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US aggressive subsidies package amid the crisis hurts Europe and could divide West

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The US is throwing Europe under the economic bus and putting it in reverse! Someone at the top of the powers that be wants the EU decimated and as you will see every move the US is making lately just makes it worse for the EU. Enjoy today’s post from Uriel!

Uriel Araujo, researcher with a focus on international and ethnic conflicts

Jakob Hanke and Barbara Moens, writing for Politico, argue that Europe’s industry is “on emergency footing” and that this is due to the rising energy and gas prices but also Washington’s new subsidies for American companies. US President Joe Biden, under the Inflation Reduction Act, announced in August, is now allocating $369 billion (in industrial subsidies) to the green industry.

Former US vice president Al Gore this week described the Act as “the most significant climate legislation ever passed by any country”. Not everyone is so impressed, though. The catch is that this new piece of legislation requires that much of the tech (such as electric cars’s batteries and so on) be made in North America. This of course has terrible implications for Europe.

The issue is so serious that French President Emmanuel Macron, who had a meeting with Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday, warned his US counterpart the matter could “fragment the West”, while describing the subsidies as “hyper aggressive” towards European companies.

Although Gore earlier this week urged Europeans to “not fight” the US on this issue but rather to “join” it, there is indeed an ongoing trade spat between Washington and the EU.

For one thing, European officials have accused the US of profiting from the current Russo-Ukrainian conflict, while the Europeans themselves suffer the most. The US liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is certainly enjoying massive gains while the European continent is preparing for the coming winter and buying lots of it – while LNG shipping rates are skyrocketing.

It’s a well known fact that Washington has a record of betraying its most devoted allies. European leaders certainly have not forgotten then assistant US secretary of state, Victoria Nuland, disdainful words about the EU in the 2014 leaked phone call, when she used the F-word. If that leak exposed a certain Washington attitude  towards its European allies, such an  attitude does not seem to have changed much.

In the difficult situation now faced by Europe, amid the escalation of military conflict in Eurasia, geopolitical and geoeconomic issues are intertwined. Whether one likes or not Vladimir Putin and its latest decisions, the hard truth is that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine actually started 8 years ago, with a long-ignored humanitarian disaster in Donbass and repeated Ukrainian offensives against the civilian population there. This conflict in turn has its roots in the US-led NATO’s enlargement and encirclement policies against Russia. However, beyond the geopolitical-military question there is also a geoeconomic dispute and an energy angle.

In December 2020 I wrote on this angle and on how Washington has always wanted to have Europeans buying plenty of American LNG (which is more expensive, in fact), even though Russia is at the “doorstep” of Europe. The US has thus always actively worked against any Russian-European gas cooperation through a series of legislative measures and sanctions – and here, as often happens, government corruption and private interests intertwine with US geopolitics and geoeconomics.

Although the current conflict in Ukraine escalated the dramatic rise in European energy prices, this rise started before the end of 2020 – and it is a well known fact that it could have been at least partly avoided if Nord Stream 2 had not been delayed.

The Nord Stream pipeline however is gone for good, possibly as the result of an act of sabotage, something which Biden himself promised would happen (on January 7). I’ve written on how post-Nord Stream Europe and the UK now face inflation,  deindustrialization and a possible depression. So, this is the general context one should keep in mind when looking at the current subsidy and trade war that seems to be unfolding now.

The aforementioned Politico’s journalists write that, according to two senior EU officials, the EU is preparing a huge subsidy initiative to counter  the American one, in an attempt to prevent its industry from being “wiped out by American rivals.” EU industry chief Thierry Breton went so far as to say that Biden’s newest subsidy package actually poses an “existential challenge” to the European economy and industry. One EU diplomat is even quoted by the aforementioned Politico piece as saying that the Inflation Reduction Act “has changed everything” to the point of making some voices in Europe ask “is Washington DC still our ally or not?”. This in fact might be one the most fundamental geopolitical questions for the current century.

