Saturday, August 6, 2022

Disinformation "Wins"

 Well Informed,

A lot of the battle for global dominance is disinformation. The side that has been winning the disinformation war is not winning the physical reality war. 
What does that imply on a case by case basis?
  Alastair Crooke, The EU Has Begun its Retreat. “First Steps in Unraveling Energy and Food Sanctions on Russia”
​  ​What is going on? The oil market has been volatile recently, as the US has tried to manipulate the ‘paper market’ (which is way larger than the physical market), in order to contrive a dip in prices in the Bent and WTI index. Again, the object has been to hurt Russia – and to facilitate Yellen’s ‘oil cap’ by getting prices closer to the $60 a barrel on which Yellen has set her capping hopes.
​  ​It hasn’t worked, and it seems the White House just wants oil prices down – full stop.  Even the hawk, Victoria Nuland, said Friday that the US and its allies need Russian oil supplies to enter world markets, otherwise the cost of this resource will start to rise again: “We need to see the presence of Russian oil on the world market, otherwise the shortage of oil will lead to a new rise in prices.”
​  ​Realism seeps in!  Putin achieves all his key demands in respect to the food crisis – and today, is even selling a slightly increased volume of oil.
​  ​The price of oil will indeed fluctuate. It will respond however, more to the effects arising from depth reached in the coming recession, than on market manipulation, and Yellen’s price capping efforts.  The western Establishment is still trying to get its head around the new reality that commodities are seen to have innate value, whereas fiat currencies such as the dollar don’t.

  This is the case that 'somebody" is manipulating the oil data to make it look like nobody is driving this summer, and there is an excess, so prices drop by algorithms.
I have seen a lot of driving all summer. What have you seen? Mega truckstops are full of cars in Texas. When will we discover that there is actually no oil in the tanks at Cushing?  
"Very Crooked Numbers": Biden Admin Accused Of Fabricating Low Gas Demand Data To Hammer Price Of Oil
As our friends at ForexLive point out, the trigger behind today's plunge in oil prices is gasoline demand, which as we noted yesterday, showed that for July, gasoline demand (on a trailing 4 week basis) slumped below 2020 levels.
Intuitively, ForexLive cautions, "that doesn't make sense. Yes, gasoline prices are much higher than 2020 but the world was in the midst of a pandemic and far more people were working from home in the summer of 2020."

​Germany would have to start the process "yesterday'. Time is of the essence.​
German ex-chancellor offers solution to EU’s energy crisis
Gerhard Schroeder called for the launch of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

​"S**t, let's try China!"​
Poll Finds Only 1 Per Cent of Americans See Russia as a Major Problem

​Moon of Alabama looks at China, Taiwan, US​
  Chinese military exercises will now be held around the island without regard for what Taipei claims as its borders. These missile launches, sea and air maneuvers will not be threatening enough to cause a dangerous military confrontation. But they will be repeated over the next years and will steadily move closer and closer to Taiwan's coast.
  The median line between China and Taiwan, never officially recognized but adhered to, will now be ignored.
China essentially decided to boil the proverbial frog of Taiwanese independence by slowly, slowly increasing the pressure:
  China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is closing off six areas around Taiwan from Thursday to Sunday and is expected to hold drills, including live-fire exercises, in some areas within 12 miles of the island.
  The drills are expected to be bigger than the missile tests China launched during the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis that was sparked in 1995 by the US granting a visa to former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui.
  Both Chinese and American analysts believe that the unprecedented military exercises could become routine, a consequence of Pelosi’s provocative visit.
  Taiwan depends on sea trade. The Chinese military maneuvers will essentially block it for the next few days. It is demonstration of what might come should China get really serious.
  This military posturing will be aided by selected economic sanctions designed to remove the support for Taiwan's current pro-independence government:
  China also imposed sanctions on Taiwan because of Pelosi, including a ban on the export of natural sand, and a halt on imports of fish and fruit products from the island.
  A  ban on the export of natural sand, 90% of which Taiwan imports from China, may sound harmless. But if you live on a rock in an area prone to earthquakes you may want to build your high rises with concrete. No sand no concrete. Building costs in Taiwan will rise and the government will be blamed... 

