…With Russia squarely facing down NATO, the country will be forced into adopting a war economy, and that necessarily means a greater integration of the state and big business, with disloyal elements in the business class almost certainly put on a purge shortlist.
But there is certainly more in the works that will become readily apparent in the days and weeks that follow.
In just one week, Russian civil society has been shaken to its core:
Lines are being drawn between traitors and loyalists within workplaces, universities, and at the bazaar.
The Duma may not survive in its current state for long.
Martial law is being openly discussed.
Talk of QR codes and implementing the 2030 agenda in place like Moscow and St. Petersburg has all but been abandoned.
Liberals are boarding planes and heading for Georgia, Armenia, Turkey and Riga (another poor choice, perhaps).
Central Asian migrants are being deported in droves and many are fleeing on their own volition.
If the 90s saw a new, Liberal Democratic Oligarchy emerge from the chaos of the last days of the Soviet Union, then the 2020s are shaping up to be the death knell of that old political order. Russia is going through yet another political metamorphosis right before our very eyes.
The authorities of the Republic of Poland, after consultations between the President and the Government, are ready to deploy – immediately and free of charge – all their MIG-29 jets to the Ramstein Air Base and place them at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America.
At the same time, Poland requests the United States to provide us with used aircraft with corresponding operational capabilities. Poland is ready to immediately establish the conditions of purchase of the planes.
The Polish Government also requests other NATO Allies – owners of MIG-29 jets – to act in the same vein.
I have never much liked Carlson. He always seemed to lack a deep core of sensibility, honesty, often avoided important subjects. I think covid red-pilled him. Recently he has had more than a few good interviews and monologs. This is one of them though it falls down a bit at the end, imo. ABN
Empires often follow the course of a Greek tragedy, bringing about precisely the fate that they sought to avoid. That certainly is the case with the American Empire as it dismantles itself in not-so-slow motion.
The basic assumption of economic and diplomatic forecasting is that every country will act in its own self-interest. Such reasoning is of no help in today’s world. Observers across the political spectrum are using phrases like “shooting themselves in their own foot” to describe U.S. diplomatic confrontation with Russia and allies alike.
For more than a generation the most prominent U.S. diplomats have warned about what they thought would represent the ultimate external threat: an alliance of Russia and China dominating Eurasia. America’s economic sanctions and military confrontation have driven these two countries together, and are driving other countries into their emerging Eurasian orbit.
Macgregor is the only commenter on TV I have seen that says the obvious. Here is a slightly more detailed version of his position: How to think about Ukraine. It was predictable that Western powers would pivot from covid panic & fear into Ukraine panic & fear. Western powers (including media) are prepared to risk WW3 to hide their guilt for covid as they seek to dominate Russia. Their reckless aggression and cynical manipulation of public opinion shows there is cabalistic control at the top just as there was before all other recent wars, including covid and their responses to it. Varney looks like a cheap whore pretending Zelensky is a “hero,” even taking into consideration how debased the meaning of that word has become. ABN
CHICAGO, IL- A powerful Illinois politician, former House Speaker Michael Madigan, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on racketeering and bribery charges, Fox 32 in Chicago reports. The indictment stems from allegations that Madigan used his official position to solicit and receive personal financial rewards for both himself as well as associates.
The 79-year-old Chicago native is charged with racketeering conspiracy and individual counts of using interstate facilities in aid of bribery, wire fraud and attempted extortion.
The 22-count indictment charges Madigan of leading a criminal enterprise for nearly 10 years in order to enhance is political power as well as his wallet. It is also alleged he generated income for his political allies and associates.
…The BRICS economic partnership was formed during the Obama administration. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) saw President Obama sub-contracting, actually giving away, U.S. trade policy to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In the aftermath of the 2007 economic crisis created by the financial system, the BRICS group connected two central points that concerned them.
In the aftermath of the great housing/financial crisis, the relationships around the World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), EU central banking system and various multinational institutions and, more importantly, multinational corporations, merged even closer with the government. The priorities of the Davos and World Economic Forum (WEF) crowd was now virtually indistinguishable from many national governments.
We are fifteen years downstream from that inflection point and we are now seeing the outcomes. The WEF is now giving direct instructions to installed politicians for government policy. Put another way, multinational corporations are now telling government officials what to do.
Think of “The Great Reset” or “Build Back Better” or climate change, as examples. Worse yet, those governments are doing exactly what the WEF has told them to do.
…The presidential office has ordered an investigation into the blackout, while a cabinet spokesperson said authorities could not rule out the possibility of the plant being hacked.
The mass blackouts came as former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the island’s president Tsai Ing-wen to warn that Taiwan must not be allowed to suffer the same fate as Ukraine following Russia‘s barbaric invasion of the country.
Self-governed Taiwan’s 23 million people live under the constant threat of invasion by authoritarian China, which views the island as its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary.
The situation in Taiwan is not the same as Ukraine but it is similar in important ways. Both regions share deep historical roots with their Big Brother (Russia or China); both threaten the safety of their Big Brother (BB); both have been told time and again and openly by their BB that they will be invaded if they cross some line; both rely on USA which may or may not help either; and both hold important strategic positions, one on the Black Sea and the other on the South China Sea.
Taiwan has never been closer to a takeover by China than it is today. As a leader, Xi has much to gain domestically by successfully seizing Taiwan and something to lose if he passes up this opportunity or much to lose if he tries and fails. Biden is weak and does not seem to understand either Ukraine or Taiwan. I doubt USA will do much to help Taiwan. I wonder how this will play out for Japan; if they help Taiwan as promised, China will never forgive them. If they do nothing, they know they may be next. ABN
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, amid collapsing domestic approval ratings, is witnessing full-scale abandonment in the provinces, which is taking place as he moves to implement martial law on Freedom Convoy protesters who simply want their basic human rights respected.
Quebec is the latest province to revolt from the Canadian prime minister’s vaccine passport policy, Keean Bexte reported. “Trudeau is alone,” Bexte remarked.
TORONTO, May 19, 2021 – Rumble, a video platform focused on helping millions of creators manage, distribute, and monetize their video content, welcomed the investment of Narya Capital, Peter Thiel and Colt Ventures.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome aboard investors that are aligned with our long-term vision. This investment is evidence that the market really desires competition and freedom of choice. These funds will help us launch our new cloud services, enhance our video platform, and help create the rails for a new economy that is desperately needed” said Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski.
In the past year, Rumble’s monthly viewership has grown from 1.6 million users per month to an average of 31 million per month in the first quarter of 2021 – an increase of more than 1,800%. This growth reflects the increasingly strong market recognition by both users and creators of Rumble’s differentiated value proposition. The investment will add considerable strength to Rumble’s ability to build upon this success.
The Federalist Society is the paid subcontractor of the RNC Club who provide the approved list of judicial nominees that club members are required to support.
Multinational business interests pay the Federalist Society to get their friends on the list, that’s their smaller business model within the club.
The Federalist Society then ranks the names according to the amount provided and the tenured status of the insider individual or group providing the reference. Then the list is passed along to the Club members, political leadership members, who are within the framework of government to install.
The RNC and DNC are corporations, private businesses; and just like all private businesses they have the ability to make rules, bylaws, terms and conditions of membership and association that are completely arbitrary according to their charter.
The RNC and DNC are not entities of government, they are private corporations who engage in the business of politics. Whenever we start to forget the DNC and RNC are private corporations, we can slip into the mistaken belief that they operate on any form of baseline altruism. These corporations exist for the fulfillment of their mission.
Some call these private entities, these corporations, “clubs,” because using that term helps to remind us that these groups do not operate without a private agenda.
The rules within the RNC club are determined by the people who control the club charter, primarily large donors who fund the corporate business. If they have a particular intent or direction, they wish the club to support or take, they control how the club engages in the process of achieving their outcome. That effort is taken regardless of the opinion from the subordinate members in the club.
Through the process of controlling the corporations, the private clubs, both the RNC and DNC control how political events take place. Nothing within this process is contingent upon the support of the voting electorate.
(1) The “what?” part is that today Florida Governor Ron DeSantis aligned himself with The Club. McConnell, Haley, Pence, Noem and DeSantis all part of the cocktail donor group, the R-Club, the right wing of the uniparty.
(2) Timing matters because this is the year when the RNC, the mechanism of the R-Club, meets after the mid-term election and establishes the rules for the 2024 presidential election.
Most casual political observers do not follow closely.
(3) As a result, before the winter 2022 meeting of the rules, the political alignments of the individual members who will position to use the Club must be determined.
Each candidate makes their choice this year.
(4) The club insiders, mostly influential donors who control political outcomes, then establish the roadmap for the next general election based on their overall selected candidate(s).
Those selected candidates are what we call the "insiders", or party candidates.
…Why did Pence and his staff spend four years hobbling the Trump Administration? Why can’t people believe that the GOP would try to impeach Trump to clear the way for Pence? Most Republican voters have never met the big GOP donors — and have no idea what they do with their money. The big donors wanted a Mike Pence/Nikki Haley ticket in 2024. They don’t really care what GOP voters want, and they never have. These are the people who pushed Jeb in 2016. And Paul Ryan before that. And Dan Quayle before that.
Pence is a creature of the GOP donors, not an America First patriot. That much is obvious now. Pence was added to the Trump ticket to restrain Trump’s populism — and that’s what he tried to do for four years. When pro-Trump aides were sidelined in the Trump White House, I heard the same thing from all of them: they were told to sit down and shut up and, if they were quiet, they might get to work for Pence and Haley in 2024.
It’s time for Republican voters to admit that they had no idea who Mike Pence was. Don’t be too upset with yourself. He fooled plenty of people. The man you thought he was — that guy doesn’t really exist. It’s time you paid much closer attention to your favorite politicians though— if you want your country to survive.