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  • in reply to: Debt Rattle June 19 2024 #161538
    John Day

    @Oroboros: I never voted for Biden, and he seems not to actually have been elected, but here’s to “Vegetables”, anyway.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 19 2024 #161537
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    ​Jessica Rose PhD: Spike binds estrogen receptor and could alter collagenase gene expression, An investigation of a recent publication

    Meryl Nass MD, Criminal college poizine mandates, and what to do going forward, Info that people with high school kids will need
    ​ What bothered me the most about the COVID poison shots was the extreme interest in giving them to children. And while most parents of controllable children said no, over 50% of impressionable high schoolers wound up getting them, often with rewards and almost always with peer pressure. (The usefulness of providing rewards to induce acceptance had been tested in this age group with the HPV vaccine.)
    ​ But it was almost impossible to get to college without a shot. It turned out that college administrators were worse than drill sergeants when it came to requiring the shots. How much were they paid? We don’t know yet. We do know that both Pfizer and the CDC had given substantial grants to the American college health organization before COVID shots had even rolled out, which pushed out propaganda about the shots to all college health providers. Many medical providers in colleges are paraprofessionals, who are used to taking orders.​

    ​ US state sues Pfizer over ‘misleading’ Covid-19 vaccine claims
    The company hid evidence linking its shots to heart inflammation conditions, Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach has claimed​

    ​Kit Knightly, How (and why) Bird Flu is About to Enter the “Mass Testing” Phase
    ​ I spend a good portion of my time reading very similar articles in very similar papers all about the danger of a pandemic they’re about to pretend is happening.​ Not a dream of mine growing up, but life’s like that.​..
    ​..In our last bird flu update, we pointed out that the “bird flu death” in Mexico was very likely no such thing, and that reporting it as such was right out of the Covid playbook.
    Since then the head of Mexico’s Health Ministry has criticized the WHO for calling it a bird flu death at all.
    But the big bird flu news is that former head of the US CDC Robert Redfield has gone hysterical, telling NewsNation:
    ​”I really do think it’s very likely that we will, at some time, it’s not a question of if, it’s more of a question of when we will have a bird flu pandemic.”​…
    ​..Apparently a new study has found something scary – Americans “have little to no pre-existing immunity to the H5N1 avian flu”. Frightening stuff.
    Just a few hours ago the Daily Mail reported on yet another doctor doling out yet another dire warning. This time Dr Rick Bright, who told PBS that:
    ​ “We’re being blindfolded in this battle right now, and I’m really concerned that the virus is winning the game and getting ahead of us.​”…
    ​..All of these stories talk about “gathering data”, “flying blind”, and the need for “prevention”. And all of that is really code for “testing”. Almost every article talks up the need to increase testing – both of humans and animals.
    ​ But anyone who’s been paying attention since 2020 knows PCR tests don’t gather data, they create data. They are machines for generating “cases”. Far from preventing a pandemic, they can be used to manufacture one.​..
    ​..Translation: They want to pay farmers to test their cows, then “financially compensate” them when they have to be destroyed. This is just like the UK’s “Environmental Land Management” schemes or the US “Conservation Reserve Program”, both of which pay farmers not to farm. The goal will be to make it more profitable for farmers to kill their cows than milk them.
    ​ Incentivizing testing, rewarding positive results. That’s how you make a pandemic out of nothing, and sabotage the food system in the process.
    But there’s good news, after all the the EU is already procuring 40 million doses of vaccines, just in case. And the Moderna stock price keeps going up too. So there’s that.​

    How Did New Bird Flu Variant Get to U.S.?​ Still no plausible natural explanation for new clade’s detection in Newfoundland and in South Carolina in December 2021.
    ​ There remains a paucity of evidence to support the hypothesis that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 Clade was borne across the North Atlantic by migratory birds in 2021.
    ​ The new clade was first detected in the Netherlands in October 2020, not far from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where the prominent virologist Ron Fouchier—who happens to be a co-author of the “Transatlantic Spread” paper—is known to have conducted dangerous Gain-of-Function experiments on H5N1 bird flu in recent years.
    ​ This same clade was subsequently detected in ducks in Colleton County, South Carolina—200 miles east of Athens, Georgia—location of the USDA’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL), which began performing serial passage experiments with H5Nx viruses on mallard ducks in the spring of 2021.
    ​ It’s notable that the Erasmus Medical Center, headed by Ron Fouchier, previously collaborated closely with the SEPRL to develop vaccines against H9 avian influenza viruses, indicating the two laboratories likely share virus samples. This raises the suspicion that the Erasmus lab shared a sample of the new clade with the USDA poultry lab in Athens sometime in 2021, and that it somehow got out of the lab and spread to waterfowl on the Atlantic flyway.​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 19 2024 #161536
    John Day

    ​ A follow on to that “Illuminati New World Order” narrative is here, also the kind of thing I have heard and seen in print for decades: The Anglo-Saxon Mission
    The plan to use a biological weapon, create chaos/food shortages/mass starvation/diseases, start a nuclear war/World War III, establish totalitarianism – all leading to the magnetic poles shift event.​

    ​ There is finally a limited banquet of USS Eisenhower video reassurances: U.S. aircraft carrier captain playfully counters Houthi’s false online claims of hitting his ship
    ABOARD THE USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER IN THE RED SEA (AP) — The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower may be one of the oldest aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy, but it’s still fighting — despite repeated false claims by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
    ​ For now, the Eisenhower continues its patrol along with the USS Philippine Sea, a cruiser, and two destroyers, the USS Gravely and the USS Mason. It’s been extended twice already and there’s always the chance it could happen again. But Hill said his sailors remained ready to fight and he remained ready to continue to captain in his style.
    ​ “I came to a revelation at some point in my career that, one of the things that all humans require is to be loved and valued,” Hill said. “So I shouldn’t be afraid, as a leader, to try to love and value everybody, and also to expect other leaders that I’m responsible for to love and value their sailors.”​

    ​ US Cryptocurrency as an Offshore Banking Center​, BY MICHAEL HUDSON
    ​The Wall Street Journal ran a revealing op-ed today (June 14, 2024) by Paul D. Ryan, “Crypto Could Stave off a U.S. Debt Crisis.”
    ​ Mr. Ryan, libertarian Republican House Speaker 2015-2019 and now at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute, writes that: “Stablecoins backed by dollars provide demand for U.S. public debt and a way to keep up with China.”
    ​ He reports that “According to the Treasury Department and DeFi Llama, a cryptocurrency analytics site, dollar-based stablecoins are becoming an important net purchaser of U.S. government debt.” If the stablecoin fund was a country, it would be in “the top ten of countries holding Treasuries – smaller than Hong Kong but larger than Saudi Arabia.” So the result of officially promoting them “would be an immediate, durable increase in demand for U.S. debt.”​…
    ..Here’s the real logic. I’ve written before about how c. 1966 or ’67, I was Chase Manhattan’s balance-of-payments economist, and a bank officer, apparently having joined from the State Dept., asked me to review a memo proposing to make the United States “the new Switzerland,” that is, a haven for the world’s drug money and other criminal money laundering, for kleptocrats and tax evaders in order to help stem the U.S. balance-of-payments deficit that resulted entirely from foreign military spending in Southeast Asia and elsewhere around the world.
    ​ Today, as foreign countries de-dollarize their trade – for instance, when Russia and China trade for oil and industrial products in each others’ currencies – U.S. financial strategists worry about what this will mean for the dollar’s exchange rate.
    ​ Actually, transacting such foreign trade in non-dollar currencies has no effect on the U.S. balance of payments. It does not appear in the trade balance or even in foreign investment, although de-dollarization may deprive U.S. banks of currency-trading commissions to handle such transactions
    ​ What does affect the demand for dollars is conversion of assets denominated in foreign currency into the dollar.​..
    ​..The U.S. is seeking to protect the dollar’s high value, not lower it, so it sees acting as the destination for world’s tax avoiders, criminals and others as a positive national strategy. (“Kleptocracy is us.”) The plan is not to condemn tax crime and more violent criminal activities, but seeking to profit for being the banker for these functions. The logic is, “As the world’s leading free-market democracy, we’re providing a secure for the world’s capital, however it may be ‘earned’ or otherwise obtained.”
    ​ I should have added the real kicker. Stablecoins don’t pay interest. So buyers will get the equivalent of a US Treasury security — but NOT the interest (now in the high 4% range). The Stablecoin company will get that. This is a HUGE bonanza for them — and a correspondingly huge foregone income by Stablecoin holders.​

    ERCOT Says Texas Power Demand to Double by 2030, With Bitcoin to Blame​, Gas demand also increasing with electrification​

    ​A Midwestern Doctor (The New Spinach? Take strategic sunlight exposure seriously, please.) Natural Light is An Essential Nutrient
    Decades of Forgotten Research Show How Much Modern Lighting Has Harmed Human Health​
    ​ Story at a Glance:
    •Sunlight is one of the most important things for our health (e.g., it halves our risk of dying or getting cancer), yet all we ever hear is how important it is to avoid it.
    •While the importance of vitamin D is generally recognized, many of the other critical functions of light within plants, animals and human beings remain almost completely unknown (and hence will be the focus of this article.
    •One of the defining characteristics of modern life is the continual exposure to unnatural light. While this is viewed as being relatively benign, in reality, forgotten research demonstrated that it is a root cause of a myriad of inexplicable modern physical and behavioral illnesses.
    •One of the keys functions of blood is to conduct light throughout the body. In turn, when this process is disrupted (e.g., by wearing glasses with lenses which eliminate critical parts of the electromagnetic spectrum) a variety of significant illnesses can develop.​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 19 2024 #161535
    John Day

    ​ The Age Of Exterminations IV: “How To Kill The Rich”, looks at the opposite end of the wealth spectrum. Wealth is sustained through force, through threat of violence. The rich who are inadequately protected by private armies, or a government army, are subject to ambush, sudden and overwhelming ambush.
    It’s typically rich and powerful sociopaths that can conspire to do this.
    That could include the king, the pope, the CIA, the FBI, the Mob, or the army, but it has to be people with trained killers who can keep a secret.

    The next two essays seem to share the common thread of killing those who are somewhat gullible, susceptible to propaganda, and crowd mania.

    ​ The Age Of Exterminations III: “How to Exterminate The Young”, is really about exterminating a lot of the young men in a society in WW-1.
    Propagandized young Italian men got whipped into a mass rage and went off to take back pieces of Italy from Austrians who were offering to give it back if Italy remained neutral. Half of them died. People became much more wary after that.
    In the US, it was the Civil War that made Americans wary.
    Mechanized warfare is mass slaughter. The survivors will subsequently understand that.
    It has mostly been wiped from the American memory by having smaller wars in places nobody knows, starting with Grenada.
    Americans could be susceptible again. Vietnam is almost forgotten now, almost…

    ​ The Age Of Exterminations V: “Suicide As A Weapon Of Mass Destruction”, is really about tricking people into taking poison, but they will do it best, if they do not know they are taking poison. They could just be doing something “good for their health”, or “going to a hospital”, or “taking a shower”.
    Poisoners throughout history have been a devious and cunning lot.
    Sometimes the people who do not take the poison with everybody else get shot. Sometimes they get away.
    Sometimes people do kill themselves and their families, rather than be taken by enemy soldiers.
    I think that is different from being tricked into taking poison…

    ​ New from Professor Bardi: WW2: A Story of Ordinary Exterminations
    ..Dystopic, indeed. But if there is one constant in history, it is that elites tend to be corrupted by the power they yield. They become weak, they lose control, and they are toppled by their underlings. Eventually, the Slavic Untermenschen would have risen and destroyed the herrenvolk who had occupied their lands. History never ends, and people are carried by it like leaves in the wind. We only know we’ll land somewhere, but not where.​

    ​DBS brought up this book he read about a topic I have heard referred to my whole life, and briefly described here: 1666 Redemption Through Sin
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    ​ Most people have heard of Jesus Christ, considered the Messiah by Christians, and who lived 2000 years ago. But very few have ever heard of Sabbatai Zevi, who declared himself the Messiah in 1666. By proclaiming redemption was available through acts of sin, he amassed a following of over one million passionate believers, about half the world’s Jewish population during the 17th century.Although many Rabbis at the time considered him a heretic, his fame extended far and wide. Sabbatai’s adherents planned to abolish many ritualistic observances, because, according to the Talmud, holy obligations would no longer apply in the Messianic time. Fasting days became days of feasting and rejoicing. Sabbateans encouraged and practiced sexual promiscuity, adultery, incest and religious orgies.After Sabbati Zevi’s death in 1676, his Kabbalist successor, Jacob Frank, expanded upon and continued his occult philosophy. Frankism, a religious movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, centered on his leadership, and his claim to be the reincarnation of the Messiah Sabbatai Zevi. He, like Zevi, would perform “strange acts” that violated traditional religious taboos, such as eating fats forbidden by Jewish dietary laws, ritual sacrifice, and promoting orgies and sexual immorality. He often slept with his followers, as well as his own daughter, while preaching a doctrine that the best way to imitate God was to cross every boundary, transgress every taboo, and mix the sacred with the profane. Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Gershom Scholem called Jacob Frank, “one of the most frightening phenomena in the whole of Jewish history”.Jacob Frank would eventually enter into an alliance formed by Adam Weishaupt and Meyer Amshel Rothschild called the Order of the Illuminati. The objectives of this organization was to undermine the world’s religions and power structures, in an effort to usher in a utopian era of global communism, which they would covertly rule by their hidden hand: the New World Order. Using secret societies, such as the Freemasons, their agenda has played itself out over the centuries, staying true to the script. The Illuminati handle opposition by a near total control of the world’s media, academic opinion leaders, politicians and financiers. Still considered nothing more than theory to many, more and more people wake up each day to the possibility that this is not just a theory, but a terrifying Satanic conspiracy.​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 19 2024 #161534
    John Day

    Israeli-Lebanese Border Crisis Serious, Gone on ‘Long Enough’, Says Biden Advisor
    The situation on the border between Israel and Lebanon is serious and is lasting “long enough,” so the US administration seeks to avoid further escalation into a “greater war,” Biden’s Senior Adviser for Energy and Investment, Amos Hochstein, said on Tuesday.
    On Tuesday, Hochstein, who serves as a mediator between Israel and Lebanon, arrived in Beirut and held a meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. On Monday, the US official visited Jerusalem, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…
    ..”We have seen an escalation over the last few weeks. And what president Biden wants to do is to avoid a further escalation to a greater war,” Hochstein told reporters following his talks with Lebanese authorities.—bidens-advisor-1119009794.html

    Riyadh taking part in BRICS, still undecided on full membership — senior diplomat
    Sergey Ryabkov drew attention to the fact that Saudi representatives sometimes “do not participate in the entire range of events, but are involved in those cases and in those formats that are most comfortable for them”. Saudi Arabia has not yet made a final decision on whether or not to become a full member of BRICS, though the kingdom is now fully participating in the work of the association, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said at a press conference.
    “There is no doubt that Riyadh participates in BRICS. This is an indisputable fact. Moreover, for almost half a year now, since the chairmanship passed to Russia, we have repeatedly welcomed representatives of the kingdom at our events, and they have participated in relevant meetings and worked alongside everyone else. Having said that, I will also say that we once again received a signal from our Saudi colleagues in Nizhny Novgorod that their internal processes related to the assessment of their formal, official invitation to join BRICS have not been completed yet,” the senior diplomat said.

    Rachel Marsden, Macron just threw a live grenade at his own feet
    The French president could be on the verge of regime-changing himself, with his establishment party’s support below that of the opposition
    It finally looks like enough French voters aren’t scared into denying Le Pen’s party the opportunity. The far-right label just doesn’t act as the kind of knee-jerk deterrent that it once did. And why should it? “France is on the brink of all-out civil conflict,” headlined Britain’s Telegraph. That has happened under Macron, not Le Pen, as he rammed through his establishment agenda piece by piece with his designated prime minister invoking Article 49.3 of the French Constitution to ram through legislation without a vote at least 23 times, totally overriding the democratic process – the second most since the Fifth Republic began in 1958. Its use to move the goalposts on retirees and make them work longer when France is a global taxation champion that robs them of hard earned cash their entire working lives, under the pretext of getting it back when they retire, would explain why the majority of retirees who voted massively for Macron no longer tell pollsters that they will. His support has dropped to just 28%, according to the latest Ifop poll.
    According to Le Monde, Macron said of his snap election call: “I’ve been preparing this for weeks, and I’m thrilled. I threw my unpinned grenade at their legs. Now we’ll see how they manage.”

    ​ From my October 28, 2021 Targeted Exterminations blog post:
    ​ Ugo Bardi’s “Age of Exterminations” series gives useful perspective on how societies have exterminated members, or classes within a society, for the profit of others, or sometimes because there was not enough food from a bad crop year.
    Let me start with the base case of human society killing some members of an extended family/clan as “witches” when heavy rains or drought have drastically reduced the supply of food. In the area of Tanzania studied, fed by rain-supplied agriculture, there are twice as many witch-killings in years of excessive rainfall, when crops are damaged, as in years of normal rainfall. The victims are typically elderly women, killed by family-members.
    ​ Poverty and Witch Killing, Edward Miguel, U. Cal. Berkeley, 2005

    I would take the above as mostly a case of famine killing poor people. Western witch killings in Europe and North America did come in hard times, bad winters, the Little Ice Age, but also befell those with some property, and little protection. there was profit to be made.
    Killing an elderly great-aunt, when everybody is hungry, seems like a variation on the theme of people starving to death in famine.

    ​ The Age of Exterminations VI: “The Great Famine To Come”, looks at the Irish Potato Famine as a historical example.
    The Irish people were subsisting on potatoes, brought from the new world, and much of the land was owned by others, who produced grain and livestock for export and to feed the troops of the British Empire.
    The Irish peasant farmers had been saddled with all of the risk, and they died when potato blight destroyed their food.
    The crown was “reluctant” to interfere in the economic markets…
    The Irish peasants had “owned nothing and were happy”, until they had no food, having unknowingly assumed all of the economic risk of the system by having no other recourse but to eat potatoes they grew, or to die.
    The lesson here is that having no options, which is to be poor, and not to “own the means of food production” makes one a ready target for extermination through widespread famine. Universal Basic Income would be a chute into this outcome, as would any form of government handout that became an only-means-of-eating.
    So, to kill large numbers of poor people, cut off the food supply. It can look like anything made it happen. It happens periodically.
    Professor Bardi looks at The Limits To Growth graphs and the revision to that. We can expect industrialized food production and delivery to have major problems as industrial economy contracts. (Mr. Gates seems to be well invested in farmland.)
    One might find ways to assure one’s food, water and fuel through a hard spell, but one would not be able to do so in a social vacuum.
    Consider helping feed your community, or being a member of a community that largely feeds itself, if that is possible.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 19 2024 #161533
    John Day

    Pepe Escobar, The BRICS weigh in on Palestine
    The gravity around the newly-enlarged BRICS constellation is drawing in Arab, Muslim, and Global South adherents to the influential group’s message on international law, Palestine, and halting forever wars.
    Something of extraordinary magnitude happened in Moscow on 23 May. Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa personally asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to help organize a peace conference on Palestine, at which Russia would be the first non-Arab nation invited.
    Al-Khalifa and Putin had two rounds of discussions – one of them closed – during which the main focus was always Palestine. The Bahraini monarch noted that in a rare show of unity, the Arab world had finally come together in agreement to end the war in Gaza. It was implied that Russia was subsequently chosen as the most reliable mediator to end the brutal conflict.
    Bahrain – and the Arab League – recognize that the Russian position centers around what Putin had previously defined as the “UN formula”: an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem…
    ..Earlier this week, the Palestine tragedy was addressed in detail – on points 34 and 35 – in the joint statement of the BRICS 10 Ministers of Foreign Affairs, who sat at the same table for the first time in Nizhny Novgorod, preparing for the extremely important annual BRICS summit next October in Kazan, under the Russian presidency. Three very important points were made there:
    First, the Ministers “reaffirmed their rejection of any attempt aiming at forcefully displacing, expelling or transferring the Palestinian people from their land.” Second, they collectively “expressed serious concern at Israel’s continued blatant disregard of international law, the UN Charter, UN resolutions and Court orders.” And third, the ten foreign ministers:
    “Reaffirmed their support for Palestine’s full membership in the United Nations and reiterated their unwavering commitment to the vision of the two-state solution based on international law including relevant UNSC and UNGA resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative that includes the establishment of a sovereign, independent and viable State of Palestine in line with internationally recognized borders of June 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital living side by side in peace and security with Israel.”
    This is BRICS speaking with one voice – including, crucially, representatives of major Muslim-majority states: Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UAE. and Egypt…
    ..Riyadh’s official position on Palestine is tied up with BRICS; end of the war/genocide in Gaza, and the establishment of a Palestinian state. And every grain of sand in the lands of Islam is fully aware that a Tel Aviv ruled by an ethnocentric mob of extremists won’t accept a two-state solution.
    Moreover, a Saudi-US military alliance is totally incompatible with Riyadh becoming an influential member of BRICS. Chessboard moves are instead pointing to sooner or later a possible Global Majority military alliance to counterpunch the escalating US/NATO war – Hybrid and otherwise – against the dawning of a multinodal, polycentric, and in Putin’s terminology in St. Peterburg, “harmonic” multipolar world.
    Add to it the expiration earlier this week of the US-Saudi agreement signed 50 years ago to establish the petrodollar, essentially in exchange for US military protection.
    Already last year Riyadh made it clear the agreement would not be renewed when it clinched a deal with China based on energy trade using the petroyuan…
    ..And now for the ultimate complicating factor.
    On Monday, military officers from Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Jordan – which includes three BRICS members and Russia-friendly Bahrain – met with Herzi Halevi, the IDF’s Chief of General Staff to discuss…defense cooperation.
    The meeting was facilitated by none other than the US CENTCOM. Although as low-profile as it gets, the meeting still leaked, given the juxtaposition of the Gaza genocide alongside a meeting of top Arab leaders sitting with the Arab world’s worst enemies.
    A post-modern epigone of the cynics dwelling in the Agora in Ancient Greece would remark that with CENTCOM Arab “friends” like these – three of them BRICS members – Palestine does not need enemies.
    Meanwhile, the tragedy persists on so many levels. As Chinese high school students all across the civilization-state show their support for Palestine after taking their university entrance exams, the US-Israel axis homogenizes terrorism, linked to the debacle of Project Ukraine, coupled with the non-stop killing of Palestinians.

