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Neoliberal war on reality

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false" ~ CIA Director William Casey (attributed)

"Empire of illusions": The  triumph of entertainment and fake news under neoliberalism

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"The truth is that the newspaper is not a place for information to be given, rather it is just hollow content, or more than that, a provoker of content. If it prints lies about atrocities, real atrocities are the result."

Karl Kraus, 1914

WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

1984

We are the world, we are exceptional, we cannot fail. The elite will lie, and the people will pretend to believe them. Heck about 20 percent of the American public will believe almost anything if it is wrapped with the right prejudice and appeal to passion. Have a pleasant evening.

jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com, Feb 04, 2015


Introduction

Controlling the narrative is how society operate -- it is a tool for preserving the society cohesion. Which is a good thing, unless the price is too high. If the question of controlling the narrative arise, that means  that the elite became too detached from the regular people ("let them eat cakes" situation), and there are cracks in the society facade, like now there are obvious cracks in neoliberals facade. They are patched with lies and distortions. In this sense Russiagate is a completely natural reaction  on the US neoliberal elite on the loss of legitimacy (which actually happened in 2008 and only accelerated under Trump) -- an attempt to find a scapegoat for the society ills. And such strategy works until it does not.  In this sense Trump provided to be a huge wrecking ball that created more cracks on the facade of neoliberal society and this is one of the few positive things about its administration.

In such cases the elite usually resort to policies which in the USA are called McCarthyism: attempt to smear and suppress dissidents claiming that they are associated with the particular (presented as hostile like Russia today, or really hostile like the USSR was) power.

While MSM supporting the "Party line" are masquerading as independent new outlets for all practical purposes they serve as an extension of the USA intelligence agencies and the State Department. This is especially visible in the area of foreign policy and the most contentious US internal issues like the question of the integrity of the recent US Presidential elections.

Correlation with the foreign power policies might  be actually accidental if this particular power "see future deeper" as unforgettable  Madeline "Not So Bright" Allbright quipped. For example, now RT coverage does undermine the US foreign policy. We need only decide whether this is a good or bad thing and whether the US imperial policies are good for American people, or only for large transnational corporations. I think Tucker Carlson also undermines the US foreign policy and as such you can find a correlation between his positions and RT position. Now what ?

In such case elite presents association with the foreign power as the "politically correct" reason for suppression. Which is a blatant hypocrisy. But that's how all societies work and in this sense there is nothing special in the fact that dissident voices are suppressed. In middle ages heretics were burned at the stake. They were send to the GULAG in the USSR.   If you are a dissident you fate in most societies are far from rosy.

The current situation in the USA is interesting because neoliberalism is definitely on the decline and as such represent now (unlike say 10 year ago) a rich target of attacks. And as the USA imperial power which it acquired since WWII, and expanded after collapse of the USSR is starting to collapse. Attempt to preserve the neoliberal empire necessitates the attack on dissidents, as dissidents usually undermine the legitimacy of the US foreign policy and ask inconvenient questions about neoliberal elite handing of foreign and domestic affairs.  The real question about dissidents is what alternative the particular dissident outlet proposes -- the return to the New Deal Capitalism in some form or shape, or new socialist experiment is some form of shape, or some far-right utopia.

We all agree that neoliberalism with its unlimited rule of financial oligarchy and lowering of the standard of living of lower 80% of population is bad and probably will self-destruct like Bolshevism in the past. But the real question is what social order will replace it ?  It this is a some variant of neo-fascism you might regret its destruction.

Meanwhile the US became "an empire of illusions", when both elite and common people entertain various myths, which have nothing to do with the reality, the process that started after WWII and entered a new phase in 1962, when an important historic event (JFK assassination) became distorted by the CIA and part of government bureaucracy who were discontent with JFK's policies, which fabricated a false narrative. The narrative which eventually became an official version of the event  (The United States of Americas Doll House, by Edward Curtin):

In a 1969 interview, Jim Garrison, the District Attorney of New Orleans and the only person to ever bring to trial a case involving the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, said that as a result of the CIAs murderous coup dtat on behalf of the military-industrial-financial-media-intelligence complex that rules the country to this day, the American people have been subjected to a fabricated reality that has rendered them a nation of passive Eichmanns, who sit in their living rooms, popping pills and watching television as their countrys military machine mows down people by the millions and the announcers tell them all the things they should be afraid of, such as bacteria on cutting boards and Russian spies infiltrating their hair salons. Garrison said:

The creation of such inanities as acceptable reality and unacceptable reality is necessary for the self-preservation of the super-state against its greatest danger: understanding on the part of the people as to what is really happening. All factors which contribute to its burgeoning power are exaggerated. All factors which might reveal its corrosive effect on the nation are concealed. The result is to place the populace in the position of persons living in a house whose windows no longer reveal the outside but on which murals have been painted. Some of the murals are frightening and have the effect of reminding the occupants of the outside menaces against which the paternal war machine is protecting them. Other murals are pleasant to remind them how nice things are inside the house.

But to live like this is to live in a dolls house. If life has one lesson to teach us, it is that to live in illusion is ultimately disastrous.

In the dolls house into which America gradually has been converted, a great many of our basic assumptions are totally illusory.[1]Interview with Jim Garrison, District Attorney of Parish of Orleans, Louisiana, May 27, 1969, kennedysandking.com

That is not the case for most Americans. When approximately 129 million people cast their votes for Donald Trump and HilIary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, you know idiocy reigns and nothing has been learned. Ditto for the votes for Obama, Bush, Clinton, et al. You can keep counting back. It is an ugly fact and sad to say. Such a repetition compulsion is a sign of a deep sickness, and it will no doubt be repeated in the 2020 election. The systemic illusion must be preserved at all costs and the warfare state supported in its killing. It is the American way.

It is true that average Americans have not built the dolls house; that is the handiwork of the vast interconnected and far-reaching propaganda arms of the U.S. government and their media accomplices. But that does not render them innocent for accepting decades of fabricated reality for so-called peace of mind by believing that a totally corrupt system works. The will to believe is very powerful, as is the propaganda. The lesson that Garrison spoke of has been lost on far too many people, even on those who occasionally leave the doll house for a walk, but who only go slightly down the path for fear of seeing too much reality and connecting too many dots. There is plain ignorance, then there is culpable ignorance, to which I shall return.

Does the cocoon of lies spread by MSM protects the society, or undermines  it, or it does both

In many respects, the media creates reality, so perhaps the most effective route toward changing reality runs through the media.  "Controlling the narrative" is the major form of neoliberal MSM war on reality. By providing "prepackaged" narrative for a particular world event and selectively suppressing alternative information channels that contradict the official narrative, neoliberals control and channel emotions of people in the direction they want.  Often in the direction of yet another war for the expansion of the global neoliberal empire led from Washington, DC.

libezkova said in reply to Fred C. Dobbs...  January 29, 2017 at 08:31 AM 

Neoliberal MSM want to control the narrative. That's why "alternative facts" should be called an "alternative narrative". https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/controlling-the-narrative/?_r=0

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Maybe this is the same kind of clinical detachment doctors have to cultivate, a way of distancing oneself from the subject, protecting yourself against a crippling empathy. I wont say that writers or artists are more sensitive than other people, but it may be that theyre less able to handle their own emotions.

It may be that art, like drugs, is a way of dulling or controlling pain. Eloquently articulating a feeling is one way to avoid actually experiencing it.

Words are only symbols, noises or marks on paper, and turning the messy, ugly stuff of life into language renders it inert and manageable for the author, even as it intensifies it for the reader.

Its a nerdy, sensitive kids way of turning suffering into something safely abstract, an object of contemplation.

I suspect most of the people who write all that furious invective on the Internet, professional polemicists and semiliterate commenters alike, are lashing out because theyve been hurt their sense of fairness or decency has been outraged, or they feel personally wounded or threatened.

It is hard to disagree with the notion which was put by several authors that American society is living  in a cocoon of illusion which conveniently isolates them from reality: entertainment and escapism infuse our society, economy, and political system with severe consequences. Among such authors are Aldous Huxley, C. Wright Mills, Sheldon Wolin, Ralph Nader, Karl Polanyi, Jared Diamond, Paul Craig Roberts, Chris Hedge and several others.

If we compare dystopias of Huxley and Orwell, and it clear that Huxley in his famous  New Brave World predicted the future much better:

"Huxley feared was that would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one... the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance."

The central idea here is that we now live as a society in which citizens become so distracted (and by extension detached) from reality that they lost any ability to influence their political or economic destiny. Droning anything inconvenient to the elite in a sea of irrelevance proved to be very successful tactic and less brutal then direct repression in the style of 1984.  It is the same phenomenon that later was described by the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin in 2003 under the label of Inverted Totalitarism

This is one of the truly malevolent aspects of today's modern neoliberal world order and we need to confront it. It allows the old game of blaming the weak and the marginal, a staple of neo-fascist and despotic regimes; this illusion empower the dark undercurrents of sadism and violence in American society and deflect attention from the neoliberal financial vampires who have drained the blood of the country

"The tragedy is that we have become a screen culture, televisions, computers, phones, tablets, etc. Our electronic hallucinations have produced a society that has little time or patience for introspection or deep thinking. It reinforced my decision to maintain a television free life. For some, what Chris has to say may cut to close to the bone. But those with the courage to do so are usually the ones that care the most."

The biggest and most invisible elephant in the American psyche is this: our government has long since abandoned the goal of managing this nation as a nation. Instead, America as a nation is managed as a means to global empire.

For example the loss of the critical skills of literacy (seven million total illiterates, another 27 million unable to read well enough to complete a job application, and still another 50 million who read at a 4th-5th-grade level)  have led large part of the US population to become incapable of thinking for ourselves.

In fact they have become as malleable as children. 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a single book in a year.  Despite technology and internet access we are becoming a society of functionally ignorant and illiterate people.

For example there is widespread illusion of inclusion. This is the illusion that we are or will be included among the fortunate few because misfortune happens only to those who deserve it. There are plenty of people who understand that the corporate model is one in which there are squeezers and those who are to be squeezed. So the illusion of inclusion provides what can be called "a plantation morality" that exalts the insiders and denigrates the outsiders. Those content with this arrangement obviously view themselves as insiders even when they work for companies that are actively shedding employees. Many of these people are happy to be making good money for digging graves for others, never stopping to wonder if maybe someday one of those graves might be their own.

One of the first recorded metaphors which explained this phenomenon of substitution of reality with  illusion was Plato's tale about cave dwellers, who thought the shadows on the wall were the actual reality. Illusion can also serve as a deliberate distraction, isolation layer that protects form unpleasant reality. The point is that now it is illusions that dominate American life; both for those that succumb to them, and for those that promote and sustains them. It is the use of illusions in the US  society that become  prevalent today, converting like into the cinema or theater, where primary goal is entertainment.

Modern MSM are driven by postmodernism which includes among other things substitution of reality with artificial reality, fragmentation of history and push for historical amnesia, substitution of the subject with emotions,  and juxtaposition of opposites. But the key feature is controlling the narrative.

Controlling the narrative means control and deliberate selection of the issues which can be discussed

The Journalist Udo Ulfkotte ashamed today that he spent 17 years in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...he reveals why opinion leaders produce tendentious reports and serve as the extended Arm of the NATO press office. ...the author also was admitted into the networks of American elite organizations, received in return for positive coverage in the US even a certificate of honorary citizenship.

In this book you will learn about industry lobby organisations. The author calls hundreds of names and looks behind the Scenes of those organizations, which exert bias into media, such as: Atlantic bridge, Trilateral Commission, the German Marshall Fund, American Council on Germany, American Academy, Aspen Institute, and the Institute for European politics. Also revealed are the intelligence backgrounds of those lobby groups, the methods and forms of propaganda and financing used, for example, by the US Embassy. Which funds  projects for the targeted influencing of public opinion in Germany 

...You realize how you are being manipulated - and you know from whom and why. At the end it becomes clear that diversity of opinion will now only be simulated. Because our "messages" are often pure brainwashing.

Gekaufte Journalisten - Medienwelt Enthllungen Bcher - Kopp Verlag

Controlling the narrative means control and deliberate selection of the issues which can be discussed (and by extension which are not)  in MSM. It represents real war on reality.  Non-stop, 24 by 7 character of modern media help with this greatly (The Unending Anxiety of an ICYMI World - NYTimes.com):

We used to receive media cyclically. Newspapers were published once (or sometimes twice) a day, magazines weekly or monthly. Nightly news was broadcast, well, each night. Television programs were broadcast on one of the major networks one night a week at a specific time, never to return until a rerun or syndication. Movies were shown first in theaters and on video much later (or, before the advent of VCRs, not until a revival). There were not many interstices, just discrete units and a smaller number of them.

Now were in the midst of the streaming era, when the news industry distributes material on a 24-hour cycle, entire seasons of TV shows are dumped on viewers instantaneously, most movies are available at any time and the flow of the Internet and social media is ceaseless. We are nearly all interstitial space, with comparatively few singularities.

Media became out windows to the world and this window is broken. The notion of 'controlling the narrative' points to dirty games played by PR gurus and spin merchants with event coverage (especially foreign event coverage) to ensure the rule of elite.  A good part of the White House budget and resources is spent on controlling the narrative. Creation of the narrative and "talking points" for MSM is the task of State Department. Former State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was a pretty telling "incarnation"  of the trend. 

And MSM are doing an exemplary job controlling the political narrative. This way they demonstrate their faithful service to the state and the ruling political class. Nowhere is more evident then in coverage of wars.

Only social media can smash the official version of events. And in some case that has happened. The USA MSM honchos are now scratching heads trying to understand  how to control their version of events despite Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.

On Ukraine, despite the most coordinated propaganda offensive of Western MSMs, the Western elite failed to fully control the narrative:  a sizable number of Europeans are still clinging to the notion that this story had two sides. You can see this trend from analysis of Guardian comments (The Guardian Presstitutes Slip Beyond the Reach of Embarrassment ). More importantly the EU political establishment has failed to maintain a central lie inside official narrative -- that the EU is benign and a force for good / peace / prosperity. EU elite has shown its ugly face supporting Ukrainian far right.

Another example were initially MSM totally controlled the narrative (the first two-three weeks) and then when the narrative start slipping away they need to silence the subject  Shooting down Malaysian flight MH17

The thing is, once you've lost control of the narrative, as happened with coverage MH17 tragedy, there's no way back. Once Western MSM lost it, no-one any longer believed  a word they said about the tragedy.

And little can be done to win back that credibility on the particular subject. Moreover, due to this Europeans are becoming more and more receptive of a drip of alternative media stories that completely destroy official EU narrative. They came from a multitude of little sources, including this site and they collectively  cements the loss of trust to the EU elite. 

More subtle nuances of controlling the narrative: the role of the scapegoat

 There also more subtle nuances of controlling the narrative. Actually controlling the narrative does not mean that you need to suppress all the negative news (like propagandists in the USSR often did -- leading to complete discreditation of official propaganda in minds of the USSR people -- it simply became the subject of jokes). As John V. Walsh noted:

There is a simple rule that is followed scrupulously by U.S. commentators of every stripe on world affairs and war with a very few notable exceptions, Paul Craig Roberts and Pepe Escobar among them.

This rule allows strong criticism of the U.S. But major official adversaries of the U.S., Iran, Russia and China, must never, ever be presented as better than the US in any significant way. The US may be depicted as equally bad (or better) than these enemies, but never worse.

In other words, any strong criticism of the US presuppose scapegoating and vicious propaganda campaign against  major official adversaries of the US such as Russia. It  must never, ever be presented in a better light then the US in any significant way. In selected cases, the US may be depicted as equally bad, but never worse.

The most recent incarnation of this rule was during Hillary Clinton campaign for POTUS in 2016.

Chris Hedge book Empire of Illusion

 
The informational function of the media would be this to help us forget, to serve as the very agents and mechanism for our historical amnesia.

But in that cast of two features of postmodernism on which I have dwelt here -- the transformation of reality into images, the fragmentation of 'me' into a series of perpetual presents -- are bother extraordinary consolant with this process.

... We have seen that there is a way in which postmodernism replicates or reproduces -- reinforces -- the logic of consumer capitalism.

Frederic Jameson Postmodernism and Consumer Society

Chris Hedge Empire of Illusion  is a penetrating analysis of this effort of "entertainment society" and converting everything including politics into entertainment. It was published in 2010. Hedges discuss  complex issues and a clear, succinct way. You might agree with him, you might disagree with him but you will enjoy his brilliant prose. 

Those who manipulate  from the shadows our lives are the agents, publicists, marketing departments, promoters, script writers, television and movie producers, advertisers, video technicians, photographers, bodyguards, wardrobe consultants, fitness trainers, pollsters, public announcers, and television news personalities who create the vast stage for the Empire of Illusion. They are the puppet masters. No one achieves celebrity status, without the approval of cultural enablers and intermediaries. The sole object is to hold attention and satisfy an audience. These techniques of theater leeched into politics, religion, education, literature, news, commerce, warfare, and even crime. It converts that society into wrestling ring mesh with the ongoing dramas on television, in movies, and in the news, where "real-life" stories, especially those involving celebrities, allow news reports to become mini-dramas complete with a star, a villain, a supporting cast, a good-looking host, and a neat, if often unexpected, conclusion (p. 15-16).

The first big achievement of Empire of Illusion was "glorification of war" after WWIII. As the veterans of WW II saw with great surprise their bitter, brutal wartime experience were skillfully transformed into an illusion, the mythic narrative of heroism and patriotic glory sold to the public by the Pentagon's public relations machine and Hollywood. The extreme brutality and meaninglessness of war could not compete against the power of the illusion, the fantasy of war as a ticket to glory, honor, and manhood. It was what the government and the military wanted to promote. It worked because it had the power to simulate experience for most viewers who were never at Iwo Jima or in a war. Few people understood that this illusion was a lie. p. 21-22.

Media evolved into branch of entertainment. He gives great insight on American society. Several chapters should be a required read for all sociology, film, journalism students, or government leaders. Much like Paul Craig Robert's How America Was Lost you might feel unplugged from the matrix after reading this book. This is the book that corporate America, as well as the neoliberal elite, do not want you to read. It's a scathing indictment against everything that's wrong with the system and those that continue to perpetuate the lie in the name of the almighty dollar. In a way the USA as the rest of the world are amusing itself into a post apocalyptic state, without an apocalypse. It is simply cannibalizing itself.

That books also contains succinct, and damning condemnation of globalization (and, specifically, the USA's role in it). You can compare it with Klein's 'Shock Doctrine', but it cuts a wider swath. 

The discussion the follows was by-and-large adapted from  D. Benor  Amazon review of the book

We consume countless lies daily, false promises that if we buy this brand or that product, if we vote for this candidate, we will be respected, envied, powerful, loved, and protected. The flamboyant lives of celebrities and the outrageous characters on television, movies,  and sensational talk shows are peddled to us, promising to fill up the emptiness in our own lives. Celebrity culture encourages everyone to think of themselves as potential celebrities, as possession unique if unacknowledged gifts. p. 26-7. Celebrity is the vehicle used by a corporate society to sell us these branded commodities, most of which we do not need. Celebrities humanize commercial commodities. They present the familiar and comforting face of the corporate state. p. 37.

Reporters, especially those on television, no longer ask whether the message is true but rather whether the pseudo-event worked or did not work as political theater for supporting particular (usually State Department in case of foreign events) talking points.  Pseudo-events are judged on how effectively we have been manipulated by illusion. Those events that appear real are relished and lauded. Those that fail to create a believable illusion are deemed failures. Truth is irrelevant. Those who succeed in politics, as in most of the culture, are those who create the most convincing fantasies. This is the real danger of pseudo-events and why pseudo-events are far more pernicious than stereotypes. They do not explain reality, as stereotypes attempt to, but replace reality. Pseudo-events redefines reality by the parameters set by their creators. These creators, who make massive profits selling illusions, have a vested interest in maintaining the power structures they control. p. 50-1.

A couple quotes: "When a nation becomes unmoored from reality, it retreats into a world of magic. Facts are accepted or discarded according to the dictates of a preordained cosmology. The search for truth becomes irrelevant." (p. 50) "The specialized dialect and narrow education of doctors, academics, economists, social scientists, military officers, investment bankers, and government bureaucrats keeps each sector locked in its narrow role. The overarching structure of the corporate state and the idea of the common good are irrelevant to specialists. They exist to make the system work, not to examine it." (p. 98) I could go on and on citing terrific passages.

The flight into illusion sweeps away the core values of the open society. It corrodes the ability to think for oneself, to draw independent conclusions, to express dissent when judgment and common sense tell you something is wrong, to be self-critical, to challenge authority, to grasp historical facts, to advocate for change, and to acknowledge that there are other views, different ways, and structures of being that are morally and socially acceptable. A populace deprived of the ability to separate lies from truth, that has become hostage to the fictional semblance of reality put forth by pseudo-events, is no longer capable of sustaining a free society.

Those who slip into this illusion ignore the signs of impending disaster. The physical degradation of the planet, the cruelty of global capitalism, the looming oil crisis, the collapse of financial markets, and the danger of overpopulation rarely impinge to prick the illusions that warp our consciousness. The words, images, stories, and phrases used to describe the world in pseudo-events have no relation to what is happening around us. The advances of technology and science, rather than obliterating the world of myth, have enhanced its power to deceive. We live in imaginary, virtual worlds created by corporations that profit from our deception. Products and experiences - indeed, experience as a product - offered up for sale, sanctified by celebrities, are mirages. They promise us a new personality. They promise us success and fame. They promise to mend our brokenness. p. 52-3.

We have all seen the growth of a culture of lies and deception in politics, banking, commerce and education. Hodges points out how this has been facilitated by our abandoning the teaching of values and analysis in our schools.

The flight from the humanities has become a flight from conscience. It has created an elite class of experts who seldom look beyond their tasks and disciplines to put what they do in a wider, social context. And by absenting themselves from the moral and social questions raised by the humanities, they have opted to serve a corporate structure that has destroyed the culture around them.

Our elites - the ones in Congress, the ones on Wall Street, and the ones being produced at prestigious universities and business schools - do not have the capacity to fix our financial mess. Indeed, they will make it worse. They have no concept, thanks to the educations they have received, of how to replace a failed system with a new one. They are petty, timid, and uncreative bureaucrats superbly trained to carry our systems management. They see only piecemeal solutions that will satisfy the corporate structure. Their entire focus is numbers, profits, and personal advancement. They lack a moral and intellectual core. They are as able to deny gravely ill people medical coverage to increase company profits as they are to use taxpayer dollars to peddle costly weapons systems to blood-soaked dictatorships. The human consequences never figure into their balance sheets. The democratic system, they believe, is a secondary product of the free market - which they slavishly serve. p. 111.

I quote Hodges at some length because of his cogent, clear summaries of the problems leading us to self-destruction and to ways we might someday restructure society to be supportive and healing to the individual - rather than exploiting people and viewing them only as valuable as they can be manipulated into being gullible consumers.

This is one of the clearest and best focused discussions I have seen on the problems of modern society that are leading us to societal suicide

Hedges points out how a cycle sustains itself between elite educational institutions (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc.), the Government (think Congress in particular) and Corporations. Ivy league schools basically turn-out lackeys that do whatever is necessary to maintain their elite, self-absorbed status. The last chapter is entitled, "The Illusion of America," and this is where Hedges does a fantastic job of pulling together all the elements of this dysfunctional society. Other books touch the same themes, sometimes more forcefully but in this book most important elements of this picture put together.

Among the booksHedges cites:

Gekaufte Journalisten by Udo Ulfkotte

The book Gekaufte Journalisten by Udo Ulfkotte was a revelation. Of cause, we suspected many things he  described, but now we know detailed methods and mechanisms of suppressing alterative opinion in German society, methods that are probably more effective that anything propagandists in the DDR and the USSR ever attempted.  One of the central concept here is the concept of "Noble Lie".

Guardian became neoliberal as soon as Tony Blaire became Prime minister. As any neoliberal publication is subscribes to the notion of "noble lie". The latter actually came from neocons playbook.   No they knowingly try to dumb down their reader substituting important topic with celebrity gossip and hate speech. Even political issue now are "served" to the public as dishes under heavy sauce of personalities involved, which is a perfect way to obscure the subject and distract the readers.

geronimo -> MurkyFogsFutureLogs 14 Mar 2015 12:31

Indeed...

Under the retiring editor, all politics seems to have been reduced to 'identity' politics. Forget about class, war, class war and so on... If it can't be reduced to Hillary's gender or Putin's, er... transcendental evil... then it's barely worth a comment above the line.

As I've said before, for the Guardian 'the personal is the political' - or rather, for the Guardian as for Hillary, the political reduces to the personal.

A marriage made, not so much in heaven, but somewhere in political-fashionista North London.

In reality most prominent journalists are on tight leash of "'deep state". As Udo Ulfkotte book attests this is a rule, not an exception. While this was known since Operation Mockingbird  was revealed, nothing changed. As revealed by Senator Frank Church investigations (Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities) in 1975. In his Congress report published in 1976 the authors stated:

"The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda. These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets."

According to the "Family Jewels" report, released by the National Security Archive on June 26, 2007, during the period from March 12, 1963, and June 15, 1963, the CIA installed telephone taps on two Washington-based news reporters. Church argued that misinforming the world cost American taxpayers an estimated $265 million a year.[20]

In February 1976, George H. W. Bush, the recently appointed Director of the CIA, announced a new policy:

"Effective immediately, the CIA will not enter into any paid or contract relationship with any full-time or part-time news correspondent accredited by any U.S. news service, newspaper, periodical, radio or television network or station." He added that the CIA would continue to "welcome" the voluntary, unpaid cooperation of journalists.[21]

But at this point only handlers and methods changed, not the policy. They are still all controlled by deep state. The most recent revelations of this fact were published by Udo Ulfkottes in his bestseller book  Bought Journalists. Here is one Amazon review of the book: 

Unicorns & Kittenson May 1, 2015

I've managed to read a bit of the German version ...
 
I've managed to read a bit of the German version and now I think I understand why this is still not available in English although it was supposed to be released in this and other languages seven months ago. I will be very surprised if this shocking and destabilizing book (which names names) is made available to Americans ... even though it's primarily about the abusive tactics of American intelligence agencies. Please keep asking why it isn't published - despite being a best-seller in Germany -- and how we can get it here on Kindle.

As one Amazon reviewer said "This book will change for ever the way you read and watch the mainstream media! " Here is some additional information from russia-insider:

... ... ...

Ironically, however, its likely that one of the biggest threats (especially in Europe) to Anglo-American media credibility about Ukraine and other issues is coming from a very old-fashioned medium a book.

Udo Ulfkottes bestseller Bought Journalists has been a sensation in Germany since its publication last autumn. The journalist and former editor of one of Germanys largest newspapers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, revealed that he was for years secretly on the payroll of the CIA and was spinning the news to favour U.S. interests. Moreover he alleges that some major media are nothing more than propaganda outlets for international think-tanks, intelligence agencies, and corporate high-finance.

Were talking about puppets on a string, he says, journalists who write or say whatever their masters tell them to say or write. If you see how the mainstream media is reporting about the Ukraine conflict and if you know whats really going on, you get the picture. The masters in the background are pushing for war with Russia and western journalists are putting on their helmets. [8]

In another interview, Ulfkotte said:

The German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia. This is a point of no return, and I am going to stand up and sayit is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do, and have done in the past, because they are bribed to betray the people not only in Germany, all over Europe. [9]

... ... ...

Apparently, Pomeranzev has forgotten that important October 2004 article by Ron Suskind published in the New York Times Magazine during the second war in Iraq (which, like the first, was based on a widely disseminated lie). Suskind quoted one of George W. Bushs aides (probably Karl Rove): The aide said that guys like me [journalists, writers, historians] were in what we call the reality-based community, which he defined as people who believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible realityThats not the way the world really works anymore, he continued. Were an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while youre studying that reality judiciously, as you will well act again, creating other new realities which you can study too, and thats how things will sort out. Were historys actorsand you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do. [12]

Its a rather succinct description of Orwellian spin and secrecy in a media-saturated Empire, where discerning the truth becomes ever more difficult.

That is why people believe someone like Udo Ulfkotte, who is physically ill, says he has only a few years left to live, and told an interviewer,

 I am very fearful of a new war in Europe, and I dont like to have this situation again, because war is never coming from itself, there is always people who push for war, and this is not only politicians, it is journalists too We have betrayed our readers, just to push for warI dont want this anymore, Im fed up with this propaganda. We live in a banana republic and not in a democratic country where we have press freedom [13]

Recently, as Mike Whitney has pointed out in CounterPunch (March 10), Germanys newsmagazine Der Spiegel dared to challenge the fabrications of NATOs top commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, for spreading dangerous propaganda that is misleading the public about Russian troop advances and making flat-out inaccurate statements about Russian aggression.

Whitney asks, Why this sudden willingness to share the truth? Its because they no longer support Washingtons policy, thats why. No one in Europe wants the US to arm and train the Ukrainian army. No wants them to deploy 600 paratroopers to Kiev and increase U.S. logistical support. No one wants further escalation, because no wants a war with Russia. Its that simple. [14] Whitney argued that the real purpose of the Spiegel piece is to warn Washington that EU leaders will not support a policy of military confrontation with Moscow.

So now we know the reason for the timing of the April 15 U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Confronting Russias Weaponization of Information. Literally while U.S. paratroopers were en route to Kiev, the hawks in Washington (and London) knew it was time to crank up the rhetoric. The three witnesses were most eager to oblige.


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[May 09, 2021] The Ugly Amount Of Empty Office Space and a quote from Office space

May 09, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

LetThemEatRand 3 hours ago (Edited) remove link

Looks like you've missed a lot of work lately.

I wouldn't say I've missed it, Bobs.

In 20 years, the movie Office Space will seem to young people like watching a Western.

Midas 21 minutes ago

Possibly--but like a good western. The themes and characters in the movie are universal and timeless. Nearly everyone has worked for Lumberg at one time or another. It may seem far-fetched to future generations that there were ever programmers in this country.

Kickaha 1 hour ago

Office buildings could all readily be re-purposed to grow weed.

[May 09, 2021] Cisgende millenial wona of color with generalized anxiety disorder is CIA as CIA Wokeness bulls*t

Katie Halper and Esha Krishnaswamy roast the “brilliance intoxicatorâ€: The CIA Gets Woke (8 min â€" Katie Halper’s YouTube channel, May 4, 2021)
Notable quotes:
"... my existence is not a box-checking exercise ..."
"... I am tired of feeling like I’m supposed to apologize for the space I occupy ..."
May 09, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
librul , May 5 2021 16:03 utc | 30

Michael Tracey writes about a weird CIA video that is making the rounds (emphasis added):

In a mind-blowing marketing video first published on March 25, but which had escaped widespread notice until recent days, the CIA enthusiastically endorsed several key tenets of what has now indisputably become a hegemonic left/liberal ideological and rhetorical construct:

“ I am a woman of color ,†the video’s protagonist, an unnamed CIA officer, triumphantly proclaims. “I am a cisgender millennial who’s been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder . I am intersectional , but my existence is not a box-checking exercise .â€

She continues, “I used to struggle with imposter syndrome . But at 36, I refuse to internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be. I am tired of feeling like I’m supposed to apologize for the space I occupy .â€

I have to admit that I do not know what the words in bold are supposed to mean. (Nor does my Firefox spellchecker. It flags them.)

I also do not understand the italicized phrases.

To me they sounds like utter bullshit.

But if the CIA wants to hire more such people I am all for it. Folks who can not leave their personal issues at the door typically muck up their workplace and create productivity problems.

A less effective CIA will be a plus for the rest of the world.

CIA

Cisgender
Intersectional
Anxiety disorder


Skuppers , May 5 2021 19:06 utc | 79

And for some levity, here's some much deserved satire on the CIA vid.
https://twitter.com/blaireerskine/status/1389313897304399877?s=20

Mao Cheng Ji , May 5 2021 19:17 utc | 82

It would be interesting if 'em spooks started cancelling each other for some 10 yo tweets, or for not being transsexual, or for the white supremacist mindset demonstrated by remembering the multiplication table.

Idiocrates , May 5 2021 14:20 utc | 2

Oh! You definitely should learn that NewSpeak. Yes, it's ridicelous, knowing this babble hasn't any intrinsic value. It is ,however, the current ruling ideology of the USA and by extension the broader West. It's like understanding the babble of some obscure theoretician or the basic terminology of some remote religion. You can safely ignore all of this as nonsense - as long as such people don't run a country!

Posted by: m | May 5 2021 14:13 u

Like b suggests: never stop/prevent the enemy (which is what CIA is, for most people) from making a mistake. The sooner they replace their cadre with woke idiots the better for humanity and the chances of our survival.

Chevrus , May 5 2021 14:23 utc | 3
Yeah this video took a nice beating on The Hedge....frikkin hilarious! Over 50% of The Company's light lifting is subbed out to contractors, and most of the Langley smurfs are busy "analyzing" data, soooo desk jockey much? It would be fun to track where the diversity hires actually go, but hey I've got a garden to build!
MarkU , May 5 2021 14:28 utc | 4
Utter bullshit indeed. Listing all the boxes she checks and then adding "my existence is not a box-checking exercise" is comical in itself. Hopefully b is right and the CIA will be less effective for the inclusion of people like her.

@b In your last sentence 'the' before CIA is superfluous, it appears you cut down a larger sentence incorrectly.

[May 08, 2021] Fauci and gain of fuinction research: Ah, yes, the "government disease" expert Fauci...at it again

May 08, 2021 | www.wsj.com

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Fauci and gain of fuinction research: Ah, yes, the "government disease" expert Fauci...at it again J Jean Bieluczyk

Ah, yes, the "government disease" expert Fauci...at it again.
Fauci and gain of fuinction research: Ah, yes, the "government disease" expert Fauci...at it again J Jean Bieluczyk
Ah, yes, the "government disease" expert Fauci...at it again.

[May 08, 2021] Demand For Ass Implants Booms During Pandemic - ZeroHedge

May 08, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

In the early days of the virus pandemic, things didn't look so hot for the field of plastic survey. Hospitals were overrun with COVID-19 infections and banned all elective procedures, limiting plastic surgeries. But sometime after, when the economy reopened, and hospitals allowed elective surgeries, demand for butt implants soared.

Bloomberg , citing data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), says there were broad declines for minimally invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures during 2020. Botox and soft-tissue fillers remained popular with consumers. But it was buttock augmentation, or butt implants were a massive hit among consumers. Cosmetic procedures for the implants last year were up 22%, from 970 to 1,179.

[May 08, 2021] Harris ..... laughing as she walked away

May 08, 2021 | www.wsj.com

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Harris ..... laughing as she walked away E Eugene Boutz

Regarding your

*Harris ..... laughing as she walked away*

wording, I've noticed her tendency do do this, laugh at all of the truly serious questions and issues, for more than a year.

Such behavior is often an indication of either:

1) Contempt for others or even for civilization itself and/or

2) Pharmaceuticals, either legal or illegal.

[May 05, 2021] Regularity of changes from "more stupid" to "more evil" in the US politics: Bush is more stupid. Obama is more evil. Trump more stupid. Creepy Joe -- more evil.

May 05, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

albrt , , April 25, 2021 at 7:20 pm

I view the 2008 election as the major failing-to-turn-back-when-we-had-the-chance point. Obama could have undone Bush's worst policies, but instead he cemented them into place forever.

Our elites are both stupid and evil, but Bush is more stupid and Obama is more evil .

[May 05, 2021] Institutional idiotism in full bloom: To Promote Equality, California Proposes A Ban On Advanced Math Classes

May 05, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

In the name of equality, the California Department of Education seeks to dumb down the brightest kids .

A friend of mine emailed an article the likes of which always prompts me to say "really?"

Please consider the Reason article In the Name of Equity, California Will Discourage Students Who Are Gifted at Math .

Culturally Responsive Framework

I like to verify things myself and you can do so as well by reading the California Department of Education Mathematics Framework .

In its framework, the Department of Education seeks " Culturally responsive mathematics education ."

Introduction Highlights Teaching for Equity Highlights Need to Broaden Perceptions of Mathematics

I did not go through all the chapters. Reason uncovered these gems.

Sabotage the Best

Reason concludes, and I agree " If California adopts this framework, which is currently under public review, the state will end up sabotaging its brightest students . The government should let kids opt out of math if it's not for them. Don't let the false idea that there's no such thing as a gifted student herald the end of advanced math entirely."

Instead, and in the name of "equity", the proposed framework aims to keep everyone learning at the same dumbed down level for as long as possible.

The intention is clear. The California Board of Education intends to sabotage the best and brightest, hoping to make everyone equal.

The public does not support these polices. Indeed, it is precisely this kind of talk that nearly got Trump reelected.

Biden should speak out against such nonsense, but he won't. He is beholden to Teachers' Unions and Boards of Education.

Care to complain? If so the California Department of Education posted these ways.

Phone Number and Address

Phone: 916-319-0598

Instructional Quality Commission
1430 N Street, Room 3207
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-319-0172

[May 04, 2021] Neoliberal MSM now rank in public trust a little below emailed pleas from deposed Nigerian princes

May 04, 2021 | www.wsj.com


It's easy to become inured to the daily procession of flagrant falsehoods, tendentious misrepresentations, deceitful exaggerations and narrative-driven editorial distortions from many of the nation's leading media outlets. As opinion surveys suggest that most of these organizations now rank in public trust a little below emailed pleas from deposed Nigerian princes, it's easy to think the power they once wielded has been so diminished that they are little more than a mildly diverting source of contemporary color in our lives.

[May 03, 2021] 53 prominent German actors/actresses have become satirical too! They've simultaneously released 1-minute satirical statements.

May 03, 2021 | off-guardian.org

Penelope , Apr 26, 2021 10:34 PM

53 prominent German actors/actresses have become satirical too! They've simultaneously released 1-minute satirical statements. https://notrickszone.com/2021/04/24/shock-wave-50-prominent-german-actors-launch-campaign-satiring-corona-l

[May 03, 2021] It's like the neolibel elite is testing the level of our stupidity

May 03, 2021 | off-guardian.org

Apr 27, 2021 12:28 AM

Yes just finished listening to my dose of bullshit on ABC. The amazing thing is they actually telling you it's bullshit if people listen closely. The number of new infections in India. Hundreds of thousands. Deaths a few hundred. In a country where the normal annual death rate is 9.6 Million and 26,000 people die EVERY DAY. It's like a joke. Like they testing our stupidity. And you can't say; No we not falling for it because there is no longer anywhere to say it! I feel like I have permanent road rage over this crap.

Researcher , Apr 27, 2021 4:11 AM Reply to Dick

It's the tone and emotive words like crisis, and other exaggerated terms they use that triggers fear. The viewer remembers the number of cases, not deaths because the number is larger. But the cases are based on testing.

[May 03, 2021] Guess Who's Testifying In Congress US Troops Must Stay In Afghanistan Forever

May 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Why they dusted off those remnants from Bush and Obama neocon gangs?

When interventionists and national security deep state hawks need to prolong what's already the longest war in in US history, who're they gonna call?...

"Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee they're worried about President Biden's plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, with Rice suggesting the US may need to go back," Axios reports.

The pair's "expert" testimony was given over Zoom and appears to have been kept relatively quiet, given it was a 'closed door' members only call, until Axios learned of it.

Rice of course infamously served as George Bush's National Security Advisor during the initial invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq, and crucially helped make the case for war to the American public, later serving as Bush's Secretary of State through 2009.

Having helped start two failed wars, both of which have long remained deeply unpopular among the American public, naturally Condi Rice as a pre-eminent neocon voice would be consulted as a "stay the course" point of view . It's also deeply revealing that there's no foreign policy space in terms of viewpoint whatsoever between Rice and Clinton - latter who pushed for the US-NATO invasion of Libya and planned covert regime change in Syria against Assad.

Little is known about precisely what Hillary testified, but it's not difficult to imagine. Here are a few key insights via Axios :

One unnamed committee member told Axios further that "they both agreed we're going to need to sustain a counterterrorism mission somehow outside of that country."

Well of course!...there always needs to be a war going on somehow and somewhere - otherwise how would these warmongering ladies sleep at night?

[May 03, 2021] I wonder how much Harry and Meghan will be paid for this promotion?

Notable quotes:
"... We can’t leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer when everyone everywhere has equal access to the vaccine. ..."
"... “We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn’t be more critical.†..."
May 03, 2021 | off-guardian.org

Generous and fair-minded Harry and Meghan have said: “ We can’t leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer when everyone everywhere has equal access to the vaccine.

“We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn’t be more critical.â€

I wonder how much Harry and Meghan will be paid for this promotion?

[May 03, 2021] Can any sound mind be OK with this idiotism?

May 03, 2021 | off-guardian.org

fame , Apr 27, 2021 8:36 PM

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExT3lpQWYAAewAE?format=jpg

Denny KirkQ , Apr 27, 2021 8:46 PM Reply to fame

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[May 03, 2021] He who wear mask while alone in car should also wear condom while alone in bed. The power of propaganda about wearing masks outdoor coming from TV truly rots your brain

From comments: " Tucker is right on this one. If you wear a mask outside you truly are a moron. You may as well add goggles and a butt plug." ... "Don't forget about those solo drivers with masks on!", "Maskers are stupid scared virtue signalers"
May 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Dickweed Wang 10 hours ago (Edited)

As an anti-mask militant for quite a while now I've been going out of my way to ask people with masks on outdoors why they're wearing one (I've really tried to be polite but it's getting increasingly hard to do that). In literally hundreds of instances I haven't gotten a straight answer yet. It's stunning that people are so gullible but it shows what the power of propaganda really is. 99% of that is coming from teevee, which truly rots your brain.

Capt Tripps 10 hours ago remove link

They are signaling the submission to a tyrannical state. That submission makes us all less free.

safelyG 10 hours ago

mister tucker is wrongeddy wrong wrong.

we must all wear multiple masks. indoors. outdoors. at work. at play. while we sleep. while we bathe. while we eat. while we sing praises unto the most high.

and we must remain 8 feet apart, one from the other. at all times.

and report our whereabouts and our contacts and our body temperature. to the authorities.

get your vacines!

lovingly,
bill n melinda

radical-extremist 10 hours ago

When Tucker Carlson says to tell people to take off their masks and call CPS on parents who mask their children he's trolling the Left. And because the Left has no sense of humor or irony or hypocrisy...they're of course OUTRAGED, which was his point.

Realism 10 hours ago remove link

I like it best when hiking outside, in 75 degree weather with a nice breeze, you see people put up their mask as they walk by

Pure comedy, it's hard to understand the stupidity if you think you'll get any disease much less Covid walking by someone

And importantly, would you really be hiking if you had Covid LOL

aztrader 10 hours ago

Mask wears see it as a badge of honor because they "care" about other people. In reality, it's a badge of Stupidity and ignorance.

Prince Velveeta 10 hours ago (Edited) remove link

California is an open-air mental ward. I was just out there and the collective idiocy is astounding. People jogging with masks on , exaggerating their breathing as they pass you in some competitive virtue signaling event. I witnessed some idiot jogging up the hill past my family member's house, with a bandana on his face, being sucked into his mouth as he's gasping for air.....

[Apr 30, 2021] Anytime I hear the word "justice" it makes me wary

Apr 30, 2021 | www.wsj.com

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Anytime I hear the word "justice" it makes me wary D Donald Ross

Anytime I hear the word "justice" it makes be wary. Justice has always been in the eye of the beholder, but now there is only one justice - the woke justice. It is catching on like a fire and there are few media outlets left to describe that it is anything but justice.
Anytime I hear the word "justice" it makes me wary D Donald Ross
Anytime I hear the word "justice" it makes be wary. Justice has always been in the eye of the beholder, but now there is only one justice - the woke justice. It is catching on like a fire and there are few media outlets left to describe that it is anything but justice.

[Apr 27, 2021] The Ukraine Crisis Recedes - But A False Narrative Of It Leads To Bad Conclusions

Notable quotes:
"... The danger is that Gressel, and other 'political scientists' like him, may once take up government positions and use their learned illusions to handle the next crisis. Stuck in the idea that Russia will retreat if only 'deterred' enough they will lean to measures that are outright hostile to Russia and may have indeed very tragic consequences. ..."
Apr 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Stonebird , Apr 22 2021 18:02 utc | 2

Some two month ago we discussed how the U.S. focus on narratives will let it collide with reality . It is certainly not only the U.S. government that creates narratives, comes to believe in them, and then fails when it is confronted with reality. Carried by think tanks and media the narrative mold has grown throughout the wider 'western' world.

On the danger of this development the above piece quoted Alastair Crooke who wrote :

[B]eing so invested, so immersed, in one particular ‘reality’, others’ ‘truths’ then will not â€" cannot â€" be heard. They do not stand out proud above the endless flat plain of consensual discourse. They cannot penetrate the hardened shell of a prevailing narrative bubble, or claim the attention of élites so invested in managing their own version of reality .

The ‘Big Weakness’? The élites come to believe their own narratives â€" forgetting that the narrative was conceived as an illusion, one among others, created to capture the imagination within their society (not others’).

They lose the ability to stand apart, and see themselves â€" as others see them. They become so enraptured by the virtue of their version of the world, that they lose all ability to empathise or accept others’ truths. They cannot hear the signals. The point here, is that in that talking past (and not listening) to other states, the latters’ motives and intentions will be mis-construed â€" sometimes tragically so.

Over the last weeks we passed through a crisis that easily could have had a tragic ending.

Since February the Ukraine built up a force to retake the renegade Donbas region in east-Ukraine by military force. After waiting several week to see the situation more clearly Russia started to assemble a counterforce backed up by statements that were sufficiently strong to deter the Ukraine from continuing its plans. The danger of a Ukrainian assault has now receded.

Today the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu gave orders for the troops to return to their bases. Much of the equipment though will stay on training grounds near Ukraine until the regular fall maneuvers later this year take place. That minimizes transport costs and gives a little time advantage should someone in the Ukraine again have silly ideas.

Russia has clearly won this round.

But that is not how it looks when seen from the 'western' narrative. In that version the Ukrainian plans and its assembling of heavy weapons and troops near the Donbas border never happened. The narrative says that the whole incident started as a 'Russian aggression' when Russia very publicly showed its potential force.

Only a few analysts on the 'western' side have rejected that narrative and stuck to reality. Dmitri Trenin of Carnegie's Moscow Center is one who got it right :

In February, Zelensky ordered troops (as part of the rotation process) and heavy weapons (as a show of force) to go near to the conflict zone in Donbas. He did not venture out as far as Poroshenko, who dispatched small Ukrainian naval vessels through the Russian-controlled waters near the Kerch Strait in late 2018, but it was enough to get him noticed in Moscow.

The fact of the matter is that even if Ukraine cannot seriously hope to win the war in Donbas, it can successfully provoke Russia into action.

This, in turn, would produce a knee-jerk reaction from Ukraine’s Western supporters and further aggravate Moscow’s relations, particularly with Europe. One way or another, the fate of Nord Stream II will directly affect Ukraine’s interests. Being seen as a victim of Russian aggression and presenting itself as a frontline state checking Russia’s further advance toward Europe is a major asset of Kyiv’s foreign policy.

Russia intentionally over reacted to Kiev's opening move. It demonstrated its overkill capability and made it clear to Zelensky's western sponsors that any further provocations would have extremely harsh consequences. As Putin said yesterday :

Those behind provocations that threaten the core interests of our security will regret what they have done in a way they have not regretted anything for a long time.

Zelensky's plan did not work out. While he did get verbal statements of support from Biden and NATO everyone knew that those were empty promises. But for people who have fallen for the false narrative the situation looks different. Consider this reaction to Shoigu's return-to-barracks order today from a member of the European Council On Foreign Relations (a U.S. lobby shop in Europe):

Gustav C. Gressel @GresselGustav - 13:15 UTC · Apr 22, 2021

I have to congratulate (Flag of United States) @JoeBiden to deterence success and crisis management. The right warnings were sent to Moscow, the right intelligence to Ukraine. (Flag of Russia) could not extort concessions, could not provoke. Let's see w. these forces aren't just redeployed to (Flag of Belarus).

Indeed Biden's order last week to pull back two war ships that were supposed to go into the Black Sea to support Ukraine was really great deterrence. But that was not a warning to Moscow. It did not deter Russia from doing anything. But it did end Zelensky's illusions of U.S. support.

But for Gressel, who like others is stuck to the 'western' narrative, the sense is different. He really seems to believe that the U.S. deterred Russia from some nefarious plans which it never had. He ignores that Russia reacted to a Ukrainian provocation in a way that, in the end, has made NATO and the U.S. look weak.

The danger is that Gressel, and other 'political scientists' like him, may once take up government positions and use their learned illusions to handle the next crisis. Stuck in the idea that Russia will retreat if only 'deterred' enough they will lean to measures that are outright hostile to Russia and may have indeed very tragic consequences. To repeat Crooke's warning :

The point here, is that in that talking past (and not listening) to other states, the latters’ motives and intentions will be mis-construed â€" sometimes tragically so.

Posted by b on April 22, 2021 at 17:25 UTC | Permalink

The Russians have only partly gone. Heavy weapons will remain in place which can be reactivated easily. (Particularly in Crimea). However the Russian "Threat" to Zelnsky is still there. Logically he should now have more difficulty in stirring up the EU and US for cash and weapons as the "obvious and visble" threat is diminished. I don't think his troops can stay indefinitely where they are. How can he continue to pay for all his new mercenaries, new arms?

So how is the MSM going to react? They have a lot of "journalists" around there, waiting for something to happen.

One obvious factor is that the supply lines of both are within their own countries (Ukraine for Ukrainians, and Russia for the Russians). Those that have the longest supply lines are NATO, the UK and US.

An earlier ploy (Attempted violent assassination of Lukashenko and most of the Belarusian parliament), with Georgia and other close by countries getting involved too, is now unlikely. BUT the US is desperate to cut the Russian-Chinese access to Europe by any means. What's next? Plan ....F?


Someone_New , Apr 22 2021 18:18 utc | 3

The Western narrative was also very clearly visible in the latest printed "Der Spiegel" 16/2021 (News magazine in Germany). They had a 4 page article about Ukraine with the title "On the edge of war". They reported at length about russian troops near the border.

Explicitely they wrote about sabre rattling from russia and generally gave the impression that all action is solely on the russian side and must be seen negatively or with grave concerns.
But they failed completely to mention Ukrainian troop movements, bellicose rhetoric or even the Zelensky's decrete 117/2021 from march 23rd with the translated title "Strategy of de-occupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol".

james , Apr 22 2021 18:19 utc | 4

b... thanks.. yes - narrative and controlling the narrative is what so much of this is about.... people in the west are not told of ukraines role in any of this or how they are encouraged by the west... instead what they are told is how russia is building up along the ukraine border.... in other words only one side of the story is told, and not both..nor is the timing of all of it shared either... people are literally given a script or narrative tailor made for brainwashing.. and indeed it works on most...

for an example of this today - i was listening to cbc radio - national news show ''the currenct''.. the host matt galloway discusses the situation with Mark MacKinnon, senior international correspondent for the Globe and Mail; Nina Khrushcheva, professor of international affairs at the New School in New York; and Michael Bociurkiw, global affairs analyst, formerly with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

listen from 22:48" for a good example of script writing and narrative control here... CBC The Current for April 22, 2021

Nev , Apr 22 2021 18:35 utc | 5

I am not so sure that this is over. The Belarus coup was intended to be around May 9. Zelensky has called up the reserves who ever they might be. He just floated the idea of banning Russia from the SWIFT so that it is on everyone's mind when Ukraine claims they were attacked. The NS2 will likely be initially complete in May. The USS Cook and Roosevelt are waiting for the British boats and will likely enter together. They have not yet given notice that I have seen. Two frigates are transiting the Suez to join their fellow yanks. I see a perfect storm yet coming. Shoigu is bright and knows that it looks good to announce the return to barracks, but he has access to my data plus a ton more. He knows that the situation is still fluid and volatile.

Hoarsewhisperer , Apr 22 2021 18:52 utc | 6

...
But for Gressel, who like others is stuck to the 'western' narrative, the sense is different. He really seems to believe that the U.S. deterred Russia from some nefarious plans which it never had. He ignores that Russia reacted to a Ukrainian provocation in a way that, in the end, has made NATO and the U.S. look weak.

This delusion reminded me of a retort, from an astute observer, to a dopey remark made by Bush II soon after the start if the Iraq Fake War. Bush said "We're gonna turn EyeRack into fly-paper for ter'rists! To which the observer responded...
"If Iraq was fly-paper then the only bug that got stuck to it was Bush."

vk , Apr 22 2021 19:14 utc | 7

I'm one of the most ardent proponents of the "imbecilization of the West" hypothesis, but this is clearly a diplomatic style face-saving plausible deniability exit by the West.

The West knows time is not on its side in the Ukrainian issue, and its puppet president threw a Hail Mary. Russia correctly didn't swallow the bait, and the West fell back as it knew it would have to, since this was a long shot.

NS-2 is now getting finished, and the Ukraine will consolidate itself more than ever as a black hole of American resources. The West, however, has one last ace in the hole: the German Green Party, which is well positioned to form the next government after the December national elections. The NS-2 certainly won't be finished by then, if the American diplomacy is to do its job properly, and the Greens will have all the tools at hand to implode the project, thus giving the Ukraine some more years to ride on American finance by its gas leverage (over which all its sovereign T-bonds rest at this point).

The key to Ukrainian success is in Germany, not in Russia.

Piotr Berman , Apr 22 2021 19:20 utc | 9

One advantage that Ukraine has in military terms is the number of people who willingly and enthusiastically want to join the army for the sake of de-occupation (interesting why they invented a replacement of "liberation" that has at least two equivalents with Slavic roots, perhaps they do not like their current occupations). The best proof is that through their democratically elected representatives they voted for a huge increase of punishments for avoiding conscription.

The other proof is that, temporarily at least, Ukrainians abolished the system of rotation in which units were staying on the fortified lines literally dying of boredom and related risk (alcohol poisoning, explosions of stills making moonshine, drug overdoses, suicide, stepping over their own mines, to mention a few), instead the troops to be rotated stayed in place and the other units joined them nearby.

However, Russian conscripts without the advantage of Ukrainian enthusiasm have better weapons. Modernizing Ukrainian military is a tall order. The budget barely supports the troops without modernization, the domestic industry in its better years relied to selling parts to Russia and buying other parts, remnants of industrial integration of Soviet times. Supplying them with NATO weapons would require huge gifts that (a) could be unpopular in the West (b) raise risk of getting the best toys of NATO to Russian in exchange for non-toxic alcohol, fresh Afghan heroin etc. Did I mention mind-killing military service? And with not so best toys, like missile boats that are about to be de-commissioned, say, in Canada, they do not really change the strategic balance.

Thus Zelensky had to be saved from his own rhetoric and gestures -- the aforementioned change in "rotation". Kiev authorities have a good practice in "never mind". For example, they utilize fascist radicals to intimidate opposition, but they are what I call "pet cobras", biting the hand that feeds them is what is programmed into their reptilian minds that do not have circuits for "friends" and "gratitude". And because of some grievances they trashed the Presidential place of work, insulting graffiti, broken windows, a broken and burned door, so three ringleaders got arrested, Parliament spent a few hours being appalled (after thinking for a week what to say), and now one ringleader was let free, with the remainder probably joining him soon (one at the time, I think). See folks: nothing happened.

It is possible that Napoleonic rhetoric and gestures were planned to get a "street cred" with those hoodlums, or that they were discreetly encouraged by an embassy (some people think that UK is the leader here, USA having mental problems and distractions). Or some combination.

Bernard F. , Apr 22 2021 19:25 utc | 12

Too much narrative, kills the narrative

Https://www.foxnews.com/world/russia-orders-troop-pullback-keeps-weapons-near-ukraine

Even Fox don't buy it

vetinLA , Apr 22 2021 19:27 utc | 13

Our problem here in the U$A is still the same as always. Mr. Z's announcement on 3/24 about his nation's intentions to take back the Crimea, were NEVER mentioned on our MSM. It's always Russian aggression, or China's aggression. It's NEVER our fault.

Somehow, someway, that scenario MUST change.

jared , Apr 22 2021 20:23 utc | 17
Being seen as a victim of Russian aggression and presenting itself as a frontline state checking Russia’s further advance toward Europe is a major asset of Kyiv’s foreign policy.

Wait...what?

I think B takes the "administration" too literally -
We know they are lying, they know they are lying, everyone knows they are lying but they are creating a virtual world in which their behavior is rational and justified. I am not sure why exactly such an artificial construct is seen as helpful. I suppose you could blame it on the voting public in the democratic west but we all realize by this point that the west is in no way democratic in a literal, functional sense - they less than do not give a damn what the little people think in fact they could well do with a lot fewer of them and really without the need of actual vote counting.

Possibly to their dog at night under the covers and after many martinis to help them forget what they are, they admit something like their best attempt at the truth.

And anyway, what did really happen to Seth Rich?

oldhippie , Apr 22 2021 21:29 utc | 19

The militias with their supposed morale â€" These are the grandkids and great grandkids of WWII collaborators. Middle class and hipsters. In a country where there basically is no middle class. Ukraine’s economy is at African level. Only source of funds for anything is the US embassy. There is no agenda but the agenda of 1945. Any from the 2014 crop who had anything on the ball whatsoever is now my neighbor. What is left in Uke is the dregs. Hipsters do not hang around in failed states.

Entire political landscape is now centered on US Embassy. Oligarchs might have some input still, their wealth is out of country and so are they most of time.

Pure political vacuum. Nature abhors a vacuum. CIA and their hired actors will fill the stage, journalists will report their antics. They are playing to an empty house. Ukraine could exist in same zone as Libya or Iraq for a long time. In end nothing fills the vacuum but Russian Federation.

JohninMK , Apr 22 2021 21:33 utc | 20

Piotr Berman 9

The Russian military's policy is not to use conscripts on the front lines, that role is far too important to trust to what are partially trained soldiers, they are used in support functions. The frontline is manned by professional soldiers.

Zelenski has got $300M of 'stuff' out of Congress this week so that was a result for him.

Russia might be pulling back but the Ukrainians haven't got the message. My understanding is there are 50,000 Ukrainian army and 20,000 Ukrainian security forces normally in the Donbass on the frontlines against 30,000 or so NAF. This crisis came when another 30,000 troops plus heavy weapons were moved into the area. Two days ago OSCE reported that two artillery battalions of self propelled 122mm and 152 guns have been moved up to the front. Then apparently earlier this week, two battalions of the Azov were moved up from Mariupol (their normal area) to the front lines facing Donetsk City. Most of these 20,000 security forces would be your Nazi wannabe's with the Azov unit being the largest. For those of you not watching in 2014/5 Azov are the evil bastards that make the Red Army in WW2 Germany look like angels.

So Kiev is still building an overpowering strike force with a probable objective of a thrust through the center to the Russian border, splitting the two 'rebel' states. Both US and UK and no doubt other advisors are on site. The Global Hawk is sucking up data overhead most days. There is NATO pride on the line here planning and directing. We await a false flag.

I think b is being a bit too optimistic. Somehow they have to stop NS2, in many ways their futures depend on transit gas and, as before, they won't care how many have to die to save their skins and wallets.

Tom , Apr 22 2021 22:25 utc | 22

This tweet by circle jerker extraordinaire Anders Aslund, sums up todays essay by b.

"I tend to socialise with the elite in Kyiv (sic)" (not with the deplorables)

https://twitter.com/27khv/status/1385162324705783812

PokeTheTruth , Apr 23 2021 0:45 utc | 33

President Putin consulted with Minster of Defense Shoigu and asks if the troops can be scaled back from the lines of contact without significantly reducing tactical capability. Shoigu runs the numbers and delivers the answer that Putin was looking for.

Putin is offering an olive branch to Zelensky knowing full well his military can roll over the eastern and southern borders of Ukraine with impunity.

Does Zelensky do the same? No, instead he calls up reserve boys to make himself look tough.

A Russian proverb that is most appropriate in this case is this: Ð"урнаÌÑ Ð³Ð¾Ð"Ð¾Ð²Ð°Ì Ð½Ð¾Ð³Ð°Ìм покоÌÑ Ð½Ðµ даÑ'Ñ‚. Translation: The stupid head doesn't leave feet in rest or in other words, no rest for the wicked.

[Apr 27, 2021] Flashpoint Ukraine- Don't Poke the Bear by Mike Whitney and Israel Shamir

Notable quotes:
"... Bioâ€" Israel Shamir is a writer on international affairs, a radical political thinker, and a Biblical and Judaic scholar. His comments on current affairs are published on The Unz Review , and on his own sites www.israelshamir.net and www.israelshamir.com . His books Galilee Flowers , Cabbala of Power , Masters of Discourse are available on the Amazon… Shamir was a dissident in the USSR and in Israel where he called for full rights for the Palestinians. He is also a global dissident who calls for the dismantling the New World Order and the American Empire ..."
"... Churchill’s observation about the USA cannot be more apt, “The US will do the right thing, after it has done all others.†Hopefully, that is before nuclear Armageddon is unleashed upon us. ..."
Apr 27, 2021 | www.unz.com

Question 1â€" For the last 4 years, Democrat leaders have blamed Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 elections. Now the Democratsâ€" who control all three branches of government â€" have the power to reset US foreign policy and take a more hostile approach to Moscow. But will they?

At present, there are roughly 40,000 US-NATO troops massed along the Russian border conducting military exercises while scores of Russian tanks, artillery and an estimated 85,000 Russian troops are now located about 25 miles from Ukraine’s eastern border. Both armies are on hair-trigger alert and prepared for any sudden provocation. If the Ukrainian Army invades the Russian-speaking region of Ukraine (Donbas), Moscow will likely respond.

So, will there be a conflagration in the Ukraine this spring and, if so, how will Putin respond? Will he limit the scope of his campaign to the Donbas or push onward to Kiev?

Israel Shamirâ€" If the Russian army crosses the Ukrainian border, it won’t stop in the Donbas. The war will be brief and the Ukraine will be split into pieces. But will it happen?

Russia’s totem animal, the Bear, is a strong and peaceful animal that is not easily aroused, but once provoked, it is unstoppable. Russian rulers have typically fit this image. They weren’t adventurous, but level-headed and prudent. Putin, who is the quintessential Russian ruler, is risk-averse. He won’t start a war he never wanted to begin with, but he will act decisively if he needs to do so. Consider 2014, after the Ukrainian coup: the lawful Ukrainian president Mr Yanukovich ran to Russia and asked Putin to help him regain power. At that time, the Ukrainian army was weak and Russia could have easily retaken the country without facing any significant resistance. But, surprisingly, Putin did not give the order to take Kiev.

Putin is unpredictable. He ordered the seizure of Crimea despite the counsel of his advisors. It was an unexpected move, and it worked like a charm. He also pummeled Georgia in 2008 after Saakashvili invaded South Ossetia. This was another surprise move that succeeded better than anyone could have imagined. If the Ukrainians try to retake Donbas, the Russian army will beat them badly and continue on to Kiev. The presence of NATO’s troops will not deter Putin.

As for the Democrats, they can push Kiev to attack, but they will end up losing the Ukraine in the process. If the point is to poison relations between Russia and Europe, they can try to do so, but if they think the Russo-Ukrainian war is going to drag on, they’re mistaken. And if they think Putin won’t defend the Donbas, they’ve made a serious miscalculation.

Biden’s recent phone call to Putin suggests that the administration has decided not to launch a war after all. The unconfirmed report of two US ships turning away from the Black Sea fits this assessment. However, we cannot be sure about this since the Kremlin refused to agree to Biden’s offer for a meeting. The Kremlin’s response was a frosty “We shall study the proposalâ€. Russians feel that the summit proposal might be a trick aimed at buying time to strengthen their position. Bottom line: We cannot know certain how things will play out in the future.

Question 2â€" I have a hard time understanding what the Biden administration hopes to gain by provoking a war in the Ukraine. Seizing the Donbas will force the government to impose a costly, long-term military occupation that will be ferociously resisted by Russian-speaking people who live in the area. How does that benefit Washington?

I don’t think it does. I think the real objective is to provoke Putin into overreacting, thus, proving that Russia poses a threat to all of Europe. The only way Washington can persuade its EU allies that they should not engage in critical business transactions (like Nordstream) with Moscow, is if they can prove that Russia is an “external threat†to their collective security.

Do you agree with this or do you think Washington has something to gain by launching a war in the Ukraine?

Israel Shamirâ€" What do you mean by ‘overreacting’? Putin is not threatening to nuke Washington or take over Brussels or storm Warsaw? But to solve the problem of Ukraine on such occasion would be entirely reasonable .

When the regime in Kiev began to prepare for war a few months ago, they thought it would be a repeat of 2015, where they attack Donbas, the Donbas suffers losses, and then the Russian army steps in to prevent their defeat. They saw it as a limited war with a good chance of regaining Donbas. But Moscow has indicated that they will respond to any unprovoked aggression using their full strength, thereby crushing the Ukrainian state. In other words, the Russian army won’t stop at the Donbas but will proceed to the western borders of the Ukraine until the entire country is liberated.

Is that ‘overreacting’?

Definitely not. The people of Ukraine would be saved from the nationalist, anti-Russian regime, and the people of Russia would be saved from a NATO base on their western flank. Hopefully the EU will understand this. As for the US, the Russians have already made up their minds; the United States is an enemy. There has been a tectonic shift in Russia, and that shift is the result of Russia’s weariness with the United States’ proxy assaults.

The US would like to see the Donbas reintegrated into the Ukrainian state because then they’d be praised as a ‘mighty defender of an East European country against Russia’. But then Russia would have permanent low-level war on its border. Either way, Russia’s relations with Europe would be poisoned and the EU would probably end up buying expensive liquefied gas from the US rather than instead the much cheaper Russian gas.

Russia’s decision to launch a full-blown attack on the Ukraine has made the whole plan irrelevant. Putin will not allow it to happen.

The Ukrainians are flexible folks. At present, they submit to anti-Russian nationalist narrative, but if the Russian army were to come, the Ukrainians would quickly remember that they were co-founders of the USSR, brothers to Russians, and they would shake off the nightmarish nationalist rule. The Ukrainians are wonderful people, but they easily adapt to new rulers, be they the German Wehrmacht, the Polish landlords, the Petlyura Nationalists, or the Communists. They would adapt to a partnership with Russia, too. Similarly, the Russians would embrace the Ukrainians as they did in 1920 and in 1945.

Question 3â€" The Russian army would have little problem capturing the Capitol, but holding on to Kiev might be a different matter altogether. Let’s say, Russian troops are deployed to Kiev to maintain the peace while a provisional government is established in the run-up to free elections. What would the US response be? What would NATO’s response be? How would this maneuver be portrayed in the western media? Would it be portrayed as a “liberation†or an “occupation by a ruthless imperial powerâ€? Would this help or hurt Moscow’s relations with its partners around the world and particularly Germany where Nordstream is still under construction?

And wouldn’t this scenario prompt the US Intel agencies to arm, train and fund disparate groups of far-right extremists who would carry out a protracted insurgency against Russian troops in Kiev? How is that in Russia’s interest? Why would Putin put himself in the same situation the US put itself in Afghanistan, where a poorly-armed, ragtag militia has made governance impossible forcing the US to pack-up and leave 20 years later. Is that what Putin wants?

Israel Shamirâ€" The comparison with Afghanistan is absurd. The Ukraine is a part of Russia that became independent the moment the Soviet Union collapsed. Ukrainians are Russians of a sort. They have the same religion, the same language, the same culture, and the same history. Yes, the CIA did try to arm the Ukrainian insurgency after WWII, but with little success. You could compare a takeover of Kiev with a takeover of Atlanta by Sherman.

Ukrainian independence and separation probably cannot be reversed right away, but instead of one big unwieldy state, Ukraine can be transformed into a few coherent independent units. Western Ukraine is likely to join Poland as an independent or semi-independent state. East and South Ukraine could become semi-independent under Russian umbrella, or join Russian Federation. And historical Ukraine around Poltava could try and go its own way. I think the Ukrainians would be happy to reunite with their mother state, or at least to become friendly with Moscow. There will be no need to deploy Russian troops in Kiev or elsewhere. There are enough Ukrainians to govern and control the situation and to deal with remaining extreme nationalists.

What would the US and NATO response be? How would this maneuver be portrayed in the western media? Probably the same as their response to Crimea takeover. They will be angry, unhappy, furious. The problem is they already are. They’ve already imposed sanctions on Russia and reinstalled the Iron Curtain. They’ve already done everything short of a military confrontation. Russia is so annoyed by it all, that she is beyond caring about another bout of sanctions.

I am certain that Russia won’t start a war in the Ukraine, but if Kiev does, the Russian army will topple the regime just like the US toppled regimes in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other states. And, any attempt to establish US or NATO military bases in Ukraine will undoubtedly be seen as casus belli.

Russians think that a big war is unavoidable, so it’s probably better to have the Ukraine under Moscow’s control before that war breaks out. The US is an enemy; that is the feeling in Russia. If the US wants to change that perception, it should act fast .

Question 4â€" Is Washington genuinely interested in the Ukraine or is it just a staging-ground for its war on Russia??

Israel Shamirâ€" Washington would like to initiate a low-intensity war between Ukraine and Russia, a long-lasting war that would drain Russian resources and kill Russian troops; a war that would divert Russia’s attention from other hotspots, like in Syria or Libya . This is the way in which the US is laying the groundwork for an even bigger confrontation with Russia in the future.

Putin has accepted the breakup of the USSR. He’s not trying to reconstruct the Soviet empire nor is he particularly interested in the Ukraine. Twice he allowed Russia’s enemies to carry Ukraine away: in 2004 and in 2014. He has showed that he’d prefer to have as little to do with Ukraine as possible. Being a lawyer by education, Putin has a legal mind. He thought that Minsk Treaties were good enough a solution for all concerned. (The Minsk Treaty would “federalize†the Ukraine) He didn’t expect that Kiev would just ignore the treaties, but that’s what happened. Now he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. He’s not keen on annexing any part of Ukraine, but he might be forced to do so sooner or later.

In the last few weeks, US-Russian relations have deteriorated significantly. Russia is deeply offended by recent developments and will not go back to “business as usualâ€. We have entered uncharted waters and there is no way to predict what will happen next.

Question 5â€" No one in the United States benefits from a conflict with Russia, in fact, a military confrontation with Moscow poses a serious and, perhaps, existential threat to Russians and Americans alike. Still, the rush to war continues apace, mainly because the US military â€"with all of its millions of troops and high-tech weaponryâ€" is in the hands of a foreign policy establishment that is determined to control the vast resources and growth-potential of Central Asia despite the casualties and destruction that strategy will undoubtedly cause.

The biggest obstacle to this plan is Russia, which is why â€"since the collapse of the Soviet Unionâ€" the US and NATO have made every effort to encircle Russia, deploy missile sites to its borders, conduct hostile military exercises on its perimeter, and arm and train Islamic extremists to fight in its provinces. (Chechnya) Now that Joe Biden has been elected president, I would expect the hostilities towards Russia will rapidly intensify in both Ukraine and Syria. Biden has already shown that he will do whatever he is told to do by the foreign policy “Borgâ€, which means that war with Russia might be unavoidable.

Do you agree or disagree with this analysis?

Israel Shamirâ€" There are forces that want to control and direct mankind. These forces use the US as their enforcer. The Trump-related part of the US elites want the US to be the main beneficiary of the process. The Biden-related part of the US elites is more globally-oriented. Russia is ready to adjust to some of their demands (vaccination, climate) in order to avoid a final showdown. On the other hand, we don’t completely know what these global elites really want. And why the sense of urgency? Why the lack of concern for the American people or the Russians or the Europeans? Perhaps Davos is the new center of power and they are simply upset by Putin’s disobedience?

What we can say for certain is that imperialists always seek world hegemony. Independent Russia presents a challenge to that plan. Perhaps, western elites think they can bring Russia into full compliance by brinkmanship and threatening war? Perhaps, what we’re seeing in the Ukraine is an attempt to browbeat Russia into obedience? The danger is that they will push things too far and start a war they can neither manage or contain.

Putin remembers the fate of Saddam and Gadhafi. He’s not going to throw in the towel and back down. He’s not going to give up or give in.

To my American readers I’d say that the US is very strong and the people of the US can have a wonderful life even without world hegemony, in fact, hegemony is not in their interests at all. What they should seek is a strong nationalist policy that cares for the American people and avoids wasteful foreign wars.

Bioâ€" Israel Shamir is a writer on international affairs, a radical political thinker, and a Biblical and Judaic scholar. His comments on current affairs are published on The Unz Review , and on his own sites www.israelshamir.net and www.israelshamir.com . His books Galilee Flowers , Cabbala of Power , Masters of Discourse are available on the Amazon… Shamir was a dissident in the USSR and in Israel where he called for full rights for the Palestinians. He is also a global dissident who calls for the dismantling the New World Order and the American Empire


Carlton Meyer , says: • Website April 19, 2021 at 4:32 am GMT • 3.9 days ago

NATO forces near Ukraine are there for a showy training exercise. They don’t have the ammunition or other supplies to fight for more than 48 hours. Moreover, the troops have no interest in an idiotic and suicidal war with Russia. Most Ukrainian soldiers feel the same way. Ukraine is not part of NATO, and NATO Generals will do nothing without approval from their own nation, which will not come. There is no Ukraine crisis, this is just another game to boost military budgets.

Majority of One , says: April 19, 2021 at 5:01 am GMT • 3.9 days ago

Of all the forest folks, the one most zealous in protection of her cubs is Mama Bear. If there are any adults pulling the strings in the Di$trict of Corruption; they should understand that elementary bit of geopolitical logic.

Shamir could be correct in assuming that the Kamala’s Foote/Biden regime, a selected rather than elected governmental administration, being comprised mostly of poker players, did realize that Putin called their bluff when his foreign affairs and military people let Washington know, and not in traditional diplomatic language, that those two American destroyers dispatched to the Black Sea would be sailing in dangerous waters. They promptly turned tail and headed back westwards. Almost literally, the Russian move was a traditional shot across the bow.

Nevertheless, Putin’s Russia stands in the way of not only the world’s greatest potential resource grab, but perhaps also they block “The Great Resetâ€, signifiying the entire globalist New World Order agenda as ordered by the West’s ruling Bank$ter crime clans. With Russia now having developed the world’s most advanced military technology, training and tactics and with a nonpareil civil defense organization and with China fast becoming the planet’s most potent economic engine; the Cabal may feel their horizon to seize full world control is rapidly narrowing. The next several months to maybe three or four years could be make or break time for their overarching agenda of total control.

So the wheel’s still in spin, as the 20th Century’s great Jewish prophet, Bob Dylan sang it out some number of years ago. One of the more positive aspects of Judaism is that they do produce some amazing prophets, rebels questioning authority, the lot of them over multiples of centuries.

We are said by some meta-historical observers, to have entered the opening years of the Age of Aquarius, a 2,600 year era of change, as of December 31, 2012. Perhaps that is another reason why the Cabal seems to be going for broke in their encroachments on Russia, China, Iran, Syria and even little Lebanon. The Age of Pisces, with its stolen version of “Christianityâ€, is fast fading into a past created by Imperial Rome. Younger people all across the globe are deserting organized religion and its many dogmas.

Geopoliticallyâ€"militarilyâ€"astute observers tend to agree that should the puppet regime in Kiev opt to march eastwards, they will get whupped upside the head by an enraged (but not stupidly so) Mama Bear.

Personally, my own take is that should push come to shove, it is not likely that Russian forces would attempt to take Kiev or the region around Poltava. Nor would they countenance the certain headache of advancing on Uniate/Catholic/fascist-dominated Galicia. Their stopline might actuate, say a hundred kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital. However, their units might well envelop Odessa and the entire Black Sea coast all the way to the Transnistria/Moldavia border.

Ukraine would be reduced to rump-state status but would be guaranteed independence and protection by a Russia-Belorus consortium. The long Polish and then Austro-Hungarian dominated Galicia would likely seek some form of federation status with Poland and Lithuania. Chances are that the Kremlin would be happy with that outcome.

The Evil Empire and NATO will huff and puff. Diplomats will get shuffled around. Wiser heads would consider the speed of the Russian advance and their combat efficiency and decide to recoup their losses and do what they can to keep Europe in thrall. Time to work on Plan B.

Miro23 , says: April 19, 2021 at 5:42 am GMT • 3.9 days ago

To my American readers I’d say that the US is very strong and the people of the US can have a wonderful life even without world hegemony, in fact, hegemony is not in their interests at all. What they should seek is a strong nationalist policy that cares for the American people and avoids wasteful foreign wars.

The problem here, is that the American people are crushed and powerless, and in the grip of something morphing into a Neo-Bolshevik style dictatorship. Similarly to the mid 1930’s this dictatorship wants world power â€" and from this perspective Ukraine looks more like Spain 1936 (the first act of a much bigger show).

Biden’s recent phone call to Putin suggests that the administration has decided not to launch a war after all. The unconfirmed report of two US ships turning away from the Black Sea fits this assessment. However, we cannot be sure about this since the Kremlin refused to agree to Biden’s offer for a meeting. The Kremlin’s response was a frosty “We shall study the proposalâ€. Russians feel that the summit proposal might be a trick aimed at buying time to strengthen their position.

Except that the US ordered two British warships to go there instead.

TASS, April 18. Two British warships will sail for the Black Sea in May. According to The Sunday Times, a source in the Royal Navy indicated that this gesture is intended to show solidarity with Ukraine and NATO in the region against the background of the situation at the Russian-Ukrainian border.

According to the newspaper, one Type 45 destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate will peel off from the Royal Navy’s carrier task group in the Mediterranean and sail through the Bosphorus into the Black Sea.

It is reported that the decision was made in order to support Ukraine after the US cancelled its plans of sending two destroyers to the Black Sea in order to avoid further escalation in the region and tensions with Russia. It is noted that in case of a threat on the part of Russia, the UK is ready to send other military equipment to the region.

https://tass.com/world/1279483

I would guess that the US Trotskyites plan to push the Ukrainians into a war and then launch a massive international media barrage, “heroic Ukrainian patriotsâ€, “Russian atrocitiesâ€, “killer Putin†etc. sufficient to finish with Nord Stream 2 and scare France and Germany back into the US fold.

If this is right, then they’re not expecting Russia to retake the whole of the Ukraine, and they’re not planning to start WW3.

However, Russia’s lowest risk strategy would probably still be to only defend their existing positions making it difficult to claim a “Russian invasionâ€. They’ve probably already lost Nord Stream (which is really a German loss â€" and the Germans know what the ZioGlob are doing here). This buys time, and given that the US is already on a fast downward slope, lets them keep sliding.

Marshall Lentini , says: April 19, 2021 at 6:30 am GMT • 3.8 days ago

The Ukrainians are flexible folks. At present, they submit to anti-Russian nationalist narrative, but if the Russian army were to come, the Ukrainians would quickly remember that they were co-founders of the USSR, brothers to Russians, and they would shake off the nightmarish nationalist rule. The Ukrainians are wonderful people, but they easily adapt to new rulers, be they the German Wehrmacht, the Polish landlords, the Petlyura Nationalists, or the Communists. They would adapt to a partnership with Russia, too. Similarly, the Russians would embrace the Ukrainians as they did in 1920 and in 1945.

Pure idealism.

Do not underestimate the extent to which the experience of independence, the anti-Russian narrative, billions in remittances from migrant workers in Poland, the massive and entrenched bribery system involving American politicians, and especially the “annexation†of Crimea, have stoked nationalist sentiment in every segment of Ukrainian society, short of those explicitly identifying as Russian.

I have seen Ukrainians from all over that country go as red in the face, and as fast, over Crimea as Americans about “trans rightsâ€. It is fever-pitch over there. We tend to look down on their small-nation complex, but at least it’s about lebensraum and not some degenerate ideology. I assume Moscow keeps that well in mind.

They may roll over in the end, but it will not be an embrace.

Alfred , says: April 19, 2021 at 6:30 am GMT • 3.8 days ago

Things have changed a lot over the past 20 years. Governments and media have total control over populations. For proof, just look at how stupid the population of countries like the UK and Australia have become. They actually still believe that masks and lockdowns are a good thing. They believe that they are personally threatened by a virus that hardly kills any healthy person under the age of 70.

If the Russians get control of the centre of Kiev â€" with its mobile telephony, TV, radio and websites â€" the game is up. It suffices to send an SMS to all inhabitants of Kiev to say that they will be shot if they venture outdoors and that will be the end of the matter. Gradually, shops, transport and businesses can reopen. The police will have new orders and that will be it. There is no need for Russian troops to patrol. There will be no ambushes by Nazis. The elite Jews who currently control the place will panic.

There will be no repeat of Maidan. No one will be able to come by coach from Lvov to create havoc. Most Nazis will try to pretend that they never had anything to do with it.

The personal links between all individuals is to be found in their mobile phone usage. Anyone who spoke to Zelensky, Poroshenko etc in the last 12 months could be detained and investigated. The same is true for their emails. Everyone uses Russian in Kiev. It would be a cinch for the Russians to go through all the emails electronically.

Freeze all bank accounts and only allow a small withdrawal each week. Pull in all the international transfers. Find out who has been siphoning money from the state and sending it abroad. Arrest them.

I could go on, but you get the picture. Almost nothing we do these days is not permanently recorded in different computer systems.

Arrest and put on trial all those involved in the atrocities in the Donbass over the past 7 years. 13,000 plus people died â€" most of them civilians. Justice must be pursued. Hold a genuine investigation of the shootings at Maidan and the massacre in Odessa. Those who tortured the police chief of Mariupol must be exposed and punished.

GMC , says: April 19, 2021 at 7:14 am GMT • 3.8 days ago

Good article- Thanks â€" Crimea didn’t need much pushing , in order to Vote to go back to Russia â€" they are an Autonomous Republic that tried to go back in the 90s, but was foiled by Kyiv. Kiev made sure the Crimean Gov. was always stacked with mafia leaders, and the monies for routine infrastructure, school, hospital , gov. buildings, etc were pocketed.

Only the areas from Sevastopol to Yalta were kept up by Moscow itself. All the people saw this â€" we are the size of Vermont.

Elephant in the room ? The Globalists â€" Monsanto/Bayer, Cargill, DuPont, Eli Lili, and others that own a whole lot of Ukraine, esp. the breadbasket. Even the US Navy guards the port near Odecca, where they export their grain etc. So, what this past skirmish did was to move the security armies funding, from the Globalists to the US and EU taxpayer â€" so to speak. Mr. Shamir touches on this when he speaks about the †Borgâ€. Globalist 5 Ukraine 0 .

The US is run by the children , grandchildren of the Bolshevik Revolution, the Russian looters, the Babylonian Talmud Rabbi pet students, globalist stooges, and thousands of bought off Americans that work for them. Call them what you wish â€" they are Illuminati, Freemasons, Zionists, Bankers, Lawyers, Globalists, demented old men, opportunists â€" many different classes. To most of us tho, they are the defined Enemy and should be treated this way â€" mentally and physically.

Russians are totally different from todays Americans and that is what will keep Russia alive. Putin’s personality, patience, and drive is a great example of this . Shamir is spot on in his opinion of how laid back the Ukies are vs, the straight laced , serious Russians .

vox4non , says: April 19, 2021 at 7:50 am GMT • 3.8 days ago

Churchill’s observation about the USA cannot be more apt, “The US will do the right thing, after it has done all others.†Hopefully, that is before nuclear Armageddon is unleashed upon us.

Hapalong Cassidy , says: April 19, 2021 at 9:55 am GMT • 3.7 days ago
@Featherless

The MIC would like nothing better than for the Russians to show they mean business. Whatever it takes to justify even more outrageous military budgets in the future. The American people will be required to sacrifice more and more because of the “Russian threatâ€.

Ilya G Poimandres , says: April 19, 2021 at 9:58 am GMT • 3.7 days ago
@Anonymous

D America doesn’t care for Ukraine, but a little blood sacrifice could work to bubble up anger in their allies, and keep the NATO cult strong.

Marshall Lentini , says: April 19, 2021 at 11:18 am GMT • 3.6 days ago
@Alfred utin takes with neighboring peoples, even those Russia has just defeated, annexed, or supported against some other nation, is characterized by conciliation. This isn’t the 90’s; Ukraine, even the Donbas, is not Chechnya.

I don’t believe Ukrainians could be pacified, in the event. Their mentality has reached a level of blind hatred rivaled only by Jews for any whisper of dissent from their worldview.

On the other hand, Washington is very much out for blood, as we all know. Whose blood exactly is unclear, but the cost of retaining their Soros-funded Ukrainian honeypot, obtaining Central Asian wealth and shoring up the dollar, or whatever the fuck they truly want, would probably never be too high for others to pay.

Ross23 , says: April 19, 2021 at 11:39 am GMT • 3.6 days ago

There won’t be a war in Ukraine.

Russia has 200,000 troops and heavy equipment on the border. The moment the first shot is fired Ukie soldiers will be walking into a wall of lead and death. They know it so will the Ukie gov.

In fact if they ever were crazy enough to launch such an attack they, the Ukie leadership will almost certainly be signing their death warrants by triggering a military coup. There’s not many humiliating military losses that don’t end up in one for the instigators.

The US knows this so is trying a different type of escalation via Navalney hunger strike and this absurd accusation on the Czech arms dump explosion 7 years ago

MarkU , says: April 19, 2021 at 12:19 pm GMT • 3.6 days ago
@Anonymous finger and shriek about ‘Russian aggression’ in order to pressure the Germans into cancelling Nordstream 2 and any other Russian supplied energy.

Of course if the Europeans weren’t run by (((banker))) stooges and if they had any balls between them they would force the US to call the whole thing off and pressure the Ukrainian fascists to honour the Minsk 2 agreement. Sadly we are just going to have to prepare for the worst and hope it doesn’t go nuclear.

I see my own government (I am from the UK) has decided to send some sacrificial ships to the Black sea (the US apparently doesn’t want to risk theirs) What else can we expect when 2/3 of our parliament are in ‘Friends of Israel’ groups?

MLK , says: April 19, 2021 at 1:12 pm GMT • 3.5 days ago

Think of it like a game of geopolitical poker. About 30 years ago the US found itself with most of the chips. Russia’s stack had dwindled to a dangerously low level. China was husbanding its position. Now those other serious players have figured out how to play to US weaknesses, goading him into high risk, low reward positions.

Like I’ve been saying, China won the post-Cold War quarter century, hands down. It’s such a Sad Story, it’s been evident for years there is no price too high to pay in terms of our national interest to cover up the establishment’s malefactions.

In geopolitics, there’s a nasty tendency for strengths to morph into weaknesses. That explains these two sober, informed observers â€" interviewer and interviewee alike â€" struggling to delineate the method to the madness in US strategy and tactics.

It’s a helluva thing to be the principal moving party in a play that leaves the only question how big the gains will be for Russia and China, and in what ratio. Make no mistake, it isn’t coincidental that China is very publicly pressuring the US in the South China Sea at the moment. The land template has water implications.

It’s impossible to overstate the deleterious effects of the “Unipolar Moment†nonsense. Among the less consequential, unless you want to understand geopolitical events, was that we didn’t have to think to much about the geo-strategy of other powers. There’s been an excuse made for all of them, so-called enemies and allies alike. Russia was down and out. China just wanted to make a lot of washing machines. . . .

My essential point being â€" and we can file it as my suggesting you get ahead of the curve â€" is that you cease ignoring the objectives of all of these powers. They are not simply playing defense and, if you’re tempted to think that they still are, then ask yourself whether that’s what you would do if you sat in one of those big chairs with the US in such a piss poor condition?

Having succeeded with operation Get Rid Of Trump, as I predicted the payoffs have come fast and furious. Though not fast enough for the most proactive foreign powers. I knew there wasn’t much point in trying to figure out what the bargains were since they would become obvious after they installed “Biden.†Beyond, that is, Nord Stream 2, the contours of which were visible in the Navalny set-piece.

SteveK9 , says: April 19, 2021 at 2:09 pm GMT • 3.5 days ago

‘To my American readers I’d say that the US is very strong and the people of the US can have a wonderful life even without world hegemony, in fact, hegemony is not in their interests at all. What they should seek is a strong nationalist policy that cares for the American people and avoids wasteful foreign wars.’

Many Americans have recognized just that … we don’t seem to be able to defeat our ‘Deep State’. Trump was elected in large part because his goal was exactly that. He was defeated by the ‘Establishment’, ‘Deep State’, whatever you want to call it.

I’ve often pointed out that the US does not need an Empire, and in fact it is only of benefit to our oligarchs. The US does not even need trade. The US is a continent, it has everything it needs. If anyone wants to talk about oil/energy I would point out the existence of uranium. By the way, the same is true of Russia. It could exist perfectly well if it were the only country in the World.

But, we cannot change human nature … there are always the greedy and power-mad, and they are numerous … any doubts should have been removed by one word … lockdown.

Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist , says: • Website April 19, 2021 at 3:07 pm GMT • 3.5 days ago

“He (Putin) didn’t expect that Kiev would just ignore the treaties, but that’s what happened.â€

I do not think Putin is an idiot, but anyone who believed that the Ukranazis wouldn’t ignore the Minsk accords, which they signed only as a desperate attempt to stave off total defeat in 2015 (after being routed at the Battles of Donetsk Airport and Debaltsevo) is an idiot. This is the first time I have ever heard anyone suggesting that Putin (or anyone else) expected the Minsk Accord to succeed.

“Consider 2014, after the Ukrainian coup: the lawful Ukrainian president Mr Yanukovich ran to Russia and asked Putin to help him regain power. At that time, the Ukrainian army was weak and Russia could have easily retaken the country without facing any significant resistance.â€

And by not doing so Putin faces a much more difficult job now than in 2014.

In 2014 the Ukranazi military was disintegrating, which is why Russia did not find any resistance in liberating Crimea. The Ukrainian army basically ceased to exist. Many if not most of the troops defected to Russia in Crimea. Supporters of Yanukovych’s Party of the Unions would have openly welcomed a Russian intervention against the Nazi coup regime. That is why the Ukranazi coup regime picked the Nazis of Azov, Svoboda and Pravii Sektor to attack the at that time almost defenceless Novorossiyan people (who remember had to loot weapons from museums, including still working WWII tanks). Even later by the end of the year the Ukrainian army had to rely on Nazi “cyborgs†to fight for it. A Russian intervention would still have been a cakewalk.

Even during the period 2015 to 2019 while Ukranazistan was falling apart socioeconomically, the military grew relatively cohesive, in the sense that it incorporated Azov (thus making itself the Ukranazi army) and was no longer self destructing, but it had still no modern anti tank weapons, no modern drones, and very importantly no NATOstani forces in the country arming and training it openly (in reality acting as human shields). Now none of those things are true. They have the Ottoman Bayraktars, the world’s only combat proven drone, Javelin anti tank missiles, open arming and training and most importantly open propaganda support from the NATOstanis to an extent not seen since 2014. It is obvious that Russia does not believe that the Donbass armies can possibly hold off the Ukranazis even long enough for Russia to transfer forces from further away in the Russian interior. And from this point on the Ukranazis can only get militarily more powerful. Even if we believed the oft repeated but as far as I can see unsupported assertion that 50% or more of their army is comprised of conscripts too demoralised to fight, the Ukranazis are now renting jihadi headchoppers from Sultan Erdoğan, not the cannon fodder in Azerbaijan, but Chechens, Daghestanis and Tatars who speak Russian, know the country, and are a bit tougher than the average child beheading al Qaeda junior partner from Idlibistan. And don’t forget that they will have the full benefit of NATOstani satellite intelligence and propaganda and diplomatic support, apart from the NATOstani “trainers†and “advisors†who Putin will, if recent history is any guide, go to almost any length to avoid harming, even if they kill Russians.

There is absolutely no reason to believe that Russia would have had to take on the economic burden of Ukranazistan in 2014. All Russia would have to do is invade, crush the Ukranazi coup regime (more likely than not with the enthusiastic support of most of East Ukraine people), reinstate Yanukovych, and withdraw immediately with a statement that if there were any more Maidans Russia would be back and this time to stay. No occupation, no economic burden, just a souped up equivalent of the 2008 Georgia punitive expedition. Instead Putin’s “restraint†meant:

1. Russia got none of the benefits it would have had by invading: crushing Ukranazism, massively deterring NATO, avoiding “friends†like India peeling away, the running expenses of having to maintain troops at the border, to say nothing of building the Kerch bridge and subsidising the Donbass.

2. It got all the negative effects of invading: sanctions (which turned out a blessing in disguise, yes, but which should not have been necessary to make Russia’s economy self reliant anyway), massively increased enmity from its opponents.

3. It got all the negatives of doing nothing: NATOstani planes in Ukranazi airspace, NATO openly arming and training the Ukranazis, the Ukrainian population becoming more homogeneously anti Russian.

And now if Russia invades it will have to take over the ruins because there is simply nobody else. It’s far too late to reinstate Yanukovych and leave.

Meanwhile Putin is apparently planning to address the nation on the 21st. Speculation includes declaration of hostilities against Ukranazistan and merger of Russia with Belarus. I’ll wait and see.

[Apr 27, 2021] Overpriced coffee shops holding company makes a bold prediction -- Starbucks Chair Warns Companies Lacking Boardroom Diversity Risk ‘Dying’

She is really bold: "Hobson, who is Black, noted that White men made up about 70% of board seats in the U.S. but only 30% of the population in pre-2020 data." This one step from trying to examine ethnic composition of Wall Street firms. Not good for Starbucks ;-)
Apr 27, 2021 | finance.yahoo.com

More content below Anne Riley Moffat Wed, April 21, 2021, 8:50 PM +0.40% More content below SBUX

(Bloomberg) -- American companies eschewing diversity in the boardroom risk “committing corporate suicide,” Starbucks Corp.’s Mellody Hobson said, about a month after taking over as board chair at the coffee giant.

“You can’t be a leading company in the world and not have a diverse board or have a real agenda around diversity without at some point dying as an organization,” Hobson said Wednesday evening at a virtual event sponsored by Bowdoin College. “Now it may take a while, but I do think it will be inevitable.“

[Apr 27, 2021] MoA - Vladimir Putin On Petty Tabaquis And International Issues

Apr 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Hoarsewhisperer , Apr 21 2021 19:25 utc | 14

All the while, unfriendly moves towards Russia have also continued unabated. Some countries have taken up an unseemly routine where they pick on Russia for any reason, most often, for no reason at all. It is some kind of new sport of who shouts the loudest.

In this regard, we behave in an extremely restrained manner, I would even say, modestly, and I am saying this without irony. Often, we prefer not to respond at all, not just to unfriendly moves, but even to outright rudeness. We want to maintain good relations with everyone who participates in the international dialogue. But we see what is happening in real life. As I said, every now and then they are picking on Russia, for no reason. And of course, all sorts of petty Tabaquis are running around them like Tabaqui ran around Shere Khan â€" everything is like in Kipling's book â€" howling along in order to make their sovereign happy . Kipling was a great writer.

I think VVP is missing a golden opportunity to appoint an unofficial 'freelance' Court Jester, or 2 or 3. The Court Jester's role would be to answer every childish slur from the West's Naughty & undisciplined Little Kiddies with an equally insulting and personal slur against the West's Spokes-Children.

If the West wants to behave like the Louts and Riff-Raff that hang around outside the Local Saloon in the Wild West, trying to start a fight, it would be fun to encourage them to push the boundaries. Considering the cornucopia if Silly Stuff the West believes, or pretends to believe, it shouldn't be difficult to goad them into crossing their own Red Lines.

The Court Jester could start by asking the West to explain, comprehensively, why it wants to Save Alexi Navalny whilst torturing Julian Assange to death?

[Apr 27, 2021] The Problem Is That Your Ideas Are Stupid -- Bill Maher Blasts Gullible Woke Millennials

Apr 25, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Something strange is occurring in the gutter of "liberal comedy"... After four years of constant attacks on anything 'Trumpian' and constant ignorance of anything 'Left', one man has begun to realize that there is plenty of farce on both sides of the aisle and virtue-signaling to your cocktail party co-conspirators just doesn't pay the bills anymore ( cough CNN cough ).

Last week, Comedian Bill Maher used his HBO show to highlight some awkward 'facts' and ask some uncomfortable questions about media and politicians approach to COVID .

This week, he has taken aim at the heart of the problem - American Millennials and Gen Z and their total ignorance of history.

"In India, young people touch old people's feet to show reverence. In Japan, there's a national 'respect for the aged' day.

You know the reason why advertisers in this country love the 18-34 demographic... because it's the most gullible .

A third of people under 35 say they're in favor of abolishing the police ...not defunding, but doing away with a police force altogether... which is less of a policy position and more of a leg tattoo.

36% of Millennials think it might be a good idea to try Communism... but much of the world did try it... I know most of Millennials think that doesn't count because they weren't alive when it happened... but it did happen, and there are people around who remember it. Pining for communism is like pining for BetaMax or MySpace.

So when you say 'you're old, you don't get it', get what? Abolish the police? ...and the Border Patrol? ... and Capitalism? ... and cancel Lincoln?

No, "I get it"... the problem isn't that I don't get what you're saying or that I'm old. The problem is that your ideas are stupid .

If you say "let's eat in the bathroom and shit in the kitchen" , yeah, that's a new idea, but I wouldn't call it interior design.

You think someone 80 is hopeless because they can’t use an iPhone? Maybe the one who is hopeless is the one who can’t stop using it .

You think I'm out of it because I'm not on Twitch? Well maybe I 'get Twitch' but I just think people watching other people play video games is a waste of fucking time .

20% of Gen Z agree with the statement that "society would be better off if all property was owned by the public and managed by the government" and another 29% say 'they don't know if that's a good idea'...

Here's who does know... anyone who wasn't born yesterday!"

Watch the full monologues here (timestamped to begin at 5:13)


Manthong 8 hours ago (Edited)

You know when Bill Maher is right...

I hate when that happens.

But if you listen to the whole piece, he is shilling for a fool who is wholly owned and he is wrapping truth around deception and falsity... very crafty.

But that's what they do.

various2 5 hours ago

Billionaires do not allow their direct peasants millionaires to deviate from left-right allocation. If he utters a word of nationalism, he would be canceled fast.

Billionaires destroy America, and need firmly control over common peasants.

Money printing billionaires bought out all big tech and big media as fast as they become public.

Only Trump was allowed to speak certain limited truths like “China - enemy globalist proxyâ€, “Russia is America’s only ally on a planetâ€.

But that was an experiment in compromise that billionaires failed.

Macho Latte 4 hours ago (Edited)

Maher is part of the problem, not part of the solution. His salary depends on that. The only reason he has "changed" his tune is because he got permission to do it or he was told to do it.

DemonRats: The EVIL that lives among us.

Max Hunter 3 hours ago

He didn't change his tune that much, if you watch the first 5 minutes he is drooling all over Biden and shilling the orangeman bad mantra.

[Apr 27, 2021] McConnell warns stupid business leaders off political speech- -Republicans drink Coca-Cola, too- - CBS News

Apr 27, 2021 | www.cbsnews.com

"It's quite stupid to jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue," he told reporters.

The colorful language from the typically reserved Republican leader shows the dilemma ahead for the party in the post-Trump era. Many Trump-styled lawmakers are bucking big business and leaning more heavily into the populist, working-class themes championed by the former president â€" even as they rely on deep-pocketed business donors to fuel their political campaigns.

By wading into the debate, McConnell is situating himself in the emerging culture wars on the opposite side of progressive groups that are pressuring business not to sit by silently on voting rights, gun violence and other big issues before Congress.

[Apr 27, 2021] Please remove from the internet any content that displeases or otherwise causes any discomfort for Chelsea Clinton

Apr 27, 2021 | turcopolier.com

JerseyJeffersonian says: April 16, 2021 at 11:42 am

This is sort of like how Chelsea Clinton is thumping for the removal of Tucker Carlson from Twitter; she doesn't like the back talk, something captured succinctly in this response to her effrontery:

'Mocking Clinton, journalist Glenn Greenwald simply wrote: "Please remove from the internet any content that displeases or otherwise causes any discomfort for Chelsea Clinton."'

So, yeah, the same principle applies here. Screw these "whited sepulchres". How I conceive of them is as follows; those who wish these sepulchres to be venerated take great pains that they be thickly slathered with an oh so respectable, dissimulating coating of whitewash, but in reality, as tombs, their genuine function is as repositories for corrupt, rotting meat.

[Apr 27, 2021] But, they are long-term investors!

Apr 27, 2021 | www.wsj.com

But, they are long-term investors! J Domingo

Some of this is getting off the charts crazy. Tesla has a P/E ratio of 1,105.

An investor is paying for over one thousand years of earnings to acquire a share.

Not sure that’s a great deal.

But, they are long-term investors! J Domingo
Some of this is getting off the charts crazy. Tesla has a P/E ratio of 1,105.

An investor is paying for over one thousand years of earnings to acquire a share.

Not sure that’s a great deal.

[Apr 27, 2021] Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a stern warning to anyone threatening the national security of Russia, telling officials that those responsible will "regret their actions like they have never regretted anything before."

Apr 27, 2021 | turcopolier.com

Avatar J says: April 21, 2021 at 9:20 am

Putin spoke this morning to Russian legislators, appraising of the current items and events.

Putin also spoke to the idiot leadership of NATO and the asleep at the switch D.C., and he didn't mince words.

https://www.rt.com/russia/521688-putin-federal-assembly-speech-retaliation-measures/

Putin promises 'asymmetrical' response to any threats made against Russia, promises those provoking Moscow will come to regret it

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a stern warning to anyone threatening the national security of Russia, telling officials that those responsible will "regret their actions like they have never regretted anything before."

IMHO NATO and D.C. need to pull their heads out of their arses, for mankind's sake.

[Apr 26, 2021] What to outlaw first: coronavirus vaccines or butt implants?

Apr 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Occams_Razor_Trader 2 hours ago

" you're more likely to die from general anesthesia than you are to get severe blood clots from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine "

So outlaw Boob and chin implants, o'man of science .........................

Goldbugger 2 hours ago

https://thenewamerican.com/genetic-vaccines-are-they-the-new-thalidomide/

Genetic Vaccines: Are They the New Thalidomide?

JOHNLGALT. 2 hours ago

Try one & see.

[Apr 26, 2021] Matt Walsh on Twitter -- I saw this and now you have to see it

Apr 26, 2021 | mobile.twitter.com


Matt Walsh @MattWalshBlog · 14h I saw this and now you have to see it From Sandy C3E 1.7K 1.4K 4.2K Replies Brandon Harris @GoatExplosion · 14h Replying to @MattWalshBlog Christ, I've seen this three times, make it stop!

[Apr 26, 2021] Most Californians are more dumb than free

Apr 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

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WolfgangIffans101 2 hours ago remove link

Here in Kommiefornia, the majority are still driving around in their cars on their own with their masks on. More dumb than free.

Average age of death WITH covid: 80.

Lanka 1 hour ago

Same as without Covid.

DavidC 1 hour ago remove link

How can someone so 'educated' be so stupid?

Taleb's IYI - Intellectual Yet Idiot.

DavidC

[Apr 26, 2021] Speaking of "hygiene theater," think of all the billions of dollars of hand sanitizer that has been sold to prevent people from contracting the virus on surfaces

Apr 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Give Me Some Truth 40 minutes ago remove link

Speaking of "hygiene theater," think of all the billions of dollars of hand sanitizer that has been sold to prevent people from contracting the virus on surfaces. Which the recent study shows happens in only 1-in-10,000 cases!

Ah, "never mind" .... but the makers of hand-sanitizer are a thankin' you.

Give Me Some Truth 39 minutes ago

My wife is a high school teacher. It's surprising her elbow hasn't fallen off by now from all the scrubbing she's done of classroom desks. I guess it was good exercise for her.

Demologos 15 minutes ago

Would have been better to repurpose the alcohol as vodka.

[Apr 26, 2021] Fauci Flip-Flops Again about the nessesty of wearing masks outdoor. Karens are disappointed

The Tsunami of COVID-19 Bullsh!t and disinformation has Fauci's face on it. Looks like Anthony "surprise outbreak" Fauci took just 13 months to go full circle from no masks needed outside https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRa6t_e7dgI to everyone should wear two masks, to no mask needed outside. The man is a national embarrassment...
Apr 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

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PGR88 2 hours ago

Didn't this twat say just 2 months ago we should be wearing TWO masks?

Krink26 2 hours ago

Unfortunately yes. So wear three masks...

cpt. carptastic 1 hour ago remove link

Have you been outside of your basement lately? There are idiots driving in their car alone wearing a mask. I see people riding their bikes with masks on, and people walking around my block wearing a mask.

So yes, plenty of morons still listen to him.

LetThemEatRand 2 hours ago

And the smug Karens who confronted people for failing to wear masks outdoors will go along without the slightest twinge of regret for having been wrong the whole time. And they will still be the first to be vocal and certain of the correctness of their next baseless Karanical instructions to the rest of us.

in4mayshun 1 hour ago

Dictionary Term

KAREN , noun (karanical, karanny, karenish): to direct exacerbation, frustration, or criticism at a person or persons while in a heightened state of illogical virtue signaling panic; the disphoria exhibited when victimizing ones self, while projecting unrealistic fears onto otherwise innocent bystanders, often fueled by the leftard media. 2. a person who is Gullible; will accept any and all propaganda delivered from "official" channels. 3. An insult, often labeling a person who overreacts. 4. A form of entertainment for politically right-leaning persons

beekeeper 2 hours ago remove link

The highest paid employee in the federal government is an idiot. That explains a lot.

Global Hunter 1 hour ago

All the brainwashed Karens in Canada will pretend they didn't see this as it doesn't fit their agenda. The masks have become part of their identity.

Suzy Q 1 hour ago

Do Canadian Karens have face masks made to match their outfits like Fancy Nancy does?

https://www.instyle.com/celebrity/nancy-pelosi-scarves-color-coordinating-masks-pantsuits

[Apr 25, 2021] I hate to admit it, but it sounds like Putin's got a plan

Nice Otto von Bismarck below.
Looks like neocon think that God is on the side of those with bigger guns...
Apr 25, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

ThePinkHole 15 hours ago

"Brussels and D.C. started to suspect that Russia doesn't 'want' Ukraine. What Russia wants is for this country to rot and implode without excrement from this implosion hitting Russia. West's paying for the clean up of this clusterf**k is also in Russian plans for Ukrainian Bantustan"

I hate to admit it, but it sounds like Putin's got a plan.

Volkodav 15 hours ago

"The Russians saddle their horses slowly but ride fast".

- Otto von Bismarck

Malkavian 13 hours ago

"God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America." - also Otto von Bismarck

jusstpassinthru 10 hours ago (Edited)

"The division of the United States into two federations of equal force was decided long before the civil war by the high financial power of Europe. These bankers were afraid that the United States, if they remained in one block and as one nation, would attain economical and financial independence, which would upset their financial domination over the world. The voice of the Rothschilds predominated. They foresaw the tremendous booty if they could substitute two feeble democracies, indebted to the financiers, to the vigorous Republic, confident and self-providing. Therefore they started their emissaries in order to exploit the question of slavery and thus dig an abyss between the two parts of the Republic." -- Otto von Bismarck, 1876

Somehow the US public school system left that part out.

[Apr 25, 2021] FBI Releases Documents On Investigation Into Death Of DNC Staffer Seth Rich

Apr 25, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Sugar Weasel 27 minutes ago

"Highly redacted document"

Black Highlighters Matter!

Eddielaidler 1 hour ago

That only took 5 years.

" Time flies like an arrow ; fruit flies like a banana" Groucho Marx

Dragon HAwk 19 minutes ago remove link

Takes a long time to sort thru documents deciding which ones are useless and can be released. come on man give the FBI a break they are on Our Side. /s

uhland62 9 hours ago

Maybe Ghislaine knows?

And why did the sketches of two 'wanted' in Madeleine McCann case resemble the Podesta brothers?

novictim 10 hours ago

So the FBI determined that the assassin was Jeffrinovich Epsteinokova, who, according to signal intelligence and bar chatter, subsequently hung himself, destroying all the evidence with him.

Which was a real shame because they really wanted to get to the bottom of it.

uhland62 9 hours ago

Good idea, but -ovich is the ending for a make and -kova for a female. Nothing is impossible these days, but it still reads bizarre, even though the direction is excellent.

[Apr 24, 2021] Cultural Deafness Defines the West by Alastair Crooke

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... The élites come to believe their narrative – forgetting that it was conceived as an illusion created to capture the imagination within their society. ..."
"... Harvard Business School ..."
"... "Over the last two decades, I've observed the consequences of our surprising metamorphosis into surveillance empires powered by global architectures of behavioural monitoring, analysis, targeting and prediction – that I have called surveillance capitalism. On the strength of their surveillance capabilities and for the sake of their surveillance profits, the new empires engineered a fundamentally anti-democratic epistemic coup, marked by unprecedented concentrations of knowledge about us and the unaccountable power that accrues to such knowledge." ..."
"... "This is the essence of the epistemic coup. They claim the authority to decide who knows [and] which now vies with democracy over the fundamental rights and principles that will define our social order in this century. Will the growing recognition of this other coup finally force us to reckon with the inconvenient truth that has loomed over the last two decades? We may have democracy, or we may have surveillance society, but we cannot have both. " (Emphasis added). ..."
Feb 15, 2021 | www.strategic-culture.org

The élites come to believe their narrative – forgetting that it was conceived as an illusion created to capture the imagination within their society.

Pat Buchanan is absolutely right – that when it comes to insurrections, history depends on who writes the narrative. Usually that falls to the oligarchic class; (should they ultimately prevail.) Yet, I recall quite a few 'terrorists' who subsequently to were become widely-courted 'statesmen'. So the wheel of passing time turns – and turns about, again.

Of course, fixing a narrative – an unchallengeable reality, that is perceived to be too secure, too highly invested to fail – does not mean it will not go unchallenged. There is an old British expression that well describes its' colonial experience of (silent) challenge to its then dominant 'narrative' (both in Ireland and India inter alia ). It was known as 'dumb insolence'. That is, when the performance of individual acts of rebellion are both too costly personally and pointless, that the silent, sourly expression of dumb contempt for their 'overlords' says it all. It infuriated the British commanding class by its daily reminder of their legitimacy deficit. Gandhi took it to the heights. And it his narrative ultimately, that is the one better remembered in history.

With global Big Tech's control of narrative, however, we have entered into an entirely different order of things, to those early British efforts at keeping down dissidence – as Harvard Business School Professor Shoshana Zuboff succinctly notes :

"Over the last two decades, I've observed the consequences of our surprising metamorphosis into surveillance empires powered by global architectures of behavioural monitoring, analysis, targeting and prediction – that I have called surveillance capitalism. On the strength of their surveillance capabilities and for the sake of their surveillance profits, the new empires engineered a fundamentally anti-democratic epistemic coup, marked by unprecedented concentrations of knowledge about us and the unaccountable power that accrues to such knowledge."

Narrative control has now jumped the shark:

"This is the essence of the epistemic coup. They claim the authority to decide who knows [and] which now vies with democracy over the fundamental rights and principles that will define our social order in this century. Will the growing recognition of this other coup finally force us to reckon with the inconvenient truth that has loomed over the last two decades? We may have democracy, or we may have surveillance society, but we cannot have both. " (Emphasis added).

