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US, Germany, UK Could Start COVID Vaccinations As Early As December (G.)
AstraZeneca’s COVID19 Vaccine Shows Average Efficiency Of 70% (RT)
Most Coronavirus Cases Are Spread By People Without Symptoms – CDC (CNN)
WHO Envoy Predicts Third Wave Of COVID19 In Europe Next Year (RT)
Portuguese Court: PCR Tests “Unreliable” & Quarantines “Unlawful” (OffG)
Rudy Giuliani: Sidney Powell Not Part Of Trump Legal Team (JTN)
Michael Flynn Jr. on Trump Team’s Sidney Powell Statement (GP)
Nunes Claims Obama Is Joe Biden’s ‘Overlord’, Calls For Special Counsel (DM)
Taxpayers Face $435 Billion in Student-Loan Losses Already Baked In (WS)
China Daily Paid US Newspapers Millions To Publish Propaganda This Year (DC)
The US Has Withdrawn From The Treaty On Open Skies (JTN)



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US, Germany, UK Could Start COVID Vaccinations As Early As December (G.)

As G20 leaders pledged to ensure the equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, drugs and tests so that poorer countries are not left out, the US, UK and Germany each announced plans to begin vaccinations in their countries in December, while Spain said it would start administering the vaccine to its citizens in January. Britain could give regulatory approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine as early as this week, even before the US authorises it, the UK’s Telegraph newspaper reported on Sunday. Pfizer and BioNTech could secure emergency US and European authorisation for their Covid-19 vaccine next month after final trial results showed a 95% success rate and no serious side effects. Moderna last week released preliminary data for its vaccine showing 94.5% effectiveness.

The better-than-expected results from the two vaccines, both developed with new messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, have raised hopes of an easing of a pandemic that has killed more than 1.3 million people. In the US, the head of the US vaccine program, Moncef Slaoui, said the first Americans to receive a vaccine could get it as soon as 11 December, CNN reported on Sunday. “Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunisation sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I expect maybe on day two after approval on the 11th or the 12th of December,” he said in an interview to CNN. Citing government sources, the Telegraph also said the UK’s National Health Service had been told to be ready to administer it by 1 December. Britain formally asked its medical regulator, the MHRA, last week to assess the suitability of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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That’s not very high. How about the Russian vaccine?

AstraZeneca’s COVID19 Vaccine Shows Average Efficiency Of 70% (RT)

The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and drug maker AstraZeneca has shown an average efficiency of 70 percent, depending on dosage, the partners said as they announced clinical trial results. The developers revealed the preliminary results on Monday, following trials conducted in the UK and Brazil. Depending on the dosage, the vaccine showed varying efficiency of up to 90 percent, while the Pfizer vaccine is 95 percent effective and Russia’s Sputnik V is 92 percent effective. “One dosing regimen showed vaccine efficacy of 90 percent when AZD1222 was given as a half dose, followed by a full dose at least one month apart, and another dosing regimen showed 62 percent efficacy when given as two full doses at least one month apart,” the AstraZeneca developers said in a statement, adding, “analysis from both dosing regimens resulted in an average efficacy of 70 percent.”

AstraZeneca’s CEO Pascal Soriot said the vaccine’s “efficacy and safety” showed it will be highly effective against the coronavirus and it will have an “immediate impact” on the Covid-19 crisis. The announcement was welcomed by UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock who said the preliminary trial results were “fantastic news.” “These figures … shows that the vaccine in the right dosage can be up to 90 percent effective,” he told Sky News. “We’ve got 100 million doses on order and should all that go well, the bulk of the rollout will be in the new year.”

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Confusion over droplets vs arerosols.

Most COVID transmission by people without symptoms
– Ppl w/o symptoms don’t cough and sneeze much
– When talking, aerosols dominate over droplets by x100-2000
– Surfaces transmit inefficiently (per CDC)

Most Coronavirus Cases Are Spread By People Without Symptoms – CDC (CNN)

Most coronavirus infections are spread by people who have no symptoms, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in newly updated guidance. It’s one of the main reasons mask use is so important, the CDC said. “Most SARS-CoV-2 infections are spread by people without symptoms,” the agency said in a section of its website devoted to explaining the science of how to use masks to control the spread of the virus. “CDC and others estimate that more than 50% of all infections are transmitted from people who are not exhibiting symptoms,” it added in the guidance posted Friday. “This means at least half of new infections come from people likely unaware they are infectious to others.”

