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January 22, 2023

The MoA Week In Review - (Not Ukraine) OT 2023-19

Last week's post on Moon of Alabama:

> Officials say both Defense Secretary Austin and Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Milley are against sending tanks, and there is frustration in the Biden administration with Germany's push. <

Germany's push? Who is pushing whom in this?

Thorsten Benner @thorstenbenner - 7:40 UTC · 22 Jan 2023

"US offers used tanks from its own stocks plus long term industrial partnership to every European country that can deliver Leopard 2 to Ukraine", German defence industry circles claim. "Each country that accepts US offer is lost for German defence industry".
- Deutsche Panzerdebatte: Welche Rolle spielen amerikanische Rüstungsinteressen? (in German) - NZZ

  • Jan 20 - When Media Provide 'Analyses'
    Related:
    - Editorial: 'decades' - Referred report headline: 'a decade' - Actual report: 'three to five years'.

A Brutal New Phase of Putin’s Terrible War in Ukraine - New York Times Editorial

> But according to a report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think-tank, Russia faces decades of economic stagnation and regression even if the war ends soon. <

The Cost of War: Russian Economy Faces a Decade of Regress - Carnegie Endowment

> The Russian economy’s prewar potential was not overly large, with growth at 2–3 percent per year. The war against Ukraine and external restrictions have lowered it to about 1 percent. For now, the economy’s development will be put into reverse and it will take three to five years for that decline to come to a halt. <

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Other issues:

Have Crypto, Can't Buy Dollars.

> “The banking partner that services your account has advised that they are no longer able to process SWIFT fiat (USD) transaction for individuals of less than $100,000 USD as of February 1, 2023. This is the case for all their crypto exchange clients,” said Binance.

“Please be advised that until we are able to find an alternative solution, you may not be able to use your bank account to buy and sell crypto with USD via SWIFT with a value of less than $100,000 USD.” <

Spies:

Syria:

Environment:

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@ Northern Eve | Jan 23 2023 18:11 utc | 85

Greta Thunberg?

Till she takes the Trans Siberia express to China for an extended visit I can't take a single word she says seriously.

Posted by: Antonym | Jan 24 2023 2:09 utc | 101

Brazil & Argentina:move over Yankee Dollar!

Lula is moving fast and the Biden mafia is not going to be happy.

Ben Norton has a 35 minute report--loaded-- on Brazil and Argentina's announcement that they are initiating a new currency that will compete with the U.S. dollar. Norton explains the details, so far, and the timetable, years (parallels and complements China, Russia, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkiye, and other allied countries; the currency will be called the "sur" ("south" in Spanish and Portuguese) and will be an "add on" currency which means countries will be able to use it without ditching their own.
Norton is cranking out very impressive reports backed by good research, links and visuals that help explain complex economic and financial concepts that people like me with average IQs can understand. He also has established an ongoing relationship with Michael Hudson and Radhika Desai and posts interviews/teach-ins every two weeks (mostly over my head). This post gives a brief but thorough history of Brazil and other countries' struggles with the Empire and talks about how left leaders from Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela are working with moderates from Argentina and Chile, for example (hint: sovereignty is key in regards to anti-imperial trade).
Bottom line, Latin America is building a currency that will strengthen each country and weaken the U.S. They know that the Empire will try and hurt them but they are doing it. My guess is that they believe they are strong enough now and the U.S. has weakened enough. The Yanks do appear to be in a tail spin.
Don't expect lots of overt shows of support for Russia. That will come over time. Trade with China is huge throughout Latin America now. Russia's presence will grow from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela--slowly but deliberately and expand from there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mudBO1iffOo

Posted by: migueljose | Jan 24 2023 3:48 utc | 102

Greta fakes the train jouney

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/greta-thunberg-tweets-photo-sitting-on-overcrowded-train-floor-but-railway-says-she-travelled-first-class/news-story/82b69713ab128fcdb2e8787d441abaa7


Later, however, the railway company wrote in a statement to the media that Thunberg had a seat in first class between Kassel and Hamburg and that other members of her team were already sitting in first class from Frankfurt onwards.

In the photo on Twitter, Thunberg is sitting on the floor at the end of a rail car with her back leaning against a suitcase, staring out of a window. There’s an empty food box next to her and more suitcases and backpacks piled up by her side.

Later on Sunday, Deutsche Bahn tweeted twice more in regard to Thunberg’s train travels through Germany.

So she is smart enough to exploit an old trope besmirching German Rail services but not politic enough to take advantage of the questioners on her #walk and set out a coherent agenda she has spoken about 'advocated' for the last 5 to 10 years.

Greta Fraudwalker. You are unlikely to see her on the trans siberian express.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 24 2023 4:15 utc | 103

Greta Fraudwalker. You are unlikely to see her on the trans siberian express.
Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 24 2023 4:15 utc | 103

I think Putin had the most compassionate approach to her: that it is a shame her parents allow such a young teenager to have so much media exposure and that its not good for any young person. He didn't attack her personally for something that is clearly not yet an adult decision.

I agree with the comment that old white men are disproportionately pissed off with her, with the multitude of evil old dudes to be upset with I just don't get the focus on Greta. People aren't personally offended by every American hollywood child star who is promoting an agenda (usually by contract not by choice) So what's the difference?

She is still a kid, as that walking video makes amply obvious.

Posted by: K | Jan 24 2023 4:40 utc | 104

@ migueljose | Jan 24 2023 3:48 utc | 102 with the South America reporting...thanks

Reuters has a current posting up about the proposed currency union and they say

A South American currency union? Don't hold your breath

If Reuters is reporting on it, it is on the world radar now, in spite of how they spin it.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 24 2023 4:57 utc | 105

migueljose @102--

Thanks for your report. As I recall, Chavez had the idea of a Bolivar South American currency associated with Mercosur, which was one of the reasons why the Empire wanted him gone. Ideally, it will be a commodity backed currency. And with it will come a bank--a clearing bouse for commerce between all nations participating in the currency. What we'd once call an International Local Currency. It appears that we may see the emergence of commodity-backed currencies for each continent initially with their merger coming later. That would make it more difficult for the Outlaw US Empire to defend its Dollar Prominence. Since the Empire must import much of its goods, it will be forced to participate in this by purchasing the new currency so it can pay for its imports--the new regime can't allow worthless dollars to infiltrate until it becomes solvent. Sort of a reverse reparations. If it doesn't want to participate, then it gets nothing. And if it tries to use what remains of its military, then it will be defeated soundly.

In the article at Norton's site, "Brazil and Argentina preparing new Latin American currency to ‘reduce reliance on US dollar’", are links to other sources of information to the project the curious will want to explore. Also keep in mind my description above is based on my hypothesis of how this will evolve. I've yet to read the specifics aside from the required revival of institutions that were raised to combat Neoliberalism by Chavez and his allies. But as the article illustrates, Latin America conducts its commerce in far too many dollars for a healthy existence, which is why its perpetually ill economically. Yes, the time to act is now, but more nations are required besides Brazil and Argentina.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 24 2023 5:34 utc | 106

@ migueljose and karlof1 about the de-dollarization efforts

I watched the Ben Norton piece and want to make a point about one of the figures he provided. He reported that currently 80% of all trade goes through the BIS private clearing house for conversion to US Dollar and to other nations currencies......for PROFIT AND MANIPULATION

The structure that is talked about is from Keynes proposal at Bretton Woods for a International Bancor unit of account with clearing instead of through the private BIS through what Keynes proposed instead.


The International Clearing Union (ICU) was one of the institutions proposed to be set up at the 1944 United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in the United States, by British economist John Maynard Keynes. Its aim was to establish regulation of currency exchange, a role eventually taken by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The International Clearing Union (ICU) would be a global bank whose role would be the clearance of trade between nations, similar to a trade exchange with every country as a member. All international trade would be denominated in a special unit of account, the proposed bancor. The bancor was to have had a fixed exchange rate with national currencies, and would have been used to measure the balance of trade between nations. Goods exported would add bancors to a country's account, while goods imported would subtract them. Each nation would be incentivized to keep their bancor balance close to zero by one of two methods: in the case of an excessively positive bancor balance, part of their surplus would be taken and applied to the Clearing Union's Reserve Fund. In the case of an excessively negative bancor balance, their currency’s exchange rate would be lowered, making imports more expensive and exports cheaper. In this way nations would be encouraged to buy other nations’ products.

Gold and national currency would no longer be used in international trade and no longer move between countries.

The BIS was supposed to be replaced within 6 months of the Bretton Woods agreement but that didn't happen, did it? Wonder why? Maybe we are still asking the same question....but working towards a different answer/resolution this time.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 24 2023 5:58 utc | 107

Latin American currency

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 24 2023 5:34 utc | 106

Well stated Karlof. Norton could benefit from your input; he already has a connection with Michael Hudson.

Overall this new currency appears to be a gutsy move. Seems like lots of Latin American leaders are standing up for their people but the imperial forces will fight back. CELAC summit starts today (Jan. 24) in Buenos Aires and the U.S. backed right wingers (Macri supporters) are going to try and tear it up. Maduro decided not to attend because of the threats.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/CELAC-Nations-Should-Become-A-United-Family-Cuban-President-20230123-0006.html
https://orinocotribune.com/president-maduro-cancels-participation-in-buenos-aires-celac-summit/

Posted by: migueljose | Jan 24 2023 6:09 utc | 108

psychohistorian I missed your comment before I posted. You and many barflies who are knowledgeable in economics and finance would probably get a lot from Ben Norton's new website. As I said to Karlof he would benefit from you all's thoughts as well. He's very young but appears to know his stuff and focuses mostly on the western hemisphere.

Here's his website

https://geopoliticaleconomy.com/author/ben-norton/

Posted by: migueljose | Jan 24 2023 6:19 utc | 109

Inlagd av: farbror volfram | 23 januari 2023 21:53 UTC | 93
You say that Greta is a Fraudwalker....and you refer to the Doreshow....Don´t you and Dore now just critize Greta´s way or ability to meet journalists whose quick questions aim to get splashy headlines and not the content of what she says when she´s interviewed?
You know, there´s a difference between form and content, don´t you think so ?

Posted by: Northern Eve | Jan 24 2023 6:33 utc | 110

Inlagd av: bevin | 23 januari 2023 23:15 UTC | 95
I totally agree with what you say. Before Sweden became member of The EU, we were forced to disarm our public sector (which was one of the purposes with the neoliberalism in the EU) there was a large increase in sales of sedative medication to lively and creative children, children who before the disarming of public sector had been offered opportunities to fit in a nice way in school, the staff density was high etc, and we could afford it. The EU meant to throw public money to pockets of private pockets.

