Who is isolating whom? A strong case can be made that instead of the Biden administration’s claims to be isolating Russia, it’s the U.S. that’s increasing finding itself all by its lonesome. From Ted Snider at antiwar.com:
In his State of the Union address, President Biden announced that Russia was “isolated from the world more than [it] ever has been.” He said that “We are choking off Russia’s access to technology that will sap its economic strength and weaken its military for years to come.”
But the facts on the ground are less certain than Biden’s words.
In an attempt to relieve world markets from the pain and pressure caused by sanctions on Russian oil, Biden went to Saudi Arabia as a supplicant seeking oil. The Saudis gratefully accepted everything Biden brought them and then, laughing, escorted him out of their house. The Saudis did increase their oil production: by a drop. The 100,000 barrels per day increase, “equivalent to 86 seconds of global oil demand” was described by analysts “as an insult to U.S. President Joe Biden.”
Biden asked for help isolating Russia; Saudi Arabia seemingly sided with Russia.
What’s equally problematic for the isolation of Russia is that Saudi Arabia has actually more than doubled its imports of Russian oil, importing 647,000 tons compared to 320,000 tons the same time last year. And Saudi Arabia and China are discussing paying for Saudi oil in yuans as well as US dollars.
Just look at the map and see how “isolated” Russia is. From Sundance at theconservativetreehouse.com:
An enterprising journalist from Bolivia [Twitter Link] mapped the countries that support the sanctions against Russia (yellow) versus the countries that are not participating in the western sanctions against Russia (grey). The image provides a visual reference to consider our previous discussions about the cleaving of the global economy between two overarching ideologies.
In my estimation this intentional global cleaving, using the opportunity created by the Ukraine crisis, is going to be the major story of this year. This global splitting can be looked at in multiple ways, but the overarching story is the ramifications of two global trade relationships.
The western alliance (in the yellow above), has forced the world to reevaluate the dollar as the global trade currency, by denying Russia and their trade partners the ability to use the financial mechanisms under western control. To work around the sanctions, Russia is working on new financial systems to sell oil and farm products in non-dollar currencies. There is also a possibility the petro-dollar, for the global trade of oil, might be dropped.
Apparently, nobody’s been able to isolate the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which raises many questions about the so-called science. From Torsten Engelbrecht, Dr Stefano Scoglio & Konstantin Demeter at off-guardian.org:
Even the Robert Koch Institute and other health authorities cannot present decisive proof that a new virus named SARS-CoV-2 is haunting us. This alone turns the talk of dangerous viral mutations into irresponsible fearmongering and the so-called SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests definitely into a worthless venture.
In a request for a study which shows complete isolation and purification of the particles claimed to be SARS-CoV-2, Michael Laue from one of the world’s most important representatives of the COVID-19 “panicdemic,” the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI), answered that:
I am not aware of a paper which purified isolated SARS-CoV-2.
This is a more than remarkable statement, it is admitting a complete failure. This concession is in line with the statements we presented in our article “COVID-19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless” which OffGuardian published on June 27th, 2020 — a piece that was the first one worldwide outlining in detail why SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests are worthless for the diagnosis of a viral infection.
One of the crucial points in this analysis was that the studies contending to have shown that SARS-CoV-2 is a new and potentially deadly virus have no right to claim this, particularly because the studies claiming “isolation” of so-called SARS-CoV-2 in fact failed to isolate (purify) the particles said to be the new virus.
This is confirmed by the answers of the respective studies’ scientists to our inquiry, which are shown in a table in our piece — among them the world’s most important paper when it comes to the claim of having detected SARS-CoV-2 (by Zhu et al.), published in the New England Journal of Medicine on February 20, 2020, and now even the RKI.
Hey guess what—the enforced isolation of children and adolescents during their socially formative years isn’t good for them. Who knew? From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
A surge of student suicides across Las Vegas has pushed the Clark County School District to reopen schools as soon as possible, according to NYTimes.
