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The Fringe with Unacceptable Views

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These are interesting times. Voicing unacceptable views is simply not tolerated and you will be disappeared. Revealing US war crimes will land you in prison, but manufacturing Russian crimes will elevate your platform and position. It is manufactured consent on steroids, no dissent allowed. So no wonder the US citizenry is ill informed, cheering on Nazis.

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"Judge not lest ye be judged"
Uh oh Justin, many think you are unacceptable.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau slammed for his actions in Canada on the world stage as many members of EU parliament speak out against him.
His follow up speech fell on deaf ears as many members leave in protest as Canadian broadcasters lie about it.
Off with his head!...or at least his leadership position, but unfortunately there is no justice. He partnered with the NDP party to seal his power till 2025. It was a power grab that he seems to have pulled off.
It was his characterization of the Freedom Convoy that inspired today's headline. At least there are some who see him as the corporate mouth piece he is, but the power of his state sponsored media simply ill informs the people and on he goes.

Now on to this weeks news, as the geopolitical winds stir... looking at fringe news sources with unacceptable views.

I suggested in a comment this week that the US is feeling "Mission Accomplished", because the EU will transition from inexpensive local Russian gas, to expensive, nonexistent infrastructure dependent, US LNG (liquid natural gas)...at last achieving the US goal of stopping Nord Stream 2 and capturing the EU market.

US EU sign expensive LNG gas deal in retaliation for Putin's gas sales in roubles, EU economy dead (18 min)

This was one of the many goals the US had in creating the Ukraine puppet regime.

I've found Alex Christoforou reports on Ukraine very good with typically correct analysis.
He does a good job exposing the West's hypocrisy. He is part of the Duran another good source, IMO.

In this update he discusses the new data on Hunter Biden's laptop.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10652127/Hunter-Biden-helped-se...
The refusal to print this story in the fall of 2020 is what caused Glenn Greenwald to leave The Intercept. The UK's daily Mail article above is worth the read.

It is rather amazing the amount of dirty laundry in Ukraine. Remember the largest donations to the Clinton foundation came from Ukraine, and now the slow leaks about these biolabs funded by the US DoD.

Though he can be long winded and a bit pedantic, I also like to hear from Gonzalo Lira who is in central Ukraine. His latest clips suggest a likely false flag event.

George Galloway is another of my 'go to' sources.
The plot to scapegoat Russia. Author #DanKovalik explains how it was constructed (12 min)

TPTB have been planning this operation for awhile, but like their prepandemic modeling exercises, they don't seem to have prepared well.

Another good fringe news outlet is Breakthrough News.
Here about an hour conversation on Ukraine as a Pawn w/ Vijay Prashad

The war in Ukraine has altered the global order. How is it changing politics around the globe? What is the historical background of the different nations in the region throughout the different historical eras and how does that affect the current conflict? What does history tell us about where this is headed?

The Grayzone is another favorite outlet of mine. Here's a terrific conversation with Max, Aaron, and Scott Ritter.

Russell Brand is an acquired taste. If you can get past his wild gestures and mannerisms he talks good sense. In this clip he looks at the corporate interests in Ukraine. (15 min)

With over 5 million subscribers I don't know if he qualifies as fringe but he sure ain't main stream.

Another not so fringe UK commentator who often makes sense is Neil Oliver. (10 min)
The way our leaders are going about things reminds me of the behaviour of toddlers

Jimmy Dore is another of my favorites. He too requires getting used to. He had several good pieces up this week. (8 min)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is widely depicted in the west as a brave, freedom-loving leader, notably contrasted with the authoritarian, propaganda-spewing lunatic Vladimir Putin. But Zelensky’s democratic bona fides took a hit over the weekend when he announced the banning – temporarily, at least – of 11 rival political parties deemed too closely aligned with Russia. Oh, and he also consolidated all public television networks into one in order to make sure the Ukrainian people are receiving a unified message about the ongoing war. Jimmy uncovers the ongoing fact vs fiction revelations about the Ukrainian leader.

In the next clip (9 min), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8lY9B5FNcg
Jake Tapper is very worried about a chemical weapons attack in Ukraine, perpetrated by the Russian military either as a desperate attempt to press the assault on Ukraine forward or as a false flag that could be blamed on the Ukrainian military. He’s also eager to know how the US will respond to a potential chemical attack and whether that will represent a sort of “red line” sucking the NATO alliance deeper into the conflict. Jimmy discusses how the MSM underscores the way Americans pretend we never use chemical weapons and our allies would never engage in false flag attacks to achieve political and military objectives.

Then there are the many excellent written sources:
https://www.antiwar.com/
https://consortiumnews.com/
https://www.moonofalabama.org/
https://caitlinjohnstone.com/
https://scheerpost.com/ (most of the time)
https://thesaker.is/
https://www.theautomaticearth.com/ (h/t ggresh)
just to mention a few.
I hope in the comments below you'll add more of your favorite 'go to' sources of news in these lying times.

