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46 Die in Spain Nursing Home After First Pfizer Shot, Second Shots Halted (CB)
Public Health Authorities Blocking Effective Treatment (PCR)
Newsweek ‘Fact Check’ Claims India Vaccine Ban “Mostly False” (SN)
Russia Registers Third Domestically-Created Vaccine Against Covid-19 (RT)
White House ‘Working Directly’ With Big Tech To Censor ‘Vaccine Hesitancy’ (RT)
Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More (Greenwald)
Nursing Home Industry Avoids Scrutiny For Covid-19 Deaths With Lobbying (IC)
For Albany’s Biggest Bully, The Hits Keep Coming (TU)
Lincoln Project Implosion Has Derailed Plan For A Media Empire (VF)
Reuters, BBC, Bellingcat Part Of Covert UK Programs To “Weaken Russia” (GZ)
Texas Blackouts Spark First Lawsuit; AG Vows Probe (ZH)
The Future Of Money Is Gold (Macleod)
Assange’s Lawyers Consider a Cross Appeal (Mercouris)

 

 

 

 

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46 Die in Spain Nursing Home After First Pfizer Shot, Second Shots Halted (CB)

The Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary) nursing home is reeling due to mass deaths after mRNA inoculations. All residents and workers at the facility received the first dose of Pfizer mRNA in early January, according to Spain mainstream media outlet ABC de Sevilla. Most residents became extremely ill shortly after the shots. It is believed many came down with COVID-19, despite being “vaccinated against it.” The Andalusian Health Service reported that at least 46 residents have died since January. For perspective, Our Lady has a maximum capacity of 145 residents. The Junta de Andalucía (regional government) intervened in early February to curtail the death count. But people continued dying. Spain’s Ministry of Health is now in charge of mitigation.


The Ministry said in a statement: “In view of the imminent risk to public health, and in particular for the [residents] and workers of this center, as the current protocol for disinfection and isolation of positive cases cannot be guaranteed.” The situation remains dire, as at least 28 residents and 12 staff members were COVID-19 positive last week. Health officials halted all further mRNA shots as a result. The Federation of Public Services criticized Our Lady for not taking action sooner. The workers’ union said the response was inadequate after eight people died by January 18. The death count grew to 30 by January 28. Spain is continually in the news related to mRNA shots. Health Minister Salvador Illa said in December that his agency is keeping a database of all citizens who refuse the mRNA. He said the list will be shared with all EU members.

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“What reason is there for people in any country to have confidence in their government and public health authorities?”

Public Health Authorities Blocking Effective Treatment (PCR)

[..] the vaccines themselves have not undergone long-run testing, and many serious reactions and more than 1,000 deaths are associated with the vaccinations. Some scientists are concerned that the untested technology in some of the vaccines will have adverse effects on the immune system and result in a jump in the overall death rate. However, we look at it, we are flying at least partly blind. Why as there is a far superior way to proceed? First, begin with prevention. Vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, and NAC are effective and inexpensive immune boosters that ward off infection and reduce the severity of infection. Then turn to cures. Both the HCQ/zinc/antibiotic treatment and the Ivermectin/zinc/antibiotic treatment are proven, safe, and inexpensive.

Yet the evidence has been kept from the public. Even the most knowledgeable experts are deplatformed when they say anything that is in conflict with the vaccination/lockdown agenda. The media are complicit in keeping the public uninformed. Why is this? How does information suppression help deal with an alleged world pandemic? Clearly, it does not help. I have reported many times on the effectiveness of HCQ/zinc. You can use the search feature on this website to locate my reports. Ivermectin has proven to be even more effective than HCQ. Dr. Marc Wathelet, a leading virologist, has brought the evidence for Ivermectin before the government of Belgium. There is no justifiable reason for not using these cures, and there is no justifiable reason for not initiating a prevention program based on supplements, diet, and a more healthy life style.

The failure of governments and health authorities to employ these proven means amounts to premeditated mass murder. The reason people have died from Covid is the refusal to treat and to prevent with known effective means. Instead, governments and health authorities have interfered with doctors and prevented treatment with HCQ and Ivermectin, while using the presstitutes to brainwash the public that these effective and safe treatments are dangerous. The massive disinformation campaign waged against effective prevention and treatment does not come from ignorance and incompetence of public authorities. It comes from the agendas that Covid is being used to advance, agendas whose toll in human life and suffering is unimportant to those whose agendas are being served. What reason is there for people in any country to have confidence in their government and public health authorities?

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“The Newsweek fact check itself is “mostly false.” The fact checkers have been fact checked.”

Newsweek ‘Fact Check’ Claims India Vaccine Ban “Mostly False” (SN)

Newsweek published a “fact check” which labeled claims that India had banned the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as “mostly false” despite admitting in the article that India has in fact temporarily banned the vaccine. Last week, discussion around the issue intensified after it was revealed that Indian health authorities had refused to give permission for the vaccine to be distributed. “On February 3, 2021, India’s Subject Expert Committee (SEC), a panel that advises the nation’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), a national regulatory body focused on pharmaceuticals and devices, ruled that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should not be recommended for an EUA in the country “at this stage,” reports Newsweek.

The report quotes India’s Subject Expert Committee (SEC), which ruled, “The committee noted that incidents of palsy, anaphylaxis and other SAE’s have been reported during post marketing and the causality of the events with the vaccine is being investigated. Further, the firm has not proposed any plan to generate safety and immunogenicity data in Indian population.” In response, after the meeting with the regulator, Pfizer Inc. withdrew its application for the vaccine’s use in India. The Newsweek report admits all this, including but then asserts that that the claim India banned the vaccine is “mostly false.”Indian authorities refused to allow the vaccine to be distributed in India. That’s also known as a “ban”. The ban might be lifted at a future date, but it’s a ban nonetheless.

For Newsweek to claim that this is “mostly false” is completely erroneous. The Newsweek fact check itself is “mostly false.” The fact checkers have been fact checked.

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Three different techniques.

Russia Registers Third Domestically-Created Vaccine Against Covid-19 (RT)

A third Covid-19 vaccine has been registered in Russia, the country’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced on Saturday morning. The drug, dubbed CoviVac, has been developed by the Chumakov Scientific Center in Moscow. The new formula, which has yet to complete phase three trials, uses the most traditional technology out of all of the Russian-made anti-coronavirus solutions. CoviVac is a whole virus vaccine that contains either weakened or deactivated strains of the infection, cultivated specifically for its production. Its developers have previously said that the vast majority of vaccines worldwide have been built on this technology and using it against the Covid-19 pandemic was a viable option.

The pilot batch of 120,000 doses is expected to become available for Russia’s public in mid-March, Mishustin stated. The developers are also seeking to export the vaccine to other countries, following in the footsteps of the Gamaleya Center’s pioneering Sputnik V. The virus sample used to create the vaccine was collected from a Covid-19 patient hospitalized in the Moscow region, the head of Chumakov Center, Aidar Ishmukhametov, revealed back in December. The sample turned out to be both bold and ‘cooperative’ enough to thrive in the laboratory, providing scientists with the material needed to produce the vaccine.

The first coronavirus vaccine registered by Russia, Sputnik V, relies on a unique two-vector human adenovirus technology. Basically, coronavirus particles are inserted into a weakened adenovirus, which is a genetically modified flu virus that cannot reproduce in the human body. It then triggers the required immunity reaction. Sputnik V uses two different adenoviral vectors for the first and second dose and is more effective defense compared to other vaccines that use the same vector for both shots. The second jab, the EpiVacCorona developed by the Siberia-based Vector Institute, uses synthesized particles of the virus instead. They are put into the human body by carrier proteins. Unlike some foreign competitors, all the Russian-made vaccines, including the brand new CoviVac, can be stored in regular refrigerators, which greatly facilitates the logistics and distribution of the shots.

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There is only one religion.

White House ‘Working Directly’ With Big Tech To Censor ‘Vaccine Hesitancy’ (RT)

Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly working directly with Silicon Valley giants to root out ‘misinformation and disinformation’ that hampers US vaccination efforts, indicating hands-on involvement in Big Tech censorship. “Disinformation that causes vaccine hesitancy is going to be a huge obstacle to getting everyone vaccinated and there are no larger players in that than the social media platforms,” a source with direct knowledge about the cooperation told Reuters. “We are talking to them… so they understand the importance of misinformation and disinformation and how they can get rid of it quickly.” The White House previously acknowledged working with tech giants like Facebook and Google on the issue, but direct engagement was not confirmed, Reuters said.


The Biden administration wants digital platforms to suppress content that can result in events like the anti-vaccination protest at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in late January, the source said. The arena has been repurposed as a drive-in mass vaccination site, one of the largest in the US, after being used for Covid-19 testing since May. Police shut it down for about an hour on January 30, after around 50 protesters gathered at the entrance, decrying a “Covid scam” and demanding an end to lockdown in California. The event went off peacefully and was rebuked by state officials, including Governor Gavin Newsom – whom the protesters wanted to be recalled, according to one of the signs they carried.

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“..Congress violates the First Amendment when it attempts to require private companies to impose viewpoint-based speech restrictions which the government itself would be constitutionally barred from imposing.”

Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More (Greenwald)

For the third time in less than five months, the U.S. Congress has summoned the CEOs of social media companies to appear before them, with the explicit intent to pressure and coerce them to censor more content from their platforms. On March 25, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will interrogate Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebooks’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai at a hearing which the Committee announced will focus “on misinformation and disinformation plaguing online platforms.” The Committee’s Chair, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and the two Chairs of the Subcommittees holding the hearings, Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), said in a joint statement that the impetus was “falsehoods about the COVID-19 vaccine” and “debunked claims of election fraud.”

They argued that “these online platforms have allowed misinformation to spread, intensifying national crises with real-life, grim consequences for public health and safety,” adding: “This hearing will continue the Committee’s work of holding online platforms accountable for the growing rise of misinformation and disinformation.” House Democrats have made no secret of their ultimate goal with this hearing: to exert control over the content on these online platforms. “Industry self-regulation has failed,” they said, and therefore “we must begin the work of changing incentives driving social media companies to allow and even promote misinformation and disinformation.” In other words, they intend to use state power to influence and coerce these companies to change which content they do and do not allow to be published.

I’ve written and spoken at length over the past several years about the dangers of vesting the power in the state, or in tech monopolies, to determine what is true and false, or what constitutes permissible opinion and what does not. I will not repeat those points here. Instead, the key point raised by these last threats from House Democrats is an often-overlooked one: while the First Amendment does not apply to voluntary choices made by a private company about what speech to allow or prohibit, it does bar the U.S. Government from coercing or threatening such companies to censor. In other words, Congress violates the First Amendment when it attempts to require private companies to impose viewpoint-based speech restrictions which the government itself would be constitutionally barred from imposing.

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Who thinks there will be a thorough probe?

Nursing Home Industry Avoids Scrutiny For Covid-19 Deaths With Lobbying (IC)

Early in the coronavirus pandemic, as the country was being hit by the first wave of the deadly outbreak, New York state, under the leadership Gov. Andrew Cuomo, issued an order directing over 9,000 coronavirus-positive patients be discharged from hospitals into nursing homes. The Cuomo administration claimed that the order was necessary due to the risk of hospitals becoming overwhelmed by Covid-19. In fact, nursing homes tend to have much less effective infection control policies than hospitals, and the order, which likely contributed enormously to the spread of Covid-19 in nursing homes, was reversed in May.

In the meantime, though, the Cuomo administration moved to further protect nursing homes. In April, New York became one of the first states to implement liability relief for nursing home operators, after aggressive lobbying and years of donations from the hospital and nursing home industries. Besides New York, at least 27 other states have implemented liability protections for nursing homes.