Posted by: Northern Eve | Jan 24 2023 6:56 utc | 111

Inlagd av: Antonym | 24 januari 2023 2:09 utc | 101
"You don´t beleive a word of what Greta says´until she takes the Trans Siberia express to China"
So you think the solution to the global heating depends on the individual´s choises, and not the corporations and government laws and regulations?

Posted by: Northern Eve | Jan 24 2023 7:10 utc | 112

@ migueljose | Jan 24 2023 6:19 utc | 109

Thanks migueljose for your posts. It's good to see Latin America popping the
constraints that have bound them for so long.

I too think Ben Norton is pretty sharp. He seems to have found his niche.
I encourage all to have a look at his article 'Exaggerating China’s military spending'.
Especially notice the incredibly deceptive graph about military spending. It's propaganda in pure form.
graph
(Be sure to scroll down far enough to see the graph on one axis.)

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jan 24 2023 7:14 utc | 113

Posted by: Antonym | Jan 24 2023 2:09 utc | 101

The old child actress problem.........grow up and hope to stay relevant.

She has Lisa Neubauer (Reemtsma heiress) to compete with now and she is less Jungmädelbund than she was and is outgrowing BDM

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Jan 24 2023 7:39 utc | 114

For those who live in EU and aren't aware. Be aware that EU commission has approved using powdered crickets in foodstuff from January 24th. They just keep giving more and more competitive advantages to Russian grains.


EU food makers can now use house cricket powder in the production of several foods, including pizza and pasta-based products; nuts and oil seeds; snacks and sauces; meat preparations and soups; multigrain bread and rolls; crackers and breadsticks; cereal bars; dry pre-mixes for baked products; biscuits; processed potato products; legume- and vegetable-based dishes; whey powder; maize flour-based snacks; beer-like beverages; and chocolate confectionery goods.

https://xtalks.com/eu-approves-use-of-house-crickets-in-food-products-3347/
https://news.italy24.press/local/315912.html

Posted by: unimperator | Jan 24 2023 9:04 utc | 115

#115

Beware of what? Cricket powder is way healthier than grains.

Posted by: Chris | Jan 24 2023 14:08 utc | 116

Posted by: unimperator | Jan 24 2023 9:04 utc | 115

You can buy cricket powder on Amazon as "ecological proteins" for mere 39 USD per pound. I did not read the label, so I am not sure what is the price of the protein from that powder, not low, but perhaps in line with other "eco" products. Soy proteins are definitely cheaper, but cricket powder is perhaps no particularly crazy in the landscape of "eco foods".

Crickets being animals may provide "complete proteins", getting sufficient amount of all aminoacids from plant foods may be tricky. So we can convince vegans that crickets are sufficiently plant-like to be accepted... One can wonder how humane are the conditions on cricket farms... do they emit methane.. but there is a potential market for cricketo-vegans, an new subgroup of vegetarians.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 24 2023 14:11 utc | 117

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jan 24 2023 7:14 utc | 113

Thanks wayinorway!
The link is truly jaw dropping. It took me a bit to see the trick they played in using a right axis for the U.S.... just plain old hucksterism!

Posted by: migueljose | Jan 24 2023 14:14 utc | 118

This is actually interesting. Gates Foundation supports research on cricket finding, but I tried to find how efficient it can be, and the first hit with some number was this:

Russia’s first cricket farm has been launched in Novosibirsk Oblast, in a bid to bring a new protein source to the feed components market.

As explained by Elena Demidova, head of the project, protein share in crickets stands at 75%. It takes 3 kg of crickets to produce 1 kg of a high-quality meal. The production cost is estimated at 150 roubles per kg ($2.2). On the other hand, currently, crickets in Russia are offered on the market at 5 roubles ($0.08) per unit or 15,000 roubles ($220) per kg.

I guess the "production cost" is without labor, so cricket farming in Africa can (and is) competitive without other animal products. Perhaps Russia should explore importing cricket powder directly for Africa where heating and labor cost is lower, transportation cost for powder should be low,

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 24 2023 14:39 utc | 120

When commentators or journalists describe or criticize certain decisions or general policies they appear to take these decisions and policies at face value, i.e. they presume that they are based on true beliefs and intentions. For example, Crooke's description of West's fixation on GDP in geopolitical analysis does not consider the possibility that such fixation is a propaganda tool. Even the stupidest proposals coming out of NATO puppets, such as the idea to close the Gulf of Finland are taken at face value, without an attempt to analyze what could possibly be the purpose of such proposals. Yes they could be the result of stupidity. Lately, stupidity has been invoked so many times to explain anything from military blunders, to economic and political decisions, that one has to wonder is it possible that so much stupidity is all around us. It is possible, but why stop there, why not explore if there is something else below the surface. Personally, I am convinced that in today's world taking things at face value is the wrong approach. Diplomats have to that, but not analysts or commentators.

Posted by: Pagan | Jan 24 2023 15:16 utc | 121

@ waynorinorway | Jan 24 2023 7:14 utc | 113

that is quite the fraudulent work on the part of st. louis federal reserve... i imagine they play with all there numbers in a similar manner... wild!

@ migueljose... thanks for your posts!

Posted by: james | Jan 24 2023 16:36 utc | 122

Scholz looking down the barrel of history
Battle of Kursk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj9Q49xQRmY&t=384s

Posted by: kula | Jan 24 2023 16:39 utc | 123

@ james | Jan 24 2023 16:36 utc | 122

One might even say double standards, eh?

Par for the course. Par, of course, being what they say it is.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jan 24 2023 16:42 utc | 124

Crickets is what we usually hear when it comes to any thoughts on what older folks owe future generations. It's a tough pill to swallow: agreement with the compassionate view that young folks (such as Greta) should not be subjected to everlasting torment in the seventh level of social media hell.

We're pretty close to maximal collective dysfunction over young folks, here in USA. What a terrible place to grow up. We pretend to worship youth, while in truth there's no space, no place for youth to even be young, for a little while. Not without deadly consequences. We crucify our iconic geniuses of youthful exuberance: mad context drives them crazy, hence to some horrible overdose. Michael Jackson was hooked on anaesthetics, of all things, toward the end there.

I'm bathing luxuriantly in Rachel Carson's first book, Under the Sea Wind (1941). It's hard to overstate how excellent a writer she was, recording the natural world with an intimacy and richness which can never be equaled, because the world she recorded is very much in the past tense today, 80 years later.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jan 24 2023 16:51 utc | 125

now why would a person feel the need to take a piss on greta van mouseketeer?

700,000+ dead in China in 7 weeks. i'm pretty sure the ruling class started WW3 because covid is going to destroy their rule. of course that includes the chinese and russian states, all this bullshit spewed about the benevolence of these thoroughly capitalist enterprises.

now back to arguing about mrna vaccines.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jan 24 2023 16:59 utc | 126

I'll play devil's advocate, so, is the WEF trying to depopulate the planet or fatten it up on crickets?

I just have to make it for a few more decades w/o eating crickets, then the bugs can eat me.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Jan 24 2023 17:14 utc | 127

Today, Putin is again meeting with members of the government, which as usual is very informative. The major point I'd make is the vast difference between Russia's appreciation for education in general and teachers and mentors specifically and the attitude of the Outlaw US Empire to the same, which I know very well as a former educator. Yes, teaching in Russia would be fantastic for the teacher there has status, while mentors are highly valued. I think readers will see why after reading this. It begins with Putin talking:

But I'd like to start somewhere else. Yesterday, several meetings were held here in Ogaryovo with colleagues, including the Minister of Education and Science and the Minister of Education. We talked about the development of industries in general, in the broadest sense of the word, today and in the medium term.

And in this regard, I would like to say this. At all times, such as those that we are experiencing today, we are clearly aware of the role and significance of teachers ' work and activities. Because it is the teacher who forms the foundations of our worldview in each of us. And the stability, stability and future of our state largely depends on this.

It is no coincidence that 2023 has been declared the Year of the Teacher and Mentor. And in this regard, I would like to ask [the Minister of Education] Sergey Kravtsov would like to say a few words about the events that we have planned for this year.

Please, Sergey Sergeevich.

S. : Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, Dear colleagues!

This year we celebrate the Year of the Teacher and Mentor. Mr President, this is indeed a great event for the entire teaching community. We have more than two million teaching staff, along with hundreds of thousands more who are engaged in mentoring outside the walls of educational organizations. All of them fulfill the most important mission: they teach and pass on knowledge and spiritual and moral values to new generations.

Your decree on holding such a thematic year right now emphasized the special social and, without exaggeration, strategic importance of the teacher's work. We have tried to form a rich plan of events this year, they will begin with the grand opening of the Year in February at the Mashuk knowledge Center. Then there will be large-scale professional forums, including the Moscow International Salon of Education in March, the summer festival "Mentoring", the forum of classroom teachers this year, in October, about three thousand people will take part in it in person. In September, there will be a large Pedagogical dictation and an All-Russian lesson dedicated to the Year of the Teacher and Mentor. And of course, our traditional Big Teachers ' Week will be held in October. We hope that all our professional competitions, including the Teacher of the Year, will be especially successful. At the same time, this year, at the request of teachers themselves, we are expanding the line of competitions and for the first time we will hold a competition for primary school teachers "First Teacher".

The TV contest "Class Topic", which you, Vladimir Vladimirovich, spoke about at the traditional meeting with teachers of the year, will definitely be continued. His first season ended with a brilliant victory for Aslan Kashezhev, a physics teacher from Kabardino-Balkaria. The competition of finalists in the format of a TV show received a lot of positive feedback, and we will continue to develop the project. We see its demand and interest from a wide audience.

A special place is occupied by projects designed to popularize the traditions of Russian pedagogy. A separate series of events is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the outstanding teacher Konstantin Dmitrievich Ushinsky. This includes holding the First National Teachers ' Congress in April, to which we invite our colleagues, including those from the CIS countries, and thematic exhibitions, lectures, and Olympiads. On February 19, the birthday of the great teacher, a sculpture composition in his honor will be unveiled in Moscow next to the Moscow State Pedagogical University. And in November, the Moscow State University will host an international pedagogical congress dedicated to Ushinsky's legacy.

In addition, with the participation of other departments, we have provided new mechanisms for supporting teachers. For example, together with Rosmolodezh, we expanded grant opportunities in the framework of the All-Russian Competition for Youth Projects. Together with the Ministry of Culture, we will continue to create films dedicated to the teaching profession. I would like to emphasize that this year's events are primarily designed to increase the authority of teachers and strengthen the public prestige of the profession.

Mr President, a separate law was passed last year, and the bureaucratic burden on teachers was reduced, as teachers themselves have been constantly talking about and asking for. But we are going further, and now, together with deputies and representatives of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, we are working on the issue of establishing the special status of teachers by law.

Of course, all events of the Year of the Teacher and Mentor are designed to expand opportunities for colleagues from recently joined regions. We will create a pedagogical university in each new subject of the Russian Federation, where we will train young teachers and improve the skills of existing ones. After all, it largely depends on the teacher how quickly new regions will become part of an integral, unified educational space of our country.

I would like to report separately on the national project "Education". This is one of our key tools that really improve the working environment of teachers. And much of what we offer in the framework of the Year of Teacher and Mentor is a direct result of the national project.

Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, despite the difficulties and external pressure that our country finds itself under, all the indicators for the national project for 2022 have been met. Moreover, the current situation has brought us even closer together and consolidated our efforts around solving common problems.

We will continue to develop the mentoring institute further. For many outstanding scientists, inventors, and representatives of various professions, the path to great professional success began with the support of an experienced, as they say, senior comrade. Of course, we really need people who can support us with wise advice and help our children with professional orientation. And we are talking not only about school teachers, but also about mentors in the broadest sense of the word. Perhaps each of us has an example of a person that we try to look up to. This can be a coach, a teacher in a section, or a circle. Our goal is to help our students find such a mentor. In March, we will hold a festival of professional orientation in Yekaterinburg to strengthen this work.

I would like to emphasize that a good mentor, a Teacher with a capital letter, is now becoming a guide to the world of knowledge and truth ‒ the truth about our great country, multinational people, its historical achievements, traditions and main values. We can say that our schools, colleges, and universities now have their own "front": teachers have to expose all sorts of fakes and provocative stuffing, fight ideological aggression against our country and our children, and protect them from lies and misinformation.

Just the week before last, during a meeting with conscripts, I spoke with one of these people, a real mentor – Gennady Starunov, a participant in the Teacher of the Year contest. Gennady Vladimirovich teaches OBZH, runs his own educational blog on the subject. Last year, he won the Znanie Society award for educational activities at school, and today he is fulfilling his sacred duty-he is in the zone of a special military operation. And thanks to Mentors like him with a capital letter, our children grow up to be patriots, are inspired and passionate about their studies, are imbued with respect for work, for their native country and their people.

Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, we have many wonderful teachers, professionals of the highest class, honest, with firm beliefs and life principles. I am sure that they will bring wisdom, pedagogical talent, and energy to the events of the Year of the Teacher and Mentor, and we will definitely support them.

Thanks for attention.

And there's much more to the meeting. The discussion about pharmaceutical production and the state of the medical industry is vastly different than what occurs within Neoliberal nations, and currently that's where the transcript ends with Putin discussing how the needs of pharma differ from other industries. The main point I wanted to make was with educational quality--the plethora of it within Russia versus the deficit of it within the Outlaw US Empire--that's directly related to how teachers are viewed within societies.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 24 2023 17:16 utc | 128

a neuro-typical child normally recognizes object permanence by the age of 3.

homeless people picking around for food in the garbage are more mature than the "adults". they know that 45% of food (or food-like product) in the US just gets dumped into the trash.

the answer to the homeless person's experience of the truth? lock up the trash cans.

people really think they are not infected by their society's diseases. the smart people are the most self-deluded in this regard, the most ovine. knowledge is das Gift, something given to us, shared with us (not our private property) by people who don't know what poison is.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jan 24 2023 18:06 utc | 129

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 23 2023 21:32 utc | 90

WHO will save the children?/s

Interesting myopia sufferer. How amusing. :)

Or one of the 2.6 billion worldwide with this specific eye muscle problem!/s

I read your flimsy full-of-air article. Then sought out the missing 98%. Sources include the WHO, the USSAs CDC, "ourworldindata(just the facts)", and finally "Google Scholar(seeker of Net truth)".

Standard proper journalism/reporting requires the writer to ask and answer six basic questions.

The bigger picture after deflating all that articles authors fairy air.

WHO reports Dengue fever in 1970 was initially identified in nine countries. The list has grown to 129 countries fifty years later. The estimated size of the population of the world at risk is nearly four billion souls. Is that myopia?

The USSA CDC, Atlanta Georgia(not to be confused with a bankrupt USSA slave state in Europa). Has a complete list of said countries. Guess which country is marked "Frequent/continuous". Which is also identical to a number of autocratic peon vassal slaves. Residing under the iron fist of corrupt evil USSA overlords.

Back to the Dengue Fever vaccine mentioned in the flimsy article of air. Or complete failure to pass stage one "Occam's razor Test"!

WHO article covers the big picture on the subject of the dangers of "Dengue Fever".

I will repeat the saying. WHO Will save the children?/s

Back to the flimsy reference article supplied. Can be summed up in the words "Nice can of fairy air!".

Should one coin the phrase "Wearers of Welding Goggles(too blind to see the big picture)?/s

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jan 24 2023 18:06 utc | 130

rjb1.5 | January 24, 2023 at 18:06
people know how to give themselves a bath. their families and communities are no less filthy for all that self-scrubbing.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jan 24 2023 18:15 utc | 131

#131

The unwashed, or, how Elves were created:

https://www.icelandtours.is/blog/elves-trolls-monsters-iceland/

Posted by: Chris | Jan 24 2023 18:36 utc | 132

Interesting the cans of fairy air over the lovely Greta. Sure are flying out the door today.

Back to reality. Given the mass of annual rail freight on that line 9,289 Kilometers(crappy obsolete imperial 5,772 miles). The cunning Ruskies electrified the double line from Moskova to Vladivostock. The carbon pollution factor is calculated at six grams per kilometer traveled.

Time to hand out the "welders goggles" awards! To dispensers of 2% without a license!/s Cue Nelson's Ha! Ha!

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jan 24 2023 18:37 utc | 133

Lavrov traveled a bit North of South Africa to visit the only Kingdom in Africa, the Kingdom of Eswatini, formerly Swaziland. After his statement reviewing his conversations with the Kingdom's authorities, Lavrov held a Q&A two of which I've excerpted below for their educational relevance:

Question: Interesting developments are taking place in Burkina Faso, where the Transitional Government has asked a cantoned French military contingent to pack up and leave the country within a month. President Emmanuel Macron has already said that this is clearly "the Kremlin's machinations." Is it really our fault in this situation or is it a legacy of the neo-colonial policy pursued by France in Burkina Faso?

Sergey Lavrov: This is a question about the principles of foreign policy. We do not interfere in internal affairs.

President Emmanuel Macron's statement frankly shows that France allows and applies such interference. A similar situation developed more than a year ago in Mali. The leadership of this country, assessing the state of affairs in the field of ensuring the security of the state, came to the conclusion that the decisions announced then on the withdrawal of French troops and on the elimination of French bases in northern Mali pose a threat. Therefore, it decided to appeal to the Russian side, specifically to a private military company. This was during the session of the UN General Assembly. I met with the then French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Jean-Pierre Borrell had a conversation with me on the same topic. Both of them, still maintaining some decency, but quite assertively asked me why we in Africa are carrying out any initiatives and taking some actions. He replied that we are interested in developing relations with all those who show mutual interest. We have no obstacle to doing this with all countries on any continent. They told me that Russia must learn that Africa is a zone of special interests of the European Union. At the same time, some time before this conversation, EU officials stated that the Balkans are a zone of interests of the EU and since they work there, no one else needs to come there.

At the same time, with these neocolonial statements, the European Union considered it absolutely normal for itself to work directly on the borders of the Russian Federation in the countries united with us by the CIS, the CSTO, and the EAEU. They had no doubt that they had the right to develop their own special strategies, not just relations, but strategies for Central Asia, to "work" in Ukraine at a time when conscious anti-Russian tendencies were maturing there and everything Russian was being destroyed.

According to my information, several fairly numerous French military companies operate in this vast Eurasian space. This is considered the order of the day. But when a sovereign state on the African continent is disappointed to one degree or another with its relations with France and would like to find other partners to solve its pressing problems (including in the security sphere), then a reaction similar to the one you mentioned in connection with President Emmanuel Macron's statement begins.

We are accused of undermining French interests in the Central African Republic, in Mali, now in Burkina Faso. This is the same philosophy, the very mentality that the European Union applies to anywhere in the world. It was he who was declared in relation to Ukraine in the early 2000s, when the European Union stated that "Ukraine must choose: it is either with Europe or with Russia." The same flawed logic applies to the African continent, as you can see in the facts.

Speaking of Mali, I will give an interesting fact. When France actively participated in a leading role in the aggression against Libya and contributed to the destruction of Libyan statehood, we warned that this would end badly for Africans. As a result, in the absence of a Libyan state and state apparatus, Libya turned into a "black hole". Millions of illegal migrants poured into Europe through Libya, and in the opposite direction to the Sahara-Sahel region, through Libya, which turned into a "black hole", there were flows of smuggled weapons, terrorists of all stripes. Including from them began to suffer the state of Mali. Among these terrorists, who went to Mali and other countries of the Sahara-Sahel region, there were many groups that France supported to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi. Then the French appealed to us and other members of the UN Security Council with a request to adopt a resolution in support of the French contingent (the operation was called "Barkhane") located in Mali and to give it an additional mandate to counter the terrorists whom the French supported in Libya and thereby provoked a spiral of terrorist violence that is still observed in Africa. At that time, we supported the French in the UN Security Council, because we really believe it is right to counter terrorism. But it is not our fault that, in the end, the French military in Mali did not live up to the expectations placed on them by the leadership of that country.

It is sad that this neo-colonial mentality, the logic based on the principle of "divide and rule" is still manifested in most of the foreign policy actions taken by our European and Western colleagues in general. We are in favour of uniting the efforts of all The States of the West and the East in order to jointly constructively resolve the problems of the global South, primarily those in Africa, and not to use these countries as a "glade" to promote their unilateral confrontational approaches.

I had to react to your question in such detail, because here the details are important, in which the "devil lies" and which many simply do not know. Western propaganda works with the slogans "Russia is an aggressor", "Russia undermines the interests of the EU in Africa" and uses such unfounded statements, which are replicated hundreds of thousands of times in the hope of influencing the minds of listeners and viewers.

Question: Today we hear and talk a lot about the growing role of such an association as BRICS. There are statements that it can be replenished with 13 new members. Could you describe what role in the global sense you see for such an association in the future? Should we expect African countries to join? Has this issue been discussed with Eswatin's colleagues, do they have such an interest, perhaps in the long term?

Sergey Lavrov: The leaders of the Five have repeatedly spoken out about brics' global perspective, including our South African colleague Nikolai Pandor at a news conference yesterday in Pretoria.

BRICS is an association of a new type in the sense that it is not built on the principle of "leader-wingman", is not a structure where the command is given and everything is "taken under the visor", as we are now witnessing in NATO.