According to the CDC, 24% of people who transmit the virus to others never develop symptoms and another 35% were pre-symptomatic. It also said 41% infected others while experiencing symptoms. Peak infectiousness comes five days after infection, the agency said on the website. “With these assumptions, 59% of infections would be transmitted when no symptoms are present but could range (from) 51%-70% if the fraction of asymptomatic infections were 24%-30% and peak infectiousness ranged 4-6 days.” It cited a study published in July in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and as-yet unpublished CDC data. Previously, the health organization has not characterized what percentage of infections are spread by symptomless people. “Infection is spread primarily through exposure to respiratory droplets exhaled by infected people when they breathe, talk, cough, sneeze, or sing,” the agency added.

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WHO still not in favor of lockdowns. But that falls on deaf ears.

WHO Envoy Predicts Third Wave Of COVID19 In Europe Next Year (RT)

With Europe already suffering a second wave of coronavirus infections, World Health Organization envoy David Nabarro has warned that the region could see another spike in infections next year In an interview on Saturday with Swiss newspaper Solothurner Zeitung, Nabarro said that European governments failed to build up the “necessary infrastructure” to keep the virus under control after the first wave of infections this spring. Now we have the second wave. If they don’t build the necessary infrastructure, we’ll have a third wave early next year. Infections are once again surging throughout Europe, after a lull this summer.

France and Germany recorded some 33,000 new cases combined on Saturday, while the UK reported nearly 20,000 cases on the same day, and Spain announced more than 15,000 on Friday. Deaths remain proportionally lower throughout Europe than during the first wave, however. Despite Nabarro’s stark prediction, the WHO has cautioned against responding too heavy-handedly to the pandemic. In a briefing on Thursday, the organization’s European director, Hans Kluge, called for “systematic and general mask-wearing” and “strict controls on social gatherings,” but described national lockdowns as a “last resort” policy.

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“The reddit Covid19 board actually removed the post, because it was “not a reliable source”, despite relying on the official court documents.”

Portuguese Court: PCR Tests “Unreliable” & Quarantines “Unlawful” (OffG)

An appeals court in Portugal has ruled that the PCR process is not a reliable test for Sars-Cov-2, and therefore any enforced quarantine based on those test results is unlawful. Further, the ruling suggested that any forced quarantine applied to healthy people could be a violation of their fundamental right to liberty. Most importantly, the judges ruled that a single positive PCR test cannot be used as an effective diagnosis of infection. The specifics of the case concern four tourists entering the country from Germany – all of whom are anonymous in the transcript of the case – who were quarantined by the regional health authority. Of the four, only one had tested positive for the virus, whilst the other three were deemed simply of “high infection risk” based on proximity to the positive individual.

All four had, in the previous 72 hours, tested negative for the virus before departing from Germany. In their ruling, judges Margarida Ramos de Almeida and Ana Paramés referred to several scientific studies. Most notably this study by Jaafar et al., which found that – when running PCR tests with 35 cycles or more – the accuracy dropped to 3%, meaning up to 97% of positive results could be false positives. The ruling goes on to conclude that, based on the science they read, any PCR test using over 25 cycles is totally unreliable. Governments and private labs have been very tight-lipped about the exact number of cycles they run when PCR testing, but it is known to sometimes be as high as 45. Even fearmonger-in-chief Anthony Fauci has publicly stated anything over 35 is totally unusable.

[..] The media reaction to this case has been entirely predictable – they have not mentioned it. At all. Anywhere. Ever. The ruling was published on November 11th, and has been referenced by many alt-news sites since…but the mainstream outlets are maintaining a complete blackout on it. The reddit Covid19 board actually removed the post, because it was “not a reliable source”, despite relying on the official court documents.

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Looks a bit sloppy.

Rudy Giuliani: Sidney Powell Not Part Of Trump Legal Team (JTN)

Rudy Giuliani, the lead attorney for President Trump’s election challenges, and Trump Campaign Senior Legal Adviser Jenna Ellis said Sunday that high-profile attorney Sidney Powell does not work for the president personally or for his campaign. “Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” the statement from Giuliani and Ellis said. “She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.” Powell on Thursday spoke during a press conference where Giuliani and Ellis also spoke. “I look forward to Mayor Giuliani spearheading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS!” President Trump tweeted on November 14. “Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives!”

Powell, who has alleged that massive corruption occurred during the 2020 election, said during an interview on Newsmax that a “biblical” filing is forthcoming regarding the state of Georgia. “Georgia is extremely bad,” Powell said. “We’ve got ballots being shredded, ballots being thrown out in trash bags…the votes being switched, the algorithms being run: You name the manner of fraud and it occurred in Georgia,” she said. While media outlets have projected Joe Biden to be the winner of the 2020 presidential contest, President Trump has not conceded and has made allegations of election fraud.

