Tuesday 16th of August 2022

Gus Leonisky's blog

we were once the backward ones — and soon to be again?..….

An old missionary student of China once remarked that Chinese history is “remote, monotonous, obscure, and-worst of all-there is too much of it.” China has the longest continuous history of any country in the world—3,500 years of written history. And even 3,500 years ago China’s civilization was old! This in itself is discouraging to the student, particularly if we think of history as a baffling catalogue of who begat somebody, who succeeded somebody, who slew somebody, with only an occasional concubine thrown in for human interest. But taken in another way, Chinese history can be made to throw sharp lights and revealing shadows on the story of all mankind—from its most primitive beginnings, some of which were in Asia, to its highest point of development in philosophy and religion, literature and art.

what about cooking a pizza for peace?…….

Australia must develop its own long-range missiles to meet rising challenges to regional security, opposition defence spokesman Andrew Hastie has said, as tensions across the Taiwan Strait continue unfolding.

Mr Hastie said on Sunday that Australia had to develop greater deterrents to challenges, such as from a rising China with “expansionist ambitions”.

“We need missiles that can reach out and touch an adversary,” Mr Hastie said.


BY James Robertson


“We need to partner (with America) to develop our own sovereign missiles, sovereign missiles Australian-owned, Australian-delivered, if required.”

your truth has been erased……...

Most of the fact-checking organizations Facebook has partnered with to monitor and regulate information about Ukraine are directly funded by the U.S. government, either through the U.S. Embassy or via the notorious National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an information war as bitter as the ground fighting has erupted, and Meta (Facebook’s official name) announced it had partnered with nine organizations to help it sort fact from fiction for Ukrainian, Russian and other Eastern European users. These nine organizations are: StopFake, VoxCheck, Fact Check Georgia, Demagog, Myth Detector, Lead Stories, Patikrinta 15min, Re:Baltica and Delfi.


how to blow up a pipeline of cash…...

In America – as in Europe – there is fear and anger at system disintegration

The train wreck has been expected for so long that we have become comfortable living under its shadow. Life went on; markets were sanguine that the market lifestyle subsidy provided by the Central Banks would continue unabated. And not without good reason either: Any trader disappointment at Central Bank action, any dip in markets, brought forth a collective market hissy fit that usually strong-armed the Central Banks into immediate appeasement. We were hard pressed to imagine differently.



the travellers (US: travelers)……..

I’m interested in stories that go uncovered and undercovered. Fewer stories are less obscured today than life in Russia under Western sanctions. I’m especially interested in stories that are so imbued with spin and propaganda that the news media has abandoned all pretense of objectivity. That’s certainly true about the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

meanwhile at the emission reductions

Leader of the opposition, Peter Dutton stated that the Coalition opposition would not vote for the 43% emissions reduction legislation put up by the Albanese government, despite agitation by the few remaining moderates in his party. As it turned out the opposition did vote against it. However, Tasmanian Bridget Archer crossed the floor to vote with the government to pass the legislation, not that she needed to do so.

plenty of gas in australia, except for australians…….

BY Houses And Holes — David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal. 


remembering the good old days of real diplomacy.,….

Please note the article on the left of the cartoon that mentions "nazis" and "war".......



remembering when ukraine was corrupt in 2014 — and still is in 2022…….


The International Monetary Fund's board this week [May 2014] signed off on a $17 billion bailout for Ukraine, whose economy has been weakened by months of upheaval and a stand-off with Russia.

Ukraine's previous two IMF programs were suspended after the government did not stick to earlier promises, such as raising natural gas prices. This time, the IMF required Kiev to implement 12 reforms before receiving any money.

The following highlights some of the IMF's new requirements:

Energy Sector


The question we have to ask is why do the US want to weaken Russia as clearly stated in the Rand Organisation reports.…

Is Russia going to take over the world? Rob the Western world? Nope……

Is Russia going to bomb the USA? Nope……..

Is Russia too aloof to be a vassal of the Empire? No, but it values its independence…….

Do the US need to define enemies like Russia and China to fuel its now existence? Unfortunately yep… 


prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner…..

President Joe Biden, to his credit, did not come out swaggering at his press conference announcing that the C.I.A. had just killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri. But he did make the dubious assertation that the assassination somehow “made us all safer.”

In reality, this killing will not end the war on terror, and is unlikely to make us safer. And meanwhile, the Biden administration and other top U.S. officials are taking actions that do threaten our security. 

The U.S. is still spending billions of dollars arming Ukraine against Russia, while numerous experts around the world are discussing openly how the war escalates the danger of a nuclear exchange between the world’s two largest nuclear weapons states.


reawakening of the hapless clowns in europe?…….

Finally, at long last, it appears the European Union may come to its senses. All it took was for German elites to understand they’re about to lose billions and risk upheaval. News from the IMF that halted gas supplies to the country will cost Europe’s largest economy 1.5 percent of its GDP in 2022 scares the Olaf Scholz puppet worse than communist smart girl Sahra Wagenknecht. Which has me wondering, was communism that bad, after all?

And if Germany sees the light and laments the utter idiocy of the Washington-led war on the Russians? Well, it’s a bit predictable if you think about it. The alternative, a global thermonuclear war that would take London, Paris, and Berlin down first, also seems less likely. That would kill off generations of bred mediocrity. But, what to expect next?


BY Phil Butler


gender benders…...

Hungarians have decided they do not need any more genders, but would like to see “more Chuck Norris,” the country’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban told an American crowd on Thursday.

Addressing this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in Dallas, Texas, Orban touched upon a range of his signature issues, including immigration, globalism, and woke culture. “[Hungarians] decided we don't need more genders — we need more rangers,” Orban said. 

“Less drag queens and more Chuck Norris!” he added, referring to the famous American martial artist and actor.

Orban delivered his remarks to rally the crowd ahead of the keynote speech of former US President Donald Trump, scheduled for Saturday. On Tuesday, he visited Trump at the latter’s golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

inside knowledge…….

Since 2000, nearly 100 former lawmakers have become lobbyists for countries like Saudi Arabia and China in Washington.

Earlier this month, a bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress that, among other important provisions to combat undue foreign influence in politics, would ban former members of Congress from lobbying on behalf of foreign governments. 

New Quincy Institute research finds that this congressional action is long overdue as the revolving door from Congress to lobbying on behalf of foreign interests has been spinning feverishly.


horses for courses……….

By the time a cell senses that it’s been infected by a virus, it generally knows it is doomed. Soon, it will be busted up by the body’s immunological patrol or detonated by the invader itself. So the moribund cell plays its trump card: It bleats out microscopic shrieks that danger is nigh.


The Coronavirus Has One Strategy We Can’t Vaccinate Against

It may be getting better at dodging one of the immune system’s main defenses.

By Katherine J. Wu


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