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Pablo Picasso The old fisherman 1895

 

Amazon’s Twitter Army Was Handpicked For “Great Sense Of Humor” (IC)
Twitter Censors Famed Epidemiologist Martin Kulldorff (AIER)
The Fourth Surge Is Upon Us. This Time, It’s Different. (Atl.)
It’s Time To Talk About Ivermectin (NC)
The “Unvaccinated” Question (CJ Hopkins)
In Germany, AstraZeneca Vaccine Only For People Over 60 After 9 Deaths (RT)
‘Concerns’ Over Lack Of Data In WHO Report on Covid-19 Origins (RT)
Tanzania’s Late President Magufuli: ‘Science Denier’ or Threat to Empire? (UH)
New Minimum Wage Legislation: Millions Of Europeans Will Earn More (AD)
A Fourth Stimulus Check? Momentum Grows For Recurring Payments (Fox32)
Biden To Unveil $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal (Hill)
Many Capitol Rioters Unlikely To Serve Jail Time (Pol.)
Matt Gaetz Claims Former DOJ Lawyer Was Extorting Him (CTH)

 

 

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Collateral Crucifixion. See video at the bottom of this post.

 

 

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An army to protect Bezos.

Amazon’s Twitter Army Was Handpicked For “Great Sense Of Humor” (IC)

Amazon’s small twitter army of “ambassadors” was quietly conceived in 2018 under the codename “Veritas,” which sought to train and dispatch select employees to the social media trenches to defend Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, according to an internal description of the program obtained exclusively by The Intercept. Amazon ambassadors drew attention this week as they responded to a wave of online criticism for the company’s treatment of workers amid a union drive at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. Anticipating criticisms of worker conditions at their fulfillment centers in particular, Amazon designed Veritas to train fulfillment center workers chosen for their “great sense of humor” to confront critics — including policymakers — on Twitter in a “blunt” manner.

The document, produced as part of the pilot program in 2018 and marked “Amazon.com Confidential,” also includes examples of how its ambassadors can snarkily respond to criticisms of the company and its CEO. Several examples involve Sen. Bernie Sanders, a longtime critic of the $1 trillion firm who has been targeted by it in recent days. It also provides examples of how to defend Bezos. “To address speculation and false assertions in social media and online forums about the quality of the FC [Fulfillment Center] associate experience, we are creating a new social team staffed with active, tenured FC employees, who will be empowered to respond in a polite—but blunt—way to every untruth,” the project description reads. “FC Ambassadors (‘FCA’) will respond to all posts and comments from customers, influencers (including policymakers), and media questioning the FC associate experience.”

Kelly Nantel, an Amazon spokesperson, said via email: “FC Ambassadors are employees who work in our fulfillment centers and choose to share their personal experience — the FC ambassador program helps show what it’s actually like inside our fulfillment centers, along with the public tours we provide.” In 2018, Amazon admitted that the ambassadors were employees paid to “honestly share the facts” about what working in its fulfillment centers is like. Many Twitter users had at first believed the ambassadors were automated “bot” accounts due to the nearly identical format of their account bios, all of which feature the Amazon smile logo and begin with the handle “@AmazonFC.” But that format was specifically mandated by Amazon, The Intercept’s document shows. “We could also add an emoji to the username to give personality, for example a small box emoji,” the document suggests.

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And Amazon is not alone: this is what the Twitter “Great Sense Of Humor” army does.

Twitter Censors Famed Epidemiologist Martin Kulldorff (AIER)

We’ve been witness to Twitter censorship for more than a year, beginning with obviously objectionable extremists then gradually moving to silence people based on merely having an opinion that contradicts lockdown orthodoxy. There have been days when I wondered whether I would cross the invisible line and even whether AIER would itself be silenced. Stanford public health expert Scott Atlas has been censored, and Naomi Wolf, visiting senior fellow at AIER, was put in Twitter jail for a week for landing on the wrong side of the high priests of allowable content. Well, a new line has been crossed. Harvard Professor Martin Kulldorff and co-creator of the Great Barrington Declaration, one of the most cited epidemiologists and infectious -disease experts in the world (latest count of citations: 25,290) has been censored by Twitter. His tweet on how not everyone needs a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 was not taken down. He had a warning slapped on it and users have been prevented from liking or retweeting the post.

Keep in mind, too, that Dr. Kulldorff serves on the Covid-19 vaccine safety subgroup that the CDC, NIH, and FDA rely upon for technical expertise on this very subject..

So here we have some geeks at Twitter curating science, in areas totally outside the specialization of web nerds, in a way that skews public understanding of the scientific debate. Dr. Kulldorff’s censorship directly coincides with Anthony Fauci making a political push to retain social distancing and mask restrictions and forced separation for children until they are vaccinated. He was all over Sunday TV shows doing that. This attempt to silence accredited experts completely distorts the process of scientific inquiry, discovery, and public opinion. And to what end? Twitter has generally been biased in a lockdown direction. If you want to be cynical about it, you could observe that everyone who works there can get by on laptops and houseshoes for the duration.


Its stock price has more than doubled in the course of lockdowns and user engagement has risen dramatically. It would appear that with this latest act of censorship – we are not talking about political extremism or anything else that violates normal terms of use – we have entered into a new realm. Twitter is now curating the scientific debate in ways that exclude alternative points of view, particularly those that raise doubts about the need for universalized vaccines and vaccine passports. To be sure, Dr. Kulldorff is not an anti-vaxxer (why should I have to say that?) but instead has a nuanced position in light of his professional understanding of the demographics of risk of this virus.

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Zeynep Tufekci with an unabashed promo piece on vaccines. She says 100 million Americans may have been infected, and therefore developed the same antibodies a vaccination might provide, but let’s inject them all regardless.

The Fourth Surge Is Upon Us. This Time, It’s Different. (Atl.)

the United States has had one of the largest outbreaks in the world. This has caused us immense suffering and loss, but it also means that we are now less vulnerable to future waves. So far, 30 million people in the United States have had a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, although the real (unmeasured) number is perhaps as high as 100 million. As expected, those people retain some level of immunity for a substantial amount of time. It’s hard to know exactly how long, because the virus is so new, but for SARS (the related coronavirus that almost sparked a pandemic in 2003), people who were infected retained an antibody response, and thus protection, for an average of two years. Though amazingly, the vaccines appear to provide better immunity than natural infection, those previously infected also gain defenses.

Carefully done studies on large populations show a very low rate of reinfection for this coronavirus: less than 1 percent. Plus, many documented reinfections tend to be mild or asymptomatic, an unsurprising outcome given that in these cases the virus is no longer totally novel for the immune system, and thus not as catastrophic in its consequences. It’s pretty clear that large numbers of people in the U.S. already are, or will soon be, protected from COVID-19’s more severe outcomes, such as death and hospitalization, which the vaccines reduce so close to zero that clinical trials have reported hardly any such cases. And it gets better: Yesterday, the CDC released real-life data showing that, just two weeks after even a single dose, the two mRNA vaccines were 80 percent effective in preventing infection. The effectiveness rose to 90 percent after the second, booster dose.

People in the study were routinely tested regardless of whether they had symptoms, so we know that vaccines prevented not just symptomatic illness—the vaccine-efficacy rate reported in the trials—but any infection. People who are not infected by a virus cannot transmit it at all, and even people who have a breakthrough case despite vaccination have been shown to have lower viral loads compared with unvaccinated people, and so are likely much less contagious. All of this doesn’t mean that there will be zero deaths or illnesses among the vaccinated. The elderly, who tend to have weaker immune systems, are especially prone to having vaccines fail. In nursing homes, even the common cold can cause deadly outbreaks. But for the vaccinated, the risk from COVID-19 clearly has become comparable to “baseline risk”—it’s not zero, but just like the risks presented by the flu and other viruses, it’s not something for which most of us would put our lives on hold.

