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    Paul Ranson Apple tree with red fruit 1902   • Putin Claims New World Order, Blasts The West For ‘Insane’ Sanctions (ABC/AP) • Putin Says Sanctio
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 18 2022]

    V. Arnold

    Paul Ranson Apple tree with red fruit 1902

    A simple but and lovely painting…

    V. Arnold

    I believe there are a number of us with zero debt, low expenses, and enough cash to survive what’s predicted to happen financially…
    That Putin’s Russia is stronger than the U.S. on most all fronts is the irony of the decade/century…
    President Putin is the worlds pre-emanant leader, which most of the world’s governments seem to recognize…
    A new world order is, indeed, at hand…


    In 1998, the Brent crude price of a barrel of oil fell to 12.8 dollars – its lowest price since 1976. By 2000, it had risen to its highest price – $28.4 – since 1984, beginning the period of oil price volatility which has persisted to this day. After briefly falling back to $24.45 in 2001, the oil price began to rise remorselessly, reaching $54.45 in 2005 – the year global conventional oil production peaked and, coincidentally, the year the UK became a net importer of oil and gas.

    Literal insanity


    If it’s important to pay attention to changes in underlying environmental factors when comparing historical periods, then let’s return to our comparison of the 1970s with the 2020s and consider some numbers. Human population in 1970 stood at about 3.7 billion; today, it’s over twice that, and estimated by the UN to hit 8 billion this month. Global materials use in 1970 stood at less than 30 billion tons annually; today it’s over three times that level, at roughly 100 billion tons. Meanwhile, rising population and resource extraction have had serious impacts on nature. Since the 1970s, the population numbers of wild insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles have declined by 60 to 70 percent on average. A recent study found “a significant decline in average fishery biomass in all observed regions, across all oceans and climate zones.” A third of the Earth’s topsoil has been lost since the 1970s. In short, from a biophysical, ecological point of view, we now inhabit a different world: in just 50 years, we have shifted from relative abundance to relative depletion and scarcity. There’s no reason to regard this shift as mostly the result of a repetitive cyclical process; rather, it makes more sense to think of it as the consequence of a one-time-only profusion of human population, innovation, and consumption enabled by a rapid influx of energy from fossil fuels. This can best be understood as a singular, self-limiting cycle—like a wildfire consuming all available fuel.

    The 1970s Again?


    From RT,

    headline: Ukraine Reveals Huge Weapons Losses

    Ukraine has lost up to 50% of its heavy-weapons stock, including 400 tanks, a top commander, Volodymyr Karpenko, revealed earlier this week amid the ongoing Russian military offensive in his country. In an interview with National Defense Magazine, Karpenko said that “as a result of active combat,” equipment losses have amounted to 30-40%, sometimes up to 50%, compared to pre-conflict levels. So, we have lost approximately 50 percent. … Approximately 1,300 infantry fighting vehicles have been lost, 400 tanks, 700 artillery systems.

    [..] Russia has not revealed its more recent losses – neither of equipment, nor of personnel. Earlier this month, the head of the Russian Duma’s defense committee, Andrey Kartapolov, claimed that, due to changes in military strategy, the Russian Army has “practically ceased to lose people.” That is why, he said, the Defense Ministry has not updated information on the losses since March, when it reported 1,351 military personnel had been killed.


    The ruling elites in every western country ARE Nazis. They showed their true colours the moment they announced the first lockdown. No death camps yet – unless one considers all of eastern Ukraine to be a death camp(or Yemen or Gaza etc…) but it took the German Nazis a decade to start that. It even took them six years to start a war. NATO Nazis succeeded in less than two years.

    So relieved to see that healthy Canadians are now better than North Koreans – we’re allowed to leave our country…sort of…for now.


    How low indeed. Another great Kunstler piece.

    Is it possible to get Drag Queens to make house calls? Asking for a friend.

    After all, why should 6 year olds in the Faggot Factories get to have all the fun?



    Imagine if you will……

    The hair sniffing stumble-bum poop pants muppet “Joe Biden” aka Brandon, talking for 73 minutes in a row.

    Scary, right?

    The collective West is barking dog howling at the moon insane with no real leaders at all in any direction.


    European Commission President Ursula von der Lies Again announced for the first time that the commission recommends “that Ukraine is given candidate status.



    Zelensky in drag as Norma Desmond



    Dr. D

    10 Year 3.5% and dropping down to test the breakout at 3.25%. Very standard, going higher. 30% in 30 years from now?

    “We all know that Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective. We want them to live with us the European dream.”

    No, only half of them wanted that. That’s why you ran the illegal coup, because their actually elected President chose the other team. Now they can live the Euro dream like Romania and Greece, dreaming one day, you too could make $25,000/year while Brussels makes $70,000. And they shut off the heat to your house and liquidate your ports.

    Because it’s a law and we don’t follow those, Ukraine also cannot join because of their financial position. Remember the fabulous, impossible lying Greece and Italy had to pay Goldman Sachs for in order to create the entirely false illusion they were remotely solvent? “The ruler is he who creates the exception.” And all my friends are exempt from the rules, and all my projects too. That’s what “Law” and “Rules” mean: anything I make up from hour to hour.

    “The European Union will incur “losses of at least $400 billion” due to its multiple waves of sanctions imposed on Moscow themselves.”

    Because they haven’t the brains of a sea slug and think “Money” is the “Thing”. Sure, sometimes that might be true, but when that $400Billion is your FOOD AND HEATING OIL, then the losses are 400 Million DEAD. It’s not a monetary loss, it’s a real one. But you’re an economist: just keep living in your fantasy world where everything you don’t like is an “Extraneous factor.” The kind “Nobody saw coming” except like the tech and housing bubbles hundreds of thousands of us on websites like this, writing letters and posting embarrassing articles to every leader.

    I’ve also seen guys point out that Russia didn’t do well, they’re in terrible shape with shortages and 18% inflation. Guys? WE have supply shortages and 18% inflation. Last time I was out, I think everything I saw was 20-30% increase except gas which had doubled.

    To everyone, it’s still 1991, or 1961, and they think that we’re a nation of huge industry, full employment, rising assets, all the kids buy a house at 20. They hate us for our awesomeness, you see.

    “Insuring Russia cannot swallow Ukraine…”

    And how are you going to stop them? You have done literally nothing but weaken your own people, nations, and militaries so far. IF hunger would work, that might be an option. But it patently won’t work, never has worked, no one can calculate a premise by which it would work, but like the Gilet Jeunes high gas and food prices WILL topple all the governments and put Putin in a far STRONGER position, where Lithuania will beg to be a Russian vassal state and ally. Comments on this, Mr. WaPo? Where Democracy Dies in Darkness, and you keep it dark enough to be absolutely sure?

    saying publicly that the administration wanted the Ukrainians to win the war against Russia”

    By sending them nothing, or nothing in time.

    “Ukrainian forces’ unexpected successes early on,”

    What successes were those? I keep hearing about it, and “Russian plans” “Russian losses” but no one can ever name Who What Where When Why. WHERE were they successful ever? HOW do you know? Because with 1/3rd of their country missing and lacking a military at all, they sure don’t look that successful to me. And that was “Early”? We’re only 100 days in. Right now is “early”. If you mean, “When the first shot was fired, Vlad missed because Sacha ducked” then sure, that one bullet was an “early success” with a 100% Russian failure rate. Is THAT what you mean?

    …Clue: they won’t say and never have. That means it didn’t happen, or they would be crowing “We shot down 110 Russian Migs” until the sun burns out. Oh wait: they DID say that, and it was false.

    “We are planning for a long war. We intend to prepare the American people for that, and we are prepared to ask Congress for more money.”

    So they’re willing to fight Russia to the last Nebraskan as well. “I know everyone else will be killed, but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.” –Blackadder …Until the midterms.

    They’re making exorbitant profits, number one.”

    Check your math. If you sold widgets for 100c, and now you sell for 120c, THAT’S JUST BIDEN’S INFLATION. Also, that 20cents buys 20% less than last year, so it’s not as much profit. On the back end, it’s far more likely your input was 80c, for a 20c profit, BUT NOW IS 110c, for a 10c profit. Profit FELL, even as the money you’re getting paid in fell too.

    More likely you have this problem: You, being smart, raised immediately from 100 to 120. You also held your costs to 100 and are making the same 20c profit. Great! BUT SHIPPING ROSE 50%. On the shelves, your product is now not 120 like last year, but 150 (higher 120base + 50% addition in 20c shipping) You have no control over that!

    Next, because the price has risen 50%, SALES COLLAPSE. So sure you make 20% on all the THEORETICAL widgets you sold. BUT YOU’RE NOW SELLING 50% LESS. You factory has fixed costs, and despite a 20% increase in price to cover, you’re at a 50% drop in volume and have shrunk by 30%. Your factory will close and be repossessed, increasing shortages and raising inflation.

    Now this is just in concept, there are a lot of moving factors, but do you see the problem? And this is U.S. companies “Price gouging.” Those bad capitalists! Creating products people want! How Dare They! There are refineries that can’t run at 30% less volume, the machines don’t do that. It causes problems. Trucks don’t deliver 30% empty, they wait.

    If Inflation is “Too much money chasing too few goods” the government’s answer is to print $3 Trillion while SHUTTING DOWN THE ECONOMY. Then when inflation bites, to print $40 Billion more and shut down a pipeline.

    Okay, if we can’t Un-Print the money, and Inflation is “Too much money chasing too few goods” then it seems like our only solution is to…?


