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Pablo Picasso Woman sitting in a armchair 1910

 

One Year Into ‘15 Days To Flatten The Curve’ (Marsden)
Will Kids Ever Forgive Us For Depriving Them Of Their Childhood? (Bridge)
Lockdown Ending Could Trigger Anxiety For Many, Say UK Charities (G.)
Study: Vaccines DO Help To Stop Coronavirus Transmission – By 30% (RT)
Free Speech: And… It’s Gone (Luongo)
Police Round Up Women Mourning London Kidnapping-murder Victim (RT)
If You Thought The Right To Protest Was Inalienable, Then Think Again (Malik)
100+ People To Be Charged In Storming Of US Capitol (RT)
Prosecutors Find No Evidence Of Wide-Ranging Conspiracy To Storm Capitol (RT)
Bandaging The Corpse (Chris Hedges)
The Cannibalization Is Complete: Only Inedible Zombies Remain (CHS)
Cuomo Staffers Have Stopped Showing Up To Work (NYP)
The War In Ukraine May Soon Resume (MoA)
Children Packed Into Border Patrol Tent For Days On End (AP)
CNN Hemorrhages Viewers Post-Trump (RT)
The ‘American Dream’ Of Upward Mobility Is Broken (G.)

 

 

The US goes to Daylight Saving Time today, but Europe not until March 28. I know they do this only to confuse me, and it works. Every single time.

 

 

I am not vaccinated, but I do identify as vaccinated.

 

 

 

 

“The handiwork of government bureaucrats, the form aimed to fit each allowable activity in our daily lives into a neat little box.”

One Year Into ‘15 Days To Flatten The Curve’ (Marsden)

In the 12 months since states first started ordering citizens to stay at home under the pretext of Covid, we’ve come a long way. Particularly in our understanding of how illiberal our politicians can be and how supine we are.
One year ago, at noon on Tuesday, March 17, France went into total lockdown for the first time. Until then, Covid-19 was something of which we were faintly aware – background noise in our daily lives that was mostly relegated to Wuhan, China. But we all had that one moment when we realized that it was about to hit home hard. In my case, that instant came two days before the lockdown, when the local outdoor pool posted a sign on the door drastically reducing the total user capacity to just 100, right before closing entirely the following day.

On March 16, French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to announce what he described as temporary measures, to be implemented for at least 15 days. Only essential trips outside the home would be allowed. Period. Case closed. All in the interests of protecting the French healthcare system, the long-suffering victim of perennial government cutbacks, from being forced onto life-support as it tends to be nearly every year during flu season. The government’s drastic actions successfully convinced many citizens at the outset of the lockdown that the coronavirus must be on par with the plague. Macron opened the first few paragraphs of his national address with the phrase, “We are at war.” Yet even the government didn’t really know what it was dealing with at that point or how to handle it.

The fear mongering was, however, sufficient for people to panic and to accept whatever restrictions the authorities wanted to impose on them. “Stay home, save lives” and “15 days to flatten the curve” became the primary propaganda catchphrases. Then emerged the now-infamous French self-authorization form, mocked around the world. (It wasn’t until the second lockdown or the first or second nightly curfew that more people realized that they could really just tick off anything that they wanted since there was no real way for the authorities to verify claims, and that, in practice, police weren’t too interested in policing people for the “crime” of simply being on the streets.) The handiwork of government bureaucrats, the form aimed to fit each allowable activity in our daily lives into a neat little box.

One box for an hour of exercise, once a day, within a 1km radius from the home. One for a grocery run. One for a doctor’s visit. Public transport was reduced to a trickle as everyone was ordered to work from home with the exception of a limited list of workers that the government defined as essential. The term “essential worker” itself is offensive, particularly coming from government authorities whose income is a direct result of taxes imposed on the hard work of those it apparently considers unessential. The other irony is that when only the most essential workers as defined by the government were permitted by the state to do their jobs – the grocery store clerks, the maintenance workers and repairmen, the nurses and caregivers – it became clear how little their pay reflected their true value to society as defined by the government.

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Will they know the difference?

Will Kids Ever Forgive Us For Depriving Them Of Their Childhood? (Bridge)

Critics of lockdowns & school closures to halt Covid-19 have compared the effects to child abuse. And now that new data points to some deeply disturbing long-term psychological damage, it looks like they were right. Abiding by the new age medical maxim that commands ‘everyone stop living so that you don’t die’ is no way to live. Yet that is exactly how millions of youngsters have been forced to cope with a disease that poses, in the overwhelming majority of cases, no more of a health risk to them than riding a bicycle or crossing an intersection. And while socially isolating the youth may have spared a minuscule fraction from contracting coronavirus, the total impact such measures have had on the mental wellbeing of this demographic has been a disastrous tradeoff.

The results from the most inhumane experiment ever conducted on human beings are in, and we should all be ashamed of ourselves for letting it happen. In a white paper published by the nonprofit FAIR Health, the consequences of lockdowns on the mental health of American students reveal what many people already know: “School closures, having to learn remotely and isolating from friends due to social distancing have been sources of stress and loneliness.” The real shocker, however, is how that statement plays out in real life. In March and April 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, mental health claims among this young demographic exploded 97.0 percent and 103.5 percent, respectively, compared to the same months in 2019.

To break it down even further, there was a dramatic surge in cases involving “intentional self-harm” using a handgun, sharp object and even smashing a vehicle, as the more popular examples. The rate of incidence for such destructive behaviors amid 13-18 year olds jumped 90.71 percent in March 2020 compared to March 2019. The increase was even greater when comparing April 2020 to April 2019, almost doubling (99.83 percent). August 2020 was particularly active in the northeast sector of the country, showing a surge of 333.93 percent. Similarly major increases were found among the 19-22 age category, although not quite as pronounced as the 13-18 group.

Another sign that young Americans have suffered undue psychological distress during the pandemic is observable from the rate of overdoses and substance abuse. For those between the ages of 13-18, overdoses increased 94.91 percent in March 2020 and 119.31 percent in April 2020 over the same periods the year before. Meanwhile, substance use disorders surged in March (64.64 percent) and April (62.69 percent) 2020, compared to 2019.

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Growacet.

Lockdown Ending Could Trigger Anxiety For Many, Say UK Charities (G.)

The lifting of lockdown restrictions and the subsequent return to schools, workplaces and social events could trigger heightened levels of stress and anxiety for many people, UK mental health charities and experts have said. They say some, particularly those with mental health concerns, will be worried or anxious about the readjustment required by the lifting of lockdown restrictions as set out in the government’s gradual roadmap for reopening England. Dr Tine Van Bortel, a senior research associate in public health at the University of Cambridge, said: “Lockdown has given people with mental health conditions like anxiety and PTSD permission to stay at home, and knowing that at some point you’ll have to go out again can actually trigger stress and anxiety.”

