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Theodoros Vryzakis The Reception of Lord Byron at Missolonghi 1861

 

How Pfizer Became the Status Vax (Slate)
Michigan Now Requires Masks For 2-Year-Olds (JTN)
Trial To Study Effect Of Immune System On Covid Reinfection (G.)
Biden’s Sanctions Binge The High-Water Mark Of The ‘Putin Whisperers’ (Ritter)
Escobar: So Who Wants A Hot War?
Russia Tells 20 Czech Diplomats To Leave By Monday Night (RT)
Black Leaders Warn Of Fallout If Derek Chauvin Acquitted (F.)
3 Kids Or More: Chinese Researchers Call To Abandon Birth Limits (RT)
China Calls Bitcoin An ‘Investment Alternative’ In Major Shift In Tone (CNBC)
UK House Prices Surge As High Demand Meets Record Shortage (G.)
Gates Unhinged: Dystopian Vision for the Future of Food (Todhunter)
Lord Byron’s £4,000 Cheque That Helped Create Modern Greece (G.)

 

 

BioNTech SEC Filing, November 2020:

“mRNA therapies have been classified as gene therapy medicinal products”
“Currently, mRNA is considered a gene therapy product by the FDA.”

 

 

UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights

Article 6 – Consent
1. Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned. “The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.”

 

 

VAERS injury report #1074247 caused by Pfizer vaxx:

Symptoms: Death
Life threatening: No

 

 

 

 

Madness in all its glory.

How Pfizer Became the Status Vax (Slate)

Last week, on a phone call with Tom Cox, a former representative in the Kansas state Legislature who now works in government relations, I told him I was soon to get my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. “Welcome to the ruling class,” he replied. Cox had also gotten the Pfizer shot, and with it, he has lately developed—facetiously, he swears—a sense of Pfizer superiority. It started after he, his closest friends, and his immediate family all happened to get the Pfizer vaccine. “We started calling ourselves ‘double-dosed Pfizer elites,’ ” Cox said. “I will refer to anyone who’s had one dose as a ‘one-doser.’ Like, ‘Oh, you’re a one-doser? OK, well, you’ll reach this enlightened plane soon enough.’ ”

“One of my cousins got Moderna, and I was like, ‘That’s OK. We need a strong middle class. We can’t all be CEOs.’ ” Cox is likely not the first Pfizerphile you’ve heard sing his vaccine brand’s praises. Pro-Pfizer sentiment is all over TikTok, where you can find skits of bros bonding over their shared Pfizer status, or one creator declaring that the name itself “Sounds rich. Decadent. Luxury!” Olajide Bamishigbin, a psychology professor in California, was on a similar wavelength recently when he tweeted a GIF of SpongeBob SquarePants dressed in a top hat and monocle alongside the words, “Me when somebody says they got any vaccine other than Pfizer.”

The Pfizer superiority complex is at once a joke and a real phenomenon. But is it affecting the vaccine rollout? “Even though I think that we have this instinct that’s out there”—the belief that Pfizer is the elite shot—“it still feels more playful than really driving outcomes,” said Manuel Hermosilla, a professor of marketing at Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School who studies the pharmaceutical industry. He said he thinks people understand that getting whatever vaccine you can should trump any brand preference—though it’s unclear how this week’s news about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could change that equation. On Tuesday, U.S. health agencies recommended a pause in administration of the J&J vaccine, after six women developed a rare blood clot disorder within weeks of receiving the shot. In all likelihood, this pause will be temporary.

With the blood clot scare in the news, it may seem an uncouth time to be a Pfizer snob. Objectively, the Pfizer vaccine may have the best numbers, with an efficacy rate originally reported as 95 percent. But with a 94 percent efficacy rate, the Moderna vaccine was right behind it, and J&J’s efficacy rate of 66 percent was actually quite good, if you understand what the numbers mean. And the J&J shot has one big advantage on the other two, which is that it can be administered in one dose instead of two. Once you’re able to get it again.

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Utter madness.

Michigan Now Requires Masks For 2-Year-Olds (JTN)

The Michigan state government this week directed state residents as young as two years old to begin wearing masks in the hopes that doing so will help bring down the state’s coronavirus numbers. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said in a press release on Friday that the state will expand its COVID-19 response — what the state DHHS calls “the strongest public health order in the Midwest” — to apply its masking requirement “to children ages 2 to 4” in order to “further protect the state’s residents.” “Expanding the mask rule to children ages 2 to 4 requires a good faith effort to ensure that these children wear masks while in gatherings at childcare facilities or camps,” the announcement says, adding that the order “follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.”

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Also brought to you by Pfizer?

Trial To Study Effect Of Immune System On Covid Reinfection (G.)

The immune response needed to protect people against reinfection with the coronavirus will be explored in a new human challenge trial, researchers have revealed. Human challenge trials involve deliberately exposing healthy people to a disease-causing organism in a carefully controlled manner, and have proved valuable in understanding and tackling myriad conditions from malaria to tuberculosis and gonorrhoea. The first human challenge trials for Covid began this year, with the study – a partnership led by researchers at Imperial College London among others – initially looking at the smallest amount of virus needed to cause infection among people who have not had Covid before.

