Welcome to Sott.net
Thu, 27 Jan 2022
The World for People who Think

Puppet Masters
Map


Attention

Russia and the West: Piercing the Fog of Hysteria

Demented and Zelensky
© Public Domain
The fatal mistake committed by Brussels in 2014 was to force Kiev to make an impossible choice between Europe and Russia.

A specter haunts the collective West: total zombification, courtesy of an across-the-board 24/7 psy ops imprinting the inevitability of "Russian aggression".

Let's pierce the fog of hysteria by asking Ukrainian Defense Minister Reznikov what's going on:

"I can absolutely say that to date, the Russian armed forces have not created a strike group that could make a forceful invasion of Ukraine."

Well, Reznikov is obviously not aware that the White House, with access to arguably privileged intel, is convinced that Russia will invade "any-minute-now".

The Pentagon doubles down: "It's very clear the Russians have no intention right now of deescalating". Thus the necessity, expressed by spokesman John Kirby, of readying a multinational NATO response force (NRF) of 40,000 troops: "If it is activated...to defeat aggression, if necessary".

So "aggression" is a given. The White House is "refining" military plans - 18 at the last count - for all manners of "aggression". As for responding - in writing - to the Russian proposals on security guarantees, well, that's far too complex.

Sheriff

QR codes are dead in Russia

QR codes covid protest passport russia vaccine
© REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
Activists attend a rally against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination and QR codes proving immunity status, in Yekaterinburg, Russia December 12, 2021. A sign on a poster reads "No QR codes".
The sum of all fears for the average Russian has just been averted. The large packet of totalitarian answers to a problem of questionable magnitude has been booted from the State Duma. There has been an air of dread amongst the populace who were waiting to see if nationwide QR-code legislation would make it into law destroying their lives and businesses to separate those vaccinated from plague ridden riff raff. There was an expectation that some sort of Hegelian Dialectic gamesmanship would get a watered down, but still crushing version of this system passed. Thankfully for the sake of the Russian economy and sanity itself this is now not to be. This decision to completely bail on a QR Code apartheid not only comes at an interesting moment in history but has great relevance for Russia itself and issues related to Covid-19 on a global scale.

Comment: Since this article was published, the UK has dropped the contrived, coronavirus crisis hysteria, because, it seems, in the same way that Russia may have seen little need to play along now that that the West had accelerated its provocations, it seems the establishment in the West has deemed their new manufactured threat in Ukraine serves their nefarious agenda better: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Ukraine Gambit - US Attempting to Destroy Russia




Attention

Is Washington under alien control?

The Puppet Masters
© Unz.com
The drama currently unfolding in which the Biden Administration is doing everything it can to provoke a war with Russia over Ukraine is possibly the most frightening foreign policy misadventure since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and the 1967 Lyndon Johnson attempt to sink the USS Liberty and blame it on Egypt, either of which could have gone nuclear. I can well recall the Robert Heinlein sci-fi book The Puppet Masters, later made into a movie, which described how alien-slugs, arriving by way of a flying saucer landing in Iowa, invaded the earth and parasitically attached themselves to the central nervous systems of humans and became able to completely control their minds.

What the humans know, they know. What the slugs want, no matter what, the human will do. And the tale gets really scary in geopolitical terms when some Secret Service Agents are "occupied" by the invaders and they are thereby poised to capture the President of the United States. I would point out that the movie came out when Bill Clinton was president, which should have provoked some concerns about whether it was fact or fiction.

Well, does anyone currently wonder why I think of The Puppet Masters when an incoherent Joe Biden in particular makes a speech? And also consider the befuddled look of Secretary of State Tony Blinken or the bewildered expressions of Vice President Kamala Harris or Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, all of which might also suggest that the slugs now completely control the Administration. The Biden and Blinken possibly slug-controlled automatons are now stating their conviction, based on no evidence whatsoever, that Russia is about to invade Ukraine and they are threatening sanctions like Putin "has never seen before."

