Mar 232021
 


Emanuel Leutze Washington Crossing the Delaware 1851

 

World’s 1st Oral Covid-19 Vaccine Could Soon Begin Human Trials (RT)
Dexamethasone Hailed As Lifesaver For A Million Covid Patients Worldwide (G.)
Masks And Distancing Could Be Required For Several More Years – UK Expert (RT)
UK Faces ‘Covid Decade’ Due To Damage Done By Pandemic (G.)
Germany To Impose Its Harshest Covid-19 Lockdown Yet For Easter (RT)
6-Foot Social Distancing ‘Wasn’t Based On Clear Science’ – Gottlieb (JTN)
Care Home Workers In England Face Mandatory Covid Jabs Under Plans (G.)
Judge Rejects Third Bail Request By Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell (RT)
Sidney Powell: Election Fraud Claims Just ‘Political Rhetoric’ (RT)
Domestic Dark Money Dwarfs All Foreign Influence on 2020 Election (MPN)
ECB Invokes Banknote Paradox to Explain Cash in Contactless Age (BBG)
Yield Curve Control: Another Recipe for Stagnation (Lacalle)
Border Facility Photos Show Hundreds Of Children In “Terrible Conditions” (ZH)
In the Shadows of Shadowland (Jim Kunstler)

 

 

 

 

“we are more than 100% sure that the technology works and is promising.”

Hmmm. I still want to know what’s in it.

World’s 1st Oral Covid-19 Vaccine Could Soon Begin Human Trials (RT)

A coronavirus vaccine that can be swallowed like a pill and administered at home could begin clinical trials in the near future after its developers reported promising preliminary data. The trailblazing drug, called Oravax, is being developed by Israeli-American Oramed Pharmaceuticals and India-based Premas Biotech. The two companies have teamed up to create Oravax Medical Inc., which hopes to combine Oramed’s oral delivery technology with Premas’ vaccine expertise to create a new method of inoculation against Covid-19. A pilot study conducted on animals found that the oral vaccine helped produce antibodies that create immunity against the virus, the company claims.

The promising results were achieved by administering a single Oravax capsule, potentially setting the drug apart from some of the other vaccines which require two doses. Prabuddha Kundu, co-founder of Premas Biotech, told Indian media that administering the vaccine would be “like taking a vitamin pill” and that “we are more than 100% sure that the technology works and is promising.” Results from the preliminary animal tests would soon be published in a scientific journal, he added. Oramed CEO Nadav Kidron told the Jerusalem Post that the oral drug would eliminate logistical problems that have arisen from worldwide mass vaccination drives, and that the pill could even be taken by individuals from the comfort of their home.

The drug can be moved at refrigerator temperature and even stored at room temperature, alleviating some of the issues with some traditional vaccines, which must be kept extremely cold before use. Kidron also claimed that orally administering the vaccine could result in fewer side effects. The capsules would become particularly useful if Covid-19 vaccines are eventually “recommended annually like the standard flu shot,” he said. Oravax Medical is currently applying to conduct human trials in several countries, including the United States, Israel, Mexico, and Europe. Studies could begin as soon as July.

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Problem: it’s cheap and generic.

Dexamethasone Hailed As Lifesaver For A Million Covid Patients Worldwide (G.)

Dexamethasone – the inexpensive steroid that quickly emerged as a highly effective Covid therapy thanks to a large drug testing programme pioneered by UK scientists – has so far saved the lives of an estimated million people globally, including 22,000 in the UK, according to NHS England. Called Recovery, the world’s largest randomised Covid-19 drug trial commenced in March 2020 to evaluate the suitability of a suite of different drugs to help hospitalised Covid patients. The study has since been carried out by thousands of doctors and nurses on tens of thousands of patients in hospitals across Britain. As Covid-19 emerged in late 2019, Oxford University’s Peter Horby, an infectious disease specialist, had begun working on Covid drug trials in Wuhan.

But studies were shelved as fierce lockdown restrictions dried up infections in China. Meanwhile, cases began to pop up in Europe. Horby joined forces with Oxford colleague Martin Landray, a professor of medicine and epidemiology, to set up Recovery. It took them only nine days from drafting their first protocol to the enrolling of the first patient, a process that typically takes nine months. Less than 100 days after the programme kicked off, trial investigators produced a staggering result – the first medicine that demonstrably improved Covid-19 survival chances. Dexamethasone, a widely available and affordable generic steroid, was shown to cut the risk of death by a third for Covid patients on ventilators, and by nearly a fifth for those on oxygen therapy.

“It was hard to know how many lives would be saved because we didn’t know what the trajectory of the pandemic was going to be, or how well accepted the results would be,” said Horby. The results were celebrated – and embraced globally. Although Britain was criticised for its initial sluggish response to the pandemic and its bungled testing programmes, Recovery scientists were generously lauded for their heroic efforts to combat the disease. “It’s clear that dexamethasone has had a big impact,” noted Horby. “A million is a big number … It’s an estimate that could well be lower than that or higher than that. We don’t know.”

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Here’s a warning: this is not going to happen.

Masks And Distancing Could Be Required For Several More Years – UK Expert (RT)

The UK may be racing ahead of its European neighbours in getting its population vaccinated, but Brits might have to stay masked up for “several years” if public health experts get their way. New cases of Covid-19 in the UK have dropped tenfold since early January, and more than 27 million Britons – over half the adult population – have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Compared to rising cases on the continent and an EU average vaccination rate of around 10%, the UK appears to be winning its war against Covid-19. Brits looking for a total reprieve from the country’s punishing lockdown, however, shouldn’t hold their breath. That’s according to Mary Ramsay, the head of immunisation at Public Health England.


