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A little sanity... Ukrainian defense minister sees no threat of Russian invasion in near future

Alexey Reznikov
Alexey Reznikov said that a scenario of a Russian attack in the near future was also unlikely

Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov said early on Tuesday he had received no information so far indicating the possibility of Russia's invasion of his country in the near future.

"As of today, the armed forces of Russia created no strike groups, indicating they were ready to launch an offensive tomorrow," he told Ukraine's ICTV television channel, adding that a scenario of a Russian attack in the near future was also unlikely.

When asked about the likelihood of Russia attacking Ukraine on February 20, the final day of the Olympic Games in Beijing, the minister said the probability was "low."

The West and Kiev have recently been spreading allegations about Russia's potential 'invasion' of Ukraine. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov castigated these claims as "empty and unfounded," serving as a ploy to escalate tensions, pointing out that Russia did not pose any threat whatsoever to anyone. However, Peskov did not rule out the possibility of provocations aimed at justifying such allegations and warned that attempts to use military force to resolve the crisis in southeastern Ukraine would have serious consequences.

Comment: In the meantime, however, US/NATO military forces are behaving as though an invasion by Russia is imminent!
The United States has heightened the readiness of some 8,500 U.S. troops amid tensions between Russia and NATO over a potential invasion of Ukraine, but no decisions have been made yet to deploy them.

"Secretary Austin has placed a range of units in the United States on a heightened preparedness to deploy, which increases our readiness to provide forces if NATO should activate" the NATO National Response Force, said Pentagon press secretary John Kirby on Monday.

The NATO NRF is a multinational rapid response force comprised of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces.

"The United States is deeply concerned about the current situation in Europe," Kirby said. "We remain keenly focused on Russia's unusual military activities near the Ukrainian border, including in Belarus, and consulting extensively with our transatlantic allies and partners. The department continues to support diplomatic efforts to deescalate the situation.

"Now, as the president has said, even as we continue to prioritize diplomacy and dialogue, we must also increase readiness in support of its obligations to the security and defense of NATO and the security of its citizens abroad," he continued.

The Pentagon's announcement comes the same day that NATO said that it will send fighter jets and ships to Eastern Europe.

Denmark is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea and four F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania. Spain is also sending ships to join NATO naval forces in the region and is considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria, the statement read. France said it is open to sending troops to Romania, and the Netherlands also said it will send two F-35 fighter aircraft to Bulgaria in April.

Last week, U.S. officials told Fox News that the State Department is ordering families of U.S. Embassy staff in Kyiv, Ukraine, to begin evacuating, and that they will encourage Americans to leave the country on commercial flights while they remain available.

Moscow has massed tens of thousands of troops along the Ukraine border, prompting fears of invasion.
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Bullseye

From peacemaker to warmonger: Tragic downfall of Ukraine's Vladimir Zelensky

Zelensky
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the front-line positions of Ukrainian military in Donbass, Ukraine on December 06, 2021. The president of Ukraine came to power calling for peace, but continued his predecessor's militaristic policies.
Something truly amazing happened in Ukraine in 2019. A country traditionally split into two practically equal parts almost uniformly chose the same president, casting 73.22% of the votes for famed comedian Vladimir Zelensky of the Kvartal 95 Studio. By electing the entertainers, the Ukrainian people showed that they were tired of career politicians and, most importantly, wanted peace for the Donbass region.

His predecessor Petro Poroshenko was tied to the civil war in the eastern regions of the country, while showman Zelensky was a fresh face who dropped a few flashy lines, painted a couple of vivid pictures, and was able to convince the people that he was a peacemaker. However, to quote a Ukrainian saying, "it didn't turn out the way they thought it would." While in office, the 'kind clown' turned into a real-life warmonger who is even tougher than Poroshenko in some respects. How and when did this happen?

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Ukraine Gambit - US Attempting to Destroy Russia




Life Preserver

Our species is being genetically modified. Are we witnessing humanity's march toward extinction? Viruses are our friends, not our foes

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Virus evolution
Preface [excerpts]

When the alleged "pandemic" was declared in March of 2020, I, like millions of other people around the world, was paying close attention to politicians and public health officials as well as to bureaucrats from the Rockefeller Foundation-created World Health Organization (WHO), all of whom announced, in almost perfect synchronicity, "This is the new normal until a vaccine can be developed."

How odd, I thought. Why is it that the immediate default position is a vaccine? And why is it that a single coronavirus is being blamed for causing people to fall ill in every corner of the earth? [...]
  • Why was it that natural immunity, which has been a key component to human health and survival for over 200,000 years, was suddenly being treated as if it didn't exist anymore?
  • Why was no one in charge urging us to eat a healthy, nutritionally balanced, organic diet, low in sugar content?
  • Why did no one mention the importance of getting enough sleep?
  • Why were we not being encouraged to go outdoors and exercise?
  • Why was no one suggesting we increase our zinc and vitamin D intake? After all, scientists have known for over fifty years that vitamin D, either absorbed naturally from the sun or taken orally in tablet form, is extremely beneficial to the human body in many ways, especially in building a strong innate immune system.
All of the preceding points, if taken seriously, could have helped us improve our immune system and given us an opportunity to combat the negative effects of the syndrome known as COVID-19.

Comment: The above is a sampling of the important concepts in this four-chapter mini-book. To read the whole content, go here. Opinion: well worth the entire read (including the skips in Chapter 1 above).
Chapter I: The Microbiome and The Virome
In this chapter, we will discover that, contrary to what Western allopathic medicine has been teaching us for over a century, viruses are not here to attack our cells or harm us in any way. In fact, rather than being our mortal enemies, viruses are actually our friends. Does this assertion sound too outlandish to be true? If your answer is "yes," I wouldn't be surprised. But I believe if you were to study the intricate ecosystem of microorganisms that make up the microbiome and delve into the fascinating world of the virome, you would come to the same realization I finally did: We are literally swimming in a vast sea of viruses, which, from the beginning of time, have been essential for life to form and flourish on this precious earth. The information communicated by these viruses helps all species of life survive — even thrive.

Chapter II: Our War against Nature
In this chapter we will explore how our own reckless behaviour is destroying the environment, thereby moving us toward the sixth mass extinction. By that I mean, I will be covering the real environmental catastrophe, not the billionaire-funded "global warming/climate change" hoax initiated by the Club of Rome and further promulgated by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The species known as Homo sapiens is the only one on this planet that is actively seeking to eradicate itself and its habitat. All of the earth's life support systems — soil, water, and air — are in decline as a direct result of our current economic activity, which is geared to extract as much from the sacred earth as possible without any regard for the consequences that ensue.

Chapter III: What Happened in 2020
We will now examine how this real environmental devastation has contributed to the "pandemic" that was rolled out in 2020 — a "pandemic" that led to the mass experimental injection of unknown substances into human "subjects" in 2021 and that has no foreseeable end. (Throughout this book, I have been putting quote marks around "pandemic" because of its fraudulent character. Indeed, it is more accurately and aptly described as a plandemic, a scamdemic, a pseudo pandemic or any other term indicating fakery.)

Chapter iV: Ignoring the Wreckage
Instead of coming to terms with how we are destroying our habitat, instead of learning the lessons nature has been trying to teach us over the past twenty months, most of us have ignored the wreckage and have refused to be taught. If anything, humanity has only intensified its war against nature during the past year's pseudo pandemic.



Cell Phone

ASPI - The gov't-funded conspiracist think tank now controlling your social media feed

Twiter blindfold
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That ASPI is now partially in charge of Twitter's moderation, influencing what hundreds of millions of people see daily, is a grave threat to the free flow of information, as well as to the chances for a peaceful 21st century.

Social media giant Twitter raised many eyebrows recently when it announced that it had partnered with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in its fight against disinformation and fake news. ASPI, Twitter revealed in a blog post, had helped identify thousands of accounts that "amplified Chinese Communist Party narratives" around China's treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang. These accounts have now been permanently deleted.

This is of concern because the ultra-hawkish Australian think tank is actually the source for many of the most incendiary claims about China and its foreign policy, and, as Australian journalist and filmmaker John Pilger told MintPress, has been a driving force in the ramping up of tensions between China and the West, something he explored in his 2016 documentary, The Coming War on China. Pilger stated that:
"ASPI has played a leading role - some would say, the leading role - in driving Australia's mendacious and self-destructive and often absurd China-bashing campaign. The current Coalition government, perhaps the most right-wing and incompetent in Australia's recent history, has relied upon the ASPI to disseminate Washington's desperate strategic policies, into which much of the Australian political class, along with its intelligence and military structures, has been integrated."
Importantly, neither ASPI nor Twitter claimed that the deleted accounts were fake or operated by the Chinese state, strongly implying that merely agreeing with Beijing or questioning bellicose Western narratives was reason enough to be banned.

Brick Wall

US asks Russia to prove a negative

Blinken
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Geneva, Switzerland, January 2022
The US Secretary of State has urged Moscow to 'convince the world' it has no plans to attack its neighbor.

During talks on Friday in Geneva with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked his counterpart to prove a negative.

The diplomat urged Moscow to move troops, stationed on its own territory, away from the Ukrainian border so as to "convince the world" it harbored "no aggressive intent" toward its neighbor.

Blinken said the other step Russia could take was to engage in dialogue and diplomacy, "which is what we did today." He warned Lavrov of a "united, swift, and severe response," should Moscow "pursue aggression against Ukraine," adding that, while he had expected no breakthroughs, the two nations were "now on a clear path to understanding."

Referring to Russia's calls for NATO to give guarantees that Ukraine would not become part of the military alliance, Lavrov stressed that Moscow was seeking "concrete answers to our concrete proposals." He expressed cautious optimism, as Washington has promised to provide Russia with written answers to all those points next week.

According to Lavrov, American calls for de-escalation at the Ukrainian border have, by now, turned into a mantra, much like its arguments about countries having the right to freedom of choice with respect to joining any alliance. The foreign minister said Moscow had furnished the US and NATO with multiple documents that clearly stipulate that such options cannot be exercised at the expense of other nations' security.

Comment: Rules for you, not for me: This irrational exchange is sad commentary on the one-track bully mentality of the US.


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Biden Admin warns it 'will not be in a position to evacuate US citizens from Ukraine

Biden
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US President Joe Biden to US Citizens: Find your own way out!
Democrat President Joe Biden's administration has reportedly indicated that it will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens from Ukraine amid rapidly deteriorating conditions as Russia appears likely to invade at any moment.
"Given that the President has said military action by Russia could come at any time, the U.S. government will not be in a position to evacuate U.S. citizens."
Biden's State Department said, according to Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin:
"So U.S. citizens, currently present in Ukraine should plan accordingly."

Piggy Bank

Fed study on digital currency leans toward role for banks

Crypcoins
© Dado Ruvic/Reuters
Ripple • Bitcoin • Etherum • Litecoin
The Federal Reserve on Thursday released a highly anticipated report on central bank digital currencies that suggested it is leaning toward having banks and other financial firms, rather than the Fed itself, manage digital accounts for customers.

A central bank digital currency would differ in some key ways from the online and digital payments that millions of Americans already conduct. Those transactions are funneled through banks, which wouldn't be necessary with a digital dollar.

The Fed's paper stressed that no final decisions about a digital currency have been reached. But it suggested that a digital currency that "would best serve the needs" of the nation would follow an "intermediated model" under which banks or payment firms would create accounts or digital wallets.

The Fed characterized the potential introduction of a digital currency as a step that could have far-reaching consequences for banks and other financial firms as well as for the central bank itself. The study said:
"The introduction of a (central bank digital currency) would represent a highly significant innovation in American money. It could fundamentally change the structure of the U.S. financial system, altering the roles and responsibilities of the private sector and the central bank."

Comment: No final decision...they always say this to calibrate how passive or turbulent the feedback. So far, Russia isn't buying into this scheme and neither is China. Not anchored by tangible assets, digital currencies are more vulnerable to manipulation.

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Attention

It doesn't matter that voters hate Joe Biden if Democrats can rig elections

Bidenfist
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US President Joe Biden
Just a month before the 2020 election, radio host Rush Limbaugh commented that Democrats
"resent the whole premise behind elections. Look, they don't believe they should have to persuade anybody to agree with them ... The modern-day Democrats have to go through the motions of campaigning, and they have to go through the motions of trying to win the hearts and minds of voters. But they resent the h-ll out of it. And in their world, it's the one thing standing in their way: This need, this requirement to win elections. And I'm just telling you: As soon as they can figure out a way to eliminate elections, they will do it."
Today, Democrats are engaged in a full-court press to pass legislation that would brush state election safeguards aside and codify the shenanigans of 2020 into federal law. They'll nuke the filibuster if they can, a step never taken previously for high-priority legislation but pursued now for a bill that nobody is marching in the streets for. Anything to cement themselves into a permanent position of power.

As Joe Biden himself said,
"It's about election subversion, not just whether or not people get to vote. Who counts the vote? That's what this is about, that's what makes this so different from anything else we've ever done."
Indeed!

Windsock

NATO on standby, deploys some jets & ships, Russia responds with 20 warships in Baltic

NATO jets
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FILE PHOTO: NATO jets
On Monday NATO announced it has put its forces on "standby" while initiating deployment of additional ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe. "NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the Alliance," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.


Comment: NATO is 'defending' nothing, because it instigated the current situation, and it's quite clearly the aggressor.


"We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including through strengthening our collective defense," Stoltenberg added, while discussing the ongoing Russia-Ukraine showdown, which the Kremlin has denounced as hype and based on false allegations it's planning an invasion. The Kremlin has further reiterated its plea for Western countries to stop the "hysteria", which itself is hyping the crisis further. One NATO diplomat has been cited in reports Monday saying the Biden administration is mulling a move to transfer some troops from Western Europe to Eastern Europe in the coming weeks.

Comment: It would appear that whilst NATO thinks it can continue to play games, which is why its actions don't match its rhetoric, Russia seems to be sending the signal that it isn't playing anymore: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Ukraine Gambit - US Attempting to Destroy Russia




Bad Guys

FBI letter shows Pfizer tied to investigation of Project Veritas

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Judicial Watch announced today the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) told Judicial Watch in a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that it has communications from Pfizer in an investigative file targeting Project Veritas. (In October 2021, Project Veritas, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization, published two viral stories [here and here] about the Pfizer covid vaccine.)

On December 21, 2021, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for:
All records of communications, whether by email (on .gov or non.gov email accounts), text message, or instant chat, between officials in the FBI, including but not limited to officials in the offices of the FBI New York Field Office on the one hand, and employees and representatives of Pfizer Inc. on the other hand, regarding Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe and/or Project Veritas.

Email communications with Pfizer Inc. employees or representatives include but are not limited to those with the email domain "@pfizer.com".

Comment: Here's James O'Keefe's take on it: