by Simplicius The Thinker
Let’s start off today with one important thing that’s been in need of clearing up. A lot of Western press still mindlessly parrots the trope about Russia’s so-called ‘frozen funds’ and how ‘devastating’ this is supposed to be for Russia’s economy. At this point, they’re grasping at straws because they have very little ammunition left in the barrel for pushing the false narrative that Russia has been gravely affected by the ‘war.’
In a previous article, I’ve already covered that the notorious ‘300b’ of frozen Russian funds was a desperate canard, and in fact Dmitry Medvedev himself glibly revealed that Russia has equally seized 300b of Western assets as well. We won’t get into the exact details, as you can read them here in this report, though I’ll repost the quote once again:
However, at the time of that writing, perhaps some readers were understandably dubious—after all, we’ve been so inured by MSM to take their anti-Russian reportage at face-value and always doubt the extent and potency of Russia’s own repartees.
But now, a recent rash of corroborating reports has hit the wires that confirm the validity of Medvedev’s statement. Bloomberg published (and quickly retracted, most likely due to internal blowback) a piece grudgingly bemoaning that they in fact can’t find these so-called ‘seized Russian funds.’
Now, the West continues to lament how well Russia is recovering economically from the minimal constraints incurred from the various ‘sanctions’.
Yesterday’s DailyMail article whinged about how British citizens are forced to ration their food amid unprecedentedly empty supermarket shelves, while equivalent Russian cities are ‘groaning beneath the weight’ of their bountiful food surpluses.
This emblematic snapshot highlights the startling disparity.
What’s more, the scenes are a reversal of 40 years ago, when many of us watched pitiful TV footage of Russians under the Communist regime queuing for staples such as bread and eggs.
Cue the irony and schadenfreude.
The article is full of guffaw-inducing snippets, as the psychosis of Western Russophobia is slowly eroded by the harsh truth.
Residents of Perm, and elsewhere in Russia, have plenty of cheap food. Low-cost energy in the gas-rich nation means vegetables can be grown in hot houses throughout the bitter winter. Russia is also able to import large quantities of fruit from sympathetic countries, such as Iran, enjoying warmer climates.
Nor is there anxiety over heating homes, while filling cars with plentiful cheap petrol or diesel is a breeze.
Well, hey—remember when Biden mocked the potential for Russian/Chinese/Iranian rapprochement and partnership? Now the hens are coming home to roost, after years of the West’s self-inflictedly lunacy.
All this, of course, makes you wonder who is winning the economic war. From Perm, John told us: ‘I have seen with my own eyes that sanctions are not hurting Russia. People on the street hardly notice anything. The shops are full of everything they want or need.
Can their tears get any more delicious than that?
Now onto more pressing matters:
It continues to appear that Wagner’s Prigozhin is the ultimate troll. The pattern many are starting to notice is that, as soon as he complains, feigning some sort of massive problems, Wagner in fact subsequently spurs into a string of large gains.
And once again it has happened. Only days after some new ‘controversy’ surrounding Prigozhin, followed by more complaints and ‘rumors’ of everything from Wagner needing to ‘pull out’ or retreat, to ammunition shortages, to fears of being ‘flanked’ by a new AFU counter-attack, suddenly Wagner has in fact surged forward with such ferocity that even Stoltenberg appears to have finally caved in, gasping that Bakhmut may now fall ‘within days’:
Bakhmut, after all, may fall in the next few days, – NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg
According to him, if this happens, it will not necessarily reflect a turning point in the war. “This only underlines that we should not underestimate Russia,” the Secretary General added.
And this is mere days after MSM propagated the laughable story that Russian troops are ‘fighting with shovels’.
Bakhmut appears to be rapidly collapsing, with Wagner incursions being reported deep into the southern part and now even cross-river in the north.
The above map shows where fighting is being reported, which is already on the ‘western’ portion of the city across the Bakhmutovka River. For now there were rumors it is merely Russian ‘DRG’ (forward sabotage/spotters), but it hasn’t been fully confirmed yet.
Here’s a wider view, showing where fighting has been reported past the river’s median line. And everything east of the river has reportedly now fallen for definite. Large southern incursions can also be seen:
Granular look at the southern advance into Sobachevka District.
