Feb 172021
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Gutzon Borglum Repairing the Face of Abraham Lincoln, Mount Rushmore 1962


New French Nasal Spray Eliminates 99% Of Covid Virus (CF)
S–t Public Defenders See: The Great Covid-19 Jury Charade (Taibbi)
The False and Exaggerated Claims About the Capitol Riot (Greenwald)
Trump Acquitted (Again), But Trump Hatred Continues (Ron Paul)
Trump Cuts Ties With Giuliani (F.)
Trump Unleashes Scathing Statement Blasting Sen. Mitch McConnell (JTN)
Comey Told Clapper FBI Unable To ‘Sufficiently Corroborate’ Steele (JTN)
New Comey Email Raises More Questions About Steele Dossier (Turley)
Lincoln Project’s Rick Wilson Raised $64G For Anti-Trump Film (Fox)
Is This the Greatest Bubble of All Time? (CHS)
Who Bought the $4.5 Trillion Added in One Year to US National Debt? (WS)
Bayer, US Officials Pressured Mexico To Drop Glyphosate Ban (G.)



This doesn’t often happen, but it did yesterday.



Biden said some strange things last night. His comments on China and the Uighurs were very weird.

But even then Trump steals the headlights.



Problem solved?!

New French Nasal Spray Eliminates 99% Of Covid Virus (CF)

A French pharmaceutical company has developed a nasal spray that it says could eliminate up to 99% of the Covid-19 virus, with the product set to be available to buy within weeks. French group Pharma & Beauty (P&B) has been working on the spray for almost a year. It says that according to several studies it can eliminate 99% of the viral load in nasal passages within 30 seconds and reduce the spread of the virus by up to 90%. The company is set to begin selling the product from March 1. Production is scheduled to begin next week at the P&B site in Montélimar, Drôme; and then in four other P&B factories across France.

Between 1 million-3 million bottles are expected to be available in March, followed by 13 million-15 million each month from April. Each bottle of 30ml is expected to last one month, and will be sold at €14.90 each. A statement on the P&B LinkedIn page reads: “[The spray] prevents viral spread by mechanically dislodging infectious agents in the nasal cavity, and facilitating their evacuation – and locally reduces the viral load.” The spray is 40% ionised water with high antimicrobial properties and 60% purified water.

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Curious consequences: “This left a lot of people who had not even been convicted of a crime but couldn’t afford bail in a purgatory-like state of open-ended detention.

S–t Public Defenders See: The Great Covid-19 Jury Charade (Taibbi)

When the world ground to a halt a year ago thanks to Covid-19, Americans quickly worried over the important questions. Will we still get to go to basketball games? Will McDonald’s only be Drive-Thru now? Do manicurists deliver? The parts of the country that were already out of sight to most receded further from view. Covid-19 struck at the elderly in rest homes, but the population that took perhaps the toughest hit was behind bars. By June, the rate of infection in America’s jails and prisons was seven times that of the general population. By this month, 612,000 cases had been reported in correctional facilities, with at least 2,700 deaths among prisoners and corrections officials.

In news reports, we mostly read that prosecutors and corrections officials were trying to find ways to reduce the risk of disease both in jails and in court, another institution that traditionally required people to congregate indoors. Many districts suspended jury trials indefinitely, a serious problem for those awaiting trial, and one that raised a question: if officials were too worried about the safety of jurors to schedule trials, what did that mean for grand juries? In other words, was the pandemic too dangerous for speedy trial rights, but not dangerous enough to slow indictments? Were there places where jury trials were canceled, but grand juries were not? In some select jurisdictions across the country, the answer appeared — and appears — to be yes.

“It highlights the way in which the pandemic is being used selectively,” says Scott Hechinger of Zealous, a national public defender advocacy organization. “In some places it’s used to perpetuate the system, in some places, to make it worse.” The significance of jury trials is obvious. Defendants have a right to them, and they also have a constitutional right to a speedy trial, i.e. the government is not allowed to charge a person and leave them under suspicion indefinitely. Cases must be adjudicated in a reasonable period of time. In some jurisdictions, the satisfaction of speedy trial rights means getting a defendant to trial within a concrete number of days, though the calculation is often complicated.

During the pandemic, however, jury trials were suspended in many jurisdictions. In some of those places, it was understood that speedy trial rights simply had to be put on hold until officials could, as Donald Trump would say, figure out what the hell is going on. This left a lot of people who had not even been convicted of a crime but couldn’t afford bail in a purgatory-like state of open-ended detention.

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Did they apologize? Or is that not done anymore in 2021?

The False and Exaggerated Claims About the Capitol Riot (Greenwald)

What took place at the Capitol on January 6 was undoubtedly a politically motivated riot. As such, it should not be controversial to regard it as a dangerous episode. Any time force or violence is introduced into what ought to be the peaceful resolution of political conflicts, it should be lamented and condemned. But none of that justifies lying about what happened that day, especially by the news media. Condemning that riot does not allow, let alone require, echoing false claims in order to render the event more menacing and serious than it actually was. There is no circumstance or motive that justifies the dissemination of false claims by journalists. The more consequential the event, the less justified, and more harmful, serial journalistic falsehoods are.

Yet this is exactly what has happened, and continues to happen, since that riot almost seven weeks ago. And anyone who tries to correct these falsehoods is instantly attacked with the cynical accusation that if you want only truthful reporting about what happened, then you’re trying to “minimize” what happened and are likely an apologist for if not a full-fledged supporter of the protesters themselves.

One of the most significant of these falsehoods was the tale — endorsed over and over without any caveats by the media for more than a month — that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick was murdered by the pro-Trump mob when they beat him to death with a fire extinguisher. That claim was first published by The New York Times on January 8 in an article headlined “Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries in Pro-Trump Rampage.” It cited “two [anonymous] law enforcement officials” to claim that Sicknick died “with the mob rampaging through the halls of Congress” and after he “was struck with a fire extinguisher.” A second New York Times article from later that day — bearing the more dramatic headline: “He Dreamed of Being a Police Officer, Then Was Killed by a Pro-Trump Mob” — elaborated on that story:

After publication of these two articles, this horrifying story about a pro-Trump mob beating a police officer to death with a fire extinguisher was repeated over and over, by multiple journalists on television, in print, and on social media. It became arguably the single most-emphasized and known story of this event, and understandably so — it was a savage and barbaric act that resulted in the harrowing killing by a pro-Trump mob of a young Capitol police officer.