It remains to be seen how European leaders will respond to yet another American aggression. While a new Cold War is taking place, emerging powers around the world are increasingly building on multi-alignmentnon-alignment and multilateralism, pursuing mutually beneficial relations with Moscow and Beijing while balancing their relationship with Washington, as exemplified by the recent Egyptian Russian-built nuclear plant. In Europe, however, for a long time Hungary’s Viktor Orban had been the lone voice of reason on this matter.

With the post-Nord Stream reality, the coming winter, sanctions backfiring, the so-called “Ukraine’s fatigue” and the energy and economy crises, however, things might be changing. This would be an opportunity for Europe to finally assert its sovereignty. The problem is that the continent is still heavily dependent on Washington for security and committed to NATO expanding structures – and this is the core of the Atlantic partnership. Breaking such a cycle would not be easy, obviously. But all the signs of a declining relationship are there.

Source: InfoBrics

India Role as Balancing Power Increasing Even Amid Deepening Contradictions

Uriel Araujo, researcher with a focus on international and ethnic conflicts

On December 1, India will assume the presidency of the G20, which accounts for 80 per cent of the planet’s GDP. At its 2009 summit, the G20 declared itself the world’s primary venue for international financial and economic cooperation. The grouping has  however often been largely seen as a vector for Western power and aspirations.

Even before assuming the group’s presidency, during the G20 summit in Bali (Indonesia), earlier this month, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi played an important role there. Although New Delhi’s agenda for the Bali summit has been described as quite modest, Western and other leaders are, according to Jawaharlal Nehru University’s professor Happymon Jacob, increasingly “listening to India” as a power that remains close to “both the West and Russia”.

New Delhi has successfully been balancing its ties between the US-led West and Moscow since the start of the current Ukrainian conflict. Although India and the United States ties have been growing stronger, especially after their November 2020 Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), on the other hand,  the Asian power and Russia strongly cooperate on defense and energy. In October, the Russian Federation surpassed both Iraq and Saudi Arabia to become the largest oil provider to India.

Can India push for multipolarity as the next president of a divided G-20 amid an unprecedented tense global situation, while there are serious tensions between the Washington-led West and Moscow and also between the former and Beijing? Even within the West itself, there are disagreements: France and Germany, two leading European countries, have signaled they are no longer willing to follow NATO’s line so eagerly. Meanwhile, the US’ own relationship with its traditional main ally in the Middle East is possibly coming to an end after the Saudi Arabia’s backed OPEC+ decision to cut oil production.

Political analyst Niranjan Marjani, who specializes in the Indo-Pacific, argues that holding the G20 presidency amid such circumstances is an opportunity for New Delhi to put into practice some of its propositions – India, after all, he reasons, has always proposed a multipolar order and strong mechanisms to balance and protect the interests of all stakeholders.

Marjani adds that, in 2023, New Delhi in fact will find itself in a unique position, as it will also be assuming the presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a grouping which has often been perceived as an “anti-Western” organization – especially since Iran’s admission in September 2021.

India has of course diplomatically engaged with both sides in the Ukrainian-Russian conflict (which is also a proxy Western war against Moscow). Moreover, it can boast the fact that it is trusted by the two sides. Likewise, while presiding over two supposedly “rival” organizations (SCO and the G20), New Delhi can keep, it is argued, promoting dialogue and diplomacy.

This is not an easy task though, notwithstanding India’s soft power as a kind of a diplomatic giant, which, some believe, can become a global power.  Although the two powers have been making advances in dialogue since September (when both Beijing and New Delhi moved back troops from the disputed area), within the Eurasian “bloc”, the South Asian power has its own border problems with neighboring China – not to mention its other border problems with Pakistan.

As for the West, Washington in turn has already threatened its partner with sanctions over its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile systems (which Moscow will deliver by 2023). These were dropped in July, but the tensions could come back next year, while the growing Indian-Russian-Iranian cooperation around the North-South Transit Corridor should also be a major concern for American political elites.

