Why Are We More Divided Than During the Civil War? | Dennis Prager | POLITICS | Rubin Report

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Dave Rubin of “The Rubin Report” talks to PragerU founder Dennis Prager about the dangers of political polarization, why he is a former Democrat, why people think conservatives are evil, and why black workers always do worse with Democratic policies. First, Dennis explains why this period of political tribalism is so concerning and why the political divide may actually be more dangerous than the civil war. He explains why he won’t be leaving California and joining the blue state exodus to states like Florida and Texas. He also explains how he went from a Jimmy Carter voting former liberal to a promoter of conservative values. Next, Dennis shares a GK Chesterton quote that explains why a secular society may not be as good as it sounds and how secularism can lead to new religions like wokeness. He explains how the left no longer believes in science and how he was mocked on “Real Time with Bill Maher” for pointing out that the left now believes men can menstruate. Now only two years later, Bill Maher is attacking things like the pregnant man emoji. Dennis also explains how successful liberals have been at creating the myth of evil Republicans and why his first Republican vote was one of the hardest things he ever did. Finally, Dennis explains how liberal policies like those enacted by LA county DA George Gascón only make crime and public safety much worse. He shares how even an anti-Trump conservative like Jason Riley can see how Trump’s policies reduced black unemployment, yet black voters ignore this reality and continue to vote Democrat. Why do the crimes of the left by the people like Joseph Stalin and Chairman Mao get forgotten or ignored and who will pay for the lockdown mistake and COVID tyranny?

Watch Dave Rubin’s FIRST FULL interview with DENNIS PRAGER here:

Belarus Votes to Change Constitution & Deploy Nuclear Weapons

Armstrong Economics Blog/War Re-Posted Feb 28, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

I do not know what to say anymore. Biden is mentally incompetent to lead the world no less the United States. He could not find a lifejacket on a sinking ship. Belarus has now voted to change its constitution and deploy nuclear weapons. China entered a new arrangement with North Korea and they shot off a missile test today.

Some emails have come in saying my posts that we are opening the door to World War III was an exaggeration, I am sorry if my sources are real and I do not engage in hyperbole. This Western Press is so incompetent and it is so up the Democrats’ ass, they will never see what they are doing is fanning the flames of war.

I am sorry, but our computer is NOT biased. It looks at all the world markets far beyond what any individual could possibly do. It takes all the data on everything from politics, wars, unrests, disease, and it comes out with forecasts that have been spot on. I do not even sell advertising on this site. It is totally free, nobody has to even register to read it, and it is a public service so I have no conflicts of interest in stating the forecasts as they are.

The year 2023 is off the charts! We even have Panic Cycles in gold. Our Directional Change in Crude Oil picked the change in trend in 2021 and the volatility was to begin this year and it builds into a Panic Cycle Year in 2025.

I am deeply concerned that we have the worst possible crop of world leaders perhaps in history. They should not even be allowed to hold a pair of scissors and talk at the same time. They are leading the world into very dark days. Even Germany has politically lost its mind. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss of Germany, who is a British politician serving as Foreign Secretary of Germany since 2021 and Minister for Women and Equalities since 2019 with no geopolitical experience whatsoever, told parliament. “They have falsely cast Ukraine as a threat to justify their aggressive stance.” “Russia is the aggressor here.” Making Truss Foreign Secretary simply because she is a woman is nuts. Now they are putting Jennifer Morgan, the head of Greenpeace, as the Secretary of State. These are the people to confront Putin? Even Biden is appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court, not because she is qualified, only because she is black and a woman. The West is insane. People are appointed not for qualification, but for a dog and pony show.

In Ukraine, we have a comedian who is handing out AK47s and telling the people to shoot Russian professional soldiers. There are people who are not trained and he is turning them into targets for Russian troops. Worse still, he has asked Turkey to prevent Russian ships from entering the straights. All he is doing is pushing the world to war where he should have resigned and hopped on that plane to the USA. This comedian has no idea what he is unleashing on the world.

While the Western press is cheering Turkey to block all Russian ships and somehow its ships in Syria will be “cut off”, they seem to be ignorant of the magnitude they are cheering for Turkey. Syria is not isolated and Iran will join the fray in a heartbeat. We have a Directional Change this week in the Turkish lira and Panic cycle at the end of March. Be very careful of what you cheer. Sounds great but Russia is not alone. All of this because Zelensky refused to allow Donetsk and the Luhansk People’s Republics, 98% of Russian provinces, to vote on independence. Is this work burning down the entire world?

In just over one year from taking office, Biden has divided our society between vaccinated v unvaccinated, and the entire world West v Russia/China. I have warned that China would side with Russia and they have now brought in North Korea to the Mix and Belarus has changed its constitution to become nuclear.

Leaked Media Instructions Show China Is Studying the Russian Invasion

Armstrong Economics Blog/China Re-Posted Feb 28, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

BRASILIA, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 13: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) greets Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) during their bilateral meeting on November 13, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. The leaders of Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa have gathered in Brasilia for the BRICS leaders summit. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

A leaked post on social media provided insight into how China’s Communist Party expects media outlets to cover Russia invading Ukraine. Horizon News, a subgroup of Beijing News, leaked the “instructions” on Weibo. “Simply put, China has to back Russia up with emotional and moral support while refraining from treading on the toes of the United States and European Union,” stated Ming Jinwei, a senior editor at the Xinhua News Agency.

Russia and China have aligned in recent years both financially and politically. Russia recently showed support for China during the Beijing Olympics as other world leaders declined to send even their diplomats. Earlier in the month, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping unified in their opposition to NATO expansion and stated that there are “no limits” to the China-Russia partnership.

According to the Carnegie Moscow Center, as reported by Business Insider, trade has dramatically increased between Russia and China. In 2004, the two nations traded $10.7 billion, but now exchange $140 billion between the two. As for the leaked instructions, the Chinese Communist Party is studying Russia’s Ukraine invasion for tips. “In the future, China will also need Russia’s understanding and support when wrestling with America to solve the Taiwan issue once and for all,” the post noted. Alliances have been formed and Russia and China are now standing as a united front against the West.

The West’s Response to Russia Will Cause Energy Prices to Rise

Armstrong Economics Blog/Energy Re-Posted Feb 28, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

On February 10, President Joe Biden stated that he would “work like the devil to bring gas prices down.” That was short-lived. By February 22, Biden announced that gas prices will continue to rise. “Defending freedom will have costs for us as well, and here at home. We need to be honest about that,” Biden stated to deflect the blame.

Biden continued: “But as we will do — but as we do this, I’m going to take robust action to make sure the pain of our sanctions is targeted at the Russian economy not ours. We’re closely monitoring energy supplies for any disruption. We’re executing a plan in coordination with major oil producing consumers and producers toward a collective investment to secure stability and global energy supplies. This will be — this will blunt gas prices. I want to limit the pain to the American people fueling at the gas pump. This is critical to me.”

It is comical to say that sanctions will only hurt Russia’s economy. Biden stated he spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and was in agreement with Scholz’s decision to suspend the certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Russia. CNN even reported the decision as an economically masochistic act, “The West showed Tuesday it was ready to target Russia’s huge energy industry — even at the risk of hurting itself — after Moscow ordered troops into parts of eastern Ukraine.” The pipeline should have been approved long ago when the worldwide demand for gas did not align with supply. Last October, Putin stated that he was ready to begin distributing gas to Europe immediately if they were willing to work with Russia. Leave it to politicians to turn a problem into a crisis.

Then there is the Keystone XL Pipeline Project that was terminated in June 2021 after President Biden revoked the permit as soon as he took office. The climate change crowd declared this a major victory, blindly ignoring the consequences. The climate change advocates have also caused fracking to become a moral issue, preventing an increase in domestic production.

Once nations are unable to purchase gas from Russia, they will turn to the Middle East and elsewhere, which will tighten global reserves. Rising energy prices will contribute to inflation, and transportation costs will rise. The West has lost control over the energy crisis in its bid to burn down the world to Build Back Better.

Russia Bans Short Selling

Armstrong Economics Blog/Russia Re-Posted Feb 28, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Russia’s central bank announced that they would no longer permit short-selling Russian stocks. Once a market turns down and confidence vanishes, the only support is short-covering. Without that, you get the 90% declines, as was the case during the Great Depression in the USA. They were hunting down shorts aggressively, and nobody would play the short-side. This resulted in a steady erosion of the market value. The MOEX crashed 45% on Thursday when the central bank made the announcement. Only shorts will take the risk of buying during wartime. So there is NO BID without the short-players, which makes markets far less liquid.

The Foolishness of Sanctions

Armstrong Economics Blog/Russia Re-Posted Feb 27, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

COMMENT: Marty, I can see why you have been an adviser to governments. You said sanctions never work. Biden has come out and admitted they did not prevent anything. Who is making these decisions in governments? The Keystone cops?

REPLY: Even in the case of Iran, Erdogan was secretly laundering money for Iran selling gold into the market to allow them to circumvent sanctions. The sanctions imposed on Russia for taking Crimea are still in place. They produced nothing. It becomes a dog and pony show pretending that sanctions will be a deterrent or end something. I have NEVER seen even one instance where sanctions ever worked. They have, on the other hand, been taken as an act of war.

We have a Panic Cycle in the Russian Ruble the week of March 7th. Note the Long-Term turning point was due this week and last week was the Double Directional Change signaling that indeed the trend was shifting. Our model picked up February as a turning point in Japan with high volatility in March with a Directional Change.

Imposing sanctions and removing Russian banks from SWIFT, in addition to freezing Russian shares trading in the West, will fail to do anything. In fact, Western brokers and bankers will now avoid anything to do with Russia. Companies like Sberbank, Gazprom, and others are now on the “restricted securities” list. We are looking at diverse funds who invested in Russia are now trapped and Russia and now just void all obligations to the West.

These political morons are clueless about cross-border investments and capital flows. Biden did not bother to look but the US has the biggest investment in Russia according to the statistics released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The data clearly shows that the US was the largest investor in Russia and accounts for 8.9% of the Russian economy which is almost $40 billion.

While people speculate that there will be a massive run of Russian banks, they are also not looking at the damage removing Russia from SWIFT will mean to foreign investors. Russia now escapes all foreign liabilities.

The object of the new restrictions against Russia’s Central Bank is to limit the Kremlin’s ability to access the more than $600 billion in reserves hoping to cause a crash in the Ruble that will unleash a free fall, triggering spiraling inflation there. But Putin is smart. He can back the ruble with gold only for domestic use in effect reversing the strategy of FDR who confiscated gold domestically.

The sanctions have not been a deterrent. China and Russia have been moving to create an alternative to SWIFT which has become a political weapon. We are looking at the collapse over even SWIFT in the years ahead due to political abuse.

Update on World War III Unfolding

Armstrong Economics Blog/War Re-Posted Feb 27, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

UPDATE: While now the EU and Canada have closed their air space to Russia, and Hungary publicly states they will NOT get involved, I can report that some people I know in Kyiv have made it out to Germany. Putin does not appear to prevent civilians from leaving the country. EU states it is now sending arms to Ukraine. The White House said Sunday that China needs to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I am not sure if they noticed that China has now aligned with North Korea because of the “new situation” and North Korea resumed missile testing just today. Do we have complete blind idiots in charge of the West? Putin has NOT committed all his troops to Ukraine as he waits for Europe’s stupidity to unfold further. Nobody seems to have ever played chess other than Putin.

World War III Beginning Stages Now

Armstrong Economics Blog/War Re-Posted Feb 27, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

I have been warning the West should not mess with Putin. It is so obvious that the West has made the same fatal mistake as that of Rome. It has weakened its economy with COVID and it is so obsessed with trying to force Russia and China to comply with their Climate Change directives set out by the UN, that they have lost sight of the fact that there is no qualified leadership in any of the major countries and they have weakened their entire military establishment demanding vaccines or you are out.

Even during the debate between Biden and Trump, he actually admitted he would stop Fracking on Federal Land, and said he was going to end the oil industry in addition to joining the UN’s Paris accord “to force China to comply” which confirms everything I have been getting from sources that the Globalists needed to remove Trump to use American power against China and Russia. Now here we are and make no mistake about it – this is all for climate change.

If there was ever a PERFECT time for World War III – this is it.

I have been warning that if China and Russia combined, the West will be defeated. Reliable sources have confirmed that China has entered into a “friendly” relationship with North Korea for mutual benefit. North Korea has one of the largest armies since 2018 it stands at 1,469,000.00. North Korea has been also demonized by the West so they too have a grudge match that has never been settled. With rising shortages of food, the North has never been the breadbasket of Korea and that also provides an incentive to join a triumvirate against the West with Russia and China. Cyclically, North Korea could even start its aggression by January 2023 at the latest.

Additionally, Putin has just dramatically just upped the stakes ordering Russian nuclear deterrent forces put on high alert today because of the boasting of the West and the “aggressive statements” by leading NATO powers. Lost in all of this is the fact that Putin has also made a direct threat to Europe that if Sweden and Finland join NATO there will be “detrimental military and political consequences.” Sweden has closed its air space to all Russian flights.

Putin is playing chess while the rest of the world was playing checkers. When America wages war, they seek to destroy all the infrastructure, take down the power grid, and destroy the water supply. US troops then move in as more of a mop-up operation. The West is judging Putin by the same way the US wages war and they are so wrong. Putin is not using that strategy of a video game for he wants to take Ukraine intact for it also has the richest land in the world for food production – hence Stalin stole all the food and killed 7 million by starvation.

Putin is NOT backing away from resistance, he is encircling it the classic way war is traditionally fought – you laid “siege” to the city by surrounding it, and starvation forces their surrender. That often takes time, but you then have the city and the people. You do not raze it to the ground and kill everyone. Anyone who has studied ancient war strategies should see what Putin is doing and the Western press is either deliberately putting out propaganda, or they are complete idiots.

Putin seeks to install a new government with minimal casualties to civilians. Every dead civilian creates a blood enemy of their survivors. But the US way means it then costs billions in aid to rebuild what they destroyed – i.e. Iraq. Putin is NOT using that strategy and the Western press is judging him by American standards of destroying everything and winning in a few days.

Putin is not seeking to destroy the Ukrainian Army. He wants to capture it and once a new government is installed, they will then become allies. This is the very strategy of Alexander the Great. He conquered the known world, but those who were once his enemy joined his army. In Babylon, he defeated Darius III but he left the infrastructure intact and he installed Persian satraps  (governors) who poured what would have been Darius’s taxes into Alexander’s coffers. This is the strategy of Putin – not to obliterate his enemy and then pour billions in to restore it. Putin has wiped out the air force and owns the skies over Ukraine. He could annihilate the country in less than 3 days, but he is not doing that to the West’s befuddlement.

Moreover, the real concern is that Putin has NOT sent in his hard-core troops. Only about 30% of the troops on the border were sent into Ukraine. The majority of the troops are there to take Europe if they are foolish enough to walk into this mess. Putin is obviously playing chess and he is very good at it while Biden has to change his diapers. Putin’s reputation until this moment has always been as a shrewd ex-KGB man. He understood the Obama game of putting a pipeline through Syria to cut off Russian gas to Europe. He moved decisively into Syria and then escalated forces there shutting down Obama’s strategy. Assad refused it and this has been the entire pretend reason why the Obama Administration wanted to invade Syria. The reason for the refusal was to protect the interests of Assad’s long-time ally, Russia, which is Europe’s biggest natural gas supplier based upon all the data.

Clearly, Obama has targeted Russia from the outset. There was a meeting between Obama and Putin at the United Nations where Putin tried to get Obama to side with Syria against ISIS. Obama rejected the proposal. So when Russian forces entered Syria on the ECM turning point to the day, it was an ominous event. Russia was not only backing the Assad regime, but it was also backing the Iranian pipeline.

However, Ukraine has also been used as a pawn against Putin just as NATO has constantly moved eastward ever closer to Russia. Kyiv has been so corrupt that few are willing to blame anyone other than Putin. Ukraine has failed as a pawn and despite promises the US would support it, it did not send military troops. More broadly, the use of Ukraine has been at the expense of the European security architecture that America spent 75 years building and maintaining. Why do you think Putin has now put his defensive nukes on standby?

Zelensky has been handing our AK47s to civilians. Zelensky is telling residents to make Molotov cocktails and firebombs to help fight back in Kyiv as Russian forces close in on the capital city. This is insane and he clearly wants to use dead civilians for dramatic footage. This is outrageous for civilians who are not trained with such weapons and would then be easily killed by professional soldiers. Putin is fully aware of what Zelensky is doing and he somehow hopes that dramatic footage will force Europe and America to send in troops.

Additionally, Zelensky has done what Sadam Husein was doing. Putting heavy weapons surrounded by civilians. This is also intended to ensure that as many civilians are killed once more to paint the Russians as evil. Putin knows this and so far he has adopted the siege strategy. The internet is NOT down in Ukraine. We have people there and I personally have friends in Kyiv.

So while the Western Press is demonizing Putun and Russians, they are indeed just playing checkers and are not opening their eyes. Just as Sparta attacked Athens and turned to the Great enemy Persia for support, Putin has the backing of China and nobody seems to be bothered by the sudden turn of China to embrace North Korea. Hello! Our press is so corrupt that they cannot see past their nose. There is something much larger in play here and they better wake up.

We are preparing a Special Report on the view of our computer with repect to war and how it is unfolding globally. We will let everyone know when it is ready next week.

Col Douglas Macgregor Has a Slightly Different Take on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Posted originally on the conservative tree house on February 27, 2022 | Sundance | 373 Comments

Macgregor Makes Sense!

My spidey senses tell me that Col Douglas Macgregor will not be welcomed back on Fox News after he gave a rather different take on what is happening amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict that does not toe the common media line.  [SEGMENT HERE] Jennifer Griffin was furious.

The first presentation was during a segment with Fox Host Dan Bongino (below).   The second presentation of essentially the same analysis was with Trey Gowdy [SEGMENT HERE].  In both discussions Macgregor’s perspective reconciles the disparity between what the U.S. government, State Dept, and corporate media are saying -vs- what is visible.

Essentially, Macgregor is saying that Russia does not want to engage a civilian population and is making every effort to avoid civilian conflict in those population centers.  In part this is because Putin knows the Western approach is a propaganda war that would be fueled by what it would look like if population carnage took place. However, if Ukraine President Zelenskyy does not acquiesce to terms, Putin could easily crush those centers with artillery and rockets.  WATCH:

What Macgregor outlines would explain why these skirmishes always seem ‘off in the distance’.

The western government and media perspective is to make it seem like Volodymyr Zelenski and the rebellious civilian misfits are beating the Russian army because that frames a better story.  However, what Macgregor outlines is Putin not wanting to fuel the United Nations, NATO and State Dept narrative engineering, thus the absence of visible fighting.

The second segment with Trey Gowdy is HERE… and below:

Fox News Pentagon war seller Jennifer Griffin, aka the female version of Mark Milley, was having fits.

CNN Ukraine War Correspondent Admits Producers Scour Social Media for Content to Broadcast

Posted originally on the conservative tree house on February 27, 2022 | Sundance | 272 Comments

CNN ‘War Correspondent’ Clarissa Ward accidentally explained why the public is confused about what the corporate media are saying about the Ukraine war with Russia, compared to what is actually visible about the Ukraine war with Russia.

During a segment with Brian Stelter, Ms Ward explained how CNN war corresponding in Ukraine consists of talking about material provided to her by CNN production crews who sit and scour through YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and social media posts to find the input material for their stories.

Clarissa Ward didn’t mean to expose how the propaganda of modern warfare is created, but she did.

Ward was thanking the people in the background of CNN who search social media for their Ukraine content; however, in talking about what they do, she affirmed what we already knew was taking place.

People wondering why there is no visible ‘fight’ in this war, now find the baseline which Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh was talking about last week.  The State Department, intelligence community and political participants in the U.S. government are constructing the “war” against Vladimir Putin through the prism of social likeability as a cultural weapon.

When the goal is to produce content that tells the “better story,” social media becomes the battlefield.  War corresponding is reduced to using the corporate media platform to enhance the social media battlefield.  Essentially you might call this “World War Reddit.”

The CNN war correspondent doesn’t even need to be in Ukraine, except for the fact they need some form of geographical context to create the credibility.  The actual content of Ukraine material for the broadcast can just as easily be assembled in New York, California or mom’s basement in Illinois.

The social media content extracted by CNN workers, stationed anywhere, is then transmitted to the network producers who assemble the material, and a “war correspondent’ puts on a helmet and appears live on camera in Ukraine to discuss it.

This is modern journalism, aka propaganda creation, aka narrative engineering, and why there’s a lack of actual evidence for anything being attributed to the narrative surrounding the war between Ukraine and Russia.  WATCH: