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December 31, 2021

A Happy New Year To All Moonkind

To all commentators here a big "Thank You!" for giving me so much.

My wish for the next year: May it be less pandemic and more peaceful than this one.

A Happy New Year to all moonkind!

Posted by b on December 31, 2021 at 15:00 UTC | Permalink

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Bravo, b, and thanks.

Posted by: Paul | Dec 31 2021 15:13 utc | 1

You have given a lot more :)

A Happy & Healthy New Year 2022 and many others to follow!


Posted by: Erast Fandorin | Dec 31 2021 15:14 utc | 2

Happy New Year, b

Thank you for all that you do. It CLEARLY makes a difference in this world.


Posted by: John Cleary | Dec 31 2021 15:17 utc | 3

Yes Happy New Year to you as well, and a big thanks for all your great articles, as we say in Scotland Lang May Yer Lum Reek.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Dec 31 2021 15:23 utc | 4

Happy new year to you b and all barfly posters here. deep gratitude to you all.

Posted by: migueljose | Dec 31 2021 15:34 utc | 5

Happy new year b. Your sensible posts are the best, and Happy new year to the barflies, a mixed bag but imprescindible!

Posted by: c | Dec 31 2021 15:45 utc | 6


This ought to be interesting, Prince Andrew asked to prove he can't sweat by Virginia Giuffre's lawyers, remember Prince Andrew claimed on live tv that he doesn't sweat...hmmm.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Dec 31 2021 15:47 utc | 7

Right back at you and yours!

Posted by: Vasilios | Dec 31 2021 15:57 utc | 8

Thank you b, for your great work and this excellent venue.

And thank you fellow barflies, for providing me with a Community I’m proud to belong to.

Have a great 2022 everybody !

Posted by: Featherless | Dec 31 2021 15:57 utc | 9

Comment more appropriate for yesterdays post, but I fear that those Who determine policy un the US will requiere a slap in the face before they will awaken from their dream state. Hopefully it will be sufficiently convincing that they Will not up the ante too much. Vladimir has some tough choices, I Hope he chooses well - not too soft and not to hard.

Posted by: c | Dec 31 2021 16:02 utc | 10

Happy New Year b
May you live for as long as you want, and never want for as long as you live!

Posted by: Linda Jean Doucett | Dec 31 2021 16:02 utc | 11

Thank you b. Happy New Year to one and all, irrespective of your vax status.

Posted by: Idiocrates | Dec 31 2021 16:07 utc | 12

Happy New Year to you.
Thank you for bestowing awareness with your great efforts.

Posted by: Arata | Dec 31 2021 16:30 utc | 13

thanks b... right back at you... happy new year everyone! i am sure it will be different then the last year, and hopefully focused on more positive things...

Posted by: james | Dec 31 2021 16:30 utc | 14

Thank you for your analyses - some of the best available.

Although I think that your blog has one of the best commentariats, I wonder if you could develop an algorithm that would allow just one comment per commenter on each of your posts. The problem with some of the subjects is that we get essentially the same comment in multiple remarks from some individuals which makes wading through the Comments section tedious. Have rarely seen a follow-up comment from some folks that adds anything other than verbiage.

Won't say Happy New Year, as I have strong doubts that such will be the case.

Posted by: PAUL SPENCER | Dec 31 2021 16:35 utc | 15

Back you b and stay safe every one

Posted by: jo6pac | Dec 31 2021 16:42 utc | 16

Happy New Year to b and all MoA barflies.

May there be peace on earth and goodwill towards all!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 31 2021 16:48 utc | 17

Happy New Year to EVERYONE bar the murdering cockroaches who make our lives miserable.

I had this vivid image, a momentary or fleeting lapse into insanity of John McShitstain, on a day off from Hell, Nancy Pelosi, Barry Obama, Vicki Nuland, Kagan, Billary Clintons, Kissinger, Bubba Bush, Little Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Nikki Randhawa Haley, Jens Stoltenberg, Annalina (ride her bareback) Baerbock, Zelensky, Trudeau, Macron, Boris Johnson & Senior Reps from MI6/CIA, BELLINGCAT got yer tongue, among various other Sickly Ghostly Apparitions, Hands/Arms joined/around shoulders in RED SQUARE, Midnight in Russia with Vladimir Putin, Sergei Lavrov, Shoigu, Xi, Lukaschenko & Friends, Hezbollah- Ansar Allah- Iranian FM & Comrade Maduro - ALL Singing Heartily ' AULD LANG SYNE' with that rocket display in the background AND Broadcast into Every Sitting Room in the WORLD that has Electricity & TV Signal . . . . . . ONLY to snap out of it seconds before Mr Khinzal and Ms Kalibr came knocking

Posted by: WTFUD | Dec 31 2021 17:06 utc | 18

Hope you’re recovering well. Happy New Year, b! And thanks for all you do!!

Posted by: Jeffrey Kaye | Dec 31 2021 18:00 utc | 19

From "criminalized" part of society, from the underground, Happy New Guerrillas Year!!!

To those who fight every day...

Posted by: Black bread | Dec 31 2021 18:02 utc | 20

Happy Year of the Tiger to all!

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Dec 31 2021 18:02 utc | 21

Thank you B for your hard work, it is hugely appreciated!

Posted by: Powerandpeople | Dec 31 2021 18:05 utc | 22

Happy New Year b, and all comment-givers! I predict it will be full of goodness, much of which emanates from this blog, big thanks to you, b! May your health continue to improve, and may we all contribute in small ways to the health of our precious planet and all its inhabitants!

Let it be!!

Posted by: juliania | Dec 31 2021 18:09 utc | 23

I'd like to wish my fellow barflies a happy new year. Tonight let's drink and toast to ChiRus. I hope the people of Russia and China realize how important their historic alliance is and how it gives hope to all of us out there who want the end of the Evil Neoliberal Empire.

I wish excellent health to our magnanimous host, b., and to all barflies of good will. I wish complete success to ChiRus.
May it soon add another ancient and great civilization and become ChiRuAn.
May it put an end to the depredations of the Evil Neoliberal Empire.
May it complete the process of decolonization which the Soviet Union and China helped start 70 years ago.

For those of us in the West, things are looking dark. And it's gonna get darker still. We wont be on the good side of History. There's not much we can do about it. You cant fight a tsunami of greed and stupidity. But maybe we can take some comfort in knowing that a new fairer world is being built, even if it's without us.

Posted by: Robert Macaire | Dec 31 2021 18:16 utc | 24

b, your analysis and insights are much needed and appreciated in this world. Thank you and Happy New Year to all. May less destructive and corruptive strains of humanity evolve and become the norm.

Even that slightly blurry photo of fireworks looks kind of like a virus now ...

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Dec 31 2021 18:31 utc | 25

Cheers, Bernhard (sp?) -

Thank you, so very much, for your truthful analyses of the aimed targets and calculated gains of US/NATO/German/French foreign policy.

There are very few people out there brave enough to attempt what you have successfully achieved.

Thanks, again -

And yes, a wish of Happy New Year to all of y'all interested in b's blog.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Dec 31 2021 18:36 utc | 26

“Ich wünsche dir, Bernhard, einen guten Rutsch und nur das Beste fürs neue Jahr”
Happy new year to all, vaccinated, unvaccinated and banned fellows barflies too.

Posted by: MineHop | Dec 31 2021 18:44 utc | 27

i love you so much, b, and most of the MoA community. I ran across this website. I found it rather interesting!

winter oak

с новым годом

The original boy band...


The Russian hardbass alternative...

Russian Snow Boys - Happy New Year

frohes neues Jahr - lex

Posted by: lex talionis | Dec 31 2021 18:57 utc | 28

Happy New Year from Iran to all of you, I hope you always live happily and healthily, this site is great, do not be tired

Posted by: Haafril | Dec 31 2021 19:03 utc | 29

A huge THANK YOU to you Bernhard for your posts and for the effort and sacrifices you put in to make MoA what it is: a great site for news and a forum for discussion, analysis, learning and sharing ideas.

Much thanks also to MoA barflies for their contributions to this site.

May 2022 be the year in which more and more people around this planet find the peace, stability and justice they need to advance and lead good and happy lives.

Happy New Year to all here!

Posted by: Jen | Dec 31 2021 19:25 utc | 30

All the Best in New Year, to "b" and to the MoA bar flies! Long Live MoA! Cheers, Salut, na Zdorowije, Prosit Neu Jahr, Lycka Till!

Posted by: bystander 04 | Dec 31 2021 19:36 utc | 31

Happy new year to b and all barflies! Now get off the phone or keyboard!

Posted by: A.L. | Dec 31 2021 19:56 utc | 32

Go Blue!

And Happy New Year, all y'all !

Posted by: librul | Dec 31 2021 20:09 utc | 33

Happy New Year to you b and all barflies.

May it be a year of solidarity, peace and unity.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 31 2021 20:12 utc | 34

Thank you, b, for all your hard work in 2021, and for hosting this fine oasis. Happy new year to you! And happy new year to all the barflies!

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Dec 31 2021 20:14 utc | 35

Happy new year to b and all those barflies congregating here.

May the new year bring happiness and joy and not all those nasty things that we have been told might happen.

Posted by: Stonebird | Dec 31 2021 20:29 utc | 36

All the best for Moon in 2022.
One of the few sites I look forward to visiting, always.

Posted by: digital dinosaur | Dec 31 2021 20:53 utc | 37

May we all return to comment here 365 days from now and note the positive changes that occurred without having to lament any avoidable losses. My glass is raised to the Friends of the UN Charter!

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 31 2021 20:57 utc | 38

Thanks for the last year, and a Happy New Year b.

Posted by: Dim sim | Dec 31 2021 21:06 utc | 39

Please do something about the comment section. I can't find my ways here. Often don't know who's answering who.
And a happy New Year too all.

Posted by: Zoran Aleksic | Dec 31 2021 21:07 utc | 40

Happy New Year b! thanks for always being here with the best analysis on the internet! and for being you, especially for being you.

Posted by: annie | Dec 31 2021 21:15 utc | 41

Below, I share Comrade Putin's New Year's Greetings with barflies:

"President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Citizens of Russia, friends,

"The year 2021 is drawing to a close. Very soon, time will take us from the past into the future.

"True, this is something that happens every day, minute and second. But we hear this continuous passage of time most clearly when we welcome the New Year and look forward to it as an important marker in our lives.

"We are united in the hope that changes for the better lie ahead. But we know that they cannot be detached or isolated from the events that unfolded in the outgoing year.

"We faced enormous challenges, but we learned to live in these harsh circumstances and solve complex problems. Our solidarity made this possible. Together, we continued to combat the dangerous pandemic sweeping every continent, which shows no signs of receding. This elusive disease claimed tens of thousands of lives. Everyone who lost loved ones, please accept my words of sincere support.


"Most importantly, we worked together to overcome the difficulties of the outgoing year. We stood up for those in need. First and foremost, we supported senior citizens and families with children who are the future of Russia.

"We acted resolutely and consistently to uphold our national interests and the security of the country and our citizens. We took swift action to restore the economy and in many areas we are close to achieving our strategic development objectives.

"Of course, many issues remain unresolved. But we did well this year. Most of the credit goes to you, the citizens of Russia. This is the result of your hard work, friends.

"Everyone in their own way strove to do their duty, to do even more than seemed possible, and to help those who had it particularly hard. My heartfelt thanks go to all of you.

"In challenging times like these, it is particularly important to be creative and committed to your plans no matter what, while working for the benefit of society and your native country.

"As we ring in the New Year, we hope that it will bring new opportunities for us. Of course, we hope luck will be on our side, but we understand that making our dreams reality primarily depends on us, on what we prioritise in our daily lives, on our ability to commit to our projects and achieve concrete, tangible results.

"These results will be the stepping stones towards the successful implementation of our national plans. Their main goal is to improve the well-being and quality of life of the people. Achieving these goals will make Russia even stronger, and we will be able to ensure the continued progress and prosperity of our Motherland only if we are in it together.


"New Year's Eve is literally filled with good cheer and happy thoughts, as we all try to put our best foot forward. This openness and generosity are the spirit of this wonderful holiday, when it is so important to warm parents’ hearts with kindness and loving care, to hug them if they are near you, and to tell everyone around you how dear they are to you and that happiness is all about love, children, family, and friends.

"These are the important values that largely determine the meaning of each person's life. We all want them to remain a reliable pillar of strength supporting us in the coming year.

"This is the time to share our innermost feelings for the people who are near and dear to us, to speak those sincere words of love and gratitude which we do not always have enough time for in our busy lives.

"But the real magic of the New Year is that it opens our hearts to empathy and trust, generosity and mercy. Wherever you may be during these minutes – with your family and friends, or in the squares of your beloved cities – you will hear these warm and sincere wishes.

