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December 05, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-094

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

CM - Zero Covidista @xuchuanmei - 9:46 UTC · Nov 20, 2021
I'm sure the since deleted Weibo post by #PengShuai has been translated into En by ppl, but I haven't seen a properly translated version, & sounds like many others havn't read her post yet. Here's an attempt by myself, content in square brackets were added by myself... #WTA
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Many int'l media & commentators claimed #PengShuai accused Zhang Gaoli of "sexual assault", some even say "rape". While Zhang's behavior was dispicable & inexcusable, I don't think his sexual misconduct breached CN's criminal law bc in the end he persuaded Peng into agreeing...
Sadegh Ghorbani @GhorbaniSadegh - 10:36 UTC · Dec 5, 2021

Notice! it's going to be a sort of long THREAD 🧵.
A Senior Iranian MFA official has held a briefing about Vienna talks. Here comes the highlights.
To start, the official says it was predictable that other parties planned to start blame game and accuse Iran of being not serious.
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Other issues:

Covid-19 Omicron:

Doesn't look good at all.

- Infectiousness: Norway, 120 people visit a Christmas party, all vaccinated, 1 superspreader, more than 50 (unconfirmed 80) infected including people who were not at the party but visited the venue.

- Severity: Too early to really tell but probably worse than Delta. South Africa data says currently less people in ICU than with Delta
BUT a. mostly young people infected so far, b. often 14 days time lag from infection to ICU.

John Burn-Murdoch @jburnmurdoch - 23:11 UTC · Dec 4, 2021
Okay folks, time for a South Africa update, focused this time on severity of disease.
First up, the report from hospitals in Tshwane (the district furthest along in Omicron wave) is essential reading, as is thread from @miamalan tshwane-district-omicron-variant-patient-profile-early-features
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Covid-19:

  • How well masks protect - MPG
    A detailed study shows the maximum risks of being infected by the coronavirus for different scenarios with and without masks
Mark Sumner @Devilstower - 19:18 UTC · Dec 2, 2021
Everyone needs to see this. Mask mandates are enormously effective. Shockingly effective. Effective before vaccines were available. Effective in conjunction with vaccines. Effective through the delta wave. Wear a mask, and support mask mandates.
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Boeing:

There is a new book out about the 737 Max crisis: ‘Flying Blind: The 737 Max Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing’ by Peter Robinson. Links below are to a talk with the author, two pre-published excerpts and three reviews:

Use as open thread ...

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On Russia-Ukraine, the so-called nuclear option has been mentioned: blocking Russia from the Belgium-based SWIFT financial messaging system. The European Parliament has called for it, again. Here's a recent summary of the SWIFT system and alternatives. . . . Not mentioned, I think a Russian cyber attack on SWIFT might be exciting.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 5 2021 15:22 utc | 1

I say it’s imperative that people know everything there is in the contracts their governments signed with Pfizer, Moderna et al

“ Ministers have agreed a secrecy clause in any dispute with the drugs manufacturer Pfizer over Britain’s Covid vaccine supply. Large portions of the government’s contracts with the company over the supply of 189m vaccine doses have been redacted and any arbitration proceedings will be kept secret.

The revelation comes as Pfizer is accused by a former senior US health official of “war profiteering’’ during the pandemic. In a Channel 4 Dispatches investigation to be broadcast this week, Tom Frieden, who was director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Barack Obama, said: “If you’re just focusing on maximising your profits and you’re a vaccine manufacturer … you are war profiteering.””

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/05/wall-of-secrecy-in-pfizer-contracts-as-company-accused-of-profiteering

Posted by: DG | Dec 5 2021 15:35 utc | 2

Sad but both inevitable and a sign of the time:

How 1 person lost $400K on a single robinhood bet

In particular: all in on a stock option (!)

This is stupidity of the highest order. Options are short term plus you pay a huge premium for volatility. They are nothing more than extremely risky leverage.

This individual never even seriously invested before the past year - and put mid-six digits into a single option?

Ugh.

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 5 2021 15:42 utc | 3

It seems quite clear that energy security is the theme for the next decade.

California blackouts, NE US "polar vortex" natural gas price spikes, Texas grid failure - notice a pattern yet?

Add in now Europe's winter long energy ordeal.

What is going on?

Some of it is certainly the increased reliance on unreliables (solar PV, wind).

But this isn't the whole picture.

Asia is developing and consuming more energy than ever. China is importing more natural gas, oil, coal etc as its population becomes wealthier and consumes more. This in turn ripples through all of Asia as China's energy intake vortex distorts energy relationships all across the board. Japan, for example, used to be the rich guy in the 'hood - could dictate prices for LNG as it was the big consumer in all Asia. No longer the case...

Fukushima in turn led both Japan and Germany to reduce nuclear - ramping up other energy source needs (natural gas mostly/fossil fuels in general) in both nations.

Interesting times.

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 5 2021 16:08 utc | 4

Posted by: DG | Dec 5 2021 15:35 utc | 2

I seriously doubt that either the secrecy agreements or the immunity guarantees have legal validity, because Pfizer has (a) provably falsified clinical trial results on which all emergency use applications depended, and (b) provably acted dishonestly and in bad faith.

Posted by: BM | Dec 5 2021 16:08 utc | 5

The Omicron variant might have been discovered only two weeks ago but it did emerge already two three
months ago. If hospitalisation rate hasn't increased yet it won't do so in the next two weeks.

Posted by: m | Dec 5 2021 16:12 utc | 6

I should also add ESG: the PMC's groupthink on ESG policies has clearly led to reduced investment in energy production in the US and Western Europe.
But of course, actions have consequences. Less production in the US and Western Europe - as well as in foreign locales under the aegis of US/Western European oil companies - means higher prices even as existing production is under pressure from increased Asian demand.

Higher prices combined with "climate change" and other policies - how will that play into energy security?

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 5 2021 16:21 utc | 7

@m #6
Not at all clear to me.
First of all, until omicron was announced - I doubt anyone was testing for it. Meaning any hospitalizations due to omicron would not be known.
Secondly, it takes time for people to deteriorate into hospitalization. Sometimes it is quick, but more often it takes days to weeks.

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 5 2021 16:28 utc | 8

Don Bacon | Dec 5 2021 15:22 utc | 1

re: Cutting off Russia from SWIFT

Cutting off Russia (and/or China) from SWIFT would accelerate the demise of the U.S. dollar as the World's reserve currency, and with it the last leg of the three-legged stool of American power (the other two being military and economic, both long since surpassed by the combination of Russia and China). The U.S. would thus cease to have any claim to being a super-power, and would slowly recede to the status of a (relatively weak) regional power.

I think that China and Russia are well-prepared for being cut off from SWIFT, and would indeed welcome it, but don't want to be the ones to pull the trigger and be blamed for the fall-out, the most important of which would be massive inflation and shortages in the West, particularly the U.S. itself.


Posted by: dh-mtl | Dec 5 2021 16:37 utc | 9

@3 Like OMG, WTF, GMAFB.

Posted by: dh | Dec 5 2021 16:45 utc | 10

@c1ue

pessimism should be avoided. early indications are mild infections and quick recovery

virus appears to have put it's eggs in the transmissibility basket according to Dr's Been and John Campbell
i'm keeping my glass half full for now

Posted by: stephen | Dec 5 2021 16:45 utc | 11

You can't make this stuff up. Despite daily US threats and provocations against China and Russia the US is looking for their support against their ally, Iran! . . .from yesterday's State presser:

QUESTION: Hi. Thank you, [Senior State Department Official], for doing this. It is appreciated. Given that you said that it matters less when the talks reconvene than whether Iran comes back with a serious proposal on the table, are you prepared to walk away from the talks after the next round if they continue to show this lack of seriousness in negotiating? And I know Russia and China have voiced concerns about Iran’s continued lack of compliance, but do you feel that they are prepared to apply the same amount of pressure that the United States and its European allies are prepared to do? Thank you.
SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: So thanks. First, I’m not going to speak for Russia and China; you’ll have to – obviously, you’ll have to ask them. But I do think what has been manifest is that they have said, even though they don’t have – they don’t share our views (inaudible) when it comes to the negotiations, I think it’s fair to say that they also were quite taken aback by the degree to which Iran had walked back its own compromises and then doubled down on the request that it made of the – of us and of others. I think that – I’m not saying that they would share our view entirely, but I think they do think they do share a sense of disappointment, to put it diplomatically, at what the last several months – what Iran has chosen to do with the last several months of preparation. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 5 2021 17:09 utc | 12

Swift.

This is the way that the US has knowledge of supposedly secret transactions between Banks, Corporations, Countries and other users of the system.
Nominally Brussels based, as some of the servers were in the US, the US claimed the right to "observe", thus allowing their own corporations to front-run potentially valuable transactions. (via Lickileaks, otherwise know as back scratching)

I doubt that the Russians/Chinese are keen on the system of SWIFT. Their alternative has been set up, but it will take a bit of time before others join it. Or a political kick up the backend when the others find their own interests are threatened.

Posted by: Stonebird | Dec 5 2021 17:12 utc | 13

Ithink that China and Russia are well-prepared for being cut off from SWIFT, and would indeed welcome it, but don't want to be the ones to pull the trigger and be blamed for the fall-out, the most important of which would be massive inflation and shortages in the West, particularly the U.S. itself.


Posted by: dh-mtl | Dec 5 2021 16:37 utc | 9

Correct me if I'm wrong.
Haven't the Russians being liquidating their dollar asset's for quite some time?

Posted by: JPC | Dec 5 2021 17:15 utc | 14

@ my 12
recent headlines:
>Blinken warns Chinese leaders over Taiwan as global crises mount
>Blinken warns China of ‘consequences’
>Blinken warned Russia to stand down on its efforts to destabilize Ukraine
>Blinken warns Russia of ‘severe costs’ if it invades Ukraine

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 5 2021 17:18 utc | 15

Was jackrabbit anti-vaxx? Seems his voice has gone silent.

While not a fan of his conspiracy behind everything on earth stance I did find his a rare unifying voice for those longtime readers disappointed by bernhard's recent abandonment of leftist critique.

Posted by: Jess Wandering | Dec 5 2021 17:50 utc | 16

Helpful hint to barflies.

If you suspect that you have covid you can go to a testing site and be exposed
to a whole bunch of coughing covid-suspects.

Or you can pre-order at-home covid testing kits that you keep on hand
should the need arise. Do it ahead of time. Don't wait for the day you want one.

Check with your local health department. Mine was free.

Posted by: librul | Dec 5 2021 17:57 utc | 17

Regarding Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan, China, and world domination, the biggest question mark over our future (the human race) has to be to what limits the ruling elite of the US and "the West" will go to maintain their dominance.

Gottlieb suggested that World War III is inevitable because of the craziness of the elite. In response, we know that some Israelis have suggested that Israel should go crazy with aggression in order to get its way, and during the Vietnam War, Nixon tried to threaten the Soviet Union with the idea the US would go crazy to get its way, even by using nuclear weapons. So the craziness and brinkmanship of the elite could possibly also be partly posing. After all, there is a prima facie supposition that the rulers will try to preserve themselves and thus not go all the way. And there is the undoubted miracle of no nuclear war ever having taken place after 1945, mainly because of fear of annihilation, as well as unforeseen consequences of even a limited nuclear war, despite the US rulers repeatedly wanting to us nuclear weapons.

