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June 19, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - (NOT Ukraine) OT 2022-89

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Antonym @90 comments is precisely why some have to tell them off.
"China needs a new leader based on and article by a racist Hindu news site regarding some terrorist". India's government ridiculed Islam recently with their racist views and recieved a large backlash from all Moslem countries.

Anyone, anywhere can pick up garbage to promote feelings. Some people, in line with their ignorant stupid leaders, always ask for other countries leaders to be replaced.

Biden said Putin must be replaced-80% pop, Xi-jing ping 95% and the list is large. But tell me which western leader has more than 37%. Some people belong on the front lines with the Nazis in the Donbass, for their views.

@12 hoarshwlsperer, the UN human rights vote did not matter. Russia withdrew from that part, prior to the vote. They are in the process of withdrawing from WHO&IMF and many other western institutions. Western institutions, just like international law means absolutely nothing.

To bobolinsky, most elections in the west are a sham. In Colombia today, they elected a leftist ex- guerilla fighter against us controlled past governments. We will see how long he is allowed to last.

Posted by: Karl luck | Jun 20 2022 3:31 utc | 101

@ Scorpion | Jun 20 2022 3:23 utc | 99
Sorry to hear about your bad luck with Mexican auto mechanics; my experience is the opposite (in the Baja) with my '78 VW van. I've got the stories!

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 20 2022 3:32 utc | 102

@ 101
re: India dissing Muslims
India has roughly as many Muslims as Pakistan, both second to Indonesia. India also has a number of Christians; when I was there I witnessed a parade in honor of St George. India has a large number of other minorities, untouchabales (dalits) and others. Modi is going too far.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 20 2022 3:41 utc | 103

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 20 2022 3:32 utc | 102


Glad to hear it. I'll get there! Only had the Jeep a week or so and it's simple enough that pretty soon she'll be purring.....

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 20 2022 3:50 utc | 104

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 20 2022 0:54 utc | 87

Ha ha, that was a great rant. I have nothing to say at this point but that I agree; and I do get the subtext, when present. I'll respond in more detail tomorrow. I'm working early and need to get to bed.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2022 3:59 utc | 105

Scorpion,

Do you have tools and a decent knack for mechanics? That jeep is incredibly easy to work on and even the manual tranny - but for parts availability and lead time - would be a week's project even if not fully retired. I used to do a lot of my own work on my cars, only once ever tried a transmission overhaul, but I've unstuck a lot of shifters (had a highly suped up rally car at one point) and they aren't hard with the right tools or strength.

Good luck in any case. I know the appeal of being able to let someone else fix your car for you - so long as they're not BS'ers and the price is right.

P.S. as you must already know, it's very easy to work on VW Beetles too, and even easier to find a mechanic in Mexico who knows how to do so. That was one of the cars I mentioned taking down there for more 'complicated' (I was 19) repairs to my '69 Bug.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2022 4:03 utc | 106

Mélenchon is a professional politician, who as a socialist senator accompanied the absolute collapse of the French « left ».

Posted by: Leuk | Jun 19 2022 20:56 utc | 48

Wrong. He left the so-called left after its neoliberal U-turn which led to its collapse. And he created a new left.

As for Assange, we will never know because some lazy fuckers stayed home instead of voting for the raise of minimum wage, the retirement at 60, the 100% social security, the return of public services and so on and so on...

Posted by: xiao pignouf | Jun 20 2022 4:07 utc | 107

How will Russia respond to the Lithuania flea-bite of the land blockade of Kaliningrad?

Stalker Zone has a Russian commentator's view that if any action occurs it could most easily be done through energy:

"Lithuania could have become energy independent, but it refused to do so, killing the nuclear power plant in Visaginas at the insistence of the European Union. Disconnecting from the Russian wire will mean rolling blackouts for Lithuania, economic collapse, social shocks and quite likely a political crisis.

"In turn, the Kaliningrad Region remains safe in terms of energy. The Kremlin calculated possible threats earlier and has already managed to ensure the region’s energy self-sufficiency."

- The Blockade of Kaliningrad: How Russia Can Punish Lithuania

But the underlying point the article makes clear is the legality of the situation (my emphasis):

Kaliningrad transit is an integral part of the package of agreements between Lithuania, Russia and the European Union. Having guaranteed it, Lithuania received the ratification of the State Border treaty. Accordingly, in case of violation of transit agreements by Vilnius unilaterally, the legitimacy of the border is lost, and Moscow gets the right to hold it wherever it sees fit.

As he notes, that's an extreme scenario. But we live in extreme times. So let me dream...

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Dream: if it gets kinetic in that part of the world, and if Luka plays for Russia instead of himself, could Belarus drive a new border corridor alongside Poland to Kaliningrad that cuts right across the now-interdicted Suwalki Corridor, and joins the Russian Union to the coast? The 3 Baltic states would then be nicely encircled, as Kaliningrad flips its current cauldron on them.

Check the map in that article. Looks simple on paper. Probably the Kremlin has scant regard for my simplicity. Probably very difficult. But I bet they have it war-gamed somewhere, deep in their supercomputer files.

Apparently the land is flat in that area, according to b's Foreign Policy article. Good country for tanks, it says. And it worries about NATO's losing that corridor to Russia and Belarus. Why would it worry if it weren't eminently possible? And the article does note in its concluding remarks:

"during last year’s Zapad military exercise, Russian and Belarusian troops reportedly practiced closing the Suwalki corridor by attacking from Belarus in the direction of Kaliningrad."

Just a wild thought. The map is not the territory. But it does set the mind to ranging...

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 20 2022 4:23 utc | 108

@ Scorpion | Jun 20 2022 3:50 utc | 104
I'm talking 25 years ago, but I can't imagine it's changed much. Mexican people were the most hospitable, helpful and qualified people I've ever met, able to make something out of nothing, and I've lived in many countries. These were shade tree mechanics under an honest-to-god shade tree. You can just show up and they'll ask you what you need. (in Spanish, BTW)
I was down in my luck at the time, bought a VW camper van cheap in Southern California, wanted to go to the Baja, having read about it, quickly learned that the VW burned a quart of oil every 25 miles. Bought two cases of motor oil, crossed the border at night, needed to put in another quart, pulled up a back road onto a hilltop. As soon as I got out of the van, a car with three men pulled up beside the van. I said uh-oh, I've heard the stories, I've had it. Walked over to the car, the driver rolled the window down and said "Necessita ayudar?" Need help? . . .and that's the way it was, many times over.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 20 2022 4:41 utc | 109

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 20 2022 4:41 utc | 109

The only problem I ever had getting repairs in Mexico was parts. Otherwise yeah, incredible ingenuity that gave lie to a lot of Yankee superiority bullshit. Wasn't like FedEx could ship something from D.F. to Juarez overnight, or over-week, in some cases. Brass transmission bushings immediately come to mind. And yeah those air cooled motors burn a hell of a lot of oil.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2022 5:14 utc | 110

The pink tide rises in Columbia, below the fold.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/19/world/americas/gustavo-petro-colombia-presidential-election.html

Posted by: too scents | Jun 20 2022 6:19 utc | 111

I mean, I think most of us with a decent background or education in science knows that the original anti-vaxxer movement was based on sheer lies and misrepresentations. It's also obvious that Fauci, et. al. have profited enormously from the pandemic while occasionally (even often in some cases) offering legitimate, reasonable suggestions in terms of over-arching policy. Hence the capitalist class - as we acknowledge - rolled out the usual divide and conquer splintering of the proles on masks, vaccines, lockdowns and it worked. However, it's the lack of transparency - heck outright secrecy - about the vaccine development process that really gives these narratives their power. If they lied about _____ why should I believe they aren't lying about ____, even if some of what they say is objectively true?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2022 0:29 utc | 82

That's some bold statement you're making there Cowboy. So those anti-vaxxers or anti-Clot-Shot people are just idiots, because you say so ???? I'd say step back and take a deep breath. There are world class scientists saying the Clot-Shot at best was useless and at worst a serious danger to your health now and probably in the near future. I would take a fair guess that you think that those biolabs in Ukraine and elsewhere have no connection to the Con-19 Operation of 2020. Your comment implies that Fauci gets it wrong at time but sometime he has it right. Well Fauci has been caught lying so many time (Walensky also) that in a normal country he would be behind bars. Now these criminals want kids below 5 to get the shots !!! FOR WHAT ??? Not having the excellent education that you had I'll venture a guess, Population Reduction.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9062939/

Now say you these guys are fools ?
https://gaacoalition.substack.com/p/dutch-airline-pilots-association?s=r

Posted by: Tom_12 | Jun 20 2022 6:44 utc | 112

On Lithuania I certainly don't see Russia involving Poland unless something completely separate is afoot thus no activity in the Suwalki gap.

Defending a rail transport corridor with any kind of war or similar is really a non-starter, very impractical bordering on impossible.

I guess the Lithuanians are figuring the Russians would have to do an invasion of the country to have a chance, they might be right.

However if (a very big if) a military solution is sought then Russia could possibly not use much in the way of ground forces.

If (again very big) ground forces are used at scale then a roughly diagonal division of Lithuania leaving aside the upper left part of Lithuania and taking control of the border to Poland could possibly make sense at least initially.

