Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The Owners Of Debt


  There is a tension among the highest class of owners of global financial assets, as the current over-leveraged iteration of $US based global finance is based upon continued exponential growth of real-economy, which seems to have ended with 2018 and the peak of "oil and natural gas liquids" production.
  The first interest of these owners is the maintenance of their primacy of control of the economies and peoples of the world, which they enjoy through "ownership" of the farms, factories, mines, oil wells and forests of the world. That "ownership" has mostly arisen through manipulations of financial-capital, the debts of the world, which they have accrued to themselves in recent centuries, through family financial trusts, global financial holding trusts, and ownership of stocks in productive industries and financial corporations. 
  Their interests of increasing ownership through increasing profitable-extraction of fungible value from productive enterprises is seen to often weaken and hollow out those productive factories, farms and forests, to the detriment of the society served by those industries. That extracted profit is generally invested in further extraction of putative value from any productive enterprise. 
  As a result of this arrangement the interests of society, which are the efficient and low cost output of industry over the long term, may sometimes be at odds with the interests of the productive industries to improve profits by raising the costs to society. The next layer of interests, those of purely financial capital, very rarely chance to align with the interests of society, except when the collapse of a society threatens the ability of financial capitalists to spend their monetary gains within a productive economy. Even in that extreme condition, it is very difficult for financial-capital interests to act in support of the real economy, and involves extensive government negotiation.
  What we are currently seeing, in my opinion, is the preparation for the financial owners to maintain ownership of all of the productive assets and means of trade in the world, as we enter an epoch which requires vast restructuring of the real economy to meet the needs of human societies and natural ecosystems in the world. The extractive interests of the current class of globalist financial "owners" of the debts of the world are directly opposed to the physical needs of the peoples of the world to restructure the real economy, our life support system.
  Will the primacy of debt be maintained, as has been the case since the Roman Empire and Roman Law, or will the prior tradition of periodic elimination of debts to allow societies to remain healthy and productive take precedence?

  Paul Craig Roberts discusses The Real Debt Problem
​  As I have made crystal clear in my 4-Part series “The Great Dispossession,” you have already lost ownership of your banking, pension, and investment accounts. Your “ownership” has been reduced to permission to use your assets until the financial intermediary holding them gets into financial trouble. At that moment, they cease to be your property and become the property of the creditors of the intermediary that holds your accounts, whether it be Merrill Lynch, Schwab, Wells Fargo, TIAA, or whoever. Your dispossession was done quietly over many years by regulatory agencies. This is what Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum means when he tells you that “you will own nothing.” You already don’t.
The US dollar is in trouble, but it is trouble of Washington’s making. Republicans and the financial press, to the extent that one still exists, blame the dollar’s trouble on rising public and private debt. The US runs massive trade and budget deficits. These deficits for decades have been alleged to mean the death of the dollar...
..When a country’s currency is the reserve currency, a role the US seized from Great Britain as its World War II victory prize, it means that there is unlimited demand for your debt. The reason is that your debt is the reserves of the world’s central banks. An increase in US debt is an increase in the reserves of the world banking system. As central banks desire more reserves, there was always a demand for US Treasury debt. There was zero financing problem...
..Being the world currency, a role Roosevelt stole from England, means the US can pay its international bills by printing money or issuing debt.
​  What has put this American privilege in danger is Washington’s stupid, indeed mindless, imposition of economic sanctions that then are evaded by ceasing to use the US dollar as world money. When countries cease settling their international balance of payments accounts in dollars, as Russia, China, Iran and other countries are doing, demand for Treasury debt drops. This means as the sanctioned central banks move to gold and non-Western currencies as reserves, that the demand for US Treasury debt drops, and for the first time in recent history, financing America’s tremendous public debt becomes a problem...
..The problem is not that the debt can’t be paid. The problem is whereas the Fed can print dollars to meet any debt payments, it cannot print foreign currencies with which to buy dollars in foreign exchange markets.​..
​..The minute the dollar goes, American power goes with it.​ Most of the world can hardly wait for it to happen.​

​  Where do the primary interests of Donald Trump lie?  Trump Sold-Out His Base to Shovel $95 Billion to Ukraine and Israel , Mike Whitney
“America last. America last. That’s all this is. America last, every single day.” – Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene
​  The man who is most responsible for the $95 billion giveaway to Ukraine and Israel, is the same guy who pretends to oppose America’s “wasteful” foreign wars. Donald Trump. It was Trump who consulted with Speaker Mike Johnson about the contents of the Ukraine aid package, just as it was Trump who concocted the idea of issuing loans instead of dispersing the standard welfare handout. It was also Trump who said:
​  “I stand with the Speaker, (Mike Johnson)” after which he added that Johnson is doing “a very good job.”
A “good job”?
​  So, secretly collaborating with the Democrat leadership to push through a bill that “reauthorizes FISA to spy on the American people without a warrant, (bans Tik Tok) fully funds Joe Biden’s DOJ that has indicted President Trump 91 times, and giving Biden’s political gestapo a brand new FBI building bigger than the Pentagon,” while not providing a dime to protect the southern border from the swarms of people entering the country illegally, is doing a “good job”?
​  The question we should all be asking ourselves is why has Trump decided to participate in this scam? He keeps saying that if he was president, he’d end the war in Ukraine in a day. If he’s sincere about that, then why did he collaborate on a bill that will drag the war out for another year or two? This is from a Twitter post by political analyst Michael Tracey:
​  Mission Accomplished. It is done: Donald Trump and the House GOP just completed one of the most epic swindles in political history, with Trump personally effectuating the largest-ever disbursement of Ukraine funding through his emissary, “MAGA Mike Johnson” (as Trump lovingly calls him).​

​  Final Nail in America’s Coffin?​  By Ron Paul, MD
​  When future historians go searching for the final nail in the US coffin, they may well settle on the date April 20, 2024.
​  On that day Congress passed legislation to fund two and a half wars, hand what’s left of our privacy over to the CIA and NSA, and give the US president the power to shut down whatever part of the Internet he disagrees with.
​  The nearly $100 billion grossly misnamed “National Security Supplemental” guarantees that Ukrainians will continue to die in that country’s unwinnable war with Russia, that Palestinian civilians will continue to be slaughtered in Gaza with US weapons, and that the neocons will continue to push us toward a war with China.
​  It was a total victory for the war party.​

​  The White House enthusiastically backed surveillance reauthorization that despite a fresh record of routine abuses expands security agencies' spying power.
​  On April 20, Edward Snowden declared, “America lost something important today, and hardly anyone heard. The headlines of state-aligned media screech and crow about the nefarious designs of your fellow citizens and the necessity of foreign wars without end, but find few words for a crime against the Constitution.”
​  The NSA whistleblower was referring to the United States Senate reauthorizing and expanding surveillance under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
​  President Joe Biden circulated a memo that cast the Fourth Amendment right to privacy as a "threat to national security." Biden National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Attorney General Merrick Garland called members of Congress to ensure that they voted to give spy agencies renewed power.
​  Specifically, “Patriot Act 2.0,” as Representative Zoe Lofgren called it, broadened the definition of service providers and exponentially increased the power that the government has to force numerous business and industries to aid warrantless surveillance.​

​  Assuring the continuity of "ownership"?  The World Economic Forum (WEF) is pushing for the “24-hour monitoring” of the general public using “biometric sensors—on, or even inside their bodies.” Details of the plan were revealed by Yuval Noah Harari, a senior advisor to the WEF and its founder Klaus Schwab.
  According to Harari, a self-described “transhumanist” who is credited as the architect behind the WEF’s anti-human agenda, tracking the public 24/7 will help globalists provide them with “much better healthcare.” Harari claims that the technology will give Big Tech companies, including Facebook and Google, access to the 24-hour flow of data. Alarmingly, Harari also suggested that the Chinese Communist Party would “constantly monitor what’s happening” inside the bodies of the general public.

