Here is a film which every person on Earth needs to watch at this time.
It reinforces the conclusions of my previous article: that NATO’s actions (constant eastward expansion towards Russia in the absence of the threats it was ostensibly set up to defend against [the USSR and Warsaw Pact countries]) have been a provocative, aggressive (albeit slow-motion) attack.
Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine are a line in the sand.
Russia has been very patient for 30 years.
Vladimir Putin is the bravest and most wise leader in the world.
He knew that this was the last point at which to fight.
This was the last point at which Russia could push back against those warmongers cloaked in mutual-defense bullshit (NATO) without the result being a guaranteed nuclear war.
It was a risky move on Putin’s part.
But to do nothing would have been even riskier (in the long run).
I am an American citizen.
I love my country.
I love the military of my country.
I love the soldiers of my country.
But I ZERO faith the the military leadership of my country.
General Lloyd Austin, our current “civilian” Secretary of Defense, has facilitated the pushing of killer vaccines on our troops.
As of 1-2 weeks ago, there had been approximately 12,000 reports of death associated with the three COVID-19 vaccines in the USA (according to the CDC).
Open VAERS (a far more reliable source) had counted approximately 23,000 reports of death in the HHS VAERS system (the same system from which the CDC got its data that it then proceeded to apparently “cook”).
You can say correlation does not necessarily equal causation.
And that is true.
But go to Open VAERS.
Look at the number of heart attacks associated with the three COVID vaccines available in the USA.
Look at the number of miscarriages.
And, particularly, look at the incidence of myocarditis.
And then avail yourself of the statistical breakdown by vaccine.
The most deadly is the Pfizer vaccine (by number of deaths).
The second-most deadly is the Moderna vaccine.
And the least-deadly of the three (still with VERY BAD numbers) is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Which one of these vaccines has been the most retroactively regulated?
The JnJ vaccine.
It has taken the fall.
It has been (after the fact) thrown under the bus as the ONE vaccine which is not completely safe.
But the truth is this: none of the three vaccines are safe.
And none of them have been effective.
And Lloyd Austin has made our troops take these vaccines.
The U.S. Army developed its own vaccine.
Is it ready yet?
Is it in use?
Which vaccine(s) was/were our troops required to get?
Could it have been any one of the the three vaccines also available to American civilians?
General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did nothing to protect our troops from the policy pushed by Secretary Austin.
General Milley also called China behind President Trump’s back and assured them that he would give them a “heads up” if Trump was going to attack them.
That is treason.
Yet Milley still enjoys the same position he enjoyed under Trump.
And some of us also remember Milley impugning those of us who doubted the 2020 election results as being people motivated by “white rage”.
Chief Naval Officer Admiral Michael Gilday recommended that every U.S. Navy sailor read a book by Ibram X. Kendi.
This was inappropriate.
Apparently Admiral Gilday shares General Milley’s assessment that America is imminently-plagued by racism.
Look up Ibram X. Kendi.
Find the book which Gilday recommended.
And then look up a person named Bishop Garrison.
Garrison was (last I checked) something of an anti-“extremism” czar for the U.S. military.
Do you support Trump?
You are extreme.
Do you wear a red hat that says “Make America Great Again”?
You are extreme.
Do you support Black Lives Matter?
You are not extreme.
Do you support Antifa?
You are not extreme.
This is the narrative which can be cobbled together from the actions of Austin, Milley, Gilday, and Garrison.
Why do I lump Austin into this equation?
Because he saw fit to order an operational stand-down for the entire U.S. military one year ago to address “extremism” within the ranks.
The timing and message were clear.
Those who doubted the accuracy of the 2020 elections were extremists.
Those who came to Washington, D.C. a few months prior (on Jan. 6) to let their voices be heard were extremists.
This is why Joe Biden’s Secretary of Defense took this unprecedented move of an “operational stand-down”.
Were the George Floyd rioters (made up of both BLM and Antifa) of summer 2020 extemists?
I never heard Mark Milley utter the phrase “black rage”.
Milley is white.
Gilday is white.
I never heard Lloyd Austin (who is black) utter the phrase “black rage”.
I never heard Bishop Garrison (who is black) utter the “black rage”.
There was only accommodation of the summer 2020 protestors.
Their rage was to be CODDLED and UNDERSTOOD.