The organization works on the basis of the principle of consensus, but it differs from the consensus used in NATO and the European Union. If any of the BRICS members have problems with a particular proposal, it is not accepted, and efforts continue to find a mutually acceptable, mutually beneficial solution. In the North Atlantic Alliance and the EU, in particular over the past year with regard to the situation around Ukraine and completely unprecedented sanctions, there were voices that were out of the general chorus. In these cases, consensus was used to "finish off" disparate objections and force them to join the position that the "senior comrades" consider correct.

We have never put forward ideas within brics, such as the one voiced at the last NATO summit in July 2022 in Madrid, that the alliance should have global responsibility for security issues, including security in the Indo-Pacific region and in general everywhere else on the planet. Brics has never had such rather immodest ambitions.

We rely on the unification of the legitimate, natural interests of the participating countries. Within the framework of the organization, we have a common assessment of the serious damage that western policy causes to the world economy, globalization processes and world finance. BRICS is not going to close itself off from the outside world. On the contrary, we want to cooperate as much as possible with all countries that are ready to do this on an equal basis, taking into account the balance of interests.

For the sake of our peoples and the development of our economies, we are simply obliged to agree on ways to protect interests from the domination of the mechanisms created by the West within the framework of its model of globalization, which it is now grossly abusing. First of all, I mean the role of the dollar.

The share of national currencies in settlements between the countries of the association, in our settlements with other countries is actively growing. The BRICS countries are announcing initiatives to work on the creation of their own currency. The reason is simple – one cannot rely on the mechanisms in the hands of those who can deceive at any time, to abandon their obligations in order to achieve a short-term political goal both in foreign policy and in domestic political processes.

The approach to world affairs demonstrated by the BRICS members is attracting the sympathy of an increasing number of countries on all continents: in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

On June 23, 2022, an online summit was held in the format of "BRICS Plus" and "BRICS Outreach". All 13 countries that took part in it are interested in one degree or another in rapprochement with our "five".

Yesterday, South African President Stephen Ramaphosa told me during our meeting that South Africa, as the BRICS presidency this year, plans to invite a certain number of states to the upcoming Durban summit in August.

A number of countries cooperating with BRICS have expressed a desire to formalize these relations. Now our experts are preparing a proposal for ministers on this topic. When the heads of State meet in Durban, we will report to them on the forms and with which countries it is best to develop deeper relations.

So we now know more about French duplicity in Africa and more about BRICS. The situation about the frozen fertilizers held in European ports that were supposed to be doled out free of charge to poor nations was also discussed and reflects very badly on NATO, marking yet another gross failure in its relations with RoW. It's not that Russia's diplomacy is so spectacular; rather, it's that the West continues to make the same mistakes over and over that undermines itself--stepping on the same rake is the Russian expression.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 24 2023 19:26 utc | 134

From this Sputnik report, it looks like China's new FM has changed the tenor of its replies to the Outlaw US Empire to one step beyond what was known as "Wolf Warrior Diplomacy", "China Tells US to ‘Solve Its Debt Problem’ Instead of Worrying About Zambia’s":

The People’s Republic of China has fired back at US criticism of its relationship with Zambia, arguing that Washington should address its own crisis first.

A statement released by the Chinese Embassy in Lusaka on Tuesday has urged the US Treasury to focus on “solving the US’ own domestic debt problem."

“The biggest contribution that the US can make to the debt issues outside the country is to act on responsible monetary policies, cope with its own debt problem and stop sabotaging other sovereign countries’ active efforts to solve their debt issues,” the statement blasted.

However, the embassy added that “even if the US one day solves its debt problem, it is not qualified to make groundless accusations against, or press for, other countries out of selfish interests, because it cannot at all alleviate [the] US’ tremendous responsibility for the reason of the world debt issues, let alone the fact the US’ domestic debt problem is now worsening the world’s economic and financial stability.”

Yes, the reply came from the Embassy but you can bet it was formulated in Beijing. There's more to the article I urge barflies to read. IMO, this incident marks the opening salvo of the 2023 Debt War that the Outlaw US Empire has no hopes of winning but acts as if it can behave as it did in the past when there was little international resistance, which isn't the case today.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 24 2023 21:14 utc | 135

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 23 2023 21:32 utc | 90

Fact The Dengue fever annual death toll from unvaccinated children in the Philippines is around 20,000.
A clinical trial(3 doses required) is 830,000. All participants had received one dose. Bloodwork and samples were taken and analyzed. The total number of premature deaths was 130 children. The trial cost $67 million air dollars. $80 air dollars per test subject cost. Unvaccinated one zero upfront costs.

The question of which group suffered the greatest loss in the life of the children under the age of sixteen. The vaccinated group? The unvaccinated group? Which group ultimately cost the community more in the long term?

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jan 24 2023 22:04 utc | 136

Patrick Lawrence on Biden's Top Secret document stash. And the way the media has rushed to clear him of any wrongdoing

"... this is another feature of the liberal authoritarianism that emerged after Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. It has been “blue no matter who” since then: Biden’s our guy no matter what — in this case, no matter how stupid.

"The lead reporters covering Biden’s legal breach for the Times merit brief mention. Michael Shear, Katie Rogers and Charlie Savage are nothing more than salespeople. They would be better off — and we would, too — if they forgot about journalism and hawked used cars at some vast lot in a New Jersey suburb.

"Joe Biden and Donald Trump, a sitting president and his immediate predecessor, are now subject to investigations run by separate special counsels assigned by the Justice Department.

"There is a very large truth attaching to this startling reality. Whether or not Americans are aware of it, and my impression is few are, they are now face-to-face with the extent to which our government conducts its business in secret...

"...What stirs me is the extent to which secrecy is the norm and, more specifically, the extent to which secrecy makes possible the conduct of the imperialists who run our hegemonic foreign policies.

"America, as an astute commentator remarked not along ago, now runs a global empire of which few of its own people are even aware..."
https://consortiumnews.com/2023/01/23/patrick-lawrence-bidens-secret-stash/

Posted by: bevin | Jan 24 2023 22:20 utc | 137

@ bevin - vaccine, or mrna technology? is there a difference? i think there is.. you make it sound as though, if you have seen one vaccine, you have seen them all... i don't see it that way...

Posted by: james | Jan 24 2023 1:31 utc | 100

Posted by: james | Jan 24 2023 23:20 utc | 138

Why do I think US default is on the horizon?

Below is a Reuters posting title

China tells U.S. to fix its own debt problems after Yellen Africa remarks

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 25 2023 1:25 utc | 139

From TASS, some background on Russia's foreign relations that I found interesting: Russia’s lengthy list of diplomatic relations with other countries.

Posted by: David Levin | Jan 25 2023 3:35 utc | 140

“My idea of victory is not something brutal; it is best explained as the victory of light over darkness, of humanity over barbarism, of reason over reaction.”
Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich


Nora Hoppe writes about the unsurpassable human spirit as expressed in the creation and performance of Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony during the siege of Leningrad, with photos and music.

Introduction

Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony was written in 1941, primarily during the Siege of Leningrad by the Nazi forces. When it had its premiere in the war-torn city on 9th August 1942 – performed by the emaciated, surviving musicians of the Leningrad Radio Orchestra that was supplemented with military performers, before a starving but euphoric audience – it was hailed as a universal beacon of resistance to barbarism.
The conductor, Karl Eliasberg, concluded that “in that moment, we triumphed over the soulless Nazi war machine”.

https://thesaker.is/dmitri-shostakovich-leningradskaia-the-end-of-the-siege-and-the-triumph-of-the-spirit/

Posted by: suzan | Jan 25 2023 4:59 utc | 141

re kula | Jan 24 2023 16:39 utc | 123

Understanding the battle of Kursk and what happened there is as vital to comprehending the ultimate result of nato's foolish adventure as knowing the battle of Stalingrad is for comprehending where Russia's motivation comes from.

I just love the way the excerpt begins with typical englander "we won the war actually" lies/propaganda when the narrator claims that the lame & frequently oudated by the time it was disseminated 'operation enigma' provided Stalin with the intelligence the USSR needed about nazi ambitions for the Kurdk salient.
In fact by that time of the war the Stavka which was the highest military decision-making forum (chaired by Stalin iirc) had stopped paying attention to information coming through the Swiss based 'Lucy Network' which is where the english claimed they were using to get information to the USSR leadership. The Stavka didn't trust the source which was claimed to be a very high nazi officer because his info was too diverse and had been inaccurate too many times.
At Kursk the Soviets learned everything they needed from nazi deserters coming across their lines who could see which way the wind was blowing after Stalingrad

Posted by: Debsisdead | Jan 25 2023 7:47 utc | 142

Day 2 of Pakistan's national power cut: https://images.dawn.com/news/1191432/mission-majnu-successful-day-2-of-power-outage-comes-with-more-memes-and-conspiracy-theories

Posted by: Antonym | Jan 25 2023 16:09 utc | 143

Fun map: the only 22 countries Britain didn't invade: https://twitter.com/amazing_maps/status/415178558395650048

Posted by: Antonym | Jan 25 2023 16:10 utc | 144

This is for weather-geeks. Every once in a while, some drop by. Some folks notice weird weather all over the place this winter. Very weird, as usual. What's up with that? It's possible an off-kilter Polar Vortex (PV) is in play. My most trusted meteorologuru, Andrej Fils of Severe Weather Europe, thinks so.

Here's a pretty picture of the PV (wind @ 10hPa) forecast for Monday, the 30th:

https://earth.nullschool.net/#2023/01/30/0400Z/wind/isobaric/10hPa/anim=off/orthographic=-45.00,80.00,500

The PV remains intact, but it's been shoved way off-center, and squashed. The strongest arm sweeps south over the middle of Greenland. The Atlantic PV lobe is very cold, while the Siberian lobe heads into unusual stratospheric heat. This view of stratospheric temperature is for the same time as above:

https://earth.nullschool.net/#2023/01/30/0400Z/wind/isobaric/10hPa/anim=off/overlay=temp/orthographic=-45.00,80.00,500

Finally, also for Monday, the Jet Stream view:

https://earth.nullschool.net/#2023/01/30/0400Z/wind/isobaric/250hPa/anim=off/orthographic=-45.00,80.00,500

which is more or less fantastically messed up, as usual. But there's a pattern to it: a southern tail originating from the Caribean and building strength around the world until it collides with central Pacific warmth. Then it wraps around again, looking like a doctor's signature.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jan 25 2023 17:25 utc | 145

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 22 2023 17:45 utc | 22
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Tom, Conterpunch ran this article (this is only a partial clip from the article). I am not saying that I endorse it, but I find it very interesting if left and right can come together and pull this off.

