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UK Becomes First Country To Approve Pfizer-BioNTech COVID19 Vaccine (NBC)
With Tanden Choice, Democrats Stick it to Sanders Voters (Taibbi)
We Know Joe (Jacobs)
Putting a BlackRock Alum in Charge of Greening the Economy (TNR)
Trump Raises At Least $150 Million Since Election Day (JTN)
Whistleblowers Allege Ballots Crossed State Lines, Disappear, Backdating (JTN)
Why the Fed Needs Public Banks (Ellen Brown)
The Rich Cheer Wall Street’s Latest Records. The Rest Drain 401(k)s (CP)
Ray Dalio’s Chart Hints At What Beijing Is Really Up To (Xie)
Debenhams ‘Never Recovered From Private Equity Ownership’ (G.)
One Of Biology’s Biggest Mysteries ‘Largely Solved’ By AI (BBC)

 

 

 

 

The rest of us should be happy they will be the guinea pigs. I’ve seen one too many doctors and scientists say they’ll sit this one out.

UK Becomes First Country To Approve Pfizer-BioNTech COVID19 Vaccine (NBC)

The U.K. has become the first country to approve the use of the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, and will begin inoculations next week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said early Wednesday. “For so long we’ve been saying that if a vaccine is developed, then things will get better in 2021, and now we can say when this vaccine is rolled out things will get better,” Hancock told the BBC. The U.K. has ordered 40 million vaccine doses from Pfizer — enough for up to a third of the population. The vaccine was found to be 95 percent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19, the drugmaker said after clinical trials.


The pharmaceutical giant submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 20 for an emergency use authorization in the U.S. A vaccine committee will now decide which groups will first get the vaccine, such as care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and people who are clinically vulnerable. “This authorization is a goal we have been working toward since we first declared that science will win,” said Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in a news release. The Pfizer shots must be stored at minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit — far colder than standard cooling systems. To help accommodate the extra refrigeration requirement, Pfizer has developed a supercool storage unit packed with dry ice.

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She looks like a no-go. But many of the other neocons will be in.

With Tanden Choice, Democrats Stick it to Sanders Voters (Taibbi)

The Democratic Party is not known for its sense of humor, but news that Joe Biden will appoint longtime Center for American Progress chief Neera Tanden to his government qualifies as a rare, well-earned laugh line. Tanden is famous for two things: having a puddle of DNC talking points in place of a cerebrum, and despising Bernie Sanders. She was #Resistance’s most visible anti-Sanders foil, spending awe-inspiring amounts of time on Twitter bludgeoning Sanders and his supporters as a deviant mob of Russian tools and covert “horseshoe theory” Trump-lovers. She has, to put it gently, an ardent social media following. Every prominent media figure with even a vague connection to Sanders learned in recent years to expect mud-drenched pushback from waves of “Neera trolls” after any public comment crossing DNC narratives.

No name in blue politics is more associated with seething opposition to Sanders than Tanden. Biden is making this person Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Sanders is the ranking member (and, perhaps, future chair) of the Senate Budget Committee. Every time Bernie even thinks about doing Committee business, he’ll be looking up at Neera Tanden. For a party whose normal idea of humor is ten thousand consecutive jokes about Trump being gay with Putin, that’s quite a creative “fuck you.” The Democrats still have to reckon with Trumpism in both the short and long term, but the Sanders movement on their other flank has at least temporarily been routed as a serious oppositional force. The Democrats know this, which is part of the joke of the Tanden appointment. While the party’s labors to oppose Trump have been incoherent at best, the campaign to kneecap Sanders has been, let’s admit it, brilliant.


The Blue Apparat has always despised Bernie and his various precursor movements far more than it hated Republicans, and for good reason. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Clintonite hacks in cushy Washington sinecures who would have retained their spots in the event of a loss to Trump. A Sanders win would have put them all out of the politics business for a while. It was unsurprising to see the party mainstream marshaling all of what passes for its brainpower to devise a long game to crate-train Sanders, who in less than a year went from oppositional favorite to seize the Democratic nomination to obedient afterthought.

Tucker Greenwald on Tanden

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And Joe knows everyone who counts. Except perhaps himself.

We Know Joe (Jacobs)

We know this man Joe Biden. We know the politics he champions. We know his corporate and financial backers. We know what we’re up against. Barack Obama and the Clintons operated in the same neoliberal and essentially reactionary sphere. The faces in power may be female, Black, Latino and gay, but the policies are designed to keep the power from the people, the money from the vast numbers of working people, and the war machine’s troops around the globe. We cannot afford to get fooled again. Inauguration Day is the opening of a new front in the battle for the planet and those creatures who live on it. The Trump years were, more than anything, a forced retreat. The fascist and other reactionary forces unleashed by his occupation of the White House made major gains and they are determined to hang on to those gains.

