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Was the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh just a flash in the pan? They already have anounced a ceasefire after less then two days of fighting.

What is the background there? I've kinda lost track who Azerbajan and Armenia are aligned to.

Posted by: Omovic | Sep 20 2023 13:33 utc | 1

Armenia has historically been aligned with Russia and Azerbaijan with Turkey. But relations between Armenia and Russia have been deteriorating recently since Armenia's Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, has been courting the West.

Posted by: SpatialFix | Sep 20 2023 13:39 utc | 2

I am having difficulty understanding the situation in northern India.

Does anyone have any insight into how the current Canada/India friction over Khalistan should be viewed in the broader context of the Indian Government's revocation of the special status of Kashmir and Jammu and imposition of martial law a few years back? Is the proposed Sikh homeland contained within the Muslim-dominated areas that were originally supposed to hold a plebiscite to decide whether they wanted to become a separate country or alternatively become a part of Pakistan or a part of India? Thanks.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Sep 20 2023 14:01 utc | 3

Is the proposed Sikh homeland contained within the Muslim-dominated areas that were originally supposed to hold a plebiscite to decide whether they wanted to become a separate country or alternatively become a part of Pakistan or a part of India? Thanks.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Sep 20 2023 14:01 utc | 4

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I don't claim to be a historian when it comes to modern Indian political history. The Muslims "got" Pakistan. The Sikhs want their own homeland (independent country) Khalistan. The Hindus have manipulated both sides against each other for decades.

Modi would sooner eat his own arm than allow a plebiscite. And he may actually be more moderate than many in his party.

As ugly and petty as American politics are, Bharati politics are right there, just less degenerate.

Posted by: LoveDonbass | Sep 20 2023 14:09 utc | 4

Thanks for some feedback bf’s on prev open thread where I just tried to post the following but it must have clashed with the opening of the new threads.

Comments have led me down new paths of discovery - more dots that clarify the picture I have been attempting to discern these last few years, never having even thought there was anything wrong about the beliefs that I had been inculcated with for decades.

So it’s back to the scam of Hollywood and Narratives.
As usual there is a narrative arc to follow , because that’s how they write their action plans.

So…When Russell’s 6 millions met Tucker’s 10 millions … It was moidderrrrr!

That is the clear rationale for the great hammer dropped on him.

Now to the other dots.
Michael Hastings. As introduced, by @ LightYearsFromHome and further by @ Tom_Q_Collins.
And the disappearing post of @ Debsisdead, who introduced the covert shadowy Hollywood ‘star’ Sean Penn and of course the ongoing consolidation of the inter web by some ‘super humans’ only in America! Types such as Bezos. (and I include Musk as much as the Gates and other such new luminaries).

Though I did know about the Rolling Stone reporting on General McChrystal and his Afghan odyssey. I had not paid attention to the reporter, Hastings, and his early demise and his motivations.

Looking into which in detail I came across another personage, a director of Action films - Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for Red October - who ran foul of the the merchants of dreams. John McTiernan.

What links Hastings, McTiernan and Penn - along with some names that we all know?

McTiernan was imprisoned by the State after the FBI was turned loose on him he ‘had the misfortune of being snared into a government investigation in Los Angeles concerning the investigation of "Private Eye to the Stars", Anthony Pellicano.’
https://whatculture.com/film/free-john-mctiernan-die-hard-directors-imprisonment-injustice

‘it's a labyrinthine set of events to explain, and was perhaps best done so by Buzzfeed's Michael Hastings. Hastings was the first major journalist in America to investigate the affair, before his untimely and tragic death..’

So to the next dots
https://www.laweekly.com/michael-hastings-dangerous-mind-journalistic-star-was-loved-feared-and-haunted/

‘Hastings was intensely interested in government surveillance of journalists. In May, the story broke about the Department of Justice obtaining the phone records of Associated Press reporters. A couple weeks later, Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program became public. Hastings was convinced he was a target.’
‘Hastings had built a reputation as a fearless disrupter of the cozy ways of Washington, gleefully calling bullshit on government hacks and colleagues alike. He was loved and admired, hated and feared.
The day before he died, he'd warned colleagues in an email that he was being investigated by the FBI. He also said he was onto a “big story,” and would be going off the radar. Almost inevitably, his death — in a fiery, single-car crash, at 4:20 a.m. on June 18 — resulted in a swarm of conspiracy theories.’

What was that “big story”?
I don’t know yet.

There was his girlfriend who worked for Air America embedded with US forces in Iraq who was killed.

There was ‘$500,000 deal for his memoir. The book proposal leaked just two months after his fiancée's death’

A book that apparently led him to the embedding with McChrystal in Afghanistan.

Obama fired McChrystal because of Hastings.
Hastings got another book deal ‘optioned by Brad Pitt.) By any measure, he was a star.’
‘Hastings got into an obscenity-laced email battle with Hillary Clinton's spokesman over Benghazi, then published the exchange. He also got in trouble when he reported on an off-the-record drinks session between Obama and campaign reporters.’

He moved to Hollywood. ‘He found a legion of admirers in L.A.'s progressive media world.’

This is getting long so will finish with the following dots.

‘The Boston Marathon bombing in April brought new attention to government surveillance. Soon thereafter, a retired FBI agent said on CNN that the government would be able to go back and listen to the suspects' phone calls from before the bombing.’

‘In mid-May, the Justice Department disclosed that it had obtained records of 20 phone lines belonging to Associated Press reporters as part of a leak investigation. ‘

‘“Any leeway or sympathy I ever give to the Obama White House, I take back forever,” he said on Huffpost Live, on May 14.’

‘In May, Hastings traveled to Washington and New York and visited his editors. As usual, he was full of ideas — maybe something on the underbelly of Hollywood. He also was interested in doing something on surveillance,’

‘ In May, Hastings was invited to a salon at director Oliver Stone's house, along with a guest list of progressive stars like Sean Penn, Glenn Greenwald, writer David Sirota and economist Dean Baker.’

‘on June 5, Edward Snowden's leaks unmasked the NSA's electronic dragnet. ‘

He was going to interview ‘victims injured in a drone strike in Pakistan in early June. Hastings was thinking about including the material in a story he was doing for Rolling Stone on CIA director John Brennan.’

June 18th he was dead in a fireball car crash.

Posted by: DunGroanin | Sep 20 2023 14:36 utc | 5

Nagorno-Karabakh is patz of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan went its own way after it left the Soviet Union whereas Armenia retained ties with Russia ; the air component of Russia's little Georgia venture was based in Armenia. Armenia, allegedly aided by Russian peacekeepers seized Karabakh back in the day and made it an Armenian majority area via ethnic cleansing. Also clearing areas of Azerbaijan between Armenia and Karabakh and turning it into an Armenians only territory. The Azeris, naturally, never accepted this and when the time was right took remedial loyal to of anther country on its own soil?

Posted by: DilNir | Sep 20 2023 15:04 utc | 6

China, the next war

On China, the US is again lying itself into the next war. The US says "The [Defense] Department remains committed to abiding by the well-established one China policy of the United States" and "this Administration opposes any unilateral changes to the status quo from either side of the Strait. We have not supported Taiwan independence, we do not support it now."

But actually the US is supporting the Taiwan independence from China, while Taiwan is calling its independent government the "Republic of China" which is a violation of the "one China" claim. The US also admits that the principle reason for this attention to China's internal matters is to sustain the anti-China barriers in the off-shore China region: "Taiwan is located at a critical node within the First Island Chain in the Indo-Pacific region." More detailed information on the coming anti-China next war is recent testimony in the House Armed Services Committee here and here.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 20 2023 15:14 utc | 7

Trudeau is to play (idiot) bad cop to Bidens (demented) good cop in order to arm twist India through international media into supporting Ukraine sanctions. That or Trudeau is attempting to deflect from his domestic media cycle and serious unpopularity. Or both.

All very much shades of imprisoning the Huawei executive on dubious grounds. Trudeau is an intellectual lightweight to say the least and would sell his own mother to save himself. A reprehensible excuse for a human being- like most Western leaders. Canada is like Maericas little yapping dog. Compare to Mexico's president who had the cahones to invite a Russian military delegation to march in their recent parade. Bravo.

Posted by: Doctor Eleven | Sep 20 2023 15:15 utc | 8

Woe unto Canada. This benighted nation hosted terrorists who killed over 300 people when the Air India Boeing 'Kanishka' was blown up and came down in the Irish Sea. The bomb that brought it down was put on board at a Canadian airport at departure. This despite intelligence that skullduggery might be afoot. The portion of Sikhs in Canada who yowl for a Khalistan are, I suspect, far from being a majority. That said, it does not take many people to carry out attacks on Indian targets of opportunity within Canada itself or to fund/organise attacks abroad, be these in Ondia proper or other countries (US, UK) with largish populations originating from the subcontinent.

What Justine Trudy is saying is that his so-called government is NOT obliged to keep an eye on, much less actually police, potentially violent groups in Canada and hiding behind windy talk of free speech and democracy. 'Accusations' have been made of India's involvement in the killing of the Psycho Sardar. Doubtless originating with his fellow crazies. The killing was likely over money. These things tend to be.

Incidentally, Pakistan has long helped both Sikhs and Kashmiri Muslims in their violent endeavours, the former mostly in the past.


Posted by: d | Sep 20 2023 15:18 utc | 9

Before my recent trip to attend my best friend's wedding, an anonymous poster accused me of the "Crime" of plagiarism 10 years ago. I note that since his "Ambush" he stopped posting here..

He directed readers here to....
https://cassandralegacy.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-internet-as-information.html

In which Louis DeSouza complains he was plagiarized.... by Public Research Institute
Who according to the oil drum's last issue.....
http://theoildrum.com/node/10249

Luís Alexandre Duque Moreira de Sousa (Luís de Sousa) is a researcher at the Public Research Institute and a Ph.D. student in Informatics Engineering at the Technical University of Lisbon. Luís created the first Portuguese language website dedicated to Peak Oil in 2005 (PicoDoPetroleo.net); in 2006 he would be one of the founders of ASPO-Portugal and later that year integrated the team that started the European branch of The Oil Drum. Since then he has continuously written about Energy and its interplay with Politics and Economics, both in English and Portuguese. Luís is a regular presence at the collective blog European Tribune and writes on the broader issues of life on his personal blog AtTheEdgeOfTime.

I am the Executive Director of Public Research Institute, the world wide parent organization of the chapter which employed Luis. Our board sets policy, including employment policy for the entirety of the Public Research Institute. Our employment policy for staff and employees is clear.. The entirety of their research findings and writings are assigned to Public Research Institute for use in furtherance of it's charitable objectives

In other words Luis made a stink 10 years ago because I the big boss took his draft report from our server, re-wrote it into a format targeting a broad audience, and expanded it to include new findings, and posted it on Informed Comment for the purpose of presenting those ideas to a wider public.

This matter initially surprised me. So, we investigated Luis. We found that much of his "reputation" consisted of his taking Institute reports and research and publishing these as his own personal work. Shortly thereafter Luis needed a new job, the oil drum ceased publication, and the affiliation with Technical University of Lisbon ceased.
Today ASPO-Portugal is a betting parlor... http://www.picodopetroleo.net is a sports betting site
AND....
Luis last posted to his blog in 2018 mostly about his music.
SO...
Luis no longer posts WRT energy matters, most likely because his career as an itinerant musician precludes it..
So what was the furor all about... It was this short report...
​ The real problem with Renewables: Wind Turbine & Panel Prices in Free Fall, & the Fuel is Free:
(A compendium of ideas from within and without the Institute, unified with original research by Institute staff.)