By December, eighteen students in the district had taken their own lives; an early-warning mental health system embedded within computers and tablets issued to students for remote learning received 3,100 alerts since schools shuttered their doors last March.
“When we started to see the uptick in children taking their lives, we knew it wasn’t just the Covid numbers we need to look at anymore,” said Jesus Jara, the Clark County superintendent.
“We have to find a way to put our hands on our kids, to see them, to look at them. They’ve got to start seeing some movement, some hope,” Jara said.
Efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 across the country have led to drastic changes in the way children and teens learn and socialize.
Government data show a 24% increase in the number of children who arrived in emergency departments with mental health issues from mid-March through mid-October, compared with the same period in 2019.
Countrywide, tens of millions of students have been thrown into a new distance learning environment that has resulted in many extracurricular activities being canceled. Recreational spaces have closed, sports canceled, and playdates shifted to Zoom calls, resulting in many kids developing mental issues, especially in Clark County.
Clark County administrators had GoGuardian Beacon alert system installed on every device given out to students after the sixth student suicide last year. The system alerted administrators of more than 3,100 cases where a student searched suicide-related material between June and October.
The next twenty-six months are fraught with danger. President Obama is as isolated as Lyndon Johnson when Vietnam fell apart or Richard Nixon as Watergate mushroomed. Like those two men, Obama is vain and self-centered, and has made the pursuit of power his life’s ambition. Johnson and Nixon both came up the hard way and they could catch as well as pitch political hardball. Abhorrent as many of their tactics and machinations were, they were tough-as-nails pragmatic and resilient. Part of that pragmatism was recognition that their power derived from the support of a substantial percentage of the electorate, and they left office when that support evaporated. Obama is more brittle than Johnson or Nixon, lacking their up-from-the-bottom toughness, and when pragmatic recognition of political reality threatens his fragile ego, it’s a good bet ego wins. Therein lies the danger.
Republicans have never liked Obama. Democrats have cause to loathe him. There were no relief valves or escape hatches for them this last election. Obama’s attitude was: If I’m going down, you’re going down with me. Obviously the results were a repudiation of Obama, and he did indeed take his party with him. His petulant defiance on immigration, his challenge to the Republicans to send him legislation acceptable to him lest he wield the presidential pen, will be an unmitigated disaster for the Democrats if he carries out his threat. They’ll pick up some votes from new citizens, but his arbitrary high-handedness will be long remembered, even by voters sympathetic to some sort of immigration reform. Such tactics are like braggadocio by athletes that gets posted in their opponents’ locker rooms. Nobody forgot the dubious congressional maneuvers and lies that were employed to pass Obamacare. Nobody will forget an executive-ordered amnesty that bypasses the legislature entirely.
Democrats are the crew of Obama’s sinking ship for the next twenty-six months and he has nothing but scorn for their plight. Unless one counts sycophants and Hollywood celebrities, he hasn’t got a lot of friends. The presidency in good times is a tough gig; what if financial markets and the economy were to nosedive or more of the world’s hot spots erupted? Obama could be the Democrats’ Herbert Hoover, a politician who dooms his party not just for an election, but for a generation. You can bet they see the possibility and knives are already coming out.
In Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Denethor, the Steward of Gondor, dooms his city (but for the intervention of Gandalf) by failing to prepare it for inevitable war, tries to incinerate his still-living son on a funeral pyre, and ultimately commits suicide, attaining the death he so clearly desires. Nobody, perhaps not even Obama, knows if he has a death wish, but his indifference to his party’s fate and his insouciant refusal to take any responsibility for its electoral disaster hint of blind nihilism. What is truly frightening is the possibility that if he goes down, in his consuming resentment he might try to take the rest of the country with him. Ordinary people see a small fraction of what goes on behind the scenes in our government. It would be an unexpected act of wisdom and statespersonship if Republican and Democrat congressional leaders quietly got together and agreed: we need to keep a close eye on this guy. Even if they don’t, the rest of us should.