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Vincent van Gogh The good Samaritan (after Delacroix) 1890

 

Trump Calls For Supreme Court To Intervene Before Sentencing (MN)
Dershowitz: Trump Could Fast-Track His Appeal To Supreme Court (ZH)
Republicans Vow To Scorch the Earth After Trump Conviction (RCW)
The Fake Conviction (Newt Gingrich)
Joe Biden’s Health Is About To Be Put To A Severe Test (Sadygzade)
Biden Does ‘We Gotta Secure The Border!’ Routine (ZH)
“A Blatant Lie” (Turley)
Freedom of Speech in the USA? Think again! (Gilbert Doctorow)
Swiss Senate Votes Against Aid For Kiev (RT)
NATO Member Turkiye Would Like to Join BRICS – Top Diplomat (Sp.)
NATO Preparing Troop Plans For Potential Russia Conflict – Telegraph (RT)
Punish Hungary To Ensure EU’s Future – Bloc Presidency Holder Belgium (RT)
Orban Believes Trump, EU Could End Ukrainian Conflict In 24 Hours (TASS)
People are Not Reading Your Stuff: Publisher Drops Truth Bomb at WaPo (Turley)
The Military-Industrial Complex Is Killing Us All (Vine/Arriola)
Musk Corrects “Liar” CNBC Journo Over Nvidia Report (ZH)
Pakistan Overturns Imran Khan’s Treason Conviction (RT)

 

 

 

 

“He’s polling right up there with fungal infections!”

 

 

 

 

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Border poll

 

 

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Before July 11th.

Trump Calls For Supreme Court To Intervene Before Sentencing (MN)

Donald Trump has called for the Supreme Court to step in before he is sentenced in the ‘falsified business documents’ case on July 11th. In a Truth Social post, Trump said he has not done anything wrong and referred to the prosecutors as “Fascists.” He added “A Radical Left Soros backed D.A., who ran on a platform of ‘I will get Trump,’ reporting to an ‘Acting’ Local Judge, appointed by the Democrats, who is HIGHLY CONFLICTED, will make a decision which will determine the future of our Nation?” “The United States Supreme Court MUST DECIDE!” Trump asserted. The sentencing date has been set a few days before the RNC Convention in Wisconsin. Trump is currently at the mercy of Judge Merchan, with the potential sentence being up to four years in jail for each of the 34 charges.

Merchan is a Columbian immigrant whose daughter is president of a political consulting firm that works closely with Democratic candidates. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was literally funded into office by George and Alex Soros’ Open Society, with the latter gloating about the verdict last week and calling for Democrats to repeatedly label Trump a “convicted felon.” “Repetition is the key to a successful message,” Soros declared. In the wake of the verdict, there was a massive spike in Google searches for how to donate to Trump, and he has raised over $200 million and counting since. It is an unprecedented amount for a candidate. Despite Trump being convicted on 34 counts, there has been no negative impact on his support and even a slight increase in favorability, especially amongst independent voters.

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“..the Supreme Court has an obligation to review the case before the election so that the American public has resolution..”

Dershowitz: Trump Could Fast-Track His Appeal To Supreme Court (ZH)

In a Friday interview with Megyn Kelly, Dershowitz suggested that Trump’s legal team should immediately push to get their appeal heard before the New York Court of Appeals, asking them to bypass the Appellate Division – which, Dershowitz suggested, are elected and more likely to work against Trump. “The Appellate Division or Manhattan judges that are elected and they don’t want to have to face their families and say you were the judge who allowed Trump to become the next President of the United States. They don’t want to be Dershowitz’ed,” he said, referring to the fact that he defended Trump during his first impeachment trial in the Senate. “They don’t want to be treated in New York, the way I have been treated in Martha’s Vineyard and Harvard and New York because I defended Donald Trump, so they should skip the Appellate Division.”

And so, to avoid the politicized Appellate Division, Trump’s attorneys should ask the Court of Appeals for an expedited appeal while preparing to argue in front of the US Supreme Court that the Manhattan case was rushed to try and get a verdict before the election. Dershowitz further suggested that the Supreme Court has an obligation to review the case before the election so that the American public has resolution. As Tom Ozimek of the Epoch Times notes further, Dershowitz has in the past accused Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg of unfairly building the case against the former president by using a novel legal theory to elevate misdemeanor business falsification charges into a felony by alleging that the records fraud was carried out to conceal an underlying crime. In the Trump case, the underlying crime that was alleged was seeking to interfere in the 2016 election by using non-disclosure agreements to prevent unfavorable media coverage about an alleged affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels that the former president has denied.

Mr. Dershowitz said that Trump attorneys should consider supporting their petition to the New York Court of Appeals by highlighting two issues, with the first relating to the fact that the state’s highest court recently reversed Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction because the trial judge prejudicially allowed testimony on allegations unrelated to the case. The retired law professor alleged that Judge Juan Merchan “improperly” allowed irrelevant salacious details of President Trump’s alleged tryst with Ms. Daniels to be admitted into the record, while also raising the so-called “missing witness” issue. The second point that Mr. Dershowitz said would bolster a petition for an expedited review to the New York Court of Appeals is that the judge allegedly didn’t instruct the jury properly on why prosecutors didn’t call former Trump Organization CFO Alan Weisselberg to testify in the case. The judge was open to having Mr. Weisselberg testify but the prosecution didn’t call him, framing him as an unreliable witness due to earlier perjury charges in an unrelated case, while the defense also didn’t call him, citing the fact that prosecutors had undermined his credibility.

Mr. Dershowitz argued that failure to call Mr. Weisselberg left a hole in proving the case because it was expected that his testimony would have undermined some of the claims from another witness, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who testified against the former president. “Number two, I think would be the failure to give an instruction on the missing witness,” Mr. Dershowitz said. “The way the judge and the prosecution handled Allen Weisselberg really denied the defendant the right to a presumption that the only reason he wasn’t called was because he would not have corroborated the very important testimony, lying testimony of Michael Cohen.” Mr. Dershowitz said those two issues are what Trump attorneys should highlight in their request for an expedited appeal. “This is a winnable appeal,” he insisted.

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“They’ve broken a seal,” Lee said of the Trump conviction. “I don’t know that it can be contained.”

Republicans Vow To Scorch the Earth After Trump Conviction (RCW)

Spurred by the volcanic temper of their base, Republicans are now preparing to scorch the earth in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s conviction, potentially setting off a chain reaction that could fundamentally alter the American political system entirely. No one knows exactly how far they will go in their response. What is clear is that conservatives have no patience for President Biden’s argument Friday morning that justice was served in Manhattan, that “the American principle that no one is above the law was reaffirmed.” They see the conviction instead as unprecedented “lawfare” meant to interfere with the coming election and, some say, an unprecedented response is now in order. “The good guys must be as tough as the villains or freedom is doomed,” senior Trump advisor Stephen Miller told RealClearPolitics without offering exact details. Rep. Mike Collins, meanwhile, was explicit. “Time for Red State AGs and DAs to get busy,” the Georgia Republican said Thursday, floating the idea that Republicans should begin using the courts to pursue their political enemies.

“Hillary Clinton’s campaign-funded Steele dossier is a good start,” Collins continued, referencing how the former Secretary of State’s presidential campaign misreported their spending on the infamous opposition research document. Clinton was later fined $11,000 by the Federal Election Commission. No criminal charges were brought. “The statute of limitations expired but I’m told that’s not a thing anymore,” Collins said. Republicans on Capitol Hill are preparing a more traditional counter-offensive, one within established parliamentary rules. Led by Utah Sen. Mike Lee, eight Republicans have vowed to oppose all major legislation “not directly relevant to the safety of the American people” and blockade all judicial nominees in protest of Trump’s conviction. “We can’t pretend that our political world didn’t change yesterday pretty dramatically and for the worse,” Lee told RCP. The Utah Republican admitted that legislation normally slows ahead of an election but White House efforts to get anything through the Senate “just got a lot harder for them.”

A legislative blockade alone may not satisfy a conservative base hell-bent on retribution. “I don’t want to hear elected Republicans complaining. I don’t need to see their tweets and statements condemning the verdict. The only thing I want to hear from these people is which Democrats they will have arrested. Don’t tell us that you’re sad about the verdict. We don’t give a shit about your feelings. We want to see corrupt Democrats frog marched on camera in handcuffs. If you won’t do that, then shut up,” Matt Walsh, a Daily Wire columnist with a following in the millions, wrote on the social media website X. Replied conservative influencer Chaya Raichik: “Exactly. Where’s the list! Here’s a start: Obama Hillary Joe Biden Hunter Biden.”

Mike Davis, a longtime Republican strategist floated as a potential Trump attorney general, told Axios he wants prosecutors in red states like Georgia and Florida to open criminal probes into Democrats for allegedly conspiring to interfere in the election by indicting the former president. For his part, Lee stopped short of endorsing those efforts. He likened it to some campaigns on the left to pack the Supreme Court, an initiative he has long opposed, warning that it would lead to “lawlessness” and “politicization.” “I think this is an analogous circumstance,” the senator said of the prosecution of a major presidential candidate, something that the Department of Justice has long avoided. “They’ve broken a seal,” Lee said of the Trump conviction. “I don’t know that it can be contained.”

He held out one remote possibility: If Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his team experience a change of heart during the appeals process. “They could confess error on appeal,” Lee said. “Other instances of lawfare, wherever they exist, could be dropped. You could put this genie back in the bottle still, but not for very much longer.”

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“..You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.”