It took on such importance for a clear reason: Sicknick’s death was the only example the media had of the pro-Trump mob deliberately killing anyone. In a January 11 article detailing the five people who died on the day of the Capitol protest, the New York Times again told the Sicknick story: “Law enforcement officials said he had been ‘physically engaging with protesters’ and was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher.”

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“Without the Chief Justice, there was no Constitutional impeachment trial. So they put on a show trial instead.”

Trump Acquitted (Again), But Trump Hatred Continues (Ron Paul)

Last week’s second impeachment trial of former President Trump should serve as a warning that something is very wrong in US politics. Far from a measured, well-investigated, rock-solid case against the former president, America was again abused with day after day of character assassination, innuendo, false claims, and even falsified “evidence.” The trial wasn’t intended to win a conviction of Trump for “incitement” because the Democrats already knew that the votes were not there. So, just as with the last impeachment trial, the goal was to fling as much dirt at Donald Trump as they could while the cameras were rolling. Their hatred of Donald Trump is so deep and visceral that probably a psychologist would have been more beneficial to them than yet another impeachment trial.

It would be incorrect to say that the House managers’ case fell apart, because they had no case to begin with. They never had a case because they made no effort to develop a case. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court saw from the beginning that this was no legitimate impeachment trial and informed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that he would not preside. Without the Chief Justice, there was no Constitutional impeachment trial. So they put on a show trial instead. As Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley kept asking, why didn’t the House schedule a single hearing to investigate what really happened up to and on the day of the Capitol melee on January 6th? They had weeks to do so. Professor Turley believes they might even have been able to make a decent case if they had tried.

Why did they not call witnesses? Were there no rioters who could be called to explain under oath how Trump’s speech had inspired them to enter the Capitol building to overturn the election? Were they afraid that under cross-examination we might have found out more about Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows’ claim that Trump offered to deploy 10,000 National Guard troops in Washington before January 6th but that his offer was rebuked? What about reports that Capitol Hill Police were left without back-up and unprepared for what happened? House and Senate leadership is responsible for security at the Capitol and they obviously failed. Why?

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Can Michael van der Veen handle this one too?

Trump Cuts Ties With Giuliani (F.)

Attorney Rudy Giuliani is “not currently” representing former President Donald Trump “in any legal matters,” Trump advisor Jason Miller said in a statement Tuesday, as the ex-president’s former personal lawyer faces multiple lawsuits against him for his role in Trump’s effort to overturn the presidential election results. Miller’s statement was in response to a lawsuit filed Tuesday against Trump, Giuliani and two far-right groups, which alleges the president and his lawyer violated the Ku Klux Klan Act in their attempt to stop the election results from being certified by Congress. Giuliani served as Trump’s personal attorney throughout his presidency and most recently helmed the president’s unsuccessful attempt to challenge the election results in court, including appearing on Trump’s behalf in a Pennsylvania case.

The former mayor said he did not represent Trump in his Senate impeachment trial—despite a willingness to do so—because he was a “witness” in the case and gave a speech at the rally that preceded Trump supporters’ seizure of the U.S. Capitol building. Giuliani has been sued for defamation twice in recent weeks for spreading unsubstantiated election fraud claims involving voting machines from Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic. He is also reportedly under federal investigation by the Southern District of New York for his business dealings in Ukraine, and an ethics complaint has been filed that seeks to disbar Giuliani in New York.

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Power struggle: “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack..”

Trump Unleashes Scathing Statement Blasting Sen. Mitch McConnell (JTN)

Former President Donald Trump issued a scathing statement on Tuesday in which he excoriated Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” Trump said in the fiery statement. “McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse. The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle—they’ve never had it so good—and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.”

“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” the former president said elsewhere in his statement. “He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.” The nation’s 45th commander-in-chief also attacked Republicans Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and the Peach State’s GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the statement.

“Many Republicans in Georgia voted Democrat, or just didn’t vote, because of their anguish at their inept Governor, Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and the Republican Party, for not doing its job on Election Integrity during the 2020 Presidential race,” Trump said. “It was a complete election disaster in Georgia, and certain other swing states. McConnell did nothing, and will never do what needs to be done in order to secure a fair and just electoral system into the future. He doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will,” Trump declared.

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In a functioning society, there would be an investigation.

Comey Told Clapper FBI Unable To ‘Sufficiently Corroborate’ Steele (JTN)

The very day in January 2017 that then-FBI Director James Comey signed a FISA surveillance warrant application declaring content from Christopher Steele’s dossier had been “verified,” he wrote President Obama’s outgoing intelligence community chief with a very different assessment of the British spy’s intelligence on Russia collusion, a newly released memo shows. “We are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting,” Comey wrote in a Jan. 12, 2017 email to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that was declassified and made public through an open records lawsuit by the Southeastern Legal Foundation. The memo recounts an internal debate inside the U.S. intelligence community during one of the most delicate moments in the FBI’s then six-month old Crossfire Hurricane probe.

CIA officials had already informed Comey’s FBI that the target of the FISA warrant, Carter Page, wasn’t a Russian spy but rather an asset helping U.S. intelligence. The bureau had received warnings about Steele and the reliability of his source network, including that it might have been compromised by Russian disinformation. Agents had also just recommended on Jan. 4, 2017 shutting down the probe’s inquiry into incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for lack of evidence. The FBI had been warned the previous summer that Hillary Clinton’s campaign may have planted the false Russia collusion story as a way to “vilify” Trump and distract from her email scandal, and agents were about to interview Steele’s primary sub-source, who would discount much of the information in the dossier attributed to him as bar talk and unconfirmed rumor not worthy of official intelligence.

And the larger intelligence community had decided it did not want to vouch for the Steele dossier in its official Intelligence Community Assessment about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. It was in that environment in the final days of the Obama administration that Clapper had written Comey earlier on Jan. 12, 2017 to inform the FBI that Clapper had decided to release a public statement declaring that the Steele dossier was only mentioned in an appendix to the intel community’s report because the “IC has not made any judgment that the information in the document is reliable.” Comey tried to push back, suggesting Steele was deemed reliable (he actually had been terminated by the FBI for leaking by that time) and that his network included sources that might be in a position to know things (although the key source had already disavowed the information attributed to him in the dossier).

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“Comey signed a statement to the secret court that the information was “verified” on the same day that he admitted to Clapper that “We are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting.”

New Comey Email Raises More Questions About Steele Dossier (Turley)

Justthenews has released a previously undisclosed email from former FBI Director James Comey that raises additional questions about his role in using the now discredited Steele dossier as part of the FBI Russian investigation. The email on Jan. 12, 2017 email to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper falsely claims that Christopher Steele was found to be “reliable” but then states that the FBI could not “sufficiently corroborate the reporting.” The email went out the same day that Comey signed a FISA surveillance warrant application declaring that content from Christopher Steele’s dossier had been “verified.” We are still waiting for the results of the John Durham investigation but this email raised additional questions about Comey’s role.

Comey has testified that he would not have approved such surveillance if he knew then what he knew now about the Steele dossier. Comey signed a statement to the secret court that the information was “verified” on the same day that he admitted to Clapper that “We are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting.” Yet, he also did not tell Clapper what the FBI had already knew about Steele and Carter Page. While Comey later insisted that he was unaware of basic information, he was signing applications for secret surveillance and advising Clapper without either confirming or disclosing information. The CIA had already told the FBI that Page was a U.S. intelligence asset, not a Russian spy. It had also been warned that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was trying to plant a false Russian collusion story in the media.(The Clinton campaign and its attorney Marc Elias had reportedly denied that the campaign funded the dossier until after the election)

It was also told that Steele’s primary source was a suspected Russian agent and that is network was compromised by Russian intelligence. Steele had also been reportedly terminated by the FBI as a source because of his efforts to plant stories in the media. Comey mentioned none of this and instead cautioned Clapper against a statement saying that there was no judgment on the reliability of the Steele dossier. He was opposed to a public statement declaring that the Steele dossier was only mentioned in an appendix to the intel community’s report because the “IC has not made any judgment that the information in the document is reliable.” Comey insisted her was reliable:

“I just had a chance to review the proposed talking points on this for today. Perhaps it is a nit, but I worry that it may not be best to say ‘the IC has not made any judgment that the information in the document is reliable.’ I say that because we HAVE concluded that the source is reliable and has a track record with us of reporting reliable information; we have some visibility into his source network, some of which we have determined to be sub-sources in a position to report on such things; and much of what he reports in the current document is consistent with and corroborative of other reporting included in the body of the main IC report.” So Comey worked to preserve the public narrative in support of the Steele dossier, which was being widely disseminated and fueled what was later found to be an unsupported conspiracy theory. He did so while admitting later “That said, we are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting to include it in the body of the report.”

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“The GoFundMe page initially claimed the feature-length documentary would premiere in January 2018.”

Lincoln Project’s Rick Wilson Raised $64G For Anti-Trump Film (Fox)

Rick Wilson, co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project PAC, raised nearly $65,000 for a film called “Everything Trump Touches Dies” that has yet to be released. Wilson raised $64,766 from around 1,400 donors for the film – based on his book under the same title – on the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, though donations have since been paused for the project. The GoFundMe page initially claimed the feature-length documentary would premiere in January 2018. But a January 2018 update from Wilson said filmmakers were still working on its “first round of interviews” and asked people to give more money to the project.

“Team Trump won’t like this, but we’re in the home stretch in this fundraising effort for [the film],” Wilson wrote. “Your support is more vital and appreciated than ever.”Wilson provided no updates for nearly two months, when he said in March 2018 that the film was in “final production” and again asked for more money. Nearly a year later in February 2019, Wilson insisted that the project was “still happening” and that he needed to “expand the scope of the project to truly tell the story.” “We will endeavor to keep our community more informed as the project goes forward,” he wrote, but no update has been posted to the page since then. [..] Ben Howe, who is listed as the project’s director and producer, told Fox News Tuesday that the film is still in production.

“Delays have caused issues, the primary one in the last year being the difficulty of filming the remaining interviews with location shooting being so limited due to quarantine,” Howe said, “An issue that’s affecting filming across all film-related industries – including Hollywood – so certainly not limited to this.” “The issue now is that, in almost every way imaginable, the world looks very different than when Rick first asked me to direct,” Howe continued. “So, what an interviewee might’ve offered as analysis at the end of 2019 is almost certainly different today and that has to be accommodated for the film to offer any value.”

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Is This the Greatest Bubble of All Time? (CHS)

[..] what’s the greatest bubble of all time (GBOAT)? The easiest way to measure speculative bubbles is the starting price and the peak price, but that may not do justice to the question. Perhaps the number of people drawn into the speculative frenzy is a better measure of GBOAT: after all, if only a handful of speculators lose their shirts, how that can be the greatest bubble of all time? To even qualify, a bubble must drawn the masses into the euphoria and then slaughter them as mercilessly as Hammurabi massacred the goat profiteers. Another qualifying factor is the scale of disconnect from reality. Even if you overpaid for a goat in a speculative mania, at least you can still milk the goat and make cheese. But tulips, which drove the remarkably excessive speculative Tulip Mania in 1636 Holland, are not even edible.

At least tulips offer a bit of beauty in a world besmirched by speculative ugliness, but the shares of the South Seas Company that sucked in the best and brightest in 1720 Britain and proceeded to lay waste to their wealth did not even have that saving grace. Another qualifying factor is the power of the delusion driving the bubble. To qualify as a contender for GBOAT, the mania has to be utterly convincing and persuasive to everyone involved. In other words, it isn’t even speculation to invest all your money in the bubble, it’s simply common sense due to the dead certainty of the proposition fueling the mania.

