The Evening Blues - 6-5-24



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The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Big Walter Horton

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This evening's music features Chicago blues harmonica player Big Walter Horton. Enjoy!

Big Walter Horton - Have a Good Time

“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”

-- William Shakespeare


News and Opinion

The Reckless Brinkmanship With Russia Just Keeps On Escalating

It’s damn near impossible to keep up with all the warmongering of the western empire these days.

In response to the frightening steps that NATO has been taking to allow western-supplied weapons to be used by Ukraine to strike Russian territory, Vladimir Putin warned last week that these escalations can lead to “serious consequences”.

“This constant escalation can lead to serious consequences,” Putin said. “If these serious consequences occur in Europe, how will the US behave, bearing in mind our parity in the field of strategic weapons? Hard to say. Do they want global conflict?”

We can get a more concrete idea of what Putin was talking about from the blatant threat Moscow formally made to the UK last month, saying that Ukraine using any British weapons to attack Russian territory could result in direct Russian attacks on British military targets in Ukraine “and beyond”, which would place Russia in a profoundly dangerous state of hot warfare with NATO forces.

On Friday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg dismissed Putin’s warnings, saying, “This is nothing new. It has … been the case for a long time that every time NATO allies are providing support to Ukraine, President Putin is trying to threaten us to not do that.”

This cavalier attitude toward nuclear brinkmanship that empire managers have been demonstrating lately was addressed on Monday by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, who said the US is close to making a “fatal” miscalculation.

“I would like to caution American officials against miscalculations which may have fatal consequences. For some unknown reason, they underestimate the seriousness of the rebuff they may receive,” Ryabkov reportedly said.

“I am urging these officials who seemingly are not bothered by anything, to take some time away from playing computer games, which is apparently what they are doing, given their light-hearted approach to serious issues, and take a closer look at what Putin said,” Ryabkov added.

American officials appear to be doing the exact opposite of what the deputy foreign minister recommends, with White House spokesman John Kirby telling the press on Monday that the Biden administration is open to discussions about expanding the use of US-made weapons further into Russian territory.

Asked about President Zelensky’s complaint that US permissions to conduct limited strikes on Russian territory weren’t enough and comments from Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggesting a greater range of Russian territory may soon be authorized, Kirby said it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Zelensky wants more, and that the US will keep talking to Ukraine about the possibility of US-backed strikes deeper into the Russian mainland.

“And so we’ll have those talks, we’ll have those conversations with the Ukrainians,” Kirby said. “Absolutely, we will. And whether it leads to any additional policy changes, I can’t say at this point, but we’re not going to turn our back on what Ukraine needs. And we’re going to continue to try to, again, evolve our support to them as the battlefield evolves as well.”

I wrote just the other day that Biden’s authorization for limited strikes on Russian territory with US weapons would immediately be followed by a push for even more escalations with strikes deeper into Russia, and here we are. Every time the warmongers get one escalation, they immediately start pushing for another.

There is a limit to how many escalations Russia will tolerate before taking drastic action against NATO to re-establish deterrence credibility, and nobody really knows exactly where that limit is. They seem bound and determined to find it however, and when they do we may already be on an irreversible free fall toward nuclear armageddon.

This all comes as the Dutch foreign minister publicly gives the green light for Ukraine to use F-16s to attack Russian territory. As Antiwar’s Kyle Anzalone notes of this news, F-16s are nuclear-capable warplanes.

It’s important to push back against brinkmanship with Russia well before we go over the brink into nuclear war, because obviously by then it’s too late for anyone to do anything — and indeed a full-scale nuclear war between NATO and the Russian Federation could mean that nobody will ever do anything ever again. Nuclear armageddon is the one foreign policy mistake that you can’t course-correct for after you make it, so it’s extremely urgent to course-correct long before we get to that point.

The biggest risk for nuclear war isn’t that either side will knowingly choose to enter into one, but that one will be set off by miscalculation, miscommunication or technical malfunction in the chaos and confusion of soaring tensions, as nearly happened numerous times during the last cold war. The higher tensions get, the more likely such an incident becomes, and the more hair-trigger everyone’s nuclear systems will be.

It’s a lot like a standoff where people are pointing guns at each other, like the end scene of Reservoir Dogs. The more guns there are and the more tense the situation becomes, the more likely it is that someone will make a move that sets the whole thing off and gets everyone killed.

And that’s why it’s very disturbing that these tensions are being ramped up so casually by the empire with no resistance from anybody — not from western governments, not from the media, and not even from ordinary people in any meaningful numbers.

These freaks are playing chicken with armageddon weapons, and nobody’s got a foot anywhere near the brake pedal. They’re not even looking at it. They’re not even thinking about it.

At the very least we’ve got to find some way to get people thinking about this. This would be such a damn stupid way for humanity to annihilate itself.

