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Shroeder interviewed by Stern, in German and behind a paywall. Comments on that interview by German speakers would be appreciated.

Posted by: Paco | Aug 4 2022 11:03 utc | 1

It is reported that ten more countries want to join the SCO: UAE, Syria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Nepal, Egypt, Armenia, Azerbaijan. The UAE asked to immediately grant them the status of a member of the SCO, bypassing the bureaucratic procedure, this issue will be considered at the summit in Samarkand on September 15-16.

Posted by: alaff | Aug 4 2022 12:53 utc | 2

German 1 year fwd. baseload electricity prices up more than 10x, French also. Either cooking and heating will be a luxury in Europe in 1 year or the current administrations will be swept away and energy trade with Russia will pick up again. I'm betting on the latter.

Posted by: Anonymous | Aug 4 2022 13:19 utc | 3

From IntelSlava

🇷🇺🇺🇲⚡The Russian Ministry of Defense is considering the possible involvement of USAID in the emergence of coronavirus

According to the agency, the development of the COVID-19 pandemic suggests its deliberate nature and the involvement of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in its occurrence.

Posted by: Down South | Aug 4 2022 13:48 utc | 4

I can see the world erupting into a world war within the next few years.
Increasing tensions, rapidly worsening economies and very poor quality leaders.

China v usa
Russia v usa v nato/europe

Serbia v Kosovo

Romania v Moldova

Greece v turkey

Middle East war against Israel

Iran v Israel

China v Taiwan

China v Japan

India v China

India v Pakistan

Turkey v Syria

I’m sure I’ve missed a lot off the list.

Posted by: Ray | Aug 4 2022 14:18 utc | 5

Yesterday, Germany’s Annalena Baerbock was in Montréal to meet with Canada’s Mélanie Joly. The two held a news conference and a “fireside chat” that was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce for Metropolitan Montreal. Today the ambassador to Ukraine is giving her views to MPs. Some news coverage;

Back to the fireside chat. It appears it was announced on July 26, and that Quebec-based consulting firm TACT consulting may have been behind it.

On Feb.10, there was an announcement of new hires to the office of Minister of Innovation, Francois-Philippe Champagne. One of the new hires was Thi Tran as Director of Issues Management. I believe she used to work as a government relations consultant with TACT.

Who else works with TACT consulting? Based on this press release, ITI Inc who recently acquired D2V Analytics, which specializes in data engineering and analytics.

(The contact at the bottom is Myriam Bérubé from TACT)

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Aug 4 2022 14:48 utc | 6

My @6 - One more link to consider: some turbine reporting by Reuters from July 26.

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking during a visit to Uganda, also said on Tuesday that Gazprom will have to switch off that turbine at the Portovaya compressor station of Nord Stream 1 due to security reasons. He did not clarify what he meant.”

I didn’t remember that he said that.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Aug 4 2022 15:18 utc | 7

Russia MOD went there - USAID likely responsible for development of virus:

Has been removed from RT.

Posted by: jared | Aug 4 2022 15:26 utc | 8

So Giner caught a 9 year sentence fo having cannabis oil in the luggage, she should have tried with a sub machine gun, thet do not take that seriously:
you: Sir I forgot it was there
Officer: Sure no problem, is it Lbreeeemmmmmmmmm!
Officer: Grigory, are you ok
You: I think he is dead Sir!
Officer : No he is not he is just resting!e is just resting
You: he looks dead to me Sir!
Officer: he is just resting!!
You: those holes in his chest looks suspiciously like bullet holes....
OFFicer: Now you be on your way and let me clean up here
You: ok Sir have a nice day!

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Aug 4 2022 15:48 utc | 9

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Aug 4 2022 14:48 utc | 6

Thanks for the links, it must be age but I'm almost shocked to watch those two young ladies that look and behave like C Students occupying places that do not match their look of cosmetics home sellers, just a couple of points to be repeated ad nauseam, Putin wants to divide us as if dividing a sinking couple would be something reprehensible. Appalling to see, but especially the German lady, North American politicians have a low standard, like Reagan, Brandon or Dubbya as an example, but now we have them in Europe too. The German government needs to go, otherwise we are in deep trouble all over Europe.

Posted by: Paco | Aug 4 2022 16:04 utc | 10

@Paco 10

The German government needs to go, otherwise we are in deep trouble all over Europe.

I agree, but I don't trust ze Germans to get rid of Scholz and company. Anyway, we in Europe should get rid of most of the Davos puppets.

Posted by: Idiocrates | Aug 4 2022 16:22 utc | 11

As per youtube:

Who cares what the US thinks ? Noone, nobody! The UE has become insignificant almost overnight, noone cares anymore what the US thinks, it is irrelevant, it is insignificant. The UD id so deeply in the pockets of russian oil or now that it has outgamed itself.
Now Russia, strike a kill blow either slowly....

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Aug 4 2022 16:33 utc | 12

Lavrov's in Cambodia for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting and made this statement from which I'm posting this excerpt:

"I hope that today we will discuss in detail ways to further unlock the impressive potential of cooperation. Russia has always been and will remain a reliable, stable and interested partner for the Association.

"We are convinced that the entire system of our cooperation, including its multilateral and bilateral components, objectively contributes to strengthening the regional architecture of security and sustainable development. It is important that we are united by a firm commitment to the formation of a more just and democratic multipolar world order based on international law and, above all, on the principles of the UN Charter.

"In this context, I propose to analyze in detail the key aspects of the evolution of interstate relations both in the Asia-Pacific region and in the Eurasian space. To see what can be done to preserve the ASEAN-centric system in the face of the challenges associated with the imposition of bloc approaches in the spirit of the Cold War by some colleagues. It is obvious to us that in the current geopolitical realities, it is not new dividing lines that are in demand, but the building of 'bridges' and the unification of efforts.

"Russia has consistently advocated various integration platforms and projects and harmonised their efforts in order to promote a unifying, forward-looking agenda. Moreover, we have already accumulated useful experience in moving towards each other between such structures as ASEAN, the SCO, and the EAEU." [My Emphasis]

As noted by myself and others elsewhere, many ASEAN members want to join SCO and EAEU. The emphasis placed by Russia and China that they are non-Bloc Blocs--that all members are entitled to their own separate, independent polices, not Cold War Bloc alignment as with NATO and EU and based on UN Charter is very important. As long as the Outlaw US Empire continues to act Unilaterally and outside the law, it will be shunned and isolated by an increasing number of nations.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 4 2022 16:55 utc | 13

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the hospital: I saw one "No Smoking" sign for every 3 cars among the 10000 cars and 5000 mobility-impaired diabetic pigs parked at the hospital. Every authority in this country believes that smoking a plant from the ground is worse than car culture. I never met a Marxist who felt differently, for all the empty mouth-running people do about how "scientific" their opinions are.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Aug 4 2022 17:06 utc | 14

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Aug 4 2022 15:48 utc | 9

So Giner caught a 9 year sentence fo having cannabis oil in the luggage ..........

Apart from Singapore’s notorious ban on chewing gum, foreigners also associate Singapore with her draconian drug laws, known to be one of the strictest around the world......

