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January 04, 2022

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Posted by b on January 4, 2022 at 18:40 UTC | Permalink

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Just saw this heading in an Australian news site:

I don't see how Australia can respond - they just blew their budget on US submarines, drones, helicopters, etc; for twice the price they would have paid the French. Nothing left in the kitty I'm afraid. And this ask from the French would not be cheap if they really want to keep pace with China.

Posted by: digital dinosaur | Jan 5 2022 6:25 utc | 101

karlof1 re spears

I too have detected the odd spear in my direction but I am fortified in the bar of (mostly) good intentions by fine wine, tipsy spear hurlers and the obvious troll under the keg.

I appreciate the effort you invest in keeping us informed and our critical faculties sharp. Perhaps comrade b is rehearsing his strategy for year of the tiger ;)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 5 2022 6:31 utc | 102

digital dinosaur #103

If its from France or any of the EU losers, I would be looking that gift horse in the mouth real close. Anyway its likely part of the great right wing media propaganda designed to put lipstick on the pig at the helm. An alternative POV

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 5 2022 6:44 utc | 103

@librul | Jan 4 2022 22:30 utc | 52

If Black Bread is reading this,
we the compassionate barflies,
send you a collective salute and hug.

I second this. I am sorry for what happened.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 5 2022 6:59 utc | 104

@Leuk | Jan 4 2022 23:26 utc | 61

" Well, in this case, the non-vaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And so we're going to continue to do it, until the end".

So it is a satanic quest on his part, it has absolutely zero relation with health. Quite the opposite.

Let's hope he finds his personal end soon.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 5 2022 7:05 utc | 105

Débil is weak, mentally weak, here Sukhorukov the brother explains what is debil:

Hard to find a pro Russian site, isn't it? And yes, Russia is not perfect, far from it, the beauty of its imperfections is what makes her unique, like its many destroyed churches still standing. If you can get a visa go there soon, they're rebuilding all those beautiful houses of God, they do not look so divine once restored.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 5 2022 7:32 utc | 106

On China and the policy on Common Prosperity.

Martin Jacques "Short but wide-ranging interview on what Common Prosperity means, the West’s response, and the changing phases of the West’s attitude towards China, with He Jieqiong, a new rising figure in the Chinese media."

A utoob of eighteen minutes.

It shames the west and others that seek to embed stratification of elite access to various levels and niches of opportunity which relies on total ignorance of the capability and rights of every individual to succeed to the limits of own received capacity at birth.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 5 2022 7:37 utc | 107

Grieved 102.

Up-to-Date’ Shots Replacing Term ‘Fully Vaccinated,’ Fauci Says
The language around what constitutes fully vaccinated against Covid-19 is being replaced, in the strongest indication by White House chief medical adviser Anthony S. Fauci that two shots of a messenger RNA vaccine fall short of protection amid the highly transmissible omicron variant.

>”Right now, optimal protection is with a third shot of an mRNA or a second shot of a J&J.”
>Fauci “made his remarks about new terminology in response to whether the U.S. will start to offer fourth doses the way Israel has.
“We need to find out what the durability of protection of the third shot is before we start thinking about the fourth shot.”

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 5 2022 7:41 utc | 108


A quick trip down memory lane: Mark Ames: The Massacre Everyone Ignored – Up To 70 Striking Oil Workers Killed In Kazakhstan By US-Supported Dictator (NakedCapitalism, Dec 20, 2011).

Posted by: phiw13 | Jan 5 2022 7:43 utc | 109

Julie | Jan 5 2022 9:09 utc | 112

Macron has got the Napoleon complex. We should send him to some far away island and forget him.

What he wants is semi-military discipline so that the Yellow Jackets won't reappear.

Melenchon may be playing a key card, as he now wants to "gather" dissent under his banner, by proclaiming that France should leave NATO, and approach Russia. I wonder whether that will succeed?

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 5 2022 9:49 utc | 110

I’m a Brit not a Russian, nor a great fan of their boorish drunken behaviour when they emerged as tourists with wonga to spend a decade or so ago - they reminded me of the so many Brits doing the Torremolinos and booze and meat and veg takeover of the costas - most Russians are not as bad as these Brits.

What is concealed from western mass media and basic education is the 200 hundred years of Imperialist Dreams.

What is happening right now in Ukraine is a direct result and continuation of the nightmare the Dreamers induce upon their targets.

Let the official government records speak for themselves:

“ The overall or political object is to impose upon Russia the will of the United States and British Empire.”


The Great Gamers, The Money, having yet again been beaten back from the gates of Moscow, planned to immediately reorganise their proxy nations resources to get the job done.

“The date for the opening of hostilities is 1st July, 1945.”

Who was going to be told to die in that insanity?

“ Great Britain and the United States have full assistance from the Polish armed forces and can count upon the use of German manpower and what remains of German industrial capacity.“

How where they going to achieve their objective?

“ To achieve the decisive defeat of Russia in a total war would require, in particular, the mobilisation of manpower to counteract their present enormous manpower resources. This is a very long term project and would involve:-
* The deployment in Europe of a large proportion of the vast resources of the United States.
* The re-equipment and re-organisation of German manpower and of all the Western Allies.”

(Which in effect is what nato had achieved since then and had been pushing the Eastern European’s into a frenzy about to date)

What were the odds of success of such a betrayal of the deal the Allies had made in Yalta with Soviets and Stalin?

“ The existing balance of strength in Central Europe, where the Russians enjoy a superiority of approximately three to one, makes it most unlikely that the Allies could achieve a complete and decisive victory in that area in present circumstances. Although Allied organisation is better, equipment slightly better and morale higher, the Russians have proved themselves formidable opponents of the Germans. They have competent commanders, adequate equipment and an organisation which though possibly inferior by our standards, has stood the test.”

So none, not a chance, they were probably relying on the new ‘atomic bombs’ and German rocket technology to achieve an annihilation of Russia peoples who keep resisting their advances through the centuries! How dare they? 

So with no chance of winning an all out war against the formidable Russian knack of surviving – WHY sacrifice all these lives?

“ Assuming, however, that it is decided to risk military action on a limited basis, accepting the dangers set out above, we have examined what action we could take in order to inflict such a blow upon the Russians as would cause them to accept our terms, even though they would not have been decisively defeated and, from the military point of view, would still be capable of continuing the struggle.”

There you have it! What is happening today is in lockstep with what the warmongers were planning before the Second World War was even over - having failed to conquer Russia again with the Nazi proxies. The brainwashing and sacrifice of Germans.
Who ob the whole seem to have realised that being the muscle for the Finaciers and Aristos isn’t what they want for their families - except the captured Green Baerboke type mercenaries and spies in their house.

The Imperialist gangsters, who refuse to take a refusal from honest folk not handing over their resources and sons & daughters; due to claimed ‘entitlement’ and some god given implacable right to own the whole world and Life on it. 

80 years on or 200 years on – it’s the same old shit by the same old shits. 

My ire is not aimed at any of the common peoples of the USA , Europe or Middle East (except Saudis) many who understand the issues. My anger is aimed squarely at these ancient bloodsuckers and their minions willing and ignorant.

Some who spend their careers down here btl being mercenary wormtongued war mongers.

Posted by: D.G. | Jan 5 2022 10:26 utc | 111

@99 Roger

Yes the extreme rationalization of the logistics system has its flaws, but give that system a little more credit. The USG issued - very suddenly - a massive amount of stimulus (free money) and it got given to many, many people, and it got spent, suddenly, on stuff that comes from China. Not only were there issues with truck drivers, but railroad staff, etc. Many of the west coast ports were slammed way beyond their ability to respond. Not all of them, though, and that remains a mystery to me as to why Portland and Seattle and Vancouver and Prince Rupert seemed all OK, while Southern Cal was wiped out. Why didn't the ships drive up the coast and unload there? So, it wasn't all just-in-time's fault, it was also Not Good At Adapting's fault.

By contrast, UPS and FedEx seemed to handle the load pretty darn well. So, the dislocations weren't evenly distributed.

Another point is that the logistics system is fabulously, enormously wonderfully effective and efficient. I have access to almost any part/component made world-wide from my desk, I can order and pay for it confidently, and a few days later - from whatever part of the world it came from... it shows up. It works. And that performance was just not possible a few short decades ago.

All the foregoing might be so, but it is also very much "so" that China is making great state-ordained investments to make transport, education, housing as inexpensive as possible. They're building a very wise "commons". Michael Hudson touches on this point a lot, and he's right: it helps China's international trade because the cost of living at the household level is reduced, so the Chinese worker can get paid less, and yet have a good, maybe better std of living.

======== And on to Pogohere @ 89

I read the links you provided. Your main point, that thermodynamics counts, is quite valid. However, the collision with that reality - that our current economic system relies on highly concentrated energy (and materials) in order to function...that comeuppance may be delayed quite a while. In the continental US, the sun delivers 10,000 times more energy than we use each day.

Furthermore, we squander much, maybe most, of what we get from fossil fuels. There is plenty, and I mean "really plenty" of room for performance increases in how we operate our economy, and it can be done with technology at-hand, no further innovation required. We've got the tools right now.

So, I am not too freaked out about Thermodynamics. I'm freaked out about how incompetent we humans are, including and maybe starting with me. Pogo said it best, right? "We have met the enemy, and he is us".

With respect to your website, which is a great effort and contains a lot of very useful information...

I had to read a lot of background, stage-setting material before I got to the actual points, and some of the parts - key sections of your delivery - were not accessible. Clicking on links to those key sections, which presumably contain great pearls of wisdom...led me to a sign-in screen. Nobody's going to read your stuff if it's behind a sign-in screen.

Posted by: Tom Pfotzer | Jan 5 2022 11:12 utc | 112

Here is a link direct to CDC:

CDC defines SARS COV2 as a chimeric virus. I expect the link will stay up because they know you can’t read and won’t read. I expect all and sundry at this bar will continue to think of covid as zoonotic. Because that is the narrative we know and like. Only nutjobs and old hippies would ever read government regulations.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jan 5 2022 12:22 utc | 113

The Death Of Truth

When a society gets to a point where you aren’t even allowed to ask questions, that is a very clear sign that you are living under a very oppressive authoritarian regime.

Posted by: librul | Jan 5 2022 12:45 utc | 114

@Posted by: oldhippie | Jan 5 2022 12:22 utc | 116

I archived your link to the Wayback Machine.
Someone had already saved it to Archive Today yesterday. ( )

Though these archive sites claim that they will never edit something archived to their site
that is what they are saying today. That is possibly what they honestly believe today.
But things are going down hill fast, so I take things with a big grain of salt.

Posted by: librul | Jan 5 2022 12:58 utc | 115


I don’t even know how to access the Wayback. My link was to CDC. CDC says covid is chimeric. That will simply be impossible for most to believe. Belief is always far stronger than evidence. No amount of evidence ever overcomes belief. The covid religion rules us and certainly rules this site.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jan 5 2022 13:25 utc | 116

oldhippie@Jan5 2022 12:22/116

(Un?)fortunately, it's not that clear: They add "SarsCov2 chimeric viruses resulting from any deliberate manipulation of SARS-CoV-2 ... coding for SarsCov virulence factors..." to the list of "HHS selected agents". In short: Manipulation of the SarsCov2 virus will result in a chimeric virus. And any such "manipulated" chimeric virus will be restricted.
Well, this is essentially again saying that "gain of function experiments" are restricted.
While I am not a native speaker, that's how I read this text.
...please don't get me wrong: I don't want to defend the CDC! But it probably doesn't make sense to jump to conclusions, which are not there...
This is my interpretation - I strongly please you to correct me, if I am wrong!!

Posted by: JWW | Jan 5 2022 14:15 utc | 117

@Posted by: JWW | Jan 5 2022 14:15 utc | 120

Yes, I was just about to post the same thing.
I noted that the link oldhippie provided had a link within it to the full text found at the Federal Register.
That Federal Register entry makes it clearer.

They are putting controls on anyone creating chimeric viruses. The paper, alas, does not admit that SARS-CoV-2 itself is chimeric.

Posted by: librul | Jan 5 2022 14:21 utc | 118

Where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns
Please send in the clowns

Oh wait, they’re already here.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jan 5 2022 14:33 utc | 119

Meanwhile in the ME and Central Asia events are heating up. I’m sure b is on - be good to see an assessment of the various developments this January as we are sleepwalked in the West to new pastures of war spending and civilian casualties .

Kazakh LPG car fuel prices doubled in a poor region where every one drives with that fuel.
Protests led to reduction in prices but it seems Color mongers have used it as a springboard for regime change - it seems there are many flights leaving none arriving .

Empire putting new front in the middle of the SCO scape and BRI route ways would be a major counter attack whilst ultimately retreating from elsewhere. Maybe it’s ‘Bulge’ ?

Also the Iraq Resistance Group (16 groups) which coalesced a year ago to avenge Solemani assassinations are daily stepping up Max Pressure on the stay behind US renamed ‘non-combat’ troops in Baghdad and Syrian border isis bases. They should have left on 31st Dec and the shots across the bow are getting daily closer- what will the non-combat troops (and more so the mercenaries they work with) do ?? Attack? How? They certainly can’t defend suicide drones and bigger missiles.
Let’s Go Brandon, get out before you have to carry them out in body bags, would be appropriate in this situation.

Maybe fly them all to Central Asia to set up a new new Caliphate.

Posted by: D.G. | Jan 5 2022 14:48 utc | 120

If the text meant what 120 and 121 say it means, then it would be so stated. It was not difficult for two authors to say something in plain English.

Force parse anything and everything until it parses that shit don’t stink. Your faith is very strong.

Did anyone get as far as discovering what the acronym in the title line means?

Posted by: Oldhippie | Jan 5 2022 14:50 utc | 121

I expect the objective in Kazakhstan is to stock up on uranium for the green nuclear gambit lng diversification. Looks like the op could be successful -- plenty of battle-tested assets having returned from service in Syria and a government that used nationalism to placate the populous similar to Ukraine. The next few days should determine the course of events over the next few years.

Posted by: Skiffer | Jan 5 2022 15:29 utc | 122

Grieved @ 102 wrote about "speculation that a "white hat" force injected Omicron into the viral landscape as a means of bringing the pandemic to an end."

Speculation that any (or all) SARS variants may have been introduced by a human (not nature) force makes perfect sense even if the evidence is far from conclusive. The question has to be examined.

The speculation that Omicron is from the good guys while the rest of the variants originated from the bad guys (or from nature) seems to me to be not very well supported or refuted by the evidence. From a cui bono perspective, it has always seemed to me that covid has done more to undermine the power of the West than anything else that has come along in a long time. From where I sit, it looks like nobody wants the pandemic to end more than the western elites. The narrative that TPTB are benefiting from covid is just propaganda intended to get the masses to cooperate with any strategy to end the pandemic.
So if in fact Omicron is a human designed self administering vaccine against covid, I would put up the western intelligence services as the most likely force behind its creation.

Posted by: jinn | Jan 5 2022 15:32 utc | 123

oldhippie said "CDC defines SARS COV2 as a chimeric virus."

That is not what your link says. You should really consider taking some remedial reading classes.

Posted by: jinn | Jan 5 2022 15:38 utc | 124

Posted by: Oldhippie | Jan 5 2022 14:50 utc | 124

I also think that you have misread and are confusing the virus (and variants) spreading through communities with lab-made versions used to study the virus.

From your linked page:

HHS/CDC believes that immediate regulatory oversight of these experiments and the resulting chimeric viruses is essential to protect the public from the potential consequences of a release of these viruses.

Note that it's a common approach to create chimeric versions of biological macromolecules (e.g., proteins, viruses) in order to study their function in the lab, and I think that's what is being referred to here. Most but not all such creations would be harmless outside of the controlled environment of the laboratory, however it is reasonable to restrict and monitor the use of potentially harmful chimeric molecules (like covid derivatives).

Posted by: farm ecologist | Jan 5 2022 15:57 utc | 125


I don't agree with b's deletions and banning, which you don't appear to have a problem with so you can't expect special treatment, but...

...You NEED to make your point(s), post key extracts and link the detailed text otherwise you defeat your own purpose. Yandex provides automatic translations so there is no need to post extensive translations anymore - it is no longer helpful and the people you (presumably) want to reach won't read anything as long as a large number of your posts are anyway.

Posted by: ADKC | Jan 5 2022 15:59 utc | 126

@jinn | Jan 5 2022 15:32 utc | 126
"From where I sit, it looks like nobody wants the pandemic to end more than the western elites."

To me it looks quite the opposite. In France or Switzerland, my feeling is that leaders got a mouthful of omnipotence thanks to this virus and they liked it very, very much.

In France, Véran, Castex and Macron seem to walk on clouds. Not a single qualm, not a doubt, they look hypnotised by their full powers, their arrogance is reaching new peaks every day. One would almost think they sincerely believe in what they do.

But their measures don't make any sense at all. You've got to sit to drink in a bar where you aren't allowed to... dance. Teachers got a list of rules to implement at school on Sunday 2nd while it started on the 3rd Jan. No popcorn in cinemas. No food in the train. The list goes on and on.

But yeah. They never looked more satisfied of themselves that during these covid years.

Posted by: Francil | Jan 5 2022 16:17 utc | 127

Francil your post reinforces my belief that the narrative that TPTB are benefiting from covid is just propaganda intended to get the masses to cooperate with any strategy to end the pandemic. You believe their propaganda - I don't.

Posted by: jinn | Jan 5 2022 16:36 utc | 128

ADKC @129--

Thanks for your reply and advice from your perspective; however, putting words in my mouth about my feelings about b's policing his site doesn't help since I've withheld my reasons for remaining mostly silent on the issue and will continue to do so as I see the entire affair as part of an attempt to make MoA dysfunctional by those forces who would very much like to see it lose its credibility--I refuse to aid that effort, which has clearly waxed and waned over the years. The deliberate distortion of the Covid-19 pandemic by the Outlaw US Empire has been employed in that effort.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 5 2022 16:48 utc | 129

January 5 riots in Kazakhstan (all events in Almaty, except where noted)

  • Rioters beat riot control policemen and take their shields and helmets
  • Rioters move towards the city center (vid)
  • Rioters capture the Mayor’s Office (vid, photo)
  • Policemen leave the square near the Mayor’s Office; RIA Novosti reporter saw policemen changing into civilian clothes and leaving on taxi cabs
  • Rioters set the entrance of the Mayor's Office building on fire (second of three vids)
  • Rioters vandalize and attempt to set on fire the regional office of the ruling Nur Otan party (vid)
  • Rioters set the city Prosecutor’s Office on fire
  • Rioters destroy two ambulance cars and vandalize three polyclinics and clinics (vid of an attack on an ambulance car)
  • (Nur-Sultan) State of emergency announced
  • Rioters surround the old residence of the President
  • Police Chief Kanat Taymerdenov: “[During the night] more than 120 transport vehicles have been burnt, including 33 police cars, ambulance cars and fire trucks… More than 500 civilians have been beat up, including 130 women and old people.”
  • (Kazakhstan) Authorities warn media of criminal liability for spreading false news during the state of emergency
  • (Aktobe) Rioters attack fire truck (vid)
  • Rioters capture the old residence of the President
  • (Kazakhstan) The websites of the President, Prosecutor’s Office, National Security Committee, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Healthcare, Almaty Mayor’s Office, Nur-Sultan Mayor’s Office and some media outlets (e.g.,,,, are inaccessible from abroad
  • (Kazakhstan) Internet is blocked.
  • Rioters destroy offices of TV channels, destroy satellite broadcasting equipment of MIR 24 channel (Eurasian news channel), hold Sputnik Kazakhstan reporter in captivity for an hour
  • Rioters take firearms from policemen; there are several thousand rioters with metal bars in the city center
  • (Kazakhstan) Tokaev becomes the head of the Security Council (this move completes the transition of power from Nazarbaev to Tokaev), says several policemen were killed, says rioters are undressing soldiers and parading them naked in the streets, says rioters are highly organized: “This is evidence of a well thought-out plan by plotters who are motivated financially. Yes, plotters.”
  • (Taldykorgan) Rioters attempt to remove the statue of Nazarbaev (vid)
  • (Kazakhstan) State channel Khabar 24 in the only TV channel broadcasting at the moment; MIR 24, KTK, NTK, Channel One Eurasia stopped broadcasting
  • (Aktau) Airport stops accepting flights
  • (Pavlodar) Riots (vid)
  • Rioters attempt to capture Auezov District police station, police is shooting
  • Airport stops accepting flights
  • Rioters set the building of Kazakhstan TV channel on fire
  • Rioters attempt to capture central police station
  • (Taldykorgan) Rioters remove the statue of Nazarbaev (photo)

Posted by: S | Jan 5 2022 16:53 utc | 130

Posted by: S | Jan 5 2022 16:53 utc | 133

Excellent time line, the same Ukraine and Belarus script. The NEXTA channel in Telegram is in full swing, the first Nazarbayev statue is down, more to follow. Too bad he did not learned the Belarus lesson and did not stop in due time the "many vectorness" orientation.

In a way it is the empire's answer to Russia's ultimatum, if so it is going to be a rough ride ahead. Add to it Macron's declarations about the non citizens that do not want to be jabbed, Borrell visiting the Ukronazi line of contact in the Donbass, all the economic woes, and the whole picture points to a very complicated start of a year.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 5 2022 17:18 utc | 131

@Posted by: Paco | Jan 5 2022 17:18 utc | 134

The proof of the cotton on that this has all the way the footprints of the whole West behind, is the absence of statements against the violence on the part of the protesters, in spite they, allegedly, were protesting also about vaccine mandates apart from about the doubling of gas prices...

In some European countries, electricity has multiplied its price tenfold, yet there are no violent protests, and when there are peaceful protests against vaccine mandates, those protesting are labeled by all governments in the EU as fascists, and thrown the dogs.

Posted by: Heather | Jan 5 2022 17:28 utc | 132

S @133 & Paco @134--

Thanks for your info and commentary. I'll add the tactics follow the scripted HK events, and we know where they were engineered. What's exposed is the depth of penetration of 5th Columnists into ex-Soviet Republics and their amount of coordination and equipment, again much like HK.

I expect the CSTO/SCO to swiftly extinguish the flames and deal with the paid traitors followed by a very harsh crackdown on their suppliers--Western Embassies and NGOs.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 5 2022 17:32 utc | 133

Posted by: S | Jan 5 2022 16:53 utc | 133

Here a link to a Telegram post by Rozhin, dated the 16th of last December the US embassy warned about riots, half a month before the gas price increase. In the comment section Rozhin points to Mukhtar Ablyazov and the "Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan" as the inspirers, Ablyazov in Kiev and for what can be seen using the same channels that where applied against "Batka" in Belarus.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 5 2022 17:34 utc | 134

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 5 2022 17:32 utc | 136

The first Kazakh cosmonaut and Hero of Kazakhastan Taktar Baukirov has called on public TV for the Kazakh government to request CSTO help, if needed.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 5 2022 17:38 utc | 135

@Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 5 2022 17:32 utc | 136

I disagree this follow the pattern of HK color revolution, I see it more like Maidan, since the "protesters" seized government buildings, TV stations and the airport in zero coma, seems a military strategy for a coup...

Posted by: Heather | Jan 5 2022 17:41 utc | 136

Norwegian | Jan 5 2022 7:05 utc | 107

@Leuk | Jan 4 2022 23:26 utc | 61

" Well, in this case, the non-vaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And so we're going to continue to do it, until the end".

So it is a satanic quest on his part, it has absolutely zero relation with health. Quite the opposite.

Let's hope he finds his personal end soon.

Spot on the pair of you ! Aux armes citoyens !

Posted by: Sarlat La Canéde | Jan 5 2022 17:43 utc | 137

Vaccine Mandates will lead to Starvation and Mass Depopulation

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Jan 5 2022 17:52 utc | 138

v | Jan 4 2022 20:05 utc | 15

Something is up in Kazakhstan right now. Could be early arrangements for a destabilization campaign/color revolution. No certainty yet, but maybe wise to have an eye on it.

Too right! Today (5/01) it looks like the latest color revolution, to add to those underway in Myanmar, Thailand and Ethiopia.

Posted by: foolisholdman | Jan 5 2022 18:10 utc | 139

@ karlof1 | Jan 4 2022 19:24 utc | 6
Thanks for your answer and contribution, I get the link about the meeting ex CSI republics with Russia.
Please do not stop posting these sources

Posted by: y | Jan 5 2022 18:13 utc | 140

@139 Paco - Thank you for that information. I knew Ablyazov was behind this.

Here is the wikipedia ( I know ) post on Mukhtar Ablyazov.

Mukhtar Ablyazov

@111 - the "protests" in Zhanaozen by the oil workers weren't as peaceful as they have been portrayed. I think the death toll was far lower as well. And Ablyazov had a hand in that, too. I don't think Nazarbayev is an angel, but Kazakhstan is probably one of the most successful of the post Soviet republics.

I hope the CSTO steps in as per Paco's post @ 139 if the Kazakh forces can't get this under control. I guess the $89 billion dollars worth of US weapons left behind in Afghanistan are starting to be put to use.

It was a smart move by Nazarbayev to have moved the capitol to Astana / Nursultan.

I wonder what role uranium production has to play in this as well?

Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 5 2022 18:18 utc | 141

Protesters in Kazakhstan are armed. Wow I don't get how the government and local intelligence let this happen

Posted by: Nick | Jan 5 2022 18:40 utc | 142

@56 Tom Pfotzer

What you say is true, but there are a few cravats.

First problem is performance. Battery at 30% isn't as powerful as it is at 100%.

Then there is the issue of the battery itself. It is finite. Tesla charge £17k for a replacement. Ouch!

Finally is range and charging. I get about 750 miles to 50 litres of diesel. Takes me 5 minutes to fill and go. Your (desirable) acceleration is mute when your sat waiting for an hour to charge.

It's the future, but not today or tomorrow

Posted by: Some Random Passerby | Jan 5 2022 18:41 utc | 143

Your recent comments @ | Jan 4 2022 23:00 utc | 55 and Jan 5 2022 16:48 utc | 132 prompt this.
Both posts had a lot of ambiguity, imo.

So I’m a bit confused (which may not be that unusual:-). I wrote a short piece about trolls just for fun
(waynorinorway | Jan 4 2022 19:57 utc | 292) but maybe you think I’m one of the ‘very sophisticated trolls’
because of it. Well, I am sophisticated, but not very. I’m certainly not trolling with my commentary here,
but that’s a bit like trying to tell someone that you’re honest – it takes action.
So if you think I'm trolling or are one of ‘those forces’, then there’s is not much I can say to change your mind.

You wrote: ...”those forces who would very much like to see it lose its credibility...”
I speak out against bans and censorship for the very reason that they cause a loss of credibility!

Further and fwiw, I again say thanks for your work. I also see ADKC’s point and agree that sometimes your
posts are ponderous and may miss their mark for that reason. By all means tho’, please carry on.
(btw I’m in no hurry for an answer. It’s late here and I know who I am.)

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jan 5 2022 19:21 utc | 144

c1ue | Jan 4 2022 21:54 utc | 35

All those proclaiming "following the science" for the last year are clearly smoking crack.

I have been thinking for some time, that a possible explanation for the abysmal quality of all western politicians, the complete absence of any really outstanding figures amongst the present crop, could be that they are all high on cocaine or something similar. The consumption of coke in London is so large that the fish in the River Thames are suffering from cocaine poisoning. That must mean something!

Posted by: foolisholdman | Jan 5 2022 20:02 utc | 145

Official call to the CSTO by the president Tokaeav of Kazakhstan, machine translation:

"Terrorist gangs are, in fact, international. Their attack on Kazakhstan should be considered as an act of aggression. Relying on the collective security Treaty, today I appealed to the heads of the CSTO states to assist in overcoming this terrorist threat."

Posted by: Paco | Jan 5 2022 20:33 utc | 146

Ablyazov on a Ukrainian channel:

“Our goal is the complete overthrow of the Nazarbayev regime. The people are coming out now with a single exclamation: down with Nazarbayev, down with his regime. We will try to put him in prison while still alive. "

Posted by: Paco | Jan 5 2022 20:43 utc | 147

we are starting to see shortages in supermarkets in Australia, the meme being pushed by media is ‘covid driven staff shortages in the supply chain’

reminds me of something someone here said along the lines of ‘they won’t even notice till the day there is nothing’

Posted by: Rae | Jan 5 2022 20:52 utc | 148

@Paco #137

Here’s the link to the U.S. Embassy alert: Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Kazakhstan December 16, 2021 (I’m using a URL shortener because the direct link can’t be posted for some reason).

Posted by: S | Jan 5 2022 20:54 utc | 149

Posted by: S | Jan 5 2022 20:54 utc | 152

Great, in English so the bar flies can read it without machine translations.

It is developing really fast, a lot faster than in Belarus, it is clearly a well prepared operation, there are victims already, and shooting is going on especially in Almaty. There are rumors that Lukashenko is sending an Il-76 with anti riot personnel. Duma's deputy Zatulin is calling the parliament to discuss on an emergency procedure the request put forth by Tokaev. Sorry for the many typos, Tokaev, Abyazov,

Posted by: Paco | Jan 5 2022 21:02 utc | 150

@ 153 - Thank you, Paco! How did the Kazakhs not see this coming?


Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 5 2022 21:16 utc | 151

waynorinorway @147--

Thanks for your reply. No, I don't consider you a troll whatsoever as I've no evidence. I try to focus on the reality that impacts the genuine Big Picture which unfortunately all of us must construct individually because of BigLie Media and its allied governmental distortions. This is made easier since Russia and China's English language media has mostly followed the mantra of just tell the truth, an operating plan suggested by myself and many others over the millennia. Trolls and their ilk are allied with efforts to enforce what's known as the Establishment Narrative, which over the last 100+ years has become very sophisticated. I've experienced the censorship of being banned from what was a self-described Progressive News Site--"News and Views for the Progressive Community." My moniker there was EnemyofWar; I had a large following; and since I aim at Truth in my commentary, I was at odds with that site's D-Party donors who in 2016 were busy destroying the electoral process in their drive to upend Bernie Sanders candidacy. In particular, they didn't like my wanting the law to be enforced on Hillary Clinton's illegal and destructive behavior, a view which many on that site agreed with. I later got into a battle with those operating Discus, which is the software provider/manager of many websites commentary sections, for censorship via technology as they were one of the first to drop Internet Explorer and force those users to adopt something else for which their was no logical or technical reason. I still refuse to use Discus despite wanting to comment on a few of the sites using it. I was also banned from commenting by Sputnik for telling/describing things truthfully--terms like Zionist, Occupied Palestine, Outlaw US Empire, War Criminals, and a few others.

Some of the above will be news to those barflies that have been here as long as me as I never saw the need to recite that history. We have some very sharp minds/wits here, which is why I continue as I enjoy their contributions and our occasional discourse. Ideally, I'd like this to be an actual bar/pub/political coffee house where we could actually interact and develop "normal" relationships.

Now I'll return to the China thread and see if the doll has taken my challenge or not.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 5 2022 21:19 utc | 152

Unmarked cars have been seen delivering AK's to "rioters" in Almaty. Several military personnel were shot in earlier clashes, some others disarmed and taken "prisoner". At present the Airport does not have any security or Rioters, just lost passangers wandering about.

Evidently the "opposition" is being run out of Ukraine, as the phones used have Ukranian dialing codes.

So behind it there are "foreign elements" taking advantage, even if they were not the direct instigators at the beginning.

However, I would place the start of the present troubles as a result of Putin's demands and the projected meeting on the 12th Jan. Which has forced the NAT'us into pre-emptive mayhem. Stir all fronts at the same time to get NATO off the hook without having to change something.
That sudden interruption in the "Chinese" thread, China is being pushed as untrustworthy and a failure, is designed to separate Russia and China in forums. It is likely to be repeated elsewhere. The BRI is "the" threat to the US.

Possible other vectors (only according to me - think what you will), could include a new episode with the Uighurs, and increasing violence in Syria. As the US seems to have decided that it must remove the focus from Ukraine and it's problems.

Some future trouble in Russia itself is not to be ingnored, as some Gold has been "observed" being moved to - London? (Not the reserves, but as Russia is a producing nation, let's just says that the Central Bank has not made any more purchases. Private (?) actors are doing the moving. It could be a lack of liquidity, as is happening in the US, forcing the realization of assets. I don't know.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 5 2022 21:19 utc | 153

Stonebird | Jan 5 2022 21:19 utc | 156
ignor my "ingnored"

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 5 2022 21:21 utc | 154


In connection with the appeal of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K.-Zh.K. Tokayev and in view of the threat to national security and the sovereignty of the Republic of Kazakhstan caused, inter alia, by outside interference, the CSTO Collective Security Council, in accordance with Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty, decided to send Collective peacekeeping forces of the CSTO to the Republic of Kazakhstan for a limited time period in order to stabilize and normalize the situation in this country.

Nikol Pashinyan
Chairman of the CSTO Collective Security Council,
Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia

Posted by: Paco | Jan 5 2022 21:28 utc | 155

Thanks S, Paco & Stonebird for your inputs. I agree this is an attack aimed at the EAEU/SCO/CSTO by NATO using its Terrorist Foreign Legion. That it's directed from Ukraine is unsurprising. IMO, NATO wants to be provided with Russia's military technical response. Another possibility is some faction believes that Biden's backers will try to deescalate since they don't want what continuing escalation will bring.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 5 2022 21:31 utc | 156

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 5 2022 21:31 utc | 159

Too many clouds are gathering and I fear that if empire keeps on pushing it some serious shooting might start in Europe. Borrell in Donbass, sure he is a small pathetic pawn but he represents the EU anyway, Macron addressing the French nation with previously unheard and unbecoming manners for a president, the US where who knows who is at the wheel. Then there is the SCO, Kazakhstan shares a long border with China on its Xinjiang region, we'll see what is their reaction in case things turn ugly in Kazakhstan.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 5 2022 22:00 utc | 157

Paco @161--

Here's what I wrote on the spammed thread:

Paco informs us that the CSTO's collective security agreement was invoked and CSTO forces are headed to Kazakhstan to engage the Outlaw US Empire's Terrorist Foreign Legion. I speculated that this is an action by a faction that doesn't want to see anything positive come from the upcoming negotiations. Some are asking why wasn't this seen coming. IMO, there are times when the other side needs to be allowed to entrap itself. Why do I think that possible? At the end of December, Putin met with Tajik President Rahmon, then Nursultan Nazarbayev, then Kazakh President Tokayev, and lastly Lukashenko. Then on 3 Jan, Putin again talked with Rahmon. Today, Putin continues his conversation with another important figure from Russia's defense industry, Pavel Sozinov, General Designer of Almaz-Antey. As with the conversation I linked to and briefly excerpted yesterday, the initial focus is on the civilian aspects missile makers contribution. Putin's introduction:

"Pavel Alekseevich, Almaz-Antey does not need additional advertising. Everyone in the world is well aware of the company's products. This is the most reliable weapon in the world and probably the most popular weapon on the world market – air defense systems. This is a universally accepted fact.

"But I would like to start with something completely different – with the peaceful part, with the civilian part, with the civilian products that you have established and plan to increase its production, bearing in mind that in general, the company has been actively consolidating all the opportunities in the sphere that you are engaged in for 20 years, but has also increased them many times over. We'll talk about that today as well."

No special meeting of the Security Council. No hint of anything being a surprise. I suspect this results from the Ukie's attempt to lure the Russian Merc company people into their trap since the same entities appear to be involved on the Ukie side, and it would be easy for them to infiltrate Kazakhstan and set up shop there.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 5 2022 22:09 utc | 158

Yep, the launched scenario of the Maidan in Kazakhstan has consequences - the CSTO Collective Security Council decided to send peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan.

An expected and generally miserable attempt by the "Western partners" to hold the forthcoming negotiations with Russia on security guarantees from a "position of strength". By the way, as a result of the anti-terrorist operation, the "peaceful protesters" (haha) were driven out of the Almaty airport. The air harbor has been freed.

Posted by: alaff | Jan 5 2022 22:18 utc | 159

Jonathan Cook on covid's impact on critical thinking.
"It is not hard to understand why the magic bullet of vaccines – to the exclusion of all else – has been so fervently grasped during the pandemic. Exclusive reliance on vaccines has been a great way for our corrupt, incompetent governments to show they know what they are doing."

Posted by: Joe | Jan 5 2022 22:27 utc | 160

I guess the $86 billion dollars of US taxpayers blood money for the war machine is being put to use in Central Asia as we type.

Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 5 2022 22:33 utc | 161

oops - I guess the $86 billion dollars of US taxpayers' blood money for the war machine left behind in Afghanistan is being put to use in Central Asia as we type.


Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 5 2022 22:40 utc | 162

@ Posted by: S | Jan 5 2022 16:53 utc | 133

Thanks for that, it really helps . Not had much time today.
It seems that to launch an offensive such as this, it hasn’t just been a continuation of these who initially complained about their daily fuel costs doubling. Far away from Almaty and the other capital. Color has gone in HEAVY. Had it taken the Chinese and Russians by surprise ?

Posted by: D.G. | Jan 5 2022 23:13 utc | 163

@ Posted by: jinn | Jan 5 2022 15:32 utc | 126

That’s good speculation and one of the theories I have been considering over the year.

The Grand Dividing up.

There were plenty of clues along the way over the last two years and MANY which originated pre Covid emerging. Like all good detective books - a few red herrings too.

More on all that in later posts perhaps.