    ‘My blood will go in vain’: Egyptian soldiers say their country has failed Gaza
    Conscripts at the Sinai-Gaza border decry the Sisi government’s silence on the killing of own soldiers and inaction towards Israeli atrocities

    (Strange, but apparently “true”. Could it be an “Arkancide” by Netanyahu’s enemies?) Psychiatrist of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Commits Suicide
    Anguished Suicide Note Cites ‘Deluge of Doublethink’ In Driving Kind-Hearted Shrink to Despair
    Moshe Yatom, a prominent Israeli psychiatrist who successfully cured the most extreme forms of mental illness throughout a distinguished career, was found dead at his home in Tel Aviv yesterday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A suicide note at his side explained that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been his patient for the last nine years, had “sucked the life right out of me.”
    “I can’t take it anymore,” wrote Yatom.
    “Robbery is redemption, apartheid is freedom, peace activists are terrorists, murder is self-defense, piracy is legality, Palestinians are Jordanians, annexation is liberation, there’s no end to his contradictions. Freud promised rationality would reign in the instinctual passions, but he never met Bibi Netanyahu. This guy would say Gandhi invented brass knuckles.”

    Netanyahu decries ‘unacceptable’ Gaza pause – media
    The Israeli military earlier announced plans to halt fighting in parts of the enclave to allow aid in to the territory
    The IDF announced the 11-hour ‘tactical pauses’ in the area on Sunday. When Netanyahu heard the military’s initial announcement, he contacted his military secretary and “made it clear that this was unacceptable to him,” an unnamed Israeli official said, as quoted by Reuters.
    The decision will allow trucks carrying aid to enter the enclave through a key border crossing and along a major road northward.

    Netanyahu Rips Biden: ‘Inconceivable’ That US Weapons Were Ever Halted
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Biden administration of withholding weapons transfers to Israel, in violation of stated promises that Washington would remove all restrictions on arms deliveries. Netanyahu revealed this during a video address discussing meetings with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken days ago during his trip to Israel.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 19 2024 #161532
    John Day

    Putin’s state visit to North Korea: As it happened
    14:02 GMT
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said the Treaty on Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Pyongyang and Moscow “provides for maintaining peace and stability in the region.” It also promotes “the common interests of our two countries, Korea and Russia, and [places] a more reliable foundation for the security situation for the two nations,” he stressed.
    The signing of “the strongest and most comprehensive interstate agreement in the history of Russian-Korean friendship” earlier on Wednesday is a “great event,” Kim said during a gala reception in honor of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    13:20 GMT
    A video from Pyongyang has captured thousands of residents of the North Korean capital taking to the streets to greet Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motorcade.
    13:14 GMT
    The Russian authorities understand that the US and its allies “will try to hamper and create additional difficulties” in Moscow’s ties with North Korea, but no actions by the West will affect the choice to develop “special” relations with Pyongyang, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has insisted.
    12:48 GMT
    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has said that following his trip to Pyongyang, he expects North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to make a return visit to Moscow. Putin also thanked the residents of Pyongyang for the warm welcome he received in the North Korean capital.
    12:07 GMT
    The newly signed Treaty on Comprehensive Strategic Partnership underlines the desire of Russia and North Korea to boost relations in all areas, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has said.
    “This is a framework document, a conceptual one, that sets the tone for bilateral relations, and is probably a very concentrated demonstration of the political will to develop all vectors of bilateral ties,” Peskov told Izvestia newspaper.
    11:45 GMT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have laid flowers at a monument to Soviet soldiers who died during the liberation of Korea from Japan during World War II.

    Andrew Korybko, The US’ Sharp Rebuke Of Vietnam For Hosting Putin Later This Week Was Ridiculous (“Impotent”?)
    Vietnam will still keep the US close since it considers it to be the only realistic counterweight to China in the latter’s namesake Southern Sea that Hanoi calls its East Sea, all while arming itself to the teeth with Russian weaponry just in case a conflict breaks out by miscalculation.
    The US Embassy in Hanoi reacted angrily to the news that President Putin will visit Vietnam later this week. One of their spokespeople told Reuters that “No country should give Putin a platform to promote his war of aggression and otherwise allow him to normalise his atrocities. If he is able to travel freely, it could normalize Russia’s blatant violations of international law.” This sharp rebuke was ridiculous since it’s not the US’ place to tell its partners which foreign leaders they’re allowed to host.
    It’s also hypocritical too since neither the US nor Vietnam are signatories to the Rome Statute that created the “International Criminal Court”, whose ”warrant” for the Russian leader’s arrest last year was what the spokesperson was referencing with regard to their displeasure at him traveling freely.

    Moscow’s envoy to US outlines ‘thorny’ path to peace, Anatoly Antonov has elaborated on Russia’s proposal for ending the Ukraine conflict
    “There is a path to peace, even if it is thorny,” Antonov said. It involves “withdrawal of the Ukrainian Armed Forces from four regions of Russia; confirmation of the status of Crimea, Sevastopol, [Donetsk People’s Republic], [Lugansk People’s Republic], Kherson and Zaporozhye regions as subjects of the Russian Federation; Kiev’s refusal to join NATO; Ukraine’s status as neutral, nonaligned and nuclear-free state; its demilitarization and denazification; lifting of Western sanctions; [and] ensuring the rights, freedoms and interests of Russian-speaking citizens of the republic,” the diplomat explained.

    Pepe Escobar, Stealing Russian Money is Legal:
    G7 “will not confiscate frozen assets of the Russian Federation”; “we are talking about the interest that they accumulate over time”.
    As financial scams go, this one is a thing of beauty.
    Essentially, the main customer (the Hegemon) and its instrument (the EU) are trying to mask the actual theft of those “frozen” Russian sovereign assets as if this was a legal transaction.
    The EU will transfer the “frozen” assets – something around $260 billion – to the status of collateral for the American loan. That’s the whole thing – because only the income deriving from the assets would not be enough as collateral to secure the loan.
    It gets even dicier. These funds will not leave Washington for Kiev; they will remain in town to the benefit of the industrial-military complex churning out more weapons.
    So the EU steals the assets, under a flimsy legalese pretext (Janet Yellen already said it’s OK) and transfers them to the U.S. Washington is immune if everything goes wrong – as it will.
    Only a fool would believe that the Americans would give a sizable loan to a de facto country 404 with a sovereign debt rating in the abyss. The dirty job is assigned to the Europeans: it’s up to the EU to change the status of Russia’s stolen/”frozen” assets to collateral.
    And wait for the ultimate dicey gambit. The whole scheme concerns Euroclear, in Belgium – where the largest amount of Russian funds is parked. Yet the decision on this money-laundering scam was not taken by Belgium, and not even by the EUrocrats.
    This was a Hegemon-imposed G7 decision. Belgium is not even part of the G7. Yet in the end, it will be the EU’s “credibility” as a whole that will go down the drain across the whole Global Majority.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 19 2024 #161531
    John Day

    Putin’s Pyongyang Partnership

    Please watch this 3 minute video of Russian President Putin’s (arrived late) pre-dawn arrival in Pyongyang for the body-language of all of the participants. Kim Jong Un has been standing alone out on the red carpet. An unnamed Korean lady in traditional dress has waited anxiously with a bouquet of flowers to present to President Putin. The honor guard stands at attention.
    Vladimir Putin pops out of the door of his plane at the top of the steps, thanks the stewardess and shakes her hand, looking her in the eyes. He then pivots briskly and buttons his jacket as he touches the handrail, removes his hand, and jogs quickly down the stairs, presenting an image of vigor and fitness. He smiles broadly, as if truly happy to be there, embraces Kim twice, once spontaneously with a big smile after Kim’s greeting is conveyed by the Korean translator. The lady with the flowers approaches Putin formally, bows deeply and stands to see him gazing directly into her eyes, smiling warmly and holding her gaze for an extended moment, putting her at ease.
    Putin makes and holds eye contact with every Korean, and smiles engagingly every time. He is urged to enter the limo first, and does so, but not until he removes his jacket, signifying his comfort and feeling-at-home.

    Gilbert Doctorow sets the stage: What may we expect from Vladimir Putin’s visit to North Korea?
    Tonight, it was Iran’s Press TV who knocked, asking for my commentary and for that of a panelist in Seoul on the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to North Korea that begins in an hour or two, in the middle of the night Korean time.
    The world has gotten a glimpse of what the meetings in Pyongyang will achieve by reading the 4-page article that Putin published in today’s issue of the North Korean daily Nodon Sinmun available on the site In that he gives a brief overview of the history of bilateral relations from the time of the liberation of Korea from Japanese occupation at the end of WWII to recent days. He speaks of the seventy-years of friendship and collaboration. He particularly thanks North Korea for its assistance to Russia in the ongoing war in Ukraine.
    There is nothing specific in the article regarding what may be achieved during the visit other than to consolidate the strategic partnership of the countries, though he does mention developing ‘alternative, mechanisms of trade and settling mutual accounts that are outside the control of the West.’

    That (8:30 min) video with Press TV is valuable for Doctorow’s insights, and also for the opening statement from a South Korean correspondent who speaks with alarm of the sudden increase in nuclear threat to the continental US, which is about to be posed by Russian and North Korean military-technical and mutual-defense agreements.,-Doctorow:3

    Dr. Doctorow’s morning update: Russia will consider dispatch of F16s to Ukraine aggression that activates its mutual defense agreement with North Korea
    There are many elements in the agreements signed today by the Russian and North Korean leaders following their 5 hours of one-on-one talks and 90 minutes of talks with the participation of their government delegations…
    ..Allow me to cut to the quick, and set out here the most surprising development which emerged in Vladimir Putin’s speech following the signing ceremonies as stated in the title above that I give to this essay.
    Vladimir Putin remarked that the Partnership has a military component which affirms that each side will come to the aid of the other if it is under attack. Then, gratuitously, one might say, he mentioned the impending dispatch of F-16s by NATO countries that are to use Ukrainian territory to strike deep into the Russian Federation heartland. The juxtaposition of these two points in his speech leaves little doubt to those of us trained as Sovietologists that Putin considers what NATO is about to do at its Western borders as the very act of aggression that will trigger Russia’s Strategic Partnership with North Korea and present the United States with a live threat to its military bases in Korea, in Japan and in the broader region.
    Whether we choose to consider this scenario as ‘symmetric’ or ‘asymmetric’ response is beside the point. The net result will surely be as effective in waking up the dullards in Washington, D.C., in Brussels, London and Berlin to the fact that Russia means business, is not bluffing, and can wreak massive destruction on U.S. and Western military assets at any moment of its choosing if there is further escalation in the Ukraine war…
    ..It would appear that with the stroke of a pen today, Vladimir Vladimirovich has accomplished the same with no loss of life and without opening the Pandora’s box of nuclear arms.
    Mr. Putin’s travels in East Asia do not end today. On the contrary, he is headed next for Vietnam, where we may expect additional agreements that amount to check-mate to the AUKUS and So.Korea-Japan gambit of Messrs. Biden, Sullivan and Blinken. They thought they had done so well to ‘contain’ China and Russia during their first term in office.​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 19 2024 #161500
    John Day

    Thanks DBS for the “name stealers” information on the comments-late-show last night.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 18 2024 #161476
    John Day

    Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Men’s Behaviour Change
    A couple of weeks ago, Premier Jacinta Allan (of the Australian State of Victoria) announced a new parliamentary secretary who will undertake the difficult task of educating boys and men to have more positive and respectful attitudes towards women. State lawmaker Tim Richardson has been appointed Inaugural Secretary for Men’s Behaviour Change.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 18 2024 #161464
    John Day

    @Oroboros: I name Satan’s dog “Ahnold”.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 18 2024 #161463
    John Day

    @Oroboros: I Really Like the video of Kim greeting Vlad in Pyongyang. Kim is the nervous girlfriend to Putin’s swashbuckling Jodo-ka dancing down the airplane gangplank with a big, easy smile and several hugs for the anxious-to-please Kim.
    Kim insists Putin gets in the car first. Vlad takes of his jacket in the car so he can put it back on in a manly way when he gets back out. Vladimir Putin looks completely at ease, and comfortable greeting each person.
    He makes the girl with the flowers Feel-Good! Did you catch THAT.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 18 2024 #161460
    John Day

    Those 3 stories resonate well, somehow.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 18 2024 #161458
    John Day

    Thanks for the heads-up about 1666, Redemption Through Sin, DBS

    Product Information
    Most people have heard of Jesus Christ, considered the Messiah by Christians, and who lived 2000 years ago. But very few have ever heard of Sabbatai Zevi, who declared himself the Messiah in 1666. By proclaiming redemption was available through acts of sin, he amassed a following of over one million passionate believers, about half the world’s Jewish population during the 17th century.Although many Rabbis at the time considered him a heretic, his fame extended far and wide. Sabbatai’s adherents planned to abolish many ritualistic observances, because, according to the Talmud, holy obligations would no longer apply in the Messianic time. Fasting days became days of feasting and rejoicing. Sabbateans encouraged and practiced sexual promiscuity, adultery, incest and religious orgies.After Sabbati Zevi’s death in 1676, his Kabbalist successor, Jacob Frank, expanded upon and continued his occult philosophy. Frankism, a religious movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, centered on his leadership, and his claim to be the reincarnation of the Messiah Sabbatai Zevi. He, like Zevi, would perform “strange acts” that violated traditional religious taboos, such as eating fats forbidden by Jewish dietary laws, ritual sacrifice, and promoting orgies and sexual immorality. He often slept with his followers, as well as his own daughter, while preaching a doctrine that the best way to imitate God was to cross every boundary, transgress every taboo, and mix the sacred with the profane. Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Gershom Scholem called Jacob Frank, “one of the most frightening phenomena in the whole of Jewish history”.Jacob Frank would eventually enter into an alliance formed by Adam Weishaupt and Meyer Amshel Rothschild called the Order of the Illuminati. The objectives of this organization was to undermine the world’s religions and power structures, in an effort to usher in a utopian era of global communism, which they would covertly rule by their hidden hand: the New World Order. Using secret societies, such as the Freemasons, their agenda has played itself out over the centuries, staying true to the script. The Illuminati handle opposition by a near total control of the world’s media, academic opinion leaders, politicians and financiers. Still considered nothing more than theory to many, more and more people wake up each day to the possibility that this is not just a theory, but a terrifying Satanic conspiracy.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 18 2024 #161456
    John Day

    New Eisenhower Captain “Chowdah” convinces me completely that Ike is Okey-Dokey (quality disinfo?):
    “I came to a revelation at some point in my career that, one of the things that all humans require is to be loved and valued,” Hill said. “So I shouldn’t be afraid, as a leader, to try to love and value everybody, and also to expect other leaders that I’m responsible for to love and value their sailors.” (“Nothing unmanly”, of course.)

    Netnyahu’s shrink with “apparent suicide from self inflicted gunshot wound” and suicide note damning Bibi, which is appropriate, of course, might be an “Arkancide” by the anti-Bibi consortium, also.

    High stakes and bad neighborhood, ya-know?

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 17 2024 #161394
    John Day

    ​ Clauser’s Case: GHG Science Wrong, Clouds the Climate Thermostat​, Ron Clutz
    ​ This post provides a synopsis of Dr. John Clauser’s Clintel presentation last May. Below are the texts from his slides gathered into an easily readable format. The two principal takeways are (in my words):
    A. IPCC’s Green House Gas Science is Flawed and Untrustworthy
    B. Clouds are the Thermostat for Earth’s Climate, Not GHGs.​

    ​Starting in at 5:22, the recurring global catastrophe. Safe Zones, Animal Anomalies, Primary Risks | Advanced Catastrophism

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 17 2024 #161393
    John Day

    ​ AI is Digital Control, You’ve Been Warned – Catherine Austin Fitts
    ​ Catherine Austin Fitts (CAF), Publisher of The Solari Report, financial expert and former Assistant Secretary of Housing (Bush 41 Admin.) is sounding the alarm about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it will impact your world in very negative ways. It’s all in a new report called “The AI Revolution: The Final Coup d’Etat.” CAF explains, “This is a very serious look at Artificial Intelligence and how it’s going to be used to implement control. . . . This past week, there was this huge open board meeting at OpenAI. There were board members put there to make sure OpenAI and its products were in alignment with the best interests of the human race. Some of them got booted out. Now, we see the former head of the NSA (National Security Agency) get put on the board. I just realized it today, and I had not realized it before. Edward Snowden just tweeted out and said you should never use any of these products, which include ChatGBT. Snowden also said, ‘You have to understand where this is going. You have been warned.’
    ​ “The AI Revolution” also warns that AI “. . . will alter the prospects for a free society, even free will. . . and . . . attempt to seed the idea human-only decision-making will become a rarity and, in time, cease to exist.”
    ​ Don’t think sophisticated AI is some idea that is far into the future. AI is here now, and CAF points out, “I just see more and more companies using this type of technology to institute financial fraud and make money from financial fraud in their pricing. . . . You also have thousands of companies to track you for their benefit. . . . It is trying to extract data from you to accomplish whatever its goal is. . . . It’s like a swarm of invisible locusts that are all trying to surveil and track, and none of them are trying to optimize your life and give you a free and inspired life. They are just trying to get their piece.”
    ​ AI will also be used to ignore and break all laws. After all, it’s robotic and can’t be held accountable. CAF says, “By removing moral obligations and legal and obedient respect for laws, the speed at which you can do evil is extraordinary.​..”

    ​ Number of Children Who Died After COVID Shots Much Higher Than VAERS Reports Indicate, Analyst Says
    ​ Many VAERS reports list “age unknown” for people who were injured or died following a COVID-19 vaccine. VAERS analyst Albert Benavides said a closer look at the report summaries often reveals the victim’s age — yet VAERS doesn’t update the reports to reflect this.
    ​ VAERS data as of May 31 lists 197 child deaths following COVID-19 vaccination.
    However, Benavides told The Defender, “There are approximately 418 properly documented deaths in children below age 18. There are an additional approximate 120 kid deaths where the summary narrative states ‘child, infant, neonate, baby.’”
    ​ Benavides identified these “unknown age” reports using an algorithm and “manual intervention.”​ Benavides said his findings indicate “the current total is about 538” child deaths.​

    ​ Celia Farber, Denial Breaks Down, As Swedish Media Run Front Page Stories Of Two Deaths Caused By Moderna Shots—One—A 13 Year Old Boy—Referred By Medical Prosecutor As Involuntary Manslaughter​, Swedish Media Suddenly Openly Reporting Vaccine Deaths As A Reality—Even Calling One Manslaughter; The Other One Was Compensated For 30,000 Kronor—What Could Be Happening?

    ​ Fauci’s Agency Hid Plans to Create Highly Transmissible Mpox Virus From Congress, Media​ (The Pox previously known as “monkey”)
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, under Dr. Anthony Fauci’s leadership, concealed an mpox gain-of-function project from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, according to a 73-page report released Tuesday by the committee.​

    ​ Meryl Nass MD, US gov’t (USDA) is testing mRNA vaccines in cows starting now–to protect them from bird flu, Do you want mRNA or the proteins it induces in your milk or meat?

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 17 2024 #161392
    John Day

    ​Meryl Nass MD, Hanging chads and the 2002 “Help America Vote Act” were designed bring in electronic machines to hack all future elections
    The hacking was so obvious this past week even the mainstream media reported on it​:
    ​ SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s elections commission said Tuesday that it’s reviewing its contract with a U.S. electronic voting company after hundreds of discrepancies were discovered following the island’s heated primaries.
    ​ The problem stemmed from a software issue that caused machines supplied by Dominion Voting Systems to incorrectly calculate vote totals, said Jessika Padilla Rivera, the commission’s interim president.
    ​ While no one is contesting the results from the June 2 primary that correctly identify the winners, machine-reported vote counts were lower than the paper ones in some cases, and some machines reversed certain totals or reported zero votes for some candidates.​

    ​ Musk Says “Eliminate Electronic Voting Machines” After Dominion’s Puerto Rican Imbroglio​ (“small” risk, but keeps happening?)
    “The risk of being hacked by humans or AI, while small, is still too high.”​ Musk was responding to the recent news that Puerto Rico is ‘reviewing’ their contract with Dominion Voting Systems after a ‘software issue’ caused machines supplied by the company to miscalculate vote totals, according to the country’s elections commission.​

    ​Meryl Nass MD (but it’s not happening yet), Breaking News: FEC Rules in Favor of Kennedy. He Must Be Allowed in the CNN Debate
    CNN made their standard clear for those who would be invited to debate. Only Kennedy met the standard.​

    Biden-Trump debate rules revealed​, In a departure from previous debates, CNN will mute each candidate while the other speak​

    “Embarrassing”, G7 Dignitaries Say Biden Was “Losing Focus”; “Worst He’s Ever Been”

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 17 2024 #161391
    John Day

    “Russia’s Fault​” narrative for ​looming financial collapse: G7 Countries Could Lose $83 Billion If Russia’s Assets Confiscated​

    ​ A tale of two summits… elitist warmongering G7 and peacemaking multipolar BRICS
    ​ The G7 has become a caricature of power. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan are seen as being ruled by self-serving extortionists, contributing little to global development. Their presumed superiority is untenable and looks ridiculous. The group represents a neocolonialist clique whose exploitation of finance and natural resources of other nations is an obscenity and shackle on the abundant potential for world development.
    ​ By contrast, the BRICS coalition of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa plus a growing number of other nations, collectively known as the Global South, is a living harbinger of a more just and equitable international order. The multipolar world that the BRICS represent and advocate has become the practical roadmap for proper international development. It is based on cooperation, partnership, and mutual respect grounded in a genuine commitment to the principles of the United Nations Charter.
    ​ The BRICS summit this week held in the beautiful city of Nizhny Novgorod on the Volga River was a convening of foreign ministers. In October, the national leaders of the BRICS will gather in the Russian city of Kazan. The list of nations seeking to join the group has reached 50, representing every continent. In terms of combined economic power and population, the BRICS Plus has far surpassed the G7.​

    Western ​Global Finance desperately needs this vast collateral (h/t Lindsay Graham) THE MINERAL RESOURCES OF UKRAINE
    ​ Ukraine is one of the leading countries of the world in a wide range of minerals. Although it covers only 0.4% of the Earth’s surface, contains about 5% of the world’s mineral resources. It ranks top-10 of the world for several raw materials (metallic and non-metallic) such as titanium, ball clays, Fe-Mn & Fe-Si-Mn alloys and gallium. Lithium, graphite or magnesium, among others, are also present in Ukraine.​

    ​ Nashville Journalist Faces Jail Time Over Trans School Shooter Manifesto Leak
    ​ A public records case over a leaked manifesto belonging to Audrey Hale, a transgender individual who shot up the Covenant School in a Nashville suburb – killing three 9-year-old children and three adults, has spiraled into a contentious legal battle which could see a journalist tossed in jail if he doesn’t reveal his source.​

    ​ “Upcoming Report Will Expose Horrors” Of Biden’s Lost 85,000 Migrant Children In America
    ​”Fox and Friends Weekend” co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy asked Trump in an interview about the missing migrant children situation and what he would do if reelected.
    ​ “So in just this year, fiscal year 2024, there’s been 74,000 unaccompanied children that have come across the border. In 2023, get this number, 137,275. You know, you’ve seen the images of these children … and the Joe Biden administration has lost 80,000 of them. No one can track, no one knows where they’re at … Will you commit, will the Trump administration commit to finding these children, to finding them and returning them to their families? To their countries? Because many of them have been lost into sex trafficking. It’s heartbreaking. Will you commit to that?” Campos-Duffy asked the former president.
    ​ Trump responded:
    “Yeah, I would do that. Sure, adding, “I haven’t been asked that question, but the answer is yes. It’s a simple answer. Many of them are dead. They have done such a bad job.”​ ​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 17 2024 #161390
    John Day

    ​ Aleks @ Black Mountain Analysis, To Negotiate or Not to Negotiate​
    Let’s go through the reasons why I think the Russian proposal has been offered:
    ​ It was a public show to the world that Russia is ready to negotiate, especially to the BRICS countries. It is a show of goodwill, and the terms would be excellent if Ukraine were independent and not remote-controlled. Especially considering the current slaughter of the Ukrainian Army.
    ​ President Putin wanted to make his own proposal right before the Western conference to give everyone at the conference the certainty that the conference is futile since the conditions are dictated by the winners and not by drug addicts. Pardon… Western leaders…
    ​..Now comes the most important reason:
    ​ The main recipients of this speech were the Ukrainian people. They have started listening more carefully to President Putin than their own media. President Putin’s speech was broadly heard and listened to in Ukraine.
    ​ It aimed to outline in detail how the Ukrainian (Russian) people were betrayed by the West and their traitorous leaders right from the beginning. Moreover, it creates hope for the Ukrainians to end the mass deaths of their relatives if their government surrenders. That is what it is about; it is an ultimatum for an unconditional surrender, packed with some nice phrases.
    ​ The Ukrainian people need to know that the deaths of their relatives could end tomorrow if their government enters negotiations. The “government,” of course, can’t since it is controlled by the West.​

    ​ Putin’s peace offer ‘not serious’ – Scholz
    ​ German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new proposal to achieve a lasting peace between Moscow and Kiev, branding the overture a ploy to distract the global community from the Swiss-hosted Ukraine ‘peace summit.’​

    ​”Serious”: G7 demands $486 billion from Russia, Moscow owes billions of dollars in damages to Kiev, according to a joint statement by the Group of Seven nations

    ​ ‘We must go after everything Russian’ – UK’s Cameron
    The West must show Moscow that it stands “completely” behind Ukraine by sanctioning everything Russian, Britain’s foreign secretary David Cameron has said…
    ​ “We will show [Russian President Vladimir] Putin that we are completely behind Ukraine: we will chase the money and the oil, we will stop the gas, we will stop the ships, we will do everything we can to stop the Russian war machine and show Putin the folly of his actions,” Cameron told the Italian outlet.​

    ​ Putin On G7 Seized Assets Plan: “Despite All The Trickery, Theft Is Still Theft”
    ​ After on Thursday Group of Seven leaders agreed at a summit in Italy to give Ukraine $50 billion utilizing interest from frozen Russian Central Bank assets, President Putin has addressed the move during a speech before his Ministry of Foreign Affairs.​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 17 2024 #161389
    John Day

    Selective Service Act Amended To Require Registration of Women.​

    ​ I am SURELY NOT ADVISING DRAFT DODGING: Penalties for Failing to Register
    ​ If required to register with Selective Service, failure to register is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment. Also, a person who knowingly counsels, aids, or abets another to fail to comply with the registration requirement is subject to the same penalties.​

    Military Draft Coming? House Passes Measure To Automatically Register Men For Selective Service​

    ​ From March 17, 2024, Yemen’s Houthis Likely Received Russian Near-Hypersonic Naval Missiles
    ​ The investigation indicated the Houthis received Russian naval missiles, which have been used in the Red Sea battle to exhaust the U.S. and its allies. According to the investigations, Syria obtained the Russian P-800 Oniks (Yakhont) missile in a 2011 purchase from Russia. In 2017, M-302 short-range ballistic missiles were smuggled from Syria to the Houthi group, which later called them Badr-1 and Badr-P. The missiles were used to target Yemeni government-controlled cities and the southern borders of Saudi Arabia.
    This type of missile is described as one of the best naval missiles in the world. It can be launched from a moving platform or from a small ship, and it is close to being hypersonic.
    ​ The investigation stated that the Houthi possession of this type e of missile would facilitate the precise targeting of American and British battleships, causing enormous damage to aircraft carriers.​

    ​ Putin names conditions for Ukraine peace talks​, Kiev must withdraw its troops from Russia’s new territories, the president has said.
    ​ “I stress: the entire territory of those regions as defined by their administrative borders at the time they joined Ukraine [in August 1991],” Putin stated.
    ​ “Our side will order a ceasefire and start negotiations the minute Kiev declares that it is prepared to take this decision and starts actual withdrawal of troops from those regions, and also formally informs us that it no longer plans to join NATO,” the Russian leader pledged.​..
    ..“We are counting on Kiev to take such a decision on withdrawal, neutral status, and dialogue with Russia, on which the future existence of Ukraine depends, independently based on the current realities and guided by the true interests of the Ukrainian people and not at Western orders,” Putin stated.
    ​ At this point, Moscow will not accept a frozen conflict, which would allow the US and its allies to rearm and rebuild the Ukrainian military, Putin claimed.​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 17 2024 #161388
    John Day

    ​Sorry, we can’t stop the starvation or genocide right now: Netanyahu Disbands War Cabinet Amid Deepening Rifts Over Gaza Strategy

    The strategy is to draw the US into fighting Israel’s ​World War-III. Report: US Thinks Israel Is Rushing Into War With Hezbollah With No Clear Strategy​

    ​(Serbian) Aleks @ Black Mountain analysis thinks 90% chance of no nuclear war this summer. I’m less comfortable than that. Nuclear War Ahead?

    (Independent Congressional Candidate) Dennis Kucinich, America Prepares for Global War and Restarts the Draft for 18-26 year olds
    Greetings to Young Americans: You are Automatically Registered for the Draft Conscription without Representation? Where and WHY are we sending our Kids to War?​

    Who must register for Selective Service​:
    Almost all men who are 18-25 years old and live in the United States must register for Selective Service. This includes:
    U.S. citizens (U.S. born, dual citizens, and naturalized)
    U.S. citizens who live outside of the country
    Immigrants (legal permanent residents and undocumented immigrants)
    Refugees and asylum seekers
    Transgender people who were assigned male gender at birth
    People with disabilities​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 17 2024 #161387
    John Day

    ​ MK Bhadrakumar, Death of petrodollar is a Biden legacy
    The expiration of the 1974 US-Saudi ‘oil-for-security’ deal has far-reaching implications. At the most obvious level, it highlights the shifting power dynamics in the oil market with the emergence of alternative energy sources (eg., renewables and natural gas) and new oil-producing countries (eg., Brazil and Canada) challenging the traditional dominance of West Asia. But this is more the optics of it.
    ​ Crucially, the petrodollar’s expiration could weaken the US dollar and, by extension, the US financial markets. If oil were to be priced in a currency other than the dollar, it could lead to a decline in global demand for the greenback, which, in turn, could result in higher inflation, higher interest rates, and a weaker bond market in the US.
    ​ Suffice to say, going forward we may expect a significant shift in global power dynamics with the growing influence of emerging economies…​

    Simplicius, ​ Petrodollar Dead? Rumors Swirl as Moneyed Powers Go All in for the Final Roll
    The big question is not where things will go, but how fast: their trajectory is nearly certain, it only remains to be seen how quickly the BRICS-adjacent countries can agree on mechanisms and muster the initiative to implement them into actual practice.
    ​ For decades the idea of abandoning the Dollar seemed ludicrous, particularly to smaller, less powerful nations who do not possess as much agency as a superpower like Russia. But now that Russia is showing them the way, pioneering the path forward and demonstrating there is nothing scary about breaking through that mental barrier of imposed colonial slavery and financial hegemony, we can expect the remainder of the world to quickly follow Russia’s lead…​

    ​ Gilbert Doctorow, WION on the Ukrainian Peace Summit: Conclusions
    ​ A lot is being said even in our mainstream media about how the Summit fell short of expectations. Indeed, that is a virtually unavoidable conclusion given that only three of the ten points in Zelensky’s peace plan got approval of the gathering, and even the closing statement with this much reduced consensus was not signed by India, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and other consequential participants. The populations represented by those who did sign, and did not later cancel their signatures, as several did, came to well less than half of the world’s total.
    ​ Little is being said about how Russia views the outcome of the Summit and that is what I tried to address in the several minutes that I was given the microphone.(start 3:20)​

    Censored! Press TV discussion today of UNRWA’s report that 50,000 children across the Gaza strip are suffering from acute malnutrition
    ​ This morning’s 10 minute live on-air chat with the Press TV anchor in Teheran and with a scholar based in Morocco was dedicated to the latest report of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees describing the humanitarian situation in Gaza as catastrophic.
    ​ Regrettably Belgium appears to have banned dissemination of the Press TV website (again) and I am unable to view the video.​ (I watched it after being sternly warned.)​…
    ​..I find it understandable that Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other neighboring states do not by themselves take military action against Israel even in the very limited sense of ensuring that humanitarian aid reaches the Gazans in amounts to stave off famine. Each country individually would expose itself to devastating Israeli revenge attacks that would cost the lives of their citizens and cause great material damage. However, if there is a collective force, say, to open Haifa port to ships with aid or to open the land border crossings, that would be an entirely different matter. And for this I can think of no country better placed to play a leading role than Russia, which happens to have its own naval base and air base in Syria as well as other military assets in the region.
    ​ There are, of course, many open issues raised by this proposal, some of which were mentioned by my fellow panelist. However, he also noted that if European and NATO countries like Norway and Spain that have formally recognized the Palestinian state were to join the coalition, it would have still greater likelihood of success in the face of not only Israeli but also American opposition…
    ..What the Israeli government is doing is a tragedy not only for their victims but for themselves. They are desecrating the memory of the Holocaust dead and it will take more than one generation to live down these crimes against humanity.​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 17 2024 #161384
    John Day

    Mutinous Summer

    It is hard to begin this post again, because the news keeps coming in rapidly, after several days of outdoor work and moving our son to a new apartment, the realities of living as a human. This summer is a summer of sharp divergence between western power/financial elites and the citizens of western countries, as was the summer of 1968.

    European Mutiny at the Illiberal Order, Alastair Crooke (Thanks Eleni)
    The mutiny has arisen because many in the West see only too clearly that the western ruling structure is an illiberal mechanical ‘control system’.
    I have been writing for some time that Europe (and the U.S.) are in a period of alternate revolution and civil war. History warns us that such conflicts tend to be extended, with peak episodes which are revolutionary (as the prevailing paradigm first cracks); yet which, in reality, are but alternate modes of the same – a ‘toggling’ between revolutionary peaks and the slow ‘slog’ of intense cultural war.
    We are, I believe, in such an era.
    I also have suggested that a nascent counter-revolution was slowly gathering – one defiantly unwilling to recant traditionalist moral values, nor prepared to submit to an oppressive illiberal international order posing as liberal.
    What I had not expected was that the ‘first shoe to drop’ would occur in Europe – that it would be France that would be the first to break the illiberal mould. (I had thought that it would break first in the U.S.)…
    ..The cold reality is that western ‘Power Structures’ own the wealth, the key institutions in society and the levers of enforcement. To be plain: they hold the ‘commanding heights’. How will they manage a West edging towards moral, political and possibly financial collapse? Most likely by doubling-down, with no compromise…
    ..Undoubtedly, U.S. ‘structures’ will have been deeply disconcerted by the European election portent. What does the European anti-Establishment mutiny imply for those Ruling Structures in Washington, especially at a time when all the world sees Joe Biden visibly wobbling?
    How will they distract ‘us’ from this first crack to their international Structural Edifice? …
    ..By incrementally escalating NATO violations of Russia’s strategic ‘red lines’, it seems that the U.S. hawks seek to gain the escalatory advantage over Moscow, leaving to Moscow the dilemma of how far to retaliate. The western élites do not fully believe the warnings from Moscow…
    ..An earlier than expected Ukraine implosion might become the staging for a U.S. pivot to the Taiwan ‘front’ – a contingency that already is being prepared.
    Why is Europe in mutiny?
    The mutiny has arisen because many in the West now see only too clearly that the western ruling structure is no liberal project per se, but rather is an avowedly illiberal mechanical ‘control system’ (managerial technocracy) – that fraudulently poses as liberalism…
    ..Europeans are versed in the narrative that history has bent to the long arc of liberalism (in the post-Cold War period). Yet that has proved illusory. The reality has been control, surveillance, censorship, technocracy, lockdowns and climate emergency. Illiberalism, even quasi totalitarianism…
    ..The ‘about-face’ came in the 1970s.
    In 1970, Zbig Brzezinski (who was to become National Security Adviser to President Carter) published a book entitled: Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era. In it, Brzezinski argued:
    “The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society…dominated by an élite, unrestrained by traditional values…[and practicing] continuous surveillance over every citizen … [together with] manipulation of the behaviour and intellectual functioning of all people … [would become the new norm].”
    Elsewhere he argued that “the nation-state as a fundamental unit of man’s organised life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state”​ (business cosmopolitanism as the future).
    ​ David Rockefeller and the power brokers around him – together with his Bilderberg grouping – seized on Brzezinski’s insight to represent the third leg to ensuring that the 21st century would indeed be the ‘American Century’. The other two legs were control of oil resources and dollar hegemony.​..
    ​..The Trilateral Commission however, was the secretive heart to the matrix. “When Carter took office in January 1976, his Cabinet was drawn almost entirely from the ranks of Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission – to such an astonishing degree that some Washington insiders called it the ‘Rockefeller Presidency’”, Engdahl writes.
    ​ Craig Karpel, in 1977, also wrote:
    ​ “The presidency of the U.S. and the key cabinet departments of the federal government have been taken over by a private organization dedicated to the subordination of the domestic interests of the United States to the international interests of the multi-national banks and corporations. It would be unfair to say that the Trilateral Commission dominates the Carter Administration. The Trilateral Commission is the Carter Administration”.
    ​ “Every key U.S. Government foreign and economic policy post, since Carter, has been held by a Trilateral”, Engdahl writes. And so it continues…
    ..The Rockefeller Faustian bargain of the 1970s had one narrow segment of the American ruling cadre seceding from the American nation to occupy a separate reality in which they disassembled an organic economy to the benefit of the oligarchy, with ‘compensation’ coming only from their embrace of identity politics and the ‘just’ rotation of some diversity into corporate executive suites…
    ..For Europeans, this Faustian ‘arrangement’ degrades Humans down to identity units occupying the spaces between markets, rather than markets being the ancillary to an organic human-centred economy…
    ..Rockefeller’s technocratic illiberal cum identity paradigm leads only to the attenuation of social bonds; the atomisation of community; to the lack of metaphysical content and thus to an absence of existential purpose and meaning.
    Illiberalism is unfulfilling. It says: You don’t count. You don’t belong. Many Europeans evidently now get it…
    ..It is not likely – for now – that the Ruling Strata will compromise. Those who dominate tend to fear existentially: Either they keep dominating, or they lose all…
    ..So, consider the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Leaders in the U.S. ruling strata comprise many zealous supporters of a Zionist Israel. As the International Order starts to crack, this segment of structural power in the U.S. is likely to be uncompromising too, fearing a zero-sum outcome…
    ​..Might the ‘Ruling Strata’ – desperate for a certain outcome – seek to fold (and try to conceal) the horrors of this west-Asian struggle within a wider geo-strategic war? One in which greater multitudes become displaced (thus dwarfing a regional horror)?​ [Israeli politicians already cast the current genocide in the retrospective light of WW-3.]​

    ​ French Markets Stabilize After Le Pen Says She’ll Work With Macron In Appeal To French Moderates
    ​ France’s surprise political leader Marine Le Pen – who blew president Macron away in the European Parliament elections – assured that she would work with Macron should she prevail in national elections.
    ​ “I’m respectful of institutions, and I’m not calling for institutional chaos,” Le Pen told Le Figaro newspaper. “There will simply be cohabitation.”
    ​ Le Pen is reaching out to mainstream voters as she aims to cement a majority in the next parliament, a result that would constitute an earthquake in European politics.​

    ​Simplicius points out the very tight cage we are being chuted into. (Jump!) Fogging the Episteme in the Quest for the unHoly Grail
    ​ We’ve become an extractive rentier economy where top transnational corps compete against each other in an exponential race to dominate the final resource of value: data—with us as consum​e​able currency merely for exploitation. They will of course structure the digital paradigm in such a way as to make being “plugged into” their system as compulsory as possible in order to thrive, or even subsist, in society at all.​

    ​ Farage’s Reform UK Party Overtakes Sunak’s Conservatives: Poll
    Europe’s marked shift towards populism appears to be accelerating, as Nigel Farage’s Reform UK Party has surpassed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives in an opinion poll for the first time, signaling a potential shift in the British political landscape as the nation approaches the July 4 general election.​.. Reform UK now holds 19% of voter support, up two percentage points, while the Conservatives remain static at 18%. The opposition Labour Party continues to lead with 37% support.​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 17 2024 #161372
    John Day