The 1999-2000 Dot-Com Bubble is a good example of the universality of belief in the obviousness of the gains to be reaped: the Internet was changing the world and would expand for decades, so obviously the companies involved would grow for decades, too, as would their profits (obviously!). The chart of the dot-com bubble offers a textbook example of how a bubble gathers momentum, spikes to insane heights, falters as the smart money exits but soars to a lower high as true believers buy the dip. Once the buying is exhausted, the bubble collapses back to its starting level.

But not all bubbles follow this trajectory. Here is a current chart of IWM, the Russell 2000 index, courtesy of NorthmanTrader.com. (I added the black box and the red line in the center panel to indicate the previous bubble top.) The violence and amplitude of this speculative mania over the past year makes the dot-com bubble appear quaintly staid in comparison.

So let’s make the case that we’re experiencing the greatest bubble of all time in real time. The magnitude of the price movement is extreme: check. The number of people sucked into the mania is extreme: check. The power of the delusion is extreme: check. (The Fed will print trillions forever, federal government will borrow and blow trillions forever, the world is about to enter Roaring 20s, technology is changing the world, etc. etc. etc.) The gains to be reaped are extremely obvious: check.

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Much more in the article.

Who Bought the $4.5 Trillion Added in One Year to US National Debt? (WS)

Driven by stimulus and bailouts, and fired up by the tax cuts and by grease and pork, the Incredibly Spiking US National Debt has skyrocketed by $4.55 trillion in 12 months, to $27.86 trillion, after having already spiked by $1.4 trillion in the prior 12 months, which had been the Good Times. These trillions are all Treasury securities that form the US national debt, and someone had to buy every single one of these securities:

So we’ll piece together who bought those trillions of dollars in Treasury Securities that have whooshed by over the past 12 months. Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury Department released the Treasury International Capital data through December 31 which shows the foreign holders of the US debt. From the Fed’s balance sheet, we can see what the Fed bought. From the Federal Reserve Board of Governors bank balance-sheet data, we can see what the banks bought. And from the Treasury Department’s data on Treasury securities, we can see what US government entities bought. In the fourth quarter, foreign central banks, foreign government entities, and foreign private-sector entities such as companies, banks, bond funds, and individuals, reduced their holdings by $35 billion from the third quarter, to $7.04 trillion. This was still up from a year ago by $192 billion (blue line, right scale in the chart below). But their share of the Incredibly Spiking US National Debt fell to 25.4%, the lowest since 2007 (red line, right scale):

Japan (blue line), the largest foreign creditor of the US, reduced its holdings in Q4 by $20 billion, to $1.26 trillion. But compared to a year earlier, its holdings were still up by $102 billion. China (red line) continued on trend, gradually reducing its holdings. In Q4, its holdings ticked down just a tad, and over the 12-month period fell by $8 billion, to $1.06 trillion:

[..] All these holders of the monstrous US Treasury debt, combined into one mountain, and color-coded for your amusement by category of holder as of December 31:

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Bayer, US Officials Pressured Mexico To Drop Glyphosate Ban (G.)

Internal government emails reveal Monsanto owner Bayer AG and industry lobbyist CropLife America have been working closely with US officials to pressure Mexico into abandoning its intended ban on glyphosate, a pesticide linked to cancer that is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killers. The moves to protect glyphosate shipments to Mexico have played out over the last 18 months, a period in which Bayer was negotiating an $11bn settlement of legal claims brought by people in the US who say they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma due to exposure to the company’s glyphosate-based products.

The pressure on Mexico is similar to actions Bayer and chemical industry lobbyists took to kill a glyphosate ban planned by Thailand in 2019. Thailand officials had also cited concerns for public health in seeking to ban the weed killer, but reversed course after US threats about trade disruption. So far the collaborative campaign to get the Mexican government to reverse its policy does not appear to be working.

The Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given farmers until 2024 to stop using glyphosate. On 31 December, the country published a “final decree” calling not only for the end of the use of glyphosate but also a phase-out of the planting and consumption of genetically engineered corn, which farmers often spray with glyphosate, a practice that often leaves residues of the pesticide in finished food products. The moves are for the “purpose of contributing to food security and sovereignty” and “the health of Mexican men and women”, according to the Mexican government. But Mexico’s concern for the health of its citizens has triggered fear in the United States for the health of agricultural exports, especially Bayer’s glyphosate products.

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    Gutzon Borglum Repairing the Face of Abraham Lincoln, Mount Rushmore 1962   • New French Nasal Spray Eliminates 99% Of Covid Virus (CF) • S–t Pu
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle February 17 2021]

    V. Arnold

    Gutzon Borglum Repairing the Face of Abraham Lincoln, Mount Rushmore 1962

    Now, there’s a shot…


    I can’t be the only one wondering what the “antimicrobial” is that the French have infused into ionized water to make their nasal spray. If there is something that effective against the virus (99% in 30 seconds!), why not have all researchers working on this to bring it to market quickly so sick people can inhale it in vapor form to clear the virus from their lungs?

    susmarie: from yesterday … are you able to share the name of the silver company you took over? Or is that not acceptable in a public forum? I purchase a patented 10 ppm colloidal silver whose name I’m sure you would know. Didn’t consider using it before going out in public. Thank you for the tip.

    About people in correctional facilities: this will sound callous, but that’s a low death rate considering the environment. Doubtful each inmate is living alone in a cell, having food delivered, wearing a mask at all times, and social distancing. Kind of demolishes the lockdown, etc., executive orders we’ve been living under here in NY for the past year.

