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Another one bites the concrete

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De dunt, dunt, dunt,…. de da da dunt….

If you’ve never seen it, the movie, The Hunt For Red October is excellent, one of the few adaptations of a best selling book that is as good as the original material (accepting the usual limitations and short cuts of Hollywood).

Towards the end of the movie, with all the action done, there’s a funny scene where the Soviet Ambassador – having been part of the original bullshit story about Red October being a threat to the USA in order to get the Yanks to help sink it – has to admit to the US Secretary of Defence another terrible truth, to which the Secretary has only one answer:

And so we come to another edition of my original post..The Mystery of The Dead Russian Oligarchs.

Ex-Putin Ally Plunges to His Death ‘From a Great Height’ at Moscow Aviation Institute:

An aviation expert has become the latest Russian official to fall to his death in mysterious circumstances.

Anatoly Gerashchenko, the former head of Moscow’s Aviation Institute (MAI), died in a mysterious fall inside the institute’s headquarters in the Russian capital on Tuesday.

The organization’s press office released a statement describing the 73-year-old’s death as “the result of an accident,” adding that his untimely demise was a “a colossal loss for the MAI and the scientific and pedagogical community.”

Russian news outlet Izvestia, citing an unnamed source, reported that Gerashchenko “fell from a great height” and careened down several flights of stairs. He was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.

AYFKM?

Seriously. Can’t we go back to Polonium-210 poisoning? It’s so much more elegant in terms of “You know who did this – and you can’t prove it”

Ok, this is not jumping out of a window but still….

Funnily enough the Soviet Ambassador in that clip is named Andrei.

Hey, I think the lyrics can be easily re-worked.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 22, 2022 at 7:07 pm

Man clubbed to death – live on CNN

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This is what happens when you’re a cretin and a TV anchor (but I repeat myself) with all the Lefty soundbites needed for TV, but a birdbath deep knowledge of history – and you come up against someone at least as verbally slick as yourself – but smarter and more informed.

She was brilliant in agreeing with his premise and then turning the tables on him. The look on his moronic face and his silence when she finishes talking is just priceless. You can almost see the gears turning upstairs and – he has nothing so ends the segment.

Lemon was recently demoted to some CNN morning show and was on tenterhooks about getting fired like Stelter, John Harwood and others. This won’t help his employment prospects, let alone promotion back to prime time.

For future reference in case that Twitter link gets killed, here’s what she said:

“Well, I think you’re right about reparations in terms of, if people want it though what they need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain.

Where was the beginning of the supply chain? That was in Africa, and when it crossed the entire world, when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery? The first nation in the world to abolish it, it was started by William Wilberforce, was the British. In Great Britain, they abolished slavery.

Two thousand naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their own people, they had them on cages waiting in the beaches. No one was running into Africa to get them.

And I think you’re totally right. If reparations need to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘Who was rounding up their own people and having them handcuffed in cages?’ Absolutely. That’s where they should start. And maybe, I don’t know, the descendants of those families where they died in the high seas trying to stop the slavery, that those families should receive something too, I think, at the same time.”

Before you get too excited about the words of one Englishwoman who’s not going to accept such debate framing, you need to take a look at these other members of England:

Written by Tom Hunter

September 21, 2022 at 1:55 pm

Orrsomely Shite

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I knew Adrian Orr slightly at Waikato University where he had a reputation for loving the Chunder Mile and doing funny, crazy things like ploughing an old motorbike into one of the varsity duck ponds during some midnight drunken madness. He was an outsized character.

I had no idea what degree he’d done so was a bit surprised when he turned up running the NZ Super Fund (Cullen Fund) and even more surprised when he got appointed to be the Governor of the Reserve Bank given his lack of qualifications for either job, especially compared to previous Reserve Bank Governors.

He’s been a disaster, although that’s been aided by a spendthrift Labour government. But aside from inflation getting away on him, there’s also the news that he’s now the $9 billion dollar man – $9 billion in losses that is. Michael Reddell at Croaking Cassandra has the story:

August was not a good month for the government bond market: yields rose further and the market value of anyone’s bond holdings fell. And thus the Reserve Bank’s claim on the government, under the indemnity the Minister of Finance provided them in respect of the LSAP programme, mounted.

Presumably all the numbers will eventually turn up in the Crown accounts, but for now it seems safe to assume that Orr and his colleagues (facilitated by the Minister of Finance) have cost taxpayers around $9.5 billion dollars – getting on for 2.5% of New Zealand’s annual GDP (or about 7 per cent of this year’s government spending).

Basically what happened was that back in early 2020 there were the usual worries about liquidity in the economy because of all the businesses being shut down by the government with their lockdown policy. It’s what happens in a typical recession and what happened big time during the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) of 2008-2009 – except those situations happened because of internal changes in the private sector, even if government policy has a hand in them (which it especially did in leading up to the GFC).

Global government bond markets were in a mess in April 2020 – a reflection of primarily US-sourced extreme illiquidity and the flight to cash (at the time stock markets were falling very sharply too). The interest rates on Government bonds were rising (even as policy rates had been cut). There were worries that private banks and investors would not be able to or would be unwilling to buy these bonds.

So the Reserve Bank decided that even more pump-priming of the economy was needed and to that effect they created the LSAP programme (Large Scale Asset Purchase) in March 2020. They would buy up to $30 billion of government bonds – and their bet was that inflation (and hence interest rates) would stay low, just as they had after the GFC, despite massive amounts of credit creation by central banks back then (the infamous Quantitative Easing (QE) approach). In fact the US Federal Reserve back in 2011 even called one of their efforts the same name, although QE is the better known name and it purchased a lot more than just government bonds.

In the late 2010’s central banks began to offload those bonds from their books, selling them back into the market and they didn’t lose money because inflation and interest rates remained as low as when the bonds had been issued. Private banks were happy to buy them as a good investment.

But not this time. As inflation and interest rates have risen so have bond yields (because otherwise they don’t sell), and so those old bonds with their low yields don’t look so hot as an investment and thus have to be sold at a discount or not at all. This sort of thing happens in bond markets all the time and old bond holders lose when it does.

Central banks should be (modest) profit centres for the Crown. Between their positions as monopoly issuers of zero-interest notes and coins and as residual liquidity supplier to the financial system there is never a good excuse for a central bank to lose money, and certainly not on the scale we’ve seen here (and in other countries) in the last couple of years – punting massively on an implicit view that bond yields would never go up much or for long (as they hadn’t much in the previous decade when other central banks were engaging in QE).

If you’re wondering why this matters this time it’s because there was an indemnity clause put into the LSAP that would allow the RB to call on the government to replace its losses. The RB has to pay much higher interest payments to the private sector on the vastly increased settlement cash liability relative to the yields on the bonds. It amounts to about $1800 per person in NZ – and that’s money that won’t be spent on things like education and healthcare.

And as Riddell points out there was never much upside to the programme in the first place – although Orr is now trying to argue that there was, but as has become usual with the RB, has no quantifiable argument to back up that assertion:

As it is, the 10 page note does not even provide a serious attempt at a rigorous framework for evaluating costs, benefits, and risks – there is more handwaving, and attempts to blur any analysis, than serious reasoning.

Did the RB really think NZ yields would stay at 4% or more while US, UK, Europe. Canada, and Australia all fell to 0.50% or under? The LSAP really was not needed – and Orr may well be re-appointed in the next few months.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 16, 2022 at 5:11 pm

Never Mind: reprogramming the puppet

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Well that was fun – while it lasted.

It looks like slightly saner minds in the Biden Administration have decided that it wasn’t just the optics of Biden’s Reichstag speech at the Hall of Independence that were bad but the basic thrust of the speech…

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.
– Joe Biden, 2 September 2022

…. so now they’re trying to walk things back.

“C’mon, look guys, I don’t consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country.”
– Joe Biden, 3 September 2022

To be fair, Biden likely does not even remember what he said in that speech. It was written for him and everything else was set up by his handlers.

In his dementia Biden really is like those video game characters known as NPC’s (Non Playing Characters), that can be re-programmed to repeat different stuff for different scenarios.

But they’ll be back with the same stuff. They always are.

Whistleblowers and Consequences

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As I’ve watched the FBI descend to the level of an American Stasi over the last few years I’ve despaired that there would be any real punishment for these assholes.

After all, FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, who falsified the CIA email by reversing its attestation that Trump aide Carter Page had been working with them against the Russians, suffered … nothing:

After Durham got Clinesmith the government requested a three-to-six month prison sentence but instead the judge sentenced him to community service and imposed no fine. In June 2021 his law license was suspended for just one year, but it was applied retroactively from his guilty plea so he got it back in August 2021.

For lying to not just any court but the FISA court to enable spying on US citizens. Must be nice to be a partisan Democrat working for the FBI, DOJ or the State Department.

However, in the last couple of weeks there have been some new developments; whistleblowers from inside the FBI who have been coming forward to Republican members of the Senate and Congress to testify about at least some of the shit their agency has been pulling.

