Thursday 3-17-2022

I drove to work this morning listening to the morons on 92.3 WKRR cheerlead the Ukrainian cause.

I switched to 94.5 WPTI and listened to Christofascist Mark Walker talk shit about Putin.

I discovered in comments at The Saker that lots of pro-Russians hang out on Gab, so I fired up my year-old account, and sure enough, there they were.

We are finding islands of Russian support among the Tsunami of fake news from corporate media.

Tucker Carlson clashes with Rep. Salazar over Russia-Ukraine war and borders

Alex Christoforou – The puppet speaks to the puppet masters. Update 1

Because of Russian electronic countermeasures, the cruise missile attack on the military base in Western Ukraine was a complete surprise to the Patriot and THAAD missile defense batteries.

The US can no more create a no-fly zone in Ukraine than it could in 2014, or subsequently in Syria.

“Trudeau couldn’t spare five minutes for the truckers, but offered the government to Zelensky.”

John Michael Greer: Reimagining Political Economy

“[M]y friends and colleagues started expressing a relationship to time and the future that alarmed me. They began talking about the future as if it didn’t exist, as if their imaginative powers were gone. There was no future; there was only this moment, this week, this day, and getting through it. We could be stuck here forever was the vibe at large. This shift was alarming, because up until that point, I was the only person I knew who consistently related to time that way —thanks to complex PTSD…

Fortunately the situation isn’t as hopeless as that last comment might make it sound. One of the things that makes me think so is the extraordinary rate at which people here in the United States are bailing out of their jobs, sometimes to get a better job elsewhere, sometimes to find some way to make a living outside the prison walls of nine-to-five employment. People whose imaginations have been wholly crushed don’t do that…

Socialism soon comes to resemble nothing so much as corporate capitalism, not least in its treatment of workers. “We pretend to work,” ran the joke in the Soviet Union, “and they pretend to pay us”—a wry comment that could be made just as accurately of the corporate sweatshops of modern capitalist America.

Cooperativism turns into syndicalism—a roadmap for a new society in which workers and consumers organize until they become the dominant political force, and take over. There are various flavors of syndicalism, ranging from democratic syndicalism to anarcho-syndicalism, and various theories about how best to manage the various stages of the syndicalist project; again, you can find plenty of reading material on the subject if you want to. Start with Ursula K. Le Guin’s brilliant novel The Dispossessed, which is set in a syndicalist society and offers a remarkably clear discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the movement.

Under social credit, banking is a public utility rather than a for-profit industry.  Money is recognized as a system of tokens rather than a commodity, and is issued directly by the government rather than by issuing bonds. (Do we really want to have the government paying rich people for the privilege of issuing its own currency?  That’s what today’s system of money creation via debt amounts to.)”

Alex Christoforou – Russia sanctions Joe Biden, Hillary & Hunter. EU officials travel to Kiev to bail out Zelensky

Gonzalo Lira – “The Russians Are Losing!”? Really? (Prelude to a False Flag)

The Duran – Ukraine, Russia & Negotiations Q & A

“Russia is awash in Dollars from commodity sales.”

Richard Medhurst – DEATH of the Petrodollar? Saudi Arabia Considers Oil Sale to China in Yuan

“Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world.

India bought 3 million barrels of Russian oil and paid in Rupees.”

I ran across Matt Bracken nearly a decade ago: What I Saw at the Coup

RexCast #23 | UKRAINE CRISIS: Analysis With Guest Matt Bracken

Russia presents new evidence from US-funded Ukraine biolabs

Moscow believes that laboratories in Ukraine funded by the US military were making biological weapons components, but that local staff was being kept in the dark about their research, a senior Russian general said on Thursday…

The US officially funded the projects through the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, according to the Agreement on Joint Biological Activities. However, the evidence shows that the real recipients of some $32 million in funds were Ukrainian Defense Ministry laboratories in Kiev, Odessa, Lvov and Kharkov.

“From our point of view, the interest of US military biologists is due to the fact that these pathogens have natural foci both in Ukraine and in Russia, and their use can be disguised as natural disease outbreaks.”

Kirillov showed official documents confirming the transfer of 5,000 samples of blood serum taken from Ukrainian citizens to the Pentagon-backed Richard Lugar center in Tbilisi, Georgia…

Documents from Project P-781, a study of ways of transmitting diseases to humans through bats, showed it was carried out by the Kharkov laboratory and the Lugar Center in Georgia, but Ukraine received most of the $1.6 million grant for the project.

As one of the key people involved, Kirillov named the head of the DTRA office at the US Embassy in Kiev, Joanna Wintrol.

“Maybe she’s worth talking to, journalists?” he said.

Kirillov pointed to mass outbreaks of avian flu in Russia and the EU in 2021, causing billions in damages, while the Kharkov Institute of Veterinary Medicine was studying wild birds as transmission vectors and assessing conditions under which the spread could cause economic damage and food insecurity. Evidence now shows the institute collected strains of avian flu capable of jumping species, Kirillov said, calling for an international investigation into the matter.

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