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British defence source says leaks to Nord Stream pipelines were likely a premeditated attack using remote-control explosive devices

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This terrorist attack destroyed any chance of an energy-driven Russian-German rapprochement, immediately catapulted Poland into the position of being one of the continent's most pivotal energy hubs, and thus took the Anglo-American Axis' plans for dividing and ruling Europe to the next level.
The source said any mines could have been lowered to the seabed on a long line, dropped over the side of a boat or placed next to the Nord Stream pipelines with an underwater drone months or even years ago.

A suspected act of sabotage - possibly by Russia - against gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea was likely a premeditated attack using underwater explosive devices detonated remotely, according to a British defence source.


Comment: Pre-meditated? Of course. But the 'Ruskies did it' is silly on its face. Why would Russia destroy a structure it spent nearly a decade building at great expense, when a simple valve turn would have the same effect. For that matter, why would any sane country destroy a future source of revenue? The Empire won't be forever


The source said any mines could have been lowered to the seabed on a long line, dropped over the side of a boat or placed next to the Nord Stream pipelines with an underwater drone months or even years ago.


Poland and Ukraine have accused Russia of causing the ruptures that are spewing gas into the sea - leaks that were detected on Monday.

The European Union has said sabotage was probably to blame, but it has not yet identified the culprit.

Comment: The U.S. has effectively pulled a 'Cortez burning his ships' maneuver. The EU is now firmly locked into the U.S. orbit, with no possibility of rapprochement with Russia. A psychopathic move if there ever was one.

Here is Blinken quietly chortling over the "opportunities" opening up to American energy companies as the EU will no long have access to Russian energy, couched in caring words, of course . . . .




Russian Flag

NATO on the horns of a dilemma after former Ukrainian regions vote to join Russia

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Four regions of Ukraine have voted to join the Russian Federation at the end of September, 2022
Moscow is flipping the bloc's script by moving to absorb Kiev's lost lands, thus switching the fight to its own turf

By infusing tens of billions of dollars' worth of military aid into Ukraine, NATO produced a "game-changing" dynamic designed to throw Russia off balance. By undertaking the referendums in Kherson, Zaporozhye, Donetsk, and Lugansk, Russia changed the game altogether.

The ancient Greeks spoke of lemma as representing a logical premise, a matter taken for granted. This contrasted with a dilemma, or "dual premise", where one would be presented with an either/or proposition. The Romans furthered this notion, referring to a "double premise" as argumentum cornutum, of the "horned argument," because by answering one argument, an individual would be impaled by the logic of the second. Thus are the ancient roots of the modern idiom, "on the horns of a dilemma."

This is the ultimate objective of maneuver warfare, for example: to position your forces in such a manner as to present the enemy with no good option - should they react to one pressing threat, they would find themselves overwhelmed by the other.

Arrow Up

Even Biden noticed that Truss is stupid

Truth is More Believable Than White House Fiction.

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© The Guardian
This is how the White House described Biden's meeting with Truss at the UN.

THE WHITE HOUSE

SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 -
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Prime Minister Liz Truss of the United Kingdom on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. President Biden expressed his condolences for the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and his appreciation for the opportunity to pay his respects at the State Funeral. The leaders committed to continuing their governments' close coordination on global challenges, including support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression, addressing challenges posed by China, and securing sustainable and affordable energy supplies. The leaders discussed the importance of continued support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. They also affirmed their shared commitment to protecting the gains of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.
What they really talked about:

Truss, a) asked Biden to bring down global energy prices.

b) She then asked Biden to enforce a total cutoff of all Russian oil exports.

Even Biden perceived that the requests were oxymoronic* since Putin's success in exporting large quantities of oil have been keeping a lid on the price of crude, which would undoubtedly soar if "Urals crude" vanished from world markets, thus further tanking the British economy, along with Truss' political fortunes and, more importantly, Democratic prospects in the midterms.

Following the meeting he told aides that the new British leader was "really dumb" and not to be treated seriously.

Bad Guys

Russian gas stops flowing to Italy after Austria refuses 'to confirm nominations'

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Russian energy giant Gazprom PJSC suspended natural gas deliveries to Eni SpA, Italy's largest oil company, on Saturday, reported Bloomberg.
"Gazprom informed that it is not able to confirm the gas volumes requested for today, stating that it's not possible to supply gas through Austria. Therefore, today's Russian gas supplies to Eni through the Tarvisio entry point will be at zero. Eni will provide updates in case supplies will be restored," Eni wrote in a statement on its website.
An Eni spokesperson told Bloomberg that Austria is still receiving NatGas from Gazprom:
"We are working to check with Gazprom whether it is possible to reactivate the flows to Italy."
Gazprom said NatGas flows from Austria to Italy were suspended because the Austrian operator refused to confirm "transport nominations" after recent regulatory changes in the landlocked country in the southern part of Central Europe.

Quenelle - Golden

China orders state banks to get ready for largest dollar dump in 30 years - Reuters

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© REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File
The Chinese authorities are reportedly striving to shore up the yuan
China has told state-run financial institutions to prepare to sell off their dollar holdings while stocking up on offshore yuan, as Beijing tries to bolster the national currency, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

The simultaneous dumping of the US dollar and purchasing of the yuan are expected to avoid further drops in the Chinese currency, which is currently on track for the biggest annual loss versus the greenback in nearly three decades. So far this year, the yuan has dropped over 11% against the dollar.

The unnamed source told the agency that the scale of this round of dollar selling to defend the weakening yuan is expected to be "rather big."

Comment: It's probably no coincidence that this dump also comes on the heels of the Nord Stream attack, one of the more sinister state terror attacks in recent times:




Better Earth

'World has entered a period of revolutionary transformation': Highlights of Putin's signing ceremony speech

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© Sputnik/Dmitry Astakov
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Moscow will oppose the neocolonialist hegemony of its opponents, the Russian president said

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a historic speech on Friday at a ceremony in Moscow at which he signed treaties paving the way for the inclusion of four former Ukrainian regions into the Russian Federation.

Among other things, the president commented on the future of the four regions within Russia, potential talks with Kiev, and the continued neocolonialist policy of the US and its allies, which he says is at the root of many modern crises.

Below are some of the key points Putin made in his address:

Comment:
Putin's full speech on accession of former Ukrainian territories:



US treats 'masochist' allies like enemies
Speaking in Moscow on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the collective West seeks to rule the world with an iron fist, not sparing even the "masochists" whom it calls allies but mistreats as much as the declared enemies.

US dictates are backed by brute force, "the law of the fist," Putin said, adding that any state that aspires to genuine sovereignty is declared an enemy and subjected to "deterrence," ringed with military bases and alliances, or sanctioned.
"When they are displeased, they introduce sanctions against their allies as well - against this or that bank or company. This is their practice and they will expand it. They have everything in their sights."
In launching the "sanctions blitzkrieg" against Russia, the West was blinded by its own "wishful thinking," believing the world would fall in line at its command - but as it turned out, the orders only excited "complete political masochists and admirers of other unconventional forms of international relations," the president said.

While he did not name the "political masochists," earlier in the speech Putin noted that the US "actually continues to occupy Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries, which they cynically refer to as equals and allies," while spying on the homes and offices of their leaders, calling it "a disgrace for those who do this and for those who, like slaves, silently and meekly swallow this arrogant behavior."

The dictatorship of Western elites "targets all societies, including the citizens of Western countries themselves." He noted that politicians in Europe now "have to convince their fellow citizens to eat less, take a shower less often and dress warmer at home," while declaring anyone who dares to ask why a radical and extremist, falsely pointing to Russia as the culprit.

But people cannot be fed with printed dollars and euros. You can't feed them with those pieces of paper, and the virtual, inflated capitalization of Western social media companies can't heat their homes.

The Russian president also pointed to the "radical denial of moral, religious, and family values" by Western leaders, arguing that their
"complete renunciation of what it means to be human, the overthrow of faith and traditional values, and the suppression of freedom are coming to resemble a 'religion in reverse' - pure Satanism."
Faced with economic troubles they do not know how to resolve
"Leaders of the West may trigger a collapse of the entire system and blame everything on that, or - God forbid - decide to use the old formula of economic growth through war.

"Russia is aware of its responsibility to the international community and will make every effort to ensure that cooler heads prevail."
According to the Russian president, the "current neocolonial model is ultimately doomed," but its masters "will cling to it to the end" as they simply have nothing else to offer.

Putin's made his remarks at the signing ceremony for the acceptance of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and the regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye into the Russian Federation, following a week-long referendum that the West has denounced as a "sham" conducted "at gunpoint."

Commenting on the speech, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters that Putin was "raving" about the Satanism of the West in order to justify his "colonial and imperial land grab" in Ukraine.



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Zelensky pledges never to talk to Putin

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukraine will not negotiate with Moscow until Putin is replaced as president, Zelensky and his cabinet said.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky refuses to negotiate a peace settlement as long as Vladimir Putin remains president of Russia. He made this claim in a post on his official Telegram channel on Friday.

