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​.  
https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/sitrep-51924-ukrainian-streets-deserted

​(10 minutes) Empty Streets Of Ukraine | Klishchiivka Has Fallen. Military Summary And Analysis For 2024.05.22  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oPGAXUD1Ug

  [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.​  
https://swentr.site/russia/597968-zelensky-yells-generals-economist/

​  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.​  
https://swentr.site/russia/597954-ukraine-failed-state-zelensky/

​  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.​  https://gilbertdoctorow.com/2024/05/22/wion-indian-global-television-on-the-russian-nuclear-weapon-drills-at-the-ukrainian-border/

Russia ready to help Iran investigate Raisi’s helicopter crash — Putin​ , The Russian leader described Raisi’s death as a big loss​  https://tass.com/politics/1791403

Iran to hold presidential elections on June 28​ , to appoint a new president for the country on July 8.​  https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/iran-to-hold-presidential-elections-on-june-28

​  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.​  https://greatgameindia.com/us-navy-warships-in-red-sea-targeted-by-never-before-seen-ballistic-missiles/

​  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​  
https://news.antiwar.com/2024/05/17/american-doctors-stranded-in-gaza-ask-for-the-us-to-end-support-for-genocide/

Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize a Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation​  https://www.yahoo.com/news/norways-prime-minister-says-norway-064201208.html

Outraged Israel Recalls Ambassadors From Spain, Norway, & Ireland Over Recognition Of Palestinian State​  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/outraged-israel-recalls-ambassadors-spain-norway-ireland-over-recognition-palestinian

​  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​  
https://swentr.site/news/597912-court-arrest-warrant-netanyahu/

EU Members Will Have To Arrest Netanyahu After ICC Warrant: Borrell​  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/eu-members-will-have-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."​  https://tass.com/world/1791355

Israel’s war on Gaza updates: ‘Hell on Earth’ as Israel intensifies attacks​  https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/5/21/israels-war-on-gaza-live-40-of-gaza-population-displaced-in-two-weeks

​  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​  
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-attacks-jabalia-hospital-bombs-rafah-camp

​  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.​  
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/no-us-pier-aid-un-gaza-two-days-after-truck-incident-2024-05-20/

​  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.​  https://sputnikglobe.com/20240521/israeli-military-leaking-information-about-gaza-aid-trucks-to-radicals---reports-1118568935.html

​  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​  
https://tass.com/politics/1791271

​In Texas: WATCH: College Admins Tell Texas Students They'll Be Arrested for Saying 'From The River to the Sea'  https://www.informationliberation.com/?id=64457

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.​  
https://strategic-culture.su/news/2024/05/20/why-are-israel-and-the-west-unravelling-in-tandem/

​Hope?  Massie Taunts AIPAC After Demolishing Primary Challengers  https://www.zerohedge.com/political/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.​ 
https://www.rt.com/india/597996-india-imports-russian-crude-trade-deficit/

  ​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.​  
https://sputnikglobe.com/20240521/sri-lanka-wishes-to-join-brics-looks-for-indias-support--foreign-minister--1118559571.html

​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.​  https://sashalatypova.substack.com/p/criminals-do-not-follow-laws-they

​  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. https://merylnass.substack.com/p/what-is-the-us-global-health-security

  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.  https://merylnass.substack.com/p/south-african-president-writes-to  

​  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!https://merylnass.substack.com/p/24-republican-governors-in-the-us

​Peter McCullough MD , Clinical Evaluation of Central Nervous System Inflammatory Demyelinating Diseases after COVID-19 Vaccination   https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/clinical-evaluation-of-central-nervous

  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.​  https://kirschsubstack.com/p/near-0-deaths-per-year-from-mmr-in

DISEASE-X UPDATE: U.S. Bankrolling Creation of Deadlier, More Contagious Bird Flu Strains​ , Second Smartest Guy in the World​  https://www.2ndsmartestguyintheworld.com/p/disease-x-update-us-bankrolling-creation

​Kyle Young asks, "Is this the ultimate globalist weapon?" (See SBX-1 below) more on maui fires, dews, geoengineering, hurricane dora and otis   https://secularheretic.substack.com/p/is-this-the-ultimate-globalist-weapon

  ​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.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-based_X-band_Radar

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


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Hug Heard Round The World

 ​Embracing Life,


  Before getting to "the hug heard round the world", let me present the news that Ukrainian military forces were "blind" at the outset of the Russian military offensive across the border, towards Kharkiv. They could not target Russian forces and could not see them. Starlink was out for the Ukrainian military. On Wednesday May 8th a series of solar x-class flares, from a sunspot aimed at earth, began. These have two components which arrive at earth, the x-rays and other photons in 8 minutes, followed by high energy protons in a day or two, depending on their energy. Higher energy protons arrive sooner. These high energy protons carry electrical current which is imparted into the earth, ionosphere and magnetic fields, creating geomagnetic storms. These high energy protons were predicted to arrive at earth Friday May 10, and they did, though they arrived about 6 hours earlier than expected.
  May 10th was the day the Russian border forces between Kharkiv and Belgorod began advancing into Ukraine. These advances were not expected so early. They were expected a week later, based on intelligence and Russian massing of forces on the border.
  Smaller Russian army groupings started moving in, in what was thought to be a testing of Ukrainian defenses, a reconnaissance-in-force. Ukraine has piles of tank-obstacle "dragons teeth" dotting the countryside, not arrayed in defensive lines with minefields, as contracted for. Ukrainian military forces were largely "special forces", "nationalist" battalions, trained to make hit and run incursions into Russia. They uniformly abandoned their positions.
  These Russian advances began before the coronal-mass-ejection of high energy protons arrived, maybe 10 hours prior to that, but the Ukrainian Starlink seems to have already been blinded by Russian electronic warfare attacks. It is possible that the Russian incursion was testing both the border forces and the Starlink resilience to attack, just ahead of the series of geomagnetic storms, taking maximum tactical advantage of the space-weather, and remaining secretive, since the x-class solar flares aimed at earth were not predictable.
  This presented a "perfect storm" to the blinded Ukrainian army, not trained or prepared for this early attack, unable to see or attack Russian positions without their drones, and unable to respond with targeted artillery and rockets. Gaps in the incomplete defensive lines were large and numerous, so Russian armored vehicles moved in unhindered.

  WP: Starlink communications failed on the day of the Russian attack on the Kharkov region
On the morning of May 10, when the Russian offensive began in the Kharkov region, the Ukrainian military lost all ability to track the movement of Russian troops from drones due to interference in the system due to Russian electronic interference. This was reported by The Washington Post with reference to the Ukrainian military.  
https://www-kommersant-ru.translate.goog/doc/6711274?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp

  Not completely true, it seems: Global communications networks weather strong solar storm      During the height of this weekend’s solar storm, on May 10, both AT&T and T-Mobile were monitoring the events but did not predict any serious disruptions, due to having networks that don’t rely on high-frequency bands, according to published CNN reports.
  Elon Musk, the CEO of Starlink, wrote that Starlink’s satellites were under pressure during the solar storm on the company’s website, but SpaceX has since reported that “all Starlink satellites on-orbit weathered the geomagnetic storm and remain healthy.”
  In the aftermath of this weekend’s solar storm, the Associated Press reported that federal agencies like The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Energy have experienced no significant issues due to the geomagnetic event, which persisted through the weekend into May 11 and May 12.


  From 2 months ago: SpaceX gets E-band radio waves to boost Starlink broadband
SpaceX has secured conditional approval to use extremely high-frequency E-band radio waves to improve the capacity of its low Earth orbit Starlink broadband constellation.
  The Federal Communications Commission said March 8 it is allowing SpaceX to use E-band frequencies between second-generation Starlink satellites and gateways on the ground, alongside already approved spectrum in the Ka and Ku bands. 
(All high frequency bands)
  Specifically, SpaceX is now also permitted to communicate between 71 and 76 gigahertz from space to Earth, and 81-86 GHz Earth-to-space, using the up to 7,500 Gen2 satellites SpaceX is allowed to deploy.  
https://spacenews.com/spacex-gets-e-band-radio-waves-to-boost-starlink-broadband/

  Putin's Presser Prior to Leaving China , Karl Sanchez
Vladimir PutinIn general, the negotiations were very informative, very intense.
  The status of the visit is official, state, but this is a purely working trip, without any doubt. From morning to night, we spent almost the whole day together with the Chairman and his colleagues. A lot of topics were raised for discussion.
  And the fact that the future depends on Russia and China is partly, only partly true. Because the future of humanity depends on all of humanity. But, of course, both China and Russia are important components of modern civilization. And we have our own opinion about how we should develop. And this development of ours will certainly affect the development of all partners on the planet.
  Development, we believe, should be constructive, peaceful, without any doubt. It should take into account not only our interests, but also the interests of all participants in international communication.
  And of course, we need to strengthen the emerging multipolar world. There is no doubt that it is developing before our very eyes, and the world is becoming multipolar. I think that everyone understands this very well and is aware of it. And it is important that those who are trying to maintain their monopoly on decision-making in the world, on all issues, understanding thisand I think they understand this very well.  
https://karlof1.substack.com/p/putins-presser-prior-to-leaving-china

  Simplicius is very informative about all of the goings on in Russia with the cabinet reformation and the meeting with Xi, which seems to be laying the foundation for an actual BRICS-based "new world order", which is commencing already, and may become much more apparent in the next half year. 
  The DragonBear-Hug Signals Unprecedented Expansion of Ties  https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/the-dragonbear-hug-signals-unprecedented

The Bangladesh Post has a picture of the hug, with this caption: White House jokes about Putin-Xi meeting  (Look at their hands. Different hands.)


From (as fate might have it) July 4, 2023, a reminder that Putin hugs-around (though he doesn't seem to initiate it, himself):  
Putin says Russia is ‘united as never before’ during Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting


  RAY McGOVERN: Russia & China — Two Against One   
Xi Jinping’s reception of Putin yesterday in Beijing sealed the increasingly formidable strategic relationship, fundamentally misunderstood in Washington.
  Putin noted the “unprecedented level of strategic partnership between our countries.” He and Xi have met more than 40 times in person or virtually. In June 2018, Xi described Putin as “an old friend of the Chinese people” and, personally, his “best friend.”
  For his part, Putin noted Thursday that he and Xi are “in constant contact to keep personal control over all pressing issues on the Russian-Chinese and international agenda.” Putin brought along Defense Minister Andrey Belousov as well as veterans like Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and key business leaders...
..Putin has said he is aware that Washington’s policy toward Russia “is primarily impacted by domestic political processes.” Russia and China certainly assess that Biden’s policy on Ukraine will be influenced by the political imperative to be seen as facing Russia down.
  If NATO country hotheads send “trainers” to Ukraine, the prospect of a military dust-up is ever present. What Biden needs to know is that, if it comes to open hostilities between Russia and the West, he is likely to face more than just saber rattling in the South China Sea — and the specter of a two-front war.
  The Chinese know they are next in line for the ministrations of NATO/East. Indeed, it is no secret that the Pentagon sees China as enemy No. 1. According to the DOD’s National Defense Strategy, “defense priorities are first, defending the homeland, paced to the growing multi-domain threat posed by the People’s Republic of China.”
  The Pentagon will be the last to sing a requiem for the dearly departed unipolar world. May sanity prevail.  
https://consortiumnews.com/2024/05/17/ray-mcgovern-russia-china-two-against-one/

  Putin and Xi Jinping agreed on joint development of the previously disputed Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island
  The President of the Russian Federation and the Chairman of the People's Republic of China signed an agreement on the joint development of the Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island. The previously disputed territory now has a chance to become a symbol of friendship between the two states.
  Note that the Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island is located not far from Khabarovsk. It is divided between Russia and China. Beijing previously claimed full sovereignty over this territory. However, the signed agreement indicates that the PRC has made concessions to the Russian Federation in this matter.
However, as experts note, Beijing, apparently, expects to receive serious profits from investments in this territory
, thereby compensating for territorial concessions.
  Let us add that Bolshoy Ussuriysky, together with the neighboring Tarabarova Island and the small islands surrounding them, were taken under protection by Soviet troops in the 1920-1930s. Since 1964, the PRC began to dispute the ownership of this territory. But the agreement signed today indicates that the territorial dispute has been resolved.  
https://en.topcor.ru/47483-putin-i-si-czinpin-dogovorilis-o-sovmestnom-razvitii-ranee-spornogo-ostrova-bolshoj-ussurijskij.html