Ramsay told the BBC on Sunday that masks and social distancing could be required for “several years,” or “at least until other parts of the world are as well vaccinated as we are, and the numbers have come down everywhere.” With vaccines being distributed unequally around the world, and people in the poorest nations facing a years-long wait to get vaccinated, Ramsay’s prediction may be a realistic one, should the British government listen to her advice. As a government body, Public Health England certainly has a say in determining the UK’s Covid-19 response. Her view is not a minority one, either. As the government looks to relax restrictions from the end of March onwards, Prof. Chris Whitty, the UK government’s chief medical adviser, told MPs earlier this month that “simple interventions,” face masks among them, would be needed beyond the summer.

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One problem not mentioned here: tax hikes.

UK Faces ‘Covid Decade’ Due To Damage Done By Pandemic (G.)

Britain faces a “Covid decade” of social and cultural upheaval marked by growing inequality and deepening economic deprivation, a landmark review has concluded. Major changes to the way society is run in the wake of the pandemic are needed to mitigate the impact of the “long shadow” cast by the virus, including declining public trust and an explosion in mental illness, the British Academy report found. Published on the anniversary of the UK’s first lockdown, the report brings together more than 200 academic social science and humanities experts and hundreds of research projects. It was set up last year at the behest of the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.

The British Academy warned that failure to understand the scale of the challenge ahead and deliver changes would result in a rapid slide towards poorer societal health, more extreme patterns of inequality and fragmenting national unity. Government-led intervention including major investment in public services is required to repair the “profound social damage” caused or exacerbated by coronavirus across areas including the economy, mental health, public trust and education, it said. “With the advent of vaccines and the imminent ending of lockdowns, we might think that the impact of Covid-19 is coming to an end. This would be wrong. We are in a Covid decade: the social, economic and cultural effects of the pandemic will cast a long shadow into the future – perhaps longer than a decade,” it said.

[..] Areas for action highlighted by the report include: • Declining public trust: after an initial surge in the first months of the pandemic, trust in UK government and feelings of national unity collapsed, with little sign that progress on vaccinations has halted the trend. Unless addressed, this will erode social cohesion and undermine future public health campaigns. • Widening inequalities: geographic, health, racial, gender, digital and economic inequalities have been exacerbated by Covid. If not tackled, they risk becoming permanently locked in, scarring the prospects of groups disproportionately affected by the social impact of the virus, such as young people. • Worsening mental health: soaring mental illness, especially among children, low-income households and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, risks embedding long-term problems if the underlying causes are not tackled.

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Merkel lost too.

Germany To Impose Its Harshest Covid-19 Lockdown Yet For Easter (RT)

Germany is set to bring its tightest coronavirus lockdown yet, shuttering all but the most vital of services, including religious gatherings for Easter, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced following a meeting with regional leaders. Noting that the country is in a “race” to combat the pandemic, Merkel outlined the nationwide shutdown during a news conference early on Tuesday, saying that not only will existing restrictions be extended to April 18, but that most businesses will be made to close their doors for at least five days beginning on the first of the month, just before the Easter holiday. “We are now in a very serious situation,” the chancellor told reporters after a contentious marathon meeting with the leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states, which lasted nearly 12 hours.


During the five-day period, only shops that sell food, as well as coronavirus testing and vaccination sites, will be open across Germany, in what will likely be the country’s strictest lockdown since the pandemic kicked off in late 2019. Merkel said there should be “quiet days” and reduced social contacts in the time between April 1 and 5. In addition to the business closures, Germans will be barred from holding private gatherings of more than five adults from two different households, while all travel abroad will be strongly discouraged. Churches have also been asked to hold virtual services only during that time, even on Easter itself. Moreover, the new measures will make airlines responsible for testing all travelers and crew members heading back to Germany, but stopped short of mandating quarantine for anyone returning from abroad.

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“This 6-foot distancing requirement has probably been the single-costliest mitigation tactic that we’ve employed..”

6-Foot Social Distancing ‘Wasn’t Based On Clear Science’ – Gottlieb (JTN)

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says that 6-foot social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 “wasn’t based on clear science.” He also says the health-safety tactic – to help stop the virus spread through the air – isn’t as effective as medical experts thought when the pandemic started. “This 6-foot distancing requirement has probably been the single-costliest mitigation tactic that we’ve employed in response to COVID, and it really wasn’t based on clear science,” Gottlieb said in an interview for CNBC Friday. In the interview, it’s unclear what exact costs to which he was referring. Gottlieb said that in the beginning, the government and health organizations treated the spread of COVID-19 as though it were the flu, which he says is spread primarily through droplets.


“We’ve subsequently learned that COVID is spreading through aerosols, not just droplets, so probably six feet isn’t as effective as it would be if it was a purely droplet-based transmission,” Gottlieb said. “There’s nothing wrong with having followed that flu-based model and been wrong, but we should have been evaluating this along the way.” Gottlieb made the comment as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its recommendation on social distancing in schools – to three feet from six feet. Gottlieb said that “we need to see light at the end of the tunnel and have guidance that prescribes an environment where people can start doing things again,” as reported by The Epoch Times.

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Yeah, sinister indeed.

Care Home Workers In England Face Mandatory Covid Jabs Under Plans (G.)

Care home workers in England could be legally required to have a Covid-19 vaccination under plans being considered by the government. According to details of a paper submitted to the Covid-19 operations cabinet subcommittee last week and leaked to the Telegraph, the prime minister, Boris Johnson, and the health secretary, Matt Hancock, have agreed to the proposal in order to protect vulnerable residents. The move would prove highly controversial and could result in legal challenges. The cabinet subcommittee paper warned a large number of social care workers may quit if the change is made, and said that lawsuits on human rights grounds could be possible. A government spokesman insisted “no final decisions have been made” but did not rule out jabs being made compulsory for care workers.

The government is also reviewing the introduction of vaccination passports. If the change is approved it would affect most of the 1.5 million workers in England’s adult social care sector, who would be obliged by law to have a Covid jab. The paper also makes clear that a similar legal requirement is being considered for some frontline healthcare workers, including those on wards, but a decision on that has yet to be taken. One line is said to read: “The prime minister and the secretary of state [Hancock] have discussed on several occasions the progress that is being made to immunise social care workers against Covid-19 and have agreed – in order to reach a position of much greater safety for care recipients – to put in place legislation to require vaccinations among the workforce.”

Legally forcing workers to have a vaccine raises serious legal and ethical questions. Government ministers including Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, have previously called similar ideas mandating vaccination, including vaccine passports, “discriminatory”. A previous report of a government plan to force all NHS and care staff in England to get vaccinated was criticised as “sinister” by Unison. “Forced vaccinations are the wrong way to go, and send out a sinister and worrying message,” said Christina McAnea, the general secretary of Unison, which represents about 100,000 NHS staff.

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She can stop trying now.

Judge Rejects Third Bail Request By Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell (RT)

A US judge denied Ghislaine Maxwell’s third bail request even after the former girlfriend of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein tried to allay concern over potential flight risk by offering to renounce her citizenship in the UK and France. US District Court Judge Alison Nathan ruled on Monday that Maxwell will have to remain incarcerated, rather than being allowed to post bail and be released while awaiting her trial. Nathan said none of Maxwell’s new arguments and offers – which also included putting her and her spouse’s assets in a court-monitored account – changed her opinion that the socialite poses a flight risk. The judge also closed the door on prospects for bail being granted if Maxwell makes some other concessions, saying, “There are no combination of conditions that can reasonably assure her appearance” in court.


Maxwell’s lawyers had argued that by renouncing her British and French citizenships, she would ensure that she wouldn’t be able to seek the extradition protections that apply to citizens of the two countries. Putting assets in a monitored account would ensure that she wouldn’t use the money to flee from prosecution, her lawyers said. [..] Lawyers for Maxwell earlier this year filed a motion seeking dismissal of the charges against her based on any of a dozen claims, including an argument that the grand jury that indicted her didn’t have enough black and Hispanic people. The fact that Maxwell is white “does not deprive her of standing to raise this challenge,” her lawyers said.

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What a fall from grace.

Sidney Powell: Election Fraud Claims Just ‘Political Rhetoric’ (RT)

Former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell has asked a judge to scrap a $1.3 billion defamation suit filed over her claims of election fraud, insisting her assertions were mere political rhetoric protected by the Constitution. Powell’s attorneys called for dismissal in a Monday court filing, arguing that the case brought by Dominion Voting Systems was filed in the wrong jurisdiction, and that Powell’s claims about the company and its alleged role in rigging the 2020 race were covered under the First Amendment. While the attorneys maintained that Powell continues to believe her allegations of fraud are true, they also argued that her claims were never meant to be taken as factual assertions, but rather as political rhetoric, and that “no reasonable person would conclude” they were “truly statements of fact.”


“All the allegedly defamatory statements attributed to [Powell] were made as part of the normal process of litigating issues of momentous significance and immense public interest,” the court filing reads. Powell’s lawyers cited previous cases which ruled that courts should “shelter strong, even outrageous political speech” on the grounds that “the ordinary reader or listener, in the context of political debate” will take those statements as “some form of political opinion neither demonstrably true nor demonstrably false.” They added that “reasonable people” understand the “language of the political arena… is often vituperative, abusive and inexact.”

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“More than $1 billion worth of secret donations were made during the 2020 election”

For sale.

“Given the relatively close race, it is entirely plausible that this massive cash injection swung the balance in favor of the 78-year-old Delawarean..”

Domestic Dark Money Dwarfs All Foreign Influence on 2020 Election (MPN)

More than $1 billion worth of secret donations were made during the 2020 election. This included around $660 million in contributions to big-money political groups, more than $300 million in advertising, and $88 million in FEC-reported spending. Few people, even political junkies, know the names of these organizations. But dark-money groups — organizations trying to influence politics that do not disclose the source of their funding, such as Duty & Honor and America Votes — have considerably more influence over who rules the United States than do any foreign leaders. The largest of these groups in terms of political spending is One Nation America, a Republican organization masterminded by former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove. The organization spent over $125 million during the last election cycle.

However, it was the Democrats who benefitted the most from dark money sourced from wealthy, shadowy donors. Democrats outraised the GOP by well over two-to-one, with Biden’s bid attracting more than six times the amount of money from anonymous sources than did Trump’s. Given the relatively close race, it is entirely plausible that this massive cash injection swung the balance in favor of the 78-year-old Delawarean and away from the incumbent. In 2016, the St. Petersburg-based “troll farm” the Internet Research Agency is said to have spent around $100,000 in online ads targeting American readers. But four years later, the Center for Responsive Politics calculates that opaque non-profits shelled out $132 million on the same thing — more than a thousand times as much.

In politics, money talks. Since 2000, the party spending the most cash has won between 85% and 98% of all House and 71% and 85% of all Senate races, depending on the year. Election 2020 was by far the costliest election in history, coming in at $14.4 billion. That figure is more than double the price of the 2016 election, which cost around $6.5 billion. The six most expensive Senate races of all time occurred in this cycle. Democrats comfortably outraised and outspent Republicans in 2020. The two Senate elections in Georgia — regular and special, which both went to runoffs that saw Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock elected — wound up with nearly $830 million spent on the two races alone. Democrats relied on hefty donations from tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and AT&T, while Republicans counted on support from financial firms like Goldman Sachs and Bank of America and from money from the Koch Brothers.

This disparity in coverage between the two reports suggests that, while unapproved foreign interference is a major scandal, corporations and the ultra-wealthy essentially buying elections is simply (big) business as usual.

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“..maybe as much as 50% by value, is physically stored by households, companies and banks.”

