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June 26, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - (NOT Ukraine) OT 2022-96

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Arnaud Bertrand @RnaudBertrand - 1:19 UTC · Dec 15, 2021

> The new "Uygur Forced Labour Prevention Act" that's about to be adopted by U.S. lawmakers might just be one of the most cynical pieces of U.S. legislation ever, and that's saying something.
A short 🧵
So here is a bill based on lies, presented as designed to "help people" when it in fact aims to destroy their livelihood, and to top it all will have disastrous effects on climate change. <

The U.S. is collaborating with Lithuania, but not with the EU, to provoke Russia. Lithuania issued false claims that EU sanctions force it to shut down Russian traffic to Kaliningrad. The U.S. issues 'leaks' about Lithuanian troops in Ukraine. All this for the purposes of baiting Russia into attacking a NATO country.

Other issues:




Use as open thread for things NOT related to Ukraine ...

Posted by b on June 26, 2022 at 13:42 UTC | Permalink

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ISR CoVID Vaxx Study of 17Jun2022CE: Pfizer BioNTech BNT162b2 mRNA Vaccine temporarily impairs semen concentration and total motile count among semen donors.

Data don't cover Recovery, Long-Term/Booster Taker Studies.

IMHO, we need to Stop these mRNAs and find out more about how they affect the Hormonal Systems. Children+Teens need to be Studied ASAP; because what're implied here include Hormone Suppression, Infertility, and Developmental Issues for those 25yoa (Physical Maturity of Brain+Most Organs) and younger.

Posted by: IronForge | Jun 26 2022 14:18 utc | 1

Of course you would have to be very naïve indeed to trust Google, but trends ==>

Remember when ==>

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 14:42 utc | 2

Central Banks Should Raise Rates Sharply or Risk High-Inflation Era, BIS Warns

The bank cautions that the steps necessary to get inflation under control could raise global economic costs


The world’s central banks must raise interest rates sharply, even if it significantly hurts growth, the institution known as the central banks’ central bank warned on Sunday. If they don’t, the world risks a 1970s-style inflationary spiral, the Bank for International Settlements said in its annual report. Even if they do, the global economy could face a toxic combination of low or negative growth and high inflation, known as stagflation, it said.


Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 15:06 utc | 3

thanks b... lots of great articles to consider! i have read part of the chas freeman interview and recommend it...

the issue of lithuania is a clear example of the usa driving a wedge between itself and europe... i wonder if europe can figure it out? they are so beholden to the usa!!

i liked larry johnsons article from yesterday -


opening paragraph -
"Remember when Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelinsky said in early June that the war in the Donbas hinged on what happens to Severodonetsk?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday the “fierce” battle for the city of Severodonetsk was probably one of the most difficult of the war, and its outcome will decide the fate of eastern Ukraine.

Why it matters: Severodonetsk is the last remaining major city in the Luhansk region of the Donbas under Ukrainian control.

Well, Ukraine ordered its forces to retreat and Russia has taken full control of Severodonetsk."

here is some solo piano music i quite like - Tigran Hamasyan - An Ancient Observer (Live 2017-10-25 @ Bonn, Germany) (Audio)

Posted by: james | Jun 26 2022 15:12 utc | 4

As promised, here is my last night post on the previous notUkraine open thread:

I'm up early on a Sunday that continues here and now to be blessedly rain producing, and it is fitting for this to be the summation of an admittedly amateur journey through Mikhail Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita".

I will repost this later, on the soon to be current Sunday Open thread, but I'm beginning now, as the stream of moisture flows from my roof down the path to my street (named 'Moon' in the native language here where I live). The full moon at the end of the novel returns us to the opening chapters, where it is the (always full for us mortals) sun that is setting. Apologies for the inadequate stream of thoughts, and do object if they seem too 'far out'.

Last night as I read through this MoA thread of comments, I had the thought that in this novel I could not remember a reference to children. At least, I was not remembering any - all the participants in this drama are adults, the macabre seemingly having no room for a child's perspective. I first surmised vaguely - perhaps there is one at Satan's ball. I was correct, and there is indeed a child being mentioned even before that - as Margarita is leaving Moscow she encounters a child!

Of course, when Roe vs. Wade was first being considered, many now commenting here were children themselves; I am old, we have been here before... so went my rain-orchestrated stream of thought. I noted next that when, in the novel, Satan enters the picture, two men are discussing, not Christ's teachings, but his very existence.

My musings then took the following path: each of us, existing now as adults, were once children. On this thread, (as in the novel), nonexistence is being debated, and with that debate the very existence of humanity has been, in a way, called into question. Okay, call that a stretch, but at least for the novel I think it makes sense. Perhaps Bulgakov is indirectly telling us why Stalin's era came to an end: there was left no room there for the happy existence of children.

A very significant moment in the novel - and only now I realize that indeed it occurs during Satan's ball - involves a woman who has murdered her child. That is Margarita's moment to shine - I won't describe it, just say it is pivotal.

Earlier I had observed that Bulgakov places only one disciple, Matthew Levi, in his Scriptural scenes, he being a former tax collector. I now observe that Matthew, for readers of that other narrative, the Bible, begins his Scriptural gospel by detailing the geneology and birth of Christ. Perhaps, for Bulgakov during the ongoing gestation of his novel, not even finished as his own life ends, this becomes his central message:

"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14

Posted by: juliania | Jun 26 2022 12:37 utc | 308

As an addendum that I think reinforces my thesis, here are the final two sentences of the last chapter of TM&M:

"...Someone was setting the master free, as he himself had just set free the hero he had created. This hero had gone into the abyss, gone irrevocably, the son of the astrologer-king, forgiven on the eve of Sunday, the cruel fifth procurator of Judea, the equestrian Pontius Pilate."

[my bold]

The above, final description of Pontius Pilate points back to the chapter "The Burial" in which Pilate dreams the following:

"Now we shall always be together," said the ragged, wandering philosopher in his dream, who for some unknown reason had crossed paths with the equestrian of the golden spear. "Where there's one of us, straight away there will be the other! Whenever I am remembered, you will at once be remembered too! I, the foundling, the son of unknown parents, and you, the son of an astrologer-king and a miller's daughter, the beautiful Pila."

Well then, even an astrologer's son has become a hero for Bulgakov. Ancestry is important; Pilate has been, and has been given his own brief geneology,perhaps fictional - certainly memorable.

Posted by: juliania | Jun 26 2022 15:35 utc | 5

B wrote: “Lithuania issued false claims that EU sanctions force it to shut down Russian traffic to Kaliningrad.”

I wouldn’t be so sure about that, the claims being false.

Think of the term Transfer and then think about the term Transit. Is transit a kind of transfer, or how do they relate to each other?

I’m asking because those 2 terms are important in understanding the sanctions regime imposed by the EU. There are official documents on the sanctions, although no one reads them. You would have to read them though if you truly want to assess the EU’s intentions, if they ever had any, with regard to Kaliningrad. What do these documents encompass, what do they imply, what do they exempt and rule out, and where is there ambiguity or misleading wording.

Just look at the mess that is the EU's sanctions law regarding Russia (current consolidated version).

Article 3g (p19)

1. It shall be prohibited:
(c) to transport iron and steel products as listed in Annex XVII if they originated in Russia or are being exported from Russia to any other country;

So iron and steel per se may not be ‘transported’, Annex XVII.
Btw, those annexes are very important, they range from long to even longer.

Article 3h (p20)

1. It shall be prohibited to sell, supply, transfer or export, directly or indirectly, luxury goods as listed in Annex XVIII, to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia.

Luxury goods (Annex XVIII) may not be ‘transported’. It’s not just “luxury goods” on this list, but ordinary household items, clothing, foodstuffs and so on.

Article 3i (p20)

1. It shall be prohibited to purchase, import, or transfer, directly or indirectly, goods which generate significant revenues for Russia thereby enabling its actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine, as listed in Annex XXI into the Union if they originate in Russia or are exported from Russia.

“Goods which generate significant revenues for Russia” (Annex XXI) may not be ‘transported’. Could a sanctions list be any more vague and sweeping?

Article 3k (p21) (p22)

1. It shall be prohibited to sell, supply, transfer or export, directly or indirectly, goods which could contribute in particular to the enhancement of Russian industrial capacities as listed in Annex XXIII, to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia.

Yes, it could. “Goods which could [not ‘will’, just ‘could’!] contribute in particular to the enhancement of Russian industrial capacities” (Annex XXIII). Again, no transportation.

Article 3l

1. It shall be prohibited for any road transport undertaking established in Russia to transport goods by road within the territory of the Union, including in transit.
2. The prohibition in paragraph 1 shall not apply to road transport undertakings transporting:
(a) mail as a universal service;
(b) goods in transit though the Union between the Kaliningrad Oblast and Russia, provided that the transport of such goods is not otherwise prohibited under this Regulation.

Now this is a very interesting provision. It’s the first time that specifically “transit” is mentioned (as opposed to “transfer”), albeit only with regard to road transport. At 1st glance, this may seem like a huge exemption for Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast. But it may only seem so, because there’s a further qualifier – ‘not otherwise prohibited’.

If I’m correct, rail transport isn’t mentioned at all in the document, and consequently is also not mentioned with regard to transit from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad.

So what did they have in mind regarding rail transit to Kaliningrad when compiling this sh#t? If anything at all… All I can say is that I have no idea. Did they have a future blockade of Kaliningrad in mind? Could be. Could also be the opposite, that they had no thought of this situation ever to occur as a consequence of their sanctions mania.

What I’m sure of, however, is that Russia’s reaction is much too weak. This is not just about their backyard (Ukraine), or the well-being of Russians in another country (Donbas). This is about their very own territory and their people living on it. It’s the unprovoked violation of longstanding and binding treaties. It’s a severe curbing of their sovereign rights, not to mention their international standing. It is a more than sufficient reason to go to war! Pesky Peskov has proven himself to be an idiot who is not up to the job. He needs to go, asap, and Maria should take his place. Someone who has experienced the Yeltsin years not as an end point, but as the starting conditions to get away from. Someone with better judgement than to wear a moustache in the style of a car salesman during the 80s. Someone with a better judgement than to marry a bimbo ice skater with business interests in the hostile west worth millions.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Jun 26 2022 15:41 utc | 6

The US "baited" Russia into a war in Ukraine. I don't think Russia needs to be baited anymore. They know this is a war between NATO (USA) and Russia. PCR maybe correct. The best think Russia can do it hit Lithuanian as hard as possible without going nuclear. The USA just doesn't know how to back down. It has to be made clear to them that Russia is going to continue to escalate.

Posted by: goldhoarder | Jun 26 2022 15:52 utc | 7

@ juliania

i left this on a previous thread, but i don't know if you saw it... i thought you might find it interesting and rewarding.. again - skip it if it doesn't interest you.. cheers

The Great Russian Restoration X: A Purge in the Russian Orthodox Church

Posted by: james | Jun 26 2022 15:57 utc | 8

Your resolver is probably wrong. resolves to resolves to

I am not very shocked not of your regular bar readers posts anything to let you know. Must be dim lit light bulbs here. I mean it would literally take someone 20 seconds to fix, but has been resolving wrong for a year that I know of.

Posted by: jane says | Jun 26 2022 16:05 utc | 9

@ jane says | Jun 26 2022 16:05 utc | 11

hopefully b sees your post and gets it fixed if it is true what you say..

Posted by: james | Jun 26 2022 16:16 utc | 10

Must be dim lit light bulbs here. I mean it would literally take someone 20 seconds to fix, but has been resolving wrong for a year that I know of.

Posted by: jane says | Jun 26 2022 16:05 utc | 11

What is "wrong"... As I understand it [subdomain] is the Comments section domain.

Non-www redirects to www, so what is the error you are attempting to fix?

Posted by: Opport Knocks | Jun 26 2022 16:33 utc | 11

@Scotch Bingeington #8
Indeed. As an example: one lawyer consulted by my wife's firm said that export of cosmetics from the UK to Russia was blocked by sanctions; however, another lawyer actually familiar with the law noted that this restriction applied only to products priced at GBP300 or above after being prompted by the customer and the wife.

The shipment goes out in a month.

Of course, that wasn't the end of the story. Payments is another issue, as is transmission of physical documents.
The company the wife works in (supplier) wants 100% prepayment to remove future sanctions risk, the customer understandably only wants to pay 50% - particularly since this first order is 30% of the company's entire EU annual sales and the UK branch literally doesn't have enough supply to fill the order. Some will have to be sent from the US warehouses...

Documents have to be sent via a 3rd country which I will not name.

So there is still business going on, from first hand experience.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 26 2022 16:43 utc | 12

Historical share of 1% of wealth in the US, UK and France from 1900 onwards:

Barry Ritholz sourced graph

Notice the US. UK is explained by offshoring into the Channel Islands, BVI etc while France's 2000 era hump and subsequent reversion is interesting and new to me.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 26 2022 16:48 utc | 13

The Great Russian Restoration X: A Purge in the Russian Orthodox Church

Posted by: james | Jun 26 2022 15:57 utc | 10

Thank you, james - I had missed that. It definitely does interest me. I've just scanned the first bit on Metropolitan Hilarion, who has interested me greatly for his views in the past -- the one on antivax of course saddened me, and his latest photo seems to indicate he has taken a differet stance from his earlier generally liberal in a good sense positions. So, that's a bit sad. Still, I'm only an observer of the Russian church internally -- lots I don't really know.

I'll continue, read the Ukrain part next -- thanks again!

Posted by: juliania | Jun 26 2022 17:00 utc | 14

G7 touts $600 bn global infrastructure plan to rival China

Elmau Castle (Germany) (AFP) – The G7 group of rich democracies on Sunday announced an attempt to compete with China's formidable Belt and Road Initiative by raising some $600 billion for global infrastructure programmes in poor countries.

The Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, unveiled with fanfare by US President Joe Biden and G7 allies from Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union, aims to fill a huge gap left as communist China uses its economic clout to stretch diplomatic tentacles into the furthest reaches of the world.

Biden said the target was for the United States to bring $200 billion to the table, with the rest of the G7 another $400 billion by 2027.

Inflation? Bring it on.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 17:34 utc | 15

Europe doesn’t mind turning Belarussians into Poles (EurAsia Daily, Pyotr Makedontsev, June 23, 2022 — in Russian; emphasis by author)

The confrontation between Russia and the West is gradually acquiring a global scale, not limited to the former Ukraine, but spreading to the territories of other countries. Belarus has become another field of confrontation between the West and Russia.

At first glance, it may seem that one should not pay attention to the statements of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who currently cannot return to Belarus and has no access to power. However, it is very short-sighted to reassure oneself that the zmagars¹ have not yet taken power in Minsk, since [the consequences of — S] such complacency will take the supporters of the Union State of Russia and Belarus by surprise. Therefore, it is worth analyzing the speech of the “national leader of Belarus” at the Kalinowski Conference held in the European Parliament on June 21, 2022. It is worth noting that Tikhanovskaya’s accomplices announced the participation in this conference of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi, Ambassador of the European Union to Belarus Dirk Schuebel, Representative of the U.S. to the European Union Mark Gitenstein and Head of the Mission of the Ukraine to the European Union Vsevolod Chentsov. That is, this event cannot be called an ordinary gathering and chatter of theorists.

Tikhanovskaya’s speech is remarkable in that, opening with words of gratitude to Anna Fotyga, ECR Foreign Affairs Coordinator, and Žygimantas Pavilionis, Chairperson of the Kalinowski Forum, she made an excursion into the past:

“Yesterday I was in Brussels. Members of my team told me that in the 1830s, the famous professor of history at Vilnius University, Joachim Lelewel, lived there in exile.

He was expelled from what was then the Russian Empire for saying the phrase ‘For our freedom and yours’, which inspired subsequent generations of freedom fighters.

In the 1860s, 30 years later, Kastuś Kalinoŭski [Wincenty Konstanty Kalinowski — S], inspired by Lelewel’s motto, led a liberation uprising in Belarus and Lithuania. He fought for our freedom and yours.”

Who is Lelewel, and what does he have to do with Belarus? Let’s look at the most important facts from his life. From 1819 to 1821 Joachim Lelewel was a professor at the University of Warsaw. From 1828 he was a Deputy of the Sejm of the Kingdom of Poland. He took an active part in the Polish uprising of 1830–1831. In September 1831 he left for France, where he headed the Polish National Committee. From 1835 to 1836 he was one of the leaders of the semi-legal organization Young Poland. In 1837 he organized the Union of Polish Emigration, since 1846 he was a member of the Polish Democratic Society. That is, Lelewel has nothing to do with the Belarussians. In that case, we dare to assert that Tikhanovskaya’s associates and other zmagars are actually implementing a concept according to which Belarussians are a sub-ethnos of the Polish people. Thus, the “Belarussization” promoted by the zmagars is nothing but a poorly disguised Polonization.

In many ways, we should be grateful to Tikhanovskaya for this speech, because if the executioner Wincenty Kalinowski was inspired by Lelewel’s motto, then both of these figures were Polish nationalists. In addition, both Polish uprisings (1830–1831 and 1863–1864) took place under the slogan of reviving Rzeczpospolita² within its 1772 borders. Recall that in 1696, Rzeczpospolita has officially banned the Ruthenian³ literary language used for writing by Malorussians and Belarussians.

However, the historical song intro of the “national leader of Belarus” was clearly not accidental, judging by her further passages:

“160 years later, during strikes at factories and women’s marches, at polling stations and in prisons, on the streets of Minsk and online, Belarussians were peacefully defending the values: for our and your freedom.

160 years later, Ukrainians are fighting for the future of Europe. In the trenches of Donbass, over Kiev or on the streets of Kherson, they are fighting for our freedom and yours.”

You’re reading these lines and thinking to yourself: the passages about Europe are somehow painfully familiar. Then you remember that Sveta Tikhanovskaya is reproducing the vocabulary of the Polish gentry and priests, who hoped in 1863–1864 to crush Russia with the help of France, Great Britain and Austria in order to expel the “moskals” from Europe into Asia. Although, the irony lies in the fact that now, instead of the arrogant gentry, the Ukronazis, especially from among the Galician Uniates, who lived under the rule of the Polish gentry for centuries, have taken upon themselves the mission to “defend” Europe.

Having curtsied to the Ukronazis, the impostor moved on to topics related to Belarus:

“I’m outraged that a dictator who represents no one but himself has dragged our country into an illegal invasion. But I am proud of the Belarussians who opposed this. I am proud of the thousands who took to the streets in February, knowing the risk of imprisonment and torture. I feel proud of those who committed acts of sabotage on the railways in March and April. Now they face the death penalty for their bravery. I am proud of the hundreds of Belarussian volunteers who are now defending the Ukraine. I am proud of the thousands of ordinary Belarussians who continue to make donations for the needs of the Ukrainian army and people.”

By “dictator” Tikhanovskaya means Aleksandr Lukashenko. Her negative rhetoric against the President of Belarus has long become customary. Other passages are the most criminal, as the “national leader of Belarus” is calling for brainwashing the population of Belarus in the zmagar–Russophobic spirit so that Belarusians commit crimes in their homeland and go fight for the Ukronazis, who have flooded Donbass with blood. In other words, she intends to ruin the lives of Belarussian citizens, turning them into cannon fodder for the West and the Ukronazi regime in the fight against Russia.

In her speech, Tikhanovskaya even touched upon Moldova:

“I also believe in the future of Europe. I am glad that last week the European Commission has recommended granting EU membership candidate status to the Ukraine and Moldova. I’ve been calling for this decision together with other leaders of the Belarussian democratic forces. It will demonstrate that not only Ukrainians want to be with Europe, but Europe also wants to be with the Ukraine. Such a decision will be an acknowledgment that Ukrainians are fighting for the freedom of Europe as well.”

That is, for Tikhanovskaya and the zmagars, everyone who is against the Russians (Romania and the Moldovan Unionists are not hiding their hostile attitude towards Russia) are automatically allies. From this we can conclude that the zmagars, like the Ukronazis, are living according to the principle “ally even with the devil, as long as it’s against the ‘moskals’ ”.

So has the “national leader of Belarus” in her speech once again touched on the Ukrainian theme and Russia:

“I urge you not to forget that the destinies of the Ukraine, Europe and Belarus are interconnected. There cannot be a free Ukraine without a free Belarus, and vice versa. And I’m sure history has shown us that Europe cannot be safe unless both of our countries are free. There can be no your freedom without our freedom.

