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September 02, 2021

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Is it any wonder that Western Movies have been relegated to cheesy clichés over the past few generations? The idea of a man with a gun taking a stand without superheroes and superpowers hits too close to home and must be hidden from impressionable eyes!

Posted by: Masked Marvel | Sep 2 2021 16:27 utc | 2

Masked Marvel @2--

Yeah, like The Sons of Katie Elder, or others of that genre.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 2 2021 17:41 utc | 3

Interesting read by Engdahl

On August 23 as the FDA announced full approval for the Pfizer mRNA gene-edited substance. Or not quite, when the full papers of FDA are studied. Fauci, whose NIAID has financial interest in the vaccine, referred to the FDA decision as the “final stamp of approval.” It is however anything but final or an impartial, scientific rigorous medical evaluation. Rather it is a politically-motivated decision by an FDA that is corrupt beyond the imagination of most people.

Backtracking on its statement in 2020 that it would hold normal FDA advisory committee hearings with independent experts to discuss the Pfizer application for full approval, now the FDA told the British Medical Journal that they did not believe a meeting was necessary ahead of granting full approval of what is the most controversial vaccine in modern history.

The BMJ quotes Kim Witczak, a drug safety advocate who serves as a consumer representative on the FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee, “These [FDA] public meetings are imperative in building trust and confidence especially when the vaccines came to market at lightning speed under emergency use authorization.”

Witczak continued with the alarming note, “It is already concerning that full approval is being based on 6 months’ worth of data despite the clinical trials designed for two years. There is no control group after Pfizer offered the product to placebo participants before the trials were completed.” Read that again, slowly. Pfizer tests destroyed their own control group mid-stream!

And its six month rollout of the mRNA jab worldwide has resulted in catastrophic side effects which have been totally officially ignored. Is this “science” Dr Fauci?

Scandal Behind the FDA Fake Approval of Pfizer Jab

Posted by: Down South | Sep 2 2021 18:01 utc | 4

Meanwhile, big happenings in China with the Global Trade in Services Summit of CIFTIS (China International Fair for Trade in Services). Here's an Infographic of the key points made by Xi in his speech. and here's an in-depth analytical article with its opening summation:

"China on Thursday pledged bigger and bolder efforts to open up its market for the services trade and expand the country's role as a global services hub with the top leader's announcement that a new stock exchange in Beijing and more digital trade pilot zones would be established, as it kicked off a major trade fair in Beijing that attracted widespread global participation. The latest move sent an unmistakable signal that Beijing will stick to its opening-up policies and sustainable development goals and support a global economy ravaged by protectionism and the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The opening of the 2021 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) also illustrated China's early recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its robust services industry, especially in digital trade, a bourgeoning part of the services trade. The fresh pledge from the top leader also helps dispel growing concerns and even criticism of China's recent regulatory actions. A paradigm focus on trade in services will also encourage China's major services trading partners, particularly the US, to rethink their China trade policies, observers said."

Since the service sector is the only genuinely productive part remaining in the Outlaw US Empire's economy, this new effort can be seen as a direct shot across its bow.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 2 2021 18:19 utc | 6

What is the existing REALITY in the U$A?

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

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

In the U$A, there are three main groups: (Inter)national Oligarchy, Administration and Populace. How will the populace achieve happiness and economic security? Are you living in a wealth or debt generation system? Are you free or enslaved? If the latter, what is your plan to achieve freedom & build a better nation & world? An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic.

“The rise of the Financial Empire,”

Posted by: Max | Sep 2 2021 18:31 utc | 7

Looks like too many pushes by the Outlaw US Empire will soon result in a direct shove back by China given China's newly announced regulations for transiting its claimed territorial waters:

"That all foreign vessels entering Chinese 'territorial waters' are obliged to report their ship and cargo information to the country’s maritime authorities [and to perhaps be guided by a Chinese pilot]."

And thus the stage is set for a confrontation at sea in China's front yard that the Outlaw US Empire has no hopes of winning and might spark the nuclear war many in its military and government salivate over.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 2 2021 18:38 utc | 8

The Empire is moving towards its final hour. The song Ulvetime (Hour Of the Wolf) performed by Maria Franz and Christopher Juul is about the hour before dawn when supposedly there is a higher likelihood of passing away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF9mtpw365c


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Norsk

Jeg kan ikke sove, jeg kan kun i natten våke over mine år.
Mine år blir langsomt mine, i min ulvetime, fanget av tid.
Vil den vise meg mine år, min vei? Er den kjærlig eller ei?

Jeg kan ikke hvile, i min ulvetime, hva er alt?
Rolig kjære hjerte, du bør snart ha lært det, nådeløst.
Vil du vise meg mine år, min vei. Er du kjærlig eller ei?

Jeg kan ikke sove, jeg kan kun i natten våke over ulvens tid.

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English

I can not sleep, I can only at night watch over my years.
My years slowly become mine, in my hour of the wolf, trapped by time.
Will it show me my years, my path? Is it loving or not?

I can not rest, in my hour of the wolf, what is everything?
Calm down dear heart, you should soon have learned it, mercilessly.
Will you show me my years, my path? Are you loving or not?

I can not sleep, I can only at night watch over the time of the wolf.

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Want more from Maria? Look up the band Heilung.

Posted by: Norwegian | Sep 2 2021 19:26 utc | 9

Like I said before: an emperor who doesn't win wars is not an emperor:

Biden's approval rating drops to 43 percent after Afghanistan fallout: poll

Posted by: vk | Sep 2 2021 19:58 utc | 10

After Huawei's Meng Wanzhou was detained by Canadian authorities on a US extradition request, two Canadians in China were arrested on accusations of espionage. Obtaining freedom for the "two Michaels" has since become an outspoken cause for Canada's political establishment, which considers the Chinese arrests as a form of petty revenge.

Details of what the two men were allegedly up to were not available until a report yesterday from Global Times, which claimed the charges involved photographing military installations and the dissemination of these images to various non-Chinese persons. The content was described as "second-tier state secrets".

The substance of these charges cannot be independently determined, but no official Canadian response has ever mentioned these issues or what evidence, or lack of evidence, has been established. However, Reuters reported: "A Beijing-based diplomat familiar with the case dismissed the idea that Spavor and Kovrig were passing state secrets as a fabrication. The pair of Canadian citizens had a few beers together in Dandong, a city on the border with North Korea, said the person, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the charges."

Posted by: jayc | Sep 2 2021 20:06 utc | 11

Pfizer makes Ivermectin-substitute into a pill

Apparently they are highly confident of FDA approval.

Pfizer Doses First Patient In Phase 2/3 Trial For Daily COVID Pill

Phizers pill and Ivermectin are both protease inhibitors.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 2 2021 20:11 utc | 12

karlof1 8

I believe China's future strategy in relation to the US was cemented with the Alaska conference and it become clear that US moves against China were a national strategy and not just a trump strategy.

China's modus operandi will become clearer in the coming months but looks like it will be interesting. When I mentioned in another comment I think they are going into war mode - its very much like they're battening down the hatches and preparing their country to sail through a storm.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 2 2021 20:12 utc | 13

Upsetting news concerning one of the great confronters of "powers and principalities".
Babylon and its minions will burn!

https://www.dancehallmag.com/2021/08/31/news/lee-scratch-perrys-wife-mireille-perry-says-reggae-legend-was-not-sick.html

Posted by: tucenz | Sep 2 2021 20:14 utc | 14


There is a deep rupture in the relationship between the Empire/U$A and China-Russia.

The fractures in the relationship between Russia and the U$A are many and deeper. The goal going forward is to prevent them from exploding.

China and Russia relationship continues to strengthen and its fundamental drivers are:
– Border. They share 4,000 km border and this is a stabilization factor. Both want pragmatic friendly neighborly relationship.

– Economic Convergence. This is a marriage made in heaven. Both have complementary strengths and new markets. Russia offers new markets for Chinese products, investments, BRI,... and China offers new arenas for Russian food and commodities exports. They are trading in their respective national currencies.

– Common Interest & Values. China and Russia want sovereign autonomy, security and data & currency sovereignty. In the Global governance sphere, both are members of the UNSC, want a multipolar order, and international laws. Both have the same adversary, Five Eyes.

– Regional Interest. Both want stability in their neighborhood and no terrorism. This motivates further security level cooperation and want SCO, BRI,... to succeed.

– De-Dollarization. China & Russia don’t want to become suzerainty and treasure sovereignty. They want organic growth based on their sovereign monetary system. They continue to de-dollarize and expand their international trade in national currencies.

What future scenarios do you foresee in geopolitics?