....not only in Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam or Malaysia... but, but, but... certain ASEAN countries the Customs can be bought for a few $$...but dun try it! You're end up heavier penalties... If you are a Chinese except for white skinned passing Indonesia's customs is a real pain in the arse... every time I went into Indonesia... I always placed inside my passport at least SGD$10 otherwise I'll be questions or in desperation the Custom officer will...... Than I got smarter.... I sandwich myself between white skinned.... dun believe me?... ask any Indonesians...

M'sian, 31, due to be hanged in S'pore on Jul. 7 morning, granted an appeal

Oops Mothership is Singapore autocratic Govt......websites beside Straits Times...... BTW Singapore voted with the US to condemned Russia......

Posted by: JC | Aug 4 2022 17:43 utc | 15

how does the torture called medical school make a person a better healer-teacher?

doctors love to bitch about debt like anyone else in debt, the massive student loans taken for the privilege of years of sleepless nights, but how many of them are against the debt-managed system itself? some, but scandalously few. what is the value of prestige, which is what they get from the deal? what is the value of expertise and study?

the perception-management (or witchcraft, same thing) regime of capitalism is ending. how many, so so many, of this religion's acolytes must deny that the world is running out of air and water and soil. they *must* deny these facts. the sick patient cannot be allowed to stop.

how many delude themselves that Sino-Russian management replacing, via merger or acquisition, the not so ancien regime matters, given what their plans are: same competition, better management. more pipes and belts and roads. more deals w/the saudis and bolsonaros and whoever in israel. in a swiftly collapsing ecosphere. big fucking yawn. the sick patient cannot rest, cannot perceive the need for rest.

time to go hang w/the moribund butterflies and hummingbirds. listen to the sound of the chainsaw and bulldozer alive throughout the land.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Aug 4 2022 18:14 utc | 16

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Aug 4 2022 14:48 utc | 6:

Yesterday, Germany’s Annalena Baerbock was in Montréal to meet with Canada’s Mélanie Joly. The two held a news conference and a “fireside chat” that was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce for Metropolitan Montreal

Fire side chat! In early August! I know Montreal is pretty far north, but still, this is August. I presume Baerbock wants to soak up all the heat that she gets access to before the coming Winter!

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Aug 4 2022 18:37 utc | 17

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Aug 4 2022 18:14 utc | 16:

how does the torture called medical school make a person a better healer-teacher?

Med school used to be torture. But things change. Now it's as party laced as any College Town U. RTR, and all that. They bitch about student loan debt as justification for the robberies their hospitals perform as routines. Healer? Yeah, if your ailment is covered in the database they use; otherwise they are no better than your google ventures on your own.

Oh, you go see them and you receive the bill month-and-half later, by which time you forgot exactly what happened. Your costs are never pre-announced. Surprises are not only profitable for them, they are profitable for their accomplices-Insurance and lawyers. The part of their bills that you don't want to pay will ultimately be stuffed down your throat, months and months later. And you'll get a credit score bashing to boot. It's the kind of thing that help us maintain our GDP ranking for the past two decades.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Aug 4 2022 19:02 utc | 18

Oriental Voice@17
Its the cargo cult that these idiot politicians all belong to: anything that sounds vaguely American is good. FDR (who most of these turkeys know absolutely nothing about) had 'fireside chats' on the radio ninety years ago, so that is what they call their banality swapping performances today.
Everything about those people is so fake and contrived, stage managed and scripted. In a sense Zelensky's Ukraine is a perfect encapsulation of the 'western culture' and certainly the timeless values that these giggling young actresses claim to be defending. And then there is EU President von der leyen, whose grand-dad knew a thing or two about Kiev and silly Justin sucking up to the latest incarnation of FDR himself Joe Burisma Biden and Nancy Pelosi who thinks that Ben Franklin was President...

Posted by: bevin | Aug 4 2022 19:10 utc | 19

U.S. govt stealing more from Venezuela
The U.S. Justice Dept is now trying to seize (they will succeed) a Venezuelan cargo plane that landed in Argentina. The hook, the standard charges of terrorism but here they claim Iran violated U.S. export laws when they sold it to Venezuela.

For a long time now, the U.S. demands the right to seize any country's property in every domain where we have control, North America, South America, the EU, Japan, S. Korea, etc.

This is why China terrifies the U.S. China is big enough to defy U.S. dictates. The U.S. must destroy China in order to maintain world domination.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Aug 4 2022 19:11 utc | 20

CNN: "Brittney Griner was found guilty in a Russia court of drug smuggling with criminal intent." Nine years in a penal colony!

This decision of a Russian court is so stupid that it only makes whatever sense if it is used as a political ploy. (Putin steps in, demands a prison exchange, Brittney goes home. Putin scores again.)

Regardless, to consider using cannabis oil as some kind of criminal activity in the 21st century is preposterous and grotesquely silly now that even the US is decriminalizing cannabis, even for recreational purposes. But, as I said, such decisions are always political, not medical, not scientific. I hope Putin does what he can do and will let the girl go home and play again.

Posted by: Robert Konrad | Aug 4 2022 19:27 utc | 21

Robert Konrad @21

With an attitude like that you’d be best off staying in your mom’s basement and not traveling. Though I love the place, you had certainly better stay clear of Singapore.

Don’t say you were not warned.

A good general policy is to respect the laws, rules, and customs of the places you visit when you venture beyond the trailer park gates.

Posted by: William Gruff | Aug 4 2022 19:51 utc | 22

@Robert Konrad, the US is not decriminalizing weed. Multiple states have broken federal law by legalizing it at the state level. Joe Biden promised to legalize if federally but he was lying (because it’s who he is). There are people all over the US still serving time for the same weight and you’d get arrested trying to bring it into the US. It’s morally wrong and I disagree with it (been breaking those laws most of my life), but Russia isn’t an outlier.

Posted by: Lex | Aug 4 2022 19:55 utc | 23

Dear William Gruff, thanks for your advice. But no, thank you. There ain't no "mom's basement" where I live, and I have never lived in a trailer park, either. Apparently you are intimately familiar with such alternative, subnormal living. Well, it is what it is. Life's not fair.

And I cannot help traveling to Europe twice a year. But I wouldn't travel to Singapore or even Russia (where I'd love to go) as long as the anti-cannabis superstition persists. (I am also scared of Russia's orthodox Christers, in fact, of all Christers. I try to avoid them like the viruses, which always want to either sicken or kill us.) And that is because I am much into the adventures in freedom, not into your stale, entrapping political obedience. Give your advice to your great grand kids. And don't ever try to be free. It's bad for your heart.

Posted by: Robert Konrad | Aug 4 2022 20:52 utc | 24

Couldn't help noticing that our Best Friends Forever, the OWNERS of the West's gasoline Gravy Train, DOUBLED their profits in the first quarter to $100 Billion.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Aug 4 2022 21:18 utc | 25

Down South | Aug 4 2022 13:48 utc | 4

Thanks, you beat me to it.


jared | Aug 4 2022 15:26 utc | 8

"Has been removed from RT."

Hm, I don't think is has. I just found it on their main page, and the link is this.


It's a damn direct and incriminating statement that the Russian MoD is putting out there. I seem to remember that Putin himself was very sceptic about the man-made/lab hypothesis. But now this. Have they wisened up? The US organisations mentioned in the statement are: USAID, Metabiota, and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. The three of them are crowded with revolting people in any case. Hope our Australian Peter will chime in on this.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Aug 4 2022 21:28 utc | 26

The only decent thing Trudeau has done was to legalize pot. Come to think of it, he soon "forgot" to end the FPTP election system, but that's another rant.