China has the initiative now. They can do this for weeks on end, then pause when they feel like it. 
Can Taiwan/US/Japan regain the initiative? Voter referendum? 
​  ​Taiwan says China's military has upped the threat level against it as People's Liberation Army (PLA) planes pressed ahead with their largest ever drills surrounding the island, following Thursday's ultra-provocative launch of eleven ballistic missiles in area waters, some of which were reported to have flown over the island and population of some 23 million.
​  ​On Saturday Taiwan's defense ministry said it observed Chinese planes and ships conducting attack simulation exercises while operating in the Taiwan Strait.

China can now make this game of chicken costly for the US. A large, continuous (sitting-duck) naval presence will be called-for. Will the USN get Taiwanese ports?
White House Orders US Carrier Strike Group To Stay Near Taiwan Longer Than Planned, Says China 'Overreacting'

Just when she was looking more presidential than "sleepy Joe"  
As Taiwan Warns Chinese "Maritime & Aerial Blockade" Ensuing, Pelosi Says Real Issue Is 'I'm A Woman'
..all that she's offered thus far as an "explanation" for soaring regional tensions, and with Taiwan now finding itself in the direct crosshairs of a nuclear-armed superpower is that people are angry that she went to Taiwan because she's a woman.
​  ​Yes, she actually said on Wednesday morning while standing alongside Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen: "They didn’t say anything when the men came."

​Cynthia Chung looks at  The Real Global Agenda Pushing for War with China, and ​I​ pick this out of the middle of the fine investigative essay.
The City of London
“Hell is a city much like London.”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Over and over again we have seen that there is another power than that which has its seat at Westminster. The City of London, a convenient term for a collection of financial interests, is able to assert itself against the government of the country. Those who control money can pursue a policy at home and abroad contrary to that which is being decided by the people.”
Clement Attlee, UK Prime Minister (1945-1951) and political opponent of Churchill.

​  ​The City of London is over 800 years old. It is arguably older than England herself, and for over 400 years it has been the financial center of the world.
​  ​During the medieval period, the City of London, otherwise known as the Square Mile or simply the City, was divided into 25 ancient wards headed each by an alderman. This continues today.
​  In addition, there existed the ominously titled City of London Corporation, or simply the Corporation, which is the municipal governing body of the City. This also still continues today.
​  ​Though the Corporation’s origins cannot be specifically dated, since there was never a “surviving” charter found establishing its “legal” basis, it has kept its functions to this day based on the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta is a charter of rights agreed to by King John in 1215, which states that “the City of London shall have/enjoy its ancient liberties”. In other words, the legal function of the Corporation has never been questioned, reviewed, re-evaluated EVER but rather it has been left to legally function as in accordance with their “ancient liberties”, which is a very grey description of function if you ask me. In other words, they are free to do as they deem fit.
​  ​Therefore, the question is, if the City of London has kept its “ancient liberties” and has upheld its global financial power, is the British Empire truly gone?

​Charles Hugh Smith looks at the internal corruption in the Chinese economy, and why wealthy Chinese keep trying to offshore their capital.​ (The formats of corruption in the west are somewhat different, not less, per se.)
China At The Crossroads
​  ​As strategist Edward Luttwak observed, the funny thing about force is how limited it is in actual efficacy. Forcing capital and talent to stay put doesn't make people productive. It simply forces a choice: find a way to flee or just give up and stop working hard. After all, what's the point?
​  ​Every economy in which capital and talent can no longer count on predictability is an economy at the crossroads. As Luttwak explained, force is not the same as power, though many confuse the two. Power attracts capital and talent because they're being offered stability and predictability. Force tries to shove instability and unpredictability down everyone's throat and compels them to declare their undying loyalty for instability and unpredictability.
​  ​But capital and talent vote with their feet. If they can't vote with their feet, they just give up. Any economy in which capital and talent either flee or give up has only one possible end-point: stagnation and collapse.
​ ​In other words, watch where capital is flowing. That's pretty much all you need to know to predict the future.​ 
(But those flows are "opaque' to us pawns.)