The Fake Conviction (Newt Gingrich)

Americans are now being forced to think through the first fake conviction in the history of presidential politics. As an historian, I am really bothered when I hear lawyers on television describe these proceedings as though they were somehow related to the rule of law and the normal legal process. It is clear that what happened to President Donald J. Trump in Judge Juan Merchan’s court was not a legitimate conviction. Nearly every element of the prosecution was false. Therefore, the outcome is false. To say President Trump is now a convicted felon – as the left and its propaganda media allies are practically singing – is to legitimize the most corrupt judicial event in American presidential history. The burden of proof is not on President Trump. He remains an innocent citizen framed by an astonishingly corrupt district attorney, judge, and Biden Justice Department. Don’t take my word for it alone. Consider what a host of experts have to say.

Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard, sat through much of the trial and condemned it with strong language in his newsletter: “I have observed and participated in trials throughout the world. I have seen justice and injustice in China, Russia, Ukraine, England, France, Italy, Israel, as well as in nearly 40 of our 50 states. But in my 60 years as a lawyer and law professor, I have never seen a spectacle such as the one I observed sitting in the front row of the courthouse yesterday. “The judge in Donald Trump’s trial was an absolute tyrant, though he appeared to the jury to be a benevolent despot. He seemed automatically to be ruling against the defendant at every turn.” George Washington Law professor and legal analyst Jonathan Turley said, “Before jurors left, however, Judge Juan Merchan framed their deliberations in a way that seemed less like a jury deliberation than a canned hunt.” Attorney Mike Davis on the Just the News “No Noise” TV show said: “I would say the first one is there is no crime here. They waited until after this multi-week trial to even tell the criminal defendant what the legal allegations he was supposed to defend himself in that prior trial. He had no opportunity to defend himself.”

An innocent citizen being “hunted,” in Turley’s language, cannot be honestly convicted. That is why I argue this is a fake conviction. Again, I’m not the only one who thinks this. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is hardly a fan of President Trump, said, “These charges never should have been brought in the first place. I expect the conviction to be overturned on appeal.” House Speaker Mike Johnson called it “a shameful day in American history,” and continued, “Alvin Bragg targeted a political opponent, made up unprecedented charges, and denied him his Constitutional right to a fair trial.” House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik summarized the corruption and dishonesty brilliantly: “The facts are clear: this was a zombie case illegally brought forward by a corrupt prosecutor doing Joe Biden’s political bidding in a desperate attempt to save Joe Biden’s failing campaign. She pointed out that the case hinged on the word of Michael Cohen, who has a history of perjury and an axe to grind with Trump.

She pointed out that Judge Merchan’s own family members benefited financially from the case, that he levied unconstitutional gag orders on Trump, and repeatedly sided with the prosecution throughout the case. Mark Steyn captured why we must insist that the conviction is fake and reject any effort to suggest that Trump is guilty. As Steyn wrote: “pretending that there is anything ‘great’ about this that should command our ‘respect,’ is making evil and corruption respectable and bi-partisan.” Ironically, in a Senate hearing involving smears and sexually salacious accusations chaired by then-Sen. Joe Biden 33 years ago, we were taught how to stand up to outrageous, corrupt, and disgusting behavior by then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas. After being repeatedly slandered by senators on Biden’s committee, on Oct. 11, 1991, Thomas said:

“This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.” A generation later, President Trump, is learning what Justice Thomas learned in 1991: Challenge the establishment, and it will go all out to destroy you. Every time you talk with someone who says President Trump is a convicted felon, point out it is a fake conviction. Challenge them to defend the dishonest, corrupt people who are putting the nation through this mess – starting with President Biden, the leader of the corrupt and dishonest.

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“Biden is described as a “healthy, active, robust 81-year-old male, who remains fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander-in-Chief.”

Joe Biden’s Health Is About To Be Put To A Severe Test (Sadygzade)

The Biden administration managed to keep the discourse surrounding his health out of the mainstream political discussion, and all stumbles and falls were attributed to fatigue and a heavy schedule, or written off as commonplace. However, the situation changed with the publication of Robert Hur’s report in February 2024, where the special prosecutor responsible for investigating a scandal involving Biden’s handling of secret documents commented on his health. Hur’s report states that during his investigation “evidence was found that President Biden intentionally retained and disclosed secret materials after the end of his vice-presidency when he was a private individual.” However, Hur concluded that “the evidence does not support guilt beyond reasonable doubt.” He reasoned that “in court, Mr. Biden would likely appear before the jurors just as he was during our interview with him – a charming, affable elderly man with poor memory.”

In Hur’s opinion, “it would be difficult to convince jurors that they should convict him – the by then former president, deep into his eighties – for a serious criminal offense requiring intent.” The widespread resonance of Hur’s report required immediate action by the Biden administration to mitigate the damage caused by its publication. This response was the publication of the president’s current health report on February 28, 2024. The examination was conducted by the president’s physician Kevin O’Connor from The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. According to the document, addressed to the president’s assistant and White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden is described as a “healthy, active, robust 81-year-old male, who remains fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander-in-Chief.”

This triggered an additional flurry of discussions about Biden’s health. Questions also arose about the position of the Democratic administration members regarding their support for Biden’s nomination for another presidential term, as Robert Hur is a subordinate of US Attorney General Merrick Garland, a very influential person in the structure of the Democratic party. Given the realities of political life in the US, it is fair to say that a new presidential campaign begins on the day of the inauguration of the elected president. However, the last year, especially the last six months before federal elections, are the most challenging for the candidate. This stage is characterized by frequent trips to undecided states, public appearances at rallies, and participation in debates. All this requires the candidate to have robust health and a significant amount of energy. For the incumbent president, this stage is even more challenging, as he is forced to combine election campaigning with the duties of the President of the United States.

In April of this year, Biden stated in an interview on “The Howard Stern Show” that he plans to participate in debates with the likely candidate from the Republican party, Donald Trump. “I’m happy to debate him,” Biden said, dispelling doubts about his participation in presidential debates, which traditionally take place in three different states. Later, in May, Biden’s team agreed to participate in debates organized by CNN, which are tentatively scheduled for June 27. Biden’s decision to participate in the debates pursues two important goals: to change the public narrative that Biden avoids direct discussion with his Republican opponent, and to improve his standing in the polls (according to most voter surveys, Biden is either trailing Trump or is on par).

If, in order to solve the first task, Biden simply needs to appear on stage at the appointed time; the second task may prove to be more challenging. The incumbent president, like any politician defending his position through participation in debates, needs to be persuasive, logical, and demonstrate mental agility. And all this in the conditions of a 90-minute live broadcast with a very strong debater – Donald Trump. Predicting the possible consequences of Joe Biden’s health on the upcoming elections is mere speculation and guesses. The analysis of possible scenarios directly depends on the actual state of health of the president and his diagnoses, which are unknown to the general public. But undoubtedly, Joe Biden’s health will become one of the main elements of Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric, including during the first face-to-face debates scheduled for June. However, how convincing these arguments will be will depend on Biden’s public appearance during the main summer-autumn phase of the 2024 presidential race.

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40-odd months of open borders later, and 10-20 million illegals, the story will now be: see, we secured the border, as the GOP refused. And half the population will buy that.

Biden Does ‘We Gotta Secure The Border!’ Routine (ZH)

After shredding Donald Trump’s ‘xenophobic’ Executive Orders on border security his first day in office more than three years ago, resulting in what some estimate to be upwards of 20 million illegal migrants pouring into the United States (which Trump plans to deport), President Joe Biden is quietly signing an executive order on Tuesday aimed at slowing migrant crossings. As we noted on Friday, the EO would slash asylum claims by roughly two-thirds of where they stand today – and would cap the number of daily encounters at an average of 2,500 crossings per day (or 912k per year), however Biden would allow mass asylum claims to resume once border encounters fall to around 1,500 per day. US Border Patrol recorded approximately 4,300 daily encounters in April – which of course doesn’t include ‘gotaways’ – those who enter the US without notice. The move comes three months after the White House said Biden was no longer considering using executive action to secure the border.

According to Bloomberg, lawmakers and others have been invited to a Tuesday afternoon event at the White House. The order is Biden’s most aggressive move yet to address the crisis on the US-Mexico border, which has seen record levels of migrants and taxed communities across the country struggling to deal with the influx of new arrivals. A bipartisan Senate plan that would have given Biden similar powers was blocked by Republicans at Trump’s behest earlier this year, denying the president a political win and prompting him to act unilaterally. Tuesday’s order is politically risky. It will invite criticism from Biden’s left flank, which has blasted moves to ramp up deportations as an inhumane approach to the crisis. That has the potential to stymie his efforts to shore up an electoral coalition already riven by divisions over his handling of the Israel-Hamas war and overarching concerns over his age and fitness to serve a second term. -Bloomberg

The Biden administration’s move underscores how the administration has been compelled to act just months before the 2024 US election – as it’s become a centerpiece issue for Republicans on the campaign trail. Donald Trump has been constantly hammering Biden over the border as polls continue to show that voters think the border and immigration are critical issues. The Executive Order is also timed to reflect an effort to deter a seasonal increase in crossings that typically occurs each summer and early fall (right before the election), and comes as Mexico welcomes a new president, Claudia Sheinbaum, who was elected on Sunday. She doesn’t take office until Oct. 1, and it’s unknown what actions she will take on the border situation.

In recent weeks the Biden administration has taken other steps to tighten immigration rules. Last month, they proposed a rule that would allow the US to expedite the expulsion of certain undocumented migrants trying to claim asylum. According to the report, Biden will use Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act – which Trump invoked – which are anticipated to invite legal challenges. House Speaker Mike Johnson told Fox News Sunday that the move is “too little too late,” adding “The only reason he’s doing that is because the polls say that it’s the biggest issue in America.”