On the other hand, one has especially the example of the mass suicide of European elites going into the First World War, illustrating that elites can make suicidal decisions, and there are other examples from the Second World War as well. So one cannot be sure that the ruling elites will not go to the brink of suicide, or even blow up the world out of pure spite so no one else can have it, and their unprecedented, historical arrogance may push them in that direction. I also do think that the politics of revenge have been underestimated by academics, who are wont to portray political systems and decisions as rational when they often are not.

In the particular crises we are in, the elite may easily see the situation as existential for them. The dollar dominance finally seems a little wobbly (even though that is not really certain), various former client states have rebelled, the possibility of an elite-rejecting nationalist revolt inside the US (as well as other countries) looms, their MSM discourses seem to be rejected by a larger percentage of the public, a large percentage of the youth are mired in hopelessness, and the environmental crisis really threatens their bottom line. What they really hate about Russia above all is that it possesses the great equalizer, enough atomic weapons to completely exterminate the human race, and what they hate about China is that it is way too big to compass and control by their usual methods and seems to have a better and more harmonious social ethic and structure. While the rulers are not going to push the nuclear button without provocation, there are many possible, looming threats that could cause them to overreact all the way.

So while I am not afraid of the apocalypse today, it certainly could happen.

Posted by: Cabe | Dec 5 2021 18:33 utc | 18

Cabe @ 18

Excellent points - so a key unfortunately unanswerable question is whether the 'insanity' of mutually assured destruction is Strategery or the madness of Hubris.

The US position is so weak, and its leaders so feckless, and as shallow, money-trough US politics/culture war IS the government, and as the Democrats face an electoral Waterloo in 2022/2024, one does wonder if an existential desperation for power inexorably leads to tragedy on a 'biblical' scale.

On the other hand one presumes somewhere up the food chain of the great pyramid scheme, there is a veto mechanism against the tragic mistakes of mundane yet vainglorious politicians imposed by the billionaire class.

Posted by: gottlieb | Dec 5 2021 18:56 utc | 19

thanks b...

others... it is so much fun thinking of alternatives that have a happy ending... i say this after having contemplated all the dark and scary possible outcomes... i just don't get any happiness in any of that! call me a dreamer, lol...

Posted by: james | Dec 5 2021 19:00 utc | 20

@stephen #11
I am not one of those screaming chicken little about omicron. The reporting Sotub African doctor indicated it was mild, but the reality is that we don’t know.
All I was pointing to above is that it is impossible to know, one way or the other, right now what omicron will or will not do in the Western democracies.

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 5 2021 19:14 utc | 21

@dh-mtl #9
I think the notion that China is “well prepared” to be cut off from SWIFT is nonsense.
How do you think all those Chinese exports are paid?
Even Russia: while most secondary forms of imports are sanctioned - the natural gas and oil exports aren’t paid for with rubles.

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 5 2021 19:18 utc | 22

Well obviously the hippos were unvaxed, probably not wearing masks either... C'mon with the covid hysteria. Living here in Australia has become horrible, our large boomer population have cheered on every stupid regulation, lockdown and mandate. Gotta go put my mask on while I drive in the car by myself.

Posted by: Boilerman | Dec 5 2021 19:21 utc | 23

children are more at risk from a syringe of saline than covid

we have no science or common sense or decency left

Posted by: Rae | Dec 5 2021 19:33 utc | 24

Barflies,

uncle tungsten posted his usual valuable contribution back on the open thread.

It seems to be the answer to a number of important issues raised today. I needs to be reposted:

“To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.
To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.

It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored.

That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”

― Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century

Posted by: Paul | Dec 5 2021 20:14 utc | 25

The lies are flying low these days.

Bjørn Andreas Bull Hansen asks:
Where will you be 1, 5, 10 years from now?

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 5 2021 20:20 utc | 26

While various leaderships have historically achieved some limited successes by posing as “mad dogs” or “irrational crazy men”, it’s not really a winning strategy. Far more dangerous is institutional momentum which carries an escalation logic which is difficult to contain. The Cuban Missile Crisis is a very pertinent example. Both Kennedy and Khrushchev acknowledged at the time they were very near to losing control of their respective militaries, and that the ultimate disaster almost really occurred. Contemporary talk of “red lines” refers to that event, and similar brinksmanship, IMO, is carefully avoided since then. The wealthy elites have never had it so good, and they are not going to piss that away to wind up in some bunker near the South Pole. True danger though, could arise if a psychopathic personality such as certain US congressional figures comes into the Presidency during a severe economic or social crisis in USA, and removes the “brakes” on the military’s institutional momentum.

Posted by: jayc | Dec 5 2021 20:21 utc | 27

@Posted by: DG | Dec 5 2021 15:35 utc | 2
@ Posted by: BM | Dec 5 2021 16:08 utc | 5

India has decided not to buy the mRNA based vaccines because they basically refuse to agree to the extortion demands by the relevant companies.

India govt won't buy Pfizer, Moderna vaccines amid local output -sources
https://www.reuters.com/world/india/india-govt-wont-buy-pfizer-moderna-vaccines-amid-local-output-sources-2021-09-21/

The Indian government has also declined to meet the U.S. companies' requests for legal protection over any side-effects from the use of their shots, which are currently made only in the United States or Europe, two of the sources said.

No company has received such protection in India.

Argentina refused to also buy Pfizer because of the excess demands by the company. And now an Argentine company is producing bunches of Sputnik V vaccines.

Which raises a question. If some country accepts a donation of the mRNA vaccines, must they agree to hold the companies immune to financial penalties to harming their populations?

Posted by: Erelis | Dec 5 2021 20:38 utc | 28

@ Paul | Dec 5 2021 20:14 utc | 26.. paul, that is a pretty dark and dismal portrayal of government.. is that a direct quote from Pierre-Joseph Proudhon? thanks..

@ Erelis | Dec 5 2021 20:38 utc | 29... thanks for that... i am encouraged by the indian gov't's response here, contrary to some of the boneheaded stuff modi has done..

Posted by: james | Dec 5 2021 20:42 utc | 29

Images in Telegram of a possible attack against presidential candidate Eric Zemour, a person throw himself to his neck over the crowd, fortunately he was neutraliced by the people, security...

Stakes are high....Be preapared for whatever shenanigan....Thye know they have already lost the election...

Posted by: Black bread | Dec 5 2021 20:45 utc | 30

I think cutting anyone off the SWIFT system would be very dangerous. There are crypto alternatives that are fast and secure -- for example XRP. The transaction is sent and formally paid in 3.8 sec as opposed to SWIFTs 2-3 days. XRP has on demand liquidity (ODL) and hence there is no need for nostro and vostro accounts saying a lot of capital that can be used elsewhere. Anyone can start a node and the transactions are irreversible. The code is open as well. If the West cuts Russia off they will just use crypto and it will be better for them. Oh, and XRP does a cool 1500 transactions a second and can scale up to 100000 per second without breaking a sweat. They will not push Russia out of SWIFT for the dollars sake.

Posted by: cj | Dec 5 2021 21:15 utc | 31

c1ue |3
…. a fool and money are soon parted….
Also, given mocking birds are reporting…. The big loss by a naive novice is being used as a morality play.. new trading vehicles like Robinhood are encroaching into traditional turf, and not all welcome the upstarts…
Mocking bird message: “here be dragons, leave the day trad slaying to others”

c1ue | 4

Sure, some price pressure is due to increased Asian demand.
But traders and speculators have finally achieved the “free market” they’ve been lobbying for.
Previously the game was…resource field..>. producer>… long perm fixed price contract>…supplier.
In that set up there’s no room in the middle for fiddle…. Hence the previous decade long demand to “make the industry more competitive”.
Big boys traders bought in bulk, then resold to middle men, who then bought on the day trade market at basically the previous old low long term price, repackage and onsell to consumers.
A “Nice little earner”. Of course, the big boys were hedged and had taken some price protection precautions… used a financial a prophylactic, whereas the smaller, gungho cowboy outfits, like Bulb in UK, some with as few as 12,000 customers, they went in naked…. And got screwed. They offered customers a fixed price, but now can’t afford the day trade prices.

And now the traders are losing money, the taxpayer/cavalry has been sent in.
Here’s two recent tweets from #OOTT — (oil traders of twitter)

> > The UK has seen 28 energy retailers going bust year-to-date, affecting nearly 4 million households.

> > Rescuing one UK energy top retailers isn’t going to come cheap.
For starters, the government has put up £1.7 billion ($2.3 billion) to keep Bulb, as it’s called, going for a few more months via an effective nationalisation.
That’s taxpayer money …and it’s unlikely that’s going to be enough, as Bulb’s special administration estimates it’s going to need another £400 million if the company is going to make it to April, when the next revision of retail tariffs will happen…

> > The French government thought that limiting the surge in 2022 electricity bills was going to cost it less than €4 billion. It turns out it may cost €12 billion, which is the same as the country's entire budget of the ministry of Justice.
The tide keeps rising….

Posted by: Melaleuca | Dec 5 2021 21:22 utc | 32

Black Bread @31

I can't wait for the spectacle of the French elite urging people to vote for the domesticated fascist (Le Pen) in the second round to keep the unreconstructed fascist (Zemour) out. This is what 4 decades of neoliberal lesser-evilism gets you.

Posted by: S.P. Korolev | Dec 5 2021 21:32 utc | 33

The business of random nation killing by DOD bloats on.

A good sweeping review of the privatisation of the USA war mongering machine.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 5 2021 21:38 utc | 34

@cabe 18.
Was the first world war not largely a success from the point of view of the anglo-american elites who engineered it; at least until the reparations, designed to cement the aim of a war 20 years in the making, backfired? They all probably have fine wikipedia write-ups, philanthropists, etc. The mainstream narrative has certainly held well, only fairly recently moving from German Aggression to "Sleep-Walking". I doubt it will ever get to: anglo-americans war to prevent the rise of Germany, achieved by stoking French/Russian ambitions over Alsace/in the Balkans and ultimately creating a situation in which it would have been suicidal for Germany not to mobilize, then screaming: German Aggression! The success of world war 1 narratives is truly tragic, as it removes from view the true similarity of what is going on now, this time with China (us)/Russia(Brita prefer.) the targets. I hate to think what ambitions have been being stoked in Eastern Europe (Poland as much as Ukraine) and West Asia and what Erdogan standing next to that map the other day could really signify. I find it hard to think there isn't a core of these elites who are quite sure they can set off two or three regional wars, and somehow remain on the sidelines, and setup until... well the next time. Depressing.