"I am pleased to join in these wishes, and to wish a Happy New Year to those who serve in the military or another capacity, who take care of the ill, who are on active duty at their combat post or enforcing law and order. The operation of major transport routes and a large number of plants and critical services goes on interrupted.

"Hundreds of thousands of our citizens are employed in these efforts. Thank you for your responsible work which is so important for the country and society.


"The New Year is about to begin in a few seconds. Many families, including our compatriots outside Russia, will offer the traditional New Year toast: 'Happy New Year! May it be filled with new fortune!' These simple words have a special meaning to us, because they are passed down from generation to generation.

"My sincere best wishes, and above all for good health! From that, success in your work, studies, creative endeavours and favourite pursuits will follow.

"May every home have as many joyful moments as possible. May there be new families with new children. May they grow up to be healthy and intelligent, honest and free.

"May love fill every heart and inspire us all to achieve our goals and scale the greatest heights. For the sake of our loved ones and for the sake of our only country, our great Motherland.

"Happy New Year, friends!

"Happy 2022!"

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 31 2021 21:16 utc | 42

Happy New Year, everyone.

Good health to b.

To good will.

Posted by: Lbanu | Dec 31 2021 21:17 utc | 43

Thank you Bernhard. MoA is for me the most important source of information. Have a good year and please keep on going!

Posted by: Jan | Dec 31 2021 21:31 utc | 44

Ich hoffe alles ist OK bei dir, Bernhard, und 'Happy New Year' aus der Antipodes.

May it be another nail in the neoliberal coffin... keep hammering Comrades!

Posted by: Patroklos | Dec 31 2021 22:08 utc | 45

@ librul..... line 3 in your link @ 50 is bullshit..
"The Communist Chinese Party imposed a tight lockdown of its own population, while simultaneously allowing international travel to and from China, facilitating the virus's worldwide spread." it is hard to read shit like that and not say something... cheers james

Posted by: james | Dec 31 2021 22:19 utc | 46

You are my single most trusted analyst. Huge thanks and respect.

Posted by: James Owen | Dec 31 2021 22:33 utc | 47

2022! Now!
Happy new year. I second all the complements to the barflies and especially to b, Who does the heavy lifting.

Posted by: c | Dec 31 2021 23:05 utc | 48

Happy New Year!
2022 looks to be a good one!

Posted by: Smith | Dec 31 2021 23:34 utc | 49

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 31 2021 21:16 utc | 45

Thanks for your post of the speech, karlof1. Here in the west we will get the 'boogeyman' Putin 'pretends' to be nice while planning to start the final war version...

Posted by: Tom in AZ | Jan 1 2022 0:05 utc | 50

OK all you New Year's Day layabouts. Listen the F*** Up already. Our 'colleges' and 'universities' are chock-full of bullmanure 'courses'. Once in awhile something GREAT gets through. You will now spectate true greatness! Just f**king Do It already. It may not change your bargain basement 'opinion', but will improve your modality of thinking. Just Do It:

Behavioral Evolution I

Behavioral Evolution II

Posted by: blues | Jan 1 2022 0:27 utc | 51

Happy New Year, i just got banned from a certain place. Who cares though, truth and love are more important than anything else!

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 1 2022 0:33 utc | 52

I'm not a commenter, just another fan in the bleachers. But you all should know, b and the regular commentariat, how many of us silent readers appreciate your work. As others have noted, this blog is one of the few remaining places to learn what is going on. May we all suffer no more than the usual quota of reverses in 2022 and be surprised now and then by really good news.

Posted by: Jay-Ottawa | Jan 1 2022 1:16 utc | 53

Sincere best wishes to B and all the barflies for a happy and Peacefull NEW YEAR

The law of divine love is the standard for all human actions

Albert D

Posted by: albert darmo | Jan 1 2022 1:22 utc | 54

Best Wishes B,

However unbeckoned it may be, may justice and peace spring forth in 2021.

Posted by: S Brennan | Jan 1 2022 1:35 utc | 55

Floppy News Hear, everyone and everytwo!

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Jan 1 2022 1:37 utc | 56

Wishing all Moonies a healthy and happy New Year.

Thanks b, for all your efforts!!!!!!

Posted by: vetinLA | Jan 1 2022 1:57 utc | 57

Happy 2022. May all the empire's plans end in frustration. May all its allies feel the sting of dissent. May the righteous prevail around the world on either side of the barricades.

