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August 14, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - (Not Ukraine) OT 2022-129

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

With New Weaponry, Ukraine Is Subtly Shifting Its War Strategy - New York Times
> While the approach has been aided by the long-range Western weapons, it has also been encouraged by Western officials. Mr. Reznikov, Ukraine’s defense minister, said this week that the American and British defense ministers had both offered him a piece of advice: “The Russians use meat-grinder tactics — if you plan to fight them with the same tactics, we will not be able to help you.” <
War Propaganda About Ukraine Starting to Wear Thin - Covert Action Magazine
> Contrary to the best efforts of those that have funded, molded and justified this proxy war the truth has a habit of resurfacing. It will be impossible to “manage” the oncoming tide of reality that will gush out of Ukraine as the western powers refocus on their self-inflicted domestic troubles this winter, Zelensky himself may become the fall guy for the failed NATO escapade in Ukraine. <
Monopolistic nationalisms - Yasha Levine
> Ukrainians started to coming to Canada in the 1890s. Almost all of them came from what is now western Ukraine. They came from the historic regions of eastern Galicia (Halychyna) and Bukovina. These regions were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Few of the immigrants called themselves Ukrainian. As you mentioned, Ukrainian nationalism is a modern phenomenon and while the name Ukraine is ancient, it's only in modern times that it came to be used as the name of a nation. <

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Other issues:

Salman Rushdie:

  • Rushdie Stabbed Roughly 10 Times in Premeditated Attack, Prosecutors Say - New York Times
  • Rushdie's Book Is an Insult - By Jimmy Carter - March 5, 1989 - New York Times
    > While Rushdie's First Amendment freedoms are important, we have tended to promote him and his book with little acknowledgment that it is a direct insult to those millions of Moslems whose sacred beliefs have been violated and are suffering in restrained silence the added embarrassment of the Ayatollah's irresponsibility. <
Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ @abhistoria - 14:10 UTC · Aug 13, 2022
The Satanic Verses controversy has a long and recent past. The incident reached global fame after the 1988 publication of Salman Rushdie’s novel. Long before, however, the topic was fiercely debate in medieval Muslim scholarship. A general thread for non-specialists. 1/

German Greens:

Covid-19:

UK Mood Change:

China:

Empire:

Use as open (NOT Ukraine) thread ...

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No competition can exist for Pfuzer. Age adjustment is like an obfuscation method to manipulate public opinion about statistics. No Astra, no J&J, no Sputnik V, nothing. They are bad or communist.
US/Israel/Ursula gang convinced Macaron to stop developing a French made vaxx they were working on. Macaron then said there are enough vaxxes on the market and stopped it. Forget about the lost submarine deal, this is higher in losses. At least UK made its own vaxx, even though only 40% of people opted for it if I remember correctly.
Australians should worry about HTLV that kills them more than anyone else on the planet (them and the Japanese, to be correct).

Posted by: rk | Aug 15 2022 10:00 utc | 101

So. Morriscam was wearing multiple hats (minister for health, finance and ++??) all while also PM.
I watched Albanese at a press conference…. But what *really* hijacked my interest was the logo backdrop.
“mRNA Victoria.”. .. what the fuck is that, I asked myself..
And so: “mRNA Victoria” into a search engine.
Well.
> Fast tracking Victoria’s mRNA manufacturing capability
27 May, 2021
> Victoria to become home of mRNA vaccine manufacturing
Published: 15 December 2021
> Victoria Investing In World-First mRNA Innovation Hub.
09 August 2022

§§§| A new dedicated organisation charged with building Victoria’s mRNA manufacturing capability has been established, putting the State at the forefront of developing life-saving vaccines and therapeutic treatments for all Australians.
The new entity, mRNA Victoria, will lead the development of mRNA industry capability and manufacturing in the state and deliver on Victorian Government’s $50 million commitment to establish mRNA vaccine and therapeutic manufacturing in Melbourne.
The new organisation will be led by former Commissioner to the Americas for the Government of Victoria Michael Kapel, who has been appointed the inaugural CEO and will oversee the establishment of commercial-scale mRNA manufacturing capability in Victoria within the next 12 months.
https://www.invest.vic.gov.au/news-and-events/news/2021/may/fast-tracking-victorias-mrna-manufacturing-capability

§§§| Victorian mRNA Innovation Hub (VMIH), a partnership between the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
……mRNA technology has most recently been applied successfully to vaccines – including Australia’s first locally produced COVID-19 vaccine currently undergoing clinical trials – and has potential application across a range of diseases and conditions, including HIV, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victoria-investing-world-first-mrna-innovation-hub

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 15 2022 10:59 utc | 102

@ psychohistorian | Aug 15 2022 5:12 utc | 86 - reserve currency: good point, thank you

@ rk | Aug 15 2022 7:01 utc | 94 - AsiaTime pure trash

Agreed in general. It appears to have undergone the exact same process other barflies have noted with respect to the Guardian, and went from publishing Escobar and Bhradakumar regularly to becoming a propaganda mouthpiece around maybe a year ago. Actually the process was so abrupt and clear it was stunning.

But I think Goldman has a special status over there. There’s plenty of stuff that’s dislikable about his opinions, but I think he has agency and is an original thinker, he brings up interesting points from time to time.

Posted by: htyul | Aug 15 2022 11:04 utc | 103

But I think Goldman has a special status over there. There’s plenty of stuff that’s dislikable about his opinions, but I think he has agency and is an original thinker, he brings up interesting points from time to time.

Posted by: htyul | Aug 15 2022 11:04 utc | 103

Yes, he is like Meyssan, not always convincing, but original and observant. A lot of people like that these days.

Posted by: Bemildred | Aug 15 2022 11:19 utc | 104

Public Notice:

The so called Islamic Republic of Iran, its officials, and self-designated "ayatollahs" do not speak for all Iranian Muslims, much less "1.5 billion Muslims". State violence and aggression against its own citizens, and only that, is what is keeping them in power in Iran and violence is the only thing they comprehend.

Posted by: NOTICE | Aug 15 2022 11:36 utc | 105

Watcher @ 99:

With regard to jobs known as "essential", which can't be done at home, I had in mind construction work, transport and logistics, cleaning services and delivery services.

The profile of an ME-born Australian who fell victim to COVID-19 might well be someone past the age of 60 years, having come to Australia in the 1970s or 80s and (having few skills or qualifications and limited English) trying to find available work in factories, on construction sites or various other jobs with limited career prospects. That person might have worked in a car-making factory before Toyota and GM shut down their factories (during Tony Abbott's reign as PM). If s/he lost work as a result of those companies closing their factories, s/he probably would have taken early retirement and then gone on the pension.

The ABS information does show a breakdown of COVID-19 death stats by age group, but as far as I can tell does not go further and break down each age group according to place of birth or ethnic status. However I remember that in nearly every age group up to 89 years, more men died from COVID-19 than women did. Co-morbidities such as diabetes and dementia among others were also significant.

Posted by: Jen | Aug 15 2022 11:39 utc | 106

Norwegian@96....the Beaver Peoples of central BC claim to have always lived on Turtle Island, never migrated there from anywhere. The current out of Africa theory pushes the 'God made us first, therefore we are exceptionally important' agenda.
Considering Turtle Island was the first rock to breach the surface of the oceans, stands to reason that's where all surface life began to form.

Cheers M

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Aug 15 2022 11:57 utc | 107

Posted by: bevin | Aug 14 2022 21:37 utc | 41
Thanks.
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Michael Hudson's Chinese colleague Wen Tiejun documents this well in 'Ten Crises: The Political Economy of China's Development (1949-2020)'

Similar to how Russia is standing up to the US militarily, China is standing up to the US economically and is done with fulfilling a subordinate role, an end to globalization as we know it.

As we know it includes the US dollar dominance helping to outsource pollution and low labor costs to China while multinational corporations reel in the profits.

"For us, (Wen Tiejun), a genuine de-globalization should be pro-people's wellbeing and empowerment, not to mention pro-ecological regeneration. However, many of the populist demagogues are in reality highly elitist and pro-capital"

Posted by: financial matters | Feb 2 2022 2:01 utc | 492

Posted by: financial matters | Aug 15 2022 12:02 utc | 108

Posted by: pogohere | Aug 15 2022 2:31 utc | 72

God damn!

That was quite the rabbit hole.

Thank you.

Posted by: Down South | Aug 15 2022 12:05 utc | 109

@ sean the leprechaun | Aug 15 2022 11:57 utc | 107

I agree the out of Africa hypothesis should be tested and challenged. I don't know the truth about it, but I think it should not be taken as a given fact.

“Out Of Africa” Hypothesis

Therefore, the Out of Africa hypothesis, as it is most generally understood, posits that the African population is the unique Pleistocene ancestor of all living humans. The other groups of archaic humans essentially died out and became evolutionary dead ends.

Except there are finds in Peru (Paracas) and Crimea of skulls that are only a few thousand years old and which have significant differences relative to modern humans, so it seems to contradict the hypothesis.

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 15 2022 12:27 utc | 110

Rushdie and victim blaming. It's fine for the Ayatollah to call Rushdie an apostate and condemn his writings but reaffirming the Fatwa calling for his death has no place in a civilized world.

Some of you can correctly cite the U.S. and Israel assassinating Iranians and I condemn that as well. One does not justify the other.

Posted by: Christian Chuba | Aug 15 2022 12:28 utc | 111

From the the UK citizen Graham Phillips in Donbass, illegally sanctioned by his own government

https://t.me/grahamwphillips/386

More Donbass reportage coming up soon, for now, a weekly update about my sanction situation.

I am 'in dialogue' with the UK government about my illegal sanctioning, and they've already started to backtrack. They have officially confirmed to me that I'm free to enter the UK, and that there are no criminal charges against me there. And that I can access my funds, which they've frozen from me - every time I want something, I have to fill out an application to the UK government, and they will decide whether to release my own funds for that, or not...

I've informed them that naturally I am free to enter my own country, the UK. But that i will categorically not go asking the British Government every time i need to nip to the shops. There is only one acceptable outcome - the full lifting of illegal sanctions against me. A promise that the UK Government will never again punish a British citizen without them having the opportunity to defend themselves in a court of law, as decreed by the Magna Carta. A full apology to myself, and offer of compensation.

And I reserve all rights for my own legal action against the UK Government, and Liz Truss, whose initiative this absolute shocker / howler was.

Once more, a huge thanks for everyone who is supporting myself, the point of principle in this.

There is no question that we will win, it's just about the terms of our victory!!!

The UK has dug a very deep hole for itself.

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 15 2022 12:31 utc | 112

Posted by: NOTICE | Aug 15 2022 11:36 utc | 105

From Terrorist MEK org...

Posted by: DoesItReallyMatter | Aug 15 2022 12:49 utc | 113

From Terrorist MEK org...

Posted by: DoesItReallyMatter | Aug 15 2022 12:49 utc | 113

So sad how the ayatollah and "Terrorist" MEK broke up after both lying to Iranians about their goals for revolution. Now the Western hidden backers of Mullah Regime send scumbags like Pence and company to stand next to the creepy Maryam! Why? So trolls like you can spit out your ad-homs without ever addressing facts. YOU WILL PAY FOR YOUR CRIMES AGAINST THE IRANIAN PEOPLE.

You bring shame to Islam, and the prophet. Rushdie was a non-entity, a middling writer of so-so talents venting his frustrations at being a WOG in English public schools and that traumatic encounter with Kippers! A nothing burger concocted by agitprop of the wanker Brits and promptly taken up by that vile worldly man, Ruhollah Khomeini.

MEK merely exists to justify IRI and hijack the actual opposition(which has only one "ideology": a free, vibrant, and developed Iran), that is its sole purpose and the only reason they are hosted and toasted by the usual suspects. It is a sure fire way to let your SCUM in IRI claim legitimacy. It is an OLD GAME.

God's curse on you, on your ayatollahs, on idiotic zealots in toto (of all religions), and your old friends-cum-enemies the Mujahedin Khalq.

Posted by: STFU | Aug 15 2022 13:19 utc | 114

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/08/14/watch-assange-attorneys-suing-mike-pompeo/

If you are interested at consortium news:

"Lawyers for imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange are suing the C.I.A., former C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo, as well as the Spanish security firm UC Global, for allegedly violating plaintiffs’ 4th Amendment rights.

The lawsuit will be filed at 8 a.m. Monday in the Southern District of New York federal court. The plaintiffs, all U.S. citizens, allege that their constitutional rights were violated by the Central Intelligence Agency, former C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo and UC Global, which conducted surveillance of Assange and his guests at the Ecuador embassy in London on behalf of the C.I.A. Plaintiffs and attorneys will appear at the press conference at 11 am EDT brought to you live here on CN Live!"

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Aug 15 2022 13:25 utc | 115

Posted by: Crimea River | Aug 15 2022 6:02 utc | 87

"Is this person joking? What didn't exist? What did people believe existed?"

I meant the world in which the government always wishes us well, in which all G-men are to be trusted, in which America only acted for the good of the world, in which Mom's Apple Pie was health food etc.

"Higher culture is even despised by many 'leftists' as being capitalist or imperialist or whatever.

No. Not "whatever" - Define the exact "higher culture", "leftists" and examples of "despise" in the terms of "capitalist" or "imperialist" or "whatever" in precise terms or admit you're a CIA or Koch/CIA troll."

Are you off your meds or something? But I understand: even talking about any benefits to religion or even mentioning 'high culture' is triggering for people who have taken refuge in middle and low culture - which is most of nowadays. We have a cheap version of high culture: things like Trump's apartment in Trump tower, like the huge private yachts of the worlds' oligarchs, like Ferraris. But we don't make cathedrals, we don't compose symphonies, we don't dress up to go listen to them, we have no concept of the sacred art aspect of the royalty tradition thinking about it only in terms of lowbrow money and power. We have no respect for the gradations and play involved with a natural, living class system. And we are not producing any Lao Tzus, Buddhas, Leonardo da Vincis or Socrates.

In short: we lack high culture. So much so that even the term is regarded as coming from an Intelligence Troll!!!

These things no doubt seem slightly off-topic or off-the-wall to most here; but the conflict between Russia and the West is bound up in this sort of struggle. Russia's high culture was deliberately wrecked and millions died from it, though Bevin is in complete denial and claims it is all fascist propaganda. Yeah right, tell that the Tsar and his family slung down a mineshaft by rabid revolutionary partisans of a nameless ilk!!

By the way, I love your name Crimea River!

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 15 2022 13:29 utc | 116

@ Scorpion | Aug 15 2022 2:16 utc | 70

I read your comment 3 times. And I will probably read it again after I post this. You have given me much to think about.

And I will think, especially where your thoughts seem to connect to mine; and also where they seem to contradict mine.

Let me tell you one thing :
I recently decided that, if I ever manage to migrate to Russia, I will attempt to join the fellowship of an Orthodox Communion. Notice, the Communion, the People. Not abandon 6 decades of atheism/agnosticism.

I was reading yesterday :
https://thesaker.is/guo-xi-and-the-great-emptiness-in-times-of-the-collapse-of-the-west/
They do not actually write much about the collapse of the west ... but about the yin and the yang.

Thank you.

Posted by: otter | Aug 15 2022 14:35 utc | 117

Barflies debating left right up down and other categories may find this of interest

https://twitter.com/SquidDiddly1989/status/1558680699212910594

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 15 2022 14:53 utc | 118

financial matters | Aug 15 2022 12:02 utc | 108--

Thanks for referencing Wen Tiejun's book; yet another title to acquire.

Today, China announced a massive deal with Hungary documented in this editorial, "What did Hungary do right when it received the 'biggest ever investment in its history' from China?:

Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL), China's biggest electric vehicle battery maker, announced it would build a 7.34-billion-euro (50.79 billion yuan) battery plant in Hungary. Once built, it is set to be Europe's largest battery cell plant. Hungary said that it will be "the biggest ever greenfield investment in the history of Hungary." Some foreign media claimed Hungary got the "biggest ever investment in history" because of "supporting China," which is a bit sour: While verbally saying "No," they have paid high attention to the investment trends of the Chinese companies.

Why did Hungary attract investment from CATL? Anyone with discerning eyes can tell that this is a perfectly normal business decision. The geographical location in the heart of Europe, with a good industrial support base, allows Chinese companies in Hungary to be closer to their European customers and be able to respond to their needs in a timely manner. More critically, Hungary offers Chinese companies predictability in terms of policy and business environment. Hungary, the first country in Europe to sign Memorandum of Understanding with China on jointly building the "Belt and Road" Initiative, has offered Chinese companies a lot of preferential policies for their investments. As a result, the number of Chinese companies investing in Hungary has continued to increase over the past two years. The scale of investment has also remained high, with bilateral trade between China and Hungary increasing by 34.5 percent year-on-year in 2021. Not long ago, NIO, a Chinese electric-vehicle maker, announced its first overseas factory in Hungary, and in June Lenovo put into operation its first European manufacturing facility in the country. [My Emphasis]

Also essential is Hungary's refusal to kill its economy by refusing Russian hydrocarbons. And I'm sure most can see some triangulation of policy with Russia to further destabilize EU/NATO by fortifying Hungary. The next paragraph tells an interesting story:

"Some foreign media jealously claimed that Hungary has harvested huge investment for "supporting China in the long run." With this effort, it's better to deeply reflect on why CATL has postponed its plans to build a plant in North America. For a long time, the US has been the country that attracts the most foreign investment. But over the years, under the poisonous atmosphere of pan-politicization and generalization of concept of security, the country has created many terrible precedents, making more and more originally rich investment soil into a minefield. For example, it has forced foreign high-tech companies to hand over their technology and even carried out 'technical confiscation' of capital, leading many people to say that Washington is close to 'open robbery.' Can a company develop at ease if it is constantly worried about its investment and if it might be confiscated one day or waste all its investment? According to US media reports, CATL has long been planning to build US battery plants and visited some places in the US, but eventually may choose alternative plan to build plant in Mexico. It should be said that the doubts of CATL are also those of many other companies." [My Emphasis]

The writer goes on to poke Atlanticists in the eye for their reactionary behavior and makes several other points. The Hungarian example won't be dismissed very easily by other Europeans. Reality is begging to be observed and acted upon overturning the lies and Establishment Narrative.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 15:02 utc | 119

"..Russia's high culture was deliberately wrecked and millions died from it, though Bevin is in complete denial and claims it is all fascist propaganda. Yeah right, tell that the Tsar and his family slung down a mineshaft by rabid revolutionary partisans of a nameless ilk!!" Scorpion@116

By your definition the Soviet Union was pretty well the last redoubt of 'high culture.' Check it out: the ballet, the opera, the symphonies not only performed but composed. It was the Soviet Union, for better or worse, which preserved and developed the legacy of 'high culture' that it had inherited.

As to the 'millions who died' it is you who are in denial. You are so wedded to the narratives of the Cold War and the propaganda of the IRD that you refuse to recognise that the evidence for the fulminations of the Snyder and Conquests does not exist.
The sinister thing about the outpourings of the Cold War atrocity mills was that they were employed, essentially, to justify the real atrocities being carried out by the imperialists and the death squads that roamed the villages of Latin America, Asia and Africa. Consider the appalling 'disappearances' and assassinations carried out 'to prevent the rise of communism' on the grounds that killing thirty thousand Argentinian dissidents was justifiable if it prevented socialists from winning elections.
As to the lamentable but inevitable killing of the Romanov family- such things happen in revolutions. I have not the time to say more- a relatively close connection was involved in the final serious attempt to rescue the family!

Posted by: bevin | Aug 15 2022 15:18 utc | 120

NemesisCalling | Aug 15 2022 3:28 utc | 79

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn also said in his speech that the U$A was a "forced labour camp with bad food!"

Posted by: Mann Friedmann | Aug 15 2022 15:22 utc | 121

Important interview by TASS, "Interview of the Permanent Representative of Russia to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov". Again, the machine translation gives Maria Zakharova's name as the one being questioned which is incorrect as shown above. IMO, this provides very important info on the ZNPP and the JCPOA that ought to interest all barflies:

Question: Did the UN and the IAEA request assistance from the Russian side in organizing the visit of the IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhya NPP?

Maria Zakharova: Assistance in organizing a mission to the Zaporizhzhya NPP was requested by the IAEA, and the UN stands somewhat aside from this issue. The role of the UN in this case is that the security department of the UN secretariat should give a "green light" to travel to a troubled area. Everything else is the prerogative of the IAEA, its area of responsibility. We worked very closely with the Agency in May-June and prepared a visit. At the last moment, the UN Secretariat blocked it without a clear explanation of the reasons.

Question: When can such a visit take place? Is the IAEA side fully prepared for it?

Maria Zakharova: Our attitude to it has been voiced publicly on several occasions, including in the UN Security Council. We believe that the IAEA should not delay this visit, it would be good to hold it in late August or early September, but not everything depends on us. This is a very delicate event, very sensitive.

It is necessary to agree anew on the route of movement, security issues, an approximate schedule of work, how long the mission will stay at the station - all this was discussed in May-June, but now the work needs to be started anew.

Question: What obstacles remain for the visit now?

Maria Zakharova: Judging by the discussion at the UN Security Council on August 11, no one has any objections in principle. But it cannot be ruled out that difficulties may arise in the course of agreeing on organizational modalities. Now it is important that the Ukrainian side stop shelling the station and give guarantees for the safety of the participants of this mission. You can't send an international team under the ongoing artillery shelling. This is the main obstacle.

Question: Did Russia directly transfer evidence of the shelling of the ZNPP by the Armed Forces of Ukraine directly to the IAEA? Has there been a response from the Agency?

Maria Zakharova: We regularly feed the Agency's Secretariat and Member States with information, send circular notes on the situation at the station and on the dangerous and alarming moments that arise there as a result of the actions of the Ukrainian side. For example, the fact that in July the station was attacked by kamikaze drones, and in August rocket and artillery shelling was already used. We send all this information to the IAEA.