How do we square all this good news with what happened during a White House briefing yesterday, when CDC Director Rochelle Walensky interrupted the flow, saying, “I’m going to lose the script,” and talked of “the recurring feeling I have of impending doom.” She was visibly emotional and her voice cracked as she said was “scared,” and pleaded with Americans to “hold on a little longer.” I can’t read her mind, but if I were Walensky, I’d be scared because those who are not protected through vaccination or past infection are still at grave risk, a fact that may be overshadowed by all the good news. Even as our vaccines continue to work very well against it, the particular variant we’re facing in this surge is both more transmissible and more deadly for the unvaccinated.

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Has been for a long time.

It’s Time To Talk About Ivermectin (NC)

On December 29th of last year, Mexico’s Institute of Socal Security (IMSS) allowed ivermectin to be prescribed to outpatients with Covid. On the same day the Secretariat of Health of Mexico City and the State of Mexico decided to adopt a protocol in which anyone testing positive at any one of the city’s 250 rapid testing sites would be given ivermectin. As you can see in the graphs below, courtesy of Juan Chamie, a data scientist from EAFIT University in Colombia, based on data provided by Mexico City authorities, the number of hospitalizations due to Covid and excess deaths peaked shortly after the New Year and have been falling sharply ever since. They are now almost back to their prior base line.


Mexico City is the first major global city to adopt what amounts to a test-and-treat approach to covid-19 involving ivermectin. But it was the largely indigenous southern state of Chiapas that led the way last summer. In July 2020, as Mexico was buckling under its first wave of the pandemic, the state decided to distribute ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment, having already deployed the medicine in its battle against mosquito-borne RNA viruses such as Zika and Chikungunya. Since October Chiapas has consistently occupied the lowest risk level on the federal government’s coronavirus stoplight map. Thanks to ivermectin’s apparent success in Chiapas, IMSS allowed the medicine to be prescribed nationwide. It also helped launch the pilot program in Mexico City, for which it received a barrage of criticism.

An official group of health experts argued that there’s no scientific evidence that the drug is effective, and called for the immediate repeal of its use. To their credit, both the Secretariat and IMSS have stuck to their guns. Of course, there’s no way of definitively proving that the rapid falloff in hospitalizations and deaths, first in Chiapas and then Mexico City, is due to the use of ivermectin. Correlation, as we well know, is not causation. It’s also true that Mexico City authorities have introduced tougher social distancing measures and travel restrictions since December. But similar dramatic drop offs have been witnessed in other regions and countries where ivermectin has been used widely, including across the length and breadth of Peru and Iran as well as parts of Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and India.

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“You can positive-PCR-test a pawpaw fruit … but you might want to be careful who you tell if you do that.”

The “Unvaccinated” Question (CJ Hopkins)

Here in Germany, the government is considering banning us from working outside our homes. We are already banned from flying on commercial airlines. (We can still use the trains, if we dress up like New Normals.) In the village of Potsdam, just down the road from Wannsee (which name you might recall from your 20th-Century history lessons), we are banned from entering shops and restaurants. (I’m not sure whether we can still use the sidewalks, or whether we have to walk in the gutters.) In Saxony, we are forbidden from attending schools. At the Berliner Ensemble (the theater founded by Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel, lifelong opponents of totalitarianism and fascism), we are banned from attending New Normal performances.

In the USA, we are being banned by universities. Our children are being banned from public schools. In New York, the new “Excelsior Pass” will allow New Normals to attend cultural and sports events (and patronize bars and restaurants, eventually) secure in the knowledge that the Unvaccinated have been prevented from entering or segregated in an “Unvaccinated Only” section. The pass system, designed by IBM, which, if history is any guide, is pretty good at designing such systems (OK, technically, it was Deutsche Hollerith Maschinen Gesellschaft, IBM’s Nazi-Germany subsidiary), was launched this past weekend to considerable fanfare. And this is only the very beginning. Israel’s “Green Pass” is the model for the future, which makes sense, in a sick, fascistic kind of way. When you’re already an apartheid state, what’s a little more apartheid?

OK, I know what the New Normals are thinking. They’re thinking I’m “misleading” people again. That I’m exaggerating. That this isn’t really segregation, and certainly nothing like “medical apartheid.” After all (as the New Normals will sternly remind me), no one is forcing us to get “vaccinated.” If we choose not to, or can’t for medical reasons, all we have to do is submit to a “test” — you know, the one where they ram that 9-inch swab up into your sinus cavities — within 24 hours before we want to go out to dinner, or attend the theater or a sports event, or visit a museum, or attend a university, or take our children to school or a playground, and our test results will serve as our “vaccine passports!” We just present them to the appropriate Covid Compliance Officer, and (assuming the results are negative, of course) we will be allowed to take part in New Normal society just as if we’d been “vaccinated.”

Either way, “vaccine” or “test,” the New Normal officials will be satisfied, because the tests and passes are really just stage props. The point is the display of mindless obedience. Even if you take the New Normals at their word, if you are under 65 and in relatively good health, getting “vaccinated” is more or less pointless, except as a public display of compliance and belief in the official Covid-19 narrative (the foundation stone of the New Normal ideology). Even the high priests of their “Science” confess that it doesn’t prevent you spreading the “plague.” And the PCR tests are virtually meaningless, as even the WHO finally admitted. (You can positive-PCR-test a pawpaw fruit … but you might want to be careful who you tell if you do that.)

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Canada: under 55. Germany: under 60. How many people will now say: thanks, but no, thank you?

In Germany, AstraZeneca Vaccine Only For People Over 60 After 9 Deaths (RT)

Germany has restricted the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure amid reports the jab is being linked to more cases of suspected adverse effects, some resulting in death. The country’s Standing Vaccination Commission recommended on Tuesday that AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria only be given to men and women over the age of 60, or in exceptional cases. The decision was made due to “available, albeit limited, evidence” concerning the drug’s safety. The commission announced its recommendation hours after the city of Berlin introduced an identical policy. Earlier, two state-owned clinics in the city halted AstraZeneca shots for women under 55 years of age. Munich followed suit with its own rule banning the shot for people under 60.

Health Minister Jens Spahn was scheduled to speak with regional counterparts about the AstraZeneca drug later on Tuesday, a ministry spokesperson announced. Germany had suspended emergency use of the AstraZeneca shot earlier this month, but then lifted the temporary ban after EU regulators deemed it to be safe. The latest restrictions placed on the drug come after Germany’s vaccine regulator, the Paul Ehrlich Institute, disclosed that as of March 29, the country has recorded 31 cases of cerebral sinus vein thrombosis (CSVT), nine of which resulted in death, after people were given the Vaxzevria injection. CSVT is a rare form of blood clot that forms in the brain.

Of the 31 cases of CSVT, all except two involved women between the ages of 20 and 63. Before the new guidelines were issued in Berlin, a district in North Rhine-Westphalia state suspended shots for women under 55 after two women suffered from blood clots. Nearly 2.7 million first doses of Vaxzevria have been administered in Germany. According to official figures, women under the age of 70 make up two-thirds of those vaccinated with the AstraZeneca drug. It’s believed that more women than men have received the shot because nurses were among the first group in Germany to take the jab.

