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    Whatever happened to Nancy?   • NATO Alliance Experiencing Brain Death, Says Macron (BBC) • Merkel & Stoltenberg Slam Macron’s ‘Brain-Dead NA
    [See the full post at: Things November 8 2019]

    V. Arnold

    What? No art-work today? 🙁


    Pelosi’s a piece of work

    V. Arnold

    Pelosi’s a piece of work

    (belly laugh) Indeed she is…
    But the Ivan Shishkin Midday; Near Moscow 1869, yesterday, was just so, so beautiful. That sky and the subtlety of the clouds was just so perfect.
    That would have been a challenge for even the best photographers…
    Pelosi? Meh……………….

    V. Arnold

    It’s difficult to watch a society, reacting to everything; as thought they were Mexican jumping beans on a hot plate…
    Got to learn to chill…
    Panic mode never gets great results…
    Calm down and actually LOOK around you to SEE reality for your environment.
    Different view for different locations; mentally and visually…


    [..] the Ivan Shishkin Midday; Near Moscow 1869, yesterday, was just so, so beautiful. That sky and the subtlety of the clouds was just so perfect.

    Indeed, my friend. Took me straight back to Vermeer’s View of Delft, for many his best painting ever, and one of the first cityscapes ever, in which clouds are also the protagonist. I’ll post that again soon.

    V. Arnold

    I see why. The View of Delft is indeed a masterpiece; the clouds are certainly the protagonist…
    The detail takes some time to absorb…
    And oh, the beauty, timeless…

    John Day

    Caitlin Johnstone, Life Minus Narrative
    (I can’t access her site or comments, due to clever artificial intelligence filtering, but I’m on her email list. You might be able to access this link, though.)
    ​ ​Humanity’s movement into full psychological health, if we ever get there, will look very much the same: as a collective we’ll stop buying into the narratives we’re being fed, and we’ll start seeing things as they are without the narrative overlay. And from there we can use the power of our numbers to force a change into a wholesome relationship with each other and our environment.
    ​ ​You can catch a glimpse of what this will look like for yourself right now. Ignore all the narratives about why things need to be as they are, and you simply see things as they are: resources disappearing from the hands of the many into the hands of the few, weapons of war being spread around the globe, journalists locked in cages for telling the truth, increasing surveillance, increasing police militarization, increasing imprisonment, increasing censorship. That’s world minus narrative. That’s what’s real.

    Life Minus Narrative

    ​Eleni sends this Kunstler piece from Russia!​
    He says those dedicated public servants at the CIA and FBI are afraid for their very well being under the evil, sexist, racist Trumpian regime.
    The CIA and the FBI are in a fight for their lives now. The evidence shows pretty clearly that these rogue agencies conducted all the election “meddling” of 2016 and that the RussiaGate hysteria was an engineered smokescreen to hide their tracks and cover their asses when the certainty of a Hillary election triumph nauseatingly resolved unfavorably in the cold, gray dawn of 11/8/16. Despite the chatter about an “insurance policy,” they were quite unprepared for the exposure that loomed.​..
    ​ ​It’s not an overstatement to say that many of the figures behind this gigantic web of lies and deceit ought to answer charges up to and including treason. The question is whether Messers Barr & Durham have the cojones to cater the banquet of consequences that this huge cast of characters should be made to feast from. Another question is whether these desperate characters and the agencies they represent will go all the way now and attempt to enlist the military brass in an outright overthrow of the executive. There are already intimations of this. It would be answered by the kind of civil violence that has broken out in other parts of world where other Deep States have worn out their welcome — and their legitimacy.

    ​Elizabeth Vos reviews lessons from 2016, in a world where nothing has actually changed.
    ​ The Democratic Party’s bias against Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential nomination, followed by the DNC defense counsel doubling down on its right to rig the race during the fraud lawsuit brought against the DNC, as well as the irregularities in the races between former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova, indicate a fatal breakdown of the U.S. democratic process spearheaded by the Democratic Party establishment. Influences transcending the DNC add to concerns regarding the integrity of the democratic process that have nothing to do with Russia, but which will also likely impact outcomes in 2020.
    The content of the DNC and Podesta emails published by WikiLeaks demonstrated that the DNC acted in favor of Hillary Clinton in the lead up to the 2016 Democratic primary. The emails also revealed corporate media reporters acting as surrogates of the DNC and its pro-Clinton agenda, going so far as to promote Donald Trump during the GOP primary process as a preferred “pied-piper candidate.” One cannot assume that similar evidence will be presented to the public in 2020, making it more important than ever to take stock of the unique lessons handed down to us by the 2016 race.

    It’s the DNC, Stupid: Democratic Party, Not Russia, Has Delegitimized the Democratic Process

    Another Billionaire White Knight, saddling up to joust for the honor of the DNC?
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, after saying in March that he wouldn’t run for president, is backtracking and preparing a potential run for a 2020 bid, a spokesman for the billionaire tells CNN.
    Bloomberg is expected to file the necessary paperwork to get on the Democratic primary ballot in Alabama this week, the spokesman said, the clearest sign to date that the former mayor is seriously considering following through with something he has been weighing for weeks.