Funny thing, the sky hasn't fallen, the sun still rises in the East and Canadians are happier and healthier for it.

For one example, my niece's husband has been confined for years to a wheelchair with several debilitating and painful conditions. He can basically talk and eat, and has some use of arms/hands. He was on a list of medications that could choke a horse, including opioids. He always looked like death warmed over. He gets a prescription for medical cannabis and withing a couple months was 100% off the opioids and a few other meds, and looks healthier than I have seen him in the 20 years I have known him.

Cannabis is not the demon weed the government and "medical experts" have claimed since the early 1900s. It was all BULLSHIT. I am NOT saying anything goes, but REALLY? The War on Drugs worked out SO well.

Gee, can anyone think of anything else gov'ts and their compatriots in the medical mafia have lied about to control us and put money in their pockets?

The prohibitionism moralists of all stripes need to get over themselves.

Posted by: Old canadian | Aug 4 2022 21:48 utc | 27

Posted by: Robert Konrad | Aug 4 2022 20:52 utc | 24
go through a tsa checkpoint and let them catch you trying to get on a plane with it, get back to me on what they do. it is not "decriminalized" in the US. having a vape cartridge or edibles is still a felony in a lot of states.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Aug 4 2022 21:48 utc | 28

Hoarsewhisperer @25--

Yes, the quarterly reports are proving my earlier assertion that the rise in prices was 100% gouging disconnected from all reality expect that of Monopoly pricing power. Did you read the very silent announcement by the Saudis that their extraction rate would peak at 13.5 MB/D in 2027, way sooner and well below that predicted by many experts. I suggest taking a look at proven reserves of natgas and oil for some shocking surprises related to how much the Outlaw US Empire has remaining. When looking at how long extraction at current rates can continue, recall that reservoir depletion rates don't allow for straight mathematical outcomes.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 4 2022 21:53 utc | 29

Russia's MFA has issued a PR after the Russia-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting which was very successful as you'll discover:

The ASEAN-Russian Foreign Ministers' Meeting co-chaired by the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Cambodia demonstrated that the ASEAN-Russia Strategic Partnership is not subject to geopolitical conjuncture and is based on a solid foundation of commonality or proximity of positions on key global and regional issues, mutual interest in building up and deepening political dialogue, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties, historical traditions of friendship and cooperation between our countries and peoples.

The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to implement the agreements reached during the 4th ASEAN-Russia Summit in October 2021, including the effective implementation of the Comprehensive Action Plan for 2021-2025.

The ASEAN countries welcomed Russia's strong support for the Central Role of the Association in the regional architecture and the unity of its States, as well as our country's active role in ASEAN-centric mechanisms, including the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Regional Security Forum and the Meeting of ASEAN Defence Ministers and Dialogue Partners.

The prospects for intensifying the political dialogue at the highest and high levels were discussed. According to the mutual conviction of the parties, this is especially important in the context of geopolitical turbulence and the growing trend towards a multipolar world. The extensive system of interaction between Russia and the ASEAN "ten" objectively contributes to the strengthening of the regional architecture of security and sustainable development. Our countries are united by a firm commitment to the formation of a more just and democratic multipolar world order based on international law and, above all, the principles of the UN Charter.

Plans to hold the second round of the Russia-ASEAN High Representatives Consultation on Security Issues, as well as the second Dialogue on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Security in the second half of 2022, were confirmed.

The prospects for the development of cooperation between the Ministries of Defense of Russia and the ASEAN countries were discussed. The first Russian-ASEAN naval exercises held in late November and early December 2021 were highly appreciated.

The meeting reaffirmed the mutual commitment to finalize the ASEAN-Russia work plans on countering terrorism and transnational crime, on ICT security, as well as on education and energy security, with a view to deepening the RUSSIA-ASEAN comprehensive strategic partnership. The ASEAN ministers thanked the Russian side for organizing training courses for ASEAN law enforcement experts.

The intention was expressed to deepen economic cooperation between Russia and ASEAN through the implementation of the roadmap for trade and investment cooperation for 2021-2025, as well as a work program for its implementation. The importance of promoting cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and ASEAN through the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and ASEAN on economic cooperation and the Program of Cooperation between the EEC and ASEAN for 2021-2025 was emphasized.

The successes in the implementation of the program of events of the Russia-ASEAN Year of Scientific and Technical Cooperation in 2022 were noted.

The Ministers welcomed the upgrading to the ministerial level of consultations on tourism and the adoption of the Russia-ASEAN Work Plan for Tourism Cooperation for 2022-2024.

Key global and regional issues, including the situation in and around Ukraine, were considered. The Russian side gave detailed explanations of the background and reasons that led to the start of a special military operation to protect the population of Donbass from the genocide unleashed by the Kiev regime. Attention is drawn to the international context of the Ukrainian crisis – NATO's failure to fulfill its promise not to expand to the East, the purposeful efforts of the United States and its European satellites to turn Ukraine into an anti-Russian bridgehead. The origins of the food and energy crises in the world are noted, including the short-sighted policy pursued by Western countries in these issues in recent years, as well as illegal sanctions against Russia. [My Emphasis]

Tightening economic integration and the continued pounding of the table when it comes to the basis of International Relations and Law and reciprocal appreciation continues everywhere Russian diplomacy surfaces. The Outlaw Nations are slowly being corralled. Once the international financial and trading systems get revamped, all illegal sanctions can finally be ignored and kept within the corral along with their issuers and followers, and the rest of the world can finally be freed from them.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 4 2022 22:07 utc | 30

Schroeder left his cover. Some other site than Stern, in German:

Posted by: C | Aug 4 2022 22:13 utc | 31

Posted by: William Gruff | Aug 4 2022 19:51 utc | 22

I love America.... land of the free, democracy, freedom of exceptional nation... Rule base U.S. justice system enforced by NATO, EU and especially the 5Eyes...... We (USA) set the rule how you behave... during Hong Kong peaceful protest (NOT riots) against the cruel heartless HK policemen... peaceful protesters dare to step foot into Singapore... they avoided Singapore like plague... if the Umbrella Movement Joshua Wong and Nathan Law stepped into Singapore they will spend years.... in Changi Prison.... plus ten lashes on their back..

Whatever happens to.... Amber Poon Hiu-wing a 20-year-old pregnant woman from Hong Kong, murdered in Taipei on 17 February 2018 whilst on vacation with her boyfriend Tony Chan Tong-kai....?? He’s for all practical purpose free as a bird with police protection... This is America and Taiwan justice

I love America

Posted by: JC | Aug 4 2022 22:13 utc | 32

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 4 2022 21:53 utc | 29

And keep in mind that OPEC(+) production/extraction rates are based on stated reserves. It is quite likely that the published reserve numbers are on the generous side (in order to garner more revenues). No country would want to inform its peoples that the reserves are going to run out quicker lest panic ensue. Un-truths have a tendency to be as dangerous as trying to catch a running chainsaw, with your teeth.

Posted by: Seer | Aug 4 2022 22:26 utc | 33

@karlof1 #29

Incorrect. The oil companies are making huge profits because they are spending a small fraction (~>20%) of the capex that they have historically spent during an oil price increase.

