Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Defeating Reality


  Thanks Christine and F.S. for this insightful piece about the limits of propaganda by Alastair Crooke. [Artillery just can't be ignored, after all.]
​  ​Hubris consists in believing that a contrived narrative can, in and of itself, bring victory. It is a fantasy that has swept through the West – most emphatically since the 17th century. Recently, the Daily Telegraph published a ridiculous nine minute video purporting to show that ‘narratives win wars’, and that set-backs in the battlespace are incidentals: What matters is to have a thread of unitary narrative articulated, both vertically and horizontally, throughout the spectrum – from the special forces’ soldier in the field through to the pinnacle of the political apex.​..​
..Narrative is now how western élites imagine the world. Whether it is the pandemic emergency, the climate or Ukraine ‘emergencies’ – all are re-defined as ‘wars’. All are ‘wars’ that are to be fought with a unitary imposed narrative of ‘winning’, against which all contrarian opinion is forbidden.
​  ​The obvious flaw to this hubris is that it requires you to be at war with reality.​..​
​..​Western élites have ‘bet their shirts’ on maximum control of ‘media platforms’, absolute messaging conformity and ruthless repression of protest as their blueprint for a continued hold in power.​ ​Yet, against the odds, the MSM is losing its hold over the U.S. audience.​..
..Ukraine: How do you win an unwinnable war? Well, the élite answer has been through narrative. By insisting against reality that Ukraine is winning, and Russia is ‘cracking’. But such hubris eventually is busted by facts on the ground...
..“We will be in a position to extend an invitation to Ukraine to join the Alliance when Allies agree and conditions are met … [however] unless Ukraine wins this war, there’s no membership issue to be discussed at all” – Jens Stoltenberg’s statement at Vilnius. Thus, after urging Kiev to throw more (hundreds of thousands) of its men into the jaws of death to justify NATO membership, the latter turns its back on its protégé. It was, after all, an unwinnable war from the beginning.​..​
..It is an old, old story that Russia is military weak, politically fragile, and prone to fissure. Conor Gallagher has shown with ample quotes that it was exactly the same story in World War 2, reflecting a similar western underestimation of Russia – combined with a gross overestimation of their own capabilities..​.
​..Team Biden needs Russia to accept a ceasefire. And here lies the (the largely overlooked) flaw to that strategy: It simply is not in the Russian interest to ‘freeze’ the situation. Again, the assumption that Putin would ‘jump’ at the western offer of a ceasefire is hubristic thinking: The two adversaries are not frozen in the basic meaning of the term – as in a conflict in which neither side has been able to prevail over the other, and are stuck.
​  ​Put simply, whereas Ukraine structurally hovers at the brink of implosion, Russia, by contrast, is fully plenipotent: It has large, fresh forces; it dominates the airspace; and has near domination of the electromagnetic airspace.​..​
​..But the amour propre of certain EU leaders puts them at war with reality. They want to continue to feed Ukraine into the grinder – to persist in the fantasy of ‘total win’: “There is no other way than a total win – and to get rid of Putin … We have to take all risks for that. No compromise is possible, no compromise”.​ ​The EU Political Class have made so many disastrous decisions in deference to U.S. strategy – decisions that go directly ​​against Europeans’ own economic and security interests – that they are very afraid.​....
​..​It reflects existential fears of an unravelling of the western meta-narrative that will take down both its hegemony, and the western financial structure​..​.
​..​In her new book, The West, classical archaeologist Naoíse Mac Sweeney takes issue with the ‘master myth’ by pointing out that it was only “with the expansion of European overseas imperialism over the seventeenth century, that a more coherent idea of the West began to emerge – one being deployed as a conceptual tool to draw the distinction between the type of people who could legitimately be colonised, and those who could legitimately be colonizers”...
..The deeper fear of western political leaders therefore – complicit in the knowledge that the ‘Narrative’ is a fiction that we tell ourselves, despite knowing that it is factually false – is that our era has been made increasingly and dangerously contingent on this meta-myth.

​  The video is mercifully short. Kamala never noticed her (Freudian-slip) "mistake" at all.​
​  ​"When President [Joe] Biden and I took office, we set an ambitious goal … to cut our greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and to reach net-zero emissions by 2050," Harris told an audience at Coppin State University in Baltimore on Friday.
​  ​"When we invest in clean energy and electric vehicles and reduce population, more of our children can breathe clean air and drink clean water," she continued.
According to the official transcript, the 58-year-old Vice President meant to say 'pollution,' not 'population.'

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​  ​We also want to inform you about the efforts of the W.H.O. to take over management of public health emergencies. The W.H.O. is proposing to govern how pandemics and other public health emergencies are handled in the future. It would prescribe uniform medical treatments and restrictions for all—worldwide.
​  ​The way this would be achieved is through 2 new legal documents that are now being negotiated: a Pandemic Treaty and Amendments to its existing International Health Regulations.

