"Those who recognize the stupidity and fickleness of the masses will not be remotely surprised by anything they do." -- Nicolas Poussin
"The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority." -- Martin Luther King Jr. (A Knock at Midnight, June 11, 1967)
In it, an Arizona polling clerk describes a situation that sounds like, at best, massive levels of incompetence.
At worst? It does sound like things were intentionally done in an incorrect fashion.
“At the end of the night, one of the poll workers started feeding more ballots into the tabulator,” the clerk described. “The troubleshooter stopped her immediately, but we didn’t know how many ballots had been fed into the machine, mixing read ballots with unread.
Why does the (usually groundless) accusation anti-Semitism always work? How does it transform prominent, accomplished men and women into compliant lickspittles and toadies, willing to throw their own principles, people, or religious convictions under the bus in order to appease their Jewish persecutors? Jews, at least since WW II, have mastered a delicate balancing act whereby they manage to deflect criticism while behind the scenes they plundered their unwitting host nations. The first plank was pity – how could you attack the most cruelly persecuted people in history, persecuted for no reason whatsoever? As Israeli writer Ari Shavit put it: “We may murder with impunity because the Holocaust museum is on our side”. The other protective force field was raw power, a power often deployed via osmosis whereby it was simply known or inferred that you crossed them at your peril. It’s a tricky balancing act given that it seeks to reconcile two diametrically opposed control vectors. After all how can you pity (and thereby hold to lower standards) a people who can and will destroy you at the drop of a (small) hat? Be that as it may they’ve been staggeringly successful at it up to now.
But is that about to change? I ask because some recent developments have snatched away the carefully-nurtured mask of self-pity, replacing it with an exercise in raw power so comprehensive and vindictive as to raise questions among even the most slack-jawed media-addicted normies. I wrote about Ye in the previous post and the reaction to his straying off the reservation after which his business interests and his musical career were destroyed in quick order.
I’m going to try to keep this simple. That’s because, when it comes to money, I’m a simpleton. I want a cigar, I pay for a cigar. I don’t discuss the fine points of crypto with the clerk at the cash register.
Israeli forces on Monday uprooted and destroyed some 2,000 olive trees in the Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan in the northern occupied West Bank, according to local media.
Ibrahim Assi, the mayor of Qarawat Bani Hassan, said soldiers stormed al-Awarid, an area north of the village, declared it a closed military zone, then proceeded to bulldoze the area, of around 300 dunams (o.3 square km), in an operation that lasted for more than five hours.
Assi said Israeli forces destroyed stone walls, "stole the olive trees they uprooted", and sprayed chemical pesticides over olive, grape and almond saplings.
"Occupation forces are carrying out another ugly massacre against olive trees," after having uprooted 3,000 trees in the Deir Ballout town, west of Salfit, in January 2021, Assi was quoted as saying.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday extended his support for Ukraine at the G20 summit while confirming a long-planned order for warships from BAE Systems.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime would hear the chorus of global opposition to its actions, Sunak said.
"Russia's actions put all of us at risk," he said at the summit in Bali, Indonesia. "As we give the Ukrainian people the support they need, we are also harnessing the breadth and depth of UK expertise to protect ourselves and our allies."
Sunak also announced a 4.2 billion pound ($4.94 billion) contract to BAE Systems to build five ships for the Royal Navy, a government statement said.
On 14 November, the Lebanese daily newspaper Al-Akhbarrevealed that the pro-Israel NGO, UN Watch, has targeted the livelihood of dozens of employees from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for “the crime of supporting the Palestinian cause.”
According to the report, UN Watch has worked on the defamation of at least 120 teachers and employees of the UN body responsible for providing aid to Palestinian refugees in West Asia.
Their reports between September 2015 and June 2022, included social media footage and posts of what they classified as “anti-Semitic” or “promoting terrorism.” Additionally, the reports accused them of inciting violence and breaking the guidelines of the UN.
The pro-Israeli NGO is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and has been accredited by the UN. According to its self-defined goals, UN Watch aims to advocate against “antisemitism and anti-Israeli prejudice at the UN,” in addition to voicing protest against dictatorships.
Alex Bornyakov, deputy minister of digital transformation of Ukraine, took to Twitter Monday night to officially deny a conspiracy theory around the country's crypto fundraising effort.
"A fundraising crypto foundation @_AidForUkraine used @FTX_Official to convert crypto donations into fiat in March. Ukraine's gov never invested any funds into FTX. The whole narrative that Ukraine allegedly invested in FTX, who donated money to Democrats is nonsense, frankly," Bornyakov tweeted, ending with a "facepalm" emoji.
Last week, a theory spread on Twitter and right-wing websites suggesting the U.S. government's massive aid to the besieged nation rebounded to the U.S. Democratic party via the failed FTX crypto exchange, which was an official partner of Ukrainian government for the crypto fundraising campaign.
FTX filed for bankruptcy last week following CoinDesk's report that the balance sheet of FTX sister company Alameda Research held a surprisingly large amount of FTT, an exchange token issued by FTX. Soon after that, FTT tanked, spiraling a crisis of liquidity on the exchange and a collapse in the company's value.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the aggressive head of the Jewish advocacy group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recently attacked some comments on the Israel relationship made by former President Donald Trump, who prefaced his remarks by accurately observing that “No President has done more for Israel than I have.” Greenblatt nevertheless complained in a tweet that “We don’t need the former president, who curries favor with extremists and antisemites, to lecture us about the US-Israel relationship. It is not about a quid pro quo; it rests on shared values and security interests. This ‘Jewsplaining’ is insulting and disgusting.”
Greenblatt’s perpetual whine is also “insulting and disgusting” but he possesses little in the way of introspection or restraint. He and his predecessors in the Jewish lobby have historically been largely successful in selling a load of self-serving nonsense about why the United States has become a client state that has its Middle Eastern foreign policy run out of Tel Aviv by a racist regime. US political and national security interests in the region have been subordinated to those of Israel. Washington provides political cover for anything Israel chooses to do and, the ultimate absurdity, the American taxpayer gifts a relatively wealthy Israel with $3 billion in “aid” per year plus other trade and co-production benefits.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Monday renewed its attacks on Iranian-Kurdish targets inside Iraq's Kurdistan region with missiles and drones, killing two Kurdish fighters in the town of Koya, a local official told Middle East Eye.
Iranian forces attacked the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I) near Koya and launched a drone attack on the headquarters of the Komala Toilers Party of Kurdistan in Zargwez, near Sulaymaniyah, the PDK-I said in a statement.
'The regime is trying to divert attention from its failure to oppress the people, and hence it is taking revenge on Iran’s opposition Kurdish parties'
- Mohammed Saleh Qadri, KPD-I
“According to the information that we have received from the medical centre, two of our comrades have been martyred, and five or six others were wounded," PDK-I representative in Erbil, Mohammed Saleh Qadri, told MEE.
U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) responded to questions from reporters Monday about whether she would endorse former President Donald Trump (R) for president again by saying that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is the current leader of the Republican Party.
The service on Oct. 21 and Nov. 2 issued contracts funded by Congress’ supplemental appropriation to support Ukraine.
“These awards demonstrate the significant impact GMLRS are having on the battlefield as a vital combat capability for our international partners,” William LaPlante, the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said in a Nov. 14 statement. “They are great examples of contracting approaches we are using to more rapidly accelerate award timelines and ultimately deliver capability.”
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Sunday that she believes some sanctions will remain on Russia even if Moscow reaches a peace deal with Kyiv, demonstrating that the US wants to keep pressure on Russia’s economy for the long term.
In the wake of Russia announcing it was withdrawing from Kherson, there has been more talk about opening up negotiations to end the fighting in Ukraine. Yellen said that while some sanctions "adjustment" was possible, the US would want to maintain pressure on Russia.
"I suppose in the context of some peace agreement, adjustment of sanctions is possible and could be appropriate," Yellen said in Indonesia, where she is attending the G20 summit. "We would probably feel, given what’s happened, that probably some sanctions should stay in place."
The US-led sanctions campaign against Russia has largely backfired on the West, with Europe facing soaring energy prices while Moscow’s oil profits exceeded to levels higher than before the war. In an effort to curb Russia’s profits, Yellen has led a G7 push to implement a price cap on Russian oil, which is supposed to take effect in December.
FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has listed his Bahamas penthouse for sale at $39,500,000 following the collapse of his net worth when his crypto exchange imploded.
The 12,000 square-ft, five bedroom residence is located in the luxury Albany resort was listed last week, according to Semafor, however the realtor declined to name the owner. That said, people close to current and former FTX employees who have been at the residence confirmed that it was SBF's pad.
We reported earlier on Monday that Turkey has made an arrest for the terror bombing of a busy tourist hub in central Istanbul which left six people dead and dozens more injured.
But soon after the rare deadly attack which Turkey quickly blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) - and despite no official initial claims of responsibility - Ankara officials used the incident to air broader geopolitical grievances.
Russia has called for lifting discriminatory obstacles on global energy markets and establishing a fair dialogue between energy suppliers and consumers at the G20 summit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
"We have called against politicization of these issues, first and foremost, the use of energy issues in settling political scores, as the EU has been demonstrating over years in regard to the Nord Stream pipelines," Lavrov said.
"We have urged the G20 to address specific issues, such as the lifting any discriminatory and artificial obstacles on global energy markets and proposed that a free and fair dialogue be finally established between energy suppliers and consumers," he said.
It has also "demonstrated Russia's capacity for the provision of stability on global grain markets, above all wheat, in addition to global fertilizer markets," Lavrov said.
"We have pointed to the obstacles that remain on this path despite the agreement reached within the framework of the secretary-general's package initiative, according to which the UN will be lifting impediments to the exports of our fertilizers and grain," he said.
To get to where they are, imperial powers will deceive, dissimulate and distort. The US imperium, that most awesome of devilish powers, has tentacled itself across the globe, often unbeknownst to its own citizens.
In a report released by the New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center of Justice titled Secret War: How the US Uses Partnerships and Proxy Forces to Wage War Under the Radar, there is little to shock, though much to be concerned about. The author of the report contends that the list of countries supplied by the Pentagon on US military partnerships is a savagely clipped one. The list is so wrong that 17 countries have been omitted.
NBC News national correspondent Miguel Almaguer hasn't appeared on the network in 11 days since his explosive report on the Paul Pelosi attack was retracted, but he and NBC News have remained silent since the scrubbing of his report suggesting the House Speaker’s husband may not have been in danger when police arrived.
The ordeal has puzzled NBC News insiders, with some believing the report was squashed because it went against the mainstream narrative. A former senior NBC News executive who worked with Almaguer believes the network needs to explain what’s going on.
"NBC News must be more transparent with its viewers about this error. Who wrote Miguel’s script? Who approved the script? Are he and his producers suspended during an internal investigation? NBC’s silence on this matter speaks volumes. NBC owes it to its audience to be truthful and not cover this up," the former executive said.
The Jan 6 Committee tweeted out a statement tonight threatening President Trump for not complying with their subpoena.
This unconstitutional gang of criminals in the House wants to punish President Trump for uncovering their corruption and criminal actions going back years. They hate him for shining a light on their crimes.
America needs to stand up and call out these criminals on the Jan 6 Committee. They were accomplices to the deaths of four innocent Americans on Jan 6 and the stolen 2020 Election. This is why they never covered these crimes during their hearings.
Now they want to indict the President of the United States on more made-up crimes. They are sick.
Citing unnamed administration officials, the report said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan disagree with Milley and don’t think it’s time to make a serious push for peace talks.
According to a report from POLITICO, the Biden administration has been reassuring Ukraine that peace talks with Russia don’t need to happen anytime soon after Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said this winter will provide an opportunity for diplomacy.
Milley said last week that Russia and Ukraine might recognize that victory “is maybe not achievable through military means, and therefore you need to turn to other means.” He expects fighting will slow down this winter, and the moment for peace talks could be “seized.”
Citing unnamed US and Ukrainian officials, the POLITICO report said that US officials have conveyed to Ukraine that Washington was not trying to undercut Kyiv’s stated war goals of driving Russia out of all the territory it has captured. The US also said that just because there may be a pause in fighting this winter, that doesn’t mean peace talks need to happen.
Atop priority for the Biden administration when the Russia‐Ukraine War erupted was to secure maximum international support for a strategy to penalize and isolate Moscow. It is clear that the strategy has failed outside of NATO and Washington’s string‐of‐pearls military alliances in East Asia. The “Global South” has been spectacularly unreceptive to taking sides in the Russia‐Ukraine conflict, much to the administration’s frustration.
U.S. officials have not reacted well to the wary, quasi‐neutral stance adopted by key powers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Instead, administration leaders (as well as key members of Congress) have become ever more insistent, angry, and even vengeful, thereby further alienating those countries. Washington’s handling of relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Saudi Arabia, and Turkey highlights the policy clumsiness.