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friday, may 6th, 2022

If the US' goal is to crush Russia’s economy with sanctions and isolation, why is Europe in an economic free fall instead?

[FULL TITLE: "Sit Back & Watch Europe Commit Suicide".]

The stunning spectacle of the EU committing slow motion hara-kiri is something for the ages…. Like a cheap Kurosawa remake the movie is actually about the Empire of Lies-detonated demolition of the EU, complete with subsequent rerouting of some key Russian commodities exports to the US at the expense of the Europeans.

It helps to have a 5th columnist actress strategically placed, in this case astonishingly incompetent European Commission head Ursula von der Lugen, with a brand new vociferous announcement of an extra sanctions package: Russian ships banned from EU ports; road transportation companies from Russia and Belarus prohibited from entering the EU; no more coal imports (over 4.4 billion euros a year).

One man's governance is another man's tuna salad sandwich.

That translates in practice into the Empire of Lies shaking down its wealthiest -- Western -- clients/puppets. Russia of course is too powerful militarily. The Empire badly needs some of its key exports – especially minerals. Mission Accomplished in this case amounts to nudging the EU into imposing more and more sanctions and willfully collapsing their national economies, allowing the US to scoop everything up.

Cue to the coming catastrophic economic consequences felt by Europeans in their daily life (but not by the wealthiest 5%): inflation devouring salaries and savings; next winter energy bills packing a mean punch; products disappearing from supermarkets; holiday bookings almost frozen; Le Petit Roi Macron in France – maybe up to a nasty electoral surprise -- announcing “food stamps like in WWII are possible”.

We have Germany facing the returning ghost of Weimar hyperinflation; BlackRock President Rob Kapito saying, in Texas, “for the first time, this generation is going to go into a store and not be able to get what they want”; farmers in Africa not able to afford fertilizer at all this year, reducing agricultural production by an amount capable of feeding 100 million people.

Electricity comes from a wall outlet, food comes from plastic and cardboard cartons, government officials are wise, and money grows on trees.

Zoltan Poszar, former NY Fed and US Treasury guru, current Credit Suisse grand vizir, has been on a streak, stressing how commodity reserves –- and here Russia is unrivaled -- will be an essential feature of what he calls Bretton Woods III (yet, in fact, what’s being designed by Russia, China, Iran and the Eurasia Economic Union is a post-Bretton Woods).

Poszar remarks that wars, historically, are won by those who have more food and energy supplies in the past, to power horses and soldiers, today to feed soldiers and fuel tanks and fighter jets.

China, incidentally, has amassed large stocks of virtually everything.

Poszar notes how our current Bretton Woods II system has a deflationary impulse (globalization, open trade, just-in-time supply chains) while Bretton Woods III will provide an inflationary impulse (de-globalization, autarky, hoarding of raw materials) of supply chains and extra military spending to be able to protect what will remain of seaborne trade.

The implications are of course overwhelming. What’s implicit, ominously, is that this state of affairs may even lead to WWIII.

Rublegas or American LNG?

The Valdai Club has conducted an essential expert discussion on what we at The Cradle have defined as Rublegas -- the real geoeconomic game-changer at the heart of the post-petrodollar era. Alexander Losev, a member of the Russian Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, offered the contours of the Big Picture. But it was up to Alexey Gromov, Chief Energy Director of the Institute of Energy and Finance, to come up with crucial nitty gritty details.

Russia so far was selling gas to Europe to the amount of 155 billion cubic meters a year. The EU rhetorically promises to get rid of it by 2027, and reduce supply by the end of 2022 by 100 billion cubic meters. Gromov asked “how”, and remarked, “any expert has no answer. Most of Russia’s natural gas is shipped over pipelines. This cannot simply be replaced by LNG.”

These days, apparently rumors are just early facts.

The risible European answer has been “start saving”, as in “prepare to be worse off. Reduce the temperature in households”. Gromov noted how, in Russia, “22 to 25 degrees in winter is the norm. Europe is promoting 16 degrees as ‘healthy’, and wearing sweaters at night.”

The EU won’t be able to get the gas it needs from Norway or Algeria (which is privileging domestic consumption). Azerbaijan would be able to provide at best 10 billion cubic meters a year, but “that will take 2 or 3 years” to happen.

Gromov stressed how “there’s no surplus in the market today for US and Qatar LNG.” And how prices for Asian customers are always higher. The bottom line is that “by end of 2022, Europe won’t be able to significantly reduce” what is buys from Russia: “they might cut by 50 billion cubic meters, maximum.” And prices in the spot market will be higher –- at least $1,300 per cubic meter.

