Reader’s Links for June 16th, 2022

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  1. H/T from Last man standing over at Mastodon (aka Vlad version of twitter)

    If that is true, and I believe Dr. Zelensky, I wanna ask, rhetorically of cause, WHY DR ZELENSKI, when there is a whole army of evil doers e. g. Fraudci, Gates, Schwab, Merkel (still the eminence grise behind much evil), Trudeau, Macron, Ardern etc etc.

      • Hear hear, I loved his straight forward attitude, his non flowery language.
        Hope you are well?!!
        It is said that
        the 2 most important days in your life are
        1. The day you were born
        2. The day you find out why.

        I think Dr. Zelenko knew pretty early….

        The new Australian Government is ghastly, we now have a (NOT-MY) Prime Minister who once named Corbyn (yes THAT Corbyn) as his “Hero”. ?

  2. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said from Orlando in the United States that he feared he might end up like former Bolivia’s Jeanine Áñez when he leaves office.

    After having promised US President Joseph Biden that he would accept the outcome of this year’s elections, which opposition candidate Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva is poised to win according to all polls, Bolsonaro’s statements this weekend mean first and foremost that the idea of being defeated had sunk into his mind.

    Áñez’s “party lost; Evo Morales’ party is back. What happened a year ago? She was preventively arrested. And now ten years in jail have been confirmed for her. What are the charges? Anti-democratic acts. Do you see the relationship with Alexandre de Moraes and the investigations for anti-democratic acts? Is he a threat to me when I leave the government?” Bolsonaro wondered in an interview with journalists outside a restaurant in Orlando, where he participated in a motorcycle caravan with his supporters.

    Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court (STF) Justice Alexandre de Moraes is leading an investigation against Bolsonaro “for allegedly spreading falsehoods about the integrity of Brazil’s electronic voting system and engaging in anti-democratic acts.”

    In the interview, Bolsonaro also called STF Justice Luís Roberto Barroso a “liar.” Barroso had pointed out that Bolsonaro had revealed data from a confidential investigation. The head of state claims that as President he was not bound by any restrictions.

    • I want a Trump Desantis ticket, I know that the Dems are trying to throw so much mud that can’t run. I pray they won’t succeed but if they succeed Desantis or Abbot will be the best.

  3. A rare U.S. military ground raid in northwestern Syria has captured a top ISIS leader, according to the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition.

    A U.S. defense official said there were no injuries to U.S. military personnel and no damage to aircraft involved in the raid.

    “Coalition forces detained a senior Daesh leader during an operation in Syria June 16,” Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement. “The detained individual was assessed to be an experienced bomb maker and facilitator who became one of the group’s top leaders in Syria.”

  4. Two hour interview with an organizer of Veterans For Freedom and the progress of James Topp. Discusses logistics, camp setup, government disinformation and provocateurs, false government C19 mandate relief etc. Topp is near Sudbury which is a 5-hr drive from Ottawa, so he may make it by July 1.

  5. Yesterday the Fed increased its intertest rate, aka the price of fiat, by .75%. This increase was sufficiently telegraphed by the Fed, so it was largely priced in by the markets. This attempt to wrestle inflation to its 2% ground is folly, according to most every Austrian pundit I have heard. Real rates must meet and exceed the inflation rate in order to be effective. Such was proven by Volker in the early ’80s. Gold and silver held their own very well yesterday during this rise, signaling their understanding of the necessity for real rate increases and not cosmetic, political ones. It is expected that the public’s pain tolerance will soon be surpassed because of the Biden admin’s disastrous economic policies. This late and weak effort by this admin. to tame the inflation genie will be met by political pitchforks, forcing it to pivot on this effort and return to money printing. The wave of corporate and personal bankruptcies, poverty, and supply-chain disfunction created by the woke cabal in Washington will then have created the environment for something resembling hyperinflation, which is deflation with a wheelbarrow. America’s northern neighbor, the freshly-minted Communist Republic of Dystopia, will follow suit given that 75% of its trade is with the U.S.A. Here is this morning’s report from London on yesterday’s Fed action. About 30 min:

    • Bill Holter is a plain-spoken speaker of common-sense truth. He describes the financial mechanics of the intentional destruction of all western economies. I highly recommend the above USA Watchdog interview.

    • …At the same time, he said that the deteriorating relations are not because of opposition disinformation, but because “the Hungarians have not clearly explained their own position,” and that “Hungarian interests come first” is not enough to win over Polish or European public opinion, and that the statements in Budapest were perceived as a lack of empathy for the Ukrainians, as were the “bickering” remarks against the Ukrainian president…
      Till now Poland hasn’t worried all that much about “winning over… European public opinion”.
      Solidarity, eh?

      Of course Poland doesn’t have to explain it’s proprietary interest in northwest Ukraine. Or it’s eternal hatred of everything that smells like Bear. Which doesn’t make Russian-Ukes east and south of the Dnieper feel all that embraced.

      Belarus might worry about an expansionist neo-Polish Empire. That is, if the people there weren’t suffering the Great Terror of the 1930s again. Poor things.

      • I remember the blind hatred Hungarians had for Russians. I was raised with it. But then things changed, and while I’ve not forgotten how and why I hated the Soviets, I know the world has evolved, and blind hatred of Russians does not necessarily serve the Magyars, or anyone. And there appears to be no salvation looking west. Orban sees this and looks ahead to the new world economic order, hedging his bets while trying not to get mired in the muck next door. There’s little benefit in staying stuck in the old cold war.