Posted by: Bes | Dec 5 2021 21:48 utc | 35

A fine of 600.- euro every three months in Austria if you dont get vaxxed. Hope they will install the same penalty system in germany and whole of EU.
I already lmao:
1) there is -with omicron and its successors- a first real chance for enhancement (same mutations as in this paper: "The SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is poised to acquire complete resistance to wild-type spike vaccines" Lab Hisashi Arase, famous immunochemist) https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.22.457114v1
2) the sera seem to have -best case scenario, see above- no effect on omicron, but the EU has ordered millions of doses which are difficult to dispose
3) if the chinese vaxx is really better due to all viral epitopes present this would be a disaster for western science
4) people are afraid of the new type of injections, one would expect a lot of psychosomatic diseases. Again, people are not allowed to take the oldstyle chinese vaxx.
5) Slovakia seems to be more intelligent: might become mandatory if you are over 60

Posted by: BelleDelphine | Dec 5 2021 21:57 utc | 36

Boilerman #24

Living here in Australia has become horrible, our large boomer population have cheered on every stupid regulation, lockdown and mandate. Gotta go put my mask on while I drive in the car by myself.

Agreed, mock them I say. Fix masks backward even when they are not mandated and go shopping in protest. Paint swastikas on them or even yellow stars now that refusnik Aussies are to be sent to the camps. There is a fine tradition of the merry prankster to uphold here and every individual should be enjoying it. Mask up the letterbox. Put poster of mask on front lawn with logo - BIG Hoax NEEDS BIG MASK.

Whatever you do it is with the intent to bring people out of their mesmer back into aware thought and show solidarity with the unfooled.

Jam masks in car windows so they flap as you drive. mask up your headlights in the daytime (be prepared for a discussion about theater and performance art with the police. Is there a car window sticker yet with a syringe dripping red drops. Or maybe a sticker with syringe image and CLOT SHOT inscribed or more appropriately syringe image and FIZZER. That would make a good Tshirt.

There are many ways to mock the fascist conversion of supremacist medicos and authoritarian political clowns. Be prepared for confronting people. Ask for proof of vax from anyone that approaches you to challenge. Then hand them a card with FLCCC website or Kennedys book title or even the Blogmire URL.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 5 2021 22:04 utc | 37

cj #32

Oh, and XRP does a cool 1500 transactions a second and can scale up to 100000 per second without breaking a sweat. They will not push Russia out of SWIFT for the dollars sake.

Thanks heaps for that. I see this as a slow motion escalation and at the time when the going starts to get down to the bone for China I can imagine online traders like Aliexpress and Banggood making XRP an upfront payment vector with the conventional systems given second place. Perhaps it could come bundled with your login stage.

Expect a trial of XRP or like system soon.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 5 2021 22:12 utc | 38

Do the aussies have option to emigrate?
I would wish/think that Texas might send ship and provide valet service for well qualified.

Posted by: jared | Dec 5 2021 22:33 utc | 39

Stories from the front is what I believe migueljose wanted from the last ot. I enjoy these as well and they seem to reinforce the reality that no matter where one may live (in the west) we are all going through similar situations as we navigate the covidpocalypse.
My story is i live in Newfoundland,Canada and after a shit divorce in the past year I've gone from desperation in starting completely from scratch to finally being stable in paying the bills. My job however is in jeopardy because of vaccine mandates.
I'm apparently safe until dec 31'st as long as I submit to testing twice a week which I've been doing. Its the quick test that costs 50+ dollars and the company pays for it. The nurse lady is nice and she massages the back of my eyeball as gently as anyone could I guess.
I haven't socialized outside the grocery store or work since vaccine passports were introduced 2 months ago. Even though I live in a small town the majority of businesses complied and I immediately felt unwelcome at some of the usual haunts. Posters at entrance ways warning of vaccine passport checking upon seating at a restaurant/bar due to government compliance and stressing that no aggression should be directed at staff were eerie to me. The first time I was asked whether I was eating in or taking out was already tiresome in its unnecessary utterance as I immediately cut whomever emits the forced diatribe before completion.
I'm tired. Kinda got a dead man walking attitude these days and I don't give a fuck. I love a good fight and this is a fight worth having. I smoke weed on the job delivering dildo's and dog food to our Amazon addicted world. I've managed to convince 3 other employees not to wear masks just cause I was sick of doing so. Its against policy and i'm creating division and complications amongst the workspace just to be a deviant. I acknowledge that masks may be the only thing that might help prevent the disease but I DONT GIVE A FUCK...anymore.
In a way covid "freed" me and as much as its ruined the life I had its forced me to come out of the shell I was in.
I resist the vaccine and go through these hoops primarily because its obviously unnecessary to go through this drastic restructuring of our entire society based upon getting jabbed. I can't separate the question of disease/obvious pandemic. If the same ptb want me to get jabbed so bad for obvious over time shit benefit then wtfu people its not about health????
To accept at this point that all these health precautions are to protect against covid and not to drastically restructure the entire planet is to willfully accept dillusion! That's at u Mr.b....
In all your analytic wisdom when it comes to covid you've been an extremely "good german". We need u to wake up and fight u fuck. Join the dots like you have the talent for and stop ignoring your blindspots. 2 years into this shit and were supposed to accept being back at step 1???? Come on b!!!
As a small piece of the puzzle leading from the last ot
its come to my attention that here in Canada or at least the province im in that all covid tests are strictly logistically controlled and sent to a singular address. Easy to control test results and data if done so.non? Its all incorporated into a fed run program where all hard to reach areas and federal logistics are involved. Want to send a TV that a band chief in Labrador needs for the lodge then to get it there it will cost u $5000. Covid tests in the province are picked up by "special" couriers and they're not charged cheaply.
Keep preaching and fighting.

Posted by: PleaseBeleafMe | Dec 5 2021 22:44 utc | 40

Quite a few comments to address, but first this excellent essay: "Get back to where we once were, John."

Escobar doesn't review this, although he certainly gives it a boost:

"We are all now re-living a snapshot of those times – and in countless cases being introduced to it – via Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back, the three-episode film within the film released on Disney +, culled from 57 hours of footage and 150 hours of audio recorded way back in January 1969."

What Pepe does instead is review the life and times of not just John Lennon, but, albeit briefly, of the context he arose within until his assassination--not murder, it must again be emphasized. A hint related to the modern context is provided unknowingly by Disney itself by claiming ownership of the YouTube video of the Beatles's Rooftop Concert Pepe was able to link initially.

Admittedly, I was a Rocker, not a Mod during the Beatles heyday, but became a fan in the mid-1970s. The Beatles albums I purchased were for my daughter. I recently bought Yellow Submarine on DVD so I could have the context to help explain to my wife adages I use from that film (she was born in 1972). As many were, Pepe focuses on John:

"Lennon could have been a politician, like JFK. Kennedy – Ireland and Harvard, money and macho – had an Apollonian vision of power. Lennon – street kid out of decadent, fuliginous Liverpool, outsider even in art school, that classic English receptacle of misfits – preferred to polish the Dionysian vision of relations between art and power.

"Politician and poet, hero and bad boy, sweet and arrogant, Lennon was neither the St Sebastian sold to the world by Yoko during his last decade in this valley of tears nor the demented druggie depicted in a sensationalist biography by Albert Goldman.

"In the tortuous initiation voyage that took him from leather-jacked rebel rocker to respectable middle-aged man– a dedicated father absolutely faithful to a mature woman – we find not only the dilemmas faced by at least two generations but also the contradictions inherent in the astonishing influence of rock’n roll as a form of art-commerce."

And thus the fear and hatred John provoked within The Anglo Establishment that had him killed--Abraham, John, Martin, Robert, and John. (Someone needs to update that song.) That Establishment never knew how close the young, genuine, John Lennon was to the likes of them; but then he aspired to become different, the Man of Peace he became.

But then Lennon was only one facet of the Beatles; and like Charles Mingus, a genius who died too young. Despite how the world looks today, it's till entirely possible to Imagine. And despite being buried underneath vast mounds of modern reality, I'm certainly still a Dreamer, and not the only one.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 5 2021 22:59 utc | 41

Posted by: jared @ 40

To answer your question. Up until a few years ago Australians and New Zealanders could move to either country visa free indefinitely. This is a result of the Canberra Conference of 1944 where each country agreed to treat each others citizens equally. Of course Australia took it one step too far by deporting Kiwis who had committed no crime as well as plenty of convicted Kiwis. Now in both countries dissent is treated as a crime.Australia has imposed other onerous restrictions on Kiwis. Then there is the Australian and New Zealand Transitional Taxation Arrangements.

NZ and Australia now demands visitors to be double poisoned. As for me I am 'pro choice'. I don't trust either government. The relic of the social contract is observed only in the breach.

I am trying too figure out how to leave the South Seas Bubble. Airline travel is not an option for
me.

They can find someone else to pay their taxes and obey every quiver of 'the rules'. French boatbuilder Jenneau make some very fine long distance sailboats. That's freedom.

Posted by: Paul | Dec 5 2021 23:09 utc | 42

@42 Well that's one way of looking at John Lennon. I doubt if Pepe ever met him. He was basically angry about being abandoned by his father and then losing his mother. He did find a sort of replacement in Yoko. His son Julian didn't find him very dedicated and he was much too sarcastic to last long in politics.

Posted by: dh | Dec 5 2021 23:10 utc | 43

Some say the end is near
Some say we'll see Armageddon soon
I certainly hope we will
I sure could use a vacation from this
Bullshit three-ring
Circus sideshow of
Freaks
Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call L.A.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away
Any fucking time, any fucking day
Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay
Fret for your figure and
Fret for your latte and
Fret for your lawsuit and
Fret for your hairpiece and
Fret for your Prozac and
Fret for your pilot and
Fret for your contract and
Fret for your car
It's a
Bullshit three-ring
Circus sideshow of
Freaks
Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call L.A.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away
Any fucking time, any fucking day
Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay
Some say a comet will fall from the sky
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves
Followed by fault lines that cannot sit still
Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits
And some say the end is near
Some say we'll see Armageddon soon
I certainly hope we will
I sure could use a vacation from this
Stupid shit, silly shit, stupid shit
One great big festering neon distraction
I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied
Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim
'Cause Mom's gonna fix it all soon
Mom's comin' 'round to put it back the way it ought to be
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Fuck L. Ron Hubbard and
Fuck all his clones
Fuck all these gun-toting
Hip gangster wannabes
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Fuck retro anything
Fuck your tattoos
Fuck all you junkies and
Fuck your short memories
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Yeah, fuck smiley glad-hands
With hidden agendas
Fuck these dysfunctional
Insecure actresses
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
Learn to swim, learn to swim
'Cause I'm praying for rain
I'm praying for tidal waves
I wanna see the ground give way
I wanna watch it all go down
Mom, please flush it all away
I wanna see it go right in and down
I wanna watch it go right in
Watch you flush it all away
Yeah, time to bring it down again
Yeah, don't just call me pessimist
Try and read between the lines
I can't imagine why you wouldn't
Welcome any change, my friend
I wanna see it come down
Put it down
Suck it down
Flush it down

https://youtu.be/CehYA3omb5o?t=20

Posted by: ld | Dec 5 2021 23:12 utc | 44

I posted the song with a censored version... so fucking sorry

Posted by: ld | Dec 5 2021 23:14 utc | 45

I think the notion that China is “well prepared” to be cut off from SWIFT is nonsense.
How do you think all those Chinese exports are paid?

