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RNC Backup Plans for Presidential Nomination If Trump Is In Prison (ET)
X Urges Supreme Court for Review After Jack Smith Obtained Trump Files (ET)
J6 Committee Delayed Secret Service Driver From Refuting Limo Story (Turley)
Poll: Plurality of Americans Believe Trump Trial was Politically Motivated (AmG)
“Biden Allies Freak After WSJ Blasts “Slipping” Brain (ZH)
Is Hunter Biden Pursuing a Jury Nullification Strategy? (Turley)
Scott Ritter on Reason Behind Move to Stop Him From Traveling to Russia (Sp.)
NATO Would Stand No Chance’ Against Russia-China Military Alliance (Sp.)
The West Is Already At War With Russia But Its Leaders Can’t Wake Up (Jay)
Ukraine To Recruit Deserters – Media (RT)
Ukraine No Longer Allowing Dual Citizens To Leave (RT)
Nobody in US Has Ukraine’s Interests At Heart – Putin (RT)
Austria’s Ex-FM Kneissl Says Europe ‘Lost Its Soul,’ Entered War Path (Sp.)
Americans Are an Abused People (Paul Craig Roberts)

 

 

 

 

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The last paragraph is golden.

RNC Backup Plans for Presidential Nomination If Trump Is In Prison (ET)

With former President Donald Trump facing the possibility of being sentenced to prison just days before the Republican National Convention, GOP officials are formulating backup plans in case the former president isn’t able to receive the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in person. “We’ll be thinking about it, and we’re working on that right now,” Republican National Committee Chair Michael Whatley told Newsmax in an interview on June 4, when asked whether the Republican Party is preparing for the possibility that the former president can’t attend the convention because he’s behind bars. The convention, which will take place in Milwaukee from July 15 to July 18, is expected to draw thousands, but President Trump might not be one of them, given his recent felony conviction and the possibility that, on July 11, Justice Juan Merchan will sentence him to prison.

President Trump was recently found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records to hide nondisclosure payments, supposedly to prevent bad press and sway the 2016 election in his favor. He maintains his innocence and says he’s the victim of a vindictive political prosecution meant to derail his 2024 comeback bid. Justice Merchan could sentence President Trump to up to four years on each business records falsification count, with a maximum of 20 years. The former president said in a June 2 interview on Fox News that he could handle being jailed or imprisoned, while calling the people involved in his conviction “sick” and “evil.” The former president and his attorneys have vowed to appeal the conviction, with President Trump even calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to step in before the sentencing date and overturn the guilty verdict.

Although a former Manhattan district attorney predicted that President Trump would receive no prison time regardless of any appeals process, GOP officials say they’ll be ready to handle whatever scenario presents itself at the convention. “We expect that Donald Trump is going to be in Milwaukee and he’s going to be able to accept that nomination,” Mr. Whatley said. “And if not, we will make whatever contingency planning we need to make for it.” Although Mr. Whatley didn’t provide specifics about the contingency plans, he said the RNC will “certainly” have a plan in place to make sure President Trump receives the nomination no matter what. “We want to have a show that is going to roll out Donald Trump and his vision for America, which is going to set up this election cycle,” Mr. Whatley said while expressing confidence that President Trump will become the 47th president when the Election Day dust settles in November.

In response to Mr. Whatley’s preparing for the possibility of President Trump virtually addressing the Republican National Convention, Democratic National Committee Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: “Even before Donald Trump became a convicted felon, his inner circle was already staffed by a roster of convicts and fraudsters brought on board for their loyalty to Trump and his MAGA agenda over the rule of law. Now Trump’s hand-picked RNC chair is openly floating Trump calling into the convention from a jail cell because the Republican Party has become completely beholden to a criminal who is willing to undermine our justice system and our democracy to pursue his agenda of revenge and retribution.”

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“..disclosing the warrant would result in “destruction of or tampering with evidence, intimidation of potential witnesses, and serious jeopardy to the investigation,” and let President Trump “flee from prosecution.”

X Urges Supreme Court for Review After Jack Smith Obtained Trump Files (ET)

Elon Musk’s X Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider stepping in against a process that lets officials obtain information from social media companies and bars the companies from informing people whose information is handed over. The process wrongly enables officials to “access and review potentially privileged materials without any opportunity for the user to assert privileges—including constitutional privileges,” lawyers for X said in a filing to the nation’s top court. Unsealed documents in 2023 showed that X provided data and records from former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account to special counsel Jack Smith after Mr. Smith obtained a search warrant. X was blocked from informing President Trump by a nondisclosure order that Mr. Smith also obtained. The order said disclosing the warrant would result in “destruction of or tampering with evidence, intimidation of potential witnesses, and serious jeopardy to the investigation,” and let President Trump “flee from prosecution.”

X challenged the order, arguing it violated its First Amendment rights and noting that President Trump might have reason to claim executive privilege, or presidential privilege. The company wanted to alert the former president so he could assert the privilege, but U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled against it, claiming during a hearing that the only reason X was issuing the challenge was “because the CEO wants to cozy up with the former president.” A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the ruling from Judge Howell, an appointee of former President Barack Obama. “The government proffered two compelling interests that supported nondisclosure of the search warrant: preserving the integrity and maintaining the secrecy of its ongoing criminal investigation of the events surrounding January 6, 2021,” U.S. Circuit Judge Florence Pan wrote. She was joined by Circuit Judges Cornelia Pillard and Michelle Childs. Judge Pillard was appointed by President Obama; Judges Pan and Childs were appointed by President Joe Biden.

The full court denied a rehearing en banc, although four judges said “we should not have endorsed this gambit,” referring to the combination of a warrant and nondisclosure order. “Rather than follow established precedent, for the first time in American history, a court allowed access to presidential communications before any scrutiny of executive privilege,” Circuit Judge Neomi Rao wrote in a dissent. The appointee of President Trump was joined by Circuit Judges Gregory Katsas and Justin Walker, other President Trump appointees; and Judge Karen Henderson, an appointee of former President George H.W. Bush. The Supreme Court should take up the case because the majority’s opinion conflicts with Supreme Court precedent and rulings from other circuits, lawyers for X said in the new petition. “This court has long held that holders of executive privilege must have notice and an opportunity to assert privilege before confidentiality of the potentially privileged documents is breached. The decision below departs from that precedent.

Because former President Trump was not informed of the warrant before his records were produced, he could not timely assert executive privilege,” they wrote. Several circuit courts have issued contrasting decisions, which creates a split that needs resolved, X lawyers said. That included a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that cleared a protocol for a warrant that involved giving people with attorney-client privilege “the first opportunity to identify potentially privileged materials” and did not let investigators access the materials until the parties or the court approved. Another circuit split exists in regard to the nondisclosure order, the lawyers said. In Freedman v. Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled that “any restraint prior to judicial review can be imposed only briefly in order to preserve the status quo.” While two circuit courts have found the ruling does not apply to nondisclosure orders, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has found that some nondisclosure orders must adhere to the ruling. The conflict “warrants this court’s review,” X lawyers said.

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What a disgrace that committee is/was.

J6 Committee Delayed Secret Service Driver From Refuting Limo Story (Turley)

Just the News is reporting that the January 6th Committee rebuffed repeated efforts from a Secret Service agent to refute the false story related by Cassidy Hutchinson alleging a violent episode with Trump in the presidential limousine during the Capitol riots. The J6 Committee staff repeatedly delayed the testimony of the agent to disprove the widely reported allegation. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, the chairman of the House subcommittee that is investigating the Jan. 6 riot, has obtained a transcript of the driver’s interview that was conducted months after he first offered to testify. However, it turns out that committee staff were asked repeatedly by counsel for the agent to let him present evidence debunking the claim. Despite being reported by virtually every news outlet, the Committee slow walked his appearance as the story went viral.

The transcript of the driver’s testimony contains express objections by the lawyer that his client had offered to testify in July, August and September of 2022, but was “rebuffed” by the committee. The account reaffirms a major criticism of the committee. After Democrats refused to allow the GOP to pick its members (as a long-accepted practice in the House), the Democrats selected two anti-Trump Republicans who did little to push for a full and fair display of witnesses and facts. The Committee was chaired by Rep. Benny Thompson, a Democrat, with Rep. Liz Cheney, as Vice Chairwoman. Cheney and the committee members clearly knew that Hutchinson’s account was debunked by the very driver who allegedly struggled with Trump. Yet, they allowed the media to report the incident for months while rebuffing the requests of the driver. Loudermilk is quoted as saying “We’re talking about the driver of the limousine, and the head of the entire protective detail. They were brought in by the select committee to testify, but they weren’t brought in until November.