​  Australian Senator Says Elon Musk Should “Be In Jail And The Key Be Thrown Away”​  (The Senator for Tasmania also declared she would be boycotting X, proclaiming “I’ll be switching off X today, I’ll be doing that before I get to the airport this afternoon, and I suggest that the other 226, there’s 227 members of Parliament, do the same thing. Show him that you mean business.”)​  ​ [Sounds like she's just speaking thoughtlessly, doesn't it?]
​  An Australian Senator has called for X owner Elon Musk to be jailed for life for refusing to adhere to the Australian government’s demands to remove a video of the brutal attack on a Christian Bishop in Sydney last week by an apparent Muslim extremist.​ After Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was attacked at his church in Sydney, the video taken from a live stream quickly went viral on X.
​  Australian officials, and politicians from both sides of the spectrum immediately called for the footage to be removed, yet Elon Musk has refused to do so, saying that X is a platform for freedom of expression and it will not censor content that is not illegal.
​  Australia’s so called ‘eSafety Commissioner’ Julie Inman-Grant, an unelected official, has ordered both X and Meta to remove footage of the stabbing under the Online Safety Act, passed in 2021, which empowers the eSafety department to demand the removal of so-called ‘class 1 material’.
​  X was ordered by the Australian Federal Court on Monday to block all users from viewing the footage.
​  The platform temporarily complied with the order in Australia while taking out a two-day injunction, but asserted that a global takedown order violates freedom of speech.“We have already censored the content in question for Australia, pending legal appeal, and it is stored only on servers in the USA,” Musk noted in an X post, warning that complying with government demands to ban content is a slippery slope.
​  In comments to Sky News, Independent Australian Senator Jacqui Lambie charged that Musk is “creating hatred” by ignoring requests to remove “harmful content.”
“I think he’s a social media nob with no social conscience, he has absolutely no social conscience,” she said.​ “Someone like that should be in jail and the key be thrown away. That bloke should not have a right to be out there on his own ideology platform and creating hatred, showing all this stuff out there to our kids and doing all the rest,” Lambie added.​

​  "Whatever it takes" to maintain debt-ownership-rights? PM Orbán’s warning to Europe: ‘World wars are never called world wars in the beginning’

​Meryl Nass MD: Door to Freedom team shines a light on how little has really changed in the new version of the April 2024 amended IHR
The current language has been watered down, and is a bit trickier to disentangle, but the plan is exactly the same​  [Must-Maintain-Control!]​

​  UN Plans Tyrannical Future for You – Alex Newman​  [The same plan the WHO has, in case that flops?​ At least financial elites should retain their ownership rights.]
​  Newman explains, “The bigger story here that people are not paying attention to is the UN is coming together in September . . . and they are having ‘The Summit of the Future.’  They are telling us they are going to bring out radical drastic reforms in the structure of the UN . . . and the power of the UN.  Think of it as the biggest power grab ever at the global level.  The Secretary General of the UN (António Guterres) has put out briefs where he is calling for the UN to be the one world global dictatorship with him at the helm.  In emergencies, the UN would have all power in emergencies and have all power to oversee emergency response. . . . They say the crisis could be a climate crisis, an economic crisis, environmental crisis, pandemic crisis, black swan crisis or maybe something from outer space.  So, basically, anything could be a crisis, and when the Secretary General declares a crisis, all power and authority would go to the UN... This is really a summit for a tyrannical future. . . . They want control of every aspect of your life.”
  If you think the “depopulation” or murder program by the Deep State is some sort of conspiracy theory or myth, think again.  Newman says, “One of the interesting things about going to the UN conferences is they are totally open and totally transparent about the fact that they think there are way too many of us on this planet.  We are taking up their space and consuming their resources.  They say this openly.  They say there are way too many people having way too many babies, and we have to drastically cut back on the number of people on the planet.  They have a whole agency dedicated to this called the UN Population Fund.”                             ​              One sure fire way to kill a lot of people in a short amount of time is war.  Newman says, “They have understood, the globalists, the Deep State, the evil doers and the sick cabal, have understood for a very long time that war was the best mechanism for bringing about their totalitarian one world government.  This is not speculation on my part.  This is what they say.  Their game plan is war, famine, energy crisis and economic crisis.  These are all tools and catalysts for accelerating this agenda.  If millions of people die in a third world war, and it does not matter if it is Iran and Israel, or China and Tiawan, or Ukraine and Russia, it really does not matter, they want millions and millions of people dead so people will give up their attachment to the nation state, self-government and individual liberty and give up anything, money or freedom, anything to make it stop.”​

​  Palestine This Week: The bodies Israel doesn't want you to see
The bodies of more than 280 Palestinians have been found in a mass grave in the grounds of Nasser Hospital in Gaza, most too decomposed to be identified. With proof of Israel's war crimes once again coming to light, will the US use its powers to protect the occupation state at the ICC?​

​  Silenced Screams: Untold Stories of the Brutal Israeli Invasion of Nur Shams
Sana’ Yassin would never have imagined that the day would come when she would see bodies at the entrance to her home, and no one would be allowed to retrieve them.
​  This was the scene at the Nur Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm, in the occupied West Bank, during a three-day violent Israeli military invasion, which left at least 14 Palestinians dead and dozens injured, in addition to massive destruction of the area.
​  The storming began last Thursday, with scores of Israeli armored military vehicles and hundreds of soldiers surrounding the camp and sealing its entrances.
Yassin told the Palestine Chronicle that Israeli bulldozers immediately began destroying the streets, cutting off water and electricity while uprooting the sewage network.​ 
Israeli bulldozers demolished the facades of dozens of shops and balconies of houses overlooking the streets, causing new massive destruction in addition to previous rounds of deliberate sabotage.
​  “I had visited my sick mother and returned to my home when the raid began. I heard the sound of bulldozers and military vehicles, so I quickly entered my house because I knew that this sound was a prelude to a disaster,” Yassin said.
​  As the invasion continued, Israeli snipers began shooting at anyone who moved, wounding many.​ Because ambulance crews were prevented from entering, the conditions of the injured rapidly worsened.​..
​..For that entire time, Yassin was trying to calm her four children, who were crying and screaming due to the power outage and the deafening sounds of shelling and bullets.​ “While I was trying to help them sleep, there was a very loud shooting sound near the house,” Yassin said.
“I heard screaming and looked out the window to find two young men lying on the ground, bleeding due to their wounds and burns,” she explained. “I thought the ambulance would come to save them, but everyone was prevented from approaching.”
​  One of the injured tried to crawl to a nearby house, but he was unable to do so due to a barrage of Israeli gunfire.
He remained on the ground for several hours until he and the other injured person passed away. Their bodies remained there for more than 60 hours.
Yassin told us that a strong smell began to fill the neighborhood.
​  She prevented her children from looking through the window so that they would not be shocked by the scene.
“Every time I looked out the window, I wished I wouldn’t see the two bodies, but they remained there the whole time,” Yassin said.
“No one was able to save them when they were injured and no one was able to retrieve them after their death. It was a horrific sight that I didn’t ever expect to see in my lifetime.”​ ...
​..Salim Ghannam, 29, was sniped with a bullet to the head at the entrance to his home in the Nur Shams camp.
No one was allowed to approach him, but his family managed to drag his lifeless body into the house.
Salim remained there – a dead body – for 48 hours, with his family crying around him, the entire time.​

​  Red Cross Says Rafah Evacuation Not ‘Possible’ as Israel Prepares for Invasion​ , Israeli media reports that Israel will invade Rafah 'very soon'
​  “When we see the level of destruction in the middle area (of Gaza) and in the north, it’s not clear to us where people will be moved to… where they can have decent shelter and essential services,” Fabrizio Carboni, Middle East director for the Red Cross, told AFP. “So today, with the information we have and from where we stand, we don’t see this (massive evacuation) as possible.”​

​Jewish Voice For Peace, Passover Edition,  Why is this year different from all other years?

