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May 28, 2021

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Posted by: Die Niemandsfuchs | May 28 2021 10:15 utc | 1

Now that the cat is out of the bag with Wuhan Lab Origin theory, nobody is backing down, China already points to Fort Detrick.
Fort Detrick origin although more probable, and more dots to connect is still not that much popular in the West.

Can China and US go to war over this?

Seems that Chinese domestic opinion is pointing towards Fort Detrick and US domestic opinion point to Wuhan, and this has consequences for their leaders.

Posted by: svaya | May 28 2021 10:35 utc | 2

@ Die Niemandsfuchs | May 28 2021 10:15 utc | 1

“Holocaust survivor”

We are all Holocaust survivors, come to think of it, as well as survivors of the Great Asteroid Strike of 1952.

Posted by: sarz | May 28 2021 11:20 utc | 3

The significant part of the claim the virus was developed by USAMRIID is the further claim that it was planted in Wuhan by US Army athletes during the 2019 International Military Games. That would be an act of war.

Posted by: bob sykes | May 28 2021 11:49 utc | 4

The journalist colleagues redacting their next - a article:

Posted by: Paco | May 28 2021 11:58 utc | 5

China's reaction and pointing to the US labs is more a general accusation of the US bio-weapons research, not so much as the origin of the virus. No one has been able to undercut the scientific conclusion of the virus's genetic makeup, which excludes a lab origin. This is what the Chinese are referring to. Consequently, a Detrick lab origin is just as unlikely as a Wuhan lab origin.
The CIA will dutifully produce their usual smoke and mirrors document, using words like 'probable', 'likely', 'possibility'. Intelligent they are not; except in staying vague enough to not undercut their anti-China campaign.

Posted by: Josh | May 28 2021 12:36 utc | 6

@bob sykes
Exactly China claim officially now that US sent the virus to Wuhan is a casus beli, and that already makes a consensus among a lot of Chinese public that there should be a response, maybe that's why Xi said to PLA to prepare for war around the same time the virus started. On the other side if the American public believes the Chinese did use the virus as a weapon is a similar casus beli situation, with public opinion on both sides backing the casus beli narrative, it will be very hard to stop the situation to escalate. Especially when US is pushing with flights and maritime posture in South China Sea, if something goes wrong, it can snowball down the hill

Posted by: Svaya | May 28 2021 12:41 utc | 7

bob sykes 5:

The significant part of the claim the virus was developed by USAMRIID is the further claim that it was planted in Wuhan by US Army athletes during the 2019 International Military Games. That would be an act of war.

Yes, it was an act of war. China doesn’t want a war. Scientists don’t want a war. As borked in the head as all imperial mass media jingoists are, they don’t really want a war either, but they cannot help themselves. The exposure of the fact that the virus is artificial is inexorable, so the only narrative left is to force the meme that ”It wasn’t US!” and hope people swallow the Chinese lab leak nonsense.

There will be more acts of war committed by the Empire of Chaos. It cannot be avoided. The only other way out of the Thucydides Trap would be for the old declining power to gracefully bow out and exit the stage by its own choice, but this is the Land of Exceptionals that we are talking about. The self-anointed “Indispensable Nation” and “World Cop” cannot even imagine the world not being under their thumb, or jackboot, or knee, as the case may be.

Posted by: William Gruff | May 28 2021 12:45 utc | 8

@Josh as Bob Sykes said the second claim is more important, since it was backed by the FM spoke person kind of makes it official, I think all this thing is played on the blade of sword

Posted by: Svaya | May 28 2021 12:48 utc | 9

LAHT: New riots in Bogotá caused at least 82 people to require medical treatment for injuries and the effects of tear gas Wednesday in clashes that occurred after a mostly peaceful "national strike."

Colombia Reports: Colombia’s far-right President Ivan Duque has made history by becoming the country’s least popular president since Gallup began polling. Critics’ claim that Duque is Colombia’s “worst president in history” was partially validated by pollster Gallup, which released its latest poll on Monday.

El Salvador Perspectives: This month relations between the United States and El Salvador have hit lows not seen in the past twenty years. The deterioration comes as the Biden administration in Washington begins to put an emphasis on combatting corruption, human rights and good governance -- an emphasis lacking under Trump. This new emphasis has taken concrete form in Washington's reaction to president Nayib Bukele's May 1 sacking of top judges and the attorney general. The condemnations coming from Washington are vociferously rejected by Bukele who claims all the changes are justified by his party's electoral mandate after dominating legislative elections in February.

Posted by: Maracatu | May 28 2021 13:01 utc | 10

The barflies will enjoy Numuves' video about the Outlaw Empire's wars against Toshiba, Alstom and Huawei. How the US dominates Tech | Untold Story

Posted by: John Lilburne | May 28 2021 13:24 utc | 11

WG @ 5 and bob sykes

Yes.  It also seems possible that there was a lab leak of the enhanced virus from USAMRIID and then the athletes planted it in Wuhan to make it look like it originated in China.  The full biological potential of the virus probably wasn't even known.

There was strong resistance to doing any testing in the US for the virus in the early stages and the CDC fumbled in trying to develop a diagnostic test.

Posted by: financial matters | May 28 2021 13:29 utc | 12

Wuhan Lab Leak, the smoking pig (oo)

By that I mean that if you follow the link in my title, you will see that when it came to H1N1, researchers were still writing articles as late as 2016 about where exactly H1N1 started and that was 8yrs after the fact.

This article says, a factory farm min central Mexico. Did they find an exact match in the natural environment? No. They took DNA samples and extrapolated a path based on near misses. With extrapolation, you don't even have to find a virus that is currently contagious, you just have to find, 'is this one a little closer or have a piece that gets us a little closer'.

This busts Exhibit A: for the Wuhan lab leak, that the fact that after 1yr, we have not found the actual virus in the intermediate species yet proves that it must have come from the Wuhan lab. Unlike the natural environment, the Wuhan lab actually maps their samples and they did not have SarsV2.

China is not sharing info - who actually said this?
Has anyone documented what request China has turned down from who to back this up? So far this is just a general statement just to stigmatize them.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | May 28 2021 13:32 utc | 13

Die Niemandsfuchs @ #1

Thanks for the Russell Brand link, he has done good work of late with his podcasts covering a variety of controversial issues; I wonder why the gatekeepers have not cancelled, demonetized, banned etc. his work while others asking the same questions suffer that fate. One perspective (among many) is that his stature as a comedian, actor, and past good will within liberal establishment protects him; the backlash and publicity from banning a popular figure would be worse than just removing his voice. Narrative managers have done a brilliant job over the last ten years converting the "left" into the Empire's best soldiers for foreign intervention, Russiagate, and banning free speech. It's essential to continue grooming this dynamic for US Empire to keep doing its thing; to co-opt the most natural dissenting voices is a valuable coup indeed.

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Posted by: Bob Brooksher | May 28 2021 14:04 utc | 14

The problem in Canada. Who knew Canada was such a vital cog in international relations? Excerpts (brief videos) from recent interviews on political program, Power and Politics:

Exclusive interview with Taiwan's Foreign Minister

Interview with Chief of Staff to Alexei Navalny

Interview with Belarus' exiled opposition leader, Tsihanouskaya

Interview with Jake Tapper who decided to write a book 'from a place of love' about Canada's shoddy vaccine rollout

(Chinese response to interview with Taiwan's Foreign Minister)

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | May 28 2021 14:07 utc | 15

Bashar al-Assad overwhelmingly wins Syria’s presidential election

Not a surprising result. As a victorious head of state in war (imperator), Assad had all the legitimacy to continue governing the entire Syria. This election merely served as his triumph.

I'm just curious to know what were those 4.8% madmen that didn't vote for him were thinking. Crazy people exist everywhere, I guess.


EC presented a plan to support "democratic Belarus" for three billion euros

This is an interesting development that may hint us the long term future of the EU.

Up until the great Balkan expansion of 2009-2014, the EU mostly adopted a pattern of expansion in the shadow of NATO, i.e. first the Eastern European country became a NATO member, then it became an EU member.

After the defeats in Ukraine and Belarus, the pattern seems to have changed: the USA tries to stage a color revolution and, after it fails, the EU takes it up and serves as a continuation of the campaign against the target government (TG). In this sense, the EC serves as regional subsidiary of the USA's State Department or even of the CIA itself.

