Mar 132021
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Times Square, New York 1954


DeSantis to Biden: Thought of Reinstating COVID-19 Restrictions ‘Insane’ (Hill)
Lockdowns Wrecked Democracy around the World (AIER)
3 Million Masks Used Globally Every Minute: Environmental Catastrophe (JTN)
More Countries Suspend AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine (USN)
US And Pacific Partners To Flood Asia With Vaccines (Pol.)
EU’s Green Pass Will Only Be Valid With EMA-Approved COVID Vaccinations (EN)
Europe’s COVID Vaccine Rollout Faces Even More Delays (ZH)
Previews of Coming Attractions (Kunstler)
OPCW Chief Must ‘Find The Courage To Address’ Douma Coverup Allegations (RT)
Andrew Cuomo’s Hilarious ‘Cancel Culture’ Excuse (NYP)
The Sovietization of the American Press (Taibbi)
Criticizing Public Figures is Not Harassment or Abuse (Greenwald)
A Green New Deal Is More Expensive Than Joe Biden Realizes (Mises)
Boris Johnson Says UK ‘Legally’ Obtained Elgin Marbles, Won’t Return Them (RT)



The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I’ll make it
– James Baldwin



UK: By end of January 88% of over 80s had been vaccinated. By end of February 95% of over 80s had been vaccinated. In that time, 75,000 over 80s died. 75% of them had been vaccinated by the time they died.





“We’re gonna continue doing what works, but under no circumstances would we entertain anything of the sort.”

DeSantis to Biden: Thought of Reinstating COVID-19 Restrictions ‘Insane’ (Hill)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Friday blasted President Biden’s warning that the U.S. could need to reinstate certain coronavirus restrictions if the public does not stay “vigilant” about defeating COVID-19. “To even contemplate doing any type of lockdown, honestly it’s insane,” DeSantis said during a press conference in Florida, touting the state’s efforts to administer vaccines to the elderly and other populations. “That’s not gonna happen in the state of Florida,” the governor continued, referring to reinstating restrictions. “We’re gonna continue doing what works, but under no circumstances would we entertain anything of the sort.”

Biden has repeatedly vowed to not lock down the country but warned in a prime-time address Thursday night that some restrictions may have to be revisited if current downward trends change and the virus resurges. He emphasized, though, that his administration is focused on helping the nation return to normal. “Even if we devote every resource we have, beating this virus and getting back to normal depends on national unity,” Biden said. “And national unity isn’t just how politics and politicians vote in Washington, what the loudest voices say on cable or online. Unity is what we do as fellow Americans. Because if we don’t say vigilant and the conditions change, then we may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track.” “And, please, we don’t want to do that again,” he added.

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“The logic of these policies is that we must be locked down for ever simply because the world is a dangerous place.”

Lockdowns Wrecked Democracy around the World (AIER)

While the number of fatalities attributed to Covid-19 is carefully tracked by governments, few people have recognized how pandemic-spurred crackdowns have devastated democracy around the world. Emergency proclamations have entitled presidents and other government officials to seize vast new powers previously forbidden to them. Government bureaucrats became a new priesthood that could sanctify unlimited sacrifices merely by invoking dubious statistical extrapolations of future perils. In October, Freedom House issued a report, Democracy under Lockdown – The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Freedom, which warned that since the pandemic started, “the condition of democracy and human rights has worsened in 80 countries.”

Sarah Repucci, co-author of the report, warned that “governments’ responses to the pandemic are eroding the pillars of democracy around the world.” Abuses of power have been propelled by a presumption that government officials are entitled to all the power they claim to need to keep people safe. When the pandemic arrived in America, governors in many states responded by dropping the equivalent of a Reverse Neutron Bomb – something which destroys the economy while supposedly leaving human beings unharmed. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo set the standard when he effectively declared that he was entitled to inflict any burden on his state’s residents to “save just one life.” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer prohibited anyone from leaving their home to visit family or friends.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti banned people from walking or bicycling outside. More than ten million jobs were lost thanks to lockdowns, a major reason why life expectancy in the United States last year had its sharpest plunge since World War Two. Australia imposed some of the most heavy-handed restrictions. In August, the state of Victoria dictated an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for the Melbourne area and prohibited people from venturing more than three miles from their residence. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews decreed: “Where you slept last night is where you’ll need to stay for the next six weeks.” Melbourne has been hit by repeated lockdowns since then. Britain unleashed some of the most absurd restrictions. In June, it prohibited couples who live in different homes from having sex indoors. The Independent (U.K.) noted, “People who have sex outside can be punished under pre-existing laws on outraging public decency and indecent exposure.”

Steve Watson reported in January for Summit News that British cabinet ministers “ have privately debated preventing people from talking to each other in the street and in supermarkets, and even preventing people from leaving home more than once per week, and introducing curfews.” British vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi fretted, “I’m worried about some of the pictures I’ve seen of social interactions in parks, if you have to exercise you can go out for exercise only.” Apparently, a national vow of silence is necessary to fight Covid. Summit News noted, “Police are also demanding new powers to force entry into the homes of suspected lockdown violators.” Former British Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption complained last month, “Foreign travel is being prohibited, turning us into a hermit island on the basis we cannot know what mutations may be lurking out there. The logic of these policies is that we must be locked down for ever simply because the world is a dangerous place.”

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“129 billion face masks [are] being used globally every month” to achieve, according to the CDC, a 1.32% reduction in virus spread.

3 Million Masks Used Globally Every Minute: Environmental Catastrophe (JTN)

Researchers are warning that heavy mask usage over the course of the coronavirus pandemic could be contributing to a looming environmental disaster, with millions of masks being used every minute and many of them polluting local ecosystems in the process. Researchers in the U.S. and Denmark estimated in a study in Frontiers in Environmental Science that “an astounding 129 billion face masks [are] being used globally every month,” a number that works out to three million every minute. “Most are disposable face masks made from plastic microfibers,” the researchers note.

With mask usage skyrocketing to unprecedented highs over the past year due to beliefs that masks can help stop the spread of COVID-19, the scientists note that “there is no official guidance on mask recycle, making it more likely to be disposed of as solid waste.” “When not properly collected and managed, masks can be transported from land into freshwater and marine environments by surface run-off, river flows, oceanic currents, wind, and animals,” they warn. The researchers note that, due to the likelihood of COVID-19 becoming an endemic disease among the global population, “It is imperative to launch coordinated efforts from environmental scientists, medical agencies, and solid waste managing organizations, and the general public to minimize the negative impacts of disposal mask, and eventually prevent it from becoming another too-big-to- handle problem.”