Now researchers at the University of Oxford have announced that they have gained research ethics approval for a new human challenge trial involving people who have previously had coronavirus. Recruitment is expected to start in the next couple of weeks. “The point of this study is to determine what kind of immune response prevents reinfection,” said Helen McShane, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford, and chief investigator on the study. McShane said the team would measure the levels of various components of participants’ immune response – including T-cells and antibodies – and then track whether participants became reinfected when exposed to the virus.

Participants must be healthy, at low risk from Covid, aged between 18 and 30, and must have been infected with the coronavirus at least three months before joining the trial. As well as having previously had a positive Covid PCR test, they must also have antibodies to Covid. Given the timing criteria, McShane said it was likely most participants would have previously been infected with the original strain of the virus. The first phase of the trial will initially involve 24 participants split into dose groups of three to eight people who will receive, via the nose, the original strain of coronavirus. The idea is to start with a very low dose and, if necessary, increase the dose – up to a point – between groups.

“Our target is to have 50% of our subjects infected but with no, or only very mild, disease,” said McShane, adding that once the dose required to achieve this is determined it will be administered to 10-40 other participants to confirm the dose. The second phase of the study – expected to start in the summer – will involve a new group of participants and will study closely their immune response before and after exposure to the virus, as well as the level of virus and symptoms in those who become reinfected. Should reinfection be confirmed, or symptoms develop, in either phase of the trial, participants will be given a monoclonal antibody treatment. Participants will be reimbursed just under £5,000 for the full study, as each volunteer will need to quarantine for at least 17 days during the trial, and be followed up for 12 months.

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Must read by Scott Ritter, history lesson. I still wonder why Yeltsin appointed Putin. People say it’s because he thought he’d be pliable. But did he not maybe regret having sold out his country, and knew very well who and what Putin was?

Biden’s Sanctions Binge The High-Water Mark Of The ‘Putin Whisperers’ (Ritter)

Joe Biden has announced a new wave of sanctions against Russia and signalled the potential for more. Biden’s mouth is writing checks the US can’t cash, and his latest tantrum is likely the last gasp of failed anti-Russia strategy. Back in the Cold War, the US and Soviet Union wore “big-boy pants” – they understood the realities of the world they lived in and accepted the consequences of their respective actions like adults. Espionage was a given; when you succeeded, you kept your mouth shut, and when you were caught, you took your lumps in silence. What underpinned this approach was the kind of begrudging respect that professionals of equal stature afford to one another – each side had a job to do, and they got on with it.

Both sides were engaged in active propaganda, some overt, much of it covert. This ideological combat was waged in the battlefield of the minds of intellectuals and activists, who were entrusted to decide for themselves which brand of idealism they would embrace. The CIA underwrote such notable literary journals such as The Paris Review and Encounter, while Soviet efforts to infiltrate the Black Civil Rights movement and the anti-war movement of the 1960’s are well documented. And yet, throughout this war of words, Kennedy somehow met with Khrushchev, Nixon and Carter with Brezhnev, and Reagan with Gorbachev. We opposed the Soviets, but we also respected them as worthy opponents. This attitude changed, almost overnight, with the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, and the end of the Cold War.

The successor to the once mighty Soviet Union was the Russian Federation, which had been transformed from a world power capable of dictating global outcomes to a regional train wreck, in desperate need of foreign assistance to keep it from falling apart. Inside the CIA, the once all-powerful Office of Soviet Analysis (SOVA), the largest and most prestigious fiefdom within the Directorate of Intelligence, was dissolved, replaced by the more generic sounding “Office of Slavic and Eurasian analysis”, and later, the Office of Russian and European analysis. Old-time analysts who had spent decades studying the Soviet Union were dismissed or reassigned, replaced by a new breed, who viewed Russia not as an adversary to be respected, but a victim to be exploited.

Moscow Station – the CIA operation inside the Soviet Union – was likewise gutted, transforming overnight from the premier posting for the agency’s most capable case officers into a backwater where new officers were sent to cut their baby teeth and old officers to retire. The CIA’s approach to Russia in the 1990’s was one of negligent incompetence, where analysis was lazy and operations virtually non-existent. The demand for high quality intelligence simply did not exist in an environment where the Russian government, in the form of an alcoholic president named Boris Yeltsin, had completely subordinated himself to the will of his American masters, and the Russian national security establishment was more than happy to sell its secrets to anyone willing to pay a price.

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“Now listen to the sound of Stoltenberg yappin’: We pledge “unwavering support” to Ukraine. Woof woof. Now go back to play in your sandboxes.”

Escobar: So Who Wants A Hot War?

Zelensky’s warmongering script comes directly from MI6’s Richard Moore. Russian intel is very much aware of all the fine print. Glimpses were even carefully leaked to a TV special on the Rossiya 1 channel. I confirmed it with diplomatic sources in Brussels. British media also got wind of it – but obviously was told to further distort the mirrors, blaming everything on, what else, “Russian aggression”. German intel is practically non-existent in Kiev. Those NATO advisers remain legion. Yet no one talks about the explosive MI6 connection. Careless whispers in Brussels corridors swear that MI6 actually believes that in the case of a volcanic but as it stands still preventable hot war with Russia, continental Europe would burn and Brexitland would be spared.

Dream on. Now back to the circus. Both Little Blinken and NATO straw man Stoltenberg parroted the same script in Brussels after talking to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister. That was part of a NATO “special meeting” on Ukraine – where some Eurocrat must have told a bunch of extra clueless Eurocrats how they would be carbonized on the spot by Russian TOS-1 Buratino’s terrifying explosive warheads if NATO tried anything funny. Listen to the sound of Blinken yappin’: Russian actions are “provocative”. Well, his staff certainly did not hand him a copy of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu examining step by step the deployment of the annual US Army DEFENDER-Europe 21: “The main forces are concentrated in the Black Sea and Baltic region.”

Now listen to the sound of Stoltenberg yappin’: We pledge “unwavering support” to Ukraine. Woof woof. Now go back to play in your sandboxes. No, not yet. Little Blinken threatened Moscow with “consequences” whatever happens in Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov’s infinite patience is nearly Daoist. Sun Tzu’s Art of War, by the way, is a Daoist masterpiece. Peskov’s answer to Blinken: “It is simply not necessary for us to go around forever proclaiming: ‘I am the greatest!’ The more one does this sort of thing, in fact, the more people doubt it…” When in doubt, call the irreplaceable Andrei Martyanov – who always tells it like it is. The Crash Test Dummy gang in D.C. still does not get it – although some Deep State pros do.

Here’s Martyanov: As I am on record constantly – the United States never fought a war with its Command and Control system under the relentless sustained fire impact and its rear attacked and disorganized. Conventionally, the United States cannot win against Russia in Europe, at least Eastern part of it and Biden Admin better wake up to the reality that it may, indeed, not survive any kind of escalation and, in fact, modern Kalibrs, 3M14Ms, as a matter of fact, have a range of a 4,500 kilometers, as well as 5,000+ kilometer range of X-101 cruise missiles, which will have no issues with penetrating North American airspace when launched by Russia’s strategic bombers without even leaving the safety of Russia’s airspace.

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Can’t get over that crazy story of the same guys and fake passports being used in 2014, and then again in the 2018 Skripal case. How stupid does MI6 think we all are?

Russia Tells 20 Czech Diplomats To Leave By Monday Night (RT)

Twenty Czech diplomats have been declared personae non-gratae and must now leave Russia before the end of April 19, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday, a day after Czech officials expelled 18 diplomats to Moscow. Earlier on Sunday, the Czech ambassador to Moscow, Vítezslav Pivonka, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, which expressed a “strong protest” over Prague’s actions this weekend. Citing allegations of the involvement of the Russian intelligence in a 2014 blast at a military depot in the Czech Republic, which was initially thought to be an accident, the Czech government ordered 18 Russian diplomats out of the country. The decision was announced on Saturday by Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek.

The envoy was also informed that 20 staff members of the Czech embassy in Moscow would have to leave Russia by the end of Monday, April 19. Reports in the media on Saturday cited diplomatic sources as having said that a proportionate retaliation from Moscow would effectively shut down the embassy, but it was not immediately clear how severely the work of the diplomatic mission has actually been affected. Notably, the diplomatic scandal rocked Czech-Russian relations on the eve of FM Hamacek’s scheduled visit to Moscow, where he was to have discussed the possible purchase of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The breakdown in relations has also disrupted Russian-Czech cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.

On Sunday, Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlicek said Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, would likely be barred from tendering for renovating the Czech Republic’s Dukovany nuclear power plant. Also on Saturday, Czech police said they were looking for two Russian citizens who were in the area of the military depot at the time of the blast, apparently implying their involvement without directly saying so. The news was met with much ridicule in Russia, as the suspects are the same men who were accused by London of the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in 2018 – an allegation denied by Moscow. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov have previously denied any links to Russian intelligence, claiming they were businessmen and complaining that Britain’s unsubstantiated accusations had ruined their lives.

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These people don’t appear to have much faith in the US justice system. But how is this not an attempt at jury tampering? Dangerous. “If you don’t find him guilty, there’ll be riots”. What happened to everyone has a right to a fair trial?

Black Leaders Warn Of Fallout If Derek Chauvin Acquitted (F.)

As a verdict nears in the trial of Derek Chauvin amid renewed outrage over police killings, multiple Black leaders involved in calls for reform are emphasizing the necessity that the former Minneapolis Police officer be convicted for George Floyd’s death—and warning of the fallout if he is not. Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the families of Floyd and Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old fatally shot by Minnesota police last week, told ABC News’s “This Week” the American legal system will have “once again … broken our hearts” if Chauvin is acquitted on murder and manslaughter charges.

“We cannot condone this inhumanity America, we cannot condone this evil that we saw on that video [of Floyd’s arrest],” Crump said during the Sunday morning interview, warning that if the trial’s outcome doesn’t set a new precedent, “people are going to continue having these emotional protests.” Also speaking during a Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), who has been working on a bipartisan policing reform bill, said she’s anticipating outrage if Chauvin is acquitted on all three counts, adding: “We’ve seen people get off with minimal sentences” in “too many of these cases.” “I don’t think anyone in Minneapolis, frankly anyone in the U.S., and over a good part of the world, would understand any verdict other than guilty,” Bass said.


This comes after fellow Calif. Rep. Maxine Waters (D), speaking at a Saturday night rally in Brooklyn Center, where Wright’s shooting has sparked nearly a week of protests, urged demonstrators to “get more active” and “more confrontational” if Chauvin isn’t found guilty of murder. “We cannot let these killings continue,” Waters told a crowd of protesters. “If nothing does not happen, we know we’ve got to not only stay in the streets but we’ve got to fight for justice. But I am very hopeful… that we will get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty. If we do not, we will not go away.”

Maxine Waters

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What a difference a generation makes. But the effects of the one child policy will reverberate for many generations. If only because everyone wanted their one child to be a boy.