This, of course, will result in a significant mutation of the EU's societal character. Before Ukraine, it was essentially an economic (neoliberal) institution that sought to operate mainly in the economic domain; this reflected in the geopolitical arena in a defensive position. Now, it is behaving more and more like a strictly political institution (the separation between politics and economics at the representative level is true for bourgeois societies, so this dichotomy is valid here), which, in the geopolitical arena, manifests itself in an aggressive position.

My guess is this didn't happen by chance. My hypothesis goes as follows: after the collapse of Greece and the great immigration from Syria-Libya, the EU (i.e. Germany) realized the European Dream of a great and rich union capable of rivaling the USA peacefully in the Economic arena was over. It then resorted to the capitalist bread-and-butter strategy of expanding to poorer but natural resources rich Eastern European countries to extract excess profits (primitive accumulation). In this context, Belarus is a specially yummy target because it managed to keep a lot of the old Soviet legacy, so its fall will result in even more profits for Germany (in the form of shock therapy + privatizations), opening up vital space for capitalist accumulation. We know this is possible because the USA lived a somewhat mini-Golden Age in the 1990s because it opened the economic space of the USSR and ransacked most of its riches and infrastructure; Germany/EU must be thinking the same, even more because a lot of German capitalists already know Russia is the perfect complementary economy to Germany's (the first serving as the cheap commodities exporter, the second as the expensive manufactured goods exporter). Russia is out of reach for now (at least while Putin is alive), Ukraine has revealed to be a monumental failure, Belarus is the next best target.


Ukraine accused Germany of betrayal: it was surrendered to the Kremlin

Polish Presidential Aide Dubs Nord Stream 2 'Gas Bomb Placed Under European Integration'

Poland wants the EU to completely decouple from Russia and aggressive - even at any cost - expansion to the East.

There are two problems with this:

1) it goes against German capitalism, therefore goes against European capitalism;

2) it would lower the quality of life of the average European citizen, therefore hurting European soft power, which rests solely upon having the highest life quality in the world and the best culture.


France Opposes Idea of More Joint Funding for NATO, Report Says

The EU loves NATO. NATO loves the EU.

There's just one problem: the pot is getting smaller and smaller. And we know that no marriage can survive dire finances.


The end of Toyotism:

Chip crisis forces carmakers to rethink just-in-time ordering

Bad omen for capitalism. Very bad omen.


Steel traders lick wounds as Chinese govt swiftly strikes down prices hike

And just like that, the CPC ended the liberals' hope China would fall for the old underdevelopment trap that destroyed Lula's Brazil (2012) and Russia (2014).

No commodities bubble for ya, my little bourgeois economist.


China learns from North Korea:

China urged to increase sea-based nuclear deterrent amid US intensified strategic threat


Xi sends letter to World Symposium for Marxist Political Parties


[VIDEO] A popularizer of Marxist philosophy | Stories shared by Xi Jinping

Interview: Socialism with Chinese characteristics enriches Marxist theory, says former Sri Lankan party chief


The real motivation behind China’s digital yuan

In theory, Huang is correct. China could very well utilize the digital payments platform to evade being flagged by SWIFT and continue “business as usual” with countries sanctioned by the US, such as Iran and Venezuela.

This assessment, however, fails to appreciate that China has already found creative ways to avert US restrictions. As Reuters reported, after America imposed sanctions on Venezuela in early 2019, crude from Petróleos de Venezuela SA to China was rerouted with the help of Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft.

Some psychologist here, please tell me: which stage of grief is this?


Kim wishes his subjects communism, not Chinese luck

Translation: North Korea is adopting the Chinese model of socialism and it may not collapse after all. There, spared you all from 15 minutes of reading.


Commentary: U.S. should drop "WMD" trick on virus origin tracing

For those of you who still don't know: this is from the People's Daily - the official CPC newspaper. This is officially endorsed opinion, so there's no doubt the CPC has already realized the American shenanigans.

Some tactics work only once. Some tactics work with diminishing returns each time it is used beyond the first.

I'll just repeat it here once more: the virus didn't leak from the Wuhan lab. The WHO knows it. The Chinese know it. Everything brought up from now on is propaganda warfare, and I hope the Western journalists who are propping this up are aware they have a lot of blood in their hands. Recruiters of the Empire are what these journalists really are.


Finish this all up with a little piece of good news:

China maintains 'artificial sun' at 120 million Celsius for over 100 seconds, setting new world record

Probably will never get us anywhere, but, who knows.

Posted by: vk | May 28 2021 14:59 utc | 16

The more I see the Projectionists at work, the more convinced I am that the US released this contagion in an attempt to spread the disease in China to criple the economy. Perhaps they felt confident they could control the outcomes at home (due to vaccine preparedness) ... or perhaps it was purposeful culling of unwanted sectors of the population.
Criminally insane genocidal rabid dog needs to be put down.

Posted by: ld | May 28 2021 15:06 utc | 17

Moving the goalposts:

The U.S. May Never Hit the Herd Immunity Threshold. That’s OK.

Wasn't herd immunity the whole point of touting the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had a higher efficacy rate than the rest?

Well, as they say: never let science get in the way or ideology.

Posted by: vk | May 28 2021 15:10 utc | 18

New to this site so my pov could be far afield ganderwise but truly if you learn David Hawkins work using ReverseCSI the case for Canada as origin is yuge and Detrick sounds like a diversion.

Posted by: Joanie | May 28 2021 15:29 utc | 19

@svaya | May 28 2021 10:35 utc | 2

Zero Hedge
Beijing Doubles Down On Claims COVID Leaked From Maryland Military Base

But mostly, the comments focused on the "unexplained" disease in northern Virginia, and an unsubstantiated claim about a biolab at Maryland's Fort Detrick, which has become a hot topic on China's twitter-like Weibo. The wild claims are based on startling little evidence: the CDC issued a "cease and desist" order to halt operations at the lab over safety concerns. But that hasn't stopped speculation (bolstered by government agents) from festering that the lab might have had something to do with the outbreak.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 28 2021 15:35 utc | 20

Been waiting for an open thread to post this.

Late Monday came the news of multiple murders in the sleepy little village of West Jefferson, Ohio just 15 minutes west of Columbus. On a dead end street, two males and one female found murdered inside an apartment and one male victim found outside. Police are releasing few details because they don't have any: all males in early 50's and the woman in early 30's. Passer-by who called the police said it looked apparent the male victim found outside was shot in the face. All four are from that village or nearby equally small towns. Apparently happened sometime in mid-afternoon, but there were no gunshots reported, and the passer-by noticed the outside victim by accident. Definitely looks like an execution style multiple murder.

Now for the strange part. That same day, late Monday, my news feed offered up this story: A woman who appeared to be in some sort of distress was seen entering, of her own volition, the Potomac River in Washington, DC. She was retrieved from the river, dead but apparently not from drowning. The news story reported that the woman was Yulia Vasylkevich, 31 years old, from West Jefferson, Ohio. This incident happened late Monday afternoon.

Nothing ever happens in West Jefferson, Ohio. I put this up here merely because of the strangeness of it, and knowing how many conspiracy critters haunt these pages. As the current threads heatedly discuss whom is lying about what, what is real and what is fiction, these two stories may just be that wildest of coincidence that, though rare, does sometimes happen.

Posted by: vinnieoh | May 28 2021 15:46 utc | 21

More on the virus.

I think discourse would be improved if people laid out the options for the epidemic:

I. Natural origin.

II. Man-made.

A. Accidental release from lab.
1.Accidental release from Wuhan lab.
2.Accidental release from another lab (such As Fort Detrick)

B. Intentional release
1. Released by the Chinese on their own population.
2. Released by another sophisticated state actor (USA).

The controversy involves people completely dismissing all the possible options but their preferred explanation without even entertaining the viability of other options.

I have no idea what happened, but options II-A-1 or II-B-2 seem to be the ones proffered by the US and Chinese governments and therefore generate the most controversy.

Knowing what I know now about the US government bio-warfare capabilities and their willingness to experiment on live human test subjects, option II-B-2 is not impossible.

Posted by: Mar man | May 28 2021 15:48 utc | 22

What are we to make of Empire's admission that there are phenomena in the 'skies' (and oceans) that Empire can't account for? UAPs are the new rage with US military admitting to blips, and marks and apparent technology that isn't 'ours'. Is it nothing more than a play for money against the next 'enemy' in Forever War?