Right & Left to Join in D.C. Protest: “Not one more penny for war in Ukraine.
BY JOHN V. WALSH

On February 19, Washington, DC, will witness a protest against the war in Ukraine that marks a sharp departure from past demonstrations. The lead demand is simple and direct, “Not One More Penny for war in Ukraine.” It is a demand that emphasizes what we in the US can do to end the war, not what others can do. After all, the only government we have the power to influence is our own.

Above and beyond that demand, the potential power of this unique and promising movement arises from the nature of the sponsoring organizations – The Peoples Party, a progressive new Party, and the Libertarian Party. It is in fact what much of the press would term a “right-left” Coalition, spanning a spectrum broad enough to actually bring the proxy war in Ukraine to an end. Fittingly, the organizers are calling the protest “Rage Against the War Machine.” With the war in Ukraine putting us at the precipice of nuclear Armageddon, “rage” might be considered a mild reaction.

A call for ending US support for the proxy war in Ukraine is realistic; a substantial and growing segment of the American people support this demand.

The lead demand “Not one more penny for war in Ukraine” is finding ever more support among Americans. A survey in November by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs showed that 35% of Americans oppose sending more arms to Ukraine and 34% oppose sending more economic aid. (When it comes to sending US troops, 68% are opposed!) These numbers in grew from the previous survey in July, revealing a growing anti-interventionist sentiment. While this is not a majority, over one third of the populace is a base substantial enough to build an antiwar majority. Only 16% more needs to be won over to reach a majority. The number one demand of the February demonstration is not utopian -it is realistic!


Posted by: Ed | Jan 25 2023 23:52 utc | 146

A good article on the measurement deficiencies issue viz determining climate change. For decades I've believed that even if anthropogenic climate change is a real phenomenon (which I strongly suspect is the case though most likely not to the degree often described) we lack the instrumentational ability to accurately measure it one way or another.

The entire field is generally a dictionary definition case of GIGO - garbage in garbage out.

https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/global-warming-an-obvious-fact/

Posted by: Scorpion | Jan 26 2023 15:13 utc | 147

ZH has a posting up with the title and quote below

"Directed Evolution"? Pfizer R&D Exec Says Covid-19 Created In Wuhan, Is 'Cash Cow' For Company


Jordon Trishton Walker, Pfizer's Director of R&D, Strategic Operations - and an mRNA Scientific Planner, said that the company is exploring a way to "mutate" COVID via "Directed Evolution" in order to anticipate new strains for their Covid-19 vaccine.

"One of the things we [Pfizer] are exploring is like, why don't we just mutate it [COVID] ourselves so we could create -- preemptively develop new vaccines, right? So, we have to do that. If we're gonna do that though, there's a risk of like, as you could imagine -- no one wants to be having a pharma company mutating f**king viruses," said Walker, adding that he believes Pfizer scientists are going about it slowly "because you obviously don’t want to advertise that you are figuring out future mutations."

Walker claims that "directed evolution" is different from Gain-of-Function research.

"Don’t tell anyone. Promise you won’t tell anyone. The way it [the experiment] would work is that we put the virus in monkeys, and we successively cause them to keep infecting each other, and we collect serial samples from them," he said, before saying calling the Covid-19 natural origins theory bullshit:

"You have to be very controlled to make sure that this virus [COVID] that you mutate doesn’t create something that just goes everywhere. Which, I suspect, is the way that the virus started in Wuhan, to be honest. It makes no sense that this virus popped out of nowhere. It’s bullsh*t."

"You’re not supposed to do Gain-of-Function research with viruses. Regularly not. We can do these selected structure mutations to make them more potent. There is research ongoing about that. I don’t know how that is going to work. There better not be any more outbreaks because Jesus Christ," he continued.

Walker also admitted that Covid-19 mutations were going to be "a cash cow" for Pfizer.

Walker:Part of what they [Pfizer scientists] want to do is, to some extent, to try to figure out, you know, how there are all these new strains and variants that just pop up. So, it’s like trying to catch them before they pop up and we can develop a vaccine prophylactically, like, for new variants. So, that’s why they like, do it controlled in a lab, where they say this is a new epitope, and so if it comes out later on in the public, we already have a vaccine working.

Veritas Journalist:Oh my God. That’s perfect. Isn’t that the best business model though? Just control nature before nature even happens itself? Right?

Walker:Yeah. If it works.

Veritas Journalist:What do you mean if it works?

Walker:Because some of the times there are mutations that pop up that we are not prepared for. Like with Delta and Omicron. And things like that. Who knows? Either way, it’s going to be a cash cow. COVID is going to be a cash cow for us for a while going forward. Like obviously.

Veritas Journalist:Well, I think the whole research of the viruses and mutating it, like, would be the ultimate cash cow.

Walker:Yeah, it’d be perfect.

He also explained that Big Pharma and government agencies such as the FDA are not working in the best interests of Americans.

Walker:[Big Pharma] is a revolving door for all government officials.

Veritas Journalist:Wow.

Walker:In any industry though. So, in the pharma industry, all the people who review our drugs -- eventually most of them will come work for pharma companies. And in the military, defense government officials eventually work for defense companies afterwards.

Veritas Journalist:How do you feel about that revolving door?

Walker:It’s pretty good for the industry to be honest. It’s bad for everybody else in America.

Veritas Journalist:Why is it bad for everybody else?

Walker:Because when the regulators reviewing our drugs know that once they stop regulating, they are going to work for the company, they are not going to be as hard towards the company that’s going to give them a job.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 26 2023 15:38 utc | 148

WORD:
ostensible
ŏ-stĕn′sə-bəl
adjective
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive.Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown.Outwardly appearing to be; shown to be; exhibited; apparent.

EXAMPLE:
'Civilizations' (plural)

Posted by: Elmagnostic | Jan 26 2023 16:05 utc | 149

Fascism completes its "digital transformation" although there;s much more to come. Are bad endings, at this point, hard to predict?

If it walks & talks like a Marvel Comics Benito Mussolini, that's what it is:

https://rumble.com/v276110-many-more-body-bags-needed-to-bring-down-putin-says-psychopath-fmr-u.s.-off.html

Posted by: Elmagnostic | Jan 26 2023 16:52 utc | 150

psychohistorian @ 148

watch through to the end, scan the comments, seems youtube cut him off mid live video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs6D-_MFEds

FYI my read is Gammon's a market advice pedaling hustler but otherwise seems a decent and honest human. I've learned some economics from him.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Jan 26 2023 21:14 utc | 151

A good essay for geopolitical novices, "The Great Eurasian Merger", suggests that to counter the Outlaw US Empire an Eurasian NATO is needed. What the author fails to say is that neither Xi, Putin or any other Eurasian leader has said such is favored and instead, Xi particularly, is against such an organization, mainly because one already exists--the SCO. The SCO does promote the security of its members and focuses on combatting Terrorism and Extremism--both of which are primary tools used by the Empire. So, what's needed for an Eurasian NATO already exists, although the author doesn't see the SCO in that light. Other important points are also omitted, like Xi's global peace proposal, which is essentially based on the tenets of the UN Charter. But the most disturbing point advocated by the author is stooping as low as the Outlaw US Empire to attain geopolitical goals, such as the illegal use of sanctions as the Empire employs them. But IMO those are small defects in what otherwise is a good primer as I noted above.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 26 2023 23:25 utc | 152

Steven Donziger speaks about the fraudulent per/prosecution of Julian Assange at the Belmarsh Tribunal.

https://consortiumnews.com/2023/01/25/donziger-assange-case-a-fraud-from-a-to-z/

There have been several great speeches from others as well.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 26 2023 23:30 utc | 153

Interesting times.

Or the classic case of your average net troll spinning lies to suit their head in the posterior trash worldview idiocracy. One of selling garbage to the weak-minded too lazy to fact-check.

Headline "Medical police state HORRORS in Australia: Young man choked out, slammed to the ground, heaved out of a restaurant for not wearing a mask". Sounds reasonable???
Do a search and this will reveal a single source connected to a self-created network of just one net troll.

The real back story for this stolen video is found under the mundane headline. "Man thrown out of Melbourne pub passes out from apparent chokehold".

Net Troll Blog news reporting has its own inherent level of low to near zero credibility.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”― Abraham Lincoln

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jan 27 2023 0:26 utc | 154

Interview with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov to RosMedia, January 26, 2023. The subject is arms control. The prospects are bleak:

Q: 2022 started with good prospects for arms control. For the first time, the United States agreed to discuss with Russia some issues (for example, the post-INF treaty regime), which it had previously repeatedly raised. The year ended with the complete freezing of both the dialogue on strategic stability and even technical, in general, contacts on the START Treaty. Can we say that arms control has become a hostage to the conflict over Ukraine?

A: For convenience, let's break down your multifaceted question into parts. Indeed, at the end of 2021, the United States was forced to respond to the specific proposals on security assurances that we put on paper and, as it seemed, somewhat moved from the "dead point", but only in terms of readiness to discuss a number of practical issues from the field of arms control. These included the problems of the "post-INF Treaty". However, a few caveats need to be made here. First, one should not overestimate the goodwill of the United States, which indicated the possibility of discussing the topic of ground-based INF missiles and some other issues only after Russia demonstrated its determination to ensure its security by military and military-technical means. And second, Washington's openness to the conversation alone did not guarantee a final mutually acceptable outcome. Nevertheless, we positively noted this step of the United States, including publicly.

However, the main thing was different. The Russian initiatives were of a "package" nature, and the issue of ground-based INF missiles, although important for us, was rather private. At the forefront, we have put at the forefront the fundamental issues that require immediate resolution, which directly affect the fundamental interests of our national security and have a decisive impact on the geostrategic situation in the Euro-Atlantic. First of all, it was about the United States and NATO abandoning the destructive course towards unrestrained and harmful for us military-political development of the post-Soviet space, contrary to the principle of indivisibility of security. And, in particular, from the purposeful and systematic transformation of Ukraine into an anti-Russian outpost, which from many points of view posed a direct threat to us. To these demands, as you know, we received a categorical "no".

Taking into account the struggle that has unfolded in the world for a new, fairer and more polycentric order, Russia, which is one of the civilizational world centers, could not allow the infringement of its sovereign right to "red lines" and a reliable external security contour. Agree that against the background of such fateful matters, the importance of private issues somewhat fades.

Faced with the strong resistance we have given to the West in Ukraine, the United States "froze" the bilateral strategic dialogue. They did this, apparently, in an attempt to exert additional political pressure on our country. Therefore, yes, we can say that as a result of Washington's actions, arms control has become a hostage to the general deep degradation of our bilateral relations.

In terms of the START Treaty you mentioned, it was the Americans who initially began to make political ties. They signaled to us that the full-scale functioning of the Bilateral Consultative Commission (DCC) on the Treaty "in the current circumstances", they say, causes them certain political difficulties. Instead, it was proposed to reduce the case to work at a reduced expert level on one single and priority issue for the United States on inspections, which, of course, did not suit us. But even when the Americans did formally agree to hold a session of the DCC, they continued to try to focus it on their priorities.