There will no doubt be more slug-derived pronouncements to reinforce that warning in the next few days after the latest round of talks breaks down. Evacuation of US Embassy staff families in Kiev is already underway, deliberately escalating rather than attempting to defuse the crisis which could lead to nuclear war, destroying the human race and replacing it with the alien slugs.

Attention

Biden's 'minor incursion' remark reveals a lot about his team's Russia strategy

It's clear that the Biden Administration remains divided over what to do but that some members within it are dangerously flirting with the possibility of provoking what they mistakenly think might be a 'manageable crisis' with Russia.
Biden & Putin Summit
© Off-Guardian
US President Joe Biden scandalously quipped during Wednesday's press conference that NATO might be divided over how to respond in the event that Russia stages a so-called "minor incursion" into Ukraine.

This reveals that his team's strategy towards Russia isn't fully formed in the context of the undeclared US-provoked missile crisis in Europe that talks earlier this month were aimed at de-escalating.

It also follows speculation from American intelligence agencies that the Eurasian Great Power is planning a "false flag" attack in Donbass in order to justify the use of force against its neighbor, which Moscow of course angrily denied.

That claim prompted an Eastern Ukrainian militia leader to much more credibly allege that it's actually British-trained Ukrainian operatives who are plotting a false flag attack there.

It's objectively the case that tensions are soaring between the US and Russia as a result of recent talks failing to achieve legal guarantees for the latter's security. In particular, Moscow is requesting that NATO formally declare that it won't expand any further eastward and that it also won't deploy strike weapons near Russia's borders.

Chess

Statesman: Croatian president says he will withdraw troops if NATO starts war with Russia

Zoran Milanovic  President of Croatia

Zoran Milanovic, President of Croatia
Croatian President Zoran Milanovic blamed the US for escalating the crisis and said his country would stay out of a conflict

With tensions growing on the border between Russia and Ukraine, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic has announced that Zagreb will pull its troops out of NATO contingents stationed in the region should the situation spiral into a full-scale conflict.

Speaking on Tuesday in a televised address, the leader said he sees "reports that NATO - not a separate state, not the US - is increasing its presence and sending reconnaissance ships."

He insisted that Zagreb's authorities "have nothing to do with it and we won't have anything to do with it, I guarantee you that."

Comment: This has been brewing since the 2014 U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine. Russia has shown exemplary patience with the mad warmongers of the West, but it may soon run out.


Star of David

Israeli troops admit collective punishment policy: 'We're here to pressure the village'

Dir Nizam west bank check point
© Rachel Shor
Israeli soldiers operate a checkpoint at the entrance to the Palestinian village of Dir Nizam, occupied West Bank, January 11, 2021.
The Israeli army has subjected Dir Nizam to near-total closures and violent incursions since December. And soldiers are frank about why they're doing it.

For nearly two months, Israeli soldiers have been imposing collective punishment on the 1,000 residents of the Palestinian village of Dir Nizam, claiming it to be a response to children throwing stones at passing vehicles. On Dec. 1, 2021, the army closed all three entrances to the village, which lies to the north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, and set up a spike-strip checkpoint at the only entrance left open to traffic.

Since then, Israeli soldiers have been stationed at the entrance 24 hours a day, checking every passing car at length, questioning passengers, opening bags, and photographing ID cards. Sometimes, they stop all movement in and out of the village entirely for hours at a time.

Comment:


Pistol

Politics is dead, here's what killed it

Forum Rome
© Unknown
Here's "politics" in America now: come with mega-millions or don't even bother to show up.

Representational democracy--a.k.a. politics as a solution to social and economic problems--has passed away. It did not die a natural death. Politics developed a cancer very early in life (circa the early 1800s), caused by wealth outweighing public opinion. This cancer spread slowly but metastasized in the past few decades, spreading to every nook and cranny of our society and economy as "democracy" devolved into an invitation-only auction of elections and political favors.

Politics might have had a fighting chance but three forces betrayed the nation and its citizenry.

