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June 27, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-049

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Other issues:

New Cold War:

Julian Assange:

Mark Ames @MarkAmesExiled - 21:35 UTC · Jun 26, 2021
Great reporting by @GunnarHrafnJ on the FBI’s key witness—a serial child molester, fraudster & embezzler who was granted immunity to work as an informant & continued his crime spree while under FBI protection — to build their case against Assange.

Covid-19 - Spread:

Two Delta variant cases in Sydney were traced back to a man who had only passed those he infected and had kept some two feet away from them. That is a measles level of infectiousness, way higher than older variants.

Covid-19 Therapeutics:

Covid-19 Social consequences:

> Results: Between 2010 and 2018, the gap in life expectancy between the US and the peer country average increased from 1.88 years (78.66 v 80.54 years, respectively) to 3.05 years (78.74 v 81.78 years). Between 2018 and 2020, life expectancy in the US decreased by 1.87 years (to 76.87 years), 8.5 times the average decrease in peer countries (0.22 years), widening the gap to 4.69 years. Life expectancy in the US decreased disproportionately among racial and ethnic minority groups between 2018 and 2020, declining by 3.88, 3.25, and 1.36 years in Hispanic, non-Hispanic Black, and non-Hispanic White populations, respectively. In Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black populations, reductions in life expectancy were 15 and 18 times the average in peer countries, respectively. <

Use as open thread ...

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Max said:

Your statement, “You are wrong in your assessment that the Empire is on the ropes and close to falling apart,” is FALSE.

Your problem Max is that you can't write clearly.
What you express is muddled.
In what way is that statement false?
Is it false because it misrepresents your belief or is it false because it exactly describes your belief?
You leave your readers scratching their heads.

Posted by: jinn | Jun 28 2021 1:51 utc | 101

While reading about Biden's air attacks on Syria/Iraq today I noticed a video showing me the story of Biden's German Shepard biting someone, evidently.

Is there no end to American aggression?/s

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2021 2:11 utc | 102

Below is a Xinhuanet report on the Iraq/Egypt/Jordan leadership meeting

BAGHDAD, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held a tripartite meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah II here on Sunday to enhance economic ties, security cooperation and regional stability.

The meeting "is an important message to our people that we are mutually supportive and unified to serve our people and the people of the region," a statement of al-Kadhimi's media office quoted his opening remarks as saying.

He said that the most important challenges facing the three countries are the COVID-19 pandemic, difficult economic conditions, security and terrorism, according to the statement.

Calling on the three countries to unify their stances, Al-Kadhimi said "we will continue to coordinate on major regional issues, such as the Syrian, Libyan, Yemeni and Palestinian files, to assist our brothers in these countries to bypass the challenges and crises."

He noted that the three countries are in the stage of implementing projects in the fields of electrical interconnection, agriculture, transportation, and food security, as well as in the development of infrastructure in financial and banking relations, the statement said.

Later in the day, a statement issued after the meeting said that the three leaders agreed to cooperate and coordinate in various areas, including the electrical interconnection and linking gas transport networks between Iraq and Egypt via Jordan, as well as building an oil pipeline connecting the Iraqi oil-hub of Basra to the Jordanian port of Aqaba.

The statement added that Iraq and Jordan support Egypt's stance on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile River. It stressed the need to activate efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace that meets all legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state.

Earlier in the day, Sisi arrived in Baghdad, marking the first visit by an Egyptian head of state since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 and worsened Iraq-Egypt ties.

Shortly after Sisi's arrival, King Abdullah II arrived to participate in the trilateral summit that aims to achieve economic partnerships that chart Iraq's new role in the region.

Al-Kadhimi reportedly seeks to reach out to the Arab world to bolster Iraq's role in the region as a mediator to solve regional problems, including the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The trilateral meeting was first scheduled to be held on March 27, but was postponed twice due to a tragic train collision in Egypt, and the events affecting the stability of Jordan.

The leaders of the three countries have been working to strengthen economic and trade cooperation over the past few years with three summits being held since 2019.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2021 2:35 utc | 103

That is the name of the dis ease brought on by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There are two parts to the disease, The virus itself and the immune response. The immune response is what causes the most damage. The Chinese recognized this early on. When the 'west' twigged to this, it was given a starwars type name.
Autoimmune conditions are largely a mystery to the medical world an most will be as yet unrecognized. Most are simply given names like chronic fatigue syndrome which are nothing more than the trash cans of the medical industry.
Any medication to treat the disease needs to be looked at both in its effects on the virus, and its effect on the immune reaction which I think is the more critical and harder to test for. Of the autoimmune conditions now recognized, many are diagnosed more through the patients symptoms than clinical or laboratory tests.
The efficiency of an immune regulator or modifier can probably only be gauged in outcomes for patients. It is something that cannot currently be measured in a laboratory.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 28 2021 2:36 utc | 104

steven t johnson @77

As impressed as I am at your voluminous multi-response I would be even more impressed if you actually read the links or understood the issue before posting. Nearly everything in your response to my post is wrong or just a kneejerk reaction.

Firstly, I believe you meant to say that the 'quotes cited are evidence *against* ADKC's implied answer of "YES" ' (rather than "No") but even that correction would be a mistake - the point is to get you to think (which you are unwilling to do).

You are incorrect about transhumanism - it obviously includes any technology (not just computers) that enhances or modifies humans - if you did some basic research on transhumanism you would know this - why not do that research before making ill-informed comments it would save time.

The point is that the so-called mRNA vaccines are not really vaccines; they are actually modRNA gene therapy (and they might be self-replicating despite the statements made by the pharmaceutical companies) and are, effectively, a method of transhumanism. This once publicly considered dead-end technology was never abandoned and managed to find plenty of funding not least from the taxpayer (those "jabs in your arm" aren't really free y'know) but also, as the linked articles attest from pharmaceutical companies who funded continued research even after public disquiet arose after the "quotes cited". So that's your whole point about funding smashed to pieces.

Medicine is rife with con artists - isn't this what Sackler did with opioids? Also, (and you will find this impossible to believe but it is true) there is no real evidence that viruses even exist or that they cause the illnesses attributed to them - in other words viruses could well be one of the major cons of western medicine. You will reject this out of hand without doing any research but if you do that research you will find the conflict between "Germ theory" and "Terrain theory" has been an issue since before the theoretical idea of the "virus" was mooted and this dispute continues to this day. If you are genuinely interested then get yourself a copy of "Virus Mania" and inform yourself.

And the point about the "quotes cited" is that these setbacks have not deterred the advocates of gene therapy - the linked articles cover this and perhaps you could take the time to read them.


You probably have too much invested in Covid-19 and the "vaccines" to even consider my points as legitimate, but consider that the government and its psychologists and behaviouralists understand your (and the general public's) psychological make-up very well and are manipulating you (why else do you need psychologists and behaviouralists). Now you have to believe that they are manipulating you for your own good, but at the same time you cannot be certain what they are manipulating you about or if their definition of what is "good for you" is what you would agree with - it is an uncomfortable conundrum that you can only deal with by refusing to think about it.

Posted by: ADKC | Jun 28 2021 2:39 utc | 105

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 28 2021 0:14 utc | 90

First, I apologize if I seemed as though I was trying to engage in a war of words with you. Quite the contrary, I'm learning more about the situation.

As far as a reply to another commenter, and indirect reference to mine, to clarify:

1. I wasn't commenting on whether the studies in question were for prophylaxis or treatment when I said that I agreed with a previous post stating that most COVID-19 treatment regimens for those who have the disease should involve more than just one drug. I don't think there are any studies out there where a group of COVID patients were given ONLY ivermectin and no other anti-viral or anti-parasitic meds, but I could be wrong. That would seem irresponsible on the part of the administering doctors unless they had literally no other options.

2. As far as prophylaxis goes, I have in fact in other forums than this, talked to physicians (they claim, no way to verify) who said they were taking ivermectin on a daily basis. Maybe they're micro-dosing to reach the 18mg (once) per week you called out, but I don't know if that's possible because I've never seen ivermectin and I didn't straight up ask them. I still think that unless someone has a) an extreme or frequent exposure risk, b)a pre-existing medical condition that would make catching COVID more dangerous to them than most people and/or c) is working directly with COVID patients and not vaccinated (by choice or due to lack thereof) that there are better preventive regimens to consider (including zinc, sunlight, exercise, possibly vitamin C and wearing a proper mask in risky settings) than using ivermectin, but that's just my opinion.

For treatment of COVID-19 in patients with the illness, I think in the early stages ivermectin is probably a good idea in many cases if used under medical supervision/guidance.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 28 2021 2:43 utc | 106

Below is a short Xinhuanet posting about the growth of China's mixed economy

BEIJING, June 27 (Xinhua) -- China saw 165 new public-private partnership (PPP) projects registered in the first five months of the year, according to the country's top economic planner.

Of the total, 51 were related to urban infrastructure, data from the National Development and Reform Commission shows.

Sectors including agriculture, forestry, water conservation, social development, transport and environmental protection also reported new PPP projects during the period.

PPPs act as collaborative investment models between the government and private companies.

Chinese authorities have in recent years been exploring the possibility of funding infrastructure and public works through PPP models, aiming to reduce local government debts and provide new opportunities for private capital.

The devil is in the details and history of success/failure with these this the West's private finance inroad into China? I think China is now too smart for that but you can bet the West will try to corrupt the public finance system of China

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2021 2:43 utc | 107

Posted by: ADKC | Jun 28 2021 2:39 utc | 112

I'm pretty sure that viruses have been viewed using transmission electron microscopy and imaged using cryo-electron microscopy. Could you point me toward a legit source of information wherein the existence of viruses is called into question? I don't want to end up down some conspiracy rabbit hole on the Intertubes so if you have a good site, I'd appreciate it.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 28 2021 2:48 utc | 108

Grieved, thank you for all the material you have presented here on ivermectin. This is very helpful to me, and, I'm sure, many others. 👍

Posted by: Gordog | Jun 28 2021 2:55 utc | 109

Here's a part of a comment from the article linked by Greg Schlesinger, an attorney specializing in construction defects: "You think this is unique? No."
Posted by: juliania | Jun 27 2021 15:51 utc | 7

That comment sounds like Lawfare to me - on behalf of the owners of the building which collapsed. That incident was unique. How many hi-rise buildings full of people collapse without warning in Florida each decade?
If the stories about structural defects are true, and they seem to be, then the owners are in deep doo-doo for not evacuating the residents until STRUCTURAL repairs were complete. In civilised countries, buildings with structural defects are evacuated as soon as the faults are confirmed to be hazardous.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 28 2021 3:04 utc | 110

@ james (#107)

Thanks. Sergey Lavrov’s article “The Law, the Rights and the Rules”, published today is very good. It clearly defines Russia’s positions and contrast them well with the Western plans. I highly recommend reading it.

Posted by: Max | Jun 28 2021 4:21 utc | 111

Ah, I didn't take it that way, Hoarsewhisperer, though you could be right. In my mind I was wondering how safe folk may be feeling for the future, not with respect to litigation aspects.

Posted by: juliania | Jun 28 2021 4:28 utc | 112

Don Bacon @ 38, Max @ 42, and Stephen Johnson @ 77 here is one of the links
which explains more my post @ 37.. hope this helps. thanks for considering the question.. please continue the analysis..

Posted by: snake | Jun 28 2021 4:41 utc | 113

Posted by: Roger | Jun 28 2021 1:26 utc | 101

Excellent comment Roger!