Posted by: Max | Sep 2 2021 20:53 utc | 15

Gowans on the vaccines--

As an anti-pandemic tool, vaccines have turned out to be more mirage than oasis

Posted by: arby | Sep 2 2021 21:28 utc | 16

Peter AU1 @13--

Yes, I read your earlier comment and agree as it appears China is setting the table in the location of its choosing. The Empire isn't a party to the Law of the Sea Treaty it continues to cite as its justification for its provocations, and it appears that bluff is now being called with this new Chinese protocol for transiting its territorial waters. We should keep an eye on what Naval assets China deploys as well as land-based anti-ship missile batteries. I very much doubt the Empire will use a carrier task force to test the new protocol, but I could easily be incorrect given the crazed Imperial minds.

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Meanwhile, Putin remained in Vladivostok for today's opening of the annual Eastern Economic Forum where as usual he delivered the opening speech, which was clearly aimed at the domestic audience:

"Last year, I signed the Executive Order On Socioeconomic Development Measures for the Far East. It served as a foundation for the National Development Programme for the region that runs until 2035. Its primary aim is to attract people here and to accelerate the improvement of living standards in the Far East.

"I would like to draw the attention of the Government, heads of regions and municipalities to the fact that all the initiatives included in the programme must be carried out in full, which means that they need to be backed by the required financial and administrative resources.

"There is one thing I would like to highlight at this meeting. The history of Far East exploration and development, and major, landmark projects that were carried out here, such as the Trans-Siberian Railway or the Baikal-Amur Railway, and now the construction of the Vostochny Space Launch Centre, and all the major infrastructure facilities in Vladivostok for the APEC Leaders’ Meeting, showed the importance of constantly moving forward. Mr Trutnev, our colleagues and I have just reviewed a report on the plans for the next few years.

"We need to be bold when setting goals and aim for delivering on the most daunting tasks based on a long-term planning horizon and strategic, rather than immediate, needs.

"I will give you several examples. Frankly, at some point, we dragged out the expansion of railway capacity. Clearly, there were many reasons for that and, overall, they appeared to be objective and relied on market-based calculations. Unfortunately, or, maybe, fortunately for our coal miners, these calculations and miscalculations were off the mark. Things have turned out differently, but we have not prepared the infrastructure and cannot take full advantage of the favourable situation on the global coal market. We cannot expand our exports in the way we could have done otherwise. This is undoubtedly a lost opportunity for the companies, the regional budgets and the entire country. These are lost resources that could have been used to support our people and to develop territories.

"Yes, I understand, I remember these considerations, and there were risks involved. But things turned out differently, and we have received less or are receiving less than what we could have received. This goes to show that we should go an extra mile when building social infrastructure. People who live here, or plan to come here, need not only jobs, but comfortable living conditions as well and they need them now or very soon rather than in the distant future. We need comfortable cities and towns, high-quality healthcare and education, transport, communication services, and the latest-generation telecommunications.

"If we rely on the dry standards alone rather than the state vision of the strategic importance of the Russian Far East, we will not achieve the kind of rapid social and socioeconomic development we are looking for. I want the Government and the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East to operate based on these considerations. We need to invest today in order to obtain tangible results tomorrow." [My Emphasis]

As you read further, it becomes very clear that Putin isn't satisfied with current results. English language news reports have mostly omitted Putin's speech, which is rather unusual, with TASS being the only exception as it highlighted Putin's critique about the Far East's continuing population drain:

"The ongoing outflow of the population from the Far East suggests that the region has not yet received enough support measures, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on the socio-economic development of the Far East."

The Russian language transcript of this meeting is complete and easily 70% bigger than the English. Here's some relevant info it provides:

"Now about social development. It is obvious that the 2600 enterprises under construction create new high-performance jobs necessary for people, improve the quality of infrastructure in the Far East. New businesses are actively hiring employees. With 5.5 per cent of the population of the Russian Federation, the Far East accounts for 10.7 per cent of the declared need for new employees in the country.

"The social development program implemented by the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic had a significant impact on the state of infrastructure in the regions. Initially, it was created for the centers of economic growth and was supposed to provide conditions for the lives of people working in newly built enterprises. But during the implementation of the program, we were convinced that the fulfillment of the tasks you set to improve the quality of life of people in the Far East is impossible without its spread throughout the territory. Today, as part of the program, 1500 facilities are being built, of which 445 have already been completed. These are hospitals, schools, kindergartens, cultural and sports facilities in all regions of the Far East."

Putin does make allowances for the pandemic on performance but clearly thinks it ought to be better. I'll be curious to see how Russian language media covers his speech.

One important development from the conference was announced:

"‘Artery of friendship’: Seoul proposes extending legendary Trans-Siberian railway from Vladivostok through to North & South Korea."

Constructing such a railway would provide a big boost to peace and relations between the Koreas, China and Russia and only needs approval from North Korea to become reality.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 2 2021 21:29 utc | 17

Max @Sep2 20:53 #16

There is a deep rupture in the relationship between the Empire/U$A and China-Russia.

Good of you to notice.

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What future scenarios do you foresee in geopolitics?

I foresee that more will people follow Moon of Alabama to better understand geopolitics - just like Max who recently joined us.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 2 2021 21:35 utc | 18

Ok, it was *not* a one-off.
Yesterday I posted about what the Deep State is up to next.


Abject failure in Afghanistan.
Failure for the warmongering Security State/Deep State and their so-called War on Terrorism.

Hold tight!

The War on Terrorism isn't going away.
The Security State/Deep State is simply turning it's
Eye of Sauron towards US citizens.

The bible of the Deep State is Foreign Affairs mag.
Today it's front page cover story paints a jihadi image of Americans.

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/

The Security State/Deep State took a deep breath after Kabul
and will barely skip a beat -- Wars must continue.

What is their next play? How fast can they put together
a spectacular false-flag that paints Americans a deeper red color of jihadi?
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2021-08-24/war-on-terror-911-jan6

Posted by: librul | Sep 1 2021 12:51 utc | 136

[link to post:]
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/08/the-us-has-a-plan-for-whats-next-in-afghanistan-it-does-not-include-peace.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef0282e11dbc4b200b#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef0282e11dbc4b200b

The agenda declared on the front page (online) yesterday of the Deep State bible
was *not* a one-off.

A Cold Civil War is the Deep State / Security State agenda.
The jihadis are here on American soil and they are your neighbors.
[See again the redstate image they painted with their article yesterday
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2021-08-24/war-on-terror-911-jan6
]

But there is a subtext that is made clearer now:
"If you criticize the Afghanistan failure
then you might be
a White Supremacist."

The agenda/narrative/script was declared by the bible yesterday.
Today others are falling into lockstep.

DHS, CNN Scramble To Flip Biden Afghanistan Narrative Back To Domestic 'White Supremacists' Threat

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/cnn-cites-dhs-official-who-warns-white-supremacist-groups-praise-taliban-takeover

Posted by: librul | Sep 2 2021 22:19 utc | 19

@18 karlof1 - it becomes very clear that Putin isn't satisfied with current results

You know, it has often seemed to me over the years that he isn't satisfied with the results. I think this speaks of two things: one is that he knows he's mortal, and two is the enormity of the ideal he holds in his mind for his nation.

Especially with regional matters, we see him appearing to strive against an almost immovable object, prying and poking it along the rugged trail by massive exhortations.

I think it all shows how frigging BIG Russia is, and how easily one has been able to hide from Moscow or Saint Petersburg, over the centuries, simply by being distant - and not only that culture endures but also, even in this age, so does the distance. For China, population size is a factor it has to take into account in all its thinking. For Russia, apparently geographic size is a similar factor.

Posted by: Grieved | Sep 2 2021 22:54 utc | 20

How Trump's trade war backfired:

"NEW YORK – Nokia departed this week from the US industry umbrella organization that’s promoting a software-based alternative to Huawei’s state-of-the-art 5G infrastructure – a blow to the credibility of a project that’s had trouble getting off the ground....."

https://asiatimes.com/2021/09/o-ran-an-also-ran-to-huawei-5g/

Why it backfired:

"For O-RAN and its American umbrella group, the trouble is that China’s market for 5G telecommunications is so much larger than America’s that major international players like Nokia will drop out of the American effort rather than compromise their Chinese business."

Posted by: Paul | Sep 2 2021 23:10 utc | 21

karlof1
"relied on market-based calculations. Unfortunately, or, maybe, fortunately for our coal miners, these calculations and miscalculations were off the mark. Things have turned out differently, but we have not prepared the infrastructure and cannot take full advantage of the favourable situation on the global coal market. We cannot expand our exports in the way we could have done otherwise."

Obviously some Russians are still Americanized and want to see short term returns on investment in infrastructure. China is totally free of that disease - a big reason for why it has prospered so fast.
Many propaganda pieces in western media about Chinese ghost cities and the rest.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 2 2021 23:13 utc | 22

On September 1, during his visit to the U.S., Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy has delivered a speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Among other things, he said this (according to TASS):

Unfortunately, followers of the ideas of Nazism, xenophobia and inequality exist in the modern world, in different countries, in different manifestations. What is their role and influence in modern Ukraine? Less than zero. Does the ideology of racism and intolerance have a chance in modern Ukraine? Less than no chance.