Our information is taken into account in the work of the Agency, including in its information messages. The tone of the IAEA Director General's speeches has become alarmist as a result of recent disturbing events. R. Grossi regularly emphasizes that the shelling of the station is fraught with serious emergency situations. But the Agency refrains from naming the guilty party, including due to the fact that the IAEA does not have its representatives at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. Perhaps, during the mission, something will change for the better in this regard, since the organization's experts, its leaders will be able to see what is really happening at the ZNPP.

Question: Earlier you said that Western countries sent a signal that in the future they may not re-elect Russia for a new term to the IAEA Board of Governors, although so far they have not decided to take real steps in this direction. How likely is it that the West will take real action to exclude Russia?

A: The re-election has already taken place. Next time we will return to this issue soon.

Question: What is the current situation with the working atmosphere of the Permanent Mission in Vienna, are there any manifestations of Russophobia or restrictions on the part of the authorities against the background of russia's SVO in Ukraine?

Maria Zakharova: I would put it this way: I do not observe pronounced Russophobia on the part of the Austrian authorities or Austrian society, there are no such facts in my field of vision. As for, for example, the working atmosphere in Vienna international organisations, the situation has certainly deteriorated. Sessions of any working body necessarily begin on the first day with the fact that Western countries together, for example, in the EU format, and then separately read out their standard anti-Russian theses, repeating each other. We naturally give an answer. Sometimes it happens that Westerners leave the hall when we perform. As I understand it, when the Russian delegation uses words such as "Nazism" or "genocide" in the context of the events in Ukraine. Recently, however, this has almost stopped. To say that Russia is in isolation is absolutely impossible. Yes, contacts with Westerners are kept to a very minimum, but Westerners are a minority in international organizations. We maintain normal relations with the countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Question: What is the situation with the issuance of visas to Russian diplomats who go on business trips to Vienna?

A: Basically, there have been several failures in recent months. Few, but there were. As practice shows, if the documents for a visa were submitted on time, in compliance with the deadlines set by the Austrian side, then visas are issued without failures. In this regard, the situation in the United States is much worse than here in Austria.

Question: Russia's foreign missions in different countries reported attempts to "recruit" diplomats against the backdrop of the SVO in Ukraine and calls for them to condemn russia's special operation. Has the Permanent Mission in Vienna received such appeals?

Answer: No, I don't remember such a case. They appeared several times only on social networks, including on behalf of Western diplomats. Such calls are purely propagandistic, and even openly provocative. There is no need to respond to them.

Question: Is there any understanding of the time frame in which the parties can reach a final agreement on the JCPOA? Earlier you noted that we can no longer talk about weeks, but about days. Is the progress of renewed consultations conducive to this?

Maria Zakharova: If the development of events is favorable, the final agreement can be reached as early as next week. But this is in the event that all the countries participating in the Vienna negotiations agree with the version of the text that was circulated by the EU coordinators on August 8. If there are amendments and objections, it is difficult to predict the further development of events now. We need to wait until the beginning of next week.

Question: According to media reports, the US has agreed with the final version of the agreement on the nuclear deal submitted by the EU, but Iran still has additional comments. What questions does Tehran have about this draft agreement, and how, in your opinion, can they be resolved?

Maria Zakharova: The EU coordinators have made several amendments to the text that is on the negotiating table – this is not the EU text, but one developed by all the participants in the negotiations that have been underway since April last year.

As coordinators, the EU can offer compromise options, which they have done. Indeed, the United States seems to have agreed, and Iran has not yet expressed its attitude to this text, so I will not speculate on what issues may remain with Tehran.

If an agreement on a new JCPOA is close, then the sanctions issue must be close to being solved as Iran desires; otherwise, there wouldn't be such optimistic talk. The Europeans certainly want to see Iranian hydrocarbons released from sanctions. The UN Secretariat's behavior spurs further distrust of Guterres. Also curious to learn about the diplomatic atmosphere in Vienna where EU/NATO delegates are a minority, which must annoy them greatly.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 15:24 utc | 122

Norwegian | Aug 15 2022 7:45 utc | 96

"See how mythology is established? I don't think there is any evidence at all for this scenario, which is completely implausible and nonsensical. There is actual evidence for human civilization in America long before this time period, even though it is ascribed to short lived Inca period (South America). Ref. Tiwanaku/Puma Punku Bolivia, Ollantaytambo Peru etc.

I often wonder what civilization(s) were ground into rock dust by the last Ice Age.
I learned at least this from post-sec education: Never take theories as fact!

Posted by: Mann Friedmann | Aug 15 2022 15:28 utc | 123

Mann Friedmann | Aug 15 2022 15:28 utc | 123

Never take theories as fact!
Indeed! If you allow only one rule in life, this is a good candidate.

We have very limited information on those civilizations, but from the stonework left behind we know they were very advanced and had a presence all around the world.

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 15 2022 15:48 utc | 124

Today, a very confident President Putin spoke in person at the opening ceremony of the Army 2022 International Military-Technical Forum and the International Army Games 2022. Here are a few excerpts:

I would like to emphasise that Russia stands for the broadest and most comprehensive development of military-technical cooperation. Today, in the conditions of a confidently forming multipolar world, this is especially important.

We highly appreciate the fact that our country has many allies, partners, like-minded people on different continents. These are states that do not bend to the so-called hegemon. Their leaders show a real masculine character and do not bend. They choose a sovereign, independent path of development, want to collectively resolve issues of global and regional security on the basis of international law, mutual responsibility and consideration of each other's interests, thereby contributing to the protection of a multipolar world.

Russia sincerely values historically strong, friendly and truly trusting ties with the states of Latin America, Asia and Africa. We are ready to offer our allies and partners the most modern types of weapons, from small arms to armored vehicles and artillery, combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.

All over the world, they are valued among military professionals for reliability, quality and, most importantly, high efficiency. Almost all have been used more than once in real hostilities.

The forum gives foreign military specialists a good opportunity to get acquainted with the development in the Russian defense industry of such areas as the use of artificial intelligence, the latest information and radio-electronic technologies, with the practical implementation of the advanced achievements of our world-famous design bureaus and scientific schools....

Of particular interest are promising models and systems that are focused on the future and will determine the future of the Armed Forces. We are talking about high-precision weapons and robotics, about combat complexes based on new physical principles. Many of them are years, and maybe even decades ahead of foreign analogues, and in terms of tactical and technical characteristics they are significantly superior to them. Expositions of the "Patriot", presentations at military training grounds, demonstration of the development of the technopolis "ERA" convincingly show this.

I would like to add that at special stands dedicated to the diversification of defence industries, Russian enterprises present their achievements in the field of innovative civilian products and technologies. And they also deserve the utmost attention....

We also see great prospects in the training of foreign servicemen and the improvement of their qualifications. Thousands of military professionals from around the world are proud that the military universities and academies of our country have become their alma mater. We will continue to work vigorously in this important area.

As before, we invite our allies and partners to participate in joint command post and other types of exercises. Such training, the development of complex training and combat tasks are important for improving military skills and the quality of military management, for improving the tactics and coherence of units and formations.

I am convinced that by developing broad military-technical cooperation and combining our efforts and capabilities, we will be able to ensure reliable security and stability for our countries and the world as a whole....

As before, the International Army Games will be an excellent platform for demonstrating professional skills. This time more than six thousand soldiers and officers from 37 countries of the world will take part in them.

Of great socio-political importance is the holding of the International Anti-Fascist Congress within the framework of the forum. The lessons of the terrible tragedy to which Nazism led mankind in the twentieth century should not be forgotten. We owe it to the memory of millions of victims of World War II to respond harshly to attempts to falsify history and to counteract the spread of any form of neo-Nazism, Russophobia and racism.

The International Anti-Fascist Congress is something new for this event and is clearly related to current events as is this description, "in the conditions of a confidently forming multipolar world." The video of the event shows it's well attended by guests from many different nations, with simultaneous CC translation in English displayed on the big screens flanking the stage. A scowling Shoigu shares the stage with Putin.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 16:08 utc | 125

Fraudworld: a couple of really nice writeups

The Strange Case of Nakamoto's Bitcoin - Sal Bayat

A very nice technical writeup, albeit there are a number of oversights and incorrect characterizations. I absolutely agree with the overall gist and conclusion although I think the author has not made sufficient consideration of the end game for bitcoin.

All Time Best interviews with Fraudsters from the fraudster following bedrock substack

Really nicely curated set. I need to see more from bedrock, but it does seem that these authors don't seem to realize that the first sucker that a great con man cons, is generally him/her self. As such, the best at it are good at portraying anything they want to portray because they believe it at some level.
They're good also at soliciting emotion from their suckers especially including sympathy.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 15 2022 16:19 utc | 126

Burn more fossil fuels - there's a CO2 shortage in the US...lol

US CO2 shortage strains set to continue throughout the coming months

Tightening in supply or supply shortages of carbon dioxide (CO2) are continuing to hit businesses across the US, with strains set to continue throughout the coming months.

This comes as Everett, Massachusetts-based Night Shift Brewing last week (27th July) said it has had its supply cut for the foreseeable future.

Likewise, other companies are starting to feel a hit caused by disruption in the CO2 supply chain, with the Southeast and Southwest believed to be struggling the most.

Unfortunately, things don’t look like they’re going to get better in the short-term and there is certainly a long, hot summer ahead for the US CO2 market, with things not looking up until the fall.

Concerning those in the hospitality business, CO2 is used widely in the food and beverage industry as a refrigerant and is also used in Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) to improve shelf life and in carbonating drinks.

Dry ice (solid CO2) has increasingly been used to keep food frozen during home delivery, a trend that boomed during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 15 2022 16:21 utc | 127

Posted by: pogohere | Aug 15 2022 2:31 utc | 72

In sum, then, the surveillance state exists to control one's political opposition, Trump declassified the documents that showed what the surveillance state had done to him, the surveillance state got scared and went on a fishing expedition to Mar-A-Lago?

I can't quite figure out what the role of Durham and Barr is in this saga. They went to Rome to listen to the Mifsud tape, but to what end? Are they the good guys or the bad guys? Barr especially. Anyway, the surveillance state does not seem to know what exactly it is doing, let alone shown itself capable of selling the story. Merrick Garland tried to justify the raid to media as a quest for nuclear codes, which some say does not make any sense because - as they also say - those codes are changed every day.

Posted by: Jonathan W | Aug 15 2022 16:38 utc | 128

The Hungarian example won't be dismissed very easily by other Europeans. Reality is begging to be observed and acted upon overturning the lies and Establishment Narrative.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 15:02 utc | 119

My dear Karl, I did read this important news this morning on Global Times.

But let me correct your enthusiasm.
It is useless to expect a rational reaction from "Europeans" following these normally positive developments. Because economically positive, it is undeniable.

First of all, the average European will not even be informed, we are here drowned in the most vulgar anti-Russian and anti-Chinese propaganda, so now also anti-Hungarian.
The average European does not read Chinese news and does not use a VPN to be able to read RT.

