The Euros And Ukraine

During Covid, one of the questions that kicked around was how would the public react when they found out the government was lying? The answer is we do not know as the whole thing has been thrown down the memory hole for the most part. The truth about Covid has slowly seeped into the public consciousness, but no one asks them about it and no media outlet discusses it. The best anyone can tell is that the Covid lies have become a part of the general cynicism.

We will soon get another case to see how the public will respond when the truth is nothing like what they have been told by the media. In the case of Project Ukraine, this test will happen in Europe where the local media talks about the war in Ukraine in terms that have always been fanciful. It was European media that gave us the “Ghost of Kiev” and the babushkas knocking down fighter jets with canned goods. They continue to feed their public outlandish stories about the war.

Those with an interest in the war and access to the internet can find out what is actually happening on the battlefield. The facts are often blurred by the fog of war and the bias of the people doing the reporting, but with some patience you can get a good picture of what is happening in Ukraine. It is even possible to get a sense of what is happening outside the war zone as there are still plenty of Ukrainians posting stuff to popular apps like Telegram and Instagram.

Very little of this reality gets into Europeans media. Instead, they produce content like this from the UK Telegraph, which is supposed to be a serious media platform, not the typical British tabloid. Not only are they “reporting” that Ukrainian “wonder weapons are decimating the Russians”, but they also have a special section with high production quality explanations of those wonder weapons. In other words, this is a highly choregraphed bit of propaganda designed to deceive the public.

The wonder weapon stuff is mild compared to some of the other posts you will find about Ukraine in the Telegraph. This one claims the Ukrainians are about to seize Crimea because their squadrons of unicorns are showering the place with magical fairy dust they shoot from their ass. That is not an exaggeration, as magical farting unicorns would be more plausible than the contents of the actual post. The whole thing is a fantasy with no basis in reality.

It is not just the UK media that is gaslighting the public. The German media is full of similarly nonsensical stories. Here is the Ukraine page for Bild, which you can use Google to translate into English. Die Zeit is probably the most respected news site in Germany, and it just copies and pastes whatever Kiev, or the neocons send them about what is happening in the war. While not as ridiculous as the UK media, the continental media is gaslighting its public just as hard.

The problem is the war is going horribly for Ukraine. The Russian army is slowly and methodically grinding the Ukraine army into bits. Every month the Ukrainians are forced to fall back at some point along the line of contact. The Russians have knocked out the power grid of the country, which means there is no electric for up to twenty hours per day in some areas. The Ukrainian army is literally snatching men off the streets and sending them to the front due to a lack of manpower.

What Ukraine war watchers have known for a long time is that at some point, the Ukraine army will not be able to keep fighting. At some point, the Russians will decide it is time to end the war on its terms. Given that this is a proxy war between Washington and Moscow, the assumption is the fall is when things come to a head, just in time for the presidential election. Maybe it will happen sooner or maybe later, but at some point, reality will burst through those European headlines.

From a distance, it is hard to know if the firehose of nonsense about the war is fooling the European public. The recent elections suggest that at the minimum the public is tired of the ruling parties putting the welfare of Ukraine ahead of the welfare of the European people. It is possible that the Euros have been wise to the media nonsense about Ukraine, but simply care more about other things. Like Covid, it is hard to know as no one bothers to find out what the public thinks.

Unlike Covid, the collapse of Project Ukraine is not going to be easy to sweep under the rug by ignoring it. With Covid, the liars scurried off with their bags of cash and the pols declared victory as they let their foot off the neck of the public. The general public was simply happy to get back to normal. That is probably not going to work with Ukraine as there is no benefit to putting the topic in the past. There will simply be what the media claimed to be true and the truth, which is the opposite.

Compounding the problem in Europe is the fact that the leading politicians have made Ukraine their signature issue. In the U.S., the pols have been giving it a good leaving alone for a year now, other than the big funding push in February. Note that as soon as that bill passed, they changed the subject. In Europe, the political class has made Ukraine a test of their legitimacy. Therefore, when the Ukraine army surrenders, they cannot shrug and move on to other issues.

One of the lessons of the Soviet era was that the accumulation of lies eventually saps even the most repressive regime of legitimacy. The Soviet system fell apart when no one could think of a reason to support it, not even the people at the top of the system who benefitted from it the most. In this way, Ukraine and Covid may be analogous to Afghanistan and Chernobyl. These are events that delegitimize the system by making clear that nothing it says or does is on the level.


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OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
1 month ago

Sorry Z Man, but the epic evil behind Covid completely dominates that being perpetrated in the Ukraine. Here in The Isles, nobody much seems to care about the “GAE-initiated-proxy-war-with-Russia”. It is rarely mentioned by those whose company I frequent. The only time people seemed to care was when petrol prices went from around £1.40 per litre to £1.99. That was bad. As you, and all readers here well know, Covid was orders of magnitude was than the Ukraine thing. The lies and distortion were epic and had direct effects and everybody, everywhere, for the best part of two years. If… Read more »

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

No doubt Covid dwarfs the Ukraine folly (at least prior to Canned Sunshine bringing about a New Morning in America), but as I read it Z was talking about the cumulative effect of the two.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

Jack, I’m not really even sure that for anyone except Dissidents, there’ll be much of a cumulative effect. Most have accepted the memory-holing, and so the Uke lies will simply be taken as one isolated incident. That is to say that most people only care about the Government’s present lies, if they care at all. I also read it the way the way you mentioned, but I just feel that the two events are so beyond compare with regards to magnitude, that Covid itself ought to have been enough. But it wasn’t. That said, not sure if I’ve articulated myself… Read more »

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

You have a point. Low information voters will buy into the inevitable excuse that the Ukraine conflict could have been won if we had only given more aid faster to Ukraine.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

Losers usually salve themselves with rationalizations and excuses. And the losing publics of the West will do just that with the official rationalizations and excuses put on offer by the ruling class. Easier to do that than face unpleasant truths.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

 Most have accepted the memory-holing

No doubt, but that is piling up dry cordwood ready for the spark from an economic implosion. I’ve never thought the catastrophes alone were sufficient to cause much reaction sans deprivation. The it is game on.

