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March 10, 2022

Open Thread 2022-23 (Not Ukraine)

News and views NOT related to Ukraine ...

Posted by b on March 10, 2022 at 15:23 UTC | Permalink

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southfront is back up

Posted by: Manage without me | Mar 10 2022 15:27 utc | 1

Gas in my town Tracy, Calif has gone from $4.19 to %5.19 in 10 days. I'm sure joe b. has plan/s

Posted by: jo6pac | Mar 10 2022 15:27 utc | 2

I thought the whole world was Ukraine now, how could we talk about anything else?

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 10 2022 15:33 utc | 3

I have been musing a certain idea for some time already.

The foreign pro-russian camp seems to be much less politically homogenous than the atlanticist camp.

Regardless of some troll's recent misguided comments, I'm pretty damn sure that MoA has the entire political spectrum covered.

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 10 2022 15:43 utc | 4

Smallest daily gas price jump in a week: only $0.066!

Current Avg. $4.318

Yesterday Avg. $4.252

Week Ago Avg. $3.728

Month Ago Avg. $3.477

Year Ago Avg. $2.815

But diesel prices continue to soar

Current Avg. $5.06

Yesterday Avg. $4.88

Week Ago Avg. $4.12

Month Ago Avg. $3.87

Year Ago Avg. $3.03

And unsurprisingly, political impact has Democrats concerned

Democrats Look For Cover On Rising Gas Prices - thehill.com

Democrats are acutely aware that the same Republicans who have been clamoring for the Biden administration to ban Russian oil will turn around and attack them if fuel prices rise.

...

“I expect our Democratic friends will now try to blame the entire increase in prices on our efforts to punish Russia. But don't be fooled,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “This was more than a year in the making.”

What is really sad is that fuel prices have BEEN rising.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 10 2022 15:44 utc | 5

In some parts of LA gas is over $6.00 per gallon as of 3/8/22..

Skys the limit. "never let a crisis go to waste"....

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 10 2022 15:46 utc | 6

Inflation at 40 year high, BEFORE Ukraine invasion

Propelled by surging costs for gas, food and housing, consumer inflation jumped 7.9% over the past year, the sharpest spike since 1982 and likely only a harbinger of even higher prices to come.

The increase reported Thursday by the Labor Department reflected the 12 months ending in February and didn’t include the oil and gas price surges that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Since then, average gas prices nationally have jumped about 62 cents a gallon to $4.32, according to AAA.

...

The government’s report Thursday showed that from January to February, inflation rose 0.8%, up from a 0.6% increase from December to January. Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, so-called core prices rose a sharp 0.5% month to month and 6.4% from a year earlier. Economists tend to monitor core prices because they more closely reflect longer-running inflation trends.

For most Americans, inflation is running far ahead of the pay raises that many have received in the past year, making it harder for them to afford necessities like food, gas and rent. As a consequence, inflation has become the top political threat to President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats as the midterm elections draw closer. Small business people say in surveys that it’s their primary economic concern, too.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 10 2022 15:59 utc | 7

Posted by: jo6pac | Mar 10 2022 15:27 utc | 2

5.70 in the Sierras. I'm sure Joe has a plan too, like in Papillion. He promised they'd help us out at the pump. He promised a lot of stuff. I'm seeing posters up here saying 25 or 22, whatever that means.

Manteca rules. LOL.

Posted by: Bones | Mar 10 2022 16:08 utc | 8

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 10 2022 15:46 utc | 6

OTOH ammunition prices have been holding pretty steady in Reno.

Posted by: Maddy Jameson | Mar 10 2022 16:14 utc | 9

Posted by: Bones | Mar 10 2022 16:08 utc | 8

joe b. promised us 2000.00 but still owes us 600.00. It's nothing new govt.

Posted by: jo6pac | Mar 10 2022 16:39 utc | 10

In Ivory coast, march 2011, 814 persons of the autochtonous WEE tribes were killed by the Ouattara mercenaries in the town of Duekoue.
I read it in the Abidjan newspapers during the massacre.
I called the cousin of my wife who lived in this city. She was terrified in her house. Her son and husband were hidden in the next forest, with hundreds of people.
Then, several days after, the red cross announced that a massacre is on going, 810 persons were already buried.
UNO said some stupid lies that the world newspapers repeated.
The red cross said that they had buried the people together with UN soldiers.
UN said that an investigation is in progress.
It never ends.
One days, experts come to Duekoue in order to fly a drone and make photograph.

In July of 2012, the refugee camp full of autochtonous WEE was attacked in the same town and destroyed by the governemental militia and soldiers.
UN did nothing.
The new ivorian government said that an investigation is in progress.
It never ends.

We helped the cousin by sending telephone credit (via internet) that she sold to by food. Better than bitcoin.

https://www.legrandsoir.info/le-massacre-des-autochtones-we-dans-le-camp-de-l-onu-a-nahibly-en-cote-d-ivoire.html
https://www.connectionivoirienne.net/2016/03/31/cote-divoire-massacres-de-carrefour-duekoue-5-ans-apres-morts-cpi-refuse/

Posted by: Koui | Mar 10 2022 16:46 utc | 11

Lots of price inflation related posts here.

The US has $30T in debt and another 5x that in unfunded liabilities. Unless debt used for increases in productivity, debt is GDP borrowed from the future. The purpose of the US Fed/Treasury QE and ZIRP, virtually continuous since the 2000 tech crash, has been to prevent a demographic driven deflationary spiral.

The bottom line is almost everyone is going to get a lot poorer over this decade, inflation (really currency devaluation) is just the tool to get you there.

Plan accordingly.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | Mar 10 2022 16:49 utc | 12

koui 11,

I'm very sorry to hear that. The elite of the world are in the process of tying up what they see as Loose Ends. Loose Ends are any organized, independent peoples with a population above family-scale.

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 16:58 utc | 13

EU nations have begun their censorship by blocking access to Rt and Sputniknews, the actual websites! But remember when the blocking occur, one could still reach the websites through a VPN or Tor browser.

Most likely EU legislation is already in the work to fine or jail people spreading such links or views one could find at Rt and Sputniknews!

Posted by: Zanon | Mar 10 2022 17:05 utc | 14

An unaddressed question; Will Russia except its subordinate role in the world, as planned by the empire and its minions?

You might ask the same question to China.

Hang onto your hats, the answers are coming.

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 10 2022 17:06 utc | 15

A number of points here: If stagflation takes firm hold on the US, their sanctions empire may be done. With the dollar becoming a liability because of potential sanctions (as in 'we don't like you, so your money goes poof !'), inflation would be the icing on the cake. Imagine 10% plus inflation meaning that 10% of the one trillion dollars China holds vanishes in a year. Imagine aircraft carriers going home for good and bases closing.

Another point: Russia doesn't have to sell as much in exports if those commodities go up in price.

Finally, Biden announced a move towards a digital dollar. What fool would have enthusiasm for such a thing knowing that its value can be erased that much easier than freezing a bank account?

Posted by: Eighthman | Mar 10 2022 17:07 utc | 16

Thank you, b! This is about as far from Ukraine as you can get, and yet...it does seem to relate...