An important development is that “Russia changed the logistical supply chains to Asia already”. That applies for gas and oil as well:

“You can impose sanctions if there’s a surplus in the market. Now there’s a shortage of at least 1.5 million barrels of oil a day. We’ll be sending our supplies to Asia –- with a discount.” As it stands, Asia is already paying a premium, from 3 to 5 dollars more per barrel of oil.

On oil shipments, Gromov also commented on the key issue of insurance:

“Insurance premiums are higher. Before Ukraine, it was all based on the FOB system. Now buyers are saying ‘we don’t want to take the risk of taking your cargo to our ports’. So they are applying the CIF system, where the seller has to insure and transport the cargo. That of course impacts revenues.”

Everyday is an IQ Test, and the demonKKKrats fail miserably, every day.

An absolutely key issue for Russia is how to make the transition to China as its key gas customer. It’s all about Power of Siberia 2 -- which will reach full capacity only in 2024. And first the interconnector through Mongolia must be built -- “we need 3 years to build this pipeline” –- so everything will be in place only around 2025.

On the Yamal pipeline, “most of the gas goes to Asia. If the Europeans don’t buy anymore we can redirect.” And then there’s the Arctic LNG 2 –- which is larger than Yamal: “the first phase should be finished soon, it’s 80% ready.” An extra problem may be posed by the Russian “Unfriendlies” in Asia: Japan and South Korea. LNG infrastructure produced in Russia still depends on foreign technologies.

That’s what leads Gromov to note that, “the model of mobilization- based economy is not so good.” But that’s what Russia needs to deal with at least in the short to medium term.

The positives are that the new paradigm will allow “more cooperation within the BRICS”; the expansion of the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC); and more interaction and integration with “Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Iran”.

Only in terms of Iran and Russia, swaps in the Caspian are already in the works, as Iran produces more than it needs, and is set to increase cooperation with Russia in the framework of the strenghtened strategic partnership.

Hypersonic geoeconomics.

It was up to Chinese energy expert Fu Chengyu to offer a concise explanation of why the EU drive of replacing Russian gas with American LNG is, well, a pipe dream. Essentially the US offer is “too limited and too costly”.

Fu Chengyu showed how a lengthy, tricky process depends on four contracts: between the gas developer and the LNG company; between the LNG company and the buyer company; between the LNG buyer and the cargo company (which builds vessels); and between the buyer and the end user.

“Each contract”, he pointed out, “takes a long time to finish. Without all these signed contracts no party will invest -- be it investment on infrastructure or gas field development.” So actual delivery of American LNG to Europe assumes all these interconnected resources are available -- and moving like clockwork.

Fu Chengyu’s verdict is stark: this EU obsession on ditching Russian gas will provoke “an impact on global economic growth, and recession. They are pushing their own people – and the world. In the energy sector, we will all be harmed.”

It was quite enlightening to juxtapose the coming geoeconomic turbulence –- the EU obsession in bypassing Russian gas and the onset of Rublegas –- with the real reasons behind Operation Z in Ukraine, completely obscured by Western media psyops.

So I submitted a few questions to a US Deep State old pro, now retired, and quite familiar with the inner workings of the old OSS, the CIA precursor, all the way to the neocon dementia.

His answers were quite sobering. He started by pointing out, “the whole Ukraine issue is over hypersonic missiles that can reach Moscow in less than four minutes. The US wants them there, in Poland, Romania, Baltic States, Sweden, Finland. This is in direct violation of the agreements in 1991 that NATO will not expand in Eastern Europe. The US does not have hypersonic missiles now but should -– in a year or two. This is an existential threat to Russia. So they had to go into the Ukraine to stop this. Next will be Poland and Romania where launchers have been built in Romania and are being built in Poland.

From a completely different geopolitical perspective, what’s really telling is that his analysis happens to dovetail with Zoltan Poszar’s geoeconomics: “The US and NATO are totally belligerent. This presents a real danger to Russia. The idea that nuclear war is unthinkable is a myth. If you look at the firebombing of Tokyo against Hiroshima and Nagasaki, more people died in Tokyo than Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These cities were rebuilt. The radiation goes away and life can restart. The difference between firebombing and nuclear bombing is only efficiency. NATO provocations are so extreme Russia had to place their nuclear missiles on standby alert. This is a gravely serious matter. But the US ignored it.

© April 7, 2022 by Pepe Escobar, "The Cradle".

A Day In The Life.

Up at 7a on Friday, I went thru my finger stick to check my BSL (Blood Sugar Level) and recorded it on my Diabetes 2 chart, made coffee and breakfast, had a couple smokes in the cool garage and checked the leftover errands list. It was 42°, and nippy, very windy, with a ***RED FLAG WARNING*** posted. I had R/S pain, as usual, took a Tramadol with a Tylenol, and it helped a little. I'm down to my last Tramadol, and it won't refill until May 8th, so the Tylenol will have to do until then. Damn. Pain sucks; the absence of pain is wonderful.