Col. Karen Kwiatkowski : Unravelling and Secession

Biden: ‘every reason’ to believe Netanyahu is prolonging Gaza war for political gain

Joe Biden has said that there is “every reason” to draw the conclusion that Benjamin Netanyahu is prolonging the war in Gaza for his own political self-preservation. Biden made the remarks about the Israeli prime minister in an interview with Time magazine published on Tuesday morning, drawing a sharp response from the Israeli government, which accused the US president of straying from diplomatic norms. ...

Time asked Biden whether he believed Netanyahu was “prolonging the war for his own political self-preservation”.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” the president said in response, but added: “There is every reason for people to draw that conclusion.” He went to discuss some of the internal political problems Netanyahu was facing before the war.

Over the course of the wide-ranging interview in Time, Biden was also asked about the allegations, under investigation by the international criminal court (ICC) and the international court of justice (ICJ), that Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza. The president gave an ambivalent response. “The answer is it’s uncertain and has been investigated by the Israelis themselves,” he said. “The ICC is something that we don’t recognise. But one thing is certain: the people in Gaza, the Palestinians, have suffered greatly, for lack of food, water, medicine, etc. And a lot of innocent people have been killed.” ...

Asked specifically if Israel was using “starvation of civilians as a method of warfare”, a charge being pursued by the ICC prosecutor, Karim Khan. “No, I don’t think that,” Biden said. But he then said: “I think they’ve engaged in activity that is inappropriate.”

Netanyahu's TANTRUM Over Gaza Cease-fire THREATENS Biden’s Reelection Effort

ISRAEL Wages DIGITAL War, TARGETS US Lawmakers With FAKE Social Media To Bolster Military Aid: NYT

42 House Dems Help GOP Pass Bill Targeting ICC Officials Over Israel

Human rights defenders on Tuesday decried the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of a bill that would sanction International Criminal Court officials over the Hague tribunal's pursuit of arrest warrants for Israeli leaders—legislation critics warned would undermine the court's independence and could be weaponized to silence Americans' free speech.

House lawmakers voted 247-155 in favor of H.R. 8282, the Illegitimate Court Counteraction Act. Forty-two pro-Israel Democrats joined all but two Republicans who voted "present" in approving the bill, which was sponsored by far-right Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas).

"The idea that they would issue an arrest warrant for the prime minister of Israel, defense minister of Israel, at the time where they're fighting for their nation's very existence against the evil of Hamas as a proxy of Iran is unconscionable to us," said House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), according toThe Hill. "And as I said a couple of weeks ago, the ICC has to be punished for this action."

However, Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Ill.) said on the House floor ahead of Tuesday's vote that "we need the ICC" because "in the last 241 days, thousands, thousands have been victims of unimaginable atrocities, and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's violations of international law have threatened the peace of the world." ...

Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said passing H.R. 8282 would fuel international allegations of U.S. hypocrisy.

"I am already being challenged to explain U.S. double standards every time I meet with representatives of foreign governments," McGovern said on the House floor ahead of the vote. "What better gift to China and Russia than for us to undermine the international rule of law." ...

Meanwhile, congressional leaders have invited Netanyahu to Washington, D.C. for the rare honor of addressing a joint session of Congress. The prime minister has reportedly accepted the invitation, although no date has been set for his speech.

U.S. President Joe Biden was accused of double standards for condemning the ICC's targeting of Israeli leaders—whose conduct is under investigation in the ICJ genocide case—while applauding its March 2023 arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Commissioner for Children's Rights Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova for alleged crimes committed during the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The White House said Monday that it "strongly opposes" the ICC sanctions bill, but Biden has not said whether he would veto the legislation in the unlikely event it is taken up—and passed—by the Senate.

Tuesday's vote has already had consequences, as the youth-led progressive group Path to Progress said it would not endorse Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) as expected in their respective U.S. Senate races due to their approval of the bill.

This isn't the first time that Congress has targeted the ICC. In 2002, lawmakers passed and then-President George W. Bush signed the American Servicemembers Protection Act, also known as the Hague Invasion Act because it authorizes the president to use "all means necessary and appropriate" including military intervention to secure the release of American or allied personnel held by or on behalf of the ICC.

In 2020, the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump—who is expected to challenge Biden in November's election—imposed sanctions on then-ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, the court's prosecution jurisdiction division director, in retaliation for a probe of alleged war crimes committed by American troops in Afghanistan.

Last month, Khan condemned "all attempts to impede, intimidate, or improperly influence" ICC officials. Later in May, the Israeli media outlets +972 Magazine and Local Call, along with Britain's The Guardian, revealed that the head of the Mossad, Israel's main foreign intelligence agency, spent nearly a decade attempting to intimidate Bensouda into dropping an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes.