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 5 2021 19:18 utc | 23

But no Chinese exports would would quickly leave US store shelves empty. From that perspective, it seems unlikely that the US would be dumb enough to cut them off.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Dec 5 2021 23:29 utc | 46

gottlieb @19--

It makes no difference if the Ds lose and the Rs win as they're both part of the Oligopolistic Duopoly, so policy will generally continue as it has since 1980.

Cabe @18--

The Oligarchy cannot be certain it will survive nuclear war. Plus, what would remain of the world for anyone--rich or destitute--to enjoy? If there's one possession prized by everyone--even the rich--over anything else, it's their priceless life--immunity to death cannot be bought, injected or prolonged via cryogenics. I very much doubt anyone wants to be sequestered in a villa and relegated to telling stories for their sole form of entertainment (Decameron Nights), and those at that villa had far more freedom to live than anyone would in a deep underground fallout shelter, no matter how well stocked. However, yes, there's definitely the problem of a mistake/miscalculation being made--that's why the Russian's have emphasized so much and often that any missile launch from a known dual-use launcher will be treated as if it's a nuclear warhead, and have pleaded with the Outlaw US Empire/NATO not to emplace such launchers that close to Russia's borders or in Europe/Asia at all. Russia is far more rational in its analysis of a post-nuclear war future--Who wants to live in a future without Russia. IMO, the world can be absolutely certain that if Russia or China--possibly even Iran--is attacked directly by the Outlaw US Empire/NATO or one of its surrogates, most of North America, all of Europe, and any place any Western Oligarch might attempt to hide will be utterly devastated, while those poor souls remaining will deal with the ensuing Nuclear Winter. I fail to see how such an outcome can bring about A Few Dollars More.

Last weekend, I tacitly suggested the film High Plains Drifter as an interpretation of that Era's Outlaw US Empire that could also be made for most of its Eras, including the contemporary. Yes, it's an ugly, violent film, but so is the Outlaw US Empire. And if you watch, do note the motive that drives the immorality and reflect on our times to determine if anything has changed.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 5 2021 23:32 utc | 47

The JCPOA does not address Iran's destabilizing behavior

1. Building power stations in Syria.
2. Delivering oil to Syrians and Lebanese
3. Helping the Syrians fight ISIS
4. Delivering condensates to Venezuela to produce heavy oil
5. Rebuilding Venezuelan refineries

All of these actions violate U.S. sanctions.
All of these people must suffer.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Dec 6 2021 0:07 utc | 48

The other day, I linked a video about a round table for debate of the pandemic which took place in Russia, reuniting quite a good group of eminences of Russian sciences, and through video conference some foreign ones, including one israeli virologist.

A commenter, tucenz, if I am not wrong, asked me whether there was an English translation, and I answered that not that I am aware.

I can not find my post linking to this excellent debate anymore, but, of it, really, without entering the already known medical details and facts, I wanted to highlight some interventions and thoughts expressed there which I fins so useful for any of us who are into this fight, and which reminds us of the especial nature of the Homo Sovieticus, that unavailability to discouragement, it´s ability to think and reflect and meet others to dialogate, to analize, withe respect of each other´s point of view and turn of speech, but especially their humanity, their warmness and humility, and why I consider this heritage a treasure to be conserved through generations to come.

I will not understand that these words could unportunate any decent human being

Mixing the topics treated during this week, war and pandemics, I have made a transcription os those interventions which for me sounded more ilumating and encouraging for all, especially those who still have not reached such stance of courage to fight and have not found yet their peers with which to cooperate and unite, s that you all can go out looking for them. I hope the post survives, and you can enjoy it.


"Today in our meeting three theses have been heard, which define the nature of today's world:
The first is anarchy, a total disregard for the most basic legal norms.
The second is the creation of an atmosphere of fear.
It is true and has been empirically proven, and I personally experienced it, that fear destroys immunity.
For some reason almost no one talks about it.
They prefer to talk about allopathic drugs and so on, but what about strengthening the person?
A man is not only 80 kg of flesh and bones, he is body, soul and spirit.
And what are we talking about, the soul?
And when even more, we talk about the spirit?
As a teacher with almost half a century of experience, I can clearly see the three building blocks of the human soul being destroyed.
And then he has no problem destroying the body.
The mind, of which we have already spoken today, is destroyed, the will is destroyed, the feelings are destroyed.
They are terrible things. And for each component of the soul, these degrading processes in society must be explained.

Here is the third element, of the 3 that I have told you, anarchy, fear and the third, lies.
I am always following the statistics and they are the fundamental proof, and they show that this is all a lie, an absolute lie.

And at the geopolitical level, it is clear that a war is being waged against us, this war will not be like the first and the second, it is already being waged.
It is the most despicable war, because people do not even understand that they are killing it. And this is what we must talk about.
We are not used to this type of defense, we are used to defending ourselves with a rifle or a machine gun
Today is very different, and if we understand this, we can act in a coordinated way, as a regiment, division, army."


Valentin Katasonov. Doctor in Economics. Member of the Russian Academy of Economic and Business Sciences.

"If the reality is like this, as we have heard today, it means that mass vaccination, at the very least, does not work, and at the most it worsens the epidemiological situation. It seems reasonable in this case, to stop mass vaccination against the coronavirus, and try to make sense of this situation, rather than essentially forcing a medical experiment. It is important not to start vaccinating children. In the first place, we ask, and we no longer even ask, we demand, that the social restrictions imposed be canceled and that they consider imposing them, depending on whether a person is vaccinated or not. And I want to say to you, our dear viewers, our readers, our compatriots, our comrades in struggle: Think, analyze!

"Thought does not die. Beautiful is the man who leads it through life. Society gains strength by knowing itself. Only in this way can it advance" Vasili Makarovich Shukshin.

I wish you all the best!"

Maria Vasilievna Shukshina. Honorary Artist of the Russian Federation, closing the debate.

This same heroic woman, when she was recently awarded the Order of Merit of the Fatherland in the First Degree, by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Mushustin, in her speech of appreciation, took courageously the opportunity to say these words :

"I am grateful for the award, but to proudly wear this Nation's Merit Medal on my chest, I have to speak about the Nation and tell the truth. And the truth is that we are experiencing a catastrophe. The absence of morality leads to irreversible processes, to the degradation of the nation. The culture of the word, the culture of communication, are being killed before our eyes. People are turning against each other. you can see with the naked eye that there is a social experiment going on, people hate each other. First for the masks, now for the vaccines, soon it will be for the QR codes, apparently. And this has to end. In the end everyone will kill each other and no one will know the enemy. Modern wars are not fought with guns and missiles, but are in the media, in science, in education, in culture, in medicine, in healthcare. And no one even tries to understand that this is a deliberate spiritual distraction to dehumanize and divide people. And not seeing it is simply a crime before the people. I apologize for being perhaps too direct, but this is a cry from the heart, an SOS! I serve the country!"

Posted by: Black bread | Dec 6 2021 0:14 utc | 49

copied from a comment at wsws:
"The flood of copycat threats indicates public desperation to evade the covid "school" crematoria which opened permits adults to slave to death from covid at work."

good thing the virus is no worse than the flu. good thing reopening schools has been sooooooooooooooooooooooooo beneficial to children's health.

as with guns, eco collapse, etc., people aren't going to be scoffing for long about the coronavirus, whether they just so happen to be right about the vaccine(s) or not. polishing the mirror of how smart you are in the graves of the dead makes you what an old rabbi called a "white washed tomb".

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Dec 6 2021 0:14 utc | 50

@ Posted by: Paul | Dec 5 2021 23:09 utc | 43

Maybe arrange charter flight?
Hitch ride or crew on boat to "nearby" island.
Frighten to think this could happen.

Posted by: jared | Dec 6 2021 0:23 utc | 51

Despite being IMO unjustly castigated by Martyanov, Glenn Diesen continues to write about the Ukraine crisis:

"A war could easily become unavoidable. At the domestic level, Eastern Ukrainians who protested the legitimacy of the Western-backed Maidan in 2014 were attacked by the new authorities in Kiev. At the regional level, Russia will not stand by if Kiev, armed by NATO, attacks Donbass. Furthermore, Russia considers NATO expansion into Ukraine an existential threat, and will oppose it much like the US could not accept Soviet missiles in Cuba in 1962. NATO now proclaims it is 'standing with Ukraine,' although in reality NATO has set Ukraine on a path to its own destruction." [My Emphasis]

Unfortunately, nowhere is the real criminal behind the crime noted--the Outlaw US Empire for NATO is its tool, not Europe's. Same goes for "West" as a term, for we have the smoking gun evidence as to which entity was behind the 2014 Ukraine Coup--Obama, Clinton and the Outlaw US Empire's Oligarchs. Nevertheless, Diesen continues as honestly as he can:

"The [West's] hostility towards the Minsk agreement is also evident by the reluctance of the Western political-media class to inform its public about the details of the Minsk agreement and Kiev’s open refusal to abide by it. Instead, the Western political-media class dishonestly suggests that Russia is failing to comply, even though Russia is not even mentioned in the Minsk agreement.

"The collective effort by Kiev and NATO to redefine the war as a Ukraine-Russia conflict is a cynical attempt to undermine the Minsk agreement and deprive Eastern Ukrainians of all agency by demoting them to mere agents of Russia, while enabling the military bloc to rebrand itself as merely 'standing by' Ukraine. This fits into the Western propaganda that depicted the coup of 2014 as a 'democratic revolution' and the will of the Ukrainian people, while the opposition to the coup is delegitimised as merely a Russian 'hybrid war.'"

But as mentioned, we do know the BigLie because we do have The Smoking Gun. Following this is perhaps Diesen's best paragraph:

"Presenting the conflict in Donbass as a Ukraine-Russia conflict also implies that the representation of Eastern Ukrainians can be brutally crushed. The US openly supports Kiev’s crackdown on the opposition media and protesters, the imprisonment of the main opposition leader, oppressive language laws, and other efforts of marginalising the Eastern Ukrainians with a pluralist view of nation-building. Most grotesquely, the US supports the anti-Russian historical narrative that celebrates Nazi collaborators as freedom fighters. Every year since 2013, the US has voted against a UN resolution 'combatting glorification of Nazism' to protect the ethno-nationalist view that Western Ukrainian fascists collaborating with Hitler against the Soviet Union were heroes. In November 2021, the US and Ukraine were the only two countries in the entire world to vote against the resolution." [My Emphasis]

Perhaps Diesen is afraid to take that paragraph to its logical conclusion--that since 1945, the Outlaw US Empire has replaced the Nazis as the world's leading Fascist Force hiding that fact under the Cold War's cloak which was somewhat removed in 1989 after its failed proxy war against Iran and after Neoliberalism had sufficiently captured the UK and NATO/EU and completely vanished after Balkanizing Yugoslavia. Diesen takes a big leap in his conclusion which I'll omit. But he does agree with what Putin and Lavrov have suggested as an exit path, now on six separate occasions so the West cannot claim ignorance as it does so often.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 0:26 utc | 52

I case you missed it, here's a snapshot of the crumbling Political-economic edifice known as the EU:

"Secondly, you might be mistaken thinking the European Union is a union of prosperous equals, it is not. The EU is suffering myriad economic problems, it is in a state of stagnation and has a huge north-south and west-east divide in wealth. It cannot even address its own infrastructure needs, let alone those of other countries. Last week on a trip to Greece, a country that has lost 50% of its entire GDP since 2007 thanks to European financial mismanagement, I discovered the grim reality of Athens Central Railway station, which does not even have a working information screen, and only has aging, graffiti covered rolling stock. How can some EU states be content to cough up €300 billion, across seven years, into an ambitious geopolitically motivated overseas infrastructure race, when such widespread problems at home remain? Is this fair?"