Rosie Weatherley, an information content manager at Mind, said: “Some of us might have found there were some unexpected plus points to lockdown – and therefore feel uneasy or anxious at the prospect of it being lifted. For example, we may be worried about ‘normality’ resuming, or not wanting to return to a faster pace with busier daily lives, and less downtime to ourselves.” She said it was “really important” for government and employers to provide empathy and support for those who need it “beyond lockdown lifting”. From 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up to six people, or two households if this is larger, will be able to meet in parks or gardens, and 21 June is the prospective date on which all legal limits on mixing could be removed.


Laura Peters, the head of advice and information at Rethink Mental Illness, welcomed the relaxing of restrictions and the subsequent reduction in social isolation, but said: “It’s important not to assume that everyone’s in the same boat. Everyone will have a different set of circumstances to navigate as restrictions start to ease, and it’s a natural human response to feel anxious in certain situations or during times of uncertainty.” Even among groups such as young people who are broadly optimistic about lockdown ending, concerns remain. A YoungMinds survey conducted in January found that while 79% of young people agreed that their mental health would start to improve when most restrictions were lifted, some were concerned that the end of the lockdown would happen too quickly and result in further lockdowns in future. “Again and again, young people said they felt like they were experiencing ‘Groundhog Day’, and above all they wish for an end to a cycle of freedoms followed by restrictions,” says the report.

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That’s less than vitamin D?!

Study: Vaccines DO Help To Stop Coronavirus Transmission – By 30% (RT)

A new study has found that Covid-19 vaccines stop people passing the virus on to others. The study is one of several with similar findings, and may pave the way for scientists to support the introduction of ‘vaccine passports.’ A preprint study posted on Friday has found that family members of vaccinated British healthcare workers were around 30 percent less likely to catch Covid-19 than those of unvaccinated workers. Though a reduction of 30 percent may seem minor, the study pointed out that these family members were also at risk of catching the virus outside the home, making the figure an “underestimate of the ‘true’ effect of vaccination on transmission.” We provide the first direct evidence that vaccinating individuals working in high-exposure settings reduces the risk to their close contacts – members of their households.

The study was carried out by researchers at a number of top UK universities and institutions, including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Imperial College NHS Trust and the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine of University of Edinburgh. Elsewhere, Israeli researchers have also found that US drugmaker Pfizer’s vaccine is 94 percent effective against asymptomatic transmission of the virus, while the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently loosened its guidelines for people who’ve taken the jab, returning what the press termed “limited freedoms” to this group. However, health officials in the US have insisted that masking and social distancing are here for the long term, regardless of the efficacy of vaccines.


White House adviser Anthony Fauci last month stated that face coverings may be required until 2022, declaring that “there are things, even if you’re vaccinated, that you’re not going to be able to do in society.” The World Health Organization declared last month that “there are still critical unknowns regarding the efficacy of vaccination in reducing transmission,” in a statement advising against the introduction of so-called ‘vaccine passports’ for air travel. This advice is set to be revised in May, and the latest findings from the UK and Israel could bolster the argument for proof of vaccination as a prerequisite for international travel. Devi Sridhar, a professor of public health at Edinburgh University, predicted that the UK study will pave the way for “aviation & international mobility [safely opening] up with testing & vaccine passports,” but added that doing so would raise “major ethical issues.”

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It’s become a joke.

Free Speech: And… It’s Gone (Luongo)

It’s no surprise to me that the war against speech is accelerating. There’s desperation in the air everywhere. From the barricading of the U.S. Capitol since January 6th to the shrill calls for continued lockdowns over a virus mostly behind us, we see those with power lashing out trying to hold on to it. And it’s no more obvious than in the lockdowns on speech. In the past week we’ve seen another major assault on Twitter-alternative Gab. A massive attack on its security architecture handing out the passwords and information of millions of users to the dark web. Then Texas Governor Greg Abbott, you know the guy who let millions of Texans freeze last month rather than order the coal-fired plants brought online in defiance of the DoE, piles on calling Gab “anti-semetic.”

Abbott’s just doing what he’s paid to do, serve everyone but Texas. Gab CEO Andrew Torba then informed us that the attacks on Gab are far deeper than even a putz like Abbott’s. The relentless pressure to cut his company off from the doing business continues, with bank after bank refusing to do business with them. Torba’s invoking Operation Chokepoint is important here. It reminds us that Biden is a cypher put in place to restore Obama to the White House as functional president. Honestly, taking a step back, is this at all rational? All Torba and Gab want to do is operate a social media platform that conforms, ruthlessly, to the first amendment. Nothing more, nothing less.


It’s not like Gab is funded by foreign intelligence services spreading obvious agitprop and propaganda. No, sorry, that’s the job of the mainstream media and Twitter. I thought if we didn’t like the treatment we got on Twitter we could go ‘build our own’ and that would be fine. Separate but equal, freedom of and from association and all that. But, no, any competition that doesn’t adhere to the current orthodoxy of what constitutes ‘acceptable speech’ is now no longer tolerated. Free Speech is not an option. It’s an obvious coordinated assault from every angle to extend ‘cancel culture’ into a cultural revolution. Because it’s not enough to hound people whose opinions you don’t like from the public square, they have to be beaten out of society entirely, even if the means employed to do so are patently hypocritical.

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“The irony of it is so explicit – are you going to drag women off the street for protesting about a woman being dragged off the street?”

Police Round Up Women Mourning London Kidnapping-murder Victim (RT)

A London vigil for murder victim Sarah Everard — held in defiance of a police order amid the Covid-19 pandemic – turned ugly after large numbers of officers arrived and tried to clear people from the area.
Several organizers of Saturday’s vigil at Clapham Common were reportedly arrested, and footage from the scene showed clashes with police. One clip posted on Twitter shows several women standing on the edge of a bandstand where police congregated, including one holding a sign that says, “We aren’t safe in our homes.” Four women are then grabbed from behind by officers, pulled back and arrested after several people in the crowd try unsuccessfully to pull them back.


One of those women was shown face down on the ground being handcuffed by police in a photo posted by actor and political activist Guillaume Rivaud. Talk show host George Galloway, a former member of Parliament, called the shot a “fatal photograph” for Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick. Home Secretary Priti Patel said she has asked Metropolitan Police for a “full report” on what happened at the vigil, according to Sky News. One clip from the scene shows police being booed and shouted at by the crowd after they stepped onto the bandstand around 6:30 p.m. The March 3 kidnapping and murder of Everard, allegedly by a London police constable, became a rallying cry over the dangers to women on UK streets. Green Party politician Baroness Jenny Jones went so far as to suggest imposing a 6 p.m. curfew on all men.

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“There is a specific section on “imposing conditions on one-person protests…”

If You Thought The Right To Protest Was Inalienable, Then Think Again (Malik)

The next time you take part in protest, don’t shout too loudly, don’t get in anybody’s way and don’t cause a commotion. Best to sit quietly in a corner and whisper your grievances. That certainly would be what many governments would like. Authoritarian regimes, from Myanmar to Saudi Arabia and from Belarus to China, try to impose such curbs by brute force. Democratic nations rely more on “consent”. Consent, however, is a slippery beast, spawned from a process of constant negotiation and renegotiation between the authorities and a multitude of public voices. The pandemic has created a public health emergency requiring constraints on our rights and unprecedented levels of policing. By and large, the authorities have gained the consent of the British public to impose such restrictions.

The question now is how far an exceptional year has shifted our sense of what is acceptable and to what we will consent. One straw in the wind was the attempt by the Metropolitan police to shut down the Reclaim These Streets march on Saturday evening following the death of Sarah Everard. The police stance felt not just astonishingly ham-fisted in the wake of her death, given the public mood and the debate about the right of women to walk the streets safely and without restrictions. It also felt like the latest attempt by the authorities to take advantage of the pandemic to reset the balance of what is acceptable policing. Another straw in the wind is the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, published last week, to no fanfare, and about which there has been little discussion.

It’s a monstrosity of a bill. Its 296 pages cover everything from making it harder to prosecute police for dangerous driving to new regulations about unauthorised encampments (which appear to be aimed at the Traveller community), from setting minimum sentences for drug trafficking to encouraging the use of British sign language interpreters in courts. At the heart of it, though, is an assault on the ability of people to protest. The government has made clear that the proposed law is the product of a desire to curtail the kinds of protests we saw last summer with Black Lives Matter, on the one hand, and Extinction Rebellion, on the other. The home secretary, Priti Patel, has long expressed her distaste for the Black Lives Matter protests.

The official policy paper on the new bill begins with quotes from Cressida Dick, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, on how the Extinction Rebellion actions demonstrated the need for new laws “to deal with protests where people are not primarily violent or seriously disorderly” but do cause disruption. The 1986 Public Order Act already allows police to impose restrictions on a demonstration if they believe it could create “serious public disorder, serious damage to property or serious disruption to the life of the community”. The new bill extends these reasons for curbing protests: the police can curtail a demonstration if they believe “the noise” it makes is disrupting the “activities of an organisation” or has a “relevant impact on persons in the vicinity”. It does not matter how small or large a protest is. There is a specific section on “imposing conditions on one-person protests”.

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Not one firearm was confiscated. Not one shot was fired.

100+ People To Be Charged In Storming Of US Capitol (RT)

At least another hundred people connected to the January 6 storming of the US Capitol are expected to be charged with a variety of crimes, according to prosecutors. “The investigation continues and the government expects that at least one hundred additional individuals will be charged,” claimed the prosecutors in court filings first reported by Fox News on Friday, noting that 300 people have already been charged and that the Justice Department is also “investigating conspiratorial activity” that may have taken place before the riot. They added that the investigation and subsequent prosecution “will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence.”

Crimes being investigated allegedly include trespassing, violent conduct, assault against police officers, the theft and destruction of government property, civil disorder, conspiracy, and “firearms offenses,” among others. The court filings also claimed that over 900 search warrants have been conducted around the country since the incident, and that over 15,000 hours of footage has been compiled as evidence. Supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on January 6, just two weeks before the inauguration of President Joe Biden, to protest Trump’s electoral defeat. One Capitol Police officer and four protesters died during the incident, and many others were injured.


The Biden administration used the storming of the Capitol to post thousands of National Guard soldiers in Washington, DC – where they have been positioned for over two months, despite a lack of violent activity in the area – and have requested to keep the soldiers there through late May, despite the National Guard Association calling it “completely inappropriate at best” and “illegal at worst.”

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“..the plan envisaged fending off possible left-wing violence, not storming the Capitol, his defense said.”

Prosecutors Find No Evidence Of Wide-Ranging Conspiracy To Storm Capitol (RT)

A US judge has ordered the release of retired Navy officer Kenneth Caldwell, accused of being part of an Oath Keepers militia plot to invade the Capitol, pending trial, as no evidence to back the conspiracy claims has turned up. Judge Amit Mehta said that Caldwell did not enter the Capitol building, nor was there direct evidence of him trying to force his way in. “There are no text messages, communications by him, that speak to entering a building or trying to enter the building. And ultimately, he did not enter the building,” Mehta said, as he ordered the 65-year-old’s release from jail. Because he did not breach the Capitol grounds, he was “differently situated” from his alleged co-conspirators, the judge said, ordering Caldwell to remain at his Berryville, Virginia home under GPS monitoring.

This conspiracy case is so far the biggest in the investigation into the January 6 riot, in which a crowd of Trump supporters breached the Capitol building and disrupted the counting of electoral votes cast in the presidential election. The conspiracy charges against Caldwell were among the first to be brought in connection with the events in Washington, DC. At Friday’s hearing, Caldwell’s attorney, David Fischer, pointed out that the prosecutors still have to provide evidence that the alleged sinister plan to infiltrate the Capitol actually existed. While admitting that no evidence was unearthed to support the conspiracy charges, federal prosecutor Kathryn Rakoczy insisted that the militia was prepared to resort to violence.

“The bottom line from the government’s perspective is they were prepared to do violence in whatever ways they needed to,” Rakoczy, who was part of the Mueller probe into the debunked theory that former President Donald Trump colluded with Russia, said, according to Politico. Nevertheless, she admitted that prosecutors “do not have, at this point, someone explicitly saying, ‘Our plan is to storm the Capitol to stop certification,’” referring to nine alleged Oath Keepers who had been charged in February with a wide-ranging conspiracy “to commit an offense against the United States, namely, to corruptly obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding” as well as entering the Capitol to that effect.

Caldwell was initially described by the media as the leader of the militia. His attorney later argued that Caldwell had never been a member of the group, and although he was involved in the Oath Keepers’ preparations for January 6, the plan envisaged fending off possible left-wing violence, not storming the Capitol, his defense said.

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”Much of this money will be instantly gobbled up by landlords, lenders, medical providers, and credit card companies.”

Bandaging The Corpse (Chris Hedges)

The established ruling elites know there is a crisis. They agreed, at least temporarily, to throw money at it with the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 bill known as the American Rescue Plan (ARP). But the ARP will not alter the structural inequities, either by raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour or imposing taxes and regulations on corporations or the billionaire class that has seen its wealth increase by a staggering $1.1 trillion since the start of the pandemic. The health system will remain privatized, meaning the insurance and pharmaceutical corporations will reap a windfall of tens of billions of dollars with the ARP – and this when they are already making record profits. The endless wars in the Middle East, and the bloated military budget that funds them, will remain sacrosanct.

Wall Street and the predatory global speculators that profit from the massive levels of debt peonage imposed on an underpaid working class and loot the US Treasury in our casino capitalism will continue to funnel money upwards into the hands of a tiny, oligarchic cabal. There will be no campaign finance reform to end our system of legalized bribery. The giant tech monopolies will remain intact. The fossil fuel companies will continue to ravage the ecosystem. The militarized police, censorship imposed by digital media platforms, vast prison system, harsher and harsher laws aimed at curbing domestic terrorism and dissent, and wholesale government surveillance will be, as they were before, the primary instruments of state control.