The entire rest of the U.S. military (which is, most of the military) needed to read Ibram X. Kendi so they could be more sensitive and compassionate about the “black rage” of their fellow soldiers.
And not once was it called “black rage” by any leader of the U.S. military.
So our military is being run by fucking retards.
Which is why I respect and support Putin.
Is Putin my President?
Is Russia my country?
But I do not support Joe Biden.
I do not think our elections in 2020 were free and fair.
But I am not a violent protestor.
I am exercising my right to civil disobedience.
Vladimir Putin is a man of action.
I have my doubts as to whether Austin, Milley, Gilday, and Garrison are even men (much less, men of action).
So these are the geniuses we send off to confer with NATO (an aggressive, provocative organization which the United States should leave immediately).
So I say, “Stand With Russia”.
Every news outlet on the planet is making Zelensky out to be a hero.
And the same outlets are making Putin out to be a villain.
I don’t trust these outlets.
They have lied about COVID for two years (and about 9/11 for 20 years).
They have lied about everything.
They set an agenda.
They are constantly agenda-setting.
This is a real phenomenon explained by agenda-setting theory.
So if the media that I thoroughly distrust is brainwashing my neighbors into worshipping Zelensky and “standing” with Ukraine, then I am going to exercise my right to worship Putin and “stand” with Russia.
So I also say, “Stand With Putin”.
Come and get me.
I am sick of your bullshit, AP…Reuters…UPI…McClatchy…DPA…AFP.
I understand choke points.
I understand oil choke points.
And I understand information choke points.
You don’t have to physically control each little news station.
You just control all the upstream news sources.
The wire services.
Where the news gets its news.
And I am sick of it.
But don’t misunderstand me.
I am also sick of Donald Trump.
He was a great President for four years.
Then he started shilling for Pfizer.
“I got the Pfizer”.
He had to let us know which brand.
And then he pushed boosters.
Right after a crowd in Dallas gathered to hear him speak had sung the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art”.
So he is, at this point, no better than Governor Hochul.
There should be no proselytizing for vaccines in churches or any other religious setting.
If we’re not allowed to preach about politics in church nor endorse candidates (without losing our tax-exempt status), then you’re not allowed to come into our churches and preach about vaccines.
But Trump didn’t stop there.
He gave a moronic, lying (?), whopper of an interview to Candace Owens (whom I love) where he said something to the effect that “people who are taking the COVID vaccines aren’t dying”.
No, I’m sorry Mr. Former-President: yes they are dying.
Some of them, in fact, are dying from the vaccines themselves.
But some of them are dying from COVID even though they are vaccinated.
But that is beside the point.
Trump, as a recent President (who oversaw the commercial rollout of these three vaccines), should be expected to know his shit.
He should be expected to know that 12,000 reports of death had been submitted to HHS VAERS (according to the CDC).
And he should also be expected to know that the CDC is cutting the “reports of death” number in half for some odd reason (which is easily provable by going to the Open VAERS website and finding that there were 23,000 reports of death as of 1-2 weeks ago).
He should know the number of heart attacks.
At least 10,000.
And the number of miscarriages (3-4,000).
And the number of myocarditis cases (30,000).
And he should know that VAERS is a passive surveillance system which has historically caught less than 1% of the actual number of vaccine adverse events and reactions.
This is easily provable by visiting a third website.
The under-reporting of Kawasaki disease makes this an ironclad case.
So Donald Trump should know that his “vaccines that aren’t killing people” are responsible for between 120,000-230,000 deaths so far.
VAERS is a canary in a coal mine.
It can and should be extrapolated by ten-fold multiplication.
But, generally speaking, I am only expecting “uber-genius” Donald Trump to have visited two fucking websites: that of the CDC and that of Open VAERS.
He either hasn’t done that (because he is busy reading the bullshit in the Wall Street Journal), or he is lying his ass off.
Let me be unequivocal: Trump is just as responsible as anyone for ramming through the approval of these neither-safe-nor-effective vaccines.
If we are talking about hundreds of thousands of deaths due to these vaccines, then we are talking about crimes against humanity.
And he has pissed away any chance of using the “I was tricked” defense by unremittingly PROMOTING these vaccines when he should have known that they were unsafe.
What does this have to do with Ukraine?
Putin saw a problem.
They asked for help.
And he helped.