​  This week, Palestinians uncovered a second mass grave in Gaza, at the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis. More than 300 bodies were buried there, many with their hands and feet tied, killed and discarded by the Israeli military.  
​  The Israeli government has enjoyed impunity to commit genocide for the past six months, aided and abetted by the U.S. Congress. On Tuesday night the Senate approved over $14 billion in military funding for Israel — which President Biden is expected to sign off on.
​  As this genocide continues, our movement isn’t backing down. Across the country, Jews are holding Seders in the Streets for Passover, and campuses across the country are being filled by student encampments in solidarity with Gaza. A new anti-war movement is being forged, demanding an end to U.S. support for Israel

​  What Lindsey Graham Isn’t Telling You About US ‘Loan’ to Ukraine
​  “This aid package has a loan component to it,” Graham said Sunday. “President Trump has created a loan component to this package that gives us leverage down the road.”​  But does it?​ What Graham fails to mention is the fine print.
​  Of the $61 billion in the foreign aid package, only $9.5 billion comes in the form of a “forgivable loan” for the Ukrainian government, according to Heritage Action. (Heritage Action is the grassroots arm of The Heritage Foundation, which founded The Daily Signal in 2014).
​  There’s another catch for the so-called loan: President Joe Biden has the power to cancel 50% of the total after this coming Nov. 15. And the remaining 50% may be canceled by the president after Jan. 1, 2026.​

​  A former Nigerien diplomat tells Al Mayadeen his country is determined to expel US forces from Niger and establish stronger ties with the east.
Niger is determined to expel US forces from its territory, Nigerien diplomat Ali Tassa told Al Mayadeen on Tuesday.
​  "Washington initially wanted to negotiate the continuation of an air base, but the Nigerian government refused," Tassa underlined.
He stressed that Niger was open to Russia, China, Iran, and any country that respects its sovereignty, adding that his country is strengthening its relations with Moscow.
Niger is "interested in strengthening its army to confront terrorism," Tassa said.
US Defense Department spokesperson Patrick Ryder said today that the US and Niger have started discussions for the orderly withdrawal of US servicemen from Niger.​

​  Chad Signals It Wants US Troops To Leave​ , The news comes after the US said it agreed to leave Niger
​  Chad’s government sent a letter to the US earlier this month that said it could end the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). The letter didn’t directly order the US military to leave, but US officials said that if the agreement were canceled, US forces would have to leave a French military base where they were stationed.
​  Reuters also reported on the letter and said Chad ordered the US to halt activity at the Adji Kossei Air Base because the US had failed to provide documents justifying their presence there.​

​  Iran Claims New Version of Bavar-373 Can Take Out US-Made Stealth Jets
​  Displayed during a recent military parade in Tehran, the new weapon is said to have enhanced target detection and tracking abilities, enabling the interception of radar-evading fifth-generation fighter jets such as the F-35.
​  It can also identify up to 100 aerial targets simultaneously and engage them with Sayyad-4B missiles, according to Iranian officials.​ The update listed the range of the new Bavar-373 as 300 kilometers (186 miles), but this has not been independently verified.​

​Simplicius gives the rundown on this hypersonic missile system. 3M22 Zircon: Debunking Misconceptions

​  US To Convert Pacific Oil Rigs Into Military Bases as Part of Anti-China Buildup
​  The US Navy will convert surplus oil rigs in the western Pacific into mobile military bases as part of the US military buildup aimed at China, The Defense Post reported on Tuesday.  The naval engineering firm Gibbs & Cox developed the concept, known as the Mobile Defense/Depot Platform (MODEP), and presented it earlier this month at the Sea Air Space Expo. The idea is to convert oil rigs into mobile missile defense and resupply bases.
​  “Our target here is to find a solution to help the challenging problem of having capacity issues in the Western Pacific. For not enough cells, not enough missiles, not enough of being able to keep those ships in the forward station,” Dave Zook, an architect at Gibbs & Cox, told Naval News.
​  Gibbs & Cox claims that the floating bases would be able to hold 512 vertical launch system cells or 100 large missile launchers, which is five times the capacity of a US Navy destroyer. The idea is to counter China’s ballistic missiles that could take out US warships and bases in the region in the event of an open war.​

​  Wind Overtakes Fossil Fuels as the UK’s Largest Power Generation Source
​  The UK saw two consecutive quarters of wind power overtaking fossil fuels as the single-largest source of electricity generation for the first time, per data from think tank Ember quoted by Reuters columnist Gavin Maguire.
​  In the first quarter of 2024, wind-generated a total of 25.3 terawatt hours (TWh) of Britain’s electricity, higher than the 23.6 TWh generated from fossil fuel sources, Ember data showed. As a result, wind power generated an average of 39.4% of the UK’s electricity between January and March 2024, versus a 36.2% share of fossil fuel generation.  
​  Wind power generation, however, could begin to dip with warmer and still weather in the summer months.​

​  Charles Hugh Smith,  Cities' "Doom Loops" Are Even Worse Than You Imagined  
This is why those who understand these dynamics are getting out, even though the city was their home.​

Neither A Borrower Nor a Lender (pictured with first red onion of the season)