Secondly, if we talk about European politicians, there is no chance that Hungarian politics will inspire them. For them, the interest and happiness of their own population are obstacles to a career subsidized by EU+NATO. Therefore, most of their energy will be devoted to sabotage. For example, introducing some kind of standards to limit the market or investing to produce competing batteries even if the quality or the price are not competitive. This is what France is doing.

Finally, the only category of Europeans likely to be aware of this are the leaders of the industry, mainly German. They have understood that they would be sacrificed all the more easily if they were exposed to American trade sanctions. They will therefore be silent and create partnerships in Hungary on the sly.

Western Europe and EU Europeans will only wake up, at best, after a humiliating military defeat or when they are cold and hungry.
A bad winter and a few months of sacrifice will not wake up a populace that thinks it is still benefiting from the current world order.

We [I am a European....] have accepted fuel at 2€ per liter, sunflower oil at 4€ per liter, a real inflation of 20% on the standard food consumption of a family and from now on a doubled heating bill, that is to say that to be able to live and feed his family, a European worker must now work 10 hours more per week "for free" or in pure loss.
20 to 30% more exploitation for those who will keep a job. And no massive demonstration, other than corporatist or categorical.

The battle is currently every man for himself, far from a united front.

BUT haven't we already been well trained by 3 years of Coronacircus to accept the every man for himself, confined, masked, pitted, socially rated with internet applications and compliance color codes?

Unfortunately, yes.

Posted by: La Bastille | Aug 15 2022 16:45 utc | 129

The Hungarian example won't be dismissed very easily by other Europeans. Reality is begging to be observed and acted upon overturning the lies and Establishment Narrative.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 15:02 utc | 119

My dear Karl, I did read this important news this morning on Global Times.

But let me correct your enthusiasm.
It is useless to expect a rational reaction from "Europeans" following these normally positive developments. Because economically positive, it is undeniable.

First of all, the average European will not even be informed, we are here drowned in the most vulgar anti-Russian and anti-Chinese propaganda, so now also anti-Hungarian.
The average European does not read Chinese news and does not use a VPN to be able to read RT.

Secondly, if we talk about European politicians, there is no chance that Hungarian politics will inspire them. For them, the interest and happiness of their own population are obstacles to a career subsidized by EU+NATO. Therefore, most of their energy will be devoted to sabotage. For example, introducing some kind of standards to limit the market or investing to produce competing batteries even if the quality or the price are not competitive. This is what France is doing.

Finally, the only category of Europeans likely to be aware of this are the leaders of the industry, mainly German. They have understood that they would be sacrificed all the more easily if they were exposed to American trade sanctions. They will therefore be silent and create partnerships in Hungary on the sly.

Western Europe and EU Europeans will only wake up, at best, after a humiliating military defeat or when they are cold and hungry.
A bad winter and a few months of sacrifice will not wake up a populace that thinks it is still benefiting from the current world order.

We [I am a European....] have accepted fuel at 2€ per liter, sunflower oil at 4€ per liter, a real inflation of 20% on the standard food consumption of a family and from now on a doubled heating bill, that is to say that to be able to live and feed his family, a European worker must now work 10 hours more per week "for free" or in pure loss.
20 to 30% more exploitation for those who will keep a job. And no massive demonstration, other than corporatist or categorical.

The battle is currently every man for himself, far from a united front.

BUT haven't we already been well trained by 3 years of Coronacircus to accept the every man for himself, confined, masked, pitted, socially rated with internet applications and compliance color codes?

Unfortunately, yes.

Posted by: La Bastille | Aug 15 2022 16:45 utc | 130

The only way China's military-flavoured 'over-reaction' to Mrs Pelosi's Taiwan buffoonery makes sense to me is if it's a trap to expose the US-led West as a bunch of simpletons. A couple more provocations and insults from China and the Axis Of Angry Indignation will commit to sailing half way around the world to do some feeble-minded NATO-ish show-boating to show China who's Boss - for the next 27 (or more?) years.

I doubt that China is panicking about the timeline for reunification and it'll take the AoAI several years to wake up to the fact that they've had their chain Yanked.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Aug 15 2022 17:06 utc | 131

La Bastille | Aug 15 2022 16:45 utc | 129--

Thanks for your sad report. Curious that I just finished reading a somewhat related essay by Ehret, "Life at the End of an Empire With St Augustine", that offers an interesting historical review of an Era many are ignorant about. It's been almost 25 years since I dealt with City of God. At the time I wasn't learned enough to rebut it, but that has changed. Nevertheless, Ehret's essay is useful as it's worthy of debate.

As for Hungary's battery factory, it most likely won't start operations until 2024. By then we'll have a much better handle on how the centrifugal forces unleashed by the EU and Outlaw US Empire's illegal sanctions will have reshaped the EU.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 17:09 utc | 132

Jonathan W | Aug 15 2022 16:38 utc | 128

Some history on Barr in response to your: "I can't quite figure out what the role of Durham and Barr is in this saga. They went to Rome to listen to the Mifsud tape, but to what end? Are they the good guys or the bad guys? Barr especially."

William Barr and the Iran-Contra Scandal

CIA Covert Operative William Barr Nominated by Trump for Attorney General. His Role in the Iran Contra Affair

Posted by: pogohere | Aug 15 2022 17:31 utc | 133

Jonathan W | Aug 15 2022 16:38 utc | 128

Re: Durham: "I can't quite figure out what the role of Durham and Barr is in this saga."

See: Part 3, Why Did the DOJ and FBI Execute the Raid on Trump – A Culmination of Four Years of Threats and Betrayals

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/08/11/part-3-why-did-the-doj-and-fbi-execute-the-raid-on-trump-a-culmination-of-four-years-of-threats-and-betrayals/


Frustration continues to mount as impeachment efforts against President Trump and the painful reality of the Bill Barr motive starts to settle in.

Bill Barr replaced the obstruction and interference threat carried by Mueller special counsel, with the obstruction and interference threat carried by the Durham special counsel. The ‘ongoing investigation‘ narrative created both swords of Damocles. One created by Rosenstein/Mueller the other created by Barr/Durham.

Then Bill Barr did something even worse. He made sure Donald Trump could never remove it.

See: Barr appointment of Special Counsel Durham: #1 & #2

The result?

The special counsel block of investigative material continued from May 13, 2019, all the way to today. The Durham special counsel is an active and ongoing investigation.

This is the dynamic behind the declassification of records.

This is the dynamic where the law is used, structurally weaponized by the institutions who are sworn to uphold it, to protect the interests of the DC Deep State.

This is the dynamic that exposes how the DOJ and FBI are structurally corrupt.

Posted by: pogohere | Aug 15 2022 17:50 utc | 134

Posted by: pogohere | Aug 15 2022 17:31 utc | 133


Thanks. Interesting paragraph on Iran-Contra Affair:

The operation, in essence, evolved and metastasized into ever-more modern and sophisticated incarnation with even more global reach. New names, new banks, new drugs, new wars, same blueprint. It is not a “deep state” or a “shadow state” but a Criminal State that operates “in broad daylight”. It is the playbook of the New World Order. It is globalization at its finest.

Posted by: Jonathan W | Aug 15 2022 18:11 utc | 135

A very detailed review of the corruption and power of the fourth Branch of us govt from Sundance; four parts with the fourth part disclosing what the DOJ/FBI panic raid on trummp is all about (warning, site is very pro-trump):

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/08/11/part-4-what-was-in-the-trump-documents-creating-such-fear-in-doj-and-fbi/

From the review, conclusion as to what has caused the panic: (apologies for the length, I am not up to speed on how to block post)

In addition, we would have Admiral Rogers writing a mandatory oversight notification to the FISA court detailing what happened. That’s a big and comprehensive classified record, likely contained in the documents in Mar-a-Lago… and then the goldmine, the fully unredacted 99-page FISA court opinion detailing the substance of the NSA compromise by FBI officials and contractors, including the names, frequency and dates of the illegal surveillance. That is a major classified document the Deepest Deep State would want to keep hidden.

These are the types of documents within what former ODNI John Ratcliffe called “thousands of pages that were declassified by President Trump,” and given to both John Durham and Main Justice with an expectation of public release when the Durham special counsel probe concluded.

In short, President Trump declassified documents that show how the institutions within the U.S. government targeted him. However, the institutions that illegally targeted President Trump are the same institutions who control the specific evidence of their unlawful targeting.

These examples of evidence held by President Donald Trump reveals the background of how the DC surveillance state exists. THAT was/is the national security threat behind the DOJ-NSD search warrant and affidavit.

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Larry Johnson, former CIA officer, extracts from the Fourth Part of link above for a more direct analysis: (it provides more detail on the interrelationship of the intell agencies, foreign and domestic and their efforts to destroy trump)

https://sonar21.com/understanding-why-the-deep-state-is-terrified-of-trumps-documents/

Posted by: Taras 77 | Aug 15 2022 18:14 utc | 136

"By your definition the Soviet Union was pretty well the last redoubt of 'high culture.' Check it out: the ballet, the opera, the symphonies not only performed but composed. It was the Soviet Union, for better or worse, which preserved and developed the legacy of 'high culture' that it had inherited."

Posted by: bevin | Aug 15 2022 15:18 utc | 120

They may have 'preserved the legacy,' but that was only after having exterminated the living culture from whence it came. But that's okay. These things are always happening in the human realm. We can get moralistic and judgmental about it picking one side over another, the high road over the low road, but it will keep happening anyway. Every wave has a peak and a trough and if they were all to have only peaks, they would no longer be waves. And so it goes.

Look, we are simply not going to agree on this sort of thing which is fine. I have deep respect for your knowledge of many things even if I see them from a different vantage point. I believe that some of your facts are skewed by prejudice but I know that is the case with myself as well and moreover probably true of everyone who works to study things and form opinions, i.e. everyone else here too.

One of the many reasons I value this forum are your contributions to it even though I think you have a bit of a gap when it comes to what happened after the Bolsheviks ravaged Russia! You might be right that every impression I have about it is false, and I will never spend the time to be able to be certain one way or another, but Solzehnitsyn is not the only Russian who has talked of bad stuff happening back then and no doubt will not be the last. You say he is a fabulist; I disagree. And there we are!

In any case, you clearly care deeply about what happens in this world so for that I doff you my cap, Sir!

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 15 2022 18:33 utc | 137

One name to keep in mind with regard to the Iran-Contra Scandal (which would appear to have nothing to do with anything but actually might have everything to do with everything) is Adnan Khashoggi (Jamal's uncle) who was a kind of "business associate" of Jeffrey Epstein in arms dealing at that time. And since Trump knew Epstein, he may have had his reasons to pick Barr as his AG.

Posted by: Jonathan W | Aug 15 2022 18:34 utc | 138

Connecting the dots further, I have a hunch the murder of the Maltese journalist Galizia has something to do with the Maltese professor (?) Mifsud, who was involved in cooking up Russiagate (through Papadopoulos) until he apparently vanished. The official reason is she got killed because she discovered tax havens. Really? And there might be a very long arc from Galizia to the murder of another journalist linked to the Iran Contra scandal through his uncle Adnan: Jamal Khashoggi. But I don't understand why Papadopoulos is acting as a shill for Barr's buddy Durham if both Barr and Durham are corrupt.

Posted by: Jonathan W | Aug 15 2022 18:44 utc | 139

Thank you.
Posted by: otter | Aug 15 2022 14:35 utc | 117

And thank YOU for your kind words.

I believe it was Arnold Toynbee who said that the most impactful thing that would happen in the twentieth century would be the meeting of East and West esp. in the intellectual, philosophical and spiritual spheres.

I think he was right, though he called it a century too early.

The Chinese having tried hard to snuff out the spiritual are going to have to find a way to let it back in without the political classes freaking out about losing their authority. A fear based on dynamics well explained in that article about the Tsar. The main thrust in the twentieth century was to finish the eradication of hereditary aristocracy and royalty by replacing it with some sort of universal creed of materialism, a spiritless reality we all inhabit like ants or machines and in which Man is master of All. Only with such a mentality can things like anthropogenic climate change be believed in so easily with such paucity of detailed responsibly gathered and analyzed evidence. The culture of responsible scientific enquiry no longer holds sway - at least not in the West.

In any case, Chinese lineages of daoism, confucianism and buddhism, synthesized as they were all together, still inform the Chinese people every day as 'legacy' even though far too much of the heart of those transmissions is not being preserved and transmitted in a living way though I believe there are still enough people in touch with those traditions to revive them if the repression ends. Tibetan Buddhism took terrible hits in Tibet with millions murdered (though not according to the sinophobes here) but it was not completely wiped out. (And of course it had many problems of its own so was not an entirely angelic creature by any means but that's another story.)

The same in all Asian countries: the modern world has tended to supersede some of their traditional mores but they are not all lost. Russia is an extraordinary country I trow, even though have never been there, because their Christianity is infused with incense of orient and their orient is infused with incense of occident. If I were young and starting out I think that would be the place for me.

In any case, if some of the old non-materialist wisdom traditions from Asia, where they were more systemically pursued and transmitted than in the West, can begin to arise again and then cross-pollinate with good western cultural streams, then we are going to start going places civilizationally.

I think in this regard, Russia will be leading the way. We had our chance and allowed Money Grubbers to rule the roost and the degraded to rise to the top. Pretty soon we are all about to pay!

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 15 2022 18:45 utc | 140

just in

Lawyers for Rudolph W. Giuliani have been told that he is a target of a criminal investigation in Georgia into election interference by Donald J. Trump and his advisers

Posted by: Jonathan W | Aug 15 2022 19:05 utc | 141

What separates investigating election fraud from "election interference" is Bill Barr, who said there was no fraud.

Posted by: Jonathan W | Aug 15 2022 19:06 utc | 142

one last thing: there is a touch of cognitive dissonance to the Salman Rushdie affair when the Western-supported Ukie regime imposed a lockdown on the city of Nikolayev for a few days in search for those who spread "disinformation". To say nothing of Assange et al.

Posted by: Jonathan W | Aug 15 2022 19:15 utc | 143

Carthago delenda est...
@ Karlof1 #132
Thanks for the link. Interesting.

whenever societies fall into decadence which empire entails, the love of wisdom is replaced for the love of hedonism and other ephemeral pleasures. Love of the other is replaced with love of the self and considerations of the wellbeing of the whole community are reduced to the wellbeing of the individual member with power to impose their will onto the masses.

What is needed for a society to break free of the cyclical collapses which such a corrupt society is destined to face? The solution offered by Plato, Cicero and Augustine amounts to simply recognizing that government exists to advance the happiness of a people.

No more Marx, Engel, Lenin, Stalin, Mao on the BRI Banner...
But Plato, Cicero, Augustin, Putin and Xi. 😉

And Russia and China will not make the mistake of Carthago


The Carthaginians were desperate to avoid another war, and quickly offered to lay down her weapons and engage in terms of surrender. Sadly, their placation fell on deaf ears and the oligarchy managing Rome had decided that her large territories stretching across Africa, the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia had to be consolidated. After two years of war, Carthage’s capital was sieged, ending with every last man, woman and child killed or sold into slavery.

Lesson #1 of Leningrad streets
When the fight is ...

Posted by: La Bastille | Aug 15 2022 19:51 utc | 144

"..whenever societies fall into decadence which empire entails, the love of wisdom is replaced for the love of hedonism and other ephemeral pleasures. Love of the other is replaced with love of the self and considerations of the wellbeing of the whole community are reduced to the wellbeing of the individual member with power to impose their will onto the masses..." La Bastille

The implication of which statement would seem to be that at their height the people running the Empire were striving mightily for the good of others, while turning away from hedonistic pleasures... to which one can only reply "Really?"
The great days of empire were not only characterised by the decadence of a ruling class which was looting half the world in order to grow richer, but was about as interested in the well being of the workers and peasants in Manchester or Wiltshire as it cared deeply for the inhabitants of Calcutta and the hundred thousand villages it taxed for tribute.
"The love of wisdom eh?" and "Consideration of the well being of others.." In which Empire was that? Not the British or the French I'd venture to say. And not the Roman either from what I know.

In other news there is an excellent article art The Cradle today "Peace with Syria: The final piece in Turkey’s foreign policy puzzle" by Hasan Ünal.
https://thecradle.co/Article/Analysis/14280
It suggests that Erdogan might be on the verge of reconciling with the Syrian government, which would then be able to kick out the US troops looting its oilfield in the east.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 15 2022 20:37 utc | 145

My essay, "The Plundering Nations Last Stand is now complete, warts and all.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 20:48 utc | 146

To say that much was omitted from my essay would be correct, but how much to chronicle? I didn't touch on Organ Plundering of the sort that happened in Kosovo or other actions related in that article. I also didn't include much of Ehret's essay I linked to above, although if I was writing a book some would find its way into the prose.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 21:14 utc | 147

Jonathan W | Aug 15 2022 19:05 utc | 141

Can't help it, I feel sorry for Mr. Giuliani, the thumbscrews they're trying to use on him. Lawfaring against a lawyer.

Even so, Georgia is going to go red. Both senators plus 9 out of 14 representatives. I'm willing to bet 50€ on this.

I just wish that dim-wit Brian Kemp would get slashed by Stacy Abrams.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Aug 15 2022 21:24 utc | 148

Can't escape the feeling that Crooke ran out of space at the end of his latest, which is coupled with his previous as a series. Yes, he comes to a happy conclusion, but I'm not convinced as more forces are at work than those he details. Personally, I'm not worried about Woke which I see as a fad put forth by some very immature humans. IMO, the deeper danger remains with those afflicted with Pleonexia and see their Free Lunch Era coming to an end. What they will likely do when Europe rebels against the illegal sanctions is double-down, but with what this time?

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 21:46 utc | 149

karlof1@146/7/9 thank you for the link to your latest vk essay. they always read like chapters in full or part of a book, which i cannot help bt assume they are. i'd just returned from picking up a parcel @ the post office: friends of relatives of my deceased husband, living in stanstead quebec (claim to fame the post office runs through the border & one can use either the US postal service or pay more & ship canadian), ship every year a dozen cans of their finest maple syrup. they pack, pay for shipping & include the amount owing in the parcel. it's simply how things are done in that very closed old world. no one ever locks their door, "heavens, dear, someone might need to come in for something & if we aren't here to help them, well, it's the least we can do." i adore the parcel & the act of trust much more than the syrup---& the syrup is the very best. the clearer the syrup the finer it is, & theirs is invariably flawless.

Posted by: emersonreturn | Aug 15 2022 22:28 utc | 150

Personally, I'm not worried about Woke which I see as a fad put forth by some very immature humans.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 21:46 utc | 149

Like nearly everything else these days, woke is not about woke. It's about mind control / mass persuasion. A significant percentage of the population is still willing to think what they are told to think. Many will fight for it. Most are willing to suspend rule of law in order to punish those they are told are bad.

It's all extremely childish as you say, but the people pushing this nonsense don't believe a word of it. They are dangerous indeed. But the ones they persuade into believing and then actually advocating such nonsense, the so-called sheeple, they are the truly scary ones!

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 15 2022 22:28 utc | 151

Posted by: Jen | Aug 15 2022 11:39 utc | 106

Thanks Jen
Yes that is the data I was looking at. However they mention an aged adjusted death rate, so presumably they do adjust for age in some way.

I am sure they do have the figures broken down by ethnicity/age/sex, but possibly at this stage they would not be statistically significant.

Last post on this thread probably.

Posted by: watcher | Aug 15 2022 22:30 utc | 152

Australia, Taiwan and international law:

https://johnmenadue.com/would-australian-defence-of-taiwan-amount-to-the-crime-of-aggression/

Posted by: Paul | Aug 15 2022 22:58 utc | 153

emersonreturn @150--

Yum! I'd use it in the fruity cakes I've been baking instead of honey for a change of flavor.

I know you and many more can't access SCF, so I've copy/pasted two articles from today that I linked above for your edification. Pavic here and Crooke here.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 23:13 utc | 154

Personally, I'm not worried about Woke which I see as a fad put forth by some very immature humans.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 21:46 utc | 149

Does anyone remember when woke used to mean "red pilled" in right wing US political jargon? Or have i become confused in the sea of disinformation. I'm talking around Trumps election in 2016.

Posted by: K | Aug 15 2022 23:22 utc | 155

Scorpion @151--

I see Woke as a product of a Class that sees itself being outclassed and is desperate. Their Pleonexia has utterly ruined them. Over 85% of humanity wants nothing to do with them, and they cannot handle that reality. They are morally adrift, and they thought they were mature when still dressed in diapers. And since they shun the Classics they have no way of knowing what they're doing was done before to their Class's detriment. SCF published four essays over the past week that hit this topic from different angles--Crooke's two, Pavic's from today, and Ehret's from yesterday. And there were others before them. They see and call themselves philanthropists, but the reality is they're terrorists aiming to upend the very foundation they stand on.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 23:34 utc | 156

K @155--

Yes. Pavic's essay linked above provides this gem:

"But that was then and this is now in the West’s 'rules-based order,' where each occasion requires a new set of rules."

One Narrative collapses so another's devised only to itself collapse leading to yet another and so forth. All the references to Through the Looking Glass are being made for very good reasons.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 23:47 utc | 157

In a great new article on Strat-Culture, Ehret takes us on a heckuva ride through the sack of decadent Rome, the first tentative Confucian-Christian (East & West)-Muslim-Jewish alliance under Charlemagne (thwarted by the assassination of Empress Irene in 802 who was willingly about to marry Charlemagne which would have unified East and West Xtianity), to Leibniz a few centuries later about which a quote:

"Leibniz’s Augustinian Vision

On top of organizing many of the greatest reforms in administration, law and science policy within both Prussia and Russia (serving as Privy Councillor to Peter the Great), Gottfried Leibniz organized to unify the splintered branches of Christianity around a renewed Augustinian reform, and a broader age of reason by looking beyond the limits of the corrupted European courts to… China and Russia.

