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January 13, 2022

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Russian Government Tupolev Tu-154M reg. RA-85019 popped up again on the radar going south-east over Jamaica. Looks like she has been touring Venezuela and Cuba!

Posted by: mikhas | Jan 14 2022 7:07 utc | 101

Breaking news from Australia, The rotten government has cancelled the visa of tennis great Novak Djokovic AGAIN.

I am so disgusted with Australia. There is no procedural fairness or real due process. In its place , to further the new religion of Covid diktats, and its holy sacramento, the jab, Novak Djokovic must be sacrificed, as an example to heretics and disbelievers everywhere.

I find it unbelievable and highly suspicious, to say the least, that various governments have signed legal waivers with the drug manufactures. This reminds me of Thalidomide. The question remains, if it is so efficacious, beneficial and without side effects, why the legal waiver?

Come the revolution....

Posted by: Paul | Jan 14 2022 7:45 utc | 102

The Wall Street Journal is running the following story.

U.S. Diplomats in Geneva, Paris Struck With Suspected ‘Havana Syndrome’

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/u-s-diplomats-in-geneva-paris-struck-with-suspected-havana-syndrome-11642075202

... people familiar with the incidents said.

Posted by: too scents | Jan 14 2022 7:51 utc | 103

Australian government insists that it has gone completely mad:

Australia cancels Djokovic visa for second time


Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 14 2022 7:59 utc | 104

@Paul | Jan 14 2022 7:45 utc | 101

Yes, Australian Open is now Closed. I am guessing the whole thing will fall apart. Fair competition has been eliminated.

On a wider perspective, every international sports event in Australia is now in question. For example Formula1 in Melbourne in April should now be cancelled.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 14 2022 8:06 utc | 105

@Paul | Jan 14 2022 7:45 utc | 101

I'm in the west of Oz, and the insane toilet-paper rush mania is on again. The shop assistant also says panadol and other headache items are being grabbed and hoarded. An old lady in the local shopping queue just told me that her daughter in Melbourne cannot get meat. Go figure, but let's fixate the population on a world-class tennis player and whether he ticked the right box on a bureaucratic form. The war (with China in our case) must go on. We are watching the 1930's revisited and Dr. Mattias Desmet's "Mass Formation Psychosis" nails it 100%.

It is very complex but it's clear that every effort is being made by these so called 'servants' of the people (in the pockets of the 0.01%) to implement civilian control and mass distraction/projection strategies. The next logical step will be "The Russians Are Coming!!!" and internet services moderated North Korean style ... for our 'protection' of course. I hope blogs like MoA will have a fall back to ye olde Listserv mail out technology (e.g., Paul Craig Roberts style) if/when the time comes.

Posted by: imo | Jan 14 2022 8:12 utc | 106

imo 105 "to implement civilian control and mass distraction/projection strategies"
We are heading into uncertain times. One side has next gen strategic weapons systems, the other side has cold war era weapons of mass destruction.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 14 2022 8:27 utc | 107

@Paul | Jan 14 2022 7:45 utc | 101

You can find the domestic discourse here. (*)

Please note, in addition to the previous comment, Australia is currently run by a babbling pentacostal cult leader (and his inner sanctum it seems) of the Netanyahu marketing variety. His biggest challenge recently was switching from kissing Trump's backside to Biden's ... but he's done marvelously I hear. It is now not about public health, it is about public mind control. Obey, take each jab as required and STFU etc. Prior infection and natural immunity (and lack of comorbidity risk) is totally irrelevant, atm.

https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/tennis/deja-vu-tennis-star-novak-djokovics-visa-cancelled-after-lengthy-battle-c-5311826

(*) - author, Catherine Healey, is a 'former' sex worker. A new synthesis of presstitute and prostitute it seems. But, still, at least one ladder-rung higher than our current crop of political foam floating on top of the barrel. https://honey.nine.com.au/latest/former-sex-worker-made-dame-by-queen-for-work-with-prostitutes/883f3c5a-1096-4552-989c-3d72737013cb

Posted by: imo | Jan 14 2022 8:36 utc | 108

@Peter AU1 | Jan 14 2022 8:27 utc | 106

Indeed, and as I posted on another blog site (a slightly longer version that got a bit mauled by the censor):

And the population here are simply stupified with fear and laziness in a lockdown neofeudal plantation policy that is technically illegal except for the “state of emergency” powers being enacted based on the so called pandemic crisis.

In our case, much of this tyrany would normally be blocked by the natural checks and balances within the democratic system of governance left by the ancestors. And one of the political fear-points, imo, is they (this current political class) cannot let the emergency status lapse because then (a) they lose the arbitrary power to act; and (b) the people will start to ask questions again. We have a little ex-navy (legal) tyrant originally from Queensland running the show here atm.

Posted by: imo | Jan 14 2022 8:49 utc | 109

karlof1 #14 in failed talks thread mentioned Hudson interview with greyzone.

In that interview Stephen Semler and his priceless substack posts of data.

This is made for barflies to meander about in. It will not make you happy.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 14 2022 9:03 utc | 110

Posted by: Norwegian @ 104 & Posted by: imo @ 105

Thanks for your interest in this important issue and your contributions.

Whenever I hear government stooges, like the religious crackpot Alex Hawke, mouth fictitious justifications and weasel words like, "the greater good' and "the public interest" I Instinctively know this is code for 'administrative ease' for themselves and their bureaucratic hangers on. It's their old trick, sadly, most people still fall for it.

They lost my trust, over a range of issues, long ago. I keep a mental performance scorecard.

This 'admistrative ease' management style applies in most Anglo/Zionist satropies. The people are its victims.

No wonder Australians are hoarding toilet paper with [purported] governance like this.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 14 2022 9:12 utc | 111

imo "In our case, much of this tyrany would normally be blocked by the natural checks and balances"

Our system of law traces back without a break to the very early days of England. Our head of state is still the monarch of England.
In all that time, the slow ushering in of so called democracy was designed to prevent revolution. Preventing an uprising of the masses is very much like an expert fisherman playing a large fish on a light line.

In the electronic age, the abyss of anglostan is always watching. The British empire did not come about through military might alone, but also a knowledge of how to gain psychological control. Here in au the circumvention of actual law began at least 60 years ago that I know of. I looked into one aspect nearly a decade ago and the abyss looked back. All traces of what I looked into have now been wiped from the internet.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 14 2022 9:18 utc | 112

@Paul | Jan 14 2022 9:12 utc | 110

No wonder Australians are hoarding toilet paper with [purported] governance like this.
Is that for real or is it some media generated distraction? Do Australians expect even more s**t?


@imo | Jan 14 2022 8:12 utc | 105

It is very complex but it's clear that every effort is being made by these so called 'servants' of the people (in the pockets of the 0.01%) to implement civilian control and mass distraction/projection strategies.
If this was in doubt before, now it is crystal clear. This is a distraction from something even more nefarious.


The world is looking on and taking notes.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 14 2022 9:49 utc | 113

Posted by: Norwegian @ 112

Is that a foot fault by Novak Djokovic or a faux pas by the Australian government? The 'winner' at the Australian Open, sans Djokovic, will always be compromised by events. The Australian government is BAUKING Novak Jokovic.

AFR:


"Djokovic’s visa is canceled again but he will probably go back to (the other kind of) court

The call is ... OUT. Novak Djokovic’s bid for a 10th Australian Open title – and the tournament itself – is in disarray after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke finally made his decision about whether to kick the tennis star out of the country.

Hawke cancelled Djokovic’s visa after five days of thinking over whether the unvaccinated-by-choice player should have been allowed into Australia. On “health and good order” grounds, it’s in the public interest that the world’s best male tennis player be deported from Australia, Hawke decided.

It almost certainly means the saga moves straight from one court to another, as Djokovic’s team thinks about seeking an injunction from a federal judge that would let him play when the tournament starts on Monday. Rafael Nadal, who could meet Djokovic in a semifinal if the Serbian plays, had no immediate comment...."

Here we go again with, "the public interest" mantra, code for 'administrative ease.' Governments and public 'servants' love it, along with their favourite defence, 'discretion.'

No doubt there will be an urgent injunction before the Federal Court, first order of business, on Monday morning.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 14 2022 10:07 utc | 114

John Cleary #73

Do you think they ever got together and had some fun with underage corpses?

If they weren't corpses at the time then there is a good possibility they will be very soon. The Windsor mob is a lot like the Clinton team.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 14 2022 10:07 utc | 115

@Norwegian | Jan 14 2022 9:49 utc | 112

"Is that for real or is it some media generated distraction?"

It is real enough in my locality (west coast capital) -- the local supermarket has empty shelves and signs up saying one per customer (toilet paper and paper towels). Same as early 2020. Nationally, I am less certain, but the media is silent on the matter in any case: "Squirrels!!!"

Posted by: imo | Jan 14 2022 10:08 utc | 116

The Windsor mob is a lot like the Clinton team.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 14 2022 10:07 utc | 114

===

Lord Louis Mountbatten: Paedophile. Traitor. Above the Law.

Posted by: too scents | Jan 14 2022 10:13 utc | 117

Sergey Lavrov and perfidious albion.

"The book says that all that did happen, and promises were made to Mikhail Gorbachev and other Soviet leaders by people who were in a hurry back then and mainly focused on addressing other more important issues. By making such promises, they allegedly did not mean to mislead anyone.

A wonderfully English explanation of the deception that took place back then."

https://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/1794264/

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 14 2022 10:13 utc | 118

From the Duran before the latest decision to cancel Djokovic's visa

Novak Djokovic and legal nihilism

Very good analysis.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 14 2022 10:14 utc | 119

Norwegian #112

The world is looking on and taking notes.

Then the world should note that next month is bunya nut harvest month which will coincide with peak covid in Oz. Watching bunya nuts fall is much better fun than watching sweaty blokes grunting and flogging a yellow ball back and forth. And you get to roast the nuts.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 14 2022 10:16 utc | 120

I am tired. That last sentence should have been bold rather than quote.
A wonderfully English explanation of the deception that took place back then."

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 14 2022 10:16 utc | 121

I detest Victoria Nuland, but I do agree with her sentiment - F the EU
Okay, I'll bite, what did the EU do this time?

(I've been told that at the time she said that back in 2014, the EU wasn't 100% on board with ousting Yanukovych, so it wouldn't really surprise me if a neocon like her acted this knee-jerk callously in the face of even the slightest disagreement, as did Bush's administration towards Chirac's France and Schroeder's Germany.)

All I know is, Icky Vicky was instrumental in the 2014 coup d'etat in Ukraine, and has recently admitted her role in sabotaging certification of Nord Stream II. Whatever comes out of her pie hole won't get a cent of support from me. Long story short, whatever reason there is to criticize the EU, I doubt that her original quote, at least in the original context, was even appropriate.

Posted by: Digby | Jan 14 2022 10:59 utc | 122

"And you get to roast the nuts."
Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 14 2022 10:16 utc | 119

Speaking of roasting nuts, I just read this in the obit of Wayne Thiebaud,
a wonderful artist from my former hometown. His favorite limerick:
"There was a young man of high class
whose balls were made of spun glass.
When they tinkled together,
they played Stormy Weather
and he shot lightning out of his ass."

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jan 14 2022 11:06 utc | 123

Posted by: Norwegian @ 118

Who wrote:

"Novak Djokovic and legal nihilism

Very good analysis."

I agree, the analysis sums it all up.

I might add, as an Australian, my disgust with the continued lack of sportsmanlike behavior by the Australian government..

Then I jump in very quickly, before our Kiwi friends point out the notorious 'Underarm Incident.'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2qpj-yBkwY

Cricket fans will love this clip and the commentary. Hello Juliania.

Then, lest we forget, we had the notorious MV Tampa [Norwegian ship in international waters] incident:

https://www.unsw.edu.au/news/2021/12/tampa-affair--tracing-the-fallout-on-australia-s-refugee-policy

I have spent many happy hours on a Norwegian ship.

Unremembered is that the tough guy bully PM, what's is name, won the next election on this military operation on the high seas. The Liberal Party apparatchiks made a joke of it by saying the election "was won on the GST" meaning, "The Good Ship Tampa."

I suspect the PM, Pastor Morrison, is banking on an encore at the expense of Novak Djokovic.

Meanwhile, events at one of Pastor Morrison's favorite church crackpots hangouts 'the rules' are flouted openly:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-14/hillsong-church-apologises-nsw-premier-shocked-by-youth-camp/100756158

Posted by: Paul | Jan 14 2022 11:36 utc | 124

@Paul | Jan 14 2022 11:36 utc | 123

"Meanwhile, events at one of Pastor Morrison's favorite church crackpots hangouts 'the rules' are flouted openly:..."

But they are 'special' people protected by the Divine Creator Herself... Lol.

Methodist and Calvinist ancestors would would be highly impressed with this suppression of modern eros tendencies and men and women singin and dancing -- and together even!!! Darn that old Dionysus, won't he just die and go away.

Posted by: imo | Jan 14 2022 12:00 utc | 125

A personal update regarding the fearsome omicron terror.
First it caught up wth child. Had terrible headache and a little fever. Started up with ivermectin recommended dose with vitamin d and zinc. Second day no fever, no headache, but gave him full rest. Third day normal but continued for five days. Prophylaxis started a day late for mother. Same symptoms but less fever. Same medications but adult dose. Third day normal but continued for 5 days. Now one senior member caught even when on prophylaxis. Third day normal with same medications.
The govt is silent about prevention and early treatment but in Modi's India it is to be expected. He emphasized use of jabs and testing as expected.

Posted by: R M Rao | Jan 14 2022 12:39 utc | 126

brazil

"Exclusive: Washington pressured Brazil not to buy ‘malign’ Russian vaccine"

I missed this piece, originally published in March, 2021. Short and shocking even to me.
Turns out, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Alex Azar brags about it:

Under the subheading “Combatting malign influences in the Americas”, the report announces:

OGA used diplomatic relations in the Americas region to mitigate efforts by states, including Cuba, Venezuela, and Russia, who are working to increase their influence in the region to the detriment of US safety and security. OGA coordinated with other U.S. government agencies to strengthen diplomatic ties and offer technical and humanitarian assistance to dissuade countries in the region from accepting aid from these ill intentioned states. Examples include using OGA’s Health Attaché office to persuade Brazil to reject the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, and offering CDC technical assistance in lieu of Panama accepting an offer of Cuban doctors. [emphasis added]


https://www.brasilwire.com/exclusive-washington-pressured-brazil-not-to-buy-malign-russian-vaccine/

Posted by: migueljose | Jan 14 2022 12:40 utc | 127

Hawke wasn’t “spending 5 days thinking “, he was waiting for this: “ One online poll by the News Corp media group showed that 83 per cent of respondents were backing the decision to deport Djokovic.” (from the link in 107) Populism at work!

Posted by: Platero | Jan 14 2022 12:45 utc | 128

Or old cooking trays n pans s hooked to wall racks in exposed areas.
Posted by: Janice | Jan 14 2022 6:07 utc | 98

Shouldn't that be tin hats?

Posted by: BM | Jan 14 2022 13:43 utc | 129

@Peter AU1 #111
I listened to an hour or so of Joe Rogan's interview with Josh Szeps. Josh is very personable but unquestionably a waterboy for the AU establishment. You have my sympathies if that is the best of what AU media has to offer.
Nor was I the least bit convinced by Szeps' attempt to portray Australian extreme measures as "keeping normality". I finally had to stop listening after his lame responses to how Australia expects to manage into the future: a world in which COVID is running rampant everywhere (except possibly China).

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 14 2022 13:59 utc | 130

More fun with "alternative energy":

I have noted many times that there is a role for alternative energy in any modern infrastructure, but that there are many fundamental limitations to the maximum extent to which Solar PV and wind can be relied on. Beyond these limitations, the tradeoff becomes waste and/or blackouts/unreliability.

California has an organization called the CISO - California Independent System Operator - which effectively controls the power grid there, and also compiles data.

In 2020, CISO curtailed (i.e. threw away or gave away) 1.5 million megawatt-hours of solar PV generated electricity due to the aforementioned mismatch: solar PV generated electricity is highest in the middle of the day, but actual peak residential demand is after work ends. This amounts to 5% of all of the solar PV generated, and solar PV provides only 15.43 percent of all California electricity

While 1.5 million megawatt hours (= 1.5 billion kWh) is only the annual equivalent of consumption for say, 73000 households - some significant percentage of these wasted solar PV kWH electricity is feed-in tariff where the CISO/utilities are paying up to $0.29 per kWh regardless of usefulness of input.
I attempted to look up California's Cost of Generation report showing the breakdown of what various generation sources of electricity cost per kWh, but that report link is broken. However, a look at costs for coal and natural gas generated electricity shows costs per kWh in the $0.03 to $0.08 range around the world
source
Note again: even at 15.43% net solar PV sourced electricity for which enormous sums of money have been spent, in a sunny dry state, the amount of solar PV wasted is already in the 5% range (of 15.43%). Add in the costs of horrifically expensive lithium based storage, and the enormous sums multiply.
Net Zero is a fantasy in the foreseeable future.
In any case, due to the above issues, the CPUC (California Public Utility Commission) is proposing new rules and fees for solar PV - which unsurprisingly has the solar industry up in arms (as well as existing sucklers at the solar PV public teat):

CPUC proposed new rules for solar

This will be interesting.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 14 2022 14:20 utc | 131

“These centres are expanding police surveillance into people’s everyday lives and using personal information collected in non-criminal contexts for policing operations,” said Thomas Linder, a sociologist and former research fellow at the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University who obtained the documents through access-to-information requests during his doctoral research and shared them with The Breach. “It is disturbing that the option municipal police in Canada are choosing to contend with a digital era is based on surveillance—and one that derives from a militarized national security approach.”

Hmm… more like China every day it seems. From an interesting article I found on David Pugliese’s Twitter account.

https://breachmedia.ca/canadian-police-expanding-surveillance-powers-via-new-digital-operations-centres/

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jan 14 2022 14:41 utc | 132

(I’m going to get myself deleted again but I can’t stop myself.)

All right, now to switch over to something comedic just to lighten up the thread (which may be light already, I haven’t read all the comments.) From The Beaverton (no, it’s not a real media outlet).

Italian doctors recommend drinking seven glasses of pasta water each day

https://thebeaverton.com/2022/01/italian-doctors-recommend-drinking-seven-glasses-of-pasta-water-each-day/

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jan 14 2022 15:01 utc | 133

The pasta water piece is more enjoyable if you were fortunate enough (as I was) to read the advice from several Canadian media outlets on what to do if you catch Omicron. (And this guidance was given in a first-world “advanced” country… in the northern hemisphere in December but let’s not go there.)

Here’s CBC’s -

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/the-dose/think-you-may-have-omicron-here-are-things-you-can-do-1.6306454

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jan 14 2022 15:08 utc | 134

@Digby #121
The original quote had to do with Geoff Pyatt's talking about who the EU thought would be a good candidate to replace Yanukovich.
Nuland's response is what the US establishment really thinks about EU sovereignty.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 14 2022 15:09 utc | 135

I just posted this on another MoA thread - thought it was appropriate here also:

Just now CNN quoted an "American official" as saying that Russia was planning a false flag attack to justify an invasion of Ukraine.

Posted by: spudski | Jan 14 2022 15:37 utc | 136

US COVID update:
new cases (1/13/22): 889613
rolling 7 day average: 802197

Since December 26 - something like 10.5 million new cases of COVID.

To put this in perspective: total number of COVID cases, period in the US from the start is 64.1M

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 14 2022 16:08 utc | 137

LOL Thanks Paul
I have never even heard of the Whole Earth Catalogue but will definitely get myself a copy before the thaw.

Just made a fine batch of RSO out of my last crop of turnips.

Posted by: ld | Jan 14 2022 17:21 utc | 138

2021's Trade Figures show the utter absurdity of trying to disconnect from China:

"Trade between China and the US soared by 28.7 percent and amounted to $755.6 billion in 2021 - maintaining a strong growth momentum and contributing 12 percent to China's record $6 trillion foreign trade for the year despite tariffs and bruising political tensions between the world's two largest economies....

"According to Chinese Customs data released on Friday, China's exports to the US increased by 27.5 percent in 2021, while imports grew by 32.7 percent, reaching $179.53 billion.

"The US maintained its place as China's third-largest trade partner following ASEAN and the European Union. China-US trade was twice China's trade with its fourth-largest trade partner Japan - which was 2.4 trillion yuan."

Now consider what would occur if all trade between the Outlaw US Empire and China ceased--which nation would be harmed the most? The answer to that question tells you which nation is on top.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 14 2022 17:51 utc | 139

Ran across this. Vicky and Kagan make a lovely couple.

Nuland - Ukrinform

I don't know much about Ukrinform. Probably not to be trusted, but interesting to hear what Vicky has to say. She should open up a bakery on Khreshchatyk.


Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 14 2022 18:06 utc | 140

the cradle: as i glanced the headlines, the latest was along the lines---jerusalem is going to demolish mosque (i merely glanced so the header is not verbatim) i hit the tag & the screen went white. i attempted to reenter 4 times & gave up. several barflies, karlof1, & several others have suggested there will be an interchange outside of the ukraine...ie, syria. if israel pursues this we will have more than any of us imagined. i am hoping others may be able to access the cradle & the post. certainly russia will use her skills to defuse...as will china, bt the levant is tinder dry & this could be dynamite. i am o/c hoping it's nothing, a simple matter of a nondescript mosque that no one least of all the majority of moslems care about & that the cradle has been restored to functioning.

Posted by: emersonreturn | Jan 14 2022 20:21 utc | 141

I am beginning to get scared.

Texas guy in Donbass

I pray for the world. And my wife, daughter and our two dogs. And all of you MoA folks.


Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 14 2022 20:53 utc | 142

@ 122 Digby - I believe in state sovereignty. I view the EU as a mechanism for the USA to project power in Europe and to additionally disenfranchise the populations of the individual countries.

EU from Eric Zeusse

What do I know, though. I will continue to poke through the entrails and watch the flights of the birds.

Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 14 2022 21:11 utc | 143

@waynorinorway, 123

Thanks for that gem.

Posted by: cirsium | Jan 14 2022 22:06 utc | 144

Pepe Escobar and Max Blumenthal have a marathon talk, 1 hr. 51 min. fantastic!
a few topics covered:
-Kazakhstan, long and in depth, Pepe knows it like no other. Details on British MI6 and Turkish involement.
-color revolutions in general, Russia's actions and how other countries are moving toward Russia and China as the Empire's ugly presence is exposed;
- Russia, NATO, U.S., Ukraine... what to expect.
-BRI
-French politics; Pepe apparently lives in Paris. He's there now. France talk starts around the hour mark, goes maybe 15 minutes.
-Russia, China & Latin America. Ben Norton popped in late aroun 1hr25min and finished with a discussion on Latin America, including Brazil, Lula and BRI. Lots of hope!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfhs3_aKwTY

Posted by: migueljose | Jan 15 2022 3:50 utc | 145

EU to impose sweeping sanctions on Mali
By EUOBSERVER

TODAY, 07:08
The EU is planning to impose tough sanctions on Mali, after its junta postponed elections for five years and invited Russian mercenaries to replace French soldiers fighting a jihadist insurgency there, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said Thursday. "The risk that the situation in this country deteriorates is evident," he said. "The new sanctions regime was agreed and these discussions will now continue," French defence minister Florence Parly added.
----
Thus we can see the defense of democratic values through a tacit alliance of Jihadists and EU. Hosanna! MALIgn influence in MALI is too much to tolerate. As background, Wagnerian help against insurgency was surprisingly effective in Central African Republic, at least according to Euro-trash critiques (where it was claimed that the insurgency is still active in border pockets, which to me is what an average African country with insurgents could only dream for).

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 15 2022 4:31 utc | 146

Below is a link to a Wall Street on Parade posting about a collaboration with Michael Hudson

Economist Michael Hudson Says the Fed “Broke the Law” with its Repo Loans to Wall Street Trading Houses

That posting title is incorrect in the sense of saying past tense "Broke the Law" when the activity is ongoing.

Because the US is now a Rules-Based-Order instead of enforcing the law like the statue with the blindfold and scale, backstopping financial machinations of the God of Mammon cult is allowed to go un-reported and un-prosecuted.....when the music stops and they come forward with their Superior Position derivatives, is society going to continue to stay bent over and let them drive?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 15 2022 6:51 utc | 147

Tennis scores in not-Kansas
(downunder with the worst politicians that Big money can buy).

About explains the situation most likely.

Rio Tinto payback time?
---
"“I will not give up fighting for justice and truth,” says Djokovic after opposing Rio Tinto’s deal" (Alex Boyden - 9 December 2021)


"The Rio Tinto controversy
In the last few days, there were protests in Serbia after the government allowed Rio Tinto to extract lithium despite some health concerns. Novak also expressed his position against this decision, but that raised yet another controversy.

Novak posted the following statement:
“Given the current civil protests throughout Serbia that indicate the need for a serious and concrete approach to important environmental issues, I decided to address the public, convinced of the great importance of these topics for all of us. ..."

https://tennistonic.com/tennis-news/382180/i-will-not-give-up-fighting-for-justice-and-truth-says-djokovic-after-opposing-rio-tintos-deal/

Posted by: imo | Jan 15 2022 8:11 utc | 148

a collaboration with Michael Hudson

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 15 2022 6:51 utc | 147

===

Hudson was also critical of the legality of loans made to Ukraine during a civil war.

https://michael-hudson.com/2014/09/losing-credibility-the-imfs-new-cold-war-loan-to-ukraine/

Posted by: too scents | Jan 15 2022 9:35 utc | 149

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 15 2022 6:51 utc | 147

Because the US is now a Rules-Based-Order instead of enforcing the law like the statue with the blindfold and scale, backstopping financial machinations of the God of Mammon cult is allowed to go un-reported and un-prosecuted
______________________________________________________

I'm curious, can you or anyone else reveal what law or laws have been broken and un-reported and un-prosecuted by the Fed's repo operations?

Posted by: jinn | Jan 15 2022 14:34 utc | 150

@ jinn | Jan 15 2022 14:34 utc | 150 who wrote
"
I'm curious, can you or anyone else reveal what law or laws have been broken and un-reported and un-prosecuted by the Fed's repo operations?
"

I suggest you start reading Wall Street on Parade. They will show you the growing un-reported Fed operations and you can conjecture if perhaps it is because of prosecution worries

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 15 2022 15:57 utc | 151

This is an article about bitcoin miners fighting for their right to suck up cheap electricity, but it also illustrates how the professional miners differ from the "hobbyists"

How one of South America’s biggest dams became a Bitcoin battleground

After the Covid-19 pandemic reached Paraguay in 2020, Christian Kaatz was working 12-hour days to keep his company, a local internet service provider (ISP), afloat. Looking for something to help him de-stress, he bought a high-powered PC with an advanced graphics card to play games.

Then, in January 2021, “mining fever,” as he called it, started to grip his hometown of Villarrica. After a friend suggested that his Ryzen 7 processor could be put to more lucrative use, Kaatz did some sums.

“That was the last day I played video games,” he told Rest of World.

...

A few months after the local mining cottage-industry took off in late 2020, industrial crypto operations also sprung up. One belongs to local politician and businessman Emmanuel Friedmann. Located in an old cotton-processing factory, the warehouse-turned-Bitcoin-mine is bisected by a tangle of wiring flecked with green, red, and blue LEDS, resembling a thicket of Christmas trees.

These are 3,600 high-performance, deconstructed computer circuits known as ASICs, which resolve blockchain-based algorithms to generate cryptocurrency. Cristaldo reckons there are approximately 30,000 ASICs and counting in Villarrica — about two for every household.

Note the difference in scale: an old gaming rig vs. up to 30000 ASICs.

It isn't that gaming rigs are that much worse in performance vs. the specializing mining ASICs - it is that the gaming rigs are enormously less power efficient. Electricity consumption is the single largest factor in bitcoin (or other crypto) mining - which is why more expensive ASICs are far better for mining than gaming rigs. ASIC stands for "Application Specific Integrated Circuit" but in reality, it is a modern equivalent of a Heathkit set: a bunch of processors, memory standing alone on boards which are manufactured en masse, then the various pieces are soldered into different configurations depending on application.

ASICs are a traditional bridge between board level integration and fully custom designed chips. The creation of fully custom chips is enormously expensive to create and then to manufacture - which is likely why we will never see the "Intel CPU" equivalent in crypto mining.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 15 2022 15:58 utc | 152

jinn,

the laws broken involve the Dodds-Frank act.
The Fed loaned 4.2 Trillion Dollars of, essentially, Tax Payer Money a small group of Big Banks on the grounds that there was a "General liquidity Crisis" at the time. There was no such Crisis.

Instead the money seems to have gone to the banks trading arms, either to cover losses or make huge bets on the markets using Taxpayer money.

the Fed is barred by law from loaning any money for such purposes.

Posted by: DaveGood | Jan 15 2022 16:13 utc | 153

The FAA is proposing to allow FedEx to install anti-missile lasers on some of its jets

Because MANPADS.

Posted by: too scents | Jan 15 2022 17:10 utc | 154

Posted by: psychohistorian @ 151

I suggest you start reading Wall Street on Parade.
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I read the article and then I read the relevant laws that apply:
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/12/201.4

As far as i can tell the Fed is following the law as written.
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Dave Good says " The Fed loaned 4.2 Trillion Dollars of, essentially, Tax Payer Money a small group of Big Banks on the grounds that there was a "General liquidity Crisis" at the time. There was no such Crisis."
__________________________________________________________________

Yeah I got that from the article but the law says nothing about a "General liquidity Crisis"

This is what the law does say:

12 USC 201.4(d):

(4) Broad-based eligibility.

(i) A program or facility established under this paragraph (d) must have broad-based eligibility in accordance with terms established by the Board.

(ii) For purposes of this paragraph (d), a program or facility has broad-based eligibility only if the program or facility is designed to provide liquidity to an identifiable market or sector of the financial system;

(iii) A program or facility will not be considered to have broad-based eligibility for purposes of this paragraph (d) if:

(A) The program or facility is designed for the purpose of assisting one or more specific companies avoid bankruptcy, resolution under Title II of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub. L. 111-203, 12 U.S.C. 5381 et seq.), or any other Federal or State insolvency proceeding, including by removing assets from the balance sheet of one or more such company;

(B) The program or facility is designed for the purpose of aiding one or more failing financial companies; or

(C) Fewer than five persons or entities would be eligible to participate in the program or facility.


(iv) A Federal Reserve Bank may extend credit through a program or facility with broad-based eligibility established under this paragraph (d) through such mechanism or vehicle as the Board determines would facilitate the extension of such credit.

Now there is doubt that Congress could have written better law, but that is what they passed into law.

Posted by: jinn | Jan 15 2022 18:47 utc | 155

Authorization to extend credit.

In unusual and exigent circumstances, the Board (The Fed), by the affirmative vote of not less than five members, 1 may authorize any Federal Reserve Bank, subject to such conditions and during such periods as the Board may determine, to extend credit to any participant in a program or facility with broad-based eligibility
established and operated in accordance with this paragraph (d).

What "Unusual and exigent circumstances" were so urgent and dire in autumn 2019 that these banks needed 4.5 Trillion dollars of taxpayers money to use as they saw fit?

If there was no Emergency then the Fed broke the law loaning this money, and the banks broke the law taking it.

Posted by: DaveGood | Jan 15 2022 20:12 utc | 156

@ DaveGood | Jan 15 2022 20:12 utc | 156 with the follow up to jinn

Thanks for that.

I would add that the fact that they stopped publishings numbers in 2019 of their criminality is another point.

If it were legal and they were proud of their saddling the public with all this debt then why are we not reading about in the MSM at all and over two years later by an alternative news source?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 15 2022 20:52 utc | 157

Posted by: imo | Jan 15 2022 8:11 utc | 148

Thanks for this on Djokovic's environmental statement, imo. Somewhat related, the new Old Calendar (if that's not a confusion of terms)for the Orthodox Christian has as its cover and reference article "Orthodoxy in Montenegro". I mention this as the situation in that small nation closely affiliated with the Serbian Orthodox Church is very similar to what happened in Ukraine, with the complication that communistic rule had usurped church property only recently being reinstated.

Conflict on this matter is still very much in play since Montenegro has rather an unique political system - the president of the country on one side of the issue, parliament on the other thanks to the Constitution giving the president a five year term. He is up for re-election May of next year, and meanwhile not acting like a 'lame duck' whatsoever.

Others might wish to comment - I'm not expert by any means, but could provide the Orthodox 'take' if needed.

P.S.,the country's in NATO; Russia would rather it wasn't. Maybe on threshhold of EU, but a big maybe it seems...

Posted by: juliania | Jan 15 2022 21:06 utc | 158

I meant to say above that Montenegro has a rather unique political history rather than 'political system'. Sorry.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 15 2022 21:19 utc | 159

Posted by: juliania | Jan 15 2022 21:19 utc | 159

I meant to say above that Montenegro has a rather unique political history rather than 'political system'.

Not really. Its political history is pretty typical for the Balkans. Messy and bloody.
Unless you have something specific in mind I am missing?

Posted by: hopehely | Jan 15 2022 21:44 utc | 160

The only unique thing of Montenegro I can think of is that it is not a member of EU but uses euro as it currency - it does not have its own. That is a bit unusual situation for a sovereign country.

Posted by: hopehely | Jan 15 2022 21:58 utc | 161

I've heard that Kosovo is also not in the EU but uses the euro, which makes that two instances... unless of course nobody here speaks of Kosovo...

I've also seen that Monaco, Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican are not in the EU either, but they use the euro as they are under an agreement of sorts, so I doubt they count to the degree that Montenegro does.

Posted by: joey_n | Jan 15 2022 22:33 utc | 162

psychohistorian @147--

Yep, biggest crime next to the Holocaust and WW2 in the history of mankind. The crime is the genuine reason Manchin and others refuse to vote for the expenditure of even more monies, aside from the usual trillion to keep the Empire and its military afloat. With well over $100 Trillion in outstanding derivatives, I'd say those main banks are all insolvent, must be closed, the losers must remain losers, and the criminals arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison--along with all their abettors--and the Federal Reserve System dismantled for all time. Unfortunately, the only way any of that will occur is if the public is informed and understands what it all means and what's at stake for them.

Yes, this is one crisis the pukes behind the curtain need to cover up by any means, including war. I wonder how well informed the Russians and Chinese are about this. Currently it's easier to get Yuan than Rubles; I'd start converting and keep that stash as secret as possible.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 15 2022 22:51 utc | 163

psychohistorian @157--

As reported by the Martens here:

"Under Section 1103 of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation of 2010, the Fed has to disclose to the public its repo lending operations 'on the last day of the eighth calendar quarter following the calendar quarter in which the covered transaction was conducted.' That means that the names of the banks and the amounts they borrowed from the Fed’s repo loan operations for the fourth quarter of 2019 are legally required to be reported this Friday."

Other delays in reporting also exist, making Fed operations about as transparent as the CIA's. Where the fuck are the Congressional oversight committees!?!?!?!

It's no longer all about the Benjamins. Now it'll be all about the Maos, since Mao's picture graces all Chinese currency.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 15 2022 23:07 utc | 164

Posted by: joey_n | Jan 15 2022 22:33 utc | 162

I've heard that Kosovo is also not in the EU but uses the euro, which makes that two instances... unless of course nobody here speaks of Kosovo...

Kosovo is temporarily occupied territory of Serbia by United Bandit States of America.
As part of Serbia, its currency is Serbian dinar.

Posted by: hopehely | Jan 15 2022 23:22 utc | 165

Posted by: juliania | Jan 15 2022 21:06 utc | 158

I’m not aware of the Motenegro situation concerning The Orthodox Church, but I am aware of political manipulations in Ukraine with a schism as consequence.

Lavrov referred to that problem in his latest yearly presser, I cut and paste some of the answer to the question posed by a Greek journalist, you can do a search and read the whole thing with the link to the presser.

If it was done in Ukraine why not try it somewhere else, dividing is the preferred imperial method, and not only with Orthodoxy, Catholicism is being displaced and diminished in Latin America by Evangelical US churches with a heavy ideological and cultural content.

As to the Orthodox Church, it is a very serious problem. You are wondering whether diplomacy can help in some way. Diplomacy, in principle, should not interfere in church affairs. The state should not interfere in church affairs. But there are always situations when life becomes more complex. The United States is directly involved in the ongoing crisis in Orthodoxy. It had formed a special mechanism, a special representative for freedom of religion, who, in fact, did not engage in promoting freedom, but instead worked with and financed Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople so he could pursue a policy of divide, including in Ukraine, and the creation of a schismatic non-canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which caused major differences in the Orthodox world.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 15 2022 23:23 utc | 166

Posted by: DaveGood | Jan 15 2022 20:12 utc | 156

What "Unusual and exigent circumstances" were so urgent and dire in autumn 2019 that these banks needed 4.5 Trillion dollars of taxpayers money to use as they saw fit?
_____________________________________________________

If you read the next subsection past the words you quoted you will find:

(2) Approval of the Secretary of the Treasury. A program or facility may not be established under this paragraph (d) without obtaining the prior approval of the Secretary of the Treasury.

(3) Disclosure of justification and terms. As soon as is reasonably practicable, and no later than 7 days after a program or facility is authorized under this paragraph (d), the Board and the authorized Federal Reserve Bank or Federal Reserve Banks, as appropriate, will make publicly available a description of the program or facility, a description of the market or sector of the financial system to which the program or facility is intended to provide liquidity, a description of the unusual and exigent circumstances that exist, the intended effect of the program or facility, and the terms and conditions for participation in the program or facility.

So your question has been answered (as required by law). If you have actual evidence the law was broken I would like to see it.

I don't know why you think the banks needed 4.5 Trillion dollars. From what I can gather, the amount actually loaned at any one point in time in 2019 was less than $100 billion. These were very short duration loans - usually only one day. If I loan you $100Bn which you pay back the next day and then lend you another $100Bn for another day you haven't borrowed $200Bn. You just borrowed $100Bn for 2 days.

As for the loans being taxpayer money I also don't know where you get that from. The way it works is the borrowing entity swaps US govt securities that they own for bank reserves. The need for the repo loans was a shortage of bank reserves needed to settle accounts between banks. This cost the taxpayers nothing and benefited the taxpayers a small profit from the interest collected by the Fed that was turned over to the US Treasury.

As for reports in the MSM all you have to do is google it

Posted by: jinn | Jan 15 2022 23:25 utc | 167

Bloomberg News
January 10, 2022, 3:00 PM CST

China is rolling out its digital yuan to athletes and spectators ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the first major test of the virtual currency’s appeal among foreigners.

Posted by: financial matters | Jan 16 2022 0:10 utc | 168

NOVAK DJOKOVIC v MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, MIGRANT SERVICES AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

Live hearing via YouTube streaming ... 83,609 watching now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRxyGJGi6OE

Posted by: imo | Jan 16 2022 1:12 utc | 169

Jinn,

The procedure you describe is the normal day to day actions of the Fed in normal circumstances

The 4.5 Trillion we are discussing went in and out under abnormal circumstances, ("unusual and exigent"), were supposed to be reported within 7 days, not two years, along with an explanation of the loan was required.

There has been no explanation.

And those loans were not for one day, they were long term and rolled over.

At least that's my understanding.

Posted by: DaveGood | Jan 16 2022 1:14 utc | 170

Jinn,

Government Securities IS public money.

Posted by: DaveGood | Jan 16 2022 1:18 utc | 171

@169 If Djokovic was a Pom would he be going through this crap?

Posted by: dh | Jan 16 2022 1:27 utc | 172

@172 Who knows, but if he had been vaccinated by Sputnik V, would he still be going through this crap?

Posted by: hopehely | Jan 16 2022 1:50 utc | 173

@dh | Jan 16 2022 1:27 utc | 172

I am not sure if nationality counts that much in this case. It probably helps suppress nationalistic identity if he loses the case given the Serbian community support.

The government's argument seems to hinge on their fear that Djokovic represents resistance and could embolden popular resistance to Plantation management policy and the extended use of 'emergency powers' for a rules-based regime etc. I believe it is the same mentality and corruption of democracy that the persecution of Julian Assange case represents. The specific point (in either case) becomes secondary to the signal and message being sent to the rest of the community -- presstitues in the case of Assange; and the brainwashed plebs looking to ease their existential anxieties and feel 'tough' in the case of Djokovic.

The broader political context is that the idiot in charge is on the nose big time and heading for an election no later than 21 May 2022. Link to Timing_for_the_2022_federal_election

There is, in this British colony still tied to HRH in London, a regular chain-yanking political routine to "defend the borders" as a law and order issue prior to the elections. Normally, illegal refugees deflected to some off-shore island detention center, or perhaps the Chinese (which seems to wearing thin as the shop shelves are looking increasingly bare). So it seems that Djokovic is a useful case to act macho in the hope that a government win in this case will help in the election results. Based on the media polling surveys (which I don't hold much faith in) it would appear that the majority of the population support the government's stance.

In general, this is not the country it used to be in the 1970s. And have no illusions about the mass psychosis potential. There is a very ugly Australia psyche that fanasises about Dundee crocodiles but is in fact a nasty urban drone (mainly pommy expat retiree living on the UK pension and suppressed aud$ exchange rate) that will go after a woman and family that lost a baby to wild dingos at the drop of a hat etc.

The live streaming of the case has stopped for a lunchtime break. I assume it will recommence in about 1 hour from this posting.

Posted by: imo | Jan 16 2022 2:07 utc | 174

@173 Interesting question. Is Sputnik V. considered valid in Australia?

Posted by: dh | Jan 16 2022 2:09 utc | 175

No, sputnik is not accepted. Several Russians had to stay home. I posted a link on a previous thread.

Posted by: Platero | Jan 16 2022 2:15 utc | 176

Were I to write a constitution for a country that includes who has what powers over that nations currency, finances, and therefore it's economy it would look nothing like The US Federal Reserve.

The Federal Reserve is a private club, owned by it's members (The big banks, some of whom have repeatedly indulged in criminal behaviour such as J P Morgan Chase, five felony counts.), with unlimited access to Public funds.

The dangers are obvious.

Posted by: DaveGood | Jan 16 2022 2:21 utc | 177

@176 Sorry I missed it. Seems China doesn't have the same concerns about Sputnik V....

"The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games announced to TASS in early October that athletes inoculated with Russian-made anti-COVID-19 vaccines would be allowed to participate in the 2022 Winter Games."

https://tass.com/sport/1386781


Posted by: dh | Jan 16 2022 2:24 utc | 178

@dh | Jan 16 2022 2:09 utc | 175

"Is Sputnik V. considered valid in Australia?"

I do not believe so. Nor can it be sourced here.
The Federal government healthcare $surplus is being drained into Pfizer and AZ coffers.

Although I understand from certain Russian comments that AZ & Sputnik V are very close cousins. I suspect some IP swaps and deals were done early on. Via Oxford based labs I think but don't hold me to that distant fading memory from 2020.

Neither were the Chinese jabs recognised (and still are not for Australian citizens) but the negative impact on the overseas student $$$ education business has forced the government to recognise the Sino vaxx for Chinese students. Go figure. There is no logic in this extortion racket except follow the money...

Btw, that case resumes live at 13:30 AEDT (UTC+11) on Sunday 16 January 2022.

Posted by: imo | Jan 16 2022 2:25 utc | 179

Posted by: dh | Jan 16 2022 2:24 utc | 178
Yes, but it seems Novak would not be allowed to enter China.

Posted by: hopehely | Jan 16 2022 2:32 utc | 180

@180 Thanks. So that's it then. No vaccine, no visa.

Posted by: dh | Jan 16 2022 2:33 utc | 181

Posted by: dh | Jan 16 2022 2:33 utc | 181
"Thanks. So that's it then. No vaccine, no visa."
It seems so. However the difference is China does not discriminate between vaccines. Australia does.
So for China it is clearly about public health, for Australia is a bit of health and two bits of politics.
Which is not good.

Posted by: hopehely | Jan 16 2022 2:51 utc | 182

@hopehely | Jan 16 2022 2:51 utc | 182

The issue in Oz is not whether Djokovic would have been denied a visa etc.
Minor news and political value if blocked -- as per China.

The issue is that there is a division of values and public opinion within Austrlaia.

There is a major sporting event on so the $$$'s count (as per Chinese overseas student economy). He obtained a reasonable pragmatic medical exception (state/province level) which was then disputed by border bureaucracy (Federal level).

Djokovic's health/performance risk for a week of top tennis is no longer the issue (if it ever really was). He is now a symbol of resistance to government dictat and sub-national entities are being cautioned -- as per the Assange case.

I suspect, given other context such as Rio Tinto prejudice, that Djokovic has been set up for political aims. Mainly domestic, but perhaps broader. If he had been blocked altogether then there may have been risk that the whole sporting event could have been blackballed by the global tennis community (i.e., other key players).

Posted by: imo | Jan 16 2022 3:05 utc | 183

This article on the implied right of free speech in Australia might be of interest Re the ongoing Novak Djokovic fiasco:

https://piac.asn.au/legal-help/public-interest-cases/free-speech-cases/

Now, simply by being a refusenik, makes one a non person while remaining silent, according to the Australian government's legal team.

A veritable lightning rod for dissent.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 16 2022 3:21 utc | 184

Posted by: imo | Jan 16 2022 3:05 utc | 183
Yes, it became obvious that all those covid measures are more about social engineering than about protecting public health. No wonder people resent that.

Posted by: hopehely | Jan 16 2022 3:48 utc | 185

Breaking News,

Full Bench of The High Court of Australia has cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa. Shame Australia. Bravo Novak Djokovic, victim of the deceitful shifting of goalposts, see underarm bowling incident:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2qpj-yBkwY

Disgraceful.

Novak Djokovic will always be the world tennis champion of all time in my view.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 16 2022 7:05 utc | 186

@hopehely | Jan 16 2022 2:51 utc | 182

So for China it is clearly about public health, for Australia is a bit of health and two bits of politics.
Which is not good.

I don't know about China, but for Australia and the "combined west" it is clearly only very nasty politics and nothing else. It goes like this:

Can't compete against Huawei? Here is an idea...
Can't compete against NS2? Here is an idea...
Can't compete against Djokovic? Here is an idea...
etc.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 16 2022 8:00 utc | 187

@Paul | Jan 16 2022 7:05 utc | 186

Australia Open 2022 has been concluded.

Winner: Novak Djokovic
Loser: Australian government

Game, Set and Match

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 16 2022 8:03 utc | 188

@Paul | Jan 16 2022 7:05 utc | 186

Re: "Full Bench of The High Court of Australia has cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa."

Technically, the court upheld a government minister's decision (or power to decide) based on the legal arguments presented. I was hoping for the opposite outcome.

A sad day for sport indeed. But such is the madness at large. I just wish we were back in the 1970's going to Frank Zappa concerts under the influence of technicolor illusions.

So we have called the weekend color-tv Revolution "Off" for the time being and Novak Djokovic loses (maybe) his prize money. And he gets to escape the Plantation Prison -- which is more than most of us plebs can do atm.

All he has to do now is make a personal invite to the 2nd-rate tournament 'winner' to come over to Serbia (or wherever in the real world it is safe to have "Wrong Think" these days and set up a televised 1:1 "Rumble in the Jungle" match with side interviews by Joe Rogan and he'll make 10x the $money and put the Australian vindictive sore losers in their place. Hopefully the next Federal election in April/May 2022 will still go ahead and a new government formed. But don't expect much change -- the mendacity of the culture is far far deeper than some political jockeys on parade.

Posted by: imo | Jan 16 2022 8:27 utc | 189

@imo | Jan 16 2022 8:27 utc | 189

"Full Bench of The High Court of Australia has cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa."

That's how a genuine kangaroo court operates.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 16 2022 9:05 utc | 190

Posted by: dh | Jan 16 2022 2:24 utc | 178
Yes, but it seems Novak would not be allowed to enter China.
Posted by: hopehely | Jan 16 2022 2:32 utc | 180

I have no idea about the specifics of the olympics, but I understand that China recognises previous infection as alternative to vaccination. The Chinese are well aware of the superiority of natural immunity over vaccination.

Differences between China and Australia:

China: pragmatic and science-based, motivated by safety precautions
Australia: dogmatic and pig-headed, motivated by elites' commands to instate all-out police-state.

Posted by: BM | Jan 16 2022 9:08 utc | 191

/add:

The above conditions modulated by
China: extreme caution
Australia: extreme ruthlessness

Posted by: BM | Jan 16 2022 9:10 utc | 192

@BM | Jan 16 2022 9:10 utc | 191-92

You got it.

I've no particular attraction for authoritarianism such as China (communist) or Singapore (whatever???) etc. But at least their walk and talk is roughly in sync with, and an expression of, the underlying Confucian culture.

The heightened cognitive dissonance in Australia is basically due to elevated mass psychosis anxiety resulting from several vectors -- but mostly resulting from the collapsing US/Anglo-European empire and the rising of China and Russia. And basically, what this means for longer-term political agency in a region soon to return to historic domination by China (economic) and India (social/cultural).

The future stress of being 'English' and islolated in deep-South Asia, and all which that entails for a subaltern satrapy colony still flying mother-country's flag (with a couple of laregly meaningless southern hemisphere stars), is far more than for most countries -- even Canada which at least has changed their flag to keep French Canadians inside the tent.

That psychological break, and shift from national colonial adolescence, has yet to occur here. So, while all the talk downunder is about freedom etc -- the general sense of evolution tone here is about that of a sullen rebelling 15-year old male adolecent and a school-teacher culture issuing punitive rules and after school detentions etc.

Posted by: imo | Jan 16 2022 9:39 utc | 193

I've no particular attraction for authoritarianism such as China (communist)
Posted by: imo | Jan 16 2022 9:39 utc | 193

Just curious, can you cite specific evidence of any such authoritarianism in China (any one example), or are you simply giving a nod to the 24/7 propaganda and the mass movement that is designed to nurture? Out of the 200-odd countries in the world, can name any single one which is, in your opinion, less authoritarian than China?

Let me prod you with one example: in January 2020 China was "authoritarian" for imposing a lockdown on first Wuhan, later the whole of Hubei province. Did it achieve the desired objectives? Was it excessive, relative to the reasonable expectations of what might happen if the lockdown was not imposed? How does it compare to lockdowns in Australia, UK (old ladies beaten by police for walking a dog in the park) or the US, etc.? (Bear in mind that the virus was new to the Chinese in January 2020, lots of people were dying, there was no known treatment at that time, and the exact properties and dangers of the virus at that time were not known; actually scientific papers from the time have also reported that the original virus strain was far more deadly, but that within three weeks a new strain was gaining dominance that was far less deadly and quickly drove the earliest strain into extinction).

Posted by: BM | Jan 16 2022 11:11 utc | 194

News about real UK activists:

"Activists took action against the factory to disrupt its manufacture of engines and components for Israel’s killer drones, and covered the factory in painted slogans of ‘Shut Elbit Down’, ‘Free Palestine’, ‘First Oldham, Next Shenstone’ and more.

The action comes the same week as news that Elbit’s Oldham factory has been shut down permanently, after months of intensive direct action by Palestine Action. Days after shutting down one site permanently, the group has taken on another of Elbit’s remaining killer factories.

Palestine Action breached security and gained entry to the heavily guarded Israeli arms factory in Shenstone. The site, used for the manufacture of engines and components for Elbit’s murderous drones, was broken into at 11:00 this morning, with the two women evading an extensive security presence. Aiming to disrupt operations at the site, the activists have covered the factory in painted slogans including ‘Shut Elbit Down’, ‘Free Palestine’, ‘First Oldham, Next Shenstone’. One activist was arrested on the site."

https://popularresistance.org/palestine-action-target-israeli-arms-factory-in-shenstone-days-after-forcing-elbit-out-oldham/

The Bandit State's genocidal military machine will end with its own self destruction.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 16 2022 11:18 utc | 195

Ms Nuland has been flushed out into the open it seems:

US official threatens Russia with ‘sharp pain’ inflicted ‘very fast’

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 16 2022 11:51 utc | 196

The Auschtralian government has showed their hand

Australian court rules Djokovic to be deported. Gov. lawyers reveal reason behind witch-hunt

Now it is important that the other players do not play, and those who have bought tickets should demand their money back, as they have been cheated.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 16 2022 11:55 utc | 197

Let's party!!!

https://youtu.be/NGQZWm6yBJ8

Posted by: dh | Jan 16 2022 14:55 utc | 198

@196 bemilered- thank you for that. To think of her and Robert Kagan's pillow talk. Sorry. Not trying to zerohedge this!
Where is Nursultan Nazarbayev? I know that Kazakhstan has faded from the news cycle.
Vicky see you next tuesday

Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 17 2022 2:01 utc | 199

@196 bemildered - cookie monster is so annoying. Thank you for the link

Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 17 2022 2:16 utc | 200

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