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Why Do NATO States Commit Energy Hara Kiri ?

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There is a great paradox in the increasingly aggressive US and NATO military stance towards Russia, and China, when measured against the clearly suicidal national Green Agenda economic policies of the USA as well as the EU NATO states. An astonishing transformation of the economies of the world's most advanced industrial economies is underway and gaining momentum. The heart of the transformation is energy, and the absurd demand for "zero carbon" energy by 2050 or before. To eliminate carbon from the energy industry is not at this time, or perhaps ever, possible. But the push for it will mean tearing apart the world's most productive economies. Without a viable industrial energy base, NATO countries become a military joke. We cannot speak of "renewable" energy for solar, wind and battery storage. We must speak of Unreliable Energy. It is one of the most colossal scientific delusions in history.

On December 31 the new German coalition government shut down three of the remaining six nuclear power plants permanently. They did so at a point where natural gas in reserves were extremely low entering hard winter, and when any severe cold front could lead to power blackouts. Because of the German refusal to allow import of a second Russian gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, Germany is facing a 500% increase in the spot price of electricity compared with January 2021.

Arrow Up

Lithuanians overwhelmingly oppose their government's anti-China policy, President admits he made "a mistake" as China cuts off trade

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After apparent economic retaliation by China, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said last week that the country had made "a mistake" allowing a diplomatic centre opened under the title of Taiwanese Representative Office.
Just 13 per cent of Lithuanians support Vilnius' hardline policy toward China, according to a government poll that adds to the pressure mounting on its foreign ministry.

In a survey conducted by a private company on behalf of the ministry, just 1 per cent of respondents rated Lithuania's "value-based" policy towards China "very positively", with 12 per cent viewing it "positively".

Conversely, 21 per cent said they felt "very negatively" and 37 per cent "negatively" about a policy that has seen Vilnius bolster its ties with Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing views as a renegade province.

Comment: Citizens of a great many countries are beginning to realise that it's no longer in their best interests to support politicians who sacrifice their own country's wealth and future in order to prop up the ailing US hegemon: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse




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Russian-led CSTO troops leaving Kazakhstan, 'region stabilized' following failed coup attempt

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Military equipment of Russia's Airborne Forces is loaded into an Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft at Almaty International Airport, Kazakhstan, 13.01.2022.
Soldiers from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) are leaving Kazakhstan having achieved their objectives, now that the region has been stabilized, the head of the six-member military alliance announced on Thursday.

At a ceremony in Almaty, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas said that Kazakh leaders had decided that unrest had subsided to a level that would allow the peacekeepers to withdraw.

"It's obvious that [the pullout] was not early," he clarified. "The situation here in Almaty has been placed under the control of law-enforcement personnel, and that is why the task has been fulfilled."

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's:




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MI5 claims Chinese government 'agent' has been 'active' in UK parliament, comes amid No 10 lockdown parties scandal

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Christine Lee.
Christine Lee has made large donations to Labour MP Barry Gardiner's office, but he said MI5 has reassured him they were all above board. Her son resigned from his office today.

MI5 has warned that a Chinese government agent has been working in parliament "to subvert the processes", MPs have been told.


Comment: British politics has lacked integrity for decades, that much is clear, and much of the corruption is home grown.


A letter was sent to MPs by Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle who said MI5 warned him a woman called Christine Lee has been "engaged in political interference activities on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party, engaging with members here at parliament".

MI5 sent out an "interference alert" warning Ms Lee has "facilitated financial donations to serving and aspiring parliamentarians on behalf of foreign nationals based in Hong Kong and China...done covertly to mask the origins of the payments".


Comment: When do we ever hear about 'interference alerts' for lobby groups? More to the point, when do we ever hear about 'interference alerts'?


Comment: What's perhaps most revealing is how this has been made frontpage news, meanwhile we found out just a few days ago that Denmark's intelligence chief was arrested over a month ago for leaking top secret information (most likely to the West and Israel) the details of which still haven't been made public, and the story was mostly buried. Also compare the publicity this story is receiving with the well documented corruption by those with connections to the US, and Israel, that led to the removal of Jeremy Corby from the Labour leadership:

Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Perfidious Albion: If Russia is a Rogue State, What is the UK?


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Pepe Escobar: This is how the US does 'dialogue'

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Washington will not consider Russian proposals on no expansion of NATO, and has no intention of even discussing the idea. So much for "dialogue".

It was the first high-level Russia-NATO meeting since 2019 - coming immediately after the non sequitur of the U.S.-Russia "security guarantee" non-dialogue dialogue earlier in the week in Geneva.

So what happened in Brussels? Essentially yet another non-dialogue dialogue - complete with a Kafkaesque NATO preface: we're prepared for dialogue, but the Kremlin's proposals are unacceptable.

This was a double down on the American envoy to NATO, Julianne Smith, preemptively blaming Russia for the actions that "accelerated this disaster".

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse




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Spanish Secret Service Behind 2017 Barcelona Terror Attacks, Wanted to Derail Catalonia Independence Referendum, Says Former Police Commissioner


Comment: As we commented at the time:
Van Mows Down People on Barcelona's Ramblas: 13 confirmed dead, dozens injured

Coming just a few weeks before Catalonia's referendum, this event will surely be used by Spanish authorities to argue for a 'No' vote. After all, if this kind of attack can happen in the heart of Catalonia, surely Catalonians are safer, and therefore better off, in the bosom of the Spanish state.

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Former Spanish police commissioner Jose Manuel Villarejo said the 2017 terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils were orchestrated by Spain's secret service
A FORMER senior officer in Spain's National Police Corps has said the 2017 terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils were organised by the country's secret service in a bid to destabilise Catalonia before the independence referendum there.

However, Jose Manuel Villarejo said the attacks in August that year - which included a truck running over pedestrians on La Rambla in Barcelona - "were a serious mistake" on the part of former National Intelligence Service (CNI) director Felix Sanz Roldan.

Ahead of the October 2017 indyref, the former commissioner said the CNI boss "wanted to give Catalonia a fright, but miscalculated the consequences".

Comment: What terror attack in the West wasn't overseen by its intel agencies? See below for just a few examples: Also check out SOTT radio's:



Chess

Why Russia is ready to check-mate the US and its Western empire

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
"We are within our rights to do what is required to ensure Russia's security and sovereignty."
The Western empire-builders are weakened and exposed in the eyes of their own populations and thus are disarmed politically to pursue confrontation.

Author and commentator Alex Krainer explains in the following interview why Russia is now strong enough to take a definitive stand against the United States and its Western empire-builders. This is the wider historical context for high-level negotiations being conducted this week between Russia and the U.S. and NATO in which Moscow has asserted red lines for its national security.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the U.S.-led Western powers became deluded with arrogant entitlement. As Krainer points out, the Western empire-builders presumed to have the right to wage wars and flout international law. For much of the past three-decade period, Russia was too weak economically and politically to challenge this reckless aggression. But now it has grown strong enough to "check-mate the empire's global ambitions". This is why war or regime change in Russia has become an obsessive goal for the U.S. and Western partners. It accounts for the relentless sanctions, Russophobia and surge in tensions over Ukraine and more recently Kazakhstan.

Russia is perceived as an obstacle to Western control over the strategically vital Eurasian continent. The prize of Eurasia has long been coveted by Western imperialists, from the British Empire's Sir Halford Mackinder to the U.S. strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski. As Krainer notes, it was this imperial calculation by the Anglo-American capitalists that led to the building up of Nazi Germany as a bludgeon to destroy the Soviet Union and purportedly to give the empire-builders global hegemony. This imperial machination led to World War II and the greatest conflagration in human history with as many as 85 million dead. The Soviet Union and China accounted for more than half of the death toll.