The confident response to the propaganda of some third countries, which sometimes call Ukrainians Nazis, sometimes anti-Semites, is obvious: the Ukrainians have chosen me as the President of Ukraine.

The people of Ukraine cannot have the germs of anti-Semitism and Nazism at the genetic level; these cannot exist neither in the heart nor in the soul of the Ukrainian people that survived Babiy Yar on its land.

This is such a pile of horseshit that I don’t even want to respond to it. Instead, I have decided to translate a recent article about the Babiy Yar memorial project supported by Zelenskiy. Here it is:

At Babiy Yar, calls are made to forgive the Nazis and their collaborators (RIA Novosti, Nataliya Osipova, August 9, 2021)

In Kiev, at Babiy Yar, which has become a symbol of the Holocaust and genocide—here the Nazis have killed one hundred thousand people—iconic conceptual artist Marina Abramović is building “The Crystal Wailing Wall”.

Forty meters long and three meters high, made of black Ukrainian anthracite and transparent Brazilian quartz, the installation is to be opened on October 6, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the tragedy. The wall is part of the Babiy Yar Holocaust Memorial Center project, the supervisory board of which includes prominent politicians, public figures, cultural figures and financiers—from ex-President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski and President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder to Nobelist Svetlana Aleksievich and financier Mikhail Fridman.

The art director of the memorial is Russian director Ilya Khrzhanovsky, author of the film epic Dau. His approach to the memorialization of Babiy Yar (for example, to make a VR story in which everyone can be an executioner, a victim, or a Nazi collaborator) has already caused a big scandal in Ukraine—chief historian Karel Berkhoff has left the team, calling the project “Holocaust Disneyland”.

This private museum initiative has been criticized, in part, because the money of Russian businessmen has been invested in it. Russia is credited with the “annexation of Babiy Yar” as a move in a hybrid war. In parallel, there is a competing state project for a museum in memory of the victims of Babiy Yar—the Ukrainian Holocaust Museum and Memorial Park. President Zelenskiy has supported both projects.

The conceptualist’s installation looks like this: black magma, into which crystals are embedded “at the level of the head, heart and abdomen”, storing, according to Abramović, the energy of the Earth. But she’s an artist, that’s how she sees it.

“This is not only a wall of wailing over what happened, but also a wall of forgiveness, because we need to learn to forgive. Forgiveness is a release from the past and a new look at the future," Abramović explains in a press release posted on the Facebook page of Max Yakover, the director of the memorial center of the Holocaust at Babiy Yar, on the project website and distributed in the Ukrainian media.

The eyes did not fail you. They are talking about forgiveness. This is the main word in the concept of the installation in memory of the victims of Babiy Yar.

“We entered Kiev with the first Soviet units. The city was still aflame. . . . We arrived at Babiy Yar and our heart sank. Huge deep ditches. . . . We saw the incomprehensible: like a geological deposition of death—between layers of earth, a compressed monolith of human remains. . . . I have not seen anything more terrible during the entire war. Later there were Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald. . . . But the worst thing, incomprehensible to the mind, was there, in Babiy Yar.” This is one of the first testimonies—by Boris Polevoy, a frontline correspondent for Pravda and a participant in the Nuremberg trials. In Nuremberg, for the first time, the figure was announced openly—one hundred thousand victims at Babiy Yar. It was cited by Lev Smirnov, an assistant to the chief prosecutor from the USSR side, relying on the acts of the Extraordinary State Commission, which investigated the crimes of the Nazis in all liberated territories.

To forgive what? In Babi Yar, they were shooting mentally ill, communists, sailors, workers of Kiev factories, players of the Kiev “Dinamo” team. They shot five gypsy camps. But the main goal was the extermination of all Jews, who were accused of blowing up and burning the city. They were ordered to gather on September 29 at 8 o’clock in the morning at the corner of Melnikovaya and Dokterivskaya streets with their documents, valuables, and warm clothes. A rumor was started that they would be evicted. Refusal to appear was punished by execution. Those who had gathered were driven to the ravine.

Testimony of Obersturmbannführer August Häfner, who directed the activities of the SS firing squads during the first two days: “The Jews went up to the pit in single file. The shooter came up behind them and fired an assault rifle at point-blank range either at the back of the head or at the cerebellum. After the first Jews were shot, other Jews came in single file into the pit. They had to stand on their knees at the empty spots vacated by those already shot and were shot in the same way. This filled the bottom of the ravine. After the bottom of the ravine was filled, the shooting continued in such a way that in this pit they were shot layer by layer, one layer after another.”

On the first day of the massacre, September 29, 22 thousand people were killed in Babiy Yar, on the second—about 12 thousand, a total of 75 thousand Jews were killed. The entire Jewish community of the city of Kiev was destroyed. The Nazis, while retreating, desecrated the dead, burning their bodies and grinding bones in bone crushers to hide the evidence of the crime. In Europe, Jews were killed in the gas chambers of concentration camps, secretly. In the USSR, they were killed openly—by shooting. This practice of mass annihilation on the Soviet soil was named “Holocaust by bullets” (Shoah by bullets).

Massacres are impossible without a large number of perpetrators. Spare hands were needed, a lot. And here we are getting closer to understanding the main message of the installation—who should be forgiven for Babiy Yar. Sonderkommando 4a and Einsatzkommando 5 (members of Einsatzgruppe C), battalions of Polizei-Regiment Süd and the so-called Ukrainian Auxiliary Police, created from local residents, took part in the extermination of the Jews of Kiev. The dirty work—driving the crowd to the place of execution, beating, undressing, robbing, sorting clothing and valuables of those killed—was carried out with enthusiasm by Ukrainian Nationalists, including members of UVO-OUN (Ukrainian Military Organization, Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists — S). Historians are arguing about sizes and names of the units: they name “Bukovinskiy kuren”, “Kievskiy kuren”, talk about a large number of volunteers who came to Kiev from everywhere.

The promotion of the “action” was done by Nationalists’ newspaper Ukrainske Slovo, calling for the “Jews disguised as different nationalities” to be handed over to the executioners. After a few days of such media offensive, Nazis reported to Berlin: there were so many reports from Kiev inhabitants that they did not have time to process them. Some Kievites helped the enemy not only in word, but also in deed. “During the December 21, 1943 interrogation, E. Ustinov has testified: ‘In the evening I was carrying a bucket of wine to my apartment. . . . On the way, I heard noise in the garden and turned there. Coming closer, I saw that people were burying captured Jews. . . . Seeing this, I left the bucket of wine with my son Nikolay, ran to get a shovel and began to help the burying. In total, we buried six or seven people, some of them were still alive, they shouted and asked us not to bury them, but we beat them on the heads with shovels and buried them.’ ”

“Why should we, humans, be wild? Why should we kill, torture? Why do we divide people into ‘us’ and ‘them’? Who are ‘they’ and who are ’we’? We are all people,” argues Marina Abramović. No, not all of us are humans. Politsays (members of Schutzmannschaft, Nazi auxiliary police forces recruited from local populations — S) and Nazis are not. It’s okay to separate us from them. Even in the occupied Kiev, mad with anti-Semitism, there were righteous ones who were saving Jews.

The Crystal Wailing Wall. Does the artist see the obvious associations? Seen by anyone who has read a history book. Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, from November 9 to 10, 1938, was the all-German Jewish pogrom that became the prologue to the Holocaust. By semantically bringing two crystals together, an act of magic is performed. Black magic. Victims and executioners are mixed, the boundaries between good and evil, between the criminals convicted at the Nuremberg trials and the martyrs are blurred. It is absolutely impossible to imagine that an artist of her stature cannot read the simplest association and alliteration. A master with such a black belt as Abramović’s should understand perfectly well what exactly she is mixing in her cauldron.

“We need new rituals as much as new sacred spaces for them,” write the authors of the concept. I actually went ahead and read it in full, in Ukrainian. You’ll be surprised—the document never mentions Ukrainian executioners. They are only mentioned in the museum narrative that describes the principles of the approach to the creation of the memorial. But even there they are extremely careful with the theme of Ukrainian Nationalism during the period of occupation. “And, as painful as it may be, we must talk about the participation in the Holocaust of the sometimes very active non-German local population in the occupied countries.” The word “collaborators” was considered too biased.

The problem with the memorialization of the site during the Soviet period is described as follows: “In the USSR, the memory of Babiy Yar was not welcomed and was deliberately distorted.” The tragedy of the Holocaust was a taboo in the USSR—that’s a fact, but what is said is also a half-truth.

“There is no monument over Babiy Yar,” Yevgeniy Yevtushenko wrote in his famous poem in 1961, exactly 60 years ago, struck by the tragedy of Jewry that was hushed up. Despite the Nuremberg trials—large and small, in which those responsible for the executions in Babiy Yar were also convicted—the topic of the Holocaust did not exist in the public space for a long time. Not in Russia, not in Europe, not in the United States. It began to sound from the late 60s and gained strength in the 80s. Yevtushenko was one of the first to explode this general figure of silence. Indeed, in the USSR, they tried to flood the Yar with brick manufacturing waste (the Kurenyovka tragedy, when a stream of mud swept away residential buildings, bringing new victims and new silences), fill up, build up, destroy the terrain features. The topic was tabooed not only for anti-Semitic and propaganda reasons, but largely because it would raise the question of Ukrainian executioners. Since the late 1950s, they tried to shut down the topic—for the sake of the friendship of peoples and internationalism. As a result, the monster of Ukrainian Nazism was not rooted out and grew into Maidan with its “moskalyaku na gilyaku!” (“Hang the Moscovites!”) and torchlight processions in Kiev.

The Soviet government, no matter how faulty it was in the memorialization of the tragedy, erected monuments at Babi Yar. Not very well-made, but they exist.

In 2017 the new Ukrainian government erected a monument there to members of OUN—the very same people from Ukrainske Slovo who sang praises to Hitler as a liberator and called for reporting the location of Jews. Ironically, they are also buried there. A memorial cross dedicated to Nationalist executioners stands not far away from the Jewish menorah in memory of their victims.

Forgiveness of the Ukrainian Nazis is needed by the Kiev regime, which for the seventh year is white-washing itself against accusations of Nazism and crimes against humanity—and doing so under the portraits of Bandera and Shukhevich. It was for this, obviously, that a hefty indulgence was required, granted by contemporary art. The political message of this installation reads as follows: if Jews at Babiy Yar are ready to talk about forgiveness, then what punishment for modern acts of genocide—the burning of political opponents of Maidan at the Trade Unions House in Odessa, the extermination of civilians in Donetsk and Lugansk, violation of the rights to receive education in Russian language, pressure on Russian-language media—can Russians speak of?

At the Babi Yar memorial, they promise to create a library, an archive, a praying space, museums and even a center for the rehabilitation from the consequences of psychological trauma. One might think that the latter is a tribute to the memory of 752 patients of the Ivan Pavlov psychiatric hospital that stood nearby—they were shot at Babiy Yar. But no. “And that is, first and foremost, working with participants of ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation, a propaganda term used by Kiev to describe its military operations against anti-Maidan Ukrainian citizens in Donbass — S), domestic violence victims, others who have experienced psychological pain due to stress.”

Translation: at the Babi Yar memorial, ATO participants will be treated for the consequences of trauma! Hard to believe, but the circle has been closed. The Nazification of Ukraine is proceeding even via the scenario of a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

Posted by: S | Sep 2 2021 23:50 utc | 23

The politics of the universal assault on Biden is the politics of rage at the defeat of imperialism. The unity of the media assault on Biden disproves the whining about the alleged campaign against Trump, by the way.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Sep 3 2021 0:03 utc | 24

Grieved & Peter--

Going back to the Tsars is their complaint about the extremely slow progress made by provincial bureaucrats/Boyars and the Soviet Era's plague of misreported results, which was a holdover from the Tsarist Era. Putin's clear hedging on the coal issue relates to the mixed emotions caused by the Climate Crisis--not being able to export additional coal to meet the demand was good for the Climate but not good for Russia's economy. Same with the Neoliberal expectation of reaping excess short term profits at the expense of advancing the Big Picture. IMO, Putin's dissatisfaction is mixed with disappointment and other historical issues beyond his control, as with the pandemic. And the age-old problem of corruption in places far from the power center is another thorn. Finally, I also believe he's genuinely worried about the escalating situation between China and the Outlaw US Empire because he likely thinks those in charge of the Empire don't know when to stop, that Afghanistan's an aberration given prior behavior, Syria being a prime example. The War Hawks badly want to "teach China a lesson" as they see it, but the equation is in reality the opposite to which Anglo Exceptionalists seem blind--thus my push comes to shove adage.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 3 2021 0:15 utc | 25

S @24--

Thanks for providing that. Aryans were a myth; Anglos are not. And Anglos have murdered many more millions than the mythical Aryans, and since the beginnings of WW2 planned to take the reigns of Fascism when the dust settled. The record since mid 1945 speaks for itself.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 3 2021 0:30 utc | 26

S--

If you have time, I'd like to read your thoughts on this Martyanov blog entry, not so much about Europe's distress, but about Shoigu's ideas and his potential to become Putin's replacement. Thanks!

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 3 2021 0:43 utc | 27

@ karlof1 | Sep 3 2021 0:43 utc | 27:

I suppose Shoigu might have sentimental reasons for building up Kyzyl as the next Russian capital but certainly, all of Shoigu's virtues aside, Putin realizes that building a new capital would be fiscal irresponsibility of the highest order.

Posted by: corvo | Sep 3 2021 0:50 utc | 28

Quoted by Paul @22: "...China’s market for 5G telecommunications is so much larger than America’s that major international players like Nokia will drop out of the American effort rather than compromise their Chinese business."

Retarded capitalists don't even understand capitalism. They really are just mindless ravening hyenas, like Sushi said in the previous thread, that can only gorge themselves on profits or perish. How could they possibly imagine their efforts to starve the country that makes everything could ever work? Pathetic mindless capitalist hyenas would eat each other before passing up a chance at profits. That is what is killing the capitalist empire and they cannot help themselves. They are just bacteria in a petri dish, as Gordog described.

I never had any worry for China over the whole 5G issue. The only thing that has kept me on the edge of my seat has been their race to reach the bleeding edge of chip tech, and even that seems like it is almost a done deal already. They are moving so much faster than anyone else that it is not a question of if they will take the lead but when.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 3 2021 1:38 utc | 29

Re: librul | Sep 2 2021 22:19 utc | 20

Well, by now I'd imagine it should not be too difficult to find comparable numbers of White Supremacists as the Wahhabist head-choppers, a few thousand. They will make political hay of it by morphing the kernels of truth until they create a hysteria of 100 million right-wing terrorists as they did with 1 billion "Islamic" terrorists. In a way it is probably poetic, since I would think most of those people (granted there are factions of the far-right, especially of the alternative variety *not* hooked on Faux and the like or "alternative" equivalents in Zone B) live in Zone A (like the woke CNN and the like types) and actually bought in to the 1 billion "Islamic" terrorists narrative.

Karma's a bitch. Unfortunately, there will be lots of collateral damage, which is a by-design feature, not a bug.

Posted by: William Haught | Sep 3 2021 1:48 utc | 30

That is, there will be Zone B types that are the collateral damage.

Posted by: William Haught | Sep 3 2021 1:52 utc | 31

@25 karlof1 - "I also believe he's genuinely worried about the escalating situation between China and the Outlaw US Empire"

I have no evidence at all for my feeling that Putin doesn't need to worry about China. Russia has developed weapons because, actually, the Russians just love their weapons, even more than the US. And Russia sees the world, as it must, as a struggle between oppositions.

But China loves its Tao, and it fights by not fighting, and using weapons that are not weapons. And thus it carries all before it, and subdues the field without violence, but with finality.

I said I have no evidence for this ;)

But I don't worry about China, and nor need Putin. Both countries are leagues ahead of the west in thinking and planning and actual deployment to the several theaters. Even the money card has already been trumped, although not yet played.

The future is already built, but not yet unveiled. The war has already been abolished.

What we must all do is duck the flying shrapnel, until the new century has taken hold of even our reality in the west. That's all we need to do.

Posted by: Grieved | Sep 3 2021 5:08 utc | 32

@Rêver | Sep 2 2021 20:15 utc | 15

Un très grand merci pour Heilung
Aooouuuu

Glad you liked it :-) . And Heilung is really a special experience!

Posted by: Norwegian | Sep 3 2021 5:20 utc | 33

S #24

Thank you for keeping memory alive. The Nazi sympathisers and agents throughout the US government (and their zionist fellow travelers who thrive in the convenience of forgetting) need to be exposed, outed, denied any access to power for the rest of their lives. The Ukraine Maidan operation is an obscenity that needs to be written of every day of our lives. Excellent work brother.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 3 2021 5:30 utc | 34

Posted by: Norwegian | Sep 2 2021 19:26 utc | 9:

Thanks Norwegian for the link to Ulvetime, and your translation of the lyrics.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Sep 3 2021 5:31 utc | 35

arby @Sep2 21:28 #17: vaccine mirage

Feature, not a bug.

