Planet Lockdown Interview (Full Interview)


Armstrong Economics Blog/Armstrong in the Media Re-Posted Mar 19, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Watch Martin Armstrong’s full interview with Planet Lockdown.

Let Them Eat Pie


Armstrong Economics Blog/Humor Re-Posted Mar 19, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

If only they had used a shepherd’s pie!

The Truth Behind Ukraine v Russia – Is the Evil Within?


Armstrong Eonomics Blog/Corruption Re-Posted Mar 18, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Back in 2014, the people were upset that the US was selecting the new leadership following the fall of Yanukovich. They were told if they revolted against the new regime, that they would receive no support from the West. The revolution was the people but everyone from the US to George Soros were desperately trying to steer things in their direction for regime change.

The Neocons, which included John McCain, have been using Ukraine as the vanguard in a proxy war with Russia. Of course, in military terms, the vanguard is the leading part of an advancing military formation. They are typically the first to die. John McCain was there at Maidan telling the people “I am with you” giving the impression that the United States was standing behind their revolution. YouTube has curiously removed that video to clean up the truth that just maybe the Neocons have been behind this whole mess.

It was the leaked phone call between Victoria Nuland and the Ambassador to Ukraine. Nuland is the chief Neocon that works from inside every administration running a government within a government. That is different from the Deep State which is interested in domestic power. That leaked phone call showed that the Neocons were deciding who should run Ukraine and Biden would be sent in for an at-a-boy to project the image of the full power of the United States was behind them. None of this is ever told to Congress and Congress seems to avoid asking any questions perhaps out of fear. This is NEVER a policy that is ever told to the people no less approved by Congress. It is always a government within our government that hides behind wrapping themselves in the American flag.

The strategy of the Neocons is always to demonize their opponent. McCain propagated the claim that Putin wanted to restore the Soviet Union. Well in 22 years, he has not taken any such steps to restore the borders or communism. Nevertheless, it is good propaganda just as they turned that strategy of hatred against Trump to remove him from office. Trump, like Kennedy, refused to engage in their endless wars. They assassinated Kennedy but demonized Trump and throughout his entire 4 years, all they did was create the fake Russiagate demonizing Russia and Putin in one move.

Of all the officials that Putin named in his sanctions on individuals, the one most curious was Hillary Clinton. I have stated before that the Bankers who engaged in blackmailing Yelstin (see the Forecaster) in their covert attempt to take over Russia was with the approval of Hillary, who is herself a Neocon. Hillary paid for the fictitious Russian dossier to create Russiagate against Trump and it was John McCain for handed it to James Comey to start the FBI investigation. When Comey took in Hillary for questioning, he never took notes to ensure she could never be prosecuted for perjury.

It was John McCain who sponsored the Magnitsky Act as a cover-up for their failed attempt to take over Russia (See documentary Behind the Scenes). Magnitsky was the accountant for Hermitage Capital, not the lawyer, run by Edmon Safra and Bill Browder. Of course, Browder likes to call himself Putin’s Number One Enemy, but Putin did not include him in the list of these sanctions – it was Hillary.

The Neocons cannot sleep at night as long as Russia and China still exist. They have been putting out BS that Russia was losing when Putin was
holding back and had no intention of conquering Ukraine. When Zelensky would not compromise taking his orders from the Neocons, Putin then went on the offensive. That column of tanks was just sitting there as a threat but Zelensky was taking his orders from someone else. Zelensky did nothing but try to get the West involved in WWIII which has been the objective of the Neocons. Zelensky’s Congress speech was another publicity stunt but he could not get the invasion of the West for the military knows well that such a movie will engulf all of Europe.

Putin could have wiped out Ukraine in 3 days. He held back because occupying Ukraine was never his objective and the propaganda from the Neocons that Putin wanted to restore the Soviet Union has been proven to be nonsense. Unfortunately for the Ukrainians, not only were they not winning, they were deliberately used by the Neocons as the vanguard in this desperate attempt to create WWIII to destroy Russia and then China.

The handwriting is on the wall. Zelensky had better take the deal to surrender the two provinces as the Minsk Agreement stated in 2014 for which he was elected to REDUCE tension with Russia, end this idea of joining NATO, and end the bullshit claim on Crimea. He has put his citizens in the line of fire for the Neocons who could care less about the people, their objective is to destroy Russia at any cost. This has not been in the interest of Ukraine. It has been just a proxy fight for the Neocons

It was the leaked phone call between Victoria Nuland and the Ambassador to Ukraine. Nuland is the chief Neocon that works from inside every administration running a government within a government. That is different from the Deep State which is interested in domestic power. That leaked phone call showed that the Neocons were deciding who should run Ukraine and Biden would be sent in for an at-a-boy to project the image of the full power of the United States was behind them. None of this is ever told to Congress and Congress seems to avoid asking any questions perhaps out of fear. This is NEVER a policy that is ever told to the people no less approved by Congress. It is always a government within our government that hides behind wrapping themselves in the American flag.

The strategy of the Neocons is always to demonize their opponent. McCain propagated the claim that Putin wanted to restore the Soviet Union. Well in 22 years, he has not taken any such steps to restore the borders or communism. Nevertheless, it is good propaganda just as they turned that strategy of hatred against Trump to remove him from office. Trump, like Kennedy, refused to engage in their endless wars. They assassinated Kennedy but demonized Trump and throughout his entire 4 years, all they did was create the fake Russiagate demonizing Russia and Putin in one move.

Of all the officials that Putin named in his sanctions on individuals, the one most curious was Hillary Clinton. I have stated before that the Bankers who engaged in blackmailing Yelstin (see the Forecaster) in their covert attempt to take over Russia was with the approval of Hillary, who is herself a Neocon. Hillary paid for the fictitious Russian dossier to create Russiagate against Trump and it was John McCain for handed it to James Comey to start the FBI investigation. When Comey took in Hillary for questioning, he never took notes to ensure she could never be prosecuted for perjury.

It was John McCain who sponsored the Magnitsky Act as a cover-up for their failed attempt to take over Russia (See documentary Behind the Scenes). Magnitsky was the accountant for Hermitage Capital, not the lawyer, run by Edmon Safra and Bill Browder. Of course, Browder likes to call himself Putin’s Number One Enemy, but Putin did not include him in the list of these sanctions – it was Hillary.

The Neocons cannot sleep at night as long as Russia and China still exist. They have been putting out BS that Russia was losing when Putin was
holding back and had no intention of conquering Ukraine. When Zelensky would not compromise taking his orders from the Neocons, Putin then went on the offensive. That column of tanks was just sitting there as a threat but Zelensky was taking his orders from someone else. Zelensky did nothing but try to get the West involved in WWIII which has been the objective of the Neocons. Zelensky’s Congress speech was another publicity stunt but he could not get the invasion of the West for the military knows well that such a movie will engulf all of Europe.

These Neocons are a government within a government. They operate under their own rules and are not subject to oversight. Senator Rubio quickly changed the subject when questioning Victoria Nuland and then subsequently the Senate has been desperately trying to undo that testimony pretending that there is a distinction between a Biolab for Research and a Biolab for weapons.

A gun is just a gun and it has no will of its own. But in the hands of a policeman, it is a defensive weapon but in the hands of a criminal, it is suddenly offensive. Studying a virus and experimenting with gain-of-function caused COVID. There is no distinction and this is all total propaganda to cover up what the Neocons have been doing and will continue to do until they get their way – WWIII.

I support my friends in Ukraine. I hope one day they will get a leader of their own who cares about his own country and its people. Zelensky is not that person. He has been funded covertly through dubious means that link Soros and he has joined the WEF’s Young Global Leaders.