But I don't expect Russia to do either. It isn't anything I would be eager to do and I doubt Russia has any interest in gaining any kind of responsibility for Lithuania. I've been wrong before of course :)

However (again) maybe the Russians will be content with ignoring the rail and instead forcing a direct air corridor with military security until Lithuania rots away. That might make more sense and might involve some air warfare and the occasional strike while also not being an invasion.

Anyway this is only off the top of my head and maybe stupid :D

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 20 2022 6:55 utc | 113

And since I didn't really explain much the real aims of an air corridor would be to deplete NATO air "power" and "defense" etc. in case of a NATO response.

A taunt for a taunt.

But most likely only diplomacy and similar and perhaps a naval blockade.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 20 2022 7:04 utc | 114

A naval blockade would also be a taunt; the Russians might have some surprises but others might have even bigger ones! There are "funny things" resting at the bottom not far away in Swedish waters :) (At least I've never gotten any kind of explanations since watching the divers fooling around in the darkness trying to figure it out —it could simply be geology or archeology combined with chance but I doubt it).

And of course Gotland island with its massive "motorway airstrips" cut through the rock (I've been there when they were completely empty and ready, must have been in the mid-eighties) isn't far away so the Swedish would have the opportunity to be extremely stupid if they want to or just can't help themselves (yet again) ;)

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 20 2022 7:21 utc | 115

That's some bold statement you're making there Cowboy. So those anti-vaxxers or anti-Clot-Shot people are just idiots, because you say so ????
Posted by: Tom_12 | Jun 20 2022 6:44 utc | 112

Tom_12, I think the original anti-vaxxer movement Tom_Q_Collins was referring to in that statement of his that you put in bold print was
the Andrew Wakefield affair that's been fairly well established as fraud, IIRC.
(If that makes any difference to your response to him.)

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 20 2022 7:28 utc | 116

Nancy #250 on Ukraine thread posted this.

Pakistan demonstrations 6/22/22
https://www.rt.com/news/553648-mass-protests-pakistan-khan/

Thank you Nancy.

I figured it was worth nesting it on the open thread for non-ukraine to enable a more focused study.

The video is stunning and I figure the USA is staring at a severely failed colour revolution and stands accused of bribery and corruption in the parliamentary processes of a sovereign nation. No surprise there of course but Pakistan is not to be treated like some vassal turd to tread on imo.

Payback is building. Some parliamentarians might consider migrating real fast.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 20 2022 7:33 utc | 117

the USA is staring at a severely failed colour revolution and stands accused of bribery and corruption in the parliamentary processes of a sovereign ... by: uncle tungsten | Jun 20 2022 7:33 utc | 117

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Simply delay elections indefinitely then. Like Libya.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/hnec-we-are-able-organize-elections-year-if-electoral-legislation-presented-july

Posted by: too scents | Jun 20 2022 7:45 utc | 118

Dreizin Report takes a peek at plague, housing price crash and englander mercenaries as toast. I have started the link after his discussion of the return of the plague to avoid awakening the sleeping covid mania kraken :))

In this video, in addition to emphasizing the value of love and tolerance for the LGB community, we cover prospects for U.S. residential real estate, why Russia changed its reported number of Ukrainian prisoners, Coronapocalypse 2.0, and other topics of interest to enlightened, intelligent people everywhere.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 20 2022 7:46 utc | 119

Tom_12, I think the original anti-vaxxer movement Tom_Q_Collins was referring to in that statement of his that you put in bold print was
the Andrew Wakefield affair that's been fairly well established as fraud, IIRC.
(If that makes any difference to your response to him.)

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 20 2022 7:28 utc | 116

Thanks for the response.

The Andrew Wakefield affair is one that I did not follow, though I have come across his name. Personally I have only gotten deeply interested in vaccines and the medical community since 2020. I followed this mess very closely. Since this is not the place for this I'll just say that as bad as the Empire of Lies is, so is the medical community at the government level. The ability to shut down brilliant people (nobel Prize winner in one case) is just breath taking. Of course the regular Joe knows very little of this.

Posted by: Tom_12 | Jun 20 2022 7:46 utc | 120


I figured it was worth nesting it on the open thread for non-ukraine to enable a more focused study.
The video is stunning and I figure the USA is staring at a severely failed colour revolution and stands accused of bribery and corruption
in the parliamentary processes of a sovereign nation. No surprise there of course but Pakistan is not to be treated like some vassal turd to tread on imo.
Payback is building. Some parliamentarians might consider migrating real fast.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 20 2022 7:33 utc | 117

The video is stunning but it's a couple months old. Wonder what's the haps in Pakistan today.

I refer to an article that S translated and posted last week:


“Imran Khan flew to the opening of the Olympics in Beijing. After that, he flew to Moscow. In response, the United States initiated the overthrow of Imran Khan, bringing the pro-American opposition to power. And now a civil war is flaring up in Pakistan,” Nikolay Vavilov wrote in his Telegram channel. “Pakistan is China’s most important ally. The route from western China through Pakistan and on to the Persian Gulf is a strategic hydrocarbon supply route. Basically, a territory bordering China was struck.”[my bold]

Here's the original link, in Russian, and you can find the translation by S if you're interested.
world conflict will take place around China

A more focused study of the situation in Pakistan would be welcome here but lately it's all Ukraine.
Perhaps soon b will be opening a Pakistan open thread alongside a non-Pakistan open thread. ???

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 20 2022 8:27 utc | 121

The other open thread no. 90 had an interesting discussion on the definition of "North America".
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/06/ukraine-open-thread-2022-90.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef02a308d299f9200c#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef02a308d299f9200c
Some have pointed out the folly of the name 'America' and 'American' referring to the USA and anything/anyone thereof, potentially excluding other nationalities that live in the landmasses of North and South America.

One long-lasting question I've been thinking of is why the United States of America never came up with a unique name, unlike other nations such as Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.
I've asked this question some years back (not here on MoA, though), and one responder theorized that it reflects a Manifest Destiny-esque desire to conquer the entire landmasses into a single 'American' identity. The next person's guess is as good as mine.

(Small digression: For reasons I'd have a hard time explaining, every time I discuss/read discussion of certain nations in the Americas I keep thinking of baked goods with chocolate in them. My synesthesia must be acting up.)

Posted by: joey_n | Jun 20 2022 8:47 utc | 122

Scott Ritter delivers another of his reports on what he sees happening in the USA as they stagger toward the mid-term debacle.

It runs for 7 to 8 minutes clipped from Regis Tremblay's utoob channel.

I appreciate Ritters physical presentation as always. Sometimes he reminds me of George Carlin.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 20 2022 9:22 utc | 123

waynorinorway #121

Thank you, I will keep read S contrib as his offerings are always appreciated. I will continue scratching around.

Agree regarding a post by b and his extraordinary searching mind.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 20 2022 9:27 utc | 124

Is the reality that the rest of the world can get on pretty much ok without the EU starting to appear on any political radars in Europe yet,?
All those sanctions and sanctimonious posturing and the only thing crumbling is the EU.
The German middle class is looking at Weimar republic style economic contraction.
WRT job's and savings.
For what,?

Posted by: Jpc | Jun 20 2022 9:47 utc | 125

Wrong. [Mélenchon] left the so-called left after its neoliberal U-turn which led to its collapse. And he created a new left.

Posted by: xiao pignouf | Jun 20 2022 4:07 utc | 107

Are you kidding? Mélanchon left the Socialist Party in 2008. The socialists' liberal-blairist turn began in 1984.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Luc_Mélenchon

He was Minister Delegate in the Jospin government from March 2000 to June 2002. It was the triumphant years of liberalism: blue shirts with white collars, suspenders, start-ups. The pretty colored Hubert ties have been replaced by atrocious striped ties. They did not come back. For that, I’ll never forgive the left.

Liberal or not, the left is an instrument of Capital. But since the people have to be fucked, it's more correct to put it in a formal way: hello, please bend over, instead of: get down bitch!

Posted by: Leuk | Jun 20 2022 9:53 utc | 126

Did Dr.Jill herself throw Biden under the bus? There has been speculation about the toe clip that supposedly caused the fall and whether such a clip is a usual part of a mountain bike. Clips are usually used on racing bikes. Did she work with an unknown party possibly secret service to install the clip and slip Biden’s foot into it? It is known that Dr. Jill is an ambitious woman. Might the DNC try to replace Joe before midterms with Dr. Jill, Evita style? They are bankrupt intellectually and can only think in Hollywierd terms.

Posted by: Bobolinski | Jun 20 2022 10:49 utc | 127

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 20 2022 9:22 utc | 123

I didn't watch the whole show, but Ritter made a lot of sense, so did McGovern.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jun 20 2022 10:57 utc | 128

Posted by: Bobolinski | Jun 20 2022 10:49 utc | 127

it doesn't matter if he gets replaced by his wife or Kamala or Trump for that matter. they're all on the same page.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jun 20 2022 10:58 utc | 129

Pretzel

Are you suggesting that there is absolutely no difference between the platform of Trump and that of the Democrat party? I mean seriously? The Texas Republican Party has put out their platform today and wow it is like night and day from the democrats. The main plank being that they said the 2020 election was flawed and that Biden is “ illegitimate” God Bless. We already discussed the other day that Trump fulfilled most of his campaign pledges to the satisfaction of his constituency so don’t go there please.

Posted by: Bobolinski | Jun 20 2022 11:22 utc | 130

Posted by: Bobolinski | Jun 20 2022 11:22 utc | 130

the platforms are propaganda. both parties are down with fighting China over Taiwan and Russia over Ukraine, while america goes down the drain. Coke will swear up and down that Pepsi is inferior, and Pepsi will claim the opposite. in the end they are both overpriced fizzy beverages that taste the same.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jun 20 2022 11:30 utc | 131

News that actually matters

Indonesia Tunes Out The US

America’s problems in Indonesia aren’t about values, and they aren’t about policy. It is our credibility that raises concerns. The Indonesians I met aren’t sure that Americans mean what they say about the centrality of the Indo-Pacific in our foreign policy. Some of this is about resources. China offers more financing and investment on easier terms than the U.S. It is also about process. China responds quickly and clearly to infrastructure and investment proposals. The U.S. dithers and, I’m told, often does not deliver in the end.

Crucially, it is also a matter of access and respect. With almost 280 million people, Indonesia has four times the population of Britain or France and more than three times the population of Germany. It is the largest country in Asean and is critical to any meaningful American strategy in the Indo-Pacific, but Indonesians have a hard time, they say, getting top Washington policy makers to take them seriously. China, as they see it, rolls out the red carpet for Indonesian officials visiting Beijing. Senior officials go out of their way to establish cordial relationships with their Indonesian counterparts. China, Indonesians say, treats Indonesia like a top priority while Washington often treats it as an afterthought.

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In the past, American trade policy favored Indonesian growth. Low tariffs on Indonesian goods entering the U.S. promoted the industrial development that has helped the Jakarta area become the second most populous urban conglomeration in the world and dramatically improved living standards for many Indonesians.

Is America still committed, Indonesians wonder, to the economic policies that helped jump-start Indonesian growth?

This is what being "agreement incapable" brings you.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 20 2022 11:43 utc | 132

A German 3-fer on energy

Habeck grudgingly concedes Germany needs Coal

In a move that goes against the principles of his environmentally-friendly Green Party, the country will also have to increase the burning of coal, Habeck said.

But god forbid that Germany re-open its nuclear power plants - already built and that could generate zero carbon electricity...

Round 2:

Climate Targets In Danger - taz.de

[translated from German] A paltry two percentage points increase in an entire decade: In 2020, only 12.6 percent of global energy demand was met by renewable energies. In 2009, the figure was 10.6 percent. This is the conclusion drawn by the think tank REN21 in a report presented by energy experts on Wednesday.

According to the report, progress is being made in the expansion of power plants that produce renewable electricity, i.e. solar plants, wind turbines, hydroelectric power plants – but fossil capacities are not being reduced. Instead, energy demand continues to grow, eating up the renewables successes.

Round 3:

The Illusion of the Energiewende

[translation from German] The fact that the share of renewable energy is not growing is bad enough from a climate protection perspective. It is also sobering that the 12.6 percent share of eco-energy is largely attributable to the burning of biomass, i.e., to a type of energy generation that is the subject of much environmental criticism.

The second-largest share, 3.9 percent, comes from hydroelectric plants – such as large dams – which are also highly controversial among environmentalists. In the REN21 report, solar and wind power, which are the focus of attention in Germany, together with geothermal energy, are estimated to account for only 2.8 percent of global energy production and are subcategorized under ‘other’.”

LOL - despite the enormous sums of money spent, 2.8% of global energy production from wind and solar PV.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 20 2022 11:53 utc | 133

Is this true? I can't say it is unbelievable...

Pawn shop owner saying Americans pawning to fill gas tank

Speaking with local news station Fox 34 News, Eilsel Garcia, owner of Pawn Texas in Lubbock, claimed that locals have increasingly turned to pawning off their personal possessions in order to afford gas. This has involved items like firearms, tools, computers, phones, video game consoles, and even items with sentimental value, like jewelry and inherited heirlooms.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 20 2022 11:54 utc | 134

---> @Sushi Comment #10

Excellent slow zoom-out.

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In other news, the only on-the-ground news for me RN is Telegram. Sure, you must pick your way through the usual; it's a continuum of straight up :yawn: propaganda, through to 'wow, I'd never have seen that footage anywhere else'. But of course, there's also Brian Berletic's youtube The New Atlas. Hinckle's The Dive mostly OK, though he's a bit of a show pony at times. Mercouris. I also check every couple of days on Martyanov's rolling blog, as well. His recent characterisation of Mearsheimer is bang on, IMO.
And then Moon, always.

Posted by: PaulH | Jun 20 2022 12:03 utc | 135

I wonder if "genuine" or "sincere" would be a better antonym for "disingenuous".
Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jun 19 2022 20:28 utc | 42

insincere - sincere

(notice *-Eng. practice of slapping a GR, Lat. prefix- and -suffix on most adjectives)

It's a classic and a common alternative to "fake".

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 20 2022 12:12 utc | 136

About Europe they're still clueless since they believe they can worm their way back with "compromises" and more empty talk.

No one will save you or me.

Germany's coal seems like more nonsense; the massive machines that were used long ago for German strip-mining of coal have rusted and broken down and without them there is no scale to it, not enough to matter. It's the same as if the British suddenly claimed to switch to coal and opened all the mines for which there are no longer enough qualified (or willing) workers: thus nonsense.

Shit for brains "politicians" and "leaders".

I was almost tempted to reassess them as "only four month behind reality" some days ago but I guess I should instead increase it to eight months behind.

They could easily die before they grasp the current reality of today.

(I can't do nothing much beyond disparaging those likely to kill me, pathetic but true whether it is a blessing in disguise or not.)

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 20 2022 12:38 utc | 137

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 20 2022 12:12 utc | 136

The root word is also latin... 🤦🏻

...which also exists in obviously recognizable form at least in Spanish, French and Italian, often accompanied by the modified antonym.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 20 2022 12:40 utc | 138

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 20 2022 11:43 utc | 132

That article is a hilarious compilation of wikiwtf data points that skirts Suharto's rise and fall --not ancient history-- as US-client fascist in the "the world’s third-largest democracy". Surely, no allusion to Mitch O'Bama's "close ties" and natural affinity for a "brand of Islam" his foreign policy mentor DICK Lugar appreciated.

America’s problems in Indonesia aren’t about values, and they aren’t about policy. It is our credibility that raises concerns. The Indonesians I met aren’t sure that Americans mean what they say about the centrality of the Indo-Pacific in our foreign policy.
Nothing to see there. Move along ...

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 20 2022 12:48 utc | 139

Simply delay elections indefinitely then. Like Libya

Posted by: too scents | Jun 20 2022 7:45 utc | 118

or even Palestine.

Posted by: malenkov | Jun 20 2022 12:49 utc | 140

I expect we will now start seeing more of Dr. Jill as they poll test and calibrate her public appearance. There was already some of this a while back when they interviewed her sitting at Biden’s desk on Air Force one heading to the Putin summit. (LoL) They will tout her doctorate, even though it is in education, insinuating she is a medical doctor, in order to win over the COVID hypochondriac crowd.

Posted by: Bobolinski | Jun 20 2022 12:59 utc | 141

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 20 2022 12:48 utc | 139

The documentary titled "The Act of Killing" can't be recommended enough.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 20 2022 13:12 utc | 142


During the Clinton Administration I came with a theory of US politics
based on the Bizarro Superman comic books. A President appears as Superman but after election goes "Bizarro" and does the most damage to
his own supporters. It worked throgenth Clinton, Bush and Obama. Biden is a bit different. He really didn't have the Superman support phase he was Bizarro from the beginning and is an obvious short cycle of only 4 years.

Posted by: SwissArmyMan | Jun 20 2022 13:25 utc | 143

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 20 2022 13:12 utc | 142

Both of my parents went through that genocidal period which have never been fully acknowledged by the British and American governments. They went from a modest family running small businesses to abject poverty as a result of wanton destruction directed at them on the basis of their skin colour. To this day they never spoke about it in detail, but they would tell me how rough it was growing up. On a good day, they split a boiled egg amongst 10 siblings. On a typical day however, they had to make do with a bowl of rice each, garnished only with soy sauce.

Posted by: bonks | Jun 20 2022 13:29 utc | 144


Forgot to add Trump, he did plenty of Bizarro damage to his supporters in another short cycle

Posted by: SwissArmyMan | Jun 20 2022 13:30 utc | 145

dropping from the grape vine 19 Jun, no link

Revised estimates (21:15):
NUPES (Left): 149 seats
Ensemble (Macron, Bayrou): 230 seats
LR (Right, Sarkozy,...): 76 seats
RN (Le Pen): 85 seats
Others (Left): 21 seats
Others (Centrist): 4 seats
Others (Regionalists): 12 seats

Some heavyweights of Macronland have been defeated, but two ministers who have been accused of sexual assault, Damien Abbad and Gerald Darmanin, have been re-elected.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 20 2022 13:35 utc | 146

Any deviation from "percent of votes=percent of seats" constitutes a democratic deficit.

Liberal democracies are chock full of these sort of convoluted schemes, anything and everything to in effect prevent "one person, one vote" and "all votes are equal" from obtaining.

For all their empty formalism, not even the forms are elegant.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 20 2022 13:43 utc | 147

Bicycle Joe administration has found a solution to the sky high gas prices

https://twitter.com/WallStreetSilv/status/1538808881643757568

Posted by: Tom_12 | Jun 20 2022 13:57 utc | 148

Hey Scorpion, if you can find a Chilton's repair manual, that might help. As long as you have the tools. I've worked on many vehicles in my time on this miserable rock and they're the best.

