DEAR MAGA: Open Thread 20230629

Without further ado…..

Ulysses’s Odyssey.

No need to apologize to Joyce. He was just as much of a degenerate commie as the rest of the pack of 20th century writers the publishing houses pushed on the populace.

Badlands News Brief – June 28, 2023

Jack Nicholson, Donald Trump, And The Ugly Work That Needs To Be Done

A New America: Only After Liberals Break Everything

After crafting their COVID giveaways and losing $200 billion, Democrats blame Trump

The end of the American Experiment?

It’s Time to Go for Woke Hollywood’s Jugular

The Trump Distraction

This author, IMO, starts out with a faulty premise. He claims Trump’s brand is forever tarnished. Yeah, no. The style over substance neocons jumped ship, but the rest of us didn’t. Fair weather fans at best, they are.

Looking for the Deep State

Seriously, people: WAKE UP! Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It’s called the SES. That literally IS the deep state, the permanent bueracracy. ARGH!

‘Phooey on FOIA’

In 1966, Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act. It was meant to open up the records of federal agencies to the public. The law came about because of public unhappiness with the way the federal government had been handling things since the end of World War II. With the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese vanquished, Americans might have imagined that the country would return to older norms of governmental openness. The days of “loose lips sink ships” were behind us.

But by then the Cold War had made its chilly entrance, and in 1946 Congress passed the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which created the postwar template for how our vastly larger collection of federal agencies would go about their business. This meant the galaxy of new agencies created under the New Deal as well the expanded powers of the wartime government now had their own rule of law, crafted to keep them within Constitutional bounds. I am no expert on these matters, but the APA included in Section 3 a license for federal agencies to exercise their own discretion over the information they disclosed.

Kash Patel Asks Why Republican State AGs Aren’t Going After the Biden Crime Family

House Oversight Committee Just Went Nuclear on ‘the Bidens’

‘Shockingly Callous’: Fox News Fires Remaining Tucker Staffers In Show’s Final Stroke

The Truth About Transanity From an Insider

Thank you John Dewey.

Laid Low by the COVID Vaccine, Now They’ve Got a Bad Case of Federal Unresponsiveness

Waking up on this topic is not fun or easy. But it is necessary.

TARGET ON THEIR BACKS: Moms for Liberty Invests in Extra Security Ahead of Summit After Receiving Threats

“It’s About the Children!”

TWEETS!

ICYMI:

If she didn’t dress like she lived in a trailer park….

Is the material girl out of adrenochrome?

MEMES and FUN STUFF:

I miss the bay….

The a-hat with wings is a yellow jacket.

Mastiffs…such wonderful pooches…and they outweigh me.

Just a reminder of what the Detroit…woman… was all about back in the day:

IDK…I kind of prefer the original.

____________________________________

And now for the business portion.

Please review our HOST and site owner’s Guidelines for posting and discussion for this site. Wolf is kind enough to put up with *most* of us and our antics after thorough vetting. Violators of the baiting and deliberately attempting to divide the group rules WILL face consequences.

The discourse on this site is to be CIVIL – no name calling, baiting, or threatening others here is allowed. Company manners are appreciated. Those who are so inclined may visit Wolf’s other sanctuary, the U-Tree, to slog out discussions best saved for a wrestling mat. If, for some reason, this site is not available, head over to the UTree and visit the post at the top of the list or the closest rescue thread.

This site is a celebration of the natural rights endowed to humans by our Creator as well as those enshrined in the Bill of Rights adopted in the founding documents of the United States of America. Within the limits of law, how we exercise these rights is part of the freedom of our discussion.

THAT MEANS THAT ALL OF US HERE ARE ENTITLED TO OUR OPINIONS AND PREJUDICES, ETC., SO LONG AS THEY CAUSE NO PHYSICAL HARM TO OTHERS OR DOXX OUR FELLOW TREE DWELLERS.

All opinions here are valued for the diversity they bring to the issues, and the shaping of understanding regarding topics for which many of us do not have all information. Correcting the record on any one topic is appreciated.

Be careful in expressing thoughts as we would all like to think well of the rest of the group, and ill-thought out comments have a way of wrecking that for everyone.

Fellow tree dweller, the late Wheatie, gave us some good reminders on the basics of civility in political discourse:

  1. No food fights
  2. No running with scissors
  3. If you bring snacks, be sure they are made with bacon

Auntie DePat’s requests as we are all supposedly adults and don’t just play them on TV like the body doubles pretending to be the squatter in chief:

If you see something has not been posted, do us all a favor, and post it. Please, do not complain that it has not been done yet.

The scroll wheel on your mouse can be your friend. As mature adults, please use it here in the same manner you would in avoiding online porn.

Thank you so much for any and all attention to such details. It is GREATLY appreciated by more than one party here.

____________________________________________________

ACTS 12:1-11

1About that time Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. 2He killed James the brother of John with the sword; 3and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. 5So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. 6The very night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison; 7and behold, an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. 8And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your mantle around you and follow me.” 9And he went out and followed him; he did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened to them of its own accord, and they went out and passed on through one street; and immediately the angel left him. 11And Peter came to himself, and said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

PSALMS 34:2-9

1I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad. 3O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! 4I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed. 6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 8O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!

2 TIMOTHY 4:6-8, 17-18

6For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 17But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the message fully, that all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

MATTHEW 16:13-19

13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Remembering Sts. Peter and Paul today.

There’s another song from the Psalm selection I can hear in my head, but Heaven help me if I remember the title.

_____________________________________________________

SATIRE

5 2 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
319 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

TheseTruths

The dog and dolphin were so cute. The dolphin seemed to be thoroughly enjoying their time together.

itswoot

Made me smile to watch them. Something I’ll probably remember for a long while that will pop into my head at times.

WSB

This exact scenario happened to me once.

I was at the Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage many years ago. Looking through the glass at the newest female baby born. Everyone else had left the room, and the baby started swimming vertically in the water…she had a Frisbee in her mouth. She came towards me in the window and wanted to give me the Frisbee!

I walked from left to right to amuse her. This went on for about 5 to 10 minutes. We played with the Frisbee she had!

Best time I have had EVAH!

Last edited 1 year ago by WSB
TheseTruths

  :wpds_smile: 

TheseTruths

Google drops its sponsorship of ‘Pride and Drag Show’ after hundreds of workers signed petition calling it a ‘direct affront to the religious beliefs and sensitivities of Christians’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12242519/Google-drops-sponsorship-Pride-Drag-Christian-petition.html

Linda

I don’t know which shocks me more. That Google cares what Christians think. Or that Google has any Christian employees.

para59r

Would be surprised too if Google has Christian employees, at least in any significant number. But finds it refreshing to see that that this pedo trans gay stuff is an anathema to any peoples with a traditional religious back grounds, despite a pay check. Finally something they understand!😁

However as Scott points out the leftists will just pull back a little bit and then recalibrate before pushing forward again. 🤨

Last edited 1 year ago by para59r
pgroup2

Amen, sister.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

The lawyers realized that they were at risk on religious discrimination grounds. THAT is what got this going, IMO.

There is also another possibility – that they got a significant number of signatures from religious Jews and Muslims, because they didn’t name those groups.

Note that the “partner” of “Peaches” died of the notorious “died suddenly”, AKA The Jab.

WSB

Good one!!! Indian or Chinese employees?

scott467

It will be back next year.

Push the envelope until you provoke a substantive response. That establishes how much you can get away with. You don’t know until a critical mass pushes back, so you keep pushing until that happens.

Then pull back, appearing to cease and desist.

The target audience is now desensitized to the original provocation.

At the next appointed time, they will not resist when the original provocation is repeated. Then go further, again, until you provoke another substantive response, to establish the new baseline of what the target audience will tolerate.

Rinse and repeat.

This is how to move the Overton Window on a rocket sled.

scott467

Republi-Cons never move the Overton Window in the opposite direction, not once in my entire life.

The mythical ‘pendulum’ never swings the other direction, because Republi-Cons would rather slice their own nuts off, than risk offending or provoking the Left.

Last edited 1 year ago by scott467
SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

When the entire media is Left it’s an understandable (albeit still disppointing) response.