Meanwhile, Putin has delivered a speech that I believe will go down in history with hindsight.  Putin described the end of Western domination and the consequences that will pay for the whole planet. He also announced the end of the oligarchs and the implementation of models of nationalization of some industries. In reality, the sizing of assets in the West of oligarchs thinking that would hurt Putin was just revenge for Bill Browder and it actually strengthened Putin by eliminating people who would perhaps try to fund a revolution against him to keep wealth and control.

Putin in a recent speech on March 17th actually called them “traitors and bastards”, of the “fifth phalanx”, while he spoke of “self-purification of society” in Russia. People do not understand Putin. He really sees himself as a patriot and he puts the country first. When you have wealth, you do not rob a Seven-Eleven. He is seeking a legacy in the history of Russia. Browder was seeking revenge for his seizure of Hermitage Capital and the entire scheme to take over Russia to exploit its gold, platinum, oils, diamonds, and rare earths. As I said, I was solicited to invest $10 billion into Hermitage Capital. So I know the real story and listened to the sales pitch to get me to join, which I declined.

Putin’s latest speech shows that the Neocon narrative is propaganda. Putin is effectively severing Russia from the West’s economy and is seeking more independence and in league with China. He has expressed disgust about how the West is canceling all Russian culture which was exemplified by the NY Met firing an opera singer simply because she was Russian.

Until now, world leaders pursued peace and co-existence. Today, there are no peacemakers. They simply NEED war to cover up the collapse of Keynesian economics and the monetary system of borrowing endlessly with no intention of paying anything back. On top of that, the Neocons preach the evil of Putin in Russia and Xi Jinping in China. However, the very system they created for the EU copies precisely what they claim is evil in Russia and China. The head of the EU does not stand for election by the people. They are appointed by the elite. The European Commission which makes the laws is also NEVER elected. The people only vote for Parliament which has no power to overrule the head of state nor the Commission. Europe lives in a fake world of democracy. THIS IS THEIR DESIGN FOR THE WORLD

So while they DEMONIZE Putin, they want to end democracy even here in the United States promising to retain pretend rights.

Ukraine is just the vanguard and I morn for the Ukrainian people who are simply being used as cannon fodder (those who are regarded as expendable in battle) in this political game to take over the world. While they keep trying to create regime change in Russia and China, perhaps we need someone to stand up against the Neocons right here at home.

The evil is within for it does not matter if we vote Democrat or Republican – they remain in place for both sides.

White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki Gets Very Nervous When Questioned About Joe Biden Financial Conflicts of Interest in Russia, Ukraine and China


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 18, 2022 | Sundance 

Joe Biden’s press secretary was questioned today about the Biden family’s well documented dealing with Russian Billionaires, Ukraine officials and Hunter Biden’s deals with China.

The specific question was asking how the White House handles the conflicts of interest when engaging with policy decisions over Russia, Ukraine and China.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki nervously attempted to avoid the questions, but her responses shouted guilt. WATCH:

BRICS Is Working, India Purchases 3 million Barrels Russian Crude This Week


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 18, 2022 | Sundance

A report in the AP shows the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) trade alliance seems to remain strong despite western sanctions.  India admitted to purchasing 3 million barrels of Russian oil at a 20% discount rate this week.

There’s no mention of how the purchase will be transacted, what currency they would use; however, the top-line story of India refusing to follow western trade sanctions reflects the BRICS alliance is delivering economic results.

[Via AP] – […] NEW DELHI — The state-run Indian Oil Corp. bought 3 million barrels of crude oil from Russia earlier this week to secure its energy needs, resisting Western pressure to avoid such purchases, an Indian government official said Friday.

The official said India has not imposed sanctions against buying oil and will be looking to purchase more from Russia despite calls not to from the U.S. and other countries.

The United States, Britain and other western countries are urging India to avoid buying Russian oil and gas. Indian media reports said Russia was offering a discount on oil purchases of 20% below global benchmark prices.

Such prices have surged in recent weeks, posing a huge burden for countries like India, which imports 85% of the oil it consumes. Its demand is projected to jump 8.2% this year to 5.15 million barrels per day as the economy recovers from the devastation caused by the pandemic. (read more)

(L-R) Chairman Xi Jinping (China), Vladimir Putin (Russia), Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil), Narendra Modi (India) and Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa), the BRICS group.

 

Planning To Use Oil Crisis, the Global Climate Change Agenda Is Triggered – Biden Declaring Climate Emergency, IEA Proposing Global Economic Changes, AOC and Bernie Sanders Join Drumbeat


Posted originally on the conservative house on March 18, 2022 | Sundance

We could all see this coming.  The Ukraine-Russia conflict creates the opportunity for the Build Back Better initiatives to get triggered.  None of this is happening organically.  All of this is opportunism based on a series of dominos purposefully triggered.  Three government solutions to rising oil prices surface simultaneously in an effort to exploit the crisis they created.

Keep in mind, this economic roadmap was strategically outlined in the World Economic Forum “Build Back Better” initiative, and that was built upon the economic ‘climate change‘ opportunity that COVID-19 created.  The U.S. version of BBB was called the Green New Deal.

First, Biden proposes to trigger a useful “Climate Change Emergency” (LINK).  Second, the International Energy Agency proposes a “Ten Point Plan” to change energy use in the modern society (LINK).  Third, comes AOC and Bernie Sanders with the “Executive Action Agenda” (LINK).

All of this is the fundamental change represented by western government in the agenda of ‘building back better’.

(IEA) In the face of the emerging global energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, practical actions by governments and citizens in advanced economies and beyond can achieve significant reductions in oil demand in a matter of months, reducing the risk of a major supply crunch, according to new analysis released by the International Energy Agency today.

These efforts would reduce the price pain being felt by consumers around the world, lessen the economic damage, shrink Russia’s hydrocarbon revenues, and help move oil demand towards a more sustainable pathway.

If fully carried out in advanced economies, the measures recommended by the IEA’s new 10-Point Plan to Cut Oil Use would lower oil demand by 2.7 million barrels a day within four months – equivalent to the oil demand of all the cars in China. This would significantly reduce potential strains at a time when a large amount of Russian supplies may no longer reach the market and the peak demand season of July and August is approaching. The measures would have an even greater effect if adopted in part or in full in emerging economies as well. (more)

AOC and Bernie Sanders [LINK]

(Daily Mail) Progressive Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to take executive action to raise wages, combat climate change, cancel student debt, and lower health care costs.

The Progressive Caucus – led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal and consisting of high-profile liberals like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar and Senator Bernie Sanders –  outlined their lists of demands they said ‘would provide immediate relief to working people and their families.’ (read more)

(CNN Reports) […]”As a result of Russia’s appalling aggression against Ukraine, the world may well be facing its biggest oil supply shock in decades, with huge implications for our economies and societies,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement.

The proposals reflect a recognition that the world has few realistic options to quickly replace oil supplies from Russia, the world’s No. 2 oil producer in 2021.  OPEC has signaled it’s in no rush to ramp up production and the release of emergency oil stockpiles has done little to ease shortage fears.

“The US and other IEA countries now realize that the potential loss of Russia’s oil exports constitutes a bigger supply shock than either strategic stock draws or accelerated OPEC+ production hikes can solve,” said Bob McNally, president of consulting firm Rapidan Energy. (read more)

Biden Warns China Not to Interfere in U.S. Proxy War Against Russia


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 18, 2022 | Sundance

Keep in mind the cunning geopolitical perspectives of Beijing’s dragon that wears the panda mask.  Recently a person attempted to dismiss the strength of China by saying they had not won a war in a thousand years, to which I replied, “tell that to U.S. workers in the rust belt.”

There are two geopolitical battle spaces in the modern era to gain superiority without kinetic warfare, economics and information; China’s arsenal in the former is massive, the U.S. strategy has been reduced to using big tech in the latter.  This is why western propaganda and censorship control over the Ukraine narrative is so important.  This statement from the White House is weak:

WHITE HOUSE – President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The conversation focused on Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. President Biden outlined the views of the United States and our Allies and partners on this crisis. President Biden detailed our efforts to prevent and then respond to the invasion, including by imposing costs on Russia. He described the implications and consequences if China provides material support to Russia as it conducts brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians.

The President underscored his support for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis. The two leaders also agreed on the importance of maintaining open lines of communication, to manage the competition between our two countries. The President reiterated that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed and emphasized that the United States continues to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo. The two leaders tasked their teams to follow up on today’s conversation in the critical period ahead. (LINK)

The conflict in Ukraine serves China’s interests.  The dragon is smiling, bigly.

♦ Russia becomes more reliant upon China for geopolitical as well as economic support.  Chairman Xi wins.

♦ The U.S. bleeds money in deficit spending to use Ukraine to fight a proxy war against Russia.  Chairman Xi wins.

♦ A new trade currency looms on the horizon due to western sanctions against Russia.  Chairman Xi wins.

♦ Western government push further toward totalitarian control over their citizens to demand compliance.  Chairman Xi wins.

The domestic and international problems created by the people around Joe Biden serve the interests of Chairman Xi.  Changing energy policy by chasing climate change nonsense weakens the U.S. economy, Chairman Xi wins.  The panda has no need to show the dragon underneath because the west is destroying itself.

Biden can gnash his teeth as much as he wants, fat panda smiles.

Col Douglas Macgregor Discusses Outlook for Ceasefire in Ukraine


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 18, 2022 | Sundance 

During a segment last night, Colonel Douglas Macgregor discussed the perspective for a ceasefire and peaceful resolution to the Ukraine conflict.

The resolution issue is a very critical point, because the U.S. State Dept (CIA) and the DC political machine are standing firm in their collective desire for a long-term insurgency campaign against Russia using Ukraine as a proxy war.  Macgregor notes the geopolitical and global economic outcomes from a protracted interventionist NATO/western approach at using Ukraine for conflict against Russia.  WATCH:

Additionally, Michael Tracey (via Substack) has some background information on the Russian cruise missile attack against the military training facility located outside Lviv, near the border with Poland.  This is well worth reading, because it connects to the larger effort of the U.S. to conduct an insurgency campaign regardless of what Ukraine President Zelenskyy might desire.

(Tracey) – […] The city of Rzeszow, Poland, about 60 miles from the Ukraine border, is currently crawling with all manner of spooks, freelance war adventurers, sketchy profiteers, and assorted others. I just overheard a top official at a Washington-based NGO, which I won’t name at the moment, bragging that their “security” operations on the front lines in Ukraine are being manned by a “former Special Ops guy” — meaning a veteran of the US Military who formerly worked in “Special Operations.”

Of course, to what extent these guys can truly be characterized as “former” military, especially if they’re doing active logistics in a combat zone, is an open question. 

I also heard a translator working for a notable US journalist state that he/she personally helped facilitate the entry of American “veterans” into Ukraine through Poland, en route to do God knows what exactly. Putin has said that incoming supplies of “aid,” as well as inflows of “foreign mercenaries,” will be considered legitimate military targets — and Russia’s strike Sunday on a military facility just 15 miles from Poland was said to be an example of him following through on the threat.

This raises the very distinct possibility of US combat fatalities in the near future, even if the US individuals in question are not technically on active duty — or at least publicly acknowledged as such. What do you think the public response will be, if Russian missiles successfully strike a group of “American veteran volunteers” who have shown up to fight in Ukraine? Especially given the mounting predictions about the alleged imminence of chemical and/or biological attacks? (read more)

There were reported 200+ mercenaries killed in the cruise missile attack against the facility near Lviv.  The Daily Mail reported over 1,000 foreign fighters were housed in the facility at the time. […] A Ukrainian officer said there were around 1,000 foreigners at the camp – officially known as the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security – at the time. (read more)

After a few initial media reports about the cruise missile strikes at the training facility, the story essentially disappeared.  The question remains if any U.S. nationals, mercenaries or contractors, were at the compound and whether any were killed or injured.

An American foreign fighter, who would identify himself only as “Zander,” said he was injured March 13 in a Russian airstrike on the “International Center for Peacekeeping and Security” in Yavoriv, located in far Western Ukraine. The strike drew much notice because it was the most westward attack yet committed by Russia, just around 15 miles from the Polish border. (more)

Harris makes Biden ’20 times worse’: Gingrich


Posted originally on Rumble by Sean Hannity  Published March 18, 2022 

The Crisis in Europe – Robbing Pension Funds to Replace QE


Armstrong Economics Blog/European Union Re-Posted Mar 18, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

While in Britain Johnson was pushing for a law that allows the government to confiscate private assets of those who resist the government under the pretense of Russian Sanctions, the EU Superfund is robbing people pensions for (1) climate, (2) energy, and (3) defense which is to be funded by private pensions. This move is being defended as necessary to protect politicians against the rise of populism (anti-career politicians), deepening the commitment to slowing climate change, and now defending its borders as the US security umbrella recedes.

The EU will launch a bold $3 trillion Superfund to be funded by pension allocations rather than new taxes. So they will rob the future of people, especially over 40 who have been working all their lives for political objectives to save the careers of politicians. They argue that the security umbrella provided by the US during the Cold War is declining rapidly and this introduces new threats as they continue to agitate Russia and constantly push NATO eastward. The argument is that the US will be more concerned with China than Russia. That does not seem to be the case given all the rhetoric concerning Ukraine, but it is a handy excuse to rob the pensions in the face of a collapsing bond market.

The AUKUS submarine deal brought France’s attempt to sell new submarines to Australia in confrontation with the US. This has been argued that the US became very cold toward Western Europe. In the face of Ukraine, the EU knows it needs to move rapidly on all fronts to bolster its defenses.

French President Macron, backed by Italian Prime Minister Draghi who created the negative interest rates nightmare, argued to move swiftly to defend against Italy’s own rise of populism. Hence, they argue to push this “EU Superfund” will address all of these three-fold priorities that are urgent. The European civil unrest is rising in the fact of total fiscal mismanagement.

It appears that the politicians WANT war with Russia as a diversion. They desperately need an excuse in the face of a crumbling monetary system where especially the EU is in trouble unable to sell bonds to fund itself or the future. The solution is to rob the pension funds and that will eliminate the need to issue bonds to cover expenses. That move will only undermine the confidence in the EU and result in further civil unrest. The negative interest rates have robbed savers of income since 2014.

The EU is struggling with declining birth rates and an aging population that is enduring already very heavy tax burdens. They cannot throw the cost of climate change and defense on top of the current levels of taxation without a popular uprising to overthrow the present governments. They cannot possibly finance the Superfund with higher taxes even on the claimed higher incomes. They have threatened tax havens and hunted the rich worldwide. They are now using Ukraine as the excuse to confiscate private Russian assets that will NEVER be returned.

France is moving to overhaul its pension system and is looking at Europe’s enormous pensions as the source of revenue. The scheme is that all pensions for all workers above the age of 40 must allocate a progressively larger portion of their pension assets into Superfund bonds as they age. This is how they will create new levels of fiscal stimulus in the EU when negative interest rates have failed. The pensions will now be replacing Quantitative Easing as the entire system is collapsing. With rising inflation thanks to the mismanagement of COVID and now promoting a much-needed war against Russia the hope to keep just conventional, this level of spending everyone else’ savings they hope will replace the impossibility of selling negative interest rate bonds that NY banks now view as junk.

Welcome to the collapse of Keynesian Economics. As I have been warning – the European Central Banks is trapped and QE no longer works.