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Pablo Picasso Family of Saltimbanques 1905

 

New Zealand To Enter Nationwide Lockdown After 1 Local Covid Case (Axios)
Uttar Pradesh Logs Lowest Ever Daily Covid Figure at 17 (N18)
NSW Police Fine 600 People On First Day Of Covid Crackdown Blitz (AAP)
Lockdowns Widen In China As Locals Doubt Official COVID-19 Data (ET)
Association of Vaccine Type and Prior SARS-CoV-2 Infection (JAMA)
Harvard Med Professor Censored For Contrarian Covid Posts (JTN)
Afghans Fleeing Taliban Need Negative PCR Test For Now-suspended Flights (RT)
Tsitsipas Refuses To Take Vaccine Unless It Becomes Mandatory On Tour (R.)
Afghan Abandonment A Lesson For Taiwan (Global Times)
Kabul Has Fallen – But Don’t Blame Joe Biden (Ron Paul)
Afghanistan: We Never Learn (Taibbi)
When The Penny Drops It’s You And Your Portfolio On That Kabul Tarmac (Every)
Strange Days Ahead (Kunstler)

 

 

Biden condensed

 

 

The CIA gets a large part of its off the books funding from poppies.

The Taliban banned poppy growing. The CIA moved its poppy farms to Colombia. Over the past years, much has been moved back.

Afghanistan GDP is $20 billion; the UNODC estimated the country’s overall illicit opiate economy in 2017 at $6.6 billion.

Will the CIA make a deal with the Taliban this time?

 

 

Shut you entire country down for one case, after 20 months, and people call you a success story.

New Zealand To Enter Nationwide Lockdown After 1 Local Covid Case (Axios)

New Zealand will enter a snap nationwide lockdown at its highest level on Tuesday night after a 58-year-old man from Auckland tested positive for COVID-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. This is the first coronavirus case detected in NZ’s community for 170 days and officials are concerned the man may have the highly contagious Delta variant. New Zealand has only experienced a level 4 nationwide lockdown once before. This is only the second lockdown for communities outside Auckland, NZ’s most populous city, since the pandemic began. Ardern noted at a news conference Tuesday that although it was unknown what strain of the virus the man had, most of the infections in managed hotel quarantine had the Delta variant.


The level 4 national lockdown will last for three days, from 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, which the recently man visited, will likely experience this for seven days. New Zealand has largely contained COVID-19 cases to managed hotel quarantine facilities. Under alert level 4 restrictions, schools move to remote classes and non-essential businesses close — including food delivery services. Only essential travel is permitted, and water activities like swimming are banned. People must remain at home unless they’re exercising outdoors and locally and within their household “bubbles.” The country has paused vaccinations for the duration of the lockdown.

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This is the real success story.

Uttar Pradesh Logs Lowest Ever Daily Covid Figure at 17 (N18)

Uttar Pradesh on Monday witnessed the steepest decline in the number of fresh cases as the state limited the infections to just 17, making it the lowest ever daily-case count. Uttar Pradesh has restricted the daily-case count below 100 for over 5 weeks now. The downward trajectory of the virus has continued for the consecutive 14th week. In another significant achievement, the state registered a drop in the daily Covid test positivity rate (TPR) — the number of positive cases against the total tests done — to 0.01 percent. This rate was at its highest at 16.84 percent on April 24 and now remains even lower than the lowest post the first wave of Covid-19. The active caseload in the most populous state now stands at 419, from its peak at 3,10,783 cases on April 30.


On the contrary, sparsely populated states like Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu account for a heavy active caseload of 1,78,640, 64,219 and 20,458, respectively. In another major relief, none of the 75 districts reported fresh infections in double-digits, indicating signs that the pandemic is receding. Uttar Pradesh is rapidly moving towards being coronavirus-free as active and fresh cases in as many as 17 districts have declined to zero. In its bid to become self-reliant in terms of producing life-saving medication, as many as 317 of the 556 oxygen plants have already been established and are functional, while work on the remaining plants is going on in Uttar Pradesh.

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From inside the jail.

NSW Police Fine 600 People On First Day Of Covid Crackdown Blitz (AAP)

New South Wales police issued nearly 600 infringement notices to people flouting tough new health orders on the first day of a three-week crackdown designed to get the state’s escalating Covid crisis under control. The deputy commissioner, Mal Lanyon, said some people were still not complying even after a 5km travel rule came into effect for greater Sydney and the state reported a record 478 new local Covid-19 cases and eight deaths on Monday – the state’s worst day of the pandemic. “Yesterday we issued 579 infringement notices which is disappointing. It shows that people are still not complying. Thirty-four people received court attendant notices,” he told the Nine Network on Tuesday. Police also conducted 3,800 welfare checks to see if people were following stay-at-home orders.

