. Moscow has repeatedly stated throughout the conflict that its goals are to protect the largely Russian-speaking population of Donbass against persecution by Kiev, and to ensure Russia’s own security in light of NATO expansion toward its borders. Moscow has never spoken of any intention to take over Ukraine’s resources, but has repeatedly stressed that the former Ukrainian regions which have chosen to join Russia, including Crimea, must remain under its control.

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“..Yermak is a former film producer whom Zelensky – an actor turned politician – brought into the government in 2019. He has recently begun moving into the spotlight..”

Zelensky Not The One Running Ukraine – Times (RT)

Multiple Ukrainian officials have complained to The Times about the growing power of Vladimir Zelensky’s chief of staff Andrey Yermak, who they say de facto runs Ukraine. The 52-year-old has previously been described as “Zelensky’s right-hand man” and “Ukraine’s real power broker.” Officials in Kiev who spoke to the British outlet now say he has become something more. “Yermak’s authority has surpassed that of all of Ukraine’s elected officials bar the president,” The Times’ Maxim Tucker wrote in the article published on Friday. “Some sources went so far as to describe him as the ‘de facto head of state’ or ‘Ukraine’s vice-president’ in a series of interviews.” Tucker claimed to have spoken with “senior government, military, law enforcement and diplomatic sources,” many of whom requested anonymity. He described Yermak as Zelensky’s “greatest flaw,” and his behavior as “thirst for power.”

“Concern is mounting that Zelensky is increasingly reliant on a handful of sycophantic domestic voices,” Tucker noted, as the number of people with direct access to him shrinks while Yermak’s team expands. Zelensky’s “big mistake has been to entrust so much authority to Yermak, who is clearly intoxicated with power,” said Daria Kaleniuk, executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center. Military officials have also blamed Yermak for arranging the firing of General Valery Zaluzhny in February, because he saw him as a rival. A spokesman for the Zelensky’s office denied this, saying Zaluzhny was not fired but promoted to ambassador to the UK, “which signifies a high level of trust.” A spokesperson for the presidential office, which Yermak runs, dismissed all criticism of the chief of staff as “propaganda attacks.”

Yermak has a “direct but efficient management style,” they said, which has delivered successes such as the Swiss “peace summit” next week. Zelensky “is the one who makes all the key decisions,” the spokesperson insisted. Yermak is a former film producer whom Zelensky – an actor turned politician – brought into the government in 2019. He has recently begun moving into the spotlight, attending the ‘Democracy Summit’ in Denmark alongside former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, himself a paid adviser to the Ukrainian government. It was Yermak and Rasmussen’s ‘International Working Group on Security Issues and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine’ that first proposed lifting all the restrictions on the use of Western weapons supplied to Kiev, which was quickly amplified by former British PM Boris Johnson. The talking point then spread to NATO capitals until the White House eventually agreed to it.

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“DTEK has lost some 86 percent of its generating capacity..”

Russian General Staff Aims At Ending The Ukraine By Electric War (Helmer)

As the Ukraine’s peak summer electricity season approaches, the list of the Russian General Staff’s Electric War targets is shrinking. This is because almost all the Ukrainian electricity generating plants have been stopped. What remains for destruction are the connecting lines and distribution grids for the Ukraine’s imported electricity from Poland and other European Union neighbours. The microwave and cell telephone towers, and the diesel fuel stocks which are powering the back-up generating sets are next. “There’s no keeping the Ukrainian cell network up any more than there is keeping up the electrical grid,” comments a close military observer. “The General Staff have set the flow of Ukrainian refugees west as inversely proportional to the flow of data and electrons over Ukrainian airwaves and transmission lines. We can expect that relationship to be set to highly inverse before the summer is out. What calculations have been made regarding things further west are just beginning to become evident.”

The Electric War is now accelerating faster to the Polish border than the Russian army advance along the line east of the Dnieper River. In the very long history of siege warfare, there has never been a case of letting the enemy’s civilian population run safely away from his castles and cities until the fortifications and army which remain must choose between surrender and destruction. The geographic spread, the explosive yield, and the cost of each of the raids are accelerating. On June 1, the Russian military bloggers, which continue to be the semi-official source of battlefield news each day, reported that energy facilities had been attacked in five regions of the Ukraine – in the east in Zaporozhye and Dniepropetrovsk; in the west in Kirovograd and Ivano-Frankovsk regions. Two thermal power plants were seriously damaged, following a salvo which the Ukrainians counted at 53 missiles and 47 drones.

The next day, June 2, the Russian sources, quoting Ukrainian electricity company bulletins to consumers, reported emergency blackouts and restricted power supply schedules were in effect in Kiev and its surrounding region. On June 5, the situation in Kiev was worse, according to DTEK, the dominant privately owned utility, and Ukrenergo, the state operator of the country’s high-voltage transmission lines. On June 6-7, The Washington Post – editorial motto, “Democracy Dies in Darkness” – reported Ukrainian utility managers and state officials as confirming that at least 86% of the country’s electricity generating capacity has now been destroyed. “We are catastrophically short of electricity for our needs,” the newspaper quoted Sergei Kovalenko, chief executive of the Ukrainian private electricity distributor YASNO, ….The power cuts have divided Kiev into the haves and the have-nots — with even residents at some privileged, high-end addresses suddenly finding themselves in the latter category.”

“DTEK has lost some 86 percent of its generating capacity, [DTEK chief executive Maxim] Timchenko said. What makes the situation worse is that many of the electrical facilities have been targeted repeatedly — a cycle of destruction, recovery, destruction, he said.” “Next week will be better,” Ukrenergo spokesperson Mariia Tsaturian said. “The week after that could be worse.” “The scheduled outages will continue — the only question is how severe they will be, Ukrenergo CEO Volodymyr Kudrytskyi said.” “We are talking about a huge loss of generation,” said Yury Kubrushko, founder of Imepower, a Ukrainian energy consultancy. “I can hardly see from where Ukraine can get new extra capacity just this winter.” On June 7, a video recorded stroll down one of Odessa’s shopping streets revealed an emergency generating set providing electricity for almost all of the commercial establishments.

“This is in no way sustainable,” comments a NATO military engineer. “Note how each shop has its own genset. The generators in the video are not designed for the duty cycle they’re being run at. They’ll wear out soon enough. The military, including deployed NATO personnel, use the shops and the gensets, too. The idea of pooling their resources, sharing load among gensets, thus reducing wear and tear on the whole network, while collectivizing fuel and maintenance costs, doesn’t seem to have occurred to them. To be sure, what follows will be no lack of electrocutions, carbon monoxide poisonings, and fires. We can bet the manifestations of the social pathology we’re seeing here have been factored in by the General Staff. Their attack point will now be to stop fuel, engine oil, spares, and replacements from getting through. ”

Independently of one another, Russian and Ukrainian reporters are confirming the impact of the power losses on the operation of water and sewerage systems in the majority of Ukrainian cities. According to Oleg Popenko, a Ukrainian expert on energy for communal services, “Armageddon has already arrived. We just don’t feel it yet. But the residents of Poltava, for example, feel it, because since May 5 of this year, 120,000 residents of the city receive water by the hour and use sewerage by the hour. You can imagine what happened in Zhitomir when the central sewerage collector didn’t work there for a week, but now in Poltava [it’s been] a month. And this is the problem with water utilities in 70% of Ukrainian cities. Water utilities are probably more important than rest of the infrastructure in the city. Heat and electricity can be replaced somehow, and you can go somewhere. But if the sewer system breaks down in a city, the city is no longer viable in principle.”

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“..Moscow would perceive the deliveries of F-16 fighters to Ukraine as a nuclear threat..”

Russia Ready To Strike NATO Airfields Hosting Ukrainian Jets – MP (RT)

F-16 fighter jets and any airfields they are based at will be legitimate targets for the Russian military if they participate in combat missions against Moscow’s forces, the chairman of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee, Andrey Kartapolov, has warned. The comments come as Kiev prepares to receive the first delivery of US-made fighter jets from its Western backers, after Ukrainian pilots were trained to fly them. In a statement to RIA Novosti published on Monday, Kartapolov clarified that if the F-16s “are not used for their intended purpose” or are simply held in storage at foreign airbases with the intent to transfer them to Ukraine, where they will be equipped, maintained, and flown from Ukrainian airfields, then Russia would have no claims against its “former partners” and would not target them.

However, if the jets take off from foreign bases and carry out sorties and strikes against Russian forces, both the fighter planes and the airfields they are stationed at will be “legitimate targets,” according to Kartapolov. “As for [our ability] to shoot [them] down, we can shoot down anyone, anywhere,” the MP insisted. Kartapolov’s statement comes after the chief of aviation of Ukraine’s Air Force Command, Sergey Golubtsov, stated in an interview with Radio Liberty on Sunday that some of the F-16 fighter jets donated to Kiev by the West would be stationed at foreign airbases. He explained that only a portion of the jets would be stationed directly on Ukrainian territory, corresponding to the number of pilots trained to operate the aircraft. The other jets would be kept in reserve at “safe airbases” abroad so that they are not targeted by the Russian military.

Golubtsov stated that so far four countries have agreed to transfer F-16s to Ukraine, namely Belgium, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands. While he did not specify exactly how many aircraft would be donated, he claimed it was between 30 and 40 planes, with potentially more to come in the future. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has also warned that Moscow would perceive the deliveries of F-16 fighters to Ukraine as a nuclear threat, given that the jets have long been used as part of the US-led bloc’s joint nuclear missions. At the same time, the minister stressed that the US-designed jets would not change the situation on the battlefield, and would be shot down and destroyed like any other foreign weapons supplied to Ukraine.

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Poking the bear.

US Lifts Arms Ban On Notorious Azov Brigade (RT)

The State Department has allowed the delivery of US weapons to Ukraine’s Azov Brigade, whose members openly espouse ultranationalist and neo-Nazi views. The flow of arms had previously been restricted due to the unit’s ties to hateful ideology. “After thorough review, Ukraine’s 12th Special Forces Azov Brigade passed Leahy vetting as carried out by the US Department of State,” the agency said in a statement to the Washington Post on Monday, referring to the legislation that bans military aid to units that were implicated in human rights violations. The State Department added that it found “no evidence” of such violations committed by Azov. Azov was founded as a volunteer battalion in 2014 and participated in the war with the breakaway republics of Donbass after they chose to secede from Ukraine in the wake of the Western-backed coup in Kiev. The unit’s core fighters were active and former members of ultranationalist and neo-Nazi groups, as well as far-right football hooligans.

The unit’s primary co-founder Andrey Biletsky was a member of a white supremacist organization in the 2000s. He has since toned down his rhetoric and denied ties to neo-Nazism. Nevertheless, many Azov fighters continue to sport Nazi tattoos and memorabilia associated with the Third Reich. The brigade continues to use banners with the Wolfsangel symbol, which was used by several German divisions during World War II, including the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich. The unit was incorporated into Ukraine’s National Guard in 2015 and has significantly grown in size over the years. In 2018, Congress banned the delivery of arms to the Azov Brigade, citing its ties to neo-Nazi ideology. Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California, said at the time that “white supremacy and neo-Nazism are unacceptable and have no place in our world.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which combats anti-Semitism and monitors hate groups, described the unit in 2019 as a “Ukrainian extremist group” with ties to US-based neo-Nazi organization Atomwaffen and similar white supremacist movements in Europe. The ADL has since changed its view, however, writing in an email to The Grayzone news outlet in late 2022 that it no longer considered Azov as the “far-right group it once was.” Many Azov fighters surrendered to Russian troops during the siege of the city of Mariupol in 2022. Moscow has accused the members of the unit of war crimes, including torture and execution of civilians.

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“The Unit, [..] an apolitical, transactional form of cross-border payments, anchored in gold (40%) and BRICS+ currencies (60%)..”

The Three Key Messages From St. Petersburg to the Global Majority (Pepe Escobar)

In the year of the Russian presidency of BRICS, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) had to deliver something special. And deliver it did: over 21,000 people representing no less than 139 nations – a true microcosm of the Global Majority, discussing every facet of the drive towards a multipolar, multinodal (italics mine), polycentric world. St. Petersburg, beyond all the networking and the frantic deal-making – $78 billion-worth clinched in only three days – crafted three intertwined key messages already resonating all across the Global Majority.

Message Number One: President Putin, a “European Russian” and true son of this dazzling, dynamic historic marvel by the Neva, delivered an extremely detailed one-hour speech on the Russian economy at the forum’s plenary session. The key takeaway: as the collective West launched total economic war against Russia, the civilization-state turned it around and positioned itself as the world’s 4th largest economy by purchasing power parity (PPP). Putin showed how Russia still carries the potential to launch no less than nine sweeping – global – structural changes, an all-out drive involving the federal, regional, and municipal spheres. Everything is in play – from global trade and the labor market to digital platforms, modern technologies, strengthening small and medium-sized businesses and exploring the still untapped, phenomenal potential of Russia’s regions.

What was made perfectly clear is how Russia managed to reposition itself beyond sidestepping the – illegitimate – sanctions tsunami to establishing a solid, diversified system oriented towards global trade – and completely linked to the expansion of BRICS. Russia-friendly states already account for three-quarters of Moscow’s trade turnover. Putin’s emphasis on the Global Majority’s accelerated drive to strengthen sovereignty was directly linked to the collective West doing its best – rather, worst – to undermine trust in their own payment infrastructure. And that leads us to… Glazyev and Dilma rock the boat.

