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Prof. Vladimir Golstein: Without Hagia Sophia, there wouldn't be Russian Orthodoxy





Without Hagia Sophia, there wouldn't be Russian Orthodoxy.

At least, if you believe Russian Primary Chronicle (the XII century text known to us only in its XIV century variant), which told us how Kievan prince Vladimir had been choosing the "true" religion for the pagan Russians.

He dismisses Islam, since "drinking is the joy of Russia, and we can't exist without this pleasure." He mocks the Jews for not substantiating their faith with territorial possession. But then he can't choose between the western and eastern brands of Christianity. So he sends envoys to different countries to witness and report. And that’s what they brought back:

“Then we went to Germans and saw them performing many ceremonies in their temples, but we beheld no glory there. Then we went to Greece and the Greeks led us to the edifices where they worship their God, and we knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth. For on earth there is no such splendor or such beauty, and we are at a loss how to describe it. We only know that God dwells there among men, and their service is fairer than the ceremonies of other nations. For we cannot forget that beauty. Every man, after tasting something sweet, is afterward unwilling to accept that which is bitter, and therefore, we cannot dwell longer here."
And yes, it was Hagia Sophia that Vladimir’s envoy visited and where they were stung by the beauty. More than stung. Transformed, transfigured, converted.

Ever since, their words and actions kept on instructing Russians that in order to witness God dwelling among men you have to witness the beauty that men create. That it is beauty’s splendor that testifies to God’s presence. Not a sword. Not a rocket. Not a dollar.

This passage is so stunning and so memorable. It is as beautiful as Hagia Sophia. While pagan Rome can offer us only “veni, vidi, vici,” while some exceptional Americans improve it into “we came, we saw, he died,” Russians offer something different. “We came, we saw, we got transformed”: “veni, vidi, transfiguri,” if you pardon my Latin.

Indeed, the structure is breathtaking, and it was meant this way. According to the Byzantine historian, Procopius, the interior of the church, was: “too splendid to appear ordinary and too tastefully decorated to appear excessively rich. It is bathed in sunlight and the reflection of the sun’s rays; one might almost say that it is not illuminated from without by the sun but that the radiance originates from within, so inundated with light is this sanctuary. .. Upon the central circle rises a sort of huge spherical dome, an incomparably beautiful structure; it seems not so much to rest upon the solid substructure, as … to be suspended from heaven... If anyone enters to pray, then his mind is lifted up and he walks in heaven; he thinks that God cannot be far away and that He gladly dwells in this place that He himself has chosen.”

But let’s descent from Heaven to Earth. So what exactly is Erdogan doing, and why does it matter?
For me, he is engaged in something truly demonic, because he is generating discord and enmity. I like Turks. I like the country. I like Istanbul. Just last November I was there, enjoying the sights, and Bosporus, and the city, and the food, and the culture. I am sure my sentiment is shared by many people from all over the world. Russian tourists in Turkey is as a fixture as the Chinese in Gallery Lafayette.

Yet, a lot of Orthodox do remember. Armenians remember. Serbs remember. Bulgarians remember. Russians remember. So why stir shit? Why lacerate the wound that has just been covered with a thin layer of new skin?
As with all sorts of inevitable evil or injustice, people make peace with it. As we make peace with illness, or bad weather, or nasty and abusive cops. So yes, people made peace with the fact that Hagia Sophia had been in Ottoman hands converted into mosque for five centuries. People made peace that it is been turned into the museum for the last 90 years. But why rub it in? Why provoke enmity and ill feelings?

The answer is simple. Erdogan does not care. All politics – at least as far as Democracies are concerned – is local. It has to appeal to locals. That’s why Erdogan can dismiss Christians, because their vote does not count. And he can dismiss his own secularized segment, because by definition, these children of Ataturk, do not worry about religious feelings of others.

That’s exactly what American Democrats keep on doing as well: who cares about Russians or Orthodox– there are too few of them to vote, and religion is not to be encouraged to begin with. So who cares about Serbs or Greeks – there is not enough of them to protest while we dismantle Yugoslavia and bomb Belgrade for three months. Of course, Canadians care about Ukrainians. Because there is at least a million of them in Canada.

So yes, it is a demonic work, camouflaged as democratic. In pursuit of votes, lets ostracize, lets sow the discord, and set people against each other. Just another day in politics, I guess. But common people would suffer. Demonic work always ends in disaster. But by that time, Erdogan will retire to his dacha on Bosporus, enjoying the sunsets over the stunning landscape.

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The Hybrid War Of Terror On America Was Decades In The Making



The spree of urban terrorism that's exploded in the US over the past week wasn't a spontaneous outburst of unrest but part of the decades-long Hybrid War of Terror on America that finally turned kinetic in the run-up to Trump's possible re-election, and an analysis of the origins and gradual development of this conflict could provide a clearer picture of the course that it might take in the coming months.

A Review Of Recent Events

Subversive forces inside the US are waging a Hybrid War of Terror on America, one that's been decades in the making but finally turned kinetic in the run-up to Trump's prospective re-election. For those readers who aren't familiar with the author's earlier work on this topic, they're requested to read or at least skim through the following articles in order to obtain an understanding of his interpretation of contemporary events that will frame the present analysis about their origins and their prospective development across the course of this year:

* 1 June: "Mayhem In America: Masks Off, Molotovs Out!"

* 2 June: "America Has The Right To Protect Itself From Urban Terrorism"

* 3 June: "What Comes After America's Nationwide Anti-Terrorist Operation?"

* 4 June: "Antifa Wants To Lead African-Americans To Their Slaughter To Spark A Race War"

To oversimplify, domestic terrorist groups led on the ground primarily by the largely decentralized Antifa network are doing everything they can to encourage angry African-Americans to carry out a nationwide crime wave together with acts of urban terrorism so as to increase the likelihood of them getting killed en masse by the police, National Guard, and/or military as the next step in provoking a "race race", the resultant chaos of which could then be exploited to advance their ideological agenda of "revolution".

Education Or Indoctrination?