​ Summary:
A paradigm shift in energy is underway.
The total spent on upstream oil and gas exploration and production between 1998 and 2005 was $1.5 trillion USD, which yielded an increase in oil production of 8.6 million barrels a day, worth $905 million per day, with five years production increase repaying this seven year investment.
However, between 2005 and 2013 an additional $4 trillion was spent on oil and gas exploration and production, which was only able to reduce the collapse of conventional oil production to - $1 million barrels a day. This huge investment, netted a negative (-) $100 million per day, -$ 38.25 billion per year a return of – 0.96% per year.
Given the world's willingness to invest $ 500,000,000,000 ( $ 500 Billion USD ) per year in energy resources, where should these funds be invested? We of The Institute, believe that investing such sums in Renewable Energies will yield positive returns, on many fronts, providing ~ 500 Gwe of generation capacity additions annually. Four years of such additions, would provide 2 Twe of PV capacity. Four and a half years of such additions would provide 1.75 Twe of wind capacity, an additional 15 months is sufficient to provide 500 Gwe of GeoThermal capacity, and finally an additional 9 months of such additions would expand US HydroPower production to 200 Gwe, the feasible limit. That is, were such sums invested in a mix of renewable power sources, consisting of 2 Twe of PV, 1.75 Twe of wind, 500 Gwe of GeoThermal, and 200 Gwe of Hydro, renewable energies could power the US economy, and completely replace fossil fuels within 10 ½ years, simply by redirecting existing energy development funds!
As summarized above, the cost efficient generating potential of renewable sources of electricity; hydro, GeoThermal, wind, and solar photo-voltaic is grossly underestimated, and their generation costs are grossly over estimated. Virtually all observers treat these industries act as if they were static, when in fact, they are among the most dynamic in existence. Their presence in the grid, challenges utility companies and governments because their prices are in free fall and they require no fuel. The wind turbine and solar photo-voltaic markets are following the path pioneered by the computer hardware market, obeying Moore's Law, with exponentially declining costs and pricing. These technologies feature continual improvements in efficiency and output, which have yet to run their course, because important new breakthroughs have yet to reach the market.
Wind, solar, hydro, and GeoThermal electricity-production requires no fuel to produce electricity, quite unlike hydrocarbon fired power plants which incur fuel costs every time they produce power. Operators of fuel consuming power stations must source and pay for fuel, via long term contracts(preferred), or via purchases in the volatile spot market(to be avoided if at all possible). Operation and Maintenance(O&M) of fuel consuming power stations, with their complex machinery, is an order of magnitude greater than O&M for a wind turbine, solar PV array, hydro dam, or GeoThermal plant. Predictable O&M costs, independent of output, permit generation of additional power from an operating hydro electric dam, GeoThermal field, solar PV array, or wind turbine, at virtually zero additional cost per kWh. Thus, the marginal cost of producing electricity via wind turbines, solar PV arrays, hydro-electric dams, and GeoThermal Fields, is virtually zero ($0.00/kWh).
Wind turbines, solar PV arrays, hydro-electric dams, and GeoThermal Fields generate electricity. When injected into the grid, that electricity is identical to any other. Moreover, the small areal extent of renewable power generation facilities, means that numerous plants will be affected by meteorological features, producing synchronously. Thus all PV systems in a region are likely to be producing power if the sun is shining, even more so under partly cloudy conditions, all wind turbines in a region are likely to be producing power if that day is windy, and all hydro-electric dams in a region are likely to be producing power if there was sufficient rainfall. Markets where many small producers produce identical products, with concurrent maximum production due to seasonal factors, are called Concurrent Perfect Competition Markets(CPCMs). Such markets are quite common in agriculture, have been widely studied, and their characteristics known. A signature characteristic of such markets, is prices which match marginal costs, long term. Consequently, producers struggle to make a profit, and subsidies must be provided to assure supply.
CPCMs with a marginal cost of zero are new. This characteristic of renewable electricity generation, leads to collapse of spot electricity prices during sunny summer days, or during storms, to zero or less. As the percentage of grid connected supply from renewable power producers, grows, price of this supply will decline, and eventually approach zero.
Renewable power generation's marginal costs are financially devastating electricity suppliers dependent upon fossil fuel energies. They simply cannot survive in such an environment. Government inaction thus far is for the purpose of protecting traditional electric utilities, while giving lip service to those who revere the market.
In Europe, neither as sunny or as windy as the US, a fully liberalized market with significant renewable electricity production is creating all sorts of problems. Unable to pass on management costs, grid managers are unwilling to reconfigure a grid designed to market central station power, into one capable of managing distributed and fluctuating power sources. In consequence, voltage fluctuates with the wind velocity, or with variation in the amount of solar insolation available, threatening to bring the grid down. In some countries, this issue has become sufficiently serious that governments, of whatever stripe, are contemplating grid nationalization.
The US has sufficient commercial and residential roof space to host ~2 Twe of PV as shown in recent USDOE studies, since confirmed by the Institute. This would cost $744/kwe and would produce power with a Levelized Energy Cost (LEC) of $0.03/kwh, without subsidies and storage. Adding 24 hours storage raises project cost to $2346 / kwe, producing power at $0.08 / kwh. Costs of constructing these systems are so low, that their construction is inevitable. Fully implemented, rooftop PV would provide 80% of current electricity demand, in and of itself, or 3,200 Twh / yr.
The US has 2.1 million farms, averaging 420 acres, each of which has sufficient roof space for 50 kwe of PV and enough room for one 800 kwe direct drive wind turbine. US farms could host 110 Gwe of PV and 1,750 Gwe of wind turbines, producing 5,000 Twh/yr.
The US could produce 8,200 Twh/yr or 27 Quads/yr from rooftop PV and farm wind turbines alone. This is nearly twice the amount of electrical power currently supplied to customers, produced without burning a single gram of carbon based fuels, and is sufficient to run the entire economy.
Configuring hydro and GeoThermal plants to swing production, plus minor amounts of storage, would balance the US grid, eliminating any need for base load power from fossil fueled or nuclear plants.
Policy Changes Required:
To understand the policies that need be changed within the USA, for the nation to convert from fossil fuels to Renewables, it is first necessary to confront it's myths, as follows:
a. The natural resource base is, for all practical purposes infinite.
b. The US Federal Government is revenue constrained, and running out of money.
c. The EROEI of renewables is much lower than alternatives.
d. Renewables are intermittent and unreliable, and there is no way to obviate this.
e. Renewables cost more than fossil fuels.

The Myth of an infinite resource base, is a direct consequence of the “release effect” described in “The Eternal Frontier” by Flannery, and came into existence because, to the original few thousand European settlers, the resource base of North America was enormous. Like the Folsom people who decimated the mega-fauna they found within 300 years, the European settlers churned through the resource base of North America, in a similar time frame. Just 80 years ago, US petroleum resources flowed copiously from vertical wells drilled only a few hundred meters deep, at an EROEI of > 100, while today it is necessary to drill thousands of meters down, then to make subsequent multiple horizontal branches additional thousands of meters long, then to fracture the surrounding rock to produce a hundredth as much per well per day as previously, wrung out of the rock at an EROEI of ~2.
The Myth of the US Federal Government being revenue constrained, is a hold over from the past, when the US Dollar was backed by Gold/Silver. Nixon ended that in 75, only a few years after US petroleum production peaked, leaving the US Dollar representing a claim on the “Full Faith And Credit” of the US. The advent of electronic currency means that it is not even necessary to mint coins or print banknotes, because a few keystrokes at the right terminal on the Federal Reserve's master computer, will create trillions, from nothing.
The Myth of a low EROEI for renewables, is the direct consequence of comparing apples to oranges. Fossil fuels and the energy conversion systems they drive, are burdened only with the cost of getting petroleum to the surface, while the famous Spanish study, burdened PV with the inputs necessary to construct panels, plus the grid, plus the regulatory burden, not to mention the kitchen sink. The Energy Returned by a PV panel as compared to the energy required to manufacture that panel, is ~35:1, today.
The Myth of intermittent and unreliable renewables, focuses on conditions in one location, without storage. Given storage, and a network encompassing the entire nation, Renewables provide lower cost power, available on demand.
The Myth of high renewable generation costs, came about because as recent as 2 years ago, PV panels cost $3/watt in the US, and $2/watt in China. Today Sun Electronics of Miami sells PV at $0.38 / watt FOB Miami, and PV manufacturers in China sell 22% efficient PV for $0.25/watt by the 40 ft container load.
​ Effect on Long Term Supply Contracts:
Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports that El Paso Electric is paying First Solar $0.579/kWh for power from the 50Mwe utility scale PV plant purchased from Element Power. This a third of the price that thin-film solar PV project power typically costs, $0.163 / kWh, and less than half the $0.128 / kWh average price for new coal plants. BNEF also reported that Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison signed 9 power purchase agreements for utility scale PV generated power at prices less than $ 0.09 / Kwh. Thus, PV generated power is now cheaper than power sourced from new coal plants.
The exceptional nature of renewable energy:

With solar power prices now at rock bottom, why aren't governments everywhere supporting connection of renewable power generating systems to the grid? Deregulation and privatization strategies taken about a decade ago did not consider a significant amount of power from renewable sources as possible. While governments were setting up feed-in tariffs and subsidies to renewable energies in the late 1990s and early 2000s, they separated power generation from power transmission(the Grid), and from power distribution, generally privatizing the sector. This created an electricity market where power is traded in the short term(spot market) and long term (futures market), supposedly all in the best interest of consumers, until ENRON participated. After reaching a critical size, renewable power production, killed this market. To understand why this happened, one must comprehend the essentials of renewable energy economics.
In recent years solar panel pricing has collapsed, due to improvements in technology and scale, as shown in the graphic to the right, previous page. As PV shipments increased from ~ 3 Gwe/yr in 2004 to ~ 50 Gwe/yr today, production shifted from small factories in the OECD, to huge factories in Asia. With this, came lower installation and maintenance costs due to simplified mounts, standardized switchgear, solid state inverters, and improved batteries. By mid 2012, the price of cells declined to $0.50 /Wp, inverters to $0.18/Wp, and complete systems to $ 1.40/Wp. Today, in mid 2014, complete systems cost ~ $ 1 / Wp. The magic number has been crossed!
Globally, capacity is ~ 50Gwe, with demand currently ~ 30 Gwe. This over supply, to a great extent the product of the end of subsidies in both Europe and the US, will lead to further consolidations industry wide, with Solyndra as poster child, in a glorious $250 million bankruptcy. Given this over supply is the driver of recent price drops, a pricing rebound, is not to be expected, given production costs and prices are declining rapidly in a manner similar to that experienced by the computer hardware manufacturers. In both cases, costs are market share driven, with keen competition giving rise to a constant stream of improvements, like proton induced exfoilation which increased wafer yield an order of magnitude. The efficiency of PV technology keeps increasing, and the advent of auto-cooling will continue this trend.
Lower costs in China and South East Asia, will preclude production returning to the OECD. If it's not economical to produce a disk drives, screens, or motherboards in Europe and North America, simpler technologies like solar cells and wind turbine production will likewise gravitate to asia.
​ Rooftop PV Is Important:
The US has sufficient roof space to host 1.1Twe of PV as shown in the USDOE study by Denholm & Margolis, equally divided between commercial and residential buildings. Total project cost is $818 bilion or $744/kwe producing power with an LEC of $0.0304/kwh, with no subsidies whatever(no storage). Adding 24 hours storage raises project cost to $2 trillion or $2346 / kwe, producing power at an LEC of $0.08 / kwh. Costs of emplacing these systems are so low, that their construction is inevitable. Their nature lends itself to consumption of production on-site, unaffected by grid regulations, or pricing. Fully implemented, rooftop PV as envisioned in the USDOE study, would provide 40% of current electricity demand, in and of itself, or 1,800 Twh / yr.
The cost of energy is prompting conversion of US housing stock to PassivHaus standard, thereby reducing household consumption of power for heating/cooling to < 15 kwh/m2-yr, and total energy demand to < 120 kwh/m2-yr. For the US, with 125 million dwellings, averaging 200 m2 in area, conversion to PassivHaus reduces heating/cooling power demand to 373 Twh/yr, and total power demand to < 3,000 Twh/ yr.
Were refrigerators and air conditioners built with SawaFuji Free-Piston Compressors, high performance vacuum insulated panels, and with hold over plates so they run during the day, when the sun is shining, much of the need for storage would disappear and consequent demand would be reduced to 1,000Twh/yr.
Conversion of all lighting to LED eliminates 80% of power demand for lighting, and conversion of electronics to energy efficient versions, further reduce demand to 590 Twh/yr.
US houses, sporting 550 Gwe of rooftop PV, converted to PassivHaus, and featuring holdover plate aircon/refrigeration, efficient electronics, and LED lighting would have their own distributed 24/7 supply of electrical power, net of conversion and storage losses, of 25 kwh/m2-yr = 4,400 kwh/house-yr, while providing 1,000Twh/yr to power the rest of the economy.
Furthermore, I take issue with the USDOE rooftop survey, because efficiency gains are sufficient to provide 6 kwe of rooftop PV per house using the same area, and is sufficient to provide 750 Gwe of capacity, in and of itself, generating 1,300 Twh/yr. So meeting the power requirements of each house requires only 8 m2 of rooftop PV per 200 m2 house, or 4% of it's area, and the available roof area can easily host ~ 6 kwe = 24 m2 of PV/house = 0.75 Twe of nationwide rooftop PV capacity.

​ Feed-in Tariffs:
Governments should be working toward complete integration of renewable systems into the grid, not to their exclusion. They must accept that only schemes such as feed-in tariffs can guarantee the long term presence of renewable power producers in the grid. With marginal generation costs close to $0.00 / kWh, these systems will never be able to yield proper cash flows in a competitive electricity market. If the investment in grid connected renewable power technologies is to continue to come from private investors, stable revenues must be guaranteed in the long term. Looking at feed-in tariffs in particular, obvious changes are the following:
1. Extend the feed-in tariff to the whole lifetime of the project.
2. Reduce the feed-in tariff over the life of the project, from a high initial value.
3. In a jurisdiction with an expected cost of 0.09 $/kWp for industrial systems, a tariff with an initial rate of 0.12 $/kWp for the first five years, 0.10 $/kWp for the next five years, 0.08 $/kWp for the next five years, and 0.06 $/kWp for the last decade of production, preserves the important break-even anticipation, essential for an effective feed-in tariff.
With proper feed-in tariffs in place, governments can then focus on retooling large utilities into distribution, and load-balancing. Subsidies for construction of storage infrastructure, such as NaS batteries will be necessary. Incentives linked to adoption of cost reduction measures, will pay dividends too.

Were I to update this report in light of my current research, I would expand the concept of minimal marginal cost to high speed rail, hydro-electric, Thorium Fueled Molten Salt Reactors, Pebble Bed Reactors, RosAtom's nuclear waste burning reactors, Desert Reclamation, Giant Rice, Salt Tolerant Rice, Moscow2000 Maize, and all other investments lasting many years. Economist John Ross in his blog....
https://learningfromchina.net
covers this in great detail... as the reason the Chinese Economy grew and continues to grow fast.

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 20 2023 15:20 utc | 10

https://t.me/Slavyangrad/63877

Watch Brazilian President Lula da Silva slam warmongers and the obscene cost of military spending across the world during a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. The veteran socialist said that military spending was now $2 trillion worldwide while $83 billion was spent on nuclear weapons, a figure 20 times more than the entire UN budget.

Lula also argued that it would be impossible to achieve stability and security while "social exclusion and inequality" continue criticism of those governments who prioritize military spending rather than tackling social problems. He also emphasized the importance of dialogue a key UN principal and denounced sanctions including the US embargo on Cuba.

According to figures from Statista, last year the US spent $877 billion on its military followed by China which spent $292 billion, Russia spent $86.4 billion, and India spent $81.4 billion.

Posted by: anon2020 | Sep 20 2023 15:38 utc | 11

Azerbaijan-Armenia Update - In a Nutshell: https://robcampbell.substack.com/p/armenia-azerbaijan-update

Posted by: Rob Campbell | Sep 20 2023 16:01 utc | 12

A monument to Viktor Tsoy was unveiled in Pyongyang

Kim Jong-un took part in the unveiling of a monument to Russian-Korean singer Viktor Tsoy in the DPRK capital.

The monument was opened as a sign of friendship between the Russian Federation and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The monument bears a quote from the song by the band Kino in two languages: "Red-red blood, in an hour it's just earth, in two hours it's just flowers and grass, in three hours it's alive again".

Russian Ambassador to the DPRK Alexander Matsegora also took part in the opening of the monument. https://t.me/Slavyangrad/63819

Viktor Tsoy died in a traffic accident in 1990. I recently discovered his wonderful song Kukushka: Viktor Tsoi- Kukushka

I don't read Russian, but my understanding is in Russia you can ask a cuckoo how many years you have left by counting the replies. In this song life is measured in songs, not years, he asks how many songs he has left. He died soon after, only 28 years old.

Clearly, he deserved a monument.

Posted by: Norwegian | Sep 20 2023 16:39 utc | 13

@ d | Sep 20 2023 15:18 utc | 9

it is a sad kettle of fish really... it is a complicated mess and i blame 5 eyes... our country has become beholden to csis and all the bullshit generated from this 5 eyes intel outfit.. the politicians are completely beholden to them!

first it was russia - bad russia, according to 5 eyes... more recently it is china - the lockup of the huawei executive is just a small part of the increasing hostility toward china and remember the big row we had with china over that?? next - india with this... it must be apparent to any canuck with half a brain that the BRIC countries are being singled out... this when in fact our biggest foreign influence hands down - no competition - is the usa!! and of course this is brought to us by the lead sleigh dog of 5 eyes - cia! jesus, but this pisses me off.. and none of the canuck opposition that we heard from offer any alternative views on this... they all march to the orders of the intel agencies at this point... it is very frightening in fact..

Posted by: james | Sep 20 2023 16:46 utc | 14

"Taiwan is calling its independent government the "Republic of China" which is a violation of the "one China" claim." - David Bacon

The Republic of China was Chiang Kai-shek's political regime. It is still extant on Taiwan and claims to still rightfully rule the mainland. The "One China" policy is a clever attempt to pretend agree with both rival Chinese regimes, PRC and ROC. But it's too clever for Biden the Conqueror, apparently.

Ironically, the CPC on the mainland and Chiang Kai-shek's ur-Fascist organized crime party, the KMT (Guomindang) on the island have been kissing amd making up in recent years in an amazing way. Perhaps like a long divorced couple who are attracted once more.

I doubt Mr. Xi et al. will invade Taiwan any time soon. They need only wait. I do suspect Biden et al. might FAKE an invasion of some kind, like the Gulf of Tonkin Incident or any number of other excuses for war. He wants to bomb Taiwan's chip factories, it seems.

Posted by: lester | Sep 20 2023 16:49 utc | 15

not good..

Russian peacekeepers killed in Nagorno-Karabakh – Moscow

Posted by: james | Sep 20 2023 17:02 utc | 16

Republicans accusing Biden of corruption is surely the pot calling the kettle black. Impeach him for senility or starting wars or not being a Republican -- something substantial. Then we could enjoy a Kamala Harris administration!

Posted by: lester | Sep 20 2023 17:33 utc | 17

What happened to the RSS feed? Please, advise.

Posted by: Augustine | Sep 20 2023 17:43 utc | 18

I don't claim to be a historian when it comes to modern Indian political history. The Muslims "got" Pakistan. The Sikhs want their own homeland (independent country) Khalistan. The Hindus have manipulated both sides against each other for decades.

Modi would sooner eat his own arm than allow a plebiscite. And he may actually be more moderate than many in his party.

As ugly and petty as American politics are, Bharati politics are right there, just less degenerate.

Posted by: LoveDonbass | Sep 20 2023 14:09 utc |

I suggest reading Khushwant Singh's A History of Sikhs Vol 2 1839-2004. He is a historian. Sikhs have often argued that they consist of a nation. That doesn't mean they wanted a separate country. Just like Native Americans like Navajo, Cherokee, etc. are a nation within the United States. The Khalistani movement was encouraged by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the PM of Pakistan in the 70s. Khalistanis believed that both the Punjab state of India as well as Pakistan belonged to them but there was no terrorism in Pakistan by Khalistanis, only India.

Khalistanis are extremists who have no support amongst the Sikh populace. Their political party gets 2% of the vote. If there was a plebiscite, the Khalistanis would lose. Pew Research said 95% Sikhs are proud to be Indian. Sikhs dominate Indian military recruitment. Not to mention that Punjab doesn't just have Sikhs. Many Punjabis are Hindus. Almost 40% of Punjab is Hindus. Generally tradition is that the eldest son of the Punjabi Hindu family is allowed to convert to Sikhism.

These Khalistani extremists have terrorized not just Hindus and Muslims but also Sikhs. They threaten Sikhs to give money to their cause or face repercussions. After the leader of their terrorist org was killed in 1984, the Sikh bodyguards of the Indian PM. Indira Gandhi killed her. This led to Hindu-Sikh riots and many Sikhs were victims of that as they were killed and maimed. Many who escaped from India came to UK and Canada and started their terrorist orgs in these countries. Indian govt and intelligence have repeatedly asked CSIS to confront these extremists but they don't. CSIS didn't even try to catch the Khalistani terrorist that blew up the India-Canada flight operated by Air India in 1985. With the resurgence of Khalistanis and having a sympathizer in NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, this issue was constantly brought up by Indian govt to Trudeau but he ignores them for political purposes. Now they made up some story about Indian spies killing Najjar, a leader of a terrorist org.

Posted by: BB | Sep 20 2023 17:49 utc | 19

I have a question I really want to ask: Regarding the F-35 warplane which lost its pilot and finally made its own way down....
Has anyone asked the pilot what happened? Is he, she, it ok? Why the bail out? Why is there silence on this obvious question?

anyone?

Posted by: medo | Sep 20 2023 17:59 utc | 20

BB @19
It's puzzling to learn that Jagmeet believes in Khalistan. I didn't think that he believed in anything.

Posted by: bevin | Sep 20 2023 18:00 utc | 21

@medo | Sep 20 2023 17:59 utc | 20

I don't think the supposed pilots name is public. Perhaps there wasn't a pilot. Perhaps the plane didn't crash where it is claimed, there are no photos of plane parts.

We are also coming up to one month since Prigozhins plane was downed in Russia. There is no credible evidence of what caused it to lose a wing.

Posted by: Norwegian | Sep 20 2023 18:09 utc | 22

Answer to 1 Some point of view Russia and Armenia’s Pivot to the West

Posted by: Neocons | Sep 20 2023 18:20 utc | 23

@medo | Sep 20 2023 17:59 utc

But we have this priceless description of the f35: tmz.com/watch/2023-09-20-092023-randolph-white-1695479-867/

Posted by: rk | Sep 20 2023 18:23 utc | 24

#94 Posted by: Whisker | Sep 19 2023 22:23 utc
-more details


Additionally, msm multiple tv channels said it was "air force" plane.

Msm stated "autopilot." A triggerword for techies. the plane is ghosted, without a brain when autopilot engages without pilot interaction.

Gps is the most fragile.

Wanted to clarify previous, need to jam 'both' satellite and land signals to the fat-penguin. This results in the" gps 'autopilot'". So stating autopilot, could also refer to faulting to gps-autopilot.

Is the fat-penguin design same as rq170? Probably. Did they upgrade or make changes after 2019?

2019, Msm said they shot it ($220M) down and it "crashed." Afterwards, clearly it was under binary control and was landed, reversed engineered.

Who has the capability and Were they in the area? Yes

Previously, they confused the electronics into thinking the airport was friendly and it landed by reconfiguring the lat/long coordinates.


Essentially it's a dos denial of service to the L2 encrypted gps signal where it falls back to civilian feeds, whereas exposed to spoofing? Did USA buildbackbetter a second signal? No

Posted by: Whisker | Sep 20 2023 18:56 utc | 25

Posted by: LoveDonbass | Sep 19 2023 15:35 utc | 9

From "New York Times Acknowledges Ukrainian Origin Of Deadly Strike" thread.


The knives are always out for everyone in politics. One day, you're a partisan fighting shoulder to shoulder, the next day you're destroying your fellow partisan. That is not the biggest knowledge. The biggest is that "everything is politics". Then what is the objective of politics? Imagine a swamp and all are fish with rudimentary feet. In this swamp there are some floating weed-beds. Politics is occupying the tallest weed-beds and feeling good about yourself and getting attached to the feeling. Unbeknownest to them, they are radiating self-satisfiedness, others see it and want that self-satisfiedness. This self-satisfiedness is illussory of course, what with others dethroning him/her/them, and also, all things are impermanent.

That's why many people engage in renunciation of this politics of -- I want this self-satisfiedness too radiated by them. But do engage in practicing the politics of self-protection for the now and the future i.e. engage in acts that prevents self-harm. e.g. if one acts as sane voice, or supports a sane voice that leads to less radicalisation of society, that will be helpful to him/her in the future. Not doing this or idly standing by or washing one's hands off or be led by apparent truth or by msm (includes drivel by monsters, or some book promoted by them), is rolling out the red carpet for ill-fate in the future.

One other thing, humans are weak things. Some people who renounce the first politics, because they basically know beyond a shred of doubt that everything is impermanent, even his/her life, cannot deal with the aftermath of this realisation, and turn to hieroglyphs, sacred scriptures etc. Anything to blind oneself again to the knowledge of "everything is impermanent".

The comment turned a philosphical corner. Is this rant relevant to the discussion? tangentially yes. The politician politics is a bigger stage. And the politicians had to had to strive for the tallest weed-beds. Just like Hashishiniyan, elensky, bidet. And at that level of politics knifing one's foes/friends and allies is allowed. Knifing a landmass or ocean or lakes is also allowed. The georgian people idly standing by, washing their hands off or led by msm are reaping the results. Similarly on the Azeri side. Also during peaceful co-existence, I suppose Azeri individuals' properties were interspersed with Georgi individuals' properties. Maybe Azeri individuals eyed Georgi's properties and vice versa. Race to the top of the weed-beds. And I suppose not, really suppose not: Azeris were not eyeing each other's properties. And also with Georgis. One has to really convince me Azeris are different from all other people and one Azeri do not eye another Azeri's property. Race to the top of the weed-beds. So it will continue. Wars, politics, striving for that radiated self-satisfiedness. Or seeking answers with monsters, or books promoted by the monsters.