  Thanks Eleni. What would be a good day for this?  US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says NATO will deploy troops to Ukraine
  In a major escalation of the US-NATO war with Russia in Ukraine, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Charles Q. Brown told the New York Times Thursday that the NATO military alliance will “eventually” send significant numbers of active-duty NATO troops to Ukraine, which the newspaper said meant the deployment was “inevitable.”
  In asserting that NATO sending troops is “inevitable,” the Times means the decision has already been made, and all that is being awaited is the determination on how best to announce the escalation to the public.
  Brown’s statement that NATO will send troops to Ukraine, after US President Joe Biden categorically ruled out such a move because it would lead to “World War III,” continues the pattern: Every time the White House has said it would not do something in Ukraine, it has subsequently done it.   
https://www.defenddemocracy.press/us-chairman-of-the-joint-chiefs-of-staff-says-nato-will-deploy-troops-to-ukraine/

  "Political speech", American style: WashPo: Wealthy Jewish Donors Pushed NYC Mayor to Launch NYPD Crackdown on Columbia Protesters
  Over a dozen Jewish billionaires working secretly in concert with the Israeli government were part of a private WhatsApp group chat which conspired to push New York City Mayor Eric Adams to crackdown on pro-Palestine protests at Columbia University, according to bombshell leaked chatlogs obtained by the Washington Post.
  The Post's shocking report reveals how many of the most prominent Jewish billionaires and multimillionaires in America worked together in secret to advance Israeli interests on multiple fronts, suppress Americans' free speech rights, reward politicians who do their bidding with donations and hide their connections with the Israeli government.  
https://www.informationliberation.com/?id=64455

  5 Israeli soldiers killed, 7 injured in northern Gaza after IDF tank mistook them for enemy
According to an initial IDF probe, a tank operating alongside the paratroopers in the Jabaliya camp fired two shells at a building where they were gathered at around 7 p.m.  
https://www.vtforeignpolicy.com/2024/05/5-israeli-soldiers-killed-7-injured-in-northern-gaza-after-idf-tank-mistook-them-for-enemy/

  'Liars': Israeli lawyer heckled at ICJ hearing
  Watch the moment an observer at the International Court of Justice called Israeli lawyers 'liars!', as they submitted 'counter-evidence' against South Africa's petition to impose provisional measures on Israel under the Genocide Convention. The Israeli lawyer looked up at the public gallery in shock before the official ICJ live stream was stopped and the woman who heckled was escorted out by security.  https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240517-liars-israeli-lawyer-heckled-at-icj-hearing/

​  EU Big Brother is Watching News of Fico Assassination Attempt
European Commission says it is "actively monitoring fake news" of the incident, and ready to impose fines on tech platforms for "failing to tackle disinformation."​  
https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/eu-big-brother-is-watching-news-of

​  Hey, the CIA did that during the cold-war, too. Small world!   Documents were found in the Slovak archives according to which the accused of the assassination attempt on Robert Fico Tsintula was active in anti-communist activities in the 1980s.  https://en.topwar.ru/242553-v-slovackih-arhivah-obnaruzheny-dokumenty-soglasno-kotorym-obvinjaemyj-v-pokushenii-na-roberta-fico-cintula-v-1980-e-gody-vel-aktivnuju.html

  It sure wasn't Pfizer or the CIA, probably just "Russia", like Nordstream. Suspect in assassination attempt on Slovak PM may not have been 'lone wolf', minister says.
The "worst has passed" for shot Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico, the deputy prime minister has said, but his condition remains "serious".​  https://merylnass.substack.com/p/suspect-in-assassination-attempt

  ​"Remember Pearl Harbor", as the saying goes...  US Sending Nuclear-Powered Carrier For 'Higher Stakes' Red Sea Mission  (The "Truman" as it happens.)  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-sending-nuclear-powered-carrier-higher-stakes-red-sea-mission

  US Political change signaled ?  The ‘NYTimes’ finally publishes a comprehensive indictment of ‘Jewish terrorism’ against Palestinians
The New York Times has astonished its readers by publishing a long indictment of a subject it has purposely ignored for years: “Jewish terrorism” against Palestinians.​  https://mondoweiss.net/2024/05/the-nytimes-finally-publishes-a-comprehensive-indictment-of-jewish-terrorism-against-palestinians/   

​  300 Pages of Emails Leave No Doubt: Fauci, NIH Knew Early on of Injuries, Deaths After COVID Shots
​  According to documents obtained by Children’s Health Defense, reports of injuries and deaths following COVID-19 vaccines — including a child injured by the Pfizer vaccine during a clinical trial and a fatal vaccine-induced case of myocarditis — reached NIH researchers, Dr. Anthony Fauci and others in 2021 and 2022.​    
https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/fauci-nih-knew-covid-vaccine-injuries-deaths-emails/

​   Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Thursday that many officials who tried to warn the public about potential problems with COVID-19 vaccines were pressured into silence and that it’s high time to admit that there were “significant” side effects that made people sick.​..
​..“Those of us that tried to suggest there may be significant side effects from vaccines ... we kind of got canceled because no one wanted to talk about the potential that there was a problem from the vaccines, because they were afraid that that would cause people not to want to get vaccinated,” Dr. Redfield said... In September 2020, a few months before the first COVID-19 vaccines were given in the United States, Dr. Redfield testified before the Senate that COVID-19 represented the “most significant public health challenge to face our nation in more than a century,” and that the prevailing view among scientists at the time was that the overall case fatality rate of the disease was somewhere between 0.4 and 0.6 percent in the United States.
​  “If you were to look right now, individuals under the age of 18, it’s about 0.01 percent, 19 to say 69, it’s more like 0.3 percent. And if you’re over the age of 70, it’s about 5 percent now,” he testified at the time.

