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torqued

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  1. Brother, I get it. I'm not rooting for Russia and Putin. They're absolutely shitty. But I never was in danger of living under a Russian totalitarian state. What I am concerned about is truth, deception, righteousness, and minimizing the loss of life. I love my country and I truly appreciate the service of everyone who wants to defend it. But what enemies are we sworn to defend it against? It is uncomfortable to consider that my side, the good guys, could possibly be involved in making poor decisions that result in a worse end state. But I also can't turn a blind eye to the fact our current leadership has fucked up nearly every issue it's faced with. This current leadership engages in relentless propaganda and deceit surrounding the pandemic, the economy, our justice system, democracy, AFGHANISTAN?. I don't want to believe that we or our allies would risk escalating conflict and plunging millions of european citizens into insecurity and a dramatically reduced standard of living for an unpopular agenda, but the trends indicate otherwise. I simply don't know... but the probability certainly isn't zero.
  2. https://www.verywellmind.com/denial-as-a-defense-mechanism-5114461 😆
  3. On the day prior to the Nordstream2 attack and opening of the Baltic Pipe line, a large protest was formed by German citizens to pressure the German government to reopen Nordstream 2. There were several reports that members of the German government were considering caving to citizen demands to lower energy costs and strike a deal with Russia and reopen it. That would have been undesireable. https://news.yahoo.com/germans-call-nord-stream-2-050655816.html?fr=sychp_catchall Video: https://twitter.com/dohelu/status/1575118767176155139?s=20&t=EVGK_oNrRPwInUud01r_Eg
  4. Also, on that same day the Polish and Danes celebrated the opening of the new pipline, Poland's representative to the European Parliament tweeted "Thank You, USA" with a picture of the ruptured Russian pipeline. But Russia did it to themselves. LOL https://twitter.com/radeksikorski/status/1574800653724966915?s=20&t=EVGK_oNrRPwInUud01r_Eg
  5. Timing is everything. Does it get any clearer? Polish and Danish Prime Ministers held a public ceremony to open the Baltic Pipe line on the same day Nordstream 2 was destroyed. From the article: "Leaders from Poland, Norway and Denmark have attended a ceremony to mark the opening of the new Baltic Pipe, a key stage in the drive to wean Poland and Europe off Russian gas. The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Norwegian shelf via Denmark and through the Baltic Sea to Poland. It is the centrepiece of a Polish strategy to diversify away from Russia that began years before Moscow’s February invasion of Ukraine triggered a global energy crisis. The flows from Norway along with supplies via liquefied gas terminals are central to Poland's plan. The country was cut off from Russian gas supplies in April, allegedly for refusing to pay in roubles. "The era of Russian domination in the field of gas is coming to an end, the era that was marked by blackmail, threats and extortion," Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at the inauguration at Budno in western Poland. Norwegian Energy Minister Terje Aasland said it was "an important step on the important road to Europe's independence from Russian energy". "We must do everything we can to eliminate energy as an instrument of Russian power," added Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. "Together we will defeat Putin." https://www.euronews.com/2022/09/27/baltic-pipe-norway-poland-gas-pipeline-opens-in-key-move-to-cut-dependency-on-russia
  6. I recently sold an easement through my property for a natural gas pipeline. The guy I dealt with says they had purchased futures contracts in 2020 through 2025. Contracts beyond that now cost 400% more.