"In the Chinese state–society complex, primacy rests not with an autonomous capitalist class but ultimately with the state and a state class organized around the Communist Party,"

Yes! And the Communist Party ultimately represents the people of China. My observation is that the situation is similar in Russia, where the government represents the interests of the people of the country. This is in opposition to the U.S. (and the UK, EU) where as is written in your comment "The US political system is consequently structur- ally biased towards the interests of the corporate community".

So who are really the 'authoritarians' here? Russia and China, whose governments represent the interests of their citizens, or the U.S. (UK, EU) whose governments represent the interests of the corporate elites to the detriment of their citizens.

Posted by: dh-mtl | Jun 28 2021 4:50 utc | 114

News item from today's Australian Financial Review:

McGowan wishes deer well, ‘wouldn’t happen in WA’
Tom Burton

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has wished the deer at the centre of a NSW police stay-at-home investigation well.

NSW police earlier reported two nude sunbathers had to be rescued after becoming lost in the Royal National Park after being startled by a deer.

“I think that’s something you wouldn’t see happen here,” McGowan said.

“I hope the deer is OK. Seems to be a particularly NSW sort of condition where a bloke woke up somebody nude with a deer.

“But no, certainly wouldn’t happen in WA"

Posted by: Paul | Jun 28 2021 4:54 utc | 115

This is what a 'ceasefire' looks like in the Bandit State.

Where are the sanctions for comprehensively and systematically flouting international law?

Posted by: Paul | Jun 28 2021 5:03 utc | 116

Posted by: Paul | Jun 28 2021 5:03 utc | 124

None if you're the UK, USA or Israel. Probably applies to France or anyone else on "our side" as well as you're targeting brown people in the global south. International law went the way of the dodo officially when Bush/Cheney reigned but when the USSR collapsed it became a free for all (if you're in the club).

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 28 2021 5:08 utc | 117

@41 Ike

Sorry I didn't see this earlier. Cuba doesn't use ivermectin, you report. I don't have links but I recall fairly clearly that very early in the game Cuba used its own antivirals with great success against COVID-19. The name of the medicine is on the tip of my tongue but too far away...

...I searched all my bookmarks and came up with three stories of related interest. The first one below cites Recombinant Interferon Alpha 2B as the Cuban antiviral. I think it's quite extensive in the world, and I get the impression it worked.

Cuba may not need to use ivermectin, although I would love to see her join with the Chinese team now investigating this wonder drug for potential cancer amelioration.

But check these stories.

From the very beginning, Cuba and China collaborated in this fashion:
Chinese Doctors Are Using Cuban Antivirals Against Coronavirus [Feb 6, 2020]

Later it came out that Cuba also threw some HCL at the problem (instead of arguing about it or deleting comments in threads):
Cuba: Early hydroxychloroquine potent against COVID-19 [October 2020]

And this year Iran and Cuba in collaboration were able to announce a vaccine that I believe I would trust my mother and my children with:
Medical Official: Iran-Cuba Joint Coronavirus Vaccine Resistant against Different Mutations [May 2021]


For the cultural record, Cuba has been very much like China in one respect, namely that her medical science includes everything ever known to those nations. From the oldest folk medicine to the cutting edge futuristic experimentation, the two nations exclude nothing from their medical toolboxes.

So it was that when the coronavirus hit, they threw everything at it that they had - using front line medical judgment of course - and reinforced what worked, while minimizing what was ineffective.

Living here in the shithole 4th-world country of the United States, I can only look at this approach of dealing with a pandemic with total awe, and intellectual satisfaction. That's what doctors would do.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 28 2021 5:21 utc | 118

Posted by Tom_Q_Collins

some honest and courageous Jews object to the supremacist violence:

My late father as the security officer of the BCOF in Japan following WW11 prosecuted our own troops for raping Japanese women among other things. An army of occupation has obligations to the civilians under occupation according to the Geneva Conventions.

The conventions are enshrined as domestic law in most civilised countries. There is no excuse, none.

I have a copy of the 600 page Commentary to the Fourth Geneva Convention and can find none of the provisions that have ever been observed by the Bandit State. I challenge anyone to point out just ONE that is observed.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 28 2021 5:26 utc | 119

@41 Ike

The Typepad filter caught my response to you, as I thought it might. Too many links to facts. All about Cuba and why she didn't use ivermectin - short answer, Cuba had its own antiviral, used it, and it worked. The whole world should have lived in Cuba. Could have been saved all this aggravation.

I'll check tomorrow. If hard-working b manages to spot and salvage my post from moderation it will appear here, essentially at this sequence. If it doesn't appear, I'll re-post it without the links or something.

It was a good post, with a lot of truth. Breaks my heart that truth is verboten - but fills my heart that truth exists in such abundance, so fuck the censors, and the horse they rode in on.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 28 2021 5:29 utc | 120

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 27 2021 22:53 utc | 77

Good point, but I think Karaganov is right in his appraisal, more than the failure of having sausages in the stores the reason was the big victory of western propaganda, to convince the soviet and in general the eastern European population of the western system superiority. And that was made posible not only by Hollywood, rock and roll and western propaganda, but by the fact that eastern europeans were not allowed to travel, to see and experience first hand the “delights” of capitalism. Once they had a chance to experience what is to have stores full of all kinds of goods but no money to buy them, or job to get some money, or access to health care, living quarters, education etc. then “ostalgie” set in.

Posted by: Paco | Jun 28 2021 5:30 utc | 121

@93 Jen

Yes, that was a hit job on the truth from that sold-out writer for Vice. A friend actually sent me that link and I had to read him from the book. It was a hit job on heroes of the pandemic who actually were describing the censorship and disinformation that characterizes this pandemic, in the west at least, in the customer base of big pharma at least.

So, "Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying and their DarkHorse podcast series" have moved to Odysee, and appear to have migrated all of thgeir body of work over there. You can now find them here:
Bret Weinstein


They started their latest live podcast on YouTube and Brett declared their manifesto for the first 15 minutes and then said: We're moving to Odysee in order to be the David that brings down the Goliath of Google - come on over there right now, and the live stream will continue.

And so we did, and so it was.

What a perfect use of YouTube: create an intro teaser that passes the censorship, and offer the link to the real stuff on an uncensored platform. And from comments I gather there are many such platforms. Probably all quite willing to take former YouTube traffic.


Google: Don't be evil // Okay, a bit evil is okay // Fuck it, go full-on evil.

Because that's the only way it ever goes. Fools.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 28 2021 5:45 utc | 122

I see china as the infrastructure superpower, but Cuba, in medical if size for size comparison were made, would be a medical superpower. With this covid, China has shot US humanitarian and human right crap right back at them. The main and foremost human right is the right to life.
I don't get to read much on Cuba, just catch glimpses of it here and there.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 28 2021 5:45 utc | 123

Boeing, Boeing...

Same player shoot again?

FAA argued [B777X] was not up to par and an incident during a test flight in December 2020 where the aircraft's nose moved up and down unprompted by the pilots.
Boeing said the plane was able to safely land following the 2020 incident and the company can now create a software update to address the problem after engineers did an investigation, but the FAA voiced its skepticism.

Posted by: Rêver | Jun 28 2021 5:52 utc | 124

@117 Gordog - "thank you for all the material you have presented here on ivermectin"

Man, it all came from here, actually. So I guess it's good to say, search this site on the keyword and see what comes up if you want to know more. Hemiola is a good commenter with some righteous links. Nathan Mulcahy was here for a while offering good material. And uncle tungsten as you've already realized is always worth reading. And there are more, I just looked at the first two pages of results.

I wish I could throw one or two definitive links and that would be it, but it's an evolving target. Pierre Kory at FLCCC is gold, Dr. Peter McCullough is gold, Brett Weinstein and Heather Heying at Dark Horse are gold. I have several inks I could re-post from others if anyone wants.

The bravest doctors in the world are trying to save lives because they took a vow. They swore an oath, to save lives. And some of these people have had to look at the actual mafia they are facing off against with pharma and the utterly corrupted medical world, and make a choice that could actually threaten their lives, their children, their everything. And against this fear, they have the oath they swore.

I know of no greater honor in this world than to put your very life at risk in furtherance of a vow you took. I am not worthy to equal that stature, and I have no words adequate to salute these people.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 28 2021 6:03 utc | 125

Tom_Q @79:

Great quote! When I tried to work as a freelance in Latin America 20 years ago (mostly Ecuador) I actually went to the places and talked to the people, then went home to read up on the background.

Could I sell a story? No. Not even emotional stuff about hardship and survival. I was published in a few small alternative papers, and they most couldn't pay much. Making a living telling truth to power? Not if you belong to a species that needs to eat...

Posted by: Jörgen Hassler | Jun 28 2021 6:05 utc | 126

Truth 2 @ 54

Oh sure. No man is an island. I understand and somewhat agree.

OTOH. Barflies here talk every day about Marxism. Talk about it like it is a video game for intellectuals. No. Class war is real. Class war never stops. Class war kills wholesale every day. We are at war. So when my class enemy chooses to self destruct it is hard for me to get excited about that.

The infectious respiratory stage of this farce is drawing to a close. Viruses spread through populations. Except for geographic islands with strict border controls the virus has been around. Those busy pretending this virus has the highest R value evah but spreads slower than 1919 are ridiculous. We are in the next phase and most are still working through what anybody paying attention knew a year ago.

The current vaccinations are the single biggest medical experiment in history. Those conducting the experiment are not even bothering to collect data. Instead they are busy destroying and concealing data. Why would they do that? First, they do not care. They do not care about you at all. See George Carlin. They do not care about you at all at all at all. Second, they know what happens next. No need for data if you have seen the script. Or wrote the script.

If all that were happening was spike proteins and thromboses the fallout from that would be enough to keep us busy the rest of our lives. And injured the rest of our lives. Dazsak, Baric, Zhengli have been openly publishing about modifying coronavirus spikes for twenty five years and that published record is down the memory hole. You can pull up most of it with a couple of clicks and it still lives in the memory hole. For the hypnotized everything is in the memory hole. If you want to exit Plato’s cave start reading about spike proteins and prions. Don’t bother with commentators and snake oil salesmen, read the research literature. You do not need a link from me, you need to open your eyes.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jun 28 2021 8:19 utc | 127

Trusted News Initiative?

Living in the Wasteland of the Free: COVID, Censorship, Culture Wars

MUST WATCH: An incredible interview by an independent reporter with the FLCCC's Joseph Varon "The COVID Hunter"
Already gained over 100,000 views

Pursuing Truth on COVID Drug Treatment amid a Censored Media Landscape Ivory Hacker
"The death rate from Covid-19 is dramatically low at United Memorial Medical Centre in Houston, TX compared to other hospitals across the nation and the world ..."

Watch Pierre Kory on Fox News:
Senator Johnson and Dr Pierre Kory on the Impact of Censorship in the Fight Against Covid-19

MORE Dr Kory - with Bret Weinstein (of Dark Horse Podcast) on The Joe Rogan Experience discussing YouTube's medical expertise guiding its censorship of scientific debate
#1671 - Bret Weinstein & Dr. Pierre Kory
Original censored video:
Covid, Ivermectin, and the Crime of the Century: DarkHorse Podcast with Pierre Kory and Bret Weinstein

"For centuries, doctors have addressed emerging health threats by prescribing exising drugs for new uses and communicating to their peers what seems to work ... [in this pandemic] doctors on the front lines get silenced."