This clearly represents a quite different magnitude of 'control' – and when allied with the West's counter-insurgency techniques of 'terrorist' narrative disruption, honed during the 'Great War on Terrorism' – is a formidable tool for curbing dissent domestically, as well as externally.

Yet it has a fundamental weakness.

Quite simply, that being so invested, so immersed, in one particular 'reality', others' 'truths' then will not – cannot – be heard. They do not stand out proud above the endless flat plain of consensual discourse. They cannot penetrate the hardened shell of a prevailing narrative bubble, or claim the attention of élites so invested in managing their own version of reality .

The 'Big Weakness'? The élites come to believe their own narratives – forgetting that the narrative was conceived as an illusion, one among others, created to capture the imagination within their society (not others').

They lose the ability to stand apart, and see themselves – as others see them. They become so enraptured by the virtue of their version of the world, that they lose all ability to empathise or accept others' truths. They cannot hear the signals. The point here, is that in that talking past (and not listening) to other states, the latters' motives and intentions will be mis-construed – sometimes tragically so.

Examples are legion, but the Biden Administration's perception that time was frozen – from the moment of Obama's departure from office – and somehow defrosted on 20 January, just in time for Biden to pick up on that earlier era (as if time was uninterrupted), marks one example of a belief in one's own meme. Whilst the EU's unfeigned amazement – and anger – at being described 'as an unreliable partner' by FM Lavrov in Moscow, is just another example of how élites have become remote from the real world and captive to their own self-perception.

"America is back" to lead, and 'to set the rules of the road' for the rest of the world, may be intended to radiate U.S. strength, but rather, it suggests a tenuous grasp of the realities facing the U.S.: America's relations with Europe and Asia were growing increasingly distant well before Biden entered the White House – and, therefore, from before Trump's (purposefully disruptive) term, too.

Why then is the U.S. so consistently in denial about this?

On the one hand, after seven decades of global primacy, there is inevitably a certain inertia that would hinder any dominant power from registering and assimilating the significant changes of the recent past. However, for the U.S., another factor helps explain its' 'tin ear': It is the wider Establishment's fixation on preventing the 2020 presidential election from validating the previous one's results. That really overrode all else. Nothing else mattered. The focus was so all-consuming it obscured notice of the world changing – right there – outside of their windows.

This is not unique to America. It is easy to understand why the EU was so blind-sided by FM Lavrov's labelling of the EU as 'unreliable partner' (which it patently has been). As former Greek FM, Yanis Varoufakis has written from his own experience of trying to get the EU to listen to his detailed summaries and proposals in respect to his country's financial crisis: 'They (the Euro Group) just sat grim-faced, taking not one jot of notice: I might as well have sung the Swedish national anthem, for all the attention they gave to my contributions', Varoufakis later related. His experience was standard EU modus operandi. The EU does not do 'negotiation'. Supplicants, whether Greece or Britain, must accept EU values – and its 'club house-rules'.

The High Representative Borrell, arrived with his long list of complaints, culled from 27 states (some of which have a historical list of complaints against Russia). He read the demands, and no doubt, expected Lavrov, like Varoufakis, to sit quietly, as he accepted the reprimands – and the 'club rules' appropriate to any aspirant contemplating some sort of working relationship with the worlds' 'biggest consumer market'. This is the EU culture.

And then, the following infamous press conference at which the EU was called 'unreliable'. Anyone who has attended a EU decision-making making body, knows the protocol – but let a former EU high official describe it: The Council handles Chefsachen – the stuff of high politics, not low regulation – in closed sessions. At these, van Middelaar can report, all 28 heads of government (pre-Brexit) call each other by their first names, and may find themselves agreeing to decisions they had never even imagined beforehand – before emerging together for a beaming 'family photograph' in front of the cameras of the one thousand reporters assembled to hear their tidings, whose presence makes 'failure impossible', since every summit (with just one upsetting exception) ends with a message of common hope and resolve.

Lavrov, like some 'rough-diamond' distant family relative, didn't know to behave in polite EU society; you don't call the EU names. Oh no!

Varoufakis explains : "Unlike nation states that emerge as stabilisers of conflicts between social classes and groups, the EU was created as a cartel with a remit to stabilise the profit margins of the large, central European corporations. (It began life as the European Coal and Steel Community). "Seen through this prism, the EU's stubborn faithfulness to failed practices begins to make sense. Cartels are reasonably good at distributing monopoly profits between oligarchs, but terrible at distributing losses". We also know that, unlike proper states, cartels will resist any democratisation or outside input into their tight circle of decision-making.

This incident in Moscow might all be faintly amusing, except for the fact that it underlines how Brussels' navel-gazing (in a separate way to that of Team Biden), produces a similar result: It becomes out of touch with the world beyond. It 'listens', but does not hear. The West's hostile strategy to Russia, as Pepe Escobar has observed in his strategic analysis of Russia's position, is conditioned on the notion that Russia has nowhere else to go – and therefore must feel pleased and honoured by the notion of the EU condescending to push-out an 'octopus tentacle' towards Eurasia. Whereas, now, with the centre of geo-economic gravity shifting to China and East Asia, it is realistically more a question of whether the Greater Eurasian heartland, with its 2.2 billion population, feels it worthwhile to extend its tentacle out towards the rule-bound EU.

This is no small matter: The EU having a hissy-fit over Lavrov's put-down of the EU in Moscow is one thing. The potential however, for the U.S. to listen, but not hear, on Russia and China, is quite another. Mis-hearing, mis-conceiving these two states, touches on matters of war and peace.

[Apr 24, 2021] Putin Is Keeping the West Guessing and That's Just Fine With Him

Apr 24, 2021 | financialpost.com

...The view from Moscow is very different, fueled by a sense of grievance that the West is determined to weaken Russia and stoke a pro-democracy "color" revolution to topple Putin. By this reading, the U.S. and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies have repeatedly betrayed Russia, abandoning missile treaties and expanding ever closer to its borders, since Putin became the first foreign leader to offer help to Washington after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S.

"The Kremlin feels in a fortress, under sustained pressure from the U.S. and the West in general. With its aggressive actions, Russia is trying to deter the U.S., but Washington is just responding with stronger measures," said Oksana Antonenko, a director at Control Risks in London. "We are certainly at the most dangerous point since the Soviet Union collapsed."

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On Wednesday, the day before Russia announced its troop withdrawal, Putin warned rival nations not to cross Russia's "red line" in his annual state-of-the-nation speech, saying pressure on his country had become "a new form of sport." But he also held out an olive branch of talks on strategic security.

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Prosecutors this month asked a Moscow court to declare Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation and his campaign offices to be extremist organizations, which could subject staff and volunteers to criminal prosecution and imprisonment. They accused them of plotting to stage a "color" revolution in Russia on the instructions of unnamed foreign states.

A top Putin ally, Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, described Navalny as a "tool of American policy" that allowed himself to be used for interfering in Russia's domestic affairs.

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In his call with Biden, Putin raised an alleged plot to stage a coup against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko hatched in consultation with the U.S., according to the Kremlin. Lukashenko, who's ruled Russia's neighbor and closest ally since 1994, has faced months of pro-democracy opposition protests since disputed elections last August.

"The practice of organizing coups and planning political assassinations, including of top officials, that's going too far," Putin said in his annual address. "They've overstepped all boundaries."

In talks with Lukashenko in Moscow next day, Putin said Russia is tightening military and security cooperation with Belarus.

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Putin insisted in Wednesday's address that "we really don't want to burn bridges" with the West, before adding that anyone who mistakes Russian intentions for weakness "must know that Russia's response will be asymmetrical, swift and tough."

[Apr 22, 2021] Hilarious Viral Video Calls Out Hypocrisy In 'Woke' Movement by Jordan Davidson

Jul 20, 2020 | thefederalist.com

Comedian Ryan Long released a now viral video with Danny Polishchuk called "When Wokes and Racists Actually Agree on Everything," poking fun at the nation's unfolding debates on race.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1285208497517473793

The video depicts two friends, Brad and Chad, one "woke" and one "racist," agreeing on very fundamental parts of their ideologies.

"Your racial identity is the most important thing. Everything should be looked at through the lens of race," the men say before one of them jinxes another.

Whether it's about privilege, interracial dating, discrimination, segregation of cultures and arts, appropriation, the two men appear to agree on pretty much everything.

"We both have a lot of opinions about people of color," one of the men quips while the other nods in agreement.

The end of the video shows the "woke" character claiming that the only disagreement between the two is that one believes "white people are the root of all evil." The two eventually resolve the tension by agreeing that Jews should be the subject of their wrath.

"Technically I don't consider Jewish people white," the "woke" character says.

"Neither do I!" the "racist" character interrupts.

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Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.

[Apr 22, 2021] Market Cap Of Money-Losing Companies Surpasses Dot Com Bubble Record

Apr 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

DHS Fusion Center 6 hours ago

Is Paul Krugman available to talk about how great everything is now or is he still being investigated for distribution of child ****?

[Apr 22, 2021] In two years you could easily see a wall built to keep people IN.

Apr 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

The Bidet Administration Goes Haywire 3 hours ago (Edited)

We are ruled by wicked, immoral and un-intellectual idiots who are getting far too high on their own supply

I Write Code 2 hours ago

So Russia claims Donbas, China invades Taiwan, US annexes Greenland, Idaho claims half of Oregon, and Mexico reclaims California. And Quebec just sits there and stews.

williambanzai7 PREMIUM 2 hours ago

And BLM claims Manhattan...

Jade_Dragon 1 hour ago

My 77 year old mom is as upset as anyone but is also still optimistic. I have other reasons for spending May and possibly the summer in Mexico (if I get an English teaching job) but I see little if any reason to come back if things are going well down there. America has gone psycho. At the very least, I'm afraid the entire country will be run like California before long

dead hobo 1 hour ago (Edited)

Agree. I'm old and set. My home is paid for and I've lived in it for over 20 years. It's set up just like I want and a new place would have less going for it. Moving would be highly disruptive, not to mention expensive.

Yet, I am still considering possibilities. Mexico cartels vs Democrat incited BLM mobs? Hmm, which is better? Free states in the US offer alternatives. I live in Illinois, soon to be a California level mess. Belize is English speaking.

The next 2 years or so will tell the tale.

2thelastman 1 hour ago

In two years you could easily see a wall built to keep people IN.

[Apr 20, 2021] Five million people in this country die of natural causes every year. Some of them happened to have Covid when they passed. You might just as well say they died of tooth decay

Apr 20, 2021 | www.wsj.com

ALAN SEWELL SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago (Edited)

Five million people in this country die of natural causes every year. Some of them happened to have Covid when they passed. You might just as well say they died of tooth decay.

[Apr 20, 2021] Waters could prove to be the only witness that Trump needs to call to defeat her own lawsuit

Apr 20, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

With rioting continuing in Brooklyn Center , Minn. and around the country, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, went to Minnesota and told the protesters that they "gotta stay on the street" and " get more confrontational ." The statement is ironic since Waters is one of the House members currently suing former President Donald Trump and others for inciting violence on January 6th with his words on the Mall. Waters insists that Trump telling his supporters to go to the Capitol to make their voice heard and "fight" for their votes was actual criminal incitement. Conversely, Waters was speaking after multiple nights of rioting and looting and telling protesters to stay on the streets and get even more confrontational. There was violence after the remarks, including a shooting incident where two National Guard members were injured.

... ... ...

After Waters remarks, protesters confronted reporters in a tense scene. Also protesters descended upon the home of the prosecutor responsible for the second degree manslaughter charge against the officer who killed Daunte Wright. Also the Minnesota National Guard was fired upon , injuring at least two Guardsman. That is not to say that Water incited such actions but that the same claimed nexus could be raised in making such an allegation as was done in the Trump impeachment.

Carl Jung once said that "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves". That certainly seems to be the case with Waters and Trump. It is also why Waters could prove the only witness that Trump needs to call to defeat her own lawsuit.

[Apr 11, 2021] Dear God, please help me to stop spending money on Amazon and doing Google searches...

Apr 11, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Md4 1 hour ago (Edited)

"" Lord, if it be your will, harden my heart. Stop me from striving to see the best in people. Stop me from being hopeful that White people can do and be better."

I wonder if this sick woman has any idea, how many good people trapped in the violence of hoods...could feel exactly the same way about blacks?

Justifiably...

Liesel 24 minutes ago

Dear God, please help me to stop spending money on Amazon and doing Google searches...

Liesel 27 minutes ago (Edited)

If we refuse to spend money at all these businesses that are "woke", there would literally be no place left to shop. It's really getting that bad. However, please remember the powers that be want people divided and hating each other. In their eyes, people who are united are the most dangerous them.

Darth-Budice 34 minutes ago

Been 7 years since I stepped foot into a Target.

If they think 13% of the population + the soy-infused can support them...

[Apr 09, 2021] Turkey Confirms 2 US Warships To Enter Black Sea As Ukraine Posturing Grows - ZeroHedge

Apr 09, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

yerfej 47 minutes ago remove link

Early indications are that the Russian destroyers in Lake Michigan will be there until the end of the summer.

spyware-free 42 minutes ago remove link

I'd feel safer it Russian subs and destroyers were patrolling the Potomac near D.C.

land_of_the_few 51 minutes ago (Edited) remove link

They should just mock them mercilessly.

Formation flypasts with rainbow colored smoke, Village People blasting from frigates buzxing them, that kind of thing.

land_of_the_few 40 minutes ago

"In the Navy", anyone?

VladLenin 1 hour ago

About f'ing time Crazy Joe retaliated for the Russian battlegroup operating in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

[Apr 09, 2021] Take back?

Apr 09, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com


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dbtunr 1 hour ago

I have a different take on this. The US should move to take back Cuba. Let Russia have Ukraine, we take back Cuba. After Cuba take back Venezuela. Then Russia and China have no ports in the Americas. Much bigger win for the US.

permanent victim 1 hour ago

Take back?

libfrog88 56 minutes ago

That is the usual word for Americans for stealing.

[Apr 07, 2021] One good sign that allow the USA to cut "defense" 25% or more

Who would thought the Wokism can be a cure for militarism...
Apr 07, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Dolus 3 hours ago

"Our education and health issues come together in this alarming statistic: Seventy percent of today's youth (ages 17-24) are not eligible for military service , essentially due to a lack of proper education (basic reading and writing skills) or health issues (commonly obesity or diabetes)."

When you have no standards, SJW everyone is equal, then you have ****ty results.

5G-Powered Nanobots 3 hours ago

Good. Lets cut "defense" by 25% a year for the next 10 years

[Apr 07, 2021] Alex from Clockwork Orange in modern world

Apr 07, 2021 | allrightsocialnetwork.blogspot.com

Priss Factor says: • Website April 2, 2021 at 8:31 pm GMT • 4.8 days ago • 100 Words ↑ @Turk 152

Clockwork Orange is complete, unbelievable nonsense. Our current leaders would not have cured Alex, they would have appointed him an Ambassadorship to Syria or made him Vice President, perhaps even given him a shot at Prime Minister or President one day.

Yes, but on condition that the 'Alexes' play the game. Deep State is full of sociopaths but they spent their years in elite schools, not stealing cars and invading homes. Go to school, get your degree, and then you can invade entire nations and kill many more people. Turk 152 says: April 2, 2021 at 9:33 pm GMT • 4.8 days ago ↑ @Priss Factor

I suppose it is pretty tough these days to be a mass murderer on a global scale without Harvard or Yale on your resume. In the old days, Truman was able to drop 2 atomic bombs and firebomb Dresden with merely a degree from Spalding's Commercial College.

[Apr 07, 2021] How the neoliberal MSM weaponizing ignorance to promote neo-McCarthism

It is difficult to find a black cat in the empty dark room, but neoliberal MSM jump over their head screaming Cat! Evil Russian cat!
I really like " Congress Can Do Better to Fight Weaponized Corruption "
Apr 07, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Mao Cheng Ji , Apr 5 2021 12:00 utc | 5

Other that that this ilist is just another sign of the crisi of neoliberlaism in the USA and elsewhere. That why neoliberal elite badly needs a scapegoat to avoid the possibility to be hanging from lampposts. The high level of hate toward neoliberal elite( parcially redirected by "woke" movement toward whites ) and the loss of legitimacy is not undeniable.

...Bryan MacDonald's thread is a good opportunity to update our list of all the issues, ideas and things Russia has weaponized.

Even while the list below now includes 111 entries - like robotic cockroaches, postmodernism and 14-legged squids - it is likely far from being complete:

  1. Was Noah Green the weaponized target of the GRU (Russian Military Intelligence) masked as the FBI Cointelpro?
    Russia News, April 2021
  2. Congress Can Do Better to Fight Weaponized Corruption
    Foreign Policy, April 2021
  3. WAR ON THE WEST West on brink of vaccine 'world war' as Putin 'weaponizes' Sputnik V jab to 'attack' the EU, warns Macron
    Sun, March 2021
  4. Secret Is Out: Russia Weaponized and Trained Dolphins and Whales
    National Interest, January 2021
  5. Russia 'is researching how to weaponise deadly Ebola virus as part of a catastrophic doomsday project', experts fear
    Daily Mail, December 2020
  6. Vladimir Putin wasted no time in weaponizing Trump's election conspiracies to spread Russian propaganda
    Busines Insider, November 2020
  7. How Russia Tried to Weaponize Charlie Sheen
    Foreign Policy, September 2020
  8. 'Beijing & Moscow have weaponized space through killer satellites, directed energy weapons': Defense Sec
    Sociable, September 2020
  9. Russia Weaponizes Increasingly Sophisticated Disinformation
    AFCEA, September 2020
  10. China and Russia 'have weaponised space with killer energy weapon satellites '
    Daily Star, September 2020
  11. Russia's Weaponization of Tradition : The Case of the Orthodox Church in Montenegro
    CSIS, September 2020
  12. Will Russia Weaponize Its Wheat As the World Combats the Coronavirus?
    National Interest, July 2020

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Yeah, little goebbelses of the western liberal establishment aren't too creative.

j. casey , Apr 5 2021 12:03 utc | 6

Brilliant, Mr. B. And funny, too. Gracias.
Carl , Apr 5 2021 12:11 utc | 7
Pathetic as this kind of propaganda is...it works. Which is very disturbing.
Stonebird , Apr 5 2021 13:02 utc | 12

Irresistable force: https://twitter.com/27khv/status/1378798225927380992/photo/1 (From b's first link above)

Virgile , Apr 5 2021 13:14 utc | 14

The Western media parrots in action!

ak74 , Apr 5 2021 14:41 utc | 17

I am deeply troubled that you conveniently neglected to include another fearsome Russian Super-Dooper Weapon: the children's cartoon Masha and the Bear .

Future shock: Ban threat for the new Russian superweapon Masha and shows that subverted all our minds
https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/16340356.future-shock-ban-threat-new-russian-superweapon-masha-shows-subverted-minds/

Children's show is propaganda for Putin, say critics
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/childrens-show-is-propaganda-for-putin-say-critics-j9wxcvslm?region=global&--xx-meta=denied_for_visit%3D0%26visit_number%3D0%26visit_remaining%3D0%26visit_used%3D0&--xx-mvt-opted-out=false&--xx-uuid=bbcdd521f8671d6ea5e55d42f09bbec8&ni-statuscode=acsaz-307

It's obvious that Masha and the Bear is a nefarious Russian plot to steal the precious bodily fluids of our children!

We must be constantly vigilant. The CIA, FBI, MI6, NSA, and Homeland Security must be notified about the Masha Threat. YouTube must censor Masha. And blue check-marked Twitter police must condemn anyone who watches Masha.

librul , Apr 5 2021 14:49 utc | 19

This one didn't have the word 'weaponize', close though: "opening a new front in its spy battles".

accusing the Kremlin of opening a new front in its spy battles with the West amid the worldwide competition to contain the pandemic.
...

American intelligence officials said the Russians were aiming to steal research to develop their own vaccine more quickly, not to sabotage other countries' efforts. There was likely little immediate damage to global public health, cybersecurity experts said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/16/us/politics/vaccine-hacking-russia.html

Fíréan , Apr 5 2021 15:08 utc | 22

Next they're weaponizing women's exotic underwear . God help the freemason who turns up at the changing rooms in the wrong attire.

/humor.humour.

jared , Apr 5 2021 15:26 utc | 24

The U.S. media is weaponizing ignorance. The more one absorbs their reporting, the more the brain is reduced to mush.

I can only manage a few hundred works and I become irritated and disoriented. My hat is off to people who can somehow look at that stuff and remain sane. Or are they...hmmm...

Jackrabbit , Apr 5 2021 16:55 utc | 28

Russia weaponizing vaccine resistance: Russian trolls blamed for spreading anti-vaccination propaganda

Because vaccine resistance in USA somehow makes Russia safer ... or something. Doubts about mRNA vaccines? You must be a Putin bot. !!

[Apr 05, 2021] Joe Biden's American Grandstand by Lance Morrow

Notable quotes:
"... Do Mr. Biden and his people claim that the dogmatic and occasionally hysterical certitude of the woke is sufficient warrant to turn the country upside down? ..."
"... If the 2020 election meant anything, it confirmed the irreconcilable differences -- a standoff of the cobra and mongoose. The election certainly didn't give Mr. Biden marching orders from the American people to open the southern border to all comers, or to redesign the natural order of biology (in regard to gender identity and all the social arrangements that have flowed from the difference between the sexes since time immemorial), or to change the country in a hundred other ways, bundling it off on an expedition to the far left fringes of reality and grievance. What the new administration proposes may be less a transformation than a hijacking. Half the country doesn't want to be reinvented -- not on Mr. Biden's terms. ..."
"... He and his people have gone into business with a bogus, echo-chamber mandate: They manipulate a media illusion of unanimity, and presume to impose a moral narrative. The Bolsheviks, a tiny but ferociously focused minority, proceeded in this way in 1917. ..."
Apr 04, 2021 | www.wsj.com

While Trump was rejected by electorate (Biden got 7 million votes more -- mainly in costal states and large cities), Biden was elected only because of extention of mail-in voting and because he was not Trump. Now people regret their choice, while main-in voting "irregularities" deprive Biden administration of the legitimacy. Moreover due to Biden neocon foreign policy and pandering to woke Bolsheviks, many people have "post-election remorse," But in two-party system you can do nothing about it: the train already left the station.

Now the Biden administration, headed by a man a few years too old to be a boomer, entertains ambitions to take a great leap forward. But wait. Does a transformation require a mandate? By what mandate does the Biden administration undertake the work of irrevocably altering American society? Do Mr. Biden and his people claim that the dogmatic and occasionally hysterical certitude of the woke is sufficient warrant to turn the country upside down?

There was no mandate in the outcome of the last election. November 2020 merely confirmed that the U.S. remains split precisely down the middle, 50-50, as it has been for more than 20 years, since the deadlock of Al Gore and George W. Bush and the hanging chads of Florida. If the 2020 election meant anything, it confirmed the irreconcilable differences -- a standoff of the cobra and mongoose. The election certainly didn't give Mr. Biden marching orders from the American people to open the southern border to all comers, or to redesign the natural order of biology (in regard to gender identity and all the social arrangements that have flowed from the difference between the sexes since time immemorial), or to change the country in a hundred other ways, bundling it off on an expedition to the far left fringes of reality and grievance. What the new administration proposes may be less a transformation than a hijacking. Half the country doesn't want to be reinvented -- not on Mr. Biden's terms.

He and his people have gone into business with a bogus, echo-chamber mandate: They manipulate a media illusion of unanimity, and presume to impose a moral narrative. The Bolsheviks, a tiny but ferociously focused minority, proceeded in this way in 1917.

... ... ...

Mr. Morrow is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His latest book is "God and Mammon: Chronicles of American Money."

Peter Von Nessi Peter Von Nessi SUBSCRIBER 29 minutes ago "A man of his age -- fearing that he may amount to nothing more than the great Obama's onetime sidekick -- is apt to react to the surprise of waking up in the White House by pandering to the flashiest ideas of the young people and their hero Bernie Sanders. Mr. Biden can, for a moment, forestall death if he veers way left and makes his mark, however chaotically."

I think the author gives too much credit to Biden and not his handlers. After all Pinocchio was made of wood. When was the last time you saw a piece of wood think....about anything? SHOW MORE REPLIES N Neil Steinhoff SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago Joe did not know which state he was in, what office he was running for and said 150 million Americans have died of Covid Here is an update from Joe. "I have been in government for 180 years". "I wake up every morning, look at Jill, and say 'where the he- are we?'" on February 17, 2021. What could possibly go wrong? Greg Caldwell Greg Caldwell SUBSCRIBER 58 minutes ago (Edited) Mr. Ferrara: Many people voted for Joe's ideas because he claimed to be more of a centrist while he was running for office. I know of quite a few people who voted for Joe (1) because he wasn't Trump, and; (2) he claimed he would govern from the middle-left.

Those people are now saying they didn't vote for anything he has done to the jobs, to energy, nor do they buy his lies about Covid Relief (only 9% of over $1.9T actually went to Covid); the Infrastructure bill (of which only 7% actually has anything to do with our infrastructure); or, finally the repeated outright lies about the Georgian Voting Law. People who voted for him are paying attention and many are not happy.
Like thumb_up Reply Share link Report M Melissa Firestone SUBSCRIBER 49 minutes ago Vote counting continued on and on in pivotal states in 2020. That's why 2016 was so different than 2020. And in 2020, pivotal states were decided by less than 21,000 votes - WI, AZ, and GA. And PA and MI were more competitive than the polls showed going into election night. Votes continued to be counted days after the election and as we know in some cases weeks. That's why this wasn't a mandate for Biden. It was a rejection of Trump by the marginal voter - the ones who in tight elections determine outcomes. The same was true for Trump when he won - Hillary was so hated by so many voting blocks the Republicans could have run any of their potential nominees and would have won. G George Nesterenko SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago Claiming the WH, and both chambers of Congress is, in deed a mandate.

The only measure by which the election was 'close' was the electoral college. By the number of.. you know... actual people... there was no, and is no contest. That's is also, indeed, a mandate.

And as demographics shift, the mandate deepens. Which is why the GOP is so adamant against preventing a DC or Puerto Rico statehood. An unpopular, shrinking minority is desperately holding on to any iota of power. Not 'half the country', as Mr. Morrow repeats on several occasions.

A national rebirth is desperately needed. Although I doubt it will happen under Biden, we can at least get on our way.

[Apr 04, 2021] An interesting undergraduate thesis from Munich put together a list of the adjectives and adverbs used in select articles about Obama (USA) and Putin (Russia) in the Frankfurter Allgemeine between 2000 and 2012 by Udo Ulfkotte

Notable quotes:
"... The adjectives used in the FAZ to describe Putin had overwhelmingly negative connotations, including: threatening, rough, aggressive, confrontational, anti-westem, power-political, untruthful, cool, calculated, cynical, harsh, abrasive, non-substantive (arguments) and implausible (arguments). ..."
"... The words used to describe Obama had a completely different tone: committed, fanatically welcomed, enthusiastic, conciliatory, praised, hopeful and resolute ..."
"... The former FAZ Washington correspondent Matthias Rub wrote the adulation to US President Bush cited above shortly before the Iraq War began in 2003, in violation of international law. One year later he received the Arthur F. Bums Award for a different article. The Arthur F. Bums Award is presented by Germany's Foreign Minister. So, who selects the winners today? ..."
Apr 04, 2021 | www.amazon.com

An interesting undergraduate thesis from Munich put together a list of the adjectives and adverbs used in select articles about Obama (USA) and Putin (Russia) in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung between 2000 and 2012.

The words selected were ones that implied a value judgement in their description of Obama or Putin. The adjectives used in the FAZ to describe Putin had overwhelmingly negative connotations, including: threatening, rough, aggressive, confrontational, anti-westem, power-political, untruthful, cool, calculated, cynical, harsh, abrasive, non-substantive (arguments) and implausible (arguments).

The words used to describe Obama had a completely different tone: committed, fanatically welcomed, enthusiastic, conciliatory, praised, hopeful and resolute :' In plain language: The reporting in the once renowned FAZ newspaper is definitely not neutral, independent, unbiased nor objective these days. So where is this bias coming from? Does this style of reporting possibly have anything to do with the closeness that the FAZ's writers have to certain elites and powerful circles? In the following chapters, we won't only be considering the FAZ when it comes to this question. We will also look into why the mainstream media doesn't even want you to imply that they're close to the elite.

Chapter one, scene two: A few years ago, the reporter Thomas Leif painted a rather conspiratorial picture in the ARD television documentary Strippenzieher und Hinterzimmer (Puppet Masters and Back Rooms). In it, journalists, ministers and party officials appeared to all be sitting in the same boat, isolated from the common folk and getting along like gangbustcrs. Viewers got to see how politics is made in secret meetings behind the scenes. The film was about a corrupt world of cozy connections.4 What was being shown, however, wasn't a conspiracy theory.

The film was controversial, because die people being shown in it were the perpetrators. They thought that this form of corruption was completely normal. The journalists portrayed in the documentary took it as an affront when they were simply asked about these secret networks operating in the background.

... ... ...

The manipulation of the readers has been noticeable at the FAZ for many years. Dr. Heinz Loquai gave a famous speech in 2003 where he said the following about the FAZ:

We learn from the FAZ's Washington correspondents that, among other things, Bush studies the bible every day, prays regularly and bases his actions on the question, "What would Jesus do?" The president is a "paragon of modesty and close to his people." There may be "an arrogant bone or two in Bush's body," but he is "a man of love." His "portion of missionary fervor" is "softened by statesmanlike prudence," through "patient waiting," the "natural political talent's decision" has been "expressed." Although Bush may know that he is not an intellectual, he can rely on "his political instinct, his wisdom and his natural wit."

So (...) lectured, we can continue to count on the judgement and objectivity of leading German daily and weekly newspapers' America correspondents! Embedded with the allied troops, embedded in the political-media network in Washington - what's the difference? 16

The former FAZ Washington correspondent Matthias Rub wrote the adulation to US President Bush cited above shortly before the Iraq War began in 2003, in violation of international law. One year later he received the Arthur F. Bums Award for a different article. The Arthur F. Bums Award is presented by Germany's Foreign Minister. So, who selects the winners today? The jury includes, for example, the journalists Sabine Christiansen and Stefan Kornclius (Sflddeutsche Zeitung).17 Keep these names in the mind. We will come across them and their interesting connections quite often.

[Apr 03, 2021] Sunlight Destroys COVID 8x Faster Than Scientists Believed

In 20 min or so. so spending 20 min in sunshine in openair equal to disinfection.
Apr 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

FreeSpeech1A PREMIUM 16 hours ago

When I see people masked up walking outside in the sun or driving, I know they are dumb. And most likely liberal.

[Apr 03, 2021] Understanding anti-Putin PSYOPs- Preparing for war by The Saker

Apr 03, 2021 | www.unz.com

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In truth, the West has a very long list of reasons for which to hate Putin and everything Russian, but I believe that there is one reason which trumps them all: the western leaders sincerely believed that they had defeated the USSR in the Cold War (even medals were made to commemorate this event) and following the collapse of the former superpower and the coming to power of a clueless, alcoholic puppet, the triumph of the West was total. At least in appearance. The reality, as always, was much more complicated.

The causes and mechanisms of the collapse of the Soviet Union are not our topic today, so I will just indicate that I believe that the USSR never "collapsed" but that it was deliberately destroyed by the CPSU apparatus which decided to break up the country in order for the Party and Nomenklatura to remain in power, not at the helm of the USSR, but at the helm of the various ex-Soviet republics. Weak leaders and ideologies which nobody really believes in do not inspire people to fight for their rulers. This is why the Russian monarchy collapsed, this is why the masonic democracy of Kerenskii collapsed and this is why the Soviet Union collapsed (this is also one of the most likely reasons for the final collapse of the US as a state).

Putin, who was not very well known in the West or, for that matter, in Russia, came to power and immediately reversed Russia's course towards the abyss. First, he dealt with the two most urgent threats, the oligarchs and the Wahabi insurrection in the Caucasus. Many Russians, including myself, were absolutely amazed at the speed and determination of his actions. As a result, Putin suddenly found himself one of the most popular leaders in Russian history. Initially, the West went into a kind of shock, then through a process reminiscent of the so-called " Kübler-Ross model " and, finally, the West settled into a russophobic frenzy not seen since the Nazi regime in Germany during WWII.

To understand why Putin is the Devil incarnate, we have to understand that the leaders of the collective West really thought that this time around, after a millennium of failures and embarrassing defeats , the West has finally "defeated" Russia which would now become a leaderless, culture-less, spiritual-less and, of course, history-less territory whose sole purpose would be to provide resources for the "Triumphant West". Not only that, but the AngloZionist leaders of the Empire executed the 9/11 false flag operation which gave them the pretext needed for the GWOT, but which completely distracted the West from its previous focus on the so-called "Russian threat" simply because by 2001 there was no Russian threat. So there was a certain logic behind these moves. And then, "suddenly" (at least for western leaders) Russia was "back": in 2013 Russia stopped the planned US/NATO attack on Syria (the pretext here was Syrian chemical weapons). In 2014 Russia gave her support to the Novorussian uprising against the Ukronazi regime in Kiev and, in the same year, Russia also used her military to make it possible for the local population to vote on a referendum to join Russia . Finally, in 2015, Russia stunned the West with an extremely effective military intervention in Syria .

In this sequence, Russia committed two very different types of "crimes" (from the AngloZionist point of view, of course):

The minor crime of doing what Russia actually did and The much bigger crime of never asking the Empire for the permission to do so

The West likes to treat the rest of the planet like some kind of junior partner, with very limited autonomy and almost no real agency (the best example is what the USA did to countries like Poland or Bulgaria). If and when any such "junior" country wants to do something in its foreign policy, it absolutely has to ask for permission from its AngloZionist Big Brother. Not doing so is something akin to sedition and revolt. In the past, many countries were "punished" for daring to have an opinion or, even more so, for daring to act on it.

It would not be inaccurate to summarize it all by saying that Putin flipped his finger to the Empire and its leaders. That "crime of crimes" was what really triggered the current anti-Russian hysteria. Soon, however, the (mostly clueless) leaders of the Empire ran into an extremely frustrating problem: while the russophobic hysteria did get a lot of traction in the West, in Russia it created a very powerful blowback because of a typical Putin "judo" move: far from trying to suppress the anti-Russian propaganda of the West, the Kremlin used its power to make it widely available (in Russian!) through the Russian media (I wrote about this in some detail here and here ). The direct result of this was two fold: first, the CIA/MI6 run "opposition" began to be strongly associated with the russophobic enemies of Russia and, second, the Russian general public further rallied around Putin and his unyielding stance. In other words, calling Putin a dictator and, of course, a "new Hitler", the western PSYOPs gained some limited advantage in the western public opinion, but totally shot itself in the leg with the Russian public.

I refer to this stage as the " phase one anti-Putin strategic PSYOP ". As for the outcome of this PSYOP, I would not only say that it almost completely failed, but I think that it had the exact opposite intended effect inside Russia.

A change of course was urgently needed.

The redirection of US PSYOPs against Putin and Russia

I have to admit that I have a very low opinion of the US intelligence community, including its analysts. But even the rather dull US "Russia area specialist" eventually figured out that telling the Russian public opinion that Putin was a "dictator" or a "killer of dissidents" or a "chemical poisoner of exiles" resulted in a typically Russian mix of laughter and support for the Kremlin. Something had to be done.

So some smart ass somewhere in some basement came up with the following idea: it makes no sense to accuse Putin of things which make him popular at home, so let's come up with a new list of accusations carefully tailored to the Russian public.

Let's call this a " phase two anti-Putin PSYOP operation ".

And this is how the "Putin is in cahoots with" thing began. Specifically, these accusations were deployed by the US PSYOPs and those in its pay:

Putin is disarming Syria Putin will sell out the Donbass Putin is a puppet of Israel and, specifically, Netanyahu Putin is a corrupt traitor to the Russian national interests Putin is allowing Israel to bomb Syria (see here ) Putin is selling the Siberian riches to China and/or Putin is subjugating Russia to China Putin is corrupt, weak and even cowardly Putin was defeated by Erdogan in the Nagorno-Karabakh war

The above are the main talking points immediately endorsed and executed by the US strategic PSYOPs against Russia.

Was it effective?

Yes, to some degree. For one thing, these "anti-Russian PSYOPS reloaded" were immediately picked up by at least part of what one could call the "internal patriotic opposition" (much of it very sincerely and without any awareness of being skillfully manipulated). Even more toxic was the emergence of a rather loud neo-Communist (or, as Ruslan Ostashko often calls them "emo-Marxist") movement (I personally refer to as a sixth column ) which began an internal anti-Kremlin propaganda campaign centered on the following themes:

"All is lost" ( всепропальщики ): that is thesis which says that nothing in Russia is right, everything is either wrong or evil, the country is collapsing, so is its economy, its science, its military, etc. etc. etc. This is just a garden variety of defeatism, nothing more. "Nothing was achieved since Putin came to power": this is a weird one, since it takes an absolutely spectacular amount of mental gymnastics to not see that Putin literally saved Russia from total destruction. This stance also completely fails to explain why Putin is so hated by the Empire (if Putin did everything wrong, like, say Eltsin did, he would be adored in the West, not hated!). All the elections in Russia were stolen. Here the 5th (CIA/MI6 run) column and 6th column have to agree: according to both of them, there is absolutely no way most Russians supported Putin for so many years and there is no way they support him now. And nevermind the fact that the vast majority of polls show that Putin was, and still is, the most popular political figure in Russia.

Finally, the big SNAFU with the pension reform definitely did not help Putin's ratings, so he had to take action: he "softened" some of the worst provisions of this reform and, eventually, he successfully sidelined some of the worst Atlantic Integrationists, including Medvedev himself.

Sadly, some putatively pro-Russian websites, blogs and individuals showed their true face when they jumped on the bandwagon of this 2nd strategic PSYOP campaign, probably with the hope to either become more noticed, or get some funding, or both. Hence, all the nonsense about Russia and Israel working together or Putin "selling out" we have seen so many times recently. The worst thing here is that these websites, blogs and individuals have seriously misled and distressed some of the best real friends of Russia in the West.

None of these guys ever address a very simple question: if Putin is such a sellout, and if all is lost, why does the AngloZionist Empire hate Putin so much? In almost 1000 years of warfare (spiritual, cultural, political, economic and military) against Russia, the leaders of the West have always hated real Russian patriots and they have always loved the (alas, many) traitors to Russia. And now, they hate Putin because he is such a terrible leader?

This makes absolutely no sense.

Conclusion: is a war inevitable now?

The US/NATO don't engage in strategic PYSOPs just because they like or dislike somebody. The main purpose of such PSYOPs is to break the other side's will to resist . This was also the main objective of both (phase one and phase two) anti-Putin PSYOPs. I am happy to report that both phases of these PYSOPs failed. The danger here is that these failures have failed to convince the leaders of the Empire of the need to urgently change course and accept the "Russian reality", even if they don't like it.

Ever since "Biden" (the "collective Biden", of course, not the potted plant) Administration (illegally) seized power, what we saw was a sharp escalation of anti-Russian statements. Hence, the latest " uhu, he is a killer " -- this was no mistake by a senile mind, this was a carefully prepared declaration. Even worse, the Empire has not limited itself to just words, it also did some important "body moves" to signal its determination to seek even further confrontation with Russia:

There has been a lot of sabre-rattling coming from the West, mostly some rather ill-advsied (or even outright stupid) military maneuvers near/along the Russian border. As I have explained it a billion times, these maneuvers are self-defeating from a military point of view (the closer to the Russian border, the more dangerous for the western military force). Politically, however, they are extremely provocative and, therefore, dangerous. The vast majority of Russian analysts do not believe that the US/NATO will openly attack Russia, if only because that would be suicidal (the current military balance in Europe is strongly in Russia's favor, even without using hypersonic weapons). What many of them now fear is that "Biden" will unleash the Ukronazi forces against the Donbass, thereby "punishing" both the Ukraine and Russia (the former for its role in the US presidential campaign). I tend to agree with both of these statements.

At the end of the day, the AngloZionist Empire was always racist at its core, and that empire is still racist : for its leaders, the Ukrainian people are just cannon fodder, an irrelevant third rate nation with no agency which has outlived its utility (US analysts do understand that the US plan for the Ukraine has ended in yet another spectacular faceplant such delusional plans always end up with, even if they don't say so publicly). So why not launch these people into a suicidal war against not only the LDNR but also Russia herself? Sure, Russia will quickly and decisively win the military war, but politically it will be a PR disaster for Russia as the "democratic West" will always blame Russia, even when she clearly did not attack first (as was the case in 08.08.08, most recently).

I have already written about the absolutely disastrous situation of the Ukraine three weeks ago so I won't repeat it all here, I will just say that since that day things have gotten even much worse: suffice to say that the Ukraine has moved a lot of heavy armor to the line of contact while the regime in Kiev has now banned the import of Russian toilet paper (which tells you what the ruling gang thinks of as important and much needed measures). While it is true that the Ukraine has become a totally failed state since the Neo-Nazi coup, there is now a clear acceleration of the collapse of not only the regime or state, but of the country as a whole. Ukraine is falling apart so fast that one could start an entire website tracking only all this developing horror, not day by day, but, hour by hour. Suffice to say that "Ze" has turned out to be even worse than Poroshenko. The only thing Poroshenko did which "Ze" has not (yet!) is to start a war. Other than that, the rest of what he did (by action or inaction) can only be qualified as "more of the same, only worse".

Can a war be prevented?

I don't know. Putin gave the Ukronazis a very stern warning (" grave consequences for Ukraine's statehood as such "). I don't believe for one second that anybody in power in Kiev gives a damn about the Ukraine or the Ukrainian statehood, but they are smart enough to realize that a Russian counter-attack in defense of the LDNR and, even more so, Crimea, might include precision "counter-leadership" strikes with advanced missiles. The Ukronazi leaders would be well-advised to realize that they all have a crosshair painted on their heads. They might also think about this: what happened to every single Wahabi gang leader in Chechnya since the end of the 2nd Chechen war? (hint: they were all found and executed). Will that be enough to stop them?

Maybe. Let's hope so.

But we must now keep in mind that for the foreseeable future there are only two options left for the Ukraine: " a horrible ending or a horror without end " (Russian expression).

The best scenario for the people of the Ukraine would be a (hopefully relatively peaceful) breakup of the country into manageable parts . The worst option would definitely be a full-scale war against Russia.

Judging by the rhetoric coming out of Kiev these days, most Ukrainian politicians are firmly behind option #2, especially since that is also the only option acceptable to their overseas masters. The Ukrainians have also adopted a new military doctrine (they call it a "military security strategy of Ukraine") which declares Russia the aggressor state and military adversary of the Ukraine (see here for a machine translation of the official text).

This might be the reason why Merkel and Macron recently had a videoconference with Putin ("Ze" was not invited): Putin might be trying to convince Merkel and Macron that such a war would be a disaster for Europe. In the meantime, Russia is rapidly reinforcing her forces along the Ukrainian border, including in Crimea.

But all these measures can only deter a regime which has no agency. The outcome shall be decided in Washington DC, not Kiev. I am afraid that the traditional sense of total impunity of US political leaders will, once again, give them a sense of very little risk (for them personally or for the USA) in triggering a war in the Ukraine. The latest news on the US-Ukrainian front is the delivery by the USN of 350 tonnes of military equipment in Odessa. Not enough to be militarily significant, but more than enough to further egg on the regime in Kiev to an attack on the Donbass and/or Crimea.

In fact, I would not even put it past "Biden" to launch an attack on Iran while the world watches the Ukraine and Russia go to war. After all, the other country whose geostrategic position has been severely degraded since Russia moved her forces to Syria is Israel, the one country which all US politicians will serve faithfully and irrespective of any costs (including human costs for the USA). The Israelis have been demanding a war on Iran since at least 2007, and it would be very naive to hope that they won't eventually get their way. Last, but not least, there is the crisis which Blinken's condescending chutzpah triggered with China which, so far, has resulted in an economic war only, but which might also escalate at any moment, especially considering all the many recent anti-Chinese provocations by the US Navy.

Right now the weather in the eastern Ukraine is not conducive to offensive military operations. The snow is still melting, creating very difficult and muddy road conditions (called " rasputitsa " in Russian) which greatly inhibit the movement of forces and troops. These conditions will, however, change with the warmer season coming, at which point the Ukronazi forces will be ideally poised for an attack.

In other words, barring some major development, we might be only weeks away from a major war.


macilrae , says: April 1, 2021 at 12:29 am GMT • 2.8 days ago

We must not forget President Putin's outrageous opinion piece in the New York Times of September 11th 2013: delivered at the same time as he had the impertinence to propose the voluntary relinquishment of all chemical weapons by Syria -- thwarting the traditional wholesale bombing campaign that the "Allies" were working up to. This was an unforgivable affront to the USA -- and to Obama in particular; who had only just invoked his "red line". It made him look ridiculous -- and a man in his position can't afford to look ridiculous.

This behaviour by Mr. Putin has never been forgotten or forgiven and it will be quite a while before the New York Times prints another oped by him.

Biff , says: April 1, 2021 at 1:04 am GMT • 2.8 days ago

Russia was "back": in 2013 Russia stopped the planned US/NATO attack on Syria (the pretext here was Syrian chemical weapons). In 2014 Russia gave her support to the Novorussian uprising against the Ukronazi regime in Kiev and, in the same year, Russia also used her military to make it possible for the local population to vote on a referendum to join Russia. Finally, in 2015, Russia stunned the West with an extremely effective military intervention in Syria.

Don't forget what Russia did the Georgia's American trained and supplied military in 2009.

Mulegino1 , says: April 1, 2021 at 1:37 am GMT • 2.7 days ago
@macilrae

This was an unforgivable affront to the USA -- and to Obama in particular; who had only just invoked his "red line". It made him look ridiculous -- and a man in his position can't afford to look ridiculous.

Excellent observation.

To deal with contemporary western elites is, to a great extent, to deal with Satan himself. The devil- and presumably, his minions- does not mind confrontation or opposition anywhere as much as he hates being the object of derision.

"The devil the prowde spirite cannot endure to be mocked." -- St. Thomas More

Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist , says: Website April 1, 2021 at 2:48 am GMT • 2.7 days ago

"why does the AngloZionist Empire hate Putin so much?"

I have an explanation, but that would tend to get me labelled a "sixth columnist".

It is obvious to anyone who does not believe that Putin is the Saviour Of Russia, but just a neoliberal politician who is moderately better than Yeltsin, and whose real alternatives, not Quislings like Navalny but real alternatives, are all far more nationalist and not beholden to international capital than he is. Since the 90s are now over, and the attempt to destroy Russia has failed, how does one ensure that the country does not become even stronger and, crucially, more assertive?

One possible answer is interesting: keep demonising the man in power, *even though you know that demonising him hardens support behind him*. Especially since it hardens support behind him. As long as you keep attacking him, the Russian people support him more, making it less likely for someone who would be more nationalist and less neoliberal to take charge.

Simple enough.

Greg S. , says: April 1, 2021 at 4:22 am GMT • 2.6 days ago

I've come to think that the whole "Putin the Devil" thing is pushed so hard by the corporate-communist-left (aside: I do struggle these days with what to call them) mostly as a distraction. "Hey! Look over there! A BAD MAN!" (and pay no mind to what I'm doing over here, flooding the country with replacements, thrashing the constitution, coming up with vaccine passports and enabling a totalitarian technocracy).

In fact, it's a necessary hallmark of ALL totalitarian leftist regimes to have a huge "outside enemy" who threatens the very existence of the state and is used to distract from domestic troubles. Try to find a single totalitarian state without one.

So the U.S. has everything to gain and little to lose (Biden gov thinks anyways) by goading Ukraine into "taking back Crimea." The U.S. is committed to fight that war down the very last Ukrainian.

anon [965] Disclaimer , says: April 1, 2021 at 4:43 am GMT • 2.6 days ago

Slightly old news from 10 days ago.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/20/ukra-m20.html

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced this week that the country's National Security and Defense Council had approved a strategy that is aimed at retaking Crimea and reintegrating the strategically important peninsula.

What could possibly go wrong?

SafeNow , says: April 1, 2021 at 5:47 am GMT • 2.6 days ago

Christopher Caldwell delivered what I thought was a good assessment of Putin in 2017, and this excellent piece by The Saker complements and updates it for me. I think Putin is even more reviled than ever by the U.S. Dems, because Putin = a national-sovereignty proponent = Trump.

I play online chess -- speedy games, and so I have a lot of experience with players from Russia and Ukraine. They tend to favor what chess players call "quiet moves." Is this a manner of thought, a philosophy, that can be extrapolated to government? (U.S. players, by contrast, tend to be more impetuous and impulsive in their chess style.)

The Caldwell essay:

https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/how-to-think-about-vladimir-putin/

[Apr 02, 2021] Vaccines advance one funeral at a time

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uncle tungsten , Apr 1 2021 21:20 utc | 44

Fnord13 #13
Norwegian #33

Have you ever heard the saying "Science advances one funeral at a time"?

Yes, it was Max Planck Science progresses funeral by funeral.

I like that saying. Perhaps it is equally applied as:

Pharmaceutical approvals advance one funeral at a time
Pharmaceutical consumption advances funeral by funeral

Raytheon advances funeral by funeral

Peace in Yemen advances funeral by funeral

Usastan advances funeral by funeral

enough! bleak moment.

[Apr 02, 2021] Neoliberal concept of freedom vs totalitarian concept of freedom

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Hoarsewhisperer , Apr 1 2021 19:35 utc | 16

One thing which separates Russia and China from Western 'thinking' is that the People's Government in each country has rules in place to prevent Billionaires from buying/owning politicians.

William Gruff , Apr 1 2021 19:56 utc | 19

Hoarsewhisperer @16: "...each country has rules in place to prevent Billionaires from buying/owning politicians."

And denying billionaires the "freedom" to buy the system is what makes those countries "totalitarian" .

If you fail to translate from newspeak and forget to account for doublethink then the empire's behavior can get confusing.

[Apr 01, 2021] Vaccination doesn't cure chronic grifters.

Apr 01, 2021 | www.wsj.com

THOMAS QUICK SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago I doubt it. Vaccination doesn't cure chronic grifters. Like thumb_up 1 Reply Share link Report N N Z SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago "Medical science is making such remarkable progress that soon none of us will be well.'' ---Aldous Huxley

[Mar 31, 2021] The "Unvaccinated" as outcasts by C.J. Hopkins

Mar 31, 2021 | www.unz.com

So, the New Normals are discussing the Unvaccinated Question. What is to be done with us? No, not those who haven't been "vaccinated" yet. Us. The "Covidiots." The "Covid deniers." The "science deniers." The "reality deniers." Those who refuse to get "vaccinated," ever.

There is no place for us in New Normal society. The New Normals know this and so do we. To them, we are a suspicious, alien tribe of people. We do not share their ideological beliefs. We do not perform their loyalty rituals, or we do so only grudgingly, because they force us to do so. We traffic in arcane "conspiracy theories," like "pre-March-2020 science," "natural herd immunity," "population-adjusted death rates," "Sweden," "Florida," and other heresies.

They do not trust us. We are strangers among them. They suspect we feel superior to them. They believe we are conspiring against them, that we want to deceive them, confuse them, cheat them, pervert their culture, abuse their children, contaminate their precious bodily fluids, and perpetrate God knows what other horrors.

So they are discussing the need to segregate us, how to segregate us, when to segregate us, in order to protect society from us. In their eyes, we are no more than criminals , or, worse, a plague , an infestation. In the words of someone (I can't quite recall who), "getting rid of the Unvaccinated is not a question of ideology. It is a question of cleanliness," or something like that. (I'll have to hunt down and fact-check that quote. I might have taken it out of context.)

In Israel , Estonia , Denmark , Germany , the USA , and other New Normal countries, they have already begun the segregation process. In the UK , it's just a matter of time. The WEF, WHO, EU, and other transnational entities are helping to streamline the new segregation system, which, according to the WEF, " will need to be harmonized by a normative body, such as the WHO, to ensure that is ethical ."

Cowboy , says: March 29, 2021 at 4:26 pm GMT • 2.4 days ago

@follyofwar

Nice thoughts but the high priests of the new secular cult of scientism are playing a zero sum game. It's an either/or for them; slavery or scalp. The rituals of the cult reinforce the dogma. The continual washing of hands as an act of purification. The mask as an act of penance for your defiling breath. Forced solitude to keep you in front of the 24 hour Cult broadcasts on tv. Social distancing as a way to inculcate insular thinking. Any resistors to the new rituals will be brought to a tribunal of neo torquemadas. Perhaps a better way to be thinking of the resistance is in terms of knighthood.

Auntie Analogue , says: March 29, 2021 at 5:25 pm GMT • 2.3 days ago

A black market trade in forged been-vaccinated-passports should be expected to debut and thrive.

[Mar 31, 2021] Two questions about one fake news source

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jiri , Mar 31 2021 23:24 utc | 36

Who reads the NYT?

Why?

[Mar 31, 2021] I will bring up a "human right" that rarely is discussed in the MSM

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norecovery , Mar 31 2021 20:35 utc | 22

I will bring up a "human right" that rarely is discussed in the MSM: the right to relieve one's bladder & bowels when traveling in public places. In many cities in the U.S., there are NO public restrooms, not even in the railway stations and bus depots! Oh, sure -- all the airports have them because they cater to the well heeled.

Here in the two biggest California cities SF and LA, one has to find a restaurant (good luck during the pandemic) or supermarket or else a secluded spot. I live next to an alley where the homeless people frequently dump, and we the neighbors have to clean it up because the city won't bother.

The authorities claim that setting out Porta-potties can't be done because homeless addicts would use them. WTF -- those people would do drugs in their own place if they had one. But this isn't just an issue about homelessness, which is an enormous violation of human rights in itself, but more broadly one of DECENCY that barely exists in this society.

uncle tungsten , Mar 31 2021 21:22 utc | 26

norecovery #22

The authorities claim that setting out Porta-potties can't be done because homeless addicts would use them. WTF -- those people would do drugs in their own place if they had one. But this isn't just an issue about homelessness, which is an enormous violation of human rights in itself, but more broadly one of DECENCY that barely exists in this society.

CHOLERA is gonna get ya.

It is sad but what has happened to the USA through neoliberal economic rules based society is the abdication of memory and learning over centuries.

[Mar 30, 2021] You are not vaccinated, don't come near me!

Mar 30, 2021 | www.unz.com

Ilya G Poimandres , says: March 26, 2021 at 5:51 am GMT • 4.4 days ago

Some Ape: "you are not vaccinated, don't come near me!".

Me: "but you are, so you are immune from the virus – whaddayou care about me?!".

Ape: "this vaccine does not provide full immunity".

Me: "then it's not a vaccine, is it!".

Ape: "heretic!!!".

[Mar 30, 2021] The US army now teaches social media trolling

Notable quotes:
"... It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is. ..."
"... It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is. ..."
Mar 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Paul , Mar 24 2021 17:56 utc | 8

The US army now teaches social media trolling:

ssi_tunnicliffe-tatham_170421.pdf

Bemildred | Mar 24 2021 17:58 utc | 10

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@ maahaa , Mar 24 2021 17:46 utc | 5:

“ I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none.”

It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is.

The truth is we have no way to know what underlies our "reality", if anything. We don't have the tools, the senses, yet. At the limits everything dissolves into probability mush, or the lack of time for anything to get from there to here at the speed of light, or complexity we have no way to impose order on.

If they want to go live in the computer, I say good riddance.

@ maahaa | Mar 24 2021 17:46 utc | 5:

“ I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none.”

It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is.

The truth is we have no way to know what underlies our "reality", if anything. We don't have the tools, the senses, yet. At the limits everything dissolves into probability mush, or the lack of time for anything to get from there to here at the speed of light, or complexity we have no way to impose order on.

If they want to go live in the computer, I say good riddance.

[Mar 30, 2021] I guess that promoting the "simulatin hypothesis" is one way for Musk to avoid the guilt over those people his coup in Bolivia killed

Notable quotes:
"... It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is. ..."
"... It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is. ..."
Mar 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

maahaa , Mar 24 2021 17:46 utc | 5

Through The Quantum Looking Glass or: Buckle your seatbelt Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye

"High-profile proponents of what's known as the "simulation hypothesis" include SpaceX chief Elon Musk, who recently expounded on the idea during an interview for a popular podcast.

"If you assume any rate of improvement at all, games will eventually be indistinguishable from reality," Musk said before concluding, "We're most likely in a simulation."

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees, giving "better than 50 -- 50 odds" that the simulation hypothesis is correct. " I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none."

William Gruff , Mar 24 2021 17:53 utc | 7

maahaa @5

I guess that is one way for Musk to avoid the guilt over those people his coup in Bolivia killed. They didn't really die because it is all just make-believe; a simulation.

Bemildred | Mar 24 2021 17:58 utc | 10

ockquote>

@ maahaa , Mar 24 2021 17:46 utc | 5:

“ I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none.”

It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is.

The truth is we have no way to know what underlies our "reality", if anything. We don't have the tools, the senses, yet. At the limits everything dissolves into probability mush, or the lack of time for anything to get from there to here at the speed of light, or complexity we have no way to impose order on.

If they want to go live in the computer, I say good riddance.

@ maahaa | Mar 24 2021 17:46 utc | 5:

“ I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none.”

It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is.

The truth is we have no way to know what underlies our "reality", if anything. We don't have the tools, the senses, yet. At the limits everything dissolves into probability mush, or the lack of time for anything to get from there to here at the speed of light, or complexity we have no way to impose order on.

If they want to go live in the computer, I say good riddance.

[Mar 30, 2021] Biden's press conference was a triumph. I kid you not. They will lie and lie and lie again about Biden's dementia, until the bitter end

Remember "Dear Leonid Illich?" The shadow of the USSR over the USA became more dense.
Mar 30, 2021 | www.unz.com

Know Your Enemy , says: March 26, 2021 at 1:56 pm GMT • 4.1 days ago

Anyone see Biden's press conference?

TKK , says: March 26, 2021 at 10:50 pm GMT • 3.7 days ago
@Know Your Enemy

This is worth a 5 minute watch:

Mulga Mumblebrain , says: March 27, 2021 at 10:22 pm GMT • 2.7 days ago
@Know Your Enemy

According to the Austfailian media, it was a triumph. I kid you not. They will lie and lie and lie again about Biden's dementia, until the bitter end, and at his stage, once the meds lose their effectiveness, the end can come quickly. Perhaps he'll rip off his nappy and fling faeces at the fawning presstitutes. Dream on. Or, as in the comedy, Bidet will mutter 'I'm going to the toilet. I mean, I'm going to the toilet NOW!'.

[Mar 30, 2021] Small but important difference between two most powerful intelligence agencies

Mar 08, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

ThorAss 6 hours ago

Q: What's the difference between the CIA and the FBI?

A: The CIA destroys countries outside of America, while the FBI destroys America itself.

[Mar 28, 2021] It is always helpful to remember that under neoliberalism in the words of Margaret Thatcher "There's No Such Thing as Society

Notable quotes:
"... House of Cards ..."
Mar 28, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

SouthSideGT , March 27, 2021 at 8:14 am

It is always helpful to remember the words of "Arthur Jensen": "You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today."

Lee , March 27, 2021 at 10:39 am

"You may have all the money, Raymond, but I've got the men with guns."

-- Frank Underwood in House of Cards

And in addition to having the most lethal weaponry, most currencies are issued by nation states.

[Mar 28, 2021] The problem with Biden outsmarting Rachel Madcow

Notable quotes:
"... Apparently Biden was either too senile or too inherently stupid to realize what gangrenous filth the subhuman Clintonite scum Stephanopoulis is, was and always will be. And put his stupid senile foot into Stephanopoulis's clever little bear trap. ..."
"... Pretty sure this was exactly the message Biden's people wanted to send, whether because they really think this sort of thing will "work" on the world stage or because they've gunned up the Russia nonsense so hyperbolically for so long that their domestic audience now demands it. ..."
Mar 28, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

drumlin woodchuckles , March 27, 2021 at 3:18 pm

Apparently Biden was either too senile or too inherently stupid to realize what gangrenous filth the subhuman Clintonite scum Stephanopoulis is, was and always will be. And put his stupid senile foot into Stephanopoulis's clever little bear trap.

Darthbobber , March 27, 2021 at 7:22 pm

Well, those are hardly trick questions or subtle ones. And Biden temporizes perfectly well when he wants to. He didn't want to. I'd be mildly surprised if he hadn't been told to expect these particular questions. Stephanopolous has form for lobbing cooperative softballs at the right sort of democrats.

Pretty sure this was exactly the message Biden's people wanted to send, whether because they really think this sort of thing will "work" on the world stage or because they've gunned up the Russia nonsense so hyperbolically for so long that their domestic audience now demands it.

drumlin woodchuckles , March 27, 2021 at 7:52 pm

If your interpretation of "what Stephie-poo was thinking" and what Biden was expecting are correct, then Biden is indeed the same sort of Clintonite filth that Stephanopoulous himself is.

And that would be very unfortunate. It means that Biden is just as war-risky with Russia as Clinton would have been. And yes, the massed millions of "Putin stole the election" Pink Kitty Kap Klintonites want, need and demand this sort of agitprop. They and their precious spokes-creeps like that anti-Russianitic MSNBC news show hostess whose name I absolutely cannot remember just now.

drumlin woodchuckles , March 27, 2021 at 10:32 pm

Ha! Rachel Maddow. It just came to me.

The Rev Kev , March 27, 2021 at 10:48 pm

And do you remember who her mentor was? Roger Aisles. Yeah, him. And after an extensive education, including a Rhodes scholarship, she sells her integrity out on her program for about $30,000 a day now-

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/05/roger-rachel-friendship-made-heaven.html

drumlin woodchuckles , March 28, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Maybe she never had any integrity to begin with. Maybe she was always and only about working the media rackets, just like her reciprocal one-schtik-phoney opposite number Tucker Carlson over at Fox.

Harry , March 27, 2021 at 11:41 pm

I would be surprised if Stephanopoulos wasnt asked to ask those questions.

[Mar 28, 2021] The "leader of the free world" has pledged to prevent China from becoming the "leading" nation on the planet. And to fulfill such an exceptional mission, his "expectation" is to run again for president in 2024. Not as a hologram.

Mar 28, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Let's start with comic relief: the "leader of the free world" has pledged to prevent China from becoming the "leading" nation on the planet. And to fulfill such an exceptional mission, his "expectation" is to run again for president in 2024. Not as a hologram. And fielding the same running mate.

Now that the "free world" has breathed a sigh of relief, let's return to serious matters – as in the contours of the Shocked and Awed 21st Century Geopolitics.

[Mar 28, 2021] You know the perpetrator is a Black male and not a White male when the headline is a gun all by itself murdered a Black man!

Mar 28, 2021 | www.unz.com

Luzzatto , says: March 25, 2021 at 9:33 pm GMT • 2.8 days ago

@Jack D

It goes back to The Democrat Run Mainstream Media's narrative that Black men can only be the poor helpless victims and NEVER the apex predators.

Which is why they only say that Black men are murdered by guns but NEVER that Black men are murdered by other Black men. The only time they do not blame the guns is in the much less common man bites dog White male on Black male murders.

You know the perpetrator is a Black male and not a White male when the headline is a gun all by itself murdered a Black man!

[Mar 28, 2021] If underfunded means you have to use old textbooks from the 1950s through the 1970s and have no tablets or computers on class, I d choose an underfunded school for a better education.

Notable quotes:
"... This whole process was intended to be for seriously delinquent kids/parents, but, you know bureaucracy – gotta check the boxes rather than just have a 30 second phone call "please email Mrs. ABC when your kids have been absent." ..."
Mar 28, 2021 | www.unz.com

Anon [220] Disclaimer , says: March 25, 2021 at 11:46 am GMT • 3.2 days ago

If underfunded means you have to use old textbooks from the 1950s through the 1970s and have no tablets or computers on class, I'd choose an underfunded school for a better education.

Achmed E. Newman , says: Website March 25, 2021 at 11:54 am GMT • 3.2 days ago
@Jonathan Mason on an attendance remediation plan. The first words out of my mouth were "so this is where my tax money goes."

It went on for 15 minutes, signing forms and shit. This whole process was intended to be for seriously delinquent kids/parents, but, you know bureaucracy – gotta check the boxes rather than just have a 30 second phone call "please email Mrs. ABC when your kids have been absent."

After that BS, we got another certified letter, so I went to the school. "I thought we had this thing settled. What do we have to do now?" "Oh, nah, we just sent one to everybody. It was easier that way. You're fine." How much do certified letters cost now, Jonathan? Oh, it's free though, right?

They've got plenty of money, all of them. Wait until the SHTF. Then we'll see some frugality and some legitimate complaints.

International Jew , says: March 25, 2021 at 2:09 pm GMT • 3.1 days ago
@Achmed E. Newman

California public schools get their funding according to the number of students present. So if your kid is a half hour late, you get an urgent call from the attendance office. Every kid is worth money to them. Maybe something like that is driving the overreaction you describe.

[Mar 28, 2021] Steve here had a good handle on the reasons for the big uptick in violent crime half a year ago, without even hitting the taxpayers up for a lot of grant money. It s just that his was not the answer that the Establishment was looking for. Try harder, Steve.

Mar 28, 2021 | www.unz.com

ic1000 , says: March 25, 2021 at 11:39 am GMT • 3.2 days ago

Atlantic reporter Derek Thompson writes,

"While others reach for easy solutions and simplistic slogans, [Princeton sociology professor Patrick] Sharkey embraces complexity and uncertainty. "

Sailer finally gets cited and linked by the Upper-Class Media!

Thompson to Sharkey: "I want you to help me understand the relationship between poverty and crime, as you see it."

In the context of the interview, that's a pretty funny line.

Achmed E. Newman , says: Website March 25, 2021 at 11:42 am GMT • 3.2 days ago

I can see why this is unfinished work, with lots more research required, requiring quite a bit more grant money. It's hard work getting around the simple truth. Steve here had a good handle on the reasons for the big uptick in violent crime half a year ago, without even hitting the taxpayers up for a lot of grant money. It's just that his was not the answer that the Establishment was looking for. Try harder, Steve.

[Mar 26, 2021] Blinken exercise in controlling the narrative backfired spectacular

Mar 26, 2021 | www.unz.com

d dan , says: March 24, 2021 at 5:02 pm GMT • 9.4 hours ago

@anonymous ay. A play to gain advantage, to publicly make the Chins look weak, subject them to a media diplomatic humiliation, and as usual control the narrative."

It is talked about in Chinese Internet that before Chinese diplomats attending the meeting, they went through 20 (or so) different scenarios of what the other side would say or do, and practiced the responses accordingly. So it is not a surprise they could handle this rather obvious case easily.

You think US would do such preparation? Probably not. They probably didn't even bother to look up basic things like Yang and Wang's backgrounds.

Like what Sun Tzu says, know yourself and know your enemy

[Mar 26, 2021] Goya and Sanctions: with some satirical nudity. Satire is a bellweather indicator of the sophistication and progress of a civilization. When satire and humor dies history teaches us so will that civilization. Sadly I don't expect this video to be allowed on US youtube.

Mar 26, 2021 | www.unz.com

John Hagan , says: Website March 25, 2021 at 6:58 am GMT • 1.6 days ago

I have written of the decline of the US likening it to a malignant tumour yet the recent gaffs with Russia and China make it likely the hospitalisation of the patient may be more urgent. Regarding sanctions and thier use on poor countries .

Goya and Sanctions: with some satirical nudity. Satire is a bellweather indicator of the sophistication and progress of a civilization. When satire and humor dies history teaches us so will that civilization. Sadly I don't expect this video to be allowed on US youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/hv3QznNJt1A?feature=oembed

[Mar 26, 2021] Their freedoms vs. our freedoms

Mar 26, 2021 | www.unz.com

Anonymous [149] Disclaimer says: March 25, 2021 at 2:36 pm GMT • 1.3 days ago 500 Words ↑ @profnasty

Not the OP, but I'll answer. American expat here. I spent years trying to get people to at least talk with me on issues. They just wanted to watch TV and eat fast food and let the plutocrats run things into the ground. So I left, 10 years ago, to seek meaning and adventure elsewhere. Haven't looked back.

I settled into a "third world anti-freedom authoritarian regime", where I enjoyed all the freedoms I hadn't realized I had not known in America, and built a life for myself. When I'd talk to people back home they'd tell me I was crazy for wanting to stay in an "authoritarian nation", and ask wasn't I afraid? They didn't understand why I didn't want to come back home. I haven't visited America in ages. I can no longer relate to America's Afro-centric, virus-mania culture. Turning on American MSM shows is like watching the news from Mars.

Would I leave the life I've created for myself to go back to the place I grew up and help save the people there if I thought there was enough of them willing to fight? Maybe, if I could do it without jeopardizing my family here. A part of me would like to.

But the sad reality is, the people in the United States do not want to be saved . They're comfortable . Half the people I talk to back there brag to me about the vaccine they got. I just talked to one who boasted how it "wasn't available to the masses yet" and she had to trick her way into getting an mRNA shot. 130 million doses have been administered in the US already, to a nation of 330 million. That doesn't seem like something "unavailable to the masses."

So, do I want to go back to the US, to stand there screaming at people on the street like some homeless bum as they line up to get their COVID shots, as armies of them march with #BlackLiveMatters signs, surrounded by police protection, as the idiots on the left scream about Russia and the idiots on the right scream about China, while nobody talks about the #1 foreign influencer of American public policy by far, because to mention its name is to have one's life destroyed? I have better things to do with the precious few years I get on this Earth.

When enough of the people wake up, when they are ready to be led, I may yet answer the call to leadership when that call seriously goes out, 15 or 20 or 25 years from now. But at the present moment, the American people are still so far from wanting anything other than football, fast food, and racial equality that it really is not a place I have any interest in being, nor one I have anything much to offer.

[Mar 24, 2021] 17 intelligence agencies, when we only need one

Mar 24, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com


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roach clipper 43 minutes ago

17 intelligence agencies, when we only need one.

A_Huxley 1 minute ago (Edited)

Stasi.

A file on everyone, international and domestic.

Five_Black_Eyes_Intel_Agency 2 hours ago (Edited) remove link

israel-firsters and the CIA love to milk their sugar daddy, meanwhile people are all choked up about the Left and Right charade

Weihan 59 minutes ago remove link

Great article from Greenwald! And remember: by "domestic terrorists" and "violent extremists," they're referring to anyone who still believes a country should have a recognizable and enforceable border.

[Mar 23, 2021] Starters or Main Course by Israel Shamir

Notable quotes:
"... Treasure Island ..."
Mar 23, 2021 | www.unz.com

This uncomfortable thought came to me while listening to Joe Biden talking about "soulless killer" Vladimir Putin. Smaller insults have sparked off wars. The "Footless, yellow earth-worm" slur moved Kaa the Rock Python to devour Bandar Log. Luckily, easy-going Putin replied with a smile. He said that in his childhood, kids responded with "I am rubber, you are glue; bounces off me and sticks to you"; he only wished good health for the American president and proposed to debate him online, so that Americans and Russians, as well as the whole world, could form their own opinion. Biden evaded the challenge. It's not clear he remembered who Putin is. An empty suit with a teleprompter, called him Donald Trump Jr . Biden said Putin meddled in the US elections and he will pay a price for it. Alas, Putin couldn't influence the US dead, and they swung the elections as they voted for Biden by whole cemeteries. Yes, Biden is a senile dummy that couldn't even board Air Force One without stumbling thrice the next day, but there is somebody who operates the teleprompter, and that is the problem.

The Russians were visibly furious. When US leaders drop such invective, it's like pirates passing a 'black spot' in Treasure Island . It's a signal that the foreign leader has to be deposed or killed outright. That's how they spoke of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gadhafi; both were killed and their 'rogue states' devastated. It was clearly a show of hostile intentions, not just from Biden but also from the US establishment speaking like ventriloquist through the current White House tenant.

Afghanistan is a great base from which to invade Central Asia and threaten Russia from the south. The country has been occupied by the US for 20 years, and Trump was determined to pull out the troops. Biden has already hinted that the US will renege on its agreement with the Taliban to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. The withdrawal was supposed to be completed by May 2021; it will be "tough" for the United States to withdraw forces from Afghanistan in six weeks, he said. Biden has also scrapped Trump's plan to withdraw forces from Germany, and with good reason. His administration wants Germans to drop the Nord Stream II project, and it is easier to convince a country if you have forty military bases there.

Fighting against Iran never stopped. When the US isn't doing it her best friend Israel is acting. It has emerged that during the last two years, Israeli frogmen sabotaged 12 Iranian tankers, reported the Wall Street Journal . But it all backfired. On February 16, the entire Mediterranean coast of Israel was covered with sticky black mess.

... ... ...

The blow to Israel was terrible – animals, plants and fish died; for a long time it will be impossible to swim and sunbathe on the oily shores. Only now the sad truth has begun to leak out: 'the worst pollution of the century' had been done by Israelis. The first to speak about the source of the pollution was Israeli Minister of the Environment Gila Gamliel. She said the oil was released by the Iranian tanker Emerald carrying a cargo of US-sanctioned oil products to Syria. This is Iranian eco-terrorism, she said. But Gila was quickly gagged – the Israeli military censorship forbade discussion of this topic, except in the most general terms. It appears Gila Gamliel was right – up to a point. The Israeli dissident Richard Silverstein wrote about it:

It was a deliberate attack by Israel on the Iranian vessel. Israel's naval commando unit, Flotilla 13 covertly attached a mine to the Emerald . The intent was to cause minor damage that would send a message to Iran that its own attacks on Gulf shipping would bring a cost. This Times of London report written by Haaretz columnist Anshel Pfeiffer confirms my source. However, the commandos didn't realize that the Emerald was a rusty old hulk in desperately ill-repair. The Israeli mine, which was supposed to cause minor damage, actually ripped a hole so big that much of the contents of the ship's hold leaked into the Mediterranean. This is what caused the Israeli environmental disaster: Israel itself.


Phibbs , says: March 22, 2021 at 3:20 am GMT • 1.9 days ago

Biden voted for Gulf War Two. Why? Because as he admits, he is a Zionist. Zionists are traitors, terrorists and murderers. Yet Biden the terrorist accuses Putin of being a killer?

anonymous [400] Disclaimer , says: March 22, 2021 at 3:58 am GMT • 1.9 days ago

The illusion of a US president having any actual authority is pretty much being dispelled by this ventriloquist's dummy Biden signing whatever is placed in front of him and parroting whatever is on the teleprompter. A stupid egotist his entire life, his mental decline isn't as apparent as it might be quite yet because he's been carefully stage managed so far. They're being extremely careful not to let the cat out of the bag in letting people get a glimpse of what he's really like. And it's downhill from here.

The virus hysteria has been a test case lab in assessing what works, what doesn't, how to improve on herding and suppressing the population, etc. Insofar as dead foreign leaders goes, who really knows?

When tens of millions of dollars are available lots of people in some leader's circle might be tempted to expose the target to some form of poisoning or lethal radiation. Hugo Chavez expressed suspicion at how he and other leaders opposed to US diktat seemed to come down with cancer.

The US itself has claimed some of it's diplomats were possibly targeted by mystery rays in Cuba so the idea of something like this is not far-fetched; it's just a case of projection, accusing others of what one is guilty of.

The Real World , says: March 22, 2021 at 4:37 am GMT • 1.9 days ago
@Petermx

LOL, you don't know how many times, since his campaign and now as (fake) POTUS that Biden has reminded me of Chauncey Gardiner. It's the perfect comparison.

(But, Jobotomy Xiden will be gone soon and then the bi-racial, sociopathic Hillary 2.0 will be inaugurated. Excuse me while I go hurl.)

TKK , says: March 22, 2021 at 4:43 am GMT • 1.9 days ago

Think of the hysteria and histrionic nation wide wailing and teeth gnashing over Trump calling it "the China virus" and the dead silence when Biden calls Putin:

A soulless killer. .

I wish Putin would take revenge and pull a Soleimani on Biden & Co. but perhaps he laughs & chalks it up to the senile, demented ramblings of a clown.

Is this more theater?

To add to the insanity, the embrace and total absolution of the pathological liar, war criminal and mass torturer and murderer, George W. Bush leaves me .stunned:

Bush on Putin, 2001:

"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul ; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country."

Just another serf , says: March 22, 2021 at 6:19 am GMT • 1.8 days ago

Biden is a sociopath, one of limited intelligence. But a sociopath nevertheless.

If he is instructed by his controllers to initiate a nuclear war, he will do so unhesitatingly.

I would not be surprised if both Joe and Hunter were somehow benefiting from drug traffic across the border. Actually, I expect that is largely what is behind Biden's open border policy.

It's impossible for normal people to understand sociopathic behavior. The American political class has been selected for sociopathy now for generations.

Johan , says: March 22, 2021 at 6:55 am GMT • 1.8 days ago
@Petermx

"Americans should write a letter of apology to Putin, apologizing for our rude and senile leader (and the degenerate lunatics that surround him) and ask for President Putin's understanding and patience. "

Not a bad idea at all. I would formulate some things differently though, the idea is that the letter should also circulate, so mind the crude tone, show that even Americans can be tactful gentle-man. Even that would impress the whole world.

Mulga Mumblebrain , says: March 22, 2021 at 7:16 am GMT • 1.8 days ago

Thanatopia's attacks on Putin differ vastly from its deranged Sinophobia. Thanatopians want Putin gone, replaced by a New Yeltsin, and Russia vivisected for further pillage. But they don't want Russians dead, because this 'Free Russia' will be needed for the Great Purpose-the destruction of China.

The truly Evil campaign to entirely falsely accuse China of genocide in Xinjiang, is a call not just to war, but to genocide. A China devastated would still rise again, even if the USA and its villainous stooges succeed in breaking it up, again, as was nearly achieved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The USA and the Western vassals promote, train and finance separatists in Xinjiang, Tibet, 'South' Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, even 'Manchuria'. Such civil discord would cause millions of deaths, but it gets worse.

The Imperial hatemongers never cease to vilify the CCP. The 'New Nazis', 'It is 1939 again, and 'appeasement' is treason', human organ harvesters etc. All lies, all the crudest projection. But the CCP is 100 million strong, and the Chinese CCP Government enjoys 95% satisfied or highly satisfied rating from the populace, according to the latest Harvard poll. So the entire population is complicit, 'Xi's willing executioners' etc, and must be punished. SARS CoV2 was obviously meant to kill millions of Chinese and devastate the economy, but the 'blowback' has been cosmic retribution, and that has only made the Western genocidists even more enraged.

Mulga Mumblebrain , says: March 22, 2021 at 7:22 am GMT • 1.7 days ago
@Johan

The Western oligarchy does not do mass high kultur. Kultur is a commodity and a venue for narcissistic display and mass kultur is base, exploitative and mind-destroying, keeping the plebs permanently obtunded, morally, intellectually and spiritually. 'Feed 'em muck' as Nellie Melba recommended.

thotmonger , says: March 22, 2021 at 7:34 am GMT • 1.7 days ago

Worldometer/coronavirus today: Tanzania population >60 million; CV19 cases <600. Dear Scott, that cannot be correct! (If all the brainwashing serves me right.)

RIP President Magufuli, the man who busted WHO with their fraud -- or scientific incompetence. Ha. This story could have been the lead paragraph, and no stone should be left unturned to find out if Magufuli was murdered. This especially includes death by a deadly viral infection, ala Operation Zyphr ?

Minor correction: Biden does not represent the American people. Those who think they support him are unaware of their Stockholm syndrome.

Now, let's arrest our schadenfreude about Israel's acts of sabotage spoiling their own coastline. Our fragile seas are too precious for that sort of vindictive spirit. Nevertheless, it is okay be encouraged about this colossal blunder, because it proves the controllers are really not in control at all. And they damn well know it.

Finally, forget not Shere Khan totally trumps Kaa. But as fate would have it even he loses in the end.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/PpC4a6jCxSA?feature=oembed

Dumbo , says: Website March 22, 2021 at 7:41 am GMT • 1.7 days ago

Unless neocons are insane, I don't think that they want to start a war with Russia and much less China. The U.S. can't even win a war against goat herders with homemade explosives. The U.S. military is more concerned about having black transgender soldiers than about being efficient.

Also, China practically owns the U.S. and Canada at this point.

This is probably just another distraction to keep people from noticing that they are (again!) being fleeced and raped.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/8-million-americans-slipped-poverty-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-new-study-n1243762

https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-italy-coronavirus-pandemic-financial-markets-milan-821336fb6b1fe6892fd178433de0fc70

Carlos22 , says: March 22, 2021 at 8:11 am GMT • 1.7 days ago

It now appears the Russians and Chinese are using our woke BS against us like a deflector shield.

Putin's speech of the US projecting its own psychology on others, mentioning BLM and racism plus the Chinese mentioning the US "persecution of blacks".

They inflict this woke shit on us but didn't realize it could also be used by their enemies.

Ultimate blow back for the dumb fuckers in Washington. Totally hilarious.

GomezAdddams , says: March 22, 2021 at 9:39 am GMT • 1.7 days ago
@Johan

"We came -- we saw–he died !!!!" Hillary Clinton at her finest.

onebornfree , says: Website March 22, 2021 at 9:42 am GMT • 1.6 days ago

"This two-pronged attack on Russia AND on China is not a coincidence. The Biden regime prepares for war. "

This just in: "War is the health of the state" Randolph Bourne

Alfred , says: March 22, 2021 at 10:25 am GMT • 1.6 days ago
@follyofwar class="comment-text">

I fear that Leviathan must act quickly before it loses its perch as the world's reserve currency.

Martin Armstrong's computer model says that the dollar's reserve currency status will be over by 2028. The model is usually correct.

The Reserve Status of the Dollar will End by 2028 (paywall)

[Mar 22, 2021] Locked-Down Americans Fatter-Than-Ever As Krispy Kreme Unveils 'Free-Donuts-For-The-Vaxxed' Promo

"Holy cow: 42% of Americans report undesired weight gain during Covid 19. The average weight gain is 29 lbs. And 41 lbs for Millennials! "
Individuals are limited to one donut, but the offer can be redeemed once per day. Meaning anybody who receives the COVID vaccine can swing by for a free glazed doughnut every day between now and the end of the year.
Mar 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

BTW " Bossche says that a mass vaccination campaign in the middle of a pandemic, with vaccines that don't prevent transmission , is disastrous at an individual -- and at a global -- level:" ... " " we are currently turning vaccinees into asymptomatic carriers shedding infectious variants ." We Are Going to Pay Huge Price for COVID Mass Vaccination - Principia Scientific

Let's hope Krispy Kreme is working on a vaccine for diabetes, because it's latest promotion isn't exactly a net-positive for the public welfare.

The donut-maker has announced that, starting Monday, anybody who presents proof of vaccination at any Krispy Kreme location can receive one free glazed donut per visit.

"Krispy Kreme is finding ways to be sweet as the U.S. continues to scale COVID-19 vaccinations. To show our support for those who choose to get vaccinated, starting Monday, 3/22, anyone who shows their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card will receive a free Original Glazed® doughnut."

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Ideology in Practice 4 hours ago

If you get vaccinated over a free donut, you deserve everything you get.

Donut included.

StuffyourVAXX 5 hours ago

Today, show your vaxx card to get a free donut.

Tomorrow, show your vaxx card to buy basic groceries.

Next week, show your vaxx card to keep your kids from getting taken away from you, you @#$@ing super spreader.

reddpill 4 hours ago (Edited)

1939: "Work Sets You Free"
2019: "Vaccination Sets You Free"

East: "Social Credit Score Passports"
West: "Vaccination Passports"

Same agenda, different coat of paint.

Automatic Choke PREMIUM 5 hours ago

Average weight gain 29 lbs ???? 41 for millenials ????

WTF??? That isn't trivial, that is huge. This a far bigger health risk than the wuphlu !!!!

espirit 4 hours ago

Welcome to the Gates of Hell.

Have a free donut...

neocons on meathooks 4 hours ago

One of the reasons the new feudalism has such a bright future is that the serfs are allowed to feast like kings and queens on rich animal-based, fiberless and highly processed foods 21 times (or more) a week -- and they have the gout, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancers and medical bills to prove it. Once you're woke you'll understand the sexism of thinking obesity and sickness shouldn't be accepted. But exercise, weight loss programs and public education (a la smoking cessation) aren't nearly as profitable as injecting Bill Gates's poison into 7 billion customers and tracking and controlling human movement. Sorry to cause dissension but I just got my paycheck from Vlad.

Automatic Choke PREMIUM 5 hours ago

Lemme know when the Heart-Attack-Grill starts offering free quadruple-bacon-chili-burgers free for the jab.

Rockatanski 5 hours ago

as Mussolinil said, the fusing of goverenment and corporate give you full facism and that is what we are seeing now.

[Mar 22, 2021] It's a FOX World why does their stupidity bother me so much?

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Christian J. Chuba , Mar 21 2021 20:09 utc | 46

It's a FOX World why does their stupidity bother me so much?

They develop the talking point first and then alter the 'facts' to support it. How can a brain survive on such a diet?

FOX on the U.S. meeting w/China in Alaska re-visited the consensus from all of the dimwitted hosts is that it was a dark day for the U.S. because ...

1. China insulted us because Biden is weak.
2. China insulted us because the Democrats have torn down our country for 4yrs
3. China insulted us because the Democrats helped BLM burn down our country
4. China insulted us because the Democrats emboldened them ! ! !

There is actually a much, much, more straightforward explanation that never occurs to these dimbulbs, China insulted us because we insulted them for 10 minutes. We accused them of aggression, genocide, crushing democracy and being evildoers. Only a Neocon slaps someone in the face and expects them to smile back at you.

Seriously, these people are demented.

[Mar 22, 2021] TRANSCRIPT- ABC News' George Stephanopoulos interviews President Joe Biden

Old neocon still is dreaming about imperial greatness and full spectrum Dominance, when the country is significantly and irreversibly crippled by neoliberalism and its accumulation by dispossession which eliminated a large swats of well paid workers and professionals. It is now the country where the Congress is now hiding from people behind barbed wall.
It is difficult to teach old dog new tricks. Intimidation of the opponent replaced diplomacy. Semi-Dementia mixed with arrogance in action. "White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would continue to look to cooperate on efforts to stem Iran's nuclear program and, more broadly, nuclear nonproliferation. But she said Biden did not regret referring to Putin as a killer and pushed back against suggestions that the rhetoric was unhelpful."
Mar 22, 2021 | abcnews.go.com

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Director of National Intelligence came out with a report today saying that Vladimir Putin authorized operations during the election to under -- denigrate you, support President Trump, undermine our elections, divide our society. What price must he pay?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: He will pay a price. I, we had a long talk, he and I, when we -- I know him relatively well. And I-- the conversation started off, I said, "I know you and you know me. If I establish this occurred, then be prepared."

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You said you know he doesn't have a soul.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I did say that to him, yes. And -- and his response was, "We understand one another." It was-- I wasn't being a wise guy. I was alone with him in his office. And that -- that's how it came about. It was when President Bush had said, "I looked in his eyes and saw his soul."

I said, "Looked in your eyes and I don't think you have a soul." And looked back and he said, "We understand each other." Look, most important thing dealing with foreign leaders in my experience, and I've dealt with an awful lot of 'em over my career, is just know the other guy. Don't expect somethin' that you're-- that -- don't expect him to-- or her to-- voluntarily appear in the second editions of Profiles in Courage.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So you know Vladimir Putin. You think he's a killer?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Uh-huh. I do.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So what price must he pay?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: The price he's gonna pay we'll-- you'll see shortly. I'm not gonna-- there's-- by the way, we oughta be able that ol' -- that trite expression "walk and chew gum at the same time," there're places where it's in our mutual interest to work together.

That's why I renewed the start agreement with him. That occurred while he's doin' this. But that's overwhelmingly in the interest of humanity, that we diminish the prospect of a nuclear exchange. But that and SolarWinds as well. He's been -- they've done some mischievous things, to say the least. And so we're gonna have -- I'm not gonna announce what I'm doing, but he's gonna understand that --

[Mar 22, 2021] I don't know whether to laugh or cry ...

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Francis , Mar 21 2021 13:19 utc | 1

I don't know whether to laugh or cry ...

Vladimir Putin issues new 'kill list' - and six of the targets live in Britain

EXCLUSIVE: The warning of a deadly post-pandemic campaign comes from same spy who alerted that Salisbury novichok victim Sergei Skripal was earmarked for assassination

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/vladimir-putins-issues-new-kill-23765739

[Mar 21, 2021] Biden does seem to be keeping one promise he made from the campaign, namely that "nothing will fundamentally change"

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Kadath , Mar 21 2021 2:26 utc | 173

Biden does seem to be keeping one promise he made from the campaign, namely that "nothing will fundamentally change", he is basically continuing all of Trump's terrible foreign policies (Iran, China, Russia, Syria & Venezuela). In many ways he's being even more hawkish, issuing clownish threats to both Russia and China and even to the steadfast US vassal Germany over Nord Stream 2. One has to ask the question, just how much of Trumps foreign policy was his own. Afghanistan and Suria I think yes; Israel and Saudi Arabia maybe; China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela and Germany; I think the interagency consensus (aka the "Deep State") is setting those policies and will push it into overdrive under the Biden/Harris Regime.

With Respect to Biden, I saw that Max Keiser is already comparing Joe Biden to Borris Yeltsin as a President who presided over the near breakup of the State and the rise of a economic oligarchy.

[Mar 21, 2021] "Biden slips while trying to 'walk and chew gum' at the same time"

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vk , Mar 19 2021 20:09 utc | 21

[Fun Moment] Decrepit emperor:

White House: Biden 'Just Fine' After Falling on Air Force One Stairs, No Medical Attention Required


Forrest Gimp , Mar 19 2021 21:50 utc | 44

"Biden slips while trying to 'walk and chew gum' at the same time"

Piotr Berman , Mar 20 2021 0:13 utc | 71

recently installed "president" who can't make it up a flight of stairs or give a press conference, who has the nuclear football following him around 24/.7. <- Posted by: Perimetr | Mar 19 2021 22:55 utc | 54

History of American presidency had worse falls as we are reminded by New York Post .

"President Biden's wince-inducing series of stumbles while boarding Air Force One on Friday calls to mind Gerald Ford's 1975 fall on the same stairs -- a minor tumble that forever tarred him as a clumsy oaf.

Chevy Chase pilloried Ford in a series of ruthless and hilarious "Saturday Night Live" skits -- even though the object of his ridicule was just 62 years old, and an ex-University of Michigan football star who avidly skied and golfed."

It was the very athletic ability of Gerald Ford that magnified his fall, all the way down. When Biden started cautiously and kept his hand on the rail at all times, Ford climbed "with a spring in his step", but, alas, he missed one step.

[Mar 21, 2021] On rule based World order

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foolisholdman , Mar 20 2021 23:57 utc | 166

ak74 | Mar 19 2021 21:31 utc | 40

Indeed! One might, for the sake of brevity, ask: which rules the US is planning to obey?

Yeah, Right , Mar 21 2021 0:01 utc | 168

I'm slightly curious: if the USA insists that there is a "rules-based international order" then - by definition - there must exist a rule-book i.e. a compendium of those rules.

That is axiomatic, because how else would anyone know if they are a rule-breaker, or when they are in compliance with the rules.

Otherwise this isn't a "rules-based" system at all, it is merely a world based upon US dictates.

Has any reptile of the press ever asked a State Department flunky for a copy of "the rules"?

[Mar 21, 2021] Wouldn't it be nice if the CPC starts backing the CPUSA with the kinds of resources that the US backs their regime change operations through NED and USAID

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William Gruff , Mar 20 2021 21:57 utc | 150

Wouldn't it be nice if the CPC starts backing the CPUSA with the kinds of resources that the US backs their regime change operations through NED and USAID? That would be a game changer.

[Mar 21, 2021] Ha, but the weather is cold, the hotel is shoddy, and the Chinese delegate had to have instant noodle for lunch - that sounds like a very low budget "Hongmen Banquet" by the Americans. Maybe they are still waiting for their 1.9 trillion stimulus check?

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d dan , Mar 20 2021 2:12 utc | 86

I suspect Blinken/Sullivan/Biden need to show that they are "tough" to the Chinese in public because otherwise, they will be roasted by the 78 millions Trump supporters for being "weak" to China compared with Trump. Behind the close door, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi characterized the talks to be NOT "very tense." I believe Biden actually is quite keen to get some "achievements" from the Chinese side, probably not realistically in this meeting, but hopefully in the near future.

Ha, but the weather is cold, the hotel is shoddy, and the Chinese delegate had to have instant noodle for lunch - that sounds like a very low budget "Hongmen Banquet" by the Americans. Maybe they are still waiting for their 1.9 trillion stimulus check?

[Mar 21, 2021] The narrative says that Putin's mother survived the siege of Leningrad, but it doesn't go into the details

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Grieved , Mar 21 2021 16:13 utc | 225

@202 Norwegian

That's a lovely little compilation about Putin and his family, thanks.

The narrative says that Putin's mother survived the siege of Leningrad, but it doesn't go into the details. You can get the story from one of the several Russian documentaries about Putin - I forget which one but I could dig for it if pressed.

Putin's father came back from the front, wounded and on crutches. He showed up just as medics were taking his wife out to whatever transport they were using to clean up the dead bodies - she was practically dead, and the witness to this says she was "washed up". Putin's father fought the medics away with his crutches and took his wife back into their home, and nursed her back to life.

Thus runs the story, and this is the woman who later gave birth to Putin, already with two brothers dead that he never knew. It sounds exaggerated when I write out the story like that, but I never disbelieved it when I heard it, and I still don't.

So this is the depth of the man who heads the Russian Federation. Personally touched by war, personally grieving for the losses of Russia, personally committed to the safety of civilians and to minimal death in general.

~~

While I'm on the subject, two other stories occur to me. One was when he first took command of Russia and addressed the war in the Caucasus - his famous episode with his military commanders in the tent, when he said they would not drink to success until they had achieved it (I paraphrase), and put his glass down untouched. To drink prematurely, he said, would be to dishonor all those who had already died in this war. First, to stop the dying.

But the story I wanted to say about that was that he also forcefully told his generals to be very careful how they conducted operations: they were entering places where civilians lived - old people, those who had fought in the Great Patriotic War, those to whom everyone present owed their lives. He was very serious about taking great care not to harm those most honorable people.

The second story is when the Berlin Wall went down, and crowds surged to invade the Stasi building, ripping its secrets into the open. They also came to the KGB building. The chief of that bureau fled, leaving by the back way. That left Putin as next in command. He went down to address the crowd. He stood in front of them and they asked who he was and he lied and said that he was "the interpreter". He said that this building was the property of the USSR. In his gun he had twelve bullets, he said, eleven for those whom he faced and the last for himself. The crowd understood that this building was not East Germany but the Soviet Union, and that this officer would defend it with his life. Whatever they thought, they turned away and left the building unmolested.

~~

I'm impressed with the character and caliber of this human being called Putin, for good reasons, I find. There's a heroic scale to him that comes from Russia itself and the experiences that Putin was born into and from. And yet he personally is a naturally modest man. He bears that heroic dimension of scale with the grace that comes from ordinariness. He loves ordinary people. He renews his own mental health from being in their company. The security state of Russia chose the best person it could find, in a last-ditch attempt to save their country. It worked.

[Mar 21, 2021] The 'takes one to know one' quote is not a direct quote from Putin, it is a claim by Biden

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Lurk , Mar 19 2021 19:23 utc | 4

The 'western' media reporting of the spat between Biden and Putin is typically bad.

The Guardian @guardian - 18:15 UTC · Mar 18, 2021

'Takes one to know one': Putin-Biden spat escalates over 'killer' accusation

That was not what Putin had said:

Ivan Pentchoukov @IvanPentchoukov - 16:56 UTC · Mar 19, 2021

Can't believe how many outlets are running with the same totally false translation of what Putin said.

The idiom Putin used is much closer to "the names you call others is what you should be called."

The official Kremlin transcript agrees with Ivan's formulation:

[D]ifficult, dramatic, and bloody events abound in the history of every nation and every state. But when we evaluate other people, or even other states and nations, we are always facing a mirror, we always see ourselves in the reflection, because we project our inner selves onto the other person.

You know, I remember when we were children and played in the yard, we had arguments occasionally and we used to say: whatever you call me is what you are called yourself. This is no coincidence or just a kids' saying or joke. It has a very deep psychological undercurrent. We always see ourselves in another person and think that he or she is just like us, and evaluate the other person's actions based on our own outlook on life.

There is an additional passage of interest which sets out rules for future talks that I have not seen reported in 'western' media:

I know that the United States and its leaders are determined to maintain certain relations with us, but on matters that are of interest to the United States and on its terms. Even though they believe we are just like them, we are different. We have a different genetic, cultural and moral code. But we know how to uphold our interests. We will work with the United States, but in the areas that we are interested in and on terms that we believe are beneficial to us. They will have to reckon with it despite their attempts to stop our development, despite the sanctions and insults. They will have to reckon with this.

We, with our national interests in mind, will promote our relations with all countries, including the United States.

The 'takes one to know one' quote is not a direct quote from Putin, it is a claim by Biden.

Here is the Daily Beast's take on it. (Yeah, I know it's a ridiculous source, but it was the first source I found that correctly attributed that quote to Biden.)

Biden recalled: "We had a long talk, he and I, when we... I know him relatively well. And the conversation started off, I said, 'I know you and you know me. If I establish this occurred, then be prepared.'"

The president also confirmed that, some years ago, he was alone with Putin in his office and he brought up the topic of Putin's lack of a human soul. "I said, 'I looked in your eyes and I don't think you have a soul,' and he looked back and said, 'We understand each other.' The most important thing of dealing with foreign leaders... is just know the other guy."


Kapusta , Mar 19 2021 19:39 utc | 8

@ 6 Posted by: Peter Moritz

The Guardian's translation of "it takes one to know one," which has been amplified by western media and social media, is absolutely incorrect. It implies that Putin is admitting that he is a 'killer,' which he absolutely does not do. Anybody that has a working knowledge of Russian will be able to translate the saying that Putin uses to mean that he is suggesting that Biden is projecting. In fact, Putin provides context for this statement by referring to US History.

tucenz , Mar 19 2021 19:48 utc | 11

Re: Peter Moritz | Mar 19 2021 19:29 utc | 6

I say bullshit. "It takes one to know one" - suggests some equivalence for the two people. That meaning is not in Kremlin transcript of Putin's words. Putin is saying "you are projecting (your own problem)".

Kapusta , Mar 19 2021 20:38 utc | 30

@ 24 Posted by: Peter Moritz

I understand that this is just semantics, but something as widespread as this has become in western media can have a big impact on perception of lazy westerners if the interpretation is incorrect. This should be obvious, regardless of the supposed "elegance" of the phrase.

"Takes one to know one" does not imply projection, it rather implies hypocrisy. Putin is not accusing Biden of hypocrisy, he is accusing Biden of projection. "Takes one to know one" gives a western audience the suggestion that Putin qualifies an admission of being a killer with an accusation that Biden is also a killer. Putin, in fact, does not do this. He only suggests that Biden is projecting and only projecting.

Norwegian , Mar 19 2021 20:44 utc | 32

@Kapusta 8, 29
Thank you for the explanations and clarification of what Putin actually said, and what it implies. Facts matter.

alaff , Mar 19 2021 20:44 utc | 33
in a shabby Alaskan hotel

Haha, nice)

Minister Lavrov today confirmed Putin's words, saying " [We] will be ready to cooperate only in those areas that are of interest to us, and only on terms that are beneficial to us ".

In my opinion, the Chinese representatives gave a good answer to the American side, although this answer will obviously not be heard.
The Americans have completely lost the culture of negotiation. If there are no elementary human manners, then what kind of agreements can we talk about?
A sad picture. And dangerous. A madman with nuclear weapons (and chemical weapons, by the way) is not the best option for a reliable negotiating partner.

LeaNder , Mar 19 2021 21:04 utc | 37

...a few hints on Putin's comment.

https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/on-a-roll/comment-page-1/#comment-37067

Powerandpeople , Mar 19 2021 21:31 utc | 41

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/65172

For Pres Putin's EXACT words.

Yes, projection.

His words about the moral attributes of the US elites - he very carefully excludes the public are MUCH more significant!

karlof1 , Mar 19 2021 23:15 utc | 61

The editors at Strategic-Culture see it this way :

"In a desperate bid to thwart the strategic partnership between Russia and Europe, Washington is resorting to ever-more frantic threats of sanctions and other disruptive measures. Biden is playing the personal insult card in a gambit for blowing up bilateral relations with Russia as a way to sabotage Nord Stream 2.

"It's a pathetic move, one that actually speaks more of America's historic enfeeblement rather than pretensions of power. Russia would do well to stay calm and let the Americans make fools of themselves."

It seems Russia's doing just that--attending to the vital business of developing its nation and peoples. Russia's geared for numerous patriotic celebrations throughout the year, and Biden's comments were made on the eve of Crimean reunification with Russia, which only served to cement Russians closer and hold Putin in even greater esteem. Talk about an Own Goal!

Outlaw US Empire Nord Stream policy is close to being the same as literally torpedoing it, making it an act of war against the EU and Russia. Somehow, I don't think Blinken understands that fundamental fact.

vetinLA , Mar 19 2021 23:37 utc | 64

"I know that the United States and its leaders are determined to maintain certain relations with us, but on matters that are of interest to the United States and on its terms. Even though they believe we are just like them, we are different. We have a different genetic, cultural and moral code. But we know how to uphold our interests. We will work with the United States, but in the areas that we are interested in and on terms that we believe are beneficial to us. They will have to reckon with it despite their attempts to stop our development, despite the sanctions and insults. They will have to reckon with this."

This statement is a positive, that is the mark of a government that adheres to real values, beneficial to the growth of humanity, and not just for the enrichment of a greedy minority of it's citizens.

How utterly refreshing....

bevin , Mar 20 2021 16:58 utc | 123

The most peculiar aspect of Biden's outburst is its timing.

If there was one moment in time when it would be ill advised for even the most brass necked, cynical American exceptionalist not to restrain himself from accusing anyone of murder, it would have to be that moment in which the bulkiest object in the "Out" tray on the Presidential desk happened to be a crude coffin like box containing the butchered remains of the Washington Post journalist and long established CIA asset Adnan Khashoggi.

Now there was the victim of a killer, the Crown Prince, acting with the permission of the US government and in the spirit of the Deep State which put Joe Biden in office.

Joe was perhaps thinking of Khashoggi-a beltway denizen he must have run into in one of the cocktail parties or brothels on the circuit- when he murmured admiringly, to himself, blissfully unaware of the presence of George Stephanopolous- one of the grande horizontales of American culture- and the TV camera, "That guy, whatsisname, the one from whatsitcalled, Russia, is a killer."

Though of course he's not in Obama's league.

Boogity , Mar 20 2021 19:42 utc | 142

Putin fell into a trap. He should have not said a damn thing after Biden spouted off about him being a killer. The western MSM on both sides of the Pond are now running with the incorrect translation and narrative that Putin admitted to being a killer. The western MSM is now also claiming that Putin's wishing Biden good health means he's threatening to poison him.

Putin should have heeded Mark Twain's wise words:

"Don't wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it."

Carver , Mar 20 2021 20:09 utc | 145

The western media was captured many years ago and serves only its propaganda business model.
America is number one instigator and developer of conflict across the entire planet and is increasingly unworthy of anyones trust or respect.

Carver , Mar 20 2021 20:24 utc | 146

The US media has degenerated into a slave to the propaganda business model that it has chosen to adopt.
The US is the Number One instigator and manipulator of conflict across the planet and is unworthy of anyones trust or respect. The American way defines all that is devious and corrupt.
None of this is new. There was some disruption for a few years recently, but now that all obstacles are permanently neutered the destruction of the future for personal gain can get back into top gear once again.

Bernard F. , Mar 20 2021 22:51 utc | 155

@Boogity | Mar 20 2021 19:42 utc | 141, and others Barflies...

Putin don't wrestle with the pig.

1) as b., and thanks for his Job, all of us must go to the original and extensive version. MSM and chats are narrative tools reducing and calibrating our souls.
2) with regards to China and Russia stay tune about context
3) be careful about "translation".

For this "WWE double smackdown" you must read here:
http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/65172


To Biden as an old man, Putin just wish him Good health.


"I would say "stay healthy." [... ] I am saying this without irony or tongue in cheek."

But "secondly, taking a broader approach to this matter"
"to the US establishment, the ruling class – not the American people who are mostly honest, decent and sincere people who want to live in peace and friendship with us",
he said something like [you are not qualified to speak to Russia from a position of strength]


their mindset [of US ruling class] was formed in rather challenging circumstances which we are all aware of. After all, the colonisation of the American continent by the Europeans went hand-in-hand with the extermination of the local people, the genocide, as they say today, outright genocide of the Indian tribes followed by a very tough, long and difficult period of slavery , a very cruel period. All of that has been part of life in America throughout the history of the United States to this day. Otherwise, where would the Black Lives Matter movement come from? To this day, African Americans face injustice and even extermination.

The ruling class of the United States tends to address domestic and foreign policy issues based on these assumptions. After all, the United States is the only country to have used nuclear weapons , mind you, against a non-nuclear state – Japan, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WW II. There was absolutely no military need for the bombing. It was nothing but the extermination of civilians.

I am bringing this up, because I know that the United States and its leaders are determined to maintain certain relations with us, but on matters that are of interest to the United States and on its terms. Even though they believe we are just like them, we are different. We have a different genetic, cultural and moral code. But we know how to uphold our interets .
[...]
despite their attempts to stop our development, despite the sanctions and insults. They will have to reckon with this.
We, with our national interests in mind, will promote our relations with all countries"


And he said that on March 18th, 7th anniversary of Crimea reuniting to Russia.

The next Day in Anchorage
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1218870.shtml and scroll....

Yang Jiechi stated China's position at his opening remarks, saying China hopes this dialogue is sincere and honest.
Opening remarks were for 8mn (4x2mn),
But after Yang Jiechi spoke Blinken broke protocole agrement, recall journalists in order to show is strength. They came to 90mn press conference.

Strength was on chinese side:
"we thought the US would follow the necessary diplomatic protocol In front of the Chinese side, the US side is not qualified to speak to China from a position of strength"

"the US must focus on its own human rights issues -- like the Black Lives Matter movement -- and not meddle in the country's internal affairs "

Grieved , Mar 21 2021 0:31 utc | 169

Putin's elaboration of the history and founding culture of the USA was brilliantly well done, I thought. As an academic lesson it could hardly be more concise, nor more penetrating and accurate.

He was speaking to his home constituency of Russia, but he was well aware that the whole world would listen. The so-called Global South listens to these words for the same reason we do, to know what has now been said out loud and thus can now be referenced in future discussions and in future geopolitical positions and stances.

In this sense, all of these words, and words like them, are strength to the backbone of the world. It clarifies what Russia is now prepared to say out loud, and it suggests very clearly where a lesser nation might stand, perhaps, and even solicit the support of Russia - at the UN or in diplomacy at least, if not with S-400s.

And so as these words are sent out into the real world as things that can now be "noticed", to use the judicial sense of the word, the growing world alliance coheres around these words, and the world changes in its global attitude.

Those who believe that none of this matters - and this would obviously include the ruling class of the US, described so perfectly by Putin - are in for a shock.

I can't easily demonstrate how greatly these words matter, other than to remind us how things used to look half a dozen years ago, when the US was such an ogre, and how things look now, when the US is more literally a dotard than ever before, and when the fear of challenging the US is beginning to disappear from the world, overcome by disgust.

These are dangerous times - for the US. Being described accurately is a small step from being in someone's cross-hairs.

[Mar 19, 2021] I notice a lot of accusations that Washington is "stupid" but that's not true. Ig nsttstibr id contolled neocons have a complete freedom of actions in foreign policy

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"... Since the CIA controls much of the European media and their ruling class it would take quite a lot for Europeans to drop their status as vassal states ..."
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Chris Cosmos , Mar 18 2021 21:43 utc | 29

I notice a lot of accusations that Washington is "stupid" but that's not true. You have to understand how Washington works before you make such statements. The Deep State knows that it can control the minds of most Americans by inventing "truths" without any need to prove anything. Since Washington is now in conflict with a goodly part of the public it sees that creating foreign policy crises and enemies as an excellent course of action to shore up support. Americans are always ready to react against enemies no matter how slender the proof of the wrongdoing ascribed to the enemy. There is never a penalty to pay for lying in the US if you are in the mainstream media or in the political arena.

Since the CIA controls much of the European media and their ruling class it would take quite a lot for Europeans to drop their status as vassal states . Remember, Washington can throw endless amounts of money around and fund everything from terrorism, crime waves, sexual indiscretions a la Epstein (the CIA had it's own whorehouse which my father pointed out to me decades ago--it was in Roslyn Virginia and it used underage girls and boys to improve its soft-power). So far, no one has paid a penalty for lying or corrupt practices in Washington if they were "made" men or women (Trump never got that far).

As long as Europe, Japan and some other countries continue to be vassal states the US can and will get away with anything. Nordstream 2 is the issue that may change all that. Once Germany rebels the rest may follow.

[Mar 19, 2021] Whom the Gods Would Destroy, They First Make MAD

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ak74 , Mar 18 2021 20:44 utc | 20

America summarized in one aphorism:

"Whom the Gods Would Destroy, They First Make MAD."

MAD also meaning Mutually Assured Destruction.

[Mar 19, 2021] I'm not a dog!

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"You want people to get the vaccine? Give them a reward "

I'm not a dog!

I don't want the vaccine and no amount of psychological trickery is going to change my mind! Stick the "rewards" up your ...

[Mar 19, 2021] The model of a dummy in the spotlight and the multiple string pullers in the shadow is not a stable model.

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Kiza , Mar 19 2021 0:23 utc | 44

Is not that what we see now was always the true cost of "electing" (via cheating) the greatest crook of them all plus a dementia sufferer? Both POTUS and the vice are completely useless but highly manipulable. This why they were pushed forward and why the presidency was delivered into their lap. But the main problem with manipulable is the inconsistency of the manipulation usually due to the disagreement amongst the manipulators due to their differing interests. Simply, the model of a dummy in the spotlight and the multiple string pullers in the shadow is not a stable model. It is a model on the opposite extreme of the good leadership, which is stable as long as the leader lasts (cough, cough ... Putin).

Regarding all the doomsayers on US who Martyanov joined lately and unoriginally (concept sold long ago and much better by another Russian - Dimitry Orlov), they are not completely wrong but wrongish. Whenever I read of some crap in the US, I think - was this the way it was in the Chinese Empire, the seemingly endless corruption, depravity and complete and constant lying? But look at China now. If US does not manage to destroy the World during its decline, it will come back better and stronger. But one or two generations will suffer and many contemporaries will run away, as they are running away from the cities right now. As things get even worse they will start running away from the country en masse.

[Mar 19, 2021] On 17 March Russia withdraws it's US Ambassador for consultations:

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powerandpeople , Mar 19 2021 0:33 utc | 45

  1. 17 March Russia withdraws it's US Ambassador for consultations:
    "Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has been summoned to Moscow for consultations in order to analyse what needs to be