Ngungukai March 10, 2022 at 9:37 am

The poor brown ones are currently getting f****d, increased fuel prices will be $4.00-$5.00 a litre soon, inflation 7,4%, record prices for fresh fruit and vegetables, housing prices at record levels and rents soaring through the roof, meanwhile Labour denies there is a problem. The Big Oil Companies are making record profits and these will grow with the current Ukrainian War, the New Zealand Supermarket Duopoly making $462 million additional profits over and above what they should be making, and NZ Real Estate Prices kicking on to the Moon, meanwhile poor young brown kids are going hungry, sleeping in cars if they are lucky, I can see why they are starting to get a little bit pissed off. Time to get some doing going, however there are no major parties to vote for who are capable of doing anything imho.

[comment on NZ's 'The Daily Blog', my emphasis]

When things were going well, hardly any comments had this theme, and comments were few at this site, which has mainly toed the Labour line. Now, there are a lot and almost all like this. First time I have seen folk in the same quandary as US voters. I would say they are starting to wake up.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 10 2022 17:12 utc | 17

juliania 17

if there's a Tulsi Gabbard analog in NZ, that would be the politician to watch, assuming civilian elections moving forward.

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 17:20 utc | 18

vetinLA 15

"An unaddressed question; Will Russia except its subordinate role in the world, as planned by the empire and its minions?

You might ask the same question to China."

Russia and China decoupling is them no longer accepting a subordinate role under the petrodollar hegemony.

Subordination is easy. Insubordination is a trial by fire. Autonomy is the school of hard knocks.

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 17:25 utc | 19

@ Juliania #17

Most western democracies voted themselves into this mess, and with the current levels of election corruption, they are not going to be able to vote themselves out of it. Similarly, when the choice is between lesser evils on these same ballots, voting is an exercise in futility.

Something will give eventually, and break certainly.

Posted by: Oilman2 | Mar 10 2022 17:26 utc | 20

@Eighthman #16

Some corrections to your statements:

A number of points here: If stagflation takes firm hold on the US, their sanctions empire may be done. With the dollar becoming a liability because of potential sanctions (as in 'we don't like you, so your money goes poof !'), inflation would be the icing on the cake. Imagine 10% plus inflation meaning that 10% of the one trillion dollars China holds vanishes in a year. Imagine aircraft carriers going home for good and bases closing.

Why do you think stagflation will cause sanctions to fail? Because politics will change, because it will be economically impossible, other?

As for your "poof" statement: that's flat out wrong in that foreign central banks don't hold dollars to make gains - they hold them to ensure liquidity for trade.

Another point: Russia doesn't have to sell as much in exports if those commodities go up in price.

Not sure this is relevant if dollar/euro conversions are being blocked. What does it matter if Russia gets more dollars, if they can't use them for anything?

Finally, Biden announced a move towards a digital dollar. What fool would have enthusiasm for such a thing knowing that its value can be erased that much easier than freezing a bank account?

Biden announced a task force, much along the lines of what I described in the seminar I attended last week. An e-dollar isn't the removal of all non-e-dollars, it is the creation of a digital currency which could be used for many specific purposes ranging from China's disintermediation of the private finance sector to greater control over populations to greater flexibility in passing money to the population without the present private bank disintermediation.

Under a China style regime though - what would the alternative be? While there is still cash in China, it is very true that almost nobody in the cities uses it anymore. Foreign travellers are constantly reporting problems because of this...

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 10 2022 17:32 utc | 21

Sverdlovsk UFO Incident, 1969 (Real Footage)
https://vimeo.com/685629933

Posted by: Donatello | Mar 10 2022 17:49 utc | 22

There was a time when I minimised the cries of the the BLM movement. Now, there is no doubt, or no ambiguity that non white lives does NOT matter , regardless, whatever, wherever by the civilised west

Posted by: Cuffy | Mar 10 2022 17:51 utc | 23

Actually I was wrong, I cannot access Rt.com nor Sputniknews.com with Tor browser, or do i have to edit something? Please help.

Posted by: Zanon | Mar 10 2022 18:14 utc | 24

C1ue (3)

Your fuel looks very cheap. Thanks to US policy diesel now costs €2.39 / litre
Try living at EU prices now US policy has cut off fertilizer sales from Russia and the drive from DC to cut off coal, gas, oil from Russia should crash Europe so it can end up like Syria when the Neo-Nazis slide into Poland and Moldova then Romania

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Mar 10 2022 18:52 utc | 25

Donatello 22

Thick-skinned little buggers. Good to have a thick skin. Can you speculate on what that might say about their home?

I have every expectation that the military elite have some reverse-engineeered capabilities at their disposal. 9/11 among other things suggested as much. I do not expect the fake alien invasion to come to fruition though. Could be wrong of course.

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 19:05 utc | 26

regarding fuel prices,

this morning I took delivery of off-road diesel at $3.92/gal. I placed the order at the beginning of last week. The driver said today's price is $4.70.

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 19:19 utc | 27

Venezuela & Russia
Here's a transcript of Maduro's press release on his meeting with the U.S.
Worth reading, including his comment about Reuters--
"Starting Saturday, well, it began on social media. What you could call a news swarm. A news hysteria on social media. This version and that version saying I don’t know who was called, or who was not called. That this was said, that that wasn’t said, Reuters comes out. Reuters journalists write as if they had been at the meeting. The AP journalist, as if he lived in my house with me. Lying. All the versions that have come out: Pure lies, pure speculation."
Bottom line, I think Venezuela is playing the long game. The second link down has Delcy Rodriguez's trip to Turkey.
https://kawsachunnews.com/president-maduro-on-meeting-with-u-s-delegation

This is the brief article about Venezuela vice president Delcy Rodriguez meeting with Lavrov in Turkey yesterday.
My belief is that Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are strongly linked with Russia and are collaborating and consulting with Russia and with each other. I can't document it but future actions will likely bear that out.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/index.html

Also, Bolivia's Evo Morales came out with a strong statement condemning NATO. Morales is more vocal than most Latinos but he is the tip of the iceberg of deep disaffection and antipathy toward the U.S. At the same time, support for Russia is more widespread than appears. Time will reveal the coming tsunami as the shift away from the West is gaining momentum.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Evo-Morales-NATO-Is-a-Threat-to-the-World-Must-Be-Dissolved-20220310-0004.html

Posted by: migueljose | Mar 10 2022 19:45 utc | 28

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 17:25 utc | 19:

Russia and China decoupling is them no longer accepting a subordinate role under the petrodollar hegemony.

I don't think China or Russia ever considered themselves subordinated. They tolerated but have always resisted when redlines were crossed. Reading MSM media spins alone would give one the wrong impressions that both Russia and China were subservient to the Empire up until now.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Mar 10 2022 19:55 utc | 29

migueljose 28

thanks. as I said the other day, under my Horsetrading Theory of Everything, both Venezuelan and Bolivian exports will go almost exclusively to the US, because that is what will be in the best interests of both of those exporters, which will receive infrastructure monies and protection against neighbors, and Venezuela may well get British Guyana back, and Bolivia will presumably get Morales back. Part of that deal is that NATO is disbanded and the US is no longer neoliberal/neoconservative.

Between the US and Russia superpowers it represents the "Ukraine for Venezuela and Bolivia" trade.

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 20:04 utc | 30

The way things are going I'll have to search in the old storage for the short wave radio, back to the old days, mid.ru site does not load, and plenty more Russian sites, there's going to be Telegram and not much more, and who knows for how long. The digital iron curtain is here.

Posted by: migueljose | Mar 10 2022 19:45 utc | 28

That caught my attention, Lavrov meeting Delcy, but not only, he met with Azerbaijan and Armenia FM's. Turkey is becoming a key hub, not very reliable but if properly induced with the help of China it could be the one, maybe Erdogan has noticed which way the wind is blowing.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 10 2022 20:07 utc | 31

https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14001215000822/Depy-Miniser-Iran-Ups-Oil-Exprs-by-5mln-bpd-despie-US-Sancins

Iran has largely beaten sanctions. They're expanding trade with neighbors and diversifying away from just oil production. They did 2.5 million barrels years ago and maybe 1.5 million currently. There have been claims that the US underestimated their sanctioned exports.
If they can do it, Russia can too. If JCPOA comes back, things will improve but GDP growth is predicted, with or without.

Posted by: Eighthman | Mar 10 2022 20:07 utc | 32

Oriental Voice 29

Questions: are the Russian and Chinese cultures natively finance capitalist? did the two countries establish their own systems of finance capitalism or did they join the existing Western system as developing mercantilist nations? Was Russia's use of the petrodollar required in order to sell oil or was it voluntary? Is China's renminbi free floating or is it pegged to the dollar?

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 20:15 utc | 33

I would say they are starting to wake up.
Posted by: juliania | Mar 10 2022 17:12 utc | 17

could be already awake and angry. if there are occasions that a devout person like yourself is inspired by rage you should try looking up moari's doing the haka during mandate protests. i reckon there is more than a fair chance those protest hakas were the main reason jacinta quietly announced "the mandates were always supposed to be temporary".

Posted by: Rae | Mar 10 2022 20:27 utc | 34

Sudden death of vocal ALP Israel apologist, China and Russia critic Senator Kimberly Kitching.
Senator Kitching, 52, died of a suspected heart attack.

Here's how the AFR reported it:

"The affable Senator Kitching was a fierce human rights campaigner, an early and strident critic of China, a defender of national security, and one of Labor’s best senators in terms of holding the government to account.
Senator Kitching’s legacy includes playing an instrumental role in passing the Magnitsky laws which enable the targeting of human rights abusers. These laws are now being used by the government to impose sanctions on Russian oligarchs in response to the war in Ukraine...."

This follows the sudden death of elite cricket legend and Covid vaccination advocate Shane Warne, also 52.

https://www.republicworld.com/sports-news/tennis-news/shane-warne-takes-fresh-dig-at-novak-djokovic-australia-is-entitled-to-throw-him-out-articleshow.html

https://www.news.com.au/sport/cricket/antivaxxer-trolls-hijack-shane-warnes-death/news-story/c1b84e32411c5ed37f34c2f12a72274f

Flowers, beer cigarettes and meat pies at Warne's statue:

https://www.news24.com/sport/Cricket/flowers-beers-ciggies-and-a-meat-pie-australian-fans-mark-warnes-death-20220305

Posted by: Paul | Mar 10 2022 20:32 utc | 35

Anyone have suggestions for an authentic search engine? Thanks!

Posted by: Roland Chrisjohn | Mar 10 2022 20:36 utc | 36

Posted by: Roland Chrisjohn | Mar 10 2022 20:36 utc | 36

Uncle Tungsten recommended Lazyweb.ai some time ago.

LazyWeb is now called Andi

Andi is a new type of conversational search engine. It's ad-free and anonymous, and returns only the best and most relevant results. We wanted to let you know about the change so you can update your bookmarks. We changed the name to Andi after a ton of feedback from our community. That was already the name of our little bot

andi is non political. I am happy with it.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 10 2022 20:54 utc | 37

Further to search engines:

"The founder of DuckDuckGo, a Google-alternative search engine that has touted its "unbiased" search results for years, has announced that it has started down-ranking sites based on whether they're deemed to be associated with Russian disinformation.

"Like so many others I am sickened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the gigantic humanitarian crisis it continues to create," DuckDuckGo CEO and founder Gabriel Weinberg tweeted. "At DuckDuckGo, we've been rolling out search updates that down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation."

Comment: free speech is indivisible you either have it or you don't. Despite what Dershowitz says.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 10 2022 21:02 utc | 38

@reate, #33:

Geez you asked loaded questions, and theoretical/ideological at that :-). I can't vow for Russian perspectives, but for China my understanding is that China acts in the mode of being socialistic, in both industrial policies, financial policies, or legal policies. Some of their financial tactics may look 'capitalistic' to pundits and bullshitters, but China still considers them socialistic regardless whether others think likewise. That's why they label it as "socialism with Chinese characteristic". Capitalistic, Socialistic, Monopolistic, these are just labels. The reality is reflected in the long run on who actually benefited from the policies. China's elimination of poverty proved that China has been "socialistic", no matter what others called them at one time or another. They executed flexibly, patiently, and avoided uncalled for risks, but at no time did they allowed Americanos to call the shot and take advantage over them. That is, they would not be subordinated to the Empire.

China saw it lagged behind in development. To catch up they thought they need to integrate into the then existing global economy. So, they did what it took to do so, at their best effort. If you think that was joining the Western System or mercantilism, so be it. Whatever it was they did well, many other similar developing nations/economies strived for the same thing at the same time, and now emerged with varying degrees of success. Not a single other nation did any where as close to that well as China has.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Mar 10 2022 21:06 utc | 39

Anyone know how to reach Rt.com when west have blocked the access to it?

Posted by: Zanon | Mar 10 2022 21:23 utc | 40

Some good news for a change:

Protestors pelt the argentinian parliament while some IMF scam was being discussed inside.

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 10 2022 21:36 utc | 41

@c1ue "But diesel prices continue to soar"

Union 76 $6.19
Chevron $6.29
Arco (Cash) $6.19
Mobil $6.58

It briefly touched $6.98 (don't recall which it was).

Random sample from my commute (I have a VW TDI).

Posted by: ian | Mar 10 2022 21:44 utc | 42

Search engine

https://yandex.com/

I use for translations also.

I haven't had problem of late on RT

Posted by: jo6pac | Mar 10 2022 21:47 utc | 43

@Zanon, #40:

I live in the US. I have no problem accessing RT.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Mar 10 2022 21:48 utc | 44

It's a gloomy day here; maybe recourse to literature wouldn't hurt. So here:

"...Sometimes, in the evening, about dusk, at the hour when the garden was solitary, he was seen kneeling, in the middle of the walk that ran along the chapel, before the window through which he had looked, on the night of his first arrival, turned towards the spot where he knew that the sister who was performing the reparation was prostrate in prayer. Thus he prayed, kneeling before this sister.

It seemed as though he dared not kneel directly before God.

Everything around him, this quiet garden, these balmy flowers, these children shouting with joy, these meek and simple women, this silent cloister, gradually entered into all his being; and little by little his soul subsided into silence like this cloister, into fragrance like these flowers, into peace like this garden, into simplicity like these women, into joy like these children. And then he reflected that two houses of God had received him in succession at the two critical moments of his life; the first when every door was closed and human society repelled him; the second when human society again howled upon this track and the galleys once more gaped for him; and that had it not been for the first, he should have fallen back into crime, and had it not been for the second, into punishment..."[Les Miserables]

Ah, there's the title of Dostoievski's novel!