    We have seen this played out before.

    A parachute candidate
    Disappointment that Trump was not a dud. The R party did not plan A Trump win.
    Disappointment that Hillary lost. The D party planned Hillary to win.

    The allegation is thus that the candidate is being “parachuted in” for the job by a desperate political party that has no reliable talent indigenous to the district or state or that the party (or the candidate himself/herself) wishes to give a candidate an easier election than would happen in one’s own home area.

    Dr. D

    “[Macron] He also questioned whether NATO was still committed to collective defence”

    Defense against whom, sir? The Yellow Vests? A Russia the size of Italy? You’re certainly not defending your borders against anything, why do you need an army? The only people you attack are Greeks and Frenchmen.
    P.S., what “brain” are you talking about? Are you implying that the U.S. has been running NATO overtop of you, as your oppressor, for decades? Or someone else? The brain is Lockheed? Brennan? The BIS? The IDF? Who? Because I would think if NATO lost its brain YOU, France, would step up and take that job as a matter of course. But you can’t for some reason? Why?

    “The general secretary … lauded Merkel’s government for boosting its military spending.”

    Against whom? We already proved that a totally mobilized, militarized Germany, having all of Europe to draw on, that controls half of Africa, couldn’t beat a Russia yet medieval. So what do you think it will do against a Russia that can disable the United States at will? Or again, is it not Russia you’re after but Sweden? Essex? Barcelona?

    “Warren Buffett says he wished he owned even more Apple”

    They think trees grow to the sky. Good luck avoiding the cycles of life.

    “Fed Goes Nuts with Repos & T-Bills but Sheds Mortgage Backed Securities (WS)”

    We saw in a different article the Fed is the operational arm of J.P. Morgan. As Morgan violently re-positions itself, the rules of the Fed require it to pay off anything Morgan does or risk a crash. Therefore, the more Morgan thrashes recklessly, the more they get paid by the taxpayers and consumers. Disaster Capitalism.

    On the plus side, it had been rising geometrically, and now is not (officially). On the down side, that it probably because they’re now lying and hiding what’s happening.

    “It must be very fragile [system] if a handful of berries can bring it down.” – The Hunger Games

    “Russia has manifested an overtly aggressive foreign policy, leveraging military power and employing hybrid warfare to achieve its objectives of regional hegemony and global influence”

    So? As if I care. Are they in Galveston or New Jersey? No? Call me when it’s our business. Til then, stay home. Americans have been telling them for 100 years and Congress ignores them. Every President since Nixon has been elected for this and they all double-cross us.

    “Ukraine is a frontline state and a bulwark against Russian aggression.”

    You mean the Russia that’s smaller than Italy? That already has 1,000x more land than people? Wow. Much scare. So fright.

    “Burisma’s own American legal team was lobbying State to help eliminate the corruption allegations against it in Ukraine.”

    No they didn’t! See how I fixed that? Just like Epstein, if I didn’t report it, it didn’t happen. I didn’t report it so there is “no evidence,” “no credible reporting” that it happened. Okay, moving on to the next shakedown, busy-busy! If I don’t get that money to pay off my blackmailers, I can’t get around town and blackmail others.

    “Assange Lawyers’ Links to US Govt & Bill Browder (Komisar)”

    Have to ask Martin Armstrong about Browder and Magnitsky, this is the highest-level dirtiest Deep State with an international string of bodies trailing behind. …And remember the U.S. was telling British prosecutors and the judge how to do the case, so it’s US Deep State on both sides and the middle. No surprise: is there anything they’re NOT into? There are no terrorists under my bed, but the CIA sure is! Right, Mr. Clapper?

    “Human Population Came from Our Ability to Cooperate (PhysOrg)”

    When they want to kill a few million, they say we’re innately violent and competitive. But we’re innately cooperative and self-organizing. …Maybe it’s only THEM who are innately violent and competitive.
    Painter Vasnetsov, the wonders of war.


    That lowering of population everybody is advocating and longing for.


    Here is the solution, by the elites, for the problem that they caused.

    Under the ordinance, violators could be charged with a misdemeanor crime and fined up to $1,000 or sentenced for up to six months in jail. The law will go into effect Sunday, but the criminal provision will not be enforced until February 1.
    The official website of the City of Las Vegas posted a news blog October 29 detailing the city’s efforts to address homelessness. Here are the seven factors that were outlined.

    Dr. D

    Let’s see if that pic will print on a separate link, a constant issue:


    After the Battle of Igor Svyatoslavich, Viktor Vasnetsov

    Dr. D

    Weird those low-lifes want to be homeless when there’s 0% unemployment and a Dow 27,000, isn’t it?

    Almost like something isn’t right with that.


    Something is wrong with the society.
    People are choosing to be homeless.
    People are choosing to live in misery.


    “She argues that the human tendency to bear many children, engage in food sharing, division of labor, and cooperative childcare duties, sets us apart from our closest evolutionary counterparts, the apes.”
    Really? I’m no biologist, but leaf cutter ants cooperatively farm and raise many young. According to E O Wilson the biomass of ants are about the same as humans. Bees also would also be included in her description, as would most of the animal world.
    Of Bonobos and Men, – D E Bechard
    “Less well known is the fact that these great apes don’t kill their own kind, and that they share nearly 99 percent of our DNA. Their approach to building peaceful coalitions and sharing resources has much to teach us, particularly at a time when our violent ways have pushed them to the brink of extinction.”

    Doc Robinson

    “Humans may owe their place as Earth’s dominating species to their ability to share and cooperate with each other”

    Humans certainly don’t have a monopoly on sharing and cooperating. Some species seem to do it better than humans.

    The whole community is a support system for each individual, everyone is there for each other. Overt violence or aggressive behaviour between individuals, even among males, has never been observed. Instead, orca society is marked by co-operation, co-ordination, communication, trust and acceptance.

    Off the top of my head, wolves and orcas share and cooperate with each other. The orcas are particularly impressive, with communities comprised of clans, clans comprised of pods (extended families), pods comprised of maternal groups, and maternal groups consisting of a mother and her individual children. “The whole community is a support system for each individual, everyone is there for each other.”

    Living in a pack not only facilitates the raising and feeding of pups, coordinated and collaborative hunting, and the defense of territory, it also allows for the formation of many unique emotional bonds between pack members, the foundation for cooperative living.

    Wolves care for each other as individuals. They form friendships and nurture their own sick and injured. Pack structure enables communication, the education of the young and the transfer of knowledge across generations. Wolves and other highly social animals have and pass on what can be best described as culture. A family group can persevere for several generations, even decades, carrying knowledge and information through the years, from generation to generation.

    Wolves play together into old age, they raise their young as a group, and they care for injured companions. When they lose a pack mate, there is evidence that they suffer and mourn that loss. When we look at wolves, we are looking at tribes—extended families, each with its own homeland, history, knowledge, and indeed, culture.

    Orcas are very social animals. They live in small nuclear and extended families that we call pods, clans and communities…

    Beyond the central maternal groups, the pods are extended families of closely related mothers that are daughters, sisters or cousins, and their children. A pod can be defined as those orcas that are usually seen travelling together…

    Orca “clans” are defined in terms of the acoustic traditions of pods within an orca community. Pods which share common calls belong to the same clan. Separate clans are composed of pods which do not share calls…. Pods from separate clans commonly socialize with each other within the community, even though they do not share calls.

    In Washington and British Columbia the Resident orca pods form two distinct Communities: Southern and Northern. These two communities total about 300 individuals (just over 200 in the Northern Resident and over 90 in the Southern Resident group). The Northern Resident Community has 16 pods, whereas the Southern Resident group has three main pods. All these pods are comprised of a collection of different maternal groups. The whole community is a support system for each individual, everyone is there for each other. Overt violence or aggressive behaviour between individuals, even among males, has never been observed. Instead, orca society is marked by co-operation, co-ordination, communication, trust and acceptance.


    “Humans may owe their place as Earth’s dominating species to their ability to share and cooperate with each other”

    That’s just fine at the tribal level but at the global level it would be easier to argue that humans more likely owe their survival to uncooperative diversity.

    That is our ‘dispersal mechanism’ that causes us to be driven – not by the force of arms or pressure of competition for resources but because of our inability to cooperate and our ideological differences (for want of a better word) – to even the toughest places on earth to survive where we form specialised subsets of humanity.

    The size of these subsets ranges from big, eg. Australian aboriginals or Eskimo people amazingly adapted to their environments, to the really tiny…

    The most profound example for me is the Heaven’s Gate sect. Outwardly normal yet conceiving that the earth was to be destroyed and they were to be saved by an interstellar space craft following the Hale-Bopp comet, they willingly killed themselves in order to pass up to the space craft.

    The point being: no matter what catastrophe has befallen our planet, somewhere there is a group of humans ready, prepared, willing, adapted and best suited to survive it.

    That’s what we’ve evolved to and how we’ve dodge famines and pestilence and wars and meteors and climate change – that is our inheritance and that is what causes us to quarrel and hold irrational beliefs whether we call it wokesterism or trumpianism it’s true name is DIVERSITY.

    Ironically that’s also why our civilisation won’t survive our current global predicament – we are incapable of cooperating at that level. So the vast majority, as always, will perish, but living somewhere right now are those whose descendants will be equipped in unknowable ways to survive the next bottle neck.

    Just as in 1945 at the end of a world war and the planet lay in ruins, who would have conceived that the first man who would walk on the moon was already a fifteen year old boy.

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