Posted by: Cesare | Jan 1 2022 2:16 utc | 58

Hey b

The Chinese ambassador to Cuba, Ma Hui, seems to have picked up your compilation of "at what cost" media spins:

Western media has been so successful in confusing right and wrong, but at what cost?

On Twitter, 3 days after your post.

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 1 2022 3:57 utc | 59

And as the fireworks to celebrate the coming new year are exploding, have exploded, or anticipate exploding soon..

...explosively GOOD NEWS comes via Dr. John Campbell as he translates into lay terms the results from a recent, top-tier scientific study from South Africa that essentially shows:

1. T-cell effectiveness against Omicron appears intact across 2 vaccines (J&J + Pfizer) and also previously infected people

2. Thus, the body "recognizes" Omicron from previous encounters with earlier variants, whether artificially or naturally

3. And that it is hard to imagine any future variant that could "out-compete" Omicron by being even more transmissible

These 15-minutes of joyous tidings on YouTube are here (much gratitude to the original poster):

Omicron science, good news

This is the Christmas and New Year's gift that we have hoped and suspected it is.

Let the fireworks explode! Let the bells ring out! We can all become immune! The Pandemic is over!

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 1 2022 4:40 utc | 60

Happy new year to b and all participants here at MoA. Thank you for this privilege of belonging to this special community.

Posted by: R | Jan 1 2022 5:04 utc | 61

From India

Posted by: R | Jan 1 2022 5:10 utc | 62

I read somewhere today that

1. COVID19 detected in wastewater in Florida are predominantly Omicron
2. Hospital COVID19 patients in Florida are predominantly Delta
and it is so lopsided that it seems that Omicron is mostly harmless. At least in a warm climate.

That said, if you are inclined to drink wastewater in Florida, boil it first.

Unrelated news. Accuweather is a fount of well intentioned advise. Say that you are visiting Yakutsk and contemplate going out. You check local weather on Accuweather. Two tidbits of advise:
Air quality: 17, excellent. Enjoy all your normal outdoor activities.
Temperature: -55 F, frigid. Outdoor activity is potentially life threatening. (Even if enjoyable?)

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 1 2022 5:35 utc | 63

Grieved #67

Omicron ... good news? There goes my niche opportunity to run a coffee wagon at the testing queues selling car to car coffee and ivermectin cookies with organic Artemisia absinthium. Sigh :/ At one stage I had a business plan for Artemisia's Restaurant (outdoor of course) with roving musicians doing Dead can Dance covers etc.

Seriously how are these medico totalitarian control freaks going to wind down their power mongering? Can I delete my phone tracking app or are they busy devising deeper tricks as we chat. THAT will be a tale to tell.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 1 2022 5:38 utc | 64

Some interesting writing from laodan to consider with the new year:

Now the fact is that the discourse of Russian leaders leaves no place for a 3rd alternative as a possible outcome of these talks. From what we hear it is — or “we have a deal” and the West accepts a retreat to its posture before the fall of the Soviet Union — or “we have no deal” and China and Russia, on the 4th of February, announce their further game-plan to the world.

Some Russian officials have already announced that one of the measures that they could take if there is no agreement is to refuse payment in dollars for any goods they export… And the fact is that China’s Digital Yuan is ready for use by the Chinese public at large. By October there were already 140 million people who had opened “wallets” and remember that this digital yuan has been designed, over the last 7 years, to act as a new technical payment system for international exchanges that will thus for the first time be free of Swift’s intervention and Washington’s judicial long arm… This Digital Yuan will also be connected to block-chains that will handle the currency exchange between Yuan and local currency, the final payment as well as tax matters, transportation matters,… all this promises to erase the hefty bank commissions and lengthy bureaucratic delays which should catch the attention of the buyers of Chinese goods while reducing the volume of exchanges in US dollars.

Happy New Year to you laodan. Good health and good painting and thinking for the year ahead.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 1 2022 6:08 utc | 65

Happy New Year to you b and all the barflies.
If we can get past Jan. 10th without a war I think we will have a great year ahead.
Fingers crossed.

Posted by: earthling1 | Jan 1 2022 6:23 utc | 66

good catch Grieved #66, always fun to learn one (at least) of China's government officials is reading MoA.

huge shout out to all the barflies. we're lagging behind in california, still an hour to go til 2022, but cheers to you all, thank you for everything.

Posted by: annie | Jan 1 2022 6:59 utc | 67

Fasten your seatbelts as 2022 will be a wild year given the exceptional luminaries driving the foreign policy in Washington DeeCee.

Nevertheless, b, have a good year, ditto for most barflies and then some.

Posted by: phiw13 | Jan 1 2022 7:44 utc | 68

annie @74 & Grieved @66

Exactly, good to know even though it's not referenced, this blog is on certainly on the radars and hopefully making a difference.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: A.L. | Jan 1 2022 7:45 utc | 69


Had to delete some off-topic libertarian bullshit posted by librul even after I deleted the first instances of it as well as some references to it.

(The comment section of MoA is still readable for only one reason. I police it and ban people who lack the minimum level of conduct and sensibility to keep it so.)

Posted by: b | Jan 1 2022 7:51 utc | 70

Raising a glass to Bernhard for his substantive contribution to global sanity and to barflys for adding the sense of community

Posted by: DavidKNZ | Jan 1 2022 8:18 utc | 71

Happy New year to all, I wish what ever you wish! Happy New Year to Mother Russia!

Posted by: Grishka | Jan 1 2022 9:28 utc | 72

DavidKNZ #71

I will raise a glass to Bernard as well. Thank you for your light but diligent hand on the tiller and your focused sense of navigation. I am drinking a fine aussie shiraz for the new year.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 1 2022 9:32 utc | 73

Happy new peaceful strong and healthy new year, Bernhard annie and all our fellow moonkind.

I spent th evening with a few friends and had a few moments with a teenager. His comprehension and doubt were reassuring:

I feel our future is I good hands.

Cheers and Skol to you my friends, from me and mine over here in the strangely frozen Canadian northwest.

Happy New Year!

Posted by: jonku | Jan 1 2022 10:37 utc | 74

Happy new peaceful strong and healthy new year, Bernhard annie and all our fellow moonkind.

I spent th evening with a few friends and had a few moments with a teenager. His comprehension and doubt were reassuring:

I feel our future is I good hands.

Cheers and Skol to you my friends, from me and mine over here in the strangely frozen Canadian northwest.

Happy New Year!

Posted by: jonku | Jan 1 2022 10:37 utc | 75

Happy new year and best wishes to b and all!

Posted by: fx | Jan 1 2022 11:36 utc | 76

This ought to be interesting, Prince Andrew asked to prove he can't sweat by Virginia Giuffre's lawyers, remember Prince Andrew claimed on live tv that he doesn't sweat...hmmm.

I wonder when it will occur to Andrew that she is a crown subject... Because she is an Australian Citizen...


Subject to Crown authority....


It is in the interests of the crown... that she either drop the case... or be imprisoned for treason...


Posted by: George W Oprisko | Jan 1 2022 11:51 utc | 77

@ Piotr

>> That said, if you are inclined to drink wastewater in Florida, boil it first.

Tap water, too! ;-)

Happy new year, moonies and b!

Posted by: son of spam | Jan 1 2022 12:16 utc | 78

Hey b

The Chinese ambassador to Cuba, Ma Hui, seems to have picked up your compilation of "at what cost" media spins:

Western media has been so successful in confusing right and wrong, but at what cost?

On Twitter, 3 days after your post.

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 1 2022 3:57 utc | 59

That is a really, really excellent question. Cui bono? is another. Some people have gotten very, very rich, we should look into that.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 1 2022 12:52 utc | 79

England's queen to give the war criminal Tony Blair a knighthood- who says crime doesn't pay.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Jan 1 2022 13:11 utc | 80

And a Happy New Year to you, too, b--with a wish for many more to come.

You're a journalist hero. Thank you for your work.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Jan 1 2022 13:46 utc | 81

less pandemic???

How about no pandemic and no excuses for fascism for the New Year?

Better, how about we make compassion a pre-requisite for learning, earning or deserving anything?

Happy? New Year. Forgive me for being cynical and realistic. What's that?

Let me be characteristcally unpopular and blunt. We are closing in on a well-deserved catastrophic credit bubble implosion and financial collapse, irreversible global warming fueling environmental destruction and maybe war initiated by the most nuclearized, technologically armed countries, while the greatest generation and their creative offspring die off, and the world is being left in the hands of the least inspired, most mediocre, coddled, entitled, irresponsible, self-absorbed, most unprepared-for-real-life generations to ever disgrace the planet.

So how does happy emerge from that equation except as a pretend illusion that promotes the inertia of selfish temporary ignorant bliss?

Posted by: Circe | Jan 1 2022 13:56 utc | 82

@82 circe - So nice to see you back! Rabbit rabbit rabbit! And such a joyful message for the new year! A bit of buyer's remorse from all the bile you spewed last year? Or perhaps living in a small SRO with steven j hack in the Tenderlion gets a little wearing?
To everyone else, the sun is setting on the new year here in LA. fingers crossed.
Rabbit rabbit rabbit! (a superstion )

Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 1 2022 14:28 utc | 83

Happy New Year to B and the Moon Commentariate.

Posted by: Ozz | Jan 1 2022 14:38 utc | 84

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Dec 31 2021 15:47 utc | 7

Of course he can't sweat, he's a reptilian, remember?

Happy new year, my fellow barflies and in particular,our esteemed host!

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 1 2022 14:40 utc | 85

The Brad Marchand of the blog returns? Where've you been?

lex talionis@83
Speaking of which did you know that - according to the internet - "wabbit" is "an adjective from Scottish English that means “weary or exhausted.”!!

Posted by: spudski | Jan 1 2022 14:49 utc | 86

Circe @ 82

While I disagreed about the Donald, your post today gets my 100% support! Welcome back.

Posted by: morongobill | Jan 1 2022 15:26 utc | 87

wabbit wabbit wabbit, spudski!
Elmer Fudd is looking out for us!
I didn't know that about wabbit. Surprising because my favorite writer ( beside Michel Houellbecq) is Irvine Welsh!
much love to everyone. especially b!
and i think circe needs a hug.

Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 1 2022 15:34 utc | 88

For peace in the New Year!

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 1 2022 15:39 utc | 89

England's queen to give the war criminal Tony Blair a knighthood- who says crime doesn't pay.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Jan 1 2022 13:11 utc | 80

A bit of advise: to most of the readers here, crime doesn't pay. I wanted to quote a proverb that explains why, but just now I learned that it is actually wisdom of the Ancients

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. Aesop

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 1 2022 15:44 utc | 90

The unexplained attribution of a proverb to Aesop is puzzling: a legendary/historical figure was famous because of his fables, and not his proverbs. As fables, myths and sagas were oral lore, figures like Homer and Aesop where authorities invoked by story tellers, and the details of their live were as variable as the stories. Wikipedia describes one possible situation when Aesop could be described as uttering the saying about small thieves:

Plutarch[7] tells us that Aesop had come to Delphi on a diplomatic mission from King Croesus of Lydia, that he insulted the Delphians [i.e. priests in charge of the most prestigious Oracle in Greece, possibly "great thieves"], was sentenced to death on a trumped-up charge of temple theft, and was thrown from a cliff (after which the Delphians suffered pestilence and famine).

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 1 2022 16:10 utc | 91

And all Moonkind appeared..

Blue moon
Now I'm no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own.

Not the most popular version, but Chet Baker in his Cool Cat album inspires... plus a nice Round Midnight too.


Posted by: Paco | Jan 1 2022 17:32 utc | 92

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Posted by: Kooshy | Jan 1 2022 17:56 utc | 93

Happy new year, all!

Posted by: ptb | Jan 1 2022 18:11 utc | 94

A way forward in Ukraine via UNSC 2022....

In another forum I was reminded that the Minsk Agreements were codified in a UNSC resolution… 2022 on 7 Feb 15. This resolution contains the following relevant clauses and adoption statements:

“The 13-paragraph “package of measures”, contained in Annex I of the resolution, called for a number of actions."

"An immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine and its strict implementation as of 15 February 2015"

"Withdrawal of all heavy weapons by both sides by equal distances in order to create a security zone."

"Withdrawal of all foreign armed formations, military equipment and mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine." {This will be interpreted to include NATO forces.}

"Disarmament of all illegal groups." {This will be interpreted to include "Right Sector", and all the UkroNazis.}

"Reform of Ukraine with a new constitution entering into force by the end of 2015." That document had to provide for decentralization, as well as adopting permanent legislation on the special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in line with eight measures until the end of 2015. {This will be justification for supervising creation of a new one.}

Council members had also emphasized that perpetrators must be held accountable for the 2014 downing of the Malaysian airliner that killed 298 people. {I expect Russia to charge Ukrainian FSB & CIA}

Echoing a common view, the representative of France said it was the "Council’s collective responsibility to silence the guns”.

The representative of Germany said the resolution was of utmost importance, conveying a stern message to those who violated the ceasefire.

Agreeing, the representative of Ukraine called on the Security Council’s permanent members to prevent violations. ”

My anticipated course of action by Russia::……………….

I believe, Russia will claim it’s action(s) in Ukraine are for the purpose of enforcing UNSC resolution 2022. That such action was specifically called for by the Ukraine upon the resolution’s adoption, and such action includes removal of all NATO forces in Ukraine because they are “foreign forces” specifically required to be removed from Ukraine.

Russia will supervise elections of a “unity” government and shepherd development and adoption of a new constitution as envisioned in UNSC 2022.

Russia will search and destroy Right Sector and the other extremist groups, as envisioned in UNSC 2022.

Russia has been gathering evidence of “crimes against humanity, and war crimes" perpetrated since the 2014 coup, including the massacre in Odessa, and the sniper killings in Kiev. Russia will conduct a war crimes tribunal, for the purpose of bringing perpetrators of the above, including the MH 17 downing, to justice.

Russia will conduct these operations throughout the entirety of Ukraine, likely with their forces wearing “blue” helmets.

NATO and specifically UK/USA will be powerless to interfere.

I reiterate, the above is my view of how the Russians may frame their incursion.


Posted by: George W Oprisko | Jan 1 2022 18:27 utc | 95

Piotre Berman @ 91, your post about Aesop with reference to the description in Plutarch took me on a hunt for a Russian version I remember had great significance for Dostoievski - I finally remembered the name 'Kirillov' and found the fable I wanted. Here's a not great verse version of it:

Ivan Krylov [1768-1844]

The Swan, the Pike, and the Crab

WHENE’ER companions don’t agree,
They work without accord;
And naught but trouble doth result,
Although they all work hard.

One day a swan, a pike, a crab,
Resolved a load to haul;
All three were harnessed to the cart,
And pulled together all.
But though they pulled with all their might,
The cart-load on the bank stuck tight.
The swan pulled upward to the skies;
The crab did backward crawl;
The pike made for the water straight —
It proved no use at all!

Now, which of them was most to blame
’Tis not for me to say;
But this I know: the load is there
Unto this very day

— The “Fables.”

Posted by: juliania | Jan 1 2022 18:53 utc | 96

THANKS to Grieved @ 67 --- that is exactly the good news we ALL need!!!!!!!!

Let the bells of the New Year RING!

Sending the link to all my family!

Posted by: juliania | Jan 1 2022 19:11 utc | 97

Oh sorry, that is:

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 1 2022 4:40 utc | 60

Omicron and t cells, which have a relationship even with some vaccines in the mix! In words, as in the fable, two strong 'partners' like China and Russia might be enough to win the day for the world!

Ring, bells, ring!!!

Posted by: juliania | Jan 1 2022 19:16 utc | 98

Someone needs to give an award to b for his unrelentless efforts to reveal the truth.

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Posted by: d dan | Jan 1 2022 19:23 utc | 99

@INDY, #95:

Happy New Year to you.

A way forward in Ukraine via UNSC-2022 is only to mitigate Russia's immediate anger against Ukraine (or Zelenski in particular) for noncompliance with Minsk. Russian troops hawking over eastern Ukraine would remain until Zelenski carries out the last three points of your listed terms.

But Putin's demand to NATO goes beyond that. Putin is specifically asking rollback of NATO's advances since 1999. Putin's demands amount to the same stance that JFK took in 1962, saying existentially lethal weaponries and threats in Russia's close proximity is unacceptable and must be mollified. Otherwise, Russia is prepared to take whatever measures necessary to safeguard its own national security, regardless whether NATO would concur. Russia did not specify these measures, but given Russia's spectrum of weaponry in possession, I would look for ways to placate them if I am western Europe, hell with Empire's arm twisting.

Problem is, western Europe's decision rests with a bunch of politicians whose personal dirty laundries may be in Empire's hand. These politicians have no senses of global morality, and are liable to take actions that only save their own butts.

I am waiting to see whether there is maturity in the ruling circles of the Empire yet. I'm sure such maturity ain't present at Foggy Bottom or on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Jan 1 2022 19:24 utc | 100

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