What's happening in America today took decades to get to this point since ordinary Americans wouldn't otherwise react the way that many of them regrettably are unless they were truly enraged at something so intensely to put others' lives and their own in danger through wanton acts of urban terrorism. Their worldview wasn't shaped in a day, but over decades, and that initially began in the educational system which was gradually subverted by left-wing radicals to the point where almost all college professors today identify with this ideology or one of its variants. They indoctrinated several generations of Americans "across the color spectrum" into believing that their country is a "racist dictatorship" profiting off of "economic injustice". There's definitely some truth to the general point that America is imperfect like all countries are, with its own particular systemic challenges that have made life difficult for some categories of folks more so in the past than in the present day, but that truth has been manipulated in order to radicalize the population according to certain triggers that most directly affect each identity demographic (e.g. racism and the criminal justice system for African-Americans, "reverse-racism" for Caucasians, feminism for women, corruption for the vast majority of the people, etc.).

Trotskyist Terror

This observation makes it relevant to discuss the influence of Trotskyist thought, which in this context simply refers to the concept of a so-called "permanent revolution". There's nothing wrong with the idea of continual improvement, but it's been exploited by radical left-wing ideologies in order to promote the Machiavellian mantra that "the ends justify the means". That said end is what its adherents truly believe (whether on their own or due to mental manipulation by "vanguard" elements of "the movement") to be a "better world" for everyone, hence why they think that morality has no place when it comes to means. Thus, even acts of urban terrorism and the tricking of "useful idiots" into being slaughtered are "acceptable". "The movement" does everything in its power to ensure that "the cause" is always on everyone's minds so that nobody ever forgets about it but is instead always incited into becoming ever more radicalized so that their anger can then be "constructively" (or rather, destructively) channeled in the direction of their greater goal. Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals", which he dedicated to "the first radical" Lucifer (Satan) in order to emphasize the amorality of his Machiavellian methods, provides perfect insight into the typical "revolutionary's" mindset.

Relativism & Deconstructivism

One of the ways through which the educational establishment has indoctrinated Americans has been to have them relativize and deconstruct their society, though not in a purely objective manner (if one can even be applied in theory), but along the lines of whatever will portray "the movement's" "cause" as "good/legitimate" and the existing system/establishment/everything else as "bad/illegitimate". That's not to say that relativism and deconstructivism aren't useful to practice, but just to point out that they're one of the more popular means through which generations have been manipulated, with the effects cumulatively building to the point where each generation becomes more radicalized than their predecessors. This is made possible not only by the "perfecting" of such "perception management" techniques, but also by indoctrinated parents forcing their children to believe the same things that they do, thus giving them an "ideological boost" from an early age that they themselves didn't have and which could make them radicalize faster and more intensely than they ever did. Convinced of the validity of their worldview and the supposed "necessity" of "revolution", these mass-produced "foot soldiers" then demand maximalist outcomes and unconditional surrenders.

"The Long March Through The Institutions"

The next factor to focus on is the concept of "the long march through the institutions" which seeks to embed "revolutionaries" and their "fellow travelers" (ideological sympathizers who might not be as radicalized as the first-mentioned) into various institutions beyond just the educational one. In practice, this most often takes the form of embedding them in influential places like the church, the media, and "Big Tech", to say nothing of all levels of government: local/state/federal and executive/legislative/judicial. The purpose is to slowly take control of the state and society without arousing too much suspicion, but as the infiltration begins to succeed, certain signs become visible once these individuals feel comfortable enough in their positions to start actively shaping the country through relevant policies. This also sometimes takes the form of "politically flamboyant" personalities becoming popular in society for their outspoken views such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of "the squad" alongside their "fellow travelers" in "Big Tech" like Twitter's Jack Dorsey among others for example. The end result is that society realizes that influential people harbor what had previously (and rightly) been considered to be radical ideologies, which contributes to gradually changing the national culture.

Gramsci's "Cultural Hegemony"

Interwar Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci is credited with pioneering the concept of "cultural hegemony" whereby he basically asserted that "revolutions" can increase their chance of success by capturing the national culture through various means. Nowadays this is seen not only in the public faces of some people who have completed "the long march through the institutions" (especially in the media), but also especially among celebrities. The outcome is that a certain so-called "political correctness" creeps in which pressures individuals to censor themselves from expressing any beliefs that don't conform with what's wrongly presented to be the "majority consensus" even though it's more often than not still only the view of the radical but influential minority. This doesn't always relate to the purely economic foundations of leftism either but increasingly takes the form of what critics have described as "Cultural Marxism", or the attempted application of leftism's common denominator of "equality" into the cultural sphere, which purely economic leftists decry as ideological heresy that discredits their ideas. Consequently, they refuse to associate with that term and those that use it despite many "Cultural Marxists" proudly espousing leftist economic views as well.

"Ideological Subversion"

In parallel with these previously mentioned processes is what KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov described during a 1985 interview as "ideological subversion". It's unimportant that he attributed this strategy to the USSR (whether rightly or wrongly) since it can be applied by any ideologically motivated network irrespective of partisanship that doesn't necessarily have to be state-backed. The four phases of "ideological subversion" are demoralization (making the majority skeptical of the status quo and feeling seemingly powerless to resist the "revolutionaries"), destabilization (a series of incidents that radicalize people and precondition the population to expect a crisis), crisis (the "trigger event" for catalyzing the most active and usually violent part of the campaign), and normalization ("the new normal" once the "revolutionaries" seize complete power even if they don't officially proclaim victory in the event that they succeeded in secret). As everything that's been discussed thus far in the analysis unfolds, the "Overton Window" shifts whereby what was previously considered radical is now seen as "normal" and the "old normal" becomes the "new radical" that's then presented by the "drivers of change" as the "dangerous fringe" that society must continue moving away from.

From Destabilization To Crisis

The phased transition from destabilization to crisis is facilitated by structural preconditioning such as the deliberate mental and economic hardships brought about by the Democrat Governors' decisions to impose strict COVID-19 lockdowns and the propagandizing of provocative narratives throughout society via the media such as the viral videos of police brutality against African-Americans. The first-mentioned makes the population more desperate and therefore increasingly likely to directly participate in the physical manifestation of the "revolution" even if they were previously having second doubts and preferred to only be "fellow travelers" (passive supporters). The second, meanwhile, incites the "revolutionary vanguard" (the role of which some participants such as criminally inclined African-Americans today aren't even conscious that they're playing) into a rage that triggers their prior amoral programming by reminding them that "the ends justify the means" even if it's only to opportunistically take advantage of the forthcoming crisis for selfish reasons like looting. Taken together, this further the "conscious vanguard's" cause of chaos that'll enter into effect upon the commencement of the crisis.