Therefore—behind the roar of tanks and loud headlines—I urge you to remember Belarus as well. I urge you to remember one simple thing: Belarus is not Russia, and Belarussians do not support the war. By helping our fight for freedom, you are bringing closer the prosperous future of the Ukraine and Europe.”

The fact that the reduction of the territory of the Ukraine or the complete elimination of the Ukronazi formation will improve the ethno-political situation in Belarus is the purest truth (read Russia’s special operation in the Ukraine will save Belarus from zmagars). But the phrase “Belarus is not Russia” needs an explanation. Taking into account the fact that Tikhanovskaya’s comrades-in-arms have enlisted the Polish nationalist Joachim Lelewel as a Belarussian, the formula “Belarus is not Russia” as interpreted by the zmagars means that Belarus is another Polish state, and Belarussians are not one of the branches of the triune Russian people (consisting of Velikorussians, Malorussians and Belarussians), but a sub-ethnos of the Polish people.

It’s not surprising that the “national leader of Belarus” has asked her patrons in the European Union to promote Belarussians’ mobility, issuance of visas, launch of student exchanges and educational programs. What’s new is another proposal by Tikhanovskaya:

“We need to work together on a strategic media campaign to counter Russian propaganda. Together we can create another chronicle of a free Belarus, one that has a place in Europe.”

Turns out, Tikhanovskaya and her accomplices are not only not neutral in the Russian–Ukrainian conflict, but are laying themselves out trying to please their Western curators in a servile way and cause as much harm to Russia as possible. At the same time, the “national leader of Belarus” is constantly talking about how Belarussians are members of the European family of peoples and Belarus needs to return to Europe.

In a word, Tikhanovskaya and her accomplices have proved that zmagar ideology, with its cult of hatred for everything Russian, is a tool with which Europe wants to turn Belarus into another Polish state and Belarussians into Poles.


¹ “Zmagar” is Belarussian for “fighter”, “adherent”, “zealot”; it is used as a derogatory term for Belarussian “Nationalists” (who really are Russophobes and proponents of Belarus being a slave of the West/Poland).

² The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

³ Called “West Russian” in Russian.

Posted by: S | Jun 26 2022 18:10 utc | 16

Scotch Bingeington | Jun 26 2022 15:41 utc | 8

From my understanding, I think you have it wrong in that EU sanctions can have no force in Russian territory. So no matter what "terms" are in the EU sanction document - macht Nichts...

Russia to Kaliningrad isn't an export, it is internal Russian business and the terms of the agreement that formed Lithuania in the first place as a split from the former USSR includes unrestricted access to Kalingrad through Lithuania via this now encumbered rail line... normal operation up to now has been NO interference of the train and its contents, the entire train trip being like going through a tunnel - no interference in transit, no exit or entrance in Lithuania...

Lithuania, by executing a blockade as they have, no matter their reason, have, I believe, breached an agreement which also established their geopolitical existence.

Whether Russia and its leaders take back Lithuania entirely remains to be seen; but by contract/treaty a breach of the nature committed by Lithuania, I believe, calls into question its entire right to exist geopolitically given how it was formed.

Posted by: Doesitreallymatter | Jun 26 2022 18:12 utc | 17

james@ 10 again, the continuing article on Orthodoxy was indeed interesting, if complex. It made me value the status of the home church that was my introduction to the faith - we considered ourselves a 'catacombs' church, and when visitors came, we never questioned their official status. All were welcome. This would mean that official churches would require some re-orientation of our members before accepting them, but I have never tested that, preferring to remain as I began. The situation definitely has become officially Byzantine, to coin a phrase -- not new for Orthodoxy as even some of the original Church fathers and saints were at one time or another exiled, tortured, even killed by the 'officialdom' of their era. No saint I, but the translation of the word 'monk' in Russian appeals to me as an appellation-- 'a different one'.

Posted by: juliania | Jun 26 2022 18:14 utc | 18

Clue the same lawyers could tell the company that escrow solves the problem of customers not wanting pay up front and that if they refuse escrow they're not genuine customers. Different forms of escrow are well established and available from just about anywhere.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 26 2022 18:20 utc | 19

@ juliania | Jun 26 2022 18:14 utc | 18

i realize from reading the book ''a history of ukraine'' by the author paul robert magocsi how important the orthodox church is in all of the affairs historically, not just in the changing landscape of ukraine, but in lithuania and etc. too going back to the 1400 hundreds or further back and etc... the religion overlaps everything... its a reason for various events historically.. i am not sure a quick example i might give, but it is significant.. i think so much of this is about money too ironically, or not... trade routes, and relations with other areas surrounding what is or was now ukraine historically is quite fascinating.. back into the deep past people appeared very flexible in changing their religion as needed.. i wonder if this isn't the case today as well..

Posted by: james | Jun 26 2022 18:27 utc | 20

@ too scents | Jun 26 2022 17:34 utc | 15 with the link to G7 global infrastructure plan

Thanks, I don't trust the intentions, would want to read the small print and it seems a bit day late/dollar short sort of proposal

And then, what about the US infrastructure as well as other countries that doesn't get funded?

Biden's trip to shore up support for empire is set to fail, IMO. Russia would not have started their military operation unless they had an advantage and the time frame for any advantage evolves like everything else so Putin and Russia will push for ALL their goals. And then you have the G7 trying to stand up to China in the same breath.

At the coming NATO meeting the goals should be terms of surrender for NATO and plans for its dissolution. All other plans are too little, too late and of vacuous substance, IMO

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 26 2022 19:17 utc | 21

what about the US infrastructure

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 26 2022 19:17 utc | 21


Like other spending it is borrowed from the current account deficit.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 19:34 utc | 22

Posted by: jane says | Jun 26 2022 16:05 utc | 9

I pointed it out Dec. 28th and was thrown off peramanently under my usual moniker. I think they want it that way.

Posted by: I'm Done With Sergio | Jun 26 2022 19:43 utc | 23

From the AFR.

"Hong Kong | Middle-aged people who cannot stand on one leg for at least 10 seconds appear to be at higher risk of dying within a decade, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Researchers found volunteers who struggled with the simple balancing test were 84 per cent more likely to die in the next 10 years than those who could stand unsupported, after taking into account variables such as age and illness. The results stem from a study of fitness and health among 1702 people over age 50 in Brazil, starting in 2009.
Participants were asked to lift one foot and place it behind the opposite lower leg – without touching the ground – while keeping their arms at their sides and looking forward. They were allowed three attempts. One in five failed the test, generally those who were older or in poorer health...."

Posted by: Paul | Jun 26 2022 19:44 utc | 24

Re: 'Journalism'

The latest attack on independent journalists is a continuation of the War on Dissent run by the British Integrity Initiative and their ilk.

I have been collecting sources here: April 2018 attack on dissent

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Jun 26 2022 20:08 utc | 25
"The immune system reacts first with the virus … tries to basically get rid of the virus," she says.

"Then it goes a little bit into overdrive and this overdrive does not fully calm down."

"Some doctors do not believe in long COVID, so they find it very hard to get the referral from their own GP. So they have to change their GP to get the referral."

Dr Byrne says COVID is "not just any virus".

"It's a really inflammatory virus … It causes systemic inflammation. That inflammation is in blood vessels. They affect the liver, the heart, the kidneys, the brain. They just go around the body everywhere, because the blood obviously goes everywhere within the body."

She says drugs may be an option to suppress the body's overactive immune response.

Well fucking duh. The main theme of the piece is about cognitive decline. As far as I can see, the main cause of cognitive decline is medical qualifications. Very few can break out of it.
Perhaps these fuckwits will be able at some point to cure the obvious.
Yuppy named long covid may well help many that have been thrown in the medical industry's trash bin.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 26 2022 20:26 utc | 26

That article I linked in my last post - instead of linking the auto immune response to the corona virus to auto immune conditions, the fuckwits link it to HIV which as far as I know is lack of immune response to pathogens. Who needs medical help with medical "professionals" like these brain dead non entities.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 26 2022 20:43 utc | 27

The U.S. is collaborating with Lithuania, but not with the EU, to provoke Russia. Lithuania issued false claims that EU sanctions force it to shut down Russian traffic to Kaliningrad. The U.S. issues 'leaks' about Lithuanian troops in Ukraine. All this for the purposes of baiting Russia into attacking a NATO country.

To what end though? The US is obviously keen not to have to actually fight Russia directly since even the best case scenario, victory, brings with it the threat of a cornered desperate opponent and nuclear war. Even the neocons know this. But if Russia engages in some kind of military action inside Lithuania and the US or NATO doesn't do something, they look weak.

They've got all they realistic can get from the current situation, relations between Russia and the West have been poisoned for at least a generation. And every non-military action has already been both justified and enacted against Russia. That this process has been a total failure for the West and win for Russia and China both short and long term won't be changed by opening a new front in Lithuania.

I can only imagine such a move would serve to just increase general tensions for the Russians and divert attention and military resources to make them less inclined to oppose whatever the neocon plan for Syria is since their window of Russian distraction looks to be rather shorter than they'd imagined. But it hardly seems worth it.

Or perhaps they intend to warp public perceptions in all of Europe by this method to turn them all into Polands as regards hostility towards Russia and militarism/support for NATO? But it hardly seems worth the risk, they aren't playing with free money like they usually are when nuclear war is on the table.

Posted by: Altai | Jun 26 2022 22:24 utc | 28

Prince Charles accepted €1m cash in suitcase from sheikh - Times

Thank you, b for including this one.

There is an archived copy here (beyond the paywall)

I think there are some interesting things going on in the "Royal Family"

Here is some important background:

Now given that background, look at how this story confounds any explanation as to the position of Michael Fawcett. Throughout this entire period it's Shroedinger's chief executive of the Prince's Foundation. Sometimes Fawcett is...and sometimes he is not. There is no way out.

This has been known for some time. Somebody has been holding this over the Prince, and has decided to smite him hard.

WHO could that possibly be? Who has Charlie angered?

Could it be this?

