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Alberta Bishops Fight Satanic Gender Law

February 6, 2016

According to Alberta's mandatory new guidelines, a student's gender is based not 
on biology but psychology.  He can "self identify" as a girl one day and a boy the next.  As such, he can play sports with girls and change and shower with them. He can even dress like them, and they like him.

The human rights of millions of children are violated to "protect" a handful of misfits. This flimsy pretext to reengineer and enslave society is a psyop. If Albertans accept this outrageous attack on their children, they will accept anything including concentration camps. Below, Thomas Carter describes how Alberta's four Catholic Bishops are drawing a line. 


This absurd policy is even substituting genderless pronouns for "his" or "her." Clearly "Human Rights" is Orwellian doublespeak for giving "rights" to a tiny minority and taking them away from the vast majority i.e. enslaving them.  

Satanists invert healthy and sick, natural and unnatural.  Society is asleep while our identity and freedom are under vicious attack by the Masonic (Cabalist) Jewish banking cartel and their lackeys in every field. Western society has been totally subverted and is satanically possessed. 

by Thomas Carter

Earlier this year Alberta's NDP government released 12 "best practices" mandatory policies for "transgendered" students that govern everything from shower rooms to sport teams and school trips. The guidelines state that a student's own "self-identification" as either a boy or a girl, or neither, is the "sole measure of an individual's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression." 

Unlike their Ontario counterparts, Alberta Bishops have spoken out against this Orwellian law.

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Left, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith.

The Archbishop denounced the guidelines saying the principle that self-identification is the "sole measure" of an individual's perceived gender identity creates, what he called, an "artificial gender-neutral atmosphere in schools, often without proper regard to the rights and protections previously upheld for boys and girls and their mothers and fathers."

He also took issue with certain Catholic board trustees,"There, for too long now, we have witnessed the inability of trustees to function in a cohesive way or speak with a unified voice. The words and actions of some trustees, rather than defending and upholding all that is good in Catholic education, have caused harm and hostility. In so doing, they have betrayed the trust placed in them by Catholic electors."

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Bishop Fred Henry, Diocese of Calgary

In a letter sent home to every parent in the district, Fred Henry clearly defends Catholic teaching on sexuality stating,

"Gay Straight Alliances and Queer Straight Alliances are highly politicized ideological clubs which seek to cure society of "homophobia" and "heterosexism," and which accept the idea that all forms of consensual sexual expression are legitimate. The view of sexuality that they espouse is not Catholic."

Below- Bishop Paul Terrio from the Diocese of St. Paul, Alberta

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"To mandate that 'self-identification is the sole measure of an individual's sexual orientation' and in fact, by totally excluding biological fact, contradicts our common day-to-day life experience and also repudiates the goodness of Creation," he wrote. 

"I therefore, as a Catholic Bishop in Alberta, must reject the 'Guidelines for Best Practices': for reasons of both faith and common sense." 

 Father Stefano Penna, vice president and professor at Newman Theological College in Edmonton chastized a school trustee, Patricia Grell, "Do your constituents know that you are completely in cahoots with those whose intent is to bully anyone who does not 'speak the new language' of family and sexuality?" 

The good priest added, "According to the new government regulations for 'Best Practices,' there is only one English that can be acceptable: the bizarre right-speak of graduate students and their faculty advisors in the Department of Eugenics, Racial Anthropology or Gender Diversity."


Left - Cardinal Collins aka Pervert Kathleen Wynne's Little Buddy

Listen to Conservative House Leader Tim Wilson recount how Cardinal Collins asked him out to breakfast to tell him to "back off" Wynne's sex-ed program. 

He said, 'We don't want to make a big issue out of this. So can you guys back off or not make a big issue out of it?'

In Cardinal Collin's only official statement on the curriculum, he said that Catholic schools "have a responsibility to teach the curriculum."

