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Imagine a Missile Massacre On a Florida Beach On the Fourth of July (SCF)
Biden Should Be Removed As President – US House Speaker (RT)
Trump the Peacemaker? His Presidency Might Help End The War In Ukraine (RT)
US and NATO Accomplices Play Terror Card Against Russia (Van den Ende)
‘She Eats Russians For Breakfast’ (RT)
EU Bureaucrats ‘Want War With Russia’ – Orban (RT)
Ursula von der Leyen: Beyond Redemption (NC)
Why Does Türkiye Want to Join BRICS? (RT)
The Art of Being Eternally Shocked (Turley)
Trump Sentencing Will Put Merchan’s Bias in Crosshairs (RCP)
Iran Threatens Israel With ‘Obliterating War’ If It Attacks Lebanon (ZH)
Over 80 UK War Planes Deployed From Cyprus To Lebanon Since 7 Oct (Cradle)
Chevron and Bitcoin (Crossman)
Banksy ‘Launches’ Migrant Boat Stunt At Glastonbury Festival (MN)

 

 

 

 

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“Washington is unhinged and depraved. A collection of psychopaths as are its minions in Brussels and other NATO capitals.”

Imagine a Missile Massacre On a Florida Beach On the Fourth of July (SCF)

The scenario is not hyperbole. Imagine a sunny beach in Florida crowded with families enjoying a holiday weekend. In a split second, mayhem and murder are unleashed as crowds flee in panic from a foreign missile exploding over the beach. There is no doubt that the United States would go to war immediately against the perpetrator. Furious condemnations would ring out for days, weeks, and months among American politicians and their media. But what is also obvious from this hypothetical scenario is the egregious double standard and hypocrisy of American and Western responses. Last weekend, Russia was celebrating its annual Day of Remembrance and Sorrow. The day honors the dead of the Great Patriotic War instigated by Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941. That weekend also combines Trinity Sunday, a prominent religious holiday in the Orthodox calendar.

As Russian families were enjoying the festive weekend, the Kiev regime fired five U.S.-supplied ATACMS missiles at the Crimean city of Sevastopol. It was a deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructure. Four missiles were shot down by Russian air defenses, but a fifth exploded over a nearby beach, where hundreds of people were enjoying sun-splashed sand and the gentle lapping of waves. In the ensuing horror, four people including two children were killed. Over 150 were injured, dozens of them seriously, from the explosions caused by cluster bomblets released by the missile. Video footage clearly shows explosions and not merely ordnance shrapnel falling from the sky. This was an act of state-sponsored terrorism against civilians. The United States and its NATO partners bear responsibility for the massacre.

Only a week before the attack, U.S. President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders had signed off on supplying the Kiev regime with long-range (300 km) ATACMS weapons and a green light to use these missiles on Russian territory. Arguably, too, the atrocity was an unpardonable act of war against Russia. As the foreign ministry in Moscow noted, the U.S.-led NATO proxy war in Ukraine has become a direct war against Russia. The situation has entered a most dangerous moment. The Kremlin has warned that retaliation is coming. There is no question that under international law, the Russian Federation has every right to respond to murderous aggression. It only remains to be seen what the form of retaliation will be. It is doubtful that Russia would take revenge on innocent American civilians. The Russian leadership and its people are far too moral and strategically intelligent to countenance such barbarity.

The scenario of bombing a beach in Florida is invoked to demonstrate the heinous reality of what occurred in Crimea last weekend. And it also demonstrates the rank moral bankruptcy of American and European leaders. Only days before the missile attack on Crimea, the American Senate introduced a bill to declare Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism”. The bill was a hysterical reaction to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s state visit to North Korea and the signing of a mutual defense pact with Chairman Kim Jong Un. The irony of the U.S. reaction in light of the subsequent attack on Crimea is not merely bitter. Washington is unhinged and depraved. A collection of psychopaths as are its minions in Brussels and other NATO capitals.

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“We have a serious problem here, because we have a president who, by all appearances, is not up to the task..”

Biden Should Be Removed As President – US House Speaker (RT)

Joe Biden should be replaced as US president, having shown he is “not up to the task” during his debate with Donald Trump, House Speaker Mike Johnson has said. The US president’s performance in his first election face-off with Trump on Thursday was widely viewed as a disaster. The 81-year-old appeared frail and confused, struggling to finish his sentences and mixing up words. According to media reports, Democrats were “panicking” after the debate, and some donors have demanded that the president be dropped from the party’s ticket for the November 5 election. “I would be panicking too if I were a Democrat today and that was my nominee. I think they know they have a serious problem,” Johnson told journalists on Thursday. The Republican politician argued that Biden should not only withdraw from the race, but also be immediately removed from office.

“It’s not just political. It’s not just the Democratic Party. It’s the entire country. We have a serious problem here, because we have a president who, by all appearances, is not up to the task,” he said. Johnson said Biden’s administration could force him to step down by invoking the 25th Amendment – which states that the vice president and cabinet members can vote to declare the president “unable to discharge the powers and the duties of his office,” making the VP the acting head of state. If the commander-in-chief refuses to comply, the final decision on the issue would be made by Congress. The amendment has never been used in US history. “There are a lot of people asking about the 25th Amendment, invoking the 25th Amendment right now because this is an alarming situation,” the House speaker stressed.

Due to Biden’s mental condition, “our adversaries see the weakness in this White House as we all do. I take no pleasure in saying that.” “I think this is a very dangerous situation… And it needs to be regarded and handled as such. And we hope that they will do their duty, as we all seek to do our duty to do best for the American people,” Johnson stated. “I would ask the Cabinet members to search their hearts.” The results of a poll by Morning Consult, published by the news website Axios on Friday, suggested that 60% of the voters believe Biden should “definitely” or “probably” be replaced as the Democratic presidential nominee following his disappointing performance in the debate.

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“.. the plan threatens Ukraine with certain defeat, regime, and, possibly, even state disintegration; it threatens Moscow with a harder time – a type of threat that has no record of success.”

Trump the Peacemaker? His Presidency Might Help End The War In Ukraine (RT)

The likely next president of the US, Donald Trump, has signaled that he has a plan for bringing the war in Ukraine to an end. Or, at least, two of his advisers have such a plan. More importantly, they have submitted it to Trump. And most importantly, they have said that he has responded positively. As one of the plan’s authors has put it, “I’m not claiming he agreed with it or agreed with every word of it, but we were pleased to get the feedback we did.” It is true that Trump has also let it be known that he is not officially endorsing the plan. However, it is obvious that this is a trial balloon which has been launched with his approval. Otherwise, we would have either not have heard about it or it would have been disavowed.

The two Trump advisers are Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general, and Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst. Both held significant positions on national security matters during Trump’s presidency. Currently, both play important roles at the Center for American Security: Kellogg serves as co-chair and Fleitz as vice chair. Both, finally, are clear about their belief in what is perhaps Trump’s single most defining foreign policy concept: America First. Fleitz recently published an article asserting that “only America First can reverse the global chaos caused by the Biden administration.” For Kellogg, the “America First approach is key to national security.” The Center for American Security, finally, is part of the America First Policy Institute, an influential think tank founded in 2022 by key Trump administration veterans to prepare policies for his comeback.

Clearly, this is a peace plan that has not come out of nowhere. On the contrary, it has not merely been submitted to Trump to receive his – unofficial – nod, it has also emerged from within Trumpism as a resurgent political force. In addition, as Reuters has pointed out, it is also the most elaborate plan yet from the Trump camp on how to get to peace in Ukraine. In effect, this is the first time that Trump’s promise to rapidly end this war, once he is back in the White House, has been fleshed out in detail. The adoption of the plan or any similar policy would obviously mark a massive change in US policy. Hence, this is something that deserves close attention.

What does the plan foresee? In essence, it is built on a simple premise: to use Washington’s leverage over Ukraine to force the country to accept a peace that will come with concessions, territorial and otherwise. In the words of Keith Kellogg, “We tell the Ukrainians, ‘You’ve got to come to the table, and if you don’t come to the table, support from the United States will dry up’.” Since Kiev is vitally dependent on American assistance, it is hard to see how it could resist such pressure. Perhaps to give an appearance of “balance” for the many Republicans still hawkish on Russia, the plan also includes a threat addressed to Moscow: “And you tell Putin,” again in Kellogg’s terms, “he’s got to come to the table and if you don’t come to the table, then we’ll give Ukrainians everything they need to kill you in the field.”