The so-called Indo-Pacific Region (IPR) remains an arena of Western-Chinese rivalry, and the Quad, of which New Delhi is a member (often described as a “new NATO”) adds fuel to the fire. This region involves part of maritime Eurasia itself and thus is relevant for Russia also (and for India itself) – Central Asian states are after all increasingly relevant to the Quad. France too has its ambitions for the IPR, and Paris is already New Delhi’s second main arms supplier (Moscow being number 1). French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu’s trip to India this week is part of a larger French attempt to lure India from Russia.

The problem is that Quad today is all about “countering” Eurasian powers, from an Atlanticist perspective – and it must also be seen in the context of calls for a “global NATO”.

In August, during a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Tashkent, National Security Council of Russia’s secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated that the US and is allies are working based on “anti-Russian or anti-Chinese principles”, as is “vividly demonstrated by the arrangements under the AUKUS and Quad.” The remark came soon after Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had stated in Bangkok that Quad can benefit the entire region, and that reservations about it stemmed from “unilateralist opposition”.

One can recall the fact that Japanese and Australian attempts to explicitly mention Russia in the Quad’s March readout were hampered by India in yet another act of “balancing”. But one can only “concile” so much. India needs to elaborate an integrated approach to Eurasia, intensifying its dialogue on security with Russia, but faces many contradictions in its foreign policy. How much all of them can be “balanced” remains to be seen in the near future.

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US desperate for strategic security talks amid ‘sinking’ capabilities

Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

Contraction of military might and capabilities has always been one of the indicators of decline among global powers and the United States is certainly no exception. Ironically enough, one of the very reasons why this becomes inevitable is precisely the overreliance of superpowers on their militaries. Putting too much emphasis on the armed forces, overextending their use and investing excessive resources in them nearly always ends badly. There are numerous historical parallels that prove this, some of which happened relatively recently.

For instance, the USSR’s deeply traumatic experience during the Second World War when tens of millions of its citizens were killed during the Nazi German onslaught made it more militarized in the postwar period as the country tried to ensure no such attack would happen ever again. However, this approach was one of the very reasons for the Soviet Union’s unfortunate dismantling as its economic might was essentially hijacked by the military. This eventually led to systemic problems which resulted in the disintegration of the country. Modern-day Russian Federation corrected that mistake by focusing on the economy and maintaining optimal military power.

It now seems the US military is going through a state not dissimilar to what the massive Soviet Armed Forces were going through during the late 1980s and early 1990s. This was also confirmed by a top American military commander who has warned that the might of the US military deterrent is fading and that “America might not be adequately prepared for a large-scale military engagement.”

“As I assess our level of deterrence against China, the ship is slowly sinking. It is sinking slowly, but it is sinking, as fundamentally they are putting capability in the field faster than we are,” Navy Admiral Charles Richard, Head of US STRATCOM (Strategic Command), stated during a conference in early November, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board, adding “as those curves keep going, it won’t matter how good our commanders are, or how good our horses are — we’re not going to have enough of them. And that is a very near-term problem.”

“Note that modifier ‘near-term.’ This is a more urgent vulnerability than most of the political class cares to recognize. Adm. Richard noted that America retains an advantage in submarines — ‘maybe the only true asymmetric advantage we still have’ — but even that may erode unless America picks up the pace ‘getting our maintenance problems fixed, getting new construction going.’ Building three Virginia-class fast-attack submarines a year would be a good place to start,” WSJ Editorial Board wrote.

Indeed, the US military says that it was “caught by surprise” last year when the Chinese military tested a hypersonic weapon that flew around the world, meaning that any American city or military facility was at risk, quite possibly without the weapon even being detected. The US claims that the test most likely involved the use of FOBS (Fractional Orbital Bombardment System), a Soviet-era technology developed during the 1960s, when Russia was seeking ways to gain a strategic edge over the US. China is only the second nation in history known to have developed such strategic capabilities. The US itself never managed to field FOBS, meaning that the belligerent thalassocracy is now faced with two countries that do, as both Russia and China have it.

The development of modern iterations of the FOBS technology and other strategic capabilities is closely linked to hypersonic weapons, another field in which the US has fallen behind both Russia and China in recent years. The WSJ Editorial Board also noted that the US lost the hypersonic race to Russia and China years ago and that the issue “deserves hearings in Congress.”

“Educating the public about US military weaknesses runs the risk of encouraging adversaries to exploit them. But the greater risk today is slouching ahead in blind complacency until China invades Taiwan or takes some other action that damages US interests or allies because Beijing thinks the US can do nothing about it,” the WSJ Editorial Board concluded.

“We used to know how to move fast, and we have lost the art of that,” Richard said, adding that “the military talks about how we are going to mitigate our assumed eventual failure to keep up when it comes to ballistic sub[marine]s, [strategic] bombers or long range weapons. What’s it going to take? Is it money? Is it people? Do you need authorities?”

Although many in the US establishment, particularly those with deep ties with the massive US Military Industrial Complex, certainly have a vested interest in seeing an increase in military spending and procurement of new weapons, the notion that America is slowly falling behind in many key capabilities is factual.

As countries such as North Korea and Iran also seem to be catching up to the US in terms of hypersonic weapons, this will put even more pressure on the crumbling, overextended US Empire. Faced with the prospect of both regional and strategic rivals having similar (or greater) capabilities the US is pushing the belligerent thalassocracy to seek strategic security talks, primarily with Russia. The State Department’s recent statements are a clear indicator of this. However, the question is, can Russia, China and other global and regional powers trust the US given its unflattering track record?

Source: InfoBrics

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While the Water is Drying up and Americans Sell their BLOOD to make ends meet, DC is set to LEGALIZE Public Urination

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Today’s headlines aren’t pretty at all but the one coming out of Washington DC is the icing on the crap cake. As the USA sinks further into 3rd world nation status (maybe worse) we have the city council in Washington DC voting to legalize public urination and to essentially decriminalize crimes such as burglaries, carjacking’s and robberies. Here is more from Frontpage Magazine.

When your whole city’s a toilet, why not embrace it?

The D.C. Council is expected to take the first of two votes Tuesday on a massive rewrite of its criminal code. If passed, the bill would eliminate most mandatory minimum sentences, allow for jury trials in almost all misdemeanor cases and reduce the maximum penalties for offenses such as burglaries, carjackings and robberies.

Assume that there’ll be a lot more burglaries, carjackings and robberies.

Not to mention public urination.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Robert Contee III are pushing back hard on parts of the plan they don’t agree with, and say the council is rushing to beat an arbitrary deadline.

At a news conference Tuesday, the mayor said the concern is over the decriminalization of certain public nuisances, such as urinating in public or noise violations.

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Meanwhile in the American SW they’re quickly running out of water due to a severe long term drought that’s been going on for 2 decades, but that’s ok let’s let the megafarms that are owned by FOREIGN CORPAORATIONS siphon off the water and then ship the crops overseas! Does that sound stupid to you? It is stupid and other countries would NEVER allow it but that is exactly what’s happening in the Colorado River Basin and in Wenden AZ in this story from the Daily Mail.

Drinking water for residents of Wenden, Ariz., has started to dry up as megafarms owned and backed by sovereign nations use it to grow their crops instead.

Groundwater is a necessity to grow agriculture in the Southwest, and while the Colorado River Basin is going through a prolonged drought, overused aquifers in Arizona are rapidly being exhausted, affecting the local lifestyle and economy.

In fact, workers with the state’s water district watched, with the aid of a camera lowered into the town’s well, the water moving, CNN reported.

That’s because, according to Gary Saiter, a resident and head of the Wenden Water Improvement District, the water was being literally and rapidly pumped out of the ground by a neighboring well belonging to a United Arab Emirates-based company. 

It’s important because residents of towns Wenden and Salome get their water from the same source as farms – underground pools – but declining water tables in the area show levels have dropped from about 100 feet in the 1950s to about 540 feet in 2022.

While Arizona’s La Paz County is experiencing its worst drought in 1,200 years, as are other areas in the state and Southwestern region of the Unite States, foreign-owned farms growing crops requiring extensive amounts of water, such as alfalfa, are being blamed for the dry spell. 

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Then we move onto the economy in the USA as Americans continue to suffer under the highest inflation rates ever experienced! The numbers of people working multiple jobs are way up and now Americans are having to SELL THEIR BLOOD and plasma to make ends meet! Here is more from the Guardian.

Millions of Americans are currently working two or more jobs in order to make ends meet, as global inflation and corporations jacking up prices have sent prices of food, gas, housing, health insurance and other necessities soaring in the past year.

Cashe Lewis, 31, of Denver, Colorado works two jobs and is currently trying to find a third job to cover the recent $200 monthly rent increase to her apartment. She works days as a barista at Starbucks, but claims it’s been difficult to get enough hours even with taking extra shifts whenever she can due to scheduling cuts as part of the crackdown on union organizing by management.

At night she works at a convenience store because the hours are reliable, and works six days a week, often 16 hours a day.

“I’m exhausted all the time,” said Lewis. “On the one day I have off a week, I donate plasma for extra money. I’m literally selling my blood to eat because I have no choice.”

Her partner suffers from epilepsy and can’t work full-time hours because of it. Even with insurance, their medication is expensive and she spends about half of a two-week paycheck at Starbucks to cover the health insurance premiums.

Over the past five years, she has struggled with homelessness, and was previously fired from her job for sleeping in her car behind her place of employment.

“All of my friends and family work multiple jobs as well, just trying to keep our heads above water. Nothing is affordable and the roadblocks set up to keep people in the cycle of poverty benefit the most wealthy members of our society,” added Lewis. “We aren’t living, we’re barely surviving and we have no choice but to keep doing it.” Source The Guardian

Johnny’s Commentary

There it is right in front of you, the final demise of America. It is sad to watch as we all grew up believing in the illusion of “truth, justice and the American way” from the end of WW2 and forward. The systems that ran the show underneath it all were always corrupt and the cesspool that is Washington DC is now going to literally be one as they decriminalize public urination!

The reduction in penalties for robbery and carjacking is also alarming as it will just encourage more crime as it has in other places like NYC, LA, Seattle, San Francisco and even where I live in Spokane WA. Property crime is off the hook as the criminals and crackheads know they probably won’t even be arrested and if they are they’ll be out in the morning. The police and sheriffs all say the same thing, their hands are tied because of the laws that they city councils have been passing.

Meanwhile America continues it’s policies of self destruction by allowing foreign corporations to buy up American farmland (who in the BLEEP thought that was a good idea?) and then allow them to ship the crops back home to places like the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Homes and businesses in the same places, like Wenden AZ can’t get enough water and the aquifers are drying up!

The economy has become so bad due to inflation people are selling plasma to make ends meet as rent, food, fuel and everything keeps going up in price. I don’t care what the media or government say about the inflation rate, it is easily triple or quadruple more than they will admit to and they don’t count fuel or food anymore. We all know many things have gone up 50% or more like the coconut oil example I gave last week.

But hey let’s go ahead and send Ukraine billions in military and financial aid in order to fight a proxy war against Russia because that will help the average American remain free. This is the narrative they want you to believe. They also want you to believe that men can have periods and get pregnant. Folks America (mystery Babylon) is about to disappear into the dustbin of history. There won’t be anything left.

Pray up and prep up, time is short.

Wasteland…by Dennis Cameron

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Hedge fund giant Elliott warns looming hyperinflation could lead to ‘global societal collapse’ – MarketWatch

Hedge fund giant Elliott Management has warned that markets have not fallen enough yet and the world is hurling towards the worst financial crisis since the…
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Wake up time is short!

To be or not to be

That is the question for me now. I am beyond burnt out and my health hasn’t been great so at the very least I’m taking a break.

For me the question is am I making any kind of a difference or am I just putting my finger in the dike? I am supposed to be helping to find the lost sheep, not just reporting the news. I rarely if ever see any fruit that points to that. So then i ask the question “what’s the point?”

If I’m not helping to get the lost sheep home then all of this is a complete waste of time. That’s the reason I’m here because it’s definitely not about money or accolades because there’s none to be found in this line of work.

Oh and speaking of money we have a severe lack of funding and this has been full time for awhile now. The internet gets shut off on the 1sr as Comcast doesn’t play so if that happens the shows over anyway. Everyone always says “oh the next guy will do it” but they never do. I don’t have a PO Box because the $170 I’ve taken in this month went for medicine and food. I don’t have the funds for a P.O. Box. Most of the money that’s been raised in our current fundraiser was donated in September. But enough about that my main focus is making some kind of difference.

That’s it for now. I’ve got some serious praying and thinking to do. God bless and take care.

Norwegian PM for restoration contacts with Russia: “Nothing good in isolation”

Gee look who wants to be friends with Russia again, even as they help arm and train Ukrainian troops for combat against Russia. These people are truly insane.

Guest post by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said that Western countries should not isolate Russia and should instead establish direct communication with Moscow to resolve the exceptionally difficult situation in Ukraine. However, Norway, a NATO member, is also one of the leading countries to oppose Russia through sanctions and support for the Ukrainian military.

“There is nothing good in isolating Russia. It is alarming that today we have so few contacts and direct communication with Russia,” Store told the Norwegian parliament on October 25.

This is an especially surprising statement since Norway has donated 4,000 M72 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, as well as an air defence system, 22 self-propelled artillery vehicles, long-range rocket artillery and armoured vehicles. Norway will also donate the Black Hornet micro-drone system and Hellfire missiles, and will also train Ukrainian soldiers in Britain.

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Although Norway is following Washington and Brussels in supporting Ukraine and acting hostile to Moscow, perhaps there is a realization setting in Oslo that the war will not end with the Ukrainian military capturing Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporozhye from Russia. By coming to such a conclusion, the only realistic option left is to call for direct communications with Russia, something the West cut in the false belief that sustained isolation and economic pressure would make Moscow capitulate and end its military operation in Ukraine.

This was of course a naïve belief since the Kremlin has for years attempted to resolve the situation in Donbass through negotiations and discussions, something that Kiev, with the West’s support and backing, never supported. Moscow was forced to take matters into their own hands to protect the Russian-speaking minority from Kiev’s fascistic policies. Although Moscow has taken the military approach, it is still open to honest and open dialogue, but of course with different demands since the situation on the ground has significantly changed.

According to the Norwegian prime minister, the lack of dialogue with Moscow undermines the possibility of reaching a peaceful settlement in Ukraine. He also added that the current political situation was the most difficult since World War II, and it is for this reason as well that communication channels must reopen.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned the West that Russia could not be isolated, and this is reflected in the fact that several major countries, including China, India and Brazil, have vocally opposed the idea of imposing unilateral sanctions on Moscow and called for the continuation of dialogue in the interest of peaceful world development.

Sanctions against Russia have led to disruptions in logistical and financial operations and to a spike in energy prices worldwide, pushing many European governments to resort to contingency measures. At the same time, Brussels has been looking for alternatives to Russian natural gas as it has pledged to end its dependence on energy supplies from Russia, thus making Norway all the more important to the EU.

The Scandinavian country is now the EU’s leading natural gas supplier, overtaking Russia. It is not forgotten that the Nord Stream pipelines leaks corresponded with the opening of a new pipeline from Norway to Poland. Although Norway is being heralded as a saviour for energy-struggling Europe, it has been criticised for essentially war profiteering.