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Earth Day Late

 Conscious Star-Seeds,

  I remember the first "Earth Day", April 22, 1970. I was in 6th grade. Our teacher, who had been a student teacher the year before, was very enthusiastic about this new thing. It seemed like we might be taking a new and better direction, and in many ways, the US was. We spent a decade and a whole lot of money reducing pollution and starting some Superfund cleanups. We got smog controls, and the Hudson River eventually got fish again, and the unleaded gasoline led to an unexpected reduction in violent crime...
​  Maybe it should be called “Universe Day” ​, Josh Mitteldorf
I learned from physics that the universe is alive. I learned from biology that evolution crafts ecosystems.
​  A child of the Space Age, I was drawn to study physics because I believed that the world could be understood from the bottom up. The world is made of particles that follow mechanical laws, and everything could be understood if I plumbed the broad implications of those laws.​..
​..Many physicists are deeply committed to the principle that there is no “creator”, so they reject the idea that the laws of physics could have been created by consciousness as a way to make a physical home for itself. The only way they can do this is to assume the existence of a “multiverse” an unimaginably large number of universes, each with its own physical laws. Almost all of these are incapable of supporting life, so there is no one in them to look back and ask questions about physics. This is supposed to explain the fact that we find ourselves in a universe built on such hospitable physics.
​  Life is not an opportunistic phenomenon that took the particles and laws that it found and happened on a way to create self-reproducing systems that could evolve. No, life is built into the fabric of the universe. Life is the reason that this universe is what it is. The universe is a response to life’s longing for a home.
​  At age 46, I was drawn to study biology. It was not the above reasoning that prompted my move out of physics. I became intrigued by the evolutionary paradox of programmed death.
​  Anyone who looks without theoretical preconception at the many ways that aging manifests in nature realizes that aging is a biological function. It is not a bug but a feature of the software. Aging is an epigenetic program.
​  But if we believe that all biological functions are products of evolution, we face a paradox: Fitness is about producing lots of babies. Fitness is about surviving robustly in challenging circumstances. Aging is the opposite of fitness. How could aging have evolved through a process of natural selection?
​  I was obsessed with this question from 1996 to 2001. I pursued dozens of hypotheses to dead end conclusions. My “eureka” moment came with a radical message, for which I have been a passionate advocate in the community of aging science and also in the field of evolutionary biology. In one sentence,
​  Evolution has worked to craft robust ecosystems.
​  Starting in 1966, mathematical theorists dominated the field of evolutionary biology with a concept of the “selfish gene”. Natural selection works at the lowest possible level. A gene is “fit” to the extent that it produces more copies of itself in the next generation. There is no such thing as a “fit individual” — only a collection of fit genes. There is no such thing as a “fit community” or a “fit species”. Natural selection might, in theory, operate on higher levels than the gene, but in reality, those higher level processes are too slow to matter.
​  This was the dogma introduced by R. A. Fisher, evangelized by George Williams, explicated theoretically by John Maynard Smith, presented to the public by Richard Dawkins.
and opposed by one man, David Sloan Wilson. During the era 1966 - 2005 when the “selfish gene” ruled evolutionary biology, Wilson was meticulously laying a mathematical foundation for what he called “multilevel selection”, MLS. Wilson interpreted the mathematics of the selfish gene through a lens invented by George Price. He detailed circumstances under which group selection might be able to override individual selection, leading to altruistic behaviors.​..
..Wilson became my mentor, and introduced me into the evolutionary community as co-author of my first evolution paper. But even for Wilson, “fitness of an ecosystem” was beyond the pale. The dynamics of George Price as realized in MLS theory could not support a mechanism as radical as selection among ecosystems. It was mathematically implausible.​..
..I was able to break out of selfish gene theory and MLS theory to understand aging when I realized that both those bodies of theory were built within an assumption of a stable ecosystem. But selfish genes are not compatible with a stable ecosystem. I was able to demonstrate this with mathematical models, and I consider this to be my principal contribution to science. Selfish genes very rapidly destroy the ecosystem in which they appear. This is how natural selection has so ruthlessly eliminated the selfish gene.
​  The fact that individual animals share a prey population ties their destinies tightly and inextricably together in a way that changes the fundamentals of evolutionary dynamics. All animals are forced to cooperate to preserve the pool of plants or animals on which their future depends. Selfish genes inevitably lead to overconsumption. No one can afford to be ruled by selfish genes.
​  The requirement of ecosystem stability changes everything about evolution, which is ultimately everything we understand about biology.​.. For four billion years, natural selection has been in the business of creating robust, homeostatic ecosystems. The scope of the “selfish gene” in this picture is limited indeed.​..
​..Earth Day
​  So we come, at last, to the theme of the day. Sharks and lions and killer whales and polar bears may look ruthless to us, but no predator is evolved to be as efficient as physically possible. All predators are smart enough to protect the prey upon which they depend. (“Smart” may be in their genes rather than their brains.)​ ...
..Human brains have taken over from our genes and, just in the last few thousand years, have conceived the idea of turning nature into a “resource”. We have lost the knowledge that we are part of nature, and we have convinced ourselves that nature is something we can use.
​  Many indigenous peoples did not go astray in this way, but our dominant culture of the West used the temporary advantage that it gained via our exploitative mindset to subdue them...
​..In the 21st century, the study of molecular biology has vastly outpaced ecology. We have the illusion that life might be understood from the bottom up. We have the related and very dangerous illusion that if Gaia dies, that will be very sad, but humans will still be able to support our species using hydroponics and lab-grown food.
​  No. If Gaia dies, then we all die with her. Every species depends on an ecosystem, and no individual can live without robust ecosystem “services”. If we are really “selfish” then we will organize to restore nature as if our lives depended on it — because they do.
​  You don’t have to march in the streets. You don’t have to write to your Congressperson. You don’t even have to plant a garden. But please celebrate a living Universe and give yourself space to feel a part of Life.​

​  Michael Brenner: The Moral Depravity of Western Imperialism
​  Brenner details how this depravity manifests not only in the form of mass slaughter and total disregard for human life, but also through mass psychosis of government leaders who consistently make global decisions through a distorted lens completely detached from reality. Only this can explain their escalations in Ukraine at every turn, their “acknowledgement” of Palestinian life yet total complicity in its destruction and the mass censorship being imposed upon dissidents by the ruling class, most recently at the University of Southern California...
..I think we’re at a moment of  truth for both Washington, the Biden administration  and the Israeli government.  It’s both a moment of truth, it’s a moment of truth because they’re in a quandary, they’re in a dilemma...
..Hypersonic missiles is the kind that Russia has developed and which the United States does not possess.  And trying to catch up. They come at such a speed as to make it impossible  for even the most sophisticated defenses to intercept them.  The other feature was something that I believe they call maneuverable
  What it means is that the warhead, the missile and warhead, has built into it such intelligence  that it can see  an anti missile coming at it and change its course to evade it.  And apparently it has been shown, there is one video which depicts  what happened.  When the Iranians attacked this sort of  air base in the Negev with the Americans, which is both where the American sophisticated equipment was located and the base from which the Israelis had launched their F 35s, which struck the  Iranian consulate in Damascus.
  And you can see the missile is headed towards the base. You see the anti ballistic missile trying to intercept it  on a line and the incoming missile does a sort of jog  in dogleg.  The anti ballistic missile flies harmlessly past it. The incoming missile resumes its previous trajectory and hits the base.
  Now, so what we know, just to sum it up,  is that seven of those sophisticated ballistic missiles did hit that base.  Four hit another  Israeli air base in the Negev. One destroyed a Mossad sophisticated communications in the Golan Heights. And one actually hit the building in which was located the unit of the  IDF, Israeli Defense Forces, that they believe organized the attack  in Damascus...
..And we should remind ourselves, something which has been overlooked. It was the position of the United States government  to support  and to encourage  the expelling of the Gazans into the Sinai Desert.  Secretary​ (Blinken) , and this is a matter of public record, it’s not opinion, it’s not speculation.  Secretary of State  went some weeks after October 7th, but still in the month of October, paid a visit to Cairo.
​  In Egypt  and to King Abdullah in Jordan and press them in effect to open the gates and allow hundreds of thousands, if not a million, of Palestinians to vacate  Gaza.  And in fact,  in Egypt,  he held out a number of enticements to President Sisi, including writing off tens of billions. Of debt, which Egypt owes the United States, and a readiness to lobby on their behalf for the IMF to write off other billions, which Egypt owes the fund.
​    A​nd Sisi told him, ​"nothing doing​"​, the thought of having a million refugees, that would be a breeding ground for jihadi terrorists,  which his government’s already trying to suppress​,  In Sinai, it was intolerable, in addition to which he knew that if he were to accept that, he’d be overthrown.  Because  opinion, popular opinion in Egypt is  so intense, in a way,  that no government that would accept a proposition like that, no matter how autocratic, how ruthless​, could stand.​..

​..There is good reason to doubt that this Israeli leadership is capable at this point of making rational decisions.  They’re so caught up  in their own emotion,  in their own biblically, supposedly foreseen turning point, in achieving all the great sort of prophecies, and that they seem to be unable to sit down and do a cool calculus, say, what are the possible costs? What are the possible benefits?  What are the probabilities, what are the probabilities that we would get this response from Iran, that response from Hezbollah, and a key,  what is the chance the Americans would indeed join us,  which would give us a chance to reach our goals, or won’t, in which case Israel as we know it,  will cease to exist.​..   And since they’re probably  incapable of accepting a new reality in which they’ve been thwarted in all of their aims and purposes, they are most likely to launch a rather large attack on Iran. How large, we don’t know.
​  The position of the United States, has been much discussed and is in the news and as publicly stated is to convince the Israelis  not to overreact by which they mean don’t react so massively  that Iran will then respond with an equally massive and destructive attack on you​.  ​And they’ve also said ​"we’re not going to participate​", we’re not going to foreclose the latter​ by participating in the initial, any initial attack​,  that you have in mind.  And then they’re trying to dissuade the Iranians, with the implicit assistance of Russia and China,  not, in a sense, to overreact  if the expected Israeli strike is relatively limited. Now, that’s a very delicate game to play.    