Yet it is obvious that, despite the tough rhetoric about Russia, the plan will cause great anxiety in Kiev, not Moscow, for two reasons. First, the threats addressed to Russia and Ukraine are not comparable: If the US were to withdraw its support from Ukraine, Kiev’s Zelensky regime would quickly not just lose the war but collapse. If the US were to, instead, increase its support for the Zelensky regime, then Moscow would respond by mobilizing additional resources, as it has done before. It might also, in that case, receive direct military assistance from China, which would not stand by and watch a potential Russian defeat unfold, because that would leave Beijing alone with an aggressive, emboldened West. In addition, Washington would, of course, have to weigh the risk of Russia engaging in counter-escalation. In sum, the plan threatens Ukraine with certain defeat, regime, and, possibly, even state disintegration; it threatens Moscow with a harder time – a type of threat that has no record of success.

The second reason the plan is bad news for Ukraine but not for Russia is that the peace it aims at is much closer to Moscow’s war aims than to those of Kiev. While the document that has been submitted to Trump has not been made public, American commentators believe that a paper published on the site of the Center for American Security under the title “America First, Russia, & Ukraine” is similar to what he – or his staff – got to see. Also authored by Kellogg and Fleitz, this paper, too, repeatedly stresses just how “tough” Trump used to be toward Russia. Plenty of strutting there for those who like that kind of stuff. These statements, however, are balanced by an emphasis on what used to be called diplomacy: “At the same time,” we read, “Trump was open to cooperation with Russia and dialogue with Putin. Trump expressed respect for Putin as a world leader and did not demonize him in public statements … This was a transactional approach to US-Russia relations … to find ways to coexist and lower tensions … while standing firm on American security interests.”

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“..making no differentiation between conservatives and liberals, social democrats or Republicans and Democrats. All belong to the de facto Western War Party serving U.S.-led Western imperialism.”

US and NATO Accomplices Play Terror Card Against Russia (Van den Ende)

Recently, two U.S. senators, Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal, introduced a bill to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. “We will push for a vote, and the best thing we can do, I think, to shape the future is to label Putin as a terrorist leader, because that’s what he is,” said Graham. Graham can be compared to a (rather stupid) criminal cowboy. There are many senators with the same criminal mentality in the U.S. government. Graham is Republican, Blumenthal is a Democrat. It doesn’t matter who rules the U.S., both political parties are on the warpath and both are under the influence of the U.S. deep state (lobbies like the arms industry, military complex, etc.). Elections are a farce, just like in Europe. The U.S. together with its partners in the European Union and NATO, have instigated and prolonged all kinds of illegal wars for many years, with the reckless supply of weapons and money.

Recent wars include Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and the bombing of Libya into the stone age, and now it is Russia’s turn. Since the start of the Special Military Operation in Ukraine in February 2022 (even before that going back to 2014), Russia has been the target of the entire West. European leaders have recently become even more radical than Uncle Sam and are using threatening war language – rabid rhetoric we have not heard since the Second World War. Now that Ukraine cannot win on the battlefield, the U.S. and the West are turning to other means, as they always do, namely terrorism. We see a pattern here over several decades. The worst manifestation perhaps were the bloody wars that culminated in terrorism in Syria and Iraq, where the U.S. and EU/NATO sponsored and still sponsor terrorism. ISIS or Daesh was created by the U.S. The deceased senator (a Republican) John McCain was one of the godfathers of ISIS, whose murderers were trained at the U.S. Camp Bucca in Iraq.

The same John McCain was in Kiev during the unfolding Maidan coup in December 2013 and told thousands of NeoNazi chanting demonstrators that Americans support their resistance to closer ties with Russia. The coup was executed in February 2014. Other senators and government officials from the U.S. and Europe were also present for the Kiev coup, such as Chris Murphy and Victoria Nuland from the U.S. From Europe, the Dutchman Hans van Baalen, the former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstad (now EU MEP) and other EU delegates were present and supported the neo-Nazi groups wreaking violence on the Maidan square, killing police officers and sacking public buildings. I must emphasize that the Western coup backers were from all kinds of political parties in the EU and the U.S., making no differentiation between conservatives and liberals, social democrats or Republicans and Democrats. All belong to the de facto Western War Party serving U.S.-led Western imperialism.

Victoria Nuland (now retired from the CIA-riddled U.S. State Department) followed in the footsteps of John McCain and emerged as the greatest Russia hater in the U.S. It was she who threatened Russian President Vladimir Putin with “nasty surprises” only weeks before the terrorist attack in March this year on the Crocus City Hall shopping-theater complex just outside Moscow where 144 people were killed by a team of gunmen. The embassies (U.S. and EU) issued warnings for their fellow countrymen not to go to events or busy places in the near future, so they knew something was coming – because they planned it themselves.

Nuland has spoken vulgarly over the years. We all know her “fuck the EU” comment. But at her so-called farewell speech in February this year, she literally said: “The war in Ukraine is not to help Ukraine, but to thwart Russia.” Also revealing was Nuland’s explanation of the background of the war. Nothing about saving Ukraine, but all about her aversion to Russia. “We wanted a partner that was focused on the West, that wanted to be European. But that was not what Putin brought,” she said. So, in other words, Putin has to go and Russia needs a regime change that is pro-West, in other words a puppet regime.

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So we make her our top ‘diplomat’?!

‘She Eats Russians For Breakfast’ (RT)

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has been nominated by the leaders of EU member states to become the next high representative for security and foreign policy. The politician – selected to speak for Brussels internationally and balance conflicting interests in the EU – has a reputation as an uncompromising hawk on Russia. Before beginning a five-year term, Kallas will need approval from the European Parliament, whose members are expected to vote on her appointment in July, a step widely seen as a formality. The 47-year-old’s attitude towards Moscow was summed up by an unnamed EU official, explaining why Western European nations were resisting her candidacy for another top job – the secretary general of NATO. “Are we really putting someone who likes to eat Russians for breakfast in this position?” the source told Politico in March. Kallas reacted by posting a picture of her breakfast, consisting of blueberries, muesli, a dairy product, and a drink.

Kallas has embraced the idea that at some point NATO countries may have to deploy troops in Ukraine to prevent Moscow from defeating Kiev, first put forward by French President Emmanuel Macron in February. “We shouldn’t be afraid of our own power. Russia is saying this or that step is escalation, but defense is not escalation,” the Estonian politician said of the proposal. Macron’s stated goal in voicing the idea publicly was to leave Russian President Vladimir Putin guessing as to how far the US-led military bloc might go in supporting Ukraine. After multiple member states, including the US, ruled out sending their soldiers to fight for Kiev, the suggestion was downgraded to a military training mission in Western Ukraine. Kallas has backed the new plan, saying it does not amount to an escalation – because a potential attack on the instructors would not trigger a mandatory joint NATO response. “If you send your people to help Ukrainians … you know the country is at war and you go to a risk zone. So you take the risk,” she explained in May.

According to Kallas, there should be no “Plan B” for Ukraine, because contemplating it would amount to undermining the primary goal of helping Ukraine prevail in the conflict. ”Victory in Ukraine is not just about territory,” she told the BBC in early June. “If Ukraine joins NATO, even without some territory, then that’s a victory because it will be placed under the NATO umbrella.” The Estonian politician believes the optimal scenario of a defeat for Russia would result in the country’s dissolution. Russia is composed of “many different nations” that could become independent, and “it is not a bad thing if the big power is actually [made] much smaller,” she argued last year. The Estonian daily Postimees argued earlier this month that leaving domestic politics behind may be the best thing the prime minister can do for her country. The Baltic nation is enduring a recession and severe budget deficit, and Kallas’ coalition government is unable to find common ground on tackling the problems, the editorial argued.

