Not Just The Kiev News
"My government wasn't telling the truth."
Things are fluid. Paradoxically they feel somewhat stable, but that's an illusion. This time we have Glenn Greenwald. And Scott Ritter, several times. And lots of others. Settle back. (Your MSM is turned off, right?)
Scott Ritter & The Judge
YMMV, but it seems that the more you see of Scott Ritter, the more you learn, the better you feel, the more clarity you reach. This clip's only twenty minutes long but it covers a lot and it’s definitely worth a glance.
Patrick's in Donbass. He moved his family over the border to Rostov in Russia but the Nazis started shelling there too (yes in Russia). So Patrick moved them once again, this time even further from the border. Now he's back in Donbass.
Like Graham Phillips, Patrick speaks Russian and/or Ukrainian valiantly but with a giveaway accent. This clip from today is about half an hour long. The eminently likeable Patrick wanders the gutted streets of Mariupol and talks to people he meets. One of the first is a git who typically hates the Asov Nazis (the people of Mariupol really hate the Nazis) and loves Putin.
Where to go?
Glenn will complain in the piece cited below that there's difficulty finding useful resources with which to keep up on the situation in Ukraine. Not so. The following links come from Andrei of The Saker.
Note that Russians are far less inclined to veer from the truth - this holds for both their media and their military.
Commentary and analysis:
(Alex and Alexander)
(RT Live 24/7)
Glenn Greenwald: Western Dissent
Western Dissent from US/NATO Policy on Ukraine is Small, Yet the Censorship Campaign is Extreme
This is a good view of how things look from inside the belly of the whale. This can be good to know, but you have to complement with info from the outside as well. (Use the long link list above.)
RT is highly recommended. There's nothing propaganda about them. They wouldn't dare. One slip and the bad guys are after them. They often hold back on stories for hours or days where CNN would rush to update straight away.
This is the best link. YMMV. Other links are available, directly at Rumble and Odysee.
Back to GG.
The benefits from endless quagmire in Ukraine are as immense as they are obvious. The military budget skyrockets. Punishment is imposed on the arch-nemesis of the Democratic Party - Russia and Putin - while they are bogged down in a war from which Ukrainians suffer most. The citizenry unites behind their leaders and is distracted.
Anyone could have predicted this. (Some did.) Yes, despite it being so blatantly obvious, the US and the entire western world got suckered in.
Amazing. If you get popcorn, fine. But don't forget to wear a crash helmet.
If one wishes to be exposed to news, information or perspective that contravenes the prevailing US/NATO view on the war in Ukraine, a rigorous search is required.
Not at all, GG. Check the links above. They should keep you busy for a long long time.
At one point, GG phrases “Russian state-backed propaganda channels”. O RLY, GG? Tell us which ones, GG, so we can avoid them on other outlets. Or no?
Their crime, like the crime of so many other banished accounts, was not disinformation but skepticism about the US/NATO propaganda campaign.
Yes we know, GG. We also know that those social media companies have hotlines for "trusted partners" so partners can contact them in a time of need to have pesky uncomfortable voices shut down. Shoot first, make up some BS backstory afterwards, no worries.
Key tech monopolies such as Google and Amazon routinely seek and obtain highly lucrative contracts with the security state, including both the CIA and NSA.
Oh we know, GG. The perfect foil.
Their top executives enjoy very close relationships with top Democratic Party officials.
Is it only the Democrats?
This war has united the establishment wings of both parties and virtually the entire corporate media with a lockstep consensus not seen since the days and weeks after the 9/11 attack.
It's the world's biggest IO ever. Much of it is run out of the Ukraine and has been for a long time, including the Steele Dossier and planting Nazis at UK news outlets including the BBC. The Grayzone’s Max Blumental pointed this out on 25 March. Since then, further revelations have emerged. This part of the IO was financed by USAID with the Nazis in Canada, the world’s biggest diaspora, contributing $200,000. The principals were all trained by trusty US spooks for their coming assignment. Further details soon.
The benefits from this war for multiple key Washington power centers cannot be overstated. The billions of dollars in aid and weapons being sent by the US to Ukraine are flying so fast and with such seeming randomness that it is difficult to track.
With no hope of being of any use, of course. But the purpose of Deep State wars is not to win but to make money.
Didn't Julian Assange call it a money-laundering scheme?
The union of the US security state, Democratic Party neocons, and their media allies has not been riding this high since the glory days of 2002.
Why is it that the party of the people is always engaging in warfare?
One can barely read a mainstream newspaper or watch a corporate news outlet without seeing the nation's most bloodthirsty warmongering band of neocons - David Frum, Bill Kristol, Liz Cheney, Wesley Clark, Anne Applebaum, Adam Kinzinger - being celebrated as wise experts and heroic warriors for freedom.
Another good reason to boycott the MSM - to just turn it off.
Let's go back down Memory Lane. A bit of Assange. Keep in mind that Elon's just put in a takeover bid for Twitter. 100% of Twitter. Those who are heavily invested in censorship and suppression are beyond hysteric.
The Last Free Generation
Here's Assange again, now with Hannity - who, as you may recall, had to start things off by apologising profusely for his treatment of Assange years earlier. But most people forgive him - they understand his limitations.
(Why does Hannity look better when Assange is on?)
Another one. Part of the same series, evidently.
Here's the final Assange one.
Julian Assange: Media coverage in America is very dishonest
Gosh what an unexpected title.
(Apologies for SH who, after all these years, still doesn't get it. Some people you can never change.)
What's a PETABYTE?
What’s a petabyte? As long as you understand that it's real, whatever it is, the question is a good question.
A petabyte is a number of bytes. And a byte is a number of bits. And bit is a contraction for binary digit, and that's interesting because computers don't count in decimal, they can only count to two.
So what is a petabyte? It's going to be a number of bytes, most likely, just like kilobyte, or megabyte, or gigabyte.
But a petabyte is a lot more than a gigabyte. It's gigabytes of gigabytes. It's this much - it's 2^50 (2 raised to the power of 50) bytes or:
That's a whole lot of bytes. But there are two people who right now have two of them.
Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips of True the Vote have been working very hard and raising two million in donations to buy IMEI tracking data.
What's IMEI tracking data? It turns out that every mobile device on this third rock has a guaranteed unique number - an IMEI number.
You have a mobile device? Of course you do. Punch in the following and see yours (but don't let anyone else see it).
This is a universal code which will work in all mobile phones of any brand. This code shows the IMEI (International Mobile station Equipment Identity) number of the mobile phone which is unique for every mobile phone. Do not show or share your device IMEI number with anyone.
(Who was it who first claimed mobiles were the greatest spy device ever? They were banned for years within the inner periphery of one of the world’s best-known non-profits. Small wonder.)
More on IMEI numbers.
So onto Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips. Catherine's been into election integrity for 10+ years. She started to see strange things already in 2018. And she points out, quite rightly, that the United States is the only country in the western world that doesn't require voter-ID or other things required in the forty-nine other countries in that select group.
In this hour-long video, she and Gregg explain what they've been up to and what they're planning for the future, including being the "data" behind the coming documentary 2000 Mules.
They show a bit of the footage they've reviewed. The numbers can make you dizzy. Do have a look.
Representation is meaningless if you can't trust your electoral process.
And the best part of all of this? Their plan, after the movie is released, is to do a "WikiLeaks" and upload it all - all the data, all two petabytes of it - for use by the public at large. All of it.
BTW, those two petabytes amount to at least this many bytes, in case some restless soul was desultorily interested.
That's a lot of bytes.
Final question for Catherine and Gregg: Do they have adequate personal security, bodyguards? They should be careful. Hopefully they will be. Their task, for the US, is incredibly important. Elections one can trust have to be the cornerstone to any society.
Golden Catherine Quotes
You don't need a whole lot of fraud - you just need it in the right places.
This is lawlessness.
This is not for the faint of heart.
Voting is not enough.
So we said, let's go all-in.
Introducing IV3, a web-based app that empowers voters with an automated way to confirm accuracy, identify ineligible records, report findings to local authorities, and stay up to date on the recent changes to your local voter rolls.
He knew it was coming. Elon hasn't taken the company private yet. Pepe Escobar is one of the world's foremost journalists. Both he and Scott Ritter have been permanently kicked off Twitter.
Utter insanity, @Twitter has suspended @RealPepeEscobar, one of Eurasia's top journalists and geopolitical analysts, with 35 years experience in the field. Twitter, kindly RESTORE this account and verify him. @elonmusk
"My government wasn't telling the truth."
Scott Ritter was also kicked off Twitter. (Why they stay there is a mystery.) But Scott is one of the best sources of real info on Ukraine. Here are two recent extended interviews.
The first is from 1 April 2022 and it has the deceptive title "Is Russia Losing the War in Ukraine?"
The second is from 29 March and it's called "The US, Russia, and Ukraine: The REAL Story".
The Scott Ritter clips seem to have bad connectivity, no matter who else is on the line. So try to put up with it. You probably don't have to stay at your puter or hold your Teddy, but you can go about peeling taters and chopping onions for that dinner you promised to help out with.
Why anyone still trusts the US after Afghanistan, I don't know, but nobody will trust us after Ukraine. - Scott Ritter
Yes, it's that bad. They're surrendering in Mariupol - and don't think the Nazis were supported by the locals. They were not. But the Nazis took over the city and kept the locals in an iron grip. And oh yes - Bucha's now been proven to be another bluff. It wasn't staged, but was a real slaughter, and the Ukie propagandists did a sloppy job, but probably reckoned that no one in the west would notice the glaring discrepancies.
One might as well include this again - it's pivotal.
Don't forget the context. What was going on then?
Putin was the first to ring Dubya after 9/11, offer condolences, and pledge help. Putin's first two acts as new president in the New Millennium were to apply for membership in NATO and the EU.
The US launched an illegitimate 'Coalition of the Willing' (yes really that's what they called it) attack on Iraq because... because of Colin Powell? The attack on Iraq was sketched out long before 9/11.
But Dubya and the US loved Putin back then. Dubya called him his dear friend, and had him over to the US for fishing and beer and stuff. Dubya said on many occasions how much he liked the man.
Nobody offered to articulate why, but everything changed with Putin's 2007 speech. Only a few people at the very top of power knew what was going on, but Putin was suddenly demonised and became the Enemy #1 overnight. Did the changes at 1600 in 2009 make things worse? They certainly didn't make them better. The new Secretary of State...
The West created Putin because of this speech. For there was nothing else that happened in that time frame. As Pozner asked time and again at Yale, give us just one Soviet/Russian thing from 1991 through 2007 that even the Washington war hawks weren't happy about.
Bookmark the link and come back to study it. This is where you can unlock a number of doors to understand what's really going on. You won't find those doors on your MSM.
Here's a transcript.
NYET MEANS NYET
From the WikiLeaks PlusD back in 2008. 1 February.
C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 000265
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/30/2008
TAGS: PREL, NATO, UP, RS
SUBJECT: NYET MEANS NYET: RUSSIA'S NATO ENLARGEMENT
REF: A. MOSCOW 147
1. (C) Summary. Following a muted first reaction to Ukraine's intent to seek a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) at the Bucharest summit (ref A), Foreign Minister Lavrov and other senior officials have reiterated strong opposition, stressing that Russia would view further eastward expansion as a potential military threat.
2. (U) During his annual review of Russia's foreign policy January 22-23 (ref B), Foreign Minister Lavrov stressed that Russia had to view continued eastward expansion of NATO, particularly to Ukraine and Georgia, as a potential military threat.
5. (C) Ukraine and Georgia's NATO aspirations not only touch a raw nerve in Russia, they engender serious concerns about the consequences for stability in the region.
6. (C) Dmitriy Trenin, Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, expressed concern that Ukraine was, in the long-term, the most potentially destabilizing factor in U.S.-Russian relations, given the level of emotion and neuralgia triggered by its quest for NATO membership.
10. (C) The GOR has made it clear that it would have to 'seriously review' its entire relationship with Ukraine and Georgia in the event of NATO inviting them to join.
12. (C) Russia now feels itself able to respond more forcefully to what it perceives as actions contrary to its national interests.
Then along came Michael McFaul - if anyone's responsible for the mess today, it's him.
Used by the west to bomb Yugoslavia and invade Iraq.
Action with respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression
Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.
But, for the west, the threats were a bluff. They were made up. For Russia the threat was (still is) real. Very real.
George Eliason at Modern Diplomacy 12 April
The tens of thousands of lives saved as a result of Russia's intervention in Donbass justifies the determination Putin made.
Gonzalo and Ritter
This is a half week earlier but anyway. It's Scott Ritter with Gonzalo Lira. Gonzalo's in Kharkov. He too took his family to safety. He wants to stay where he is. He too understands what Russia is doing and how they do it. Make no mistake: this careful “police action” strategy is costing Russian lives. But that's their job. That's what they have to do.
No More Sunflower Oil
Here's Alex and Alexander with Gonzalo. This is almost five hours long. Skip to about the 90-minute mark when Gonzalo arrives.
Thanks for reading. Good night and good luck.