The Peach State is “probably gonna be the first state I’m gonna blow up,” Powell said, remarking that “Mr. Kemp and the secretary of state need to go with it because they’re in on the Dominon scam with their last minute purchase or award of a contract to Dominon of $100 million dollars. The state bureau of investigation for Georgia oughta be looking into the financial benefits received by Mr. Kemp and the secretary of state’s family about that time.”

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She was suspended by Twitter too.

Michael Flynn Jr. on Trump Team’s Sidney Powell Statement (GP)

As we suspected, the news this evening about Sidney Powell not being on the Trump team is an act to protect Sidney and the Trump team and not a message of disappointment in her latest interviews and actions at all. The Trump campaign issued a statement Sunday night announcing Sidney Powell is not a member of President Trump’s legal team. The statement was posted online by campaign attorney Jenna Ellis on behalf of lead campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani. Powell had appeared at a campaign legal team press conference earlier this week alongside Giuliani and Ellis. Statement:

Attorney Sidney Powell was not able to respond tonight. Sidney was censored and suspended by Twitter earlier today. Mike Flynn, Jr. released a statement tonight.

Sidney released a statement to CBS News. She signed off — #KrakenOnSteroids

General Michael Flynn’s son, Mike Jr., followed up with a message tonight on Parler noting that the earlier message from the President’s team is not a reflection of any misstatements on Sidney’s part:

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‘President Obama is the only president that I know that only moved about a mile from the White House – set up shop, has all his people there..’

Nunes Claims Obama Is Joe Biden’s ‘Overlord’, Calls For Special Counsel (DM)

Rep. Devin Nunes has claimed former President Barack Obama is President-elect Joe Biden’s ‘overlord’ and called for a special counsel to take over the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. Nunes, a California Republican and staunch ally of President Donald Trump, appeared on Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures in an interview with host Maria Bartiromo. ‘President Obama is the only president that I know that only moved about a mile from the White House – set up shop, has all his people there,’ Nunes said, referring to the Obama family’s rented mansion in Washington DC. ‘Most of his people were promoting Kamala Harris to run before she bombed out, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars, and then they propped up Joe Biden,’ Nunes claimed.

Later in the interview, Nunes referred to Obama as Biden’s ‘overlord.’ Nunes also called on Attorney General Bill Barr to appoint a special counsel to take over U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into potential malfeasance in the Russian collusion investigation. ‘Now we’re sitting waiting for Durham to complete this investigation. I think people are getting not only very frustrated but also, there’s a growing concern that Durham is not going to come out with anything and then Biden and Obama are going to be back in, and they’re going to shut this investigation off,’ Nunes said. Durham was appointed by Barr more than a year and a half ago to investigate any misconduct by the FBI and others others related to the inquiry into links between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

So far, Durham’s investigation has secured one guilty plea from a former FBI lawyer, who admitted to doctoring a document used to obtain surveillance warrants on a Trump campaign aide. Trump has raged that the Russian collusion probe, which cast a shadow over much of his presidency, was a ‘failed coup,’ and expressed fury that Durham did not issue more indictments prior to the November election. Nunes said that he feared Biden’s administration would shut down the Durham probe before it could be concluded. ‘I’ve been very clear about this,’ the congressman said. ‘Every day that ticks by, it’s going to become an absolute necessity that a special counsel is appointed on the way out.’

‘Now that doesn’t mean that Biden wouldn’t fire the special counsel, but at least you’d have a special counsel office set up, with money, so that this investigation can continue, because I’m not seeing the indictments that I should be seeing when you take into the account that I’ve made 14 criminal referrals involving dozens and dozens of people,’ he continued.

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“Most of the losses would come from the already established income-based repayment programs and the debt forgiveness at the end of their term.”

Taxpayers Face $435 Billion in Student-Loan Losses Already Baked In (WS)

In 2009, the US government entered the business of reckless, no-matter-what lending to students, even to older students with subprime credit ratings and to students at iffy for-profit colleges with dubious degree programs. And then tuition soared, and student housing went upscale and became a global asset class with its own commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) that are now experiencing record delinquency rates. And Apple and textbook publishers and everyone began feeding at the big trough, with students just being the conduit for this money. Student-loan balances on the government’s financial statement skyrocketed from $147 billion in 2009 to $1.37 trillion at the beginning of 2020, despite the 11% decline in student enrollment since 2011.

Taxpayers face a loss of $435 billion on the $1.37 trillion in student loans on the government’s financial statement at the beginning of this year, even if no additional loans are issued going forward, according to an internal study by the Department of Education, reported by the Wall Street Journal which reviewed the documents. Most of the losses would come from the already established income-based repayment programs and the debt forgiveness at the end of their term. The expected loss of $435 billion is far larger than the rosy estimates released previously, including the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate in May 2019 of a loss of $31 billion, including administrative costs. The student loan balances in the chart above do not include student loans carried by private lenders that are guaranteed by the US government and that will produce additional losses for taxpayers.

