Oct 242020
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Henri Matisse Le Bonheur de Vivre 1906


Russian Data Reveals Diabetics Ten Times More Likely To Catch COVID19 (RT)
Kremlin Says US Elections Have Become “Competition In Russophobia” (ZH)
MSM Beat The Bidens To Declare Laptop Leak ‘Russian Disinformation’ (RT)
Millions Of Insurance Plans Were Cancelled Due To Obamacare (JTN)
FBI, GSA Undermined 2016 Transition By Sharing Private Trump Team Records (JTN)
Differences in How Democrats and Republicans Behave on Twitter (Pew)
If Trump Wins, My Profession Is Done: Pollster (RT)
Bleeding Out (Jim Kunstler)
AOC Blasts Republicans For Calling Her AOC (JTN)
YouTube Is Selling So Many Political Ads It Has Run Out Of Videos For Them (ZH)
European Data Considers Coronavirus Risk in Greece Mainly Low to Medium (GR)
Tesla, Ordered To Recall 30,000 Cars In China, Blames ‘Driver Abuse’ (LAT)





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What’s worse: ..coronavirus could be causing “an entirely new form of diabetes.”

Russian Data Reveals Diabetics Ten Times More Likely To Catch COVID19 (RT)

Diabetics are 10.3 times more likely to develop Covid-19, and their symptoms are more severe and life-threatening, with over a quarter of all infected patients already suffering from the illness as a pre-existing condition. That’s according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, who told officials that coronavirus is especially dangerous for those suffering with the common metabolic disorder. “In patients with diabetes, Covid-19 infection is 10.3 times more common,” Golikova explained. “Patients with diabetes experience the disease more severely, and more frequently develop acute respiratory distress syndrome, as well as respiratory failure, [requiring] artificial ventilation and, unfortunately, [experiencing] higher mortality.”

According to Golikova, 27 percent of all infected patients have diabetes among their comorbidities, and this is often complicated by increased glycemia. As of the start of 2020, 5.1 million people in Russia had a diabetes diagnosis. She noted that the risk is even higher in patients with high blood pressure. Curiously, earlier this week, American Covid-19 patient Mario Buelna experienced exactly the opposite situation – he developed diabetes for the first time, having contracted coronavirus. According to his doctors in Mesa, Arizona, Buelna’s diabetes was triggered by Covid-19. Speaking to London-based news agency Reuters, Dr. Robert Eckel, president of medicine and science at the American Diabetes Association, thinks that coronavirus could be causing “an entirely new form of diabetes.”

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“..competition in Russophobia has become a constant in all US electoral processes, regrettably.”

Kremlin Says US Elections Have Become “Competition In Russophobia” (ZH)

This week’s perhaps overly dramatic announcement Wednesday night by the heads of multiple federal agencies – foremost among them Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe – alleging new major efforts by Russia and Iran to interfere in the US presidential election formed a key question and talking point by debate moderator Kristen Welker Thursday night. Welker even referenced as somehow undisputed and settled “truth” the now debunked “Russian bounties” story. Over a month ago the Pentagon and other intelligence heads concluded after an exhaustive investigation that there’s simply no evidence to suggest Russian military intelligence paid Afghan fighters to target Americans.

Russia was certainly paying attention to the debate and was not amused. The Kremlin on Friday blasted what it said was “Russophobia” at the center of the debate. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Friday that “competition in Russophobia has become a constant in all US electoral processes, regrettably.” “We are fully aware of this and can only express regret,” he added as quoted in TASS. “After all, probably, it is the American electorate who is the target audience of these debates, that is, common Americans. It is up to them to decide who won the debate, not us,” the spokesman said. Indeed the American public is by and large likely growing tired of the endless Russia scapegoating too.

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“Joe Biden is supposed to deny and deflect attention from damaging information. He’s a politician, after all – it’s his job. The press is supposed to do the exact opposite.”

MSM Beat The Bidens To Declare Laptop Leak ‘Russian Disinformation’ (RT)

It’s not the media’s job to cover for Joe Biden. Yet the New York Times and its ilk have fallen over themselves to call the damaging leaks “Russian disinformation,” while also awkwardly publishing the FBI’s denial of the claim. As President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden geared up to debate on Thursday night, the cable TV commentariat wondered how Trump would bring up the “laptop from hell.” Recovered from a Delaware repair shop last year and handed to Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, the laptop – which allegedly belonged to Joe’s son, Hunter – contained a tranche of emails that implicated the Biden family in numerous foreign graft schemes, all while Joe was in the White House.

Before the debate kicked off, the New York Times quoted the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as saying: “No concrete evidence has emerged that the laptop contains Russian disinformation,” and the FBI as seconding this claim. For the Times, it was a dramatic turnaround. Just days earlier, before the FBI and DNI could weigh in, a headline in the nation’s paper of record read, “Is the Trump campaign colluding with Russia again?” Quoting only a Senate Democrat, the Times alleged that Giuliani had been cultivated as an “asset” by the Kremlin, and “any information proffered by Rudy Giuliani is likely compromised.” The Washington Post sang from the same hymn sheet, using the usual anonymous “former officials” to tie Giuliani to Russia.

Even before the media settled on Russia as the culprit, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough called the scandal “made up” and a “hokey story,” while NBC’s Hallie Jackson described it as “dubious” and “questionably sourced.” As the Times and Post rang the Russia alarm last week, neither the FBI nor DNI had commented on the laptop. DNI John Ratcliffe would do so on Monday, and the FBI followed suit a day later. In fact, as these articles hit the presses, the only people who had fingered Russia for the stunt were a collection of Biden’s aides and advisors, who gave no evidence to support their claims. The Biden campaign itself didn’t embrace the Russia excuse until several days later. It’s one thing to cover a candidate sympathetically. It’s another to work as his preemptive press corps. Joe Biden is supposed to deny and deflect attention from damaging information. He’s a politician, after all – it’s his job. The press is supposed to do the exact opposite.

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But Biden can make the claim uncontested that number is zero.

Millions Of Insurance Plans Were Cancelled Due To Obamacare (JTN)

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said during Thursday night’s debate that nobody lost their health insurance plans when Obamacare was fully implemented, but millions of individuals had their insurance policies cancelled at the time. A RAND Corporation study estimated that 5.9 million people lost their insurance plans due to Obamacare’s rules and regulations. Obamacare is the 2010 health care law crafted by former President Obama, for whom Biden served as vice president for both of his terms. Obama was heavily criticized at the time for telling Americans that if “you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” which turned out not to be the case. Politifact rated Obama’s promise the “lie of the year” in 2013.

Trump and Biden each were asked Thursday night how they would handle health care policy if the Supreme Court invalidates Obamacare’s individual mandate in the upcoming California v. Texas case. “What I’m going to do is pass Obamacare with a public option. It will become Bidencare. The public option says in fact if you do not have the wherewithal, if you qualify for Medicaid and you do not have the wherewithal in your state to get Medicaid, you’re automatically enrolled, providing competition for insurance companies,” Biden said. Biden rejected the idea that he wants to eliminate private insurance. “Not one single person with private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan, nor did they under Obamacare. They did not lose their insurance unless they chose they wanted to go to something else,” he said.

In response, Trump said Biden’s health care plan would amount to socialized medicine, given that the federal government would run the public option.

Bernie Biden

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This is the most severe of all. This is also why they complain in advance about Trump not doing a peaceful transition. Because they themselves did not.

FBI, GSA Undermined 2016 Transition By Sharing Private Trump Team Records (JTN)

A Senate report released today claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the General Services Administration undermined the Trump transition team in 2016 by sharing private Trump team records in violation of an agreement between that team and the GSA. The majority staff report from both the Senate Committee on Finance and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs claims that officials from both the FBI and Mueller’s office “secretly sought and received access to the private records of Donald J. Trump’s presidential transition team, Trump for America, Inc.”

“They did so,” the report continues, “despite the terms of a memorandum of understanding between the Trump transition team and the General Services Administration…—the executive agency responsible for providing services to both candidates’ transition teams—that those records were the transition team’s private property that would not be retained at the conclusion of the transition.” The report states that officials at the GSA proactively called the FBI and offered to retain Trump transition team records following the controversy surrounding Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser in early 2017. The agency informed neither the White House nor Trump for America of that decision. Those records would eventually make their way to Mueller’s office, the report says.

“At bottom,” the report continues, “the GSA and the FBI undermined the transition process by preserving Trump transition team records contrary to the terms of the memorandum of understanding, hiding that fact from the Trump transition team, and refusing to provide the team with copies of its own records.” “These actions have called into question the GSA’s role as a neutral service provider, and those doubts have consequences,” the report adds. “Future presidential transition teams must have confidence that their use of government resources and facilities for internal communications and deliberations—including key decisions such as nominations, staffing, and significant policy changes—will not expose them to exploitation by third parties, including political opponents.”

Amanda Milius The Plot Against the President

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And guess who gets censored?

Differences in How Democrats and Republicans Behave on Twitter (Pew)

Most U.S. adults on Twitter post only rarely. But a small share of highly active users, most of whom are Democrats, produce the vast majority of tweets. The Center’s analysis finds that just 10% of users produced 92% of all tweets from U.S. adults since last November, and that 69% of these highly prolific users identify as Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents. A number of factors contribute to this phenomenon. Previous Twitter analyses by the Center have found that the platform contains a larger share of Democrats than Republicans. And in addition to being more prevalent on the site in general, the 10% most active Democrats typically produce roughly twice as many tweets in a month (157) as the 10% most active Republicans (79).

Across both parties, those who use Twitter differ in several ways compared with non-users. For instance, Twitter-using Democrats and Republicans alike tend to be younger and have higher levels of educational attainment compared with members of each party who do not use the platform. Although nearly identical shares of Republican Twitter users (60%) and non-users (62%) describe themselves as very or somewhat conservative, Democrats who use Twitter tend to be more liberal than non-users. Some 60% of Democrats on Twitter describe their political leanings as liberal (with 24% saying they are “very” liberal), compared with 43% among those who are not Twitter users (only 12% of whom say they are very liberal).

Beyond posting volume, Democrats and Republicans also differ from each other in their actual behaviors on the platform. For instance, the two accounts followed by the largest share of U.S. adults are much more likely to be followed by users from one party than the other. Former President Barack Obama (@BarackObama) is followed by 42% of Democrats but just 12% of Republicans, while President Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) is followed by 35% of Republicans and just 13% of Democrats. Many other popular accounts are followed primarily by those who identify as either Democrat or Republican. However, a small number of the most-followed accounts on Twitter (mostly popular celebrities or entertainers) are followed by similar shares of U.S. adults belonging to each party.

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I don’t think so. If it didn’t happen in 2016, why would it now?

If Trump Wins, My Profession Is Done: Pollster (RT)

Polling guru Frank Luntz has admitted that if Donald Trump wins re-election, his “profession is done.” Though polls show Joe Biden in the lead, Luntz and his colleagues are hedging their bets and preparing to be shocked… again Democratic candidate Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump by up to 10 points nationwide. Yet polls can be wrong, and for all the talk of a Biden “landslide” in the media, Trump’s supporters likely remember 2016, when their candidate pulled off a shock victory against Hillary Clinton, despite being given only a seven percent chance of winning by the New York Times two weeks before election day. Should Trump once again dispatch his Democratic challenger, the polling industry is finished, Republican pollster Frank Luntz told Fox News on Thursday.