    Job Title

    Extraction / Protective Agents – Ukraine

    Position: Contract (F/T)
    Salary: $1000 – $2000 /day + bonus
    Location: Ukraine
    Job ID: 67032

    Job Description
    JOB LOCATION: Ukraine (nationwide travel required)
    PAY: $1,000 – $2,000 per day(1) + bonus(2)

    Employment Type: Contractor (1099)

    (1) Pay rate will be based on experience, knowledge of AO, individual client, assigned location, and position within the extraction team
    (2) Completion bonus will be discussed with employer

    Employer is a US-based corporation seeking multiple Extraction / Protective Agents and teams to conduct part-time, covert, extraction / evacuation operations of individuals and families throughout the countryside and major cities of Ukraine. Both male and female agents are welcome to apply. Only highly experienced candidates who possess at least 5+ years of military experience in this region of Europe will be considered for this role – no exceptions.

    NOTE: If you do not have extensive prior experience protecting private clients in a solo practitioner / small team capacity and 5+ years of military experience, you will not be competitive. Only competitive candidates will be contacted for further vetting. Non-competitive candidates will simply not be considered or contacted.


    – Perform pre-mission route reconnaissance based on self gathered and local intelligence
    – When possible liaise and leverage friendly forces, local authorities, or resistance fighters within the various AO’s for local and battlefield intelligence, clearance to travel, safe areas, aid stations, etc.
    – Travel nationally by any means necessary in support of rescue / protective operations
    – Practice OPSEC and COMSEC with sensitive and confidential material
    – Flex and adapt as needed based on SALUTE types of intelligence
    – Work weekdays, weekends, late hours and holidays

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (do NOT apply without meeting these minimum qualification requirements):

    – Must have 5+ years combined experience from either military and/or private military experience with at least 1 year of overseas combat experience
    – Have strong working knowledge of how to implement Soviet-era and NATO small arms
    – Have critical thinking skills with ability to work through complex problems quickly and efficiently for the preservation of life
    – Ability to navigate with map and compass
    – Candidate must be very physically fit
    – Possess a high-degree of professionalism, responsibility, resolve and maturity
    – Must be able to brief, persuade, and instruct others on objective requirements
    Possess a current US, UK, CAN, AUS, NZ, UKR, POL or dual citizen Passport with a EU or Schengen nation


    – Candidates who are currently residing in Ukraine, a border country, or within an EU or Schengen nation
    – Ability to speak Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, and or Moldovan language(s)
    – Candidates with prior backgrounds in a Tier 1, SOF or combat arms MOS are highly desired and will be given primary preference
    – Have a strong working knowledge of Ukrainian highways, roadways, terrain and culture
    – Have prior experience conducting rescue operations with little to no support within war-torn or active warzone battlescapes
    – Prior experience working with FBOs and knowledge of pathfinder operations
    – Have experience and knowledge with vehicle, aircraft, and naval craft recognition skills of Soviet-era and NATO military armament
    – Candidates that possess active First Responder, EMT certifications, or attended an 18D course are highly desired
    – Have prior experience conducting surveillance / counter surveillance operations within the private security, private military, or military sectors
    – Have prior experience conducting advance operations in support of private security, private military, or military sectors
    – Possess prior experience as a security driver – specifically driving in a low profile capacity through hostile territory as a solo vic or part of a very small convoy

    —?UN Mercenary Convention

    A mercenary is any person who:

    (a) Is specially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict;

    (b) Is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar rank and functions in the armed forces of that party;

    (c) Is neither a national of a party to the conflict nor a resident of territory controlled by a party to the conflict;

    (d) Is not a member of the armed forces of a party to the conflict; and

    (e) Has not been sent by a State which is not a party to the conflict on official duty as a member of its armed forces.

    A mercenary is also any person who, in any other situation:

    (a) Is specially recruited locally or abroad for the purpose of participating in a concerted act of violence aimed at:

    (i) Overthrowing a Government or otherwise undermining the constitutional order of a State; or

    (ii) Undermining the territorial integrity of a State;

    (b) Is motivated to take part therein essentially by the desire for significant private gain and is prompted by the promise or payment of material compensation;

    (c) Is neither a national nor a resident of the State against which such an act is directed;

    (d) Has not been sent by a State on official duty; and

    (e) Is not a member of the armed forces of the State on whose territory the act is undertaken.

    DAILY MAIL – Families of two Americans captured by Russian forces in Ukraine beg Biden administration to bring them home: Fiancée of 27-year-old ex-Marine says he ‘wanted to do the right thing’ by volunteering

    Robert Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, were captured while fighting for the Ukrainian army last week

    The pair were part of a ten-men squad which encountered Russian forces in Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine

    They disabled a Russian tank but then were lost in the fog of return fire then disappeared, comrades say
    Drueke served in Iraq in the US Army but Huynh, a former Marine, has never been in active combat before

    His fiancée sobbed on Thursday as she begged Biden for help, saying: ‘We just really want him back’

    Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said yesterday the US would do ‘everything we can’ to bring the pair home

    He added that their capture should serve as a reminder to Americans not to travel to the war zone

    The war in Ukraine shows no signs of slowing; the US gave its biggest weapons commitment yesterday

    Biden signed off on a $1bn package which includes two Harpoon coastal defense systems, 18 howitzers, 36,000 rounds for them, artillery rockets, secure radios and money for training

    • sky news UK – Ukraine artillery outnumbered 20:1 by Russia in some areas

      Jens Stoltenberg has praised “unprecedented” support for Ukraine in a press conference almost four months into the war.