Posted by: AOTP | Sep 20 2023 19:03 utc | 26

in fact our biggest foreign influence hands down - no competition - is the usa!! and of course this is brought to us by the lead sleigh dog of 5 eyes - cia! jesus, but this pisses me off.. and none of the canuck opposition that we heard from offer any alternative views on this... they all march to the orders of the intel agencies at this point... it is very frightening in fact..

Posted by: james | Sep 20 2023 16:46 utc | 14

One could argue that Israel places a not-too-distant second. Agree with the rest about the spooks and the (controlled?) opposition parties.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Sep 20 2023 19:39 utc | 27

The Mother of all Debt Traps
by
Patrick Chi-Ping Ho, Gal Luft
https://hkmo33.com/2023/09/103075

Washington has identified Beijing as public enemy number one, as U.S. debt grows, Washington is also so confident in China’s insatiable appetite for its debt that it expected China to buy more and more of it.

In recent years, China has been undergoing an intense internal debate about what to do with America’s debt. Beijing is not likely to dump its Treasuries as Russia has recently done. This would be self-defeating. After all, its economy is still closely intertwined with America’s, and with roughly over $700 billion a year of bilateral trade on the line. And even if it were in China’s interest to do so, it would not be possible for Beijing to find a buyer for such a huge amount of U.S. Treasuries unless it offered them at a heavy discount. But the debate is not about dumping the treasuries China already owns. It is about the wisdom of rolling over those that mature. Contrary to what Yellen has hoped and wished, currently China has not a scintilla of appetite for increasing its current holdings to the levels needed to meet the steadily growing U.S. fiscal needs. In fact, since the beginning of the trade war in 2018, its holding of U.S. bonds has been steadily declining to a mere 835 billion today.
How long does anyone think China will agree to fund the very same U.S. military that is preparing to fight China, the education system that is striving to outsmart it and that is closing its gates to Chinese students, the research and development infrastructure that aims to undercut China’s technology development programs, and the U.S. Department of Justice lawyers who are prosecuting Chinese companies and nationals? To paraphrase Lenin, China is no longer willing to pay the capitalists for the rope on which they plan to hang it.
From China’s standpoint, pouring more money into the American debt hole makes no sense. It prefers to redirect more and more of its money to other foreign investments, while diversifying away from dollar reserves into other assets like gold. Indeed, it has just been reported that China has dumped 481 billion of US Treasuries, and bought 6927 tons of gold from overseas. The Belt and Road Initiative is therefore China’s mechanism for reallocating its large foreign exchange assets away from what it views as the American debt trap into more rewarding and growth yielding infrastructures and technology investments. China has already made its decision loud and clear: its money is going to build China and its Asian neighbors—not finance reckless spending in America, the mother of all debt traps!

Most likely BRI projects like the Laos-China High Speed Railway...
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/laos-high-speed-train-%E0%BA%A5%E0%BA%BB%E0%BA%94%E0%BB%84%E0%BA%9F%E0%BA%84%E0%BA%A7%E0%BA%B2%E0%BA%A1%E0%BB%84%E0%BA%A7%E0%BA%AA%E0%BA%B9%E0%BA%87.1494039/page-30#post-183428432

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 20 2023 20:20 utc | 28

China Creates world's most powerful RADAR Chip
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3234346/amid-us-tech-sanctions-chinese-scientists-say-they-made-worlds-most-powerful-radar-chip
Amid US tech sanctions, Chinese scientists say they made the world’s most powerful radar chip

New semiconductor performs at orders of magnitude higher than similar power-amplifying chips in most existing radar systems, says Chinese team

It uses gallium nitride despite export bans by the US government blocking high powered gallium-based semiconductors to China

A research team with a major Chinese defence company says it has built a radar chip with a record power output using semiconductor technology that is the subject of strict US sanctions.
The finger-sized chip can generate radar signals with peak power reaching 2.4 kilowatts. It is one or two orders of magnitude higher than the performance of similar power-amplifying chips in most existing radar systems.

This after China banns the export of Gallium to NATO countries.

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 20 2023 20:28 utc | 29

More about the Northern Sea Route
https://sputnikglobe.com/20230522/what-is-northern-sea-route-and-how-can-it-turn-russia-into-arctic-superpower-1110524259.html
The Northern Sea Route (also known as Arctic Bridge Sea Route) is an ambitious Russian Arctic maritime transport artery running through the waters of Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the far North, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea in the east to the Barents and White Seas in the west.

How Long is the Northern Sea Route?

The approximately 5,600-kilometer (km) route is the shortest maritime route between Europe and Asia, with the ability to shave upwards of 9,000 km off transit from the East China Sea to the North Sea, compared to shipments via the Suez Canal.
Once fully operational, the NSR is expected to allow the shipment of goods between Asia and Europe in as little as 19 days, 40% - 60% faster than shipments via the Suez Canal or the Cape of Good Hope, respectively.

Why is the Northern Sea Route Significant?

The Northern Sea Route would allow Russia to become a major player in the transit of trillions of dollars of trade annually, and ease the development and exploitation of Russian territories in the Far North – including vast, untapped reserves of oil and gas.
According to a 2021 estimate by the Pentagon, the Arctic may contain nearly a third of the world's undiscovered reserves of natural gas, as well as more than a trillion dollars of rare-earth minerals.

It’s apparently unacceptable that such wealth belong to any nation besides the US, and Washington’s fervent opposition to the NSR is a sure sign of its strategic importance. The US Navy has characterized the artery as an attempt to institute the "unlawful regulation of maritime traffic," and has threatened to carry out the same kind of freedom of navigation missions in the Russian Arctic as it has in China-claimed waters in the South China Sea.

In 2021, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia of "exploiting [climate] change to try to exert control over new spaces" in the Arctic, including via the modernization of military bases.
US soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, part of the 6th Marine Regiment participate in the international military exercise Cold Response 22, at Sandstrand, North of in Norway, on March 21, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.05.2023
World

What Can Russia Do to Thwart Unwanted Intrusions Into the Northern Sea Route?
Fortunately for Moscow, the task of protecting Russia’s northern waters from foreign encroachment has been made easier by the country’s outsized spending on military vessels and icebreakers capable of operating in frigid Arctic temperatures, and by decades of US under-investment by comparison.
Earlier this year, for example, it was reported the US Coast Guard was forced to delay the commissioning of a new polar-class icebreaker until 2027, while Russia’s Rosatomflot signed a contract on the construction of its sixth and seventh Arktika-class nuclear icebreakers, which will join the 50+ icebreakers of various classes already in operation. For the moment, the United States operates just two icebreakers, a state of affairs which should complicate its freedom of navigation ambitions for years to come.

One of the two USCG ice breakers was commissioned 50 years ago, and is in a state of chronic dis-repair to the point it had to be rescued during antarctic service.

The other is a "medium class" ice breaker, in capable of breaking more than a foot or two of ice..

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 20 2023 20:34 utc | 30

Beijing says it uncovered US National Security Agency operatives behind cyberattack on Chinese university
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3234492/beijing-says-it-uncovered-us-national-security-agency-operatives-behind-cyberattack-chinese?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=3234492&utm_medium=share_widget
Second Date’ software used in Northwestern Polytechnical University attack is potent cyber espionage tool developed by US agency, says state media
After global tracing, Chinese team reportedly found ‘thousands of network devices’ across the country still infected by the spyware and its derivatives

China says it has identified US National Security Agency operatives while investigating a recent cyberattack on Northwestern Polytechnical University, as its top spying and anti-espionage agency vowed on Thursday to root out all “digital spies”.
The revelation came just three days after Beijing revealed more details about John Shing-wan Leung, a Hong Kong permanent resident and US citizen the Chinese Ministry of State Security said posed as a philanthropist while snooping for information. He was jailed for life for espionage in May, two years after his arrest in China.

State-run CCTV said on Thursday that China’s National Computer Virus Emergency Response Centre, with help from Chinese antivirus company 360 Total Security, had discovered the identity of the National Security Agency (NSA) operative or operatives – the broadcaster did not specify how many or name them – after it extracted “multiple samples” of a spyware called “Second Date”.

It said the spyware was used in the cyberattack on Northwestern Polytechnical University in Shaanxi province.

‘Stop stealing’: China condemns US over Trojan horse cyberattacks on state-funded university
The report said technical analysis showed that Second Date was a cyber-espionage weapon developed by the NSA to sniff out and hijack network traffic and insert malicious codes.

Quoting senior engineer at the National Computer Virus Emergency Response Centre Du Zhenhua, it said software was a potent cyberespionage tool that enabled attackers to take control of target network devices and the data traffic flowing through them, and use them as a “forward base” for the next stage of attacks. It could run on various operating systems and was compatible with multiple architectures.

Du was quoted as saying the spyware was usually used in conjunction with various network device vulnerability attack tools from the NSA’s Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO). The TAO, now renamed Computer Network Operations, is a cyberwarfare intelligence-gathering unit.

China’s foreign ministry says the international community should be highly vigilant about CIA activities as a new report alleges a years-long global cyberattack campaign. Photo: AFP
The report said that after global tracing, the Chinese team found “thousands of network devices” across the country were still infected by the spyware and its derivatives. It said they also found springboard servers remotely controlled by the NSA in Germany, Japan, South Korea, India and Taiwan.

Those pesky Chinese...!

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 20 2023 20:39 utc | 31

@Norwegian | Sep 20 2023 18:09 utc | 22

I don't think the supposed pilots name is public. Perhaps there wasn't a pilot. Perhaps the plane didn't crash where it is claimed, there are no photos of plane parts.
Apropos what crashed fighter jets look like, here are closeups of the SU-34 that just crashed in Voronezh.

🇷🇺 Photo of a Su-34 that crashed today in the Voronezh region from a close angle
https://t.me/Slavyangrad/63944

The story about the F-35 is suspicious because it doesn't make sense and doesn't include any verifiable evidence.

Posted by: Norwegian | Sep 20 2023 20:43 utc | 32

reply to 20, 32

There is a crazy rumor that it was downed by .50 caliber arms fire. Weird.

Posted by: Eighthman | Sep 20 2023 20:52 utc | 33

Dr George w. Oprisk0 10

Thank you for this post.
My father was an ele trial engineer who spent most of his career designing weapons systems but happily concluded his career designing the EMI body scanner. So a big thanks to him for when I had a spent put in.

I ignored his knowledge of electronics and became a bookbinder and conservator, and all the ladies in my family have Art degrees. Now, much too late I realise that my second career as an electrician is redundant in the PV future because there are so many ways to control electric shocks other than overloads tripping. Electronics is the key.

Eventually I suppose the 3 phase , mechanically produced type of electricity will cease to exist in domestic and commercial premises.
That would be the end of the second Steam Age. The third steam age might use solar power to directly create steam in very hot countries.

Lastly, I have come to the conclusion that refrigeration technology would be a disaster for the planet in the form of domestic heating because the gases used are far worse for atmosphere than CO2. Laissez faire Liberal politics sends a disastrous message to installers that laissez-faire installation of freons is OK. So that little problem puts the kibosh on everything that the green washers are currently planning.

War and warmongering are by far the greatest potential pollutants. Could we castrate all politicians as a condition of public service, before they murder us all?

Posted by: Giyane | Sep 20 2023 20:53 utc | 34

The attack on Russell Brand escalated rapidly. It is notable that none of these "me-too" style hysterias have ever held up in court, at least those that eventually made it to a courtroom. The attack on Salmond was clearly political, and there is little reason to believe this current brouhaha is not the same. Whatever the stated motivations, these elite media-driven spectacles appear to operate with a specific agenda concerned with diminishing due-process, presumption of innocence, and other long-standing legal protocols. This on top of the immediate "lynching" effect - curtailment of livelihood and throttling of audience potential on the larger social media platforms.

Posted by: jayc | Sep 20 2023 20:54 utc | 35

Dr. George W Oprisko @ 29

The USA ban on chip technology to China stops China from selling things abroad, and maybe at home if the Chinese want to be nice, doesn't stop them at all from using USA patents for their military's use, though I guess when the Chinese fire a DF26 at a USA aircraft carrier the USA can try and take them to court over it 🙃

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 20 2023 21:00 utc | 36

Does anyone have any insight into how the current Canada/India friction over Khalistan

Posted by: farm ecologist | Sep 20 2023 14:01 utc | 3


Posted by: BB | Sep 20 2023 17:49 utc | 19 offers a great deal of insight.

I would add see the Air India bombing history to find some applicable considerations as well.

You can find Surrey BC on the crime index here;

https://canadacrimeindex.com/crime-severity-index?sort=population&min_population=0&province=

Read earlier that Trudeau made a statement saying he had 'consulted with with the US and UK' before making his incendiary statement. Like Chester was to Spike in the old time cartoons when children's cartoons made them laugh, not reach for an X Box controller.