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Is this legal?

China Daily Paid US Newspapers Millions To Publish Propaganda This Year (DC)

An English-language newspaper controlled by the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda department paid U.S. media companies nearly $2 million for printing and advertising expenses over the past six months, even amid heightened scrutiny over Beijing’s disinformation efforts in the West. China Daily paid The Wall Street Journal more than $85,000 and the Los Angeles Times $340,000 for advertising campaigns between May and October 2020, according to a disclosure that the propaganda mill filed this week with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). China Daily also paid Foreign Policy magazine $100,000, The Financial Times, a U.K.-based newspaper, $223,710, and $132,046 to the Canadian outlet Globe & Mail for advertising campaigns, according to the filing.

The Beijing-based outlet paid several newspaper companies a total of $1,154,666 for printing costs, including $110,000 to the Los Angeles Times, $92,000 to The Houston Chronicle and $76,000 to The Boston Globe. Overall, China Daily spent more than $4.4 million on printing, distribution, advertising and administration expenses over the past six months, according to the FARA filing. China Daily, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party’s State Council Information Office, its propaganda agency, has for years paid newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and other Western countries to publish advertorials designed to look like legitimate news articles. China Daily paid The Washington Post more than $4.6 million from late 2016 through October 2019, according to a FARA disclosure China Daily filed in June. The Journal received $6 million for advertorials from 2016 through April 2020, according to the disclosure.

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The US Has Withdrawn From The Treaty On Open Skies (JTN)

The U.S. departed the Treaty on Open Skies on Sunday, following an announcement earlier this year that the nation planned to withdraw from the treaty. “On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date,” a press statement from the State Department’s Cale Brown notes. “Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on November 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies.”

In a statement earlier this year, Secretary of State Mike Pompo accused Russia of violating the treaty. “While the United States along with our Allies and partners that are States Parties to the Treaty have lived up to our commitments and obligations under the Treaty, Russia has flagrantly and continuously violated the Treaty in various ways for years,” Pompeo said. “This is not a story exclusive to just the Treaty on Open Skies, unfortunately, for Russia has been a serial violator of many of its arms control obligations and commitments.”

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    Egon Schiele Port of Trieste 1907     Don’t miss the update on our support for the Monastiraki social kitchen in Athens.. And please conside
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    Dr. D

    “Most Coronavirus Cases Are Spread by People Without Symptoms – CDC (CNN)”

    CNN so it’s clearly a lie. So much Science I can’t keep up. I think less than 5 days ago, major story came out that it CAN’T be spread by people without symptoms. I think ALSO the CDC. But they contradict themselves for the last 50 years and blame US for not trusting them and being scientific. And back and forth on this since day one. Which sells more tests? Which sells more fear? Which gives me more power?

    “Do what you’re told!” But Fauc-U, I am! Honest! I am doing exactly what your 60 years of mask studies said, I’m doing everything you said to do in March, and I’m doing what Pelosi and DeBlasio said to do in January. I do what White House reporters do. I’m doing what Chris Cuomo did and I’m doing exactly what Gavin Newsome and the California Health Board do. I do what Denmark told me to do. I do what Sweden told me to do. I do what the Holland Health Director suggested. I do what the Covid advisory board Doctor said: I resist the fabricated and unnecessary end of all human rights and all human wealth. I AM doing what I’m told. By the experts. They have white coats!

    If after a year and a billion cases you still disagree, have no idea what it is, how it works, or what to do about it, whose fault is that? Not mine. Not the poorest and most powerless.

    “WHO still not in favor of lockdowns. But that falls on deaf ears.”

    Their lockdowns worked so well in the 11 months up til now that literally nothing changed, nothing was fixed at all. Just like teh 20-nation study said. I mean that sincerely: the BBC story estimated 25,000 additional Britons were killed from halted access to medical care, equivalent to 250,000 additional deaths in the U.S. Who needs a war? Keep this up for a while, and you’re really talkin’. Deagle will finally be proven correct on the total depopulation of North America.

    Honestly though, I’m not blind to the real stats: Overall all-in deaths is unchanged. COVID is killing no one, it’s just transferring other deaths, most noticeably Influenza, but many others to itself. Death from lack of health care is probably real but being offset by reduced traffic deaths from staying home.

    That said: so no one is killed, no one is saved, right? So the only decision here is: do you want to live in eternal fear, transferring the entire economy to a few centralized oligarchs, and do you want the end of human rights, free speech, free assembly, free action, freedom of motion, forever?

    Apparently we know: People are overwhelmingly in favor of slavery, for themselves and their children. They overwhelmingly adore poverty and oppression. They would rather believe the TV than talk to and stand with their families, especially their children. Truth is the only enemy. Truth we arrive at using open discussion and public sharing of information.

