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History’s most read military strategist: “There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare”-Sun Tzu

A Brief Anthropological Observation:

Empire Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

“The anthropologists got it wrong when they named our species Homo sapiens or ‘wise man.’ In any case it’s an arrogant and bigheaded thing to say, wisdom being one of our least evident features” -Terry Pratchett

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Kill Switches & Knuckleheads

“The extension of the empire has meant the growth of private fortunes. This is nothing new, indeed it is in keeping with the most ancient history” -Gaius Asinius Gallus (from Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome)

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Ukraine & The Nazi Meme

“Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe. It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster, in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe have grown to appalling dimensions” -Frantz Fanon

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‘Liberal Democracy’ in Europe

“Protection is the first necessity of opulence and luxury” -Joseph Conrad

Flashback Article

Sociopaths & Democracy

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” -Anaïs Nin

Featured Satire

MERGE On Chomsky’s theory

“You can’t convince a chimpanzee to give you a banana with the promise it will get 20 more bananas in chimpanzee heaven. It won’t do it. But humans will” -Behaviorist Yuval Noah Harari

The Satires

“The pig got a dinner invitation and he was very excited, because he thought he would be sitting at the table. But he was placed on the table” – Lev Korovin

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Prioritized works:

“Truth is suppressed, not to protect the country from enemy agents but to protect the Government against the people” -Roy Hattersley

Covid 19 scientific counter-narratives

“There is not the smallest reason for confounding nationalism, which is the desire of a people to be itself, with imperialism, which is the desire of a people to prevent other peoples from being themselves” -Cicily Isabel Fairfield

Čitajte na srpskom Srbija | Serbia updated 9 January 2022

“The West, as I thought of it extending thousands of miles beyond the setting sun, was astonishing in its corruption, in its desire for death, and in its complacency towards its disease” -Cicily Isabel Fairfield

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«Спецслужбы США и России по сути находятся в состоянии войны» – Дмитрий Тренин, полковник ГРУ (в отставке)

Mass Graves in 21st Century Europe

“He who dares not offend cannot be honest” -Thomas Paine

The International Criminal Court’s Complicity in Crime

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable” – H.L. Mencken

Intelligence Agencies & Pedophilia

You get so used to lying that after a while it’s hard to remember what the truth is. -rogue CIA officer Philip Agee

Counterfeit Coin economics & counter insurgency

“It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime” -Thomas Paine

Question for a Court Jester allegory for our time

”Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, as well as logic, argumentation, and precedents” ICA 2017 01 [pdf] Annex B’s “estimative language” also known as the ‘we make this shit up’ disclaimer buried in the ‘Russian election hack’ report authored by the “joint US intelligence agencies”

CIA Director William Burns

“Professional standards require intelligence professionals to lie, hide information, or use covert tactics to protect their “cover,” access, sources, and responsibilities. The Central Intelligence Agency expects, teaches, encourages, and controls these tactics so that the lies are consistent and supported (“backstopped”). The CIA expects intelligence officers to teach others to lie, deceive, steal, launder money, and perform a variety of other activities that would certainly be illegal if practiced in the United States. They call these tactics “tradecraft,” and intelligence officers practice them in all the world’s intelligence services”-Hulnick & Mattausch, “Ethics and Morality in U.S. Secret Intelligence”

American Gladio

“Spies are, by nature and necessity, pathological liars who strive to make their endgames justify their meanness” – Stewart Stafford

The Smelly Side of Wikileaks

“The tyrant, to hold onto his power, suppresses every superior thinker, does away with good men, forbids knowledge & enlightenment, controls every movement of the citizens and, keeping them in perpetual servitude, wants them to grow accustomed to baseness and cowardice, has his spies everywhere to listen to what is said in meetings, spreads dissension & slanders among the citizens and thereby morally impoverishes them, and is obliged to make war in order to keep his subjects occupied & impose on them permanent need of a supreme leader” -Aristotle

The Epstein Chronicles MOSSAD works the USA

“Mossad is a crime organization with a license. That’s the fun part” -Tamir Pardo, former director of MOSSAD

On Israel collection

“The wealthy and dangerously powerful were esteemed good citizens, because they maintained the existing state of things” -Sallust

The Oath & The Trash Bin the American faithless

“Once you’ve lived the inside-out world of espionage, you never shed it. It’s a mentality, a double standard of existence” -John le Carre

Impunity

“It is the habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long for, and to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they would prefer not to examine” -Thucydides

On the FBI

”Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person who knows something or has something that you can induce them secretly to give to you. That almost always involves a betrayal of trust“ – Aldrich Ames

How Dumb is the CIA (eight episodes)

“In a rich man’s house, there is no place to spit but in his face” -Diogenes

NATO Updates public service

“Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it” -Baltasar Gracian. Gracian’s maxim is, in today’s world, tantamount to ‘A vote for a lesser evil is nevertheless a vote for evil’ posing a riddle for the social psychologists: when a ‘democratic’ society has accepted a ‘lesser evil’ principle applies to its governing foundation, how can such a society self-define as anything other than evil?

Bitcoin Doesn’t Exist public service

“It is the duty of everyman, so far as his ability allows, to detect and expose delusion and error” -Thomas Paine

The Gentleperson’s Guide to Forum Spies public service

“A murderer is less loathsome to us than a spy. The murderer may have acted on a sudden mad impulse; he may be penitent and amend; but a spy is always a spy, night and day, in bed, at table, as he walks abroad; his vileness pervades every moment of his life” -Honore de Balzac

Military Sock-Puppets, NSA Trolls & CIA Shills public service

“The intelligence services of the United States and Russia are essentially at war” -Dmitri Trenin, Colonel, GRU (retired)

Book Reviews

“Where ‘intelligence failure’ isn’t an oxymoron, it must be a redundancy” -The Covert Comic

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