As always, you’ve articulated yourself quite well. I just see the memoryholing as making what the future holds all the worse. I look at Covid the same way as child abuse is described: shoved into the recesses of memory until the time something causes it to come to the fore again.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

Jack,

You analogy to child abuse, whilst unpleasant, is apt. It’s a good way to describe the phenomenon. And I agree.

??what??
??what??
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

“Most have accepted the memory-holing” It was more than that. During covid I was following a number of anti-vax blogs. As soon as the vax mandates went away, there was an effort to brow-beat everyone into “forgiveness” by a number of the regular posters. This is something very wrong with the psychology of the right in general. In addition to gullibility and pathological altruism, there is this phenomenon of what I call “promiscuous forgiveness” whereby people who have not repented, and are still free to repeat their evils are given a free pass by virtue signalers who love to point… Read more »

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  ??what??
1 month ago

whereby people who have not repented, and are still free to repeat their evils are given a free pass by virtue signalers who love to point out how forgiving they are. Exactly. And many of these promiscuous forgivers are, apparently, Christians. As Christ told us, if you rebuke your brother, and he repents, then forgiveness is the way. But as you mention, there is no repentance on the part of Leftists. Furthermore, Rightists mostly don’t recognise Evil – so they keep appeasing it. It is a truly Satanic situation. Naturally, when these people forgive, to show others how forgiving they… Read more »

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

Some of us are not Christians and we neither forget nor forgive.

Tired Citizen
Tired Citizen
Reply to  ??what??
1 month ago

And that’s why we lost our homeland. The unfortunate truth is that a certain amount of sociopathy is required to effectively rule, even for benevolent rulers. If by some miracle a few generations from now the “right” takes power again, the proper move is to round up all of the leftists, the white leftist women, all the problematic browns, and all of the tranny mutants and their pedophilia peddlers and tie them together. Then promptly ship them to the deepest part of the ocean, attach heavy weights and throw them over the side. Any pleas for mercy or cries for… Read more »

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

The main lesson that I take from C0v1d and Ukraine is that there are many smart people who cannot think for themselves. They just believe what they are told.

Whatever fine thoughts I might have had about representative government, where all people debate the important issues, I must conclude that most people, even many smart ones, just accept what they are told. Representative government, at least the part that involves debates that determine policy, seems to ask too much of many people.

Martin
Martin
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 month ago

I think you’re correct. This has been my experience of friends and family. The impact of covid was minimal for people who worked for companies who provided a furlough scheme – in fact it was a nice holiday. The nonsense with masks and social distancing was an annoyance – but I gave up trying to resist and just complied with when and where necessary. my observations of the vax was that lots of people just took it for granted that the government and health authorities had the public’s best interest at heart and so were happy to get jabbed thinking… Read more »

Dr_Mantis_Toboggan_MD
Member
1 month ago

Between this and the loss of the petro-dollar, the Satanic cabal that runs this empire is quickly losing credibility. Even normies are starting to see through the bluster. This is how revolutions start. The end of the Czarist regime started with the slaughter at the Battle of Tsushima, when the Russians lost 11 battleships when Admiral Togo and the Japanese Navy “crossed their T” in the narrow straits. Maybe a defeat in Ukraine does the same for Western regimes such as ours that seek the destruction of the people they rule with mass immigration, cultural debauchery such as sodomy, legal… Read more »

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
Reply to  Dr_Mantis_Toboggan_MD
1 month ago

Can someone explain to me whether Russia no longer accepting Dollars or Euros in their stock exchange is big, a nothing-burger, or simply another small domino to de-dollarization? I’m hearing conflicting takes and don’t have the background knowledge to make sense of it.

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 month ago

Another brick in the wall. Apparently a petro-dollar settlement agreement with the Saudis, dating back to 1974, just expired (have to confirm) and the first $50b of frozen Russian asset transfer to the “war effort” has been approved. This will not end well.

pyrrhus
pyrrhus
Reply to  SamlAdams
1 month ago

Yes, the petro dollar agreement expired…The US wants to renew it with new promises…but also wants the Saudis to recognize Israel..a likely deal killer…

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 month ago

I’m of the camp that the Saudis know they have the US by the short and curlies and are going to extract some real gains before they sign up again.

Say what you will about Arabs, but they are shrewd hagglers.

Maxda
Maxda
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 month ago

I don’t think they’ll ever sign that deal again. Not when they can now escape the constant American woke preaching and accept payment in any currency.

They’re already joining BRICS. If the are worried about security, they can work with the Russians, Indians, and Chinese. None of them have the unpleasant strings attached like American security agreements.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Maxda
1 month ago

The Saudis are hedging their bets. The demise of the petrodollar doesn’t preclude acceptance of dollars at all, which will be necessary for the foreseeable future, but allows flexibility for a future date when that no longer is the case. It seems a quite smart move.

Filthie
Filthie
Member
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

Agreed. And they can sign anything they want an renege on it later; it’s done all the time. With those guys, money talks and if Uncle Sam has the cash, they will take all kinds of shit of him the same way you and I would with big customers But Uncle Sam has other cards to play too. The Saudis are reliant on US weapon systems and a massive US market They will not throw that away. Nor would they earn ANY street cred among their simian peers by ditching Uncle Sam. Those guys have blood feuds that span centuries… Read more »

Jannie
Jannie
Reply to  Maxda
1 month ago

GAE’s regime change shenanigans in the Middle East this century no doubt have the House of Saud somewhat uneasy,

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Maxda
1 month ago

I would imagine as a condition of joining BRICS, the Saudis would have to agree to whatever financial transaction rules the BRICS institute. Given that oil is the only thing of value the Saudis have, I can’t imagine countries as smart as Russia and China would allow the Saudis to join without locking down oil in alternative currencies to the dollar. Non-BRICS countries may still have to use dollars, but I imagine China and India as well as other BRICS members represent a large chunk of Saudi oil buyers, and hence a large market of petrodollars going poof.