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 20 2023 21:26 utc | 37

jayc @ 35

The way I see it these allegations against Assange and Brand are too easy to fake. CIA or whoever just has to surveil using cell phone, credit cards, social media, present and past family and acquaintances of their target till they find a weak point. Everyone has a fuck up relative or friend.

Brother, father, child, cousin, friend that is in some trouble even minor, drugs, debt etc and use it to blackmail the person to become an accuser towards you. "Say you were raped and your wayward brother-in-law won't spend 20ys in jail for minor pot possession which we will see turned into a dealing charge. If you do your job well at the end there will be a Macy's shopping bag with $100,000 in cash for your services, in fact here's $30K up front. Don't let us down."

Reason it took so long for them to get Brand, why they let him get so big, is it probably took them till now to find a weak spot in his relationships and put a scheme together. If I'm right it would suggest he's actually pretty clean.

Which is why Brand should high tail it to Russia before they take his passport. If the accusations are crooked, like Assange, then the trial and conviction will be crooked. He may not stand a chance. People say he's a Mason, has 33 tattooed on his arm, maybe that's enough for them to go light on him, make him retire to become a self help guru in Arizona or something and promise to stay away from controversial issues.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 20 2023 21:33 utc | 38

farm ecologist @ 3

Emil Cosman's take (rant) on Canada v. India, sounds good to me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMia2vZcu90

Remember Meng Wanzhou? If Lithuania is the USA's Chihuahua, and Poland is its crack house Pit Bull, Canada is its Jack Russell Terrier.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 20 2023 21:49 utc | 39

@1
Issue of Azerbaijan Armenia conflict is quite complex and involves variety of international actors(Russia, USA, GB, Iran, Turkey, France, India, Pakistan, China, Italy, EU, Georgia) because of it central to the East - West logistic route alternative (Silk road), US intentions to reduce Russia invludence in the Black Sea, project Turan - the union of turkic nations from Turkey to Kyrgyzstan + Pakistan, logistic route South North (Iran, Armenia, Georgia) backed by India, Iran, France and probably USA, pushing Russia out of South Caucasus.
Historical pretext of conflict can be read from Thomas de Waal book Black garden which looks like least biased book written by Western authors. Though the pretext of conflict goes back to 1918, and even earlier than that.
Worth to mention also, this conflict was one of the first in the USSR aimed at dismantling Communist Party regime, and was re-initiated by Soviet and probably some other Western intelligence units.

Posted by: asehi | Sep 20 2023 22:16 utc | 40

Fascinating documentary about the Chinese experience in Africa. Just remember that it’s about a small project abt. twelve years ago. The Chinese supervisor makes many great points. I doubt that much has changed since, except far more reliance on Chinese workers to do much more of the actual work.

https://youtu.be/kOkrYW3vF0o

Posted by: Somboto | Sep 20 2023 22:18 utc | 41

The coverage of the apparent surrender of the Nagorno-Karabakh government after over a year of blockade by the Azeri army in the WSJ is astounding.

https://www.wsj.com/world/in-blow-to-russia-armenian-separatists-capitulate-in-nagorno-karabakh-552db48d

In Blow to Russia, Armenian Separatists Capitulate in Nagorno-Karabakh

It reminds me of Hilary's comment about women being the primary victims of war because "they lose their husbands, their sons". 120,000 Armenians about to be ethnically cleansed, slow motion or otherwise from ancient land, Russia hardest hit. That's all you need to know reader, clearly the Armenians were the bad guys. The Russians aren't inclined to intervene because you people goaded them into invading Ukraine. They have a problem because though Armenia has no choice but to rely on Russia for alliance and security, Azerbaijan can pivot to Turkey anytime they want. The Russians thus can't divert any military attention there because the Turks would just prop the Azeris up and form a second front.

Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh agreed Wednesday to disarm and discuss reintegration with Azerbaijan following a swift but deadly assault by Azeri forces, a capitulation that signals the end of decades of ethnic-Armenian rule in the enclave and the rapid decline of Russian influence in the former Soviet Union territories.

The terms of the cease-fire lay groundwork that could bring to a close the autonomous rule by the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, which was won from Baku in a bloody yearslong war after the fall of the Soviet empire.

"Soviet empire", this is a news article not an editorial. Who wrote this?

https://www.wsj.com/news/author/thomas-grove

Thomas Grove covers the confrontation of Russia with the West for The Wall Street journal. He is based in Warsaw.

Yeah, that sounds about right. A journalist, based in Warsaw, who covers the confronttion of Russia with the West as his full time job. No mention of any possible confrontation of the USA with Russia...

Who wants to bet that Azerbaijan will be banned from the Eurovision next year? They weren't after the 2020 war. Hilariously the next edition of the Eurovision after the war had Azerbaijan but not Armenia because the Armenian national broadcaster had obvious resource issues.

Posted by: Altai | Sep 20 2023 22:20 utc | 42

Posted by: DilNir | Sep 20 2023 15:04 utc | 6

Just wanting to correct the record. Russian peacekeepers did not have to help Armenians to ethnically cleanse Artsakh Nagorno Karabakh of Azeris(Muslims). Why not? Well ,because it was always a majority Armenian land going back thousands of years, well before Islamified -Turkified people who became the Azeris came there. Who are those Azeris? They are an Iranian people ,kin of the Persians who have become Turkified by the Turks even after they became Islamified. That is why Iran looks at them with a jaundiced eye, they are traitors to the Iranian peoples who instantly thought themselves a different people once Russia conquered the area in the early 1800s.

The Armenians have always considered it conquered territory by all Muslim rulers who have ruled over it since the spread of Islam in the 600AD s. To the Armenians and many right -thinking people it is unliberated land that was never ruled by Armenians -apart from the break up of the USSR till now- even though they are the majority and have never really left their land. To those who believe in self-determination ,the Armenians have international law to back them .Similarly, if it is good enough for Kosovo ,it is good enough for Artsakh Nagorno Karabakh.

Posted by: Wondrous | Sep 20 2023 22:23 utc | 43

One other thing, humans are weak things. Some people who renounce the first politics, because they basically know beyond a shred of doubt that everything is impermanent, even his/her life, cannot deal with the aftermath of this realisation, and turn to hieroglyphs, sacred scriptures etc. Anything to blind oneself again to the knowledge of "everything is impermanent".

Posted by: AOTP | Sep 20 2023 19:03 utc | 26

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Interesting rant. I have read it 3 times and cannot discern what value was in it for me.

Everything except the Creator is impermanent. That's simple to understand, and even easier to accept if one desires to.

Posted by: LoveDonbass | Sep 20 2023 22:40 utc | 44

Posted by: Giyane | Sep 20 2023 20:53 utc | 34

Is most of your work as an electrician in righting overloads / fuses burned? Here in Aus, the electricians collectively supported political parties that led to more solar energy. Are you saying that it was short-term thinking for them to do so, as they now will have reduced opportunities ,due to electronic trip-prevention in solar electrically - powered homes?

Electricians and associated solar-panel installers have made a killing here , and there appears to be no cloud on the horizon - at least on what is publicly let out by electricians.

Posted by: Wondrous | Sep 20 2023 22:53 utc | 45

man maybe the story about the Pentagon losing its fancy pants plane may not be true, but i would like to believe it. i'm not sure at all how competent the Pentagon is, why would it have to be it has an endless money spigot in congress, it doesn't win wars against significant opposition, it's good at propaganda particularly about its weapons systems which are notorious boondoggles, etc. the pentagon seems more like a distribution hub for money to various defense contractors than a real military.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Sep 20 2023 23:01 utc | 46

Farm Ecologist @ 3:

Answering your question may be difficult, not least because within the pro-Khalistani separatist movement there's no agreement on what Khalistan's borders should actually be, and whether Khalistan includes only those areas in the Indian state of Punjab (an administrative area distinct from the Punjab region itself which historically includes the province of Punjab in northeast Pakistan, the name "Punjab" being a reference to the five rivers flowing through the region that become part of the Indus river) with a Sikh majority, the entire state of Punjab in India itself, or Punjab (India) along with areas in other surrounding Indian states such as Chandigarh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

The Indian state of Punjab has an overall Sikh majority (at least over 50% of the state's population, according to censuses taken in 2001 and 2011) whereas Punjab province in Pakistan is dominated by Islam (over 97% of the population there).

I should think the current issue over Khalistan comes from the fact that Sikhs play quite prominent roles in Canada's politics and economy (they dominate the trucking industry in that country, a fact that should not have been lost on Trudeau during the truckers' strike) and Trudeau himself has depended on Sikh support for his government to continue. He has had Sikhs in his cabinet since becoming Prime Minister.

It looks as if Trudeau is in political trouble and is courting the Sikh community for more support so he can gain another term as Prime Minister when general elections are held in 2025. But as usual, he seems tone-deaf to the consequences of blatantly courting Sikhs to the extent of appealing to extremist elements in that community.

When Trudeau dropped references to 'Sikh extremism' from terror threat report

... In December 2018, the Canadian government released its annual 'Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada'. This was the first time the Canadian government had made an outright mention of 'Sikh extremism' and Khalistan in its annual terror threat report.

The report said Canada continued to face threats from “individuals inspired to commit violence based on other forms of extremism, including from...Sikh (Khalistani) extremists”.

The report further mentioned that attacks by Khalistanis in Canada were extremely limited, but "some Canadians continue to support these extremist groups, including through financing".

Following the release of the report, Trudeau's government faced backlash from Sikh groups, who campaigned for deleting references to Sikh extremism and Khalistan.

Notorious Khalistan supporter and chief of banned outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, accused Trudeau of labelling Sikhs as "terrorists" and seeing them only as a "cash cow" to help fund elections.

The report posed a dilemma for Trudeau's Liberal Party before the election as the Sikh diaspora formed a notable part of its vote bank. Organisers of the annual Khalsa parade in Surrey had threatened to bar any member of the Liberal Party from speaking from the platform during the Baisakhi event.

Moreover, at that time, there were at least 16 Sikh MPs in the Trudeau government, including four in his cabinet. The then Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was a Sikh as well ...

... In the eye of a storm, Trudeau's government gave in to the pressure and published a revised report in April 2019. In the new report, the mention of Sikh extremism and Khalistan was gone.

The updated report mentioned that: "Government will carefully select terminology that focuses on the intent or ideology. As a first step, the government has updated terminology used in the 2018 report to eliminate terminology that unintentionally impugns an entire religion."

The update came hours before Trudeau and his then defence minister Harjit Sajjan were to participate in the Baisakhi event organised by Khalsa Diwan Society’s Ross Street Gurdwara in Vancouver.

Following the update, Trudeau and Sajjan were welcomed by the Sikh community at the Vaisakhi parade ...

... Former Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh, who was the chief minister of Punjab in 2019, had criticised Trudeau for the move and had called it "politically motivated".

"The Trudeau government has taken this decision under political pressure and is targeted to woo Sikhs in the election year. Trudeau is playing with fire as the decision will hit Indo-Canadian ties. Removal of Sikh extremism will also pose a threat to India's national security," Captain Amarinder Singh said ...

... Sikhs form about 2 per cent of Canada's total population. The community is politically influential in Canada, which can be understood by the fact that there were 18 Sikh MPs in the Canadian parliament in 2019, while India had only 13 Sikh MPs the same year.

In March 2022, Trudeau's Liberal Party joined hands with the New Democratic Party (NDP) led by Jagmeet Singh, his political rival. In October 2022, the NDP openly supported the Khalistan Referendum on Canadian soil, calling it the "basic human right of Canadian Sikhs enshrined in local and international laws".

Jagmeet Singh's support is essential for Trudeau to continue as Canada's prime minister till 2025.

Posted by: Refinnejenna | Sep 20 2023 23:19 utc | 47

BB @19
It's puzzling to learn that Jagmeet believes in Khalistan. I didn't think that he believed in anything.

Posted by: bevin | Sep 20 2023 18:00 utc | 21

Sure he does. He believes that advocating for free stuff for the masses is good politics and good for his political future.

The NDP has strayed so far from it's roots as in Tommy Douglas's CCF that it's a completely different vessel and adrift without a capable Captain at the helm. However, it's demise began before the Jolly Jag Man appeared on the scene, when the Toronto urbanites seized control from the old timers whose focus was on organizing the little people to get a fair shake for their honest toil and risks they took year after year as producers of Canada's vast agricultural endeavors, from the Robber Barons of old.

The Jolly Jag Man is a product of the politically ambitious Jack Layton whose naked desire brought him to vote with the destructive Conservative Party of the day and it's leader Stephen Harper to bring down Paul Martin's minority gov't.

Imagine an avowed socialist voting with a Corporate and foreign interests advocating Conservative

Martin was an establishment guy, but a capable one who not only nixed bank amalgamation thus saving Canada from the 2008 US caused economic meltdown, he also crafted the Kelowna Accords to address the Indigenous peoples long standing / systemic problems and little Jack threw all that into the dustbin for his own ambitions. So, now there's his replacement, apparently with his own priorities which also appear contrary to the best interests of the majority.