Message Number Two: That was arguably the major breakthrough in St. Petersburg. Putin stated how the BRICS are working on their own payment infrastructure, independent from pressure/sanctions by the collective West. Putin had a special meeting with Dilma Rousseff, president of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). They did talk in detail about the bank’s development – and most of all, as later confirmed by Rousseff, about The Unit, whose lineaments were first revealed exclusively by Sputnik: an apolitical, transactional form of cross-border payments, anchored in gold (40%) and BRICS+ currencies (60%). The day after meeting Putin, president Dilma had an even more crucial meeting at 10 am in a private room at SPIEF with Sergey Glazyev, the Minister for Macro-Economy at the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Glazyev, who had previously provided full academic backing to the Unit concept, explained all the details to President Dilma. They were both extremely pleased with the meeting. A beaming Rousseff revealed that she had already discussed The Unit with Putin. It was agreed there will be a special conference at the NDB in Shanghai on The Unit in September. This means the new payment system has every chance to be at the table during the BRICS summit in October in Kazan, and be adopted by the current BRICS 10 and the near future, expanded BRICS+.

Message Number Three: It had to be, of course, about BRICS – which everyone, Putin included, stressed will be significantly expanded. The quality of the BRICS-related sessions in St. Petersburg demonstrated how the Global Majority is now facing a unique historical juncture – with a real possibility for the first time in the last 250 years to go all-out for a structural change of the world-system. And it’s not only about BRICS. It was confirmed in St. Petersburg that no less than 59 nations – and counting – plan to join not only BRICS but also the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU). No wonder: these multilateral organizations now finally have established themselves on the forefront of the drive towards the multimodal (italics mine) – and to quote Putin in his address – “harmonic multipolar world”.

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“..the line that sends many of us into a fetal position: “I’m a Democrat and I am here to save democracy.”

Can Democracy Survive the “Defenders of Democracy”? (Turley)

In 2024, the greatest test for our Constitution may be whether it can survive the “Defenders of Democracy.” Ronald Reagan often said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Today, Reagan’s line cannot compare with the line that sends many of us into a fetal position: “I’m a Democrat and I am here to save democracy.” The jump scare claim is that unless citizens vote for democrats, the end of democracy will begin shortly. In 2022, House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told “Fox News Sunday” that “democracy will be ending” if Democrats lost the midterms. The rhetoric has continued to ramp up with the upcoming election. From President Joe Biden to a host of progressive politicians and pundits, the 2024 election is all about saving democracy. The public has been told that if the Democrats lose power, citizens will be living in a tyrannical hellscape.

Vice President Kamala Harris stated in one interview that 2024 “genuinely could be” the last democratic election in America’s history. Dozens of Democrats have said that democracy will end if Biden is not reelected. The Washington Post even ran an op-ed titled, “A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending.” Many Americans have tuned out the overheated rhetoric, as shown by Donald Trump’s continuing lead in many polls even after his conviction in Manhattan. The warnings also ignore that our system has checks and balances that protected democracy for centuries as the world’s oldest and most successful constitutional system. These dire predictions would require all three branches to fail in an unprecedented fashion. While these figures cite the Capitol riot on Jan 6., 2021 as evidence of the pending collapse of democracy, the system worked as designed on that day. Congress refused to be deterred by the riot and virtually every court (including many presided over by Trump-appointed judges) rejected challenges to the election.

The most obvious threats today to the democratic system are coming from the left, not the right. Democratic secretaries of state sought to block Trump from the ballot in 2024, and Democratic members sought to bar roughly 120 colleagues from their respective ballots. It seemed that the greatest threat to democracy was its exercise by voters. Fortunately, a unanimous Supreme Court rejected the theory and added, “Nothing in the Constitution requires that we endure such chaos.” There has also been a push by Democrats to keep third-party candidates off ballots. Again, the last thing democracy needs is for voters to have more democratic choice. In New York, Democratic congressional candidate Paula Collins even suggested that, after the election, the focus must be on “re-education” of MAGA voters, although she acknowledged that “that sounds like a rather, a re-education camp. I don’t think we really want to call it that. I’m sure we can find another way to phrase it.”

Democratic operatives are using the same rationalization to call for biased reporting to help Biden get reelected. Democratic strategist James Carville this week demanded more “slanted” media coverage against Donald Trump to save democracy. Carville was triggered by New York Times editor Joe Kahn suggesting that the newspaper report the news in a fair and neutral manner. The suggestion sent many pundits into vapors at the very thought of reembracing objectivity in journalism. “I don’t have anything against slanted coverage,” Carville insisted. “I really don’t, I would have something against it at most other times in American history, but not right now. F— your objectivity. The real objectivity in this country right now is we’re either going to have a Constitution or we’re not.”

There has also been a push by Democrats to keep third-party candidates off ballots. Again, the last thing democracy needs is for voters to have more democratic choice. In New York, Democratic congressional candidate Paula Collins even suggested that, after the election, the focus must be on “re-education” of MAGA voters, although she acknowledged that “that sounds like a rather, a re-education camp. I don’t think we really want to call it that. I’m sure we can find another way to phrase it.” Democratic operatives are using the same rationalization to call for biased reporting to help Biden get reelected. Democratic strategist James Carville this week demanded more “slanted” media coverage against Donald Trump to save democracy. Carville was triggered by New York Times editor Joe Kahn suggesting that the newspaper report the news in a fair and neutral manner. The suggestion sent many pundits into vapors at the very thought of reembracing objectivity in journalism.

“I don’t have anything against slanted coverage,” Carville insisted. “I really don’t, I would have something against it at most other times in American history, but not right now. F— your objectivity. The real objectivity in this country right now is we’re either going to have a Constitution or we’re not.” It was particularly galling to hear the call for “slanted coverage” in the same week that the Hunter Biden laptop was authenticated and used as evidence in his Delaware trial. The government has called the widely reported claim that the laptop was “Russian disinformation” a debunked “conspiracy theory.” Carville was making his pitch for more biased reporting to the very media that buried the laptop story before the last election and spent two years in denial of its authenticity. Yet, many journalists agree with Carville. Some journalism schools have been teaching that reporters need to dump concepts of objectivity and neutrality to achieve political and social reforms.

This week, reporters were irate after Washington Post publisher and CEO William Lewis issued a blunt message that the newspaper could not survive after losing half of its readership and tens of millions of dollars last year. He told the staff: “People are not reading your stuff. Right. I can’t sugarcoat it anymore.” The fear that these newspapers might cover Biden and Trump in a fair and balanced way was immediately denounced as . . . wait for it . . . a threat to democracy. After Carville’s meltdown, the Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan warned Kahn and others that “our very democracy is on the brink, and how the Times covers that existential threat is of extraordinary importance.” She then asked whether the paper will “forthrightly identify the problems posed by a radicalized Republican Party that is increasingly dedicated to lies, bad-faith attacks and the destruction of democratic norms.” Sullivan expressed alarm that the media would “try to cut the situation straight down the middle as if we were still in the old days — an era that no longer exists?”

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Let’s see them acquit him..

Defense Rests In Hunter Biden Gun Case Without Defendant Testifying (JTN)

Hunter Biden’s defense rested their case in his Delaware gun trial Monday without calling the first son to testify. The gun trial is now in its sixth day, with closing arguments starting after lunch. The trial resumed after a week of witness testimony from ex-girlfriends, an ex-wife and other Biden family members. The unprecedented trial of of the child of a sitting American president is expected to enter its final stages with closing arguments beginning shortly. The prosecution rested its case last week and the defense spent the weekend contemplating whether or not to call Biden to the stand to testify in his own defense. “We are down to that last decision,” Lowell told the judge last week. Hunter Biden was charged in Delaware by Justice Department special counsel David Weiss with three felony crimes in connection to 2018 firearm purchase while he was using drugs.

The accusations include lying to the licensed gun dealer, making a false claim on the application used to screen firearm’s buyers by declaring he was not a drug user, and illegally possessing the firearm for 11 days. Several witnesses told the jury they witnessed Hunter Biden’s crack cocaine addiction first hand at the time when he purchased the firearm at a Wilmington gun shop. President Joe Biden said last week that he would not consider a pardon for his son and said he would accept the outcome of the trial. Hunter Biden is set to face other charges in California before the 2024 election on federal tax charges after he failed to pay $1.4 million in taxes over four years. His debt has since been settled, the Associated Press reported. That trial is set to begin in September after the judge recently granted a delay.

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“..more campaign funds were given to this campaign than any campaign they think in history, almost $400 million..”

Democrat Lawfare Has Failed To Derail Trump Campaign So Far (JTN)

Four indictments and one set of convictions later, a Democrat-led lawfare strategy has failed so far to derail Donald Trump’s bid to return to the White House, but it has triggered an avalanche of financial support as the former president hold leads in most battleground states that will decide the 2024 election. No where was Trump’s resilience more obvious than his travels across the West Coast this weekend, where he collected $12 million at a Silicon Valley fund-raiser at the home of a Big Tech executive who used to support Hillary Clinton, scored millions more at events in blue southern California and then jetted off to Las Vegas for a boisterous rally in Nevada where a post-conviction poll showed him leading that once-Biden-friendly state by five points. Experts say the narrative and imagery last month of a Democrat prosecutor in Manhattan securing a conviction against the opposition party leader just six months before Election Day galvanized support for Trump among the GOP base while motivating complacent independents and Never Trumpers to choose sides.

This created a painful boomerang for Democrats who hoped the May 31 conviction would sink the 45th president’s election efforts. “People are motivated,” former New York Rep. Lee Zeldin told Just the News. “They woke up the next day wanting to do something about it, realizing that they have to fight even harder […] They’ve turned their energy, their emotion into activity into wanting to make a difference. If someone goes out to the WinRed platform and donates $5, they might be willing to donate 25 more dollars. They may be willing to sign up to volunteer today, if you ask.” “There are people who were on the sidelines altogether on President Trump,” he added. “I know of one person just a few weeks before the verdict came out. I called him up I tried to talk him into supporting President Trump. He had supported another candidate. He wasn’t yet ready. Right after the verdict came out, he wired in $800,000 to President Trump’s joint fundraising committee. I just learned that his mother matched him for another $800,000. This these are two people were actually on the sidelines before the verdict.”

The data confirms Zeldin’s anecdotes. Trump campaign officials said the candidate raised more than $50 million in the first 36 hours after the verdict, much of it from first-time donors. Trump and the Republican National Committee reported their best fundraising month ever in May, with a $141 million haul. Officials said June could be on track for closer to $200 million, positioning Trump to be cash flush for a fall run after months of trailing Biden in the fundraising contest. The former president has embraced the surge, repeatedly portraying himself as a persecuted political martyr while warning the Democrat strategy is backfiring. “Right after the announcement of this, more campaign funds were given to this campaign than any campaign they think in history, almost $400 million,” Trump boasted at a Turning Point Action event last week.

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“This is why they need war. This is why Europe is going into war. . . . If you cannot sell the new debt, you have to default. If you have war, and that is what is really behind this, if you go into war, they get to default and blame Putin..”

It’s Trump vs WWIII – Martin Armstrong (USAW)

Legendary financial and geopolitical cycle analyst Martin Armstrong says we are going to have a wild close to 2024. Let’s start with Biden’s new job approval rating from Martin Armstrong’s “Socrates” program, which is now only 6% to 7%. Armstrong explains, “It’s the old story of draining the swamp, but now, the swamp is an ocean. This is completely crazy. The cases against Trump show you how desperate they are here. The reason they want Biden, and they even blocked RFK Jr. from getting on the Democrat ticket, the reason they want him is he is just a sock puppet. He’s not really in charge. He’s not making any decisions.”

Are the Deep State globalist Democrats panicking over the 6% to 7% Biden approval rating? Top people on both sides know this is an accurate number. With about four months to go before the 2024 Election, are they now panicking over these dismal approval numbers? Armstrong says, “Oh, yes, they are panicking. I have been in politics for more than 40 years. I know how it works. All of a sudden, you see in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, oh, Biden is slipping behind closed doors. That would not make the press unless they wanted it to. They are floating a ballon to see how it goes. All of a sudden, they want Biden to do a debate. Before, no debates. Why? Because they know he’s going to look bad. . . . At the Democrat Convention, they will draft someone else, and that is most likely going to be Hillary.”

The economy and war are linked in a big way, according to Armstrong, and he explains, “You’ve got about $10 trillion of US debt that is maturing this year. . . . You’ve got Secretary of State Blinken threatening China with war. China dumped $53 billion in US debt in the first quarter of 2024. That means China are sellers and not buyers. You had Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen flying to China asking, ‘Please don’t sell.’ It didn’t work. This is why they are talking about raising the capital gains to 44%. Why? If nobody is going to buy the debt, that’s when default comes. If you cannot sell the new debt to pay off the old debt, guess what? It’s done. This is how governments fall, and I have been warning them for decades that this is how it’s going to end. . . . This is why they need war. This is why Europe is going into war. . . . If you cannot sell the new debt, you have to default. If you have war, and that is what is really behind this, if you go into war, they get to default and blame Putin. . . . In November, it’s going to be Trump vs World War III regardless who is on the other side. If you get Hillary or you get Biden, it’s the same thing. Hillary is a neocon, and Biden says yes to whatever the neocons want.” And the neocons clearly want war–a big one.

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“Apple has no clue what’s actually going on once they hand your data over to OpenAI. They’re selling you down the river.”

