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Incoherence Day: Biden’s Fourth (ZH)
European Leaders ‘Stunned’ By Biden’s Accelerated Aging – WaPo (RT)
Biden Says Every Day Is A ‘Cognitive Test’ For Him (RT)
HuffPo Calls For Biden Campaign To Use AI To Make Him Appear Cogent (MN)
Trump Poses As Peacemaker For Ukraine After Stoking The War As President (SCF)
Republican Control In The States Could Give Trump Victory (Vasco)
Who Turned Off the Gaslight? (Kunstler)
Rep. Goldman Insists the Country is Safe in the Hands of Others (Turley)
Orban’s Surprise Visit To Moscow Sparks Fury In Brussels (RT)
I Don’t Need A Mandate To Promote Peace – Orban (RT)
Orban and Putin Discuss ‘Shortest Way Out’ Of Ukraine Conflict (RT)
NATO Members To Give Ukraine $43 Billion in Military Aid for 2025 (Antiwar)
Trusting the ‘Five Eyes’ Only (Michael Klare)
Why the SCO Summit in Kazakhstan Was a Game-Changer (Pepe Escobar)

 

 

 

 

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“..next week’s schedule: Biden will host a three-day NATO summit in Washington that starts on Tuesday. As part of that event, he will conduct a rare solo press conference..”

Incoherence Day: Biden’s Fourth (ZH)

Thursday’s dark comedy started with an appearance on Philadelphia’s WURD radio, which features a format categorized as “urban talk.” Having already boasted about appointing the first black woman to the Supreme Court and selecting the first black woman as vice president, Biden short-circuited and said, “I’m proud to be, as I said, the first vice president…the first black woman to serve with a black president.” In the same interview, Biden completely garbled his reminiscing about John F. Kennedy, Jr serving as a barrier-breaking inspiration to Biden’s younger self: “I remember, as a Catholic kid growing up up in an area where we didn’t like, Catholics didn’t get — I’m the first president to be elected statewide in the state of Delaware when I was a kid. Well, you know, I was, I looked at John Kennedy and said, ‘Well, he got elected. Why can’t I get elected?

Later, in remarks to military families at the White House, Biden twice showcased another of his chronic symptoms, as he started a train of thought, only to quickly abandon it. The first example came as he attempted to trot out the disputed allegation that then-President Trump called dead American soldiers in a French World War I cemetery “losers” and “suckers.” After his anecdote stalled, Biden tried recovering with one of his all-purpose rhetorical crutches, shouting, “We gotta just remember WHO IN THE HELL WE ARE…We’re the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!” Another dead-end sentence came as he seemed to be making an exaggerated claim about putting himself in danger alongside service members in foreign conflicts:

In another radio interview meant to reach black audiences, Biden appeared on the nationally syndicated Earl Ingram Show. “Despite the low-pressure nature of the interview, the president at times spoke haltingly as he delivered his rapid-fire answers,” the New York Times reported. “In the 17-minute interview, he sometimes stopped himself in the middle of an answer.” For example, in the middle of a sentence about Trump’s proposed tariffs, Biden abandoned the venture, saying, “…anyway, just, I don’t want to get too wrapped up in it, really.” With his flub-filled Fourth in the books, Biden’s next major opportunity to shore up voters’ perception of this mental soundness comes tonight, when appears in his first sit-down interview since last week’s debate disaster. The interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will be recorded during the day amid Biden campaign stops in Wisconsin and then aired in an 8pm ET “primetime special.”

To counter suspicions that the network will edit the interview to Biden’s benefit, ABC has committed to releasing a transcript of the entire interview sometime today or this evening. As we noted yesterday: “Readers will naturally view the idea of a Stephanopoulos interview with justifiable wariness of soft-pitch questions and friendly editing. However, we’re in a different political world than last week… Given the debate-triggered earthquake that’s altered the leftist landscape, Stephanopoulos will likely feel significant pressure to act something like a real journalist, for once.” As Biden staggers from one risky public appearance to the next, a white-knuckled Team Biden is surely sweating next week’s schedule: Biden will host a three-day NATO summit in Washington that starts on Tuesday. As part of that event, he will conduct a rare solo press conference, which could well prove the most treacherous challenge he’s faced since last week’s debate — and perhaps even more so.

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“It’s very, very rare in a democracy that the person you run for an election is someone that you all know can’t lead the country for four more years..”

European Leaders ‘Stunned’ By Biden’s Accelerated Aging – WaPo (RT)

US President Joe Biden has been displaying worrying signs of “accelerated aging” in recent months and these changes shocked European leaders who met him at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy last month, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The outlet cited 21 people who spoke on condition of anonymity. Longstanding concerns over Biden’s health came into focus following what was widely perceived as a disastrous performance in his first debate with Republican rival Donald Trump last week. While the Biden camp claimed the president had caught a cold, his performance reportedly panicked Democratic officials and donors, with some even suggesting he needed to be replaced as the party’s candidate for the November election. According to the Post, numerous aides, foreign officials, donors and members of Congress say the president has “slowed considerably.” They pointed to how he moves more slowly, speaks more softly and loses his train of thought more often.

During the G7 summit in Italy last month, “several” European leaders “came away stunned” by how much older Biden seemed since their last interactions with him, according to officials that spoke to the outlet. In some cases, they said it had been mere months since those people had previously seen the US leader.“People were worried about it,” one said. Another reported that leaders had come to the conclusion that Biden “cannot win in November.” Some officials admitted that, while they had brushed off concerns over Biden’s health before the debate with Trump, they are now questioning his abilities. Concerns were also raised after a recent immigration event in the White House, according to the report. Some pointed out Biden’s obvious frailty, with one describing his performance that day as “terrifying.” The Post said its sources “largely” did not question Biden’s mental acuity, with several White House officials insisting that he continues to be fully cognizant on complicated policy matters and can easily recall facts from previous meetings.

However, staffers said that most of Biden’s high-priority meetings and events were scheduled for midday, when he is at his best. On Thursday, the New York Times reported that Biden had admitted to Democratic donors that he needed more sleep and less work, preferring to avoid any events past 8pm. Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, told the Post that even if he won, European leaders don’t expect Biden to be able to run the country for another term. “It’s very, very rare in a democracy that the person you run for an election is someone that you all know can’t lead the country for four more years,” Bremmer said. A CBS News-YouGov poll following the face-off with Trump found 72% of respondents said they believe Biden does not have the mental and cognitive health to serve as president, while 49% said the same about Trump.

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“Not only am I campaigning, but I’m running the world, and that’s not hyperbole.”

Biden Says Every Day Is A ‘Cognitive Test’ For Him (RT)

US President Joe Biden tried to dispel concerns over his age and cognitive abilities after his lackluster performance during last week’s debate against Donald Trump, in an interview with ABC News on Friday. In the highly anticipated sit-down with George Stephanopoulos, the 81-year-old leader explained the debate fiasco as entirely “my fault, no one else’s fault,” insisting that it was simply a “bad episode” because he was “exhausted” and “sick” with a “bad cold” – and in no way an indication of any serious condition. Biden said he has “medical doctors trailing me everywhere I go” and after the debate they told him he was “exhausted,” but nothing more serious. “I have an ongoing assessment of what I’m doing. They don’t hesitate to tell me if something is wrong.” When asked directly whether he was ready to take a neurological test to prove to Americans that he is up to the job, Biden dodged the question by claiming, “I have a cognitive test every single day.”

“Every day I have that test,” Biden reiterated when pressed again. “Not only am I campaigning, but I’m running the world, and that’s not hyperbole.” The entire interview went in circles, with Stephanopoulos repeatedly asking whether Biden believes he is in good enough shape to beat Trump, while Biden kept citing his past record and defiantly rejecting the notion that he could leave the race amid worsening poll numbers. Biden said he did not believe the poll numbers that showed him trailing Trump in the popular vote, claiming that the race is a “toss-up” and that he is the “most qualified person to beat him.” Biden refused to speculate whether he would leave the race if Democratic Party leaders asked him to, noting that he would withdraw only if God told him to do so.

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Cheap fakes.

HuffPo Calls For Biden Campaign To Use AI To Make Him Appear Cogent (MN)

Leftist Biden mouthpiece the Huffington Post published an article Wednesday which literally calls for the Biden campaign to use AI to make fake videos of him looking and sounding normal in an effort to salvage his candidacy. The piece, titled ‘It’s Time For The Biden Campaign To Embrace AI‘ states “After the president’s dismal debate performance, he noted that he ‘might not walk as easily or talk as smoothly as I used to.’ AI could help with this.” “Given the president’s concerning performance last week, it’s time for the Biden campaign to consider leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to effectively reach the voting public,” it continues, with the author, one Kaivan Shroff, declaring that “the consequences of not taking this approach could be dire.” He goes on to state that Biden is old and can barely speak, suggesting that “AI augmentations and video renderings could serve to smooth out these bumps while allowing the Biden campaign to effectively disseminate true information.”

So, lets get this straight. Mr Shroff is suggesting the Biden team make fake videos where Biden speaks perfectly and looks more than half awake, and pass them off as real to encourage people to vote him in for a second term as President of the country, when in reality he cannot even form coherent thoughts or operate for 90 minutes per day. Incredible. “AI would be a cost-effective and efficient way to communicate his message personally and directly to voters,” Shroff continues, adding “How many times have we heard voters and pundits alike gripe that ‘Biden would be the perfect candidate if he were just 10 years younger?’ With modern technology, this exact deliverable is possible.” He goes on to argue that Biden’s campaign creating fake AI videos would be fine because the likes of The New York Post have shared “cheap fakes”of Biden wandering around looking lost and completely out of it “to make him appear confused or weak.”

The only issue here being, of course, that the so called ‘cheap fake’ videos in question were actually 100% real. No one needs to create fake videos to show Biden looking confused and weak, because he really is. You’ve just admitted that earlier in your extremely stupid article. Even more incredibly, the author then goes on to argue that if the Biden campaign created its own fake videos it would allow them “to respond rapidly to misinformation.” “In a world where misinformation and disinformation spreads virally, often through short-form video content, having the capability to produce polished, articulate responses in real-time could be a game-changer,” he ludicrously proclaims. To summarise, this guy thinks its totally acceptable that the Biden campaign knock up some cheap AI generated fake videos of him appearing fine in order to declare that any real videos of him looking and sounding old, tired and senile are ‘disinformation’. It doesn’t get any more backwards than this.

