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Vincent van Gogh Scène de rue à Montmartre 1887

 

Biden’s Press Conference: Get Ready For President Kamala Harris (Malic)
Better Not Vaccinate Everyone: The Virus Will Not Disappear Anyway (G.nl)
Herd Immunity Is Near, Despite Fauci’s Denial (WSJ)
US Lockdowns Didn’t Stop Covid – But That Doesn’t Mean They’re Pointless (F>)
CNN’s Defense of Cuomo’s Special COVID Privileges is Grotesque (Greenwald)
Secret Service Inserted Itself Into Case Of Hunter Biden’s Gun (Pol.)
Tesla & Bitcoin Are Perfect Bedfellows (Mitch Feierstein)
US Imports Record Volumes Of Russian Oil Amid Growing Political Tensions (RT)
The Impending Saudi Defeat in Yemen (MPN)
‘It Might Take Weeks’ To Free ‘Beached Whale’ Ship Stuck In Suez Canal (RT)
Free Us From The Roving Cavaliers of Credit (Steve Keen)

 

 

Boris Johnson, 2004

“If I am ever asked to produce my ID card as evidence that I am who I say I am, when I have done nothing wrong then I will take that card out of my wallet and physically eat it in the presence of whatever emanation of the state has demanded that I produce it”

 

 

Dana Carvey does Joe Biden

 

 

Actual Washington Post headline: “Biden Excels At His First News Conference. The Media Embarrass Themselves.”

Biden’s Press Conference: Get Ready For President Kamala Harris (Malic)

Well, now we know why Democrat strategists were more than happy to let Joe Biden sit in his basement during the campaign, and kept him away from the press for the first 64 days in office – and it’s definitely not the coronavirus. Biden was almost 15 minutes late to his own very first “formal press conference” since taking office. He dodged questions, spouted platitudes and talking points, went off on tangents at times while getting angry and uttering what may have sounded like threats at others. No doubt some of that could be down to his advanced age, but let’s assume for lack of another explanation that the words were indeed his and that he truly meant what he said. And, oh brother, is the US in trouble.

In Thursday’s presser, Biden actually repeated – twice – the previous day’s talking points, down to the description of someone “sitting at their kitchen table” in Central America, about why tens of thousands of migrants are coming to the US. He knows why, better than they do. Never mind that the tide began the day he was announced winner of the 2020 election, or the migrants who literally told reporters they decided to come because Biden got elected, or wear T-shirts with his campaign logo and the words “please let us in.” Nope, you’re supposed to ignore your lying eyes and believe Uncle Joe, because his great-grandfather had no choice but to leave Ireland in a “coffin ship.” What are you, a lying dog-faced pony soldier? Come on, man!

This sort of emotionally manipulative imagery is nothing new for Biden; he did it in the pandemic speech earlier this month, as well as his inaugural and his convention address. The press keeps falling for it, though, every single time. No wonder Dana Carvey was catching flak this week; his impersonation of Biden – not just his voice, but his mannerism and verbal tics – was spot on.

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These people must have read VadenBossche. We need much more discussion like this.

Also in Holland: GPs will now be fined for prescribing HCQ or ivermectin. As infection numbers are soaring back up to where they were early January.

Better Not Vaccinate Everyone: The Virus Will Not Disappear Anyway (G.nl)

Vaccinating children and young, healthy people against corona does not help. Group immunity is unfeasible, the corona virus will no longer disappear and will continue to appear in new variants. This is the opinion of Jona Walk, who recently obtained his PhD in vaccine immunology, and medical microbiologist Bert Mulder today in the magazine Medisch Contact. Both doctors of the Nijmegen Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital therefore question the policy of the cabinet and health institute to vaccinate the entire population in order to return to “normal”. They are supported by a recent article “Five reasons why COVID herd immunity is probably impossible” in the leading scientific medical journal Nature.

Vaccinations can prevent people from becoming seriously ill and ending up in hospital, but it is an illusion to think that they also stop the virus from spreading. “Research done in Oxford shows that people can also be virus carriers after they have been vaccinated,” says Walk. More research needs to be done on this, but it is already clear that current vaccines do not work against all new variants of the virus. South Africa, for example, has already stopped using AstraZeneca because that vaccine does not work against the variant that is dominant there. “The effectiveness against that specific variant appears to be really zero,” says Mulder. The constant emergence of new variants therefore means that the vaccinations will be less effective in the future than appears at the moment.

“In fact, if a vaccine against a particular variant doesn’t work, only that version of the virus will continue to spread among people, and that refractory variant may eventually become dominant in the vaccinated population,” says Walk.“This happens especially if you vaccinate while a lot of virus is circulating, you create an ideal environment for new mutations,” Mulder adds. Walk: “The unnecessary vaccination is also against our medical principles. If you cannot become seriously ill from the virus and do not protect anyone with it when you get vaccinated, why would you run the risk of side effects that we are certainly not aware of in the long term? “” She points to the fact that for the time being there are only data on safety during the first two months after vaccination. Longer studies are needed to get a full picture of the benefits and risks.

“Another problem is that we do not yet know whether once someone has been vaccinated, they will later make good antibodies against other corona variants.” “A new vaccination against a new variant may therefore be less effective. “There is still a lot of research to be done in this area,” the researchers emphasize. But they are now coming up with their analysis because the vaccination policy is still aimed at vaccinating as many people as possible against corona by July. Mulder: ,, But we cannot eradicate corona. So you should rethink that policy: vaccinating only if someone benefits from it on an individual level, you should first focus on the elderly and at-risk groups and then look at who wants to be vaccinated further. “”

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Natural immunity.

Herd Immunity Is Near, Despite Fauci’s Denial (WSJ)

Anthony Fauci has been saying that the country needs to vaccinate 70% to 85% of the population to reach herd immunity from Covid-19. But he inexplicably ignores natural immunity. If you account for previous infections, herd immunity is likely close at hand. Data from the California Department of Public Health, released earlier this month, show that while only 8.7% of the state’s population has ever tested positive for Covid-19, at least 38.5% of the population has antibodies against the novel coronavirus. Those numbers are from Jan. 30 to Feb. 20. Adjusting for cases between now and then, and accounting for the amount of time it takes for the body to make antibodies, we can estimate that as many as half of Californians have natural immunity today.


The same report found that 45% of people in Los Angeles had Covid-19 antibodies. Again, the number can only be higher today. Between “half and two-thirds of our population has antibodies in it now,” due to Covid exposure or vaccination, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Sunday on “Face the Nation.” That would explain why cases in Los Angeles are down 95% in the past 11 weeks and the positivity rate among those tested is now 1.7%. Undercounting or removing the many Americans with natural immunity from any tally of herd immunity is a scientific error of omission. When people wonder why President Biden talks about limiting Fourth of July gatherings, it’s because his most prominent medical adviser has dismissed the contribution of natural immunity, artificially extending the timeline.

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“The University of Chicago researchers said their study reached a different conclusion because of differing methodology.”

But what a warped logic. Destroying economies was useless, but not pointless.

US Lockdowns Didn’t Stop Covid – But That Doesn’t Mean They’re Pointless (F.)

U.S. states with shelter-in-place orders and other strict Covid-19 rules did not report fewer infections and deaths last year, a study released Thursday argues, disputing other recent research about the pandemic—but this doesn’t mean social distancing efforts were ineffective. A team of researchers from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy found states that imposed shelter-in-place orders, mandatory business closures and other tight restrictions didn’t see a significant difference in the number of coronavirus infections or deaths during the virus’ first U.S. surge last spring. Shelter-in-place orders also appeared to have very little impact on people’s mobility, which researchers measured using cell phone data.

However, researchers did not cast this as proof that social distancing is unnecessary: Instead, it could mean scores of Americans changed their habits regardless of whether their state imposed restrictions, often because health officials encouraged them to. Meanwhile, the effectiveness of social distancing measures was likely reduced because some people—partly due to politics—refused to comply with these efforts even if they came with a government mandate, the researchers noted in their paper, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The team said their results “should not be taken to imply that the actions of government officials had little effect on the pandemic.”

“To be clear, our findings do not mean that sheltering in place and social distancing behaviors had no effect on the disease,” the study’s authors wrote. “Indeed, the health benefits of [shelter-in-place] orders were likely limited because many people were already social distancing before the introduction of SIP orders.” This study contradicts two papers from last year—published in Nature and by the National Bureau of Economic Research—that found shelter-in-place orders significantly reduced Covid-19 infections in the United States and other countries, especially if they were imposed early. The University of Chicago researchers said their study reached a different conclusion because of differing methodology.

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While there were no tests available.

CNN’s Defense of Cuomo’s Special COVID Privileges is Grotesque (Greenwald)

Ever since the COVID pandemic subsumed most countries on the planet, there have been numerous scandals and controversies relating to those who corruptly obtain medical privileges and other exemptions unavailable to ordinary citizens. These scandals typically arise when someone uses their wealth, power or connections to jump in front of others for access to potentially life-saving procedures or medications or grant themselves and their friends license to ignore what everyone else must endure. Right now in Brazil, for instance, there is a burgeoning scandal from reports that a group of businesspeople with ties to the government arranged to purchase their own private stash of vaccines for use for themselves, families and friends in violation of the law.

In the U.S., people were outraged when very young members of Congress were among the first to receive the vaccine (though the law permitted them to do so); those young Congressmembers justified their line-jumping on the ground that they were doing so selflessly to encourage others. Meanwhile, other members of Congress refused this privilege on the ground, as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) put it, that it is “shameful” for young lawmakers to believe they “are more important” than workers. Repeatedly in the U.S., politicians were caught exempting themselves from lockdown orders they were imposing on everyone else. But those pale in comparison to the abuse of power by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, as reported on Wednesday by The Albany-Times Union and The Washington Post.

“High-level members of the state Department of Health were directed last year by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to conduct prioritized coronavirus testing on the governor’s relatives as well as influential people with ties to the administration,” reported the Times-Union. “Members of Cuomo’s family including his brother, his mother and at least one of his sisters were also tested by top health department officials — some several times,” it added. In particular, Gov. Cuomo abused state resources to ensure that his then-49-year-old brother, Chris, received fast COVID testing at a time when tests were very scarce. “The CNN anchor was swabbed by a top New York Department of Health doctor, who visited his Hamptons home to collect samples from him and his family,” The Post reported. The article also contains these damning details:

“The same doctor who tested Chris Cuomo, Eleanor Adams, now a top adviser to the state health commissioner, also was enlisted to test multiple other Cuomo family members….The coronavirus test specimens were then rushed — at times driven by state police troopers — to the Wadsworth Center, a state public health lab in Albany, where they were processed immediately, the people said. At times, employees in the state health laboratory were kept past their shifts until late into the night to process results of those close to Cuomo, two people said.” All of this commandeering of state resources to provide the CNN host with very specialized medical attention occurred while “media reports were full of accounts from New Yorkers desperate to get tested — including some with symptoms and recent travel history who were turned away because of scarcity.”

Cuomo brothers

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Still no sign of Hunter.

Secret Service Inserted Itself Into Case Of Hunter Biden’s Gun (Pol.)

On Oct. 23, 2018, President Joe Biden’s son Hunter and daughter in law Hallie were involved in a bizarre incident in which Hallie took Hunter’s gun and threw it in a trash can behind a grocery store, only to return later to find it gone. Delaware police began investigating, concerned that the trash can was across from a high school and that the missing gun could be used in a crime, according to law enforcement officials and a copy of the police report obtained by POLITICO. But a curious thing happened at the time: Secret Service agents approached the owner of the store where Hunter bought the gun and asked to take the paperwork involving the sale, according to two people, one of whom has firsthand knowledge of the episode and the other was briefed by a Secret Service agent after the fact.

The gun store owner refused to supply the paperwork, suspecting that the Secret Service officers wanted to hide Hunter’s ownership of the missing gun in case it were to be involved in a crime, the two people said. The owner, Ron Palmieri, later turned over the papers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which oversees federal gun laws. The Secret Service says it has no record of its agents investigating the incident, and Joe Biden, who was not under protection at the time, said through a spokesperson he has no knowledge of any Secret Service involvement. Days later, the gun was returned by an older man who regularly rummages through the grocery’s store’s trash to collect recyclable items, according to people familiar with the situation.

[..] At the time of the gun incident, Hunter was in a romantic relationship with Hallie, the widow of his late brother, Beau. The incident began when Hallie searched Hunter’s pickup, which was parked at her home in Wilmington, because of unspecified “suspicions she had,” according to the Delaware State Police report. Inside the truck, she found a .38 revolver. Hallie took the gun to Janssen’s Market, a nearby high-end grocery store where the Bidens are longtime regular customers. There, she tossed the gun, wrapped in a black shopping bag, into a trash bin outside of the store. Later that day, Hallie informed Hunter of what she had done, and he instructed her to retrieve the gun, according to the police report. When Hallie returned to the grocery store, she found that the gun was missing from the garbage bin and reported the issue to the store.

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“Tesla’s valuation will one day be a Harvard Business School study on the irrationality of market manias.”

Tesla & Bitcoin Are Perfect Bedfellows (Mitch Feierstein)

In 2021, Tesla has made over one billion dollars by speculating in bitcoin. That bet made bigger profits for Musk’s Tesla than the firm made selling its electric vehicles in a similar time frame (though, given its poor sales record, that’s perhaps not surprising). Now the multi-billionaire has created new headlines by announcing that the cryptocurrency will soon be accepted as payment for his cars, a move that saw the price of bitcoin enjoy a short-lived jump of almost 5%. There are some who say that Tesla and Bitcoin make perfect bedfellows. Both are decidedly risky ventures where you’re just about guaranteed to lose your whole wardrobe, let alone a shirt or two. Bitcoin has exhibited extreme volatility and has seen a stratospheric rise in its price during the past few months, hitting new highs approaching $60,000 and prompting some to claim it will go up by a further 500%.

Its surge illustrates how reckless central banks worldwide have destroyed fiat (paper) currencies that are backed by nothing other than a promise to repay debt by insolvent governments with a printing press. It signals a mania that will eventually see an end to US dollar hegemony. Bitcoin is binary – it can go to a million or zero – so no one speculating on it should risk what they cannot afford to lose. And as I’ve warned many times before: NEVER listen to the Musk-rat hype. It’s not the first time Musk has used Tesla’s balance sheet to speculate. In 2016, Tesla spent $2.6 billion bailing out one of his other companies, SolarCity, which was, according to Ernst & Young, completely insolvent.

Additionally, as chairman, CEO, CTO and majority shareholder of SpaceX, Musk used his position to leverage that company’s balance sheet by buying around $300 million of SolarCity bonds in 2015-16. In 2017, Tesla shareholders filed a lawsuit against the company’s directors and Musk. The basis of the lawsuit, according to Reuters, was: “Tesla shareholders have alleged Musk breached his fiduciary duties, squandered Tesla’s assets and unjustly enriched himself by pushing to buy the money-losing solar company in which he was the biggest investor.”

[..] Musk’s track record on autonomous driving, vehicle production numbers and Tesla profits has been abysmal. For example, Musk has said “Full Self Driving” hardware would be capable of a “coast-to-coast” autonomous trip by the end of 2017. In February of 2019, Musk promised, “Full self-driving would be available in 2020.” Tesla’s valuation builds in earnings from a non-existent robot taxi model. The point: Musk makes new bold claims nearly every quarter yet consistently fails to deliver. In fact, if it were not for the money Tesla has enjoyed from government subsidies and the selling of carbon-emission credits, the business would be profitless. Tesla’s valuation will one day be a Harvard Business School study on the irrationality of market manias.

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Ha ha ha.

US Imports Record Volumes Of Russian Oil Amid Growing Political Tensions (RT)

Tough talk on energy issues doesn’t stop the US from purchasing a record share of Russian crude in 2020. American refineries reportedly loaded 538,000 barrels of Russian crude and oil products daily, breaking a decade-old record. According to the data tracked by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the US has bought the most Russian crude since 2011, when the import volumes or Russian oil totaled 624,000 barrels per day (bpd). In 2020, Russia became the third-largest oil supplier to the US, outpacing Saudi Arabia, world’s biggest exporter, according to Bloomberg calculations based on customs and EIA data. Russia’s share of American oil exports currently stands at a record-high seven percent.


Meanwhile, Canada and Mexico were the leading exporters of crude to the US last year. Canada shipped 4.1 million bpd, while Mexico sold about 750,000 bpd. The average imports of oil from Saudi Arabia reportedly totaled just 522,000 bpd in 2020. The growth of oil exports from Russia was reportedly caused by the lack of access to Venezuelan crude, targeted by US sanctions. Moreover, shipments of crude from OPEC nations were significantly reduced amid the cartel’s pact on cutting output. US energy majors, including Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Valero Energy were among the key buyers of oil and petroleum products from Russian producers.

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Boeing and Raytheon will find another country to destroy.

The Impending Saudi Defeat in Yemen (MPN)

Major advances by Houthi forces on the strategically vital oil and gas hub of Marib last week have forced Saudi Arabia to offer a ceasefire agreement to the rebels. The offer came on Monday, after the rebel army seized Mount Hilan, threatening the Yemeni military’s first line of defense and causing a disruption in global energy prices. The ceasefire proposal includes collecting “taxes, customs and other fees generated” by oil imports in the Red Sea port of Hodeida in a joint account that would be accessible to the Houthis. Further evidence that the Saudi-led coalition finds itself with their backs against the wall is the partial loosening of the oil blockade, as four fuel ships were given the go-ahead to dock at Hodeida on Wednesday.

The bid for a truce came two days after Saudi Coalition-manned American warplanes carried out airstrikes against Houthi targets in Marib, with Saudi media claiming heavy losses on the side of the rebel forces. But the partial lifting of the blockade by the Saudi Coalition and the UN-backed Yemeni government indicates that it is the Houthis who are making headway. The fall of Marib would mean Houthi control of one of the key production centers of natural gas in Yemen — one that supplies the entire country — as well as oil fields owned by Saudi Arabia’s Aramco. Given that the Houthis already control most of Yemen’s urban centers, taking Marib would likely tilt the momentum irreversibly in the Houthis’ favor.

In light of the Houthis’ bolstered position in the conflict, Biden’s decision to remove them from the list of global terrorist organizations, while overtly maintaining continued U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s “security” needs could very well be a signal that Washington has tacitly admitted that their proxy war in Yemen is not yielding the desired results. Meanwhile, in a joint statement, last week as preparations for Friday’s major attack on Marib were in the offing, Western governments attempted to make a show of strength in the press in lieu of actual results on the battlefield. “We, the governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America,” said the statement, “condemn the sustained Houthi offensive on the Yemeni city of Marib and the major escalation of attacks the Houthis have conducted and claimed against Saudi Arabia.”

UNHCR Yemen

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March 25 11 AM EST: QUEUE OF SHIPS WAITING AT SUEZ CANAL NOW STANDS AT 237

‘It Might Take Weeks’ To Free ‘Beached Whale’ Ship Stuck In Suez Canal (RT)

The firm working to dislodge the container ship that’s blocking traffic in the Suez Canal has warned that “it might take weeks” to free the tanker, comparing it to trying to remove “an enormous beached whale.” The vessel, ‘Ever Given’, operated by Taiwan-based firm Evergreen, became lodged diagonally in the canal on Tuesday morning after losing control and running aground amid high winds, bringing traffic through one of the world’s busiest shipping channels to a halt. The CEO of Boskalis, a dredging firm that is working to try and free the ship, warned on Thursday that it “can’t exclude [that] it might take weeks,” as they may have to reduce the weight of the vessel, removing containers, oil and water, as well as using tug boats and clearing sand and mud from around it.


“It is like an enormous beached whale. It’s an enormous weight on the sand.” The 220,000-ton vessel was partially refloated on Wednesday, as tug boats worked to reopen the canal, which can see as many as 50 ships pass through it a day. However, the ship remains wedged on the sand, with its GPS tracking data showing that it has only experienced minor changes in its position in the past 24 hours. The incident has created a significant shipping backlog and some firms have warned that if the canal is not fully reopened in the next 24-48 hours, they will have to find a new route for their vessels, adding a week to their journey time and delaying the arrival of goods that rely on the Suez Canal.

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In honour of David Graeber

Free Us From The Roving Cavaliers of Credit (Steve Keen)

As Graeber pointed out in Debt: The First 5000 Years, the assumption that money originated in barter is an enduring myth in economics: “First comes barter, then money; credit only develops later” (Graeber 2011, Chapter 2). This myth permeates the discipline, from Adam Smith’s assertion in 1776 that “the propensity to truck, barter, and exchange one thing for another” (Smith 1776, Chapter 2) was an innate characteristic of humans, to modern economics textbooks, like Gregory Mankiw’s Macroeconomics, that argue that an economy without money would be “a barter economy” (Mankiw 2016, p. 82). Armed with this myth, economists have constructed a fantasy model of capitalism in which money plays no significant role: it is a mere trifle that sensible economists look through, to see the real face of barter lying behind the veil of money.

Consequently, mainstream economists ignore banks, debt and money, while credit plays no role in their mathematical models of the macroeconomy. This is why they not only didn’t see the 2007 Global Financial Crisis coming, but in fact expected 2008 to be a cracker of a year. The OECD’s Economic Outlook in June 2007 trumpeted that “sustained growth in OECD economies would be underpinned by strong job creation and falling unemployment” (Cotis 2007, p. 5). Yeah, right. Two months after this forecast was published, the biggest economic crisis before Covid-19 and since the Great Depression began. Why were they so wrong? Because they ignore Graeber’s central message that debt and credit drive the development, and sometimes the collapse, of economies.

Their logic rests, as usual, on a naïve assumption. They assume that banks are simply “intermediaries” between people who save money, and people who borrow money, and therefore that redistributing this money has little effect on economic activity. As ex-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke put it, “Absent implausibly large differences in marginal spending propensities among the groups … pure redistributions should have no significant macroeconomic effects.” (Bernanke 2000, p. 24). What the hell does that jargon mean? It means that mainstream economists pretend that banks don’t create money when they lend—something that they can no longer do after The Bank of England categorically said that they do (McLeay, Radia et al. 2014)—or that this doesn’t really matter. A little arithmetic is enough to show they’re wrong, and David was right.

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    Vincent van Gogh Scène de rue à Montmartre 1887   • Biden’s Press Conference: Get Ready For President Kamala Harris (Malic) • Better Not Vaccinat
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 26 2021]

    #71789
    V. Arnold
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    Vincent van Gogh Scène de rue à Montmartre 1887

    It’s finished…done…
    …and so bloody real…
    I can hardly breath…

    #71790
    straightwalker
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    @all
    My books (fiction and poetry) are available, free, in various ebook formats at:

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    This will bring up “Michelangelo’s Shoulder,” a collection of stories. Scroll down for a list of the others.
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    #71791

    Vincent van Gogh Scène de rue à Montmartre 1887

    It’s finished…done…
    …and so bloody real…
    I can hardly breath…

    Sotheby’s auctioned it for over €13 million yesterday. It was one of the few remaining van Goghs in private hands, had been for over a century.

    #71792
    Polder Dweller
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    Also in Holland: GPs will now be fined for prescribing HCQ or ivermectin. As infection numbers are soaring back up to where they were early January.

    Frankly, it’s bizarre because if you read the Nature article referred to in the text, it finishes with this:

    Ending transmission of the virus is one way to return to normal. But another could be preventing severe disease and death, says Stefan Flasche, a vaccine epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Given what is known about COVID-19 so far, “reaching herd immunity through vaccines alone is going to be rather unlikely”, he says. It’s time for more realistic expectations.

    In other words, we need cures like ivermectin, dexamethasone, HCQ and anything else that will help, but as Dr D would say, let’s not do science.

    #71793
    Mister Roboto
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    While watching Biden’s press-conference, some rakes on my Twitter feed were saying “Uh-oh, the adderall is wearing off!”

    #71794
    Dr. D
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    Remember how I said the $1.9T (I wrote $1.4T, sorry) wouldn’t be $1,400/hour for 2,000 years?

    Yeah, well they’re already passing a $3T bill a month after that. Vertical debt parabola, much?

    I said we’re at $1T/mo, that was hyperbole — because: future — but now it isn’t. After that $2T/mo, then $4T, then $8T. How much can you take? Well I dunno, but I know you can’t double a Trillion each month without breaking something. You can’t quadruple rates in a few months without breaking something.

    We’re doing both.

    Also things I’ve said: they wanted to place Kamala as the candidate. She’s the only one that’s an adequate soulless, murdering, slave-selling, child-running psychopath. And here we are. As she had zero support among Blacks, Asians, Democrats, they had to shove her in under a useless Joe, then pop up like yesterday’s Neo-moles when no one was looking or voted for her, ever. Okey-doke. Good luck with that. Even Joe, most popular president in world history, is ratioed 36:1 on all his web videos. Kamala is WAY less popular than he is.

    See why we have democracy? Or a representative constitutional republic with democratic institutions?

    Because “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

    Aaaaaaand Americans no longer have 300 million guns, one for every man, woman, and child. Thanks to the mass shooting shenanigans during the Obama years, we now have 400 million. We the people added more guns JUST THE LAST YEARS than any standing army on planet earth. And y’all couldn’t beat Afghanistan using sheep to throw sticks and stones at you.

    Well, anyway, here we are.
    “The Eastern world, it is explodin’
    Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
    You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’
    You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’?
    And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin’

    But you tell me over and over and over again my friend
    Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

    But without terrible events to point to, as someone else said, “Nothing changes without some pain.

    Especially in America, we love going up to the last minute, with the James Bond timer, racing to the cliff edge. …And then win anyway. If we didn’t, where’s the fun in life? With these idiots in charge, it’s so easy to win we have to put some entertaining obstacles in place just to make it a challenge.

    Or maybe we should wear a helmet and be locked in a closet for a week like Toronto says we should do to all good children?

    “Boris Johnson, 2004”

    They’re lying. I don’t know how to make it any clearer. If they said it, it’s a lie.

    “Anthony Fauci has been saying that the country needs to vaccinate 70% to 85% of the population to reach herd immunity”

    He’s lying. His first number was like 45%. So was he lying then, or lying now? Trick question: he’s always lying. If he said it, it’s a lie.

    “US Lockdowns Didn’t Stop Covid – But That Doesn’t Mean They’re Pointless (F.)”

    There’s nothing you can say to that. That’s what passes for logic in a land of the criminally insane.

    Let’s see: they killed all poor people and enriched all rich people. They ended all human rights forever. Free speech has been erased for profit and we can arrest and hold anyone, at any time, for any length if we “suspect” a disease that kills almost no one. Nope! Looks good to me! Carry on, my wayward son.

    “CNN’s Defense of Cuomo’s Special COVID Privileges is Grotesque (Greenwald)”

    The fact that we talk about this instead of the greatest mass murder in NY State history is what is grotesque. Andy used lame pick-up lines? Oh Noes.

    “Tesla & Bitcoin Are Perfect Bedfellows (Mitch Feierstein)”

    Yes, except one is a scam and one reveals and is powered by a scam.

    “UNHCR: So what is really happening in Yemen?”

    The U.N. is sitting around, doing nothing, saying nothing, approving of it all, defending OPCW fabrication, while Saudi is the chair of the human rights commission right after Sudan. Oh wait: did they have a sit in? Did they censure Raytheon, U.K. and the U.S.? No? Did they put them on notice by issuing a warrant for Cheney and Rumsfeld in the Hague? Funny how your words mean nothing to me. You’re lying. You’re Bread and Circus without the bread. Maybe “Bread and Puppet.”

    “It Might Take Weeks’ to Free ‘Beached Whale’ Ship Stuck in Suez Canal (RT)”

    Found the weirdest thing in “Hereletmegooglethatforyou.com” hundreds of news stories desperately clarifying that the name of the ship is not “Evergreen”, that’s the shipping company. Um, correct. AND WHY IS THAT RELEVANT, either to the world or to the coincidence of the HRC “Ever Given” being “Evergreen”? “In other news, Sasquatch isn’t real and Francisco Franco is still dead!” You’re wasting media columns protesting this why?

    That’s way weirder than the coincidence itself.

    Btw, the tug getting its fat -ss out of the way of danger is the “Barak”. Oh, and the “Mosaed”. The cargo ship that it’s blocking has call letters “WMD.”

    https://www.vesselfinder.com/

    Maybe we’re all in a simulation. I wouldn’t know. If it’s just a coincidence that Jesus appear in your buttered toast, why are you writing a thousand articles about it? Who cares if it’s Ever Green, Ever Given, or the HMS Pinafore? YOU DO. Not me.

    “Looks like @JamesGRickards Ice 9 not so crazy now.”

    …Or on purpose if you freeze all human activity on with violent force of (non)law, and all supply chains stall for reasons no person can seem to identify. And then: so what? Why would I care? Money isn’t water. I’ll use Yap Stones, you narrow-minded simpletons. I’ll use cigarettes and tuna. I’ll use Ithaca Dollars. I’ll use Tide pods and Amazon cards. I’ll use blocks of heroin like Wall Street does.

    Oh and you think I’ll use Bitcoin and precious metals?

    As Marvel would say: “What a bunch of a-holes.”

    Go ahead and stop me from texting a 32-digit number and trading canned goods with my friends. I’ll wait.

    #71795
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    And the sad thing is, if I were to ask my Democratic-Party-supporting mother about what she thought about the Prez’s first presser, I’m sure she would all but rave about what an all-time great performance it was. :-/

    #71796
    zerosum
    Participant

    A black swan, covered in oil.
    https://www.rt.com/business/519108-us-import-record-oil-russia/

    In 2020, Russia became the third-largest oil supplier to the US, outpacing Saudi Arabia, world’s biggest exporter, according to Bloomberg calculations based on customs and EIA data. Russia’s share of American oil exports currently stands at a record-high seven percent.
    American refineries reportedly loaded 538,000 barrels of Russian crude and oil products daily, breaking a decade-old record.
    Canada shipped 4.1 million bpd,
    while Mexico sold about 750,000 bpd

    caused by the lack of access to Venezuelan crude, targeted by US sanctions. Moreover, shipments of crude from OPEC nations were significantly reduced amid the cartel’s pact on cutting output. US energy majors, including Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Valero Energy were among the key buyers of oil and petroleum products from Russian producers.
    —–
    Another black swan covered in oil.

    US, Lobbyists and Arm Dealers Scramble to Reposition Amid Impending Saudi Defeat in Yemen


    US, Lobbyists and Arm Dealers Scramble to Reposition Amid Impending Saudi Defeat in Yemen
    Recent developments in the Yemen war are increasingly pointing to the possibility that Biden’s ostensible moves towards peace may simply be an attempt to control the narrative and save face around what is looking like yet another defeat in the long-running American-sponsored global war on terror.

    by Raul Diego

    Here is what you need to know about the situation in Yemen.
    6 years of conflict in Yemen
    20 million Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance
    4 million Yemenis displaced
    5 million only a step away from famine
    So what is really happening in Yemen?

    ——–
    Black swans covered in oil are everywhere
    https://www.rt.com/news/519117-evergreen-ship-stuck-suez-canal/
    the ship remains wedged on the sand, with its GPS tracking data showing that it has only experienced minor changes in its position in the past 24 hours.

    http://www.shiptraffic.net/2001/04/suez-canal-ship-traffic.html
    Another link to GPS ship tracking data
    ———-
    Looking for oil soaked black swans in Venezuela
    https://www.worldoil.com/search-results?q=Venezuelan+&range=1&sort=date
    Maduro enlists foreign oil companies to help end U.S. sanctions
    News 3/20/2021
    New U.S. sanctions on traders choke Venezuela’s oil exports
    News 3/2/2021
    Chevron, Reliance request U.S. unwind some Venezuela oil sanctions
    News 1/28/2021
    Millions of barrels of sanctioned Venezuelan crude finding their way to China
    News 1/25/2021
    Venezuelan crude exports nosedive as OPEC+ preps output increase
    News 1/1/2021
    All carrot, no stick: Biden seeks negotiations with Venezuela’s Maduro and his allies
    News 12/18/2020
    —–

    #71797
    madamski
    Participant

    What is it about toilet paper? God’s Chosen Metaphor for human folly?

    Anticipated TP Shortage

    #71798
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a Friday White House press briefing that ‘most scientists believe COVID-19 didn’t come from a lab,’ contradicting viral comments to CNN by former CDC Director Robert Redfield.”

    So did the UN biological weapons director. So I’ll make this easy: He’s lying.

    P.S. he also funded the lab he claims it didn’t escape from, but…no motive or nuttin’.

    Over/Under on Suez stall crashing the worldwide banking system right on cue?

    #71799
    Bill7
    Participant

    ‘Who is Shaking the Jar?’, by Jim Quinn:

    “..The monstrous effort to polarize the country by the psychopaths in suits pulling the strings of societal disgruntlement has the ultimate purpose of subjugation and dominion over every aspect of our lives. They no longer feel the need to conceal their treachery, as they openly proclaim their Great Reset, where you will own nothing and be happy – living in a 200 sq ft shipping container, eating synthetic meat, drinking Gates endorsed reprocessed piss, snacking on bugs, and praying their windmill and solar power works on calm cloudy days as a frigid winter storm front arrives.

    None of this is an accident. It is not occurring naturally. This is the result of a designed blueprint to control and rule the world by a relatively small cadre of billionaire oligarch globalists, Big Tech despots, bought off politicians, the banking cabal fronted by their puppets at the Federal Reserve, surveillance state operatives, military industrial complex parasites, captured corporate media, mega-corporations, and mid-level government apparatchiks sucking on the teat of the Deep State..”

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/03/22/who-is-shaking-the-jar/

    #71800
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    • Herd Immunity Is Near, Despite Fauci’s Denial (WSJ)

    Back in December, the CDC wrote that “1 in 7.7 total COVID-19 infections were reported.”
    In January, the CDC changed this (for whatever reasons) to “1 in 4.6 total COVID–19 infections were reported.”