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“Two months earlier, the WHO chief praised China’s response to the pandemic..”

‘Concerns’ Over Lack Of Data In WHO Report on Covid-19 Origins (RT)

Fourteen countries including the US and UK have expressed “concerns” over a new report into the origins of Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) after the agency’s own chief also highlighted data-access issues. “It is equally essential that we voice our shared concerns that the international expert study on the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was significantly delayed and lacked access to complete, original data and samples,” a joint statement from the nations read. The signatories included the governments of Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, South Korea, Slovenia, the UK and US. The statement also called for a further analysis of the outbreak of Covid-19 that is “transparent”,”free from interference” and “unimpeded.”

A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that China had “offered necessary facilitation for the team’s work”, and warned against “politicizing” efforts to identify the origins of Covid-19. The joint statement echoes comments made by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said that the UN health agency’s scientists had trouble “accessing raw data” while in China. “I expect future collaborative studies to include more timely and comprehensive data sharing,” he said during a news briefing on Tuesday, adding he did not believe the report was “extensive enough.” Two months earlier, the WHO chief praised China’s response to the pandemic, adding that President Xi Jinping had “encouraged and impressed” him with his knowledge of the coronavirus.

The 120-page WHO report was published on Tuesday after a team of international scientists visited the Chinese city of Wuhan between January 14 and February 10, 2021. The scientists visited the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where the virus is believed to have spread from. The team did not find the source of Covid-19, but their report effectively ruled out its origin from a laboratory accident, saying it was “extremely unlikely,” while the virus’s introduction through frozen food chains was considered “possible.”

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Jeremy Loffredo and Whitney Webb on a virtually unknown Covid story.

Tanzania’s Late President Magufuli: ‘Science Denier’ or Threat to Empire? (UH)

Less than 2 weeks ago, Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan delivered the news that her country’s president, John Pombe Magufuli, had died of heart failure. President Magufuli had been described as missing since the end of February, with several anti-government parties circulating stories that he had fallen ill with COVID-19. During his presidency, Magufuli had consistently challenged neocolonialism in Tanzania, whether it manifested through the exploitation of his country’s natural resources by predatory multinationals or the West’s influence over his country’s food supply. In the months leading up to his death, Magufuli had become better known and particularly demonized in the West for opposing the authority of international organizations like the WHO in determining his government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

However, Magufuli had spurned many of the same interests and organizations angered by his response to COVID for years, having kicked out Bill Gates-funded trials of genetically-modified crops and more recently angering some of the most powerful mining companies in the West, companies with ties to the World Economic Forum and the Forum’s efforts to guide the course of the 4th industrial revolution. Indeed, more threatening than his recent COVID controversies was the threat Magufuli posed to foreign control over the world’s largest, ready-to-develop nickel deposit, a metal essential to electric car batteries and thus the current effort to usher in an electric, autonomous vehicle revolution. For instance, just a month before he disappeared, Magufuli had signed an agreement to begin developing that nickel deposit, a deposit that had been previously co-owned by Barrick Gold and Glencore, the commodity giant deeply tied to Israel’s Mossad, until Magufuli revoked their licenses for the project in 2018.

Running afoul of the most powerful corporate and banking cartels followed then by the mysterious onset of sudden regime change would normally garner considerable coverage from anti-imperialist independent media outlets, which recently covered similar events in Bolivia that led to the removal of Evo Morales from power. However, the very outlets that have extensively covered Western-backed regime change efforts for years have been entirely silent on the very convenient death of Magufuli. Presumably, their silence is related to Magufuli’s flouting of COVID-19 narrative orthodoxy, as these same outlets have largely promoted the official narrative of the pandemic.

[..] In contrast to Magufuli, who routinely stood up to predatory corporations and imperialist designs on his country, Samia Suhulhu and Tanzanian opposition politician Tundu Lissu are poised to offer up their country’s resources, and their population, on the altar of the Western elite-driven 4th industrial revolution.

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Google translate. It’s not just the US. “..minimum hourly wage to 14 euros. Now that is 9.72 euros (40-hour working week) or 10.80 euros (for 36 hours)”

New Minimum Wage Legislation: Millions Of Europeans Will Earn More (AD)

At least 24 million employees in 25 of the 27 EU member states will earn more in one punch in two years at the latest. That’s because all of Europe will have a decent minimum wage by then. The two largest groups in Europe, of Christian and Social Democrats, have reached an agreement on this, which they are sending to the rest of the European Parliament today. The Member States, led by the Portuguese socialist António Costa, are also in a hurry. Prime Minister Costa wants to align the member states before handing over his presidency to his Slovenian colleague, the conservative Janez Jansa, on 1 July. The two Parliament rapporteurs, Agnes Jongerius (PvdA) and her German colleague Dennis Radtke (EPP), assume a minimum wage that meets a double threshold across Europe: at least 60 percent of the median (half is lower, half higher) and 50 percent of the average wage.

For the Netherlands, according to Jongerius, this means an increase of the minimum hourly wage to 14 euros. Now that is 9.72 euros (40-hour working week) or 10.80 euros (for 36 hours). The intervention must end a period of thirty years in which the minimum wage has only deteriorated. “Costa has already shown after the banking crisis that the economy will benefit if you increase the minimum wage,” says Jongerius. “Greece went the other way under pressure from Europe and only got extra misery.” She wants a minimum wage “of which you can normally support your family with the occasional extra: a laptop for the children or a vacation”. But we are still a long way from that.

In at least nine Member States, minimum wages fall through the poverty threshold, in many more Member States entire groups are excluded. Jongerius: ,, Corona has made that even worse, especially in low-paid sectors such as retail and tourism. The youths who kept running for us in supermarkets were grossly underpaid. “”

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“The measure could include as much as $3 trillion in new taxes and $4 trillion in new spending.”

A Fourth Stimulus Check? Momentum Grows For Recurring Payments (Fox32)

A growing number of Democrats are calling on President Joe Biden to send recurring stimulus checks for low-income Americans as part of his sweeping infrastructure package, arguing the cash payments are necessary until the U.S. economy fully recovers from the pandemic. In a Tuesday letter addressed to the president, 21 senators – led by Ron Wyden of Oregon – asked the administration to automatically extend unemployment insurance benefits and send recurring direct checks that would be tied to certain economic conditions. Text of the letter first emerged at the beginning of March, but the lawmakers waited until they had received additional support to officially send it to the White House.

In the span of one month, the coalition secured the backing of another 11 Democrats, including Sen. Majority Whip Dick Durbin and moderates like Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Jack Reed, D-R.I. “This crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads,” the lawmakers wrote. “Families should not be at the mercy of constantly-shifting legislative timelines and ad hoc solutions.” The senators did not mention many specifics, including the size and frequency of the payments, the income eligibility level for recipients or the economic conditions that would cause the federal government to cut off the money.

The proposal garnered the support of Democrats across the ideological spectrum, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. The expanded financial assistance would be part of Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, a wide-ranging plan that aims to make massive investments in infrastructure, revive domestic manufacturing and combat climate change, among other issues. Biden is planning to unveil details of the first part of the package on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, including how he intends to pay for it. The measure could include as much as $3 trillion in new taxes and $4 trillion in new spending.

The senators are pairing their request with a grassroots push from the left-leaning Progressive Change Institute and Economic Security Project, which is calling on other lawmakers to sign the proposal. “These 21 senators have joined the overwhelming majority of the American people in calling for more checks,” Greg Nasif, a spokesperson with Humanity Forward, said in a statement to FOX Business. “This is about more than giving families the support they need. This is about protecting our economy and securing an equitable future.”

