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The insane US strategy of picking a fight with the Bear and the Dragon...at the same time...is a terrible mistake. We've become a desperate empire flailing around trying to maintain our dominance with military might. Recently Ukraine threatens Russia with war. In response, Russia moves troops within its own borders and the US slaps sanctions on them...in part for their supposed hack into SolarWinds. It is interesting that there's been no mention of Israel hacking Iran's nuclear facility. Part of the reason Julian is being tortured in the UK is because he revealed the Vault 7 CIA program that allows our spies (ie mafia) to make any hack look like it came from any country we want to blame. These are the very people that claim it was Russia hacking the US. What is the deal? I think it is all about oil.

...diplomatic relations between Washington and Moscow were teetering on the brink of collapse. Russia expelled ten US diplomats including US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan, in retaliation for sweeping sanctions Biden imposed on Russia, and after Washington abandoned threats to deploy two warships along Russia’s Black Sea coast. Last month, Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States, normally the last diplomatic step before the outbreak of war, over Biden’s extraordinary remark calling Putin a “killer.”

Recent weeks had seen a flare-up of the conflict provoked by the February 2014 NATO-backed coup in Ukraine, in which Washington and Berlin backed far-right forces to topple a pro-Russian government in Kiev. The coup rapidly split the country along linguistic lines, as Russian-speaking areas of the country opposed the new far-right government. Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and to re-join Russia, while pro-Moscow separatists took over the Donbass in eastern Ukraine.

Tensions have soared since Biden’s inauguration, after which the Kiev regime cut off water supplies to Crimea and adopted a “Crimean Platform” calling to militarily reconquer the Donbass and Crimea, which hosts a key Russian naval base at Sevastopol. This policy, if enacted, clearly entails going to war with Russia. Moscow retaliated by massing troops along the Russian-Ukrainian border and threatening to seal off parts of the Black Sea.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/17/zele-a17.html

In a response to new American restrictions imposed earlier on Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry has published a sanctions list that targets senior Biden administration officials. The retaliation also includes the expulsion of 10 US diplomats and the possible reduction of Washington’s diplomatic mission in the capital. (5 min)


NATO Nations Train, Arm Ukrainian Military for War With Russia

Ukrainian President: Proposed Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Is War

Jimmy and Aaron discuss the hoax of bounties for US soldiers used to gin up anti-Russian sentiment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi9IwQFHJQE (36 min)
More from Jimmy, Aaron, and Ron... Biden Re-Hires Trump's Ambassador to RUSSIA!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RjuhkrQsgw (9 min)
The same crew looks at supposed lefty media.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZRomf7vkWg (20 min)

Anya Parampil speaks with Moscow-based international affairs analyst Mark Sleboda about recent developments in Ukraine. Sleboda provides an in-depth explanation of the history leading to up to the current situation and analyses domestic factors in Ukraine that are pushing the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to pursue a more bellicose posture towards Russia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLF7fm6i1FM (1.2 hours)

Max Blumenthal explains how the US war machine has reloaded in Ukraine and the ME.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a8DvTzsLUQ (43 min)

Lots of talk in the MSM about China's Muslim population, but crickets about the Palestinians in their open air prison. World-renowned Israeli historian Prof. Ilan Pappé discusses the situation in Gaza and the West Bank on Palestinian Prisoner Day, the strength of the pro-Israel lobby in both the U.K. and the United States, why the ‘two-state solution’ is a cover for the West’s inaction, the pro-Palestinian shift in American public opinion, the anti-semitism allegations that brought down Jeremy Corbyn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsJ2PJ3GkN4 (15 min)

The US spends more on its military than the next ten nations combined - and that number just keeps increasing. Do we really need to spend all that money on war? How might we more effectively allocate federal funding to solve problems here at home?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnZYLGCnxwo (13 min)

Richard Wolff joins Julianna Forlano to discuss the danger to world peace posed by Biden's recent aggressive rhetoric toward Russia and China. He also unveils the true economic reasons for the attacks.


Biden's Russia-China Tactic Is To Wage War AND To Ask For Cooperation. It Will Fail.


We Should All Be Afraid of the New Cold War

It sounded like there's good news about the US Afghan war, but not so fast...

Biden isn’t ending the Afghanistan War, he’s privatizing it: Special Forces, Pentagon contractors, intelligence operatives will remain. Over 18,000 Pentagon contractors remain in Afghanistan, while official troops number 2,500. Joe Biden will withdraw this smaller group of soldiers while leaving behind US Special Forces, mercenaries, and intelligence operatives — privatizing and downscaling the war, but not ending it.

https://thegrayzone.com/2021/04/16/biden-afghanistan-war-privatizing-con...

Biden did not say that the United States will stop bombing Afghanistan. What’s more, he pledged that “we will keep providing assistance to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces,” a declaration that actually indicates a tacit intention to “stay involved in Afghanistan militarily.”

https://scheerpost.com/2021/04/15/the-fine-print-on-bidens-afghanistan-a...

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss US meddling in the protests in Myanmar with geopolitical analyst Brian Berletic, and how Washington seeks to weaken a neighbor of China and key ally in Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative.

We address the coup by the Tatmadaw military, the NED-funded Burmese networks calling for R2P ("Responsibility to Protect") foreign intervention, eerie parallels to the regime-change operations targeting Syria and Libya, and how this violence risks a dangerous destabilization of Southeast Asia.

We also talk about Bellingcat's CIA promoters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr24DLS16C8 (1.7 hours)

The US continues its interference in Latin America. Ben Norton discusses the recent elections and outcomes in Central and South America.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XtGC5OBFxk (38 min)

Chris Hedges talks to the journalist Glenn Greenwald about his reporting exposing the corruption among Brazil's political, judicial and economic elite.

Greenwald was able to show through a trove of documents how the current Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his crypto-fascist party manipulated the legal system, with the connivance of federal anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, and were able to discredit and eliminate Bolsonaro's political rival, former two-term president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the leader of the Workers' Party. These revelations - The Secret Brazil Archive - published just after Bolsonaro's inauguration in 2019, led to repeated death threats against Greenwald, his children and his family, with threats of criminal investigation and prosecution.

Greenwald's new book is Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro's Brazil.

(25 min)

Back in the good old days, when things were more innocent and simple, the psychopathic Central Intelligence Agency had to covertly infiltrate the news media to manipulate the information Americans were consuming about their nation and the world. Nowadays, there is no meaningful separation between the news media and the CIA at all.

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2021/04/16/the-cia-used-to-infiltrate-the-m...

It is sad that with all the issues we face as a species all we seem to do is promote war. I guess killing one another is easy and profitable whereas cooperating, stopping fossil fuel extraction, and healing ecosystems is difficult and costly. There are better approaches.

How to quit your job and start farming: with Joel Salatin, Paul Grieve and David’s pasture.

I've featured this 45 minute video before. I enjoyed re-watching it and you may as well.

I hope you're all having a nice spring (or fall for you deep southerners). The world here is green with lots of pollen. There's plenty do do in the garden and around the place. We had a pleasant visit with old friends this week and that was a nice change from the isolation of the last year. I hope your life is opening up as well and you are able to get out in nature where ever you are. Have a good Sunday. I'll look forward to your comments below.

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QMS's picture

The imperialist empire is trying to retain control of said oil.
Therefore the military is hired to keep resources out of the
hands of the countries in which it happens to belong to.

This is getting uglier as the time runs out to actually do
something positive to ameliorate the greed and control
which is threatening to be end of our future as a species.

Quit your job and go farming. Great advice!

Thanks for the WW LO.

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The Nord stream 2 where the US is sanctioning Germany for buying Russian gas rather than our dirtier and more expensive product. We conducted the Ukrainian coup to cut off the pipelines from Ukraine to Europe carrying Russian fuel...so Russia builds direct lines.

The US is so incompetent.

Farming isn't for everyone...plenty of work and very little money...but rewarding in its own way. Good to "see" you this AM. Hope you and yours are doing well!

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You can really grow lots of produce in Florida...
Here's one of my favorite gardeners -

Urban Farmer, Jim Kovaleski is transitioning his Market Gardens for Summer while he's away in Maine. He is still having great market success and actually just had his best, all time day for sales recently! He has been consistently selling his vibrant flower bouquets and shared some of his secrets on how they last so long. Jim also took us to his secret Mulberry tree in the neighborhood to score a bunch of those tasty berries!

25 min

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Don't much care for the taste, but they provide the food for silkworms (leaves) and the berries excellent mast for hogs. Quite the versatile wonder plant.

In Tree Crops by J. Russell Smith (first published in the 1920's) he has accounts from people claiming hogs gaining a pound per day on fallen mulberries...

free e-book at the Internet Archive

Mulberry chapter p. 81

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@Blue Republic

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geostrategic position of several countries USA uses to influence Europe and Russian relationship, plus decrease revenue from existing pipelines.

Biden’s firing squad stands in a circle Asiatimes.com March 22, 2021

Europe now pays about $2 billion a year in transit fees to the Ukraine, Slovakia and other countries for Russian natural gas, which provides about a third of its annual gas consumption. The Nord Stream II pipeline would reduce transportation costs substantially, at the expense of the Ukraine and others.

The additional capacity of new pipelines also provides price competition for American natural gas.

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Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
--When the opening appears release yourself.

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@studentofearth
out play the US at every turn. The absurdity that we would tell an ally with whom they can and cannot do business is almost unbelievable.

To me the greatest irony about the aggression for oil profits is that it is the very substance driving climate chaos and ecosystem destruction. Drug addicts...hooked on oil and war.

Thanks for the link and the visit!

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@Lookout the USA sees itself as having vassals. That's the way empires work.

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Honest Government Ad (2 min)

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A *safe* pipeline makes good sense
reducing transportation costs and energy.

If the geo-political world cooperates.

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...is my thought, but as the arctic melts it is bubbling into the atmosphere.

New research, published on today in Geology, indicates that during the last two global periods of sea-ice melt, the decrease in pressure triggered methane release from buried reserves. Their results demonstrate that as Arctic ice, such as the Greenland ice sheet, melts, similar methane release is likely and should be included in climate models.

https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/News/pr/2021/21-15.aspx

It is the tundra too...
https://www.newsweek.com/arctic-permafrost-lakes-bubbling-methane-nasa-1...
Lakes across Alaska and Siberia have started to bubble with methane, and the release of this highly potent greenhouse gas has scientists worried.

The extinction of our species will be a result of our no actions till there's crisis approach. We're a day late and a dollar short. Paul suggests we're past the tipping point.

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using balloons, tarps, pumps and storage tanks
shouldn't be that hard?

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At this very moment. ? There must b an overarching reason. Ideas?

Thanks fir the ww, as always. No news here. Crazy busy. A good thing. Be joy.

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...and as https://thegrayzone.com/2021/04/16/biden-afghanistan-war-privatizing-con...
and https://scheerpost.com/2021/04/15/the-fine-print-on-bidens-afghanistan-a...
suggest it is mainly show.

I just linked to a Beckwith piece in a comment above. Looking more and more like we've passed the point of no return.

Glad to hear you've been happily busy. It is that time of year. Have a great Sunday!

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@Lookout
Not one of the hard core pros have any idea how soon it well unbuckle. Me, I think sooner than later. Exponential and all.

And there is fuckall we can do about it. It has to happen at the top oligarchic / corporate / mic level and it ain't gonna.

But in spite of this I am still happy as a clam at high tide. Life goes on going until it cannot. The will to live is powerful.

Who knows. Be joy. Love the ones your with with all your heart and soul.

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I too have my eyes open and understand the impending climatic/environmental catastrophe. I accept it. I'm at the end of my ride. I feel for the youngsters.

None the less I greet the day with a sense of joy and appreciate my connection to nature.

Have a lovely day!

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But in spite of this I am still happy as a clam at high tide. Life goes on going until it cannot. The will to live is powerful.

Who knows. Be joy. Love the ones your with with all your heart and soul.

I work on staying in this mindset. Sometimes it can be hard to do, and the news can often make it worse, but your words are a perfect expression of exactly the place where I am trying to be and stay as much as possible. Thank you.

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Breathe. Be in your body. Keep the ones close to you in your minds eye. Practice this because it makes it easier when times are hard. Be love.

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@magiamma shift to causing more problems for areas bordering China and Russia. Might be right since United States will leave a large number of contractors.

Obituary for America’s war in Afghanistan (my bold)

Meanwhile, the occupation of Afghanistan became an end in itself, with war profiteering turning into a roaring business with money, women, drug trafficking, foreign bank accounts, contractors, all thrown into it, spawning mind-boggling corruption and venality and creating a dysfunctional Afghan state.

That’s how, quintessentially, Afghanistan became a low-hanging fruit for the Taliban to pluck in their second coming.

Now, as the defeated Islamic State and al-Qaeda fighters from Syria were relocated to Afghanistan in recent years, a new agenda is struggling to be born – jihad in Xinjiang, Central Asia and the North Caucasus. That unspoken agenda would have required the “forever war” to remain open-ended.

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Those were my thoughts as well, clear the field in case all holy hell breaks out; our peeps are out. And all eyes are turned on Russia and China. Yes, well, what a mess. Right? Be well. Thanks again.

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in our conflicts with Asia

Chip shortage could present new US-China flashpoint

As several analysts have pointed out, the semiconductor crunch is one with potentially serious geopolitical implications.

Of the world’s three major chip producers, it is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) that has for the better part of the three years been moving toward industry dominance.

Unlike its competitors Intel and Samsung SK, TSMC is a chip “foundry.” a company that churns out chips for designers without factories, or “fabs,” a production approach that allows super-high production with extremely low costs. This has made TSMC the biggest and most efficient manufacturer of semiconductors, including the more sophisticated wafer chips, in the world.

Climate change is making this worse.

TSMC to hire 9,000, as water woes continue

Amid surging global demand for semiconductors, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is launching a campaign to find 9,000 new recruits for its operations across the country, Taiwan News reported.

At the same time, Bloomberg reported that Taiwan has offered assurances that it has sufficient water reserves to keep the giant tech industry humming till late May, when monsoon rains arrive to alleviate its worst drought in decades.

Taiwan faces its worst drought in 56 years, a challenge to water-intensive sectors of the economy from chipmakers to textile factories and farms.

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Possibly a bit under the weather. Whatever.

Consider that every 2 years we have 2-party elections to determine who sits in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Consider further that every 4 years we have 2-party elections to determine who will be president.

Consider further that:

insanity is doing the same thing over and over again-expecting different
results.

(Albert Einstein)

Just sayin'

be well and have a good one

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preperly here

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That's my usual AM reboot. What can you say...some days are better than others.

Hope all the cylinders start firing! Have a good one.

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@Lookout
12:11 and my wife accidentally defrosted a quart of OJ we had frozen, so we're having mimosas.

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never hurts.
https://www.dictionary.com/e/hair-of-the-dog/

Be well!

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@#1... we used to fight wars over oil (or natural gas, in the case of the Nordstream pipeline) but are transitioning to wars over water. Certainly, water is weaponized in the situation in Ukraine, beginning after the Crimean secession in 2014 when Biden was Vice President. From a link in Student of Earth's comment in the previous essay, Ukraine hastily built a dam across the canal that supplies 85% of Crimea's water at that time, and is now threatening to close the canal permanently unless Russia hands the peninsula and its agricultural areas (now dessicated) back to Ukraine. The US State Department has been employing siege warfare during multiple administrations and seems likely to continue unless stopped by a hot war.

The Russian government has responded by also limiting access to water, closing the Sea of Azov to international vessels for the next six months. The ratchet continues to tighten.

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@The Breach Awaits

The US has too many battles on too many fronts. The empire is wobbling before the fall. My hope is it can happen without WWIII.

Kamala's insights have not been very good, but without a doubt water is going to be an issue. A look at the drought monitor suggests it is a domestic problem as well as international.

drought map.png

Thanks for your insights.

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the need for water as much as shse was making a point about the need for WAR.

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So we're left with war....which is the US cup of tea.

All the best!

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@Lookout
want to listen to some folks in Brandenburg and what they think of Musk and Tesla wanting to build his super duper gigafactory there.
Locals and environment groups in David and Goliath battle over Tesla's Berlin 'Gigafactory'



I think Mr. Musk is not welcome much. We don't need more cars, even if they are electro vehicles. In my neighborhood people ride a bicyle these days (reminds me of images from China). We do not need ANY more cars. It is as simple as that. Musky man go home. well, he can stay for a beer...
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Who needs cars?

Be well!

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https://www.reddit.com/r/WayOfTheBern/comments/mtd3po/the_14_ivermectin_...

Thanks for the WW LO

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Should Ivermectin work, you wouldn't need a vaccine passport or lockdowns, would you?

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At least it has been. What if people understood there was an effective preventative and treatment that cost about $3 a dose? Can't lose the fear factor. YOU WILL DIE!

Farcebook even took down John Campbell's interview with the UK leading scientist which suggest ivermectin is an effective treatment.

https://www.pharmacymagazine.co.uk/ivermectin-for-covid-19-a-cheap-drug-...

Introduced in 1981

Antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties

Some 4 billion doses have been taken over the past 40 years

Good safety record with minimal toxic effects

WHO Model List of Essential Medicines as a 3mg tablet

Countries now including ivermectin in their Covid-19 management strategies

Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Slovakia, Czech Republic

Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care (FLCCC) Alliance

Called for the rapid introduction of ivermectin to stem the tide of infections

Prophylactic treatment can be given with two doses of 0.2mg/kg, 48 hours apart, once a month.

For early out-patient treatment, a daily dose of 0.2mg/kg for a maximum of five days is recommended

In the UK, the best way forward would be for the MHRA to authorise use of ivermectin for prophylaxis and treatment of Covid-19 on the basis of the published evidence to date.

Next, the drug could be made available through community pharmacies either using a PGD or by making ivermectin a P medicine

Ivermectin would then help to save lives and reduce suffering until the majority of the population can be vaccinated

Failure to use a cheap, safe drug that reduces the severity and duration of infection as well as the risks of death and transmission seems incomprehensible.

Thanks for dropping in and adding info!

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agrees with you. Long article in German here.
The article is too long to run it through tanslate.google.com. but after reading it, I would not hesitate to take it.

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I keep seeing the Oxford AZ vaccine used and then not used there. Interesting that the blood clot problem is similar to that in the Moderna and Pfzier vax which have not been halted. Might it have to do with profit? Me thinks so.

Hope you're having a nice spring!

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typically German, like "why make something simple, if you can do it complicated?". Each Bundesland (states inside Germany) do their own thing, very "democratic", but pretty confusing. Looks more like they shot themselves in the foot and now you sense a bit of a being fed up mood in the population. That mood is abused by political groups of the wrong kind. It was to be expected. What makes it worse. Why did they allow it to happen?

Have a good time in your garden. I restart again in a day or two.It was too cold here to do something productive. But the weatherman announced warmer temperatures for the next days. So yippee. Our Japanese Cherry tree is going to bloom in two weeks. And our birds are acting up, spring is in the air.

Be well and thanks for the Weekly Watch again. Good Night from Germany.

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We have not replanted yet. Most crops survived but we do have some extra replacements. We tend to plant more plants in flats than we can plant, but in years like this we have replacements.

In the US each state has their own approach as well. So we're in a chaotic COVID situation...hot spots and not. CDC came out with cause of death stats and heart disease and cancer are still the number one and two killers in the US. More on that next week.

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My prediction was for after the midterms. But with pundits saying gop will take the House, maybe the war plans were moved forward. There were four possible areas which are mostly obvious: Iran, Ukraine, Syria, or VZ. Given the war rhetoric, might even include China, but Wall Street would stop that one. Thing is with Ukraine, the US could fight a full proxy war draining Russian resources. Although military pundits say Russians would destroy Ukraine army in short order.

Just an interesting related item if war comes during a pandemic. Greenwald skewers Fauci about the abandonment of civil liberties during a pandemic.

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Usually the leopard doesn't change its spots. I think your instincts are correct. Biden is pushing conflict on many, many fronts. His cabinet speaks volumes too from General Raytheon as head of the war dept to Blinkin, the aggressive pro-Israel hawk, as SOS.

Biden did vastly more than just vote for the war. Yet his role in bringing about that war remains mostly unknown or misunderstood by the public. When the war was debated and then authorized by the US Congress in 2002, Democrats controlled the Senate and Biden was chair of the Senate committee on foreign relations. Biden himself had enormous influence as chair and argued strongly in favor of the 2002 resolution granting President Bush the authority to invade Iraq.

“I do not believe this is a rush to war,” Biden said a few days before the vote. “I believe it is a march to peace and security. I believe that failure to overwhelmingly support this resolution is likely to enhance the prospects that war will occur …”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/17/joe-biden-role-ira...

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@humphrey

to terrorize us. Especially if you're not obedient and compliant.

They've been funneling military equipment to police depts for years. Maj Danny Sjursen said he attended a BLM protest and the police looked like he was in streets of Kandahar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdNUmpSW-8M&t=29m

The whole interview is good. I've cued it to the last piece.

Thanks for the sad budgetary info. Speaks volumes.

Maybe why we have the largest prison population in the world too.

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@Lookout in the tiny town of Ferguson, MO.

That was my wake up moment.

It is not just military profit. It is the underlying white superiority underlying all the news. That is the intention. Cleanse the world of the poor and non-white. Same as it ever was.

Please watch "Exterminate All the Brutes" if you have not done so. It's on HBO and probably other carriers as well.

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I'll look for "Exterminate All the Brutes". Sometimes things will show up on Youtube, Netflix, Prime... for a while.

Ferguson was a wake up call for many. I grew up in B'ham and remember the fire hoses and dogs as a kid when memories go deep.

Is the NY COVID scene better? I hope so. I think I remember you were able to finally get vaccinated. Looks like they are working. We'll see.

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@Lookout recovering nicely.

Restaurants are open 50% and school openings are also progressing rapidly.

It may never be the same thriving City of memory, but it will not be Death Valley, either.

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Three dead in Austin shooting. A friend was in the parking lot where it happened. Danger high. Multiple helicopters searching area Not near my daughter.

Laura ??

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We're coming unglued...more shootings everyday, from all over the nation.

I think it reflects the collapse.

Well, keep your good vibe going despite the insanity.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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The Austin Police Department did not release the names of the victims but identified them as two Hispanic females and one Black male.

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to laugh, brave woman.

US gov detains CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin following Ecuador election


Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with co-founder of CODEPINK, Medea Benjamin, about her experience observing the recent presidential election in Ecuador, explaining the reasons for the defeat of leftist candidate Andrés Arauz. Medea also shares what happened to her as she attempted to return to the United States, when the Department of Homeland Security detained her and questioned her about her activism on Latin America, specifically Venezuela.

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I admire Medea. Ben's interview covered some of the same info.

you might enjoy his perspective.

Take care!

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These two have become among my favorite. I look forward to their Sunday release. Enjoy!

For the last few years, I've been posting a new video every Sunday, and I call it "Sunday Mornings with Reina del Cid." I invite you to pour yourself a cup of coffee/tea/whiskey and join us each week as my friends and I discover new music, cover the classics, and share our own original music with you.

Currently based in Los Angeles, CA and sometimes Minneapolis, MN.

If I Could Build My Whole World Around You - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell cover

Wishing you all a good night. See you tomorrow.

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with Russia. And Iran.

But I do not buy China not being a serious threat. They (CCP) have insinuated themselves into/bought/compromised their way from Hollywood to major universities, local governments, congress and the White House. You've got former China Daily journos working at the New York Times...

Might wish to ask yourself why they would bother to do that?

For the last number of years, in wargaming conflict with China over an invasion of Taiwan the US (not to mention Taiwan) lose pretty consistently. Given that China has continued to build up its forces in the area and to threaten Taiwan, especially if it were to actually declare itself independent, the US should forget the Black Sea, Persian Gulf, Africa, Afghanistan etc. and focus on its defense.

Given a bloated US military focused on wokeness, a compromised US President and VP, it's not at all beyond possibility that if the US concentrates its forces and attention on Ukraine (insanely dangerous) that China would find this a golden opportunity to attack and take Taiwan. After all, if they do what is the US or anyone else going to do about it presented with a fait accompli?

China does deserve to be challenged on it's human rights record and trade practices - that does not constitute bullying. But Taiwan- which has more of a functioning democracy and economy than the US at this point - deserves US help and protection. A clear and credible determination to provide that help - with serious military force, if necessary, is our best prospect for not having to actually use it.

But that is hardly what we can expect to get from Biden.

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