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October 27, 2022

Open (Not Ukraine) Thread 2022-184

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News & views not related to the war in Ukraine ...

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How typical of amerika in its current state to name one of their prized, but utterly useless in a world where nuclear subs rule the seas, aircraft carrier the "Gerald R Ford" after the amerikan prez who best sums up the decrepitude of ideas and incapability of effective function we currently see riddling the entire amerikan culture.

Just to play devil's advocate for a moment, perhaps the reason that MoA is failing under the 'new improved' typepad when other typepad blogs are not is down to b having done much more to make the typepad blog to work than many others who tend to stick with the vanilla list of options recommended by Typepad for their site. I dunno either way only b could answer that but I would have thought that it really doesn't serve the interests of the blob long term to just piss us off with minor hassles when the nuclear option of banning, cancelling whatever you like to call it is their preferred method of operation.

One thing is for sure though that is that the infantile 'cyberwar' games which a wide variety of states and agencies have been indulging in ever since the net got really popular has created a 'net where it is virtually impossible for a small independent site to survive.
We should celebrate the fact that MoA lives, "it lives I tell you" and accept the hassles & obstructions that occur as proof that MoA does steer its own course.
I continue to utilise a few bits of basic security when accessing here not because I am so foolish as to imagine that the arseholes can't/don't know who I am but for the same reasons I never put my correct date of birth or correctly spelled name on any form, i.e. just to screw them around should they wish to ID me. Stuff like that is only a minor inconvenience when only a few do it but it becomes a big problem if lots of people do, as well as always deleting all cookies etc or using one of those clumsy & dubious change yer digital fingerprint scripts. Too many seem to accept that corporations/agencies have a right to demand stuff from you when you enter their website, isn't it enough that I'm reading their tosh? WTF should I make their greedy spying easy?

Of course doing this creates extra issues for me but if I have the time to sit at a desk goin round the 'net, I have the extra few secs to muddy up stuff a little.

Whatever people will do as they please.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Nov 1 2022 0:12 utc | 201

Déclasséd Left

In a nutshell--
"This intermediary class didn’t set out to dominate politics (they say); It just happened. Initially, the aim was to foster progressive values. But instead, these professional technocrats, who both had accreted considerable wealth and were tightly congregated into cliques in America’s large metro areas, came to dominate left-wing parties around the world that formerly were vehicles for the working class."
-- Alastair Crooke, today

Posted by: Elmagnostic | Nov 1 2022 0:33 utc | 202

Bruised Northerner | Oct 31 2022 23:41 utc | 199
Yep. There’s chess pieces being moved all over the global board.
The OSINT channel Monkeywerx reported on US military transport planes “probably” delivering missiles to northern Australia.
There’d been nothing in msm….then this weekend.:

The U-S to deploy nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Northern Territory l ABC News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZoDUQHAJs0
31 Oct 2022
The U-S is preparing to deploy up to six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Tindal air force base south of Darwin in the coming years.
Subscribe: http://ab.co/1svxLVE
While analysts say the move is aimed at countering China, federal and territory ministers are downplaying any heightened risk to the Top End….

Oh…..but we were reassured this ^ would never happen…[lol]
Notice the “mission creep”

5 August 2003:
Howard flags US may ask for defence base in northern Aust
Prime Minister John Howard says there is a possibility the United States will approach Australia to house a defence base in northern Australia.

2007: US to establish new military base in WA
Australia's Defence Minister has confirmed this morning that the United States will establish a new military base in Australia. The joint communications facility will be set up at Geraldton in Western Australia, and has been the subject of three years of secret negotiations between the US and Australia.

12 Nov 2011: US troop deal could be made next week
Reported plans for a stronger US military presence in Australia's north are proving controversial.

16 Nov 2011
Canberra prepares for presidential visit
The US president Barack Obama will arrive in Australia today for a long-anticipated visit. President Obama will hold talks with the Prime Minister Julia Gillard before making a speech to Federal Parliament, where he'll signal his desire to intensify America's focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
[Note. Obama never made it to Canberra… too far.. he hopped over to Darwin as part of his more important Indonesian trip.
Australian parliamentarians flew to Darwin…. He announced 200 rotating troops would be based in Darwin. This was quickly 2k, which was “just adding a zero”. I think there’s about 10k in Northern Territory and Western Australia…

17 Nov 2011
… former Defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon says the announcement that the US will move more marines, planes and ships through Australia's north and west is not aimed at containing China. .

17 Nov 2011
China sceptical about defence deal
The Chinese government has greeted a decision to station US troops in bases across Australia's north with scepticism.

28 March 2012
downplays prospect of US drone and air base on Cocos
Reports from Washington say the US is keen to base military aircraft and unmanned drones on the strategic Cocos and Keeling Islands as part of an expanded co-operative relationship with Australia. It comes on top of an agreement last year to rotate US troops through Northern Australia.

4 April 2012
First US Marines fly in to Darwin
The first contingent of US troops to be deployed in northern Australia under a new bilateral defence deal landed in Darwin last night to start a six-month rotation.

15 April 2013
US Marines heading for Darwin
The American ambassador has spoken of the strengthening ties between the US armed forces and Northern Australia as a second deployment of US Marines heads to Darwin.
22 April 2013
US Marines touch down in Darwin
The latest deployment of US Marines is settling into Northern Australia after flying into Darwin last night.
>> US troops land in Darwin
Hundreds of US marines land in Northern Australia for training.

1 August 2013
North told to forget about stealth bomber claims
The Australian Defence Association has played down the possibility of US Air Force B-2 stealth bombers using RAAF bases in northern Australia.


10 April 2014
Marines offload military gear ahead of training exercises
The last batch of equipment to be used during the third six-month rotation of US Marines through northern Australia has arrived in Darwin. The Marines will begin training exercises in the Top End next week.

25 January 2016
No support for US military base in NT from Chief Minister Adam Giles
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says he does not support a United States military base in the Territory, after a US report highlighted northern Australia's importance for America's strategy in Asia.