pyrrhus
pyrrhus
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 month ago

But the Saudis already have a deal with China buying oil in yuan, and that’s not going to be cancelled…

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 month ago

Well, let’s be honest, the Russians are still (sort of) accepting dollars for their oil and nat gas. Sure, you have to pay for them in rubles but how do you get those rubles? You exchange dollars and Euros for rubles, which means that Russia is still getting their dollars and Euros. Regardless, the Russians, Chinese, Indians, Saudis, etc., are slowly, every so slowly, trying to build an alternative trade/finance system to diminish the power of the dollar. That said, it will take time. Also, their biggest problem is that there’s not an alternative to build around. They’re setting up… Read more »

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

A distinction has to be made between elimination of the petrodollar and the current strength and prevalence of the dollar, no? The Saudis, it seems wisely, are still acknowledging the current supremacy of the dollar and transitioning to a time when it no longer is a necessity, however far off into the future that is.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

Absolutely. The entire world is looking at how to create alternative systems of trade and finance. It’s just going to take time. Also, the big problem remains that there’s no alternative to the dollar as the GRC.

However, there’s no doubt that countries are trying to move away from treasuries as the way to store dollars. The big buyers of treasuries now are US households, pension funds, insurance and banks – all of which are interest rate sensitive, btw.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

Oddly, or not so oddly, my fund management holds a percentage in gold for stability—more than Treasuries that pay 5%+.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

Only a relatively small amount of rubles are sold directly by Russia. The majority is through trade. Someone must sell goods to Russia and accept payment in rubles. They then use the rubles to buy Russian goods.

Countries who are participating in the sanctions can either sell goods to that country and accept rubles in payment, or can seek to trade for them in a currency market.

In any event, Russia is rewarding countries who don’t recognize the sanctions, or MNCs willing and able to work around them. They get the vig. Well played.

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Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

True, but that process is very inefficient. You can see why the world prefers one GRC. I don’t think that the BRICs want to get rid of the dollar as the GRC. I think that they just want enough alternative routes to make sanction ineffective. (Some back roads if the US bans them from the interstate.)

Now, if the US refuses to lift the sanctions after the war ends, the RoW will really need to look at building true, fully functional alternative systems. Can’t use back roads forever.

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

That’s all any fiat currency is: a claim on goods and services within the fiat’s area of control

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Evil Sandmich
1 month ago

Well, the dollar is used everywhere for trade and finance. Heck, you can even use it to buy a coffee or take an Uber in most countries.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

Much like Ukraine has taught Russia how to fight a modern war and test its tactics and equipment, the sanctions are teaching the world how to fight a financial/trade war. The Chinese, Russians, etc., are learning a lot of valuable lessons.

Project Ukraine has turned out to be a complete disaster to GAE, though the neocons, as always, are completely unaware of this fact.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

the sanctions are teaching the world how to fight a financial/trade war

This will be the biggest impact from this insanity unless, God forbid, it goes nuclear. The fact the D.C. Establishment either was unaware this could happen or didn’t care if it did is shocking, if shock even is possible now.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

To my surprise, this war really is turning into our Syracuse. It’s shown that the West can no longer project military power like it use to. Missiles, ineffective Western equipment, etc., mean that the US can’t push around countries. They can strike back – and hard.

But, yes, the ability to evade sanctions and not keep the economy alive but growing is a massive blow to the US. And that ability will only grow over time.

The two big weapons of the US – the military and trade/dollar sanctions – have proven to be beatable. It’s a new world.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

Haven’t heard much from the Eisenhower in the 2 weeks since a bunch of goat herders attacked it.

Zaphod
Zaphod
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

Captain Pedoface is still tweeting away handing out cookies on the bridge.

https://x.com/ChowdahHill

What makes really gets my goat (Barely used. So Houthis drove a hard bargain on it.) is that there’s a @#$%ing Rear Admiral on the same tub who doesn’t think his captain is acting like a circus clown.

Tired Citizen
Tired Citizen
Reply to  Dr_Mantis_Toboggan_MD
1 month ago

That MAY happen – albeit unlikely, and it certainly won’t happen within the next 100 years.

Tars Tarkas
Member
1 month ago

“Unlike Covid, the collapse of Project Ukraine is not going to be easy to sweep under the rug by ignoring it.” I don’t see how this could be true, especially in America. Ukraine is just some abstraction and has no impact on anyone here. Even all the money and weapons we are giving them remain abstractions. Nobody’s taxes went up because of it. We know we will pay the price eventually, but that remains in the future. Few are capable of understanding inflation being partially driven by the war in Ukraine (not to mention Covid). But Covid was far from… Read more »

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
1 month ago

Agreed. But, to strengthen your case with a correction, hundreds of thousands of small businesses were not just “deeply harmed,” but absolutely destroyed. I saw it happen. And the elimination of these small businesses redounded to the benefit of the Power Structure’s corporations, it goes without saying. I’m sure that was merely a coincidence…

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
1 month ago

Tars,

Excellent. I would upvote 10,000 times if I could. The evil perpetrated during Covid was so great in it’s scope, it may be the worst the world has ever seen; and I’m not being daft.

Consider: the entire planet went crazy for near on two years. Then, as you say, crickets. They all marched in lockstep, silencing dissent and discrediting people who were correctly skeptical.

Jack Boniface
Jack Boniface
Member
1 month ago

Have you heard of the latest Wunderwaffen that will bring Ukraine victory? In the Hartz mountains, NATO discovered a cave with V-2s and Me 262, refurbished them, and are transferring them to Ukraine this morning.

mmack
mmack
Reply to  Jack Boniface
1 month ago

Steiner’s assault will bring it under control”

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Jack Boniface
1 month ago

A Harz Rocket Cafe will soon open in Keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeev.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Jack Boniface
1 month ago

Cool, I hope to see the ME-262’s at an airshow soon. Oh this topic for the essay this morning is bringing back a very nasty argument last night between myself and a friend from Kiev. Summation: He’s livid that Trump won the primaries and that we didn’t do the smart thing and choose Nimrata over OMB. Because the pajeeta had a clear and concise plan for defeating Putler and Trump just wants to be seen shaking hands with another dictator and get his name in the paper. The more I attempted to explain to him that my countrymen have had… Read more »

Captain Willard
Captain Willard
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

Yes this is a common problem with foreign friends. “You Americans are so arrogant, thinking you can dictate to the world blah blah”. “Oh my God, how can you ignore the suffering in Kreplachistan!. Do something!”