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I want to leave you today with a long form piece which I watched (listened to) in three doses exploring possible future sustainable societies. Thought provoking but to my mind too dependent on technology.

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is the third installment in Peter Joseph's Zeitgeist film series.
part one and part two.

The movie is arranged into four successive parts. Within each part is an amalgam of interviews, narration and animated sequences.

Part I: Human Nature
Part II: Social Pathology
Part III: Project Earth
Part IV: Rise

The documentary work presents a case for a transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter transcends the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and moves to relate the core, empirical "life ground" attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a "Resource-Based Economy".

All three films in the series are worthwhile IMO but binge watching them would be way too much for me. This episode looks at human nature (with Gabor Mate, Aaron's dad), and migrates to social solutions of our dilemmas. Most of us know this information, but they are intriguingly edited with many interesting people and interviews. The new economy recommended reminds me of my often cited "Small is Beautiful" societal approach. Whole book here.
However, I would prefer a future where a on the land, plenty of labor, cooperative farms, industry, manufacturing and so on, rather than the technoworld envisioned here. Interesting none the less.

So I hope your future is bright and life is treating you well. Have a great Sunday.

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Thank you for another addition of the WW. It looks fantastic. I haven't dipped into it yet but am looking forward to it. Much appreciate the fringe news links, they are (over the years) a lifeline. I notice a small is beautiful link Smile I lost my copy many years ago, I'm glad to see that. The Zeitgeist film looks interesting. Can't wait to take a look.

We missed all the rain last week here and things are very dry. The wildflowers are taking a hit as well as everything else so it doesn't look very "springy" around here. I have to admit the weather is very nice though albeit sans rain. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

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@randtntx

We had a 2.5 incher the other night. I was thrilled to find my roads in good shape afterward. I had cleaned out all our ditches and weeps before hand. Like the saying goes, and ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Nice to see you today. Thanks for dropping by and hope you find some worthwhile resources in the WW this week. All the best to you and yours!

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@Lookout to you as well.

I see your Scheerpost link. Taibbi has a good article up there that is worth a read. Once again, it is about the blanket of propaganda we live under. So much propaganda, so little time to sort it all out. Thank goodness for all the sorters. https://scheerpost.com/2022/03/24/matt-taibbi-the-media-campaign-to-prot...

Here's a teaser excerpt, characteristic of Taibbi's imagery:

...for sheer bootlicking conformist excess and depraved journalist-on-journalist venom the “Russian disinformation” fiasco has no equal, and probably needs recording for posterity before it’s memory-holed via some creepy homage to Severance, or a next-gen algorithmic witch-hunt, or whatever other federally contracted monstrosities are being readied for deployment somewhere far up the anus of Silicon Valley. For comic relief, start with the Intercept:

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His writing is great so thanks for the link. There's power in his words.
This Is Why America Is F**ked.

I spoke with Matt Taibbi, who is a journalist and the author of Hate Inc: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another... He joined me on Under The Skin to discuss why both parties are exactly the same.

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@lotlizard

but he sure sounds interesting.

Steuteville describes Alexander as "a towering figure in architecture and urbanism" and "one of the biggest influences on the New Urbanism movement."

Thanks for introducing him to me.

Another nice clip from this morning that fits today's theme... (9 min)

Hope you're doing well. Looks like you too have a moron running your country down.

EDIT to add:
I thought you might mention nakedcapitalism as another excellent news source. You often site it.

Well have a lovely Sunday!

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@Lookout  
for a round-up of the news these days, free from insultingly dishonest ploys and manipulative emotional hooks. That goes for the strictly-moderated comments as well.

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@Lookout So much benefit has come my way from WW. Belated and current thanks, Lookout!

I agree with your take on Naked Capitalism. Sadly, though, they have banned me there! It was on Xmas Eve 2017, I was so shocked I thought it was a mistake. But somehow the "troll" label got pinned on me. Since then none of my (few) comments have been posted.

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@EyeRound Since ProporNot happened Yves and NC have changed. I mentioned or rather I tried to mention it and my comment was nowhere to be found

also during the M4A dustup w/Jimmy Dore they hardly covered it. The site
just isn't what it once was.

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“Those who choose the lesser evil forget very quickly that they chose evil.”
— Hannah Arendt

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@EyeRound @ggersh

I think are honest info brokers, only to find out otherwise. Democracy Now, NPR, PBS, and on and on over the years.

Like all sources, taking it with an understanding of their bias is essential.

The investor class is worth a listen too. They often fly below the radar.

Been listening to Gonzalo's story about Victorian Nulan's history ... He's insightful and long winded, if it is still live you can rewind to the start about Nulan.

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@lotlizard

the title is a grabber. For another view of pattern languages look into AWK

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 --

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Another jam-packed WW!
More than enough to keep-up with things.
It has been so long that I looked at traditional media, the only way I know what is
being programmed is to listen to people parrot the daily talking points. It's the
homogenization that gives it away.

Have most of the alternate sources book marked, but there is room for more.

Thanks for hosting!

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@QMS

such blatant propaganda. Explains the citizenry's total lack of understanding and nature of their own country, however.

We seem to lack the ability to put ourselves in others positions to understand where they are coming from. These days it is all Russia bad, Putin bad, BS. All as they con the people to accept the outright robbery of US national wealth to enrich the MIC, big pharma, big oil, etc. etc as we rush toward extinction.

Screw that. Better to walk in the woods, or play in the garden, or even fly a kite.

Hope you find something fun today!

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@Lookout

on a beach.

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 --

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@enhydra lutris

...down in the bottom where it is open enough to to fly one, but sometimes one of the few trees will grab it.

Have a good one!

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https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2022/03/free-enduring-love/

(via The Automatic Earth, one of the news websites recommended in the original essay)

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@lotlizard

I was in London as a guest of Julian Assange and Stella Moris for their wedding, but even on that day the authorities continued their relentless campaign of cruelty against Julian.

https://scheerpost.com/2022/03/25/chris-hedges-the-marriage-of-julian-as...

Julian's story makes the US lies about free press so obvious.

Thanks for the link!

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from Alex in Greece. (24 mn)

Biden in Poland, tells US troops to prepare for Ukraine, calls for regime change in Russia.

The Syrian script 2.0, false flag chemical attack.

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Thanks Lookout, et y'al. Moin moin. Same sauces for me, plus Black Agenda Report, and from there a link to Toward Freedom,

Toward Freedom spoke at length in Russian with several refugees. What stood out was how few of them lent unequivocal support to the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ukrainian Refugees Spare No Words on Zelensky Government

[...] “This war started when the Ukrainian government began bombing homes in Donbass! The West was silent then. Millions of people live there, you know?”

A civil war began in Ukraine in 2014 after the majority Russian-speaking Donbass region containing two provinces, Donetsk and Lugansk, began breaking away from Ukraine after witnessing the neo-Nazi and nationalist-infused Maidan protests . The provinces announced their secession as independent republics after holding successful referenda. The 2015 Minsk agreements were intended to end the fighting. However, the Ukrainian government has violated the agreements to appease nationalists and neo-Nazis. Since then, more than 14,000 people have been killed in the eastern Ukrainian region and 1.5 million have been displaced.

Shevchenko, who had lived in Ukraine his entire life, then lit a cigarette and demanded this reporter take one as well. “After the Nuremberg Trials, there were no more fascists in the USSR. People from all the Soviet republics—Tajiks, Georgians, Russians, Ukrainians—all lived together happily. But after 1991, suddenly there were some Nazis again. And after 2014, they began to dominate things in Ukraine.” He grabbed this reporter’s notebook, and wrote down in Roman letters: “AYDAR, AZOV, DNEPRI, TORNADO”

Those are the names of Ukrainian military battalions. Then Shevchenko drew a swastika, and said in English, “These guys!” In his view, explicit Nazis were a minority in the government itself, which he described as full of “actors, athletes, ballerinas and clowns.”

Oh! Just like Washington DC. Smile

Toward Freedom is a news and analysis publication offering a grassroots perspective on world events. We cover global politics, protest movements, government and corporate abuses of power, human rights, and other pressing topics. With writers and readers based around the globe, TF has worked for social justice through investigative and progressive journalism since 1952.

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Euronews is in my bookmarks to see what mimi's actors are up to. The headlines look same, Grampy Joe gaffed such a big one again the whole world clarifies what he said was not what he meant, and vice versa. Coin flip!

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@eyo
BAR is great. Miss Glen Ford. Thanks for the rec.

Danny Haiphong still does good work there.

Nice to "see" you around. Hope you're feeling well, and things are going your way!

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@Lookout thanks, just finished watching a couple of vids. It is cloudy and cold and supposedly will start raining in three hours, "up to" an inch. Ha ha yay. I envy your water abundance, but not the road work.

No news is good news. All the news drives me crazier, zoom zoom zoom. After I posted my comment I remembered the Blog Roll here, which already has the link to BAR. oops

Holding on for dear life, day by day. Have a good one.

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@eyo
Creedence Clearwater Revival (live) - Who´ll stop the rain -

Take care and be well!

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@eyo don't get jealous...

Hope everything in your parts of the world is almost as well as ... everywhere in the world.

@ Lookout

This is the best WW I have seen from you. Thank you for all your expertise in researching.
You must have been a tough teacher. I am still scared. Would fail all the classes you ever taught.