Posted by: gottlieb | May 28 2021 15:51 utc | 23

Posted by: vk | May 28 2021 14:59 utc | 18

One of the items in your list simplified:

The EU wants to buy Belarus for 3 billion. A sign of the times, that's pocket change, and of course the 3B would go to Tikhanovskaya not Luka. Does not look good, for the EU I mean. The expansion to the the east was London's work, they are out but they'll never leave.

Posted by: Paco | May 28 2021 16:05 utc | 24

Mar man | May 28 2021 15:48 utc | 29

Very good, and balanced, rational. Neither do I claim to know the truth in any of this. I will add this though: why would the Chinese government purposely release this on their own soil, their own people? Doesn't make any rational sense.

What I DO know is this: for many decades disease experts, population growth experts and other related science professionals have been warning that a pandemic such as this was likely to happen. And from what I recollect all of the options you presented above were in the realm of possibility to those experts.

Posted by: vinnieoh | May 28 2021 16:09 utc | 25

The populace is already ENSLAVED in suzerainties (U$A, UK, EU, Japan...) and on its way to ...? The International Financial Oligarchy (Global Financial Syndicate) is parasitic on the value created in our world. This Financial Oligarchy strives for domination and not for freedom/sovereignty.

Most Americans are subjects of the Financial Empire and controlled by the following ENSLAVEMENT plan:

“We create all money out of thin air through your central-private banking system and lend it to you and your government & businesses, then you pay us interest on that money forever. We own your traitorous puppet politicians because they depend on us for campaign funds. We stage false flags all over the world in order to drag you into totally unnecessary wars based on lies, so you’ll have to blow huge percentage of your money and resources with the defense contractors we own, so you can fight our enemies for us and steal resources on our behalf. And finally, we control your education system and own your media outlets in order to keep you totally in the dark, as we systematically loot and destroy your country, en route to your ultimate enslavement. Those are the elements of our plan. Any questions?”

Are you living in a wealth or debt generation system? Global Financial Syndicate’s Monetary Imperialism

Posted by: Max | May 28 2021 16:14 utc | 26

The latest results from China's fusion experiments are more important IMO than vk credits:

"China broke the record by keeping the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) by achieving plasma temperature at 120 million Celsius for 101 seconds and 160 million Celsius for 20 seconds, a major step toward the test run of the fusion reactor."

Such temps are much higher than those on our sun:

"The temperature at the core of the sun is widely believed to be 15 million C, meaning that the plasma at the device's core will be seven times hotter than that of the sun."

This is its significance:

"'The breakthrough is significant progress, and the ultimate goal should be keeping the temperature at a stable level for a long time,' Li told the Global Times, adding that the next milestone might be to maintain the stability for a week or more."

Lots of chatter about defense budgets, but IMO devoting resources to fusion research and moon exploration to get the Helium3 as the Chinese are doing makes the Americans look even more foolish than usual.

But the prize for the greatest idiocy regarding energy making the news today goes to Poland for making the following utterly inane statement:

"Polish Presidential Aide Dubs Nord Stream 2 'Gas Bomb Placed Under European Integration'"

He also says some other crazy stuff and overlooks the history of Russian/USSR gas deliveries to Europe which are far more reliable than thinking Poles can reason. The way relations are moving downward point to Russia forgetting about the EU as soon as the pipeline is completed and functioning.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 28 2021 16:15 utc | 27

Possible origin.

Wet markets and farms
Natural origin
Wuhan laboratory - accidental release
Wuhan laboratory - sabotage by foreign government
Wuhan games - sabotage by foreign government
SARS natural evolution in human populations with animal recombination event

The last one may explain why COVID appeared in so many places at nearly the same time. Once it was transmitted back to humans, it started to mutate the spike protein more aggressively as we see now.

Posted by: Les | May 28 2021 16:16 utc | 28

To clarify: "all of the options you presented" - GENERALIZED. Not specifically US, Chinese, Wuhan, or Detrick. Just to be clear.

Posted by: vinnieoh | May 28 2021 16:16 utc | 29

@Max | May 28 2021 16:14 utc | 33

That pretty much sums it all up, well said.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 28 2021 16:18 utc | 30

Posted by: Mar man | May 28 2021 15:48 utc

That is IT! I don't understand why partisans of this or that hypothesis are so insistent that their imperfect explanation is the only thing that makes sense. The whole point about being skeptical about power is to be skeptical of ALL power, not just the one you happen to disagree with. I see otherwise intelligent people on these threads correctly doubting everything they hear from American media propaganda and govt and at the same time swallowing every piece of garbage they hear from Chinese or Russian govt or media propaganda outfit.

Posted by: Caliman | May 28 2021 16:23 utc | 31

@ William Gruff | May 28 2021 12:45 utc | 8
@ WhoIsWho | May 28 2021 13:05 utc | 11
@ Norwegian, 37... thanks.

Name a nation that has changed its financial system significantly without a revolution.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.''
– John F Kennedy

The Roman Empire didn't end, it morphed into what? The British Empire didn't fall, it morphed into what? The Financial Empire will not morph but fall and justice will be done at the END. We’re living through an epoch in the history of humanity!

Posted by: Max | May 28 2021 16:25 utc | 32

One thing is not being brought up is the fact that our (USA) “ intelligence “ agencies briefed members of Congress of a epidemic in China November 2019! And certain members of Congress sold a bunch of stock. The Israelites also and publicly confirmed that they too were briefed on this. Ron Unz on his site has a couple of good articles by him on this matter.

Posted by: Bill Z | May 28 2021 16:27 utc | 33

Luka is in Sochi talking with Putin, a briefcase by his side Luka tells Putin that during de covid scare Belavia through the Minsk airport rescued a lot of europeans and US citizens stranded while most airports were closed, and that's the way they thank our airline and their workers, Putin reminds Luka of the Evo Morales incident. The briefcase is loaded and Luka tells Putin there is a lot of stuff in it that he wants to show him.

Posted by: Paco | May 28 2021 16:30 utc | 34

vk @18

What a change in language used by Chinese and Russian ("kick them in the teeth") officials. A lot less talk about "our partners" nowadays.

Posted by: spudski | May 28 2021 16:41 utc | 35

Back in 2014 Jihadi Julian Röpcke of Bild claimed that Azov were "freedom fighters" and "heroes" and proudly boasted of having danced with them "in the liberal scene" in Kiev.

Now, in 2021, Jihadi Julian Röpcke is foaming at the mouth over Roman Protasevich, but is totally silent about his Azov connections. Wonder why. Isn't Azov a "liberal heroic freedom fighter" outfit anymore?

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | May 28 2021 16:47 utc | 36

@norwegian I don't know if other people see how this is escalating quickly, how long until people are taking this into their hands, all the blame will be coming from bottom up, and vox populi of US will blame Wuhan and vox populi of China will blame Fort Derrick, then CCP will face internal problems if they don't do anything about it.

+the population of the vassals of US has been threated under dictatorship with Covid restrictions and although may side with US. version of the story, they can made their mind if asked to fight on US' behalf

Posted by: Svaya | May 28 2021 16:47 utc | 37

An anecdotal note related to my travels and interactions across the USA over the past two months--people, especially young people, don't want to work for the rates of pay offered for many jobs. And this isn't just related to the South where I spent the last several weeks, but is something we saw/heard nationally. Upon arriving back in Oregon, I saw a help wanted ad for housekeepers offering $18/hr and another offering a $1,000 signing bonus for line cooks, both located within our rural central coast county. A local restaurant icon that's made it through the thick and thin times must close it dinner service because it cannot find kitchen staff--at any wage! None of these businesses are national operators like Amazon who've been in the news for abusing their workforces.

My wife and I discussed this in an attempt to find an explanation and conclude that this is blowback for the last two generations worth of crushing labor by the combination of big business and Neoliberal state governments--AND--the great lack of affordable housing in many localities, which is very true where we live. This latter aspect is fallout from the housing bubble the Fed's been blowing since the 2008 Bankster Fraud Crisis that's insanely inflated realty. If I could find the land and funding, I'd build 20,000 low-cost apartment units in our county, and I'd be able to rent them all out thanks to the demand. Then we'd have housing for the workforce needed to properly staff businesses. And I know our region isn't the only one with that problem.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 28 2021 16:49 utc | 38

@13 financial matters

There was strong resistance to doing any testing in the US for the virus in the early stages and the CDC fumbled in trying to develop a diagnostic test.

I picked up on this almost immediately, but I attributed it to authorities wanting to maximize profits with vaccines. If nobody knows who has covid, you'll likely sell more vaccines and sell them for longer.

Now I think the lack of testing was meant to muddy the origins of covid.

There's no turning back for the West now. They will blame China for this until the end of time and will continue blamimg China no matter the true origins of the virus and the millions from Covid dead are just pawns in information warfare, and were possibly victims of biowarfare.

Either way the handling of the pandemic events in the West has been laughable. There clearly was no real plan implemented by any Western nation to contact trace and secure the virus with strict quarantine, which lends to my gut feeling that the West is intentionally letting covid run rampant. Name another way to hide the origin of a leak/release of a global virus than allowing it to spread so much and not contact trace cases.

Posted by: Rutherford82 | May 28 2021 16:56 utc | 39

vk will like the closing statement by Luka before going to work with Vlad:

It is simply clear what these Western friends of ours want from us. What is there to discuss? But there are no heights that the Bolsheviks did not take. We'll take them too.

Posted by: Paco | May 28 2021 16:59 utc | 40

Paco @41--

Hard to know if Putin's making fun with his describing the latest Western lamentations as an "outburst of emotions", but as yet there's little reported in English about their meeting.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 28 2021 17:02 utc | 41

Posted by: karlof1 | May 28 2021 17:02 utc | 49

That was the introductory meeting, Luka talked a lot more as usual, but the interesting part will be after the working session, what caught my attention was the briefcase by Luka's side, and telling Vlad that he wants to show him some stuff...

Posted by: Paco | May 28 2021 17:13 utc | 42

Major comment submitted by RJPJR @ 208 on previous thread. Few would wade that far in. I certainly can’t vouch for everything there, it is well written and intriguing. Any who know anything about any of that material please comment. It is more like a complete article than a comment and undoubtedly has sources, but none appeared in this format. Please, if someone knows something step up.

Posted by: oldhippie | May 28 2021 17:17 utc | 43

They didn't start testing mRNA vaccines on kids until recently. Also, excluded were those with autoimmune disorders. If herd immunity levels are reached in the rest of the population before the vaccine is approved for kids, it will be ok. It looks like it occur in July.

Posted by: Les | May 28 2021 17:22 utc | 44

karlof1 | May 28 2021 16:49 utc | 45

Yes, it's been pretty clear for several decades that a sizable portion of our population - and overly impacting our young - can not really afford to live in this country. Expenses (for necessities - rent, fuel, food, insurance, phone service, and electric/heating) exceed income. To my mind the push to raise the minimum wage, though laudable, is misguided and will merely be gobbled up by the vampires in a spate of inflation.

What would help ALL workers - and employers also, especially small businesses, would be Universal Health Care, single payer, Medicare for All. AND CUT THE PRIVATE INSURERS OUT OF IT ALTOGETHER. But good ol' Uncle Joe won't push for that; he was inserted as the candidate specifically to make sure that doesn't happen.

Posted by: vinnieoh | May 28 2021 17:25 utc | 45

Paco @50--

Thanks for your reply! I'll continue to look for additional info as the day progresses.


After Ellsberg's recent disclosure that the Outlaw US Empire planned to nuke major Chinese cities in 1958, Strategic Culture has published its strongest Editorial yet:

"The United States is a serial nuclear aggressor whose veneer of supposed virtue is a thin and increasingly transparent disguise for moral bankruptcy."

Here's the meat:

"The propensity by the United States for the use of nuclear weapons can be seen as a form of blackmail and state terrorism against the rest of the world. It has used such weapons without apology, it has explicitly threatened to use such weapons on several occasions, and it continues to tacitly threaten to use these weapons at any time of its choosing. That, in short, is state terrorism."

The editors also made this observation:

"[Ellsberg's] details were published by the New York Times [Link at original]. But it is perturbing that the shocking revelations barely caused a ripple in the U.S. media. There were no editorials condemning the plan which indicates a complacency among the U.S. media bordering on acquiescence towards such criminal action. This complacency is deeply alarming given the present dangers of war stemming from Washington’s provocations towards China and Russia." [My Emphasis]

The "guns" Biden ought to get rid of are those with megaton yields.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 28 2021 17:39 utc | 46

vinnieoh @54--

Thanks for your reply! Yes, Neoliberalization has Killed the Host as Hudson has said by making the US workforce uncompetitive since it has such high overhead just to live somewhat decently. Yet some of the products being marketed are mindboggling. My step-daughter in-law has a job packaging meal components for those incapable of preparing a meal for themselves because they don't know how; and the company runs three shifts to satisfy the demand. She's getting $12.50/hr as an entry-level wage in Georgia. I'm happy she's working, but the job is something that ought not exist and says a lot about the state-of-the-nation.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 28 2021 17:53 utc | 47

@ Posted by: vinnieoh | May 28 2021 17:25 utc | 54

No, because wages do not rise inflation. They lower profits.

That's why capitalists get so hysterical when we talk about rising wages, but not, e.g. when we talk about universal basic income, or unemployment insurance.

Wages are the exception to the rule because they're the direct portion of wealth the working class produces. When you raise wages of your workers, you're merely giving them a greater ratio of the social wealth they already produced. Therefore, higher wages lower profits, not affecting inflation.

Posted by: vk | May 28 2021 18:10 utc | 48

@ WhoIsWho | May 28 2021 17:14 utc | 51

Yep. Money is one of the most common element of human needs. Power and money (elements of greed) have been the two great corrupting influences on mankind throughout history.

"When a group of individuals acquire power over money & credit creation they automatically gain control & power over markets, power in the community, power over the state and power over belief, it is a political instrument, different in degree but not in kind from the state itself. To deny the political character of the money & credit creation — is not merely to avoid the reality. It is to disguise the reality.”

Americans and humanity have a choice. Either continue to quarrel over trivialities or wake up, really wake up, to the reality. The future is shaped by investment choices. Not by naughty speech, not even by elections, but by investment choices. For the people to REGAIN power, they must reassert their command over how and for what purposes MONEY is invested. And if private finance balks, it must be taken away. This is the only revolution – and the only way to conserve decent human life. It is what real politics is about.

Posted by: Max | May 28 2021 18:17 utc | 49

@ #1; Thanks for the Brand link. Solid gold..

ld @ 20 said;"The more I see the Projectionists at work, the more convinced I am that the US released this contagion in an attempt to spread the disease in China to criple the economy".

Exactly my take. The U$A has a recorded history in this regard. (remember the black airmen of Tuskegee)

Posted by: vetinLA | May 28 2021 18:21 utc | 50

P.S.--How many, ya' reckon the U$A's corporate empire has killed globally, all for the sake of increased corporate profits???

Posted by: vetinLA | May 28 2021 18:25 utc | 51

@ Posted by: WhoIsWho | May 28 2021 18:31 utc | 62

Higher wages only translate in higher profits when capitalism is in a golden age. In that case, unusually high profit rates can trickle down to higher wages. But profits will always rise above wages. That's what happened in the Golden Age of Capitalism (1945-1975), where reconstruction and restructuring of the world capitalist economy allowed the soon-to-be First World countries to build up their welfare states at the cost of the soon-to-be Third World countries. That's on a macroeconomic level.

In a microeconomic level, it depends on the individual business: a particularly prosperous business may rise its workers' wages while having record profits. But that always comes with its inverse, i.e. particularly dire businesses lower its workers' wage (or lay off) while having record losses. Usually, the financial sector is the most profitable, and tends to gobble up the weaker sectors, and so on.

Posted by: vk | May 28 2021 19:05 utc | 52

Meanwhile in Germany

“ After meeting with leaders of Germany's 16 states on Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed lowering the age limit for vaccination against COVID. However, the change would depend on an upcoming decision by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
The EU watchdog is expected to approve the jab developed by BioNTech-Pfizer for people between 12 and 15 years of age. If those expectations come true, Germany will start offering vaccination appointments for children starting on June 7.”

Posted by: DG | May 28 2021 19:16 utc | 53

@ WhoIsWho | May 28 2021 18:43 utc | 63

I agree with you that it doesn't have to be this way. I don’t think the Financial Oligarchy initially thought that the populace will figure out their fraud and rigged racket. Thanks to the Internet for the awakening! They have built a moat (hurdles) to preserve their power. However, it is unsustainable.

A reckoning with reality is on deck! How much later is a very good question. Then unraveling of fictionalization, falsification & financialization will begin.

When Titanic was built they said it's the biggest ship in the world & it will never sink. In the end it stays at the sea bed. It will be interesting to see how change comes.

Posted by: Max | May 28 2021 19:17 utc | 54

Michael Hudson's latest interview's with Paul Jay, and after much discussion, they finally get to the meat of the matter:

Michael Hudson

"[Financialization} certainly is the trend now. But if you do not de-financialize the economy, then you’re going to have economic growth concentrated in countries that are not financialized, such as China, where finance is a public utility. The real key to make capitalism effective would be to keep money and bank and the credit and debt system as a public utility. China can afford to write down the debts and it doesn’t have a constituency to lose because the debts ultimately are owed to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank or the Bank of China. Capitalism can only succeed, certainly industrial capitalism, can only succeed if you don’t have finance crowding out industries. If you don’t have finance just absorbing the whole economy and making it really into an economy like ancient Rome.

Paul Jay:

"And of course, the irony of banking as a public utility and the finance sector’s opposition to that is they can’t exist without government subsidy and bailouts and all the rest. And actually, it kind of is a public utility, except for the people that owe the banks.

Michael Hudson:

"It’s an unregulated public utility, because, again, as Bill Black has explained, there’s been regulatory capture. The problem in the United States is the creation of the Federal Reserve by banks. The Federal Reserve was created in 1913 to move to make banking a private enterprise, not a public utility. And very explicitly to shift the center of money creation and credit and credit rules away from Washington, towards Wall Street and Philadelphia and Boston, and to decentralize it, to get the government out of the credit and debt system and let the creditors run wild over the economy. That was what they said the result was. They even removed the secretary of the Treasury from membership on the Federal Reserve Board at that time. This was a new class war. And it wasn’t the kind of class war that Marx warned about. It was [and remains] a class war of finance against the rest of the economy. It was a resurgence of the rentier economy, except the rentiers in the 20th century and the 21st century are the creditors and the bankers and the financial institutions, not the landlords." [My Emphasis]

I don't recall Hudson being more specific about the role of the Fed's creation in the destruction of Industrial Capitalism within the Outlaw US Empire, although he has been very specific in naming Alan Greenspan as the #1 Financial Criminal of the 20th Century. This is the most significant part of recent summary:

"April Inflation and Business Numbers Have Confirmed a Still Faltering, Pandemic-Collapsed Economy, Amidst Surging Broad Inflation."

I was recently in Western Georgia where the affects of the Colonial Pipeline event are very real with many gas stations running out of fuels to sell amid reports of people panicking and hoarding, which produced some hilarious images. As one would expect with shortages, prices were much higher than usual--almost as high as I found upon returning to Oregon--$3.25/gal for regular--which is @60% higher than at the first of the year when it was just under $2/gal. Further down the page at Shadowstats is this assessment:

"Sum and substance of these headline revisions, pending and otherwise, is that the Pandemic-Driven Collapse of the U.S. Economy was much worse than headlined, and the Recovery from same is far shy of where it has been hyped in current GDP reporting. Underlying economic reality remains much closer to the ongoing Depression level of activity reflected in headline Payroll Employment." [My Emphasis]

I very much doubt Biden's $6 Trillion budget proposal will do much to seal the gash in the sinking ship-of-state's hull and has a very good chance of making it worse given ongoing Fed policy.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 28 2021 19:48 utc | 55

@ vk | May 28 2021 19:05 utc | 64

The Financial Sector is at the top of the POWER HIERARCHY in the Financial Feudalism. They have the lowest cost of capital and access to lots of free money and thereby power. They can create their revenue generating securities and control corporations. Their goal is to expand their control of various sectors.

All the fortune 1000 companies are divisions of the Wall Street and most of their executive compensation comes from stocks. Profits don’t matter much in the unicorn world, just look at Tesla, Uber,... Setting the right Wall Street expectations is the key to success. The wage drivers are unique skills in this category.

The ideology of the TOP owners is just global control — it's this quest for power, it's pure narcissism, it's the most destructive form of pathology that humans have. It's narcissism, a need to dominate and control and have power over everything else.

Posted by: Max | May 28 2021 19:48 utc | 56

@ vk | May 28 2021 19:05 utc | 59

In this world normal rules do not apply, even if I agree with you ;-)

Posted by: WhoIsWhoTwo | May 28 2021 19:59 utc | 57

@ Max | May 28 2021 19:48 utc | 63

Indeed, its a deeply evil pathology. In the end they have created (part of) a world in their own image, and its butt ugly. The problem is that there are no choices before us other than kill them all and eat the rich.

Posted by: WhoIsWhoTwo | May 28 2021 20:02 utc | 58

@ karlof1 | May 28 2021 19:48 utc | 62

Agree, lets hope it accellerates the slide into oblivion.

Posted by: WhoIsWhoTwo | May 28 2021 20:05 utc | 59

Fort Detrick has a characteristic of failure to the extent that you would think it was run by the keystone cops. When I first read of its closure in 2019 and the published reports of gross errors of safety practice I was astounded and later could understand how the USAi has been anaesthetised by mind control propaganda over the years.

Today, with their controlled media there are limited media options for concerned citizens to be heard and to organise civil action. The minute any civil protest is formed it will be infiltrated and then bombarded by troll activity online.

I hold no hope that the USAi can rescue itself from its deadly spiral. I have slim hope that the rest of the world my get by unscathed.

On the virus history in the USAi there is a wealth of local TV news reports of deadly virus slaughtering elderly care homes in early 2019. This virus has been intensly studied in the USAi since at least 2010. One escape with human infection potential has plenty of time to build within community.

Even countries with practices of rapid isolation/lockdowns experience these escapes or outbursts of infection cases, partly through human error and partly unknown causes.

Blame game is childish and I trust clear heads can prevail.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 28 2021 20:12 utc | 60

@ WhoIsWhoTwo (65)

One can never make any more progress than what they can IMAGINE...

“non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.”

Most likely change will come from the external forces.

Posted by: Max | May 28 2021 20:21 utc | 61

@ Max | May 28 2021 20:21 utc | 68

Yes, external - as in the world outside of the empire or Zone B as The Saker calls it.

We are now just spectators. We are too fractured to emulate what the Palestinians have shown is possible...

Posted by: WhoIsWhoTwo | May 28 2021 20:33 utc | 62

Here's the American corpress angle on the articles linked by svaya @ #2

The newspeak is strong in the USSA and its corporate, military co-opted media. "Biological "defense" program" my arse.

Fort Detrick hosts elements of the country’s biological defense program. While trying to deflect criticism of their handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Chinese officials have repeatedly responded by calling for the U.S. base to be opened to international inspectors.

And is Zhao wrong? He should have also brought up the Anthrax attacks. IMPLIED U.S. intelligence connection to the Al Qaeda/White Helmet chemical weapons attack? We all know that it was in fact US backed "moderate" "rebels" who did it and we have the OPCW coverup attempt to prove it.

In his remarks, Zhao also mentioned the faulty intelligence about weapons of mass destruction that led to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and implied U.S. intelligence services were linked to a chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime against rebels in Syria.

Posted by: _K_C_ | May 28 2021 20:38 utc | 63

Paco | May 28 2021 16:30 utc | 41

The meeting Putin-Lukashenko lasted four hours.
We shall see what we shall see in due time. I suspect that Putin will now confer with his Administration. (ie Lavrov and Sergui etc.). Before any real news comes out.

If it concerns a "regime change" this may not be limited to Belarus, - if I am reading correctly the unease with which Lukashenko touches that briefcase.

Would it include other NATO movements and more violent external pressures? The Potatohead and Nazi "anti-Lukashenkoists" were planning a violent uprising, before being caught, weren't they? Would Kalingrad and it's proximity to Belarus have anything to do with it?


oldhippie | May 28 2021 17:17 utc | 50.
about @208 previous thread.

I don't know any more about it, but it does seem believable. At least the first part. That the US "lost control" of a virus was inevitable.

So; Why are they insisting on vaccinating kids? Not just for future cash clients. The thought makes me feel uneasy - to say the least,

Posted by: Stonebird | May 28 2021 20:46 utc | 64

Posted by: Stonebird | May 28 2021 20:46 utc | 71

The kick in the teeth expression was without mentioning them about the Kurils and Kaliningrad, big prizes both since they imply the Baltic and the Okhotsk.

Posted by: Paco | May 28 2021 21:17 utc | 65

VK @ 18:

Just because a politician is successful as a war leader does not mean s/he will be a good leader in times of peace.

British voters turfed out Winston Churchill as Prime Minister not long after WW2 ended. Were they crazy to have done that? In the late 1940s the National Health Scheme came into existence. Might Churchill have allowed the NHS to become reality if he had still been PM?

President Assad's record in managing the Syrian economy before 2011 can hardly be called "very good" but then in those days he was relying on the advice of an economist (whose name escapes me at present - Dardari it may be) who was pushing a neoliberal privatisation agenda. A bit of scepticism on the part of Syrian voters might not be a bad thing.

It would hardly look good for Syria among Western media propaganda outlets if Assad had captured nearly 100% of the vote.

Posted by: Jen | May 28 2021 21:36 utc | 66

@ _K_C_ | May 28 2021 20:38 utc | 70

Good to get this out in the open. I say, no more Mr Nice Guy from Russia and China. Some payback, blowback and pushback is well overdue.

I hope this is just the beginning of the coordination of Russia and China. If the Palestinians can put a wrench in the Zionist war machine and coordinate then so should the rest of the world with respect to the Great Satan.

Posted by: WhoIsWhoTwo | May 28 2021 21:39 utc | 67

re: Assad...It's almost ten years ago . . .
AP, Dec 12, 2011
The Obama administration is predicting the downfall of Syrian President Bashar Assad with a senior official likening his authoritarian regime to a "dead man walking" over its brutal crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators and increasing international isolation.
The State Department official, Frederic Hof, told Congress on Wednesday that Assad's repression may allow him to hang on to power but only for a short time. And, he urged the Syrian opposition to prepare for the day when it takes control of the state in order to prevent chaos and sectarian conflict. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 28 2021 21:42 utc | 68

Paco @72--

IMO, NATO has long coveted Kaliningrad, but it's probably the most fortified place in Europe. Prodding the Bear is likely an ongoing attempt to keep the EU/NATO under Outlaw US Empire hegemony as NATO lacks sufficient forces to win Kaliningrad. Belarus will remain independent but in reality it's all but formally returned to SSR status. IMO, Putin needs to impose the same people-first policies on Belarus that he's arranged for Russia in order to secure the Belarusan civilian majority.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 28 2021 21:54 utc | 69

karlof1 #62

I very much doubt Biden's $6 Trillion budget proposal will do much to seal the gash in the sinking ship-of-state's hull and has a very good chance of making it worse given ongoing Fed policy.

Thank you for that extract from the Hudson / Jay interview. I have passed that on to some anonymous souls who appreciate these tidbits.

Biden will only ever transfer wealth to the elite. It is what he does. He even directed the Covid relief payments through people's deposit accounts so the banks got to siphon most into 'debt reduction' before passing the pennies to the account holders. Checks were the only guaranteed way to get the full quid as it were.

The desperation of the US ruling class is at peak frantic as they try to avoid another meeting at the Capitol as in January. Distraction lunacy at full volume is the game.

The next meeting should be in Wall Street and the goal should be clear: to bring liberty, equality, fraternity to the financial class and free them from slavery. They don't have to do much, just fill the streets with people wall to wall each day and express their discontent. Oh, + send as much video via their cell phones as possible to test out the choke point of the network. Exit Joe Biden (perhaps) ;)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 28 2021 22:45 utc | 70

@50 oldhippie

RJPJR appeared here previously on March 17 in a thread that was specifically about blaming China as the source of the virus. He made a few substantial comments at #30, #95 and #104 that are of a piece with his latest comment. Probably why you (or whoever it was) said this latest comment seemed familiar, as if published somewhere - some of the gist of it was, and here.

I and others lauded him for his comments at the time, as we are now for this latest one.

At the time I believe I asked him if he could reveal any of his public journalism and he never responded, so he's both a dark horse and a journalist. I suspect that like many people, he has little spare time and will only appear in China/lab type articles.

His comments align with any reasonable parsing of many things that are largely public knowledge, or at least are known and suspected in these threads after all our discussion.

Further searching here shows him offering good information on the City of London and other threads so he definitely seems like someone with a mind.

That's all I know. I hope he keeps coming back.

Posted by: Grieved | May 28 2021 23:38 utc | 71

Posted by: vk | May 28 2021 15:10 utc | 21

I always understood "herd immunity" to be the argument in favor of letting COVID run roughshod over certain segments of the population from blokes like Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro, the latter of whom has basically been proven to have tried to let it kill as many poor Brazilians as possible.

No expertise claimed here, but is herd immunity even possible any pathogen that requires regular vaccinations?

Posted by: _K_C_ | May 29 2021 0:13 utc | 72

@ Posted by: _K_C_ | May 29 2021 0:13 utc | 79

Herd immunity is legitimate when you're talking about a vaccinated population. A hypothetical 100% efficacy vaccine reaches herd immunity if inoculated on 70% of any given closed population (e.g. the population of a country); a hypothetical 50% efficacy vaccine reaches herd immunity only with 100% of the population inoculated.

Posted by: vk | May 29 2021 0:18 utc | 73

Truce, what truce? It is business as usual: making life so miserable the actual indigenous population flees:

While the Occupation is business as usual for Israel,
there should be no business with Israel
In Occupied Palestine
Zionism in practice
Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Land

(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Auckland, New Zealand)
23 May 2021 {Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG): NB:The period covered by this newsletter is taken from the PMG's 24-hour sitrep ending 8am the day after the above date.}
We shall always do our best to verify the accuracy of all items in these IOP newsletters/reports wherever possible [e.g. we often suspect that names of people and places that we see in the PMG sitreps could be typos; also frequently the translation into English seems rather odd ~ but as we do not speak Arabic, we have no alternative but to copy and paste these names from the PMG sitreps!] – please forgive us for any errors or omissions – Leslie and Marian.
Israeli Army
shoots and wounds
Palestinian worker

Israeli settlers
assault and injure
9 Palestinian farmers

Night peace disruption
and/or home invasions
in 7 villages

1 attack – 10 raids
including home invasions

1 dead – 11 injured –
9 beaten

1 abducted

2 acts of

56 taken prisoner
Home invasions: 04:15-05:30, Azun - 02:05-03:40, Tel village.
Peace disruption raids: 04:00, Kobar - 04:00, Dura al-Qarara - 10:30, Izbit Shufa - 01:45-04:50, Qabalan - 00:40-04:35, Beit Fajjar - dawn, al-Walaja - 02:05, Beit Kahil - dawn, Beit Ummar.
Palestinian missile attacks: none.
Deaths: Northern Gaza – 23:30, a Beit Hanoun resident, Mahmoud Ammar Abu Jarad, has now died of injuriescaused by Israeli air strikes.
Israeli Army attack – 1 wounded: Tulkarem – 19:00, a Palestinian worker, Ziad Raafat Salim Rajab, was wounded and hospitalised by Israeli Occupation forces, near the village of Far'un, as they terrorised people who were on their way to work across the Green Line.
Economic sabotage: Gaza — the Israeli Navy continues to enforce an arbitrary fishing limit.
Home invasion and abduction: Qalqiliya – 04:15-05:30, Israeli Occupation forces raided Azun and abducted a 17-year-old youth: Mustafa Ahmed Mansour.
Home invasions – stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Nablus – 02:05-03:40, Israeli forces, firing stun grenades and tear gas canisters, raided Tel village and searched seven homes.
Israeli Army rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Jerusalem – 08:30, Israeli Occupation forces invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards and took prisoner guards and other staff: Fadi Ali Alian, Issa Arabat, Muhammad al-Dabbagh, Omar Al-Zughayer, Ali Wazouz, Anas Muhammad Abu Al-Homs, Mahmoud Al-Shakhshir, Ashwaq Abdul Wahid and Omar Fawzi Muhaisin.
Israeli police and settlers' mosque violation: Jerusalem – 08:30, settler militants, escorted by Israeli police, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and molested worshippers.
Israeli Army – 1 wounded – rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Hebron – 21:10, the Israeli Army, firing rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters at protesters, near Halhul Bridge, wounded one person, Muhammad Usama Melhem, and caused a number of tear gas casualties.
Occupation settler violence – agricultural sabotage : Salfit – 15:50, Israeli Occupation settlers, in Wadi Qana, assaulted Palestinian farmers, injuring nine people.
Raids – 2 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 04:00, Israeli Occupation forces raided Kobar and Dura al-Qarara, taking prisoner two people.
Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Tulkarem – 10:30, Israeli forces raided Izbit Shufa, taking prisoner two people.
Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Nablus – 01:45-04:50, the Israeli Army raided Qabalan, taking prisoner one person.
Raid – 3 taken prisoner: Bethlehem – 00:40-04:35, Israeli troops raided Beit Fajjar, taking prisoner three people.
Raid – 4 taken prisoner: Bethlehem – dawn, Israeli soldiers raided the village of al-Walaja, taking prisoner four people.
Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – 02:05, Israeli Occupation forces raided Beit Kahil, taking prisoner one person.
Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – dawn, Israeli forces raided Beit Ummar, taking prisoner one person.
Restrictions of movement (16): 12:30, entrance to Sinjil - 15:50, entrance to Deir Abu Masha'al village - 22:30, entrance to Beitin - 10:55, Jit village road junction; one person taken prisoner - 19:50, western entrance to Azun - 20:25, Shavei Shamron settlement road junction - 21:20, entrance to Aqraba - 08:55 and again at 23:10, northern entrance to Jericho - 20:35-21:40, western entrance to Beit Fajjar - 09:40, Halhul Bridge - Beit Hanoun (Erez)crossing closed - al-Mantar-Karni crossing closed - al-Shujaiyeh crossing (Nahal Oz) closed - Sufa crossing closed - al-Awda Port closed.
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Posted by: Paul | May 29 2021 0:42 utc | 74