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Captain Willard
1 month ago

Did we ever recover that warhead?

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Captain Willard
1 month ago

Can’t blame ’em since we seem to have the wherewithal to bomb everybody. It used to be when the Americans showed up they were bringing the Red Cross.

Speaking of Red Cross, a guy went into one of their shipping centers and started opening the supply trunks. Hundreds of these things, rooms full of them. Supposedly with bandages, or medicinals, blankets, what have you.

So he starts opening them at random. One after the other.
Money. Stacks and stacks and stacks of cash in each steamer trunk he opened. No bandages, no lifesaving supplies. My god.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

“If something isn’t done, the Chinese will take note and eventually make your country their little bitch!”

Heh. Flip up the bottom of some product you like. When it says “Made in China”, perhaps you could inform your friend that “That ship has sailed.”.

I think I’m only half-joking.

??what??
??what??
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

So why is your friend not on the front lines?

I have heard that being old and/or a down syndrome patient isn’t an impediment to the press gangs.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  ??what??
1 month ago

This is another sore spot. He is here on a work visa and his kids were born here, so they automatically get status. If he goes back, his visa gets cancelled and he can’t return, so he’s here. Oh yeah, any mention of his kids heading over there (his son is 22) gets deflected. He has a younger brother who is over there and I’m getting the bullshit stories about how “Victory is right around the corner”, “The Russians are on their last leg”, “We’ll be in Moscow by the end of the summer/Halloween/Christmas” and any questioning of the narrative… Read more »

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

Don’t apologize. Ungrateful foreigners are one of the most tiresome peoples you can imagine. I recall being in a London bar many years ago with a group of people including an obnoxious Brazilian shouting the odds: England is that, England is that, blah, blah. The nerve. When there was a brief silence, to Brazen Brazilian, in earshot of all, I just said: “Remember whose country you’re in.”. Then buggered off to another group. I have to say that the way these people carry on in our lands, and that our government and many people just take it, is so terrible… Read more »

Dr_Mantis_Toboggan_MD
Member
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

The Texas Aircraft Factory has built a few airworthy Me262s for aerial and static display. They use the same turbojets that power the F-5 Tiger and are even given construction numbers in sequence where the original jets left off by the owners of the Messerschmitt trademark. Saw one at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (best airshow of the year) and it was definitely a gorgeous bird.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Dr_Mantis_Toboggan_MD
1 month ago

Seriously?!? Wow!

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

His country is lost, lost. He’s looking for anything to bring it back.
He’s in a stage of mourning. And after all the outright shit those people have had to put up with for generations…

Frankly I’m surprised that the hawks are still out after seeing videos of Ukrainians beating up the conscription crews. Society-wide trauma conditioning is what it is.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alzaebo
Member
Reply to  Jack Boniface
1 month ago

Do you have a link? I can’t find anything on that.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
1 month ago

It really is hard to pinpoint one single event that brought about the dissolution of the Soviet Union, so the cumulative effect of lying along with a series of catastrophes probably is at least a partial explanation. Some have suggested the early message boards and other forerunners of the digital information age played a major role after they became hard to suppress. That does seem plausible. Access to information is not the friend of totalitarianism. Acquaintances who came of age in the old East Bloc have told me that sudden mass awareness of Western prosperity in fact was a key… Read more »

Mow Noname
Mow Noname
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

Maybe “infinite immigration, gay sex and child sterilization” is the regime’s “perestroika and glasnost”.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Mow Noname
1 month ago

That would reflect the Regime’s competence, to be sure.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

In AINO, it’s assnost and nuggrastroika.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

You subtilely bring up a difference between the old USSR and today’s USSA—race and religion.

The collapse of the USSR left the repressed Orthodox Church as a rallying institution and the Russian people were intact as a race. The Church was never poz’d as our religious institutions are. Yes, there were a number of other peoples in the empire, but they lived in their own territories. White Russians remained one people, and the major one at that.

Horace
Horace
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

This is exactly why the current crop of internationalists is so strongly pushing mixing and replacement. They want to destroy the basis of organized opposition against their evil. It’s also why the deportations and remigrations must be so pitiless.

This is our ‘never again’ moment. Never again should the preconditions for success of internationalist evil be allowed to take root. Never again should the presence of transnational tribalism be allowed to infest European civilization.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Horace
1 month ago

Hair-raising. We must, must keep alive the memory of the hard lesson we have learned.

How to do so? The Christian Bible makes them carriers.
Our libraries were burned for a thousand years in order to make it our only available encyclopedia.

It carries the deception within it.
We do not want to be Hebrews; the Hebrews wanted to be us.

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

The anti-Gorby coup was an effort to try and save the system, with the issue being that no one was interested in saving it.

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
1 month ago

Zero consequences for any pols or generals over 20 years of GWOT; even the Afghanistan pullout debacle barely ruffled any feathers. This won’t be any different. No Congressional inquiries, no War Powers Act…our Congress loves this stuff.

European leaders are already incredibly unpopular with their bases, but on they go. “Democracy” wins again.

I am surprised it’s taken Russia so long though. Hard to tell if this is good or bad? An unstoppable Russia would frighten the West to it’s senses; a Russia taking this long to finish off Ukraine looks anemic and the West just keeps poking the bear.

duttchmn007
duttchmn007
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 month ago

An unstoppable Russia would frighten the West to it’s senses; a Russia taking this long to finish off Ukraine looks anemic and the West just keeps poking the bear.”

That’s it right there; the longer this drags on the weaker Russia looks – whether that’s accurate or not – & increasingly the chance/risk for someone to really fumble the ball/miscalculate that leads to an August 1914 moment.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 month ago

Precisely what I said from day one of the conflict. Russia looked weak, at least initially, and NATO continues to escalate the war and grow bolder in their efforts. I think there were initial Russian missteps, but not into the second year. Now I think it’s a hesitancy to accept casualties on the part of Russia that shapes the conflict. NATO, read USA, continues to escalate the war. This I now believe is the new Neocon plan. Rather than having been vanquished, the Neocons are in control from the back ground. The new strategy is to push/escalate until the first… Read more »

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Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

The tiny hats are talking amongst themselves that they needn’t worry about looking bad with regards to gaza because they believe that ww3 devastation will mean the gaza genocide gets recorded as a footnote when the history books are written of this time period.

Apparently they also seem to think that Israel won’t get targeted when the war goes hot.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

I’m going to go off the rails here, as is my wont. So I’ve dreamed a vision of the future before, as well as dreaming of living in the vast stretches of city ruins for decades. The kind of lucid dreaming with that certain deja vu ‘feeling’ one gets when you know it’s not a dream or daydream, but a memory. Of someone’s past, or a memory in the future. What I dreamed of, was tunnels. Modern, crowded, very different mores and sense of space, but an intact and functional society. Like a dream of home. There is an entire… Read more »

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Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
1 month ago

No government can survive a people that sees their institutions as a deposit of wealth they can loot if they can get away with it. We’re seeing this here in the United States, where hard working people are being made suckers by wealthy hucksters and low-IQ looters. When things get bad enough, those suckers become less and less satisfied with the scraps they get.

It doesn’t matter how brilliant their policies are, nor how draconian their surveillance. It will still be run top-down by people with no loyalty other than looking for the next quick buck.

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 month ago

I suspect the smarter elites in DC know the gig is up. Just a frenzy to grab all they can and figure out how to stay one step ahead of the lynch mob.

c matt
c matt
1 month ago

The cumulative effect of all this will be something similar to “stagflation,” but whatever the cultural equivalent of that would be. Things will suck, but nothing will happen other than further grinding disintegration (much like the Ukie military, ironically) because everyone will be beyond caring.

RealityRules
RealityRules
1 month ago

AmRen covered the anti-white, anti-American Pierre Omidyar – the eBay who came to America and, thanks to America being an open society, became a multi-billionaire. How or why is this relevant to today’s post? Omidyar has been cleverly using his non-profits to perform regulatory capture of the FCC and other important government bodies. He is clamoring for breaking up the tech monopolies and is deeply dissatisfied with how non-inclusive America is. He is building up his DIE sinecure army of comissars. This is a war in the clouds. Will it portend further splits in the oligarchy and moves toward open… Read more »

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Jannie
Jannie
Reply to  RealityRules
1 month ago

If Vladolf Putler were as effective as his (alleged) predecessor, the Russkies would be in Paris already. Doesn’t sound like they have any Rommels or Mannsteins…

Horace
Horace
Reply to  Jannie
1 month ago

On the contrary, they have defeated the faghags and trannies of NATOstan suffering only about 80k casualties, a good quarter of them expendable criminals from their prison system. When you have a real people and a real country, even the criminal trash can find absolution and redemption in martyrdom to their motherland, because even they are sons of that motherland. Their dead are far outnumbered by the 7.5 million new white citizens they have already added to their Federation, with the promise of doubling that when they finish annexing the other genuine Rus areas up to Odessa. Massive new resources… Read more »

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
Reply to  Jannie
1 month ago

The ability of the Russians to “keep it zipped up” and not overextend themselves to the breaking point is something a lot of people in the past wished they’d thought of first.

Tired Citizen
Tired Citizen
Reply to  RealityRules
1 month ago

“A system that permits aliens to come in and be highly successful but then exercise deep and bitter resentment and antipathy toward the people and their society that welcomed them by waging a pogrom and revolution against them is not just illegitimate, it is evil and irreparably broken.” Absolutely correct, and anyone who believes that there is a solution that does not involve extreme violence is a fool. Like I’ve said before, all of this banter is just that. Nothing will change or improve until the tree is watered. There are only 2 outcomes: The tree is watered and a… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
1 month ago

They’re trying to push the bird flu pretty hard, but so far, the public doesn’t seem to buy it. That’s healthy skepticism imo, but I’d rather see demands for accountability.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

Majority of people I talk to still believe the official story that covid was a deadly pathogen that somehow became more benign. Most also believe that the vaxx is somewhat effective, but not worth it. A minority keeps taking the boosters.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Probably true, but that simply shows how low the average intellect is that now resides in the US. On the other hand, do those people play a significant role in directing US policy? I’m hoping not.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

This shows that the vast majority of people are followers. It also explains why nobody ever does anything. Without leaders, nothing will ever happen and people will keep taking the abuse while believing their abusers.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Right. Around here, my position is still fairly lonely. Then again, most people are unprincipled bullshitters who blow in the wind. On the bright side, if the vaxx is a selection pressure, it has selected against unprincipled bullshitters!

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Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Considering myself fairly well read on most things Covid-19, I feel compelled to respond. To the best of my knowledge few explanations, and certainly not the official ones, ever claimed that SARS-CoV-2 was a dangerous pathogen (other than, perhaps initial sensationalist reportage.) The one exception I know of is Ron Unz claiming that it was deployed in Iran early in the pandemic as a bio-weapon, a claim that I don’t find highly credible. I’m aware that some believe it was a bio-weapon (in the mass destruction sense) but, in my opinion at least, that’s well into tinfoil-hat land. The best… Read more »

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Xin Loi
Xin Loi
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

On Christmas Eve 2020 in my hospital we had 20 ICU beds and 48 floor beds converted to ICU beds with COVID patients in them. We ran out of oxygen twice in December.

That was very real, my friend, and nothing remotely like that has happened since.

WHY it changed is controversial. THAT it changed is beyond dispute.

And that has nothing to do with any of the public health/mitigation issues, which by the time the Diamond Princess and USS Theodore Roosevelt data were in in late March 2020 we know were mostly useless or unimportant.

Mr. House
Mr. House
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

Tell me this wasn’t covid and notice when it happened……..what else was very recent at that time……. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_swine_flu_pandemic “In January 2010, Wolfgang Wodarg, a German deputy who trained as a physician and chaired the health committee at the Council of Europe, claimed that major firms had organized a “campaign of panic” to put pressure on the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a “false pandemic” to sell vaccines. Wodarg said the WHO’s “false pandemic” flu campaign is “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century”. He said that the “false pandemic” campaign began in May 2009 in Mexico City,… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Mr. House
1 month ago

Healthcare creating a market for itself. Muh market, muh invisible hand. Unseen, maybe, but not invisible.

Other unseen hands, too, I imagine.

Mr. House
Mr. House
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

organic markets can not exist in an empire. Take automobiles. Recently all US automakers gave up on the automobile market except for trucks and SUVs. Is that due to markets or politics? I’d say politics, we must make sure the Koreans and Japanese have someone to sell their cars to. You must give the vassal a bone.

Mr. House
Mr. House
Reply to  Mr. House
1 month ago

Have you noticed lately tons of Mercedez and BMWs driven by everyday schlubs on the road these days? Even back in the 90’s and early 2000’s they were very expensive and status symbols for the upper middle class. Why not anymore? Desperation for market share, desperation to keep cashflow coming in to service the unservicable debt. Why else QE and 0% rates? Though not for you i might add 😉

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Mr. House
1 month ago

And they’re almost all painted silver.

Robbo
Robbo
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

And tailgating me

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Mr. House
1 month ago

Mr. House-

80% of new BMWs are leased.

70-75% of new Audis and Mercedes are leased.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Many of these luxury cars take huge depreciation hits. I know a woman who drives a late model Range Rover. She (and/or husband) are shrewd: I can tell by the license tag the car was bought second hand and (I assume) at a good discount. Of course, you’ll repay some of that in higher repair costs probably.

Mr. House
Mr. House
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

“You will own nothing and you will like it”

Most plebs these days are already in that situation, and don’t even know it.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Mr. House
1 month ago

I don’t think they exist at all, because they’re composed of people. It’s not science, it’s morality— or politics, like you say. People can lie, manipulate, and act irrationally.

If lose the art of human things, you just lose.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

A large part of that callousness is the atomization due to mobility, of the loss of community by means both incidental and intended.

But in reading about Dresden, whose appalling murder was planned by British commanders, I realized there is a way to widely subvert the managerial class.

Make them complicit.
Make them complicit in carrying out a wide-scale crime, such as a war, or a vaccination industry, or media chicanery; once a part of such a crime, they can never again be innocent.

Redemption is seen as useless baggage.

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Mr. House
Mr. House
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

Not only creating a market for itself, but also murder by mistreatment! Like ex governor meatball claiming he didn’t order the infected back into nursing homes. It was some unknown staff member! Yes people will always lie, cheat and steal, and that is why the law must be applied equally.

https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/cuomo-blames-covid-19-nursing-home-order-unknown-staffer-during-testimony-congress

Filthie
Filthie
Member
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

Exactly.

it ties into that final blurb from our esteemed blog host: The Soviet Union collapsed when the rules collapsed. The people have to see that the laws work, and they need to see justice being done when the shysters and incompetent get taken down.

In China, they publicly try corrupt officials and punish them. It’s not uncommon to see carpetbaggers getting shot. The Americans made sure everyone saw “the tree of liberty being watered with the blood of tyrants”. Nothing less can save the US now.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

Absolutely! Certainly for me, hence the inner longing for a strongman—the concept of “Dictator” from the history of Ancient Rome. Translated into more modern sensibilities, the folks involved in the scamdemic must be tried and imprisoned and have their wealth and credentials confiscated. They can then be released and allowed to wander through society as a living warning to the wise of the dangers of greed and hubris. Bring back show trials for these clowns. On the other hand, I’m not hopeful. After WWII, the Allies rounded up or identified thousands of NAZI’s for trial, yet abandoned the process after… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

It would be great if exile to the wilderness was still an option.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

Why not try Priggy’s way? 80 to 90% of the losses by Prigozhin’s Wagner Group were of penal battalions, that is, convicts who were given at least a chance to win their freedom.

If other countries are going to dump their trash in our yard, I say we do the same and take some damned territory! Tell those guys to win themselves, and their country, a kingdom!
Since their criminal cartels are doing so in ours.

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c matt
c matt
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

The WW II trials were a different situation – they were largely shams to begin with, and the big difference: The losers were on trial, not the people in control (who were far worse). People in control don’t get tried.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

In that particular case, had it gone to trial, the true criminals would’ve been exposed. There is NO justice, none, in persecuting patriots.

That was a conquest, a religious war of conversion by the sword.

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Xman
Xman
1 month ago

Thomas Massie has a fascinating interview with Tucker Carlson in which he says Congress is being completely manipulated by the Executive Branch on Ukraine. He claims that in “classified briefings” where Members cannot even bring staff they are being fed total lies by the DOD, the CIA and State. Massie says that the spooks bring in impressive Russian casualty figures to entice Congress into paying to kill Russians, then claim that they don’t know what the Ukrainian casualty numbers are, which Massie laughs off as an obvious lie. It’s really worth watching the entire interview… it’s an absolute travesty that… Read more »

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Watched parts of that interview with my husband. I was very surprised and impressed by Massie – knew nothing about him previously. He lays out how AIPAC gradually ensnares all the congresscretins and how he refused to bend the knee. He was a prepper when the term was almost unknown, and happily goes home to Kentucky every weekend. Definitely concur the interview is well worth the time.

KGB
KGB
1 month ago

Will the European ruling class try to make the Yankees their scapegoat? “If only those horrid Americans had printed another 60 gorillion dollars and worn their “Ask me about KEEEEEV!” pins a few month longer, the Ukes could have taken Vladivostok.”

This seems especially likely in the event of a Trump win.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  KGB
1 month ago

EU is a vassal of the US. If they weren’t there wouldn’t be the war in Ukraine right now.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

And I agree that the point of the war is to destroy Europe, first, as a peer competitor to the Hegemon. From military welfare dependency, to EUnion destruction of local sovereignty, to complete enslavement.

usNthem
usNthem
1 month ago

Instead of the public going after the lying liars with pitchforks and torches, they’re mainly just ignoring what the tards in the media complex are blabbing about. The vast majority don’t give two s**** about Ukraine and maybe one s*** about Jews massacring Palestinians. But by and large, one cares.

On another note, I read today that the vaunted US kick ass aircraft carrier Eisenhower is heading out of the Red Sea theater, supposedly damaged by Houthi missiles – good. The sooner everyone around the world recognizes what a paper tiger the government here has become, the better.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  usNthem
1 month ago

I take some interest in the Eisenhower case. I did some searching (including on Yandex) and found similar information. The apparent lack of anything substantive from Navy/DoD (e.g. “proof of life”) would seem to fan the conspiracy theory flames just a bit, to say the least. On the other hand, Russia Today apparently hasn’t said anything about the incident since May 31. Of course, that could be easily explained: the Navy would never publicly disclose a ship taking major damage and the Russkis would not disclose they had such intelligence if they do.

Itzitiri
Itzitiri
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

If the Ike was damaged even a tiny bit as much as the Houthi say it was, it would leak. Trust me, I’ve done a deployment on that ship, 2006-2007. It would leak.

pyrrhus
pyrrhus
1 month ago

The deathvax has killed more than a million Americans, and counting.Almost everyone knows someone(s) who’s been killed or crippled by this gene therapy concoction….Ukraine fighting Russia is like your 70 lb pit bull fighting a Grizzly bear, which regards the pit bull as a snack…Are westerners simply too stupid and uninformed to fall for propaganda that is so preposterous?

Robbo
Robbo
Reply to  pyrrhus
1 month ago

And even some of the MSM liars are covering the sudden deaths and heart issues. And yet, crickets! Nothing matters, no-one cares, no one goes to prison.

Diversity Heretic
Member
1 month ago

Very good post by Z-man. My only quibble is that I know of no prominent European politicians who have taken a position in opposition to the war, except perhaps Victor Orban (Hungary) and Robert Fico (Slovakia). I think that the Alternatif fur Deutschland party and Sarah Wagaknecht’s party have also been critical of the war, but I think the present attitude of the German government may be to try and outlaw both parties. Here in France the political class, including even Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour have been supporters of the war. The exception has been a little known… Read more »

Whiskey
Whiskey
1 month ago

Where the lies are being exposed is in entertainment/culture. In a deeply atomized society, one far more individualized with people as “all alone” beings menaced by Bigness: GovCorp, GovNGO, GovCulture etc, this matters more than you’d think as people’s emotions get tied up things they saw and loved as kids. The latest Star Wars series “the Acolyte” posits black lesbian communist space witches (not kidding you) as the well spring of the force and able to create kids sans turkey baster. Not kidding either. Fan reaction has been unified “f-off series.” And the critics and shills have gone into their… Read more »

Whiskey
Whiskey
Reply to  Whiskey
1 month ago

Of course the answer for lies being exposed as lies, and the loss of faith is implicitly the mercenary army imported by “newcomers” aka illegal aliens.

The general idea being that these will be the men under arms, from whose gun barrels power flows. Per the Regime’s great inspiration, Mao.

Mycale
Mycale
Reply to  Whiskey
1 month ago

The thing that regime shills and hangers-on don’t understand.. is that if it is necessary for an American Caesar to come to put this cursed country back in line with the natural and moral law… then an American Caesar will come. No matter what sinecures they will lose by it, or how many feminists/juice screech over it, it will happen. Because a people cannot function outside of objective reality forever.

Hun
Hun
1 month ago

Ukrainian population went from 52 million in 1992 to ~28 million in what’s left of Ukraine today. Success?
Even if a miracle happens and they somehow reconquer all the lost territories, the country will be destroyed and will never recover, especially with today’s birthrates.

Btw, if another, much smaller, miracle happens, then the “far-right” will win a majority in France in less than a month. Could get interesting.

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Well, look at it this way. Blackrock, etal can take title to the “rump” and the rest of Europe can begin unloading infinite African/Islamist “enrichers”

Hun
Hun
Reply to  SamlAdams
1 month ago

Zelenskyiyi promised to turn Ukraine into Israel 2.0. With the way things are going in the Middle East, it could take on a literal meaning.

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

That’s why I think the WW3 noises come out over Odessa as a Ukraine without Odessa is just another Moldova.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

It is hard to see how Le Pen could attain power without an outright 50-plus majority win. Doable, maybe, but the political structure certainly is geared to forestall it. The same applies to AfD in Germany.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

Also, a certain blogger who shall not be named recently suggested Macron called the snap election in anticipation of the fall of Ukraine afterwards. That has merit. If Ukraine implodes in the very near term, the outside possibility of a Le Pen government becomes a probability.

Captain Willard
Captain Willard
1 month ago

“In Europe, the political class has made Ukraine a test of their legitimacy.”

Since the EU, the Euros are on their fourth crisis. First was the GFC and the Greek/Cyprus/Portugal insolvency. Second was the migration crisis, which of course is ongoing. The third was Covid. Fourth is Ukraine. And in each instance the Euro Elites have screwed up royally. So it’s now 17 years of continuous calamity. The surprise is that they’ve been able to keep this sh*t-show on the road for this long.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
1 month ago

Let’s say the European public, en masse, concludes–rightly–that its rulers mendacious lackeys for the BFE. Then what? At least AINO’s public is armed to the teeth, albeit with small arms. Europeans have nothing more than slingshots and shillelaghs. Maybe unarmed mass protests and strikes would drive the treasonous ruling class from its lairs. One can hope, I suppose.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

There are plenty of things a spiritually aware and conscious populace can do, Osteii.

The hardest part, I believe, is not what follows The Awakening, but rather getting The Awakening in the first place.

Of course, I don’t mean to denigrate the struggle that will come after.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

You’re right, of course. I’m sure Europeans are somnolent bovines little different from AINOicans. The cud-chewing apathy of these people is disheartening.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Nietzsche was complaining of “herd animal” Europeans and that was in the 1880s!

Mycale
Mycale
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Europeans were completely emasculated in 1945 – even the “winners” of the conflict were forced to bend the knee to the American Empire, although DC gave the UK and France the opportunity to larp as world powers. So they’ve been completely demilitarized and have lived for multiple generations under the thumb of globohomo. There is no nascent warrior class like the one that continued in the USA in the south after-WW2 (although now the rulers hate that). They’ve not had to pay for their security or safeguards for decades and instead got a bloated welfare state to take care of… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Bah. I told some English fop with a Cartesian education that some people think Americans are ignorant and apathetic.

And to that, I said, “Well I don’t know and I don’t care.”

Popcorn
Popcorn
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Americans talk to much about being armed. Isn’t like it stop you guys having to abandon a bunch of your major cities or the creation of a empire of sin that dwarfs sodom and gomorrah tenfold.

Mycale
Mycale
1 month ago

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read about the new American superweapon that is going to bring Putler to his knees. At this point I cannot imagine there are many true believers anymore. The ones still talking like this have either their ego on the line or are just trying to get a piece of the looting operation that it has become (this includes the think tanks). The fact that it trudges on shows what a disconnect there is between the government institutions and the people in our “sacred democracy.” The dynamic in Europe must be taken in… Read more »

Member
1 month ago

The general public was simply happy to get back to normal. That is probably not going to work with Ukraine as there is no benefit to putting the topic in the past. There will simply be what the media claimed to be true and the truth, which is the opposite.

There is the real possibility that the general public just doesn’t care about Ukraine and will not bother asking questions if the government just stops very publicly* sending our money to Ukraine.

*We all know they’ll continue to send boatloads of cash secretly, because that’s just what AINO does.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Vizzini
1 month ago

Vizzini,

I believe that this possibility you mention is a near certainty. From my perspective, hardly anyone cares. Nobody mentions it, nor even alludes to it. Of course, the papers talk about it, but it seems to have been eclipsed by the Jew-Moslem Desert War.

TempoNick
TempoNick
1 month ago

“One of the lessons of the Soviet era was that the accumulation of lies eventually saps even the most repressive regime of legitimacy.”

That’s only one part of the lesson the other part has to do with Levi’s Jeans. Because it wasn’t a free society, it did not have the freedom to innovate like a free society can. Therefore, they had a lower standard of living and lower quality goods they could buy on the shelves. If they were living fat and happy, they wouldn’t care what their government did, so long as it didn’t affect them.

Mow Noname
Mow Noname
1 month ago

“The Soviet system fell apart when no one could think of a reason to support it…” My high schooler has a penchant for math and physics. Not a genius, but he likes solving complex problems. Added bonus, he has a personality and is able to talk to women. If we lived in the country I grew up in (“America”), I would encourage him to go into nuclear design/ maintenance. These piles of controlled fission are NOT going to take care of themselves. Unfortunately, we live in The GAE/ AINO. I am pushing him into being an actuary/ investment banker. He… Read more »

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Mow Noname
1 month ago

It’s a race so to speak. Symbol manipulators will accrue wealth, but come up short when tasked with survival when “polite” society ceases to need such effort. Perhaps only those with practical skills will be able to trade their efforts for survival in the future—everyone else being rightfully considered to be useless “eaters”.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

Much agree. Please encourage him in the hard STEM of energy sciences- his people will need that far more than a McMansion and McDollars.

There are endless technical specialties beyond the core units. The son of my Vietnam veteran friend didn’t go gallivanting about with his Navy buddies, he stayed with the nuclear submarine and spend a year learning everything he could about the related systems. He was aiming for a $400K/yr job in the nuclear industry, but was turned down because DIE. A real blow it was.

Still, DIE and power don’t mix. Competence will only grow in value.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

I now believe I have heard nothing but propaganda from both sides. I can’t believe anything any more.

Zulu Juliet
Zulu Juliet
Reply to  Tom
1 month ago

Propaganda from both sides. ‘struth! We’ve been hearing of Ukraine’s imminent collapse as long as we’ve been hearing of Ukraine’s new wunder-waffen. Who knows the situation on the ground? But: There is no way Ukraine can win. No way*** Given that blinding truth, and that there are no meaningful negotiations going on, tells one that this is just a racket for the West. Probably, the Russians have a clear objective at this point and are working methodically towards it. Western shenanigans are just a distraction, but a potentially catastrophic one if there is a miscalculation. ***[If anyone can present a… Read more »

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Tom
1 month ago

Don’t fall for that, it causes you to lose hope. There is always hope and anyway Russian side is being pretty honest about the war.

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Tom
1 month ago

The propaganda from the Russian side seems far less. It appears comes more from the Russia supporters/Ukraine collapse hopers more than from the Russians themselves. Mostly folks who think Russia isn’t moving fast enough and destroying everything. But the Russians have their own objectives and methods.

Member
1 month ago

…content like this from the UK Telegraph…

I’ve come across Hamish de Bretton-Gordon before.

He glows so bright he attracts moths.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Vizzini
1 month ago

Geemaneez. And what kind of a name is Hamish de Bretton-Gordon? Moroccan, French, and English? Is it a name like Barak Hussein Obama?

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

I think Hamish is actually Scottish. De Bretton sounds Norman, and Gordon is a good Limey gin name.

Robbo
Robbo
Reply to  Vizzini
1 month ago

Reminds me why the English upper classes are called the cream of society: they are rich and thick. This cretin is a poster boy for that. Cameron is another