3 Kids Or More: Chinese Researchers Call To Abandon Birth Limits (RT)

China must “fully liberalize” its birth-control policy to increase its labor force in the upcoming decades and compete with such countries as the US economically, a paper published by the People’s Bank of China says.
Beijing should pay close attention to the fact that the country’s birth rate is declining, while its population is aging fast, the researchers argued. The research, which was published this week by China’s central bank as part of its working paper series, suggests that the country’s main economic rival, the US, is undergoing “favorable changes” in working population rates, largely through mass immigration. Based on statistics and forecasts by the United Nations – which might even overestimate China’s reproduction rate, according to the researchers – the report suggests that in the next three decades, China’s population will decrease by some 32 million people.

At the same time, US may add 50 million people to its population by 2050. Furthermore, the researchers warned that China’s labor force is set to shrink, while the US will see an expansion. And unlike China, the US will have the benefit of “skilled immigration.” While China had 70.6% of its population in the labor force as of 2019, compared with the US rate of 65.2%, that advantage is predicted to drop to 3.2 percentage points from 5.4 percentage points by 2035, the paper said. By 2050, the US will swing to a 1.3 percentage-point advantage over China in the labor-force rate, the authors predicted, adding: “For [China] to narrow the gap with the United States in the past four decades, it relied on cheap labor and huge numbers of people… What will we rely on in the next 30 years? This is worth our thoughts.”

[..] The authors argued that China’s government must quickly change its family-planning policies: “Our country must clearly recognize the changes in the situation… firmly seize the precious time window, change concepts, comprehensively implement policies, and respond effectively.” Beijing “must fully liberalize childbirth” allowing “three births and above,” the paper said. In fact, women should be encouraged to have more babies, the researchers added, calling on both the government and society to create a “good reproductive environment,” improving childbirth, healthcare and school systems.

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Xi concedes defeat?

China Calls Bitcoin An ‘Investment Alternative’ In Major Shift In Tone (CNBC)

China’s central bank is now calling bitcoin an “investment alternative” — marking a significant shift in Beijing’s tone after a crackdown on cryptocurrency issuance and trading nearly four years ago. Industry insiders called the comments “progressive” and are watching closely for any regulatory changes made by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). “We regard Bitcoin and stablecoin as crypto assets … These are investment alternatives,” Li Bo, deputy governor of the PBOC, said on Sunday during a panel hosted by CNBC at the Boao Forum for Asia. “They are not currency per se. And so the main role we see for crypto assets going forward, the main role is investment alternative.”


[..] China was once one of the world’s largest buyers of bitcoin. But in 2017, China banned so-called initial coin offerings (ICOs), a way to raise money for crypto companies by issuing digital tokens. That same year, authorities shut down local cryptocurrency exchanges. The moves were prompted by concerns about financial stability. As investment alternatives, “many countries, including China, are still looking into it and thinking about what kind of regulatory requirements. Maybe minimal, but we need to have some kind of regulatory requirement to prevent … the speculation of such assets to create any serious financial stability risks,” Li said. He added that the central bank will keep its current regulations on cryptocurrencies.

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They’re just sucking even more people into overpriced “properties”, wage slaves for life. PredaTORY.

UK House Prices Surge As High Demand Meets Record Shortage (G.)

A frenzy of activity has driven UK property prices to a record high this month, just as the government launches a mortgage guarantee scheme to help people with small deposits on to the housing ladder. Online property portal Rightmove said the average asking price jumped by 2.1% in April to a new all-time high of £327,797, an increase of £6,733 from March. The surge was driven by a shortage of houses on the market, at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is driving many families to search for more spacious properties away from the cities, following the shift to working from home. Some potential sellers are holding off until they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, agents say, adding to a dearth of properties available. From Monday, several banks and building societies will begin offering mortgages covering 95% of a purchase price under the government guarantee scheme.


Announced in March’s budget, it will allow lenders to buy a guarantee on the portion of the mortgage between 80% and 95%. The government will then cover losses on that slice of debt if a borrower gets into financial difficulty and their property is repossessed. Ministers say it will provide an affordable route to home ownership, with Lloyds, Santander, Barclays, HSBC and NatWest launching mortgages under the scheme on Monday. “Every new homeowner and mover supports jobs right across the housing sector, but saving for a big enough deposit can be hard, especially for first-time buyers,” said the chancellor, Rishi Sunak. “By giving lenders the option of a government guarantee on 95% mortgages, many more products will become available, boosting the sector, creating new jobs and helping people achieve their dream of owning their own home.”

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“There is no global shortage of food.”

Gates Unhinged: Dystopian Vision for the Future of Food (Todhunter)

There is no global shortage of food. Even under any plausible future population scenario, there will be no shortage as evidenced by scientist Dr Jonathan Latham in his recent paper ‘The Myth of a Food Crisis’. However, new gene drive and gene editing techniques have now been developed and the industry is seeking the unregulated commercial release of products that are based on these methods. It does not want plants, animals and micro-organisms created with gene-editing to be subject to safety checks, monitoring or consumer labelling. This is concerning given the real dangers that these techniques pose. Many peer-reviewed research papers now call into question industry claims about the ‘precision’, safety and benefits of gene-edited organisms and can be accessed on the GMWatch.org website.

It really is a case of old wine in new bottles. And this is not lost on a coalition of 162 civil society, farmers and business organisations which has called on Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans to ensure that new genetic engineering techniques continue to be regulated in accordance with existing EU GMO standards. The coalition argues that these new techniques can cause a range of unwanted genetic modifications that can result in the production of novel toxins or allergens or in the transfer of antibiotic resistance genes. The open letter adds that even intended modifications can result in traits which could raise food safety, environmental or animal welfare concerns.

The European Court of Justice ruled in 2018 that organisms obtained with new genetic modification techniques must be regulated under the EU’s existing GMO laws. However, there has been intense lobbying from the agriculture biotech industry to weaken the legislation, aided by the Gates Foundation. The coalition states that various scientific publications show that new techniques of genetic modification allow developers to make significant genetic changes, which can be very different from those that happen in nature.

In addition to these concerns, a new paper from Chinese scientists, ‘Herbicide Resistance: Another Hot Agronomic Trait for Plant Genome Editing’, says that, in spite of claims from GMO promoters that gene editing will be climate-friendly and reduce pesticide use, what we can expect is just more of the same – GM herbicide-tolerant crops and increased herbicide use. The industry wants its new techniques to be unregulated, thereby making gene-edited GMOs faster to develop, more profitable and hidden from consumers when purchasing items in stores. At the same time, the costly herbicide treadmill will be reinforced for farmers.

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What a life. What a man. And what a poet.

Lord Byron’s £4,000 Cheque That Helped Create Modern Greece (G.)

Racked by fever, prone to fits of delirium, consumed by his last great passion – the liberation of Greece – Lord Byron lay on his sickbed. It was 18 April 1824. The great Romantic poet would be dead the next day. “I have given her [Greece] my time, my means, my health,” he is recorded as saying in a moment of lucidity. “And now I give her my life! What could I do more?” Byron’s death in Missolonghi, the malaria-ridden town where he had spearheaded the Greeks’ revolt against Ottoman rule, induced instant shock, convulsing the English-speaking world. The man who was “mad, bad and dangerous to know”, a celebrity of his day who was loved and loathed in equal measure, had spent a mere 100 days in the land whose freedom he had championed so vociferously.


“The loss of this illustrious individual is undoubtedly to be deplored by all Greece,” its provisional government declared hours after the news filtered through. “But it must be more especially a subject of lamentation at Missolonghi, where his generosity has been so conspicuously displayed.” As Greece celebrates the bicentenary of its war of independence, a banknote unearthed by the Observer in the country’s state archives sheds new light on the poet’s fabled generosity. It also offers indelible proof of his commitment to the Greek cause. In the cheque Byron stipulates that £4,000 – roughly £332,000 today – be paid to Giovanni Orlando, a representative of the provisional government that, alarmed by the way the war was going, had approached the British peer for funds.


Note of exchange for £4,000 signed by Lord Byron. Photograph: General State Archives of Greece

The money was to go towards emergency needs – notably financing a fleet to defend Missolonghi from besieging Ottoman Albanians. Both sides agreed it would be repaid against a much bigger loan to be raised in London where Orlando was headed.[..] Byron agreed to the loan in Kefalonia, part of the British-run Ionian Islands where the poet and his coterie of fellow travellers had stopped on their way to Greece. The cheque, subsequently cashed in Malta, was taken in the form of silver Spanish dollars and transported in trunks to Missolonghi by the poet. The money was then used to fund fighting ships run as a commercial enterprise by profit-minded Greek islanders. “The demand came from the legislative body,” wrote Pietro Gamba, the Italian count who was with Byron throughout the ill-fated expedition and had witnessed the exchange in Kefalonia in November 1823. “A squadron of 14 vessels, nine Hydriot and five Speziot, would then immediately put to sea.”

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    Theodoros Vryzakis The Reception of Lord Byron at Missolonghi 1861   • How Pfizer Became the Status Vax (Slate) • Michigan Now Requires Masks For
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle April 19 2021]

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    Germ
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    “The development of BNT162b2 was initiated on January 10, 2020, when the SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequence was released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and disseminated globally by the GISAID (Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data) initiative.”

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7745181/

    This means that the artificially produced made mRNA code is based on data provided by the Chinese.
    Hmmm?

    #73457
    Polder Dweller
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    The Lancet has published an article confirming what we all already knew, that transmission of SARS-Cov-2 happens primarily by aerosols.

    if an infectious virus is mainly airborne, an individual could potentially be infected when they inhale aerosols produced when an infected person exhales, speaks, shouts, sings, sneezes, or coughs. Reducing airborne transmission of virus requires measures to avoid inhalation of infectious aerosols, including ventilation, air filtration, reducing crowding and time spent indoors, use of masks whenever indoors, attention to mask quality and fit, and higher-grade protection for health-care staff and front-line workers.

    In conclusion, we propose that it is a scientific error to use lack of direct evidence of SARS-CoV-2 in some air samples to cast doubt on airborne transmission while overlooking the quality and strength of the overall evidence base. There is consistent, strong evidence that SARS-CoV-2 spreads by airborne transmission. Although other routes can contribute, we believe that the airborne route is likely to be dominant. The public health community should act accordingly and without further delay.

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    Mister Roboto
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    I highly recommend the Ritter and Escobar articles about the brewing Eurasian crisis.