Posted by: Immaculate deception | Jun 20 2022 14:00 utc | 149

For all their empty formalism, not even the forms are elegant.
Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 20 2022 13:43 utc | 147

Reuters | data points

Petro, a current senator and previous mayor of Bogota, won 50.8% of votes, figures from the national registry office showed, while Hernandez trailed by 797,973 votes, tallying 46.9%.

Grey Zone, Multipolarista | Colombia’s first ever left-wing president:What does it mean?
His presidential campaign brought together a broad coalition of left-wing parties, under the name the Pacto Histórico (Historic Pact), ranging from liberals to the Communist Party.

[Gustavo] Petro will face many obstacles to governing. He does not have a majority in the bicameral Congress; both the Senate and Chamber of Representatives remain dominated by right-wing, centrist, and neoliberal parties. Colombia’s state security services, which are closely linked to paramilitary groups, and which killed thousands of civilians in the “falsos positivos” (false positives) scandal, are also openly antagonistic to Petro. The chief of Colombia’s armed forces, General Eduardo Zapateiro, publicly attacked Petro on Twitter, violating national laws that stipulate that military officers cannot interfere in the electoral process.

An ardent supporter of peace, Petro hopes to settle the armed conflict that has destabilized Colombia for decades. He wants to honor the government’s 2016 peace deal with the FARC, which has been systematically violated by the administration of current far-right President Iván Duque.
[...]
Petro likewise pledged to reverse the neoliberal economic policies that have ravaged Colombia, pushing a staggering 40% of the population into poverty. ... Duque, for his part, was the hand-picked candidate of Colombia’s former far-right President Álvaro Uribe, a powerful representative of the oligarchy who is closely linked to drug cartels and paramilitary death squads.

Try to act surprised
The Pacto Histórico’s vice-presidential candidate, Francia Márquez, is a leftist social movement activist from the Afro-Colombian community, which has been historically marginalized and repressed by the Colombian state and oligarchy. Márquez publicly criticized the US government for meddling in Colombia’s electoral process. She also condemned the war on drugs, which she called a failure.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 20 2022 14:41 utc | 150

Bicycle Joe administration has found a solution to the sky high gas prices

https://twitter.com/WallStreetSilv/status/1538808881643757568

Posted by: Tom_12 | Jun 20 2022 13:57 utc | 148

Grief counseling could perhaps work in New Jersey, the last time I was there, all gas stations were "full service". But it could be an additional service provided by cashiers in grocery stores.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jun 20 2022 14:49 utc | 151

Continuing on the topic. The most practical solution to shortages is "demand destruction", and in the case of gasoline, it was accomplished more effectively in UK than in USA, so now USA imports gasoline from UK.

Actually, right now there is a mini-collapse of oil prices, and in USA, natural gas prices that rose in expectation of increasing export to Europe that de-materialized a bit. After a fire, one of the greatest liquifying facilities is out of commission for few months. In the same time, Canadians did they best, which turned out to be really effective, to partially stop North Stream I. So Europe will experience more "demand destruction". So far, mass demonstrations were only in Moldova...

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jun 20 2022 14:55 utc | 152

@Tom_Q_Collins

Tom_Q_Collins, Jun 19 2022 19:39 utc:

And in so doing I was also talking about the "small subset" of whom there were videos circulating about at the time. Obviously not all of the Canadian truckers, not even most for certain, were/are fascists (I don't recall using the term "nazi"), but plenty in one video - at least - were sporting the tats and symbols on their clothing and flags. As to the American far-right, there were also Confederate flags, Don't Tread on Me and Qanon materials in view. If anything, my opinion was and is that the far-right (as they often have, including the "accelerationists" during the so-called George Floyd protests) was attempting to co-opt some parts of the trucker convoy. There were also numerous truckers 'of color' and just normal people in other videos.

is a much more reasonable stance than

Tom_Q_Collins, Feb 14 2022 22:14 utc:

Even IF the CIA was involved in the hack (and that would not surprise me at all), I don't think anyone is doubting the accuracy of the information that was released/leaked. Regardless of different opinions on the vaccines, Trudeau, lockdowns, and other COVID related stuff, there's no denying that this is largely a small but greatly exaggerated number of truckers from a specific socio-economic group being funded by the bourgeois of the right and far-right, and that the demonstrations have had openly bigoted and xenophobic messages and symbols on display.

Sorry, but this is not a working class, labor vs. big government or "the elites" or anything else type of event. It's an astroturfed bullshit operation that may have in fact started - but still may not have, more reporting will be done I'm sure - as a legitimate or at least genuinely felt protest by a few truckers but is now simply another 'convoy' of messages/ing for the grifting media and online outlets that cater to the right and far-right.

The main thrust of the truckers’ protests was opposing mandatory vaccinations. That’s what people were rallying around. The truckers responded to government attempts to violate their fundamental rights to their bodies with a campaign of civil disobedience. For that, they had their bank accounts frozen and were smeared as “Nazis”. You have assisted the government crackdown and propaganda by mischaracterizing what was at its core a legitimate rights movement as “an astroturfed bullshit operation” and “another 'convoy' of messages/ing for the grifting media and online outlets that cater to the right and far-right”.

Posted by: S | Jun 20 2022 15:01 utc | 153

Aleph_Null | Jun 20 2022 3:02 utc | 97
as long as they are chicken-fried. ;)

thanks. send away.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 20 2022 15:17 utc | 154

breaking news: the USG has lost the state of Texas! if Texas secedes (please Lord please), does that make a "Red Dawn" scenario more or less likely?

thanks for the anecdotes about mechanics et al in Mejico. the US is so overrated and so overrates itself. beached orcas flopping around in their Crisco. killer squirrels.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 20 2022 15:24 utc | 155

I just picked up an 83 CJ7 Jeep.
Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 20 2022 0:43 utc | 85

To paraphrase Crocodile Dundee, 'That's not a Jeep. THIS is a Jeep': Jeepers!

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 20 2022 15:56 utc | 156

Amerikans got the society they wanted: you have to have a car to get around town, or from just about any point A to any point B. What does car ownership entail?

1. Gasoline. In order to drive, you need gas. Gas prices in America are some of the world's *lowest*, outside of petro-states whose governments subsidize gas to placate the masses. Weekly gas costs vary between $100-$200 depending on what, where, and how often you drive.

2. Car insurance. This is a legal requirement, but an important one. Without it, the radical monopoly of private automobile transit would not function. Collisions are too frequent and the cost to replace a car without insurance would be impossible for working people to deal with. So instead we distribute the cost over time. In Louisiana, my home and native land, an 18-36 year old man can expect to pay up to $250 in monthly insurance costs. Now, we have the highest in the nation, but $100 a month in other states is not unheard of, and still an onerous burden on poor people.

3. Stochastic maintenance costs. Once every other month or so, and unpredictably, your car is going to need to be maintained, either an oil change, a tire change, or some more expensive thing to fix. I like to think of this as a regular informal tax we have to pay to the car part manufacturers and mechanics. Because these occur more or less randomly (except for oil changes), the costs are hard to compute, but depending on the make and model, maintenance costs can get up there to the thousands of dollars annually. Some talented people fix their own cars, but not all of us have the time or competency. Still, liberal society has decided to impose this burden on us by expecting us to be private car owners.

4. The car note. Most people pay one. It's the direct cost of ownership, because most people can't afford to buy one outright. This is not permanent, but it a financial burden endured by working people.

So, why all the complaining? Well, car ownership was not a conscious choice made by all Amerikans. Some Amerikans just want to make the best of what situation they're dealt, and therefore buy "fun" but gas guzzling or high priced vehicles. Poor Amerikans spend up to a third of their income on transport costs, compared to 5-10% in Europe for the same income percentile range. This is mainly because of the lack of alternatives to cars. Amtrak's national map is paltry. Buses and planes fill the gap, and the quality of these services has been declining for decades. There is no hope for high speed rail in the near or medium term future.

I am hopeful that the cost of gas never decreases and stays at around $4-5 from here on out. Hopefully it goes even higher. It is unfortunate that prior generations emphasized the car as if we would never run out of energy or money to supply them with the requisite inputs for them to be useful, but it serves us right, and we deserve the pain. Now our whole country's built environment save for one or two places established before the car presumes car ownership. It's tough, but things have to get worse to get better. In the realm of private, personal, transport: small electric vehicles - e-bikes, mopeds, and so on - have a bright future. They're cheaper than cars, easier to maintain, and if more people opt for them over lifted pick-ups, they'll be safer to ride, and traffic jams will be less frequent. We'll also have to build our cities to be more dense. None of this will please the extant American middle class, but they're due to be liquidated, and I, for one, can not wait.

Posted by: fnord | Jun 20 2022 16:30 utc | 157

@ rjb1.5 | Jun 20 2022 15:17 utc | 154

Beans, with corn and squash, comprise the "three sisters" which, planted together in the field, have built strong American bodies from time immemorial. It's such a splendid heritage we have from the previous residents, and from some resident indigenous, to lose any of it thoughtlessly is the height of white tastelessness. (Did you ever notice? There's no such thing as "British cuisine" -- except maybe as a punchline.)

Black and pinto and navy and lima beans can be lovingly raised, but there's a whole universe of new-world variants out there. We have a corona bean vine which overwintered, and has consumed the trellis this Spring. Big as your thumb, like a gnocchi in the sauce, those huge white corona beans. Scarlet runners are almost as large, and pretty as jewelry -- easy to grow so long as any pollinators come by.

Getting to know such beans and how to prepare them helped me get through the past few years in maybe somewhat okay shape. For my last meal, after they sentence me to death, I'd like to be allowed to prepare my own beans.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 20 2022 16:33 utc | 158

@ fnord | Jun 20 2022 16:30 utc | 157

lol... i mostly agree with you... where in louisiana do you live? new orleans by chance?

Posted by: james | Jun 20 2022 16:49 utc | 159

Are you kidding? Mélanchon left the Socialist Party in 2008. The socialists' liberal-blairist turn began in 1984.

Posted by: Leuk

Writing his name with an "a" is a far-right meme. I do not know if you are, but you act like one. (Though you didn't do it the first time, is it pavlovian when you talk to a "leftard" ?)

Indeed, JLM stayed too long in this party, but as you mentioned it, he has been ministre-délégué à l'enseignement professionnel (appointed vocational education minister) for which he did some improvements and he tried for years to change the line of the party from the inside. He took a certain amount of bad decisions in his life, some of which he regrets. Finally, after a last unsuccessful try, he walked out.

So no, he didn't accompany anything, he mostly navigated against the flow.

Funny though that for you, the French socialist party was Blairist even before Blair cracked the whip... Actually, maybe it was Blair who was Mitterandian...

Posted by: xiao pignouf | Jun 20 2022 16:51 utc | 160

@ xiao pignouf | 160

« Mitterandian »... You write Mitterrand with only one r, it is very, VERY suspicious.

Posted by: Leu | Jun 20 2022 17:29 utc | 161

unexpected Storm Front : SYRIA

19.06.2022 HTS WITHDRAWS FROM SYRIA’S AFRIN UPON ORDERS FROM TURKEY according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (boo hiss boo); besides I read 3 wks ago, Turkey started culling unruly IS mercs in Idlib

HTS stormed Afrin with a large force a day earlier in support of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement which was attacked by the al-Shamiya Front and other factions of the Syrian National Army (SNA) as a result of a months-old territorial dispute.

While Ahrar al-Sham itself is a faction of the SNA, its current leadership is very close to HTS. In fact, al-Shamiya and several others factions in Turkish-occupied areas consider Ahrar al-Sham to be a mere proxy of HTS.
[...]
HTS’s rapid advance in Afrin confirmed that it enjoys strong influence in Turkish-occupied areas in the northern Aleppo countryside. This successful endeavor will likely encourage the terrorist group to further expand its presence in these areas in the near future. Turkey appears to be in a hurry [not really] to end the conflict between its proxies, likely to resume preparations for its upcoming operation against Kurdish forces in the northern Aleppo countryside.

20.06.2022 KURDISH, PRO-GOVERNMENT & IRANIAN-BACKED FORCES set up joint operations room in ALEPPO, according to Al-Monitor

The move came amid preparations by the Turkish military and its proxies to launched a new operation against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). President Recent Tayyip Erdogan said in a recent speech that the main targets of the operation will be the towns of Tell Rifaat and Manbij.
[...]
the ["North Thunderbolt"] operations room includes units from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units [KPP]; the Iranian-backed Fatemiyoun; Lebanese Hezbollah; the Iranian-backed local formations in the Shiite towns of Nubl and al-Zahraa; pro-government formation from the towns of Abna al-Sahel, Hayyan, Haraytan, Anadan and Masakan; and the Baath Brigades.

Two Russian RF VKS officers, three officers from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC], three Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leaders and two leaders from the pro-government forces are reportedly present at the operations room, which commands some 600 fighters.
[...]
The joint operations room is only one of several steps being taken to deter Turkey. The Syrian Arab Army deployed large reinforcements in the northern Aleppo countryside in the last few weeks. Russian forces also increased their presence in the region. Despite all these measures, Turkey appears to be determined to launch a new operation against the SDF. Russia has already warned that such a move will worsen the humanitarian situation in Syria and could lead to a confrontation between the Turkish and Syrian armies.

Meanwhile IDF continues to bomb Syria and Iraq with impunity.

Let's recap combantants Y11
SDF, SAA, SNA, SyAAF, RU VKS, US PMU), IL, TR/TAF, YPG, PKK, KPP, IS/DAESH/HTS

MILITARY SITUATION IN SYRIA ON JUNE 13, 2022 (MAP UPDATE), 13 June
north western (Idlib) and eastern Syria; north western Iraq (Kurdistan Regional Gov, Iraq)

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 20 2022 18:19 utc | 162

Rebekah Koffler (former DIA, author of Putin's Playbook) says the DIA/CIA had wargames pitting the US/Nato against Russia. Every time the red team (Russia) won. Then why did the US decide to go ahead with this conflict (proxy or not)? Was the total economic war supposed to be the solution? Newsflash: it failed. (BTW, Andrei Martyanov says Koffler does not know anything).

Posted by: Jonathan W | Jun 20 2022 18:33 utc | 163

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 20 2022 15:56 utc | 156

Re the Big Jeep: Ha ha!

Meanwhile, breaking news:
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/breaking-run-banks-china-long-lines-henan-shanghai-dandong/

Yes, this is a partisan site, but I find they often have breaking news stories that don't show up in MSM. And usually they are accurate as verified by later reporting or events.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 20 2022 18:52 utc | 164

Aleph_Null | Jun 20 2022 16:33 utc | 158
cool. thanks.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 20 2022 19:32 utc | 165

@82 Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2022 0:29 utc

I have two autistic step children. I've searched for about a decade for answers as to why they are they way they are, and the conclusion was likely vaccinations. Two different genders, two different diagnosises.

The adjuvants used are the problem. Mercury? Aluminium? Until recently, there had never been a study in the effects of these.

Mercury

We desperately need transparency in medicine, and that medicine needs to focus on the patient, not profit.

Posted by: Some Random Passerby | Jun 20 2022 19:59 utc | 166

They are on a roll today at TGP:
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/president-putin-know-losing-war-ukraine/

"The fact that you require your students to take three times the number of courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology is further proof of Russia lagging behind the west. See, we understand what is really important. First, small children need to understand there is no such thing as male and female. Once they understand that they do not have to waste their time learning about chromosomes. Men get pregnant and need tampons (though a shortage of those has cropped up). Second, we believe deeply in promoting racial division based on the pigment of someone’s skin. You crazy Russians operate under the delusion that national unity is something important. Not here. We have come to understand that we need to destroy our heritage and recreate something new, which includes recognizing there are at least 72 genders.

And why waste time teaching advanced math skills like calculus. We realize that keeping a majority of our black youths illiterate but capable of making change for a $100 dollar bill when they sell an ounce of crack or meth, is far more important then equipping them with skills that would allow them to live as free men and women. Our government knows what is best for them.

You claim to have a modern military, but you lack the legion of lobbyists working for defense firms that supply us with the know how to produce $600 toilet seats. That is a skill you Russians certainly lack. You do not give your Generals and Admirals the opportunity to whore themselves in the private sector and become rich selling useless weapon systems. If you would simply follow our system you would not have the problem with corruption that weakens Russia. Just look at Washington, DC and the surrounding suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. They are the wealthiest counties in the country and they do not actually manufacture anything.

And you should take no comfort in the fact that the U.S. military services are failing dramatically to attract new recruits. We have an excellent reserve force of proven killers. They inhabit our major cities and hone their firearm skills by regularly conducting ambushes and attacks. People worried about rising crime rates in the United States are just stupid. They value personal safety over being willing to sacrifice that safety so that our criminal gangs can engage in live fire operations in real urban centers. Can’t get better training than that. Just ask your Chechen lads who took out our Nazi friends in Mariupol.

Vlad–mind if I call you Vlad?–you need to face the facts that NATO is a military powerhouse. Yeah, I saw your Minister of Defense briefing today. In case you are too busy sobbing over your impending defeat, let me summarize the highlights:........"

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 20 2022 21:30 utc | 167

waynorinorway | Jun 20 2022 7:28 utc | 116
Tom_12 | Jun 20 2022 7:46 utc | 120

Here's a link to the court decision regarding the study Wakefield helped design and administer. There is no mention of fraud by any of the parties. This was an ethics case decided in favor of the doctor(s) who appealed a finding of "serious professional misconduct" by the Preliminary Proceedings Committee to a Fitness to Practise Panel (the panel).

"England and Wales High Court (Administrative Court) Decisions"

HTML VERSION OF JUDGMENT


Posted by: pogohere | Jun 20 2022 23:19 utc | 168

Posted by: S | Jun 20 2022 15:01 utc | 153

Note that I said (somewhat clumsily) "largely small but greatly exaggerated" - that was a reference to the same notion I was trying to explain in this thread. The protests - at that time - were not as well understood as they are now and as I postulated, it's almost a certainty that - as with the George Floyd protests - a small number of violent agitators and accelerationist agitators - were the ones waving the Nazi and Confederate flags in Canada.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2022 23:55 utc | 169

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 20 2022 12:12 utc | 136

Insincere can imply more than disingenuous. Insincerity may be a sign of someone who simply isn't willing to dig any deeper than what they've read or been told and espouse that particular viewpoint aggressively regardless. IMO, disingenuousness implies a studied attempt to push debunked or incorrect assertions by a person who understands exactly what 'both sides' of an argument really look like when communicated genuinely.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2022 23:58 utc | 170

Posted by: Some Random Passerby | Jun 20 2022 19:59 utc | 166

My problem with the mercury hypothesis is in amounts. There would have to have been a batch (or several) of vaccines (the traditional, not mRNA variety) that had way too much mercury, well beyond the stated amounts. That said, would I argue stridently that this couldn't have happened and that the pharma companies involved didn't hide it? Of course not. However, this would have been just some batches, not vaccine 'technology' in general. IOW, there *shouldn't* have been enough mercury or any heavy metals in the vaccines to matter. We all are exposed to those elements every day in tiny amounts.