“Well, I hate to acknowledge it, because that’s my industry,” he told Fox anchor Bret Baier. “But the public will have no faith. No confidence. If Donald Trump surprises people… my profession is done.” Luntz insists that his polling is accurate this time, and that Biden will win. However, undecided voters may be leaning toward Trump. As the two men faced off in the final presidential debate in Tennessee on Thursday night, Luntz organized a focus group of undecided voters. After the showdown, a majority of these voters were leaning toward backing Trump. They described him as “controlled,” “poised,” and “surprisingly presidential,” while Biden was thought of as “vague,” “elusive,” and “defensive.”

Luntz is a longtime critic of Trump, and a recently released email – found on Hunter Biden’s now-infamous laptop – apparently showed him massaging his predictions in favor of Biden back in 2012, when the then-VP was debating Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan. Luntz appeared to confirm the email’s authenticity in a tweet, but denied it was any kind of bombshell, saying he’s known the Biden family since the 1990s. However, if a Biden-friendly pollster, backed by his latest focus group, is publicly opening the door to a potential Trump victory, the election gurus may not be as confident in their figures as they let on.

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“Is Hillary ironing her purple pantsuit up in Chappaqua, awaiting the emergency call from her DNC?”

Bleeding Out (Jim Kunstler)

“The difference between you and me,” Mr. Trump said to the ever more ghostly Joe Biden, fading mentally late in the action on the debate stage, “is that I’m not a politician and you are, and you’re a crooked politician.” Millions watching this spectacle might not have noticed, due to the media’s near-complete blackout of news detailing the Biden family’s adventures in systematic global moneygrubbing, but the Democratic candidate for president has political Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever of credibility, now gushing out of every pore and orifice.

Twitter and Facebook may try to squelch the story, but the evidence is all over the Internet now, like blood on a crime scene, in verifiable emails, texts, Snapchats, memoranda, and bank records that Ol’ White Joe Biden is at the center of a decades-long influence-peddling spree, selling his personal services to China, Russia, Ukraine, and any other country seeking favors in US government policy, and that this slime-trail of grift disqualifies him from holding high office as much as the irreversible rot of his cognitive abilities.

The “Laptop from Hell” affair has twelve more days to play out before the November 3 vote and the Democratic Party is in a terrible jam. Do they ask Mr. Biden to step aside, or do they keep running with him while the barrage of allegations and hard evidence pours down on them like so many mortar rounds on a besieged bunker? It’s obvious now that one way or another, voters are actually being asked to elect Kamala Harris president — but who asked for her? Only the disgraced and disabled head of the ticket, Joe Biden, desperate for a non-white running mate. Elsewise, she was so disliked by voters that she skulked out of the Iowa caucuses, ending her own run. Is Hillary ironing her purple pantsuit up in Chappaqua, awaiting the emergency call from her DNC?

The early 2020 impeachment gambit has finally blown up in the Democrats’ faces, too, as it’s now obvious the phony furor over Mr. Trump’s phone call to Ukraine President Zelensky was ginned up to smother any inquiry into Hunter Biden’s $83,000-a-month services to the Burisma gas company and its crooked chief, Mykola Zlochevsky, with help from then US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and several of her staff, as well as then Secretary of State John Kerry.

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On to more important matters.

AOC Blasts Republicans For Calling Her AOC (JTN)

Her name is a mouthful, so Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became AOC. In fact, she calls herself AOC. “Team AOC is hiring!” she wrote on Twitter in August, for instance. But the first-term Democratic Socialist from New York bristles when Republicans call her AOC, as President Trump did during Thursday night’s debate with Joe Biden. “I wonder if Republicans understand how much they advertise their disrespect of women in debates when they consistently call women members of Congress by nicknames or first names while using titles & last names when referring to men of = stature. Women notice. It conveys a lot,” she wrote on Twitter.

“AOC is a name given to me by community & the people. Y’all can call me AOC. Government colleagues referring to each other in a public or professional context (aka who don’t know me like that) should refer to their peers as ‘Congresswoman,’ ‘Representative,’ etc. Basic respect 101,” she added. Twitterers pointed out that President Trump calls nearly all of his opponents, regardless of gender, by nicknames — some not so nice. Trump calls Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Pocahontas” for her false claims that’s she’s Native American. He calls Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat who falsely claimed to have fought in the Vietnam War, “Da Nang Dick.” Jeb Bush was, of course, “Low Energy Jeb.” Then there’s “Crooked Hillary,” “Lyin’ Leakin’James Comey,” “Jeff Flakey,” “Head Clown Chuck Schumer,” and “Mad Maxine Waters.”

So AOC isn’t all that bad, is it? “You do this all the time, referring to ‘Trump’ or ‘Pence,'” Fee Online contributor Brad Polumbo wrote on Twitter. “Just *stop* with the endless self-victimization. It’s pathetic and tiring.” “Yes, names like Crying Chuck Schumer and Crazy Bernie are super sexist,” wrote another. In fact, AOC has another nickname for her and three colleagues — “The Squad,” which includes Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Ilhan Omar, (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). That’s who Trump referred to in Thursday’s debate. “They know nothing about the climate,” Trump said, referring to AOC’s “New Green Deal” environmental plan. “I mean, she’s got a good line of stuff, but she knows nothing about the climate. And they’re all hopping through hoops for AOC plus three. Look, their real plan costs $100 trillion.”

And one Twitterer pointed out that AOC isn’t even a nickname: “AOC is not a nickname, they’re your initials. JFK is also not a nickname. The FBI, again, is not a nickname. You can maybe say that Trump should’ve still used your official title, but Obama was also referenced sans title, and you don’t see him whining about it on Twitter …”

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“..commercial ads have been “anemic”..”

YouTube Is Selling So Many Political Ads It Has Run Out Of Videos For Them (ZH)

While social media makes its best attempt at trying to get Joe Biden elected by censoring stories about his son, YouTube is facing another dilemma: the platform is so inundated with political ads it has nowhere to put them. As advertising campaigns flood the platform, YouTube has “struggled” to place the ads in front of the desired audience for each, according to Bloomberg. Interestingly enough, YouTube is experiencing the shortage most in “critical swing states”, where ad prices have doubled as a result. This, obviously, makes political advertising far more lucrative for Google, who saw ad revenue fall this year and will announcing its earnings next week.

Cat Stern, media director for Lockwood Strategy Lab, a digital campaign agency focused on Democratic candidates and progressive advocacy organizations, told Bloomberg: “There’s a crunch. All political advertisers are buying in the same states, to similar audiences.” YouTube viewers have risen during the pandemic and while commercial ads have been “anemic”, political ads have spiked heading into November 3. In highest demand are the ads that users aren’t allowed to skip through. There are also ad “reservations” for YouTube’s most popular videos that are in high demand. Reid Vineis, vice president of digital at Majority Strategies, a Republican political ad firm, said: “The reserves tend to be gobbled up by well-funded campaigns.”

While this occurs, other less-well-funded campaigns have turned to platforms like Hulu and Roku to run their ads. Some states, like Iowa, are usually entirely sold out on YouTube. Tim Cameron, co-founder of FlexPoint Media, said: “A lot of late money that’s coming on board — it’s difficult to find anywhere to put it.” At some points, YouTube has been unable to place up to 75% of the amounts that people are willing to spend. YouTube didn’t comment for Bloomberg’s article, but the article notes that a “code yellow” was assigned to Google’s staff regarding the inability to place ads, meaning Google was increasing the resources it was deploying to try and solve the issue.

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We have a mask mandate now. And a curfew.

European Data Considers Coronavirus Risk in Greece Mainly Low to Medium (GR)

According to data released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on Friday, much of Greece is at a “low” or “medium” risk level for Covid-19. The ECDC records the epidemiological burden across Europe, and classifies either entire countries or regions, depending on their coronavirus risk level. Unlike much of Europe, excluding areas of Central and Northern Europe, which is considered high-risk, much of Greece is at low or medium risk. The regions of Attica, Central Greece, Macedonia, Epirus, are at medium risk, and areas of Central Macedonia belong to the high-risk category. Southern Greece, Eastern Macedonia, and Thrace are all considered very low risk areas.

All European countries, except for Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Estonia, Liechtenstein and Norway, which are considered “stable” by the ECDC, are in a situation of “great epidemiological concern” in terms of the virus. Although the stable countries may report an increase in cases, like Greece, they are still considered to have a relatively low risk level for young and healthy citizens. Older people and those who belong to vulnerable groups in these stable countries are still considered to be of high risk, however. Despite their stable designations, the situation regarding Covid-19 in the six countries should be carefully monitored, as the virus can spread quickly, increasing the countries’ risk level, according to the authorities.

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Best business model: always blame your customers.

Tesla, Ordered To Recall 30,000 Cars In China, Blames ‘Driver Abuse’ (LAT)

Tesla Model S and Model X owners have complained about potentially dangerous flaws with suspension systems at least since 2015. On Friday, the Chinese government took action — and the company responded by blaming the country’s drivers. China’s State Administration for Market Regulation ordered a recall for about 30,000 Model S and Model X vehicles manufactured at Tesla’s Fremont, Calif., plant and exported to China. The affected cars were built from 2013 to 2017. Model S and Model X vehicles sold in the U.S. and Europe were built at the same factory using the same suspension systems. More than 250,000 were sold worldwide. The traffic safety regulator for the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Friday afternoon it is “aware of the Tesla recall due to suspension problems in China.

At this time, the agency has not received significant complaints related to these issues in the United States. The agency is in contact with Tesla and monitoring the situation closely, and will not hesitate to take action to protect the public against unreasonable risks to safety.” A spokesman declined to say what marks a complaint as significant. [..] in a letter sent by a Tesla attorney to NHTSA on Sept. 4, the company blamed Chinese drivers for the problem, said there was no safety issue, and said it didn’t plan to issue a recall outside China.Tesla owners at the Tesla Motors Club forum have been complaining about suspension issues since at least 2015, complaints that continue to this day. Many report that a ball joint connected to a control arm comes loose.

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    Henri Matisse Le Bonheur de Vivre 1906   • Russian Data Reveals Diabetics Ten Times More Likely To Catch COVID19 (RT) • Kremlin Says US Elections
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle October 24 2020]

    Dr. D

    To ‘Save’ People From COVID, Puerto Rico Shuts Down 911 Call-Centers”

    Helping!! Statistics don’t lie: all deaths are Covid deaths. There are no heart attacks, influenza, even accidents, poison and suicides! So why have 911?

    “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed Wednesday that young adults aged 25-44 years saw the largest increase in “excess” deaths from previous years, a stunning 26.5% jump. …100,947 excess deaths…“

    With a 99.997% survival, this is definitively not Covid. Roughly speaking, it is murder. Man 1 perhaps. But since Fauci feels NY was the best state of all – the state of ~6,000 nursing home murders, clearly this is a GOOD thing.

    “Critics roundly mocked President Donald Trump early in the pandemic for warning about excess deaths of despair under lockdown. Public health experts and others are now increasingly calling for an end to heavy-handed measures, citing a growing body of evidence that such policies are having drastic negative impacts on Americans’ physical and mental health.http://www.scoopyweb.com/2020/10/new-cdc-numbers-show-lockdowns-deadly.html

    Huh. A thing so obvious, even idiots on the internet can predict it in the first 60 seconds. But so common sense international doctors and mathematicians cannot.

    If even Cheeto can see this, just imagine how dumb Fauci, Birx, and Taleb must be. Or us if we continue to support it.

    For fun, from that link: “LA Times Reports COVID-19 ‘Outbreak’ At John MacArthur’s Church. City: 3 Confirmed Cases”

    THREE whole cases? Spike!!! With a 99.97% recovery rate? Shut it down!!! Mask between bites! Oh wait, this is in a state where we ALREADY mask between bites, it didn’t do a thing, and Newsom says he is coming to your house on Thanksgiving and arresting you if a) you don’t mask with your own family or b) squeal on your family and report them to the secret-police-who-enforce-nonlaws using no due process.

    America! Land of the Free, home of the brave. Truly a shining example to all nations about how to end all human rights and reverse the Enlightenment. Gotta cure death before we reinstate human rights and die process. Might be a while.

    nobody lost their health insurance plans when Obamacare was fully implemented,”

    Helping!!! We had health care that needed mild adjustment in 1990, the year the government started getting involved and “helping” healthcare, at the direct behest of health insurance lobbyists. Guess what happened next, I’m so surprised. Anyway, THEY didn’t cancel your insurance – Perish the thought! – no, they just raised your premium to $2,300. A MONTH. Not my fault you’re not in government and get 100% insulated from our own laws with the special carve-out for the insiders. Don’t be a peasant next time. Guess you should have been born a Lord.

    This is also why they complain in advance about Trump not doing a peaceful transition.”

    It is pretty hard to take. But that’s narcissistic sociopaths for you, and why they should be in mental institutions. Anything for themselves, anything for power, but the usual M.O. is that they’re victims of baseless attacks that just happen to be the exact same thing they were doing. Why not? Works every time. People love lies and liars more than life itself. The truth isn’t as pretty and requires some thinking.

    Anyway, here we are, 4 years later, with the side that never accepted the election results Obama said in January ‘17 were 100% legitimate still not ceding power. But that’s been true for all GOP Presidents but two. That’s how you know it’s the OTHER side that will obviously do what we’re doing and have done 20x in a row.

    But on the real side: nobody converts, nobody changes their mind.

    10% of users produced 92% of all tweets”

    NY Twitterati echo-chamber I said not to do. But they are in it, selling mainstream candidates and elections to an electorate of 6%, and wonder why they lose. Fine by me though I tell you not to.

    As far-left Twitterati Bill Maher says,

    Elizabeth Warren has not come out in favor of imprisoned serial killers voting but she does want taxpayers to cover their sex-change operations in prison. Which brings up the question, if you tried, could you come up with a policy with more third-rail buzzwords in it? Let’s see — taxpayer-funded sex-change for prisoners. Nope, I don’t think you could. And again, where are the votes in this? You know how many transgender there are in federal prison in America? 473. And they can’t vote. So we’re taking this position because it makes a great campaign slogan? Commit a crime, get a free dick. Commit a crime and your new vagina is free!”

    …Aaaaaaaand they did it anyway, but twice as hard.

    BF Skinner thought rigging people to be idiots and controlling media would allow the Technocrats complete control over the public cattle for their own ends (like getting their daughters on private planes). Turns out, they made themselves idiots and baffled themselves right out of recognizing reality. Hilarious! Perfect example of evil defeating itself while incidentally murdering all of us in the meantime.

    If Trump Wins, My Profession Is Done: Pollster (RT)”

    Never fear: in a society without shame, it’s impossible to be discredited. Even if you kill 100k kids with an unscientific lockdown and 60K grandpas by poisoning them in wheelchairs. No. Clearly we reserve the highest medical praise for that, and the Agency that lauds it retains full credibility. Experts! You know.

    AOC is a name given to me by community & the people. Y’all can call me AOC.”

    Offended by everything. Check. Has different logic and rules for friends and enemies? Check. Everything is somebody else’s fault? Check. Impoverishes own people by stopping business and is a hypocrite when their own policies drive her mother to a low-tax Republican state? Check.

    Not done yet! Got a lot more helping to do! Some small businesses still haven’t folded. A few life-savings haven’t been transferred to Bezos. New York’s violent crime has only quadrupled in 60 months. We’re nowhere NEAR the disasters TRUE Socialism can bring.

    We have a mask mandate now. And a curfew.”

    Since masks work like magic, what’s the curfew for? To keep the Gilet Jeunes from talking?

    And you know they’ve been writing white papers about this for decades. You only need read them. Orwell and Skinner if you like novel form. Collins if you like movies. We’re going to kill your kids in a lottery of pure violence. And you’re going to love it, support it, and watch it on TV.


    posts aren’t posting…


    I’ll try the part that is most relevant:
    I think I’m gonna write in Dr. D for president.


    It’s the poem, alright. It’s totally innocuous, yet someone somewhere thinks some phrase was too….what?
    red dot? surplus?

    Basseterre Kitona

    If governments were sincere about pubic health, then they be mandating things like:
    8 hours of sleep per night
    30-60 min of fresh/outdoor exercise daily
    healthy food rich in zinc, vitamin D, etc (and supplements if necessary)
    no overtime

    The mask mandates are nothing but political theater that emboldens tyrannical, anti-human behavior.

    Someone recently pointed out: “but masks are the best weapon that we have against the virus”. No, a healthy immune system is the best weapon against corona virus and all other manner of diseases. A healthy immune system is the reason that 99% of corona virus cases are mild and probably why many people don’t become infected at all even if exposed to the virus.

    On a different note, I’ve been wondering why the outbreak has been surging in some places recently and then saw these maps posted at Americas Frontline Doctors that purport to show the availability of Hydroxychlorouine around the world:


    Crazy that authorities are actively undermining the ability of medical doctors to treat patients.


    Breaking news

    “….no evidence to support their claims.”