An AFU soldier reportedly told AFP the following:
“Bakhmut will fall,” a Ukrainian tank operator told AFP in the town of Chasov Yar, about 10 km (six miles) west of Artyomovsk. “We are almost encircled. The units are progressively retreating in small groups.”
Some people have complained that the battle of Bakhmut is taking a ‘long time’. If one has ever actually followed military conflicts before, one would know that city sieges are never quick work—lest you count the fraudulent ‘Iraq War’, where US feigned glory after paying off all the Iraqi generals to surrender.
The Siege of Sarajevo infamously lasted four years:
“It was three times longer than the Battle of Stalingrad, more than a year longer than the siege of Leningrad, and was the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare.”
The Battle of Aleppo in Syria likewise spanned four plus years. In the current SMO, major city battles thus far average about two to three months each. Mariupol began in earnest in about early March and ran to mid May, although everything but Azovstal was cinched up by late April or so.
With the now redirected Mariupol forces sent to help the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk agglomerate, that large battle took from about early May to early July. Izyum took about one month, although admittedly it’s a much smaller town.
And while Wagner was nipping at the feet of Bakhmut since late last year, they were only marginally engaged at the very northeastern peripheries, in the famous Patrice Lumumba District, while the rest of the forces to the north and south were still wrangling with Soledar, etc., in order to first bring the contact line up to the Bakhmut city limits themselves. That didn’t actually happen until mid-January or so of this year. So Bakhmut does appear to be falling fairly well into the two-ish month timeline for larger city sieges, if you count the battle’s opening from the point when all the forces actually engaged its limits on all sides, rather than when Wagner was merely locally skirmishing on one small road in the northeast.
Also, one should view these videos to truly appreciate what it means to have full ‘fire-control’ over every road in and out of Bakhmut. The scale of the absolute carnage currently being inflicted on the AFU logistics in and out of the city is breathtaking to behold:
There are reports of mass abandonment of AFU heavy equipment because only the dirt backroads are now usable, and they’re already very muddy. Everything is being abandoned, and what isn’t—is being summarily destroyed by artillery.
No greg “everyone in Russia died at the battle and Putin will be killed in his sleep because everyone hates him” propaganda on this?
Military adventurism; a symptom of a dying empire. The United States is no different, and we’re watching our rogue illegal government start wars none of us want.
Putin invaded Ukraine and began murdering Ukrainians. NOBODY invaded Russia. Trump can go to hell, and take their “good relationship” with him.
Nah. The truth is that NATO kept expanding, and has been fighting a shadow war with Russia for decades. Russia is a threat to the WEF’s vision.
Trump was actuality of what our installed deep state pretends to value: peace, prosperity, and unity.
But you and yours start wars with Russia, wreck Germany’s economy, and divide us with false racial and class warfare.
You, sir, are the enemy of the globe. Trump obviously learned a lot as our 45th.
He’ll be cleaning house as our 47th.
Hope you’re ready.
Thankfully biden is losing his war against Putin.
Our southern border is far and away more important than Ukraine. Not one more penny to this corrupt fucks over there.
The question is when citizen-soldiers in the US will go to protect the Southern Border because the illegal federal government won’t, and the next question is when the military refuses to execute orders from an unconstitutional regime.
The judge ruled that biden has 7 days to reinstate immigration policies that were in effect on January 20, 2021.
biden is fucked
Biden budget would cut deficit by $3 trillion over next decade with 25% minimum tax on richest Americans
It boosts the defense budget, while cutting deficit spending by $3 Trillion over the next decade. Where’s the GOP’s proposal on ANYTHING?
Where is Trump on anything, other than blather about ending the war in Ukraine in ONE DAY by picking up a telephone and knowing EXACTLY what to say?
Dead on arrival
A non starter.
Do you REALLY believe most people won’t support a 25% minimum tax on those with a net worth of over $100 million to protect Social Security and Medicare for another 25 years?
No we dont support any income taxation its all theft.
The graduated schedule of the original 1913 income tax topped out at only 7 percent, assessed against all income above $500,000.
See how they let the camels nose under the tent?