“There is no question that the fallout from the war is making Norway richer. The state is a major player in the oil and gas industry. All told, Oslo expects to bring in about $109 billion from the petroleum sector this year — $82 billion more than in 2021. Much of that will go to the country’s sovereign wealth fund, a national nest egg worth more than $1 trillion,” The Washington Post reported.

Andreas Bjelland Eriksen, state secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, denied that Norway is profiting off the war, stressing that high energy prices “hurt Norway too.” He noted that gas exports to Europe are up 8 percent year over year. “Europe sees that, and it sees that we are a good partner,” Eriksen added.

In this way, Norway has essentially become a big winner from the war in Ukraine as it has now become the main supplier of natural gas to Europe despite charging astronomical prices. However, this is not reflected on ordinary citizen life as Norway is not immune from the effects of the self-sabotaging anti-Russia sanctions.

Complementing the higher electricity bills arriving every month, Norwegians are also experiencing higher prices for almost everything else. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) recently reported an 11.3 percent rise in transport costs, a 12.1 percent rise in food and non-alcoholic drinks, an 8.7 percent rise in hotel and restaurant bills and a 7.6 percent rise in prices for household items and maintenance. Norway’s biggest bank, DNB, also reported that its customers are now spending much less money on expensive items.

It is for this reason that Norway, despite making record profits in the energy sector, wants dialogue with Moscow to reopen so that there can be an alleviation in the cost-of-living crisis and other sectors of the economy. None-the-less, Oslo itself makes little contribution to peace efforts as it maintains anti-Russia sanctions and continues to train, fund, and supply the Ukrainian military.

Source: InfoBrics

Mark of the Beast DNA Technology, Quantum Computers and the Jabs

A subscriber sent me this video with Anthony Patch and Paul McGuire from 2016. In it Anthony describes the new (new in 2016) quantum computer that has the capability of 7 billion human minds!

This answers the age old question “how will the Antichrist control billions of people?” With technology like this of course! Now fast forward to 2022 with the graphene oxide and mRNA technology to stick into people so their DNA can be modified! This shot removes Gods signature and puts in the devils triple helix.

The graphene oxide is building structures inside of people and many are calling them antennas. These structures will allow the quantum computer to communicate and then even CONTROL those who have taken the jab. Here is more on that subject from Dr Ana Maria mihalcea from her blog. Look at the still shots and the video!

https://open.substack.com/pub/anamihalceamdphd/p/irrefutable-proof-of-self-assembly?r=fh3ja&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post

I pray you can see how this all fits together! This is the endgame! The mark of the beast is the jab and the beast system to run it is the quantum computer. It’s all in place right now!

One of you sent me a letter telling me the war in Ukraine is a distraction. At this point I agree. It’s just Russia issuing empty threats and pounding its chest at this point while behind the scenes this system is being put in place. Prayed up and prepped up!

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Nearly 40% of UK households will fall into ‘energy poverty’ this winter

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Guest Post by Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

The political crisis in the United Kingdom is reaching its apogee as two consecutive prime ministers resigned in just three months, further exacerbating the already disastrous economic situation. The ever-rising prices of goods and commodities are putting a tremendous amount of pressure on the average UK citizen, whose rapidly deteriorating purchasing power is about to be hit even harder as winter approaches.

The promised energy price controls could lead to approximately 11 million UK households falling into “fuel poverty.” Given the number of people in an average UK family, it means the energy crisis will directly affect at least 26 million UK citizens. This means that nearly 40% of UK families are facing the grim prospect of not being able to afford energy for their households. Demographic estimates indicate that there are just over 28 million households in the UK, with the average one having 2.36 people.

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The End Fuel Poverty Coalition (EFPC) described the outlook as “frankly terrifying” and urged the UK government “to focus on a new package of support and energy market reforms, alongside investment in home insulation and renewables.” According to EFPC, the predicted increase from the current seven million households in fuel poverty to nearly eleven (10.7) million after the UK government lifts its guarantee limiting the average household energy bill to £2,500 from April will then fall slightly – but will still leave over ten (10.1) million households in fuel poverty in the winter of 2023/24.

