The Evening Blues - 12-6-23



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The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Andrew "Smokey" Hogg

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This evening's music features Texas country blues singer Andrew "Smokey" Hogg. Enjoy!

Andrew "Smokey" Hogg - Kind-Hearted Blues

"I personally do not believe it’s anti-semitic to criticize Israel’s murderous actions in Gaza. See I have this wild idea that murdering children is not an aspect of the Jewish faith, and that saying otherwise actually has a very ugly history in our society."

-- Caitlin Johnstone


News and Opinion

Heh, I thought I'd lead off with a different sort of awful news tonight.

Earth on verge of five catastrophic climate tipping points, scientists warn

Many of the gravest threats to humanity are drawing closer, as carbon pollution heats the planet to ever more dangerous levels, scientists have warned. Five important natural thresholds already risk being crossed, according to the Global Tipping Points report, and three more may be reached in the 2030s if the world heats 1.5C (2.7F) above pre-industrial temperatures.

Triggering these planetary shifts will not cause temperatures to spiral out of control in the coming centuries but will unleash dangerous and sweeping damage to people and nature that cannot be undone.

“Tipping points in the Earth system pose threats of a magnitude never faced by humanity,” said Tim Lenton, from the University of Exeter’s Global Systems Institute. “They can trigger devastating domino effects, including the loss of whole ecosystems and capacity to grow staple crops, with societal impacts including mass displacement, political instability and financial collapse.”

The tipping points at risk include the collapse of big ice sheets in Greenland and the West Antarctic, the widespread thawing of permafrost, the death of coral reefs in warm waters, and the collapse of atmospheric circulation in the North Atlantic. Unlike other changes to the climate such as hotter heatwaves and heavier rainfall, these systems do not slowly shift in line with greenhouse gas emissions but can instead flip from one state to an entirely different one. When a climatic system tips – sometimes with a sudden shock – it may permanently alter the way the planet works.

Scientists warn that there are large uncertainties around when such systems will shift but the report found that three more may soon join the list. These include mangroves and seagrass meadows, which are expected to die off in some regions if the temperatures rise between 1.5C and 2C, and boreal forests, which may tip as early as 1.4C of heating or as late as 5C.


‘Apocalyptic’ conditions in southern Gaza blocking aid, top UN official says

The UN’s top aid official has said the Israeli military campaign in southern Gaza has been just as devastating as in the north, creating “apocalyptic” conditions and ending any possibility of meaningful humanitarian operations.

Martin Griffiths, the UN emergency relief coordinator, said he was speaking on behalf of the entire international aid community in saying the continuing offensive had robbed aid workers of any significant means of helping the 2.3 million people of Gaza, other than to call for an immediate end to the fighting.

His comments came as the Israeli military said it had stormed southern Gaza’s main city in the most intense day of fighting so far, and hospitals struggled to cope with scores of dead and wounded Palestinians.

“What we’re saying today is: that’s enough now. It has to stop,” Griffiths said in an interview with the Guardian, adding that the small amount of aid being allowed into Gaza could no longer be distributed, since the Israeli ground offensive had spread to southern Gaza and the city of Khan Younis, bringing the humanitarian operation effectively to an end.

“It isn’t really a statistically significant operation any more,” said Griffiths, who is also UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs. “It’s a bit of a patch on a wound and it doesn’t do the job, and it would be an illusion for the world to think that the people in Gaza can be helped by the humanitarian operation under these conditions. This is an apocalyptic situation now, because these are the remnants of a nation being driven into a pocket in the south.”

Gaza Aid Worker Describes "Horror" of Forced Relocations Amid Israel's War on Southern Strip

Israel says fighting in Gaza is most intense since start of ground offensive

Israeli forces have reported the most intense day of fighting in Gaza since the ground attack began nearly six weeks ago, with offensives stepped up in northern and southern Gaza and reports of a rise in civilian deaths. Amid heavy combat in key urban areas, including around Khan Younis, Hamas said there would be no further return of hostages until Israel’s “aggression against Gaza stopped”.

The UN said “some of the heaviest shelling in Gaza so far” took place between Sunday and Monday afternoons. The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 349 Palestinians had been killed and 750 injured in that period. ...

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Tuesday they had mounted an attack into the “heart” of Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, and that paratroopers and navy commandos had raided the Hamas general security headquarters there. Heavy fighting was also reported in Shujai’iya, another Hamas stronghold in the north. The IDF spokesperson Lt Col Richard Hecht said the fighting in the north had been “close-quarter and face-to-face” amid building-to-building combat.

At the same time, the bombing of Gaza’s second city, Khan Younis, in the south of the coastal strip, intensified before an expected ground incursion. Israeli tanks were reported to be at the entrance to the city. Armoured vehicles were reported to have taken up positions on the southern section of the main north-south highway running through Gaza and to be firing on Palestinians trying to move through the area in cars or on foot.

“We are in the heart of Jabaliya, in the heart of Shujai’iya, and now also in the heart of Khan Younis,” the commander of the IDF southern command, Maj Gen Yaron Finkelman, said. “We are in the most intense day since the beginning of the ground operation – in terms of terrorists killed, the number of firefights and the use of firepower from the land and air. We intend to continue to strike and secure our accomplishments.”

Strategic defeat in Israel for Biden White House

Biden works to create plausible deniability as he backs Israel’s assault on Gaza

Biden referred to Israel’s initial bombing attack, prior to its ground invasion, as “indiscriminate,” and that was a phrase his people didn’t walk back. It’s always difficult to know whether to read more into Biden’s words since he so frequently doesn’t seem to know what he’s saying, but the comments from not only the President but others in the administration show that they are feeling the domestic pressure from their constituents and the international pressure from their allies to try to restrain Israel from such massive civilian casualties as it has created since October 7.

But what does any of this mean on the ground now that Israel has started up its military operation again? This is not clear. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told a television news program that the U.S. fully supported Israel resuming its operations but that it must do so only “after civilians have been accounted for, have the opportunity to be in safety, have access to humanitarian assistance and to be out of the way of any military operation that is conducted.” But what can that possibly mean in southern Gaza? Some 80% of Gaza’s residents have fled to the south, packing the residents of what was already one of the most densely overpopulated places in the world into half of the Gaza Strip.

In addition, there is a massive humanitarian crisis that the meager amount of aid that has been allowed barely begins to address. As the World Health Organization has noted, “[There are] no medicines, no vaccination activities, no access to safe water and hygiene and no food.” These shortages will become more acute as Israel pursues its next phase. The people who die as a result of these factors will not be included in the war dead by most official counts. How can civilians possibly be safe even in an alternative reality where Israel was trying to avoid civilian casualties?

The answer, of course, is that they cannot be. But the Biden administration wants to create the illusion that they are doing something to limit the number of civilian casualties. ...

Biden’s Special Envoy for Middle Eastern Humanitarian Affairs David Satterfield introduced what he called a new “deconfliction mechanism” for Gaza last week. This, he says, is a new system to make sure that Israel knows where humanitarian aid workers are so they will not continue to be killed at the highest rate of any conflict in the United Nations’ history. This is addressing a problem that doesn’t exist. UN and other relief organizations have been coordinating with Israel for decades about their activities in Gaza and where they are working. Israel has not been attacking UN sites, hospitals, schools, mosques, and humanitarian aid facilities and vehicles by mistake. Instead, they have argued that Hamas and other militant groups are using them as cover and they are therefore fair game.

But this “deconfliction mechanism” allows the Biden administration to claim it is working to protect innocent lives in Gaza while it continues its support of Israeli actions. The duplicity of this move is evidenced by the fact that Biden continues to refrain from criticizing Israel’s deliberate targeting of Gaza’s medical and humanitarian infrastructure. If that’s not a red line, then the “deconfliction mechanism,” an already redundant idea, is utterly meaningless. It can’t be stressed enough that what we have in the south of Gaza now is an intense concentration of people so densely packed in that it would be impossible to launch even the most careful military operation without enormous civilian casualties. There simply is no room to create the sort of “safe zone” the U.S. is claiming Israel will magically conjure.

Israel's Shin Bet vows to hunt down Hamas in Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey: audio leak

The head of Israel's domestic security agency Shin Bet has vowed to hunt down members Hamas in Lebanon, Turkey, and Qatar, according to a leaked recording.

Israel's public broadcaster Kan aired the audio on Sunday, where Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar can be heard saying: "The cabinet has set us a goal, in street talk, to eliminate Hamas.

"We will do this everywhere, in Gaza, in the West Bank, in Lebanon, in Turkey, in Qatar. It will take a few years but we will be there to do it."

It was unclear when Bar made the remarks, or to whom, while then agency itself declined to comment on the report.