    Mister Roboto

    While Greenwald makes many salient points, I can’t be quite as dismissive about the fact that a pretty fair number of rioters at the Capitol were carrying fire-arms. Besides, if, let’s just say, a bunch of very militant Bernie Bros did something like that at the Capitol and a number of them were armed, the ones who weren’t simultaneously beaten, tazed, and shot to death would undoubtedly be facing very long prison sentences for domestic terrorism at this point!

    madamski cafone

    ““Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” the former president said elsewhere in his statement. “He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.” ”

    The New Trump apparently lets professionals turn his press releases into sophisticated language. This could be fun. Madamski rows off singing a sea chantey about nattering nabobs of negativity…


    Your selection of news, for today, made me question the following …
    Does the past matter?
    Will the pass, ( that you did not know existed), change the future?


    YouTube · 37,000+ views · 2016-07-21 · by CNN

    madamski cafone

    @ upstateNYer

    Viruses are really easy to kill outside of a host. Vaccines and similar products are good for the much more difficult job of killing microbes that have integrated into our body, using it, in effect, as a “human shield”.

    Part of the French virus spray’s effectiveness is, I am 99% 😉 sure, simply that it rinses the sinuses. Period. Flushes the virus out before it can get into the DNA factories. Physically removes them before they can infiltrate. It’s easy to kill bugs out here. But in the body, different story. Sinuses are not really “in the body” but, rather, “of the body”.

    fwiw, this old broad thinks we’d be wise refocusing on TAE’s founding poremise: Peak Oil and its corollaries. covid is a spent force. It has swarmed the planet and has done what it will. It’s just another part of the mocrobial scenery. But the dire implications of Peak Oil are very close at hand.

    madamski cafone
    madamski cafone

    I’ll put my marker down and say that I believe that covid propaganda will virtually vanish from our newstreams by fall. That cash cow has been about milked dry and there’s no more political advantage to be whipsawed from it.

    There was a time, long ago, when nuclear fallout and The Bomb were the major bugaboos. It got old. Now we only bring out that crusty old fright wig when we need to talk smack about NK or Iran, etc. Otherwise: Bomb? What bomb?

    And yet the nuclear war threat is perhaps greater than ever.

    No no no no no no no no no… I will not countenance this being equated with covid being a deliberate scam and all that “I want explanations! Now! Neat and tidy ones!” stuff which has become so fashionable.

    Shit happens, and the Big Boys exploit it as ruthlessly and self-aggrandizingly as possible, because that’s what a ruling class heavy on toxic narcissists and psychopaths do. It’s all they’ve ever done, and it can resemble them having master plans and plots, etc. But I’ve known several narcos, socios, and psychos, and most of them are worse at following plans than your average McDonalds trainee.


    Heavy snowfall


    Nearly 3 million displaced people live in northwestern Syria, mostly in tents and temporary shelters. Heavy rainfall last month damaged over 190 displacement sites, destroying and damaging over 10,000 tents.

    In pictures: Heavy snowfall blankets parts of Europe, the US
    10 Feb 2021 09:41PM
    (Updated: 10 Feb 2021 09:50PM)


    Likeness and enormous size aside, which is given, Mount Rushmore heads are great piece of sculpture. Clean simplified, yet realistic surfaces of the face reveal talented sculptor in full command of the skill.
    Now, there was one of his assistants on this huge project, Korczak Ziolkowski, furniture maker turned amateur sculptor.
    Work on that project somehow got in his head a great idea that he can do something as grand too.
    Thus Crazy Horse Memorial.
    World largest “sculpture”, still in the making, is about to depict, what one can tell from the small study model, stiff and anatomically incorrect figure on equally sorry rendered horse. Other than NY Post article “Who speaks for the Crazy Horse?” ,which I could not read without subscription, I could not find any other record of anybody warning Lakota tribe that it may not be such a good idea.



    “Where The Hell Are We?”
    – Biden’s CNN Townhall Disaster Ignored By Mainstream Media

    WEDNESDAY, FEB 17, 2021 – 9:51
    In his first such public appearance since the campaign, President Biden joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper on stage last night in Milwaukee in a town-hall-style discussion. It did not go well… but you’d never know that if you only read the mainstream media.
    As LibertyNation’s Mark Angelides points out, it appears by the lack of coverage of this disaster that America’s Fourth Estate has entered a new era of wilful blindness:

    When statements from the president are downplayed or ignored by the legacy media, it begs the question of who can be trusted to deliver the news. There is an ongoing censorship war between social media giants and smaller boutique outlets that do not follow the party line. This situation has gone far beyond which service is most likely to deliver factual information and has descended to the point where the sins of omission are not only ubiquitous but also destructive.

    News has a duty to be informative, regardless of whether that information is personally damaging to the White House occupant.

    John Day

    I wrote and compiled this last evening when the electricity came back on after a day off.
    Internet is spotty today. https://www.johndayblog.com/2021/02/texas-freezing-blackout.html

    Sharing Space Blankets,

    ​ Texas is cold, colder than anything on record, overall, for this time of year, and snowed-in, which never happens for more than a day here in central Texas. This combination, and the long duration, 6 days already, and counting, make this event an order of magnitude or more beyond the parameters that engineers considered when designing safety measures. Something similar, but milder and more localized happened in the Dallas, Fort Worth area during super bowl 2011, I hear, but I don’t recall it. I didn’t live there.
    The cost to keep a temperature differential from inside to outside matters in several ways. Texas houses and businesses often pump something like 35 degrees, between 105 outside and 70 inside during the summer, with AC units, which are heat pumps. Heat pumps are pretty efficient. They might use 1 unit of electricity to pump 9 equal energy nits of heat outside. Gas burning furnaces and stoves are pretty good. Stoes don’t waste any heat. They are unvented heaters. CO2 does build up with lots of burning over a long time. Lots of use lived with unvented heaters for many years in the old days. Gas furnaces won’t work when the electricity is out. Stoves will. You may need a match.
    Electric heating is different. It does not pump 9 units of heat for every equal unit of electricity.
    Resistive electric heaters make 1 unit of heat for 1 unit of electricity. Resistive electric heaters take 9 times as much electricity to cover that 35 degree differential, and a lot of us are trying to get 65 degrees inside with 15 degrees outside this week.
    A lot of people need 12 times as much electricity as during summer peak load.
    About 40% of Texas households are currently without electricity. We just had about 20 hours without electricity, after 8 hours without last Thursday evening and night. We are fortunate to have a gas stove, and an older one with a gas pilot light, so we used it and blanketed up overnight, and sweatered up in the daytime.
    We have been able to cook. We have nice fresh produce we harvested ahead of the deadly cold.
    We gave some away, too. Not the spinach. Jenny cooked lovely Saag paneer 2 days ago, and I made spinach omelets with mushroom and cheese sauce today. Still tasting it…
    I carried in frozen rainwater buckets to put in the refrigerator and freezer, which became “the icebox”, which was fun to say.
    I put them back outside a while ago when the power came on. They are “recharging”.
    ​ Without internet, I read most of Charles Hugh Smith’s latest book, print version, by a window, A Hacker’s Teleology: Sharing the Wealth of Our Shrinking Planet. I have other books I still need to read…
    There is a lot of blame being cast in Texas, for political purposes, but the fact is that nobody would have budgeted for something this extreme. Now they will need to.
    Many natural gas wellheads are frozen and some of the pipelines are not working right in the extreme cold. Remaining natural gas power plants are burning all the gas they can get, and competing with residential users for it.
    A lot of natural gas plants have been shut down in recent years, but they are the only kind of power plant that can ramp up fast to meet changes in electrical generation requirements. Some plants will need to be renovated and brought back online.
    It will cost more most days, but it will provide resilience for times of severe need. Texas has the gas…
    There is no wind or solar electric power currently online, due to ice storms last week and no thaw since then.
    We got down to 8 degrees F, with a wind, yesterday morning, and 6 F this mo​rning. I’ve never experienced it getting below 16, and that was the winter of 1983-1984, when every palm tree in Houston died.
    All of our “cold tolerant” Mexican avocado seedlings, now over a year old, are in the garage in their pots. The coating of ice from Thursday has melted. We put them in there before the temperature dropped below the mid 20s. That’s too cold.
    No point killing them all. I just want to see which ones do better.
    We’re not sure at all if any of the 15 Mexican avocado trees in Yoakum will live, though we cut up a roll of white plastic to wrap them with in sub freezing wind Saturday (Thanks Jenny!). We have been making deer-deterrence cages of chicken wire for a month, so that helps hold the wraps, but makes them harder to do and to tie. Jenny and I drove back to Austin after that chore, and harvesting the vegetables.
    The “ghost trees” are pictured below.
    We hope some live, but people are proud of the few that lived through 1983-1984, very proud.

    I’m actually very hopeful for Texas, because this is a big adversity, unanticipated and overwhelming for all Texans, a shared hardship. Political unity of purpose is exceedingly rare these days, and organizations are locked into status-quo procedures and protocols. That’s terrible, and only serves a few insulated power elites.
    This event provides a platform for practical initiatives to be taken by (politicians in) the State of Texas, in the interests of all Texans.
    Washington can only get in the way of Texas reinforcing it’s power grid backup-capacity for severe events.
    Run with that Ball, Texas!

    Mike Shedlock is politically incorrect, but factual here. Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel, and still abundant. Combustion = Real Economy.
    Hello Clean Energy Advocates, What Do We Do When the Wind Turbines are All Frozen?

    John Day

    I agree with Madamski, This spray is a nasal rinse, like a neti-pot. It physically rinses out viral particles before they attach to your nasal mucosa and get swallowed like little Trojans. Use a neti pot every 5 minutes at work and you, too will be fine. Hmmmm… How does this work if you just rinse your nose 3 times a day?

    Farmer McGregor

    @zerosum: Thanks for the “Heavy Snowfall” links. I have to chuckle though, that most of the pics look like they got maybe an inch or two of snow (including the pic of the Acropolis) which we would call a ‘dusting’; ‘heavy’ snowfall is a foot or more. Of course, when you’re not used to it or prepared for such you get disasters like that 100+ vehicle pileup in Texas last week. Snow Sissies!

    re: yesterday’s inquiry to you about re-posting the same links from the day’s Debt Rattle.
    I meant no offense, I was just curious to know if there was some kind of big-picture reason for re-posting them that I was not aware of, like maybe producing ping-backs or other means of widening the audience by distributing them beyond TAE’s readership (who obviously have already seen those articles). That’s all. New content like you’ve provided today — Marvelous!



    Hello Clean Energy Advocates, What Do We Do When the Wind Turbines are All Frozen?

    That’s awfully simplified. Wind is 20% of Texas power, and not even the biggest failure. All power plants must be properly winterized, and in Texas virtually non are, because one in a decade+ event. It’s not just the moving parts, it’s also water supply. There are ways to protect wind turbines from ice and snow, but for the same reasons those were not applied either. You might as well say:

    Hello Clean Energy Advocates, What Do We Do When the Natgas Plants are All Frozen?

    Dr. D

    Shows how tech, government, trusting others, doesn’t work. You have to look out for yourself, your own systems.

    Taking back what I said the other day, it snows in Texas, it freezes all the time, the media loses their minds whenever what happens every year happens again this year, like snow in Philly and 11 car accidents per 100 million people from St. Louis to Boston. But this is rightfully uncommon. Possibly not unprecedented as most things have happened, but clearly outside any design parameters, as Day says, both from raw temperature and more importantly from duration.

    I don’t know where everybody lives, but when there’s a snap, you can watch the furnace of whatever type start to get overrun while the poor thing runs flat-out and every hour is colder and colder. Maybe the pipes freeze somewhere. That’s when there is power. You don’t know whether to stay or go. And go where? They’re just not made for this, and in a way you can’t expect them to. Insulating all Athens as if it’s Minneapolis is a reckless cost.

    What I don’t conscience is that, like hurricanes, people don’t have responses and don’t have backup plans. You’re ready to drain the pipes with that one lever and go to Ma’s house, right? With your kerosene heater? You have a generator so it will keep the furnace blower and thus the gas furnace on?

    And the other stuff: you have a wood stove, right? Who wouldn’t, even there? Nope, it’s illegal. You have an passive solar earthship, that can be heated with a hairdryer? Nope, it’s illegal. You have your own wind, solar, generator? Nope, you have an HOA, a village code, it’s illegal. You have a 5gal propane tank and a catalytic in your apartment? Nope, it’s illegal. A candle? Illegal. You have a hand pump, a dug well? Illegal.

    Helping, helping, always helping. Helping us out of all the old ways that are the backups to the new ways. The only way is the NEW way, that costs more money, burns more new resources, and is magnitude less reliable than the old way. –But then we wouldn’t be able to throw the perfectly good old version into a landfill called the ocean. …But that’s not the point. The point is to kill and harvest people for profit. Maybe the people will attend a town meeting someday and stop such rules. There are exemptions any time they feel like it. It’s really that easy.

    If you’re going to have a new way, the least you can do is to put a jack and a spare tire in there for emergencies? No, literally those are no longer provided either, and there’s not even the socket to put them in. Planned obsolescence? So last century. Now it’s planned failure. And without the cooperation — like everyone having no slack, drawing the grid at once — their values, their lack of thinking puts me at major risk as well. No man is an island, though lately one might wish.

    It’s very hard to work around the whole rest of the nation committing suicide. Do what you can.



    Athens has nothing in the way of salt or anything vs snow. It still has tons of people without power, because hundreds of trees fell on power lines, which in colder climes would have been gone long ago.

    It’s like Texas, one in a decade+ events. None of it left today. But yesterday was more than dusting:


    It felt like Montréal for a short bit of time.

    Farmer McGregor

    @madamski: “…the dire implications of Peak Oil are very close at hand”
    A double Amen to that. I often hear it said or written something to the effect that “climate change presents the greatest threat and challenge to humanity”. I disagree; resource depletion is a much larger problem — predicament, actually. Problems have solutions…

    We will adapt to climate change. Yes, there will be migrations and areas with more severe effects, but the collapse of our industrial way of life would destroy far more lives than will rising sea levels. Without petro-agriculture, famine would be unavoidable in most of the ‘developed’ nations. For the time being, I’m glad for diesel powered hay harvesting equipment, but I am also stocking up on high quality scythes.


    Farmer McGregor
    TAE cannot dig up everything and go indepth with every link.
    TAE sends me on a train of thought. I help/contribute extra stuff that I hope helps us to do our own critical thinking/analysis of the info.
    I am enriched by the special thinking/writers/people contributing to TAE
    Does the past matter?
    Will the pass, ( that you did not know existed), change the future?

    John Day

    Ilargi said: “That’s awfully simplified. Wind is 20% of Texas power, and not even the biggest failure. All power plants must be properly winterized, and in Texas virtually non are, because one in a decade+ event. It’s not just the moving parts, it’s also water supply. There are ways to protect wind turbines from ice and snow, but for the same reasons those were not applied either.”

    Our water is out now, a city problem, not our pipes. I did feel like Mish was turning the knife in the wound more than was seemly, but he made a good point about hidden costs of wind and solar power in a mass installation, as Texas has. Texas did have a similar, but more regional problem in 2011, and mandated weatherizing of power plants, which is “still ongoing” = not-done-yet.
    Texas politicians are throwing poison-dart accusations right and left, but it’s no protection, I think Everybody knows nobody was prepared for this, and we all have to make some real changes and spend some real money to be more able to support the grid when disasters happen, which they will.
    Natural gas plants are the way to do this, since they fire up quickly and can come online and go offline quickly. There is natural gas for them and water, and some have been recently decommissioned, but can be upgraded and refurbished. Gas lines and water pumps and pipes were problematic. That can be remediated. It’s standard technology. Texas needs to get together on this. 100 ft long turbine blades and rotor hubs are on the road every time we drive to Yoakum, new ones, going north to the flatlands.
    I’m not saying they are bad, but I sure wish there was a use for them, and Teslas, after 12 years or so. They are going to build a Tesla plant on our route between Austin and Yoakum, too.
    I hope at least one of our engineer sons can get a job there, maybe both. They live up in car-pileup-land, Dallas-Ft-Worth.
    What happened on that icy pileup was that it happened just past the crest of a ridge, so it was invisible to traffic going 75 mph, approaching it, until they cleared the ridge and slammed into it on the slick surface. Cars were stacked 3 high in that pileup. I’ve not seen pictures like that before.

    Dr. D
    madamski cafone

    @ John Day

    “Hmmmm… How does this work if you just rinse your nose 3 times a day?”

    If you do it throughly and keep some saline spray on hand for when you feel your sinuses drying (pay attention and it’s very noticeable), it should make it very difficult for a significant number of microbes to get through the snot wall and into actual tissue. Yes, snot has DNA and is alive, but it’s always leaving town and taking microbes with it, jah?

    John Day

    @Madamski: I’m awaiting the prospective, randomized, double-blind trials, of course.
    I was fairly seriously asserting that nasal saline irrigation with neti pot or Sinu Cleanse or bulb syringe would do the same job, but it’s all hard to do at work. I can’t even drink green tea and eat dried fruit and nuts at work these days.
    Hidden costs abound…

    madamski cafone

    @ Farmer McGregor

    ” “climate change presents the greatest threat and challenge to humanity.” I disagree; resource depletion is a much larger problem — predicament, actually. Problems have solutions…

    Well, underneath it all is overpopulation and massive rersource depletion, as we both already know. It’s a problem ‘solvable’ by a massive dieoff and the bootstrapping of a new culture very different from this one.

    But… reliable stable weather is a MAJOR resource for agricultural cilivilization, and that is what we are. Petrofertilizers do squat against weather unable to sustain conventionally prevailing agriculture. We can’t control the sun and Terran weather regulated by it any more than we can reliably harness the sun to power our energy grids.

    On one hand, we want to save energy resources to deal with things like climate change; on the other hand, all we do with resources is fight over and squander them.

    There’s only one thing to do with our energy grids: learen to live without them. They will not last. James Kuntsler is weird about many things but he is right about this: abandon modernity whiole you still can, or face a VERY high probability of havoing to abandon being alive, period.

    @ Dr. D

    “I don’t know where everybody lives, but when there’s a snap, you can watch the furnace of whatever type start to get overrun while the poor thing runs flat-out and every hour is colder and colder. ”

    That’s just the stupid furnace fan that we spoiled sybarites think is necessary. I used to live in a 1941 home with what’s called a gravity-feed gas furnace.

    That means that it used convection and thermal difference to move air around the house. Slowly but plenty fast enough. House stayed plenty warm but with a wider range because it didn’t use motor power to move the air.

    It could run all day long and not wear out nor burn out. And one could convert it to burning coal or wood quite easily, just a bit of flue work.

    Also: “What I don’t conscience is that, like hurricanes, people don’t have responses and don’t have backup plans. ”

    It’s neither your nor your consciences business.This is a crazy culture, and that is because human beings are inherently nuts. But it’s soothingly distracting to point a blaming finger. Knock thyself out. You’re demonstrating a major part of why those backup considerations rarely exist: we’re always too busy concerning ourselves with what other people do to fully grasp what might be in our genuine own best interests, much less those of others.

    Like an ancient fiction character said when I was young and wild:

    Always Cut Cards<>Mind Own Business (R.A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit — Will Travel)

    madamski cafone

    A closing note for the day:

    Even underlying the physics driving all this is, alas, what we call politics: groups of humans working together for a goal at least allegedly common. Texas is experiencing its problems because humans are incapable of sane politics except in very small groups, period.

    But we speak with some underlying assumption that this isn’t true. There’s a political solution to this, we tell ourselves.

    There isn’t. If there was, we would have prevented these problems in the first place. We’ve known about them for many decades. But rather than deal with finite reality, we sniffed the gasoline and got high on the fumes. Result, stuff like this:

    image 1

    image 2

    image 3

    And my favorite:

    The Isolater

    madamski cafone

    Looks like he’s charging his cellphone. 😉

    Michael Reid

    Right on Dr. D. People are going to get a wake up call when infrastructure like electricity, gas, fuel delivery and grocery supply chains fail. It is worthwhile to know how things were done in the past and work on putting yourself in a life where that can be done.


    To rely on electricity alone is to invite system failure. We need alternative and backup sources of energy, such as natural gas or even biomass (wood). Problem is that under present arrangements all of these contribute to climate change.

    In Australia the political scene is controlled by a surprisingly small number of people who are obsessed with digging up and selling fossil fuels — coal and gas. They deny climate change. The environmental damage to our country caused by fossil fuel extraction is large and growing, but such considerations are irrelevant to development.

    Were places like Texas less well-endowed with fossil fuel reserves, opening up a wonderful export market for Australia, then the damage here would be just appalling. In the absence of a fundamental change in how we think and act, it seems to be a lose-lose situation.

    More than ever I’m convinced that the total amount of intelligence in the world is fixed but the population keeps growing.

    John Day

    Market Economics:
    Texas Freeze Raises Cost Of Charging A Tesla To $900

    John Day

    Sadly, it does not cost $900 to charge a Tesla, because of imperfect markets.


    re nasal spray…
    If you assume that you were exposed to the coronavirus and there is enough virus in your nasal cavities to make this nasal spray effective then doesn’t it also imply that there was plenty of virus around to enter your body through your mouth and eyes?


    Most heat pumps have a COP (coefficient of performance) of 2.5 – 4. While a few heat pumps will still perform at temperatures as low as -15F, most heat pumps will peter out at 5F and switch to electric resistance heating. With the rise of power outages and colder winters, wood stoves are poised to make a huge comeback.


    Talking of nasal sprays, I have an article saying that a 1.5% povidone-iodine spray deactivates the virus within 20 seconds. Some time ago this strength was available OTC under a well-known label (Vicks? don’t remember). So I bought a 7.5% OTC solution (Betadine) but now need to dilute it before trying it. Problem: sterility. I don’t know if the solution would be self-sterilising or if I need some more elaborate procedure.

    Anyway, the virus is scarce in my part of the world, so I haven’t pursued this treatment.

    Michael Reid

    Brilliant comments madamski, but I believe you are only has old as you feel and then you die


    “Nasal spray”. and a really big nose— I see what you did there, Ilargi. 🙂
    There was another pretty good earthquake in Greece (5.5)- I suppose no one noticed because of the snow.
    Madamski- We lived in a 1928 solid brick house with a gravity furnace (coal converted to gas) outside of Chicago. It was the quietest, cleanest, most reliable system I’ve ever had, and the masonry mass kept the temps steady. In a power outage, we only needed a match to light the pilot. That tiny bungalow was a thing of steadfast beauty. We are afraid to go back and see if it’s still there in this “tear-down” age.

    Wood stove- check. Loads of wood- check. Generator- check. Extra gasoline- check. 20+ gallons of bottled water- check. Paraffin lamps and fuel- check. We’ve been through it. I loved the silence.

    John Day- when we lived in Princeton, the ground rarely froze and the bad nematodes were a real bother in the garden. Here in Mn, the intense cold “sterilizes” the soil. There may be a benefit to all this.
    Is a Mexican avocado different from a Hass?

    Bloomberg was all bubble stuff today, but the takeaway was: BUY!!!!!!!!!

    Ilargi: I have mentioned APOD (astronomy picture of the day) before- but today’s (feb 17) is outstanding. Check it out, if you will.

    For many, it seems really tough to say the words: I have enough.


    Princeton, New Jersey, not Princeton, MN (or elsewhere).


    Just an after thought from yesterday about joe.

    joe seems pretty hung up on being called president! He is feeling so insecure about stealing the presidency that he now needs to keep 5,000 troops in Washington until September!

    harris is doing her part to make joe feel more secure. She is the one talking to all of the foriegn leaders behind joe’s back.

    Does joe really know where in hell he is?


    my parents said know:

    I have enough of this winter! I want global warming and I want it now!

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