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Trump and ‘Our Democracy’: When A Political System Becomes A Meme (Johnston)
Trump Says He’s ‘OK’ With Serving Potential Jail Term (RT)
Maher: If Trump Goes To Jail There Will Be A Racial Civil War (MN)
Trump Campaign Raises Staggering $200 Million Since Thursday Conviction (ZH)
US Secret Service Reacts To Trump’s Criminal Conviction (ZH)
The Deepfake Privilege? (Turley)
‘Leader of the Free World’ Permits Genocide And Global Annihilation (SCF)
Biden Doesn’t Want To Be Responsible For WW3 – White House (RT)
Germany Bickers Over How to Get ‘Fit for War’ as Ukraine Drains Coffers (Sp.)
Saudi Arabia Won’t Attend ‘Ukraine Conference’ as Russia is Not Invited (Sp.)
Alex Jones Repels Ambush Seizure Of Infowars, Sleeps In Studio (ZH)
Boeing Enters ‘New Territory’ With Federal Probe, Possible Criminal Charges (ET)

 

 

 

 

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The largest organization in the history of the world: the US goverment

 

 

“German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock seriously stated at the Green party congress that her grandparents gave peace in Europe a second chance. It follows from this that now we cannot deviate from traditions and we must continue to support Ukraine for the sake of peace – “as long as it needs us.” Only the grandfather of the respected minister was not at all in the peacekeeping detachment, but, like a true Nazi, bravely defended the interests of the Third Reich. Yes, a minor nuance.”

 

 

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Jim Rickards: U.S. is set to steal Russian-owned Treasury securities at the G7 summit in Italy on June 13. That theft will not destroy the Treasury market overnight. It will actually do something far worse. I explain in this new interview with @DanielaCambone

“Russia could retaliate by freezing the entire Western clearance system, warns Jim Richards, New York Times bestselling author. In an exclusive interview with Daniela Cambone, Richards explains that if Western countries seize Russian assets, Russia could sue Euroclear, the largest clearing, settlement, and custody organization in Europe, to recover damages. “You could throw a monkey wrench into the entire global clearance and settlement system by disrupting Euroclear, which is probably second only to DTCC in terms of settlement and clearance.” Additionally, Richards states that we may need to return to the gold standard to restore confidence in the U.S. dollar. “But if you have to go back to a gold standard, $27,000 would have to be the price in order to avoid massive deflation.”

 

 

 

 

The more people talk about democracy, the less of it there is.

Trump and ‘Our Democracy’: When A Political System Becomes A Meme (Johnston)

The verdict in Donald Trump’s hush money trial has bestirred the usual characters in all the predictable ways. And never far from anybody’s lips is the word ‘democracy’. “Donald Trump is threatening our democracy,” President Joe Biden himself opined, calling the ex-president’s questioning of the verdict “dangerous.“ The editorial board of the New York Times lauded the “remarkable display of the democratic principles” on display in convicting a former president, arguing that this proves that even men as powerful as Trump are not above the law. The word democracy is everywhere in the Western world these days. Hardly a day goes by without pleas to defend it, protect it, fight against its sworn enemies, or celebrate its virtues with pompous clichés. Precise and neutral usage has given way to an ideological tinge that is as electrified as it is vague. One senses the word is invoked in defense of a certain decaying America-led order and the elite institutions that uphold it – and yet, like its cousin the ‘rules-based-order’, it is never quite defined. In the 2024 US presidential election, we are told, democracy itself is on the ballot. Whatever that means.

If Trump is the archetypal demonic figure in the eyes of polite society, democracy is the bulwark against him. Democracy has been imbued with a primitive metaphysical potency that almost seems a stand-in for religious faith. Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address contained an exhortation to cure cancer once and for all, followed immediately by a grand summation of what has underpinned all American successes for all time – and, implicitly, will underpin futures ones, such as curing cancer. “Folks, there’s one reason why we’ve been able to do all of these things: our democracy itself.” Biden concluded: “With democracy, everything is possible. Without it, nothing is.” Turn back the clock a century or so, replace the word ‘democracy’ with ‘the grace of God’ and give the same speech and nobody would bat an eye. Democracy is a shield against accusations of wrongdoing. The defense being mounted against the war crimes charges facing the Israeli leadership is that the country is a democracy. As if how a government elects its leaders somehow changes the laws of war.

But what is curious is that this nauseating ubiquity of the word democracy has coincided with a period of deep dysfunction in actual self-proclaimed democracies. The more it is talked about, the less it seems to work and the larger the chasm between what is proclaimed and what is practiced. Many of the countries most vocally proclaiming democracy are the ones at the forefront of implementing highly undemocratic policies. It would be easy to become carried away pointing out the blatant hypocrisy in the Western embrace of all things democratic while at the same time leaning hard into authoritarian tendencies. Take your pick of stories: Earlier this month, for example, a German court rejected an AfD complaint about the classification of its youth organization as an extremist movement, meaning Germany’s domestic intelligence service can continue to monitor the activities and communications of the party itself. This was hailed as a victory by the government. “Today’s ruling shows that we are a democracy that can be defended,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said.

Clearly, for the current Western elites, democracy has come to mean a system not intended to be run democratically in response to the will of the people, but run by self-proclaimed democrats. But more interesting than simply laying out further instances of double standards and hypocrisy is to seek to grasp what explains the proliferation of democracy as a meme in exact proportion to the decline of the real thing. After all, the word democracy wasn’t always on the tip of every politician’s lips. Even Woodrow Wilson, the consummate evangelist of the American political order, whose “make the world safe for democracy” quote is now indelibly associated with his name, did not play loose with facile references to the political system through which everything is apparently possible. At the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 upon the conclusion of World War I, Wilson’s opening speech contained only one passing and modest reference to democracy. And yet at that time, America could much more reasonably than now lay claim to being the world’s preeminent democracy. What to make of this paradox?

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‘You don’t beg for anything..”

Trump Says He’s ‘OK’ With Serving Potential Jail Term (RT)

Former US President Donald Trump says he is “OK” with serving potential jail time or being under house arrest over his 34 convictions for falsifying business records. Any punishment, however, is not likely to be taken lightly by the public, he added. The ex-president made the remarks in an interview with Fox News aired Sunday. Asked about the potential punishments, Trump said he is “ok with it.” “I saw one of my lawyers the other day on television saying, ‘Oh no, you don’t want to do that to the president.’ I said, ‘You don’t beg for anything,’” he stated, suggesting, however, that the potential punishments would anger his supporters. “I don’t think the public would stand it. I’m not sure the public would stand for it.”

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Trump reiterated his take on the case against him regarding alleged ‘hush money’ payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels in the wake of the 2016 election and the falsified paperwork to hide them, dismissing it as politically-motivated persecution. “People get it. It’s a scam. And the Republican Party… they’ve stuck together in this. They see it’s a weaponization of the Justice Department of the FBI and that’s all coming out of Washington,” he said. The former president was found guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records by a Manhattan jury on Thursday. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of four years behind bars. Trump’s legal team has already vowed to appeal, with the ex-president saying the “real verdict” will be delivered by the public in the election on November 5. Trump is now the first US president to be convicted of a felony. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 11, just ahead of the Republican National Convention.

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Not sure race will be the dividing line.

Brett Tolman: “I predict he will give him some jail time, I think he will fine him, he’ll give him a stern lecture and then he’ll promptly plan his retirement and a book deal..”

Maher: If Trump Goes To Jail There Will Be A Racial Civil War (MN)

HBO ‘Real Time’ host Bill Maher has predicted that if Donald Trump is sentenced to any prison time, there will be a civil war that will quickly evolve into a race war because of MAGA supporters. “Here’s the key question: Is he going to go to jail? Would this judge dare do that?” Maher said, adding “And should he? I heard some people say if his name wasn’t Donald Trump he would definitely get jail time.” “MAGA nation will go nuts. I don’t know if that’s a reason to or not to do something, but they will,” Maher continued during the discussion with former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod. Maher went on to suggest that “because the judge’s name was Juan,” putting Trump in jail would lead to racial political violence.

“Everything becomes racial in this country. That’s partly because of our horrible, despicable racial past, partly because some of that racism lives on in the present and some of it because the far left makes everything racial. But that’s what it’s going to be.” Maher further posited. “A civil war in this country, I’m sorry to say, becomes a race war. That’s the sad truth about this country,” the host continued, adding “And if they put him in jail, I mean, the first thing his supporters are going to say is, ‘Oh, that’s what it is.’ A Black district attorney. You know, all these people who are the district attorneys, they’re black. The judge was not White. This is what it is.”

As we highlighted earlier this week, former US Attorney for the District of Utah Brett L. Tolman is adament that Judge Merchan will give Trump jail time. “This judge has considerable power now, on July 11th he has the power to take Trump forthwith, he can take him, put him in custody right then and he can do it for whatever period of time,” said Tolman, warning that despite there being a range of sentencing, “the rules are out the window, who knows what this judge will do.” “I predict he will give him some jail time, I think he will fine him, he’ll give him a stern lecture and then he’ll promptly plan his retirement and a book deal,” concluded Tolman.

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“Biden and his Democrat allies have turned our legal system into a political tool, and Americans from every corner of the country have had enough..”

Trump Campaign Raises Staggering $200 Million Since Thursday Conviction (ZH)

If Democrats needed further confirmation that prosecuting Donald Trump on an obscure misdemeanor elevated to a felony just for him… (while the same DA reduced 60% of felonies to misdemeanors last year), the Trump campaign has raised over $200 million since Thursday’s verdict in the former president’s New York ‘hush money’ trial. Of that, $70 million was from small donors, and 30% of the total were first-time donors to a political campaign, Eric Trump told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. “I mean, these are Americans who are p*ssed off, said the younger Trump. “They’re coming out of the woodwork and they want to support a guy that they just believe is getting bamboozled by a system. “We saw it with Impeachment one, we saw it with Impeachment two, we see it where they weaponize every liberal DA and AG across the country with one intent: To take him down, to slander him, to ruin his reputation, to try and divide his family, to try and bankrupt him, to throw him in jail, to do whatever the hell they can do,” he added.

“America sees through it. They know exactly what’s going on.” As the Post Millennial notes further; The $200 million was raised in a matter of just three days, which far surpasses any amount raised by President Biden’s campaign in a similar time frame. Within 24 hours of President Trump’s guilty verdict, the Trump campaign received $53 million in donations. The Biden campaign raised a total of $51 million for all of April. According to a Friday statement by Trump campaign officials Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita, “Biden and his Democrat allies have turned our legal system into a political tool, and Americans from every corner of the country have had enough,” adding “This momentum is just getting started and together, as President Trump stated perfectly, Americans will render the real verdict on November 5.”

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“..other 77-year-old, first-time offenders would never be sent to prison for this conduct.”