    “Portuguese Court: PCR Tests “Unreliable” & Quarantines “Unlawful” (OffG)”

    This is true in many ways: one, the test itself says it’s not for diagnostic purposes. What? What’s it for then, an expensive paperweight? Second, hospitals in the U.S. have stopped using them for exactly this reason: they don’t work accurately and adequately. For them, a test with even a small level of error is more a menace than a help. Imagine, say, 80% (they say it may be barely 3% accurate); 2 in 10 tests are wrong. So you re-test. 2 in 10 of those are wrong. How many tests do you have to give to be certain enough to take the kind of overwhelming, serious, expensive responses of COVID quarantine? And if the test is wrong, remember: you are putting an uninfected person into an area they might contract it and die. Having walked in healthy and COVID-free, because of your test.

    …The test that the test creator himself said should never be used this way. But who cares about science, right? Who reads the box that says, “Not to be used for diagnosis” or “This mask is not a medical device and stos nothing.”

    But profits are booming!!!


    Yellow Vest protests have stopped. Lockdowns underway worldwide, which “Gives us an opportunity” to do whatever we feel like, says Justin.

    And about banning, Twitter (I think) banned the Danish study on masks because: not doctors. Not doctors censor real doctors to prevent them from speaking about medicine. We always trust anyone who isn’t a doctor when talking about medicine. That’s just common sense.

    “Rudy Giuliani: Sidney Powell Not Part of Trump Legal Team (JTN)”

    Remember the laser-pointer cat thing back in the ’19 hurricane? Yes, that was Trump trolling the press for being so stupid, so retarded, so illogical, so illiterate, having such a short attention span, that he just runs them around chasing their baying beagle tails from one stupid thing to the next. Remember when he said the Squad should go back where they come from? Yeah, he was passing major immigration legislation then. No one noticed. I think there was something with sharpies.

    Totally unrelated: Powell can’t get her Flynn case to court since Federal Judges run both the defense and the prosecution these days, and has some free time to discuss outrageous election allegations. Now these are probably true which is why they’re going bananas over them, but are they provable? Are they being presented in court?

    Meanwhile Giuliani is presenting extremely boring, mundane Constitutional process objections about equal access that the press doesn’t care about. But are extremely simple to prove and near-certain to win.
    This is what happens when you send your daughters to Columbia Journalism: they become illiterate boobs incapable of the thinking level of a 12-year-old. What few thoughts that remain are about TikTok likes and last less than 60 seconds.

    But like I said, this is all theory and has nothing to do with any actual strategy that’s being actually pursued right now.

    “Taxpayers Face $435 Billion in Student-Loan Losses Already Baked In (WS)”

    Softening them up for the giveaway. The giveaway is this: give up all your rights and we’ll forgive the debts that we created from pure fraud and never had any risk of defaulting in the first place. Deal?

    “China Daily Paid US Newspapers Millions to Publish Propaganda this Year (DC)”

    Legal and a weakness of our system. But only if you have exclusive crony monopoly system and no competition. The strength of our system is that citizens quickly realized the papers are lying and boycotted them. They quickly moved away from every mainstream to alternative sources and a few honest remaining papers. So the army was originally aggregated into a mass, but when attacked, scattered into every nook of the countryside, taking ten-thousand forms, and are all shooting back at once. So whose approach is stronger? Authoritarians? Or Libertarians?

    John Day
    (Picture of banana patch with first plants yesterday morning)

    “Reset” wasn’t previously a bad word, but now it’s getting that way. I liked it because it was neutral and without a lot of baggage.
    I want to use it neutrally at first, if I may.
    We are a very effective species at getting our needs met. We communicate with each other, use tools, use tools and energy to make tools and harvest energy to make tools and energy and food.
    And we communicate over vast stretches of time and distance now.
    Nothing can stand in our way but success, and the class of special humans that has arisen in the millennia preceding our births, the class of kings and nobles (and bankers, and the CIA, and so on). This special class of people swings into action to get rid of entire populations of humans when the population outgrows the food supply.
    This helps our species continue living, moving, solving problems, growing food, finding water and fuel, and living.
    It is technically possible to work things out without these specialists in population reduction, but we are not used to it, and we have not really come to grips with the issue, itself. Each of us sees a small part of the great world, and few can grasp that all the people in a region have surpassed the ability of the region to feed them.
    This is a very unpopular topic, and strictly forbidden in most polite circles.
    For me to suggest that the kings, lords, rulers and powerful functionaries have the useful purpose of killing a lot of people from time to time, without being seen to have done so, is not just unusual, and rude, but weird.
    Everybody knows that wars happen accidentally, or from bad guys, or religion, racism, misunderstandings, and things like that.
    My thesis is simpler, that the cold hearted power elites use wars to kill off a bunch of people when the economy fails, and to induce the surviving people to work hard, doing what they are told to do for the good of their whole clan.
    Through this crisis response, a new economy is worked out. It is our way.

