Thursday, February 3, 2022

Don't Miss Out

 Constructive Citizens,

​  Who is killing Americans, again? What's the case for that? 
Are you sure you don't have it backwards?
Video: CBS News Tells Viewers Joe Rogan Is KILLING People
“You don’t have a First Amendment right to appear on a platform as large as Spotify”

  There is no medical coverage or reimbursement when this happens. there "should" be, but it turns out there is not.
Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Injuring Record Number of Young People. Will Shots Also Bankrupt Families?

  Ron Paul: We Are All Canadian Truckers Now!
​  ​We all remember where we were when the Berlin Wall came down. While it may have seemed that communist rule would go on forever, when the people decided that they had enough suddenly the wall fell. Just like that.
​  ​Thus it is after two years of Covid authoritarianism that in Canada the largest truck convoy in history has smashed through the Berlin Wall of tyranny. 
I have watched as the Canada I once respected as a haven for antiwar Americans in the 1960s turned into one of the most repressive countries on earth.​..
​  ​But then Canada stood up and showed the rest of the world that freedom can triumph over tyranny if the people demand it.

​  ​Tyranny is nothing new. People who embrace it, and who lust after power, tend to follow a similar pattern. There are no brakes. They always push it too far. They always overplay their hand. They can't seem to stop themselves once they have a grip on the population.
​  ​Canada experienced a shocking amount of tyranny over the last several years. And yet, under the extreme pressure that the Canadian people were forced to endure, it appears that a diamond has been formed. Out came a force for liberty that has caught the attention of the entire world!

​  Misreading public sentiment? Desperation?  Just greedy?
Ottawa City Councillor Demands Government Seize $7 Million Raised By Canadian Truckers

Canadian Truckers Vow To Continue "Until It's A Free Nation Again"
  Overnight, truckers with the Freedom Convoy who have gathered in Coutts, Alberta near the border with Montana managed to refuel and re-supply as supporters continued to contribute to keep the protests going even as the RCMP continue to surround them in a blockade that has disrupted commerce - something the government has tried to blame on the truckers.​..
​  Back in Ottawa, where hundreds of protesters remain camped out after this weekend's Freedom Rally at the seat of Canadian government, locals - and local officials (who have already tried to seize money raised for the truckers on GoFundMe) are growing increasingly anxious, since organizers expect the number of supporters in Ottawa to swell in the coming days as the weekend arrives and with it, another wave of protests.
​  ​The movement's organizers have pledged not to relent until the Canadian government drops some of its more draconian policies, including a quarantine requirement that essentially would make life impossible for unvaccinated truckers.​..
​  Tamara Lich, a spokeswoman for the protestors, said she and fellow organizers had been surprised by the turnout at first "but we are now well organized and are settling in, until Canada is a free nation again."​ ...
Chris Barber - one of the convoy leaders - said the group understood those frustrations but was also being bullied by politicians and members of the press.
​  ​"The responsibility for your inconvenience lies squarely on the shoulders of politicians who prefer to vilify and call us names rather than engage in respectful, serious dialogue,"

​  ​70 Per Cent of Americans Say It’s Time to ‘Accept COVID and Get On With Our Lives’
​  ​“Fully 7 in 10 Americans (70%) agree with the sentiment that “it’s time we accept that Covid is here to stay and we just need to get on with our lives” – including 78% of those who report having gotten Covid and 65% of those who say they have not been infected,” according to Monmouth.
The main difference in sentiment is predictably seen in political affiliation, with 89% of Republicans wanting to move on, along with 71% of independents but only 47% of Democrats.

​  Wait, Wait, we won't even  know how to think about things if these guys cease to exist! 
How will we talk to each other?
​  Facebook - or Meta now that it's in the witness protection program - is making record after dismal record this morning after its catastrophic earnings and guidance last night: not only is the company's 22% drop the biggest in its history... but according to Bloomberg, the one-day crash ranks as the worst in stock-market history: the Facebook crash has erased some $195 billion of its market cap

  ​American Truck Drivers, organizing a Freedom Rally, get deplatformed by "Facebook". 
YOU, Outta' the Metaverse!

