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Ron Patton | February 21, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his equivalent of the State of the Union address and said he is  pulling out of the nuclear arms treaty while accusing the West of starting the Ukraine war in a bid to achieve ‘limitless power.‘ Meanwhile, President Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine and threatened to increase sanctions on Russia. It appears the propaganda is wearing thin and people in the United States are beginning to realize they really don’t matter anymore. Enabling the war machine is far more vital to countries as our leaders have turned to merchants of death. Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks with Kristan Harris about MARKED PARANOIA – ENABLING THE WAR MACHINE.





Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his equivalent of the state of the Union address. He said that he is pulling out of the nuclear arms treaty and accuses the West of starting the Ukraine war in a bid to achieve ‘limitless power.’

He added: ‘The responsibility for fueling the Ukrainian conflict, for its escalation, for the number of victims… lies completely with Western elites.’

Russia has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world, with close to 6,000 warheads, according to experts. Together, Russia and the US hold around 90 percent of the world’s nuclear warheads – enough to destroy the planet many times over.

The more things change the more they stay the same – this story could easily be a retread from 1985 – as we are seeing the rhyming of history or the repeat of Marked paranoia that enables the war machine.

Karl Marx famously said that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.” While there are many examples of this insight from history, Marx could not foresee how farce would become the staple of the ruling class, how elites would defend what they see as their interests with a web of calculated deception extending beyond the limits of the absurd.

While it is impossible not to see the absurdity — the farce — in recent developments, they have deadly serious consequences.

There is a cold paranoia that had its grip on our nation — and many are now fearing that somewhere near them there ill be an act of sabotage that will put them in harm’s way. Some mechanical failure, plane crash, or grid failure as substations have suddenly become targets in the homeland.

Physical attacks on the U.S. power grid rose 71% last year compared with 2021 and will likely increase this year, according to a confidential industry analysis viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

A division of the grid oversight body known as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation found that ballistic damage, intrusion and vandalism largely drove the increase. The analysis also determined that physical security incidents involving power outages have increased 20% since 2020, attributed to people frustrated by the onset of the pandemic, social tensions and economic challenges.

The NERC division, known as the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or E-ISAC, recorded the sharp increase in incidents in 2022, driven in part by a series of clustered attacks on infrastructure in the Southeast, Midwest and Pacific Northwest. One of the most significant incidents occurred in early December when attackers targeted several substations in North Carolina with gunfire, leaving roughly 45,000 people in the dark.

The E-ISAC study of grid attacks, which other U.S. government agencies have said are on the rise, is more robust than publicly available data sets. The division’s data includes some nonpublic reports that utilities and grid authorities file with federal agencies or NERC, as well as voluntary disclosures made confidentially. The division tracked a significant increase in mandatory reports last year.

The division wrote that it is reasonably likely that the uptick in such attacks will continue this year based on the number and nature of recent attacks, some of which appear to have been carried out by members of extremist groups aiming to destabilize the grid.

It is more grist for the paranoid mill — this is what a secret war looks like and when violence is enabled, we see a repeat performance of mini revolutions and coups that are uncontrollable.

We have heard “paranoia” being blamed for much that we, the so called alternative media , are experiencing. “Conspiracy theorist,” in its  current context, is really just another name for “paranoid.” It is someone who “makes stuff up” to fit a certain narrative.

It has been made synonymous with lying — and the media has done a good job of maligning and lying about what Conspiracy theorists actually believe.

Sure there is stuff that is made up — and I often avoid this type of conspiracy theory–

But what if all this stuff we are supposed to be making up is actually real?

Are we lying to ourselves? Or are we really experiencing this new order that values war over safety, profits over people, and the elimination of those the government sees as a burden to their struggling agendas?

The strange thing about our current situation is that someone has got to be behind all of this treachery, either the sheep or us, it is all too weird to be able to say, like in most disagreements, “well, we can both be a little right, and both be a little wrong.”

The gray areas have expired — the extended middle has found itself leaning more towards the libertarian right. The left appears to follow trends on a whim — and showing that in the big scheme, they virtue signal to hide the fact that deep down they don’t care.

Telling the truth contributes to a lonely existence, a path that is taken by most heroes– and many of them live ling enough to be called crazy — or mad — or even irrelevant.

George Orwell says in 1984:

“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, does not make you mad. There is truth, and there is untruth, and if you cling to the truth even against the whole world, you are not mad.”

There is an awful lot at stake. Some of you super activists out there have been struggling with the litany of lies for quite some time. It is probably quite easy for you to see all of the mountains of lies very quickly without much thought. But there are many people who do find it quite difficult to believe that nearly everyone we used to trust are evil liars.