And until very recently the entire media has been Left. That colored politician’s perception of what people want them to do.

TheseTruths

It will be back next year.

Of course. I think they’re going to keep pushing now and not wait for next year.

Push the envelope until you provoke a substantive response. That establishes how much you can get away with. You don’t know until a critical mass pushes back, so you keep pushing until that happens.

Yes, this is often how it works.

Then pull back, appearing to cease and desist.

I have not seen the “pride” movement pull back. I have seen them double down with rhetoric and actions that outrage the public.

The target audience is now desensitized to the original provocation.

Usually, yes. In this case, I think it has backfired. People who used to be open to the homosexual agenda of “acceptance” are now hearing “We’re queer and we’re coming for your children.” (Whether that was said as a mockery or not, doesn’t matter.) Naked men are dancing in front of children. I think a lot of people are more sensitized to the original provocation and are waking up to what is being perpetrated on them and their children. They are learning about grooming and the stages of grooming.

At the next appointed time, they will not resist when the original provocation is repeated.

It depends on what the original provacation is. I think a lot of people will resist.

Then go further, again, until you provoke another substantive response, to establish the new baseline of what the target audience will tolerate.

Rinse and repeat.

This is how to move the Overton Window on a rocket sled.

That’s what they’re trying to do. I don’t think it’s going to work in the same textbook fashion in this case.

Cuppa Covfefe

I think (and hope and pray) that the pride, tranny, pervy, Disney Paedo stuff soon gets GOD’S judgement and correction.

From the comments on the Mike Flynn retweet of Pizza Pepe about a Disney employee. The vid is really worth watching, as some things need to be seen/heard, in order to understand the depth of depravity that now walks this earth, both seen and unseen (Ephesians 6:12-18).

Here’s where the paedos hit the metal, so to speak:
comment image

TheseTruths

comment image

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

The Demoncrats are so outrageous.

NO RESPECT. Take it away 100%.

Working in DOJ or FBI makes you WORSE THAN A PEDOPHILE.

TheseTruths

US Coast Guard says ‘presumed human remains’ have been found in wreckage of Titan sub recovered from 12,500ft below the Atlantic surface after ‘catastrophic implosion’ killed Titanic Five

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12244711/Presumed-human-remains-discovered-wreckage-Titan-sub-officials-say.html?ico=related-replace#newcomment

Several identifiable parts of the ship were lifted ashore on Wednesday afternoon, including the sub’s nose and a large panel which appears to be from its tail end.

Amid those recovered pieces, Coast Guard officials said they discovered human remains, which will now be transported aboard a ship to a port in the United States where they will undergo testing and analysis.

TheseTruths

Youngest person ever to explore the Titanic wreck says he would NEVER have stepped foot on doomed Titan submersible as he reveals he lost consciousness during his historic expedition at age 13
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12230467/Youngest-person-explore-Titanic-wreck-says-NEVER-stepped-foot-Titan.html

Sebastian Harris was just 13 when he accompanied his father G Michael Harris and a pilot on a 12,500 feet descent to see the remains of the historic ship in 2005. 

He recalled the ‘inherently dangerous’ nature of the journey and said he briefly lost consciousness during the expedition. 

Harris, who earned a Guinness World Record aged 13, was on a Russian Mir II submersible with his father for a 12-hour journey to see the wreck of the Titanic. 

He said he would not gone on the dangerous journey on board the Titan. 

‘I can’t say that I would go on it, no,’ he told The Sun. ‘The Mir submersible I went on had several hundred dives logged before we set off.’

Harris said the tragedy should be used as teachable moment to make sure people interested in adventure tourism do their research.

‘I think the biggest takeaway from all this is anybody who is interested in this kind of tourism needs to do their due diligence and kind of take their safety into their own hands and have a very clear understanding of what they’re dealing with,’ he added.

‘There’s no blame to be had on the four individuals [aboard the Titan] in any way, shape, or form, but I think if one good thing comes from all this, it’s just like the sinking of the Titanic was super impactful on maritime safety regulations, that something similar happens here too.’ 

He spoke out about the issues faced on the vessel he was on and said he briefly lost consciousness during the journey. 

‘During our dive, we had a small safety issue. Suddenly our oxygen levels started to drop and I fell unconscious while we were diving down,’ Harris said.

‘Fortunately my father and our pilot did not experience the same issue, otherwise it may have been fatal.

‘But these sorts of small issues can and do happen with regularity, so the certification and safety of these vehicles is so important.’

They had a near fatal moment while diving to see the Titanic. 

‘What happened was they basically came up to the surface in very rough seas and the large ship, their main ship, landed on top of the submarine and it was a very bad deal,’ he added.  

cthulhu

Did he ever figure out he was brought along as a canary?

scott467

Shhh… he’s not supposed to know 😂

TheseTruths

😱😂

para59r

Compare and contrast recovery ups with this vs china spy balloons. 🤨

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Interesting…..

TheseTruths

comment image

scott467

Outstanding.

kalbokalbs

G R E A T reply.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Beautiful! Gab is great!

cthulhu

We have a wonderful Thursday post from our wonderful DePat. Both are thoroughly appreciated.

TheseTruths

Polls Show Americans Want Businesses To Put Away Pride Flags And Stay Out Of Politics
https://thefederalist.com/2023/06/28/data-shows-americans-want-businesses-to-shelve-the-virtue-signaling-and-remain-politically-neutral/

Instead of being a triumph for so-called LGBT “rights,” this year’s “pride month” has driven Americans to look for neutrality. As June ends, a majority of voters now want companies and schools to remain neutral toward the LGBT movement and stop introducing the movement to children. 

According to a recently conducted poll from McLaughlin and Associates (M&A) regarding voter preference on business involvement in political and cultural activism, 73 percent of voters would prefer “to shop at a business that stays neutral on political and cultural issues.” Similarly, results from a recent survey by The Trafalgar Group confirmed that over 60 percent of voters believe businesses should remain neutral on politics and cultural issues…

scott467

Imagine the value of poll results in a totalitarian dictatorship like North Korea.

Now imagine the value of poll results in America.

If there is a difference, what would it be?

TheseTruths

Do you think most Americans want businesses to continue promoting “pride” instead of being neutral?

scott467

No, of course not.

That’s not the point.

The point is that nobody in positions of power (business or gov’t) caresat all — what the People think or want.

Not in North Korea, and not in America.

TPTB in both countries are exactly identical in that regard.

Indistinguishable.

One is called a ‘democracy’, the other is called a ‘dictatorship’.

They’re just labels.

The People are completely irrelevant to TPTB in either one.

Last edited 1 year ago by scott467
TheseTruths

The point of what I posted was not whether anyone cares or whether those in control will bow to the people’s wishes; it was a poll showing that public opinion is leaning toward NOT wanting “pride” shoved in their faces. And that’s a good thing. People don’t have to wait for TPTB; they are taking action on their own, and in some cases it has had positive effects. IMO, this is highly preferable to people being more amenable to the “pride” movement and welcoming it.

kalbokalbs

Yup. It surely is preferable.

scott467

“People don’t have to wait for TPTB;”

____________

That’s good I guess, since it is TPTB that are pushing all of it, so they won’t be stopping it, no matter how long People might wait.

They are pushing climate change / globull warming, they are pushing one world government, they are pushing CBDC, they are pushing homosexual / tranny / pedo, they’re pushing 3rd world invasion, they’re pushing for WWIII in Ukraine, and on and on.

The People could all simultaneously light their hair on fire and throw their burning corpses on the WH lawn, and nobody in a position of power would care.

We don’t exist to them.

.

“they are taking action on their own, and in some cases it has had positive effects.”

___________

Has such action stopped any of it?

.

“IMO, this is highly preferable to people being more amenable to the “pride” movement and welcoming it.”

___________

Sure, it’s nice to know, a comfort, that many are in opposition to TPTB.

Even if there was 110% opposition, even if all the Whos in Whoville shouted at once, Burgermeister Meisterberger wouldn’t care, or even notice.

Because we are irrelevant to TPTB.

We have no voice, no representation, no say, in the current system.

TheseTruths

Has such action stopped any of it?