Incredibly, the article continues, “Until now, it has been almost taken as a given that using AI renderings of the president would violate some ethical baseline of campaigning. In an ideal world that may be so. Yet, what last week’s debate made clear is just how far from any such ideal our current reality is. The greatest moral and ethical imperative for those who care about American democracy should be keeping the man who tried to overthrow it as far away from the White House as possible.” So, your argument is that because Biden is mentally deficient and proved so during the debate, his campaign needs to forget about any remaining morals they have and create fake videos in order to keep Donald Trump from winning because it’ll be the end of democracy… or something. Hell, why not just go the whole hog and steal the election then? Use AI to fake some votes, rig some ballots, swing some states in Biden’s favour… in order to save democracy.

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“We can be sure that Trump did not personally initiate those provocative moves. He was obeying the deep state planners and their agenda of pushing confrontation with Russia..”

Trump Poses As Peacemaker For Ukraine After Stoking The War As President (SCF)

Asked about Trump’s peacemaking offer, President Putin responded politely this week, saying that he believed the American was sincere, but pointed out the lack of detail in Trump’s proposal. That’s the rub. Donald Trump is not known for coherent details. His style is bluster and braggadocio. Taken with a large pinch of salt. Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, was not convinced by Trump’s peace musings. Nebenzia indicated that the Republican candidate lacked the necessary understanding to resolve the conflict. That would involve an intelligent appreciation of history: the relentless expansionism of NATO, the treacherous backsliding by Washington over past security agreements, and the inherent workings of U.S. imperialism as an insatiable aggressor going back to the foundation of NATO 75 years ago. There is more than a suspicion that “the Donald” is merely motivated by superficial electioneering. The former real estate magnate has acumen for tapping popular sentiment.

The two American presidential contenders are neck and neck in the polls with less than four months until election day. Even after Biden’s disastrous TV debate performance last week, Trump has not capitalized on a decisive lead – which reflects how poorly both candidates are perceived by American voters. Polls show that a clear majority of American citizens want the conflict in Ukraine settled by diplomacy. There is widespread misgiving over the enormous amounts of taxpayer money thrown at a regime notorious for its corruption, as well as the visceral fear that the conflict could spiral out of control into a nuclear World War Three. Trump’s talk about brokering a peace deal before he is inaugurated on January 20, 2025, seems to be nothing more than an expedient bet that such a position might be enough to garner a winning edge among undecided voters and get him back to the White House. Nothing wrong with that, one might say. After all, surely some attempt at peaceful diplomacy is better than none, no matter how cack-handed that attempt might be.

The trouble is Trump has no credibility. The last time he was in the White House (2016-20), he proved useless at standing up to the deep state despite his promises to normalize relations with Russia. Admittedly, his presidency was assailed by the baseless Russia-gate hysteria promoted by the U.S. establishment and its servile media to undermine him. Nevertheless, on key issues, Trump showed himself to be a willing instrument for U.S. imperialist interests. A major sign of weakness was Trump’s approval of sending lethal weapons to the Kiev regime. He broke a crucial taboo. Even his predecessor, the Democrat President Barack Obama, had refused to go that far. Obama and his then Vice President Joe Biden oversaw the CIA-backed coup in Kiev in 2014 ushering in a NeoNazi Russia-hating regime. But the sending of lethal U.S. weaponry to that regime was off the cards – so provocative was it deemed. Trump broke that taboo in 2019 when he ordered the supply of $47 million worth of Javelin anti-tank missiles to the NeoNazis.

That move emboldened the Kiev regime to ramp up its aggression against the ethnic Russian population in the Donbass region. That genocidal offensive eventually led to Russia intervening in February 2022 and safeguarding the region as a new part of the Russian Federation. Moreover, it was Trump who scrapped two key arms control measures with Russia, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and the Open-Skies Treaty. We can be sure that Trump did not personally initiate those provocative moves. He was obeying the deep state planners and their agenda of pushing confrontation with Russia. By revoking the INF, the United States has found a legal way to supply medium-range ballistic missiles to Ukraine which are being used to strike Russia’s territory. In that way, arguably, Trump played a pivotal and baleful role in stoking the proxy war in Ukraine that was primed in 2014 under Obama and eventually erupted in 2022 under Biden.

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GOP 255 delegates for the electoral college, Dems 243.

Republican Control In The States Could Give Trump Victory (Vasco)

Among this year’s swing states, Republicans control the political machine in Georgia (government, legislature and history of two of the last three presidential elections), while Democrats control Nevada (with the exception of the government) and Michigan (where they did not win in only one of the last three presidential elections). The other three “swing states” are where control is much more balanced: Democrats hold the governorship and the House of Pennsylvania and have won two of the last three elections there, but Republicans have won one of the last three elections and control the Senate; Democrats govern Wisconsin and have won there in two of the last three presidential elections, but Republicans control both legislative houses and have won in one of the last three elections; and in Arizona, Democrats won one of three elections and hold the government, but Republicans won the other two elections and dominate the legislature.

All of this means that, taking into account control of the state political machine, Republicans are expected to win in all “red states” and in 17 other states, including the “swing state” of Georgia. They will thus be guaranteed 255 delegates for the electoral college, in addition to the total number of delegates that each of these states are entitled to. Democrats, on the other hand, tend to win in all the “blue states” and in 10 more states, including the “swing states” of Nevada and Michigan and the states of Minnesota and Maine, where, unlike all the others, the party that get the majority of popular votes in the state do not automatically elect all delegates, but have their own rules – our calculation takes into account that Democrats control the political machine in these two states, therefore they are able to manage the results of the elections. The Democrats will thus obtain 243 delegates to the electoral college.

For its candidate to be the winner of the presidential elections, a party must have at least 270 delegates in the electoral college. Hence the essential importance of “swing states” where political control is not defined (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Arizona). To be elected, it will be enough for Trump to win in just one of them (Pennsylvania), or, if he loses in Pennsylvania, if he wins in the other two. The Democratic candidate will be forced to win in Pennsylvania and in one of the other two key “swing states”. Considering, therefore, the control of the political machine in the states, added to the tendency of greater preference among voters in polls of voting intentions, Donald Trump has a greater chance of being elected president than the Democratic candidate.

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“..there’s still plenty of time left for them to destroy the country altogether. Just keep giving American missiles to Ukraine to fire into Russia and see what happens.”

Who Turned Off the Gaslight? (Kunstler)

Any reality-based thread that happened to leak into public view from independent alt-news reporters was branded by CNN, The New York Times, the WashPo, and many others as “misinformation” — a newish concept produced by a cadre of language Stasi skilled at inverting the meaning of anything to bamboozle the public. It appears that the news media became so invested psychologically in its own dishonest product that it began to believe its own bullshit. Or, at least, they wanted to pretend to believe it. One of the big problems was that absolutely everything they labeled “misinformation” or “conspiracy theory” turned out to be truthful, and that was becoming an inescapable embarrassment. And then the biggest blunder they made was going along with the Deep State’s selection of “Joe Biden” in the very sketchy Super Tuesday primary of 2020. The old grifter had next-to-zero support in all the preceding preliminaries and somehow (abracadabra !) he swept the field.

By then, the Democratic Party, and its public relations arm in the mainstream media, had descended into florid mental illness. Everything they stood for post-World War Two flipped to its opposite. Suddenly, they were against free speech. They weren’t coy about it. They just made-up some new bullshit about free speech being “hate speech.” Similarly, they were against a free press. They went along with all the misinfo / disinfo bullshit the government cooked up and supported its role in suppressing the news. They were no longer anti-war, the party-of-peace. They were now pro-segregation and pro-discrimination (white people need not apply) according to Critical Race Theory (a childishly sketchy doctrine). Most of all, they were no longer skeptical of anything that the leviathan establishment wanted to do, including abridging the liberties of American citizens.

Then there was the campaign to use the most powerful human instinct, sexuality, as a weapon to disorder the minds of American children, leading even to the mutilation of their bodies — a program that unmistakably tipped toward genuine evil, suggesting that actual psychosis lay behind the Cluster-B crypto-Marxism used to justify it. “Joe Biden” was fine with all of that, and the news media was fine with “Joe Biden” and whoever was using him as a front. Of course, it was evident during the 2020 campaign that “Joe Biden” was not up to a job as demanding as Chief Executive of the US government — and that was even apart from the dense criminal web of influence peddling discovered around him and his family, which the news media ignominiously ignored. But now the years have gone by and there’s no hiding “Joe Biden’s” rather gravely diminished mental abilities.

Last week’s debate gave away the game. It had the effect of finally turning off the gaslight that the news media has been shining over the republic lo these many years. They can no longer pretend that this president is anything close to okay in body and mind. They can’t annul the gaslighted public’s delayed realization that they’ve been subject to a concerted program of deliberate lying for a long long time. So now, inveterate pretenders and liars, such as Jake Tapper of CNN and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times — and many others — have to pretend that they were innocently duped into supporting all the turpitudes of the Democratic Party / Deep State axis-of-evil. It is really hard to imagine that they can successfully rehabilitate their reputations. They have done immense harm to our country. It’s hard to see how the Democratic Party might survive, too, no matter who they finally put up for election this year. Of course, there’s still plenty of time left for them to destroy the country altogether. Just keep giving American missiles to Ukraine to fire into Russia and see what happens.

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“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Government..”

