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Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.

T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton
Electric War
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Spare a thought to the Polish farmer snapping pics of a missile wreckage - later indicated to belong to a Ukrainian S-300. So a Polish farmer, his footfalls echoing in our collective memory, may have saved the world from WWIII - unleashed via a tawdry plot concocted by Anglo-American "intelligence".

Such tawdriness was compounded by a ridiculous cover-up: the Ukrainians were firing on Russian missiles from a direction that they could not possibly be coming from. That is: Poland. And then the U.S. Secretary of Defense, weapons peddler Lloyd "Raytheon" Austin, sentenced Russia was to blame anyway, because his Kiev vassals were shooting at Russian missiles that should not have been in the air (and they were not).

Call it the Pentagon elevating bald lying into a rather shabby art.

The Anglo-American purpose of this racket was to generate a "world crisis" against Russia. It's been exposed - this time. That does not mean the usual suspects won't try it again. Soon.

The main reason is panic. Collective West intel sees how Moscow is finally mobilizing their army - ready to hit the ground next month - while knocking out Ukraine's electricity infrastructure as a form of Chinese torture.

Those February days of sending only 100,000 troops - and having the DPR and LPR militias plus Wagner commandos and Kadyrov's Chechens do most of the heavy lifting - are long gone. Overall, Russians and Russophones were facing hordes of Ukrainian military - perhaps as many as 1 million. The "miracle" of it all is that Russians did quite well.

Every military analyst knows the basic rule: an invasion force should number three times the defending force. The Russian Army at the start of the SMO was at a small fraction of that rule. The Russian Armed Forces arguably have a standing army of 1.3 million troops. Surely they could have spared a few tens of thousands more than the initial 100,000. But they did not. It was a political decision.

But now SMO is over: this is CTO (Counter-Terrorist Operation) territory. A sequence of terrorist attacks - targeting the Nord Streams, the Crimea Bridge, the Black Sea Fleet - finally demonstrated the inevitability of going beyond a mere "military operation".

And that brings us to Electric War.

Attention

Zelensky trapped by Moscow and Washington

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© President of Ukraine official Website
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
The evolution of the balance of power on the Ukrainian battlefield and the tragic episode of the G20 in Bali mark a reversal of the situation. If the West still believes that it will soon defeat Moscow, the United States has already begun secret negotiations with Russia. They are preparing to let go of Ukraine and to put the blame solely on Volodymyr Zelensky. As in Afghanistan, the awakening will be brutal.

I was talking to an open-minded leader of the European Parliament in Brussels ten days ago, and I listened to him tell me that the Ukrainian conflict was certainly complex, but that the most obvious thing was that Russia had invaded that country. I replied by observing that international law obliged Germany, France and Russia to implement resolution 2202, which Moscow alone had done. I continued by reminding him of the responsibility to protect the populations in case of failure of their own government. He cut me off and asked me: "If my government complains about the fate of its citizens in Russia and attacks that country, will you find that normal? Yes," I said, "if you have a Security Council resolution. Do you have one?" Disconcerted, he changed the subject. Three times I asked him if we could talk about the Ukrainian "integral nationalists". Three times he refused. We parted courteously.

Cardboard Box

U.S. Army's weapons contract reviews accelerate to replace Ukraine aid

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Linda Thomas Greenfield examines explosive ammo and weapons in Kyiv
The U.S. Army is accelerating its weapons acquisition process to speed through a backlog of contracts needed to replenish U.S. stocks of weapons depleted by arms shipments to Ukraine, a U.S. official said on Monday.

Doug Bush, the chief weapons buyer for the Army, told reporters the accelerated contracting effort hinges on running processes simultaneously that used to be run in succession and is based on lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic.

Ukraine has relied heavily on the Unites States for weapons, with Washington sending about $17.9 billion worth of arms since Moscow launched its invasion of the country on February 24.

According to recent Pentagon contracting data, $2.6 billion worth of contracts have been awarded to replace weapons rushed to Ukraine since Washington began using a special Presidential Drawdown Authority, (PDA) which allows quick weapons transfers without congressional approval in response to an emergency.

Comment: US taxpayer monies continue to fund a sinkhole war without approval nor permission from the people. Now Biden is bypassing Congress as well.
The disbursement of $4.5 billion in economic aid for Ukraine approved by Congress in September will begin in the coming weeks, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on November 22.

The funds will help the government of Ukraine by strengthening economic stability and supporting essential public services, including salaries for hospital workers, civil servants, and teachers, as well as social assistance for the elderly and vulnerable, Yellen said in a statement.

The disbursements will bring total U.S. direct budget support to Ukraine to $13 billion, all in grants, she said.



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Ukraine quietly abolishes corruption oversight rule

Zelensky
© Efrem Lukatsky/AP
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
President Vladimir Zelensky has harmed Ukraine's hopes of joining the EU by signing an amendment that reduced financial oversight of politicians, anti-corruption activists in Kiev said on Monday.

The measure "practically kills" efforts to combat money-laundering, the head of the Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC) claimed. The body is funded by the US government and EU member states and elites in Kiev have long been hostile to its work, despite their dependence on Western funding and support.

Ukraine had previously mandated lifetime financial monitoring of "politically exposed persons," including government officials and lawmakers - until Zelensky signed an amendment last week limiting it to just three years. Officially, the law is supposed to "protect Ukraine's financial system from Russia and Belarus," but the AntAC says it will harm the country's interests instead.

AntAC head Vitaly Shabunin said on social media:
"With this law, politicians destroyed the system of financial monitoring of their loved ones, which means they actually blocked negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU. It practically kills the system of preventing money-laundering by Ukrainian politicians."

Comment: A page out of Biden's ledger? 'No trace' is self serve...especially when it comes to US money.


Sherlock

Huge fire engulfs residence of Algerian Ambassador to Russia in Moscow

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A fire has broken out in residence of Algerian Ambassador to Russia, according to Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, APA's correspondent in Moscow reports.

According to information, a fire has broken out in residence of the Algerian Ambassador in Street Spiridonovka 13 in center of Moscow.

Comment: Considering developments on the international stage, as well the gas pipeline explosion in St. Petersburg, it's not unreasonable to be suspicious about this fire:


Cut

Gazprom to cut gas supplies to Moldova because Ukraine is stealing it

Russian gas pipeline
© REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
FILE PHOTO: Gas pipelines are pictured at the Atamanskaya compressor station, facility of Gazprom's Power Of Siberia project outside the far eastern town of Svobodny, in Amur region, Russia
If the transit imbalance through Ukraine for Moldovan consumers persists, on November 28, Gazprom will begin cutting gas supplies.

Russian gas sent to Moldova through Ukraine does not fully reach Chisinau, Gazprom said.
"Gazprom" fixes the settling in Ukraine of Russian gas intended for supply to Moldovan consumers under a contract with the company "Moldovagaz", - the message says in the company's Telegram channel.

Comment: This is unlikely to go down well with many citizens of Moldova who are already protesting against the pro-European authorities about the soaring cost of living - which, incidentally, is precisely because of the US and Europe's decision to wage war against Russia.


Briefcase

Bolsonaro files official court challenge to annul Brazil's election

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Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro has launched a challenge to the presidential election he recently lost to former and now President-elect Lula da Silva. Bolsonaro argues that there are votes from some machines that should be "invalidated," reports Reuters.

Lula's win has already been ratified by the Superior Electoral Court, he's been congratulated by international leaders like Canada's Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden. But Bolsonaro's supporters protested post-election and continue to do so, not believing that Lula, a man who served as president and was convicted on corruption charges only to have a court throw them out, could actually have won the election.

The justice who leads the Superior Electoral Court, Alexandrew de Moraes, issued a ruling that reads that "Bolsonaro's right-wing electoral coalition, which filed the complaint, must present its full audit for both rounds of last month's vote within 24 hours, or he would reject it," Reuters reports.

Comment: See also:


Eye 1

Who isn't involved in the cover-up of the lab leak and early Covid spread?

Huanan Seafood Market
I wrote recently about the origins of the pandemic and who knew what and when, noting that both the U.S. and China clearly knew about the virus earlier than they have admitted and both are still engaged in a cover-up of what really happened and what they knew.

Here, after a brief recap, I want to look more closely at who isn't involved in the cover-up, or not entirely, and what that tells us.

It's clear that China is covering up both the lab origin of the virus and early spread prior to December 2019. As a new report from independent research group DRASTIC, summarised in the Washington Post, reminds us, within hours of the first public announcement of "pneumonia of unknown origin" by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on December 30th 2019, a second notice appeared warning "not to disclose information to the public without authorization". This lack of transparency continued, with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) issuing gag orders, punishing 'whistleblowers', hiding key Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) virus data, not cooperating with investigations and failing to acknowledge early cases which undermine the wet market origin story. While some such cases from November 2019 were leaked to the South China Morning Post, the CCP has never officially acknowledged them.

Comment: See also:


Arrow Up

The age of dangerous charlatans

Elon Musk
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Elon Musk, the prominent enfant terrible of the globalist set, never ceases to astonish. At the recent G20 business forum in Indonesia, prompted by no apparent motive related to the gathering, he declared that "maybe we will find alien civilisations or discover civilisations that existed millions of years ago." The bizarre announcement was delivered in a suitably mystical atmosphere, including an occult crystal bowl situated in the forefront, with Musk sitting in the dark, wearing a traditional Indonesian batik shirt and surrounded by candles as he offered a "vision" for the future that in addition to aliens also included deep tunnels and rocket tourism.

There is no record of anyone in attendance asking Musk the obvious question: what qualifies him to speculate on these subjects? There is meagre information about Musk's education and accomplishments, if we exclude the widely known fact of his sudden, inexplicable, and spectacular enrichment, on a par with similar "success stories" involving the emergence of magnates "out-of-nowhere" in 1990s Russia.

The scant available biographical data about Musk include such titbits of budding genius as creating a video game at the tender age of 12. As for actual education, it is said that in 1997 Musk received bachelor's degrees "in physics and economics" from the University of Pennsylvania. The eclectic scholar Musk subsequently enrolled at Stanford to pursue graduate studies in physics, which he abandoned after only two days in residence because "he felt that the Internet had much more potential to change society than work in physics."

Needless to say, Elon Musk is not our only prominent contemporary these days who is strategically using fame and money to "change society". The notorious Bill Gates is another well-known example. On the level of competence, the similarities between these two are striking. Like Musk, Gates has zero meaningful education or expertise in anything. He is simply what in America used to be known contemptuously (but in Gates' case spot on accurately) as a high school dropout. Like Musk, Gates also tinkered with computer technology from an early age, but there is no evidence of his having sought or acquired any special training or knowledge in anything, be it medicine, eugenics, pharmacology, or any of the other fields that he had impacted critically with the immense amounts of money that came to be concentrated under his control. In fact, other than double crossing his business partners for personal advantage it is not known that in the course of his active life Gates had been particularly accomplished at anything.

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'I don't want a war with Russia,' Polish leader pranked into thinking he was talking with Macron by infamous Russian hoaxers

Polish President Andrzej Duda addresses the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv on Sunday
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FILE PHOTO: Polish President Andrzej Duda addresses the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv
Polish President Andrzej Duda has said that he is being "very careful" to avoid a war with Russia. The admission came during a call with pranksters who posed as French leader Emmanuel Macron.

The conversation with Russian hoaxers Vovan and Lexus took place last Tuesday, the day a missile exploded in a Polish village near the border with Ukraine, killing two people.

While Western media and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky hurried to blame the incident on Russia, Polish, US, and EU officials soon said that the missile was Ukrainian.

Comment: The list of world leaders and high ranking officials duped by the duo is impressive, and telling, and the comments they get are often revealing: