Subjects of Empire,
NATO was carrying out exercises in the Baltic sea from June to mid September, including a lot of heavy helicopter overflights for days, right over where the (now 4 identified) pipeline sabotages occurred Monday. The sabotage disabled all 4 Nordstream pipelines, not just 3, as initially thought.
Nordstream gas this winter is impossible for Europe/Germany.
The US will sell as much liquified natural gas to Europe as is possible, at prices 8-10 times as high as piped Russian gas.
Poland and Ukraine control remaining Soviet-era gas pipelines to Europe, giving more leverage over Germany, and the ability to extract high transit fees.
Germany is clearly the loser. German citizens demonstrated Sunday for negotiations with Russia and resumption of gas flows.
How hard will it be for Germans to see that their country, their homes have been attacked by NATO, (somewhat) in the interests of Poland and Ukraine?
British strategy, since German states united, has been to keep Germany and Russia separate from each other, and preferably at war with each other.
Churchill manipulated Poland just before WW-2, with a mutual defense treaty, which Britain did not honor.
Poland would probably have offended Germany and Russia less without that false-assurance.
Atlanticist-interests are degrading European-economy, just as they shackle it more tightly to the service of the US. This is not an "alliance", but a colonial arrangement in rapid decay, supporting the US, as German industry closes down, and German citizens prepare to freeze to death. The City of London is the only part of the UK which does not face a similar economic fate this winter. The "special relationship" is only for the "special".
Andrew Korybko (from 2 days ago, a long time in dog-years) The Anglo-American Axis Benefits From The Ecological Terrorist Attack In The Baltic Sea
This terrorist attack destroyed any chance of an energy-driven Russian-German rapprochement, immediately catapulted Poland into the position of being one of the continent’s most pivotal energy hubs, and thus took the Anglo-American Axis' plans for dividing and ruling Europe to the next level... ..The attack nevertheless does indeed serve Poland’s larger interests for exactly that reason even if it most likely wasn’t behind what happened or had any advance knowledge about it, which is why suspicion should fall on its allies in the Anglo-American Axis (AAA).
Both have an interest in dividing and ruling the EU by facilitating Poland’s rise as a continental Great Power capable of eventually competing with the bloc’s de facto German leader... ..In order to knock Germany out of the geopolitical and geo-economic game for good, the AAA must not only successfully trick it into committing economic suicide through its compliance with the anti-Russian sanctions, but also destroy any chance of a strategically meaningful rapprochement with Russia in the future.
Sabotaging the Nord Stream pipelines accomplishes precisely that by completely disincentivizing Germany from potentially clinging to whatever energy-driven plans it might have for eventually repairing relations with Russia...Germany might also figure that it doesn’t have anything more to lose vis a vis Russia by possibly being the first country to send cutting-edge battle tanks to Kiev. This artificially manufactured strategic inertia would thus doom Russian-German relations for decades. https://www.globalresearch.ca/anglo-american-axis-benefits-from-ecological-terrorist-attack-baltic-sea/5794777
Moon of Alabama (German) [This is overtly in Germany's face. Germany is nationally humiliated, as well as being deeply injured and betrayed.]
This does not happen by chance or fate. It is part of a long term neoconservative plan for continued U.S. supremacy over the world. The Anglo-American axis is the only party to benefit from the recent events.
The U.S. allegedly warned Germany of sabotage of the Nord Stream system (in German).
This reminds of President Joe Biden's warning of a Russian invasion in Ukraine early this year.
It is easy to predict such events when you are the one who intends to cause them.
The U.S. knew that the Ukraine was going to launch an attack on the Donbas republics. The U.S. knew that Russia would intervene to help its brethren. Russia had said so. The Ukrainian attack started with artillery preparations on February 17. Russia intervened on February 24...
..The Baltic Sea is controlled by NATO. This from June 2022:
"BALTOPS, with the high degree of complexity, tested our collective readiness and adaptability, while also highlighting the strength of our Alliance and resolve in providing a maritime domain with freedom of navigation for all," said Vice Adm. Gene Black, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO)... ..While the Baltops 22 maneuver already took place in June and July of this year the U.S. Sixth Fleet left the Baltic Sea only a few days ago (in German, my translation): ... The "USS Kearsarge", flagship of the association and largest warship of the US Navy, which was in action in the Baltic Sea in the last 30 years, has 40 helicopters and fighter planes as well as more than 2000 soldiers on board, the escort ships about 1000. For the around 4,000 soldiers are heading back home on the east coast of the US after their six-month deployment.
Parts of the Kearsange operations in the Baltic Sea were dedicated to test special sub sea mine destruction technologies... ..The U.S. military is not the only force that was near the area of the pipeline damage. Just a 100 kilometer south is the Polish naval base Kolobrzeg (the former German Kolberg) which harbors mine laying ships and the 8th Kołobrzeg Naval Combat Engineer Battalion. Naval combat engineers are experts in blowing up anything that is under water, be it mines or pipelines
A significant focus of BALTOPS every year is the demonstration of NATO mine hunting capabilities, and this year the U.S. Navy continues to use the exercise as an opportunity to test emerging technology, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Public Affairs said June 14.
In support of BALTOPS, U.S. Navy 6th Fleet partnered with U.S. Navy research and warfare centers to bring the latest advancements in unmanned underwater vehicle mine hunting technology to the Baltic Sea to demonstrate the vehicle’s effectiveness in operational scenarios.
Experimentation was conducted off the coast of Bornholm, Denmark, with participants from Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport, and Mine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measuring all under the direction of U.S. 6th Fleet Task Force 68.
Off the coast of Bornholm, Denmark, is where the pipelines were hit. Just days ago the USS Kearsarge was in that area...
..On September 2, interesting maneuvers performed by an American helicopter with the call sign FFAB123. Then it was assumed that this board was from the USS Kearsarge air wing, and today more details were looked.
According to the website ads-b.nl , this call sign was used by 6 boards that day, of which we managed to establish the side numbers of three. All of them are Sikorsky MH-60S.
By superimposing the FFAB123 route on the scheme of yesterday's accident, we get a rather interesting result — the helicopter either flew along the Nord Stream-2 highway, or even between the points where the accident occurred...
..Meanwhile, mine operations served as an ideal area of focus for testing new technology.
Scientists from five nations brought the latest advancements in Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) mine hunting technology to the Baltic Sea to demonstrate the vehicle’s effectiveness in operational scenarios. The BALTOPS Mine Counter Measure Task Group ventured throughout the Baltic region practicing ordnance location, exploitation, and disarming in critical maritime chokepoints... In 2021, while Nord Stream 2 was still being build, the Polish navy had interfered and endangered the pipe laying vessels in the very same place...
..During the recent Ukraine crisis Poland has rejected to receive Russian gas. It closed the Yamal pipeline that transports natural gas from Russia to Germany. Poland continued to consume Russia gas. It received it from Germany which had received it through the Nord Stream I pipeline from Russia.
Poland and Denmark have build a new sub sea pipeline which connects it to the pipeline that brings Norwegian gas to the Netherlands and Europe.
The pipeline was opened yesterday, the very same day the Nord Stream system was sabotaged... https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/09/whodunnit-facts-related-to-the-sabotage-attack-on-the-nord-stream-pipelines.html#more
All 4 pipes were breached by explosives.
Sweden’s coast guard discovered a fourth gas leak on the damaged Nord Stream pipelines earlier this week, a spokesperson told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper. https://www.azerbaycan24.com/en/fourth-leak-found-on-nord-stream-pipelines-swedish-coast-guard-says/
Pepe Escobar: Germany and EU have been handed over a declaration of war
Now it’s painfully clear the imperial velvet gloves are off when it comes to the vassals. EU independence: verboten. Cooperation with China: verboten. Independent trade connectivity with Asia: verboten. The only place for the EU is to be economically subjugated to the US: a tawdry remix of 1945-1955. With a perverse neoliberal twist: we will own your industrial capacity, and you will have nothing.
The sabotage of NS and NS2 is inbuilt in the imperial wet dream of breaking up the Eurasian land mass into a thousand pieces to prevent a trans-Eurasia consolidation between Germany (representing the EU), Russia and China: $50 trillion in GDP, based on purchasing power parity (PPP) compared to the US’s $20 trillion.
We must go back to Mackinder: control of the Eurasian land mass constitutes control of the world. American elites and their Trojan Horses across Europe will do whatever it takes not to give up their control.
“American elites” in this context encompass the deranged, Straussian neo-con-infested “intel community” and the Big Energy, Big Pharma and Big Finance that pays them and who profits not only from the Deep State’s Forever War approach but also wants to make a killing out of the Davos-concocted Great Reset.
The Raging Twenties started with a murder – of Gen Soleimani. Blowing up pipelines is part of the sequel. There will be a highway to hell all the way to 2030. http://thesaker.is/germany-and-eu-have-been-handed-over-a-declaration-of-war/
Bhadrakumar, from Indian Punchline:
With Nord Stream lethally damaged, if Russia were to resume gas supply to Germany in the conceivable future, it can only be through the Soviet-era pipelines that run through Poland and Ukraine. But Warsaw and Kiev will not be in a mood to cooperate in the prevailing circumstances.
Principally, Russia loses whatever leverage it has over German policies at a juncture when a grave economic crisis looms ahead and there is growing demand to review Berlin’s decision against the commissioning of Nord Stream 2. Last week, large demonstrations took place in Germany calling for the commissioning of Nord Stream 2 to resolve energy shortage.
As for the German leadership, it too no longer has an option to bite the bullet and seek resumption of Russian gas supplies (except by begging Poland and Ukraine to cooperate in the reopening of the Yamal and Druzhba pipelines.) https://www.indianpunchline.com/attack-on-nord-stream-kills-prospects-for-dialogue-in-ukraine/
Gilbert Doctorow, on the ground in St. Petersburg, and fluent in Russian, comments on draft evasion in Russia. He's a Vietnam-era peacenik. I pick this cameo:
My 50-year old main taxi driver, infantry captain in the reserves, has little doubt he will be called up, if not in this first “partial” mobilization then in the general mobilization that is sure to follow once Russia declares war on Ukraine, which may be within the coming two weeks. And what does he say about it? “I already have the best years of my life behind me. I am ready to go and, if necessary, to die for my country.” Verbatim and without a hint of jingoism. It sounds a bit like the charming “my country write [sic] or wrong” that my grandfather Max, who emigrated to the U.S. from the Russian Empire in about 1910, wrote to me in the 1960s. Both expressions were heartfelt and merit respect. https://gilbertdoctorow.com/2022/09/27/draft-evasion-in-todays-russia/
Poll: Americans support quick diplomatic end to war in Ukraine (US midterm elections are less than 6 weeks away.)
Nearly 60 percent of Americans would support the United States engaging in diplomatic efforts “as soon as possible” to end the war in Ukraine, even if that means Ukraine having to make concessions to Russia...
..The survey also found that 47 percent said they support the continuation of U.S. military aid to Ukraine only if Washington is involved in ongoing diplomacy to end the war, while 41 percent said they would support aid regardless of whether the United States is engaged in negotiations.
Just six percent said Russia’s war in Ukraine is among the top three most important issues facing the United States today, with the top three being inflation (46 percent), jobs and the economy (31 percent), and gun violence (26 percent). https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/09/27/poll-americans-support-quick-diplomatic-end-to-war-in-ukraine/
An Orthodox Priest presents the case for slow-motion Anglo-American suicide, as the western empire consumes itself and involutes.
American Roulette , By Batiushka for The Saker blog http://thesaker.is/american-roulette/
The Taliban have signed a provisional agreement with Russia to supply gasoline, diesel, gas, and wheat to Afghanistan, acting Afghan Commerce and Industry Minister Haji Nooruddin Azizi told Reuters.
The announcement marks the first major international economic deal by the Taliban with a foreign government beyond its borders since the group came to power following the US’s chaotic withdrawal from the country in August 2021.
No country, including Russia, has formally recognised the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, although Russia is one of several countries that has maintained its embassy in the capital Kabul.
Azizi said that Russia had agreed to discount supplies to the Taliban, compared to average global commodity prices. The deal will see Moscow supply around one million tonnes of gasoline, one million tonnes of diesel, 500,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and two million tonnes of wheat annually, to the country.
The agreement will begin with a trial period for an unspecified amount of time and a final deal will be struck if both sides are satisfied with the arrangement...
..The US is also engaged in talks with the Taliban. This month Washington announced that it would release roughly half of the frozen $7bn in funds for monetary and humanitarian aid. Details of the plan are scarce and the Taliban has demanded the full amount. It’s unclear how the agreement with Russia will impact negotiations. https://www.globalresearch.ca/afghanistan-taliban-sign-import-agreement-russia-report/5794847
Iranians are really tired of the brutal "morality police" squads that roam their streets, beating women.
Iran Oil Workers Threaten To Strike If Government Doesn’t End Crackdown https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Iran-Oil-Workers-Threaten-To-Strike-If-Government-Doesnt-End-Crackdown.html
No science is 'settled", it seems: Not all scientists agree that mankind had a single birthplace or origin. For example, an article in Arkeonews claims that Africa may not be where the first humans evolved.
It states that researchers have found evidence that the ancestral link between gorillas and humans occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean and not in Africa. According to them, the evidence shows that the first pre-humans entered the Balkan region of northern Greece.
Researchers found specimens of a fossilized hominid in Greece and Bulgaria. They had already believed that such hominids were extinct more than 3 million years ago so it was surprising to discover these remains. Using computer tomography, the researchers determined that the specimens were pre-humans. So pre-humans already existed in the Balkan region.
Thus, scientists claim that the split between humans and chimps occurred in the Mediterranean region.
Still, another scientific theory is that modern humans did not originate from a single population or a single location. Rather, human traits emerged from multiple populations that came into contact with each other and mixed. https://original.newsbreak.com/@anita-durairaj-561241/2759618077308-some-scientists-claim-that-the-first-humans-may-not-have-evolved-from-africa-after-all
Mongrel (pictured recently in housing-project)
Good post as usual. As per usual our task is to find a way to survive together on a much abused, much harmed planet. Just a reminder to self: Everybody Hurts. Pain can stop us or it can serve as a blazing light of inner strength to see us through. WE WILL OVERCOME.
Good news from the Israeli ally of NATO is they are happy to help with their oil via a pipeline from Egypt. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/06/20/israel-egypt-turkey-gas-europe/
On Wednesday, Israel agreed to pipe billions of dollars’ worth of natural gas to Europe via Egyptian liquefaction facilities, as Russia halts supplies and the continent scrambles to refill dwindling stockpiles. The landmark memorandum of understanding, signed by the Israeli and Egyptian energy ministers and representatives of the European Commission, aims to extricate Europe from Russian energy “blackmail,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in Jerusalem, a day before flying to the signing ceremony in Cairo.