ECB Invokes Banknote Paradox to Explain Cash in Contactless Age (BBG)

Cash is alive and thriving in the euro zone despite the rise of debit cards and contactless payment, and the pandemic has even accelerated that trend, according to the European Central Bank. While notes and coins account for a shrinking share of daily transactions in the currency bloc, the value of cash in circulation almost doubled in the last decade, the ECB said in its economic bulletin. Once dubbed the “paradox of banknotes” by Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey, the phenomenon is mainly down to two reasons: demand for the currency outside the bloc, and Europeans hoarding cash to store their wealth, the ECB researchers wrote.

More than 1.4 trillion euros ($1.7 trillion) of banknotes were circulating at the end of 2020, up 11% from a year earlier. Yet the evidence suggests that only about a fifth of that is used for transactions within the currency area. Studies have shown that 30-50% by value is held outside the bloc, such as in developing economies with underdeveloped payment infrastructure and a lack of credible savings options. The rest, maybe as much as 50% by value, is physically stored by households, companies and banks. One survey showed that a third of euro-area households kept cash reserves at home in 2019 — mostly small amounts but in some cases over 10,000 euros.

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“Central banks don’t manage risk, they disguise it.”

Yield Curve Control: Another Recipe for Stagnation (Lacalle)

Central banks don’t manage risk, they disguise it. You know you live in a bubble when a small bounce in sovereign bond yields generates an immediate panic reaction from central banks trying to prevent those yields from rising further. It’s particularly evident when the alleged soar in yields comes after years of their having been artificially depressed with negative rates and asset purchases. It’s scary to read that the European Central Bank (ECB) will implement more asset purchases to control a small move in yields that still left sovereign issuers’ bonds with negative nominal and real interest rates. It’s even scarier to see that market participants hail the decision to disguise risk with even more liquidity. No one seemed to complain about the fact that sovereign issuers with alarming solvency problems were issuing bonds with negative yields.

No one seemed to be concerned about the fact that the ECB bought more than 100 percent of net issuances from eurozone states. The thing that shows what a bubble we live in is that market participants find it logical to see a central bank taking aggressive action to prevent bond yields from rising—to 0.3 percent in Spain or 0.6 percent in Italy. This is the evidence of a massive bubble. If the ECB wasn’t there to repurchase all eurozone sovereign issuances, what yield would investors demand for Spain, Italy, or Portugal? Three, four, five times the current level on the 10-year? Probably. That’s why developed central banks are trapped in their own policy. They can’t hint at normalizing even when the economy is recovering strongly, and inflation is rising.

Market participants may be happy thinking these actions will drive equities and risky assets higher, but they also make economic cycles weaker, shorter, and more abrupt. Central banks have exhausted tools such as repurchasing bonds and cutting rates; the diminishing returns are evident. Now they look to Japan, of all places, to look at yield curve control (YCC) policies. Many articles hail the Bank of Japan’s curve control strategy as a big success. It has managed to keep bond yields inside a narrow range around 0 percent since it adopted its YCC policy in 2016. However, all this has done is disguise risk and lead the economy to massively indebted stagnation.

Why? The central bank applies constant changes in its purchases of sovereign bonds with different maturities to prevent the yield curve from steepening and bond yields from rising above a certain level, which could cause an economic crisis as risk-off takes over. There’s a deeply flawed view of markets in this theory. YCC doesn’t reduce the risk of a crisis, it simply disguises it by manipulating the price of sovereign bonds, the alleged lowest risk asset. As such, market participants always take significantly more risk than they want to or should, because the price of risk and the shape of the curve is artificially managed by the central bank.

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What. A. Mess.

Border Facility Photos Show Hundreds Of Children In “Terrible Conditions” (ZH)

Photos from inside a US Customs and Border Protection overflow facility have leaked, revealing hundreds of children huddling on the floor of eight ‘pods’ – each of which are supposed to hold 260 people – yet one of which had over 400 unaccompanied male minors crammed together, according to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), who provided the photos to Axios to raise awareness about the situation. The photos, taken over the weekend by someone else, come amid a media embargo by the Biden administration, which has refused to allow press into the facilities to observe and document what’s going on.

Cueller, who toured the Donna, Texas facility but did not take the photos himself, described the setting as “terrible conditions for the children,” who he said need to quickly be moved into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services – which is currently at capacity due to a surge of migrants into the United States following President Biden’s pro-illegal policies.

More via Axios: “Border Patrol agents are “doing the best they can under the circumstances” but are “not equipped to care for kids” and “need help from the administration,” he said. “We have to stop kids and families from making the dangerous trek across Mexico to come to the United States. We have to work with Mexico and Central American countries to have them apply for asylum in their countries.” As of Saturday, there were 10,000 migrants in CBP custody overall. Nearly half were unaccompanied minors — thousands of whom had been waiting for more than 3 days in border patrol facilities, according to government data provided to Axios by another source.


“I have said repeatedly from the very outset a Border Patrol station is no place for a child,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a Sunday interview on CNN – discussing the situation he helped to create. “That is why we are working around the clock to move these children out of the Border Patrol facilities into the care and custody of the Department of Health and Human Services that shelters them.”

Veritas Kids in Cages

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“I’d venture to suppose that Mr. Brennan continued to influence and even direct these agit-prop operations long after he was removed as CIA Director..”

In the Shadows of Shadowland (Jim Kunstler)

Who or what is this shadow government? I’d say it amounts to a small group around former president Obama and former attorney general Eric Holder, plus a coterie of Intel Community figures led by John Brennan, all awkwardly funneling instructions through Susan Rice to the hacks in the White House, who form a flimsy cocoon around the barely-pulsating organism within: Mr. Biden. I will boldly suggest that this cabal is actually controlling the executive branch of the government, and doing it with stunning incompetence. If it sounds like a conspiracy, that’s probably because it is a conspiracy.

What were those crimes of theirs? Mainly the actions they took the past four years to cover-up their intense and sedulous ongoing corruption of previous years, especially all the channels of moneygrubbing that ran from Wall Street and K Street through the halls of Congress, and secondarily their political agenda to destroy by any means necessary the opposition vested in a weak and ineffectual Republican Party at odds with its own elected leader, Mr. Trump. The “means” turned out to be one dishonest exploit after another aimed at disabling and eliminating the uncontrollable Mr. Trump: RussiaGate, the Flynn case, the Mueller Investigation, Ukraine Phone Call Gate (impeachment No. 1), Coronavirus hysteria, identity politics hysteria (including the 2020 summer riots), the social media companies’ censorship and “cancellation” initiative, and, finally, the engineered ballot fraud in the 2020 national election, with a re-play in the Georgia senatorial special election of January, 2021.

How did you miss all this? I think it worked this way: John Brennan’s CIA enlisted a desperately failing news media in an ideological campaign to propagandize and lie to the American public based on Brennan’s own past ideological disposition as a self-declared “communist.” Yes, he actually said that about himself, though his Marxism and that of his allies was a mash-up of foolish utopianisms used to cover a sheer wish to annihilate any opposition frustrating their will-to-power. I’d venture to suppose that Mr. Brennan continued to influence and even direct these agit-prop operations long after he was removed as CIA Director, even as he fought off accusations for his role in helping Hillary Clinton gin up RussiaGate.

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    Emanuel Leutze Washington Crossing the Delaware 1851   • World’s 1st Oral Covid-19 Vaccine Could Soon Begin Human Trials (RT) • Dexamethasone Hai
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 23 2021]

    #71605
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Problem: it’s cheap and generic.

    /cue hacky hit-pieces from Wapo and NYT in three…two…one….

    #71606
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    What a fall from grace.

    When was Sydney Powell ever in any sort of grace outside of Trumpster-dumpster fantasyland?

    #71607
    Germ
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    #71608
    John Day
    Participant

    Sidney Powell is in court for a gazillion dollars against a big, mean machine with teeth.
    She has to employ the most effective legal argument possible, which is saying “uncle”.

    #71610
    John Day
    Participant

    Hmm, maybe not posting again. Here’s the link to today’s post, which opens with “Celestial Winds”, which atually different information about our world, and not in the news-cycle at all.
    http://www.johndayblog.com/2021/03/celestial-winds.html

    #71611
    John Day
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    weak keys on the keyboard… embarrassing…

    #71612
    zerosum
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    Manipulating/responding/reacting to facts and/or emotions

    With a little bit of money, its easy to make fake news, propaganda, distort reality and change the recorded past.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Estate
    The Fifth Estate is a socio-cultural reference to groupings of outlier viewpoints in contemporary society, and is most associated with bloggers, journalists publishing in non-mainstream media outlets, and the social media or “social license”. … Media researcher Stephen D. Cooper argues that bloggers are the Fifth Estate.

    Making reference to the medieval concept of “three estates of the realm” (clergy, nobility, and commoners) and to a more recently developed model of “four estates”, which encompasses the media, Nayef Al-Rodhan introduces the weblogs (blogs) as a “fifth estate of the realm”.

    Its embarrassing how easy that the recorded past can be manipulated from someone’s basement
    hot mics …. cameras …..
    available are photoshop tools for sound, …. video, …. pictures, …..

    Gullible – foolish · unsophisticated · unsuspecting · believing · biting · credulous · easy mark · green.

    #71613
    madamski
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    It occurred to me as I nursed my first cuppa that, if Putin is a warm-hearted soul with a psychopathic shell of functionality, maybe Obama is a psycopath with a warm-hearted veneer of false empathy? It makes sense of the Obama phenomenon to me.

    #71614
    madamski
    Participant

    “6-Foot Social Distancing ‘Wasn’t Based On Clear Science’”

    I’m stunned. I was sure that 6 feet was a scientifically proven protection from cooties.

    ^&*

    “Yeah, sinister indeed.” • Care Home Workers In England Face Mandatory Covid Jabs Under Plans (G.)

    After peeing in a cup to prove you don’t smoke the deadly cannabis, it’s less sinister than inevitable.

    #71617
    zerosum
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    http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2021436
    Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19
    List of authors.
    The RECOVERY Collaborative Group*
    ———-
    clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04381936
    Brief Summary:
    RECOVERY is a randomised trial investigating whether treatment with Lopinavir-Ritonavir, Hydroxychloroquine, Corticosteroids, Azithromycin, Colchicine, IV Immunoglobulin (children only), Convalescent plasma, Synthetic neutralizing antibodies (REGN-COV2), Tocilizumab, Aspirin, Baricitinib or Anakinra (children only) prevents death in patients with COVID-19.

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    Dr. D
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    “Masks And Distancing Could Be Required For Several More Years – UK Expert (RT)”

    Huh. So weird, since the FDA head said yesterday distance was a major mistake and the CDC said on 3/11 that masks and lockdowns don’t work. Again.

    But that’s what experts are for: to create logical fallacy (Appeal to Authority) which, to be a fallacy, must be against the underlying logic and data. It works like a charm, apparently for the rest of our lives or at least until your kids shoot themselves from Toronto torture and psychological abuse. And they’ll then turn on Oprah and lick authority again.

    “Major changes to the way society is run in the wake of the pandemic are needed to mitigate the impact” of your fascist overreach and attempt to both steal all physical goods and end all human rights forever. “You’ll own nothing.”

    Because we’ll own everything.

    Other than that: “Appeal to Authority” against all known data and evidence of a virus with a 99.97% survival rate.

    “Germany to Impose Its Harshest Covid-19 Lockdown Yet for Easter (RT)”

    DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD!!!

    They can’t unlock because we’d have instant runaway inflation and Economic Reset.

    The government is also reviewing the introduction of vaccination passports.”

    What vaccine passports? That’s a myth. They said so only last month.

    “Domestic Dark Money Dwarfs All Foreign Influence on 2020 Election (MPN)”

    Also a conspiracy theory. Which Time Magazine joyfully printed the next month that there was a “Cabal” coordinating to the “Right” outcome. Best election ever! Which is why all evidence remains locked up and no one can see it, ever, despite the ire of voters, the commands of legislature, and risk of prison. I always do that when I have nothing to hide.

    Can I borrow your conspiracy theory? I ran out since all mine have come true.

    “Central banks don’t manage risk, they disguise it.”

    Specifically, they transfer all risk to currency risk. That is, all abuses created by the powerful alone are socialized over the whole population, and because of lower bulwarks, specifically the poor. That’s why all the Schmartz experts approve it wholeheartedly; they’re safe at home in their 2nd cottage with a 6-figure 401k. What do they care? I mean, if their kids are unemployed and never own a house in every Anglo nation worldwide?

    Why

    “I’m here to see what’s really going on down here,” said Cruz, tears streaming down his face. “It’s even worse than I thought. These are literal concentration camps. The president is literally Hitler. I can’t believe this is happening in America.”

    “WHHHYYYYYYYY? Oh, the humanity!” he cried, screaming toward the sky.

    babylonbee.com/news/ted-cruz-dons-all-white-suit-to-cry-outside-bidens-detention-centers

    We also had CNN stage more actors for fake news with a rubber raft border crossing. …In a DHS exclusive zone, with nice orange lifevests, Covid masks, and a bus full of people in broad daylight. Pretty simple really: exec director pays for and stages a bunch of actors then gives a “hot tip” for his reporter talking head who’s so dumb he graduated from Columbia. He goes “Wow, Jimmy, you sure were right, this is super amazing never-before seen footage” (because thins like this, with Coyotes having a t-shirt printed “coyote” and a bus of 100 immigrants with matching “Biden’20” t-shirts DOESN’T HAPPEN).

    Oh and IN FRONT OF A VISIBLE CAMERA CREW. You know, like all international felons.

    Meanwhile, right reporter nearby ALSO sees the crossing and points THEIR camera at the actors paid by CNN and ALSO thinks this is real and posts it online.

    …You’d think someone would ask some questions, but you’d be wrong. When everything you’ve seen from childhood (raised on TV) is false, where is your baseline for real?

    Lucky for Greece, Turkey is in a mismanaged war and is destroying itself within with confidence, inflation, and economic decay. Unluckily for Greece, when they weaken and thrash as is their nature, they may attack Greece to get a quick domestic win. That won’t be quick and won’t be a win.

    For entertainment war scenarios there are local prophesies about this.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demons_(Dostoevsky_novel)

    #71619
    Germ
    Participant

    @ madamski: “The Three Psychopaths” – https://twitter.com/i/status/1374140664443703300

    #71620
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Try image again:
    Wherefore

    #71621
    Oroboros
    Participant

    trying posting all day yesterday, multiple computers, multiple OSs, multiple connections, zero sucess. AME looks hacked to me thru ‘wordpress software

    #71622
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Reiner Fuellmich interviews Naomi Klein

    I always considered Naomi a Peanut Butter & Jelly Liberal, a bit too much virtue signaling SJW but I gotta say, in this interview, she is freaking out at the Covid Fascist Lockdown.

    Which strikes me as ironic because, well, first they came to cancel the rightwing, then they came to cancel the moderates, then they came to cancel m………

    #71623
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Just tried now, won’t post with a link!!!

    is this censoring comments with links

    #71624
    Oroboros
    Participant

    #71625
    Oroboros
    Participant

    I can’t imagine this is a viable business for WordPress, to disable posting on their platform so thoroughly, so maybe it’s just the Automatic Earth and other ‘controversial blogs’

    #71627
    zerosum
    Participant

    @ Oroboros

    My solution:
    1. Save my post
    2. remove the “https://” portions that are in the post
    3. re-post

    #71628
    Oroboros
    Participant

    since WordPress won’t allow links in posts

    Search for:

    Naomi Wolf at the International Covid Investigative Committee with Reiner Fuellmich

    On Bitchute, because Youtube censors everything now

    #71629
    Oroboros
    Participant
    #71630
    Oroboros
    Participant

    www DOT bitchute DOT com SLASHvideo SLASH bFiWanf4udyF SLASH

    How pitiful

    #71631
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Thanks to everyone being vaccinated, the Covid Third Wave is going to come to the U.S. and kill us all:

    “During an interview where the good doctor also reassured the public that the troubled AstraZeneca COVID jab is still “a very good vaccine”, Dr. Anthony Fauci, senior advisor to President Biden, head of the NIAID, and head of the US delegation to the WHO, warned that Europe’s third wave could portend another surge in infections in the US.”

    Just never ends does it? What’s next, 100% have forced vaccination and 100% are sick and susceptible?

    A: Yes.
    Cashola

    #71632
    Oroboros
    Participant

    And the Spam filter is turned up to DECON 1 and still asks for the sum of twonumbers but only show one number WTF

    Is this a Zen Koan?

    #71633
    Mr. House
    Participant
    #71634
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Germ

    Dubya is surely no psychopath, imo. Dubya’s sociopathic with some sadistic tendencies.

    Cleeny-Weeny strikes me as a sociopathic narcissist, more or less a serial rapist who doesn’t really get off on violence, bombing people and so forth (that’s Hillary’s thing, it seems) but loves power, prestige, reverent attention, the sound of his own voice, and sex with women under most any conditions.

    Obama, however, seems like the real thing, a highly successful psychopath not just in his external accomplishments but in the pleasure he can take from portraying a “sensitive male” so well he outdoes the genuine article on stage.

    &*(

    @ Dr. D

    “…to create logical fallacy (Appeal to Authority) which, to be a fallacy, must be against the underlying logic and data”

    Not necessarily. Fallacious logic can align with logic and data at times. A tree that weirdly casts a shdow that looks just like a woman carrying a parasol can hide within its outline a woman carrying a parasol. We place SO much faith in our capacity for higher reasoning (*snicker*) when it is just this that gets us into so much unresolvable trouble.

    By their fruits ye shall know them, not the methods by which said fruit was harvested.

    “your fascist overreach and attempt to both steal all physical goods and end all human rights forever.”

    “…forever” is a long time, and “all” is an awful lot of stuff. I’m all for poetic license but I draw the line when it starts to sound like those dopey Xtian hymns where it’s always ‘…from the top of the highest mountin to the bottom of the deepest sea…”.

    …a”lso a conspiracy theory. Which Time Magazine joyfully printed the next month that there was a “Cabal” coordinating to the “Right” outcome. Best election ever! Which is why all evidence remains locked up and no one can see it, ever, despite the ire of voters, the commands of legislature, and risk of prison. I always do that when I have nothing to hide.”

    Do you know that these funding entities don’t exist and contribute major money to elections? Do you know you then cart-wheeled over your own center of gravity (the bellybutton, srsly), via sarcasm set to eleven, to then segue into only tangentially related issues (actual election fraud evidence), using the expression “all evidence” (at least NOT IN CAPS) just after dismissing pulblicly available evidence that fraud occurred (dark money, which while ‘technically legal’ is still fraudulent in a very broad array of ways and means?

    Oh, I don’t mind, and your posts are usually well worth the attention paid to them, but it’s funny to watch sometimes. It’s not something I wish to laugh at but rather, with, so I point it out both for the fun of doing so and in hoipes you can use it to increase the already considerable deliberate humor portion of your posts. Great fun. Carry on.
    On CNN footage: I grasp that stagecraft in filmed news is as common as the real thing, I ask us: is this then manufactured imagery?

    Greek Migrants

    Meanwhile, the comments on the youtube of tsome Rio Grande footage betray downright Hollywood naivete:

    “Observation: They’re all wearing nice name-brand clothing.”

    Mexico MAKES name-brand clothing and it seels for much less there; plus, one doesn’t want to arrive stateside looking obviously wet-back-y.

    “CNN just so happens to be right there just in time to catch him, hmmmm”

    One does have to be there if one wants to film it (aerial satellite footage is so… aerial… btw, maybe CNN has a land observation satellite at their disposal via Tesla’s latest satellite necklace?) to film it, and a border refugee crisis usually involves enough numbers to find someone to film if you drive around the border awhile. (I’m sure there are some well-armed security personnal nearby.)This doesn’t mean it isn’t staged: anytime people know they’re being filmed, they act differently.

    My motto: when everything* looks like a conspiracy, it isn’t. (*absolutism tolerated here for poetic license;) )

    &*(

    @ Oroborus

    “AME”

    Adobe Media Encoder?

    You can post the links after your comments. I don’t think it’s censoring; it’s just that WordPress is now a slumlord blog service, margins are thin as my heart lining, cutting coprners saves money for profit, and if people think it’s censorship, why, that drives traffic and revenues up on an alt- site.

    Sometimes it allows links, sometimes not. Probably just part of the cut corners kludgery.

    #71635
    madamski
    Participant
    #71638
    madamski
    Participant

    Naomi Wolf

    Boogly-googly!

    #71641
    madamski
    Participant

    For sake of clarity:

    “Do you know that these funding entities don’t exist and contribute major money to elections? “It’s a question not a statement.”

    #71609
    John Day
    Participant

    https://www.johndayblog.com/2021/03/celestial-winds.html

    This past Saturday we had a very modest Spring Equinox garden party, with more lovely food than we could disposition, good company, and intellectually engaging conversation about life, the universe and everything. Mel, who has worked extensively for NASA in Florida and Teas, was talking about new scientific findings about the heliosphere and the plasma fields of interstellar space. He said that this is public information, but that they are making it obscure, not publicizing it. I google-searched and all I found was stuff “debunking” “Electric Universe” models, and the electric universe and thunderbolts sites following them.

    Mel was able to help me with this main link to the IBEX information:
    https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ibex/index.html

    This seems to be the best overview:
    NASA’s IBEX Charts 11 Years of Change at Boundary to Interstellar Space
    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/nasa-ibex-charts-11-years-change-at-boundary-interstellar-space-heliosphere-sun

    ​The shape of the “heliosphere” (helio-croissant?) is also a hot topic, and I saw it presented as-a-fact in 2 different forms in various of the NASA explanatory articles. This seems to be the thing we are not supposed to think about too much. All of this information fits best with “electric universe” in gross terms. This does not definitively endorse any specific theory of astrophysics, but it may open up a can of electric eels that jump out and squirm around.
    Uncovering Our Solar System’s Shape
    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/uncovering-our-solar-system-s-shape
    ​NASA’s Cassini, Voyager Missions Suggest New Picture of Sun’s Interaction with Galaxy
    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-s-cassini-voyager-missions-suggest-new-picture-of-sun-s-interaction-with-galaxy

    ​Interstellar space is full of hazards to life-forms: Cosmic radiation, plasma fields, highly energized particles. (There are also these flows of highly energized particles within our heliosphere, which are not called “silly-string”, so I won’t call them that, but it keeps popping into my mind.)
    We are protected by our planetary magnetosphere and radiation belts, and that protection lies within the massive, hard working protective shield of our mother-star. It’s like the “force shields” on Star Trek.​ It is plowing through the interstellar magnetic field.
    NASA’s IBEX Observations Pin Down Interstellar Magnetic Field
    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-s-ibex-observations-pin-down-interstellar-magnetic-field

    #71615
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Masks And Distancing Could Be Required For Several More Years – UK Expert (RT)”

    Huh. So weird, since the FDA head said yesterday distance was a major mistake and the CDC said on 3/11 that masks and lockdowns don’t work. Again.

    But that’s what experts are for: to create logical fallacy (Appeal to Authority) which, to be a fallacy, must be against the underlying logic and data. It works like a charm, apparently for the rest of our lives or at least until your kids shoot themselves from Toronto torture and psychological abuse. And they’ll then turn on Oprah and lick authority again.

    “Major changes to the way society is run in the wake of the pandemic are needed to mitigate the impact” of your fascist overreach and attempt to both steal all physical goods and end all human rights forever. “You’ll own nothing.”

    Because we’ll own everything.

    Other than that: “Appeal to Authority” against all known data and evidence of a virus with a 99.97% survival rate.

    “Germany to Impose Its Harshest Covid-19 Lockdown Yet for Easter (RT)”

    DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD!!!

    They can’t unlock because we’d have instant runaway inflation and Economic Reset.

    The government is also reviewing the introduction of vaccination passports.”

    What vaccine passports? That’s a myth. They said so only last month.

    “Domestic Dark Money Dwarfs All Foreign Influence on 2020 Election (MPN)”

    Also a conspiracy theory. Which Time Magazine joyfully printed the next month that there was a “Cabal” coordinating to the “Right” outcome. Best election ever! Which is why all evidence remains locked up and no one can see it, ever, despite the ire of voters, the commands of legislature, and risk of prison. I always do that when I have nothing to hide.

    Can I borrow your conspiracy theory? I ran out since all mine have come true.

    “Central banks don’t manage risk, they disguise it.”

    Specifically, they transfer all risk to currency risk. That is, all abuses created by the powerful alone are socialized over the whole population, and because of lower bulwarks, specifically the poor. That’s why all the Schmartz experts approve it wholeheartedly; they’re safe at home in their 2nd cottage with a 6-figure 401k. What do they care? I mean, if their kids are unemployed and never own a house in every Anglo nation worldwide?

    Why

    “I’m here to see what’s really going on down here,” said Cruz, tears streaming down his face. “It’s even worse than I thought. These are literal concentration camps. The president is literally Hitler. I can’t believe this is happening in America.”

    “WHHHYYYYYYYY? Oh, the humanity!” he cried, screaming toward the sky.

    https://babylonbee.com/news/ted-cruz-dons-all-white-suit-to-cry-outside-bidens-detention-centers

    We also had CNN stage more actors for fake news with a rubber raft border crossing. …In a DHS exclusive zone, with nice orange lifevests, Covid masks, and a bus full of people in broad daylight. Pretty simple really: exec director pays for and stages a bunch of actors then gives a “hot tip” for his reporter talking head who’s so dumb he graduated from Columbia. He goes “Wow, Jimmy, you sure were right, this is super amazing never-before seen footage” (because thins like this, with Coyotes having a t-shirt printed “coyote” and a bus of 100 immigrants with matching “Biden’20” t-shirts DOESN’T HAPPEN).

    Oh and IN FRONT OF A VISIBLE CAMERA CREW. You know, like all international felons.

    Meanwhile, right reporter nearby ALSO sees the crossing and points THEIR camera at the actors paid by CNN and ALSO thinks this is real and posts it online.

    …You’d think someone would ask some questions, but you’d be wrong. When everything you’ve seen from childhood (raised on TV) is false, where is your baseline for real?

    Lucky for Greece, Turkey is in a mismanaged war and is destroying itself within with confidence, inflation, and economic decay. Unluckily for Greece, when they weaken and thrash as is their nature, they may attack Greece to get a quick domestic win. That won’t be quick and won’t be a win.

    For entertainment war scenarios there are local prophesies about this.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demons_(Dostoevsky_novel)

    #71616
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2021436
    Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19
    List of authors.
    The RECOVERY Collaborative Group*
    ———-
    https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04381936
    Brief Summary:
    RECOVERY is a randomised trial investigating whether treatment with Lopinavir-Ritonavir, Hydroxychloroquine, Corticosteroids, Azithromycin, Colchicine, IV Immunoglobulin (children only), Convalescent plasma, Synthetic neutralizing antibodies (REGN-COV2), Tocilizumab, Aspirin, Baricitinib or Anakinra (children only) prevents death in patients with COVID-19.

    #71643

    Guys,

    It’s not necessarily a great idea to post the same things 10 times if WP for whatever reason stops them. I’\ll get around to the Hidden ones eventually, but I do need to have the time for that, and be at my laptop. But with all the repeats it’s much harder to see what I should approve and unspam.

    #71644
    madamski
    Participant

    In a few days we should understand the phenomenon well enough to write a little how-to FAQ we can refer people to when they encounter the frustration.

    For starters, let’s see if WordPress allows this link:

    common wordpress errors and how tofixthem

    😉

    #71645
    madamski
    Participant
    #71646

    I tried to update the settings earlier, but hard to be sure if that will work.

    #71647
    madamski
    Participant

    At least it makes us feel like we’re doing something to fix the problem. Keeps us from going revolutionary. 😉

    #71648
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Covid lockdowns will Never change until valid Legal challenges make it to some court with some gravitas.

    Like the bitch’n’moanin about the stolen election, if a court doesn’t rule one way or another, it’s just a tree falling in the woods. Sound and fury signifying nothing.

    Like the ‘cancel culture’ SJW Cretins, nothing will change until the guilty parties are sucessfully sued in court until they ‘bleed from their ears and their ass’.

    Those lawsuits are slowly crystallizing. Dr Pam Popper of Ohio was explaining how trial lawyers don’t always frame novel class action lawsuits correctly first time out of the gate and need several runs at the goalie to score. An example is the years it took to finally peel the bark off the tobacco scum companies for promoting ‘death sticks’ for decades.

    Read up on how tobacco lawyer scum used tiny obscure parts of ‘The Law’ (cough-cough) to derail challenges to their Death Cult of Smoke. It took decades.

    The Medical Mafia and their running dog lackeys in the Uni-Party need to be eviscerated in court until they feel like their collective derrieres have been seriously violated by the Flying Monkeys from the Wizard of OZ.

    #71649
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Imagine how scary modern CGI could make the Flying Monkeys seem

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