Charles tells Commonwealth leaders dropping Queen is ‘for each to decide’

Back tomorrow if any interest

Posted by: John Cleary | Jun 26 2022 22:31 utc | 29

Posted by: John Cleary | Jun 26 2022 22:31 utc | 29
Thanks for providing this link John & b.

"There is an archived copy here (beyond the paywall) "

I am beyond sickened when I think of the monstrous bureaucratic hassle various financial institutions want to drag me through just to open an account or wire a few hundred $ to a poor friend in another country.

These sleazy institutions already have copies of my drivers licence and passport but now they blame the government for demanding 'selfies' and other private information. I have never taken a 'selfie' and wouldn't know how to send one. Besides, I am opposed to giving out private data and biometric data for institutions to share with their unknown and dubious "partners". Once paperwork and data is given out these institutions would always want more bits of paper, one is never enough. They want total control.

Here the whole process is simplified by cash. I would be prosecuted for taking more than $10,000 cash to another country.

Is there no parliamentary oversight of the law?

Perhaps we should ask Julian Assange.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 27 2022 1:06 utc | 30

If the US hadn't deindustrialized, we would have positive things to contribute to the world and thus, wouldn't fear BRI, but embrace it. Bad Moon Rising my friends. Hey Hack, miss your posts, as a fellow Californian. Peace. See

Posted by: Immaculute deception | Jun 27 2022 1:50 utc | 31

If the US hadn't deindustrialized, we would have positive things to contribute to the world and thus, wouldn't fear BRI, but embrace it. Bad Moon Rising my friends. Hey Hack, miss your posts, as a fellow Californian. Peace.

Posted by: Immaculute deception | Jun 27 2022 1:50 utc | 32

Below is a Xinhuanet posting about ME politics

RIYADH, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi met here on Sunday to discuss bilateral ties and cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Both sides exchanged views on regional and global issues to promote regional security and stability, according to the report.

Al-Kadhimi landed here on Saturday and concluded his visit to the kingdom on Sunday before traveling to Iran.

Before the trip, the state-run Iraqi News Agency reported al-Kadhimi would discuss several issues, including diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, with Saudi and Iranian leaders.

To ease regional tensions, Baghdad hosted four rounds of direct talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia last year, and held the fifth round in April this year.

Is empire going to kill al-Kadhimi for being an intermediary between Saudi Arabia and Iran like it did to Soleimani?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 27 2022 2:49 utc | 33

Posted by: james | Jun 26 2022 18:27 utc | 20

Yes, the earliest encounter for me was with various Orthodox history texts which always begin with Old Russia, Kiev. Here's just a short passage from "Ways of Russian Theology" by Georges Florovsky:

"...Kiev stood at a great crossroads. No one should imagine that the Church of Kievan Rus' was cut off or isolated. During the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Kiev maintained close links with Constantinople and Mount Athos, as well as with distant Palestine, which at that time was in the hands of the Crusaders. Ties with the West too were constant and well developed. We can confidently surmise how the acquisition of Byzantine Christian literature, that communion with Christian culture, resounded in Rus'. The first Russian chroniclers, hagiographers, and biographers of the new and holy Rus' were raised precisely on this literature. These men possessed a definite and sensitive outlook. They were certainly not naive simpletons. One always detects a clear religious and historical tendency or conception in the development of the chronicles..."

Posted by: juliania | Jun 27 2022 5:01 utc | 34


Maria Zakharova gave a talk at the recent SPIEF in St. Petersburg that I believe will affect your thinking profoundly.

I think she reveals herself as one of the foremost intellectuals of modern Russia - and of course this is saying a lot. But she has the modern edge to everything she thinks, she is in train with current events, and the slings and arrows of the day.

And yet she manages to parse the current geopolitical world in terms of the Western Civilization as it is founded on Christianity - which all means the act of Creation, and the created as creators themselves, in the image of creation. In other words, she says, everything we think of as good in this western world is founded on the nature of creation, of creativity.

And everything that is Cancel Culture is the antithesis of this, the destroyer of the western world.

She notes that the ancient Greek word for the Devil doesn't denote a fallen angel or anything of that sort, but instead very directly speaks of the Liar. The antithesis of good is the liar. The destruction of creation is done, not through attack, but very simply and satanically through lies. Simple lies. Simple slanders. Simple cancellations.

And there is more in what she says, and astonishingly this only takes ten minutes for her to advance her complete thesis. It's at the Saker:

Maria Zakharova on the deep meaning of the “cancel culture”

Honestly, it blew me away. The erudition of this woman. The vaulting reach of her vision, and its practical application in everyday realpolitik - not many philosophers ever pull this off. She has. Or so I believe, and I commend this to your attention - and to all who love the truth.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 27 2022 5:12 utc | 35

Then, jumping forward to the seventeenth century, there is this:

"...In 1627, at just thirty years of age, Peter Mogila was elected Archimandrite of the Monastery of the Caves...Once head of the monastery, Mogila set his own course, which sharply contrasted with that of his predecessor...At the monastery, Mogila decided to launch a Latin-Polish school, inevitably if not intentionally opposed to and in competition with Kiev's Slavono-Hellenic brotherhood school...In the words of a contemporary, Gavriil Dometskoi, 'There was great indignation among the uneducated monks and Cossacks: "Why, as we were gaining salvation, do you start up this Polish and Latin school, never before in existence?"...At one level it was a linguistic problem, but at a more profound level it was an issue of cultural setting and tradition..."

Posted by: juliania | Jun 27 2022 5:26 utc | 36

Martin Wolf, writes in yesterday's Financial Times:

In sum, in countries like the UK and US, the economy must be weakened enough to eliminate the domestic overheating and remove the likelihood of a destructive wage-price spiral.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 27 2022 5:35 utc | 37

Grieved @ 35, thank you for your link to Maria's -- the word that comes to me is 'eulogy'-- which I could see in the comments was appreciated by many, and you express it also. I went to a favorite place of mine to see what I could respond with - Father Freeman's blog "Glory to God for All Things". Here is a portion of his latest:

"...The experience of belief begins, I think, with the experience of transcendence, the questions of meaning and significance. It is a conversation that struggles to find its way in a sea of commodities and mundane pleasure. We are not immune to the transcendent – but simply distracted.

In Jesus Christ, we confess, Transcendence became flesh and walked among us. He is the Gateway to seeing the fullness of all that is. To see this, of course, involves the healing of the soul. Beauty, Truth, Goodness are medicinal balms. It is a medicine that drips from every leaf, is painted across the sky, rests in the bosom of everyone we meet, and dwells secretly within our own heart.

In this day and time, we may largely be doing a ministry of “triage,” healing those souls that are given to us, and tending to our own wounds as well. Take time to breathe, to listen, to look, to look beyond, to yearn, to do something beautiful, to love, to forgive.

May God have mercy on our souls."

...questions of meaning and significance... she's a lovely woman, thank you. Now, please tell me if you can what it was in her speech that caused you to say it would affect my thinking. I may have missed what you meant by that.

Posted by: juliania | Jun 27 2022 9:28 utc | 38

The Russian auto giant KAMAZ for the first time showed an unmanned mining dump truck KAMAZ-Jupiter. The car is designed for offline career work.

Posted by: alaff | Jun 27 2022 12:50 utc | 39

@Sunny Runny Burger #19
Sorry, but escrow operations are trivially overruled by changes in law.
In case you have not read up - sanctions are changes to the laws, even if there wasn't a real world example of the "escrow" of CBR funds being violated.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 27 2022 14:08 utc | 40

@psychohistorian #21
I don't know about EU/European infrastructure, but US infrastructure has been underfunded for at least a generation.
So nothing new.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 27 2022 14:09 utc | 41

@too scents #37
As I pointed out in the previous OT thread: Pozsar believes the Fed is going to a Volcker, or at least some approximation of such.
His reasoning is that the Fed can't affect supply, so they can only crush demand.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 27 2022 14:14 utc | 42

1 million voters switching to Republican

This is largely a clickbait headline, the text actually reads

The AP examined nearly 1.7 million voters who had likely switched affiliations across 42 states for which there is data over the last 12 months, according to L2, a political data firm. L2 uses a combination of state voter records and statistical modeling to determine party affiliation. While party switching is not uncommon, the data shows a definite reversal from the period while Trump was in office, when Democrats enjoyed a slight edge in the number of party switchers nationwide.

But over the last year, roughly two-thirds of the 1.7 million voters who changed their party affiliation shifted to the Republican Party. In all, more than 1 million people became Republicans compared to about 630,000 who became Democrats.

So it is really more of a net ~370K shift. In general, elections are decided by the independents - not the core faithful on either side.

But the independents are pretty clearly not pro-Democrat, overall right now.

Trafalgar has been showing Biden consistently under 40% approval/~-15% to -20% net approval with net -24.6% approval now - but even 538 is showing -16% net approval now with <40% approval

We are 4 months and a week from the November election.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 27 2022 14:39 utc | 43

@c1ue | Jun 27 2022 14:14 utc | 42


'Cause inflation is caused by the working class being able to buy things.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 27 2022 14:47 utc | 44

At: Peter AU1 | Jun 26 2022 20:26 utc | 26 and 27

Some time ago I abandoned reading MoA due to issues with disappearing commentary and have only recently begun reading again. The site that had my attention had full and focused attention on the pandemic and keeps a finger on the pulse yet still. From my reading, not being a doctor, a large variety of issues have emerged from various studies of the virus and its mRNA based concoctions that can be found on a daily basis as well as in the archives. It seems evidence is being gathered that the injection can affect the immune system, in some, in the same way HIV/AIDS does. Look for VAIDS or VIAIDS (Vaccine induced AIDS). I do not know the current policy now at MoA and don't want to cause trespass here. The Automatic Earth may have the information you are looking for; it is easy to find.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jun 27 2022 15:13 utc | 45

@too scents #44
The technical term is "wage price spiral", but the real attack is on the wealth levels of the middle class on down.
If everyone can be made to feel poor or are made actually poor, they buy less stuff.
"Too much demand" problem resolved.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 27 2022 15:52 utc | 46

Grieved @#5--

Thanks for your comment. As I recall, Greek Tragedy is all based on human faults and frailties, no intervention by gods or other external forces. Everything plaguing man is self-generated. Recall Christan Creation is post-Greek Tragedies, but Judaic Creation which birthed the Christian is Pre-Greek. But from where does Judaic Creation arise from? Since so much of the Torah is borrowed from other Mesopotamian regional cultures, it's likely its Creation Myth was as well. And as we know, their Gods intervened often in those cultures. Omitted from the formation of Greek culture by Eurocentrics is Egyptian and Minoan influence, both of which have starkly different creation myths. Then there's the Greek Theogeny, which isn't a creation myth at all but a compilation of Successions of the Matriarchal by the Patriarchal who proceed to fuss and struggle with each other but mostly leave humanity alone, although they unduly influence the Trojan War as we're told. But when going there one is then locked into the known contrivance, The Aeneid, which was constructed as Rome's Creation Myth by Virgil.

So, why all this review you ask? These various stories of Creation, and every culture has its own version, are all human constructs and can't possibly be the truth since no human was present at the point of Creation. Instead of calling them well intentioned lies made to explain the unexplainable, we call them Myths. Does the fact of scientific creation cancel all those myths? Those who have a well-tuned mind, will instead thank the scientists for discovering how God/Goddess actually forged Creation and retain the original Creation Myths since they prove how humans once made sense of things they were incapable of understanding at the time. So in essence, to cancel myths is to thus cancel facts/truths about the human story. And the human story is of course history; so, to cancel the story is to cancel history.

This opens the door to seeing how Transhumans, as discussed by Ehret here, think when they talk of the elimination of human identity. All thought that preceded is not a myth but a lie (which as noted above is itself a lie) and must thus be cancelled since it doesn't serve the New Reality of the coming Transhuman Era being promoted by the Davos Set and Malthusians of all stripes who have the desire to rid the planet of the so to be useless billions replaced by robotics and AI.

I see Zakharova as putting philosophy behind Putin's conception of the future of robotics and AI he's articulated over the last five or so years. Putin recently addressed the issue of humans retaining control as AI will never become fully human when he gave his geopolitical lesson to the youth participating in this years SPIEF. Putin more than any other statesman openly addresses that issue by stating AI is one of the big factors in the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution; that Russians must be among the first to master AI in such a manner that humans remain AI's masters, so the new technology can be used for the good of humanity instead of evil as so many previous technologies have in the recent past.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 27 2022 16:05 utc | 47

@Formerly T-Bear #45
Welcome back.
But beware - you will get labeled as an anti-vaxxer by a number of the MoA community members.
My personal views on COVID and vax have been consistent since the beginning: mRNA technology is completely unproven as to its safety.

Legal requirements to have mRNA vax in the US are unconscionable, particularly with the 40 years and younger low risk majority of the population much less the under 12 demographic.

But the whole vax thing was a major cause celebre for the Democrats and PMCs.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 27 2022 16:05 utc | 48

Greek Tragedy is all based on human faults and frailties, no intervention by gods or other external forces.
Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 27 2022 16:05 utc | 47

LOL! Lemme introduce you to the litchitchure at, so that you may reflect on your errors.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 27 2022 16:32 utc | 49


I presume your household gods intervened and had you type that series of letters.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 27 2022 16:45 utc | 50

@ juliania | Jun 27 2022 5:01 utc | 34 / 36

thanks juliania... this book on the history of ukraine is very thorough and covers much of the dynamic of the orthodox church - understandably, given how central it is to the people of ukraine- russia and various other areas in the vicinity.. it seems religion was a very big factor in decision making generally speaking..

@ Grieved | Jun 27 2022 5:12 utc | 35

thanks grieved! i look forward to reading that...

@ karlof1 | Jun 27 2022 16:05 utc | 47

thanks for sharing your thoughts in relation to the article grieved shared and etc..

Posted by: james | Jun 27 2022 16:50 utc | 51

okay... i '''watched'' the 10 minute video that grieved linked...

it was interesting... as i see it she explains how cancel culture is based on lies... tolerance is the antidote.. i didn't think it was especially profound.. she is basing her ideas on the idea that western culture is based in christianity... i think at one time it was, but i think it has moved very far past that, especially in recent times.. mind you - good and bad - and who gets to decide - this is cancel culture in a nutshell as i see it.. this is always how it ever was too as far as i can tell.. whenever someone - or the media - or whoever - tell us how things are - it is a subjective thing... sure, lies can be a part of this, but some truth can also be a part of this..

the example of the course in the uk being given was interesting... it seems the uk excel at crazy making.. i am mystified by this..

thanks for sharing grieved..

Posted by: james | Jun 27 2022 17:07 utc | 52

Nice to see your comment here firs upon my awakening, james! And I see the thread has moved along in credible fashion, so will enjoy the extra with my second cuppa coffee...two nights of solid rain and I was up both nights as our roof is flat,
squeezed between two other adjoining homes - would be the leaning tower of the pueblo nations if not for those holding me up. Thankfully with the excess moisture, NOT adobe construction. Just plain, solid concrete block.

Anyway, it is what it is, and though there are swales and berms up there, like the best of gardens - on a roof that's not so hot. A neighbor had the great idea to use siphons, and that's what keeps me fit and busy when it rains. And when it rains at night off and on . . . you get the picture.

Thanks for directing me to my volumes of Orthodox history. When I first encountered the faith back in the '70's I of course read everything I could. It was before computers, so I've amassed a nice little library to dip into. The pivotal point for the switch of language was an interesting one, verified by assiduous chronicle writers which then Russian literature has been able to draw apon. And so it goes.

Posted by: juliania | Jun 27 2022 17:11 utc | 53

Sorry, that was addressed to james | Jun 27 2022 17:07 utc | 52

Posted by: juliania | Jun 27 2022 17:13 utc | 54

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jun 27 2022 15:13 utc | 45

Good to see you here, T-Bear. We aren't commenting much on the covid situation, but not because of restrictions here, rather because it is becoming a painful realization for many that trusted science that things are not as they should be, both with the medical situation and with government. Many have had to go silent, comply with mandates or lose their employment; the rot runs deep. The proper science will out ultimately, however, so we find some solace in that, though my heart aches for my grandchildren. They did not deserve this. I'm grateful to b; he manages this situation as well as he can, and I think the skies are clearing.

They always do.

Everyone, stay vigilant.

Posted by: juliania | Jun 27 2022 17:39 utc | 55

@ juliania | Jun 27 2022 17:11 utc | 54

hey! rain! lucky you!! i hope that really helps on the garden.. we are getting out first real hit of heat here the past 5 or 6 days...

@ Formerly T-Bear | Jun 27 2022 15:13 utc | 45

very nice to see you back as well... i hope you are doing good and all is well..

Posted by: james | Jun 27 2022 17:49 utc | 56

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 27 2022 16:05 utc | 48

Thanks for the link to Putin's address and conversation with students, karlof1. It was good to revisit his opening remarks, wherein he compares Peter the Great's Northern War to establish St. Petersburg, (fought for 27 years,) to the military operation currently being fought to the west, in Ukraine. You make an excellent point, that context is important, which is how I was not seeing Maria's presentation -- these were both elements of context within the Economic Forum atmosphere.

The contrast with the woeful state of US governmental interaction with citizens is glaringly obvious. Where are the forums in which not only leaders but representatives of the full population present their views?


This has nothing to do with analysis of ideas, the promulgation of mandates. It has to do with personal input. And it is what makes these presentations from Russia so exciting.

We see what we are missing. The actual ongoing respectful exchange between generations (and genders!) of their ideas. Confrontation which is not aggressive but enlightening, which Maria describes as the fundamentally creative, human instinct we all have. We treasured it once in the US; my own education was based on it. I was not just being taught; I was being listened to!

The message goes back to the compilation of early Supreme Court activity. The title of those writings is The People Shall Judge. All the people - not just at forums like this one in St. Petersburg - all the time!

It is happening in Russia. And that is to be praised, emulated, not feared.

Posted by: juliania | Jun 27 2022 18:29 utc | 57

Posted by: james | Jun 27 2022 17:49 utc | 57

My garden is a jungle, james. It cannot believe its good fortune!

Posted by: juliania | Jun 27 2022 18:31 utc | 58

juliania @58--

Thanks for your reply and excellent observation!

If your garden's a jungle, I imagine you're finally getting some of the seasonal monsoonal rains filtering up through Mexico.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 27 2022 18:57 utc | 59

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 27 2022 18:57 utc | 60

Yes, indeed, karlof1, thanks! It is pouring in, unlike previous rainy seasons which usually have been buildups of thunderclouds then precipitation begins late afternoon - those previous seasons would typically begin in early July. This year two weeks earlier and definitely monsoon-like, as you say, from the south, a general skycovering overcast and mostly gentle rain. Makes me wonder if heightening solar activity has some effect as it has been having on the proliferation of satellites forced into lower orbits and perishing due to the increase of solar wind in the upper atmosphere.

It's a blessing for us, putting out the fires, cooling down the summer heat, increasing humidity in general. There's most likely still plenty of our usual desert dryness and heat waiting in the wings, but for now it is lovely even if it cuts into my sleep time!

Posted by: juliania | Jun 27 2022 19:36 utc | 60

At: c1ue | Jun 27 2022 16:05 utc | 49
· juliania | Jun 27 2022 17:39 utc | 56
· james | Jun 27 2022 17:49 utc | 57

Thank you all for your kindness. The last years have been a slog but have survived without becoming a GMO and the isolation, having introvert tendencies wasn't all that hard, Did get a lot of reading done, so many books , so short a life. Must make a list and reincarnate.

To; c1ue
I am about to have my 80th orbit (~8 months) and don't GAS (Give A Shite) what some fool calls me, I've an unused store of names to use on them. The unoccupied occupant of the WH has only 90 days seniority; frightening portent of my future that.
Numbers are always safe if one can master them. Early on (June 2020) a university in Sweden published one of the first risk tables for Covid-19, the highest risk was a male 80 and over with one or more conditions. Their survival rate was 79.9154 percent (80%). Someone less than 60 had 99.2135 percent survival rate. The survival rate for the 'vaccine' is still unknown. In June 2020, those numbers said there was very little to be frightened of from Covid-19 itself, only Dr. Fauci, the CDC, the WHO and politicians and their bureaucrats playing doctor were to be feared. Insurance companies are reporting a rise in death from all causes rising about 40 percent concurrent with the introduction of mRNA clot shots. Young athletes both sexes are dying from heart problems. And just published, the first quarter German birth rate has significantly fallen compared to the birth rate for the prior decade. There is published evidence of all this and more. We are in the Empire of Lies. Does that assure you any?

To: Juliania
The poor poet and i have had our fracas over the years but the site is fundamentally factually sound politically, militarily and culturally astute; an excellent source of public intelligence. One of my infirmities of age is degeneration of the macula and a slow loss of sight. I can still read but much slower so what b produces fills a news void not available elsewhere. Some of the old trust-worthies are still about. It is trust in sources that, double edged sword like, cuts either direction and may be the primary source of social strife, trust or the lack of trust. One must have trust in facts to have trust in science; the lack of trust in facts is what obscures science as much as the politicisation of science for ulterior agendas such as the tobacco/cancer debate, glyphosate/cancer debates and now mRNA/systematic illnesses revelations. False facts married with marketing manipulations requires careful regulation and strictures.
Just wait until the desert blooms there after the rain. Think Georgia O'Keeffe.

To: James
All is well here, old curmudgeons don't/can't change much. Not a problem with the c-virus, it had a vitamin D-ed up immune system to contend with and did not try to infect, probably won't. Will likely be lurking mostly, you-all post your comments too quickly for me to keep up anyway. Thanks. Did you ever do your 'money for nothing, chicks for free' tour?

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jun 27 2022 21:40 utc | 61

@ juliania | Jun 27 2022 19:36 utc | 61

I am delighted with your good fortune with the life-giving rains, and as it happens I am witnessing it too, as I am here in Northern New Mexico at Abiquiu for this week, 5 miles from the Georgia O'Keefe house. And the other blessing is that I am missing a minor heat wave in Philadelphia, instead smelling the juniper! It's wonderful.

Posted by: Cabe | Jun 27 2022 21:52 utc | 62

Argentina is eyeing the isles again -

Would Spain?..

Posted by: Arioch | Jun 27 2022 21:54 utc | 63

@ Formerly T-Bear | Jun 27 2022 21:40 utc | 62

lol! didn't do any 'money for nothing, chicks for free' tour, but would enjoy something like that, if it were to happen! stay well...

Posted by: james | Jun 27 2022 22:17 utc | 64

@ too scents | Jun 26 2022 17:34 utc | 15
@ psychohistorian | Jun 26 2022 19:17 utc | 21

ICYMI, failing 60 years IMF "structural adjustment programming" for developing countries, PIVOT to Asia, TPP , and Contonou agreements, vdL bundled bananas for all "low-income" borrowers into Global Gateway €300B global FDI pitch (Dec 2021) which EC comms denied might " crowd out Chinese investments"."

Is Global Gateway a response to the Chinese Belt and Road initiative and how does it relate to others?
Initiatives such as the Build Back Better World [LOL!] and Global Gateway will mutually reinforce each other.

Indeed. Instead of praising Sri Lanka and IMF cooperative investments in "structural adjustment programming", Joe Tzu assured the team born on third base,
One year ago, when this group of leaders met in Cornwall, we made a commitment, the democratic nations of the G7 would step up [like never before], step up and provide financing for quality, high-standard, sustainable infrastructure in developing [IMF low-income] and middle-income countries. What we're doing is fundamentally different, because it's grounded on our shared values of all those representing the countries and organizations behind me.
IMF (1944 SDR capital): USD, GBP, EUR, JPY, RMB (2016)
BIS (1930/1961 finance): BE, FR, DE, IT, UK, CH/"global" messaging
QUAD (2007 mil): US, AU, JP, IN (2021), KR* (2022)
PBP (2022 NGO): US, UK, NZ, JP, EU
IPEF (2022 NGO): US, AU, JP, IN, NZ, KR, ID*, BN*, MY*, PH*, SG*, TH*, VN*

*observer, dialogue, or applicant member

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 27 2022 22:39 utc | 65

At the end of the longest interview--two hours--I've seen Michael Hudson do is this following summation:

Michael Hudson 1:52:07

Well, that’s what the world is divided into. The U.S. and European society is built on war. It’s the only foreign policy they have, because they don’t have an economic power anymore. They’ve de-industrialised and the rest of the world that is trying to industrialise and trying to feed itself. China, Russia, India, the Global South are the anti-war part of the world. So the world is dividing into two parts: a rentier part supporting finance capitalism [that] is trying to impose it on other countries, to financialize China and Russia to make them put a Margaret Thatcher or Boris Yeltsin in charge of China. While they try to put their own candidates in charge, a la General Pinochet, the rest of the world is trying to defend itself against this terrorism.

So the Western world that calls itself democracy is the terrorist military world. The nations that it calls authoritarian are any authority strong enough to control and tax the financial interests – that is, any government strong enough to regulate finance and real estate. Such an economy is by definition authoritarian as opposed to a democracy, where Wall Street and the financial centres are the democratically elected central planners. So what’s at issue is who’s going to plan society: the financial sector, or the people as in China and other countries.

Michael just posted this to his website, emailed the link to those on his Patreon list and suggested to those who might join in his next Zoom meeting on the 30th that they read it prior in order to organize the discussion. I must also say I've never seen him use such graphically bold, truthful language.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 27 2022 23:10 utc | 66

@ Formerly T-Bear #62
While I am very much not a fan of under 50 people vaccinating unless they have 2 or more severe risk factors, I actually do think that people who are 70+ should vaccinate. Most of the biggest long term potential negatives for said vaccine are not an issue at that (or older) ages. Nor am I hypocritical: my own mother is about to turn 81 and I told her that I thought vaccination for her was a good idea, although neither my wife or myself got it.
The problem now is that attending the resurgent conventions in San Francisco - the first batch required vaccination proof, so I skipped out. The latest batch are now saying either a negative test or vaccination, so the situation is getting better but is by no means resolved.
And note that the wife gave me COVID in December - COVID which in turn she caught in one of the Burning Man crowd's parties she likes to attend.

Anyhow, welcome back.

I'd love to hear your take on Zoltan's Pozsar's Bretton Woods III thesis as well as US/EU sanctions on Russia.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 27 2022 23:13 utc | 67

More on democracy Chinese style, "Xi underscores importance of better respecting public opinion, following aspirations of the people":

Noting that the 20th CPC National Congress is an important event on the Party and the country's political agenda, Xi said the collection of public opinion via online platforms is an effective way for Party members and the general public to contribute ideas to the country's development and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

It is also an example of the whole-process people's democracy, Xi noted.

Successful practices in the solicitation of public views on the Party's national congress should be summarized to offer a reference for better implementation of the Party's mass line under new circumstances, Xi said.

More than 8.54 million suggestions have been submitted from April 15 to May 16 across all platforms - People's Daily, the Xinhua News Agency, China Media Group and Xuexi Qiangguo - ahead of the 20th CPC National Congress, which is scheduled to be held in the second half of 2022.

The 8.5 million suggestions is actually a rather tiny percentage given China's 1.4 billion people. But unlike the West, those suggestions actually get acted upon aside from being deleted.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 27 2022 23:19 utc | 68

At least 30 - 40 people killed in the border between Morocco and Spain in the north-african city of Melilla at the hands of border guards, many more detained.

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The President of the Kingdom of Spain commends the effectiveness of the police operation.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 27 2022 23:38 utc | 69

@ karlof1 | Jun 27 2022 23:10 utc | 67 with the Michael Hudson link and quote...thanks

Let me repeat Michael's last sentence

So what’s at issue is who’s going to plan society: the financial sector, or the people as in China and other countries.

We have some newer barflies that seem to see planning done by Hand, The Invisible, society's betters/pontiffs/monarchs or others than "the people". Are these people afraid of a merit based society? Are they proud of the war for profit and control model?

Damn, I wish the China/Russia axis would instantiate an alternative financial system that invalidates the existing system so in transition the US dollar can't be used to game the historical financial elite (Hi Pope Frank!) forward into any amount of global power......I have carried very little debt in my life, have none currently because I live frugally and have feelings about the effects of a debt jubilee. That said, a global debt jubilee/restructuring is baked into humanity's future if it gets through this evolutionary event....and I will live with that.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 27 2022 23:50 utc | 70

This is an excellent article from The Cradle:

Posted by: bevin | Jun 28 2022 0:03 utc | 71

Why excellent? Because the Lebanese author talks about the forbidden subject of repudiating the debt to the usurers' empire.
Like Hudson he is talking about Jubilee- the exploited telling the exploiters that they owe them nothing but feel that their claims should be met.

Posted by: bevin | Jun 28 2022 0:07 utc | 72

@ bevin # 72 with the Cradle link...thanks

It fits with my comment above as does the quote below from the article

As Russian economist and Minister of Integration for the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) Sergey Glazyev already hinted when describing the emerging alternative global financial network: “Countries of the Global South can be full participants of the new system regardless of their accumulated debts in dollars, euro, pound, and yen. Even if they were to default on their obligations in those currencies, this would have no bearing on their credit rating in the new financial system.”

How many Global South nations can the western realm realistically expect to hold onto when Barbaria offers a clean slate, with zero debt?

Bring it on I say!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2022 0:31 utc | 73

bevin @72&3--

Thanks for the article! I don't yet agree with the author that "the worst is over." One major aspect is clear, and that's the requirement for Global South nations to get further developed while the cheap sources of energy remain somewhat abundant. This doesn't leave much time for energy intensive projects--perhaps another ten years at best.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2022 0:38 utc | 74

the Cradle has another posting up that provides more details about ME political evolution

The beginning

An official welcoming ceremony was held for the visit of Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi in Tehran on 26 June, after which talks were held between the Iraqi premier, Iranian President Sayyed Ebrahim Raisi, and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Among the topics of discussion, the most anticipated were the ongoing negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

According to the Iranian foreign minister, Iran supports the re-opening of embassies in Tehran and Riyadh.

The Iranian foreign ministry said it would soon announce a date for the next round of talks with Saudi Arabia.

Kadhimi relayed a message from Riyadh to Iran during his visit, but the content of the message was not revealed.

In a joint press conference, President Raisi said that foreign presence in the region only causes problems, whereas dialogue and cooperation between neighboring countries in West Asia will lead to peace and stability.

“Dialogue among statesmen in the region will solve problems,” the Iranian president said in an emphasis on “the need for officials … in the region to negotiate to solve problems and issues with each other.”

Raisi added that Iraq is the closest nation to Iran and that their relations are among the best in various fields.

“Efforts by the Zionist regime to normalize relations with the countries of the region will not provide security in any way,” said Raisi.

Peace in the region, Raisi said, can only occur through the proper channels of communication among countries in the region.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2022 0:50 utc | 75

Wall Street On Parade has a posting up about how Goldman Sachs finally issued sell rating on Coinbase this morning.

As This Crypto Stock’s Price Collapsed, Goldman, JPMorgan and Citigroup Issued Buy Ratings

Perhaps we will now see the end of the ponzi scheme and my hope is it takes the rest of the private finance greedy bastards down with it.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2022 2:03 utc | 76

China/Russia axis
Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 27 2022 23:50 utc | 71

gee, Where to plant point (x,y)?

CSTO (1992 mil): AM, BY, KZ, KG, TJ, RU
SCO (2001 NGO): CN, RU, IN, PK, KZ, KG, TJ, UZ, AM*, AF*, AZ*, BY*, TR*, LK*, KH*

APEC (1989 FTA): CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, RU, ID, SG, VN, TH, PH, MX, PE, CL, BN, PG, MY, KR; US, AU, JP, NZ, CA

ASEAN (1967 FTA): BN, KH, ID, LA, MY, MM, PH, SG, TH, VN
EAS (East Asia Summit): US, AU, JP, NZ; CN, RU, IN, KR, ASEAN

CP-TPP (2018 FTA): AU, CA, JP, NZ, SG, MY, VN, BN, CL, MX, PE, UK*
CEPA (2003 FTA): CN-hk, CN-mo, NZ, ASEAN, EU, AU, MV, GE*
CPEC (2015 FTA): CN, PK, MN*, RU*, KZ*, KG*, TJ*, AF*, IN*

OIC (1969 NGO): AZ, AE, IR, IQ, BD, TR, TN, SN, SL, GA, GW, QA, KW, ML, MR, YE, JO, ID, PK, AF, UZ, BH, AL, UG, BN, BJ, TM, BF, TJ, TG, TD, DZ, SA, SS, SY, SR, SO, OM, GM, GY, GN, PS, KM, KG, KZ, CM, CI, LB, LY, MV, MY, EG, MA, MZ, NE, NG

AU/OAU(2002/1963 FTA): BI, BJ, CM, CF, r-CD, dr-CD, GY, GA, ST, CM, DJ, ER, ET, KE, MG, MU, RW, SC, SO, SS, s-SS, TZ, UG, DZ, EG, LY, MR, MA, EH, TN, AO, BW, EZ, LS, MW, MZ, NA, ZA, ZM, BN, BF, CV, CI, GH, GM, GN, LY, ML, NI, NG, SL, SN, TG, TD


EaEU (2012 FTA): AM, BY, KZ, KG, TJ, RU, VN*, CN*, RS*
BRICS (2009 FTA): CN, RU, BR, IN, ZA; AR*, DZ*, EG*, ID*, IR*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, ET*, KZ*

CELAC (2013 NGO): AG, AR, BS, BB, BZ, BO, BR, CL, CL-rn, CO, CR, CU, DM, EC, SV, GD, GT, GY, HN, HT, JM, KN, LC, MX, NI, PA, PY, PE, PR, SR, VC, VZ

OAS (1978 NGO): AG, AR, BB, BS, BZ, BO, CL, CO, CU, CR, DM, EC, SV, GD, GT, GY, HN, HT, JM, KN, MX, NI, PA, PY, PE, SL, UY, VZ; US, CA

* observer, dialogue, or applicant member

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 28 2022 2:03 utc | 77

@ sln2002 | Jun 28 2022 2:03 utc | 78 with the call on my term axis...LOL!

I had to drag out my Webster's unabridged but under definition # 11 there is:

11. a state of diplomatic accord between two or more nations for the furtherance of their mutual aims: now usually a derogatory term

I do believe that all those international groupings you provided will shrink down to a very small number soon....I expect that number to be two but maybe the Swiss and their BIS can still convince the world they are neutral....grin

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2022 2:16 utc | 78

The implementation of the Progressive Use of Force law
against indigenous strike action this week in Quito Ecuador
under neo-liberal PresidentG Lasso as percieved through the Grayzone.
Perhaps, a foreshadowing for the other countries that use the US dollar as currency?

Posted by: LeMoyne | Jun 28 2022 2:59 utc | 79

"Pakistan losing LNG bidding war to Europe"

Posted by: Antonym | Jun 28 2022 3:08 utc | 80

From Xinhuanet

TEHRAN, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanani said on Monday night that the Iranian negotiating team will depart for Qatari capital Doha on Tuesday for talks to revive the Iranian nuclear deal, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani will still lead the Iranian negotiating team, Kanani added.

Earlier on Monday, the ministry said the upcoming negotiations will be held indirectly with the United States, and facilitated by the European Union (EU).

Robert Malley, the U.S. special envoy for Iran, is expected to arrive in Doha on Monday, according to Western media reports.

Iran and the EU announced on Saturday that the talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, will be resumed in the coming days.

The nuclear talks began in April 2021 in Vienna, but have been suspended since March over political differences between Tehran and Washington.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2022 4:18 utc | 81

Posted by: IronForge | Jun 26 2022 14:18 utc | 1

Interesting . This is defined as an "Endocrine Disruptor".

There exists a very long list of chemicals causing this effect .

Starting with 'DDT' . To no ones surprise traces of DDT is still found in Human body fat to this day. Due to excessive use/abuse by farmers and other organizations . The toxic effect on insect pests is minimal. The chemical has a long term persistence. Due to its stability and its capacity to accumulate in adipose tissue, it is found in human tissues, and there is now not a single living organism on the planet that does not contain DDT.

In fact google scholar shows in excess of 200K papers on this specific problem.

In effect man made "endocrine disruptors" have been around since 1939.

DDT was by the way banned for general farm use in 1972 in the USSA. It is also used in limited quantities. In Africa and areas prone to malaria to this day.

Such is life.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jun 28 2022 4:29 utc | 82

@sln2002 | Jun 27 2022 22:39 utc | 66


When making lists and considering $ hegemony and debt don't forget about jurisdictions especially designed to hide money for tax avoidance.

Countries that offer citizenship by investment is one such list.

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Cyprus, Dominica, Grenada, Malta, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu

These countries are quite opaque and the influence of their patrons is overweight.

How this money is hedged will certainly effect economic developments moving forward.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 28 2022 5:07 utc | 83

The following is the title of a current ZH posting that may interest some barflys

China Establishes Liquidity Agreement With BIS, Further Eroding The Dollar

It is said that one should keep their friends close but their enemies closer and this may be an example of that.

Maybe the world evolves to where the China/Russia axis takes over ownership/management of BIS/IMF/World Bank....not a bad option considering others but how does it happen and be implemented?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2022 5:18 utc | 84

@Formerly T-Bear 46

Great to see you post again. Yes, indeed, the disappearance of posts that were only ever erring on the side of caution did the same to me. But I have come back to roam.

Who is the ultimate arbiter of truth when in search of the right way...? Surely one of the pillars of our great western civilizations is open deliberation where by consensus upon new consensus could be found. The disappearance of thought only attacks this type of growth at its heart. Science depends on the question, not the silencing of it.

In any case, I also wisely chose to dodge the mRNA... it was my understanding that one should be first well paid before undergoing experiments, right...?

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jun 28 2022 9:26 utc | 85

@Jpc | Jun 28 2022 9:59 utc | 87


President Maduro to @EmmanuelMacron: ‘Venezuela is ready to receive all French companies that want to produce oil and gas for the European market.’

Posted by: too scents | Jun 28 2022 10:09 utc | 87

Maybe the world evolves to where the China/Russia axis takes over ownership/management of BIS/IMF/World Bank....not a bad option considering others but how does it happen and be implemented?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2022 5:18 utc | 85

Yes. It is interesting that Russia also seems interested in working with /reforming institutions such as WHO and the UN. The US influence definitely needs to be overcome. Evidence of biolabs etc plus weakening of their bullying power may accomplish that.

Posted by: financial matters | Jun 28 2022 10:31 utc | 88

At c1ue | Jun 27 2022 23:13 utc | 68

Regret the delay responding to your 68, I reside UTC +2.

I am not a fan of using the word 'vaccine' in reference to the mRNA injection which is neither safe nor effective and in fact acts to destroy the natural immune system. I also am not a fan of anyone getting the mRNA injection, even for the most dire circumstance; there are sufficient antiviral medications to counter the virus from the first sign of infection. There are also adjuvants to bolster the immune system that would enable it to naturally counter the invasion of the virus. This virus is particularly dangerous because of a pathogenic spike protein, a protein that itself causes biologic damage to the host. The mRNA is designed to invade the cell and modify the DNA of the nucleus to cause the cell to manufacture more spike protein and release those proteins into the body. That doesn't sound to me a very favourable set of conditions. Studies have shown the mRNA injected gets into the circulatory system and begins attacking the endothelium, the lining of all blood vessels and many other organs of the body, causing the immune system to destroy those infected cells and, in the circulatory system to cause them to haemorrhage using up the supply of platelets available to stop the bleeding.Once the platelets are exhausted bleeding will not be stopped. Concurrently with the immune attack on the spike protein, inflammation happens which cause the coagulation of platelets, thrombosis, clotted blood; a big no-no. Putting the mRNA injection into anyone will start a cascade of undesirable effects. Speaking for myself, two conditions must be considered; one the degeneration of the macula, the 'dry' form; and an atrial fibrillation for which blood thinners are prescribed. If bleeding happens in the eyes, I lose my sight. If thrombosis happens, the circulatory system becomes of questionable utility and my life threatened. If any but a certified doctor tells me I must have that injection, something very unpleasant is highly likely to occur. If a certified doctor tells me to have the injection, I shall politely decline and immediately leave their presence, never to return and do so as fast as my two pins will carry me. My guess is some 95% of doctors are not practicing medicine as they were once trained to do. That bodes as a dangerous prognosis of the future health of the population. YMMV

As far as going anywhere for any reason that absolutely requires a mRNA injection, my advise is to forget going. Make your absence a form of withdrawing consent, your contribution withheld, and find something other to do.