This act will, at best, provide a momentary respite from the country’s death spiral, sending out one-time checks of $1,400 to 280 million Americans, extending $300 weekly unemployment benefits until the end of August, and distributing $3,600 through a tax credit for children under the age of six and $3,000 per child aged six to 17 starting on July 1. Much of this money will be instantly gobbled up by landlords, lenders, medical providers, and credit card companies. The act does, to its credit, bail out some one million unionized workers poised to lose their pensions, and hands $31.2 billion in aid to Native communities, some of the poorest in the nation. But what happens to the majority of Americans, who get government support for only a few months? What are they supposed to do when the checks stop arriving at the end of the year? Will the federal government orchestrate another massive relief package? I doubt it. We will be back where we started.

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“..a starving cannibal grabs a staggering zombie corporation to devour and the zombie instantly turns to dust.”

The Cannibalization Is Complete: Only Inedible Zombies Remain (CHS)

Setting aside the fictional flood of zombie movies for a moment, we find the real-world horror is the cannibalization of our economy, a cannibalization that is now complete. Every organic source of prosperity and productivity has been captured and consumed, hidden behind the convenient curtains of central bank intervention, “market forces” (hahaha), financialization and fiscal stimulus. All that’s left now are zombies feeding off the offal of stimulus. Sadly for the cannibals who’ve feasted so well for decades, zombies are inedible. So now the cannibals are starving. Poor cannibals! Once the stimulus runs out, no more zombies. Poor zombies!

The cannibals feasted on $50 trillion in earnings stripped from the bones of the workforce (Trends in Income From 1975 to 2018, RAND Corporation) and trillions more in fraud and financial gimmickry. And when the cannibals had consumed the bottom 90%, they moved on and devoured the next 5%. That left only the top 5%, which they needed to keep alive to maintain the curtains masking their ghoulish destruction. But after gorging on trillions for so long, the cannibals appetites can never be sated, so they ambushed their loyal toadies, apologists, lackeys, apparatchiks and sycophants of the top 4.9% and ate them, too, but a bit more stealthily because they still needed an army of toadies to do their dirty work.


The top 4.9% have been transformed into zombies so stealthily they still believe they’re in charge and wealthy–hahaha, the jokes on you! With nobody left to devour, the cannibals turned to their last resort: the Federal Reserve. Please print us up some more bodies to feast on, Federal Reserve. We demand it. We want it, we need it, we’re starving. Alas, the Fed can print currency to inflate speculative bubbles, but it can’t print real flesh for the cannibals. All the Fed can do is finance stimulus offal to feed the zombies. Sorry, cannibals, there’s nothing left to consume. There’s only inedible zombies kept alive by the Fed. There’s some sort of karmic irony in this, it seems: a starving cannibal grabs a staggering zombie corporation to devour and the zombie instantly turns to dust.

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Drip every day drip.

Cuomo Staffers Have Stopped Showing Up To Work (NYP)

Disillusioned staffers are abandoning embattled Gov. Cuomo, sources said. “I hear that most people aren’t even coming into work, and the offices at the Capitol are empty,” said one well-placed insider in touch with staffers in recent days.“He’ll fight and fight and fight, but the staffers I’ve talked to are ready for him to hang up the gloves. Everyone feels like there is an inevitable conclusion — I mean at some point will Biden call on him to step down? They [staffers] just want this torture to stop.”Rebellion in the ranks deepened as Cuomo on Friday defiantly refused to step aside and blamed “cancel culture” for his downfall.


“I feel a level of rage toward this fake tough guy,” seethed a second source, an ex-aide. “The guy thinks he’s the toughest, the hardest working, he’s the smartest. The truth is, he’s anything but. He’s the weakest, he’s the dumbest, and he’s the most shallow of them all. He is genuinely a very small man who pretends to be big.” The former aide said many staffers are not coming into the executive offices, but choosing to work remotely or at vaccine sites instead. They are increasingly worried their careers are in jeopardy, just as they were beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel after working around the clock for months during the pandemic. “Sometimes you have an ability to claim to be out in the field,” the ex-aide said.

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What job did they give Victoria Nuland in the end?

The War In Ukraine May Soon Resume (MoA)

Several Russia watchers – Patrick Armstrong, Andrei Martyanov and Andrei Raevsky – are musing about a renewed attack by the government of Ukraine on its eastern Donbass region. The Donbass separated in 2014 after the U.S. driven coup in Kiev installed an anti-Russian government which then waged a war on its ethnic Russian east. There have been a number of reports about heavy Ukrainian equipment moving east and other hints of military preparations. Russia has seen enough such signs to issue a strong warning: “I would like to warn the Kiev regime and the hotheads that are serving it or manipulating it against further de-escalation and attempts to implement a forceful scenario in Donbass,” [Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova] said, commenting on the statement of head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Contact Group for settlement in Donbass Leonid Kravchuk on some “radical steps” of Kiev if Russia refuses to recognize itself as a conflict side in eastern Ukraine.”

Zakharova recalled that the Minsk Agreements clearly outline the conflict sides in Donbass as Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk. “The unwillingness of Ukrainian negotiators to recognize this fact and their refusal to find agreements with Donbass is the reason that hinders the establishment of long-lasting peace in the region,” the diplomat noted.” The main catalyst for such a war is the sorry state of the government in Kiev. The country is in in the midst of a constitutional crisis: “[T]he Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) recently plunged the country into one of its deepest crises in its 30-year history. Specifically, on October 27, 2020, the Court declared that the main elements of Ukraine’s anti-corruption legislation, adopted between 2014 and 2020, were unconstitutional. In response, President Zelensky introduced legislation calling for the early termination of all Constitutional Court judges. Later, in December, he suspended the chairman of the Court for two months.”


“The result was widespread chaos in Ukraine’s political system. Zelensky’s actions were of questionable legality and provoked harsh criticism from all political sides. The ramifications of the Court’s decision include the cancellation of over 100 pending corruption investigations, a development that potentially could endanger future EU-Ukraine trade and economic cooperation Ukraine under the 2014 Association Agreement.” After the 2014 Euromaidan coup an ‘independent’ National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) was created to oversee the investigation and prosecution of corrupt state officials. The NABU has since been used by the U.S. embassy to bring criminal cases against those oligarchs it dislikes and to cover for those it likes. The constitutional court found that NABU is a criminal investigation agency outside the control of the executive branch which is a contradiction to the Ukrainian constitution.

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AOC!

Children Packed Into Border Patrol Tent For Days On End (AP)

Hundreds of immigrant children and teenagers have been detained at a Border Patrol tent facility in packed conditions, with some sleeping on the floor because there aren’t enough mats, according to nonprofit lawyers who conduct oversight of immigrant detention centers. The lawyers interviewed more than a dozen children Thursday in Donna, Texas, where the Border Patrol is holding more than 1,000 people. Some of the youths told the lawyers they had been at the facility for a week or longer, despite the agency’s three-day limit for detaining children. Many said they haven’t been allowed to phone their parents or other relatives who may be wondering where they are. Despite concerns about the coronavirus, the children are kept so closely together that they can touch the person next to them, the lawyers said.