“She has earned the reputation of a strong voice of the eastern part of the EU and a convincing supporter of Ukrainian victory,” the newspaper said. “It’s all good, but the citizens of Estonia did not elect her based on her international image”. Her looming appointment has “paralyzed the government,” as the coalition is unable to function while everyone waits for Kallas to quit, Postimees said. Kallas is a vocal proponent of cutting all business ties with Russia as part of the Western response to the Ukraine conflict. However, last year Estonian media revealed that her Husband Arvo Hallik held a 25% stake in a logistics company that provides services in Russia. She has denied any wrongdoing and rejected calls to step down over the scandal, which she claimed to be a politically motivated hatchet job. But her reputation was severely damaged, at home and internationally. “This is hypocrisy in a cube,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said at the time. He was referring to Kallas’ criticisms of Budapest, which views the EU decision to decouple from the Russian economy as self-harming, while having no impact on the hostilities.

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“Orban also accused the EU leadership of “imposing their own ideologies” on the populations of member states, instead of “looking after the interests of the people.”

EU Bureaucrats ‘Want War With Russia’ – Orban (RT)

The EU leadership is pushing the bloc towards war with Russia, while neglecting the interests of their own people, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has claimed. In an op-ed published in the Magyar Nemzet newspaper on Saturday, Orban warned that the EU is facing a series of crises, including economic challenges and the heightened threat of terrorism. “To make matters worse, the Brussels bureaucracy that lives in a bubble has made a number of bad political decisions in recent years,” the prime minister argued. “Europe is increasingly being dragged into a war, in which it has nothing to gain and everything to lose.” “The bureaucrats in Brussels want this war. They see it as their own, and they want to defeat Russia. They keep sending the money of the European people to Ukraine. They have shot European companies in their feet with sanctions. They have driven up inflation and they have made making a living difficult for millions of European citizens.

The Brussels bureaucrats want this war, they see it as their own, and they want to defeat Russia. They keep sending the money of the European people to Ukraine, they have shot European companies in the foot with sanctions, they have driven up inflation and they have made making a living difficult for millions of European citizens. Orban also accused the EU leadership of “imposing their own ideologies” on the populations of member states, instead of “looking after the interests of the people.” The Hungarian prime minister made his comments shortly after EU leaders nominated Ursula von der Leyen to serve for a third term as the president of the European Commission. At the same time, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas was nominated to replace Josep Borrell as the bloc’s top diplomat. Known for her hawkish foreign policy, Kallas has been one of the key champions of tougher sanctions on Russia and more weapons shipments to Ukraine.

She is also an advocate of using frozen Russian assets for aid to Ukraine. Orban is an outspoken critic of the EU’s approach to the Ukraine conflict, favoring a diplomatic settlement through negotiations as opposed to more escalation. Unlike many other NATO members, Hungary has refused to send weapons to Kiev and lobbied against unconditional financial assistance. Orban previously claimed the US and the EU were “the sources” of the “war madness” sweeping the continent, and accused Brussels of dangerous brinkmanship with Russia.

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Europe has all these women compensating for a lack of testicles.

Ursula von der Leyen: Beyond Redemption (NC)

To be accused of impropriety on one occasion may be regarded as a misfortune but to be accused on four occasions looks like carelessness. (With apologies to Oscar Wilde) If there is one individual who, more than anyone else, symbolises the ineptitude of the European Commission then it is surely the Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen (hereafter, VDL). Questions about VDL’s lack of probity first surfaced in 2015 when she was accused of plagiarising her doctoral dissertation. She was eventually cleared of the accusations but as the BBC reported on 9 March 2016, the president of the Hannover Medical School, Christopher Baum, conceded that “Ms von der Leyen’s thesis did contain plagiarised material”, but he added “there had been no intent to deceive”. Her first lucky escape.

VDL’s lack of probity continued while she served as Germany’s Minister of Defence between 2013 and 2019. During her tenure at the ministry, she became embroiled in a scandal regarding payments of €250 million to consultants related to arms contracts. Germany’s Federal Audit Office found that, of the €250 million declared for consultancy fees, only €5.1 million had been spent. Furthermore, one of the consultants was McKinsey & Company, where VDL’s son was an associate, thus raising a possible conflict of interest. It also emerged that messages related to the contracts had been deleted from two of VDL’s mobile phones. Although she was eventually cleared of corruption allegations, questions over her probity during that period remain to this day.

Having survived two scandals, VDL couldn’t believe her luck when in July 2019 Macron, together with Merkel, bypassed the Spitzenkadidaten process and nominated her as Jean-Claude Junker’s successor as head of the European Commission. The Spitzenkadidaten process, through which the lead candidate emerges and is then ratified by the European Parliament, is itself somewhat arcane. In VDL’s case, she was fortunate that the EU couldn’t agree on either of the two lead candidates at the time, Martin Weber and Frans Timmermans. It was thus left to the consummate fixer, Macron, and VDL’s mentor, Merkel, to come to an agreement using that great democratic and transparent tool called the ‘backroom deal’. VDL’s nomination was accepted by the European Council and on 16 July the European Parliament voted to accept her appointment. But it was a close vote. Out of a total of 747 MEPs, only 383 voted for her, 327 voted against, 22 abstained, and one vote was invalid. Under the EU rules, the president of the Commission must be elected with more than 50% of the MEP votes. Thus, she received only 9 votes more than the threshold. Compare this to her predecessor, Juncker, who in 2014 received 422 votes.

After she was appointed president of the European Commission, VDL again became embroiled in controversy, this time involving the procurement of the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer. The scandal, which the media dubbed Pfizergate, related to the purchase of 1.8 billion doses of the Pfizer vaccine for use across the EU. It transpired that: a) the number of doses was far greater than was required, resulting in a significant number having to be either destroyed or donated; b) the excess doses cost the EU €4 billion; c) the total value of the contract, which Politico reported as being approximately €20 billion, was inflated; and d) the most damaging charge, the contract for the vaccines was negotiated directly between VDL and Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer. The negotiations were conducted using sms messages, which VDL later claimed to have deleted.

The New York Times, which initially carried out the investigation into Pfizergate, brought a lawsuit against the European Commission for failing to provide access to the sms conversations between VDL and Bourla. In Belgium, a lobbyist, Frederic Baldan, filed a criminal complaint citing corruption and the destruction of documents. The Belgian lawsuit was eventually taken over by the European Public Prosecutors Office, which opened a criminal investigation. The outcome of these legal proceedings/investigations is still pending.

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“BRICS countries are home to 45.2% of the world’s population, compared to just 9.7% in the G7..”

“Data on oil reserves show that BRICS countries now hold 45.8% of global volumes, while the G7 holds only 3.7%..”

Why Does Türkiye Want to Join BRICS? (RT)

At the beginning of this month, news of Türkiye’s desire to join BRICS drew global media attention. The announcement was made by Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan during his visit to China. “Of course, we would like to become a member of BRICS. Let’s see what we can achieve this year,” said the minister, as quoted by the South China Morning Post. This issue was also discussed at the BRICS foreign ministers’ meeting in Nizhny Novgorod, attended by Türkiye’s chief diplomat, Hakan Fidan. Türkiye’s desire to join is not entirely new – during the BRICS summit of 2018, where Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a participant, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ankara could join in 2022. However, subsequent events on the world stage apparently delayed that ambition, and Ankara is only now showing renewed interest.

[..] With the confrontation between the countries of the global majority and the West growing, BRICS is considered to be emerging as an alternative to the G7. This is determined by several key reasons related to economic, political, and social aspects. The G7, comprising leading economically developed countries – the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan – has traditionally dominated the international arena, shaping the global economic and political agenda. However, the emergence and development of BRICS have changed this balance, offering an alternative view on global governance and cooperation. BRICS unites the largest developing economies in the world, which together account for a significant share of global GDP and population. Collectively, BRICS countries possess vast resources and potential for economic growth, making them important players on the global stage.

To provide a clearer understanding, let’s compare some indicators. With its five new members, BRICS now accounts for almost 34% of the world’s land area, while the G7 accounts for 16%. BRICS countries are home to 45.2% of the world’s population, compared to just 9.7% in the G7. The combined GDP based on purchasing power parity in BRICS countries is 36.7% of the global total as of 2024, compared to 29.6% for the G7. Data on oil reserves show that BRICS countries now hold 45.8% of global volumes, while the G7 holds only 3.7%. Thus, in many respects, BRICS surpasses the G7. The economic power of BRICS allows these countries to propose alternative models of development and economic cooperation, differing from the Western approaches represented by the G7.

Due to international contradictions and the destructive hegemony of Western countries led by Washington, questions about the need to transform the world order are actively arising. BRICS advocates for a multipolar world, where the balance of power is more evenly distributed among various regions and countries. While the G7 represents the interests of economically developed Western powers, BRICS focuses on the issues and interests of developing nations, which are often marginalized in global politics. This makes BRICS an important platform for countries seeking greater autonomy and independence from Western influence. Moreover, the creation of the New Development Bank (NDB) and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) demonstrates the BRICS countries’ desire to establish alternative financial institutions capable of competing with traditional Western institutions, particularly the IMF and the World Bank.

[..] Türkiye shows significant interest in joining BRICS, seeing it as an important step toward enhancing its international influence and economic potential. This aspiration is driven by several key factors related to economic, political, and geostrategic aspects. Possessing one of the largest economies in the region, Türkiye aims to diversify its economic ties and strengthen cooperation with rapidly developing countries. Joining BRICS would give Ankara access to a vast market and opportunities to increase trade and investment with the leading economies of the developing world. This is especially important in the context of global economic challenges and uncertainties, where diversifying partners becomes a key factor for sustainable growth.

Türkiye has repeatedly faced financial difficulties and restrictions imposed by Western financial institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank. Joining BRICS would provide Türkiye with access to the New Development Bank and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement, allowing it to secure funding on more favorable terms and with fewer political commitments. This is particularly relevant for Türkiye, which seeks to maintain its economic independence and minimize external pressure.

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“Suddenly, it is not a cheap fake but reality.”

The Art of Being Eternally Shocked (Turley)

No one would think of the Beltway as being a place of the naive innocents of our society. Washington is the only ecosystem composed entirely of apex predators. Yet, this week everyone seems to be eternally shocked by what has been obvious for years. The press and pundits are coming off an embarrassing couple of weeks where the Hunter Biden laptop was authenticated in federal court as real. This occurred in the trial of the president’s son almost on the anniversary of a debunked letter of intelligence officials claiming that the laptop appeared to be Russian disinformation. Biden then repeated the claim in the last presidential debates to avoid answering questions over the massive influence peddling scheme of this family revealed by the laptop. After the story was suppressed before the 2020 election, it took years for the media to admit that, oops, the laptop is surprisingly real.

For years, the press and pundits piled on experts who suggested that Covid 19 escaped from a Chinese lab. The New York Times reporter covering the area called it “racist” and implausible. Now, even W.H.O. accepts the lab theory as possible and federal agencies now believe it is the most likely explanation. The response: surprise and spin. This week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Justice Department has unlawfully charged hundreds of people with obstruction of an official proceeding after the January 6th riot. For years, objections to the excessive treatment of these cases were dismissed as the view of the radical right. Now, even Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson voted to toss out these convictions. Surprise. Whether it was the false story about agents whipping migrants in Texas or the photo op claim in Lafayette Park, false stories were disproven only to have a collective shrug from those who spread them.

For years, the press and pundits have repeated like gospel that Trump had called neo-Nazis “fine people.” At the time, most of us noted that Trump condemned the racists and neo-Nazis and made the statement about fine people on both sides of the controversy over the removal of historic statues. Six years later, Snopes finally decided to do a fact check and, surprise, found that Trump never praised neo-Nazis as fine people. The only person not surprised was Biden who repeated the false story on Friday as true. Heading into the presidential debate, the White House and the media attacked Fox News and other outlets for “cheap fake” videos designed to make the President look confused and feeble. For months, politicians and pundits have insisted that Biden is sharp and commanding in conversations even after Special Counsel Robert Hur cited his decline as a reason for not charging him criminally for the unlawful retention and mishandling of classified material.

On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough stated “start your tape right now because I’m about to tell you the truth. And F— you if you can’t handle the truth. This version of Biden intellectually, analytically, is the best Biden ever. Not a close second. And I have known him for years…If it weren’t the truth I wouldn’t say it.” Then the presidential debate happened and, after years of being protected by staff, tens of millions of people watched the president struggle to stay focused and responsive. After the debate, there was total surprise, if not shock, on CNN and MSNBC. Suddenly, it is not a cheap fake but reality.

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“Given the multitude of errors at trial and the pending election, it is a near certainty that his request for a stay will be granted.”

“..federal statutes generally require that the highest court in a state rule before the Supreme Court intervenes..”

Trump Sentencing Will Put Merchan’s Bias in Crosshairs (RCP)

On July 11, acting New York Judge Juan Merchan will sentence former President Donald Trump. Trump was convicted in a New York State court in Manhattan on a novel theory and on facts never before used to secure a conviction in New York. Disregarding at least a dozen reasons his conviction should be reversed, because Trump was convicted of falsifying records with the intent to commit a second crime – illegally interfering in the 2016 presidential election – the falsification was upgraded to a class E felony, comprising 34 counts, one for each entry. The maximum penalty is four years in jail on each count, not to exceed a total of 20 years. New York defendants sentenced to less than a year are usually jailed in notorious Rikers Island, known for its overcrowding, drug problems, and violence. The New York City Council voted to close the facility by 2026. New York Post photos from just a few years ago show the awful conditions there.

For sentences of a year or longer, Trump could be remanded to one of 41 state prisons for men, though most likely to one of the three minimum security facilities. It seems highly unlikely that the U.S. Secret Service would permit Trump to be held in a New York prison. While space might be made available in a federal prison, or a building converted for exclusive use by Trump, it is more likely that he would serve any sentence in home confinement, wearing an ankle monitor. Alternatives to incarceration include probation for up to 10 years, unconditional discharge, or discharge, without probation, conditioned on not committing a further crime during the following three years, and a fine of up to $5,000. Merchan could order that confinement be limited to weekends or nights, and could permit exceptions for political or business activities. He also could split the sentence, for example, requiring 30 days of home confinement followed by conditional discharge.

Even if Trump is conditionally discharged or given probation but is later convicted of another crime, he could be remanded to prison. In setting the sentence, Merchan will consider a mandatory Pre-Sentence Report and the nature of the crime in addition to Trump’s background, age, and health. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg follows a policy of not recommending incarceration for those convicted of non-violent class E felonies. During the trial, Merchan observed that he sees incarceration as a “last resort.”Trump’s indictment for numerous other crimes and his frequent violations of Merchan’s gag order will make unconditional release less likely. However, Trump’s evaluation also will suffer because of recent verdicts that he is liable for civil fraud and defamation, and for presumably refusing to accept guilt during the pre-sentence interview.

If Merchan properly considers the nature of the offense, that similar offenses have not been prosecuted in New York, the “false records” were internal Trump accounts, there was no monetary loss, and the so-called effort to interfere in the 2016 election failed in New York (where Clinton overwhelmingly won), and Trump has no prior record, there should be no jail time or home confinement.However, if Merchan approaches sentencing with the same antagonism to Trump’s rights he brought to the trial, he can be expected to cite a fraud on the national electorate to justify at least a brief period of home confinement. Even then, it would be shocking if Merchan did not stay the sentence until after the election, pending Trump’s appeal. Trump likely will appeal to New York’s intermediate appeals court and will seek to have any sentence stayed pending the outcome of the appeal. Given the multitude of errors at trial and the pending election, it is a near certainty that his request for a stay will be granted.

Trump could also bring an action in federal district court asserting that Bragg and Merchan lacked jurisdiction to accuse him of interfering in a federal election, and he was not given adequate notice of the alleged crimes. It is unlikely a federal judge would get involved prior to a state appeals court. Trump could seek intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court, but federal statutes generally require that the highest court in a state rule before the Supreme Court intervenes. In the end, it seems likely that Trump’s conviction will be overturned. Whether the sentence is harsh or a slap on the wrist, the entire process has been a political prosecution intended to keep Trump off the campaign trail and give Biden the talking point that Trump is a convicted felon. That flagrant abuse of due process is not how our justice or electoral systems are supposed to work.

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“Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has told Israel and its allies that a war with no limits will ensue if Israel attempts to invade southern Lebanon..”

Iran Threatens Israel With ‘Obliterating War’ If It Attacks Lebanon (ZH)

Iran’s mission to the United Nations has put Israel and the world on notice, saying that if Israel launches an all-out war against Hezbollah in Lebanon the whole region will burn. A Friday statement from Iran’s ambassador warned the UN that any “full-scale military aggression” in Lebanon against Hezbollah will mean that “an obliterating war will ensue.” The Iranian statement continued by emphasizing that “all options, including the full involvement of all resistance fronts, are on the table” in a statement posted to X. By “resistance fronts” Tehran means the militias it supports in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen will also ramp up their military activities. On a few occasions, Iraqi Shia militias have launched missiles and drones against southern Israel, as have the Houthis, with limited effect.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged this week that a “seven front war” could open up, in reference to all of Iran’s proxies across the region. For years already, Israeli jets have been regularly attacking ‘Iranian assets’ inside Damascus, also in a continued effort to weaken Assad, despite the presence of Russia’s military primarily in the northwest coastal region. Israel has meanwhile continued to pound Hezbollah positions in south Lebanon, amid continued fears of a bigger war at any moment. The US has even sent amphibious military ships closer to Israel and Lebanon in the Eastern Mediterranean to be ready to evacuate Americans if a bigger conflict ensues.

The Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper wrote Saturday, “In the past few hours, warplanes attacked several Hezbollah targets, including a military site for the organisation in the Zabqin area, two operational infrastructure sites in the Khiam area, and a Hezbollah building in the al-Adissa [Odaisseh] area.” Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has told Israel and its allies that a war with no limits will ensue if Israel attempts to invade southern Lebanon. Some Israeli officials fear that the IDF could be stretched too thin if this happens, considering it’s still in the thick of anti-Hamas Gaza operations in the south. Most analysts agree that Hezbollah is far more capable a paramilitary and guerilla force than Hamas, or any other Iran-linked group in the region for that matter. In the 2006 Lebanon war, there were reports that IRGC operatives were on the ground in Lebanon assisting Hezbollah.

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“..the Cypriot government has become part of the war and the resistance [Hezbollah] will deal with it as part of the war..”

Over 80 UK War Planes Deployed From Cyprus To Lebanon Since 7 Oct (Cradle)

The UK has sent over 80 military transport planes to the Lebanese capital of Beirut since the start of Israel’s war on Gaza nine months ago, Declassified UK reported on 28 June. All the flights have gone from the UK’s massive Akrotiri airbase on the nearby island of Cyprus, long a staging post for UK bombing missions in West Asia. Declassified UK notes that the number of UK military flights to Beirut has risen dramatically in recent months. The group tracked 25 flights in April and May and 14 so far in June. Flights from the UK base take around 45 minutes to reach Beirut, which Israel has increasingly threatened to bomb in a possible full-scale war with the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah. The Ministry of Defense declined to disclose the number of UK military flights to Lebanon since the start of the war on 7 October or their purpose. A defense source told Declassified UK that the flights “have been primarily for the purpose of facilitating senior military engagement” with the Lebanese army.

But it is widely assumed the planes are carrying weapons to Beirut to arm anti-Hezbollah militias. The US, UK, and Israel would presumably use these militias to attack Hezbollah from within the country in the case of an Israeli invasion from the south. Declassified UK notes that nearly every Royal Air Force flight to Lebanon has been the Voyager KC mark 2, which can carry a payload of 45 tons and 291 personnel or provide air-to-air refueling. Another flight involved a vast C-17 cargo plane. Israeli threats to invade Lebanon have accelerated in tandem with the increase in flights. Israeli military leaders have increasingly warned of a Lebanon campaign to push Hezbollah away from the border and past the Litani River. Last week, the Israeli army approved “operational plans for an offensive in Lebanon,” and the US pledged to support Israel with weapons if a full-scale war breaks out.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned the resistance movement will use its massive rocket and missile arsenal to hit targets across Israel in a “total war” if Tel Aviv decides to launch an invasion. Nasrallah also threatened Cyprus, noting its role as a US, UK, and Israeli staging ground. “The Cypriot government must be warned that opening Cypriot airports and bases for the Israeli enemy to target Lebanon means that the Cypriot government has become part of the war and the resistance [Hezbollah] will deal with it as part of the war,” he said. Nasrallah’s threat appeared to include the Akrotiri base, which lies in territory retained by the UK when Cyprus gained independence in 1960. The territory now hosts vast military and intelligence hubs for Britain and the US, Declassified UK notes.

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“With the Chevron doctrine overturned, any future regulatory attempts to impose such burdens will require explicit and unambiguous congressional authorization..”

Chevron and Bitcoin (Crossman)

Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, delivered a decisive opinion that dismantles Chevron deference. The Court held that the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) requires courts to exercise independent judgment when interpreting statutes, rejecting the notion that ambiguities in law should default to agency interpretations. “Chevron defies the command of the APA that ‘the reviewing court’—not the agency whose action it reviews—is to ‘decide all relevant questions of law’ and ‘interpret . . . statutory provisions,’” Roberts wrote. “It requires a court to ignore, not follow, ‘the reading the court would have reached’ had it exercised its independent judgment. … Chevron cannot be reconciled with the APA… .” Slip Op., at 21 (emphasis added).

The ruling emphasizes that statutory ambiguities do not automatically delegate interpretive authority to agencies. Instead, courts must use traditional tools of statutory construction to determine the best reading of a statute, ensuring that agencies do not exceed their conferred powers. The implications of this ruling extend far beyond administrative law, reaching into the heart of the Bitcoin mining industry. Much like the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA, which curbed the Environmental Protection Agency’s overreach, this ruling reinforces the need for clear congressional authorization before agencies can impose significant regulatory burdens. For the Bitcoin mining industry, this decision is a clear win. Regulatory uncertainty has long been a thorn in the side of Bitcoin miners, who rely on predictable and stable access to power and other resources. By curbing the ability of agencies to unilaterally expand their regulatory reach, the Court has created a more favorable environment for Bitcoin mining operations.

Bitcoin miners have often been at the mercy of shifting regulatory landscapes, which can dramatically impact their operations. For instance, stringent environmental regulations targeting power consumption could have severely constrained the industry. With the Chevron doctrine overturned, any future regulatory attempts to impose such burdens will require explicit and unambiguous congressional authorization, followed by detailed judicial scrutiny. This decision also invigorates the major question doctrine, which posits that significant regulatory actions with vast economic and political implications require clear congressional authorization. This doctrine can be a powerful tool for Bitcoin miners and other industries to challenge regulatory overreach, ensuring that agencies cannot impose wide-ranging policies without clear legislative backing.

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“Admittance is only granted to the select few who pay the massively extortionate ticket price..”

Banksy ‘Launches’ Migrant Boat Stunt At Glastonbury Festival (MN)

The ‘street’ artist Banksy carried out a stunt at the now uber trendy Glastonbury Festival Friday night by launching a mock-up small boat complete with dummy migrants into the crowd. The Guardian reports that many in the crowd thought it was part of the band Idles’ set given that their songs are all about lefty political positions such as the idea that limiting mass illegal immigration is right wing and evil. The report notes, however, that Banksy was behind the stunt stating “The raft, a reference to the small boats carrying migrants across the Channel that have been such a high-profile target of Rishi Sunak’s immigration policy, was crowdsurfed through the thousands-strong Other stage crowd, which Idles were headlining on Friday night.” Given that Sunak has done practically nothing to prevent the boats and the Conservative government has actively incentivised mass illegal immigration for years now, you’d be forgiven for thinking the stunt was some sort of endorsement.

Indeed, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what the point of it was. What is the crowd cheering about here? The report further notes that the boat was ‘launched’ during a song called Danny Nedelko, which contains the following lyrics: “My blood brother is an immigrant, a beautiful immigrant. My blood brother’s Freddie Mercury. A Nigerian mother of three. He’s made of bones, he’s made of blood. He’s made of flesh, he’s made of love. He’s made of you, he’s made of me. Unity. Fear leads to panic, panic leads to pain. Pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate.” The report also notes that “Migration is a major theme at this year’s Glastonbury festival, with a new area dedicated to the topic.” Mega cringe. It continues, “Entrants to ‘Terminal 1’ must answer a question from the UK government’s citizenship test for prospective migrants.”

The message being that having some form of secure border and vetting system is oppressive… or something. If people manage to pass the test they’re then treated to “music by representatives from Notting Hill carnival and Bristol’s St Paul’s carnival, alongside visual art by global artists including Love Watts, Yoshi Sodeoka and the Turner prize winner Mark Wallinger.” No thanks then. Admittance is only granted to the select few who pay the massively extortionate ticket price and can afford to spend more than the majority of people earn in an entire month once inside. It’s basically full of metropolitan shitlib ‘creatives’ and influencers with trust funds and disposable incomes. So it’s the perfect venue to engage in empty virtue signalling stunts.

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    René Magritte Empire of light 1950   • Imagine a Missile Massacre On a Florida Beach On the Fourth of July (SCF) • Biden Should Be Removed As Pre
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 30 2024]

    #162465
    oxymoron
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    Here you go. A few years old. Power over time. Long time. Cabal sort of stuff. Highly recommend a watch.

    #162466
    Dr. D
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    Top the day, Israel in prisoners. The End.

    What do I mean? Well, Israel is fighting I dunno, 20 wars, in every house of every town of every county of every border. Against every body. Including against themselves and the Orthodox Jews. And thought this was a good idea. Guess what, genius? They ran out of prisons. They ran out of soldiers. They ran out of everything. And they’re thinking of lighting up Cyprus too now, if Nenner is any indication. (they have an airbase there to bomb Lebanon with).

    So…little clue for people who forget everything about the Civil Rights Movement, which is apparently everyone: when you have one guy, not obeying segregation, drunk and disorderly, resisting arrest, they detain and dispense with him. If EVERYBODY disobeys, resists arrest, gets detained, then YOU own the prison and everything in it, and you dispense with THEM.

    That is, the sole purpose of protesting is to get arrested as a demonstration of POWER. That you outnumber them by thousands, overwhelm every force and tactic they have without flexing a finger. That is, that the PEOPLE are in control, WE are government. We do whatever WE like. You do what WE say. Now stfu and get me a sammich, copper.

    If you’re not doing that, not getting arrested, you’re not having a protest, you’re having a puppet show, performance art, as we well know because that’s what they’ve been doing for 65 years. Fake, simulacrum of protesting, fake simulacrum of caring. Nothing changes with each protest, no one cares that nothing changed and do it all again. “Fun time had by all!” Like Civil War reenactments, no real bullets, everyone stands up again, goes home, and does it again next Saturday.

    Now in Israel, they are already at the point where the prisoners are running the prisons. And have nothing to lose. Israel that last sleepless guard, nearly overwhelmed, only will mass-shoot them all, and they know it, it’s the last ragged edge of any control of the building, the people … or the State… at all. Imagine once it gets out that Israel will arrest you you’ll end up in a prison run by your own family and friends, Hamas, PLO, like taking over the prison in “Walking Dead.” (wtf with those late episodes, btw) Do you care? No, I can stay at MY house with my family or I can get a free bus ticket to YOUR house to stay with your family. Either way WE are in control.

    Okay, so Israel then opens up new front, shoots anyone BEFORE arresting them, sends them nowhere. Okay, great, now you’re in an open rebellion, where the lines and enemy is everywhere, your entire workforce are Palestinian slaves, and they aware if they see you you’re coming to kill them. So you start shooting first. Again, no Israel power. Just tinderbox river to the sea. A new fire with every traffic stop and petty theft.

    That goes to (3), they are ALSO starting 5 wars, the geniuses they are, with Lebanon, Gaza, Iran, Cyprus, and the West Bank. (and more! Yemen, Jordan, Egypt…) So WHO are they going to send to arrest you? Oh wait, we’re not arresting anymore. WHO are they going to send to kill you? Oh wait, we don’t have soldiers even for standing around on unmanned AI border-guard towers, much less send to mass arrest 1,000 in West Bank, much less ALSO 15,000 men for Gaza, Lebanon, etc, EACH.

    That is the point at which you no longer have a state. At all, The End. You go to project power and enforce your will anywhere, on anyone, for any reason and find you are in overreach and there isn’t anyone. You CAN send out that one policeman and one squad car to the Watts Riots, but nothing will happen. The police will die or they won’t, but no behavior will be prevented or changed. In this case, ANYWHERE, not just in the Watts Riot-zone. Police knock heads not to stop that guy (too late) but to send a message to everyone else.

    The interesting part of this is they know it. It’s a core premise of their Israeli war gaming. The only way to keep “order” as they say, was to whack Gaza hard first so they could instantly free up 99% of those guys to turn and take Hezbollah in Lebanon. …And that’s only a two-front war. Nutsy is trying to open 5 fronts. Their own planners say, failing to subdue Gaza, we got nothin’, no men can’t get mobilized, will be shot in the rear if we try, and lose. …Doing it anyway.

    So since they know, WHYYYYYY?

    Like I said, “Israel has ceased to exist” as we know it, it only just playing out now and takes time. It’s ceased to exist because they’ve broken and removed all the parts that make States function. Although they’re not “States” necessarily, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, have not done the same. They do exist as viable organisms in their physical locations and will for some time. A lot of people will die yet but it’s over. As Sun Tzu would say.

    “Furious condemnations would ring out for days, weeks, and months among American politicians and their media.”

    Yes, but this only points out that when A = A ≠ A like a crazy person, hypocrisy is impossible. All things and their opposites are equal, and equally rational. That is, Reason itself has dissolved. Why bother pointing it out? We’re crazy, bonkers, clean ‘round the bend, truly gone fishing? Yeah, we know. Or those of us left rational know. There is only the Sane and the Insane, as Solari said. That doesn’t help direct our actions.

    Now he says “4th of July”? I’ve also said this, do it when we have explosions going off anyway, nationwide. Nenner, a key market timer, says the 5th. Another person says the 15th, with a different event. (perhaps to distract from Event 1? Pretend Alien Landing? Like that mall video in Florida?)

    Okay, they must respond and even said they would. So how long? A year? 12 years? Nope, way sooner than that. 8 months? Everyone will have forgotten, and that Ukraine exists. So, 6 weeks? Still too long probably. There you go, 1-4 weeks.

    “On July 11, acting New York Judge Juan Merchan will sentence former President Donald Trump.”

    Well ain’t that odd that it’s happening then, just like the Pentagon admitting they “lost” $20Trillion on 9-10, a day before all the records blew up in Ring E. And all the SEC fraud records blew up in Bldg 7. Welp! Too busy now to figure out who did what to whom! And they can talk about President Trump 4 days after Russia bombs a beach in Florida? …For example? The Trumpmobile falls out of the sky?

    “I would be panicking too if I were a Democrat today and that was my nominee. I think they know they have a serious problem,” Johnson told journalists on Thursday.”

    We told them this years ago when they claimed he was going to run at age 190. In fact, we told them not to run an old white guy in 2020. Wtf you racist, misogynist, patriarchal pig-dogs? We Conservatives on the Right are far too helpful that way, but why bother? They don’t/didn’t listen anyway, so fine. Panicking? Yeah, uh, no. Made up, like everything they do.

    Okay, back-engineer this: Suppose, as I say, they expected/demanded/wanted/needed Joe to LOSE. They needed Cheeto to “Coup”, put up fences, and start a Civil War of secession Podesta had all planned out – THEN TOLD EVERYONE IN PUBLIC. Poor Black Kamala! Ray-cisss. Every day is Oct7…I mean J6. So? Cheeto says fine, you win. WhutWhut? Yeah you win, take it, all yours good luck. Well that’s not in “The Plan”! How can they not though? So for whatever reason, Joe is in. Now you need to get rid of him since he already had dementia and was a deadly criminal liability in every possible way by Feb 2020. The only reason we didn’t care was we were going to have Cheeto kill him in the war and install Kamala. BUT! This is AFTER the inauguration. — With the fences, expecting a coup, remember? Where not a single soul was allowed in the capital so they sent drone art projects? …But they ran him as a candidate from 2020 on, protesting everything, over every objection, every media objection, every DEMOCRATIC media objection, voiced almost weekly for 200 weeks.

    …Yeah, that makes sense, suuuuuuure they did.

    No. THEIR OWN PEOPLE SAID THEY SHOULDN’T for 200 weeks so they didn’t put in a Buttigeig or something. Find that talent. Heck: you’re a puppet show anyway not running anything what’s the difference??? Run ANYONE. Run “Joe the Plumber”. Run the whole cast of the View who Identify-as-one-person. Who cares? Right?

    What does that mean? It means they ALWAYS planned to swap Joe out at the last minute. Since not long after 2020. It means they ONLY can do it in this window, which is why to deny it for 150 weeks in a row. And WHY would they need to do that and not float their candidate or sock-puppet years back?

    BECAUSE THAT CANDIDATE IS SO AWFUL NO ONE WILL ACCEPT THEM. Or at least not in any normal way. As we see, that means no Bernie, no Massie. No Progressives, no Blue Dogs, no machine-cogs like Pete. They need to pop up, say “EMERGENCY!!! FIRE!!!!!!!!!!” and have the Base say, “Aw shucks, whatcanyado???” and accept this person vs Putler. Because that person is SO BAD they would THROW UP if their name were even mentioned before then, and never accept or tolerate them at all. KNOWING it was a certain loss, and if they won – since even their own Party hates this person’s guts and the very sight of them – that even they know the vote is rigged.

    Anyway, that’s why they did that, and why the GOP lets them. I’ll leave it to your imagination who that person has to be then.

    This also brings up why Trump said as far back as 2018 that he wasn’t going to be 25th’d, but somebody else definitely would be. Biden. Because he’s not going to step down but make them forceably remove him, as they are indeed doing right now. How could he be so sure of that, so very long ago? “The Hunter becomes the Hunted” as that famous board said, 1700 times. Because if you know what’s going on with all these people – which generally we don’t – then your strategy and approach becomes obvious. Which is the very largest, very weakest link. Goodbye.

    Now how does Team Trump know THAT, that Joe wouldn’t step down? Because although they have his blackmail/control files, WE HAVE THEM TOO. We already talked to Jill about Hunter and the whole family being hung. Do What You’re Told. The DNC handlers do NOT know that and have to remove him in public, exposing themselves.

    • Trump the Peacemaker? His Presidency Might Help End The War In Ukraine (RT)

    Maybe, but wasn’t he the one who 1) Sanctioned Russia without precedent 2) Gave a billion more in aid, like State Dept 3) trained 400k troops in Ukraine 4) Gave them Javelin anti-tank and other provocative gear?

    Uh-huh. He’s practically Gandhi and Jesus Christ combined.

    :”“only America First can reverse the global chaos caused by the Biden administration.”

    Seems odd, but if “America First” means “Staying home and not going around bombing everything and telling everyone what to do.”

    “to give an appearance of “balance” … then we’ll give Ukrainians everything they need to kill you in the field.”

    Yeah, they’re crazy people. This “Plan” means they both will and won’t at the same time. A = A ≠ A. Suppose Ukr doesn’t agree AND Russia doesn’t agree. Then we do what we’re doing now? EXCEPT we also don’t have ANYTHING they need to kill Russians, we have no shells, no missiles, no jets, no tanks, no men. Please please do this, it will demonstrate in real time to the planet that our military is like the UK: the size of a girl scout troop or furry convention, and just about as serious.

    Again, RUSSIA HASN’T STARTED THE WAR. They are fighting with both hands behind their back right now. They are rolling Ukr and territory fast on all contact points at once now.

    “making no differentiation between conservatives and liberals, social democrats or Republicans and Democrats. All belong to the de facto Western War Party serving U.S.-led Western imperialism.”

    Absolutely. Or they wouldn’t be there because their wife suddenly dies on the campaign trail. Cut off the money.

    “She Eats Russians For Breakfast’ (RT)

    But did Russia notice? That she even exists at all? Or her whole country? I didn’t. Her country is the size of America’s smallest city, the one we don’t care about and burned down for lols.

    ““We shouldn’t be afraid of our own power.” What power? Easy to say when you have no power.

    Anyway, I don’t notice her either, having trouble remembering her name but I’m trying. Where do they find these women? Is she like a lab-leak?

    “• EU Bureaucrats ‘Want War With Russia’ – Orban (RT)

    That is, a criminally tiny class. “It comes down through the ages, the [banks] against the People”. The People, generally, don’t want this. They may believe everything told about Russia but they’re not going to die over it. Not in Kaliningrad and not of lack of gas supply in Hambourg. There’s a difference. Only this impossibly tiny cadre wants anything to do with it, Peak Centralization. Like October 6, you can’t go back. You were at Peak Power, peak stability, peak J-i-T inventory, peak globalization, peak taxation, peak extraction, you can’t go up from there. MOAR. You f’n Wendigos.

    ““Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has told Israel and its allies that a war with no limits will ensue if Israel attempts to invade southern Lebanon..”

    Already said they’re past their limits even with NO war. The End. Btw, Israel claims with a straight face that Iran is planning on taking over the whole Middle East and South America too! Probably tomorrow! Now if only they would take ANY action, ANYWHERE that would substantiate that, even once in 50 years, unlike some nations in the area that have 10x’d their original size using slow annexation. I’m sure Saudi Arabia believes every word since they just signed an agreement with them and both are sure lifetime members of BRIICS. WHAT. T. F. ?

    “The UK has sent over 80 military transport planes to the Lebanese capital of Beirut”

    Britain has 80 flying planes? Oh, you mean one plane 80 times. Right.

    “Indeed, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what the point of it was.”

    That itself was the point. Like most Banksy’s.

    #162467
    SeaBirds
    Participant

    “Europe has all these women compensating for a lack of testicles.”

    Well isn’t that exactly why they’re where they are? They’re young, malleable, well-groomed, but mere puppets playing their designated roles, just like Biden, just like Zelensky. Chosen because they seek the limelight and attention, the chance to mingle with the big guys, and to wield power over us little guys. They do exactly what they’re told to do. Heaven forbid, Kallas presides over a Baltic State with around 1.3 million people. Of course she’s more than happy to eat Russians for breakfast in order to move quickly up the pecking order. And what an example she has to follow with van der Leyen. But who is pulling the strings and providing the script? Better talk to celtic biker 😉

    Aivazovsky.
    In agreement with V Arnold.

    #162468
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    The United States is facing a severe existential crisis as serious as that period leading to the opening of its Civil War costing some million + casualties in a much smaller population. Like then, the nation was divided irreconcilably , unable to conduct conversation with the other, unable to negotiate some mutually agreeable resolution with a population only moderately more educated than today (illiteracy about equal, effective illiteracy then much smaller per population). They, then, could not self correct and warfare was the result. Today, having considerably more experience as reserve resource, have lost the run of ourselves through indolence, indifference, ignorance and distraction, few having the horizons needed to adequately marshal the mental resources to act as citizens of a Republic having universal suffrage. We have lost the arts and skills of communicating with the other; we speak at, not with; the ability to listen is a rarity.
    Those who pretend to lead may be the cream of public ability to communicate and also show the hollowness of the public intellect; a Potemkin village of public propriety and ethics hiding vast corruption camouflaged by lies hidden in secrets of national security. Lincoln reminded that a house divided against itself cannot …, as well as houses built on the shifting sands of lies will not endure. There is an obvious conclusion; it is tipping point time, a decision must be arrive at, whether to find oneself on the right side of history or find oneself bypassed by history. It will be quite helpful to have an inkling of history to navigate with. Tat is another missing asset for survival, lost to revisionism. YMMD

    #162469
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Different perspective on the ‘debate’ (cough, turn your head, cough again please)

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    #162470
    Oroboros
    Participant

    In the Empire of Lies Gangster Nation Edition it’s a Real Bitch to be honest

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    #162471
    Oroboros
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    Again, sadly, the Empire of Lies Voter Registration Edition

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    Oroboros
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    #162476
    Dr. D
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    “the-heart-of-gnosticism” (link yestrday, but comes up sometimes)

    Does anyone even know what “Gnosticism” is? Because I’ve been puttering around it all my life and haven’t even got a root definition yet. I think it means “Lots of different things” and also “Everything that happened between 100 and 500AD, anywhere in Europe or the Mediterranean, but probably elsewhere too”, “for kids who don’t read so good and want to learn other stuff too.”

    Yeah, that means nothing, and just took on a 2-hour lecture on it this week, with “60 levels of Treasuries of Light” of the “Little Emanation” called “The Ascent of the Soul and the Eternal Treasuries of Light”. Got it? Neither does anybody else. Not even Gnostic scholars after 100 years have any idea what they’re talking about in any translatable way. It’s as alien as Arakkis. If scholars reading 4 ancient languages who studied 200 books, how much more the rest of us.