And they're doing that because of policy decisions and rhetoric from Western governments (pump more now! but no more oil use in 5-10 years), as well as ESG effects on finance.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 4 2022 22:59 utc | 34

Oriental Voice | Aug 4 2022 19:02 utc | 18
thanks. yeah i suspected a few around see thru the medical industry. a person going into certain specialties could wind up w/a million in debt after 15 years. i'd be bitching and partying too, if i could get away with it. i have a MD friend who teaches some and he constantly whines about how privileged today's kids are. w/all the zeros on his paycheck, he gets zero sympathy from me.

so lovely to see all the jellyfish in the marina, so much more pure and natural than natural gas. the city took down the only warning sign for the boaters that matters: "oil and water don't mix".

and what did they replace it with? twenty smaller signs made by kids in bilingual Hispanix/Englishx (yeah, i guess the native language(s) around here don't get none), celebrating the magic of friendship on the playground and the importance of maintaining single-stream recycling.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Aug 4 2022 23:10 utc | 35

Please join me in writing the White House daily emails telling them to stop trying to control the world and stop the wars.

Let’s flood their in box with protests over the killings. I am ashamed of our government!!! I write them every day.

Posted by: Therese Andersen | Aug 4 2022 23:32 utc | 36

are you more easily entertained than a cat?

my main complaint about the Griner affair is that Russia didn't grab the top NASCAR driver instead. USDOS doesn't realize that more hissing might emerge from the declawed and spayed and exit polled pussy cats in the US homeland if it wasn't such an athletic snoozefest involved?

and americans at peak outrage over a random victim in the US-run global drug war? to quote Bill and Ted: no way. maybe if the US hadn't started WW3, Russia would simply send such a person home? nah, not those velvet-soled Slavic savages. Ukraine could bomb the prison Griner's being held in and Americans would blame Moscow, not Kiev, not DC. if Griner is a lesbian or in some chrysalis stage of transitioning from this to that, butterfly to cankerworm or what have you, all the better. Moscow hates fags, we all know. I heard it from Snookie during Sochi.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Aug 4 2022 23:59 utc | 37

seer @33--

During the oughts in discussions at The Oil Drum, reported oil reserves were a regular topic and the fact that Saudi and some other OPEC nations's never moved from year-to-year despite their extraction rates. I do miss that blog, the expertise of its contributors and quality of articles and commentary. The yearly predictions by IEA and EIA were always discussed, disputed, and often proven erroneous.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 5 2022 0:35 utc | 38

Posted by: jared | Aug 4 2022 15:26 utc | 8

Did you get a copy of it? Archive ? Pdf? I’d like to see it if I could.
Did a quick search and on and found no RT article copy.

Posted by: Brother Ma | Aug 5 2022 0:59 utc | 39

I shit you not.
Scotch Bingeington | Aug 4 2022 21:28 utc | 26
Will look for the links.
But. Barflies smarter and faster, will probably post ……

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 1:03 utc | 40

Melaleuca, I believe Hunter Biden helped funnel money to Metabiota. He wasn't, I don't believe, on their board (like with Burisma). BUT, it's all still the same stuff: Clintons, Bidens helped rape the post-Soviet countries (the tide had turned).

Posted by: Seer | Aug 5 2022 1:11 utc | 41

Do you want to know what the Eurasian alliance's greatest fear is? It's the collapse of the United States, economically, socially, politically, culturally, and civilizationally, at too fast a pace to subdue the probability of a resort to the use of nuclear weapons. Ordinary Americans should thank the rising powers of the East for such compassionate concern, because if successful, it will allow those of innocence to live their lives out naturally.

Posted by: Melissa | Aug 5 2022 1:13 utc | 42

why do the health protocols change if a disease escaped or was released from a lab vs evolution outside the lab? the whole world is a capitalist lab. there is no "natural" evolution any longer. why do people use their legit concern over the origins of the virus to argue for abandoning public health measures, rather than making those measure as absolutely as strong as humanly possible?

i never bought the lab-origins of the virus b/c the people pushing this idea use it for evil ends, specifically abandoning public health measures against the virus. as if the supposed human origins of the virus make it less urgent to protect ourselves (our selves, the collective body) against it, not more!

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Aug 5 2022 1:26 utc | 43

Seer | Aug 5 2022 1:11 utc | 41
Correct. Hunter wasn’t on the Metabiota board.
But when his laptop first dropped in October, prior to the 2020 US presidential election…. There was revelations of how he was involved.
Of course the focus immediately diverted to the 27,000 dick-pics, (and crack / drug use), but the real information was his involvement with the biolabs in Ukraine……

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 1:41 utc | 44

Metabiota + Biden search term yields results:

>Hunter Biden + RSTP, Rosemont Seneca Partners and Rosemont Realty are offshoots of Rosemont Capital, an investment fund founded in 2009 by Hunter Biden and Christopher Heinz, John Kerry's stepson. In 2015 24 investors financed Metabiota to the tune of $30 million with RSTP being lead financial backer.
> Financial reports reveal that RSTP led the company's first round of funding, which amounted to $30 million. Former Managing Director and co-founder of RSTP Neil Callahan - a name that appears many times on Hunter Biden's hard drive - also sits on Metabiota's Board of Advisors. Since 2014, Metabiota has been a partner of EcoHealth Alliance.
> Nathan Wolfe, the CEO of Metabiota, has connections to the NIH, Biolabs in Ukraine and Hunter Biden.
> Metabiota was a subcontractor for Black & Veach, which signed contracts for the construction and operation of biolabs in Ukraine, Georgia and elsewhere. Google was also involved, having contributed at least $1 million to the effort.
> In April 2021, Joe Biden's USAID launched a new program to detect emerging infectious illnesses with pandemic potential, coordinated by EcoHealth Alliance. Metabiota, whose researchers have been named as authors on articles linked to coronavirus surveillance in Africa since June 2021, is also cooperating on the taxpayer-funded endeavour.
> Federal contracting records show Metabiota also received $18.4 million from DTRA between 2014 and 2017, under a competitively bid contract.
> The US "Department of Defense Threat Reduction Agency" (DTRA), awarded Metabiota $18.4 million in federal contracts in 2014 for 'consulting' services to DTRA Labs in both Georgia and Ukraine. DTRA outsources to private companies such as Technology Management Company (TMC).
> Emails from Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop show he "helped secure millions of dollars of funding for Metabiota, a Department of Defense contractor specializing in research on pandemic-causing diseases that could be used as bioweapons," according to new communications also obtained by

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 2:07 utc | 45

As the nation that is "the Leader of the Free World" moves closer to elections, it is a guarantee that there will be more media designations of "fascist" that you can point a bundle of sticks at. The writer John Ganz has embraced the anti-fascist crusade with particular vigour. He's discovered his creative niche. Here is a fine example of his "anti-fascist" fascist-expose zeal. The subject is Peter Thiel.

Posted by: Australian lady | Aug 5 2022 3:04 utc | 46

Phil Butler at neo calls a farce

A short sharp read.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 5 2022 4:13 utc | 47

karlof1@38 - I second your thoughts on missing The Oil Drum. Had to believe it's been nearly a decade since they stopped publishing. Damn - we're getting OLD. I still find myself going back to the archives to re-read some of the thoughtful, interesting discussions there.

Posted by: PavewayIV | Aug 5 2022 4:46 utc | 48

Random extracts from twit verse:

[Back to the 70s… is this why hippies didn’t bathe?[
COLUMN: The world is facing its gravest energy shock since the 1970s oil crisis.
Four decades ago, only the oil market was hit; this time, oil, natural gas, electricity and thermal coal — the world’s top sources of energy — are being hit simultaneously.
…~ The energy price shock for British households is going to be 5 times as big as it was in the 1970s, says Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent.
Yes. In the 1970s it was only oil.
Now it’s oil, gas, coal and above all — and still no discussed enough — electricity.
>> After 20 years in the UK, I still struggle with British social conventions. So help me out. Please.
Having heard from the Bank of England we are heading into a one-year long recession and 13% inflation, do I need to stick to the "keep calm and carry on"?

> One of Germany's largest energy companies, RheinEnergie Köln yesterday announced that it was raising gas prices for consumers by 133%.
> Germany's Uniper Warns Of Possible "Irregular Operation" At Major Power Plant As Rhine River Runs Dry
> Uniper warns it may need to cut output at a key coal-fired plant in Germany as the company struggles to get fuel supplies along the Rhine River
> Uniper updates this to two coal stations not getting supplies of coal along the Rhine equal to 1.5GW
> OUCH! German 1y ahead Power Price just hit fresh ATH >€400/MWh. #EnergyCrisis
> The level of the hydropower storage in Portugal is incredibly low. The grid operator says this is the worst #drought in 100 years, the Portugues metservice says that 2022 is the driest year since 1931.
> China has rolled over a $2bn loan to Pakistan for 12 months.
> Saudi Arabia has raised all oil prices for the US for September
> CHART OF THE DAY: Saudi Aramco raises the official selling price (OSP) for its flagship Arab Light to a record of +$9.8 a barrel above the Asian benchmark.
> "In June, for the first time in history, U.S. LNG contributed more gas supply to Europe than pipeline gas from Russia."
RTRS-European gas storage on track to meet targets but at a cost

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 6:55 utc | 49

Colonel MacGregor … on Tucker Carlson (yeah, I know..ok, but it’s worth it)
2m:19sec of undiluted straight talk [or Taiwan strait talk]
>> “The American people need to understand something that no one has bothered to tell them..."
~Taiwan has been used by Japan as an unsinkable aircraft carrier. (
~China will never allow the US to use it for the same purpose

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 7:06 utc | 50

It's beginning to look like China is slowly imposing sanctions on the west, Taiwan for starters, after Pelosi's visit instead of imposing Western-mandated sanctions on Russia. The Chinese "unrestricted warfare, which includes economic warfare, will be amplified with a kind of economic lawfare.

Posted by: Jonathan W | Aug 5 2022 7:18 utc | 51

The United States reminds me of a bully who's left standing in a vacant elementary school playground, threatening and hollering into the empty void, convinced that everyone's still listening and that his words still have an effect. The rest of the world has moved on. It's over.

Posted by: Nathan | Aug 5 2022 8:18 utc | 52

Further to my previous comment: the United States would do well to engage in introspection and simultaneously prepare for descent into a low-energy future, rather than delude itself that it's still emperor of lands.

Posted by: Nathan | Aug 5 2022 8:20 utc | 53

German 1 year fwd. baseload electricity prices up more than 10x, French also. Either cooking and heating will be a luxury in Europe in 1 year or the current administrations will be swept away and energy trade with Russia will pick up again. I'm betting on the latter.

Posted by: Anonymous | Aug 4 2022 13:19 utc | 3

I think there's going to be a lot of hard reality lessons before what you suggested happen.
People are too removed from the reality of what is going to hit.
And frankly don't want to contemplate the coming misery.

Posted by: Jpc | Aug 5 2022 9:14 utc | 54

@ Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 6:55 utc | 49
So I still consider the energy crisis from the economical point of view:
- the mining and extraction costs of carbon containing energy sources did not suddenly raise (only by few %),
- the world wide amount auf mined and extracted hydrocarbons has not suddenly dropped to almost zero (only by few %),
- the costs of distribution did not suddenly explode (only by few %),

but the prices go skyrocketing.

Put your eyes on the mechanisms of profit making, and how the consumers are forced to obey them sheep-like.

Posted by: EasternHedgehog | Aug 5 2022 9:31 utc | 55

Put your eyes on the mechanisms of profit making, and how the consumers are forced to obey them sheep-like.
Posted by: EasternHedgehog | Aug 5 2022 9:31 utc | 55

A very convenient excuse for lots of parties to move their agendas and profits forward.

Posted by: Jpc | Aug 5 2022 9:50 utc | 56

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Cc Peter AU1 | Aug 5 2022 10:25 utc | 143 (Ukraine thread)

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 10:32 utc | 57

@ Jpc | Aug 5 2022 9:50 utc | 56
Somebody here who is not convinced that it's speculation which drives the consumer prices, for the profit of the wealthy? and: if the the profit machine is running so well, why bother and change to environment friendly energy sources? Oh no, never change the winning horse... better ruin the planet... some of the egg heads will have to find a solution later...
/sarcasm off

Posted by: EasternHedgehog | Aug 5 2022 10:49 utc | 58

Taiwan has been used by Japan as an unsinkable aircraft carrier. (
~China will never allow the US to use it for the same purpose

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 7:06 utc | 50

this is the bottom line to me, and especially in regard to allowing us nukes "excuse me defensive weapons cough cough" on Taiwan. the US wants to encircle both China and Russia with them.

anybody got some recent insights on what is going on in Pakistan? the US apparently instigated a successful coup, but I know Imran Khan was pushing back.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Aug 5 2022 10:49 utc | 59

Posted by: Nathan | Aug 5 2022 8:20 utc | 53

yeah, but that does not seem to be happening, despite posturing in Washington. much posturing, little results.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Aug 5 2022 10:51 utc | 60

Ray no 5

"I can see the world erupting into a world war within the next few years."

Few years? Add in droughts, climate/society breakdown, recession. Any good news ray?

Posted by: ThusspakeZarathustra | Aug 5 2022 12:23 utc | 61


Crazy like a fox. Or just crazy.

She's knows Biden is a dead duck, Harris is a woke and useless placeholder, pandering to minorities. The Bitch Hilary is eagerly waiting in the wings, since the Democrats lack any other competent 'leader' that can be supported by the rich/PTB/Obama.

For the Democrats to have the faintest chance against the Republicans in the mid-term elections, something has to change.

Therefore, the usual chaos theory, which the left-ist smart buggers in the State Department think they can take advantage of.

Domestic politics in the US is more important in the US than geo-politics, WW3 not withstanding. Poke the Bear, poke the Panda, not important as long as we make money and local jingoism! We already have our nuclear bunkers set up for rich or important people anyway.

There have been too many plebs already for a long time.

Otherwise the Red Man will be back (I don't mean Elizabeth Warren, but I'm guessing her next woke move won't be to turn into a trans-boy, yet the future is flexible).

Posted by: Ant. | Aug 5 2022 13:02 utc | 62

Domestic politics in the US is more important in the US than geo-politics, WW3 not withstanding. Poke the Bear, poke the Panda, ...