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 20 2023 23:22 utc | 48

Which is why Brand should high tail it to Russia before they take his passport. If the accusations are crooked, like Assange, then the trial and conviction will be crooked. He may not stand a chance. People say he's a Mason, has 33 tattooed on his arm, maybe that's enough for them to go light on him, make him retire to become a self help guru in Arizona or something and promise to stay away from controversial issues.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 20 2023 21:33 utc | 38

Scarier than you think. Many states have removed the statute of limitations for sex crimes which means any hetero male in the US and likely Europe, can and will get the Brand treatment if they are popular enough and not on message with the empire.

And there's no chance the charges are true. 4 unnamed Hollywood sluts trying to bag an influencial star to help their career, who never reported any of this to police over a decade or more ago when it supposedly occurred and it all comes out just as he starts critiquing western institutions and the war on Russia in Ukraine to his millions of followers.

We can't all go to Russia, so the only alternative is to take back our country en masse.

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Sep 20 2023 23:24 utc | 49

Posted by: BB | Sep 20 2023 17:49 utc | 19

Also @LoveDonbass, Refinejenna

The borders of 'Khalistan' (if you look at maps they put on the 'net) are 3/4 in Pakistani Punjab (they seem to be inspired by the maximal boundaries of the kingdom of Maharana Ranjit Singh and more)... so yeah, they seem to want a big chunk of Pakistan and a relatively small one of India...

The problem with Trudeau's

Posted by: Deeplurker | Sep 20 2023 23:45 utc | 50

Anyway, this video was interesting about the whole India-Canada flap:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tINZIFK3uQc

I am privy to intelligence on the basis of which I can make credible allegations that Justin Trudeau wears pink socks. I will share this intelligence with my allies, though I cannot reveal my evidence in open court for obvious reasons.


Posted by: Deeplurker | Sep 20 2023 23:53 utc | 51

As expected, the UNGA has become a cat fight. A great many events occurred today and more will follow. Trying to keep pace will be a trial. Biden's performance was foreshadowed and he delivered his lies rather well. Lavrov has yet to speak to the GA as he addressed the UNSC today. That and more will eventually be published at my substack. Global Times has a decent recap. Iran's Raisi declared the Outlaw US Empire's “project to Americanize the world has failed,” which is true but it keeps on trying and that's where the big problem lies.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 21 2023 0:14 utc | 52

Giving Artsakh to Baku would discredit Moscow's claims of Crimea.

At this point, I wouldn't know if Vladimi Putin is retarded or wants to slowly destroy Russia.

Posted by: Katerina | Sep 21 2023 0:26 utc | 53

Ahenobarbus @ 49

Scarier than you think.

I think it's pretty scary. Too many people think the Assange persecution is a vendetta by the Clintons, it is that but it is specifically a deep state warning to leakers and journalists across the west (Assange isn't even a USA citizen) that the inverted totalitarianism of the cold war has now been turned right side up, Fourth Reich has risen, ding-dong wakey-wakey, get with the program or we will stick our claws in you and not relent, no mercy.

The entire Assange message blares No Mercy, Assange is to scare old media straight. If Brand is about sending the same message to the YouTubers, bloggers, social media dissenters, then he's screwed. I've been following Russell since his Trews years, I think he's a genuine good soul. I hope he makes it out ok.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 21 2023 0:41 utc | 54

Katerina @ 53

Giving Artsakh to Baku would discredit Moscow's claims of Crimea.

I think we are in a stark "might makes right" phase at this moment in history. No one gives a crap about contradictions anymore, that was a quaint cold war thing.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 21 2023 0:45 utc | 55

@ 55.

Don't feed to the trolls please.

But to your point, the Russians can't force the Armenians to fight. Which is the *real* crux of the issue.

Yerevan wants to the Russians to fight Azerbaijan for them, or act as scapegoats for the loss of N-K. This gives the government an excuse and pacifies the collective ego of the Armenian population.

The RF is under no obligation to play along with either.

They were probably right not to embroil themselves further in a Caucasian s**show, particularly on behalf of a slimy two-faced Armenian government or Baku's Dark Borat.

Posted by: Urban Fox | Sep 21 2023 1:02 utc | 56

Posted by: Urban Fox | Sep 21 2023 1:02 utc | 56

The RF is under no obligation to play along with either.

Russia was Armenia's ally and protector. It was under obligation for the former. But Russia failed its ally in both 2020 and 2023. That failure sends a message that Russia is unreliable as an ally. That's what prompted Pashinyan's desperate attempt to pivot to the US and the West, even though the US was allied with the Aliyev family. The person that the angry crowds in Yerevan will bring to replace Pashinyan will likely be anti-Russian.

Posted by: Inkan1969 | Sep 21 2023 1:28 utc | 57

Reuters has a posting title up showing us what UN projection really looks like

'Stop the war' and Zelenskiy need not speak, UN Security Council chair tells Russia

The shit show continues until it doesn't

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 21 2023 1:36 utc | 58

On Armenia, 20 September 2023 20:45: "Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan at the initiative of the Armenian side."

Discussed the latest developments in the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh. Vladimir Putin noted with satisfaction that it had been possible to overcome the acute phase of the conflict, and welcomed what had been achieved with the active participation of Russian peacekeepers Agreement on the complete cessation of hostilities and the holding of September 21 negotiations between representatives of Baku and Stepanakert. These negotiations will take place with the mediation of the leadership of the Russian peacekeeping contingent.

Despite under difficult conditions, peacekeepers continue to clearly carry out their tasks, provide comprehensive assistance to civilians and refugees, including by forces military doctors.

It is hoped that in the future the situation will develop in the direction of de-escalation and stabilization.

Nikol Pashinyan has dug himself a deep hole. Will he escape?

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 21 2023 1:43 utc | 59

Karabakh integration into Azerbaïjan parallels Donbas and Tauride integration into Russia. Simple as that.
It can of course be read the way around as a capture of a region from Armenia/Ukraine by Azerbaïjan/Russia respectively. But this loss of territory by Armenia is welcomed by the Neo-Carolingians (= the "West", a misnomer...).
So if Armenia losing Karabakh to Azerbaïjan is good, then the same Ukraine losing Donbass-Tauride to Russia...

Karabakh Armenians are of course upset against Pashanyan, but "mainland" Armenians have been worked since long by Neo-Carolingians organizations. What is the real position of Pashanyan is unclear: a fool or an agent traitor to his own country.

Anyway the move there is a desperate try of the Carolingians to create a disruptive corridor through the Caucasus.
Idea is of course to get a corridor to Caspian and KZ gas supplies, to make harder Iran-Russia logistics via Azerbaijan, and have a military base just there by Iran border and Caspian.
On the other hand Turks are not wanting to become yet another little toy of the Carolingians. Erdogan remembers too well the 2016 American coup attempt, the attacks on the turkish banking system, and as he reminded the other day, the fact that EU will keep Turkish candidature in limbo ad vitam aeternam. Ursula Von der Nazien wants to turbo speed membership of the broken and rotten Khokholandia in complete disrespect of Turkya...
Turks play in their own interests and know very well that Anglo-Saxons are no good.
Iran succeeded in trading some gringos they kept jailed for a while, for the release of some frozen iranian assets. This money in $/£/€ stays under control and scrutiny of the gringos, but so long Iran doesn't buy nuclear related stuff they still can use it for social domestic matters. Otherwise Iran isn't given anything else.

So on all fronts United Suki of Amerika and United Kunts have not having an easy time.

Posted by: Timur | Sep 21 2023 1:46 utc | 60

@ LightYearsFromHome | Sep 20 2023 21:33 utc | 38

Yes, I'm inclined to agree with you there. Very much mirrors Assange's unfolding story and how it played out. Brand should leg it asap and not waste time. It's wrong what's being done to him, and imo, obviously so. But he can't win, the whole system is corrupted in the UK west.

Posted by: Lavrov's Dog | Sep 21 2023 2:00 utc | 61

LoveDonbass | Sep 20 2023 14:09 utc | 4
d | Sep 20 2023 15:18 utc | 9
BB | Sep 20 2023 17:49 utc | 19
bubbles | Sep 20 2023 21:26 utc | 37
Deeplurker | Sep 20 2023 23:53 utc | 51
and especially Refinnejenna | Sep 20 2023 23:19 utc | 47

Many thanks for your helpful responses to my query!

Maybe I missed something, but I am still unclear as to how/if this Khalistan business fits in with the revocation of Article 370 in 2019. My previous impression was that that was predominantly an anti-Muslim action by parliament. Completely unrelated, apart from the common geography?

Posted by: farm ecologist | Sep 21 2023 2:08 utc | 62

psychohistorian | Sep 21 2023 1:36 utc | 58--

Albania is the current chair-holding nation. Lavrov turned the tables on him. Imagine a scoring thrust while fencing:

"All the facts of the 'engineering' of the Ukrainian crisis have long been known, but they are trying in every possible way to silence, to 'cancel' the entire history until 2014. Therefore, the topic of today's meeting, proposed by the Albanian presidency, is very opportune and allows us to restore the chronological chain of events, and it is in the context of the attitude of the main actors to the implementation of the principles and goals of the UN Charter." [My Emphasis]

Lavrov then proceeds to recap the whole sordid affair from the first coup in 2004-5 to the present as a well-seasoned Prosecuting Attorney would do. IMO, it's devastating. Soon to be on my substack.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 21 2023 2:23 utc | 63

Here is a brief primer on India, Canadastan, and "Khalistan":

1. Sikhism is not a fully independent religion from Hinduism. It started as an egalitarian monotheistic Hindu sect, and then morphed into a warrior sect that claimed to protect Hindus from the Mughal Empire that then ruled North India, and at independence in 1947 nobody raised any questions about an "independent Sikh homeland". Sikhs were forced out of Pakistan en masse in 1947 just as Hindus were.

2. In the 1970s Sikh politics became increasingly identitarian because of several factors including employment opportunities that I won't go into here, but the end result was a Sikh religious assembly issuing a set of demands called the Anandpur Sahib Resolution. This called for the (slightly Sikh majority) state of Punjab to be given near total autonomy, with the Indian government only being in charge of defence, foreign affairs, currency and communications. If this had been accepted, all other states would have demanded the same, and the country would inevitably have fallen apart. No government could have accepted it, and the government did not.

3. In reaction to the government not accepting the demand, the Sikh political party the Akali Dal began agitating "peacefully" (said peaceful agitation included grain blockades). At the same time multiple armed groups began a low scale insurgency for an independent state of "Khalistan". The most important and influential of these groups, which had no actual name, was one led by a cleric called Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

4. The borders of this "Khalistan" deoended on which of the insurgent groups you asked. To some it included all of India except Kashmir. To others it included all of India except Kashmir and the north east. To yet others it included various areas of North India. And to some it also had parts of Pakistan. None of this prevented Pakistan from arming and training numbers of insurgents in makeshift training camps in various Pakistani jails, because Pakistan knew that there was no chance of Khalistan ever becoming a thing anyway.

5. In 1980 Indira Gandhi, who had been kicked out of office in a shock electoral loss in 1977, returned to power. She was by that stage utterly paranoid and had only one aim: to hold on to power, not just in the country but in her own Congress Party. In order to destabilise the Akali Dal - which only wanted autonomy - in Punjab she began covertly encouraging the insurgency.

6. In the insurgency at this time Bhindranwale's outfit was by far the most numerous, well armed, and influential, and Indira Gandhi selectively armed and trained it in preference to other smaller groups opposed to Bhindranwale like the Babbar Khalsa. (This worked about as well as you'd expect, with the Babbar Khalsa becoming a far greater problem in the long run.) Bhindranwale even campaigned for Indira Gandhi in Punjab state elections, appeared alongside Indira Gandhi's Cobgress Party stooge Zail Singh on stage, and took over multiple gurdwaras (Sikh temples) all over Punjab.

7. By 1981-2 Bhindranwale had got so powerful that his men conducted a massive procession and vehicular convoy in broad daylight in the middle of Delhi, waving around automatic weapons and shouting secessionist slogans....and the government and its security services did nothing. Sikh Communist politician Harkishan Singh Surjeet demanded in Parliament to know why this had been allowed, but the government made no response.

8. By early 1984 Bhindranwale had infiltrated and then taken over the most important Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple in Amritsar. He heavily fortified the temple complex and surrounding buildings, and made it his headquarters from where his death squads went out to murder and extort from people. By that point Punjab had turned into an ISIS style Sikh Caliphate.

9. In June 1984 Indira Gandhi, faced with a situation of her own making that was spiralling out of control, sent the military to capture the Golden Temple. This episode, called Operation Bluestar, was one of the most significant things that happened in India in the last 50 years. After a bloody storming attack the insurgents in the Temple were eliminated and Bhindranwale killed...but the Temple was largely destroyed, Sikhs worldwide were outraged, and Bhindranwale suddenly became a martyr. Some Sikh troops in the army even mutinied.

10. On 31 October 1984 Indira Gandhi was murdered by her own Sikh bodyguards in retaliation for Operation Bluestar. There's no evidence that said bodyguards were part of any insurgent group or supported Khalistan. This was followed by a days-long anti Sikh pogrom organised and led by Gandhi's Congress Party, which, of course, created more support for the insurgency.

11. In June 1985, Canadastani citizens who were part of Babbar Khalsa put bombs on board two Air India passenger planes flying from Canadastan to India. One of the bombs exploded in transit in Narita Airport in Tokyo killing two luggage handlers. The other blew up Air India Flight 182, a Boeing 747, over the Atlantic killing 329 people, the vast majority of whom were ironically Canadastani citizens.

12. Over the next few years, the Khalistani groups continued a campaign of murder across Punjab and in other parts of aindia, killing, among others, Akali Dal leader Harchand Singh Longowal, retired general Arun Vaidya, who had been army chief art the time of Operation Bluestar, and Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh. In 1987 they even briefly recaptured the rebuilt Golden Temple, but this time the authorities managed to flush them out by a siege and sniper fire (Operation Black Thunder II) instead of another idiotic all out attack.

13. By the early 1990s the Khalistani groups had become totally criminalised, carrying out land grabs, acting as hitmen for pay, and drug and gun running. Most of their victims were, of course, other Sikhs.

14. At this point the Punjab Police, under Sikh director general of police Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, began a ruthless campaign to exterminate the Khalistanis. This involved eliminating anyone who was even remotely suspected of being a Khalistani. This campaign was probably even bloodier than the insurgency itself, but it worked; by the mid 90s the armed groups had been crushed, the few surviving leaders having fled abroad to Pakistan (like Wassan Singh Zaffarwal) or, of course, to the world centre of nazism and terrorism, Canadastan.

15. Here are a few points:

(a) The Khalistanis, as opposed to the Akalis, never had the support of the majority of Sikhs.
(b) The Akalis today are a fragmented bunch of parties who have little support among Sikhs and Akali Dal factions are allied with Modi's BJP anyway.
(c) No Indian government, whichever it may be, will ever allow the Khalistani movement to get going again under any circumstances.
(d) India has noticed that Khalistanism has suddenly started making loud noises ever since India refused to join the anti Russian bandwagon. This is not a coincidence.
(e) Just like Canadastan openly supports and encourages nazis in Ukraine and jihadis in Syria, it makes zero effort to crack down on Khalistanis in Canada.
(f) Khalistanis in Canada openly conduct armed training camps with automatic weapons. For fun? I don't think so.

16. On that basis, pre emptively taking out these Khalistanis is not just a logical but necessary move.

17. Canadastan is no longer of much importance to India. Relations with it are much less important than preventing the insurgency from starting up again.

That is all.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Sep 21 2023 2:38 utc | 64

A look at the rising multipolar order, and why history has no end, through the lens of the Western concept of Oriental despotism:

https://www.beyondwasteland.net/p/oriental-despotism-historys-eternally

Posted by: KevinB | Sep 21 2023 3:00 utc | 65

@ Altai | Sep 20 2023 22:20 utc | 42

Thanks for the news report on Armenian separatists. Possibly this is the most sane and logical response - to "quit" and face reality. It was fake enclave based on ethnic cleansing of Muslims to start with.

The current dramas do go back to the soviet collapse 3 decades ago fyi
Modern Armenia is very much a product of Imperial and Soviet Russia.
https://drpatwalsh.com/2023/09/16/russia-and-armenias-pivot-to-the-west/

Posted by: Lavrov's Dog | Sep 21 2023 3:03 utc | 66

Re: de-dollarization

Indeed, Chinese holders of US Treasuiy debt are not likely going to dump their holdings all at once. Dumping leads to crashing prices in the secondary market.

Their most likely course of action is to simply let their Treasuires mature over time and not buy anymore Treasuires. ( aka stop rolling over their holdings)

Posted by: Exile | Sep 21 2023 3:13 utc | 67

Posted by: Urban Fox | Sep 21 2023 1:02 utc | 56

You are right that Russia is under no moral obligation to help Armenia ; as after all Pashinyan has betrayed Russia numerous times. However, Armenia is a member of CSTO and also has Russian bases there. So Russia defacto has to help Armenia if N. Karabakh and Armenia are threatened by Turco-Azerbaijani /USA. If they don’t , they will lose their bases in Armenia , and lose the North South Axis Corridor that has so much potential for trade . Don’t forget the lost prestige of not coming to the aid of a fellow-Christian nation. The ROW rightly and sadly expects much from Russia.

I would not be surprised that this whole plan -with Pashinian onboard -is to get Russia bogged down on another front. If Pashinian keeps NK and Armenia with Russian help he looks good, if he loses, he can blame Russia and also look good to his American backers.
Sadly Armenia is lost with a corrupt, stupid weakling like him.


Posted by: Timur | Sep 21 2023 1:46 utc | 60

Agree with many points but not others. In any case, I love your term “Neo-Carolingians” and plan to use it or a variation of in future. In my own writing. Well done.

Posted by: Deeplurker | Sep 20 2023 23:53 utc | 51

Pink -socks? Many wear pink socks but are not gay ,but I get your drift. Well why would we be surprised in any case? I have thought that for many a year as his girlish facial features, lascivious but empty expression, choice of being a drama teacher , tending toward leftist woke open causes and being so spineless with the US all give me great confidence that my belief is justified. Please tell us who your allies? If we are not also your allies, why tell us and leave us hanging?

As for the Khalistanis ,they should just shut up. They have no credibility given they have not attacked Pakistan which was also Sikh country (Pakistani Punjab) . If they think , they will have a Khalistan which is bigger than a thumbprint , they better have a paln on how to subjugate Pakistan and the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir.

As for Sikhs in general ,I have very good impressions of them . I like them as a people, I have read their history , and know a little of their religion. It is Islam’s loss that they were not able to coopt these people many centuries ago. Serves the Sunni extremist traditional Muslim rulers right…

Posted by: Wondrous | Sep 21 2023 3:14 utc | 68

@farm ecologist 62

It has nothing to do with the revocation of Article 370.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Sep 21 2023 3:22 utc | 69

@ Neocons | Sep 20 2023 18:20 utc | 23

Regarding Armenia's "pivot to the West," yes, Armenia would love to do that, but they are stuck and almost friendless in the cruel world because of their geography. Little Armenia, the tiny remnant of the earlier Armenian hopes and dreams for a massive state (e.g., https://www.crouchrarebooks.com/maps/the-first-republic-of-armenia-claims-its-ancient-territories ), is a completely landlocked, high mountainous, mostly barren, depleted, almost resourceless, and poor land surrounded by enemies who have very little sympathy for the Armenians owing to more than a century of conflict. Armenia has nothing to offer compared even to Azerbaijan, and much less to Turkey, a vastly larger state. Its only real friend is Iran, similarly outcast. This is despite the fact that a quarter of the Iranians are Turkish-speaking, including those who live along the small Armenian border. Armenia has been forced to stay with the Russian alliance and indeed has somewhat depended on Russian protection for reassurance.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan basks in the support not just of Turkey, but also the US and especially Israel, which hopes to use it against Iran. The vast Turkic world of over 170,000,000 people with majorities in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, and large minorities in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Russia, and China is just way too big of a prize for the US not to pursue and cultivate, and the fewer than 3 million people in Armenia are just not an equal interest, nor can they ever be.

The large Armenian diaspora in the West may hope that they can influence US and other western foreign policies, but they haven't been able to do so to date, and there is no probability that they can do that in the future either. So poor little Armenia is just out of luck and will never get anything. Unfortunately for it, the current situation resembles how the West utilized the Armenians against the Ottoman Empire before the First World War and then dumped them in that war's aftermath. Had the Soviet Union not insisted on reasserting itself in the Caucasus, even the present-day remnant Armenia would probably not have survived.

Posted by: Cabe | Sep 21 2023 3:58 utc | 70

"Lavrov's Devastating UNSC Presentation" is now translated and published. Do please participate in the poll at its end.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 21 2023 4:11 utc | 71

Just an observation:
the climate change (global warming) arguments on virtually every website that is pro-Russian seem to be dominated by people who adamantly do not believe in anthropogenic global warming. This is also true for most "conservative" websites like Zero Hedge, which in the comments and many articles is very clearly pro-Russian (they display up-votes and down-votes).
It is clear to me, and I have studied it for years even before it became so politicized, as well as having worked outside all of my life, that global warming is undeniably real.
Russia, that gigantic land-mass in northern Eurasia that is mostly Siberian taiga and tundra, has a helluva lot to gain economically if the climate continues to warm. The faster the better. Huge masses of formerly unproductive frozen wastelands will eventually become very productive agricultural lands if global warming continues at the present rate.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 4:21 utc | 72

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 4:21 utc | 72

Thinking out loud....maybe the whole political western MSM push for "fighting climate change" might really be about hurting Russia's potential for economic advancement. I would think Canada could also benefit from global warming. Australia not so much. Certainly not the sw US, where I live.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 4:47 utc | 73

If I'm right it would suggest he's actually pretty clean.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 20 2023 21:33 utc | 38

We’re at the stage where my wife says “it doesn’t work anymore”

Commenting on all MSM is blocked, but it you look through Twitter on anything discussing it there’s a clear majority of people who don’t think it’s any more than he’s upset the establishment. Whether they can continue to shut him down on that basis is another matter.

Posted by: PalmaSailor | Sep 21 2023 4:49 utc | 74

Big thank you to Karlof1 for doing the work that the US fake "journalists" and MSM won't do. Please keep it up. Your hard work is greatly appreciated by many.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 4:55 utc | 75

Commenting on all MSM is blocked...

Posted by: PalmaSailor | Sep 21 2023 4:49 utc | 74

Yes it is. Or if it isn't completely blocked, it is very heavily "moderated" to allow only approved comments that support the narrative.

They hate freedom of speech.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 5:11 utc | 76

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Sep 21 2023 2:38 utc | 64

1.5 In 1966, following agitation by the Akali Dal for a 'Sikh and Punjabi-speaking linguistic homeland' (Punjabi Suba movement) for the Sikhs in India, the states of Punjab and Haryana, plus Union Territories Chandigarh and Himachal were created. The state of Punjab had the Sikh majority and was primarily Punjabi speaking as demanded...

So you could say that the Indian state did respond to their concerns at that time...

Posted by: Deeplurker | Sep 21 2023 5:13 utc | 77

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 5:11 utc | 76

Sometimes MSM media websites (if they allow comments at all, which is rare now) will allow a dissenting comment as long as it is easily refuted. They only allow controlled opposition comments, usually over-the-top stuff. Likely a fed poster.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 5:20 utc | 78

Posted by: Wondrous | Sep 21 2023 3:14 utc | 68

Absolutely nothing against gays, poor choice of color, it was meant to be random... OK, burnt ochre with blue spots if you like. I was just aiming for the ridiculous, point being that since evidence would be unlikely to be openly presented even if it existed why make publicly unsubstantiable insinuations? Just looks desperate, which is the last thing you want to look if you are indeed desperate...

Posted by: Deeplurker | Sep 21 2023 5:21 utc | 79

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 4:21 utc | 72

Well, in that case at least Sunak is doing his bit for Russia :).

Posted by: Deeplurker | Sep 21 2023 5:30 utc | 80

@ karlof1 | Sep 21 2023 4:11 utc | 71 with the Lavrov UNSC speech...thanks

Speaking truth to power comes to mind about the speech......like screeching tires as rubber meets road.


Too bad its all been said before and is still ignored by so many.

I hope it keeps being said until listened to seriously.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 21 2023 5:38 utc | 81

"Well, in that case at least Sunak is doing his bit for Russia :)."

Posted by: Deeplurker | Sep 21 2023 5:30 utc | 80

I don't get that comment. Every western politician (US puppet) without question supports political and economic "action" supposedly against global warming. Global warming will clearly benefit the Russian economy and other countries in far northern latitudes. The faster it warms the better!

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 5:50 utc | 82

@Deeplurker 77:

The Anandpur Sahib Resolution was in 1973, so all it did was whet their appetite.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Sep 21 2023 5:50 utc | 83

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 5:50 utc | 82

Gotta go now, but Sunak going off script, as detailed in this latest emission from Grandpa Al:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/sep/21/al-gore-rishi-sunak-climate-crisis

Posted by: Deeplurker | Sep 21 2023 5:54 utc | 84

Wondrous 45

Thanks for your reply. That's great that Australian electricians are thriving on solar work. Here in England the Energy companies put us on a higher tariff if we want to export our PV power to the grid. Why would fossil billionaires listen to us green insects?