    One thing that occurs to me about Covid and its reported death-rate in the USA: The death-rate for 2020 roughly exceeds the one for 2019 by roughly the same number as reported Covid-deaths. I will be interested to see if this year’s death-rate will be lower, the same, or higher than 2019. If it’s the same or especially lower, than that would indicate that the onset of Covid merely harvested the “low-hanging fruit” in terms of overall mortality. And we had a lot of low-hanging fruit in the form of older poor people with health pre-conditions.

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    a kullervo
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    Humans – a gregarious species – are condemned to gloss over the risks of prioritizing the individual over the collective; that’s why humans are successful on the medium-term and ants are successful on the long-run.

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    Polder Dweller
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    @Mister Roboto

    If the death-rate is higher, do we say it’s due to Covid or the vaccines?

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    Mister Roboto
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    @Polder: Or both of those things doing a tag-team thing?

    #73462
    Mister Roboto
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    In all seriousness, though, I don’t think the vaccines will do terribly much harm on a society-wide basis. {/knock on simulated wood} I agree with Swedish doctor and author Sebastian Rushworth at this point in the game. Covid is going to be an endemic thing that comes and goes in mostly-manageable surges such as the one the USA just had between September 1 and March 1 {/knock on SW}, and this will show that the lockdowns weren’t really such a great idea, in addition to the harm done by the lockdowns themselves. The “warp-speed” developed vaccines are basically a window-dressing so that when Covid becomes somewhat manageable, the establishment can take credit for that development without being blamed for the error of the lockdowns. (“See, we kept you locked down and safe while we developed the vaccines that made the situation all better!”) Of course, if we get a variant that’s especially nasty (the Brazil variant might be just such a one) and able to evade whatever mitigation the vaccine might provide, this plan may not succeed.

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    Mr. House
    Participant

    The death rate doesn’t matter if they were misidentifying deaths, which we know they were since they changed how death certificates were completed last year, kinda like when they changed the definition of herd immunity.

    #73464
    Mr. House
    Participant

    I find it funny how we still act like arguing from good faith will actually accomplish anything. We are so past that point.

    #73465
    Mr. House
    Participant

    In my honest opinion, to do that you’re neville chamberlin thinking he can manage and reason with hitler.

    #73466
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Yes, definitely, let’s all be as irrational as we can possibly be, that will help!

    #73467
    zerosum
    Participant

    Have you heard this latest joke?
    Growth

    Women should be encouraged to have more babies.
    The researchers added,
    The government and society should create a “good reproductive environment,”
    Improving childbirth,
    Improving healthcare and school systems.
    ——–
    Have you heard this old joke?
    Savings at a bank.

    You think it exists but it doesn’t. Its virtual.
    Think of the identifier, (account #, bank #, passwords), that you must use to access your saving account.
    Its the old version of cryptocurrency/digital tokens.
    You know that there is no money gathering dust in the vaults of the bank.
    All of those “deposits” were spent, or lent.
    The Trillions of dollars that people are suppose to have accumulated, (which are not there), will cause redemption problems for a lot of people.
    That used to be called “a bank run”.
    ——
    TAE is on a run this morning. Another joke.
    “By giving lenders the option of a government guarantee on 95% mortgages, many more products will become available, boosting the sector, creating new jobs and helping people achieve their dream of owning their own home.”
    ——
    Jokes just keep on coming.
    It just keeps coming

    off-guardian.org/2021/04/19/gates-unhinged-dystopian-vision-for-the-future-of-food/

    Dr Jonathan Latham in his recent paper ‘The Myth of a Food Crisis’.
    The industry wants its new techniques to be unregulated, thereby making gene-edited GMOs faster to develop, more profitable and hidden from consumers when purchasing items in stores.
    Dystopian Vision for the Future of Food
    http://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/11/gates-to-a-global-empire/
    Gates to a Global Empire
    EXPOSURES – EXPOSÉS, 23 Nov 2020
    Navdanya international – TRANSCEND Media Service
    over Seed, Food, Health, Knowledge…and the Earth
    navdanyainternational.org/publications/report-synthesis-gates-to-a-global-empire/
    ( If you are interested in what could happen then read what TAE found and the links that I helped to dig out)
    ——

    #73468
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “Yes, definitely, let’s all be as irrational as we can possibly be, that will help!”

    What are you getting at? You are trying to argue with people who have an agenda, and their fingers in their ears. Also they press mute when you speak (censorship), so what are you really helping with?

    #73469
    Mr. House
    Participant
    #73470
    Mr. House
    Participant
    #73471
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “WASHINGTON – As he drove past the intersection of 21st and E streets in Northwest Washington, a 68-year-old man peered through the window,struck by an encampment of homeless people here that grew from 10 tents to 20 in the past year. Then 30. Now 40.

    The people living in those tents had no idea that their burgeoning village kept this man, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, up at night, or that he kept thinking about them as he drove two blocks south to his office. Powell doesn’t know their names or backstories, either. But what he saw was clear. A visceral reminder of the uneven economic recovery. Right there in the Fed’s shadow.”

    https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Two-blocks-from-the-Federal-Reserve-a-growing-16108882.php

    Maybe the asshole should go talk to them, but they’re not of his class! Better yet send out grandma yellen with milk and cookies.

    #73474
    Germ
    Participant

    “The goal of this Family Financial Form is to ensure that an adverse event or death of one family member does not translate into long-lived or permanent financial destruction for the entire family. This form was created to assist families to communicate regarding and to prepare for the family-wide financial impact of adverse events, if any, resulting from a Covid-19 injection. Examples of adverse events from Covid-19 injections include Covid-19 infection; anaphylaxis; neurological disorders; autoimmune disorders; other long-term chronic diseases; blindness and deafness; infertility, fetal damage, miscarriage, and stillbirth; and death.”

    https://pandemic.solari.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/FAMILY-FINANCIAL-DISCLOSURE-FORM-FOR-COVID-19-INJECTIONS-Fixed.pdf

    #73475
    Mr. House
    Participant
    #73476
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “My grim job this week was to report a vaccine related death to the authorities. I have had to do this type of reporting on other occasions in my career, with other drugs, both approved and research trials, with both deaths and morbid complications. In every single instance in the past, without exception, I have been contacted within 1-2 hours by either the FDA or the CDC. They questioned me, discussed the particulars with me, and a collaboration was begun.

    This death was much different.

    A little about the patient situation. She had her vaccine about 8 AM on a weekday. It was the 2nd shot. Very soon thereafter, she felt electric shocks over her entire body. Later, she was having trouble speaking and could not stand up. She began having severe problems swallowing. I advised to go immediately to the ER. I will not go into details here but suffice it to say, she was having a profound neurologic problem. It was not a simple stroke nor was it a blood clotting issue. Because of the timing of symptom initiation, it was clear to me that the vaccine was likely involved. She was diagnosed with a condition that is very very unusual and is often associated with vaccine administration. She had 5 weeks of very severe pain and did not recover. She was eventually placed on hospice and passed away. Before she died, she told me to make sure that everyone knows that these vaccines are not as safe as advertised. Believe you me, her family is doing everything they can to make sure that this story is known all over the community. The patient herself was a very well-loved individual here – and this has been a blow to the entire area.

    I am a licensed physician in a US state. I am board certified in Internal Medicine. I made every effort to immediately report this death to the federal officials. I called the FDA and ended up in voicemail hell. I called the CDC and was literally hung up on twice. Again, please contrast that reception to what I describe above in previous “non-crisis” years.”

    No agenda here. Makes you wonder how much they aren’t reporting.

    #73477
    madamski cafone
    Participant

    Biden

    The Pimpster. While I sympathise with those who felt embarrassed to have a reality TV star as president, I find his replacement even more superficially embarrassing. Never mind policy. I simply fail to see how Old Bobblehead is more audiovisually reassuring than Orange Man. With Orange Man, one had the feeling that the voices he listened to in his head were at least his own. With Joe, we’re not even sure who’s home when the voices don’t speak.

    #73479
    Noirette
    Participant

    Ilargi: Can’t get over that crazy story of the same guys and fake passports being used in 2014, and then again in the 2018 Skripal case. How stupid does MI6 think we all are?

    yeah that is so weak.

    Boshirov and Petrov – feel sorry for those guys. Imagine becoming the bogey men targetted by anti-Russian bodies, because they went to Salisbury at the same time as the Skripal “Novichok” scandal took place. Imho these guys combined tourism and ‘foreign visits’ with some contacts in their biz, which they don’t like to talk about. (Other scenarios are poss.)

    Their 25 min. interview with the RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan. eng subs. They are hyper nervous, desperate even.

    https://www.rt.com/news/438356-rt-petrov-boshirov-full-interview/

    This interview took place because Putin declared previously, I hope these guys go public (no link), signalling that they risked nothing, > would be, protected. Putin also hinted they were gay and of little account (again, no link.)

    Imho, they followed that advice…going public better than hiding if Putin says so!

    Their biz is something to do with dietary supplements, fitness, afaik. They travelled regularly to Switzerland, maybe exagerated. Ex.:

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/russian-spy-poisoning_salisbury-nerve-attackers-reportedly-had-geneva-connection/44384186

    See, fitness industry, from link above:

    According to Petrov and Boshirov, they traveled to Europe to do business from time to time to examine the market and “see if there is something new – some biologically active additives, amino acids, vitamins, microelements.” ..

    They had nothing whatsoever to do with the Skripal story, imho. They were just trotted out by the MSM months after the Skripal events, to fire up the public, here are some Russian suspects, whooo.

    #73480
    Germ
    Participant

    For you Ilargi:

    Listen to The mask is off: Social crisis, militarized police and the authoritarian grip on Greece.

    https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/NEqdf

    #73481
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    I just noticed this site today:
    The NIH Covid Treatment Guidelines website is “an official website of the United States government.”

    Supplements
    Last Updated: February 11, 2021

    Summary Recommendations

    Vitamin C
    There are insufficient data for the COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (the Panel) to recommend either for or against the use of vitamin C for the treatment of COVID-19.

    Vitamin D
    There are insufficient data for the Panel to recommend either for or against the use of vitamin D
    for the treatment of COVID-19.

    Zinc
    There are insufficient data for the Panel to recommend either for or against the use of zinc
    for the treatment of COVID-19.
    The Panel recommends against using zinc supplementation above the recommended dietary allowance for the prevention of COVID-19, except in a clinical trial (BIII).

    https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/supplements/

    The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Zinc is only 11 mg for adult males (and less for females unless pregnant or lactating).
    https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/

    Meanwhile, the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance recommendations, for prevention of Covid-19, include 30-40 mg of Zinc per day, plus Vitamins C & D…

    I-MASK+ Protocol

    Looking at who is in the panel making these recommendations, it’s clear that many if not most of them have financial relationships with a pharmaceutical company.
    https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/panel-financial-disclosure/

    #73483
    Boogaloo
    Participant

    The China news on Bitcoin is the real news for the day. The next strategic step is for the PBOC to move 1% of reserves into Bitcoin and to encourage citizens to hold it. People will say that the Chinese will never back something they cannot control, but that is only partially true. The Chinese will insist on controlling the payments currency but not necessarily the reserve asset. That’s why they did not hesitate to encourage citizens to buy gold, even though gold is hard to control and cannot be used for payments.