And just how far would 300 Billion Euros go in a BRI-like development effort:

"Finally, whilst €300 billion sounds like a lot, it is only a fraction of the BRI in real terms. As a report from the Silk Road briefing sets out [Link at original]: in the first quarter of 2020, the value of belt and road projects exceeded US$4 trillion for the first time. Among these, 1,590 projects – valued at $1.9 trillion – were BRI projects, while 1,574 other projects with a combined value of $2.1 trillion were classified as 'Projects with Chinese involvement'. By 2019 at least $519 billion worth of projects had been completed, showing the EU is offering too little, and too late."

There's no way the Collective West can compete with China or the emerging Eurasian Bloc. Perhaps it's finally time to seriously consider cooperating and complementing instead of competing?

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 0:46 utc | 53

Speaking of the war against Syria:

Illegal US military base in northeast Syria hit by several artillery shells

US military trucks destroyed by landmine in northern Syria

Anybody know how reputable of a source "The Cradle" is? I just discovered it.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Dec 6 2021 0:49 utc | 54

@Posted by: S.P. Korolev | Dec 5 2021 21:32 utc | 34

Well, look, that us just the pint I was discusing with a comrade of fight in the process of becoming friend, just a few hours ago.

At the first times of the first unelected technocracies being impossed by consensus, in fact, at the time when unelected Dragui was agreed t one placed as the de facto rulewr of italy by everybody, every party, except Giorgia Meloni from Fratelli d´Italia, i could see withe meridan clarity that the elites plan was to leave people between a rock and a hard place.
At that moment Dragui had not even started showing his real dcitatorial ugly face.

As long as the governments in Europe started following pace, with Macron impossing de facto mandatory vaccines by not allowing the people make their living if they did not take the shot, it was clear that they were, and are, provoking the people either to comply with the current technosanitary dictatorship, or turn to the classic fascism represented b ythe geirs of Mussolini, Franco and the like, now hijcaking the discourse of dissapeared labor, once the unios got bought by the governments with suculent funds.

Then you have the infiltrations of the diverse groups in the resistance.
These are groups supposedly caliming for the retunr of freedom, but any time yo umention something that does not fit with their own ideology, theire is a person of the organization who talks to yo uin private chat and ask you to stop talking. Too much for freedo mof speech.

One guy left me an audio this early morning on the conveniency of showing in a coming demonstration a banner equating the nazi swastika and the sickle and the hamer, a suggestion I was already protested in the general chat as a Soros and NATO narrative.
I exposed my arguments, stating that from me that is a sacred symbol not espcifically related to communism, but of labor and of the heroic feat of the Red Army, ans army at the time compossed by peasants, owrkers and mariners, the symbol in the falg which those who liberated us from the past Reich placed at the top of the Reichstag, and thus, has no sense that for combating the new Reich you go over there trampling of the very antifascist symbol.
That these narrative is coming out of the think tanks of Soros and NATO and that thye lost me there.

Added honestly some other impressions abou the nationalist tendence of the movement or at least how its leadership is being occupied exclusively by nationalist people.

The guy, who was who first adressed me, suddenly cut the conversation, and deleted the chat....

Then it is the impression that things which are commented in the caht the next day are reacted to by the goverment.

At this point all of the resitance movements are laready infilrated by operatives trying to sow discord and dfistrust.

You must be careful.

Due to this, Is that we are not seeing here such crowded demonstrations as those seen yesterday in several italian cities, like Bolonia, in Serbia, Brussels, etc...

Then it is the strnage movements like that in Austria, withe the resif¡gnation of aristocratic Schallenberg to be rised the Interior Minsiter, whose face is that of few friends...Who knows what is happening here ....

This is a full war...on the people...and there are a lot of kabuki and smoke and mirrors...

Posted by: Black bread | Dec 6 2021 0:50 utc | 55

@ Karlof 49

"Yes, it's an ugly, violent film, but so is the Outlaw US Empire."

Many violent Hollywood movies de-sensitize viewers to the level of a sociopathic or psychopathic killer. Could be a requirement of the CIA, the marines or the army to prepare future recruits.
Killing as nothing, as a regular thing to do, the simple solution. As the Anglo Establishment enforcers they have to keep up Mafia level practices.

PR China movies do it different in the sense that their enforcers are always groups, rarely individuals. The Triads were no pussycats either.

Posted by: Antonym | Dec 6 2021 0:52 utc | 56

cj @32

XRP is a centralized corporate coin. Russia and China are more likely to use a nation state resistant (via proof of work) cryptocurrency like bitcoin. If transaction speed is an issue the Lightning Network is a layer 2 solution built on bitcoin that can scale to millions of tps.

Posted by: Tobin Paz | Dec 6 2021 1:00 utc | 57

@56 The Cradle appears to be based in Beirut and Sharmine Narwani is involved. Reputable? Depends who makes the judgment I guess.

https://thecradle.co/Article/columns/212

Posted by: dh | Dec 6 2021 1:04 utc | 58

Posted by: jared @  53
"Maybe arrange charter flight?
Hitch ride or crew on boat to "nearby" island.
Frighten to think this could happen."

Thanks for your thoughts.

The neighbouring islands are in a bad way. see Noonsite:https://www.noonsite.com

I have been aboard a Jeanneau 33, it can be solo sailed a long distance. I am very impressed. The replacement looks good. Better than my house. 

I know a special place where I could live without too much government interference, I expect they will drop the vax soon, especially if it takes me a month to get there without stopping off on the way.  
 
https://www.jeanneau.com/en/boats/sailboat/2-sun-odyssey/37-sun-odyssey-349/

Here is an interesting video about solo sailing:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AZXXKj0p0s 

BTW, did anybody know today and tomorrow is Pearl Harbour Day, depending on which side of the International Date Line you live in?

Posted by: Paul | Dec 6 2021 1:07 utc | 59

Antonym @58--

It's not the killing as my wife pointed out; it's the rape and collective guilt. Clearly you need to watch the film.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 1:10 utc | 60

This article confirms what many of us voiced when Outlaw US Empire JCPOA negotiators walked out last Friday:

"... the problem lay in the US delegation's insistence that it would maintain some sanctions even if Tehran limits its uranium enrichment.

"'It has now become clear that the US reluctance to fully abandon the sanctions is the major challenge to progress in the talks,' the official said."

And there you have it; continuity of policy since Obama violated the JCPOA immediately after signing it by refusing to lift all sanctions.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 1:16 utc | 61

Well, as some very esoteric people I am meeting lately in the resistance groups use to tell, it seesm like one thing leads you to another, but it is my experience that you get rid of the bad weed, like that guy with the Sorosian narrative, and end getting with the poeple who is really worth.

I happen to not had the pleasure to have known Dr.Valentin Katasonov until I watched that Russian debate on the pandemic, and that, eventhough I am a usual reader these last years of both Strategic Culture Foundation and Voltairenet, where, now I discover he has been a published author.

Looking for more information on this gentleman, just got to this essay he made in the past about the financing of the III Reich, which I will link here since it can not be of more actuality when the IV Reich is being built before our eyes...and we are already suffering on our flesh...


Anglo-American Money Owners Organized World War II
by Valentin Katasonov

In which, moreover, and in line with the story related to Korolev above, you can find as illustration, the Victory Banner with its symbol, on which i had the discussion wiuth that horrible guy, since the publication of this essay was made to commemorate the 70 anniversary of the Victory over fascism...

A document to keep in a fold.

Posted by: Black bread | Dec 6 2021 1:21 utc | 62

Man oh man, this thread needs a therapist.

Paul @ 26; Your description of Govt. is what happens when it is wholly captured and run by " we the corporations", and not, by and for, "we the people".

Let the greed, self interest, and hedonism continue, and pass the popcorn.....

Posted by: vetinLA | Dec 6 2021 1:28 utc | 63

News for anyone who has recently had the AstraZeneca or Sputnik V jabs or lives in a country where either one or both are currently being used:

ChAdOx1 interacts with CAR and PF4 with implications for thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome

Vaccines derived from chimpanzee adenovirus Y25 (ChAdOx1), human adenovirus type 26 (HAdV-D26), and human adenovirus type 5 (HAdV-C5) are critical in combatting the severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. As part of the largest vaccination campaign in history, ultrarare side effects not seen in phase 3 trials, including thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), a rare condition resembling heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), have been observed. This study demonstrates that all three adenoviruses deployed as vaccination vectors versus SARS-CoV-2 bind to platelet factor 4 (PF4), a protein implicated in the pathogenesis of HIT. We have determined the structure of the ChAdOx1 viral vector and used it in state-of-the-art computational simulations to demonstrate an electrostatic interaction mechanism with PF4, which was confirmed experimentally by surface plasmon resonance. These data confirm that PF4 is capable of forming stable complexes with clinically relevant adenoviruses, an important step in unraveling the mechanisms underlying TTS.

The abstract says that the adenoviruses used as viral vectors in both the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Sputnik V injections can bind to a blood protein (platelet factor 4) like a magnet which the body's immune system might then mistake for the actual COVID-19 virus itself and attack it. Defensive antibodies clump around the bound adenovirus and platelet and cause blood clots.

A simpler explanation is provided at this Daily Mail link for those who find reading science articles dry:
AstraZeneca uncovers what's triggering blood clots after its jab: Vaccine acts like a magnet and attracts platelets which body mistakes for a threat and attacks

The problem probably is most likely to happen if some of the injected material ends up in the bloodstream instead of being confined to the shoulder deltoid muscle.

Posted by: Jen | Dec 6 2021 1:30 utc | 64

Paul #43

French boatbuilder Jenneau make some very fine long distance sailboats. That's freedom.

Good to hear that Paul. Is that the GreenPeace catamaran version:/

So there is a good and exciting life to be had nearby in PNG, the Solomons or Bougainville and there are many expats enjoying the life in and around SE Asia. You might be able to get ships passage here and there but I expect the vax and test requirements will be rigid.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 1:37 utc | 65

farm ecologist #56

Anybody know how reputable of a source "The Cradle" is? I just discovered it.

Thanks for the good news. On Cradle, I go there daily or so and find it really informative and measured. Scrolling through @Geroman on twitter gives some topical and quick info too.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 1:41 utc | 66

Bitcoin/crypto and the quantum compromise.

NEW YORK – $3 trillion of cryptocurrency assets are, or soon will be, vulnerable to hacking by quantum computers, one of China’s top cryptographers told an Asia Times webinar on November 30.

You won’t know if it’s happening until it’s too late, Professor Jintao Ding of Tsinghua University, a US citizen, explained. And the best thing about hacking Bitcoin, he explained, is that it isn’t against the law.