Color Revolution Chaos

The ongoing kinetic phase of the Hybrid War of Terror on America couldn't have been possible had it not been for the uncontrollable proliferation of the same Color Revolution tactics and strategies that the US government invented over nearly the past two decades then subsequently spread across the internet. It was therefore only a matter of time before "revolutionaries" at home began to apply the same methods against the US government itself in a completely expected twist of fate. The author's work from half a decade ago about "The Color Revolution Model: An Exposé Of The Core Mechanics" explains these processes at length, while his book from around the same time about "Hybrid Wars: The Indirect Adaptive Approach To Regime Change" explains the phased transition from Color Revolutions (weaponized protests) to Unconventional Wars (terrorism). In short, the terrorist phase begins to emerge after the security services' reaction to violent protests is caught on camera but deceptively decontextualized and misportrayed. The edited footage is then propagated throughout society to escalate the self-sustaining cycle of unrest by delegitimizing the said security services and their government, which further radicalizes the population into passively or actively supporting terrorism.

Strategic Escalations

The kinetic (physical, violent) phase of the decades-long Hybrid War of Terror on America is greatly aided by the "fellow travelers" who completed their "long march through the institutions" of government, specifically the Democrats in charge of local municipalities and various states. Many of them refuse to order the police and National Guard respectively to properly respond to the Color Revolution for two primary reasons. The first is to radicalize the majority of the population that's against this destruction so as to precondition them into expecting a "race war", while the second is to then reinforce the perception of Trump as a "fascist dictator" to the already radicalized "revolutionaries" and their "fellow travelers" once he's forced to take control of the National Guard and/or dispatch the military with the authority to use lethal force at their discretion to quell the unrest. That seemingly inevitable development will lead to the previously described decontextualization of such a response through edited footage that would become more "credible" to many if the "fellow traveling" peaceful protesters voluntarily use themselves as "human shields" to protect the urban terrorists among them, thus sacrificing themselves for "the cause" as "martyrs" whose deaths will be blamed on Trump personally.

Insubordination & Defection

"The long march through the institutions" also seeks to infiltrate the security services even though they're typically the most resilient, but the "sleeper cells" among them and their media allies can attempt to get their "moderate" colleagues to seriously consider refusing to fulfill their professional duty to restore law and order, especially if they're pressured not to "kill their own people" (an oft-abused phrase regularly employed by the US government to delegitimize those foreign governments targeted by its history of Hybrid Wars and which lethally respond to these external provocations in self-defense). "Dog whistles" are already being blown in this respect by former Defense Secretary Mattis and Espers the incumbent one who have both contradicted the President to different degrees regarding his plans to reestablish law and order. This increases the likelihood that the aforesaid "sleeper cells" can deploy other bespoke information warfare narratives against their "fellow" members of the security services such as imploring them to "obey the Constitution and not the fascist dictator who's ordering the illegal use of force against peaceful protesters out of self-interested political desperation to prevent his inevitable toppling by the people". If successful, then the result this devious information warfare operation could be game-changing.

Electoral Context

It's impossible to ignore the fact that the ongoing Hybrid War of Terror on America is occurring in the run-up to the November elections. The Minneapolis "trigger event" (which might be one of many up the seemingly never-ending escalation ladder) wasn't planned but something of the sort might have been had that not happened in order to catalyze the current chaos. The timing is extremely strategic because it's intended to totally destabilize the country ahead of its pivotal vote that might prospectively hand Trump his final term, after which he'd be completely "unchained" without any future electoral considerations whatsoever to pursue his own promised "revolutionary" agenda that threatens to reverse the leftists' "march through the institution" ("draining the swamp"/"fighting the deep state") in as radical of a manner as he'd want. To stop him, they hope to "hack" the election by exploiting this chaos to convince more people to vote Democrat, but as an "insurance policy", they also plan to use mail-in ballots in order to steal the election. Should they fail to do that and he's not overthrown beforehand in a military coup, then they'll likely intensify their Hybrid War on the basis that he supposedly "stole the election" following the narrative that the US itself used against so many targets abroad over the years.

Global Importance

The whole world is watching what happens because of the global importance that the outcome of this conflict will undoubtedly have. It shouldn't be forgotten that it's occurring in the midst of what the author previously described as World War C, which refers to the full-spectrum paradigm-changing processes unfolding as a result of every government's response to the COVID-19 global pandemic that readers can learn more about here, here, and here. In accordance with the precepts of Stephen Mann's "Chaos Theory And Strategic Thought", the initial conditions at the onset of any complex process will disproportionately influence their outcome ("the butterfly effect"), so even Trump's possible victory might only be a Pyrrhic one when it comes to America's global standing in the emerging Multipolar World Order depending on how much damage is done domestically during the course of this conflict. Another point to keep in mind is that he's also the leader of the worldwide nationalist/anti-globalism movement so the onset of the kinetic phase of this Hybrid War sends a strong message to other like-minded leaders that something similar could also happen to them at any time too unless they were more successful than the US was in stopping "the long march through the institutions".

Concluding Thoughts

The ongoing phase of the Hybrid War of Terror on America can be conceptualized as the explosion of a long-ticking time bomb similar in effect to what happened a generation ago in the USSR after US-backed nationalist "revolutionaries" there succeeded in destroying it from within using almost identical means. This observation speaks to the fact that such methods aren't exclusive to any given ideology but vary depending upon the targeted state's unique socio-economic and political characteristics, which could in the future be more easily identified and tracked using the strategic insight obtained by "Big Data" operations such as the one that Cambridge Analytica was notoriously accused of.

Considering that this is a conflict that was decades in the making, it won't be resolved anytime soon, especially since the "revolutionary" side is convinced that "the ends justify the means", which makes the use of terrorism against their "fellow" Americans "acceptable" to them. Although every government in the world officially condemns this method of warfare which doesn't have any ideology, race, religion, nationality, or borders, many of them and their compatriots are more than happy to watch the havoc that this Hybrid War will wreak for purely ideological reasons pertaining to their hatred for the American government (irrespective of whether or not that hatred is justified) even though the majority of victims will likely be innocent people of all "colors".

This hypocritical position is explained by the fact that those abroad sense that this conflict is an "historical opportunity" to knock the US "out of the game" once and for all, and by none other than its own Hybrid War means that it so eagerly used to employ against almost everyone else in one way or another. For this self-interested reason, they might even intensify their information warfare against the US in order to embolden the "revolutionaries" and "demoralize" the average American that's against this reign of terror by trying to convince them that they "deserve" all of this because they pay taxes to "fund the evil empire" for what it does overseas in their name without their knowledge or permission. Some of these average Americans will almost certainly submit, but tens of millions of others probably won't go down without a fight, even if it's to the death.

