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“De-Dollarization” Is The Word Of The Week.  And The Development Of the Year. (April 24, 2023)

Posted in Currency, Petrodollar, Ukraine on April 24, 2023 by

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K          “‘De-dollarization’.  I cannot remember a time when one word has been bandied about in so many quarters by folks across the political spectrum who wonder if the post-1964 U.S. clad quarter will survive beyond the current quarter.  Everyone is in accord that there is a whole lot of de-dollarizing going on around the world today.”

J          “The change we will employ for our economic transactions may be changing, but I’m not sure what changes it will bring.”

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J          “Saudi Arabia is considering accepting yuan instead of dollars for Chinese oil sales.  Saudi Arabia and Iran announced their intention to join BRICS.  China and Brazil entered into a renminbi-based trade deal.  I can’t disagree with you that the world is being rent in twain one agreement at a time.”

K          “The PetroDollar is the life blood of the economy.  Today.  Much of the rest of the world wants to change the international blood type and seeks not just a blood transfusion but a blood transfer.  The PetroDollar is backed by Fe and Pb but is losing that backing as the rest of the world gangs up to confront and rebut the Big Bully suggesting that they will employ Au and Ag.  And the Saudis are taking the ‘Petro’ out of the Secret Sauce.”

J          “The transition, like all transitions, is not likely to be seamless.  There will be unintended consequences, although it is hard right now to define specifically what the intended consequences are among the big players.  But the drift is clear.”

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[Type in “De-dollarization” and be prepared to revisit and revise your world view.  See “Wait, The Dollar Won’t Die?” by Brent Johnson in an interview with Adam Taggart on “Wealthion” dated April 21, 2023 and “Dancing on the Brink” by John Michael Greer in “” dated April 19, 2023.]

[See World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014), Plow Shares And Swords.  Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 28, 2018) and other e-commentaries under the Category PetroDollar.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

De-dollarization, dude

“How did you go bankrupt?”  “Two ways.  Gradually, then suddenly.”  Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises.

“Collapse now and avoid the rush.”  John Michael Greer at

Spoiler Alert:  Yup, Uncle Sam Did It . . . Or At Least Approved It (March 6, 2023)

Posted in Russia, Terrorism, Ukraine on March 6, 2023 by

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K          “There is something to the story.  There seems to be something more to the story.  I am not completely persuaded and once again reserve judgment.  I suspect the Brits and others were involved.  The only certainty is that nothing was done without the planning and the approval and the participation of Uncle Sam.  And once again the disturbing and unrelenting nightmare continues with any and all debate viciously and almost violently suppressed.”

J          “That is the way it is and the way it should be.”

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K          “The United States clearly violated Article 5 of the NATO Charter when it aided and abetted a terrorist attack on Germany’s infrastructure . . . so all the other members of NATO must come to the defense of the Germans.  All for one; one for all.”

J          “A treaty is followed when it is convenient and disregarded when it is inconvenient.  That is known as the ‘rules-based international order’ and is one of America’s great contributions to humanity.  In this situation, the NATO Charter is inconvenient.  Ergo . . .”

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K          “No one in the know is surprised that the United States brazenly destroyed the link between Germany and Russia with its ‘Pearl Harbor’ attack on the infrastructure of sovereign countries.  Few in America have ever heard of Halford Mackinder who correctly observed almost ten dozen years ago that a united Eurasia will rule the world.  Germany was maintaining cordial commercial relationships with Russia which threatened American hegemony.”

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K          “The Swedes and the Norwegians and possibly the Danes seem to be accessories to the crime.  Yet they still seem like good people.” 

J          “They are.”

K          “Makes one wonder if there is some spare Brittingham Scholar with a modicum of courage who might step up and demur.”

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[See “How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline” by Seymour Hersh in ‘’ dated February 8, 2023 and “Sy Hersh & The Way We Live Now” by Craig Murray in “Consortium News” dated February 10, 2023.]

[See the e-commentary at The U.S. Declares War On Germany, Europe, Russia And The Free World . . . Bank Of England Flops Then Flips . . . And The Supreme Beings Saunter Into Town (October 3, 2022) and What Is With Our Friend Sweden And Our Friends The Swedes?  The Swedish Central Bankers Reward One Of Their Criminal Home Boys:  Bernanke.  The “Real” Nobel For Peace (War?) Rewards Hypocrisy And Dishonesty.  The Nord Stream Pipeline Terrorism Investigation Is Dodgy. (October 24, 2022).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

February 7, 2022:

Biden:  “If Russia invades – that means tanks or troops crossing the border of Ukraine again – then there will be – there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2.  We will bring an end to it.”

Andrea Shalal:  “But how will you – how will you do that exactly, since the project and control of the project is within Germany’s control?”

Biden:  “We will – I promise you, we will be able to do it.” 

January 26, 2023:

“Senator Cruz, like you, I am, and I think the administration is, very gratified to know that Nord Stream 2 is now, as you like to say, a hunk of metal at the bottom of the sea.”  Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland. 

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Maya Angelou

“The diplomats want war and the warriors want peace.”  Elon Musk

Is the Europe Effete as decadent and corrupt as the American Effete?

Remember the Nord Stream!

World War E / World War III Is 1 [9?] Year[s] Old This Week.  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day! (February 20, 2023)

Posted in China, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Petrodollar, Russia, Ukraine, War, World War E, World War III, World's Reserve Currency on February 20, 2023 by

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J          “Putin is desperate.”

K          “Biden is desperate.  The speakers yesterday proclaimed a word that has almost been expunged from the American lexicon – peace.  And look at his latest desperate theatrical antic.  The puppet flies to meet the marionette.”

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K          “Russia is subtly and methodically winning the ‘economic war’ and is slowly and patiently winning the ‘kinetic war’ and ceaselessly and unrelentingly losing the ‘propaganda war’ . . . at this time.  The unprovoked Western sanctions are destructive and counterproductive.  The truth is emerging.  The West is very, very slowly unraveling.”

J          “The West will prevail.”

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K          “One of the tectonic shifts on the journey from illusionment to disillusionment was the gradual realization that the United States of America since 1945 was not the world’s policeman as I was directed in grammar school . . . it is the world’s bully.  After that realization was confirmed by a thousand historical footnotes, nothing is or can ever be the same.”

J          “Policemen need to be bullies at times.”

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K          “The bourse is the battlefield; the battlefield is the bourse.  The PetroDollar is supported by violence; the violence is funded by the PetroDollar.  The de-dollarization efforts may not dethrone the PetroDollar, but little by little they are moving the PetroDollar to a highchair at a table with other currencies.”

J          “Some two-party commercial transactions are being undertaken without the PetroDollar.  However, the PetroDollar still has a long shelf life and a long half-life.  For better and for worse.” 

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K          “Biden will instigate a false flag event to go nuclear.”

J          “Putin will instigate a false flag event to go nuclear.”

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K          “Biden’s war is not going to end well.”

J          “Putin’s war is not going to end well.”

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[See the e-commentary at Portentous Developments In 2022? (January 23, 2023), Washington Wants War In The Worst Way:  Dust Off The IOSAT Or Return To The Status Quo Ante Bellum? (January 24, 2022), N. Propaganda R. Transcribed:  “Get Vaccinated.  Attack Russia.”  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day! (February 21, 2022), The Cuban Missile Crisis And The Monroe Doctrine Today (February 28, 2022), Sanctions, Supply Chains And World War E (March 7, 2022), World War E Breeds Bretton Woods III;  BW II And The PetroDollar Will RIP? (March 14, 2022) (“The ‘PetroDollar’ has had as much influence on civilization as the implementation of the wheel, the creation of the printing press and the discovery of electricity.  Yet, the ‘PetroDollar’ and BW II are dying a slow but accelerating death.  In a stupendous irony, U.S. stupidly killed BW II which had served it so well and has now spawned an uncertain BW III.”), The War Between The Nation-States:  Architectonic And Tectonic Shifts In The World:  Getting Our Bearings In The Emerging World Order: Land And People And Resources Versus Fiat And Finance And Firearms (August 15, 2022), The U.S. Declares War On Germany, Europe, Russia And The Free World . . . Bank Of England Flops Then Flips . . . And The Supreme Beings Saunter Into Town (October 3, 2022), What Is With Our Friend Sweden And Our Friends The Swedes?  The Swedish Central Bankers Reward One Of Their Criminal Home Boys:  Bernanke.  The “Real” Nobel For Peace (War?) Rewards Hypocrisy And Dishonesty.  The Nord Stream Pipeline Terrorism Investigation Is Dodgy. (October 24, 2022), Existential Threat + Existential Threat = World War.  Are We Mired In World War E[conomic] / World War III? (November 21, 2022), The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018), World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014), AIIB: China: 1; U.S.A. 0? (April 6, 2015), The Mandibles, FRNs, SDRs, IMF, G20, WTD! (September 5, 2016), USA + FRN/PD — > IMF + SDR — > NDB + UMU? The “Universal Monetary Unit” . . . Coming To a Planet Near You (January 2, 2017), One World Currency? (January 8, 2018), and two prescient pieces on NATO at NATO: Nations Aggressively Taking Over (March 31, 2014) (“If Bush can invade Iraq without any good reason, can Putin invade Ukraine without any good reason?”) and NATOExit? NATOExeunt? (July 4, 2016).]

It is going nuclear.

Bumper stickers of the week:

“The other thing I will say is that the war didn’t start in February last year.  The war started in 2014.  And since 2014, NATO Allies have provided support to Ukraine, with training, with equipment, so the Ukrainian Armed Forces were much stronger in 2022, than they were in 2020, and 2014.  And of course, that made a huge difference when President Putin decided to attack Ukraine.”  NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

“They’ve lost strategically, they’ve lost operationally and, I repeat, they’ve lost tactically.  . . .  What they’ve tried to do, they’ve failed at.  The strategic reframing of their objectives, of their illegal invasion, have all failed, every single one of them.”  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley

Desperate people do desperate things

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”  Voltaire

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Counting Battered Bodies Badly.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 13, 2023)

Posted in Newspapers, Propoganda, Russia, Ukraine, World War E, World War III on February 13, 2023 by

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K          “The ‘New York Times’ asserts that 200,000 Russian troops have been killed and wounded.  The editors hope and wish and dream that 200,000 of their fellow human beings have been killed and wounded.  I researched the available sources and am really troubled by the number.  Perhaps about 30,000 – 40,000 Russian troops have been killed and wounded.  The unfounded NYT’s allegation is part of the ‘Retreating to Moscow’ Narrative and not the ‘Advancing to Paris’ Narrative.  Tomorrow, they will advance the ‘Advancing to Paris’ Narrative.”

J          “The West will prevail.  The ‘New York Times’ and the ‘Washington Post’ are two of the pillars of the government information machine.  They are doing their job and their part.  So there you have it.”

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K          “And the NYT said that the sabotage of the Nord Stream Pipeline was a ‘mystery’ when it is clear to all right thinking folks who choreographed the terrorist attack.  Do these people have no dignity or integrity?”

J          “The West will prevail.  The ‘New York Times’ and the ‘Washington Post’ are two of the pillars of the government information machine.  They are doing their job and their part.  So there you have it.”

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K          “The NYT markets itself as the first draft of history.  I doubt future historians will be taught and more importantly doubt that they will be rewarded for doubting everything written in and by the NYT.  Every statement must be consumed cum grano salis.”

J          “The West will prevail.  The ‘New York Times’ and the ‘Washington Post’ are two of the pillars of the government information machine.  They are doing their job and their part.  So there you have it.  End of discussion.”

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[See the e-commentary analyzing the two strains of the propaganda campaign in Russia:  Advancing To Paris; Retreating To Moscow (December 5, 2022) and the consequences of the United States aiding and abetting the terrorist destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines at The U.S. Declares War On Germany, Europe, Russia And The Free World . . . Bank Of England Flops Then Flips . . . And The Supreme Beings Saunter Into Town (October 3, 2022).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Washington – The number of Russian troops killed and wounded in Ukraine is approaching 200,000, a stark symbol of just how badly President Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion has gone, according to American and other Western officials.”  ‘The New York Times’, February 2, 2023.

“Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie.  I saw great battles reported where there had been no fighting, and complete silence where hundreds of men had been killed.  I saw troops who had fought bravely denounced as cowards and traitors, and others who had never seen a shot fired hailed as the heroes of imaginary victories; and I saw newspapers in London retailing these lies and eager intellectuals building emotional superstructures over events that had never happened.  I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines’.”  George Orwell, “Looking Back on the Spanish War”, Chapter 4 (1943).

Rage Against The War Machine Rally – February 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial  

Occupy Peace

Interning For Clio:  Collecting, Protecting And Preserving The Record (April 4, 2022)

Posted in Bideni, Covid / Coronavirus, Inflation, Newspapers, PMC, Press/Media, Ukraine on April 4, 2022 by

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K          “They say most prestigious internships today are unpaid and thus only available to the children of the well-to-do who do not need the money and are well on the path to doing the parvenu PMC thing.”

J          “I cannot really say this undertaking has made either of us well-known or wealthy.”

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K          “I print an article, then scan the paper version and then save it along with a cut and pasted version of the URL in a separate file.  What I find too often in a later search is that the article is simply deleted, not edited or distorted.  Every now and every then, an article is materially modified.  Adding ‘not’ at spots and deleting ‘not’ at other spots changes an article.”

J          “And then you get ‘404ed’ so often.  As I recall in computer network communications, the ‘HTTP 404’, ‘404 not found’, ‘404’, ‘404 error’, ‘page not found’ or ‘file not found’ are error messages.  They are a hypertext transfer protocol standard response code – the good old http.  The message indicates that the browser was able to communicate with a given server, but the server could not find what was requested.  It is a good old server failure.  Servers are failing far too often.  By design.  Servers are the new age HAL 9000 with far more sophisticated AI.”

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K          “From the first entry on January 30, 2020, the ‘Coronavirus Diary’ reveals quite an unreal and surreal ride.  I structured my day to run by and do field research at Costco, Target, Walmart and other stores and venues to study the people, products, prices, perils and performance.  In early February of 2020, I was one of the few Occidentals wearing a mask and knowingly nodded my head at the few Orientals also wearing masks.  I bought up a box of pulse oximeters and gave them to folks who had no idea what they are.”

J          “The thing with toilet paper and bottled water is unreal and surreal.  Humanity is not going to make it.  We are not going to make it.”

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K          “A six pack of Costco canned chicken breasts went from $10.89 to $13.99 last Tuesday and then to $15.99 in the last few days.  The sign said $16.99, yet when I went back to double check the receipt, I discovered they charged $15.99.”

J          “They are ready with a sign of our times.  Costco Kirkland precooked bacon went from $10.99 about a year ago to $12.99 then to $14.99 then quite surprisingly to $12.99 and then in the last few days to $16.99.”

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K          “I followed the ‘print, scan and save’ practice and actually saved what was actually said or written about Covid-19 on a daily basis to have an immutable record.  Some of the pieces are now ‘404er’ likely because the author is inconvenienced or embarrassed by the statements.”

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K          “The NYT is the ‘paper of record’ for the Narrative but not the ‘paper of record’ for the truth.  Society needs another credible source to chronicle daily developments for current and future consumption and consideration.”

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[See “Ukraine’s Propaganda War: International PR Firms, DC Lobbyists and CIA Cutouts” in “MintPress News” dated March 22, 2022 by Dan Cohen and “Psaki Reminds Reporters That Biden Doesn’t Speak For The President Of The United States” in “The Babylon Bee” dated March 29, 2022.] 

[See the e-commentary at “Analog Knowledge Devices” (“AKD”):  The Next “Currency” (July 10, 2017), Buy A Book? I’ll Pass. Read A Book? I’ll Play. Oh, And Happy National Book Month! (September 30, 2019), Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Basically, Back To Basics:  Finding Food; Printing Rutabagas.  Happy Earth Day! (April 20, 2020) and “Just visiting, thank you.” (April 1, 2019).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.  Viewer discretion is advised.”  [Blocking a conversation challenging America’s never ending wars around the globe.]

I got 404ed

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