The eight years that preceded him were, in essence, not a forced retreat but part of a decades long retreat, nonetheless. It’s good that Biden is a conventional establishment politician. It is also bad. The history of the last four decades (with the exception of the Trump years) is the history of a nation ruled by conventional establishment politicians. It is good because we know their strategies and tricks. It is bad because those strategies and tricks can lull people into a political sleep. Without the personal outrage a Trump can cause, elected officials, their appointees, and the monetary forces they serve can do a lot of damage under the guise of doing good. Whether it is Reagan’s privatization of the government, Clinton’s destruction of the social welfare system, the Bush’s bloody wars on the people of the Mideast, or Obama’s continuation of all those policies, the reality is these actions took place with most US residents’ assent.

Liberals fell for Reagan’s folksy lies, letting themselves be led by their investments into a world where the poor were once again blamed for their circumstances. When their man Clinton was in office, they supported his intensification of the war on the poor, all the while pointing to their 401Ks as proof the American Dream still worked. And the wars just went on. There was opposition, but never to the point that the troops would not be sent to fight or completely withdrawn once they got there. Indeed, too much of the antiwar leadership abandoned its constituents and joined up with the Obama campaign in 2007, just as the war on Iraq was escalating. That war, and the war on the Afghans continues to this moment. In addition, there are tens of thousands of US forces—military and mercenary—wreaking death and destruction around the globe.

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Predictable.

Putting a BlackRock Alum in Charge of Greening the Economy (TNR)

This week, the Biden campaign is expected to announce officially that it’s tapped former Obama adviser and current BlackRock executive Brian Deese to head the National Economic Council. The appointment will make Deese the president’s top economic adviser. And in addition to worrying climate activists, the news has again raised concerns about BlackRock’s outsize influence in U.S. politics. Deese has long been on the no-go lists of progressives tracking Biden appointments, thanks to his BlackRock background. New York Communities for Change and the Sunrise Movement protested the rumors of Deese’s appointment outside the company’s Manhattan headquarters last week.

His advocates and defenders, including climate wonks and Obama alums, have praised his character, record on conservation, role in helping negotiate the Paris Agreement, as well as the fact that he joined BlackRock to head the investment management giant’s sustainable investment strategy after his brief stint working on climate issues for Obama. Many are excited by the prospect of having an NEC head who spends time thinking about climate change. By all accounts, Deese is indeed a nice guy. But to suggest his record makes him a good fit for a position steering and greening the U.S. economy rests on fundamental misunderstandings of Deese’s climate credentials, BlackRock’s ambitions, and the crisis at hand.

Deese has now spent more time advising BlackRock on climate than the White House. But his governmental record deserves scrutiny, too. Before taking over the climate portfolio from John Podesta, he worked for the NEC and as deputy and then acting director of the Office of Management. He described his role as “showing the American people how we can do more effectively with less” and preached “fiscal discipline”—a troubling inclination given how desperately the current economy and climate crisis need government spending. He also championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have doubled U.S. exposure to pernicious investor-state dispute settlements, allowing companies to sue governments that infringe on their profits (for example, through robust climate policy). During his two years as Obama’s climate adviser, Deese defended Arctic drilling and boasted about increases in “both renewable and traditional” energy production, though he did also work to withdraw certain portions of the Arctic Ocean from mineral leasing.

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Dind’t Trump just yesterday say: See you in 2024?

Trump Raises At Least $150 Million Since Election Day (JTN)

President Trump has raised at least $150 million since Election Day nearly one month ago, according to multiple news reports. The donations have poured in, as the Trump campaign continues to solicit donations to fuel its legal efforts in several key states to uncover voter fraud and overturn the results of the election. The campaign has raised as much as $170 million, according to The New York Times, while other news outlets have reported an amount closer to $150 million. Either amount is approximately equivalent to the numbers coming in to the campaign coffers at the height of the president’s reelection bid.


The Times also reports that 75% of each donation will go to a new political action committee established by Trump and his staff called “Save America.” The other 25% will go to the Republican National Committee. The donations will allow the campaign to pay off outstanding, post-election debt. It will also allow the president to fund post-presidency political activities. Trump has not publicly stated his political intentions should his election challenges fail.

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Everyone deserves to be heard.

Whistleblowers Allege Ballots Crossed State Lines, Disappear, Backdating (JTN)

Sworn testimony of several whistleblowers on Tuesday alleged what one election integrity activist is calling “potential ballot fraud on a massive scale,” with multiple eyewitnesses testifying to alleged suspicious behavior in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In a press conference in Arlington, Va., the Amistad Project — a civil liberties initiative of the Thomas More Society — presented the testimony of three individuals who claim to have witnessed apparent voting malfeasance during the 2020 election. One, Jesse Morgan, a truck driver for a subcontractor with the United States Postal Service, claimed that a trailer he was driving, one full of potentially upwards of 288,000 ballots, disappeared from its parked location at a Lancaster, Pa. USPS depot after Morgan dropped it off there. Morgan had transported those ballots from Bethpage, N.Y.

The subcontractor also reportedly experienced “odd behaviors” from USPS personnel, behaviors which postal experts have said in sworn statements “grossly deviate[d] from normal procedure and behavior,” according to a press release from the Amistad Project. Another whistleblower, Nathan Pease of Madison, Wisc. — himself also a subcontractor for USPS — alleged that he was told the postal service was planning to backdate tens of thousands of ballots in the days after the Nov. 3 election in order to circumvent the ballot submission deadline. A third witness, Gregory Stenstrom — who testified at a Pennsylvania legislature hearing in Gettysburg last week — claimed to have witnessed a Dominion Voting Systems vendor inserting jump drives into voting aggregation machines in Delaware County, Pa.

Election officials also reportedly commingled various jump drives from aggregation machines, potentially frustrating the ability of auditors to properly certify the election results. In its press release, Amistad Project Director Phill Kline said the testimonies are “compelling” and that they provide “powerful eyewitness accounts of potential ballot fraud on a massive scale.” “This evidence joins with unlawful conduct by state and local election officials, including accepting millions of dollars of private funds, to undermine the integrity of this election,” Kline said. In the press release, the Amistad Project says it has collected sworn expert testimony alleging that “over 300,000 ballots are at issue in Arizona, 548,000 in Michigan, 204,000 in Georgia, and over 121,000 in Pennsylvania.”

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Bernie’s ideas.

Why the Fed Needs Public Banks (Ellen Brown)

The Fed’s policy tools – interest rate manipulation, quantitative easing, and “Special Purpose Vehicles” – have all failed to revive local economies suffering from government-mandated shutdowns. . The Fed must rely on private banks to inject credit into Main Street, and private banks are currently unable or unwilling to do it. The tools the Fed actually needs are public banks, which could and would do the job. [..] Private banks are not following through on the Fed’s attempted money injections, but publicly-owned banks would. In countries with strong government-owned banking systems, public banks have historically increased their lending when private banks pulled back. Public banks have a mandate to stimulate their local economies; and unlike private banks, they can do it and still turn a profit, because they have lower costs.

They have eliminated the parasitic profit-extracting middlemen, and they do not have to focus on short-term profits to please their shareholders. They can pour their resources into improving the long-term prospects of the economy and its infrastructure, stimulating local productivity and strengthening the tax base. Three promising new bills are before Congress that would facilitate the establishment of a public banking system in the US. HR 8721, ”The Public Banking Act”, was introduced on Oct. 30, 2020. As described on Vox, the Act would “foster the creation of public [state and local government-owned] banks across the country by providing them a pathway to getting started, establishing an infrastructure for liquidity and credit facilities for them via the Federal Reserve, and setting up federal guidelines for them to be regulated. Essentially, it would make it easier for public banks to exist, and it would give some of them grant money to get started.”

In September, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand also introduced The Postal Banking Act, which they said would • Create $9 billion in revenue for the postal service, saving it from privatization; • Protect low-income or rural families and communities from predatory lending; and • Reestablish postal banking to provide basic, low-cost financial services to those who cannot access banks. The third bill, HR 6422, “The National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2020,” is modeled on Franklin Roosevelt’s Reconstruction Finance Corporation, which funded the rebuilding of the US economy in the Great Depression of the 1930s. According to its advocates, HR 6422 will build or restore over $4 trillion in infrastructure and create up to 25 million union jobs, while being “revenue neutral” (not burdening the federal government’s budget).

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Trickling up.

The Rich Cheer Wall Street’s Latest Records. The Rest Drain 401(k)s (CP)

The all-time record highs that Wall Street has registered this week have given some Americans — the nation’s already rich — considerable cause for celebration. And the rest of the nation? Tens of millions of Americans are paying precious little attention to the chirpy tale of Wall Street’s ticker. The simple reason: They own no stocks at all. Millions of other Americans who do own stocks don’t see any reason to celebrate either. They’re finding themselves forced, amid pandemic economic collapse, to start selling the stocks that make up the bulk of their retirement savings. How best to start understanding this story? The best place to begin: The latest numbers on stock ownership from the Federal Reserve. Fed researchers have been tracking who exactly owns the stocks that trade every business day on Wall Street ever since 1989.