9 September 2020
Australia and US promise to bolster Northern Australia's strategic defences
The Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and US Ambassador Arthur Culvahouse Junior have been in Darwin today talking up their plans to bolster military facilities and increase military cooperation to counter increasing threats from the North.

28 April 2021
Scott Morrison denies major investment in military bases in northern Australia aimed at sending message to China
With the government committing $8 billion over the next 10 years to beef up military infrastructure in northern Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison denies he is trying to send a message to China.

Aaaaand….1 hour ago
1 Nov 2022:
China slams planned US Air Force deployment of six B-52 bombers to northern Australia
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticises the planned deployment of US B-52 bombers to Tindal Air Base in the Northern Territory and says the move will increase regional tensions.


[^^this is not ALL the news headlines re US creeping appropriation on northern Australia… but it shows the plans existed prior to 2003, and have remained consistent through vagaries in both US and Australian “governments| administrations]

Posted by: Melaleuca | Nov 1 2022 0:49 utc | 203

@bevin #188 asks:
Does anyone doubt it?

Yes, I doubt it. Absent the provision of any credible evidence by reliable sources, I will continue to doubt it.

It's is more plausible (and very common) the problem has been caused by catching 'viruses' due to non-application of security updates; or some other serious software glitch on the system.

The key claim/guess about reality @bevin was:
What is happening is a sustained series of attempts to close down a blog and forum....."

I don't believe that. If the 'TPTB' really wanted to 'close down' (or blacklist) this forum it could easily have been done long ago.

I suggest instead that the MoA really is not of any importance nor a 'problem' to TPTB or Homeland Security, or NATO or anyone. A few hundred like-minded folks in an online club and the occasional blog article doesn't a national security threat make.

Posted by: SeanAU | Nov 1 2022 0:58 utc | 204

Posted by: Melaleuca | Oct 31 2022 23:13 utc | 198

Interesting.

Did you know "Google" is the greatest master of manipulating bot search results? They make the twatter manipulation fools look like they have yet to graduate from preschool.

The company also offers a "Bury my Past ". A service that is routinely used by many politicians, senior company officials, and their wives. A very handy feature to hide one past history of employee abuse and underpayment. For corrupt senior former Kinsey employees sacked for accepting bribes in Cambodia. The list goes on...............

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Nov 1 2022 2:23 utc | 205

@201 Melaleuca | Nov 1 2022 0:03 utc

Putin the peacemaker has brokered an agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan regarding Karabakh. Maybe one day in the near or far future….the Minsk Agreements will look so sweet ….. and wonder why any would have preferred war….

That's a good thought. I often think that the most valuable perspective comes from seeing how history in the future will describe the time we are going through. Pretty sure that's a remark that will be made a hundred years from now.

Thanks

~~

ps..do you know how to use blockquote, by the way? It would help with some of the prolific and valuable content you post. It would help us to read it. A public service suggestion :)

Posted by: Grieved | Nov 1 2022 2:23 utc | 206

Jimmy Dore is on vacation or something, and Aaron Mate has been filling in for him. There is some really tight and superb journalism happening over there right now, witness this piece on Jeremy Corbyn:

PROOF Antisemitism Accusations Against Corbyn Were Labour Party Lies

and that old comic stand-by, Russiagate:

FBI Offered Christopher Steele $1 Million For Proof Dossier Was Real

Posted by: Grieved | Nov 1 2022 2:51 utc | 207

On gardeniads, scorpion, c1ue, MOA....
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So Im not the only one sick of those insufferable gardeniards.[anglo/euro clan]

'EU demand Uganda stop building an oil pipeline cuz it'd damage the environment.'
[sic]

The Uganda prez use the exact word ,
'those insufferable , arrogant, shallow 'garden dwellers can go fuck themselves.!'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWRuiIX2M20&t=5s

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Scorpion

'I still insist on TW right to self determination'
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spare us your BS.

Where were you when USAss trampled on the rights of the entire 'jungle' ?

Marshall island, BIkini island, Jeju island, Ryuku island, .......
'the reason Marshallese were picked as *chosen people* is cuz ...
*even tho uncivilised they are more like us than mice*, thus offered more meaningful data on the effect of nuclear fall out*, according to the good folks at the atomic energy commission.'
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/04/open-thread-2016-14.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef01bb08dc061f970d#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef01bb08dc061f970d

bob hope on marshall island,
*We located the one spot on Earth that hadn’t been touched by the war and blew it to hell,” *
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/04/open-thread-2016-14.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef01b8d1c581ea970c#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef01b8d1c581ea970c
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c1ue | Oct 31 2022 15:47 utc | 169
I have yet to see a single substantive response to my assertion that Russia and China are acting right now for their own selfish reasons - not for some pie-in-the-sky utopian anti-Mammon crusade. ' [sic]

Because Russia/China aint up to your lordship's idea of 'utopian ' paradise on earth, its alright for USAssholes
to launch proxy wars , state terrorism on the russkies/chinaman ?

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psychohistorian ...

Brace for the day the ptb completely muzzle this oasis in the desert.


Posted by: denk | Nov 1 2022 4:28 utc | 208

test

Posted by: denk | Nov 1 2022 4:29 utc | 209

For those who only appear to have been here at MoA for the last 5 minutes, there was a reason I posted that any error with Typepad is most likely down to their (Typepad's) slackness in only ensuring changes suit vanilla type 'website by numbers' processed sites for updating their application.
Before he retired b was a highly skilled software/network engineer who had held a variety of responsible positions in the tech world.
Even those who have only been here for a blink will have noticed that he is thorough and dedicated about everything he does.
Writing buggy code is an anathema to him so let me reiterate if this is, as seems likely, an error bought about by both cloudflare and Typepad 'updating' their systems & the way they interface, it is safe to say that b's work on this website will not have been the cause of the error.
It is far more likely that one of those two commercial operators weren't sufficiently thorough in ensuring their changes are universally compatible. Indeed I go further and hazard that the reason we haven't heard much from b over the last few days is down to him trying to sort out the mess others have made.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Nov 1 2022 4:37 utc | 210

Rhetorical question - how come Judge Lewis Powell was so successful in the spreading his (Neo-Liberal / Pro-Business) ideas but actually having all of them successfully implemented in the US during the last 50 years?