Across the country, 161,000 nursing home and other long-term care residents have died from Covid-19, an astonishing 36 percent of the total coronavirus deaths in the U.S., and there have been over 1.2 million cases in nursing homes, meaning about half of all nursing home residents contracted the virus. The Government Accountability Office released a report in May 2020 titled “Infection Control Deficiencies Were Widespread and Persistent in Nursing Homes Prior to COVID-19 Pandemic.” And study after study has shown a connection between nursing home staffing and Covid-19 deaths, from the New York Attorney General’s office to researchers at the University of Chicago to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

[..[ The industry, with its powerful lobby, has escaped significant scrutiny, however. Just two nursing home executives have been indicted for Covid-19 deaths, while the industry showered over $10 million on candidates and political action committees in 2020, according to data collected by the National Institute on Money in Politics. Congress has held just one hearing on Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes, in the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, chaired by progressive Rep. Lloyd Doggett.

And in the CARES Act, passed in March 2020, Congress gave the industry $10 billion through the Provider Relief Fund — with no strings attached for quality or staffing — as the Trump administration reduced nursing home inspections and fines. As a result, “there are some nursing home chains where the chain had more profits in 2020 than in 2019,” said Toby Edelman, an attorney and nursing home resident advocate with the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

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“You haven’t seen my wrath.” Who, other than raging megalomaniacs, talks that way? Why do we insist on electing such miserable people to positions of power?”

For Albany’s Biggest Bully, The Hits Keep Coming (TU)

Andrew Cuomo’s team insists the governor didn’t threaten Ron Kim, the Queens assemblyman who has been a persistent and effective critic of the governor’s nursing home policies. But nobody who follows state government heard Kim’s story and said, “Gee, that doesn’t sound like Andrew Cuomo.” The alleged threat to “destroy” Kim sounds exactly like the governor. It’s who he is. For a decade, until the pandemic temporarily elevated his reputation, Cuomo was Albany’s leading bully, the secretive, scheming, petty narcissist who used fear and threats to subdue friends and opponents alike. Some perhaps believed such distasteful pugilism was needed to wrestle New York’s anarchic government under control. If nothing else, Cuomo seemed competent. He was reelected, twice, without breaking a sweat.

But now, suddenly, everything is crashing down around him. The searing report released at the end of January by Attorney General Letitia James, the one that castigated the governor for dramatically undercounting nursing home deaths, was a watershed, perhaps because James had been considered a Cuomo ally. It’s been a drumbeat of bad news for the governor ever since. The blows keep coming. You probably know that a state judge said the Cuomo administration illegally ignored Freedom of Information Law requests for truthful nursing home information. You’re aware of the firestorm that erupted when a top Cuomo aide blamed a federal inquiry for the administration’s stonewall.

This week, we learned the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn have launched a new probe into the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic. Lawmakers, increasingly frustrated by the administration’s intense gaslighting, are calling for investigations and threatening to strip the governor’s pandemic power. There’s even impeachment talk. So, Cuomo was in real trouble even before he spent 20 minutes angrily assailing Kim at a press conference Wednesday, an assault that led the assemblyman to talk publicly about frightening threats from a raging governor. I will destroy you!” Cuomo screamed, according to Kim. “You haven’t seen my wrath.” Who, other than raging megalomaniacs, talks that way? Why do we insist on electing such miserable people to positions of power? Why do they get away with behavior that would get anyone else fired?

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Why does this make me think of Epstein?

Lincoln Project Implosion Has Derailed Plan For A Media Empire (VF)

That executives at the organization—including Steve Schmidt—may have known about allegations against Weaver before they were made public. (Schmidt has denied prior knowledge of the allegations. In a statement, the Lincoln Project said it had been “betrayed and deceived” by Weaver.) If true, the stories, which have blasted through the group with bombshell force, represent a spectacular and horrific denouement. In response, many of the Lincoln Project’s members have fallen back on their favorite mantra: Donald Trump is worse. “You know who would be the happiest man in the world if he knew he’d never have to deal with [Lincoln Project] again? Donald Trump,” tweeted cofounder Stuart Stevens last week. “Pick a side. I’m with [Lincoln Project].” He then urged readers to stand with the group.

“Most effective Super PAC in US history,” Stevens wrote. (In fact, though the Lincoln Project’s viral attack ads racked up millions of views, the videos seemingly didn’t do much to accomplish their stated goal of swaying the GOP electorate. Trump received a larger share of the Republican vote nationally in 2020 than he did in 2016.) Others appeared resigned. “Just shut it down already,” wrote Kurt Bardella, who departed from his position as a senior adviser amid the whirlwind of bad press. George Conway, another since-departed cofounder, likewise tweeted that, at this point, shuttering the PAC is the “right” move. On Thursday, the Lincoln Project announced the formation of a “transition advisory committee” that will support the internal investigation of Weaver, as well as a “Stewardship Report” to outline its finances.

As the organization flounders, its plans for the future have been thrown into doubt. The group’s stars had planned to work for Israeli prime minister hopeful Gideon Sa’ar in his bid against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an election that will be held in March. Sa’ar’s campaign had brought on the Lincoln Project’s Schmidt, Reed Galen, Stevens, and Rick Wilson a few weeks ago in the hopes that the group’s aggressive attack ads would work against Netanyahu, but their relationship has since been dissolved, according to a Tuesday report in the Jerusalem Post. Just before the 2020 election, Axios reported that the Lincoln Project had potential plans for a sprawling media organization—Lincoln Media—and had been approached by “several media and entertainment companies and podcast platforms looking to launch franchises from its brand.”

Those talks reportedly included interest from a TV studio in developing a fiction series; queries from networks about streaming the Lincoln Project’s proprietary show, LPTV; and potentially creating a nonfiction film. The organization had planned to launch a revamped version of its podcast, telling Axios it would be “unveiling new episodes imminently” and expanding its LPTV programming “in the coming weeks.” Those plans are now, presumably, in limbo.

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The incompetence is baffling.

Reuters, BBC, Bellingcat Part Of Covert UK Programs To “Weaken Russia” (GZ)

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have sponsored Reuters and the BBC to conduct a series of covert programs aimed at promoting regime change inside Russia and undermining its government across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to a series of leaked documents. The leaked materials show the Thomson Reuters Foundation and BBC Media Action participating in a covert information warfare campaign aimed at countering Russia. Working through a shadowy department within the UK FCO known as the Counter Disinformation & Media Development (CDMD), the media organizations operated alongside a collection of intelligence contractors in a secret entity known simply as “the Consortium.”

Through training programs of Russian journalists overseen by Reuters, the British Foreign Office sought to produce an “attitudinal change in the participants,” promoting a “positive impact” on their “perception of the UK.” “These revelations show that when MPs were railing about Russia, British agents were using the BBC and Reuters to deploy precisely the same tactics that politicians and media commentators were accusing Russia of using,” Chris Williamson, a former UK Labour MP who attempted to apply public scrutiny to the CDMD’s covert activities and was stonewalled on national security grounds, told The Grayzone. “The BBC and Reuters portray themselves as an unimpeachable, impartial, and authoritative source of world news,” Williamson continued, “but both are now hugely compromised by these disclosures. Double standards like this just bring establishment politicians and corporate media hacks into further disrepute.”

[..] The Grayzone reported in October 2020 on leaked materials released by Anonymous which exposed a massive propaganda campaign funded by the UK FCO to cultivate support for regime change in Syria. Soon after, the Foreign Office claimed its computer systems had been penetrated by hackers, thus confirming their authenticity. The new leaks illustrate in alarming detail how Reuters and the BBC – two of the largest and most distinguished news organizations in the world – attempted to answer the British foreign ministry’s call for help in improving its “ability to respond and to promote our message across Russia,” and to “counter the Russian government’s narrative.” Among the UK FCO’s stated goals, according to the director of the CDMD, was to “weaken the Russian State’s influence on its near neighbours.”

[..] The UK FCO projects were carried out covertly, and in partnership with purportedly independent, high-profile online media outfits including Bellingcat, Meduza, and the Pussy Riot-founded Mediazona. Bellingcat’s participation apparently included a UK FCO intervention in North Macedonia’s 2019 elections on behalf of the pro-NATO candidate.

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Who will be sued?

Texas Blackouts Spark First Lawsuit; AG Vows Probe (ZH)

A Corpus Christi man has accused the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the state’s primary electric grid, of ignoring repeated warnings that the state’s electric power infrastructure had weaknesses, according to a new lawsuit. In a statement by the Dallas law firm which filed the suit, ERCOT and American Electric Power utility are also accused of causing property damage and business interruptions as last week’s cold snap shattered water pipes and caused widespread power outages to millions of Texans, according to NBCDFW. “This cold weather event and its effects on the Texas energy grid were neither unprecedented, nor unexpected, nor unforeseen,” states the lawsuit, filed by Donald McCarley.

“In fact, similar cold weather events in 1989 and 2011 led to exactly the same type of rolling blackouts that have affected and continue to affect Texas residents and businesses.” The lawsuit also cites a clause in the Texas Constitution which holds that “no person’s property shall be taken, damaged or destroyed for or applied to public use without adequate compensation being made.” “The rolling blackouts ordered by Defendant ERCOT took, damaged, or destroyed Plaintiff’s property without adequate compensation,” the suit claims. “The lawsuit filed Friday in a Nueces County court at law in Corpus Christi alleges the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, manager of the state’s main electric grid, ignored repeated warnings of weaknesses in the state’s electric power infrastructure.” -NBCDFW

“The resulting widespread property damage from blackouts was caused by their negligence and gross negligence. In addition, the disruptions rendered private property unusable and amounted to an illegal `taking’ of private property by the government,” the law firm said in a statement. The lawsuit also claims that utility companies should have winterized their plants and increased generation to meet skyrocketing demand, “but consciously chose not to do so.”

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Not everyone will agree, but this is intriguing: “.. when gold is the basis of all transaction settlements, economies become self-regulating and self-correcting..”

The Future Of Money Is Gold (Macleod)

As a circulating medium, gold and its properly established and exchangeable substitutes have proved to be the most effective lubricant for economic progress. It behoves us to take a moment to understand why this is the case, and why its circulation as money was central to the rapid and unprecedented improvement in living standards in the nineteenth century. People in a community, town, city or even a nation set their own monetary requirements and the level of their trade. Let us assume that in doing so, the general price level differs from that of a neighbouring population. The conditions then exist for an arbitrage to take place, whereby gold payments will flow to the community with the lower prices when economic actors in the community with higher prices take advantage of them.

Price differentials will tend to close to a level that reflects transaction and transport costs, so the purchasing power of gold in the two communities converge. This understanding in classical economics is the basis behind purchasing power parity theory. Additionally, savings in gold will seek out the higher investment returns between the two centres. It is likely that the centre with lower costs will offer the greater attraction to capital flows, but this is less certain. However, the quantities of gold held as savings are always significantly less than the quantities spent in consumption in an economy that uses monetary capital efficiently. The arbitrage takes place both through the trade of goods and also by the deployment of capital exploiting interest rate and opportunity differentials, so that a convergence in both prices and interest rates is achieved.

And what applies between two communities using gold as money applies between them all, so that across all unfettered, free market economies which maximise the benefits of the division of labour, the benefits of gold as money are enjoyed by all. It is therefore easy to see that in a commercial world with effective transport and communications, whatever the local preferences for holding money relative to goods may be, multi-centre arbitrage tends to produce a common price level and a common level for interest rates. These adjustment factors are conducive to trade, not only between communities but between nations. And trade priced and settled in gold is, all else being equal, far more efficient than when individual fiat currencies are involved, because with gold as the common money national boundaries are no longer barriers to payments and trade is truly global.

Given gold’s ubiquity as money, the effect of localised changes in general preferences for holding gold relative to goods can be regarded as minimised. An additional but unrelated factor is the inflation of above-ground stocks of gold through mine supply, but this is broadly offset by population growth. And a substantial element of gold usage is non-monetary, mainly for jewellery, which becomes a flexible source of monetary gold if markets demand it. Technological innovation and improvement in production methods as well as competition all tend in the long run to reduce the general price level of goods and services measured in gold. So, while there is little change in the general level of prices from the money side, there can be a significant reduction in prices over long periods of time from the goods side.

The effect is to enhance the purchasing power of savings, leading to stable, low interest rates and improved living standards for all but the indolent. In summary, when gold is the basis of all transaction settlements, economies become self-regulating and self-correcting. Successful economic activity is rewarded with profits and the opportunity to accumulate wealth. In every respect, government intervention and regulation results in the opposite.

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“If Assange’s lawyers do decide to bring a cross appeal, then the High Court hearing of that and the U.S. appeal will acquire epochal importance.”

Assange’s Lawyers Consider a Cross Appeal (Mercouris)

Julian Assange’s lawyers are considering bringing a cross appeal to the High Court in London disputing parts of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s Jan. 4 judgment not to extradite Assange to the United States, according to a report by journalist Tareq Haddad. Baraitser refused the U.S. request on narrow grounds, saying Assange’s extradition would put his life and health at risk. But Baraitser sided with the U.S. on every other point of law and fact, making it clear that in the absence of the life and health issues she would have granted the U.S. request. That opens the way for the U.S. government to seek the extradition of other persons, including journalists, who do the same things as Assange did, but who cannot rely on the same life and health issues.

It also means that if the U.S. wins the appeal it filed last Friday in High Court it can try Assange in the U.S. on the Espionage Act charges that went unchallenged by Baraitser. If Assange’s lawyers counter the U.S. appeal with one of their own in the High Court against Baraitser’s upholding of the espionage charges, it would be heard simultaneously with the U.S. appeal. Stella Moris, Assange’s partner, has written that Assange’s lawyers are indeed considering a cross appeal: “The next step in the legal case is that Julian’s legal team will respond to the US grounds for appeal. Julian’s lawyers are hard at work. Julian’s team has asked the High Court to give them more time to consider whether to lodge a cross appeal in order to challenge parts of the ruling where the magistrate did not side with Julian and the press freedom arguments. A cross appeal would provide an opportunity to clear Julian’s name properly.

Although Julian won at the Magistrates’ Court, the magistrate did not side with him on the wider public interest arguments. We wanted a U.K. court to properly quash the extradition and refute the other grounds too. We wanted a finding that the extradition is an attempt to criminalise journalism, not just in the U.S. but in the U.K. and the rest of the world as well; and that the decision to indict Julian was a political act, a violation of the treaty, a violation of his human rights and an abuse of process. Julian’s extradition team is considering all these issues, and whether they can be cross-appealed.”

[..] One should be cautious about the idea of a cross appeal to the High Court on Assange’s behalf. Despite the fact that Baraitser sided with the U.S. government on most of the contentious issues of law and fact in the case, she did in the end refuse the U.S. government’s request for Assange’s extradition. The normal practice in an appeal is to uphold a judgment made in one’s favour, not to challenge it by bringing a cross appeal, which could serve to undermine it. That often means going along with things in the judgment with which one is unhappy.

There is however nothing normal about Assange’s case. As Moris’ comments show, one has to be aware, perhaps more than in almost any other case, of the overriding and even transcendent issues of media freedom and human rights that arise. It may be that Assange’s lawyers will decide that Ainsworth’s comments to the House of Commons in 2003; Davis’s recent comments about parliament’s intentions at the time when the 2003 Extradition Act was passed into law; and any other points of law or fact that carry sufficient weight, justify bringing a cross appeal, despite the attendant risks. If Assange’s lawyers do decide to bring a cross appeal, then the High Court hearing of that and the U.S. appeal will acquire epochal importance.

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    Ceiling painting from the palace of Amenhotep III, New Kingdom ca. 1390–1353 B.C.   • 46 Die in Spain Nursing Home After First Pfizer Shot, Secon
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle February 21 2021]

    #70036
    a kullervo
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    “The most foolish delusion is the one contending that science defeats pain.”

    Or,

    “How strongly do you believe the character you’re playing will have a happy ending?”

    #70038
    Mister Roboto
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    The massive disinformation campaign waged against effective prevention and treatment does not come from ignorance and incompetence of public authorities. It comes from the agendas that Covid is being used to advance, agendas whose toll in human life and suffering is unimportant to those whose agendas are being served.

    I’m not a fan of PCR’s bargain-basement neo-Confederate white nationalism, but about this one issue, he’s right on the money.

    #70044
    madamski
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    repeat

    I repost this wonderful message to point out that such “memes” making the rounds spell the end of the covid hysteria. As these ‘sound bites of sanity’ proliferate and, as in this instance, become more or less bullet-proof to standard covid brain-trained mainstream nonsense (“take your shot and shut up”), the populace will mood swing away from giving a shit about covid.

    I wonder if covid will prove to be the straw that fully breaks public confidence and support of government. It crosses ethnic, regional, and ideological lines. This summer will probably see public displays of mask-burnings and such.

    ^&*

    “Why do we insist on electing such miserable people to positions of power?”

    Once we’re suckered into anointing kings with public approval rather than requiring them to slash and burn their way to power as in older days, anything goes. Modern democracy confers greater power than even the Divine Right to Rule that kings employed in times past.

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    zerosum
    Participant

    Picked this up. Can’t seem to be able to double check it.

    • 46 Die in Spain Nursing Home After First Pfizer Shot, Second Shots Halted (CB)

    Here is what happened when I tried to do “a fact check” by going to the source.

    https://thecovidblog.com/2021/02/16/spain-second-pfizer-shots-halted-after-46-nursing-home-residents-die-after-the-first-shot?
    THE COVID BLOG
    OFFICIAL BLOG OF COVID LEGAL USA. COVID-19, CORONAVIRUS, AND VACCINE NEWS.