@ Grieved | May 28 2021 23:38 utc | 78 with the comment about RJPJR

I respect that they try to add value to the discussion without using their credentials as proof of some sort. Their writing speaks volumes about what we could be seeing but the devil is in the details as they admit.

Ping me at my web site if you want to know who RJPJR is

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 29 2021 1:09 utc | 75

Re Ellsberg disclosures

It has recently become fashionable to acknowledge Ellsberg’s four-year old disclosure, probably due to (a repeated) insanity of power politics (military economic powers) wishing to go wild on us all — for they are Glory Bound $$$ with righteousness.

Ellsberg first disclosed this info in 2017 when he published “Doomsday machine: confessions of a nuclear war planner” wherein he cited a link to his website which contained the relevant documents. He says he wanted to reveal this information earlier but lost the original documents on nuclear war planning against China and ussr which he lifted at Rand where he worked at the time when copying these documents on nuclear war and the pentagon papers due to unfortunate environmental circumstances. He chose to disclose only the latter at the time, the pentagon papers, to place focus on ending the imperialist war on Vietnam.

One can read these rarely read documents at Ellsberg’s website, which is dedicated to said disclosures. They have been there for years for all to read.

Who rules the empire? Certainly not ordinary people, not working people, nor brainiards who attempt to track what’s going on, and if they speak up, R usually silenced or imprisoned or exiled, socially or pooticallu. At 90 years old, Ellsberg gambles on being better by speaking out loud, again, although belatedly.

Posted by: suzan | May 29 2021 1:18 utc | 76

I can recommend the following, by a former researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, who was recently summarily fired for posting his bike ride soliloquies on YouTube. He describes himself as biracial and is dark-skinned, but the justification for his firing was blatant racism (grasping at straws?).

He runs rapidly through some of the scientific literature documenting the gain-of-function research in the United States over the past twenty years and the opposition to it from the scientific community.

His conclusion: we have long known how to produce exactly the genome sequence that appears in SARS-CoV-2, for we have done so over and over again in the past, and boasted about it.

J.C. on a Bike: A Brief History of Gain of Function Viral Research

Posted by: RJPJR | May 29 2021 1:19 utc | 77

@82 psychohistorian

Thank you - I don't need to know. It's enough that you do. And it was enough anyway, without it. As you say, the words are more important than the man. The words are everything.

And I see he's here some more, very good.

Posted by: Grieved | May 29 2021 2:04 utc | 78

The Bandit State has been in permanent and flagrant violation of international law since its violent 'creation.' Now British school students face bulling and punishment for supporting Palestine:

However support for Palestine is gathering momentum around the world:’s-claim-sheikh-jarrah-land

Jacob Fauci complains of 'bad press:

Forward follows the money, murky:

From Here on, Palestine Calls the Shots, by TAXI:

Posted by: Paul | May 29 2021 2:37 utc | 79


Thank you. I note that Harvard to the Big House gets a citation once again. Salut comrade.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 29 2021 2:42 utc | 80

US intel to investigate source of covid.

Rings a bell ?

CIA to help Malaysia investigate MH370
Aussies first on site to probe Bali terror blast
et etc...
Mh17 , Dutch on the case.....

Sounds like assigning the fox to guard the hen house. !

CIA/MI6 notorious FF, psyops, shenanigans are legendary.

Exhibit A
How CIA/MI6 fabricated a CCP coup in Indon, inciting the greatest genocide of 20C

MI6 supplied the psyop...

The fourth means of support was propaganda operations. On 5 October a “political adviser” at the British intelligence base in Singapore reported to the Foreign Office in London that: “we should not miss the present opportunity to use the situation to our advantage… I recommend that we should have no hesitation in doing what we can surreptitiously to blacken the PKI in the eyes of the army and the people of Indonesia”. The Foreign Office replied: “We certainly do not exclude any unattributable propaganda or psywar [psychological warfare] activities which would contribute to weakening the PKI permanently. We therefore agree with the [above] recommendation… Suitable propaganda themes might be… Chinese interference in particular arms shipments; PKI subverting Indonesia as agents of foreign communists”.


CIA planted the 'evidence'...

U.S. officials were particularly interested in linking the September 30th plotters to Beijing. They helped to spread stories about China’s alleged involvement and reported on caches of weapons purportedly “discovered” by the Indonesian army with the hammer and sickle conveniently stamped on them. “We have bonanza chance to nail chicoms on disastrous events in Indonesia,” Green wrote the State Department. He urged a “continuation [of] covert propaganda” as one of the “best means of spreading [the] idea of chicom complicity,”

Ever since 1959,
when CIA asked Tibetan recruits...

'Do you wanna kill some chicoms' ?

MOFO have never stop trying to 'nail the chicoms'.

China aggression against India,

TAM 'massacre'

Tibet 'genocide'

Xinjiang 'genocide'

HK 'repression'



tip of an iceberg



Posted by: denk | May 29 2021 3:03 utc | 81

@denk #88 CIA planted the 'evidence'...
Fabricating "evidence" is an American institution, at every level....
Gerry Spence, the famous trial lawyer:
-- “I found that the minions of the law–the special agents of the FBI–to be men who proved themselves not only fully capable, but also utterly willing to manufacture evidence, to conceal crucial evidence and even to change the rules that governed life and death if, in the prosecution of the accused, it seemed expedient to do so.”
From Freedom to Slavery, p. 27

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 29 2021 3:42 utc | 82

Don Bacon 89

I bet you've heard of ....
The Terror Factory:

Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terror shows how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the bureau can then claim victory in the war on terror.

Posted by: denk | May 29 2021 4:10 utc | 83

I have just been following a somewhat depressing argument at NC's Watercooler on the future perils that countries which have successfully barricaded against the covid virus face as those barricades are breached.[Forgive me for not bringing the actual wording - it's late and I'm off to bed shortly.] Commentor there, Rev Kev, gave a good comparison to the 'Spanish flu' scenario in Australia: that the three waves then had been first moderately severe, then very severe, then mild. Australia being late to the party benefited by experiencing for the most part the third wave.

If covid follows suit, we have the second wave scenario presently in play. It then behooves us all not to let down our guards, such as they may be, wherever we may be, because it is likely that we have a better future prospect ahead. Hang in there, folk.

Posted by: juliania | May 29 2021 4:20 utc | 84

@ juliania | May 29 2021 4:20 utc | 91

Talking about waves is only meaningful if you assume we are on the 'lucky path' and covid has zoonotic origins. That's what I call naivete.

If you discard Great Satan's past actions then sure you can hope for the best.

In my view we are not on that path and never were. Planning for the worst means being prudent and acting like covid is a weapon released on purpose, not leaked. If THAT is the case there will be as many waves as are necessary to keep us ringfenced. I reckon this is the new normal they keep telling us about. You know, because covid.