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Only $2 trillion?

Biden To Unveil $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal (Hill)

President Biden will unveil a $2 trillion infrastructure package on Wednesday as he prepares to pitch his next big-ticket agenda item. Details of the forthcoming plans were shared with lawmakers during a conference call with White House staff on Tuesday. The plan will be funded by raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from the current level of 21 percent as well as creating a global tax on corporate earnings, a source familiar with the call confirmed to The Hill. Biden will travel to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to formally unveil the plan, which is expected to include funding for roads, bridges and broadband, as well addressing manufacturing, among other things. The plan is part of a larger two-part package.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told Fox News Tuesday that Biden will unveil the second part, which will deal with child care and health care, in April. “What the American people will hear from him this week is that part of his plan — the first step of his plan towards recovery — which will include an investment in infrastructure. We shouldn’t be 13th in the world; I don’t think anyone believes that [of] the wealthiest, most innovative country in the world,” Psaki said. Though infrastructure attracts broad bipartisan support, Republicans are likely to balk at raising corporate taxes to pay for a plan. Democrats have said they want the final product to be bipartisan, but have acknowledged that they are likely to have to go it alone through reconciliation, a budget process that allows certain bills to bypass the 60-vote filibuster in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is exploring if Democrats could use the Congressional Budget Act to pass at least three bills under reconciliation, instead of the two Democrats expect to be limited to. They’ve already used one of their opportunities to pass the $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan. Schumer’s staff recently made a case to the Senate parliamentarian that they could use Section 304 of the Congressional Budget Act, which green lights the use of reconciliation, to tee up passing at least a third bill this year by a simple majority, an aide for the New York Democrat confirmed on Monday. “Schumer wants to maximize his options to allow Senate Democrats multiple pathways to advance President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda if Senate Republicans try to obstruct or water down a bipartisan agreement,” the majority leader’s aide said.

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“..as long as the people who are trying to express their view do not engage in violence, misdemeanors may be more appropriate than felonies.”

Many Capitol Rioters Unlikely To Serve Jail Time (Pol.)

Americans outraged by the storming of Capitol Hill are in for a jarring reality check: Many of those who invaded the halls of Congress on Jan. 6 are likely to get little or no jail time. While public and media attention in recent weeks has been focused on high-profile conspiracy cases against right-wing, paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, the most urgent decisions for prosecutors involve resolving scores of lower-level cases that have clogged D.C.’s federal district court. A POLITICO analysis of the Capitol riot-related cases shows that almost a quarter of the more than 230 defendants formally and publicly charged so far face only misdemeanors. Dozens of those arrested are awaiting formal charges, even as new cases are being unsealed nearly every day.

In recent days, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys have all indicated that they expect few of these “MAGA tourists” to face harsh sentences. There are two main reasons: Although prosecutors have loaded up their charging documents with language about the existential threat of the insurrection to the republic, the actions of many of the individual rioters often boiled down to trespassing. And judges have wrestled with how aggressively to lump those cases in with those of the more sinister suspects. “My bet is a lot of these cases will get resolved and probably without prison time or jail time,” said Erica Hashimoto, a former federal public defender who is now a law professor at Georgetown.

“One of the core values of this country is that we can protest if we disagree with our government. Of course, some protests involve criminal acts, but as long as the people who are trying to express their view do not engage in violence, misdemeanors may be more appropriate than felonies.” The prospect of dozens of Jan. 6 rioters cutting deals for minor sentences could be hard to explain for the Biden administration, which has characterized the Capitol Hill mob as a uniquely dangerous threat. Before assuming office, Biden said the rioters’ attempt to overturn the election results by force “borders on sedition”; Attorney General Merrick Garland has called the prosecutions his top early priority, describing the storming of Congress as “a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy, the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government.”

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What an insane story.

Matt Gaetz Claims Former DOJ Lawyer Was Extorting Him (CTH)

Two people inside the DOJ leaked a story about Matt Gaetz (R-FL) being under DOJ/FBI investigation to the New York Times. The essential elements of the article are that Gaetz had a relationship with a 17-year-old woman, and paid for her to travel; ergo the DOJ/FBI is investigating “sex trafficking.” Presumably AG Bill Barr opened the investigation. However, Matt Gaetz vehemently denies everything about the claims, and instead says the FBI and DOJ were recently conducting a sting operation -with his cooperation- against a former DOJ lawyer named David McGee who was extorting Gaetz for $25 million. According to Gaetz his father was contacted by McGee in March of this year and told he would release the details of a relationship with the woman if Gaetz did not pay $25 million.


Gaetz contacted the FBI, and his father wore a wire in his conversation with McGee where the FBI were recording the extortion attempt. Now that someone has leaked the erroneous background of the investigation to the New York Times, Gaetz is demanding the DOJ release the tapes of the extortion attempt. Tonight Matt Gaetz appeared on Tucker Carlson to discuss the details of the situation. Apparently there was an FBI sting operation underway which included a payment tomorrow. The New York Times article tipped-off McGee to the sting. Congressman Gaetz denies any wrongdoing, legal or otherwise, and denies paying for a minor to cross state lines to meet him. When Carlson asked Gaetz who was the former DOJ official attempting extortion, Gaetz named David McGee, a former DOJ lawyer currently working for Beggs and Lane lawfirm.

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    Pablo Picasso The old fisherman 1895   • Amazon’s Twitter Army Was Handpicked For “Great Sense Of Humor” (IC) • Twitter Censors Famed Epidemiolog
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    Pablo Picasso The old fisherman 1895

    Here I think Picasso shows his genius…
    I love the atmospherics of this painting…

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    Participant

    The U.S. has always had a problem with Asian women; and it makes it almost impossible for a young, single, Asian woman to get a travel visa to the U.S,, even on a tourist visa. (the U.S. thinks they will all be prostitutes…)
    How about them apples……..
    Since Trump and his China problem; it’s gotten worse and now, for the first time in my life, Asians are being attacked violently/fatally across the U.S.. And it’s not just women; men are included…
    Watching the decline (polite words) of the U.S. accelerate to hyper drive is most disturbing…
    An unleashed U.S. is a deadly danger to the world at large…
    …and the Covid only exacerbates that problem…
    Anymore, I can just barely justify my continued posting…
    It has nothing to do with TAE, just my disgust with the world I’m still a part of……….

    #72130
    Germ
    Participant
    #72131

    Pablo Picasso The old fisherman 1895

    Here I think Picasso shows his genius…
    I love the atmospherics of this painting…

    He was 14

    #72132
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    The Picasso painting is great, the Assange mural hits it out of the park.

    #72133
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    He was 14

    It just shows my ignorance…once again…
    …but, live and learn…
    Thanks Ilargi…

    #72134
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    The Picasso painting is great, the Assange mural hits it out of the park.

    Agree completely…

    #72137
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    @V. Arnold: “now, for the first time in my life, Asians are being attacked violently/fatally across the U.S.”

    Certainly not for the first time in your life. It’s been going on for decades. The US MSM is laser light focused on “white supremacist” racism right now so it’s blared in the headlines. (Unfortunately the MSM is overlooking that, proportionately, whites aren’t committing the majority of these crimes). Yes, these crimes are horrific. Violence always is. But this is not about “Trump and his China problem”. It appears to be more about beating and/or robbing an easy target since most of the Asians are elderly.

    Race and False Hate Crime Narratives

    Race and False Hate Crime Narratives

    I know you hate the US. You’ve made that clear. But the VAST majority of US citizens are not violent. Inner cities? Yes. The rest of us? Not so much. In light of how many guns there are in our country it’s clear the majority of us are quite peaceful. In fact, I believe we’re often referred to as sheep. Must be some breed variation that produces raving mad, lunatic, violent sheep, I guess.

    #72138
    Dr. D
    Participant

    You’re required to have a vaccine to buy food, but the vaccine they offer causes instant death.

    Also, as ACTUAL doctors say – not Twitter, Facebook, and other irrelevant has-beens – not pregnant women, people with known allergies, possibly infants, and hundreds of other medical conditions we can’t imagine.

    So if you have one of these conditions – are medically handicapped, in a way – then we murder you, prevent you from getting medical care, food, access…

    Eugenics, much? Kill the poor, the sick, the infirm, the mentally weak, the vulnerable and underclass. Meanwhile, Karen has a $1,000 smart phone, the app, and the vaccine on the first day! Yay! Everybody’s happy, everybody wins.
    Illegal workers, the town drunk? Go die in a hole. You can’t buy nor sell without the mark, the King’s express permission. To eat. This one time, we may remove it later, like free speech ‘some conditions may apply.’

    Ah, AWFL Karen and Eugenics. It’s like peanut butter and jelly. Bert and Ernie. Abbot and Costello. Penn and Teller. Last time around: Progressives and KKK, trading suffrage and ban on alcohol (for your own good! Mommy knows best!) for support with racism and Jim Crow. Yay! Family values. Later: reefer madness.

    The point isn’t if YOU’RE safe: they took the vaccine, aren’t they? No, it’s that EVERYBODY ELSE HAS TO BE ME. “DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD.” Obey. Submit or die, die, die. Die you f—-rs. Die die die because I care about you so, so much and am here to help, snookums. The devouring mother complex.

    Stop.

    “The measure could include as much as $3 trillion in new taxes and $4 trillion in new spending.”

    New method for hyperinflation. Give $4 Trillion in stimulus so we can cover the trillions to the banks in the blizzard of dollars. The blizzard that drifts into party slush funds and payoffs. Contain the hyperinflation by sucking the money back out of the common man using crushing taxes. Because I’m sure trillions — literally infinite — to the rich and crushing poverty for the poor won’t have any bad effects. History says: Outlook not so good.

    I mean, great for them, our UBI is $1,200/year, but it still causes the total failure of confidence and the collapse of the currency. …And therefore nation.

    Here’s one for Madam, being more productive: https://www.nirandfar.com/pointless-arguments/

    “How to (Finally) Put an End to Pointless Arguments”

    The naive answer here is that people are just idiots, and everything is doomed. .[But] I’ve always been interested in taking on the discomfort of learning difficult truths and acknowledging when a blind spot has been hiding something from me. We’re all complicit in the problems around us. The least we can do is to try to use our energy to make things a tiny bit better,”

    “The real lesson I hope people take away is that we have everything we need to have more productive disagreements… we just need to practice the art more deliberately, and give ourselves and others forgiveness when we fail”

    https://betterhumans.pub/cognitive-bias-cheat-sheet-55a472476b18

    ImgProbDenied

    …The Docktor at work. Along with everybody else in America.

    The Eight things to try are this: https://medium.com/thinking-is-hard/8-ways-to-practice-the-art-of-productive-disagreement-a69e9cc76e44

    #72139
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    I know you hate the US. You’ve made that clear.

    Have I now? Apparently I have not made it clear; I do not hate the US; but damned sure hate the US Government and all of its sycophants…

    #72140
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    @Doc Robinson, from yesterday. I like your posts. You are skilled at drilling down into stats that I couldn’t find even if I had the time. It provides a good balance against the never ending onslaught of hysterical covid headlines. Please don’t stop posting them. 🙂

    #72141
    Germ
    Participant

    “We share the urgency to expand the authorization of our vaccine to use in younger populations and are encouraged by the clinical trial data from adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15,” Bourla said in a press release.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/pfizer-says-covid-jab-100-effective-children-aged-12-15

    https://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org/parent/pfizer

    Since, 2000, Pfizer has had to pay over $4.6 billion in fines, penalties and judgements for criminal, ethical and safety violations that rank the company as one of the worst offenders of international law that operates globally.

    And those were the cases that Pfizer’s army of lawyers couldn’t win. Imagine what they got away with!

    #72143
    John Day
    Participant

    I keep ruminating upon the next step in the decline and fall of Globo-Cap. The Hudson/Escobar interview is very long, but this starts “part-2” in my mind.
    thesaker.is/in-quest-of-a-multipolar-economic-world-order-with-michael-hudson-and-pepe-escobar/
    Michael Hudson: [01:11:30] I can’t give you hope. I am all in favor of public banking and I’m on Ellen Brown’s board of directors for her group. However, supposing you had a public bank in Baltimore and the public bank said, we want to provide credit for Baltimore people to be able to afford homes. They would still have to out create enough credit and enough debt to outbid what commercial banks are lending other people that want to buy houses there. So, you can’t have an Island of efficiency and public banking in a system that basically is still financialized. The problem is systemic.

    It goes to the courts. You talk about seceding. Then of course it’s possible. And people in Texas were talking about seceding in the 1840s when it was largely a German population. There were more publishers publishing German language books in Texas than there were English language books. But now, I think the way Texans think, if they were to succeed it is not going to be along the lines of public banking that you want . It would be a private bank owned by the oil companies that calls itself, a public bank. We’re in a world of Orwellian rhetoric.

    What can the Americans do? They already have voted. We have democracy, they’ve voted for what they wanted to do. What did they vote for? They want shorter lifespans, lower wages, less education and less public services. Their choice is to get these things by a Democrat or by a Republican. But that’s the only choice they have. Other countries have a choice to emigrate, as the Ukrainians and the Greeks and Latvians have done. But I have no idea where Americans can emigrate to.