Incessant IDF Strikes Making Gaza Aid Deliveries 'Virtually Impossible': Oxfam

A leading global humanitarian group said Tuesday that the Israeli military's relentless bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip and continued obstruction of aid operations there have made efforts to deliver food, medicine, and other assistance to desperate Gazans "virtually impossible."

Oxfam International noted in a statement that two-thirds of Gaza's population—roughly 1.7 million people—is now packed into less than a fifth of the occupied enclave, often in areas with little to no access to the meager humanitarian assistance that Israel has allowed to enter in recent months.

According to the latest United Nations figures, the amount of aid entering Gaza has plummeted by 67% since Israeli forces launched their ground assault on Rafah last month. More than a million people have fled Rafah since early May, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East said Monday.

The World Food Program (WFP) wrote on social media Tuesday morning that the families that fled Rafah are "now in areas with insufficient clean water, medical supplies, fuel, and limited food assistance." The organization said it has been forced to "provide reduced rations" to ensure badly needed aid reaches as many Gazans as possible.

In its statement Tuesday, Oxfam said that "a lethal combination of closed border crossings, ongoing airstrikes, reduced logistical capacity due to evacuation notices, and a failing Israeli permission process that debilitates humanitarian movement within Gaza, have created an impossible environment for aid agencies to operate effectively."

Israeli forces shut down Rafah's border crossing with Egypt—a critical entry point for humanitarian aid—nearly a month ago, further hampering efforts to prevent famine conditions from spreading. Oxfam noted that "Kerem Shalom is the only crossing that thousands of humanitarian aid trucks queued at Rafah could be rerouted to use, but inside is an active combat zone and extremely dangerous."

UK Foreign Office Revolt Over Gaza

Amid Britain’s ongoing complicity and support for Israel’s “plausible genocide” in Gaza, an increasing number of staff in the Foreign Office, I’m told up to 300, have formally raised concerns with ministers, seeking a change of course. They are questioning ministers’ actions and policy in relation to Gaza and asking to see the legal advice they received that this is based on — advice that they have so far refused to publish, despite calls to do so from some in Parliament.

But Foreign Secretary David Cameron has not responded to these concerns directly. Instead, he sent the Foreign Office’s political director, Christian Turner, to have a meeting with a small contingent of those raising concerns about U.K. policy and breaches of international humanitarian law in Gaza.

The meeting, which took place in person at the department’s King Charles Street head office, was not minuted and participants were not allowed to take notes. This may appear benign, but not having notes of a meeting in the civil service is highly unusual, never mind a senior civil servant telling officials they aren’t allowed to take notes. Notes are taken as a record of decision making and discussions, so it raises concerns that this was actively stopped in this case.

This meeting was part of the effort to silence legitimate concerns from a range of officials from across the department, including any potential individual accountability for civil servants working on issues related to Israel and Palestine. Some staff are even rejecting requests to work on the crisis due to concerns of complicity in war crimes.

Biden, Social Platforms CENSORING Pro-Palestinian Content; MSM FAILS To Report

Nagasaki Mayor Withholds Israel's Invitation to Peace Ceremony

The mayor of Nagasaki said Monday that he is withholding Israel's invitation to the annual peace ceremony commemorating the 1945 U.S. nuclear attack on the Japanese city and will call on the country's far-right government to accept an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.

"Given the critical humanitarian situation in Gaza and international opinion, there is a risk of unpredictable disruption occurring at the ceremony," said Mayor Shirō Suzuki, according toThe Asahi Shimbun.

"The situation is changing day by day, so we have put sending an invitation letter on hold," Suzuki explained. "We need to carefully monitor the situation as it develops."

The ceremony is held each year on August 9, when at 11:02 am local time in 1945 a U.S. B-29 bomber dropped a single nuclear bomb over the city, killing tens of thousands of people instantly and dooming many thousands more to slow death by radiation-induced ailments.

Suzuki said he would extend an invitation to Israel once it's clear that doing so won't cause any problems. Palestine's envoy is invited to attend, although Japan is one of a global minority of nations that do not formally recognize a Palestinian state.

"Toward Nakba as a Legal Concept": Meet the Palestinian Lawyer Censored by Columbia and Harvard

BDS founder hails campus protests for taking Israeli divestment mainstream

The student-led protests demanding universities cut financial and academic ties to Israel have led to unprecedented support for the Palestinian liberation struggle, and have propelled the divestment debate into the mainstream, according to the co-founder of the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights defender who helped launch the BDS movement almost 20 years ago, said the students’ solidarity had helped educate the world about the Israeli occupation and “apartheid” while exposing the hypocrisy – and repressive tendencies – of some of the world’s most prestigious universities with investments in corporations which put “profit before people and the planet”.

“The current student-led uprising on campuses in the US, Europe and globally is a sign of Palestine’s South Africa moment, as the support for ending complicity in Israel’s genocide and underlying 76-year-old regime of settler-colonialism and apartheid is reaching a tipping point in the struggle for Palestinian liberation … the ‘B’ and ‘D’ in BDS have gone much more mainstream than before.

“This student uprising has been a crash course on Palestine for millions in the west in particular, undoing many years of silencing and erasing Palestinian voices, Palestinian history, Palestinian culture [and] aspirations … it gives us hope and inspiration in these dark times of Israel’s ongoing genocide against 2.3 million Palestinians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip,” Barghouti told the Guardian as Israel continued to defy a ruling by the UN’s top court to stop its assault on Rafah – the southern city of Gaza where Palestinian refugees have painted messages of gratitude to the students on their tents.

Barghouti was a student at Columbia University in the 1980s, when anti-apartheid protesters blockaded Hamilton Hall for three weeks as part of a campaign to force the Ivy league school to divest from South Africa. Launched in 2005, the BDS movement is inspired by the South African anti-apartheid struggle and US civil rights movement. The recent pro-Palestinian student protests grew after the president of Columbia University authorized New York City police to forcibly evict the student encampment in April, which ended with more than a hundred arrests and several students suspended.

With few exceptions, university administrators have called in police, who have been accused of using excessive force against students and faculty. “The violence deployed by police to repress the student-led protests has been shocking, yet indicative of the power of these mobilizations. Such grave violations of freedom of expression, academic freedom and the civic right to peacefully protest attest to the fertile potential of this uprising to pave the way to cutting ties of complicity with Israel’s regime,” said Barghouti.

NATO Escalation & Propaganda - Glenn Greenwald, Alexander Mercouris & Glenn Diesen

French military instructors in Ukraine would be ‘legitimate target’, Russia says

Any French military instructors in Ukraine would be a “legitimate target” for Russian armed forces, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said on Tuesday during a tour of Africa, where frustration with the west has swayed several countries toward Moscow.

Lavrov made the remarks at joint news conference with the Republic of Congo’s foreign minister, Jean Claude Gakosso.

“As for the French instructors, I think they are already on the Ukrainian territory,” Lavrov said, referring to the military instructors that France could send to train Ukrainian troops. “Regardless of their status, military officials or mercenaries represent a legitimate target for our armed forces.”

In Moscow, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that “instructors who train the Kyiv regime’s troops don’t have any sort of immunity, and it doesn’t matter whether they are French or not.”

Ukraine’s top commander said last week he had signed paperwork allowing French military instructors to access Ukrainian training centres soon. But France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, said last week he would not comment on “rumours or decisions that could be made”. He said he would elaborate on France’s support during the 80th anniversary commemorations of D-day later this week.

Modi expected to lose parliamentary majority in Indian election

Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party looks likely to lose its parliamentary majority, dealing an unexpected blow to the prime minister and forcing him to negotiate with coalition partners in order to return to power. The party appeared to have lost more than 60 seats, bringing its total down to about 240, below the 272 required for a parliamentary majority.

It is the first time since Modi was elected in 2014 that the BJP has not won a clear majority on its own. Nonetheless, together with its political allies, known as the national democratic alliance (NDA), its win amounts to about 292 seats, which is enough to form a majority government to rule for the next five years and return Modi to office for a third term.

Meanwhile, the opposition alliance, which goes by the acronym INDIA, far outperformed expectations, collectively winning more than 230 seats. The alliance, formed of more than 20 national and regional opposition parties, had come together for the first time in this election with the aim of defeating Modi.

Despite the tight race, Modi insisted he had been given a mandate to lead again in a victory speech. Addressing voters at the BJP headquarters in Delhi, Modi said he was “very, very happy today”.

US Media FREAKS As AMLO Ally SWEEPS Mexican Elections



the evening greens


Oceans face ‘triple threat’ of extreme heat, oxygen loss and acidification

The world’s oceans are facing a “triple threat” of extreme heating, a loss of oxygen and acidification, with extreme conditions becoming far more intense in recent decades and placing enormous stress upon the planet’s panoply of marine life, new research has found.

About a fifth of the world’s ocean surface is particularly vulnerable to the three threats hitting at once, spurred by human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, the study found. In the top 300 meters of affected ocean, these compound events now last three times longer and are six times more intense than they were in the early 1960s, the research states.

The study’s lead author warned that the world’s oceans were already being pushed into an extreme new state because of the climate crisis. “The impacts of this have already been seen and felt,” said Joel Wong, a researcher at ETH Zurich, who cited the well-known example of the heat “blob” that has caused the die-off of marine life in the Pacific Ocean. “Intense extreme events like these are likely to happen again in the future and will disrupt marine ecosystems and fisheries around the world,” he added.