Back nearly 30 years ago, in 1992, the share of stock nationally that belongs to America’s poorest half of households hit an all-time high. That “high” amounted to all of a miniscule 1.6 percent. How much of America’s stock wealth does the bottom 50 percent hold these days? At the end of this past June, the most recent Federal Reserve data point available, the nation’s poorest half held less than 1 percent of the nation’s stock holdings, just 0.6 percent. The nation’s poorest 90 percent, all combined, now hold just 11.8 percent of the nation’s stocks. Numbers like these help explain why massive numbers of Americans didn’t rush out onto the streets to cheer earlier this week when two top Wall Street benchmarks, the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500, hit their own all-time record summits.

Shares of stock — either held directly or through mutual funds — make up just 2.3 percent of the total assets of households in the bottom 50 percent and a mere 7.6 percent of the assets the rest of the bottom 90 percent hold. America’s richest 1 percent, on the other hand, have plenty of reason to celebrate Wall Street records. Stock holdings make up over 40 percent of top 1 percent household wealth. These 1 percenters, overall, hold 52.4 percent of the nation’s stock, a share almost five times greater than all the stock that households in the bottom 90 percent hold. This top 1 percent share has been steadily increasing. Since 1989, the year the Fed started keeping track, the top 1 percent share of the nation’s stock holdings has jumped 22 percent. The bottom 90 percent share has dropped 33 percent.

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“..the buzz in Beijing is that the financial industry should serve the real economy and people..”

Ray Dalio’s Chart Hints At What Beijing Is Really Up To (Xie)

Another day, another stock record. The S&P 500 soared to a fresh all-time high on Tuesday, while the yield curve steepened on optimism about more fiscal stimulus and the imminent deployment of vaccines. The seeming disconnect between financial markets and the economy is kind of surreal, considering that 11 million people remain unemployed and the virus is spiraling out of control. The fact that U.S. policy makers are still pedal-to-the-metal with monetary stimulus stands in sharp contrast to China, where officials have set their sights on an exit from loose policy. Consider recent events: Guo Shuqing, chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, described China’s property market as the biggest “gray rhino” – an obvious yet ignored financial risk.


Guo also pledged to impose “special and innovative regulatory measures” on financial technology behemoths such as Jack Ma’s Ant Group. The recent regulation changes have essentially put these fin-tech companies under the similar supervision umbrella as traditional banks to avoid excessive leverage. Beijing has allowed a number of SOEs to default, breaking the implicit government guarantee. PBOC Governor Yi Gang vowed to avoid monetizing government debt. In addition, officials have said low interest rates contributed to social inequality. Clearly, there’s a sense of urgency to address financial risks and close the gap between markets and the economy. In the meantime, the buzz in Beijing is that the financial industry should serve the real economy and people.

What China is doing makes perfect sense in the context of the big economic cycle described by Ray Dalio. In his latest essay published Tuesday, Bridgewater’s founder showed that China is in the midst of a debt bubble and the beginning of widening wealth gap. Apparently, China wants to tackle both before it’s too late. In contrast, the U.S. has passed the peak of its economic power, settling into the stage of money printing after the burst of the debt bubble, according to Dalio. “It is in this stage when there are bad financial conditions and intensifying conflict,” wrote Dalio. “Classically this stage comes after periods of great excesses in spending and debt and the widening of wealth and political gaps and before there are revolutions and civil wars. United States is at a tipping point in which it could go from manageable internal tension to revolution and/or civil war.”

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Vultures all around.

Debenhams ‘Never Recovered From Private Equity Ownership’ (G.)

Coronavirus store closures may have been the final nail in the coffin for Debenhams but retail experts argue the department store chain never recovered from a brutal period in the hands of priv ate equity. The retailer was taken over in 2003 by a private equity consortium. The trio of funds, TPG, CVC Capital and Merrill Lynch, made huge returns from their £600m investment, collecting £1.2bn in dividends despite owning the company for less than three years. Debenhams owed around £100m when it was taken private but, by the time it returned to the stock market in 2006, that debt had swollen to more than £1bn. After the retailer’s subsequent poor performance, the deal came to epitomise the worst excesses of the private equity model – the “quick flip” whereby investors buy a listed business cheaply, load it with debt and then refloat it at a big profit.


The private equity consortium installed Rob Templeman, fresh from lucrative private equity revamps of Homebase and Halfords, to overhaul Debenhams. His plan was to cut costs at the same time as increasing sales and profit margins. He also used price cuts to clear products that weren’t selling, but regular discounting was blamed for dragging the brand downmarket. The consortium had used £1.1bn of debt to acquire the business and Templeman cut borrowing costs by remortgaging some of the stores. In 2005, 23 shops were sold for £495m. Debenhams leased the stores back, on expensive rent deals up to 35 years in length. Blaming private equity for Debenhams’ demise is “100% justified”, said veteran retail analyst Richard Hyman. “At the very time when the sort of massive changes we’re seeing today were embryonic, Debenhams’ wherewithal to react, ie money, was removed. It was removed into the bank accounts of private equity investors. That is the truth of it.”