    The reported cases in the US now stand at 31 million.

    Even using the more conservative multiplier (4.6) from the CDC, this means that at least 140 million in the US were infected, which is 42% of the population. Adding to this the 26% of the US who got at least one dose of the vaccine so far, gives 68% of the population. There is some double counting error due to some previously infected people getting the vaccine, but still, this supports the claim that some level of “herd immunity” could be very close, if not already here.

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/burden.html

    #71801

    .. this supports the claim that some level of “herd immunity” could be very close, if not already here.

    Somewhere in there, I think you have to add natural immunity. Harder to gauge than counted infections and vaccinations (which don’t make people immune as far as we know), but potentially substantial.

    #71802

    I don’t see any rejected comments – by WP- anymore. Anyone still have issues, or did I solve the problem?

    #71803
    sumac.carol
    Participant

    Riddle me this -maybe I’m missing something: Why is it a transgression for doctors to use Ivermectin for covid when evidently doctors have been throwing this, that and the other thing (aspirin etc) at it all this time. I don’t understand.

    I want to share another miracle cure I have been working with: silver. Colloidal is good, nanoparticles silver is even better. I used it to cure my dog of lyme disease ( after 2 unsuccessful 30 day rounds of doxycycline) and I am using it to great effect on my cat that has the feline equivalent of HIV. The vet told me that my cat was a poor candidate for full mouth tooth extraction (needed to control his HIV). I irrigated the cat’s mouth several times daily with silver (added cbd for pain relief) and he is eating like a champ – and his mouth no longer stinks.

    #71807
    madamski
    Participant

    Our faith in the grand schemes of mentally deranged megalomaniacs is touching. It has its appeal: if they can fuck the world up per plan, then (we tell ourselves), we can fix the world up per plan. We’re sure of it. After all, it wasn’t us who submitted, for sake of convenience and comfort, to the rule of abject imbeciles.

    See the blueprint!? What could possibly go wrong?

    World domination by people crazy in a way different from us looks viable on paper but, like communism or capitalism, doesn’t pan out so well in practice. These people try to rule the world because their minds are that fucked up, not because they have a genuine clue how to achieve such a thing any more than we minions are able to take control of human culture and reliably, predictably, safely run it successfully for the common good.

    Oh, it is plausible that mentally deformed idiot geniuses (Elon Musk comes to mind) could put the world under iron fist rule etc. It is also plausible that humanity can live in peace among itself. It hasn’t happened since we began recording history except for the Neolithic outposts of (what I’ll call) pre-Edenic holdouts in various deserts and rain forests, but it is technically plausible in a delightfully far-fetched way.

    What is doable, just barely but nonetheless we’ve all seen it happen, is that two people learn to love, cherish, honor and respect each other even after finding out what shits each other can be.

    ^&*

    If the Evergreen company’s Evergiven container ship was run aground on purpose to stall the economy, why bother with pre-fab astro-virus schemes? Covid as a scam has only weakened the power of the flophouse fools we call government and industry. Joni Mitchell once said to a boyfriend she was dumping (Graham Nash of ‘Our House’ fame) left him a note:

    ‘If you hold sand too tightly in your hand, it will run through your fingers.”

    Fauci is already a laughingstock and increasingly vulnerable to bad consequences both legal and illegal. Without a pre-existing bureaucratic power structure, these guys couldn’t run a lemonade stand. They’re destroying the power structure. The result will be chaos of the civil war variety, not totalitarian ant hill empires run by media pheromone trails. Those trails are what we’re following to our collective catastrophe, not to global dominion by comic book Moriartys.

    60 years ago, similar simians in suits earnestly believed in atomic power too cheap to meter. They weren’t megalomaniacs wanting sociopathic and narcissistic control of the world, they were bureaucrats looking to Make the World a Better Place, with full support of government, business, and back then, vox populi..

    They were wrong. So are the Muskygates of our time. Yes, they are crashing things. Yes, they probably perceive at least some of it as “controlled demolition” going according to plan. But some of it terrifies them, which cues their narcissistic tendency to avoid truth that hurts their feelings, and the sociopathic tendency to not be adequately scared of their maniacal acts.

    Fleas riding the tail of a very large tiger thinking the tiger won’t bite them because they’re on its tail and the tiger wouldn’t bite its own tail, would it? Normally, no: but if some rich yeast-brain lights that tail on fire, you betcha.

    #71808
    madamski
    Participant

    The best we can be, or so I believe.

    Fools in Love

    #71809
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    https://olhardigital.com.br/en/2021/03/01/medicina-e-saude/pacientes-que-fizeram-tratamento-precoce-tem-mais-infeccao-por-covid-19/?gfetch=2021%2F03%2F01%2Fmedicine-and-health%2Fpatients-who-had-early-treatment-have-more-covid-infection-19%2F

    I’m going to save myself the time typing and figure you all can see how the study doesn’t support the conclusion. I am reminded of the old ads showing a doctor expressing his preference for a particular brand of cigarettes.

    #71815
    straightwalker
    Participant

    @Raul
    My comment had a long line truncated. When I tried to edit, I was tagged as a spammer. It should read as follows. Trying to share my work with the excellent TAE community. Hope this posts.

    My books (fiction and poetry) are available, free, in various ebook formats at:

    smashwordsDOTcomFORWARDSLASHbooks
    FORWARDSLASHviewFORWARDSLASH3833

    This will bring up “Michelangelo’s Shoulder,” a collection of stories. Scroll down for a list of the others.
    Thanks,
    straightwalker

    #71816
    madamski
    Participant

    “…did I solve the problem?”

    Lots of words. words nerds birds.

    A pair of pragraphs. Izbone.

    Izbone is not a real thing.

    A link:

    https://antiwar.com/

    More words and pizza galleris. NO peanuts. Yes, no bananas.