Censorship Kills: The Shunning of a COVID Therapeutic. Real Clear Politics

See also Matt Taibbi:
Can a Drug be Right Wing? and Why has Ivermectin Become a Dirty Word?

COVID-19 Censorship: Trusted News Initiative to decide the Facts Trial Site News

Shom @ No. 1
"Its true that us poor folks in the third world / global south (I'm from India) can only afford medications that you give your dogs. But it is also true that only the first and (erstwhile) second world countries suffer from this "culture war" context over the attempt in poorer countries on finding cheaper treatments for COVID.

We are simply trying to survive given that we will likely not be able to cover even a substantial part of our populations with the "god sent" vaccines your countries have developed ..."

Indonesia has become another country in the list of those who recommend Ivermectin. 121 million authorised officially to receive Ivermectin. @BIRD Group. Telegram June 22.
Also "Zimbabwe authorises doctors to prescribe Ivermectin for prevention and treatment of Covid-19" @SPMMedia. Telegram June 26.

Conflict of Interest in WHO recommendation against Ivermectin Trial Site News
"All dangerous diseases are best treated early. A major failure of our COVID-19 strategy has been to wait a week ..."

India Could Sentence WHO Chief Scientist to Death for Misleading Over Ivermectin and Killing Indians Next Big Future blog. Brian Wang. June 24

Crimes against Humanity – UK Government release 21st report on Adverse Reactions to the Covid Vaccines Daily Expose
The UK government receives a criminal complaint from police officer with the support of Dr Tess Lawrie (BIRD Group) for crimes against humanity.

Meanwhile ... Ivermectin is Safe!
"Ivermectin has proven to be safe. Doses up to 10 times the approved limit are well tolerated by healthy volunteers" Professor Chris Whitty, UK Government Chief Scientific Officer.
Journal of Infectious Diseases July 2010

The Virus and the Parasite

Posted by: Hemiola | Jun 28 2021 9:37 utc | 128

How come the armchair military specialists have not commented on that?
Merkel said UK people should be obliged to quarantine because of the exponential spread of the Delta variant in the UK. That was a couple of days ago and since then..... well the EUrocrats are thinking... Anyway, each time a travel ban was imposed in the EU/UK/US, they announced it a few days (3-4) in advance so that the wealthy can decide in which of heir summer houses they prefer to spend the time.

But maybe the spread of viruses, natural or voluntary, is unrelated to the art of war, in the 20th c.?

Posted by: Mina | Jun 28 2021 9:46 utc | 129

Jason @87:

You are probably right, but in a financialised capitalist economy that's not information, that's 'rising asset prices'. In theory home owners are getting richer.

Posted by: Jörgen Hassler | Jun 28 2021 10:57 utc | 130

i meant 21st c. of course.

ref gene therapy, now that guinea pigs are flooding for more and a trip to the moon, Biontech advertises its coming mRNA therapy for cancer

Posted by: Mina | Jun 28 2021 11:11 utc | 131

...that's not inflation... F auto correct!

Posted by: Jörgen Hassler | Jun 28 2021 11:14 utc | 132

Every five years the Australian Treasury issues the 'Intergenerational report', covering the next 40 years.

This 2021 version has some incredible predictions. However the MSM OZ media are not reliable analysts, no links.

Here is the GLWeekly version for the immediate practical effect of the report :

The long term issues are immense.

It is immutable fact that whichever political party is in power in Australia, Treasury determines fiscal and monetary policy.

I expect John Menadue's' Pearls and Irritations' will examine the details.

As an aside and by contrast, I believe that no matter which party governs New Zealand Scottish Presbyterians are always in government.

Therefore money is saved rather than spent. This has, apparently, served NZ well in past meltdowns.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 28 2021 11:24 utc | 133

Posted by: Mina | Jun 28 2021 9:46 utc | 129

Well, since you ask, I think the wealthy, the professional managerial class, and the tourists, people who like to fly a lot, have been a primary vector for the disease from the beginning. And you are right, they have never been really stopped in all of this, it has always been assumed that the lower classes must be the one who must change and isolate and take precautions.

I don't imagine trains, busses, and other forms of teavel are helpful either. When you have a pandemic, this is almost always the case, you aren't much of a vector unless you move around a lot, carry it to some entirely new place.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jun 28 2021 11:41 utc | 134

exactly. Since the beginning the EU has done its best to let it spread. Hardly any travel ban except with long notices (at the moment US passport holders can come to the EU but EU ppl cannot; same with Israel, they can travel almost everywere but have not reopened to tourism). And that is only for planes. In fact, because of the Schengen dogma, land borders within the EU have never been closed, meaning also that the poor have continued to travel in packed buses (and as in the train and plane, no rule of free seat between ppl, despite the urge to "keep 1,5 m distance" at the train station, for example.. sounds insane, no?). But again, the ruling class needs the poor for BS jobs (fruit picking; meat slaughtering... to mention just fields where big clusters have been found repeatedly).

Posted by: Mina | Jun 28 2021 12:06 utc | 135

Leonidas Iza has been elected president of the main indigenous organisation of Ecuador. I met him once or twice while living in the country. He came across as sincere and humble. I think it's a good choice.

An interview from before he was elected:

Posted by: Jörgen Hassler | Jun 28 2021 12:56 utc | 136

Tom Q Collins wrote @106:

I don't think there are any studies out there where a group of COVID patients were given ONLY ivermectin and no other anti-viral or anti-parasitic meds, but I could be wrong.
Usually ivermectin (and/or other anti-viral medicines) are part of a cocktail that includes nutritional supplements. These are most often Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc and Quercitan. The nutritional supplements may be more effective than the anti-viral agents.

All of these supplements have been shown to be related to combating oxidative stress which some physicians believe is the main cause of serious illness and death from Covid. The theory that covid interferes with the bodies natural ability to combat oxidative stress makes a lot of sense given that old age and other comorbidities are associated with the inability to counter oxidative stress. Old Age, high blood glucose, high blood pressure, high body fat, high cholesterol, etc are all conditions that reduce one's ability to counter oxidative stress.

Dr. Seheult at Medcram has a good series of videos explaining the relationship of Covid and oxidative stress

Posted by: jinn | Jun 28 2021 13:06 utc | 137

Miami Condo Collapse Mayor and other officials thanked Mexico and Israel for supporting rescue efforts. If those were the only two countries that contributed or offered to provide rescue teams or specialized help to rescue victims it certainly is appropriate to thank them.

However, I wonder if other countries like Iran, Russia, or Cuba offered help that was rejected for political reasons.

I don't know the answer to this but I do know that all three countries have reasonably sophisticated rescue operations and/or have experience with these types of disasters. I also know that the U.S. has declined help in the past for political reasons. Cuba offered to help restore electricity service to Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jun 28 2021 13:54 utc | 138

@41 Ike

My response to you about Cuba has now cleared moderation (many thanks, b) and appears at #118. Bottom line, Cuba didn't use ivermectin because she already had antivirals very appropriate for this disease and used those instead, to great effect. Cuba shared with China also, during the initial grand slam effort back in February 2020.

There are a few links in that post at 118.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 28 2021 14:04 utc | 139

ADKC@105 is correct that my joke about the law of headlines is confusing and that I didn't bother to follow the links, nor am I very interested in transhumanism. The rest is wrong. Antibodies have a genetic component but *they are not the genome of the billions of somatic cells.* It is the normal function of the immune system that genetic expression in the various components of the immune system varies according to the body's encounters with invasive organisms. Every antigen changes the functional genetics, so to speak, of the immune system. That's the way the system operates. Genetic engineering properly is the insertion or deletion of DNA sequences in the nucleus. That's not what mRNA does. mRNA mimics the expression of a real gene, promoting the proliferation of various immune cells. Antigens do the same thing indirectly, by provoking mRNA to vary the production of antibodies till a variant succeeds in fighting the infection. mRNA vaccines insert the change into a system yet it doesn't really alter how the system works. That's why it can be successful, while genetic engineering which has to somehow enter the already existing billions of cells and alter the genome when the vast majority of the cells, unlike the immune system, do not already have mechanisms for genetic alterations. Last, but maybe most important, your talk of con really means denying that the mRNA viruses do not confer immunity of any sort, not that it is somehow contaminating the human genome, and threatening humanity's humanity.

More generally, immune response is not behavior in the sense scientific racists, genetic determinists mean. The way they do mean it is wrong, but not relevant here. Viruses do exist. I don't know if Koch's postulates are taught any more, but viruses have been shown to cause disease. Polio is a classic example.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 28 2021 15:21 utc | 140

I haven't been following the various arguments about covid drugs for a long time time and looked more towards what Russia and China were doing. Cuba was another country of interest in regards to covid but not so much information easily available there.
Something in a couple of grieved's recent posts that I skimmed over got my interest, also the podcasts he linked to were interesting. Something I found interesting though is the similarities between Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine. Hydroxychloroquine was effective in lab test more as a preventive than a cure. It is also used in various auto immune diseases to regulate or tone down the immune system. From the little I have read of Ivermectin, it works very well as a prophylactic and is an anti inflammatory.
The mode of action for the quine type medicines used to treat auto immune conditions it not understood but it was observed very early on that quinine used to treat or prevent malaria also gave some relief to those suffering from arthritic type problems.
Hydroxychloroquine is the one most commonly prescribed as that has the least side effects. Dosage for rheumatism is 200-400 milligrams per day which is about two thirds the dosage rate as that used to treat malaria. As with all the quinine type drugs, it is not good for those with heart issues, but for those without existing heart issues, hydroxychloroquine can be taken at those dosage rates permanently.
My distrust of so called experts began with doctors and a lifetime of autoimmune health issues, most going diagnosed for long periods or not at all. A childhood problem went completely diagnosed although there was obvious signs and doctors knew something was wrong. At the time the condition was not understood and therefore unrecognized by the medical industry. severe backpain through my twenties, doctors would tell me everyone has a bit of back pain, go back to work and forget about it. At that time the early inflammatory and painful stage of that condition was not understood and not recognized. Finally diagnosed at the stage inflamed connective tissue began to calcify. After that, a bout of ross river fever in which the virus only lasts a short time, but a few people took a long time to recover. Took me seven years to throw off the effects of that. Shortly after that, I got hit with the condition that brought me to a stop. About 14 years later still diagnosed. Digestive system nearly ceased functioning and about all I absorb is water soluble nutrient. Metabolic process for converting booze to glucose still works well so long as I take a few mineral supplements.
Back when this covid thing first began, there was a bit of stuff on the Hydroxychloroquine, and as my wife used to like drinking lemon lime and bitters, I bought some bark and made a batch of bitters. Turns out she couldn't drink it because of heart issues. I had a go at it and liked the stuff with a bit of vodka. Got stuck into it and noticed a big increase in my health. Very noticeable within 24 to 48 hours. Did a few tests and it was repeatable. Took it for a two week stint and in that two weeks put 10kg but the amount of citric acid in it gave me a lot of reflux. Made the brew as a tincture with vodka but after a month got hit with some pretty bad side effects. those I had read about and can occur with both quine and earlier when bark was used as the malaria treatment. The effect is very much the same as actual having malaria.

That brew made from bark is nasty stuff. About 25 different alkaloids in that with the active chemical compounds making up on 30-40% of the chemical cocktail.
I have tried to get prescriptions for Hydroxychloroquine, but the pieces of shit that call themselves doctors say they have to diagnose a problem first, which means until this condition becomes recognized as did my previous conditions, nothing can be diagnosed.
A lifetime of that is the cause of my distrust of so called experts and the the reason I research so many different things my self.

Flicking through a few of the videos earlier that Grieved linked to, I run onto one where a guest doctor was talking about diagnosis by observation and diagnosis by clinical testing.
He was talking about how earlier in scientific medicine, diagnoses was made mostly through observation rather than clinical testing, but now many doctors rely totally on clinical testing and ignore observation. He is very right on that and it is the reason I hold the vast majority of doctors in contempt. For me, they are only useful when I need a bit of panel beating, sewing and plastering type stuff, and because they have a monopoly on prescription medicine.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 28 2021 16:22 utc | 141

Pepe Escobar weighs in on the, uh, exercises in the Black Sea and associated events:

A sea painted NATO black

I have run into this sort of notion in one other place lately, thought it would come up again. I have the feeling this will lead to some excitement, but hard to say how or when.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jun 28 2021 16:27 utc | 142


In looking into Two places where Ivermectin on its own have made a very noticeable difference in statistics is Peru and India. In both cases it was used as a preventive drug.
When India's huge numbers suddenly dropped I thought it was just creative accounting. It appears to have been Ivermectin.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 28 2021 16:31 utc | 143

Max @Jun28 1:17 #92:

@ Jackrabbit (#87), once again you continue with your misleading assertion and false accusations. Your statement, “You are wrong in your assessment that the Empire is on the ropes and close to falling apart,” is FALSE. Stop your fake accusations.

@Jun27 16:48 #17 You painted a bleak picture of the Empire on the cusp of failure:

The Five Eyes and EU have reached a strategic inflection point and need to face reality to change... it has reached its critical limits internally and externally... It has ran out of luck and isn’t getting new innovations.

I responded:
The Empire has been moving to meet the challenge since at least 2014. You seem to think they just woke up and will be forced to roll over any day now. The reality is that the Empire is stressed but not on the ropes. Cold War II is likely to last many years.

Then you wrote back referencing something you call "the Financial Empire":
Nope. The Financial Empire has been working to build a global empire for many centuries and its plan of challenging China and Russia was finalized around 2010. However, it is failing and falling apart.

This is shocking in both scope and confusion: the Empire that pre-dated the US Empire was the British Empire and it was a real Empire with global force-projection. Yet, it failed despite decades, if not centuries, of planning. Nor was the outcome of WWII certain, despite planning. Furthermore, you offer no justification for why "finalized" plans were made only in 2010. Centuries of planning yet such hesitancy. LOL.

And, when they made those "finalized plans" they did so within years of failing/flailing (as per your thesis). Centuries of planning yet so little foresight. LOL.

You offered a rabbit hole that few would care to visit yet charged me with "sour grapes" when I made an unrelated comment.

I shared the Empire’s failures and you can’t share its successes since 2014.

Your cherry-picked list was meant only to support your biased analysis.

When one examines each item on the list, one finds that most, if not all, are still "in play". Yes, the Empire has experienced set-backs but no "Waterloo" that justifies a belief that it's teetering. Notably, those who predicted imminent collapse of the Empire during "Erdogan is turning East!" hopium proved to be wrong. But you weren't here for that or for the many other conversations that would provide a more balanced view.

Furthermore, recent Empire successes have outweighed the set-backs (not an exhaustive list):

  1. Key countries like Turkey, Brazil, and India have been siding with the Empire (as noted, Erdogan never turned east, is still occupying Idlib, and is talking about providing troops for Afghanistan);
  2. The Empire has not killed NordStream2 (yet) but they have done a good job in keeping the Europeans on-side. Europeans now pay more into NATO than ever;
  3. The Empire is still in Syria, Iraq, and the withdraw from Afghanistan is questionable (US troops and contractors will remain and NATO Turkey seems likely to increase their participation just as they are in Iraq);
  4. Empire citizens are not much disturbed by the New Cold War or the prospect of a hot war: propaganda and distractions employed by the Empire narrative managers have worked well;
  5. Ukraine is a financial drain but a rich source of anti-Russian propaganda;
  6. A mere 5 years ago China was our friend, today China is under pressure across many fronts from trade to human rights to Taiwan;
  7. Trump initiated an arms build-up that included a space force and development of hyper-sonic missile tech.

Furthermore, the Empire's plan for the new Cold War was stated by Kissinger in 2014 after the Donbas rebels beat Ukraine. That's why I date the Empire's response to 2014.

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Although you make some reasonably good points at times and display an admirable moral quality, you also show muddled thinking at times. In addition to what I've noted above, there's another @Jun27 21:10 #57:

It is time nations and individuals be SOVEREIGN.

How can individuals AND nations be sovereign? Either individuals (each and every one) are sovereign resulting in a constitutional government, or a single individual (king, dictator), or group (religious sect or military junta); or a nation is sovereign (socialism).

You also have an unchecked bias and it's matched by an over-enthusiasm that is combative at times. This shows in your:

  • 'hall-monitoring' behavior (@Jun27 21:10 #57):
    Please don’t assume, generalize and group when engaging with someone. One needs to clarify, comprehend and then conclude.
  • frequent challenges to others (@Jun27 22:16 #64):
    You don’t come across concerned. If you did then you would be probing. One can be sure that you don’t have a clue of your plantation’s values, development themes and money supply. If you know then please state them.
  • As well as you're shoot-the-messenger responses to me.

Advocacy without realism is just biased hopium. Nitpicking & point-scoring is annoying and tiresome. The more you can avoid these things, the more worthwhile it will be to engage with you. I hope this comment helps you in that journey.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 28 2021 16:32 utc | 144

Ex-spurts and experts. Ex-spurts have no real understanding of their chosen field. It is simply a career that brings in money and they have little interest in learning more than they are taught. Experts on the other hand live and breath their chosen career. It is a hobby and interest and what they have been taught is only a launching point. They are always good to talk to.
Ask a difficult quest of an ex spurt and he/she will either say it is very complicated and you wont understand and when pressed start ridiculing you rather than admit they don't know. An expert on the other hand will either explain a concept or simply say they don't know.
It doesn't take long to separate ex-spurts from experts.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 28 2021 16:45 utc | 145

Today's clipping:

Why I like socialism? by Djoomart Otorbaev

Important to read this, as it portraits the point of view of a relevant historical figure.

Soviet foreign policy was extremely successful in the colonial and Asian worlds. The picture of fanatical communists with messianic complex trying to desperately force communist revolutions at any cost is essentially a Western European point of view.

This also puts to rest the notion the USSR was an imperialist nation:

The Soviet Union, as a socialist country, first introduced the basic principles on distributing the national wealth fairly and bringing less developed and less privileged regions to a reasonable level of development. That is why the primary beneficiary of the Great October Socialist Revolution was my region of Central Asia.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Warsaw Pact nations and the Western ex-USSR nations had to come up with a revisionist narrative so that they could be absorbed by Western Europe (EU) on the most favorable terms possible. Hence the fabrication of the myth of Soviet imperialism/oppression in Eastern Europe.


Development, not ideology, is the hard truth

"It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white so long as it catches mice."

The late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's words go straight to the truth of China's rapid growth – the country has chosen a development path that suits its actual conditions.

Yes, China is a socialist country. But socialism is not a sclerotic system. It varies in strategy and practice in different periods. This ensures that capitalism is not held in binary opposition to socialism.

Translating Deng's words: Communists don't have a style, they make things happen.

Socialism takes different forms in different places in different times for one very simple reason: so does the world. Capitalism also isn't the same in the USA, Sweden, Brazil, Iraq and Congo.


World's largest hydropower project under construction starts operations marking China’s world leadership


India moves 50,000 troops to China border in historic pivot

Now we know the real reason the Indians fabricated that border conflict with China.

By the way, the Indian Navy is also preparing a sea blockade of oil to China. That means it is clearly preparing for a total war against China, that is, a war for the entire Tibet (and its precious water sources to China) and maybe even a chunk of Xinjiang - not just a defensive war for reassurance of the Ladakh border.

India has now degenerated to the proverbial pigeon playing chess.


Speaking of adapting in a changing world:

China adds 37 new college majors, one third in AI, information technology

As all 31 provincial-level regions involved in the gaokao have released their scores and unveiled the undergraduate admission bar, it is time that incoming freshmen file their college application forms. According to the latest undergraduate major catalog published by the Ministry of Education (MoE), a total of 37 majors have been included by 43 institutes for the first time in 2021.

About one-third of these newly approved majors are related to electronic information and AI. These majors include intelligent mining, intelligent transportation, the energy internet, flexible electronics, and intelligent vehicle technology.


Among the 37 new majors, 12 belong to the humanities, arts and social sciences, but that's still far fewer than the number of additional majors in science and technology, triggering concern from some students and netizens. But experts pointed out that the MoE's decision is in line with job market.

"It's harder for China's liberal arts graduates to find jobs than for their science and technology classmates," Xiong Bingqi, director of the 21st Century Education Research Institute in Beijing, told the Global Times. "This is also an important reason why universities do not increase the enrollment of liberal arts majors."

Xiong pointed out that the decision is also related to China's urgent need for talent in related fields.

"China lacks core technology in some high-tech fields and suffers the bottleneck problem as China's development faces technology blockade launched by the West. Chinese higher education is also currently working to address this problem and train more relevant talent," Xiong noted.


Double standards:

Women Are Having Fewer Babies Because They Have More Choices

So, what's a "catastrophe", a "failure", a "disaster", "for the CCP [CPC]" becomes a beautiful story of the liberation of women in the USA. Sure, sure... and I was born yesterday.


Possible Failure Point Emerges in Miami-Area Building Collapse

Some engineers looking at the failure of a 13-story condo tower in Florida said the collapse appeared to have begun somewhere near the bottom of the building.

No shit, Sherlock!


About Israel's demographic bomb I've been talking about, and its relation with the haste in occupying the rest of Jerusalem:

Eco-study warns Israel’s open spaces will SHRINK as its population grows – and the settlement question is the elephant in the room

Israel is in a very precarious condition. I can't see any way out.


The (neo)colonial question in the Ukraine:

Top Ukrainian magazine names US ambassador as country’s ‘most influential woman,’ highlighting extent of American leverage in Kiev


US Professor Lauds Stalin's 'Tactical Ability to Successfully Defeat World's Greatest Invading Army'

I agree with the Professor.

As I've been saying here some threads ago, Stalin is the typical example in History of "the circumstances made the man". The Bolsheviks always knew forced collectivization was on the table. They always knew "Socialism in One Country" was on the table. They all knew that from day 1. They just had to rule out all the other (better) alternatives before they could find the political and social environment to do it. It just turned out that its executor was Stalin and not, say, Lenin (if he hadn't died prematurely in 1924).

Posted by: vk | Jun 28 2021 17:09 utc | 146

Paco@121 can't convince me to read Karaganov, I'm afraid. If anything, it seems to me that the Russian "elites" who *did* travel to the imperialist countries convinced themselves they were being cheated of their proper living standard, that of upper middle class/petty bourgeois westerners. Or that they should have been able to travel and live in western hotels and give seminars and so on. There was supposedly a joke after restoration that the communists lied about socialism (saying the status quo was paradise?) while telling the truth about capitalism. The thing is, all the Soviet dissidents, and all the bureaucrats, including KGB officers like Putin, who thought it was horrible the USSR should give benefits to foreigners always knew perfectly well what capitalism was like. I remember reading an anecdote by some dissident or other, still sullen that a foreign visitor would put him (or her?) on the spot by asking what socialism was really like. Apparently the visitor was supposed to know by telepathy, or already hate socialism, or something equally strange. What struck me was, the dissident didn't bother to ask the visitor what capitalism was really like. So, no, I don't think there were ever any illusions in the elite, just resentment at the costs of international solidarity. Cold war made it hard to vacation in the west! This sort of thing is why Putin is a Yeltsinite to the core, just one who came in to guarantee the thieves peaceful title. And why Putin cannot be counted on as an ally to China, either, which I hope the Chinese understand.