If you've never read this I highly recommend you do - very eye opening (in hindsight)
1971 - The Powell Memorandum: Attack On American Free Enterprise System
https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/powellmemo/

Now if they could achieve all that, change the face of the US and the world, then surely others could too?

Posted by: SeanAU | Nov 1 2022 4:54 utc | 211

@205 SeanAU - I bet many members of the "TPTB" visit MoA to see what the collective brain here comes up with while poking through the entrails of everything thrown at us. With all the erudite posts from our host and the quality of the discussion, so many perspectives from around the world, I doubt that any intelligence agencies would want to shut this place down. They get some free translations, ways to see things they probably would never have thought of themselves, and they gain insight as to how their operations are seen through by critical thinkers.
I guess that is the cold comfort I give myself in hopes this place never disappears.
I ran accross this interesting video from German journalist Udo Ulfkotte. I don't know anything about him aside from this video and his unflattering Wikipedia entry which makes me like him.

Udo Ulfkotte - Journalists for Hire: How the CIA Buys the News

I hope everyone is doing okay!

Posted by: lex talionis | Nov 1 2022 6:24 utc | 212

@lex talionis

Yes and thanks for the ref. Cheers

Posted by: SeanAU | Nov 1 2022 7:59 utc | 213

re SeanAU | Nov 1 2022 0:58 utc | 205

From B.:
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/11/down-time.html

Posted by: SeanAU | Nov 1 2022 8:01 utc | 214

(Good morning to the bar from the Eastern time zone of Montreal.) Back in my post @ 199, I queried where the French were in this possible new Battle of the Atlantic over control of shipping lanes? Here is a clip of Macron speaking with Lula over the phone (and thank you, Monsieur le Président, for speaking slowly and carefully enough that I can understand you.)

https://twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron/status/1587147736910303232

And here is some AFP / La Presse coverage of the Bolsonaro supporters uprising:
https://www.lapresse.ca/international/amerique-latine/2022-10-31/election-presidentielle-au-bresil/des-axes-routiers-bloques-par-des-partisans-decus-de-la-defaite-de-bolsonaro.php

Both of which combined led me to wonder if Macron and Bolsonaro didn’t really get on so well with each other? A quick Google search reminded me of this unpleasant incident from a few years ago (I don’t follow European politics closely enough to pick up on these things typically):

Macron condemns Bolsonaro’s disrespectful post about his wife

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49474421

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Nov 1 2022 9:04 utc | 215

hmmm, no Cloudfare security check (raises head gingerly above parapet)

Posted by: pretzelattack | Nov 1 2022 9:10 utc | 216

Patrick Lawrence: The Democrats’ Assault on Diplomacy (another review of recent history)
October 30, 2022
The answer here is other than bright and cheerful. It follows only—forgive the paradox—that those who hold to the imperative of reason and rational discourse must keep on saying and saying and saying, a little like Medieval monks scribbling manuscripts to preserve civilization from the barbarity all around them.
https://scheerpost.com/2022/10/30/patrick-lawrence-the-democrats-assault-on-diplomacy/

iow, the ongoing sense of defeat and resignation continues. No one has any answers, no ideas, no solutions, none that I have seen or heard.

Posted by: SeanAU | Nov 1 2022 9:10 utc | 217

Caveat emptor.
from pepe escobar an interesting wide-ranging update to Lula's election in Brazil, recent history and the near future/challenges.
https://asiatimes.com/2022/10/comeback-kid-lula-in-the-eye-of-a-volcano/

Brazil election: victorious Lula faces an uphill struggle – a damaged economy and a deeply divided country Published: November 1, 2022
https://theconversation.com/brazil-election-victorious-lula-faces-an-uphill-struggle-a-damaged-economy-and-a-deeply-divided-country-193415

then there's the ALT views of the US Neoliberal Neocons
https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/experts-react-lula-defeats-bolsonaro-in-brazil-what-should-the-region-and-the-world-expect/

Might be something to reflect on a year from now, and see where things are at then, the world and Brazil maybe quite different by then.

Posted by: SeanAU | Nov 1 2022 9:35 utc | 218

Everyone on the planet should read this article summarising the 26 research papers about what is in the Covid "vaccines".
Published in the International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice and Research by David Hughes.

Between 21 July 2021 and August 2022 evidence of undisclosed ingredients in the Covid "vaccines" was published by at least 26 researchers/research teams in 16 different countries across five continents.Their findings are remarkably siimilar and
highlight a clear and present danger that the world population has been lied to about the contents of the "vaccines".

https://ijvtpr.com/index.php/IJVTPR/article/view/52/96

Take the time to read this and see the images. It is truly important.

Posted by: JB | Nov 1 2022 9:40 utc | 219

Is anyone else waiting all agog for The Truss Files doc-dump?

Posted by: John Kennard | Nov 1 2022 10:39 utc | 220

@bevin #171

You said

But what does this mean? How can Russia and China have "their own selfish reasons" unless that 'selfishness' be founded on a conscious consensus?

Perhaps you should look up what selfish means:

(of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure.

For nations - substitute "personal" with "national".

This is what multi-polarity means: every nation acts according to its national self-interest [i.e. selfishness] in coexistence, hopefully harmony, with others. Multi-polarity certainly is not altruism - the opposite of selfishness, and selfishness without being taken to an extreme is a part of the spectrum of human behavior.

In which case CC members accumulating billion dollar fortunes (names please) would presumably accord with this consensus. Perhaps you are referring not to the two nations but to their ruling classes?