And unfortunately, that is exactly what we have to do to make any of this that is going on make any sense.

We can’t continue living the lies — we have to stop being in denial because of peer pressure and groupthink.

Over the weekend there was a gathering of war protestors that marched to the White House to demand peace in Ukraine and an end to US military funding for Kyiv.

The rally began at the Lincoln Memorial last Sunday, marking almost one year since the start of conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Presidents’ Day Weekend.

Meanwhile our President made a surprise visit to Ukraine.

Air raid sirens blared for dramatic effect during Joe Biden’s visit to Kiev to meet President Zelensky, despite there being no reports of missile strikes.

The contrast was also noted by Reuters, which reported, “Air raid sirens blared across the Ukrainian capital as Biden visited Kyiv, although there were no reports of Russian missile or air strikes.”

It was a poor and obvious amount of showboating as the crescendo of noise was seemingly deliberately engineered to make Biden’s photo shoot visit, during which he wore his trademark aviator sunglasses, look cool, calm and collected.

Observers noted how Biden and Zelensky walked around “Hollywood style” as the sirens piped up.

Great work for the cameras.

Meanwhile, here in the States, Ohio is still recovering from the toxicity of the train derailment — an many Americans are very curious as to why the President has ignored the state and opted for a Hollywood arrival in Ukraine.

The president has no plans to visit East Palestine in Ohio despite the unfolding disaster there impacting ordinary American citizens.

During his visit to Kiev, Biden pledged another $500 million in US military aid as American taxpayers continue to foot the bill to pay to prolong a war that has no end in sight.

Does this seem right to you? Don’t Americans find it odd that a state is suffering because of a Toxic spill and the priority to is to get a photo op in Ukraine?

Biden has said he went to Ukraine to “reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”

Things apparently are getting worse in Ohio.

Officials at first repeatedly claimed the air quality and drinking water did not pose threats but, finally, Governor Mike DeWine announced on Friday that a creek near East Palestine is still “severely contaminated.” He noted it will take time to remediate the situation. Meanwhile, the Biden administration announced it would deploy a team of toxicologists to the site.

Nadine Lucie Straile does not live in East Palestine but began to experience a horrible headache and burning of the skin after she ate dinner at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant near the site of the controlled release on February 7.

Her neighbors, who live some 20 miles from where the controlled burn took place, are also experiencing symptoms, possibly because the wind spread the toxic chemicals further into the region.

The smell in East Palestine as of this morning is terrible.

Videos are going viral of dead birds still clinging to power lines hanging upside down in a ghoulish apocalyptic scene.

I guess the anniversary of an enabled war takes precedence.  It is after all a world order that needs to be maintained with the risk of creating a crumbling infrastructure that puts Americans at risk.

That isn’t the way it is now. Things are absolutely rotten to the core. The entire system is messed up and everything and everyone that goes with it: politics at all levels, education at all levels, laws and rogue members of law enforcement medicine and medical education, economy and the world money system.

It is changing so rapidly that it becomes more and more difficult to keep up.

This is one very important reason why many of us think we have gone mad. Everything sort of just rolls along. People can do just that, do their jobs and take care of their families, and not a lot gets in their way. But is that really true? Can we really just roll along and not be affected by the rot our entire lives sit on? All this that goes on over our heads– some seem to be above it all — and seem to be apologists for what is happening.

I keep asking myself — how can people sleep knowing that they are defending incompetence because they are more concerned about their party affiliations than with the truth.

It is downright evil.. and people are okay with it, even though they are so sure that the apocalypse is the work of those other evil people — complacence is just as evil as enabling the war machine is enabling murder– the more we venture into the abyss to hunt down the monster du jour — the more we become monsters, and we are willing to starve and watch our way of life being reduced to that of a third world country.

It is coming to a time when we just can’t keep rolling along.

It is understood by all that at least two sides are required in a war scenario. One side must be waging war on another side. It is not required that the aggressed side fight back. To surrender to a warmaker, however, means coming under the subservience of the warmaker.

That is almost always anathema to a people since people cherish their freedom. Therefore, succumbing to a warmaker is likened to the indignity of living on one’s knees as opposed to the dignity of dying on one’s feet.

in the case of the war in Ukraine, the enemy was groomed into the zeitgeist at th expense of even calling an elected president a spy for Russia… there was no proof of course but it was said enough times for a many people to take it as truth.

This is how Hitler said the Big lie is created.

Moreover, speaking to Russian war making begs the question of whether Russia’s war in Ukraine was unprovoked or whether it was instead provoked by the US-NATO.