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Bad PR.

More Countries Suspend AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine (USN)

Bulgaria and Thailand join a growing list of countries that are pausing the vaccine’s rollout over health concerns, including Denmark, Iceland and Norway. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha canceled plans to publicly receive the vaccine and Thai officials have delayed the vaccine rollout while they consider the issue of any potential link between the vaccine and adverse outcomes, Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, a senior member of Thailand’s vaccine committee, said in a news conference on Friday. Officials say they will wait for the results of investigations in Denmark, which paused the vaccine’s use for two weeks, and by health organizations in Europe before making any further decisions. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has asked the European Medicines Agency to dismiss doubts about the vaccine’s safety before resuming vaccinations in the country.

“I have temporarily suspended the administration of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in Bulgaria until a written statement came from the European Medicines Agency that it is safe,” he said. “Until all doubts are dropped and experts do not guarantee that it does not pose a risk to humans, the immunization with this vaccine in our country will be stopped.” Despite the pause in some countries, Germany will continue to immunize its residents with the vaccine. “We are planning to continue vaccinating with AstraZeneca, just like an overall majority of other European countries,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Thursday. The United Kingdom, Spain, France and the Netherlands have all also said they will continue using the vaccine.

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This feels very incompetent.

US And Pacific Partners To Flood Asia With Vaccines (Pol.)

A new vaccine partnership agreed between the United States, Japan, India and Australia plans to flood Asian and Pacific island nations with “at least” 1 billion Covid vaccine doses by 2022. There’s of course a political strategy behind the humanitarianism — to outflank Chinese influence across Asia. The rhetoric is lofty: “It is the Indo-Pacific that will now shape the destiny of our world in the 21st century,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a video message launching the partnership. The early focus of the Quad alliance on “positive sum cooperation” and “public goods provision” would be a difficult narrative for China to counter, said Andrew Small, a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund’s Asia program, who suggested this might provide a model for American alliance-building during the Biden administration.

The centerpiece of the Quad Vaccine Partnership is an Indian production drive to deliver the billion extra doses by the end of 2022, building on what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called India’s “formidable vaccine production capacity.” But the Quad is joining the global vaccine diplomacy game late — China and Russia have been striking deals and delivering donated doses to more than 50 countries largely shunned by Western vaccine makers. The Quad partnership launching as a set of goals without an implementation plan — leaders promised to set up an expert group to manage the partnership — there’s a lot of catching up to do. The Quad will also need to navigate carefully with COVAX, which has begun delivering the first 300 million of a planned 2 billion doses to mostly low and middle-income countries.

While the Quad partners are all members of COVAX and insist they will work cooperatively with the project, delivering the billion extra doses may be more complicated than simply boosting Indian capacity. Officials from the World Health Organization and the Serum Institute of India have warned that an existing U.S. ban on exporting raw materials for vaccines is straining COVAX’s ability to quickly deliver the doses it has promised the world.

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Nobody wants to understand how scary this is. Freedom is a basic right.

EU’s Green Pass Will Only Be Valid With EMA-Approved COVID Vaccinations (EN)

An EU source has told Euronews that the Green Pass proposal, to be put forward on March 17th to aid free movement within the bloc, will only be valid with EMA-approved vaccinations. Why? Because the vaccinations from unapproved companies will not be covered by the EU liability clause and quality control. The source reported that EU justice commissioner Didier Reynders made it clear that member states were free to get their citizens vaccinated by other products, but they would not be allocated a licensed travel certificate unless their jab had been from an approved company, of which there are currently four. Pfizer/BioNtech, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson&Johnson.

The duration of the digital green certificate should be limited to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU source said, adding that tests and quarantine will continue to be the enablers of free movement. Thus, vaccination does not become a pre-condition for free movement. The certificate will be available in digital and paper-based format. Reynders indicated Thursday that data protection and possible discrimination remained key concerns for the European Commission working on a proposal for a COVID-19 travel certificate. But Friday’s leak shows that there is a focus on vaccination selection. Reynders is aiming to fast-track the proposal at the European Parliament, leading to a “binding instrument” for all member states before the summer.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has said it would be technically possible to develop a “green pass” within about three months using data indicating whether a person has been vaccinated, tested negative, or is immune after contracting the disease, but that many political issues must first be resolved. The certificates could help smooth a return to air travel and possibly avoid another disastrous summer holiday season, as the tourism industry and broader economies suffer from restrictions. Southern European countries dependent on tourism, like Greece, Spain and Portugal, support such a system, but their northern EU partners, like Germany, have reservations over whether such certificates would work.

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There will be many more of these issues.

Europe’s COVID Vaccine Rollout Faces Even More Delays (ZH)

Earlier today, a smattering of European nations halted vaccinations for at least some AstraZeneca COVID vaccine jabs amid an investigation into whether the jabs contributed to dangerous blood clots that led to at least one death. And as if this wasn’t a big enough problem for one day, Bloomberg reports that manufacturing issues are plaguing AstraZeneca’s manufacturing facilities, creating more obstacles to distribution. And now European governments are bracing for further delays. Good thing Italy refused to send that one shipment of jabs to Australia. Here’s more from Bloomberg:

“European Union governments are bracing for further possible delays in the distribution of AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid vaccine after a warning from the European Commission that the manufacturer remains a problem, according to a diplomatic note seen by Bloomberg. Astra Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said last month the company would look at tapping international supply chains to make up for some of the shortfall, including production in the U.S. It’s revised its delivery schedule multiple times, most recently committing to 40 million doses this quarter and 180 million in the second from an earlier goal of about 280 million across both periods. But at a meeting of EU ambassadors on Wednesday, diplomats were told by senior EU officials that Astra continues to be “problematic.” They also heard that Johnson & Johnson, which could get market authorization from the European Medicines Agency on Thursday, has yet to provide a delivery schedule for its vaccine.”

As a result, Brussels said Thursday it plans to extend its vaccine export control mechanism to the end of June from mid-March, citing “persistent delays” in some deliveries. On the US side, President Joe Biden just ordered another 100MM jabs from JNJ, and it’s possible more might be on the way, limiting the supply available for absorption by Germany, France and the other 25 EU members. “On J&J, the EU had said in January that under the contract, the company would fill and finish a portion of its EU supply in the U.S., prompting concerns among some governments. The EU said at the time that it didn’t expect this to impact deliveries. This week the commission told diplomats that it was looking into the possibility of finding some of that fill-finish capacity in other third countries as it wasn’t readily available in the EU, according to the note of the meeting.”:

In what could be a silver lining, a UK study published Thursday showed the Novovax jab was found to offer 100% protection from “severe” COVID. At this point, the US will soon be facing a glut of supply, so Europe’s problem will likely clear up once the next round of vaccines are approved in the US.

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“Mostly what did not fly is the idea that the Covid-19 virus can still be used as a cattle-prod for herding citizens into feedlots of compliance — Americans are buffalos, not steers. ”

Previews of Coming Attractions (Kunstler)

How reassured were you by Joe Biden’s speech to the nation Thursday night? The more his managers pretend that he’s in charge of anything, the more unlikely it actually seems. So, they wound him up — Adderall would be my guess, to fortify the attention span — and rolled him out like the mummy of Amenhotep III, and one could just imagine the leaders of this-and-that foreign nation cringing (or cackling) in their seats to see this embodiment of collapsing America go through his spiritless ritual motions. Mostly what did not fly is the idea that the Covid-19 virus can still be used as a cattle-prod for herding citizens into feedlots of compliance — Americans are buffalos, not steers.

They are determined now to take care of business, and the main business of people with any initiative will be to rig up some sort of gainful occupation while the lumbering old systems break down. They will do it despite orders to operate at fifty percent capacity, or close at nine o’clock, or be handcuffed by rinky-dink regulations. They’ll have to get creative to figure out ways around all the official impediments to making a living. This group of the not-yet-undead will resist further attempts to restrict their liberty and to steal the fruits of their own enterprise to pay for other people’s failures or lack of enterprise. The federal government is one system visibly working to destroy itself with epic giveaways of money it pretends to command and the Covid-19 Stimulus bill will only accelerate its loss of credibility.

A $1,400 check won’t “solve” the problem of someone a year behind on mortgage payments or rent. It sure won’t solve the problems of their creditors and landlords. And if you think shortchanging that class of people is a good idea, you’re beating a path straight to the death of credit per se, and then of our money, the dollar, which is based on credit. Taxpayers are not so stupid that they’ll fail to notice who is being asked to bail out bankrupt states, irresponsible cities, and pension funds and there’s going to be trouble over that. The trouble will express itself both in political strife and in the further decay of the relationship between work and wealth. It means a collapsing standard of living for most people. Turning the one-shot $1,400 into a monthly Guaranteed Basic Income can only be a short-term shuck-and-jive when a loaf of bread goes from $5 to $15 to $50 — which can happen easily, and quickly, too, as lots of “free” money chases crashing productivity. Wait for it.

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And take Bellingcat down with it please.

OPCW Chief Must ‘Find The Courage To Address’ Douma Coverup Allegations (RT)

The scandal surrounding alleged manipulation of scientific data in the chemical weapons watchdog the OPCW, ignored by both the organization and the mainstream media, is only getting worse with time, a pro-whistleblower group said. A new statement from whistleblower-supporting organization the Courage Foundation complains that the leadership of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has failed to properly address accusations of a coverup involving the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018. Instead it tried to “side-step the issue” entirely by targeting directly and apparently indirectly the whistleblowers who brought their concerns about the integrity of the OPCW’s investigation of the incident into public view.

The statement was signed by almost 30 public figures, including author Noam Chomsky, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, and musician and activist Roger Waters. The list also includes multiple scientists, including four former OPCW inspectors, as well as the organization’s founding director, Jose Bustani. “We believe that the interests of the OPCW are best served by the Director General [Fernando Arias] providing a transparent and neutral forum in which the concerns of all the investigators can be heard as well as ensuring that a fully objective and scientific investigation is completed,” the group said.

Arias should “find the courage to address the problems within his organization relating to this investigation and ensure States Parties and the United Nations are informed accordingly. In this way we hope and believe that the credibility and integrity of the OPCW can be restored.” The Douma incident happened in a jihadist-controlled neighbourhood of Damascus, which was on the cusp of being captured by the Syrian government forces at the time. The predominant narrative about it in the Western media was that the Syrian army deployed chlorine gas by dropping canisters from a helicopter, killing scores of civilians as a result. The US, the UK and France launched barrages of missiles at Syrian government targets days later in retaliation for the purported atrocity.

Tucker OPCW

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I think Cuomo is going to fight till the end. That’s his mindset.

Andrew Cuomo’s Hilarious ‘Cancel Culture’ Excuse (NYP)

In keeping with his obstinate posture of denial and deflection, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come up with a new excuse for his woes: cancel culture. Yes, Albany’s tyrant, accused now by seven women of sexual harassment, the target of a federal investigation into underreporting COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, asked to resign by the majority of New York house Democrats and the National Organization for Women, abandoned by the New York Times, New York magazine and other house organs of the left-leaning media, subject of a just-opened police investigation in Albany — yes, Andrew Cuomo is simply a victim of the woke mob (e.g. crazy, hysterical ladies). “People know the difference between playing to politics, bowing to cancel culture and the truth,” Cuomo said Friday afternoon.

This is as laughable as his brother Chris’s claim last week that to cover his brother’s scandals would be journalistically unethical — despite Chris hosting Andrew on CNN constantly during the pandemic’s height. “Politicians who don’t know a single fact but yet form a conclusion and an opinion are, in my opinion, reckless and dangerous,” Cuomo said. “The people of New York should not have confidence in a politician who takes an opinion without knowing any facts or substance.” Says the man who demanded Eric Schneiderman immediately resign after abuse claims, no investigation necessary. Says the man who insisted that Brett Kavanaugh needed to take a lie detector test.

Clearly, Andrew Cuomo still considers himself America’s hero. Remember “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” — the quickie book he wrote in the middle of this nightmare, New York among the worst-hit in the country, pocketing a reported seven-figure advance despite dead bodies stacked in unrefrigerated trucks and buried in mass graves here? Square that circle.

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“He checks almost every box as a comic subject..”

The Sovietization of the American Press (Taibbi)

The most Soviet of the recent efforts didn’t have a classically Soviet headline. “Comedians are struggling to parody Biden. Let’s hope this doesn’t last,” read the Washington Post opinion piece by Richard Zoglin, arguing that Biden is the first president in generations who might be “impervious to impressionists.” Zoglin contended Biden is “impregnable” to parody, his voice being too “devoid of obvious quirks,” his manner too “muted and self-effacing” to offer comedians much to work with. [..] Forget that the “impregnable to parody” pol spent the last campaign year jamming fingers in the sternums of voters, challenging them to pushup contests, calling them “lying dog-faced pony soldiers,” and forgetting what state he was in. Biden, on the day Zoglin ran his piece, couldn’t remember the name of his Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and referred to the Department of Defense as “that outfit over there”:

It doesn’t take much looking to find comedians like James Adomian and Anthony Atamaniuk ab-libbing riffs on Biden with ease. He checks almost every box as a comic subject, saying inappropriate things, engaging in wacky Inspector Clouseau-style physical stunts (like biting his wife’s finger), and switching back and forth between outbursts of splenetic certainty and total cluelessness. The parody doesn’t even have to be mean — you could make it endearing cluelessness. But to say nothing’s there to work with is bananas. The first 50 days of Biden’s administration have been a surprise on multiple fronts. The breadth of his stimulus suggests a real change from the Obama years, while hints that this administration wants to pick a unionization fight with Amazon go against every tendency of Clintonian politics.

But it’s hard to know what much of it means, because coverage of Biden increasingly resembles official press releases, often featuring embarrassing, Soviet-style contortions. When Biden decided not to punish Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi on the grounds that the “cost” of “breaching the relationship with one of America’s key Arab allies” was too high, the New York Times headline read: “Biden Won’t Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Killing, Fearing Relations Breach.” When Donald Trump made the same calculation, saying he couldn’t cut ties because “the world is a very dangerous place” and “our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the paper joined most of the rest of the press corps in howling in outrage.

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Some strange people at the Paper of Record.

Criticizing Public Figures is Not Harassment or Abuse (Greenwald)

One of the Paper of Record’s star reporters, Taylor Lorenz, has been much discussed of late. That is so for three reasons. The first is that the thirty-six-year-old tech and culture reporter has helped innovate a new kind of reportorial beat that seems to have a couple of purposes. She publishes articles exploring in great detail the online culture of teenagers and very young adults, which, as a father of two young Tik-Tok-using children, I have found occasionally and mildly interesting. She also seeks to catch famous and non-famous people alike using bad words or being in close digital proximity to bad people so that she can alert the rest of the world to these important findings. It is natural that journalists who pioneer a new form of reporting this way are going to be discussed.

The second reason Lorenz is the topic of recent discussion is that she has been repeatedly caught fabricating claims about influential people, and attempting to ruin the reputations and lives of decidedly non-famous people. In the last six weeks alone, she twice publicly lied about Netscape founder Marc Andreessen: once claiming he used the word “retarded” in a Clubhouse room in which she was lurking (he had not) and then accusing him of plotting with a white nationalist in a different Clubhouse room to attack her (he, in fact, had said nothing).

She also often uses her large, powerful public platform to malign private citizens without any power or public standing by accusing them of harboring bad beliefs and/or associating with others who do. (She is currently being sued by a citizen named Arya Toufanian, who claims Lorenz has used her private Twitter account to destroy her reputation and business, particularly with a tweet that Lorenz kept pinned at the top of her Twitter page for eight months, while several other non-public figures complain that Lorenz has “reported” on their non-public activities). It is to be expected that a New York Times journalist who gets caught lying as she did against Andreessen and trying to destroy the reputations of non-public figures will be a topic of conversation.

The third reason this New York Times reporter is receiving attention is because she has become a leading advocate and symbol for a toxic tactic now frequently used by wealthy and influential public figures (like her) to delegitimize criticisms and even render off-limits any attempt to hold them accountable. Specifically, she and her media allies constantly conflate criticisms of people like them with “harassment,” “abuse” and even “violence.” That is what Lorenz did on Tuesday when she co-opted International Women’s Day to announce that “it is not an exaggeration to say that the harassment and smear campaign I have had to endure over the past year has destroyed my life.” She began her story by proclaiming: “For international women’s day please consider supporting women enduring online harassment.” She finished it with this: “No one should have to go through this.”

Notably, there was no mention, by her or her many media defenders, of the lives she has harmed or otherwise deleteriously affected with her massive journalistic platform. That is deliberate. Under this formulation, if you criticize the ways Lorenz uses her very influential media perch — including by pointing out that she probably should stop fabricating accusations against people and monitoring the private acts of non-public people — then you are guilty of harassing a “young woman” and inflicting emotional pain and violence on her (it’s quite a bizarre dynamic, best left to psychologists, how her supporters insist on infantilizing this fully grown, close-to-middle-aged successful journalist by talking about her as if she’s a fragile high school junior; it’s particularly creepy when her good male Allies speak of her this way).

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The Green New Deal is for people who don’t understand energy. Or economics.

A Green New Deal Is More Expensive Than Joe Biden Realizes (Mises)

The concept of “net energy” illustrates why replacing fossil fuels with large-scale renewable energy is often counterproductive. In Carbon Shift, a 2009 book discussing peak oil and climate change, David Hughes summarizes it like this: “A two-megawatt windmill contains 260 tonnes of steel requiring 170 tonnes of coking coal and 300 tonnes of iron ore, all mined, transported and produced by hydrocarbons. The question is: how long must a windmill generate energy before it creates more energy than it took to build it? At a good wind site, the energy payback day could be in three years or less; in a poor location, energy payback may be never. That is, a windmill could spin until it falls apart and never generate as much energy as was invested in building it.”

This life-cycle accounting of “energy return on energy invested” (EROEI) succinctly describes multiple stages of intermediate capital within a hydrocarbon-based structure of production. Hughes also hints at the basic questions facing all entrepreneurs—namely, where they should place their investments and how they should configure heterogeneous capital to recoup up-front costs plus some profit or “windfall.” Wind turbines and solar panels do enjoy a wide market in off-grid applications, such as remote farm properties and on oceangoing sailboats, where the abundance of wind and scarcity of petroleum products makes the investment a no-brainer. In sunny parts of the country, solar has reached “grid parity.”

States like Texas, however, have failed to heed considerations of both net energy and supply and demand in installing massive wind farms at great taxpayer expense where fossil fuels would be far cheaper and more reliable. Lacking price signals, the central planner is blind to the economic consequences of his grand designs. The president revealed his ignorance of the technological and economic problem at hand when he stated matter of factly, “We know what to do, we’ve just got to do it.” On the contrary, we have no idea how to create a nonpolluting electrical grid without emitting much more carbon in the process than we otherwise would have.

[..] The Green New Deal is, if anything, a formula for a new dark age. Texas’s recent power outages show the difficulty of the task facing grid managers. There, an attempt to prematurely transition to unreliable wind energy exacerbated the strain on the grid when turbines froze at the crucial moment when they were most needed. The grid managers failed to keep a maintain a sufficient buffer, even without the additional mandate of ensuring the creation of new green jobs and mitigating the discriminatory effects of climate change. It is ironic that a state and nation so rich in natural energy resources would be leading the charge to cancel fossil fuels in favor of technology that has never been proven effective, or even environmentally friendly, at a large scale.

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The Greeks should refuse to be bullied. “I legally bought them from Nazis” is nonsense.

Boris Johnson Says UK ‘Legally’ Obtained Elgin Marbles, Won’t Return Them (RT)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dashed Athens’ hopes of getting back the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles by saying that the British Museum remains their “rightful” owner following “legal” acquisition in the 19th century. The ancient sculptures that once adorned the famed fifth century BC Parthenon temple in Athens were “legally acquired” by the British diplomat Lord Elgin in the early 19th century, Johnson told the Greek newspaper Ta Nea on Friday. The UK prime minister left no room for the idea of returning the ancient works of art to Greece, saying that although he “understands” the “strong feelings” of the Greeks, he still considers the commissioners of the British Museum in London to be “the rightful owners” of the Elgin Marbles.

“The British government has a firm and long-standing position” on the issue, Johnson – himself a former student of Classical Philology and Philosophy at Oxford, who once called Homer “the greatest writer of all time” and named ancient Greek statesman, Pericles, his “hero” – told Ta Nea. The row between London and Athens over the fate of the sculptures constituting roughly a half of the 160-meter frieze of the ancient temple has come to the fore in the context of post-Brexit trade negotiations between the UK and the EU. The EU demanded the return of “unlawfully removed cultural objects” while London, which quickly linked the demand to the Marbles, said they were “not up for discussion.” The sculptures were taken from Greece, which was under Ottoman Turkish rule at that time, under an agreement Elgin struck with the Ottomans. The Greeks argue they were “stolen” while the British Museum insists it was a “legal contract.”

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    Times Square, New York 1954   • DeSantis to Biden: Thought of Reinstating COVID-19 Restrictions ‘Insane’ (Hill) • Lockdowns Wrecked Democracy aro
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 13 2021]

    V. Arnold

    So, same shit different day?

    I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.
    – Richard Feynman

    Well? There you go…
    So,today what will you do that you didn’t do yesterday?

    V. Arnold

    Times Square, New York 1954

    Thanks for todays art; I was 9 in New York at that time…


    Unexpected twist:


    • DeSantis to Biden: Thought of Reinstating COVID-19 Restrictions ‘Insane’

    The way the Covid has been handled by western governments, is a crime against humanity. The sheer damage done to such a massive swath of humankind, economic, social, spiritual, psychological.

    This is a ‘talking point’ – Crimes Against Humanity

    It’s something that if it sticks to a politician or bureaucrat or apparatchik or Party will be real Death Cap, a kibosh if you will.

    Ilargi posted a Tom Stoppard quote the other day

    Words are sacred. They
    deserve respect. If you
    get the right ones, in
    the right order, you
    can nudge the world
    a little…

    Well, let me add ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ are the right ones for these times, and in the precise right order!

    Bed Pan Biden is a sick joke. The Pathocrats behind him are a sick joke.

    DeSantis, even if for base political gain, is actually speaking truth to power, a hollow phrase in most cases, but here 100% correct.

    Bed Pan can’t allow too many governor to openly give him the finger on the national/international stage or well, he’ll cry tears of rage in public! hahaha!

    Here to our fearless (cough) leader (cough), Old White Joe

    (apologies to TS Eliot for the pronoun modifications!)

    I am the hollow man
    I am the stuffed man
    Leaning alone
    Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
    My dried voice, when
    I whisper alone
    is quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or rats’ feet over broken glass
    In my dry cellar

    Shape without form, shade without colour,
    Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

    Those who have crossed
    With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
    Remember Me Bed Pan Biden – if at all – not as a lost
    Violent soul, but only
    As a hollow man
    The stuffed men.

    Dr. D

    Biden has repeatedly vowed to not lock down the country but warned in a prime-time address Thursday night that some restrictions may have to be revisited if current downward trends change and the virus resurges. He emphasized, though, that his administration is focused on helping the nation return to normal. “Even if we devote every resource we have, beating this virus and getting back to normal depends on national unity,”

    Deconstructing lies. Every word a lie. “Vowed not to lock down the country”, which he already has and approves of. It’s a campaign promise and the recommendation of Tony “I don’t know anything, I just guess” Fauci.

    “Current downward trends change” They already said they will change as every day they have new, faster, stronger variants that also kill no one. They are already in Florida they said. So their variants, aren’t, or their response, isn’t.

    “Focused on returning to normal” Every word of every breath is that there is no “return to normal.” But in the EVEN numbered minutes Fauci says one thing, and in the ODD numbered minutes something else. Now why no one trust me? Must be the science deniers, but the CDC already has the monopoly on that.

    we devote every resource we have” Like refusing to even have a VOTE on Medicare for All, national health care during a pandemic. That’s a resource you have, and are fighting tooth and nail to NOT deploy it. Also, I dunno, you got no tests. You still got no PPE. You still trained no doctors, nurses, clinicians. You set up zero sanitariums, you used zero Hospital ships and Javits Centers, refused to open a mask factory when the owner wanted a mere 12mo lock-in purchase you knew would happen, provided no food and no financial support except the $100B per MONTH to insider banks.

    Speaking of, heard a great story: So these two shepherds are in Bethlehem, Joshua and Zachariah. The angel comes down and says “Lo! Your messiah is born this day, come and adore him.” They go off to the manger and Zach says to Josh, “Wow, this is truly awesome. I’m so excited about this, I’m going to give you my whole $1,400 stimulus check.”

    Josh says to Zach, “Oh yeah? Well I’M so excited, I’ll not only give you my stimulus check, but another $1,400 every HOUR, for all time!”

    …That still wouldn’t reach Biden’s $1.4 Trillion signed off this week.

    Fun story, but it makes you wonder, “Where’s my d—–d money?” 90% of it is going anywhere but us, with 2,000 years of $1,400 checks, surely each American would get, I dunno, $50,000 UBI?

    So don’t talk to me about how “we devote every resource we have”

    And of course, “national unity” where AL Gore may have invented the internet, but Joe Biden invented the vaccine. He started it, created it, distributed it all in just this month!

