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    Pablo Picasso Chair 1942   • Elon Musk: Worse Than Hitler (Titania McGrath) • Elon Musk Says There Are More Smoking Guns To Come And He’s Not Sui
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 5 2022]


    Suck on this, baby!

    “Detection of Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccines in Human Breast Milk

    We are going to witness, if not already, the collapse of our healthcare systems.

    I have a close friend currently in hospital.
    Three weeks ago she gave birth to her first baby – 10 weeks prematurely.
    The doctors told her that her umbilical cord was “calcified” and they had to perform an emergency C-section.

    Well, well, well ….
    “These placentas are calcified” –

    She’s fully death-vaxxed and recently “boosted”.
    And she’s now so excited that she’s able to pump her own breast milk to feed her baby with.
    The madness won’t end.


    I live a life of great luxury.

    Water comes out of taps whenever I want water. Cold or hot. I have stores of food that I can heat or cook electrically, as desired.

    When I work outside -which I do a lot- there are always birds to entertain me. Mostly sparrows and starlings as permanent residents, with other species such as chaffinches, swifts, fantails and blackbirds visit. Very occasionally, a bellbird and magpies.

    Starlings are nesting in the soffit at the moment, and they get very alarmed if I am nearby: much squawking because they have youngsters to feed and they do not want to reveal the location of their nest. After five minutes of squawking and frantic pacing along the roof, the urge to feed to young overcomes the fear factor.

    Swifts swoop over the stream and catch insects in the air. The stream continues to flow steadily

    There are few nasty creatures -no snakes or deadly spiders or fire ants or hornets- around here. Most of the nasty creatures are about 1.7 metres tall and are bipedal.

    I harvested the first of the new season strawberries a couple of days ago, and blackcurrants. today.

    Much fruit is forming on many trees -apples, plums, pears- but some stone fruit trees have been hit terribly by curly leaf… very bad in the district this year for some reason… wiping out most of the crop on several trees.

    Young fejoa trees are covered with blossom for the first time, and that portends a good harvest.

    Young grape vines are also looking very promising, with dozens of fruit bodies forming as they grow a centimetre a day.

    The sunflowers I grew last summer resulted in hundreds of seeds. So this year I have many dozens of sunflower plants coming along nicely and anticipate getting several kilos of seeds.

    One thing I am very short of is time, which is why my day often starts before 6am and ends around 11pm.

    With criminals and clows running the country and making everything worse by the day, I anticipate the system falling over some time in the next three or four months. As i said to a couple yesterday, what’s coming will be worse than the Great Depression.

    I am far better prepared than most, and can collect water and boil it as necessary without electricity. I have a substantial stock of food and increasing supplies of home produce. I even purchased a fishing rod and tackle recently but have had no time to experiment along those lines. (The nearest beach around 6 kilometres from here, easy cycling distance).

    The experimental solar oven certainly works but needs modification to improve efficiency.

    Played drums in the studio recently as others played ukulele. There’s a grand piano and a cello available to play, and electric guitar.

    I’ll get round to playing my own musical instruments and doing more art once I have the vital projects completed.

    I get intelligent discussion with friends and on TAE.

    I haven’t watch television in over 18 months, Don’t miss it at all. DVDs are good. Catching up on many classics I missed first time round or were in vogue before I was born.

    There are no indications of any intelligence anywhere in government, neither central nor local: just incessant sabotage and lies. And the sabotage carried out by politicians and bureaucrats is very effective in destroying everything of value in what is left of the community. That’s why we are building our own community, as we wait for the politicians and bureaucrats to destroy themselves after destroying everything else.


    V. Arnold

    I finally got it; critical thinking skills no longer work; because generally, “we” don’t have the “time” to do the work that critical thinking skills require…
    Time to slow down a bit?
    Nah; that’s not fun or emotionally rewarding……..
    Anybody got any questions?
    Yeah; I didn’t think so…………


    I got terrible leaf curl in my orchard on the peaches and even some bad sap sucking on the cherry leaves – everything else is golden and similar to yours AFKTT. Building my music studio too. Attended a big pre-christmas wrap up of my local Untermenschen unjabbed yesterday and generally well placed and ready to chill more too.

    There is no shortage of cognitive dissonance out there but what can you do?

    Keep on keeping on.

    Dr. D

    “US Intelligence Chief Predicts ‘Reduced Tempo’, Waning Morale of Russian Forces Entering Winter”

    Key points:
    Russia doesn’t fight in winter.
    Russia is losing.
    Russia has no tanks, shells or bombs.
    Putin did everything wrong and everyone hates him.
    Ukraine will be in Moscow soon.

    Okay then, we’ll see! When you’re wrong, we can fire you, right? “17 Agencies said!”

    Whose war machine IS going to win this? Why Europe’s of course! By not accepting the oil their own enemy is selling them! Schmartz! Well, nevermind, China will take it all and be warm and dry as they invade Taiwan.

    Question: do wars eat oil? Where does the diesel for Ukraine and now their million new home generators come from?

    But as Europe has no oil or gas, they’ll have to make peace, right? “EU Is Erecting Russian War Crimes Tribunal: “Russia Must Pay”

    In the “World’s Greatest Slow Learners” category: “Norway & Germany Ask NATO To Protect Underwater Gas Pipelines”

    But I imagine this is a shakedown where IF they pay NATO mo’ money, nothing dere should a’happen to their beautiful pipeline.

    “Utterly False”: Musk Blasts New York Times for Hate Speech Report on Twitter: “This reporting is such garbage,”


    Garbage? Totally false? I guess the NY Times should know. I don’t remember the last time they told the truth. Incubator babies? Yellowcake? WMD and ties to Al Qaeda? RussiaRussiaRussia? Pulitzer Prize?

    Speaking of VPs speaking up, whistleblowing about Covid, yet everyone believes the “goodness of their hearts” an “Accident” and the third intern in Marketing summer camp: “Former EcoHealth VP Says Covid “Man Made”, Escaped From Lab”

    Ya don’t say… Nope. Having the literal check stubs from Fauci himself didn’t mean nuttin’ I was framed, I tell ya! But some third intern said “No it isn’t” so we’ll all believe little Brittany instead.

    In a chilling, excruciating interview, former Pfizer medical patent expert reviews the 10,000 pages of documents she read. They’re all official and public. Here’s what she found:

    Far too much to go over but the medical creators said, “Hey this Covid is waaaay worse than the one in the wild” and “Wow, those mRNA creations of this far worse Covid are completely immune to all the human antibodies!” “Let’s turn this into a drug to inject in people so they can 1) Have a worse Covid and 2) not develop any antibodies to it!” According to THEM. Written on paper for the FDA.

    Yeah, that’s just one. Try the HIV or lipid nanoparticles parts. You’d think it’s hyperbole, but we have the Pentagon medical papers from the troops.

    “Rate Hikes: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Declines” –Powell

    This is inexplicable. Despite all direct warnings from Powell, “the market” thinks he will pivot with everyone buying and the Dow at 30,000 and over the 200DMA. When has that ever happened? The Fed pivots AFTER they break something. That is, S&P 666 and Banks collapsing as liquidity halts worldwide. I guess 200-year cycles take longer and all that.

    “Germany bans farmers” They sure hate food! Well people get what they ask for. I’ll eat theirs.

    “Twitter Staff to Face Congress for Censoring Hunter Biden Laptop Story (ET)”

    Why? Congress is the one who told them to censor it.

    “Barack Obama and Eric Holder did not create a weaponized DOJ and FBI; the institutions were already weaponized by the Patriot Act J Edgar Hoover.” Oh wait: long before him too. About 3 months after they were invented.

    “2) Obama/Biden Bush then redefined what is a “terrorist” to include their political opposition.”

    His political opposition were Quakers and Hippies. Just like LBJ. Thankfully the Dixie Chick rebellion was conquered and suppressed. They were unarmed, just like J6, so we assumed they were a military coup.

    “Katie Hobbs’ Office Contacted Twitter To Censor Posts (PM)”

    Legal evidence of election interference. Therefore, we ignore it. If they erase all the voting machines while under law and subpoena, we ignore it. If she’s in the counting rooms, talking to the counters, we ignore it.

    “Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling the site.”

    Where one side is shooting bombs straight up…then down on themselves. I mean by the reporters who keep self-owning like this. Over and over. I shot myself! That’s reasonable and smart and all good people believe it!

    “ Italy Justifies Russian Gas Imports Not Dying. (RT)”

    Brilliant! However the rest of Europe is too stupid to follow along.

    “China Slams US Stationing In Syria, Oil And Grain Looting As Illegal (AlM) “

    Mercenary army, on behalf of oil sheikhs. Gotta protect that upcoming pipeline!

    “ Alameda’s Caroline Ellison Spotted in NY, May Be about to Roll on SBF (ZH)”

    Sam Bank Fraud already rolled on her. Does anyone believe they were lovers? I don’t, and I don’t see it.

    Besides, that’s weird: I thought we held all Federal suspects for two years in solitary confinement without trial. How come she gets special treatment? Just because her father’s best friend is SEC regulator Gensler who arranged the whole thing and created special loopholes for them?

    “Tedros … feared that the virus escaped from the lab in “a catastrophic accident” in 2019,”

    Exactly in time for the election, and within a month of saving the financial system we had this giant “Accident”. Uh-huh. But I am a coincidence theorist and that is not suspicious at all. Pandemics exactly replacing the seasonal flu numbers always appear on command to benefit the exact people in power. …Or at least always have during my lifetime.

    “Then, the world would return to normal.”

    They specifically advertised the world would never return to normal. And why not? How would they know? That was the tell. They both PLANNED and INTENDED for a re-set and Build Back Better. Many things change over the years but I’ve never heard anyone predict it before unless it was a plan.

    (Like when a small building fire is used to begin a 100-year worldwide oil war against Muslims? But carefully excludes Saudi Arabia?)

    When governments meddle with prices, the results are always bad.”

    Because Capitalism always exists. It’s the baseline of human reality. “I own stuff and will trade it for your stuff.” So they can outlaw humanity and human reality. But it doesn’t go anywhere: the governments fall instead. This is also the basis of our Bill of Rights. People WILL speak, they WILL believe, they WILL defend themselves, they WILL differ in opinions. Outlawing it is just stupid and the Government that establishes itself in opposition to “Nature”, i.e. #Reality, will fail. So by contract law they are prohibited from it. They can’t help themselves though. What is #Evil, the Dark Side? The short cut, so you don’t have to have real competency in life: just use violence. They’re Trust Fund kids: it goes without saying they have no competency, so how else can they win?

    “Increasing oil prices…is the very minimum that can happen…Europe might lose access to oil completely, and go dark.”

    Gosh I hope so. They might knock it off. Nothing else seems to stop their war mongering and colonialism.

    One reason he doesn’t say, and the most obvious: IT’S TO KILL EVERYONE. Why? Because in winters of disorder, more people are harder to control and the ratio of slaves to slavemasters is too high. Kill half the slaves and your power becomes far more assured, if not great. Also the violence gives reason for your draconian rules and responses. No violence, no premise for lockdowns and top-down control. If I were them, this is exactly what I would do. It’s simple, broad, tested, and foolproof. That is, because it’s a spectrum, it gives you widest latitude for action while constantly curing your problem (uppity people) without having a sort of dangerous flashpoint. They self-select, so you self-shoot them.

    Worked every other time in human history, why not now? Because you can’t conceive of people being that evil?
    Evil? It’s just Logical. “Evil” usually is.

    Grapes are fabulous and have everything going for them: Can live in dry (or wet), live forever, produce lavishly, everybody likes them, can be used as is or preserved. Grows as shelter or in strange, narrow places. There’s nothing not to like. You can even avoid yearly pruning although you really shouldn’t.

    Next up: bees.

    Bee shelters:
    DaleHeadFarm (Dale Head Farm)

    People were saying winters are too hard on them, but what were they doing about it?


    • EU Must ‘Take Action’ Against US – von der Leyen (RT)

    As Lira refers to her, “the German Horse girl”, Ursula Always Lyin, sure is tilting at windmills (pun intended) when she bahbahbah bleats about the Empire of Lies sodomizing Eurotardistan® with the Giant Sucking Sound of re-industrializing itself by luring Eurotard businesses into Vampire Squid’s waiting Blood Funnel.


    She really is the turd in the Eurotard punch bowl.

    The totally tapped out Eurotardistan® is going to do what? Print fiat to incentivize their own industries to stay in cold, dark, over priced, has been permanently uncompetitive in the world market place rump continent!

    Aces Horse Girl!



    TWITTER Free speech operating guidelines
    Set up discussion categories/labels, for tweets –

    If you are not interested in a certain topic, then don’t go there

    There are many working models on the web.

    ie War, Ukraine, NATO, Russia, Election Related, politics, tinfoil, science, for sale, for rent, UFO, FTX, Covid, Assange. hate speech, coincidence, etc.

    @ afewknowthetruth
    I Ilike your description of life
    Demand destruction
    No sanitation
    No water
    Own nothing save pets, useless toys
    No energy slaves


    Retaliatory strikes 3.0 – summary as of 16:30 Moscow time 05.12.2022

    2.5 weeks after the last retaliatory strikes on Ukraine, rocket fire on the territory of Ukraine resumed. Probably, this was facilitated by today’s droneraidson the diaghilevo airfields (Ryazan region) and Engels (Saratov region). Russian rockets have already caused problems with electricity, water and gas in several major cities.

    💥At the moment it is known about arrivals in:

    — Kirovohrad Oblast
    — Odessa
    — Odessa Oblast
    — Zaporizhia
    — Zaporizhia Oblast
    — Vinnytsia
    Oblast — Kharkiv Oblast
    (Lozova and Volchansk Raions)

    ⚠️Affected infrastructure facilities in:

    — Odessa Oblast (Odessa CHPP-2, electric substation)
    — Vinnytsia Oblast
    — Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
    — Zaporizhia Oblast
    — Kirovohrad Oblast (Kirovohrad CHPP)
    — Kyiv Oblast
    — Zaporizhia

    ⚡️Blackout in:

    — Sumy Oblast
    — Mykolaiv
    — Kharkiv Oblast (partial blackout)
    — Zhytomyr (partial blackout)
    — Odessa (partial blackout)

    💧Problems with water supply in:

    – Zaporozhye
    – Zhytomyr
    – Odessa
    – Sumy

    In addition, due to problems with electricity, there are serious delays in trains throughout the country.


    Only a fascist would seek to impose free speech on humanity.
    Is it certain that this line didn’t get pulled from 1984?

    D Benton Smith

    It’s comforting to know that the global crime wave is just due to incompetency and opportunism. Imagine how bad the world energy, food and health situations might be if it was an organized effort by career criminals to collapse civilization, causing loss of civilizations’ capacity to support technology dependent populations. Why, world population could drop by 95%! Sure glad that nobody in powerful positions wants that to happen and is so working so hard to prevent it.

    Incidentally, my myocarditis seems to be under control, and my doctor tells me with a few more chemo sessions my relapsed multiple cancers should go back into remission. I’m so glad for taking that last booster, too, and can only imagine how much worse this last bout of Covid might have been without it.

    John Day

    That article by Sundance is the core problem we face in our bureaucratic structure in the west.

    A Baseline Understanding Mostly Missing Behind the Twitter Discussion – Govt Influence Over Social Media Influence and the Surveillance State

    After days of research and meetings in DC during 2020; amid a town that was serendipitously shut down due to COVID-19; I found a letter slid under the door of my room in a nearly empty hotel with an introduction of sorts. The subsequent discussions were perhaps the most important. After many hours of specific questions and answers on specific examples, I realized why our nation is in this mess. That is when I discovered the fourth and superseding branch of government, the Intelligence Branch.

    I am going to explain how the Intelligence Branch works: (1) to control every other branch of government; (2) how it functions as an entirely independent branch of government with no oversight; (3) how and why it was created to be independent from oversight; (4) what is the current mission of the IC Branch, and most importantly (5) who operates it.

    The Intelligence Branch is an independent functioning branch of government, it is no longer a subsidiary set of agencies within the Executive Branch as most would think. To understand the Intelligence Branch, we need to drop the elementary school civics class lessons about three coequal branches of government and replace that outlook with the modern system that created itself.

    The Intelligence Branch functions much like the State Dept, through a unique set of public-private partnerships that support it. Big Tech industry collaboration with intelligence operatives is part of that functioning, almost like an NGO. However, the process is much more important than most think. In this problematic perspective of a corrupt system of government, the process is the flaw – not the outcome.

    There are people making decisions inside this little known, unregulated and out-of-control branch of government that impact every facet of our lives.

    D Benton Smith

    If it wasn’t so hard to think and behave properly we would be a lot better at it. I think.

    John Day

    Thanks for more COVID-context , Pureblood-Germ.

    John Day

    @AFKTT and Oxymoron:
    It’s good to hear of your spring gardening and communitarian activities, Brothers.


    I’m going to post this entire article here, since some people can’t access RT any more.


    US funded Chinese lab for intelligence op – whistleblower
    America’s technology transfer to China resulted in the Covid-19 pandemic, a former EcoHealth Alliance executive claims

    US-funded bioresearch on foreign soil appears to be a “giant intelligence operation” for assessing biowarfare capabilities, according to a whistleblower. Collecting and tinkering with bat coronaviruses in China ultimately resulted in the accidental release of SARS-CoV-2, the infection that causes Covid-19, he believes.

    Dr. Andrew Huff once worked as the vice president of EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO involved in funneling US taxpayer dollars to bioresearch projects around the world. One of them, which was conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), was the origin of Covid-19 pandemic, and both Beijing and Washington were involved in a massive cover-up, he claimed. On Saturday, British tabloid The Sun reported on the allegations, which Huff has detailed in an upcoming book.

    According to his revelations, in 2009, EcoHealth Alliance launched a program called PREDICT. Funded by foreign aid agency USAID, it was aimed at collecting samples of potentially harmful diseases throughout the world, ostensibly to prepare humanity for potential outbreaks. The Wuhan lab was one of the foreign partners of the program, studying coronaviruses in bats, Huff said. 

    According to the whistleblower, who has a background in bioweapons threat assessment for the US military, the PREDICT program was not collecting the data that it should have, but appeared to be an intelligence operation for assessing foreign biolab capabilities. 

    Huff was also involved in assessing a 2014 funding proposal for gain-of-function research at the WIV. The work was funded through EcoHealth Alliance by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Gain-of-function is the modification of pathogens to enhance them in various potential ways, including transmissibility. The rationale is that scientists can study new strains and find ways to stop them before similar adaptations emerge naturally.

    “EcoHealth Alliance … was responsible for the development of the agent SARS-CoV-2 during my employment at the organization,” Huff alleged. He believes that the virus was created at the Wuhan lab with technologies it received from the US and accidentally leaked into the general population.

    “It could be reasonably argued that EcoHealth Alliance set up China to fail,” he said, claiming that the Chinese institute suffered from shortage of qualified personnel and that US government officials were well aware of it.

    The ‘lab leak’ theory – that the coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab – was popularized by then-US President Donald Trump, who made the allegation amid a trade war with China. Major US media organizations and tech platforms initially labeled it as ‘disinformation’ and tried to suppress the theory from public discourse.

    The World Health Organization investigated the origins of Covid-19 and concluded that natural evolution was the most likely explanation. Beijing also says accidental transmission from animals to humans is the most plausible theory, blasting the ‘lab leak’ allegations as ‘lies’.

    D Benton Smith

    My earliest formal introduction to the Art of Darkness (spying) was a book called, “The Spy and His Masters” [Christopher Felix, 1963]. Fascinating stuff, and largely true, but there was something amiss about it. I couldn’t put my finger on what was the issue, but the unresolved misgiving proceeded to rankle my mind for the next 50 years.

    Then about a year and half ago it struck me. Not quite ‘right out of the blue’, but nonetheless a realization that was so unexpected that the result was much the same. It gave me real, and serious, pause.

    The sticking point was in the title, “A Spy and his MASTERS.” Hold on just a sec, it occurred to me, how could a spy’s “masters” be anything other than spies themselves? Because if they were NOT masterful spies themselves then the spies who they thought were loyal “employees”, could easily fool them and run the show (which is what being a spy is totally about) without the so-called “Master” being aware that they (not he) were the ones actually in charge.

    Ipso facto, the top guy is a spy. And a good one. Which is not good.


    Dr D
    “I own stuff and will trade it for your stuff.”
    However, in more likely scenario, that I observed in a last few decades but is often dismissed by the promoters of the fairy tale, one side would have said:
    “Yes, but I see you desperate,so I SET THE PRICE OF YOUR STAFF.”
    That is called a “fair market pricing”, starting where one side offers a labor then quickly branches into any other type of exchange.
    Nikola Tesla to Edison:
    “You should be ashamed of yourself.”

    D Benton Smith

    And then Edison said to Tesla, “You should compare your bank account to mine.”

    D Benton Smith

    Slight revision / addendum to my post about Spy Masters.

    Ipso facto, the top guy is a spy. And the top spy acknowledges no Master.

    The Markster

    Thanks for the link to the excellent CTH piece on the Intelligence Branch. The context and background going back to the Patriot Act, then politicizing things under Obama, and the gem about Trump appointments getting derailed by the Senate SSCI put a lot of pieces into place. Obama was simply adding a distinct Chicago gangster vibe to what Bush started. Hope and change indeed.

    Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is a perfect example of the criminality in question, a man whose entire career boils down to doing one thing while saying another as he gets filthy rich off the spoils (e.g. his BS about standing up for cheap drug prices for seniors and internet privacy, when in fact he diligently works to undermine both on the SCCI and through championing Medicare Part D). And just re-elected by a landslide! Winning!

    D Benton Smith

    I think it’s a hoot (in a very dark way) that so many people who make a living by diligently conspiring (in groups large and small) to treat other less “developed” or powerful folk like cattle just can’t get it through their thick skulls that somebody else might actually be doing PRECISELY the same thing to them.

    D Benton Smith

    Professional lying, in other words lying often and well, is an enormous industry. Maybe the biggest of them all.


    Coming Headline:

    “Italy not buying Russian gas! Top officials in Italy today claim that the gas being imported is Italian gas.” ‘The moment we paid for it, or decided to pay for it, or possibly, maybe receive it, it became Italian gas, no matter the source!’ We are still complying with all the EU imposed Russian sanctions!”


    Today’s Yogi tea tag suggestion: One who brings happiness to others will find it.

    Relevant song: And I Thank You!


    Last night at the grocery store, I recognized a homeless dude whom I’d helped out a bit a year or two ago. He and his little terrier still looked strong and healthy. Terrier had a new winter coat. His clothes looked well enough. He still had that manic chip on his shoulder of a psychological misfit. Made me happy to see them looking no worse for the wear. I told him I’d be back from the store in a bit with some stuff for him.

    He wasn’t there when I got back. One doesn’t stand outside a Fred Meyers entrance for long before security runs you off.

    I walked around the corner but found no homeless dude and dog.

    Returning to the storefront where my wife was to pick me up, I saw another homeless dude rummaging through the garbage looking for cashable recyclables and stale food. I gave him the sack with paper towels, roast chicken, potato bread, and peanut butter cookies, and a $5 bill.

    It was so easy for me. Meant so much to him. I walked away wondering who received the greater blessing.

    The Big Picture is unsolvable and dire. I feel no reason to believe we’ll fix it or that our efforts to collectively do so will make it anything but worse. But, like I explained to someone last week, I have two social modes: Let me smile and be kind to you, or get the fuck away from me.

    I left with a smile and the usual tears, clutching something-something Christmas to me like a child’s teddy bear. All we’ve got is all we’ve got, and it seems so inadequate. But it’s something. It’s certainly something more than whatever satisfaction we get from trying to convince each other that we know What’s REALLY Happening, or arguing with each other over what is the One True Reason why humanity is so good at hurting itself and anything within strike range.

    Something-something Xmasy music:



    D Benton Smith

    Never switch horses in the middle of the stream (unless it is drowned dead in a flash flood and laying on top of you).


    US Intelligence Chief Predicts ‘Reduced Tempo’, Waning Morale Of Russian Forces Entering Winter

    “Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines has revealed the United States intel community’s current assessment that it expects the intensity of the Ukraine-Russia war to wane going into the winter months, only to ramp-up again during counteroffensives in the spring.”

    “She further assessed that while the cold winter months will have a greater impact on Russians’ morale…”

    so according to our Director of National Intelligence:
    1.) Russians are demoralized by winter in their own country. Not used to it, apparently.
    2.) The proper time for launching an offensive in Ukraine is in the Spring


    I guess she wants to comment about a mechanized land war in Ukraine without reading anything about the most recent mechanized land war in The Ukraine?

    Just pick a German general’s memoirs. Gudarian, Manstien, whoever. She’d get the stories of entire trucks, tanks, halftracks, horse and cart teams, etc sinking below the surface into 15 foot deep mud. She would see every general referring to Fall and Spring as Mud Season and mentioning a halt to offensive operations. She might even read about a bunch of winter offensives that were launched by both sides once the ground hardened in the Winter.

    But she thinks operations will be suspended UNTIL Spring? UNTIL Mud Season?

    Why would she lie about what is likely to occur this Winter or why would she keep herself this ignorant on something she chooses to speak on?

    “Or does he at some point recognize that he’s incapable of doing what it is he intended to originally and sort of downscale what it is that he’s willing to accept?” – Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines

    I too was wondering how Putin could conceive of accomplishing any military objectives in The Ukraine with triple to quadruple the forces as originally deployed and with The Ukraine’s infrastructure, hardware, and manpower seriously depleted as compared to Feb 2022. Surely, Putin is practicing the tactics of defeat.

    It’d be nice if the Director would at least tell us what he was planning to do, so we can gauge his degree of failure at it.

    “She further assessed that while the cold winter months will have a greater impact on Russians’ morale, she hasn’t seen the Ukrainian side lost their will, despite devastating missile attacks on the national energy grid meant to impose additional collective suffering.”

    If Russia has tons of power and heat and Ukraine does not have much of any through the winter, the Russians will be more greatly comparatively demoralized. And it won’t occur to the Ukrainians that they had water, light, heat, roads, trains, electricity, sewers, and internet for 8+ months, right up until the Kerch and Nordstream incidents. They will draw no conclusions from this. Gotcha.

    “Additionally she underscored that Putin is at this point more keenly aware of Russian forces’ “lack of performance and the fact that they did not accomplish more” but yet still may not be fully accepting of “just how challenged they are” – particularly the poor performance of ammo supply and logistics lines.”

    with a continual hail of missiles and MLRS rockets for 10 months along with daily reports that Russia Has Run Out Of Ammunition for 10 months, Russia’s major setback is ammo supply and logistics lines. THIS is the thing they are “particularly” poor with? Everything else, they’re doing EVEN BETTER?!??!?

    Who is this even for? Who cares if average Americans and Europeans think Russia prefers to launch offensives in the Spring, has bad logistics, has worse morale than Ukraine, can’t handle Winter? Why even bother saying this garbage? Is anyone even listening?

    Why wait to say all this so close to when a Winter offensive would start rolling? It could start THIS WEEK depending on ground conditions, with her “analysis” still fresh in everyone’s mind. Is she TRYING to discredit her agency?


    Afewk posted: (…) When the Taliban began discouraging poppy planting and harvesting, that really was the last straw for the criminal gang that controls America, and they commenced their futile war on the anti-drug Taliban. The pretext for the initial attack was ‘women’s rights’, with a bit of harbouring ‘terrorists’ thrown in.

    Imho, no, not really … as the Taliban did not discourage poppy planting. They destroyed x area poppy fields because prices had sunk desperately low, caused by a glut. Later they expanded somewhat, while prices rose slowly.

    From Brookings, long, sept. 2021:

    “The Taliban’s 2000 ban on opium poppy cultivation was an isolated and likely unsustainable policy move by the Islamist regime. In the post-Taliban era decreases in poppy cultivation and opiate production that periodically took place over the previous two decades have largely been the result of the saturation of global and local drug markets, poppy crop disease, inauspicious weather such as drought, or temporary coercive measures…”

    Heh, sounds like even making excuses for the Taliban, by dragging in many factors (crop disease, etc.) while the motivation was purely financial.

    There was no ‘last straw’, the US, the Taliban, and all others knew this trade would continue, via perhaps some different routes, markets, refineries (mostly in Pakistan), profit margins, etc.

    How Opium profits the Taliban by G. Peters, 2009 is interesting. (Haven’t re-read it, so ?)

    The real scandal is that this agri. crop could not be made legal (as many, incl. the UN, pushed for.) Afgh. could have been the no. 1 producer of legal medecines based on the poppy. The US opposed it.


    New Zealand hospitals are overwhelmed with formerly healthy people, poisoned by the Covid death-vaxx. In NZ it’s now summer!

    Hospitals nationwide remain stretched to their limits

    Covid-19: 34,528 new cases reported over the past week, 418 in hospital
    “There have been 34,528 new cases of Covid-19 reported across Aotearoa over the past week – more than 25% of which were reinfections.”


    @ TBS
    And then Edison said to Tesla, “You should compare your bank account to mine.
    Not what the “law of the market” (fairy tale extract) preach, where creators of the best mouse trap raise to the top, isn’t it.
    Exactly the point of my post.


    ….isn’t it?

    John Day

    I keep folded dollar bills in my pocket when bike riding, and used to recognize/subsidize the pan-handlers on my 11 mile (each way) commute to work, when I worked last year, and all the years before that…
    “Hi Brother, Hi Sister”.

    D Benton Smith

    @kultsommer “Exactly the point of my post.”

    Yup. That’s what I was alluding to. Edison was in it for the dough and Nick was in it for the love of Universe. Avarice pays better financially. Love pays better in every other way.


    The rate of respiratory infection among German children is now approaching 25% !!!

    Dr. D

    The Intelligence Branch ALWAYS takes over the Government Branch. ALWAYS. I don’t think there’s another truism quite so certain anywhere in history. Why? Secrecy no doubt, and Sunlight Is the Best Disinfectant. But it doesn’t really matter why. Don’t allow it. Yet they do, and even now, completely done, with Senator Schumer on National TV saying “The Intelligence Branch doesn’t care who is elected, what the people want, and has 6 ways to Sunday to remove anyone in government.” And the people go: “There’s no Derp State, that’s a Myth!”

    WHEN HE AND EVERYONE HAS SAID SO SINCE KENNEDY. Oh, THREE Kennedys. Dead Kennedys as the song goes.

    Hey, what do you want me to do in this? Tell people?

    Nevertheless, how’s this: So why was the person Schumer was specifically warning, at the direct behest of the threaten-er, still walking around, live and free? Hmmm. Sounds like there are two Derp States and two Intelligence branches.

    Where would they be? How about who’s shooting at the CIA worldwide? Well the LA Times reported the Pentagon’s people were shooting the CIA’s people in Syria. They are largely using the same databases and sources. They read each other’s mail.

    Good thing too, because clearly the People will never, ever believe what they are directly told, on national TV. Somehow they know to believe OTHER things told to them directly on national TV. I clearly didn’t get the memo of which I was supposed to believe and ended up believing the Opposite.

    That’s what gets me with charity. Sure you can DO it, but it seems so ultimately it’s just having no effect. The effect appears to be in changing lives. Which means changing hearts. This only comes from love, not money, money is not a heart thing. This is why Christ can change lives, but he’s not the only one.

    “When Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend.
    Once during such gathering, a man was caught stealing. Whole incident was reported to Bankei. After hearing the case Bankei didn’t took any action and ignored the incident. Just after one day of previous theft same man was caught stealing again. This time other people who were attending the gather demanding his expulsion from gathering. Even this time Bankei didn’t took any action against him.

    Later that day, all people present there drew up a petition, asking for dismissal of thief or else they will all will leave that seclusion. When Bankei read that petition he called everyone before him and said, “You are wise brothers.. You know what’s right and what’s wrong.. You may go somewhere else to study if you wish.. but this poor brother doesn’t even know right from wrong.. Who will teach him if i don’t??

    I am not going to ask him to leave.. I am going to keep him here even if it means that all rest of you leave..”

    Man who was caught stealing was also present there and after listening to Bankei, torrent of tears came down and his all desire to steal was vanished.”

    Why is that? Love and Forgiveness. The desire to live up to the worth and value somebody else believes — or proves — you have. Proves with his sacrifice, not more intellectual bulls–t.

    Or this one:

    Nagarjuna and the Thief – A Zen Buddhist Spiritual Story by Osho

    There are many others, but those outside our own culture we’re much more able to hear.


    ” … many children battling RSV and the flu in Canada right now. The viral illnesses are hitting young patients so hard that children’s hospitals across the country have been overwhelmed.”

    ‘We were rushed into trauma’: A look inside Canada’s RSV and flu crisis

    ‘We were rushed into trauma’: A look inside Canada’s RSV and flu crisis


    Anecdotal field report

    Everyone is reported getting Covid at the wife’s office except her. She has rather bad reactions to any comment about the injection that does not vaccinate, so this was not the time to cite figures, statistics, negative efficacy. But when she exclaimed “Everyone keeps getting sick at the office” I did nod sadly, thoughtfully and say “everyone keeps getting sick.”

    That’s my take these days, when SHE exclaims something, I’ll repeat the most telling words sadly. “Her neuropathy is way worse now.” or “he started having fainting spells” etc

    When her brother got boostered AGAIN and soon after needed shoulder surgery, I wondered aloud, sadly, which arm he got the most recent injection in. Oh boy. Major yelling. “CONSPIRACY THEROY!!” I replied “Hey, it’s just that I Believe In Science” and explained there is a statistically measured incidence of shoulder problems after ALL vaccinations. I offered to pull up the medical/scientific info for her but she declined.

    Still trying to get a job. Coming up on 100 applications, still only 1 interview request. I did notice a feature on the website that shows how many applicants there are. I’m seeing things in job listings like:

    “Posted 2 days ago – 1,545 applicants”


    Something Is Rigged: Unexplained, Record 2.7 Million Jobs Gap Emerges In Broken Payrolls Report



    oh and about the “Posted 2 days ago – 1,545 applicants”

    also from that one: “Urgently Hiring – Hiring 1 candidate for this role”

    I’m feeling way more hopeful about a different one – a temp job hiring 10+ candidates with only 105 people having applied! This may be the one! Hysterical laughter etc.


    In Canada, the story is that children’s hospitals are overwhelmed by the flue +2.
    Covid is not mentioned. Of course, vaccines are still being pushed as the solution.

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