    Notice:
    Be the first to Know the latest COVID, vaccine and lockdown news that is censored by mainstream media and big tech companies.

    Something funny, different happened, when I went to the original link to do a download, that make me think that it was different than usual. When I went to the box, “https://….” and did a copy, paste, I ended up with a lot of extra letters and numbers when I did a paste.
    I deleted all that “garbage”.
    I went back and repasted the link and the “garbage” did not occur.
    Maybe It was a ghost tracker? That was suppose to be past on in my post.???

    Doing a search for
    “Spain: second Pfizer shots halted” gives me other blogs that say they got the “news” from “/thecovidblog.com”
    One blog reffered the news to
    https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/cadiz/sevi-brote-residencia-barrios-provoca-46-muertes-coronavirus-202102040941_noticia.html
    Soraya Fernandez
    which I had to use google translate.
    Outbreak in Los Barrios residence causes 46 coronavirus deaths
    The Junta de Andalucía has intervened in the centre and has interrupted the inoculation of the second dose of the vaccine

    The Covid-19 doesn’t give a truce. The start of the vaccination campaign in nursing homes is not preventing a trail of deaths. In Los Barrios (Cadiz) they know it well. Unfortunately, the residence Nuestra Señora del Rosario yesterday added 46 deaths by Covid-19 among its users for an outbreak recorded in January,according to data provided by the Andalusian Health Service (SAS). At the beginning of the year, residents and workers were vaccinated with the first dose of Pfizer,although the inoculation of the second dose has had to be interrupted given the incidence of the pandemic.

    The situation is of such seriousness that the medicalization of the Junta de Andalucía of this private geriatric a few weeks ago has not been enough and the Ministry of Health has had to intervene this center.

    An inspection of health services determined that it was a necessary measure “in the face of imminent risk to public health, and in particular to the users and workers of this centre, since the current protocol of disinfection and isolation of positive cases cannot be guaranteed”.

    This Wednesday, the situation remained extremely complicated in this residence. According to the provincial secretary of the FSP of the UGT, José Porras Naranjo, there were 28 residents and 12 workers, including the director, with Covid-19. Currently this geriatric has 94 users although its capacity is 145.

    UGT’s FSP ensures that the residence is not “fully” medicalized and that disinfection is being carried out by firefighters. This trade union representative reiterates his criticism of the management at this centre, as he insisted that the outbreak was detected on 12 January, that on the 18th the UGT alerted that eight majors had died and that 30 had already died on the 28th. “We’re already in 46 deaths. Where’s that medicalization and intervention? Where did the stabilization of the situation referred to in the territorial delegate a few days ago? In this residence has been acted late and wrong».

    Los Barrios is not an isolated case. In a geriatrics of Sancti Petri,chiclana, 22 elderly people have already died from an outbreak that has also infected 79 residents and 24 workers in recent weeks.
    ——–

    #70049
    zerosum
    Participant

    censoring!!!!!!
    We must be living in “A Brave New World”
    When will we be next?

    The Covid Pandemic Is The Result of Public Health Authorities Blocking Effective Treatment


    The Covid Pandemic Is The Result of Public Health Authorities Blocking Effective Treatment
    Paul Craig Roberts
    February 18, 2021
    Yet the evidence has been kept from the public.

    First, begin with prevention. Vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, and NAC are effective and inexpensive immune boosters that ward off infection and reduce the severity of infection. Then turn to cures. Both the HCQ/zinc/antibiotic treatment and the Ivermectin/zinc/antibiotic treatment are proven, safe, and inexpensive.

    The media are complicit in keeping the public uninformed. Why is this?
    ———-
    • White House ‘Working Directly’ With Big Tech To Censor ‘Vaccine Hesitancy’ (RT)
    Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly working directly with Silicon Valley giants to root out ‘misinformation and disinformation’ that hampers US vaccination efforts, indicating hands-on involvement in Big Tech censorship.
    “Disinformation that causes vaccine hesitancy is going to be a huge obstacle to getting everyone vaccinated and there are no larger players in that than the social media platforms,” a source with direct knowledge about the cooperation told Reuters.

    ——-
    • Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More (Greenwald)
    For the third time in less than five months, the U.S. Congress has summoned the CEOs of social media companies to appear before them, with the explicit intent to pressure and coerce them to censor more content from their platforms. On March 25, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will interrogate Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebooks’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai at a hearing which the Committee announced will focus “on misinformation and disinformation plaguing online platforms.”

    #70050
    madamski
    Participant

    Check this out:

    Person of Interest

    Charged With…

    A google quickie:

    “An R-loop is a three-stranded nucleic acid structure, composed of a DNA:RNA hybrid and the associated non-template single-stranded DNA. R-loops may be formed in a variety of circumstances, and may be tolerated or cleared by cellular components. The term “R-loop” was given to reflect the similarity of these structures to D-loops; the “R” in this case represents the involvement of an RNA moiety.In the laboratory, R-loops may also be created by the hybridization of mature mRNA with double-stranded DNA under conditions favoring the formation of a DNA-RNA hybrid; in this case, the intron regions (which have been spliced out of the mRNA) form single-stranded DNA loops, as they cannot hybridize with complementary sequence in the mRNA.
    ***
    R-loop formation is a key step in immunoglobulin class switching, a process that allows activated B cells to modulate antibody production.[15] They also appear to play a role in protecting some active promoters from methylation.[16] The presence of R-loops can also inhibit transcription.[17] Additionally, R-loop formation appears to be associated with “open” chromatin, characteristic of actively transcribed regions.[18][19]”

    HMMMMM…………….. she said, doing her best Ann Smiley impression.

    #70051
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “The Biden administration wants digital platforms to suppress content”

    That is directly against 1A, Freedom of Speech. We know they danced around it, outsourced it, “forgot” to enforce it with Sec230, but this is direct. Cool. Glad we’re out in the open now. “Opinions are treason.” Top news sources like NBC are saying we should bomb all GOP members. –But not the Congressmen, they clarified, only the 75 million in the general population. What a relief! Professional courtesy. They’ll only have voter representation by removing all opposing party members from committees and then from Congress itself.