No need to raise taxes if we balance the budget. Cut spending across the board for discretionary spending programs.
Fine. Republicans only need to propose a budget showing specifically what they will cut and by how much. Then we can check their arithmetic and proceed.
Never once have they done this.
Everytime they attempt to cut spending, or nor give a raise to a dept your side flops around they are trying to starve children or destroy democracy .
The devil is in the details—which is why republicans aren’t mentioning any. Making the richest even richer involves making everyone else poorer. It involves cutting programs that are important to everyone else—Social Security, Medicare, education, environmental protection, etc.
We have skyrocketing debt because we don’t collect the taxes needed to pay for what we take for granted. We have inflation for the same reason.
See? I see what you did there, same old song and dance.
Which depts of the government could be eliminated?
How much of the budget is foreign aid?
How much do we hand over to the UN?
How much is given to rich colleges?
How much spent on gain of function?
greg has no conception of responsible budgeting. He think we can continue to spend , spend and spend.
Raising taxes is not the answer. He is a fool.
They always use the elderly and poor as examples, when was the last time we heard any of them say hey we have over 17 intelligence offices, can we cut that number down a little?
The DOE has taken us to The U.S. score in reading is tied for 23rd place
Eliminate this garbage dept. we did much better when the states were in charge.
If you add all of those annual expenditures up, you’ll discover that the total is only a tiny fraction of our annual budget.
A trillion is one-thousand billions. US funding to the United Nations totaled only $11.6 billion in 2020. Our 2020 budget was $4.79 Trillion. All of the items mentioned are mere drops in a bucket.
The devil in the details of balancing the budget via cuts are the items that republicans never mention. They only mention cutting relatively insignificant items that relate to unpopular programs. Balancing by cuts alone would mean cutting Social Security checks, slashing medical care, and abandoning the poor—whose numbers would suddenly include millions more who no longer had Social Security and Medicare.
You do know many many tiny fractions add up?
Do you have the number of departments are in the government yet?
300 billion in foreign aid, 2021.
You should look at a pie chart graph of the Federal budget.
The pie gets bigger and bigger, the slices never get taken out.
They say Zelensky only makes 930 bucks a month, someone needs to tell his thrifty wife, who goes shopping in France, we are paying that salary.
It’s all smoke and mirrors, and means nothing.
They are printing money, and causing inflation.
If you’re goal was to destroy the American economy, you wouldn’t do anything differently than what this illegal regime is doing and spending.
This obsession with medicare by the news and regime is what it’s always about: money.
Big medicare providers donated to Biden for his installation.
They want their investment back, and pockets lined.
Meanwhile, most of the American people know Biden has no authority and our federal government is illegal.
The poor will grow in number, mostly because of this spending and the regime’s idiotic attempts at maintaining empire.
God help us all.
Lindsey Graham wants the US military to go after the Mexican drug cartels—which would necessarily involve a military invasion of Mexico.
Kaboom! Kevin McCarthy tells Zelensky to shove it…
Lindsey is another war monger like his buddy Mc Stain they were both in Ukraine encouraging the Nazis after the US coup.
That’s Biden’s plan, son.
Try to keep up.
“We have skyrocketing debt because we don’t collect the taxes needed to pay for what we take for granted. We have inflation for the same reason.”
You are crazy if you believe this. Last I checked revenues to the government increased after the Trump tax cuts. Increased spending is the real culprit. We have inflation due to excessive spending from increasing the money supply out of thin air. Which is why there is a move to decouple the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. If that happens we are screwed. Your solution is the usual tax the rich scheme that never works. In fact ole Joey dementia uses a common tax dodge, an S corporation, to avoid paying taxes. Biden’s proposals would crush the economy and result in less tax collections to boot.
The “defense” budget being our money getting siphoned to the military industrial complex to rebuild after a war in Ukraine we started.
You people really are enemies of the state.
The CBO estimated at present course of spending we would add 19 trillion to the debt in 10 years.
Time to balance the budget a cut discretionary spending.
The GPO’s fiscal 2023 budget. Jump to page 121 to see that they wanted to cut to reduce spending by $885 Billion. Not very specific, is it? The biggest single cut is to “Other”. The preceding 119 pages are about deregulation and tax cuts.
Maybe they can just change the fiscal year to 2024.
That sounds good to me.
Gutting SS and Medicare would whip up those savings in no time.
I’m for it.
Yeah, you can support your parents and grandparents while you try to raise your own kids and prepare for your own old age. And pay everyone’s medical needs, while you’re at it.
And convince everyone they need to do the same. Lots of luck with that.
Multi generational households were not that uncommon a short time ago, just cause you would kick your parents or grandma to the curb doesnt mean everyone would.
Back to the subject, Zelensky has already set himself up to skip the country, He is just seeing how many he can murder before that is needed.
Nobody got kicked to the curb. My great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents expected their children to leave and make their own way in the world, just as they had done themselves.
No they didn’t. You just told us they relied on the government to pay for their future “harness.”
Most Americans are cowards, and seek a lifetime of working for someone else, then taking false pride in a SS tax (they didn’t have a choice NOT to pay) and acting like they planned ahead or something, taking a benefit they have no control over.
Then we have people like you, promoting this and deriding people who actually did something with their lives and became wealthy, claiming they “stole it” from the cows that didn’t have the courage to do something novel.
That’s called Communism, greg.
Ever have you been our Comrade Greggie.
They won’t have a choice, son.
Only one generation was fed and grown on the myth of “retirement.” No one got it before them, and no will get it after them.
That myth has been dispelled. Glad they taught you to work your whole like only to become a ward of the state as your “reward.”
That’s on you.
My great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents all received Social Security throughout their years of retirement.
Who convinced you that it’s better for most people to work their lives away only to die in the harness or struggle through a few remaining years so the top 1 percent could be obscenely wealthy, and reestablish a ruling hereditary aristocracy?
Surely the opportunity to become a self-made millionaire is sufficient incentive for anybody.
As of the 3rd Quarter of 2022, the collective worth of America’s top 1% was $16.93 Trillion.
Your GGrandparents didnt pay much into the system, your Grand parents may have paid much more in but got less of it back than they could if it was put into savings account or invested, your parents would then have the remainder as an heir. Same for us our entire working lives we paid in it was suppose to be insurance, but the Democrats such as yourself feel its the governments and now a charity so use it as a scare tactic anytime the budget of the nation is being talked about. OOOh whacha gonna do when granny moves in with you. We are so over it.
Now Zelenky refuses to have peace talks as long as the EU and US support this losing war, time to give him the old gonna cut you off dude and stop the senseless killing.
Those approaching retirement age when the program began paying benefits were “grandfathered” in. They didn’t need to have paid so much in or to have worked for so many quarters. Three of my great-grandparents were still alive when I was born, all on my mother’s side of the family. I have vague memories only of two.
The Proxy war is lost.
Putin will be assassinated by his own people.
A small chance of that.
Zelenskyy being executed by his own people, for getting into a war that has now killed more Ukrainians in a year than all the American casualties of all the years of WWII?
We’ll see. There’s always an outside chance we’ll fly in a B-21 and take the bastard out in his armored train. It would be a good debut mission.
But it won’t be Russians doing it.
Meanwhile, I bet there are at least five independent operations under way in Ukraine by citizens to kill this puppet bastard Zelenskyy…
I’m NOT convinced of that.
And that includes the people who donated to Biden so they could claim more in Medicare payouts.
You just told me you buy into and submit to a system you’re pretending to reject? WTF.
Boy you’re a sucker.
Do you think being billionaires’ lap dogs will earn you first choice of the crumbs from their banquet table? That’s the usual offer. Always has been.
That’s what made Tucker Carlson’s $30 Million.
You’re a supporter of Billionaires.
Because you’re a Democrat.
Billionaires give to the Democrat Party, overwhelmingly.
I’m against little pigs like you trying to push Communism against those you are jealous of.
The ability for Billionaires to buy people like Biden and Pelosi is why we American patriots are in a civil war with evil cowards like you.
11/07/22 – American billionaires’ political spending overwhelmingly leans Republican –
“…Of the record-breaking $881 million billionaires have donated to US political parties this midterm election cycle, nearly three-quarters came from the top 20 donors alone. Of these 20 who rank among the wealthiest population—who became even richer during the pandemic—14 back Republicans, a new report from the non-profit organization Americans for Tax Fairness calculates…”
The link provides the details.
No. The Billionaires political spending overwhelmingly means Democrat.
Like rats in a trap, I’ve noticed the left is panicking and going all out to accuse the right of doing what they are doing publicly.
Banks, tech, and foreign money install mostly Democrats.
Sure. How about a link to your “facts”, since the study I provided from Americans for Tax Fairness tells a different story.
Joe Biden alone was given about 6 billion in campaigns funds from Banks, pharma, tech and billionaires
And greg, you disengenious boob, please talk to us about the Billionaires added FIVE TRILLION to their fortunes during the pandemic. All Democrat voters, all Democrat donors.
I’ll give you credit for saying so. Most elected republicans pretend that they aren’t.
It’s just what you want to hear, Greg.
You’ve always been a very easy adversary to conquer.
The good news for all of us is that there’s already public figures calling for Congress and the rest of the federal government to pause and figure out what’s going on.
The calls to abolish the illegal federal government will continue to rise.
You can’t collude with companies to get them Rich by installing politicians, and you can’t rig elections.
It would just be better if the left who is now the strong arm of the deep state would just come out and admit that they are totalitarian.
Over the next decade? You really are goofy! It does nothing to the national Debt.
Federal Budget Deficit: The difference between the federal government’s annual revenues and expenditures. National Debt: Total of all unpaid funds borrowed by the U.S. government.
How do they say it will lower the deficit in a budget 10 years from now, this garbage you swallow is mind boggling….
Shut down the so called government until they pass a budget that does not exceed its revenue and makes headway on cutting debt.
Raise tarriffs not income taxes.
‘Excessive’ Biden budget plan would cause national debt to hit nearly $51 trillion by 2033
Hey Russia has no missiles left dont believe these media liars!
Russian state terrorism, plain and simple, all directed at Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure. He’s doing this out of desperation. Putin’s been trying for months to take one city, which he has utterly destroyed, and still hasn’t managed it. He’s going to die like the cornered rat he killed.
Nah. Putin and Russia are at war. This is how you win: make Ukraine unlivable.
Not desperate, but clearly winning.
Just knock off the dumb propaganda, son. No one is fooled.
Really no one uses missiles in a war only terrorists…hmmmm
Who has been sabotaging our food production facilities?
Europe cant keep poring money into a black hole where is a way out?
The GOP launches another time BS investigation where no one will be held accountable.
Bulgarian Politician Throws Down ‘Fascist’ Ukrainian Flag
Bulgarian deputy candidate Atanas Stefanov threw a Ukrainian flag from the balcony of Sofia City Hall, calling it “fascist”, before it was dragged disdainfully towards a flower pot.
“We removed the fascist banner, which has no place there. It has long been out of place. Death to fascism, we will not legitimize the Nazis and the Holocaust,” Atanas Stefanov explained.
03/10/23 – Ukraine-Russia news – latest: Wagner chief says Putin has ‘cut him off’
So again you say they are able to take the city without ammunitions, Ukraine fighters really suck.
Putin has been struggling to take control of Bakhmut for 10 months, still hasn’t managed to, and it’s only one town. He’s going to run out of people to blame for his own failure, at which point his demise will be assured.
Bakhut is the war in one battle. If Ukraine loses it (which is almost assured), it’s over.
Ukrainians are turning on Zelenskyy, and will demand his leadership, and life, be taken.
He and his family aren’t going to make it out of this one.
Bakhmut has minimal strategic value, but Russians are losing men at a rate of 5 to 1 to take it, eroding Putin’s credibility. He’ll be dead before the will of Ukraine’s patriots is broken.
Horse hockey. Look at the map that accompanies this ridiculous assertion. Bakhmut is on the westernmost edge of the Russian-controlled portions of Luhansk and Donetsk, sharing a long Russian-controlled common border between them that extends diagonally through Russian-controlled territory all the way to the Russian border. They expect us to believe that Russia can only supply troops along the front by moving materials down the length of the front? Russian supply logistics are notoriously screwed up, but not that screwed up.