How would new variants develop if the virus is fought to end the pandemic? China and some other countries have implemented strict preventative measures that Western media scoff at as just short of a human rights violation.

The vaccine manufacturers want more profits. And Western leaders, perhaps, want a virus that is more deadly/disruptive to China.

PS I warned of vaccine mutations in a moa comment back in summer 2020 when it became clear that USA was going to rely on vaccines to live with the virus instead of fighting to eradicate it. (This should not surprise us as they had previously made a similar decision: to live with climate change.)
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karlof1 @Sep2 21:29 #18: Eastern Economic Forum ... opening speech

Always facinating to see how Russia and China differentiate themselves and demonstrate that difference. They clearly strive so show that they are accountable to the people. Is anyone in the West listening?

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librul @Sep2 22:19 #20: not a one-off

Hyper-partisanship immunizes the power-elite.

Also note: Republicans holding up the Biden's Infrastructure Bill.

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S @Sep2 23:50 #24: pile of horseshit

Wahabbis, Zionists, Nazis. Are not our friends. They are the friends of the aristocratic Western power-elite that rule us.

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William Gruff @Sep3 1:38 #29: Retarded .. hyenas .. bacteria

Flesh-eating bacteria?

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 3 2021 5:48 utc | 36

Posted by: Grieved | Sep 3 2021 5:08 utc | 32:

Nice read of the Tao that China is trying to latch onto. Best wishes to them, of course :-). And I'm sure Lao Tze would smile in approval in his grave and content that the Tao lives on, even amidst folks far away from the Middle Kingdom.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Sep 3 2021 5:59 utc | 37

corvo

I had read somewhere that Shoigu Tuvan but looked it up again. Even in wikipedia, his bio is very interesting.
Speaks nine languages fluently... amongst other things.

Moving the capital. As defense minister, the capital is a top target that needs to be protected/defended. with current missile systems and Moscow being only a few hundred kilometres from European borders there is very little warning time. Even less when the knuckle draggers learn to make hypersonic missiles.
Kyzyl although its home turf for Shoigu is about the furthest point in Russia from any point US could launch missiles from. A long way from the sea and China and the stans to the south as an anti US buffer.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 3 2021 6:08 utc | 38

Morning news never cease to surprise me, AMLO the Mexican president informs us about the rescue of Evo Morales during the coup in Bolivia, Bolivian military personnel tried to dislodge Evo from the airplane and after a kerfuffle the crew was given half an hour to leave, when doing so the pilot had to maneuver to avoid being hit by an RPG shot. So the empire is being kicked out of Eurasia, they’ll be kicked out of America too, so start looking for a new not stolen name.

Another small item that gives a high-res portrait of the empire vileness, the installations of Kabul airport’s control tower destroyed so no flights can take off or land, that’s how concerned they are about people that want to leave being able to do so.

Posted by: Paco | Sep 3 2021 6:54 utc | 39

@Rêver | Sep 2 2021 20:15 utc | 15
@Oriental Voice | Sep 3 2021 5:31 utc | 35

I forgot to make clear that that performance wasn't actually by Heilung, but instead by Songleikr. Maria and Christopher are members of both bands. Heilung is different, it is about 'Amplified History', here performing among megalithic standing stones in France: Heilung Norupo.

Posted by: Norwegian | Sep 3 2021 7:11 utc | 40

One thing that grinds my gears is seeing anyone salivate over the prospect of Russia severing ties with Europe on a permanent basis. Not that I am willing to accuse anyone of that just yet, let alone the ‘salivate’ part.

Regarding Shoigu’s proposal to build new cities in Siberia and potentially move the capital in one of them, how can I be certain that this is an indicator that Russia has "wrapped it up with Europe" as Mr. Martyanov claims in his article? Was there any mention of e.g. strained relations with Europe in official documents or statements?
(I asked the same question on the Saker website, and was told to read Lavrov's recent speech with MGIMO alumni.)

Posted by: joey_n | Sep 3 2021 8:29 utc | 41

@ Peter AU1 | Sep 3 2021 6:08 utc | 38:

True enough, although abandoning one's capital for strategic reasons has traditionally been a last-resort wartime measure. Otherwise I can't imagine how it wouldn't be seen as a tremendous loss of face, especially after all we've been told about Moscow's having the world's best antimissile protection.

Posted by: corvo | Sep 3 2021 13:40 utc | 42

"Another small item that gives a high-res portrait of the empire vileness, the installations of Kabul airport’s control tower destroyed so no flights can take off or land, that’s how concerned they are about people that want to leave being able to do so."

Posted by: Paco at 40

It is small details such as this that really shame the US.

Thank you, Paco.

Posted by: juliania | Sep 3 2021 15:02 utc | 43

CA COVID update:
As of September 1, 2021 - 8700 people hospitalized with COVID.
The previous July 2020 peak was not exceeded.
But the questions still remain: California is one of the most vaccinated states in the US - and SF re-instituted a partial lockdown and full mask policy on August 20.
Yet the COVID results are almost identical to July 2020 = full lockdown and masks.
The Newsom recall election grinds on - September 14 is the date.

Posted by: c1ue | Sep 3 2021 15:52 utc | 44

Today's Global Times has an excellent op/ed, "Abandon selfish Western anthropocentrism to solve pandemic with Chinese man-nature philosophy" that digs deeply into Taoism and needs to be shared far and wide:

"In the ancient Chinese sage's ideology, all things in the world are identical, that is, the community of human destiny. On the surface, the proposal of a community with a shared future for mankind aims to resolve tensions and conflicts among human groups, which belongs to the dimension of interpersonal and state-to-state relations. Another important dimension of the community of shared future for mankind is the relationship between man and nature. In Tao Te Ching, a classic Chinese philosophical literature, Laozi repeatedly emphasized that people should follow the law of the universe. Tao is the mother of all things under heaven, the source of all energy, the origin of heaven and earth, and the source of all things. All things under heaven are the sons of Tao. Human beings and all things under heaven are identical beings. Human beings should treat all beings equally and compassionately, instead of killing, stealing and obscenity. Confucianism entrusts 'tao' with the content of benevolence and righteousness, and proposes that just causes receive much help, while unjust causes receive little help.

"The current international community should transcend the limitations of race, ethnicity, color, region, language, culture, religion, gender, country, and class. Only when we realize that we all breathe the same air, share the same destiny, work together to fight the epidemic and live in harmony with nature can we, as a society, have a chance to turn the crisis around."

Anglo elites throughout history have proven themselves to be the worst transgressors of the Tao by trying to set themselves apart from the rest of humanity as "Herculean"--God-like--while the masses are no better than a massive Hydra needing to be tamed or eliminated completely as Sir Francis Bacon and his followers to this day postulate. Note also how the Tao puts Wokeism in its place by showing its extremism.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 3 2021 16:26 utc | 45

Escobar provides some insight into the players and dynamics of the soon to be announced Afghan government:

"Supreme Leader Haibatullah Akhundzada, a Kandahar religious scholar, is expected to be the new power of the Islamic Emirate when it’s finally formed. Mullah Baradar will likely preside just below him as a presidential figure along with a 12-member governing council known as a 'shura.'

"If that’s the case, there would be certain similarities between the institutional role of Akhundzada and Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran, even though the theocratic frameworks, Sunni and Shiite, are completely different."

But there are issues that require solutions as you'll find when you click and read.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 3 2021 16:41 utc | 46

Apple Delays Controversial Child Abuse iPhone Spying Program After Backlash

So why would Apple abandon this plan? It appears the company's privacy brand is worth more than virtue-signaling about a tool to catch child abuse predators (or people taking photos of the Capitol?).

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This is a follow-up to a discussion we had on the last Open Thread.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 3 2021 17:58 utc | 47

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 3 2021 16:26 utc | 47:

Interesting post karlof1 :-). You are right about the western oblivion of Tao, even after being exposed to the idea. Funny that Plato's Metaphysics (Theory of the Form) attracted western minds for millenniums but Laozi's Tao Te Ching intrigued only a few western minds.

It is not possible to follow a set Tao, because the idea is that there is no set Tao. That is the opening verse of Tao Te Ching: Tao has no set Tao; there is no permanent Tao. Tao evolves, overtime and depending on circumstances. 'Following' Tao is best understood as 'feeling' the way thing ought to be, and flowing with it. It's a mystical notion, but there are times one somehow senses it. To do so requires calmness and openness of mind and patient reflection of what one sees. In Buddhism/Hinduism there is a comparable notion named samadi.

Oh boy! Ancient eastern philosophies do have something to offer to us present day human beings:-).