Crypto analysts have worried about the quantum invasion for some time. Motley Fool’s Zhiyuan Sun wrote in September, “The rise of quantum computing may soon give governments a means to crack down on Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrencies… Governments could potentially decrypt digital currencies or launch hash attacks to take over their network for a regulatory shutdown with these machines.”


“Most governments like Bitcoin as much as we like walking with rocks in our shoes,” Sun added. No government dislikes Bitcoin as much as China, which banned onshore trading of cryptocurrencies in 2019 and forbade Chinese from trading on offshore crypto exchanges last September.

... Development of such a quantum computer is inevitable, Ding argues. There are rumors in the tech world that machines capable of using Shor’s algorithm to break RSA already exist.

When will that happen? It might have happened already, but if it has, no-one will let on, Ding explained.

“Watch the movie ‘Imitation Game’ about [Alan] Turing,” the great British mathematician who led the team that broke the German Enigma code during World War II. British signals intelligence (GCHQ) didn’t reveal until the 1970s that it could read German coded messages in close to real time during World War II. “If I can read every message, why wouldn’t I keep quiet about it? I would be in a very good position. I think this is what I would do,” he said.

... He replied: “That’s a very good question. In my opinion, once you have a quantum computer, blockchain and Bitcoin are finished. Let me expand a bit. You don’t own Bitcoin. The owner is your private key. When they give you the money, they give it to an address. The address is a short form of your public key. They use that to verify the address. Only you have the private key; everyone knows the public key to verify that it is from you.”

“When they give you the money, they give it to an address,” Ding said. “ The address is a short form of your public key. We use that to verify when you give me the coins. But if I don’t know the private part key, if I only know the address. I cannot take anything.”

... “But if I have a quantum computer,” Ding continued, “what I would do first is to get all the coins, because there’s no liability there. I wouldn’t attack banks—then there’s a big lawsuit, or you go to jail. But with a quantum computer, I just take the Bitcoin. It’s legal in my opinion. I didn’t do anything; I just see your public key and use your private key and assign the money to my own account.”

... If a state actor hacks cryptocurrency transactions, it almost certainly would use that capability to monitor ownership of these assets for intelligence purposes. Knowing who is trying to hide money, or transfer money away from the scrutiny of regulators, would give the intelligence service of any country enormous political leverage.

But if the whole $3 trillion crypto market were to disintegrate, no one would be more pleased than China, which wants to promote its own digital yuan at the expense of anonymously traded Bitcoins.

https://asiatimes.com/2021/12/quantum-hackers-can-bring-down-bitcoin-expert/

Posted by: daffyDuct | Dec 6 2021 1:49 utc | 67

Posted by: dh | Dec 6 2021 1:04 utc | 60

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 1:41 utc | 68

Thanks for your assessments. Re.: Narwani, the Zionists seem to loathe her, which puts her in some excellent company.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Dec 6 2021 2:05 utc | 68

Dr John Campbell gives a us a good report from South African Omicron data.

The first four minutes gives the short sharp summary followed by a more in depth interpretation for twenty minutes. Mind you, the western Karen News Services are likely to have hissy fits.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 2:12 utc | 69

Posted by: vet in LA  @ 65

"Your description of Govt. is what happens when it is wholly captured and run by " we the corporations", and not, by and for, "we the people".Let the greed, self interest, and hedonism continue, and pass the popcorn....."

You are right, what a shitfight, consume, work and die. 

We need to thank uncle tungsten for originally posting the quote and the book by ― Pierre-Joseph Proudhon,  "General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century.

"Following uncle tungsten's advice, I immediately searched for "Jura Books" the anarchist bookshop who are/were in Parramatta Road, Leichhardt, Sydney, Australia, the computer knew exactly who they are and here is the message: 

"403
Forbidden
Access to this resource on the server is denied!"

And to prove Pierre-Joseph Proudhorn right it was "Forbidden" [his word] for me to go to 'Jura Books' see message above.

Therapists have probably never come across anarchists before. They are too aware and mentally healthy to need therapists.

Posted by: Paul | Dec 6 2021 2:20 utc | 70

Paul #72

Thanks for your persistence. I just used https://lazyweb.ai/ to search "PJ Proudhon books"


Scroll down past the parasite publishers and you get to here:
https://www.itseyeris.com/book/the-political-theories-of-p-j-proudhon

They have a bundle of pdf downloads it seems (untested)

Yesterday I used "PJ Proudhon quotes" as I recall.

Lazy webb is an ideal search tool as it does not rank by frequency of search but chooses accuracy of the search term. It also avoids downgrading due to ideological impurity.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 2:42 utc | 71

I am trying too figure out how to leave the South Seas Bubble. Airline travel is not an option for me.

They can find someone else to pay their taxes and obey every quiver of 'the rules'. French boatbuilder Jenneau make some very fine long distance sailboats. That's freedom.

Paul | Dec 5 2021 23:09 utc | 43:

I couldn't agree more. I just wish boats were cheaper to maintain. Many years ago I made the mistake of owning a power cabin cruiser. I should have gone for a sailing boat. My God was that a giant black hole; it certainly lived up to the "Bring out another thousand."

As for leaving, I would imagine cargo ships, fishing vessels or private vessels (non-charter) is the only option. Hopefully the skipper would not ask any questions; expect to pay a premium.


Frighten to think this could happen.

jared | Dec 6 2021 0:23 utc | 53:

You never know with all the stupidity around us.

Posted by: Ian2 | Dec 6 2021 2:46 utc | 72

Occasionally Pierre Omidyar's pet project puts out decent analysis.

https://theintercept.com/2021/12/04/stanley-mcchrystal-risk-military-generals/

STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL ACCIDENTALLY REVEALS THE DISHONESTY OF U.S. GENERALS McChrystal’s new book is so stuffed with mendacity and banality that it serves as an exposé on America’s generals after 9/11.

Not like this is something new, post-911, but whatever.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Dec 6 2021 3:05 utc | 73

I have a sincere question for leftists at the intersection of the issue of abortion and the power of the U.S. Federal Government.

Have any of you ever considered that the power granted to the Federal Government through the ruling of Roe v. Wade adds to the aggregate of the Federal Leviathan? IOW, the power that leftists in this country so desperately want to be entrusted to the Federal Government to Lord over the States can not and does not stop at the Domestic. The same Federal government that you rely on to make sure that infanticide is legal is the same Federal Behemoth that you rail against in the next breath when it comes to what it does abroad or, again domestically with mandating vaccines.

Now think how ending Roe v. Wade may empower states to challenge the Fed. Think how this would severely weaken and hasten the demise of our Federal Government as it stands today. We know this goal to be the absolutely essential and worthwhile task that exists today in the geopolitical realm. This is beyond questioning.

So the question that I want to put to Leftists is how far you are willing to go to end the Empire as it stands? What chips will you wager? Now is certainly not the time to ask for your cake and to eat it too. I am merely positing that wouldn't it be worthwhile to let Christians live in states and to govern them as a reflection of their cultural worldview?

The counter to this is that a reorganized Christian-led coalition will reassert itself and place itself at the head of the Federal Leviathan, exchanging the globalist one for a theocratic one.

But I doubt this will happen as the collapsing Federal Behemoth will reverberate for decades if not centuries to come.

So, to put in plainly, what if ending Roe v. Wade did mean the death knell of the Federal Government? Wouldn't you applaud this?

I believe you should.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Dec 6 2021 3:12 utc | 74

Posted by: uncle tungsten @ 67

"Good to hear that Paul. Is that the GreenPeace catamaran version:/
So there is a good and exciting life to be had nearby in PNG, the Solomons or Bougainville and there are many expats enjoying the life in and around SE Asia. You might be able to get ships passage here and there but I expect the vax and test requirements will be rigid".

Bougainville is hopeless:

https://www.noonsite.com/place/papua-new-guinea/bougainville/

The Solomon Islands is in a civil war and has hundreds of Australian/ NZ police and military running the country, with the 'help' of Canberra bureaucrats who always think they know best. Not very relaxing?

SE Asia is better, maybe.

Greenpeace boat:

Let me tell you a little story. Late one night, I was sitting at the helm of my moored boat quietly having a whisky or two in the darkness looking ahead at the Greenpeace boat. I had turned off the lights because I didn't want to be on show. There was a cyclone blowing, light poles bending, rain going sideways, town lights gone out, no cars were moving.

Out of the darkness a man in a bomber jacket and work boots walked across the empty carpark, from a wierd direction. He went to the moored and empty Greenpeace boat and put his hands towards one of the ropes. I HONKED the horn. He ran away into the darkness. I spent the next hour trying to contact Greenpeace. They called back the next day and that night there was a full time security guard until they moved the boat. Then I read private detectives had been tracking Greenpeace members for months.

Posted by: Paul | Dec 6 2021 3:16 utc | 75

A follow up viewpoint on the Kenosha and Georgia indictments/trials/verdicts. I tend to agree with this author's (and the Black Agenda Report's) take.

Here at at Counterpunch

A small excerpt in which "the left's" take (I'm assuming people like Taibbi, Greenwald and....b) is critiqued.

Lacking the broader context of vigilantism, a number of left-leaning commentators and journalists went astray. They were eager to distinguish themselves from corporate media’s inflammatory treatment of Rittenhouse, which they saw as divisive and distracting. But, they gave in to the media’s single greatest power: the ability to determine what is newsworthy and what is not. Police/vigilante collusion was not on the corporate news agenda — the courtroom drama was.

It is far, far better to be the authors of our own narratives than critics of the existing ones.

While many journalists were obsessed with the details of the case they were all but silent about the much bigger story that unfolded in Kenosha, in Minneapolis, in Portland, and in other cities. The story of police and their vigilante allies has everything to do with how the ruling class rules. White supremacy is more than bad attitudes or who shot who — its most powerful forms are systematic and routine.

If the left was more grounded in grassroots organizing and less on media commentary, this kind of mistake — missing the forest for the trees — would not happen so easily nor be faithfully repeated by so many well-meaning people.

What the left media should have said is that the legal system, is broken. We have a penal system for Black, Brown, and working-class people and a justice system to protect the chosen few.

Margaret Kimberly captures it clearly in Black Agenda Report:

“Of course an armed Black man would not have been warmly greeted by law enforcement as Rittenhouse was in Kenosha. Nor would a Black person be able to fatally shoot two people and then leave the scene without being arrested. A claim of self-defense in a situation brought about by the perpetrator placing himself in a situation where his presence created a danger would not be permitted. Black people rarely find friendly judges as Rittenhouse did. All of these observations are valid, but they are no more true for Rittenhouse than in hundreds of other cases across the country.”

Inequality before the law is one more form of inequality that is woven into the fabric of American politics. Wealth and political inequality have reached epic proportions. The system has put far more effort into protecting the rights of corporations than the rights of living breathing people.

The left-leaning defense of the Rittenhouse verdict claimed their stand was principled. But, self-defense, right to a trial of your peers, due process: these are only actual legal principles in a system where everyone – rich and poor, black and white, powerful and powerless — have equal protection under the law. That is clearly not the case.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Dec 6 2021 3:28 utc | 76

Hiatus till war breaks out. By Taxi December 5, at Platosguns is worth a read. Short and concise.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 3:29 utc | 77

Where has vk been?

