Open Thread 17 Feb 2022

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  1. Marlene says:

    Since probably soon there will be no way to watch soemthing like this, I recommed that after you view this beautiful documental by Italian director Luca Belardi as homage to the suffered people of Donbass Ukrainian region, download it for posterity.

    Narrated in the beautiful Italian language and a poetic tone, I post it here as a my personal homage to these heroic people and for to put faces to those who some at the head of the US and Europe want to erase from history records and above all from our minds and memories…


  2. Fourth and Long says:

    Scott Ritter today:

    Putin will address the Russian Parliament. This is most probably going to be a declaration of war, perhaps with some time built in to give the West one last chance to comply with Russian demands, or Russia will have no choice but to proceed with its “military technical” solution.

    I haven’t found confirmation either for or against yet.

    • zmajcek says:

      Declaration of War ?
      That seems a bit dramatic. Russia is more on the pragmatic side.
      As the West grows more woke and confused, Russia is actually growing stronger and addressing some of its traditional weaknesses. Fight against corruption, economic development and diversification, political stability, military modernization etc.

  3. Fourth and Long says:

    Scott Ritter possibly confused – see my earlier post on his tweet of today. Tass has this instead:

    “Putin began a series of meetings to prepare a message to parliament
    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he was starting a series of meetings to prepare a message to the Federal Assembly.
    RT in Russian
    “Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti that the Kremlin will promptly announce the date of the Russian president’s message.
    RT in Russian
    “I propose to start with an analysis of the overall macroeconomic picture and an updated forecast of economic dynamics for the next three years,” he said.
    The appeal to the Federal Assembly lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes.

    • d74 says:

      An excerpt in substance from Scott Ritter:
      “[Choice for US diplomacy] accepts to trade NATO’s open-door policy for Russia’s agreement not to deploy in the Western Hemisphere, or forcibly go to a confrontation that will result in a Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Europe sees as the fault of the US.”

      -1) I do not believe Russia will invade Ukraine in the near future. To say it will invade, even conditionally, is to participate in the ongoing deception campaign.

      -2) If Russia intervenes in the Donbass to protect its citizens and Russophiles against a Ukrainian aggression, then Russia will be seen guilty all over Europe. And sanctions will be activated no matter what the cost for Europeans. NS2 will remain empty for a long time.
      On this point, Scott Ritter is very much mistaken. He has not understood that European leaders are suicidal wimps.

      It seems to me Scott Ritter does not read enough of this Blog and too much of the Pentagon/State Department/CIA press-blog, Aka the press of the self-righteous.

      By the way, according to a Frenchman on the spot, the Donbass has been the victim of serious artillery bombardment for 36 hours. The artillery extends its fire to 15-20 km, 10 milles. Destruction is aimed at civilian infrastructure.
      Concentration of Ukie troops all along the 480 km of the grey zone.

  4. Hank Keller says:

    The last 5 years has been insane. Trump, BLM, Covid, climate change, Russia,…

    Is it just me or has the propaganda from the Globalist Empire really gotten that ludicrous?

    A dozen years ago I started my day with Morning Joe and ended with I>The Colbert Report. Now when I inadvertently click on those shows I feel like Will Farrell’s character in Zoolander, “I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”

    When I read a legacy press article on a political or geopolitical issue I think— to paraphrase Mary McCarthy— “Every word they write is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.”

    “We know they are lying.
    They know they are lying,
    They know that we know they are lying.
    We know that they know that we know they are lying.
    And still they continue to lie.”
    -Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  5. Jim says:

    Pregnant women and COVID-19 shots and the FDA failing again to do its job —

    “It’s harder to find like pregnant women for these studies”

    This is not FDA chief Janet Woodcock.

    It is one of her lackeys: Christopher Cole; LinkedIn page says he’s “Executive Officer, Medical Countermeasures Initiative at US Food and Drug Administration” — revealing what an abomination the FDA has been related to its public health function, on the pregnant women dimension of the shots.

    “It’s harder to find like pregnant women for these studies”

    “they haven’t tested enough on pregnancy on vaccines and everything in women”

    “and a significant number in order to be statistically accurate”

    “they haven’t tested enough on pregnancy on vaccines and everything and women”

    The interview of him, that includes information beyond the pregnant women dimension, is at:

    If it is difficult to find pregnant women for the studies. . . I mean, hello!


    • Deap says:

      Democrats coming between mother and child will be their final Waterloo. No wonder they want to abort them first.

      • Walrus says:

        The hole in the kindergarten wall, if genuinely caused by fire, would seem to me to be direct fire by a tank firing APDS.

        HE or HESH rounds would have blown the wall and kindergarten to smitherenes.

        • jim ticehurst says:

          In Regard to HAD to Be A Kindergarten..Empty
          that would require RECON by Hostiles..Or Already know for A False Flag Photo OP…..

        • Philip Owen says:

          The kindergarten is in the Ukrainian held area. Are the insurgents moving their tanks to the front line?

          • Leith says:

            Stanytsia Luhanska is in a so-called ‘Disengagement Area’ close to the contact line. There is a forward patrol base for OSCE observers near there. Perhaps they were the target and some deadeye dick aimed wrong? Or more likely it was a stray round.


          • Pat Lang says:

            TTG suggested that the rebels might seek to provoke an incident to draw in Russian intervention??

          • TTG says:

            Leith and pl,

            OSCE observers reported LPR/DPR artillery strikes all along the line of contact. “32 artillery rounds (122 mm caliber) were fired by Russian militants against Ukrainian-controlled Stanytsya Luhanska.” That school must have been hit by a chunk of shrapnel rather than a direct hit with a 122 shell.

            This all sounds very much like Georgia. The South Ossetian rebels shelled Georgian villages and provoked a counter attack which gave Russia the needed provocation. They also claimed to be withdrawing troops a few days before attacking.

          • Pat Lang says:

            So, you agree with the Bidenistas that a provocation is underway intended to provoke a Ukraine response that will justify Russian Army intervention?

          • TTG says:

            Looking a little closer at that kindergarten wall, I think it may have taken a direct hit. That’s a massive masonry wall that looks very similar to the walls I’ve seen in Germany. Those walls can absorb punishment. They’re nothing like house construction in the US. A 122 shell would blow one of our houses apart or even pass through both walls before detonating. A lot of the plaster/cement covering was blown off the outside of that school wall which also suggests a direct hit.

          • Pat Lang says:

            It looks a lot like a hit from a tank gun or some other large bore direct fire weapon. I have been in a lot of houses in Palestine that were shot at by IDF tanks. It looks like that.

          • jim ticehurst says:

            RE; today AP Report,,Luhansk Areas..Ukraine

            Area Had Shelling Thursday..500 Explosions
            by Ukraine Forces..
            Russia May Shell Area Of Luhansk Today Friday

            Other:2/18/22 V.P. Harris..and Blinken In Munich..for Nato Conference..Both Will Meet
            Today With NATO Chief Stolenberg…
            Meeting Includes.Military..Political .Diplomatic

          • TTG says:


            This shelling is not necessarily an attempt to draw a provocation. It could be just the DPR and LNR rebels feeling froggy. It was more shelling than usual. The OSCE observers are still there. That the Ukrainians didn’t return fire does show a much higher level of discipline within the Ukrainian ranks than was years ago. Border crossing points along the line of contact are still open and in use in both directions.

          • Eric Newhill says:

            Looks like a hit from an AP round from a direct fire gun, like a tank (per Col Lang); not HE. Some of windows in the room and surrounding building are still pretty much together or even undamaged, which, IMO, they would not be if an explosion occurred (i.e. an HE round). If AP, then it could easily a stray round (as Leith says) or even a ricochet. But what were they shooting at with AP? Normally, that would indicate a tank was the target. I think I see that there are buildings in the line of direct sight to the hole. If true then the round would have had to be fired from very close to the building.

  6. Marlene says:

    It seems that the Russian mission to the UN made circulate amongts the members of the UNSC the documents on the collaborative project to record the crimes commited in SouthEastern Ukraine during these 8 years, those which both Biden and Scholz now deny they happened..

    I checked the Twitter account of Dimitry Poliansky some hours ago and was also frozen, but I found that Mark Sleboda got to keep this Twit..

    The Twitter account of the Russian MFA is frozen, you may want to inform yourself through telegram, although not new info is broadcasted there except about the last visits by mandataries, Bolsonaro and Italian FM Di Magio.

    Curiously, the twitter account of Vladislav Surkov is still working, although quite frozen by he himself since months ago, may be the Russians could convey whatever they want to get through to the people in Europe and the world on that account before it gets also frozen…

  7. Joe100 says:

    Beautiful light!

  8. Barbara Ann says:

    How is the new book coming along Colonel?

    • Pat Lang says:

      Barbara Ann March or April for the revision of “The Human Factor.”

      • jim ticehurst says:

        POTUS BIDEN WILL Be on TV..Talking About Matters in
        15 Minutes..Posted at 3;50 PM Eastern Time

        • jim ticehurst says:

          5:45 PM two minute Warning For Joe..
          To SHOW..

        • Deap says:

          Post-vaccine dysphasia is a thing – garbled speech. Perhaps that explains Biden and his word salads.

          More people I know are reporting this same condition – not a stroke, not a TIA, no negative neurological findings. Just “spells” from time to time leading to garbled words.

          Right now this is in the land of “covid shot anecdote”, but worrisome how frequently the anecdotes seem to be appearing when finally admitted.

  9. longarch says:

    Recent events give me hope that Americans loyal to the Constitution will expose vote fraud in the 2020 election. I have hope that I will live long enough to see the Clinton crime family brought to justice. I have hope that the tremendous insouciance of the American public will fade away as the world is forced to admit that many of those in power abused their positions. I have hope that the corrupt elements of all the world’s governments will be exposed. I have hope that human traffickers will be brought to justice and prevented from repeating their atrocities.

    Whether or not my hopes come true, I thank Colonel Lang for running this site and I thank the commenters who contribute.

    • Deap says:

      Arizona AG apparently wrapping up his investigation into the audit issues raised by the CyberNinja review of 2020 ballots. That will be a road sign indicating the future for this country.

  10. Fred says:

    Since both the pharmaceutical companies and the Biden administration insist the vaccines are safe we should end immunity for their manufacturers, and their executives too.

  11. William M Hatch says:

    I was looking at the photo of the Ukranian kindergarden classroom hit by the Separatist/Russians. While I have not been shelled by artillery in 54 years, I thought that the lack of shrapnel hits inside the room were a bit strange. While something knocked a hole in the wall, I have doubts that it was an artillery shell as reported.

  12. Leith says:

    National Resistance Forces in Afghanistan are reporting that the Taliban has moved more than 20.000 new fighters to the northern provinces. Some on twitter are claiming that many of the new fighters are Pakistani.

    Spring offensive?

    That will not only affect Panjshir and adjoining provinces but others also. There have been uprisings of ethnic Uzbek civilians against the Talibs in the northwestern province of Jowzan. After Taliban reprisals some Uzbek Talibs deserted and joined the resistance. (I’m not sure that is a good thing, but the enemy of my enemy ….. etc.) General Dostum’s son has a resistance unit there and has been assassinating Taliban emirs and ambushing Taliban patrols. Ethnic Tajiks in Baghlan province have similarly been fighting back, and setting up their own road checkpoints in places. As have the Hazaras.

    Pakistan is denying reports that the ISI Director General met in Turkey with anti-Taliban leaders Dostum, Noor and Haji Mohaqiq in Ankara in Turkey. Calls it fake news instigated by India. But there are other reports that the ISI Chief also met with Ahmad Massoud in an undisclosed third country (Tajikistan maybe?).

    • jim ticehurst says:

      Leith,,Thanks for This Report..Good Info..Yes There really are Multiple Global Actions taking place..That One is inportant..Middle east Focus and News..
      Taking Place..Asia..All Of The Americas..Canada..Etc..Take Care

      • Johnb says:

        Given current circumstances in Afghanistan there won’t be a shortage of menfolk signing up to a well funded organisation to simply allow their families to survive. Multiple Global Actions indeed.

  13. morongobill says:

    The photo of the room is perfect. Was it taken in an old country church perhaps?

  14. Deap says:

    …..Science has changed, after carefully examining the poll numbers ……….

    (NB: Spoof website)

  15. Fourth and Long says:

    One can dream: Trump runs for congress in upcoming midterms and wins. Dems lose both Senate and House. Trump is made Speaker of the House. Biden and Harris are impeached and convicted, making Trump president. Trump attacks Canada, overthrows Trudeau, perhaps making a Gaddafi out of him. Hillary, from a federal penitentiary, mumbles “Veni, Vidi, Vinci” into a microphone, weeping. No? Okay, maybe everything up to Trump becoming 47th President.

    • Lysias says:

      The U.S. Constitution says nothing about the Speaker of the House having to be a member of the House. If the Republicans take the House in November, they can make Trump Speaker.

  16. Babeltuap says:

    What are the odds a shell hits of all places a kindergarten in a time when of all places that’s the last place you want to hit. And what are the odds all the soccer balls the kids play with randomly end up around the hole in the wall…meh.

  17. RZ says:

    Always in search of puzzle parts and always the puzzle keeps changing.
    Thanks for the help.

  18. Johnb says:

    The Minsk agreements logically require a Federal structure for Ukraine. With the move of embassies to Lvov, capital of Galicia are we seeing the outline of a new structure with the rest of Ukraine being dumped on Russia as an economic Black Hole. Ukraine is currently being supplied with gas via a third party and backflow through a pipeline that once carried gas westwards. A flow easily stopped as I doubt Kiev is paying for it. The transit contract with Russia is also drawing to a close along with the income it generates.
    Lots of shape-shifting as you would expect.

  19. Sam says:

    For two years running, PM Ardern of NZ has embraced scientific misinformation. It has come in the form of a zero-covid fantasy. She has made policy based on it and shut down the civil life of her country repeatedly in pursuit of it.

    Maybe in a few years there may be acknowledgment by at least a near majority that The Science was unscientific and covidian policies were a test run on how fascism could be imposed in the west with the full acquiescence of the majority.

    We now know at least that Australia, Canada and New Zealand among the Anglosphere have majority populations that don’t really care about liberty. Although at least a few have woken up there to the reality of their overlords.

    • walrus says:

      Careful Sam,

      Australians know the difference and are quite capable of determining liberty from licence. For your information, the time for lockdowns is past, mask wearing is minimal, movement controls are gone because most of the population is vaccinated. The sick are generally those who didn’t want to get vaccinated.

      We have Federal elections coming up in about 12 weeks and we will decide on what we think of the Governments efforts at the ballot box. So far its not looking good for the Government.

      • Lysias says:

        If Australian Labor wins the election, will that make any difference?

      • sean the leprechaun says:

        Walrus, clinical data is showing a large rise in cancer recurrances , of those 3 to 10 years in remission after getting the 3rd experimental booster.
        Keep taking them if you so choose.

        Cheers Mal

      • blue peacock says:


        You were one of the few on SST that was a big supporter of lockdown and vax mandate. It would appear that your preference was perceived protection of the laptop class like you while screwing over the working class, the poor, the infirm and the kids. And it also appears you were with the majority of Australians, Canadians and Kiwis in stripping those who disagreed of their liberties.

  20. Sam says:

    Just to be clear what is going on here.

    It is not just the bank accounts of the truckers that are being frozen, but anyone that donated to the crowd funding platforms to support them.

    All of those donors are now considered terrorists.

    Canada is essentially saying that anyone who dissents from the government’s views will have their financial accounts frozen. You no longer own your money. Government does and only those obedient to their diktat have access to those funds.

    • Mal says:

      When the elected leader mandates an experimental drug must be taken by everyone in the country, young, old, and even babies and that elected leader has a 40 percent stock share in a company that makes lipis nanoparticles for the mRNA experimental vaccines, some may call that a conflict of interests, others may call it a lack of integrity……I call it evil, pure, and simple.

      Cheers Mal

  21. Deap says:

    LA County Fire Dept punishes unvaccinated firefighters with a five day suspension without pay. Except they are short-handed, so they will defer the five day suspensions to another time:

  22. Deap says:

    Very liberal SF Chronicle columnist claims “Biden is a lousy president”.

    Good to read why the liberal writer thinks this – mainly because Biden has not handed out enough free stuff. But at least he was not Donald Trump.

    So much for rejecting Biden because he is perfectly awful, along with the Democrat agenda. Nope, he is not Democrat agenda enough. Bad Biden. And this is what we face going into the midterms when you see Biden approval numbers falling. Not enough free stuff.

    Sobering reminder when you read even California is rejecting Biden, these are the reasons why:

  23. Sam says:

    NEW – Bill Gates: “Sadly the virus itself – particularly the variant called Omicron – is a type of vaccine, creates both B cell and T cell immunity and it’s done a better job of getting out to the world population than we have with vaccines.”


  24. Sam says:

    This is Jean Luc Brunel. Jean was allegedly a co conspirator with Jeffery Epstein and his shenanigans.

    A few hours ago, Jean Luc was found hung in his prison cell.

    The security cameras were “broke.”

    They not even TRYING to hide the shit at this point.

    Is Ghislaine next? Of course the cameras will conveniently malfunction. Just as it happened with Epstein and Brunel.

  25. Colonel, pardon me if you’ve tired of talking about this, but I think you mentioned that the Covid shots you (and perhaps your wife as well) received produced some adverse effects, at least for you.

    How did all that work out?
    How serious and long lasting were the problems?
    And, on balance, do you now feel getting the shots was s good idea?
    Just wondering …

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