    John again: I personally think Hudson is drawing a bleak, no-way-out picture to avoid drawing attention to what he may see as possible paths out. The military-industrial-financial complex DID use “Super Imperialism” as their cookbook, after all…
    There is (as yet) no way out of the financialized, extractive vampire capitalist bleeding box that encloses America, yet. Hudson talks of “revolution” as the only way, and in broad terms. He goes into the current regime being incapable of keeping any contractual obligation, which includes domestic social-contracts with Americans. Social Security has been gutted already. It is still paying out claims, but it is bled dry. It is no longer a cash cow for globo-cap. It keeps Americans placated. As long as American “consent” is needed by globo-cap, Social Security entitlements need to keep going out every month.
    The extractive system has to extract from somewhere to keep paying maintenance expenses like S.S.
    The rest of the world has been accepting &US, backed by US credit, for stuff they make, and shipping that stuff to Americans, which supports Americans every day. It’s not so much “trade” as extraction, since the US does send some grain, and licensed intellectual property, but mostly military enforcers.
    The rest of the world knows it is paying to be enslaved, supporting the system which enslaves and bleeds it. Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and India and Pakistan all know the score.
    So do Germany and Japan, but they are regional intermediaries of the imperial system. The intermediaries are important bellwethers. They need to maintain a favorable position in global economy as the hegemony of Western Global Capitalism under the Petrodollar regime is replaced. This transition needs to be “peaceful”, at least not WW-3.
    Monetary transition needs a parallel trade and finance system. There is always gold.
    “Digital gold” is gold. Physical gold has done more ocean travel in recent years, but it mostly travels conceptually via the internet.
    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a working parallel trade organization, which Hudson and Escobar discuss.
    “The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an intergovernmental organization founded in Shanghai on 15 June 2001. The SCO currently comprises eight Member States (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), four Observer States interested in acceding to full membership (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia) and six “Dialogue Partners” (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey).”
    dppa.un.org/en/shanghai-cooperation-organization#:~:text=The%20SCO%20currently%20comprises%20eight,Cambodia%2C%20Nepal%2C%20Sri%20Lanka%20and
    Within those nations, trade is increasing in various non-dollar accounting instruments. The use of the $US as both a means of extraction and a means of bullying-exclusion from global trade has thrust the imperative upon China, Russia, pariah-states and tribute-states alike to build a parallel global trade and finance system. Trust is shot these days, so I think gold-backed cryptocurrency will have to be the fallback.
    The Fed can’t print gold, so the Fed loses out. The rest of the world can’t be bled, so “TROW” gets a better trade position going forward. There is massive disruption of trade and accounting, but maybe that will come first. Maybe disruption of global financial accounting will happen, and the world will be forced into some degree of debt jubilee and financial reset, without value extraction by globocap and central-bankers. The technology exists. The rationale has existed longer than any living human, and was broadly seen as inevitable before the 1980s, as Hudson lays out.
    In the best case scenario the American people can trade stuff for agency and autonomy. Less cheap stuff will come into the Port of Los Angeles, but we will again be able to devise and create, not merely “comply”. We will work out local economies efficiently, as we, and all of our ancestors have always done. We will need to focus a lot more locally. The $US has also kept us divided and conquered at the local and regional levels. At least Americans, some Americans, can still vote with their feet. That stands to really hurt the people who cannot move away from places like Chicago and Detroit.
    American cities and states will need broad debt-forgiveness, but those trapped people still need food, water, shelter, fuel, community and medical care. They need physical protection, too.
    Parasitic gangs need productive-economy options, decent jobs. Parasitic-gang members have the same needs as everybody else, and need a better job-offer. A national infrastructure and public works project has been the historical answer. Some people will be abrasive, lazy, scheming and will do crap work. They still have to be rehabilitated from outright criminality.
    I think that local money, community banking can come in at this point. A gold-backed $US will be forced upon the current seat of empire. No more free-printing.
    Local communities would create local credit for local projects, as Ellen Brown sees in the Bank of North Dakota, and Hudson mentions.
    There could be national reserve currency, backed by gold and silver, and local credit money, through community banking. The local credit money should be incentivized to stay local. Distant extraction of rents should really be eliminated, since it “kills the host”.

    #72144
    Dr. D
    Participant

    My impression of Asian violence is that it’s fake, like everything else adult Americans say. Or maybe 90% of us. It’s only 100% in the media.

    Is there an uptick? Yes. And in ALL CATEGORIES. That is, violence against all people is happening, particularly in the bad (need I say who) cities. NYC violent crime, what, doubled? Minneapolis, doubled? Baltimore isn’t enforcing the law, so that should help super. Those places are stellar compared to the Geroge Floyd Autonomous zone, where they shoot off a banana clip of rifle fire into a house every night. https://disrn.com/news/george-floyd-square-has-descended-into-a-deadly-police-free-autonomous-zone

    The OTHER part of this total bag of lies is who is doing it. Explore any of them and you’ll see whites – and that’s not even trying to find mythical sasquatch, the “supremacists” – are wildly UNrepresented. But that’s okay: TikTok says “White Supremacy” is unrelated to color altogether, completing their square circle where all (non DNC) blacks are now white supremacists.

    Why, of why do they make me categorize things in this false, illogical, unscientific way? Their bat-religion that divides people into groups then demands they act according to their own ego-tropes, leaving me to have to go find a thing called “reality” in a thing called “data” that’s clearly published for the literate.

    Theory: they are doing this at China’s behest, since China has pull with self-same media and top security committee members like Swalwell and Feinstein. The NBA. Disney, the whole list of criminals. The worldwide merger of corporation and state and its many participants.

    Example: No nay never use “China Virus” cuz muh racism, although that’s the way we’ve identified diseases since pre-history. Okay, fine, maybe it’s time for a new day on that. Minute later, they call the “South African Variant”, the “U.K. variant” aaaaaaaaand showing they have no morals, no principles, no logic, and are simply, gain-power-for-hire, say-anything, by-any-means-necessary garden variety thieves, liars, oppressors, and slaveowners, punching down like USA Today and the NYTimes. Fronting for Zuck and Bezos and Pfizer.

    So what do we have? Same as last year…if you didn’t notice…they just insert-random-group-here, and CLAIM that a mere 9 unarmed black men being shot by police is a sign we have separate drinking fountains and 70 million KKK members hunting people down in the streets. One DAY after leaving a black president, with the same black presidential voters voted for the next guy, and the black support DOUBLING for that next guy over 4 years. What do I say, every. single. day.?

    “We make s—t up!” That’s our motto. I don’t care if it’s TRUE. It could be, I’ve never bothered to check since I was 5 years old in my Manhattan placement preschool prep-for-Yale. I only care that it GIVES ME POWER.
    The reason for power is power. The use of power is more power. If it gives me power I say it. If it doesn’t, I deny it. A simple, one-dimensional world. Black and white.

    So, being bored and run that train on the mere 9 black men, when 400 (poor) white men were also shot, they turned seamlessly into their new narrative fantasy, that there is some anti-Asian thing going on, when there isn’t. I mean, except at Harvard and Yale, where they pointedly disenfranchise the nation’s smallest minority and bar them from college because they are too successful. The media and Biden Administration and Supreme Court defend open racism and fly that flag with pride!

    Asians are also most likely to be business owners, paid more, more successful, well, you get the idea. Their “crime” is that they need to be destroyed because they get in the way of “The Narrative”™ The fake, violent, oppressive narrative that destroys us and transfers all our wealth to the Oligarchs, using their power-for-hire, fake reporters, their fake stories, in fake magazines, listed on fake markets, levitated with fake money.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Asian violence because it’s not happening. It’s just crime in criminal run h–lholes in the few insider cities run so badly, with such absolute lack of logic, that they stopped policing, stopped paying policemen, and started paying criminals instead.

    Wish I were joking. I’m not. Literally that is their action and their published plan. HereLetMeGoogleThatForYou.com

    But hey, go anywhere else at all in the whole country, to a mountianview diner in the Blue Ridge, to a national park in Wyoming, any place unwok, and have a fine time. Peole don’t hate you there for your race: they’re equal opportunity and hate everybody ‘cause pure cussedness.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/ (does not break out armed v unarmed)

    Lies? Statista’s very first word after posting that chart is: “the trend of fatal police shootings in the United States seems to only be increasing” when the four years they list are all identical, by both race and number. Sounds like the CDC: post data, then conclude the opposite in the synopsis. #AntiLogic Illogics-R-Us. Every day.

    #72145
    John Day
    Participant

    https://www.johndayblog.com/2021/03/life-support-ruminations.html

    It’s the essay above, just re-edited a bit.

    #72147
    madamski
    Participant

    From yesterday’s thread:

    @ Vietnam Vet

    “The statistical average is cyclic due to mostly seasonal flu and winter depression. But the coronavirus mitigations implemented so far have eliminated seasonal flu. Clearly the spikes last year and at the beginning of this year are due to the pandemic.”

    It’s easy to say “Clearly the spikes last year and at the beginning of this year are due to the pandemic.” but perhaps not so easy to demonstrate? From John Hopkins Institute:

    “How It Spreads Both the flu and COVID-19 spread in similar ways. Droplets or smaller virus particles from a sick person can transmit the virus to other people nearby. The smallest particles may linger in the air, and another person can inhale them and become infected. Or, people can touch a surface with viruses on it, and then transfer the germs to themselves by touching their face. People infected with the coronavirus or the flu may not realize they are sick for several days, and during that time can unknowingly spread the disease to others before they even feel sick.”

    Both flu and covid spread in roughly the same way. If influenza has disappeared, so therefore should have covid. I don’t buy it.

    #72148
    madamski
    Participant

    Oh, Pablo. I love when his empathy shows. He was kind of a narcissistic prick but that was with people, especially women. But with portrait subjects, different story. The Old Man @ the Sea probably drrew some of its inspiration from this?

    #72149
    Bill7
    Participant

    >Sounds like the CDC: post data, then conclude the opposite in the synopsis. #AntiLogic Illogics-R-Us. Every day.

    Carefully-induced cognitive dissonance.. the elite’s program of Destabilization continues. 😉

    Notice the hyper-aggressive front ends of motor vehicles these days, replete w/ those insipid ‘eyebrow’
    daytime-on lights? Don’t they just make you feel warm n’ cozy ?

    #72150
    madamski
    Participant

    I’m sorry, but why does every still I see of Tucker Carlson look like a cow that’s just been pole-axed?

    #72151
    madamski
    Participant

    @ V. Arnold

    “Anymore, I can just barely justify my continued posting…
    It has nothing to do with TAE, just my disgust with the world I’m still a part of……….”

    Yours are the most consistently gentlemeanly remarks of all here, imo.

    #72152
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    @madamski

    I concur with the selection of sativa. The effect of this strain is energetic, creative and uplifting. It is the total opposite of indica.

    #72153
    madamski
    Participant

    “@Doc Robinson, from yesterday. I like your posts. You are skilled at drilling down into stats that I couldn’t find even if I had the time. It provides a good balance against the never-ending onslaught of hysterical covid headlines. Please don’t stop posting them.”

    I would never want him to stop sharing such stats. Nor would I want anyone refrain from questioning the stats, any interpretation thereof, or the merit of either in addressing covid concerns. I like Doc Robinson. He’s provided some fine insights and data.

    @ Dr. D

    Thanx for the suggested reading. fwiw, confirmation bias is not my concern with your posts. Data hygiene and rhetorical precision are my beefs. Statements like this, for example: “The OTHER part of this total bag of lies is who is doing it.” It’s expressively satisfying to say “total bag of lies” but once we begin accepting this, we lose our ability to distinguish when it’s just hyperbole for expression’ sake and just plain exaggerated nonsense. It’s a nit pick… but those are some BIG nits.

    Said nits bid us to mistrust your statements in a non-productive way, making us have to sift through excessive over-the-top pronouncements, beginning with your first statement:

    “You’re required to have a vaccine to buy food, but the vaccine they offer causes instant death.”

    Both clauses are patent BULLSHIT. One may not be able to enter a grocery store without a vacc-pass in some places, but one can shop and order online, pick it up or have it delivered. Nor does the vaccine offered deliver instant death. Further on in your posts, you’ll typically provide brilliant insights with marvelous data behind it. But you tend to bury it in absolutist and exaggerated language as if your spleen were directly connected to your keypad.

    If that’s the style you like, I understand. But insomuch as you present as hard truth your stylistic quirks, expect to be called out for it, even ridiculed not unlike how you ridicule so many entities with little regard for the truth.

    It’s a thing I have about truth. It’s what I want, no less. Call it truth and then short-change me, and you’ll hear complaints, especially about useless remarks like this:

    “Wish I were joking. I’m not. Literally that is their action and their published plan. HereLetMeGoogleThatForYou.com”

    Why not wear a hairshirt, dust yourself with the ashes of the dead, and stand on a corner crying Woe Unto Whom/What-Ever? There’s a difference between ‘I denounce them because they’re wrong and here’s why’, and ‘They’re wrong because I denounce them, trust me’. Maybe you can’t tell the difference, in which case I should leave you alone and be happy you have a place to share your angst: lord knows we all have our share.

    But I want to think that you can. Silly girl, me, always wanting to think the best of people. It’s almost gotten me killed more than once, and caused my older son great trauma at a young age for which I still berate myself.

    ^&*

    “gentlemeanly”

    Not a Freudian slip. Arthritic hands and old eyes. May all that you dream, barring nightmares, come true. Not just because dreams come true sound like the very best, but also because life makes more sense from that perspective. We project our dreams onto reality, and it therefore is best that we dream our own dreams not those of others. Here’s to yours:

    All That You Dream

    #72155
    zerosum
    Participant

    Tweeters, bloggers, and commentators will not be interviewed by these enablers to submit solutions, due to liability consideration.
    (That includes us at TAE because we are supporters of alternate effective remedies, V D3. etc.)

    “Dr. Kulldorff serves on the Covid-19 vaccine safety subgroup that the CDC, NIH, and FDA rely upon for technical expertise on this very subject.”
    ———–
    Who is right and who is wrong?
    ” … including across the length and breadth of Peru and Iran as well as parts of Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and India.”
    “Mexico City is the first major global city to adopt what amounts to a test-and-treat approach to covid-19 involving ivermectin.
    anyone testing positive at any one of the city’s 250 rapid testing sites would be given ivermectin.”

    ————
    “vaccine” or “test”
    Laughing all the way to the bank

    http://www.advisory.com/en/daily-briefing/2020/06/17/covid-test-cost
    Why your coronavirus test could cost $23—or $2,315
    (Staying ignorant will prevent high blood pressure. Therefore do not go to the links provided.)

    http://www.managedhealthcareexecutive.com/view/the-price-tags-on-the-covid-19-vaccines
    The Price Tags on the COVID-19 Vaccines
    March 15, 2021
    Deborah Abrams Kaplan , Peter Wehrwein

    “Pfizer CFO Frank D’Amelio described Pfizer’s $19.50-per-dose price as “pandemic pricing” and “that’s not a normal price like we typically get for a vaccine, $150, $175 per dose.”

    http://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/anal-swabs-coronavirus

    China Is Using Anal Swabs to Test for Coronavirus—Here’s What Experts Think
    Nose and throat swabs are standard in the US, but the new swab test might be more accurate, according to some experts.
    By Claire Gillespie January 29, 2021
    An anal swab test involves inserting a cotton swab 1.2 to 2 inches into the rectum. Once it’s there, the swab is gently rotated several times, then removed and placed into a sample container. The entire process only takes about 10 seconds.

    (Note:
    # 1.The above prices do not include incidental costs to administer the test or the vaccine. Nobody is working for free or supplying equipment, facilities, for free
    Note # 2:
    The anal swab might have been discontinued)
    ————
    Don’t worry about the cost!
    Its going to be a jubilee for the lenders/printers/bankers

    • A Fourth Stimulus Check? Momentum Grows For Recurring Payments (Fox32)
    • Biden To Unveil $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal (Hill)
    Futures Flat, Yields Rise Ahead Of Biden Multi-Trillion Infrastructure Plan
    White House Unveils Details Of Biden’s $2.25 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Massive Tax Hikes
    ———–
    I told you. You didn’t believe me. Unescorted tourists taking selfies.

