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Ukraine Is Sinking. Are Western Elites Bailing Out?

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What makes the RAND Corporation's latest report on Ukraine so significant, is not the quality of the analysis, but the fact that the nation's most prestigious national security think-tank has taken an opposite position on the war than the Washington political class and their globalist allies. This is a very big deal. Keep in mind, wars don't end because the public opposes them. That is a myth. Wars end when a critical split emerges between elites that eventually leads to a change in policy. The RAND Corporation's new report, "Avoiding a long war: US policy and the trajectory of the Russia-Ukraine conflict", represents just such a split. It indicates that powerful elites have broken with the majority opinion because they think the current policy is hurting the United States. We believe this shift in perspective is going to gain momentum until it triggers a more-assertive demand for negotiations. In other words, the RAND report is the first step towards ending the war.

Comment: Might Antony Blinken's recent half-assed attempt at brokering a peace deal with Russia be, to some extent, a reflection of Rand's new stance? See also:


Treasure Chest

US readies $2 billion-plus Ukraine aid package with longer-range weapons

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Javeline anti-tank missiles are displayed on the assembly line as U.S. President Joe Biden tours a Lockheed Martin weapons factory in Troy, Alabama, U.S. May 3, 2022.
The United States is readying more than $2 billion worth of military aid for Ukraine that is expected to include longer-range rockets for the first time as well as other munitions and weapons, two U.S. officials briefed on the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

The aid is expected to be announced as soon as this week, the officials said. It is also expected to include support equipment for Patriot air defense systems, precision-guided munitions and Javelin anti-tank weapons, they added.

One of the officials said a portion of the package, expected to be $1.725 billion, would come from a fund known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which allows President Joe Biden's administration to get weapons from industry rather than from U.S. weapons stocks.

Comment: See also:


Magnify

FBI searched the Penn Biden Center in mid-November

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The FBI searched the Penn Biden Center offices in mid-November, according to two sources familiar with the investigation, after lawyers for President Biden had found about 10 documents marked classified there on Nov. 2. The material originated from Mr. Biden's time as vice president.

It is not clear whether FBI personnel found any additional classified or presidential material during the mid-November sweep.

Two sources told CBS News the search was conducted with the cooperation of Mr. Biden's representatives. A search warrant was not sought.

Comment: See also:


Biohazard

Mad American Science: Russian Military Continues Exposure of US Military Biolabs in Ukraine And Globally

Igor Kirillov
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Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov

Comment: Russian military personnel have acquired over 20,000 documents detailing U.S. biological programs in Ukraine. The documents confirm that the Pentagon aimed at creating elements of a biological weapon, and testing it on the population of Ukraine.

What follows is a translated transcript of the full recent public statement made by Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov (Chief of the Russian Army's Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops) on 30 January 2023.


The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation has repeatedly noted the signs of the implementation of 'dual-purpose programmes' by the USA and its allies outside their national territories, including within the operation of the biolaboratories funded by the Pentagon or its contractors.

The fact that the United States blocked the initiative to establish a monitoring mechanism of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) at the Ninth Review Conference once again confirms that Washington has something to hide, while the transparency of the biological research contradicts the interests of the USA.

We have previously informed about the works on enhancing the pathogenic characteristics of COVID-19 causative agent, carried out at Boston University with funds of the U.S. state budget, as well as the possible involvement of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the emergence of the new coronavirus.

The key role in the implementation of the abovementioned projects belongs to EcoHealth Alliance intermediary organisation. The available documents of the U.S. Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) confirm that, since 2015, professionals of the abovementioned company have been studying the diversity in the population of bats, searching for new coronavirus strains, and mechanisms of its transmission from animals to humans. Over 2.5 thousand specimen have been researched.

Comment: Above slides from the Russian Ministry of Defence's presentation originally published on its Telegram channel, beginning here. See here for viewing/downloading supporting documents published by the Russian MoD.

Here is video of the above presentation made by Kirillov. Audio in Russian only:

See also the research of independent journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva, which dates back 5 years ago:


Arrow Up

Rex Murphy: Goodness, gracious, Ottawa survived Jordan Peterson

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Jordan Peterson speaks to a full house at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, on Monday, January 30 2023. PHOTO BY BRYAN PASSIFIUME/NATIONAL POST
It's a pleasure and a cheer to be able to start a piece with some good news. As of Tuesday morning having duly scanned the various news services I may report that Ottawa is still standing. The nation's capital is still the unscarred and tranquil repository of all that is good and sweet that it always has been despite Dr. Jordan Peterson's having been allowed within its precincts, despite too, being allowed to speak to thousands of Canadians who wanted to hear him.

A curious note, though a whole basket of NGOs and other highly-sensitive special interest groups, some even funded by the Government of Canada, spent much time and energy warning that Ottawa would become a hell-pit of bigotry and hate (maybe evening requiring its own Special Representative to combat Petersonia — take note, Omar Alghabra) none showed up to protest the event.

Comment: Rex:
-Special Representative to inquire into Chrystia Freeland's position on the Board of the World Economic Forum while acting as Canada's Finance Minister.

On December 15th, 2022, note how this question is asked, answered and then completely avoided that involves giving Freeland $2 billion of taxpayers money for a nonexistent company:





Piggy Bank

Where all conspiracies begin and end: The reality of the banking system and its creation of money out of thin air

The City of London

The City of London
Today, the IMF downgraded the UK's 2023 growth forecast by more than any other G7 nation. Many MSM headlines state that the UK will suffer more than sanction-hit Russia. Shock!

UK Economy
Why is this? Lockdowns, borrowing and policies are major factors but so is the UK's over-reliance on the financial sector.

Most people gush over how great the City of London is and how much wealth it brings to the country but the reality is very different.

Comment: Listen to this much more recent interview with world class economist Prof. Richard Warner and hear what he has to say about the Weimar Republic, central bank digital currencies, credit creation, the war on cash, crypto, gold, the date of the next crash and personal sovereignty:




Bad Guys

NATO members consider sending fighter jets to Ukraine

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France won't rule out jets for Ukraine Western countries are increasingly discussing the prospect of sending warplanes to Kiev
French President Emmanuel Macron has said that the idea of sending fighter jets to Ukraine had not been "excluded," as Kiev ramps up its campaign to pressure the West into donating combat aircraft to its military.

Asked about the possibility of transferring jets to Kiev's military, Macron told reporters that "nothing is excluded in principle," according to France's AFP news agency. The president added that Kiev would be forbidden from using French jets to attack Russian soil.


Comment: And the Nazi military in Kiev would obey Macron's commands?


Macron was speaking after a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who told reporters that his government saw "no taboo" around sending US-made F-16 fighters to Ukraine, but admitted it would be a "big step."

Comment: The Telegraph reports:
Russia has attacked "absurd" comments from Emmanuel Macron after he refused to rule out delivering fighter jets to Ukraine, while also warning against the risk of escalation.

Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, said: "Forgive me, but this is absurd.

"Is the president of France really certain that if arms, heavy weapons and aircraft are supplied to the Kyiv regime to conduct combat operations, this will not lead to an escalation of the situation?"

Referring to Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, Ms Zakharova added: "Such statements only increase the already irrepressible appetite of the Zelensky regime."

[...]

Ukraine is expecting to receive up to 140 modern tanks from its Western allies, and Mr Zelensky is now urging the West to send fighter jets and long-range missiles.

On Monday, Joe Biden appeared to draw the line on supplying American fighter jets to Kyiv.

"No," the US president said when asked by reporters at the White House if he was in favour. However, the next day, he said he would talk to Mr Zelensky about his latest requests for advanced weaponry.

In the early months of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Kyiv's partners were reluctant to provide too much military aid, eager to avoid a more direct confrontation between the West and Russia.

However, as the war grinds on, they have repeatedly given in to Ukraine's appeals for more substantial weapons.

Last December, Washington finally agreed to send its high-performing Patriot air defence missiles. Last month, it announced it would also be sending Abrams battle tanks.

After pressure from allies, Germany approved sending Leopard tanks to Kyiv and said that it would agree to requests from other European countries who wanted to send their own German-made Leopards.
And now we have the UK's former defense minister saying that NATO 'may' need to (officially) send ground troops to Ukraine.


Snakes in Suits

Former UK defense minister says NATO may need to send ground forces to Ukraine

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Former UK Defense Minister Sir Gerald Howarth
The "domino theory" was once used to great effect in order to manipulate the American public into supporting the Vietnam War, but will the same narrative work to get the west to support World War III with Russia?

Former UK Defense Minister Sir Gerald Howarth seems to think so as he uses this exact claim to justify NATO boots on the ground in Ukraine.

It should be noted that a large percentage of the American populace and most of Europe have no interest whatsoever in engaging with Russia and possibly its allies in all out war, but the establishment appears intent on forcing the issue anyway. The delivery of NATO tanks and the possibility of longer range missiles will no doubt trigger a wider response from Russia, which will then be used by NATO as a reason to escalate further.

Comment: When deliberating over sending funds or weapons, the West ultimate gives in to the US and follows through; will this also be the case with ground forces? Or at least additional forces that are likely to bring the West into direct - but more importantly, overt - confrontation with Russia?

By this point it's undeniable that Ukraine is losing the proxy war and both they, and their masters in the West, are becoming increasingly desperate: Zelensky's purge continues with raids on oligarch & politician Kolomoisky and ex-interior minister




Bad Guys

Zelensky's purge continues with raids on oligarch & politician Kolomoisky and ex-interior minister

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Ukrainian-Israeli-Cypriot businessman and politician Igor Kolomoyskyi
Ukraine expanded a clampdown on corruption on Wednesday, launching coordinated searches of residences linked to a divisive oligarch and former interior minister as well as tax offices in the capital.

The searches came ahead of a key summit with the EU and appeared to be part of a push by Kyiv to reassure military and financial donors in European capitals and Washington that Ukraine is tackling systemic graft.


Comment: Do they plan to seize their assets?


"We are carrying out the task set by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and simultaneously delivering a global blow to the internal enemy," announced Vasyl Maliuk, the head of Ukraine's security service, the SBU.

Comment: Other than the psychopaths eating their own, for more insight into just what might be going on, see: The Kiev Purge: What has spurred a wave of resignations among senior Ukrainian officials?
For one, the resignation of the government amid corruption scandals creates risks of a political split in the Verkhovna Rada. Furthermore, if the government were to resign, Western countries could set strict conditions on coordinating candidates for the new government. This happened in 2014, when US citizen Natalia Yaresko was appointed Finance Minister to Arseniy Yatsenyuk's government, and Lithuanian Aivaras Abromavicius was made Minister of Economic Development and Trade.

All this can shake up the system of power and lead to the President's administration having much less influence over political processes. The current political system is clearly biased towards a single structure: the Office of the President of Ukraine. Following the early parliamentary elections in 2019 and the formation of a majority in the Verkhovna Rada, the entire vertical alignment of power was structured around Zelensky and Yermak,the influence of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine was eliminated, and the information space cleared.

The combat operations in Ukraine merely accelerated these processes. In fact, only three powers can now speak out against the Zelensky-Yermak teamKiev mayor Vitali Klitschko and his cabinet, the army led by Valery Zaluzhny, and US-controlled structures such as NABU and media affiliated with them. At the same time, decisions regarding resignations are made exclusively by Zelensky and Yermak, who by all means wish to hush up the scandals.





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Canada's Bill C-26: Yet another government power grab

Technocracy – a 1933 cartoon by Winsor McCay.

Technocracy – a 1933 cartoon by Winsor McCay.
Soviet Era Ethos Stomps Privacy and Due-Process

Another doozy from the Canadian government.

Following along several other bills winding their way along the Road to Serfdom...
  • Bill C-11 regulates the internet under the CRTC and paves the way toward institutionalized content moderation, the requirement for licenses to publish online, and regulation of user generated content (in Senate)
  • Bill C-36 the Online Harms Bill sought to designate political dissent as "hate speech" and invoked penalties for criticizing politicians (not sure where this one is at the moment).
  • Bill C-18 throws a funding lifeline to Canada's flailing agitprop industry (a.k.a the mainsteam media), in that it will require tech platforms to pay licensing fees for content the media outlets post there (passed third reading in November). This bill will reward big media conglomerates like Bell, while freezing out small and independent organizations.