Corresponding with leading missionaries and advisors to the Kangxi emperor of China, Leibniz created the first major journal on Chinese thought and politics called Novissima Sinica (News from China) in 1696 where he laid out his grand design writing:

“I consider it a singular plan of the fates that human cultivation and refinement should today be concentrated, as it were, in the two extremes of our continent, in Europe and in China, which adorns the Orient as Europe does the opposite edge of the Earth. Perhaps Supreme Providence has ordained such an arrangement, so that as the most cultivated and distant peoples stretch out their arms to each other, those in between may gradually be brought to a better way of life. I do not think it an accident that the Russians, whose vast realm connects Europe with China and who hold sway over the deep barbarian lands of the North by the shore of the frozen ocean, should be led to the emulation of our ways through the strenuous efforts of their present ruler [Peter I].”

It is no coincidence that we find in the works of Leibniz and the Augustinian Christian movement, the key to the strategic thinking of Confucian Platonist Benjamin Franklin who applied the practical and metaphysical insights of Confucius, Christ and Plato into a new system of governance which he defined as a “science of happiness”.

If you have made it this far and don’t yet see any of the keys to the salvation of our current society within the context of the rising multipolar alliance and Confucian renaissance which is animating China’s New Silk Road, I highly advise reading this essay again.

The author delivered a lecture on this topic which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/nhdZXlEunU4
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I was not aware of any of this and find it quite exciting to learn about (and hope to learn more). I have believed for decades that the next great thing should be the mixing and blending of the Orient and Occident by a great Eurasian civilizational rise. The current SMO is making that more likely than not since hopefully it will force Europe to break away from its subservience to the Empire of Lies and reclaim sovereignty and join into the current Eurasian multipolar sovereignty movement.

As I post this I see several from karlof1 about all this. Thanks for the heads-up and interchange etc. I'll go check out the Pavic one next but I'm really into the Eurasian Alliance history about which, again, had NO idea.

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 15 2022 23:57 utc | 158

I see Woke as a product of a Class that sees itself being outclassed and is desperate.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 23:34 utc | 156

Fair enough. You are calling 'woke' the ruling class promoting such obvious BS and I thought you meant the sheeple who have been buying into it.

As to the promulgators I regard them as real-world equivalents of vampires. They feed off the energy of the living masses to confirm their belief that they are superior. They have the mentality of asuras aka 'jealous gods' who strive to be gods living in bliss and ease but their striving means they can never actually BE gods so they end up trampling on all in their way to achieve their ambitions and also tearing down those above them mainly out of spite.

This is why when the good come together to make things move forward that often they fail: the bad tear them down. Why? Because this is what they do. They feed off the good which they are intensely aware of but cannot let go of the resentment they feel because they feel separate from it because they are so driven with obsessing about themselves and their ambition to become the best. They embody the expression: the best is the enemy of the good.

These demons believe they are good which is why ultimately they can justify no end of murder and mayhem in the fulfillment of their desires because they truly believe they are intellectually and morally superior.

It does not take hereditary aristocracy or feudalism to engender these people nor the problems they create for society. And in any case, they are not the only negative elements: there are also the venal, the cruel and the stupid all of whom do tremendous damage if for no other reason than the asura class find them so easy to plunder and manipulate. They feed off being superior so the inferior ones are sustenance to them more delicious than any sensual pleasure.

My definition of a good polity is one wherein this highly driven and super-intelligent asura class (or tendency if you prefer) is harnessed to improve that society meaning the lives of its members rather than exploiting that society. They have to be managed for if they are not they will fulfill their natures and tear the whole thing down. The problem with good people generally is that they fail to acknowledge how dangerous and cruel are evil people. That is their undoing.

The SMO is the most amazing thing I've witnessed although deplore the bloodshed involved. It's like a black hole is opening up and the asura-dominance of the West is being sucked down into it. Pretty soon, with any luck, the West will be much diminished but may have a chance to get its soul back, its humanity, its simplicity. A consummation devoutly to be wished....

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 16 2022 0:10 utc | 159

Interesting "how did things get this stupid" !

A coin has three sides. One is always hidden from view.

As for Donald Trump there exist three different views. Two with 2% of the truth. The skeptical one. that includes 98% of the truth.

Two of the views are basically rose glasses colored distilled 2% views. The true skeptical view. Is the only one based on the reality of the real world based on 98% of the real truth? Along with all the true facts concerning the irrational behavior of Donald Trump.

A true skeptic will seek out the missing 98%. Weigh and balance the good, the bad, and the ugly inconvenient truth.
Party Groupies or true believers of nonsense. Like good little blind robots. Just do as their saints or leaders tell them to do. With little thought of the consequences.

The Trump supporters have greenwashed and deliberately erased all of Donald's lies and real sins. In order to tell themselves lies that differ from reality. This sad little one thought a time mononeuron Trump supporter groupies. Use the artificial label "Trump Derangement Syndrome". For all who oppose this one-eyed distortion of reality.

Donald Trump has also attracted a large number of very dangerous armed internal USSA rabid racist and bigotted fanatics to his fan base. By falsely declaring without one iota of proof/evidence of a rigged 2020 Presidential Election.

The Democrat mononeuron groupies gleefully point out all Donald Trump's endless stream of lies. Plus, tirades of complete nonsense. Every time he opens his big mouth.

Since USSA politics are heavily polarized and broken. Neither side can and or will see the other party's groupies' point of view.

Fun fact. Back in 2016. The person who received the greatest number of votes in that race was Hilary R Clinton with 65,853,514. Donald Trump scored 62,984,828. Donald's answer was "You lost. I won!" Election 2020 by the total number of votes counted Biden 81,268,924 Trump 74,216,154. You will note Donald Trump scored an extra 12 million voters. That be the inconvenient truth!

One should not forget that up to 50% of the population. Consider his activities in January 2020. Is an act of treason. Just jail the bum. End of story.

If one were to track and list all of Donald Trump's online comments from day one of the FBI search and collect classified documents raid. With a legal non-trolling legitimate cause search warrant. Correctly issued under due process. His comments become more unbelievable every day. One comment security cameras filmed the FBI searchers. Next comment cameras turned off fake evidence was planted. So it goes on and on...

If only he had followed the standing procedures lists given to all departing presidents from the "WhiteWashedHouse". Then the whole can of worms.............

You ask for what you get. And get what you as for........

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Aug 16 2022 2:15 utc | 160

PeterAU1

Take a dive at anti-spiegel.ru for more material of interest.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 16 2022 2:24 utc | 162

https://risingtidefoundation.net/2021/12/27/the-forgotten-jewish-christian-muslim-alliance-and-chinas-silk-road/

A very different history of Khazaria and the links between East and West going back a very long time...

"The Ecumenical Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Confucian Alliance
Al Masudi reported his Meadows of Goldthat the Jewish Khazars had established an incredible military alliance with the Islamic Abbasid Dynasty who supplied an army of 10 000 Muslim soldiers to the Jewish Khazars under the condition that if any future Jewish leader were to declare war on Islam, that army would fight for Islam! This incredible safeguard was a creative flank which brought the self-interests of both cultures together in ways that made orchestrated imperial conflict nearly impossible.

Another distinguishing feature of Khazaria was its unique judicial system which wisely represented the diverse faiths which sought refuge in this Jewish land. Khazaria had become renowned for its tolerance and openness (the majority of the population were a mix of Christian, Muslim and Pagan though the King and his court were Jewish). 10th century Persian historian Abu al-Istakhri described the Khazarian Supreme Court of Justice whose judges comprised two Christians, two Muslims, two Jews and one Pagan stating: “The king has 7 judges [hukkan] from the Jews, Christians, Muslims and Idolators. When the people have a lawsuit, it is they who judge it. The parties do not approach the king himself but only these judges.”

The Abbasid Dynasty played another indispensable role in preserving the Silk Road and Confucian renaissance in conjunction with their alliance with Khazaria. At a decisive moment in 755 CE, the Tang Dynasty faced a terrible crisis known as the An-Shi Rebellionwhen a renegade General An Lushan declared himself emperor of the North threatening both civil war and the dissolution of the new Silk Road. Caliph al-Mahdi (grandfather of the great Harun al Rashid) sent 4000 Muslim soldiers to aid the Emperor in putting down the rebellion, preserving the ecumenical alliance!

It is unfortunate that the Tang Dynasty was never able to recover to its pre-Civil War prestige and the Silk Road lost valuable vitality just as the Christian-Jewish-Muslim alliance was attaining its apex."

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 16 2022 2:27 utc | 163

karlof1@154, thank you for kindly posting the crooke as well as your other links. very much appreciated. another stone in the wall...essential b/c each one illuminates the past as well the next revelation. things/revelations as well obscurations will increase now the nearer we approach the trials & bio labs tribunals. thank you for helping us archive these historical events, days & times.

Posted by: emersonreturn | Aug 16 2022 3:42 utc | 164

So. Morriscam was wearing multiple hats (minister for health, finance and ++??) all while also PM.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 15 2022 10:59 utc | 102

One independent journal calls the ex oz pm Scott Morrespin.

If you are wondering why Mr Smooth Albymania is fronting down in Victoria.

One should expect twice convicted Serial liar Andy Bolter. A Murdoch media propaganda writer. Andy Bolter a well-known Vic big foam frothing mouth of complete denial of climate change. Will be tossing miss nine out of ten boat anchor size throwaway lies. To support the lazy in denial of climate change under dogs local LNP shills. Yes, Virginia, many of the elder oz LNP pollies live in denial of climate change at both state and federal levels. Just like wannabe saint/prez for life Donald Trump.

Vic ballot is a manual non-electronic count them all waste of no votes two-party preferred. Vic upper house mirrors the oz senate. With twenty house vacancies. The election is a quota plus one vote. Manually counted. Thanks to the "Bracks/Brumby Reform the two parliamentary upper/lower house era". The state election date is set in virtual concrete of November every four years. Vic Erection is dated November 26th, 2022.

All oz embassies worldwide are also nominated polling booths.

The Vic equivalent of the Oz federal LNP shills. Is offering the long-suffering understaffed Vic health care workers. Free
City three zones only? Public travel entitlement! If elected! The irony of it all. To fund that freebie would require stripping the State Run Rural rail/bus/transport system of even more cash. The very same service that the local LNP promises to improve that service as well.

The third irony is that same LNP party. Stripped every state government-run hospital of future growth/building funds. Several decades ago. The funds were redirected to fund salaries and once-off pension fund payments to the newly retired nursing staff. That which remained was transferred to the central control hospital general operation fund.

In 2019, the underfunded under-resourced Vic government health care system finally imploded. From critical care patient overload. The pensioners are still waiting for urgent reclassified as non-urgent operations to this day...........Pollies of Oz deem all Oz pensioners. As dead unable to brainwash disposable high cost one party of choice only voters.

The local media for all Victorian Oz residents is now full of the 2% politician maybe/maybe not fairy promises. For Vic Government Election November 26th, 2022.