'We Were BOMBED' Freed Hostages ENRAGED At Bibi

Relative of Israeli captives confirms ‘3 hostages killed by Israeli fire,’ blasts military

A relative of newly-released Israeli captives has publicly accused the Israeli military of killing its own people and says Tel Aviv is blocking the victims’ families from speaking out. In testimony delivered to Israel’s finance committee on December 3, Noam Dan, whose cousin’s husband remains in Hamas custody and who suffered the loss of two other family members in the hostilities, told legislators the Israeli military has killed its own.

“We know for sure that three people were killed by our fire, three hostages,” she declared, while demanding to be informed of whether the families of captives “were given up on” by the Netanyahu administration.

Dan’s comments appear to confirm a statement delivered from captivity in Gaza by the 34-year-old Israeli citizen Yarden Bibas. Addressing Netanyahu, the abductee stated that the Israeli military had killed his wife and two children in an airstrike, and pleaded for the prime minister to negotiate for the release of their bodies: “Bibi, you destroyed my family. You killed my wife and my children, everything in my life… I am begging you, please bring my wife and my children home.”

Freed Israeli captives have also delivered harrowing accounts of the massive Israeli bombings they endured. According to a Facebook post by Israeli television producer Hagai Levi, “From the reports of the returning abductees, it is repeated that the most horrifying captivity trauma they experienced was probably the IDF bombings. When they tell about them, they literally tremble in front of me. The terms are of hell, of the brink of death, of an earthquake, of noise from another planet (which also caused permanent hearing damage). The fear of being murdered by the captors was zero compared to the fear of dying in the bombing.”

In a previous appearance on Israel’s Channel 13, Dan told her interviewer that “we know for sure that not only did [Israeli civilians] hear bombings, but buildings collapsed on top of their inhabitants,” and that “hostages were injured” in the attacks. “The IDF damages the houses where they’re held,” she noted. And it’s not just Israeli bombs which are jeopardizing the safety of the captive Israelis. According to Dan, “our sanctions on Gaza endanger the health of the hostages,” because “if Gaza doesn’t have flour, they don’t have flour… It’s one to one.”

Phil Giraldi: A Palestine Without Palestinians

Immolation Revelations

The “authorities” are not telling us the person’s name or anything about them, but someone immolated themselves with a Palestinian flag outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta on Friday afternoon.

What we do know is that the Israeli government is finding new levels of deprivation daily. On this matter, they put out a statement: “It is tragic to see the hate and incitement toward Israel expressed in such a horrific way.” Brannon Ingram wrote: “How self-centered can you possibly be? Self immolation is never an act of ‘hate.’ It’s the opposite. It’s a desperate plea for humanity.”

A security guard was also burned.

The Twitter account of the government that is slaughtering thousands of Palestinian children, women, and men on a daily basis added: “The sanctity of life is our highest value.”

Meanwhile the Atlanta police chief said: “We believe this building remains safe, and we do not see any threat here.” Thank goodness the building is safe, unlike every building in Gaza. Maggi Carter wrote: “never mind the desperation of a situation inspiring self-immolation.”

Debunking Israel’s “mass rape” propaganda

UN hears accounts of sexual violence during 7 October attacks by Hamas

The United Nations has heard accounts of sexual violence during the 7 October attacks by Hamas, in a meeting where speakers also attacked women’s rights activists and UN officials for not doing more to investigate or condemn these crimes. Israeli officials and frontline workers, senior US politicians and activists from both countries spoke at the meeting on Monday, organised in part by former Meta executive Sheryl Sandberg. She told those gathered that “silence is complicity”.

Hamas denies that its fighters carried out sexual violence; Sandberg asked if the world should believe them, or “the women whose bodies tell us how they spent the last minutes of their lives” and called for a “full and fair investigation” from the UN. ...

US president Joe Biden denounced the alleged sexual violence, calling on the world to condemn such conduct “without equivocation” and “without exception”.

“Reports of women raped – repeatedly raped – and their bodies being mutilated while still alive – of women corpses being desecrated, Hamas terrorists inflicting as much pain and suffering on women and girls as possible and then murdering them,” Biden said at a campaign fundraiser in Boston. “It is appalling.”

In a statement on its Telegram channel, Hamas denounced Biden’s statements as false accusations and said he was joining Israel’s effort to cover up war crimes in Gaza committed with US support.

When the Lie's So Big - The Grayzone live

Grinning Israeli War Vets Admit To R@ping & Murdering Palestinians

US imposes visa bans on Israeli settlers responsible for West Bank violence

In a rare punitive move against Israel, the US has announced it will impose travel bans on extremist Jewish settlers implicated in recent attacks on Palestinians in theWest Bank.

The secretary of state, Antony Blinken, announced the decision on Tuesday after warning Israel last week that Joe Biden’s administration would be taking action over the attacks. Blinken did not announce individual visa bans, but officials said those would be coming this week and could affect dozens of settlers and their families. “We have underscored to the Israeli government the need to do more to hold accountable extremist settlers who have committed violent attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank,” Blinken said in a statement. “As President Biden has repeatedly said, those attacks are unacceptable.”

“Today, the state department is implementing a new visa restriction policy targeting individuals believed to have been involved in undermining peace, security or stability in the West Bank, including through committing acts of violence or taking other actions that unduly restrict civilians’ access to essential services and basic necessities,” Blinken said. He said the US would continue to seek accountability for settler violence against Palestinians as well as Palestinian attacks against Israelis in the West Bank and Israel, particularly as tensions are extremely high due to the conflict in Gaza. ...

Some analysts described it as a positive step. Martin Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel, tweeted: “Finally, settler vigilantes will pay a price for their violent efforts to uproot West Bank Palestinians. I hope their Israeli government sponsors will not be allowed to fly either.”

But Aaron David Miller, a former state department analyst, negotiator and adviser on Middle East issues, expressed doubt that the decision would fundamentally alter the situation. “It’s necessary but not sufficient,” he said. “It’s a welcome demonstration the administration takes seriously the reality of settler vigilantism. But as a practical matter it’s not going to change many hearts or minds.” Miller added: “I wouldn’t call it virtue signalling but in some respects it’s similar to the administration’s ban in the wake of [journalist Jamal] Khashoggi’s murder by the Saudi regime. There were visa restrictions imposed on a number of Saudis as well.”

13 Dems Oppose Resolution Conflating Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism

As Israel continued to wage what critics are calling a genocidal war on the Gaza Strip, just 13 U.S. House Democrats and one Republican on Tuesday voted against a GOP resolution that conflates anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

House Resolution 894 passed with support from 95 Democrats and 216 Republicans, including its sponsors, Reps. David Kustoff (Tenn.) and Max Miller (Ohio), who are both Jewish. Almost as many Democrats—92—voted present.

The resolution, which embraces the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's controversial working definition of antisemitism, was widely condemned by progressive and Jewish groups this week ahead of the vote.

Republican Congressman Thomas Massie (Ky.) joined the 13 Democrats who opposed H.Res. 894: Reps. Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.), Cori Bush (Mo.), Gerry Connolly (Va.), Jesús "Chuy" García (Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Summer Lee (Pa.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Delia Ramirez (Ill.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.).

US supreme court hears key case that could hamper efforts to tax super-rich

US supreme court justices appeared hesitant to overturn a tax targeting owners of foreign corporations in a case that has sparked controversy over a call for Justice Samuel Alito to recuse himself, and which could undermine efforts to impose a wealth tax on the very rich.

The justices heard arguments in an appeal by Charles and Kathleen Moore – a retired couple from Redmond, Washington – of a lower court’s decision rejecting their challenge to the tax on foreign company earnings, even though those profits had not been distributed. The one-time “mandatory repatriation tax” (MRT), which applied to taxpayers owning at least 10% of certain foreign corporations, was part of a 2017 Republican-backed tax bill signed into law by then president Donald Trump.

At issue in the case is whether this tax on unrealized gains is allowed under the US constitution’s 16th amendment, which enabled Congress to “collect taxes on incomes”. The Moores, backed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and other conservative and business groups, say that “income” means only those gains that are realized through payment to the taxpayer, not a mere increase in the value of property.

Some of the questions posed by the justices appeared aimed at potentially upholding the tax by attributing the income earned by the company to its shareholders, but also probing the limits of the government’s broad taxing power. “Even assuming or leaving it open whether realization is a constitutional requirement, there was realized income here to the entity that is attributed to the shareholders in a manner consistent with how Congress has done that and this court has allowed,” the conservative justice Brett Kavanaugh told the US solicitor general, Elizabeth Prelogar, defending the tax for Joe Biden’s administration.



the horse race



Biden Admin WAVES OFF Accusations They Usurped Democracy By CANCELLING Democratic Primary



the evening greens


Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels to hit record high

Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels reached record levels again in 2023, as experts warned that the projected rate of warming had not improved over the past two years. The world is on track to have burned more coal, oil and gas in 2023 than it did in 2022, according to a report by the Global Carbon Project, pumping 1.1% more planet-heating carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a time when emissions must plummet to stop extreme weather from growing more violent.

The finding comes as world leaders meet in Dubai for the fraught Cop28 climate summit. In a separate report published on Tuesday, Climate Action Tracker (CAT) raised its projections slightly for future warming above the estimates it made at a conference in Glasgow two years ago.

“Two years after Glasgow, our report is virtually the same,” said Claire Stockwell, an analyst at Climate Analytics and lead author of the CAT report. “You would think the extreme events around the world would be sparking action but governments appear oblivious, somehow thinking treading water will deal with the flood of impacts.”

As carbon clogs the atmosphere, trapping sunlight and baking the planet, the climate is growing more hostile to human life. The growth in CO2 emissions had slowed substantially over the past decade, the Global Carbon Project found, but the amount emitted each year had continued to rise. It projected that total CO2 emissions in 2023 would reach a record high of 40.9 gigatons. If the world continued to emit CO2 at that rate, the international team of more than 120 scientists found, it would burn through the remaining carbon budget for a half-chance of keeping global heating to 1.5C (2.7F) above pre-industrial temperatures in just seven years. In 15 years, the scientists estimated, the budget for 1.7C would be gone too.

The researchers reported big regional differences in emissions. They expected fossil fuel emissions to have risen this year in India and China, the biggest and third-biggest polluters, and to have fallen in the US and the EU, the two biggest historical polluters. The average of the rest of the world’s emissions was expected to have fallen slightly too. Emissions from deforestation and other land-use changes were also projected to have fallen slightly, though not by enough for current levels of tree-planting to make up for it, the researchers found.

Oil-Rich UAE Is Buying Up Large Swaths of Africa for Carbon Credits to Keep Polluting


Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

Who Is Really Behind The Mass Slaughter In Gaza?

Israel’s war on women and children

Why Israel Is Performing So Badly Against Hamas

There’s Nothing You Can Say To Make Me Accept The Murder Of Thousands Of Children

Israel's AI Targeting Puts All the People of Gaza in the Crosshairs

Israeli government has Haaretz newspaper in its sights as it tightens screws on media freedom

'The butcher of Gaza should be tried like Milosevic:' Erdogan

The Anti-Semite

The War In Ukraine Is Done

Every mass shooting in the USsince 2014 – a visual database

Denny Laine, star musician with Moody Blues and Wings, dies aged 79

CNN Host CONFRONTS Israel Rep On Gaza Civilian Deaths

Biden SNUBBED As MBS Meets With Putin


A Little Night Music

Smokey Hogg – I Want My Baby (But My Baby Don't Want Me)

Smokey Hogg - I Want A Roller

Smokey Hogg w/ Frankie Lee Sims - Hard Times

Smokey Hogg – When The Sun Goes Down

Smokey Hogg - Be My So and So

Smokey Hogg - Jivin' Little Woman

Smokey Hogg - She's Always On My Mind

Smokey Hogg – Good Mornin' Little School Girl

Smokey Hogg – Highway 51


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meant to keep us hunkered down? And worried about our future?
Maybe another emergency shot is in order? The proles are getting
a bit restless methinks.

You have the best blues library in the world!

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@QMS

of water skiing to RAM playing. We’d get to the dam by 8 am and take turns skiing till 2 when the water would get too ruff and then having buckets of KFC and then returning to skiing till dark. I looked forward to getting back in the water cuz it was warmer than the air. Good times. I play it riding in the convertible.

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thanks for reminding me
used to have some of the best rushes
getting towed behind a speedy boat
jumping the wakes
criss crossing and flying out of the water
for endless moments
only to land back on the skies

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both water and snow and I could ski for a long time and they would just stop the boat to give others their chance to ski. But one time my back leg got tired and so I brought it forward and rested it on the tip of the ski which went down into the water…...yep I went ass over teakettle. My brother saw me shaking and jumped in thinking I was hurt, but I was just laughing so hard at my stupidity.

And yes the freedom from getting airborne crossing the wake. I learned quickly not to be timid doing that.

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i expect that they are meant to have us clamoring to be led to safety by the professional managerial class (who would just as soon let us die so that they can have more stuff).

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@QMS -- nobody can really predict the future, but everyone wants to. Therefore the field of futures studies is suffused with desire.

Of course they want you to worry about the future. If you worry about the future you won't be spending any time thinking about how they've stupidly made a mess of it. They, after all, are the bearers of what Cornelius Castoriadis called the "complete atrophy of political imagination" which characterizes our era.

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"The war on Gaza, backed by the West, is a demonstration that the West is willing to cross all lines. That it will discard any nuance of humanity. That it is willing to commit genocide" -- Moon of Alabama

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and how they view what's going on in Ukraine/NATO/USUKIS

It's well worth the read

https://johnhelmer.net/

“They are fighting with us,” declared Ilnitsky, “for the way people think, for the way they perceive the world. Right now we are fighting a civilisational war for the future. It is this war that we are waging on the battlefields of our own. We will win and revive ourselves by being reborn, or our identity will be wiped out. This is exactly what happened in the Ukraine for thirty years before the start of the SVO [Special Military Operation].”

Putin went further than spearing the emperor. “Our fight”, he declared, “for sovereignty and justice is, without exaggeration, one of national liberation, because we are upholding the security and well-being of our people, and our supreme historical right to be Russia – a strong independent power, a civilization state. It is our country, it is the Russian world that has blocked the way of those who aspired to world domination and exceptionalism, as it has happened many times in history. We are now fighting not just for Russia’s freedom but for the freedom of the whole world.”

And then we get this......UFB, there is no stopping the neoconshitlibs
and their march to rule the world

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I never knew that the term "Never Again" only pertained to
those born Jewish

"Antisemite used to be someone who didn't like Jews
now it's someone who Jews don't like"

Heard from Margaret Kimberley

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@ggersh

it seems that the russians have it correct that they are fighting to liberate the world from hegemonic bloodthirsty bastards. it's a shame that such people have managed to take over the u.s. government and its foreign policy apparatus.

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More fear mongering by the government.

On Wednesday President Joe Biden suggested that if Congress doesn't send Ukraine more money, now, it may 'embolden' Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade a NATO ally, which would precipitate "American troops fighting Russian troops."

The rest of his remarks.

“Make no mistake,” he added. “Today’s vote is going to be long remembered and history’s going to judge harshly those who turn their back on freedom’s cause. We can’t let Putin win. I’ll say it again, we can’t let Putin win.”

Ummm..Putin has already won the Ukraine war. All those decrepit old weapons you sent there were destroyed just as quickly as the newest ones.

Again didn’t any of the A-holes listen to or read Putin’s speech? He named 3 goals of the SMO and not one of them said that he wasn’t going to stop with Ukraine, nor March into Europe or face off with any NATO country.

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He posts a lot headlines warning about Russia wanting to conquer the world…. just because Putin is insane or something. Here’s one from the national review. There are many more sites saying the same thing.

This fraudulent specter of Russian imperialism is being ginned-up to spin fear through the dim European populace and galvanize Ukraine’s sagging support.

But more insidiously, it represents the projection and telegraphing of NATO’s own plans to continue drawing Russia through an ever-denser gauntlet of war to continuously undermine its development as a sovereign superpower. I wrote about this in the latest reader’s mailbag, but the recently intensifying drumbeats of war make me almost certain that a far larger European conflict is looming at the horizon.

The National Review article even ends on this foreboding note:

The bottom line is that the Kremlin plans to change the world order, especially in terms of security, and the conquest of Ukraine is a first step in that plan. If the West abandoned Ukraine now, it would be further exposing NATO to Russian aggression in the years to come. Instead, in order to avert the danger from Russia, NATO and the EU must hold strong in their support for Ukraine and continuing developing their military capabilities. The Russian threat must be neutralized, and this is the only way to do it.

But their clumsy narrative-hopping exposes a major flaw in this new Western propaganda train.

That’s on the same order of stupidity as the earlier posted Tweet, which highlights Ukraine’s claim that only joining NATO would protect it by deterring Russia from ever attacking again, yet at the same time absurdly propounds that Russia is set to attack other NATO members after it conquers Ukraine. So what possible protection can NATO offer?

Developing their military capabilities..don’t make me laugh. Our defense companies build over sophisticated weapons that often fail on the battlefield and the companies are spending their money on stock buybacks instead of investing in making their companies build better weapons. And most of the things they need to build them have to be imported from China and other countries. Meanwhile in Russia they have 3 shifts building their weapons and they don’t have to put up with much corruption. Most of the money spent on Ukraine never left the country because it went to defense companies and stock holders who many are congress critters. Or the companies send the money directly to congress to buy their support. Great way to launder tax payers money.

But I thought Biden was pushing Zelensky to a ceasefire?

MoA

U.S. Is Withholding Aid To Push Ukraine Towards Negotiations With Russia

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Guess not…

It’s true that Bethlehem has canceled Xmas this year.

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it looks like a powerful artistic statement to me.

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It’s actually a very powerful statement that just maybe will wake people up to what’s happening to kids in Gaza. I can imagine the pain that parents are going through.

Caitlin….

The unexamined premise behind the frenetic push to reignite outrage over October 7 using rape allegations is that if Hamas fighters did sexually assault any Israeli women during the attack, then everyone has to shut up and let Israel keep murdering children by the thousands. This is self-evidently stupid.
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The US House of Representatives just passed a resolution saying that Judaism is synonymous with a colonialist ideology which routinely murders children.

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Today, the state department is implementing a new visa restriction policy targeting individuals believed to have been involved in undermining peace, security or stability in the West Bank, including through committing acts of violence or taking other actions that unduly restrict civilians’ access to essential services and basic necessities,” Blinken said.

The settlers are killing Palestinians you dolt! And doing it while the Israeli military looks on. And just how many settlers do you think are making plans to leave their ill gotten homes? Maybe stop sending bullets for their guns would be a better idea.

I’m getting lots of satisfaction seeing Blinken not getting the respect that he thinks he deserves.

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Kim Dotcom @KimDotcom

This is important. Pay attention.

What the US Govt did to Ukraine is unforgivable:

The 2014 coup with the help of Nazis and CIA snipers, endless propaganda and lies, breaches of the Minsk accords, murder of 15,000+ ethnic Russians in Donbas, provoking war with Russia via NATO expansion with plans to station nuclear capable missiles 400km from Moscow, arrogantly ignoring Russias warning to back off, acting surprised when Russia invaded Ukraine “unprovoked”, blowing up the NordStream pipelines in an act of international terrorism, unleashing thousands of sanctions against Russia to force “regime change” (unsuccessfully), bankrupting Ukraine with loans and by wrecking the Ukrainian economy, ripping off the US tax base and paying the Military Industrial Complex for sending old and ineffective arms stockpiles to Ukraine, causing millions of Ukrainians to flee to Europe, falsely promising Ukraine “unwavering support for as long as it takes”, preventing a peace agreement with Russia, causing 600,000+ Ukrainians to die in a US proxy war, losing 20% of Ukrainian territory and $10+ trillion of proven natural resources to Russia, controlling western mainstream media and lying to the world by falsely claiming that Ukraine is winning and that Russia is about to fold,

using EU politicians as puppets who sold out and will never win re-election, de-industrialization of Europe and luring Gas dependent Industries with unfair subsidies to the US, costing EU taxpayers 120+ billion for funding a US proxy war and causing trillions in future economic losses for the EU, getting Germany to send tanks to kill Russians after the Soviets sacrificed 27 million people in WW2 to stop Adolf Hitler, getting Putin charged for war crimes by the western funded International Criminal Court and then backing an actual genocide by Israel against Palestinian civilians

blaming Ukraine for the failed counter-offensive instead of admitting that Pentagon war simulations are garbage, preventing diplomacy because peace and a neutral Ukraine would be a victory for Russia and destroying Biden’s re-election chances, laundering money via Ukraine to US and Ukrainian politicians, the list goes on and on.

Don’t even get me started about the millions of people the US Govt killed by funding the creation of Covid-19 and unsafe vaccines.

Are you supporting the United States Govt and the US Deep State which controls politicians in all parties, the judiciary and big tech?

Are you supporting the Pentagon propaganda media, the US censorship machine and the 5 Eyes mass surveillance regime that constantly collects every bit of data about you?

Are you supporting the US led NATO war machine, chaos by design, global deception and mass murder?

Did you know that the US Govt has killed over 20 million people in 37 victim nations since WW2? That doesn’t include deaths by sanctions and Covid-19.

Is your nation and are your politicians backing endless US wars, theft and crimes against humanity?

What happened in Ukraine is your wake-up call. This may be your last chance to rise against the evildoers and their corrupt system. Soon
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will be forced to comply with censorship or be destroyed and you will have to look for posts like this in the anonymous corners of the Internet.

If you fail to act World War 3 is more likely than not and 99% of humanity would vanish. This isn’t fear-mongering. You need to understand why the US started the proxy war with Russia:

If the US Govt can’t stop the growing multipolar order spearheaded by Russia and China or the de-dollarization in international trade the US will simply collapse because it will no longer be able to print money on the backs of other nations which use the US dollar as a reserve currency.

Printing trillions of dollars was the only way for the US Govt to stay afloat, turning the markets into a Ponzi scheme and managing an unsustainable and rapidly increasing debt-burden. Those days are numbered.
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@humphrey

kim dotcom seems to have a quite reasonable analysis.

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janis b's picture

@humphrey

What a neat packaging of homegrown (US) deadly donations.

Anyone looking for work with Kim Dotcom in NZ apply here …

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/kim-dotcom-searches-for-gardener-nanny-sec...

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i have to go out for a while. i'll be back later on.

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Biden is the primary obstacle to Israeli victory

The time has come to discuss the Biden administration’s relationship with Israel. With each passing day, two things become obvious. First, Israel cannot fight the war without U.S. resupply of the Israel Defense Forces. As a consequence, Israel is beholden to the administration’s directives. And second, if Israel follows the Biden administration’s directives, it will lose the war.

Brick went on to explain that President Joe Biden’s demand that Israel permit “humanitarian aid” to enter Gaza means that he is demanding that Israel keep Hamas fully supplied with food, water and fuel.

His demand that Israel minimize Palestinian civilian casualties endangers IDF soldiers and renders the expansion of the ground offensive into central and southern Gaza, where the bulk of Hamas’s force is now located, almost impossible to carry out. Brick suggested various forms of long-term tunnel warfare and other suggestions for how the IDF may be able to defeat Hamas over time while operating within the constraints that Biden and his top advisors are dictating.
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Lawmakers must understand the source of the Israeli government’s fulsome praise for Biden. They should then take action to prevent the administration from maintaining its policy of paying lip service to an Israeli victory while preventing Israel from achieving one.

It doesn’t get any better. I don’t know what this guy is smoking, but he sure doesn’t know that Biden will do everything he can to make sure that Israel wins the war. One thing that stood out is that he thinks every Palestinian should die before one IDF soldier gets hurt. Palestinians are not human. Where have we heard that before? It wasn’t the Palestinians that put Jews in concentration camps and killed 6 million of them. In fact many Palestinians welcomed the Jews to Palestine.

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Which AIPAC/MIC/pharma/bank bought politician are you going to vote for? Don’t be surprised when nothing changes.

joe shikspack's picture

@snoopydawg

that's quite an article and its author is delusional. i sure hope that average israelis don't think that way, but i suppose that i would not be surprised if it was a common view.

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@joe shikspack

84% think that Israel is using the right amount of force against them. And how many leaders have said that they are animals or just not human?

Remember back when Israel was mowing the lawn in 2014 some Israelis had a bbq on a hill overlooking Gaza and cheered the carnage? I just don’t understand how people whose ancestors were slaughtered could become the same as those who did that.

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Which AIPAC/MIC/pharma/bank bought politician are you going to vote for? Don’t be surprised when nothing changes.

joe shikspack's picture

@snoopydawg

apparently, the lesson israelis have taken from the holocaust was that "might makes right," and they have set about making themselves a power that can enforce their will.

i fear that only defeat on the battlefield will subdue the israelis from ethnically cleansing the palestinians and undoubtedly others in the middle east as their unrestrained greed pushes them to increase their lebensraum.

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Returned from sunny and warm central CA to rain back at home in the East Bay. We do need rain, but it sure brings one down after warm, sunny days along the shore.

be well and have a good one

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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 --

@enhydra lutris

it's only castles burning

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@enhydra lutris

glad you had a good break with excellent weather. the weather here keeps oscillating between warmish and reasonably pleasant and cold with a kind of nasty wet breeze. at lunchtime today i saw three (count 'em three) whole snowflakes, so i guess we've had our first snow. ms shikspack was out on the other side of baltimore where they got sleet, so i guess i was lucky.

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@humphrey

well, i guess we'll soon see if the un can become more than a debating society where one goes to score points, but have no real effect on world events.

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janis b's picture

No matter what the lead story, it’s all awful.

I feel particularly indignant about how threatened humanity is, politically and environmentally, by the heartless and ignorant. The earth will probably survive at the expense of humanity. I hate that the environment has to eliminate man for its survival. I hate that man has made that so.

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