​  While there’s lingering controversy about the severity of COVID-19, a recent study estimates that the global case fatality rate was 8.5 percent in February 2020 but had plunged to 0.27 percent in August 2022, meaning that the estimated relative risk reduction over that time was a whopping 96.8 percent.
In his interview on NewsNation, Dr. Redfield said that the vaccines that were developed as part of Operation Warp Speed were “important” and saved “a lot of lives.” However, despite their benefits, the drawbacks of the vaccines must be a matter of open discussion, he said.
​  “They’re important for the most vulnerable people, those over 60, 65 years of age. They really aren’t that critical for those that are under 50 or younger. But those vaccines saved a lot of lives, but they also—we have to be honest, some people got significant side effects from the vaccine,” he said.
​  “I have a number of people that are quite ill and they never had COVID, but they are ill from the vaccine,” he continued. “And we just have to acknowledge that.”​  
https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/ex-cdc-director-says-its-high-time-admit-significant-side-effects-covid-19-vaccines

​  Top Japanese oncologist says COVID-19 vaccines are “essentially murder” 
​  COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are “the work of evil” and have amounted to what is “essentially murder.” The comments were made by Dr. Masanori Fukushima in a recent interview. The decorated oncologist set up the first outpatient cancer clinic at Kyoto University in Japan and was responsible for the first course at the school in pharmacoepidemiology.
​  He cited one particularly alarming side effect that the mainstream media in the U.S. hasn't reported on – the prevalence of “turbo cancers” that were “previously unseen by doctors.” He said that these cancers started appearing after the rollouts of the vaccines and have been progressing so quickly that they are often in stage 4 by the time doctors diagnose them.
​  He added that the jump in these cancers has been accompanied by increases in excess mortality from cancer in general to a degree that cannot be explained simply by missed treatments or screenings during COVID-19-related lockdowns.​  
https://www.naturalnews.com/2024-05-17-top-japanese-oncologist-covid-vaccines-essentially-murder.html

​  Deadly Surge: CJD Cases Skyrocket Post-COVID Vaccines​ (I have cared for one patient with Creutzfeldt Jacob ​Disease and I would recognize it in a heartbeat.)
​  United States — A rare, highly progressive neurodegenerative disease, notably Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), has shown a concerning rise following the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Prion diseases, characterized by brain deterioration leading to swift demise, have seen a notable uptick over the past three years, with many new instances reported post COVID-19 mRNA vaccine administration. Prions, known for their ability to rapidly degrade similar proteins, raise concerns about transmissibility when individuals are exposed to affected organs or blood.​  https://www.newsbreak.com/news/3443726942858-deadly-surge-cjd-cases-skyrocket-post-covid-vaccines?noAds=1&_f=app_share&s=i3

​  Meryl Nass MD, Is weaponized bird flu going to be the next pandemic?   Bird flu: What is it, Who's Doing and Paying for the GOF research, and Who's Cashing In?
Not to mention, why are we hearing about it NOW? And what about the vaccines?​  https://merylnass.substack.com/p/bird-flu-what-is-it-whos-doing-and

​  How Food Giants Get Kids Hooked on Junk Food — and How to Stop Them​ , by Ralph Nader​  (Hey, I used to vote for this guy. They blamed Bush on me for that.)
​  Parents are protectors of their children. They have to be especially on guard to protect their children from pervasive direct mass marketing, using influencers, peer groups and abduction of their youngsters into the Internet Gulag.​ 
​..About 45 years ago, at a social gathering, I asked an executive of a Minneapolis-based large food processing company if he fed heavily sugared cereals to his children.​ He smiled as he shook his head. Smart person. His and other major companies producing what is now called ultra-processed foods (UPFs) had scientists and labs.​..
..These companies’ marketeers succeeded in getting these children, as my mother would say, to turn their tongues against their brains. The children were also shown how to nag their parents into buying junk food and drink.
​  In fact, Madison Avenue advertising firms would give high ratings for ads “with a high nag factor.”
It was about 1980 when obesity rates started rising at alarming rates. Now about 30% of adults are obese, another 35% are overweight...
..During recent decades there has been an increase in peer-reviewed scientific studies showing that certain foods you can easily buy in the markets can increase your life expectancy while others reduce your longevity.
​  Long-time medical and science reporter/author Jean Carper boiled down these findings into a highly usable new little book titled, “100 Life or Death Foods: A Scientific Guide to Which Foods Prolong Life or Kill You Prematurely.” (See my recent column “New Book: Choosing Regular Food to Extend Longevity.”)
​  On May 8, 2024, The New York Times defined UPFs as “using industrial methods and ingredients you wouldn’t typically find in grocery stores – like high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and concentrated proteins like soy isolate.”​...
​..“Think sodas and energy drinks, chips, candies, flavored yogurts, margarine, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, sausages, lunch meats, boxed macaroni and cheese, infant formulas and most packaged breads, plant milks, meat substitutes and breakfast cereals.
​  “In a large review of studies that was published in 2024, scientists reported that consuming UPFs was associated with 32 health problems, with the most convincing evidence for heart disease-related deaths, Type 2 diabetes and common mental health issues like anxiety and depression.”​...
..UPFs make up two-thirds of the calories consumed by children and teenagers in the U.S. Still, the giant food companies are getting away with little regulation, especially for their heaviest advertising that pushes their profitable UPFs.​..  
​..This corporate interference also extends to constantly putting such UPFs into school lunch programs.

​  WEF Demands Limits on Car Ownership Among General Public​  (They know ​that we are in post-peak-oil​ since late 2018.)
The globalist WEF is demanding that regular families with more than one car should be forced to give up one of their vehicles.​.. The WEF insists that limiting the number of vehicles people can own will help to “save the planet” from “climate change.”
​  The WEF argues that members of the public must be forced into giving up a vehicle as part of the organization’s “One Less Car” agenda.
However, the agenda appears to be a stepping stone for the WEF’s long-promoted plan to eliminate all private car ownership.​  
https://slaynews.com/news/wef-demands-limits-car-ownership-general-public/

​  Russia to continue expanding cooperation with China in production of cars — Putin
The Russian leader stressed that he welcomes the active expansion of the presence of Chinese car makers and appliance producers on the Russian market​.   
https://tass.com/economy/1788911

  ​(Recall from last week)  Russia Discovers Massive Oil and Gas Reserves in British Antarctic Territory
Russia's Rosgeo uncovered oil and gas reserves in British Antarctic territory, estimated at around 511 billion barrels.
​  The discovery poses environmental risks and challenges the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, which prohibits oil developments in the region.
Geopolitical tensions rise as Russia's activities in Antarctica are viewed as a move towards resource extraction rather than scientific research, sparking concerns among international observers.
The reserves uncovered contain around 511bn barrels worth of oil, equating to around 10 times the North Sea’s output over the last 50 years.​   https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Russia-Discovers-Massive-Oil-and-Gas-Reserves-in-British-Antarctic-Territory.html