Posted by: Cesare | Dec 6 2021 3:29 utc | 78

Posted by: Ian2 @ 74

"BOAT, Bring Out Another Thousand".

Island hopping is over. Sail goes the distance, power can't.

Posted by: Paul | Dec 6 2021 3:33 utc | 79

NC @ 76 Your post begs the question; What's a Leftist? If you mean a person who favors democracy, count me in.

Maybe some day we'll have one, here in the U$A...

Posted by: vetinLA | Dec 6 2021 3:43 utc | 80

@82 vetinLA

It's true, but I could not find a better term for those I want to appeal to.

I did write, "Those who think that the Federal Government should have the power to overrule the states on issues outside the U.S. Constitution while at the same time believing that this incredible power bestowed to the Federal Government will behave itself on the Int'l Stage." So that's what I mean by, "leftists."

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Dec 6 2021 3:52 utc | 81

Here is intriguing news about the genetics of the Omicron variant of the SARS-COV-2 virus:

Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 harbors a unique insertion mutation of putative viral or human genomic origin

The abstract of the study in full:

The emergence of a heavily mutated SARS-CoV-2 variant (B.1.1.529, Omicron) and it’s spread to 6 continents within a week of initial discovery has set off a global public health alarm. Characterizing the mutational profile of Omicron is necessary to interpret its shared or distinctive clinical phenotypes with other SARS-CoV-2 variants. We compared the mutations of Omicron with prior variants of concern (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta), variants of interest (Lambda, Mu, Eta, Iota and Kappa), and all 1523 SARS-CoV-2 lineages constituting 5.4 million SARS-CoV-2 genomes. Omicron’s Spike protein has 26 amino acid mutations (23 substitutions, two deletions and one insertion) that are distinct compared to other variants of concern. Whereas the substitution and deletion mutations have appeared in previous SARS-CoV-2 lineages, the insertion mutation (ins214EPE) has not been previously observed in any SARS-CoV-2 lineage other than Omicron. The nucleotide sequence encoding for ins214EPE could have been acquired by template switching involving the genomes of other viruses that infect the same host cells as SARS-CoV-2 or the human transcriptome of host cells infected with SARS-CoV-2. For instance, given recent clinical reports of co-infections in COVID-19 patients with seasonal coronaviruses (e.g. HCoV-229E), single cell RNA-sequencing data showing co-expression of the SARS-CoV-2 and HCoV-229E entry receptors (ACE2 and ANPEP) in respiratory and gastrointestinal cells, and HCoV genomes harboring sequences homologous to the nucleotide sequence that encodes ins214EPE, it is plausible that the Omicron insertion could have evolved in a co-infected individual. There is a need to understand the function of the Omicron insertion and whether human host cells are being exploited by SARS-CoV-2 as an ‘evolutionary sandbox’ for host-virus and inter-viral genomic interplay.

According to news reports that reference this study (see here and here for example), the Omicron variant picked up a genetic sequence found in a common cold virus in an individual who may have been infected with both that virus and the SARS-COV-2 virus. This would help explain why so far the Omicron variant is more transmissible than previous variants and appears to be mild in comparison as well.

Posted by: Jen | Dec 6 2021 3:58 utc | 82

Tom #78:

I read that article too and I disagree with the analysis. Basically, the idea seems to be that the facts of the case are right and the decision was legally correct but the context where all members of society don't have the same self defense rights makes the decision not one that should be celebrated.

Two quick things wrong with this: one: it is not clear that "self defense" as a concept is one reserved only and always for the dominant population in the US ... so-called "white" people. From way back in the 60's, armed black people legally guarded neighborhoods and marches relatively uncontroversially. Heck, perhaps the most famous recent vigilante figure George Zimmerman (who shot Trayvon Martin) was a 28-year-old Hispanic American.

But even more importantly, saying "white" people are getting this privilege and that's not fair is like complaining that a government employee who gets decent wages and retirement benefits should not get to enjoy them when private sector workers don't get those benefits. Why don't we work on living in a society where we are ALL getting the benefits rather than taking them away from those who already enjoy them. If you feel white people have self-defense benefits where others don't, let's work on equality rather than taking this common-sense right away.

Posted by: Caliman | Dec 6 2021 4:22 utc | 83

SWIFT
Congress critters and other Hotheads have taunted the removal of Russia from SWIFT since the post Maiden 2014-Crimea surprise.
And in 2014 Visa and MasterCard abruptly terminated partnerships, first with a few Russian banks, and then more,as US sanctions increased. This gave the Russians the clue the SWIFT threats might happen eventually.


Washington has been threatening to disconnect Russia from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) for years. Moscow has responded by creating a domestic alternative to the payment system called SPFS, or the System for Transfer of Financial Messages.
It is set to be linked with the Chinese cross-border interbank payment system CIPS and India’s future payment mechanism.
The Russian payment system will also work with Iran’s SEPAM, as Iranian banks have had no access to SWIFT since 2018 after the US reinstated sanctions.

https://www.rt.com/business/518814-russia-cut-off-swift/

Posted by: Melaleuca | Dec 6 2021 4:23 utc | 84

@79 uncle tungsten

Anything by Taxi is always a pleasure to read. So the war will come and Israel will end. sic transit gloria mundi - although Zionists would never believe themselves susceptible to the tides of fortune.

Whenever I contemplate the present existential nightmare that Israel is living, I think of how Putin snatched Crimea away from them in that so-unexpected move. How it destroyed 100 years of scheming and yearning.

I truly believe that if Crimea had not returned to Mother Russia, it would quickly have fallen to the US Navy, and Israelis would already be settling there, fleeing their now-untenable foothold in the Levant. They lusted after it for many decades, a great part of the last century.

What a howl of despair must have come from Zionism at the loss of Crimea.

Here's a 2-minute clip of Sheikh Imran Hosein talking about just what a loss - what a defeat - this was to Zionism:
http://sendvid.com/zbd2hh2c

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 6 2021 4:23 utc | 85

@ Grieved 87
re:if Crimea had not returned to Mother Russia, it would quickly have fallen to the US Navy
The US Navy was involved in charity programs in Crimea, including the renovation of a public school and children’s hospital.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 6 2021 4:45 utc | 86

Jess Wandering @16

No, jackrabbit was pro-vaccine just like you. Jackrabbit had a particular issue about Trump, Sanders and the US Deep State fixing the election, particularly in 2016. He was also concerned about HCQ being besmirched and not being made available as a treatment for Covid-19. Jackrabbit also believed the unvaxxed should be financially penalised (in my view, he failed to see that he had been manipulated by the same Deep State forces he railed against).

Jackrabbit was generally supportive of b. He did not provide the critique you imagine.

IMO either b banned jackrabbit (b banned VK at the same time) or he is ill. Others think he is taking a break (I think that's so unlikely it's verging on delusional). I am going to try and contact him.

By the way, I am a genuine anti-vaxxer and proud of it. I believe that viruses do not exist and that all vaccines are ineffective and harmful and that this pandemic is a load of dangerous nonsensence intended to help usher in The Great Reset.

Posted by: ADKC | Dec 6 2021 4:56 utc | 87

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Dec 6 2021 3:05 utc | 75

The article linked by Tom describes the intellectual and strategic acumen of American top generals with a number of examples. It is clear that they contributed a lot to all humanity: imagine that the best funded armed forced in the world living to the expectations of Neo-conservative and Neo-liberal thinkers; it is a rather dreary alternative to what actually happens, and one reason that the humanity dodged that bullet is their collective effort. One citation illustrates the kind of their achievement, but also its dark side:

Flynn, who was subpoenaed last week by the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack, made the comment during a speech to a conservative Christian audience on the ReAwaken America tour in Texas this weekend. "If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion," he said. "One nation under God and one religion under God, right? All of us, working together."

On the positive side, an enthusiastic and large crowd was practically invited into the halls of Congress, entered those halls, achieved nothing and went home. Its organization, helped by Flynn or similarly apt folks, was sufficiently crappy to spare us both bloodshed and dictatorship. But the quote is quite disturbing indeed: "All of us, working together." ??? Does the good general know any of the principles of freedom and thus, of free will? That is enshrined in the rule of "employment at will", any employee can be fired at any time without.a reason. (A word of caution: some reasons are illegal, so it is more prudent not to give any reason whatsoever. Additionally, some contracts may limit this rule), So it is important to allow that there are exceptions to "all of us working together". Equally important, this seems to posit the same employer, presumably, Communist state. Still important, if "all of us" are "working together", we loose mobility of labour, risk excessive inflation and so on.

Given those disastrous consequences of the sly conclusion of Flynn's quote one can be reasonably weary of his premise "we have to have one religion" -- scientific Marxist, I presume, with some religious lipstick on that pig. Thank you very much, perhaps another time.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Dec 6 2021 5:34 utc | 88

@BelleDelphine | Dec 5 2021 21:57 utc | 37

A fine of 600.- euro every three months in Austria if you dont get vaxxed.

That's extortion under threat of physical violence.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 6 2021 6:20 utc | 89

Updates on things from other threads, now brought here.

Courage: apparently Dark Horse discussed this in #105, a couple of weeks ago. So, courage as a concept has somewhat burst from the air in recent weeks all over - not proceeding from any source but rather dawning from the heavens like clarity upon a fearful scene:
Having courage to speak out under intense pressure (from Livestream #105) [Nov 23, 2021]

~~

Omicron: Bret Weinstein corrects himself in this weekend's podcast, #107 - he said the Spike seemed primitive, while the variant itself had a rich evolution, but more data now shows the spike itself has undergone this mutation. Probably anyone who understand these things - I do not - already understands this fact, but since I repeated the original wrong thing I now repeat the correction.

Actually, @107 is an extremely rich show, and I'm only halfway through it currently. Bret and Heather start by talking about how many people are having quiet conversations about how bizarre/phony this whole pandemic thing is, each little group thinking it is the only one with doubts. And perhaps there are many more of us than we suppose.

This alone, for the hope itself, may be worth tuning in from the beginning.
Bret and Heather 107th DarkHorse Podcast Livestream: Explore Outside Your Lane

~~

Then they get into Omicron, and what we know so far. The segment waffles around for a bit and gets dense, but stay with it to learn of the flu of 1977 that scientists quite universally conclude was a lab-escapee, based on its evolutionary path. And the same might possibly be thought about Omicron - and remember that these two people are evolutionary biologists, and how things evolve is exactly what they deal with. The variant carries a signature as if first appearing in mid-2020 (!) but then disappeared and reappears now, with no visibility in the meantime - while the whole world has been microscopically monitoring variants every inch of the way - so it has a strange provenance.

That's as far as I am so far, but already it's fascinating - check it out:
Omicron segment [14 minutes]

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 6 2021 6:30 utc | 90

@karlof1 | Dec 5 2021 22:59 utc | 42

But then Lennon was only one facet of the Beatles; and like Charles Mingus, a genius who died too young. Despite how the world looks today, it's till entirely possible to Imagine. And despite being buried underneath vast mounds of modern reality, I'm certainly still a Dreamer, and not the only one.

Thank you. I listened to his music and remember the day he died as if it was yesterday. I cried then because I understood why he died. We have to continue being dreamers and make sure the dreams don't become nightmares.

John Lennon "our society is run by insane people"

"I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends"

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 6 2021 6:33 utc | 91

How Delaware Sold the Greatest, Most Insidious Financial Secrecy Tool the World Has Ever Known

The greatest financial secrecy tool the world has ever invented isn’t something you can hold. It’s not something you can see, or touch, or peer into, trying to ascertain what exactly it contains. It is, in a very real sense, something of a fiction: it exists solely on paper, and solely to conceal the names of the people, and the sources of their money, for whom it was created.

It’s called an “anonymous shell company.” Like regular companies, these anonymous shell companies can be registered quickly: a few phone calls, a bit of paperwork, and a new company can be had in a short period of time. On paper, it’s often difficult to tell the difference between the founding of a legitimate company and the founding of an anonymous shell company. But where a regular company will soon begin building out its enterprise—hiring employees, creating its brand, selling its products and services—these anonymous shell companies almost never serve any legitimate purpose. Instead, they’ve done arguably more damage, caused more bloodshed, and obscured more dirty money than anything the world has ever known, all while cloaking more illicit and ill-gotten assets than we’ll ever know about. And they’re something the U.S. has been creating, and selling, for decades.

Excerpted from AMERICAN KLEPTOCRACY: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History by Casey Michel.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 6:46 utc | 92

Grieved #87

I truly believe that if Crimea had not returned to Mother Russia, it would quickly have fallen to the US Navy, and Israelis would already be settling there, fleeing their now-untenable foothold in the Levant. They lusted after it for many decades, a great part of the last century.

What a howl of despair must have come from Zionism at the loss of Crimea.

Here's a 2-minute clip of Sheikh Imran Hosein talking about just what a loss - what a defeat - this was to Zionism:
http://sendvid.com/zbd2hh2c

Thank you, a magnificent revelation for me as I had not seen that element of the game. Salut Russia. I like that Sheikh just from that small vid.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 6:53 utc | 93

The Dawn of Everything - A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow

I have completed my read of the 526 page tome and encourage others to enjoy the journey. It did not meet all my expectations but exceed others I didn't expect to be described. On the jacket Nassim Nichols Taleb is quoted as follows: "This is not a book. This is an intellectual feast. There is not a single chapter that does not (playfully) disrupt well-seated intellectual beliefs. It is deep, effortlessly Iconoclastic, factually rigorous, and pleasurable to read."

The summary that follows is more pointed to MoA barflies and our discussions than an attempt to be comprehensive in describing the book. That said, the book reflects a comprehensive refresh on humanity's archaeology and anthropological research findings over the past few decades that opens the potential to see our past in ways other than we have been taught. Below is a quote from the book jacket that summarizes better than I
"
...If humans did not spend 95 percent of their evolutionary past in tiny bands of hunter gathers, what were they doing during all that time? If agriculture and cities did not plunge into hierarchy and domination, then what kinds of social and economic organizations did they lead to?
"

One of the myths we have been taught is that our ancestors were of lessor mental capabilities than ourselves and repeatedly through the book they challenge that myth....In 1649 A Jesuit American missionary captured in text the concept of culturally integrated Wendt (Huron) dream theory exactly 250 years before Freud published his "The Interpretations of Dreams"....grin

Another myth they refute is the supposed liner progression of humanity from hunter gather to agriculture/farming/domestication of animals, to cities, etc. and that there are significant differences between how we evolved in Eurasia, Africa and the Americas, including back and forth movement.

In earlier comments here I shared some fundamental concepts they established and carried through the book.

The first is primary forms of freedom: the freedom to move; the freedom to disobey orders; the freedom to recognize social relations. They describe these concepts in the book in contrast to the definition of freedom in the West which is equality under the law or subjugation which native Americans did not have. The native Americans were also free to disobey orders which freaked out the Europeans because they could not see how social cohesion happened without compulsion. Native Americans had such social cohesion that men and more importantly women were attached to Clans that crosses tribes and one could be free to cross the country and be supported by others of your clan in other tribes along the way. The freedom to recognize social relationships is also the ability to abandon social relationships(types of social organization) which we did in our past over and over....the other key of that freedom is that slaves did not have the freedom to develop social relationships.

The second concept they built/used through the book are three possible bases of social power which they define as control of violence, control of information (with bureaucracy being a secondary to this) and individual charisma. These were referred to as individual or combined qualifiers for different types of social organizations that occurred in different parts of our world in our past and exist currently. Another point to make about these combinations of social organizations is that, in our past, some social organizations would switch seasonally from male dominated hunts to female dominated agriculture/domestication and then there were cities that were only populated for a short period each year and showed no hierarchy in numbers of 20K folks. Another example of these combinations was the West coast of America where the Canada native tribes had a population of 25% slaves but the California tribes had none.....included is a story about a tribe in between the Canada/California tribes that had slaves, was conquered by a neighboring tribe and the slaves kept alive. After a bit there was a big party and the slaves left in the middle of the night towards the California tribes.

Suffice to say our species has for tens of thousands of years explored a broad range of forms of social organization and they note that we now seem stuck in an especially nasty one in the West. Let me quote a paragraph from the book to focus us from here
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An origin for 'the state' has long been sought in diverse places as ancient Egypt, Inca Peru and Shang China but what we now regard as states turn out not to be a constant of history at all; not the result of a long evolutionary process that began in the Bronze Age, but rather a confluence of three political forms -n sovereignty, administration and charismatic competition - that have different origins. Modern states are simply one way in which the three principles of domination happen to come together, but this time with a notion that that the power of kings is held in a entity called 'the people' (or 'the nation'), that bureaucracies exist for the benefit of said 'people', and in which a variations on old, aristocratic contests and prizes has come to be relabelled as 'democracy', most often in the form of national elections. There was nothing inevitable about it. If proof of that was required, we need only observe how much this particular arrangement is coming apart. As we noted, there are now planetary bureaucracies (public and private, ranging from the IMF and WTO to J.P. Morgan Chase and various credit-rating agencies) without anything that resembles a corresponding principle of global sovereignty or global field of competitive politics; and everything from cryptocurriencies to private security agencies , undermining the the sovereignty of states.
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Chew on that for a bit, I need to go to bed but wanted to get something out.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 6 2021 7:08 utc | 94

Bjorn made me laugh loudly with his "let's go feral" line. It feels like it has been a while between laughs. On rumination I began to think that maybe feral wasn't so bad, and that reminded me of a section of Captain Cook's diary:

"From what I have said of the Natives of New Holland they may appear to some to be the most wretched People upon Earth; but in reality they are far more happier than we Europeans, being wholy unacquainted not only with the Superfluous, but with the necessary Conveniences so much sought after in Europe; they are happy in not knowing the use of them. They live in a Tranquility which is not disturbed by the Inequality of Condition. The earth and Sea of their own accord furnishes them with all things necessary for Life. They covet not Magnificient Houses, Household-stuff, etc.; they live in a Warm and fine Climate, and enjoy every wholesome Air, so that they have very little need of Cloathing; and this they seem to be fully sencible of, for many to whom we gave Cloth, etc., left it carelessly upon the Sea beach and in the Woods, as a thing they had no manner of use for; in short, they seem'd to set no Value upon anything we gave them, nor would they ever part with anything of their own for any one Article we could offer them. This, in my opinion, Argues that they think themselves provided with all the necessarys of Life, and that they have no Superfluities."

Posted by: Rae | Dec 6 2021 7:57 utc | 95

>>>I had not seen that element of the game<<<

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 6:53 utc | 95

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The Sheikh missed a few things, particularly the orders given to Sevastopol commanders to secure Crimea Target 2 by any means using not very friendly Men In Black. This, from the propaganda machine, [ I use this link for reason ;-) ] will help paint a far bigger Crimean picture for you. The colour is Blue, hopefully you understand. ;-)

One of Russias best toys, if you recall some recent tests-- Yevpatoria RT-70

Posted by: nobody | Dec 6 2021 8:55 utc | 96

@ psychohistorian | Dec 6 2021 7:08 utc | 96

...If humans did not spend 95 percent of their evolutionary past in tiny bands of hunter gathers, what were they doing during all that time?

We have enough physical evidence to say they did not. We can say with confidence that a highly evolved civilization with world wide reach existed before the Younger Dryas disaster ~12900 years ago.

We find evidence of this in Peru (Cuzco/Sacsayhuaman), Bolivia (Tiwanaku/Puma Punku), Egypt (Giza/Serapeum at Saqqara/++), Ethiopia (Axum), Russia (Crimea), Lebanon (Baalbek), Turkey (Göbekli Tepe), Saudi Arabia (Mada'in Saleh), Jordan (Petra), Greece (Cyclopean walls in Athens), France (Carnac stone alignments), India (Barabar caves/Kailash Temple), Sri Lanka (Sigirya), Cambodia (Angkor/Koh Ker/++), Laos (Plain of jars), China (Yangshan quarry/Longyou grottoes/++), Micronesia (Nan Madol), Chile (Easter Island polygonal wall/++).

The list goes on, this is just a small taste...

Humans 12900 years ago were just like us, just as clever/stupid. If we could build an advanced civilization (?) over a few thousand years, there is no logical argument against they doing the same thing, and they did.

What happened though was the comet impact on the Laurentide Ice sheet in Norh America 12900 years ago that wiped out the american megafauna and advanced civilizations world wide ("The Great Flood") and left only those humans who could care for themselves: The hunter gatherers. What followed was 7-8000 years of dark ages before the next civilizations in Sumer/Iraq and Egypt emerged, inheriting things like the Giza pyramids.

Suffice to say our species has for tens of thousands of years explored a broad range of forms of social organization and they note that we now seem stuck in an especially nasty one in the West.

Yes, this social organization is incapable of recognizing anything else than they being superior beings, believing they do not have any peers in the present and none them in the past. They are wrong on both accounts.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 6 2021 9:06 utc | 97

@ NemesisCalling | Dec 6 2021 3:12 utc | 76

"I have a sincere question for leftists at the intersection of the issue of abortion and the power of the U.S. Federal Government."

You have started with a basic flaw. The US has NO left. Nor even any centrists.

In the USA, you have "Right", "Far Right", "Extreme Right" and "There is no room on the chart for this shit"

There is no way to discus any politics in the USA with any semblance of left right discourse.

Also, I can assure you from an outsiders perspective, there is no noticeable difference no matter who heads up the cartoon fest.


Posted by: JustAnotherAussie | Dec 6 2021 9:10 utc | 98

We have enough physical evidence to say they did not. We can say with confidence that a highly evolved civilization with world wide reach existed before the Younger Dryas disaster ~12900 years ago.

Humans 12900 years ago were just like us, just as clever/stupid. If we could build an advanced civilization (?) over a few thousand years, there is no logical argument against they doing the same thing, and they did.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 6 2021 9:06 utc | 99

And in the next cycle those who survive the very soon ending of this cycle will probably make the very same mistakes. Same as it ever was. :D :D

Posted by: nobody | Dec 6 2021 9:18 utc | 99

Norwegian gets it.

It would seem the ASMR kids get it too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaRfxFbWZDM

Posted by: Rae | Dec 6 2021 9:42 utc | 100

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