China's parliament has about 100 billionaires [yuan as of 2017] - cnbc

There have been rumors for years about the fortunes of CPC central committee members; the above public evidence of CPC lower committee members shows clearly that these rumors are not unfounded. Furthermore, any fortunes held by lower committee members are certainly understated - we also have seen numerous public examples of corruption successfully prosecuted by the government of China revealing 9 digits of malfeasance. And the proceeds of malfeasance are ALWAYS hidden.

You can quibble if you want - the evidence is 100% clear as are the Lamborghinis and Ferraris of the scions I referenced to start with.

The 'anti-mammon crusade' on which the Communist Party of China may or may not be engaged could accord very easily with the actual best interests of the people of China, and indeed of the rest of the world, insofar as its immediate aim would be, that old socialist object, the ending of capitalism and the inauguration of a system in which production is for use rather than to lay profits at mammon's feet.

You are injecting your own desires into objective analysis here. China reined in its financial sector as exemplified by the killing of the ANT IPO not for "anti-Mammon" purposes, but because the CPC seeks to keep control over its economy and government for its own purposes.

Are those purposes legitimate? At the moment, I would agree they are. However, legitimate purposes today does not mean legitimate purposes tomorrow - once again, I reference the USSR and its descent into bureaucratic Kafka economic hell.

Let us not forget that the original goal of the United States' Founding Fathers was separation of powers precisely because they believed that unitary power under a feudal monarch would inevitably lead to abuse.

We have one example of bureaucratic power leading to abuse - time will tell if the CPC and China become a counter example, but to presume otherwise before this actually happens with the 3rd and 4th generation leaders, is naive.

It is arrogance of a particularly unsympathetic kind to hold that there is no alternative to capitalism and that the core belief of a century old party with millions of members is nonsense.

The reality is that neither our species nor the planet which is our home can survive many more decades of capitalism unrestrained and beyond social control (as it must be). And that the ending of capitalism is the pre-condition of a future.

Yet again, you presume your views on what I am saying as I made ZERO references to government types or modes.

My specific view stated is that ALL government types and modes are inevitably corrupted over time by psycho- and socio-paths. Capitalism is no different than Communism or Leninism or whatever.

China may or may not be an extraordinarily intrusive state, though how anyone can conceive of it being as intrusive as the United States which arrogates the power to dictate far beyond its own borders, is curious. In relative terms China is a remarkably unintrusive state, indeed it intrudes less in several of its own provinces, Taiwan, Tibet and Xinkiang, for example than the NED and the CIA do.

You are utterly not credible, and it is also quite clear you have never visited China.

For example: you literally cannot conduct any economic activity via cash in pretty much all of urban China today - it must be conducted via electronic payments via app. These apps in turn are 100% data collection vehicles for the government, with the results expressed as a social score - and this social score in turn has literal impact like being unable to perform other economic activities even if armed with said electronic payments.

I cannot see how anyone with an ounce of integrity can consider the above to not be more intrusive, at a personal level, than anywhere else in the world. And note this activity is financial - it is the bankster's wettest dream to literally force everyone onto a controlled platform. The most powerful Western equivalent is Visa: 27% of Western transactions are credit card and Visa cards constitute a little over half of the overall credit transactions. So Visa is only ~14% of all transactions by volume in the US vs. literally 100% in the urban areas of China. Who is the bigger bankster?

Nor am I the least bit convinced by your conflation of sovereign actions/policy by the United States vs. personal freedoms of Americans.

But you were referring to public health measures. Every government has the duty to protect the public from epidemics exarcerbated by the selfish actions of those who refuse to abide by rules adopted by consensus. In the case of Covid the strategy of quarantining those afflicted is ancient. It is one of the foundations of government. It was generally recognised, by all governments and societies, that Covid required governments to take precisely those measures that China did take. The problem was that most governments did not dare to do so thoroughly: instead of acting with despatch and effectiveness, they went through the motions. They pretended to be doing their duty while sacrificing millions of people to disease rather than offend powerful private economic interests. They covered up their failures by pretending that they were acting on scientific advice (they opposed the use of masks, because they could find none. Then they agreed that the ways to stop an airborne virus included mask wearing. The list of the stupidities of governments over Covid is endless. History will regard it as one of the worst moments in capitalism's decline. Whether China's zero Covid campaign will continue to succeed-in the face of international slovenliness- is unknown. But these things we do know: firstly the Chinese government did what needed to be done, and what posterity will wonder that our own governments did not do. And, secondly, the population of China, which exceeds that of many continents, has suffered only about 5000 Covid mortalities. New York city alone exceeded that long ago.

I have zero interest in debating lockdowns; even Johns Hopkins has come out with meta-research showing that lockdowns have been a net negative in every sense of the word.

My mention of the COVID lockdowns in China was purely to illustrate just how much power the CPC has over its own population - more than the US, more than EU bureaucrats, more than any other government in the entire world because substantive portions of the populations of all of these areas rebelled against these policies.

And I further noted that this policy is inane because new sources of COVID infections would FOREVER be coming into China, unless China instituted a Tokugawa Shogunate style full isolation from the rest of the world - something literally impossible with the enormous amount of imports and exports which China conducts.

So you can believe Chinese statistics if you want - which are literally historically unreliable as a class. I even agree with you that the CPC has some fiduciary belief in why it is adhering to this policy as it has demonstrated in other areas.

But it is equally nonsense to believe that China isn't at least partly adhering to this policy as both a demonstration of its power and a refusal to admit error/defeat - both of which have also been demonstrated in other areas.

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 1 2022 12:07 utc | 221

@denk #208

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 1 2022 12:14 utc | 222

@denk #208
Only fools and children cannot conceive of more than 2 possible viewpoints beyond their own.
I guess it is clear which one you are.

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 1 2022 12:15 utc | 223

Doomberg on the Macro Hive podcast

Energy Scarcity, Nuclear Power and the Failure of Energy Transition Policies

paraphrased to some extent as this is transcription from audio

The key question is: Is the world in a state of energy excess or shortage?

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Pre COVID - the US was clearly in a state of energy excess due to shale fracking.

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Post COVID - the world pivoted from excess to shortage.