    LA City Council Removes ‘Homophobic’ No U-Turn Signs
    No, YOU turn

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 14 2024 #161159
    John Day

    extra vaccine deaths

    Walter M. Chesnut, Confirmation of My 2021 Hypothesis that the Spike Protein Induces Accelerated Aging
    A paper published June 9th confirms the findings. This is an incredible danger of repeated exposure to the Spike Protein.​

    ​ It seems that suicide rate goes up by 8-9 times after gender-reassignment surgery in teens. Gender Confusion in the young appears to have a lot of overlap with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. It’s different in midlife. Doctors, Medical Groups Call For Focus On Mental Health In Gender-Confused Children

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 14 2024 #161158
    John Day

    (Team player) Merrick Garland Ignores Contempt Vote Over Biden ‘Dementia’ Tapes
    ​ “Today’s vote disregards the constitutional separation of powers, the Justice Department’s need to protect its investigations, and the substantial amount of information we have provided to the Committees,” wrote Garland following the vote which made him the third attorney general in US history and fourth sitting cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress.​

    (“Lies, damned lies and …”) Powell Admits The Biden Admin Is “Overstating” Jobs
    ​ While the Establishment Survey did indeed report that 272K “jobs” were added, this number also included multiple job holders; stripping those out, we get that the actual number of “employed” workers plunged by 408K… which is also why the unemployment rate actually went up to 4.0% for the first time in over three years, despite this marvelous “increase” in payrolls. More importantly, it means that gap between the always upward sloping (and market moving) Establishment Survey – which counts the number of payrolls – and the flatlined Household Survey – which counts the number of actually employed workers – which hasn’t made a new high since late 2023 and is back to where it was last summer, is now a stunning 9 million, the biggest on record.​

    ​ Meryl Nass MD, Robert Fico attempted assassination timeline, May 10-June 5, 2024
    May 10, 2024—Slovakia refuses pandemic treaty and IHR amendments despite a meeting with Tedros to convince Slovakia otherwise​…
    May 15, 2024—Slovakian PM Fico shot at very close range by multiple bullets by a former security guard and writer​…
    May 16, 2024—The Atlantic Council just one day later tells us five things we need to know about the attempted assassination, attempting to gain quick control of the narrative…​ Showing no sympathy to the victim, who was at that time on death’s door, the Atlantic Council worries how the shooting will be used by Fico’s party to quell opposition. They also spin the shooting as due to “hate politics” (lone nut) rather than a political hit​…
    June 5, 2024—Mr. Fico posted a pre-recorded speech and said it would be a “minor miracle” but he hopes to be back at work in about a month. He was able to leave the hospital on May 30 and is receiving outpatient treatment.​.. Mr. Fico said that “an activist of the Slovak opposition” had attempted to assassinate him because of his political views, describing the gunman as “a messenger of evil and political hatred.” Opposition parties have denied any connection to the shooting.​ “I have no reason to believe this was an attack by a lone madman,” he said.​

    ​ The Destruction of Julian Assange, Jacob G. Hornberger​
    ​ Last month, a British court gave Julian Assange permission to continue opposing the U.S. government’s attempts to extradite him to the United States to stand trial for violating the World War I Espionage Act. In truth, what U.S. officials are really targeting him for is that Assange, as head of WikiLeaks, had the audacity to reveal war crimes and other dark-side activities of the U.S. national-security state…
    ..Keep in mind that the Assange prosecution has much more to it than just inflicting harm on Assange. U.S. officials know that they have to send everyone else a message: “The secrecy surrounding our war crimes and dark-side actives is sacrosanct. Don’t ever even think of doing what Assange did. If you do, we will do to you what we have done to him. We will finish you. Even if you are ultimately acquitted, you will be an utterly destroyed individual at the end of the process.”
    ​ Thus, U.S. officials couldn’t care less about Assange’s latest judicial “victory.” They know that British officials will keep him rotting in their jail system until his appeals are finally resolved, if ever. Ideally, from the perspective of U.S. officials, Assange will die during the pendency of his forever appeals, in which case the destruction of his life and his subsequent death in prison will have served its purpose with its message to everyone else: “Don’t ever mess with us or we will do to you what we did to Assange.”​

    ​ The Ethical Skeptic, a Systems Analyst by specialty, explains his analysis of data in detail and at length, how he avoided data=processing pitfalls, which attract many paid analysts with a specific point their patrons need delivered. Here is where he arrived:
    ​ USA Full Covid-19 Mortality Accountability – 1,256,200 Manmade US Deaths
    ​ The chart below shows the total impact of our poor decision making as a society, in terms of total mortality, and compares that mortality to the various wars and conflicts our nation has suffered. Of key note inside this death tally are the 688,600 deaths inside the Vaccine/Sudden/Long Covid tally. 95% of this metric resulted from the impact of the mRNA vaccine itself, with the remaining 5% attributable to primarily Long Covid.
    ​ Speaking with an actuary (40 years experience) at one of the largest insurance companies in the world saying the Mortality Statistics are being dramatically underreported and the actual numbers could be 10 times higher. The number of deaths by drug overdoses, suicides, homicides, traffic accidents, aggressive cancers (including colon cancers as young as 15), blood clots, myocarditis, enlarged hearts, strokes have dramatically increased since 2022.

    The State of Things Pandemic – Week 22 2024

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 14 2024 #161157
    John Day

    ​ Lavrov accuses West of ignoring UN Charter
    ​ The West’s actions often run counter to the principles of the United Nations Charter, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.​.. According to Lavrov, BRICS nations have similar approaches to issues of reforming the system of multilateral institutions, including the UN and its Security Council, as well as on the post-pandemic recovery of the global economy, and the goals of sustainable development approved by the UN General Assembly.​

    ​ Thanks Eleni in Athens. Fyodor Lukyanov: Here’s what the results of the European Parliament elections tell us​ , MEPs don’t call the shots, so any real change in the bloc will emerge from domestic upheavals
    ​ The main conclusion is that in the two largest EU countries – France and Germany – the ruling forces no longer enjoy popular support. Macron decided not to delay but to try to reverse the trend immediately, by calling elections with a three-week campaign. Berlin’s right-wing opposition – the CDU/CSU – also called for new elections, but this is highly unlikely.
    ​ Macron is taking a risk, but he is counting on the fact that citizens tend to vote differently in European than in national elections. In the first case, voting is an opportunity to express dissatisfaction with the authorities without risking anything, because the daily life of a European does not depend on what deputies in Brussels and Strasbourg do.
    ​ The second is to elect those who will form the government and on whom, therefore, their pockets depend. In national elections, it’s the managerial experience of the candidates that counts, and so-called populists usually don’t have these skills. As a result, the outcome of national elections is usually more favorable to the mainstream. This was the case under normal and stable conditions, but now we can only dream of those.
    ​ Macron put the Ukrainian issue at the center of his campaign for the European Parliament (to the point of promising direct intervention in the fighting). This didn’t mobilize voters. In Germany, the subject also played an important role, although it wasn’t central. The CDU, which was very successful, is even more pro-Ukrainian than the Social Democrats. However, the success of the Alternative for Germany and Sarah Wagenknecht’s new party shows that this line also has its opponents – both forces oppose arming Ukraine.​

    ​ (More colorfully) Pepe Escobar, The Summer of Living Dangerously
    ​ So Le Petit Roi in Paris was predictably crushed in the European polls. He has called parliamentary snap elections, dissolving the Assemblée Nationale in an act of blind, puerile revenge on French citizens, de facto attacking French institutional democracy.
    ​ That doesn’t mean much anyway, because the lineaments of “liberty, equality, fraternity” have long been usurped by a crass oligarchy.
    ​ The second round of these fresh French elections will be on July 7 – nearly coinciding with the British snap elections on July 11, and only a few days before the slow-burning urban catastrophe which will be the Olympics in Paris.
    ​ Paris salons are ablaze with intrigue on why the little Rothschild stooge with a Napoleon complex is throwing all his toys out of the pram now because he’s not getting what he wants.
    ​ After all what he really craves is to become a “War President” – together with the Cadaver in the White House, Starmer in the UK, Rutte in the Netherlands, the Toxic Medusa von der Lugen in Brussels, Tusk in Poland, without having to answer to the French people.​..
    ..Bigger things though are in play. Following the – auspicious – game-changing messages to the Global Majority coming out of the St. Petersburg forum last week, anchored on openness and inclusiveness, the BRICS 10 meeting of Foreign Ministers in Nizhny Novgorod carried the baton early this week.
    ​ Foreign Minister Lavrov stressed three key points:
    ​“The countries of the Global South no longer want to be dependent on the double standards of the West and its whims.”
    ​ “Everyone knows that the BRICS countries already serve as the locomotive of the world economy.”
    “We [at the BRICS FMs meeting] stressed the need for consistent efforts to create a new world order, where the equality of independent states will be the key.”
    ​ Now compare it with the shrinking G7 meeting later this week in Puglia in southern Italy: the same old song, from a “tough new warning” to Chinese banks (“Don’t do business with Russia or else!”) to vociferous threats against the China-Russia strategic partnership.
    ​ And last but not least, extra plotting to skim interest from the massive, frozen/stolen Russian assets with the intent of sending them to country 404; the Toxic Medusa itself announced that country 404 will receive €1.5 billion of the income from stolen Russian assets from the EU in July, 90% of it to buy weapons.​..
    ..By several metrics, Europe is about to implode/explode not with a bang but an agonizing whimper anytime within the next few months. It’s crucial to remember that the snap elections in France and Britain will also coincide with the NATO summit on July 11 – where Russophobia-fueled warmongering will reach paroxysm.
    ​ Among possible scenarios, some kind of false flag to be squarely blamed on Russia should be expected. It could be a Franz Ferdinand moment; a Gulf of Tonkin moment; or even a USS Maine before the American-Spanish war moment.
    ​ The fact remains that the only way these “leaders” across NATOstan plus their lowly MI6 agent in a green sweaty T-shirt in Kiev will survive is by manufacturing a casus belli.
    If indeed that happens, a date can be advanced: between the second week of July and the end of August; and certainly no later than the second week of September.
    October will be too late: too close to the U.S. elections.​..
    ..President Putin, before and during the St. Petersburg forum, elaborated on how “symmetric” Moscow’s response will be to attacks by Kiev using NATOstan missiles – already ongoing.
    ​ There are three NATOstan members which are supplying missiles with a range of 350 km and more: U.S., UK and France.
    So a “symmetric” response would imply Russia providing Global South nations with advanced weaponry – capable of causing serious damage to nodes of the Empire of Bases.
    ​ And here are the top candidates to receive these weapons – as extensively debated not only on Russian TV channels but also in the St. Petersburg forum corridors.
    West Asia: Iran (which already has them); Syria (badly needs them); Yemen; Iraq (would be very helpful to Hashd al-Shaabi) and Libya.
    ​ Central, Northeast, Southeast Asia: Afghanistan, Myanmar (these two were present in St. Petersburg) and North Korea.
    Latin America: Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua (just look at the current Russian foray in the Caribbean).
    ​ Africa: Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia, Southern Sudan and Zimbabwe (just look at Lavrov’s recent African tour).​..
    ..And that brings us the jolly matter of a Russian naval force hangin’ out in the Caribbean, headed by the hypersonic missile-armed frigate Admiral Gorshkov and the Kazan nuclear submarine…
    ..Well, this naval force is obviously not there to launch WWIII. Martyanov explains that “while both can strike all of the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. and Canada, they are there not for that reason. God forbid if it comes to real WWIII there are plenty of Bulavas, Avangards, Sarmats and Yarses to deal with this horrifying business. No, both Gorshkov and Kazan are there to show that they can reach any combat ship or strategic sea lift vessel carrying any military combat set from North America to Europe in case of some nutjob deciding to try to survive a conventional war with Russia in 404.”
    ​ What’s even more intriguing is that after spending time in Havana, the naval force will remain in the Caribbean for a series of exercises – and will be joined by other Russian Navy vessels. They will remain in these waters until the end of The Summer of Living Dangerously. Just in case some nutjob has fancy ideas.​