Some have to wait five days or more to shower, and there isn’t always soap available, just shampoo, according to the lawyers. President Joe Biden’s administration denied the lawyers access to the tent facility. During the administration of former President Donald Trump, attorney visits to Border Patrol stations revealed severe problems, including dozens of children held at one rural station without adequate food, water, or soap. “It is pretty surprising that the administration talks about the importance of transparency and then won’t let the attorneys for children set eyes on where they’re staying,” said Leecia Welch of the National Center for Youth Law, one of the lawyers. “I find that very disappointing.” Although none of the children reported situations as severe as during the Trump era, Welch said the lawyers “weren’t able to lay eyes on any of it to see for ourselves, so we’re just piecing together what they said.”

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This must worry them. Cuomo will get some viewers, but they need more.

CNN Hemorrhages Viewers Post-Trump (RT)

CNN host Brian Stelter has analyzed the ratings losses of niche network Newsmax in the aftermath of former President Donald Trump’s exit from office, but his own team is taking the biggest viewership hit among major cable outlets. A report this week by Variety Intelligence Platform (VIP) showed that three of CNN’s primetime shows were the biggest ratings losers between November 30-December 4, when Trump was still in office, and March 1-5. Programs hosted by Chris Cuomo, Anderson Cooper, and Don Lemon posted declines in viewership of 29%, 32%, and 33% respectively between the two periods, VIP’s data showed. As Stelter acknowledged in his article on the post-election ratings decline at Newsmax, “news ratings rise and fall like tides.”

But among mainstream media outlets, CNN is clearly falling the hardest after losing the so-called ‘Trump Bump’ in ratings. The fourth- and fifth-biggest decliners measured by VIP were both MSNBC shows – hosted by Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Hayes – which lost 18% and 17% of their audiences, respectively. Lemon’s CNN show nearly doubled their losses with a 33% drop. In contrast, no other primetime show lost more than 12%, and Fox’s Tucker Carlson posted a ratings decline of just 4.8%. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was second-best in minimizing losses, at 9.1%. The final days of Trump’s presidency were perhaps the best of times for CNN. From the November 3 election through President Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration, CNN was the most-watched cable news network, with an average of 1.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratings.


Fox, the long-time leader, dropped behind both CNN and MSNBC, averaging 1.5 million viewers. But the ranks quickly changed with Trump safely removed to Florida and the public’s appetite for Orange Man Bad conspiracies waning. Fox said it returned to No. 1 in primetime in February, while CNN lost nearly half of its audience. The losses grew after Trump’s impeachment trial ended in acquittal on February 13. When Biden gave a primetime speech on Thursday, nearly 4.1 million viewers watched it on Fox, compared with 2.9 million on MSNBC and 2.6 million on CNN. CNN is averaging 897,000 viewers in March, which Stelter pointed out is way more than Newsmax’s 152,000. But it’s about half the audience that CNN had between Election Day and Inauguration Day. Fox is once again far ahead, at 1.32 million.

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It’s been turned into a joke.

The ‘American Dream’ Of Upward Mobility Is Broken (G.)

The US has long prided itself as being an exceptionally fluid society with respect to social class and economic mobility. The American Dream holds that anyone who works hard can achieve economic success – perhaps even rise from rags to riches. Underlying this belief is the assumption of abundant opportunity and meritocracy. Arriving immigrants often believe they have come to a land of opportunity, with a level playing field allowing for advancement and success. Those who fail to do so tend to blame themselves. Yet according to recent research, the United States has far less mobility and equality of opportunity today than the European Union or other OECD countries.

First, the amount of economic advantage passed down from one generation to the next is much higher in the US. Approximately 50% of a father’s income position is inherited by his son. In contrast, the amount in Norway or Canada is less than 20%. What about rising from rags to riches? In the US, 8% of children raised in the bottom 20% of the income distribution are able to climb to the top 20% as adults, while the figure in Denmark is nearly double at 15%. Equality of opportunity is also much less viable in the US than in other OECD countries. American life expectancy varies by up to 20 years depending on the zip code of residence. Quality of education also differs widely depending on the wealth of the neighborhood that families reside in.


And the chances of being victimized by a crime, exposed to environmental toxins or having unmet healthcare needs is far greater for America’s poor than those impoverished in all other OECD countries. One of the reasons for lower US mobility is that the ladder of opportunity has become much harder to climb – because the rungs of the ladder have grown further apart. This is evidenced by the rising levels of income and wealth inequality. Currently, those in the top 20% of the income distribution earn nearly nine times more than those in the bottom 20%. This difference is far greater than in the European Union or the United Kingdom. Wealth inequality is even more skewed. In the United States, the top 5% of the population own three-quarters of the entire financial wealth of the country, while the bottom 60% possess less than 1%.

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    Pablo Picasso Woman sitting in a armchair 1910   • One Year Into ‘15 Days To Flatten The Curve’ (Marsden) • Will Kids Ever Forgive Us For Deprivi
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 14 2021]

    #71137
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Growacet.

    #71138
    Oroboros
    Participant

    #71139
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Growacet

    #71141

    Apart from the posting problems in the Comments, we appear to have another WP issue: some comments are hidden.

    Right at the top of the section, it says:

    “This topic has 3 replies (+3 hidden), 2 voices, and was last updated 13 minutes ago…”

    I can click on “hidden” and they appear. Not sure if everyone can.

    #71142
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “government didn’t really know what it was dealing with at that point or how to handle it.”

    And a year later, they still don’t and still have everything be contradictory and anti-scientific. How likely is this? Is there any way this could not be intentional? Wheel! Of! Fauci!

    “ Will Kids Ever Forgive Us For Depriving Them Of Their Childhood? (Bridge)”

    Gosh I hope not. I hope they become heavily armed.

    Sadly, people appear to have to “go through” things. Emotionally, mostly. Only being beaten savaged, oppressed, impoverished, trampled, seem to cause them to take measures and say “no” to their malevolent overlords helping them to instant mass-death. I wouldn’t choose it but I can’t stop it either. Like the “human rights” yesterday, this seems to be a base function of BEING human. We take the bad with the good.

    “lifting of lockdown restrictions and the subsequent return to schools, workplaces and social events could trigger heightened levels of stress and anxiety”

    Awww, locking down causes anxiety, but LIFTING also causes anxiety? To some person, somewhere? Welp, if even ONE experience-of-being-slightly-uncomfortable is saved somewhere, we should end all human rights forever. It’s their “lived experience”. So 99.999999% are trampled by the 0.000001% who is mentally ill and needs a safe space. Right! Let’s get to it! It’s not like there aren’t always mentally ill people around who see germs, outdoors, cats or something as being deadly. WE MUST KILL ALL CATS TO ACCOMMODATE THEM. And all germs. And death. And block out the sun. Wouldn’t want a little discomfort or anxiety anywhere. Mommy dearest will always help.

    Hush now baby, baby don’t you cry.
    Mama’s gonna check out all your girlfriends for you.
    Mama won’t let anyone dirty get through.
    Mama’s gonna wait up until you get in.
    Mama will always find out where you’ve been.
    Mama’s gonna keep baby healthy and clean.
    Ooh baby, ooh baby, ooh baby,
    You’ll always be a baby to me.
    Hush now baby, baby, don’t you cry.
    Mama’s gonna make all your nightmares come true.
    Mama’s gonna put all her fears into you.
    Mama’s gonna keep you right here under her wing.
    She won’t let you fly, but she might let you sing.
    Mama’s gonna keep baby cozy and warm.
    Ooh baby, ooh baby, ooh baby,
    Of course mama’s gonna help build the wall.

    Now that’s pure love! Like Peter Pan, you never grow up!

    “Study: Vaccines DO Help To Stop Coronavirus Transmission – By 30% (RT)”

    I still wouldn’t care since if they have the vaccine, it doesn’t matter if I’m ill. And if I have the vaccine, doesn’t matter if they’re sick. They’re so anti-science, I feel like they’re building a zuggerat temple to anti-logic and anti-science as their god. You know, the one they sacrifice live humans to by ripping out their hearts and eating them. (P.S. this is being promoted in CA public schools now)

    ““The irony of it is so explicit – are you going to drag women off the street for protesting about a woman being dragged off the street?”

    And these guys are the priest of the woke, heart-ripping, human-sacrificing religion of “helping.” Total illogic to the bleeding end.

    You know, like burning down every black neighborhood in America to protest the oppression of black neighborhoods in America.

    If You Thought The Right To Protest Was Inalienable, Then Think Again (Malik)”

    Again from yesterday, it IS inalienable. That means humans have an impulse to do so, and WILL, despite anything government can do, even Stalinist mass-murder. Even prison, even solitary confinement, even death. The government that is opposing this impulse will therefore be opposed, the enemy of the people and all humanity, and must each day waste ever-greater time, money, and men attempting to prevent human impulses as irrepressible as gravity, until they predictably and inevitably collapse.

    “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government”

    Any questions? It is their Right, and also their Duty, to utterly destroy such government as represses this human impulse, this right. And they absolutely, invariably, bloody well will. And ARE. Right. Now. YOU are too, whether by opposition great or small.

    “He’s the weakest, he’s the dumbest, and he’s the most shallow of them all. He is genuinely a very small man who pretends to be big.”

    We’ve been saying this all along. As about Lindsey Graham. But also government itself, from top to bottom. Stop feeding cooperating helping them when you know this is who they are and what they do. “Killin’ some folks.” 15,000 of them, in just one state, and counting. But I do whatever they say without question! Everything Emmy-winners like him say is true!

    So painful how long it takes. I was ready to do this when I was 15. And you wonder why teenagers have no respect for adults: They don’t deserve any. None. They are villains who LOVE these things.

    “The ‘American Dream’ of Upward Mobility Is Broken (G.)”

    Yes, but only since 1970. The Guardian finally noticed. So it’s news.

    Also we may still be the best although very bad. Clearly it’s so terrible millions will be raped and defy death to get here. So oppressive. The worst nation on earth except for everyone else.

    #71143
    Dr. D
    Participant

    And here you go with the madness of letting anyone with one less dollar than you steal anything they like, ‘cause: Patriarchy.
    Care
    Even ultra-Woke minority cartoonist can tell it’s crazy.

    (image denied)

    #71140
    Dr. D
    Participant

    (from yesterday)

    And here you go with the madness of letting anyone with one less dollar than you steal anything they like, ‘cause: Patriarchy.
    Care
    https://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2021-03-14

    Even ultra-Woke minority cartoonists can tell it’s bat-crazy.

    #71133
    Basseterre Kitona
    Participant

    A prominent vaccine designer named Geert Vanden Bossche has come out strongly against mass vaccination campaigns for sars-cov-2:

    https://dryburgh.com/geert-vanden-bossche-mass-vaccination-danger/

    He delves into the technical stuff but basically there are a couple of major risks that are being ignored by the Evangelical Vaccine Fanatics everywhere these days:

    Firstly, over-vaccination can lead to a similar phenomenon to the over-use of anti-biotics where the pathogen mutates in reaction, i.e., we end up creating a super-virus that is much more infectious & deadly. Additionally, the current vaccines are preventative or prophylactic vaccines meant to cut off a virus outbreak before it happens. Unleashing them during an active outbreak has the unfortunate side-effect of spurring the virus into stronger mutations.

    Secondly, on a more individual level, the immune systems of most people are strong enough to defeat sars-cov-2 but the vaccines use a technique that per charges a portion of the immune system and that risks over-riding other part of the immune system in future virus exposure. In other words, although improving resistance to sars-cov-2, it can make you more vulnerable to other things by tampering with you basic immune function. Sounds to me like it is similar to the unexpected consequences of the dengue vaccine disaster among children in the Philippines that I shared here recently:

    https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/05/03/719037789/botched-vaccine-launch-has-deadly-repercussions

    Please research the concerns of Dr. Vanden Boosche before jumping on the vaccine bandwagon as he delves into much more deeply and with professional expertise, unlike my Neanderthal-self. Much too important to ignore.

    #71132
    Germ
    Participant

    It’s global –
    The Australian Government Suppressing Ivermectin Research

    Peter McCullough, MD testifies to Texas Senate HHS Committee

    #71144

    Okay, I find that I can click on “Approve” for the hidden comments, and then they do appear. But with the timestamp of the moment I approve it. I sure never asked for such features.

    #71145

    Basseterre,

    I posted Geert Vanden Bossche here (from 3 days ago):

    Mass Vaccination Amidst A Pandemic Creates An Irrepressible Monster

    #71148
    zerosum
    Participant

    To be able to post, I removed …. https:// which you must add, ??? to go to the link
    —–
    Not one firearm was confiscated. Not one shot was fired.

    • 100+ People To Be Charged In Storming Of US Capitol (RT)

    Crimes being investigated allegedly include trespassing, violent conduct, assault against police officers, the theft and destruction of government property, civil disorder, conspiracy, and “firearms offenses,” among others.

    What crimes have people been charged?
    BIAS REPORTING ERROR = a lie
    Look at what I found. Go read the facts then make up your mind.
    The best lies are hidden among some truth.

    http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/capitol-violence
    U.S. Capitol Violence
    The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals who made unlawful entry into the U.S. Capitol building and committed various other alleged criminal violations, such as destruction of property, assaulting law enforcement personnel, targeting members of the media for assault, and other unlawful conduct, on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
    We have deployed our full investigative resources and are working closely with our federal, state, and local partners to aggressively pursue those involved in these criminal activities.

    ww.justice.gov/usao-dc/capitol-breach-cases
    Capitol Breach Cases
    Below is a list of defendants charged in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

    Did you find anyone charged with insurrection, rioting, revolt, coup, terrorizing?

    The Biden administration used the storming of the Capitol to post thousands of National Guard soldiers in Washington, DC – where they have been positioned for over two months, despite a lack of violent activity in the area – and have requested to keep the soldiers there through late May, despite the National Guard Association calling it “completely inappropriate at best” and “illegal at worst.”
    ———-
    • Prosecutors Find No Evidence Of Wide-Ranging Conspiracy To Storm Capitol (RT)

    A US judge has ordered the release of retired Navy officer Kenneth Caldwell, accused of being part of an Oath Keepers militia plot to invade the Capitol, pending trial, as no evidence to back the conspiracy claims has turned up.

    In one case, a man named Eric Munchel was photographed carrying zip-ties inside the Senate chamber, so many commentators assumed he came prepared to take hostages. It later emerged that he picked up the plastic restraints from a table inside the Capitol building, where they were left by the police.

    ——-
    “…. This act, ($1.9 Trillion), will, at best, provide a momentary respite from the country’s death spiral ….”
    ——

    • Cuomo Staffers Have Stopped Showing Up To Work (NYP)
    Why are the reporters being diverted?
    A Spotlight on Como ..
    Something more important is being hidden by all this white noise ….
    Hunter Biden sneaking off in the dark
    or
    • The War In Ukraine May Soon Resume (MoA)
    ——

    I can click on “hidden” and they appear. Not sure if everyone can.
    I don’t see that. (Its hidden from me. 🙂
    ——-

    #71149
    madamski
    Participant

    The absurdity of a “right to protest” baffles the innards of my mind. Only humans could believe such a thing can be conferred. One protests because one protests. A protest that is permitted isn’t a protest, it’s performance art.

    But then, what can we expect from members of a society essentially raised by broadcast robots since WWII?

    $%^

    Hush, little babies, we’ll never grow up. That’s a hominid myth. One doesn’t grow up. One grows old and dies.

    Hush

    %^&

    Posters: I always remove the http part. I have no problem posting things.

    #71150

    Whose are hidden? (I don’t have a “hidden” either.)

    I think isolation is used to torture people into compliance (though it didn’t work for McQueen’s character in “The Great Escape”!). They hope it worked. The young folks who are angry about it- well, just give them some bricks and a warm spring night. Win/win. s/
    The feeling is that we’re coming out of this nightmare, but Fauci says nope- not until 2020. I wonder what happens in 2020? [midterms, cough, cough]

    From the RT article: “…medical authorities who imposed this protracted lockdown on the youth have forfeited the right to practice medicine ever again – and a similar fate should await the politicians who sanctioned it. ”
    Amen to that.
    But.. the other end of the argument -that we should have just protected the elderly: some protection! They tortured them to death. They intubated them unnecessarily, they isolated them until they died of loneliness, they forbade them to ever see a whole face again, they drugged them to death.

    I don’t want that sort of protection!

    #71151

    My post shows up here on my computer, but not on the one in the den.

    #71152

    More interestingly, my last two posts show up in the archive of my posts on the den computer, but not on the website itself.
    Now I know why I’ve been feeling like chopped livah lately.

    #71153

    I want to unsee those nightmare sculptures! It’s like a free trip to the Podesta residence.

    #71154
    straightwalker
    Participant

    straightwalker testing comment (bad cache? spammer?)

    #71155
    straightwalker
    Participant

    @madamski
    re: the light in Van Gogh’s painting even though his pigments are thick
    Do you remember color wheels in school? When spun on an axis, the pie shaped colors turn white. I’m wondering if V.G.’s juxtaposition of complementary colors, together with the swirly brush strokes, don’t joggle our perceptions a tiny bit in the same direction.

    #71156
    straightwalker
    Participant

    @all
    My comment @madamski was accepted after I disconnected from my VPN (proton, which operates very well elsewhere) and posted again!

    #71147
    zerosum
    Participant

    Not one firearm was confiscated. Not one shot was fired.

    • 100+ People To Be Charged In Storming Of US Capitol (RT)

    Crimes being investigated allegedly include trespassing, violent conduct, assault against police officers, the theft and destruction of government property, civil disorder, conspiracy, and “firearms offenses,” among others.

    What crimes have people been charged?
    BIAS REPORTING ERROR = a lie
    Look at what I found. Go read the facts then make up your mind.
    The best lies are hidden among some truth.

    https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/capitol-violence
    U.S. Capitol Violence
    The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals who made unlawful entry into the U.S. Capitol building and committed various other alleged criminal violations, such as destruction of property, assaulting law enforcement personnel, targeting members of the media for assault, and other unlawful conduct, on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
    We have deployed our full investigative resources and are working closely with our federal, state, and local partners to aggressively pursue those involved in these criminal activities.

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/capitol-breach-cases
    Capitol Breach Cases
    Below is a list of defendants charged in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

    Did you find anyone charged with insurrection, rioting, revolt, coup, terrorizing?

    The Biden administration used the storming of the Capitol to post thousands of National Guard soldiers in Washington, DC – where they have been positioned for over two months, despite a lack of violent activity in the area – and have requested to keep the soldiers there through late May, despite the National Guard Association calling it “completely inappropriate at best” and “illegal at worst.”
    ———-
    • Prosecutors Find No Evidence Of Wide-Ranging Conspiracy To Storm Capitol (RT)

    A US judge has ordered the release of retired Navy officer Kenneth Caldwell, accused of being part of an Oath Keepers militia plot to invade the Capitol, pending trial, as no evidence to back the conspiracy claims has turned up.

    In one case, a man named Eric Munchel was photographed carrying zip-ties inside the Senate chamber, so many commentators assumed he came prepared to take hostages. It later emerged that he picked up the plastic restraints from a table inside the Capitol building, where they were left by the police.

    ——-
    “…. This act, ($1.9 Trillion), will, at best, provide a momentary respite from the country’s death spiral ….”
    ——

    • Cuomo Staffers Have Stopped Showing Up To Work (NYP)
    Why are the reporters being diverted?
    A Spotlight on Como ..
    Something more important is being hidden by all this white noise ….
    Hunter Biden sneaking off in the dark
    or
    • The War In Ukraine May Soon Resume (MoA)
    ——

    I can click on “hidden” and they appear. Not sure if everyone can.
    I don’t see that. (Its hidden from me. 🙂
    ——-

    #71157
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Reiner Fuellmich Interviewing Israeli Human Rights Lawyer

    It’s an interesting twist when a German lawyer and associates have a Vulcan mind meld with an Israeli Human Rights lawyer about the Western political and medical Covid response and then agree totally that it’s a Crime Against Humanity.

    Israel is the most vaccinate population on Earth by percentage.

    The Israeli Human Rights Lawyer believes that his fellow citizens are being propagandized and herded into a giant medical experiment.

    Hmmmm….sounds historically familiar. Both the German and Israeli lawyer make common comment on.

    https://brandnewtube.com/watch/reiner-fuellmich-interviewing-israeli-human-rights-lawyer_BUwE5Ci7YF8ky87.html

    #71158
    Oroboros
    Participant

    A last bit of irony to Reiner Fuellmich’s interview, it’s being held in Berlin, where they know a bit about Crimes Against Humanity

    #71159
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    Basseterre,

    Don’t be too hard on yourself. In just two paragraphs you clarified the gist of Bossche’s article better than anything I’ve seen so far.

    #71160

    Basseterre,

    Don’t be too hard on yourself. In just two paragraphs you clarified the gist of Bossche’s article better than anything I’ve seen so far.

    True. Not sure why you suggest (s)he’d be hard on him/herself.

    #71161
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Hard to tell the validity of Bossche’s theory but it sounds plausible.

    Medical ‘truth’ is in the crapper. The destruction of any semblance of even relative truth or credibility in any ‘reporting’ is so far metastasized at this point it’s like stage 4 cancer for all of humankind. Yea, maybe you can beat it, but seriously?

    ‘Medical Authority’ (cough, hack, cough) at this timeline is like a bad standup comedian, bombing at a sleazy dive.

    Where did the virus come from? ..it will take years to figure that out…

    What should we do initially, ventilators? …sure, lots of them….

    What about masks? …NO…we mean YES we meant NO..gimme a double, no not a double mask, a double on the rocks….

    Should we take vitamins, exercise, prepare ‘the terrain’ of our bodies? ..hell no..those are unproven and untested treatment methods!!!

    You mean Bossche is the only researcher in the World who figured this out? Really?

    The only one out of 7 billion + people?

    You mean the fate of humanity has boiled down to one individual?

    None, I mean zero of the psychopathic oligarchs, has any clue about this?

    If Bossche’s theory is right, the .001%ers also know and this is a slam dunk confirmation that they want to massively depopulate, as a planned strategy.

    Not a ‘conspiracy theory’, an outright world class snuff job on ‘the little people’, who the Davos crowd views as little more than domestic livestock, or should I say ‘deadstock’.

    #71162
    zerosum
    Participant

    Less we forget

    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=26747&LangID=E

    “The purpose of the visit was to assess the impact of unilateral sanctions on the enjoyment of human rights by people living in Venezuela and any other affected people.

    These observations are of preliminary character, result of extensive consultations with a wide range of interlocutors. The full report will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2021.”

    cepr.net/report/economic-sanctions-as-collective-punishment-the-case-of-venezuela/
    Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela

    “We find that the sanctions have inflicted, and increasingly inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, including an estimated more than 40,000 deaths from 2017 to 2018; and that these sanctions would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions, to which the US is a signatory. They are also illegal under international law and treaties that the US has signed, and would appear to violate US law as well.”

    Like the CEPR study, Douhan’s report has been categorically ignored across establishment media.

    fair.org/home/un-rebuke-of-us-sanctions-on-venezuela-met-with-stunning-silence/


    Media silence
    Many Western journalists, however, appear not to have seen these overt declarations of collective punishment against the Venezuelan population—a crime against humanity under Article 7 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, according to former UN Expert Alfred de Zayas.
    By omitting the devastating impact of sanctions, corporate media attribute sole responsibility for economic and humanitarian conditions to the Venezuelan government, thereby using the misery provoked by sanctions to validate the infliction of even more misery.
    The collective silence over Douhan’s report is only the most recent case of propaganda by omission on Venezuela. By refusing to acknowledge Washington and London’s fundamental role in making Venezuela’s “economy scream,” corporate media play a key part in manufacturing consent for regime change.”

    #71166
    WES
    Participant

    AOC missing? No!
    With the border wide open, AOC is now happily getting her kickback payments from the drug cartels.

    The only reason AOC went down to the border and cried in front of a parking lot fence is because she wasn’t getting the amount of money and children from the drug cartels that she was told she would get!

    The so-called churches are happy because they are getting new supply of $60,000 a year taxpayer funded orphans. The drug cartels are happily collecting their $15,000 per hild bounty from the churches.

    For congress there is no crisis at the border now because they are all again getting their money and young children from the drug cartels and churches. If you can’t wait, you can always go to church to prey.

    With the southern border wide open everybody, except taxpayers but they don’t count, is happy!

    Mean old Trump had reduced the abundent supply of both money and children to a trickle. That is why he had to go!

    #71167
    WES
    Participant

    Remember a year ago, how we all had to go into lockdown to save the gov run health care system from the virus?!
    The gov health system that didn’t lift a finger to save us!
    Rather they actively suppressed vital information about treating the virus!
    They preferred that we die rather than trying to save us.
    They were more concerned about boosting health/drug company profits!

    #71168
    VietnamVet
    Participant

    As pointed out before, your world view depends if you can see the Corporate run Matrix or if you can’t.

    Despite the headline being repeated over and over in this post, on January 6, 2021 one shot was fired within the US Capitol. It killed Ashli Babbitt, age 35.

    One world view states that the Texas deaths and freeze damage are due to centralized government forcing green wind power onto the power grid. Reality is just the opposite. To make money and provide cheaper energy, deregulated corporations installed unwinterized wind turbines and did not provide for guaranteed backup power for when the wind stops like in a deep freeze which last happened in Texas in 2011.

    The Pandemic is the ultimate matrix. Too much money is extracted from the privatized for-profit healthcare system (17.7% of GDP) for the USA to restore healthcare for all and implement a national public health system to halt the transmission of coronavirus like Asia or the South Pacific nations did. The cost in little people’s lives is of no concern in the plutocracy. 105.7 million doses have been administered in the USA. Any short term or intermediate adverse responses would have shown up by now. The long-term effects are still unknown. If you are elderly, the benefits of hugging your grandkids in two weeks may out weight the risks of going out in public and getting jabbed now.

    #71169
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Vietnam Vet
    The cost in little people’s lives is of no concern in the plutocracy.

    Agree 99%, but; one nit to pick…
    I greatly dis-like the term little people’s etc., etc., etc.
    It is a poor descriptor as it fails important aspects/details of said inhabitants lives; physically, mentally, socially, and importantly, financially.
    This has bothered me for years and finally decided to speak up…
    Cheers

    #71170
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Addendum:
    I could as easily say the same regarding the term Elites; another descriptor utterly failing to accurately portray reality…
    I dis-like that word (as applied) in the strongest of terms…

    #71171
    VietnamVet
    Participant

    V.A.

    I use the term “little people” because it is disturbing but it also accurately reflects the attitude of top-class billionaires like Leona Helmsley, who said “We don’t pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes”.

    One of the offshoots of all the money spent to deny the restoration of the global, new money, aristocracy (neoliberalism) by funding Think Tanks, Universities and Politicians is that there is no acceptable English term for the Western Empire’s new-world-order rulers. “Elite”, for me, is OK but, yes, it is too broad of a term. “Brahmin” is close but it is already in use to describe high caste Indians and Boston Elite. “Aristocracy” is archaic.

    What Joe Biden does is in the best interests of these billionaire Plutocrats. He will try to placate the American people to keep the system going a little bit longer. MAGA voters on January 6th wanted to topple it.

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    V. Arnold
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    V.V.

    Thanks, I understand…
    How about Slave Holders? It would at least be accurate, no?

    😉

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