Zelensky blamed Russia for the failure of negotiations, claiming he had
"always offered Russia coexistence on equal, honest, dignified and fair terms, obvious this is impossible with this Russian president. We are ready for a dialogue with Russia, but ... with another president of Russia."
Zelensky has repeatedly rejected overtures of peace from Moscow, most recently turning down Putin's offer on Friday to resume negotiations. What made the offer a non-starter for Kiev is that Putin refused to relinquish the regions that voted this week to join Russia. Zelensky declared in his address:
"Only the path of strengthening Ukraine and expelling the occupiers from our entire territory will restore peace."

Footprints

Truss should resign as UK Prime Minister, more than half of Britons say

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British PM Liz Truss
More than half of Britons think Liz Truss should quit as UK premier, according to a YouGov poll that adds to her woes less than a month into the job.

The survey on Friday underscores the damage done to Truss's standing and that of her Conservative Party by the huge package of unfunded tax cuts her government unveiled a week ago, triggering a selloff in the pound and government bonds and leaving her party trailing the opposition Labour by a record distance.

Some 51% of almost 5,000 Britons surveyed said the prime minister should quit, with 54% saying Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng should resign.

Even in the face of a backlash from markets, Tory Members of Parliament and the electorate, Truss and Kwarteng so far have stood firm behind their fiscal package -- which benefitted the wealthiest more than lower earners -- insisting they'll come forward with a medium-term plan for the economy and a set of independent economic forecasts on Nov. 23.

Comment: Americans commiserate. It's not much different across the pond.


USA

Mafia Don Joe and WWIII

The narrative following, unquestioning corporate media will keep up lies and twisted fabrications about Russia until the very end.

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© Kurt Nimmo on Geopolitics
I agree with Diane Johnstone that Joe Biden, the pretend president of the United States, "just happens to look like a mafia boss, to talk like a mafia boss, to wear a little lopsided half smile like a mafia boss."

Johnstone then asks, as have many outside the insane asylum of corporate propaganda media, why in the hell would Putin blow up the Nordstream pipeline, a project that cost his nation billions of dollars, when it could, and has to a large degree, shut off the tap.

As Johnstone points out,
The Baltic Sea is a nearly closed body of water, with narrow access to the Atlantic through Danish and Swedish straits. The waters near the Danish island of Bornholm where the Nord Stream pipelines were sabotaged by massive underwater explosions is under constant military surveillance by these neighbors.

"It seems completely impossible that a state actor could carry out a major naval operation in the middle of this densely monitored area without being noticed by the countless active and passive sensors of the littoral states; certainly not directly off the island of Bornholm, where Danes, Swedes and Germans have a rendezvous in monitoring the surface and undersea activities," writes Jens Berger in the excellent German website Nachdenkseiten. (Emphasis added.)
Let's forget about the witless Mafia Don Biden for a moment, mostly because this man is incapable of the most simple decisions, for example how to exit a stage after a teleprompter session. He is quite literally a broken puppet on a string. Sticking to his teleprompter script, undoubtedly given the once over by "national security adviser" Jake Sullivan, secretary of the war state, Tony Blinken, and a vicious assemblage of dem-cons, it is difficult enough without the assistance of cognitive-enhancing drugs, possibly nootropics, to keep him somewhat on track.

Eye 1

How the Sept 11th victims' families search for answers was met with Stonewalling, Lies and Political Theatre

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Introduction

On November 24, 2007, September 11th widow Lorie Van Auken whose husband Kenneth W. Van Auken had died in the North Tower spoke before an audience at the Episcopal Church-in-the-Bowery. In support of a campaign for the City of New York to investigate the 'attacks,' she remarked:
"It turns out almost everything about 9/11 was out of the ordinary, including the fact that it was never properly investigated.... The reason that we need an investigation into 9/11 is because we never actually had one. The 9/11 Commission was not a real investigation. It was political theatre. The family members who were involved with the commission actually had more questions after the 9/11 independent commission was completed than we had before it was begun" [1].
Lorie Van Auken was one of a dozen members of the Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, families went to memorial services for their loved ones and grieved in private. Many waited for the Bush White House to announce an investigation into why the FBI, CIA, and America's 750-billion-dollar defense establishment failed to prevent the attacks. Instead, Vice-President Dick Cheney said the nation couldn't afford to divert funds on an investigation while fighting the War on Terror. In May 2002, U.S. Senate leader Tom Daschle told reporters he was concerned that on "several occasions" Cheney has asked that Congress not launch any investigation at all [2].

Comment: More about 9/11 can be read in the book 9/11 The Ultimate Truth by Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Joe Quinn to find out the truth (behind the official story) about what happened that day.

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