1. The Federal Reserve transferred trillions of dollars of unearned wealth into the feeding troughs of the super-wealthy and corporations, vastly increasing the wealth the top 0.01% had to buy elections and favors. The Federal Reserve cloaked its treachery with jargon-- quantitative easing, stimulus, etc.--and then stabbed the nation's representational democracy in the back.

2. The Supreme Court betrayed the nation's representative democracy by labeling corporations buying elections and political favors a form of "free speech." (Please don't hurt yourself laughing too hard.) The Supreme Court's equating wealth buying elections and favors with individual citizens' sacrosanct right of free speech was a knife in the back of the nation and its citizenry.

3. The two political parties betrayed their traditional voter bases to kneel at the altar of corporate / elite wealth, wealth which bought elections and political favors. The Democrats, traditional champions of the workforce in the 20th century, abandoned workers in favor of serving their corporate masters, masking their betrayal with fine-sounding phrases.

Comment: It's time for the next American revolution while folks still remember who they are and what is important.


Arrow Down

Germany has 'betrayed' Ukraine - Kiev mayor

Klitschko
© Sputnik/Stringer
Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko
Berlin has repeatedly sold out Ukraine by refusing to lay on deliveries of guns, ammunition, and military equipment in the face of purported aggression from neighboring Russia, Kiev's mayor Vitali Klitschko has claimed, as tensions flare in Eastern Europe.

Writing for German tabloid Bild on Sunday, the former heavyweight boxing champion said, "There is great frustration in Ukraine over the fact that the federal government continues to stick" to its support of Russia's underwater gas pipeline.

Klitschko added that Germany's refusal to supply defensive weapons to Kiev, and its blocking of other states from handing over arms, had also caused significant disappointment. A recent report in the Wall Street Journal alleged that Berlin was preventing Estonian officials from providing German-origin military hardware to Ukraine.
"This is a refusal to help, and a betrayal of friends in a dramatic situation where our country is threatened by Russian troops from several borders."
Klitschko's comments come amid long-running concerns from Western leaders that Moscow could be planning to launch an invasion of Ukraine, which the Kremlin has repeatedly denied. Earlier in January, Ukraine's ambassador to Germany, Andrey Melnik, said Berlin had a moral responsibility for the future of the Eastern European nation and was therefore obliged to sell Kiev arms so the country could defend itself against purported Russian aggression. If not, he warned, there was a risk of "serious consequences for bilateral relations."

Cell Phone

WhatsApp ordered to help US agents spy on Chinese phones - no explanation required

Facebk/WhatsAp
© Logos/AP/FacebookAcademics/hexux.net/KJN
The U.S. doesn't need to know whom they're targeting or show probable cause when ordering Facebook, WhatsApp or any tech company to help agencies spy on users in secret, newly unsealed court documents show.

U.S. federal agencies have been using a 35-year-old American surveillance law to secretly track WhatsApp users with no explanation as to why and without knowing whom they are targeting.

In Ohio, a just-unsealed government surveillance application reveals that in November 2021, DEA investigators demanded the Facebook-owned messaging company track seven users based in China and Macau. The application reveals the DEA didn't know the identities of any of the targets, but told WhatsApp to monitor the IP addresses and numbers with which the targeted users were communicating, as well as when and how they were using the app. Such surveillance is done using a technology known as a pen register and under the 1986 Pen Register Act, and doesn't seek any message content, which WhatsApp couldn't provide anyway, as it is end-to-end encrypted.

Boat

Russia and China stage joint military drills

Russian Varyag
© Russian Ministry of Defense
Russian Varyag missile cruiser Joint Russian-Chinese Naval exercise in the Arabian Sea
As relations between East and West continue to spiral, Russia and China have conducted a joint naval exercise in the Arabian Sea, featuring large warships and one of Beijing's missile destroyer vessels, Moscow's Ministry of Defense has revealed.

In a statement on Tuesday, military chiefs announced the details of the Peaceful Sea 2022 mission, which saw a squad of ships deployed from Russia's Pacific Fleet, including the Varyag missile cruiser, the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs, and the sea tanker Boris Butoma. Beijing deployed its Urumqi missile destroyer and the complex supply ship Taihu.