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Sep 3 2021 18:07 utc | 48

Dr. Fauci Warns Emerging "Mu" Variant Is Not An "Immediate Threat" To US

Given our experience with Fauci and USA projections (Afghanistan), I'm deeply skeptical of Fauci's confidence. Expect 'Mu' to be the dominant strain within weeks. Driving further vaccine demands and mandates.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 3 2021 18:10 utc | 49

Global Times' op/ed on Taoism has a distinct echo of John Kennedy's famous "peace" speech from June 1963. Wonder if it is deliberate...

GT - "Only when we realize that we all breathe the same air, share the same destiny..."

JFK - " in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

Kennedy's address remains quite remarkable, particularly for an American leader.
https://www.jfklibrary.org/archives/other-resources/john-f-kennedy-speeches/american-university-19630610

Posted by: jayc | Sep 3 2021 18:46 utc | 50

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 3 2021 17:58 utc | 49

Think different, rainbow apple and Picasso poster are things of the past.

Posted by: Paco | Sep 3 2021 18:54 utc | 51

Oriental Voice @50--

Thanks much for your reply! I was exposed to the Tao at an early age, which was then supplemented by martial arts training then instructing where the main overall message IMO is everyone must seek their own balance within the life force in order to enjoy a harmonious life. The martial arts credo was not to seek confrontation but to be prepared to parry it when it arose, and not just with your body, but with your mind as well. In fact, if one used their mind properly, the likelihood of confrontation could be reduced to nil. IMO, the mental aspects of martial arts is studiously avoided by Westerners as they're captivated by the physical destruction they now can cause with their new skill. Some, like Kareem Abdul Jabbar, did learn the mental part probably because his Master, Bruce Lee, emphasized it over the physical. One way I describe the Western Metaphysical System is that it's constipated whereas the Eastern/Chinese flows without obstruction, hence the uptightness of Western leaders and peoples of all sorts--the new Wokeness being a supreme example of stuckupness.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 3 2021 21:58 utc | 52

Posted by William Gruff @ 30

Thanks for taking an interest. I agree with your points. Predatory capitalists seeks to make themselves 'great' by taking the competition down.

So too foolish nations when they take this destructive philosophy on board as national policy.

Depending how it's measured, China has already taken the lead in many fields and some key economic indicators.

As for chip innovations look at Australian company Archer Materials, AXE - ASX, developer of the patented Quantum chip: https://archerx.com.au

Posted by: Paul | Sep 3 2021 22:16 utc | 53

@28 karlof1 and @30 Peter Au1

Regarding Shoigu. And building a new capital of Russia in a strategically superior location - one that finally overcomes the problem of scale in such an immense country, one that can unify all the regions into a nation of one mind. And building 3-5 new super cities as centers of technological development (the way the Chinese do it every few months), to diversify and spread the prosperity of the nation.

Yes. Yes. And yes.

Shoigu seems younger than Putin, is this the case? He is the perfect successor. The west would find itself utterly stymied by a Russian leader who never wastes one word and who says what is true. They would look back with a yearning nostalgia to the Putin era.

Martyanov says Maria would be the UN representative and then follow Shoigu as head of the Russian Federation - but also these are only the potential candidates we see prominently today, and Russia has an embarrassment of riches, that she has so many vastly qualified people who can run her government.

So I will take Smoothie at his word here, gladly, joyously, and be glad that Russia has its future path laid amid such fertile ground, and its choices cast among such multiple good options. Some times you count your blessings, and this I will count as one of the greatest.

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And Shoigu is a Buddhist, nominally, although I don't know how profoundly this has seeped into his bones.

If I could see Russia led by a Buddhist warrior, with its capital center moved to its own heartland - against all sense of impossibility from western thinking - I would be very pleased. And so, I think, would China, to see Russia so clearly embrace this new century, that the west has so foolishly tried to hold back, and at such great cost to itself.

It is a new century. All the old ways of thinking are up for grabs. All the old geography is subject to a new map, with China at the top, and all the rest of the world flowing therefrom and comporting itself thereto.

Posted by: Grieved | Sep 4 2021 1:34 utc | 54

Grieved 56

A few thoughts. Awhile back, there was a reshuffle, those who had proved themselves in parliament over the years were moved to some sort of advisory council mostly I think concerning foreign affairs. At the time time, Putin highly applauded the work they had done but with the digital? age new blood/younger? people were needed to take them into the future.
One thing that stumped me a bit was Putin's insistence on the being limits to the number of terms a president can serve as that is a recent American thing. But as we have seen, if all parties in the parliament agree, the constitution can be changed through referendum to allow a leader considered to be a good leader by the vast majority to continue in office.

I think when the time comes, Putin will appoint a young successor in exactly the same way Yeltsin did. That will give whoever Putin chooses - and I think that will be in consultation with others - a chance to prove him/herself before they have to face an election. I think a young person will be appointed that can lead Russia into the future.
It is worth going back to look at Yeltsins speech when he handed over power to Putin. Putin said the same thing when the parliament was reshuffled.

I suspect that what is being set up now is Parliment, President, plus a council of elders that all can refer to.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 2:38 utc | 55

Paul 55

Do you know if Archer Materials actually make those chips or just design them? The Chinese companies run into trouble because although they designed their own chips, American technology was required to manufacture them.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 2:57 utc | 56

@57 Peter AU1

You know, I was profoundly moved by Yeltsin's broadcast where he handed over the nation to its new shepherd. So much is not said in that short speech. And so much is said, if we can take each word at its face value.

And time seems to have proved both of these propositions.

Almost as if "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." ;)

And yes, I think you have the sense of it - that Russia will finesse this passage to the best result for Russia. And the nation can draw on a history of Czars, as other Russian commentators have suggested. It has seemed to be a nation that does well with a strong leader.

(And I have nothing to show for the western alternative to prove a better system.)

Posted by: Grieved | Sep 4 2021 3:48 utc | 57

@karlof1

I hope you see this. You wanted to discuss the fact of your wife being forced to inoculate, and I wasn't in the mood. I'm sorry about that, and I've thought about it ever since.

I don't know much about the western vaccines, but I get the impression that the J&J is the least harmful, although one needs to guard against its known adverse risk (is it blood clots? I don't know).

I think the key is to disregard the vaccine. One takes it if one must, and then one disregards that fact. One continues with real life. Ivermectin can help to diminish the adverse effects of the vaccine - so I have heard - just as it can help with prophylaxis, treatment and post-infection in the non-vaccinated.

If I were not able to get ivermectin, I would binge on Vitamin D supplements - or go out on the boat in the sun, even better. I'm raising my own vitamin D levels. It tears at me that your wife may be afraid of giving you the disease, but I am persuaded that good health is the best safeguard against it - for both of you.

Everything you do as an unvaccinated person to safeguard your health against the virus, she should do equally. That's the key, I think. The vaccine is a Potemkin, to be ignored (except as you may have to treat its adverse effects). Treat it as if it doesn't exist, and safeguard your health, the both of you.

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For the latest update on what doctors on the front lines are prescribing, you may want to check out this discussion between two good Dallas doctors:

All questions Covid with Dr. Al Johnson and Dr. Peter McCullough [August 20, 2021]

At the end, Dr. McCullough makes a plea that we all can hear. He says to call your primary physician and ask if s/he is ready to treat Covid-19. Get that discussion rolling. Too many patients have gone to hospital because too many doctors have failed to treat the disease in its early stages - and this is unlike any response we have ever taken to a disease.

So we can play a part in awakening our doctors to the imperative of this time. This is something we all can do.

Posted by: Grieved | Sep 4 2021 4:19 utc | 58

Grieved "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."

You seem to be one of the very few that does not scoff at Yeltsin's speech when he handed over power. For those that took note of that speech Russia is not or no longer "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 4:35 utc | 59

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 2:57 utc | 58

Archer Materials have designed the elusive Quantum chip, normally Quantum technology needs to be cooled, Archer has demonstrated the chips function at room temperature.

Archer claim it is a three $ billion world market. They will put them in mobile phones.

Who knows where they will be made?

This breakthrough has received a number of patents and more are pending, see the announcements on the Archer website.

I am impressed. However, I am not a technology nerd, I have trouble with the TV remote.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 4 2021 6:45 utc | 60

Not sure how popular this opinion is here, but I legit hope the CPRF wins in the next election against Putin.
https://www.rt.com/russia/533767-zyuganov-jesus-first-communist/

Zyuganov seems to be courting the christians, not a fan of this, but I hope this is just him using them like Stalin and not actually a convert.

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 6:56 utc | 61

Smith

You are an embarrassment to the anglo race. The quality of our troll factories was second to none. We are on the fast track to the bottom when all that can be recruited is clowns like you.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 7:28 utc | 62

@ Peter AU1
I'm not even an whitey, I'm a vietnamese you asshole.
What problem do you have against the CPRF?

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 7:31 utc | 63

Smith
I'm not much of an academic but smith does not sound like a Vietnamese name. Ashamed of your name? Plenty of vietnamese worked for the french, japanese, french, americans.
The quality control of our media warrior factories is an embarrassment to the Anglo race. I guess you're woke with a rainbow flag tee shirt as well.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 8:04 utc | 64

@ PeterAU1

No, siree, I wouldn't use my real name on the internet. And I'm living in Viet Nam right now, not in any shithole anglo countries. And no, woke T-shirt, sooner a swatiska than that.

Now tell me what problem do you have CPRF? Or cats have got your tongue? I'd really like to see how you try to weasel out of this one, whitey.

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 8:12 utc | 65

Norwegian | Sep 2 2021 19:26 utc | 9

thank you so much for introducing me to Maria Franz

wow!

Posted by: dan of steele | Sep 4 2021 8:19 utc | 66

Smith
I was a bit quick off the mark. You are a christian communist living in Vietnam that uses an Anglo name that doesn't like Putin... Expand on all that a bit.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 8:19 utc | 67

@ Peter AU1

I'm a communist anti-christian (I criticized Zyuganov for trying to court christian) who isn't quite satisfied with Putin and prefers the CPRF because it advocates a model closer to the system in China and Vietnam than the current Putin liberal democracy. And yes, I use Smith, a germanic name meaning those who bend metal and make tools, because I don't like using my real name on the interwebs.

Now again, for the 3rd time, tell me what problem do you have with the CPRF?

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 8:23 utc | 68

Smith

I have no problem at all with the communist party of the russian federation. They are the opposition in Russia that a reasonable number of people vote for. No doubt not all, but most have supported Putin as president against other contenders.
Also best to use a Vietnamese user name if you are going to jump aboard the US/anglo anti Putin campaign.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 8:34 utc | 69

@ Peter AU1

So you would have no problem if the CPRF wins against Putin, yes? Or would you continue to support Putin even if he loses against the superior party?
And no thank you, I know my opsec, stick to your own advice, blowhard.

Jesus, this is the level of pro-Putin commenters. No reason, why the CPRF called the Putin party an extremist party, the mere motion that something is better than Putin sets his fanboys ablaze.

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 8:39 utc | 70

Smith

You really should change your user name. You have seen how the Americans treated their Afghan prostitutes when they left. No one likes a traitor.
But back to what we were talking about. Every country's domestics is their own business. If the majority of Russians want the communists back in power, that is their decision. In just a few years, Putin seems to have created more green grass for the Russian people than communism did. And I dont have a problem with communism as such as both Cuba and China are doing well, also I see much on Vietnam I like, but the Russian communists were not so good.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 8:49 utc | 71

@ Peter AU1

Thankfully, I'm no prostitute nor traitor so I will keep my name.

And I knew it. You support Putin against the CPRF despite their actual model being better than Putin's liberal democracy and the USSR being better than the modern RF. Even expressing the thought that Putin might get dethroned by communists get you in a jiffy.

And no, in Viet Nam, while we like Putin, we prefer the CPRF, much closer connection and ideology.

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 8:54 utc | 72

You really have got to change that user name if you want to be taken seriously, but back to business - "Even expressing the thought that Putin might get dethroned by communists get you in a jiffy."

I guess I would also have to look at the American candidates as viable contenders.

Systems of governance? Many believe one size fits all. Many are stuck in various ideologies and many think that whatever their ideology is, it is the size that fits all.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 9:02 utc | 73

@ Peter AU1

No need to take me seriously, I'm just expressing my opinion here.

I didn't know the CPRF is staffed by americans. Anyway, again, for the 4th time, what is your problem with the CPRF? Why do you think the current Putin model is better than what the CPRF proposes?

Do you think Putin is better just because? Because that's ideology.

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 9:09 utc | 74

Vietnamese Smith (somebody's gotta do it) "Anyway, again, for the 4th time, what is your problem with the CPRF?"

Where did I say that? I make a lot of typos but they don't usually come out like that. You really should have payed more attention in your induction lessons.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 9:15 utc | 75

@ Peter AU1

Oh the whitey weaselword, Always the lying fork tongue, I caught you.
You said in @73 "In just a few years, Putin seems to have created more green grass for the Russian people than communism did."
And
"but the Russian communists were not so good."
Now explain what you said, and why do you think the current Putin model is better than what the CPRF proposes?

"

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 9:24 utc | 76

Smith 78

The Russian people tried communism for 70 years or so. Communism is different in every country, but the the majority of Russian people were not impressed by the Russian or soviet version. Do you think communism should be forced back onto them for their own good?>

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 9:28 utc | 77

@ Peter AU1

Modern RF owns everything it has on the old USSR, from literacy rate, to bureaucracy, to infrastructure, and even the tank and gun factories. And no, the majority of the russian people were so un-impressed by it that the CPRF always remains the 2nd most popular in election and some of its members were BANNED from participating:
https://www.rt.com/russia/531863-russian-communists-grudinin-ban-protests/

Why force them? Putin Party is hitting new low this election, hence why I support the CPRF winning over them, beating them in their own game.

Maybe you should study the situation on the ground a bit more.

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 9:35 utc | 78

A chart here gives an idea of the popularity of the communist party in Russia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_2021_Russian_legislative_election
There are be plenty of other polls and past election results that will show similar. The popularity of the communist party is down around 13 - 15% of the population.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 9:48 utc | 79

@ Peter AU1

It still remains the 2nd most popular, down by 4-6% in 2021 compared to 2016, but Putin party is down from 49% in 2016 to 31% in 2021, a freaking 18% drop.

But you still reveal to me graver news, it seems LDPR (nationalists) and SRZP (social-democrats) are rising, hard to explain these reasons. But very troubling news.

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 9:53 utc | 80

terrifying...
The covid narrative in the West lately is that a zero covid strategy cannot work (listen China!). The "proof" of that are given as Vietnam and Australia. This came on time to convince the Japanese who still had one of the lowest vaccination rate in the "free world" (what is it with bio technology that they failed to grasp?)

But... wait wait wait... don't we know that Astrazeneca does not work with the UK variant and the Indian/Delta one?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamhaseltine/2021/03/17/astrazeneca-vaccine-fails-to-protect-against-the-south-african-variant/
https://www.coronaheadsup.com/asia/delta-vaccine-breakthroughs-in-healthcare-staff-in-vietnam/

But AZ is still used daily in Africa and elsewhere as part of the UN programme! https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/afrique/societe-africaine/le-vaccin-covishield-d-astrazeneca-utilise-dans-de-nombreux-pays-africains-reconnu-par-la-france_4708375.html
and in the West, where people can travel and even avoid quarantine.
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19-industry/drugs-vaccines-treatments/vaccines/astrazeneca.html

By the way, is Alpha the "Kent variant" or the Wuhan one?
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55659820
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-57157496
"UK scientists say the Delta variant - known as B.1.617.2 - is spreading more quickly than the Kent or Alpha variant, which was behind a surge in cases over the winter."

Add Afghanistan to the pot and you can be sure that by mid September, no one will know his alphabet anymore.

Posted by: Mina | Sep 4 2021 10:00 utc | 81

Smith | Sep 4 2021 9:53 utc | 82 "But very troubling news."

Very troubling indeed. Perhaps the pissants and the communist party will combine their votes?

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 10:07 utc | 82

Per Sep 1 2021 campaign poll (official), Putin party really is in shambles, 34%, CPRF, 18% (only 1 point lower compared to 2016), nationalists at 10 and social-democrats at 7. The elections will be held on Sep 18 2021, so just 17 days left.

If the communists decide to coalition with the nationalists and social-democrats, they might take it.
Anyway, still, I don't think this will happen, Zyuganov is pragmatic, he will let Putin win again because while the nationalists are just loveable clowns, the social-democrats are dangerous.

Still, this should send a chill down Putin's spine and break his mantle of invincibility, he's getting old and he needs to do more.

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 10:15 utc | 83

You're a bit of a laugh and its been fun playing with you Vietnamese smith but its about my bedtime. Perhaps we can play again tomorrow?

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 4 2021 10:19 utc | 84

@ Peter AU1

I don't consider this playing now I know the news.
I shall watch this russian election and the jap elections carefully.

Posted by: Smith | Sep 4 2021 10:20 utc | 85

"Tao is the mother of all things under heaven, the source of all energy, the origin of heaven and earth, and the source of all things. All things under heaven are the sons of Tao."
Imagine if a translator decided to leave Tao untranslated and transliterated it as "Dao", which in his language would be identical to Deo/Zeu(s) etc...

Posted by: Mina | Sep 4 2021 11:56 utc | 86

@ Gordog

What is to be made of the swirling questions as to whether US soldiers currently remain in Pakistan, where they are, and whether Pakistan will host US troops conducting covert operations against Afghanistan?