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Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) Mike Pautler  Interesting stuff about Mikey here 

ICE's Mike Pautler told LifeSiteNews that while Catholic schools will be using the faith traditions of the Catholic Church as the "starting point" for interpreting  the sex-ed, nevertheless, he admitted that the "core content and expectations" of what ICE will produce will not "vary from that prescribed by the Ministry of Education." 

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President of the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education OAPCE, Brian Evoy

Meanwhile, a different institutional Catholic organization, the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education, has also admitted to being part of the sex-ed consultation process.  President Brian Evoy called the consultation process positive, adding that his organization is "very much in favour of the curriculum and all of the changes that will be made." He said he is confident that ICE will be able to interpret the sex-ed so it squares with Catholicism.

Jane Michael, the board member whose vote defeated a motion in Halton Hills to delay implementation of the new sex-ed curriculum claimed Bishop Crosby influenced her decision. Meanwhile, the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton banned a Kitchener parish  speaker who opposed the Ontario sex education curriculum. 


The fact that there are still some Bishops upholding Catholic teaching and defending the children is encouraging. More importantly, the actions of the Alberta Bishops exposes the Ontario Bishops as frauds who have no right to their offices. It would be nice if they could be forced out for non-performance.


Scruples - the Game of Moral Dilemmas

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February 5, 2016

left. Screenshot from Bieber music video. Note the Masonic and Illuminati symbols.

A Toronto reader ruminates on how pop culture icons
like Justin Bieber and rapper Drake are Satanists. A society
run (into the ground) by a satanic cult is a satanic cult. 
Perverts and traitors provide the background noise.

"The world's now placid, featureless, and culturally dead...There's nothing left to struggle for, and there are too many distractions and entertainments. Do you realize that every day something like five hundred hours of radio and TV pour out over the various channels?...No wonder that people are becoming passive sponges--absorbing but never creating.' -Arthur C Clarke (Childhood's End page 140)

by Ikonoklast Samizdat 

Everywhere you go in Toronto, there is a continual stream of invasive audio pumping Canadian 'entertainers' Drake or Justin Bieber into the minds of people. It seeps in consciously--many people clamor for the next pop hit-- or unconsciously because the subconscious has no firewall.

Elevators, lobbies, taxi cabs, bars, restaurants, cafes, etc. If you live in Toronto (the 'six' boroughs), you cannot go a day without hearing these clowns.

What exactly is being absorbed by the passive people sponges?

Drake's new album is called Summer Sixteen and the cover art was just released. It prominently features the symbol 6 with an all-seeing eye within it. 

Drake's image handlers have had him pose using these images before and his clothing brand features another occult symbol: the owl (OVO is stylized as 2 owl eyes and a beak).

The mudra showing the implicit triple-6 is a signal to initiates and adepts. Its nefarious meaning includes the beast of revelations and the kabbalistic interpretation of secular perfection (tikkun olam).

Turning to Bieber, he has a tattoo of the all-seeing eye and the owl.

Bieber's new album Purpose (he ascribes to apostate New Age Churchianity) features a blatant inverted cross on his chest--a central Satanic symbol representing the vain attempt to overthrow God's order.

Perhaps even more menacing, the music videos of these 'entertainers' usually feature subversive subliminals. Take Bieber's recent video 'Where are U now?'

Flashing inverted crosses, all-seeing eye pyramids, and the masonic square and compass among all sorts of abominations for the unsuspecting mind. (see above) 

(left, Bieber music video)

These symbols penetrate the mind and contribute to the alchemical processing of the recipients perception of reality. They are demolishing any resistance to the imposed psychodrama forced on humanity by the overlords.

This movement is hardly new--glance back to the Beatles and there is the same medium-message.

'We corrupt in order to rule' -Giuseppe Mazzini (High-level Freemason)

Yes Drake's mother is Jewish which makes him Jewish. He's a rich kid from Forest Hill. His full name is Aubrey Drake Graham and he's been famous since his youth for being an actor on the show Degrassi (I didn't watch it growing up in Quebec)

He was chosen to redesign a Raptors uniform. 'The Six' loves him.