And I don't think the masses were under any illusions either. The average person knew how much they were getting ripped off by bureaucratic corruption and privilege. What I didn't think they understood was the difference between the corruption and a system that was rigged against them. That is, they thought getting rid of crooked politicians was all that was needed. Instead, the miners' strike undermined a workers' state, which despite inevitable human and historical imperfections was still *theirs,* and stood by (mostly) while a new state arose, one that dispossessed public property. It was their property that was stolen. The lesson for today is that anti-corruption is a populist theme. The problem is, populism has been around for thousands of years. Literally so, Julius Caesar was a "popularis," after all. And populism didn't work then, and it didn't work later. Populism never works, is always a diversion to the right, occasionally indulged as a tactic precisely because it is guaranteed to fail. (The more hysterical conservatives never understand this, of course. But then, conservatism as a political philosophy is pretty much a synonym for stupid.)

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 28 2021 17:13 utc | 147

Development not ideology is the hard truth?

Here's a hard truth: Developing a billionaire class is not development. Saying so, is ideology.

Also ideology? Saying it doesn't matter whether the cat is black or white, when the question is whether it's a cat who catches mice...or a tiger who will eat your children. Deng I suspect thought the tiger would eat somebody else's children. Xi is today's Deng.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 28 2021 17:22 utc | 148

Grieved, thanks again.

About Dr. McCoullough. Yes he has been my go-to guy in the whole covid thing.

Unbelievable to see how the narrative nazis are trying to take this eminent and distinguished doctor and professor of medicine down.

Posted by: Gordog | Jun 28 2021 17:47 utc | 149

vk 146

India were building infrastructure and getting ready for a move into Chinese held territory since before the Galwin valley incident. They had in fact moved some distance up the valley past patrol point 14 by the time the Chinese got there.
Google has now blotted out that part of the Galwin valley on their satellite view. Partly by selecting a sat pick where the Indian portion of the valley is in deep shadow, but also distorting the photo at patrol point 14 so that is completely gone from view.
This is the google satellite view at patrol point 14.,78.2128507,663m/data=!3m1!1e3
Back where the Galwin meets the larger river, the Indian camps can be seen, one on either side of the river, plus the new bridges to get into the Galwin valley.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 28 2021 17:48 utc | 150

The point of the extracted paragraph is that Russians nowadays do not have any illusions about the west, while the soviets in the late 80’s did. Of course the losses where immense, lead by a mediocre Gorbachev they trusted the west and they paid dearly for that misplaced trust. That small excerpt of the film “The Brother II” forms part now of the day to day culture and language, truth is power, and even the pro-western liberals are able to see the very primitive western narrative, the blatant lies like installing missile defense sites in Poland to defend Europe against North Korean attacks, who in his right mind would believe that?. Then all the unproved accusations, Skripals, Petrov&Boshirov, Navalny, Maidan in Ukraine, failed Maidan in Belarus, weaponization of gender issues, Nato at their door while accusing Russia of being aggressive. The admiration and desire to emulate the west are long gone, and all recent polling confirms that what once was sort of a promised land now it is no more. Of course Russia is not the Soviet Union, and never again will be, but at least one has to concede to Putin the fact that he avoided total collapse.

Posted by: Paco | Jun 28 2021 18:07 utc | 151

imho there are two issues of the outmost importance:

Mandatory vaccinations with experimental vaccines

And the vaccination of children with said vaccines

Posted by: DG | Jun 28 2021 18:17 utc | 152

Grieved I have been having a look at your links at 118. The Cuba one is interesting. It compares Cuba to Florida as and example of how good Cuba was doing. Doing the numbers given, Cuba although it has a low infection rate has a very high death rate. Mortality rate for Cuba at that time was 3.5% whereas Florida had a mortality rate of only 0.18%
As I said in an earlier post, I have been mostly watching what China and Russia are doing. Russia has tested and ruled out many of these type of drugs.

What I suspect is happening is that these drugs work best as a preventive. Their effectiveness in eliminating an existing infection is easily checked by constantly monitoring viral loads in a patient, and my guess is this is where they are ruled out.

Their effectiveness as a preventive however can only really be determined by large scale statistics, which according to one of the videos you linked to occurred in Peru, and in other reading, I found this also occurred in India in a very big way. Both of those were for Ivermectin.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 28 2021 18:23 utc | 153

@DG | Jun 28 2021 18:17 utc | 152

Yes. I have refused after being prompted by "authorities" over SMS 3 times. Why this insistance?. I.e. I was not asked, but instructed. But I refuse, because there is no risk with "covid" but very high risk with the "vaccines". There is no medical reason to take such a risk, and there is every reason to question what is really going on.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jun 28 2021 18:23 utc | 154

@ Jackrabbit (#144),

Thanks for putting together our interaction and responding to questions. My responses below will show that you instead of trying to comprehend the comments are once again making misleading assumptions, distorting reality and aren’t demonstrating integrity. Also, your detailed response further validate a pattern of one-upmanship, which is not a constructive conduct. You could have questioned me yesterday and I would have been be happy to respond and it would have been a better engagement. But that was never your intent. Then once again you respond in a condescending way. I hope formatting comes out clearly in the response.

“This is shocking in both scope and confusion: the Empire that pre-dated the US Empire was the British Empire and it was a real Empire with global force-projection. Yet, it failed despite decades, if not centuries, of planning. Nor was the outcome of WWII certain, despite planning.”

I don’t see this as the “the US Empire,” but as stated in my comment (#23) ‘The Financial Empire’. What is the difference between two? I don’t use the term that you used for the current Empire. Why? Please answer these questions. If you understand the differences then you won’t make this absurd statements and dramatize by calling them “shocking.” You have consistently in this post interactions resorted to attacking and accusations instead of clarifying and understanding. The British Empire didn't fall, it morphed into what?

“Furthermore, you offer no justification for why "finalized" plans were made only in 2010. Centuries of planning yet such hesitancy. LOL”

One can only lead by examples. Did you offer any justification in your first comment when you asserted, “The Empire has been moving to meet the challenge since at least 2014”? Why would you expect me to offer any justification? If I didn’t, then you could have probed further. I had shared links previously on other posts to back my assertion of 2010. This shows your double standard, making baseless accusation and lack of integrity.

“When one examines each item on the list, one finds that most, if not all, are still "in play".

‘Success’ is defined at the end of accomplishment. Programs or projects are not successes.

In my comment (#23) I clearly stated, ‘It didn’t achieve success in Ukraine (2013), Syria (2016), Bolivia (2019), Venezuela (2018), Belarus (2020), Nord Stream 2 (201x) and in the China trade deal (2019).’ I have previously defined them here as frozen conflicts. Even in Afghanistan after 20 years it is still there. Is the Financial Empire so incompetent that it can’t achieve success in a reasonable time? The Financial Empire thought it had Bolivia in 2019, but lost it in 2020. Similarly, your list of “Turkey, Brazil, and India,” are all in play. What a hypocrisy. An Asian diplomat called G7 meeting as a “G7 circus.” What happened at the recent NATO meeting? What were the key contentious issues?

I have number of times at MoA corrected commentators who have said that “the dollar will collapse,” by informing them that the dollar will devalue like its previous defaults of the last century. I haven’t promoted collapse theory of the U$A.

“How can individuals AND nations be sovereign?”

Individuals become sovereign when all gain equal rights and aren’t enslaved in any form. Similarly, nations become sovereign, when they use sovereign money and define their destiny. Who creates money in the U$A? Let’s see your integrity and intelligence from your answer to this simple question clearly and accurately. Why call a private plantation, “the U$A”, a democracy? Is it a nation, suzerainty, or Empire?

I don’t have time to engage further on this comment. However, the core proposition of your improper engagement with bad intent stays. Please learn to engage with integrity. Deceivers decay to demise!

“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.”
- Robert Kennedy

Posted by: Max | Jun 28 2021 18:41 utc | 155

Most will devote their attention to the exchange of words between Xi and Putin, and rightfully so. However, in Putin's address to graduates of the higher military schools, he provided this following nugget:

"The role and responsibility of a commander have increased many times over. There is need for more than fundamental theoretical training in military science. You must also be willing to continue to learn and to help your subordinates master the latest military equipment, because modern armed forces are a veritable alloy of advanced technology, innovation and knowledge.

"Hypersonic weapons – the Avangard and Kinzhal (Dagger) complexes – have already been put on combat alert. Other unparalleled weapons systems, including Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, Zircon ship-based hypersonic missile and the S-500 Prometheus anti-aircraft systems to name just a few, are coming soon.

"Of course, military service is, by and large, prosaic. However, the formation of a new state armament programme based on advanced developments by the leading research teams, defence R&D institutes and design bureaus with a planning horizon to 2034 is already underway and its implementation will seek to further strengthen the country's defence capabilitiy. And, of course, you are the very ones who will be operating this equipment." [My Emphasis]

The first paragraph's emphasis is placed because of the West's rapidly diminishing ability in this area, which as Putin implied isn't just related to weapon systems. The nugget is the revealing of the current "planning horizon," which would also include the manner in which it'll be financed that we already know will be at a sustainable pace. If I were an Outlaw US Empire military planner, I'd treat Russia/China as one nation, which would quickly make me realize there's no way the Empire can compete with them; that the head start both have is such that regaining parity is a chimera and superiority a complete fantasy.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2021 18:42 utc | 156

Scott Ritter opines the recent airstrikes by the Outlaw US Empire on PMU personnel in Iraq was completely mindless as Ritter relates:

"That returns us to the original question: what, if anything, was the Pentagon thinking when planning these strikes? From a military standpoint, they accomplished worse than nothing. By attacking resources that can be readily replaced, all the US did was provide additional motive and justification for retaliatory strikes against US targets in Iraq, perpetuating the cycle of violence the attacks were ostensibly intended to halt. This appeared to be the case today after Iranian backed Shia militias launched an attack on the Al-Omar Oil Field, which the US uses as a base. From a political perspective, they alienated the very Iraqi government officials whose continued support they needed to justify their presence in Iraq– and, by extension, Syria – to begin with.

"But it is the absolute dearth of geopolitical awareness that makes the US action so perplexing. It appears the US bombs simply because it can – consequences, be damned. We act like a bunch of petulant teenagers who, having dragged a hornets’ nest into a closed room, cry when, after kicking it, the hornets emerge to sting."

It seems my reality versus delusion meme is overwhelmingly dominant.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2021 19:03 utc | 157

Atomic Soldiers - What Does a Nuclear Bomb Explosion Feel Like?

The existential threat of nuclear war is no longer a cold war memory. With nine countries armed with around 15,000 atomic bombs up to 53 times stronger than those dropped in the Second World War, the stakes are arguably higher. While most people know about the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, few are aware that an additional 2,000 atomic bombs were detonated after World War II and tested on hundreds of thousands of young soldiers to prepare them for nuclear war. Ahead of the International Day against Nuclear Tests on August 29, we met up British atomic veterans who were present at test sites in Australia and the Pacific, to find out what it’s like to experience a nuclear bomb explosion up close.

Posted by: Mao | Jun 28 2021 19:14 utc | 158


What’s most scary is the erosion of basic fundamental rights and freedoms.

Thank god a lot of ppl are not following the fear mandates. They question, they resist, they are sceptical, they are not that eager to follow the insanity.

Most of the ppl though are ok with this. They occupy themselves worrying about the democracy in faraway places while the democracies they live in are transforming into authoritarian regimes under their nose.

In Greece the PM announced today that all young ppl who get vaccinated will receive a bonus of 150 euros.


Posted by: DG | Jun 28 2021 19:15 utc | 159

Disaster At Hand: Documenting Afghan Military Equipment Losses Since June 2021

Posted by: Mao | Jun 28 2021 19:15 utc | 160

Max @Jun28 18:41 #155

... a pattern of one-upmanship

I have no interest in 'one-upping' a new commenter! Did you come here from Zero Hedge?

You could have questioned me yesterday and I would have been be happy to respond and it would have been a better engagement. But that was never your intent.

It wasn't my intent to go down the rabbit hole that you presented.

I commented on your interaction with donkeytale because vk and donkeytale are both very experienced and intelligent commentators that were doing fine without hall monitoring. I then responded to your "sour grapes" accusation.

"Financial Empire"

My objection to this term is that I view it as impossible to have a "Financial Empire" that is not dependent on real-world force protection. Thus, one can not separate into financial and non-financial entities.

The British Empire didn't fall, it morphed into what?

I suppose you are referring to the City of London is a "Financial Empire". But it's more parasite than Empire.

But I focused on your "centuries of planning" nonsense. The extensive "planning" that you propose hasn't saved Empires and a few unsuccessful escapades doesn't mean an Empire is on the brink of failure. It's important to take a comprehensive look.

‘Success’ is defined at the end of accomplishment.

I never said the Empire was successful in the examples you mentioned, I said many, if not all, were still "in play".

Is the Financial Empire so incompetent that it can’t achieve success in a reasonable time?

You are moving the goal posts here.

Individuals become sovereign when all gain equal rights and aren’t enslaved in any form. Similarly, nations become sovereign, when they use sovereign money and define their destiny.

You're conflating human rights and sovereignty.

I don’t have time to engage further on this comment.

Good. You've wasted enough of our time.

Deceivers decay to demise!

WTF Dude? Grow up.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 28 2021 19:37 utc | 161

River Ganges continues to cough up the dead from the pandemic:

Dozens of bodies, many of them buried Covid victims, are washed from banks of India's Ganges by seasonal floods & float downriver

But this is the most depressing part:

Many of the bodies laid to rest on the banks of the river are reported to be from poor families, whose relatives could not afford enough firewood for a traditional cremation.

Cannot afford firewood? Jesus Christ, Indians, don't you have any shame?

Posted by: vk | Jun 28 2021 20:00 utc | 162

I knew it when I saw the headline buried in The Japan Times' homepage that the West didn't hear what it wanted to hear from the scientist:

Foreign Scientist Employed at Wuhan Lab on Eve of Pandemic Denies Media Reports

"It’s not that it was boring, but it was a regular lab that worked in the same way as any other high-containment lab […] What people are saying [about the Wuhan lab] is just not how it is," Anderson said.

Posted by: vk | Jun 28 2021 20:03 utc | 163

@ Jackrabbit (#161),

The very fact you didn’t answer the most important question, “Who creates money in the U$A?“ shows you have NO INTEGRITY. The answer to this question will debunk your nonsense. All you do is fake accusations and act like a propagandist. You betray the U$A & humanity, by calling it “the US Empire.” What are the common characteristics of the U$A presidents that have been assassinated?

You state things in play as an example of successes. One can’t fool all the people all the time!

Do these intelligence or military chiefs work in the best interest of their nations or of the world financiers/Financial Empire? Is the purpose of the U$A military & agencies to defend the nation & people or act as mercenaries for the Financial Empire? After leaving their chief position, most of them join the FINANCIAL sector. David Petraeus joined KKR (Bilderberg), George Tenet (Allen & Co), John Deutch (Citi), James Woolsey (Lux Capital), Jonathan Evans (HSBC), Tommy Franks (Bank of America) ... Which firm did Colin Powell join?

What % of the Biden Administration is from the CFR & Bilderberg? 100%? Who are U$A’s OWNERS?

The extensive planning from the FIRST central bank in 1609 has let this Financial Empire move from contraction and expansion cycles to become a Financial Empire. Read the work of David Abernathy, “The dynamics of Global Dominance.”

Your cockamamie and baseless opinions are devoid of reality and more like RUSE and deception. Don’t be an Empire’s Orc (individual without conscience - dark soul).

Luck challenges might!

Posted by: Max | Jun 28 2021 20:11 utc | 164

karlof1 @ 156
If I were an Outlaw US Empire military planner, I'd treat Russia/China as one nation, which would quickly make me realize there's no way the Empire can compete with them...

I think that is an imperitive for the Empire. They are placing the daggar at the heart of Russia to a point where the Russians can soon bend no more. China is quite nearly in position to take a few things if that short sharp conflict starts.

I imagine the Empire will lose some of their pawns in Asia to China if they make the Russians have to physcally defend themselves. With that possiblity they will go full bore to compete anyway. Their doctines are set in stone. They will not accept a change in doctrine. It is almost in China's interest for the West and Russia to come to blows in any form of short or long term physical conflict.

The Phillipines has angrily aquiested to the loss of territory to China knowing that by inviting the US in again for base aquisition that are placing themselves in the middle of a possible conflict. I suspect we will see more of that play out in the region in the future.

Posted by: circumspect | Jun 28 2021 20:24 utc | 165


Philippines have 'lost' no territory to China. As for Russia and China, China is an infrastructure and manufacturing superpower, Russia is a military and resource superpower. Russia has already said it will step in if US launches a nuclear attack against any of its allies. Russia and China have jointly stated they will actively stop any color revolution by the US against any country.
If the US attacks Russia, it will be destroyed, or at the very least, its military power totally destroyed same as happened to Georgia in 2008.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 28 2021 20:39 utc | 166

circumspect @165--

I highly suggest reading The Saker's latest analysis, to which I'd link if it didn't send my reply to the moderation box.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2021 20:51 utc | 167

@ Peter AU1 (#166) & karlof1,

Good points. It emerges from the security and diplomatic circles, that Britain is showing lots of hostility towards Russia and joined by the East European neocons in the U$A. Any thoughts on what is driving these antagonists. Thanks.

Posted by: Max | Jun 28 2021 21:02 utc | 168

I am watching fellow MoA barflies interact with newbie commenter Max and trying to remember the last aggressive word salad abuser that passed through the MoA bar.

If it isn't clear by now, Max is a waste of MoA barflies time, just like commenter vk. I expect we will see more examples of these time wasting reality obfuscators as MoA continues to be seen as a source of non-MSM "truth".

Scrolling down to see who the commenter is before reading continues to work well for me. MoA commenter newbies should continue to be engaged with but beware of the rabbit holes of obfuscation.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2021 21:05 utc | 169

Those interested in reading the many articles being published about China and its Communist Party as it nears its 100th Anniversary can find a trove here.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2021 21:15 utc | 170

Hereditary or cultural hatred of Russia. It is a country the anglo's have never been able to subdue or take chunks out of.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 28 2021 21:30 utc | 171

@psychohistorian #169:

…Max is a waste of MoA barflies time, just like commenter vk.

I don’t think vk is a waste of my time at all. In fact, I consider vk to be one of the best MoA commenters, perhaps the best.

Posted by: S | Jun 28 2021 21:37 utc | 172

The illusion versus reality meme continues to march as Crooke is the latest analyst to employ it, this time in relation to the reaction to Raisi's election:

"The Raisi obsession is a pity, because it also risks losing sight of a dynamic which extends well beyond Iran. It is evident that Team Biden would ideally like to tamp-down the many Middle Eastern foreign policy issues that potentially distract, and sap attention away from Team Biden’s primordial concern to advance a cultural and economic revolution in America. The team is explicit in saying that ideally it would like to pivot away from the Middle East to China – though how to do it is the problem.

"To inoculate his Admin from distraction, Team Biden’s solution seems to be to thrust a ‘frog down the throat’ of those not compliant with U.S.-led ‘global order’. The frog in the throat may be sanctions; it may be the European and NATO frogs thrust into Russia’s throat; it may be ‘westification bubbles’ blown either inside China (Taiwan), or at the borders of a state (Ukraine). The ‘frogs’ serve to give the U.S. a supposed hold over these states.

"The problem is that ‘the hold’ is illusory. The world has ‘had it’ with the westification implants.

"These states can, and will, strike back if the planting of these ‘westification bubbles’ becomes too troublesome. Hong Kong is a clear example."

The reality as Crooke points out is the Iranian perspective has changed and become more realistic, which is the school Raisi represents: Let the Foreign Ministry deal with the West while the rest of society turns East and North to further its advancement/development. As I pointed out last week, Raisi is far from being the Hardline Ogre as he's described.

Crooke also points out the grave diggers involved in this ongoing 50+ years crisis for which they bear much responsibility: "One hopes the narrative artists may be held accountable." With luck, Occupied Palestine will become Palestine by 2030 as the Zionist's self-inflicted anarchy ruptures the colony.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2021 21:41 utc | 173

Any thoughts on what is driving these antagonists. Thanks.

Posted by: Max | Jun 28 2021 21:02 utc | 168

Perhaps genetic...?

Ashkenaz (Hebrew: אַשְׁכְּנָז‎) in the Hebrew Bible is one of the descendants of Noah. Ashkenaz is the first son of Gomer, and a Japhetic patriarch in the Table of Nations. In rabbinic literature, the kingdom of Ashkenaz was first associated with the Scythian region, then later with the Slavic territories,[1] and, from the 11th century onwards, with Germany and northern Europe.

His name is related to the Assyrian Aškūza (Aškuzai, Iškuzai), a people who expelled the Cimmerians from the Armenian highland of the Upper Euphrates area.[2]

Some researchers have attempted to trace various place names to Cimmerian origins. It has been suggested that Cimmerium gave rise to the Turkic toponym Qırım (which in turn gave rise to the name "Crimea").[28]

A genetic study published in Science Advances in October 2018 examined the remains of three Cimmerians buried between ca. 1,000 BC and 800 BC. The two samples of Y-DNA extracted belonged to haplogroup R1b1a and Q1a1, while the three samples of mtDNA extracted belonged to haplogroup H9a, C5c and R. [32]

A genetic study published in Current Biology in July 2019 examined the remains of three Cimmerians. The two samples of Y-DNA extracted belonged to haplogroup R1a-Z645 and R1a2c-B111, while the three samples of mtDNA extracted belonged to haplogroup H35, U5a1b1 and U2e2.[33]

Posted by: Agin | Jun 28 2021 21:55 utc | 174

@ S | Jun 28 2021 21:37 utc | 172 who wrote
I don’t think vk is a waste of my time at all. In fact, I consider vk to be one of the best MoA commenters, perhaps the best.

I don't read vk anymore because they are an ideologue and I am a logic/reason sort. Marxism does not exist any more than monotheistic religions. Global private finance exists in the West and has a history just like China's PBOC and its 70+ year history....wasteful myth versus private/public reality

Your casting vk's comments as the best at MoA will insure I skip over anything you offer as well....enjoy your delusions.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2021 22:04 utc | 175

psychohistorian @Jun28 22:04 #175

Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Even if you find his marxism distastful, vk makes a great contribution with his links.

S doesn't comment as frequently as some others but I'm always interested in what he has to say.

PS Hope you are coping well with the heat.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 28 2021 22:27 utc | 176

@psychohistorian #175:

I am a logic/reason sort

Your casting vk's comments as the best at MoA will insure I skip over anything you offer as well

How very logical and rational of you to stop reading someone’s comments not because of their content, but because the author happens to like another commenter’s comments. About as logical and rational as the behavior of adolescent cliques.

vk objectively knows a lot about the early Soviet history and does MoA a great service by correcting all kinds of wrong statements about the Soviet Union. Just like Gordog knows a lot about aerospace and does MoA a great service by educating us on that.

One doesn’t have to agree with everything vk posts (or even most of it) to appreciate his/her contribution.

Posted by: S | Jun 28 2021 22:51 utc | 177

Hard to know which thread to post this to. I don't recall anyone providing a link or mentioning what IMO is Sergei Lavrov's seminal essay about the current state of affairs between those supporting the UN Charter and genuine Multilateralism and those from the NATO/EU Bloc trying to establish what they call a rules based order and multilateralism by diktat. Yes, it's Lavrov, so you know it's extensive and complete in most every detail.

After setting the table, Sergei delivers the meal:

"It is much harder to accept the diversity and competition of ideas in the development of the world than to invent prescriptions for all of humanity within a narrow circle of the like-minded, free from any disputes on matters of principle, which makes the emergence of truth all but impossible. However, universal platforms can produce agreements that are much more solid, sustainable, and can be subject to objective verification.

"This immutable truth struggles to make it through to the Western elites, consumed as they are with the exceptionalism complex. As I mentioned earlier in this article, right after the talks between Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden, EU and NATO officials rushed to announce that nothing has changed in the way they treat Russia. Moreover, they are ready to see their relations with Moscow deteriorate further, they claimed.

"Moreover, it is an aggressive Russophobic minority that increasingly sets the EU’s policy, as confirmed by the EU Summit in Brussels on June 24 and 25, 2021, where the future of relations with Russia was on the agenda. The idea voiced by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to hold a meeting with Vladimir Putin was killed before it saw the light of day. Observers noted that the Russia-US Summit in Geneva was tantamount to a go-ahead by the United States to have this meeting, but the Baltic states, siding with Poland, cut short this “uncoordinated” attempt by Berlin and Paris, while the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summoned the German and French ambassadors to explain their governments’ actions. What came out of the debates at the Brussels summit was an instruction to the European Commission and the European Union External Action Service to devise new sanctions against Moscow without referring to any specific 'sins,' just in case. No doubt they will come up with something, should the need arise.

"Neither NATO, nor the EU intend to divert from their policy of subjugating other regions of the world, proclaiming a self-designated global messianic mission. The North-Atlantic Treaty Organisation is seeking to proactively contribute to America’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific Region, clearly targeted at containing China, and undermining ASEAN’s role in its decades-long efforts to build an inclusive cooperation architecture for Asia-Pacific. In turn, the European Union drafts programmes to 'embrace' geopolitical spaces in its neighbourhood and beyond, without coordinating these initiatives even with the invited countries. This is what the Eastern Partnership, as well as a recent programme approved by Brussels for Central Asia, are all about. There is a fundamental difference between these approaches and the ones guiding integration processes with Russia’s involvement: the CIS, the CSTO, EurAsEC and the SCO, which seek to develop relations with external partners exclusively on the basis of parity and mutual agreement.

"With its contemptuous attitude towards other members of the international community, the West finds itself on the wrong side of history." [My Emphasis}

But what does that all mean, Sergei:

"As for Russia, it is high time that everyone understands that we have drawn a definitive line under any attempts to play a one-way game with us. All the mantras we hear from the Western capitals on their readiness to put their relations with Moscow back on track, as long as it repents and changes its tack, are meaningless. Still, many persist, as if by inertia, in presenting us with unilateral demands, which does little, if any, credit to how realistic they are." [My Emphasis]

And of course, there's still more of importance to it all, but I rather doubt anyone in the West aside from a few interested citizens will understand:

"The policy of having the Russian Federation develop on its own, independently and protecting national interests, while remaining open to reaching agreements with foreign partners on an equal basis, has long been at the core of all its position papers on foreign policy, national security and defence. However, judging by the practical steps taken over the recent years by the West, they probably thought that Russia did not really mean what it preached, as if it did not intend to follow through on these principles. This includes the hysterical response to Moscow’s efforts to stand up for the rights of Russians in the aftermath of the bloody 2014 government coup in Ukraine, supported by the United States, NATO and the EU. They thought that if they applied some more pressure on the elites and targeted their interests, while expanding personal, financial and other sectoral sanctions, Moscow would come to its senses and realise that it would face mounting challenges on its development path, as long as it did not 'change its behaviour,' which implies obeying the West. Even when Russia made it clear that we view this policy by the United States and Europe as a new reality and will proceed on economic and other matters from the premise that we cannot depend on unreliable partners, the West persisted in believing that, at the end of the day, Moscow 'will come to its senses' and will make the required concessions for the sake of financial reward. Let me emphasise what President Vladimir Putin has said on multiple occasions: there have been no unilateral concessions since the late 1990s and there never will be. If you want to work with us, recover lost profits and business reputations, let us sit down and agree on ways we can meet each other half way in order to find fair solutions and compromises.

"It is essential that the West understands that this is a firmly ingrained worldview among the people of Russia, reflecting the attitude of the overwhelming majority here. The 'irreconcilable' opponents of the Russian government who have placed their stakes on the West and believe that all Russia’s woes come from its anti-Western stance advocate unilateral concessions for the sake of seeing the sanctions lifted and receiving hypothetical financial gains. But they are totally marginal in Russian society. During his June 16, 2021 news conference in Geneva, Vladimir Putin made it abundantly clear what the West is after when it supports these marginal forces." [My Emphasis]

Always the diplomat, Lavrov reminds any remaining Western readers that Russia is still open to conversations made on an equal footing:

"We will persist in promoting the emergence of an international relations culture based on the supreme values of justice and enabling all countries, large and small, to develop in peace and freedom. We will always remain open to honest dialogue with anyone who demonstrates a reciprocal readiness to find a balance of interests firmly rooted in international law. These are the rules we adhere to."

Unfortunately, IMO the West is 100% consumed in its Messianic "exceptionalist complex," although Merkel seems an exception. Lavrov's essay is equally as important as a Putin speech and sets out the policy direction of Putin and Russia. I refrained from citing any of Lavrov's table-setting from the essay's first halve because it all must be read to see the Russian reality versus the West's illusions. I feel my description of what's actually happening is confirmed by Lavrov, Putin and Xi. Even Lavrov comments about the end of the 500 year period of control the West's trying to maintain via its delusions. I also suggest reading the text from today's Putin/Xi's video meeting to see that all three are reading from the same page.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2021 23:04 utc | 178

Apologies if this was previously linked, "NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard." The article links to 30 additional documents and contains 18 footnotes.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2021 23:41 utc | 179


Thanks for highlighting the important bits of Lavrov's essay @178 (Jun 28 2021 23:04) and for pointing us to the new Saker essay.

Both essays are remarkable in that they clearly demonstrate that any strategic accommodation is over. We are closer to conflict that most people in the West know. And if it happens, the dumbass public will be told that no one could'a seen it coming.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 28 2021 23:51 utc | 180

Jackrabbit @181--

Yes, as I wrote a few days ago, the Outlaw US Empire can only continue its hegemony via war and instruments of war. That NATO and EU--what I now call the NATO Bloc--seem to be in total agreement/obedience is rendered invalid when trying to understand the almost unanimous UNGA vote condemning the Outlaw US Empire for its illegal and inhumane embargo of Cuba in which the Empire is only supported by its Parasite, Occupied Palestine. The only explanation I have for such erratic behavior is confusion within the ranks. For example, here's the EU's excuse; however, do note that despite voting against the Outlaw US Empire the EU members still endorse the interference in Cuba's affairs until it changes its behavior. And I'm sure other examples of similar EU behavior can be found. For the EU, Russia clearly stands as a case on its own.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2021 0:16 utc | 181

Miami Condo collapse and 9/11 WTC Towers

Note the pancake style collapse of the Miami Condo and there is no indication of an explosion of any kind.

Regardless of how it starts, once a floor of a multi-story building collapses, the weight of all of the floors above it contribute to a vector force for the next floor below it. The pancake collapse pattern is very common.

'buildings don't collapse like that without an explosion' is a popular truther argument. The Jet fuel did not have to melt the steel, it only had to weaken it. Steel loses 50% of its capacity at 1100F
You had a fully loaded Jet burning for almost an hour and it gets really windy up there.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jun 29 2021 0:21 utc | 182

steven t johnson | Jun 28 2021 17:13 utc | 147

Once you have read Michael Parenti's "The Assassination Of Julius Caesar: A People's History Of Ancient Rome" you will understand your analytical error, and the constant bad mouthing of "populism" by the elites and their elite historians. The Roman Republic was an oligarchy where the oligarchs murdered anyone who threatened their power, just like the present US where they are bit more subtle at getting rid of, or co-opting, "populists". Trump was not a populist, he was the usual fake right-wing type. The true populists are socialists are types like Bernie Saunders, George Wallace and Huey Long - real threats to the oligarch's interest at one time or another.


Posted by: Roger | Jun 29 2021 0:26 utc | 183

Peter AU1 @ 166
Philippines have 'lost' no territory to China
I beg to differ. China has occupied islands in their exclusive economic zone and is building a military base. I would define their exclusive economic zone as "territory" yet uninhabitable territory until China took those islands in their territory and placed bases on them.
Legal Victory for the Philippines against China: A Case Study

China intends to drill in their exclusive economic zone in the future. Fishing rights, drilling rights not to mention the destruction of the reefs and the further extension of what they perceive as their economic zone which it is not.

1. an area of land under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state
Example: "both countries accused the other of encroaching on their territory"

Posted by: circumspect | Jun 29 2021 0:45 utc | 184

China has records going back 800 years or more of continuous sovereignty over the area, though apart from booting out earloy British mapping surveys, not strictly enforced. Vietnam also had a claim for several hundred years but apparently they were each unaware of the others claims.
As Pepe Escobar says, it has always been a common area. China while still run by the nationalists put a claim over the area after the defeat of japan at the end of WWII though it had no say in the divvying up of territory China had taken previous to and during WWII. US ensured many islands and features including the Islands between Japan and China were not included in the divvying up. So in reality, as land that is sovereign territory according to the US, these islands and features are simply vacant land.
Vietnam began the land grab. It controls from a map I saw several years ago, 42 of the Islands and features by stationing a simple military outpost on them, some no more than a hut on stilts on a semi submerged feature. It controls features right across the South China Sea some very close to the Philippines. A few other nations grabbed one or two. China was last to the party and that only after Obama announced his pivot on China in which 60% of US naval assets would be moved to the area.

Claims of sovereignty over the features are made by the simple method of stationing a permanent military presence there even if it is a single soldier camped in a hut on stilts. I think its one of Vietnam's posts it's just a ship[ they run aground on a submerged feature.