The false account was given by Hutchinson in June of that year. The Secret Service driver testified Trump never tried to reach for or grab the wheel of the SUV. Notably, the transcript shows Cheney trying to explain the delay as due to the need for the Secret Service to produce all documents in the January 6 investigation. Yet, she had no problem with making the false story public through Hutchinson before such supporting material was supplied. She also did not suggest any countervailing testimony or witnesses on the issue as the media ran with the account. Instead, Cheney publicly teased the claim that they had much more evidence of crimes against Trump, which never materialized. Cheney ended one hearing by calling for more officials to come forward and noting that Trump family members and former officials have now come forward with their own public “confessions.” Many of us support the effort to bring greater transparency to what occurred on Jan. 6th and these hearings have offered a great deal of important new information.

Indeed, it has proven gut-wrenching in the accounts of lawyers and staff trying to combat baseless theories and to protect the constitutional process. Yet, the heavy-handed approach to framing the evidence by the Committee was both unnecessary and at times counterproductive. The strength of some of this evidence would not have been diminished by a more balanced committee or investigation. We previously discussed the highly scripted and entirely one-sided presentation of evidence in the Committee. Indeed, witnesses were primarily used to present what Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to as “the narrative” where their prior videotaped testimony was shown and they were given narrow follow-up questions. They at times seemed more like props than witnesses — called effectively to recite prior statements between well-crafted, impactful video clips. It had the feel of a news package, which may be the result of the decision to bring in a former ABC executive to produce the hearings.

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A mixed set of numbers.

Poll: Plurality of Americans Believe Trump Trial was Politically Motivated (AmG)

A new poll shows that a sizable plurality of the American people believe that the New York trial of former President Donald Trump was a politically-motivated show trial. As the Daily Caller reports, the ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that 47% of Americans believe the trial was indeed a political hit job, while 38% say that the trial was legitimate and fair. On the question of the “guilty” verdict, 50% of respondents believe the verdict was correct; by contrast, just 27% believe the verdict was wrong, while the remaining 23% said they “don’t know” what to believe with regards to the verdict. Among those who claimed to have followed the case closely, 55% say the verdict was correct while 35% say it was incorrect; another 8% said they “don’t know.”

After the verdict was announced, 49% of respondents said that Trump should end his campaign for re-election. Among partisan lines, just 16% of Republicans said Trump should drop out while 75% want him to continue his candidacy. Among Democrats, 79% want Trump to drop out now, while 52% of independents say the same thing. The same poll also showed that the trial and its outcome have had virtually no effect on Trump’s approval ratings, and may have even led to a slight increase. While the former president had a 29% favorability in March, his favorability currently sits at 31%. Biden’s favorability is at 32%, a slight decrease from 33% in March. The poll featured a sample size of 781 American adults, and was conducted from May 31st to June 1st. The margin of error is 3.7%.

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“I used to meet with him when he was vice president. I’d go to his house,” McCarthy said in an interview. “He’s not the same person.”

“Biden Allies Freak After WSJ Blasts “Slipping” Brain (ZH)

The Biden administration is scrambling for damage control over the president’s mental condition. Over the past month, the White House claimed executive privilege over an audio tape of Biden’s classified documents interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur, the transcripts of which were altered to make Biden seem more competent Next, TIME Magazine’s Massimo Calabresi couldn’t give a straight answer over Biden’s serious cognitive decline exhibited during an interview. Now, the White House and Biden allies are slamming a Tuesday report from the Wall Street Journal in which 45 people from both sides of the aisle told the outlet that Biden is, to put it mildly, two sandwiches short of a picnic. The Journal cites a January meeting behind closed doors during a critical discussion about Ukraine funding, Biden’s soft-spoken nursing home demeanor led some participants to question his engagement, as he occasionally read from notes and paused.

“You couldn’t be there and not feel uncomfortable,” one attendee noted about the meeting’s dynamics, adding “I’ll just say that.” In another example, Biden completely forgot the details of ‘his’ own policy on big energy projects during a one-on-one meeting with House Speaker Mike Johnson. Others who attended said Biden’s demeanor and level of engagement fluctuated and he seemed lively and engaged at some points. When the topic moved to an immigration overhaul, Johnson, the House speaker, offered Biden a list of dozens of executive actions he could undo to improve border security. Biden, rather than responding to Johnson’s suggestions, chided him, according to people at the meeting, “I’ve forgotten more about immigration than you’ll ever know.” -WSJ

Then, during debt ceiling negotiations with House Republicans, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and others noted that Biden’s demeanor and command of the details varied significantly from day to day. On some days, Biden was described as relying heavily on notes and mumbling, which could suggest inconsistency in cognitive performance. “I used to meet with him when he was vice president. I’d go to his house,” McCarthy said in an interview. “He’s not the same person.” -WSJ. The article also lays out public speaking errors, such as mixing up names of his Hispanic cabinet secretaries, mistakenly speaking about conversations with long-deceased leaders, and other factual errors. These instances contribute to the narrative of cognitive decline. In another section, the Journal reports that “The president moved so slowly around the Cabinet Room to greet the nearly two dozen congressional leaders that it took about 10 minutes for the meeting to begin, some people who attended recalled.”

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What are the odds of him being convicted in Delaware?

Is Hunter Biden Pursuing a Jury Nullification Strategy? (Turley)

There was an interesting development this week in the Hunter Biden gun trial: the fact that there will indeed be a Hunter Biden gun trial. That development is surprising only because there do not appear to be any facts in dispute in this case. And the primary witness against Hunter Biden will be Hunter Biden himself. The sole issue in this case is whether Biden filed a false gun form (ATF Form 4473) in which, as a condition for his purchase of a .38-caliber Colt Cobra revolver from the StarQuest Shooters and Survival Supply in Wilmington, Del., he stated that he was not a user of drugs. Biden’s counsel, Abbe Lowell, previously suggested that his client may have had a window of sobriety when he signed the form, but then returned to his addiction afterward. But then Hunter himself blew that theory away with his public comments and books. Lowell then suggested in court that someone else may have checked the box on the form.

In the interim, Lowell has brought a litany of challenges. At one point, he claimed that the government must fulfill a prior dead plea agreement. At another, he adopted an argument of the National Rifle Association challenging the underlying statute. The defense also failed this week to call a last-minute witness who would testify that Hunter may not have known that he was an addict. The defense was accused of essentially hiding the ball with the expert’s expected testimony so Judge Maryellen Noreika barred the appearance of the Columbia professor. Yet, again, Hunter Biden himself would have destroyed the defense. The form asks if Hunter was a user of drugs, not just an addict: “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” Hunter wrote how he was a user of a wide array of drugs for years. It is hard to imagine he thought himself as clean as a clergyman in Wilmington in 2018.

So why wouldn’t Hunter just plead guilty? Even without his earlier plea deal, a guilty plea could significantly reinforce a request to avoid jail time in the case. It would also avoid an embarrassing trial for himself and his father during a presidential election. While Hunter could always throw in the towel before the start of testimony, there is currently no discernible strategy beyond hoping that a pending case in the Supreme Court might undermine the indictment. There may also be another possible strategy in play: jury nullification. Unlike Donald Trump in Manhattan, Delaware is Biden country. The chance that he will get strong supporters of his father on the jury is an almost statistical certainty. In 2020, Joe Biden received roughly 60 percent of the vote over Donald Trump in the state. Having first lady Jill Biden, who is extremely popular, at the trial will only reinforce the connection. In addition to a favorable jury pool, Biden may be hoping that testimony on his travails with drugs will prompt one or more jurors to ignore the law and vote to acquit.

Notably, virtually all of the selected jurors have said that they know of someone who has struggled with drugs. Indeed, Judge Noreika already appears to suspect such a strategy. Noreika rejected the effort of the defense to introduce an altered version of the federal firearms form created by the gun store employees. They argue that the alternation showed a political bias on the part of the prosecutors. The court found the document “irrelevant” and chastised the defense team for pursuing “conspiratorial” theories and an effort to confuse or mislead the jury. She noted that the use of the altered form would be “unduly prejudicial and invites (jury) nullification.” Jury nullification arguments have long been banned or discouraged in many courtrooms. Nevertheless, jury nullification has its advocates. For example, Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler has called for Black jurors to refuse to convict Black defendants of drug crimes. Butler has said that “my goal is the subversion of the present criminal justice system.”

Hunter Biden is obviously not the primary concern of Professor Butler in the impact of drug prosecutions on the Black community. However, he has also argued that “jury nullification is just part of an arsenal of tools to end the failed “war on drugs.” Biden’s case has all of the characteristics of a nullification defense. Even if he cannot secure acquittal, the combination of political and social elements at play in Delaware could produce a hung jury. Trying a Biden in Delaware is a challenge for any prosecutor, even without the potential sympathies for a reformed drug addict. With the first lady sitting behind him, the family ties will be on full display. There is an understandable parental desire to show emotional support for Hunter, but prosecutors cannot be thrilled by the potential effect on jurors in the pro-Biden state.