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It’s a pattern: taking credit for other people’s achievements. And again: half the population will buy that.

“A Blatant Lie” (Turley)

Winston Churchill once said that “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” It often seems like the Biden White House and campaign has embraced that warning as an operating principle. The most recent target was the veteran Fox news anchor John Roberts, who was accused of airing “a blatant lie” in questioning Biden’s claim that he was the first president to push through a cap of $35 on insulin treatments. Roberts was entirely correct, but the campaign has still not removed the false attack on his integrity and accuracy. In the interests of full disclosure, I am a legal analyst for Fox News and I have known Roberts for decades. There is no one who I hold in higher regard for his integrity or his intellect than John Roberts. We have known and worked with each other at different networks through the years. Roberts is an old-school journalist with impeccable credentials.

Yesterday, the Biden campaign launched the attack on Roberts for his questioning of the claim of President Joe Biden that he solely secured the insulin cap. Roberts remarked that he had a recollection that it was former President Donald Trump who pushed the cap. “I seem to remember that back in May of 2020, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid said that President Trump had signed an executive order to cap the price of insulin for Medicare recipients at 35 bucks. Now, maybe I’m misremembering that, but I think it kind of already happened.” The Biden campaign then called it “a blatant lie” in a posting on X that has reached over a million people. Contrary to the Biden campaign’s claims, Roberts’s recollection was entirely correct. Under the Trump Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in May 2020 that the Part D Senior Savings Model participating plans would cap insulin copays to $35 per month’s supply, and over 1,750 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans applied to offer lower insulin costs.

Trump praised the new policy, which was widely covered by the press. There was a Rose Garden event where Trump was praised for his actions: Trump later, in July 2020, signed four executive orders aimed at lowering the cost of insulin. That included Executive Order 13937, which required Federally Qualified Health Centers to pass 340B discounts on to patients. Notably, Biden later reversed Executive Order 13937 before those cost-saving measures could take effect.

This is obviously not the first false statement from the President. However, it is notable that his campaign spread obvious disinformation that was picked up by over a million people but then declined to take down the false claim. The campaign is now in a worse position. To take down the posting is to acknowledge not just that it has lied about Roberts, but that the President lied in taking sole credit for this cap. This is the same administration supporting the banning, blacklisting, and throttling of those responsible for disinformation. I would not support such censorship of the campaign. This and other columns refuting the false account is sufficient to combat a “blatant lie” by the Biden campaign. Whether it is his uncle being eaten by cannibals or insulin caps, free speech can correct false claims without government regulation. However, President Biden and his administration continue to push for censorship of others accused for false or misleading statements. The fact that John Roberts was right is hardly surprising. However, there remains a “blatant lie” on the Biden campaign’s social media that must still be corrected.

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Not only Scott Ritter was pulled off that plane to St Petersburg, so was Judge Nap(olitano).

Freedom of Speech in the USA? Think again! (Gilbert Doctorow)

First there was the news that Scott Ritter, a former U.S. military intelligence officer, was pulled off his plane which, with further flight connections would have taken him to St Petersburg, Russia where he was designated as a high level invited guest and would speak at the International Economic Forum that opens tomorrow. Upon being removed from the plane, his documents were taken from him. He was eventually released but his U.S. passport was kept by officials. Clearly Scott is not headed anywhere for some time. For those of you who have not been paying close attention to the U.S. “dissident movement,” allow me to explain that Scott Ritter has been a very active and widely listened to critic of American foreign policy, particularly as it relates to Russia and the Ukraine war. The weight of his messaging has been reinforced by his having been an insider and implementer of U.S. policies a couple of decades ago. Scott was one of the few U.S. inspectors of Iraq’s alleged programs of weapons of mass destruction. When snippets from his interviews are aired by Russian state television, they never fail to remind audiences of his past in U.S. intelligence.

Following his visit to Russia a year ago to promote a book he had just published, Scott became especially warm to the Putin ‘regime,’ as they would say in Washington. My first reaction upon hearing about this blatantly political act by the Biden Administration to knee-cap its critics and stifle free speech, was to look for an explanation in Ritter’s past military service. This viciousness of powers-that-be against one of their own sounded like what happened in Canada in the year before the onset of Covid to a very widely read and authoritative blogger, Patrick Armstrong. He was a former diplomat and had served in the Canadian embassy in Russia. Armstrong was visited by Justin Trudeau’s storm troopers who advised him to close his blog lest he lose not only his state pension but all of his savings. Patrick understood where things stood and fell silent. However, the follow-up news on the Yandex-Dzen website regarding events in Scott Ritter’s plane yesterday is still more damaging to my vision of free speech in the U.S.A. at present.

One other passenger was taken off the plane by U.S. government officials to prevent his appearing at the St Petersburg Economic Forum: Judge Andrew Napolitano. Judge Napolitano is the moderator of the very widely watched interview program “Judging Freedom” which is disseminated on youtube as well as on the main social media. He is a very responsible and informative critic of U.S. foreign policy, as are his regular guests. He is at the higher level of intellectual discourse a peer to the journalist Tucker Carlson who caters to the hoi polloi. He also is known for defending Donald Trump’s positions on a variety of issues. The deprivation of travel rights served on Judge Napolitano is a gross infringement of freedom of speech that the Biden administration cannot live down. All talk from the Oval Office of defending American democracy is shown through actions like these to be crass lies and utter hypocrisy. It is a long way to the November elections, but hopefully American voters will ‘throw the bums out’ and save what is left of freedom of speech.

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“..Lavrov argued that Switzerland was no longer a neutral party and had “turned from neutral to openly hostile.”

Swiss Senate Votes Against Aid For Kiev (RT)

Switzerland’s upper house of parliament rejected a 5 billion Swiss franc ($5.58 billion) aid package to finance the reconstruction of Ukraine on Monday. Lawmakers cited concerns that it would violate borrowing restrictions in the neutral country, Reuters has reported. The proposed aid was part of a wider package that also included additional funding for the Swiss military, the outlet said. The Council of States, one of Switzerland’s two houses of parliament, announced plans to set up a special 15-billion-franc ($16.7 billion) fund in April, proposing to allocate 10.1 billion francs to the Swiss Army and send the rest to Ukraine to support its economic development and reconstruction. The fund, despite initially being backed by a Swiss parliamentary committee, had faced opposition from right-wing lawmakers and was widely expected to be defeated, the report noted.

With 28 votes against and 15 in favor, the House rejected both the additional funding for the Swiss Army and the reconstruction aid for Ukraine. Opposition came from the conservative Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and the liberals from the Free Democratic Party (FDP), as well as from left-wing parties. According to the report, lawmakers argued that the package would breach a so-called “debt brake” provision in Switzerland, and would result in budget restrictions.In May, the Federal Council indicated that neither the funding for the Swiss military nor the aid for Ukraine met the “statutory requirements for extraordinary expenditure.” “The contribution amount can be controlled, which is why this expenditure cannot be recognized as extraordinary,” the government said.

The Council noted that the creation of such a fund under special legislation would have to be properly financed, whether through savings or additional revenue. The latest funding was rejected two weeks before the Swiss government is due to host a summit on the Ukraine crisis. The so-called ‘peace conference’ is scheduled to take place on June 15 and 16 at the Burgenstock Resort near Lucerne. Russia has not been invited to the summit. Switzerland has been under increased pressure from Western countries urging Bern to provide more help to Kiev. While refusing to supply Ukraine with military aid, citing its long-term neutrality policy, Bern has provided economic and humanitarian funding worth over $3 billion since the start of the Ukraine conflict in 2022, according to Swiss government data. In April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov argued that Switzerland was no longer a neutral party and had “turned from neutral to openly hostile.”

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Might not go smooth.

NATO Member Turkiye Would Like to Join BRICS – Top Diplomat (Sp.)

BRICS was established in 2009 as a cooperation platform for the world’s largest emerging economies, bringing together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. On January 1, 2024, the bloc was expanded to include Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Turkiye would like to become a member of BRICS and will monitor the developments in the organization, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said on Tuesday. “Certainly, we would like to become a member of BRICS. So we’ll see how it goes this year,” Fidan said during an event at the Centre for China and Globalisation (CCG) in Beijing, as quoted by the South China Morning Post newspaper. The BRICS bloc outperformed the G7 – the conglomerate of wealthy industrialized nations – in GDP in 2022. According to a forecast, BRICS economies will account for more than 50 percent of global GDP by 2030. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have become key pillars in the emerging multipolar world.

Economic experts stress that BRICS is also a locomotive of de-dollarization of the global economy since members of this bloc are increasingly switching to national currencies in trade relations – for instance, 90% of settlements between Russian and Chinese companies are now made in rubles and yuans The BRICS doubled its membership last year, becoming the BRICS+ after including Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on January 1, 2024. Russia welcomes Turkiye’s interest towards BRICS, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on uesday. “We, of course, all welcome this increased interest in BRICS on the part of our neighboring states, including our important partners such as Turkiye. Of course, the topic of this interest will be on the agenda of the BRICS summit, which will be chaired by Russia,” Peskov told reporters.

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“..training exercises have exposed red tape and infrastructure bottlenecks that prevent the rapid transfer of personnel and materiel across the continent.”

NATO Preparing Troop Plans For Potential Russia Conflict – Telegraph (RT)

NATO is working on plans to rush tens of thousands of US troops along “land corridors” in Europe in the event of war with Russia, a senior strategist has told The Telegraph. Last year, members of the US-led military bloc agreed to keep 300,000 troops ready for deployment, purportedly in response to a potential Russian attack. However, training exercises have exposed red tape and infrastructure bottlenecks that prevent the rapid transfer of personnel and materiel across the continent. NATO military leadership is therefore working to ensure that the flow of troops would not be stopped by likely Russian strikes on ports used by the US military to unload its cargos, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

“It is clear that huge logistics bases, as we know it from Afghanistan and Iraq, are no longer possible because they will be attacked and destroyed very early on in a conflict situation,” Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank, head of NATO’s JSEC logistics command, told the newspaper. The primary route for American troops in the event of war with Russia would be via the Dutch port of Rotterdam to Germany and Poland, the report said. Alternative corridors would start in Italy, Greece, and Türkiye, and would respectively run through Slovenia and Croatia to Hungary and through Bulgaria and Romania. There are also plans to involve Norway, Sweden, and Finland for backup logistics.

The US and its allies have claimed that Moscow could attack NATO, and that sending arms to Ukraine to fight Russia will help stall or prevent that outcome. Moscow has denied having any such intentions, and has accused Western governments of creating false threats to deceive their populations over the Ukraine conflict. Russian officials have described the hostilities with Ukraine as a US-initiated proxy war aimed at undermining Russian development, in which Ukrainian soldiers serve as “cannon fodder” while weapons, intelligence, training, and planning is contributed by the West. A direct conflict with NATO would be an existential threat to Russia, according to Moscow, considering the bloc’s superiority in conventional forces. Consequently, any such clash would warrant the deployment of nuclear weapons under Russian nuclear doctrine, it has warned.

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“If we go all the way with this mechanism, it must work. If it doesn’t work, we have to reform it. That’s the future of the European Union.”

Punish Hungary To Ensure EU’s Future – Bloc Presidency Holder Belgium (RT)

The EU should strip Hungary of its voting rights to safeguard the union’s future, Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib has argued. Budapest is scheduled to take over the EU Council’s rotating presidency in July. Belgium, the current holder, is in a group of countries voicing frustration over Hungary’s opposition to key EU plans – including support for Ukraine in the conflict with Russia. “I think we need to have the courage to make decisions: go right to the end of Article 7, activate Article 7 right to the end, which provides for the end of the right of veto,” the Belgian diplomat told Politico on Sunday. Article 7, which involves a suspension of voting rights, is often referred to as a “nuclear option” against member states considered to have breached the EU’s values.

The European Parliament voted to launch the procedure against Hungary in 2018, accusing Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government of undermining the rule of law through alleged attacks on the media and judiciary – but the process stalled due to disagreements between member states. Orban is a vocal critic of the Western stance on the Ukraine crisis. He has argued that the arming of Kiev against Moscow has failed to stop the hostilities, and that sanctions have inflicted more harm on the EU than on Russia. Budapest has repeatedly used its veto power to block trade restrictions on Russia that it views as a threat to Hungarian interests, and to restrict funding for Ukraine. Lahbib accused the Orban government of “increasingly adopting a transactional, blocking and veto attitude” to the bloc’s affairs.

“This is a moment of truth,” she said of the Article 7 threat. “If we go all the way with this mechanism, it must work. If it doesn’t work, we have to reform it. That’s the future of the European Union.” Hungary is the only EU member currently facing such proceedings. In May, Brussels dropped a similar inquiry into Poland’s domestic policies. Warsaw aligns with Brussels on Ukraine, but until recently had a conservative government that opposed it on other matters, including refugees and LGBT rights. This changed last December, when Donald Tusk – a longtime EU supporter and former president of the European Council – returned to office as Polish prime minister. “You can do anything as long as you’re one of them, as long you’re part of the Brussels mainstream,” Polish MEP Radoslaw Fogiel said at the time, in an interview with the news outlet Hungarian Conservative.

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The man that Belgium thinks should be punished:

“We must not forget that the war is waged by people, and these very people, if they are willing, have every opportunity to make peace..”

Orban Believes Trump, EU Could End Ukrainian Conflict In 24 Hours (TASS)

Donald Trump, the potential Republican candidate in the US presidential election, and the European Union could put an end to the conflict in Ukraine in 24 hours, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. “If Trump and the EU wanted to end the war [in Ukraine], they could have done it in 24 hours. We must not forget that the war is waged by people, and these very people, if they are willing, have every opportunity to make peace. I think that if Trump became president, he could achieve a ceasefire in Ukraine in one day, and then start talks,” the prime minister told the Il Giornale newspaper. According to him, the EU strategy on the Ukrainian issue has failed even from a tactical point of view. “We don’t understand that we are playing with fire. We should ask ourselves what are Europe’s strategic interests and demand a ceasefire. Our citizens want peace, not war, which could be a political game,” Orban added.

The prime minister said that he expects a new right-wing majority in the European Parliament after the elections scheduled for June 8-9. “The current European Commission has failed on the agricultural issue, on the conflicts, on the migration issue, on the economy, and now its leadership must go. Strengthening democracy means electing a new commission, different from the current one, which was the worst in my memory,” Orban said. At the same time, he hinted that much depended on the decision of his Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the European conservatives, and Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French National Rally party’s parliamentary group. “The right-wing parties must cooperate, we are in the hands of two women who must come to an agreement,” the Hungarian prime minister concluded.

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“..you need to return to being reporters and not advocates; you need to start reaching an audience larger than yourself and your friends.”

People are Not Reading Your Stuff: Publisher Drops Truth Bomb at WaPo (Turley)

Washington Post publisher and CEO William Lewis is being denounced this week after the end of the short-lived tenure of Executive Editor Sally Buzbee and delivering a truth bomb to the staff. Lewis told them that they have lost their audience and “people are not reading your stuff.” It was a shot of reality in the echo chambered news outlet and the response was predictable. However, Lewis just might save this venerable newspaper if he follows his frank talk with meaningful reforms to bring balance back to the Post. As someone who once wrote for the Washington Post regularly, I have long lamented the decline of the paper following a pronounced shift toward partisan and advocacy journalism. There was a time when the Post valued diversity of thought and steadfastly demanded staff write not as advocates but reporters. That began to change rapidly in the first Trump term.

Suddenly, I found editors would slow walk copy, contest every line of your column, and make unfounded claims. In the meantime, they were increasingly running unsupported legal columns and even false statements from authors on the left. When confronted about columnists with demonstrably false statements, the Post simply shrugged. One of the most striking examples was after its columnist Philip Bump had a meltdown in an interview when confronted over past false claims. After I wrote a column about the litany of such false claims, the Post surprised many of us by issuing a statement that they stood by all of Bump’s reporting, including false columns on the Lafayette Park protests, Hunter Biden laptop and other stories. That was long after other media debunked the claims, but the Post stood by the false reporting.

The decline of the Post has followed a familiar pattern. The editors and reporters simply wrote off half of their audience and became a publication for largely liberal and Democratic readers. In these difficult economic times with limited revenue sources, it is a lethal decision. Yet, for editors and reporters, it is still professionally beneficial to embrace advocacy journalism even if it is reducing the readership of your own newspaper. Lewis, a British media executive who joined the Post earlier this year, reportedly got into a “heated exchange” with a staffer. Lewis explained that, while reporters were protesting measures to expand readership, the very survival of the paper was now at stake: “We are going to turn this thing around, but let’s not sugarcoat it. It needs turning around,” Lewis said. “We are losing large amounts of money. Your audience has halved in recent years. People are not reading your stuff. Right. I can’t sugarcoat it anymore.” Other staffers could not get beyond the gender and race of those who would be overseeing them. One staffer complained “we now have four White men running three newsrooms.”

The Post has been buying out staff to avoid mass layoffs, but reporters are up in arms over the effort to turn the newspaper around. The question is whether, after years of creating a culture of advocacy journalism and woke reporting, the Post is still capable of reaching a larger audience. If you want to read about certain stories, you are not likely to go to the Post, NPR or other outlets. Likewise, with reporters referring to the January 6th riot as an “insurrection,” there is little doubt for the reader that the coverage is a form of advocacy. Again, such stories can affirm the bona fides for reporters, but they also affirm the bias for readers. I truly do hope that the Washington Post can recover. The newspaper has played a critical role in our history and a towering example of journalism at its very best from the Pentagon Papers to Watergate. If you want people to “read your stuff,” you need to return to being reporters and not advocates; you need to start reaching an audience larger than yourself and your friends.

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“Americans should pray it never actually has to defend the United States..”

The Military-Industrial Complex Is Killing Us All (Vine/Arriola)

The Emergence of a Monster: To face what it would take to dismantle the MIC, it’s first necessary to understand how it was born and what it looks like today. Given its startling size and intricacy, we and a team of colleagues created a series of graphics to help visualize the MIC and the harm it inflicts, which we’re sharing publicly for the first time.

The MIC was born after World War II from, as Eisenhower explained, the “conjunction of an immense military establishment” — the Pentagon, the armed forces, intelligence agencies, and others — “and a large arms industry.” Those two forces, the military and the industrial, united with Congress to form an unholy “Iron Triangle” or what some scholars believe Eisenhower initially and more accurately called the military-industrial–congressional complex. To this day those three have remained the heart of the MIC, locked in a self-perpetuating cycle of legalized corruption (that also features all too many illegalities). The basic system works like this: First, Congress takes exorbitant sums of money from us taxpayers every year and gives it to the Pentagon. Second, the Pentagon, at Congress’s direction, turns huge chunks of that money over to weapons makers and other corporations via all too lucrative contracts, gifting them tens of billions of dollars in profits. Third, those contractors then use a portion of the profits to lobby Congress for yet more Pentagon contracts, which Congress is generally thrilled to provide, perpetuating a seemingly endless cycle.

But the MIC is more complicated and insidious than that. In what’s effectively a system of legalized bribery, campaign donations regularly help boost Pentagon budgets and ensure the awarding of yet more lucrative contracts, often benefiting a small number of contractors in a congressional district or state. Such contractors make their case with the help of a virtual army of more than 900 Washington-based lobbyists. Many of them are former Pentagon officials, or former members of Congress or congressional staffers, hired through a “revolving door” that takes advantage of their ability to lobby former colleagues. Such contractors also donate to think tanks and university centers willing to support increased Pentagon spending, weapons programs, and a hyper-militarized foreign policy. Ads are another way to push weapons programs on elected officials.

Such weapons makers also spread their manufacturing among as many Congressional districts as possible, allowing senators and representatives to claim credit for jobs created. MIC jobs, in turn, often create cycles of dependency in low-income communities that have few other economic drivers, effectively buying the support of locals. For their part, contractors regularly engage in legalized price gouging, overcharging taxpayers for all manner of weapons and equipment. In other cases, contractor fraud literally steals taxpayer money. The Pentagon is the only government agency that has never passed an audit — meaning it literally can’t keep track of its money and assets — yet it still receives more from Congress than every other government agency combined.

As a system, the MIC ensures that Pentagon spending and military policy are driven by contractors’ search for ever-higher profits and the reelection desires of members of Congress, not by any assessment of how to best defend the country. The resulting military is unsurprisingly shoddy, especially given the money spent. Americans should pray it never actually has to defend the United States. No other industry — not even Big Pharma or Big Oil — can match the power of the MIC in shaping national policy and dominating spending. Military spending is, in fact, now larger (adjusting for inflation) than at the height of the wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, or Iraq, or, in fact, at any time since World War II, despite the absence of a threat remotely justifying such spending. Many now realize that the primary beneficiary of more than 22 years of endless U.S. wars in this century has been the industrial part of the MIC, which has made hundreds of billions of dollars since 2001. “Who Won in Afghanistan? Private Contractors” was the Wall Street Journal‘s all too apt headline in 2021.

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Musk: on X: “Laura “Liar” Kolodny”.

The move makes a lot of sense.

Musk Corrects “Liar” CNBC Journo Over Nvidia Report (ZH)

Another day, another Tesla report to take with a big grain of salt until further notice. In the latest report from CNBC, citing “emails written by Nvidia senior staff” and “correspondence from Nvidia staffers” that “Musk presented an exaggerated picture of Tesla’s procurement” of Nvidia’s flagship artificial intelligence chip, the H100, diverting “a sizable shipment of AI processors” from Tesla to X and xAI. Update: Further notice has occurred… the salt was wise. In a Tuesday morning post on X, Musk said: “Tesla had no place to send the Nvidia chips to turn them on, so they would have just sat in a warehouse,” adding “The south extension of Giga Texas is almost complete. This will house 50k H100s for FSD training.” According to Musk, “Of the roughly $10B in AI-related expenditures I said Tesla would make this year, about half is internal, primarily the Tesla-designed AI inference computer and sensors present in all of our cars, plus Dojo,” adding that Nvidia hardware “is about 2/3 of the cost.”

Musk estimated that Tesla purchases of Nvidia hardware will be “$3B to $4B this year.” As CNBC continues; By ordering Nvidia to let privately held X jump the line ahead of Tesla, Musk pushed back the automaker’s receipt of more than $500 million in graphics processing units, or GPUs, by months, likely adding to delays in setting up the supercomputers Tesla says it needs to develop autonomous vehicles and humanoid robots. “Elon prioritizing X H100 GPU cluster deployment at X versus Tesla by redirecting 12k of shipped H100 GPUs originally slated for Tesla to X instead,” an Nvidia memo from December said. “In exchange, original X orders of 12k H100 slated for Jan and June to be redirected to Tesla.”

A more recent Nvidia email, from late April, said Musk’s comment on the first-quarter Tesla call “conflicts with bookings” and that his April post on X about $10 billion in AI spending also “conflicts with bookings and FY 2025 forecasts.” The email referenced news about Tesla’s ongoing, drastic layoffs and warned that headcount reductions could cause further delays with an “H100 project” at Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory. The new information from the emails, read by CNBC, highlights an escalating conflict between Musk and some agitated Tesla shareholders who question whether the billionaire CEO is fulfilling his obligations to Tesla while also running a collection of other companies that require his attention, resources and hefty amounts of capital. Really? Does it highlight the escalating conflict?

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But he will remain in jail because of all the other indictments.

Pakistan Overturns Imran Khan’s Treason Conviction (RT)

The Islamabad High Court on Monday vacated the former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s conviction for leaking state secrets. He remains behind bars, however, for allegedly violating Islamic tradition with his marriage. Khan, 71, was ousted in April 2022. Since then, he has faced over 100 indictments, which his party has denounced as politically motivated. The state secrets case saw him sentenced to ten years in prison in February, just ahead of the national elections. “Thank God, the sentence is overturned,” Naeem Panjutha, a spokesman for Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, said after the court announced its decision. Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (2018-2022) was also acquitted of the charges. Khan has cited a classified cable as proof that the Pakistani military conspired with the US to overthrow his government after he visited Russia. The US has denied the accusation.

The government in Islamabad has claimed that by revealing the contents of the cable, Khan violated the state secrets law. “It is a fact that a national security document was used for political purposes,” government spokesman for legal issues Aqeel Malik said at a press conference on Monday, noting that PM Shehbaz Sharif’s government might appeal Khan’s acquittal to the Supreme Court. Two other convictions against Khan, handed out just days before the February 8 vote, have been stayed pending appeal. In one case, he and his wife Bushra were sentenced to 14 years for illegally selling state gifts. Khan remains in prison because of the seven-year conviction for allegedly violating Islamic tradition by marrying Bushra too soon after her divorce. According to his party, the case has no leg to stand on, as Bushra herself had the sole right to decide on the timing of the marriage.

Multiple convictions have been used to bar Khan and PTI from running for office in the February election. The party’s candidates still got 93 out of the 266 directly elected seats in the legislature, but were kept from power by a coalition of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which won 54 and 73 seats, respectively. While Monday’s acquittal is a “huge political and legal victory” for Khan, the cricket-star-turned-politician won’t be released any time soon, journalist and political analyst Mazhar Abbas told Reuters.

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    Vincent van Gogh The good Samaritan (after Delacroix) 1890   • Trump Calls For Supreme Court To Intervene Before Sentencing (MN) • Dershowitz: Tr
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 5 2024]

    #160468
    Red
    Participant

    “Not only Scott Ritter was pulled off that plane to St Petersburg, so was Judge Nap(olitano).”

    That’s a hard no. The judge says so himself,

    #160470
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Kevin O’Leary wears a red wristband(ed) watch.
    That’s interesting.
    And prominently displayed.
    So it’s important to Kevin who thinks of himself as an important man.
    Does Elongated Musk wear red tubular cloth around his wrist?

    Acquisitive Projective Identification IS taking credit for other people’s achievements. 

    And the Mark of the Beast.

    Whereas ex-convict is conflated with Judge.

    There’s no affront to the Freedom of Speech removing Ritter or Nap (LOL) from a plane to Russia. It qualifies as a welcome respite from word salad, pressured speech and loosening of associations.

    Is it already debunked that “not only Scott Ritter was pulled off that plane to St Petersburg, so was Judge Nap(olitano)”?

    Say it isn’t so, Joe!
    Clay feet
    Hat-tip to another Joe, The Yankee Clipper
    Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you
    Woo woo woo

    #160471
    a kullervo
    Participant

    Tucker Carlson in sheepdog mode.

    Tucker Carlson on Meeting Klaus Schwab & What Motivates the Ruling Class

    “He’s like an elderly idiot who seems a little senile, doesn’t have any idea what he’s talking about…The closer you get, the more you realize the people running things are mediocre. Like buffoons.”

    No, Mr. Carlson: the puppets under the limelight are buffoons – the puppet masters know what they’re doing (out of sight, out of mind.)

    #160472
    EoinW
    Participant

    Republican Scorched Earth Policy! Is this going to be like what the Russians did ahead of Napoleon’s Grand Army in 1812? Or is it going to be: “I’ll teach you Democrats a lesson. I’ll mow your lawn!”

    #160473
    EoinW
    Participant

    I’m always hearing that half the population will buy anything. Yes I see people wearing masks in June and conclude that too many people still watch the CBC. But that’s only 1% – 2%. Now is “half” it 50% exactly? How many insane actions will it take to drop to 49%? Seriously, this sounds as scientific as Climate Science.

    Who cares if it’s half when the other half – with guns – continue to endure lockdowns, mandates and an illegal immigrant invasion? Might as well be 100%. Until the day the system breaks and everyone’s credit rating stops covering it up. Then you can forget 50%. If they ruin the currency and can’t even bribe their government workers then they won’t even get 5% support.

    Why would anyone support chaos? Even the Baby Boomers aren’t that dumb.

    #160474
    EoinW
    Participant

    Tucker Carlson made the best point we need to remember: They don’t create anything.

    They got rich and powerful by gaming the system. Being the most corrupt in a corrupt system. In their fantasies, they talk about building back better( like they talk about Ukraine winning) but they are not competent enough to do anything.

    Their talent is in wrecking things, which is what they’ll do. But we all consented to this destruction of western society. We’ve been going along with it, selling out the future with endless debt, my entire life. Being irresponsible we’ll blame it all on these idiot Globalists. However this ship was always going to sink.

    They are not omnipotent Gods. And we are not innocent victims.

    #160475

    Not only Scott Ritter was pulled off that plane to St Petersburg, so was Judge Nap(olitano).”

    That’s a hard no. The judge says so himself,

    That clip is 13 days old. It has no bearing on what happened to either Ritter or Nap in the past two days.

    #160476
    tboc
    Participant

    beauty is in the eye of the beholder

    “So I think that what you’re going to see here is what I call an ugly russian victory.” – Mearsheimer

    “Americans should pray it never actually has to defend the United States.” – Vine/Arriola

    murder a few more children so there can be a beautiful and profitable victory?

    People say I’m crazy
    I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes, yeah
    Well, that’s one way to lose these walking blues
    Diamonds on the soles of our shoes – Simon/Shabalala

    #160477
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Empire of Lies Gangster Nation Edition®

    Check out the Duran yesterday with Dr. Neema Parvini .

    It was nominally about Ukturdistan elections but the principles talked about mapped perfectly on to Duh’merica and it’s Tweedle Dumb & Tweedle Dumber “political system” i.e. Control Grid.

    Jolly well done

    Transcreepyness

    Pronouns: he/haw

    .

    #160478
    Just Some Randomer
    Participant

    Ritter/Napolitano on the illegal seizing of Ritter’s passport:

    #160479
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Also another Beacon of Sanity

    Crossing red lines w/ Jeffrey Sachs

    The Nuclear Precipice

    Most Duh’mericans don’t know what a ‘precipice’ is.

    They vaguely think it’s something used in baking like Allspice.

    Yeh, a ‘precipice’ does involve a lot of domestic heat…….

    #160480
    Oroboros
    Participant

    .

    #160481
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Triple Crown for the Duran the past few days

    NATO Escalation & Propaganda – Glenn Greenwald, Alexander Mercouris & Glenn Diesen.

    #160482
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Some in fact were and still are called ‘Hooversville’……HooverSville Pa.

    The jerks at Zerohedge really couldn’t give a damn about the White Folk who survived and thrived in Hooversville’s suburb, Baker-Whitely or survive in the modern incarnation, Biden’sville(s) appropriately named after a monumental prick, sophicate from Levittown.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/during-great-depression-they-were-called-hoovervilles-today-americas-shantytowns

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooversville,_Pennsylvania

    Legend has it Hooversville Pa was named after The J. Edgar type not the Herbert iteration.

    #160483
    tboc
    Participant

    EoinW – “Even the Baby Boomers aren’t that dumb.”
    you are most gracious kind sir!

    “And we are not innocent victims.” – EoinW
    “We are all just prisoners here
    Of our own device” – Eagles

    #160484
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Democrats Vow to Arrest as Many Political Opponents as It Takes to Defeat Fascism” — BBee

    “BMW Admits Not Changing Logo To LGBTQ Colours In Middle East Due To “Cultural Aspects”

    I want that. I want you to just sell cars and not be social and political, and frankly communist, where all actions are political, in service of the Party and the Glorious (Eternal) Revolution. How do I get that? You tell me I have to burn you down and never buy your products again? Wow, Done!

    “Farage: “I Do Know One Thing, A Woman Can’t Have A Penis”
    Renegade politician vows to be “a bloody nuisance” to the political establishment…

    Wow, be still my heart. A politician who will be slightly less insane on entirely irrelevant issues than all the others, yet still be totally pro Prison Planet Panopticon and ProWar. Pass. Rather have incompetent tyrants than competent ones.

    “German Lawmaker Urges Activation Of 900,000 Reservists Over Russian Threat To Europe
    “Putin is training his people for war & positioning them against the West.”

    Speaking of pure insanity. Putin is training HIS army inside HIS country?? My God, nothing is more inflammatory than that! Next he’ll be doing Russian Army exercises….IN RUSSIA! Where will it end??? (They literally did this in 2020 to this very same rhetoric)

    Um…Ukraine is the “West” now, you say? Positioning them against “The West”, or did you mean also INSIDE RUSSIA, but near Finland? You ma’am, are bat s—t insane.

    Okay, let’s follow, Germany could use a brush-up in the Army, activate them. Go ahead. You DO know they are all bakers, linemen, truck drivers, etc? And all THOSE jobs will stop inside Germany when you remove them further destroying your collapsed economy? Central Planners: Not Even Once. The one thing we learn from Ukraine is “Everybody dies”. …In 1932. Too soon?

    “Lest We Forget The Tiananmen Square Massacre On This Day In 1989

    Pictures of “tank man” all ‘round. “Tank Guy” who wasn’t killed because iirc, the driver got out, talked to him, then went around and everyone went home safely. Some revolution. Ah, the Anglo West. “If they said it, it’s a lie.” But this is the old-school COMPETENT lie. They didn’t SAY anything happened, they just let you assume it did via context.

    “Massachusetts Regulator Probes ‘Roaring Kitty’s’ GameStop Trades Around Pumps 

    YOU are not allowed to make money. That is only allowed for our friends. Your stocks are in the market to LOSE money. Example: in the GOld bull run, biggest in 50 years, if you Bought NY and sold the close, you would have lost 70% of your money, in a 500% up bull market. …But Armstrong says there are no rigged markets or nothin’. And that wouldn’t be “Capitalism”!

    “Power of the Press” — Biggest letdown in movie history, Bourne Identity when they CALL A REPORTER and fax them the leak and news. YGBFKM. Wow, then NOTHING happened. The reporter didn’t write the story, the editor didn’t print it, the owner didn’t approve it, and like the 8 NYC Policemen that saw Weiner’s “Insurance Files” about Hillary, they all committed suicide in then next 6 hours. All your beating up Euro-cops and dodging the CIA for 2 hours for nothing.

    WE are the press. That’s why you don’t need a licensed, government-issued Press card. …Same as for guns.

    Special Council: Geez it’s about time. You let them roam all over for years on this? Arrest him. Like if I impersonate a policeman and start kidnapping arresting young women in my “Jail” then is that maybe a bad thing?

    Suppose a policeman pretends to be an FBI guy or maybe a pilot, borrows a B2 bomber, decides he’s a diplomat to China, same thing? No? No bells here?

    “• Trump Calls For Supreme Court To Intervene Before Sentencing (MN)

    You can tell they won’t because they have this coordinated down to the day. The PLAN. Sentencing is a day before the Nomination so the GOP can’t do anything. …Or do anything that isn’t pre PLANNED.

    British expert pointed out a basic fact: All governments are ALWAYS an organized minority running over and ruling a disorganized majority. So PLANNING, coordination. Minions. So since we play the part of the herd, how do you get us up to speed in being in an ungovernable mood?

    “.the Supreme Court has an obligation to review the case before the election so that the American public has resolution..”

    If so, it would be nearly the greatest shock of my lifetime AND the remaining lunatics would just call the Court partisan and that they should abolish it. Also Them: We must obey everything the courts says on Roe V Wade, but NOT Dobbs, Everything about Exxon and “Corporations are People” but “Fight da Man!”.

    So even IF the USSC did this, it wouldn’t be a win. They also already did NOT do this after the election, nor with Texas, in cases that are CLEARLY, Unequivocally Constitutional. Texas had all her rights removed concerning the election with the actions of other states. That could not BE more Constitutional – didn’t care. Bored already, take you and your case and pound sand right up the Republic’s cloaca.

    “Spurred by the volcanic temper of their base, Republicans are now preparing to scorch the earth in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s conviction, potentially setting off a chain reaction that could fundamentally alter the American political system entirely. No one knows exactly how far they will go in their response.

    Will it be more than the zero of all 40 years since Gingrich in ‘94, all the zero since 2015? More than the #Opposite of all law, American, and Conservative values since 2000? Show me.

    ““I don’t want to hear elected Republicans complaining. I don’t need to see their tweets and statements condemning the verdict. The only thing I want to hear from these people is which Democrats they will have arrested. Don’t tell us that you’re sad about the verdict. We don’t give a shit about your feelings.”

    “• The Fake Conviction (Newt Gingrich)

    Speaking of the-man-who-never-dun-nothin’. Still out doing more nothing today! Now here’s the problem: like a skin suit, he’s taking the place of an ACTUAL Republican who could be taking that chair, raising that money, cruising the talk circuit and DOING SOMETHING. Like Gaetz and MTG, who BARELY does anything now except make quotable comments on TV. Yeah, so does “Law and Order” also a fake drama.
    All-Ready
    https://i.imgflip.com/4zhf3p.jpg

    Year 24: I can see 100,000 felonies committed, via the biased news, from under this bridge, without a subpoena. Nothin’? Really? Well I’ll expect another dump truck of mo’ nothin’ shortly.

    “• Joe Biden’s Health Is About To Be Put To A Severe Test (Sadygzade)

    Aaaaaand on the fake staged drama of taking out the OTHER candidate.

    I did not know and I have to check, but should the election go to Congress, they can elect ANYONE President. Kamala, Hillary, Oprah, Taylor Swift, Kim Jong, Putin (okay not those last two) ANYONE. I mean, clearly they already have, we have Joe and “W”, but just sayin’. Again, what’s the TIMING? Comedic timing. Ohio already has to pre-nominate the nominee before he’s nominated so he’ll be nominated. WHICH DOESN’T MATTER. Not only did California prove that the DNC is a “Big Club” and has no legal requirement to uphold the candidate that wins and you voted for (Bernie) but that at the Convention, they to can nominate ANYONE. Bill Barr, Bill Burr, Wild Bill Hickock, anyone. Grusome Newsome, Michele, whatever – they don’t run the country anyway, what’s the dif?

    Anyway, that’s why the timing of the Biden nomination and why it had to be so late. So they can “Select” not “Elect” and no actual morons who think we’re in an actual election go around signing names like RFK tried to do. Or Bernie. Or Stein. Or Nader. “If voted changed anything it’d be illegal.”

    “I’ve come here today to do what Republicans in Congress refuse to do, secure the border.”

    Pretty sure this is all staged, scripted, show?

    “Not only Scott Ritter was pulled off that plane to St Petersburg, so was Judge Nap(olitano).”

    I was also alarmed by the round up and pulling of passports (Rich demanded this, but now that it’s happened is still not satisfied. Like Lira, it means nothing. Lira is still a protected plant, after he was killed, and Ritter is still protected even as he’s illegally and summarily removed).

    Here’s the thing though: IF Russia is about to scare the s—t out of us, like this week, and the new “Let’s bomb every city in Russia with long-range missiles and add F16s” make that likely – and remember we need WWIII and the market to crash, the currency fail under BIDEN – well then the White Hats also wouldn’t want their media heads trapped there, would they? It could be a favor for the Judge, etc. Why assume you know? You don’t.

    Ritter is now property of the King. He cannot leave the manor, as his Passe’ Port serfdom papers have been revoked and he can’t even go to Tijuana or the Caymans. You know, like all free men. He can’t LEAVE the country, therefore renounce his citizenship and become, Columbian or Turkish. Like Lira. If he’s a PITA, then LET HIM LEAVE. Bon Voyage, good riddance, right? Not under fascists like Kiev and Biden. They also pulled Snowden’s passport, that’s WHY he’s in Russia, a transit country, and lived there for years with no passport at all, not knowing the language and having no work visa. Good work.

    Just trying to get you to think more about the variety of implications. Especially the TIMING. Trump sentencing, Biden removal, the market needs to crash, and Russia is breaking through Kiev, all SAME WEEK. Funny ol’ world. But I am a Coincidence Theorist…

    “most people fully understand that Ukraine is doomed. The only interesting question at this point in time is how much territory are they going to lose”

    Oh wait: he doesn’t mean when they illegally overthrew their elected democracy and sold 9/10ths of the country and a million men to BlackRock? That’s way, way more territory lost and far more doomed than anything Russia is doing. Ohhhhhh. Right. Reality starts February 2022 and nothing ever happened before then. Like Covid!

    “• NATO Preparing Troop Plans For Potential Russia Conflict – Telegraph (RT)

    It is fun to watch their fantasies and “let’s pretend” in real time.

    “• Punish Hungary To Ensure EU’s Future – Bloc Presidency Holder Belgium (RT)

    Yes, but isn’t Belgium themselves look like they’ll leave the EU…and the HQ is there? And they’re going to win Europe by … punishing, fining, and removing members? Bold plan: hope it works.

    “• People are Not Reading Your Stuff: Publisher Drops Truth Bomb at WaPo (Turley)

    Because they have the Woke Mind Virus, a religion, they cannot be converted even as the paper that writes their paycheck has no paycheck to write. That’s the difference under capitalism: there’s an “Or else”. “Or else what?” Or else I won’t read your paper and you won’t have any money to keep going with it and doing your dumb stuff. Only GOVERNMENT can keep these losing enterprises, the FANGS and banking, car companies going when they lose money year after year, with ever-increasing bonuses.

    Tesla: speaking of losing, government companies. Also anyone else feel like Nvidia is a scam, at minimum a pump-and-dump where it’s in the headlines because “Dumping”? Nortel 1999.

    “It is a fact that a national security document was used for political purposes,” government spokesman”

    It was in fact, letting the People know what was really going on. How dare he let Pakistan decide for themselves? Goes to show “They have 8 ways to Sunday to get you” – Sen Schumer on the domestic spy agencies. “Get You” is interfering in domestic politics and policies and is expressly forbidden not just for the CIA but FBI and every other agency too. No one blinked. Toppling our democracy, “Democracy’s on the Ballot” in 2024.

    “.The closer you get, the more you realize the people running things are mediocre. Like buffoons.”

    No, if you’re running things, you don’t WANT smart people. You want policemen who are notoriously sub IQ. It’s only in an emergency you send in someone with talent that is actually valuable as a hit man and fixer that then disappears again. But these are middle managers, the body-shield. If there is a smart man among them, they’d be fired. Jeff Sachs is now on that train: after years of being a credible and useful moron, he’s now seen that – gasp – people have been LYING to him. Oh noes! It took him a year ON THE COMMITTEE for Covid (he’s everywhere, and why? BECAUSE he believes everything like a child) to realize Dazsik, Fauci, (yes, also on the committee) were LYING to him. Or really, the LEVEL to which they are lying, the Big Lie.

    Now he’s become persona non grata. Up til then he was their bestest friend. That tells you WHO is pulling his strings is fully aware of when he’s useful and when he goes ‘round the bend into intelligent. And you have to sympathize: where on earth do you find guys intelligent enough to be competent (not Blinken) yet too stupid to catch on this is a mass-murder robbery-treason, like ‘Nam? There are very, very few people that dumb, but they groom them in Harvard. Trained form birth to be very, very busy and believe anything they’re told (or they fail) – literally anything. The Maldives are under water don’t you know, along with all the polar bears. Luckily China is the world’s greenest country and stopping all that. You can fight wars with no food, no oil, no men, and no tanks. Stuff like that.

    Speaking of “No one blinked” Dazsik (or someone) wrote how they would commit all those felonies to make money IN AN EMAIL, then how smart they were because they hid all the emails IN AN EMAIL. No one blinked because…apparently that’s not a felony that leads to the bodies buried of 140 other felonies….that are the bodies of 20M dead people worldwide? No? Nope, guess not! Not when it’s Republicans asking! Media reported it, Public didn’t blink either. See their problem: they need guys intellegent enough to create bio-murder, and run expansive bureaucracies, but still smart enough to know what an “Email” and a “Felony” are and not write it down with CC all the names. They’re not, but thankfully Congress is on the case and doesn’t know either.

    #160485
    Tree Frog
    Participant

    a kullervo – Per Carlson – To me also, western leaders seem both deeply stupid and deeply ignorant. You appear to consider them tools of puppet masters – which i think they are. But what does it imply per the puppet masters?

    One has to go back to quite away to find western leaders free of stupidity and ignorance, e.g., JFK, RFK, MLK. They, of course, they were murdered by stupid, ignorant people who, consequently, came to dominate in the west from the mid-century on. It starts with Truman over Wallace at the 1944 Democrat Convention.

    So here we are.

    #160486
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Like most ReThuglicans in the Uni=party Newt Gingrich is a mouthy little Pussy.

    ReThuglicans role in the Uni-party charade is Righteous Indignation over Sacred Principles = RIOSP

    As one of the black brothers working construction with me used to say, “Founding Father Shit”

    Yes they a good at that.

    So Newt the Salamander, in the subfamily Pleurodelinae, has wisdom to impart on all things lofty.

    With that and 50¢ Newt can ride the trolley.

    Newt is a Bloviating Gas Bag. BGB

    A do-nothing, know nothing

    Newt Out Gassing

    Step back!

    .

    #160487
    Oroboros
    Participant

    NATO Member Turkiye Would Like to Join BRICS

    Hahahahahaahahahaa!

    Erdoğan showed what a limp wristed nothing-burger he was but allowing Iran to take the leadership position in the Muslim world on Gaza.

    You seriously think Erdoğan will be allowed to join BRICS????

    He will be Bitch-Slapped© senseless by the Collective West like a beta harem slut.

    Can’t even fill Ataturks shoes, how he going to kick the Collective West in the Nads?

    .

    #160488
    zerosum
    Participant

    Tools to challenge the power of the establishment.
    Read TAE to see HOW their Embodiment/Display of HATE/FEAR/IGNORANCE/CHANGE has been used to manipulate society

    #160495
    jb-hb
    Participant

    In the Trump case, the underlying crime that was alleged was seeking to interfere in the 2016 election by using non-disclosure agreements to prevent unfavorable media coverage about an alleged affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels that the former president has denied.

    correction:

    In the Trump case, the underlying crime that was alleged was seeking to interfere in the 2016 election by using non-disclosure agreements to prevent unfavorable media coverage about an alleged affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels that adult film actress Stormy Daniels has denied.

    That would seem to be the more relevant thing to report in a news article.

    So…. gripping my head here with a massive stupidity headache… so… if you pay someone to not lie about you, and their refraining from lying about you omits harm to your election attempts….

    …then that’s 34 Felony Election Promotions?

    #160496
    tboc
    Participant

    ” But these are middle managers, the body-shield. If there is a smart man among them, they’d be fired.”
    “where on earth do you find guys intelligent enough to be competent (not Blinken) yet too stupid to catch on this is a mass-murder robbery-treason,
    offer them another week off with pay, a corner office with their name on the door, and a reserved parking space? make them a Manager! cultivate capricious indifference as the path to success!

    “wrote how they would commit all those felonies to make money ”
    of course, everyone knows corporate duty is only directed toward value for the shareholders, Bhopal em.
    i do not personally know anyone who graduated Harvard, yet i have known contractors and developers in the residential construction industry who, as Lowell George sang, were “Willin”

    (note of disclosure: i do know one who graduated Brown and one who graduated Princeton)

    #160497
    WES
    Participant

    Biden’s executive order on the border merely streamlined the process to make it easier and faster to cross the border!
    Expect even more people than before!

    They are protecting Hunter Biden as expected.
    Would be nice if Hunter could be tried twice for the same crime.

    SCOTUS has already ruled that Trump has to appeal in NY State courts, first.
    So why the hype about appealing directly to SCOTUS?
    So a desired political result remains cloaked in legal legitimacy!
    The courts are being used accomplish a political outcome.

    Republicans are saying they are 100% behind Trump.
    Meanwhile they are busy planning to dump Trump at the RNC nomination convention!

    Well maybe the Democrats are busy planning to dump Biden at their DNC convention too!

    So the November 2024 election will feature 2 pre-selected choices!
    The 100% perfect election!

    #160498
    tboc
    Participant

    Newt – Contract on America – Gingrich. knew things were bad when they dredged up Kissinger, now Newt. Must be worse than imagined.

    “can I have some of those purple berries?” – CS&N

    #160499
    WES
    Participant

    tboc:

    Lol. Brown and Princeton! You are tainted!

    PS: I have a nurse niece who took an ethics course at Harvard! An oxymoron!
    God help you if you fall ill at her hospital because she will recommend MAIDs!

    #160500
    jb-hb
    Participant

    The Apartment Construction Boom Ends, Major Economic Impact Ahead
    https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/apartment-construction-boom-ends-major-economic-impact-ahead

    Interest rates are too high for many projects to start. Some started projects are in trouble. Let’s discuss the ramifications

    so… apartments are renting at unaffordable rates. Houses are 100% unaffordable anywhere.

    ALSO if you don’t have anything but ridiculously low interest rates as opposed to just low interest rates or normal, regular interest rates, then it makes no sense to build more housing.

    I’m thinking there’s some Ayn Rand quote I could find with sufficient searching that would go like: “When demand and supply no longer meet on a graph of what is happening to you, know that your society is run by cartels and monopolies unconcerned for profits – unconcerned for providing value in exchange for value – and your society is doomed”

    Really? THIS is when you STOP building new housing? I was just looking at places to rent last night and it is really bad out there.

    Don’t we need to build a couple new Chicagos every year just based on unlimited undocumented immigration?

    I’ve heard “there was no demand for it, so we stopped it” but “There was near unlimited demand for it, so we stopped it” is a little weird.

    Also our modern construction is crappy. As close to a rip off and not-housing as it can be made. Using as much underpaid illegal labor as possible.

    But with all that, if the interest rates are anything but RIDICULOUSLY low, just can’t see how it is worth it to house human beings. Damn you, Capitalism!

    #160501
    zerosum
    Participant

    Democracy!
    So the November 2024 election will feature 2 pre-selected choices!
    The 100% perfect election!

    Don’t forget to count the ballots.

    #160502
    tboc
    Participant

    “I don’t care who does the electing, as long as I get to do the nominating.” ~ Boss Tweed

    #160503
    zerosum
    Participant

    so… apartments are renting at unaffordable rates.
    Houses are 100% unaffordable anywhere.

    We need new kinds of cheaper housing
    or less people,
    or less demand
    so that supply is greater than demand and price becomes affordable.

    #160504
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Unlimited undocumented immigration, banks buying up housing on 0% interest, every level of government subsidizing the unlimited undocumented immigration to be “welcoming”

    Working poor cannot compete with a printing press.

    #160505
    tboc
    Participant

    Wes should you ever need something described mathematically the Princeton man is the One. The finest human being i have ever known.

    #160506
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Labels can be (and too often are) a stop sign for thinking. Further reasoning or thought becomes literally impossible when there is a refusal to make new distinctions between the data or things (or people!) that are contained within the “data set” which the label describes. The inaction of making no distinction between different things is, very very literally, the complete cessation of rational thought altogether. The consequences can be, and all too often are, dire.

    It’s fine, harmless and useful to put names to things so that subjects can be referenced in conversation and other ways of communicating. But to mistake that name or label (Jew, for example, or American, or Russian) for the actual thing or things or people that it names is a grave grave error, and leads to death, and sometimes worse.

    Committing that serious error, or encouraging others to do so, is just about the dumbest thing you could do, because not only does it cause you and others to make really stupid (and evil) mistakes, it also makes you dumber, so that the mistakes are made more often.

    #160507
    aspnaz
    Participant

    a kullervo said

    No, Mr. Carlson: the puppets under the limelight are buffoons – the puppet masters know what they’re doing (out of sight, out of mind.)

    Anal Schwab is a pawn, the people calling the shots have hundreds of the best brains hand picked from the best universities to help them work out the best things to do. Do you really think that the oligarchs do not know what their money can buy? Look at Rothchilds bank, the people employed start on over one million pounds, they are all the best of the best and they make the owners the returns that they want.

    #160508
    aspnaz
    Participant

    EoinW said

    They got rich and powerful by gaming the system. Being the most corrupt in a corrupt system. In their fantasies, they talk about building back better( like they talk about Ukraine winning) but they are not competent enough to do anything.

    I think you will find that the top oligarchs are all, absolutely all, trust fund kids. Their families have been handing down cash for a few generations by now, they have no idea how their fortunes were created.

    Sure, they do not create anything, they could never create anything, their business interests are run by a private company that employs managers etc who recruit people who ensure that their cash grows and that they don’t miss the next big opportunity. They get reports and someone explains those reports to them, whether they understand the reports is anyone’s guess.

    Fuck, even Rupert Murdoch, the 90 year old fossil, is a trust fund kid, he didn’t create anything, his daddy did it all.

    #160509
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Kevin O’Leary – an epitome of a D-bag living large.
    When in hotel, for me the “Shark tank” would be the choice when the TV is on. People with even the most lame invention were more lively to me than “panel” of moneyed assholes who were making the process as a soft version of “longest dance contest” during the Depression era, being forced to go through insulting loops in order to promote the product.

    #160510
    tboc
    Participant

    in the event Senator Kennedy’s eight million number is accurate that represents 0.023% (8/350) of the population of the United States. I guess that is meaningful when one considers we are governed by 0.1% of the population as the Occupy Wall Street movement claimed.

    the ones who don’t buy the climate crisis buy the immigration crisis and the antithesis applies
    “there are lies, damned lies and statistics” Clemmons

    the immigration is fueling a large growth in personal debt. Find a yard with four brand new pickup trucks and you have very likely found a home occupied by immigrants. The spice must flow. At least someone is working. As the housing industry goes into decline the delinquency rate in the automotive market will increase with the mirrored trajectory of the housing decline. One of my favorite short novels is Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me. Mucho Maas and the paregoric Pall Malls was fun to read. Describing my life using the name of a novel no one had read was always fun. C’mon man, join the fun.

    #160511
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @aspnaz

    Do you really think that the oligarchs do not know what their money can buy? Look at Rothchilds bank, the people employed start on over one million pounds, they are all the best of the best and they make the owners the returns that they want.”

    No, Mr Aspnaz, the oligarchs did not get the very best. They got the very worst, and it’s showing. How’s Israel, Ukraine, The US dollar, WEF and the Democrat Party doing right now? [Hint: they should, but won’t/can’t get out while the gettin’ is still good.]

    #160512
    jb-hb
    Participant

    “At least someone is working.”

    The particular “someones” working is exactly the point — Tax-free AND undercutting the working poor, driving down their wages.

    WHILE ALSO competing with the working poor for housing, education, medical care, food, etc with government subsidies

    Working poor competing with people subsidized by the taxes they pay, the debt they are put on the hook for, and the money printer

    we’re so glad “someone” is working, but that someone we are glad about is never the working poor. Always someone else.

    #160514
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Boy, do those bastards want war. They want it so bad, and are yammering for it so fervently that people are starting to notice. I mean, how crazy is it to hype the risk of global nuclear war to this fever pitch, and then double-down the tough talk when challenged by pretty much anyone? A war in which they themselves would, for certain, be reduced to profound poverty, dead meat or worse.

    The more that slightly (at least) saner people look at these powerful Hell mongers askance, then the louder the Hell mongers scream and the crazier they are seen to be.

    They have already fled from all of those places where it has already become too physically dangerous to reside (No Democrats, Hedge Fund Managers or Main Stream Media Hosts moving to Moscow, Bejing, Iran or Israel any time soon I think.)

    As they retreat (or are uncermoniously thrown out) from these places where they will never be allowed to return they grow smaller, weaker and louder. And the gaps the absolutely enormous gaps they leave behind their departure are being filled by people who will never trust them again. The ridiculous lies and threats grow more grotesque and more absurdly impossible to actually DO, as their capacity to actually deliver any of the big promises grows smaller and smaller and smaller.

    Robot overlords under every bed? Storm Troopers kicking down every door? All the boys turned into girls? Another jab in every arm? How about beating the combined forces of Russia and China in a land war anywhere? Get real.

    The dollar is aboard the Titan submersible on it’s way to meet Davy Jones, the Police can’t arrest shoplifters drug addicts or wetbacks, and practically NOBODY is gonna let themselves or their kids get vaxxed for ANYTHING after what happened last time (no matter how much they are forced to pretend otherwise to anyone they don’t trust with their lives. QUIET disobedience.). Transgenders? How big of a medical Chop Shop would it take to do that to a BILLION children (and that number is growing constantly at a rate of over 1,600 per HOUR of new arrivals).

    The ensuing chaos is already going hocky stick, and as chaos grows things break. As things break the capability of doing any of those grandiose crimes against humanity gets smaller at a compoundingly exponential rate and so on until the whole Satanic apparatus just goes “clank!” and isn’t capable of doing any gawd damned thing at all.

    You already see it. Disengage with them. They’ll be finished removing themselves (one way or another) real soon now. Let them. Warn them first, of course, because they are us (under somewhat more morally challenging circumstances), and save those that you can. But let the rest of ’em just get on with it, because that’s what they’re gonna do anyway. Just don’t join them.

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