    Bitcoin does not aim to be a payments currency, and it will never become a payments currency. That it why it does not compete with central bank digital currencies. But Bitcoin can and just might become the world’s next global reserve asset. Even if it fails at that, it may still prove to be the pin that pops the USD balloon, freeing gold will return to the center of gravity in the financial system.

    We live in interesting times.

    #73484
    madamski cafone
    Participant

    @ Boogaloo

    Soiunds like good thinking to me.

    #73485
    WES
    Participant

    Here in Ontario we are going back into winter for a few days. No signs of global warming! Where is Al Gore these days?

    Jerome Powell doesn’t drive himself. He has a chauffer. He has never seen a homeless person in his life.

    Israel’s 3rd wave after mass vaccinations explains why we are suddenly are not hearing about how the vaccine experiment is going in the media. Clearly the experiment is not going well.

    #73486
    John Day
    Participant

    @WES, from yesterday. You could take zinc and quercetin along with ivermectin as prophylaxis, but I would not. Zinc is moderately upsetting to a lot of stomachs at 50 mg. I would rather hold the zinc and quercetin and just take the ivermectin as prophylaxis.
    I would not take more than about 25 mg of zinc once per day long term, since it interferes with absorption of copper, which is a thing we need a little of.

    #73487
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    @ sumac.carol &
    @ Dr. John Day

    A very interesting herbal treatment of covid used here in Thailand:

    Fah Talai Jone

      To test its effectiveness for curing patients, six volunteers participated in the first clinical test during the second half of last year. The research was conducted by the Thai Traditional Medicine Research Institute of the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine.
      The patients had mild symptoms such as sore throats, headaches, cough or runny nose. Each participant received 60mg of andrographolide at 6am, 2pm and 10pm, or a total of 180mg andrographolide a day for five days. The amount of andrographolide is three times higher a dose than the treatment of the common flu.

      More at the link;
      https://www.bangkokpost.com/life/social-and-lifestyle/2101707/a-promising-development-in-the-fight-against-covid

    #73488

    This is a bit off topic but I have had it on screen for a while. Now I can make links. It’s Douglas G frank with somebody showing some amazing stuff about the elections.

    #73489

    My apologies if someone has posted the above before- it’s worth looking at again because it is ongoing and it’s stunning.
    The “election” and the virus (in the US) are so inter-related.

    They need to end the filibuster to get the court packed and the senate stacked with new states to cover their asses and build back better with mandatory “vaccines” and certificates of vaccination IDs. If Frank is right, they are nervous. It’s situations like these that lead to “breaking news”, aka “squirrel!”
    It’s clear that many folks are unhappy about including infants and children in the Covid vax system. It’s a line in the sand. Denninger and Ionides are right. Yeadon is right. Their overplaying their hand.

    I’d give an update on what’s happening here in Hennepin county, but I can’t stomach the news.
    What a friend we have in Waters.

    #73490
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    The arrogance, contempt, and hubris exhibited by those who presume to lead us, is just terrifying, which I believe, is the whole point of the corona terrorists campaign…
    There is a lot of information out there regarding various paths to deal with this flu; but anything not from big pharma is buried at best and condemned and censored at worst.
    We’re very fortunate to have a number of posters keeping us informed of alternative actions and treatments to deal with and fight the flood of propaganda.
    Keeping one’s head in these times of stress and danger is of paramount importance…
    Keep on keeping on everybody…

    #73549
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    John Day wrote, “I would not take more than about 25 mg of zinc once per day long term, since it interferes with absorption of copper, which is a thing we need a little of.”

    Thanks for that information. I use zinc supplement tabs whose contents are shown as “Zinc Gluconate 105mg (15 mg Zinc) per tablet.” To limit my daily intake to 25mg, I take 15/25 or 0.6 of a tablet daily. In the past I’ve had up to 75mg as a bolus dose with no apparent effects on my stomach. But I won’t push the boundaries.

    Regarding copper intake, I’m a bit surprised that it’s hard to find recommendations for a daily Cu intake. However, it appears that the amount needed is small and best obtained in my diet. So I eat my way to health!

    #73550
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    The GM takeover has already happened in Australia. A year or two ago the (Federal) Senate voted against opposing deregulation, even after a campaign mounted by several NGOs, mine included. Indeed, most of the senators didn’t even bother turning up to vote on the day. Now GM stuff can be freely sold and not identified as such.

    More than ever I and mine source our food as carefully and organically, or at least non-GMO, as possible. We are blessed not to live in a food desert.

    #73552
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    If Shanna Swan’s findings are correct (and I do find them a bit hard to accept) then sperm counts drop to zero by 2045 give or take a few years. We’ve had a 60% drop since 1973 so far. Posited causes include plastic pollution, such as phthalates and bisphenol-A which do not break down in the environment and which are to be found everywhere on the planet now.

    So where are all these babies to come from? Or is China not greatly affectedl?

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