Back in early March, EFPC warned that the energy crisis could leave 8.5 million UK households unable to heat and power their homes. The group, which represents approximately 50 organizations, warned that “cold homes cost lives” and that “more frail and older people would die during the winter” without further action from the UK government.

EFPC campaigners were pleading cuts in energy bills for the most vulnerable households as wholesale prices were projected to soar, with stark predictions that energy bills in the UK could increase to £3,000 per year. However, the grim predictions from March proved to be optimistic, as the most recent data shows the number of affected households will be even higher. The new figures come as protesters gather in London to ask the UK institutions to back plans for “a universal basic energy allowance” to meet heating, cooking and lighting needs, part of the “Energy For All” petition which will be handed to Downing Street on Wednesday with more than 600,000 signatures.

According to OilPrice, the Warm This Winter campaign called for the immediate suspension of all forced transfers of households onto more expensive pre-payment meters, whether by court warrant or remotely via smart meters.

Ruth London, from Fuel Poverty Action, stated: “The outlook is frankly terrifying. It is now all the more essential – and more possible – to win a totally new pricing framework like Energy For All. Finally there is now support for this inside Parliament.”

Simon Francis, EFPC co-ordinator, said: “The Government may have brought some stability to the markets, but it has come at the cost of huge instability in households’ finances. The new Chancellor must work quickly, and with consumer groups and charities, to design a new package of support and energy market reforms that will help those in fuel poverty now and post-April. But while the political focus on energy bills may now have shifted to next April, millions of the most vulnerable will be living in cold and damp homes this winter and will need further financial and non-financial support.”

At the same time, consumer sites, such as the MoneySavingExpert (MSE), urged some of the most prominent energy companies to allow prepayment customers with smart meters to use their £400 government support payment on both electricity and gas, to ensure households can maintain heating this winter season. According to MSE, prepayment customers with traditional meters can decide where best to use the payments, which come in six monthly installments between October and March 2023, as they are sent as a voucher they can use to top up their electricity or gas meter. However for those with smart meters, the payment is usually applied to their electricity meter by default, so they have less choice.

Gary Caffell, head of energy at MSE, said: “We appreciate that suppliers have acted fast to deliver the first of these crucial support payments. But combined with the wider cost of living crisis – affecting all other areas of people’s finances – not allowing customers flexibility to transfer some or all of these payments to gas meters puts these people, many of whom are vulnerable, at a much higher risk of reaching a crisis point in the coming months. Some may simply not be able to afford to heat their homes.”

Despite worsening economic conditions and what can now only be described as chronic political instability, the UK keeps insisting on escalating Russophobic policies which are bound to make the energy crisis far worse than it already is. It is becoming apparent that the political establishment in London is either completely detached from reality or simply unconcerned by the fate of the populace. For their part, the UK citizens are making it clear they are aware of this. The people’s contempt for the authorities is staggering, as recent polls showing that even lettuce is more popular than (now former) Prime Minister Liz Truss can hardly be described as anything else but (tragi)comedy.

Source: InfoBrics

70,000 Protestors in the Czech Republic Demand the Resignation of the Government and Cheap Russian Gas

Protest in Prague against the policy of the Czech government, photo: Twitter

Tens of thousands of people protested in Prague against the pro-Western Czech government, the Associated Press reported.

According to the police, the number of protesters in the central Wenceslas Square in Prague numbered around 70,000.

The protesters demanded the resignation of the current coalition government led by conservative Prime Minister Petr Fiala, criticizing him on a number of issues, including his Western-oriented policies.

They condemned the government for its support of sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine and accused it of being unable to deal with rising energy prices. Demonstrators also criticized NATO, the European Union. The Czech Republic is a member of both organizations.

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