November 1, 2022 at 7:19 pm #119866
Times get weirder.
Yesterday a young woman was doing a ‘survey’ on Covid. Asked me whether I had been affected by Covid.
“Yes, Covid destroyed this community. Well, actually it wasn’t Covid that destroyed this community because Covid doesn’t exist. It was the government’s policies that destroyed this community.
You have to understand that Adern isn’t the prime minister. She is an agent of the World Economic Forum. And she has made a personal fortune out of destroying NZ. We’re not sure exactly how much but it’s something like 25 to 30 million dollars in personal gains via kickbacks and secret deals. You see, she did a secret deal with Pfizer. and now thousands of people have been killed by the fake vaccines. We’re not sure how many. Maybe four thousand in NZ at this point. That’s their plan, to destroy NZ. And they’re succeeding. Every time you go to the supermarket you get a nasty shock. And it’s going to get a lot worse. I hope you are prepared for what’s coming.
By the way, someone must be paying you to do this survey.”
“Yes, it’s a company called xxx. People who have been affected by Covid are offered counselling.”
Disaster capitalism at work.November 1, 2022 at 7:20 pm #119867Armenio PereiraParticipant
In order to overcome judgment, a human needs to suspend/stop thinking, and here is where free will – or lack of thereof – comes into play: one can’t simply stop thinking as long as one remains a going concern.November 1, 2022 at 7:24 pm #119868
Thank you, John Day.November 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm #119869
Farming has been considered the ‘backbone of the NZ economy] for decades.
‘But first, there was another sizeable fall in dairy prices at the auction earlier today. Overall prices fell another -3.9% in USD terms, and on the rising Kiwi dollar, prices were down a substantial -6.6% in NZD terms. These falls are mounting up now. Very weak Chinese demand, including from their foodservice industry is kneecapping these commodities. SMP was down -8.5%, WMP was down -3.4%. All this is happening despite falling global milk production. Overall prices are now back to levels we last had in January 2021 with the bull run well faded. We are down -30% from the peak in March 2022. Non-one is talking about a “commodity super-cycle” anymore. In fact, farm gate payout forecasts will undoubtedly start to be trimmed now for the upcoming season.’
Funny how the price of dairy products in supermarkets do not reflect the massive fall in international prices,
How do people go broke? Slowly at first. And then very suddenly.November 1, 2022 at 7:40 pm #119870Armenio PereiraParticipant
Mme. Lagarde can’t be sacked:
a) She’s a useful clown; and, doubleplusgood
b) she’s of the feminine persuasion.
We have clowns aplenty, but most females – being primarily pragmatic, thus keenly aware of the importance of self-respect- usually shun the clown role: to TPTB, the few female clowns around are highly valuable.November 1, 2022 at 7:40 pm #119871Michael ReidParticipant
Missiles Bring Ukraine to Catastrophe, Russia Advance in Vuhledar, Erdogan Tries to Save Grain DealNovember 1, 2022 at 7:48 pm #119872
Weaponized Government Failures is up A lot of it is addressed here today.
Alastair Crooke, They Rule Over Dysfunctional Ruin, but They Rule
Crooke unpacks the shifts in global governance patterns, alliances, strategy and tactics here, in the dysfunctional-never-fixed post-2008 western world.
The “creative class” of limousine-liberals (“managerial technocrats”) rules for the oligarchs, abandoning the working-class, in favor of a broad coalition of special-identity constituencies.
This necessitates a marginalization of the “middle class”, the economically-productive-class. Their needs and demands can also be ignored, though, reducing costs.
In the declining real economy, the model of value-extraction-from-assets dominates. There is no actual investment in production. Even oil refineries are not being refurbished, let alone built. This is short-termism. That term may be ending very soon. It may be starting to crumble.
Since government is failing, notably in some cities, “weaponized government failure” is directed against political opponents and those who actually demand the city-services for which they are paying. The cities can be managed despite the flight of this productive group of people, but keeping enclaves of the very wealthy and large populations of the poor, who rely upon government support, no matter how bad their lives become.
“Governance” is a task for effective governments. It is being abandoned, to “rule” over the needy and un-demanding, while serving the few elite lords.
This is apparent in Europe, as well as in the US. not all oligarchs are in agreement. The tightening of monetary-policy is taking a toll on the models of some oligarchs worse than others. This may be an elite power struggle, which seems appropriate. The current ruling-coalition is operating on a cancerous model of consuming anything which remains healthy and living. Perhaps things will get much worse before there is a shift to a more constructive economy.
This destruction of economic demand is not in a form that serves society. We can do much more with less, since less appears to be the future in store for all of us. We could make things that last 20 years again, instead of 3 years…
“You Murderous Hypocrites”: Outrage Ensues After The Atlantic Suggests ‘Amnesty’ For Pandemic Authoritarians
The Atlantic has come under fire for suggesting that all the terrible pandemic-era decisions over lockdowns, school closures, masking, and punishing an entire class of people who questioned the efficacy and wisdom of taking a rushed, experimental vaccine – for a virus with a 99% survival rate in most, should all be water under the bridge.
“We need to forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID,” writes Brown Professor Emily Oster – a huge lockdown proponent, who now pleads from mercy from the once-shunned…
..One cannot help but notice that the timing of the Atlantic’s appeal for passive forgetfulness coincides with the swiftly approaching midterm elections, in which polls suggest a much greater chance of a conservative upset than Democrats previously expected. Though the Atlantic doesn’t admit it, there is a growing political backlash to the last two years of meaningless lockdowns and mandates, and Democrats were instrumental in the implementation of both. A large swath of the population sees one party as the cause of much of their covid era strife.
Perhaps the mainstream media is suddenly realizing that they may have to face some payback for their covid zealotry? “We didn’t know! We were just following orders!” It all sounds rather familiar.
Peter McCullough MD points out that for those who have recovered from COVID, the vaccine-products provide only risk, very real risk, including heart attack, stroke, paralysis, pulmonary embolism and death. Many of these stem from widespe=read induction of blood-clotting for months after one of these injections. Don’t get another, right?
Vaccinating After Recovering from COVID-19, Begging for Trouble with Blood Clots
https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/vaccinating-after-recovering-fromNovember 1, 2022 at 7:49 pm #119873
Revealed: The Former Israeli Spies Working In Top Jobs At Google, Facebook And Microsoft:
A MintPress study has found that hundreds of former agents of the notorious Israeli spying organization, Unit 8200, have attained positions of influence in many of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon.
The Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) Unit 8200 is infamous for surveilling the indigenous Palestinian population, amassing kompromat on individuals for the purposes of blackmail and extortion. Spying on the world’s rich and famous, Unit 8200 hit the headlines last year, after the Pegasus scandal broke. Former Unit 8200 officers designed and implemented software that spied on tens of thousands of politicians and likely aided in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Overly optimistic? The PC Warriors Strike Back!
Musk Neuters Twitter ‘Ministry Of Truth’ Ahead Of Midterms
Elon Musk just did that to Twitter’s content moderation thought police with just weeks to go before midterms – cutting the number of employees who can access censorship tools from hundreds to around 15 people last week, and reducing their ability to influence discussion on the platform…
..They also won’t be able to banish highly credentialed doctors and researchers posting divergent Covid-19 narratives.
All but the most ‘high-impact violations set for manual review’ will remain on the platform, according to people familiar with the matter…
..On Monday, Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of safety and integrity, tweeted on Monday that the company was addressing an increase in offensive posts.
“Since Saturday, we’ve been focused on addressing the surge in hateful conduct on Twitter. We’ve made measurable progress, removing more than 1500 accounts and reducing impressions on this content to nearly zero,” he wrote, adding “We’re primarily dealing with a focused, short-term trolling campaign.”
Brazilian President Bolsonaro entered office due to backing by the military, big business and global finance. He has apparently been narrowly defeated by former President Lula, who spent a long time in jail after lawfare attacks upon him, which were later reversed.
It is likely that oligarchic alliances in Brazil, backing these two candidates, are different from the alliances we have in the US or Europe. The truckers, to whom Bolsonaro has been a patron, are striking and blocking roads until they hear from him. He’s publicly silent, but currently meeting with heads of the Brazilian military forces.
The completely-electronic voting system in Brazil is open to suspicion. Such systems can be “audited”, but not actually Audited.
Again, it is hard to know whose interests will be served here. Both presidential candidates seem to have about the same globalist-approved finance ministers.
Pepe Escobar has the view that Lula is back, and is skilled and thoughtful, one of the original founders of the BRICS group, which now supports the bid for a new global trade currency and format. He promises to serve one 4 year term, 2023 through 2026. As above, that remains to actually be seen at ground level.
Comeback kid Lula in the eye of a volcano
THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY is quietly broadening its efforts to curb speech it considers dangerous, an investigation by The Intercept has found. Years of internal DHS memos, emails, and documents — obtained via leaks and an ongoing lawsuit, as well as public documents — illustrate an expansive effort by the agency to influence tech platforms.
“Platforms have got to get comfortable with gov’t. It’s really interesting how hesitant they remain,” Microsoft executive Matt Masterson, a former DHS official, texted Jen Easterly, a DHS director, in February.
In a March meeting, Laura Dehmlow, an FBI official, warned that the threat of subversive information on social media could undermine support for the U.S. government. Dehmlow, according to notes of the discussion attended by senior executives from Twitter and JPMorgan Chase, stressed that “we need a media infrastructure that is held accountable.” (er, “November 1, 2022 at 7:50 pm #119874
How did NATOstan nations end up with actors as ‘political leaders’?
They wanted escalation. And they have got it. And now they are in a panic.
We were swimming in an ocean of lies. Now we’re drowning in an ocean of lies.November 1, 2022 at 7:52 pm #119876
The Japanese government decided to officially screw the sanctions, and remain involved in the (formerly Exxon-led) Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project in Russia, as it seeks a stable supply of energy (who doesn’t) despite international sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, the Nikkei reported…
..ExxonMobil, which held a 30% stake in Sakhalin-1, announced in March that it would withdraw from the project. But after vacillating for more than half a year, Japan decided not to follow in Exxon’s footsteps.
Meanwhile, Russia set up a new company to take over the project under a presidential decree that has in effect forced investors to choose sides. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is a stakeholder in Tokyo-based Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development — which owns 30% of Sakhalin-1’s current operator – along with other investors including Itochu, Japan Petroleum Exploration and Marubeni…
As a result of the chaos, operations at Sakhalin-1 have been virtually shut down, and Japan has imported no oil originating from the project recently, so losing its stake will not have an immediate impact on the country’s fuel supply.
Russia has transferred operations of the Sakhalin-2 natural gas project to a new company as well. Japanese investors Mitsui & Co. and Mitsubishi Corp. decided to retain their stakes in the project, and their continued investment has been approved by the Russian government.
Translation: the upcoming G-20 will be rather awkward as Japan’s PM Fumio Kushida, an anchor pillar of the G7 in Asia, may decide to sit at the table next to Xi and Putin.
This may be a cover-story if some American soldiers have already been captured in Ukraine and need to be traded-out.
“A small number of U.S. military forces inside Ukraine have recently begun doing onsite inspections to ensure that Ukrainian troops are properly accounting for the Western-provided weapons they receive, a senior U.S. defense official told Pentagon reporters Monday”.
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pentagon-confirms-us-boots-ground-ukraine-close-front-linesNovember 1, 2022 at 7:58 pm #119878
Quoth AFKTT: “Yes, it’s a company called xxx. People who have been affected by Covid are offered counselling.”
What can you answer to an innocent employee, such as this? You did already make your statement.
Armenio Perira said: “In order to overcome judgment, a human needs to suspend/stop thinking, and here is where free will – or lack of thereof – comes into play: one can’t simply stop thinking as long as one remains a going concern.”
One can step back from “believing everything he thinks”, though.
🙂November 1, 2022 at 8:19 pm #119880my parents said knowParticipant
Israel has an election today, and Netanyahu- whom Avigdor Liberman calls “the scum of the earth” wants back in. Netanyahu talked to Putin on a regular basis, but now has to denounce him for the Ukrainian-background vote. So why would Liberman be on the Ukrainian hit list?
Israel sure has been laying low lately.
I’m not going to waste time or energy on active vengeance with my (now somewhat cooler) friends and family. I only look at my grand- nieces and nephews and feel very, very sad. I haven’t been back to my two-masks/ face shield/ nitrile gloved doctor for two years, however. I can’t bear to think she has likely injected tykes.
Good heavens, people! Oster is dipping a toe in the water. Rochelle W was just on CSPAN telling us what to do in the “next Covid surge”. It’s not over.
While we are studying their fake reality, they are creating another one.November 1, 2022 at 8:39 pm #119881
mpsk: “While we are studying their fake reality, they are creating another one.”
Correct!! Not just studying it, wasting time analyzing and stating opinions on what’s happening. As if it matters. That’s what I keep trying to say.
Most people are posting comments to hear themselves talk. They haven’t read Raul’s articles, don’t realize he posted the same thing they’re posting, and don’t respond to one another … they just post their own stuff. Not a conversation. A platform.November 1, 2022 at 9:01 pm #119882ramParticipant
Yes, it is not the votes that count but who counts the votes!November 1, 2022 at 10:29 pm #119884
Upstate NYer said: “Most people are posting comments to hear themselves talk. They haven’t read Raul’s articles, don’t realize he posted the same thing they’re posting, and don’t respond to one another … they just post their own stuff. Not a conversation. A platform.”
A “message board” as they were once called?
I think it approaches conversation, but people exhibit signs of stress. I sure feel it.November 1, 2022 at 10:30 pm #119885
John Day said:
Jesus was largely crucified for turning over the tables of the money-changers at the temple and chasing them away with a whip
Jesus said: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”
Seems to be a bit of a contradiction to me. Why did he chase out the money changers without judging them?November 1, 2022 at 10:46 pm #119886
That Bloke said
This is fun:
The lesson to learn is that voting makes no difference. This will become obvious to most of us but people still cling to their delusions that they have some power in this system in which we live. You have NO voting power, they will fix the vote and then they will refuse to investigate the cheating on the basis that the the doubters are just sore losers believing in some conspiracy theory.
People still have power, that power is the power of violence. The people could remove the entire government and all the owner billionaires within day if they were so inclined. The question is how and when will people start using that power? When will people start taking it out on their neighbours? Your neighbour works for the government, what will it take for you to burn down their house?
Obviously lots of loved ones have died from the vaccines, lots, but people are not inclined to avenge their deaths, they are happy to live with that crime and not get their own back. Will they do the same when they are starving or have no fuel to heat the house? Will they fight each other or will they organise and go steal from the billionaire mansions? No way to know, but I suspect that most will write a nasty comment online then lay down and die, not do anything to save their families.November 1, 2022 at 10:48 pm #119887
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro finally spoke publicly for the first time since losing Sunday’s election by a narrow margin. Many expected, or were hoping, for a concession speech – but that didn’t happen. But it appears the short press event itself was all about the optics of accepting the loss.
He vowed to “follow the Constitution” and called for “order” in the country- and yet didn’t explicitly concede nor did he congratulate declared winner Lula da Silva on victory for the Brazilian presidency, which he’s expected to take over on January 1st. At the same time Bolsonaro didn’t contest the result either.
As one Brazilian national outlet said of the very short speech, “Jair Bolsonaro has not said whether he will accept the election result. He didn’t mention Lula and he didn’t even congratulate the new elected president. It was a subtle pronouncement.”
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/bolsonaro-supporters-block-roads-brazilian-president-silent-after-election-lossNovember 1, 2022 at 10:50 pm #119888November 1, 2022 at 10:55 pm #119889
“Seems to be a bit of a contradiction to me. Why did he chase out the money changers without judging them?”
I didn’t write that story up, but you may have some familiarity with it, yourself, if there has been any clergy in your family, maybe Anglican clergy…
The story is that Jesus of Nazareth is God-born-into-a-human-incarnation.
“Before Moses was, I am”, he said.
That puts our protagonist in a position which is different from those who he is advising.
Not everybody accepts it in the same way. Some groups of Christians have warred with other groups of Christians over their differing interpretations, or at least that was one of the advertised factors…November 1, 2022 at 11:02 pm #119891
People who have been affected by Covid are offered counselling.
The torturer offering to listen to his victim? The victim explains how she doesn’t like being waterboarded or having her teeth drilled, how she feels it is unfair. The torturer soon interrupts to tell he the counselling session is over and that the next session be beating her feet with battons.November 1, 2022 at 11:09 pm #119892
Armenio Pereira said
In order to overcome judgment, a human needs to suspend/stop thinking, and here is where free will – or lack of thereof – comes into play: one can’t simply stop thinking as long as one remains a going concern.
Don’t worry, Elon Musk, the globalist pet CEO, is making some brain implants that will fix your thoughts for you, they will connect to the borg via Twitter over Starlink, so you will never have to think again.November 1, 2022 at 11:11 pm #119893oxymoronParticipant
UpStateNYer – my heart goes out to you. I’m giving you an astral hug and I’ve brought over a cheese platter and a delicious Pinot Noir in my mind.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse didn’t work for me.November 1, 2022 at 11:29 pm #119894
John Day; I was not including you in my last comment. I know, it’s not easy to post an alternative idea with links to supporting documentation. You do what you gotta do. I support that. 🙂
A lot of the other commenters are on a soap box, if they don’t see it, oh well.
I’m just reading and responding. You are regularly kind and you try to empathy. It’s not easyNovember 1, 2022 at 11:48 pm #119898
The Empire of LiesLiesLies
They are hard to follow, so many many lies 24/7/365
If the Empire of Lies was Pinocchio, it’s nose would go all around the world and then go up it’s own ass.
Hoot of the Day: Russian Oil Gets to US Via Sanction Loophole
I describe the roundtrip process in which Russian oil refined in Italy makes its way to to the US. It’s a real hoot.
From WSJ a video tale of Lies and deceptionNovember 2, 2022 at 12:04 am #119900
China’s “Social Credit Score System” – Fact or Fiction?
The Empire of LiesLiesLies tries to say that Taiwan isn’t part of mainland China even though it states that it is own it’s own State Department website.
Gosh the left hands lieslieslies don’t seem to coordinated with the right hand lieslieslies
Collective West Mediawhores lie about China worse than their lieslieslies about Russia.November 2, 2022 at 12:05 am #119901willemParticipant
@UpstateNYer: So sorry for your loss. It is especially difficult to deal with when sadness is competing with anger.November 2, 2022 at 12:51 am #119903
More on the Atlantic article on ‘Forgive us for we knew not what we did’
Hang the Satanists from the Tree of LibertyNovember 2, 2022 at 12:55 am #119904
@upstate NYer: I didn’t feel implicated, Sister.
That Oxymoron, he’s an OK Bloke, too inn’he?
That newer guy, Polemos waxes poetic, too.
Hey, where’s Boscohorowitz these days?
nuevo-Deflationista taught us about one-topic paid-trolls, which was a service of sorts…November 2, 2022 at 1:02 am #119905
@Oroboros: Jefferson said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Can the Satanists fill out a questionnaire to sort them into one of those categories.
I’ll nominate Hillary for Satanic-Tyrant, but I’ll not “judge” anybody, myself…November 2, 2022 at 1:15 am #119907
Nouriel Roubini agrees with me that we’re in WW-3 in Der Spiegel article, ZH has the story:
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/roubini-world-war-iii-has-already-effectively-begunNovember 2, 2022 at 1:56 am #119909
John Day said
I’ll nominate Hillary for Satanic-Tyrant, but I’ll not “judge” anybody, myself…
I will build some gallows but will not suggest a sentence.November 2, 2022 at 9:45 am #119941FrankJParticipant
According to Lagarde, they (higher interest rates) are aimed at bringing inflation back to “reasonable levels so the cost of living isn’t as high as it is for people.
Imagine being the President of the EU Central Bank and not understanding how inflation works. In case you’re reading Lagarde: A lower inflation rate will not bring down cost of living for people. It will simply make it increase at a lower pace.
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