Posted by: juliania | Mar 10 2022 21:52 utc | 45

Sorry, "...upon his track..."

Posted by: juliania | Mar 10 2022 21:54 utc | 46

"Anyone know how to reach Rt.com when west have blocked the access to it?"

You mean a VPN doesn't work?

Posted by: ian | Mar 10 2022 21:56 utc | 47

Oriental Voice 39

My questions were absolutely not ideological. They were structural questions. I'm a structuralist/fundamentalist.

WADR, you can't have your cake and eat it, too. But you're free to think you can if that's what you want.

Regarding "eliminating poverty:" that is what industrialist Hegemons always call the forcing of the landed peasantry off of the commons - eliminating poverty. Forcing them into the proletariat. "Eliminating poverty." That's propaganda in service of ethnic cleansing and wiping agrarianism off the face off the planet. Maoism, Marxism, Bolshevism, Fascism - birds of a feather.

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 21:58 utc | 48

Reminder that censorship has a suppression side and a control side. You can develop the control side while the end user does not experience any downside. Then once you start using the control side things can go very fast.
The tolerance for censorship then is visibility and reputation based: one is tolerant towards the removal of low visibility stuff with bad reputation and objects to removing good visible stuff. Therefore once you have a mainstream and the channels it dominates with sufficient level of groupthink, they really won't mind if those on the outside who distrust this mainstream get suppressed.
The current level of groupthink on the foreign policy front is obscene, so I do get slightly worried about a major cleanup.

Posted by: Tuyzentfloot | Mar 10 2022 21:58 utc | 49

A horrible thought:
Was the Covid 19 pandemic a drill? Are these US biolabs in Eurasia the “last stand” of Empire? Was / Is that why the Five Eyes, and especially Australia and NZ as remote islands, completely sealed themselves off? Is that why children and adults in the West are being conditioned to get used to masks?

Is that also why Africa was so minimally affected, because of the targeted ethnic sensitivity of the Covid 19 virus? Is the worst yet to come?

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-03-07/Russia-reveals-evidence-of-U-S-funded-bio-program-in-Ukraine-18cUbBlPXhu/index.html

https://www.sott.net/article/465282-Victoria-Nuland-Admits-Ukraine-Has-Biological-Research-Facilities-Worried-Russia-May-Seize-Them

Posted by: Unspeakable | Mar 10 2022 22:08 utc | 50

ian

You mean a VPN doesn't work?

I tried Tor browser but I still cannot reach Rt,
do you know if there are any free VPN to use?

Tuyzentfloot

It is really terrible, and there are NO protets, condemnations in the censorship, since europeans today legislated to ban RT and Sputnik, they took away the biggest and best sites! Millions are following these sites and now europeans cant access them anymore!? How could this be legal?
This censorship is so creepy and dangerous. As you say 'groupthink'. Terrible development.

Posted by: Zanon | Mar 10 2022 22:10 utc | 51

Use Opera web browser on private to sometimes get Southfront and RT. It's owned by a Chinese company.

Posted by: Mr.nemo | Mar 10 2022 22:16 utc | 52

@Zanon (40)

RT.com is reachable.

Posted by: bjd | Mar 10 2022 22:16 utc | 53

Remember, Madeline Albright thought it was “worth it”, that half a million children died in Iraq because of US sanctions. From half a million it is just a matter of adding a few zeros…

That’s the kind of people we are dealing with.

Posted by: Unspeakable | Mar 10 2022 22:18 utc | 54

I am reposting this valuable post by Flying Dutchman. Posted by: Flying Dutchman | Mar 9 2022 18:45 utc | 18

"Following WWI John Maynard Keynes tried to explain how the European economy was so bound together that the economic crippling of one key part of it, Germany by way of the Versailles Treaty, was bound to lead to general economic disaster.

Evidently, the US and its Eurominions took this so much to heart as a desirable general murder-suicide that they're not even waiting for the end of a war but jumping right to the project of destroying the globally intertwined economy by attempting to cripple one key part of it.

The wonderful irony is that Russia is in a much better position to survive this destruction while it guarantees the collapse of the empire and especially the empire's lackey Europe.

(Amazing how in just over a hundred years Europe has gone from world domination to the gates of a new dark age from which it likely never will emerge, as nowhere on earth has less of a future. Good riddance, for its despicable cowardly subservience to the empire.)

Following WWI John Maynard Keynes tried to explain how the European economy was so bound together that the economic crippling of one key part of it, Germany by way of the Versailles Treaty, was bound to lead to general economic disaster.

Evidently, the US and its Eurominions took this so much to heart as a desirable general murder-suicide that they're not even waiting for the end of a war but jumping right to the project of destroying the globally intertwined economy by attempting to cripple one key part of it.

The wonderful irony is that Russia is in a much better position to survive this destruction while it guarantees the collapse of the empire and especially the empire's lackey Europe.

(Amazing how in just over a hundred years Europe has gone from world domination to the gates of a new dark age from which it likely never will emerge, as nowhere on earth has less of a future. Good riddance, for its despicable cowardly subservience to the empire.)

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | Mar 9 2022 18:45 utc | 18Following WWI John Maynard Keynes tried to explain how the European economy was so bound together that the economic crippling of one key part of it, Germany by way of the Versailles Treaty, was bound to lead to general economic disaster.

Evidently, the US and its Eurominions took this so much to heart as a desirable general murder-suicide that they're not even waiting for the end of a war but jumping right to the project of destroying the globally intertwined economy by attempting to cripple one key part of it.

The wonderful irony is that Russia is in a much better position to survive this destruction while it guarantees the collapse of the empire and especially the empire's lackey Europe.

(Amazing how in just over a hundred years Europe has gone from world domination to the gates of a new dark age from which it likely never will emerge, as nowhere on earth has less of a future. Good riddance, for its despicable cowardly subservience to the empire.)

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | Mar 9 2022 18:45 utc | 18Following WWI John Maynard Keynes tried to explain how the European economy was so bound together that the economic crippling of one key part of it, Germany by way of the Versailles Treaty, was bound to lead to general economic disaster.

Evidently, the US and its Eurominions took this so much to heart as a desirable general murder-suicide that they're not even waiting for the end of a war but jumping right to the project of destroying the globally intertwined economy by attempting to cripple one key part of it.

The wonderful irony is that Russia is in a much better position to survive this destruction while it guarantees the collapse of the empire and especially the empire's lackey Europe.

(Amazing how in just over a hundred years Europe has gone from world domination to the gates of a new dark age from which it likely never will emerge, as nowhere on earth has less of a future. Good riddance, for its despicable cowardly subservience to the empire.)

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | Mar 9 2022 18:45 utc | 18Following WWI John Maynard Keynes tried to explain how the European economy was so bound together that the economic crippling of one key part of it, Germany by way of the Versailles Treaty, was bound to lead to general economic disaster.

Evidently, the US and its Eurominions took this so much to heart as a desirable general murder-suicide that they're not even waiting for the end of a war but jumping right to the project of destroying the globally intertwined economy by attempting to cripple one key part of it.

The wonderful irony is that Russia is in a much better position to survive this destruction while it guarantees the collapse of the empire and especially the empire's lackey Europe.

(Amazing how in just over a hundred years Europe has gone from world domination to the gates of a new dark age from which it likely never will emerge, as nowhere on earth has less of a future. Good riddance, for its despicable cowardly subservience to the empire.)"

The "elite" don't know history, they know death, destruction, ambition and wishful thinking. It is better to vote for the ones you like best, regardless of their chances, rather than the ones you hate the least.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 10 2022 22:21 utc | 55

@reante 48
if Chinese leaders had thought as narrowly and ideologically rigid as you do, china would have been absorbed into the empire by now.

Posted by: mastameta | Mar 10 2022 22:25 utc | 56

Posted by: Unspeakable | Mar 10 2022 22:18 utc | 54

I am not sure if Madeleine Albright should be tried in Belgrade or in Bagdad?

Posted by: Milos | Mar 10 2022 22:26 utc | 57

Are these harsh sanctions on Russia a desperate attempt to scare China?

Posted by: Milos | Mar 10 2022 22:30 utc | 58

Paul 55

"The "elite" don't know history, they know death, destruction, ambition and wishful thinking. It is better to vote for the ones you like best, regardless of their chances, rather than the ones you hate the least."

That's not an holistic representation of the elite.

Just for starters, you, me, and everyone we know is alive because the elite enabled the growing of the food that brought us all into existence. Never forget that, because that's where the holistic view, the circumspection, begins.

That they bred us all into being, as their livestock, their industrial human chattel, means that the elite do know history, that they do know Life, that the do know construction, and that they ARE realists.

Consequently, the current events are part of a managerial restructuring. Who are we to question the wisdom when we know that they pay thousands of people just to think through all this stuff for them?

We can't let our emotions cloud our thinking.

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 22:34 utc | 59

If you are traveling in a vehicle into an unfamiliar area and you are concerned with fuel prices, you ought to consider the app "GasBuddy." It will give you prices and directions to any gas station you select.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Mar 10 2022 22:37 utc | 60

mastameta 56

You are not understanding where I'm coming from.

If you want to justify the rigid and ideological accusations then I'm all ears, but I don't expect that you will. Hopefully I'm wrong, though, so that I can make myself more clear.

China could have industrialized only in order to become nuclear armed in order to remain autonomous, and then taken a more libertarian, decentralized approach to the diverse peasantry. Instead of running everyone through the meat grinder of low-wage slavery. And trashing the environment in the process.

That would have been the Third Way.

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 22:42 utc | 61

Re: Iran

Pence tells Israeli paper: We will tear up any new nuclear deal with Iran

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/03/09/pence-tells-israeli-paper-we-will-tear-up-any-new-nuclear-deal-with-iran/ (article from yesterday)

Posted by: ptb | Mar 10 2022 22:44 utc | 62

How is it that I repudiate all ideologies in a comment and I get accused of being ideological lol?

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 22:45 utc | 63

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 22:45 utc | 63

I don't even read your posts for the most part, but could be, could be, the following:

A) claims to lack of ideology (or being apolitical) is a classic plausible deniability cover that fascists use

B) you've regurgitated nazi propaganda in the past

C) some of your posts have been aptly described as "word salad"

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 10 2022 23:20 utc | 64

vetinLA | Mar 10 2022 17:06 utc | 15
Russia doesn't see itself as the master of the Universe as Escobar would say.
Russia is pragmatic and no pretensions. Both the Chinese and Russians are smart, understand history and where the world is at now. China will become far and away the worlds largest economy. It will quite likely lead in tech and a lot of other things. It will always need a supply of raw materials as will other high population density states. Empires should have disappeared with WWII and the advent of nuclear weapons. Yanks built a hegemonic empire but the fat lady's putting on some makeup now cause that show is just about over.
The sort of weapons we can make now ... most understand it is far better to trade than to fight.
Russia and China will be friendly neighbors for past my foreseeable future.
For me, India is a bit of a bump on the horizon. Not sure what will come after Modi there. But that is more about agreeing to a border than expansion and empire.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 11 2022 0:03 utc | 65

Posted by: reante | Mar 10 2022 22:34 utc | 59

We know them by their machinations. thieving, destructive and murderous deeds, not their weasel words.

On food.

I have two vegetable gardens, a greenhouse and numerous fruit trees with no help from the "elite."

Posted by: Paul | Mar 11 2022 0:03 utc | 66

Misotheist, you low frequency gatekeeper. You run along now because you can't back up a thing you say. You say that I do this and that I do that, but you never quote me and explain exactly what it is that I have said that reasonably just your ABCs. You don't like to grow so your gatekeep your echo chamber.

Posted by: reante | Mar 11 2022 0:08 utc | 67

justifies your ABCs.

Posted by: reante | Mar 11 2022 0:09 utc | 68

Posted by: Don Bacon | Mar 10 2022 22:37 utc | 60

Does it work on Damnation Alley?

Posted by: Berndt Braincell | Mar 11 2022 0:11 utc | 69

Paul 66

First things first. You wouldn't have been born if it wasn't for the elite. Your commendable efforts to grow a minority of your own food while they otherwise profit off of you is the secondary chattel dynamic and the reason they grew out your parents before you in the first place.

My point is that they know exactly what they're doing and anyone who thinks they can armchair quarterback better than the coach on the sidelines on the television is a dumbshit whose had a few too many beers. It's fine too do that now and again but to be that guy all the time? No one wants to be that guy.

How about we see them for the federated People Farmers that they are, see the different farming practices (political ideologies), and ask ourselves why they're doing what they're currently doing, and what the implications might be, so that we can know how to act.

Instead of hating so much the farming practice that happens to be farming ourselves that we root for the other People Farmers. That's mental slavery. That's buying into the false political dialectic.

Posted by: reante | Mar 11 2022 0:25 utc | 70

Posted by: Zanon | Mar 10 2022 22:10 utc | 51

RT shut down, most of its staff layoff permanently except selectively Sputnik radio program, TASS still accessible... like Peter Lavelle and Thomas News at the top of the hour... Since I cannot remember names and poor speller will try to rat as much as possible.

I'm a die hard RT and CGTN viewer, no interests in any MSM and I really missed RT.. further even CGTN are changing their UK fucking production staff are pro Americunts and 5Eyes... and my fuckup ABC refused to talk to me on WhatsApp..

Thomas and two other ladies still reporting.. The ole Ukraine Maidan upraising reporters may still be around not sure.. from 2013/44 still reporting overseas... YouTube channel still on 7/24 live.. Yandex browser

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RVXr2Gvrn4

FaultLine...

https://www.youtube.com/c/FaultLinesRadio/videos

Posted by: JC | Mar 11 2022 0:30 utc | 71

The fundamental problem is that you can only prop up Baiden as a leader of the free world for only so long (if at all). The visible part of the rest of American leadership is showing itself to be incompetent and unintelligent, regardless motives/philosophy/ideology. If the front man can not function even in the limited role he's given and his visible handlers and the ruling class are idiots, what can be expected? At least in America there appear to be (though powerless) critical minds who see through all this and can wait it out. The rest of the collective West (the sanction listed countries) are helping steer things to certain disaster by going along. It is one thing to be opportunist and side with what appears to be the strength that binds the money making machine, it is another to be blind to the absence of real leadership and be gutless to resist this stupidity, as we hit the wall.

Posted by: YY | Mar 11 2022 0:42 utc | 72

Here more to RT, only in Sputnik, Jamarl Thomas and Faran Fronczak talk about western media...... Thursday 10 March FaultLine... I'll missed RT's Boom Bustco-host Christy Ai

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgjR5ijXu9w

Posted by: JC | Mar 11 2022 0:55 utc | 73

Just logged on to RT, on a very commercial browse (Chrome).
Let me try Tor----

Posted by: Duncan Idaho | Mar 11 2022 1:12 utc | 74

For Australian barflies.
The Australian Media is awash with glowing tributes to Senator Kimberly Kitching. Just another Labor Zionist:

https://middleeastrealitycheck.blogspot.com/2018/03/just-another-labor-zionist.html

Here is their disgusting form:
https://middleeastrealitycheck.blogspot.com/search/label/Rambamming

Here is a fantastic 2009 list of compromised political and media figures:figures:

https://middleeastrealitycheck.blogspot.com/2009/03/

Some background:

https://theconversation.com/government-targets-alps-kitching-over-union-past-67123

"...Last week Kitching was preselected amid deep fighting within the Victorian right faction. She and her husband Andrew Landeryou, who previously ran a blog that traduced factional and other enemies, are close friends of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Labor sources said Shorten let his preference for Kitching be known, while factional heavyweights Richard Marles and David Feeney were opposed

Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos on Sunday highlighted that Kitching, a former official of the Health Services Union, was “someone who was referred by the Heydon royal commission for further investigation

H S Union leaders were jailed over this financial scandal at the expense pf union members.


From [edited and scrubbed] Wiki:

"After leaving Parliament, Landeryou remained active in Labor Party affairs and pursued a career in business.[citation needed] He died on 27 February 2019.[5]

Landeryou's son Andrew Landeryou became prominent as a businessman and political blogger. His wife Kimberley Kitching was a current Labor Party Senator for Victoria.

In December 2019, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke's daughter Rosslyn Dillon claimed that Landeryou had committed rape against her three times in 1982, while she was a staffer employed in Landeryou's office.[6] In an affidavit lodged in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in a suit against her late father's estate, Ms Dillon claimed that Hawke urged her not to report the matter to police due to his political aspirations.[7] Hawke's second wife Blanche d'Alpuget claimed neither she nor Bob Hawke knew of Dillon's allegations.[8]"

The Australian Labor Party, champions of the downtrodden and the dispossessed ! NOT.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 11 2022 1:59 utc | 75

Facebook and Instagram to temporarily allow calls for violence against Russians

https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/10/tech/facebook-instagram-russians/index.html

"Meta Platforms will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine invasion, according to internal emails seen by Reuters on Thursday, in a temporary change to its hate speech policy..."

"These calls for death will be allowed unless they contain other targets or have two indicators of credibility, such as the location or method, one email said, in a recent change to the company's rules on violence and incitement."

"Emails also showed that Meta would allow praise of the right-wing Azov battalion, which is normally prohibited, in a change first reported by The Intercept. Meta spokesman Joe Osborne previously said the company was 'for the time being, making a narrow exception for praise of the Azov Regiment strictly in the context of defending Ukraine, or in their role as part of the Ukraine National Guard.'"

Posted by: jayc | Mar 11 2022 2:03 utc | 76

Posted by: reante | Mar 11 2022 0:25 utc | 70

I get absolutely nothing from my five eyes government here in my little South Seas Bubble except endless mind numbing paperwork, bureaucracy and taxes. The government obstructs every legitimate and legal endeavour I attempt to do. Things to make my life more agreeable are prohibited. My local MP and various government agencies refuses to engage with me on a very serious and important personal issue to me. I get the 'bums rush' from well schooled staffers. The 'elite" have no sympathy from me, F them all.

There is no Social Contract anymore the "elite' want it all their own way.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 11 2022 2:19 utc | 77

Paul @ 75:

Thank you for the dirt on Kimberley Kitching and her father-in-law Bill Landeryou, the fellow who raped Rosslyn Hawke. BTW, Kitching was one of a couple of senators who pushed for Magnitsky-style legislation against individuals deemed to be connected to human rights violations or violators with no right of recourse.

While few of us Oz barflies will mourn her passing, her death is suspicious. I daresay an autopsy will find she died of "natural causes".

Posted by: Jen | Mar 11 2022 2:53 utc | 78

https://www.christianpost.com/news/over-3400-nigerian-christians-killed-in-2021-ngo-report.html

At least 3,400 Nigerian Christians killed, 3,000 abducted so far in 2021, NGO estimates The year 2021 was particularly dire for Nigerian Christians. As Breitbart News reported, in the first 200 days of 2021 at least 3,462 Christians were murdered by Islamists in Nigeria, while some 3,000 Christians — many of them girls and young women — were kidnapped during the same period.

Posted by: Stegiel | Mar 11 2022 3:03 utc | 79

Paul 77

Yeah sorry to hear it man. Of FWIW I don't believe the social contract ever existed. But I was born in 76 so maybe I just don't know. I think it was an illusion of the manufacturing phase of industrial capitalism that precedes the financialization phase. The manufacturing phase builds the middle class consumer economy that the financialized phase requires for the debt ponzi, and during that building phase it's easy to market the Social Contract.

Then the elite transition to financialization when the dynamics are such that they can start making more money with the money they've already made than with the manufacturing. Offshore the rest (rinse and repeat). And culture starts to go to hell. Everyone wants something for nothing, and the infantilism is off and running.

Posted by: reante | Mar 11 2022 3:18 utc | 80

I think that China being in the manufacturing phase right now has a lot to do with the it's allure for some in the West. It's easy to sell a dream when a country's firing on all cylinders. Hell, China has both phases going on now. That country is a trip.

Posted by: reante | Mar 11 2022 3:30 utc | 81

I thought I'd share some reading on the pandemic.

Naomi Wolf has a recent article that explores cowardice and bravery, in terms of speaking out and standing up for the truth in the midst of massive repression during the pandemic. She writes of those who didn't speak up (of course, for "reasons"), and who praise her for her bravery. She says that she is not brave, that those who didn't speak were simply cowards. It was the job of every human to speak up:

I’m not “Brave”; You’re Just a P—y

I am exasperated by those who stay in the shadows, agreeing with the risk-taking of others, who talk about their “courage.” I feel that this is a form of othering that dehumanizes and exploits those speaking out.

It casts the people who do take risks for the wellbeing of others, as being somehow naturally better-fitted for this difficult job than is the speaker. It’s a form of offloading one’s own responsibility guiltlessly onto a subgroup which is assigned the status of somehow liking the battle, or somehow fitted better for combat, by nature, than is the speaker himself.

It’s like all those guys I knew in college who never did the dishes after dinner, because they said they were really bad at it.

I don’t know anyone truly heroic who likes the current battle. But I think that most could not live with themselves if they walked away from doing what they know they can do to help — in a moment in which obvious right and wrong have not been clearer since 1941.

In a moment when many of the tyrants now sniff the changing winds and pretend they were on the side of truth all along, it's a valuable contribution. It's a readable piece, and she cites many of the people who have spoken up, and we all know many others to add to her brief sketch of the roll of heroes.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 11 2022 4:44 utc | 82

Here's another testament to a truth that fought an uphill battle (and was rolled back down the hill) and yet now is prevailing as the only truth there ever was, the truth that endures after all the lies fall away into their emptiness.

This is Dr. Tess Lawrie's heart-wrenching plea now to Dr. Andrew Hill to come forward as a whistleblower and reveal the forces that caused him, over a year ago, to influence the World Health Organization and the doctors of the west against ivermectin, when he knew it was a lie.

A Letter To Andrew Hill [19 min video]

In October 2020 Dr Andrew Hill was tasked to report to the World Health Organization on the dozens of new studies from around the world suggesting that Ivermectin could be a remarkably safe and effective treatment for COVID-19.

...

The researcher seeking a global recommendation on Ivermectin had instead recommended against it. What were his reasons for doing so? Were his conclusions justified? Or were external forces influencing his about-face?

One year on, this film recalls exactly what happened from the perspective of somebody that experienced it first hand; Dr Tess Lawrie; also featuring contributions from Dr Pierre Kory and Dr Paul Marik who worked closely with Dr Hill during the same time frame.

This one is for history. And it doesn't, perhaps, intentionally aim to speak of bravery and cowardice in the face of massive coercion, but in bearing witness to the history of real events, it cannot help but show this for what it is.

Purely as an evocative documentary, this is superb, and I recommend it highly simply as that (and much more, of course).

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 11 2022 4:50 utc | 83

Finally, the Pfizer documents. As of March 1, there are some 150 documents released, comprising some 50,000 pages. Of all the people with the tenacity to dig through them, Steve Kirsch is the perfect numbers guy for the job.

He cautions that this is a rough work in progress (and he already knows point #5 will change, for example) - so this is not finished work, or conclusive. But it will become that of course, and what it shows already is enough to ponder seriously:
Things you should know about the new Pfizer documents


  1. Pfizer claimed repeatedly in their documents to the FDA that their vaccine would “prevent” COVID-19.

  2. Pfizer knew the injection’s adverse effects would increase with more injections of continuing boosters.

  3. Pfizer knew their injections did not stay at the injection site.

  4. Pfizer knew that the vaccinated group reported far more systemic adverse events than the placebo group.

  5. Pfizer knew that the efficacy of the vaccine waned very quickly over time; by as much as 50% in as little as 1 month after the second dose. How come we weren’t warned about that???

  6. Pfizer defended VAERS (because they didn’t want extra reporting cost burdens).

  7. There are six individuals that signed up for two different clinical trials at two different sites which is really odd.

  8. Pfizer knew vaccinated individuals could still catch COVID-19 and test positive.

  9. There are 1,448 pages comprising 9,704 individual subjects who were excluded from the trials. There isn’t enough detail to know why.

  10. Pfizer paid $2,875,842.00 for their application to the FDA. This is more of a point of information for now.

  11. It is troubling that Pfizer redacts information that is not proprietary that would be very helpful in assessing the data such as the number of doses administered in the ADVERSE EVENTS OF SPECIAL INTEREST” (AESI) document (aka the 5.3.6 document).

  12. Pfizer only tests you for COVID if you have at least one symptom. If the vaccine suppresses symptoms (which it apparently does), then it will falsely appear as if the vaccine reduces the number of COVID cases.

  13. How could anaphylaxis not show up in the Phase 3 trial on any of the 44,000 patients, yet show up as a major safety concern in the post-marketing document?!?

~~

Kirsch understands statistics and probabilities, and questions in his article, how could anaphylaxis be completely missing from the Pfizer Phase 3 report, when it's identified as an "important identified risk" in the rest of the report? Not one instance reported, and this defies all logic. As he says:

Anaphylaxis not seen in the trial at all; only seen post-marketing. That’s impossible.

So the books are cooked. And this is why Pfizer sued (and lost) to be given 75 years to release these reports. And this is what was presented to FDA for emergency approval. And countless people are still digging through it to make sense of it, yet FDA parsed it all and gave the authorization in record time.

So we know the game was rigged. And when did Pharma become something trustworthy, when every major company in the industry is a convicted felon?

~~

I trust that the lawsuits will come. And with deliberate fraud and falsification, the indemnity against prosecution won't hold. Pharma companies I think will transfer their intellectual property to other companies, and allow shell companies to take the inevitable bankruptcies. And pay a fraction of their profits in fines. That's just how they roll

But we don't yet know the political consequences of this unraveling of the scam, if any. It, perhaps, all rests along a spectrum of cowardice and "bravery" - also known as the simple human imperative.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 11 2022 5:26 utc | 84

I ended a friendship with a retired doctor over the plandemic bullshit. pussy was my word too. called him a fucking pussy.

Posted by: reante | Mar 11 2022 5:32 utc | 85

#5 In germany the Gas prices hits general the 2€ mark on all sorts. Biggest Jump was with Diesel, adding additional pressure on Freight because the tax exemptions running out for Diesel that has now same taxation then other gasolines.

This will be absolut brutal. Train will be the best solution but we dismembered the network decades ago...

Posted by: Kerwas | Mar 11 2022 5:48 utc | 86

European collapse is already in motion. All smart rich non-westerners are now planning to unload their yachts, jets, French and Italian villas, and so on. All non-western central banks are starting to convert their reserves into precious metals with physical deliveries into own vaults. Nobody wants to be the last man standing whose patrimony is seized by lawless West. What it entails is simple - stratospheric rise in the price of gold, and eventual peg of all other commodities to the price of yellow metal. Saudis will not want to sell the oil, if the proceeds net them diminishing quantities of "barbarous relic" as the latter's price runs further and further away. Countries with large gold deposits will become new central bankers of the world, South Africa first of them all.
This of course will cause catastrophic decline in European, Japanese and South Korean living standards. Just announced re-arming of Germany means only one thing - EU is starting to foresee the need to do what Europe has always done better than anyone, i.e. conduct wars of conquest to secure necessary resources (soon nobody will sell those for USD or euros).
My advice to every well-endowed country of the world - from Chile to South Africa to Saudi Arabia - is to approach Russia and negotiate Russian protection by the biggest and meanest Wagner Group of them all - the Russian military. Russians will do it for a reasonable fee, and nobody will mess with them. And they don't need to rob anyone because they themselves have everything.
Fun times, indeed.

Posted by: Venom | Mar 11 2022 6:00 utc | 87

Unable to get RT and Sputnik?
https://www.australiaunwrapped.com/how-to-access-rt-com-rt-when-blocked/

Following Russia’s military incursion in Ukraine, serious efforts have been undertaken in Western countries to silence RT. The EU Commission has granted authorities in the bloc’s member countries the authority to prohibit the media outlet. If you’ve had trouble viewing RT’s material because of such limitations, here are some actions you may take to get around them.
If you want to read RT on your smartphone, you may use this link to download the Android app https://psiphon.ca/en/download.html

You can use the Tor browser on your PC, which can be downloaded here https://www.torproject.org/download/. In Tor, RT’s website address remains the same: http://www.rt.com/. If Tor does not function for you or is inaccessible via usual ways, write an empty email to gettor@torproject.com and you will be supplied the appropriate URL.

Another option for getting around limitations is to utilise the Psiphon censorship-bypass program, which is available for Windows, Android, and other operating systems.

You can also utilise a VPN provider of your choosing.

The only one I found working for me was Psiphon. Anyone else have found a better way to get to RT?

Posted by: Zanon | Mar 11 2022 7:26 utc | 88

"Energoatom completely refuses to purchase Russian nuclear fuel", the company said on its Telegram channel." https://sputniknews.com/20220311/kiev-will-no-longer-procure-russian-nuclear-fuel-ukrainian-company-energoatom-says-1093765977.html

"A group of forces of the Donetsk People's Republic has liberated the city of Volnovakha. The settlements of Olginka, Veliko-Anadol, Zeleny Gai were also taken under control. The advance in depth was up to 6 kilometres", Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. https://sputniknews.com/20220311/russian-mod-dpr-forces-take-control-of-volnovakha-1093765305.html 😎

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 11 2022 7:43 utc | 89

Posted by: Paco | Mar 10 2022 20:07 utc | 31

From Pepe Escobar at 'Strategic-Culture'

In a phone call prior to the Lavrov-Kuleba meeting in Antalya, President Erdogan suggested to Putin setting up a trading mechanism in gold and also rubles, yuan and Turkish lira to beat the Western sanction hysteria. The source is Abdulkadir Selvi, very close to Erdogan. No Russia-China official comment yet.

And Turkey is part of NATO! Looks like NATO is on the skids then, as far as Turkey goes. But Erdogan is all over the place - selling drones to Ukraine, anti and pro Israel on alternate days etc.

Posted by: Jams O'Donnell | Mar 11 2022 8:03 utc | 90

This explains ev'rything.

"MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US social media company Twitter will limit the visibility of several Belarusian state-owned media accounts and tweets, Head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth said on Friday." https://sputniknews.com/20220311/twitter-to-reduce-visibility-of-belarusian-state-owned-media-tweets-1093767729.html

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 11 2022 8:04 utc | 91

Posted by: reante | Mar 11 2022 3:18 utc | 80

You make a good point.

I am but a spec in the great scheme of things.

I have lived for years in two Anglospher countries and one South East Asian country. I notice the difference in governance and lack of good governance everywhere. This is to the detriment of the people in all those countries.

I will not abandon my self respect to any government anywhere for any 'reason.'

The social contract between the government and the people sustained an honest relationship in the past, now it is sadly gone.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 11 2022 8:23 utc | 92

The European non-choice is very simple.

Either use at least as little as one fifth as much energy (not likely) or get rid of the US to get back to the previous status quo with Russia.

Isn't that right?

Europe is not in a position to colonize anything any longer and both new cooperation arrangements and new developments will take years they don't have.

I think people here underestimate common people and how dire a situation has to be for the EU and many national governments to turn so openly fascist as they have.

As some people here have already said it's a clear sign of weakness and losing.

In addition people might be slow on the uptake but the people with power already know (and in the end that's not the politicians) but so far seemingly only wants the problem (which is the US) to disappear as if by magic. Maybe they think the US disappearing is even more likely and imminent than I do? :)

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Mar 11 2022 8:36 utc | 93

One does wonder whether the Minister of Twitter Integrity will be inspecting MoA to see if the clientele is up to zee knuckle-dragging intellectual caliber of that in the bilge of The Hill as noted by: Don Bacon | Mar 11 2022 4:18 utc | 256

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 11 2022 9:25 utc | 94

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Mar 11 2022 8:36 utc | 93

Does Europe want to colonise anybody or anything? I thought that was the whole point of the EU, a mutual benefit organisation for Europe not a colonial empire. The point at issue in Ukraine is as much for the US to bring down the EU, as one of its major rivals, as it is to do down Russia.

Posted by: laguerre | Mar 11 2022 9:39 utc | 95


I've just realised that everything that matters today is connected to Ukraine.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Mar 11 2022 9:51 utc | 96

Posted by: reante | Mar 11 2022 0:08 utc | 67

What echo chamber are you talking about, you garage sale Nazi?

Oh, pardon me, where are my manners?

REDUCED/REUSED/RECYCLED """NATIONAL SOCIALIST"""

And I'm not insulting you, the first thing you did here was earnestly repeating crypto-nazi talking points like a well-trained parrot with a miniature LONSDALE sweater.

(Usual nazi behavior too: "I want to do the thing, I just don't want to be called out for it, because I want to have my cake and eat it too")

Do you expect me to pay attention to your enlightened centrist ramblings? The back of a shampoo bottle makes for better bathroom literature, and is less pretentious.

I'm not in the habit of telling people who should they talk or listen to, nor do I have any obligation to sanitize the piles of manure you lay around here.

But it's extremely ridiculous of you to cry about "being called ideological" when your opening act was explaining how, no, DIE NATIONALSOZIALISTICHE DEUTSCHE ARBEITERPARTEI was TOTES HARD LEFT!!

Seriously, the fucking gall and ignorance.

Here's a tip: Humans can't NOT BE ideological unless they're clinically retarded to a severe degree; retarded enough to be unable to post on an international politics forum, a threshold that you unfortunately don't reach.

Seriously, fuck you and fuck the horse you rode in on, your only purpose here is spewing nazistic rhetorical diarrhea with plausible deniability.

Again:

Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 11 2022 9:55 utc | 97

laguerre | Mar 11 2022 9:39 utc | (95)

Of course EU is an Imperial Project. It needs to expand to avoid corroding. It offered Ukraine an Associate status which became law in 2014. 1 January 2016, Ukraine joined the DCFTA with the EU. Ukrainian citizens were granted visa-free travel to the Schengen Area for up to 90 days during any 180-day period on 11 June 2017

What EU wanted was achieved by bribing elites as in Turkey - "Consultancies", "Think Tanks", "Seminars", and the glitterati are hooked to deliver the masses. EU is an Elitist Project which is how Jean Monnet and Arthur Salter conceived it - to erode popular control over politics in favour of a technocratic elite.

The Project is based on hollowing out national sovereignty and creating Plato's Guardians with their own schools (Boris Johnson and VdL went to the same one in Brussels) and develop a Managerial Caste - it needs to expand to gain resources.

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Mar 11 2022 10:53 utc | 98

Petrol prices here in the UK are 1.59/litre and diesel is at £1.71/litre. People are saying that they are going to do less motoring, but I don't think they've considered the effect on all those diesel powered trucks that transport goods (especially food and pharmaceuticals) long distance.

During the 2020 election campaign Trump forecast $8 or $9 a gallon under Biden. That seems remarkably prescient.

It is also interesting to see fans chanting Abramovich's name at the end of the soccer match Chelsea FC played last night.

Posted by: Tsar Nicholas | Mar 11 2022 11:01 utc | 99

Chinese article (yes, In chinese): https://opinion.huanqiu.com/article/477qxLjVIyS
Russian translation (dunno how accurate): https://inosmi.ru/20220311/sanktsii-253337355.html

"Europe should wake up from the American staged drama"

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 11 2022 11:55 utc | 100

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