The research, published in AGU Advances, analyzed occurrences of extreme heat, deoxygenation and acidification and found that such extreme events can last for as long as 30 days, with the tropics and the north Pacific particularly affected by the compounding threats.

Climate scientists have been alarmed by the relentless onward rise of heat in the ocean, which has hit extraordinary heights in recent months. “The heat has been literally off the charts, it’s been astonishing to see,” said Andrea Dutton, a geologist and climate scientist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who was not involved in the new research. “We can’t fully explain the temperatures we are seeing in the Atlantic, for example, which is part of the reason why hurricane season is such a concern this year. It’s quite frightening.”

Climate Groups Call for Rich to Pay More as International Meetings Begin

Advocates on Tuesday issued strong calls to action on climate finance for developing countries and an international agency released a report on the need to ramp up renewable energy production as the Bonn Climate Change Conference continued in Germany and G7 nations prepared to meet in Italy next week.

At the conference in Bonn, Friends of the Earth International pushed for more rich-country financing to pay for the rising costs of climate impacts in the Global South, while Laurence Tubiana, head of the European Climate Foundation and an architect of the 2015 Paris agreement, called for the global rich to pay their share through taxes and consumption levies.

Meanwhile, two organizations warned that countries aren't on track to meet targets they set just last year. Oil Change International (OCI) published a briefing showing that G7 nations are expanding oil and gas commitments that undermine goals set at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) meeting in Dubai, and the International Energy Agency (IEA) issued a report showing that the world's nations are not on track to meet their Dubai pledge to triple renewable energy production by 2030.

"The world is on fire because of decades of inaction by rich countries on reducing emissions, and their failure to pay the climate finance they owe to developing countries to transition to renewable energy systems for all, and to pay for rising costs for loss and damage and adaptation," Sara Shaw, Friends of the Earth International program coordinator, said in a statement. "What is on the table to date is scales of magnitude away from what it needed. This year must be a year of breakthrough on climate finance."


Also of Interest

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

Did The Houthis Hit The USS Eisenhower May 31st?

Biden's Red Line Is Covered in Blood

Internet addiction alters brain chemistry in young people, study finds

"My Journey of Loss": Gaza Twin on Death of Mom, 14 Relatives & Continuing to Flee Israeli Bombs

Netanyahu Gov COLLAPSING Over Gaza Ceasefire

Anti-War Activist Passport Confiscated & Pulled Off Plane By State Dept. - Scott Ritter

Ray McGovern : How Dangerous Is MICIMATT?


A Little Night Music

Walter Horton – Hard Hearted Woman

Shakey Horton - It's Alright

Walter Horton – Walter's Boogie

Shakey Horton - Gonna Bring It On Home

Big Walter Horton & Carey Bell – Have A Good Time

Big Walter Horton & Carey Bell – Avenue Stomp

Walter Horton – I Cry for You

Walter Horton – Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Big Walter Horton's Blues Harp Band – Rockin' My Boogie


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I just noticed that Dmitry Orlov has posted that he is taking off for his dacha.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to all, martial law has been imposed on the land of the free. Scott Ritter, a popular blogger whose resume includes lengthy stints as a US Marine, a CIA agent and a UN weapons inspector, was stripped of his passport, on orders from the US State Department, while attempting to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. He then expressed his opinion that the world is a step away from a nuclear catastrophe and that the US strategy in causing such a catastrophe is to inflict maximum damage on the rest of the world — friends, allies, enemies, everybody! — just to remain as the proverbial last man standing. Larry Johnson, a former CIA analyst, chimed in with a very alarming video in which he comments on the latest from Ryabkov and Lavrov of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and calls on his compatriots to demand that their congressmen deescalate the situation. Of course, Larry, write your congressmen! Why didn't I think of that? More importantly, Larry did look worried, so perhaps he knows something: perhaps Washingtonian patients-who-think-they-are-doctors are up to something.

Russia sees no reason to go nuclear — unless the US goes nuclear first — in which case good-bye US, it will no longer exist. Russia will still exist regardless — it is much too huge and quite thoroughly defended against anything that the US has (antiquated Cold War junk, mostly) — but might sustain some very nasty damage.

And there is just one thing for me to do. Today I am driving north to our country house and giving it some much needed maintenance. It's round-the-clock sunshine there this time of year and the weather is fabulous.

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Be sure to watch the video interview "Col. Karen Kwiatkowski : Unravelling and Secession" in tonight's Evening Blues, which covers the Scott Ritter affair.

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a dacha in the middle of nowhere sounds like a good idea about now, but i am not sure that there is anywhere on earth that is beyond the reach of the fools we are stuck with.

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I am very impressed with this high-level geopolitical offering:

A CIVILIZATION BEYOND REALITY
By Gaius Baltar

The essay begins with a plot description for an outlandish science fiction novel. It could also be a description of what is happening to western civilization – presumably minus the aliens and the other dimension.

A group of sinister aliens from another dimension discover a planet with sentient life. The inhabitants are fairly smart and have an advanced culture with great works of art, literature and architecture. They engage in cooperation and competition, and are constantly warring. They seem to need war and strife to thrive and evolve. The sinister aliens want that planet. They want to perform many social and scientific experiments on its inhabitants. The only problem is that the aliens do not function well in this dimension. The only way they can use the planet’s population for their amusement is to transport the entire planet into their own dimension. The aliens happen to have a device which is capable of such a feat.

This is not a straightforward process because the dimension the aliens come from has a different reality from the one the planet is in. In the alien dimension, concepts and ideas are as real as physical objects. Physical objects can also physically change if a new definition is applied to them. A rock can turn into gold if it is redefined as gold. Machines can run without energy and products appear in stores without needing to be produced. A war can be won by determination alone. People can be made to like you by wishing alone. People can also physically change if definitions are changed. A dumb person can be redefined as smart, an incompetent person can be redefined as competent, an ugly person can be redefined as beautiful, and a man can turn into a woman and a woman into a man through gender redefinition. It is a paradise of possibilities.

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The aliens activate their device and Earth jumps dimensions in an instant. Then they watch as the population adapts to the new reality. It’s a resounding success for the most part as the majority embraces the new reality and forgets the old. Then the problems begin …

The geopolitical analysis that follows this introduction offers some outstanding insights on what is going on in the West and why some of us are having such a hard time believing any of it. It also offers important advice. Some highlights:

.... it is clear that the main characteristic of the current western civilization is its abandonment of reality. It is not just denial of how badly things are going, leading to delusional thinking. It is much deeper than that. It has become the main thread in the fabric of the West. The abandonment of reality is the main driving force for everything western, including economic policies, foreign relations and social policies. This is a problem because operating outside reality will always lead to failure and disaster.

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Western Leaders now believe that a defeat in Ukraine means the end of the European Union and the fracturing of NATO – the EU’s control mechanism.

The EU is extremely fragile because it has been removed from the realm of reality. Its economic competitiveness has been destroyed by its energy and sanctions policies, its governments are almost solely staffed by incompetents, its uncontrolled immigration is unsustainable, and it is massively bankrupt with trillions of debt that can never be paid.

No society or civilization can survive what has already happened to the EU.
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The western plan was to move the entire planet into the EU/US parallel dimension. In that dimension reality as we know it would be irrelevant and the planners would be able to do anything they want. There would be no outside competition and no place for the population to run. This was the reason Russia and China had to be conquered. The exit of the West into the other dimension simply couldn’t work with them around. Either everybody shifts dimensions, or nobody does.

We are seeing now what happens when reality is only partially abandoned, with a large part of the planet refusing to exit with the West. Every global consolidation scheme is being thwarted – the latest one being the WHO takeover plot. Reality, in the form of the Russian Army, is approaching from the east, and political and economic isolation is moving in from all directions. The clash with reality has already started. The reason the EU is consolidating its power over member states and the US is clamping down on everyone and everything who dissents is that both have already started fracturing. Consolidation and control are instinctive responses to things falling apart. The fall of the EU and the US is not imminent – it has already started and it cannot be stopped.

Do read on:

A CIVILIZATION BEYOND REALITY

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the west is fracturing, there is no doubt on the international stage
individual nation states are so lost in disinformation that
the bigger picture can not resolve
collectives like the US and EU are blind to objectives beyond
their colonial borders, so it may be surprising when the fractures
are beyond their control

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...who can see through the West's false flags, propaganda, and lies every single time may be on the autistic spectrum. Reality is our cornerstone.

Thus, we gather here, for the truth.

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Based on this (somewhat speculative) analysis, a global war is unavoidable. It will be a full-spectrum war the West will fight – not for the existence of western civilization – but for its subjugation and destruction. It is perhaps the first war in history where a civilization fights a war so it can safely commit suicide. We are actually there.

For a western man like me, with (supposedly) western values, it is shocking how far the exit from reality has reached down to the individual level. Meeting someone who has any clue what is happening in the world, or in the West, is a big and rare event. Still, there are some. Some of them tell me that they want to escape the West because just being here is becoming unbearable. The parallel dimension is not kind to everybody, it seems. One can only take certain amount of reality distortions, lies, idiocy, and government oppression and corruption before something breaks. Expect more and more people feeling like this and planning their escape. Hopefully they will act before it is too late.

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on the judge show.

When Hillary lost I said that she should be blaming Obama for it. People gave Trump a chance because they had nothing to lose because both parties had been betraying their base for decades. Ha…remember that Democrats blamed everyone and everything except themselves. Hillary needs some mirrors.

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that is a very well-crafted campaign ad, i think that it will broadly appeal to trump's base and make them feel better about their support for trump. for those more skeptical sorts, though, the question of whether trump actually cares about anyone other than himself comes to mind as does the question of whether he has displayed any deviations from the (sadly) normal sociopathic behavior of the rest of the ruling class which by virtue of his wealth and social standing he is a part of.

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Because of this…

the question of whether trump actually cares about anyone other than himself comes to mind as does the question of whether he has displayed any deviations from the (sadly) normal sociopathic behavior of the rest of the ruling class which by virtue of his wealth and social standing he is a part of.

I’m not sure what he did for average Americans besides lowering their taxes a bit and giving more people better social services during Covid. He certainly put Israel’s wants first and didn’t bother to try holding Hillary accountable for Russia Russia… he did start the withdrawal from Afghanistan, but he sent lethal weapons to Ukraine and admitted 4 countries to NATO. And killed the Iran deal and the Iranian general. But I wasn’t paying much attention to him so maybe he did more. He took a boatload of money from Mr. Adelson and now taking it from the Mrs. More Israel first crap coming? Guess we’ll see how he does this time because he can’t run for re-election.

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what he did for average americans was he gave hissy fits to the rest of the ruling elite. people like that.

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And true. I thought that once Trump was found guilty huffpoo would stop headlining him every day, but nooooo! The only time they didn’t was when Hamas attacked, but for one day only. It’s gone down a lot since Arianna owned it. Rock bottom can’t be to far off.

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@snoopydawg for any politician isn't fluff?
Phoney f'ers. All of them.

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giving more people better social services during Covid.

Biden and democrats just ended programs that gave poor Americans a better life that Trump had given them.

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I tried to set this short video clip from yesterday up for auto-translate to English subtitles. Another broadcast suggested that future exercises of ROK Marines would take place with live artillery firings from a Marine training range on one of the "northwest" islands previously inside the buffer zone prohibiting military exercises in the region in the West Sea near the North South border.

There are numerous news channels in South Korea reporting on the US B-1B strategic bombers dropping live ordnance in South Korea yesterday. The videos are similar to the one above. Although B-1s have visited South Korea recently before this they haven't practiced bombing runs in South Korea in seven years. They dropped JDAMs munitions. One of the broadcasts Channel A news noted that there had a US Minuteman ICBM test launch prior to this exercise. Looking for the date, I saw a Sputnik report saying US Minuteman III tests were scheduled for June 4 and June 6.

What’s Behind US Air Force’s Sudden Minuteman III Test Launch Plans?

The scheduled tests, announced May 30, on the eve of the Biden administration’s dangerous decision to lift formal restrictions on Ukrainian strikes deep inside Russia using NATO-sourced long-range missiles, “have nothing to do with world events,” 377th Test and Evaluation Group commander Col. Chris Cruz assured.

There are three major youtube media channels in South Korea showing continuous live video loops of what is essentially war propaganda. These are SBS, Yonhap, and KBS. I'm concerned by this because not only is it provocative to North Korea, but the purpose obviously is to create a climate of fear in South Korea. I don't recall anything like this before in the democratic period but that is just a subjective opinion on my part. One analyst on SBS said the joint air exercise with the B-1s was a threat to China as well, because for the first time, the B1-Bs bombing ingress route to the exercise target was over the West Sea, which they regarded as a new move. The US ICBM launch schedule is also regarded as provocative in light of what is going on in Ukraine right now.

When I told someone about this war propaganda going on all day continuously in South Korean media, they said, "oh, you mean just like North Korea?" Yes this is good way to describe it. I find it alarming, because Yoon is in a desperate political situation currently, with threats of his wife being subjected to a real investigation for the first time, and Yoon himself under suspicion for interfering in a defense ministry investigation. The propaganda loops show US Defense Secretary Austin, shaking the hands of the former defense minister, who has been caught in series of lies before the National Assembly concerning an investigation into the death of one marine. The whole import of the current war drift in Korea, suggests that the US is trying to bolster or save the administration of its proxy in South Korea, Yoon Seok-yeol.

The domestic situation here in the US doesn't seem any better in comparison.

Thanks for the great news roundup and evening blues, Joe!

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yep, the parallels between north korea and the u.s. as pariah states screaming for attention by displaying their dangerous weapons are unavoidable.

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The appeals court has ruled to put a hold on the Florida case while it looks in the judge’s decision to let Fani stay on the case. Here’s what he wrote at the time:

McAfee wrote that “an odor of mendacity remains.” He said “reasonable questions” over whether Willis and Wade had testified truthfully about the timing of their relationship “further underpin the finding of an appearance of impropriety and the need to make proportional efforts to cure it.” He said Willis could remain on the case only if Wade left, and the special prosecutor submitted his resignation hours later.

Fani's dad said that she uses cash all the time because that’s what black peoples do…
Other witnesses testified that she affair had started before when Fani and Wade said it did hence his statement questioning whether they had been truthful. Now wouldn’t that be something if both were charged with perjury?
This case too had help from the Biden WH. But like the documents case it won’t be held before the election. So now it’s not only Cannon who shitlibs want removed from the case, but McAfee too for allowing the appeal. The 11th circuit court said there is no way to remove Cannon. But they still want Smith to get her removed….
Merchan from the hush money case all kinds of conflicts of interest including his daughter who was making boatloads of money while the case was being heard and he wasn’t randomly selected, but appointed. Yay for today’s law fare.

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heh, back in the 70's and 80's i remember many campaigns for greater government transparency. well, i believe that we've achieved a degree of it. recent administrations have been more transparently evil than their predecessors.

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Ain’t that the truth?
And here’s another thing they are outraged about.

Here’s the story if interested.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/hes-not-same-person-biden-allies-fre...

Maybe one side wants to substitute Biden for someone else? Hillary maybe? Lol…so many dems would be outraged if she replaced Biden instead of Kamala.
Quick call you name one Kamala accomplishment? One?

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Guess who got picked to carry the water for Biden?

"I’ve spent time with both of those guys privately. Spent time with Biden and Trump privately. I’ve spent time with every House Speaker over the past 30 years. And Joe Biden, I’m not just — it’s just not close," said host Joe Scarborough.

"If you want to talk about international affairs, if you want to talk about how to get bipartisan legislation, Joe Biden is light-years ahead of all of them," he continued.

Well, duh. The base doesn’t work bipartisanship. Not when dems hold all branches.

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There are several Constitutional issues at stake here:

The taking of his passport was an illegal seizure, prohibited by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. Mr. Ritter asked for, but did not receive a receipt, for the seized passport.
The seizure represents a punitive attempt to censor his views, a violation of his First Amendment right to free speech and freedom of the press.
His Fifth Amendment rights to due process were violated. Someone in the State Department made an administrative decision to prevent his travel and to take away his passport. Since there was no stated reason for the seizure, there was no open court hearing, no evidence to justify the confiscation of Mr. Ritter’s passport was presented publicly. The whole process has a Kafka-like Trial feeling, where Mr. Ritter cannot find out what he is accused of.

While the State Department has jurisdiction over travel, it has no ability to cancel the rights accorded all Americans under the U.S. Constitution, including freedom of movement.

Was Mr. Ritter’s passport seized based on secret evidence, and authorized under President Bush’s Executive Order 13224, which established a national emergency, (now 23 years old!) and reauthorized last year by President Biden?

Was the passport seized under the Patriot Act? The public has a right to know the reasons why.

Were the expanded powers given the government in the recent reauthorization of Section 702 of the Patriot Act in play here?

Has Scott Ritter been under federal surveillance because of the exercise of his First Amendment rights?

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People warned over and over how dangerous it was for Obama to go after Assange. He didn’t, but he set it up for Trump to do it and Biden to continue it.

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it's nice to see a few old faces that don't want for the imperiled constitution and the rule of law to be defunct.

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He’s asking the supremes to rule on Jack Smith taking all of Trump’s tweets without notifying him or letting him claim presidential privilege or lawyer-client privilege.
One judge who ruled against him was because he called Trump an insurrectionist even though he has never been charged for it. Another ding on the constitution that appears to really just a gd piece of paper.
Secret courts don’t get to make up secret rules because the constitution is supposed to hold government in check. It doesn’t get to just change it because it’s in their way. Why more people aren’t upset about this is just mind boggling! No wonder it keeps taking our rights. No one seems to give a damn.
People should have quit flying when the unconstitutional TSA was formed and agents could do search and seizure without a warrant.

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Before that we had Trump-villes and Obama-villes after he let banks steal millions of people’s homes.

There is no money to help the homeless, but by gawd there is plenty of billions to send to Ukraine and Israel. And the fcking defense companies! Another thing I don’t understand why people put up with. And what the hell happened to all those millions spent on the homeless programs for the last decades? No audits?

And for C's sake it’s not just drugs! Many homeless people are working jobs that don’t pay a living fcking wage! Minimum wage was $3.25 when I started working in 1977. Today it’s $7.00 and change. 4 fcking dollars in just under 50 years.

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And what the hell happened to all those millions spent on the homeless programs for the last decades? No audits?

those "homeless programs" were just subsidies for the real estate industry. no need for audits, the money wound up in predictable (authorized, donor) pockets.

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Hi all, Hey Joe!

Sorry about the news... but thanks for the blues!

A great blower there. Very neat Bring it on Home.

Thanks for the sounds!

Happy trails all!

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yep, big walter was one of the best. great tones, great melodic feeling, he had it all.

have a great evening!

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