    Does “Government” do that? No. They are the #Opposite of creating value, they shut down baby formula factories for contamination that didn’t exist. They close perfectly working pipelines. Only BUSINESSES “Create” things, create goods that people want and need. In other words: YOU. Your work creates the things you use and need. Not them. As if I have to say that.

    They are – of course – doing the exact #Opposite. Adding MORE government, MORE spending, and stopping MORE production by any means they can find. But most especially adding uncertainty and constantly changing the rules (Windfall profits on the 20% inflation they themselves created) so that businesses can’t plan and operate. Then when their actions create more shortages, they can steal more stuff! It’s a perfect solution!

    “Macron Bends to Pressure, Now Says Ukraine ‘Must Win’ War with Russia (Celente)”

    Great! So Russia has to cease to exist now? I’m sure that will calm everything down. At least they’re being honest though: We, the West, are attacking Russia. We, the West, will never stop until one of us has collapsed. Got it! Planning those artillery purchases accordingly, while you plan drag queen hour.

    “Ukraine is resisting. She must be able to win,”

    WHY must she be able to? The CFR General Twitty said “Ukraine cannot win under any circumstances.” They must be able to because you WANTED that, and wished upon a star?

    Macron gave them six guns. Is that a joke? Or an insult? Maybe France only has six guns, which is why they’re sure the West can defeat Russia. Just kidding: he only PROMISED the guns. So they were six non-guns. The Vaporware of governments.

    “Luhansk Gov. Serhiy Haidai told the Associated Press that the visit would not yield progress if the leaders ask Ukraine to sign a peace treaty with Russia that involves giving up territory.”

    Shouldn’t somebody inform Mr. Haidai that he no longer has a province? Like the six guns, he is now Governor of nothing. He’s a healthy fellow: shouldn’t he be at the front?

    “Pro-Ukrainian, but Anti-Nazi (Batiushka)”

    I get very worried when somebody says they’re “Liberating” me. Maximum Helping = Maximum death.

    “1,000 vintage Javelins with dead battery packs will not rescue the Ukrainian army”

    We didn’t care if they had dead battery packs; they’re made of depleted uranium. Do you have any idea how expensive it is to refit or dispose of them? Of COURSE the solution is to give them to somebody else, then “whatevah” as every slav is murdered. Killing Ukrainian “allies” solves two problems at once. In any case, they weren’t meant to explode. Or to win. Nobody cares, it was the last thing on their minds. The plan is Murder. The purpose of the murder is “more murder.”

    Who has the world’s largest warehouse of U.S. Javelins? Russia. Maybe they can sell them back to us. I hear somebody has $40B floating around.

    “The Ukrainian Endgame: An Imperfect Peace Is Better than Endless War (Bandow)”

    Maybe more if that war is 10,000 miles away for you and 0 miles for your enemy.

    “The longer the conflict goes, the more it will devastate Ukraine and undermine the Ukrainian state.”

    Yes, but as a normal person you seem unable to imagine that killing Ukrainians and destroying the state is the PLAN. That’s what they WANT. That is the Purpose. They are only happy when that is happening, and very mad when anything else happens.

    “Ukraine would recover its territory, including that seized in 2014,”

    Wow, “” is pro war and anti self-determination. Just like the UN. Noted.

    “The Biden administration’s plan to sell four large, armable drones”

    Four. Is that a joke? And of course they DIDN’T sell them, it’s vaporware. And Ukraine didn’t BUY them: their payment is vaporware. Can somebody tell the truth around here and not just report things that DIDN’T happen, like the BBC article on the (non) existence of Cholera? So the headline here is “People Talked”. And didn’t do nuffin.

    Technology security reviews are a standard practice for the transfer of U.S. defense articles”

    I mean, yes, but this is why nothing can ever get done. Too busy following “process” and Zooming “committee”.

    “Stephen Colbert Staffers at House Office Charged with Illegal Entry (Fox)”

    Yes but is Colbert being held in solitary until the 2024 elections? Equal treatment under the law.

    “Deflationary Tsunami on Deck: Tidal Wave of Discounts and Crashing Prices (ZH)”

    I know they have their own overhead and cash flow problems but consider taking a page from the ‘70s: Inventory you don’t sell gets MORE valuable every day. The less you sell, the richer you get is the #Oppositeland created by upside-down money. They’re getting rid of their only asset going up while keeping the liabilities of heat and rent. P.S. “Stagflation” is impossible since the only Keynesian reason for inflation is never money-printing — heavens no! — but a red-hot economy. Did I get that right as we go into Stagflation yet again, no one notices, yet again, and no one is discredited and changes their models, yet again?

    “Britain Orders Extradition of Julian Assange to United States (”

    Thank God Britain hired women and minorities so they wouldn’t have these heartless, soulless obedience to the mindless state.

    She and Kamala bringing new love and humanity to government. Rounding up innocent people and sending them to jail for profit.

    Okay, again, what jurisdiction does the U.S. have over a non-citizen not on U.S. soil?

    “The Ruler is the person who decides the exception.” And all my enemies are guilty, all my friends are free. Otherwise, what’s the point really?

    “The @UAW has so much power that it can get the White House to exclude Tesla”

    The ruler sets the exception. That’s how you know who’s in charge. We have no principles, only power. The purpose of power is more power.

    “Red flag laws”

    Yes, we already have those, just like we already have background checks and you can’t buy machine guns. It’s called “Due Process”, where there is a complaint, an investigation, a warrant, an appearance in court, and a ruling. That’s been true since before the U.S. was a country.

    What THEY’RE talking about is A) Someone makes a accusation B) You are presumed guilty with no investigation, no warrants, no appearance, and no rulings, and they take both your rights and property which you can’t get back. The informant has no responsibility or consequences, and full anonymity, so obviously on day two the police themselves are the ones who call in “the tip.”

    Can we have a Red Flag Law to arrest and transfer the properties of people who misuse Red Flag laws? ‘Cause there’s a lot of that going around. Check “Divorce Court.”

    Police are so trustworthy on this that Civil Forfeiture by police is like 5x the cost of all burglaries combined. That is, you’re more likely to be robbed by police than anybody else. With a record like that, I’m sure we can trust them with disarming everyone in their own homes and not giving those $1k guns for their kids or nothin’.

    Global materials use in 1970 stood at less than 30 billion tons annually; today it’s over three times that level, at roughly 100 billion tons. …the 1970s, the population numbers of wild insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles have declined by 60 to 70 percent on average. … A third of the Earth’s topsoil has been lost since the 1970s.”

    Pretty sure all these are totally false and pretty easy to prove. The problem being, 87.3% of all science is just made up to please their donors. Who would you trust?

    But you’re saying there are near-zero animals on earth. There is essentially no topsoil and therefore no crops are grown. …Um, I don’t think so? Maybe if you live in New Jersey?

    And what is the cause of this problem: 80 years of non-stop tax incentives SOLELY for growth. Non-stop tax penalties SOLELY for either production or for idle land. Non-stop money printing for the SOLE purpose of creating unnecessary production of unnecessary goods no one needed or could afford otherwise. The jet-people who created these rules and won’t change them are the same people releasing these numbers that say we should also kill all the humans to solve this problem. But never, EVER stop the 90:10 tax incentives for production and never, EVER stop printing fake money that causes useless and misery-making production. I think I can tell a scam when I see one.

    If I should EVER, in my whole life, see a single law that would allow an acre of idle land to be left alone and not immediately confiscated for being Idle and “non-productive” (i.e. “wild”) I will throw such a party you will be able to hear it from wherever you are. And it will bankrupt me. But I have nothing to fear since incentivizing land to be be “undeveloped”, wild, and natural will never happen. Or at least not so long as Davos, WEF, World Bank, the United States and the EU still exist in any form. Not so long as any of the scientists on any of these papers are still living in 6-digit flats at Oxford, as far from the natural world as it is possible to be on planet earth.

    Call me when anyone is serious about such things and can also stop lying. Don’t worry: that will never happen either. The telephones themselves will have gone out from national and economic collapse long before we attempt to admit and align to non-stimulus and non-production. We’ll just have to do it ourselves. Without such patent self-serving liars as “Scientists” and “Governments.”


    Remember the limbo?

    How Low Can You Go?

    How Low Can You Go?
    June 17, 2022
    A very good essay. A must read of the list of what is going wrong.
    1. “to weaken Russia”
    2. all the cover stories are falling apart.

    The new Disinfo Task Force, led by Veep Kamala Harris

    Add my list

    Whoever swallows up Ukraine will get indigestion.
    Too many broken windows to repair.
    Russia has emptied its warehouses and disposed of unwanted explosives, to make room for newer war materials.
    Governments politicians and workers help and protect the 1%
    How Far Can Governments Reach?

    The British government has ordered the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States,
    The 50-year-old Australian, Mr Assange’s years-long battle to avoid facing trial in the US
    I’ll fix it.
    Ukraine Reveals Huge Weapons Losses to get more donations by claiming that they are paupers.
    Who can misuse Red Flag laws?
    Trudeau – war measure act – seize bank accounts
    USA – Seize Russian yaucht
    Ukraine – don’t need no law – all civilians are combatants

    John Day

    @Formerly T-Bear from last night, commenting on “ersatz” phase of synthetic-“reality” (Cheney/Rove).
    I feel that a an actual “zeitgeist” (time-spirit) is different from the attempts to creat an ersatz “noble lie”, that zeitgeist is the antithesis of the “noble lie”. My feeling is that zeitgeist takes some very long naps, but that it is awake again, like in 1967.

    @VP Gary and pursuant to above comments on “ersatz” and “zeitgeist”. There is such a loss of control of the “official narrative” that it results in kangaroo-court 1/6/21 hearings having too much unapproved pro-Trump information to be shown to Americans. I think we need to keep respectfully and reliably presenting truth, and reasonable hypotheses, to the best of our abilities.
    People tell me that they appreciate my attempts.


    Deflationary Tsunami On Deck: A “Tidal Wave” Of Discounts And Crashing Prices

    “There are going to be discounts like you’ve never seen before.”

    That is nothing ….. wait until you need to settle grandmas estate ….. you will need to get a dumpster


    That Veritas video, I have heard the word “like” used so much in a conversation. Enough already.

    Formerly T-Bear

    John Day at 109935

    I had given you the best answer I could, twas insufficient by appearance. The truth you seek is a mirage, a deception but that is strictly your affair and the beauty of each having their own search to conduct whether successfully or not. All the best.

    John Day

    @Formerly T-Bear. No offense intended, and I asked no question of you, just trying to have a little whimsy with the comment about “economics being the discipline where the majority is always wrong.”

    I said: “I feel that an actual “zeitgeist” (time-spirit) is different from the attempts to creat an ersatz “noble lie”, that zeitgeist is the antithesis of the “noble lie”. My feeling is that zeitgeist takes some very long naps, but that it is awake again, like in 1967.

    You said: “The truth you seek is a mirage, a deception but that is strictly your affair and the beauty of each having their own search to conduct whether successfully or not.”

    From that I might presume that you have a materialistic worldview.
    Is that right or wrong?
    If we have different worldviews in this way, then we can make that clear.
    You have stated a conclusion that you reached as an absolute, without explaining assumptions or logical processes.

    John Day

    “New Work Order” blog post. no picture today…

    ​Vladimir Putin gave a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum yesterday, about which we will hear more in coming days.​
    ​Unipolar Order Has Ended, West Headed For “Change Of Elites” As Russia Emerges Stronger
    ​..​He declared the end of the unipolar world as we know it, saying, “Over the past decades, new powerful centers have been formed on the planet […] each of them develops their own political system and public institutions, implements their own models of economic growth, and, of course, has the right to protect themselves, to ensure national sovereignty. We are talking about real processes, about truly revolutionary, tectonic changes in geopolitics, global economy, the technological sphere, in the entire system of international relations”.​..
    ​..Currently France holds the rotating EU presidency. It’s leader Macron said while in Kiev of EU candidacy status, “This status will be accompanied by a roadmap and will also involve taking into account the situation in the Balkans and the neighboring area, notably Moldova.”​ [Red-Flag Warning]​
    ​ ​While putting forward Mo​l​dova, absent was any mention of Georgia​ (which is not lining up hard against Russia, due to prior experiences) ​, which is not being considered, angering Georgian leaders who have lashed out at Brussels.​..
    ..Vladimir Putin in statements issued the same day as von der Leyen’s EU candidacy preliminary approval announcement stressed the growing ‘cost’ to Europe over its intransigent pro-Ukraine position and anti-Russia sanctions. He estimated that the European Union will incur “losses of at least $400 billion” due to its multiple waves of sanctions imposed on Moscow.

    ​Transcript of Putin’s ​St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Plenary Session Address:

    President Putin: St Petersburg International Economic Forum Plenary session

    ​RT take on Putin’s keynote address: (The point is made that Europe has been colonized. A path out of that is implied.)
    ​New centers of power have emerged, the unipolar world order isn’t coming back, and the “colonial” way of thinking has failed, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday
    ​ “Truly revolutionary, tectonic changes in geopolitics, the global economy, in the technological sphere, in the entire system of international relations,” are “fundamental, pivotal and inexorable,” Putin said. “And It is a mistake to suggest that one can wait out the times of turbulent change and that things will return to normal; that everything will be as it was. It will not.”​ …​
    ​..​“The European Union has completely lost its political sovereignty, and its bureaucratic elites are dancing to someone else’s tune, accepting whatever they are told from above, causing harm to their own population and their own economy,”​ …​
    ​..​“Such a detachment from reality, from the demands of society, will inevitably lead to a surge of populism and the growth of radical movements, to serious social and economic changes, to degradation and, in the near future, to a change of elites​.​”
    ​..​ If there is famine in the world’s poorest countries, “this will be entirely on the conscience of the US administration and the European bureaucracy.”
    ​ ​Troubles with food supply have arisen over the past several years – not months – due to the “short-sighted actions of those who are accustomed to solving their problems at someone else’s expense,” distorting the trade flows by printing money in a sort of “predatory colonial policy,” Putin said.
    ​ ​Russia is ready to send food to Africa and the Middle East, where the threat of famine is most acute, but faces “logistical, financial, transport” obstacles imposed by the West​.​..
    ​..​“All the objectives of the special military operation will be unconditionally achieved,” Putin said…
    (Perhaps looking at Germany, France and Italy)​ ​“Truly sovereign states are always committed to equal partnerships,” while “those who are weak and dependent, as a rule, are busy looking for enemies, planting xenophobia, or finally losing their originality, independence, blindly following the overlord”

    ​ ​Deputy Head of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev took to Telegram on Wednesday and conveyed his doubts about Ukraine still being around in two years.​ ​​He referred to a post saying that Ukraine “seeks to get LNG from its overseas sponsors under lend-lease and pay for it in two years,” because otherwise “it will just freeze” next winter. “The only question is, who says that Ukraine will still exist in two years?”

    John Day

    ​ Planned disruptive crisis, or just extreme incompetence? Sri Lankan crisis presents a chance for the “new-new-world-order” to perform an impressive rescue.
    Sri Lanka’s woes trace to depleted foreign currency reserves, ill-timed tax cuts, loss of tourism dollars and disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic. In the agriculture sector, policy missteps have also played a role. In April 2021, the government, led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, banned synthetic fertilizer imports to push the country toward organic farming.
    But without adequate preparation, the plan backfired. Sri Lanka’s entire agricultural chain — around a third of the labor force and 8% of gross domestic product — faced disruptions. Export earnings from tea, a key revenue source, dried up…
    ..President Rajapaksa said the synthetic fertilizer ban was intended to increase the income of farmers by providing them with sustainable and cheaper alternatives. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, he acknowledged problems with execution.
    “Our organic fertilizer manufacturers didn’t have the capacity, but I was not informed,” he said. “I didn’t get the support from people who were responsible.”
    Without a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, many worry that Sri Lanka could now go the way of Venezuela, with an essentially worthless currency causing hardship for years to come…
    ..The situation has turned desperate for poorer Sri Lankans. Amaraweera, the agriculture minister, has urged people to grow crops at home, saying it’s the only solution to the crisis. For the next three months, the government has given state employees Fridays off from work to tend to their gardens…
    ..Jayavardhana Pridarshani, a mother of four who lives in Hambantota, a stronghold of the ruling Rajapaksa dynasty, said her family used to eat fish or eggs daily. These days, they can only afford to have those items once a month. She said schools have stopped serving meals to students and fishermen rarely go out to sea because of fuel shortages, even though there’s an abundance of fish.
    “Children here, including mine, are suffering from fatigue and weakness,” she said, adding that a doctor had warned that those were symptoms of protein deficiency.

    Re-post of the story about Chinese health-pasports turning RED if you try to go to your bak to ask questions about why you can’t get your money.

    This may have been a big part of the lockdown in Shanghai, to buy some time to sort through this.
    There’s a run on Chinese banks and it’s being ignored by the world

    John Day

    ​Moon of Alabama thinks the US/NATO needs to escalate the war narrative in a desperate bid to maintain control. This could be in Moldova’s ethnic-Russian-protectorate, Transnistria, or it could be in Syria. He thinks Iran would be too much of a risk as a theater of war.
    Ukraine – The U.S. Is Moving Towards Escalation
    The catastrophic economic consequences of the ‘western’ proxy war with Russia are setting in. As a result the high inflation, caused by supply side constrains due to sanctions and far too much spending, will ruin the middle classes of many countries.
    To those who did not wear blinders and who knew of the real economies of the ‘west’ and Russia this was very predictable and predicted:
    The U.S. is pushing its European ‘allies’ to commit economic suicide by sanctioning everything Russia. The U.S. should be more careful. It is one of the biggest buyers of Russian oil and its aircraft industry depends on titanium from Russia. Russia surely knows who is trying to hurt it the most and it surely knows how, and has the means to, hurt back.
    The hurt has not at all reached its peak. This winter will be very difficult for Europe. Poor countries are even worse off. Many will experience hunger crises and riots.

    ​ ​The Kiev authorities would very much like to open a military front in Transnistria, but such a development would be “the end of Moldova”, Russian Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said this in an interview with TASS on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Wednesday.

    Stir up something in Russia’s far east, perhaps? North Korea is right there, and those disputed islands that Japan and Russia both claim.
    ​ ​Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Wednesday he plans to attend the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid later this month. Kishida blasted the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, accusing Moscow of violating the “order of the world” with its actions.
    ​ ​“I intend to make an appeal that changing the status quo unilaterally by force is unacceptable anywhere in the world and that security in Europe is inseparable from security in Indo-Pacific,” Kishida said during a news conference. “Russia’s invasion violates the peace and order of the world and can never be tolerated.”
    ​ ​While Kishida is set to become the first Japanese PM to ever attend a NATO summit, he won’t be the only leader from the Asia-Pacific region to join the event, the secretary general of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, revealed as he spoke ahead of a ministerial NATO meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.
    ​ ​“For the first time in our history we will invite our Asia-Pacific partners, the prime ministers of New Zealand, Australia, Japan and also the president of South Korea will participate in the NATO Summit, which is a strong demonstration of our close partnership with these like-minded countries in the Asia-Pacific.”

    John Day

    ​ Wigs sends this analysis of well organized information about US bioweapons labs in Ukraine, testing on mentally-ill Ukrainians, and widespread diseases, like hepatitis spreading in local populations.​ This is collected, organized and released through the Russian ministry of Defense.
    Russian Ministry of Defense Release on US Biological Activity in Ukraine 06/16/22

    (Nobody will notice; they’re already crazy…)
    ​ ​Employees of the lab in the village of Sorokovka in Kharkov region tested highly active neuromodulators that caused irreversible damage to the central nervous system as part of the US military bio programme, Lt. Gen. Igor Kirillov, the head of the radiation, chemical and biological defense of the Russian Armed Forces, said.
    ​ ​Sorokovka hosted a branch of the Merefa laboratory, built at the expense of the Pentagon, he said. In Merefa, laboratory staff performed experiments on patients from psychiatric clinics in Kharkov.—russian-defense-ministry-1096382173.html

    John Day

    What, they’re Still Dying?​
    ​​ Fifth largest life insurance company in the US paid out 163% more for deaths of working people ages 18-64 in 2021 –
    Total claims/benefits up $6 BILLION
    ​ ​Company cites “non-pandemic-related morbidity” and “unusual claims adjustments” in explanation of losses from group life insurance business:
    Stock falling, replaces CEO

    ​ Must-get-protection-from-lawsuits…
    FDA Risk-Benefit Analysis Hides ‘Bad Data’ on Moderna Shots for Kids
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s risk-benefit document in connection with the Moderna mRNA shot in kids is dishonest, and evidence that the public health establishment has abandoned science, logic, reason, rationality, empathy, health and medicine.
    ​ ​The risks of COVID-19 are so low in the childhood population that there were ZERO severe cases of COVID-19 in either the treatment or the control group.​ (The study proved nothing, but was unanimously accepted with smiles/handshakes.)​
    ​ ​Therefore, the number needed to vaccinate, to prevent a single severe case of COVID-19 in the childhood population, is infinity. (Technically it’s undefined because you cannot divide by zero​.​)
    ​ ​The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC guidance documents for how to write a risk-benefit assessment state that one must provide a number needed to treat, the absolute risk reduction, and the relative risk reduction.
    Moderna just skipped all that because the cartel makes its own rules.
    ​ ​Moderna is in a race against natural immunity. But natural immunity has already won because 74.2% of kids had natural immunity by February — so by now, the number is probably closer to 100%.​ ​

    Moderna to Study Its COVID Vaccine in Babies as Young as 3 Months

    Moderna to Study Its COVID Vaccine in Babies as Young as 3 Months + More

    ​Jessica Rose Ph.D.
    I don’t think it’s Myocarditis, I think it’s injection-induced Cardiac Amyloidosis
    ​ ​I will be submitting this for peer-reviewed publication
    Cardiac Amyloidosis or Stiff Heart Syndrome is caused by deposits of abnormal proteins in the heart tissue. This results in the heart ceasing to function properly due to the replacement of normal heart muscle tissue with amyloids. Cardiac Amyloidosis is associated with thick heart walls and large atria. It can affect electrical conductivity resulting in arrhythmias and heart block .

    John Day

    Dr.D said: ‘Macron gave them six guns. Is that a joke? Or an insult? Maybe France only has six guns, which is why they’re sure the West can defeat Russia. Just kidding: he only PROMISED the guns. So they were six non-guns. The Vaporware of governments.”

    France was more resourceful and gave Ukraine a lot of destroyed cluster-bomblet ammunition for those guns, brought it back from the ether after destroying it under lawful treaty obligations, so it could be used on the civilians of Donetsk, which it has been.
    Now it is doubly destroyed.
    Double entry.
    Win coming and going…

    Formerly T-Bear

    John Day at 109939

    Formerly T-bear did not say:

    What followed was what I did say, using Zeitgeist = Spirit of the Age and enumerating a number of matters Ersatz = substitutes, fake as the adjective. It is entirely understandable why anyone would prefer some other Zeitgeist. Unfortunately that was not the subject of my efforts.

    Truth is a mirage, it can evaporate upon approach. Things are either true or not and are not fungible between those conditions. Once a great debate took place, whether stones fell from the sky. Those witnessing such asserted the truth that they did. Those not witnessing that event held the truth stones did not fall from the sky. Both sides assuredly held to their truth which once true facts were known, the truth evaporated for one set and was assured the other. That is what I referred to as the mirage of truth. Your definitions may differ.

    Some exception is taken to the necessity of subjugation to your classification – materialistic worldview, particularly when coupled with judgmental right or wrong, all on a presumption. Better you guess the answer.

    Trust the above will settle some of your troubles. Thanks


    Under capitalistic rules, an extraordinary deflation is on our doorstep. But….. as asset prices drop, as we have seen in the past few years, Blackrock or others will step in with government backing to buy up “undervalued” assets. Those selling will receive ever inflating dollars due to the bailout. You own nothing and will be, er, happy.
    Is there any place to hide? Even an underground economy will be “busted”, especially if you’re holding a smart phone. And what could be more indicative of criminal intent, than not owning a smartphone?


    “Don’t let people know what you have in reserve.”
    If Siri or Alexa are listening, talk about the weather.
    Learn to encode. 😉

    It’s said loose lips can sink a ship.
    If yours is carrying gold,
    Don’t shoot your mouth off at the hip-
    Protect what’s in your hold.


    The story the Western media whores will not tell is going to be the dozens of Empire of Lies bio-weapons labs in Ukraine were actually testing bio-weapons on the Ukraine population, especially ethnic Russians.

    War crimes don’t begin to cover the monstrosity of this act.

    The Zelensky fanbuttboy choir will try to spin it but the Ukronazis probably have Dr Mengele T-shirts and hats and tattoos celebrating it.



    @Formerly T-Bear: “Truth is a mirage, it can evaporate upon approach.”

    It seems to me that the Truth is tangible unlike a belief which is a “mirage”. Belief is more than a mirage, it is a tool of manipulation/creation (for positive and negative purposes). When employed/deployed by the mind, with the help of the other centers of human intelligence (feeling/emotion and implementation/action) – belief can move into tangibility/reality.

    The concept of actively leveraging belief came to my direct attention in the 70’s (during high school). My dad gave me a copy of the book “Think and Grow Rich” . In it author Napoleon Hill says “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve”. Powerful stuff at the time, and “successful” people where all over it.

    Belief, faith, hope – are the slippery slope. Truth holds on firm ground until proven otherwise.

    Today’s selection Paul Ranson Apple tree with red fruit 1902 is a joy in color. The wispy trees and plants are inviting and playful. A lovely mirage.

    LOVE to All.

    Veracious Poet

    I think we need to keep respectfully and reliably presenting truth, and reasonable hypotheses, to the best of our abilities.

    Unfortunately, at least 50% of gen pop thinks they can achieve their CULTural dreams, speak truth to power, REAL reality be damned!

    I present, the mirage of truth:

    The Miss Universe organization is facing strong backlash for claiming that men can menstruate.

    This week, the Miss Universe organization pushed a message that biological males who transition to transgender women are capable of menstruation. The messaging was shared on the Miss Universe Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – which have nearly 20 million followers in total.


    Not much different than testing mRNA on babies, but with a spineless mass formation psychosis population of Sheeple livestock, perfectly understandable.

    Aything goes, Nothing matters.

    That will replace “Arbeit macht frei” over the gates of the New Concentration Camps.

    German philologist Lorenz Diefenbach in 1873 he wrote a novel called Arbeit macht frei.

    It was a beautiful story about finding a path to virtue through labor.

    Auschwitz : Infamous “Work Will Set You Free” Sign Stolen from Nazi Death Camp

    Must have gone to the Ukraine



    Replaced with “wolk makes you flee.”



    Mark Shields, PBS’s pundit extraordinary, has died at 85. He was in my generation and he too served in the US military. I watched him from day one on PBS. I believed, until 2016, when it became obvious that Hillary Clinton wanted a war with Russia. She got it. He never changed. On both sides of the proxy world war, the propagandists still believe, despite being exact contradictions of each other. Truth and justice have disappeared. It has gotten to the point that a world war, illness, hunger, early death, inflation in energy costs, and deflation of store warehoused goods are inevitable because the cascading problems will never be addressed since the rich profiteering off everyone else is the only game left. Western democracies were dismantled. Public Health, Public Education and Public Safety all gone.

    Formerly T-Bear

    Susmarie108 at 109954

    You apparently did not read or comprehend what I wrote above at 109948. No mention of belief was made but had belief been mentioned it would have been categorised as either illusional or delusional in nature.

    My opinion is that your opinion expressed is inane foolish blather but somewhere there is a universal constitutional right involved to express one’s opinion. Trust this acknowledges your reply.


    @Formerly T-Bear:

    There was no mention of belief, and that was my point. It seems to me that many confuse belief with truth/fact; what is missing is discernment. Chasing beliefs can be positive and or negative, leading to illusion/delusion or some new awareness.

    You said truth is a mirage and I respectfully disagreed. Truth is truth. Belief is a mirage. Depends which “track” you are on.

    It seems we are saying the same thing just from different perspective.


    Good write up by Dr D. Kunstler was v. good. I only read him when recommended, so found this piece beeeter than other pieces I have read.

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