Elon Says Will Ban Apple’s Creepy Spyware Devices If They Integrate OpenAI (ZH)

In the end, Apple’s 2024 Worldwide Developers Conference proved to be a flop, with the stock sliding 1.9%, its worst WWDC performance since 2010 and the 4th worst in the iPhone era. It wasn’t supposed to be like this: Apple was supposed to make the grand introduction of (Open AI’s ChatGPT) artificial intelligence features and pretend they are the company’s, leading to the long-overdue surge in AAPL stock which has painfully underperformed most pure AI names. However, once the market realized that Apple [can’t] even in house its own AI module, that’s when the wheels fell off (the “introduction” of a calculator for the iPad did not help Apple’s trailblazing image). But the slump in AAPL stock was just the start of its woes.

Shortly after the close, in response to OpenAI founder Andrej Karpathy’s observation that the laughably named “Apple Intelligence” as it will be called (and which Elon Musk said it is “neither Apple nor intelligent”) will be a persistent layer on top of the entire Apple operating system, Elon Musk made the casual observation that Apple’s approach means that “we can never turn it off”, in other words it is an always on spying system feeding the OpenAI LLM (and who knows what and who else) with constant data.

That’s when the fireworks started. Realizing that his sworn enemy Sam Altman (whose “non-profit” ChatGPT only exists thanks to funding from Musk in the first place) is using his chatbot to supplant Amazon as the most ubiquitous spyware system in the world by having it installed across the entire Apple ecosystem, Musk first responded to an X user that he might have to launch his own phone “if Apple actually integrates woke nanny AI spyware into their OS”… … before directly telling Tim Cook that “he doesn’t want” the latest Apple product, and adding that “either stop this creepy spyware or all Apple devices will be banned from the premises of my companies.”

And just to underscore that point, the Tesla CEO said that “If Apple integrates OpenAI at the OS level, then Apple devices will be banned at my companies. That is an unacceptable security violation” and “visitors will have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage.” Musk saved the piece de resistance for last, slamming Apple as a dumb company which can’t even come up with its own AI, and even dumber for promising it is “somehow capable of ensuring that OpenAI will protect your privacy” even as it is “handing your data over to a third-party AI that they don’t understand and can’t themselves create is *not* protecting privacy at all!”

The punchline: “Apple has no clue what’s actually going on once they hand your data over to OpenAI. They’re selling you down the river.” While we assume that much of Elon’s outrage is genuine (mixed in with just a smidge of personal self-interest to have Grok handle the world’s AI requests), this particular eruption by the world’s richest man (or 2nd, or 3rd, or wherever he is now) is a good example of the coming AI wars where competing AI vendors will do everything in their power to have their LLM be the sofrware of choice for the entire world due to its ubiquitous data gather and analysis which will make China’s “always on” spying nanny state seem like amateur hour by comparison.

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“You can only raise prices so much..” [..] “..people are not going to pay $20 for a Big Mac. It’s not going to happen.”

1000s of Californians Lose Jobs Thanks To Newsom’s $20/hr Minimum Wage (RT)

Californian fast-food restaurants have had to slash some 10,000 jobs in recent months due to the state’s new minimum wage hike, according to a recent report by the California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA) trade group. The report comes after California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill dubbed AB 1228 in September of last year, raising the state’s minimum wage from $16 to $20 an hour. The law came into effect in April and many companies have since been forced to close down, raise prices, or lay off employees. CABIA president Tom Manzo has told Fox News that Californian businesses had already been “under total attack and total assault for years,” and claimed that the state’s lawmakers were living in a “fantasy land” if they thought that drastically raising wages would help workers and businesses.

“You can only raise prices so much,” Manzo said, insisting that “people are not going to pay $20 for a Big Mac. It’s not going to happen.” He also stated that jobs in the fast-food industry were never meant to be long-term or high-paying, calling it a “starter industry” in which people start out working as kids to gain a good work ethic for the rest of their careers. Last week, CABIA ran a full-page ad in the California edition of USA Today, featuring mock “obituaries” of restaurants that have been harmed by the new minimum wage law. These include popular chains such as Pizza Hut, Subway, Burger King, McDonald’s and Cinnabon. According to the trade group, one taco chain, Rubio’s, has had to close as many as 48 outlets in the state due to the “rising cost of doing business,” including 24 stores in the Los Angeles area, 13 in San Diego, and 11 in Northern California.

Meanwhile, the owner of 140 Burger King franchises in the state has announced he will slash workers’ hours and expedite the rollout of self-service kiosks to offset the impact of the new minimum wage law. Similar measures will be taken by a McDonald’s franchisee, who said he will hike menu prices and delay renovations at his 18 restaurants. As restaurants across the US have also been forced to gradually raise their prices due to rampant inflation, a survey conducted by LendingTree last month has also found that nearly 80% of consumers now consider fast food to be a “luxury” purchase due to how expensive it has become.

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Bad management as a feature not a flaw.

If Wishes Were Fishes – a Teachable Intermezzo (Kunstler)

Forgive me for reiterating a basic principle driving this moment in history: everything organized at the gigantic scale is steaming toward failure: big governments, giant companies, the huge capital investment firms, global shipping, energy production, chain retailing, mass motoring, big electricity, big medicine, big education, big anything. They are all fixing to fail while our politicians and economists make plans based on consolidating them into one super-gigantic mega-system that will run flawlessly on computer tech magic. The failures of each giant system will only amplify and ramify the failures in all the other systems. Take that as axiomatic. For instance, the fantastic failures in higher education now on display, largely due to the Marxian defeat of excellence, will implant a generation of incompetents in all hierarchies of management.

That will result in an insidious matrix of bad decision-making. The Pareto 80-20 principle will ensure that 80-percent of all institutional energy will focus on propping up failing institutions with bad decisions that add up to broken business models (while 20-percent goes into actually carrying-out the bad decisions as policy). That explains how Pete Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation spent $7.5-billion to build seven electric car charging stations. Similarly, if you have an urgent medical problem, the 80-percent of administrative clerks in your primary care doctor’s overgrown practice (with an assist from the health insurance company cohorts they must coordinate with) will actually manage to delay your treatment as long as possible, with a fair chance of disallowing it altogether. And if you happen to get treatment, there’s also an excellent chance you will be misdiagnosed and subjected to iatrogenic injury.

The 80-20 principle explains the stupendous mismanagement of the Covid-19 event, especially the “marketing” of mRNA vaccines as miracle remedies that turned out to be the opposite of beneficial. The result of that chain of bad decision-making will ensure that any widespread health crisis arising from the long-term effects of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines will destroy the hospital system. (It is already underway.) You can extrapolate that grandiose failure of competence to the World Health Organization and its efforts to orchestrate a new pandemic crisis. You might have noticed that it is increasingly difficult to get replacement parts for any machine, most particularly cars. That’s a symptom of failure in several integrated systems that are breaking down now: the manufacture of products in distant lands, price disorder in the container-ship business, the collapse of the US trucking system (and with it, the just-in-time inventory model), and the inability of auto dealers to find competent mechanics (while the sinking middle class can no longer afford to buy the cars they sell under the most liberal financing schemes). Expect all that to intensify.

You’ll see similar dysfunction in the system that delivers food to the people of our country. Even as currently operating, with the supermarkets amply stocked, the triumph of poor decision-making has led to 80-percent of the products sold being some form of processed corn syrup and GMO grains marketed as “fun” snack-foods that have destroyed the health of a great many citizens (and overwhelmed the medical system with chronic illness). The breakdown of the US food system is now proceeding with idiotic policy from our government (actually every government in Western Civ is doing it) undermining farm operations, and most especially small farms, with egregious regulation. The pretext for this is the delusional hysteria over “climate change.” It gives the managers something to manage badly.

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    I don’t doubt that Gavin Newsom’s twenty-dollar-an-hour minimum wage is a job killer. However, a minimum wage that would be today’s equivalent of 1981’s minimum wage would have to be at least twelve dollars and twenty-five cents an hour.

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    “The Brutalization of Israel Is Well Underway. If We Do Not Act, Its Collapse Is Only a Matter of Time  Haaretz   

    Sold! I can do nothing all day. This movie isn’t for you. Note: Haaretz. Gee, that’s odd, isn’t Haaretz a JEWISH paper? What they doing opposing all this like Sanders, Stein, and a million others?

    About Saudi Agreement: Really? I didn’t know it had a close date. But it hardly matters: we discussed this for years, since 2001, and a year ago, and when Saudi flipped the day after F-Stan, and up to three months ago. I long since thought it was a done deal, so what would happen now? I mean, if you sell a house, there’s a lot of deciding, cleaning, tossing, showing, moving, there are dozen dates with lawyers, etc. But the day of closing, essentially nothing happens. The keys are passed and no one visits the house, which is dark and quiet.

    It’s not like it doesn’t matter, but don’t markets move on expectation and future, and those have already been digested.

    But also no news on the Ike. I like Ike. How do you hide a battleship in the ocean?

    There are quite a number of good articles this week, is everyone getting their brains back and doing something? Turley: “There has also been a push by Democrats to keep third-party candidates off ballots. Again, the last thing democracy needs is for voters to have more democratic choice.
    In New York, Democratic congressional candidate Paula Collins even suggested that, after the election, the focus must be on “re-education” of MAGA voters, although she acknowledged that “that sounds like a rather, a re-education camp. I don’t think we really want to call it that. I’m sure we can find another way to phrase it.” (If we re-NAME mass murder, then it’s Love!)

    Democratic operatives are using the same rationalization to call for biased reporting to help Biden get reelected.
    Democratic strategist James Carville this week demanded more “slanted” media coverage against Donald Trump to save democracy. Carville was triggered by New York Times editor Joe Kahn suggesting that the newspaper report the news in a fair and neutral manner. The suggestion sent many pundits into vapors at the very thought of reembracing objectivity in journalism.

    “I don’t have anything against slanted coverage,” Carville insisted. “I really don’t, I would have something against it at most other times in American history, but not right now. F— your objectivity. The real objectivity in this country right now is we’re either going to have a Constitution or we’re not.”

    It was particularly galling to hear the call for “slanted coverage” in the same week that the Hunter Biden laptop was authenticated and used as evidence in his Delaware trial. The government has called the widely reported claim that the laptop was “Russian disinformation” a debunked “conspiracy theory.” Carville was making his pitch for more biased reporting to the very media that buried the laptop story before the last election and spent two years in denial of its authenticity.

    Yet, many journalists agree with Carville. Some journalism schools have been teaching that reporters need to dump concepts of objectivity and neutrality to achieve political and social reforms.

    Wow. I didn’t think Carville had it in him. Made it to the horizon. Then over. Then second star to the Left and straight on ‘til morning. And he’s flying there still. Um, maybe we’re going to have a “Constitution” by … upholding the Constitution? And we would NOT have a Constitution by … erasing all the lines and rules in the Constitution? A = A Carville. It’s not hard. As Fitts would say, “Sane, or Insane.” Your choice.

    “The fear that these newspapers might cover Biden and Trump in a fair and balanced way was immediately denounced as . . . wait for it . . . a threat to democracy.”

    This is, as Fitts said, merely “The Sane versus the Insane.” That’s all. Simple. There are many lies but only one Truth. Evil is division and Good is unity. …So to speak.

    VDH was writing well, and the article on how great AI is: Prove it. Track down and stop all the robocalls and end censorship. That should be but a morning’s work for a genius like AI. Wait: why is nobody doign this? Why we have 100x spam calls than ever 25 years after this was identified as a problem and national security issue that anyone could just wander around our phone system? Too soon? Still haven’t replaced any of the routers yet? Phone calls on copper wire with two ends is just TOO COMPLICATED for us. 1850 can figure it out by candlelight, but not us.

    “USDA Recalls More Than 20,000 Pounds Of Frozen Beef Products
    Neither the importer nor the USDA has received any reports of anyone experiencing any adverse reactions”

    Who pays the costs? So the government reimburses, right? Boy, glad we don’t have any of those unsafe small farmers and instead blow 20,000 pounds at a pop. Holo. Dormor. They can screw up tests and make you lose millions a day. Doesn’t hurt them a bit. I’ll bet if they paid they’d find ZERO problems and all that poisoned food would always get to market.

    Federal Court Revives Lawsuit Against Los Angeles COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: Case hinges on effectiveness of the vaccines…

    The effectiveness is not the point. My body my choice. Do you own YOURSELF, or don’t you? Actually this would work either way, IF the vaccine works, no one is at risk. IF it doesn’t, it’s a fraud. Either way it cannot be mandated. But that would be logic and we don’t do that.

    “you guys just need to accept the fact that Donald Trump is going to go to jail.”

    I don’t need to do anything. Besides, I’m ahead of you on this. YOU need to accept what I told you 2-5 months ago. Anyway, Sure, why not? And who cares? Are they going to DO something about it? He’s talking Bernays, brainwashing, narcissistic abuse, etc. You deny it long enough the people aren’t mad, then admit it after they’ve blown off steam and won’t hang you for it. …Keep the stolen goods, repeat. Anyone want to tell me the arc of relationships that operate like this? The Abuser just wins, right? Because this process works, right? There’s never any end? Think.

    “Trump’s plan to eliminate taxes on tips for restaurant and hospitality workers”

    That’s interesting, since they don’t claim them and the Feds can’t prove them, so what you’re doing is not making them daily tax cheats. I appreciate not being a felon each day, like, can you just erase a bunch of the other laws no one follows? It’ll leave you more time for all those thousands of human right abuses you don’t arrest each day.

    “NEW: TikTok influencer Michael Cohen says people will be thrown out of windows”

    TikTok Influencer? Dafuq? You mean, “Convicted felon”? Charlie Manson, “Well known celebrity who bakes cookie for his mother.” “Beloved father gentleman and austere scholar, Al-Baghdadi, who ran Syria’s best-known political party.”