    A youtube of a birdie:

    Kookaburra

    Even more words. Lies lies lies! Frankentruths. Verbal salad.

    An image:

    corot

    Yet more text and a spurious conclusion.

    #71817
    madamski
    Participant

    Looks like you fixed it.

    #71818
    WES
    Participant

    The joe & kamala puppet show

    Is it just my imagination that kamala is trying to bump poor joe out of the white house?
    Yesterday joe’s meds started to wear off about half way through his presser.
    Obviously kamala only gave joe enough meds to last for half an hour!
    With all the political kaos, there just has to be a fight going on behind the curtains!
    Could the fight be over the timing?
    joe ain’t called slow for n’thing!
    Heels Up kamala is in a hurry!
    So we will popular puppet joe get replaced by unpopular puppet kamala?
    Stay tune to the next exciting episode of joe & kamala!

    #71821
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    @ Bill7

    The article that you brought to my attention:
    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/03/22/who-is-shaking-the-jar/
    Reflects much of the way that I am thinking these days

    #71822
    madamski
    Participant

    @ WES

    Your question assumes that there is enough Adderall or such that can be given in a single dose to get Joe through a presser. It also assumes they can control it in a predictable manner. Senility is not a very controllable beastie.

    fwiw, it makes more sense to me that they want Joe in there as long as possible so they can hide behind the screen of that smoke coming off his frying neurons. Then Lady Kaka can step in… and serve the same purpose not unlike how Gerald Ford did back when muscle cars and arena rock seemed poised to take over the world and women’s fashion was weirdly metrical: high heels, mini-skirts, maxi-skirts, shortshorts and hot pants.

    If our ruling wealthiacs want to maintain some privilege and control over something like a functioning nation, they’ll have to beg Russia to lead the world in rescuing us, I firmly believe. Let the onus of getting us into hot water with Russia fall on Joe and his sucker-puncher, Kamala. By the time 2024 is showing us whether we’ll still hold elections or not, a populist candidate, running a platform based on the reform/ revolution spectrum in a position closer to revolution than reform, would easily come to power free of the taint that Joe and Kamala will likely haveof goading Russia into flexing real muscle, and would be able to justify an accommodationist position that the people might buy.

    Save us soulless Putin! Save us from our folly and the relentless acidity of Dmitry Orlov’s sneering truths!

    (These evil so-called geniuses are into pedophilia, I believe, because they lack the means to know when a woman is faking orgasm or not. Goes with being an insensitive blood-clot who can’t tell rape from seduction. 11-15 year old girls usually haven’t learned how to fake orgasm yet, so when their whimpering turns to moans, these tinsel-dicked uranians feel oh so powerful.)

    Governments change not from democratic political processes or similar make-work jive but from significant numbers of people no longer doing the same old thing. This process is currently experiencing rapidly accelerating catalyzation and will soon reach a point of roiling poised to bubble and boil over.

    This is not something career bureaucrats understand (hence the vicioiusness of guys like Stalin: it works handily to consolidate of power in a room of wonky wankers). They especially don’t get the idea that domestic internal revolution is very different from external foreign revolution like the color revolutions we’ve fomented. WIth foreign revolutions fometned by us, they had us to give them money and arms and bail them out.

    We have no one. To the extent that China is manipulating our money uber alles government to change us for their benefit, they lack the means to bail us out also: they’re a massive raw materials importer and are run by competent and loyal bureaucrats as dumb as ours but in a different way.

    So if we decide to foment revolution within ourselves, if the Palpatine wannabes shake the jar like that, the shaking will quickly be taken over from them by the people and, if we’re lucky, a foreign power powerful enough to straighten us out before someone gets hurt (rather like the USA/foreign investment given earlly post-USSR Russia justified if only to keep a standing nuclear power stable).

    #71824
    WES
    Participant

    I have a sneaky suspicion Venezuela’s oil exports are being laundered by Russia before being imported by the US. P.S. Just don’t tell anyone!

    The only herd immunity I see being built up these days are to; the virus, lockdowns, masks, Dr. Fasci, the CDC, the WHO, corruption, censoring, being canceled, wokeism, BLM, google, facebook, twitter, the Fed, etc.

    The city of Ottawa is asking seniors to help them out by signing up for the jab as they currently have over 38,000 open unbooked appointments available! Some of Ottawa’s seniors must read TAE!

    #71826
    zerosum
    Participant

    Update: My vaccine
    Vaccine area, not red, not swollen. Just a little bit sensitive from sleeping on it.
    I went in the mountain, checked out one winter trail cam and installed another.
    The camera shot a doe deer and an cow elk.
    Saw 9 dry campers. Calling for rain this weekend.

    #71827
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    “we are in the midst of a government created Depression”

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/03/23/who-is-shaking-the-jar-part-2/

    #71828
    zerosum
    Participant

    faking data
    The nurse who gave me my Pfizer vaccine told me that it cost $20.00 for that little bit of vaccine.
    Seeing what was happening, I’ll estimate that the total cost is over $100.00 /vaccine
    To get the vaccine I had to sign a waiver.
    I cannot prove that anything that I’m telling you is true.

    #71829
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    To get the vaccine I had to sign a waiver.
    I cannot prove that anything that I’m telling you is true.

    Glad to hear you’re doing okay…hang in there…

    My sister (70yo) just got her 2nd Pfizer shot Thursday (in Oregon)…so far so good…
    My wife and I reckon we’ll just bide our time for a while…vaccines can wait a while in our day to day…
    Too soon old…too late smart????

    #71840
    Dr. D
    Participant

    drinking reprocessed piss, snacking on bugs, and praying their windmill and solar power works”

    I heard this week they want a New Green World…and you’re the fertilizer.

    #71843
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    I heard this week they want a New Green World…and you’re the fertilizer.

    Soylent Green of course!

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