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October 06, 2022

Open (NOT Ukraine) Thread 2022-166

News & views NOT related to the Ukraine conflict ...

Posted by b on October 6, 2022 at 14:19 UTC | Permalink

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Wow. Up until now I was only ~80% sure that Ukraine shot down MH-17. Now I am 100% sure.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Oct 6 2022 20:11 utc | 43

Absolutely, the NS sabotage is so brazen, the culprits so easily identified, it calls for an immediately reassessment of all similar events.

At the start of SMO, I suspected that the fire and subsequent sinking of Felicity Ace was a US-UK sabotage operation designed to drop Volkswagen Group into the lap of the City of London insurers who underwrote that vessel (which was exactly the result).

In light of the NS sabotage, I look upon that conjecture even more favourably.

Posted by: anon2020 | Oct 7 2022 9:11 utc | 101

Take a peek at anti-spiegel for few recent reports of interest.

US giant vampire squid eats europe
German Greens are election liars and cheats
France is up to its scrawny neck assisting the ukronazi state
Kiev is blocking UN from investigating its war crime of shelling the Jelenovka prison.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 7 2022 9:16 utc | 102

Oh dear my post re seems to have been mossaded ;) not that I'm paranoid or whatever.

Take a peek at a few recent reports there.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 7 2022 9:19 utc | 103

@Tom Pfotzer | Oct 6 2022 23:39 utc | 76


Reuters reports:

Taiwan September exports drop for first time in two years, outlook poor

Posted by: too scents | Oct 7 2022 11:27 utc | 104

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 7 2022 9:09 utc | 97

Interesting, thanks for that. There seems to be no real clarity on the magnitude of the explosions either, they might be within the delivery capacity of the P8 or they might not. P8 as a trigger platform makes sense ... timers don’t allow for a change of plan and putting the trigger in the hands of allies whom the US regards and gimps-to-be definitely isn’t the US way (UK’s “independent” nuclear force being a prime example of keeping everything on a leash).

If Kearsage was involved, I can understand the desire to airbrush it out of the picture. If things escalate, RF could blast it in a pretty fair exchange for the NS sabotage. Even if things stay lower key, there’s the question of reputation ... NS sabotage is a filthy piece of work for a capital ship that expects to be able to show its face around the world without people whispering about “you know what” ... sounds almost ridiculous but the US is obsessed with narrative control.

An exclusive P8 focus allows the stink of s**t around the All America Heroes of USS Kearsage to dissipate.

Also, no underwater photographs or videos that show the pipe damage in situ, presumably because expert eyes could narrow down a whole range of technical parameters and maybe even spot incriminating details that clog up the bullshit machine.

Posted by: anon2020 | Oct 7 2022 13:38 utc | 105

No, no, no! Just the facts please. There is no room for investigation into this matter. The matter is settled completely. *rubs hands together with maniacal laugh*

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Oct 7 2022 2:58 utc | 89

I suggest that b provides an open forum here once a week, around midweek, slightly different from the usual Sunday one which reviews, or attempts to, subjects raised during the week. You are most welcome to raise even unsavory subjects here as long as they are rationally discussed without using personal slurs.

I am sorry to hear faith being maligned as is done in the article posted by Australian lady - this is not a matter of which of the great religions is 'responsible' for whatever horrors mankind inflicts upon itself - there are plenty of crossovers between the positive attributes of man and/or women in great literature without having to accuse one or another faith of perversion. And 'wokeness' doesn't stem from such great faiths; it is simply an example of that same perversion, which can occur when any culture goes paranoid.

NemisisCalling, there are indeed many Catholics who have a generous attitude towards those of the Jewish faith, but you seem not to be such. And of course, when Jews were being rounded up and sent to concentration camps, there must have been those among the citizenries who, like the Orthodox Christian Saint, Mother Mary in Paris, were secretly providing 'false' documents to terrified jewish persons - and were themselves imprisoned and went to the gas chambers.

There is a paranoid obsession abroad, yes in jewry as in the other faiths, but not exclusively. Do not feed it.

Posted by: juliania | Oct 7 2022 14:04 utc | 106

Sorry, I apologize for misspelling 'nemesis'.

Posted by: juliania | Oct 7 2022 14:10 utc | 107

@106 juliania

Several thoughts come to mind.

As I mentioned to psycho the other day, cognitive dissonance remains the greatest threat to the people in the west.

Also, Matthew 18:6:

If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.


My Christ is also the one who turned over the money-changing tables in disgust.

Our Book calls them the Synagogue of Satan.

To destroy an angry hive, simply remove the queen.

The concentration camp schtick has been such a useful tool of propaganda for international jewry that merely questioning the validity of such claims can land you in prison.

And the lack of comments from this post and link to Jones' illuminating essay on the Margenthau Plan is to me proof that the old left is not up to the task of attuning themselves completely to the Logos, and what it requires of us.

Your post is a big bummer to me, but it is not surprising.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Oct 7 2022 16:35 utc | 108

@ too scents #100 with the Bolivia link about the IMF report

Thanks for that and glad to see more countries staying away from the private finance jackboot

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 7 2022 16:50 utc | 109

RT op/ed by Dmitry Trenin, "Putin has proclaimed a new national idea for Russia as it abandons the dream of a Greater Europe" distills Putin's recent speeches but omits Putin's vow, which IMO is irresponsible and very poor writing. Why do writers self-censor themselves and Putin's vow?! Why do they try to hide it? It's clearly a very major component of Putin's vision, so how can it be omitted when discussing Putin's "new national idea"?

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 7 2022 17:43 utc | 110

Putin's working on his birthday, which is his usual behavior. Today he met with the CIS heads of state in what was described as an "informal meeting." I don't usually add the list of participants, but in this case many readers may not know what nations remain CIS members: "The summit was attended by Vladimir Putin, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev."

What follows is the machine translation of Putin's short speech:

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, good afternoon.

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you for accepting the invitation and coming to St Petersburg today. I am very glad to see here, in this hall, the leaders of the states who, due to a huge number of circumstances and historical reasons, are our closest friends, allies, with whom we have relations of genuine strategic partnership and with whom we jointly strive to build cooperation in the spirit of good-neighbourliness, mutual benefit and consideration of each other's interests.

I would like to stress that such informal meetings of CIS leaders in the Northern capital of Russia are becoming a good tradition and allow us to exchange views on the most pressing issues for all our countries in a calm and friendly atmosphere.

Today we have the opportunity to compare notes before the upcoming annual full-format meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State in Astana next week. On its agenda, Kazakhstan's chairmanship puts really important topics of integration cooperation in politics, the economy, and the humanitarian sphere. As usual, a solid package of joint documents is being prepared for approval.

Of course, at this meeting and at the Astana summit, we will pay primary attention to the further development of trade and investment partnership within the CIS, and we will think about how to intensify joint work to increase the resilience of all our economies, in particular through building up bilateral and multilateral cooperation ties and ensuring technological sovereignty.

In this context, I would like to mention that economic cooperation between our states is consistently expanding. Last year, Russia's trade with the CIS countries increased by more than 30 percent to $96 billion, and in the first half of this year it grew by another seven percent.

I am confident that such positive trends will be developed by a more energetic transition to national currencies in mutual settlements between the CIS countries. As a matter of fact, we have been doing this for many years, and it is in no way tied to any political conjuncture. In general, this will contribute to strengthening the financial sovereignty of our states, developing domestic capital markets, and deepening regional economic integration.

In our circle, of course, we will also touch upon issues related to the problems of ensuring security in the Commonwealth. After all, in addition to Ukraine, where truly tragic events are taking place, unfortunately, conflicts sometimes arise between other close states of the post-Soviet space, and this, of course, requires the development of measures to resolve them.

It is important to exchange views on promoting our cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism, crime, drug trafficking and corruption.

I would also like to note with satisfaction that Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich [Tokayev] has taken the initiative to create an international organisation under the auspices of the CIS to support and promote the Russian language. We are very grateful to President Tokayev for this. I think that this is important for everyone, bearing in mind that the Russian language is certainly the language of interstate communication. And, without any doubt, this has a practical dimension, bearing in mind that millions of CIS citizens are working in Russia – without any exaggeration, we are talking about millions – who help Russia in implementing development plans, but also earn the necessary funds to support their families.

Of course, we support the proposal of the President of Kazakhstan and, for our part, we will do everything to implement it as soon as possible, including taking into account the fact that the next year, 2023, has been declared the Year of the Russian Language as a Language of Interethnic Communication in the CIS.

Another topic for discussion is preparations for the first-ever Russia-Central Asia summit in Astana next week. Let me remind you that this forum is being held in the year of the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and all five Central Asian states.

Dear colleagues!

We do have a lot of questions. While we are meeting now, we have already begun to discuss some of them, and they are all of significant interest to us – in the economic sphere, in the social sphere, in the international legal aspect. And I am sure that we will hold a useful meeting today.

Once again, I would like to express my gratitude for responding to the invitation and coming to St Petersburg.

Thank you for your attention.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 7 2022 17:59 utc | 111

South Korea burned its military base as an unprecedented ... peace gesture?

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 7 2022 18:56 utc | 112

@ Posted by: Tom Pfotzer | Oct 6 2022 23:39 utc | 77

Hi Tom, ships are still nearly full, just not quite stuffed to the gills like we're used to seeing -- we're not talking empty bays, just piles on deck that aren't stacked quite as high as is possible. I should mention as backdrop that the industry has been making gigantic windfall profits for the past 2+ years, based on both robust volume and very high rates the sales folks were able to charge. Over the past few months the rates have been dropping, and I understand they're now about back to "normal." As the whole situation was unique and unprecedented, AFAICT nobody within the company really has any idea whether they will continue to plunge. I don't deal with the financials at all though, I just occasionally see the data presented in meetings. FWIW the heads of our division did advise we'd see things softening a bit in the coming months, and that was just based on their analysis of our fundamentals and not due to any expectation of economic downturn. I have no insight into the production side though, just pointing out what I see downstream.

Posted by: Planner | Oct 7 2022 19:03 utc | 113

rjb1.5 @38

"Gender reassignment surgery" = genital mutilation + reproductive sterilization.

Mutilating the genitalia of minor children and sterilizing them. Imagine if that were happening in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Just so you know, the genital mutilation in some parts of Africa is far less radical than the mutilation from "gender reassignment surgery", and like the poor misled children being mutilated in the US and Europe, the African children being genitally mutilated are convinced that it is for their own good.

Not that I really mind. This freakish and disgusting LGBTQWERTY++ fad in the West will kill itself off within a generation or two just from evolutionary pressure alone. That whole branch of western culture is aggressively pruning itself out of history. It is a tragedy for your parents that you are taking their genetic heritage with you to the grave, but they should have done a better job of fortifying you against mass lunacy, so I don't really feel that bad for them.

I don't even feel bad that your mass psychosis is taking down western culture as a whole. The West has had its run and it is the Asian Century now. The best thing for humanity at this time would be for the US to pass into the dustbin of history with a faggy whimper, and drag its European gimps with it. At least that is one way to escape the Thucydides Trap.

Posted by: William Gruff | Oct 7 2022 20:15 utc | 114

@113 Planner:

Terrific feedback. Tks for taking time to educate us.

Posted by: Tom Pfotzer | Oct 7 2022 20:27 utc | 115

The untold history of why the US never got a viable socialist movement - and why the country now crumbles. TL/DR: Constant sabotage by capital in cahoots with police and the federal government.

The Socialists were far from alone in suffering the wave of repression that swept the country in Wilson’s second term. Other targets included the labor movement, the country’s two small rival Communist parties, and thousands of radicals who had never become American citizens and were targeted for deportation. But among all the victims, no organization was more influential than the Socialist Party. And it never recovered.

When Debs took to the road again after finally being released from prison in 1921, he was often, at the last minute, denied venues he had booked. In Cleveland, the City Club canceled its invitation; in Los Angeles, the only place he could speak was at the city zoo. Still, he had an easier time than the socialist writer Upton Sinclair who, when he began giving a speech in San Pedro, California, in 1923, was arrested while reading the First Amendment aloud.

By the time Debs died in 1926, the party that had once elected 33 state legislators, 79 mayors, and well over 1,000 city council members and other municipal officials had closed most of its offices and was left with less than 10,000 members nationwide. Kate Richards O’Hare wrote to her friend Emma Goldman, who had been deported from the United States in 1919, that she felt herself a “sort of political orphan now with no place to lay my head.”

Despite their minority status, the Socialists had been a significant force in American politics before patriotic war hysteria brought on an era of repression. Until then, Republican and Democratic legislators had voted for early-twentieth-century reform measures like child labor laws and the income tax in part to stave off demands from the Socialist Party for bigger changes.

(article covers much more than this)

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Oct 7 2022 20:51 utc | 116

A New political group formed (EPC) in Prague,,,,,. We have AUKUS, ASEAN, QUAD, NATO, AU, SCO, PIA and now a new grouping.. French President Emmanuel Macrons is a key driver behind this event, Belarus and Russia, China, USA Japan, India not invited... Look similar but more nations than SCO whereas the Looser and the winner compete for hegemony... Over 44 countries were invited including Ukraine, Turkey, Sweden and Finland to Prague for the inaugural meeting...

Prague hosts inaugural meeting of (EPC) European Political Community

CGTN (Vid)

Associated Press

Posted by: JC | Oct 7 2022 22:00 utc | 117

Canada to replace aging Browning pistols with Sig Sauer P320. Initial contract worth US$3.2 million, with full contract at US$7.6 million. (Based on previous projections, this seems low.) First delivery expected middle of 2023.

“The Victoria-based armament distributor was chosen through a competitive bid process, which Helena Jaczek, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, categorized as open and fair in a statement Friday.
"This contract will provide our troops with modern, reliable pistols and holsters to carry out their work, while supporting economic opportunities for the Canadian defence industry," Jaczek said.”

This purchase had been stalled previously when Rampart International Ottawa, the firm that represents Glock in the Canadian market, filed a complaint with the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, alleging the government-run competition favoured Beretta and Sig Sauer. And it was stalled before that over a demand that the guns be built at a Colt Canada plant in Kitchener, Ontario, even if that required turning over proprietary information by other firms.

Anyway, all that was addressed and Sig Sauer wins the bid… are these things ever non-political, who uses which handgun? Canada breaks from Anglo cousins Australia and New Zealand as well as UK who use Glock, so I read, while using the same manufacturer as the US military (as of 2017), France and Denmark.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Oct 7 2022 23:27 utc | 118

Continuing with the wide-open Open Thread posting.

After a quick cigarette, I think buying guns from Sig Sauer, even if manufactured in Victoria BC on Canada’s Pacific coast, is a bad idea. Given that the CEO was arrested a couple years back for illegally providing weapons to Colombia. It’s just that the Colombians might not view that decision as very neighbourly and they are our continental neighbours (although I know suggesting Canada consider Latin American relations in its decisions is a cry in the dark most of the time.) Those guns travelled from Germany to Sig Sauer’s shop in New Hampshire, on the Atlantic coast of the USA, before moving southward.

And it’s Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and you know that rule about releasing news on the Friday afternoon of a long weekend.

That said - are there any manufacturers that Canada’s armed forces can purchase from who won’t use this contract to act against (what I would argue is) Canada’s national interests?

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Oct 8 2022 0:19 utc | 119

Here is a golden piece of humor as only Patrick Boyle could do.

Ten minutes of pure satire that even Elon could endure.

John Keely was the founder of the Keely Motor Company. He announced that he had discovered a new physical force, one that, if harnessed, would produce unheard-of power. He claimed to be able to produce from a quart of water enough fuel to move a 30-car train from Philadelphia to New York City.

Scientists and engineers scoffed at his unverified claims. After his death, an investigation was carried out, and examination of his apparatus - a supposed perpetual motion machine - showed that, rather than a new force, tubes of compressed air or a form of hydraulic power activated the machinery.

In today's video we see if there are any lessons investors can learn from the story of John Ernst Worrell Keely.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 8 2022 1:10 utc | 120

Thanks for your response, NemesisCalling | Oct 7 2022 16:35 utc | 108, but I don't understand it at all. How are the quotes about children and the money changers in the temple related to my argument? I was separating the common defects of mankind from faith, a universal tendency we ought to respect - in whatever form it takes. That is also, it seems to me the point of respect for a child or for a house of worship. And I really don't know what bees have to do with our conversation.

I do have perhaps an enlightening passage to pass on concerning the difference between your view of Christianity and mine, something I had not realized. I have come into happy possession of a different translation of 'The Odyssey' than the one I have been using; a discussion about written texts takes place in the Introduction. I will paraphrase: for about a thousand years after the Roman Empire ended, the language of the Greeks was almost unknown in the West. Dante, even, never had read Homer, not being familiar with the Greek language. It only became better known, and works written in the language studied, in the 14th century. That's a huge gap in time during which the two branches of Christianity were separated. Plus, so much of Greek literature not available to the west, whereas it flourished in Byzantium.

I myself have studied both Latin and Greek, am no expert in either but I can recognize that they are very different languages indeed. And Greek was the common language during the time of Christ. That it was lost to the Romans, and to Roman Catholics for such a stretch, may explain our differences.

You ought not be bummed. Our cultures are very different.

Posted by: juliania | Oct 8 2022 1:53 utc | 121

Thanks, karlof1 | Oct 7 2022 17:59 utc | 111' I note the following in Putin's short speech:.

" year, 2023, has been declared the Year of the Russian Language as a Language of Interethnic Communication in the CIS..."

In light of my post to NemesisCalling above, concerning the difficulties of different languages, this just has to be a New Year's resolve for me - to study the Russian language! I am so resolved.

Posted by: juliania | Oct 8 2022 2:35 utc | 122

Credit Suisse

Nomura Securities International

An interesting report from Wall Street on Parade.

Nomura Holdings is tiny compared to the mega banks on Wall Street. According to its website, it had just $384 billion in assets as of March 31, 2021. On the same date, JPMorgan Chase had $3.2 trillion in assets. But for reasons that neither the Federal Reserve nor Congress have yet to explain, a unit of Nomura was allowed to borrow trillions of dollars in emergency repo loans from the Fed beginning on September 17, 2019 – months before there was any COVID crisis anywhere in the world.

The chart above shows that in the last three months of 2019, Nomura borrowed $3.7 trillion cumulatively under the Fed’s emergency repo loan program, topping the amount borrowed by JPMorgan Chase by $1.11 trillion. The loan amounts come directly from the emergency repo loan data being released quarterly by the New York Fed, adjusted for the term of the loan. (Reverse repo amounts have to be deleted from the data released by the Fed.)

Then Patrick Boyle considers the situation and offers some advice from 4 days ago before this 'event' peaked. "Is Credit Suisse Like Lehman?"

Wot, me worry?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 8 2022 4:19 utc | 123

can i post comments about the antisemitism rampant on this site, or will that be "off topic" too?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Oct 6 2022 20:45 utc | 52

I hope you will do it, addressing precise elucidation in what way is that antisemitism rampant. Presumably, the creature in question is facing right (viewer's left) with each paw in a different direction: one on the ground, the other rear paw raised but pointing at the ground, while forepaws are raised at two different angles. Are all those aspects observed by rjb1.5? And is it a regular rampant, or rampant guardant, or perhaps even regardant and thus sinister?

Such question bother me when a similar issues are raised. One candidate to a federal office (Senate if I recall correctly) shared with the voters his concern about RAMPANT LESBIANISM IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN THE SOUTH-EAST OKLAHOMA.

In any case, the issues of being rampant, anti-semite, zionist etc. attract more inaccuracies than most. Someone quoted PM Truss saying that she is "a huge Zionist" while in actuality she is rather petite. A rampant position of a middle-school girl may lead to something as innocent (and more probable) as a cartwheel

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 8 2022 4:31 utc | 124

Ruminations on Sweden from Internet search

The winner, for most offensive text I’ve read recently imho, is this proclamation from the White House on Leif Erickson Day, 2022

A NY Times piece on Sweden’s investigation of Nord Stream leaks (from a couple days ago) notes that the Swedish Security Services, described as Sweden’s version of the FBI, were leading the investigation. I think the inference here (imho) is that the US, like with the FBI, owns the Swedish Security Services.