Let's get to it:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS Leftist Nazis) is setting up a new board designed to counter misinformation related to homeland security, with a focus specifically on Russia and irregular migration. The board will be called the "Disinformation Governance Board" -- Orwell's "Ministry of Truth" -- and will be headed by executive director Nina Jankowicz. Huh? Speaking with the House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee on Wednesday afternoon, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, "Our Undersecretary for Policy, Rob Silvers is co-chair with our Principal Deputy General Counsel, Jennifer Gaskell, in leading a just recently constituted Misinformation Disinformation Governance Board. So we're bringing -- the goal is to bring the resources of the department together to address this threat." Huh? Jankowicz was previously a disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, and had advised the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry as part of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship. Jankowicz also oversaw Russia and Belarus programs at the National Democratic Institute. Huh? She announced the new Board via Twitter on Wednesday. Huh? That's Congress' job, not the Executive Branch's job. Jankowicz has previously said that she was concerned that Twitter had determined early in 2022 to stop limiting speech from users about the 2020 presidential election, saying that "considering the long-term damage these lies do to our democracy," she was "dismayed about this decision".

Very often, they use the words, but they don't know what they mean.

Her view about elections, whether foreign or domestic, are that they "aren't an end point," but are "an inflection point," and that the policies of social media companies as regards free speech "need to reflect that." Jankowicz was an advisor to the government of Ukraine. Huh? She also stated her opinion that Hunter Biden's laptop, the contents of which were reported by the "New York Post", was Russian disinformation. This was entirely false. Jankowicz will be leading the charge against misinformation, of which she believed the laptop actually was an example. Jankowicz also does not appear to be a fan of free speech, saying that setting up free speech in opposition to censorship is "a false dichotomy". Huh? This The Party, Hitlerism, Stalinism, Maoism etc. Welcome to the Third Reich, Part 2.

For just a minute, let's forget about the terrifying notion of the federal government, especially a government run by extremist, left-wing America-hating Democrats and a corrupt Deep State, creating a “Disinformation Governance Board”. For just a minute, lets forget that the very same people behind the “Disinformation Governance Board” (DGB) are the very same people behind the Russia Collusion Hoax, the Global Warming Hoax, the fairy tale about how men can magically transform into women, and that chemically castrating nine-year-olds is a good thing. Let’s remove from our minds how these same people handled a very real and very damning laptop owned by Hunter Biden. Let’s erase from our memory being told inflation is transitory —- no, inflation’s not real! —- no, inflation’s a good thing! -— no, it’s Puuuuutin! Let’s agree to forget being told the president of Russia controls America’s gas prices, that we’re winning the war in Afghanistan, that the border is secure, the Lab Leak Theory is racist, and viruses don’t spread at Black Lives Matter riots. Let’s delete all that for a moment because I want to focus on one thing… One question: What is it about Democrats wanting to have sex with little kids? Did Putin put something in the water that gave Democrats a sudden and uncontrollable desire to rape children? Because that’s what it is. It’s rape. Kids can’t consent. So it’s rape. Did Democrats always want to rape little kids, but are only now pushing to normalize the idea so they can rape all the kids they want, including kids in the classroom? What is going on?

03:16am EDT, Apr 29 2022
10:00pm EDT, Apr 29 2022
The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 9 AM this morning to 10 PM EDT this evening. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.
• AFFECTED AREA: Fire Weather Zones 037 Tioga, 041 Northern Lycoming, 042 Sullivan, 046 Southern Lycoming, 049 Union, 050 Snyder, 051 Montour, 052 Northumberland, 053 Columbia, 057 Dauphin, 058 Schuylkill, 059 Lebanon, 065 York and 066 Lancaster.
• TIMING: Friday morning through Friday evening.
• WINDS: Northwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
• RELATIVE HUMIDITY: As low as 15 percent.
• TEMPERATURES: Mid 50s to low 60s this afternoon.
• IMPACTS: Rapid wildfire growth and spread expected. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or are imminent due to a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and dry fuels. Any fires that develop may quickly get out of control and become difficult to contain.

I listened to the "Chris Stigall Show" until 9, then switched over to the "Chris Plante Show" from 9-12. I wasn't feeling well, by 12noon, but decided to get some food to assuage my gurgling stomach and pancreas.

I tried to buy the Bidens, but the Chinese wouldn't sell them -- Elon Musk.

In the news, yesterday: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas -- the Biden administration's slimiest, oilest, slipperiest, lying sack-of-shit cabinet member -- was put through the congressional wringer -- he should be fed into a wood chipper -- last Wednesday and Thursday, over his "turnstyle" border policies as he well should have been. His earlier claims that there is no crisis at the border: The border is under "operational control." He's just doing what the law tells him. He's not dumping unvetted illegals from 157 nations throughout the country in the dead of night, he's pursuing "alternatives to incarceration." It's the fault of the "broken" immigration system that he won't enforce the law. And he's proud of the job he's doing. Oh, and Trump did it. Natch. His consistent denials of any problem at all at the border is why he's drawn so much ire in the way from Congress even as he seeks more money for his do-nothing department. Biden's plans for dropping the Trump Title 42 basis for instant expulsion on COVID pandemic grounds, is forecast to attract as many as 18,000 new illegals into the US per day, up from the current record 7,000 or so. His solution is more agents, more resources, more money -- to create more turnstyles to get the unvetted illegals into the interior of the country faster, before anyone can complain. And since nobody except for the worst alien criminals ever gets deported, even with 1.2 million judicial final deportation orders outstanding, that's a non-issue, too.

The Left is coming for your Rights.

If the GOP wins in November, they should immediately impeach this lying sack of shit. I also heard him yesterday repeat the lie that “white supremacists” are the biggest threat to the homeland. Very soon, there will be some 500,000 "migrants" streaming across our southern border EVERY MONTH, and many will be transported by OUR GOVERNMENT all around the country and dropped off in villages, towns and cities across America. This is a crisis of epic proportions. A massive invasion. That the Biden Admin casually announced today that the Dept of Homeland Security -- a domestic security agency -- has created a "disinformation" board is indescribably dystopian and chilling. That demonKKKrats think this is good and normal, tells you all you need to know about them. Mayorkas can't do his primary job. If the 50-60+ million criminal, illegal, alien invaders already here, all had the same uniforms on, we’d look like an occupied country. What an asshole. A true psychopath.

After a light lunch, I spent the afternoon installing plant hoop stakes and a "Fire Witch" Dianthus in the front gardens, and when my back began complaining, I finished-up and took a short 2hr snooze on the LR couch. I called Sherry to tell her that I'd not be over to visit at Hollie's shop, due to my lower back pain. Sherry stopped by after she closed Hollie's shop, to visit for a while, on her way home. We had a wonderful time, as we always do. After she left at 8p, I made a Chicken Salad Sandwich on Croissant w/ Chips and Potato Salad, settled-in to watch Discovery's "Gold Rush" until 11, and switched-over to FNC's "Gutfeld!" until midnight. Lights out.

I slept-in until 9:15a on Saturday, a sunny, 50° start to the day. After the stick, a couple smokes, breakfast and coffee, I listened to the replay of the "CP Show" from last Monday, on the local WSBA-910am radio, from 11a-2p. Temps were up to 57° by noon, had a great BLT on Rye Sandwich with Basil Mayo, even though I'd eaten breakfast so late, and did paperwork, after installing the last Dianthus "Fire Witch", in the front gardens. I had to update a file called CPUID CPU-zv1.58 to CPUID CPU-zv1.79, but had to do some search checking to find out about it, before I installed and updated the System Info File, or else I could truly F•ck-Up the computer. And that would make for a bad day.

In case you haven't done so already -- I started Prepping back in 2001, after 9-11 -- here's a good article: "Plan and Prep: A beginner's guide to urban survival".

demonKKKrats love abortion the same way they loved slavery.

Yes, Covid-19 was INTENTIONALLY RELEASED BY CHINA/CCP in late 2019, with the help of the demonKKKrats, leftists and US Government. Read the article, and convince me that it wasn't.

The CPUID file install went well, I skipped dinner and watched a variety of TV show thru the evening as temps dropped rapidly outside. I called it quits around 11:30p. An Indy Car race in Alabama(?), is on tomorrow.

Up at 8:15a on Sunday, 1st Sunday in May!, I fired-up the furnace on a 50°, partly sunny start to the day. After the stick, coffee and a couple of small croissants, I checked the weather and news. Two loads of laundry, several Rxs to pick-up at nearby Rite Aid, eMail pouring-in and 2 races to watch. Good IndyCar race. And, NO BACK PAIN! WOO-HOO! So I skipped the Tramadol and Tylenol. It's a typical Sunday. I made a Grilled Chicken Sandwich on Buttered Toast w/ Avocado for a late lunch, finished-up the laundry, got the garbage and recyclables out to the curb, and went back to the TV for IMSA MotorSports Laguna Seca 4hr Endurance Race. Another good one.

Becky called to let me know she had a Friday 9:15am mtg scheduled with the people at Mt Rose Cemetery, so I could be there, hopefully with my former LSCP Foreman Alan, but if he was busy, I can get pics and the information we need to get a new sidewalk installed and the Victorian Chapel of Memories re-landscaped. I put it on my schedule. Alan returned my email and will be at the Friday 9:15a mtg. Rite Aid called with a refill on my Tramadol, days early!

After a quick, light dinner, I called Sherry to make plans for the upcoming week, watched TV until 11:30p, and bagged it for the night.

Awake at 7:30a on Monday, to a cloudy, warm 57° morning, I heard the garbage truck coming thru to collect the bags, but no recyclables truck. I fired-up the furnace and garage heat, did the stick, took 2 Tramadol since the R/S lower back pain had returned (I knew yesterday was too good to be true), made my usual morning Kona Coffee and had a couple smokes in the garage. The now-upper back pain reminds me of the terrible time I had in 2017, and recounted after I got out of the first of several hospital stays I was thru to get well from Acute/Severe Pancreatitis. I sure hope I'm wrong.

Life: Enjoy every sandwich.

I had some errands to run, after listening to the "Chris Plante Show", as I do almost every morning from 9-12, wanted to get the Jeep HEMI washed/vacuumed and get some lunch, since I skipped breakfast. After getting back around 1:30p, I had breakfast for lunch, and replayed the several missed "CP Show" segments. Around 2, I suddenly had pain all around my stomach area, felt disoriented, no serious fever, but an elevated temp (98.3°), so I laid down on the LR couch for a couple hours. The pain subsided but a "tinge" remained thru the night. I'm worried that the 2017 Acute/Severe Pancreatitis Horror Show is coming back. If it persists, I have to call my GI Doctor in Hershey, at the Hershey Medical Center's ER, and get over there ASAP. Damn.

High for the day was almost 80°, and for tomorrow, in the low 70s. I have food shopping to do in the morning, and spend the rest of the afternoon with Sherry.

I skipped dinner, drank liquids, watched TV -- goodbye Roe v Wade murderers -- and unplugged around midnight. I've got things to do in the morning.

Up at 7a on Tuesday, it was an unusually warm 72° and no heat was needed -- I had no heat on last night in the condo -- so I did the stick, made the usual Kona Coffee, turned-on the news and checked the weather on my computer. Last night, when I was watching "Tucker", "Iron Resurrection" and "Gutfeld!", and caught the Roe v Wade Leak news at midnight, I switched-over to Fox News for a few minutes. I uploaded the leaked SCOTUS *.PDF file to my server, so you can download or just read the historic document, SCOTUS Initial Draft (98pgs) and read it, hassle-free. Or print it, if you have a ream of paper handy. Heh. I took a 50mg Tramadol for lower R/S mild back pain -- nothing anywhere near yesterday's abdomen area pain -- and kept scanning the news websites for current developments. After a couple of croissants for breakfast, and listening to the "CP Show" until 10:30, I left for Weis Market to get a few things, come home and get ready to meet-up with Sherry at 1p.

I got back from Weis Market around 11:15, and was besieged by several neighbors with tree/shrub/perennial problems, so I tended to them before unloading and putting stuff away. Sherry called around 11:45 to tell me that she wasn't feeling well, so we postponed our day in the park, until she does feel better, and calls back to let me know. I had another load of laundry to do, and some condo chores, so I could get some other things done this afternoon. I grabbed a 2hr snooze on the LR couch.

I had a Roast Beef, Slaw, Lettuce, Tomato & Cheese Sandwich nd chips for dinner, watched "Tucker", "The Curse of Oak Island", the amazing "Secret of Skinwalker Ranch", "Gutfeld!" and unplugged at midnight.

Awake at 5a, and up at 5:30 on Wednesday, it was raining heavily and temps in the low 50s. I had a slight fever (98.4°), and the pillow was wet, and I set it to dry out. I had some minor back pain, so I took a Tramadol and a Tylenol Extra Strength. After the finger stick, I made coffee, fired-up the furnace and had a couple smokes with the Kona Coffee, in the garage. I listened to the usual "CP Show", and decided to stay-in, despite the Rite Aid Pharmacy notifying me that some Rxs were ready. The t-storm rain passed thru, temps were up to 54°, and I had no appetite. Not a good sign.