And so I am asking the U.S. military for help.
Both active military and retired.
General Charles Q. Brown.
WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU?
Joe Biden is gonna get us all killed.
And the first to be killed will be U.S. troops sent into another totally-absurd war that does not need to be fought.
And he is gonna destroy the USA.
Austin, Milley, Gilday, and Garrison (to name but four) are DESTROYING the U.S. military.
If you can’t see that, then I can’t help you.
Readiness and lethality.
Reading Ibram X. Kendi does not enhance readiness or morale.
Forcing killer vaccines on our troops (some of whom have left the service over this issue) does not enhance readiness, nor lethality.
We don’t need to hear General Milley’s thoughts on “white rage”.
That kind of performance put him on par with John Brennan and Michael Hayden.
It is embarrassing.
It is like having a middle schooler for the CJCS.
But readiness and lethality are TOTALLY DESTROYED when a CJCS can call our greatest adversary (China) and promise them that he will give them a “heads up” should the sitting President choose to attack them.
Lohmeier got kicked out for a podcast.
Shame on you, Raymond.
Scheller got kicked out for demanding accountability.
Shame on you, Berger.
The U.S. military is a joke.
I have NO RESPECT for the current leadership of the U.S. military.
But I have IMMENSE RESPECT for Vladimir Putin.
That is my right as an American citizen.
I can critique my government.
I can point out the obvious: that our military leaders are doing a shitty job.
And I can have an opinion: that the Commander-in-Chief of Russia is doing an EXCELLENT job.
For his people.
Putin is looking out for and protecting Russians.
Biden is looking out for and protecting Hunter Biden and his own corrupt dealings in China and elsewhere.
And Austin, Milley, Gilday, and Garrison are going about systematically DESTROYING the defenses (our greatest asset…our soldiers!) of the United States of America.
Lloyd Austin should be capable of visiting the CDC and Open VAERS websites.
Mark Milley should be capable of visiting the CDC and Open VAERS websites.
If Michael Gilday wants to be a gender studies professor, maybe it’s time for him to change careers.
And we don’t need a Malcolm X (Bishop Garrison) micromanaging the thoughts and opinions of our service members.
If you’re gonna call MAGA-hat wearing, American-flag-waving Trump supporters extremists for protesting on Jan. 6 what they felt to be a rigged election, then you gotta call BLM and Antifa extremists as well.
Are you telling me there are no BLM, nor Antifa supporters in the U.S. miltary?
Are you telling me that there is an overrepresentation of MAGA-hat-wearing, American-flag-waving conservatives in the U.S. military?
Seeing as how we have a volunteer military, then maybe shaming these Trump-supporting, patriotic service members is not really the best strategy to boost morale and encourage cohesion.
“John Brennan on Thursday recalled being asked a standard question for a top security clearance at his early CIA lie detector test: Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the US?”
Just yesterday I was surprised to run across several articles on the pizzagate scandal.
They jarred me a bit.
Brought me back to that fever pitch of intensity from our election.
That intensity from which I had had to step away.
But there these articles were.
I couldn’t resist.
And they affected me.
And so I made a conscious choice to write about J. Edgar Hoover last night.
[more or less]
But today was a different kind of weirdness.
Today, absolutely no mention of pizzagate on my favorite news site.
And conversely, Google (which is censoring pizzagate research by way of its YouTube platform) is showing strictly fake news as part of its masterly algorithmic results.
If you Google “pizzagate”, you will get these fake news sources:
-The Washington Post (Jeff Bezos’ little pet paper…for when Amazon.com bores him)
–The New York Times
–The New Yorker
plus sycophants like Snopes, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Slate, and too many other media losers to succinctly list.
So let me reframe:
as the alternative media went silent today on this topic, the mainstream media (which had been shirking its duty of journalism) went into hyperdrive to cover pizzagate in a very narrow, deceptive manner.
And I can’t lie:
this made me very angry.
But I would like to share a name with you.
It is the name of someone doing truly priceless research on pizzagate.
His name is David Seaman.
And YouTube is where to find him.
So why, then, The Doors?
Because “When the Music’s Over”…
Robby Krieger’s dive bomb guitar.
John Densmore gunshot snare drumming leading out of the pauses.
And Jim Morrison’s screeching howls of ecstatic catharsis on the downbeat.
Truly changed my life.
Just like my first rock concert (The Black Crowes).
It’s not a perfect film, but it teaches us some important lessons.
The right (politically) must understand art.
All of the arts.
The power of art.
And we must know poetry.
We must cogitate from a place of knowledge as we see Oliver Stone’s camera pan over Rimbaud, Artaud, and McLuhan.
And at some point we must make a faltering effort to pronounce Artaud.
We must get into the arena.
Open our ears.
The first time we heard Godard’s name…pronounced relatively correct…out of Ray Manzarek’s mouth.
And we must revisit.
Damn! Is that Dale Cooper?!? And that “d” on the end is not really necessary.
Years and years…of stars and bars…and miles of aisles.
I haven’t had the energy to be angry.
Must be getting better.
It comes and goes.
But we must value anger.
Visceral disgust with our fellow humans who would harm children.
And sober vigilance and sense of duty to see that no child’s life nor future is swept into a crack.
The current psy op in progress is one to try and wrap up (with a bow) the entire pizzagate conspiracy into one deniable package: Comet Ping Pong.
One astute researcher has even mentioned the possibility that the central casting which provided us with the Sandy Hook hoax might have supplied the useful idiot who supposedly stormed the aforementioned establishment.
The psy op is to wrap up the package. To denigrate “fake news”.
To cordon off the “scene” in service to damage control.
But YouTube’s actions taken against David Seaman just make us want to know the truth that much more.
And so there you have it.
Adam Schiff needs a brain transplant.
And Tucker Carlson deserves a raise.
But people like David Seaman are the real rebels here.
Like Jim Morrison, they understand their medium (McLuhan) and they channel their anger through highly-sophisticated, articulate journalism.
To paraphrase my hero Alex Jones, I don’t think the mainstream media and the Clinton camp (the Podesta brothers) really want to get into “the briar patch” of trading punches with the alternative media.
Alex Jones and Matt Drudge are about to squash any dilettantes at the major networks.
And up-and-comers like David Seaman will also be firing truth torpedoes to sink the already-listing ghost ship known as the MSM.
Something draws me to Eastern Europe. I blame Romania. Thank you Romania! Yes, there was something about the ambiance which director Cristian Mungiu conjured up in 2007’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile) which has stayed with me for a long time.
Really, it’s a rather mundane part. Near the top of the film. The goddess Anamaria Marinca traipses down the hall to find some soap…and cigarettes. The scene is a college dormitory in communist Romania (pre-December 1989). Girls in one room chat about beauty products. There seems to be a good bit of bartering going on. Marinca is mainly uninterested. Looking for a certain kind of soap (if I remember correctly). On the way back to her room she stops off at the room of a foreign student (non-Romanian) who sells cigarettes and gum and stuff. The whole film she is searching for Kent cigarettes (a few mentions of this brand). Not surprisingly, there are no Kents to be had in the dorm. She settles for something else. Perhaps. I don’t know.
She stops and admires some kittens which someone has taken in.
It is astonishingly real. On par with Roberto Rossellini.
Indeed, it might be said that all New Waves (from the nouvelle vague to the Romanian New Wave) have their birth in the neorealist films of Rossellini.
But Mungiu added a new wrinkle.
Marinca. [The goddess of whom I spoke.]
Marinca is unglamorous. No one is glamorous in 4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile. We get the impression that it is the waning days of Ceaușescu’s reign.
Times are tough. The policies of the state haven’t worked out so well. It bears some resemblance to a prison. Material items take the place of money (reminiscent of cigarettes as currency in jails).
What I have yet to define in this article is “goddess”. What do I mean by that?
Well, I’m glad you asked! Marinca (particularly in this film) is a goddess to me because she represents the opposite of the typical American woman in the year 2015. Her beauty is her soul. Her beauty is her loyalty to her roommate and friend Găbița. Her beauty is her dedication to acting. She is completely immersed in her unglamorous role…and it is eye-watering.
I have mentioned a similar impression (which further solidified my admiration for Romanian films) I got from watching Dorotheea Petre in The Way I Spent the End of the World (Cum mi-am petrecut sfârşitul lumii). This masterpiece by director Cătălin Mitulescu preceded Mungiu’s Palme d’Or-winning film by about a year (2006). I was again struck by another goddess of film (Petre) who, with the help of her auteur, created a character also in direct opposition to the meretricious, vacuous ideal of American womanhood in the 21st century.
And so it is that we finally come to the film under consideration: Душан Макавејев‘s Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator. Dušan Makavejev is Serbian. Out of deference to his country I have listed his name in Cyrillic script. Likewise, the title of the film (at the top) is in Serbo-Croatian. It is a grey area about which I am not completely informed. Suffice it to say that Croatia seems to generally use Roman letters (as opposed to the Serbian usage of Cyrillic). It is a bit like the distinction (and writing differences) between Urdu and Hindi [which I have heard described as essentially the same language, but with two different writing systems].
I prefaced this article on Ljubavni slučaj ili tragedija službenice P.T.T. with my own backstory concerning Eastern European cinema because it is relevant to my approach going forward.
Before coming to this, my first Yugoslav (1967) film, I opened up the can of worms which is Czech cinema by reviewing Closely Watched Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky). Jiří Menzel’s sexually-charged film poem from the previous year (1966) was a major revelation for me. And so it is that Dušan Makavejev’s bittersweet confection shares more than just a communist framing with Menzel’s aforementioned erotic portrait.
Yes, Ljubavni slučaj ili tragedija službenice P.T.T. is about our old film-school standbys: sex and death. I can never combine those two words (in the context of film) without remembering the ridiculously funny scene of Jim Morrison at UCLA screening his student film in Oliver Stone’s The Doors (1991).
The fictional Morrison, then, would be trying to hop on a nonfictional bandwagon represented by the likes of Menzel and Makavejev. Morrison’s time at UCLA (1964-1965) not only coincided with the staggered births of “new waves” around the world (particularly in Europe), but also occurred while Morrison’s father (US Navy Rear Admiral [RADM] George Stephen Morrison) was the commanding officer of a carrier division involved in the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
Jim Morrison lived fast. Entered UCLA in 1964. Graduated with an undergraduate degree in film in 1965. Was dead by 1971. But those years in between… It’s no wonder Jim had an Oedipal complex (evident in the song “The End” [1966/1967]) when considering his father was involved in false-flagging the U.S. into a suicidal war against communism. What a disgrace…
No, the real hero in the family was not RADM Morrison, but rather Jim. He turned on the dream-switches of so many kids. To put it quite bluntly, he was part of the counterculture in America which caused kids to start giving a fuck about the world and politics and geopolitics and confirmed charades (frauds, shams, etc.) like the Gulf of Tonkin “incident”. Such a sanitary and slippery word: incident.
It fits perfectly, in that there was no incident.
But while Morrison the Younger had gone off into Brechtian pop-rock, Serbian director Makavejev was busy making Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator. It is equally stunning, for its medium, as “The End”.
Sex needs beauty. A really luscious film like this needed Ева Рас (Eva Ras). She is a bit like Jitka Zelenohorská’s character in Closely Watched Trains…mischievous, bewitching… But there is one great difference between Ras and Zelenohorska: Ras is a blond.
Though our film is in black and white, it is clear that Ras’ silky hair is rather fair (a detail which would not have escaped Hitchcock). It must be said, however, that Makavejev did not give in to the easy femme fatale portrayal when it came to filming Ras. Izabela (Ras) is a complex individual. The film tells us that she is Hungarian. She is different…other. She needs sex. She is passionate.
All the same, her portrayal by Ras is poetic and tender. Really, what we are seeing here is a tentative feminism expressed by Makavejev which would become a thundering symphony of women’s liberation in Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.
And it is good. It is good for men to see these types of films. We men idolize and reify women in the West, but we don’t often enough stop to really observe the trials of womankind.
In the best spirit of socialism, this film has something for everyone…men, women…ok, maybe not children.
Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator is really an intense film. If you have seen (and made it through) Stan Brakhage’s The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes (a film I, incidentally, once made the mistake of showing at a party), then you’ll be alright. For those faint of heart (I generally fall into that category), there are a couple of rough moments in this film (in the context of criminology).
In all, I am very proud and happy to have seen my first Serbian movie. As a resident of San Antonio (and fan of the San Antonio Spurs), I feel it gives me a better glimpse into the life of one of my favorite basketball players Бобан Марјановић (Boban Marjanović). I highly recommend this film…and Go Spurs Go 🙂