When primary energy is short, energy is the master resource.

Energy is the true currency.

Energy is more important than Treasuries or the US dollar in that scenario.

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The UK must import energy because it is not self sufficient. It must import this energy using dollars. The effect is to make the UK comparable to an emerging market (i.e. 3rd world) country with a massive dollar debt.

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The only country in the world that can print energy is the US - which can print dollars, and use these dollars to settle trade for energy.


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We [Doomberg] are huge proponents of nuclear - nuclear is the only answer to decarbonization. Nuclear energy payback period is only 6 weeks (i.e. 6 weeks of production to repay energy used to create)

There are no solutions, only tradeoffs.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. LOL.

This does bring the present situation into an interesting focus.

loud announcer voice
On this side, in the red, white and blue trunks, we have the reigning champion Uncle Sam's Dollar!
On this side, in the black trunks, we have the challenger: Energy! with his trainers OPEC+, GECF, LPEC, CPEC*

GECF: natural gas exported countries forum
LPEC: lithium producing exporting countries
CPEC: consumer goods producing exporting countries i.e. China

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 1 2022 12:35 utc | 224

America's Crime Wave Is Not A Right Wing Myth - spiked-online

Mostly interesting because the author is a deputy editor at Newsweek

Crime has become the new What’s the Matter with Kansas, except now instead of accusing people of being hypnotised by conservative media into ‘voting against their economic interests’, progressives accuse working-class Americans, who are experiencing a real rise in violent crime, of inventing the cars that have been jacked, the purses that have been snatched, the bruises they have sustained and the loved ones they have lost to a rising murder rate.

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Is it really more important to uphold progressive pieties than to start speaking about the thousands and thousands of victims of violent crime? Can we not both decry the murder of George Floyd and the drive-by shooting of his four-year-old niece? Ignoring this problem is simply not an option.

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 1 2022 12:39 utc | 225

US Withdrawing F15, 44 years at China's doorstep

The U.S. Air Force is set to withdraw its F-15C/D Eagle air superiority fighters from Kadena Air Base in Japan, sparking criticisms from within America and raising significant questions regarding what class of fighter could eventually replace them.

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F-15s have deployed to Kadena Air Base since 1979, four years after the class first joined the U.S. Air Force, replacing third generation F-4 Phantoms which were stationed there from 1971. The Phantoms were themselves preceded by third generation F-105 jets. The fourth generation F-15C/Ds currently deployed have not seen a replacement by a new generation of fighters due to the failure of the Advanced Tactical Fighter program to provide one, with the F-22 it did produce proving highly problematic, having a significantly shorter range than the F-15, and seeing orders to terminate production given less than four years after it entered service. As a result not only have F-15C/D units been forced to fly long past their anticipated retirement dates, but enhanced F-15 variants have remained in production into the 2020s making them the oldest fighter class still being manufactured anywhere in the world.

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Choices for the F-15C/D’s replacement remain constrained for a number of reasons. The F-22, although scheduled to begin retirement in 2023 and fielded in small numbers, boasts stealth capabilities which could provide an important new edge to a forward deployment force. The Raptor’s very limited ability to network with supporting assets, however, limits its usefulness in the age of network centric warfare while its exceedingly high maintenance needs leave it vulnerable to strikes on American logistics.

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The U.S. Air Force's third option, the F-35A, is potentially the most promising, although the fighter is currently still very far from ready for high intensity combat due to wide ranging performance bugs - last counted at around 800 - which have been widely criticised by both U.S. officials and by the fighter’s foreign operators. A fourth option could be the deployment of America’s sixth generation air superiority fighter intended to succeed the F-15 and F-22 from the early 2030s, although with close to a decade left before the class beings to be introduced, and potentially much longer until it becomes fully operational, this remains a long term option.

So much winning...

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 1 2022 12:45 utc | 226

US Withdrawing F15, 44 years at China's doorstep

The U.S. Air Force is set to withdraw its F-15C/D Eagle air superiority fighters from Kadena Air Base in Japan, sparking criticisms from within America and raising significant questions regarding what class of fighter could eventually replace them.

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F-15s have deployed to Kadena Air Base since 1979, four years after the class first joined the U.S. Air Force, replacing third generation F-4 Phantoms which were stationed there from 1971. The Phantoms were themselves preceded by third generation F-105 jets. The fourth generation F-15C/Ds currently deployed have not seen a replacement by a new generation of fighters due to the failure of the Advanced Tactical Fighter program to provide one, with the F-22 it did produce proving highly problematic, having a significantly shorter range than the F-15, and seeing orders to terminate production given less than four years after it entered service. As a result not only have F-15C/D units been forced to fly long past their anticipated retirement dates, but enhanced F-15 variants have remained in production into the 2020s making them the oldest fighter class still being manufactured anywhere in the world.

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Choices for the F-15C/D’s replacement remain constrained for a number of reasons. The F-22, although scheduled to begin retirement in 2023 and fielded in small numbers, boasts stealth capabilities which could provide an important new edge to a forward deployment force. The Raptor’s very limited ability to network with supporting assets, however, limits its usefulness in the age of network centric warfare while its exceedingly high maintenance needs leave it vulnerable to strikes on American logistics.

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The U.S. Air Force's third option, the F-35A, is potentially the most promising, although the fighter is currently still very far from ready for high intensity combat due to wide ranging performance bugs - last counted at around 800 - which have been widely criticised by both U.S. officials and by the fighter’s foreign operators. A fourth option could be the deployment of America’s sixth generation air superiority fighter intended to succeed the F-15 and F-22 from the early 2030s, although with close to a decade left before the class beings to be introduced, and potentially much longer until it becomes fully operational, this remains a long term option.

So much winning...

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 1 2022 12:45 utc | 227

Last but not least: Europe's winter as told by multiple forecasters

NOAA models: warmer than normal - fiery!

DWD - German weather service, warm but cooler than NOAA

IRI Columbia - normal

weather.com 3rd La Nina in a row

Whether there is an extremely cold winter also depends on La Niña. But first, let's take a look at the starting situation this year.

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In Europe, La Niña has a weaker effect than in America or Asia, but a few important insights can also be derived for our weather.
La Niña: Mild winter with a hard end

Our winter is influenced by two main factors. One is La Niña and the other is the polar vortex. And then there are interactions, which doesn't make it any easier.

In La Nina years, there is a high probability of a strong high over northern Russia that can extend into Scandinavia. At the same time, there is increased low-pressure activity over the Iberian Peninsula - i.e. over Spain and Portugal.

It is therefore rather mild and relatively dry in Eastern Europe. In southwestern Europe, on the other hand, it is then relatively cool and wet. At least, that's the weather pattern that can be expected on an undisturbed La Niña.

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If you look at the climate models now, a mix can be assumed. It will neither be extremely warm nor extremely cold. This means that you have to expect short cold spells in winter, but that these cold spells will be rather short.

But then there is also the polar vortex. To put it simply, it holds the very cold air masses at the North Pole. If it is strong, then the Azores High is somewhat weaker and there is predominantly mild westerly wind weather in winter. But the polar vortex can also be disturbed and then cold air outbursts occur.
Berlin phenomenon and polar vortex split

As soon as the polar vortex is disturbed - i.e. if it is pushed away from the North Pole or even splits into two parts - there is a risk of a severe onset of winter. Because then the extremely cold air masses can break out and reach our latitudes.

That always happens once a year, namely in spring, when the polar vortex says goodbye to its summer hibernation.

However, disruptions can also occur during the winter. And then suddenly the winds reverse at high altitude. This is also known as the Berlin phenomenon - in technical jargon as Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW).

And in the past, such SSWs have actually occurred relatively often in La Niña years, primarily in January and February. There is a 60 to 75 percent probability that the polar vortex will be disrupted again this winter. After a disturbance, it usually takes 2 to 6 weeks before the cold air from the North Pole actually reaches us.
Polar Vortex: Cold risk in February

The greatest risk of a severe onset of winter is therefore in February. Unfortunately, the perturbations of the polar vortex cannot really be predicted. You only have a lead time of a good 2 weeks. While there was an early, brief disruption of the polar vortex this year, whether that should be taken as a sign of instability remains a matter of debate.

In addition, it is not certain that the cold air will actually reach Germany if the polar vortex is disturbed. Often this only happens in Canada or the USA and we are spared. So it's not safe to say that we're going to have a hard winter. There is some risk from January to March, but it is not clear if this will actually happen.

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 1 2022 12:54 utc | 228

A tour-de-force on COVID-19 mRNA "Vaccines"
https://sonar21.com/is-the-covid-vaccine-killing-people/

"A question about the lethality of the Covid vaccine from one friend elicited a terrific, coherent explanation and review of the pertinent literature on Covid from my other friend.

We knew within the first two months of the pandemic being declared that the spike protein was cytotoxic, meaning it kills mammalian cells that it comes into contact with en vivo. In fact, SARS-Cov2 the virus itself, aside from the spike protein on its exterior was virtually inert and harmless. The disease we know as COVID-19 and all its corresponding symptoms resulting from infection and viral replication of SARS-Cov2, is caused in its entirety from the spike protein. Spike causes the symptoms, Spike causes the damage. But like all other viral infections, its severity was based on viral load and its duration was days to weeks, depending on how fast a persons T macrophage cells got on top of it.

T macrophage cells are the immune cells that go around and eat infected or cancerous cells or any cell not doing its job. Those T-mac cells then excrete tiny bits of virus, protien chains and amino acids that are not native to the body, as waste. Those foreign protein chains (virus bits) are what’s called antibodies and they are hoovered up by a different kind of T cell commonly refered to as Memory T-cells. Their job is to Imprint those unique virus bits, so that if they are ever encountered again in the future, the body immediately rallies an army of T Macrophages and sends them to the site where the detection happened and they kill everything. AKA a cytokine storm.

SARS-Cov2 Is made up of some 70 odd unique protein sequences one of which is spike, and each sequence made up of even more unique amino acid chains. So throughout the 70 year history of vaccineology, the standard process has always been to find a unique viral protein that is completely harmless and non toxic, replicate it by the trillions and attach them to inert or dead OLD virus, something harmless that only affects donkeys for instance.

This time, the protein that they picked out of the 70 possible, was the spike. They chose the only viral protein that was known to be cytotoxic at the time. Why? Who fucking knows, but after 70 years of making vaccines using non-cytotoxic protiens, I’d really like to know.

So this MRNA vaccine operated differently, It is more akin to a gene therapy than a vaccine because it doesn’t train your immune cells on dummy viruses, It re-writes the DNA of your Memory T-cells and T macrophage cells, and turns them into spike factories. So now rather than getting covid and having an ever decreasing amount of spike doing damage as your T cells kill the infection, you have your entire immune systems cells cranking out spike 24/7 until they litterally explode. But often they get to reproduce beforehand so there are new zombie T-cells cranking out spike because MRNA is a gene therapy not a vaccine. Its not just inter-generational in regards to your T-cells, Its inter-generational period.

Here is Naomi Wolf’s publication–she’s had 1300 data scientists volunteer to analyze the 80k+ pages of Pfizer saftey trial data that the federal judge ordered released. Her team has been cranking out amazing papers on the data as it comes in, the court order allowed Pfizer to break it up into 4 data dumps over 9 months, so they’ve been able to get information out to the public within weeks of each new dump. Nov 1st is the last data dump so everything you’ll see there is literally breaking news because it is research on data never seen by anyone other than Pfizer and the scumbags at the FDA.

Naomi is no slouch either. Dr. Naomi Wolf is a 2x international bestselling author, NYT columnist, and professor; she is a graduate of Yale University and received a doctorate from Oxford.

https://dailyclout.io/category/campaigns/pfizer-documents-analysis/

Next is Steve Kirsch, current VC and former high tech serial entrepreneur, inventor of the optical mouse and an engineer with two degrees from MIT. He is double vaxxed an injured from it which made him and 4 other MIT engineering alums start analyzing the VAERS data. Which isn’t the best considering the Harvard study commissioned by the FDA on the effectiveness of its VAERS system showed VAERS captured a hair over 1% of the actual adverse events data, Harvard concluded the study with recommendations on how to fix the system, but the FDA and its Pharma paymasters didn’t think that was a good idea so the FDA declined. With that in mind, Steve and his shitty VAERS data is showing a rate of 26 permanently injured and 7 dead for every 100 MRNA shots.

“The CDC claims VAERS is simply over reported, but cites no evidence. The evidence shows that VAERS is under reported by 5.4X. For example, the VAERS data shows that acute cardiac failure is elevated in the COVID vaccines by 475X compared to other vaccines. Once we correct using the 5.4X factor, we get a 2,565X higher fatality rate for these vaccines. How could that be “safe”? Nobody will explain that.”

Steve now has released hundreds of articles and papers on his and others analysis, which can be found here.

https://stevekirsch.substack.com

Jessica Rose has a PhD in data science from Harvard and she’s been doing the analysis on the Israeli, DOD and Moderna data. She is an all around good person, very funny but with an extremely annoying laugh. Her papers, most of which have now been peer reviewed for whatever thats worth now adays, and articles she published going over her analysis can be found here.

https://substack.com/profile/40349025-jessica-rose?utm_source=about-page

And With that ladies and gentleman, I’ve exhausted my brain’s ability to stay on a singular train of thought. So I hope this supplemental information will be helpful in your conversations and capital allocations.

I’d like to end with the question–what would a country with 4% of its workforce soon to be or already disabled, look like? What are the 2nd and 3rd order effects of something like that?



Think... 4% of the G-7 work force disabled... 26 permanently injured and 7 dead for every 100 MRNA shots..... Celene Dion's singing career ended... Mike Tyson now in a wheel chair...

When... Ivermectin.... Chloroquine... stop COVID in it's tracks... administered early...

Belarus... chose to treat COVID like the flu.... it ran through the population... their Soviet created, maintained, public health system coped.... now they have herd immunity... no longer track it...

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Nov 1 2022 12:55 utc | 229

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Nov 1 2022 12:55 utc | 229

”SARS-Cov2 the virus itself, aside from the spike protein on its exterior was virtually inert and harmless”

This is shown false by the recent chimera lab work (should be criminal) fusing the omicron spike delivery system with the original Wuhan viral body.

I have a problem with blaming the EU vaccine to the exclusion of all the rest of the misleadership that occurred and is still occurring. That is like saying, “Look, squirrel!” Does not get to the root of the problem.

”the spike. They chose the only viral protein that was known to be cytotoxic at the time. Why?”

Just speculation on my part but it seems one of the goals of the gof pharma/military research was to perfect a delivery system, the spike protein complex, to which many other chimerically synthesized viral “bodies” could be attached. In the evolution leading to omicron ~2years later, which is super contagious, the public functioned as the ferrets through which lab chimeras are passed to perfect ease of human transmission.
Big pharma did not test their experimental product before release as to whether it stopped transmission. Duh, wonder why. And it took years b4 a special committee of the EP extracted this fact out of them. And still, nothing.

“Naomi is no slouch either. Dr. Naomi Wolf is a 2x international bestselling author...”

Unfortunately Klein has credibility problems due to various causes and conditions. She could be a Cassandra. See the record.

From the beginning of this live operation there was evidence for the EU vaccines having possible benefit over risk of disease only for the immune compromised, people with some specific comorbidities, and people over ~60 — in lessening severity of disease. All the rest of the collective nightmare was a macabre circus of idiots telling us what to do as they adhered to their cultish following of misleadership, a symptom of degenerate society. For which no one has been held accountable, as per usual.

Again, blaming the EU vaccine to the exclusion of all the rest of the misleadership that occurred and is still occurring is like saying, “Look, squirrel!” Does not get to the root of the problem.

Posted by: suzan | Nov 1 2022 15:49 utc | 230

While our host b was dealing with a shutdown of most of this site, I had posted the following indented comment on the remaining thread even though the topic there was a different one. There were several posts disagreeing with mine. I would be interested to hear their views here. I already know that karlof1 felt the problem Crooke was addressing has historical antecedents dating back much further than 2008, but others who disagree with Crooke have merely badmouthed him without giving reasons for doing so. They are welcome to do so more properly here.

I see at 202 above, that Elmagnostic has provided an additional quote from the article. Thank you, Elmagnostic.


Posted by: karlof1 | Nov 1 2022 0:04 utc | 324

Thanks for linking to Alistaire Crooke's article, karlof1. I wouldn't disagree with your points, and I don't think Mr. Crooke would either, but reading his essay I do think he focusses in important ways on 2008 -- you might say that 2008 was when all the chickens should have come home to roost ... but they didn't. Three important paragraphs of the essay [my bolds]:

"...This intermediary class didn’t set out to dominate politics (they say); It just happened. Initially, the aim was to foster progressive values. But instead, these professional technocrats, who both had accreted considerable wealth and were tightly congregated into cliques in America’s large metro areas, came to dominate left-wing parties around the world that formerly were vehicles for the working class.

Those who coveted membership in this new ‘aristocracy’ cultivated their image as one of cosmopolitan, fast-moving money, glamour, fashion, and popular culture – multiculturalism suited them to perfection. Painting themselves as the political conscience of the whole of society (if not the world), the reality was that their Zeitgeist reflected primarily the whims, prejudices and increasingly psychopathies of one segment of liberal society.

Into this milieu arrived two defining events: In 2008, Ben Bernanke, Chair of the Federal Reserve, gathered together in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, a room-full of the wealthiest oligarchs, ‘locking them in’ until they found the solution to the unfolding systemic bank failure..."

I've just read and re-read a novel by Emily St.John Mandel entitled "The Glass Hotel" which describes investors caught up in a Ponzi scheme in the time period of Crooke's essay. In the novel the ponzi perpetrator is arrested and given 170 year sentence. Not any of those oligarchs other than Bernie Madoff, not the bankers, not the sleazy stockmarket players (save one) got punished. 2008 is a new bench mark precisely because of this fact. And the question now is: what is an investor to make of this brand new world?

Crooke's title for the essay, like a mene mene tekel spells it out - "They rule over dysfunctional ruin -- but they rule."

The chickens are coming home.

Posted by: juliania | Nov 1 2022 15:54 utc | 231

@218 SeanAU - Lula and Bolsonaro both dance to the Washington Consensus.
Tropical Trump versus the Brazilian Biden. (or Bernie if one wishes to be charitable to Senator Sheepdog Judas Goat) I have been watching the way the election has been covered. It's just a repeat of US 2020. I predict some J6 style event occurring on January 1, 2023 in Brasilia when Lula is inaugurated.
Then, when everything calms after this new "threat to democracy©" the people will forget about all the bad things that happened and sway to a new, dulcet bossa nova version of that classic, the Washington Consensus, assuaging all fears that there will ever be any change in the backyard of the empire.
Otherwise somebody's gonna get the lawnmower out.
The most telling thing from the Atlantic article you linked was how pleased they were with the performance of the electronic voting system - sans paper receipts.
O que poderia dar errado!
Muito obrigado!

Posted by: lex talionis | Nov 1 2022 16:14 utc | 232

@ Posted by: JB | Nov 1 2022 9:40 utc | 219

Interesting in a funny sort of way.

Bio : Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS, England Not related to the subject of virus and vaccine research?

Then we come upon a completely false and misleading case of murder by persons/persons unknown in modern Austria. The death of a victim who routinely pushed questionable alternate health medicines of limited usability. A fake arrest video.

That is two very large black holes!

Fails OCCAM's razor test due to the presence of black holes.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Nov 2 2022 0:17 utc | 233

only fools and children cannot conceive of more than 2 possible viewpoints beyond their own.
I guess it is clear which one you are.

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 1 2022 12:15 utc | 223
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ad hominem is the last resort of a loser.

USAss is playing nuclear brinkmanship at Russia'/China's doorstep.
American with any sense and decency ought-ta
be protesting on the street and bring down the
MIC sponsored war pigs masqueradng as your dear leaders.

Yet you'r here bleating about 'CPC millionaires' etc...

Once again, the question you that you try to evade,...
Are you saying that 'CPC corruption' justify USAss war on Russia/China ?

hint.
Evasion is an admission of guilt.

Posted by: denk | Nov 2 2022 2:00 utc | 234

@ lex talionis | Nov 1 2022 16:14 utc | 232

thanks for that. I did notice a delay/avoidance of Bolsarano in conceding defeat.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/brazil-e2-80-99s-bolsonaro-declines-to-concede-defeat-but-says-he-e2-80-99ll-follow-constitution/ar-AA13D6xm

and there were many ' protests' road blockages etc. So a Jan6 type event could be in play, which is why I was keeping an eye out for the news of late. I expected results to be close.

I am not really up with Brazilian know-how, but it sounds to me the closeness of the election the country split 50/50 might become the most telling difficult thing going forward for Lula.

similar to Ukraine 50/50, and the US 50/50 too of course for many cycles now, heightens the drama and motivation of ' supporters' and especially centers of ' influence'. One to watch. Especially how Lula plays out with the SCO/BRICS unaligned side of the equation from now on - noting he doesn't have majority in legislative branches iirc. He may not last - but I have no great insights or inside info to know.

Posted by: SeanAU | Nov 2 2022 2:52 utc | 235

(second attempt)

@ lex talionis | Nov 1 2022 16:14 utc | 232

thanks for that. I did notice a delay/avoidance of Bolsarano in conceding defeat.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/brazil-e2-80-99s-bolsonaro-declines-to-concede-defeat-but-says-he-e2-80-99ll-follow-constitution/ar-AA13D6xm

and there were many ' protests' road blockages etc. So a Jan6 type event could be in play, which is why I was keeping an eye out for the news of late. I expected results to be close.

I am not really up with Brazilian know-how, but it sounds to me the closeness of the election the country split 50/50 might become the most telling difficult thing going forward for Lula.

similar to Ukraine 50/50, and the US 50/50 too of course for many cycles now, heightens the drama and motivation of ' supporters' and especially centers of ' influence'. One to watch. Especially how Lula plays out with the SCO/BRICS unaligned side of the equation from now on - noting he doesn't have majority in legislative branches iirc. He may not last - but I have no great insights or inside info to know.

Posted by: SeanAU | Nov 2 2022 2:53 utc | 236

@ 236 - This is a funny video I ran across of Victoria Nudelman talking about the integrity of the Brazilian electronic voting system.
EEKS. It's in Portuguese, but you can hear here in the background.

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Posted by: lex talionis | Nov 2 2022 3:05 utc | 237

@ 236 - This is a funny video I ran across of Victoria Nudelman talking about the integrity of the Brazilian electronic voting system.
EEKS. It's in Portuguese, but you can hear here in the background.
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Posted by: lex talionis | Nov 2 2022 3:05 utc | 237

Well I guess that's clear: Electronic voting is rigged in favour of any US candidate, only concern is the Russians LOL
OMG if that woman's lips are moving she is lying.
I watched some of Multipolarista's coverage of Lula's win, they seem to be certain that Lula although not a socialist is far more left that the US assumes. They also pointed out that he is going to have a hard time because of the drastic privatisation of national assets like oil and gas that were privatised under Bolsanoro. Biggest buyer? Blackrock.

Posted by: K | Nov 2 2022 4:32 utc | 238

I note today that Rumble has been blocked in France as the government there:

"Because of French government demands to remove creators from our platform, Rumble is currently unavailable in France. We are challenging these government demands and hope to restore access soon"

I wonder who these dangerous creators are?

Posted by: marcjf | Nov 2 2022 6:52 utc | 239

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