Posted by: WhoIsWhoTwo | May 29 2021 6:23 utc | 85

@50 oldhippie
@78 Grieved
The comments of RJPJR are indeed an intriguing read. They unfortunately contradict the known facts in a couple of points.

SARS-CoV-1 for instance had been conclusively proven to be of natural origin. It had been traced back to corona viruses endemic in a colony of bats in South China. (The role of intermediate hosts is still debated.)

He also doesn`t provide evidence for most of his claims.

Posted by: m | May 29 2021 6:34 utc | 86

Hi Guys, I found that website by accident. Bit long for some, 30 minutes, but worth watching it. He destroys US and MSM propaganda against China's treatment of Uyghurs.
Al Jazeera's "The Listening Post" Propaganda Show Exposed (
The guy have actually been in Xinjiang, and proves that the so called 'concentration camps' have nothing to do with reality.

Posted by: Peter Schmidt | May 29 2021 7:24 utc | 87

Marman @ 29 More on the virus.

I think discourse would be improved if people laid out the options for the epidemic:

I. Natural origin.

II. Man-made.

A. Accidental release from lab.
1.Accidental release from Wuhan lab.
2.Accidental release from another lab (such As Fort Detrick)

B. Intentional release
1. Released by the Chinese on their own population.
2. Released by another sophisticated state actor (USA).

The controversy involves people completely dismissing all the possible options but their preferred explanation without even entertaining the viability of other options.end of by: Mar man 29

<==who ran the labs? was it 1) a government or 2) a private party contractor?

If the same contractor does experiments in more than one labs?
maybe government is not where the investigation should be focused?

the genetics should tell the story.

from this link, "The research has shown that the Covid-19’s earliest “ancestor” is a virus known as mv1, in plain terms, Covid-19’s “father” is H3; its “grandparents” are H13 and H38; and, its “great grandfather” is mv1.

Now, although the virus that was discovered in the Wuhan seafood market (Covid-19) was of the H1 variety alright, only its “father” H3 has been spotted in Wuhan — and that too, NOT in the seafood market.
Importantly, the Covid-19’s “grandparents” — H13 and H38 — have never been spotted in Wuhan. "

Posted by: snake | May 29 2021 7:31 utc | 88

@ snake | May 29 2021 7:31 utc | 95

Agreed. I support looking for the zoonotic origin or the missing link needs to continue. However, as with other viruses it may take years to find, if ever.

This is why we cannot just put our heads in the sand and assume we live in a fairy tale world in which the US is an altruistic benevolent actor. I say, get real.

Lets push them with allegations that Ft Detrick is where they make these puppies, push and they do with lies.

Oh and I think we should stop concentrating on Wuhan. Lets put Ft Detrick and North Carolina under a microscope. What are they not up to? ;-)

Posted by: WhoIsWhoTwo | May 29 2021 7:45 utc | 89

m #93

I did see a number of evidenced papers that were posted throughout the presentation as support for the line of evidence he was revealing.

Perhaps you might elaborate on what was intended here: "SARS-CoV-1 for instance had been conclusively proven to be of natural origin. It had been traced back to corona viruses endemic in a colony of bats in South China. (The role of intermediate hosts is still debated.)

Perhaps the intermediate host might have been via a lab to human to dissemination?

One thing for sure from the citations in this presentation is that gain of function activities have been ongoing in the west for near two decades.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 29 2021 7:47 utc | 90

@97 uncle tungsten
I agree with the scope of the GoF research. This is indeed well documented in open source scientific journals.

However, RJPJR does make in his long comments a range of other statetemants. In comment # 95 he says for instance: "According to the people at the top of the WHO, SARS-CoV-1 was a germ warfare agent that had escaped from a lab in Guangdong in November 2002." That`s definetly false. In the case of the original SARS of 2002 the zoonotic origin is a scientifically established fact. Not even the China hawks like Mike Pompeo - let alone the WHO - have ever claimed otherwise. RJPJR doesn`t provide evidence for his claim.

That`s just one of the more blatant examples where RJPJR`s reasoning just doesn`t match with the facts.

Posted by: m | May 29 2021 8:26 utc | 91

The first man in the world to be given the Covid vaccine has died.

Tributes have been paid to 81-year-old William Shakespeare who hit global headlines on December 8 last year when he became the first man to have the jab at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

Bill, as he was fondly known, passed away last Thursday after suffering a stroke - at the same hospital where he famously received his vaccine.

Posted by: Mao | May 29 2021 11:08 utc | 92

James Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA), issued an open letter to the National Governors Association calling all legislative efforts to stop the transgender mutilation of children “a dangerous government intrusion into the practice of medicine.”

According to Madara, permanently altering a child’s hormones with pharmaceutical chemicals and surgically altering their private parts “are normal variations of human identity and expression” that should not be interfered with by government officials.

Posted by: Mao | May 29 2021 11:12 utc | 93

Canadian pop-up Covid vaccine clinic. Kids get free ice-cream. Cuck Police outside to prevent parents interfering.

Posted by: Mao | May 29 2021 11:27 utc | 94

Thank you Grieved. Thank you RJPJR.

Harvard to the Big House and J.C. On a Bike are invaluable.

Posted by: oldhippie | May 29 2021 11:57 utc | 95

Below is a link to a decent ZH posting and after reading it think about what this posting says about the groundswell happening around the world.....grin

Is Ivermectin The New Penicillin?

How are the American public going to react when this info gets broader understanding in the bigger picture of the Covid debacle?

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 29 2021 14:47 utc | 96

I keep thinking about the potential consequences to the popping of the Covid ballon of lies and deceit.

As I have written before, the way that Covid was managed in the West to create the purported $100 billion/year income stream for Big Pharma represents the financialization of health care.

The issue now is that effort contrived of lies and deceit seems to be unraveling around the world.....this is how empires crumble.

Boeing was just a prelude to the dreams of the global private finance elite that have run the world for centuries. Think about how sick these people are to morally stoop to bio-warfare against others...for profit and control.

IMO, this is sicker than just nuking the place because of the disrespect of humans in general.

The shit show Narrative continues until it doesn't.....

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 29 2021 15:05 utc | 97

to psychohistorian - a couple of questions/comments for you sir. First, I am very happy to see that the word is getting out about treatments, especially ivermectin.
Second, I too wonder what will happen if/when the - well I hesitate to call them sheeple, so perhaps we can say - the brainwashed - find out that there has been an effective treatment all along; that their grannies and dear friends did not need to die; that the long long months of suffering were unnecessary;
that the Con=gress and Big Pharma have been cashing in on their misery and don't give a rat's patoot about the cost to "the little people" ???
What does the "psycho" part of your moniker think? At the moment, what I see is that many who have bought into the pfitzer Great Savior narrative are very very reluctant to let go.
Finally - you say you have accessed ZeroHedge: I have been reading ZH since it was a blogspot. Remember the brilliant Marla? Anyway, as of yesterday, for me, ZH is locked up behind a paywall.
The graffitti for membership signup specifically states that one's personal info is not privacy protected - and can be sold to whomever. Did ZH get bought? One notes that Bezos sold 3% of his holdings, ie $3billion in A-stock..Your thoughts sir?
Best wishes

Posted by: Miss Lacy | May 29 2021 15:36 utc | 98

I don't usually pay attention to the Recent Comments list found on the home page,
but I noticed just now that my post did not show up in the list.

Here is my post.

This is an experiment. Will *this* post made here show up on the list?

Posted by: librul | May 29 2021 15:43 utc | 99

@ WhoIsWhoTwo | May 28 2021 20:33 utc | (62)

Thanks, for sharing The Saker’s Zone B article. It defines one of the elements of the world outside of the Financial Empire.

What was the reason for this Empire’s existence? Would it have been better to take down the Empire before today, or after now? It is easy to take it down, as its structure will fall with one mega earthquake. However, the benefits of such a fall won’t be great. It is better to disclose, dismantle and duplicate its pillars of power. What are those PILLARS? It could have been brought down in 2010. However, it would have re-emerged. Why?

As @ psychohistorian (May 29 2021 15:05 utc | 97), says its well, “contrived of lies and deceit seems to be unraveling around the world.....this is how empires crumble.” The Empire is pure EVIL. It is out of luck, and its deceits are being exposed and it is falling apart! Deceivers decay... All things have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

What are the prior epochs in the history of humanity? What FRACTAL emerges from those epochs? It is great that the Empire and its Orcs use, “In God We Trust.”

Posted by: Max | May 29 2021 16:02 utc | 100

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