    Look, you want unity, you say blandly, “We thank the previous administration’s (add adjective belated, stupid, foot-dragging) effort to get the vaccine going.” Then like, “we’ll take it from here.” But the very THOUGHT of not lying, with every word and breath, when it’s so obvious to every American and is certain to piss them off, is JUST TOO HARD.

    We have the Wheel of Fauci 4 masks, then none, then one, then giggle about it like Psaki, cause it’s TOO FUNNY! “You actually believed us??? I can’t help myself!!! I’m addicted to making you look stupid and seeing what I can get away with!” …It’s the narcissistic sociopath’s lament. But since the whole nation is now mostly narcissistic sociopaths, they don’t notice.

    “We may have to reinstate restrictions.” Hahahahaha! Go ahead and try. The state have already told you they won’t, you can’t make them, and to “Go f— yourself,” personally. On the plus side, the nation is devolving, leaving central power and going regional and local. Bye-bye nice man. The End.

    “Lockdowns Wrecked Democracy around the World (AIER)”

    Yes, but Democracy is really going gangbusters with the 51% trampling and killing everyone they find, so really you mean they wrecked all human rights. And science, which will not recover from this when the Hague rules that medicine has committed a crime against all humanity on the basis of no evidence, research, and is in fact COUNTER to it. See CDC paper on “Masks Don’t Work.” And therefore CDC advises, “So keep wearing them, and also a buffalo rattle and parrot feathers plucked at midnight.”

    This is even IF the untested, unscientific, always-failed-before vaccine doesn’t ALSO kill a few million, which it probably will. Keep diggin’ boys, I’ll watch.

    I mean, you do know almost all deaths are due to government, right? We had 300M in Socialism alone, but you need to add all the wars and stuff in the West, too, clearly that would be another 300.

    “life expectancy in the United States last year had its sharpest plunge since World War Two.”

    Lockdown is trying to maintain the POWER system, monetary system it all depends on. The looting is just like Russia and has the same sharp attack on all citizens, the same sharp drop in mortality, by the millions. Most predictable thing ever. Just be honest. Just say it out loud. It was so easy a cave man could see it a year ago.

    “preventing people from talking to each other in the street”

    They’re already doing this, but especially to terrorize children and make them mentally ill and suicidal. No one notices this is a Staasi wet dream? Am I on crazy pills? They’re the same thing. With the same people. For the same reasons. Thank God “that can’t happen here” or we’d really be in trouble. We’re too exceptional.

    “129 billion face masks [are] being used globally every month”

    Turning all of nature into one-use garbage. #Winning. Now we can choke a fish and be happy, feel we’ve done our civil duty, as humans and stewards of the land. Oh, btw, according to the CDC’s OTHER research, Covid doesn’t kill anyone. It’s like 99.997%, only killing people over 80 with three comorbidities, trapped inside without Vitamin D, that were statistically going to die in 6 months anyway. Please level another mountain and put me in prison, and tell me how much you love and care. And Help.

    “ EU’s Green Pass Will Only Be Valid With EMA-Approved COVID Vaccinations (EN) “

    That can’t be right. Vaccine Passports are an unhinged, evidence-free conspiracy theory. They said so as recently as yesterday.

    And natural immunity? No, no sir. You must PAY to become a Star-bellied sneetch. Being one for free doesn’t count.

    Kunstler: IF ONLY Americans were buffaloes and not steers. But we are long-suffering. Then suddenly we enter the war and nuke somebody.

    “the scandal surrounding alleged manipulation of scientific data”

    “If Science ain’t lyin’, it’s not real Science.” Our new motto.

    In brain-melting illogic, Cuomo killed 15,000 people. No one cares. He is accused by six, but we do not #BelieveAllWomen. Poor Andrew is against Cancel Culture, being the core value of Blue, and of his entire state, the nexus and origin of #Umbridge and baseless-cancel-theory-for-raw-power-and-profit. Oh and he was Governor and political since a child but he didn’t know nuttin’ about no Epstein, no Weinstein, no nothin’ nobody despite being elbow to these DNC fundraisers for decades. Nope! Who coulda knowd! I mean, when Weinstein gave 5-figures to Cuomo and the Manhattan D.A. and his rape case just went away, that’s all some big coincidence I tell you what. That’s just a conspiracy theory. When his accusers, and not one but TWO accusers of Kevin Spacy were killed in the streets of NY, that’s just bad luck and nothing-to-see-here, I tell you what. You can tell because nothing was investigated. No one was charged. No evidence was presented before a judge. Just like the election.

    Pure as the driven snow. They hate him for his freedom.

    There is NO level of crime, murder, lies, cover up, graft, theft, and inhumanity they will not tolerate and indeed approve of. None. AOC herself is on #MeToo, loving all 15,000 deaths and all 20 years of child trafficking and paid rape. Or she would surely say something, right? It’s not a secret, we have Weinstein’s check stubs and Epstein’s party lists.

    “Criticizing Public Figures is Not Harassment or Abuse (Greenwald) “

    Well, it’s the New York Times, so of course every single word is false. These are the guys who said Saddam, Baathist and arch enemy of Al-Q, had weapons of mass destruction and ties to Al-Q. Oh and that he had A N Y T H I N G to do with 9-11. Then troops with open arms, we’ll be home by Christmas, it’ll pay for itself, Clapper isn’t recording your phone calls, Assange is true…until now he’s false and enemy of the state, slave markets in Libya are good, Ukraine is an organic upraising and not a state Dept op for the money, Skripals were deadly poisoned by the world’s least-lethal poison, and oh golly, every pro-war, pro-death, anti-peace, anti-humanity stance going back to the Sandinistas, when the basement dwelling “Village Voice”, a neighborhood paper, ate their lunch and embarrassed them for years because they actually did – ANY – reporting. You know, by hiring a “reporter” who “asked questions” down in Central America. That was the ‘80s, 40 years ago. If they were ever a paper even before then, as we found with Church Commission, and plus the recently-released paid propaganda contracts from MI6 to Reuters. If you think the NYT wasn’t doing the same, you’re crazy.

    So she’s just keeping up the standards of total non-journalism going back to Pulitzer himself. “Give me the photos and I’ll give you the war.” “Remember the Maine” …And how it allowed the U.S. to steal all Spanish holdings and have deeply heartfelt, rainbow-painted colonies, like our loving, caring foray into the Philippines.

    When will you stop believing the lies? Cut them off. Go around.


    I have long been fascinated by Britain’s refusal to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece, and the story above is just the latest in the saga. There have been moves in the last decade by museums and universities to return artifacts and bones to the aboriginal tribes from whom they were taken. At present in parts of North America, new archaeological finds of ancient remains are studied and then returned to nearby groups for traditional burial. But the British Museum (or more properly, the UK government) has been reluctant to return cultural treasures brought from Greece, Egypt and other parts of the Levant, India and beyond.

    The fact that the Marbles were “purchased” from the Ottomans is a very convenient rationale. Modern western legalistic thinking is broadly based upon the Ten Commandments as a moral code, especially the shorthand version:

      Thou shall not steal

    . Apparently this originally referred to stealing people – kidnapping – and not to stealing goods. Stealing goods was proscribed in many other parts of the Old Testament, with varying penalties / remedies. (Wikipedia has a good article. )

    “Thou shalt not steal” is a rule that very much operates for the benefit of those with something worth stealing, and it also reinforces the moral high ground of the victim: never mind that the thief was starving and you have lots of food – it is still wrong and an affront against the natural order.

    I prefer the Buddha’s version as offered in his precepts, which I understand as meaning:

      Do not accept what is not freely given

    . This moral law weakens the legalistic position of the British Museum because the Greek people did not freely give the marbles to Lord Elgin. Buying hardwood from the Burmese junta falls into a similar category: the Burmese people are not freely giving or selling their forests. Just because you bought a boatload of timber from someone doesn’t mean that you have a moral right to it.

    The British Museum and others used to say that the artifacts from developing nations are being protected, and when those nations are able to adequately preserve and protect those artifacts , they will be returned. I am pretty sure that the Greeks can protect their antiquities at least as well as the British Museum.

    How sad that this is still an issue.


    Thank Ilargi for the Unexpected Twist clip!

    To coin a new expression that sounds positive but isn’t, that Craptistic!

    Having insurance coverage denied for taking an untested cancer therapy rebranded as a ‘vaccine’ is oh so close to, you guessed it:

    Medical Schadenfreude

    madamski cafone

    ” …. 75,000 over 80s died. 75% of them had been vaccinated by the time they died.”

    Interesting numbers

    94% of the 265,295 old age care home residents eligible for the vaccine have received a jab, NHS England said. A further 28,000 residents have not been deemed eligible because they have tested positive in the last 28 days or cannot receive the jab on medical grounds.
    (More inside ….)
    (More inside ….)
    I’m happy in my ignorance. I don’t live in Dr. D’s reality.


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    Now, this comment is not posting and must be changed.


    What hurts!!!

    16 Countries Are Pushing United Nations To Condemn US Unilateral Sanctions.

    Visualizing The Rising Cost Of College In The U.S

    madamski cafone

    They’re running out of time to put together an Orwellian state:

    Poll: Nearly half of voters think COVID lockdowns unhelpful or made no difference

    madamski cafone

    “Do not accept what is not freely given”

    That’s when you take what you can get. Life, I submit, is closer than not to Twain’s famous intro:

    “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” M. Twain

    Maxwell Quest

    As I’ve come to expect on TAE, many great comments today. Dr. D was on fire and had me laughing with every sarcastic barb.


    Enjoyed your “Crimes Against Humanity” focus. I’ve thought about this often as of late, and can’t help sensing that some sort of reckoning is near at hand for our pandemic conspirators. Covid seems to have expose the corruption of our WHO/medical/pharma system just as the 2020 election did for our electoral/judicial system. If the pandemic cure turns out to be worse than the virus, then there will be hell to pay. Many of us already know that this is the case, but the brainwashed public will jump on board if the experimental EUA vaccines begin to backfire.

    “Boris Johnson Says UK ‘Legally’ Obtained Elgin Marbles, Won’t Return Them (RT)”

    I can understand why the UK would resist returning the Elgin Marbles. It’s not so much about the Marbles as it is about all the other national looting that occurred during their years of empire. If they give back the Marbles, then who will be next at their door demanding the return of national treasures? Precedence is what the UK is protecting with its obstinance.

    And can cultural treasures be isolated from actual treasures? What about all the gold and silver that were stolen from national treasuries in the last century? And how far back do we go? Will South American nations then want Spain to return all that was looted by their conquistadors in the 16th century?


    USA: Texas Senate Testimony of Dr. Peter McCullough who makes the point that Covid-19 patients are not being taken care of which I agree with. (Not all he said natch.)

    I never thought the Medicos (with some valiant exceptions of course) would simply abandon their mission to take care of patients and do their very best (even if not super effective all the time..) but that is what has happened. Naive me, sigh.

    We see that medical circuits (doctors, clinics, hospitals, professional associations, Gvmt regulation and oversight, as well as medical research as reported scientific journals) have been infiltrated and taken over by ‘big money.’

    As desperate ppl will pay everything they have and go deep into debt for help, cures, and saving a loved one.

    (re the “West”..)

    In no particular order, the culprits are Big Pharma, Big Corps who run hospitals, care-homes, outpatient clinics, networks of med. practices. Pharmacists (on the ground practioners, also part of Big Corps in many places), medical machinery and equipment producers (huuuge industry, very expensive products, profitable for share-holders), and at another post, Health Insurance, private cos. in first place but not only, Gvmt. tax payer supported is not exempt.

    20 mins, March 2021. search on you tube: McCullough testifies to Texas Senate

    a kullervo

    Nobody wants to understand how scary this is. Freedom is a basic right.
    • EU’s Green Pass Will Only Be Valid With EMA-Approved COVID Vaccinations (EN)

    There is no such thing as “rights” – there are only needs.

    Rights are an abstract construct created by any given human group (a society). Rights are devised, implemented, changed and canceled at society’s whim.

    Needs are real. You have to satisfy them as a long as you want to remain a viable living entity/species, regardless of any rights you may think you are entitled to.

    There are 6 fundamental needs (5 complementary and 1 supplementary):
    – To breathe.
    – To sleep.
    – To excrete.
    – To exert self-restraint.
    – To eat.
    (the supplementary)
    – To procreate.

    [Listed by decreasing order of importance, “importance” here meaning degree of control (= ability to suppress it at will for unrestricted periods of time) one has over a particular need.]


    RE return of stolen stuffs, this is a really nice docu:

    Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole

    a kullervo

    Rights vs. Needs

    (Lets imagine you want to keep on living.) You are presented with the following options:
    a) To be placed in a prison with guaranteed regular meals.
    b) To be placed in the middle of a desert with guaranteed unrestrained freedom.

    Take your pick and act accordingly.

    (First you take care of the fundamental needs – then you go around proselytizing about rights, disturbing everyone else’s peace of mind and making a nuisance out of yourself.)


    If a country is governed wisely,
    its inhabitants will be content.
    They enjoy the labor of their hands
    and don’t waste time inventing
    labor-saving machines.
    Since they dearly love their homes,
    they aren’t interested in travel.
    There may be a few wagons and boats,
    but these don’t go anywhere.
    There may be an arsenal of weapons,
    but nobody ever uses them.
    People enjoy their food,
    take pleasure in being with their families,
    spend weekends working in their gardens,
    delight in the doings of the neighborhood.
    And even though the next country is so close
    that people can hear its roosters crowing and its dogs barking,
    they are content to die of old age
    without ever having gone to see it.

    Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching (translation by S. Mitchell)

    a kullervo

    Most of us have accepted the prison our ancestors built for us.
    For awhile we thought that embellishing the prison’s walls was all we needed.
    Now that many of the inmates are going crazy we complain and do nothing.
    Complaining is foolish but doing nothing is fine,
    because you cannot prevent
    the ebb and flow.

    Doc Robinson

    This journal article echoes what commenters VietnamVet and V. Arnold (among others) have been saying.

    Is living in the US conducive to your health?
    Chris Fradkin, Current Research in Behavioral Sciences, 6 March 2021

    In numerous health markers, the United States is low ranking, compared to other high-income nations. Regarding Covid-19 management, the performance of the United States has been abysmal, compared to other nations… Living in the US is not conducive to our health. In fact, the environment is more threatening than that of any OECD nation. Until the US reconfigures its core values, through reduction of disparities in wealth, there will be no future other than the one that is before us, which according to the experts is bleak.


    Spotlight on Como ..
    Hunter Biden sneaking off in the dark


    Dr. Reiner Fuellmich Crimes Against humanity updates


    I have never studied “Law”, but my basic understanding is; Possession is considered to be 9/10ths of the law. Sorry Greece, your left holding the losing 1/10th of the law.

    Obama, now serving in his 3rd term as president, is a busy guy these days. Controlling joe is the easy part. Withold joe’s meds if he acts up. Give joe a double dose before showing him in public. He has already gotten all of his old buddies reappointed back into government. Getting rid of old democrat Cuomo is proving to be the hardest part. Obama has lined up 7 women, so far, to take Cuomo down. It is hard to take down a Democrat that likes women! Cuomo is still standing! Obama is now busy lining up the 8th woman. I guess we will soon know the answer to; “How many women does it take to knock down a Democrat?


    Having travelled, I loved the diagram showing how screwed up the world’s electrical power system is!
    Q: Why so many different power outlet types?
    A: Non-trarif trade barriers!


    This is even more cogent summary about the Class Action Lawsuit against PCR test ‘peddlers’

    Update on Reiner Fuellmich Lawsuits: Fraudulent Use of COVID-19 PCR Tests: Germany, US, Canada



    Thanks for that great Mark Twain quote. I had forgotten it!
    Still love his story on the proper way to bury a Democrat!

    Knowing of him, I guess these days that makes me politically incorrect.

    madamski cafone

    I have never trafficked in the pc/non-c nonsense dichotomy.

    In a democracy, no one is correct. They just want what they want and get what they can get. Conservatives think they’re politically correct, liberals think the honor is theirs. There is nothing correct about politics. Nothing. Politics is a brawl, no more, no less, and there is no such thing as a fair fight.

    Not to mention they’re usually more bluster than not:

    Geopolitics Explained


    Could H I L L A R Y want the governorship?
    Gillibrand, obviously, but I think she’s already shot her wad.



    You are the maven.

    Dr. D

    Kullervo, that is exactly what the Enlightenment was saying with “natural law” and the “rights of man” but expanding it with deeper thinking.

    Yes people need to eat and breathe, but sadly for the psychos, they also need religion, purpose, constraints of space-time mean they each have their own perspectives, opinions, and that requires the communication of their opinions both in order to function as individuals, as a community, and for their psychological help. They can, will, and must have the personal defense of their life, that is their food (that “killing people for stuff instead of just letting everything be stolen” that is often criticized here. But if you are a shopkeeper, and all people can steal your food, what happens then? Like Monty Python’s “Lupins” it’s legal and ethical to steal from any person on earth who owns one less spoon than you do? Surely that is madness, even if we could calculate it. And they are indeed supporting and expressing this sheer madness right now, with the obvious unhelpful results.) Okay: I’m game. You want to let anyone one dollar poorer than you come to your house and take anything they want so long as they aren’t one dollar RICHER than you. Cue end of all work, period, because there is a limitless number of people with low standards who will always be in your fridge “sharing”. Ask me how I know.

    That isn’t mean, it’s coaching. They also need to get up to their abilities and also help the community. And as a community, I have a responsibility to charity for them, but that is only going to function when I can keep an eye on specifics, encourage them to expand and strengthen, and most importantly say “no”, which in addition to government’s dependence on extractive violence as a basis for charity, is the key failure of government-led social programs.

    So the Enlightenment, yes, says people need food and that food not to be stolen. But it also says people need to talk, interact, not be killed, etc, so we have the Bill of Rights, and since they can’t even remember and uphold that, a few other natural rights that have now been forgotten. Denying assembly, the right to visit your own family, as they have done, is prison and also torture under most international law. These rights will make you no less sick than poor food or water and must be fought for to save one’s own life, just the same.

    They say these are given to us by our “Creator”, so no society has the slightest power over them. Where a single man is, and no society, the needs and rights still are. But if that’s too far, what they really mean is they well up out of humans as a function of BEING human. Again, no society provides them. And if they deny them, that government instantly is being attacked by the humans betrayed by it and is not stable, cannot persist, must always add violence and more violence until it comes back in accordance with natural law and admits what reality is. What humans are.

    We cannot do that, we cannot admit reality, which is our arch enemy, the #Tao, the #Logos, God himself, the Way, so we are in for a heap of violence and endless trouble waste of resources and effort attempting, foolishly, in hubris, to defy man in the same way one might fight gravity, or the tides. “We’re an empire now, and we create our own reality” This is the Tao, and they have lost the Mandate of Heaven.

    It’s safer to be in the desert where quite probably your freedom and creativity can create water and wonderful life (see: Bedouins) than to be in the United States which uses every means to kill you both fast and slow and removes all means to defend and save your life. I’d put less stock in food and water, but there’s no place left on earth they won’t swoop down and “help” you.

    Key video of Australia spending thousands of dollars sending a helicopter into the outback to recover one family camping safely far away from Covid.

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