  7. Russia blew up it's own $11 Billion dollar Nordstream 2 pipeline investment so that it could blame the US for sabotaging it while permanently (forever) severing Europe's ability to purchase energy from Russia through it. They used stealth submarines just off the coast of NATO member countries during a war, covertly planted explosives, then detonated them. By blaming the US and NATO, Russia believes they will garner enough domestic and international support to turn the tide in Ukraine. It's actually a brilliant strategic plan. https://seapowermagazine.org/baltops-22-a-perfect-opportunity-for-research-and-resting-new-technology/
  8. The leak is One Thousand Yards Wide on the surface of the Baltic Sea:
  9. How likely is it we created a Ukrainian conflict to harm both Russia and Europe to position ourselves as #1 or #2 into the future? I'm just reading these RAND reports. Were the authors just good guessers? Luck? It seems like more of a script than research. Good read all the way through, but this page and the page after are significant. From 2019: https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR3063.html
  10. Making the rounds in German media: an Interesting read from a leaked RAND report from JANUARY 2022. Germany is getting too big for its breeches. They may abandon NATO and the EU in favor of an Old Europe alliance. Solution: Plunge Europe into a financial crisis, crash the Euro, and cause massive outflows of skilled labor and finance as people sell the euro to buy dollars and yuan. This would pull the USA out of a looming recession. https://t.co/Ox9qckkjEV
  11. I have a junior and freshman in college. They would both join (against my recommendations) in a heartbeat if there was no vax requirement. Keep it in place as far as I'm concerned.
  12. Let's celebrate. https://twitter.com/greg_price11/status/1569786577085251587?s=20&t=_wjOb9lS7vHcf7RYWIiC7w
  13. Appealing through the proper channels, Master Sgt Kupper alleged that the Air Force violated protocol by removing the chain of command from the mRNA mandate exemption process. He then filed an Inspector General complaint, which was swiftly denied. When they closed his case, their office said he had to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to see their findings. https://dossier.substack.com/p/redacted-pentagon-denies-exemptions?utm_source=twitter&sd=pf DOD FOIA response: 🤡
  14. Interesting read from 2003: https://archive.globalpolicy.org/nations/sovereign/dollar/2003/03oil.htm Interesting read from today: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Energy/China-to-start-paying-for-Russian-gas-in-rubles-yuan-Gazprom
  15. Another angle of the rifle bullet impacting the Su-34
  16. That's not what I typed. "We're" playing into the hands of the Russian propaganda machine. We have a declining GDP, yet our expenditures are massively increasing. The only way that can occur is through money creation. We are now in a period of continuous emergency spending while our production of goods, services, and energy falls and consumption rises. We may be among the last to experience massive social unrest, but poorer countries are beginning to fail because their currency, pegged to the US dollar, can no longer compete on the global market. Once these new dollars are out there circulating, that bell doesn't get unrung. Enter Putin and Russian propaganda. Unless you're paying attention, you won't see the large protests happening in Sri lanka, Guatemala, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Bangladesh, Turkey, Argentina, even Britain and on and on... all over the cost of living. They're all looking for someone to blame. Chaos yields opportunity, and Russia is attempting to seize upon it. The BRICS nations are going to offer alternatives to the US dollar. Russia just shut off the last remaining Gazprom pipeline to Europe yesterday. Why would they cut off a revenue stream in the middle of a war? Because they know it creates emergency spending, then inflation, then social unrest. I posted a video of the man himself, delivering his propaganda, to people who will be compelled by it. Isn't it important to know what we're up against? While he may correctly assess the problems (as we all can), I personally believe his solutions are fucking horrendous, but desperate people and governments we be willing to try anything.
  17. Money is a merely claim on future energy. It’s finite. Who is producing it, and who requires it? if you think this is about helping those poor Ukrainians defend their homeland, it’s a bit naïve. Thucydides trap. https://amp.dw.com/en/nord-stream-1-russias-gazprom-announces-indefinite-shutdown-of-pipeline/a-63006660 Recently spent the day at the WWI museum. This gave me pause for thought.
  18. We are playing directly into the hands of the Russian propaganda machine, and people are being taken in by it. This is a war of economic attrition. Russia knows how to live in austerity. We do not. https://twitter.com/WallStreetSilv/status/1565704584747749382?s=20&t=qRyo0YF9a949j47h5WOFgQ
  19. The looting continues. https://www.npr.org/2022/09/02/1120746237/white-house-ukraine-covid-19-monkeypox-supplemental-funding
  20. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/29/biden-taiwan-arms-sales-congress-00054126 Another $Billion for Taiwan.
  21. Glad he can’t have an open casket, but does this mean the Taliban government has been openly hosting and supporting Al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan again?
  22. These three states. At. The. Same. Time. Fuckery is afoot. Watch your ass.
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