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How I Found My Identity as a Man

February 4, 2016


"It helps to see heterosexual love as a mystical dance. The male leads; the female follows. You can't have a graceful dance without each partner playing his part."

This is the first article I wrote for the Internet  almost 16 years ago.  

It describes how I learned to follow my masculine instincts. 

The male is dominant in a heterosexual relationship. 

The Cabalists (Satanists) are messing with the fundamental laws of the universe 

(yin-yang; active-passive) by promoting female dominance in order 

to make us their neutered minions. 

By Henry Makow Ph.D.

When I was 21 years old, and living in Israel, I received a letter from my mother. She had taken my savings and invested in a town house.

"Now, you are a mensch," she said. 

I wondered what she meant. How did owning a house make me "a man?" 

I came of age at a time when youth was "looking for identity." I was searching for it in Israel. Later, I became a Canadian nationalist. In each case, I didn't find identity in "community."

I had a strong patriarchal father, an excellent role model. He built a successful career, and supported a family.

"Work is the backbone of a man," he would tell me. "It's the most important decision a man makes. A wife is the second."

But for some reason, his example didn't register. Why not?

For centuries, men defined themselves in terms of masculinity. Why was I so clueless?

I took my cues from the mass media. I was a feminist.


I grew up in an era that bought the feminist lie that men and women are identical. In our culture, women are encouraged to be "equal" -- do everything men do, and vice versa.  "Equal" became "identical."  This retarded my personal development by 25 years. I doubt if I am alone.

"Identical" made me look for for myself in a mate. I was literally attracted to lithe young women with cropped boyish haircuts: my own persona.

I put a woman on a pedestal because she had my identity. She could give it back to me. Some women were immediately repelled. Others enjoyed the adulation for a while, but eventually lost respect.

What I needed was someone quite different from me, my feminine complement.

Eventually feminism will be recognized for what it is: a virulently anti-social, anti-women, lesbian ideology that achieved power by pretending to champion "women's rights." By taking power,  feminism has been able to emasculate men and masculinize women. In other words, women have usurped the masculine identity, and in the process, both sexes have lost their own.

Incredibly, the destruction of heterosexuality is the hidden agenda of feminists, who think gender difference is the source of all injustice.

Most people don't realize that the feminist movement literally is Communist in origin. Most of the leading feminist thinkers, including Betty Friedan and Simone de Beauvoir, were Marxists, and many also were lesbians. 

Feminism is about power not choice. "No women should be authorized to stay at home and raise her children," said feminist founder Simone de Beauvoir. "Women should not have that choice, because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one" (Saturday Review, June 14, 1975).

If feminism were really about choices, it would not indoctrinate women to enter the work force and become "independent." It would not demonize men and heterosexual love. It would not ostracize feminists who marry and start families. 

Lesbians have always been women who coveted the male role. It is based on Marxist notions of "equality" and class conflict that have no relevance to a mystical and biological reality such as love.

The breakdown in the traditional family caused by feminism is the main reason for our social, personal and existential problems. People have always derived meaning and purpose from familial roles (e.g. daughter, wife, and mother) and from life-cycle rituals, (marriage, birth and death). Indeed, marriage and family are a God-given path to achieve love and personal fulfilment.

We do not find wholeness by incorporating masculine and feminine in ourselves but by uniting with our opposite. Heterosexual love is the attraction of opposites. Indeed, as heterosexuals we define ourselves in terms of these differences. If we are male, we are not female, and vice-versa, like dark and light. Because I denied these differences, I didn't know who I was. I didn't understand women, and I didn't know how to approach them.


I was almost 50-years-old before I solved the riddle. A book The Flight from Woman (1964) by Karl Stern, a Canadian psychiatrist, confirmed what my instincts were saying. My mother had been right all along. A man makes the house; the woman makes the home.

According to Stern, masculinity is defined by "power" over the natural and social environment. Men provide the physical and cultural context for the domestic world. They are do'ers: adventurers and builders, protectors and providers.

Femininity is defined by "love." Feminine psychology is founded on nurturing and loving husbands and children, and thereby being needed and loved. Women are the engines of love, acting much like the heart in the body. The family is the fundamental building block of society and foundry of the future. Women are its foundation.

Men define themselves by deeds; women simply are love: beauty, grace, faith and goodness. Men tend to be rational and objective; women subjective, intuitive and emotional. Distinctions like these need not constrict us. They are a theme upon which to play our own variations. For example, my wife mows the lawn; I do all the shopping and cooking. But without the theme, there is confusion and chaos.

The feminist gospel that traditional sex roles are "oppressive" is wrong. For many people, a flexible interpretation of traditional roles are essential for happiness and fulfilment.

I extrapolated from Karl Stern's distinctions. If man is motivated by power and woman by love, heterosexual love must be an exchange of the two.

A woman surrenders her power, in trust. This is how a woman expresses her love. By trusting. In this way, women actually empower men. If a man betrays this trust, he loses his power.

In return for her power, a woman gets what she really wants: a man's power expressed as his intense, undivided love.

He includes her in his sphere of self-interest: this is how two people become one. Her happiness is his happiness. He can't hurt her without hurting himself.


Teaching women to seek masculine power prevents them from getting what they really want. Women want to be possessed by a man's love.

God's love of Creation is mirrored in a man's love of a woman. A man channels God's love to a woman by making her a wife and mother. Women want masculine power, but it must be in a man.

A girlfriend once told me, "I want to be used." The same girlfriend also said that without a man, she feels "like a rudderless boat." Similarly, a man without a woman is a rudder without a boat.

A man cannot love a woman who is competing with him for power. Relationships between so-called "equals" are like mergers, or roommates.

Psychiatrist, Irene Claremont de Castillejo, calls them "brother-sister" marriages (Knowing Women: A Feminine Psychology, 1973).

They cannot achieve the intimacy as when a woman surrenders her will to a man, and a man returns this trust with his wholehearted love. Some psychiatrists say a woman's sexual satisfaction is also linked to her ability to trust and surrender.

Feminine women are creatures of God. In love, they sacrifice their "selves" for love, which in many religions is the key to transcendence. Helen Deutsch remarked on this"masochist-narcissist" syndrome (sacrifice for love) in her The Psychology of Women: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation (1944). The majority of women only achieve fulfilment as wives and mothers. In their hearts, they know it.

Nor can women love men with whom they compete. Women are hypergamous which means they seek men of higher status than themselves. Even the most ardent heterosexual feminist only can love someone more powerful than she.

The struggle for power is poisoning male-female relations. It is the death of love. Men cannot give up their defining characteristic (power) and expect to be men. Women cannot criticize and challenge men and expect to be loved.

When I comprehended this, I felt liberated. I established a healthy relationship with a woman who is my female complement, and married her.


The universal complaint is that men don't know how to be men; women don't know how to be women. It helps to see heterosexual love as a mystical dance. The male leads; the female follows. You can't have a graceful dance without each partner playing his part.

The dance is based on love. The male is always considering his mate's wishes because he loves her. In some cases, he will ask her to lead.

As in a ballroom dance, who can say which role is more important? Both partners are of equal value. The dance requires both the leadership and dynamism of the male; and the beauty, love and grace of the female.

In the dance of love, two people become one, and the fruit of this mystical union, is often a child.


First Comment from Zahra:

I am a young girl of fifteen in England and I am very glad to have come across your website. It is a very informative read. I especially enjoy your articles on feminism. What I like about your website compared to other websites is the fact you don't demonize women or reduce them to sex and beauty the way others do. I reading your things. You really ought to sell your ideas to schools (if you don't get arrested though!). I I am feeling conflicted; I want to study medicine when I'm older and find a cure for diseases but I also want to have children one day. Marriage won't  be as much of a problem since i'd be getting an arranged marriage when i'm around twenty. I'm a second generation immigrant child who's parents spent their formative years in the UK so you'd have thought they'd at least understand the culture clash i'm going through. They don't but never mind. I was wondering what you might do in my situation.


Do you have the option of having your family first and then training afterward? If you do, that is the path I'd recommend.


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Comments for "How I Found My Identity as a Man"

Lisa T said (February 5, 2016):

Thanks so much for the article. There is a young man that has been talking to my husband and asking him advice, and I think your article will help him immensely. Life is about learning, and learning from your mistakes pushes the point home like no other! How can we talk about something if we've never gone through it?

I agree with your advice to Zahra, as well. A woman's biological clock is timed to start her family early. There will be a time, when she is finished raising her family, that her career wishes will come naturally with her husband secure in his place by her side, and she will have the grace, wisdom & physical fortitude to reach her goals. To be a "career oriented" and "independent" female actually accelerates the aging process, promotes disease, cancer and dementia (just to name a few!) What is the point of waiting, taking YEARS of harmful estrogen (in birth control pills) when there are so many physical & spiritual benefits to starting a family early?

There is a wonderful endocrinologist that has an intriguing history that would be worth a read for both your male & female readers. His name is Ray Peat, and here is a his web site: There is a SEARCH option on the side which is great. There is a war on for your mind and this war is for your physical mind as well as your spiritual. Estrogen is harmful & is in a lot of the soy products touted as health foods, and is even in infant formula!

Anon said (February 5, 2016):

Henry, in response to your question of why should men and women adhere to rigid roles, it may be that certain of these roles are those which help accentuate the femininity of the woman and the masculinity of the man. Men for years were told that they should do the dishes, clean and cook, and "pull their weight" around the house (even men who were the sole breadwinner were told that they must do housework when they come home exhausted from their job). However, the men who believed this and, eager to please their wives, shared in the housework found that this did not ultimately please their women at all, and far from finding them sexy, their wives found them contemptible for being so unmanly. I read a while back of a study which suggested that men who do the dishes for their wives tend to get less sex!

There's something about the "old" roles which reinforce the dominance of the male and the submission of the female. It's no secret that women find dominant males attractive, whereas men find submissive females attractive. So whilst one may have no desire to assume such a role -- and may even wish to swap roles -- it may prove deleterious to the marriage if these roles are abandoned completely.

Of course it is extremely politically incorrect to say all these things. But when was human nature ever politically correct?

Paul said (February 5, 2016):

Have been reading your articles almost since you began writing them.

I've found that "Proverbs 31" woman, and oh my goodness, it is definitely a God thing.

Of course, took 45 years to get there, for if we met before, definitely wouldn't have been this way.

She reveres her dad, has a great relationship with him, and this is PIVITOL on how a woman will respond to her lifelong mate.

She is resourceful and VIRTUOUS.

We compliment each other, harmoniously. Respectfully. Have each others' backs. She doesn't try to trump me, and I GENTLY rule the house. Pride is enemy, on both our parts.

Connie said (February 4, 2016):

Henry, this may seem a minor point, but I'd say only a childless couple should freely abandon traditional gender roles. Gender roles matter, and to some degree, society should support them. Example: I have no problem with mama packing heat, but women should not be drafted for combat, leaving their kids at home. Consider a situation with potential refugee rapists, where a wife is wont to take the children to safety while the man takes care of business. In preparation for this, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts should not mingle, which is the direction they are currently heading.


I'm talking about variations on the theme. I like to cook; my wife doesn't. Why should we adhere to rigid roles?


Terri said (February 4, 2016):

I loved, loved, loved your piece on Finding Your Identity… I was a feminist in my 20’s and early 30’s. I began to wise up by growing in my Christian faith. The big clincher was reading, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, by Dr. Laura Schlessinger.

That book finally brought it all home to me and now I glory in the wonder of ‘men’. You have very brilliantly described it and the dance is very apropos. Pope Saint John Paul II refers to the ‘genius’ of woman. We can characterize the male/female thing as delightfully mysterious. Thanks so much for a beautiful article

Al Thompson said (February 4, 2016):

I liked this article. Women are best when they compliment the man and do not compete with him. Women belong at home with the children. In the alternative, at least, one parent should be home with them.

I do not like what I see in women now. They are not very nice and they don't seem very intelligent. The more traditional roles of men and women are the best in order to have a happy and productive life.

The feminist generation will find themselves old with little support from children or grandchildren. The feminist destroys all that is good and all that provides for happiness.

One thing I've noticed on. Careers are there to make money and that's the purpose they serve. They cannot take the place of having a nice family.

Men have to stop being immature and plan their lives around having a wife and family. The career is there only to make money but the fortunes of that can change at an instant. It is best to have a strong family foundation the feminist movement is doing all it can to destroy it.

Women aren't as smart as they think they are. I'm noticing that the women I encounter are just not that bright. They have an over-inflated value of themselves and they aren't nice company. There may be a few exceptions, but as a group of people in general, they are not smart. They still need the judgment and help of a mature man.

Michael said (April 16, 2008):

Your piece on "Becoming a Mensch" was beatifully written. If the die-hard feminists only knew the real impetus for the movement, they would march on Washington. Gloria Steinem now admits she was run and paid by the CIA. As you alluded, Nick Rockefeller confided to his friend, Aaron Russo, that the feminist movement was all about ensnaring more suckers into the role of "taxpayer." Russo's video, 'America, Freedom to Fascism,' is the crowning achievement of a life cut short in its prime. I highly recommend it to all who put their faith in "their" government to do the right thing. The scene where he deflates a former IRS Commissioner and legal counsel is worth the price alone.

Elizabeth said (April 16, 2008):


You don't know how much of a blessing your article was to me! Everything rings so true, and it answers a LOT of questions for me. I do believe, hard as I may try to the contrary, that I have one of those brother-sister marriages. The problem is two-fold. The night before I read your article I was talking to a friend and explaining that I can't TRUST my husband; not trust him as in not to cheat, but simply to trust him to do what he says, not change the plan or the direction on a whim and leave me stranded. He is cold, aloof most of the time, and this part of your article really hit home:

Women want to be possessed by a man's love. God's love of Creation is mirrored in a man's love of a woman. A girlfriend once told me, "I want to be used." In a way, a man channels God's love to a woman by making her a wife and (possibly) a mother. Women want masculine power, but it must be in a man. The same girlfriend also said that without a man, she feels "like a rudderless boat." Similarly, a man without a woman is a rudder without a boat.

A man cannot love a woman who is competing with him for power. Relationships between so-called "equals" are like mergers, or roommates. One psychiatrist, Irene Claremont de Castillejo, calls them "brother-sister" marriages (Knowing Women: A Feminine Psychology, 1973). They cannot achieve the intimacy as when a woman surrenders her will to a man, and a man returns this trust with his wholehearted love. Some psychiatrists say her sexual satisfaction is also linked to her ability to trust and surrender.

I think I'm the flip-side of this. I am a REAL woman who is seeing the effects of being married to someone who isn't a real man.

I always thought deep down there was something wrong with me. Try as I might -- I've stuck in there for 21 years -- most of the time I feel lost. I feel like a boat without a rudder! Sometimes I want to scream STAND UP AND BE A MAN! Stop being ruled by your emotions!! I realized with our kids he was fussing about the problem but hiding behind me to take the appropriate action, and when I stopped, when I stepped back and let him steer, take the lead, he backed down.

"What do you want for the future?" I would ask him. "All I want to do is to be with you... "

You would think that a woman would like that comment, BUT A REAL WOMAN DOESN'T! And I can see it now, Henry, from your analogy about the rudder and the boat. We want the man the have DIRECTION, to take control, and when they don't, we lose that attraction.

He also competes with me on things, whether its a diet, or exercise, or hobbies. I have no desire to compete with a man on anything. It is so un-manly, this competition; it makes him so unattractive to me.

I'm sorry, I went on so... I know this isn't Henry's marriage counseling service, LOL, but I just wanted to let you know what a blessing your article was to me. I have met a man, a REAL MAN, and I have been fighting an attraction for him for quite some time, the guilt building and building. But now, I understand. It is almost like it couldn't be helped. I am searching for a rudder. I feel lost and incomplete without it. This is the way God made me, and it is no wonder I've felt an attraction for this man, a yearning to be his compliment instead of the roommate sister/brother relationship. I don't desire to cheat on my husband, I desire to be a wife in the true sense of the word.

I guess I'll just keep praying about this, but I know your article was at least a partial answer to my prayer. Thank you for re-posting it. You must have been inspired to do so....

Pro-Western Fifth Columnists in and around the Kremlin

January 25, 2016


Pro-Western Fifth Columnists in and around the Kremlin

by The Saker
(Abridged by

The problem for Putin today is that it makes no sense to replace some of the worst people in power as long as the system remains unchanged. But the main obstacle to a reform of the political system is the resistance of the pro-Western Fifth columnists in and around the Kremlin. They also the ones who are still forcing a set of "Washington consensus" policies upon Russia even though it is obvious that the consequences for Russia are extremely bad, even disastrous. There is no doubt that Putin understands that, but he has been unable, at least so far, to break out of this dynamic.

So who are these Fifth columnists?

I have selected nine of the names most often mentioned by Russian analysts. These are (in no particular order):

Former First Deputy Prime Minister Anatolii Chubais, First Deputy Governor of the Russian Central Bank Ksenia Iudaeva, Deputy Prime Minister Arkadii Dvorkovich, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Governor of the Russian Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina, former Minister of Finance Alexei Kudrin, Minister of Economic Development, Alexei Uliukaev, Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov and Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev.

This is, of course, only a partial list - the real list is longer and runs deeper in the Russian power structure. The people on this list range from dangerous ideologues like Kudrin or Chubais, to mediocre and unimaginative people, like Siluanov or Nabiullina. And none of them would, by him or herself, represent much of a threat to Putin. But as a group and in the current political system they are a formidable foe which has kept Putin in check. I do believe, however, that a purge is being prepared.

One of the possible signs of a purge to come is the fact that the Russian media, both the blogosphere and the big corporate media, is now very critical of the economic policies of the government of Prime Minister Medvedev. Most Russian economists agree that the real reason for the current economic crisis in Russia is not the falling price of oil or, even less so, the western sanctions, but the misguided decisions of the Russian Central Bank (such as floating the ruble or keeping the interest rates high) and the lack of governmental action to support a real reform and development of the Russian economy. 

What is especially interesting is that vocal opponents of the current Fifth column now get plenty of air time in the Russian media, including state owned VGTRK. Leading opponents of the current economic policies, such as Sergei Glazev, Mikhail Deliagin or Mikhail Khazin are now interviewed at length and given all the time needed to absolutely blast the economic policies of the Medvedev government. And yet, Putin is still taking no visible action. In fact, in his latest yearly address he as even praised the work of the Russian Central Bank. So what is going on here?

First, and to those exposed to the western propaganda, this might be difficult to imagine, but Putin is constrained simply by the rule of law. He cannot just send some special forces and have all these folks arrested on some kind of charge of corruption, malfeasance or sabotage. Many in Russia very much regret that, but this is fact of life.

In theory, Putin could simply fire the entire (or part) of the government and appoint a different Governor to the Central Bank. But the problem with that is that it would trigger an extremely violent reaction from the West. Mikhail Deliagin (left) recently declared that if Putin did this, the West's reaction would be even more violent than after the Crimean reunification with Russia. 
Upon learning of a plan to use two swift boats as a bait, and to turn the Persian Gulf into a "pearl harbor," the Russia's Air Forces, who just happened to be in the neighborhood apparently used their mysterious capacity to turn off the US swift boats' systems, and allegedly, the Israeli submarine' systems, also. Boats became deaf, blind and motionless. Exactly like in November 2014in the Black Sea, the Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest jamming complex paralyzed the most modern American combat management system "Aegis" installed on the destroyer "USS Donald Cook."

Cops Arrest Politically Active Student After he Visits a Doctor for help

January 24, 2016


Cops Arrest Politically Active Student After he Visits a Doctor for a Referral 

From Marvin Goldswag:

"I would  like to introduce a video to you about how a Ryerson University student by the name of Steve Katsikaris who was seeking medical help from the university clinic Ryerson Medical Centre around November 18, 2015. Instead, Dr. Brooke A. Hogarth summons the Toronto Police to have Steven detained, handcuffed and institutionalized against his will.
To make it worse, a week after the incident, York Regional Police enters the jurisdiction of Toronto to arrest Steve Katsikaris in his own home in Toronto. The York police officers did not present a warrant before entering his home, and it was only until repeated attempts to ask for a warrant was a warrant provided.
The video claims that the doctor, Dr. Hogarth pressed charges against Steve Katsikaris as though he was mentally competent if he indeed made "threats" to her inside the university clinic. However, if Dr. Hogarth felt afraid of her safety, why did she go back into the office and try to instigate Steve Katsikaris into committing violence? All it appeared was that Steve was exercising his rights and advised her that he will not tolerate police abuse of authority.
I am not trained in law nor psychiatry, but the recorded footage does look like either the doctor at the Ryerson Medical Centre and/or law enforcement have overstepped their power.
I wonder what would have been the case if the doctor was a male and the patient was a female."

The Wit and Wisdom of Saxophonist Paul Desmond

January 18, 2016


The Wit and Wisdom of Saxophonist Paul Desmond

Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond worked with pianist Dave Brubeck for 18 years. He's best known for his composition "Take Five," which helped make Brubeck's record Time Out a mega-hit. Desmond's saxophone playing was always marked by an unusual fluidity and warmth. Through a number of solo records, he expanded on a relaxed but sophisticated sound.

Who would have guessed that Paul Desmond had a wickedly acerbic wit, ironic and self-deprecating at the same time?

"I have won several prizes as the world's slowest alto player, as well as a special award in 1961 for quietness."

"I was unfashionable before anyone knew who I was."

"I think I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to sound like a dry martini."

When asked by Gene Lees what accounted for the melancholy in his playing, he replied, "Well, that I'm not playing better."

He was an English major in college. His reason for not pursuing a literary career, "I could only write at the beach, and I kept getting sand in my typewriter."

"Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught."

Of writer Jack Kerouac he said, "I hate the way he writes. I kind of love the way he lives, though."

Of Vogue fashion models, he said, "Sometimes they go around with guys who are scuffling -- for a while. But usually they end up marrying some cat with a factory. This is the way the world ends, not with a whim but a banker."

"Sometimes I get the feeling that there are orgies going on all over new York City, and somebody says, `Let's call Desmond,' and somebody else says, 'Why bother? He's probably home reading the Encyclopedia Britannica.'"

His response to the annoying banality of an interviewer, "You're beginning to sound like a cross between David Frost and David Susskind, and that is a cross I cannot bear."

Shortly before the Dave Brubeck Quartet disbanded, "We're working as if it were going out of style -- which of course it is."

Of yogurt he said, "I don't like it, but Dave is always trying things like that. He's a nutritional masochist. He'll eat anything as long as he figures it's good for him."

Of contact lenses: "Not for me. If I want to tune everybody out, I just take off my glasses and enjoy the haze"

On Ornette Coleman's playing, "It's like living in a house where everything's painted red."

Desmond's fondness for scotch was well known. So in early 1976 when a physical examination showed lung cancer, he was ironically pleased that his liver was fine. "Pristine, perfect. One of the great livers of our time. Awash in Dewars and full of health."

Biography of Paul Desmond