Rep. Goldman Insists the Country is Safe in the Hands of Others (Turley)

Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, wrote “The President [of the Galaxy] in particular is very much a figurehead—he wields no real power whatsoever. […] His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.” This week, Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-NY) seemed to be taking the Hitchhiker’s Guide as a guide for government. When asked about the alarming physical and mental decline of President Joe Biden, Goldman suggested that it really does not matter. In responding to a call for Biden’s removal under the 25th Amendment, Goldman suggested that the Republic is safe because it is safely in the hands of people around Biden. It is an argument that flips the 25th Amendment on its head and embraces the idea of a figurehead president. After the Hur report was released noting the diminishment of the President’s faculties, Goldman was one of the most vocal in shouting the Special Counsel down. He went public declaring that the President is “sharper than anyone I’ve spoken to” on public policy issues.

He has continued brushed away the growing calls for President Biden to step aside as incapable of serving another four years. Indeed, some are calling for an investigation into whether he can carry out the duties of his office until January 2025. “So, let’s not just focus on Joe Biden here. Let’s focus on the people around him, the administration, the policies, and most importantly, the appreciation and protection for the rule of law and our democracy that Donald Trump, every single day, has vowed to take down.” He added that Biden is “vibrant” and that “the reality is that Joe Biden has surrounded himself with an incredibly capable team with almost no turnover.” Other Democrats have attempted to avoid the manifest confusion and infirmity of the president. This includes Democrats who repeatedly called for formal action to remove former President Donald Trump under the 25th Amendment, including Reps. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.; Jamie Raskin, D-Md.; Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

However, it was Goldman who, as usual, came up with the most vertigo-triggering spin.The 25th Amendment was designed to specifically avoid a figurehead presidency where family or aides perform critical functions of the office. That was indeed the concern with presidents like Woodrow Wilson when a stroke left him incapable to function as president. His wife Edith hid the truth from the public and the Congress as she and others carried out his functions. He also had “an incredibly capable team” around him, but they were not elected president. In the meantime, the media is still struggling to explain to the public why they did not disclose the President’s condition earlier while promulgating the “cheap fake” narrative. For weeks heading into the debate, media outlets repeated the claim that videos showing Biden’s confusion were false and misleading. Some are now reportedly admitting that they did not want to confirm “right-wing media” accounts — an admission of shaping the news for political purposes.

The greatest threat to President Biden may ultimately be the political calculus. For most of these members, their loyalty to Biden ends at the point that he endangers their own hold on power. A couple dozen members are reportedly preparing a letter calling for possible removal in the hope that they can replace Biden with someone who has a better chance of beating Trump. It is no easy feat, but Democratic operatives are furiously working out the complications under federal election laws and state laws. In the meantime, the 25th Amendment process is looming. More citizens may become convinced by what Pelosi said about then President Donald Trump: “Congress has a constitutional duty to lay out the process by which a president’s incapacity and the president of any party is determined…A president’s fitness for office must be determined by science and facts.”

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Don’t you dare talk peace!

Orban’s Surprise Visit To Moscow Sparks Fury In Brussels (RT)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban unexpectedly visited Russia on Friday and met with President Vladimir Putin to discuss ways to resolve the Ukraine conflict. The surprise trip caused major outrage among Orban’s fellow EU leaders, as it came only days after the Hungarian premier made a similar unannounced trip to Ukraine. Hungary holds the rotating EU presidency for the remainder of this year. Orban, however, has claimed that he doesn’t require any sort of mandate from Brussels in order to promote peace, noting that his discussions cannot be considered official negotiations. Orban said his trip had been the first step to restoring dialogue. A critic of Western military aid to Ukraine, the Hungarian premier said he recognized he had no EU mandate for the trips but that peace could not be achieved “from a comfortable armchair in Brussels.” “We cannot sit back and wait for the war to miraculously end,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter) before meeting Putin.

Orban visited Kiev earlier in the week, where he urged Vladimir Zelensky to seek peace with Russia, arguing that a ceasefire could serve as a first step in the right direction. The Ukrainian leader didn’t take his proposal well, Orban said later. Kiev insists that only a military victory will result in a “just peace.” The Hungarian premier said he wanted to hear directly from Putin how Russia perceives various peace initiatives, calling it an important step, even though the frank discussion confirmed that there was a major rift between the conflicting sides. Putin and Orban discussed the “shortest way out” of the conflict, which the latter later revealed to journalists. Moscow’s and Kiev’s positions remain very “far apart,” the Hungarian admitted. “A lot of steps have to be taken to get closer to a resolution of the war. Still, we’ve already taken the most important step – establishing the contact, and I will continue to work on this in the future,” Orban stated. Putin has told Orban that he presented his vision of how the conflict can be resolved, in a keynote speech at the Foreign Ministry last month, and said he is prepared to discuss its nuances.

The proposal he was referring to was to suspend hostilities immediately after Kiev renounces its bid to join NATO and orders its troops to pull back from all territories claimed by Moscow. Then a comprehensive discussion of a new security architecture in Europe could be held, Putin suggested. The Ukrainian government has rejected the offer. The Russian president has reiterated Moscow’s readiness to resolve hostilities through negotiations. The Ukrainian leadership, however, appears to be still incapable of abandoning its idea of waging a war “until the end,” Putin noted. Moscow is seeking to reach lasting, sustainable peace rather than opting for a temporary ceasefire or a “frozen conflict” of any sort, the Russian president warned. There should not be a “ceasefire or some kind of pause that the Kiev regime could use to recover losses, regroup, and rearm. Russia is in favor of a complete and final end to the conflict,” Putin stressed.

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“But we can be a good tool in the hands of God, we can be a good tool in the hands of people who want peace..”

I Don’t Need A Mandate To Promote Peace – Orban (RT)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has defended his peacemaking efforts after a senior EU official criticized his purported plans to travel to Russia. Orban, who visited Kiev earlier this week and urged Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky to consider an immediate ceasefire, will pay a visit to the Russian capital on Friday, media reports have speculated. European Council President Charles Michel condemned the purported trip, claiming in a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday that despite holding the rotating EU presidency, Hungary “has no mandate to engage with Russia on behalf of the EU.” “The European Council is clear: Russia is the aggressor, Ukraine is the victim. No discussions about Ukraine can take place without Ukraine,” the senior bureaucrat added.

During his weekly interview with Radio Kossuth on Friday morning, Orban rejected the notion that he should not vie for peace. “What I do looks like negotiations in format, because we sit at tables and discuss issues, but we don’t negotiate,” he explained. “That’s why I don’t even need a mandate, because I don’t represent any party.” Hungary is aware of its relatively limited political clout and expects larger powers to eventually hold peace talks to end the Ukraine conflict, he said. “But we can be a good tool in the hands of God, we can be a good tool in the hands of people who want peace,” the prime minister added.

The Hungarian leader said opinion polls showing support among EU citizens for continued backing of Kiev do not correctly reflect their attitudes. Everyday people are worried about the economic cost of the conflict because EU taxpayers’ money is being spent on Ukraine, he argued. Orban neither confirmed nor denied plans for a Moscow visit during the interview. Another pro-Kiev politician, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, previously expressed disbelief that the Hungarian leader could make the trip. “The rumours about your visit to Moscow cannot be true @PM_ViktorOrban, or can they?” he asked in an X post. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered Kiev a ceasefire in exchange for Ukraine renouncing its bid for NATO membership and withdrawing its troops from Russian territory that it lays claim to. Kiev has insisted it will not accept any outcome in which it does not control all the land it considers Ukrainian.

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“Moscow is seeking to reach lasting, sustainable peace rather than opting for a temporary ceasefire or a “frozen conflict” of any sort..”

Orban and Putin Discuss ‘Shortest Way Out’ Of Ukraine Conflict (RT)

Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday revolved around finding the “shortest way out” of the Ukraine conflict, the latter revealed during a joint press conference following the closed-doors negotiations. Moscow’s and Kiev’s positions remain very “far apart,” Hungary’s PM admitted, citing his recent trip to Kiev to meet the Ukrainian leadership. “A lot of steps have to be taken to get closer to a resolution of the war. Still, we’ve already taken the most important step—establishing the contact, and I will continue to work on this in the future,” Orban stated. The enduring conflict between Russia and Ukraine is affecting the broader European region, Orban noted, adding that the continent has enjoyed the most rapid and sustainable development only during peacetime.

“As I’ve already told Mr President, Europe needs peace. Yet this peace will not emerge by itself, we must work to reach it,” the visiting premier said. The Russian president has reiterated Moscow’s readiness to resolve the hostility through negotiations. The Ukrainian leadership, however, appears to be still incapable of abandoning its idea of waging a war “until the end,” Putin noted. Moscow is seeking to reach lasting, sustainable peace rather than opting for a temporary ceasefire or a “frozen conflict” of any sort, the Russian president warned. There should not be a “ceasefire or some kind of pause that the Kiev regime could use to recover losses, regroup, and rearm. Russia is in favor of a complete and final end to the conflict,” he stressed.

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While Orban talks peace…

NATO Members To Give Ukraine $43 Billion in Military Aid for 2025 (Antiwar)

NATO allies have agreed to pledge $43 billion in military aid for Ukraine, which will be provided next year, Reuters reported on Wednesday. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was looking for the alliance to make a multi-year commitment to ensure long-term support for the proxy war, but the allies did not agree. Instead, they will re-evaluate military aid for Ukraine each year. The agreement says that NATO allies will “aim to meet this pledge through proportionate contributions.” If the $43 billion is funded based on how much each member contributes to NATO, most of the burden would be on the US since it pays for about two-thirds of the alliance’s budget. The $43 billion is part of a slew of measures NATO will announce at its summit next week in Washington. NATO is also expected to station a civilian official in Kyiv and establish a new command in Germany that will oversee military aid and training for Ukraine, taking over duties currently overseen by the US.

While planning to provide tens of billions in new military aid, NATO will also tell Ukraine that it’s too corrupt to join the alliance. The Telegraph reported this week that the alliance will release a communique calling on Ukraine to take more anti-corruption steps before talks on its NATO membership could progress. President Biden has frequently cited Ukraine’s corruption as a reason why the country couldn’t join NATO. But that hasn’t stopped him from providing over $100 billion in aid to Ukraine, which includes tens of billions in the form of direct budgetary aid that funds the government.

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“..the only countries the U.S. really trusts are the “Five Eyes.”

Trusting the ‘Five Eyes’ Only (Michael Klare)

Wherever he travels globally, President Biden has sought to project the United States as the rejuvenated leader of a broad coalition of democratic nations seeking to defend the “rules-based international order” against encroachments by hostile autocratic powers, especially China, Russia, and North Korea. “We established NATO, the greatest military alliance in the history of the world,” he told veterans of D-Day while at Normandy, France on June 6th. “Today… NATO is more united than ever and even more prepared to keep the peace, deter aggression, defend freedom all around the world.” In other venues, Biden has repeatedly highlighted Washington’s efforts to incorporate the “Global South” — the developing nations of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East — into just such a broad-based U.S.-led coalition. At the recent G7 summit of leading Western powers in southern Italy, for example, he backed measures supposedly designed to engage those countries “in a spirit of equitable and strategic partnership.”

But all of his soaring rhetoric on the subject scarcely conceals an inescapable reality: the United States is more isolated internationally than at any time since the Cold War ended in 1991. It has also increasingly come to rely on a tight-knit group of allies, all of whom are primarily English-speaking and are part of the Anglo-Saxon colonial diaspora. Rarely mentioned in the Western media, the Anglo-Saxonization of American foreign and military policy has become a distinctive — and provocative — feature of the Biden presidency. To get some appreciation for Washington’s isolation in international affairs, just consider the wider world’s reaction to the administration’s stance on the wars in Ukraine and Gaza.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Joe Biden sought to portray the conflict there as a heroic struggle between the forces of democracy and the brutal fist of autocracy. But while he was generally successful in rallying the NATO powers behind Kyiv — persuading them to provide arms and training to the beleaguered Ukrainian forces, while reducing their economic links with Russia — he largely failed to win over the Global South or enlist its support in boycotting Russian oil and natural gas.

Despite what should have been a foreboding lesson, Biden returned to the same universalist rhetoric in 2023 (and this year as well) to rally global support for Israel in its drive to extinguish Hamas after that group’s devastating October 7th rampage. But for most non-European leaders, his attempt to portray support for Israel as a noble response proved wholly untenable once that country launched its full-scale invasion of Gaza and the slaughter of Palestinian civilians commenced. For many of them, Biden’s words seemed like sheer hypocrisy given Israel’s history of violating U.N. resolutions concerning the legal rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and its indiscriminate destruction of homes, hospitals, mosques, schools, and aid centers in Gaza. In response to Washington’s continued support for Israel, many leaders of the Global South have voted against the United States on Gaza-related measures at the U.N. or, in the case of South Africa, have brought suit against Israel at the World Court for perceived violations of the 1948 Genocide Convention.

In the face of such adversity, the White House has worked tirelessly to bolster its existing alliances, while trying to establish new ones wherever possible. Pity poor Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who has made seemingly endless trips to Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East trying to drum up support for Washington’s positions — with consistently meager results. Here, then, is the reality of this anything but all-American moment: as a global power, the United States possesses a diminishing number of close, reliable allies – most of which are members of NATO, or countries that rely on the United States for nuclear protection (Japan and South Korea), or are primarily English-speaking (Australia and New Zealand). And when you come right down to it, the only countries the U.S. really trusts are the “Five Eyes.”

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Next one to use the term Game-Changer will be drawn and quartered.

Why the SCO Summit in Kazakhstan Was a Game-Changer (Pepe Escobar)

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the 2024 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) this week in Astana, Kazakhstan. It can certainly be interpreted as the antechamber to the crucial BRICS annual summit, under the Russian presidency, next October in Kazan. Let’s start with the final declaration. As much as SCO members state “tectonic shifts are underway” in geopolitics and geoeconomics, as “the use of power methods is increasing, with norms of international law being systematically violated”, they are fully engaged to “increase the SCO’s role in the creation of a new democratic, fair, political and economic international order.” Well, there could not be a sharper contrast with the unilaterally-imposed “rules-based international order”. The SCO 10 – with new member Belarus – are explicitly in favor of “a fair solution to the Palestinian issue”. They “oppose unilateral sanctions”.

They want to create a SCO investment fund (Iran, via acting President Mohammad Mokhber, supports the creation of a SCO common bank, just like the NDB in BRICS). Additionally, members that “are parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty stand for compliance with its provisions”. And crucially, they agree that “interaction within the SCO may become the basis for building a new security architecture in Eurasia.” The last point is actually the heart of the matter. That’s proof that Putin’s proposal last month in front of key Russian diplomats was fully debated in Astana – following Russia’s strategic deal with the DPRK de facto linking security in Asia as indivisible with security in Europe. That is something that remains – and will continue to remain – incomprehensible for the collective West. A new Eurasia-wide security architecture is an upgrade of the Russian concept of Greater Eurasia Partnership – involving a series of bilateral and multilateral guarantees and, in Putin’s own words, open to “all Eurasian countries that wish to participate”, including NATO members.

The SCO should become one of the key drivers of this new security arrangement – in total contrast with the “rules-based order” – alongside the CSTO, the CIS and the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU). The road map ahead of course includes socio-economic integration and the development of international transportation corridors – from the INSTC (Russia-Iran-India) to the China-supported “Middle Corridor”. But the two crucial points are military and financial: “To gradually phase out the military presence of external powers” in Eurasia; and to establish alternatives to “Western-controlled economic mechanisms, expanding the use of national currencies in settlements, and establishing independent payment systems.” Translation: the meticulous process conducted by Russia to deliver a fatal blow to Pax Americana is essentially shared by all SCO members.

President Putin laid down the basic tenets further on down the road when he confirmed the “commitment of all member states to forming a fair world order based on the central role of the UN and commitment of sovereign states to mutually beneficial partnership.” He added, “the long-term goals for further expansion of cooperation in politics, economy, energy, agriculture, high technologies and innovation are stated in the project of development strategy of SCO till 2035.” That’s a quite Chinese approach to long-term strategic planning: China’s five-year plans are already mapped out all the way to 2035. President Xi doubled down when it comes to the leading Russia-China strategic partnership: both should “strengthen comprehensive strategic coordination, oppose external interference and jointly maintain peace and stability” in Eurasia. Once again, that’s Russia-China as leaders of Eurasia integration and the drive towards a multi-nodal world (italics mine; nodal with an “n”).

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    Roy Lichtenstein Forget it! Forget me! 1962   • Incoherence Day: Biden’s Fourth (ZH) • European Leaders ‘Stunned’ By Biden’s Accelerated Aging –
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle July 6 2024]

    #162913
    tboc
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    “There was a crooked man,”
    By Mother Goose
    There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
    He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
    He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
    And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

    Aesop
    It happened that a Dog had got a piece of meat and was carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now on his way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook. As he crossed, he looked down and saw his own shadow reflected in the water beneath. Thinking it was another dog with another piece of meat, he made up his mind to have that also. So he made a snap at the shadow in the water, but as he opened his mouth the piece of meat fell out, dropped into the water and was never seen more.

    Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

    #162914
    tboc
    Participant

    my family had a collection of nursery ryhmes bound in a very nice blue. The Aesop fable was one of the first texts i learned to read. The graphic of a little dog on a bridge looking into the water is still fresh in my memory.

    “Rub a dub dub
    Three men in a tub
    If the tub had been stronger
    This tale would be longer”

    #162915
    EoinW
    Participant

    I wonder if Mick & Keith are watching Biden a week after the debate. Perhaps we’ll see the Stones bring back Charlie Watts for their next tour.

    #162917
    tboc
    Participant

    don’t know EoinW but i do know , “She’s got you by the balls”

    #162918
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Gold, no the slightest news or interest, $2.400. Another mile mark.
    https://www.gold.co.uk/gold-price/10year/ounces/USD/

    10yr

    100% in 6 years. And? And if you control risk, profit will take care of itself. You wanted to be in Rivian, GM, CA$, Bitcoin in that time? Just saying.

    Although there’s little left to say at this point, Luongo mentioned that some have a working theory about how the Left works like this: They know what THEY would do, how they would act, so they just assume that, if there’s a bad picture of Biden, it’s something the GOP made up. Why? Because that’s the only explanation. They would never allow the truth out, and they would always make stuff up. And if the GOOD guys would do that, how much more the GOP which are pure evil, amirite?

    That actually has some legs, but is not particularly helpful in curing it and returning to something vaguely resembling truth. But that explains how they can be surprised at this incredibly late date. Like, sure Biden’s no genius, but anything I hear about the “Good” guys has to be good, because they’re good. QED. Therefore if I hear anything “bad” about the “Good” guys, it is prima facia false. Because they’re WE’re good. QED. (That’s the other part “They” R “us.)

    “Infantile” does not do this line of logic justice. Also since they act this way, they expect Republicans to, and to support “My Party, right or wrong” which they don’t. “Take the Vaccine!!” –Trump. “Nope.” — GOP. It’s how you know you’re in a Cult when none of the members will do what Great Leader says. About anything. Then go get outside information, and talk to the enemy and get a dozen other points of view. Definitionally “Cult” behavior. We are constantly forwarding articles from CNN, HuffPo, etc. reading the other guy. It’s actually become a problem.

    “@HuffPost published an essay by a lefty nutter arguing that Biden’s campaign should deceive the public with AI videos (i.e. faked) of the president that make him speak well and look youthful.” –Andy Ngo

    And then what? When he gets in office, just continue faking everything? Who decides which fake bill he fake signs? …Again, to call this infantile is generous.

    “Incredibly, the article continues, “Until now, it has been almost taken as a given that using AI renderings of the president would violate some ethical baseline of campaigning.”

    The only enemy is Truth. They said Advocacy Journalism, is the only accepted way, and truth is the bottom consideration, perhaps the active enemy. We only present…what then? Propaganda? Okay, then WHO decides? Actually, it’s less technical than you’d think, mostly no one calls them on the phone to get in line with the UniNarrative™. (although we’ve seen that happen many times). It’s decided by the MOB. Brittney’s Mean Girls’ Club and everybody “just knows” what will please Brittney or piss her off. And you do NOT want to piss off a Veruca Salt. She might scream! Oh no!

    “”Self-Created Hole”: Education Reforms Push Maryland Toward Financial Cliff
    “In order to pay for it … increase the personal income tax rate by 39% or raise the sales tax by 89% or increase property taxes by 535%.”

    Again: Time Exists. We ALREADY raised infinity taxes, and spent it, for ZERO academic results where 100% of all students fail competency. Yeah, I said this idea would fail decades ago, but it was at least plausible then. That was back when Adults were ONLY sleeping with the students and had only one drug-dealer on site, not one per classroom, like now. Then they spent the money on computers so 12 years olds could log onto their OnlyFans account.

    Boy, those Billions of dollars of computers sure did the trick, didn’t they? Did the trick to make Bill Gates a state-mandated billionaire. Educational standards when straight up since 1990 when that started and now every child is a genius.

    “Rivian’s Amazon Delivery Vans Keep Mysteriously Catching Fire

    Well, so long as we’re killing people and dispersing psychoactive lithium into the water supply, everything’s good, right? Don’t let me stop you.

    “Biden: “Even though the Mic was turned off, I could still hear him yelling, and it threw me off”

    That was your surgically-installed earpiece, Joe. That was Obama yelling. “Wake up. Wake Up!!”

    “• European Leaders ‘Stunned’ By Biden’s Accelerated Aging – WaPo (RT)

    Dore-Rogan talk ends with noting how they fired every Muslim in the MSNBC newsroom, then no one, Rachael Maddow, NYT, nobody defended them at all. Still gone, still memory-holed, nothing happened. And it wasn’t like they were over the top defending Hamas or anything, just the first foray into “this is happening.” Brown people: first under the bus of the DNC, amirite?

    Europe also totally surprised! Had no idea! …After, as Rogan said, they had “Joe Biden Night” in 1988 for pathological liars and plagiarists. It’s what got him out of the Presidential race, several times, and NBC, etc pivoted back then and fired both cannons at him because it was so, so, SO bad. “Top of my class! 4 degrees! Full Scholarship!” …None of that happened, Joe. Not at all. And he was like 30. He was borrowing other politicians speeches Life stories. You only plagiarized SPEECHES? Hold my beer.

    “Some pointed out Biden’s obvious frailty, with one describing his performance that day as “terrifying.”

    “Some”. You’re fired. WHO? Who specifically? The janitor? But yes, they follow this AND ALSO no one asks the question “So…er…Who’s running the country right now?” Because they all know it’s not the President and hasn’t been in decades. Just like Trump wasn’t running it, they wouldn’t do a thing he said, and carried on anyway.

    Who has the nuclear codes? No interest. Not a peep. Remember all the same jokes about Reagan? “What’s this red button here?” Nope. “One” does not think such things. “One shall be ‘A Pal’”. Even while it was happening, it wasn’t happening.

    “Donald Trump is not known for coherent details. His style is bluster and braggadocio.”

    Maybe. And that is his style. However, when he walks out, an actual specific contract, with actual, specific words is signed. But you can’t declare what that contract will be before you start talking, can you? That’s not negotiation. It would also be limited by what is POSSIBLE, to get America to accept, back home. Not from us – No American dgaf what happens to Ukraine – but to all his minions in government who do. He needs their support. Same as a platoon leader may have the support of Gen Westmoreland, but Westmoreland’s a long way away right now, and your men are right there with some new frag grenades. If you want anything done, you need to get these men to do it, not theoretical men for theoretical good. So with government. And need the same discipline because they’ve had none and run feral for 50 years.

    “Admittedly, his presidency was assailed by the baseless Russia-gate hysteria promoted by the U.S. establishment and its servile media to undermine him.”

    Yeah, buddy, that’s called “Everyone.” And I knew they were trying for WWIII at that time BEFORE Hillary promised to start it Day One in her campaign speech (I am not making this up) when they STARTED with the “RussiaRussia” baby-killing Huns nonsense. “Huh. Why?” Ohhhhhhhh! Because they’re already planned a WORLD WAR 10 years from now, that’s why. So obvious.

    Javelinins, “That move emboldened the Kiev regime to ramp up its aggression”

    You’re running a one dimensional This = That logic here. So there were zero CIA guys there at the time, running other programs? Suppose Trump had said no; the CIA would just have wrapped up all those other projects and fundings and gone home?

    Yeah, that also makes your story essentially false. Trump could – or could not – have sent worthless Javelins that don’t fire anyway (all their batteries were dead. It was toxic waste.) But it wouldn’t have made a lick of difference to the overall arc.

    You also don’t know if Trump WAS talking to Putin at the time on backchannels and what he was saying. Remember how they went mental, hebephrenically foaming on the floor when he talked for 5 minutes with Putin alone? Without the Dulles Brothers in the room, making sure he got the “Right” intel about Cuba? What if he said, “Whew, thank god they’re all gone, amirite? How’s the plan going to hand you all Ukraine, destroy NATO and collapse Europe back to an appropriate size?” “Going great, herr comerade. Hail Hydra.” Or some such. That is to say, the journalist ALSO premises that THERE IS NOTHING HE DOESN’T KNOW. This DID happen, but also, nothing ELSE ever happened, some clue he didn’t pick up on.

    Now is what I’m saying “True”? Meh. Almost certainly not exactly. They are each playing their hands. And I know — that you know — that I know — what my hand is and how I’ll play it. But if America’s hand, for America First, is essentially this, then Trump doesn’t have to say or intend anything. He’ll just say “It’s not in America’s interests to bankrupt ourselves in a stupid European war that doesn’t pay for itself.” and he’ll be right. There doesn’t have to be some “Master Plan.” That IS the Master Plan.

    “• Who Turned Off the Gaslight? (Kunstler)

    That is a great title. And who sent the Memo?

    From Kunster’s “Things were bad, and they knew things were bad, and they knew others must also know things were bad, and yet they would need to pretend, outwardly, that things were fine. The president was fine. The election would be fine. —Olivia Nuzzi, NY Magazine

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/new-york-mag-reporter-defends-timing-of-biden-conspiracy-of-silence-bombshell-amid-backlash/ar-BB1ptWu3

    NY Magazine. Prints “Suddenly Salad!” She’s also like 30 years old, way in the Cult age, and always loyal cult member or she wouldn’t be in NYC or NY Mag. And she’s not only saying “IT” exists – the cognitive impairment we knew for 5 years – but she’s saying that all her FELLOW REPORTERS are running a scam and an op on us, on HER loyal, leftist, readership.

    Don’t worry, a second later they’ll forget all this and Nuzzi will have never existed, just like when Bari Weiss did the same thing from the NYT a few years ago. Or Greg Hunter did from CNN a decade past. Never happened. That person doesn’t exist. You’re dead to me. That article doesn’t exist. If you search 404 Not Found. “Very Fine People” hoax? Still front page never retracted. Cat laser.

    “It is an argument that flips the 25th Amendment on its head and embraces the idea of a figurehead president.”

    Again with Luongo, they game-theory the problems here. So the same people who gaslighted for 5 years NOW want to rush-rush Biden’s terrible and “Trust-Trust” us that we have your best interests in mind and Sunak is really the right person to become DNC Presidential candidate ‘cause he saw SanDiego once? No. ANY discussion will drop back to, “Hey Jokers, how come nobody could do their DUTY on the 25th up there???” That’s not a suggestion, it’s a LAW. Your defense among y’all is “You had no idea??????” Really??? And you want us to trust your judgment now??? Thus cue: uncomfortable situation.

    “• Orban’s Surprise Visit To Moscow Sparks Fury In Brussels (RT)

    “Nah. More like Chewed out. I been chewed out before.”

    Your fury means nothing to me. I think it’s funny and could watch all day. The more you do it the funnier it is.

    “the rotating EU-Presidency has no mandate to negotiate on behalf of the EU”

    Sort of baffled by this. Hey, no s—t. But he’s a guy, so he can talk. And we want peace right, so everybody pitches in, right? I think this is rooted in the issue that THEY ARE MINIONS. They can only DO WHAT THEY’RE TOLD. He’s not in the seat of this, where he would do what he’s told, so not only does it not exist, but it’s actively offensive. Does not compute. I’m not the janitor but if I see a gum wrapper crossing the parking lot, I pick it up, right? No. Not for minions. Or Unions. They’re Alien Ant Creatures which are infinitely regimented, perfectly logical, lacking all emotion. They plan everything to the 9th so any variable throws them off completely and they have to start all over again with a newly-pupated generation from the egg sac. No? Then you explain it then, this is not human behavior.

    “• NATO Members To Give Ukraine $43 Billion in Military Aid for 2025 (Antiwar)

    You might want to re-headline that “We made a bunch of empty promises with money we don’t have” byline: “After failing to deliver on 20 other empty promises the last 4 years and getting a million men killed.”

    “Next one to use the term Game-Changer will be drawn and quartered.

    Indeed. Can anyone name even ONE time the game changed? Once? 25 years now. 50 years. Did anyone ever “Panic”? Have the walls all closed in and we’re in a revolutionary, squeaky new world? You know why we DON’T say those things? You infants? Because then we’d be totally discredited. No one would believe a thing we, or this paper says anymore. And our only saleable product is credibility.

    Instead we HAD credibility and betrayed it for money, which is the literal definition of a CONfidence Game. A Con. From a Con Man. That is, a scam, a lie, a fake, a theft. Yup, doin’ God’s work right here.

    #162919
    tboc
    Participant

    the road to Damascus is suffering a traffic jamb, news at eleven!

    #162920
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #162921
    Dr. D
    Participant

    The above video by Matt Orfalea contains no manipulated imagery. Uncomfortable pauses were not stretched. None of the commentators using terms like, “He’s as sharp as a tack” or “He’s totally focused… and the proof is in the performance” were taken out of context. He didn’t make up the line about him being like “Eminem in his famous 8 Mile rap battle.” It all happened.

    “If anything, he looks better in my video than the actual debate,” Orfalea says.

    The press coverup about Joe Biden’s cognitive state has been comprehensive, starting before his 2020 run. As Orfalea shows, the lie ballooned in scale, with what began as mere denial of the problem expanding in the space of four years to far more aggressive deceptions, eventually landing on maximalist go-to lines compiled above: “Sharp as a tack,” “On top of his game,” “On the ball,” etc. These descriptions are even more damning in the context of the long overall campaign to cover up the obvious:–Taibbi (paywall)

    #162922
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Presto Chango!

    The Arch of a Kulture

    An Empire of Lies Dies

    Clown Town to Gulag

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    #162923
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Bonus video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3F3owL3iQo

    Ukraine will win this war. In fact, already won! Boy that sure aged well.

    #162924
    Oroboros
    Participant

    We are a serious species of great accomplishment

    Let Us Bow Our Heads in Remeberance

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    #162925
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Galloway Ritter

    Echo chamber extraordinaire. What a waste of time. It is like pillow biters talking to marmite drillers about sex.

    You should be aiming for the hole two down from the back of the neck, according to Les Patterson.

    #162926
    Oroboros
    Participant

    If Lying Were an Olympic Event in Paris 2024

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    #162927
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Andrei on Nima’s channel

    Andrei Martyanov: Ukraine’s Total Collapse Imminent?! Israel Faces Crushing Defeat by Hezbollah!

    Andrei says the Russian reports of Ukronazi battle deaths is conservative and low balling the real number which presently is close to 3000 per day KIA.

    That the size of a Brigade, per day

    10 days of this an Ukronaziland loses 30,000 men.

    This is unsustainable and Total Collapse awaits Nazilensky’s frontline forces in the near future.

    #162929
    Field Able
    Participant

    WTF is Russia at war or not;

    Russia is ready to continue gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine after the current transit agreement expires at the end of 2024, Russian state news agencies reported on Wednesday, citing Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

    Future gas transit depends on whether Ukraine wants to continue the arrangement or not, he was quoted as saying.
    A five-year deal on Russian gas transit via Ukraine to Europe, the only remaining trade and political agreement between warring Moscow and Kyiv, expires after Dec. 31 2024.

    “Transit through its territory depends on Ukraine. They have their own established rules. It depends on their desire. Russia is ready to supply,” Novak was quoted as saying by the RIA state news agency.

    Ready to supply gas to Europe via Ukraine after 2024 says Russia

    #162930
    tboc
    Participant

    A Total Boycott of the November election – Let the Electoral College decide.

    No one will have to get off of the couch, no one will vote for the wrong candidate and the US will have the Best Executive Branch money can buy.
    and best of all everyone can say with Pride – It’s Not MY Fault
    Vote The Apathy Party (no registration required)

    A golden opportunity. The Golden Rule writ large.

    LET THE CORPORATE PERSONS SPEAK

    #162931
    Field Able
    Participant

    The new 2023/24 iteration of woke hipster infesting the social networks;

    The Most Annoying Guy Ever

    #162932
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Martyanov comments on what a piece of shit the Empire of Lies “Patriot Air Defense System” is and how sending 3 to 4 more systems into Ukronaziland just means Russian AeroSpace gets to destroy and humiliated Duh’merica’s MIC in front of the whole planet.

    The Empire of Lies Military Mafia has no viable air defense systems period.

    The Patriot is a squalid boondoogle like the F-35 Lardbucket

    They are pretend ‘weapons’ payed for by the Duh’merican Sheeple.

    Please sir, can I have more…

    Same old same old….

    The 9 billion dollars allocated for the defense line at Kharkov turns out to have vanished without any ‘defense lines’ ever being built.

    Hahahahahaaha!

    Almost as corrupt as DC

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    #162933
    John Day
    Participant

    Kamala Hyena

    #162934
    a kullervo
    Participant

    Civilization is only an over-engineered way to get food and get laid.
    Does this mean complexity conflates with happiness?
    Probably not, regardless of our urges to have it otherwise,
    and that’s why, every once in a while, we are dragged down (kicking and screaming) back to the basics.

    Life’s a roller-coaster we didn’t build,
    and the ability to enjoy the ride isn’t
    by any means,
    a given

    #162935
    zerosum
    Participant

    LOST the Control of the Narrative

    I’m the Chosen One
    Objective: I’m the only one who can Defeat Trump.

    Misuse of motivators

    … Journalists are pretending that they were innocently duped

    Democratic operatives are furiously working out the complications under federal election laws and state laws.

    In the meantime, the 25th Amendment process is looming.

    The 25th Amendment was designed to specifically avoid a figurehead presidency where family or aides perform critical functions of the office.

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    While the USA is navel gazing, there are world elections that are changing the political landscape.
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    #162936
    kultsommer
    Participant

    I been chewed out before.

    Scene,if I am not mistaken, from “Inglorious bastards” – essentially rendering of a Jewish wet dream as what they would have loved to do to the Germans for all the humiliation, torture and killings they endured from them.

    #162937
    John Day
    Participant

    Ya’ think? Next week might be a long time, and “proportional contributions” are problematic when money is tight and politics hot.

    NATO Members Agree To Give Ukraine $43 Billion in Military Aid for 2025
    The pledge will be made at next week’s NATO summit, where Ukraine is also expected to be told it’s too corrupt to join the alliance https://news.antiwar.com/2024/07/04/nato-members-agree-to-give-ukraine-43-billion-in-military-aid-for-2025/

    #162938
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    I have been musing about Biden’s condition, and performance and ability to continue doing his job. And the first of those musings is that no who is musing about those things gives a Tinker’s Damn about Biden. What they care about, and I mean the ONLY thing they care about, is his ability to CONTINUE DOING FOR THEM what he has been doing FOR THEM.

    All sane and moral people know that he hasn’t been doing anything that benefits sane and moral humanity. Every word Biden mumbles and every move that he makes is to our detriment, in service to his masters, who are in turn serving THEIR Master.

    All insane, immoral and Satanic people know that Biden has fulfilled every task assigned to him and delivered the goods on every evil destructive Satanic project placed upon his table. The crucial question is whether or not he can continue doing so, both now in the present moment and on up and through the next Presidential election. They NEED those Presidential powers both now and in the coming months. Without them they perish, quickly and badly.

    In other words, the only question on their minds are about whether Joe is capable of doing that. It is a VERY delicately nuanced question, because there is an increasingly likely probability that he cannot. And THAT is the critical and as yet unanswered question that is splitting the enemies camp into two factions.

    Please do remain fully aware that BOTH of those factions want to enslave and ultimately annihilate you and everything else that is good and decent. Unfortunately for them the decision itself on the “Does Joe stay or does Joe go” has an effect on the final outcome.

    It is clear to everyone that Joes is clearly failing in his core job assignment , which is to SKILLFULLY follow evil orders and deliver the evil product. Joe’s willingness has never been in question, and is not in question now, BUT his skillfulness most definitely is. Just having the powers of the Presidency is not sufficient. Those powers must be wielded skillfully, which Joe is not doing very well now that he is in his advanced dotage.

    Biden is becoming such an increasingly greater liability with each passing day that the question of “Can he make it to the finish line?” is becoming an increasingly greater vital question with each passing day as well.

    Stalling for more time (as they are doing now) is of little use because it is essentially the same as deciding that Joe should stay. Well that’s just fine if you’re in the “Joes stays” camp, but it is not fine AT ALL if your life, fortune and corrupted honor REQUIRE Joe to go, now, like yesterday!

    This camp consists mostly of lower level operatives and rank & file useful idiots who draw the line somewhere short of total commitment to Satan himself. If Biden stays then the Blob is going to LOSE that part of the camp, because there are SOME things even a Democrat won’t do.

    #162939
    Red
    Participant

    @field-able “WTF is Russia at war or not;”

    Nothing more profitable than war baby!

    #162940
    WES
    Participant

    I don’t think most people realize the great job VP Kamala Harris has done in supporting Joe Biden’s Presidency.
    Kamala has been a critical backstop for Joe!
    Everytime someone thinks about replacing Joe, Kamala automatically parishes the thought!

    The previous best VP was Dan Qyuale.

    #162941

    We watched the interview last night….oh, wait, no- that was The Twilight Zone- the episode where 6 year old Anthony sends people to the cornfield if they don’t follow the narrative.

    #162947
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    People screw up when they can’t think straight, and they can’t think straight when they choose to stray from the straightforward procedure of doing what they know is right and will produce good results, in favor of doing what they know is WRONG, and therefore will not end well.

    Of course, we come up with all kinds of reasons why doing the wrong thing is, ‘presto change-o’, a GOOD thing in some contorted sort of way, but let’s face the obvious. Wrong is not good. Ever or at all. Wrong means WRONG. That’s why there is an unambiguous word for it. To think that wrong is right is a case of not thinking straight.

    If you find yourself in the position of not knowing which way is the right way then ask God for helpful advice and you will immediately know which way is right and good as opposed to which way is wrong and bad. Ask earnestly and listen carefully. [Hint, when you want to do it your way instead of the right way then you are wrong and are in willful opposition to the truth. That is NEVER advisable, and will always end badly.]

    For example, Joe Biden is an extremely evil and treacherous man, dedicated to following the patently destructive orders of his masters, no matter what. There is only one possible correct answer to the question of whether he should stay or go. He MUST go. He must stop being enabled to proactively foment, support and protect evil.

    Don’t let the fact that a bunch of evil people think so too stop you. REMOVE that bastard, and let the next sacrificial puppet in line step forward, and pay close attention to precisely who is pushing them to take that irreversible step. I think it is very interesting to carefully examine the teams on the opposing sides of the fracture line that is ripping the enemy camp into two factions with diametrically opposed solutions, and just can’t stop myself from thinking to myself, “Oh, yeah, that’s what it means to divide and conquer.”

    #162948
    D Benton Smith
    Participant
    #162949
    citizenx
    Participant

    Joe Biden-

    Identifies as Black woman running the World.
    An indespensible retard running the Nation into the ground….

    Liberals-

    “safe and effective” / reality, neither.

    Brandon is “sharp as a tack” / reality, velcro

    “Ukraine is winning but has not won yet, Russia is losing, but has not lost yet” / reality, Ukraine is lost

    “the Economy is strong and great”/ reality, grocery store, gasoline prices, homeless

    “our borders are protected and secure”/ reality not, we will wage war to secure and violate others borders

    Liberals and Democrats have proven they are violent, destructive, retarded incompetent liars who should be taken out to the curb and disarded courtesy of waste mgt. Trash em all.

    Looks like Brandon is having a Summer of sickness and political death. We’re losing patience Brandon.
    Clearly a pandemic of Liberal Scum mind virus-

    Booster them, mask them, silence them, fire them, lock them up and down, inject them, eliminate them from society, force them to carry their papers, no services, no health care, no rights, no access, no power,

    Eat shit Democrat Liberal scum, your run is over fucktards.

    Safe and effective ? Eliminate Liberals for a start.

    #162950
    Noirette
    Participant

    J. Biden, quotes from top posts:

    “We finally beat Medicare.”

    —> We finally beat Medicare for all, We finally beat the extension of Medicare, We beat any betterment of health care, etc.

    “I remember, as a Catholic kid growing up up in an area where we didn’t like, Catholics didn’t get — I’m the first president to be elected statewide in the state of Delaware when I was a kid. Well, you know, I was, I looked at John Kennedy and said, ‘Well, he got elected. Why can’t I get elected?”

    —> J. Kennedy was the first Catholic to be elected Pres, it happened once, why not again, J. Biden is the second Catholic US Pres…while all his children are married to Jews afaik? (Hunter’s first marriage an exception which was to a Catholic Kathleen.) Not a strong Catholic connection, but hey whatever…

    #162951
    Noirette
    Participant

    As for (top post) “Europeans ‘stunned’ by Biden’s ageing”, everyone, pols and public knew practically from 2020, that Biden was a geriatric patient who needed 24/24 care. Nobody is ‘stunned’…

    Plus, this state of affairs created endless mockery of the USA, all over the world.

    (In contrast to Obama who was treated like some kind of Saint or Super Nov Leader.)

    Many in India, Switz., Slovenia, Spain, etc. etc. just shook their heads, the US is going down the drain, look at this pathetic creep who is out of his mind, a senile stumbling bum, and the Dems support him, is that DEMO-CRACY?

    Hey, Great .. let them burn down to the ground…

    But they kept quiet, until the US, still a dominating power, sent a signal that maybe GenoJoe was not the best choice for Pres, as the polls show a deep dip for him, supporters (aka buyers of the elections with mega donations) sudenly withdraw their monies (if they can, idk about that.)

    So what is next?

    #162953
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Have a groomed programmed Intel patsy lined up, an ardent MAGA supporter, and wind him up to double tap Pedo Jo-jo, thus solving the senile problem and tarnishing Orange Man in one fell swoop.

    Fall flag the Presidementia.

    Kamala is a meat puppet slut who will do as she is told plus she give the Demonrats the first ‘black’ women prez win win win.

    She doesn’t get ‘nominated’ at the Chicago Punch & Judy Show this summer and the Satanic Cabal slips their dream dildo candidate in.

    The Sheeple won’t even notice

    Bah, bah, baaahhhh

    .

    #162954
    WES
    Participant

    If you were in sick and old Joe’s shoes, wouldn’t you want to continue to stay in the world’s most luxurious all inclusive entire family supportive taxpayer funded nursing home, the White House?
    Would any amount of money convince you to leave ?
    No wonder Jill and Hunter are sitting in on all of Joe’s meetings to prevent Joe from agreeing to leave!

    #162955
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    money powers and
    west collapsing into dystopia
    as east rises


    21 minutes in

    democrary is a system created
    by the wealthy
    for the wealthy

    Fadi Lama: Money Powers & West Collapsing Into Dystopia as East Rises

    #162956
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    The west is the money powers empire

    #162957
    John Day
    Participant

    The Matrix Is Failing https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/the-matrix-is-failing

    There has been another failure in the control matrix of humanity with the emperor-has-no-clothes performance of “Joe Biden” still sending shocks through a command and control structure with no “good” plan-B. Michelle Obama is reluctant to face a million hecklers, shouting “Hey Big Mike”. There is $91 million in a Biden-Harris campaign fund, which can only fund Biden and/or Harris, both seemingly intransigent and unelectable.
    hyena
    The “leaders” of the world are reacting as though Donald Trump will be the next President of the US, and will actually do a lot of what he has been talking about this time.

    Meryl Nass MD, If you want the unvarnished truth about what I and others really think is going on, Professor David A Hughes provides it.
    This is heavy. But it is refreshing to see that someone coming at the analysis from a completely different place drew the identical conclusions.
    The Third World War started in 2020. It is not about territory, but about control over the human mind. It is waged by a transnational ruling class against the rest of the population. This is what academic David Hughes argues in an impressive new book, Covid-19, Psychological Operations, and the War for Technocracy. Hughes, building on the work of Professor Kees van der Pijl, argues that we are dealing with a globalised class struggle. “World inequality has become so great, the oligarchic capitalist system is so skewed, that the ruling class must adopt a new model of governance, a global technocracy, a kind of bio-digital form of totalitarianism.”
    It is not often that an academic is able to publish a book from university that argues that events such as Covid policies and the 9/11 attacks were deliberate actions part of a ruling class war. https://merylnass.substack.com/p/if-you-want-the-unvarnished-truth

    More from Dr. Nass, Who is THEY? /Corey Lynn, Good summary of who runs the world with tons of links and references People want names, so let’s start here. This is a big part of the hierarchy, leaving some unknowns hidden behind the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). In Corey Lynn’s 3-part report on Laundering with Immunity, it explains in explicit detail as to how and when BIS came about and how BIS and 63 central banks devised a plan to hold immunities and privileges. Shortly thereafter, in 1945 the UN was manifested by some of the plotters for this grand takeover, and immunities and privileges came right along with it the following day. This was the beginning of the control framework and how they would be able to carry out their agendas while operating entirely outside the law. All arms of the UN have these immunities and can extend them to organizations working with them. https://merylnass.substack.com/p/who-is-they-corey-lynn

    I don’t need a mandate to promote peace – Orban (But might he become despondent and kill himself in a parked car?)
    European Council President Charles Michel condemned the purported trip, claiming in a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday that despite holding the rotating EU presidency, Hungary “has no mandate to engage with Russia on behalf of the EU.”
    “The European Council is clear: Russia is the aggressor, Ukraine is the victim. No discussions about Ukraine can take place without Ukraine,” the senior bureaucrat added.
    During his weekly interview with Radio Kossuth on Friday morning, Orban rejected the notion that he should not vie for peace.
    “What I do looks like negotiations in format, because we sit at tables and discuss issues, but we don’t negotiate,” he explained. “That’s why I don’t even need a mandate, because I don’t represent any party.”
    Hungary is aware of its relatively limited political clout and expects larger powers to eventually hold peace talks to end the Ukraine conflict, he said.
    “But we can be a good tool in the hands of God, we can be a good tool in the hands of people who want peace,” the prime minister added. https://swentr.site/news/600471-orban-peace-ukraine-mandate/

    #162958
    John Day
    Participant

    Orban’s surprise visit to Moscow sparks fury in Brussels: Key takeaways from Hungarian PM’s ‘peace mission’
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban unexpectedly visited Russia on Friday and met with President Vladimir Putin to discuss ways to resolve the Ukraine conflict. The surprise trip caused major outrage among Orban’s fellow EU leaders, as it came only days after the Hungarian premier made a similar unannounced trip to Ukraine. Hungary holds the rotating EU presidency for the remainder of this year…
    ..“We cannot sit back and wait for the war to miraculously end,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter) before meeting Putin.
    Orban visited Kiev earlier in the week, where he urged Vladimir Zelensky to seek peace with Russia, arguing that a ceasefire could serve as a first step in the right direction. The Ukrainian leader didn’t take his proposal well, Orban said later. Kiev insists that only a military victory will result in a “just peace.”…
    ..The Hungarian premier said he wanted to hear directly from Putin how Russia perceives various peace initiatives, calling it an important step, even though the frank discussion confirmed that there was a major rift between the conflicting sides.
    Putin and Orban discussed the “shortest way out” of the conflict, which the latter later revealed to journalists. Moscow’s and Kiev’s positions remain very “far apart,” the Hungarian admitted…
    ..The proposal he (Putin) was referring to was to suspend hostilities immediately after Kiev renounces its bid to join NATO and orders its troops to pull back from all territories claimed by Moscow. Then a comprehensive discussion of a new security architecture in Europe could be held, Putin suggested. The Ukrainian government has rejected the offer.
    ..The Russian president has reiterated Moscow’s readiness to resolve hostilities through negotiations. The Ukrainian leadership, however, appears to be still incapable of abandoning its idea of waging a war “until the end,” Putin noted.
    Moscow is seeking to reach lasting, sustainable peace rather than opting for a temporary ceasefire or a “frozen conflict” of any sort, the Russian president warned…..European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has accused Hungary’s prime minister of “appeasement” with regards to Putin. “Only unity and determination will pave the path to a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in Ukraine,” she claimed. (“I’m MELTING, MELTING”)…
    ..The enduring conflict between Russia and Ukraine is affecting the broader European region, according to the Hungarian PM, who said the continent has enjoyed the most rapid and sustainable development only during peacetime.
    In previous public remarks, Orban expressed concern that Western determination to escalate the Ukraine conflict may result in a direct clash with Russia, which could have catastrophic consequences for everyone involved.
    Budapest has argued that the economic restrictions spawned by the conflict have hurt EU nations more than Russia and have failed to compel Moscow to capitulate. https://swentr.site/news/600534-orban-visit-moscow-putin/

    Orban and Putin discuss ‘shortest way out’ of Ukraine conflict
    “A lot of steps have to be taken to get closer to a resolution of the war. Still, we’ve already taken the most important step—establishing the contact, and I will continue to work on this in the future,” Orban stated…
    ..“As I’ve already told Mr President, Europe needs peace. Yet this peace will not emerge by itself, we must work to reach it,” the visiting premier said. https://swentr.site/russia/600527-orban-putin-ukraine-conflict/

    Gilbert Doctorow, Viktor Orban’s peace mission to Moscow
    I find Viktor Orban’s visit to Moscow remarkable for its demonstration that courage and decency have not utterly disappeared among European elites. His riposte to taunting by Josep Borrel and Charles Michel was exemplary for its reasonableness and moderation. They had denounced Orban for traveling to Moscow without a mandate to speak on behalf of the European Union. He responded that he was speaking on behalf of humanity which is deeply interested in the return of peace to Europe and was not speaking on behalf of the EU in his capacity as holder of the six-month revolving presidency.
    Let us hope that such boldness will enable other heads of state and government in Europe to depart from their slavish conformism and do the right thing, namely withdraw military and financial support from Kiev unless it enters into negotiations with Russia to end the war with immediate effect…
    ..Vladimir Putin reiterated that Russia stands ready to declare a ceasefire and enter into peace talks at any time, but that Kiev refuses to do so. And he identified a reason for Kiev’s refusal that we have not heard before: namely the by ending hostilities, Kiev will have to end rule by martial law and to hold presidential elections which were cancelled in March precisely because of the martial law conditions. The chances of the current Kiev regime winning such elections are, in Putin’s estimation, nil and this is understood perfectly well by Zelensky and his minions.
    As regards the talks with Orban, Putin stated only that Orban set out the West’s positions on the international situation, including the Ukrainian conflict. He called their talks ‘frank,’ which in diplomatic lexicon means that the sides remain far apart.
    What Viktor Orban had to say was important because it broke new ground, moving from the Brussels chant of ‘war, war’ and ever greater arms shipments for Kiev to recognition of the need for peace through diplomacy. In this first visit to Moscow since the start of hostilities in Ukraine two and a half years ago, he insisted on the necessity for reopening dialogue, saying that peace will not come of itself but will require hard work to be achieved, for which dialogue is an essential precondition.
    He set the task of bringing peace to Europe as the purpose to which he dedicates his term as head of the EU presidency. He claimed that the war had negatively impacted Europe, undermining its prosperity and global competitiveness. https://gilbertdoctorow.com/2024/07/06/viktor-orbans-peace-mission-to-moscow/

    Slovakia’s Fico laments not visiting Putin with Orbán
    Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico appeared in public Friday night for the first time since he was shot almost two months ago, delivering a speech celebrating the country’s Slavic and Christian roots at craggy Devín Castle outside the capital Bratislava.
    After railing against progressive ideologies in his 20-minute speech, Fico praised this week’s visits by Viktor Orbán to Kyiv and Moscow, where the Hungarian prime minister met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    Orbán’s Moscow visit in particular drew almost universal condemnation from EU leaders, but Fico was not among the critics. https://www.politico.eu/article/slovakia-robert-fico-shooting-vladimir-putin-hungary-viktor-orban/

    Donald Trump’s team appear to be talking through mutual friends to Vladimir Putin’s team, not “negotiating”, but seeking to better understand each other.
    John Helmer, WHAT IS THE TRUTH THAT A FORKED TONGUE TELLS
    In ancient rhetoric classes, and ever since, it has been taught that combining two negatives in a sentence produces a positive, albeit a version of the truth which has been made ambiguous enough to allow its opposite, a lie.
    So when President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman issues two negatives on two succeeding days in answer to a question about Donald Trump’s plan for ending the war in the Ukraine, the positive truth is the one which the Russian oligarchs, the Central Bank, state officials with family links to the US, and leftovers of the Yeltsin administration are pressing Putin to accept. He is telling them he may do what they ask.
    Against them stand the General Staff. Also, Russian public opinion. Putin is telling them he may do what they ask. This is what forked tongues are for saying. https://johnhelmer.net/what-is-the-truth-that-a-forked-tongue-tells/#more-90085

    #162959
    John Day
    Participant

    Eleni sends this from Rachel Marsden, Why EU voters are rebelling against the establishment
    In the face of an election tsunami, officials in Brussels are scrambling to save their special interests from the electorate
    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced earlier this month in Berlin that European banks would be able to get “budget support” totaling €1.4 billion from European taxpayers when they invest in equity funds active in Ukraine, so that the risks are removed for the banks. And by risks being removed, she means transferred. To the European taxpayer.
    Meanwhile, Kiev has been promoting the need for more foreign cash for “reconstruction.” These jokers probably think that the general public would hear the word “reconstruction” and get all warm and fuzzy and not realize that the cash is also being used to reconstruct a $20 billion spending hole that Team Zelensky has dug – what do you expect from a guy who shows up at world summits dressed like he literally digs holes professionally and whose international bond repayments to Western countries are coming due this summer. So EU debt would effectively be paying for Ukrainian debt, which would repay bonds from the US and the 22-nation Paris Club, who are in debt. It’s like the movie Inception, but with debt: Debtception.
    And what better way to help shakedown the taxpayers than for Ukraine, one of the black sheep of the global corruption index, to promote the need to raise money for reconstruction in the middle of a war. So people can pay to build stuff that gets blown up? Minor detail after all the requisite special interest pockets have been stuffed, I guess…
    ..Brussels keeps looking for the Russian or “far-right” bogeymen whenever the people democratically oppose them. It should be pretty clear right now that the only ones opposing the democratic will of voters is the EU officials. And it seems that they’re doing everything in their power right now to ensure that whatever happens, their special interests find life rafts and don’t go down with the sinking establishment ship. https://www.rt.com/news/600446-eu-voters-rebelling-against-establishment/

    Trusting the ‘Five Eyes’ (+Israel) Only
    Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Joe Biden sought to portray the conflict there as a heroic struggle between the forces of democracy and the brutal fist of autocracy. But while he was generally successful in rallying the NATO powers behind Kyiv — persuading them to provide arms and training to the beleaguered Ukrainian forces, while reducing their economic links with Russia — he largely failed to win over the Global South or enlist its support in boycotting Russian oil and natural gas.
    Despite what should have been a foreboding lesson, Biden returned to the same universalist rhetoric in 2023 (and this year as well) to rally global support for Israel in its drive to extinguish Hamas after that group’s devastating October 7th rampage. But for most non-European leaders, his attempt to portray support for Israel as a noble response proved wholly untenable once that country launched its full-scale invasion of Gaza and the slaughter of Palestinian civilians commenced…
    ..Although largely a Cold War artifact, the Five Eyes intelligence network continued operating right into the era after the Soviet Union collapsed, spying on militant Islamic groups and government leaders in the Middle East, while eavesdropping on Chinese business, diplomatic, and military activities in Asia and elsewhere. According to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, such efforts were conducted under specialized top-secret programs like Echelon, a system for collecting business and government data from satellite communications, and PRISM, an NSA program to collect data transmitted via the Internet.
    As part of that Five Eyes endeavor, the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Australia jointly maintain a controversial, highly secret intelligence-gathering facility at Pine Gap, Australia, near the small city of Alice Springs. Known as the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap (JDFPG), it’s largely run by the NSA, CIA, GCHQ, and the Australian Security Intelligence Organization. Its main purpose, according to Edward Snowden and other whistle-blowers, is to eavesdrop on radio, telephone, and internet communications in Asia and the Middle East and share that information with the intelligence and military arms of the Five Eyes. Since the Israeli invasion of Gaza was launched, it is also said to be gathering intelligence on Palestinian forces in Gaza and sharing that information with the Israeli Defense Forces. This, in turn, prompted a rare set of protests at the remote base when, in late 2023, dozens of pro-Palestinian activists sought to block the facility’s entry road.
    From all accounts, in other words, the Five Eyes collaboration remains as robust as ever. https://scheerpost.com/2024/07/05/trusting-the-five-eyes-only/

    “Israel” will inevitably devolve from what the government and military have already done, unless it demands to be immediately-destroyed by invading and devastating Lebanon, to keep Netanyahu in power a few more months, according to longtime friend of Israel, Scott Ritter.
    War with Hezbollah will destroy Israel!
    Scott Ritter, famous political analyst: Israel will be destroyed by war with Hezbollah. Because this will not be just a war with Hezbollah.
    The era of Zionism is over, finished and discredited as an ideology. The world will not tolerate it anymore. https://x.com/SprinterFamily/status/1808980872147914758

    Andrew Korybko, Israel Should Think Twice Before Sending Some Of Its Patriots To Ukraine Via The US
    Netanyahu and those around him might not realize what a game-changer that could be in terms of drastically changing Russia’s regional policy considering the way in which everything is increasingly being perceived by the Kremlin given the evolving context of the New Cold War.
    Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia warned Israel of “certain political consequences” should it send some of its Patriots to Ukraine via the US like CNN recently reported is presently being negotiated between them…
    ..To summarize, Israel began misportraying Russia’s balancing act in the latest conflict and flirting with the idea of sending early warning systems to Kiev, which prompted Russia to escalate its rhetoric against Israel and flirt with arming its Resistance Axis foes. Thus far, their spat has remained within the realm of mutual perceptions and rhetoric, but Israel’s potential arming of Ukraine with air defense systems could lead to a reciprocal Russian arming of the Resistance Axis.
    The prerogative rests with Israel since it’s easier for it to indirectly arm Ukraine than it is for Russia to indirectly arm the Resistance Axis. Moreover, Netanyahu might calculate that sending defensive weapons there won’t cross Russia’s political red line but might earn him some relief from US pressure. https://korybko.substack.com/p/israel-should-think-twice-before

    UN Says Israel’s Evacuation Order ‘Wiped Out’ Efforts To Distribute Aid
    Israel’s latest evacuation order for eastern Khan Younis has “wiped out” the UN’s efforts to improve aid deliveries via the Kerem Shalom border crossing in southern Gaza, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday.
    “We have been engineering a lot of solutions and trying and testing, improving and failing – at times – and now with this evacuation order, all this has been, again, wiped out,” Andrea De Domenico, head of the OCHA for the Palestinian territories, told reporters, according to Reuters. https://news.antiwar.com/2024/07/03/un-says-israels-evacuation-order-wiped-out-efforts-to-distribute-aid/

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