There is an article on this page about Google dropping sponsorship of a “pride” parade. So yes, some things have been stopped. Every small victory of stopping a drag queen story hour in a single library, halting the mandatory indoctrination of children that requires them to read certain books in schools, and even getting teachers fired who push the “pride” and trans agendas, is important. Replacing school board members makes a difference. Momentum can lead to more stoppage and more victories.

We have no voice, no representation, no say, in the current system.

That’s a very pessimistic view.

scott467

“That’s a very pessimistic view.”

___________

The sun is also hot, and water is wet.

It’s not pessimism, it’s repeatable observation… 😁

TheseTruths

It’s not pessimism, it’s repeatable observation… 

Observation is relative in some cases. Two people can observe the same thing and one will see some positives and emerge with hope and a renewed will to fight on, while the other sees nothing but negatives. To each his own.

scott467

“Two people can observe the same thing and one will see some positives and emerge with hope and a renewed will to fight on, while the other sees nothing but negatives. To each his own.”

____________

Not so.

Consider the woman who is abused by her spouse, repeatedly, for decades.

She has hope that one day he will change.

She always looks for positives, even though her family points out the negatives and implore her to save herself at every opportunity.

But her will is strong, and after she heals from her most recent beating, she vows to renew her hope and endure, telling herself she’s a fighter, telling herself that all the others are just pessimists, only seeing the negatives in her vicious, cruel and abusive husband.

But after her broken jaw heals, and she can breathe through her nose again, she will declare her undying love for him again, because next time it will be different.

She has hope, you know.

She’s no pessimist, as she views the ‘others’.

People wear blinders, for all sorts of reasons.

It’s not really important what those reasons are, so I don’t really care about the reasons (besides natural curiosity), but I care about the people who wear them.

What could possibly help the woman in the scenario above?

Is she helped if those around her enable her delusion?

Maybe, in way, inside the locked prison of her abusive relationship, validating her insanity (doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result) would probably make her feel better, as she heals from the latest beating.

But until or unless she comes to terms with reality, with truth, how can her circumstance ever improve, short of “till death do us part”?

No one wants to be a pessimist.

No one wants to deflate hope.

But until or unless the reality of a situation is recognized, what real hope can there ever be for improvement?

Last edited 1 year ago by scott467
TheseTruths

“Two people can observe the same thing and one will see some positives and emerge with hope and a renewed will to fight on, while the other sees nothing but negatives. To each his own.”

____________

Not so.

I said “can,” which indicates possibility. I didn’t say it is true for all cases.

And it IS true for some cases. Not the one your brought up, of course, since you are trying to prove a different point. But it is true for the subject we have been discussing here, of whether there has been progress against the “pride” movement. A case can be made, factually, that some progress has been made, as I previously pointed out.

So you, for example, can observe that and decide that “We have no voice, no representation, no say, in the current system.” Others, on the other hand, observe the same facts and conclude that we have made a degree of difference and that more can be done…two very distinct points of view after observing the same situation.

Cuppa Covfefe

So what should we do, other than whine?

pgroup2

 🤔 

scott467

“So what should we do, other than whine?”

___________

It is probably easiest to begin by simply stopping the making of excuses.

It is an easy way to start, because it requires no affirmative action, but rather, the cessation of a habitual action.

When the excuses are suddenly absent, when reality is no longer obscured by a smokescreen of justifications and rationalizations, truth is revealed by even a gentle breeze, simply clearing the air.

Last edited 1 year ago by scott467
Cuppa Covfefe

Ahhh.

Passive aggression, less the aggression…

scott467

If you would be so kind… what could I have possibly said, which would have elicited your approval?

WSB

Maybe DRINK wine?

pgroup2

ThanQ for standing your ground.

TheseTruths

👍🏼

kalbokalbs

TPTB, do whatever they want.

Occasionally, it is what the people want.

Voter ID a perfect example.

November 3 election.

Barb Meier

The democrats recinded the voter ID requirement in VA. I cannot change that except through my vote. I do, however, always hand over my ID and voter registration card as I believe we all should. That’s my choice and those working the polling station always take my ID and use it to find my name in the voter rolls.

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

The law here has been that any form of ID is good. Including a utility bill! (I could just barely imagine using a utility bill to prove where John Smith lives–though he might just be the landlord–but how does it prove that the purple-haired freak in front of you is John Smith?)

One time I deliberately presented a pilot’s license (which had no picture on it back then) as ID…it took them about 15 minutes to establish it was “valid id”. Oh, and they never expire.

TheseTruths

Regarding the nuclear football and “We’ve had (THE BALL) the entire time,” here is the Jon Herold tweet:

One of the commenters said, “I think DJT STEPPED away from the executive office but maintained his role as Commander in Chief.”
Would someone please explain how that would work? There is no Constitutional basis for it. Do people really think that those surrounding and controlling Biden would cooperate with such a thing for even one second? 

If that’s the nuclear football and therefore an indication that PDJT has remained in charge, why haven’t we seen it on numerous other occasions?

Following President Trump’s failure to secure a second term, he did not attend President Biden’s inauguration, when the football is normally handed over. Instead, Trump’s football remained with him while a second one accompanied Biden. At the exact 12:00 PM EST transition time, the codes in Trump’s and Pence’s (who did attend the inauguration) footballs were deactivated, and those in Biden’s and incoming Vice President Kamala Harris‘s were activated.[57][58]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_football

(Does anyone do research before posting stuff that is made up? My faith in internet “influencers” is slipping fast.)

Someone highlighted tags on a piece of luggage. The nuclear football does not have tags.

This is the nuclear football being carried while Trump was in the WH. It is a large, bulky bag with 3 buckles and a single handle. It is not a small luggage bag with a tag on it.

comment image 

comment image

From the Obama era:

comment image

So no, the agent with Trump is not carrying the nuclear football, and no, Trump has not secretly been in charge this whole time.

Last edited 1 year ago by TheseTruths
cthulhu

With all the changes in telecommunications, cybersecurity, and weapons systems, the nuclear football still looks the same as it did in the 1970’s?

TheseTruths

That seems to be the case, but I have no expertise. I only know what I see in recent photos.

kalbokalbs

Saw your posts above. Surely, I do not know.

Absolutely bet, things have changed since Reagan was shot in 1981.

The biscuit thing, I have never bought into.

  • Either way, I’d also bet, they have a better system today.

My guess here in 2023.

Nuclear football is, physically on the military officers person. NOT in the bag.

  • Just as SS has multiple weapons on their person.
  • Secure, encrypted communication(s).
  • Checklist along with preformatted response(s), that ARE tailored, IF used.
  • Clean sheet of paper response(s).
  • Who, launch / drop what, on where, how many if applicable, when, etc.
  • Ability to transmit Actual Orders, INCLUDING authentication.
  • Ability to Abort (rescind launch / drop orders).

In the bag.. Information that would be used in an, impromptu strategy session. From various angles. Assets available, locations, platforms, potential target list(s), likely damage, likely responses…yada, yada…

I do NOT believe for a second, the nuclear football technology has remained static, since Clinton. Damn sure not since Reagan.

All my, WAG.

cthulhu

The “biscuit” thing should be retina and fingerprints, along with some indication that the subject is alive. Carrying around a laminated whatsit is stupid.

TheseTruths

Fingers can be cut off and eyes can be put out, but I see your point.

cthulhu

Not as easily as a laminated whatsit can be stolen or misplaced.

TheseTruths

I’m coming from a place of total ignorance of espionage, but am wondering if the incentive to physically harm the president in ways I just mentioned would be something to avoid.

scott467

But it’s great for the narrative, and the plebes love it.

I would be amazed if it wasn’t BS, just an empty bag, from the very first appearance.

Everything is a lie 😂

cthulhu

Contents of bag: 2 uzis, 2 1911 pistols, full magazines, 8 grenades, a Bible….

cthulhu

….whiskey….

WSB

Like it…

TheseTruths

Queen Elizabeth carried a sandwich in her purse. She showed it to the Paddington Bear.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

OK, I’ll believe Paddington Bear!

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

She probably really enjoyed doing that video.

TheseTruths

I do NOT believe for a second, the nuclear football technology has remained static, since Clinton. Damn sure not since Reagan.

I agree. I would expect things to change along with technology. But the outer appearance of the bag looks very similar through the years.

scott467

“I agree. I would expect things to change along with technology. But the outer appearance of the bag looks very similar through the years.”

__________

You don’t want to confuse the audience by changing the appearance of the props mid-movie.

Remember when they suddenly changed Darrins, without explanation, in Bewitched? Everybody noticed.

People love shiny objects.

For mystery and intrigue, few portable objects shine brighter than POTUS’ nuclear MacGuffin bag 😁

WSB

And that is the point!

cthulhu

If I were designing such a thing, I would want the “football” to be carried by a military officer NOT in formal dress and not lugging around a peculiar suitcase. Would probably look like a cellphone.

WSB

I would like it to look like…a FOOTBALL!!!!

scott467

“With all the changes in telecommunications, cybersecurity, and weapons systems, the nuclear football still looks the same as it did in the 1970’s?”

____________

Exactly what I was thinking.

It’s the nuclear MacGuffin.

When the batteries and bulbs are working, it looks like this if you open it:

[sorry, this is all I’m allowed to show you]

.

comment image

.

From another angle:

comment image

.

It has been around for a long time. Here it is in the classic 1955 film Kiss Me Deadly:

comment image

Last edited 1 year ago by scott467
cthulhu

I was expecting the “opening the nuclear football” scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

WSB

I LOVED that movie. It was so WEIRD!!!!!

WSB

Now, Scott…I expect you are about 20 years younger than I am. Where did you first see this movie?

scott467

When I was in college, I took Film 101.

I only took the class because there was so much talk among friends and classmates about how bizarre the teacher was, and because it should be an easy ‘A’, and we would get to watch movies, so what wasn’t to like? 👍😁

He was a rough looking dude, unkempt, usually wearing 1970s style basketball short-shorts and a wife-beater t-shirt, a complete throwback to the late 60s or early 70s, like he never left that era.

He had a very confrontational teaching style, which was a new experience for me. It was almost like theater, the way he taught. He would shout at us, grumble to himself, storm around the stage, throw stuff occasionally. He seemed angry, but he seemed like he was having a blast at the same time.

I think he was trying to break through, to get through to the students, to wake them up, to startle them out of their comfort zones, to open their minds to what he was so passionate about, with regard to film.

He knew his reputation was that of a mad man, and that was why most of the students took his class, but I think he liked that 😂

And his classes were always full.

He would give us projects, like find a big stick, paint it white, sharpen one end, and wrap a red ribbon around it so it looks like a candy cane, and then ‘plant’ it in the administration building’s front yard over the weekend.

The following Monday, on the way to class, you would see what looked like a graveyard of 400+ candy canes in the administration building’s yard.

Just weird stuff, all the time, so it was hilarious and interesting. He only required that you actually attend his class and be there on time, and do his silly projects, and you get an ‘A’.

So most of my friends and I took his class as an elective.

But we also learned a lot about film in the process.

We learned about Georges Melies, and his short film Trip to the Moon (1902) one of the first and great science fiction movies. And Metropolis (directed by Fritz Lang in 1927).

We learned about the basic mechanics of film making, the composition of shots, how various shooting techniques and special effects developed over time, lots of interesting things that made me look at movies in a completely different way.

We watched movies by directors like Francois Truffaut (e.g. The 400 Blows, 1959), and Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless, 1960, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg). Mostly foreign films by directors I had never heard of, and actors I had never seen before.

At the time I didn’t really appreciate the foreign films, they were mostly very different from the American films I was accustomed to. I was mostly there for entertainment and the easy ‘A’ grade.

But somehow along the way, I picked up enough about films outside my usual area of interest, that when I came across such films later on, I was able to appreciate them.

Years later, when I had seen what seemed like most of the American films that interested me (I hadn’t really, but it seemed like it), I (re)discovered the whole world of foreign films.

And that, in turn, led me back to much older American films, including film noir (and then neo-noir), that I had not seen much of before.

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) was among that genre, directed by Robert Aldrich, who also directed Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), and The Longest Yard (1974).

I collect movies on blu-ray and 4K UHD when available. A movie company called Criterion has been restoring and releasing classic films (American and foreign) on blu-ray for many years now, and they restored Kiss Me Deadly and released it on blu-ray in 2011.

Dr. Svet Atanosov reviews most of the Criterion blu-rays at blu-ray.com. He must be the only conservative reviewer on the whole website. He knows his stuff, and his reviews are well written. So if Svet likes a movie, and it has a good blu-ray.com rating (around 7.5 or higher), it’s usually worth checking out.

Kiss Me Deadly was one of those movies. I think I bought it around 2014, and I liked it a lot. The lead character was driving a brand new (at the time!) 1954 Corvette 😁

(old Corvettes are my favorite cars)

.

comment image

Apparently it may be the car from the film that is now at the St. Louis Art museum:

comment image

.

So that’s how I came to see a film called Kiss Me Deadly.

And lots of other great old movies!

Last edited 1 year ago by scott467
WSB

Kiss Me Deadly, I mean!!! WEIRD movie!!!

TheseTruths

the nuclear football still looks the same as it did in the 1970’s?

Apparently so. Here is the earliest known photo of it, with JFK.

comment image

The Real Story of the “Football” That Follows the President Everywhere
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/real-story-football-follows-president-everywhere-180952779/

Officially known as the “president’s emergency satchel,” the so-called nuclear “Football”—portable and hand-carried—is built around a sturdy aluminum frame, encased in black leather. A retired Football, emptied of its top-secret inner contents, is currently on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

comment image

Contrary to popular belief, the Football does not actually contain a big red button for launching a nuclear war. Its primary purpose is to confirm the president’s identity, and it allows him to communicate with the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon, which monitors worldwide nuclear threats and can order an instant response. The Football also provides the commander in chief with a simplified menu of nuclear strike options—allowing him to decide, for example, whether to destroy all of America’s enemies in one fell swoop or to limit himself to obliterating only Moscow or Pyongyang or Beijing.

Although its origins remain highly classified, the Football can be traced back to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Privately, John F. Kennedy believed that nuclear weapons were, as he put it, “only good for deterring.” He also felt it was “insane that two men, sitting on opposite sides of the world, should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization.” Horrified by the doctrine known as MAD (mutually assured destruction), JFK ordered locks to be placed on nuclear weapons and demanded alternatives to the “all or nothing” nuclear war plan.

A declassified Kennedy memo documents the concerns that led to the invention of the Football as a system for verifying the identity of the commander in chief. The president posed the following chilling, but commonsense, questions:

“What would I say to the Joint War Room to launch an immediate nuclear strike?”

“How would the person who received my instructions verify them?”

The satchel weighs about 45 pounds.

[emphasis mine:]

For the Football to function as designed, the military aide must be nearby the commander in chief at all times and the president must be in possession of his authentication codes. Both elements of the system have failed on occasion. According to the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Hugh Shelton, Clinton mislaid his laminated code card, nicknamed the “Biscuit,” for several months in 2000. “This is a big deal, a gargantuan deal,” the general complained in his 2010 autobiography, Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior.

An even closer brush with disaster came during the attempted assassination of Reagan in March 1981. During the chaos that followed the shooting, the military aide was separated from the president, and did not accompany him to the George Washington University hospital. In the moments before Reagan was wheeled into the operating theater, he was stripped of his clothes and other possessions. The Biscuit was later found abandoned, unceremoniously dumped in a hospital plastic bag. It seems unlikely that a crown or scepter would have been treated so cavalierly.

WSB

Depends.

There, I finally used this one!

kalbokalbs

  :wpds_lol: 

cthulhu

Used Depends……phew!

WSB

Oh, Hek! THAT’s FuNNY!

kalbokalbs

The ENTIRE narrative, Trump is in charge, Trump has the nuclear football, Trump is leading the US military, SCREAMS….SCROLL ON.

Utterly dumb bullshit on the other side of the links(,) TW, whatever TF it is.

Some how, otherwise intelligent people, buy into this nonsense. Defies SIMPLE logic.

SMDH.

TheseTruths

Some how, otherwise intelligent people, buy into this nonsense. Defies SIMPLE logic.

It is mind-boggling.

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

Hear, hear!!!!

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

Now there IS plenty of evidence that Joe Biden the Literally Demented Meat Puppet is not in charge…but that doesn;t mean MAGA is. It much more likely means Obola or some other Leftist shit is.

Last edited 1 year ago by SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA
WSB

I saw a new name the other night…Cadaver Joe.

Sweet.

kalbokalbs

Who knew…a walking, Cadaver “Joe”.  😂   😂   😂 

WSB

LOL!!!!!

We have a bar near us. They have two signs on their sidewalk.

One says Happy Hour Wednesday through Friday…Beer and Wine 1/2 off.

The other one is a photograph of Christopher Walken, which says Walkens Welcome.

They are PACKED every afternoon at…happy hour.

kalbokalbs

^^^ That’s funny.

WSB

LOLOLOL!!!! I never get over the amount of money they are making!!!

At 3:02 PM, the bar is Packed! And people are ordering food and booze!

Talk about Pavlovian Walkens!!!!

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

I’m fond of “SCROTUS” (so called ruler, etc) and “Joe and Hoe.”

WSB

All Loved!

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

J6 I wandered through the crowd asking people if they had voted for “Joe and Hoe” and many laughed because they had never heard that one (which surprised me). If they answered “No” I’d ask if they were sure. About half of them “got it” the other half tried to explain how sure they were about how they had marked their ballot.

WSB

Holy crap!

pgroup2

I have friends who are convinced that this still-in-charge thingy is true. It doesn’t matter how many times I ask them where in the constitution is the authority for it.

Agree to disagree is the best I can get.

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

It’s downright harmful.

Are these people going to work hard even within the system (I’m not going Scott here), if they think at a fundamental level things are actually all right, they only LOOK bad because the people must be shown?

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Yup. I agree completely.

Something that helps here is realizing that when a majority of the military decided that Trump was too “peace-oriented”, and that he threatened the endless war gravy train, they wanted him GONE. That is when they had a consensus to get rid of Trump after a single term. The Bushies went along with the Obamists and Clintonistas on a plan to ditch Trump in 2020.

That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it.

Please

when a majority of the military decided that Trump was too “peace-oriented””

when a majority of the military LEADERSHIP decided that Trump was too “peace-oriented FTFY

I doubt a majority of the rank and file military were cheering for more war

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Oh yes – of course I mean the “leadership”!

TheseTruths

It’s magical thinking. One podcaster who promotes it is Dave of X22 Report. I enjoy his analysis on a lot of issues, but disagree on this one. I know that Trump and company are doing everything they can behind the scenes, but that is not the same as being in the office of the presidency and actually running the country. And for him to be in possession of the nuclear football when we have someone else occupying the WH is preposterous. It comes from a place of refusing to think and be educated on how things work, which is willful ignorance.

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

The problem is many accepted this thing back when it was just barely plausible, especially since many “authorities” on the internet were pushing it. (Endless posts on “devolution” by people supposedly connected to the Trump administration for example.)

This put them in the position of either having to admit they were snookered, or having to doggedly defend it as the evidence stacked up against it with more and more ridiculous “reaches.” At this point it becomes a Matter Of Faith with some people, a religion in the truly bad sense of the term.

TheseTruths

Great point.

WSB

Ha! But these look HEAVY!

Nor'easter
Last edited 1 year ago by Nor'easter
scott467

“Menu from Murray’s. New York in 1905. Prices are in cents.”

.

comment image

cthulhu

Too bad the “special dishes” are blocked…

scott467

Yes, again I was thinking the same thing, a tragedy narrowly averted 😁

.

comment image

Last edited 1 year ago by scott467
cthulhu

To paraphrase a fast-food joint — “where’s the beef?”

It seems oddly overloaded with sweetbreads and underloaded with steaks.

Thanks for posting. I was wondering what was under there.

Last edited 1 year ago by cthulhu
cthulhu

I’ve been off looking up recipes and such. Scotch woodcock was traditionally served at Oxford and Cambridge, and at the House of Commons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotch_woodcock

WSB

People loved Brains back then,

cthulhu

Sweetbreads are typically thymus or pancreas glands.

Nor'easter

I think they are referring to “ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTERS”!
😉

WSB

All good if pan seared.

cthulhu

I don’t normally have sweetbreads unless I am someplace really nice, like a Michelin-starred restaurant.

scott467

Blech!

😂

cthulhu

Don’t knock ’em ’til you’ve had ’em done brilliantly…..

scott467

“People loved Brains back then,”

__________

Reminds me of Abby… Abby Normal 😂

.

comment image

WSB

Golden Buck and Yorkshire Buck.

cthulhu

https://www.cooksinfo.com/golden-buck-recipe

https://www.food.com/recipe/yorkshire-buck-391875

Note that none of the “rarebits” actually contain significant amounts of meat.

WSB

I do not believe we ever needed to have any amout of inflation, anyone?

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

I know of people who actually think that higher prices are an inevitable consequence of progress.

Damnfools.

WSB

Taller Half and I just reviewed shrimp cocktail prices from 1960 to today.

$3 to $16. Why?

pgroup2

Shrimp union threatened a strike?

TheseTruths

Pfizer Vaccine Batches in the EU Were Placebos, Say Scientists
https://dailysceptic.org/2023/06/28/pfizer-vaccine-batches-in-the-eu-were-placebos-say-scientists/

Scientists have uncovered startling evidence that a substantial portion of the batches of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine deployed in the European Union may in fact have consisted of placebos – and that the German regulator knew this and did not subject them to quality-control testing.

There is a graph and explanation about three classes of vaccine batches.

Dyker and Matysik compared the batch numbers contained in the Danish study with publicly available information on the batches approved for release, and they made the startling discovery that almost none of the harmless batches, unlike the very-bad and not-so-bad batches, appear to have been subject to any quality-control testing at all.

Unbeknownst to most observers, it is precisely the German regulatory agency, the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), which is, in principle, responsible for quality control of all the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine supply in the EU. (The institute is named after the German immunologist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Ehrlich, not, of course, the Stanford biology professor of the same name.)

This reflects the fact that the actual legal manufacturer of the vaccine, as well as the marketing authorisation holder in the EU, is the German company BioNTech, not its more well-known American partner Pfizer.

Dyker and Matysik found that the PEI had tested and approved for release all the very bad ‘blue’ batches, the overwhelming majority of the not-so-bad ‘green’ batches, but almost none of the harmless ‘yellow’ batches – as if the PEI knew in advance that these batches were unproblematic…

Or, in short, to paraphrase the German scientists’ findings on the variability of the Pfizer-BioNTech batches, it would appear that the good was bad, the bad was very bad, and the very good was saline solution.

So all the requirements to get vaxed, to prove you were vaxed, and to be vaxed to engage in society, were meaningless if 200,000 or more of the “vaxed” got a saline solution. (It was meaningless anyway. The whole thing is so messed up.)

scott467

Control.

scott467

“Dyker and Matysik found that the PEI had tested and approved for release all the very bad ‘blue’ batches, the overwhelming majority of the not-so-bad ‘green’ batches, but almost none of the harmless ‘yellow’ batches – as if the PEI knew in advance that these batches were unproblematic…”

“So all the requirements to get vaxed, to prove you were vaxed, and to be vaxed to engage in society, were meaningless if 200,000 or more of the “vaxed” got a saline solution.”

_____________

Sounds like this proves the human population were used as guinea pigs.

The People of the world were the test subjects for the experimental vaxx.

You had the group subjected to the most dangerous poison.

And the group subjected to the less dangerous poison.

And the control group, who received the placebo, the saline solution.

kalbokalbs

Fourth group, refused all of the injections. We be the smart ones.

RAC

But what were they actually testing for.
Most dangerous poison, a kill ratio that would bring a backlash.
Less dangerous poison, a kill ratio that might pass unnoticed.
Injected quasi control group, would show real deaths from covid infection, but may have been physiologically affected just by thinking they’d took the jab.
Real control group who said NO.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

The 3 groups matches what that nurse said.

I suspect that one of the digits of the batch numbers correlates openly with the batch category, as the Slovenian nurse alleged.

scott467

“But what were they actually testing for.”

