Thursday 18th of April 2024

brass tacks and corruption in europe....

Be serious now. If you woke up to Good Morning America and heard Vladimir Putin personally shot JFK with a Makarov pistol from the grassy knoll, would you be surprised? After all, Russia’s president surely rules the world already. And, he’s superhuman, too. He’s survived cancers, brain disorders, Russian uprisings and revolutions. Okay, the uprisings and revolutions were just figments of Washington’s imagination, but the other stuff is real, aren’t they? So, Putin being the cause of European corruption is no surprise.

 

Phil Butler Breaking! Putin Found “Not Guilty” of Corrupting the Corrupt of Europe

 

negotiations between germany and russia are possible....

Negotiations between Germany and Russia are possible but only after Moscow gives up on its goals in the Ukraine conflict, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday. The German leader told the newspaper TAZ that he would only talk with President Vladimir Putin if Russia “abandoned” its campaign.

When Russia started its military operation against Kiev in February 2022, it cited the need to protect the people of Donbass, eradicate Nazi ideology in Ukraine, and prevent Ukraine from joining NATO.

On Saturday, Scholz reiterated his pledge to “support Ukraine for as long as it is necessary.” When asked about when he thinks the conflict could end, the chancellor replied that “nobody can answer this question.”

of chemical weapons....

On 22 February this year, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) issued an opinion from the Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) that found ISIL* responsible for the use of chemical weapons (CW) in the Syrian town of Mari in September 2015.

Despite the fact that it took the OPCW more than 8 years to state a known fact, the conclusion uses cautious language such as “there is reason to believe” that “only ISIL* could have had the intent, motive and capability” to use CW at this location.

genocide inc.....

In the document (45 pages) of August 31, 2022 following an investigation in Xinjiang by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), chaired by Michelle Bachelet, the word “genocide” does not appear once. times.

On March 7, 2023, during the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council at the UN, Volker Türk, High Commissioner who succeeds Michelle Bachelet, presented his annual report. In a broad overview of countries, China is mentioned in three sentences. The word “genocide” does not appear there.

On November 16, 2023, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights published a text on Gaza where the word “genocide” is used seven times.

the third detritus depot from the sun...

Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX recently secured a classified contract to build an extensive network of “spy satellites” for an undisclosed U.S. intelligence agency, with one source telling Reuters that “no one can hide” under the prospective network’s reach.

 

perseverance in disaster.....

Retired UK general Sir Richard Barrons has told the BBC that there is “a serious risk” of Ukraine losing the conflict with Russia this year. With ammunition and manpower running low, Barrons warned that Ukrainian forces may be unable to hold back a major Russian offensive this summer.

“We are seeing Russia batter away at the front line, employing a five-to-one advantage in artillery, ammunition, and a surplus of people reinforced by the use of newish weapons,” Barrons told the British broadcaster.

have a rotten birthday....

NATO has been sold to the world as some kind of international security agency. How Orwellian can you get? Peace means war, security means chaos and threats, and rules-based order means domination and exploitation.

This week marks the 75th anniversary of NATO’s founding in April 1949. The organization has become a global danger to peace and security and should have been disbanded more than 30 years ago when the Cold War supposedly ended. That the alliance was not disbanded attests that its real purpose was always to serve as a weapon for U.S.-led Western imperialism.

Barely four years after the end of World War Two – the greatest calamity in world history – and amid the ruins of a devastated Europe and Asia, Western imperialism was once again reinventing its nefarious internal forces.

a democratic cure?.....

Is An American Parliament the Answer to Our Rotting Democracy?

Professor Max Stearns argues for a new system of government that would see the U.S. catch up with the rest of the world’s democratic systems.

 

do we need more intelligence?.....

After watching the five (if I can still count) idiotes on The View talking about the recent solar eclipse, one can hope that Artificial Intelligence is more intelligent than these cackling crapping geese…

Having written a small book (very limited release to protect a trade mark) on AI (artificial Intelligence) nearly 10 years ago, I, Gus Leonisky, can say that even Wooldridge at RI, gets it right and wrong.

Well, he is right with his update on the present caper, now… BUT IS HE AFRAID OF THE NEXT?

Machine learning and machine reasoning are not new concept…

no hesitations....?

Atomic war is possible. World peace hangs on the finger of the United States, blackmailed by Ukrainian "integral nationalists" and Israeli "revisionist Zionists". If Washington doesn’t deliver weapons to massacre the Russians and Gazans, they won’t hesitate to launch Armageddon.

 

Is the possibility of a World War real?

by Serge Marchand , Thierry Meyssan

 

The wars in Ukraine and Gaza have led several leading politicians to compare the current period with the 1930s, and to raise the possibility of a World War. Are these fears justified, or are they just fear-mongering?

To answer this question, we’re going to summarize events that are unknown to everyone, though well known to specialists. We shall do so dispassionately, at the risk of appearing indifferent to these horrors.

the lobbying by the fossil fuel industry and by military "experts" cost us dearly.....

The major obstacle to lobbying reform is that for members of parliament, their staff and senior officials, lobbying provides a very lucrative income when they leave parliament, the military or the public service. So they refuse to act on the lobbying scourge.

 

The lobbying scourge    By John Menadue

 

Submission to Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee re Lobbying, February 8, 2024.

Regulation of the way we manage lobbying in Australia is an even more important issue than a National Integrity Commission.

outgunned..... the general needs to justify his shirt-ironing bill....

Russia will outgun Ukraine 10 to one in weeks if the US fails to approve the additional funding for military aid that has stalled in Congress, the commander of US forces in Europe warned today. 

The head of US European Command and NATO's supreme allied commander, Army General Christopher Cavoli, informed the House Armed Services Committee that Russia’s artillery advantage over Ukraine will soon double, permitting Ukraine to only fire back one shell in response to 10 Russian ones.

"The situation is extremely serious,” he stressed, adding, “The biggest killer on the battlefield is artillery … and should Ukraine run out, they would run out because we stopped supplying."

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