​The first Aurora Borealis ever was seen in New Caledonia.  First-Ever Aurora, Planetary Alignment Coming  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1X8nHNF1yc

Health Food Gardener (pictured basking in shade of fig tree recently)


Friday, May 17, 2024

No More Pretending

Unpretentious,

​  THE REALITY OF EXTEND-AND-PRETEND​, Tim Morgan, Surplus Energy Economics
​  The great unspoken fact of the 1930s was that the world was drifting to war, a trend that nobody knew how to stop.​ The great unspoken fact of the 2020s is that the global economy is in the process of inflecting from growth into contraction, and, again, this is a process that no-one can halt, still less put into reverse.
​  Logically, countries, groups and individuals must strive to work out how to fare best in an economy that has become a less-than-zero-sum game. Their relative success or failure in this endeavour will be a function of how much they know about it, and how early they are in gaining that knowledge...
..As ECoEs (energy costs of energy) carry on rising, and as renewables prove incapable of providing a complete replacement for the energy value hitherto sourced from fossil fuels, aggregate material prosperity will fall, gradually in the balance of the 2020s but much more rapidly in the 2030s. In comparison with 2023, the world’s average person is likely to be only about 7% poorer by 2030, but fully 25% worse off by 2040.
  At the same time, the real costs of energy-intensive necessities will carry on rising, applying leveraged compression to the affordability of discretionary (non-essential) products and services.
  Where the financial corollaries of these material economic trends are concerned, we can assume that ‘extend-and-pretend’ will remain the only game in town, meaning that debt and quasi-debt will carry on rising – and the spending of this credit will carry on being presented as “growth” – until the credibility of money has been destroyed. The strategic aim isn’t to side-step this process, but to ensure that your currency doesn’t win this ‘race to the bottom’.
  The rate at which credit will rise will force the authorities back onto the path of QE, ZIRP and NIRP, because there’s no other way of maintaining the fiction that the economy is capable of servicing these soaring debts.​  
https://surplusenergyeconomics.wordpress.com/2024/05/16/278-of-facts-and-gambits/


​  Well, actually, there is another way to deal with the money supply, which is not extend-and-pretend, because extend and pretend will collapse without trust at some point, maybe this year or next...
  Jim Rickards, $27,000 Gold
​  I’ve previously said that gold could reach $15,000 by 2026. Today, I’m updating that forecast.​ My latest forecast is that gold may actually exceed $27,000.
​  I don’t say that to get attention or to shock people. It’s not a guess; it’s the result of rigorous analysis.One needs to make an assumption about the percentage of gold backing for the money supply needed to maintain confidence. I assume 40% coverage with gold. (This was the legal requirement for the Fed from 1913–1946. Later it was 25%, then zero today).
​  Applying the 40% ratio to the $17.9 trillion money supply means that $7.2 trillion of gold is required.​ Applying the $7.2 trillion valuation to 261.5 million troy ounces (held by the US Treasury) yields a gold price of $27,533 per ounce.
​  That’s the implied non-deflationary equilibrium price of gold in a new global gold standard. Of course, money supplies fluctuate; lately they’ve been going up sharply, especially in the U.S.
​  There’s room for debate about whether a 40% backing ratio is too high or too low. Still, my assumptions are moderate based on monetary economics and history. A dollar price of gold of over $25,000 per ounce in a new gold standard is not a stretch.​ Obviously, you get around $12,500 per ounce if you assume 20% coverage. There are many variables in play.​  https://dailyreckoning.com/27000-gold/

​  "West's Governments Need War" Warns Martin Armstrong "Because Their Debts Are No Longer Sustainable"

​  The sovereign debt crisis that we face has appeared often throughout history. It is unsustainable because governments act in their own self-interest and will always expand debt to retain power. Historically, these systems collapse when they issue new debt to pay off the old, and no one is there to buy the new debt. Once they can no longer continue to borrow new money, then inevitably, they collapse.​..

..It is unlikely that we can avoid world war. Governments need war because their debts are no longer sustainable. They will use the war as the excuse for defaults – as was the case for WWII. They will create Bretton Woods II with the IMF digital currency as the reserve.​  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/wests-governments-need-war-warns-martin-armstrong-because-their-debts-are-no-longer


​  Hmmm, "40% gold backed..."  The Unit: What You Need to Know About BRICS+ Decentralized Monetary Ecosystem Concept , Pepe Escobar
  The Unit offers a unique solution for bottlenecks in global financial infrastructure: it is eligible for traditional banking operations as well as for the newest forms of digital banking.
​  The Unit can also help to upend unfair pricing in commodity trading, by means of setting up a new – fair and efficient – Eurasian Mercantile Exchange where trading and settlement can be done in a new currency bridging trade flows and capital, thus paving the way to the development of new financial products for foreign direct investment.
​  The strength of the Unit, conceptually, is to remove direct dependency on the currency of other nations, and to offer especially to the Global Majority a new form of apolitical money - with huge potential for anchoring fair trade and investments.
It is indeed a new concept in terms of an international currency - anchored in gold (40%) and BRICS+ currencies (60%). It is neither crypto nor stablecoin​.   
https://en.sputniknews.africa/20240513/1066527607.html

​  Leader of Slovakia Shot After Demanding Investigation Into COVID Vaccines​ 

 Slovakia, a nice country in the heart of Europe, is unique in one important respect: it is the only country, out of the whole world, whose leader denounced COVID vaccines and announced a COVID inquiry into excess deaths, corrupt influence of Pfizer, and ill effects of COVID vaccines.​  https://www.igor-chudov.com/p/leader-of-slovakia-assassinated-after

Slovak PM Robert Fico Expected To Survive; UK Media Appears To Justify Assassination Attempt​  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/slovakias-populist-prime-minister-robert-fico-has-been-shot

Who Is Juraj Cintula?​ , Is the man who tried to assassinate Slovak Prime Minister Fico really a "lone wolf"?​  https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/who-is-juraj-cintula