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“They provided no explanation of what they were doing. They just did it..”

Scott Ritter on Reason Behind Move to Stop Him From Traveling to Russia (Sp.)

On June 3, the former Marine Corps intelligence officer and Sputnik contributor was removed by US Customs and Border Protection officers from a plane bound for Russia, where he was to attend the 2024 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). The US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) does not have the authority to seize passports without probable cause, former Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter told Sputnik, commenting on Monday’s incident. Ritter recalled that as he prepared to board the plane, he was pulled out of line by three armed CBP officers who took control of his passport. He said that when he asked them “on what authority,” they cited orders from the US Department of State. “They provided no warrant, no documentation, nor did they provide a receipt for my passport. They provided no explanation of what they were doing. They just did it,” the Sputnik contributor pointed out.

Ritter stressed that his constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment were violated because the document requires CBP officers to provide a warrant or some other form of authority upon which to conduct the seizure of his passport. “Under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution and others, I’m free to travel. The US government cannot restrict my travel without specific justification, none of which was articulated to me and none of which I believe exists. So it’s a violation of my Fifth Amendment,” the former Marine Corps intelligence officer added.] He suggested that “the real reason” behind all this “appears to be to prevent” him from participating in the SPIEF 2024 and to prevent the work he planned to do as a journalist with his documentary film crew. According to him, he was planning to make a documentary about “the reality of Russia”. “This is my First Amendment right under freedom of speech and a free press. And this right was likewise violated by the US government, by the Biden administration,” Ritter noted.

The Sputnik contributor recounted that he had traveled to Russia “two times in the last year using this same passport,” and that on each time, the US government was notified in advance of his intent to travel and of his itinerary.
In an apparent reference to his planned trip to Russia to attend SPIEF 2024, Ritter said he was “not off on a secret mission” and that the US government “knew full well” what he was up to. “And this is why I believe they acted in the way they did. This has a chilling effect, not just on me and the work I was doing, but on all Americans who choose to speak out against the policies of the United States that they disagree with and to travel abroad at the same time that they are criticizing the US government. And what the US government is saying is that we can control your movement. We can control your life. We can punish you for what you’ve been saying that we disagree with,” the former Marine Corps intelligence officer emphasized.

Nap Scott Ritter : On My Way to Russia I Met Big Brother.

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“The strategic alliance between Russia and China ain’t going to be about taking over countries, ain’t going to be about missile-producing or whatever. It’s going to be about ensuring justice and fairness on the global stage…”

NATO Would Stand No Chance’ Against Russia-China Military Alliance (Sp.)

The United States has historically worked to prevent an alliance between Russia and China, but the two global powers have joined together in an effort to guard themselves against Western aggression.One year before his death Henry Kissinger, a consequential – and highly controversial – former US Secretary of State, saw the writing on the wall. “The time is approaching to build on the strategic changes which have already been accomplished and to integrate them into a new structure towards achieving peace through negotiation,” said the top diplomat, urging an end to Ukraine’s Western-backed war against Russia. Kissinger made the comments in an article entitled “How to Avoid Another World War” in the British magazine The Spectator, noting that Russia’s “thousands of nuclear weapons” make it “one of the world’s two largest nuclear powers.”

With characteristic braggadocio, the veteran strategist’s remarks were slammed by the Ukrainian government and criticized by a fair number of Western liberals, by then fully convinced of the United States’ duty to once again safeguard freedom and democracy. The West’s apparent indifference towards the prospect of nuclear war and strategic incompetence in allowing Russia and China to join forces was criticized by former security analyst Dr. David Oualaalou, who discussed the latest developments in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict on Sputnik’s The Critical Hour program Tuesday. “Putin will not bluff on this, because this is what’s going to be expected of the Russians, the Russian people, from their leader to defend the country by any means, as we are pushing more and more,” said Oualaalou, noting that Moscow views the conflict as a matter of existential importance.

“The idea to me, the way I look at it, is [Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor] Orban does not want to have his country caught in the middle of this, being a member of NATO or not at this point,” he added, characterizing the European leader as a voice of sanity on the issue. “He’s talking to his lawyers, the officers – they are looking for ways on how to opt out of this kind of involvement with NATO. Frankly, if I may use the term here, it’s about time for Hungary to make a decision whether to leave NATO altogether.” Oualaalou noted that the increasing unpopularity of Western involvement in the ongoing proxy war is leading to a surge in popularity for the right-wing across Europe, with French politician Marine Le Pen rising in popularity while suggesting the country should leave NATO.

Kissinger, credited with setting the United States on a path towards global dominance in the 1970s, worked to ensure China and Russia remained divided during his time as US Secretary of State, pursuing an opening of relations with China to pull them closer to the US. But Western bellicosity has now functioned to create a strong partnership between the two countries, Oualaalou argued – forming an alliance that Western powers would not be able to overcome through military means. “The strategic alliance between Russia and China ain’t going to be about taking over countries, ain’t going to be about missile-producing or whatever. It’s going to be about ensuring justice and fairness on the global stage… [With] these two countries – Russia and China – joined by others, NATO would stand no chance. The US would stand no chance,” he claimed.

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“..the West cannot entertain any of these requests and has taken so much control of the media that its leaders are starting to believe their own BS..”

The West Is Already At War With Russia But Its Leaders Can’t Wake Up (Jay)

Is NATO planning something big in Ukraine? Are we on the cusp now of WWIII really breaking out since the U.S. has now backed the idea that Ukraine can fire missiles beyond its borders into Russia? The news that President Joe Biden has given the go-ahead for long-range missiles to be fired into Russia should be worrying for a number of reasons. The dangerous game of escalation that the West is playing will have a breaking point in the not too distant future. The question is whether the West really understands how Putin thinks as it is presently betting on no retaliation from Russia, which is not only erroneous but very, very dangerous. Recent missile strikes into Russian territory destroyed two radar installations which western press refuse to report.

The significance of this strike is important as the more Ukraine loses on the battlefield, the more desperate its tactics, egged on by western leaders who still think that their stake in the war is minimal. Although just recently Germany’s leader Scholz did a U-turn at a conference in Berlin with French President Macron — in backing the missile strikes into Russia plan — the truth is that officially NATO does not support the plan, which is why the UK is doing it independently using Storm Shadows operated by SAS soldiers. This has been going on for months and so in many respects the news that the U.S. has authorised the practice could be taken lightly. What’s new? Or, more to the point, is Ukraine going to use longer-range U.S. missiles to keep up with such strikes like the radar stations? Does it have enough missiles in stock is also an important question.

With this strategy in play, we are looking in all scenarios at the slow demise of NATO as the more that such strikes occur, the more it is evident that NATO is a defunct organisation and only really a talk shop at best. NATO members are divided on an overall strategy with Ukraine and so member states do their own thing. If we see more of these strikes, the pressure on Putin to react will be overwhelming but when that time comes, he will practice and eye-for-an-eye strategy and strike the equivalent military installations within Europe or at least Ukraine’s drones operating in the Black Sea. This will be a shock for the West. It will take some days for such a strike to be seen for what it is: a warning. The message will be the escalation game has its limits and you’ve gone over a line.

But are the recent reports of a new offensive in the planning from NATO genuine? Probably not. Just like the reports of Putin wanting to negotiate a peace deal now. Both fake news are part of a strategy of panic from the Biden administration which really needs some sort of victory in Ukraine to present to the American people. Yet all of the aces are with Putin and he doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of falling into these traps. Putin has been pretty consistent in how he sees any kind of peace deal. Denazification, demilitarisation and no deal on NATO membership. The reasons why peace talks are a mere figment of the imagination of western journalists who sink to new lows is that the West cannot entertain any of these requests and has taken so much control of the media that its leaders are starting to believe their own BS. The fourth requirement also of Putin’s is that he can’t negotiate peace with a leader in the Ukraine who no longer has legitimacy as a president. One wonders how long the West can continue to kick up a fuss about that one.

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Anyone who can fog a mirror…

Ukraine To Recruit Deserters – Media (RT)

Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has allowed the country’s Armed Forces to recruit deserters as the military continues to experience personnel shortages after suffering heavy casualties, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday. The agency cited a letter sent by SBI Director Alexey Sukhachov to Ukraine’s commander-in-chief Aleksandr Syrsky. According to the document, up until now, how to deal with cases where servicemen who abandoned their units without permission or outright deserted have decided to voluntarily return to service had not been clearly defined to Ukrainian commanders. In his letter, Sukhachov reportedly asked Syrsky to “orient commanders of military units on the need to ensure the acceptance of the above-mentioned military personnel, who voluntarily returned to military units and expressed a desire to undergo further military service, to appoint them to positions and continue military service.”