Posted by: Ant. | Aug 5 2022 13:02 utc | 63

Perhaps the visit to Taiwan was clever from that point of view. Some verbal salads aside, it nicely confused Trumpian rhetoric about "weak on China" as he instantly criticized, and plucky Pelosi faced the danger and was resolute. Trump himself is not overly lucid and coherent when he speaks, perhaps it becomes an accepted norm.

And Pelosi does not look THAT bad with her high quality facelift (look better after 80!) and elegant feminine gestures when she explains her interpretation what "Franklin presidency said". Biden looks like a poorly maintained robot.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Aug 5 2022 13:17 utc | 63

Israel just started bombing Gaza, past week it was Syria, but Russia do noting to help neither the syrians or palestinians - on top of that past weeks Israel have threatened to strike Iran, meanwhile Israel aid Ukraine.
Something is rotten in Russia regarding Israel.

Israel Launches New Gaza Operation, Assassinating Senior Islamic Jihad Leader

Posted by: Zanon | Aug 5 2022 14:11 utc | 64

@62 Anonymous

Here's the thing. The Lancet (an arguably respected medical journal) does not have a proper peer-review process. Any paper that is published by the Lancet does not have to go through a pre-print process where any of the expert peers have the opportunity to review and criticize the paper.

Instead it just goes to a board that themselves get to approve/disapprove, which generally is a set of experts which I suspect are approved because of their attitudes:

All very clever people, I've no doubt, but not necessarily experts in any particular subject. There to approve a paper because it sounds good, and does the thing for the political process (control).

Now... I believe the Lancet paper that justifies the use of masks and social distancing to combat Covid-19 is this one:

I won't go into the social distancing thing, whis to my rationality should be more like five metres, but that obviously doesn't work.

If you have been sufficiently educated in the proper scientific process and understanding of statistics to understand, you will know this paper should never have been published.

This is my critique...

1) The authors admit they reviewed some 244 studies (172 observational, no randomized controlled trials) and 44 relative comparison studies. The latter, they don't mention, contains a control group or placebo group. None of the latter made their analysis;

2) They used 'frequentism', an arguably bogdy statistical technique that allows the author to prefer certain datasets, with statistical bias. They attempted to justify this with references to 'Cochrane' and 'GRADE' approaches... look them up;

3) For their study, they chose just 29 of those 244 studies to conduct their analysis on masks. You may ascertain for yourself if that is justified, with the data weighting they used.

It seems clear to me that the authors of this paper chose their data, and manipulated it to produce a pre-supposed conclusion to justify a convenient political attitude. That is not science, and if this paper went through a proper peer-approved process it should not have been published.

Here's another paper I'm sure Lancet is very proud of, they rejected a paper they published from much earlier which advertised vaccines containing aluminium/magnesium as a buffer caused autism... Big Pharma did not like that.


So what would you prefer to believe? What your told to? Buy the placebos? Be a pleb? Told what to think? Or learn? The internet can tall you, if you can look that far. The5re is truth out there, but you need to recognize facts when they are undeniable, no matter how uncomfortable, and take them onboard.

Posted by: Ant. | Aug 5 2022 14:36 utc | 65

Putin signed a decree on the use of special measures in the financial, fuel and energy spheres in connection with the unfriendly actions of other countries

Posted by: rk | Aug 5 2022 14:51 utc | 66

@EasternHedgehog #55
You are completely ignoring the real reason for price increases:
increased demand and no corresponding present or future supply increases.
2020 saw a worldwide, multiyear low in demand due to lockdowns; 2021 and 2022 demand is accentuated at least partly from demand recovery from those lows. But the real problem is that the structural decline in capex spending - both from COVID and ESG - is not going to increase supply any time soon (or at all, at the moment).
Which in turn is why the US and EU are both focusing on demand destruction...

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 5 2022 14:52 utc | 67

Is this why crime is increasing?

Report says Soros funded prosecutors run half of America's largest jurisdictions

Democratic megadonor funneled more than $40 million to elect 75 prosecutors in the last decade

And here's one of the jurisdictions: New York

Career criminals rack up nearly 500 arrests since NY bail reform began

A small group of just 10 career criminals was allowed to run amok across the Big Apple and rack up nearly 500 arrests after New York enacted its controversial bail reform law — and most of them are still out on the streets, The Post has learned.

Stunning statistics compiled by the NYPD, and obtained first by The Post, show that the city’s alleged “worst of the worst” repeat offenders have been busted a total of 485 times since bail reform went into effect in 2020.

Two of the defendants are actually accused of embarking on lives of crime in the wake of bail reform, with one busted 33 times since 2020 and the other busted 22 times, all this year, the data shows.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 5 2022 15:01 utc | 68

Here's PMC on full display:

I don't feel the pain of inflation anymore - Mary Daly, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank president -

"You know I have to say that I live ... I don't feel the pain of inflation anymore. I see prices rising, but I have enough that I can make substitutions, that I can do things. So I'm not immune to gas prices rising, food prices rising. I sometimes balk at the price of things," she said. "But I don't find myself in a space where I have to make tradeoffs, because I have enough, and many, many Americans have enough."

Enough said.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 5 2022 15:04 utc | 69

Price increases is a consequence of supply and demand. It's the economy stupid, we must have inflation. No economy can survive without becoming bigger, apparently. Which largely relies on consumerism.

Having more and more plebs to buy shit, to make the rich richer. That's why western countries import immigrants. More consumers. Their economies goes backwards otherwise.

That's the glory of capitalism. The rich get richer, and they are the ones that finance our beautiful democratic. The rest of us have our standard of living go down. How's your housing mortgage going now? How much is your big-arsed truck fuel bill?

Not your fault. You just get to vote in a democracy. Apparently that makes you happy.

Posted by: Ant. | Aug 5 2022 15:09 utc | 70

Posted by: EasternHedgehog | Aug 5 2022 9:31 utc | 55

Markets and pricing are forward-looking. THE SYSTEM requires growth. If there is no additive growth then things get a bit wobbly. Now toss in a sure growth dampener such as Russian energy reductions on the world's markets (well, for sure the Western markets) and you're now going from a system that's expecting at least around 2% growth to one that is nearer to NEGATIVE 2% growth- that is a 4% swing. And there's little on the horizon that would appear to correct any of this. Toss in the "renewables" push, which were vastly oversold, and future profits for the energy sector (the largest sector in the global economy) looks weak: investment incentives shifted toward renewables and away from conventional energy. Energy sector is taking profits now while they can.

I am not defending any sector or energy source/producer here. Just stating the mechanisms by which things currently work. The System IS the conspiracy...

Posted by: Seer | Aug 5 2022 15:13 utc | 71

@55 EasternHedgehog

You are entirely correct. Energy supplies are driven bu OPEC+/markets, but I will disagree about precious metal prices. They are the result of a cabal.

Posted by: Ant. | Aug 5 2022 15:21 utc | 72

@68 crue

Nothing to do with Soros financing District Attorney's political campaigns throughout blue states?

Posted by: Ant. | Aug 5 2022 15:29 utc | 73

Pelosi the seagull, flew in, shat. stole a hot chip, squawked, flew away.
American media was exuberant and triumphalist.
Now the reckoning begins:
[from random twittz:]
> China Sanctions Pelosi, Halts US Talks Including Military Ties, As Jets Breach Taiwan Median Line
> JUST IN - China suspends dialogue with the U.S. on military issues, "climate change," and other topics in retaliation for Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
> MORE - China cancels/suspends US relations after Pelosi trip.
>Graph. Cancelled: [it’s a long list]
BREAKING: China has announced the end to the following cooperation with the US
1) Calls with leaders
2) Defense meetings
3) Maritime Security Consultation
4) Climate Change Talks
5) Anti-Drug cooperation
6) Transnational crimes
7) Illegal Immigration

>White House summoned China’s Ambassador to protest China’s “provocative actions”_ National Security Spokesperson Kirby.
> China just issued a warning: Senior Diplomat Wang Yi: We need to issue a warning- US should not act rashly. US had better not create a bigger crisis.
>Taiwan says 68 Chinese war planes and 13 warships crossed Strait midline as of 17:00 Friday.
> Starting to look like a full Chinese blockade of Taiwan is underway. It's not clear at this stage if that is indeed the case, but it is likely it will become clear, one way or another, in the next few days.

^all from twitter

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 15:41 utc | 74

May we be finding out China was Angela Merkelized some time ago?

Posted by: Lars Lansing | Aug 5 2022 15:59 utc | 75

"I can see the world erupting into a world war within the next few years.
Increasing tensions, rapidly worsening economies and very poor quality leaders.
China v usa
Russia v usa v nato/europe
Serbia v Kosovo
Romania v Moldova
Greece v turkey"
etc - Posted by: Ray | Aug 4 2022 14:18 utc | 5

"This is why China terrifies the U.S. China is big enough to defy U.S. dictates. The U.S. must destroy China in order to maintain world domination." - Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Aug 4 2022 19:11 utc

Also, the US's sanctions on Russia are destroying even their European allies.

Taken together it looks like the US wants to destroy most of the world so it can take over.

Posted by: ACPAL | Aug 5 2022 16:08 utc | 76

Of course Pelosi's trip covered up the Israeli build-up and preparations that have seen a senior Islamic Jihad assasinated today, just after another was captured.

I think there were about 45 "arrests" associated with the first, and 15 dead (including a 5 year old) for the second. Figures subject to change depending on the source.

The Israelis have been building up troops and Tanks around Gaza, and blocked it for at least the last three days, and have beeen threatening Lebanon, (about Oil rights in the Med), ie. Herzbollah. Where they have declared they will destroy/flatten a part of Beirut (East I think), if they don't get Lebanese Oil rights transferred to themselves.

NOW you know why Pelsosi was in Taiwan, as a distraction. BUT, NOW we will find that the Chinese reaction has been understimated by the US and Israel.

Posted by: Stonebird | Aug 5 2022 16:25 utc | 77

From the UNESCO site, Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 10:32 utc | 57:

...facts matter and no one is to blame. Thinking critically and being informed about conspiracy theories is key to challenging them...

Without commenting on the entire post, because I have not read the do's and don'ts UNESCO presents, it seems to me the above extract is what we need to observe. I value karlof1's posts, and I am hoping that his important revelation of Russia's announcements can be viewed here in their entirety. Thanks to you, karlof1; many thanks.

I would recommend the interview between Saker and Michael Hudson at the former's site. It touches on many important subjects and is entertaining to boot. Also, Pepe has a new post there. [ I note, his lead photo is no longer smiling, but it's a good article, as always.]

We can all benefit from seeking out new platforms. This is b's site so his order has to be rules based as he sees it. The truth will out.

Posted by: juliania | Aug 5 2022 16:27 utc | 78


Tragically, I think you are correct.

There is only one way the current US-led western syndrome can win this clash of cultures, and that is the Thucydides Trap. Kill or be killed. They simply can't think any other way. Domination or nothing.

Posted by: Ant. | Aug 5 2022 16:47 utc | 79

So grateful to Robert for schooling all us Boomers.
Thanks Gruff for pointing out the obvious to the eternally obtuse.

Posted by: ld | Aug 5 2022 16:48 utc | 80

Thanks to Melaleuca | Aug 5 2022 2:07 utc | 45 for putting the spotlight on MetaBiota.

Posted by: juliania | Aug 5 2022 16:55 utc | 81

My thoughts to the raped lands of Palestine that now are suffering yet another coward attack by the zionist occupying state.I hope Hezbollah will take some intiative..a world without zionism would be a much better world.

Posted by: LuBa | Aug 5 2022 16:58 utc | 82

Note the western silence by EU and the US, now on Israel killing and destryoing Gaza. Now compare that with the rapid condemmnations they have given to Russia past months..

Posted by: Zanon | Aug 5 2022 17:59 utc | 83

High Treason Within Russia. These scientists seem to be associated with the work on hypersonics:

"Investigative activities were held in the institute. They are linked with our director, Alexander Shiplyuk, who has been arrested," he said. "He is faced with the same charges as Maslov (Anatoly Maslov, a chief research fellow of the institute, who was arrested earlier - TASS). High treason."

According to Fomin, Shiplyuk was taken to Moscow’s Lefortovo detention center.

Dr. Alexander Shiplyuk, an acclaimed Russian scientist and a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, specializes in high-speed aerogas dynamics and experimental research of gas flows. Key areas of his research interest include experimental aerothermal dynamics of hypersonic aircraft with straight jet engines.

The institute’s chief research fellow Anatoly Maslov was arrested on high treason charges on June 27 and was taken to Moscow’s Lefortovo detention center. A source close to the investigation told TASS that the man is suspected of sharing classified information linked with hypersonic research. His case is being probed into by Russia’s Federal Security Service.

CIA/Mi-6 never cease their efforts. Another arrested scientist involved with lasers died in custody last month.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 5 2022 18:06 utc | 84

Putin met with Erdogan in Sochi today and issued this Joint Declaration:

Despite the current regional and global challenges, the leaders reaffirmed their common will to further develop Russian-Turkish relations on the basis of respect, recognition of mutual interests and in accordance with their international obligations.

Within the framework of these understandings, the leaders of both countries held extensive consultations on the issues of the bilateral agenda of Russian-Turkish relations and agreed on the following: to increase the volume of bilateral trade on a balanced basis and achieve the set goals; to meet the expectations of the opposite side in the fields of economy and energy; To take concrete steps to increase cooperation on issues that have long remained on the agenda of both countries, in such sectors as transport, trade, agriculture, industry, finance, tourism and construction.

On regional issues, the leaders stressed the key importance of sincere, frank and trusting relations between Russia and Turkey in achieving regional and international stability.

In this context, the leaders recognized the important role of constructive relations between the two countries in the conclusion of the Initiative on the Safe Export of Grain from Ukrainian Ports. The need to ensure the full implementation of the Istanbul package deal in accordance with its spirit and letter, including the unimpeded export of Russian grain, fertilizers and raw materials for their production, was emphasized.

Recent developments in Syria were also among the issues raised. The parties confirmed that they attach great importance to the advancement of the political process. The importance of preserving the political unity and territorial integrity of Syria is indicated. The determination to work together and in close coordination with each other in the fight against all terrorist organizations was reaffirmed.

A firm commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya was declared. The parties stressed the importance of holding free, fair and credible elections based on the broadest possible consensus and reaffirmed their support for the ongoing political process based on and under the leadership of Libyans themselves.

The heads of state agreed to hold the next meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council in Turkey.

