Monday, May 27, 2024

Nuclear Chicken

 Probably Redundant,

  A way to look at history and politics is that a few people who wield power in our world through money, and the influence it can bring, do whatever they foresee to further their power going forward, and politicians find ways to explain why it all had to happen for other "complicated reasons". I have seen no evidence that oil + natural-gas-liquids, net-of-production-costs, ever matched its high point in late 2018, and net oil production has a 90% correlation with real economy. What we have seen since then is what peak "oil" looks like, just as what we saw in 2008 was what "peak oil" (2005-2006) turned out to look like. The interests of the powerful now involve drastically less resource use by their managed-populations. Dead people don't use anything, for instance. Dead retirees are a particularly good outcome in wealth-management. 
  The over-leveraged global financial system will soon "discover" massive losses. They need to be somebody else's fault. Putin will do, and Xi, too. War-time!

  Alex Krainer, Downfall: the empire's destiny , As impressive as empires appear in their zenith, without exception, they all collapse.
  I was recently introduced to “The Great Red Dragon,” by L. B. Woolfolk, published in 1890. In broad strokes, the book documents the takeover of the American economy by British banking interests. Their methods entailed periodically flooding the economy with credit and generating a boom. Then, when the bankers' nets were full and everyone was in debt, the bankers would abruptly withdraw credit. The practice was simply predatory.
  The triggering event usually involved a high-profile bank failure, which would cause an economy-wide avalanche of bankruptcies. Large, politically connected banks would then take over choice businesses, farmland and real estate for pennies on the dollar. Within our lifetimes, the Lehman Brothers’ failure in 2008 would have been a typical example of this, but Covid pandemic response in 2020 served the same predatory purpose...
..But even by the time “The Great Red Dragon” was published, British bankers’ colossal empire was already well past peak and had begun its irreversible decline. The gushing, self-congratulatory 1864 pamphlet about the unassailable British hegemony was a reflection of that era's groupthink about their own version of "full spectrum dominance" and the "end of history."
  But then as now, as impressive as empires appear in their zenith, they are always unsustainable. The whole business model just simply doesn't work and without exception always leads to failure.

  Professor Anthony Hall,  The Puppeteers Running Biden and Velensky Arrange Attack on Russia's System for Detecting Nuclear Attack
Zionist Psychopaths Transgress Another Russian Red Line in the Escalating Effort to Provoke a Global Nuclear Holocaust. Essay by Mike Whitney.
  The Biden administration, using its proxy forces in Ukraine, launched an unprecedented attack on “a key element of Russia’s nuclear umbrella” on Thursday effectively blinding the Russian military from detecting incoming nuclear-armed ballistic missiles. “Satellite imagery confirms” that multiple drones severely damaged “a Russian strategic early warning radar site in the southwestern end of the country” leaving Moscow more vulnerable to enemy attack.
  The western media has largely blacked-out any coverage of the incident which should have been presented in headlines across the country. According to Russian nuclear doctrine, any attack on Russia’s essential nuclear first-alert system provides a justification for nuclear retaliation. Given the gravity of the situation we must assume that Washington’s frustration with Ukraine’s performance on the battlefield has precipitated a dramatic change in policy that includes high-risk provocations aimed at triggering an overreaction that leads to direct NATO intervention.

The Great Atomic Power, 1952 song by The Louvin Brothers, performed as Rockabilly Armageddon Anthem by Southern Culture On The Skids  (Great lawn mowing song!)
The Great Atomic Power Lyrics
[Verse 1]
Do you fear this man's invention that they call atomic power?
Are we all in great confusion, do we know the time or hour?

When a terrible explosion may rain down upon our land
Leaving horrible destruction, blotting out the works of man
Are you, are you ready for that great atomic power?
Will you rise and meet your savior in the air?
Will you shout or will you cry when the fire rains from on high?
Are you ready for that great atomic power?

[Verse 2]
There is one way to escape it, be prepared to meet the lord
Give your heart and soul to Jesus, he will be your shielding sword
He will surely stay beside you and you'll never taste of death
For your soul will fly to safety and eternal peace and rest
Are you, are you ready for that great atomic power?
Will you rise and meet your savior in the air?
Will you shout or will you cry when the fire rains from on high?
Are you ready for that great atomic power?
[Verse 3]
There's an army who can conquer all the enemy's great band
It's the regiment of Christians guided by the savior's hand
When the mushroom of destruction falls in all its fury great
God will surely save his children from that awful awful fate

Are you, are you ready for that great atomic power?
Will you rise and meet your savior in the air?
Will you shout or will you cry when the fire rains from on high?
Are you ready for that great atomic power?

  Andrew Korybko, The US Is Playing A Dangerous Game Of Nuclear Chicken With Russia
  Essentially, the US wants Russia to stand down from its signaled intent of possibly using tactical nuclear weapons if NATO’s reportedly 100,000-strong invasion force crosses the Dnieper, which could occur if Russia achieves a military breakthrough.
  Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski revealed in his latest interview with The Guardian that “The Americans have told the Russians that if you explode a nuke, even if it doesn’t kill anybody, we will hit all your targets [positions] in Ukraine with conventional weapons, we’ll destroy all of them. I think that’s a credible threat.” If true, and there’s no reason to suspect that he simply made that up, then this amounts to the US playing a dangerous game of nuclear chicken with Russia...

..If this sequence of events unfolds – the front lines collapse, NATO conventionally intervenes in Ukraine, its reportedly 100,000-strong invasion force crosses the Dnieper, Russia drops tactical nukes on them, and then the US hits all of its forces in the newly unified regions – then World War III would break out. There’s no way that Russia would sit back and let the US directly attack any target within its borders since it’ll either respond in a tit-for-tat fashion or jump to the chase by launching a nuclear first strike.
  The only way to avoid this worst-case scenario is for NATO to eschew its invasion plans under any circumstances, including a potential Russian military breakthrough. If they still go through with them, however, then they should keep their forces on the western side of the Dnieper and ideally rely on a neutral mediator like India to convey to Russia that they don’t intend to cross even if they approach it. Anything less is a dangerous game of nuclear chicken that could literally provoke the apocalypse.

  European leader warns world ‘heading for disaster’
The Ukrainian conflict could spiral into a global war that would be a “greater tragedy than World War II,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic warns
  “I am afraid that there is little time left for the war in Ukraine to be stopped. I hope it's still possible, but I’m afraid it’s actually not. I’m afraid that the train has already left the station, started moving, and no one will stop it,” he said.