The line marked on the map by the Chinese nationalist government of the day I think is called the nine dash line. Note it is a dash line not a solid line. Indicates to me that China had a claim but actual territory negotiable as that was a common or shared area.
It is only the US that have tried to blow it up into a problem, particular with its bullshit tribunal or whatever it was called on UNCLOS. Apart from one pissy little landlocked country, US is the only country not to sign up to UNCLOS.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 29 2021 1:35 utc | 185

Jackrabbit 181

I look at people around me and no one cares. For Australians, war is something that only happens in far away places. Now we are going to point nukes at China.....

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 29 2021 1:38 utc | 186

@ 178 karlof1.... i posted it @ 95, on julianias recommendation... i am glad jackrabbit saw some of it the 2nd time round...

Posted by: james | Jun 29 2021 2:20 utc | 187

A remark on a road not taken

Peter Galbraith made a pointed but typically (for establishment commentariat) incomplete critique of the failure of the West to help the bulk of World population get vaccine for COVID-19.

Personally, I completed my two shots more than a month ago with no bad effect, and my personal belief is that vaccination is a solution. I know that this is disputed, but I want to discuss policies made under the assumption that vaccination is THE solution and made a mockery of that belief. Galbraith describes (a) murderous hoarding by the western countries, notably UK and USA and (b) very inadequate supplies for everybody outside wealthy West (and countries that relieded on alternative vaccines that Galbraith does not notice).

The structural problem is that operating under the belief that vaccines are THE solution, dedicated production capacity will become useless once the world is vaccinated. Sensible business decision is to create the sufficient capacity for USA/EU and the rest of the wealthy West to deliver over a year or so, and than use it for less wealthy customers over several years. But this approach kills a lot of people, hm? This is a prime example that sometimes it is necessary to make bold steps that do not follow a sensible business strategy.

But what is sensible for the companies is not sensible for the governments and. economies that lost trillions because for cuts in economic activity, employment etc. For a modest fraction of those billions it was possible to mobilize production facilities around the world to make the vaccines and, importantly, vastly increase "generic" supplies of products necessary for making vaccine (an article in Indian press claimed that the shortage of those products, mostly from Western Europe, Sweden and Italy were cited) did not allow Indian companies to adequately increase the vaccine production. Guess estimate: 50-100 billion dollars would suffice. Perhaps much less. Coordination of huge orders and brutal pressure could achieve it. If we can sanction companies that participate in, say, North Stream 2 or perform transactions with Venezuela, Syria etc. we can sanction companies that resist the sale of patents or do not follow the production orders with cost + markup basis.

But this road not taken is totally outside mentality of the West, even to malcontents in those countries. The mechanisms for forcing businesses to follow the whims of the governments can be use only for anti-human goals, like starving Venezuelans and Syrians. In a nutshell, in the aftermath of heroic efforts to convince people that white is black, it is hard to think about white being, well, white.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jun 29 2021 3:39 utc | 188

Let's see, China, Covid, vaccines, same old same old.

I myself just had the first Covid test in Vietnam, waiting for the result.

Posted by: Smith | Jun 29 2021 3:43 utc | 189

The Philippines has lost territory to China because of the EEZ? Uh ... okay. Taiwan has lost territory to Japan using the same criteria. The Senkaku (or Diaoyu) Islands are well within Taiwan's EEZ but over 1,500 km from Japan's main islands. The U.S. took about half of the territory of Mexico but I guess that's water under the bridge.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jun 29 2021 3:47 utc | 190

@ Piotr Berman | Jun 29 2021 3:39 utc | 189...thanks piotr... indeed.. the road not taken says a lot about a system that is more then broken.. it has been corrupted to the core with politicians either turning a blind eye, or doing what they do knowingly... as for the corporation leaders - they are on the same level or worse as the politicians..
your post is prophetic and will be ringing in the worlds ears for sometime as i see it.. indeed... a road not taken..

Posted by: james | Jun 29 2021 4:16 utc | 191

Piotr Berman 189

US knows it can treat the rest of five-eyes and its vassals like dogs and retain their loyalty. The Euro clowns are like dogs that keep crawling back to their master after being kicked. The rest of five-eyes would be the same.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 29 2021 5:40 utc | 192

A small note on what is already "old" news.
The bombing of "Iranian assets" near Al Bukamal, was timed to coincide with a meeting of the Egyptians, Jordanians and Iraqis to discuss Syria. (I don't know if it finally happened). The US has also threatened the usual "sanctions" on any "Arabic" country that helps Syria. Presumably targetting the Gulf states as well as the three I mentioned. This is because several States are thinking of - or have, set up Diplomatic missions in Damascus.

The Iraqi PM Khademi, has been "rewarded" for taking the pressure off the US to move out !
The area hit was held by the Sayyid al-Shuhada, who with the Iraqi PMF, fight against ISIS and infiltration from the US held areas of Syria (Including AL Tanf). The four (some say 7) killed, included a poor guy who would have been married in a few days. You can find a vid. of his coffin draped in her wedding dress, if you really want to.

The reaction from the Al Mayadinh area (15 rockets or 8 hits depending on sources) seems to me to be sypmptomatic of the "new" tribal based resistance. Ie. The area in the lower triangle of the US held area, was Al Shaitah. (750 masssacred by ISIS) The occupiers at one time were ISIS (or similiar, I am using a "generic" term for the lot as they change names to suit publication dates), who suddenly then became members of the SDF as the US backed forces moved south. The original tribes want their land back.
Theft of wheat and Oil is ongoing and the steady build-up of the US in the area (another convoy of 20-40 lorries arrived at same time), appears to be where the US is moving troops to. To compensate for Afghanistan and Iraq becoming hostile.
Summary. Attempts are being made to reintegrate Syria by the neighbours, or at least alleviate the suffering (Starvation and sanctions). While the US is determined to use starvation and deprivation as a means to finally gain control. The area bombed is also a transit route for the Iran, Iraq - Syria.

I nearly forgot ; it pleases the new Israeli regime.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 29 2021 8:17 utc | 193

This has been caught in the net, so I re-submit stripped of links and formatting.

“The documents adopted at the Cornwall and Brussels summits cemented the rules-based world order concept as a counterweight to the universal principles of international law with the UN Charter as its primary source.”

Mr Lavrov 28.6.21

The “rules-based world order” in operation. Heh heh heh.

"The Queen successfully lobbied the government to change a draft law in order to conceal her “embarrassing” private wealth from the public, according to documents discovered by the Guardian.

Following the Queen’s intervention, the government inserted a clause into the law granting itself the power to exempt companies used by “heads of state” from new transparency measures.
(lots more)"

Guardian link

Here is Hansard:

The Secretary of State has granted one exemption under Section 27(9) of the Companies Act 1976 in favour of Bank of England Nominees Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bank of England. Bank of England Nominees Ltd. have given a number of undertakings about the use to be made of the exemption. They will hold securities as nominee only on behalf of Heads of State and their immediate family, Governments, official bodies controlled or closely related to Governments, and international organisations formed by Governments or official bodies.

Hansard link

A true honeypot. Exemption from the rules.

Quite useful for money laundering and other crimes.

Because she could. In 1977.

Writing for myself now, I “used to” work for Anglia Television. I put the quotes because, speaking legally, I am still contracted.

Anglia was the parent of Survival, the natural history pioneer.

The driving force behind Survival was Aubrey Buxton
Wiki link to Aubrey_Buxton,_Baron_Buxton_of_Alsa

A story related to me was that every year Buxton, the Duke of Edinburgh and others would carve through the North Norfolk nature reserve waters blasting everything in sight.

Because they could.
And only they.

There is nobody to control these people, and they can’t help themselves.

The Bank of England got its exemption in 1977.
The Bank was released from public control in 1997
In between was BCCI, which I’ll write about tomorrow.

Here’s someone else trying to sell the “rules-based world order” to civic Scotland.

Press tv link

(It’s worth having a look just for the dreadful publicity photo. Talk about a rushed last-minute job!)

"The Queen’s official visit is set to last four days, during which she is expected to perform in-person engagements to promote the monarchy’s position in Scotland.

The Duke of Cambridge will be equally busy as he plans to visit a BAE Systems shipyard to view the Royal Navy’s HMS Glasgow in construction, in addition to taking part in a steel-cutting ceremony for HMS Belfast."

Four whole days! Holy smoking gun Batman!

“It’s routine. It’s routine.
Nothing to see here”

OK you dumb Scots. Here’s the deal.

I’m sovereign.
I write the laws.
I’m exempted from the laws.
Same thing goes for the kiddo here.

Got that?

Posted by: John Cleary | Jun 29 2021 8:20 utc | 194


"who with the Iraqi PMF",

Should have been ; "are part of...."

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 29 2021 8:21 utc | 195

The International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO issued an interim report and planned to issue the final one on June 23, then it was announced that more time is needed to complete the investigation as additional information from states and orgs. involved are needed, so the next presentation of the final report is scheduled for September. Some documents provided in Russian need to be translated.

So we have the runet advising ICAO to ask for the EU’s help, in a matter of hours they translated, analyzed and judged the incident finding Belarus guilty and sanctioning them accordingly. The sanctions will stay in place if not expanded, no matter what the report says. Just like the plane downed over the Donbass, a few years gone by and still analyzing until they get the results that jive with their story.

E la Nave Va….

Posted by: Paco | Jun 29 2021 10:50 utc | 196

J Clearly @195
I had always wondered how is that all nations without any exceptions sang the same tune regarding kovid19, vaccines, jabs etc. So the money held by heads of state, their families are exempt from any sort of oversight. It is even better than holding assets in swiss banks.

Posted by: R M Rao | Jun 29 2021 11:00 utc | 197

@ psychohistorian

I agree with you about Max but with S about vk.

Your response to S was uncharacteristic of you, IMO. I’m starting to believe there’s such a thing as “getting up on the wrong side of the bed”.

Posted by: oglalla | Jun 29 2021 12:39 utc | 198

Is it a surprise? The CIA's current political vehicle in the US, the Dimocrat Party, starts sagging in the polls and fresh cash is shelled out to evil gay fascist social media narrative spinners like David Brock. Before you know it his band of moronic narrative orcs flood the fora with painfully obvious faux left nonsense.

At least the orc persona king donkey rear .org seems to have read a couple more Wikipedia articles about Marxism. Maybe with a few more years of practice that persona will start to sound legitimate?

Posted by: William Gruff | Jun 29 2021 12:50 utc | 199

Our special relationship with the U.K. is paying dividends ...
DISASTER ZONE Crumbling sewers, no PPE, & filthy cages – Inside ‘chaotic & crowded’ Wuhan labs may have unleashed Covid
"Billy Bostickson, an anonymous researcher from DRASTIC, an international team of scientists and sleuths attempting to fill in the gaps on Covid's origins..."

When I here the MSM call someone a 'sleuth' I'm thinking 'Bellingcat'.
The story is a mess in that they are conflating issues which is a sign of disinformation. Individual statements might be true but are strung together in a deliberately misleading context. It would take a 'sleuth' to untangle the mess but an average reader will read it and feel angry at China which is the entire point.

Here are the conflating issues:
They document frightening safety lapses and dangerous practices but string together WIV, Wuhan Biology University, and refer to decades of issues.
1. WIV has only had its Level 4 status for a few years after new construction and inspection, are these bad sewers, filthy cages ... in WIV in 2019? (I'm sleuthing)

2. Wuhan Biology University is not WIV.

3. What specific claim of dangerous practices are they claiming for Coronavirus research in 2019. Like Ted Cruz, they make associations that are hard to pin down.

I hate the word sleuth.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jun 29 2021 13:06 utc | 200

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