Although - Sweden is like a big prison, apparently, reports the Local. With tech workers trapped by the humiliation of work permit delays. Temporary workers trapped in the prison of Sweden. Interesting - also interesting story from Pennsylvania about their experiment with Scandinavian prison reform - Oct. 8

End of ruminations!

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Oct 8 2022 12:59 utc | 125

I wonder what the long term effects are going to be on health care workers continuing to be required to wear masks? I would think it would reduce their natural immunity because they are impacting the transmission of such significantly.

I can't believe this is positive in the long term and then when the mask mandates are lifted, the health care workers need to go through a transition of natural immunity challenges/increases.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 8 2022 16:35 utc | 126

Population in Iran is passively supporting the revolution with honking of horns.

In Sanandaj, Iran, a plainclothes security service member of the tyrannical theocratic occupation regime in Iran, known as the Islamic Republic, decided to simply shoot one such driver in cold blood.

The bridge to Crimea will be repaired, by you satanic Mullahs and associates have burned all your bridges to the Iranian Nation.

Tick tick.

Posted by: revolutionary-times | Oct 8 2022 17:01 utc | 127

"I am sorry to hear faith being maligned as is done in the article posted by Australian lady".
Juliana, I'm surprised that this is your reaction to reading this article. The accusation of anti-semitism is the inevitable collateral damage of studying history. The holocaust (and the myriad touching anecdotes that imbue this unpleasant word with humanity) is the discursive way to signal one's endorsement of Jewish faith. Fair enough. But this particular article by E. Michael Jones is not a treatise on faith. It is about a particular period of history, and personally, I was shocked by the descriptions of the allied treatment of German people in general, and German POW in particular. E. M. Jones also tells the reader of the decency and humanity of Jewish philanthropist and publisher, Victor Gollancz, whom he quotes.
Thankfully, your reaction is not of the hysterical variety. That would be cognitive dissonance, and you do not indulge in that form of aggression.
Phillip Giraldi doesn't write stuff that generates Semite hysteria, but he does take note:

Posted by: Australian lady | Oct 8 2022 23:09 utc | 128

Below is the title of a Yahoo posting (no link)

The FDA Misled the Public About Ivermectin and Should Be Accountable in Court, Argues the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 8 2022 23:54 utc | 129

Back to commenting on Canada’s military handgun procurement situation (@ 118, @ 119) Just a quick one from me.

I know nothing about this but reading this quote in a Reuters article made me think maybe Heckler and Koch is a good choice:

“ “It looks to me like von der Leyen has jumped at the chance to send a tough message to a company that cannot fight back because it’s relatively small and has an image problem,” said Thomas Wiegold, a Berlin journalist who blogs on defense issues.”

Although when the phone call comes from Mr./Mrs./They Reserve Currency to pump out a bunch extra to distribute to select parties in Latin America, being a smaller struggling firm might not help (maybe they could be made in a country that’s not Canada for starters, no need to have maple leaf stamped weapons drifting around more than necessary.)

Still, von der Leyen hates them, seems to have a personal bias away from them. That says something. I’m not sure why I’m even worrying about this now that it’s a done deal, it seems. I’ll just breathe deeply…. And let it go.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Oct 9 2022 0:40 utc | 130

Tehran, Oct 8, 2022.

Agents of the Great Satan and the Zionist entity came out in force tonight to cause mayhem and destruction in Tehran. Cleverly disguising themselves as Iranians they chanted lies and slandered the most wise supreme leader and designated deputy of the hidden deputy of God on Earth, the very grand and exalted ayatollah khamenei!

Responding to these events, the commander of security forces said: "The enemy should be aware that disguising yourselves as Iranians will not save you. We don't care. We shoot to kill."

The president, addressing criticism from the hypocritical West about the treatment of young girl who actually died from Covid and not beatings by the tender and merciful security forces of the very godly Islamic Republic as enemies claim, said: 'Why is it that the Great Satan can do evil things, but when do the same thing the Great Satan does, everyone picks on us?"

Why indeed?

Posted by: zahra-khanum | Oct 9 2022 1:17 utc | 131

war game./drill/simulation turned live...
and now...NS2 !

Posted by: denk | Oct 9 2022 3:57 utc | 132

war games/exercises/simulations that turned live...

A partial list...

lONDON 7-7
Asian tsunami 2004
Haiti quake 2010
Oklahoma bombing
Estonia catastrophy
Oslo attack
Sandy Hook
Aurora shooting
Taft Union high school
Boston marathon 2013

tIp of an iceberg

Posted by: denk | Oct 9 2022 5:37 utc | 133

On the China civilization war front there is the quote below from an article at The Register

Yangtze Memory Technologies Company (YMTC) is one of more than two dozen Chinese companies and institutions targeted in the Biden Administration’s latest round of export restrictions on semiconductor tech.

In a bulletin filed [PDF] early on Friday, the US Commerce Department added 31 Chinese firms to its “Unverified List,” effectively barring them from importing controlled US goods – in this context, American chip design and manufacturing tools – over fears they may be used to undermine US foreign policy or national security.

According to the Dept of Commerce, the decision to expand US export controls on Chinese companies was made because its regulators were unable to determine how goods were being used once imported, due in part to obstruction by the Chinese government.

The export ban primarily targets Chinese chip, biomedical, and chemical companies, as well as several national universities, including the Chinese Academy of Science, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and Shanghai Tech University.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 9 2022 5:52 utc | 134

Ok, not that I’m fixated or anything, just a little more on that Canadian armed forces handgun procurement situation. It’s interesting that this announcement, on the Friday afternoon of Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, came after a ruling in Mexico’s lawsuit against US gun manufacturers.

Did you know that Hungary has produced its own unique firearms for its military? (Over here, 100 percent guaranteed those would be used to install one or more dictators south of Mexico.)

Can we partner with Mexico via NAFTA? Without involving the US, how weak are they anyway, this would definitely be a litmus test.

La Presse did a feature on Country Stores in the Sig Sauer America state of New Hampshire. … which just happened to coincide with the news release of selecting Sig Sauer’s handgun for Canada’s armed forces.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Oct 9 2022 10:28 utc | 135

(Fine - call it a fixation.) About the Canadian armed forces handgun procurement situation, it’s interesting that the minister responsible for this decision, Helena Jaczek, just got moved into this role on Aug. 31 (in a cabinet role switch with Filomena Tassi)

Say what you want about Trudeau, but he is a political animal, like from birth, son of a former prime minister. It looks to me like he wants to hang this decision on Jaczek. (I.e. the consequences will rest on her shoulders)

As Canada looks to become a major supplier of trafficked weapons for terrorist activity, under the banner of supporting the Canadian defence industry, it is perhaps fitting that this announcement came out on the Thanksgiving weekend. True to the original essence of the occasion anyway. Does the Trudeau team have a plan to wiggle out of this?

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Oct 9 2022 11:32 utc | 136


We live in an era of 2% media masquerading in the major and minor western media. All of whom are operating with a hidden agenda from public view. To fool, mislead and deliberately misinform about all the events they purport to cover. Or even hide critical events from public view at the same time.

That which is too good to be true usually is!

Truth is stranger than fiction - Mark Twain

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Oct 10 2022 1:21 utc | 137

psychohistorian | Oct 6 2022 22:37 utc | 68
karlof1 | Oct 6 2022 23:18 utc | 74

and other contributors who have suggested some great reads.

Thank you for all the nice recommendations.

I'd like to add 1Lib as a source of reference and to download many of these great reads for free. I used 1Lib to download most of the recomendations I have seen in the comments across different threads and topics.

Only an email ID (a disposable email obtained from a service like will do perfectly fine) is required to sign in, and you can download up t 10 books in any 24 hours for a free account if your email is verified.

I hope the bar flies find this site useful.

Posted by: ColdHarbour | Oct 16 2022 6:35 utc | 138

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