Asian Times, of course, is itself a swirling mass of blatant pro-US lies mixed probably with many not so blatant lies, so it is hard to assess. One thing that seems plain, however, is that the US troops were initially issued "21 to 30 day" visas, allegedly transit visas.

Posted by: BM | Sep 4 2021 14:31 utc | 87

(*dons flame-retardant space suit*)

I think Putin is a keeper -- well, at least Lavrov and Shoigu are keepers -- but quite frankly, I'd like to see the CPRF score big in the upcoming elections. After all, if the Medvedites within United Russia can't be politically neutralized from within (a difficult task, seeing as United Russia is run by Medvedev), then they need to be politically neutralized from without.

Posted by: corvo | Sep 4 2021 14:58 utc | 88

Posted by: BM | Sep 4 2021 14:31 utc | 87

I have read rumors that we have "special teams" pursuing ISIS-K in cahoots with Taliban. Smacks of PR dick-waving, but you never know. Might fit with the special visas, location. Seems clear we are getting along with Taliban "surprisingly well", but don't want to talk about it.

Posted by: Bemildred | Sep 4 2021 15:00 utc | 89

Bhadrakumar suggests that the Taliban is massively infiltrated by the US and will be subject to splitting and fractiousness of it's diverse components at will by the US. He says that because of that, there is an urgent need to recognise the Taliban government to help it get off the ground and prevent the US fractionation attempts from getting off the ground.

Well, to an extent maybe, especially for India which might parhaps be the main targetted audience for the piece, but at least for those parties that (unlike India) have considerable traction with the Taliban, especially Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan, perhaps the opposite is true. Until reading Bhadrakumar's claims of internal dissent I would have been the first to suggest rapid and solid recognition by those four; but if those claims are indeed correct, perhaps what the Taliban leadership needs above all is external pressure to help bring its fractious 'young Turks' under control. Who knows, maybe there is even a quiet consensus to this effect. That would give the more astute leaders the possibility of waving the risk of internal collapse at such 'young Turks' to try to prevent them getting out of hand. I do hope that Bhadrakumar's fears are overstated, but of course it would if true offer one reason for the US's chaotic and apparently incompetent moves. And I am quite certain the US was very confident it could create supreme chaos in the aftermath - on the other hand they do seem to have been very badly wrong-footed by the Taliban in several important respects, including the lightning-fast roll-up (probably vastly facilitated by Russia and Iran), and especially the Taliban gain of comprehensive secret personnel lists of the CIA stay-behind army assets. Some of it's moves such as the night-time desertion of Bagram might have been intended to cause the military assets to fall into the hands of IS-K, instead of the Taliban.

I really don't know.

I am sure the Taliban has some infiltration by the CIA, but I would be somewhat inclined to believe that the Taliban's internal intelligence is pretty tight, and that the CIA would get mainly rather low-level assets who themselves would be very precarious. But who knows? I can well believe that latent tendencies to fractiousness might be high.

Posted by: BM | Sep 4 2021 16:00 utc | 90

BM
some additions from Bhadhra's reflections in this post of his
https://www.indianpunchline.com/reflections-on-events-in-afghanistan-11/

Posted by: Mina | Sep 4 2021 16:16 utc | 91

US 5G ambitions slaughtered by US sanctions!

Nokia has left the (hopeless anyway?) US 5G consortium to avoid endangering its massively more lucrative China interests as a result of US sanctions.

US putting sanctions on China is not like putting sanctions on small countries. As China nonchalantly gives the US a glance in disdain, the US aims a cruise missile at its foot expecting to get away with a light injury, and gets surprised by rather more serious damage.

Other than that and on the same subject of 5G, I am a little mystified as to the current status of 5G in the west in general and the US in particular. My understanding was and remains that the US put an absolute block on Chinese 5G technology in the US some time ago. Since China has a virtual monopoly on the core patents and hardware necessary to put 5G into existence, up-and-running 5G in the US really should not exist at all.

So what is with these 50,000 telco 5G base stations and "somewhere in the hundreds" of private 5G networks already installed in the US according to the article linked above? Are these networks real, or imaginary? And is the 5G lable real, or empty PR? What happens when you take a real made-in-China 5G device into one of these "5G" networks in the US? What gives?

Posted by: BM | Sep 4 2021 16:23 utc | 92

As you read further, it becomes very clear that Putin isn't satisfied with current results.
Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 2 2021 21:29 utc | 17

Ah, yes, the deadly autocrat(TM) Putin.

I wonder how many people around the globe wish they had a nice deadly autocrat(TM) like President Putin for President, instead of whoever they do have as head of state?

Posted by: BM | Sep 4 2021 17:57 utc | 93

corvo@88:

While chuckling at the silly brawl between Smith and PeteAU, lo and behold here you come and join the chorus of change on CPRF's behalf. Seriously, what has CPRF done for Russia, or for the anti-Empire world at large for that matter, since Yeltsin broke it apart to deserve such kind considerations? Change for the sake of change? Jealousy of Putin's success to hope for his put down? It's really a strange notion. Communists are supposedly opponents of reactionaries. The Russian Communist Party has been, since Kruschev's time, a party that only reacted to geopolitical events and no originality of its own. And yet here we are, sentimental western observers think Russian should put them on the pedestal again to lead Russia.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Sep 4 2021 18:03 utc | 94

Putin has done very very well over the past 20 years. He would go down in world history as one who restored the dignity of Russia at a critical moment of that nation.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Sep 4 2021 18:04 utc | 95

S | Sep 2 2021 23:50 utc | 23

Thank you for telling us about Babiy Yar - I must confess I had never heard about it before. Horrible. The fear is that this sort of thing could happen again.
***

Marina Abramović
Abramović may be into more than just "academic" Black Magic- remember, she was involved in "Spirit cooking" with Podesta and others, during the Hillary Clinton debacle. What exactly that involved, is not clear nowadays either. It was supposed to involve small children.

The "crystals in black magma" can also reminds some about the Sh'eol (limbo) into which practitioners of the Jewish faith are said to go after death. (Not being Jewish this is only second hand). Or the "purgatory" for Christians for those who think there are several levels of "Punishment".

Aside; Reports from NDE's do not mention either. The Christian purgatory, I think, was made up by the priesthood to keep guilt and pressure on their flocks, by threatening them with a "pre-hell" if they didn't obey.
*
"black magma, into which crystals are embedded “at the level of the head, heart and abdomen”,

an act of magic is performed. Black magic. Victims and executioners are mixed, the boundaries between good and evil, between the criminals convicted at the Nuremberg trials and the martyrs are blurred. It is absolutely impossible to imagine that an artist of her stature cannot read the simplest association and alliteration. A master with such a black belt as Abramović’s should understand perfectly well what exactly she is mixing in her cauldron.

Of course she does. To what extent she is participative in satanic rituals has been hidden from us.

Posted by: Stonebird | Sep 4 2021 18:30 utc | 97

Below is a link to a good posting by a doctor about Ivermectin and America

Why all the fuss about Ivermectin?

The ending quote

"
Medical treatment involves balancing risks and benefits. When FDA-approved medications are used in appropriate doses for appropriate patients, prescribed by competent physicians, the risks tend to be low, and any benefit should be celebrated. Instead, the medical establishment, media, and regulatory authorities are taking the opposite approach. One has to wonder why.
"

IMO, criminality around Covid is now occurring on a scale beyond my belief. If and when the lies are uncovered about the source and spread of Covid, the magically available vaccines, their forced acceptance in spite of Ivermectin availability and the general mishandling of Covid by Western medicine, will there be any favorable result for humanity or are we still going to continue down the road to hell paved with gold?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 4 2021 20:16 utc | 98

Here is an interesting article on the NZ response to the virus. I don't agree with it all but I know the difference between the lockdowns in Australia and the hard lockdowns in NZ. In a word, economic.

https://johnmenadue.com/conservative-media-undermine-successful-pandemic-policy-in-nz/

Note how the Auckland outbreak was amplified by the happy clappers at the crackpot church. Too many religious groups are deluded enough to believe their membership of that group conferees a special or chosen identity for themselves, closer to god and the one true religion, as it were. In a word, groupthink.

IMO vaccinations hasten mutations. Thanks to the barfly who posted the article on Delta Covid on Gowans blog:

https://gowans.blog

Interesting comparative charts.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 4 2021 20:38 utc | 99

I hasten to add the numbers speak for themselves. I NZ the number of new cases have gone down over the last few days. The hard lockdown works.

While in Australia the cases have steadily climbed to new records every day, in NSW, [over 1500 today and 2000 children in hospital], Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory are becoming worse. Despite massive vaccinations and a constant vaccination marketing campaign.

Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia are doing well.

Clearly there is a cultural and regulatory difference. In Australia an element of the population do whatever they like whenever they like. In NZ the population generally follow the harder lockdown rules. Most shops are closed with very limited take away food.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 4 2021 21:19 utc | 100

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