I had a piece of toast & red raspberry preserves (sugar free) around 11a, and kept it down. For lunch, I had a bowl of BAR HARBOR CRAB BISQUE SOUP, took a 2hr snooze on my ultra-comfy LR couch. I had dinner around 6:30p, called Sherry and made plans for Friday, talked to Sister Becky, and changed the furnace filter in the basement, plus a few other things needing done. I watched some really old shows' -- "Restoration Garage" and "GraveYard Carz" -- episodes until "Tucker" came on at 8, resumed with those old series, until "Gutfeld!" at 11p, and called it Yankee Doodle at midnight.

Up at 8:15a on Thursday, it was a 59° and cloudy, with no rain forecast until tonite. I fired-up the furnace and garage heater, did the stick, made my usual Kona Coffee, and checked the weather and news on the computer. I listened to the "CP Show" until 10, grabbed the daily shower and checked the day's to-do list.

The left/commie/socialist/anarchist/BLM etc threats are pouring out, against the SCOTUS, and all too soon enough, it'll translate into violent action. The FBI, DHS and SS won't do squat, until one of the Justices or families, gets killed. America's "woke" corporations -- now exposed as truly leftist scum -- are deafening silent on abortion, unlike on the lowlife, criminal sambo, George Floyd bullshit riots/lootings/murders. Every leftist in their corrupt HR Depts, need killing, IMO. You think we had riots/lootings/murders in the Summer of 202, due to that subhuman, drug addict, criminal sewage, George Floyd? Wait until you see what's coming this Summer!

High for the day was a very pleasant 76°, with a mild breeze. I had the screen doors and all windows open all day and evening. I had a Classic BLT for dinner, did computer back-up work and saw the shit offerings on TV, tonite. Just garbage, so I watched "Tucker" and went to other channels to watch some older shows, until 11p, when "Gutfeld!" came on. I bagged it at midnight. I have a 9:15a meeting at Mt Rose Cemetery, so I'm up at 6am, once again.

Tomorrow starts a new week here in the "Journal", and it's another clear week. Yay!

Strange, Isn't It?

Strange, isn't it?

Mask mandates mostly disappeared just as the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. Thousands of blue over yellow Ukrainian flags appeared coast to coast and border to border within days of that invasion. Anyone remotely acquainted with logistics and supply chains knows that materials in such quantities can't magically appear within hours or days. Who knew in advance? And when? And why?

And now just as suddenly the Ukraine-Russian war has all but vanished from the news just as the SCOTUS "leak" captures the headlines. Thousands of "spontaneous demonstrators" (think "Animal Farm") converge on the SCOTUS armed with professionally designed signage. Again: Anyone remotely acquainted with logistics and supply chains knows that materials in such quantities can't magically appear within hours or days. Who knew in advance? And when? And why?

[JS: Medium to large printing plants, union-controlled, keep paper stock in many configurations and weights in climate-controlled warehouses, and can use previous artwork files in digital form, to produce signs, placards, cards etc in a matter of hours, on large sheet-fed presses. If the SCOTUS ‘leaker’ had them notified, thru the demonKKKrat network, a couple of hours (more likely a day or more) ahead of his/her intended release, they could have everything done and ready-to-go.]

Could it be that COVIDism failed, and that a "war bounce" was needed? Could it be that the "war bounce" ricocheted and that yet another galvanizer was needed?

© May 3, 2022 by lightman (Pastor Tom), "FR.com".

Cyanide Rx.

A nice, calm, and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, “I would like to buy some cyanide.”
The pharmacist asked, “Why in the world do you need cyanide?”
The lady replied, “I need it to poison my husband.”
The pharmacist's eyes got big and he exclaimed, “Lord have mercy! I can’t give you cyanide to kill your husband. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!”
The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.
The pharmacist looked at the picture and said, “You didn’t tell me you had a prescription...”
[H/T to ppc.]

Everything I don’t like is racist, fascist or homophobic. And women don’t care about free speech.

I have to say I enjoy the smell of liberal tears in the morning. Or afternoon, evening or night. Those tears are flooding the airwaves and it’s fabulous- and sad at the same time. Progressives have pushed people too far with their lunatic actions and people are getting weary of it. The horse is dead, but they continue to beat it.

They’ve run out of cogent thoughts and arguments (which were in short supply anyway), so leftists whip out the sad little things they have in hopes of keeping you down under their thumbs of guilt.

The race card. The fascist card. The homophobe card. Whatever they don’t like is racist, fascist or homophobic. It’s like watching a kindergarten class being told there would be no ice cream today.

Twitter’s staff is emotionally fragile and they don’t like Elon Musk so Musk is a homophobe.

One employee at the meeting described Musk as anti-gay and anti-transgender, expressing fear that his ownership would hurt efforts to recruit new employees.

‘What should we tell the LGTBQ community at recruiting conferences we’re lined up to attend when they ask us why they should come work at Twitter when we just sold ourselves to an open homophobe and transphobe?’ the staffer asked Dalana Brand, Twitter’s chief people and diversity officer.

Brand diplomatically avoided agreeing with that assessment of Musk, responding: ‘I cannot speak to Elon’s personal feelings on these things. I can’t speak to what he’s done in his other companies, in terms of people’s experiences.’

Time’s Charlotte Alter says free speech is white man’s obsession. Neither women nor Asians nor blacks nor Hispanics really care about free speech. Who knew?

In a Friday piece for Time magazine, the outlet’s national correspondent Charlotte Alter dismissed Elon Musk’s quest for free speech on Twitter as a white male “obsession,” and merely an entrepreneurial way to acquire influence and power in the world.

She also claimed that Musk’s idea of free speech is about the right to spread “disinformation” and has nothing to do with the Founding Fathers’ original intent.

Alter began her piece by insinuating that Musk should have put his $44 billion into something more worthwhile than what he sees as “free speech,” a phrase she put in scare quotes throughout the piece.

DNC Chair Jaimie Harrison knows he, his President and his party are utter garbage so the GOP is fascist:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison said the GOP is a party built on “fear,” “fraud” and “fascism” Saturday on the latest episode of MSNBC’s The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross.

His latest comments came in response to Cross showing several clips from a variety of Republican campaign ads, which she said was “just a sample of the Republican craziness on the ballot in the upcoming Midterm elections.”

Cross added that the GOP is running on a “platform of lies, fear, sexism and racism,” and then mused, “You have to wonder, how are millions of voters so eager to turn this country over to the right-wing extremists that now comprise the GOP?”

The staff over at Apple doesn’t want to work in office any more so working in offices is racist:

A group of Apple employees have accused the big-tech giant of racism over its push for corporate workers to return to the office, saying that the shift back to an in-person model will make the company ‘younger, whiter, [and] more male-dominated.’

The employees, organized under the newly-formed group Apple Together, petitioned the company on Friday in an open letter after CEO Tim Cook told staffers that they would need to work from the office one day a week starting on April 11, two days per week after three weeks, and three days per week after May 23.

They wrote that the decision to bring employees back to the office was not motivated by a ‘need to commune in person,’ as Cook wrote in his letter to staff, but rather was driven by the company’s ‘fear of the future of work, fear of worker autonomy [and] fear of losing control.’

CNN hosts some moron who is absolutely terrified of free speech:

On Sunday’s episode of CNN’s Reliable Sources, media analyst and rabid leftist David Zurawik claimed that Congress needs to step in to regulate social media platforms now that free speech advocate Elon Musk has bought Twitter.

“I think there’s a bigger problem that when we focus on the personalities of people like Elon Musk,” Zurawik said before complaining that there’s too much focus on speculating over what Musk is thinking or what his intentions are for the social media platform that he recently purchased.

We didn’t need to regulate anything as long as progressives (i.e. Communists) controlled social media. BTW, Musk voted for Obama.

Parental rights is like segregation!

Toward the end of the sympathetic interview, Golodryga went along with her guest comparing supporters of parental rights in schools to people who supported racial segregation:

MCMORROW: And I think we’re going to find that, once we see each other as people, we don’t have this fearmongering that’s really reminiscent of the same language that we saw during segregation when parents and certain groups were arguing against their kids seeing black kids in their school.

GOLODRYGA: Right. And I’m glad you brought that up because you do flag that in your speech as well. It’s, I think, accepted and it often times happens that a new generation says, you know, “This is a crisis moment — we’ve never experienced something like this.”

I don’t like Tucker Carlson, therefore he stokes white fears!

In the years since, Mr. Carlson has constructed what may be the most racist show in the history of cable news — and also, by some measures, the most successful. Though he frequently declares himself an enemy of prejudice — “We don’t judge them by group, and we don’t judge them on their race,” Mr. Carlson explained to an interviewer a few weeks before accusing impoverished immigrants of making America dirty —- his show teaches loathing and fear. Night after night, hour by hour, Mr. Carlson warns his viewers that they inhabit a civilization under siege —- by violent Black Lives Matter protesters in American cities, by diseased migrants from south of the border, by refugees importing alien cultures, and by tech companies and cultural elites who will silence them, or label them racist, if they complain. When refugees from Africa, numbering in the hundreds, began crossing into Texas from Mexico during the Trump administration, he warned that the continent’s high birthrates meant the new arrivals might soon “overwhelm our country and change it completely and forever.” Amid nationwide outrage over George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer, Mr. Carlson dismissed those protesting the killing as “criminal mobs.”

In other words, Carlson does actual, factual reporting and I don’t like the seamy side of truth being exposed.

Then there is the single worst cable network. It promotes racial hatred on a daily basis and its hatred crosses ethnic lines:

Black Republicans work for the White Man. That’s a theme of Tiffany Cross’s MSNBC show. She began a segment on Saturday with “I’m just going to say it: I don’t know a lot of black Republicans who really ride for black people.” She showed video of Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears, Herschel Walker, and Sen. Tim Scott.

Cross brought on her resident provocateur Elie Mystal said that black Republicans like Herschel Walker are “tokens”:

I make a hard distinction between black conservatives, of which there are many: one of whom [Eric Adams] was just elected mayor of New York City, in fact, and these tokens, who are out here right now, shucking and jiving for their white handlers.

Black conservatives are “shuckin’ and jivin’ for their white handlers.” That is really ugly.

On the worst network is arguably the worst person on cable or on TV period. Said person owns a single lens and funnels absolutely everything through it. It is the lens of racial hatred, and its operator is racial blowtorch Joy Reid:

REID: Musk Misses Apartheid, Wants Conservatives to Attack Jews, Women

All because Musk wants free speech and said he hopes that his worst enemies would remain on the platform.

This one is really sad. She intimates that the parents of these black children are stupid

MSNBC’s Joy Reid accuses Ron DeSantis of ‘child abuse’ after black kids hold up anti-CRT signs

In a tweet Friday night, Reid used phrases such as “anti-Black” and “extra sick” to describe the sentiment she felt while reacting to an evening tweet from Florida state Sen. Shevrin Jones, who tweeted earlier: “The fact that @GovRonDeSantis had these Black young men, who are not clear on this message, holding up a sign about something they know nothing about is the real indoctrination.”

“This mis-use of Black boys is tantamount to child abuse,” Reid tweeted.

“I would really like to hear the back-story on who these kids were and how they wound up at a DeSantis event. Given how anti-Black DeSantis is, using Black children this way is extra sick,”

Of course. Those kids belong on the Joy Reid plantation and nowhere else. The kids were there under the aegis of one Jack Brewer, former NFL player

The kids in the photo are part of programs Brewer founded, including The Serving Institute and The Heroes program, which fall under the umbrella of his organization The Jack Brewer Foundation.

Former NFL safety Jack Brewer on "Fox and Friends First"

Brewer told Fox News Digital that the boys in the photo “knew exactly what they were for.” They had also supported DeSantis in the past, including earlier this month when the governor signed a bill providing more than $70 million to support fatherhood.

Maybe it’s fatherhood thing that rankles Reid.

“It was explained to them on the bus … It was explained to them while they were there. Yeah, my kids don’t identify with CRT because we don’t believe in it,” he said. “We believe in loving everybody and not separating people by their skin color. That’s what we teach. Our program teaches to love this country. To love God first. To love their neighbor as themselves.”

Maybe it’s Reid who would like to see a return to segregation. She certainly doesn’t want peace between races. And the parents and relatives of these kids?

Fox News Digital also spoke to an aunt and guardian to one of the boys in the photo amplified by Reid, who recounted that “people are upset on our behalf because they know that these kids have been taught to love, not hate and animosity toward other people.”

“I just think it’s pretty outrageous that Joy Reid’s thought process is that people can’t have independent thinking about matters like CRT,” Jane Halbritter told Fox News Digital in a phone interview Monday.

Halbritter added that her nephews in Brewer’s programs are “very articulate on [CRT] and are just very, very upset and hurt by what [Reid] said.”

Reid’s slander is not sitting well with Brewer.

“We are a faith-based program where we stand firm on the word of God,” Brewer told Fox News Digital in a phone interview Monday. “For people to be questioned … this is just a tragedy, and this is the problem with Black America. This is the problem with underserved communities right here. Joy Reid is the example of the crisis going on in Black America.”

He is demanding an apology or else

“Joy Reid messed with the wrong boys,” Brewer told Fox News Digital on Monday, adding that he has also retained legal counsel about a potential defamation suit.

Reid could have done some actual reporting. She could have picked up her cell phone and called Jack Brewer. But she didn’t because she wanted something incendiary for the dwindling ignorant morons who continue to watch her.

We used to call people like Reid liberals. They’re not liberals. At one time liberals were expected to be more tolerant of differing thoughts and opinions. Those days are long gone. Liberalism has metastasized into a race baiting fascist progressive mentality. The country is getting a real good taste of life under Progressivism; unending pandemics, skyrocketing crime, inflation, economic crises, wars and ten percent for the big guy.

We can only hope that these are last dying gasps of an effort at perversion of this nation. None of it makes us better or stronger. None of it brings people together.

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