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AI and complexity.

One Of Biology’s Biggest Mysteries ‘Largely Solved’ By AI (BBC)

One of biology’s biggest mysteries has been solved using artificial intelligence, experts have announced. Predicting how a protein folds into a unique three-dimensional shape has puzzled scientists for half a century. London-based AI lab, DeepMind, has largely cracked the problem, said the organisers of a scientific challenge. A better understanding of protein shapes could play a pivotal role in the development of novel drugs to treat disease. The advance by Google-owned DeepMind is expected to accelerate research into a host of illnesses, including Covid-19. Their program determined the shape of proteins at a level of accuracy comparable to expensive and time-consuming lab methods, said independent scientists.

Dr Andriy Kryshtafovych, from University of California (UC), Davis in the US, one of the panel of scientific adjudicators, described the achievement as “truly remarkable”. “Being able to investigate the shape of proteins quickly and accurately has the potential to revolutionise life sciences,” he said. Proteins are present in all living things where they play a central role in the chemical processes essential for life. Made up of strings of amino acids, they fold up in an infinite number of ways into elaborate shapes that hold the key to how they carry out their vital functions.Many diseases are linked to the roles of proteins in catalysing chemical reactions (enzymes), fighting disease (antibodies) or acting as chemical messengers (hormones such as insulin).

“Even tiny rearrangements of these vital molecules can have catastrophic effects on our health, so one of the most efficient ways to understand disease and find new treatments is to study the proteins involved,” said Dr John Moult of the University of Maryland, US, the chair of the panel of scientific adjudicators. “There are tens of thousands of human proteins and many billions in other species, including bacteria and viruses, but working out the shape of just one requires expensive equipment and can take years.”


A DeepMind model of a protein from the Legionnaire’s disease bacteria (Casp-14)

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    Ford Madox Brown King Lear and Cordelia c1851   • UK Becomes First Country To Approve Pfizer-BioNTech COVID19 Vaccine (NBC) • With Tanden Choice,
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 2 2020]

    #66260

    V. Arnold
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    Ford Madox Brown King Lear and Cordelia c1851

    This scene shows Lear with his youngest daughter, Cordelia, on the right. Lear’s doctor orders the musicians to play more loudly and awaken him. But Cordelia is anxious that her ailing father should sleep and she speaks the lament inscribed on the painting’s frame. In the play Lear divides his kingdom between his other two daughters and their husbands. But, after a painful period of self-discovery, he realises that Cordelia is his only true loving child.

    Lovely painting; the lighting reminds me very much of Rembrandt’s style…

    #66263

    Somehow missed this in the morning:

    10 FATAL FLAWS in the main test for Covid

    A peer review from a group of 22 international experts has found 10 “major flaws” in the main protocol for such tests. The report systematically dismantles the original study, called the Corman-Drosten paper, which described a protocol for applying the PCR technique to detecting Covid.

    The Corman-Drosten paper was published on January, 23, 2020, just a day after being submitted, which would make any peer review process that took place possibly the shortest in history. What is important about it is that the protocol it describes is used in around 70 percent of Covid kits worldwide. It’s cheap, fast – and absolutely useless.

    [..] Among the fatal flaws that totally invalidate the PCR testing protocol are that the test:

    is non-specific, due to erroneous primer design

    is enormously variable

    cannot discriminate between the whole virus and viral fragments

    has no positive or negative controls

    has no standard operating procedure

    does not seem to have been properly peer reviewed

    Oh dear. One wonders whether anything at all was correct in the paper. But wait – it gets worse. As has been noted previously, no threshold for positivity was ever identified. This is why labs have been running 40 cycles, almost guaranteeing a large number of false positives – up to 97 percent, according to some studies.

    #66264

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Oh dear. One wonders whether anything at all was correct in the paper. But wait – it gets worse. As has been noted previously, no threshold for positivity was ever identified. This is why labs have been running 40 cycles, almost guaranteeing a large number of false positives – up to 97 percent, according to some studies.

    Indeed, one does wonder if anything is correct, I’m inclined not to believe anything…

    #66265

    Dr. D
    Participant

    White cliffs of Dover. I wonder why.

    Europe plans on mass-murdering their citizens:
    “British Army Deployed to Handle “Anti-Vaccine Propaganda” And Protests”

    Europe plans on mass-murdering their citizens:
    “UK Minister Warns Brits Could Be Denied Normal Life Without COVID Vaccination”

    Europe plans on mass-murdering their citizens:
    “’The Germans’ Are Back!”