I am afraid I am not up to speed on 'Zoltan's Pozsar's Bretton Woods III'. I would be in a practically non-existent cohort (a cohort of one?) that thinks going back and reestablishing the origins of the first Bretton Woods may resolve many problems. Bretton Woods as established is not the Bretton Woods designed. To do that both the idiolect and idiom of the originator must be observed. Unfortunately one of the pastimes of this era is the destruction of history to support some theory a conspiracy is attached. It is highly unlikely revisiting history using a vocabulary meanings as fungible as used today will never discover from whence they came, will not know where they are now and will have no idea how to navigate to where they may wish to go (and deadly dangerous shoals abound). Again YMMV.

I hope this may reveal the position I have, at the far margins of current conformity. Treat it as opinion if you will and not a subject of argument but as my contribution to a discussion. Thanks agin for your reply.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jun 28 2022 12:52 utc | 89

@Formerly T-Bear #90

Re: not-vaccine
The points you raise are valid, however, I will just note that the ongoing real world experimentation on literally billions is providing data that the absolute rate of mRNA vaccine reactions is low.
Not zero, not even as high risk as say, an auto accident.
On the other hand, the benefit conferred by said injection is not high for most demographics - but it is very much real and significant for the over 70.
Or in other words: the harm vs. benefit for under 50 is very questionable; the same equation for over 70 is absolutely beneficial.

But the other caveat is that this largely applies to the first COVID infection. The injections do not prevent infection; they primarily reduce hospitalization and/or death odds for that first infection.

After the first infection, the difference between injected and non-injected is pretty hard to detect.

So: if you haven't gotten COVID yet, and you're 80, I would still say it is better to get the injection. You aren't going to be able to avoid COVID forever, presuming you have a normal 80 year old's life expectancy (~7 years for men, ~10 years for women).
But this is only a suggestion from someone who is absolutely not injection-for-all...

As for Zoltan Pozsar's BW III thesis: it is essentially a (partial) return to BW 1 - but resource based vs. gold based.

You can read it Twitter copy of BW3

Sorry, Credit Suisse had an open link to it for several months but it now seems to no longer be available there.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 28 2022 14:49 utc | 90

“The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, “donations in his memory may be made to the Planned Parenthood chapter of your choice.”…”

Not making that up, not satire — it actually says that. Montreal-born comedian, Nick Nemeroff has died, age 32.

“If I die…” Tweet from him in 2017 —

Checked La Presse for more, but their Arts section featured a story on a new opera about Yourcenar. (No report on Nemeroff yet)

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jun 28 2022 15:06 utc | 91

At: c1ue | Jun 28 2022 14:49 utc | 91

Thank you for your concern however I shall remain mRNA injection free for the time remaining, i.e. organic, free range and give trust to an intact immune system. Without that, it's possible another story might be told.

I wish I had your trust with anything produced by The Empire of Lies, even this:

…I will just note that the ongoing real world experimentation on literally billions is providing data that the absolute rate of mRNA vaccine reactions is low.
Not zero, not even as high risk as say, an auto accident.
On the other hand, the benefit conferred by said injection is not high for most demographics - but it is very much real and significant for the over 70.

It is starkly evident as statistics are being collected that anything coming from government, national and world health institutions or pharmaceutical corporations is without any integrity; too many lies, too many deceptions, too many half 'truths', too many misdirections to be taken at face value. The only truthfulness from these sources will be connected with information of little or no value.

The risk of survival for the 80+ without co-morbidities is still 96.3318 and incidentally for the under 79s with co-morbidity is 95.6517 (both from that June 2020 Stockholm University Covid-19 risk assessment, likely refined since). I'll put my faith in numbers still. I did mention above the disappearance of integrity in government and health institutions both under corporate regulatory capture but redundancy on this never hurts. These opinions are well tattooed and not readily changeable. Thanks again for your reply.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jun 28 2022 16:04 utc | 92

At: c1ue | Jun 28 2022 14:49 utc | 91

Here are some of the links to my references:
and for alternative antiviral resources
from some saved links. Trust they may be helpful.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jun 28 2022 16:17 utc | 93

psychohistorian @85--

Here's another item about that new deal that also discusses the main goal--dedollarization, "Prof: China's Yuan Pooling Scheme to Erode US Dollar Hegemony & Open Door to New Currency Zones":

"Such a [yuan] pooling scheme could represent a major alternative to the US dollar hegemony, particularly for all those economies whose foreign trade with the member countries of this scheme is important in terms of both national income and employment," says Sergio Rossi, professor of macroeconomics and monetary economics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. "It amounts to offering to these countries a valid alternative to avoid using the US dollar, also with regards to the possibility to circumvent US sanctions for whatever reason."

The PBOC is not alone in spearheading the new yuan pooling scheme, with Bank Indonesia, Bank Negara Malaysia, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Chile also jumping on the Renminbi Liquidity Arrangement's (RMBLA) bandwagon.

Each participating central bank contributes a minimum of 15 billion yuan or US dollar equivalent, which amounts to $2.2 billion, to the BIS in order to create a reserve pool. "When in need of liquidity, participating central banks would not only be able to draw down on their contributions, but would also gain access to additional funding through a collateralized liquidity window," the PBOC official statement says. The China central bank signaled its readiness to satisfy reasonable demand for Chinese yuan and pledged to make active contributions "to strengthening regional financial safety net."

"This would change the US soft power considerably, thereby putting the United States at the same level playing field with all other countries that are part of the global economy," assumes Rossi. "Such a pooling scheme would also slowly reduce the impact of US monetary policy decisions across the world, since it would de-dollarize the global economy, hence making central banks’ decisions much less dependent on the policy stance of the US Federal Reserve."

"[The yuan pooling scheme] will certainly help prevent the weaponization of global finance in the not-too-distant future, since the yuan pooling scheme might be used by any kind of banks and non-bank financial institutions beyond the United States to obtain the credit lines those institutions need to carry out their own business strategies," stresses Rossi.

Much more follows that ought to be read. As Professor Rossi further explains, this action is but one of several required to allow for the transition away from dollar hegemony and the solving of "the international monetary disorder." So, look for ASEAN members to quickly join the pool followed by Latin American nations most capable of freeing themselves from the dollar.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2022 16:26 utc | 94

Another item related to dedollarization and the illegal attempt to block Russia's bond payments, "Blockage of Russian Bond Payments to Erode Dollar Dominance, French Economist Says":

Foreign holders of Russian Eurobonds could take the Americans and Europeans to court for blocking Russian interest payments, a fake "default" created illegally by the US Federal Reserve and used for propaganda, French economist Charles Gave told Sputnik.

"Such a blockage is not a default and the financial world knows it very well. Russia is, of course, willing to pay. It is fundamentally illegal and the bond holders around the world that are hit by this 'sanction' imposed by the US and the Europeans could and should file a complaint in international courts," he said.

The Paris-based financial expert suggested they would have a strong case for winning but the legal battle would probably take 5 to 10 years.

Gave said he was confident that Russia had ample cash to pay. Until now, the Russian central bank has always found a way to bypass Western financial curbs to pay to foreign bond holders but in this instance, he said, it seems Russia tried to pay in rubles but the bonds in question do not allow payments in other currencies than the dollar.

IMO, it's past time for a slew of global class action lawsuits aimed at the Outlaw US Empire for its outlandish and very overt illegal actions since 1945. Sure, it will attempt to ignore verdicts like the one for committing state terrorism against Nicaragua during the 1980s, but this time there ought to be hundreds of such lawsuits that most of the world will be aware of, just as most of the world's aware of the guilty party--and that's part of the Information War that the Outlaw US Empire cannot ever win as its crimes number in the thousands.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2022 16:44 utc | 95

@ karlof1 with links at 95 & 96 thanks

The structures need to be in place before the intrinsic value money is introduced. When that occurs, all hell will break loose as a conversion/interface to existing systems/fiat money takes place.....breaking the private banking system.

Amazing to watch unfold

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2022 16:54 utc | 96

breaking the private banking system.
Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 28 2022 16:54 utc | 97


I would not expect the private banking system to break.

It will merely be re-priced with at a fresh new market.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 28 2022 17:01 utc | 97

karlof1 @Jun 28 2022 16:26 utc/Jun 28 2022 16:44 utc (95/96),

Thank you very much for sharing the info with the bar. Always appreciate your great contribution.


@too scents | Jun 28 2022 17:01 utc | 98,
My take to what psychohistorian meant is that private banking is no longer dominating banking/financing as it is now in the west (for the banks, by the banks and of the banks). Instead, general banking becomes a public utility. A good example is the postal banking system in Asia such as China, Taiwan, and Japan. It acts as a public utility that provides people access to banking. Another aspect is effective supervision/regulating in banking for public interests. psychohistorian can correct me if I misspoke (if I do, apologies to him in advance).

Posted by: LuRenJia | Jun 28 2022 17:34 utc | 98

@LuRenJia #99
Public banking is not a panacea either.

The postal banking system deposits in Japan are precisely what have enabled that nation's literally historic level of public debt.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 28 2022 17:52 utc | 99

psychohistorian @97 & too scents @98--

Thanks for your replies. IMO, too scents makes a valid point--for private banking to die public banking must be in place, particularly when it comes to national central banks. The new international commercial financial system and currency deals with dollar hegemony, not the dominance of private finance, although the new system will help to further weaken it. Along with the new commercial system, I advocate the implementation of the Tobin Tax on international financial transactions whose proceeds could be used to operate the new system and provide a capital pool to be used by the new Development Bank which is aimed at replacing the World Bank. I find it very curious to read in discussions about the new system the intent to retain the IMF, albeit in a democratically reformed nature.

We need to remember that the Bretton Woods Conference was a very intensive three week affair involving 730 delegates from 44 nations at a time when the world was less complex than now. Eventually, some sort of global summit will be required to finish the new international arrangement, which would likely debar dollar zone participants since their goal would be to destabilize/disrupt the proceedings, although any such exclusion will be done at the behest of the summit's organizers. I'm hoping the technical steps will be accomplished by the time the UNGA Debates arrive in September, but that might be too optimistic.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 28 2022 17:54 utc | 100

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