    Gnosis in general means, “Internal knowing” so that’s another, different, crossover, merged, diverged use of the word-that-means-nothing to modern people. Nor does either that book, other books, or modern gnosis seem to have anything to do with original Christianity except via name-dropping. Just like the modern New-Age versions of “Gnosis”. “Whatever I believe in my head just now.”

    A word that means nothing, means nothing. The thing that word points to is then undefined and, also means nothing.

    …Probably better use another word and definition, something new and specific, or no communication or knowledge will occur.

    #162477
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Bibi Biden for Presidementia!

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    #162478
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #162479
    Oroboros
    Participant

    “Dr Jill” is a

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    #162480
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Nice photo (shopped) of Brandon there Oroboros. The body double used has no wrinkles about the eyes and is 90 days older than I, and I still have 90% colour of my hair and 90% of my hair. Brandon os a terrorist, if that is in my future – I AM terrorised.

    #162481
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Hey, let’s all report elder abuse, en mass

    https://www.justice.gov/elderjustice/find-help-or-report-abuse

    For non-life-threatening emergencies, call either:

    National Elder Fraud Hotline
    1-833-FRAUD-11
    (833-372-8311)
    10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Time
    Monday – Friday

    Eldercare Locator helpline
    1-800-677-1116

    Report Abuse to Adult Protective Services (APS)

    The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) provides APS information for all U.S. States and territories.

    Help In Your Area

    Matt Baker makes a complaint against Jill Biden.

    https://x.com/i/status/1806753136515948562

    #162482
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Biden Derangement Syndrome

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    #162483
    Field Able
    Participant

    Go Brandon!

    #162484
    Oroboros
    Participant

    One of the points missed with the new Russian-North Korean security pact is that the North Koreans can test the range and accuracy of their ballistic nuclear missiles over the 11 time zone range of Russia. Big help in improving them.

    But the other feature is that elite North Korean troops can test their combat effectiveness in real conditions against Ukronazis in Nazilensky’s back yard.

    Nothing like real combat experience to tune up your troops. It’s invaluable.You can’t buy it or train for it.

    Russian elite forces breach through Ukronazi lines Volchansk

    Just a reminder of the real deal….

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/4MtvCeJVV4JM

    #162485
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Oh yeh, I forgot

    The Real Joe and the Actor Joe

    Not the same dude, dude

    They’ve pulled the wool over your eyes for YEARS

    Hahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Duh’merica

    #162486
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #162487
    Oroboros
    Participant

    With every single breath, Duh’merica lives and inhales the Big Lie

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    #162488
    John Day
    Participant

    A cannibal as PM of a small Baltic state; what could go wrong?

    ‘She eats Russians for breakfast’

    #162489
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Duran

    2 hours ago

    The Russia 6000lb (FAB3000kg) glide bomb is literally breaking the Ukronazi military

    #162490
    those darned kids
    Participant

    Gnosticism” is the art of using “silent” letters in words to make yourself look schmart.

    #162491
    zerosum
    Participant

    America First.
    Are the Democrats Looking at this option.

    Harris steps down as VP, Gavin Newsom steps in as VP.

    Biden/Newsom will be elected in a “free and fair election”
    Biden will spend the entire campaign in a care home.

    Gavin Newsom takes over from Biden.

    The unicorn continues.
    ————–
    What if America First was End the wars. Stop the killing. Support peace. People Power.
    ———-

    #162492
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Let me guess the vote for the election 2024:

    Trump <= 105.6 millions

    Biden <= 114.8 millions

    once all the votes from troops serving in: Ukraine, Taiwan, Gaza and other yet to be declared war zones are counted. (/s)

    #162493
    John Day
    Participant

    There It Is: Biden Family Now ‘Expected To Discuss Future Of Campaign’ After Disaster Dementia Debate https://www.zerohedge.com/political/there-it-biden-family-now-expected-discuss-future-campaign-after-disaster-dementia-debate

    Harris/Newsome, then?

    #162494
    kultsommer
    Participant

    “Don’t visit Russia” clip above.
    Just short five or six years ago display of such positive enthusiasm for any country on commenting sites earned you pile if down-votes, you were booed or, better yet, ignored.

    Art of Being Eternally Shocked”
    What McAfee talks in that video above, Carlin was preaching decades ago but was treated as a stand-up joke since life was good. Only now that we are starring into the dark abyss.

    Big part of MAGA “philosophy”and Trump stated it, that US needs a military that Russia, or anybody else in the world, would respect and bow to. We all know what does it mean and Eisenhower warned about.

    #162495
    John Day
    Participant

    “Gnosticism” might partly be “knowing that the word is not the thing.”

    Here is a Valentinian (yes, that “saint”) teaching, the Tripartite Tractate, 3 part teaching:
    http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/tripart.htm

    It was dug up in some pots in Egypt after WW-2, after resting quietly for almost 2000 years.
    Here is a Substack blog where a nice lady explains that a bit every week (YMMV)
    https://cydropp.substack.com/ (Aliens this week)

    #162496
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Gnosticism – A few years ago, I decided to read The Gospel of Thomas to see what the big deal was.

    Starts with an admonition to keep trying to really GET the mystery. Use of language with intended double meanings and a symbolism to interpret. The end result being, if you get it, you have access to the true truth and the true reality while all those non-understanding rubes who don’t know the mysteries or – guffaw, non-people, deplorables, pshaw – don’t get the secret double-vocabulary and symbolism don’t have access to the real reality.

    I felt the same way about all that as I do about Zen Buddhism – or at least the Westernized version of it.

    The Matrix and Dark City, far as I understand it, are Gnostic in nature. Combine Christianity with the Mystery Cult thing that’s been circulating around the Mediterranean and Near East for a few thousand years, near as I can figure.

    Like Wokeism – a way to become an authoritative expert without having to have any useful resources, knowledge, or skills that anyone would willingly, freely part with their own for in exchange. Maybe I got it all wrong, but I took a pretty good run at it. Read about Gnosticism for a few months, worked hard on getting the mystery of that Gnostic gospel. If I enjoyed fooling myself, maybe it’d be cool?

    #162498
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Helmer on debate:

    “If you think that Popeye beat Bluto because he ate spinach, this US presidential cartoon, I mean debate, was for you.

    That President Joseph Biden, handicapped as he was by Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy body dementia, won the 120-minute television fight with Donald Trump seems so obvious to Russians, they express surprise at the near-unanimity in the US that the opposite was the outcome.

    While the Russian state propaganda organs are repeating the “Joe Must Go” line — the US-funded Russian opposition media also — military and intelligence analysts in Moscow are concluding that Biden and Trump proved they are equally dangerous for Russia, but that Trump is now the candidate for much bigger wars in the Middle East and against China. Replacing Biden, Russian sources believe, is now an operation of the Zionist and Taiwan lobbies in Washington. […]

    … read the rest at:

    WHAT RUSSIANS DIDN’T MISS — BIDEN BEAT TRUMP IN THE SPINACH DEBATE

    WHAT RUSSIANS DIDN’T MISS — BIDEN BEAT TRUMP IN THE SPINACH DEBATE

    … fwiw,

    F.S.

    #162499
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    “..federal statutes generally require that the highest court in a state rule before the Supreme Court intervenes..”

    Er…does what? SC doesn’t proactively do a damn thing. It’s akin to a transistor, sits passively until something is piped through it.

    #162500
    zerosum
    Participant

    Humanity is easily motivated by war/hate rhetoric.

    #162501
    zerosum
    Participant

    ” Today, we need to be allowed to use ATACMS deep into the Russian Federation,” Zelenskyy said.”

    Did you catch the lying twisted logic?

    “… be allowed … “

    Ukrainians do not have the skills/knowledge or hardware to operate the ATACMS

    #162502
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #162504
    a kullervo
    Participant

    Is it wisdom or an existential pain in the neck?

    #162505
    John Day
    Participant

    “The Ultimate Uncertainty”: Nearly Half Of EV Owners Want To Go Back To Gas-Powered Cars https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/ultimate-uncertainty-nearly-half-ev-owners-have-buyers-remorse

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