On a personal note, back in 2012 when I could afford to do so (I'd been self-employed and kinda broke by taking some business chances prior) I had all the mercury amalgam fillings in my teeth replaced by ceramics and my brain fog vanished after a few years, so I'm definitely not arguing that those substances cannot cause autism or any number of cognitive development issues.

But at the end of the day, the *original* basis of the anti-vaxx movement was hoooie. Utter bullshit and unethical falsification of data. And it snowballed from there despite a thorough investigative debunking. Are you familiar with this reporter's work?

https://briandeer.com/mmr/lancet-summary.htm

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 0:04 utc | 171

We desperately need transparency in medicine, and that medicine needs to focus on the patient, not profit.

Posted by: Some Random Passerby | Jun 20 2022 19:59 utc | 166

BTW I completely agree. Which is why we need M4A or another form of universal healthcare and to rein in lobbying and get "dark" money out of elections.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 0:14 utc | 172

Posted by: Tom_12 | Jun 20 2022 6:44 utc | 112

No, cowgirl. Because Brian Deer's investigation into Wakefield's quackery and violation of ethics exposed the *original* basis of the anti-vaxx movement. See my penultimate post.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 0:17 utc | 173

Posted by: Tom_12 | Jun 20 2022 6:44 utc | 112

Continued...

I don't think you read what I actually wrote. Even if your notion is that Fauci et. al. are actively engaged - meaning knowingly - in a population reduction scheme, then my points still hold. Telling people to wear masks in the midst of an aerosol-spread pandemic is in fact legitimate advice. But again, the indictment of western capitalism remains. They got it wrong at first, and I don't recall the exact history or timeline, but I think it had to do with lack of sufficient supplies of 'surgical' or other n95 equivalent masks and PPE. That's because of the just-in-time BS forced down our throats by the "experts" in capitalism, logistics, the supply chain and profits intentionally didn't keep enough stock on hand for an event such as they, themselves, had postulated might happen. Regardless...

Back to my first reply to you, my statement centered on the ORIGINAL anti-vaxx movement. As was clearly stated. If you want to argue whether Fauci, et. al. are lizard people bent on removing actual humans from the planet, take it up with someone else.

And you also failed to read or comprehend what I wrote in the very same post you rushed to criticize, because I SPECIFICALLY referenced the biolabs in China and Ukraine (and elsewhere on the Russian/Chinese periphery) to which GoF research was outsourced/off-shored to get around domestic moratoriums.

Furthermore, I never once defended or tried to justify mRNA vaccine technology; quite the contrary. But FWIW, I received 3 "Clot Shots" as did my (at the time) pregnant wife and all of both our large extended families and no negative outcomes. My father in law, who received Phizer and still caught COVID, developed an autoimmune disorder that literally right now has him in surgery to remove his colon. His immune system continued attacking his intestines even after he was testing negative for infection with the virus. This is a (novel, I think) phenomenon witnessed among both vaxxed and unvaxxed people. DYOR.

Seriously dude. Try harder. Go looking for enemies and you're very liable to find them, no matter where your gaze lands.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 0:29 utc | 174

PCR latest about Life Today featuring opinion regarding Assange situation and some vaccine issues too...

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/06/19/the-british-government-has-flushed-honor/

We are handed narratives that serve secret agendas, and we are not permitted to question them. This is the hallmark of a totalitarian system. Totalitarian systems are now what exist everywhere in the Western world. Freedom, except for sexual perversion, exists nowhere in the Western world. Today in American universities, supposedly fonts of free inquiry, tenured professors are fired for using gender pronouns. People are excluded from social media if they disagree that a sexually fully equipped male is a female by self-declaration or if they disagree that the Covid vaccination is safe. This is still the case even though the court-ordered release of Pfizer documents prove beyond all doubt that the vaccine is, and was known to be prior to its use, deadly.

So as Pontius Pilate delivered Jesus to the Jews, the British Home Secretary has delivered an honest journalist to the criminal American government officials he exposed. Vengeance, said the Indian Priti Patel speaking for Britain, rules. Not law. Not justice. British honor is gone with the wind.

Julian Assange Faces an Election Year Show Trial Based on a Mountain of Lies

Assange should be given the Medal of Honor, Not Subjected to a Stalinist Show Trial

https://www.rt.com/news/557429-assange-extradition-trial-us/

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 0:35 utc | 175

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 0:29 utc | 174

"My father in law, who received Phizer and still caught COVID, developed an autoimmune disorder that literally right now has him in surgery to remove his colon. His immune system continued attacking his intestines even after he was testing negative for infection with the virus. This is a (novel, I think) phenomenon witnessed among both vaxxed and unvaxxed people. DYOR."

Have been leery of corporate US medicine for decades for a variety of reasons, but not fanatic. And because have suffered from an immune-compromising disease (Lyme) for many years (mainly worked through but never entirely goes away apparently) it is not recommended to take these vaccines so that was an easy call. However, I do remember expressing doubt to a couple of friends along the lines of: 'how do we know that everyone is getting the same stuff?' and then later stumbling on a web site publishing the significant differences between batches.

So this was a VERY experimental experimental vaccine. Indeed, the mass vaccination campaign was itself a huge experiment.

Maybe this was to get it right.
Or maybe it is to find the most deleterious combinations.

Either way, I don't trust those bastards.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 0:40 utc | 176

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 0:35 utc | 175

110% agree on Assange.

I do my best not to wade into the culture wars and all of this transgender crap that's getting so much 'press' lately. I'll wait until my kids are of age and take a look at what they're being taught at the time, then attempt to pass judgment.

As far as sexual perversions, you'd need to expound. Sodomy was against the law here in Texas until very recently. I personally do not care what people do in their own bedrooms or in parades down Central Avenue, and when the government takes a stance on it, it's usually in the form of a religious-themed crackdown or persecution. Kinda like we accuse Iran or other countries of doing.

RE: mRNA vaccines, they had definitely been under intense study for a long time, and I don't have enough information to say that it's a faulty technology. My problem is in how the capitalist/investor/bureaucrat class managed to monetize the whole thing right under our noses. IOW, they weren't *as* rushed as the conspiracy narratives would have you believe, but - like 9/11 - there are more unanswered questions than answered swirling around the whole debacle.

It comes down to transparency, IMO. Like you and I have said, there is probably a profound difference among batches of vaccines, mRNA or otherwise. And it's the libertarian free-market corporate-capitalist for-profit western medicine industry which, as in other industries has captured government regulation that enables it to happen - see baby formula. (not that a totalitarian state is guaranteed to prevent it).

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 0:56 utc | 177

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 0:40 utc | 176

Hate to divulge so much personal/familial information here, but my sister for years was convinced she had Lyme disease. She went to college in Connecticut where those ticks were initially spreading it back in the 90s. Turns out she has some form of MS, no idea the cause as we haven't spoken in half a decade, which caused lesions on her nervous tissues, particularly around the spinal cord and medula oblongata. Whatever her doctors have prescribed must be working now, as she no longer has debilitating symptoms and is able to work. She's also very smart.

And to follow up on mRNA and vaccines, I think most of them regardless of method have been to some extent experimental. I don't trust 'em either though. If I was Black I'd probably be 10X more skeptical as well. I've been directly exposed to COVID positive individuals (and groups) several times since I received my third (and last, never getting another mRNA verion - waiting for novavax if I ever feel the need) shot and haven't caught it yet. We do think we had COVID in January of 2020 after an extended trip up and down Cali, but "officially" it hadn't arrived in the US or started "community spread" at that point.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 1:03 utc | 178

@ rjb1.5 | Jun 20 2022 19:32 utc | 165

Thanks for indulging my predilection for radical evangelical veganism -- decolonize your diet, and all that! Virtually everything which makes a long life on planet Earth worth the trouble is actually pretty darn cheap, in terms of money -- though time-consuming, perhaps. Worthwhile activities chew through your whole day -- leaving less time to review MoA messages.

Only two things that money can't buy:
That's true love and homegrown tomatoes.

I'm a doomer, I've confessed. I only play a cheerful person on TV. From where I sit, each additional day is a gift (also known as "the present").

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 21 2022 1:34 utc | 179

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 1:03 utc | 178

Lyme Disease supposedly comes from a complex cocktail of pathogens delivered by tick bite. Plum Island, about 10 miles from Lyme, was experimenting with tick-delivered pathogens and so although never admitted or proven it's quite likely that some got out and were carried to the mainland by birds. Pretty much all songbirds in the US, plus all rats, mice, cats and wild animals are Lyme disease carriers which is why people in California get it despite the how many miles per year ticks and deer travel theory has it decades away from reaching the West Coast.

The cocktail features a famous bacteria (borrelia) but also many other bacteria and virus which vary from region to region and tick to tick. Each person bitten by ticks from the same field develop different symptoms and cultivate differing strains which change within that person over time. So focusing on the exact make-up of the pathogens is fruitless. IMO.

Generally, people with strong immunity to pathogens feel nothing. However, they lodge in the body beyond the reach of usual pathogen-busting agents and if ten years after being bitten you go through a high-stress period or for any reason your immune system goes down then you might start manifesting systems.

Some doctors call LD 'the Great Imitator.' Many people with MS, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Lou Gerik (?), ALS (?) and many more auto-immune or chronic conditions find out after years that they have Lyme Disease. Sometimes they feel this means that the other diagnoses were wrong. My personal opinion is that all these diseases are essentially the same, namely chronic immune system deficiency syndromes. Some people get paralyzed, some have only a mild flu (or nothing), some have brain disorders, others different organ dysfunctions, many have nerve-related issues because the bacteria like to feed of the nerve linings and so forth. Some people only have one main symptom (the most universal one being insomnia which is exacerbated by EMF from WIFI and cell phone towers btw) and others go through cycles of varying symptoms, some debilitating some just hassles.

At some point you may find a way to restore your immune system functions and push away the illness phases. Restoring immunity is something that involves eating right (low inflammation diets) and learning how to be genuinely happy. I believe it is not possible to restore a busted immune system without restoring one's spirits. Doesn't have to be religious or whatever but something has to change. Chronic disease is an uncompromising teacher forcing you to avoid bad behaviors and cultivating good ones. A strange type of gift. It definitely changed my life for the better though I still hold on to too many bad habits, one of which is spending too much time on the computer! Once our new house is finished in 2-3 months hopefully that quotient will go down significantly. Right now we are in waiting mode.... waiting for a new house and waiting to see if the fin del mundo will hit before we have time to save up a little more again and learn how to garden!!

Congratulations to your sister. It's quite the journey....

PS: one of the principal causes of weak immune systems apart from just living badly is antibiotics. They are seriously over-prescribed, especially by dentists. It has been determined that the damage done to the native immune system by antibiotics is more or less irreparable. The probiotics they sell don't work. The only thing that does work is fecal implants but they are distasteful to contemplate and administer and after 20 years the method - which can deliver miraculous cures of all sorts of conditions - has not been commercialized. Basically you take fecal samples from perfectly healthy people and put them into the sick person's colon whose microbiome down there gets repopulated with a beneficial mix (hundreds of different types, not a couple of dozen) that in turn completely turns the patients' health around.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 1:37 utc | 180

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 21 2022 1:34 utc | 179

Shame, guess I'm doomed to die much sooner and in more pain. I just smoked a whole locally grown chicken and it's very tasty. Also very healthy including the fat. ;-)

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 1:38 utc | 181

Generally, people with strong immunity to pathogens feel nothing. However, they lodge in the body beyond the reach of usual pathogen-busting agents and if ten years after being bitten you go through a high-stress period or for any reason your immune system goes down then you might start manifesting systems.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 1:37 utc | 180

Yeah, I did quite a bit of research on it at the time. Apparently one theory - perhaps the prevailing one - is that Lyme bacteria form 'bio-films' which enable them to hide from the immune system while still making forays into the body at times causing flare-ups.

Another tick disease which has come to light recently is a severe (mostly red) meat allergy. A person gets bitten by a tick and then a few months or a year later develops a massive allergic response to eating lamb, beef or even pork.

RE: antibiotics and being overprescribed - the real culprit is factory farmed meat. They introduced so many antibiotics to the food chain that many strains of bacteria developed resistance or immunity well before entering the human food or contagion cycle.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 1:42 utc | 182

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 1:37 utc | 180

Sorry forgot the last part - Yep, we were intensely researching fecal biome treatments for the father-in-law. There's also something called 'biologic infusion' which is apparently given at chemotherapy clinics, but isn't actually chemo and it's administered via IV rather than a turkey baster up the butt, lol.

I'm right now waiting on updates from his surgery. Unfortunately he's going to need a colostomy bag for few months minimum until he can have some sort of human or aritificial colon organ (?) transplanted.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 1:54 utc | 183

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 1:42 utc | 182

That's not a theory but an observed fact. There is the basic bacteria/ spirocete (tiny and corkscrew shaped) and then it can roll up into a hard tiny ball not perceived by immune systems (so tiny that like the much like pre-balled-up spirocete it can dwell in no end of places too small for immune system T-Cells and such like to enter) and go dormant for decades (they don't know how long, might even be centuries) and finally the third manifestation is as a biofilm which is basically a little town of them wherein, like ants, the ones on the surface develop different functions to the ones in the middle, which is quite fascinating. In any case, they can repel borders but also apparently are very good at just becoming part of the host's body and no longer triggering immune system reactions. But then some of them later can again become harmful. But since there are so many different variations of these things from person to person and region to region it is well nigh impossible to study the whole thing in depth and draw any applicable, universal conclusions.

Interesting factoid: it can reasonably be claimed that bacteria are the building blocks of intelligent life. Even though we have many specifically human cells, they are build from bacterial design or technology. Bacteria can 'read' all human cells as if they were bacteria because to bacteria our cells are of the same basic make up. It's like bacteria are the bricks of life and more complex organismic cells are like structures made from those bricks. A house might not look like a brick but it's made of them nevertheless. Bacteria exhibit sophisticated group intelligence, some bacterial populations are many miles long and wide and they do extraordinary things (like making rain and so forth). Anyway....

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 1:55 utc | 184

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 1:55 utc | 184

Since we're way O/T and I've been divulging personal info of great importance to Google and the CIA, about a month ago I decided to buy some new probiotic which was supposedly developed from the "gut biome" of elite athletes. I only bought a month's supply which was pretty damn expensive (~$70) and I didn't do a controlled experiment (i.e. eliminating other variables like my GPLC supplement) but I do think it enhanced my feeling of well being and to a lesser extent stamina while exercising on the rowing machine and running with the dog.

But you're right as far as I care. Even though I don't think bacteria can penetrate a cell (like a virus can after which it hijacks), they're obviously very important organisms and we've spent far too long treating them like pests only when their presence in our bodies is one of the keys to all sorts of maladies but also health.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 2:02 utc | 185

ZH has a posting up that has Premium restricted access and refers to a substack piece that I didn't click on BUT

It says that the US is the only country giving Big Pharma Covid shit to babies and infants....(I don't know if it reports that is because it gives them immunity from prosecution from all the rest.....America has swallowed Covid hook, line and sinker lies...for profit and income streams)

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 21 2022 2:05 utc | 186

The free Julian Assange campaign picks up urgency and pace in Australia. Now PM Albo needs to pick up the phone to Australia's declining and faltering 'allies' and get tough.
 
https://johnmenadue.com/if-albanese-asks-for-assanges-freedom-biden-has-every-reason-to-agree-bob-carr/

https://johnmenadue.com/julian-assange-albanese-government-enough-is-enough/

Posted by: Paul | Jun 21 2022 2:11 utc | 187

Posted by: Paul | Jun 21 2022 2:11 utc | 187

Think I saw the same article reposted at Consortium News earlier. Australian citizens with a conscience as well as Americans and Brits should be urging him to call this bullshit off.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 2:15 utc | 188

@ Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 1:38 utc | 181

People seem to have little experience of vegans -- sort of like Russians, perhaps: we don't bump into that many. Carnivores consistently get a real charge out of daring to defy the rules they imagine I've set for them: OMG no! You ate chicken? Shame on you, you bad bad person! Is that the satisfying reaction for which you fish? Then fish elsewhere, because I could care less what they feed to the chickens you consume. If you don't care, then neither do I.

I prepare food for the quadrupeds in my household, using raw meat. (I would not even trust any company's processed sludge for my dogs and cats.)* Over the years, the most frequent food allergy we've encountered is a bad reaction to chicken. It's one thing if you raise birds out in your own backyard. But face it: You have no idea what they're feeding those industrially-farmed chickens. Garbage in, garbage out, you know.

*Do you remember melamine? Toxic sludge in canned dog and cat food, just to enhance the protein read-out and cheat a few more bucks from the system. Premium brands like Iams, Science Diet... friends of mine lost dear ones because they trusted corporate food for their companion animals. Corporate culture has never in history been any more reliable with food-like products for humans.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 21 2022 2:18 utc | 189

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 21 2022 2:18 utc | 189

haha, I get you. But this chicken cost me $9 and was (allegedly?) raised at this big local non-factory farm nearby. I'm not proposing poultry* as the protein of choice for the next millennium; nah - insects are where it's at. Soy don't do it for me.

While I do have personal issues with various creatures in my diet, for example I'm fine with killing and eating any creature that - if it were larger than me would do the same - I'm also OKAY with meat so long as I have a good understanding of the "chain of custody." Just not much red meat.

To the point about whether an organism is larger than me, I'd like to point out to the cat people that your cat would maim, torture and maybe eat you if it were 5x its present size. Dogs, no. I'm a dog person. Same goes for when the pet 'domesticated' 10x size wolf spider or boa or scorpion become the next house cat in 200 years. They'd eat you if they could, brothers.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 2:33 utc | 190

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 2:02 utc | 185

"I only bought a month's supply which was pretty damn expensive (~$70) and I didn't do a controlled experiment (i.e. eliminating other variables like my GPLC supplement) but I do think it enhanced my feeling of well being and to a lesser extent stamina while exercising on the rowing machine and running with the dog."