    “Pelosi SHOULD Take Responsibility!” J6 Capitol Police Chief Says Speaker’s Staff Blocked Additional Security​

    AG Merrick Garland found in contempt of Congress for withholding evidence despite subpoena. Apparently there are concerns that a transcript re Biden was altered​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 14 2024 #161156
    John Day

    Simplicius with news of war in Ukraine and Russian missiles in Cuba: Roundup of Hottest Developments​

    ​Andrew Korybko asks, “what if a stored Ukrainian F-16 takes off from Poland and attacks ‘old Russia’?”
    Kiev’s Plan To Store F-16s In NATO States Raises The Risk Of World War III​

    ​ (Must be in WW-3 before November!) Biden, Zelensky To Sign 10-Year ‘Arm & Train’ Defense Deal at G7​
    ​ As they meet on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Italy, President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are planning to sign a deal for long-term US military assistance for Ukraine.
    ​ The deal commits Washington to ten years of arming and training the Ukrainian military, and which bolsters the military-industrial complex toward producing more of its own needs for the nation’s armed forces. However, given the pledge is an “executive agreement” and not a formal treaty, it can be undone by future American administrations.​

    ​ BRICS foreign ministers condemn US’ protectionism in trade — Lavrov
    “All the delegations spoke in favor of reforming the existing systems of global governance with a focus on giving the countries of the global South a bigger voice,” the Russian top diplomat said​

    ​ Mish Shedlock, Russia to Export Coal to India Via Iran. It’s a 4 Alarm Bells Fire
    ​ Russia has announced plans to export coal to India using Iran’s railways. This announcement was made during the BRICS transport ministers’ meeting at the 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)…
    ​..Biden will have concerns about Russia, Iran, the environment, and the fact that an ally effectively told the US to go to hell.​ The ability of the US to tell the world what to do is ending. In may places, that ability has already ended.​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 14 2024 #161155
    John Day

    The Fundamental Reason

    Alex Krainer (Do look at the other good parts. I just stole the end), It’s always about the collateral
    The relationship is deliberately obscured, so we must resort to dot-connecting, but consider this “dot”: in 2016, the Chilcot Inquiry into the British role in the Iraq war revealed, among other things, that six months after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a consortium of Western banks led by JP Morgan extended a $2.5 billion loan to “help” Iraq’s economic recovery…
    ​..Not so long ago, Graham was giddy about the Ukraine war and thought that funding it was “the best money we ever spent.” At the time he was gloating that “the Russians are dying,” but in this last interview he mentioned the $10 to $12 trillion in critical minerals three times in under a minute. He doesn’t want Russia or China to have them and somehow he feels that it is up to him, most probably his donors.
    ​ Most importantly, Graham confirms the ultimate reason for war and unwittingly points the finger at the interest groups that are behind it. Wars are about resource wealth (duh!), and there is only one interest group who must secure access to that wealth by the force of arms: the international banking cartel. Their means and their opportunity may be more difficult to establish (though not that difficult), but their motive is crystal clear. Resources like Graham’s “critical minerals,” represent the high quality collateral against which banks can issue loans.​..
    ​..With regards to the 2003 Iraqi loan​ (backed by future oil revenues), it might have been only a coincidence that JPMorgan was also one of the biggest financial backers of the Bush/Cheney 2000 election campaign. At that time, nobody could have predicted that in 2001 we’d witness the 9/11 terror attacks which helped justify the subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the attempted capture of their resources. Nobody saw Condoleeza Rice’s “birth pangs of the new Middle East” coming. Most likely however, the whole toxic brew was well in the works long before the events began to take place.
    ​ Incidentally, that same JP Morgan also richly rewarded Sir Tony Blair for his own inestimable contribution to making the 2003 Iraq invasion possible: after the end of his term as Britain’s Prime Minister, JP Morgan hired him as an advisor on a $5 million/year contract.
    ​ For coincidence theorists, none of this should be too troubling since they know that our forces only go abroad to defend democracy, freedom and human rights, especially for women and girls. Of course, they are also there to fight the terrorists: we fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here. And you, dear reader, you are either with us or you are against us. At any rate, remember that we’ve always been at war with Eurasia.​

    ​Who is really “backing” this “collateral”? G7 Leaders To Use Frozen Russian Assets To Back Next Tranche Of Ukraine Aid

    ​ Alastair Crooke, Israel and the Misjudgement of Reality
    ​ The core tension within the Western-Israeli calculus is that the U.S. and the EU are moving in one direction – back to the failed Oslo approach – whilst polling underscores Jewish electors firmly marching in the other direction.
    ​ A recent survey conducted by the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs shows that since 7 October, 79% of all Jewish respondents oppose the establishment of a Palestinian State on 1967 lines (68% were opposed prior to 7 Oct); 74% are opposed even in exchange for normalisation with Saudi Arabia. And reflective of the internal Israeli divide, “only 24% of left-wing voters support a [Palestinian] State without conditions”.
    ​ In short, as the western institutional leadership clings to the shrinking Israeli secular liberal Left, Israelis as whole (including the young) are moving hard Right. A recent Pew poll shows that 73% of the Israeli public support the military response in Gaza – albeit a third of Israelis complained it had not gone far enough. A plurality of Israelis think Israel should govern the Gaza Strip. And Netanyahu, in the aftermath of the ICC arrest threat, is overtaking Gantz (leader of the National Union) in approval ratings.
    ​ It seems that the ‘western consensus’ prefers not to notice these uncomfortable dynamics.​

    Sacrificing hundreds of innocents in Nuseirat to save others unacceptable, Lavrov says​ ​

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 14 2024 #161152
    John Day

    Thanks to Doc Robinson for finding this update on the diminishing Eisenhower Task Force location last night:

    Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) are operating in the Red Sea.

    USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 10, 2024

    Another article says the USS Mason left the Red Sea via the Suez Canal on June 7.

    Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) transited the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea, June 7, 2024.

    USS Mason Enters the Mediterranean Sea After Seven Months in the Red Sea

    USS Mason Enters the Mediterranean Sea After Seven Months in the Red Sea 

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 14 2024 #161151
    John Day

    @DBS: Our host, RIM can give you my email, or the long-missing alter-ego of Boscohorowits, Robin Morrison can do so.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 13 2024 #161112
    John Day

    Pete Buttigieg Defends Pride Flag While Attacking Justice Alito For Flying Flags Of ‘Insurrection’

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 13 2024 #161111
    John Day

    Tesla Investors Back Musk’s $56 Billion Pay Package, & Move To Texas

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 13 2024 #161109
    John Day

    @DBS: Thank you for the thoughtful ponderings of free-will and Truth. If you contact me at my little-visited, I will contact you back and delete your email, or you could contact our kind host, R.I.M. who has my email.
    I’m interested in your “name stealers” hypothesis.
    Look at this, from T.E.S. about the cumulative cost of lying, and other related things:

    The Principle of Diminishing Narrative Returns

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 13 2024 #161103
    John Day

    Butter – Bread – Know Which Side

    Attorney General Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by Barack Obama following the death of Antonin Scalia (only to be blocked by Senate Republicans), issued a defiant statement after being held in contempt of Congress on Wednesday by the GOP-controlled House for refusing to turn over interview tapes from a DOJ probe of President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents that would obviously show Biden in full-blown dementia mode.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 13 2024 #161094
    John Day

    Somehow my mind is generating a meme:

    “The Tomb of the Unknown Staffer”.

    I need a Cuomo joke to go with it, but I’m kinda’ busy dredging up bad news right now…

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 13 2024 #161090
    John Day

    Thanks to jb-hb for posting this last night:

    These would be the ships to look for – if they suddenly got deployed to that theatre, or deployed at all, right after Ike supposedly got hit, then maybe Ike was hit

    Destroyer Tenders

    Dixie class:
    AD-15 USS Prairie
    AD-17 USS Sierra
    AD-19 USS Yosemite

    Samuel Gompers class:
    AD-37 USS Samuel Gompers
    AD-38 USS Puget Sound

    Yellowstone class:
    AD-41 Yellowstone
    AD-42 Acadia
    AD-43 Cape Cod
    AD-44 Shenandoah

    Sub Tenders – less useful to a surface vessel, but capable of repairs

    Fulton class:
    AS-11 Fulton
    AS-18 Orion
    AS-19 Proteus

    Hunley class:
    AS-31 Hunley
    AS-32 Holland

    Simon Lake class:
    AS-33 Simon Lake
    AS-34 Canopus Atlantic

    L.Y Spear class:
    AS-36 L.Y. Spear
    AS-37 Dixon

    Emory S. Land class:
    AS-39 Emory S. Land
    AS-40 Frank Cable
    AS-41 McKee

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 12 2024 #161054
    John Day

    AG Merrick Garland found in contempt of Congress for withholding evidence despite subpoena. Apparently there are concerns that a transcript re Biden was altered

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 11 2024 #161015
    John Day

    Thanks for sending that story about the US getting out of harm’s way in the Res Sea, Doc Robinson. It is just narrative, though. The western media have been gagged effectively
    Picture would be useful.

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