Declaring the truth — aggravates the left because they do not really know what led to the disruption of all things in eastern Europe and neo-con agents like Victoria Nuland said outright that they wanted the war and they are comfortable with provoking it because it shows Vladimir Putin’s true desires of taking over all of Europe.

Nuland said last week that the US is “supporting” Ukrainian attacks on Crimea and called Russian military installations on the peninsula “legitimate targets.”

Nuland made the comments when asked about a report from The New York Times that was published in January and said the Biden administration was “warming” to the idea of helping Ukraine attack Russia despite the risk of escalation.

Nuland also expressed support for the “demilitarization” of Crimea. “No matter what the Ukrainians decide about Crimea in terms of where they choose to fight, etcetera, Ukraine is not going to be safe unless Crimea is at a minimum — at a minimum — demilitarized,” she said.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova slammed Nuland’s comments, saying she was inciting an escalation of the war. “Now the American warmongers have gone even further: they are inciting the Kiev regime to further escalate, to bring the war to the territory of our country. Just like that, with direct strikes,” Zakharova said.

Nuland’s comments came a day after Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged that a Ukrainian attempt at retaking Crimea would be a “red line” for Russian President Vladimir Putin and would risk a major response from Moscow. US support for such operations would increase the risk of provoking Moscow and heighten the chances of a direct clash between NATO and Russia.

Putin has shown that he will significantly escalate the war over attacks on Crimea. Russia did not start large-scale missile strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure until after the truck bombing of the Kerch Bridge, which connects Crimea to the Russian mainland.

While Ukraine hasn’t been in a position where it can launch an offensive against Crimea, the Biden administration has made clear throughout the conflict that it wouldn’t discourage Kyiv from attacking the peninsula.

Russia has controlled Crimea since 2014, but neither the US nor Kyiv recognize the peninsula as Russian territory. The people of Crimea voted to join Russia following a US-backed coup in Kyiv, which Nuland played an instrumental role in, and polling since 2014 has shown that they are still happy with the change.

But of course, fact-checkers will tell you differently even though those who orchestrated the coup will proudly go on the record saying it was a good decisive move.

Worldwide peace is the goal of an enlightened, moral humanity. However, the roots of war-making must be identified as well as the major perpetrator of war-making. Lumping all countries that wage war together equally without regard for the circumstances that led to their warring is shallow analysis — and believing that downright evil liars lead to betrayal and more devastation– even the idea that the leaders after warming up to a limited nuclear exchange.

It must be understood that as long as there is a military superpower that, for its own selfish reasons, threatens other nations, forms strategic military alliances, and surrounds its designated enemies with bases and armaments that any aspiration for a world devoid of war will not be realized. The head must be chopped off the war-making kingpin.

But overall the people decide who was at fault but their decisions are based on well-placed propaganda.

However, it appears that the propaganda is wearing thin — and people in the United States are beginning to realize that they really don’t matter anymore — and the enabling of the war machine is far more vital to countries and leaders that are merchants of death.



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Written by Ron Patton


This post currently has 14 comments.

  1. Lastone207 🌲

    February 21, 2023 at 4:19 pm


  2. Jim Pancaro

    February 21, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    When I looked at the above picture, it made me think of that old game show The Joker’s Wild. Joker, joker, joker… and a triple. I’ll be listening.

  3. Pat

    February 21, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    Happy birthday, buddy. Don’t be to hard on joe. Stumbling and walking around. Serpentine. Serpentine. Zig-zag….. in battle zone. In fire-fight!

  4. John Weiner

    February 21, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    What it comes down to is that if Putin hadn’t invaded Ukraine, much of this mess, internationally speaking from the sanctions to the deaths in Ukraine, the increased food scarcity, would not be happening.

  5. Rusty

    February 21, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    The Trusted News Initiative, an organization formed in 2019 ( just before covid release ) consists of Reuters, the BBC, NYT, CNN, the Associated Press, and other mainstream news organizations— that’s why the news narrative sounds the same, all the time everywhere, just in different languages

  6. John Weiner

    February 21, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    This war in Ukraine could easily be ended, if only the man who started it, Vladimir Putin, and thus is responsible for all the harm and damage it is causing would only declare victory and withdrawal all his troops back to Russia.
    As for our infrastructure it has been deteriorating all around us for decades.
    As for Putin’s real motives for starting his war in Ukraine, I understand in his manifesto released on, July 21, 2021, he talked about reviving the old Russian or Soviet empire
    That Excorcist you had on the show several months ago stated that, ” the Ukrainian people are the most God-fearing people I, (he) had ever met.”
    Early last summer, (2022), when you talked about how Russia is supposed to be ,” a conservative Christian country,” I looked it up, and in addition to finding out that their prelate, Kirall, was going to turn 77, in. November, 2022, that there was wide spread opposition to his closeness with President Putin among the political types and diplomatic types, this article also stated that church attendance in the Russian Orthodox Church is less than six percent, which means that either Russia is not as conservative and or Christian as you think, or they oppose Putin and his policies, and or both.
    The reason that Nato has ,”expanded”, is because after the collapse of the SOVIET UNION, all their former CAPTIVE NATIONS, were so resentful of the abusive mistreatment of their former SOVIET CAPTORS, that they came begging to NATO to join, thus ,”falling to NATO like over ripe apples.
    Anna made this argument about how those provinces were taken from Russia at the end of the COLD WAR, but I found an historical map that said those stolen, illegally annexed provinces were actually ceded to Ukraine in 1922, and subsequently, Stalin moved Russian ethnics into those provinces for such political purposes.
    According to Mark Levin, although Communism is gone from Russia, they are still using the old KGB handbook for subversion, citing a former KGB agent named Uri Besmonov, who gave a series of lectures concerning this, maybe he even wrote a book. He died, supposedly of a massive heart attack at age 53, in 1994.

  7. John Weiner

    February 21, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    If Vladimir Putin hadn’t been using Cirmea to further attack Ukraine, after having wrongly, wrongfully invaded Ukraine to begin with, maybe,/probably the Ukrainians wouldn’t be,/have been attacking Crimea to begin with.
    I have heard, according to several sources, Uri Besmonov, probably one of those, via Mark Levin, too, probably, that the Soviets,/Russians, through the(ir) operatives, starting with the KGB, and now legacy, ie former members of the KGB, such as Putin’s former KGB buddies,/ cronies use the methods and tactics they learned while in the employ of the KGB to infiltrate ,”peace movements.” I understand it is widely and well known that the Soviets through the(ir) KGB did this with that ,” NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT,” movement in the early 1980s. You already seem to be a Putin Apologist, be careful not to become what the Lenin, Stalin crowd called ,” a useful idiot,” or a tool, or Putin Puppet at any and or all costs. Peace would be a wonderful thing, afterall it would give a great big poke in the eye to that biblical quote about ,”wars and rumors of wars until the end,” whatever a rumor of a war is.



    February 21, 2023 at 10:26 pm


  9. Brewster

    February 22, 2023 at 9:44 am

    There was war in heaven, and now the father of Lies, takes the strange God of forces, and Tower of Baal- bel styled, WEF, Skull & Bones of the Gaddite/ Gadarenes, Isaiah 65:2&3, then verses 11 to 16, invites us to Belshazzars Last Supper, Luke 23:30. Since John the Baptist in Matt.11:10-12 & Judas the son of Simon, the incestuous uncle of Mary Magdalene, the battle for the highest positions in Mark 10 & Acts 8, by Simon Maga Pater, the sorcerer excuse by Pilates example, the violence against truth tellers, Luke 3:14, not with standing…the coming of the Golgotha thief in Psalms 50 at the twilight zone Nebuchadnezzars 7 years of Insanity, is in our collective windshield!

  10. joe

    February 24, 2023 at 11:42 am

    NOBODY NO COUNTRIES WILL DEFEAT RUSSIA…ww3 slow burn. USA & Ukraine nato will lose..They can’t do squat. IRAN*North Korea +CHINA+ ETCETC will supply arms to Russkies

  11. Jimbo

    February 25, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    With all the Lib’s emphasis on must go electric, why hasn’t protecting our transmission grid become TOP priority?

    -Is it possible globalists’ minions actually want to selectively target US power failure, to weed out vulnerable population and accelerate shifting to a “distributed” solar-panel (EMP/CME vulnerable) only plan?

    Calling something a conspiracy theory doesn’t make it one. Proof is in the putting.

    Desert based “concentrated solar thermal” power (CSP) essentially begun here, is being given short schrift by US (central) planners, despite its double efficiency generation potential, hardness to EMP/CME, and integration capability with geothermal stations where both may coexist.

    Advanced CSP r&d and pilot projects have left our shores, except for limited consulting coadventures with “other” countries.

    [ Google: Morocco solar CSP for some recent decent back up on this ]

    Maybe if Putin were to rocket Ohio, they would get some support from the Biden regime?

  12. Jimbo

    February 28, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    Bill Gates bankrolling a CSP plant in the Mojave with exaggerated claims and partial gov’t funding. A pointless selling point, it’s controlled by (his) “AI”

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