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Stupid "son of a b*tch" - Biden busted on hot mic after being asked about worrying inflation rates

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Journalist Peter Doocy (L), President Joe Biden (R)
Just days after President Biden was caught on hot mic calling a reporter's question over the Ukraine conflict "stupid," the US Commander-in-Chief downplayed a question over one of, if not THE most important worry for Americans right now - inflation.
"Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?" asked Fox News' Peter Doocy as Biden was wrapping up a press conference for the White House's Competition Council.

"No. It's a great asset. More inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch," replied Biden.

Red Flag

No respect for Putin: how a call for cooperation with Russia ended a German vice-admiral's career

Kay-Achim Schönbach
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Kay-Achim Schönbach
The head of the German navy, Vice-Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach, has resigned in the wake of a scandal in which he faced accusations of being too pro-Moscow. Speaking at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, India, Schönbach had argued that Russia, under its president Vladimir Putin, was fundamentally not interested in taking Ukrainian territory, but, rather, wanted respect from the West and, in particular, to be treated as equals.

In his view, the West should offer that respect, for three reasons: because it would be easy, because Russia and its leader deserve it, and because Europe needs Moscow as an ally against China. Schönbach also appealed in the name of religion, describing himself as a committed Roman Catholic and maintaining that Russia's Christian identity points to the need for partnership between the country and other mostly Christian nations. As for Crimea, he was frank about his conviction that it would not return to Ukrainian control.

The talk was recorded and uploaded to YouTube, which may have been fatal for his career. If his statements had not been so readily available, perhaps they would have passed unnoticed.

Bad Guys

Ukraine crisis: The US 'toolbox' is empty

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russia Secretary of State Sergei Lavrov
The toolbox is empty. Russia knows this. Biden knows this. Blinken knows this. CNN knows this. The only ones who aren't aware of this are the American people.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in a hastily scheduled, 90-minute summit in Geneva yesterday, after which both sides lauded the meeting as worthwhile because it kept the door open for a diplomatic resolution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. What "keeping the door open" entails, however, represents two completely different realities.

For Blinken, the important thing appears to be process, continuing a dialogue which, by its very essence, creates the impression of progress, with progress being measured in increments of time, as opposed to results.

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China sends largest incursion of jets into Taiwan 'defence zone' in months

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FILE PHOTO: The incursions included 24 J-16 fighters -- which experts say are among China's favourite jets for testing Taiwan's air defences -- 10 J-10 fighters and one nuclear-capable H-6 bomber.
China sent 39 warplanes -- mostly fighter jets -- into Taiwan's air defence zone on Sunday, the island's government said.

The final quarter of 2021 saw a massive spike of incursions from China into Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ), with the biggest single day coming on October 4, when 56 Chinese warplanes entered the zone.

Taiwan's defence ministry said in a statement late Sunday it scrambled its own aircraft to broadcast warnings and deployed missiles to track 39 Chinese jets that entered the ADIZ.

The incursions included 24 J-16 fighters -- which experts say are among China's favourite jets for testing Taiwan's air defences -- 10 J-10 fighters and one nuclear-capable H-6 bomber.

Comment: So part of this 'defence zone' is actually China's airspace, too, however, it's possible that this is a deliberate show of force by China, considering the West's meddling in Taiwan, and more so because of its escalation in Ukraine.

In addition to the F-16V crash reported above, just yesterday a US Navy F-35 crash landed on the USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea, injuring 7 personnel:


See also: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Why You Should Question Media Reports About China 'Causing Covid' And 'Invading Taiwan'





Newspaper

Russia accuses NATO of escalating Ukraine tensions through 'hysteria' and ramping up deployments

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File photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the State Council of the Russian Federation and the Presidential Council for Science and Education, via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia December
Peskov said Monday that Ukraine was preparing an offensive in the east of the country where Kyiv troops have been fighting pro-Russia separatists since 2014

Russia has accused Washington and NATO of escalating tensions through "information hysteria" over deployment of troops in Ukraine.

"As for specific actions, we see statements by the North Atlantic Alliance about reinforcement, pulling forces and resources to the eastern flank. All this leads to the fact that tensions are growing," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"This is not happening because of what we, Russia, are doing. This is all happening because of what NATO and the U.S. are doing and due to the information they are spreading."

He said the West was showing "hysteria" and putting out information "laced with lies".

Comment: It's perhaps no coincidence that the establishment's sudden escalation of aggression against Russia occurs just as it, basically, drops its contrived, globally coordinated, coronavirus crisis. In the past year it started to become clear that Russia and China were losing patience with the West and were taking a much firmer stance than before, and it's likely because they could see that the West was becoming increasingly desperate and that they were looking for a scapegoat to blame for, as well as to facilitate, the next stage in their agenda: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Ukraine Gambit - US Attempting to Destroy Russia




Dollars

Schweizer: Biden family received 'some $31 million' from individuals linked to 'highest levels of Chinese intelligence'

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Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer on Sunday revealed how the Biden family have profited from business with individuals "linked to the highest levels of Chinese intelligence."

Schweizer, the author of Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win, said Biden's son Hunter, while the elder Biden was serving as both vice president and president, was engaged in deals with individuals tied to the highest levels of Chinese intelligence. He called the Biden family's business dealings "unprecedented."

"One of the most startling things we uncovered is the simple fact that the Biden family, while he was vice president of the United States and continuing when he became president, received some $31 million from Chinese individuals who are linked to the highest levels of Chinese intelligence," Schweizer outlined on Fox News Channel's Life, Liberty & Levin.

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Cross

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI admits false statement during abuse probe testimony

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An independent probe found that the former pope botched at least four cases of abuse while archbishop of Munich.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has admitted to providing false testimony during an investigation into sexual abuse in Germany's Catholic Church.

Former Pope Benedict XVI has apologized for providing false information during a probe into sexual abuse in his old Munich archdiocese, his secretary said in a statement on Monday that was posted to the Vatican News portal.

The statement, which was given to the German-language Catholic News Agency (KNA), said the false information was not given "with ill intent."

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Satellite

NATO's 'Space Policy' outlines readiness to jointly respond to attacks in space

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The International Space Station (ISS) photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, on Oct. 4, 2018.
NATO on Monday made public its official "overarching Space Policy" that outlines how it would protect its members from space attacks, citing threats from potential adversaries.

The U.S.-led alliance said its collective defense principles will be extended to outer space in response to developments made at last year's Brussels Summit.

"At the 2021 Brussels Summit, Allies agreed that attacks to, from, or within space present a clear challenge to the security of the Alliance, the impact of which could threaten national and Euro-Atlantic prosperity, security, and stability, and could be as harmful to modern societies as a conventional attack. Such attacks could lead to the invocation of Article 5. A decision as to when such attacks would lead to the invocation of Article 5 would be taken by the North Atlantic Council on a case-by-case basis," the document states.

Article 5 of NATO's founding treaty states that an attack on any one of the 30 allies will be considered an attack on them all. Until now, it has only applied to more traditional military attacks on land, sea, or in the air, and more recently in cyberspace.

Comment: See also: NATO's new secret plan for nuclear war & space battles with Russia risks spiraling Europe into a new arms race between East & West


Gold Coins

Duma Deputy Chair insists gold-backed stablecoins & crypto-mining be allowed in Russia 'to circumvent sanctions'

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First there was Tether; the controversial dollar-backed cryptocurrency that so many of the US establishment are fearmongering about. Then the Chinese launched a gold-backed, yuan-denominated oil futures contract. After that came Petro, the industry's first oil-backed crypto issued by the Venezuelan government. And now we might be about to see the first gold-backed cryptocurrency - by a central bank, no less.

As Putin advisor Sergey Glazyev has said in the past, "the ruble is the most gold-backed currency in the world," and judging by reports from the RIA Novosti news agency tonight, the days of a digital, gold-backed-Ruble could be getting closer.

But first, some background of just how Russia's dollar-gold-crypto thinking has evolved over the past few years...

In May 2018, Russia began to accelerate its de-dollarization strategy by dumping a record amount of US Treasuries from its reserves.

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Light Saber

Is the plan to bankrupt Russia working?

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The economic state of play is very different now to even just a few decades ago
Economic coercion is the West's favourite tool to influence Russian behaviour. But with oil prices rising, Russia's economy growing, and the West backing off from pledges to exclude Russia from SWIFT, this policy seems to have reached a dead-end.

In 2014, the Russian economy was struck by a double-whammy. First, the oil price collapsed. And second, Western states imposed a series of sanctions in response to events in Ukraine. The immediate impact on Russia's economy was dire, sending GDP plummeting.

Economists had problems determining which was more responsible for Russia's problems - the oil price or the sanctions - but most came down in favour of the former. Cheaper oil translated into a less valuable ruble, which increased the price of imports and created inflationary pressures. To this end, the Central Bank responded with higher interest rates, depressing demand and thereby GDP.

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