Interesting. I stopped following health issues a few years ago as part of curing the Lyme Disease condition. Basically was trying to walk away from feeling like a sick person. Mainly, it worked. That new probiotic sounds promising but I would guess that
a) it's a limited selection of microbiota and
b) the effects probably won't last.

But would love to be wrong!

"But you're right as far as I care. Even though I don't think bacteria can penetrate a cell (like a virus can after which it hijacks), they're obviously very important organisms and we've spent far too long treating them like pests only when their presence in our bodies is one of the keys to all sorts of maladies but also health."

They make vitamins from the food we eat.
Without their participation our brains wouldn't complete various functions.
There is more synaptic activity in the enteric (lower) brain than the upper (head) brain of which all such processes involve bacterial participation - whose population far outnumbers human cells in our bodies.

Consequently, one could make the argument that complex organisms like animals and humans have been grown by bacterial intelligence to do things like move around, fly, dig into the earth, learn to see colours, hear sounds and so forth. Now I happen to believe there are spheres or fields of Intelligence behind or underneath bacterial which have to do with formless elements which can be said to exist within open space itself, but that's getting WAY off topic. In any case, bacterial entities and intelligence is a truly mind blowing sphere.

Quite possibly the next great medical advances will come from learning much more about the microbiome etc. But then that will bring us back full circle (most likely) to plant aka herbal medicine because nothing communicates better with the natural world, including microbial, than plants whose genetic code is far more complex than our own.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 2:37 utc | 191

@ Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 2:33 utc | 190

I can authoritatively testify that old-age has, at least, this one advantage: your gut-biome gets much more communicative as you age. For those capable of listening, mature years can be a time of learning from the bacteria in charge.

Hopefully, the diet is simple enough in the first place that one can distinguish signal from noise, when disturbances arise. You have not attained truly salubrious humility until you're able to listen to constructive suggestions from all the gastro-intestinal bugs (millions and millions!) using your body as an condominium.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 21 2022 2:53 utc | 192

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 2:37 utc | 191

Makes me think of the fungi that hijack the brains of ants to self immolate and somehow promote the fungus's life cycle. Shilajit is a supplement derived from some of 'em.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 21 2022 2:53 utc | 192

Isn't that one of the conundrums of growing old...If you could have your same brain with the same knowledge and wisdom, would you go back to high school in your youthful body, and if so what would you do?

Seriously though, yeah. I'm not on that level yet. Since I started taking bulk forming fiber (metamucil or psyllium husk) I've miraculously ditched a few long-lasted ailments like irritable bowel and such. Just that and that alone without any pre- or pro-biotics (at least those which I consume intentionally as supplements). But no way I'm at the point where I can tell which and what foods subtly influence my gut biome in a definitive manner and which lead to qualitatively or quantifiably better or worse health and/or well-being.

Got a friend who is open about the fact he submitted various blood/genetic samples to determine gluten allergies or sensitivity and *isn't* but still insists on making a fuss about it at restaurants and only buying gluten free beer and such. Damm Estrella is one Spanish beer that's always been free of it and I've always liked it very much, but I don't notice gluten in my beer one way or the other.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 3:03 utc | 193

Shame, guess I'm doomed to die much sooner and in more pain. I just smoked a whole locally grown chicken and it's very tasty. Also very healthy including the fat. ;-)

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 1:38 utc | 181

Well, I hope you didn't eat the entire chicken in one sitting. Maybe it's just me, but -- all questions of portion size aside -- my stomach would react violently to a whole chicken's worth of fat.

On a somewhat more serious note, don't spurn the beans. As my DO says: You can never get enough fiber, and training yourself to eat at least the RDA of fiber will do as much for your intestinal health as an expensive probiotic.

Posted by: malenkov | Jun 21 2022 3:03 utc | 194

Posted by: malenkov | Jun 21 2022 3:03 utc | 194

Didn't even finish a quarter of it, and it was delicious. Cut it in half and put one half in some ceramic storage ware and 'pulled' the meat from the other half for sandwiches or enchiladas. But no way I'd eat a whole chicken's worth of fat at once. The smoking/cooking process 'renders' much of it away to begin with. I do enjoy the crispy skin though. I smoked the whole thing, but didn't eat the whole thing!

Interestingly enough I mentioned my fiber regimen just above. It just works. Beans and legumes are the basis for just about any diet among people who live far longer than the 'western' average I'm aware of.

Back to fiber, another benefit of it (preferably bulk forming) is that it makes you feel more full and prone to eat less at any given sitting.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 3:08 utc | 195

Sanctioned Australians, the Russian list,

https://www.afr.com/world/europe/kremlin-names-and-shames-its-121-least-favourite-aussies-20220616-p5auek 

London | The Kremlin has issued an eclectic hit list of its 121 least favourite Australians, banning the “Russophobic” journalists, CEOs, defence chiefs, academics and think tankers from setting foot in Russia.

Mining magnates Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart, Atlassian bosses Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, property tycoon Harry Triguboff and media moguls Lachlan Murdoch and Kerry Stokes were among the business chiefs on the kaleidoscopic list.

https://mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/1818118/

The journalists included a spread of foreign correspondents, high-profile columnists and media company executives.These ranged from ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose to Sky News and Herald Sun commentator Andrew Bolt. The group includes most - but not all - reporters who have been to Ukraine or its neighbours, and a swathe of their senior editors.The Australian Financial Review editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury, senior writer Aaron Patrick and former special correspondent in Ukraine Misha Zelinsky were on the list....Table with 2 columns and 121 rows. Currently displaying rows 1 to 25.

1Rebecca ArmitageABC2Gay AlcornThe Age3Monica AttardUniversity of Technology Sydney4Justin BassiAustralian Strategic Policy Institute5Simon BensonThe Australian6John BlaxlandAustralian National University7Greg BiltonADF8Olga BoichakUniversity of Technology Sydney9Andrew BoltSky News10Michael BrissendenABC11Annika BurgessABC12Rick BurrADF13Ita ButtroseABC14Angus CampbellADF15Eric CampbellABC16Mike Cannon-BrookesAtlassian17Peter CostelloNine18Anthony DaltonADF19Jason DaseyABC20Mark DaviesRio Tinto21Malcolm DavisAustralian Institute for Strategic Policy22Anthony De CeglieWest Australian23Robert DenneyADF24Paul DibbAustralian National University25Christopher DoreThe Australian

Posted by: Paul | Jun 21 2022 3:25 utc | 196

@scorpion 180
My youngest was diagnosed with Lyme 1 year ago.
She was 6 when she contacted.
She underwent 3 different phases of antibiotics.
The first caused allergic reactions.
Bad reactions. I’m talking about hives all over her body and face.
I was freaking the fuck out.

The second didn’t cause those reactions, but also didn’t reduce her symptoms:
Gland enlargement, fevers, headaches, eye pain

So we went with the third round, which seems to have the symptoms under control,
But not eliminated.
Three rounds of antibiotics is rough.

She will be having more blood work done shortly, and seeing an ophthalmologist to further isolate the disease.
Lyme is no joke.
We are also concerned about MS and any other disease that mimics Lyme (and vice versa)
And yes, it was from a tick, as far we can discern. She had a tick shortly before the symptoms started
and the doctors are operating under the understanding that it is Lyme.

Posted by: Cadence calls | Jun 21 2022 4:10 utc | 197

Below is a Xinhuanet posting I have not seen reported elsewhere


JERUSALEM, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Israel is building a U.S.-sponsored air defense alliance in the Middle East which has already thwarted attempted Iranian attacks, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Monday.

Dubbing the regional alliance as Middle East Air Defense (MEAD), Gantz said it is being built "in the wake of Iran's attempts to hit the region with rockets, cruise missiles and drones," according to an official transcript of his meeting with the parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

The Israeli defense minister revealed that he has been working on the extensive program together with the Pentagon and the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden over the past year.

Its aim is "to strengthen the cooperation between Israel and countries in the region under the auspices of the United States and CentCom (the U.S. Central Command)," Gantz said.

He did not specify which other countries in the region are part of the new alliance already "in operation."

Gantz said he was hopeful that the plan would be boosted by Biden's trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia in July.

Israel and Gulf countries have been drawn closer over the past years amid their shared concerns over Iran as Israel has been publicly calling for defense cooperation.


Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 21 2022 4:29 utc | 198

"If anything, my opinion was and is that the far-right (as they often have, including the "accelerationists" during the so-called George Floyd protests)....infiltrated the movement."
What "movement"? The Antifa/BLM terrorist network that did $2-4 billion in damage, got over 30 people killed, injured over 700 police officers and dozens of Secret Service agents? In other words, the real insurrection? The one that kicked off coordinated riots in dozens of U.S. cities...many of which had never seen any Antifa presence before? As for "far right" acceleration, that's a silly myth perpetuated by the MSM. They shut up about "umbrella man" and the Boogaloo turned out to be mostly leftists as well. Now Jan. 6 had some definite infiltration by Antifa and the Feds...

Posted by: Longshot | Jun 21 2022 5:22 utc | 199

the movement that tried to get justice for the numerous victims of brutal, corrupt lawless cops. cops and their servile bootlickers hated it. the best thing Ammon Bundy ever did was recognize the commonality of interests he shared with BLM.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jun 21 2022 9:50 utc | 200

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