____________

Don’t know, but it must have been something, too good of an opportunity to not test something while you’re conducting a genocide this large anyway.

It also occurred to me that having at least some batches of saline mixed in with the rest would be very helpful to discredit those who were awake and were pointing out the danger.

Lots of people (those who lucked out with the saline) would have no ‘died suddenly’ type negative effects, and so based on their own real life experience, these vaxx-takers would be more likely to think those who were pointing out the danger of the vaxx were tin-foil hat conspiracy theorists.

If not everyone who takes the vaxx has a bad result, it helps to confuse the issue, blur the lines, fog of war, etc.

TradeBait2

This ^^^

marymorse

Thread on the conflict of interest of the spike co- patent holder who also held approval of the EUA:

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

This correlates STRONGLY with what that Slovenian nurse said, that there were 3 kinds of shots. This graph is amazing.

comment image

michaelh

Ding ding ding, you have correlation! Impressive std dev!

On a graph RIGGED to not correlate!

kalbokalbs

New Macgregor.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Excellent analysis!

kalbokalbs

Guessing, the hotly rumored Ukraine offensive, was supposed to coincide with the faux coup.
Only problem is UK and US IC thought the coup would work.
New Ritter.

Confirms American military casualties, including females. Blackhawks used to carry out casualties.

Building with Americans “targeted”, cuz Americans there. Putin’s fedup with UK / US targeting Russia, Putin…

Last edited 1 year ago by kalbokalbs
TheseTruths

Confirms American military casualties, including females.

I don’t read mainstream media, but I haven’t seen any reports of this.

kalbokalbs

Are you, (we) surprised? Rhetorical.

There is no doubt in my mind, American military have died in Ukraine. Some could be prior military. Actual numbers don’t know.

At some point, it will leak out.

I have no idea what families are being told.

Truth will come out. Perhaps sooner, than later, if Russia targets locations with UK / US military.

barkerjim
kalbokalbs

Seems to me, this is another reason, some states are targeting, miles driven tax.

Tax EV mileage, good by me. Don’t care whatever they do with EVs.

ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles already pay too much in taxes.

TheseTruths

Their goal is to make everyone drive an EV, so then everyone would be taxed.

barkerjim

And they still wouldn’t fix the potholes!

kalbokalbs

^^^ GREAT NEWS! ^^^

Seriously, great news by me.

Exposes the folly of reliable solar energy.

Lots of examples out there.

The ignorance of all things renewable, zero carbon footprint needs to be exposed AND exterminated.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Yup. Better to fail EARLY.

CHYNA DID THIS.

scott467

It’s not even possible that no one thought of that, unless people were paid not to think of that.

WSB

Do not throw sand…throw ROCKS!!!!!

barkerjim

comment image?resize=509%2C509&ssl=1

itswoot

Lots of room for disillusionment when reality is later compared to what was imagined.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

It is important to imagine correctly, as judged by the actual future.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

I get her point, but I also don’t like it. It is easily abused by those who abuse us.

I fill in the blanks with variables, matrices of variables, and functions. Those are, technically, imagination and projection, but not fear, which is an interesting value used by those functions. As the things I use to fill in the blanks become stronger and tighter, clarity emerges.

To change her words…..

It’s better to learn how to resolve an unclear picture, than to accept the inaccuracy of the lack of clarity.

Aubergine

Well, she clearly states to “stop filling in the gaps with your imagination, fears, or projections.”

Filling in the gaps with calculation, deep thought, and analysis based on prior knowledge are great.

The people who are imagining and projecting are generally not scientists, but shallow-thinking, low-info people. They need this advice the most.

Aubergine

This is fantastic advice!

phoenixrising

New Essay by Michael Hudson

“Herodotus (History, Book 1.53) tells the story of Croesus, king of Lydia c. 585-546 BC in what is now Western Turkey and the Ionian shore of the Mediterranean. Croesus conquered Ephesus, Miletus and neighboring Greek-speaking realms, obtaining tribute and booty that made him one of the richest rulers of his time. But these victories and wealth led to arrogance and hubris. Croesus turned his eyes eastward, ambitious to conquer Persia, ruled by Cyrus the Great.

Having endowed the region’s cosmopolitan Temple of Delphi with substantial silver and gold, Croesus asked its Oracle whether he would be successful in the conquest that he had planned. The Pythia priestess answered: “If you go to war against Persia, you will destroy a great empire.”

Croesus therefore set out to attack Persia c. 547 BC. Marching eastward, he attacked Persia’s vassal-state Phrygia. Cyrus mounted a Special Military Operation to drive Croesus back, defeating Croesus’s army, capturing him and taking the opportunity to seize Lydia’s gold to introduce his own Persian gold coinage. So Croesus did indeed destroy a great empire, but it was his own.

Fast-forward to today’s drive by the Biden administration to extend American military power against Russia and, behind it, China. The president asked for advice from today’s analogue to antiquity’s Delphi oracle: the CIA and its allied think tanks. Instead of warning against hubris, they encouraged the neocon dream that attacking Russia and China would consolidate U.S. control of the world economy, achieving the End of History.

Having organized a coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014, the United States sent its NATO proxy army eastward, giving weapons to Ukraine to fight an ethnic war against its Russian-speaking population and turn Russia’s Crimean naval base into a NATO fortress. This Croesus-level ambition aimed at drawing Russia into combat and depleting its ability to defend itself, wrecking its economy in the process and destroying its ability to provide military support to China and other countries targeted for seeking self-dependency as an alternative to U.S. hegemony.

After eight years of provocation, a new military attack on Russian-speaking Ukrainians was conspicuously prepared, ready to drive toward the Russian border in February 2022. Russia protected its fellow Russian-speakers from further ethnic violence by mounting its own Special Military Operation. The United States and its NATO allies immediately seized Russia’s foreign-exchange reserves held in Europe and North America, and demanded that all countries impose sanctions against importing Russian energy and grain, hoping that this would crash the ruble’s exchange rate. The Delphic State Department expected that this would cause Russian consumers to revolt and overthrow Vladimir Putin’s government, enabling U.S. maneuvering to install a client oligarchy like the one it had nurtured in the 1990s under President Yeltsin.

A byproduct of this confrontation with Russia has been to lock in America’s control over its Western European satellites. The aim of this intra-NATO jockeying was to foreclose Europe’s dream of profiting from closer trade and investment relations with Russia by exchanging its industrial manufactures for Russian raw materials. The United States derailed that prospect by blowing up the Nord Stream gas pipelines, cutting off Germany and other countries from access to low-priced Russian gas. That left Europe’s leading economy dependent on higher-cost U.S. Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

In addition to having to subsidize domestic European gas to prevent widespread insolvency, a large proportion of German Leopard tanks, U.S. Patriot missiles and other NATO “wonder weapons” are being destroyed in combat against the Russian army. It has become clear that the U.S. strategy is not simply to “fight to the last Ukrainian,” but to fight to the last tank, missile and other weapon being deleted from NATO stocks.
This depletion of NATO’s arms was expected to create a vast replacement market to enrich America’s military-industrial complex. Its NATO customers are being told to increase their military spending to 3 or even 4 percent of GDP. But the weak performance of U.S. and German arms on the Ukrainian battlefield may have crashed this dream, while Europe’s economies are sinking into depression. And with Germany’s industrial economy deranged by the severing of its trade with Russia, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner told the Die Welt newspaper on June 16, 2023 that his country cannot afford to pay more money into the European Union budget, to which it has long been the largest contributor.

Without German exports supporting the euro’s exchange rate, the currency will come under pressure against the dollar as Europe buys LNG and NATO replenishes its depleted weaponry stocks by buying new arms from America. A lower exchange rate will squeeze the purchasing power of European labor, while lowering social spending to pay for rearmament and provide gas subsidies is plunging the continent into a depression.
A nationalist reaction against U.S. dominance is rising throughout European politics, and instead of America locking in its control over European policy, the United States may end up losing – not only in Europe but most crucially throughout the Global South. Instead of turning Russia’s “ruble to rubble” as President Biden promised, Russia’s balance of trade has soared and its gold supply has increased. So have the gold holdings of other countries whose governments are now aiming to de-dollarize their economies.

It is American diplomacy that is driving Eurasia and the Global South out of the U.S. orbit. America’s hubristic drive for unipolar world dominance could only have been dismantled so rapidly from within. The Biden-Blinken-Nuland administration has done what neither Vladimir Putin nor Chinese President Xi could have hoped to achieve in so short a period. Neither was prepared to throw down the gauntlet and create an alternative to the U.S.-centered world order. But U.S. sanctions against Russia, Iran, Venezuela and China have had the effect of protective tariff barriers to force self-sufficiency in what EU diplomat Josep Borrell calls the world “jungle” outside of the US/NATO “garden.”

Although the Global South and other countries have been complaining about U.S. dominance ever since the Bandung Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in 1955, they have lacked a critical mass to create a viable alternative. But their attention has now been focused by the U.S. confiscation of Russia’s official dollar reserves in NATO countries. That dispelled the thought of the dollar as a safe vehicle in which to hold international savings. The Bank of England’s earlier seizure of Venezuela’s gold reserves kept in London – promising to donate them to whatever unelected opponents of its socialist regime U.S. diplomats designate – shows how sterling and the euro as well as the dollar have been weaponized. And by the way, what ever happened to Libya’s gold reserves?
American diplomats avoid thinking about this scenario. They rely on the one unique advantage the United States has to offer. It may refrain from bombing them, from staging a color revolution to “Pinochet” them by the National Endowment for Democracy, or install a new “Yeltsin” giving the economy away to a client oligarchy.

But refraining from such behavior is all that America can offer. It has de-industrialized its own economy, and its idea of foreign investment is to carve out monopoly-rent seeking opportunities by concentrating technological monopolies and control of oil and grain trade in U.S. hands, as if this is economic efficiency, not rent-seeking.

What has occurred is a change in consciousness. We are seeing the Global Majority trying to create an independent and peacefully negotiated choice as to just what kind of an international order they want. Their aim is not merely to create alternatives to the use of dollars, but an entire new set of institutional alternatives to the IMF and World Bank, the SWIFT bank clearing system, the International Criminal Court and the entire array of institutions that U.S. diplomats have hijacked from the United Nations.

The upshot will be civilizational in scope. We are seeing not the End of History but a fresh alternative to U.S.-centered neoliberal finance capitalism and its junk economics of privatization, class war against labor, and the idea that money and credit should be privatized in the hands of a narrow financial class instead of being a public utility to finance economic needs and rising living standards.

The irony is that America’s historical role has been that although it itself was not able to lead the world forward along these lines, its attempts to lock the world into an antithetical imperial system by conquering Russia on the plains of Ukraine and trying to isolate China’s technology from breaking the U.S. attempt at IT monopoly have been the great catalysts pushing the global majority along these lines.”

https://globalsouth.co/2023/06/28/scoop-michael-hudson-america-has-just-destroyed-a-great-empire/

scott467

The Pythia priestess answered: “If you go to war against Persia, you will destroy a great empire.”

______________

I haven’t read further yet, but I do note that she didn’t say WHICH ‘great empire’ would be destroyed 😁

para59r

Nope, she didn’t and Croesus had actually made a large contribution to her temple at Delphi and thusly thought he was getting a favorable response.

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

It’s possible to visit Delphi today. Many cities kept money there; the last quarter mile or so of the walk to the temple was lined with all sorts of monuments including solid gold sculptures, etc. It was possibly the most important religious site in the ancient world (with the possible exception of Olympia). It must have been quite a sight to see.

duchess01

Verse of the Day for Thursday, June 29, 2023

“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” 

Romans 10:10 (KJV)

comment image

Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered !!!

duchess01

PRAYING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD

Father God, I now follow your command to put on the full armor of God, because my battle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, authorities, the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the unseen world.

I first pray on the Belt of Truth that it may be buckled around my waist, may I be centered and encircled by your truth dear Lord. Hem me inside all that is true and right, and may I be protected and held up by the truth of your living word, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray on the Breastplate of righteousness, please protect my vital organs and my inner man, cover my integrity, my spirit, and my soul. Guard my heart for it is the wellspring of life, please strengthen and guard the most vulnerable places in my life with that which is right, good, and noble that I might not receive a fatal blow from the enemy, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray on the Gospel Shoes of Peace. I choose to stand in the shoes of your good news, and on the firm foundation of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the solid eternal rock. All other ground is sinking sand, I pray that I will not slip or fall, but that my feet would be firmly fitted on your lordship, my Lord Jesus. I choose to stand on you, so that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus, the eternal Rock of Ages. I receive your holy peace now my Lord, from the sole of my feet to the crown of my head, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray the Shield of Faith into my hand now. As I take up the shield of faith, I ask that you might extinguish every dart and arrow that is launched from the enemy to take me down spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and every attempt of the enemy to destroy my joy. I ask that my faith in you would make it flame out. Extinguish every flaming arrow that would come against me, my life, my family, my home, or my ministry. May my faith always be out in front of me like a shield. Give me the courage to “faith my fears” by choosing to walk by faith and not by sight, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray on the Helmet of Salvation, that you might protect my mind from the thoughts that can lead me astray. I choose to take every thought captive, and arrest all intentioned ideas and motives that would harm others, or distract me from your holy will for me. I submit every captured thought to the Lordship of my Lord Jesus Christ, and ask that you would imprison those thoughts that are not of you my Lord. Transform my mind and renew my thinking that I may think God thoughts, and have a sober mind that is focused on your glory. Please protect me from being double minded that I may allow my mind, I reject to live an earthly life, because I choose to live a holy one, governed by you My Lord Jesus, the prince of peace, please have my mind to be saturated with the holy mind of Christ, in my Lord Jesus name.

Finally, I take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the holy word of God, I pray this powerful offensive weapon into my hand, and ask that your holy word would be fitting for every encounter I face. As the enemy gets close to me, please give me the insight, wisdom, and skill to wield the word of God to drive away the enemy, in my Lord Jesus name.

May the enemy and his team flee from me, upon hearing the word of God spoken by the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. Give me the sword of the spirit to cut through the wiles of the devil, so that I may discern the schemes of the enemy when he is near.

With all kinds of prayers, supplication, and intercession I pray to you my Lord God as the one who fights my battles. Now that I’m in your holy powerful armor, I walk away covered and ready to face my day as you go before me, and please protect me in the midst of the spiritual warfare in this unseen world, in my Lord Jesus name.

Thank you my Lord, for the spiritual weapons of armor and prayer that you have given me. It is written no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses me. 

Thank you Father God, my Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit, that I am more than a conqueror in my Lord Jesus. I pray all of this in the mighty name of my Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

comment image

duchess01

BE MY VOICE

comment image

duchess01

PLEASE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER

comment image

comment image

comment image

comment image

RDS

Thank you for these.
Prayers ongoing for you over at Marica’s blog.

para59r

Here too. Finds the verse of the day always to be timely. Thankyou for bringing such.

phoenixrising

And then there is this enjoyable moment.

(click link for vid clip)

t.me/intelslava/49462

“The German TV channel suddenly interrupted the broadcast of the press conference of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany and her colleague from South Africa in order to show the Germans live the address of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the security forces in the Kremlin.”

kalbokalbs

That’s both funny AND keeping “important stuff” front and center.

Cuppa Covfefe

Baerbock was a waste of electrons anyway, as she’s spewing CO² to spew out her feminazi foreign-relations spiel.

No-one’s buying, particularly in MEA (middle east and africa)….. wonder why?

RDS

With a couple of additions and changes to make it “accessible” to anyone who reads it, Yours Truly’s opener on COVID-19 and the “vaccines” is now up at Marica’s blog:

https://marica1776.wordpress.com/2023/06/28/a-certain-type-of-recipe/

RDS

This piece was written to get “vaccinated” people who “follow the science” and who happen upon Marica’s blog to WAKE UP.
The denizens of Marica’s blog are already well aware of the disaster that is COVID-19 and the “vaccines.”

TheseTruths

Niceliy done; short and to the point.

RDS

You are very kind, thank you.

Aubergine

Excellent! I love a good analogy, and the “recipe” one is outstanding!

RDS

Without wanting to “blow one’s own horn”, so to speak, please feel free to send out the link to the piece at Marica’s blog to help get it spread around. Thank you.

kalbokalbs

🙂

Thank you for the great write up, AND vectoring me (us) there.

Excellent read. Analogy.

Have copied, with links and emailed to siblings, all jabbed. All liberals. Live in liberal utopias (shitholes). So very thankful I escaped it all, in 1975.

Dunno if they’ll read it.

Couple years in, they don’t even reply or acknowledge my emails regarding Covid, Covid Injections, mitigation strategies for jabbed. Crickets.

.

scott467

“All liberals. Live in liberal utopias (shitholes).”

__________

😂🤣😂

scott467

“Couple years in, they don’t even reply or acknowledge my emails regarding Covid, Covid Injections, mitigation strategies for jabbed. Crickets.”

______________

Same here 👍

RDS

What the Sam Hill goes on? Is Canada still burning itself out? Accuweather has a map showing the entire eastern portion of the United States, down to almost Florida, has terrible air quality levels from “fine particulate matter” and “particulate matter.” The NWS talks about “smoke and haze” making bad air quality levels.

phoenixrising

Can’t depend on weather reports anymore (if you ever could)…

Air quality here in Sandhills of So Carolina EXCELLENT – sun is shining brightly

No smoke or haze PERIOD

RDS

Wonderful!
Raleigh-Durham, on the other hand, has a weird “haze” in the atmosphere. Even inside my house, with the windows shut and with the AC and the air cleaners going, my eyes are watering. Accuweather says the air quality index is “Unhealthy” at 133.

Last edited 1 year ago by PAVACA
pat frederick

yesterday we began to see the smoke/fog rolling in from the north and the smell is distinct. hubby says a day or two again our air will be foul

Aubergine

Did it look “flat” and silvery? That’s how it usually looks here when we get the smoke haze.

Cuppa Covfefe

It’s all the hot air and BS emanating from the unhallowed halls of WashedUpTown D.C.

At the root of all these lockdowns, power grabs, and almost-surgical removal of our hard-earned money is the lie of CO² and Gore-Bull warming. Counter that, and the whole house of dishonest cards tumbles down into ignominy…

[Another issue is the continual hyperventilating about particulates, the 2.5µm “problem”. Oddly enough, they applaud BillyGhoul Gates and his plan to fill the atmosphere with particulates in order to dim the sun, yet they decry automobiles, factories, and other facilities which also produce particulates, albeit a far smaller number than BillyBoy would release.

Nor do they talk about tobacco smoke, and aerosols released by plants and trees, e.g. pine wax vapors and pollen, etc. Sort of a “Convenient Lie” put forth by Al Gore and his minions… (Remember James Watt and his comment to Reagan about the killer trees? 🙂 ]…..

TradeBait2

We are suffocating with smoke in east TN. Has entered the danger zone. Storms predicted to roll through the are over the weekend starting tomorrow that may clean it out.

phoenixrising

French writer and analyst Thierry Meyssan has a few words about ‘Yevgeny Prigozhin’s rebellion’

https://www.voltairenet.org/article219564.html

as does Sy Hersh

https://seymourhersh.substack.com/p/prigozhins-folly

no paywall

Last edited 1 year ago by phoenixrising
barkerjim
TheseTruths

First up, while Britain’s Tory Party appears heading for an electoral wipeout at the next general election—the first since their historic sweep in 2019—chiefly because the Tories have governed as though their cabinet positions were inhabited by alien body snatchers from Planet Labour, over on the continent, right- or populist-leaning parties continue to gain ground nearly everywhere. Like Greece this week:

comment image

RDS

More murkiness regarding the actual genome code of the COVID-19 virus? —

https://usmortality.substack.com/p/is-the-sars-cov-2-genome-valid
June 27, 2023

Valerie Curren

Quick drop in before heading out of town for a week & a half w/ spotty internet…

Had a very busy weekend surrounding granddaughter #1, Lilah. There were two separate first birthday celebrations & she was such a doll at both of them! Sunday we were part of a baby dedication service for her too. She’s much under God’s covering!

Mini ground report. Had Josiah to a new dentist office w/in a health care related complex. There was a small rainbow flag on the door; a large table of “free covid masks” in the hallway; & a bizarre intake questionnaire that included “sex” choices of Male, Female, Male to Female Trans, Female to Male Trans, & prefer not to answer! The form also asked about living situation & homeless & shelter & “doubling up” were all choices but not in a home with one’s family–bizarre. Normalize the abnormal?

We were watching some favorite music videos on YouTube & had mandatory commercials pop up since we’re using YT for free. Jim Caviezel’s new movie, The Sound of Freedom, trailer came on AND for the first time Ever I needed to turn up the volume to hear this commercial. I have NEVER encountered a commercial whose volume was less than the media it was interrupting. Is this some new form of suppression or what?

Hope everyone has a wonderful Independence Day celebration. Love & Blessings to all!

PS the air quality in Metro Detroit has been mightily impacted by the Canadian forest fires (eco-terrorism?) & may cause some family to cut short their trip Up North to protect the baby’s lungs…we’ll see what happens.

TheseTruths

…a bizarre intake questionnaire that included “sex” choices of Male, Female, Male to Female Trans, Female to Male Trans, & prefer not to answer! The form also asked about living situation & homeless & shelter & “doubling up” were all choices but not in a home with one’s family–bizarre.

I think I would have had some choice words to write on that questionnaire (which, I understand, would not be possible if it’s a computerized, fill-in-the-blank form, or which might not be feasible if you really need to preserve your relationship with that particular doctor and office).

Happy Independence Day to you and yours! 🇺🇸

Valerie Curren

I agree about the choice words. Ironically the dentist was clearly a Christian (she’s a Black woman) & was making “praise God” & other declarations when going over Josiah’s medical history. Interesting times we live in to be sure!

Hope you have a joyful & fun holiday!

Valerie Curren

We saw news/skews today & they claimed that Detroit has the worst air quality in the world…not sure about that. We do Sometimes smell smoke intermittently over the last few days, fwiw…

kalbokalbs

That smell is related to the fake news you heard.

…Detroit has worst in the world… <<< Laughable.

Valerie Curren

LOL! No doubt 😉

TradeBait2

Was watching the Rocket Mortgage PGA tournament in Detroit and I am surprised the golfers were not hacking their lungs out it was so thick.

Valerie Curren

If we ever accidentally watch golf it’s basically to catch up on nap time 😉

That’s pretty wild though. We don’t have smog here Ever, presumably due to wind patterns & not to the Motor City reducing it’s “carbon footprint” LOL.

I noticed the haze when driving about the other day, but only by looking off into the distance, like a half mile or so. Up close it’s not “that” bad…

pat frederick

BREAKING NEWS
The Supreme Court rules that Harvard and the University of North Carolina’s admissions programs violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
https://www.scotusblog.com/

eilert

TheseTruths

LOL!

TradeBait2

🤣🤣🤣

Made my day.

Aubergine

Notice they’re all WHITE? Lol! Liberal tears are delicious.

TheseTruths

Affirmative Action defeated! 🎉🍾🎊🇺🇸

scott467

“Affirmative Action defeated!”

____________

In word, maybe.

Why would they actually stop doing what they’ve been doing for decades, for as long as anyone in the institutions has been around?

The Brandon just-us dept. isn’t going to send in the National Guard to enforce the ruling, that’s for sure! 😂

michaelh

They’re already working on their work-arounds for SCOTUS decision.

If anything the Civil War taught us that Dems are like cockroaches – you think you’ve licked them and then they come back.

BUT – a win is a win, so they can’t hide behind that anymore.

RAC

More thoughts on mad jack. Maybe the message was sent in 4D mode, and not about changing his name but just to draw attention to the name itself.
It is a very common name almost an archetypal pseudonym, like John and Jane Doe, which are some times used in the legal world when a person is unknown or cannot be named.
So has mad jack ever been involved in a case, or for any other reason, with a John or Jane Doe in a way that reflects badly on him, and that the world needs to know about.

Cuppa Covfefe

Apple Jack?

barkerjim