  ​Bill Blain:  ​Meta’s collapse on the back of competition, regulation, and maturity (?) might just be the moment the whole New New Thang Bubble popped... Meta lost 20% of its value at one point after Mark Zuckerberg broke the cardinal rule of Tech and told the truth: Facebook has lost ground to newer, more hip, cool rivals like Tik Tok... The other critical moment was Zuck’s comment it’s difficult to make money “where less data is available to deliver personal ads”. 
No Sh*t Sherlock. In a world where it’s being outcompeted, and regulators are establishing the primacy of personal data… Facebook is doomed.

​  ​It’s a mitzvah, not anti-Semitism, to attack George Soros’ dangerous DA campaigns​ , Dov Fischer, conservative Rabbi
  Ever since Jonathan Greenblatt, a woke former Obama White House official, took over the Anti-Defamation League, it reflexively screams “Anti-Semitism!” when critics fault Soros’ political work — and the left loyally follows suit.
  It therefore falls upon established rabbis with authentic Jewish lifetime bona fides, like yours truly, to assert unequivocally that it’s a mitzvah (a righteous act) — not “anti-Semitism” — to castigate George Soros for his radical attempts to undermine public safety and the American republic...
  Disbursing tens of millions of dollars, Soros has funded local campaigns across America to elect progressive district attorneys who agitate for the lethal cocktail of defunding police and decriminalization. These prosecutors tend not to prosecute property crimes or severe misdemeanors. Instead, they purposefully undercharge felonies as misdemeanors, then plead them down to disorderly-conduct violations. The result? A new term, “smash and grab,” has entered the crime lexicon.

  ​His "Open Society Foundation" specifically...​ 
Soros calls for regime change in China
The liberal financier singled out Xi Jinping as the greatest threat to the ‘open societies’ of the world

​  ​Gas-pipelines are a choke-hold on Europe's economy, a strategic-asset.
​  ​US-Qatar relations seem to be getting better and better. During a conversation at the White House with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, US President Joe Biden promised to elevate Qatar’s military status, considering it a major non-NATO ally. The measure favors the Qatari state as it allows the country access to a select sphere of the American arms market, with special prices and favorable tax conditions. In fact, this case looks like a real trade-off to encourage Qatar to play a major role in US energy strategy: Biden simply wants Doha to produce and export more and more gas to Europe in order to prevent international cooperation projects with Russia.
​  ​In recognition of the historic cooperation between both countries and the role played by Qatar as a rescuer of US troops fleeing Afghanistan during Taliban’s seizure of Kabul, Joe Biden decided to designate Doha as Major non-NATO Ally, a status that grants Qatar privileged access to special conditions in the trade of weapons and military equipment between the two countries, which makes the American proposal very profitable for the Qataris.​..
(Do they have a Plan-B?)
​  ​Qatar will accept a prestigious position in the gas market and a high military status but will become dependent on the West to maintain its economic stability, ceasing to occupy the role of regional power with its own sovereign interests, which has been its main characteristic in recent years.

  ​Hungary's President Orban (who excludes Soros' "Open Society") has another long, cordial meeting with Russia's President Putin. their 13th in 13 years.​ 
   Last week the Biden administration approached Hungary to formally request that it host a temporary deployment of US forces aimed at Russia, amid the ongoing Ukraine crisis which has resulted in a flurry of diplomatic activity and ratcheting accusations.  The country's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto confirmed days ago it had "received an American request about temporary deployment of troops."
  It appears the White House has received its answer from the 'wayward' NATO-member ally, as Viktor Orban was in Moscow on Tuesday where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They greeted each other as old friends and settled in for a marathon meeting, which the Kremlin said lasted nearly five hours...
... EU officials and Hungary's political opposition hurled accusations of "treason" over the visit to Moscow at a moment Russia has come under near-universal condemnation in the West. "Viktor Orbán is undermining joint decisions in Brussels by continuing to veto them," Hungarian MEP Márton Gyöngyösi was quoted as saying after the trip was first announced....
...Following the meeting, the following was confirmed:
  Putin went on to say that Russia and Hungary had signed long-term contracts that would allow the EU nation to purchase discounted gas from Russia until 2036. He also reported that Hungary currently buys gas five times cheaper than the European market rate. "This is primarily the result of your work," he told his counterpart.
  Orban replied that many in Europe are in fear of an upcoming energy crisis, and that Hungary is grateful for the contract.
  Meanwhile, as Western media and officials have been expressing increased concern over the question of whether Putin may be successfully "dividing Europe" and NATO unity, it appears that Hungary is a first example showing that yes, this is precisely what's happening with the Ukraine crisis 2.0. Germany has of course also featured centrally in this, given its refusal to allow German-made weapons to be transferred to Ukraine forces.

  Moon of Alabama (in Germany) has: How A Misguided Grand Strategy Led To This U.S. Defeat
It's longish, so I will summarize briefly:
​  The US/UK/NATO are  strident in their claims that Russia is about to invade Ukraine​, and provocative in their "counter-moves" to "prevent" it, by moving arms and troops to the Russian border, while refusing in-writing to address Russian national security concerns of broken promises that NATO would not expand towards Russia. NATO continues to advance to the Russian border, seeking to include historically-Russian Eastern Ukraine (Kiev was once the capital of Russia).
  Neocons in the US/NATO (Cheney, Nuland, Blinken) have long sought to break Russia into smaller pieces, to prevent it ever challenging the US/NATO/neoliberalism again. If they could only do this, take #3 out of the competition, they could focus their efforts on China (currently number 1.5?)
  This has been going poorly since last spring. Ukraine was to assault Donbass, but this was thwarted by Russian troops in Russia. That Belorussian color revolution was also thwarted. Russia won't play "checkers".
  Equally bad is the fact that European "allies" (tributary states) are balking at accepting a trip-wire arrangement, whereby they give up Russian natural gas if Russia "invades Ukraine", which is to be determined by the US. Well, we know there will be a false-flag attack and Europe will have no Russian gas, right? 
Everybody knows that everybody (who is anybody) knows.
  Russia continues with plodding, methodical, polite and reliable diplomacy...
​  ​"The U.S. strategy to 'fix' Russia in Europe by imposing 'crushing sanctions' on it to then attack China is failing. That is because it was completely misconceived.
​  ​Russia is the most autarkic country in the world. It produces nearly everything it needs and has highly desirable products that are in global demand and are especially needed in Europe. Russia also has huge financial reserves. A sanctions strategy against Russia can not work.
​  ​To use the Ukraine to g​oa​d Russia into some aggression to then apply sanctions was likewise a rather lunatic attempt. There is nothing in the Ukraine that would tempt Russia to invade. Everything that may have ​t​o be done in the Ukraine can be done from Russian territory by Russian missiles or its air force and navy."

​  ​On Wednesday the White House walked back its prior consistent assertions that a Russian invasion of Ukraine was "imminent"
​  ​Spokeswoman Jen Psaki and other admin had in the last week or more doubled down on the word (which included Blinken in media statements) even as Ukraine's President Zelensky openly disputed the alarmist assessment, essentially telling Biden directly to 'calm down' the hyped rhetoric.

​  ​Russia is speaking softly. Russia must have a "big stick"​.​​  
The US needs to negotiate, or it would not be willing to do so.
Leaked Documents Show US Is Serious About Arms Control With Russia
Washington’s written response to Moscow’s security proposals was leaked and published by the Spanish newspaper El Pais. While the US isn’t willing to give a written guarantee that Ukraine won’t ever join NATO, the document contained serious offers from the US on the issue of arms control.

How Empires End is not long, and not complicated. It's a recurring pattern. 
The current western empire is in a fairly late stage, and can clearly make better and worse choices going forward.​

Reading Tea Leaves
(pictured with shower-plumbing wall in new bathroom before door and sheetrock went in)


  1. John,
    Great collection of links here today. Much to read and think about.

    And you sir, are looking pretty fit and trim these days. Good work!


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    2. Thanks Eric,

      It's all in the camera angle.

  2. Hi John. Abs here from the Earth. The freedom convoy is interesting, but I think we should Free Lance since he was a 500 yahoo (if you ask me.)

  3. Hi Abs. Do you reference this "Lance"?
    I had to look it up, and this is what I found. People say stuff without understanding how it will sound later. I don't know the guy at all. Even Rand Paul ended up saying some things that are easy to attack about welcoming convoys. Maybe they see the need to be on this side no-matter-what. I'm just speculating. I don't know. I have work to do, myself.

    1. Hi John.I had a feeling I was being too cryptic.Absolute galore from TAE following your email instructions ;^)

    2. Yes, a bit cryptic for me, still. freelance500 at ya hoo dot whatever?