We had the bluest sky and the shiniest sun and there could nothing be done about it other than to enjoy it.

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@mimi

You had to try hard to fail my class. Now A's and B's you had to work for, cruise to a C, dumb out for a D, and out right do nothing for an F. Grades really don't mean a thing...it is what you learn and carry away in your head that is the real value of learning and teaching.

Always nice to "see" you. Hope you and yours are doing well!

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I can't help but think that america has truly jumped the shark

They don't want peace, it isn't even in their vocabulary anymore

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/watch-live-president-biden-delive...

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@ggersh

oops to late - he's been gone long ago, and is a mere empty headed puppet...which accidentally leaks things he's heard. That's my take anyway.

Hope you're having good weather. It is a sunny 60 degrees here. Have a good one and thanks for the link!

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@Lookout We had a couple of 70 degree ones in the past week or so
but that is typical Chicago weather to a T in March. The only
change is now February showers bring March flowers....sigh

glad to hear that the road stayed in shape and am jealous of
the 60 degree days that you're getting with regularity, maybe
in a few years or so, maybe. Wink

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Thanks for the wonderful links to sources. Folks do tend to bounce around at times, like Pepe Escobar, no longer with asia times, etc. I can recall when Asia Times and even, somewhat, AFP were decent sources. Of course, I actually knew some actual journalists back when they were a real thing. Now it is difficult to have conversations with so many people because we have no sources, information, or understandings in common. And, of course, in the US most history is unknown and much of the rest is slanted or phony. One is tempted to simply retreat into poetry at times.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris

one I enjoy too.

One is tempted to simply retreat into poetry at times.

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@Lookout

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 --

Sad to see that so many former sources have been corrupted. Maybe $ is the reason?
A Northern Parula is trying to figure out how to get through a window to reach a huge croton. He is having no luck.
I made one attempt yesterday to help set in some shrubbery. I got into a shovel vs. root match, somehow falling in the process. Before I could get up, hubby hollered, "Bring me the damn shovel right now!"
He was very unimpressed with my assistance.
It is near 80, sunny, I am thinking it is gonna be a very hot summer.
Must go buy groceries.
Thanks for the reading list.

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@on the cusp

are not very compatible. I've got a couple of mattocks that are my go to for roots. You may not 'dig it' but you could water it...to my mind a most important consideration when transplanting.

Happy gardening and grocerying!

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Refugees Expose Mariupol War Crimes Of The Russia (30 min)

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This also is true.

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@humphrey

that the US created this situation, and is so deluded that they think they are winning. All as Putin is winning the chess game while Brandon is losing at checkers.

Thanks for the tweets.

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A few sources. Some are very combat oriented.

https://twitter.com/Cyberspec1

https://twitter.com/RWApodcast

https://twitter.com/MarkSleboda1

I will cut down on checking the status as events and other people will decide what will happen. I think it was 2016 I wrote my congresswoman and said that we should focus on domestic issues as Russiagate was phony and would only lead to no good. Very polite letter. I got back a screed telling me that essentially Russia was our mortal sworn enemy. She is in most matters a calm liberal democrat focusing heavily on education. I never wrote to her again.

And knowing what might happen will not help us prepare. Biden invited the Nazis to stage a false flag chemical attack as the US/NATO will blame Russia. And when it happens and if Biden/NATO attack, how are we going to prepare for all out war leading to nuclear exchanges?

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@MrWebster

I've no idea...

And when it happens and if Biden/NATO attack, how are we going to prepare for all out war leading to nuclear exchanges?

Lots of folks are predicting a Syria 2.0 false flag chemical attack. We're too stupid to come up with something original.

I suggested in JtC's piece about nuclear war preparation that I'll follow the instructions from the 60's poster....bend over, put your head between your knees...and kiss your ass goodbye.

Don't think at my age I want to live in a Mad Max post nuclear world, but survival is a strong instinct so who knows.

So it will be what it will be. Let's treasure every day.

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@Lookout

Let's treasure every day.

Should do that anyway. But I like the advice of duck, cover, and kiss your ass good bye.

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@MrWebster

A poster that was used in Concord, New Hampshire read:
When you see a flash of light brighter than the sun—
Don’t run; there isn’t time.
Fall flat on your face.
Get Down Fast!
The recommendation in most of the literature at that time was to stay down for “at least a minute.”
https://americacomesalive.com/remember-duck-cover/

Yeah right. Take care and enjoy your evening!

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the Delmore Bros., great Alabama musicians...

Hope blues do stay away....

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Ha ha, so if you were a child in the 1950s, you wouldn’t be able to help wondering if your parents’ untidy housekeeping habits were going to get you all killed if your home happened to be on the outskirts of an atomic missile strike… in our case, one on Pearl Harbor…

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