​  'Guns & Butter': Putin Explains Reason Behind Major Cabinet Shake-Up

​  Russian President Vladimir Putin has for the first time explained the rationale behind this week's major cabinet reshuffling, which for the first time of the Ukraine operation saw Sergey Shoigu removed as defense minister (and 'promoted' to head of the national security council), and former minister for economic development Andrey Belousov moved into the defense chief spot. He described the decision as due to the dramatic rise in the defense budget and military spending.
​  Putin said of Belousov: "He understands perfectly well what needs to be done in order for the economy of the entire security complex – and the Ministry of Defense as its key component – to fit into the overall economy of the country," according to state media translation.​  
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/guns-butter-putin-explains-reason-behind-major-cabinet-shake

​  'Brothers Forever': Putin, Xi Agree That Deepened Ties Project Stability Against West's 'Unilateral Hegemony

​  'The two leaders again upheld the Russia-China relationship as fundamentally "based on the multipolar realities and international law" in a swipe at the West which both Putin and Xi have long deemed hegemonic.
​  At one point Putin also praised efforts of the two at bypassing the US dollar, saying "A powerful impetus to expand our trade flows was given by our timely joint decision to ensure that transactions are conducted in national currencies. As of today, 90% of all payments are made in rubles and yuan."​  
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/brothers-forever-putin-xi-agree-deepened-ties-project-stability-against-unilateral

​  Gilbert Doctorow, Vladimir Putin's state visit to China as reported by WION Indian global television

​  Chanana:​ Doctor Doctorow, there's also a closed-door meeting which is scheduled to take place with Xi Jinping and Mr. Putin. And this is going to be in the 1-plus-4 format. There isn't going to be anyone other than the 10 diplomats there and of course, heads of state, inside that closed room. What do you expect in those talks? Because it is being said that they are going to be discussing Ukraine there.
​  Doctorow: I think the top of the agenda will be the Russians' intentions for using tactical nuclear weapons in the battlefield. This is a new development, unprecedented development, and Mr Putin announced Russia's readiness to do that and ordered that there be exercises, military exercises, with the units from the Central Military District operating near Ukraine to practice all kinds of delivery systems for these nuclear weapons. The Chinese have been very cautious, very wary about opening the Pandora's box of nuclear weapons, and I think this will be a top issue for discussion between leaders.​  
https://gilbertdoctorow.substack.com/p/vladimir-putins-state-visit-to-china


Ukrainian Officials Ask NATO To Send Troops for Training Inside Ukraine​ , NYT reports NATO countries are 'inching closer' to obliging the request​ https://news.antiwar.com/2024/05/16/ukrainian-officials-ask-nato-to-send-troops-for-training-inside-ukraine/

Ukraine poised to sacrifice entire adult population as government warns of full mobilization​  https://www.naturalnews.com/2024-05-16-ukraine-to-sacrifice-population-full-mobilization.html


​  NYT reported that NATO is close to sending troops to Ukraine, the Pentagon denies this
​  Deputy Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said that the US authorities do not plan to send instructors to Ukraine to train the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Shortly before this, The New York Times (NYT) published material with the words of the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Charles Brown Jr. He called the deployment of NATO trainers to Ukraine inevitable.​  
https://www-kommersant-ru.translate.goog/doc/6693680?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp


The Armed Forces of Ukraine may collapse within three months, former US intelligence officer Tony Shaffer said on the Judging Freedom YouTube channel.​  https://english.pravda.ru/news/world/159623-kyiv-fall/

​  (Still on the team) Shoigu: Russia’s army has created reserves for further offensive action​  (Always ready to fight NATO in-person)
​  The reserves of personnel and weapons necessary for further offensive were created in the Russian Armed Forces, Russian Security Council Secretary Sergey Shoigu said in a commentary to Rossiya 1 journalist Pavel Zarubin on May 16.​ Shoigu expressed confidence that the further advance of the Russian army in the zone of Russia’s special military operation would continue at the same pace.​  https://eu.eot.su/2024/05/16/shoigu-russias-army-has-created-reserves-for-further-offensive-action/

​  US Wars Are Making Türkiye’s Relationship With the West Politically Untenable
​  Turkish public opinion of the West dropped due to the Iraq War and has not recovered. There have been almost constant issues since, with both sides fanning the flames – the US with its arrogance and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for using the disputes for political gain. Beneath the surface, however, they continue to cooperate on a wide range of issues.
​  That might get more difficult. The fact is the US, by supporting Israel’s “plausible” genocide in Gaza, has managed to find an issue that could cause an irreparable break between the West and the vast majority of Turkish citizens, which could make it politically toxic for Erdogan or anyone else to remain partially aligned with the West.
​  For months after October 7, Erdogan paid lip service to the Palestinian cause while trade kept flowing between Turkiye and Israel. Voters forced him to take a firmer stand at the polls on March 31 when Erdogan’s Justice and Development (AK) Party lost the popular vote for the first time since 2002 – partially due to the government response to Israel’s war in Gaza (the other big issue was the economy).​  
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2024/05/us-wars-are-making-turkiyes-relationship-with-the-west-politically-untenable.html 

​  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held an emergency meeting with the heads of intelligence and the ministry of justice after his fellow party member, Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli, had warned of a possible coup d’état being prepared by law enforcement agencies, the Turkiye newspaper on Wednesday.​ The dismissal of several police officers in Ankara’s security directorate accused of links to criminal organization Ayhan Bora Kaplan has caused widespread concern.​  https://www.defenddemocracy.press/erdogan-holds-emergency-meeting-following-warning-of-possible-coup/

​  "Israel will not stop in Gaza, and if not stopped, this rogue state will eventually target Anatolia with its delusions of a promised land," Erdogan said during a parliamentary group meeting in Ankara. "We will continue to stand by Hamas, which fights for the independence of its own land and which defends Anatolia," the Turkish president stressed...
​..For the past several months, the Turkish president has harshly criticized Israeli authorities, accusing them of overseeing ongoing genocide in Gaza. However, his actions trailed far behind his words, as it took over six months for Ankara to end its highly lucrative trade ties with Israel.
​  Days after announcing a trade freeze, the Turkish government partially walked back its decision by issuing temporary approval for the supply of construction materials to Israel. Ankara has also refrained from obstructing the flow of oil from neighboring Azerbaijan to Israel.
​  For its part, Tel Aviv has been quietly returning diplomats to Turkey in recent weeks after withdrawing them months ago over "security concerns."
​  Nevertheless, Turkish officials continue to send mixed signals, as earlier this week, Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said his country decided to submit its declaration of official intervention in South Africa's genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
​  "Israel systematically killing thousands of innocent Palestinians and rendering a whole residential area uninhabitable is a crime against humanity, attempted genocide, and the manifestation of genocide," Fidan told reporters.​  
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/israel-will-set-sights-turkey-if-hamas-defeated-erdogan-claims

​  World demands that Palestine be admitted as equal UN member — Venezuelan official
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez stressed that Palestine is an example of the struggle for "self-determination, independence and sovereignty"​  
https://tass.com/world/1788685

​  More than 15,000 children killed in Gaza since tensions escalated — Red Crescent
According to the latest data from the Gaza Health Ministry, more than 35,200 Palestinians were killed and more than 79,100 injured during the Israeli military operation in the enclave​. 
https://tass.com/world/1789135

​  Rumor ​is that this boondoggle will ​later become the entry to the Ben Gurion Canal, to bypass the Suez ​Canal under Israeli control.  US completes aid pier at Gaza beach
​  The US military has completed work on a temporary pier to allow additional aid deliveries into Gaza, the Pentagon announced in a statement on Thursday. Meanwhile, the flow of aid into the besieged enclave is still being throttled by Israel’s refusal to open border checkpoints.
​  The pier was anchored to the beach in Gaza on Thursday morning, US Central Command, which oversees American military operations in the Middle East, said in a statement.
​  “As part of this effort, no US troops entered Gaza,” the statement read. “Trucks carrying humanitarian assistance are expected to begin moving ashore in the coming days. The United Nations will receive the aid and coordinate its distribution into Gaza.”

  Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said additional troops will join the Rafah operation in southern Gaza.
"Additional troops will join the ground operation in Rafah. Several tunnels in the area have been destroyed,"
he said in a statement released by his office.
Gallant made the statement after travelling to an area near Rafah on May 15 to assess the situation.​  https://tass.com/world/1789211

​  Netanyahu Could Fire Defense Chief As Public Spat Erupts Over Gaza 'Day After'
​  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at odds with his own defense minister Yoav Gallant after Gallant said in a Wednesday televised address that the Israeli leader must take "tough decisions" on Gaza's 'day after' the war ends. Gallant came out very strongly against any scenario that leaves Israel in charge of overseeing the Gaza Strip. He called for advancing non-Hamas Palestinian governance, which would of course mean the Palestinian Authority (PA, which is made up primarily of Fatah), along with international backing.
​  Times of Israel highlighted that "The public comments, seen as the most direct political challenge to Netanyahu from within his government since the start of the war, sparked an angry backlash among members of the coalition, who urged Netanyahu to fire the defense minister."
​  What made matters worse is that just a few hours prior to Gallant issuing his direct challenge, Netanyahu asserted publicly that any discussions of the "day after" Hamas in Gaza are meaningless until the terror group is defeated.​  
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/netanyahu-could-fire-defense-chief-public-spat-erupts-over-gaza-day-after-hamas

Netanyahu Says Israel Can 'Win' Fight Against Hamas in Gaza Without US Help​  https://sputnikglobe.com/20240516/netanyahu-says-israel-can-win-fight-against-hamas-in-gaza-without-us-help-1118466870.html

​  Hezbollah carries out first Arab airstrike on 'Israel' since 1973
​  The Islamic Resistance in Lebanon - Hezbollah - announced that it had targeted the Israeli settlement of Metula, and an Israeli garrison and vehicles in the vicinity of the settlement's military site through an attack drone armed with two S5 rockets...
​..In its statement, the resistance said that when the drone reached the designated point, it fired two rockets at one of the vehicles and the soldiers gathered around it, inflicting devastating damage on the Israeli forces before then carrying out a kamikaze attack on the designated target.
​  For its part, Israeli media reported that Hezbollah used, for the first time, a drone armed with S5 rockets, an air-to-surface missile, to attack Metula.
​  Reports said the Ziv Medical Center received three soldiers wounded by a drone strike near Metula, "one of them was very seriously wounded, and the other two were lightly wounded."​  
https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/hezbollah-carries-out-first-arab-airstrike-on--israel--since

​  South Africa provides evidence of Israel's violation of the Genocide Convention at the ICJ
​  The International Court of Justice is holding hearings this week in a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide in its war on Gaza and seeking an emergency halt to its Rafah offensive.​  https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240516-south-africa-provides-evidence-of-israels-violation-of-the-genocide-convention-at-the-icj/

​  GOP demands weaponization of IRS to target Palestine freedom activists
​  Fifteen Republican senators have ordered the IRS to investigate whether the non-profit groups identified have in any way violated their tax-exempt status by supporting Hamas, a designated terrorist group.
​  One of the senators, Republican Joni Ernst of Iowa, picked the following non-profit groups to have the IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel probe to see if they "engaged in conduct warranting revocation of their tax-exempt statuses on the basis of their financial support of NSJP:​ National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP)​ ,  AJP Educational Foundation​ , Tides Foundation​ , 
Westchester Peace Action Committee Foundation (WESPAC Foundation ​. https://www.naturalnews.com/2024-05-16-gop-demands-weaponization-irs-palestine-freedom-activists.html

​  Republicans introduce legislation to criminalize student protestors – if caught, they’ll become “terrorists” with No Fly List travel restrictions
​  Two prominent Republican members of the United States Senate have introduced legislation that would make it a crime for students to publicly protest.
Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Roger Marshall (R-KS), both Republicans, submitted a bill this week to designate all student protestors – and really just the ones speaking out against Israel – as "terrorists." These two AIPAC-funded Zionists also want to add student protestors to the No Fly List, restricting them from air travel.
​  Blackburn and Marshall believe that your First Amendment rights no longer apply if you say anything against Israel, which they deem "violence against the Jewish people," according to their proposed bill.​  
https://www.naturalnews.com/2024-05-15-republicans-legislation-criminalize-protestors-terrorists-no-fly.html

UCLA attackers exposed: ​Meet the violent Zionist agitators LA police haven’t arrested​  https://thegrayzone.com/2024/05/13/ucla-attackers-exposed/

​  New Delhi’s top diplomat has reacted to Washington’s threat of potential sanctions over its recent strategic agreement with Tehran
​  A long-term agreement between New Delhi and Tehran to operate the strategic port of Chabahar is for “everyone’s benefit,” Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar insisted on Wednesday, reacting to a US warning against dealing with sanctions-hit Iran.
​  The Indian and Iranian governments signed the ten-year deal on Monday. The agreement allows Indian state-run operators to manage and develop the Shahid Beheshti Port terminal at Iran’s first deepwater Chabahar port.​  
https://www.rt.com/india/597638-india-responds-to-us-warning/

​  The Trouble With World Government
  A court in Australia has told the government’s own eSafety Commission that Elon Musk is correct: One country cannot impose censorship on the world. The company X, formerly known as Twitter, must obey national law but not global law.
Mr. Musk seems to have won a very similar fight in Brazil, where a judge demanded not just a national but global takedown. X refused and won. For now.​..

Unsold Tesla’s Pile Up in Mall Parking Lots, Big Discounts Likely​  https://mishtalk.com/economics/unsold-teslas-pile-up-in-mall-parking-lots-big-discounts-likely/

NIH Dep. Director Lawrence Tabak Admits NIH Funded Gain-of-Function at WuhanTestimony contradicts Dr. Fauci's fiery denials to Senator Rand Paul three years ago.​ https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/nih-dep-director-lawrence-tabak-admits

  Jessica Rose Ph.D. Batches for thee, but not for me​  Anther whistley-blowey piece in the puzzle of 'batch variability' ​ (Uh, "separate but equal"?)
Pfizer undertook to import a batch of vaccines specifically for the employee vaccination program. Theroux and Hewitt - Pfizer reps.
​  The vaccine doses to be used for this program are separate and distinct from those committed by Pfizer to governments around the world and will not impact supply to national governments in any way. Pfizer ‘Whistleblower’​  https://jessicar.substack.com/p/batches-for-thee-but-not-for-me

​  Meryl Nass MD , Newest negotiated text of the pandemic treaty reveals *nations agree* about rolling out unlicensed vaccines
While there is more disagreement (yellow highlights) than agreement (green highlights) in the draft, the plan to roll out untested or barely tested products got a pass​  https://merylnass.substack.com/p/newest-negotiated-test-of-the-pandemic

​  Meryl Nass MD ,  Nations are also in accord on propagandizing their populations in the newest version of the Pandemic AgreementAnd they promise to conduct research on factors that hinder trust in science, authorities and agencies  https://merylnass.substack.com/p/nations-are-also-in-accord-on-propagandizing

  Meryl Nass MD ,  Louisiana did it! SB133 passed the House. No WHO tentacles in Louisiana  https://merylnass.substack.com/p/louisiana-did-it-sb133-passed-the

  This may represent a new billable-diagnosis for Post-COVID-Vaccine-Syndrome, which is not billable. Medical authorities claim 90% of population suddenly has mysterious new heart syndrome that sounds like SPIKE PROTEIN organ damage  https://www.naturalnews.com/2024-05-16-90percent-population-heart-syndrome-spike-protein-damage.html

  William Makis MD,  Winter of DIED SUDDENLY - Young Women suffering heart attacks 2-3 years after COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination - it's not slowing down - 60 cases explored  https://makismd.substack.com/p/winter-of-died-suddenly-young-women

​  Rob Lewis , The Climate Beneath Our Feet​   (Rain won't usually fall on dry land, but it would fall on a forest or marsh.)
​  Twenty years after reading Inadvertent Climate Modification, Millan was Director of the Mediterranean Center for Environment Studies, overseeing meteorological monitoring throughout the Mediterranean, when the European Commission asked him “to look into the matter of a perceived decline in summer storms around the Western Mediterranean Basin.” He had already been relaying the reports of local farmers about the lack of summer rains, with rivers drying up and farms failing. It had finally gotten the attention of the higher-ups, and he was given the assignment to “do something about it.”
​  Remembering Munn’s advice to listen carefully to locals, Millan recalled when an old-timer passed along a local saying: “Cierzo a las siete, Solano a las diez, agua a las tres.” Roughly, sea breeze in the morning at ten, rain in the afternoon at three. The refrain was revealing. For the sea breezes still came in off the sea each morning around ten, yet come afternoon, around three, the storms failed to materialize. The collapse, he reasoned, occurred in between.
​  Using traditional meteorological methods, he uncovered a key detail.  When the morning winds came in, their water content was 14 grams per cubic meter of air, not enough to form clouds, which under those specific conditions would require a moisture level of 21 grams water per cubic meter. The rest of the moisture, 7 grams per cubic meter, would have to come from the land.
​  It's important to realize, as Millan knew, that the Western Mediterranean Basin was once lush, with vast oak forests, springs and extensive coastal marshlands. That began to change two thousand years ago with the steady spread of the Roman Empire. Marshes were drained, forests cut, mountains mined. By the 16th century much of the oak forests were gone and lowland agriculture was spreading higher into the mountains, along with grazing and further land clearing. Then came the industrial revolution, followed by modernity. In the 1950’s, mass urbanization sealed yet more land as Spain industrialized. A booming tourism industry was particularly devastating for Spain’s coastal marshes, covering key links in the water cycle with parking lots and hotels. Then, in the early 1970’s, due to unrest in the Middle East, petroleum infrastructure was moved across the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle East to the shores of Spain, France and Italy, resulting in “intense industrialization of the coasts.”
​  Millan faced a basin-wide hydrologic system in the final stages of collapse. The midwives had not only been cut, but the womb desiccated. The climatological regime by which the oaks of old could live had long passed. In its place was a much dryer climate, supporting mostly pinyon and scrub. The soil was mostly eroded away, stretched in places over bare stone. A classic example of how badly things can go wrong is found in the nearby province of Almeria. In the 1850’s its dense oak forests were clearcut to stoke the furnaces of lead smelters. The collapse to desert was so profound that the area eventually became a film locale for spaghetti westerns. Millan fears the entire Western Mediterranean Basin is at such a tipping point, on its way to becoming an Almeria style desert, a point from which it is very difficult to return. “Once you hit rock,” he says, “you’re done.”  
https://theclimateaccordingtolife.substack.com/p/the-climate-beneath-our-feet

Delivering Goods (pictured with delicious 13 oz. tomato, before we ate it this morning)