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Blok To the Rescue: A Page from the History of World Revolution


Blok To the Rescue: A Page from the History of World Revolution

By Prof. Vladimir Golstein

As we watch and experience protests, riots and looting, I can’t help but think of various revolutionary riots, some of which crushed, some resulting in a drastic change, some petering out.

There is a fascinating, brilliant, and paradoxical essay on the subject, written in 1918 by Alexander Blok: Catiline. With the subtitle: A Page from the History of World Revolution. The essay muses on the Roman rebel, Catiline, who led a failed coup in 63 BC. This essay is worth revisiting.

So this Catiline was an aristocrat, notorious for his crimes and scandals. Propagandists of his day, tried to present him as a mixture of Weinstein and Epstein. The biggest of these propagandists Cicero, Christian Amanpour or Rachel Maddow of his day, who spent endless amount of time exposing “Catiline’s conspiracy.” And of course, pseudo pundits pitched in, like this hypocritical historian, Sallust. Who probably worked in some Roman Think Tank, called Mediterranean Security Council.

Forced to study Cicero in schools, the later generations, continued to malign Catiline, all the way to Voltaire. Virtue signaling and cheap showing off is the vice that even the greatest can’t escape. Until Cateline’s story reached Ibsen and then Blok.

What's happened? Both Ibsen and Blok understood that Rome of Catiline’s day, was the epitome of the stifling, materialistic, delusional empire bound to collapse. Referring to Rome as "triumphantly decomposing,” Blok claims that the heart of Rome stopped when Christ was born. The Rome continued like a zombie, until it fully collapsed not only under the external pressure, but more importantly, under its own weight and moral bankruptcy.

So for Blok, the only interesting way to interpret Catiline was to see him as a symptom. Catiline was obviously pursuing his own goals and vendettas, yet his rebellion served a lighting rod, attracting many people marginalized and crushed by the decaying Roman Empire. The revolt was a reminder that something was rotten and was bound to be shaken up. As Blok puts it: "Roman culture was indicted forever in a different non-hypocritical court, the court of Jesus Christ."

So yes, the old order, the Washington consensus of the last seventy years, is being shaken up. Scandals, military adventurism, the abuse of its Praetorian guards, lies, spinning, failure to take care of the weakest and helpless members of the society.

Many decaying regimes exhibit similar features. But Rome was clearly the father of them all. Blok, therefore writes in his diary: "Catiline. What a close, FAMILIAR, sad world!" He keeps on returning to the theme: referring to Rome’s "old, provincial, vulgar, positivist morality."

Besides indictment of Rome, what is fascinating about Blok’s analysis is his creative reading of Catiline. He sees him as "created by social inequality, suckled in its suffocating atmosphere.” Yet, despite Catiline’s personal failings, he –and his movement- got transformed, caught in the revolutionary upheaval. That’s how Blok describes Catiline gang’s march through Rome: “This is the same Catiline, the recent pet of the lionesses of Roman society and the demi-monde, the criminal ringleader of a debauched band. He walks with the same "now lazy, now hurried" gait, but his fury and rage have communicated a musical rhythm to his walk, as if this were no longer the same mercenary and debauched Catiline; in the tread of this man are revolt, uprising, and the furies of the people's anger.” What a great line: “In the tread of this man are revolt, uprising, and the furies of the people's anger.”

Blok was clearly fascinated by this revolutionary march through Rome. He knew that the uprising was to be crushed. That it would take another few centuries for Pax Romana to find its way into the dustbin of history. Yet, he could not help but hear the sound of liberation in this hurried march through Roman squares: "Do you hear that uneven, hurried step of the condemned man, the step of the revolutionary, the step in which the storm of fury sounds, resolving itself in staccato musical sounds?"

And no amount of Cicero eloquence can cover the fact, that there is a "non-hypocritical court" of history, or God, or whatever one wants to call it, that has already pronounced its verdict. In fact, Ciceros of today can go on, expressing their anger at racism, or Trump, or looting, or any other subject one is allowed to criticize by the Praetorian guards of the mass media. The system based on making rich richer and poor –poorer is wrong. The system based on the endless fear-mongering is wrong. The system that can’t see beyond bread and circus is sick to the core. The system that serves shareholders of military corporations and not the sick and the needy has only one way to go. If the system still divides the world into Rome and Barbarians, into aristocrats and sans-quilots, into exceptional Atlantists and its resources, it cannot last. I trust Blok on that.

Bourbons, when they were restored in France, also tried to present French revolution as nothing but murderous fury, and tried to turn the clock back, but obviously, history has its own logic. Ancient Regime was done for; it simply took it another fifty years to realize it.

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There's No Longer Any Question That Biden Carried Out A Cover-Up In Ukraine

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Trump stands vindicated for accusing Biden of trying to cover up his son's corruption in Ukraine after one of that country's lawmakers released audio recordings of the former Vice President's numerous conversations with former President Poroshenko to that effect, proving that the real Ukrainegate scandal has been about the Democrat front-runner all along.

Caught Red-Handed

Ukrainian lawmaker Andrei Derkach released audio recordings that he claims to have received from journalists which convincingly sound as though they're truly of former President Poroshenko's numerous conversations with former Vice President and current Democrat front-runner Biden. The content of their chats concerns the latter's efforts to pressure the then-Ukrainian leader to remove General Prosecutor Shokin, which Trump and many of his surrogates have claimed was undertaken in an attempt to cover up his son Hunter's corruption at the Burisma gas company where he was employed and which was the subject of an investigation by Shokin. The recordings are remarkably frank, with Poroshenko proudly pledging fealty to Biden and regularly updating him on the progress that he's made in keeping what he refers to as his "promises" to the former Vice President.

Related: Senate panel approves subpoena in Hunter Biden probe

The Real Ukrainegate & Russiagate Scandals

The Daily Beast reported that suspicions are swirling over whether the leak was an inside job in Ukraine or the result of so-called "Russian hacking", but that's just an attempt to distract from the calls, just like the unproven claims that Russia was responsible for hacking the DNC's emails four years ago. The real Ukrainegate scandal therefore wasn't over the now-debunked allegations that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with current Ukrainian President Zelensky in an attempt to reopen this investigation for supposedly political reasons, but over Biden's attempts to cover up his son's corruption in Ukraine in order to not hurt the Vice President's future campaign prospects. This is similar in essence to how the real Russiagate scandal wasn't about Russia allegedly helping Trump, but about Hillary trading the US' strategic uranium deposits for Clinton Foundation kickbacks.

Pattern Of Hypocrisy

The pattern at play is unmistakable, and it's that the Democrats have recently taken to accusing Trump of the same spirit of what they themselves are really guilty of. Be it in carrying out shady deals with Russia, Ukraine, or whichever other country's dirty laundry has yet to reach the light of day, the Democrats have a track record of international corruption unlike Trump, who comes off as squeaky clean in comparison. That's not to absolve the sitting American President of whatever his administration might secretly be doing abroad, but just to point out that the two highest-profile accusations of corruption against him have been proven to be false and much more applicable to the same party that publicly made them in the first place.

Intriguing Timing

The timing of the Biden-Poroshenko leaks is intriguing and deserves some further analysis. It's unclear why they weren't released any earlier considering that the fake Ukrainegate impeachment conspiracy against Trump began last summer, which suggests that they might have either only been recently obtained or strategically kept in reserve to unveil at an opportune moment during the 2020 campaign. If the latter, then the current timing might be connected to the Democrats' desperate attempts to pin the blame for the US' controversial handling of World War C on Trump personally in yet another effort to impeach him or at the very list tilt the upcoming vote to his opponent's favor. Regarding that selfsame opponent, Biden seems to be afflicted with dementia and is widely considered to simply be a stand-in functioning as a puppet of more shadowy party interests.

A "Dark Horse" For The Democrats?

There's been some debate in Democrat circles about the wisdom of promoting him as their candidate of choice, but they probably didn't have any more viable option since the other politicians in the primary either didn't manage to generate any genuine grassroots support from their party's base or were considered too radical and therefore unable to appeal to the on-the-fence voters in "Main Street" America who'll likely decide this election like usual. With that in mind, these criminally incriminating leaks could either throw the party further into disarray or present an opportunity for a so-called "dark horse" replacement to be put forth by the party during its summer convention, meaning that they might have been an inside job by disgruntled Democrat "deep state" operatives who don't believe in Biden's ability to beat Trump and want to force the party to replace him.

Democrats = Corruption

It can only be speculated who's really behind the leaks and why, but they'll likely end up being extremely damaging to Biden's campaign. He's now been caught red-handed doing exactly what his party wrongly accused Trump of last summer, and the average American -- while generally susceptible to partisan propaganda from both sides of the aisle -- isn't so stupid as to not realize that. At the very least, these leaks confirm that the Democrats are indeed the party of corruption seeing as how they denied Trump's original accusations against Biden but then subsequently concocted a literal conspiracy to try to impeach him once it was proven that he took tangible action to revive the investigation into Hunter's corruption. They wouldn't have done something so dramatic if there wasn't any corruption there to begin with, which makes them look even guiltier in hindsight.

Concluding Thoughts

There's no longer any question that Biden carried out a cover-up in Ukraine, with it now remaining to be seen how this will impact his campaign and the Democrats more broadly. In all likelihood, the party will be unable to recover from this enormous blow to its reputation, though there's still a faint chance that they might seek to reinvigorate their electoral prospects by replacing Biden with a "dark horse" candidate during this summer's convention. Should that transpire, then that individual would probably be distanced from the Obama Administration since it's now forever tainted with corruption after the second most powerful man in the country at that time has now been proven to have engaged in high-level corruption and foreign meddling. Politically speaking, Biden is now a "dead man walking", and it wouldn't be surprising if the Democrats dump their puppet in favor of one who they can at least portray as being "less controversial" than Trump.

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China Warns US at Brink of Starting 'New Cold War' with Beijing

On May 24, 2020, file photo, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is seen broadcasted remotely on big screens at the media center during a press conference held on the sideline of the National People's Congress in Beijing.

China says some “political forces” in the United States have taken bilateral relations hostage and are pushing the world’s two biggest economies towards “a new Cold War.”

Related: US General: We Are At War with China

Speaking on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress in Beijing Sunday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wu said “a political virus is spreading in the United States” which is “using every opportunity to attack and smear China.” 

Wang said China has no intention to either change or replace the U.S., and that the U.S. should abandon its “wishful thinking of changing China and stopping 1.4 billion people in their historic march toward modernization.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks to reporters via video link at a news conference held on the sidelines of the National People's Congress (NPC), from the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 24, 2020.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks to reporters via video link at a news conference held on the sidelines of the National People's Congress (NPC), from the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 24, 2020.

The Trump administration has clashed with Beijing over a range of issues in recent months, including trade, technology, and the coronavirus pandemic, with President Donald Trump himself alleging the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the virus was first detected late last year. 

China’s proposed security law for Hong Kong is the latest flashpoint between the two sides, which critics say threatens Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status.  

Source: https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/voa-news-china/china-warns-us-brink-starting-new-cold-war-beijing

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Senate panel approves subpoena in Hunter Biden probe




A Senate committee has voted to issue a subpoena as part of its investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, a move that met immediate opposition from Democrats who said the panel should be focused on overseeing the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted 8-6 to subpoena Blue Star Strategies, a lobbying firm that was a consultant to Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine that paid Hunter Biden to serve as a board member.

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens, and Hunter Biden has denied using his influence with his father to aid Burisma. But Republicans coming to President Donald Trump’s defense during and after last year’s impeachment trial have encouraged investigations of Hunter Biden’s activities, questioning whether his highly paid job created a conflict of interest for Joe Biden as the former vice president worked on Ukraine policy in the Obama administration

The chairman of the Republican-led panel, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, has repeatedly insisted that the investigation is not designed to hurt Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee in this year’s presidential election. Another Republican on the committee, Florida Sen. Rick Scott, said at the vote that “we need to get to the truth about the Bidens’ relationship with Burisma. These hearings will provide the Senate with the full picture.”

A Biden campaign spokesman said in a statement that Johnson was “running a political errand” for Trump.

“Senator Johnson should be working overtime to save American lives — but instead he’s just trying to save the president’s job,” said Andrew Bates.

Democrats decried the investigations as politically motivated and said they are a distraction from work the committee could be doing to try to help mitigate the pandemic.

“At this moment when Americans need us to work together, this extremely partisan investigation is pulling us apart,” said Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, the top Democrat on the committee.

Peters noted a letter from Blue Star Strategies to the committee in which the CEO, Karen Tramontano, said the company has already cooperated with the probe and is willing to cooperate further. Johnson told Peters that he would allow the letter to be added to the committee’s official record, but said he disagreed that the company has been cooperating.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer accused Republicans of promoting “conspiracy theories.”

“It appears the subpoena is just for show, a way to create the false impression of wrongdoing,” Schumer said Wednesday from the Senate floor. “It’s like in a third world dictatorship, a show trial with no basis in fact, with no due process, with no reality.”

Trump has been clear about his intentions to use Hunter Biden’s work in his reelection bid, saying in March that it will be a “major issue” in the campaign. “I will bring that up all the time,” he said then.

The president’s efforts to have Ukraine investigate Hunter Biden’s role as a board member for Burisma were at the heart of House Democrats’ impeachment probe last year. Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens on a July phone call that was later revealed by a whistleblower’s complaint.

The House impeached Trump in December for pressuring the Ukrainian government on investigations while withholding military aid to the country. The Senate acquitted him in February.

Source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/senate-panel-approves-subpoena-in-hunter-biden-probe

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Michael Flynn's Attorney slams FBI, Obama: This was 'orchestrated'

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James Rybicki, who served as chief of staff to former FBI Director James Comey, suggested in sworn testimony that the Trump-Russia collusion investigation was orchestrated by Obama's White House in October 2016, according to newly released bureau documents.

A heavily redacted transcript of Rybicki's interview with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel includes an unidentified prosecutor's summary of the former FBI official's testimony.


"So we understand," the prosecutor says, "that at some point in October of 2016, there was, I guess, a desire by the White House to make some kind of statement about Russia's. ... "

The next page is omitted.

The United States Office of Special Counsel, not to be confused with Robert Mueller's special counsel, is a permanent independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency designed to protect federal employees from reprisal for "whistleblowing."

Lawyer Ty Clevenger obtained the documents as part of a lawsuit on behalf of businessman Ed Butowsky, who claims columnist Ellen Ratner told him murdered Democratic National Committee worker Seth Rich and his brother provided WikiLeaks the DNC emails before the 2016 election, not Russia.

Clevenger explained that the OSC prosecutors were noting that the FBI publicized its reactivation of the Clinton email investigation shortly before the 2016 election. So, why, the prosecutors wondered, did the FBI not counterbalance that disclosure by publicizing the "Russian collusion" investigation into Donald Trump?

It was in that context that one of the prosecutors commented that the White House wanted some kind of statement made about Russia.

Clevenger said that almost certainly refers to the Oct. 7, 2016, joint statement of the Department of Homeland Security and the Directorate of National Intelligence. The agencies said the "U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations."

"In other words," Clevenger said, "it looks like the Obama White House put its thumb on the scale, pressuring intelligence agencies to adopt the Democratic National Committee's talking points, i.e., to blame the stolen emails on Russian hackers rather than an internal source (like Seth Rich)."


The lawyer noted that no federal agency has examined the DNC servers, relying only on a redacted report from a private security company, CrowdStrike, that has strong Democratic affiliations.

Crowdstrike was hired by Perkins Coie, the law firm retained by the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the DNC that hired Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS to produce the infamous anti-Trump "dossier." The dossier of unverified claims by unidentified senior Russian officials was used by the Obama Justice Department and DOJ to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.

Clevenger said CrowdStrike and the DNC are fighting subpoenas he issued on behalf of Butowsky for information about the servers and the purported Russian hacking.

Source: https://www.wnd.com/2019/07/ex-fbi-chief-of-staff-russia-conspiracy-came-from-obama-white-house/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=PostSideSharingButtons&utm_campaign=websitesharingbuttons

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Fauci Caught Running Wuhan Coronavirus Weapons Program


Fauci Caught Running Wuhan Coronavirus Weapons Program



Source: https://www.brighteon.com/5c4cb87a-b85e-46e0-a381-9dd2e2e1cfd3
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US General: We Are At War with China

General Robert Spalding claiming that the US is already at war with China.




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Source: https://www.brighteon.com/43730bf4-0e60-43be-8640-e72b9bcce42f

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‘Bill Gates seeks to microchip humanity!’ Russian Oscar-winning director pushes vaccine conspiracy

Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov claims billionaire Bill Gates might be seeking to implant humanity with microchips under the guise of vaccination, seeking to control people and ultimately “solve” overpopulation.

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has produced a number of wild conspiracy theories, as some are trying to find the “secret” reasons behind the pandemic. A handful of them revolve around Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his efforts to develop a vaccine against Covid-19.

One Microsoft patent that recently received international recognition has been found by many ‘truth-seekers’ to be particularly alarming. The patent WO/2020/060606 describes a “Cryptocurrency system using body activity data” – basically, a device which can be used to ‘mine’ some digital coins using one’s body. Or, rather, “award cryptocurrency to the user whose body activity data is verified,” as the patent abstractly puts it.

The patent did not escape Nikita Mikhalkov, renowned Oscar-winning film director, who pushed quite a theory in a new issue of ‘Besogon TV’ (roughly translated as ‘demon banisher’, dubbed, ‘In whose pocket the state is?’ The episode was aired by the Rossiya 24 TV channel on Friday, but was then quietly taken down from its schedule and not repeated – something Mikhalkov has taken for an act of “censorship.” 

Mikhalkov claims the very name of the patent has an occult meaning in it, accusing Gates of actually seeking to implant humans with microchips to control them, and tying it to his potential vaccination program.

The 060606 part is somewhat alarming. You probably understand this, right? Is this a coincidence or an intentional selection of such a symbol, which in the Apocalypse of John is called the ‘number of the beast’ – the 666.

Mikhalkov then goes on a rant about a dystopian future where digitized (and microchipped) society is split into two unequal parts, namely the elite and the human drones they control. In search of Gates’ global “co-conspirators,” he squarely points finger at Herman Gref, the head of Russia’s state-owned bank Sberbank, a known proponent of the digitalization of society. The director’s theory falls short of explaining how that system would solve the overpopulation problem, though – or why Russia would be keen to follow the American business magnate’s lead, for that matter.

Like any other outrageous theory peddled by a celebrity, the new issue of ‘Besogon TV’ went viral online, getting around 700,000 views in less than in a day.

Mikhalkov’s conclusions might be quite far-fetched, and the patent WO/2020/060606 is not directly linked to Gates, who has technically stepped down from Microsoft’s board to focus on running his and his wife’s Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Neither does it mention microchipping, instead describing “sensors” coupled with a “device” to register the body activity. One alleged purpose of such a technology described is to encourage healthy lifestyle with users awarded cryptocurrency for exercising.

Should that be a hype killer then? Hardly, as some would still be freaked out by the potential Black Mirror-esque applications of this tech, while the discussion on the encroachment of technology (and various forms of controls) on our daily lives has never been more relevant. And those who fear being forcefully microchipped by an evil corporation, should probably first check their own pockets for a little “tracking device” called a smartphone, which they had purchased and carry around voluntarily.

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China Warns of WAR With US Amid Coronavirus Backlash

Internal memo says China should prepare for “worst case scenario” of “armed conflict” with USA, according to Reuters


A leaked Chinese memo recommends the country prepare for a “worst-case” scenario of “armed confrontation” with the United States amid global backlash over the coronavirus pandemic, according to Reuters.

Chinese leaders are concerned about anti-China sentiment spreading across the globe as controversy grows over China’s handling of the coronavirus during the outbreak’s early stages, but it’s unknown if the memo reported by Reuters currently reflects the sentiment of Beijing or if it’s intended to put the country on a war footing.

Related: Putin And Trump vs The New World Order: The Final Battle

“An internal Chinese report warns that Beijing faces a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that could tip relations with the United States into confrontation, people familiar with the paper told Reuters,” the outlet reported, stating that it didn’t see the memo directly. “The report, presented early last month by the Ministry of State Security to top Beijing leaders including President Xi Jinping, concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the sources said.”

https://www.russiatruth.co/p/us-vs-china.html

It is known that the US and China have both stepped up military activity in the disputed South China Sea over the past few days, with both the USS Bunker Hill and the USS Barry sailing near islands claimed by China and several other countries.



And the Czech Republic installed signs informing their Chinese tourists of the events of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, and to put this into context, China has spent the past several decades censoring all information on the ’89 protests involving ‘Tank Man’ that an entire generation of Chinese citizens have grown up completely unaware the protests ever happened.

“China’s early coverup of the outbreak – including silencing and/or disappearing whistleblowing doctors and journalists, lying about the transmissibility of the virus while hoarding personal protective equipment (PPE), quarantining Wuhan domestically while allowing international travel and using the World Health Organization to run cover – has drawn global scorn as COVID has infected over 3.5 million and killed nearly 250,000 in five months,” Zero Hedge reported.



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CIA & MI6 put together 'scientific' dossier ‘targeting China's Covid-19 cover-up’ - as West readies to demand Beijing COMPENSATION

CIA & MI6 put together 'scientific' dossier ‘targeting China's Covid-19 cover-up’ - as West readies to demand Beijing COMPENSATION 
 An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. April 17, 2020 © AFP / Hector Retamal 

The West’s wish to pin the blame on China (and probably the bill too) for the Covid-19 pandemic has been reportedly incarnated in a 15-page dossier compiled by intelligence agencies, which has now leaked, according to reports. 
The document, described by the Australian newspaper the Sunday Telegraph, was prepared by “concerned Western governments.” The publication mentions that the Five Eyes intelligence agencies are investigating China, pointing to the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK.


The authors of the research found some pretty strange ways to paint China’s response to the outbreak in a negative and even sinister way. For instance, despite a presumed requirement for brevity in such a short paper it refers to a study which claimed the killer coronavirus had been created in a lab.

The scientific community’s consensus says otherwise, while US intelligence is on the record agreeing with this position. The study itself has been withdrawn because there was no direct proof to support the theory, as its author Botao Xiao acknowledged. But the ‘China dossier’ found a warm spot for a mention, it appears.

A large portion of the document is apparently dedicated to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and one of its top researchers, Shi Zhengli, who has a long and distinguished career of studying SARS-like coronaviruses and bats as their natural reservoirs. It seems the dossier is not interested in the database of bat-related viruses she helped create but rather in the claim that the Covid-19 pandemic started as a leak from her lab.

The dossier points to the so-called gain-of-function research that Dr. Shi was involved in. Such studies are aimed at identifying possible mutations in infectious agents that may occur naturally and makes them much more dangerous to humans. Creating stems with such mutations in the lab allows to prepare for a possible outbreak, though whether such research is worth the risk of accidental release or even bioterrorism attacks has been subject to much debate.

In the contents of the dossier however the implications seem clear: what if China lost control of one of its dangerous samples and then did everything it could to cover it up? The alleged obfuscation seems to be the main focus of the damning document. It claims Beijing was engaged in “suppression and destruction of evidence” including by disinfecting the food market believed to be the ground zero of the Covid-19 pandemic. China is also accused of hypocrisy because it imposed a ban on internal travel from the Hubei province while arguing against a ban on international flights.

“Millions of people leave Wuhan after the outbreak and before Beijing locks down the city on January 23,” the newspaper cited the document as saying. “Thousands fly overseas. Throughout February, Beijing presses the US, Italy, India, Australia, Southeast Asian neighbours and others not to protect themselves via travel restrictions, even as the PRC imposes severe restrictions at home.”


The leaked dossier is yet to be made public for independent scrutiny. But the dramatic tone of the quotes in the Telegraph and the far-fetched implications indicate that it is along the lines of infamous intelligence assessments and media leaks by anonymous officials, which have been the staple of Western foreign policy for decades. Remember how Saddam Hussein secretly obtained yellowcake uranium and was ready to strike Europe with his missiles in 45 minutes? Or the Russian bots that swayed the 2016 election with memes? If true, we can expect many ‘revelations’ in months to come.

Source: https://www.rt.com/news/487661-china-covid-dossier-leaked/
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WHO Guidelines Encourage Children Younger Than 4 be Taught “Masturbation” and “Gender Identity”


 WHO guidelines for sex education recommend that children aged 0-4 be taught about “masturbation” and “gender identity.”

The World Health Organization’s ‘Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe: A framework for policymakers, educational and health authorities and specialists’, advises children be taught about sexually pleasuring themselves and transgenderism before they’ve even fully learned to talk.


The WHO advises that children aged 0-4 are given “information about enjoyment and pleasure when touching one’s body… masturbation.”

Toddlers are also to be encouraged to “gain an awareness of gender identity” and given “the right to explore gender identities.”

In the ages 4-6 bracket, educators are urged to “give information about same-sex relationships” and “help children develop respect for different norms regarding sexuality.”

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Of course, in any sane world, no child of this age should be exposed to any kind of information about sex whatsoever.

Despite them being complicit in China’s cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak, the media has held up the WHO as an organization beyond reproach which cannot be questioned.

Social media networks are removing material and banning people who criticize the World’s Health Organization’s guidelines.

Given that the global health body is pushing such sickness onto toddlers, the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw funding is looking better every day.

Source: https://summit.news/2020/04/29/who-guidelines-encourage-children-younger-than-4-be-taught-masturbation-and-gender-identity/
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Yuan Crashes After Trump Weighs Blocking Retirement Fund Access To Chinese Stocks As War Of Words Escalates


Having tumbled yesterday on the first set of headlines reporting on the Trump administration's plans to seek 'COVID reparations' amid accusations of Chinese 'meddling' in the US election (obviously not in favor of Trump), the Chinese yuan legged dramatically lower in this evening's illiquid session which sees most of Asia closed for May Day, after Bloomberg reports that Trump is exploring blocking a government retirement fund from investing in Chinese equities considered a national security risk.

Trump made his initial threats from the Rose Garden at the White House Monday after he was pressed by a reporter over a German newspaper report suggesting that China should be issued a $160 billion invoice for the impact on Europe's economy.

The president responded he had a "much easier" idea:
"We have ways of doing things a lot easier than that," Trump told the coronavirus press briefing. "Germany’s looking at things, and we’re looking at things, and we’re talking about a lot more money than Germany’s talking about."
"We haven’t determined the final amount yet. It’s very substantial," Trump added, suggesting it would be significantly more than the $160 billion floated in German media.
Asked whether he was considering the use of tariffs or even a debt write-offs for China (something which Larry Kudlow vehemently rejected earlier on Thursday), Trump would not offer specifics.
“There are many things I can do,” he said. “We’re looking for what happened.”
Since then various plans have been proposed, but Trump escalated the war of words further, during an Oval Office interview with Reuters  published Wednesday night,  saying that he thinks that China is determined to see him lose the November election based on Beijing’s response to the coronavirus, and that he is considering various ways to punish the Chinese government which he he again blamed for allowing the virus to spread across the world.
"China will do anything they can to have me lose this race," Trump said in the interview and said he was looking at different options in terms of consequences for Beijing over the virus. “I can do a lot,” he said.
Which was quickly followed by denials from Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, saying that China has no interest in interfering in internal U.S. affairs (unless of course that 'affair' involves investigating the origin of COVID-19). China hopes some people in U.S. won’t drag country into its internal processes, Geng said.

And tonight, Bloomberg reports that, after months of pressure from concerned lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the internal deliberations, the Trump admin is planning an executive order to block a 2017 decision that The Thrift Savings Plan, the federal government’s retirement savings fund, would transfer a massive $50 billion to an international fund which would mirror the MSCI All-Country World Index.

The issue being China's addition to the index, and thus the fund being forced to allocate significant capital to the Chinese stock markets, at a time when the gloves between the two nations are clearly off.

Needless to say, the optics of the US halting capital from entering China would be staggering and could result in a reversion of China-bound capital flows across all Western countries until the current war of words between Trump and Xi rages. The only problem is that, as we noted yesterday, this particular war of words could last a long time, since there is no longer any impetus to kiss and make up, and if anything, Trump will only escalate the anti-China sentiment into the election (and after), to keep pounding that the collapse resulting from the coronavirus pandemic is not his fault, but rather's Beijing, even as China pursues a mirror image approach, blaming the US for launching the pandemic.
The most obvious market reaction for now is in Offshore Yuan which has collapsed in the last two days, extending losses tonight...


Source: Bloomberg

Bloomberg reports that Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, applauded reports of the move in a statement Thursday.
“It’s outrageous that five unelected bureaucrats appointed by the previous administration have ignored bipartisan calls from Congress to reverse this short-sighted decision, and I applaud President Trump for directing his administration to take swift action preventing this from going forward,” he said.
We would expect China to be furious at this discussion and wonder what they will do to stall this move - one suggestion, given the weakness in US equity futures overnight, is to push volatility back into US markets - to shake the faith in the dramatic market rebound (that The Fed enabled).

Source: https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/yuan-crashes-after-trump-weighs-blocking-retirement-fund-access-chinese-stocks-war-words
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50 years off-grid: architect-maker paradise amid NorCal redwoods



In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife, Vanna Rae, moved onto 240 acres of redwood forest looking to live a simpler life off the land. They had spent their savings to purchase the land so they got to work building their home themselves. Their first structure was a panelized A-frame that they erected in 5 days (with help from a couple family members). Total cost was $2,800.

The property is a half-hour drive down a dirt road and it was bare land when they arrived so Charles and Vanna Rae built their own infrastructure: roads, bridges and went decades without refrigeration nor phone (they eventually installed PV panels and cabling for phone lines).

After 15 years in the A-frame, they built a cabin in the woods and there they lived for a decade until the trees began to block out their views. In 1991 Charles (who once apprenticed under famed architect Richard Neutra) designed the Parabolic Glass House. With a curvilinear wood roof and two curved walls of windows, the home feels enveloped in trees.

Charles and Vanna Rae built it for $8,500 with timber they milled themselves, using salvaged materials for everything from doorknobs to stoves. The couple relied on photovoltaics, solar thermal and gas for power and a dug-in greenhouse attached to the home provided much of their food. By canning and preserving, they could go for months without going to a grocery store. Their two boys were homeschooled. The couple supported themselves selling Christmas trees. 

Nearly all the old growth trees on the property were logged in the early 20th century, but Charles has spent the past half century restoring the land. He and his wife set up the Redwood Forest Institute in 1997 to manage and preserve the forest. He has carefully selected 1,000 trees to be preserved for 2 millenia as the next generation of old growth.

Now, 87 years old and a widower, Charles is determined to find successors; he hopes to find three couples who want to settle on the property (currently worth about 4-6 million dollars) in exchange for continuing as stewards of the land. He is currently building glamping guest houses that he hopes will help fund the enterprise. His website now advertises “seeking caretaker ASAP”, someone “wanting to get away from it all and live a more simple down to earth lifestyle”.
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