No. Bakhmut is going to define the rest of the war, son.
Ukrainians have lost more men than America lost in WWIII.
Russians have lost a mere fraction of that.
Ukraine will come together to topple and kill Zelenskyy, and soon.
Putin has started a war where endless insurrection would bleed Russia dry even if he “won” it. I think Putin will wind up deposed or dead, and Ukraine will wind up a NATO nation.
No. Putin called the West’s bluff.
He’s pushing out his borders as he said he would.
The Russian economy did not fail what is in fact growing.
I know that zelensky will end up dead long before Putin
You are absolutely nuts.
Vladimir Putin, 2005:
That would account for the celebrations across all of the western Soviet oppressed nations that were formerly behind the Iron Curtain.
Sure it is. Just like Trump paying off a porn star with campaign funds. I like Giuliani’s explanation of the transaction:
Then we’ve got Matt Schlapp. And your smarmy frat-boy statutory rapist, Matt Gaetz. With George Santos for comic relief, total lunatics like Greene and Boebert, and Trump’s wannabe successor DeSantis, whose fame rests on convincing his followers that Mickey Mouse is a pedophile… Meanwhile, Go Putin! He’s saving Russia from the threat of imminent invasion by Ukrainian Nazis, and protecting Russian ethnics by stealing their children and bombarding their population centers. Just leave him alone, and he’ll save all of Europe from the peril of Western Democratic Socialism, which we all know turns nations into police states.
That’s what Trump and MAGA have done to the conservatism of my earlier days.
Greg you wouldnt know a conservative if the lowered you taxes and shrank the government so it was affordable.
what do you know?
I grew up among traditional conservatives. Trump and his merry band would have left them shaking their heads in disbelief.
Yes, because Trump isn’t a conservative.
We understand you’re a gutless communist railing against a “conservative” strawman fro 1983 that doesn’t even exist.
Trump’s policies make Clinton look far-right.
Just shut up, you fool. You fear the break down of the Uniparty, thus your incessant efforts to push this back into Left/Right.
It’s Americans vs traitors. Trump is the majority, by belief. Most Americans are Moderates, and reject both parties.
MAGA is something you crooks need to put down because it threatens your mafia.
If Trump isn’t passing as a conservative, what the hell is he supposed to be?
Oh, lookie, lookie, Comrade Greggie is stumped.
That’s because he’s an idiot.
The majority of us who reject conservative and liberal labels, because they mean absolutely nothing now.
When I was younger, being a liberal meant that you defended freedom of speech and would never endorse censorship like the Democrats and the federal government did to people on Twitter other social media platforms.
Whatever the parties and labels might have meant in the past is gone.
We’re not following Trump. He’s just walking in the same direction with hundreds of millions of other Americans who believe our constitution works.
The parties are losing power and losing money. They are so desperate to keep it that they’ll start wars, release viruses, and throw out the first amendment without question
Does Freedom of Speech protect the right of consolidated wealth and power to use social media as a mind control apparatus? Is there a protected right to broadcast socially destructive lies? To use it to blind people to the truth, and foster delusion?
Soially destructive lies like, safe and effective?
Braindeads laptop russian disinformation?
Well, what do we have here?
Another one of Comrade Dumass’s illogical responses to questions he doesn’t want to answer.
Comrade Dumass remains ever the coward.
Sure plexiglass shield between you and the check out girl, an airborne virus could not travel any further than 6 feet, and masks magically work, except the warning on the box read they didnt.
You fell for all of it.
“Does Freedom of Speech protect the right of consolidated wealth and power to use social media as a mind control apparatus?”
That’s literally what the Left and Deep State have been doing.
So when I asked you to give me your definition of a “traditional conservative” and you never responded, you really have no excuse for not answering except, perhaps, you are a raving liar on top of being a yellow coward.
Yup. You traitors gotta kill off anyone who’s not in your club.
I’ll take a man getting with beautiful women over a man molesting children on camera while his own party looks on.
03/11/23 – U.S. crosses a Rubicon in fight against Russian aggression –
The real question is raised by a different article’s accompanying photo: Why does Putin’s makeup stop at the top of his forehead, when everyone around him is taller than he is?