It seems that in the eyes of the Americans, the continuation of the strathdialog and the holding of a full-fledged session of the DCC would cut off their desperate efforts to discredit Russia in the international arena. In this case, there is an example of Washington's irresponsible politicization of arms control.

For our part, we state that the over-the-top aggressiveness of the United States, which relied on Russia's "strategic defeat" in the total hybrid war unleashed against us, has made it almost impossible in principle to conduct constructive and fruitful arms control affairs with Washington in the "as usual" mode. This, of course, does not mean that we are abandoning arms control as such. But this sphere cannot exist in isolation from military-political and geostrategic realities. Ensuring long-term and truly viable solutions in this area will require an understanding with the West about the parameters and principles of coexistence that would ensure minimization of conflict potential.

Question: Why did Moscow and Washington manage to negotiate in this area during the Cold War, despite sharp conflicts in other areas, and now they do not? You said that Russia does not abandon arms control, but to what extent does it meet the national interests of our country today (including the START Treaty)?

A: Answering the first part of your question, I would like to note that even during the Cold War, arms control had its ups and downs. And in this, again, one can trace a direct correlation with the general political situation and the state of affairs in the relations of the parties. As a rule, the most successful decisions in the field of arms control coincided or were associated with periods of détente or specific political projects.

In addition, the period of the Cold War after the Cuban Missile Crisis at certain intervals was characterized by a fairly balanced attitude of the parties to each other's obvious "red lines" in the field of security. To say the same about the policies of those who are at the helm in Washington today does not work. This cannot but affect the prospects for resuming dialogue on strategic issues.

As for the extent to which arms control is in our interests today, the answer stems from the above. Of course, we can be interested in such hypothetical agreements with the United States on arms control, which would be organically and viably inscribed in a more "healthy" general political and military-strategic context than now. At the same time, of course, any such agreements should be based on the principles of equality and strict parity, and work to strengthen our national security. No unilateral concessions are permissible here.

As for the START Treaty, by the way, it also consisted in fundamentally different, more favorable political conditions. Suffice it to look at the goals that are formulated in its preamble. Nevertheless, Russia remains committed to the Treaty, which, even in the current circumstances, continues to ensure the predictability and restraint of the parties in the nuclear missile sphere. However, it is regrettable to note that even here it is impossible to avoid the negative impact of the accompanying factors that I have already mentioned.

Question: When can the DCC meeting on the START Treaty be held? How tightly is its holding linked to the conditions on Ukraine that were announced by the Russian side after the postponement of the meeting? That is, what exactly should the United States do for Russia to set a date for the meeting?

A: I am ready to repeat to you exactly what we have conveyed to the American side: due to the totality of circumstances, the Russian side believes that until the United States reconsiders its extremely hostile line towards our country and abandons the policy of increasing threats to Russia's national security, any positive signals about the issues raised by Washington in the context of the implementation of the START Treaty would be unjustified, untimely and inappropriate.

I will not go into details at this stage, but I will note one of the most egregious points. You will agree that it is very strange, if not to say harsher, to demand from us, for example, the resumption of inspection activities at Russian START facilities in conditions when the Kiev regime has made attempts to strike at the objects of our long-range aviation, and with the direct military-technical and intelligence-information participation of the United States. The question arises: what exactly do the Americans intend to check there? The consequences of these attacks?

As for the criteria for the extent to which the United States should adjust its policy towards Russia in order to move to a constructive arms control agenda, we will determine based on a comprehensive analysis of the situation and Washington's actions. First of all, of course, in the context of the crisis around Ukraine. I am convinced that the United States is well aware of what steps we expect from them to de-escalate.

Question: Does the Russian side have any fears that without inspections and meetings of the DCC, the United States will accuse Russia of violating the Treaty and stop implementing it themselves? Judging by statements from Washington, the exchange of information and notifications alone is not enough for them.

A: Let me correct you in the sense that in addition to information exchange within the framework of the implementation of the Treaty, central quantitative restrictions on the levels of START of the parties continue to operate. But the United States is not all right with this. We never tire of recalling the violations committed by them related to the illegitimate unilateral withdrawal from the account under the Treaty of a significant number of their allegedly converted START. So, from the point of view of the compliance of US actions with the letter of the Treaty, it is their track record that has long been badly damaged.

If, for propaganda purposes, the Americans decide to exacerbate the situation, well, it will be their choice. We are no strangers to Washington destroying arms control agreements instead of taking concrete, practical steps to enhance their viability. The collapse of the START Treaty, of course, will cause, at least, deep regret. But we will not "forcibly" keep the other side in the Treaty. We proceed from the premise that the agreement objectively continues to meet the interests of both countries.

Question: You recalled that Russia has repeatedly accused the United States of not fully complying with the requirements of the START Treaty (in terms of the possible reversibility of the conversion of launchers of American ballistic missiles of submarines and heavy bombers). At the same time, Russian officials acknowledged that the parties discussed a number of practical measures to resolve this problem. However, without inspections, if I understand correctly, these options cannot be tested. It turns out that Russia points to the problem, but does not take the necessary steps towards its solution. Isn't there a contradiction here?

A: To begin with, a small clarification: our claims against the United States are not related to the reversibility of re-equipment as such, but to the fact that the Americans used procedures whose results we cannot verify and confirm, as required by the Treaty. At the same time, you are right that at a certain stage the parties managed to reach a preliminary understanding of how the problematic issue could be resolved with regard to the launchers of SLBMs, which the United States declared re-equipped. At the same time, neither heavy bombers nor the so-called "ICBM training shafts", on which we also have claims against the Americans, they did not meet us halfway.

In order to consolidate the agreements on the SLBM PU, it will indeed be necessary to test them in practice during the inspection event. However, I do not see any contradiction here with our position on the resumption of inspection activities. We have raised the question much more broadly and in principle, which again is more important than the particulars. First, it is necessary to settle or at least minimize the fundamental and poisonous contradictions in the plane that we talked about above. And this alone would open the way to the final resolution of technical problems that directly impede the resumption of verification activities. There are plenty of those, too.

Question: In early December, the United States took an important practical step towards acquiring systems that were previously prohibited under the INF Treaty. The pentagon was given the first battery of the new MRC Typhon missile system - the first ground-based medium-range strike weapon of the US Army since the end of the Cold War and the termination of the INF Treaty. On the territory of Europe, new complexes can be deployed in the next two to three years. How will Russia respond to this? Do you see the danger of a repeat of the "Euro-missile crisis" of the 1980s between NATO and the USSR?

A: Of course, we are closely monitoring the development and deployment of U.S. ground-based intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles. Their range is very diverse and is not limited to the missile system you mentioned. Of course, the emergence of such funds in the regions from where they can pose a threat to us will lead to retaliatory measures. This was stated very clearly by President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

It is clear that this is the very negative scenario in the "action-counteraction" mode, which we persistently proposed to avoid by putting forward specific proposals and initiatives. And they did this long before the aggravation of the Ukrainian crisis. We weren't heard then. And we have already discussed the further development of events with you. I can only say that if and when the conditions for the resumption of strategic dialogue with the United States are ripe, the topic of the "post-INF Treaty", of course, will have to become one of the components of the security equation to be jointly developed.

Question: If Russia and the United States fail to reach an agreement on arms control on a bilateral basis, can any other formats fill this vacuum in some sense? Say, the nuclear "five"?

A: The objective reality is that the bilateral Russian-American strategic dialogue and the work in the format of the nuclear "five" differ significantly in content. It is obvious, for example, that not all five countries would be ready at this stage or in the foreseeable future to join the work on multilateral limitation and, especially, the reduction of strategic offensive arms without any preconditions. Great Britain and France, which are allies of the United States in the NATO nuclear bloc, take a sharply negative position on this matter.

However, we will continue to strive for the "added value" of work in the "five" format. Let's see what can be done on this track to reduce tensions in the world.

Question: If the Start Treaty collapses before 2026 or expires without replacement, and there are no new agreements, say, on intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles, space and cyber, what awaits Russia and the United States? What will their relationship be like without arms control?

A: A pessimist would say, "We'll have to wait a little longer and face a world without U.S.-Russian arms control." An optimist would say, "Let's not bet on the bad and give hope for the best a chance." Well, a realist would limit himself to the phrase "Let's wait and see." I'll limit myself to her.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 27 2023 2:34 utc | 155

Below is a postinng from Xinhuanet


RAMALLAH, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced on Thursday the end of security coordination with Israel in response to the killing of nine Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin.

"In the light of the repeated aggression against our people and the undermining of signed agreements, we consider that security coordination with the Israeli occupation government no longer exists as of now," Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman of the Palestinian presidency, said in a press statement.

The decision came after an emergency meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, the Fatah Central Committee, and the Palestinian government. The meeting was chaired by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli army force stormed the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank and killed nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, and wounded 16, four of them in serious condition.

Abu Rudeineh called on the Palestinian factions for more peaceful popular resistance "to protect the Palestinians and their capabilities in the face of settler terrorism and the Israeli occupation forces."

The Palestinian leadership has decided to immediately turn to the UN Security Council for international protection for the Palestinian people under Chapter VII of the UN Charter to stop unilateral measures, he said.

The Palestinian leadership will also go urgently to the International Criminal Court to add "the file of the massacre committed by Israeli forces in Jenin today to the files previously submitted to the court," the spokesman added.

Security coordination between Israel and the PA was brought on by the Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the PLO in the 1990s. The establishment of the PA itself was also an outcome of the Oslo Accords.

More than 170 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in 2022, and at least 29 have been killed in January this year, according to figures from the Palestinian Health Ministry. According to a statement issued by the United Nations, 2022 was the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2006.

The tensions have been further aggravated since Israel's most right-wing government, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, took office last month.


Is the pot starting to boil yet?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 27 2023 7:05 utc | 156

@ psychohistorian | Jan 27 2023 7:05 utc | 155

Is the pot starting to boil yet?

To quote ELO: "All Over The World"

Posted by: majoab | Jan 27 2023 10:16 utc | 157

BTW, Yandex seems in for a rather bumpy ride now in the Free World :-)

Of course, western Yandex subsidiaries were hastily renamed recently, but still...

https://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/413734587#p413735199

https://i.4cdn.org/pol/1674764385073087.jpg

Posted by: Arioch | Jan 27 2023 14:01 utc | 158

Social ties, not blood ties, are what matter.

Although I'm not the biggest supporter of the Khazar hypothesis because I think they are closer to the other natives. But it doesn't matter, the more legally advantageous professions for Judaism believers in Europe are bankers, doctors and lawyers, which is more important than where they come from.