      The statement came as figures revealed that Russian artillery outnumber Ukrainian forces “20:1 in some areas,” but went on to say that allies have sent Ukraine long-range weapons that could win them the war.

    • DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – US announces additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine

      The latest boost of aid will include major weapons systems that the Ukrainian government has repeatedly appealed for.

      The US will also send an additional $225 million in humanitarian aid to provide assistance for drinking water, food, shelter and other essential items.

      The announcement came as US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin kicked off a meeting in Brussels with over 45 countries to discuss further support for Ukraine.

    • BBC – European leaders visit Kyiv in show of solidarity with Ukraine

      The French, German and Italian leaders took an overnight train from Poland

      • Crimes Against Humanity are being committed worldwide with the so called vaccines. How many people have been killed by the vaccines?

    • L’IMMONDE – Emmanuel Macron plays catch-up on his visit to Kiev

      The French president arrived Thursday morning in the Ukrainian capital, accompanied by the German and Italian leaders Olaf Scholz and Mario Draghi. They will be rolling out new promises of support for Ukraine, in an attempt to deflect attention from their long-overdue visit to the country.

      “It’s a message of European unity and support, addressed to all Ukrainians,” said Emmanuel Macron as he got off the train in the station in Kyiv, on Thursday, June 16 at 9:30 am. Mr. Macron had just travelled for 10 hours with the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, after meeting them the night before on the Polish border.

      As soon as they boarded the train, the three men held an almost two-hour meeting in the French president’s private carriage, in a very “Orient Express” atmosphere. They wanted to mark the moment and prepare their long-awaited and rapid visit – so rapid, in fact, that it’s almost being done with a stopwatch in hand.

      The leaders will spend the day in the Ukrainian capital, in order to finally show their solidarity with a country that has been resisting Russia’s invasion for almost four months. Waiting for them on the platform, surrounded by soldiers, was Olga Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

      Since the weekend, the visit has been the subject of a thousand unconfirmed rumors. It will first of all make up for a few missed opportunities on all sides. For weeks, Ukrainian officials have been urging Mr. Macron to make the trip before the end of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union on June 30. But he was stalling, officially for electoral reasons, but also because he wanted to seem “useful” on a trip with such strong symbolic value.

      As for Chancellor Scholz, he delayed making the trip because of ongoing tensions between Berlin and Kyiv. As a result, since the beginning of the conflict, many of their European counterparts visited the Ukrainian capital before they did, including Britain’s Boris Johnson, Poland’s Andrzej Duda and the heads of the European Union institutions. It meant that it would have been difficult for each of them to come alone, so late in the day.

      Representing ‘old Europe’

      On arrival, the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who came by another route, joined his counterparts in Kyiv, adding a touch of Central Europe to the trio from “old Europe.” They first visited Irpin in the Kyiv suburbs, where the Russian army committed atrocities against civilians, before retreating after failing to capture the capital in late March. President Volodymyr Zelensky will join them for a tribute to the victims of the conflict. Later in the day, Emmanuel Macron will meet with French officials sent to Kyiv to investigate possible war crimes perpetrated by the Russian army.

      EU leaders in Kiev back immediate EU candidate status to Ukraine: Macron

      reuters – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that all four European Union leaders present in Kyiv supported the idea of granting an “immediate” EU candidate status to Ukraine.

      Macron made the comments at a news conference after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

      “We all four support the immediate EU candidate status,” said Macron.

      He added that France would step up arms deliveries to the country at war with Russia.



      NBCP Briefing Documents (June 16, 2022)

      1. Mosquito research

      2. Cuba

      3. Tulareamia, interaction between the US DOD and Ukraine

      4. Specialist training

      5. H.Biden – letters

      6. US Department of Defense Bulletin

    • Gazprom ready to start gas supplies via Nord Stream 2 today

      The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is under pressure and gas can be supplied through it even now, Alexei Miller, Chairman of the Board of Gazprom, said on June 16, speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

      Miller also commented on rising gas prices. “Many thanks” for this should be said to foreign regulators, in particular European ones, he said. “We have witnessed ultra-high volatility in commodity markets and very high inflation. But it all started not yesterday, not today,” Miller said. In his opinion, sanctions and counter-sanctions had an impact on the global energy market.

      The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was built to double the capacity to pump gas from Russia to Europe. Officially, the construction work of the project was completed in the fall of 2021. The total length of the pipeline is 1230 km. After the start of the Russian special operation on the territory of Ukraine Western countries announced the actual freezing of the projectas well as the impossibility of launching it in the medium term.


      Gazprom: Russian gas boss says ‘our product, our rules’ in supply row

      The boss of Russian state-controlled gas giant Gazprom has said it is a case of “our product, our rules” after the firm halved its supply to Germany.

      The German economy minister has accused Gazprom of attempting to push up energy prices by sharply reducing supplies.

      But Gazprom said it was due to the delayed return of equipment serviced by Germany’s Siemens Energy in Canada.