Furthermore, RIA writes, the SBI chief asked that the service members who decide to return also be provided the right to monetary compensation. Sukhachov’s request comes as Kiev suffers from a shortage of military personnel having incurred heavy casualties on the battlefield. According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, Ukraine’s Armed Forces are estimated to have lost more than 35,000 troops in May alone, amid Moscow’s offensive in Kharkov Region. Despite the Ukrainian military’s efforts to ramp up mobilization, many people don’t want to serve in the army, prompting Kiev to further tighten mobilization rules and even reduce the conscription age limit from 27 to 25. Last month, Ukraine’s General Staff also announced that it intends to “optimize” its operations by releasing as many as 60% of its personnel and using them “to replenish the command and control bodies at the operational and tactical levels, as well as combat units.”

Ukraine’s mobilization campaign, which was announced shortly after the start of the conflict with Russia, has also been marred by widespread draft dodging. Many have tried to escape the country to avoid service, sometimes losing their lives in the process. According to the Ukrainian State Border Service, at least 45 Ukrainian men have already died while trying to illegally cross into the EU. In May alone, ten people were confirmed to have drowned while trying to cross the Tisza River, which flows from Ukraine’s southwestern border through Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Serbia.

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And that includes Americans…

Ukraine No Longer Allowing Dual Citizens To Leave (RT)

Ukrainian nationals with dual citizenship have been barred from leaving the country, a border guard official said on Tuesday. They are also no longer exempt from the military draft under a new mobilization law. The authorities are struggling to replenish the army ranks as a result of heavy casualties suffered on the battlefield. Russia’s Defense Ministry estimates that Ukraine’s armed forces lost more than 35,000 troops in May alone. Ukrainians with dual citizenship were previously allowed to leave the country, border service spokesman Andrey Demchenko told state TV on Tuesday. “We are not letting this category of citizens through now,” he added.He cited a recent government decree that obliged such people to register for the draft within 30 days. Previously, dual citizens and Ukrainians who were living abroad under a residence permit had been exempted from military service.

Earlier, Defense Ministry spokesman Dmitry Lazutkin also demanded the return of Ukrainians who were residing abroad, saying they should visit their territorial draft offices in person even if they have updated their data remotely. The US embassy in Kiev immediately warned Americans who hold Ukrainian citizenship against traveling to Ukraine. “Effective June 1, Ukraine has eliminated a ‘residence abroad’ exception that previously allowed certain Ukrainian males aged 18 to 60 to depart the country,” it said in a statement, adding that “US-Ukrainian dual citizens… may no longer be able to depart the country” in light of the changes. The diplomatic mission then advised those who are already in Ukraine to “shelter in place and obey all local orders,” while cautioning those “not currently in Ukraine” against traveling there. “There is an extremely high risk you will not be allowed to depart, even with a US passport,” the statement said.

Kiev has been ramping up its mobilization efforts in recent months. In April, Ukraine’s Vladimir Zelensky signed a controversial mobilization law that lowered the conscription age from 27 to 25, greatly expanded the powers of enlistment officers, and introduced additional penalties for draft dodgers. In May, he approved further legislation that provided a way for some prisoners to be paroled if they enlist. Later the same month, the country’s justice minister, Denis Maliuska, announced the first release of convicts to fill the military ranks.

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“..Americans are “not fighting for Ukraine or the Ukrainian people, they are fighting for their own grandeur and global leadership.”

Nobody in US Has Ukraine’s Interests At Heart – Putin (RT)

The US only cares about its own grandeur and is involved in the Ukraine crisis in order to fulfil its global ambitions, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of global media agencies ahead of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Wednesday. Washington has provided tens of billions of dollars in military aid to Kiev since the beginning of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.When asked about a potential shift in US policy towards Russia, Putin said that it is largely dependent on Washington itself and its perception of reality. America is currently obsessed with globalist ambitions that are “destroying the US from within,” the president said. US involvement in the Ukraine conflict is just one manifestation of that globalist policy, he told journalists.“Nobody in the US cares about Ukraine’s interests,” Putin said. Americans are “not fighting for Ukraine or the Ukrainian people, they are fighting for their own grandeur and global leadership.”

According to Putin, the current administration is not so much interested in helping Kiev prevail in the ongoing standoff but is rather “determined to prevent any Russian success precisely because they believe it would damage US leadership [positions].” Those globalist ambitions are harmful to America itself, Putin maintained, naming “high inflation and a huge debt” among the biggest challenges the US is currently facing. A future administration could reverse this destructive trend by focusing on “strengthening the US from within, strengthening its economy and finances, and building up normal relations with the world,” he said, adding that such policies could then bring some “real change” in relations between Moscow and Washington as well. The president’s words came just a day after the Kremlin called the US an “enemy” for the first time. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov referred to Washington as such while speaking to journalists on Tuesday.

“We are now an enemy country for them – much like they are for us,” Peskov said at that time, describing the two nations’ attitudes toward each other. The Kremlin has previously referred to the US as an “unfriendly state” or “opponent.” Peskov was commenting on Washington’s decision not to allow former US marine, UN weapons inspector and RT contributor Scott Ritter to travel to St. Petersburg to take part in several SPIEF panel discussions. Earlier, the US also let Kiev use American-supplied weapons against targets inside Russia, beyond what the US considers Ukrainian territory. Moscow has repeatedly warned that such actions, alongside continued weapons shipments to Kiev, only lead to further escalation and increase the risk of an all-out war between Russia and NATO, which can easily spiral into World War III.

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She fled her home country. A Foreign Minister.

Austria’s Ex-FM Kneissl Says Europe ‘Lost Its Soul,’ Entered War Path (Sp.)

Europe has “lost its soul” by stepping onto the path of war, ex-Austrian Foreign Minister and currently Director of the St. Petersburg State University G.O.R.K.I. (Geopolitical Observatory for Russia’s Key Issues) Center, Karin Kneissl, said on Wednesday. Speaking at a meeting of the Russian Historical Society in the presidential library, Kneissl recalled German philosopher Oswald Spengler’s book “The Decline of the West,” to argue that Europe has been degrading for 20 years.

“Unfortunately, Europe today is a Europe of war. This is the current European agenda… I cannot conceal my sadness… I have always dreamed about a Europe of pluralism, a Europe of freedom, constitution, art,” she told the meeting, adding that Europe has “lost its soul, it is dead.” Kneissl served as the Austrian Foreign Minister from December 2017 to June 2019. Her scapegoating at home was largely associated with the alleged “Russian ties”. The former diplomat moved to Lebanon in June 2022 after leaving Austria in September 2020 and residing in France because of persistent death threats and a de facto ban on working in her home country. In August 2023, it became known that Kneissl had moved to Russia.

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“But if they write to a representative or senator about the misallocation of resources they will get back a letter explaining that “we have to stop them over there before they get over here.”

Americans Are an Abused People (Paul Craig Roberts)

Americans are screwed over people and are too insouciant to notice. And not just on big things, such as being forced to be injected with an untested new kind of “vaccine” with unknown safety and effectiveness. Millions of Americans were faced with the choice of being injected or losing their job and ability to pay rent or mortgage, car payments, utilities, and buy food. The “vaccine” has caused many deaths and millions of injuries from new diseases and profusions of what previously were rare diseases among age groups not previously affected. American babies now die from strokes and heart attacks. And the grieving parents are denied any recourse. No one is being held responsible. And apparently Americans don’t care. How is this any different from the Zionist story of Jews being herded into gas chambers?

Americans can’t do anything about the hundreds of billions of dollars Washington sends to Ukraine to conduct Washington’s proxy war against Russia, or about the billions sent to Israel for the slaughter of Palestinians and physical destruction of Gaza, or the billions sent to Taiwan for Washington’s proxy war against China. Meanwhile homeless American veterans sleep on the streets while the Biden regime gives immigrant-invaders pre-paid debit cards and houses them in hotels. A few Americans might wonder if the billions of dollars could be better used getting the homeless out of their public parks and tent encampments off their sidewalks. But if they write to a representative or senator about the misallocation of resources they will get back a letter explaining that “we have to stop them over there before they get over here.”

The message is: “we are here to serve the military/security complex and Israel Lobby, the funders of our election campaigns, and to replace white Americans with the third world in the interest of diversity. It is not the big things that Americans notice. They are not personally at risk of being sent to war, and there is no specific tax taken from them to finance Israel’s and Ukraine’s wars. But you would think that Americans living on credit card debt would at least notice that which dramatically affects them. Do Americans living on credit card debt comprehend that under the guise of interest charged the credit card companies are taxing their balances at rates ranging from 19.49% to 29.99% based on the credit card company’s estimate of the debtor’s credit worthiness.

In addition to the federal and state income taxes on their income and the Social Security tax and the Medicare tax on income, the credit card companies are imposing a 20-30% tax on debt that is paying for housing, transportation, food, and utilities, as incomes alone in the age of jobs offshoring are insufficient to support living standards for about 40% of the population. I learned about modern day usury in May when my credit card bill did not show up. Perhaps it went into the spam or junk folders or fell victim to a glitch, all possibilities being joys of the digital revolution. Consequently the amount due on May 18 did not get paid until 4 days later on May 22 when an unpaid bill notice appeared in the email. The notice told me that I am charged a late payment fee of $29 plus an interest charge of $61.54. So a 4 day late payment cost me $90.54.

The late payment notice told me that my interest rate of 19.49% is charged from the “first day of the billing period until we receive your payment in full.” In other words, the interest was not charged for the 4 late days, but for the 4 days plus the month’s billing period. The notice also told me that if I missed a second payment, even for one day, during a 12 month period, my interest rate on my unpaid balance would jump from 19.49 to 29.99. There you have it. This is a system for the enserfment of the American consumer. If you are able to focus your attention, try to imagine the rapid rise of impossible indebtedness of Americans who can only make the minimum payment. The minimum payment is a tiny percentage of the balance due. For example, a balance of $4,173.66 has a minimum payment of $131.37. The minimum payment leaves a balance of $4,042.29 accumulating interest at double-digit rates.

Assuming he does not miss two payments in 12 months, his interest rate based on creditworthiness (he only makes minimal payments) is 27.49%. So, the interest on the unpaid balance adds $1,100 to his debt. And the growth in debt increases with the interest charged on the rising unpaid balance. I remember when credit card companies made their money by the 2.5% charge to the businesses that accepted payment via credit card. Those days have vanished. Now credit card companies live extravagantly on interest on consumer credit card debt, while businesses accepting credit card payment charge their customers a fee for paying with a credit card. As an economist I am really amazed that Keynesian economists, whose policy is based on the American consumer’s ability to spend, stood aside while such extraordinary restrictions on aggregate demand were allowed to be put in place. After paying debt service, people have nothing left to spend.

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    Paul Gauguin We hail thee Mary 1891   • RNC Backup Plans for Presidential Nomination If Trump Is In Prison (ET) • X Urges Supreme Court for Revie
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 6 2024]

    #160575
    aspnaz
    Participant

    No one is being held responsible. And apparently Americans don’t care. How is this any different from the Zionist story of Jews being herded into gas chambers?

    The Zionist story is a fairytale that never happened, that is the difference. Note that the Zionists benefitted in both stories.

    #160576
    aspnaz
    Participant

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/6/6/israel-bombs-unrwa-school-in-gaza-kills-32-displaced-palestinians

    Just a reminder for those who have forgotten; 40 more innocent people murdered by the Jews.

    #160577
    aspnaz
    Participant

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/6/6/man-who-contracted-h5n2-bird-flu-dies-in-mexico-who-says

    Bill Gates is up to his old tricks again; his privately-funded WHO organisation is starting to ramp up the next pandemic fear trail. Someone died; you can bet your ass they died of something completely unrelated to the h5n2 virus, we know these tricks from Covid, where people in road accidents were added to the Covid tally. Of course, this having happened before will not help the vaxinated sheep, they will be rushing to the doctor to be the first to get the new shot.

    #160578
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Sweden Introduces Draconian ‘Security Zone’ In Gang-Crime Hotspot, Indiscriminate Police Powers To Search Anyone

    Joined the NATO-Nazis, and rolling out the last platforms of that party/religion. My God is POWER. Raw POWER which is my Heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy Kingdom come, MY will be done, on earth… Just stop me.

    “Israel Signs $3BN Deal With US For 25 F-35 Stealth Jets

    Yay! Now Israel can’t fly either!

    “RNC Making Backup Plans For Presidential Nomination If Trump Sentenced To Prison

    So, your claim is, this has never occurred to them before? Not like 6 months ago when we all commented and wrote articles on it? No?

    So….I guess we all bombed Russia last night? Just on pulling the passport, just in time for the election.

    Btw, WHY dd they feel the need to lie, just lie, about Judge being pulled off the plane. I mean, he might have, but because somebody else was arrested, (Russian, I didn’t know the name) Ritter called him at 6am and said it might not be advised. Good call. Again, THEY (the left, the reporters) are sooper-stupid, but whatever OUR side does is sooper smart and without error. You can’t get these things wrong. Don’t. Eat crow and get it correct or you’ve chosen the wrong side.

    Trump vid on Border:

    Yes, but we know it is EXACTLY 10 Million? Because we’re not counting them, we on the right are so sure we know. Right. I’m not saying you’re wrong, but I’m asking why you’re so SURE. The RIght: just reports things they want to be true, and FEELZ like believing. Just don’t. Get it right.

    “Journalist: Would you declassify the 9/11 files?”

    Too late: Already could have, already didn’t. Blow me.

    “The FBI just admitted in court that Hunter Biden’s laptop is real.”

    They keep not being legal or logical. Therefore, you need to go arrest them for Judicial tampering, election tampering, and/or possibly treason. They know it was real, they knew right away because we ALL knew right away – and I’m under this bridge – but KNOWING and pretending, lying, has OTHER consequences. When you know, for a fact, and then hide this fact from FOIA and other government actions such as from prosecutions and Congressional requests, THAT IS A CRIME. So? Arrest them all. It’s probably not that big a deal, not like 20 years or something, so give them all their 1-5, felon, no pension, no priors, out in 2, and call it a day. That’s a MINIMUM. And that’s NOT harsh: it’s pretty easy. It’s not mean, it’s just what is done.

    NOPE. Yawn. Wake me when you’re serious.

    “let President Trump “flee from prosecution.”

    Whut? So your allegation is that Trump will move to Thailand but you won’t let him? Excuse me if I’m skeptical here. Or he’s going to flee from prosecution and remain in Florida? How does THAT work? Because you’re saying you’re too incompetent to find and arrest him again?

    “Elon Musk’s X Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider stepping in”

    Wtf is this?? WHO in “X Corp”? A “Corporation” is not born from the head of Zeus. It is staffed by people with names and home addresses. If you say – and usually you say – Elon Musk did this, it makes sense. But here the 3rd mailroom in Building 9 said, and got the Public relations third intern to post it? Wtf are you all talking about? This is why once upon a time when the dinosaurs roamed, we had REPORTERS who “interviewed” people on the “Phone”. …OR ELSE YOU COULDN’T PUBLISH, get the hell out of my office, youse.

    “• J6 Committee Delayed Secret Service Driver From Refuting Limo Story (Turley)

    We covered this all at the time, FOUR YEARS ago. Is that witness tampering? (yes, although it’s a congressional witness)

    ““I used to meet with him when he was vice president. I’d go to his house,” McCarthy said in an interview. “He’s not the same person.”

    Yes, but that should be a good thing. Biden was the top Congressional racist, friends with Grand Wizard Byrd, against busing, “Superpredators”, and imprisoned the most black men in history BEFORE bombing Africa widely as VP and tracking down and killing Muslim children…who were U.S. Citizens. That. Is just a fantastic record. The less competent he is at that, the better.

    “a guilty plea …would also avoid an embarrassing trial for himself and his father during a presidential election.”

    Yes, why indeed.

    • Scott Ritter on Reason Behind Move to Stop Him From Traveling to Russia (Sp.)

    I’m more concerned they are holding him without trial or travel. Of course the prison is very, very large – the entire United States – but he can’t go anywhere. Why? Where’s the adjudication? Do we know why you have to have the CHARGES read to you, with WITNESSES, and EVIDENCE in a “SPEEDY” fashion and “Correct Jurisdiction” yet? Also in that interview, he was like “What office/phone deals with you stealing my passport?” And they said, “Dunno, I guess there isn’t one.” So I call the 3rd mailroom clerk and ask?????

    ““The strategic alliance between Russia and China ain’t going to be about taking over countries, ain’t going to be about missile-producing or whatever. It’s going to be about ensuring justice and fairness on the global stage…”

    Hahahahaha! You so funny. …Said no country ever. Are those nations run by “Men”? Then no, that will NOT happen. Sure, to START they may act like that, they believe like that, and in a few years, “I was Snow White but I drifted” – Mae West. We do NOT want a situation of replacing “American” tyranny and empire with Chinese and BRIC Tyranny and empire. No.

    As far as does NATO stand a chance? Of course not. Or we’ll launch our Sopworth Camels at you. Now can we blow up and wreck a bunch of stuff pointlessly on the way out, even end human life as we know it? Sure. We just popped up a sub and hit Yemen yesterday (But not with nukes). Those subs are one of the only operational parts of our whole military. But that won’t beat Russia, which is the size of Holland, I hear, much less China and the combined Global South.

    On the flip side: will the U.S. still be here? Yes, we’ll still be here. Come what may.

    ““..the West cannot entertain any of these requests and has taken so much control of the media that its leaders are starting to believe their own BS..”
    • The West Is Already At War With Russia But Its Leaders Can’t Wake Up (Jay)
    Is NATO planning something big in Ukraine? Are we on the cusp now of WWIII really breaking out

    A: Yes. Right now.

    “The reasons why peace talks are a mere figment of the imagination of western journalists”

    Not exactly, but I know what he means. It’s a lie by telling the truth. They have made it impossible to speak clearly by corrupting the language and reality with lies…everywhere. Would Russia call immediate peace if Ukraine flipped, surrendered, and became Switzerland, disarmed, protected by Russia, in independent but in union, no nukes, no NATO, no Nazis? 100% instantly, yes. It would be hard to prove and hold, but yes. Happen today.

    …So there IS a peace talks, right? It’s just WHO is going to surrender unconditionally.

    “• Ukraine No Longer Allowing Dual Citizens To Leave (RT)

    Lira was a dual citizen but not of Ukraine. So the just renounce Ukraine, right? Easy. If you have a passport and are still in Ukraine, you’re crazy.

    ““..Americans are “not fighting for Ukraine or the Ukrainian people, they are fighting for their own grandeur and global leadership.”

    WHICH Americans? And it’s hard to say what they’re fighting for, but certainly no one has Ukraine’s interests at heart, and certainly not the Ukrainian government. Personally, I think think they’re religious extremists, but their religion is hidden and hard to describe. Just like the last Nazis and the last time. Quickest to say they’re a Death Cult, because that’s irrefutable.

    ““Unfortunately, Europe today is a Europe of war. This is the current European agenda…”

    …Not for long.

    “The former diplomat moved to Lebanon in June 2022 after leaving Austria in September 2020 and residing in France because of persistent death threats and a de facto ban on working in her home country. In August 2023, it became known that Kneissl had moved to Russia.”

    You see, THEY decide for you. She’d be home, in the system, working through regular measures, but THEY cannot stand that. Then call her a traitor and Russian for THEM expelling her, who would rather go home.

    ““we have to stop them over there before they get over here.”

    As we say, WHICH Americans? Because this demonstrates Congressmen are far more retarded than the general American population. …And yes, that’s saying something. HOW are they “coming here” sir? Do they have landing ships for 10 Million immigrants? Oh. Wait. …Jesus H Christ on a pogo stick.

    Jack on Free Will.

    He needs to watch those videos on “What the Internet is like now”, and then some on how AI fails at everything and can’t stop lying. A marketplace? Would that be “Competition” under a form called “Capitalism” which is essentially just baseline human nature before Marx popularized an “Anti Human Nature”? Yeah, I work and trade stuff. It’s mine. Try and stop me. And if I’m mad at you and you’re a jerk, I avoid you. All these things are attempted to be made illegal. No: that’s Human Baseline since before we were in caves.

    “Disney Tops Long List Of Woke Failures With Upcoming Release Of Gay Star Wars Show

    Another show for the 1%. They only make shows for the 1%, the rest of the world and 99.9% are deplorable animals and don’t matter. Well, “This show is not for you.” Sold! Now who would have thought making Pop culture for the world’s smallest subset would fail? They complain black movies and shows fail and they’re like 30%.

    “CNN Provides Parenting Advice; What To Do If Your 4-Year-Old “Comes Out As Trans”

    How can that happen when women drive trucks, boys raise children, and we don’t know what a woman is? Both. Neither. As long as it sterilizes your kids. Ai.

    So…Rumor has it Ritter blew up the Eisenhower? Rich says? See yesterday’s comment.

    #160579
    Dr. D
    Participant

    The solution around here for everyone:

    Jail. No trial, no redemption. For everything. Born wrong, to the wrong parents? Jail. Shouldn’t have done that. After your trial and out of jail? More jail. You can’t be redeemed. You did something wrong once, you “associated” with someone who was “adjacent” to someone once, wrote them a friendly internet comment maybe. Chelsea at the mean girls’ table says now you’re all dead to us forever.

    #160580
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Miriam Adelson ‘Wants West Bank Annexation’ in Return for $100M Donation to Trump

    https://www.informationliberation.com/?id=64476

    You just know Trump will go for this; all that Jew money in return for Trump fucking over the Palestinians … and all the non-Zionist Jews cheered for Trump.

    #160581
    those darned kids
    Participant

    i chose an algorithm 25 years ago.

    she’s great!

    #160582
    tboc
    Participant

    “… I have always dreamed about a Europe of pluralism, a Europe of freedom, constitution, art,” she told the meeting, adding that Europe has “lost its soul, it is dead.” – Karin Kneissl

    “Americans Are an Abused People” – Roberts

    1. Western Europe is not dead. The historical Western Europe has once again risen to IT’S feet. Simply believing you are noble does not make you noble. Do you doubt that Charles Manson and Theodore John Kaczynski, Unabomber, thought they were noble? Do you doubt the people of France believe they are more noble than the people of Niger? They, the people of France, have nuclear powered electricity and what to the people of Niger have? The people of Niger have Simon Legree. Ms. Kneissl’s dreams are lipstick on the pig.

    2. The U.S. commericial banking industry and the U.S. federal bureaucracy are only possible because there are citizens of the United States who put themselves ahead of Truth and Justice to maintain their personal standards of living. The janitors, the secretaries and the data entry workers show up everyday and work for corporations that manage the global trade in narcotics and human beings. Every single one of the Biden, Biden, Biden terrors are implemented every hour of everyday by the mass of U.S. federal employees.
    Americans are not abused people, they are sociopathic masochists. Year after year throughout my adult life those i have known that have college educations have glorified western European culture and either longed to or indeed traveled to western Europe for immersion in that culture. Western European culture as is glorified in the United States rests on a foundation of TERROR. Every piece of art that is celebrated as high western European culture was paid for by the blood of innocents. Noblesse oblige!
    One either becomes sick of being sick or remains an addict.

    “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

    I am just a poor boy
    Though my story’s seldom told
    I have squandered my resistance
    For a pocketful of mumbles
    Such are promises
    All lies and jest
    Still a man hears what he wants to hear
    And disregards the rest – Simon

    There is more to poverty than lack of currency.

    #160583
    tboc
    Participant

    The Constitution of The United States IS the hope for equal rights and justice. Will you squander your hope for a pocketful of mumbles that gives you the opportunity to be a house slave?

    #160584
    Oroboros
    Participant

    “I used to meet with him when he was vice president. I’d go to his house,” McCarthy said in an interview. “He’s not the same person.

    DNC getting ready to put Pedo Jo-Jo into Cement Overshoes©.

    He smells like a corpse.

    A senile gangster doesn’t age like a fine wine.

    In homage to the current Presidementia and the panic settling in around his White House

    Negative Clank

    by Richard Brautigan

    He’d sell
    a rat’s asshole
    to a blind man
    as
    a
    wedding ring

    White House staff testing “proof of concept” on Hunter first before using it on “the Big Guy”

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    #160585
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Pedo Jo-Jo Whitehouse staff sets the Mood

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    #160586
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Duh’merica

    A “culture” in decline

    A Future grabbing that “culture” by the throat and choking the life out of it.

    “I’ve seen the Future Brother and it is murder…..”

    .

    You Want It Darker

    #160587
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Okay so when Trump doesn’t do that that, you’ll publicly apologize and change your position on those several components, right? Trump, Jews, Money, and America. I’ll be waiting! ‘Cause it won’t happen. Again.

    “DNC getting ready to put Pedo Jo-Jo into Cement Overshoes©.”

    Yup, all timing. The timing is all perfect, so you know not only is it planned, not a little planned, but COMPLETELY planned. That goes for the charges, the papers, the trial, what day it ends on, Joe, HIS trial what day HIS papers are printed on, day of each nomination, the war in Ukraine, what day they’re at the gates of Kiev, all in perfect coordination right now.

    So it IS under control, theater, a show. Now WHOSE show is it?

    I use this a lot, so let’s expand the metaphor: IF it’s a show, THEN you have a script. Who writes the script? Can it change? Yes, one person or many people can write it, known and unknown. It can be altered at any time and often is for live shows.

    IF you give the actors a script, do they follow it? No. They may adjust, emphasize, change meanings, interpretations even with the same dialogue, they may ad lib, coordinate with the director and writer, or go rogue in front of a live audience. This can be allowed, encouraged, or frowned on and discouraged. All these things happen, all the time. In real shows, not politics. Apocalypse, MASH, and Caddy Shack are known for their lack of pre-solid script.

    IF you have a show: Who’s Line Is It Anyway? They are ALL ad-libbing, 100% all the time. They make it up right then. They also work with know each other and how “Best” to do it — whatever “best” is to them. They know things you don’t, that today is Arden’s last day on set, she’s retiring, and comment in jokes the audience doesn’t completely get.

    Now: COULD you get 20 actors on stage, 10 on each side, same script? Yes. Slightly different script? Yes. OPPOSITE scripts, from competing, furiously scribbling writers in the wings? Yes. Does anyone know WHOSE script they are really getting, when Karl Rove or Henry Kissinger hand you what’s going to pop up in your teleprompter? Emphatically no. You are TOLD something, who Shakespeare was (Shake-Spear, being slang for “A Wanker”) but how would you PROVE it? The script SEEMS to have normal human motivations, but really we see Billion-dollar movies weekly where the Plot and script are deranged ravings of a lunatic who have never experienced human reality and have no foundation in any reality, or even dreaming. They’re utterly incoherent, far past illogical. Yet the actors speak them.

    So that’s my model of what we have now. The Death Cult has a script, the White Hats have a script, Russia and the BRIICS have a script, and they all think the script is going forward “normally”. It’s not a same script and they all know that, but maybe it’s REALLY, REALLY not the same script, and our Stage Manager is about to fly in Deus ex Machina puppets from the rigging and drop the curtain, flatfooting YOUR script writers, who can’t ad lib in time.

    In fact, that is EXACTLY what is about to happen with Russia’s counter-attack on us, and yeah the Stage Manager couldn’t hide he’s got 20 extra coffees for the 20 extra deckhands he needs for that puppet, but has made up some dumb s–t story to tell YOUR stage Manager as a practical joke.

    Now when the dropped curtain raises again, WHO has control of the audience’s attention? Which narrative did they pick?

    You mean the BUTLER did it?
    YOU mean the butler did it?
    You mean the butler did IT?

    Which one? The White Hats and the BRIICS know the Nazis are going to lose this one. THey are both ready to move forward, and the Death Cult is backed into a cul de sac. That is, “Bottom of the Bag,” they’ve been bagged, had. Finis.

    When we have them in a bag shortly we can test if they’re dumber than a bag of hammers like we’ve been saying, perhaps by tossing them in the ocean and seeing if they float.

    #160588
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Russian pranksters “interview” Klaus Schwab under pretense of being French economist

    Very lofty

    Hahahahahaahahahaaha!

    Klaus is such a douche baguette!

    Vovan and Lexus posed as French economist and social scientist Jacques Attali, when they called Schwab.

    The recording of the conversation was published on the duo’s Telegram channel on Wednesday.

    Klausen-burger…..

    “There is no proof of the assumption that Ukraine was behind the Nord Stream 2 explosions, but it could be a viable explanation,” Schwab said, adding that in this scenario Ukraine, not trusting Germany, wanted to stage a situation where the latter would be physically independent of the supply of Russian gas.

    #160589
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The mere fact that Vovan and Lexus even fooled Klaus and pulled his pants down around his ankles for all the world to see shows what a Clusterfuck Euroturdistan is.

    #160590
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Mysteries of the Universe Explained

    How flat bread is made

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    #160591

    When does a bubble become a black hole?

    #160592
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “When does a bubble become a black hole?”

    When failure is not allowed because it would have adverse outcomes on the power of the government and the corporations that feed off each other. Generally bubbles can be avoided with due diligence, but the government is going to take us all down with the stupid because if they let the market work as its supposed to they’d be shit out of luck.

    #160593
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Follow up and carry on from my comments that (((no one))) picked up on. [Frau Peters hated dangling prepositions but there it is]

    Will Schryver seems to pick up on The Eisenhower’s OPSEC (I posted on just that topic a few days ago) issues and infringement on Marine Scott Marine Ritter’s First, 4th and according to Scott “hisself” 5th Amendment. It seems ppl are putting 2 and 19 together and recognizing the Houthis would need code to penetrate Eisenhower’s and her picket defense’s radar and fire control.
    So as Ritter would say, “it’s above my pay grade”
    But….I’m not the guy trying to get in and out of Russia with impunity.

    Ah, hell! Google it yourself.

    #160594
    Mr. House
    Participant

    So essentially the moment they announced QE and 0% rates in late 2008

    #160595
    zerosum
    Participant

    A puppeteer is a person who manipulates an inanimate object called a puppet to create the illusion that the puppet is alive.

    Illusion, (a false idea or belief), is a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.

    WWIII is an ongoing proxy war .
    (A proxy is a person or thing that is acting or being used in the place of someone or something else.
    A proxy war, or proxy warfare, is a war in which opposite sides use third parties as substitutes for fighting each other directly.
    States sometimes use less powerful states as proxies but more often use violent non-state actors, mercenaries, and other third parties, such as during a civil war, Ukraine, Israel.)

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    The West is already at war with Russia but its leaders can’t wake up from a dream


    The West is already at war with Russia but its leaders can’t wake up from a dream.
    Martin Jay

    The question is whether the West really understands how Putin thinks as it is presently betting on no retaliation from Russia, which is not only erroneous but very, very dangerous. Recent missile strikes into Russian territory destroyed two radar installations which western press refuse to report.
    The significance of this strike is important as the more Ukraine loses on the battlefield, the more desperate its tactics, egged on by western leaders who still think that their stake in the war is minimal.

    Putin has been pretty consistent in how he sees any kind of peace deal.

    Denazification, demilitarization and no deal on NATO membership.

    … the West cannot entertain any of these requests and has taken so much control of the media that its leaders are starting to believe their own BS.
    The fourth requirement also of Putin’s is that he can’t negotiate peace with a leader in the Ukraine who no longer has legitimacy as a president. (never had legitimacy)

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    Vladimir Putin told the leaders of global media agencies ahead of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Wednesday.

    “..Americans are “not fighting for Ukraine or the Ukrainian people, they are fighting for their own grandeur and global leadership.”

    • Nobody in US Has Ukraine’s Interests At Heart – Putin (RT)

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    Americans Are an Abused People


    Americans Are an Abused People

    American consumer indebtedness means that consumers have no discretionary income with which to drive the economy.
    Their pay is below the cost of living.
    They live on their credit cards, and the interest payments drain their incomes, leaving them without discretionary income to spend.
    There you have it. This is a system for the enserfment of the American consumer.

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    #160596
    John Day
    Participant

    @tboc: More good thought-content today, Amigo.

    Dr. D pointed out again, last night, that the “word” is never quite the “thing”, which means life is difficult if you face this, and counterproductive if you miss it. “Global War On Terror” is an example.

    “We” can’t yet explain that “we” are now at nuclear war with goatherds in Yemen.
    It’s all in the wording and presentation…

    #160601
    jb-hb
    Participant

    (I’ve had to remove a bunch of links to articles as the website keeps eating my post attempts)

    Wall Street Admits The Biggest Economic Shocker: All Jobs In The Past Year Have Gone To Illegal Aliens
    https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/wall-street-admits-biggest-economic-shocker-all-jobs-past-year-have-gone-illegal-aliens

    not only has the US labor market been appallingly weak, with most of the jobs “gained” in 2023 and meant to signal how strong the Biden “recovery” has been, about to be revised away (as first the Philly Fed and now Bloomberg both admit), but more shockingly, all the job growth in the past few years has gone to illegal aliens.

    Stunning statistic: there has been ZERO INCREASE in jobs for native-born workers in over five years, since July 2018!

    https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2023-black-lives-matter-equal-opportunity-corporate-diversity/

    Corporate America Promised to Hire a Lot More People of Color. It Actually Did. The year after Black Lives Matter protests, the S&P 100 added more than 300,000 jobs — 94% went to people of color.

    …and now we know it wasn’t even AMERICAN poc’s!

    Call Center job offers are changing significantly. LOTS of jobs asking for education, lots of experience, tip-toppy integrity and productivity “in a fast paced environment” WHILE offering $13-$18/hour — that would have been insane 8 years ago, let alone today after all the additional inflation.

    NPR:
    Employers Struggle With Hiring Undocumented Workers

    It’s hard committing felonies.

    An undocumented worker was able to pay rent because he got $2,000 as part of a UBI-like program that will now be permanent for Coloradans who lose their jobs
    https://www.businessinsider.com/guaranteed-income-ubi-unemployment-benefits-stimulus-funds-denver-undocumented-workers-2023-2

    Denver’s forthcoming “Benefit Recovery Fund,” a permanent “wage-replacement” program for undocumented workers, is the first of its kind in the country

    Hey, once enough jobs are taken, don’t worry about taking any more, we’ll just pay you to exist.

    But Denver, you need to DO BETTER, you bigots!

    NY Post:
    Denver migrants sent Mayor Mike Johnston list of 13 demands

    Denver mayor Mike Johnston was proud of “welcoming” thousands upon thousands of migrants to denver – I think he quoted 40,000? Denver is NOT a large city like Chicago or Atlanta.

    I went to Home Depot for some things for my re-tiling project last week. I was shocked not by the inflated prices, but by the TAX on the prices. Stunned. (what oh what on earth could my taxes be going to…)

    I’ve seen the Denver mayor as well as other politicians in the news admonishing businesses to hire moar undocumented migrants — isn’t that conspiracy to commit 40,000 felonies? And using the power of your public office to pressure others to commit felonies, that must be some kind of crime, surely?

    Meanwhile, at any local meetings with the Denver public, when the entire auditorium of people there expresses, essentially in unison, disapproval for everything being done, he scolds the crowd to behave, be polite, etc — WHILE continuing to ram endless destructive policies down everyone’s throats – no no no, YOU better be civil. When his policies – not limited to immigration – are anti-civil society.

    We’re not quite to the same point that I see in youtube videos by Metal Leo of San Francisco, but we are getting there. My area is now WORSE than east Colfax. Used to be a quiet, somewhat crappy, boring area. I miss it. Now I hear, almost nightly, the sounds of shopping cards loudly trundling back and forth amidst streams of yelled obscenities. We are losing more than housing and jobs, bad as THAT is.

    20% Of New York City Hotels Are Now Migrant Shelters
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/one-every-five-new-york-city-hotels-now-migrant-shelter

    Denver is ramping up similar policies. I never thought of crowds of needy people, civilians, as weapons. But somebody certainly thinks of them that way

    #160602
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Maybe we should take it a little easy on @aspnaz, who is, after all, just a tool of his masters and is doing what they have told him to do (whether he is personally aware of that arrangement is pretty much irrelevant to us . . . although it is highly relevant to him and his own personal well being.)

    The great irony is that we share so much common ground with MOST of the geopolitical positions that he espouses that we should actually be friends, not adversaries.

    His masters need and want to bring down the evil hegemony of the Collective Western Empire (and especially the tip of that spear, which is the current ruling class of America and its evil father, England.

    Well, So do I.

    Where we differ is in our approach to that objective. He chooses to slap an extremely generalized label on a target (or accept the label as given to him by his handlers) and treat all such labeled entities as unworthy of further existence. “Kill ’em all!” Is the battle cry. Great battle cry. Lousy thinking, and thus doomed to tragic failure as are all plans that are based in lies.

    So why don’t aspnaz and I get along? That’s easy. We don’t get along because I am exercising free will (as best I can, which probably isn’t all that impressive to bystanders) and aspie is following orders instead of thinking for himself recently.

    He could change. He could wise up. In fact I believe he WILL wise up, eventually, because he IS an intelligent guy, no matter how brutally I tease him by smacking that big ego of his around (well it’s HIS fault! He just hangs that big ego out there in plain sight where it makes such an irresistibly tempting target!) , and see that it is men’s deeds that matter, not the misleading labels that bad people try to attach to them. It’s what people DO that matters, and those actions are all the proof necessary to what those people actually BELIEVE, and thus how worthy they are of the agreement and support of good people.

    There is a tipping point in this Universe, and you better pay damn close attention where you stand in relation to it, and which way you’re going to fall if you happen to be wibble-wobbling precariously upon its razor edge at the moment.

    The tipping point is between the Truth (which is of course the Creator of the Universe, God if you will) and Lies, meaning all things which are NOT true and are thus in willful disagreement to Truth.

    Faith is the free-will based decision to go with the Truth.

    The opposite direction is not a good one. Trust me.

    #160603
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Another effect — a lot of jobs are requiring bi-lingual.

    The concern here is the job is hard-gated for bi-lingual. Don’t even apply.

    (I am working on improving my Spanish from its Jr High level… just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean I refuse to adapt to reality)

    I can’t help but think that if there weren’t at least 20 million, perhaps quite a lot more, demanding to be interacted with in Spanish, whose presence here is a felony, business operations wouldn’t be run this way.

    But literally, the only hard-gating that indicates you should not even apply IS the bilingual trait. You Shall Not Pass. Criminal Record? Bad credit history? Stupid, lazy, no experience? Well, give it a shot. Not very good with English? Eh, go ahead and apply.

    I’ve been, in the past, an atheist NPR listening, left-leaning Obama voter (certainly NOT AT ALL anymore) and for QUITE a long time (decades) I would have said this is not a major concern. Of course, now that I essentially have to be the one struggling, like my grandparents fresh off the boat, to adapt to a new culture and language, WITHOUT having taken a boat trip, it feels like something is just a BIT wrong.

    #160604
    zerosum
    Participant

    Quick solution
    Hunter Biden pleads guilty.
    Father pardons Hunter before election nomination race.
    Democrats happy.

    #160605
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Speaking of the Ruling Class in America, and for the moment disregarding the underclasses who follow the destructively self-serving orders coming from those Elites, there is another and almost never acknowledged class that it is time to recognize.

    I’ve temporarily slapped a much-too-generalize label on them (wink and a nod to aspnaz about that) and call them The Invisible Class. It consists of persons who for one reason and another pass under the radar of the sociologists, shrinks, spys and propagandists, such that it always comes as a gob smacking surprise when that Invisible Class rises en masse and puts the Ruling Class back in jail where it belongs.

    There’s nothing particularly intentionally clandestine about them. They’re not a “secret society” or anything like that, although when they emerge it’s like the cicadas who by some magic all know the exact right moment for showing up, as though they had it all planned out in advance. Individually, they didn’t.

    There’s a reason for that. The reason is that although there are ten jillion ways to lie, there is only one truth, and it is always the same, and so when people get there those people are all in the same place, at nearly the same time, and amazingly find themselves in close accord with each other about goals, purposes and the best way to get the job done.

    Here’s their secret plan:

    Keep telling the truth, to liars and truth seekers alike. When you follow truth there is no way to get lost or fail to reach your destination, and no way to miss your appointment with it either.

    #160606
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Paul Craig Roberts

    . I learned about modern day usury in May when my credit card bill did not show up. Perhaps it went into the spam or junk folders or fell victim to a glitch, all possibilities being joys of the digital revolution.

    Interesting. When my action depends upon receipt of something and the consequences for not acting are significant, I do not rely on email — I insist on a notice via USPS. My power, gas, and water bills all still come in paper form…although I know how to access them online. My father also taught me years ago that for credit card holders who typically pay on time, the fees for an occasional misstep in paying a credit card bill can be waived by calling customer service and complaining. I wonder whether or not that is still the case?

    Hmm.

    The local Walmart grocery store (NOT a “supercenter”) was renovated last month, and now the parking lot has 18 designated “pick-up” parking spaces. There are 4 handicapped parking slots. I have never seen more than 3 people actually using the pick-up stalls simultaneously. Did Walmart plan for a future pandemic? I have decided to simply park in the pick-up spots regularly, as a form of protest. I can tell that I am not the only person doing this — there are routinely a few cars parked in those stalls with no one inside of them.

    #160607
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    One Man’s ‘search text’ function is another guy’s coincidence, serendipity, or synchronicity….psychologically speaking.
    Et tu DBS?

    For others it’s simply plagiarism or taking credit for other’s works, writings, productions.

    #160608
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @DrDRich

    One Man’s ‘search text’ function is another guy’s coincidence, serendipity, or synchronicity….psychologically speaking.
    Et tu DBS?”

    I wish it were. For me the “search text” is used almost exclusively for finding out what I said to someone so that my thankyous, excuses, apologies, corrections and occasional defensive action can be taken. But having said that, a really do love the experience of serendipity, synchronicity and perhaps even Divine intervention from time to time.

    #160609
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Here….take the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory courtesy of Rahe and Holmes.

    https://www.mindtools.com/avn893g/the-holmes-and-rahe-stress-scale

    Richard Rahe, CAPT that is, was one of my academic advisors in medical school. The others were Malcolm Carpenter almost certainly authored the neuro-anatomy uses by John Day and still in widespread use today AND Victor Garcia pediatric surgeon nonpareil.
    Deliberate or Lucky, it was what it was, good fortune to be so educated.
    That ought help DBS narrow his/her quest.

    1. Psychiatrist
    2. PhD neuro-anatomy
    3. Pediatric surgeon

    #160610
    zerosum
    Participant

    Say what you are told to say
    By Jeff Mason, Elizabeth Pineau and John Irish

    OMAHA BEACH, France (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden made an impassioned call for the defence of freedom and democracy at the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy on Thursday, urging Western powers to stay the course with Ukraine and not surrender to Russian tyranny.

    #160611
    zerosum
    Participant
    #160612
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Zelensky should resign his position and head to the front. Put all his ill gotten money where his mouth is instead of sacrificing the non privileged

    #160624
    zerosum
    Participant

    Leaders are turned into BABBLING IDIOTS by a TV camera.

    #160626

    “Zelensky should resign his position…”

    In light of his service to the nation, maybe they could even give him some bullets when he gets to the front.
    For his gun.

    #160627
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Canazida here we come!

    Hahahahahahahaahahahaahahahaahahahahahaahahahahahaaha!

    .

    #160628
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Leader of the ‘free world’

    .

    #160629
    Oroboros
    Participant

    City people don’t ‘get’ the country

    https://x.com/i/status/1798583637379821595

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