    Meanwhile, this came up from yesterday’s comparison to totally-failed wind and solar, and totally-impossible (anti)green batteries:

    “This Ismay wants to “break the will” – his words – of people who rely on gasoline to power their cars and oil and natural gas to heat their homes, in order to “combat climate change.”

    “He described “turn(ing) the screws” . . . in order to “break (the) will” of such deplorables. That is to say, the desire of the deplorables to resist being impoverished – and frozen – by well-paid-by-those-who-are-forced-to-pay-them government workers such as himself.”

    Ismay admits at the end of the clip, “I can’t even say that publicly.” …Because he’d be hung. For attempting to kill everyone that isn’t him and his pals. Is Texas broken yet? Is he happy, or only with a higher death count?

    Yesterday:
    “The Sound and the Fury of Andrew Cuomo (New Yorker)”

    There’s only one possible answer these days: Andrew hates Asians and is openly attacking them because he’s a White Nationalist™ (Patent Pending). Just like Disney hates strong women role models. What? That ISN’T the answer to all questions, animal, vegetable, and mineral? Could have fooled me. Do you have a matrix for this, a logic tree? I can’t figure it out. IF it’s gun violence BUT it’s in Chicago, THEN we don’t care. IF you commit arson AND it’s in Minnapolis whereas IF the police open the doors for you…? Something like that. Thanks.

    Yesterday:
    “ The Texas Freeze is a Catastrophe of the Free Market (Galbraith)”

    If you hadn’t noticed, there is no free market, or no markets at all, but ALWAYS in utilities. They are ALWAYS regulated public-private partnerships and have NEVER been market-run, at least not for 100 years. So…who do we blame when there’s no free market but government was in charge of everything but got paid off with bribes to not enforce a thousand laws already on the books? Capitalism, of course! Just like ‘08 when rating agencies didn’t cooperate and the government invented scandals to put them out of business and not make Moody and Poors look bad. …While they protected Madoff and MF Global.

    Another beautiful day: News, Congress is in psychological therapy for the trauma caused by unarmed people touring the Capitol building then leaving without arrest. …The Congress and Congressmen that WEREN’T THERE. You know, like AOC.

    Since they heard it on the news that the United States collapsed under the combined weight of 400 people and one pranked, but not removed, podium, I’m sure we can all understand their fears. What do they call it? “Validate their feelings.” “Fee Fees” for those toddlers. The job of psychologists these day, I guess. While we split the last pack of ramen noodles with the family and shiver in our cars waiting to die.

    Any day Congress is sad and terrified is a good day for me. Maybe they can share the “American Experience” for a change. Let’s start by making them unemployed.

    #70052
    kultsommer
    Participant

    That doctor-patient exchange could have been posted on the very top, in lieu of the ceiling painting, like, you know, performance art.
    RT’s article, and then some if one clicks on it, telling what people refuse to see. There is your “Russian collusion”.

    #70053
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Stanford Salt Water Battery A Better Design?

    An obstacle to such a technology is that it has less room for major corporations to extract profit all along the way. This method of electrical generation would require no mining, no long pipelines (perhaps some short pipelines,) no byproduct that can be made into cheap plastic, no lithium batteries requiring replacement every 10 years, no nuclear waste requiring a permanent babysitter service. It might even be adaptable to inland areas with large salt deposits — near inland “salt lakes” or dry ancient seas.

    A municipal electric utility might opt for including this method of electrical generation, as there is no profit motive.

    #70054
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Regarding the electrical grid failures in Texas, I see no point in placing all of the blame in either the electrical generation companies nor the governing body that regulates them. Both “the Left” and “the Right” are able to see the collusion that occurs between the regulators and the companies that they regulate. Sure, the terms used differ ( “regulatory capture” vs. “crony capitalism,”) but the process and effect are identical. On the left I hear calls to double-down on regulation. On the right I hear calls to remove regulation and to allow the invisible hand of the market to fix the problem. Look, both more regulation and less regulation have already been tried out and failed. Our current “really existing” politico-economic system incentivizes major corporations to have practices that are not in the best interest of the mass of the people, and incentivizes government officials to collude with these corporations. Both the major corporations and the government are working to control the flow of information to the mass of people, and to disseminate corporate and political propaganda.

    Currently, individuals, households, employees, small businesses, towns, cities, and counties have very little power as compared to the major corporations and federal government(s). We need a change that involves disempowering the current highly concentrated power centers and that makes power in our communities and nations and states more diffuse. What “-isms” we use to call such a change are not so important as that it happen. Personally, I prefer non-violent methods…not just because I like pacifism, because the results of a movement are also a product of the currents inside of a movement — a violent movement will codify violence into any change it brings about.

    The framers of the US Constitution used what they called “checks and balances” to attempt to craft a functional government that would not trample the rights of the people. We have over 200 years of experience with this system. Sometimes it has served us well, and in some ways it has been undermined. The idea of “checks and balances” is valid — since power is going to be vested into a body, make sure there are counter-powers to ensure that the powers of that body do not become outsized. Perhaps the idea of “checks and balances” may be applied to areas in our societies/economies/polities to bring down concentrated power and craft systems where power is held more diffusely.

    #70056
    zerosum
    Participant

    First,
    The first problem is for “the we” to find who will be the “chosen experts” that will look at the problems, make recommendations, find solutions, and implement the changes”.

    The odds are that the “we” will chose people just like themselves.
    It has to be someone that are better than the “we”
    Therefore, the odd of achieving meaningful changes are very low.

    #70057
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Across the country, 161,000 nursing home and other long-term care residents have died from Covid-19, an astonishing 36 percent of the total coronavirus deaths in the U.S.

    And over 80% of the total deaths from Covid-19 are in the 65-and-over age group (latest CDC data as of 2/17/2021)

    #70059
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    The excess deaths (from all causes) in the US has dropped below zero in the latest prediction from the CDC (for the week ending February 6.)

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

    #70060
    kultsommer
    Participant

    @ phoenixvoice
    Good summary, in line what I think all along but clumsily express in my writing which may not be my forte.
    I may only add that corporations in their early start are like contestants on the talent show before the Simon, all nice and docile until they gain the traction and become stars. That is when wild Harley rides through the lobbies and trashing of hotel rooms start. Big part of their growth includes line of non-ethical moves, and any criticism of it is labeled “socialist” or”commie” (thus the relentless use of those long gone terms, from my yesterday’s post).
    Local regulating facility has no chance in offering incentives for their employees compared to golden package flaunted by the corporations, now swimming in cash, before their noses if they do the “right thing”. An idea that Marx is conductor of all of that, his long hair and beard wildly shaking before the orchestra described, I find not only insane but labels me as “soc-commie”.

    #70062
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    A friend of a friend had Covid in December. Despite this he was recently vaccinated. He said it was like having Covid again, and the effects lasted two weeks.

    What worries me about the mRNA vaccines like Pfizer is that they will simulate being infected by Covid for month after month no matter how many antibodies are produced.

    Considering ‘long Covid’ seems to an over-stimulated immune system attacking the body I do wonder what the long term effects of these vaccines will be. Already in the UK hundreds of immune system problems have already been reported.

    I have already refused a vaccinatiion but I am wondering what pressures will be brought to bear for me to relent. The UK government has said restrictions won’t be lifted until everyone over 60 is vaccinated : blackmail. I am retired so the ‘no jab, no job’ threat is not relevant.

    I could be tempted by the Sputnik V vaccine as it seems to be the ‘least harmful’. Also the vaccine has been under development for at least ten years, not just cobbled together in a few months. It is a generic vaccine against all coronaviruses, being tailored to a specific threat.

    #70065
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    madamski wrote, “I wonder if covid will prove to be the straw that fully breaks public confidence and support of government.”

    Not in Australia, or at least not yet. The public mood here is almost euphoric as the wonderful vaccines have at last arrived to liberate us from our captivity. The mainstream media and mainstream medicine are all praise and optimism. Recently I heard two radio commentators excited at the prospect of the vaccine’s arrival. The view of the government is that the public are NOT guinea pigs.

    All dissent is ignored. A few weeks ago the ABC ran a nasty article by a medical doctor implying that anyone who doubts is morally and ethically deficient.

    Und so weiter…

    One concession: it’s not mandatory. Not yet. While I have any choice in the matter I will wait until the Phase 3 clinical trial period has ended, and then hope for honest reporting of the results.

    #70066
    WES
    Participant

    If one looks at the power data during Texas’ cold snap it is easy to spot what failed first.
    The wind turbines stopped and solar stopped. Green energy failed dropping to zero.
    Then natual gas power generation shot up to replace the failed green power sources.
    Overall power demand in Texas suddenly shot up.
    Then the cold started taking out a few of the non-winterized fossil fuel power generators,
    a nuclear power plant, and natural gas pipelines.
    Green power was nowhere to be found. It went AWOL.

    Nothing that happened in Texas comes even close to what happened in Quebec in the late 1990s.

    #70067
    WES
    Participant

    Good to see TAE hasn’t forgotten the price Julian is paying.

    #70068
    WES
    Participant

    If you want to “short” the central banker’s paper money, buy some real gold and silver with it!

    #70069
    WES
    Participant

    One thing about vitimin D and ivermectin is that it works well against all viruses!

    Only the vaccines worry about variants. But that isn’t a bug but rather a built in feature to ensure endless future profits.

    #70070
    WES
    Participant

    The price that governments paid for vaccines is a closely guarded secret because the politicians don’t want you to know how much in kick-backs they are getting!

    The more they paid for the vaccine, the larger the kick-back is.

    #70071
    zerosum
    Participant

    Event or circumstance that shortens the human life span.

    Expect improvement in living standards of the laboring population after the suffering and premature death of tens of millions
    The primary examples of this are war, plague and famine.
    We, (THE WEST), are not there …. yet.
    The USA is doing the job of reducing the population of many countries.
    ———
    “Nothing that happened in Texas comes even close to what happened in Quebec in the late 1990s.”
    Yep! I remember.
    ———-
    United airline is grounding 24, Boeing, 777 airplanes
    More to follow.
    With people not flying, those planes were probably gathering dust in the desert
    As June 2019, 2,033 Boeing 777s, of all variants, have been ordered, and 1,598 have been delivered.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Boeing_777_operators#:~:text=The%20most%20successful%20variant%20is%20the%20777-300ER%20with,have%20been%20ordered%2C%20and%201%2C598%20have%20been%20delivered.
    List of Boeing 777 operators

    #70074
    WES
    Participant

    A salt water battery?

    I read the brief article , rather short ordeals, and come away with the feeling that this isn’t a battery but rather a power generating scheme.

    They imply the requirement for large continuious volumes of fresh water near a large body of salt water.

    We tend to think of batteries as self contained units to store energy.

    Needing to continuiously pump fresh water in, pump fresh water out, then pump in salt water, then pump salt water out, sure sounds like a system requiring a lot of energy to make it work, not a battery!

    #70076
    kultsommer
    Participant

    If you want to play in Texas you gotta have fiddle in the band.
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/18/opinions/ted-cruz-weather-cancun-embarrassment-to-texas-moore/?hpt=ob_blogfooterold

    Preceded by this in the plain sight for all to see:

    And he still got elected.

    #70077

    The Internet and the Communications Revolution:

    Now that we know that you are here,
    We think it’s our business to interfere.

    Here’s a more timely version of my couplet, considering PCR’s words “amounts to premeditated mass murder”:

    For many, it seems really tough to say the words “I’ve had enough!”

    Ivan Illich: Such dense writing of such brilliance!

    #70084
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Ivan Illich: Such dense writing of such brilliance!

    Dence is a very good description; I’m struggling with one of his books now…
    Brilliance is good as well…if one comes through with an inkling, then the effort was worth it…

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