    Europe plans on mass-murdering their citizens:
    “Norway Criminalizes Hate Speech Against Transgender People… In Private Homes Or Conversations”

    Europe plans on mass-murdering their citizens:
    “Armed German Police Raid Lockdown Critic Dr. Noack’s House During A Live Stream”

    Europe plans on mass-murdering their citizens:
    “Hundreds arrested, police use water cannons to quell “aggressive” protests against Germany’s COVID rules”

    Europe plans on mass-murdering their citizens:
    “Uproar in France over Proposed Limits on Filming Police”

    …But this is not news. They mass-murdered Greeks and Cypriots in ’08, only after mass-murdering Poles and Romanians in the Eastern Block merger, mass-murdered Ukrainians with human-trafficking for decades, then with investing billions into “Our boy Yats” and heavy arms in their (still ongoing) Civil War. Then they blew off the hands and shot out the eyes of French women, then made Sweden the grenade capital of the world, then…but I can’t make a list, the internet has only so many bytes. Just your FYI. Europe is going to Soviet Mass-Murdering lockdown, just like the EU critics said as far back as Thatcher. Greece is only your placid, loving template for their WEF “Green” “Economic Reset” plans.

    Example, NATO proudly unites with Nazis in Ukraine:
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/06/14/us-house-admits-nazi-role-ukraine

    Again, this was so obvious even the dumbest mass of voters could figure it out, and no national approval was gained on referendum. Like the Democracy they don’t have, and the accountability they don’t have, they simply avoided being authorized via the Treaty of Lisbon. You know: using lies.

    “..as long as he and his foul spawn walk the earth unpunished. Only exposure, pain, humiliation, and (inshallah) incarceration will lead to a moment of reckoning for the GOP…” – Rick Wilson, editor, Daily Beast

    Healing, bringing the nation together. Yes, yes you’re going to murder me for my own good. I’ve been hearing it for most of my life. But hey: good job with the 30k deaths/year from Chinese opioids. That was really headed for the final solution you always dreamed of.

    “Wilson notes that he is not interested in the “reconciliation” part of “truth and reconciliation,” declaring a “hearty f— no” to people calling for reconciliation. Inside he called for the “motherf—ers” to consider “seppuku.”

    Yes, well, ya’ll murdered everyone in Flint, leveled Detroit, have top death rates in Mississippi, so it’s not exactly “seppuku” but more like ethnic cleansing. Once a nation is “Deplorable”, comprised of untermensch, (i.e. not from the inbreeds at Yale) the next step is not only logical, it’s inevitable. But that’s love and tolerance for ya!

    Speaking of Back home USA, they’re already floating “re-election” ideas to straighten this out. Trial balloons for declaring martial law, pausing the whole nation, and having an honest election. We can’t move forward without one. Why? Because only that, outing the media lies, will put the two narrative realities back together.

    But they are just seeding this ground right now, because we’re about to see the evidence of election fraud, and how it’s unable to be unwrapped and straightened out in any other way. The Doctor is only a day or two ahead of the news, being the thoughtless dummy he is.

    You can imagine the paroxysms as this idea hits the inter-tubes on Twitter, but I can tell you that is certainly a way to have the worst election in 200 years and give an event big enough to point to and straighten things out. It’s pretty easy for the military to make this happen: all they have to do is not leave until the people take their medicine. This is the vaccine they were positioning for.

    How? The DHS has a required 45-day report on foreign election interference. And Lo! China owns UBS (75%), which bought up the Hedge Fund that owns Dominion (among several dozen links to the DNC and foreign powers). So China owns our voting machines? And the company that runs them had Company experts on site, in the key 14 cities, network-attached with admin passwords and shuttling USB cards back and forth? Where 47 are missing – whole voting machines are missing, whole SERVERS are missing – and we have one such man on camera palming a USB and editing it in a laptop before re-entering it? You know in large districts where a single USB might have 100,000 votes?

    But it’ll all come out. It needs to be very, very painful, and very, very stressful. Very, very long, and very inescapable. The U.S., Military Intel, needs to MAKE the people look at what’s been done in their name, as like Libyan slave markets, they’ve been looking away their entire lives. And it only goes one way because at any instant the press gets bored, at any instant the court cases fail, at any instant they can release yet another round of reserve troops, another airdrop of information on fraud, of any size or severity, on and on, virtually without limit. I mean, they haven’t even started and the Media has already backed up from “There’s no fraud” to “No WIDESPREAD fraud” to “No PROVEN widespread fraud,” to “No proven widespread fraud THAT WOULD CHANGE THE RESULTS” and it’s only been 3 weeks. And of course they didn’t “prove” anything: not only did they not get to court yet, as far as we know nobody but private citizens have even bothered to investigate. 17 agents for a garage pull rope and zero FBI agents for 1,000 signed affidavits of federal election tampering. “We know it’s categorically not true because we refuse to look!” “Never mind that bank alarm blaring with red lights on the wall! We know the bank is fine without going inside!”

    But like I said: Yawn.

    “Ray Dalio’s Chart Hints at What Beijing Is Really Up To (Xie)”

    This is true and what they — insiders — were planning, same kingdom rotation as last 1,000 years, but China has big, big trouble. Like no food? No ecology? They’ve paved and destroyed all their production? I mean okay, but it sounds like they’re about to be a client state of the U.S. on soybeans or cease to exist. Their actions to bully and take over Australia don’t seem to be working.

    If they’re so great, which nation would you rather live in right now? Skip the iPhone, I’ll take the food.

    Vas
    Viktor Vasnetsov

    #66267

    John Day
    Participant

    OK, I found a link to a version of the story of US military (DIA) crashing the Frankfurt Dominion server party the CIA was holding, and taking fatalities. It’s a recording of voice discussions of the story.
    This is a deeper dredge than I do, usually. http://mediaarchives.gsradio.net/rense/special/rense_113020_MH.mp3
    I hear there is another source, but can’t find it, and have asked the correspondent to send me a link.

    #66268

    John Day
    Participant

    I just finished listening to that while doing other searches.
    It’s not the fit-and-finish that any of us likes. Dr.D. wouldn’t give this link. He may have better links.
    The “radio” recording asserts that Gina Haspel was in Frankfurt, was wounded in the server raid, was taken to Gitmo and cut a plea bargain deal. It asserts that the CIA casualty was transposed to Somalia for death-story, and the DIA squad deaths were transposed to a chopper crash in the Sinai.
    This is all hearsay…

    #66273

    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    UK Becomes First Country To Approve Pfizer-BioNTech COVID19 Vaccine

    That’s disappointing. A recent editorial in the British Medical Journal bmj says we need more data before an informed decision can be made about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

    “…leading both companies to claim around 95% efficacy. Let’s put this in perspective.

    First, a relative risk reduction is being reported, not absolute risk reduction, which appears to be less than 1%.

    Second, these results refer to the trials’ primary endpoint of covid-19 of essentially any severity, and importantly not the vaccine’s ability to save lives, nor the ability to prevent infection, nor the efficacy in important subgroups (e.g. frail elderly). Those still remain unknown.

    Third, these results reflect a time point relatively soon after vaccination, and we know nothing about vaccine performance at 3, 6, or 12 months, so cannot compare these efficacy numbers against other vaccines like influenza vaccines (which are judged over a season).

    Fourth, children, adolescents, and immunocompromised individuals were largely excluded from the trials, so we still lack any data on these important populations.

    I previously argued that the trials are studying the wrong endpoint, and for an urgent need to correct course and study more important endpoints like prevention of severe disease and transmission in high risk people. Yet…”

    Pfizer and Moderna’s “95% effective” vaccines—let’s be cautious and first see the full data
    November 26, 2020

    https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/11/26/peter-doshi-pfizer-and-modernas-95-effective-vaccines-lets-be-cautious-and-first-see-the-full-data/

    #66276

    Susmarie108
    Participant

    @Dr.D – The Sleeping Princess is magnificent. Closer inspection reveals mind-blowing detail. How can anyone paint fabrics that come to life in this way? Grey Wolf is a study in contrast. Flying Carpet is pure magic in a glorious sky, Owls BE with you.Thank you for expanding my universe.

    Xie knits it together perfectly. Ok Dailo, but what did you DO about it? Our destiny is in motion. We can’t avoid the plunge but we can prepare ourselves for the fall and crash landing. Dmitry’s Monday post:

    https://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2020/11/are-americans-rational.html

    #66281

    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    I sort of shot my wad on the first few days after the election and then had one of those days where I caught myself leaning way too far over my skis. That was when I decided to dial it back and just watch history take its course, knowing that there was very little I could do with all my arm waving and other gyrations.

    Since then, a lot of brave souls (actual patriots) have come forward, giving sworn testimony (evidence) of election fraud. A general picture of how it was carried out is starting to form in even the most clueless minds. The Frankfurt raid is a titillating piece of the drama, but not really necessary at this point to form the conclusion that the election was stolen in the most brazen manner. The question now is: are we going to clean up this mess or will it be swept under the rug à la Epstein.

    I agree with Dr D, that if this mess is to be truly cleaned up, it requires that it be an ugly and painful experience for the entire nation, so that even the most distant cave-dweller is made aware of what went down. The rabbit hole should be followed to the very bottom, so that even CNN and the NYT have to jump aboard or be consigned to the fate of Bagdad Bob.

    On another note… I wonder what happened to the princess’ other slipper?

    #66293

    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    The other slipper is on the ground, directly below the foot.

    https://onartandaesthetics.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/unnamed-file.jpg

    #66298

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Yes, I didn’t give any link because it’s hearsay.

    “It has been alleged”

    “One hears lots of things.”

    It’s fun, but unimportant. Maybe it’s just said to get people talking for the future. What’s real and important is 1,000 signed affidavits of federal election fraud, scores of missing USB cards, all voting machine evidence being rapidly tampered/erased often against court order, dozens of court cases being appealed, hundreds of thousands of votes being counted after monitors were kicked out and the windows boarded up. These are things we know. Is that not enough?

    For a nation slipping in fraud from birth, accepting everything, refusing to ever LOOK at what we do each day, what we’ve done, apparently not. It needs to be SO much worse.

    But since we’re on election, Wisconsin found 80 more Biden votes. For $3M! How stupid!!!

    Yes, because every word breathed in my nation is a lie, OBVIOUSLY if you recount the fraudulent ballots, you get the same number. Like GA, where they basically shut off signature recognition. THAT WASN’T THE POINT. The point was to SEE the ballots, so they can be legally contested; this is Wisconsin’s process. They found many thousand with identical signatures, and are contesting them. If anyone could use a “telephone” to ask for a “statement” they would know that, but reporters are now too illiterate to dial a phone.

    What’s more, IF the ballots are recounted, there MUST be a full audit of the voting process, for obvious reasons. So the $3M bought a full State audit, which is now underway. This is why WI was feverishly trying to change their election laws to NOT require an audit last week, but were stopped. I do not find that suspicious at all. Whenever I’m totally innocent I always try to prevent any investigation by any sudden and rushed means.

    #66302

    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    Thanks, Doc Robinson. After following your link my first thought was: “D’oh! Why did I not see that?” But then I went back to the version I had originally viewed and saw that it had been cropped. I found the total scene so much richer.

    #66312

    WES
    Participant

    Yesterday we discovered that swamp creature Bill Barr had secretly made DofJ prosecutor Durham a Special prosecutor all before the election.

    The move to make Durham a special prosecutor was to knife President Trump in the back.

    This of course has the direct effect of making Durham’s new bosses, Congress’ politicians!

    But it also has the hidden effect of preventing President Trump from being able to publically release any swamp secrets, such as who really killed JFK.

    Just so you know why the swamp did what it did. They protected themselves from you!

    #66314

    WES
    Participant

    Thanks to TAE, I am in no hurry to get a virus vaccine!

    Like the experts, I will let the other monkeys beta test it first! (I did the same for Microsoft’s software too!)

    I think taking vitamins C & D (thanks to Dr. John Day’s understanding of the key role vitamin D plays in fighting the virus) to help my own body’s immune system’s 80% ability to fight the virus, is a better and safer way of dealing with the virus. I also do 5 minutes a night of light therapy to boost my body’s own vitamin D production (I suffer from dry skin in winter and this helps 95%.)

    I also try to reduce my risk of exposure in public by wearing a N95 mask and have hand sanitizer in the car plus washing my hands when I get home. I also try to keep my wife in the car while I shop for food. We stay home mostly.

    I most certainly don’t want to increase my total risks by adding drug dealers to the mix.

    #66316

    WES
    Participant

    As far as election fraud goes, I see little chance of it being investigated whether by the media or by legal means.

    The swamp controls both the media and the judges.

    Only a handful of state legislators can stop the swamp.

    I suspect they are individually being targeted, one by one, by the swamp.

    While I hope against hope, that the fraudulent election will be investigated, I don’t have much hope.

    #66320

    John Day
    Participant

    Thanks for the reply, Dr D,
    As much as I agree that the everything fraud is important, i think that a war between CIA and DIA is significant. Warring warlords are important.
    Is it real?
    Gmail still won’t let my send the bcc to 180 folks who usually get it. The last time it did this to me was when I tried to send the first story I found about Frankfurt last week.
    Google’s AI doesn’t like the Dark Winter story, either.
    I still keep gmail, because I’m my own censorship litmus test while I do, and we were original beta-testers for it, almost 16 years ago.

    #66322

    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    @ John Day,
    I wonder if emailing screenshot images (of the text from your posts) would get past the AI censors?

    #66329

    zerosum
    Participant

    Took the words out of my mouth.
    I cannot say it any better.
    Just so you know why the swamp did what it did. They protected themselves from you!

    https://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2020/11/are-americans-rational.html
    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020
    Are Americans Rational?
    It is now pointless for me to issue any more warnings. All I can do now is watch the inevitable unfold.

    #66332

    WES
    Participant

    Did you know, tonight, President Trump made a speech to the American people about election fraud?

    No, I didn’t think so!

    For the MSM, he is no longer President!

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