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Zelensky 2022, Stalin 1942: The US propaganda machine can easily make heroes, but it can quickly change the script

Stalin/Churchill
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Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill at the Yalta Conference
Livadia Palace, Livadiya, Soviet Union • February 1945
America's sudden love affair with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and Kiev's military forces is reminiscent of an old campaign to exalt a previous ally of geopolitical circumstance: Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

Just as in the Georgian strongman's heyday, the US political establishment and media-entertainment complex have responded to a crisis in Eastern Europe by portraying their preferred combatants as heroic friends who must be supported. In fact, Zelensky and his country's defenders have been painted as freedom fighters battling to save democracy from evil aggressors - even as Kiev bans opposition parties, shuts down media outlets, and otherwise silences critics of the regime.

For instance, outlets such as Newsweek and the Associated Press have touted Zelensky as a "defiant hero" and a "modern Churchill." The comparison to former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill wasn't sufficiently glowing for CNN, which said Zelensky is a "more unlikely hero."

After all, the liberal network argued, Churchill was "an imperialist rather than a pure believer in democracy." Zelensky, despite taking such actions as arresting the main opposition party's leader and banning critical TV and online outlets, apparently qualifies as a greater democrat than a man who lost office, by the ballot box, shortly after his greatest victory.

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Bastille Day: The bloodbath that derailed France's republican revolution

French Revolution guillotine

Execution of Louis XVI - Georg Heinrich Sieveking
While the July 14 Bastille Day doesn't mean much for most North Americans, it is a very big deal in France where this strange French national holiday is similar to America's July 4th Independence Day, except with one important exception.

While the July 4, 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence ushered in a new and improved potential for humanity, the July 14, 1789 storming of the Bastille ushered in a five year bloodbath of chaos that derailed the potential for a genuine republican revolution to manifest itself on the European continent.

With this anniversary in mind, and with the danger of new chaotic upheavals directed by intelligence agencies threatening to rip across the trans-Atlantic community, I thought it worth republishing this essay which was the effect of a 2009 lecture 'How the British Sabotaged the French Revolution' which I had delivered to a group of the Montreal Schiller Institute*.

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Michael Hudson: The end of Western civilization - why it lacks resilience, and what will take its place

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Michael Hudson's Major Lecture at the Global University in China on July 11th, 2022 - and posted with Dr Hudson's permission

Why it lacks resilience, and What will take its place [1]


The greatest challenge facing societies has always been how to conduct trade and credit without letting merchants and creditors make money by exploiting their customers and debtors. All antiquity recognized that the drive to acquire money is addictive and indeed tends to be exploitative and hence socially injurious. The moral values of most societies opposed selfishness, above all in the form of avarice and wealth addiction, which the Greeks called philarguria - love of money, silver-mania. Individuals and families indulging in conspicuous consumption tended to be ostracized, because it was recognized that wealth often was obtained at the expense of others, especially the weak.

The Greek concept of hubris involved egotistic behavior causing injury to others. Avarice and greed were to be punished by the justice goddess Nemesis, who had many Near Eastern antecedents, such as Nanshe of Lagash in Sumer, protecting the weak against the powerful, the debtor against the creditor.

That protection is what rulers were expected to provide in serving the gods. That is why rulers were imbued with enough power to protect the population from being reduced to debt dependency and clientage. Chieftains, kings and temples were in charge of allocating credit and crop-land to enable smallholders to serve in the army and provide corvée labor. Rulers who behaved selfishly were liable to be unseated, or their subjects might run away, or support rebel leaders or foreign attackers promising to cancel debts and redistribute land more equitably.

The most basic function of Near Eastern kingship was to proclaim "economic order," misharum and andurarum clean slate debt cancellations, echoed in Judaism's Jubilee Year. There was no "democracy" in the sense of citizens electing their leaders and administrators, but "divine kingship" was obliged to achieve the implicit economic aim of democracy: "protecting the weak from the powerful."

Comment: Hudson's informative framework and insights offer a succinct synthesis of global trajectories, should we correctly interpret the signs.


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Toxicology vs Virology: Rockefeller Institute and the Criminal Polio Fraud

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One of the outcomes of the alleged new SARS Covid virus that publicly emerged in 2019 is that the medical specialization of virology has been raised to a stature almost Godlike in the media. Few understand the origins of virology and its elevation into a leading role in today's medicine practice. For this we need to look at the origins and politics of America's first medical research institute, the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, today Rockefeller University, and their work on what they claimed was a polio virus.

In 1907 an outbreak of a sickness in New York City gave the director of the Rockefeller Institute, Simon Flexner, MD, a golden opportunity to lay claim to discovery of an invisible "virus" caused by what was arbitrarily called poliomyelitis. The word poliomyelitis simply means inflammation of the spinal cord's grey matter. There were some 2,500 New Yorkers, mostly children, designated with some form of poliomyelitis, including paralysis and even death, that year.

Flexner's Fraud

The most striking aspect of the entire polio saga in the USA during the first half of the 20th Century was the fact that every key phase of the business was controlled by people tied to what became the Rockefeller medical cabal. This fraud started with claims by the Director of the Rockefeller Institute, Simon Flexner, that he and his colleague, Paul A. Lewis, had "isolated" a pathogen, invisible to the eye, smaller even than bacteria, which they claimed caused the paralyzing sickness in a series of outbreaks in the US. How did they come to this idea?

Comment: See also: Did psychopath Rockefeller create the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918?


Bizarro Earth

The seeds of the split: How Russian-speaking Donbass first attempted to win independence from Ukraine in 2004

Viktor Yanukovich donbass 2004 independence
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Viktor Yanukovich, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, greets his supporters in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, 28 November, 2004.
The foundations for the current Ukraine conflict were laid almost two decades ago

In late June, after fierce fighting, the last remaining units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces pulled out of Severodonetsk, a large industrial center in the western part of the Lugansk People's Republic.

Back in 2004, the city hosted the famous congress of the 'federalists', Ukrainian politicians - elected at different levels - who backed the presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych during the Western-backed Orange Revolution. Back then, they declared then that the Kiev protests were an attempted coup and warned that an illegitimate government coming to power could prompt the congress to establish south-eastern autonomy to protect local residents.

At the same time, regional deputies decided to hold a referendum on changing the country into a federal state and appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for support. In this article, RT recounts the first attempt of Ukraine's southeastern regions to gain independence from Kiev and explains why the events of 2004 defined the future armed conflict in Donbass.

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The day I understood the 'good German'

COLUMN - The greatest mystery of World War II has been solved. The enigma lasted more than eight decades.
WWII Victims
© United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Underprivileged children sit on the sidewalk in the Warsaw ghetto.
The most important event in recent human history, which shaped the world as it is today, was the Second World War. It is a topic covered, to this day, in a huge number of books, documentaries, plays and movies. Each writer, director and screenwriter tells a piece of the story. Each one with their own viewpoint and approach.

I personally have already contributed to this culture when I wrote and directed a short film based on that time. I told the story of a child in love with airplanes who meets an aviator. In the movie, I explained a little about the mood in Brazil about to enter the war. Finally, I paid homage to the Brazilian pilots who went to fight, in 1944, against the fascists in Europe.

I understand that a lot of people produce on the subject - and a lot of people are interested in reading or watching - because everyone is trying to find out how the world got into that boiling point that caused, according to the best calculations, more than 70 million deaths. Moreover, studying history has a noble goal: to understand the mistakes of the past so that they will not be repeated in the future. "Historians are the professional remembrancers of what their fellow-citizens wish to forget," said the intellectual Eric Hobsbawm.

The works that tell the stories of the people who fought in the war, the focus of most books and movies, are exciting. However, for me, the most fascinating thing has always been the search to understand how the thinking and motivations of each of the people involved in the conflict were.

With so many books and movies, it was possible to understand what people at all levels and from all the countries involved thought and acted, from important leaders such as Winston Churchill, one of the main ones in the conflict, to feeling the anguish of a Soviet child running away from death, as portrayed in the tense film Come and See, an essential masterpiece by Elem Klimov.

However, even after studying and watching everything possible, for me, one single character always remained a great mystery: it is the "good German". This person was the normal citizen of Germany, not radical, but who did not react when the Holocaust occurred. He was part of a society that accepted the elimination of 6 million Jews with a terrifying normality.

It wasn't five or ten thousand people. It was six million. From within Germany, the Jewish population was relevant: 566,000 citizens. Therefore, practically every German had contact with some Jewish family. They were a society that lived in reasonable harmony. Ordinary Germans went to Jewish businesses. Germans had Jewish employees. Their children attended the same schools. They all went to the same clubs, the same restaurants, and played sports together. Friendships were common and natural.

Less than ten years later, how do you, an ordinary citizen, accept that a family of neighbors is removed on trains to concentration camps? How do you accept that your Jewish friend's neighborhood business is closed, with the owners removed from society, without any protest?

Hate speech, the book Mein Kampf, defamation, repression, dictatorship, censorship, and Goebbels' massive propaganda, no matter how devilishly brilliant they may have been, in my view, were never enough to explain the contempt of almost a whole society for the lives of other human beings.

For something of these proportions to occur, it is not enough for there to merely be a dictatorship. It needs a totalitarian state where the population is in harmony with the dictatorial government. It needs a people that collaborates by denouncing, helping, and not caring about the evil in front of them. For this, the population needs to understand the opposite: that evil is good.

Now, by studying the history of previous pandemics, I have discovered some clues to try to solve the mystery. It became a little clearer when I read a scientific paper that analyzes the typhus pandemic within the Warsaw Ghetto. I had never read anything about the conflict from this point of view.

Published in 2020, already during the COVID-19 pandemic, the study sets out to explain how the disease, which killed between 10 and 40 percent of those infected, was controlled in the ghetto. The neighborhood, surrounded by walls, housed 400,000 people in a small, densely populated space in 1940.

The article "Extraordinary curtailment of massive typhus epidemic in the Warsaw Ghetto", published in the journal Science Advances, was done by Australian researchers from RMIT University Melbourne.

The study is interesting and focuses exclusively on internal actions, from social distancing to combs used to fight lice. It does not set out to analyze the ordinary citizen of Germany in historical context. However, the Australian scientists, in the introduction, bring in underreported information from the external perspective, from outside the ghetto, during the era.

Archaeology

Giant predatory dinosaur discovered with tiny arms, but it's not related to T. rex

Meraxes gigas dinosaur tiny arms not t. rex
© Carlos Papolio
An artist's impression of Meraxes gigas.
Researchers have discovered a new species of giant dinosaur that has been called Meraxes gigas: just like the Tyrannosaurus rex, M. gigas has very short forelimbs, and it seems that both of these massive dino theropods evolved the trait separately.

Not only are T. rex and M. gigas a long way apart on the evolutionary tree, the newly discovered species became extinct during the Late Cretaceous period, some 20 million years before T. rex even appeared on the scene.

M. gigas belongs to a group known as the carcharodontosaurids, large and predatory theropod dinosaurs, characterized by hollow bones and limbs with three main digits. They're some of the biggest predators to ever stomp across Earth.

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MindMatters: Plato and Kim Jong-Un Walk Into a Bar: Talking Timeaus and the Bible with Russell Gmirkin

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Russell Gmirkin is back to talk about his blockbuster latest book: Plato's Timaeus and the Biblical Creation Accounts: Cosmic Monotheism and Terrestrial Polytheism in the Primordial History. Join us as we discuss the book's mind-bending conclusions: Plato's Timaeus and Critias were sources for much of the biblical primordial history, from the creation of the cosmos and mortal creatures, to Eden, the Flood and the Nephilim. Genesis reflects Plato's cosmic monotheism and terrestrial polytheism, which devolved into Exodus-Judges' monolatry. Plato was also perhaps the first totalitarian political theorist. And his legacy lives on today.


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Oldest European human fossil possibly found in Spain

Jaw Bone Testing
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Until now, the oldest hominid fossil found in Europe was a jawbone which was determined to be 1.2 million years old.
A jawbone fragment discovered in northern Spain last month could be the oldest known fossil of a human ancestor found to date in Europe, Spanish paleontologists said Friday.

The researchers said the fossil found at an archaeological site on June 30 in northern Spain's Atapuerca mountain range is around 1.4 million years old.

Until now, the oldest hominid fossil found in Europe was a jawbone found at the same site in 2007 which was determined to be 1.2 million years old.

Atapuerca contains one of the richest records of prehistoric human occupation in Europe.

Researchers will now have to "complete" their first estimate for the age of the jawbone fragment using scientific dating techniques, palaeoanthropologist Jose-Maria Bermudez de Castro, the co-director of the Atapuerca research project, said during a news conference.

But since the jawbone fragment was found some two meters below the layer of earth where the jawbone in 2007 was found, "it is logical and reasonable to think it is older," he added.

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First ever prayer beads from medieval Britain discovered at Lindisfarne

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The first ever example of prayer beads from medieval Britain has been discovered on the island of Lindisfarne
The first ever example of prayer beads from medieval Britain has been discovered on the island of Lindisfarne, one of Britain's most historic ancient sites, to the excitement of archaeologists.

Dating from the 8th to 9th century AD, they were made from salmon vertebrae. With fish an important symbol of early Christianity, they were clustered around the neck of one of the earliest skeletons - possibly one of the monks buried within the famous early medieval monastery.

Archaeologists are seeking to unearth the lost history of Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland. It was established by the Kings of Northumbria in the 7th century as an important religious centre and became the scene of the first major Viking raid on Britain in the 8th century.