US Secret Service Reacts To Trump’s Criminal Conviction (ZH)

The US Secret Service on Friday said that Donald Trump’s conviction in his ‘hush money’ trial will have “no bearing” on whether the agency will protect him. According to the agency, “today’s outcome has no bearing on the manner in which the United States Secret Service carries out its protective mission,” adding that “our security measures will proceed unchanged,” the Epoch Times’ Jack Phillips reports. Trump was convicted on 34 felony counts for falsifying business records in connection with a 2016 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. He will face sentencing on July 11, during which Judge Juan Merchan could toss the former president in jail. Prosecutors have not indicated whether they will push for this, while Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg (who downgraded 60% of felonies in his district to misdemeanors, while elevating a an obscure, rarely prosecuted crime to a felony in Trump’s case).

As the Epoch Times notes, several weeks ago, the Secret Service issued a similar statement to The Epoch Times regarding how it would handle the former president’s security if he were jailed, coming after Judge Merchan warned him that he would be prepared to send him to jail over comments that he said violated his earlier gag order. On May 8, the agency responded to questions about how the Secret Service would respond if President Trump were jailed, saying that “under federal law, the United States Secret Service must provide protection for current government leaders, former Presidents and First Ladies, visiting heads of state and other individuals designated by the President of the United States.” That comment also didn’t go into specifics about how it would handle security. At the time, the spokesperson did not respond to a question about whether a Secret Service agent could be stationed in a cell with the former president.

“For all settings around the world, we study locations and develop comprehensive and layered protective models that incorporate state-of-the-art technology, protective intelligence, and advanced security tactics to safeguard our protectees,” the spokesperson said. “Beyond that, we do not comment on specific protective operations.” The lead attorney for President Trump, Todd Blanche, told CNN that he thinks the former president should not face prison time, in part due to his age. President Trump, 77, also has no prior convictions, he noted. “There’s a system in place where you rely on precedent, and somebody like President Trump should never, never face a jail sentence based on this conduct,” Mr. Blanche said. “And it would just kind of confirm what we’ve been saying all along,” he continued. “And a lot of people say that we’re wrong and that we’re missing key pieces. But other 77-year-old, first-time offenders would never be sent to prison for this conduct.”

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“..the legal version of a deepfake — misrepresenting the law to mislead citizens into believing that they are better off with less information..”

The Deepfake Privilege? (Turley)

We have been discussing the dubious constitutional basis for President Joe Biden withholding the audio tapes of his interview with special counsel Robert Hur. I have previously written that the claim of privilege makes little sense when the transcript of the interview has already been released. It seems curious that Biden is claiming to be the president “who cannot be heard” in withholding the audio version. It just got wackier as the Justice Department seeks to create a new type of “Deepfake privilege” that would effectively blow away all existing limits on the use of the privilege when it comes to audio or visual records of a president. Multiple committees are investigating Biden for possible impeachment and conducting oversight on the handling of the investigation into his retention and mishandling of classified material over decades. Classified documents were found in various locations where Biden lived or worked, including his garage. The mishandling of classified material is uncontestable. Broken boxes, unprotected areas and lack of tracking are all obvious from the photos.

Biden made the situation even worse with a disastrous press conference in which he attacked Hur and misrepresented his findings. Hur’s ultimate conclusion that Biden’s diminished cognitive abilities would undermine any prosecution left many dumbfounded. After all, the man who is too feeble to prosecute is not only running a superpower with a massive nuclear arsenal but running for reelection to add four more years in office. From impeachment to oversight to the 25th Amendment (allowing the removal of a president for incapacities), there are ample reasons for Congress to demand information and evidence from the government on these questions. Congress is also interested in looking at repeated omissions for “inaudible” statements. Under this sweeping theory that Biden can legitimately withhold these recordings under executive privilege, any president could withhold any evidence of incapacity or criminality. As previously explained, the claim that the audiotape but not the transcript remains privileged is hard to square with precedent or logic. However, now the Justice Department appears to be pivoting with a new claim with a late Friday filing.

The filing obtained by Politico states that the audiotape must be withheld due to the risk that it could be altered by artificial intelligence and passed off as authentic in a deepfake release: “The passage of time and advancements in audio, artificial intelligence, and ‘deep fake’ technologies only amplify concerns about malicious manipulation of audio files.” Consider the implications of that argument for a second. It would mean that any visual or audio recording of the President could be withheld due to the danger of digital or other manipulation. It would eviscerate any existing limits on privilege assertions. It is also absurd since you could create such fake recordings using the transcript and Biden’s voice from countless interviews through AI programs. The Justice Department acknowledges that obvious logical disconnect by noting that the release would make any fake version more credible. “To be sure, other raw material to create a deepfake of President Biden’s voice is already available, but release of the audio recording presents unique risks: if it were public knowledge that the audio recording has been released, it becomes easier for malicious actors to pass off an altered file as the true recording,.”

The filing is logically and legally absurd. It is also dangerous. For a president who is already carefully insulated from questions and controlled in public appearances, the argument would allow staff to completely control any public or, more importantly, congressional review of his actual speech and discourse. In seeking to prevent “malicious actors” from altering reality, the government is claiming the right to frame reality as an inherent constitutional prerogative. The argument ignores that, if an audiotape is released, it is harder to pass off a fake as genuine. As it stands, actors can claim tapes as leaked or derived from other sources. In the absence of an official tape, such arguments can be difficult to refute. The fact that this spurious argument is being made by Merrick Garland’s Justice Department is another disappointing sign that he has abandoned his pledge to remain apolitical in office. This litigation is clearly designed for one overriding purpose: to delay any release until after the election when it cannot harm the President. It is the legal version of a deepfake — misrepresenting the law to mislead citizens into believing that they are better off with less information on the credibility and competence of their president.

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“If there is any hope, it may be that the abominable reality galvanizes the world to rise up against this criminal system and the war criminals that lord it in high office..”

‘Leader of the Free World’ Permits Genocide And Global Annihilation (SCF)

The nadir of Washington’s hypocrisy and collusion was seen following the massacres in Rafah this week. The Biden White House said the mass murder did not cross any supposed red lines that might cause Washington to end its huge military and financial support for the Israeli regime. Only a few weeks ago, the Biden administration was ostensibly warning Israel not to proceed with its offensive plans in southern Gaza. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken exhibited depraved psychopathy when he spoke during a visit to Moldova and claimed that it wasn’t clear if American weapons were used in the Rafah bloodbath. He went on to use weasel words to justify mass murder, saying: “I think we also see that even limited, focused, targeted attacks designed to deal with terrorists who killed innocent civilians that are plotting to kill more, even those kinds of operations can have terrible, horrific, unintended consequences.”

European powers are equally contemptible. Following the Israeli onslaught in Rafah, European figures like French President Emmanuel Macron and the European Union’s foreign affairs minister Josep Borrell voiced criticism of Israeli violence. Nevertheless, the European Union and its main members continue to provide vital military support and political cover for the Israeli regime to perpetuate the slaughter. In the news this week were moves by European states Ireland, Norway and Spain to recognize Palestinian statehood. However, such moves are tokenism and ineffective in halting the genocide. European “values” are worthless, if ambiguous. Ambiguity on Gaza is not for the Americans though. US complicity is flagrant and barbaric. The White House and Congress have boorishly dismissed the orders by the International Court of Justice and ICC as “outrageous”, insisting with barefaced perversion that “there is no genocide” in Gaza.

Washington has even threatened to impose sanctions on these legal bodies for daring to hold the Israeli regime to account. No doubt, part of the logic here is a concern that the United States and its Western accomplices could also eventually be indicted for complicity in Israel’s war crimes. The double standards and hypocrisy of the United States and its European partners are off the charts. Only a few months ago, they were hailing the ICC issuing an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine. There is no credible basis for such an indictment against the Russian leader unlike the overwhelming evidence for genocide by Israel in Gaza with full support from the US and Europe.

There are very sound reasons why Biden has become known as “Genocide Joe” in the eyes of a large section of the American and European population. Further mocking his credentials as “leader of the free world”, Biden has overseen the arrests of thousands of American students who have bravely held protests on university campuses across the US against the genocide that their government and taxes are enabling. The moral bankruptcy of Biden and the rest of the ruling elite in the United States and Europe is proven beyond all doubt by the ongoing support for genocide in Gaza. Not one of these self-proclaimed champions of the “rules-based order” has stood up unequivocally on the side of justice. Confirming their moral decrepitude, Biden and virtually all of the Western establishment are moving to escalate the NATO proxy war in Ukraine by sponsoring a NeoNazi regime to hit Russia with long-range ballistic weapons.

The criminals have become insane in their warmongering and gambling with a potential nuclear conflagration. President Putin warned that such relentless escalation would have dire consequences. That’s not a bluff or idle warning. The savagery of Western imperialism has become a full-blown disease – again. World War One and Two were earlier pandemics of this disease. It is threatening the world once more in the obscene disguise of “democracy, freedom and rule of law”. But that threadbare disguise is as transparent as it is grotesque. The diabolical image of a distraught Palestinian father holding up the body of a decapitated baby is the horrific reality of Western imperialism. There is no restraint in what this psychopathic system is capable of permitting – the genocide of millions and ultimately global annihilation. If there is any hope, it may be that the abominable reality galvanizes the world to rise up against this criminal system and the war criminals that lord it in high office.

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All that’s left is semantics.

Biden Doesn’t Want To Be Responsible For WW3 – White House (RT)

President Joe Biden does not want the standoff with Russia over Ukraine to trigger a global war, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby has said. He made his statement days after the White House confirmed that Biden had granted Kiev permission to use US-supplied weapons systems for strikes deep inside Russia. Ukraine had requested to ease the restrictions on the use of foreign arms after Russian troops launched a new offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Kharkov Region last month and have captured several villages along the border. “We’ve been concerned about escalation since the very beginning of this war. And those concerns remain valid,” Kirby told ABC News on Sunday. “The president has said he does not want to be responsible for starting World War III. We’re not looking for a conflict with Russia, another nuclear power.” Kirby said that Biden “had understood all of the ramifications” of allowing Kiev to use American weapons “for counter-fire purposes.” He reiterated that Ukrainians were only permitted to target bases, artillery positions and other military sites “that Russians were using to create some sort of buffer zones.”

The White House previously clarified that the ban on the use of the “ATACMS [missiles] or long-range strikes inside of Russia has not changed.” Russia, however, said that Kiev had already been using ATACMS and other long-range weapons to hit targets in Crimea, the Donbass, as well as the regions of Zaporozhye and Kherson. Kiev and its Western backers continue to view these recently incorporated Russian territories as Ukrainian land. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the goal of the operation in the Kharkov Region is aimed at stopping frequent Ukrainian cross-border mortar and missile attacks on Belgorod and other Russian cities. Moscow has no plans of seizing the city of Kharkov itself, he told reporters during his trip to China last month. Moscow has repeatedly warned that the deliveries of heavy weapons to Ukraine from the West would not deter the Russian forces. Russia stressed, however, that military aid to Kiev leads to dangerous escalation. In an interview with US journalist Tucker Carlson in February, Putin said it is unthinkable for anyone to drag the world into a new global war. “A global war would put the whole of humanity on the brink of survival,” he said.

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The German army could last for, what was it, 3 hours?!