    Now if only they had stopped Trump and done bad things to him before now so we could test Cohen’s remarkable theory.

    Liz is up the butts of these people every day, and can see things that aren’t there, but I’ll always trust her first. You got some ‘splaining to do. It’s more likely something more messy: Bannon wanted something and knew the only way to get in was to provide something else: yes, their interaction would help Epstein be smoother, but it was the only chance to get the names or stories. ‘Cause Jeff is just going to give it all to you for free? ‘Cause he’s a dumb guy? ‘Cause you DON’T want to get this story or info? See the problem? But that leaves why it isn’t published. That it’s messy means if you want to know the reason, ASK. We’re after Bannon, a reporter, who talked to him once, but NOT the 1,000 names on the guest list? Priorities. This happens AFTER the decide to jail Bannon, so they’re already running a hit campaign? Why are you helping, or are you? Bannon may be a scum, but you’re a sucker and a patsy. I ain’t carrying water for some Podesta “Master Plan” of slander and division either.

    “Washington “cannot afford” to allow Russia to achieve victory in the Ukraine conflict”

    Great, you and whose army is going to do something about it? Here’s a rifle and a plane ticket, knock yourself out.

    Alexander was just talking about the long-term misery of Ukraine, as owned by Russia after the war and BECAUSE the West has required Russia to take all. Nope. Why? Why wouldn’t Ukraine and Russia get along as well as the last 100 years, and all be as wildly peaceful and prosperous as the rest of Russia, and virtually overnight? So I disagree. ARE there anti-Russian Ukrainians? Sure, but there are Anti-American people in Alabama: are they RELEVANT? All the Nazis in Ukraine are dead. WHO would run the difficulty you expect? This was all done with BILLIONS of pointless dollars, paying the entire nation to make trouble, like when we saw 20,000 paid NGO employees protesting in tiny Georgia. That’s like 1% of the country is on the direct payroll of Europe revolutionary coups, at 10x the wages of the average Georgian. Stop all that and there’s no trouble. (Same here) ESPECIALLY as everyone in Ukraine gets richer than they ever dreamed, and far richer than Europe, which is becoming a hole at the speed of sound.

    But Freedom of Speech, Lindsay. Never stop talking, let us all know. Were those million babies worth it?
    What’s interesting too is Who is he talking to? He knows darn well he’s not going to share a nickel of that $12 Trillion with the average American or South Carolinian, which is why we might support such theft. (we don’t) They’re going to do the #Opposite, steal our money AND theirs, and it’s going to piss us off more than if they hadn’t stolen it at all.

    So, Donor Class? They already know. Donor Class is in an airtight fart bubble unaware of how close they’re getting to a lamp post? Probably.

    “The military, including deployed NATO personnel, use the shops and the gensets, too. The idea of pooling their resources, sharing load among gensets, thus reducing wear and tear on the whole network, while collectivizing fuel and maintenance costs, doesn’t seem to have occurred to them.”

    That’s because they’re morons. I don’t have a great explanation of the Ukies, they seem like the Poles: incredible feats of bravery and redoubt, with can reach paintings and history books, while running a strategy designed by mouth-breathing mongoloids, high on hashish. You don’t win with spirit de corps and feats of bravery, hardship in the trenches, you fools, you win by KILLING THE OTHER SAP. — As Patton would say. The level of moronic behavior, not fitting of a caveman is jaw-dropping, in Ukraine as well as Poland. “Hey, let’s all attack Russia!” the Baltics say, for no reason, some random Tuesday. They did this for CENTURIES, and make a spectacle and pest of themselves all over Europe, Marie Curie comes to mind. WHY was she in Paris? BECAUSE THEY ACT LIKE THIS BACK IN POLAND. Yet instead of straightening it out, her plan is Polish nationalism to KEEP them acting like this. At least Ireland finally got a clue.

    Again, that’s highly contrasted by NOT being stupid, but being brave, sacrificing, hard-working apparently, at the same time all the deep, cutting, historic sacrifice and hard work is put to entirely idiotic and pointless ends.

    Don’t. Learn something for a change. Do something else. So as Alexander, JOINING Ukrainian resolve and feats of stellar bravery with RUSSIAN chess- tactics may be the best of both worlds? I’d tell Ukie to do it themselves, but they’re not, so at least join up with anyone who can think straight and do what they tell you to.

    The Russians feel the same way. They have great respect for Ukraine in the field, and are honored as fellow Slavs with their bravery…and likewise tell them to stop, we don’t want to kill you, but we’re just better, proven every day. Please join us and rise to our level.

    “• Russia Ready To Strike NATO Airfields Hosting Ukrainian Jets – MP (RT)

    Ze says he’ll keep his new jets out of harm’s way outside Ukraine then. Um…what’s the point?

    “• US Lifts Arms Ban On Notorious Azov Brigade (RT)

    Official Nazis as opposed to unofficial ones. Just like you can now vote for a convicted felon or an unconvicted one. (Babylon Bee) But you see: I spoke WORDS, and Named things. Now all reality is different.

    ““The Unit, [..] an apolitical, transactional form of cross-border payments, anchored in gold (40%) and BRICS+ currencies (60%)..”

    It’s complex. Think about it. So can you just take your 50% backing in gold 24/7 until you have it all in a locker, South Africa? Er, probably not. And London bombs you and steals it? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean it’s not there. …But in which case, it’s also not “50%” backing. That’s okay, it looks like a functional beginning, but don’t knee-jerk on the meanings and speeds here.

    One of the key points – from Luongo and Lanci – is that this is a DISTRIBUTED network, not a mainframe one. Now that’s the same as all the other transformational wins. IF there was only Shanghai Gold market, USUK would bomb it. So there has to be gold vaults everywhere, Dubai, Brazil, etc. There have to be contracts everywhere. No center points, not even Moscow and Beijing, with power to defend. That’s difficult and takes time, but has been done and will work, but the system is very young and barely online now.

    So there’s not ONE Unit. Run by ONE center office in Astana.

    IF there were a single SWIFT office, they would buy out and corrupt it…as we just did under Obama, because they refused the Russian sanctions that didn’t work and collapsed us/them. So we bought and replaced them. No. No central offices.

    Okay, working backward, what is this? The Gold standard pre-1914. There are Francs, Lira, Sovereigns, Dollars, etc, all similar and all circulating, where all contracts are local and private. Is it GENERALLY 1oz gold, 99 pure? Yeah, generally, but not always, not by law, and may be a paper gold note, from France, (that is, Franc-denominated) to be paid in Gilders. Same thing here. Distributed, “No reserve currency” which was destroying my country the United States, so I extend a thank you very much for saving us. We have a lot of gold, we’ll have no problem coping under the pre-1914 such mixed distributed standard. And it will stop the thieving.

    Okay, that goes to Kunstler’s Monday: ALL these Central Controllers are failing. ALL centralized power is failing. The needs of the time are distributed, so that a certainty. However, they are failing even FASTER as they have zero COMPETENCY in anything at all. …Unless you’re Kamala on her knees, then you have core competency in something. Because they’re FINDING and HIRING and PROMOTING, and BACKING everyone based not even on Not-Merit, but ANTI-Merit. So although consolidating 20 aeronautics companies and competition into Boeing was moronic and self-destructive, consolidating them AND firing all the engineers AND firing all the line assembly people AND hiring careless, self-serving liars … WILL BRING YOUR STOCK PRICE TO ZERO.

    …’Cause, “Capitalism” n’ stuff. Anyway, so they’re gong down as “the Internet” (broad brush) atomizes the Universe, but so, so, SO much faster when you install idiots like Fani, Adam Neumann, and Kathleen Kennedy to run it all.

    How have we not defeated you yet? Does that not reflect poorly on us? It’s embarrassing.

    “he failed to pay $1.4 million in taxes over four years. His debt has since been settled, the Associated Press reported.”

    No one knows where the money came from. Well that’s what happens when I owe money, right? A rich uncle from Kiev always pops up and buys a painting!

    “• Democrat Lawfare Has Failed To Derail Trump Campaign So Far (JTN)

    It’s all a narrative to show the American People who they are. So now it’s time to stage that assassination. …I mean AFTER they stage a Trump-in-jail which ALSO won’t go off and is just a show, saved with 00:01 seconds on the bomb timer. “Merica!

    “what is really behind this, if you go into war, they get to default and blame Putin..”

    Yup, that’s why they don’t care. And it’s not like it won’t hurt equally either way, the nation I mean, it’s that THEY GET TO BLAME. Not the Bankers, not the Politicians, but the PEOPLE. We who didn’t vote for it, opposed everything at every turn. If they don’t BLAME they won’t be able to just re-start the same system after, because the People, will have learned something.

    Jackson, Jefferson: NO Central Banks. Money is how we TALK to each other. Unlimited money-power is unlimited Power.

    “• Elon Says Will Ban Apple’s Creepy Spyware Devices If They Integrate OpenAI (ZH)

    Half the people own an iPhone, so now EVERY conversation is being wiretapped everywhere. It doesn’t matter if half the people oppose that (still questionable), because the OTHER half are credulous morons who brought along their Party Observer. This also goes back to fascism and destroying all choice and competition, which barely existed to begin with. You see BlackBerry doing this stuff? No, they got murdered with financial warfare bc they wouldn’t give ALL the back-door keys to the NSA. Now they don’t exist, and neither does anybody else, despite huge worldwide demand for security and EVERY IT Admin being REQUIRED to provide this. They can’t, so like Bankers, they all break the law TOGETHER, then nobody gets in trouble bc it’s “Industry Standard” to have zero IT security on your systems. Same as Cloud-Hosting your data, actually with ZERO security once it’s off your site, Amazon can read everything, and they’re paid by the CIA.

    …But I’m sure they’d never break the LAW, right? They promised! Go ahead and try to tell your third IT VP that you should cloud host like all the other golfers and he’ll say “What’s a cloud host?” Then: “If all the other IT VPs jumped off the bridge and lost all control of their data, I’m going too!!!!”

    “• 1000s of Californians Lose Jobs Thanks To Newsom’s $20/hr Minimum Wage (RT)

    Why are you making Ayn Rand right? Telling them since 1956, with logic and reason. …And clearly that was our problem, they never listened yet. Life cycle: 1) We tell them, 2) They do it anyway 3) Everything is destroyed just like we said, 4) Move on to the next thing we warn them about. 5) Their lives suck more every hour and they blame us for it. “It’s all those MAGA guys running Chicago!!! Damn them!!!”

    Elon:

    But who WANTS a car that is autonomous? Not the public. We also don’t want cars that are over-complicated and spying on us all the time, able to be shut off for no reason. So WHO are you talking to? Not Capitalism, since you only provide the #Opposite of the public demand. That leaves only the Oligarchs, the opposite and counterpoint to “The Public”.

    “He says vaccine mandates were a “terrible decision” and based on emotions, not on science.”

    What Mandates? No laws were passed. Both. Neither. Ai. A = A ≠ A, all, nothing, things and their Opposites. They were enforced because they didn’t exist.

    To the point he’s TRYING to make here, What were they based on if not Science? If you’re not a “Science” organization, why are we paying you? You’re fired: we can do “irrational emotion” for free, just go visit any Daycare center. No? Like “15 Intel agencies” on 912, we INCREASED your budgets for failure. No one was fired, all failures got a bonus and rode off into the sunset. This is perfectly normal, and all the time when I buy a Mercedes and show up at the lot and they don’t give me one, give me one Mercedes steering wheel, paint “Mercedes” on the side of a Yugo in crayon, I not only pay them, I give them a big tip. That’s how it all works, right?

    …Only with government. Only with violence. Otherwise, if you get cheated, ruined, bad service you withdraw support and don’t pay them.

    “Voluntary” Exchange. That is the only evil, Must. Be. Stopped.

    #160960
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-affiliated-ukrainian-ngo-debuts-new-enemies-list-including-donald-trump-elon-musk

    I can’t find his name on this hit list.

    I sense a kumbaya moment overcoming the crowd manifested as gratitude for each other and unprecedented conviviality
    Let’s not prematurely lose focus folks.

      “We ARE at War!”

    #160961
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Putting on my engineering hat I’m glad to see the article about UkroNaziland trying to Keep on Keepin’ without electricity.

    I had previously commented a number of times about running cities without sewage and water.

    Electricity is for a ‘luxury’ experience, water and sewage is pure survival.

    Especially in Big Shitty high rises.

    Cities really suck when the lights don’t come on but are unlivable when the wateer isn’t coming or going.

    Imagine all those MILLIONS of Ukro refugees heading West to Promised Land of Eurotardistan.

    Hard to hide the fact that UkroNaziland has LOST big time and that the Sheeple of Eurotardistan were totally lied to for the last three years when 5 million Ukros flood into the Collective West stomping grounds like unwelcome relatives moving into your 2 bedrooms flat.

    So sad ;>(

    .

    #160962
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Space Pride

    Who could’ve predicted it

    .

    #160963
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!

    Yah, I kinda remember……

    .

