First of all, I'd like to thank G.C. for spotting this story and passing it along, because I think it's probably much more significant than meets the eye. The gist of the story? Russia will give up its participation in the international space station after 2024:

Russia to quit International Space Station after 2024 Moscow has plans to begin building its own space facility, Roscosmos chief says

There's a couple of interesting clues in the article that make it ripe for our usual daily high octane speculation. The first clue is this:

Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) project with the West after 2024, the new head of the country’s space agency Roscosmos, Yury Borisov, said on Tuesday.

Moscow intends to fulfill all its obligations to foreign partners as part of the ISS project, but “the decision to withdraw from this station after 2024 has been made,” Borisov told President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the Kremlin. (Boldface emphasis added)

You might recall that the former head of Roscosmos, Dmitri Rogozin (whom we'll encounter again in a moment), recently retired (or was retired) from his post, a move that some interpreted as signaling a coming change in Russia's space policy. The question of why Russia would announce its withdrawal now raises questions, but the most obvious answer is that it has something to do with its war in the Ukraine, and with the "West's" response to it.

The second clue is this:

The previous head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, had predicted that the ISS, which NASA plans to operate until 2030, would “fall apart” by that time unless “huge amounts of money” are invested in its repair.

But efforts to keep the station in orbit are no longer effective for Russia due to the current geopolitical environment, he pointed out.
There you have it: in the second clue, the former chief of Roscosmos openly admits the policy change is due to the "current geopolitical environment", i.e., the Ukraine and the west's response. But I suspect that this "reason" is really a convenient excuse for something deeper, something hinted at by Rogozin's comment that the ISS is falling apart, and to maintain its normal function would require massive amounts of money.
I suspect that what Mr. Rogozin really meant was "Why should we spend lots of money to maintain the space pretentions of the U.S.A.?" This is the same Rogozin, after all, who after the USA had imposed "sanctions" on Russia for its Ukrainian invasion, said that America could ride its broomsticks into space.
And, effectively, he's right. America's space program is moribund. It's all talk, committees, meetings, and little to no action. We've watched NASA make bold plans and proclamations about going "back to the Moon and on to Mars" since the (mis)administration of King George "Poppy" Bush the First, through the years of the Clintonista junta, and on into the reigns of Bush the Stupid and O'Bummer until Mr. Trump gave us "another space force" and General Milley went woke and started lecturing military cadets about fighting little green men  (I blogged about that too). During that time, Japan, India, and China have all sent robotic probes to the Moon and beyond. China accomplished the feat of sending a probe to the far side of the Moon, India also accomplished the feat of more then 20 satellite launches in a week, Japan landed a probe on an asteroid, and the European Space Agency took some very interesting (and mightily peculiar) pictures of a bunch of asteroids and of the Martian Moon Phobos.  During that time, the United States suffered the space shuttle disasters, retired its shuttle, and replaced it with... nothing. Zip, nadda, zilch, nothingWe've had some successful probes, but nothing capturing the imagination like, say, the Chinese landing a probe on the far side of the Moon.
Nothing but blueprints and artists' reditions of big Dixie cups on rockets to scoop up asteroids and mine them (I kid you not) on the Moon (which  apparently we can't get back to) and dreams and some mock-ups of the next lunar capsules, and with hopes invested in Richard Branson and Elon Musk and "the private sector".
When it gets right down to it, it would appear that America is a "paper space power," long on chatter and short on the nuts and bolts. We're effectively still playing around with caravels and galleys while the rest have moved on to frigates and ships-of-the-line.
In short, we're falling way behind in the public face of space, and that might be an indicator that we're falling behind in the more secretive aspects as well. After all, when corruption reaches the point it has in the USSA, with a grifter in the White House due to massive election fraud, and who owes much of his personal wealth to deals made with the Communist Chinese and Ukrainians, and who thus could be viewed as a national security risk if not threat, then those dollars no longer buy very much. They would appear not even to buy loyalty any more.  And that means that they're probably not buying effective space and military weapons systems either.  They're buying blueprints, and artists' renditions, and meetings and press conferences outlining the latest "goals and objectives," and endless meetings with bureaucrats, who are planning the next press conference and meetings...
Pretty soon they'll name a dance after it, and call it the NASA shuffle...
See you on the flip side...

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".

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  1. marcos toledo on August 3, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Let’s face it NASA has been a dog and pony show from the beginning all it set up is to beat the Soviets to the Moon. After the CSA put a few flags on the Moon it left never to return and turn the whole world into a shooting gallery reign death and destruction as the late Stanton Friedman said the CSA went back to what it loves best waging tribal war.

  2. RBG Santa Monica on August 3, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Poor NASA. One of their most expensive projects, the James Webb Telescope, was allegedly struck by a micro meteorite not long after becoming operational. Very bad luck?

  3. bluenose on August 3, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Has the Knotzy International been steering NASA in the wrong direction all these years while skimming $$ for their own projects in South America? Sounds like selling ice cubes to Eskimos. Nudge nudge wink wink.

  4. Old_Giza on August 3, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    I think that the so-called UAPs in the Tic Tac videos are MIC tech. I believe it was Commander David Fravor that said these craft could descend from around 80,000 feet and stop a couple of feet above sea level in around one or two seconds. This puts the speed of these objects at around 50,000 mph (although don’t quote me, I’m not a math surgeon). These objects have also been observed to enter the ocean at speed and then re-emerge, apparently unscathed.