    This is fascinating! I can change the format to written out, and it still gets stopped, so it isn’t that a poem format is verboten.
    I was listening to W. Webb yesterday and she points out that real problem is the crackdown that’s coming. Operation warp speed marches in with the military mystery no-liability vaccines, and the “vaccines” will themselves track and trace us…at least Trump says it won’t be mandatory. But why believe anything anymore?
    Poking through the melting seven inches of snow we had Tuesday are more Biden signs than Trump signs. I don’t like Trump. but I despise Biden. Choices, choices…NOT.
    I’m listening to Jorgensen as I type. A few years back (so long ago!!) I would not have thought I would be considering the libertarian candidate, but write-ins have to file ahead of time in my state to be counted. Sorry Dr. D.


    posts aren’t posting…

    I see 3 in a row from you


    I can change the format to written out, and it still gets stopped, so it isn’t that a poem format is verboten.

    The problem is on your side. Try converting whatever it is, to plain text.


    I’m not blaming you, Ilargi! I haven’t ever seen this before where a string of words simply won’t post. (except, of course, for a written-out url). And what’s weird is that I can post all this other stuff.

    I just tried again- and no luck. This is just plain strange. It was plain text, nothing fancy.
    It posted over at offg.

    Mr. House

    I had an entire string of comments deleted by wolf at wolf street. A few years from now when everything is more clear…. or not, all the part time nazis and censorship people will claim they never censored anyone!


    While surveys and polls have their uses, I try not to form my entire perspective around them, because their is large disparity in individuals and granular situations. And, surveys are never fully impartial, always influenced by the survey writers and interpreters.

    Case in point: government responses to Covid-19 are causing widespread mental suffering.

    First off, the *cause* of mental suffering is not so clear cut. For myself, government restrictions (like mask wearing) didn’t bother me at all. The general angst about getting and catching an unknown virus bothered me. Being in public with others not wearing masks, or having them not worn properly bothered me. The fact that when my mother, then my partner and then myself got Covid that I couldn’t find a doctor willing to prescribe HCQ (even tho it is legal in my state) bothered me. (We eventually found a willing doctor.) I miss church and its choir practice…but the decision to do no in-person activities for my church was decided by the church’s elected board, minister, and staff, and was not dictated by government.

    Second, while there have been detrimental effects from the Pandemic, not all effects have been detrimental. A survey can be written in such a way to deliberately capture certain effects and to ignore others. For me, ever since the pandemic started I have gotten 7 to 9 hours of sleep nearly every night — simply because there are fewer expectations that I go places, and because I no longer need to ferry 3 kids to and from 3 different schools half of every week. My life is calmer. Transitioning some work to Zoom means that after an initial drop in income, my current income is right on track with what it was pre-pandemic. A friend who lives in a retirement community has been very bothered by that community’s response, has failed to get management to see his perspective…but rather than stew in it, he and his wife are simply moving out and are excited for the move

    Yes, there are negative effects of the pandemic. And positive ones. But life is not static, never has been. What is more important to consider is resilience and whether or not individuals have access to the tools that help them to have resilience.


    I just tried again- and no luck. This is just plain strange. It was plain text, nothing fancy.

    Send it to contact at TheAutomaticEarth dot com.


    I’m sorry about the “someone somewhere”. I am now writing from the bottom of a hole I dug for myself. No one is deleting or censoring me- there’s something about the poem that simply isn’t posting here.
    If it had an url in it, I’d understand. ;}
    It’s not that great a poem, either- just a note on my feeling very uncomfortable about being a “useless eater” (ie, old, like Henry).

    More on topics- why are reports telling us to ease lockdowns, etc, and just the opposite is happening? Why are they still talking vaccines when there are therapies? Is it starting to look to anyone else that the “conspiracies” about WEF agendas are true? That there is a real, viable plan to reset to technofeudalism?
    How are we going to fight this when everyone is afraid of getting sick? Did anyone ever say to their CO “Sorry, sir, I’m feeling a bit under the weather. You can all go to battle without me.”

    Maxwell Quest

    “The obvious double-standard guarantees that the tech platforms will henceforth be viewed by a huge portion of the population as political censors instead of standards enforcers, and moreover that mainstream press pronouncements about such controversies will be deemed automatically untrustworthy by that same population.”
    (Highlights added)

    The above quote is the summary statement in Matt Taibbi’s recent article: Facebook and Twitter’s Intervention Highlights Dangerous New Double Standard.

    Readers of Taibbi, author of the 2017 bestseller: Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, will notice that the statement is thoroughly devoid of his typical biting and incisive wit. In fact, the whole article, in my opinion, is toned down, so as not to unsettle the bulk of his Trump-hating readers. This tells me that Taibbi, seasoned political journalist that he is, smells a sea change coming and is cautiously writing about it; which he must if he cares to avoid the fate of his sniveling colleagues and retain any future credibility as a journalist.

    Mr. House

    “More on topics- why are reports telling us to ease lockdowns, etc, and just the opposite is happening? Why are they still talking vaccines when there are therapies? Is it starting to look to anyone else that the “conspiracies” about WEF agendas are true? That there is a real, viable plan to reset to technofeudalism?”

    Honestly because its an election year, and because the last four years we’ve been told that anyone who helped elect trump is a racist, stupid throwback, and most of the people who are losing their business and aren’t working from home are probably trump supporters, this is punishment. Lockdown is punishment until you make the right choice and trump is no longer president. If this is true, then i guess trump really isn’t the establishment. If HCQ does work and helps people if administered early, then the only reason to deny it is to drag this out at least until the election is over. Too much is murky, we’ve been fed sooo much disinformation that nobody except those in power have any idea whats going on. I do believe the Clinton/Bush/CIA faction are globalists, perhaps trump is a nationalist or represents that faction, and if he does get another four years with nothing to lose maybe we will get lots of dark details from the past 20+ years of the cabal that has been running the country. Who knows, but what it does show is how much we’ve been told is not the truth and how we are fed BS all the time and told its the truth.

    Mr. House

    Also if i wanted to destroy any remaining threads of trust that people had with their fellow man, i couldn’t think of a better way to do it then how we’ve handled this. Also institutions, if i wanted to create something new (because the people in power were the people in power under the last institutions) i’d do everything i could to discredit those institutions (but promise the people running them that they’ll be in charge of the new institutions), sow fear and mistrust amongst the people and then tell each “side” its the othersides fault. This year is like an episode of black mirror.


    According to Michael Lewis, the Trump transition team barely existed and had no strategy.

    “The Fifth Risk is a 2018 non-fiction book by Michael Lewis that examines the transition and political appointments of the Donald Trump presidency, especially with respect to three government agencies: the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce”. Wikipedia

    We still suffer from that ignorance. Rural/small Towns/Cities/MSAs, have relatively small tax bases, few opportunities for economies of scale. They do a lot with a little. They also need their State and Federal governments more than the large MDAs. Redistricting on population basis for both State houses and Congressional Representatives every decade has shifted representation to the endlessly needy, inefficient suburbs that get more and more of the pie. At the Federal level, the Senate does provide some representation of the land separate from population which only takes from the land. The Republicans disabuse the religious who live on the edge of exploitation, assuring them that if they don’t get what they need in this life it will surely come in the next. The media wise will never understand this.


    The poem that “my parents said know” tried and failed to post here:

    There’s a red dot on my forehead and it follows me about-
    I look around and others have it, too.
    I know that They’ve been thinking how to take the surplus out-
    For the life of me I don’t know what to do!


    ‘Bonfire of the Humanity’, by Russell Bangs:

    “..As always the most vulnerable elements – our inner feelings, our self-respect and self-confidence, our personal relationships, our ability to form such relationships in the first place, our attempts to rebuild human community amid such a hostile sociopathic commodified habitat – are the most vulnerable to this totalitarian violence. The primary goal always is to eradicate everything that makes us human in the first place. This was always the goal of tyrants throughout history, the goal of modern totalitarian tyrannies, and most virulent of all it is the primary goal of the globalist technocratic elites in launching their terror-lockdown assault which uses covid as a pretext. The mass death cult which has arisen to exult in this global bonfire of humanity, these masses so spiritually and intellectually exhausted they repose such fundamentalist faith in such dominionist presumption and flee to what they hope will be a new age of darkness where they never again have to lay eyes upon one another or upon themselves..”

    and: “..The “pandemic”, such as it ever was, has been over since late spring. That’s why the cultists have to resort to semantic distortions and misdirection – shrieking about alleged new “cases” where they mean non-symptomatic infections, detected by what’s universally known to be an unreliable test, and which numbers, to the extent they’re accurate, reflect the inexorable progress of herd immunity, while they fraudulently imply significant numbers of people are dying when in reality this is not happening anywhere nor will it ever happen – and outright lies, while regressing to the most infantile flat-earthism in denial of the success of Sweden and others who did not join the terror stampede and in parroting over and over, “I believe because it’s absurd…I believe because it’s absurd…”..”

    Bonfire of the Humanity

    Those running this pandemic-show are killing off humanity (lockdowns, antisocial distancing, job loss, solidarity destroyed) and what it means to be human. The contradictory directives are just part of the show..





    Speaking to your ‘Bonfire of the Humanity’ muse:

    Samantha Hill on Hannah Arendt:

    “Totalitarianism uses isolation to deprive people of human companionship, making action in the world impossible, while destroying the space of solitude. The iron-band of totalitarianism, as Arendt calls it, destroys man’s ability to move, to act, and to think, while turning each individual in his lonely isolation against all others, and himself. The world becomes a wilderness, where neither experience nor thinking are possible.

    Totalitarian movements use ideology to isolate individuals. Isolate means ‘to cause a person to be or remain alone or apart from others’. Arendt spends the first part of ‘Ideology and Terror’ breaking down the ‘recipes of ideologies’ into their basic ingredients to show how this is done:

    ideologies are divorced from the world of lived experience, and foreclose the possibility of new experience;
    ideologies are concerned with controlling and predicting the tide of history;
    ideologies do not explain what is, they explain what becomes;
    ideologies rely on logical procedures in thinking that are divorced from reality;
    ideological thinking insists upon a ‘truer reality’, that is concealed behind the world of perceptible things.

    The way we think about the world affects the relationships we have with others and ourselves. By injecting a secret meaning into every event and experience, ideological movements are forced to change reality in accordance with their claims once they come to power. And this means that one can no longer trust the reality of one’s own lived experiences in the world. Instead, one is taught to distrust oneself and others, and to always rely upon the ideology of the movement, which must be right.

    But in order to make individuals susceptible to ideology, you must first ruin their relationship to themselves and others by making them skeptical and cynical, so that they can no longer rely upon their own judgment:

    “Just as terror, even in its pre-total, merely tyrannical form ruins all relationships between men, so the self-compulsion of ideological thinking ruins all relationship with reality. The preparation has succeeded when people have lost contact with their fellow men as well as the reality around them; for together with these contacts, men lose the capacity of both experience and thought. The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (ie, the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (ie, the standards of thought) no longer exist…..”



    And just to add; my personal cup is half full….not empty. There are many and myriad people I know and have encountered through out my 70 years and even in the last 8 months who can think for themselves and are out there risking it and actually EXPERIENCING the world. I am hopefull.

    John Day

    Good context, Geppetto.


    “An especially telling moment occurred on October 13th. According to the Times, two senior White House officials cited, in a background conversation with reporters, the Great Barrington Declaration—a document that argues for the pursuit of herd immunity through widespread infection instead of a vaccine.”
    “Throughout the pandemic, Trump and his team have often denied that they are pursuing herd immunity as a strategy. And yet their words and actions have belied their disavowal. “Once you get to a certain number—we use the word ‘herd’—once you get to a certain number, it’s going to go away,” the President told Fox News, in August. ”


    There’s only one screen but two different movies playing. Everyone will see what they want to see.



    The two headed snake metaphor was ok. This ‘screen’ one too. No need to go all metaphysical and quantum universe on us. Newtonian physics works ok at my interface. At my interface life ain’t no *screen*. This? AE? Mental masturbation, circle jerk in the cloud(Raul used it first!). Fun, but too much of anything will make you crazy as my mom told me many years ago.

    Sorry buddy, I think Hannah Arendt just threw her hands up and turned over in her grave

    Michael Reid

    The following article is very well written and hits on many of the points that I have been making and proposes an explanation for what is going on but be warned it is very unsettling.

    Killing Unknown

    V. Arnold

    The following article is very well written and hits on many of the points that I have been making and proposes an explanation for what is going on but be warned it is very unsettling.

    It is an interesting read, as it gives an overview not often seen/written about.
    I found it not to be unsettling because there is nothing really new; its power lies in putting it all together under one roof, so-to-speak.
    Fear is the real boogy man; the main power weilded by those in power…
    I have a saying: Fear is a thief, don’t let it steal from you.
    Thanks for that article…..


    The West has one system. It is to make a profit. Government, Society, and the Law have all been dismantled to maximize the organization’s sole goal; making more money. Donald Trump is still an oligarch even though he is his family’s Third-generation Money Loser. Joe Biden is a First-generation Professional Politician who is way too old to be running for election once again. Hunter is his 50-year-old crack head offspring who’s not Beau.

    The coronavirus pandemic could have been controlled in the West with a functional public health system. But neither candidate has any intention of spending any money on people’s health. That would cut into the 20% that health care brings to the Plutocrats and their Overseers’ wealth extraction schemes. The virus has killed 230,068 Americans to date. Twice the casualties of all the US wars since WWII. Death for profit with not one victory in 75 years.


    Everybody knows what they did not know when C19 started.
    (Wash hands, distancing and masks.)
    There is no logical reason or excuses for C19 to, once again, hear reports of C19 running wild in the care home around the world.


    Why Biden won’t get elected: his daughter, Ashley, says she took “not appropriate showers” with him as a child. There goes the women vote. Many red flags, just ask Tara Reade.

    EXCLUSIVE SOURCE: Biden Daughter’s Diary Details ‘Not Appropriate’ Showers With Joe As Child

    V. Arnold

    Why Biden won’t get elected: his daughter, Ashley, says she took “not appropriate showers” with him as a child. There goes the women vote. Many red flags, just ask Tara Reade.

    Okay, very titilating, but is it true?


    “…. but is it true?”
    A grain of salt
    10% care

    Michael Reid

    @V. Arnold
    @ John Day

    Yes we are all a collection of our experiences and how we connect to nature is probably the truest truth that is real.

    There is so much shit going on in our abstract lives, the connections to nature that we are not aware of and our world view that formed in our youth and has been modified by reality is not always consistent.

    I have challenged everything in my life growing up and it is no different today. I thank you both for your causing me to think deeper and providing further sources of exploration.

    @V. Arnold, regarding this article,

    Killing Unknown

    Your comment that it was not so unsettling to you is perhaps because you have recognized with your life experience that this is the way life has been proceeding but the reason I felt the article was so unsettling is because it destroyed my worldview.

    The reason I say this is because I grew up in a very pristine environment where I can drink the water out of any brook or river not in town. Then I moved to Toronto for my post-secondary education where I saw the Don and Humber rivers running with a green water that if I had tried to drink I probably would have died. Lesson 1. What was this world with green river water that is probably unsafe to drink? It was my first clue that giant cities are not good for life. So as I proceeded with my education and eventually got my engineering degree and eventually spent some time in Hong Kong and China and I see in China a man on a bicycle with a steel king sized mattress positioned on his head as he transported it which I suspect was to another factory to be finished. In China there was an old woman with a baby smacking my arm and asking for money. What is wrong with this place I thought. So sheltered from life was I that I could not understand how this situation was even possible. Having grown up in Canada, I could not understand why the government was not feeding you, ensuring you are healthy and providing you with a place to live. That was my world.

    So when I reflect on Capitalism, I have discovered that my idea is similar to that of FDR.

    Hyperinflation, Fascism and War: How the New World Order May Be Defeated Once More

    When I think of the USA as a country, I feel that they are very cruel to their poor and everyone else in the world who are poor. I have consumed the mainstream media and I mistakenly thought that the USA was a force for good in the world. No longer. I feel shame that I contributed to the AAAV, M1A1, and Bradley fighting vehicle.

    What to do? Live in nature, work my ass off and try to survive for as long as I can as long as it is pleasant.

    @ John Day
    Regarding fungi, I understand that they provide a beautiful solution to the decomposition of organic matter but as a person who is trying to survive, I would encourage anyone else to forget about paints and stains and simply apply bleach once or twice a year. Your wooden structures would last much longer.

    The concept reminds me of The Game of Thrones and the spore drive on Star Trek but life is a serious mystery. And yes I am certain there are many things that we have not figured out and the more I reflect there is a requirement for an unknown force to shepherd our souls.

    Michael Reid

    @ Bill7

    I totally agree with you. The majority of the population has been captured and are ready for slaughter.

    Michael Reid

    @ Geppetto,

    Ok. I will tell you from experience if this is not yours, people get along very well if they have the same income and societies work much better if rich fucks are taxed down to level of their workers so the wealth is spreads round.Trickle down is bullshit.Kill the the billionaires and millionaires. That’s the way forward.

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