    I see this cycle of history as being different from the recent cycles we have studied in history, because the food supply we are now outpacing is more intricate, as it is driven by vast cheap energy to do almost all of the work, transport food thousands of miles to us, and to spend 10 calories of diesel energy equivalent for every calorie of food we eat. When diesel (and electricity, etc.) declines, we get poor, and when it declines more, we may break the economy that supports our lives, go through desperate hardship for indefinite periods of time, and even behave badly along the way.
    Wars are already being imposed upon people who live on top of oil, forcing their economies into failure to support them. That keep their economies sitting on the oil, not using it. The kings and owners will need it. Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Venezuela all have a moderately good grasp of this dynamic. There is really no limit to the populations who have to do with less oil, through economic destruction, so the owners can keep the overall structure , their power structure, intact. That is of primary importance to them, and they make all the decisions.
    Glenn Greenwald points out his observation that the ruling coalition is composed of all those power figures who oppose withdrawing from the war in Afghanistan (which was justified only by lies, and was done for geopolitical reasons).
    Nuclear weapons change the old model, but the same tools of fear, panic, blaming the “enemy”, and blind obedience because the family will die if you stop to ask questions, still apply.
    Joseph Mercola DO has this good article about “The Great Reset” leveraged off COVID-19. It’s not a fake virus, but the fear factor is amplified 100 times over what would be promoted to society if “a great reset” were not at hand for structural reasons like finite oil being unable to catch up to infinitely leveraged debt bubbles, built on debt bubbles. People will have to give up property, privacy, freedom of speech and association, in order to fully submit to the new technocratic system (a high tech fascism, and China is ahead). I’m not a follower of Dr Mercola, but this article is right on, especially since he cuts and pastes long excerpts from “The Great Reset For Dummies” by Tessa (fights robots) Lena.

    I am certain this techno-fascism approach cannot work at the goal I see, which is to maximize the rich complexity of life on earth through enhancing complex ecosystems, not simplifying them. That’s my view, and it is the opposite of the techno-fascists who seek to simplify life to monoculture systems which they control through genetic engineering, factory farms, and chemical inputs made in factories on the Texas gulf coast. For the ruling elites, all permission must come from them, from the top, otherwise they are losing power, “melting, melting…”
    My advocacy of the antithesis of this, maximizing the richness and complexity of life, which is typified by the Amazon rain forest, arose from my meditations and thoughts on “the meaning/purpose of life”. My simplest and broadest take was that a sterile ball of metals , dirt and water receiving solar energy is the antithesis of life’s goals. We all inherently understand that life is better, and more life is better-er. In the Amazon, the photosynthetic energy of 1 photon may click through a dozen life forms as that energy clicks down a tiny bit each time in the cascade of organisms giving to and feeding off other organisms and their left-overs. Using factory farming techniques, poisons like roundUp and DDT kill all life except the monorop, and it dies and is harvested, feeding only humans or cattle or pigs, then being processed into “food” to be bought and consumed one time by one person, whose waste goes into a landfill and a treatment plant. That reduces the dozen steps of the photon supporting life down to maybe 3, but you have to average that with the time the field sits bare and poisoned, with dead soil, just awaiting fertilizer and irrigation water.

    Self organizing complex living systems are way smarter and more adaptive than our tunnel vision narcissistic and sociopathic class of kings, spooks and bankers.
    My highest purpose in this value system is to be a steward of life.
    My approach to “The Great Reset” is to foster life in every nook and cranny, life that feeds me and helps me feed other life and keep feeding living cycles like compost heaps and worms and bees and birds (and , disappointingly, squirrels, raccoons, possums, and bucks who antler-shred my fruit trees in rutting season). I am just working this out as I go, seeking tricks that don’t use poison and bullets.
    I still drive. I still have lots of fossil fuel inputs to my vegetable gardens, but I am trying to limit them to initial investments, and find ways to move forward with complex life supporting me and an increasingly well balanced food growing ecosystem.
    I’m learning. I’m passing it on. I hope I am only beginning a process that will become wiser and more complex with passing generations, a renaissance of life, and orchestra and ballet of life, dancing life, complex and vivid and resilient.


    @ John Day
    What is the purpose of human life on earth?
    We are factories making and spreading microscopic life.
    Our bodies are specialized microscopic factories.

    The colon, in contrast, contains the highest microbial density recorded in any habitat on Earth[13] with up to 1012 cells per gram of intestinal content.[11] These bacteria represent between 300 and 1000 different species.[11][12] However, 99% of the bacteria come from about 30 or 40 species.[14] As a consequence of their abundance in the intestine, bacteria also make up to 60% of the dry mass of feces.[15] Fungi, protists, archaea, and viruses are also present in the gut flora, but less is known about their activities.[16]
    Over 99% of the bacteria in the gut are anaerobes, but in the cecum, aerobic bacteria reach high densities.[4] It is estimated that these gut flora have around a hundred times as many genes in total as there are in the human genome.[17]
    Humans are involved in mutualisms with other species: their gut flora is essential for our efficient digestion
    Our digestion is dependent on the digestion product of the bacteria digestion.
    LUCA (the Last Universal Common Ancestor)
    Release your imagination

    The Tree of Souls
    , besides being a connection to Eywa, also works as a way for her to directly interact with the world through the seeds of the tree. The tree has the capability to connect directly to the human nervous system, despite humans lacking a queue. The roots of the Tree of Souls are capable of initiating a neural link with the Na’vi, like with the Tree of Voices. This allows all of the Na’vi to unite as one.


    Print trillion of dollars
    1. for you and me ….. longer life of Lockdowns, restrictions, curfews, poverty, death, homeless, suffering
    2. for the elites and the enablers ….. longer life of improvement of lifestyles


    “What could Trump do to crash markets at this point?”
    1. Stop printing money
    2. Impose/control health costs
    3. Bring the troops home
    4. Pardon prisoners, close the prisons
    5. Arrest the elites and the enablers
    6. Make illegal immigrants legal.


    I’ve been watching this one since Raul started posting the Worldometer Covid stats every morning. On the average about 350,000 babies are born and a 150,000 people die…..every day.


    Lead from the front big brother.

    @ Zerosum

    I think that Freud and Jung were only partially correct about their dream theories. I think some dream information is encoded in DNA as well.


    Benton Smith on prev. thread asked about the early cases of COV19:

    Why didn’t they spread?

    Here is another (imho): Virginia retirement home outbreak, July 2019:

    Plus, the vaping illness, EVALI, a complicated, dicey story.

    As it is presented, it had nothing to do with COV19. Took off Aug. 2019 – peaked in Sept. 2019 – died out in Jan. 2020 (when COV19 ‘arose’..) Close on 3K hospitalized cases, 68 ppl died, USA. I see the CDC has changed its page, it used to list symptoms (identical to COV19) right on the front, no more – now it is all about smoking, vaping dangers.

    but see:

    At the Wuhan military games, Oct. 2019,,

    Many of the contestants fell ill. Amongst the French delegation, after COV19 became official, they almost all said, it was the Corona. The Gvmt. first denied this was possible and then shut up (best way to kill a story.) The article below – one ex. from MSM – also details that the F Ministry of the Armies forbade participants from answering journo questions about this matter. The woman gold winner pictured was sick as a dog, her partner too.. In French:

    So, it did spread, and many ppl fell ill, recall the death rate for under 50’s is way below 1% – not very noticeable. It spread the same way it is spreading now, but ‘less’ as there were ‘less’ points of infection.

    It was only when it hit Wuhan and some Chinese Docs – Dr. Li (died), the coordinator of a small group of 8 or so Docs – that it was properly identified. Or became an acknowledged, official virus on the Int’l stage.

    (This does not address where, how COV19 originated.)

    John Day

    Good work, Noirette! I have tracked these same incidents. I continue to suspect that the bug leaked from Ft Detrick MD, which was closed for a breach in late July 2019, and opened again in November.
    Thnks Geppetto. I just had lunch in Yoakum, put pavers around the banana patch nd am about to dig in the 3 bigger plants and another little one.

    : Our place in the universe, a classic:


    From your french link I found a point of view of what is happening in Africa with covid19

    John Day
    You hit my funny bone MEANING YOU MADE ME HAPPY LOL

    Dave Note

    James Kunstler on Sidney and Rudi:

    “It’s hard to imagine that Miz Powell and Mr. Giuliani would sacrifice their reputations on some kind of bluff. Anyway, what’s to bluff in this game? I don’t believe this [duo] would bring a wiffle bat to a gunfight.”

    a kullervo

    Oh America, land of the bended knee, home of the mage: first it was the magical bullet, now you have the magical voting machine, conjuring votes out of thin air and summoning the dead; America, always eager to entertain…


    John Day:

    Our standard of living is directly proportional to the amount of energy used. More energy = higher living standard.

    Sadly even so called “green” energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels require outside energy inputs to sustain them. In other words they don’t produce enough energy to replace themselves. Without fossil fuels we couldn’t produce and use wind turbines and solar panels. Fossil fuels are required to maintain them. (Disclosure: My son works maintaining GE wind turbines.)

    With an electrical background, I have enjoyed building my own wind turbines and solar panels and playing around with them. Far more energy went into them than ever came out of them! But they were fun toys to make!


    Sadly, when it comes to rigging elections, the riggers own the political actors and the judges.

    Sidney Powel is putting up the good fight, but the system dooms her efforts.


    John Day:

    Your banana plantation looks awesome! It looks like you put in a lot of energy into it!

    I look outside my windows, here in Toronto, and all I see is snow as far as the eye can see!

    Our pet rabbit, Moki, is hiding in the solarium!

    P.S. Moki loves bananas!


    From CJ Hopkins’s latest:

    “..I am calling them “totalitarians.” Which, at this point, given everything we know, if you’re still pretending that this coronavirus in any way warrants the increasingly ridiculous “emergency measures” we are being subjected to, I’m sorry, but that is what you are.

    You may not believe that is what you are … totalitarians never do, not until it is far too late.

    It functions like a cult, totalitarianism. It creeps up on you, little by little, little lie by little lie, accommodation by accommodation, rationalization by rationalization … until one day you find yourself taking orders from some twisted little narcissistic nihilist on a mission to remake the entire world. You don’t surrender to it all at once. You do it over the course of weeks and months..”

    The Germans Are Back!


    MoA’s take on the “pandemic”:

    No comment


    On second thought, I will comment: these sites say that we need to [temporarily™, heh] give up almost all that
    in fact makes us human, like socializing; being able to see each others’ faces; not breathing through an effing
    mask (bad for one’s health in itself, without question); all to “stop a virus” that cannot in fact be stopped, anyway.. check the under-65 mortality stats for the Megadeath Virus of Doom, and then decide if destroying
    the civil liberties (likely for all time) of the world’s citizenries really makes sense (except if you’re

    “not with a bang, but with a whimper..” -TS Eliot


    An aside: I’m starting to wonder how much various persons are either paid or encouraged, these days, to
    use the words “in this Pandemic”.. I live in a reasonably cosmopolitan region (central coast California),
    and see *no evidence* firsthand of a “pandemic” (that’s really all I trust, these days); just 24/7 media
    bleatings to that effect, including from virtually all the internet sites that I formerly saw as people-oriented..

    “Ebreybuddy say “Pandemmick!!!”



    Commenter at Off-G:

    Nov 23, 2020 2:32 AM

    I’ve been looking over overall death totals from the US these past few days. While some of you know from my comments I have been chronicling the fraud of the entire Covid narrative from Day One I think it’s now time for me to recant, for all of us to recant. As the numbers below illustrate this thing is very real. Not only is it real but it has been with us for years- Covid you see is in our past, present and future. Not only do we need to lockdown but we need to do it in a way to make amends for not locking down in previous years- maybe think of it as atonement for enjoying walking around freely in past times when death was hittin’ us just as hard as it is now.

    Consider the following figures from the good old, albeit crumbling, US of A.

    US Total deaths by year per CDC:
    2013: 2,596,993
    2014: 2,626,418
    2015: 2,712,630
    2016: 2,744,248
    2017: 2,813,503
    2018: 2,839,205
    2019: 2,855,000
    2020: as of 11/14 total deaths= 2,512,880

    At present the US is experiencing a 1.12% increase in overall mortality rates for 2020- not good- pandemicky numbers to be sure.

    However, last year, 2019, there was also a 1.12% increase. Did we miss a pandemic in 2019? Where was the media on this- sleeping on the job? Should we not have been in full blown hysteria with windows shut and full blown anti-viral gear strapped to our faces?

    But wait it’s even scarier- 2018 saw a 1.22% increase in mortality rates, 2017 saw a 1.24% increase, 2016 1.27% increase, 2015 1.27% increase, 2014 1.29% increase- all exceeding 2020’s increase rate- any sane person would see these are clearly pandemicky figures no? <

    Super-ultra-scarey! I think we all oughta “self-quarantine™” ’til we’re dead of despair, so as to stay ultra-super
    safe, forever.. After all, what’s a life for, if not for staying safe™ (dog, I hope never hear those two words cojoined again..)

    The elites are winning this without even a fight- they must be laughing their a**es off.


    More from Off-G:

    > just read this on Moon of Alabama Website:

    “In my view that warning is not strong enough.
    There should be more draconic measures and restrictions of freedom to prevent higher Covid-19 casualties.”

    More repression = more FreeDom, according to Bernhard- so cool!

    Wasn’t there an apposite quote- maybe from Upton Sinclair- about what our form of fascism
    was going to look like? Looks like B and many others are now carrying that torch..


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