First though, when deciding if a crime was really a crime one needs to compile more than the ‘Means’ or do the forensics on the victim/s and suspect/s, the ‘Opportunity.
There has also to be a Motive.

Why exactly would ALL the nations of the World all agree to conspire in such a Event for example? When and where did they agree? Were they multiple perpetrators in a conspiracy? What would be the gain for them? Or were they coerced?

The Opportunity has been widely speculated, with the false trails/alibis of the suspects.

For example from the example of Wuhan/ it’s clearly labelled Corona Virus Facilty; also the Wuhan military games and US soldiers in hotel next to the Market where it could just as described sprung from. Or the fast train from the South where there are bat caves!
Or that each government was in charge of how they introduced the Virus to their own populations - they had it clearly planned well in advance what their different responses would be.
The alternative starting points from the ski slopes of Northern Italy. And other spots around the World.

It’s just too much like a fabulous fictional crime story.

What is needed is the clear Facts of where and when - which two years in - haven’t been presented yet!

With all of that, one can reach many theories of what exactly took place before eliminating the different possibilities.

“When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

Posted by: D.G. | Jan 5 2022 23:15 utc | 164

Couple of interesting letters in the graun today (the graun is a huge supporter of Tony Blair)

Wed 5 Jan 2022 18.03 GMT
Keir Starmer, while approving a knighthood for Tony Blair, notes that Iraq remains an issue for many (UK government urged to rescind Tony Blair’s knighthood, 4 January). The problem is that elevating the former prime minister to the Order of the Garter is an official attempt to say that the Iraq war doesn’t matter any more. The current Labour leader had it right when, as a QC and human rights lawyer, he wrote in the Guardian on 17 March 2003 that “flawed advice does not make the unlawful use of force lawful”. Many of us remember the point; it’s a pity Sir Keir seems to have forgotten it.
Keith Flett
Tottenham, London

In 1928, a particularly useless, irresponsible and profligate Lord Lonsdale was made a Knight of the Garter by George V, an act described by a courtier of the time as “sheer tomfoolery”. At least Lonsdale didn’t lead us into unnecessary wars, but now we have Tony Blair, who did. I realise that the Garter is in the Queen’s personal gift, but how can her advisers be so out of touch with the mood of the nation? This year Tony Blair, next year Boris Johnson?
Dr Patrick Hoyte
Wootton Courtenay, Somerset

The second one should not have been published. For two hundred years, until the advent of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Garter Knights were created on the advice of the prime minister, in this case Stanley Baldwin. The hands of George V were tied.

And this from, where else?

Blair has been subject to criticism for potential conflicts of interest between his diplomatic role as a Middle East envoy, and his work with Tony Blair Associates,[189][190][191] and a number of prominent critics have even called for him to be sacked.[192] Blair has used his Quartet Tony Blair Associates works with the Kazakhstan government, advising the regime on judicial, economic and political reforms, but has been subject to criticism after accusations of "whitewashing" the image and human rights record of the regime.[193]

Blair responded to such criticism by saying his choice to advise the country is an example of how he can "nudge controversial figures on a progressive path of reform", and has stated that he receives no personal profit from this advisory role.[194]

Posted by: John Cleary | Jan 5 2022 23:21 utc | 165

John Cleary @169--

Seems likely that one infamous memo may still exist according to Hoon:

"Former UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has claimed that during Tony Blair's time in office, Downing Street ordered him to burn a secret memo that said the 2003 invasion of Iraq could be illegal.

"The claim, which first emerged in 2015 and was rejected by Blair as 'nonsense' at the time, was made by Hoon in his recently published memoir See How They Run, according to the Daily Mail.

"The book argues that the memo was delivered by Blair's Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell in 2003 and that Hoon's principal private secretary was told 'in no uncertain terms' to destroy the secret legal advice, written by Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, after reading it.

"Hoon, however, defied the instruction by deciding to lock it in a safe at the Ministry of Defence, the memoir asserts, claiming that the memo is 'probably still there'."

Well, I doubt it is now. Just like the fixing facts around the policy gaff, although that was proven genuine. It's simple to deduce that Blair was more evil than Blackbeard and merits at least similar treatment. But then the UK isn't a nation governed by law; rather, it's a Kingdom/Queendom governed by whim and force, which will be further proven when Assange is packed off to the Empire of Torture.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 5 2022 23:41 utc | 166

DG wrote:
Why exactly would ALL the nations of the World all agree to conspire in such a Event for example?

What all governments agree on is that they are responsible for handling an attack on their people. Beyond that I don't see much universal agreement. If you are claiming the virus is fake (a lie perpetrated by govts) I don't buy it. I have had covid so you can't sell me that story.

“When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

OK I can buy that. What are you claiming you are able to exclude and what remains?

Posted by: jinn | Jan 5 2022 23:56 utc | 167

It appears Psaki's denial of Outlaw US Empire involvement with the Kazakh events was done on her own initiative, which is admitting to involvement:

"There are some crazy Russian claims about the US being behind this, so let me just use this opportunity to convey that is absolutely false and clearly a part of the standard Russian disinformation playbook." [My Emphasis]

It's that bolded part that gives away the usual projection, and do note she couldn't await a question to push the usual BS. The modis is known all too well now, so the lies are much harder to sell. Money trails always prove too hard to erase by cleaners, so I feel very secure in my presumption that this operation was financed by the US Congress just as every other attempted Color Revolution. Wouldn't they be "crazy Kazakh claims" since it's happening in Kazakhstan not Russia?

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 6 2022 0:10 utc | 168

@DG 168

Why exactly would ALL the nations of the World all agree to conspire in such a Event for example? When and where did they agree? Were they multiple perpetrators in a conspiracy? What would be the gain for them? Or were they coerced?

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That’s the answer to who, when, and part of the “why”

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 6 2022 0:12 utc | 169

This Bandit State propaganda stunt has blown up in their ugly faces, better to get used to BDS, it's the new normal:

"Escalating boycott over Israeli embassy funding disrupts 23 shows at Sydney Festival.

The escalating boycott of Sydney Festival over a grant from the Israeli embassy has disrupted more than 20 shows and events, including cancellations, withdrawals from the program and cast changes.

On the eve of the festival, new director Olivia Ansell, who is also facing record COVID-19 cases and forecast wet weather, was doing her best to put a bright face on the city’s cultural extravaganza.
Sydney Festival director Olivia Ansell & Artistic Director at Earth Scott Wright with Thunderbird, a prehistoric megafauna puppet in Sydney.

“We’re all prepared,” she said. “We have over 120 events proceeding in the festival, which employs 800 artists right across greater Sydney.”

But the number of events has been dwindling after western Sydney community organizations called for a boycott over the festival’s decision to accept $20,000 from the embassy to stage Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s work Decadance .

They say the partnership with Israel has made the event unsafe for people of Arab background.
Co-organiser Fahad Ali said 16 shows had either withdrawn from the festival or been canceled, with another seven disrupted as individuals joined the boycott.

“If you lose 10 percent of your program, that equates to probably a loss of more than the sponsorship sum,” he said.

The withdrawals include artist Khaled Sabsabi, comedians Nazeem Hussain and Tom Ballard, rapper Barkaa, dance ensemble Bindi Bosses, Arab Theatre Studio, Bankstown Poetry Slam, journalist Amy McQuire and author Yumi Stynes.
The show Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner has withdrawn from the festival “in solidarity with the Palestinian cause and with all Indigenous peoples’ right to sovereignty and liberation..."

Posted by: Paul | Jan 6 2022 0:20 utc | 170

@karlof1 172
In Ukraine the caught some”golden pheasants”, , which I understand were NATO and US/UK special ops boys.
There was a great deal of dealing and wheeling for the return of these precious feathered birds.
(I’d like to learn more about this, if anyone has the details).
It’d be great if a few “pheasants” were trapped in Kazakhstan (or nearby).

This time, I hope they don’t keep the negotiations secret, let us all enjoy the spectacle.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 6 2022 0:22 utc | 171

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 6 2022 0:12 utc | 173

Search engine: “Decade of vaccine collaboration”
Yeah so anybody who has half a brain can see that vaccines have been a fad before covid.
Will they continue to be a fad in the future?

Posted by: jinn | Jan 6 2022 0:46 utc | 172

Melaleuca @175--

Thanks for your reply. That capture remains an unproven assumption, although NATO behavior at the time suggests it's true. What recently was rather startling yet got almost no attention was Putin's matter-of-fact statement in his year end presser that the Outlaw US Empire employed its Terrorist Foreign Legion during the battles with Chechnya. He was quite bold--"I know for a fact...," and he's reiterated that fact at least twice during the last week of 2021 in relation to the security demands. Putin agreed that what's ongoing in Donbass is Genocide, but few have followed up, although Lavrov & Solovyev described its components. The Kaiser viewed what was to become WW1 as a struggle to the death between the Slavs and Teutons for mastery of Europe; Hitler's views differed little. I've written about the larger context as have other historians, particularly Linebaugh and Rediker in The Many-Headed Hydra, when it comes to elite views of the masses--views that remain current today.

IMO, Ecological Overshoot has solutions, but the deeply ingrained prejudicial biases forming the basis for the 4,000+ yearlong Class War will be very difficult to purge as can be seen by their very longevity. IMO, China and Russia are on the proper path to deal with those twin problems, but they are being fiercely opposed by those who are far more evil than a Grinch or Scrooge.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 6 2022 0:50 utc | 173

Jinn 176
>Will vaccines continue to be a fad in the future?
The next stage is outlined in
Sponsored, facilitated and promoted by the same crowd as above
Gates Foundation, GAVI, GSK, …. They list their “partners” on the site.
The “solution” to the “problem” of knowing who is vaccinated and how often, and with what, is to have a permanent digital ID transcribed into a person’s DNA.
Don’t believe me?
Your choice.
Arh. Choice. That is going to be an increasingly rare option in the near future.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 6 2022 1:25 utc | 174

Hi karlof, and thanks.

Wonderful Martin Rowson cartoon

Worth a careful study.

What you say about Slavs v Teutons.

It need not be so within the context of an integrating Eurasia, no?

And Norwegian, please keep us posted on the strip Blair petition.

Posted by: John Cleary | Jan 6 2022 1:44 utc | 175

karlof1 @132

I did not put words in your mouth. I said you remained silent when the posts of others were deleted but expected special treatment for your own posts; and this is exactly what you did.

Posted by: ADKC | Jan 6 2022 1:58 utc | 176

There has been some talk here, on ZH and elsewhere about the instability in Kazakhstan.  Russian and Russian allied peacekeepers have been sent to support the government. It appears Kazakhstan produces 43% of the world's uranium. Watch Australian mining company Okapi, which now mines uranium in the US, skyrocket.

BHP, the worlds largest mining company, has massive uranium deposits at Olympic Dam in South Australia.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 6 2022 2:04 utc | 177

Unknown people are handing out guns (vid) from the back of a car to “peaceful protesters” in Kazakhstan.

Posted by: S | Jan 6 2022 2:29 utc | 178

Kazakhstan and Russia commentary by Martyanov with a bad cold at smoothieX12.

"It was always wild, always unstable". Maybe not a color revolution but a popular shared anger at their poverty and perpetual discontent.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 6 2022 2:30 utc | 179

Good interpretations of the doublespeak being employed, "Preparing for War, NATO Keeps the Propaganda Going," which doesn't inspire any confidence that Lavrov's wish for 2022 will come true.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 6 2022 2:32 utc | 180

Tennis great, Novak Djokovic, is deported from Australia:

It was previously reported Novak held a medical exemption, however this may not have satisfied the politicians, the MSM or the dictatorial Australian bureaucracy. Here are the guidelines:

I find the reaction, the confected outrage, the venom and various shades of opinion interesting. It depends if one is an enthusiastic, "jab em all" advocate or one who didn't want to be injected and was forced to take it by unpopular mandates. Then there are the politicians who introduced the mandates.

It reminds me of The Paris 'Peace' Conference, where the participants conferred on themselves the right to confer 'Mandates.' That hasn't ended well, there is still unfinished business from that crooked stitch up one hundred years later.

The victims of these 'mandates' had no say. So much for self determination, then or now.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 6 2022 3:03 utc | 181

Interesting findings from Chinese researchers finding evidence for possible mouse host origin of Omicron via reverse zoonotic event:

In this study, we used the molecular spectrum of mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant to trace its proximal host origins. We found that the molecular spectrum of pre-outbreak Omicron mutations was inconsistent with the rapid accumulation of mutations in humans, but rather suggested a trajectory in which the progenitor of Omicron experienced a reverse zoonotic event from humans to mice sometime during the pandemic (most likely in mid-2020) and accumulated mutations in a mouse host for more than one year before jumping back to humans in late-2021. While evolving in mice, the progenitor of Omicron adapted to the mouse host by acquiring amino acid mutations in the spike protein that increased its binding affinity with mouse ACE2. In addition, mutations associated with immune escape also accumulated, which may also be a contributing factor in its rapid spread in humans...

The molecular docking-based predictions showed that the adaptation of Omicron to mice also promoted its adaptation to other species, such as humans, camels, and goats, via stronger RBD-ACE2 interaction (Fig. 6). Such a “pleiotropic effect” of mutations was likely caused by structural similarity of ACE2 across species, and indicates that once a SARS-CoV-2 variant acquires the capacity to infect a new host, it can accumulate mutations in this new animal reservoir and becomes transmittable to another host. This “chain reaction” of host jumping could potentially lead to remarkably high diversity in the adaptation to ACE2 from various host species. Consistent with this possibility, numerous mutations were identified in the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 RNA fragment amplified from wastewater samples (Smyth et al., 2021).

Humans represent the largest known reservoir of SARS-CoV-2, and frequently come in contact with other animals, including livestock animals, pets, or wild animals that invade homes searching for food and shelter. Given the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to jump across various species, it appears likely that global populations will face additional animal-derived variants until the pandemic is well under control. Our study thus emphasizes the need for viral surveillance and sequencing in animals, especially those in close contact with humans.

Posted by: suzan | Jan 6 2022 3:12 utc | 182

Paul | 181

>>>”Kazakhstan produces 43% of the world's uranium.

And. Lol. 18% of Bitcoin’s hashrate

So. power plants offline
Electricity shutdowns
Net shutdowns.

@netblocks……Confirmed: Kazakhstan is again in the midst of a nation-scale internet blackout as of early morning Thursday.

twitter observers:
>Funny enough Bitcoin was probably partially responsible for driving up the fuel costs that created the conditions for social upheaval
> Why would price go down?
Big supplier of btc went offline. There should be deficit and price spike

After China banned crypto mining and the miners fled to crypto-friendlier countries with excess energy, Kazakhstan's share in the global Bitcoin hashrate soared from 8% in April to 18% in August.

The country has several big coal plants and cheap electricity, which together with its proximity to China have attracted its miners in search of new home.
It appears, however, that the excess energy was not as plentiful as the miners thought. In July Kazakhstan’s biggest city Almaty suffered a blackout, as its electricity grid went under additional pressure due to the heat wave. In October several coal plants suffered outages, adding to the power shortages problems.
The country’s energy minister blamed crypto mining and called to limit crypto mining farms’ power use to 1MW , and the overall power use of all crypto miners – to 100MW.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 6 2022 3:17 utc | 183

i’m american and don’t even like putin and i say it’s time for him to invade ukraine. the kazakh attack is too transparent. “the west” needs to be slapped down hard. further empire’s unbearable.

Posted by: line islands | Jan 6 2022 3:23 utc | 184

Paul 185

Here’s a few tweets from 6 months ago:
Oct 20 2021.
Djokovic will not be allowed into Australia
BREAKING: Immigration Minister Alex Hawke says Novak Djokovic will NOT be allowed into Australia if he is not double vaccinated.
"Our health advice is that when we open the borders everyone that comes to Australia will have to be double vaccinated," Mr Hawke told @RNBreakfast.

Is it the right decision for #tennis players to be vaccinated to play the #AusOpen. They soon may have no choice. What about #Djokovic? Here’s my opinion.

@darren_cahill. Oct 1, 2021
"Victorian government mandates that all professional athletes must be vaccinated"
I know this relates to Victorian sports athletes & teams but certainly the first sign where things may be heading for tennis players coming for the 2022 Australian Open
Morrison is facing the heat of 10 hells for the national shortage of RAT tests
and then not providing them free ….
A nice little distraction is just what is needed.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 6 2022 3:26 utc | 185

Color revolutions don’t come cheap.
Cookie Monster Nuland told us the price tag for Ukraine was $5billion.
How much for Kazakhstan?
And…. Could this be related?

One-Day $10 Billion Profit Erases Turkey Central Bank Losses
# Turkey’s central bank posted an extraordinary daily profit of around $10 billion on the final day of 2021, sparking questions on what caused this overnight boon that will trickle down to the nation’s Treasury.
# The central bank declined to comment on the dramatic move on its balance sheet, which was first reported on Monday by the bank’s former deputy governor Ibrahim Turhan
# According to Turhan, a possible explanation for the sizable overnight profit boost could lie in the sale of foreign-exchange reserves to the Treasury.
The lira’s depreciation makes foreign reserves more valuable in local currency, but that can’t be logged in the profit column until the reserves are sold, he said.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 6 2022 3:40 utc | 186

I laugh every time I open this thread and see

#Slow News Day

b…. See what you did?

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 6 2022 4:12 utc | 187

Posted by Melaleuca @ 187

Thanks for the additional information about Kazakhstan. Is Bitcoin the new fools gold?
It looks like displacing gold, This snippet from the AFR:

"...According to, gold closed 2009 at $US1104 an ounce and closed 2021 at $US1828 an ounce, so it has gained 65 per cent in 11 years. This is probably in line with the price of a schooner of beer, but behind costs associated with the capital-owning classes such as high-end residential property, or private school fees.

Another obvious point is that the stunning rise of bitcoin as “digital gold” helps explain the precious metal’s excommunication.

As an illustration, this week Goldman Sachs noted bitcoin’s float-adjusted market cap is just under $US700 billion, which is around 20 per cent of the “store of value” market comprised by bitcoin and gold worth around $US3.3 trillion. In its note Goldman, as perhaps the world’s most powerful investment adviser, said it thinks bitcoin will continue to take share ahead of gold..."

Until the crypto bubble pops.

Meanwhile, green metals and critical minerals continue to shine, see "The Case for a Five Eyes Critical Minerals Alliance, Focus on Greenland," Dwayne Ryan Menezes.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 6 2022 4:17 utc | 188

Lots of videos from Kazakhstan riots: @KarmaBash.

Posted by: S | Jan 6 2022 4:33 utc | 189

Paul | 192
Greenland. With its population not large enough to fill a mid-size college football stadium, and the existing US Thule Military base.
Denmark should have sold when Trump offered to buy.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 6 2022 4:50 utc | 190

Great source here:

Ps: Where is jackrabbit?


Posted by: Lozion | Jan 6 2022 5:21 utc | 191

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 5 2022 21:19 utc | 155
Thanks, reading that was a good start to my day. We share the same 2016 Hillary experience, I with my extended and so-called left family in the US including a close brother. We also share a lot of geographical closeness as I spent many years in Sac town while you were at Davis and I’m a HS grad from Or. I’m a Viet Vet and have that as an epiphany so I concur with what you write.

Now on to see what happened last nite as I just had time to see the explosion of BS from that Niall thing appear before retiring. Btw, Paul Kirk Haeder is in your area at Waldport. Great guy, stream of consciousness writer/activist that you should enjoy if you run across him.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jan 6 2022 5:31 utc | 192

Kyle Kulinski spots the chance of serious shenanigans in the current proceedings to release the 'non disclosure plea deal' of Estein that shields Prince Andrew.

Judges Preska and Kaplan have form and there are reasonable suspicions they just might be in the corporate pocket when it come to Epstein and Maxwell's 'play mates'.

But is Ghislaine Maxwell About To Take Down Trump & Clinton? Well my thinking is that there are much bigger slimy eels that those small fry. Eleven minutes of utoob to consider on our slow news day.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 6 2022 6:30 utc | 193

Posted by: Lozion | Jan 6 2022 5:21 utc | 195

Good effin' question. Dead of a COVID vax?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 6 2022 6:56 utc | 194

@198 😳

Forgot to add that my post was about Kazakhstan, of course..

Posted by: Lozion | Jan 6 2022 7:08 utc | 195

What colour was that Car?:

BMW scores a first.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 6 2022 7:09 utc | 196

Posted by: Heather | Jan 5 2022 17:28 utc | 135

Europe is rich, Kazakhstan is poor. The squeeze on the wallet shows first in Kazakhstan. The fertilizer will hit the ventilator in Europe when rolling blackouts start happening.

Macron has got the Napoleon complex. We should send him to some far away island and forget him.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 5 2022 9:49 utc | 113

Can we give him a companion cut from the same cloth, Justin Trudeau?

"Canada's Justin Trudeau on the unvaccinated: “They don’t believe in science/progress and are very often misogynistic and racist....This leads us, as a leader and as a country, to make a choice: Do we tolerate these people?"

Trudeau, you can call me racist until you are black in the face.

Posted by: Tom | Jan 6 2022 7:24 utc | 197

First semi official reaction in China to the events in Kazakhastan by the former chief editor of Global Times, Hu Xijin:

Hu Xijin: China and Russia will not allow the United States and the West to push Kazakhstan into the abyss of long-term turbulence

Posted by: Paco | Jan 6 2022 7:40 utc | 198

Posted by: Melaleuca @ 194

who wrote:
"Greenland. With its population not large enough to fill a mid-size college football stadium, and the existing US Thule Military base.
Denmark should have sold when Trump offered to buy".


I believe Greenland is self governing, not 'owned' by Denmark and was never for sale. Trump was advised by an Australian geologist at the time of his bizarre proposal.

see, Greenland Minerals [ASX] et al. Rare earth mining produces toxic uranium by product waste, unless handled very carefully.

I cant imagine the US doing that.

Who cares how many Greenlanders there are? Or are they expendable as just more mining overburden?

Greenland is in an ideal position to use its extensive mineral resources for the exclusive benefit of Greenland's small population. Good luck to them.

The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund is a suitable model. By contrast, the greedy UK blew it with North Sea oil.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 6 2022 7:41 utc | 199

The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund is a suitable model. By contrast, the greedy UK blew it with North Sea oil.
Posted by: Paul | Jan 6 2022 7:41 utc | 203

Right on both counts. We just have to keep the Stoltenberg gang away from it.
Surprising that Scots can't see their share of N.Sea was wasted by London.

Appreciate your efforts to keep the Palestinians in our consciousness.
My Tromsø & Gaza are sister cities.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jan 6 2022 8:09 utc | 200

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