The main issue Grassley is interested in is the Hunter Biden laptop and the actions the FBI took to protect Hunter Biden. Of particular interest is the role of an FBI analyst, Brian Auten, in discrediting the Hunter Biden laptop and, seemingly, trying to create a false perception of the laptop in a briefing delivered to Grassley and Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson.

Naturally they didn’t approach any Democrat members, and naturally the Democrat’s allies in the MSM (meaning almost all of them) either ignored these stories or dismissed them as “partisan” (haha). And Auten was apparently not the only FBI person identified by these whistleblowers (read the link). Senator Grassley has not been known as a hardline partisan – a few years ago he was foolishly boasting of his bipartisan creds in passing Democrat-nominate judges – so this was significant.

Even so, I figured it would not even rise to the pathetic level of Clinesmith’s treatment.

Maybe not:

Former FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tim Thibault was reportedly escorted out of the bureau on Friday, amid whistleblower allegations that he showed political bias in his handling of politically sensitive investigations.

The Washington Times reported eyewitness accounts that “Mr. Thibault was seen exiting the bureau’s elevator last Friday escorted by two or three ‘headquarters-looking types.'”

Whistleblowers alleged that Thibault concealed the partisan nature of evidence from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland to secure their approval to open an investigation into former President Donald Trump. That investigation culminated in the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month.

That was a few hours ago. Now comes this news:

A top FBI agent at the Washington field office reportedly resigned from his post last week after facing intense scrutiny over allegations he helped shield Hunter Biden from criminal investigations into his laptop and business dealings.

Timothy Thibault, an FBI assistant special agent in charge, was allegedly forced out after he was accused of political bias in his handling of probes involving President Biden’s son, sources told the Washington Times on Monday.

I’m an optimist. I like to believe in our institutions. I like to think they are staffed by ethical men and woman and that the bad apples get weeded out by other outraged employees. That last few years have led me to seriously question that faith and optimism in a lot of US Federal government institutions.

But perhaps there’s still hope?

Hahahahaah…

The day after Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook limited a polarizing story ahead of the 2020 election because of an FBI warning, the federal agency said it can only alert a private entity of a potential threat, not require it to take action.

In an episode of the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast made available Thursday, Zuckerberg said that although the FBI didn’t specifically name a New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s laptop, it “fit the pattern” of what the FBI warned about.

In a statement Friday night, the FBI said it has provided companies with “foreign threat indicators” to help protect their platforms and customers, but that it “cannot ask, or direct, companies to take action on information received.”

“The FBI routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat information, so that they can decide how to better defend against threats,” the agency said.

Meta on Friday night responded to the FBI statement via Twitter. “The FBI shared general warnings about foreign interference — nothing specific about Hunter Biden,” the statement said.

Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s business partner who blew the whistle on this and confirmed the authenticity of the emails in the laptop that he was included on, never received a single phone call from the FBI to ask him about the laptop’s authenticity, despite his having gone on national television to give his testimony.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 30, 2022 at 5:18 pm

Do you need an NKVD for this?

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Based on history I would have said yes. Certainly the collectivisation of Russian farms in the USSR and Mao’s Great Leap Forward could not have been achieved without having a State police force pointing their firearms at unarmed civilians.

On the other hand, the last two years of General Tso’s Sickness has persuaded me that there are rather large chunks of our society who will willingly bend to the wishes of the State if they are both terrified enough and sense that opposition to the State’s plans is small and weak, plus another chunk that think they’ll be the ones in charge of all of this.

But what will happen to the land? Mr Kotsko already has that planned out too:

Because that has worked so well in the past. But aside from Communist failures the fact is that this ties in well with environmental groups, from the Very Far Left Sea Shepard, to the hideously wealthy capitalist sociopaths of the World Economic Forum – if the intention is to greatly reduce the size of the planet’s human population, which would solve all manner of problems.

I had no idea who this clown was, but he’s more than just another Toxic Twitter Leftist: he has his own Wikipedia page:

Adam Kotsko (born 1980) is an American theologian, religious scholar, culture critic, and translator, working in the field of political theology.

“Political Theology”? Ewwwwww. Sounds scary, even if it is a good description of what passes for politics nowadays. He’s also written a number of books, including Why We Love Sociopaths (2012): no word on whether he meant it as a warning or an instruction manual, possibly for the WEF. He certainly has not applied its analytics to himself.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail to meet the test!?– 2 Corinthians 13:5

Written by Tom Hunter

August 23, 2022 at 5:07 pm

“A pandemic of the unvaccinated”

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Remember that phrase? An oldie but a goodie as they say in show business, which is where we are right now.

I was aware of the news of Biden catching General Tso’s Sickness but figured it was unworthy of coverage since it’s been expected for some time by those of us who’ve actually read up on the science of masks, social distancing, lockdowns and these “vaccines” that are trying to stop or slow down an airborne, respiratory, flu-like virus.

But I wasn’t aware of all these other “leaders” hitting the same problem. Enjoy before Twitter blocks or deletes this.

Again this is not really news, in that re-infections, called “breakthrough infections”, were being spotted as early as January 2021, just two months after the mRNA vaccine injections began, although these were initially rare (10,000 cases with 100 million doses). As you would expect such infections actually helped the immune system. But since then, as the virus has done its usual mutation, the “vaccines” – which really should now be re-classified as therapeutic treatments – have become increasingly useless. As a result governments and public health officials worldwide have increasingly leaned on the “vaccine will prevent serious illness” crutch.

Which, in turn, is leading to comments like this:

I’m worried about the credibility of medicine, about public health, about government institutions, about congresspeople even. Nobody has been forthcoming in talking honestly about any of this.

I’d be willing to bet that an interview like that, with somebody who is definitely not a “nutter” or “fringe” has been seen on broadcast TV news in New Zealand.

And lets’ not forget the other aspect of these vaccines.

Christ but Biden looks bloody awful and out of it even compared to his normal vacancy of the last two years.

The thing is that his staff are caught between a rock and a hard place; at 79 years he should be resting up but they’re using stuff like this to pretend that he’s still working as normal – which in his case has never meant even eight hour days.

And even the comatose White House press corp are starting to get pissed at not being able to quiz Biden’s doctor. That video itself was cut when the press started asking Biden how he felt.

Bureaucracy: this time it’s personal

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I’m grateful that it’s cold and pissing down outside all day today.

Because if it wasn’t I’d leave the house rather than embark on what I have to do now.

Up until less than a decade ago the end-of-season paperwork for a farm involved gathering together invoices, statements and anything else related to the business and sending it off to the accountants. Many were the mordantly funny stories told by rural accountants of the “shoebox delivery”.

That last one still happens but now there’s also these tasks:

  1. Council Survey for Ratings purpose.
    Why? I know their calculation system and the only factor is whether it’s a farm, lifestyle block or urban zoning – which they would already know since it relies on their approval which would be on file.
  2. NZ Statistics
    I always get an email telling me why I’ve been picked. I’m sure the real reason is that I’m one of the schmucks who fills this crap in.
  3. NZ Dairy Base.
    I get a lovely little report each year telling me where I sit in this world compared to others, which tells me nothing about how to do better, which is not surprising because it involves some combination of higher production, higher prices and lower costs, which I already know. I think I also get a monthly magazine, which I never remove from the plastic as I dump it into the bin.
  4. The Overseer Report.
    I already described the joy of being forced to input data into this baby. The fabulous Overseer computer model that supposedly produces an accurate calculation of my nitrogen runoffs. I once asked if they would like to dunk some measuring devices into the various streams above and below the farm to check against the model, but they assured me this had been done on trial farms.
  5. The Environmental Plan.
    This one’s all new for 2022. And they have kindly built it as an online system. There have been several webinars explaining how to work it, including a lot of mouse-driven work to mark out … various things on the land. I missed all but one, which I fell asleep in after 15 minutes.

I need hardly say that me voting for a National/ACT government in 2023 will change none of this. In fact it will likely increase, either with more groups demanding such things or more detail, or both.

My accountants, as well as all the pricks listed above, should be grateful that I’m not a client like Bernard Black.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 25, 2022 at 8:00 am

Woking the dead

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A couple of years ago in the wake of the breathless death of George “I stick this gun in your pregnant belly” Floyd, there was a frenzy of statue toppling across America as well as all the mostly peaceful riots.

The statues in question were almost all of Civil War Confederate generals, although the mindless mobs did destroy the statue of at least one Civil War Union hero and slavery abolitionist, and when the MSM mob went after Trump about this he responding by asking the entirely logical question as to when they’d start crashing statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to the ground, since both men had been slave holders. Naturally this was scoffed at and dismissed by the Democrats, their activist hacks and the MSM as an obvious reductio ad absurdum argument.

Except that before the year was out the attacks were happening, at least politically and in the MSM (of course).

It’s steadily escalating and although the Woke Left is now in the process of eating itself alive, as I posted about in Something, something, Ouroboros, and as DPF recently covered, the problem is that the bastards also damage a lot of other stuff on their way to crashing and burning.

Witness what’s happened to the tours of the homes of James Madison

No American flags fly at Montpelier, Madison’s plantation home in rural Virginia, and not a single display focuses on the life and accomplishments of America’s foremost political philosopher, who created our three-branch federal system of government, wrote the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, and served two terms as president.

… and Thomas Jefferson…:

Monticello

“The tour guides play ‘besmirchment derby,’ never missing a chance to defame this brilliant, complex man,” Stephen Owen of Enochville, NC, wrote on Facebook.

“People on my tour seemed sad and demoralized,” Jeffrey Tucker, founder of the libertarian Brownstone Institute, told The Post. His guide was “surly and dismissive” about Jefferson’s accomplishments.

I recall that DPF had an enjoyable visit to Monticello a few years back. Looks like he timed it right.

Despite owning no slaves Lincoln will be next – courtesy of none other than these people. Wilkes Booth would be proud of them.

This is far more insidious than smashing a statue; real Year Zero stuff where the Left smashes everything down with the objective of building some Utopia upon the bones and ashes.

What did some famous US President say about this recently? Oh yeah:

Everything Woke turns to shit!

“We create our own reality”

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That’s a famous quote from early in the War on Terror, taken from an advisor to GW Bush, the very key advisor Karl Rove (aka “Turd Blossom” as labeled by Bush himself). Rove would later dispute the quote and given that it was a NYTimes Magazine reporter, Ron Suskind, who extracted it there’s a very real possibility that it’s as much bullshit as the famous Vietnam War-era “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” quote from New Zealand’s own Peter Arnett.

The full Rove quote:

”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” 

The Left had a lot of fun with that, somehow missing the fact that to a large extent, that’s exactly what Rove, Bush and company would go on to do, the real blowback only arriving years later and coming in the form not of more Jihadi terrorists but Donald Trump and his tens of millions of American voters.

And of course the Left were never in a position to lay claim to a solid understanding of reality anyway, and even less so nowadays:

Hawley: Why are you using the term “person with a capacity for pregnancy” instead of “woman?”

Bridges: “Your line of questioning is transphobic and opens trans people to violence.”

Hawley: “You’re saying I’m opening up people to violence by saying women can have pregnancies?”

The thing is that the Left is really pleased with the responses of Berkeley law professor Khiara Bridges:

If you check in on Twitter today, the left is uniformly thrilled that UC Berkeley law professor Khiara Bridges has put a couple of white Republican Senators in their place. Seriously, they are over the moon about this performance, especially for her exchange with Sen. Josh Hawley.

Not just square, old, conservative White GOP Senators either, but Black, female singers like … Macy Gray:

…who defended the traditional definition of woman (versus transgender revisionism) on British TV the other day, and told her critics to stuff it. But then

Wonder how they got to her and forced her to confess? It’s chilling, isn’t it? Macy Gray is a big star, a Grammy winner, even. They broke her in a day or so. We all know what she really thinks … and we all see her humiliation. Actually, I hope that we are only seeing humiliation here. The scary thing would be is if she accepted what Orwell called “the Party’s final, most essential command”: that she should stop believing the evidence of her own eyes.

Going back to the previous article I saw this among the various Twitter clips collected:

The argument that words are violence went from a few small elite colleges to appearing in a US Senate hearing in what, eight years?

Which will be the basis of “hate speech” laws that will be enacted here in NZ, as they have been in places like Great Britain.

About the only good news out of this is that the likes of Macy Gray could be broken so quickly because all her life she’s cruised with the “in-crowd”, surfing on the leading edge of all their causes while she sold them her music, and that the Woke Left will, like the French Revolution, devour itself (and appears to be in the process of doing so).

Having said that I go back to Rove’s quote – “We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” – and note that the likes of Professor Bridges absolutely see themselves as doing that, as they always have in their Whiggish view of history.

This quote from feminist Bari Weiss is right on the money too:

Disinvitation—now called deplatforming—has become a regular feature of American life as the politics of censoriousness, forced conformity and ideological obedience have taken hold…

These incidents are not discreet little firestorms. They are deeply interconnected. They are the result of a zealous and profoundly illiberal ideology that has infiltrated our largest companies, our media, our universities, our medical schools, our law schools, our hospitals, our local governments, our elementary schools. Our friendships. Our families. Our language…

[T]his is a revolution of culture. A revolution of ideas.

For far too long, it resisted description. The revolution’s proponents went from pretending it didn’t exist and insisting that those who suggested it did were wearing tinfoil hats . . . to declaring it was here, and it was excellent, and that if you didn’t get on board you were a bigot and a bad person.

The other day my wife got an email from an old friend of hers. The friend’s note was like a missive from the Soviet Union in that it demanded that my wife prove her purity of politics by disavowing . . . me. This is not the first time she or I has been asked to do something of this nature.

A politics that forces its adherents to put their most intimate relationships to a litmus test is a politics of totalitarianism.