  Simplicius 5/25/24, SITREP: Situation Turns Critical as De-legitimized Zelensky Dangerously Escalates
  A narrative overload has swelled around the topic of allowing Ukrainian strikes on Russian soil. It has suddenly become the top coordinated focus for the entire deepstate establishment...
..You have to really read between the lines to understand the hidden layers of what’s going on: such heavily coordinated campaigns are never spontaneous but almost always part of a deeply thought out strategic shift to veer the war in a new direction.
  The reason is obvious: Ukraine is at a crossroads and a potential breaking point. The political situation has hit rock bottom, with Zelensky’s authority and legitimacy quickly unspooling; the manpower issue is reportedly very bad and is not being addressed by the newly announced mobilization...
..There are increasing signals that the covert plan from the globalist controllers is to get Ukraine to leave Russia with no choice but to escalate drastically and bring NATO in some form, whether limited or not, into the fight. British MP Andrew Bridgen stated that this is the real reason why Rishi Sunak has called an early election—he refuses to be a ‘war time president’. ["We're already in a war with Russia; they're just not ready to announce it yet... July or August."]...
..“Taurus missiles are already in Ukraine, their combat use is a matter of time. Berlin is just waiting for instructions to announce this,” said the author of the expert analytical project “Rybar”, assessing the statements of the British Minister of Defense.
  Previously, military experts reported that deliveries of weapons (including ATACMS and Storm Shadow | Scalp missiles) are always carried out before talk of “quick deliveries” begins. Also, a colossal scandal was caused by the leak of negotiations between the Bundeswehr leadership about the launch of “dozens of Taurus across the Crimean Bridge by the hands of NATO military.”
  In addition, Western military analysts noted that Taurus missiles will be able to fly from the Sumy region of Ukraine to the capital of Russia - Moscow and other cities, factories, etc. [Russia has just begun a military theater to take the Sumy area.]...
..You might be thinking this is all just speculative hearsay and threadpulling thus far. But Russia has clearly read the tea leaves and signaled in kind, as the defense ministry announced they would be conducting an unprecedented series of tactical nuclear exercises... Russia may have no choice but to bring much more devastating weaponry to bear...
..But why should Russia suddenly worry about this? Ukraine has been attempting to strike Russian targets for a while now without much success. Well, because now Ukraine is having serious success...  Russian S-400’s troubles against the ATACMS missile: the problems have gotten much worse for Russia. S-400s are now being regularly taken out to pasture by the barely stoppable ATACMS...  Three S-400 air defense systems, one S-300 air defense system, and several radars were lost. Also, more than 20 pieces of equipment that were being prepared to be sent to the SVO zone were damaged or completely lost. There is information about the loss of two Su-25 aircraft, but we do not have one hundred percent confirmation of this information; it still requires verification. As a result of the strike, 29 soldiers were killed and more than 35 were wounded...  this comes after another ATACMS strike hit Sevastopol port and reportedly sunk another Russian Corvette...
..But the mother of all provocations is that Ukraine has now attacked and damaged a strategic Russian early warning nuclear ICBM long range detection radar in Voronezh... This has the potential to cripple Russia’s ability to respond to nuclear threats, and effectively triggers 19c of Russia’s nuclear response doctrine:
  Paragraph 19c of the Basic Principles states: “attack by an adversary against critical governmental or military sites of the Russian Federation, disruption of which would undermine nuclear forces response actions”...
..Ukraine is now carrying out the slow de-arming and neutralization of Russia’s nuclear triad on behalf of NATO, which is an extremely existentially dangerous position for Russia to be in...
..All hell could break loose as Russia has not demonstrated the capability to stop the ATACMS reliably, and Ukraine could very well hit extremely sensitive targets that would put Russian command and control at a historic crossroads...
..The goal is clear: Zelensky and co. likely want Russia to respond with tactical nukes...
..Any Russian tactical nuke use would be merely demonstrative, anyway, and would not have much battlefield utility. Ukraine’s forces are not concentrated... I should say, one area where nukes would do wonders is taking out Ukrainian airfields. That may not kill many soldiers but would totally devastate large fields which almost no amount of conventional missiles can take out, preventing their future use not only for Ukraine’s own remaining air fleet but the planned F-16s...
..Russia could escalate without nukes, for instance finally clamping down on NATO surveillance flights and threatening to shoot down the drones over the Black Sea. This is actually a much larger deal than it seems: given that the U.S. has no real way of militarily responding to this, it would be a big humiliating black eye for NATO...
..Putin landed in Belarus with Belousov in tow, as well as some very interesting ‘mystery’ characters. Allow me to set the stage:
  First, Putin did invoke peace talks and settlement from Belarus, but he very specifically affirmed that Zelensky is no longer legitimate and that the Ukrainian parliament would have to essentially first find “someone” of legal constitutional repute that Russia can deal with...
..Putin is merely reaffirming that Russia will be open to talks with someone other than Zelensky, and as long as all of Russia’s aims are fulfilled... 
..Interestingly, it is rumored that Yanukovich, Ukraine’s last legitimately elected leader, was brought to Belarus—for the first time since the start of the SMO...  It is reported that Zelensky has lost legitimacy and now he is on a par with Yanukovych, who is also conventionally “president”... 
..Will Yanukovych really offer the Ukrainians peace, negotiations, the creation of a federation out of Ukraine and money from the Russian Federation in exchange for lost territories? Yanukovych will also hold elections in Ukraine. A referendum is also possible. An interesting scheme is emerging...
..Russia is now cleansing its entire military general staff structure in preparation for what is clearly a long conflict ahead...
..And countless governors and other officials have been arrested for various corruption charges over the past month or so...
..This is an unprecedented anti-corruption purge that is clearly the start of a new era and seriousness by Putin and Belousov in cleaning up the armed forces and country’s leadership in general... Many such generals and officials are carryovers from the 2000s era where corruption in the Russian military ranks was de rigueur. Not necessarily high level corruption, per se, but what was common was for instance generals simply utilizing the men from their units as free labor to build their dachas, and taking smallish bribes from construction companies for favorable deals, etc...
..Russia continues conditioning the ground for Zelensky’s illegitimacy. Lukashenko even said at today’s talks that “a lot will happen this year….there are plenty of people in Ukraine both in military and government who would like to take the leadership position.”  It’s clear the hint is that Russia is preparing the ground for an amenable party to wrest control by way of military coup or otherwise and depose Zelensky...

Big Serge, Russo-Ukrainian War: Widening the FrontThe Fifth Battle of Kharkov
  There are certain regions of the world that seemed destined by the cruel caprice of geography and chance to be perennial battlegrounds. Often these ravaged lands lay at the crossroads of imperial interests, as in the case of Afghanistan or Poland, which have been so frequently trampled by armies going this way or that, or else they are simply plagued by perennially unstable governance or roiling ethnic conflict. Sometimes, however, it is the peculiar logic of military operations that brings violence to the same place, again and again. One such notorious sufferer is the great industrial city of Kharkov, in northeastern Ukraine...
..No major city changed hands as many times in World War Two as did Kharkov, which became the scene of no less than four substantial battles... History does not repeat, as they say, but it does rhyme. Kharkov’s strategic position, as the great urban center blocking the inner bend of the northern Donets River, has not changed much in the eighty years since the Soviets and the Germans last fought in the forests here, and Kharkov Oblast is once more becoming the rope in a deadly game of tug of war.....In sum, the reopening of the Northern Front does not signal a qualitative change in the conduct of the war, but it does create a major stress on the AFU. Russia is not going to suddenly unlock the front and begin slicing mobile operations. This is still the same war that it has been for the last two years, with methodical positional fighting and paralyzing strike capabilities...
..The locus of Russian operations continues to be their grind towards Kramatorsk and Slovyansk, notwithstanding the new extensions of the front in Kharkov (and potentially Sumy). By stretching the front, however, Russia is powerfully synergizing two of the critical asymmetries in this war - namely, that Ukraine has to defend on every front (Russia does not) while the Russian army has substantial reserves on hand (while Ukraine does not). The AFU simply does not have the luxury that Russia enjoyed in 2022 of being able to withdraw from large sectors of the front. They are obliged to respond to everything, at the cost of denuding their strength and hollowing out their positions elsewhere...
..The headline move, of course, was the removal of Defense Minster Sergei Shoigu with Andrei Belousov. Belousov is a technocratic economist by trade, who formerly held the economic development portfolio in the cabinet. Shoigu was shunted over to the secretariat State Security Council, which is still a meaningful role, responsible for the coordination of Russia’s security organs. The fact that Shoigu retains a prominent role means that his removal from the Defense Ministry is not entirely a rebuff, but Belousov is clearly being brought in for a particular reason...
..Putin’s team is clearly aiming to put the war economy on a sustainable footing, which means controlling costs, economizing resources, and cracking down on corruption. There are, however, some conflicting signals as to what this will look like. Belousov is known as a believer in the state’s role as the driver of industrial policy - some have taken this to mean that he will lead the transition to a perennial war economy, with military spending as a critical economic driver in the long run. I rather think it’s the opposite. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov noted that Russia’s defense spending had soared to levels not seen since the late Soviet era, and pontificated that this needed monitoring. Peskov noted that “it’s very important to put the security economy in line with the economy of the country” - in effect an official statement that defense spending is much higher than the government would like in the long run.
  The mental picture that I have is one where defense spending ramped up in a somewhat uncontrolled manner as Russia kicked its war economy into gear, with Shoigu overseeing a sort of binging phase. Belousov is now being brought in to trim and economize; as a civilian technocrat, he is not connected to any of the military-industrial cliques and will have the political standoff required to manage the cutting phase..
..The track record shows that the American government will inexorably yield to every Ukrainian ask, given enough time. Abrams, F-16’s, ATACMs - Ukraine always ends up getting what it asks for. It seems likely that before long, the formal American blessing will be given to accelerate strikes on prewar Russia. Facilities inside Russia will be hit. The Kremlin’s response will underwhelm and infuriate its supporters on the internet.
  The problem for Ukraine is that they tend to maniacally focus on token “big ticket” items that do not ameliorate their broader strategic crisis. License to hurl ATACMs at targets inside Russia is not a panacea for Ukraine’s bigger problem. Ukraine has already showed the ability to hit Russian strategic assets - sniping naval installations, radar, and air defense batteries. Ukraine’s successful strikes on such assets have continually trickled in as the west has propped up their strike capability with Storm Shadows, ATACMs, and more. And yet, Ukraine continues to give ground in the Donbas amid an increasingly dire shortage of basic war making necessities like infantry.
  The trajectory of the war suggests that the NATO bloc will do everything in its power to prop up Ukraine’s strike capabilities, and that Ukraine will continue to hunt for high profile strategic assets, even as it continues to be ground down in the critical theater, which is the Donbas. When the AFU is finally ejected from their last toeholds along the line - losing Kramatorsk and Slovyansk, being squeezed out of southern Donetsk Oblast, and forced back on the west bank of the Oskil, the temptation in Kiev will be to blame the west - that they gave too little, too slowly, too late. This is one lie that they must not be allowed to get away with. The NATO Bloc has, virtually without exception, given Ukraine everything they’ve asked for. It just didn’t matter.

​  Gilbert Doctorow, In this morning’s interview on WION, India’s premier English-language global television channel, I was given the opportunity to comment on two of the key issues in yesterday’s international news:  the latest statement to the press by Hungarian premier Viktor Orban that Russia has no intention of attacking a NATO country; and President Putin’s offer to conclude a cease-fire and negotiate a settlement with Ukraine based on the present line of contact between the warring parties.
​  Doctorow: The escalation that is pending will be the introduction of F-16s into Ukraine, which is now talked about for July. And I think that we’re going to see some decisive moves by the Russians to prevent this happening, because it would be precisely a kind of trigger for a serious escalation and the risk of direct conflict with NATO countries.
​  The remark you made a few minutes ago that Russia could conceivably attack a NATO country, this coming from EU representatives, you have said that that is not in the cards. I don’t agree. It could very easily happen, but only if Russia is provoked in a way that demands a response. If, for example, the F-16s are flying from Moldova, from Romania or from Bulgaria into Ukrainian airspace and are attacking Russian positions, then I think it is entirely thinkable, entirely feasible that Russia would attack a NATO country.​..
..Well, I think it comes back to what the war is all about. And a couple of minutes ago, you said that such a settlement would fall short of Putin’s objectives from the start of the war. I disagree. Putin’s objectives from the start of the war were not territorial gains for Russia, and that is still the case. So I think his statement, his assertion yesterday– this took place during a press conference at his meetings with Lukashenko in Minsk– he answered a question of a journalist in the way that you described, that he would accept a settlement at the present line of conflict, that yes, indeed, that would mean that Russia accepts a solution that falls short of retaking or taking the entire Donbass.
​  However, territorial ambitions were never part of the Russian game plan. They had two objectives, and they are still underway. And that is denazification and demilitarization; to put it in other words, regime change in Ukraine. That remains the primary Russian objective. And if that means that they stop their offensive and freeze the conflict at the present territorial situation, that will be perfectly acceptable to Moscow.​

​  Simplicius, 5/27/24, NATO's Yipping Chihuahuas Strain Their Leash as Russia Gears Up for Next Wave
​  The ongoing effort being coordinated from the highest offices of the shadow deepstate of the Atlanticist West sees a major campaign of European/NATO pressure against Russia with threats of boots on the ground.​..
..Der Spiegel writes that the Baltics and Poland “will not wait” for Russian troops to be “deployed on their border” and would send troops to Ukraine if Russian forces achieve a major breakthrough...​ They continue to seed the ground with potential falseflag justifications for some type of war against Russia. This week, the new claim of ‘threat’ is Russia allegedly seeking to capture Finland’s Aland Island​... This is of course all part and parcel to the longstanding 3SI or Three Seas Initiative, the cabal’s plan to extend the Empire’s hegemony over all the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Sea...
..Sure, it’s Russia that’s sabotaging everything, not the guys who did Nordstream.
​  The U.S. in the meantime has stepped up provocations of its own by flying nuclear bombers over the Baltics
in a clearly threatening continuation of the campaign to pressure and rattle Russia...
..Do you see how these gangsters operate? Is it any coincidence that just as their global cabal begins crumbling at speed we witness them resort to the furthest scale of desperate tactics? Iran’s entire ruling government taken out, Robert Fico shot, now Georgian PM being openly threatened with assassination; that’s likely just the tip of the iceberg we can see—many other resistance sphere leaders and politicians most likely face quieter threats which they don’t make public...
​..The ​(Russian) president also touched upon the civilian crowd-funded military manufacturers that have emerged amid the hostilities. The solutions they offer – such as radio-electronic warfare devices or sophisticated drones – must be fast-tracked for adoption by the military, the president said.
​  “We must also be effective when using assets supplied by the so-called grassroots defense manufacturing sector. We must enable it to develop and expand its manufacturing operations, and introduce a fast-track procedure for supplying its most effective solutions to the army,” Putin stated.
​  In essence, when independent Russian teams innovate and create something functional and effective, there will now be a much more fluid pipeline connecting their designs directly to the MIC which will allow the instantaneous scaling and mass production of the product. This includes the things which Russian engineering teams are cobbling together on the frontline itself.​..  Now, Russia has identified this precise pipeline as critical to future development and will do everything possible to nourish and support its actualization and growth; this is what a major part of Putin and Belousov’s new initiative is all about.​..
..In fact, this was part of a huge new initiative already launched, according to Manturov, which will entail a program for the years of 2025-2035. Critical to this sweeping initiative is the inter-marriage of Russia’s more ‘insular’ defense contractors with outside civilian developers that will loosen the innovation bottleneck.​..
​..If you watched the end of the Zelensky presentation posted at the outset of this report, you’d note that he reveals that Russia is building a sizable force “90km northwest of Kharkov”. This would put that force precisely opposite Sumy, slightly to its east...​ This may be the first time Zelensky has openly declared Russia’s intention to strike in Sumy region, which means that time is likely nigh.​

​  Pepe Escobar, Russia and China have had enough
​  Something very important happened earlier this week in Astana during the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
​  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi went straight to the point: he called for SCO members to “maintain their strategic autonomy”, and “never allow external forces” to turn Eurasia into a “geopolitical arena.”...
..After a series of extraordinary “coincidences” these past few weeks, from “lone gunman” assassination attempts to engineered coups, outright threats and mysterious disappearances, the whole BRICS-SCO ecosystem has to be on very high alert.
​  After the epic Putin-Xi summit in Beijing and the stranger than fiction Raisi helicopter drama, the renewed solidity of the interlocked Russia-China-Iran strategic partnerships is pointing to Russia-China about to take their velvet gloves off.
​  Putin and Xi, each in their own way, have already warned the collectively imbecilized West: if you want confrontation, you’re gonna get confrontation. In spades. And at your own peril.
​  The impeding Mother of All Tests, coming this summer, is how far NATO will go when it comes to directly attacking the Russian Federation. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban warns that “Europe is preparing to start a war with Russia”.​

British PM promises to bring back conscription​ , Rishi Sunak claims compulsory national service would revive the “national spirit”​ (but he won't be a "wartime PM")​

​  Orban Foresees Dire Consequences If EU Militarism Continues Unchecked
​  Budapest is against having decisions on the service of Hungarian citizens made "in Brussels or Germany," Orban emphasized.​ "We don't want anyone else to be able to make decisions about conscription and sending our young men of draft age anywhere. We have to forget about a European army with compulsory conscription, this is a crazy idea," the prime minister stressed.
​  Earlier in May, Manfred Weber, the leader of the European People's Party, the largest one in the European Parliament, suggested reinstating compulsory military service across the entire European Union.​

​  'Israel' commits gruesome massacre in Rafah alleged safe zone
On Sunday evening, the Israeli occupation forces committed a new massacre against dozens of displaced persons by bombing their tents set up in UNRWA warehouses in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, an alleged safe zone.
​  The Government Media Office reported that the Israeli occupation committed a horrific massacre through the concentrated and deliberate bombing of a center for the forcibly displaced, established in UNRWA barracks in the northwest of Rafah Governorate. The center was bombed with more than seven missiles and large bombs, each weighing more than 2000 pounds of explosives.​

​  Gallant In Rafah Vows To Advance Deeper Despite World Court Demand For Ceasefire​  (A straightforward pretext to murder Palestinian families in ​UNRWA tents)
Rockets sent from Gaza rained down on Tel Aviv for the first time in months on Sunday, with Israeli media saying they were launched all the way from Rafah.
​  It also came as Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant visited IDF frontline positions on the outskirts of Rafah and vowed the military will forge ahead deeper into the southern city despite the Friday UN World Court order (ICJ) to implement an immediate ceasefire and to halt the Rafah offensive.​

​  War on Gaza: Hamas says it captured members of Israeli force in ambush
Israel denies any soldier was abducted in what Hamas said was a special operation in Jabalia refugee camp

​  TWITTER FILES - CIA​ , Inside a secret effort by the US Intelligence Community to seize control of social media , Michael Shellenberger, Matt Taibbi, Alex Gutentag
​  The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the most famous of the 18 US government agencies that comprise the Intelligence Community (IC) of the United States of America. Unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the law strictly prohibits CIA employees or contractors from spying upon or running clandestine operations against American citizens on US soil.
​  But now, a new Twitter Files investigation reveals that a member of the Board of Trustees of the CIA’s mission-driven venture capital firm and ostensibly “former” IC and CIA analysts were involved in a 2021-2022 effort to take over Twitter’s content management system.​..
..According to "thousands of pages of Twitter Files and documents," these efforts were part of a broader strategy to manage how information is disseminated and consumed on social media under the guise of combating 'misinformation' and foreign propaganda efforts - as this complex of government-linked individuals and organizations has gone to great lengths to suggest that narrative control is a national security issue.

​  Von der Leyen proposes ‘vaccines’ for minds and a ‘shield’ for democracy, Rachel Marsden  (Sounds more like "lockdowns" ​than "vaccines" to me​.)
The European Commission president‘s campaign features an unprecedented preventive crackdown on wrongthink
​  She promises that if she’s re-coronated, er, “re-elected,” she’ll defend Europe with a “Democracy Shield.” The whole idea, she says, is to “detect disinformation and malign interference... remove content, including [artificial intelligence] deepfakes, [and] to make our societies more resilient.”​

​  Meryl Nass MD, Some good news: the Treaty negotiations failed to reach agreement and are done. WHO bureaucracy will still try to move something forward next week but the worst should be gone.  CONGRATULATIONS!

  Dr. Nass had this on Saturday, setting that stage: The Netherlands Government finally bows to its parliament and announces it will not vote Yes, although it will not vote No for any treaty documents that come to a vote at the WHO today

  More from Dr. Nass on Saturday:  Neither the Pandemic Agreement nor the IHR amendment process was able to produce a final document yesterday
What happens next? My guess is that the WHO will attempt to create new, carefully handpicked committees and claim they will move forward. We shall see. For the globalists, a lot is riding on this.​

  ​On Sunday, Dr. Nass protested outside with friends in New York, NYC Freedom Rally yesterday outside the UN
A beautiful day. A celebration of a successful campaign to throw a wrench into the globalist plans to take over global pandemic healthcare, for starters.​

  ​(Er, maybe it's something about their drivers' smartphones...) EVs Twice As Likely To Hit Pedestrians As Gasoline Vehicles
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has found that pedestrians are twice as likely to be hit by an electric or hybrid car than by a gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle.​.. (Researchers) have hypothesized that the relatively quiet operations of an electric vehicle as well as high pedestrian density in noisy urban areas could be major reasons, with pedestrians almost three times as likely to be hit by an electric or hybrid car in these areas. Dr. Edwards suspects that demographics could also play a role, noting that “Younger, less experienced drivers are more likely to be involved in a road traffic collision and are also more likely to own an electric car.​

​Never Hit By An Electric Car (presents this picture of tomatoes picked yesterday)

Friday, May 24, 2024

Empire Off Balance

 Seeking Harmony,

  The western globalist empire, the "rules based order" is sustained by the tribute effectively paid when nice people of the world give their oil, copper and things they make, to the US for dollars which the US solemnly "prints", swearing to back those dollars with more dollars faithfully in perpetuity. European banking also found a way to be a source of $US lending and credit-creation, accepting interest payments in oil , smartphones and wheat.
The tribute is extracted when the world uses the $US system for international trade. Using anything but dollars for trade between nations directly threatens the western empire.
  The empire has enough troubles, since the imperial fleet is spread thin as the global natives become emboldened, like the Houthis in Yemen. At this moment there is no good way for the empire to move forward in the Ukrainian proxy war against BRICS+ member, Russia, or in the Israeli genocidal war against the native Palestinian people trying to survive in their ancestral land. Every step taken to feed these wars is a rent payment on not-losing-today, and the rent is going up. Imperial loss of face has proceeded from  defeats in Afghanistan and Syria, while the defeat in Ukraine is seen as a fait accompli, just a matter of time. The definitive war for loss of imperial power is the one being fought by the apartheid European colonists of "Israel" against the stoic and long-suffering Palestinian people, randomly bombed, starving in rubble and praying five times per day. 

​  Germany would abide by Netanyahu arrest warrant
Berlin has confirmed it would follow International Criminal Court rulings over alleged war crimes in Gaza.​

​  Blinken Says He Wants To Work With Congress To Punish the ICC​  (international criminal court)
The Biden administration opposes the ICC case against Israeli leaders after backing the court against Russia​

​  Israeli defense minister announces plans to step up military activities in Rafah
It is reported that while on the tour, Yoav Gallant was joined by several Navy commanders.​

​  Israel has allegedly abandoned its plans for a major invasion of Rafah in the Gaza Strip in favor of targeted incursions after talks with the United States, The Telegraph has reported, citing a senior US official.
​  "It’s fair to say, I think, the Israelis have updated their plans. They’ve incorporated many of the concerns that we have expressed ... This is an ongoing discussion, ongoing conversation. It’s been constructive," the official said, referring to a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Jerusalem last week.
​  Last week, Sullivan traveled to the Middle East and visited Saudi Arabia and Israel, where he met with Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Israeli leadership.
​  Earlier in May, the Pentagon confirmed media reports that the Biden administration halted deliveries of 1800 2000-pound bombs and 1700 500-pound bombs to Israel after the country began its allegedly limited military operation in Rafah while making public its plans to proceed with a major ground operation.​

​  Palestine Submits New Bid to Security Council for Full UN Membership​  
​  After Palestine presented to the UN General Assembly a proposal to admit the country to the UN, which was vetoed by the US and rejected, another proposal was again sent to the UN Security Council with a demand that the UN Security Council positively consider this proposal, the ambassador said, adding that the meeting of the Security Council to discuss this issue is an take place next week​.
​  Earlier, the US vetoed a resolution recommending that the General Assembly admit Palestine to the UN. Britain and Switzerland abstained from voting. The other members of the Security Council voted in favor. Palestine has observer status in the UN, while Israel has been a full member of the organization since 1948.​

​  Philip Giraldi , Washington Digs In Deeper on Its Support for Israel
Claims of “terrorism” and “antisemitism” promote the perpetual victim narrative​

​  Pepe Escobar eulogizes Iranian President Raisi:  Raisi led the charge for Russia–Iran–China’s ‘new world order’
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s eastward vision was instrumental in advancing the strategic Moscow–Tehran–Beijing nexus and bulldozing a path toward institutionalizing multipolarity.​

​  Sergey Poletaev,  Ukraine is losing, and direct intervention by the West risks a nuclear conflict – so what now?
​  As for the idea of defeating Russia on the battlefield, the turning point occurred in the summer of 2023. After the failure of Ukraine’s counteroffensive, it became clear that the AFU would not be able to impose peace on its own terms. The problem is that in the conflict with Russia, the West has gone ‘all in’ and any military outcome that could be regarded as beneficial for Moscow – even negotiations on an equal footing – would now be regarded as a defeat. The whole world would realize that they can stand up to the hegemon and not just avoid becoming an outcast, but even gain some benefits. The West cannot allow this, since it could cause a chain reaction on a global scale.
​  By the beginning of 2024, Western countries faced a dilemma: In the current proxy war it was clear that they were losing and Ukraine was getting weaker, while Russia was growing stronger. Western leaders realized that the situation will continue to get worse until the middle or end of 2025 – by which time their own military production should gain momentum and Moscow may begin to experience a shortage of volunteers at the front. In other words, the worst-case scenario meant that Russia would be able to conduct at least three more successful military campaigns (summer and winter ‘24, and summer ‘25) with superior military forces.
​  The logic of the conflict is pushing the West towards the choice that we wrote about back in May 2022 – either intervening directly and fighting Russia on its own, or starting serious negotiations with Russia on the topic of Ukraine’s NATO membership and, more broadly, security in Eastern Europe.​..
​..The reason for the West’s indecisiveness is clear: it fears an escalation of the conflict. Russia is the world’s largest nuclear power and President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated that he will not tolerate a widespread NATO intervention, which will result in a nuclear war.
​  Moscow’s warnings have challenged Western countries, headed by the US, to find ways “to intervene without intervening” and to enable Ukraine to win (or at least save face) without directly defeating Russia. In short, Western countries are forced to walk the thin line between defeat and nuclear war, without a clear end goal in sight.
​  After the failure to cut open a land corridor to Crimea, the West has not been able to find an alternative military strategy. Moreover, it has no idea how to get out of the war of attrition which, even in the case of a positional deadlock and a ‘static’ front, will result in Ukraine’s defeat, since an opponent that is many times weaker (Ukraine’s current population is at least five times less than that of Russia) will inevitably lose. We see plenty of such examples in history.
​  In this situation, the only thing that Western strategists have managed to come up with is to continue supporting the AFU and “increase costs” for Russia in the hope that Putin will get tired of fighting. Of course, no one in the West takes Ukraine’s suffering into account. It takes for granted the fact that Ukrainians will continue to die en masse just so that the West can save face.​..
..It is unlikely that Western leaders still hope to see a victory for Kiev on the battlefield. The more likely goal now is either the “Korean scenario” where no one wins and Ukraine is kept as Russia’s opponent, or the “Palestinian scenario,” ie, eternal war on Ukraine’s former territory. What is clear is that the West will do anything it can to avoid holding serious negotiations with Russia.​..
..Moscow has clearly stated that any obvious attacks on its “old” territories will allow Russia to retaliate and hit Western cities directly – not through proxies.​..
​..However, it is possible that the desperate situation at the front and the need for some kind of propaganda success will sooner or later force the West to take such a step – and perhaps this may happen very soon. So far, this seems to be the most likely scenario that may lead to an escalation of the conflict beyond the zone of the Ukrainian “sandbox”...  
..In conclusion, we may say that the Western doctrine – ie, the combination of a total trade war and a proxy war – has failed to bring about victory and has put its “client” (Ukraine) at risk of a major defeat. The West is still afraid to get directly involved in the conflict, even when it comes to striking “old” Russian territories or operating missile defense systems under its own flag, not to mention directly sending troops.
​  At the same time, the West avoids serious negotiations with Russia and prefers to go with the flow, consoling itself with the idea that Russia will eventually get burned by growing costs and retreat.
​  Meanwhile, Moscow is adapting to the situation, rebuilding its economy, trade relations, and society in order to live and successfully develop in the reality of a long conflict. The West’s strategy (or rather, the absence of such) has been clearly unsuccessful – especially considering the current level of involvement in the conflict, Ukraine may exhaust its forces long before Russia experiences any major inconvenience at the front.​

​  The Start Of De-Dollarization: China's Move Away From The USD
Since 2010, the majority of China’s cross-border payments, like those of many countries, had been settled in U.S. dollars (USD). As of the first quarter of 2023, that’s no longer the case.​

​  Threat of world war grows every day — Hungarian foreign minister​, Peter Szijjarto
​  "We see what is happening: European politicians are making statements about the use of nuclear weapons. The Russians are conducting exercises involving tactical nuclear weapons," Szijjarto said. He believes that "the time has come to stop this madness."​ 
​  Szijjarto recalled that the Hungarian government had long stated that it was impossible to resolve the Ukrainian conflict militarily.​  "That is why Hungary continues to tell its European partners that instead of indulging in crazy statements and fantasies that threaten to escalate [hostilities] they should spend at least half of their energy on achieving peace. Then there may be hope that this war will be ended at the negotiating table," Szijjarto emphasized.
​  On May 21, Russia began the first stage of exercises including practical training in preparations for using non-strategic nuclear weapons. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, they are being held in response to provocative statements by Western officials and are aimed at maintaining the readiness to respond and ensuring the country's sovereignty.​

​  Sy Hersh: US Diplomacy Needed to Avoid Ukraine’s ‘Overwhelming’ Defeat
​    Diplomatic efforts from Washington, which are withheld due to President Joe Biden's irrational views on Russia, could have resolved the Ukrainian conflict that Americans and their allies are now unable to win, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said.
​  "America, in the years Biden has been in office, has spent $175 billion to fight a war that cannot and will not be won. It will only be resolved by diplomacy—if rationality prevails in Kiev and Washington," Hersh wrote in a Substack article.​

​  Scott Ritter: US Threats to Greenlight Ukrainian Attacks on Russia Could Spill Out Into Nuclear War
​  Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reportedly asked President Biden to formally greenlight Ukrainian strikes against targets deep inside Russia using US-provided long-range weaponry amid growing pressure from hawks in Washington. Sputnik asked seasoned international affairs observer Scott Ritter about the development's dangerous endgame.
​  But the debate in Washington regarding direct US approval for Ukrainian missile attacks deep inside Russia constitute little more than “word games,” says former US Marine and UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter.
​  “Ukraine is already attacking critical energy facilities inside Russia, oil tanks, petroleum depots. This is taking place. It’s just that it’s not taking place with State Department or Department of Defense connivance. It’s taking place with the assistance and the facilitation of the Central Intelligence Agency – a covert war. All Tony Blinken is now talking about is taking this covert war and making it an overt war. Why is he doing this? Domestic American politics. It will have no impact on the battlefield. But what it does is allow the Biden administration to posture itself as doing something discernable to address the Russian successes – the successful offensive north of Kharkov, the continuing successful offensives in eastern Ukraine and Novorossiya​.​ ...
​.."Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Germany, France, England, Italy, the Netherlands, the Baltics…All of those nations provide a safe haven for Ukraine – a place where Ukrainian forces can train. A place where Ukrainian military materiel can be stockpiled, repaired. Where command and control activity takes place, where intelligence is collected, assessed and disseminated. All these activities are part and parcel of Ukraine’s military effort against Russia, and under normal conditions would be subjected to military interdiction."

​  NATO's previous "Ukraine" is still a work-in-progress.  Georgian PM accuses EU of ‘blackmailing’ him with assassination threat
The bloc is trying to intimidate Georgia over its foreign agents law, Irakli Kobakhidze has said​.

​  Putin's Purge? Another Top Russian General Arrested On Bribery Charges
​  Russian authorities detained Lieutenant-General Vadim Shamarin, deputy to General Valery Gerasimov, head of the army’s general staff, on suspicion of large-scale bribe-taking, Russian state media reported Thursday.
​  It is the fourth arrest in the past month of a high-ranking military official, marking the biggest Russian army scandal in years. The detentions come as President Vladimir Putin carries out a sweeping reshuffle of top jobs, including a change at the head of the Ministry of Defense.​

Last spring,Jack Texeira revealed high level information from inside the Russian military, which implied command-level "moles", feeding data to the US military.

​  Elite power struggle continues: Trump claims Biden authorized FBI to use deadly force in Mar-a-Lago raid
He made the accusations in response to a court filing that revealed agents had been instructed to bring ammo and handcuffs to the search​

​  There are accusations that Hunter was a CIA operative in Ukraine since his dad was vice president. CIA Blocked Probe Into Hunter's Hollywood Tax 'Sugar Brother': Whistleblower

​  Not law yet: House Passes Bill Blocking The Fed From Issuing A CBDC​   The CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act passed the United States House of Representatives on a largely partisan vote on May 23.​

  ​In the solitary dungeon for 5 years... Chris Hedges: The Slow-Motion Execution of Julian Assange Continues

  Prepare for the bird-flu bioweapon.  Peter McCullough MD has this:  Chloroquine Highly Effective Treatment for Acute H5N1 Infection in Preclinical Model
Bird Flu Study in Human Cell and Mouse Models Confirms Therapeutic Success
​  Because highly pathogenic avian influenza is so infrequent, there have been no randomized trials or human studies of treatment. Therefore, we must rely on preclinical data with drugs that are already used and proven safe in humans.
​  Yan, et al studied H5N1 infection in the laboratory and demonstrated that physiological relevant concentrations of chloroquine inhibited viral entry and damage to human cells. Additionally, when given as treatment and not prophylaxis, chloroquine reduced pulmonary alveolar infiltrates and improved survival in mice after a lethal dose of H5N1 from zero to 70%.​

​  From Meryl Nass MD, Death rates considerably higher in hospitals for same diagnosis compared to 5 years ago/ Pittsburgh Action News
  One hospital is “investigating its algorithms”—maybe the problem IS the algorithms? Maybe while the robotic clinicians order algorithmic care few are evaluating how the patients respond any more? (The “providers” are being forced to follow algorithms, trained to be robots so they can be replaced by computers, and I don’t think it will take too long before that happens). I am serious. I think that the elites have deliberately made the patient experience unpleasant, just as they have made flying in airplanes unpleasant.   Just as being a worker has become more unpleasant since you have to watch what you say and get used to being monitored all the time.

  Steve Kirsch, Latest Rasmussen survey shows that the "cure" was nearly as deadly as the disease
The latest Rasmussen survey of Americans shows that we nearly doubled the death toll of the COVID virus with the vaccine.​

​  Steve Kirsch points out that "objective-data" has funding sources with interests: 
Official US government data shows that there is no doubt whatsoever that the COVID vaccines cause Guillain-Barre, Bell's palsy, and other serious side effects​.

​  Meryl Nass MD, US Secretary of State today implied the treaty would not go forward next week, lacking consensus, but it may have been a dodge.
​  Representative Chris Smith (R, NJ) asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken whether he would submit the Pandemic Treaty (actually there are 2 treaties, the IHR amendments and the Pandemic Agreement) to the Senate for ratification.
​  Weasel Antony Blinken did a double dodge on the question..​. Not wanting to answer the question, he didn’t.
​  Instead, he pivoted to excluding the IHR amendments and only spoke about the “Pandemic Agreement.” He claimed no consensus had been reached, thus implying it would not be adopted next week. But of course, a version might be.​

​  A Midwestern Doctor,  It's Time To Stop the WHO's Horrific Pandemic Treaty
The WHO treaty is quite possibly the worst treaty of our lifetimes and is being supported by all the elitist institutions and richest oligarchs. Fortunately, we now have a real chance of stopping it​...​ 
​..“Preventing” pandemics is one of the most lucrative areas in medicine. Sadly, this money has incentivized “preventative” research which frequently leads to disastrous leaks and suppresses effective solutions for the pandemics that emerge​.
​  COVID-19 was handled so egregiously that it woke much of the public up to this grift and the pandemic-industrial complex is now facing an existential threat to its business model
​  To address this “threat” the WHO (World Health Organization) has covertly created a treaty behind the scenes which usurps national sovereignty and gives international health agencies terrifying control during “health emergencies”
​  A grassroots activist movement advocating for health freedoms has accomplished something remarkable in their fight to derail the WHO treaty and they need your help.

​  Our friend, Helen of desTroy has deeply researched a powerful "true believer" Imperial Field Marshall in the Information Wars: 
​  How Public Radio Became the Enemy of the Public​    Part I: Katherine Maher, Wikipedia's Woke Warrior​  
​  The establishment Left in the US has been engaged in an ongoing act of credibility-seppuku since Trump’s 2016 electoral victory, not because of any deeply-held beliefs on their part but because the organizations that have hijacked its ideological North Star have long since been coopted by entities hostile to true liberal values and the vulgar, unpredictable Trump merely yanked the mask off the whole sordid process. Rather than work for peace, justice, and equality, they focus on ruthlessly stripping out target populations’ remaining assets until nothing is left but the bare walls, then goading those populations into flagellating themselves for not being quicker to offer up the bare walls as well. Maher no more represented free speech at Wikipedia than she did human rights at the World Bank, and her response to the whistleblower Berliner’s essay - dismissing it because it was celebrated by NPR’s conservative critics without addressing one of his many valid points - is an eerie echo of the Wikipedia editorial elite’s dismissal of former editors’ (and co-founder Sanger’s) critiques because they happen to be republished by Breitbart or Infowars. Truth is an afterthought - “Verifiability,” defined by Wikipedia as prevalence in “reliable sources,” is king. And with reliability accredited only through votes of support by influential (ideologically sympathetic) editors, a self-perpetuating disinformation circuit is sealed, impenetrable to truth even as it is sold as the only acceptable reality for “good people” in “democracies.” In modern western society, in which the masses have abdicated en masse their duty to think critically about the information they are mainlining every day, when you control both encyclopedia and references, you get to write history. No media property - even one edited by (or funded by) “the people” - should have such power.​

  ​(2 + 2 has always been 5. What kind of deviant are YOU?)  Dutch Lawyer Faces Prosecution For Social Media Post Slamming Mass Migration
​  A Dutch conservative female lawyer is being prosecuted on charges of “racism” and “inciting hatred” after she expressed fury over mass migration in response to a viral video showing a white boy being beaten up and thrown onto a railway track by a gang of migrants.
​  Raisa Blommestijn revealed how she had received a letter that amounted to an order to appear before a Dutch prosecutor at a court hearing in front of multiple judges on August 19th.
​  The charges stem from comments Blommestijn made on social media in response to a video of a defenseless Dutch boy being brutally kicked and punched as he lay on the ground at an Amsterdam Metro station in May last year before he was thrown onto the railway track.
​  “Yet another white man got kicked around in the street by a group of black primates. How many defenseless white people remain to become victims? Countless probably: the open borders elite is importing these people in droves, with all the consequences that entails,” she wrote.
​  Blommestijn said she was subjected to a four hour police interrogation over her comments and later learned that she would be facing prosecution.​

​  The Ethical Skeptic deep dive on ancient flood catastrophe, which marred Egyptian pyramids, and how it may be the natural and recurring consequence of the spinning of an irregularly-weighted body, like our planet. So when might it flip again?: Master Exothermic Core-Mantle Decoupling – Dzhanibekov Oscillation (ECDO) Theory

Preservationist (pictured with 24 pints of my canned salsa and tomatoes from garden)

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The End Of Something

Following Events,

  The Honest Sorcerer,  (Not "useful" without competent "users")  The End of Science as a Useful Tool
  Quality of education, together with a capability to think through and solve complex matters, are all heading in the wrong direction; while science itself is becoming ever more sophisticated by the day. Is it any wonder then, that more and more scientists are needed to produce less and less breakthroughs? I’m not saying there were absolutely no progress made in recent decades, but the rate of discoveries are clearly pointing towards a decline. Based on the data presented here and in Sabine’s videos, a good case could be made that we are indeed at our limits when it comes to science and progress. And our prospects are not a tad bit rosier either.
​  Is it any wonder then, that scientific research activity has been slowly converting into a ‘paper mill’? Just like any other business past its innovative phase (Apple?), science has become a ‘cash cow’: feasting on grants and churning out publications no one reads or takes seriously. (Watch Sabine’s own account: it’s both heart breaking and revelating in so many ways.) Now add AI to the mixture — cobbling up papers at an even faster rate — and the only thing reaching warp speed will be the enshittification of the whole enterprise; turning science into an exercise in futility.
​  What we see here is perfectly normal, and has been repeated in various ways throughout history. Pushed beyond a certain point human rationality reaches it’s limits, putting an end to a civilization’s age of reason, and bringing back superstitious beliefs.

​  Terrence Howard has an unusual gift for re-synthesis of established concepts into a novel conceptual framework. This happens within his mind, where he holds this complex image for explanation to others. His ability is impressive and enchanting. His talent is remarkable. He does not quite comprehend science in a workable way, but most people don't. Be careful... 
  I am most interested in his one minute explaining his awakening within his mother's womb, recounting that he made a mental note to remember. Also in this one minute are his recollections of being born, and circumcised. 
​  Terrence Howard Went On Joe Rogan And Spoke About His New Periodic Table, Gravity Being Fake, And His Memory From His Mother's Womb In An Absolutely WILD 3 Hour Podcast

​  Simplicius has this Ukraine update:  Ukrainian Streets Deserted as New Mobilization Hits [Only women go out in public now in Ukrainian cities.]
  The Russian Armed Forces are increasing their air force in the Republic of Belarus. They are also accumulating forces and resources in the southern (Ukrainian) direction. Recall that the only two real cities Russia could possibly use Belarus as a staging area and springboard for are either Kiev or Chernigov...
..It could all be maskirovka, of course—but it certainly is thought-provoking. It’s in Russia’s best interest to stretch the front as much as possible and totally break Ukraine’s ability to resist, exhausting their units. The only question is how much of the newly-raised forces does Russian command dare commit to such a long-term operation, and how much heavy armor and gear does Russia have to equip another such large force.
​  Interestingly, in the new NYTimes Oped by Rob Lee and Michael Kofman, they openly admit the latest tactic is exhausting Ukraine’s best brigades for precisely the reason I’ve outlined for months—they are being whisked willy-nilly to and fro to plug gaps because Russian logistics agility is superior​.

​(10 minutes) Empty Streets Of Ukraine | Klishchiivka Has Fallen. Military Summary And Analysis For 2024.05.22

  [The Economist is a Rothschild-owned publication, like a "state mouthpiece".]  Zelensky ‘yelling at generals’ – The Economist
The Ukrainian president allegedly believes that he is being kept in the dark about the situation at the front​  
​  Denis Yaroslavsky, a local commander who made national headlines for complaining that fortifications that were supposed to prevent Russian advances did not really exist, told The Economist that Zelensky “is being kept in a warm bath” – that is, being told comforting lies by his aides.
​  The Economist's anonymous government source said the president has been clashing with Ukrainian generals after allegedly sensing that he was not getting the whole truth about the frontline situation.​

​  He's so impolite lately:  Ukraine ‘a classic failed state’ – Medvedev
Kiev is run by a lawless and criminal regime, the former Russian president has said
​  Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s decision not to hold elections means his government has no legitimacy, according to Dmitry Medvedev, the head of Russia’s Security Council.
​  Zelensky’s five-year mandate expired on Tuesday but he has argued that the Ukrainian constitution does not allow him to call new presidential or parliamentary elections during martial law, which he declared in February 2022.
​  “All these manipulations with laws mean only one thing – the death of the failed state of Ukraine, its transformation into a classic failed state, to use American vocabulary,” Medvedev told TASS news agency on Monday.​

​  Gilbert Doctorow (Russia "Not bluffing", he says.)   WION, Indian global television, on the Russian nuclear weapon drills at the Ukrainian border
  In a six minute interview this morning on India’s premier English-language global broadcaster, I was given the opportunity to talk about video coverage of ongoing Russian military exercises using nuclear capable missiles at the Ukrainian border.  In particular, Russian state television yesterday drew attention to their MIG31s carrying nuclear armed hypersonic Kinzhal missiles.  The Kinzhals have a 500 km range, carry a 5 kiloton punch and are virtually unstoppable, as their use in the destruction of American Patriot air defense installations near Kiev demonstrated some months ago when only conventionally armed.
​  Let us have no illusions.  This end game phase of the Russian-Ukraine war, when the Ukrainian forces are being battered on the ground and forced to retreat with heavy losses, is fraught with dangers of escalation to hot war between NATO and Russia. The United States, Britain and France have been throwing caution to the wind and are escalating madly to prevent disaster on the field of battle and Ukrainian capitulation. Moscow’s tactical nuclear weapons exercises represent an attempt to bring the West to its senses. Whether they will succeed in doing so is an open question.​

Russia ready to help Iran investigate Raisi’s helicopter crash — Putin​ , The Russian leader described Raisi’s death as a big loss​

Iran to hold presidential elections on June 28​ , to appoint a new president for the country on July 8.​

​  US Navy Warships In Red Sea Targeted By Never Before Seen Ballistic Missiles,  During a media briefing on Monday, Cmdr. Jeremy Robertson, the captain of the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney, said that never-before-seen ballistic missiles targeted U.S. Navy warships in the Red Sea.​

​  American Doctors Stranded in Gaza Ask for the US to End Support for Genocide
The doctor credited for saving Senator Tammy Duckworth’s life in Iraq, Adam Hamawy, and other American doctors say they are shocked by the cruelty of Israel’s war​

Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize a Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation​

Outraged Israel Recalls Ambassadors From Spain, Norway, & Ireland Over Recognition Of Palestinian State​

​  ICC chief prosecutor seeks arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas leaders
Israel’s PM and defense minister as well as Hamas leaders, are suspected of committing war crimes, Karim Khan has said​

EU Members Will Have To Arrest Netanyahu After ICC Warrant: Borrell​

​  Paradoxically... ICC decision rescues Netanyahu’s political career — Politico
​  According to the newspaper, "just when it appeared Benjamin Netanyahu’s days in power might finally be numbered, up steps the International Criminal Court to save him." The news outlet insists that accusing the Israeli leadership of war crimes in the Gaza Strip will not result in "a pause in the fighting, accusations of war crimes will cause Israelis to rally around their embattled prime minister."​

Israel’s war on Gaza updates: ‘Hell on Earth’ as Israel intensifies attacks​

​  War on Gaza: Israeli forces attack two Jabalia hospitals as Rafah offensive intensifies
Israel's blockade on aid and intensified assault on Rafah have forced a UN agency to halt food distribution​

​  Gaza aid piles up in Egypt, US pier delivery falters​ [The Israeli military "delivers" the food from the US pier.]
​  UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (Reuters) - Food and medicine for Palestinians in Gaza are piling up in Egypt because the Rafah crossing remains closed and there has been no aid delivered to a U.N. warehouse from a U.S.-built pier for two days, U.N. officials warned on Monday.
Senior U.N. aid official Edem Wosornu said there were insufficient supplies and fuel to provide any meaningful level of support to the people of Gaza as they endure Israel's military onslaught against Hamas militants.​

​  MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Israeli military is providing far-right activists and settlers with information on the location of aid trucks heading to the Gaza Strip, which they use to vandalize and block the vehicles, The Guardian reported on Tuesday, citing multiple sources.​

​  US, Israel undermining Palestinian statehood talks — Lavrov
The Russian foreign minister reiterated that it is impossible to ensure stability in the Middle East without creating a Palestinian state​

​In Texas: WATCH: College Admins Tell Texas Students They'll Be Arrested for Saying 'From The River to the Sea'

Alastair Crooke, Why are Israel and the West unravelling in tandem?
​  "In effect, for 57 years Israel has been living in a recurring loop of the seventh day of the Six-Day War. That reality, which in the 1970s was termed “protracted temporariness,” has become a permanent feature of Israel’s political and geopolitical ecosystem”.
​  It is a framework that has become Israel’s trap.
​  So why are Israel and the West unravelling in tandem? Well, it is firstly because they have become so inter-connected at the level of power structures (in both U.S. and Europe) to a point that it is difficult to know who has more heft within these power and media structures: Tel Aviv or the White House.
​  This means interdependency in terms of each’s international standing, and by extension, vulnerability to any collapse in Global standing.
​  So, whilst the West today ostensibly eschews literal settler colonialism (other than that practiced by Israel), it nonetheless has pursued a form of rent-seeking, financialised colonialism since WW2. That process also has become a permanent framework to the western political and geopolitical ecosystem.
​  The consequence is that as settler colonialism in Gaza moves starkly and darkly into view, the global majority sees both Israel and the West as explicitly colonial. No distinction is made – the Rules-Based Order is seen as just another iteration of the colonial eco-system. Thus, events in Gaza, amongst other things, have sparked a new wave of anti-colonial sentiment across the globe.​

​Hope?  Massie Taunts AIPAC After Demolishing Primary Challengers

​  India does not make much that Russia can use, but everybody needs oil.​ India-Russia trade deficit widens eightfold as crude imports surge
​  New Delhi’s trade deficit with Moscow has increased by 33% to over $57 billion in the 2023-24 financial year, Mint reported on Monday, citing India’s Commerce Ministry’s data. The trade deficit has grown eightfold since 2021-22, when India started ramping up oil purchases from Russia, while its exports during the same period increased by about 32%.
​  During last fiscal (India’s financial year is April 1 to March 31), the South Asian nation’s imports from Russia have increased by 33% to $61.4 billion, largely on the back of crude oil purchases. Indian exports to Russia stood at $4.2 billion, up by 35% and driven mainly by pharmaceutical products, telecom instruments, metals, and machinery.​

  ​Maybe India can get BRICS credits for helping Sri Lanka out of a dire financial crisis. Sri Lanka Wishes to Join BRICS, Looks for India’s Support
​  BRICS was established in 2009 as a cooperation platform for the world's largest emerging economies, bringing together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. On January 1, 2024, the bloc was expanded to include Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates.
​  Sri Lanka plans to join BRICS and seeks to gain support of India who is already a member of the organization, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry told the country's Ani newspaper in an interview published on Monday.​

​She was doing better on physician-ordered ivermectin. The hospital stopped it. She died.  Court Lets Lawsuit Over Refusal To Give Dying Woman Ivermectin Proceed

  Sasha Latypova explains the peculiar Catch-22 whereby it is illegal to perform research trials on "countermeasures" and "informed consent" may not be legally provided. 
How the US Government (FDA, DOD) removed the requirement for informed consent for EUA Countermeasures.​  Criminals do not follow laws. They write them.​

​  Meryl Nass MD, Criminals really need the liability protections and superpowers. What is the US global health security strategy and why does it look a lot like the WHO pandemic treaty?  Some screenshots with commentary so you can see what the US government has in store with or without the WHO.

  Meryl Nass MD,  South African President writes to the rest of the African Union on the Pandemic Treaty.
Good news. It looks hopeful that the 54-nation Africa block will not let itself be splintered, and will stand firm on getting the minimal demands for real equity, no blank check.  

​  Meryl Nass MD, noting that medical decisions and laws constitutionally rest with the states.​ 24 Republican Governors in the US have spoken out against the WHO!

​Peter McCullough MD , Clinical Evaluation of Central Nervous System Inflammatory Demyelinating Diseases after COVID-19 Vaccination

  Steve Kirsch, The CDC and WHO claim that the MMR vaccine is the reason there are so few deaths and that the measles vaccines have saved millions of lives.
  The MMR vaccine is extremely dangerous. It’s the vaccine associated with the most autism in the US. [Delaying administration to 18 months of age would mostly fix this.]
Is there a mortality benefit that outweighs the risk?
The answer is no.
Even if you believe everything on the CDC website as to the mortality benefit, the MMR vaccines would save fewer than 5 lives a year in the US at a cost of over 50,000 new autism cases.
Yet, all 50 states in the US require some form of measles vaccination for children. The parents are not given a choice. This is insane.
So autism rates continue to skyrocket while measles deaths hover at around 1 per year...
..If you could only stop the use of one vaccine to reduce autism rates, the MMR vaccine would be your #1 choice, no doubt about it. Over 65% of the ASD cases are associated with the MMR vaccines alone....
​..If people stop vaccinating, there will be more cases because measles transmits rapidly (90% of people exposed to an infected person who are not already immune will catch it). The R0 is 12 - 18 which is very high.​ Also the IFR ​(infection fatality rate, higher in adults) for measles is estimated to be 0.1%.​ So there could very well be spikes in death if people do not get proper treatment.​ Predicting accurately what would happen would be difficult because the models have to be accurate.​

DISEASE-X UPDATE: U.S. Bankrolling Creation of Deadlier, More Contagious Bird Flu Strains​ , Second Smartest Guy in the World​

​Kyle Young asks, "Is this the ultimate globalist weapon?" (See SBX-1 below) more on maui fires, dews, geoengineering, hurricane dora and otis

  ​This thing might have a HAARP derivative system in that big dome.  Nothing is said about such specifics.
The Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX-1) is a floating, self-propelled, mobile active electronically scanned array early-warning radar station designed to operate in high winds and heavy seas. It was developed as part of the United States Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Ballistic Missile Defense System.

​Unweaponized Gardener (pictured Monday morning with tomatoes to can as salsa)