      Italy and Austria have also reported big falls in Russian gas supply. The Kremlin said this was not premeditated.

      Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller said Russia would play by its own rules after limiting the amount of gas to Germany to under 70m cubic metres per day – well under half the current rate.

      “Our product, our rules. We don’t play by rules we didn’t create,” Mr Miller said during a panel discussion at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

      He said he saw no solution to the equipment issue at the Portovaya compressor station, part of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that carries Russian gas to Germany.

      Mr Miller blamed sanctions for hampering the return of equipment – a claim Germany dismissed as “unfounded”.

      Meanwhile, Italian energy giant Eni said it would receive only 65% of the gas requested on Thursday from Gazprom, because of the problems at Portovaya.

      But the Italian government has all possible counter-measures in place if gas supply cuts from Russia continue in the coming days, the country’s ecological transition minister said on Thursday.

      “The gas situation is under control, we are monitoring flows day and night, damages are so far limited,” Roberto Cingolani said.

      Gazprom blames repair work for cutting the supply of gas through the Nordstream 1 pipeline to Germany to 40% of its usual capacity.

      Few here believe the Russian firm.

      Least of all Robert Habeck, the economy and climate change minister. This was, he said, a political decision. One taken, presumably, to coincide with Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Ukraine (Gazprom announced on Tuesday that it would decrease the delivery, then announced a further reduction on Wednesday).

      It’s a warning sign, said the president of the Federal Network Agency, which is responsible for Germany’s energy infrastructure. Klaus Mueller accused Russia of trying to spread insecurity and drive up the price of gas.

      The government has urged people and businesses to save energy, but says that there’s currently no shortage of supply. There’s little sense of panic here: it’s summer, after all, and most newspapers are busy reporting an impending heat wave this weekend. Still, the agency warns that, should the reduced gas supply continue, Germany will have a problem. Reservoirs need to be filled ahead of the winter.

      And there’s no doubt that the move has alarmed Berlin. Germany remains heavily dependent on Russian gas and, while it’s assumed Vladimir Putin won’t want to do without the revenue, Mr Mueller said the possibility of Russia halting supplies couldn’t be ruled out.

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      European energy companies, including Italy’s ENI, Austria’s OMV and Germany’s Uniper, have reported significant falls in supply of Russian gas on Wednesday and Thursday.

      Gazprom reduced its gas supply to Italy by about 15% on Wednesday, ENI said. Italy, like Germany, is heavily reliant on Russian gas, which accounts for 40% of its imports.

      Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands have already had their Russian natural gas deliveries suspended after they refused a demand for “unfriendly countries” to pay in Russian roubles.

      Russia’s payment demand was seen as an attempt to boost the rouble after it was hit by Western sanctions. Greater foreign exchange demand for roubles is likely to increase demand and push up the currency’s value.

      • “The Boss” – Putin? – Oh, 5 pargraphs down turns out to be the Gazprom chief executive.

        Do they hear how whiney they sound?
        Do their frothy reassurances reassure?

    • JK Rowling agreed to finance the purchase of weapons for Ukraine

      British writer J. K. Rowling supported the idea of ??channeling the funds raised by her charitable foundation Lumos to purchase weapons for Ukraine, including missiles fired at the civilian population of Luhansk and Donetsk.

      Russian pranksters Vovan (Vladimir Kuznetsov) and Lexus (Aleksey Stolyarov) presented a video of Rowling’s conversation with the “president” of Ukraine as part of the discussion “Fake news in the era of globalization” at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

      The release of the author’s program “Show ViL” with the full version of the writer’s prank was published on Rutube.

    • CBC – Ukraine on TikTok: What a disinfo expert sees that you don’t

      Content about the war in Ukraine has been viewed billions of times on TikTok, but as Harvard’s Emily Dreyfuss explains, sorting fact from fiction on this fast-scrolling platform is harder than you might think.

    • NEWSWEEK – Putin Is Losing the War. Don’t Be Fooled by What Happened in Severodonetsk

      Russia is losing the Ukraine war. Though Moscow is poised to capture the eastern city of Severodonetsk, it again has proven itself incapable of attaining a broader conquest over its smaller neighbor. The Russian army’s so-called victory is the latest installment in its humiliating military display and comes with a crushing human cost.

      “The Russian military is getting weaker by the day, with little prospect of overall replenishment or meaningful reinforcement,” a senior Defense Intelligence Agency official tells Newsweek. “Meanwhile, Ukraine is holding on … [and] standing on the brink of major western augmentation of its offensive capability.”

      Most experts predict the war will continue to grind on for months, and many analysts are saying the tide has turned in Vladimir Putin’s favor. It hasn’t. Even as Severodonetsk falls, it’s important to remember that Russia has already suffered three major embarrassing losses. First was Moscow’s inability to reach Kyiv, depose the government there, and its subsequent withdrawal from the north. Second was its failure to take Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, with another retreat from its environs. Third is its inability to move forward in the south, contrary to Kremlin predictions. Odesa and Mykolaiv are no longer threatened by Russia.

      The fighting in Severodonetsk will likely go on for a week or more, and even longer if it turns into another Mariupol. “Even if Russia manages to take all of Donbas in the coming weeks, we’ll still see a standoff where Ukraine increasingly has an advantage,” the DIA official says.

      The miracle in Severodonetsk

      In his nightly video address on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelensky assured his people that Ukraine is fighting for “literally every meter” of Severodonetsk.

      The eastern industrial metropolis and center of Ukraine’s chemical industry sits on the eastern bank of the Siverskyi Donets River, a major obstacle for Russian ground forces. It had a pre-war population of 100,000; some 15 percent are left sheltering in the city.

      Monday, Ukraine said its forces have been pushed out of the center of the city, their backs increasingly against the river. Some have questioned Kyiv’s decision to mount a tenacious defense of Severodonetsk, asking why Ukrainian forces didn’t retreat to the high ground on the other side at the twin city of Lysychansk (population 95,000) to live and fight another day.

      This ignores that Severodonetsk has been under artillery and air attack since the beginning of the war, with Russian troops moving to its outskirts and beginning their campaign to take the city almost exactly two months ago. Since then, the fighting has been a see-saw of advances and retreats, Ukrainian forces managing to do the impossible and hold on even when defeat seemed imminent.

      In late May, says Illia Ponomarenko, one of Ukraine’s top military journalists, “Russia seemed to be just a step away from severing the T1302 highway (commonly known as ‘the road of life’) and closing the 40-kilometer-wide pocket [around the metropolitan area].” Ponomarenko explains that there was “doom and gloom in the media in Ukraine and beyond, with loud calls to the Ukrainian military to withdraw troops from Severodonetsk and Lysychansk to save them from inevitable disaster.”

      And yet, he points out, Russia was unsuccessful at encircling the city. “With time,” he says, “it has switched to much more narrow goals of creating several smaller death traps for the Ukrainian military instead of just one giant. In many ways, this happened due to Russia’s lack of manpower for such a large operation, as well as fierce Ukrainian resistance.”

      “The Russians totally control most of Severodonetsk,” says Governor Serhiy Gaiday, head of the Luhansk administration where the city is located. “The battles are so heavy that the struggle can last for days, not even for the street, but [also] for one high-rise building,” he says.

      “For weeks,” Ponomarenko adds, “Russia and Ukrainian militaries are waging cut-throat, brutal fighting in the city, throwing more and more troops in the grinder, with houses and districts changing hands all the time.”

      Now about 8,000 Ukrainian soldiers—elements of three regular army brigades, national guard, territorial guard, and foreign legion—are isolated on the eastern bank of the river, according to U.S. intelligence.

      Ten-to-One works both ways

      Despite fierce fighting on the ground, the Russians, as they have been doing throughout the war, resort to long-range artillery to attack Ukrainian soldiers and preserve their own infantry force.

      Ukraine’s General Valeriy Zaluzhny, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, says that Russia outnumbers his country ten-to-one in guns and rockets. “Despite everything,” Zaluzhny said on Facebook this week, “we continue to hold positions. Every meter of Ukrainian land there is covered in blood—but not only ours, but also the occupier’s.”

      “Both sides are extremely exhausted and have sustained devastating losses,” says Ponomarenko.

      Those losses, according to U.S. intelligence, have been particularly bad for Russia, which has suffered as many as 10 casualties for every Ukrainian soldier lost since the offensive began on April 18. The senior DIA official ascribes the Ukrainian advantage to greater morale and motivation, better training and leadership, superior knowledge and use of the terrain, better maintained and more reliable equipment, and even greater accuracy.

      To take all of the Donbas (as the two provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk are called), Moscow has now committed 45 percent of its entire armed forces. Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine says it has killed over 32,000 Russian soldiers. U.S. intelligence thinks the number of Russians killed is closer to 18,000, but sources tell Newsweek that an additional 65,000 have been injured.

      “Russian generals see their people simply as cannon fodder,” says President Zelensky.

      “It can’t go on forever like this,” the senior DIA official says of Russia’s shrinking manpower pool. “It started with trained troops, then resorted to reserves and conscripts, then administrative personnel, students and even cadets, then new draftees rushed to the battlefield. They are literally running out of people.”

      Meanwhile the clamor from Kyiv pressuring the west to accelerate their supply of weapons continues. Not giving up on Severodonetsk shows that Kyiv is not giving up on holding Ukrainian territory, not ceding anything for free now that it recognizes how weak Putin’s forces are. But it is also part of a holding action—holding on and hoping that sufficient arms will reach the front in time to defeat the Russian invaders.

      Across the river

      If Russian forces gain full control of Severodonetsk, the next step would be crossing the Siverskyi Donets River and assaulting Lysychansk. From there, it is just five miles to the Donbas border with greater Ukraine.

      This weekend, Russian forces destroyed the Proletarskyi bridge over the river, the last driveable connection between the two cities. Governor Gaidai says the loss of the bridge means that there is “no way of leaving Severodonetsk in a vehicle.”

      In order to move forward, the British military intelligence said on Monday, Russia is either going to have to “complete ambitious flanking actions, or conduct assault river crossings,” neither of which it has managed to do in the last three months.

      “Russia has struggled to put in place the complex coordination necessary to conduct successful, large-scale river crossings under fire,” British military intelligence says. “Over the coming months, river crossing operations are likely to be amongst the most important determining factors in the course of the war.”

      Another factor to ponder in putting the loss of Severodonetsk in context is that it is only a tiny segment of the battle: one that is important in continuing to take all of Donbas, but not so crucial that Ukraine’s defenses collapse.

      The frontline between Russia and Ukraine, from east of Kharkiv in the north through Donbas to southern Ukraine all the way west to the Pivdennyi Buh river, is 1,500 miles (2400 km). There are active hostilities, General Zaluzhny says, on nearly 680 miles (1100 km) of that front. Much of that is in communities around Severodonetsk and other pockets of Luhansk and Donetsk still under Ukrainian control. Outside of Donbas, Ukrainian counter-offensives have largely halted any Russian advances. The fourth setback is now likely to happen in the south and west.

      As Severodonetsk falls, it is still a race between Ukraine’s need for resupply and reinforcement and Russia’s dwindling manpower.

      “Severodonetsk is standing, and Ukraine is also fortifying the defenses Lysychansk just to the west, a city on a higher ground that is belted by the Siverskyi Donets River hilly banks, which gives a big advantage to defenders,” writes Ponomarenko, assessing the bigger picture of the loss.

      He warns, as do other experts closely watching the war on the ground, that the loss might provoke both western officials and even Kyiv to see the Donbas as lost. And once Donbas is lost, even if Russia declares victory and a ceasefire, there is a danger of the west urging Ukraine to negotiate, to trade even more of its own territory for peace.

      “What will the West choose: a tempting deal with the devil or the good side in history?,” Ponomarenko asks. “We’ll see soon.”

      + COMMENTS

    • BBC – Russia tells BBC “we did not invade Ukraine” and there is “no war” there –

      Lavrov repeated the official Kremlin line that there were Nazis in Ukraine.

      Russian officials often claim that their military is “de-Nazifying” the country.

  7. JUNE 16 2022 – DAILY MAIL – Riverdale actor, 24, who shot and killed his mother as she played piano says he carried out murder to spare her having to witness his plot to assassinate Justin Trudeau

    Prosecutors said on Monday that Ryan Grantham, 24, fatally shot his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, ‘to save her’ from seeing his assassination plot unfold

    After shooting Waite in the back of her head as she played piano in 2020, Grantham covered her body with a sheet and placed rosaries and candles by her

    He then stored three guns, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails in his car and headed to Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, prosecutors claimed

    Grantham had planned to travel more than 50 hours to kill Trudeau

    He changed his mind and considered committing ‘an act of mass violence’ at his former university

    He turned himself to Vancouver police before harming anybody else and pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder


  8. CBC – RCMP conducting raids in central Quebec targeting Atomwaffen Division neo-Nazi group

    No arrests expected in what RCMP are calling a ‘national security operation’

    Around 60 RCMP officers are conducting raids southwest of Quebec City, targeting people connected to the neo-Nazi group the Atomwaffen Division.

    “It’s a far-right affiliated group, which could be described as having neo-Nazi allegiance,” RCMP Cpl. Charles Poirier said.

    […]Atomwaffen Division is a neo-Nazi group founded in the U.S. in 2013. The group claims to be inspired by the serial killer Charles Manson and posits that history will end in a race war.

    The U.S.-based Southern Poverty Law Center describes the group as being “organized as a series of terror cells that work toward civilizational collapse.”

    Last month, RCMP arrested a 19-year-old man from Windsor, Ont., over alleged links to the group.

    ctv news – Quebec Mounties raid two rural locations in hunt for neo-Nazi terrorist group

    […]According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, the Atomwaffen Division is a white supremacist group based on the idea of using violence to trigger “apocalyptic collapse so a white ethnostate or whites-only utopia can be constructed in its wake.”

    They categorize it as “accelerationist” because it’s so focused on the idea of destroying the existing social order. One of its major inspirational figures is Charles Manson, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports.

    It “is organized as a series of terror cells that work toward civilizational collapse,” the organization wrote.

    “Its members, who can be fairly described as accelerationists, believe that violence, depravity and degeneracy are the only sure way to establish order in their dystopian and apocalyptic vision of the world.”

    Police said they’d taken measures to ensure the safety of the local population.

    Photos posted at the same time showed officers entering what appeared to be an apartment building, with a police dog, and at a command centre in the parking lot of a church.

    […]Quebec has long been linked to the Atomwaffen group, largely because of a prominent and prolific early figure in it who went by the name “Charles Zeiger.”

    He was later revealed to be Gabriel Sohier-Chaput, an IT worker in his early 30s who was living in Montreal. Sohier-Chaput went on trial in Quebec this winter for alleged hate crimes.

    global news – Quebec RCMP searching properties allegedly connected to neo-Nazi terrorist group

    […]The department’s website says the group, which is also known as the National Socialist Order or NSO, calls for “acts of violence against racial, religious, and ethnic groups,” as well against as informants, police, and bureaucrats, “to prompt the collapse of society.”

    The group has carried out violent acts at public rallies, including in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, the government site states.

    A 19-year-old man from Windsor, Ont., was charged with terrorism in May after allegedly filing an application online to join the Atomwaffen Division and offering his skills and commitment to the group.


    NOVEMBER 2019 – “Advisor” to neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen speaks out

  9. europravda – Europe at ‘epicentre’ of monkeypox outbreak, WHO says

    The World Health Organization has urged countries to share vaccines as monkeypox continues to spread.

  10. Warning: humour

    WASHINGTON, DC—Dr. Anthony Fauci has reversed course on the drugs Ivermectin and Remdesivir after he contracted COVID this week.

    Until today, Fauci has been opposed to Ivermectin as a therapeutic for COVID, calling it a “horse dewormer” and he has been a supporter of Remdesivir as a therapeutic for COVID, calling it a “miracle drug”.

    His position has abruptly changed on both drugs, coincidentally the same week he contracted the disease.

    “The latest data indicate that Ivermectin may well be beneficial and that people should take it immediately once they get COVID. And the latest data also indicate that Remdesivir is horribly toxic to people and shouldn’t be administered to treat COVID or any other disease,” Fauci said in a statement.

    A spokesman for Pfizer said that Fauci will likely switch back once he fully recovers from COVID using Ivermectin.

    “We have to listen to the science and right now the science is saying that I should take Ivermectin. But that’s likely to change once I recover,” Fauci said.

    “You have to understand that the people aren’t capable of understanding the nuance of medicine. I certainly am. So, it’s okay for me to take Ivermectin but not okay for the millions of people out there to do the same,” Fauci said.

  11. twitter @disclosetv

    Turkey‘s ruling coalition of the AKP and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) wants to jail citizens for up to 3 years for spreading so-called “disinformation.”

    Turkish parliament commission clears bill tightening control on internet media

    The Justice Commission of the Turkish parliament has approved a bill seeking up to three years in jail for those spreading so-called “disinformation” on internet. Prof. Yaman Akdeniz, a prominent academic and cyber-rights expert, said that the government’s move aims to create a “climate of fear” ahead of the 2023 elections.

    A draft legislation that seeks to criminalize the spread of what the government calls “disinformation” on internet, is moving toward a vote in the Turkish parliament. The bill has been approved by the Justice Commission of the parliament and will be brought to the agenda of the General Assembly for a vote.

    Prof. Yaman Akdeniz, a prominent academic and cyber-rights expert, said that the new law will make it further easier for the government to put its critics on trial and will create a “climate of fear” ahead of the 2023 elections.

    “It will pass the parliament in an instance; whatever the opposition says nothing will change. The moment these amendments are legalized, they will turn into one of the most important weapons of the [ruling Justice and Development Party] AKP before the 2023 elections and the new amendments will create a ‘climate of fear.’ I can even be prosecuted [with the new law] for writing this. One does not need to be a legal expert to realize this,” Akdeniz said on social media.

    “Hundreds of people will stand trial on the crime of ‘spreading information misguiding the public.’ Those that show their reaction to these trials by saying ‘This is too much’ will also be prosecuted,” he said.

    “The arrow has already left the bow. The target [of the government] is freedom of expression and media. Sixteen Kurdish journalists, who were under detention for the last eight days, were arrested last night. This is the situation. We will never stay silent,” he further said.

    The ruling coalition of the AKP and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on May 26 submitted to parliament the long-awaited bill that demands up to three years in jail for those spreading so-called “disinformation” on internet.

    One of the most controversial articles of the bill is Article 29 which talks about the “struggle against disinformation.” If the draft law passes the parliament, online news outlets will also be required to remove “false” content, and the government may block access to their websites more easily.

  12. globe and mail –Protests against remaining COVID-19 restrictions are planned in Ottawa all summer

    Events are set to take place in Ottawa in late June through the rest of the summer for what organizers say are to protest remaining COVID-19 pandemic-era restrictions.

    Andrew MacGillivray, steering committee member for Veterans for Freedom says in a YouTube video interview that it will hold a three-day conference in Ottawa next week, from Wednesday to Friday.

    Veterans for Freedom describes itself on its website as a group made up of Canadian veterans working to “restore fundamental freedoms for all Canadians” and “uphold Canadian laws.”

    MacGillivray says its aim is to have the federal government repeal remaining mandates, reinstate federal workers who lost their jobs related to mandates and pay those workers for lost wages.

    He says his group plans to hold a meeting with up to 17 MPs on Wednesday, who are mostly Conservative, and the next two days will be town hall events with key people in the “freedom movement.”

    MacGillivray says it will set up a semi-permanent camp east of Ottawa called “Camp Eagle” and will be holding events all summer.

    The “Freedom Convoy” protest, which occupied downtown streets for three weeks earlier this year, is still in recent memory for many Ottawa citizens.

    Live With V4F – Veterans in Ottawa all Summer

  13. BREAKING: Project Veritas LEAKS #TwitterAllHands with Elon Musk

    Leaked Video of Elon Musk’s Address to Twitter Employees About ‘Essential’ Nature of Free Speech, Voting Republican, and ‘Evolving’ Twitter

    Project Veritas has published the recording of an internal Twitter company-wide meeting wherein Elon Musk addressed thousands of Twitter employees and answered questions moderated by Twitter CMO, Leslie Berland.

    “I think it’s essential to have free speech,” Musk said on the call after describing his affinity for Twitter. He added that “multiple opinions” should exist on Twitter to “make sure that we’re not sort of driving a narrative.”

    On the call, Musk was asked about his political leanings, his plans for layoffs and the direction of the company.

    Musk described his political views as “moderate” noting that he traditionally has voted democrat but voted republican this week for the first time in his life, voting for Congressional Candidate Mayra Flores in Florida. He said he believes most of the world favors moderate politics but that the far left and right should be able to voice their frustrations on Twitter.

    Musk also discussed his vision for Twitter saying that traditional news media is “negative” and that they “almost never” get it right. He added that bots, spam and multi-account users must be contained. “I think an important goal for Twitter would be to try to include as, as much of the country, as much of the world as possible,” Musk added.

    Musk notes that he’s “not hung up on titles,” but he certainly wants to be the one driving the product change at Twitter.

    Musk reacted to the news of Project Veritas publishing the recorded meeting on Twitter, by posting “Exactly.”

    [SAN FRANCISCO– JUNE 16, 2022] Project Veritas has published another recording of an internal Twitter all hands meeting wherein Elon Musk addressed thousands of employees for the first time since news broke of his plans to acquire the company. On the call, Musk described his affinity for Twitter and said the platform was best for “getting a message out” but noted that he was concerned about the platform as it currently stands, reiterating previous statements he’s made about bots, spam, and censorship.

    “I think it’s essential to have free speech,” Musk said in response to a question about his highly publicized goal to bring free speech to the platform. When pressed about what that might mean in the context of animal abuse, sexual content and offensive tweets, Musk maintained his stance. “I think there’s also, there’s freedom of speech and freedom of breach, so I think people should be allowed to say…pretty outrageous things that are within the balance, the law, but, but then they don’t, you know, get amplified,” Musk added.

    Throughout the call, Musk spoke highly about Twitter but emphasized his vision for expanding the tech giant to be inclusive of more users. “I think an important goal for Twitter would be to try to include as, as much of the country, as much of the world as possible,” Musk said speaking to employees including CEO, Parag Agrawal.

    On the call, Musk was asked about a wide range of matters including his political leanings, his plans for layoffs and whether remote employees would be required to return to the office.

    Musk described his political views as “moderate” noting that he traditionally has voted democrat but voted republican for the first time in his life, voting for Congressional Candidate, Mayra Flores, in Texas. He said he believes most of the world favors moderate politics but that the far left and right should be able to voice their frustrations on Twitter.

    At one point, Musk was asked if he would be taking over CEO duties of the company. Musk’s answer was that he “wants to make sure the product evolves rapidly.”

    In response to the Project Veritas’ leak of the company-wide zoom, Musk commented “exactly.”

  14. Heated Exchange between Sen. Rand Paul & Dr. Anthony Fauci on Vaccines and Royalties

    Sen. Rand Paul: “If I give you ten, or if I give a patient ten mRNA vaccines, and they make protein each time or them make antibody each time, is that proof that we should give ten boosters?”

    Dr. Anthony Fauci: “No. I think that is somewhat of an absurd exaggeration.”

    Later in the exchange,

    Sen. Rand Paul: “Everybody on the vaccine committee, have any of them ever received money from the people who make vaccines? Can you tell me that?”

    Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Are you going to let me answer a question? Soundbite number one. Are you going to let me answer a question?”

  15. CPAC – JUNE 16, 2022

    Drs. Walensky, Fauci & Others Testify on Federal Response to COVID-19

    CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf, NIAD Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dawn O’Connell called on Congress to approve emergency supplemental funding so the government can continue fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
    They all appeared before the Senate Health Committee to update lawmakers on response efforts.

    This hearing came as the FDA and CDC are expected to approve Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children six months to five years of age.

    In addition, Dr. Califf gave an update on the baby formula shortage.

    He said the Michigan Abbott formula manufacturing plant is closed again, this time due to flooding from severe weather.

    FULL VIDEO – 2 h 43 min

    Coronavirus Likely Caused by Natural Occurence Rather Than Lab Leak, Dr Fauci says

    ( 2 min )


    Senator Braun questions Fauci on COVID origins

  16. I still can’t post url’s because of this I am asking for one of my friends to post the Daily Mail url about the 10,000 head of cattle that died in South West Kansas. They are suppose to have died from the heat and humidity, I have been around farms and farmers all of my life and I have never heard of a large did off like this. Also the sister of a friend said (last week) that people were running around the ranches checking for some new virus.

    You now know as much as I do on the die off, given the large number of food processing plants that have caught fire this year the sudden deaths of the cattle is making me suspicious that the government is once again lying to us.

  17. Shock !! Washington Compost plays “balanced”.
    Leftists go after even their own, no matter how tenuous their relationship to satanic talmudic rituals, even strident critics of the quintessential locus of evil, the nation-state of the Jewish people.

    BDS detours into old-school antisemitism

    There is no place in civilized society for such acts – nor for rhetoric that motivates the unstable to do the terrible.…

    Names, work and home addresses on an easy, interactive map.

    The long list of groups “systemically connected” with supposed Zionist oppressors includes: the AFL-CIO, Apple, Google, the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, the Boston Globe, the City of Boston, Democratic Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, the FBI, the Harpoon Brewery, the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Pfizer and Moderna, an interminable collection of businesses, universities and police departments, and seemingly every Jewish group under the sun.
    Our names, home, and work addresses are also on the map, (Yucki and her Russki) just for completeness. Observant Jews have long been easy targets for the intersectional red, green, and black.

    Who cares if our kids need guards to walk to school? If rabbis surrounded by children are stabbed in broad daylight, tiny book stores and corner groceries have replaced window displays with plywood and metal sheeting.

    But the establishment, reliable self-hating jew-“ish” allies of the left, always our own worst enemies? You don’t even have to have emerged from a Jewish womb (Pocahontas), you’re guilty by association.

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