Germany Bickers Over How to Get ‘Fit for War’ as Ukraine Drains Coffers (Sp.)

Tension is brewing between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his increasingly pugnacious defense chief Boris Pistorius, Bloomberg reported. The dispute between the two is rooted in their different visions for how Germany should rebuild its armed forces and revitalize its defense. Pistorius’ “tub-thumping” war rhetoric is fraught with potential trouble for his fellow Social Democrat Scholz ahead of next year’s elections, the outlet noted. Public messaging from the two sees Scholz using plying the word “peace” more often. Campaign posters for June’s European elections featuring Scholz emblazoned with the word “Frieden” (“Peace”). Pistorius, on the other hand, is avidly beating the “war” drum. The Bundeswehr needs to get “ready for war,” Pistorius said in an interview last year for Welt am Sonntag.

“It will take time for the defense industry to ramp up its capacities. We now have around five to eight years to catch up – both regarding the armed forces, industry and society,” he stated. Not that the two men are not on the same page when it comes to supporting the Kiev regime. Germany is one of the biggest cheerleaders of NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine, sending over 10 billion euros in military and economic support to Kiev. But its own Bundeswehr is both aging and shrinking. Modernizing the armed forces and covering maintenance costs for military equipment have become a challenge. This is where the war rhetoric comes in. Pistorius has been arguing the alleged “Russia threat” to urge the chancellor to dramatically hike up military spending. His language has been peppered with militaristic language that has not been heard from a German politician in the decades after World War II.

Scholz announced a “Zeitenwende” or “historic turning point” in 2022 when the Ukraine crisis escalated. He pledged to revive Germany’s military, but ambitious plans have since been mired in spending squabbles and the need to pump weapons and cash to the Kiev regime. Accordingly, the chancellor’s 100-billion-euro ($109 billion) defense fund “has already been fully allocated and will have been spent by 2027,” the publication noted. The 100-billion-euro fund was announced by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to improve the country’s defense capabilities shortly after the start of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine in February 2022. The fund was approved by the German parliament in June of that year. In January 2023, Pistorius told the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that the fund would not be enough for Germany to modernize its troops and called for an increase of 10 billion euros per year in the German defense budget. The defense minister has so far been unable to secure the extra funding.

Recently, several public disagreements have shone light on the growing distance between the two men. Scholz again rejected Pistorius’ request for greater defense spending, with Robert Habeck, vice chancellor from the Greens, and Finance Minister Christian Lindner all opting for belt-tightening. It should be noted that Germany has a so-called “debt brake” that restricts the federal deficit to 0.35 percent of GDP. Pistorius argued that “expenditure for defense and civil protection should not be included” in those rules. His statement was made during a trip to the US. “Unfortunately, Mr. Pistorius is only singling out the option of creating security through debt. The citizens would thus be saddled with more and more permanent interest burdens. The better way is to reallocate money in our large state budget and get the economy moving,” Christian Linder shot back.

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China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and counting.

Saudi Arabia Won’t Attend ‘Ukraine Conference’ as Russia is Not Invited (Sp.)

Saudi Arabia will not attend the Swiss-hosted peace conference on Ukraine in June because Russia will not be represented, German news agency DPA reported on Sunday, citing Saudi diplomatic sources. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Saudi Arabia, scheduled for past Saturday, may now take place after the “peace conference” in Switzerland, the report read. Riyadh has not yet officially announced its decision not to attend the conference. Switzerland will host the summit on Ukraine not far off from the city of Lucerne from June 15-16. In April, the spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Bern, Vladimir Khokhlov, told Sputnik that Russia was not invitied to the summit, adding that Moscow had no plans to participate in the event even if invited.

China and Brazil have also refused to take part in the conference. Even Washington, despite being its main proponent, cannot say who will represent the US. President Joe Biden is due to attend a Hollywood fundraising gala for his re-election campaign instead. Since the start of the special military operation in 2022, Moscow has said many times that it was ready to negotiate with Ukraine. Russian and Ukrainian delegations held several rounds of peace talks in the early days of the conflict, but the negotiation failed, with Kiev legislating a ban on further peace talks. Western countries have been calling on Russia to engage in negotiations with Ukraine, but at the same time the West keeps ignoring Kiev’s continuous refusal of dialogue.

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“..different groups involved in the bankruptcy that will be exposed soon have literally made a move to shut this place down and end my show..”

Alex Jones Repels Ambush Seizure Of Infowars, Sleeps In Studio (ZH)

One day after Donald Trump was convicted of 34 felonies in his ‘hush money’ trial, a court-appointed officer overseeing the Infowars bankruptcy apparently went rogue on Friday and tried to seize and shut down Alex Jones’ studio without a court order, despite having a reported “path with the [bankruptcy] judge to continue on for years.” On Saturday, Jones held a four hour X space, in which supporters including Gen. Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon and Roger Stone commented on the situation. All three suggested that Jones stand his ground and peacefully resist. According to commentator and attorney, ‘Viva Frei’ (David Freiheit), the court-appointed Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO) in the Infowars bankruptcy, Patrick Magill, “showed up to lock the place down,” adding “and apparently in the absence of a court order.”

“This is going to be Infowars’ last show, because I learned yesterday that they were going to padlock the door and kick us out last night,” Jones said during the Saturday space. “They are trying to shut us down,” Jones told us when reached for comment. A CRO is typically appointed during times of significant financial stress, and is tasked with overseeing the restructuring companies in bankruptcy. On Saturday, Jones suggested that his legal team had come to terms with the judge in the bankruptcy proceedings regarding a long-term timeline for transition, and was instead surprised with an ambush by Magill to seize his studio. “They want us shut down because in bankruptcy and what was happening we have a path with the judge to continue on for years, and the judge has signaled that. So, different groups involved in the bankruptcy that will be exposed soon have literally made a move to shut this place down and end my show,” Jones said.

In March, tensions came to a boil between Jones’ legal team and Magill, after a company managed and partially owned by Jones’ father, PQPR Holdings Limited, LLC asked the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas to replace Magill with a new CRO – days after accusing Magill of acting unprofessionally and in a dysfunctional manner. PQPR has been accused of receiving millions in payments from Jones’ Free Speech Systems while families of Sandy Hook Elementary School students attempt to collect $1.5 billion worth of legal judgements against Jones and Infowars. In a court filing, PQPR slammed Magill’s decision to replace the company’s lead bankruptcy attorney with someone new, after the CRO accused attorney Ray Battaglia of hindering progress on the bankrupcy. Jones says Magill is trying to “obviously and maliciously” entrap him, per Frei, in order to “facilitate the shutting down of Infowars.”

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“They killed 346 people over money and nothing else.”

Boeing Enters ‘New Territory’ With Federal Probe, Possible Criminal Charges (ET)

When a door panel ripped off an Alaskan Airlines flight after takeoff on Jan. 5, Boeing’s fortunes changed overnight. Had the company gone just two more days without an incident, it would have satisfied a settlement to avoid criminal prosecution by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Instead, the accident triggered investigations by federal agencies and congressional hearings. The incident also renewed public scrutiny of Boeing and the 737 MAX 8 crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed everyone on board and led to criminal charges for the company. Boeing has since seen a significant financial fallout, reporting a $355 million loss and a near-50 percent drop in deliveries in the first quarter alone. The company also faces plummeting stock values and canceled orders from multiple airlines since the Jan. 5 incident.

The DOJ ended months of speculation on May 14 with a court filing alleging that Boeing violated its 2021 deferred prosecution agreement. The company failed to “design, implement, and enforce a compliance and ethics program to prevent and detect violations of the U.S. fraud laws.” The DOJ will meet with the crash victims’ families on May 31 before announcing its intentions with Boeing’s case by July 7. According to career pilots, aviation safety experts, and attorneys who spoke with The Epoch Times, how Boeing violated the agreement and the possible consequences are complicated. To stay competitive, Boeing needed to design a new plane that could fly to destinations such as Hawaii with less fuel. The company’s competitor, Airbus, was edging out the market with new, more fuel-efficient jets. Instead of designing a brand new plane, which would have required extensive pilot training from the airlines that buy them, raising the jet’s price, Boeing opted to release an upgraded version of its 737 jet, the 737 MAX.

It has larger, more powerful engines that are installed farther forward on the plane’s wings, which causes the nose to push up higher during takeoff. Boeing compensated with a new flight control software called Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which automatically lowers the nose to avoid midair stalling. Federal regulators said Boeing didn’t tell the airlines or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the extent of the software, how it controls the plane in the background, and how to disable it. Planes also use angle of attack vanes, or indicators, to tell the computer whether the jet is ascending or descending at the right pitch angle. Before the 737 MAX, these indicators were wired to two sensors in case one malfunctioned during flight—because of damage from a bird strike, for instance. On the original 737 MAXs, the angle of attack indicators were wired to a single sensor, causing the flight control software to assume that the plane was in critical danger if either indicator malfunctioned.

During the 2018 and 2019 fatal flights, the MCAS system kept pitching the nose downward with faulty angle-of-attack data, likely from a damaged angle of attack vane. Because Boeing didn’t properly disclose the software nuances and how to disable it to the airlines, the pilots took more than 10 seconds to respond. Federal guidelines expect pilots to respond to such as situation in four seconds to avoid a catastrophe. Boeing also didn’t overhaul the flight control software until after the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines crash, which was five months after the 2018 Lion Air crash. The FAA responded by grounding all 737 MAX jets for nearly two years to ensure compliance with regulations. “The MCAS accidents were pure, 100 percent money accidents,” said Shawn Pruchnicki, aviation safety expert and assistant professor at Ohio State University’s Center for Aviation Studies. “They killed 346 people over money and nothing else.”

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    Domenico Fetti The Good Samaritan c.1620   • Trump and ‘Our Democracy’: When A Political System Becomes A Meme (Johnston) • Trump Says He’s ‘OK’
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 3 2024]

    #160290
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Portavoz is Spanish for spokesman (aka spokesperson).

    Portapotty is Washington ‘s equivalent as both are designed to contain the same matter.

    Washington has collected the finest assembly money can buy:
    the much less than admirable John Kirby,
    and the clone Matthew Miller,
    the wannabe (something) Patel,
    and a mop headed floozy whose name is forgettable and I have.
    All dancing in the light of a setting sun on the Republic.
    Sad.

    #160291
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    All dancing in the light of a setting sun on the Republic.
    Sad.

    Indeed, sad; but very dangerous as well……..
    A rabid beast can do much damage in it’s death throws……..
    Good to see you here T-Bear, cheers……….

    #160292
    aspnaz
    Participant

    HBO ‘Real Time’ host Bill Maher has predicted that if Donald Trump is sentenced to any prison time, there will be a civil war that will quickly evolve into a race war because of MAGA supporters.

    Bill Maher is saying that the “white supremecists” – as he believes even the black Trump supporters to be – are the ones focusing on race, on DEI, on making sure that everybody knows what colour they are and how they deserve reparations for their colour from the white supremecists. Nobody has done more to Make America Racist Again than the likes of Bill Maher.