Thus every four years Oz vic. The media of vic come alive with the 2% maybe/maybenot politician 2% promises or lies.

For all wannabe/newbies/semi-professionals government funded/other politicians. Tell big/little daily lies Donald Trump style. Whilst kissing babies' asses with fake LNP smiles. ;)

As for the COVID-19 vaccination rate when comparing no-nonsense Russia versus The volunteer only evil empire Union of the Soviet States of Amerika. USSA is a country full of paid shills telling 2% of pure unadulterated horse hockey nonsense. The daily COVID-19 infection/kill the infectee rate in the USSA is far higher. Meanwhile, lockdown vaccination is the only way to go China. The end results speak for themselves. (for RF see RT/Sputnik/TASS)

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Aug 16 2022 5:54 utc | 165

RadioGenova. @RadioGenova. Aug 14. Italian ice cream maker in tears: "Today I received the electricity bill for July, € 5128. Last year I paid € 1371 in the exact same period consuming 200 kWh less! The kWh in 2021 cost 9 cents, today 53, increase of 468%!" It will be a very hot autumn in Italy and beyond.
TAKE THAT PUTIN

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 16 2022 6:10 utc | 166

Additionally, Pelosi Jr. was appointed to the boards of two lithium mining companies in 2020 and 2021. His appointments have drawn new scrutiny following his visit to Taiwan, a lithium mining capital.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 14 2022 17:46 utc | 22

So last decade and already obsolete.

Since the world's largest lithium mine is in China. All the big money in new battery research after Hydrogen fuel cells has moved on from Lithium to level 3 highly reactive sodium metal. Just one rung below reactive lithium.
The retail cost of the said battery will be 25% that of the same lithium equivalent.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Aug 16 2022 8:36 utc | 167

https://twitter.censors.us/quanyi_li2/status/1559355724290936832#m
李倩仪
@quanyi_li2
9h
Suppose there is a China-US war in taiwan, i wonder what a sanction regime against China would look like 🤔 these are GDP projections if there is a US-China war.
China: 25%-35% decline
US: 25%-35% decline
I'm assuming Japan and Australia actively join hostilities against China🧵

2. So Japan, Taiwan would presumably suffer even more given their position. At least a 40% decline in GDP then.
Australia would be worse off than the US, but not appreciably. Say a 30-40% GDP decline...

3. assuming the US will attempt a comprehensive blockade of Chinese trade. However:
90% of all raw ingredients for antibiotics come from China. That extends to raw ingredients for pharmaceutical products in general...

4. China accounts for 28.7% of global exports of medical products overall.
If the US attempts to block these exports, hospitals and doctors will face a global catastrophe.
This argument alone will blow a hole in any attempt to blockage China...

FURTHER READING FOLLOW THE LINK

Posted by: MD | Aug 16 2022 11:21 utc | 168

@ karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 20:48 utc | 146

Your essay "the Plundering Nations Last Stand" is a cracker of a read. Thank you.

Posted by: cirsium | Aug 16 2022 12:23 utc | 169

By now every one is fully aware of the sheer volumes of Euro cash required to subsidize the entire European farm economy.

Since confederation day long ago. All member European states have been endlessly supplying cash grants to farmers like there is no tomorrow.

Germany is about to slash all free farm cash rebates paid to all farmers. In the year 2026. By approximately 50%. Hence the elderly German farmers are whining and wailing. Like banshees.....

Now there exists a very picturesque small farming community in Bavaria. Even if all German farm subsidies fell to zero tomorrow. This community would be completely unfazed. Yet will continue to thrive and boom at the same time.

For the whining and wailing "woe is me" German farmers! A solution does exist. All they have to do. Literally take a short holiday in the greenest town in southern Bavaria, Germany.

Question: Do the whining and wailing banshee vampire farmers deserve a continuous inflation-proof free government cash handout? Or, should they work and pay taxes like the city-based wage slaves? The same city-based wage slaves who have supported these lazy bums for decades.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Aug 16 2022 13:14 utc | 170

Ankara can start a direct dialogue with Damascus and raise the level of relations. This was stated by Hayati Yazici, Deputy Chairman of the Justice and Development Party, i.e. Erdogan's deputy. One of the leading members of Turkey's ruling party said this during a TV broadcast on NTV Haber.

Posted by: alaff | Aug 16 2022 13:31 utc | 171

Word has it that if Cheney can't muster up the custard in Wyoming today, that she'll somehow miraculously win her way to Washington in 2024. That's the anti-Trump Republican way of thinking. Painful.

Posted by: thecelticwithinme | Aug 16 2022 15:08 utc | 172

By falsely declaring without one iota of proof/evidence of a rigged 2020 Presidential Election.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Aug 16 2022 2:15 utc | 160

Whenever someone says that there's no evidence for a particular proposition, I wonder how that person went about trying to find evidence.

There were supposedly thousands of precinct observers who witnessed irregularities (to put it kindly). Two examples off the top of my head were in Michigan: Patrick Colbeck alleged witnessing ineligible voters being arbitrarily changed to eligible, and Zachary Larsen alleged having seen vote-tabulating machines connected to the internet (which would be illegal). In Pennsylvania, there was a postal worker whose name escapes me who claimed that mailed ballots that had arrived after the deadline for being counted were being fraudulently postmarked as having arrived on time.

Then there were the "merely suspicious" elements such as statistical anomalies in batches of votes counted, 119-year-olds voting in Pennsylvania (according to the state's official records), near-simultaneous early-morning pauses in counting the vote in four key states (each of which upon resumption produced a remarkable surge for Biden), and the Dominion voting machines (which the state of Texas refused to certify because those machines could be manipulated to falsify vote counts).

To legitimately state that the election was honest would first require investigating each alleged irregularity. Instead, claims of wrongdoing have been summarily dismissed, which makes one wonder what the purpose is of having observers from each major party at each precinct.

Posted by: David Levin | Aug 16 2022 15:17 utc | 173

Assisted dying in Canada … are people being put down like old dogs?

Only months after Ottawa greenlit one of the world’s most liberal euthanasia regimes, a series of controversial state-sanctioned deaths have attracted growing international criticism that the Canadian health system now seems to be actively killing its disabled patients.   
This week, a feature by the Associated Press quoted secretly recorded audio from a London, Ont. hospital that appeared to show a medical ethicist raising the subject of euthanasia with a disabled patient, Roger Foley, after reminding him that he was costing the system “north of $1,500 a day.”
Foley told the AP that he had never previously expressed a desire for medically assisted death, and began recording the staff after they kept mentioning it to see if he had “an interest.”

The AP story also quoted Tim Stainton, director of UBC’s Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship, who called medical assistance in dying “probably the biggest existential threat to disabled people since the Nazis’ program in Germany in the 1930s.”
Canada first legalized euthanasia in 2016. The Supreme Court of Canada struck down a prior ban on assisted suicide, and gave Parliament a time limit to enshrine medical assistance in dying (MAID) into law.
The initial legislation was very careful to extend MAID only to Canadians with terminal illnesses whose death was “reasonably foreseeable.” But another constitutional challenge – this one out of the Quebec Superior Court – compelled the federal government earlier this year to widen MAID eligibility to sick Canadians who weren’t necessarily on death’s door. Next year, the legislation will be expanded still further to include Canadians with mental illness.  

MAID has seen a dramatic upswing in recent years. In 2020, nearly 7,600 Canadians ended their lives via euthanasia, a 17 per cent increase over the year prior. In disproportionately elderly regions like Vancouver Island, MAID is now the cause of 7.5 per cent of all deaths.
Within the numbers are a small but growing number of high-profile cases in which Canadians with treatable illnesses appear to have instead been prescribed death by lethal injection.
There was “Sophia,” a 51-year-old Toronto woman with severe chemical sensitivities who took MAID after she was unable to find an affordable home free of the smell of smoke or chemical cleaners. “Denise,” a 31-year-old Toronto woman, similarly pursued euthanasia as a result of what she called “abject poverty” preventing her from securing appropriate accommodation for a variety of chronic conditions.

Alan Nichols, a severely depressed B.C. man, was administered MAID shortly after being taken to the hospital by his family for a psychiatric episode. “They killed our brother,” Nichols’ brother Wayne told the National Post.

a patient in the Lower Mainland who has struggled for years to secure proper care for chronic pain, warned last month that MAID could very quickly become a means to remove patients like her from the system.
“It’s eugenics, because they don’t want us to be properly supported and be OK. And if we don’t have family to take care of us, it’s ‘Please just go and die,’” she told The Tyee.
And this is all happening within the context of a worsening health case crisis in which basic primary care is denied to millions of Canadians, and wait times are among the longest in the developed world.


Canada has now become an international poster child for how quickly the legalization of euthanasia can go off the rails.
“Why is Canada euthanizing the poor?” read an April story in the U.K.’s The Spectator. “Your new law will provide, not prevent, suicide for some psychiatric patients,” read a detailed analysis of the Canadian bill by Mark Komrad, a psychiatrist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Last year, a report by a team of United Nations special rapporteurs warned that Canada’s liberalization of euthanasia posed dire threats to its elderly and inform populations. “There is a grave concern that, if assisted dying is made available for all persons with a health condition or impairment … a social assumption might follow (or be subtly reinforced) that it is better to be dead than to live with a disability.”

More>>
https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/first-reading-canada-is-getting-real-comfortable-with-killing-its-disabled

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 16 2022 15:20 utc | 174

karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 20:48 utc | 146

I, too, enjoyed your essay.

But I was wondering if this 500 year period of imperial plundering is coming to a brutal end even because there's really not that much left to plunder.

In any case, it'll be interesting to see how the Multipolar World handles the extraction, disbursement, and disposal of what's left. I mean, these resources are finite, afterall, and economic growth, as they say, never ends.

Posted by: john | Aug 16 2022 15:25 utc | 175

Melaleuca @ 173


You forgot to mention the links to earlier MAID legislation that passed in Belgium and the Netherlands. Without which, it’s doubtful that this legislation would have passed in Canada.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Aug 16 2022 15:27 utc | 176

Thanks for the positive replies. The issue john raises I'll write on in the future.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 16 2022 15:28 utc | 177

@ karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 20:48 utc | 146

thanks karlof1... i too enjoyed your essay and thought it was good... i think the outcome you suggest might be a tad more rosy then the reality on the ground... we'll see, if we live long enough to see it... i liked this line towards the bottom of your essay... this certainly seems real enough..

"Their Free Lunch is in deep jeopardy as their domestic situations are also being subjected to destabilization and dysfunction. "

Posted by: james | Aug 16 2022 15:42 utc | 178

An excellent article at Covert Action about new mobile billboards highlighting Democratic Party hypocrisy in the Assange case. The billboards' images are themselves worth viewing :
https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/08/16/giant-satirical-billboards-mounted-on-trucks-driven-all-over-the-nations-capital-are-publicly-shaming-democratic-party-leaders-for-their-illegal-persecution-of-julian-assange/

Posted by: bevin | Aug 16 2022 15:59 utc | 180

@ bevin | Aug 16 2022 15:59 utc | 179

good stuff... someone challenging the hypocrisy directly... we need more of that..

elevate - bernard purdie

Posted by: james | Aug 16 2022 16:06 utc | 181

james | Aug 16 2022 16:06 utc | 180

Hey james, I saw these guys last month here in town. They did this piece, too. Beautiful!

https://youtu.be/AHw1xt6X2eE

Posted by: john | Aug 16 2022 16:29 utc | 182

Let me tell you one thing :
I recently decided that, if I ever manage to migrate to Russia, I will attempt to join the fellowship of an Orthodox Communion. Notice, the Communion, the People. Not abandon 6 decades of atheism/agnosticism.

I was reading yesterday :
https://thesaker.is/guo-xi-and-the-great-emptiness-in-times-of-the-collapse-of-the-west/
They do not actually write much about the collapse of the west ... but about the yin and the yang.

Thank you.
Posted by: otter | Aug 15 2022 14:35 utc | 117

Thank you, otter - I shall go to the link you provide as it looks interesting. And as to the first part of this extract - in Russia you would be welcome. Back when I was featuring my little icon paintings (amateurish to be sure) at a local fair, a happy faced lady chatted to me about a monastery in Pugot Sound where she was 'their resident atheist'. Orthodoxy considers atheism as very close to the true faith - authentic in that it is looking for truth and won't accept lukewarmness.

You have a lovely screen name, by the way.

Posted by: juliania | Aug 16 2022 16:32 utc | 183

Thats the way babe, lend a voice to the
People with no voice..

The UNpeople no anglo/euro human rights quacks wanna talk about !

Rukyu Ren, Chagosians, Puerto Ricans, Guam, Marshall islanders, Jeju islanders, Hawaiians, Native Americans, Ozzie aborigines, NZ Maorist, Kashmirirs, Nagas,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L-gYf9a3OE

Posted by: denk | Aug 16 2022 16:37 utc | 184

To legitimately state that the election was honest would first require investigating each alleged irregularity. Instead, claims of wrongdoing have been summarily dismissed, which makes one wonder what the purpose is of having observers from each major party at each precinct.

Posted by: David Levin | Aug 16 2022 15:17 utc | 173

Exactly right. Fact is that the US is no longer a bona fide republic any more but most people cannot accept this since they believe otherwise. Belief trumps fact every time. If more people could understand this then rather than wasting year after year organizing for the next election, mid-term or presidential, they would look to other solutions, be they secession, various different conventions or whatever. Even mounting class action lawsuits against corrupt government local, state and national would be more effective than these silly elections.

Even if the R's take the House, half of them are phonies and you can bet they won't get the Senate or enough of a margin to do anything even halfway substantive and since they don't have the WH the best they can hope for is legislative stalemate anyway; meanwhile the Executive will continue running rampant. And since they didn't get rid of mail-in voting, even if they do have an election in 2024 it will be meaningless.

People would much rather believe that reality just keeps on going no matter what believing there is nothing to be done rather than accept that their old reality is gone forever and unless they wake up precious, basic things they now take for granted will soon be forbidden to them and they will not even be able to supplicate for their return let alone actually receive them back again.

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 16 2022 17:22 utc | 185

Thank you again, otter | Aug 15 2022 14:35 utc | 117. That is a lovely piece you have linked, showing so much of China's landscape art - I have bookmarked it and will pass it on to my youngest daughter. It speaks to me, as just now in my reading I came across a discussion of the place of the Holy Spirit in Orthodox theology which admits that "...No systematic universally accepted thology of the Holy Spirit has ever been developed..."[Father Vincent Rossi in "Acquisition of the Holy Spirit"]

It seems to me that Chinese philosophy does it, that it speaks in a different way through the expression of yin/yang in those magnificent landscapes, of man's spirit in connection with Spirit, that greater whole:

Unlike the aspiration central to Western landscape painting – to paint a particular location from a fixed standpoint, Chinese landscape painting aimed to incorporate the essence of thousands of mountains, the accumulated sights of a lifetime into one composite landscape. Thus, to look upon a landscape painting in the Chinese tradition was to feel connected to the full scope of places and living things.

The relationship between humankind and the mountain being sought in Guo Xi’s painting is one of compatibility, participation, and interconnectedness. According to Guo Xi’s own words, cited by his son in his treatise “The Lofty Message of Forests and Streams”, “The mountain lives only in the act of wandering...

Posted by: juliania | Aug 16 2022 17:24 utc | 186

Sorry - "accepted theology"

Posted by: juliania | Aug 16 2022 17:26 utc | 187

In the Christian ideal authority to rule (as Tsar or President) comes ultimately from God. In modern democracies the authority to rule is said to reside in, that is, takes its source from, the people. The people may choose who and what they want to rule over them (while at times, in some instances, giving lip service to God). This is pure humanism. The people are deluded into thinking that they are the source of authority for those who rule over them; thus ascribing to themselves, as if possible, an authority that belongs to God alone. Meanwhile, the rulers are “freed” from the notion that they will answer to a Higher Authority, and thus they now may do whatever is “right in their own eyes.”...
...I'm not saying that having a Tsar and being Orthodox is the only way, but the split between religion and state seems to have encouraged generally lower level cultures in that they are incapable of promoting higher culture. Higher culture is even despised by many 'leftists' as being capitalist or imperialist or whatever.


Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 15 2022 2:16 utc | 70

One can indeed be Christian and not have a Tsar, Scorpion. Sovereignty can be viewed as a human reflection of divinity, inherent in each human being. That is what Orthodoxy teaches.

Posted by: juliania | Aug 16 2022 17:45 utc | 188

@ john | Aug 16 2022 16:29 utc | 182

lucky you!!! i have never seen bernard purdie live... is this the same john in purgia italy area?

Posted by: james | Aug 16 2022 18:04 utc | 189

james | Aug 16 2022 18:04 utc | 189

i have never seen bernard purdie live... is this the same john in purgia italy area

No james, I haven't either...yes, same john, but it's Perugia. :)

Posted by: john | Aug 16 2022 18:16 utc | 190

@ john | Aug 16 2022 18:16 utc | 190

hey - i spaced out and didn't look at your link - thought it was a bernard purdie video! that is cool and yes, i knew i was spelling perugia wrong!

i haven't been captivaed by vijay iyer..i like all the players and have seen the bassist and drummer in a bunch of different situations, but vijay hasn't grabbed my attention... thanks for sharing and hope you are doing well..

Posted by: james | Aug 16 2022 19:23 utc | 191

@ john - this track is very much in the coltrane of the later 60's vein... i like it.. i like the bass solo too.. sounds like a long bar of 10 beats - 3/4/3 is being adhered to..

Posted by: james | Aug 16 2022 19:27 utc | 192

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 17:09 utc | 132

Wow, karlof1! Your link was hard to get to, but I finally got there -'The City of God' was hard reading for me as well - as a student I much preferred the 'Confessions'. So all Ehret quotes is really news to me - sounds like Saint Augustine is a saint after my own heart. We 'sort of' admit him in Orthodoxy, and I'm not clear which parts are objectionable. But I love the sweeps of 'what ifs' and two sorts of Charlemagnes. I'm not qualified to sound that out so will leave that to you. But I was won over by "Confucian Platonist Benjamin Franklin". Sounds good to me! And in general, I am a lasting fan of ecumenism, so there's that.

Posted by: juliania | Aug 16 2022 19:45 utc | 193

james | Aug 16 2022 19:27 utc | 192

this track is very much in the coltrane of the later 60's vein

Interesting you say that, 'cause I definitely hear some McCoy Tyner influence in his playing. Also interesting that Vijay is of Indian extraction...can't think of any others in the jazz genre, not offhand, but though born and raised in NY, he has that rhythmic raga thing going...

...which brings me full circle, to Alice Coltrane, and her Tantric explorations...

https://youtu.be/TQtEFdyhgdE

Cheers!

Posted by: john | Aug 16 2022 20:05 utc | 194

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 16 2022 17:22 utc | 185

The way the McCain (Arizona), Cheney (Wyoming) and Murkowski (Alaska) dynasties are getting crushed in the Republican primaries as we speak shows there is still some hope for cleaner elections. Perhaps the investigations into Fauci et al. will get going thanks to any MAGA gains in November. On the other hand, all this talk does sound an awful lot like the "lock her up" rhetoric in 2016: nothing happened after the 2016 election. Instead, Trump's own appointees Barr and Wray left him in the lurch, not to say stabbed him in the back. But, even then, Trump's biggest achievement has been the judiciary, the SCOTUS being a case in point.

Posted by: Jonathan W | Aug 16 2022 20:24 utc | 195

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 15 2022 23:13 utc | 154

Thanks very much for providing the Crooke transcript, karlof1. I'd managed for the Ehret, but this was very helpful. You commented you felt he'd left off too soon -- well, that's an historian speaking - I have to confess it was such heavy going for me that I'd already chucked every suitcase before I came to the final waterfall. I remembered that Ehret finished by telling us to go read the entire essay over - maybe Crooke figured we poor faithful readers would more likely jump as I did to his conclusion.

Are we getting burned out? I'd say, just a tad.

Posted by: juliania | Aug 16 2022 20:26 utc | 196

@ john | Aug 16 2022 20:05 utc | 194

thanks john.. i never got into that album when i first heard it - back in the 70s.. however, i really dig this album she is on.. check it out, if you are unfamiliar with it... mccoy tyner album with elvin, wayne shorter, jimmy garrison i believe and maybe an additional sax - gary bartz.. its quite beautiful and features alice off the top of the recording.. reading the liner notes in the link i see i was wrong on the bassist.. it's ron carter... as they say in the notes on the link - this is a fantastic recording and a neglected one too.. cheers..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj1-m9Y_4KQ

Posted by: james | Aug 16 2022 20:33 utc | 197

Australia sleepwalking to war.

https://johnmenadue.com/northern-australia-is-becoming-a-us-military-colony/

I can't find anything on the net about Australia's WW2 "Charter of the AIF", following disastrous decisions of WW1 to detach elements to foreign command, only history books refer to the charter.

Posted by: Paul | Aug 17 2022 0:08 utc | 198

@Scorpion #185
While it is understandable why you think Congress can do nothing - in reality, there is a lot it can do. It just hasn't been doing it.

Thus while it is very possible that the Red Wave in November 2022 will not yield enough change to enable to Senate and House of Representatives to start fulfilling its fiduciary duty - at the same time, it is going to more closer to being willing to do so than at any time for several decades.

The outrageous behavior by the unelected Deep State and the incumbent administration is evidence of this; they wouldn't be reacting so violently and exposing themselves to so much risk if there wasn't a real possibility of trouble coming in...

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 17 2022 0:20 utc | 199

@Jonathan W #195
The Republican party of the Dubya Bush was neither conservative nor "republican". What it was, was neocon - a faction energized by Reagan and empowered in response to Clinton.
It is still too early to say if the neocon wing of the Republican party is truly being overthrown, but it is safe to say that they no longer dominate the Republican discourse, try as they might.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 17 2022 0:22 utc | 200

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