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Friday, May 20

The West"s "cosmic cretenism" LOL

"... on the one hand, insane sanctions are imposed against us, on the other hand, they demand to supply food. It doesn't work that way, we're not idiots."
The Americans are thinking of banning Russia from paying our debt obligations in dollars. Not a bad decision for us.

First, everyone understands that this is a political default, not a financial one. Russia is able to repay any of its obligations in any currency, if not to create artificial problems for it. Therefore, it will not affect the real financial reputation of our country. It should also be remembered that such actions of the United States, creating technical interference with the fulfillment of obligations, should be considered by the court either as force majeure or as culpable behavior of the creditor.

Secondly, our money in this case will not receive the American holders of debt securities themselves. And through the fault of his own country. Biden's strong move, building confidence in his financial system amid inflation and the energy crisis.

Thirdly, it is possible to fulfill these obligations in rubles, and this will also be their proper fulfillment in such conditions.

Or you cannot pay at all. And use the unspent money for those purposes that American marasmatics will not like very much. As the saying goes, he laughs best who laughs last...

The UN Secretary-General, the various sullivans and blinkins, who suddenly appeared, like a devil from a snuffbox, the "grain seven" (clearly not magnificent), some other particularly wretched Europeans spoke like the unforgettable Kisa Sparrows: Je ne mange pas six jours! [I don't eat six days!] 

That was to be expected. Here's why.

1. Countries importing our wheat and other food products will have a very hard time without supplies from Russia. And in European and other fields without our fertilizers, only a juicy weed will grow. Well... Mournfully. It's their own fault.

Now it looks like the West is backtracking. Once again, it was confirmed that a penny is the price of all these hellish sanctions when it comes to vital things. About the supply of energy resources, in order to heat the house. About food to feed people. About the millions of citizens who need one thing from politicians: the opportunity to live normally, calmly and safely. Sanctions prevent this. And NATO enlargement is getting in the way. And a mess with settlements on debts, payments and so on. And most of all it interferes with your own cosmic cretinism.

So, it's time to listen not to the trumpet voice of advisers from overseas, but to common sense. It's more useful in every way.

2. I spoke about this today with the president of one of the African countries – Namibia. By the way, our African friends understand this. And they understand that rich countries impose sanctions to make the poor poorer. And to force sanctioned patients to behave correctly under the threat of food riots. Americans and Europeans will not remain without food, although they are extremely expensive. Moreover, it is ordinary Europeans who will pay these three prices, and not those in power. Our country is ready to fulfill its obligations in full. But he also expects assistance from trading partners, including on international platforms. And then it turns out illogically: on the one hand, insane sanctions are imposed against us, on the other hand, they demand to supply food. It doesn't work that way, we're not idiots.
I would like to stress once again that there are no exports to the detriment of our market. Food for the citizens of Russia is a sacred matter.

3. No one has harvested crops on TV or the Internet yet. This requires fields and agricultural machinery, fertilizers and hands accustomed to sowing and harvesting bread, and not signing stupid decisions. Russia knows how to do this, we have every opportunity to ensure that other countries have food and that food crises do not happen. Just don't stop us from working.

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H/T Ukraine update & Wheat for Rubles has collective west in panic mode - YouTube -The Duran May 20

Russia to cut off gas supplies to Finland starting tomorrow

Finland says Russia is cutting off natural gas supplies (msn.com) - CBS News May 20

Russia will cut off natural gas to Finland after the Nordic country refused President Vladimir Putin's demand to pay in rubles, the Finnish state-owned energy company said Friday. The cutoff, coming the same week that Finland applied for NATO membership, is the latest escalation over European energy amid the war in Ukraine. [...]

From   • Chart: Which European Countries Depend on Russian Gas? | Statista:

Some smaller European countries rely exclusively on Russian gas, namely North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Moldova. Dependence also was above 90 percent of gas supply in Finland and Latvia and at 89 percent in Serbia, as per the latest available data. [...]

So, what is Finland going to do?  Maybe try the same thing Poland is doing -- have Germany buy the gas for them, which I will assume is at a steep markup when shipped through to Poland.

See also:

German Utility Will Still Buy Russian Gas Under Euros-to-Rubles Scheme (businessinsider.com) - May 11.  The question is how long the scheme will hold; from the report it's guaranteed until the end of this month; after that is unclear.  

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Thursday, May 19

To the point

From Intel Slava Z today
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced important facts: The employees involved in work with dangerous pathogens in Ukraine were US citizens and had diplomatic immunity. Ukrainian biological laboratories were engaged in activities to enhance the pathogenic properties of plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases using synthetic biology methods.

For the long-winded version see Sputnik's May 11 report  Dem Party Leaders, Pfizer, Moderna Involved in US Biological Activities in Ukraine: Russian MoD - 11.05.2022, Sputnik International (sputniknews.com, which I think broke the news of the scandal. With each captured Ukranian base it seems the Russians are getting their hands on more incriminating evidence of atrocities by the Ukranian government against their own people at the behest of NATO and specifically American bosses.  

[shaking her head] What the hell happened to Americans?  How did we go from doing bad on occasion to protect our interests to routinely committing outright evil? 

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Sunday, May 15

US Tops Market shooter posted symbol used by Ukranian Nazi Azov Battalion

That news about the shooter will not go over well in Washington and London.  I wouldn't be surprised to learn from British media that the shooter was working for the Russians.
 
Intel Slava Z - May 14, 18:25 (includes photos of shooter's postings, including the Black Sun symbol).  
A mass shooting took place in the City of Buffalo, in New York at a grocery store. 10 are dead, 3 are injured. The shooter is a self-proclaimed White Supremacist as stated in his manifesto. The shooter livestreamed his attack. On the first page he used the Symbol of the "Black Sun". The "Black Sun" symbol, is a hate symbol. This same symbol is used by the Nazi group The Azov Battalion in Ukraine. The shooter, goes over in detail what weapons he used and his gear, along with why he did the attack, and how he was going to carry it out. The attack is currently being investigated by law enforcement agencies as a terror attack and hate crime. The shooter is currently in custody.

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In commenting about the massacre, President Biden said, Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America. We must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled domestic terrorism.”

He should have added, "But be assured we are doing everything in our power to support hate-fueled domestic terrorism in Ukraine. American Nazis bad, Ukranian Nazis good."

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Friday, May 13

Sputnik News censorship bypass

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Wednesday, May 11

Why progress is so slow for Russian troops in the Donbass

Jacob Dreizen explains how the war is being fought there (starts at 13:00 minute mark), after discussing the Russian rout of Ukranian troops on Snake Island -- and describing American tactical help to the Ukranian troops.    


Jacob doesn't have his own YouTube channel. The Duran has been so impressed with his reporting on the Russian operation in Ukraine that they have graciously hosted his recent reports on their channel.

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Andrei Martyanov to Pentagon: "Watch and learn how real war is fought"

Another Andrei bon mot from the same video report: "When you lie you have to lie professionally."  

Debunking (Some) Fakes. - YouTube:(May 9th, Zmeinnyi Island [Snake Island] fiasco, Pentagon, Fakes, Nuclear subs in Black Sea)

He has fun explaining in his caustic fashion basic military stuff (well, basic for anyone who knows what he's talking about) such as why, contrary to claims, the Ukrainians couldn't attack a nuclear submarine, Russian or otherwise, in the Black Sea.  

A note: he says what sounds like 'belling cat' a couple times. He's referring to a blog that became infamous during the Syrian War. Andrei along with many others who are very critical of the site considers Bellingcat a mouthpiece for Britain's MI6 spy agency; in any case it might as well be, is my two cents.         

Don't let Andrei's thick Russian accent mislead you. He is an American citizen with many old friends in the U.S. military and intelligence communities. He is not anti-American, but since the Russian operation in Ukraine he began explaining many facts about the war that have not made it into the mainstream press or got so mangled by reporters and 'analysts' they were useless.  

I think all of his observations are priceless. although the accent can take a little getting used to and his tendency to digress on occasion can be annoying for those who want him to get straight to the point. Those are quibbles given the educational value of his talks.   

In one discussion after another, he has pounded on his point that Americans today don't really know what real war is, and he extends the observation to many American military officials and their bosses in the U.S. Department of State, Congress, and White House. He has done this not to denigrate the United States, but to warn that Americans developed a skewed idea of war from a generation of fighting opponents that could only put up a token defense.

Speaking of his American friends, he has praise in the above discussion for one of Larry Johnson's writings, published May 9. What Larry has to say is very upsetting, but grown-ups in NATO countries need to watch the videos he includes in his article:

Is Ukraine Abandoning its Military Units? (sonar21.com)

But who is Andrei?  From the Clarity Press bio:

ANDREI MARTYANOV is an expert on Russian military and naval issues. He was born in Baku, USSR in 1963. He graduated from the Kirov Naval Red Banner Academy and served as an officer on the ships and staff position of Soviet Coast Guard through 1990. He took part in the events in the Caucasus which led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In mid-1990s he moved to the United States where he currently works as Laboratory Director in a commercial aerospace group. He is a frequent blogger on the US Naval Institute Blog.
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From Pepe Escobar's sketch of him for the Asia Times published about a year ago:

Disintegration: Indicators of the Coming American Collapse by Andrei Martyanov. Clarity Press (Atlanta), 246 pages. US$28.95

Andrei Martyanov is in a class by himself. ... arguably the foremost military analyst in the Russian sphere – living and working in the United States, writing in English for a global audience and always excelling in his Reminiscence of the Future blog.

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing Martyanov’s previous two books.  In Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning, published nearly three years ago, he conclusively proved, among other things, that the missile gap between the US and Russia was a “technological abyss,” and that the Russian-made, air-launched, nuclear-capable Kinzhal missile was “a complete game-changer geopolitically, strategically, operationally, tactically and psychologically.”

See also Bernhard's review of Andrei's 2019 book:

MoA - Book Review: The (Real) Revolution In Military Affairs (moonofalabama.org)

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Friday, May 6

Ukrainians will eventually learn the truth. Will Americans?

From Intel Slava Z, May 6
ttps://t.me/intelslava/28039
Local residents report that in Seversk and Serebryanka, which are still under the control of Ukrainian formations, an armored personnel carrier with a Z badge on board drives and fires at residential buildings. It is accompanied by a group of journalists who are filming another fake “how the Russians are hitting the residential areas” of Seversk and Serebryanka.

As soon as these settlements come under our control, these staged videos will be aired on Ukrainian and Western TV channels and resources.

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