The public portion of their meeting is published here and reflects what is stated in the above Joint Declaration.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 5 2022 18:45 utc | 85

Re : toxic nuclear waste

I have a bit of a sadistic question, for a fiction story.

How hot is radioactive nuclear sludge ?
Would it be possible to dunk someone up to their neck in it, and have them still be able to walk around after ?
What would be the effects, and plausible timeline of effects ?
How toxic would this person be to other people ?

Thank you.

Posted by: Featherless | Aug 5 2022 19:07 utc | 86

P.S.: or would it be possible to use nuclear waste water, have it appear normal, fill a jacuzzi with it, and have people unknowingly soaking up a ton of radiation this way ? And possible effects and timeline ?

Posted by: Featherless | Aug 5 2022 19:12 utc | 87

@ Featherless | Aug 5 2022 19:07 utc | 86 with the sadistic question

I am offended by your question in this forum and would ask you to provide commenters with an email address to respond to if they feel sickly motivated as you seem to want to push onto others.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 5 2022 19:24 utc | 88

This comment is is a Strategic Culture link describing the Devil I keep referring to as the God of Mammon cult.

I like at the end of the article he quotes Thoreau who said, “For every thousand men hacking at the branches of evil, there is one hacking at the root. ”

I like to think of myself hacking at the root.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 5 2022 19:36 utc | 89


Oh crap. Sorry.

Posted by: Featherless | Aug 5 2022 19:49 utc | 90

The silence of EU about Palestine is so usual..shameless zionist accomplices.

Posted by: LuBa | Aug 5 2022 20:01 utc | 91

EasternHedgehog | Aug 5 2022 10:49 utc | 58
i was trying to explain to a "gods hate commies" family member why these bullshit social services agencies don't help anyone. i guess that more people becoming homeless daily isn't evidence enough. the example of homelessness i'll use is representative of every social problem you can name.

let's say you want to start a non-profit (US domestic version of the NGO) to "help homeless find services, get on state-approved meds, transition to housing," blah blah blah.

How much money will your org get if you do not accept that 1) there is a lack of housing and that 2) there is a lack of money?


same thing at the soup kitchen. if you don't accept that children and gramps must go hungry, you will not get funding to distribute your pop-tarts and gmo PBJ wonderbread sammiches with high-fructose gatorade. if you tell your "consumers" that it is the USG dumping the fentanyl (and the fentanyl strips) on the populace, you won't get funding for your addiction treatment program.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Aug 5 2022 20:03 utc | 92

this is the kind of dilemma the US faces:
do we hand out fentanyl strips so addicts can avoid the most dangerous drugs?
do we hand out fentanyl strips so addicts can more easily find the most dangerous drugs?

hey, who wants your weapons made in China vs made in the US, if it comes to a shooting war in the Taiwan straits?

if you look at the US pyramid scheme from the bottom of the shitpile, you'll have a chance to ponder a great mystery: how could there be so much corn, so many nuts?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Aug 5 2022 20:09 utc | 93

Is this why crime is increasing?
Posted by: c1ue | Aug 5 2022 15:01 utc | 68

Yes, though this is just one aspect of the multi-dimensional take-down of the West happening on many fronts simultaneously.

Decent people cannot imagine that such a thing is possible (the Big Lie principle) so keep projecting that government employees and leadership etc. may be misguided or stupid but cannot possibly be actively engaged in trying to destroy their own country. But whilst decent people keep indulging in such projections the termites are eating away the nation state structure and by the time they realize what is going on it will be far too late to effect repairs.

A condition which I believe is already the case in the US, albeit perhaps most countries in Europe are still salvageable even though in the short run their economies are looking more vulnerable. All they have to do, though, is pivot from the AngloZionist axis to the Eurasian, joining in as sovereign states run as such with sovereign financial systems, and all will be well. The US federal government is so much more entrenched than the EU govt that to root it out will be a far more radical exercise probably involving civil war or just as likely no resistance whatsoever and a new constitution without most of the rights and liberties which Americans of a few generations ago took for granted and younger generation for which Americans today have little appreciation.

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 5 2022 20:45 utc | 94

Nothing to do with Soros financing District Attorney's political campaigns throughout blue states?

Posted by: Ant. | Aug 5 2022 15:29 utc | 73

Many Red States too. The prosecutor fired by de Santis yesterday was in Tampa Bay area and a Soros-supported official. Many like that in Texas and elsewhere.

The most interesting thing I find about Soros is that he is clearly given carte blanche to do what he wants. How come? How is this communicated? What sort of network runs within so much of the US body politic that he can keep doing such things (funding Antifa which burns down cities etc. and much more)?

Similarly all those FBI crooks that ran the Russia Russia hoax on Trump were absolutely fearless when testifying in public. How come? They knew nothing would happen to them just as FBI Director Wray and Comey and Mueller and Clinton all know too.H How come?

IMO it's because the US is now only a Republic In Name Only (RINO) but it keeps up the pretense of being one so that decent people continue to believe that they are in a representative republic, that the people are fairly elected and then run things for their benefit to the best of their ability and in so believing will not organize any sort of resistance and rather keeping fighting amongst themselves for entirely irrelevant electoral crumbs.

So in this post-republic, post rule-of-law space Soros is free to keep funding the elections (and election tampering etc.) of those bent on undermining constitutionally honorable polity.

And so it goes...

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 5 2022 20:55 utc | 95

spudski, David Levin, et al--

On VK's need for you to have a cell phone: This is done as a security measure. VK will text a verification # to your phone which you must reply with via the computer enrollment page. You only need the most basic of cell phones to accomplish that chore. Occasionally, VK will do a security check and the process will be repeated. VK is very much like Face Book but without its bad features, although there are some content restrictions aimed at eliminating commercial use of VK and promoting civility.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 5 2022 21:02 utc | 96

@karlof1 #84:

CIA/Mi-6 never cease their efforts. Another arrested scientist involved with lasers died in custody last month.

That scientist was accused of passing state secrets to China, not the West.

Posted by: S | Aug 5 2022 21:05 utc | 97

S @97--

Thanks for that info. The TASS item didn't mention that part. However, I do find it odd for any Russian scientist to pass info to China since much of their research is done jointly.

On a separate note, was Patrushev recently interviewed by a Russian media outlet over the last two weeks? I saw a reference to one, but my search revealed nothing. And another question, which of the Russian language media do you find most reliable?

And many thanks as usual for your contributions!

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 5 2022 21:22 utc | 98

I saw very few reports on Orban's important Transylvanian Speech delivered last Saturday where he challenged the EU's status quo. It's a short read.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 5 2022 21:51 utc | 99

the antisemitic bullshit spewed around here is pretty sickening. looking at you Scorpio. Soros is funding antifa! who is funding profa? can they fund me some barf bags?

Genesis 49
You are a lion’s cub, Judah;
you return from the prey, my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until he to whom it belongs shall come
and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
11 He will tether his young donkey at the vineyard,
his colt to the choicest vine;
he will wash his garments in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes will be darker than wine,
his teeth whiter than milk.

Joshua 5
6 The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the Lord. For the Lord had sworn to them that they would not see the land he had solemnly promised their ancestors to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

what is the honey to be brought forth from the corpse of the pride of the Yankees? and is there enough for mom and dad?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Aug 5 2022 22:00 utc | 100

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