    And, now he is projecting, accusing his victims of being the instigators, the perpetrators. He supports the people who are willing to destroy the USA’s reputation in order to satiate their hatred of Trump, a hatred injected into their feeble brains by the likes of the MSM and the women on the View. The Trump haters I know still believe in the Russian collusion, still believe HRC was robbed by the Russians leaking her emails etc. They are helpless, they do an investigation, it comes up with nothing, they then don’t believe it, because, being nilhilists, their heads are way, way up their asses.

    Is there anything, including their country, that progressives will not sacrifice to get rid of Trump; or to put it another way; has any one man ever lived rent free in so many semi-functional brains in the history of the human moron? It is like a fucking religion, these people are insane, like cults are insane, they are simply not able to think anymore. There is no way that Trump could ever Make America Great Again, he simply does not have the material, the people are useless and should do their best to gracefully retire into irrelevance, and the worst are the upper middle classes, the social climbers, the wannabes, like De Niro and that other actor, the one with a foundation that is prosecuting Russian journalists …. these people are insane, but these people have been the heroes of the American moron for so many years.

    #160293
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Alex Jones Repels Ambush Seizure Of Infowars, Sleeps In Studio (ZH)

    The Trump conviction opened the flood gates, now the progressives are confident that they can do anything and get away with it. Prepare for chaos as these criminals turn their legal battles into mafia battles without consequence.

    #160294
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Maher: If Trump Goes To Jail There Will Be A Racial Civil War “MAGA nation will go nuts”

    What the what? Against who? Blacks against da Man who put their new hero in? Again, no one on the left has the slightest theoretical framework for Maga, and also because they don’t ask, listen, or believe what they’re told. Great, I guess. If they DID understand, they would attack, respond, and accurately.

    WSJ: U.S. Actively Preparing for War with China.”

    No. No we are not. Seriously, definitively. Not at all. Not a little. Not a lot. We might, hmmm, I dunno, MAKE SHELLS. We might – spitballing here – MAKE A SHIP. We might, I dunno, HAVE A NAVY. You know, one with at least as many ships as Admirals? There are about 10,000 things you would need to do to “Actively Prepare for War” and we have done ZERO of them. Build barracks. Recruit soldiers. Fix PR. Fund the VA not to be an epic abusive embarrassment.

    There’s one thing we’re doing you would NOT do, nor need to do: TELL THEM. Ferme la Bouche. Zip it. Shuddappa you face. http://Www.HushIt.com. Don’t talk, don’t position, don’t hint, don’t reveal: nothing. This is the only thing we ARE doing, and it has exactly zero to do with war.

    WSJ: The Paper of Retractions. Would you like to elaborate on this bold and knowing lie?

    “Biden is starting war with Russia yet letting our military at home be overrun.”

    Yes, WHY? First there is no “Biden”, but why? We are not preparing for war, clearly we have neither seriousness nor urgency about it, so it’s impossible to fight it, much less win it.

    Oh, “They’re stupid”, that’s why. No, I don’t think so, so think deeper. They’re definitely into war, but into a war they lose? Doesn’t that usually go bad for the leaders as much as for anyone?

    I’ll start: We’re at $1 Trillion every 100 days, at $36 Trillion. The $1T every hundred days, is the EXTRA, above crushing taxes where they think if they CDBC they can tax garage sales and the babysitter — we’re actually spending like $2T. Then 50 days, then 20, then 10… So why would they need a war with China?

    So we can default on the bonds. That’s all. You don’t pay your enemy. It’s all an excuse. “It’s not whether you win or lose, but where you place the blame.” There needs to be a war so it can be “Not the narcissist abuser’s fault”. After that, who cares? Call a surrender, flip the government, it’s not like they’re going to land in ships and occupy – Biden already just did that.

    For the Abbot quote, Oklahoma is passing a law you can’t be there not as a citizen. Devolution. Government is reverting to the States, EVEN in the face of failed Federal function. What did we just see and set precedent for? Any STATE can arrest and find a President guilty on any charge. Ex-President, like Bush, Obama, etc. State’s rights. Devolution. YOU wanted this. YOU made this precedent.

    Tucker: he’s responding to Narcissistic Abuser playbook. PRETENDING is the major/only action. “We’re doing it all for you” “I love you so much”, “You’re just crazy but I’m here to help.” Stop the lie; stop the abuser. If you love THEM, much less yourself, you’ll cut them off.

    ““It was our grandparents, my grandparents, who contributed to building this peace and freedom”

    Truly crazy. Her grandparents (and mine) CAUSED a war, and fought it. A world war. The worst one yet (in raw numbers) and ended with a nuclear “exchange”. WHAT peace and freedom? And worse of course was that her grandparents were the 3rd Reich, Nazis in Ukraine, attacking our biggest Ally, Russia. …With Peace like this, who needs war?

    War = Peace. Ignorance = Strength. You did it, you magnificent bastard, you actually did it.

    “Russia could retaliate by freezing the entire Western clearance system, warns Jim Richards,”

    Seems as messy as most of the other actions, but necessary and methodical. $27,000 gold is stating we’ll be on a “Gold standard” (actually not, calculations on the number are mostly a 10% backing, amazing enough). However, note that far from stopping, a gold standard would BE “Deflationary”. In the worst and longest possible way. You’re flipping from an all-inflation, highest inflation machine to a low/zero inflation machine. So everyone is borrowing in thin money – very thin money, 1%, then paying back in thick money – gold, the thickest, say 8%.

    Not that that isn’t good perhaps, but it’s “Shock Doctrine” and “Disaster Capitalism” to stop, re-invent money, business, finance, borrowing, rules, structures, perceptions, approach, reward, expectations… Who then benefits? Same as all Disaster Capitalism: the RICH can buy/sell assets in hours or weeks, with a team of accountants, then if anything happens get a 100% bailout and go home with record bonuses. The workers, not so much. Anywhere there is debt, it MUST be defaulted on, as it would 800% your effective loan and repayment. However, good and well-meaning workers are never going to “just bankrupt” for no reason, even if they should. So there you have it: utterly annihilating all workers, all their work and assets are transferred to the rich. Only they’re adding a twist and not doing it ONLY with today’s inflation, they’re stopping at the last yard of a 10-mile run and doing it backward to the finish line. Whooptie-do.

    Now: that’s not to say BEING in a gold-backed hard-money world won’t work, and that’s the selling point of narcissistic abusers. “You want to go on vacation, honey? Oh, that’s a great idea! I’m gonna give you a vacation you won’t forget. Here, first I’ll bring my mistress along, then we’ll go gambling on this drug run I’m going to SAY is our vacation…” But none of that is going to matter because in the transition, we’ll already have moved back to Neo-Feudalism, or in this case, Techo-Feudalism. And you’ll own nothing, because I’ll own everything. Good luck with your gold standard, sucker, when I own all the police, laws, and can steal your gold with no law, reason, or justice, at any time. …And WILL.

    No, Jim, $27k and a gold standard IS Deflation. Maybe we have to get there, but there better be steps. Like a Jubilee. A written re-structuring with rules.

    “Hardly a day goes by without pleas to defend [the word “Democracy”], protect it, fight against its sworn enemies, or celebrate its virtues with pompous clichés. Precise and neutral usage has given way to an ideological tinge that is as electrified as it is vague.”

    Attack the language. Not only does this tell me what you’re up to, but WHO is doing it and who you are. I tell with my eyes closed at this point. Like a shaolin master, put on a blindfold first and still parry all attacks. Speaking of gold standard, I realized that Money is LANGUAGE: it’s how we actually communicate with each other for real, what we want, are doing, etc. Not in lies, but FOR REAL, for serious. Great, not new. BUT: note it’s exactly the same, or even before: CORRUPT THE LANGUAGE. That is, corrupt the most important language THE MONEY. Just as Comrade Lenin said. It will utterly destroy the poors, the working, and give all power to the Party’s Central Committee. Money = Language ( in one of it’s many functions, along with store of value and unit of account) and we ONLY corrupt it because I Win: You Lose. Obviously! Otherwise what’s the point? And you would just have honest money and not bother. Yes, it tells me they are communists, because they are the sole ones, in the last 100 years, that corrupt language as a opener, a middle, and end game. It’s playbook 1-100, through volumes I, II, and III.

    Always, always lie. Never stop lying. Lie when you get up in the morning and when you go to bed at night. “When it’s serious you have to lie.” …And it’s always serious. Stealing is serious business.

    “Clearly, for the current Western elites, democracy has come to mean a system not intended to be run democratically in response to the will of the people, but run by self-proclaimed democrats.”

    You want “Democracy” and will do anything for it, give me any money and power? I’ve changed my name to “Democracy Jones”, now you have to pay and support ME! Literally it is no more complicated or smarter than this, “Democratic” Party, “Republican” Party. If you said you wanted “Happy-Joy” I would change my name to Mr. Happy-Joy Esq. “I AM the Science!!!” –Fauci.

    And why? BECAUSE IT WORKS. The minute it stops working and people don’t respond like toddlers to the use of some Pavlov whistle, they’ll move on to something else.

    And anyway, nothing to do with Logic, #Logos, as we’ve said for years that “Isn’t Democracy simply “Populism”? Doesn’t that make “Populism” the very highest possible form of “Democracy”? But you don’t want that and outlaw the vote, outlaw referendums? And every administration does the #Opposite of what the People, i.e. “Democracy” wants, and it’s always the same policy regardless of who is in? Almost as if, like Tucker, it’s merely “the bureaucracy” doing what’s best for itself AGAINST the People’s best interests?

    Yeah, it’s just an empty word, like all our words: attack and corrupt the language so you can’t think straight. Orwell 101. He didn’t invent it, he just warned you about others.

    ““People get it. It’s a scam. And the Republican Party… they’ve stuck together in this. They see it’s a weaponization of the Justice Department of the FBI and that’s all coming out of Washington,”

    This isn’t stopping the polls, so now we need to stage an assassination. Yawn. They all run their playbook but I’ve read their playbooks and they’re all the same. No imagination.

    Noting: Styx is an excellent election coverer, and he’s pointing out that GOP is supporting Trump. Yeah, no surprise. And after the verdict, DNC supporting (or actually opposing, as they hate FJB as much as the rest of us). No votes changed. GOP took in more donations, but so did the DNC. The only gap was in enthusiasm. So the seen and the unseen: they pointed the camera at TRUMP and the verdict, the GOP base, and AWAY from WWIII for instance, to get that through and running. But ALSO away from the DNC base, and whether they’re keeping pace. Eye on the ball.

    Does it matter? Nope. They haven’t fixed the counting. “Can’t see the ballots, can’t see the machines.” No court has yet taken up the merits, 100% ruled on “standing”. So why not 600M votes for Biden? The entire world can vote, and I expect Aspnaz to vote from Taiwan. Why not? It’s perfectly legal and he can mail it in. I’ll both mail him a ballot, and deliver it for him, and fill it out, actually, if he does it wrong. Perfectly legal, when examined, no court had any problem with this.

    ““Everything becomes racial in this country. That’s partly because of our horrible, despicable racial past”

    You mean the past where all races came here and were successful, becoming billionaires? Sounds awful. We should stop that and “Fundamentally change America as we know it.”