Smoking

Light it up!

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Russia in the palm of the Sorcerer's Apprentice
We are at a strange pass in The Saga of Covid. It seems the spikey virus wants to leave center stage... is weary of all the attention... wants to fade into the eternal parade of microorganisms that cozily coexist within the human life-stream — like Tony Fauci's HIV, a fellow traveler in the old-time throng of human viruses, now semi-retired, and yet still every bit as mysterious in the actual mechanism of AIDS as it was when Dr. Fauci pinned his NIAID distinguished service medal on its elusive bosom, so to speak (but you'd have to read Bobby Kennedy's book on Fauci to get the drift of that).

Omicron is sweeping the country, as love once did in George Gershwin's day. (We are a different country now, as anyone tuned into the Turner Classics Movie channel can discover.) Omicron: the 36-hour head cold that Covid-19 has been demoted to. Omicron: a mere wise-cracking gecko compared to the roaring dragon that was Covid-19 in the winter of 2020. Omicron: kind of an embarrassment to "vaccine" tyrants who still seek to jab every arm on earth, and at ever-shortening intervals — like a med school version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, only with syringes running amok instead of brooms.

The Party-of-Chaos (the one headed by the ectoplasmic "Joe Biden") does not want to let go of Covid-19, its Swiss army knife of destruction. With Covid-19, you can push people around and mess with their lives every which way, shut down their businesses, lock them in their homes, screw them out of their livelihoods, delete their reputations, board-up their social venues, cancel their careers, revoke their licenses, drag them into court, fine them into penury, cram them into prison camps, and much more.

If Covid-19 actually does make that move to exit the scene, the Party-of-Chaos will have to find a new focus for its anxiety-driven lunacy. And if the front page of The New York Times is the party's id, a signifier of intent, then the focus will shift to fomenting war with Russia.

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Panopticon: How mainstream academia normalized mass imprisonment

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Blockchain in Smart Cities
The panopticon of the Smart City is a system set up so that free citizens police, interrogate, and report on each other.

Academia, with its woke newspeak, is a god-awful thing. Only through the complete destruction of language can actually fascist policies, which threaten to eradicate humanity, be passed off as progressive, even social-democratic. Our aim is to build upon our previous chapters to show that these were not intellectual fishing expeditions - we're here with the receipts.

Jeremy Bentham's horrific theory and model of the Panopticon is openly presented as a 'positive vision of the future' which official academia endorses through its ivory-tower liberal idealists as the foundation of 'Smart Cities'. The Great Reset openly takes its inspiration for the 'Smart City' from the Panopticon prison system.

In his 1975 work, Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison, the French poststructuralist Michel Foucault, combining the ideas of his Marxist mentor Althusser and those of Nietzsche, looks at Bentham's panopticon and traces it back in time to the concept of the quarantine justified by a plague. He goes on to describe the 17th century city under quarantine as the basis of our modern conception of prison in horrifically prescient detail, given the present reality of a plague-justified lockdown, citizen tracking, and control system already imprisoning millions of people in Europe and the Anglophone world.

Stock Up

Bill targets super-successful stock traders of Congress

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Democratic senators want to ban fellow lawmakers from trading individual stocks, a controversial practice that many see as inherently corrupt.

A bill that would ban sitting members of the US Congress and their family members from stock trading has been introduced in the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently defended market access as essential in a free economy.

Jon Ossoff, a Democratic senator from Georgia, joined forces with his fellow party member Mark Kelly of Arizona to sponsor a new anti-insider-trading bill. It requires US lawmakers and their family members to either divest from stock assets or put them into a blind trust while holding office. The measure is meant to reduce the conflicts of interest that investor lawmakers face as public servants. Ossoff said:
"Members of Congress should not be playing the stock market while we make federal policy and have extraordinary access to confidential information."

Comment: A conflict of Capital and Capitol, Pelosi has cleaned up but not cleared out.

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