Friday, January 6, 2023

Russian Orthodox Ceasefire

Christian Soldiers,

​  ​Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, called on Thursday for both sides of the war in Ukraine to observe a Christmas truce, a step dismissed by Kyiv as a cynical trap.
Many Orthodox Christians, including those living in Russia and Ukraine, celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6-7.​..​​  
 ..Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered Moscow’s armed forces to hold a 36-hour cease-fire in Ukraine this weekend for the Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday, the Kremlin said.​..​
​..​A senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Mykhailo Podolyak, cast the Russian Orthodox Church as a "war propagandist" that had incited the "mass murder" of Ukrainians and the militarisation of Russia.
"The statement of the Russian Orthodox Church about the 'Christmas Truce' is a cynical trap and an element of propaganda," he said.​.. 
​..​The Russian troops will stop their attacks and offensive artillery strike​s​ during the announced time span.

​  ​Russia says Ukraine is shelling Russian military positions during a 36-hour ceasefire, which Kyiv and its allies have dismissed as a sham.
The Russian defence ministry said its positions had come under attack in the Luhansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions but that its troops were observing the ceasefire.

​M.K.Bhadrakumar ,  (Netanyahu is a player, as is Erdogan, though they are not "friends". Netanyahu wants somebody to nuke Iran. He will trade for that.)
​  In his second coming as Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has hit the ground running...
​..​First, Putin is at war with the US and the Western world who are Israel’s traditional allies. But Netanyahu is anything but a one-dimensional man. Trust him to turn challenges into new opportunities.  
​  ​Second, recapturing the verve in the relationship with Moscow has a  great deal of collateral significance. Russia has become a full-fledged West Asian actor today and, arguably, in certain ways makes a more effective regional partner for Israel than the US. The US’ retrenchment is plain to see and the ensuing decline of its capacity to leverage allies such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE or Egypt hits Israeli interests.
​  ​Third, during these 18 months that Netanyahu was out of office, Russia and Iran have turned around their difficult relationship into a quasi-alliance, thanks to western sanctions against Moscow. Netanyahu senses the folly of the West trying to “erase” Russia...​  ​The Kremlin feels elated that Netanyahu is back in the diplomatic circuit. What is most gratifying will be that unlike the previous Israeli set-up, Netanyahu will not passively accept a subaltern role in the US-Israeli partnership.
​  ​Netanyahu has extensive networking with American elites and he won’t hesitate to leverage it if Israeli interests are at stake. And, without doubt, Israel is a stakeholder in the Ukraine crisis and Israeli interests are well served by creating space for peace talks to commence between Moscow and Kiev.
​  ​Netanyahu has Putin’s ears and can play a role for the Biden Administration, too, like no other western leader can perform today. On the other hand, Iran’s nuclear programme is turning into a fuming volcano and a point may come very soon when Netanyahu will be compelled to act. And that could happen in the 2024 election year, something that the Biden Administration can ill-afford to see happening. Suffice it to say, the Ukraine conflict and Iran’s bomb are joined at the hips, as it were.
​  ​Putin said in a message to Netanyahu on Thursday, “In Russia, we greatly appreciate your personal and longstanding contribution to strengthening friendly relations between our countries.” Russia’s foreign ministry said it was “ready for constructive cooperation” with Israel to “clear up the climate in the Middle East and the international scene in general”.
​  ​On December 22, Putin called Netanyahu to congratulate him on his election victory and the establishment of a new government, while Netanyahu’s office disclosed in a statement that the conversation mainly revolved around the conflict in Ukraine. Netanyahu told Putin he hopes a resolution to end hostilities will be found as soon as possible, and the consequent suffering.
​  ​Netanyahu also told Putin that he is determined to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Tehran’s attempts to establish military presence in Lebanon and Syria along Israel’s northern border.
​  ​To be sure, Putin is all ears and eyes for Netanyahu. The point is, Moscow gains if diplomacy reappears on the wasteland of Ukraine issue. Certainly, it is  far from the case that Russia is enjoying the destruction of Ukraine or the sorrows of the fraternal people.

​  The CIA is the biggest drug running cartel into the US, ever since Vietnam. Is it a civil war if the DoD fights the CIA? Just askin'.​ What's Dick Cheney think?
​  ​Former President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he would order the US military to declare cartels as enemy combatants if he were to be reelected president.
​  ​Trump said that he would deploy the Navy and Special Forces to defend the security of the Western hemisphere.​..
​  "The drug cartels are waging war on America—and it's now time for America to wage war on the cartels," President Trump said in his announcement. "The drug cartels and their allies in the Biden administration have the blood of countless millions on their hands. Millions and millions of families and people are being destroyed. When I am back in the White House, the drug kingpins and vicious traffickers will never sleep soundly again."​...
​  ​"Restore all Trump border policies and fully secure the border"
"Deploy all necessary military assets, including the US Navy, to impose a full naval embargo on the cartels, to ensure they cannot use our region’s waters to traffic illicit drugs to the US"
"Order the Department of Defense to make appropriate use of special forces, cyber warfare, and other covert and overt actions to inflict maximum damage on cartel leadership, infrastructure, and operations"
"Designate the major drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations"
 "Cut off the cartels’ access to the global financial system"
• "Get full cooperation of neighboring governments to dismantle the cartels, or else fully expose the bribes and corruption that protect these criminal networks"
• "Ask Congress to ensure drug smugglers and traffickers can receive the Death Penalty"

​​McCarthy Walks Back 'Deal' Talk, Starts Shouting At Reporters​  (Is it possible for Republicans to ​eventually​ elect a non-corrupt Speaker in sheer frustration?)

​  The question is never asked whether these people might have a reasonable goal to elect an honest Speaker of the House. They are ust Tea-Party malcontents.
​  A portrait of the ‘Never Kevin’ crew
​  ​Nearly half of the group hails from just three states — Arizona, Florida and Texas. Five are newly elected.
The 20 members — with 19 of them opposing McCarthy from the start, and one who switched in the third ballot — are a mix of veterans of the Tea Party class, newly elected members and perennial thorns in the side of leadership,”

Rep. Adam Schiff Pressured Twitter To Ban Journalist
​  ​Schiff’s office claimed that Sperry and the other accounts had “repeatedly promoted false QAnon conspiracies and harassed [redacted].”
​  ​QAnon refers to a movement of people who promote conspiracy theories related to government officials and other elite figures, some of which have turned out to be true.
​  ​The message also showed Schiff’s office wanting the removal of “any and all content” about staff on the House Intelligence Committee, including posts, shared content, and reactions to that content.
​  ​The message, an internal Twitter email made public by journalist Matt Taibbi, showed a Twitter official saying “this isn’t feasible/we don’t do this” to the latter request.​..
..Sperry was ultimately banned by Twitter in February 2021, about three months after the newly revealed message. Sperry was told that his account violated Twitter’s rules, but he wasn’t informed how.
“Explains why Twitter could never give me a reason for my suspension. It was Schiff!” Sperry said this week.

  Most mainstream media reports rejected the theory that Hamlin’s cardiac arrest might be linked to COVID-19 vaccines, using terms such as “far-right,” “vile,” “anti-vaxxer” and “conspiracy theorists.”
  However, Dr. Peter McCullough told “Good Morning CHD” host Aimee Villella McBride why he believes the vaccines can’t be ruled out.McCullough, an internist, cardiologist, epidemiologist and leading expert on COVID-19 treatment, explained the possible role of the vaccines in cardiac arrest and other heart injuries among athletes. He explained that any physician watching replays of Hamlin’s collapse immediately starts thinking through a differential diagnosis of what could have caused it.
​  ​He said:
  ​Let me tell you that I did see head and neck contact with a tackle, which is not uncommon at all in football. Remember that the shoulder pads have a breastbone protector, [a] pretty substantial breastbone [protector], so they take helmets in the chest all the time.”
​  ​McCullough acknowledged that when a baseball hits an unprotected breastbone, it can precipitate a cardiac arrest, but said he was not aware of that happening in pro football, leading him to rule out commotio cordis.
​  ​“And as I watched things unfold it was relatively clear that [Hamlin] was in a primary cardiac arrest,” he said.
McCullough believes there is a public health obligation to disclose what happened. He said:
​  ​“This is a player who is employed by a team, and the team and the league mandated the vaccine very publicly.
“So we have a situation where we have a public figure, the public employer mandates the vaccine in a very public manner, there is a disclosure that 95% of the players have taken the vaccine, and the FDA says the vaccine causes myocarditis and the published peer-reviewed literature says that it can be fatal.”

​  ​“This is not a time for privacy,” McCullough said. “The public needs to know that diagnosis because he was under one of these mandates and this happened on the national and world stage.”

​  He's gonna' be fine now. Extubated. Yeah, he'll get a pacemaker and won't play football again, but say a prayer and forget all about this...
​  ​Damar Hamlin’s breathing tube is out and he told team, ‘Love you boys,’ via video, Buffalo Bills say
Hamlin “continues to progress remarkably in his recovery,” his “neurologic function remains intact and he has been able to talk to his family and care team,” the Bills tweeted Friday morning, citing his physicians...
..Hamlin on Thursday had been communicating only nonverbally because he still was intubated. Upon awakening, his mind was still on the game as he scribbled his first question on a clipboard: “Did we win?” a doctor said.

​  2 or more people could get injected from the same 5-6 dose vial, and one might get almost no active-ingredient, while the other would get a double-dose.​
​  ​It Doesn't Add Up!
Nobody knows what's in the vials, nor how much of it is there
​  ​The vials, after dilution, contain 7.5 doses by liquid volume, and they always did.  Pfizer relabeled vials from 5 to 6 doses without making any changes to the product but rewarding themselves with 20% more revenue while selling the same vials with the same effective number of doses.  Genius.  The dose therefore is sort of probabilistic.​..
..​mRNA and LNPs are known to be highly unstable and to degrade rapidly.  They also will not distribute evenly in a vial as this is a manually made water-fat mixture with fat tending to float to the top, especially after several hours.  The doses are extremely uneven in composition of ingredients, some will contain 50%+ more mRNA and would this introduce 5-6 trillion extra mRNA molecules in the injection which will distribute all over the body in minutes, rapidly make toxic spikes, and may kill a person quickly.  Pfizer’s internal pharmacovigilance report obtained by FOIA had thousands of severe adverse events and deaths documented in 2 months after roll-out with median onset below 48 hrs.  Some doses will end up containing mostly water.  We are all familiar with the fact that lots of people have no adverse events after the injections, while many thousands have died, got severely injured and permanently disabled by these injections.  My own educated guess on this topic is that the doses from freshly opened and stirred vials would be the deadliest ones.

​ ​The World Health Organization shared a video on Twitter promoting the claim that anti-vaccine activism is deadlier than global terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and gun violence.

​  The combination that will really work is Austerity Plus Genocide... Thanks Christine, via Naked Capitalism, which appears to be waking up.​ 
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  1. Kitchen! No kitchen for you! Who do you think you are? You are certainly not a Davos Man!

  2. From Dennis Boston. Eating baked beans!

    1. Hi Dennis, The kitchen is a fait accomplis. :-)