    “The judge was not White.”

    No? New white, adding to the 29 flavors of Schrodinger’s white. He sure looked white to me, could hardly be whiter. Bill keeps 3×5 trading cards on the exact ethnic DNA percentages of all people though, because that demonstrates how you’re not racist at all. He pulled out Merchan’s card, and boom: then told the rest of us what magic was written there. If Geobbels is only 60% Aryan, then he can only be 60% minister, right? And thus with Maher, representing the Left. Stay Classy!

    “HBO ‘Real Time’ host Bill Maher has predicted that if Donald Trump is sentenced to any prison time, there will be a civil war that will quickly evolve into a race war because of MAGA supporters.”

    You mean people like me who don’t keep 1/16th, 1/32nd race cards and can’t tell the difference? How will I know who to shoot? Can I shoot Obama’s white half or only his black half? Logic! Anyway: Now we know your game plan – same as the last 60 years’ game plan – because “The Plan” is the Plan and never changes. Newsflash: Everyone in America is interracial. That’s for several reasons, but a big one is, you keep adding races, genders, exclusions, so that there are so many all of us now have one. There is no “Christian Right” or “Christian White” and hasn’t been for 40 years. Get a clue.

    Thankfully these guys are so stupid Obama lit this off, it totally failed, EPICALLY, so he did it again, Squib, failed EPICALLY, and that was 2008. Almost 10 years, didn’t learn a thing, didn’t update The Plan by a single word, as they are Minions and incapable of thought.

    But that’s “The Plan” as described by Podesta, etc and Maher gets his words out of the same field.

    Okay, let’s add on: YES we are going to have a Civil War, YES we are going to have a race war. They totally, totally believe it. The whole Left, to a man, is 100% certain this is happening, IT’S ON! Right NOW. …And…they haven’t stocked a single can of beans? Never looked at a gun? Have done no training? Didn’t put a lock on the door? Didn’t join the army? Didn’t bury any gold? The Civil War is TOMORROW!!!! At sentencing!!! Honust! And everyone so perfectly believes this that they did………exactly nothing. Not a thing, didn’t lift a finger, nada. Zero. Zip.

    Oh, well I see how much we’re in a Civil War tomorrow Bill, both Left AND Right.

    It’s amazing you can never get discredited for these things. Aspnaz, citizens worldwide: “They said it (about America), therefore it’s a lie (about America)” They’ve never told the truth in our lifetimes, they’re not telling the truth now.

    “the claim that the audiotape but not the transcript remains privileged is hard to square with precedent or logic.”

    Point. Same point. They don’t care about law, precedent, logic, anything, CLEARLY. They only care about POWER. Power over you to DO WHAT I SAY. …To your own detriment or I wouldn’t have to make you.

    “ ‘Leader of the Free World’ Permits Genocide And Global Annihilation (SCF)

    Still has a wide array of strong followers though. Just go ask.

    “The Biden White House said the mass murder did not cross any supposed red lines”

    Red lines? They gave him a medal. And not in the White House but in Congress as Nutsy spoke again to yet more standing ovations, with Mike Johnson unzipping his pants.

    “President Putin warned that such relentless escalation would have dire consequences.”

    Really? Because so did Biden. Many times. “That’s called WWIII, Jack.” Then just like Germany, immediately caved in, went and did the thing that’s impossible because it causes WWIII. No one notices. They love it.

    “• Biden Doesn’t Want To Be Responsible For WW3 – White House (RT)

    I won’t ask how that squares with his actions because it doesn’t. “They said it, therefore it was a lie.” In one example they are correct: Biden doesn’t want to be SEEN as responsible for WWIII. …I mean, he wants it, he just wants it to be somebody else’s fault, and Russia has not been particularly accommodating.

    ““We’ve been concerned about escalation since the very beginning of this war. And those concerns remain valid,” Kirby told ABC’

    Yes, that the escalation isn’t going fast enough and is exposing the West’s treason too much.

    ““It will take time for the defense industry to ramp up its capacities. We now have around five to eight years to catch up”

    Well, Russia will just call a time out and patiently wait for you to re-arm and rebuild, just like it takes 10-20 years to build a battleship. China will just wait for us, because the script says we have to win like that.

    ““They want us shut down because in bankruptcy and what was happening we have a path with the judge to continue on for years, and the judge has signaled that. So, different groups involved in the bankruptcy that will be exposed soon have literally made a move to shut this place down and end my show,” Jones said.”

    6 months before the election? What are the odds?

    “Had the company gone just two more days without an incident, it would have satisfied a settlement to avoid criminal prosecution by the Department of Justice”

    I see no criminal prosecution, nor are you saying that if a door rips off, the DoJ and others won’t care and can’t prosecute? This sentence makes very little sense.

    The Falkirk wheel in Scotland”

    Oddly, the reason isn’t what you think. It’s cool and a tourist attraction, engineering novelty, folly and showpiece as canals are no longer commercial. But the reason they built it is that it’s cheaper than 10 conventional locks. Really. Which is interesting. Now that price may be bent, as this may break faster, etc, land locks last 200 years, but it’s worth thinking about.

    As I cover #Logos to nauseum, https://barsoom.substack.com/p/the-reenchantment-of-the-world?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2 Barsoom covers #Logos in the Greek (Western roots) standing, but points out it requires its counterpoint #Mythos to exist. It’s impossibly long, the length of a dissertation, but only 1/3 of the way down. #Mythos is the non-logical, the impressionistic, the underlying inter-connections. His point is that we have over-Logos’ed, Logic’d such that we now tell facts that are complete fiction. Science facts. Whereas Mythos tells lies that are True. Like they say a good novel is.

    Now I bring up #Logos because we are NOT #Logos at all, we are #AntiLogos in every action of all 24 hours every day, just as Science does the #Opposite of its own credo and rules, 24 hours every day, retracting another 11,000 papers. But I have the Mythos, the emotion, the inspiration, the connection, the religion. It’s just that nobody wants to hear about that, or at least not here. I claim to be a Christian, and might be, who knows? But nobody wants to hear much of my Inner Light of Christian inspiration and direct contact with God. Nor would it be much good taste to claim so. We who are flawed and constantly wrong as well-proven in our lives. Just saying I already know Mythos, the Magic, which does indeed keep #Logos from going bat-insane as we see daily in our atheistic, nihilistic culture. A Death Cult.

    This got lost, thought I added it days ago:

    JB likes to keep track of this stuff. https://www.vox.com/culture/351890/your-favorite-brand-no-longer-cares-about-being-woke

    Apparently Trump is the only thing in advertizing? When he’s no President? His name is in every paragraph. That also completely un-self-aware that HE did nothing. NO-THING. Their REACTION – which was entirely under THEIR control – was the cause of everything. Just like Covid.

    #160295
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Trump wants Nikki Haley on the team. Nice. My wife has been saying to me for ages that she believes that Trump will be used to build the crowd, then he will be removed – I assume she means maybe jailed or assassinated – and then replaced with someone much worse, someone like Nikki Haley who has no popular support but has the support of Trump’s backers. Trump’s job is to get the sheep following him, then it is easy for his backers to use short-term PR to redirect the sheep to the wrong pen; let’s face it, Trump’s natural supporters are like the police, not the smartest bunch in the sheep pen. If something happens to Trump just before the election, his followers will latch onto anyone that appears to be the natural heir, and it would not take much, in terms of payments to alternative news sites etc, to steal the Trump crowd. I am starting to wonder whether she has 20:20 vision of the future, we shall see.

    #160296
    tboc
    Participant

    “HBO ‘Real Time’ host Bill Maher has…….” yelled FIRE in a crowded theater.
    Mr. Maher must have missed the “Bronx cheer” May 24, 2024.

    #160297
    tboc
    Participant

    Rickards – “But if you have to go back to a gold standard, $27,000 would have to be the price in order to avoid massive deflation.”

    if the dollar does not become convertible what will be the basis of faith? In what way would a return to the gold standard deter the growth of BRICS+?

    “the little dog laughed to see such fun
    and the dish ran away with the spoon

    #160298
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    To V.A. at #160291

    Indeed, sad; but very dangerous as well……..
    A rabid beast can do much damage in it’s death throws……..

    There is that. There are those who have mastered Sun Tzu also about, in place who know themselves as they know their enemies – capable of 1,000 battles without loss.

    By the by, thanks for recommend of smoothie X… some time back. And cheers

    #160299
    aspnaz
    Participant

    https://www.swentr.site/news/598673-asian-state-bans-israelis/

    Should also ban Americans, they are both responsible.

    #160300
    John Day
    Participant

    HEY! How Come I NEVER saw that JFK Jr. quote about Trump being an “unstoppable force for ultimate justice that Democrats and Republicans alike would celebrate”?
    😮
    It does fall a bit flat, these 25 years later, though…

    #160301
    aspnaz
    Participant

    https://www.swentr.site/news/598646-50000-cubic-meters-waste-seine/

    As a child aged about 15 years, I was with my parents and siblings enjoying a picnic on the banks of the Seine in Paris. I guess we were not the sort of family who could afford a restaurant meal, so we sat on some steps that led down to the water. As we sat, we noticed a procession of turds float past us, this was not sludge, this was complete turds, in the same form as when they were delivered to the toilet. Quite some show when eating a sandwich. My view of Paris as a shite hole with beautiful architecture has never changed.

    #160302
    John Day
    Participant

    If Trump is “interested” in Nikki Haley (Nimarata Nikki Randhawa Haley), then he is courting the Hindu-Political-Crime-Machine, right?

    #160303
    John Day
    Participant

    @Aspnaz: You might be similarly enchanted by New Orleans, maybe more so…

    #160304
    aspnaz
    Participant

    https://www.swentr.site/news/598654-prospects-of-peaceful-reunification-eroded/

    China playing the USA’s PR game. China has no urgency to take over Taiwan, once the USA has collapsed and the Chinese have superior semiconductor technology, the Taiwanese will be begging to be friends with China, there won’t be any other game in town. Unfortunately for Taiwan, China will already have everything that Taiwan can offer, so Taiwan will end up being a second class province of China. The higher your climb, the further you fall.

    China is using the USA’s Taiwan PR to project themselves as reasonable and restrained, which they are and they are also willing to wait until Taiwan crumbles. While the west concentrates on Taiwan, portraying China as the bogey man, and while China plays up to that PR, China’s internal issues and policies are ignored, so they can do what they like without criticism or pushback.

    The only reason this Beijing guy is saying all this stuff is to play along with the USA and to try to neutralise the USA PR. Taiwan is important to China, but there is no urgency to bring them on board, China is much more concerned about making their economy independent of the USA and lifting their poor to a higher standard of living. Their only Taiwan goal is to prevent Taiwan going for independence from China, something the USA is trying to persuade them to do, the USA being the forever shit stirrers.

    #160305
    aspnaz
    Participant

    If Trump is “interested” in Nikki Haley (Nimarata Nikki Randhawa Haley), then he is courting the Hindu-Political-Crime-Machine, right?

    I think we know her loyalties, they are the same as Trump’s. Some evidence if any is needed …
    https://x.com/dannydanon/status/1795488931393458532

    #160306
    John Day
    Participant

    @Aspnaz: Is the Hindu political-crime-machine big enough to replace or take the handoff from the current governing global crime machine?
    It has aspirations and it has foot soldiers, and it has networks in the “west”.
    Bindu and shoulder-holster guys…

    #160307
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    John Podhoretz invariably comes to mind every time John F. Kennedy Jr is mentioned.
    I never tire of reminding folk just what a miserable, wretched shitbrain Podhoretz is, was and ever shall be, forever and ever world without end, Amen.

    John Podhoretz wrote:

      You were so triumphant with Jack’s victory and all that I tried to let you know that things weren’t going to work out like you planned again. You had a grandson born in the White House in August 1963, remember? Little Patrick? I took him after two days, just to get you prepared for November 22

    John Podhoretz wrote:

      I said I’d make Jack president. I didn’t say he’d finish out his term. And I didn’t say you’d get another. That was your mistake, trying again with Bobby. That was a violation of the contract. You only got one

    John Podhoretz wrote:

      So every time you think the deal is done, every time you think your family is on its way back to glory, I just have to do something. Like I did this weekend, with your grandson John

    Is John Podhoretz fairly representative of His People?

    Here’s the rest. John Podhoretz probably senses the pendulum swinging again. The man John Podhoretz mentions ovens….

    https://nypost.com/1999/07/21/a-conversation-in-hell/

    #160308
    John Day
    Participant

    Losing Gamblers Bet Our Lives https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/losing-gamblers-bet-our-lives

    Simplicius: Ukraine’s Latest Gasp Off to Rocky Start
    An orgiastic hubbub continues to surround the West’s newfound ‘permission’ for Ukraine to strike Russian soil.
    ​ Many in the pro-Russian sphere are losing their minds over it, calling for nuclear retaliation, WWIII, and more.
    ​But as I wrote last time, it’s clear that a large part of this desperate morale-boosting work-up is nothing more than a cheap grandstand without much substance behind it.
    ​ There’s the fact that when you look under the hood, the messaging itself is mixed, with Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh yesterday contradicting reports by stating that Ukraine does not in fact have permission to strike Russian territory.
    ​ This was followed by reports further tempering the noise which said that Ukraine has limited permission to use American weapons only around Belgorod region and only on Russian military targets which are involved in the ongoing Kharkov campaign.
    ​ Yesterday strikes on Belgorod region began, with images surfacing which show recovered GMLRS rounds from the HIMARS after Belgorod defenses allegedly downed a full salvo.​ [They used cluster-munitions on civilian areas of Belgorod, a war crime. US military has to provide targeting info.]​ https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/sitrep-6124-ukraines-latest-gasp

    ​ Lavrov: Russia Sees NATO’s Plans to Supply F-16s to Ukraine as Signal in Nuclear Sphere
    ​ The Russian Foreign Minister further indicated that Russia will consider the supply of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine a deliberate signal action by NATO in the nuclear sphere.
    “F-16 fighter jets have long been the main means of delivery in the framework of the so-called NATO joint nuclear missions. Therefore, we cannot but consider the supply of these systems to the Kiev regime as a deliberate signal action by NATO in the nuclear sphere. They are trying to make it clear to us that the US and NATO are ready for literally anything in Ukraine,” Lavrov said.​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240530/lavrov-peace-conference-with-ukraine-russia-could-be-continuation-of-chinas-efforts-1118693618.html

    ​ Senior security official Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is not bluffing when it speaks of the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine.
    Medvedev, who is currently the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, also warned Moscow’s conflict with the West could escalate into all-out war.
    ​ His warning came after the US and Germany became the latest allies to let Ukraine’s military use Western-supplied weapons to strike targets inside Russia.
    “Russia regards all long-range weapons used by Ukraine as already being directly controlled by servicemen from NATO countries. This is no military assistance, this is participation in a war against us,” Medvedev said.​ “And such actions could well become a casus belli (an act that provokes a war).”
    ​ He said giving Kiev permission by the Western countries to use provided long-range weapons and ammunition to strike targets inside Russia will escalate the Ukraine war to its final stage.​ “Nobody today can rule out the conflict’s transition to its final stage,” Medvedev said.
    ​ He said it would be a “fatal mistake” on the part of the West to think that Russia is not ready to use tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine.​ https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2024/06/01/726613/Russia-Medvedev-Nuclear-Threat-Over-Ukraine-No-Bluff

    ​ Pepe Escobar: The West is Hell-Bent on Provoking Russia Into Hot War
    ​ Richard H. Black, a former US senator from Virginia, offers a sobering analysis:
    “This is a continuation of the pattern in which the NATO forces recognize they are losing the war in Ukraine, with the fragile lines of defense breaking, and the NATO response is to escalate. This is not accidental, but very deliberate. It is not the first attack on the Russian nuclear triad. The ideological folks are seeing their world crumbling, after flying the rainbow flag over conservative countries and [waging] perpetual wars. They are frantic and could escalate to nuclear war to get out of the bind. They are taking a series of baby steps, and respond that ‘they don’t do anything in response,’ and so they keep taking baby steps until one of them lands on a land mine and we are into World War III. (…) Putin is very aware of the disconnect in the West, who keep saying he is just saber rattling, but he is not—he is informing the West of the dangerous reality.”​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240530/pepe-escobar-the-west-is-hell-bent-on-provoking-russia-into-hot-war–1118696941.html

    #160309
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Hungary wants to prevent Europe from entering war with Russia — Orban
    ​ The government of Hungary wants to prevent Europe from entering a war with Russia, and knows how to do that, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said, speaking during a rally at the Margaret Island after the “Peace March” in support of the government’s policy, aimed against the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.
    ​ “We face a huge task, like we’ve never faced before. We must prevent Europe from entering a war, which would lead it to its own demise,” Orban said, adding that “the Hungarian government knows how to do that.”​ https://tass.com/world/1796865

    ​ US presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. condemned President Joe Biden’s decision to greenlight Ukrainian strikes using US-supplied weapons inside Russian territory.​ “More insane escalation by the Biden administration — authorizing Ukraine to strike targets deep in Russia. Using our weapons, trained in their use by our trainers,” Kennedy said on X.
    ​ In a major policy shift, Biden authorized the use of US weapons against military installations in Russia. A State Department spokesperson insisted that the authorization was limited to what they called “counter-fire purposes” in Kharkov (also known as Kharkiv) region.​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240601/robert-kennedy-jr-condemns-bidens-decision-to-authorize-ukrainian-strikes-inside-russia-1118735636.html

    ​ French President Emmanuel Macron’s support for Ukraine’s targeting of military facilities in Russia’s internationally recognized territory is another step toward a world war, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French right-wing National Rally party, said on Thursday.
    ​ “Macron wants France to enter the war. This statement is an additional step in that direction. I am against it and I think it creates an enormous risk for the security of our citizens,” Le Pen told French radio broadcaster Franceinfo.​ The right-wing politician only supports the supplying of defensive weapons to Kiev, she added.​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240530/le-pen-sees-macrons-backing-of-ukraines-strikes-inside-russia-as-step-toward-world-war-1118699805.html

    ​ First French troops on the way to Ukraine – MP​ The first group of French military instructors are on their way to Ukraine, senior Ukrainian MP Aleksey Goncharenko said on Friday.​ https://swentr.site/russia/598607-troops-en-route-to-ukraine/

    THE REAL REASON SUNAK CALLED AN EARLY ELECTION IN JULY – ANDREW BRIDGEN MP​ (Rishi can’t be a “war prime minister”. Rishi needs out.)​ https://x.com/robinmonotti/status/1793568491456668057

    #160310
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Andrew Korybko, Putin Expects NATO, And Possibly Poland In Particular, To Escalate The Proxy War In Ukraine
    ​ From the looks of it, Poland is indeed preparing to conventionally intervene in Ukraine if Russia achieves a military breakthrough, which could spike the risks of World War III by miscalculation due to the US’ dangerous game of nuclear chicken that it’s playing as explained here. In sum, the NATO-Russian security dilemma is spiraling out of control, and Russia might use tactical nukes in self-defense to stop any large-scale NATO invasion force that threateningly crosses the Dnieper towards its newly unified regions.
    ​ Therein lies the importance of President Putin hinting that his country might expand its “security zone” to defend against Ukraine’s use of long-range precise strike systems against targets within its pre-2014 territory. He wants NATO to know the territorial extent to which Russian forces might go in the event that the front lines collapse, which is essentially dependent on them and their decision to allow it to use such Western arms with the bloc’s space reconnaissance support.
    ​ The message being sent is that Russia has no interest in going beyond those geographical limits that NATO itself is responsible for setting through its abovementioned decision, which is meant to prevent the bloc from overreacting if their opponents achieve a military breakthrough. A Polish- and/or French-led conventional intervention would already be dangerous enough, but that invasion force’s potential crossing of the Dnieper could trigger a tactical nuclear response from Russia in self-defense.
    ​ The latest military-strategic dynamics suggest that a conventional NATO intervention is seriously being considered, even if it’s only a partial one that remains west of the Dnieper. The signals coming from NATO as a whole and Poland in particular show that they want an escalation in order to continue fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian, but President Putin just countersignaled that his country is prepared for all eventualities. It’s therefore up to the West whether or not everything spirals into World War III.​ https://korybko.substack.com/p/putin-expects-nato-and-possibly-poland

    ​ Moscow Has Right to Take Proxy War With NATO Global as Bloc Greenlights Strikes Deep Into Russia
    ​ Russian officials blasted Washington and its allies on Friday over the escalation of the Ukrainian proxy war through NATO countries’ decision to approve long-range attacks on Russia, with both the Kremlin and the Foreign Ministry pointing out that the alliance never shied away from allowing its proxies in Kiev to target the Russian hinterland.
    ​ “We are aware that attempts to strike Russian territory with American-made weapons are already being made. This is sufficient for us, and it clearly demonstrates the extent of the United States’ involvement in this conflict,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.
    Separately on Friday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that allies had approved long-range strike weapons’ deployment, and said the bloc expects Kiev to use these arms “in a responsible way” in line with international law…
    ..Former Russian president and deputy Security Council head Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that Russia would “proceed from the fact” that all long-range weapons used by Ukraine “are directly controlled by military personnel of NATO countries,” and emphasized that “this is not ‘military assistance’, but participation in a war against us” which constitutes a possible “casus belli.”
    Earlier this week, President Putin warned that NATO countries should be aware “what they are playing with” when it comes to approving long-range attacks on Russia via Ukraine.​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240531/moscow-has-right-to-take-proxy-war-with-nato-global-as-bloc-greenlights-strikes-deep-into-russia-1118717071.html

    ​Andrew Korybko, Is Ukraine Going Rogue Or Did It Attack Russia’s Early Warning Systems With American Approval? https://korybko.substack.com/p/is-ukraine-going-rogue-or-did-it

    ​ Anti-Russian Coalition Expands | Russians Entered The Vovchansk Citadel. Military Summary 2024.05.31​ [Belarus prepares for martial law and war. Ukraine places antipersonnel mines along the border to kill men trying to flee to Romania to escape conscription.]​ ​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_6erm2iIo8

    ​ The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)​ is an intergovernmental military alliance in Eurasia consisting of six post-Soviet states: Armenia,​ Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan, formed in 2002. The Collective Security Treaty has its origins in the Soviet Armed Forces, which was replaced in 1992 by the United Armed Forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States, and was then itself replaced by the successor armed forces of the respective independent states.
    ​ Similar to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty (CST) establishes that an aggression against one signatory would be perceived as an aggression against all.​ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_Security_Treaty_Organization

    #160311
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ CSTO Enters The Game | Afghan Recruiting Traffic. Military Summary And Analysis 2024.5.31​ [Putin and Lavrov have been visiting the central-Asian republics and China a LOT in the past couple of weeks for high level diplomatic coordination. The CSTO and China appear to have Russia’s back, and Russia is about to completely normalize diplomatic relations with Afghanistan, which might have some men who would like honest-work fighting NATO again, … maybe.]​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RncKjp9UzRc

    Ministry of Defense of the People’s Republic of China: The Chinese Army is ready, together with the Russian Army, to defend justice in the world​ https://en.topwar.ru/243567-mo-knr-armija-kitaja-gotova-vmeste-s-armiej-rf-zaschischat-spravedlivost-v-mire.html

    Sergey Lavrov Full Interview: US Missile Threats, Strategic Partnership With China, Ukraine Conflict​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240530/sergey-lavrov-full-interview-us-missile-threats-strategic-partnership-with-china-ukraine-conflict-1118689147.html

    ​ China ready to ‘forcefully’ stop Taiwan independence: Defence minister
    Dong Jun says ‘whoever dares to split Taiwan from China will be crushed to pieces and suffer his own destruction’.​ https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/6/2/china-ready-to-forcefully-stop-taiwan-independence-defence-minister

    Netanyahu Quickly Slams Door On Biden’s Major Gaza Ceasefire Plan: “Non-Starter”​ https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/netanyahu-quickly-slams-door-bidens-major-gaza-ceasefire-plan-non-starter

    #160312
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Skulls, burned bodies, beheaded children among horrors in Jabalia​, In the aftermath of the Israeli occupation forces’ withdrawal from Jabalia, haunting scenes emerge as decayed bodies and skeletal remains lie scattered amid the rubble and streets of the area.​ https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/skulls–burned-bodies–beheaded-children-among-horrors-in-ja

    ​ Police crack down on Palestine campus protests in California, Detroit
    Graduate student workers at UC Santa Cruz pursue their strike, which began last week, protesting the university system’s treatment of pro-Palestine demonstrators.​ https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/police-crack-down-on-palestine-campus-protests-in-california

    ​ Israeli Forces Now Operating in Most Areas of Rafah​, The IDF also said it had completed its objectives in north Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp
    ​ On Friday, the Israeli military said it had expanded its operations to the central area of Rafah. Before the assault on the city, Rafah served as a refuge for over one million displaced Palestinians.
    ​ The Associated Press reported that the Israeli military confirmed its forces were now fighting throughout most of Rafah. President Joe Biden claimed that if Israel attacked the population centers in the city without a plan for the civilians living there, it would cross his “red line.”
    ​ However, as Israeli troops continue to push into the city, killing hundreds in the process and forcing over one million to flee, Biden administration officials have asserted that Tel Aviv has not crossed the red line.​ https://news.antiwar.com/2024/05/31/israeli-forces-now-operating-in-most-areas-of-rafah/

    ​ Houthis Attack US Aircraft Carrier, Destroyer in Red Sea – Military Spokesman
    Yemen’s Ansar Allah movement, also known as Houthis, attacked a US aircraft carrier, destroyer and a number of ships in the Red Sea, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said.
    The Houthi navy, missile units and drones have conducted six operations, the spokesman said.
    ​ “The US aircraft carrier Dwight Eisenhower was attacked in the northern Red Sea with several missiles and drones,” Saree said, adding that a US destroyer was also attacked in the Red Sea.​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240602/houthis-attack-us-aircraft-carrier-destroyer-in-red-sea—military-spokesman-1118742664.html

    ​Video purporting to be actual missile strike on carrier USS Eisenhower, flying over the top of a burning US destroyer escort. (It looks real, but who can tell these days?) https://x.com/JMforum/status/1796658280103621107?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1796658280103621107%7Ctwgr%5Eb3d7f107fcbac548196b55559da635d2f91e39cf%7Ctwcon%5Es1_

    #160313
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Houthis claim to have launched missile attack on US aircraft carrier in wake of US-UK strikes on Yemen​ ​[Seems completely fair and reasonable to me.]
    The Houthis said the alleged attack was in response to British and American strikes on its bases in Yemen on Thursday​ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-houthi-rebels-us-ship-attack-gaza-b2554475.html

    ​ White House Lied To Congress About Israel-Gaza, Per Official Resigning In Protest
    A State Department official has resigned in protest, saying the Biden White House lied to Congress on a critical report so American weapons could keep flowing to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) for its war in Gaza.
    That official is Stacy Gilbert, a 20-year State Department employee who was a civil military advisor in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. In February, a national security memo directive tasked the State and Defense departments with writing a report assessing whether Israel was complying with the Geneva Conventions, and whether Israel was thwarting the flow of humanitarian assistance. Working with other experts, Gilbert was tasked with answering the latter question…
    ..The Foreign Assistance Act prohibits aid to countries that thwart the flow of US humanitarian aid. Gilbert says she and other experts formed a clear consensus that Israel had blocked aid “in many ways,” and that they began crafting a report with that conclusion.
    ​ However, with the report still in rough draft form, Gilbert said senior officials shut her and other subject matter experts out of the project, and proceeded to rewrite the report over the ensuing days before it was due to be filed with Congress.
    ​ Gilbert told PBS:
    ​ “When the report came out on May 10, and I read the conclusion…that Israel was not blocking humanitarian assistance, I decided I would resign, because that was absolutely not the opinion of subject matter experts in the State Department, USAID, the humanitarian community, organizations that are working in Gaza.”​ https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/white-house-lied-congress-about-israel-gaza-official-resigning-protest

    Without apparent embarrassment… Questioning Trump’s guilt is ‘dangerous’ – Biden
    The US president has insisted that “no one is above the law,” after a jury found his political rival guilty on 34 felony counts​ https://swentr.site/news/598604-biden-trump-guilty-response/

    ​”Small donations” Trump Raises $53Mln in 24 Hours After Conviction, Averaging $2Mln Per Hour – Campaign https://sputnikglobe.com/20240601/trump-raises-53mln-in-24-hours-after-conviction-averaging-2mln-per-hour—campaign-1118727000.html

    ​ Trump Campaign Raises Staggering $200 Million Since Thursday Conviction
    ​ If Democrats needed further confirmation that prosecuting Donald Trump on an obscure misdemeanor elevated to a felony just for him… (while the same DA reduced 60% of felonies to misdemeanors last year), the Trump campaign has raised over $200 million since Thursday’s verdict in the former president’s New York ‘hush money’ trial.
    ​ Of that, $70 million was from small donors, and 30% of the total were first-time donors to a political campaign, Eric Trump told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.​ https://www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-campaign-raises-staggering-200-million-thursday-conviction

    #160314
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Scott Ritter: Georgian ‘Foreign Agents’ Law Exposes Western Influence and Protects Sovereignty
    ​ Georgia’s “foreign agents bill,” which designates non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving more than 20 percent of their funding from abroad as “pursuing the interests of a foreign power,” became law on May 28. The US immediately announced sanctions against Georgian politicians backing the legislation, while the EU threatened to freeze the country’s candidate status.
    ​ One might wonder as to why the law, which resembles the US’ Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), has been received with such animosity in the West. The crux of the matter is that the legislation is aimed at exposing the West’s deep disrespect of Georgia’s sovereignty, according to former US Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter.​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240531/scott-ritter-georgian-foreign-agents-law-exposes-western-influence-and-protects-sovereignty-1118716695.html

    ​ Bank of England bond sales blamed for cash shortage​, Use of a central bank lending facility has shot up after short-term lending rates surged briefly
    ​ The Bank of England’s vast sale of government bonds is causing a shortage of cash in corners of the money markets and may need to end, investors have warned. Over the past two years, the BoE has shrunk its balance sheet from nearly £1tn to about £760bn largely by reducing its holdings of government debt it bought under numerous rounds of quantitative easing stimulus. Unlike other central banks, the BoE is not just waiting for bonds to mature but actively selling them.​ https://www.ft.com/content/46e0e773-4a01-4120-9de3-4ffb74733431

    ​ India Repatriates 100 Tonnes of Gold from UK, More May Come
    ​ In a significant move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has repatriated 100 metric tonnes (1 lakh kg) of gold from the United Kingdom to domestic vaults during FY24. This strategic decision, carried out in utmost secrecy by officials from the Ministry of Finance, the RBI, and other agencies, marks one of the largest gold movements by India since 1991, when gold was pledged to mitigate a foreign exchange crisis.
    ​ With this repatriation, India’s total gold holdings have risen to 822 metric tonnes as of FY24, with 27.46 metric tonnes added in the current fiscal year. According to official data, the distribution of these reserves is now almost evenly split between domestic and foreign vaults.​ https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2024-05-31/news-india-repatriates-100-metric-tonnes-gold-uk-more-come

    ​ India-Russia Oil for Rubles Deal Another Sign of Rapid Dedollarization​ (Rubles, not Rupees)
    ​ On Wednesday, it was reported that India’s largest private corporation Reliance Industries and the Russian energy company Rosneft signed a one-year agreement for up to three million barrels of oil per month that will be paid in Russian rubles, putting another nail in the coffin for the US dollar’s hegemony.​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240531/india-russia-oil-for-rubles-deal-another-sign-of-rapid-dedollarization-1118725665.html

    ​ Where Are The Largest Oil Reserves?
    ​ Russia has reportedly discovered colossal oil reserves in the British territory of Antarctica. According to documents presented to the UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee in early May, the discovery was made by Russian research vessels in the Weddell Sea, part of the Antarctic territory claimed by the UK. The reserves discovered are estimated to contain some 511 billion barrels of oil, around 10 times the production of the North Sea over the last 50 years.
    ​ However, as Statista’s Anna Fleck reports, the exploitation of hydrocarbons in Antarctica is strictly prohibited. Since the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959 (which came into force in 1961), the continent has been reserved for peaceful activities only, and may become “neither the scene nor the object of international disputes”…
    ..Estimated at 511 billion barrels, the area would rank as the second largest crude oil reserve by region in the world, behind only that of the Middle East, whose proven reserves stood at over 871 billion barrels in 2022. This also represents almost double the known reserves of Saudi Arabia, the country with the second-largest proven oil reserves in the world (behind Venezuela, whose reserves are dense and more difficult to process, and therefore less profitable).​ https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/where-are-largest-oil-reserves

    #160315
    John Day
    Participant

    ​Aspartame was FDA approved under Reagan, due to Donald Rumsfeld’s insistence, over all prior medical assessments that it was unsafe and gave baby monkeys epilepsy.
    Decades of Science Link Popular Artificial Sweetener to Serious Health Risks
    ​ Dozens of studies have linked aspartame to serious health problems, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, seizures, stroke and dementia, plus mood disorders, headaches and migraines.​ https://childrenshealthdefense.org/community-forum/aspartame-artificial-sweetener-serious-health-risks/

    ​ Not ​”Round​up Re​ady​”: 55% of Sperm Samples Contained High Levels of Glyphosate Weedkiller
    More than 55% of sperm samples from a French infertility clinic contained high levels of the world’s most common weedkiller, raising further questions about the chemical’s effect on reproductive health and overall safety, a new study found.​ https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/sperm-samples-contain-high-levels-glyphosate-weedkiller/

    ​ Peter McCullough MD, Excess Cardiopulmonary Arrest and Mortality after COVID-19 Vaccination in King County, Washington
    During Intense Vaccine Campaign Population Declined but Cardiac Arrests Skyrocketed
    ​ We previously brought you news from King County, Seattle Washington about cardiac arrests from the elite MEDIC ONE EMS system which has the most accurate data in the country. It also happens to be one of the most heavily vaccinated metro areas in America.​..
    ​..“Approximately 98% of the King County population received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 2023. Our analysis revealed a 25.7% increase in total cardiopulmonary arrests and a 25.4% increase in cardiopulmonary arrest mortality from 2020 to 2023 in King County, WA. Excess cardiopulmonary arrest deaths were estimated to have increased by 1,236% from 2020 to 2023, rising from 11 excess deaths (95% CI: -12, 34) in 2020 to 147 excess deaths (95% CI: 123, 170) in 2023. A quadratic increase in excess cardiopulmonary arrest mortality was observed with higher COVID-19 vaccination rates… Applying our model from these data to the entire United States yielded 49,240 excess fatal cardiopulmonary arrests from 2021-2023.”​ https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/breaking-publication-excess-cardiopulmonary

    ​ Elevated Risk Of Epilepsy, Appendicitis In Children After COVID-19 Vaccination: Study
    Children who received the AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines faced an elevated risk of epilepsy and appendicitis, according to a new study.
    ​ Dr. Julia Hippisley-Cox, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, and colleagues obtained data from a national database on COVID-19 vaccination, mortality, hospital admissions, and COVID-19 infections. They wanted to look at the link between COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna with 12 outcomes, including the heart inflammation condition called myocarditis.
    ​ The population of nearly 5.2 million included 1.8 million children aged 5 to 11 and 3.3 million children aged 12 to 17.
    The data examined were through Aug. 7, 2022.
    ​ In the primary analysis, researchers found 12- to 17-year-olds who received Pfizer’s vaccine were at increased risk of myocarditis, with an additional three cases per million versus the expected rate after a first dose, and an additional five cases per million after a second dose, and hospitalization with epilepsy, with an additional 12 cases per million after a second dose. Females in the age group also faced an increased risk of demyelinating disease after receiving a second dose of the vaccine.
    ​ Researchers also identified a “substantially increased risk of hospitalization with epilepsy” among females after receipt of a first dose of AstraZeneca’s shot, with 813 more hospitalizations with epilepsy than expected per million doses, and an elevated risk of appendicitis after a second dose of the vaccine, with 512 excess events per million doses.
    ​ While no excess events were found among Moderna recipients, the study lacked the power to detect statistically significant issues, due to few children in the UK receiving Moderna’s vaccine.​ https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/elevated-risk-epilepsy-appendicitis-children-after-covid-19-vaccination-study

    A high-profile Japanese government official has issued a public apology to his people over the mass deaths and vaccine injuries caused by Covid mRNA shots.
    The apology was made by Kazuhiro Haraguchi, a former Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan who currently serves as a member of the House of Representatives.
    Haraguchi made a heartfelt statement during a speech at a major protest against the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday. “I apologize to all of you,” Haraguchi told the massive crowd. “So many have died, and they shouldn’t have.” https://slaynews.com/news/top-japanese-government-official-issues-apology-mass-vaccine-deaths/

    #160316
    John Day
    Participant

    Meryl Nass MD (who is finally taking a weekend off at home) Here we go again. MPOX. If we don’t stop the globalist agenda we WILL enter the era of pandemics
    Bird flu, Moneypox, Dengue… What do they plan next? (And they have licensed vaccines for all 3)​ https://merylnass.substack.com/p/here-we-go-again-mpox-if-we-dont

    ​ Dr. Nass, Just found out why the Moneypox vaccine is being pushed​ , And what is in the Monkeypox care kit​ [missing condoms, which would really reduce the spread]
    ​ There were 270 mpox cases in 2022, 30 cases in 2023 and, as of April 30, eight cases so far in 2024. There have been no deaths.​ So why would state health departments encourage this vaccine when there have been few cases in Oregon and the disease is mild? Because the moneypox vaccine just entered the commercial market. Money is now on the table, where it wasn’t, before​. https://merylnass.substack.com/p/just-found-out-why-the-moneypox-vaccine

    ​ Meryl Nass MD, The barely changed IHRs were just adopted. Don’t worry — the changes are practically meaningless
    ​ The diplomats in Geneva have been called back for another Plenary meeting to approve a new version of the IHR amendments dated TODAY ​June 1, 2024.I am pleased to report that while I had only a short time to read this, the document looks basically like what I have predicted all week. It is a “vanilla” version from which all terrible items have been removed, with one exception and one partial exception. I have made screen shots below to show what the problems are.
    ​ The one odious item is the agreement to “address” misinformation and disinformation. But as I explained earlier, this is already being implemented by our nations, so it is not new.
    ​ The section that demanded digital health documents aka digital IDs is gone; now both paper or digital health documents can be acceptable during a declared pandemic. The detailed demands to prove the “authenticity” of such documents has been watered down to the need for a doctor to sign the document.​ ​https://merylnass.substack.com/p/the-barely-changed-ihrs-were-just

    ​ Dr. Nass, Some people worry that the IHR amendments passed. DON’T. This list of the bullets we just dodged should make the result clear. CELEBRATE!
    We did it. People power beat the $ and the connections of the globalist cabal. The IHRs that passed were merely a face-saving measure.​ https://merylnass.substack.com/p/some-people-worry-that-the-ihr-amendments

    ​Dr. Nass from a few days ago, Louisiana became the first US state to deny jurisdiction to the WHO, UN and WEF
    Governor Landry signed SB133, which will go into effect immediately​ https://merylnass.substack.com/p/today-louisiana-became-the-first

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    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Dr. Nass, Oklahoma becomes 2nd US state to pass a law that denies jurisdiction to the WHO, UN and WEF
    No edicts coming directly or indirectly from WHO, UN or WEF will be enforced in Oklahoma​ https://merylnass.substack.com/p/oklahoma-becomes-2nd-us-state-to

    ​ Th​e ​white haze seems to have ramped up a lot over the past 12 to 18 months around Austin, where I see the sky regularly.​ Bill Gates Wants to Block-Off the Sun​ ​ The prestigious Forbes ‘millionaire’s magazine’ reports that billionaire Gates’s intervention involves financing Harvard University scientists to establish what is being called​ ‘The Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment’ (SCoPEx) to examine if a sun dimming solution might be achieved by spaying calcium carbonate (CaCo3) dust into the atmosphere.
    ​ Forbes simply takes for granted this form of geophysical climate tampering to be a reality of life.​..
    ​..Calcium carbonate, the leaders of this project believe, will act as a sun reflecting aerosol that could offset the effects of global warming.​ https://www.globalresearch.ca/bill-gates-wants-block-off-sun/5857121

    ​Kyle Young has a series of weather satellite photos and video clips, which he explains: This is not weather – satellite proof of cymatics/chemtrails (Note perpendicular cat-scratch chemtrails on Pacific clouds approaching California.) https://secularheretic.substack.com/p/this-is-not-weather-satellite-proof
    Pacific chemtrails

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    aspnaz
    Participant

    John Day said

    @Aspnaz: Is the Hindu political-crime-machine big enough to replace or take the handoff from the current governing global crime machine?
    It has aspirations and it has foot soldiers, and it has networks in the “west”.
    Bindu and shoulder-holster guys…

    If you say so, but I have not seen any evidence of a significant Hindu crime machine in western politics. If you have some evidence, I would be interested to see it.

    #160319
    zerosum
    Participant

    Deepfake
    Double standards and hypocrisy
    We are told, democracy itself is on the ballot.
    Lies make dreams,
    Emotions make actions.
    Hate make,(mass murder), murderers.
    Bankrupcy makes peace.
    ———-
    • ‘Leader of the Free World’ Permits Genocide And Global Annihilation (SCF)

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    #160320
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Saudi Arabia Won’t Attend ‘Ukraine Conference’ as Russia is Not Invited

    The “peace conference” is joke

    Any sane human can Grok that.

    Only the insane ‘Tard-Turds®‘ buy into it.

    Reminds me of Adam Schiffty selling his booty on the strip

    Buy Me, Take Me Home

    I’ll bring you “peace”

    .

    #160321
    Oroboros
    Participant

    FBI agents marching at the pride parade in West Hollywood

    https://x.com/i/status/1797393439904211316

    #160322
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Some famous diplomat (I think it was Russian Foreign Secretary, Sergey Lavrov) remarked that dealing with the United States was comparable to carefully escorting a rabid dog to the cemetery.

    #160323
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Blue Monday

    .

    #160325
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Alastair Crooke at its best, … his latest essay:

    The coming Novus Ordo Seclorum – Change we must; there is no choice!

    F.S.

    #160326
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Self-driving cars
    …and then humans no longer learn to drive, don’t learn how to control their locomotion in that fashion.

    #160327
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    There is a prima fascia reason for not taxing garage sales and the average person selling a few items on Craigslist: most of the time, people are selling used stuff that they themselves bought, and it is being resold for less than the original price paid. There is no profit.

    Of course, with AI helpers, all transactions could be tracked and the AI could helpfully compute the depreciation on that $150 item resold for $35…and — just maybe — the AI could track the time the seller put into selling the item and determine whether or not the “profit” even recovers the time spent to sell it computed at minimum wage, etc. But is that the world we want to live in? Where everything we do it tracked and quantified by AI? Where we are hamsters in an AI cage?

    #160328
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    @John_Day

    More than foot soldiers here in Pittsburgh.
    The local Whites are welcome and apparently content to be nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, medical assistants and nurse practitioners. Who convinced my ppl they weren’t as smart and talented as the New Dehli mafia?

    #160329
    John Day
    Participant

    I agree the Hindu-Machine keep a low profile in the US, but they are getting established, and have extensive business connections and “community” wealth. They are clearly visible and dominant in India and environs.

    Aspnaz wrote: “If you say so, but I have not seen any evidence of a significant Hindu crime machine in western politics. If you have some evidence, I would be interested to see it.”

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