​Taiwan was a territory of Japan for 50 years, until 1945. Japan remains very interested in Taiwan.​
Tokyo Lodges Protest With Beijing After 5 Chinese Missiles Fell in Japan's EEZ, Reports Say

​No golden eggs unless the goose gets treated just right. Don't kill the goose.​  China will carefully apply pressure, not like US/EU vs Russia, we presume.
​  ​Pelosi Meets Chair of World’s Largest Chipmaker in Taiwan Amid Increasing US-Chinese Tensions
  ​Earlier this week, TSMC Chairman Mark Liu warned in an interview that if China invades Taiwan, the most-advanced chip factory in the world would be rendered “not operable”, and that “war brings no winners, everybody’s losers.”

​The President and Foreign Minister of South Korea both flew-the-coop just before Nancy arrived from Taipei. (Voted: "not present")

Special operation drew world’s attention to activity of US biolabs  
​  ​Kirillov reminded that on July 18, 2022, President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro publicly stated that the US was involved in the assassination of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. According to the information Venezuela has, since 2002 US intelligence agencies had been working on ways to eliminate the Venezuelan leader, who was actively pursuing an anti-US policy. Numerous assassination attempts involving employees of the US Embassy in Caracas were exposed and thwarted.
  According to the general, in violation of international law, the US was carrying out the activity to develop drugs that cause chronic diseases and trigger various forms of cancer when administered.
  According to the Venezuelan side, such a drug was used to poison Chavez by Claudia Diaz, a member of the presidential entourage. With the help of US intelligence agencies, she left Venezuela and was subsequently taken to the US to avoid the possible disclosure of the details of her cooperation with the US intelligence agencies.
  "The cause-and-effect link between the death of the Venezuelan leader and biological weapons developments is confirmed by the forensic expertise and evidence of Cuban doctors who treated Chavez about the atypical course of the disease and its resistance to medicines," Kirillov stressed.

​This will put Irish Dairy Farmers out of business and I will not be able to get cheese and butter from grass fed cows, containing omega-3 fats.​
​ Irish farmers and organizations in the agriculture industry are outraged over the government’s plan to cut agriculture emissions by 25%, all while claiming it won’t lead to herd culling.​..​
​..​“The target that we’ve been working towards has been 18%, maybe 22% but not 25%,” said Cork farmer Alan Jagoe. “We’re producing food on our farms. We’re not taking fossil fuels off the ground; we are not mining; we are producing food that we all eat. That has been lost in this debate.”(Or it is exactly the point)

They are clearly killing many more than that, but the later deaths are harder to prove, and nobody wants to look.
Covid Vaccines Are Killing One in Every 800 Over-60s and Should Be Withdrawn Immediately, Says Leading Vaccine Scientist
​ ​Dr. Schetters, who is a recipient of the Medal of Honour of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Montpellier in France, told Dr. Robert Malone, an inventor of mRNA vaccine technology, that medical doctors are currently seeing “all sorts of symptoms that they do not know what it is” and that “in the Netherlands now it’s very clear that there is a good correlation between the number of vaccinations that are given to people and the number of people that die within a week after that”.

​Deep state supersedes the constitution and you are in no position to comment... Got it?​
Rand Paul: Congress Is Not Allowed To Know About TOP SECRET Gain Of Function Research Committee
“We don’t know the names. We don’t know that they ever meet, and we don’t have any records of their meetings. It’s top-secret. Congress is not allowed to know.”

..“the committee that is supposed to review these viruses is secret.”
  “We don’t know the names. We don’t know that they ever meet, and we don’t have any records of their meetings,” the Senator reiterated, adding “It’s top-secret. Congress is not allowed to know. So whether the committee actually exists, we’re uncertain.”
  “We do know that they’ve met three times and there are thousands of gain-of-function research proposals. They’ve only met three times, they’ve only reviewed three projects,” Paul continued.​   

Midwestern Health System Settles for $10.3m with Healthcare Workers: Victory for Medical Choice​  (Careers already ruined for many...)

  ​I am under investigation by the Board of Family Medicine (my medical specialty) and the Texas board of Medical Examiners (my license)​ for prescribing antivirals like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to keep patients alive and out of the hospital (before i was fired for vaccine-refusal).
‘They are attacking the doctors who are the leaders in helping American people,’ Dr. McCullough said.
​​Professionally Disparaged
​(pictured with just-delivered kitchen countertop awaiting trimming and installation)​

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