Sunak has no power to increase our electricity output in order to support EVs because the engineers are too unionised to change their ways and the financiers are making a killing from fossil fuels. The Ukrainian war has given us Inflation on top of that so nobody can afford to change technologies at the moment in Europe.

All I was saying is that China and others are thinking outside the box, and so far as we can see their inverters achieve electrical safety by non-traditional means. The Australian usiness dinosaurs strongly resisted government measures to promote green energy, and they are now extinct. Here in Europe Big Finance and Big Lies run everything, so most people are suspicious of green technology issued by decree from right wing, self-servibg , war mongering idiots in government like BoJo.

Existing solar inverters made in China are using non-traditional electronic technology. If any government chooses to licence that new technology, people will buy it. But in England you install it at your own risk. Government has far more lucrative work to do building fatuous vanity projects like HS2.
The Tories don't consider us tradesmen sufficiently important to give their attention to. No change here in England , maybe ever.


Posted by: Giyane | Sep 21 2023 6:07 utc | 85

Posted by: Deeplurker | Sep 21 2023 5:54 utc | 84

Thanks for sharing that news, Deeplurker. Al Gore is a political monster. A major reason good jobs in the resources industries have been offshored.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 21 2023 6:25 utc | 86

I think he's a genuine good soul. I hope he makes it out ok.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 21 2023 0:41 utc | 54

I do too. That's what makes all the more disturbing. He's really no threat to them either, but that's how the leadership of a collapsing order behaves. Paranoid lunatics!

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Sep 21 2023 6:29 utc | 87

85

The appalling truth is that the British Conservative Party, who control the privatised electORAL system, still think Empire2, that there are plenty of oil-rich states / stans inside the Russian Federation to add to their portfolio of oil-rich failed states, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Palestine and now Ukraine, for them to easily colonise by playing nuclear poker with Putin.

Australia has made the worst choice ever by allowing USUKIS to use their soil to pursue that evil ambition from the Pacific Ocean. This decision must be immediately reversed because it is propping up the Anglosaxon pillage mentality. Australia is ready to go green with China, Britain isn't.

It will take a Khinzal or a nuke to bring these neanderthal Tories to their non-existant senses. Sunak is ďrunk on British supremacy, and simply doesn't understand anything. Sorry mate , you got to power 250 years too late.
The world badly needs the opposite of
Anglosaxon imperialism. Aw, and I was so enjoying it.

Posted by: Giyane | Sep 21 2023 6:36 utc | 88

Posted by: Wondrous | Sep 21 2023 3:14 utc | 68

Well, the Canada-India row is set to run for a while, looks like we're just in the warmup: in response to the Canadian reduction of consular staff in India for safety reasons, India seems to have completely suspended all visa applications for Canadians -- the announcement at the top of the visa processing site says as much:
https://www.blsindia-canada.com/

Posted by: Deeplurker | Sep 21 2023 6:43 utc | 89

Difference between Artsakh and Crimea: nobody including Armenia ever recognised Artsakh or called Nagorno Karabakh anything but part of Azerbaijan.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Sep 21 2023 6:47 utc | 90

Posted by: Katerina | Sep 21 2023 0:26 utc | 53


Giving Artsakh to Baku would discredit Moscow's claims of Crimea. At this point, I wouldn't know if Vladimi Putin is retarded or wants to slowly destroy Russia.

what are you ? retarded or simply dull ?

for example>
....Armenia’s Pashinyan gives up Karabakh.....
https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/armenias-pashinyan-gives-up-karabakh-abandons-russia-led-csto/

In a speech the same day, Putin claimed that Russia could do little in Nagorno-Karabakh after Armenia recognized it as Azerbaijan’s sovereign territory earlier this year. Pashinyan confirmed that position in the interview with POLITICO, ...
https://www.politico.eu/article/we-cant-rely-russia-protect-us-anymore-nikol-pashinyan-armenia-pm/


Vladimir Putin: Since Armenia has recognised Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan, what is there to discuss? This is the key aspect of the issue. Armenia determined the status of Karabakh itself. That is all there is to it.
http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/72259

Posted by: ghiwen | Sep 21 2023 6:55 utc | 91

RE @ karlof1 | Sep 21 2023 2:23 utc | 63 | 71

an excellent speech as is usual for Lavrov, and well done with the text translation - I vote guilty :-)

Audio translation on video
FM Sergie Lavrov UNSC speech responds to Zelensky's address and others about Ukraine

time marked from 1:55:30
https://www.youtube.com/live/bl7ZbH_LQ0U?si=2uXTf6PWSUjLEIjD&t=6933

Posted by: Lavrov's Dog | Sep 21 2023 6:57 utc | 92

@Deeplurker 89:

Yet another Khalistani was just eliminated in Canadastan, and an Indian mafia group - the Lawrence Bishnoi gang - immediately fell over itself claiming the credit. The Bishnoi gang is well known in India as doing wet work for the government - most if not all of its victims are other gangsters - so draw your own conclusions.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Sep 21 2023 7:12 utc | 93

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast @ 93

I've no idea what's going on with India and its dissidents, but if it winds up Canada and pisses on Trudeau making him put his nation in the geopolitical crossfire then it's fine by me. Give it time and add it to the list of hybrid war blowback against the Empire as its front line economic allies commit seppuku. Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Canada. As their economies shrivel and wither the USA's economy will also, no way around it they are all intertwined. Some sort of clever master plan? Probably just stupidity and an incredible lack of foresight.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 21 2023 8:42 utc | 94

Re Lavrov's UNSC speech @ karlof1 | Sep 21 2023 2:23 utc | 63 | 71 and others as well.

I did a little exercise to search for news reports on his speech ... using 'startpage' and terms: "news Sergei Lavrov speaks at unsc on ukraine sept 20 2023" ... you know they ran out of results which actually included "Lavrov" and his speech on the first page, the second page showed unrelated results from 14 days to months ago.

The speed, and effectiveness of how easy this material is being buried, memory holed, is really disgusting besides equally frightening. I only found 4 pages related to my search terms, most focused on Zelensky not facing Lavrov in person and only reported on his speech not Lavrovs. One site needed to login, register, the other 3 were these:
https://efe.com/en/latest-news/2023-09-21/lavrov-defends-right-to-veto-at-un-security-council-and-criticizes-sanctions/

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Lavrov-at-UN-Security-Council-Meeting-on-Ukraine-20230920-0019.html

https://www.passblue.com/2023/09/20/daily-report-zelensky-blinken-and-lavrov-appear-in-the-security-council-nigeria-and-algeria/

This last one, "passblue" site which reports on UN events, was an article several A4 pages long - only focused on Zelensky and Blinken's speeches - the only thing they had about Lavrov's speech (despite his name being in the title/url) was this one sentence:

"When Lavrov had the floor, he accused Zelensky’s peace formula of “encouraging anti-Russian” policies and insisted that despite his country’s invasion, Russia respects and applies all provisions of the UN Charter."

So, just another nod to Karl (and anyone else who collates such material and publishes for reference over time) because without it next nothing would exist in English websites.

The ref I gave to the video was by PBS in the US (well good for them). I wonder if they will keep it up on YT or if they'll delete it and/or later only have the zelensky and blinken speech as well.

This is mind-numbing manipulation across the board. I knew that happens of course, it's just really hits home in this exercise I did. The only thing people in the west know about Putin, Larov and Russia is what the western media chooses to tell you and let you see. And that is almost zero!

Posted by: Lavrov's Dog | Sep 21 2023 11:24 utc | 95

I'm interested in what the world reaction, if any, is to Zelensky's UN speech. all i see are laudatory articles in the MSM on an initial search. yeah he wants more money, yeah he wants big bad russia punished by the UN, but my impression is the US' ability to browbeat nations (other than the usual pack of poodles) into supporting it is waning, not so coincidentally as the proxy war fails in Ukraine.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Sep 21 2023 11:24 utc | 96

@ Inkan1969

Pashinyan and his crew are pro-Westerners, who give a fig-leaf pretense of "multi-vectoring". They also didn't ask for Russuan help via the CSTO in any useful or timely fashion.

The mobs in Yerevan can do whatever they damn well please and blame Russia for everything It won't unscrew Armenia's position & doesn't change the fact *they* weren't willing to fight for N-K, and were foolish to think Russia would kill off the Azerbaijani forces on their behalf in return for nothing but ingratitude or treachery.

Compare that to the Syrians who proved they *are* worth helping, and crucially can stand on their without needing to be completely propped up.

But of course the anti-RF logic is that the Russians should help their political enemies, against their own interests, at great expense in return for sweet bugger-all.


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@ Wondrous 68.

The Russian bases in Armenia were more to the latter's benefit, intended protect them from Turkey.

I also don't think the north-south corridor is particularly a factor right now, nor is Armenia/Georgia the most useful route. Cultivating Azerbaijan as a transit country is after all a possibility.

As for prestige, there's no sectarian benefit from helping people who don't want it (and who belong to a different denomination) and will curse, whine & otherwise be publicly obnoxious to you. Particularly when Russia has it's own Muslim population and bilateral relationships to think about.

Your right about Pashinyan "clever" maneuvering which will ultimately ruin Armenia, but he was voted into power twice. So at some point you just have to let people suffer the results of their own folly.

After all it's not like these Soros etc-supported types in Armenia ever really hid their nature & intentions.

Posted by: Urban Fox | Sep 21 2023 11:48 utc | 97

The west destroyed Africa, Eurasia will revive it
Matthew Ehret SEP 19, 2023
https://new.thecradle.co/articles/the-west-destroyed-africa-eurasia-will-revive-it

Extracts:

Africa's renaissance is already underway through partnerships with Eurasian powers Russia and China, whose significant contributions are already visible in security, economic, and institutional sectors throughout the continent.
...

Posted by: Lavrov's Dog | Sep 21 2023 12:20 utc | 98

@Wondrous >your term “Neo-Carolingians” and plan to use it or a variation of in future. In my own writing. Well done.
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you are most welcome, thank you. It is since long that the Carolingian-Roman church vs. Byzance-Orthodoxes-Riurikids wars popped in my mind when watching how things evolved since 2000 and the forming of EU. History doesn't repeat itself but iterates in more or less slight re-implementations preceding transformations. EU = Holy Roman Germanic Empire with the USA Frankenstein.
The tectonic split triggered by Russian Federation last year is reminiscent of the decision by Aleksander Nevski in 1246 to split with Carolingians and Rome, because the nastiness of Teutonics and Scandinavians. It's quite something that the northern Riurikids opted to stay under Mongol-Tatar yoke under which they could keep their cultural identity than becoming even more slaves by renouncing orthodoxy and getting under germanic brutality.
Nevski and the Tatars together on Lake of Chudes against Teutonic-Livonians yesterday, nowadays Russian Federation with China and some more vs Neo-Carolingians....

Posted by: Timur | Sep 21 2023 12:43 utc | 99

Bloody bell what a waste of a few hours watching that load of old cock at the UNSC.

What the ef is a “multilateral, rules based, world order’? That the dancing monkeys at the UNSC keep farting on about?

Does it have any relationship to the actual UN Articles? Which are not about variable ‘Rules’.

Multilateral seems to be the new doublespeak for Unipolar.

The speeches by African and UAE and other speakers in clipped English of the aristo variety, Private Shultz too! Apparently German isn’t allowed ,maybe it sounds a bit .. German.
The conquistadors bastards who for centuries have raped and pillaged south and Central America’s. Who keep their own peoples down and poor while they live it up in America and Europe and the desert glass cities.
The U.K. and French liars who claim only tens of thousand dead in Ukraine- who the f*** do they think they are kidding?
As for that President , from Bulgaria? What a total tosser!

That UN is now a turd castle - a tower of bubble - popping as we watch.

Take away the Russian and Chinese vetoes! They beg. Give it to some strange African representative, educated at Oxbridge who knows the King of England and Netherlands, and some strange excolonial dogs dinner country , India, which should have long ago reverted to its desperate states that the subcontinent always was. Which the departing Imperium screwed up with the lines it drew on the maps.

The same bastards having done the same to the Middle East and Africa last century too.

Enough!

Time to erase these hundred year old lines and return to the borders of Peoples and their languages.
Time to erase the oldest conquistadors and the newer Yankee mongrels and all stops between that laid claim to these far off continents and imposed their languages.
Time to defang their imperial shapeshifter corporations that just keep mutating and are the current colonial forces - going where they like, stealing what they want, holding the UN figleaf captured and trained monkeys infront of their genitals whilst claiming they are the Rules Based Order that makes up the Rules as they go along.

Posted by: DunGroanin | Sep 21 2023 13:22 utc | 100

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