US forced Israel to abandon larger attack on Iran – NYT​ , Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to destroy military sites near Tehran until Washington intervened, the newspaper has claimed​

Gaza War At 200 Days: IDF Pivots From Iran Threat Back To Hamas Operations​               "Israel bombarded northern Gaza overnight in some of the heaviest shelling in weeks, panicking residents and flattening neighborhoods in an area where the Israeli army had previously drawn down its troops, residents said on Tuesday," Reuters reports.​... As for Rafah in the south, so far it seems the IDF's planned offensive appears to be on pause. An estimated 1.5 million civilians are sheltering in the city, and the White House has urged the Netanyahu government not to attack it. Humanitarian aid groups currently say they don't know what to expect.  The US has urged that Israel evacuate civilians first, but these plans are anything but clear at this point. "I have no idea what the plan with the procurement of tents by the Israelis is," the head of the UN humanitarian office in Gaza, Andrea de Domenico, told Al Jazeera. Recent days have seen dozens of casualties due to shelling of some areas, but a full assault is expected to be a humanitarian nightmare for the refugees there.​  

​  Israel prepares Rafah evacuation with US, Arab assistance: Report

Arab states, including the UAE and Egypt, are involved in plans to push Rafah’s civilian population into tent compounds near Khan Yunis​                                          The Israeli army is closing in on completing its plans for an assault on the Gaza Strip’s southern city of Rafah, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on 23 April.​ WSJ cites Egyptian officials as saying that Israel’s plan to evacuate civilians from the city will take two to three weeks and will be carried out in cooperation with Washington, Cairo, and other Arab states, including the UAE.
​  The officials say Israel is planning on gradual deployments of troops to Rafah. The troops will concentrate on specific areas where Tel Aviv believes Hamas leaders are holed up.​ The entire operation – including the evacuations – is expected to take at least six weeks, according to WSJ.​​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ​ Some 2,000 Palestinians have been found to be missing following the Israeli occupation army’s withdrawal from several areas across Gaza, spokesman for the Civil Defence in the Strip, Major Mahmoud Basal, has said.  Speaking to the media yesterday, Basal said over 150 bodies were found and around 500 people were reported missing in the aftermath of the Khan Yunis massacre following the withdrawal of the Israeli occupation forces.  He expressed deep concern regarding the fate of those missing, as their whereabouts are unknown, some of whom have been buried in unmarked graves​.

NYU, Columbia, Yale Crack Down On Demonstrators As Anti-Israel Protests Intensify​  The protests, which have been growing in size and intensity over the last week, were met with aggressive crackdowns from school administrators and police, as a wave of arrests, suspensions and canceled classes. Last week, officials at Columbia University called the cops to remove demonstrators who want the school to exit all investments that benefit the government of Israel amid the rising death toll in Gaza, which now stands at more than 34,000 according to local health officials.​

​  President Biden Smears Pro-Palestinian Protesters as ‘Antisemitic’​   (Is the term "self-hating-Jews" going to make a comeback?​ Go "Biden"!)
Some members of Congress are calling for the National Guard to be sent in to break up a protest at Columbia University​                                                                    Critics of the protests have accused the demonstrators of harassing Jewish students
, which has been a common claim about recent college protests in general. Peter Beinart, editor-at-large of Jewish Currents, made the point on X that Jews are usually “overrepresented” among pro-Palestinian protesters at colleges. “Sometimes they’re the largest identity group. Maybe folks calling for cracking down on protesters in the name of Jewish safety should consider their safety too,” he said.

  My Congressman, Lloyd Doggett voted against the war funding, and I called his office this morning to extend my heartfelt thanks to him; I spoke to a nice staffer.  
Sanders Pushes Amendment to 'Cut Billions in Offensive Military Funding to Israel'
"Enough is enough," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. "We cannot continue to fund this horrific war."

​  Israel army unit ‘kills Palestinians for no real reason,’ party leader says​  (and she seems to be against it, too)

​  Israeli Labor Party leader Merav Michaeli yesterday called for the dismantling of an army unit with a history of abuses, saying it is killing Palestinians “for no real reason”, Anadolu agency reported.
​  Her call came amid reports that the US was preparing to impose sanctions on the Netzah Yehuda battalion over human rights violations committed by the combat unit against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. “The sanctions are an acknowledgment of the reality and an understanding that Israel’s conduct in the territories cannot continue,” Michaeli said on X.
​  “The violent and corrupt conduct of the Netzah Yehuda battalion and those around it has been known for years, and nothing has been done to stop it.” The Israeli party leader said that Washington established a team two years ago to investigate the conduct of the army unit. “The political and military echelons cannot pretend they did not know about it,” she added. “Instead of wising up and dealing with the situation, we get yet another dose of denial and foot-dragging, lies and covering up the bitter reality.”​

​  Igor Chudov has this story of a scientific experiment with​ mis-informed-consent: Religious Faith Can Be "Turned Off" by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Scientists Find​   Your tinfoil hats will not help you this time​                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We can ask a question: can the invisible link between the faithful and God be severed by a third party armed with the tools provided by the latest scientific advances?
Disturbingly, the answer may be yes. Scientists led by Dr. Colin Holbrook at UCLA undertook a multi-year endeavor to discover ways to stop “religious beliefs and right-wing prejudice.” They attempted to apply direct electromagnetic stimulation to the brain to alter human beliefs, specifically turning off belief in God.

​  Military Summary has the ongoing saga of Ukrainian forces being abandoned in positions without supplies, left to fight the Russians until the last man, and abandoning their positions, instead. Fewer and fewer are willing to die. More and more of the surviving Ukrainian soldiers have seen how cynically this has been played on them.  
​  Hundreds Of Bradley Fighting Vehicles On The Border | The Defeat Of 47th Brigade | MS For 2024.04.23​

  ​From Last Friday 4/19/24  37-year-old Max Azzarello has been identified as the man who set himself on fire near the NYC courthouse where Donald Trump's 'hush money' trial is taking place. He is in critical condition in a burn unit, police said Friday. Before setting himself on fire, Azzarello dropped a stack of pamphlets that led people to the "Ponzi Papers" substack - in which he writes: "My name is Max Azzarello, and I am an investigative researcher who has set himself on fire outside of the Trump trial in Manhattan." Azzarello claims that a totalitarian conspiracy is in play, orchestrated by the U.S. government and its allies, aiming to impose a fascist world order.
  This extreme act of protest is to draw attention to an urgent and important discovery: We are victims of a totalitarian con, and our own government (along with many of their allies) is about to hit us with an apocalyptic fascist world coup.

Rest in Peace, Max:  Trump Trial Self-Immolator Donated Both His Kidneys, Saving Two People’s Lives

  Max's Manifesto, The Ponzi Papers
My name is Max Azzarello, and I am an investigative researcher who has set himself on fire outside of the Trump trial in Manhattan.
​  This extreme act of protest is to draw attention to an urgent and important discovery:
We are victims of a totalitarian con, and our own government (along with many of their allies) is about to hit us with an apocalyptic fascist world coup.
​  These claims sound like fantastical conspiracy theory, but they are not. They are proof of conspiracy. If you investigate this mountain of research, you will prove them too. If you learn a great deal about Ponzi schemes, you will discover that our life is a lie. If you follow this story and the links below, you will discover the rotten truth of ‘post-truth America’. You will learn the scariest and stupidest story in world history. And you will realize that we are all in a desperate state of emergency that requires your action.
​  To my friends and family, witnesses and first responders, I deeply apologize for inflicting this pain upon you. But I assure you it is a drop in the bucket compared to what our government intends to inflict.
​  Because these words are true, this is an act of revolution.​..
​..Ponzi schemes are vicious beasts, and cryptocurrency is history’s largest Ponzi by orders of magnitude. It could best be described as an economic doomsday device, intentionally made to shatter the world economy.​

​  Ellen Brown,  “The Great Taking”: How They Can Own It All
“’You’ll own nothing and be happy’? David Webb has gone through the 50-year history of all the legal constructs that have been put in place to technically enable that to happen.” [Oct 2 interview titled “The Great Taking: Who Really Owns Your Assets?”]
​  The derivatives bubble has been estimated to exceed one quadrillion dollars (a quadrillion is 1,000 trillion). The entire GDP of the world is estimated at $105 trillion, or 10% of one quadrillion; and the collective wealth of the world is an estimated $360 trillion. Clearly, there is not enough collateral anywhere to satisfy all the derivative claims. The majority of derivatives now involve interest rate swaps, and interest rates have shot up. The bubble looks ready to pop.​..
..Meanwhile, we need to design an alternative financial system that is equitable and sustainable. Promising components might include publicly-owned banks, product-backed community cryptocurrencies, a land value tax, and a financial transaction tax.
​  A neoliberal, financialized economy of the sort we have today produces little and leaves the workers in debt. Goods and services are produced by the “real” economy; finance is just superstructure. Derivatives do not now produce even the security for which they were originally intended. A healthy, enduring economy must produce real things and exchange them fairly for the wages earned by labor.​

​  Charles Hugh Smith, Is the 'Housing Shortage' the Result of Housing-Hoarding by the Wealthy?
  Those seeking to buy a house as shelter for their household can't compete with the wealthy seeking assets to snap up and hoard for appreciation. Those seeking to rent a dwelling are up against corporate hoarders of homes such as Blackrock, which owns 7% of all rentals in the US, and wealthy households pulling dwellings out of the year-round rental market to feast on the profits generated by revenge-spending vacationers.​

Ecosystem Stabilizer (pictured with onions getting big, baby squash and growing tomato vines)

Monday, April 22, 2024

Real Human Life

 Living Beings,

  US To Sanction Entire IDF Battalion Over Alleged Human Rights Abuses   [Is this an actual attempt to rein in the most visible offenses of Israeli genocide?]
  Axios is reporting what marks an unexpected and unprecedented development in US-Israel relations: the Biden administration will in the coming days announce sanctions against an entire battalion of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
  Three US officials told the outlet that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will unveil the punitive measures against the IDF’s "Netzah Yehuda" battalion for its allegedly committing human rights abuses against Palestinians in the West Bank. It is an ultra orthodox brigade founded in 1999 in coordination with rabbis who sought to allow easier entry into the military of a religious community which typically rejects national service.
  The controversial battalion has also served in Gaza Strip operations, as well as in the north of Israel. The Times of Israel has highlighted, "The battalion has been at the center of several controversies in the past connected to right-wing extremism and violence against Palestinians, notably including the 2022 death of Omar As’ad, a 78-year-old Palestinian-American who died after being detained, handcuffed, blindfolded, and later abandoned in near-freezing conditions by soldiers of the battalion."
  Blinken on Friday appeared to confirm that the sanctions are imminent. "You can expect to see them in the days ahead," Blinken said in response to a question about potential Leahy law violations. The 1997 law bans the possibility of US foreign aid or DOD training programs going to foreign entities found to have committed human rights abuses.
  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately blasted the coming US move in a Saturday message on X, writing:
"The IDF must not be sanctioned!" he wrote on X. "I’ve been working in recent weeks against the sanctioning of Israeli citizens, including in my conversations with the American administration."
  "At a time when our soldiers are fighting terrorist monsters, the intention to issue sanctions against a unit in the IDF is the height of absurdity and a moral low," he added, committing to "fight the move."...
..According to Axios, "The sanctions will ban the battalion and its members from receiving any kind of U.S. military assistance or training, the sources said."

  Palestinian official says Israel committing ‘genocide’ in Nur Shams camp in occupied West Bank  [That same battalion?]
  An official in the Palestine Liberation Organization said on Saturday that Israel is committing a “genocide” in the Nur Shams camp for the third day in a row as the Israeli army continues to storm the Tulkarm city and the Nur Shams camp resulting in several casualties, Anadolu Agency reports.
  “The siege has been ongoing since Thursday evening. The Israeli army is besieging the camp from all sides. No one can enter or leave it,” Mu’ayyad Shaa’ban, the head of the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission, told Anadolu.
  “The situation is catastrophic and difficult in every sense of the word,” he said.
Shaa’ban pointed out that “the Israeli army forces bombed Palestinian homes with Energa bombs where two martyrs were officially reported.”  “A number of martyrs are believed to be on the streets and neither ambulances nor even citizens can reach them,” he added.
  The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said on Friday that “the Israeli army continues to prevent ambulances from entering the Nur Shams camp in Tulkarm in the West Bank thus obstructing the transfer of injured people.”
  The Palestinian official said the Israeli army is arresting dozens of residents.
Shaa’ban called on the international community to intervene urgently to save the residents and allow medical teams to enter the camp to evacuate the casualties.
  “All residents of the camp have become hostages with no food or electricity, cut off from the outside world due to the ongoing siege and military operations,” Shaa’ban said.
 Late Thursday, Israeli Army Radio announced that the army began implementing a “broad-scale military operation” in the Nur Shams refugee camp, without specifying the objective or duration.

Blinken reveals US stance on potential Israeli invasion of RafahA major offensive would have “terrible consequences,” the US Secretary of State has said

  Israel Just Launched a Brutal Attack on Rafah. “Beyond Shame, Beyond Crime…”  [Approval by the Biden Admin. seems likely, but we are not certain.]
Brutality, atrocity no end. Horrendous indiscriminate firebombing of Gaza’s southernmost city, Rafah.
  We know Netanyahu does not move a finger without Washington’s OK.  
[Was this ever completely true?]
  This was clearly proven by the benign counterattack on Iran – to “retaliate” against Iran’s 14 April “checkmate” (Scott Ritter) retaliatory attack on Israel. Retaliating against Israel’s blowing up Iran’s Consulate in Damascus on 1 April and killing seven Iranians, including two military officers.  
[Not the same. Iran can accurately strike Israeli targets.]
  President Biden demanded Netanyahu not to risk a large-scale war, to be soft with his retaliation. By contrast, Biden must have given Netanyahu green light to do away with Rafah, where currently more than a million Palestinians are stranded – bombed from the North of Gaza to the southern tip, Rafah, the locked gate to Egypt. 

  Israeli Strikes in Rafah Kill 22, Including 18 Children
Israeli strikes hit the southern Gaza city of Rafah Saturday night into Sunday morning, killing 22 people, including 18 children, The Associated Press reported.
  The bombardment came just hours after the US House of Representatives passed a $26 billion bill that includes about $17 billion in military aid for Israel to support the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza.
  According to AP, one of the overnight strikes killed a man, his wife, and their three-year-old child. The woman was 30 weeks pregnant, and medical staff at the nearby Kuwaiti hospital were able to save the baby. The second strike killed two women and 17 children.

  US Blocking Full UN Membership for Palestine – And US Congress Passes Law Depriving Palestine of Freedom of Speech
  The United States single-handedly vetoed Palestine from full UN membership, thereby blocking the world body’s recognition of a Palestinian State. The vote in the 15-member Security Council was 12 in favor, the US opposed and two abstentions, the UK and Switzerland.
  What is largely called Palestine, has since 2012 a non-member observer status. An application for full membership with voting rights must be approved by the UN Security Council and two-thirds of the General Assembly...
..On Wednesday, 17 April, the US House of Representatives passed a Resolution, condemning the chanting of the phrase “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”...  If nothing else, the Resolution is a breach on Freedom of Speech, as per the US Constitution’s First Amendment:
  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
  The Resolution passed Wednesday is a blatant attempt to abridge the freedom of speech. It is reminiscent of book burning in the not-too-distant past. Yes, humanity is progressing fast but backwards. In more ways than one.
  The supporters of the Resolution claim that the chant is “antisemitic”, even though the word Jew never appears in it. It only claims or wishes freedom for Palestine...
..Looking back at almost forgotten history, on 13 December, 1993, then U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, signed the Oslo Peace Accords. These accords, which have the force of U.S. Law, specified that Israel would withdraw from Gaza and the Palestinian West Bank by 1997 and turn their governance over to the Palestine Authority, that is, the State of Palestine.

  I am not holding my breath. Alastair Crooke, Will Zionism Self-Destruct?
  What occurred this Saturday 14 April ... was of utmost importance.
  Despite the bruhaha and distraction following Iran’s attack, Israel and the U.S. know the truth: Iran’s missiles were able to penetrate directly into Israel’s two most sensitive and highly defended air bases and sites. Behind the whooping western rhetoric lies Israeli shock and fear. Their bases are no longer ‘untouchable’.
  Israel also knows – but cannot admit – that the so-called ‘assault’ was no assault but an Iranian message to assert the new strategic equation: That any Israeli attack on Iran or its personnel will result in retribution from Iran into Israel...