    • Many Capitol Rioters Unlikely To Serve Jail Time (Pol.)
    In recent days, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys have all indicated that they expect few of these “MAGA tourists” to face harsh sentences. There are two main reasons: Although prosecutors have loaded up their charging documents with language about the existential threat of the insurrection to the republic, the actions of many of the individual rioters often boiled down to trespassing.

    #72156
    madamski
    Participant

    “not unlike how you ridicule so many entities with little regard for the truth.”

    In both senses: the little regard for truth of, say, MSNBC, and also that of our dear Dr. D. when he feels like spewing.

    #72157
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Wolf Richter
    Mar 30, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Look, if everyone goes on a buyer’s strike for six months and doesn’t look at houses, and doesn’t click on real estate ads, and doesn’t look at real estate sites, the whole schmear would come down. Then you’d have SELLERS getting desperate and out-price-cutting each other.

    It’s the silly buyers with FOMO out the wazoo that are causing this.

    You could apply that logic to just about every problem we face, but Wolf wouldn’t print that comment. We’re in our second tour of duty against it which shall not be named dontcha know. Perception is everything. If someone or something lies to you for 30 or more years straight, you prob shouldn’t believe anything they say.

    #72158
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    @Archie: I emailed you yesterday from my gmail account, subject line: it’s upstateNYer . If you haven’t received it yet, maybe it’s in your spam? (it did come from gmail after all). 🙂

    #72159
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    @madamski & @Michael Reid re: indica/sativa differences…

    Subtle, but very important: indica will suppress dreams, sativa will stimulate them. My brother suffers from night terrors, and uses indica to keep a lid on things. This is a medium-duration effect, lasting a day or two after a single use. This may be tied to an increase in depression suffered by people who only/primarily use indica.

    #72160
    island raider
    Participant

    WHO updated their ‘Therapeutics and Covid-19’ Meta-analysis document today. For Ivermectin, they report an 80% relative reduction in mortality (7% in the treatment group and 1.4% in the group receiving Ivermectin). Their conclusions:
    Plain text summary for the mortality endpoint: “The effect of ivermectin on mortality is uncertain”
    Overall summary for the use of Ivermectin on patients with Covid-19: “We recommend not to use ivermectin in patients with COVID-19 except in the context of a clinical trial”.
    Got it! 80% mortality reduction is uncertain & don’t use it even if more people die. Perfect. Totally rational. Totally ethical. Link to download the report, if anyone is interested: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-therapeutics-2021.1

    #72161
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @island raider

    They want us to die dude.

    #72162
    WES
    Participant

    Michael Reid:

    I replied to your “small town” comment late March 29. Maybe you missed it?

    #72163
    island raider
    Participant

    I screwed that up above. Should have read:
    7% mortality in the CONTROL group and 1.4% in the group receiving Ivermectin.
    Mr. House’s conclusion… Hard to dispute. Merck has rights you know!

    #72164
    madamski
    Participant

    “indica will suppress dreams, sativa will stimulate them. My brother suffers from night terrors, and uses indica to keep a lid on things.”

    That partly explains why it works so well for PTSD flashbacks.

    #72165
    WES
    Participant

    If you consider the Matt Gaetz story to be strange, please learn to recognize the following constant narrative pattern occurring.

    The State Dept uses CNN
    The FBI/DofJ use the New York Times 《============ @#$%&€£¥₩
    The CIA use the Washington Post.

    So the DofJ leaks to the New York Times, that Matt Gaetz is being investigated.
    Ask yourself why would the DofJ leak that they are investigating Matt Gaetz?
    In a real criminal investigation there would be no leak as that would jeopardize the criminal investigation!
    Clearly this is the DofJ driving a political narrative.
    A drive by gutter smear hit! Trial by media!
    Matt Gaetz is to be tried and convicted by the media court.
    Matt Gaetz knows this.
    Politics is after all a blood sport.

    Again when reading these types of stories, please take note of who is given the job of narrating the story. Then you know who is behind it.

    #72166
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    • The Fourth Surge Is Upon Us. This Time, It’s Different. (Atl.)
    “…people who have a breakthrough case despite vaccination have been shown to have lower viral loads compared with unvaccinated people, and so are likely much less contagious.

    Wrong. “Much less contagious” is actually 11% less contagious, according to recent research:

    Unvaccinated people produce 2.58 to 4.5 times more virus than vaccinated people do, researchers report March 29 in Nature Medicine. Those data show vaccinated people have a lower “viral load” and are less likely to pass the coronavirus to others if they do become infected, but the effect is not as strong as might be hoped to truly limit transmission, Kilpatrick says. That reduction in viral load amounts to about an 11 percent decrease in infectiousness, he says. “That’s good … but you’d like to be half as infectious or three-quarters lower infectiousness.”

    Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines may block infection as well as disease

    With the reported real-world effectiveness of the mRNA vaccines being 90%, this means that the vaccines are ineffective for 10% of those who are vaccinated. and the resulting breakthrough cases will be nearly as transmissible (89%) as unvaccinated people who come down with Covid.

    #72167
    WES
    Participant

    John Day:

    I bet our powers-to-be are still cursing Bismark to this day for complicating their job by introducing old age retirement pensions at the early age of 65!

    Bismark was no socialist but he must have been desperate enough to achieve his political goals that he was willing to restore peace with striking working class German workers by bribing them with a pension most of the workers would never live long enough to collect!

    #72168
    zerosum
    Participant

    Watch Live: Biden Unveils $2.25 Trillion Infrastructure Plan In Pittsburgh

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    #72169
    madamski
    Participant

    @ WES

    Since Gaetz appears to be a fairly standardized corruption package albeit of the maverick variety, I ask why now? Is it something he did or is it because he has a dicey enough past and such an obnoxiously majestic face (big enough to hide an alien megabrain… if only;) ) that tossing him to the raptosaurs can buy a week or at least a few days of tabloidesque distraction? Likely to recoccur usefully as the toilet gas bubbles up through the courts? That drip…drip…drip… Cuomo provides?

    The man looks like JFK in a Jethro Bodean mask. Doing a Richard Nixon impersonation:

    JFKthro

    Ah, the Bodeans:

    Runaway

    ^&*

    Looks like the free $$$ rides for the covid vaccine industry is over, that is, reduced to mere business rather than exorbitant graft. I see carpet rollups starting here and there every day now since last weekend.

    #72170
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    @ WES

    Thank you for the response and some of your previous comments have stuck in my mind which means they were significant to me because there is a lot of stuff I am forgetting these days. I usually don’t respond unless there is a question or a point I am trying to share.

    Like you I found Toronto very unfriendly and difficult to establish relationships. People were disconnected from each other and no feeling of community. Maybe cities should not be allowed to exist. Most of the people that I met were from college but I was also helped socially because there were quite a few people from my hometown in Toronto at the time and a bunch of us were in the apartments just below York university.

    I was doing Electronics Engineering Technology on a full tuition scholarship at DeVry Institute of Technology and it was not until the end of that that I met a nice Quebec girl.

    After that, like your brother, I went to the University of Waterloo but I did Computer Engineering.

    #72171
    WES
    Participant

    So we can’t call it the China virus. Maybe because Dr. Fauci was financing the Wuhan lab experiments in gain of function? Clearly the CCP has invisible puppet strings tied to Dr. Fauci.

    The 1918 flu started in the US but the Spanish got blamed for it! It was called the Spanish Flu because Spain was the only country that wasn’t censoring their media! See how that worked!

    Since both China and the US are censoring their media, a country called Covid was blamed! The science helped by giving it a number! Covid-19!

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