    #160964
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Zircon carrying “Admiral Gorshkov” arrived in Cuba

    180 km to S. Florida coast

    https://x.com/i/status/1800323620742500606

    #160965
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Russian Zircon Missile travels at 9,800 km/h. (with or without a nuclear tipped warhead)

    S, Florida distance from Russian Zircon missile carrier: 180 km

    Time to target: A little over a minute

    #160966
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Little Napoleon

    Sinking like a stone

    “If this had been my teacher, my parents would have moved me to a different school”

    <img src="Little Napoleon Sinking like a stone “If this had been my teacher, my parents would have moved me to a different school”” alt=”.” />

    #160967
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #160968
    zerosum
    Participant

    Projections
    Fear of change,
    Fear of losing control,
    Hate of Trump
    _________________
    Illusion
    • Ukraine Is A ‘Gold Mine’ – Lindsey Graham (RT)

    Ukraine will defeat Russia

    • Can Democracy Survive the “Defenders of Democracy”? (Turley)
    “I’m a Democrat and I am here to save democracy.”
    ————–
    It’s not historical science fiction

    “Democracy Dies in Darkness”
    The power cuts have divided Kiev into the haves and the have-nots
    The city is no longer viable, impact of the power losses on the operation of water and sewerage systems.
    ————-
    • US Lifts Arms Ban On Notorious Azov Brigade (RT)

    “ultranationalist and neo-Nazi views, white supremacy and neo-Nazism are unacceptable and have no place in our world.”
    ————
    Putin in his address – “harmonic multipolar world”.
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20240610/pepe-escobar-the-three-key-messages-from-st-petersburg-to-the-global-majority-1118891306.html

    Pepe Escobar: The Three Key Messages From St. Petersburg to the Global Majority

    In the year of the Russian presidency of BRICS, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) had to deliver something special.
    And deliver it did: over 21,000 people representing no less than 139 nations – a true microcosm of the Global Majority, discussing every facet of the drive towards a multipolar, multinodal (italics mine), polycentric world.
    ———–

    Are the Democrat strategies backfiring? Are they trying to win or to lose?

    If Wishes Were Fishes — a Teachable Intermezzo

    Everything organized at the gigantic scale is steaming toward failure: big governments, giant companies, the huge capital investment firms, global shipping, energy production, chain retailing, mass motoring, big electricity, big medicine, big education, big anything.
    —————–
    Peace

    #160973
    The Markster
    Participant

    Funny how even Dr. Redfield has to close his eyes to the world around him when making the preposterous statement that the DARPA death jabs prevent serious illness and death, and that they should have been prioritized for the elderly. There is zero clinical or public health evidence to support the statement about the benefits of the jab, zero tracking and follow up for the jabbed versus unjabbed, and a criminal government, media, medical, public health, educational and military commitment to shoving the monstrous and diabolical nature of their actions down the memory hole.

    My godmother does the same closing her eyes thing when she is spouting empty liberal platitudes that I don’t think even she herself believes anymore. It has become part of “polite” society in this sick culture to force dangerous, experimental drugs in big long needles into the arms of your fellow citizens, in large part because doing so with conviction helps keep ones own eyes closed to what we have done to ourselves.

    #160974
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @MyParentsSaidKnow

    DBS- you have hatched from your chrysalis. [ #160941 ] “

    Thank you for the info. I was WONDERING what had happened. I can’t say that it was an entirely unpleasant experience, but it sure was disorienting there for a moment or two. Think I’ll just flutter around awhile to get my bearings before I try to soar or anything.

    #160976
    jb-hb
    Participant

    My godmother does the same closing her eyes thing when she is spouting empty liberal platitudes that I don’t think even she herself believes anymore. It has become part of “polite” society…

    Not just the injections, but the empty platitudes are now required for polite society

    Conversation with my wife this morning – her family is very Democrat. She’s Democrat herself, but 90’s/80’s Democrat, the Democrat the Democrats imagined themselves to be back then. Actually liberal as opposed to leftist.

    So she’s telling me of difficulties with her brother and mother, how they seem to ASSUME she is MAGA. Implicitly. With all that comes with that

    BUT it isn’t even up for discussion! They have not asked her about her beliefs or why she believes them, weighed any difference of opinion judiciously. Nope. She’s just on the other side of things without discussion – there shall be no discussion.

    She was wandering around in specific, narrow-band issues/subject matter while trying to figure out the large gulf she was contemplating.

    I interjected that the problem was that peoples’ broad foundation of base knowledge has been overwritten such that any discussion is becoming more and more impossible.

    I cited, for example, our visit to her mother this weekend in which she brought up and showed us a new book about a woman going to 1918 France to help with book circulation for the libraries there. The main takeaway was how very VERY horrible it was for women in 1918 France. It was bad, very bad. (super sexist, misogynist, women heavily persecuted)

    I pointed out how strange a view this was. Millions of men were DEAD. Millions wounded. Many millions more are away at the front suffering physically and psychologically in indescribable and myriad ways. (women most affected) How many men are there back in the countryside to oppress women at this point?

    And she’s painting 1918 France as something out of A Handmaid’s Tale. wtf. I pointed out that we have watched many MANY black and white 30’s and 40’s films in the past 8 years since we gave up on modern streaming. In ALL those films, women are going around speaking their mind, not being particularly oppressed, engaged in all kinds of activities. No man or woman is halting, shocked, going “Woah, what are you DOING? THIS is CRAZY!!! GET back into your chains in the kitchen/basement!” Nobody. Not one time.

    Mother in Law told a tale of a woman in the 60’s coming home from work on the train. A man sits down next to her, gropes her, she yells loudly for him to get his hands off of him. Everyone in the train looks, he jumps up, and runs away. She cited this of proof of misogyny and how bad, bad , bad the times were.

    I pointed out he ran because a train car of fathers, brothers, sons, and husbands of women were on that train coming home TO them from work and would have beaten the man to a pulp in defense of the woman.

    She said NO THEY WOULD NOT. He only ran because she embarrassed him in front of all those men. Like, he couldn’t “handle” this woman properly the way all the other men could, therefore they would be looking on him with silent scorn, therefore he fled the embarrassment. This shows a deep misunderstanding of male psychology as well as physical reality.

    Maybe to a woman, a single move and a vocalized rejection would signify “Tried > Failed” But if a traincar of men are all just like “Yeah, that’s what you do,” if this is normalized in all of 60’s society. just grab any woman lecherously by her private parts, then a man would simply establish his pride by making it work. Where the depictions of standardized woman-groping on the way home from work on trains and busses are, where I can access these tv shows, books, news reports, etc where this happens casually and is mentioned as being of no concern, like mentioning what the weather was, what color sweater someone was wearing, etc, idunno. Did the Democrats have a giant book burning bonfire I am unaware of?

    Mother in law likes to preach that abuse of, groping of, harassment of women was commonplace and totally normalized. Okay, if society has this normalized, WHERE IS IT? Where are the people blithely doing it in the 300 30’s and 40’s films we have watched? Why don’t we see it even ONCE?

    But anyway, I point out how unrealistic it is that 1918 France is like the worst parts of Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia and A Handmaid’s Tale – and mention that fiction, books, film, etc all do not indicate normalized oppression of women and how a re-write of How Things Are and How Things Were in peoples’ brains is making conversation impossible….

    My wife was trying, very sincerely and wholeheartedly, to explain her strange unspoken schism with her family “I voted Obama twice, voted Jill Stein, voted Biden this last election, who/what do they think I am? I can’t put my finger on it but something (in our society, city, country, institutions etc) is very WRONG.”

    Then I mention the weird disconnect with reality – with more brevity than here – and suddenly I am an ignorant subhuman. “You sit there with your books and your articles and your videos and think you KNOW things” uh yeah, history books, fiction books from the time period including those written BY women, videos about history from people summarizing history books, by historians, etc.

    We have, TOGETHER watched 100’s and 100’s of black and white 30’s/40’s/50’s movies by now. We’ve seen, TOGETHER no oppression depicted. If it was normalized, it would have been everpresent. What conspiracy theory is this that a confident society TOTALLY conceals all depictions of a continual ever-present activity from the future? One that they totally approve of and think is no problem, just the way life is?????

    Yet in pointing this out, I’ve contradicted current-year narrative. She’s sampled hundreds of hours from the past, but this is of zero value when put up as contradictory to current-year narrative. I thought I was saying something in support of her, consoling in that it established some context or structure to the “something is going wrong with our society and why are these people so out of touch with my identity/beliefs?”

    (and I am talking normie mainstream women here, not ALL women…)

    The “civilizing influence” of women on society, as the Victorians used to say. Women enforce the norms. They oppose, with vehemence, threats to the norms.

    Why are leftist (liberals defend free speech) white women constitute such a base of support for the Democrats? You say hey, something is going wrong ,then you take some time to re-orient, then you try to bring a bit of chaos into order. Problem solving 101.

    But if the “norms” are hyper-real simulacra or people closing their eyes spouting empty platitudes? Every time you do your problem-solving loop and try to orient yourself, you’ve recalibrated on the very thing unbalancing society and causing problems. The crank – even if the crank is your husband – is threatening safety going against what all the blue square family members, coworkers, news shows, etc say.

    In citing things I knew that SHE knew that contradict this “Society was always bad in the past. It was bad, real bad. All men are/were pigs, all society before today was misogynistic and horribly abusive to women… etc” oddly, suddenly it was all coming from ME, from unclean profane sources.

    No no no, I’m talking about things YOU know. Things YOU have seen with your own eyes. All those female authors you’ve read depicting life from Victorian times through the 50’s. They FORGOT to mention horrible ubiquitous oppression? And the men failed to mention it in passing, casually, while mentioning every OTHER detail of life for realism’s sake, failed 100% of the time?

    When we watch It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas, we know these are all weirdos not obeying the norms of their time??? Mary was not running things, organizing things, going where she wanted. No! Mary was chained in the basement except when she was let up to be chained to the stove? Raped or sexually assaulted 100x on her way to and from places in Bedford Falls? That’s why, in the alternate reality evil Potterstown, she seems to be confident walking home from the library, runs to a huge crowd of MEN when she becomes afraid?

    I feel like this is saying something about our current troubles. A large portion of the population believing things AND knowing they are not true, but if someone SAYS it, they are speaking profanities, are profane.

    We have to agree and say the same things for safety and the more we agree on these things that are wrong, the worse things get, and the more we need safety, the more we need to agree and the worse things get…

    #160977
    jb-hb
    Participant

    I’ve come across a few old friends who I thought were anywhere from reasonably to very intelligent who have said “If Trump is elected, it will be the end of Democracy”

    My wife’s family have said exactly this as well.

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN IF????

    Do these people BELIEVE this? Then democracy ended over 4 years ago, that shit already happened. They HAVE to believe it already happened if they believe Trump + Presidency = End Of Democracy

    They say it while not believing it?

    They believe it while not believing it?

    They’re NPC’s? Thus they are incapable of believing anything and there is no contradiction?

    I don’t want to dehumanize people even privately in my own head, but it’s against all thinking and common sense. Widdershins. How do 300+ hours of YOU seeing footage of people behaving normally for a time period become MY filthy profane conspiracy theory garbage? How do people insist that an event in the PAST is a danger only potentially in the future?

    Who do they think I am? I voted for gay marriage, pot legalization, Obama twice…

    All they can see is MAGA-guy. All I want to do is go back to voting Democrat and listening to NPR while advocating targeted, effective socialist type policies to soften the capitalist system. But I can’t because we’re too busy with total derangement from reality, self-destructive policies, everything from hostility to the most basic aspects of being human to starting nuclear war and everything in between.

    #160978
    Dr. D
    Participant

    I agree. I also see this daily and, as it’s not logical, I cannot understand it. As you see me wrestle with here each day.

    Here’s my example: NEW Math — modern Feminism — says that No woman ever owned a bank account ever. Not until like Obama, but at least 1970. When I heard this, I was like, uh, what, no? But to be REALLY sure, I went on their behalf and ASKED a bank teller from 1965, a woman, who not only got paychecks but also WORKED in the bank, you know, with all the other women. (I mean, when she was not in a bonnet and ball gag, chained up you know.)

    She laughed and said, “Uh no, she had never even HEARD about any woman not being able to get a bank account, and at her age, that “sense” of what was done must go back to the 20s or the teens, because otherwise they would all say “Oh yeah, it was amazing when FDR changed that law in ’37“, Right?

    ALL women worked. So women were cashing paychecks somehow, right? As our whole culture, sure a lot more women worked in farms, in a household than now, but there were Massachusetts Mill girls back to like 1800. Were they not paid? Because right early no one had a million dollars cash in the Payroll office on payday waiting to get robbed. Even farms didn’t keep money around because it would get robbed, and they work a lot of cash.

    So what’s my point? That history is wrong? No. My point is THE WOMEN ALL KNOW THIS. For a fact. Because THEY themselves and their peers are of the age that THIS HAPPENED. The feminists writing this ARE the women of 1970 who DID get a bank account to work pizzas in college, and was not remarkable in the slightest. Gee, when were female SS# issued? A: First day.

    So what does that tell you? That they are LIARS, but more than that. A very specific, very creepy, mentally disturbed KIND of liar. They actually believe this. Because they want to? And therefore don’t check? Men will refuse this as we are fact-oriented, so that’s not a good reflection on the mental acuity (or honesty, or something) of women. I hate to do this, but Phoenix, you are a woman and also were abused to some extent. What is going on here? How can this possibly be so casual and universal to deny not only what history books, movies, all recorded history knows, but what THEY know and lived personally?

    Why are people who got a bank account in 1965 telling 17 year old women today they didn’t? If they didn’t then what law changed one day so they could? It’s bizarre, truly bananas. Not like they win $500 by doing it. It’s something else.

    And yes, watching old movies old books — far back as you want to go — women are working. They never didn’t work, ever, which means they never didn’t get paid. Which means they had some level of independence, I mean besides shootin’ bear out the back door on the frontier here, and being queens and kingmakers constantly in all Europe (‘Lizabeth, Aquitaine, etc)

    I’ll double you: every DAY there is a new article “Secrets of History” on how “Lady So-n-So was actually an MI6 SPY in 1824”, “50,000 women worked in the CIA as codebreakers and nuclear physicists in 1943”, etc. So it’s not just — I — said this. I’m not pointing to “Cambridge History of Britain”, I’m saying MSNBC and Vox prints that “Women never worked, and if they did, they couldn’t cash their paychecks” AND MSNBC and Vox ALSO print that “Women worked everywhere, invented everything, and were all the important pivot actors in history, including they were every mathematician, policeman, soldier, writer, every NASA scientist, every codebreaker, and every engineer.

    “Both. Neither. Ai.” As I say.

    Okay, fine. They do that. But HOW? HOW do they do that? Why are they believed? How are both things believed at the same time? F’ing Brain damage? HOW?

    Yeah, worse than pointing to movies: your mother in law LIVED it and is still lying. It’s like just making up that she was raped, then making up the time, place, reason, person… Like dropping a nuke on 250,000 civilians, it’s unthinkable to us, and it’s happening every day now. With every person.

    They’re dangerous, and dangerously unhinged.

    #160979
    Dr. D
    Participant

    I should add, I don’t care about that. I’m not looking down my nose at them or anything. I’m just looking for a viable and practical response to re-associate them with the reality that actually happened, you know, for real in history and for real what is happening now. That’s all. It doesn’t have to be magic, or instant, it just needs to work the task of re-tethering them to reality. So they don’t push me and their kids off a bridge or something. Don’t make up life-sentence charges on everyone they meet like “Mattress Girl”.

    I just need to understand it to have a plan, then work the plan. Adding: clearly THEY know how to UN-associate them from reality and are working THAT plan feverishly, with a trillion dollars. So why is it so much harder to undo when we’re working with reality and are their own family and friends, standing before them, need-to-get-along n’ stuff? Amazing.

    #160980
    Noirette
    Participant

    Re. Zelensky not the one running Ukraine from RT, top post, mentions Yermak, Chief of Staff, about whom I know nothing.

    Ze is a puppet President, manipulated, thrown into that position by several forces who reckoned they could control him, or, hey, it is just the Zeitgeist, the Society is the Spectacle (Debord – link below, heh..)

    So Ze is now an illegit ‘dictator.’ His term ended recently, under ‘legal – emergency situation’ rationales.

    What is certain is that Russia no longer considers him legit, Putin has said so a few times. Plus, Ze has outlawed all Opposition Parties (as if they were ever anything but a bunch of oligarchs jockeying for power) and blocked ‘private’ TV stations (i.e. not controlled by the State.)

    There are reports, rumors, of a ‘coalition’ who opposes Ze and wants to ‘challenge’ him and ‘regain power’ -> the two main movers, afaik, being Poroshenko, the ‘Chocolate King’, now in alliance with Timoshenko, ‘The Lady of the Braids’ (my name for her) who looks just like Ukr. supporters of Trudeau, dressed up in embroidered shirts, cute hair styles, Nazis to the core, all of them.

    Imho, the US will support Ze to some very FAR end point, he is their lap-dog. Any other ‘leader’ creates complications, disturbance, the construction of new narratives, sigh.

    Russia doesn’t care who is the ‘leader’ in Ukr. as they know it makes no differences to Ukr. policy, which is controlled from the outside, by the US. (Not, NATO, btw.)

    So Zelensky may survive for some time. And be liquidated whenever things change, take a drastic turn.

    If there is yet some other person running him, e.g. Yermak, that isn’t suprising, as he is a lost soul. Which doesn’t change the general picture described here.

    https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/debord/society.htm

    #160981
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Indeed. We all must be more common sense and pragmatic, and sure things seem to be spinning out of control and people keep believing and saying weird irrational things But still…

    She KNOWS I voted Obama 2x, gay marriage, etc- but ALSO says with metaphysical certainty that I am super, uber conservative. Having been married to me for years and been treated as a total equal in all respects. What happened to my “conservative” treatment of you? Where’s my chicken pot pie? I missed it.

    Haven’t you heard me yammering on FOR YEARS as anti-war, pro free speech, pro working class, anti ginormous corporation? Been telling you what I heard on NPR on the drive home from work for a decade. My words are as dust to you, meaningless compared to… to what?

    I’m using my wife to illustrate the situation, but it’s our family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, fellow citizens. It’s just baffling – if my wife doesn’t know I’m liberal even when I literally tell her so, how can ANYONE else know? Gripping my head to determine what policy I am in favor of that would be uber conservative. I’m for tariffs to benefit American working-class? Like Micheal Dukakis? Like Walter Mondale? Conservative like that?

    Like there’s a True Reality superimposed over real reality like a ghost, and all initiates know to not contradict THAT reality over the one you can see, feel, taste, touch, and smell.

    The Man vs Bear thing – women answering that the bear is a terrifying animal, but it’s only an animal after all, Men are inherently evil, malevolent. Worse than animals. The animal might not do anything to you. I choose Bear.

    “I don’t get it. Why do we keep getting mauled and killed by this Bear???”

    “Bro, It’s our BEHAVIOR”

    #160985
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Sorry dude, your family, your wife, they’re good Germans. That is it, end of story.

    #160986
    Mr. House
    Participant

    If you can make something popular, that is all that is needed. That is really what caused the holocaust. That is what has and will cause human misery for hundreds of years to come.

    #160987
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Everything you ever needed to know about humanity, you learned in high school. Just a matter of if you were paying attention or not.

    #160988
    jb-hb
    Participant

    https://www.brainyquote.com/photos_tr/en/k/kurtvonnegut/103944/kurtvonnegut1-2x.jpg

    #160989
    zerosum
    Participant

    Depopulation leads to Peace
    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/politics/canada-confirms-elements-of-alleged-israeli-misinformation-campaign-targeting-politicians/ar-BB1o2ius?ocid=msedgntp&pc=U531&cvid=6e871160af9b4897817bb99a900d0735&ei=21

    Haaretz, a prominent Israeli newspaper, and the New York Times both reported last week that the Israeli government was behind a social media campaign to influence politicians in Canada and the U.S. over the conflict in Gaza.

    The aim, according to the newspaper, was to sway public opinion on Israel’s conduct of the conflict, which the United Nations estimates has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians since October 2023.

    The same day, the New York Times, reporting from Tel Aviv, reported that the Israeli government paid for an “influence campaign” targeting both politicians and citizens in the U.S. “aimed to foster support for its actions in the war in Gaza.”

    The paper, citing both officials involved and documents, reported the campaign was “commissioned by Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs” at a cost of roughly $2 million. According to the Times, the government hired Stoic, a Tel Aviv marketing firm, to run the campaign.
    The conflict has provoked encampment protests on major university campuses in both countries, as well as at times violent responses from police.

    #160990
    zerosum
    Participant

    What’s next? The vote at the UNSC was little more than symbolic, with the real deal-making having to take place between the warring parties.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/

    #160991
    John Day
    Participant

    Preparing To Jump https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/preparing-to-jump

    ​ Israel’s response to 7 Oct ‘does not resemble war, but genocide’: Putin
    Russia has sought an end to Israel’s war on the people of Gaza through diplomatic means at the UN Security Council but has been blocked by multiple US vetoes.
    “Israel’s response to the Hamas attack does not resemble a war, but rather a genocide of the people of Gaza.” https://thecradle.co/articles/israels-response-to-7-oct-does-not-resemble-war-but-genocide-putin

    Israel kills over 200 Palestinians to return 4 captives; U.S. allegedly involved in operation
    At least 210 Palestinians were killed and 400 others were injured in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday after Israeli forces carried out a “rescue operation” to retrieve four captives. Reports of U.S. involvement in the operation have sparked backlash. https://mondoweiss.net/2024/06/israel-kills-over-200-palestinians-to-rescue-4-captives-u-s-allegedly-involved-in-operation/

    US Admits Role In Israeli Rescue Operation That Killed Over 200 Palestinians
    On Sunday, Hamas’ armed wing is claiming that three Israeli hostages killed, including a US citizen (dual national), during the Israel rescue raid in Gaza. Hamas also says the whole operation resulted in a civilian massacre of the area, and especially in a refugee camp. One eyewitness account is as follows:
    “The occupation has annihilated the Nuseirat refugee camp. Innocent and unarmed civilian were bombed in their homes. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s a catastrophe,” local resident Nidal Abdo told Middle East Eye.
    “I came from the camp to here in the hospital on foot. I can’t describe how we fled. I saw dead children and body parts strewn all over as we fled. No one was able to assist them. I saw an elderly man killed on a animal-drawn cart.”
    “Nuseirat was being annihilated. It was hell.” https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-admits-role-israeli-rescue-operation-reportedly-killed-over-200-palestinians

    Supporting genocide to halt multipolarity Pepe Escobar
    The Hegemon is calculating for a World War to halt multipolarity. It supports Israel’s Gaza genocide as a necessary evil to win hard in West Asia, figuring who’s going to care once the war goes global? https://thecradle.co/articles/supporting-genocide-to-halt-multipolarity

    #160992
    John Day
    Participant

    US Mulls Separate Deal With Hamas To Free 5 American Citizens​ [Watershed moment? We shall see.]
    ​ Hamas on Tuesday announced that it accepts the UN Security Council’s Gaza ceasefire resolution which was passed Monday after it was proposed by the United States. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is traveling in the region this week, has called the development a “hopeful sign”.
    ​ Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters that the group is ready to negotiate over the details, but that it is Washington’s responsibility to ensure Israel abides by it.​ https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-mulls-separate-deal-hamas-free-5-american-citizens

    Biden to Offer Saudi Arabia Treaty In Exchange for Official Ties with Israel
    The White House is prepared to roll out a plan that will make Saudi Arabia a Japan-style ally in exchange for new official ties between Riyadh and Tel Aviv. While the Biden administration has invested substantial effort to get the deal inked, it is likely dead on arrival because Saudi Arabia refuses to normalize with Israel unless Tel Aviv agrees to the creation of a Palestinian state. https://libertarianinstitute.org/news/biden-to-offer-saudi-arabia-treaty-in-exchange-for-official-ties-with-israel/

    I cannot find any new information on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower, presumably in the northern Red Sea, near Saudi Arabia and Israel. The last word I saw was that communications were not permitted with crew members, due to “operational-security”. If you know anything new/different, please share.
    New Images Reveal Houthi Missile Damage To Oaktree’s Previously-Owned Bulk Carrier
    https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/new-images-reveal-houthi-missile-damage-oaktrees-previously-owned-bulk-carrier

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    Ukraine is a ‘gold mine’ – US senator
    Allowing a Russian victory in the conflict would deprive America of access to vast mineral resources, Lindsey Graham says https://swentr.site/news/599068-ukraine-gold-mine-us/

    #160993
    John Day
    Participant

    Simplicius has an update on the war in Ukraine, thorough as usual. 10,000 Ukrainians have used the special radio frequency hotline to surrender to Russia, as the street kidnapping conscriptions continue. “I have a young child unattended at home!” If you scroll down to the anxiously smiling face of a young Ukrainian woman, you can watch the 3 minute video of her describing how she was treated by the Ukrainian government when her fiance surrendered, and his side of the tale is spliced in, then their meeting, to start their new life in Moscow, courtesy of the Russian government.
    Putin gives first official idea of Russian losses since start of SMO, + more from the SPIEF https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/putin-gives-first-official-idea-of?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email#media-0a6b5935-cb9a-4ac5-ae7d-cc9059962ae8

    Gilbert Doctorow, Russia’s ‘News of the Week’ explains Putin on the ‘asymmetric response’ to Western missiles fired from Ukraine
    It bears mention first of all that the terminology Kiselyov used shows that someone in the Kremlin did a logic check: Russia’s response will be the same as Putin described however vaguely, but it is now called, very correctly “symmetric.” Indeed, if we reserve the right to do to you what you are doing to us, we are acting symmetrically.
    Following his reminder to the audience that he has no “insider” knowledge of the specifics of Russia’s planned retaliation, he spelled out in some detail what this might be. To be specific, against whom the retaliation would be directed and which “enemies of our enemy” around the globe might Russia be arming in response. [Yemen?]
    The countries to be punished will be those that are supplying Ukraine with long range missiles, meaning those with a range of 350 km and more. There are three such countries: the United States, France and the United Kingdom.
    Elsewhere in the news program we were told that the most recent devastating and deadly attacks on Donetsk city were made using American ATACMS missiles, which fall into the category under discussion. The targets were residential apartment buildings, not ammunition dumps or other military targets that Messrs. Blinken and Biden would have the world believe. Obviously, this was target-practice for what the Ukrainians, with American help, may soon try to do in the Russian Federation proper.
    For their retaliation, what will the Russians go after? Kiselyov spelled it out: the 300,000 or more American soldiers and officers on the 900 military bases that the U.S. maintains around the world.
    And which countries that are in confrontation with the United States could be the recipients of Russian advanced arms? Kiselyov spelled it out region by region.
    In the Middle East, this would be Syria, Iran, Yemen, Iraq and Libya. In Asia – Afghanistan, North Korea and Myanmar. In Latin America – Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. In Africa – the Central African Republic, the Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia, Southern Sudan and Zimbabwe.
    Kiselyov did not miss the opportunity to mention the dispatch this week of a Russian naval force to the Caribbean headed by the hypersonic missile armed frigate Admiral Gorshkov and a nuclear submarine. He explained that after calling upon Havana, the ships would remain in the Caribbean basin for exercises that other ships from the Russian navy would be joining, and that even after that they will be staying in these waters until the end of summer. This news contradicts the assumptions that the U.S. Department of Defense set out to Reuters a day ago. No one is saying whether the Gorshkov’s missiles are nuclear tipped. https://gilbertdoctorow.com/2024/06/09/russias-news-of-the-week-explains-putin-on-the-asymmetric-response-to-western-missiles-fired-from-ukraine/

    Gilbert Doctorow, Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0
    Russia is dispatching the Admiral Gorshkov warship and task force to the Caribbean for exercises. The Gorshkov is not just any ship in the Russian fleet. It has been fitted with the latest Zircon nuclear capable hypersonic missiles. I imagine that from waters near Cuba its missiles could reach Washington, D.C. in five or ten minutes.
    This looks as though the Kremlin is deliberately setting up a Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0, but basing its missiles in ships operating freely in international waters as is their right.
    Apparently, the Biden administration has responded with feigned nonchalance to this development, saying that Russian exercises in the Caribbean are an innocent affair that take place periodically. https://gilbertdoctorow.com/2024/06/07/cuban-missile-crisis-2-0/

    MEXICO CITY, June 6 – RIA Novosti. A detachment of four ships of the Russian Navy will arrive on an official visit to the port of Havana on June 12, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. “In the period from June 12 to 17, 2024, a detachment of the Russian Navy consisting of four ships will pay an official visit to the port of Havana: the frigate Gorshkov, the nuclear submarine Kazan, the oil tanker Pashin and the rescue tug Nikolai Chiker.” , says a communiqué on the department’s website. In Havana, they noted that the arrival of the Russian ships is in line with friendly relations between Cuba and Russia, and also strictly complies with international rules. They emphasized that none of the ships carry nuclear weapons and their stay does not pose a threat. for the region. https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2024/06/zircons-paying-visit.html

    US Deploys Sub Hunter P-8 Poseidon Off Florida Coast To ‘Shadow’ Russian Flotilla​ https://www.zerohedge.com/military/us-deploys-sub-hunter-p-8-poseidon-florida-coast-shadow-russian-flotilla

    #160994
    John Day
    Participant

    Putin’s 4D Chess: West ‘Losing’ War on Four Fronts After Picking Fight With Russia
    Highlighting Russia’s reorientation in trade and payments away from the West toward the developing world, the Russian president said the West had “been dealt a significant blow,” largely “by Western countries themselves,” with countries boosting trade in currencies other than the dollar and the euro.
    At the same time, Putin said, the hegemon of the Western economic order, the United States, faces serious financial straits which would be even more serious were it not for its continued plunder of developing nations.
    “They have a current account deficit of a trillion dollars. What is this? I think, everyone will understand what I’m talking about. This is neocolonialism in its modern iteration. Using the monopoly position of the dollar, the United States consumes a trillion dollars a year more than it produces. They seem to be pumping out these resources from other countries,” Putin said. https://sputnikglobe.com/20240607/putins-4d-chess-west-losing-war-on-four-fronts-after-picking-fight-with-russia-1118851297.html

    Pepe Escobar: The Three Key Messages From St. Petersburg to the Global Majority
    The key takeaway: as the collective West launched total economic war against Russia, the civilization-state turned it around and positioned itself as the world’s 4th largest economy by purchasing power parity (PPP).
    Putin showed how Russia still carries the potential to launch no less than nine sweeping – global – structural changes, an all-out drive involving the federal, regional, and municipal spheres.
    Everything is in play – from global trade and the labor market to digital platforms, modern technologies, strengthening small and medium-sized businesses and exploring the still untapped, phenomenal potential of Russia’s regions.
    What was made perfectly clear is how Russia managed to reposition itself beyond sidestepping the – illegitimate – sanctions tsunami to establishing a solid, diversified system oriented towards global trade – and completely linked to the expansion of BRICS…
    ..Arguably the major breakthrough in St. Petersburg. Putin stated how the BRICS are working on their own payment infrastructure, independent from pressure/sanctions by the collective West.
    Putin had a special meeting with Dilma Rousseff, president of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). They did talk in detail about the bank’s development – and most of all, as later confirmed by Rousseff, about The Unit, whose lineaments were first revealed exclusively by Sputnik: an apolitical, transactional form of cross-border payments, anchored in gold (40%) and BRICS+ currencies (60%).
    The day after meeting Putin, president Dilma had an even more crucial meeting at 10 am in a private room at SPIEF with Sergey Glazyev, the Minister for Macro-Economy at the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences… It was agreed there will be a special conference at the NDB in Shanghai on The Unit in September.
    This means the new payment system has every chance to be at the table during the BRICS summit in October in Kazan, and be adopted by the current BRICS 10 and the near future, expanded BRICS+…
    ..BRICS-related sessions in St. Petersburg demonstrated how the Global Majority is now facing a unique historical juncture – with a real possibility for the first time in the last 250 years to go all-out for a structural change of the world-system.
    And it’s not only about BRICS.
    It was confirmed in St. Petersburg that no less than 59 nations – and counting – plan to join not only BRICS but also the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU)…
    ..Putin also deftly defused all the pre-fabricated, nonsensical nuclear paranoia infesting Atlanticist circles.
    Still, that won’t be enough. On the packed corridors at SPIEF, and in informal meetings, there was total awareness about the Hegemon’s desperation-fueled warmongering masked as “defense.” There were no illusions that the current dementia posing as “foreign policy” is betting on a genocide not only for the sake of the “aircraft carrier” in West Asia but mostly to cow the Global Majority into submission.
    That would raise the serious possibility that the Global Majority needs to build a military alliance to deter this – planned – Global War. [or not…]
    Russia-China, of course, plus Iran and credible Arab deterrence – with Yemen showing the way: all of that may become a must. A Global Majority military alliance will have to show up one way or another: either before the – incoming, planned – disaster, to mitigate it; or after it has totally engulfed West Asia into a monstrous, vicious war.
    Ominously, we may be nearly there. But at least St. Petersburg offered glimmers of hope. Putin: “Russia will be the heart of the multipolar harmonic world.” Now that’s how you clinch a one-hour speech. https://sputnikglobe.com/20240610/pepe-escobar-the-three-key-messages-from-st-petersburg-to-the-global-majority-1118891306.html

    Russia’s Oil and Gas Revenues Surged by 73.5% in January-May https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Russias-Oil-and-Gas-Revenues-Surged-by-735-in-January-May.html

    This could be enough oil to let the world avoid WW-3, if cooperation can be brought into play. Russian scientists have discovered the world’s largest oil reserves
    Russian scientists have made one of the most significant discoveries – the largest reserves of crude oil have been discovered. As reported back in May, these deposits are located in Antarctica, a territory claimed by Great Britain. However, further work to clarify the geology and geography of the discovery showed that the oil and gas formations extend much further than the zone of influence of London, although they are inextricably linked…
    ..The discovered reserves would thus be the second largest crude oil reserves in the world, second only to the total discovered reserves of the entire Middle East. The region’s proven reserves in 2022 will amount to more than 871 billion barrels. The deposits in Antarctica, unlike the Middle East, are located in one deposit, which is why they are considered the largest. https://en.topcor.ru/48292-rossijskie-uchenye-obnaruzhili-krupnejshie-v-mire-zapasy-nefti.html

    “Time For Some 3D Chess”: Here’s Why A Battered Macron Just Called Snap Elections (I am personally hoping that Macron loses this gamble badly.)
    The European elections saw the centre hold its ground, albeit narrowly… The overall left-right balance aligns with projections that indicated a lean but not a lurch to the right…
    ..The Sunday Surprise was in Paris, not Brussels. Following a drubbing in the European election, French President Macron decided it was time to play some 3D Chess and to call a snap parliamentary election for June 30 and July 7, just a fortnight before the start of the Olympics. With this bold move he is putting Le Pen’s Rassemblement National, which dominated yesterday’s election by securing 31.5% of the votes, to the test. The two-round system often presents difficulties for populist parties, making it possible that the far-right may not achieve an outright majority. However, even if they triumph and RN’s Bardella does assume the role of Prime Minister, Macron’s calculation appears to be based on the assumption that if they underperform, they’ll be in a much weaker position for the 2027 presidential election. He also seems intent on compelling the Socialists and the Republicans to join the majority, which would likewise put them at a disadvantage in the 2027 election. This particularly places Melenchon, who aims to consolidate the entire left ahead of that election, in a difficult position. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/time-some-3d-chess-heres-why-battered-macron-just-called-snap-elections

    #160995
    John Day
    Participant

    Celia Farber hopes for a lot. As Anti-Globalist Rage Sweeps Europe; Belgian Prime Minster Resigns, Workers Chant To Macron: “RESIGN!
    Is This The Beginning Of The Fall Of The Globalists In Europe? https://celiafarber.substack.com/p/france-rises-up-against-macron-le

    Gilbert Doctorow, Rigor mortis on the Western front: a brief comment on the EU Parliament elections
    Though the deck chairs on the Titanic have been rearranged, though the Greens have had losses, the Renew grouping of Macron and Belgium’s Guy Verhofstadt have had losses, the EPP had gains and the net result appears to be that the Center Right-Left coalition that held the European Parliament in its firm grip these past 5 years will continue to have a voting majority of more than 400 seats. This means that barring some accident, Ursula von der Leyen will be reelected and the awful, self-destructive, even suicidal policies of the EU with respect to Russia will continue for the coming 5 years, if there is no Continent-wide war as a result that wipes Europe off the face of the earth. https://gilbertdoctorow.com/2024/06/10/rigor-mortis-on-the-western-front-a-brief-comment-on-the-eu-parliament-elections/

    ​ Hunter Biden Convicted On Felony Gun Charges
    Hunter Biden, the smartest man his father knows, has been convicted on all three felony gun charges (and not anything to do with ’10 held for the big guy’ of course) – so obviously the least of his alleged crimes and one which doesn’t implicate anyone important.​ https://www.zerohedge.com/political/hunter-biden-jury-has-reached-verdict

    ​ “I Take Responsibility”: Pelosi Admits Fault For The Lack Of Security Precautions On Jan 6th​, Jonathan Turley
    ​ For years, some of us have asked why the Capitol was so poorly prepared for the January 6th riot. As part of the coverage on that day, I remarked at the start of the protests that I had never seen the Capitol so thinly protected for a major demonstration…
    ..Now, a previously-unreleased video taken on Jan. 6, 2021 shows then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., admitting that she was responsible for the lack of preparedness.
    The video shows Pelosi in an exchange with Chief of Staff Terri McCullough on the evacuation. Pelosi states:
    “We have responsibility, Terri. We did not have any accountability for what was going on there. And we should have. This is ridiculous.
    You’re going to ask me in the middle of the thing when they’ve already breached…that, should we call the Capitol Police? I mean the National Guard?
    Why weren’t the National Guard there to begin with?… They clearly didn’t know, and I take responsibility for not having them just prepared for more.”
    The video was never released by the J6 Committee, which was criticized for its highly choreographed and scripted hearings with little balance in the presentation of evidence. The lack of emphasis on the security issues was glaring and raised by critics throughout the hearings.
    While Democrats and the media dismissed the issue and claims that Trump offered to supply the national guard, it was later confirmed that those offers were made to Congress and rejected.
    A report from Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton also found that Capitol police were told that they could not use critical riot materials and tactics in preparation for the Jan. 6th protests.
    What was so curious about the lack of precautions that morning is that the Capitol had just experienced the violence outside of the White House in the Lafayette Park protests.​
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/i-take-responsibility-pelosi-admits-fault-lack-security-precautions-jan-6th

    ​ Tucker Carlson Reveals That The Director Of The CIA Threatened Him & Said It Was A Crime To Expose (that) The CIA Murdered A Sitting United States President
    ​ Tucker also exposes The CIA was planning on murdering Julian Assange “Committed a crime. He’s threatening me. He’s in my car. I’ll never with my dog sitting next to him, I’ll never forget this. And I said, are you really saying that to reveal that the US government had a role in the murder of a democratically elected president, to say that out loud, that’s the crime? What about the actual crime, which is murdering a president? Like, you’re covering up for that, Mike Pompeo. He had no no response at all. And so Mike Pompeo is the one who pressed Trump to keep those documents secret.​ https://x.com/WallStreetApes/status/1798732957043298693

    #160996
    John Day
    Participant

    Jim Rickards, Banking Crisis, Stage Two​
    I’m sure you recall the banking crisis of March to May 2023.
    ​ It began with the collapse of the little-known Silvergate Bank on March 8. This was followed the next day by the collapse of the much larger Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) on March 9. SVB had over $120 billion in uninsured deposits.
    ​ Bank deposits over $250,000 each are not covered by FDIC insurance. Those depositors stood to lose all their money over the insured amount. This would have led to the collapse of hundreds of startup tech businesses in Silicon Valley that had placed their working capital on deposit at SVB…
    ..Investors are relaxed because they believe the banking crisis is over. That’s a huge mistake. History shows that major financial crises unfold in stages and have a quiet period between the initial stage and the critical stage…
    ..This could be the crisis where the panic moves from the banks to the dollar itself. If savers lose confidence in the Fed (we’re almost there) not only will the banks collapse, but the dollar will collapse also…
    ..Either a single bank failure or a systemic crisis could happen at any moment. The actual trigger is a bit mysterious and mostly psychological because the fundamental problems have been there all along.
    ​ Well, it seems that the quiet period is over and we are entering Stage II of the banking meltdown.
    ​ According to the latest data from the FDIC, many banks could be at risk of failure as unrealized losses reached $517 billion in the first quarter of 2024, up from $478 billion in the last quarter of 2023. 40 banks with over $1 billion in assets have already reported unrealized losses higher than 50% of their equity capital. Over 200 smaller banks with lesser assets have issued the same reports.
    ​ The bottom line is Stage II of the crisis is here, and the effects will be devastating to financial institutions and the stock market as a whole.​ https://dailyreckoning.com/banking-crisis-stage-two/

    ​ Vaccinated COVID Patients Died at Nearly Twice the Rate of Unvaccinated, Study Finds
    A two-and-a-half-year peer-reviewed study by Ohio State University researchers found that among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, those who received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines had a significantly higher mortality rate than unvaccinated patients, even when accounting for age and comorbidities.​ https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/vaxxed-covid-patients-death-rate-unvaxxed-study/

    ​ Covid mRNA Shots Are NOT Vaccines, Appeals Court Rules​
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has just dropped a bomb on the Covid mass vaccination agenda.​..
    ​..While ruling on the case, the court has declared that COVID-19 mRNA injections do not qualify as vaccines under traditional medical definitions.​ The judges assert that the mRNA shots, marketed as vaccines, do not effectively prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
    ​ In the opinion, the judges note that the injections do nothing more than merely reduce symptoms in those who contract the virus.​ Therefore, the injections cannot be labeled as vaccines…
    ​..Judge Nelson pointed out that the mandate was inconsistent with the Supreme Court’s century-old ruling in Jacobson v. Massachusetts.​ The case upheld the state’s right to enforce smallpox vaccinations due to their proven effectiveness in preventing disease spread.
    ​ In contrast, the Covid mRNA shots do not offer such public health benefits.​ https://slaynews.com/news/covid-mrna-shots-not-vaccines-appeals-court-rules/

    ​ Thanks Iurie. Evidence of The Technocratic Transhumanist Agenda in Human Blood​ , Ana-Maria Mihalcea MD, PhD
    ​ We also have to understand that vaccination is on the center of the World Economic Forum’s agenda. Why would that be? Because there is the technological platform in these particular COVID shots, and all of the shots that are planned, 500 of them, according to the Agenda 2030 per human being per lifetime. And that that is the basis of digital identity, cybersecurity, global governance, travel, economics. And so it’s very important to ask the question, why would vaccination be in the center of that? And what does it have to do with that?
    ​ The interbody area network was developed via biosensing devices by the IEEE, and they had a Mac address. So many of the vaccinated individuals have been shown now to emit Mac addresses. So this is literally what connects them via their cell phone to the cloud and is used for the fusion of artificial intelligence with humanity.​ https://arcaluinoe.info/en/blog/2024-05-25-8dmv24x4/

    ​Steve Kirsch, NOBODY can explain what happened at Apple Valley Village
    Apple Valley Village Health Care center had 0% COVID death rate before the shots rolled out, but a 30% death rate from COVID **AFTER** the “lifesaving” vaccines rolled out. Nobody can explain it.​ https://kirschsubstack.com/p/nobody-can-explain-what-happened

    #160997
    John Day
    Participant

    ​Meryl Nass MD, Desperately seeking a bird flu death, WHO claimed one in Mexico (H5N2)–but the Mexican health minister called bullshit: man died of other causes https://merylnass.substack.com/p/desperately-seeking-a-bird-flu-death

    Dr. Nass, Finland to offer bird flu vaccine to select groups of people, a possible global first–but will they tell the human subjects that 5x as many people who got the Audenz bird flu vaccine vs placebo died? They are targeting farm workers. https://merylnass.substack.com/p/finland-to-offer-bird-flu-vaccine

    Dr. Nass, H5N8 Bird Flu vaccine shipping to EU: up to 40 million doses of an untested vaccine designed for a disease that does not exist
    The regulators really are criminals. Read their own marketing authorization.
    ​ No preclinical safety data are available with Zoonotic Influenza Vaccine Seqirus H5N8
    Information for the user starts on page 26 and at best it would be called misleading. It says “ask your doctor or nurse” about various things—however the information provided to doctors and nurses, which I excerpted from above, fails to answer the questions.
    ​ Below I include the regulators’ risk management plan. It explains how the regulators will avoid risk to themselves for authorizing this product.
    They have 2 strategies:
    ​1) Disclose possible side effects (purely through guesswork since they product has apparently never been given to humans or they would have clinical data) in the label
    ​2) Fail to make any special efforts to collect data regarding any of these specific, named, feared side effects.​ https://merylnass.substack.com/p/h5n8-bird-flu-vaccine-shipping-to

    ​ More from Dr. Nass, I did not make clear how bad the risk management plan (RMP) was for the H5N8 Sequirus bird flu “vaccine” so let me lay it out with the entire plan before you. Apologies. It was late last night. This is truly terrible. And the EMA transposed its RMP for Sequirus’ H5N1 onto the H5N8 vaccine. https://merylnass.substack.com/p/i-did-not-make-clear-how-bad-the

    Peter McCullough MD, A Landmark Victory for Physicians and Patients – and the First Amendment – in AAPS v. ABIM
    Appellate Decision Sides with Physicians Rights to Free Speech​ https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/a-landmark-victory-for-physicians

    #160998
    John Day
    Participant

    Kyle Young presents more satellite weather images and videos of stacks of chemtrails hundreds of miles long, perpendicular to clouds, and strange static crescent formations above land, which the weather passes through, while clouds deform. He includes NASA’s last 2 year old ionospheric image, just before the crescent shaped “cymatics” started.
    ​ More ​Cymatics/​HAARP/​Chemtrail juju​ https://secularheretic.substack.com/p/more-cymaticshaarpchemtrail-juju

    ​ We raised our “kids” (30-35 now) without their own “devices, probably the last generation to not have flip phones until high school. This “influencer” gave up her career and left those devices behind completely. Turning the Algorithm Upside Down: The Opt-Out Family, An interview with former social media influencer Erin Loechner https://schooloftheunconformed.substack.com/p/turning-the-algorithm-upside-down

    #160999
    Dr. D
    Participant

    There is no end to what’s crazy about it, something new each day, but what’s crazy about it is when you say something like, “I’m still a Liberal and I totally support Obama’s firm view that we should have legalized immigration, and Bernie Sanders agrees with me that importing free labor is a Koch Brothers plot to destroy the working class.”

    …One day after that is no longer “The Narrative™”.

    Bernie Sanders?

    Barack Obama?

    (Band screeches to a cacophonous halt)

    Down my brotha’?

    Agree with AOC?

    Foreign Wars are a Capitalist plot on the proletariat and only hurt the poor? (Silence)

    Quoting Obama says Ukraine is a trap and we can’t succeed there? Foreign wars only profit rich Republicans and are only wanted by dreadful warmongering Neocons like Dick Cheney?

    (Crowd slow rises and starts edging you to the door. In the back, someone picks up a bat.)

    Okay, like HOW does this flip, IN ONE DAY. In one HOUR? There isn’t even TIME for everyone to have “Got the Memo” on their blue square as I like to say.

    Remember Comey? Was anti-Hillary until THE NEXT DAY, 12 hours later, attacking Comey was then treason and made you a Nazi, WHILE he was still anti-Hillary, but he was ALSO pro-Trump, while he was Anti-Trump, because Trump was removing him, for being Pro-Hillary. He was Pro-Hillary because he caused her to lose the election, because the Russians caused her to lose elections, because Comey was Anti-Trump, which is why he’s removed by Trump, but is anti-Hillary, but is totally not Pro-Russian. Now he’s on TV. Neither pro or anti Hillary, Trump, or Russia. None of the three happened.

    Here’s the problem: ALL THIS HAPPENS AT THE SAME TIME. Inside the same people: ask them. What was true last SENTENCE, much less an hour ago, is the Opposite now, and you’re a fiend and a bastard, a traitor, if you so much as ask for clarity. I mean IF they would deliver it at “5 Minutes of Hate” meetings, I could go and keep up with today’s Party, but it isn’t, and you can’t be pro-infinity immigration and Pro Worker’s Party because they’re Opposites. That is, there’s no discussion unless you can be similarly illogical and irrational IN THE SAME WAY as the listener. It’s not enough to do it. It’s not enough to also be insane. It has to be THE SAME insane, and if you’ve ever visited a mental ward, you can see this in action. They all fight MORE than with the guards. And if you play along with the street schizophrenic and claim to see the same things he does, he suspicious and doesn’t believe you.

    And you’re right: like other mental illnesses, all things said ever no longer matter. All evidence, facts, etc all personal experience collected over a lifetime: gone, Poof. Never were. They have in a real and even technical sense: Abuse has driven them Insane. They are insane, checked out, aren’t coming back, from the trauma and internal conflict, and if you try to make them they’ll attack you.

    In a way that’s intelligent — I feel pretty abused for example — but in another way certainly not. But one thing we know about being insane, it’s not exactly voluntary. https://youtu.be/TEWZpUhDu8g?t=2926
    (Sorry couldn’t find the clip shorter, and yes that’s DeForest Kelly. To 52:05.)

    This is what happens when people lose their minds. From abuse and trauma. And this is the other side’s specialty, studied for centuries on us. They also know women are more susceptible to it, and that men will die to protect them, so both have to be divided, diverted, countered, and dealt with.

    Same old plan: divide, Kill all the men. Then rape all the women. All the kids are now yours.

    #161004
    aspnaz
    Participant

    jb-hb said

    I feel like this is saying something about our current troubles. A large portion of the population believing things AND knowing they are not true, but if someone SAYS it, they are speaking profanities, are profane.

    Churchill, Roosevelt, Truman and Stalin all wrote memoirs of World War 2, none of them ever mentioned the Jew Holocaust in their memoirs, never even insinuated it. Isn’t that strange, them being the heroes that saved the Jews yet they never mention it, hiding their talents under a bushel.

    #161005
    WES
    Participant

    So the Eisenhower isn’t talking, eh?
    Sure was talking a lot before about how they were pounding the Houthis!
    Houthis have gone silent, drinking their tea now.
    Biden clarifying US missile just over the Russian border.
    We are seeing the narrative changing.
    The Eisenhower was badly damaged.

    Notice there is no talk about Ukraine being short shells or anything else except manpower.
    Man power = Military supplies.
    It is becoming harder for Russia to kill Ukrainians because there are less of them.
    War to the last Ukrainian, still has several years to go.
    US not finished killing yet.

    Electricity and water needed in Ukraine’s cities to support life there.
    Towns and villages, not so much.
    Going long on outhouse futures.
    Running water = 2 arms, a back, and 2 legs.

    Are all the Ukrainian trucks now driven by the Polish?
    Ukrainian/Polish trucker protests seemed to have disappeared.
    Drafting Ukrainian truckers and hiring Polish truck drivers would nicely solve this dispute.

    Ike! Are you still here?

    #161006
    Celticbiker
    Participant

    You humans who think you live in sovereign countries…how come you have no borders? Because you’ve been NWO since WW2. Your whole fuckin life. Tough to notice when you’re fat. complacent and up to your eyeballs in consumerism, fed no stop bullshit and lies on jewtube, mindfuck TV. Well the party’s over, in case you have’nt noticed. Rich, vindictive jews are spending good money to bring in your replacements. while they vaccinate you and watch you die. Kunstler’s full of shit. Facing a dismal reality requires resolve and integrity. I pray each day that White people understand and accept this..and act upon it. No one else will. That;s why they’re killing us off/

    #161007
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Without electricity and water UkroNaziland has-no-economy

    The country folk don’t matter, they are a minority of the population plus ny agricultural product can’t be refrigerated or distributed to stores without power.

    Russians going after ‘aggregate’ plants.

    ‘Aggregate’ plants crush the stone for road repair material. Very hard to fix infrastructure damage without aggregate. Important part of concrete.

    In bug-swat boondock UkroNaziland, just a few children, a bunch of ancient elderly, and some women to do all the agriculture, without electricity.

    Good luck with that plan.

    UkroNaziland has no GDP to speak of, it’s being levitated by Collective West borrowed “money”, printed yesterday.

    The Great Massive Super-duper “Defensive Line” that was suppose to stop the Russian Tide up at Kharkov was all EMBEZZLED……

    Hahahahahahaha!

    Way ta go…….

    UkroNazi Can-Do Spirit

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    #161008
    Doc Robinson
    Participant
  • John Day: “I cannot find any new information on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower”

    FWIW, a news source in Yemen reported this today:

    The US forces decided to evacuate the aircraft carrier “USS Eisenhower,” and satellite images confirm the extent of the damage it suffered and its removal from service, relocating it to the Saudi shores far from Yemen and the Bab Al-Mandeb Strait after months of being stationed there.

    The Yemeni forces did not stop there but continued their operations intensively against American battleships. The Central Command of the US, which was responsible for detecting these battleships, had to withdraw a second vessel from the Red Sea despite the void left by the tow of the “Eisenhower.”

    The American presence in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and even the Arabian Sea has almost become non-existent. During the last hours, the Yemeni forces carried out several operations from the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea, and the American forces were the absent party from the theater operationally and intelligence-wise, and they did not issue any reports about what happened. This is one of the rare times when America is not present, even by monitoring.

    Now that America has been neutralized, even if temporarily, the Yemeni forces have now shifted their focus to the second ally in the new coalition of aggression against Yemen. In their latest statement, the official spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, confirmed the targeting of the only British destroyer, “HMS Diamond,” amid reports of it being hit again.

    What are the motives behind Yemen’s focus on British battleships
    https://alkhabaralyemeni.net/2024/06/11/264955/

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