    I also believe it was Fravor who said that the captain of his carrier looked at the radar data, said nothing and apparently turned around and left the room. If true, then the NASA space program was likely a multi-billion dollar cover that they seem to no longer care to promulgate. Even the Russians apparently said ‘we can shoot down your ufos.’

  5. KSW on August 3, 2022 at 10:11 am

    I’ve seen organizations in similar states of dysfunction — sounds like NASA has a deeply ingrained motivational problem that is extremely complex given the nature of it’s business and the government that it serves. There are classic reasons for poor motivation and performance: 1) They don’t really care enough, 2) They have a confidence issue about their ability to complete the project/task at hand, 3) There are negative emotions associated with the organization-project-task, and/or 3) They can’t accurately identify the reason for their struggles or they attribute their struggles to reasons beyond their control. In this event, they plan, meet, reorganize, plan and meet again but they don’t get the job done. If organizations are fortunate, they realize this and bring in someone who can help them sort it out … but, we’re talking about NASA and their larger concerns will take a far greater level of reorganization of the USSA and they don’t have the luxury of selling, like a corporation has (or do they?), or simply closing the doors. NASA will continue to be a losing proposition until something major changes in the larger picture. If the USSA can’t keep it’s word — it’s agreements with anyone here on Earth, then why would anyone trust them to go into space and keep their word there? If space were more of a human issue than a political or military issue, then all countries would be working together to get there and succeed on behalf of humanity — oh, but wait humanity is not valued and that could be one of the underlying factors for lack of motivation by the humans who work at NASA and who must achieve and succeed for our feckless leaders.

  6. ExternalObserver on August 3, 2022 at 10:02 am

    “Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) project with the West after 2024”
    Is that how long it will take to drain the swimming pool?

  7. TommiH on August 3, 2022 at 8:12 am

    The era of cooperation with the West is over, there will be no return to the situation before February 24 in relations with the US and Europe – Russian Foreign Ministry

  8. Tom on August 3, 2022 at 7:30 am

    That should be fun when it’s eventually abandoned and allowed to fall out of the sky.

  9. The Elephant Underground on August 3, 2022 at 6:49 am

    FYI Silicon Valley has just printed it’s first 3D rocket…… for NASA….and is starting on a bigger one….. Space X?

  10. Richard on August 3, 2022 at 1:51 am

    No doubt those are the official lines allowed to be said. With private enterprises upping the ante of who’s who in orbit, on the Moon, on Mars, and a few other unmentionables to date, an aging space station in need of serious upgrades & repairs seems an unwarranted money sink. Better to recycle, reuse, reduce it, or even remove it from a troublesome orbital positions and collisions. Enough “space junk” up there anyway.

    It would seem ALL players in space have their sights on other goals. The International Space Station’s (ISS) current orbital round-a-bout is likely prime orbital near orbit real-estate. Besides, the secretive chatter that tantalizes conspiracy talk about spaceships named after noted leaders of military, three letter agency associates, and others of note that have made the fringe of fringe presses as well as presume to be ships of the space faring interstellar line need to replace their hype and be given their limelight. Be made public instead of relegated to shushed fringe talk.

  11. GM Hillbilly on August 3, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Perhaps they don’t see America as a player in 2024; The globalists and parasite space contractors seem to be setting us up to be broken up and parceled off.

  12. Robert Barricklow on August 3, 2022 at 12:15 am

    I’ve read about this in several forms and fronts.
    Basically, here on Earth; there are “systems reaching out into space.
    By systems; I’m referring to financial capitalism[read privatize public infrastructure],
    and industrial capitalism[read build out public infrastructure/utilities]

    So one system wants to privatize space.
    The other wants to build out into space.

    However, where are the Nazi International in this “space”?
    Because, they certainly have the technologies to do space.
    Whereas, the U.S. appears to have been dependent on their science?
    Was that carried on from “Paper Clip”?
    Was, there been a merging; or separation of Nazi space technology development?
    One side[USSA], became upside down, in the red; running on empty;
    while the other’s[Nazi International], is in the black; in space, as we speak?

    The parasite, financial capitalism,
    has eaten up the host[USSA] and there’s no space left.

    The BRICS that want to expand into space and beyond,
    Watch out for International Bankster parasite,
    that’s relentlessly consuming what’s left of the West
    and looking East to find a new host$.

    And what’s their dog, Israel doing?
    Sniffing out new host$ as well?

    Space is the new frontier.
    But there’s lots of carry on baggage from Earth,
    that frankly needs to be decontaminated.
    Space doesn’t need international parasites
    feeding on it, from here to eternity.

    Has the Cosmic War’s quarantine,
    kept that hell on Earth?

    AS Picard would say,
    Make it so.

  13. FiatLux on August 2, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    My high-octane speculation: While the U.S. government hasn’t done much in space, I’ll bet there are covert players who have siphoned off a few trillion from the U.S. budget over the years and who have space technology comparable to that of Russia et al. That seems to be the U.S. government’s economic model: take the taxpayers’ money and gift most of it to the black budget guys and a handful of government contractors. It’s the latter who probably have America’s space tech (the assets), while the taxpaying chumps and the government end up with nothing but debt (the liabilities). It’s a devilishly clever scam, but it can’t last forever; in fact, it looks like its time is almost up.

    • Robert Barricklow on August 3, 2022 at 12:17 am

      Certainly looks that way.

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