Of course, compared to the Khazar hypothesis, it is the claim that modern Jews, not Palestinians, are descended from the Kingdom of Israel that is the most ridiculously stupid, and not far from the absurdity of the claim that the British, Japanese or Blacks are descended from the Kingdom of Israel.

Despite the Zionist propaganda of Islamophobia and anti-Arab Nazi propaganda that the Palestinians are so-called "Arab colonizers," modern genetic research generally recognizes them (not Jews) as descendants of the ancient kingdom of Israel. Even Israeli and non-Israeli Zionist genetic researchers tend to acknowledge this consensus.

Interestingly, many of those defending the ridiculous Nazi/Zionist narrative are rabidly pro-vaccine, pro-mask liberals who shout "believe in science".

Of course, I've had three doses of the mRNA vaccine, and I recognize that masks are slightly more effective in protecting against viral transmission, but I am against any social insults or put-downs of people who don't get vaccinated and don't wear masks.

In fact, we still don't know if vaccines and masks have a positive effect after all. China's success story comes from precise tracking and isolation, not masks and vaccines.

Posted by: Colin | Jan 27 2023 17:59 utc | 159

Dr. Robert Malone describes the American pharmaceutical industry:

“Devoid of empathy. Avarice its purpose. It’s face glowing with joy, oblivious to the profound human tragedy it enables, reveling in the damage wrought to the web of humanity and the structure of a nation. Oblivious to the horror embodied in its words, in the very fabric of its language. Possessed by a deep belief in its own entitlement. Oozing dizzy narcissism. Celebrating corruption. Completely devoid of wisdom, introspection or self-awareness of the fundamental perversion of its soul.

“A senior emissary from an immoral corporation, which courts have defined as having rights formerly restricted to human citizens, and which chronically preys and feeds on human suffering. A corporation which shrugs off massive fines for illegal activities as just another inconvenience, a mere business expense.

“Look deeply into the face of this ambassador from another world, listen carefully to these worlds. This is how we got here. This is the culture that has given us this global human tragedy.

“Behold the banal face of unrepentant evil”:

The American Pharmaceutical Industry.

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2023/01/27/the-collapse-of-the-covid-narrative/

I offer this not as anything pro or con covid or vaccines etc. but because it's an excellent statement about the US pharmaceutical industry as expressed by someone who helped develop the new gene-editing medical technology.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jan 27 2023 23:03 utc | 160

ZH has a posting up with the title

Eight Killed, Ten Wounded In Jerusalem Synagogue "Terror Attack"

The quote


The attack came amid soaring tensions between Israel–Palestine, some of the worst in years. Thursday was the deadliest day in the occupied West Bank in two decades after Israeli armed forces raided a building in Jenin and killed nine people. In response, rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza. The Palestinian Authority halted all security coordination with Israel.

On Friday, Israeli Defence Force said fighter jets bombed Gaza, targeting what's believed to be a military base and an underground rocket manufacturing plant operated by Hamas.

The eruption in violence comes ahead of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's weekend visit to Israel and the West Bank.

Just another part of the civilization/barbarism war the world is in....I think the pot is starting to boil

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 28 2023 2:55 utc | 161

@161 Scorpion | Jan 27 2023 23:03 utc

John Campbell has a take on the UK recommendation/decision as well:

British regulators limit covid vaccines [8 mins]

Thought I'd drop that in here, in the thread that has 160 comments over 5 days, rather than the bright and shiny Ukraine nothing burger, with 500 comments about almost nothing of substance, in 1-2 days.

There's the battle, and then there's the war. Each gets its different audience I suppose.

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 28 2023 5:28 utc | 162

Thought I'd drop that in here, in the thread that has 160 comments over 5 days, rather than the bright and
shiny Ukraine nothing burger, with 500 comments about almost nothing of substance, in 1-2 days.
Posted by: Grieved | Jan 28 2023 5:28 utc | 163

An accurate summation of MoA lately.
Thank you for saying it out loud.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jan 28 2023 6:01 utc | 163

This is actually how HIV is created: by continuously infecting to mutate SIV and trying to infect human subjects.

Of course, this is also how other Western labs create covid and its various variants.

Posted by: Colin | Jan 28 2023 11:22 utc | 164

Reported on RT, 28 January, 2023:

China Association of Automobile Manufacturers:

"China’s mainland exports of vehicles saw an enormous year-on-year surge of 54.4%, and amounted to 3.11 million units in 2022 – making it the world’s second-largest car exporter after Japan."

John Cheever (USA d.1982) posthumously to his own country:
"Oh, What a Paradise It Seemed."

Posted by: Elmagnostic | Jan 28 2023 18:03 utc | 165

Not sure I can handle War and Covid lockdowns simultaneously. Something evil out there is stirring the pot:

Japan's monthly COVID deaths top 10,000 for 1st time

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2023/01/8e108dd955b5-japans-monthly-covid-deaths-top-10000-for-1st-time.html?phrase=ruby&words=

Translated for TG Sputnik Italy:

In Japan more than 10 thousand deaths from Covid in one month: the toll has never been so serious since the beginning of the pandemic

The Japanese news agency Kyodo reported it.

In the last day in Japan 252 people died from the coronavirus infection, thus bringing the death toll this month to 10,124.

A sharp increase in Covid deaths in Japan has been observed since the beginning of December. Over 67,000 have died from coronavirus in the Asian country during the pandemic.

In recent months the trend of deaths has worsened: in October 1,800 people died in a month, in November more than 3,000, in December there were 7,600 victims.

It is noted that Japan is one of the countries in the world with the highest vaccination rate, close to 80%.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Jan 28 2023 18:05 utc | 166

According to a simple Google search, the US also has a mixed economy, which makes the term seem to lose any meaning.

A more plausible explanation is that the mixed economy is simply another name for post-WW II capitalism.

Posted by: Colin | Jan 23 2023 4:05 utc | 58

Mix drink 1: 250 g buttermilk, 50 g frozen blackberries, 50 g frozen mangoes, 50 g frozen blueberries

Mix dring 2: grain alcohol and grapefruit juice in equal parts

I tried both, and effects are not the same.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 28 2023 19:00 utc | 167

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 23 2023 21:32 utc | 90

I think that there are some nuances. One aspect is that in an emergency, there are no conditions to collect solid science, so some temporary measures are justified. You need few years to fully recognize the efficacy, side effect etc.

The second aspect is that after the emergency, as now with COVID19, one should return as quickly as possible to solid standards. Compulsory jabs on sketchy data are Soylent Green territory. For example, one are benefits of COVID19 vaccine for preschool children and school children? It does not prevent further infections by asymptomatic carriers, and does not seem to benefit the kids either. Is there a wealth of data to the contrary?

Being after 65, I will follow my doctor advise on the vaccines, he actually compiled data from our country hospital and had a good record through many occasions over the years. I am also less afraid of blood clot related "horror stories" as I am on an anti-clot medication anyway.

It seems that in Pennsylvania there is no obligation to vaccinate children, but in New South Wales is. Sad.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 28 2023 19:23 utc | 168

Iran helps Russia with drones, and suddenly there are riots in Iran, ostensibly about women and veils.
The US confronts China with evidence China is supporting Russia, and a few days later the US prods the Netherlands and Japan to stop export of chip-making equipment to China.
USA makes one friend a day.

Posted by: Passerby | Jan 28 2023 19:48 utc | 169

Iran helps Russia with drones, and suddenly there are riots in Iran, ostensibly about women and veils.
The US confronts China with evidence China is supporting Russia, and a few days later the US prods the Netherlands and Japan to stop export of chip-making equipment to China.
USA makes one friend a day.

Posted by: Passerby | Jan 28 2023 19:49 utc | 170

Can the GOP Become a Real Working-Class Party? Gerald Seib, Wall St. Journal

I have seen this title in a press digest. On the downtrodden side of the paywall, I can only try to guess what is it about. Can the publisher of WSJ be more heartless, inflicting insomnia on the readers? I imagine that for them, this headline is a nightmare. First GOP, then Democrats, and they could as well move to North Korea.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 28 2023 19:51 utc | 171

ZH has a posting up with the title

Pfizer Responds After Director Says Company Is Developing Ways To Mutate COVID-19

The quote

Pfizer late Jan. 28 responded to comments from a director at the company about exploring ways to mutate COVID-19 as a method to “preemptively develop new vaccines.”

“In the ongoing development of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer has not conducted gain of function or directed evolution research,” Pfizer said in a lengthy written statement after days of ignoring queries from The Epoch Times and other outlets.

Pfizer did say that it has conducted research “where the original SARS-CoV-2 virus has been used to express the spike protein from new variants of concern.”

“This work is undertaken once a new variant of concern has been identified by public health authorities. This research provides a way for us to rapidly assess the ability of an existing vaccine to induce antibodies that neutralize a newly identified variant of concern. We then make this data available through peer reviewed scientific journals and use it as one of the steps to determine whether a vaccine update is required,” the company added.

Pfizer did say it has conducted experiments in a level 3 laboratory.

Pfizer said, in its work developing a treatment for COVID-19, it has “engineered” the COVID-19 virus “to enable the assessment of antiviral activity in cells.”

“In addition, in vitro resistance selection experiments are undertaken in cells incubated with SARS-CoV-2 and nirmatrelvir in our secure Biosafety level 3 (BSL3) laboratory to assess whether the main protease can mutate to yield resistant strains of the virus,” Pfizer said. “It is important to note that these studies are required by U.S. and global regulators for all antiviral products and are carried out by many companies and academic institutions in the U.S. and around the world.”

Pfizer produces a COVID-19 treatment called Paxlovid, or nirmatrelvir that is authorized in the United States and some other countries.

In its statement, Pfizer did not dispute that Dr. Jordon Walker, who told a Project Veritas journalist that Pfizer is exploring how to “mutate” the COVID-19 virus, was or is a Pfizer employee.

Professional profiles for Walker, which have since been taken down, listed him as a director of messenger RNA research at the company. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine utilizes messenger RNA. The profiles also listed a Pfizer email address, and an email sent to that address did not bounce back. A receptionist at Pfizer on Thursday also told The Epoch Times that Walker had an internal company profile, but a different receptionist on Friday said there was no listing for the doctor, indicating he might have been terminated after the comments were made public.

Dr. Robert Malone, who helped develop the messenger RNA technology, said that the experiments Pfizer described met the definition of “gain of function.”

“Pfizer is basically acknowledging that they are doing the same type of gain of function research that Boston University was caught doing, but they are denying that it is gain of function or directed evolution,” Malone wrote on Twitter.

In the nuclear world the term MAD was developed but it would seem that there are still some humans that think they can kill off others without effecting themselves....truly MAD in yet another context.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 28 2023 20:08 utc | 172

2nd try posting
ZH has a posting up with the title

Pfizer Responds After Director Says Company Is Developing Ways To Mutate COVID-19

The quote

Pfizer late Jan. 28 responded to comments from a director at the company about exploring ways to mutate COVID-19 as a method to “preemptively develop new vaccines.”

“In the ongoing development of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer has not conducted gain of function or directed evolution research,” Pfizer said in a lengthy written statement after days of ignoring queries from The Epoch Times and other outlets.

Pfizer did say that it has conducted research “where the original SARS-CoV-2 virus has been used to express the spike protein from new variants of concern.”

“This work is undertaken once a new variant of concern has been identified by public health authorities. This research provides a way for us to rapidly assess the ability of an existing vaccine to induce antibodies that neutralize a newly identified variant of concern. We then make this data available through peer reviewed scientific journals and use it as one of the steps to determine whether a vaccine update is required,” the company added.

Pfizer did say it has conducted experiments in a level 3 laboratory.

Pfizer said, in its work developing a treatment for COVID-19, it has “engineered” the COVID-19 virus “to enable the assessment of antiviral activity in cells.”

“In addition, in vitro resistance selection experiments are undertaken in cells incubated with SARS-CoV-2 and nirmatrelvir in our secure Biosafety level 3 (BSL3) laboratory to assess whether the main protease can mutate to yield resistant strains of the virus,” Pfizer said. “It is important to note that these studies are required by U.S. and global regulators for all antiviral products and are carried out by many companies and academic institutions in the U.S. and around the world.”

Pfizer produces a COVID-19 treatment called Paxlovid, or nirmatrelvir that is authorized in the United States and some other countries.

In its statement, Pfizer did not dispute that Dr. Jordon Walker, who told a Project Veritas journalist that Pfizer is exploring how to “mutate” the COVID-19 virus, was or is a Pfizer employee.

Professional profiles for Walker, which have since been taken down, listed him as a director of messenger RNA research at the company. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine utilizes messenger RNA. The profiles also listed a Pfizer email address, and an email sent to that address did not bounce back. A receptionist at Pfizer on Thursday also told The Epoch Times that Walker had an internal company profile, but a different receptionist on Friday said there was no listing for the doctor, indicating he might have been terminated after the comments were made public.

Dr. Robert Malone, who helped develop the messenger RNA technology, said that the experiments Pfizer described met the definition of “gain of function.”

“Pfizer is basically acknowledging that they are doing the same type of gain of function research that Boston University was caught doing, but they are denying that it is gain of function or directed evolution,” Malone wrote on Twitter.

In the nuclear world the term MAD was developed but it would seem that there are some humans that think they can kill off others without effecting themselves....truly MAD in yet another context.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 28 2023 20:11 utc | 173

Piotr Berman @ 171

Can the GOP Become a Real Working-Class Party? Gerald Seib, Wall St. Journal

Don't even bother trying to read that crap. The answer is a flat out no, and neither can the DNC be reformed, period. No matter who gets elected, this stuff is not top down.

Union membership in the USA was something like 10% and still dropping, despite some post covid mobilization, and those are mostly teachers, cops, firemen, and other state jobs, not very militant, socially oriented unions.

No strong, militant, honest, socially oriented unions - no real working-class parties. Just faux ones, voter entrancement schemes, or marginal, ineffective parties like the Greens and whatnot.

Any real Working-Class Populist Party in the USA will have to be built totally from scratch through long hard struggle like from post Civil War to WW2.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Jan 28 2023 20:20 utc | 174

Piotr Berman @ 171

Can the GOP Become a Real Working-Class Party? Gerald Seib, Wall St. Journal

You got it, total WSJ con job. The answer is a flat out no, and neither can the DNC be reformed, period. No matter who gets elected, this stuff is not top down.

Union membership in the USA is something like 10% and still dropping, despite some post covid mobilization, and those are mostly teachers, cops, firemen, and other state jobs, not very militant, socially oriented unions.

No strong, militant, honest, socially oriented unions - no real working-class parties. Just faux ones, voter entrancement schemes, or marginal, ineffective parties like the Greens and whatnot. Exactly what the system requires, faux parties and useless parties.

Any real Working-Class Populist Party in the USA will have to be built totally from scratch through long hard struggle like from post Civil War to WW2. A part of the struggle is tearing up the WSJ.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Jan 28 2023 20:25 utc | 175

Daily Stormer finally back online, same domain.

Posted by: Featherless | Jan 28 2023 21:06 utc | 181

Passerby | Jan 28 2023 19:49 utc | 170

Israel has been supplying Ukraine with arms, ammunition and drones from Iran - that they seized from shipments - (Not clear where they were found, if at sea then the US is also behind this.)

Note that the terrrorists in Iran have burnt down a barracks in Ahvaz with 250 Basij inside. many dead or wounded.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 28 2023 21:23 utc | 182

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Posted by: bevin | Jan 28 2023 22:56 utc | 183

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 28 2023 20:08 utc | 172
~snip~"In its statement, Pfizer did not dispute that Dr. Jordon Walker, who told a Project Veritas journalist that Pfizer is exploring how to “mutate” the COVID-19 virus, was or is a Pfizer employee."

Search jordan walker meltdown on twitter, you've got to see the Dr's meltdown it's hilarious!!!

Posted by: nathan in WA US | Jan 28 2023 23:05 utc | 184

Another Pandemic that is not on its way and when it comes will be a hoax and if it kills anyone it will be because of the measures taken to control it.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2023/01/28/unuv-j28.html

Posted by: bevin | Jan 29 2023 0:59 utc | 185

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-pompeo-liar-meltdown-outside-erdogan-door

This is how crazy and arrogant the US has become. You or I might suspect they are just bullies in private but this tends to confirm it.

Posted by: Eighthman | Jan 29 2023 1:24 utc | 186

Over on the latest Ukraine thread karlof1 gave a link to the latest interview with Michael Hudson and Radhika Desai and I am repeating it here
https://geopoliticaleconomy.com/2023/01/27/inflation-economists-radhika-desai-michael-hudson/

Below is one quote from that piece

RADHIKA DESAI: Very interesting. So Michael, what would you say the Federal Reserve is doing, and what is right and wrong with it?

MICHAEL HUDSON: Well, what’s wrong with it is that it believes that the way to make an economy grow is to make it poorer.

This is the doctrine that the International Monetary Fund tells all of its borrowers. Latin America, Africa, Asia. [The IMF says to them,] “If you can only prevent labor unionization. If you can only cut social spending. If you can lower wages, you’ll be more competitive and you will grow. So yes, we will bail you out of debt so you can pay the bondholders in the United States and other dollar bondholders, and the foreigners who’ve lent you money, because the World Bank has pushed you into dependency on the creditor nations. If you can pay them by being poorer.”

That’s the financial philosophy. The financial philosophy in a nutshell, is: Pay labor less, leave the economic surplus for the owners of wealth, the owners of money, and most of all the owners of [monopolies on] creating credit and creating money. That’s what makes Western capitalism different from the Chinese system, where it’s the central bank of China that creates the credit, not the commercial banks that end up turning all of this rent into interest and economic overhead that is responsible for most of the cost increases.

I Support Public Banking!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 29 2023 4:00 utc | 187

I tried both, and effects are not the same.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 28 2023 19:00 utc |

This is why "mix drink" is not a useful term.

Clearly, a mixed economy in the Soviet sense is very different from a mixed economy in the American sense.

Posted by: Colin | Jan 29 2023 4:09 utc | 188

Greta Fraudwalker. You are unlikely to see her on the trans siberian express.
Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 24 2023 4:15 utc | 103

In other news, Greta was seen and photographed boarding the electrified(double-track working) Moskva to Vladivostock express. The CO2 footprint of 6g per kilometer traveled. Domestic flight equals 255g per kilometer traveled. International flight equals 150g per kilometer traveled.

Your average USSA popular domestic production car/truck is soft and overweight with poor handling characteristics. Thus prone to rolling over often at speeds greater than 30mph. Produces a CO2 footprint greater than 283g per kilometer traveled,

Fossil-powered cars have one chance in twenty-one of becoming a self-incendiary fire bomb. Due to poor domestic cost-cutting car designers very long list of errors. Yet a simple cost effective aftermarket fix can be easily applied(manual or oil pressure activated). The iconic domestic Chrysler jeeps need a full factory-fitted roll cage. A full racing safety harness should be fitted as a standard option. Have a higher chance of burning due to the rear-mounted fuel tank. Aka jeep fireball! It should be noted many boot hill residents driving this domestic USSA-produced fireball. All failed to belt up before driving. Who knew that car seatbelts are an infringement against a late unlamented USSA low IQ idiot motorist's self-preservation? Or common sense is not part of your average USSA's domestic motorist license requirements.

In closing a passenger ferry walk-on passenger is 19g. per kilometer traveled.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jan 29 2023 6:51 utc | 189

For all the sellers of doubt and uncles out there regarding the dangers of vaccinating or not vaccinating.

Or a very sad case of a government in the Philippines being sold a whole lot of emotional poop.propaganda. Concerning a life saving for children a vaccine called "Dengvaxia".

From Duck Duck Go search. After a blanket ban was imposed by the government of the Philippines. One vaccine called sanofilpasteur "Dengvaxia". To no one's surprise the death toll of children dying from Dengue Fever. Just kept on increasing after the ban was applied link to search only(some of the media is very questionable at the best of times when it comes to reporting factual based science without hidden agenda) In fact a preventable tragedy.

For the Dengvaxia vaccine use google scholar to eliminate questionable corporate/blogger media reporting. Substituting with known reliable peer-reviewed science journals from 2015. Approximately 3,200 plus articles. link to search only

Be careful what you wish for.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jan 29 2023 10:30 utc | 190

The real danger is not in not using your seat belt, but in driving the car itself (even if you're driving an electric car).

After controlling for the appropriate variables, there is little to no relationship between seat belt use and the number of accidents resulting in death or serious injury.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1366554500000144

The problem with studies that overestimate the role of seat belts is similar to the problem with overestimating the role of vaccines: at-risk populations do not use seat belts/do not get vaccinated and contribute a disproportionate number of deaths.

I'm a big fan of dense and high-speed public transportation networks like Japan's, because I don't like to spend my time and energy driving.

Posted by: Colin | Jan 29 2023 13:33 utc | 191

Correction: Mixed drinks may be a valid term, but "mixed drinks are best" (similar to "mixed economy is best") is clearly not a valid statement

The Maryland test showed that the enactment of seat belt regulations increased the probability of death or serious injury, and also showed that this probability may have increased rather than decreased over time.

Posted by: Colin | Jan 29 2023 13:36 utc | 192

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