..(We) are still trying to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of secular, rationalist concepts – even as Israel quite evidently is seized by an increasingly Apocalyptic frenzy.
  And by extension, we are stuck in trying to address the conflict through our habitual utilitarian, rationalist policy tool-set. And we wonder why it is not working. It is not working because all parties have moved beyond mechanical rationalism to a different plane.
  Last year’s election in Israel saw a revolutionary change: The Mizrahim walked into the Prime Minister’s office. These Jews coming from the Arab and North African sphere – now possibly the majority – and, with their political allies on the right, embraced a radical agenda: To complete the founding of Israel on the Land of Israel (i.e. no Palestinian State); to build the Third Temple (in place of Al-Aqsa); and to institute Halachic Law (in place of secular law).
  None of this is what might be termed ‘secular’ or liberal. It was intended as the revolutionary overthrow of the Ashkenazi élite. It was Begin who tied the Mizrahi firstly to the Irgun and then to Likud. The Mizrahim now in power have a vision of themselves as the true representatives of Judaism, with the Old Testament as their blueprint. And condescend to the European Ashkenazi liberals...
..We might term this ‘hot eschatology’ – a mode that is running wild amongst the young Israeli military cadres, to the point that the Israeli high command is losing control on the ground (lacking any mid-layer NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) class)...
..Then, at another level, we have, as it were, ‘dispassionate eschatology’: When Yahyah Sinwar writes of ‘Victory or Martyrdom ’for his people in Gaza; when Hizbullah speaks of sacrifice; and when the Iranian Supreme Leader speaks of Hussain bin Ali (the grandson of the Prophet) and some 70 companions in 680 CE, standing before inexorable slaughter against an 1,000 strong army, in the name of Justice, these sentiments simply are beyond the reach of western Utilitarian comprehension...
..Just occasionally, very occasionally, a military revolution can upend the prevailing strategic paradigm. This was Qasem Suleimani’s key insight. This is what ‘active deterrence’ implies. The switch to a strategy that could upend prevailing paradigms.
  Both Israel and the U.S. have armies that are conventionally far more powerful than their adversaries which are mostly composed of small non-state rebels or revolutionaries...
..The West, however, has not fully assimilated the military revolutions now underway. There has been a radical shift in the balance of power between low-tech improvisation and expensive complex (and less robust) weapons platforms...
..The philosophy driving this military strategy is clear: the West is over-invested in air dominance and in its carpet fire power. It prioritises ‘shock and awe’ thrusts, but quickly exhausts itself early in the encounter. This rarely can be sustained for long. The Resistance aim is to exhaust the enemy.
  The second key principle driving this new military approach concerns the careful calibration of the intensity of conflict, upping and lowering the flames as appropriate; and, at the same time, keeping escalatory dominance within the Resistance’s control...
..Israelis widely believe that without deterrence – without the world fearing them – they cannot survive. October 7 set this existential fear burning through Israeli society. Hezbollah’s very presence only exacerbates it – and now Iran has rained missiles down into Israel directly.
  The opening of the Iranian front, in a certain way, initially may have benefited Netanyahu: the IDF defeat in the Gaza war; the hostage release impasse; the continuing displacement of Israelis from the north; and even the murder of the World Kitchen aid workers – all are temporarily forgotten...
..Netanyahu senses Biden’s weakness and has the tools and knowhow by which he can manipulate U.S. politics: Indeed, worked in this way, Netanyahu might force Biden to continue to arm Israel, and even to embrace his widening of the war to Hizbullah in Lebanon...
..Rational argument advocating moderation is read as inviting defeat.
  All of which is to say that Israelis are psychologically very far from being able to reconsider the content to the Zionist project of Jewish special rights. For now, they are on a completely different path, trusting to a Biblical reading that many Israelis have come to view as mandatory injunctions under Halachic Law...
..A ‘trial of strength’ between Israel and the Resistance Fronts ranged against it likely cannot be avoided. The die has been deliberately cast this way.
  Netanyahu is gambling big with Israel’s – and America’s – future. And he may lose. If there is a regional war, and Israel suffers defeat, then what?
  When exhaustion (and defeat) finally settles in, and the parties ‘scrabble in the drawer’ for new solutions to their strategic distress, the truly transformative solution would be for an Israeli leader to think the ‘unthinkable’ – to think of one state between the River and the Sea. And, for Israel – tasting the bitter herbs of ‘things fallen apart’ – to talk directly with Iran.

  Israel Targets Syrian Air Defense Sites, Causing Significant DamageAttack was launched concurrently to a drone raid on Iran’s Isfahan
Timed concurrently to the Iran attack, it is probable that Israel considered this part of their “retaliation” against Iran, as they treat Syria as a de facto proxy of Iran.
Israel carries out attacks on Syria fairly regularly, and there have been over a hundred such strikes against targets inside Syria, mostly targeting Syria’s military or its Iranian advisers.

Ukraine Gets Their Billions Despite CIA Director Reportedly Warning Zelenksy To Stop Stealing So Much Money

  What it costs to get the surviving Palestinians out forever, to somewhere else. While Congress failed to pass a border security bill over the weekend amid a flurry of billions in international aid to Ukraine and Israel, they did set aside $3.5 billion for "Migration and Refugee Assistance" for the State Department to "address humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations and communities."

  "To the last Ukrainian"  Last chance to feed Raytheon before the collapse, too.  Mobilization law condition for new supplies of arms to Kiev by NATO — source
Arms supplies are only reasonable if a large number of military personnel able to use those weapons in defense and assault operations is available
  "Passing of a new harsh bill on mobilization in Ukraine was a condition for new supplies of weapons by NATO countries. Arms supplies are only reasonable if a large number of military personnel able to use those weapons in defense and assault operations is available, and if losses are swiftly made up for, for doing which new soldiers should be actively drafted into the military," the diplomat said. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky signed the bill into law to tighten mobilization rules on April 16.

  US Confiscation of Russian Assets Will ‘Supercharge’ De-Dollarization
On Saturday, the US House of Representatives passed the cheekily-named REPO Act, which would enable US President Joe Biden to confiscate roughly $6 billion in frozen Russian assets held in US banks and send it to Ukraine.

In economic terms, material prosperity is at, or very near, the point at which prior growth inflects into contraction. Meanwhile, the real costs of necessities are continuing to rise. The result is leveraged compression of the affordability of discretionary (non-essential) products and services...
..The projections provided by SEEDS don’t, at first sight, look particularly frightening. In comparison with 2023, aggregate prosperity is forecast only fractionally lower by 2030, though 14% reduced by 2040. The world’s average person is set to be 7% poorer by 2030, and 25% less prosperous by 2040. This is a far cry from the imminent economic “collapse” predicted by some.
  The devil, though, is in the detail. Whilst the world’s average person may be “only” 7% poorer by 2030, his or her cost of essentials is projected to rise by 14% in real terms over that period. This means that per capita PXE – Prosperity eXcluding Essentials – will fall by 17% in the coming seven years, and will have more than halved (-54%) by 2040.

  As well as ceasing to be able to afford costly holidays, a new car or entertainment subscriptions, and in addition being unable to respond to the allure of the advertised, the average person is going to find it increasingly hard to ‘keep up the payments’ on all of the mortgages, secured and unsecured loans and broader financial commitments taken on in the years of reckless credit expansion...
..It was never likely that we would choose to address environmental and ecological hazard by voluntarily relinquishing our fixation with “growth”. One doesn’t need to be unduly cynical to think that sustainability alone could never have been sold to the public as a choice preferable to consumerism. This, perhaps, is why the pursuit of environmental responsibility has been presented to the public as a promise of “sustainable growth”.
  As the economy inflects from growth into contraction, two trends, at least, are clear. The first is that we’re going to have to prioritise needs over wants. The second is that we’ll have to redesign a financial system built on the false predicate of infinite, exponential economic expansion on a finite planet.

  The Irony Is Thick – Congress Passes FISA-702 Extension, Allowing Warrantless Document Searches and Electronic Surveillance of Americans, on Patriots Day 
 The Senate voted to authorize warrantless federal government searches of every American’s private papers, effects, emails, electronic data records, cell phone calls, contact lists, text messages, buying habits, purchases, banking records, social media posts, direct messages, private communications and every keystroke of every electronic device in your life.  All of it continues to be subject to the capture, review and surveillance of an unelected opaque law enforcement mechanism, and Congress supports it.
  The issue is magnified, because the Supreme Court has never ruled on the constitutionality of the FISA-702 data collection system, because the Supreme Court also says no American has standing to challenge the federal government violation of their 4th Amendment right to privacy.

  Biden To Withdraw Troops From Niger As Region Increasingly Turns To Russia
  The White House on Friday announced that US military forces will be withdrawn from Niger over the coming months. The move comes after Niger's mid-March declaration that was ending its military cooperation with the United States.  
  Following Niger's announcement, US military officials scrambled in vain to salvage the relationship. At stake: The $110 million Air Base 201, which the New York Times characterized as the Pentagon's "most strategic military asset in sub-Saharan Africa." Said to be a key base for counterterrorism, it was a major hub for drone operations in the region.

  "Not so Fast!" , Moon of Alabama looks closer. State Department To Delay Withdrawal Of U.S. Troops From Niger
The U.S. drone base in Niger is used by the Pentagon and CIA to keep control of ISIS in the region. So are U.S. troops really leaving Niger? Of course not - at least not yet.
The next paragraph reveals what was really agreed upon. It makes it obvious that the U.S. wants to delay the issue as long as possible:
  “We’ve agreed to begin conversations within days about how to develop a plan” to withdraw troops, said the senior State Department official. “They’ve agreed that we do it in an orderly and responsible way. And we will need to probably dispatch folks to Niamey to sit down and hash it out. And that of course will be a Defense Department project.” 
(["We agreed to start talking about how to start planning to withdraw US troops. This should be 'orderly and responsible' 
(pay bribes and drag feet for years?)  We will send a bribery-negotiation-team to the capital, but the Pentagon will do the final negotiating."]

Internet, AI and Bitcoin will consume more and more and more electricity. What gets cut back? You have electric heating, you say? A Tesla?  
How Big Tech Is Consuming America's Electricity And Water

  Jessica Rose Ph.D.  COVID-19 is not the problem , Secondary infections and cancers arising from immune deficiencies induced by the injections are...
Herpes Zoster ("Shingles"), Tuberculosis ,  Pneumonia, Toxoplasmosis (including congenital toxoplasmosis in pregnancy), and Cancer are all discussed.

  Dr. Mercola, looks at data from the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics. Multiple COVID Shots Linked to Higher Mortality Rates in 18- to 39-Year-Olds  
  Young people who received multiple COVID-19 jabs were significantly more likely to die than those who skipped the shots, according to data from the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics.
  An analysis by The Exposé revealed that, in February 2023, those who received four COVID-19 shots had a 318% higher mortality rate than the unvaccinated group.
The other months analyzed showed four-shot teens and youth were between 221% and 290% more likely to die than those who didn’t get the shot.
  Another study found that, compared to unvaccinated children, vaccinated children had significantly higher rates of asthma, allergies, eczema, respiratory infections, behavioral issues and other health conditions.
  Separate research showed that “for every life saved, there were nearly 14 times more deaths caused by the modified mRNA [COVID-19] injections.”

  Significant Increases in Cancer Mortality After COVID mRNA Vaccination, Japanese Researchers Find                                                                                                           A Japanese peer-reviewed study found statistically significant increases in cancer mortality, especially after the third COVID-19 mRNA vaccine dose. John Campbell, Ph.D., analyzed the study on his podcast. During a separate episode, Campbell discussed the study with Angus Dalgleish, a professor of oncology at St. George’s, University of London

  Purely evil. Please don't let them inject your baby.  Researchers Pitch ‘One-and-Done’ COVID-Flu Vaccine for Babies
  Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, proposed a new RNA-based vaccine they said could provide durable protection for infants against COVID-19 and flu with just one dose. Experts warn the untested technology could lead to breakthrough infections, higher mortality rates and potential brain toxicity in babies.

  Peter McCullough MD still wonders what will be designated "Disease X": 
WHO Press Conference Warns of Global Avian Influenza H5N1 Outbreak, Wellness Company Extends Contagion Kit to Cover Bird Flu
  Over the past few weeks we have reported this fact pattern about highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 otherwise known as bird flu:
Infection has been around for decades among poultry flocks and has been made much worse by the Chinese and others mass vaccinating poultry for > 20 years. The   US is on the verge of making this colossal public health error contaminating chicken meat with novel genetic vaccines on the horizon.
Gain-of-function research is being done to likely make the virus become more infectious, more lethal, and jump to man with human-to-human spread
  Government subsidies encourage farmers to destroy large number of birds when bird flu is detected by PCR testing in poultry. Cattle restrictions have started.
The CSL Seqirus human avian influenza vaccine has already been FDA approved.
  Multiple public health agencies have indicated that bird flu may be the Disease X; we have been forewarned and should get ready just ahead of WHO Pandemic Agreement meetings in May, 2024

  A Midwestern Doctor presents research about the pandemic of gender dysphoria, largely among vaccine-injured children and teens. 
How Vaccines Alter Intimate Relationships and Gender IdentityExploring the links between vaccination, human connection, autism, and sexual orientation

  (Maybe they will "choose" assisted-suicide?)  Who Will Care for Adults With Autism When Their Parents No Longer Can?
Polly Tommey, program director of CHD.TV, joined “The Defender In-Depth” to discuss the exploding number of children with autism, how society will care for the children as they reach adulthood and their parents can no longer care for them, and what she and other parents are doing to provide for their autistic children’s futures.  
  In some cases, the media focus on the need to treat the exploding numbers — 1 in 36 — of children with autism as a “market opportunity.”

Nothing new: Get sun, not sunscreen, but avoid getting sunburns. Melanoma is not from sun exposure, more likely a little bit the opposite. Get hard things on your skin checked, and removed or frozen if cancer or pre-cancer. Dermatology's Disastrous War Against The Sun , The forgotten side of skin health and the necessity of sunlight

Thanks Charles (Lots of stock nationwide), Pawn shops know something about the US economy that Biden doesn't: Times are still tough

  Charles also sent this about walking to the grocery store with your kids, letting them play in the creek, reading books, living without a smartphone and being a human.  
Sowing Anachronism: How to be Weird in Public, and PrivateFlip phones, dip ink, Vespers, and other time machines
  Several years ago, when we lived in the thick of the suburban jungle, we would load up the jogging stroller with a toddler, strap the youngest in a carrier, while our eldest sauntered alongside, and embark on an urban pilgrimage to the grocery store. I (Ruth) carried along the same backpack I had used while hiking the Camino1, except now it was filled to the brim with milk, pasta, fruit and vegetables, and had baguettes strapped on the sides. Although we did not manage to do all our shopping this way, we made it a regular habit to walk2 rather than drive, trading convenience for a less tangible reward. It was one of the small anachronisms that resisted the unbearably fast pace of life, and prompted many a driver who zoomed past to take note and wonder: Why would anyone choose to do something so slow and effortful?
  Now that we live on the edge of Mennonite country, we frequently encounter horse-drawn carriages conveying families to the grocery store or church, young ruddy-cheeked men and women cycling long distances to school or work, or gaggles of children walking alongside the fields toward home.

Cosmic Thunderbolt Will Strike The Earth - Thunderbolt of the Gods

​Regular Human (pictured doing 5 hour lawnmower workout a couple of days ago)