​  ​Russia Terminates Black Sea Grain Deal, Wheat Prices Spike, As Extent Of Crimea Bridge Terrorist Attack Revealed
​  ​Moscow has the two killed in the overnight Crimea Bridge attack involved a Russian family traveling on vacation whose vehicle was destroyed. A statement further alleged assistance to Ukrainian forces by the US and UK.
​  ​"This regime [the Ukrainian government] is terrorist and has all the hallmarks of an international organized crime group," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a written statement. "Ukrainian officials and military personnel take those decisions with direct input from American and British special services and politicians. The US and Britain are managing a state-like terrorist structure," it said.

​  Brian Berletic at Military Summary presents the case that the undersea drone that hit the Crimean bridge came from the Azov Sea side, which was not well defended, since the Azov Sea is under Russian control.​

Gilbert Doctorow (Thanks Christine)  Putin, Prigozhin and the management principle: "work with the hand you are dealt"​​
​  ​There has been a lot of talk these past couple of days about the revelation that on 29 June, less than a week after the Wagner Group’s armed mutiny, Vladimir Putin received Yevgeny Prigozhin and 35 of his senior military commanders in the Kremlin for three hours of talks.
​  ​How can this be? What is the sense of it? Why would Putin talk to the man he had denounced a few days before as a traitor?
​  ​Anyone posing these questions has not been paying much attention to Vladimir Putin’s “people management” record these past twenty-three years.  It all follows the principle that you find practiced in many large institutions, both private and public: work with the hand you have been dealt, considering that most everyone under you is good for something. This is the operating principle I saw around me during my four years working for United Parcel Service. It surely is the ruling principle in the United States armed forces.
​  ​When he came to power in 2000, Putin was dealt a large contingent of rapacious oligarchs whom he tamed, especially by breaking the back of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s presumptuous political ambitions and sending the troublemaker to a long stay behind bars. Once tamed, the robber barons stayed clear of politics and spent their time developing the broad swathes of the economy that they had come to control, even if they skimmed off unseemly profits for themselves.

Sasha Latypova, Thoughts on the BRICs Currency  As the dollar death spiral continues, multi-polar alternatives are being attempted.

  The Dutch people do not want their farming brothers and sisters steamrolled, and have just made that clear in elections.
​  ​The Future of Traditional Farming and Healthcare in the Netherlands
​  ​The Netherlands has been chosen as a pilot area in the EU to be climate neutral with a transition in protein food and a transformation of healthcare into a telemedicine, data, and AI-driven connected system approach led by Public Private Partnerships. A closure of 55-70 percent of traditional farming is foreseen to be replaced by tech-driven vertical farming, gene-edited crops, edible insects, veganism, 15-minute cities and a CBDC passport covering personal health data.
​  ​Citizens will pay for the transition by increasing prices for energy, food, healthcare services, and insurance.

​Steve Kirsch, ​VAERS data clearly shows that the COVID vaccines are an unmitigated disaster for pregnant women​ ​
The CDC said the COVID vaccines were perfectly safe for pregnant women. They lied and they continue to lie to the American people. 
​  ​What I found should alarm everyone on the planet: the absolute number of stillbirths and miscarriages reports associated with the COVID vaccines is literally “off the charts”: 4X higher than for all other vaccines combined.
​  ​Because VAERS is around 100X under reported, meaning the COVID vaccines have likely caused an estimated 360,000 excess deaths.

​  ​In 2021, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — without any evidence of safety — authorized the mRNA shot for pregnant women and anyone 6 months and older, Pfizer suddenly stopped its randomized trial for pregnant women. The vaccine maker has yet to disclose its study data.
​ ..Thorp and colleagues published a preprint study that found striking risks to pregnant women who received the shots, along with their unborn babies.
The outcomes were so dire that the researchers concluded pregnant women should not receive COVID-19 shots until further research is completed.
​ “A worldwide moratorium on the use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy is advised until randomized prospective trials document safety in pregnancy and long-term follow-up in offspring,” they explained.
​  ​Compared to the flu vaccine, COVID-19 shots were associated with a significant increase in adverse events including:
Menstrual abnormality
Fetal chromosomal abnormalities
Fetal malformation
Fetal cystic hygroma
Fetal cardiac disorders
Fetal arrhythmia
Fetal cardiac arrest
Fetal vascular mal-perfusion
Fetal growth abnormalities
Fetal abnormal surveillance
Fetal placental thrombosis
Low amniotic fluid
Fetal death/stillbirth
​  ​The data also revealed a 27-fold higher risk of miscarriage and a more than twofold increased risk of adverse fetal outcomes across six different categories, according to board-certified internist and cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough.

​  An informative sub 4 minute video. Importantly, as magnetic fields weaken, more high-energy protons and electrons enter Earth's atmosphere, depleting ozone, and increasing penetration of UV to the planetary surface. This has been a core cause of species extinctions with previous polar excursions and reversals, with magnetic field decay. ​Real Climate Information | Volcanos and Magnetic Pole Shift

5 more minutes on this: Extinctions on Deck | Why Every Magnetic Flip Hits Hard

Surface Dweller (pictured after planting an apple tree this morning, due to pot not holding enough water)  

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