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Biden accuses Russia of 'irresponsible' nuclear threats, violating UN charter

Joe Biden
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US President Joe Biden addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York City on 21 September 2022.
US President Joe Biden accused Russia of making "reckless" and "irresponsible" threats to use nuclear weapons and said Moscow had violated the core tenets of United Nations membership by invading Ukraine.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Biden slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an unprovoked war that some 40 UN members were helping Ukraine fight through funding and weapons.


Comment: 'Unprovoked'...


Earlier on Wednesday, Putin ordered a Russian mobilisation to fight in Ukraine and made a thinly veiled threat to use nuclear weapons, in what NATO called a "reckless" act of desperation in the face of a looming Russian defeat.


Comment: Desperate? With 40 nations bankrupting themselves supplying Ukraine with tens of billions of dollars in funds and weapons and cutting themselves off from critical sources of energy, it's clear that it's not Russia that is 'desperate'.


Comment: Footage of speech:




Wolf

NATO chief Stoltenberg calls China a security challenge, calls for allies to 'stand together'

Jens Stoltenberg
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FILE PHOTO: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attends a meeting of NATO ambassadors at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, September 9, 2022.
China's cooperation with Moscow since Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Chinese comments against NATO enlargement show why the Western defense alliance should regard Beijing as a security challenge, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

"The sum of all is this just increases the importance of NATO allies standing together and realizing that China is part of the security challenges we need to face today and in the future," Stoltenberg said in an interview with Reuters.


Comment: What exactly 'standing together' against China will entail remains to be seen, but it's likely to be ugly and to royally blowback on the West.


Comment: It's probably no coincidence that Stoltenberg spouts this rank hypocrisy, and what sounds like a subtle call for a war of some kind, the same day Biden babbles the following:

It's also notable considering Alistair Cooke's commentary that a recent meeting in Germany amounted to an overt call NATO to wage a direct war against Russia: US plays its Ukraine 'hand': Overt NATO war. Will Putin Retaliate?

And, more so, considering Russia's announcement: Putin announces partial mobilization of troops - 300k reserves


Folder

Pentagon opens sweeping review of clandestine psychological operations

Pentagon
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The Pentagon
The Pentagon has ordered a sweeping audit of how it conducts clandestine information warfare after major social media companies identified and took offline fake accounts suspected of being run by the U.S. military in violation of the platforms' rules.

Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy, last week instructed the military commands that engage in psychological operations online to provide a full accounting of their activities by next month after the White House and some federal agencies expressed mounting concerns over the Defense Department's attempted manipulation of audiences overseas, according to several defense and administration officials familiar with the matter.

The takedowns in recent years by Twitter and Facebook of more than 150 bogus personas and media sites created in the United States was disclosed last month by internet researchers Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory. While the researchers did not attribute the sham accounts to the U.S. military, two officials familiar with the matter said that U.S. Central Command is among those whose activities are facing scrutiny. Like others interviewed for this report, they spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military operations.

Comment: The mind is the target; deception is the game. There are no boots on virtual ground.


Target

Vladimir Kornilov: Time to drop our illusions, the West is waging a war to destroy Russia

Russian soldier
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Russian serviceman
Moscow's enemies want to land a fatal blow on the country, some even want to dismember it

And here comes Bucha 2.0: Another provocation where Ukraine has allegedly discovered "mass graves of victims" shortly after Russian troops have withdrawn.

This time in Izium. What it amounts to is clear evidence that along with the development of the military conflict in Ukraine, the informational "special" operation against Russia is intensifying.

It's not even about Kiev's reaction - officials there concoct primitive fakes against our state and the army non-stop, around the clock. The indicator here is the way in which this provocation was immediately picked up by Western politicians, who are already urgently calling for an "international tribunal" to punish Russia. Meanwhile, the West's media, in a united push, is putting unfounded statements about "mass executions and torture in Izium" on its front pages.

This fakery is crass and easily refuted. But it is clear from this unanimous reaction of the West that no one there cares at all how and when the people buried in the cemetery died. The culprit has been appointed in advance - and it has to be Russia. Because only this verdict fits into the overall strategy of the current campaign in Ukraine.

Comment: Western threats are gaining momentum to turn their hate to action. The layers reveal the core.


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How many Russian casualties have there been in Ukraine?

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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu
Prior to the invasion on February 24th, Russia deployed approximately 180,000 troops near the Ukrainian border. (According to the U.S., it amassed "between 169,000-190,000 personnel"). The two separatist republics may have deployed another 34,000 troops (going by the 2021 estimates from the Institute for Strategic Studies). This makes a total force of 214,000 men.

How many have died or been wounded since the invasion began? (Note that 'casualties' is typically defined as 'dead plus wounded'.)

As The Economist notes, there are several different ways to estimate Russian casualties, and none is wholly reliable. You can rely on secret Russian intelligence, use Ukrainian contact reports from the battlefield, or make inferences based on destroyed equipment.

The Ukrainian Government claims Russia has suffered about 55,000 "combat losses". It's not entirely clear whether this figure includes the wounded. But it almost certainly doesn't, since otherwise it would probably be an underestimate - and the Ukrainian Government has no incentive to underestimate Russian casualties.

Comment: Russian military losses tally:
The Russian military has lost almost 6,000 troops during the fighting in Ukraine, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Wednesday.

Fatalities on the Ukrainian side are ten times higher, with 61,207 Kiev troops killed, according to the minister.

It's the first time that Russia announced its losses during the military operation since late March when the number of killed servicemen stood at 1,351, according to the defense ministry.

"Our losses to date are 5,937 dead," Shoigu revealed.

He also praised the work of military medics, saying that 90% of the Russian troops who had been wounded during fighting were able to return to action after treatment.
"Initially, the Armed Forces of Ukraine amounted to between 201,000 and 202,000 people, and since then they have suffered losses of around 100,000, with 61,207 killed and 49,368 others wounded."
Shoigu added that Kiev has since mobilized hundreds of thousands more men into its forces.

The Russian forces and the militias of the People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have also eliminated more than 2,000 mercenaries fighting for Kiev, the minister said. Just over 1,000 foreigners currently remain in the ranks of the Ukrainian military, he added.



Arrow Down

Trump team asks court to deny DOJ's special master appeal

trump
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Former US President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump's legal team asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals this week to deny the Department of Justice's (DOJ) motion to appeal the order granting a special master and using seized documents by the FBI during the Mar-a-Lago raid.

In the Tuesday filing, Trump lawyer Christopher Kise argued that the federal government is "wrongfully" seeking "to criminalize the possession by the 45th President of his own Presidential and personal records," according to Just the News. Therefore, given the political circumstances in the case, Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon affirmed that granting a special master and entry of a limited injunction was "'fully consonant' with 'the public interest, the principles of civil and criminal procedure, and the principles of equity.'"

Putin

Putin's fateful speech is being prepared: Three scenarios

Alexander Dugin
We - Russia and the world - are now in a state that can be reduced to the following pattern. We are talking about the situation in Ukraine, which is degenerating into the start of a real world war. Like any scheme, it simplifies reality, but at the same time makes it meaningful and elevates it to a certain probabilistic structure. This scheme has three objective vectors of possible developments and four versions of the subjective position. Thus, a certain asymmetry is already apparent at the outset, the significance of which will reveal itself as the scheme is described.

The objective level describes the probable logic of the unfolding of the cause-effect chains, already outlined on a concrete level of verifiable facts.

The subjective level encompasses the perception of events by groups, among whom are particularly important those who make the key decisions that, in turn, influence the events themselves in one way or another.

Dollars

Do US business elites really believe Woke ideology?

ESG, environmentalism
With investment firms such as BlackRock demanding that companies meet environmental, social, and governance (ESG) benchmarks if they want investors' money, U.S. corporate elites seem to have adopted a left-wing worldview. Does it mean that Big Finance is on the verge of going Red?

No. It's just a fashionable ideological cover Wall Street is using to disguise its efforts to crush Main Street and bleed the middle class into servitude.

And yes. Insofar as communism is just a utopian narrative that 20th and 21st century ruling classes have used to rationalize oligarchy, the corporate class's anti-free market rhetoric is evidence of its efforts to impoverish the middle class. Thus, the specter of "woke capital" is haunting America, where money managers such as BlackRock CEO Larry Fink sit at the top of an aspirational dictatorship of the proletariat.

In the latest episode of "Over the Target Live," historian and essayist Michael Rectenwald explains how woke capitalism "is a monopoly scheme" designed to destroy free-market competition, the pillar of our economic and political system.

Fink and others are monopolists who talk like socialists. And for good reason, says Rectenwald: "Socialism is nothing if not a monopoly."

Comment: See also: MindMatters: "They Enjoy the Infliction of Pain": Psychopaths, Wokeness, Ponerology - with Michael Rectenwald


Arrow Up

This odious global system

Odious Global System
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Throughout my adult life I have tended to describe the thing to which I am primarily opposed as "capitalism".

Over the last couple of years, however, I have started to wonder whether this is quite the right word.

Not only does it hinder communication with people used to different political terminologies, but it is looking increasingly outmoded as the powers-that-be try to push us into a harsh new totalitarian era.

I have gradually stopped using the term and, when I share pieces of my older writing which contain the word, I feel slightly awkward and don't quite know how to reply to people who feel it is not altogether appropriate.

The funny thing, though, is that my views have not actually changed. The entity which I have spent my life combatting remains the same, regardless of the label I might stick on it.

It is not really an "-ism", an abstract ideological concept which mysteriously casts our societies under its motivational spell, but a real and physical system, built on capital, which is maintained by real and physical players.

It is an arrangement by which a tiny minority of extremely wealthy people possess all the power and privilege in the world at the expense of the vast majority of us, whom they regard as both dangerous and dispensible.

It is accumulation for the few, dispossession for the many.

It is a plutocracy, a dictatorship of the ultra-rich hiding behind the rhetoric of democracy while knowing that real democracy would be incompatible with its ongoing supremacy and thus doing all it can to prevent it from ever flourishing.

It is an organized religion of greed, a cult of power. It is an octopus, a monster, it is Leviathan.

It is the rule of gold, of usury, of filthy lucre, of pelf, of Mammon.

Putin

TV Address by Putin on 'Partial Mobilization' and Secession of 4 'Republics' From Ukraine

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Comment: Globalist media coverage of Putin's speech on 21 September universally twisted it as 'Putin threatens to nuke whole Earth', so in the interest of objectivity, here is his speech in full, sans filtres...


Friends,

The subject of this address is the situation in Donbass and the course of the special military operation to liberate it from the neo-Nazi regime, which seized power in Ukraine in 2014 as the result of an armed state coup.

Today I am addressing you - all citizens of our country, people of different generations, ages and ethnicities, the people of our great Motherland, all who are united by the great historical Russia, soldiers, officers and volunteers who are fighting on the frontline and doing their combat duty, our brothers and sisters in the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions and other areas that have been liberated from the neo-Nazi regime.

The issue concerns the necessary, imperative measures to protect the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Russia and support the desire and will of our compatriots to choose their future independently, and the aggressive policy of some Western elites, who are doing their utmost to preserve their domination and with this aim in view are trying to block and suppress any sovereign and independent development centres in order to continue to aggressively force their will and pseudo-values on other countries and nations.

The goal of that part of the West is to weaken, divide and ultimately destroy our country. They are saying openly now that in 1991 they managed to split up the Soviet Union and now is the time to do the same to Russia, which must be divided into numerous regions that would be at deadly feud with each other.


Comment: Defense Minister Shoigu also gave a statement:

International responses are pouring in. The U.S. and their allies:
"Sham referenda and mobilization are signs of weakness, of Russian failure," US ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

She insisted that Washington "will never recognize Russia's claim to purportedly annexed Ukrainian territory," referring to the planned votes on joining Russia to be held in Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions between September 23 and 27. ... "We will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes," Brink promised.

British ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons came up with an almost identical tweet on the issue, claiming that Russia's President Vladimir Putin "still refuses to understand Ukraine. Partial mobilization and sham referenda don't change that essential weakness."

One of the key members of the German government Robert Habeck, who is both vice chancellor and economy minister, described Moscow's partial mobilization as "another bad and misguided step" by the country.

Habeck also vowed that Berlin will continue to support Kiev in its conflict with Moscow.
China:
China's position that the parties involved in the security crisis should exercise restraint and seek a mutually acceptable solution has been consistent and clear, Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told journalists during a daily briefing on Wednesday, as quoted by news agencies.
On Putin's nuclear comments, White House spokesman John Kirby:
"We always have to take this kind of rhetoric seriously," but condemned Putin's reference to the use of nuclear weapons, adding that "it's irresponsible rhetoric for a nuclear power to talk that way."

Kirby said Washington was monitoring the situation "as best we can" but noted there has been no indication that Russia has shifted its strategic posture and that the US currently sees no need to adjust its own.

In the event that Russia does decide to deploy nuclear weapons, Kirby warned that there would be "severe consequences" for Moscow, referring to a previous statement by US President Joe Biden, in which he urged Russia to avoid using nukes, saying it would "change the face of war unlike anything since WWII."
The EU legalistically insists it isn't at war with Russia:
Speaking at a press conference, [policy spokesman Peter] Stano was asked whether the EU is in a state of war with Russia, given that earlier Vladimir Putin had claimed that Russia is facing "the entire Western military machine" in Ukraine. The foreign policy spokesman replied in the negative.

"Of course we are not in war with Russia. We are supporting Ukraine's legitimate, justified fight to defend its people and its territory," he said, adding that Kiev is protecting not only itself, but also European democratic values.

Stano also denounced the mobilization announcement, calling it "just another proof" that Putin is not interested in peace and seeks to "escalate his war of aggression." "This is also yet another sign of his desperation," Stano added.

While the official vowed that the EU would impose "consequences" on Russia over its latest moves in Ukraine, he didn't announce any new sanctions. At the same time, Stano signaled that EU members have been "discussing joint action in response" to the latest developments in the Ukraine conflict, declining, however, to provide any details.
When will all these Western talking heads realize that simply speaking words does not make them true?