Seven weeks of lockdown in Sydney (NSW)

One Covid-positive man from the hotspot of Fairfield in Sydney’s south-west wasn’t home when police arrived and was later unable to provide an excuse for his actions, Lanyon said. The entire state is now locked down and a 21-day police blitz came into effect on Monday to enforce new regulations, with almost 18,000 police officers supported by 800 members of the Australian defence force. Tougher noncompliance fines of up to $5,000 are in place with people in greater Sydney confined to within 5km of their homes. Police commissioner Mick Fuller warned that officers have been told to adopt “a no-nonsense approach” to people deliberately flouting laws.

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“All of us have been fully vaccinated (with two doses),” “All of us have been tested for COVID this week. And all of us have to take the second test tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,”

Lockdowns Widen In China As Locals Doubt Official COVID-19 Data (ET)

A spokesperson for the Chinese National Health Commission Mi Feng said at a press conference on Friday: “As of now, the diagnosed local [COVID-19] cases have risen for 19 consecutive days, and involved 16 provinces.” On Saturday and Sunday, the regime announced more infections but many people interviewed by the Chinese-language Epoch Times said they didn’t believe the numbers because of the regime’s past underreporting on COVID-19. The regime has reported relatively small-scale local outbreaks this year until July 20, when Nanjing in eastern Jiangsu Province announced airport workers were diagnosed with COVID-19. Since then, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, has spread to dozens of cities across the country.

In its counting of COVID-19 cases the Chinese regime doesn’t include infected people not showing obvious symptoms. The regime also claims that anyone found to have COVID-19 who travelled overseas in the past month must have contracted the CCP virus when they were out of China, and count them as imported cases. Local cases end up being those who haven’t visited other countries in the past months and have symptoms. In Zhengyang County in central Henan Province, the regime only announced one person diagnosed with COVID-19 in recent weeks, but have locked down residential compounds and villages. The regime even planned to test all residents in the county again on Friday, although it didn’t report any infections in a first round of tests carried out two days earlier.

As of around midday Monday local time, Zhengyang County government had only announced that it had found one case that tested positive on Aug. 9 and another that was counted as an individual showing symptoms on Thursday. However, the county has strictly controlled people’s movements. On Saturday, local residents in the county said lockdown measures meant they couldn’t leave home and many believed the real infection figure must be larger than what the authorities are admitting. “All of us have been fully vaccinated (with two doses),” Wang, a staff member of Zhengyang train station, said in a phone interview on Saturday. “All of us have been tested for COVID this week. And all of us have to take the second test tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” Wang said. “The outbreak is very severe here.”

The Zhengyang City government announced that no private or business vehicles were allowed on roads from Saturday. Only ambulances, garbage trucks, and other emergency vehicles were allowed to use the roads. A Zhengyang farmer told the Chinese-language Epoch Times on Saturday that even farmers aren’t allowed to leave their homes or work their fields. “If there’s only one infection [in Zhengyang], the regime shouldn’t be so nervous, and shouldn’t ask us to test at night. They said we will be tested again,” the farmer said. “They [the regime] don’t allow us to farm our lands, don’t allow us to visit the city, don’t allow us to visit our friends and relatives. All schools and after-school classes were closed,” she said.

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Berenson: “New @JAMA_current paper says @moderna_Tx caused 2.3x the number of “significant” symptoms compared to @pfizer in a sample of 950 people.


Moderna also produced more antibodies. Raising the question of what a third dose, which produces still MORE, will do.”

Association of Vaccine Type and Prior SARS-CoV-2 Infection (JAMA)

In June 2020, HWs in the Johns Hopkins Health System provided oral informed consent to participate in a longitudinal study of S1 spike antibodies in which serum samples and survey responses were collected every 3 to 4 months. Ethical approval was obtained from the Johns Hopkins University Institutional Review Board. The HWs who participated for a study visit between March 10 and April 8, 2021, were included in this analysis if their serum sample was collected 14 or more days after receiving dose 2 of either mRNA vaccine. Using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (Euroimmun), IgG antibody measurements were determined based on optical density ratios with an upper threshold of 11 based on assay saturation.

Prior SARS-CoV-2 infection was defined as having (1) a positive SARS-CoV-2 polymerase chain reaction test result prior to 14 days after dose 2 or (2) S1 spike IgG measurement greater than 1.23 prior to vaccination.5 Participants self-reported symptoms following vaccination as none, mild (injection site pain, mild fatigue, headache), or clinically significant (fatigue, fever, chills). Logistic regression models were used to explore the association of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccine type with symptoms following each dose, adjusting for sex and age. A linear regression model was used to explore the association between magnitude of antibody response (log-transformed) and age, sex, prior infection, vaccine type, symptoms, and time after 2 doses of vaccine. Analyses were performed in R, version 4.0.2 (R Foundation).

Results
A questionnaire and serum sample were collected 14 or more days following dose 2 for 954 HWs. Clinically significant symptoms were reported by 52 of the 954 (5%) after dose 1 and 407 (43%) after dose 2. After adjusting for prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, age, and sex, the odds of clinically significant symptoms following either dose were higher among participants who received the Moderna vs the Pfizer vaccine (dose 1: odds ratio [OR], 1.83; 95% CI, 0.96-3.50; dose 2: OR, 2.43; 95% CI, 1.73-3.40) (Table). Prior SARS-CoV-2 exposure was associated with increased odds of clinically significant symptoms following dose 1 (OR, 4.38; 95% CI, 2.25-8.55) but not dose 2 (OR, 0.60; 95% CI, 0.36-0.99), after controlling for vaccine type, age, and sex.

Regardless of symptoms, the vast majority of participants (953 of 954, greater than 99.9%) developed spike IgG antibodies 14 or more days following dose 2; 1 participant who was taking immunosuppressant medication did not develop IgG antibodies. Reporting clinically significant symptoms, age younger than 60 years, female sex, receipt of Moderna vaccine, and prior SARS-CoV-2 exposure were independently associated with higher median IgG measurements, after adjusting for time after dose 2.

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Kulldorff is next.

Harvard Med Professor Censored For Contrarian Covid Posts (JTN)

Martin Kulldorff started relying on LinkedIn to share news and views on COVID-19 policy after Twitter suspended the Harvard Medical School professor for a month for questioning the protective power of masks. Now the Microsoft-owned professional social network is scrutinizing his posts, going so far as to remove two for violating its misinformation policy. It’s at least the second action LinkedIn has taken this summer against a vaccine scientist who questioned COVID-19 orthodoxy. It suspended Robert Malone, who credits himself as the inventor of mRNA vaccine technology, for alleging dangers from the “spike protein” in mRNA vaccines, citing heart-inflammation reports in some vaccinated young people and highlighting Big Tech censorship and conflicts of interest. A LinkedIn “senior executive” personally apologized to him for wrongful removal, Malone said.

Kulldorff made a similar cost-benefit argument against mandatory COVID vaccinations for young people in a June op-ed. He directed Twitter followers to find the op-ed on his LinkedIn page because “Twitter does not allow vaccine scientists to freely discuss vaccines.” Now he’s directing Linkedin followers to find him on Twitter, though the scientist confirmed to Just the News that he is concerned about further censorship there, “so I self-censor on Twitter.” One of Kulldorff’s Harvard Med colleagues spoke against LinkedIn for the censorship. “The point is not whether a minority viewpoint is right,” bioethics professor Jonathan Darrow, who cowrote a journal article with Kulldorff last year, wrote in an email. If such views are silenced, “public health options may be closed off prematurely, matters may be erroneously believed to be settled, and needed research may never be conducted.”


[..] COVID-19 orthodoxy has “unjustifiably tarnished” the reputations of scientists such as Stanford University’s John Ioannidis, “one of the most well-respected luminaries” in evidence-based medicine, Darrow said. Ioannidis lost that respect “because he publicly presented data about COVID’s infection fatality rate that were politically unpopular.” Censorship is also “communicable,” according to Darrow, “potentially tipping the scales of public judgment one way or the other and leading to a downward spiral of intolerance in which minority views are increasingly suppressed.”

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When one insanity meets the other.

Afghans Fleeing Taliban Need Negative PCR Test For Now-suspended Flights (RT)

The suspension of flights leaving Kabul has left countless civilians at the mercy of the Taliban. But even if flights resume, Afghans fleeing the country will still need to test negative for Covid, according to a baffling report. Soon after the Taliban seized the Afghan capital on Sunday, hundreds of civilians began to pour into Kabul’s international airport in hopes of being airlifted to safety. But by Monday morning, commercial airlines had halted operations in the Afghan capital due to gunfire around the air hub – caused at least in part by US soldiers firing warning shots at civilians gathering on the tarmac. But the suspension of regular outbound flights is just one of several hurdles facing Afghans seeking a one-way ticket out of the country: airlines operating in the Afghan capital ask for passengers to provide a negative coronavirus test.


The arguably ill-timed flight requirement was spotted at the end of an Atlantic article chronicling the frustrating story of an Afghan interpreter, Khan, and his family as they try to secure safe passage out of the country. “Today, Sunday, the Taliban are in Kabul… The neighborhood where Khan was renting a room has become dangerous, and he and his family have fled, walking six miles to another hiding place. He needs to find a facility that will administer the Covid-19 tests required by the airlines. He needs to get his family to the airport. He needs two more days,” reads the last paragraph of the article.

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Bubbles.

Tsitsipas Refuses To Take Vaccine Unless It Becomes Mandatory On Tour (R.)

World number three Stefanos Tsitsipas said he would only get the Covid-19 vaccine if it became mandatory to compete in tennis. While the men’s ATP Tour has publicly encouraged players to get vaccinated, the 23-year-old Greek is among those who still have reservations. “No one has told me anything. No one has made it a mandatory thing to be vaccinated,” he told reporters, when asked if he would seek a vaccine while competing in the US. “At some point I will have to, I’m pretty sure about it, but so far it hasn’t been mandatory to compete, so I haven’t done it, no,” added Tsitsipas, who received a first-round bye in the Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati.

He reached the French Open final in June but suffered a shock, first-round exit at Wimbledon, where he told reporters he found it challenging to live and compete in the Covid-19 “bubble.” The Covid-19 vaccine has divided opinion within tennis. World number one Novak Djokovic said in April he hoped the Covid-19 vaccine would not become mandatory for players to compete and has declined to answer questions regarding his own vaccination status. However, fellow 20-time Grand Slam winners Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal feel athletes need to play their part to get life back to some form of normality.


Federer said in May that he received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while Nadal said: “The only way out of this nightmare is vaccination. Our responsibility as human beings is to accept it. “I know there is a percentage of people who will suffer from side effects, but the effects of the virus are worse.” Spectators will not be allowed to attend qualifying rounds at this month’s U.S. Open due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said last week. The USTA previously said it would allow full fan capacity for the main part of the tournament.

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China knows.

Afghan Abandonment A Lesson For Taiwan (Global Times)

The geopolitical value of Afghanistan is no less than that of Taiwan island. Around Afghanistan, there are the US’ three biggest geopolitical rivals – China, Russia and Iran. In addition, Afghanistan is a bastion of anti-US ideology. The withdrawal of US troops from there is not because Afghanistan is unimportant. It’s because it has become too costly for Washington to have a presence in the country. Now the US wants to find a better way to use its resources to maintain its hegemony in the world. Taiwan is probably the US’ most cost-effective ally in East Asia. There is no US military presence on the island of Taiwan. The way the US maintains the alliance with Taiwan is simple: It sells arms to Taiwan while encouraging the DPP authorities to implement anti-mainland policies through political support and manipulation.

As a result, it has caused a certain degree of depletion between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits. And what Washington has to do is only to send warships and aircraft near the Straits from time to time. In general, the US does not have to spend a penny on Taiwan. Instead, it makes money through arms sales and forced pork and beef sales to the island. This is totally a profitable geopolitical deal for Washington. Once a cross-Straits war breaks out while the mainland seizes the island with forces, the US would have to have a much greater determination than it had for Afghanistan, Syria, and Vietnam if it wants to interfere. A military intervention of the US will be a move to change the status quo in the Taiwan Straits, and this will make Washington pay a huge price rather than earn profit.


Some people on the island of Taiwan hype that the island is different from Afghanistan, and that the US wouldn’t leave them alone. Indeed, the island is different from Afghanistan. But the difference is the deeper hopelessness of a US victory if it gets itself involved in a cross-Straits war. Such a war would mean unthinkable costs for the US, in front of which the so-called special importance of Taiwan is nothing but wishful thinking of the DPP authorities and secessionist forces on the island.

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“Unless there is a major purge of those who lied and misled, we can count on these disasters to continue until the last US dollar goes up in smoke.”

Kabul Has Fallen – But Don’t Blame Joe Biden (Ron Paul)

This weekend the US experienced another “Saigon moment,” this time in Afghanistan. After a 20 year war that drained trillions from Americans’ pockets, the capital of Afghanistan fell without a fight. The corrupt Potemkin regime that the US had been propping up for two decades and the Afghan military that we had spent billions training just melted away. The rush is on now to find somebody to blame for the chaos in Afghanistan. Many of the “experts” doing the finger-pointing are the ones most to blame. Politicians and pundits who played cheerleader for this war for two decades are now rushing to blame President Biden for finally getting the US out. Where were they when succeeding presidents continued to add troops and expand the mission in Afghanistan?

The US war on Afghanistan was not lost yesterday in Kabul. It was lost the moment it shifted from a limited mission to apprehend those who planned the attack on 9/11 to an exercise in regime change and nation-building. Immediately after the 9/11 attacks I proposed that we issue letters of marque and reprisal to bring those responsible to justice. But such a limited and targeted response to the attack was ridiculed at the time. How could the US war machine and all its allied profiteers make their billions if we didn’t put on a massive war? So who is to blame for the scenes from Afghanistan this weekend? There is plenty to go around. Congress has kicked the can down the road for 20 years, continuing to fund the Afghan war long after even they understood that there was no point to the US occupation.

There were some efforts by some Members to end the war, but most, on a bipartisan basis, just went along to get along. The generals and other high-ranking military officers lied to their commander-in-chief and to the American people for years about progress in Afghanistan. The same is true for the US intelligence agencies. Unless there is a major purge of those who lied and misled, we can count on these disasters to continue until the last US dollar goes up in smoke. The military industrial complex spent 20 years on the gravy train with the Afghanistan war. They built missiles, they built tanks, they built aircraft and helicopters. They hired armies of lobbyists and think tank writers to continue the lie that was making them rich. They wrapped their graft up in the American flag, but they are the opposite of patriots.

[..] Political control in Afghanistan has returned to the people who fought against those they viewed as occupiers and for what they viewed as their homeland. That is the real lesson, but don’t expect it to be understood in Washington. War is too profitable and political leaders are too cowardly to go against the tide. But the lesson is clear for anyone wishing to see it: the US global military empire is a grave threat to the United States and its future.

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Well, we have to make some money, c’mon!

Afghanistan: We Never Learn (Taibbi)

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, when asked months ago about the possibility that there might be a “significant deterioration” of the security picture in Afghanistan once the United States withdrew its forces, said, “I don’t think it’s going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday.” Blinken’s Nostradamus moment was somehow one-upped by that of his boss, Joe Biden, who on July 8th had the following exchange with press: “Q: Your own intelligence community has assessed that the Afghan government will likely collapse. BIDEN: That is not true, they did not reach that conclusion… There is going to be no circumstance where you see people lifted off the roof of an embassy… The likelihood that you’re going to see the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”

[..] The pattern is always the same. We go to places we’re not welcome, tell the public a confounding political problem can be solved militarily, and lie about our motives in occupying the country to boot. Then we pick a local civilian political authority to back that inevitably proves to be corrupt and repressive, increasing local antagonism toward the American presence. In response to those increasing levels of antagonism, we then ramp up our financial, political, and military commitment to the mission, which in turn heightens the level of resistance, leading to greater losses in lives and treasure. As the cycle worsens, the government systematically accelerates the lies to the public about our level of “progress.”

Throughout, we make false assurances of security that are believed by significant numbers of local civilians, guaranteeing they will later either become refugees or targets for retribution as collaborators. Meanwhile, financial incentives for contractors, along with political disincentives to admission of failure, prolong the mission. This all goes on for so long that the lies become institutionalized, believed not only by press contracted to deliver the propaganda (CBS’s David Martin this weekend saying with a straight face, “Everybody is surprised by the speed of this collapse” was typical), but even by the bureaucrats who concocted the deceptions in the first place.

The look of genuine shock on the face of Tony Blinken this weekend as he jousted with Jake Tapper about Biden’s comments from July should tell people around the world something important about the United States: in addition to all the other things about us that are dangerous, we lack self-knowledge. Even deep inside the machine of American power, where everyone paying even a modicum of attention over the last twenty years should have known Kabul would fall in a heartbeat, they still believe their own legends. Which means this will happen again, and probably sooner rather than later.

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“..if you don’t see this US policy debacle increases the risks of ‘red-line’ incidents in the Asia/Indo-Pacific, perhaps you should look for a desk job at the CIA.”

When The Penny Drops It’s You And Your Portfolio On That Kabul Tarmac (Every)

The US Beltway experts who six weeks ago said the Taliban could not establish an Islamic Emirate for at least a year, and then suddenly revised that down to six weeks, and then to 72 hours, still got it wrong: it happened on Sunday evening. The Afghan president has fled, along with his artificial $88bn “army”, but the actual weapons are now in the hands of the Taliban. Crowds of desperate Afghans are flooding the runway of Kabul airport –requisitioned by the US Army because it surrendered Bagram airbase without warning weeks ago, and the Taliban now control it– in scenes that look like Saigon in 1975. Or, tragically, like the Khmer Rouge entering Phnom Penh in ‘The Killing Fields’ (in Cambodia, a few years later); and there seems a very real risk the comparison won’t stop there.

Yes, markets will try to brush this geopolitical earthquake off: It’s just Afghanistan; It’s a long way away; We never wanted to go on holiday there anyway; They don’t even buy much cheese. There will probably be attempts to talk of a ‘New Taliban’, as we did with New Labour in the UK, brushing over the fact that the latter ‘New’ was vs. 1970’s socialism, and the former is vs. 7th century fundamentalism. Indeed, the Taliban seem to now realize which Western memes make it look more palatable, and are promising to be “inclusive”. They may only need to throw in “diverse”, “equity”, “green”, and “sustainability” for Wall Street to perk up and ask “Are you in favour of free trade and QE?”, and for EU foreign policy representatives to sit next to them.

But what to do? Michael Bloomberg has already penned an editorial that says “The US Can’t Walk Away From Afghanistan”, which is correct: the US *ran* away in the eyes of Afghans. He then Bloombergs that: “Words are easy. Solutions are hard,” and suggests the US continue to fund the Afghan government and army as long as viable (too late!), help people to flee (where?), and use airstrikes and special forces to keep terrorism at bay, which will involve “Cajoling neighbouring countries for intelligence support and basing rights.” (Neighbours like China; Turkmenistan; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Iran; and Pakistan.) Hey, words *are* easy! And solutions hard. Yet Bloomberg is right in that this geopolitical nightmare is almost certainly only just beginning.

As noted here on Friday, if you don’t see this US policy debacle increases the risks of ‘red-line’ incidents in the Asia/Indo-Pacific, perhaps you should look for a desk job at the CIA. The US now looks like it is flailing around like a social-media influencer discovering not just a micro-aggression, or that life contains people who don’t agree with you, but that there are people who aren’t even on Twitter that can punch you in the face and break your nose and teeth (and far, far worse). Geopolitically, opportunists of all stripes may now be considering if they may not be able to earn theirs, so to speak, by kicking the US while it is down. And yet the US is clearly swinging most of what is still the world’s most formidable military muscle squarely towards the Asia/Indo-Pacific region, and will almost certainly not want to be seen to ‘do a Kabul’ in that jurisdiction too. Or a Nord-Stream 2. Or an Iran.

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“Floundering. Friendless. Broke. Broken!”

Strange Days Ahead (Kunstler)

Well, we’ve become an ossified, administrative nomenklatura of Deep State flunkies as the Soviets were, and lately we’re just as lawless as they used to be, constitution-wise — e.g., the abolition of property rights via the CDC’s rent moratorium… the prolonged jailing in solitary confinement of January 6 political prisoners… the introduction of internal “passports.” The USA is running on fumes economically as the Soviets were. Our dominant party leadership has aged into an embarrassing gerontocracy. Is it our turn to collapse? Kind of looks like it. The days ahead are liable to be a rough ride. Surely China has taken the measure of our Woke military and is weighing the seizure of Taiwan in our moment of signal weakness.

No more computer chips for you, Uncle Sam! Do we come to Taiwan’s defense with guns blazing, or perhaps nukes? And what if that doesn’t work out so well? I’ll tell you what: a major geopolitical reordering of things, leaving us… where? Unable to enforce our will around the world as has been the case for eighty years. Floundering. Friendless. Broke. Broken! Of course, the domestic situation in our land has not been so fraught and overwrought since 1861. Everything is politicized, which is to say: used as a truncheon to beat-up adversaries and, let’s face it, mostly in the sense of Left against Right. This is especially true for the Covid-19 soap opera, which more and more pits the sanctimoniously vaccinated “progressives” against the recalcitrant conservative no-vax free-choicers — that is, coercive government trying to force supposedly free citizens to accept a pretty dubious experimental medical treatment.


Since when did the American Left become so pro-tyranny, and how’d that even happen? I have friends and relatives — I’m sure you do, too — who knocked themselves out in the 1960s protesting against the war, the government, the FBI, and the CIA… who fought in the streets for free speech and raged against official propaganda — and today they can’t get enough of coercing, punishing, brain-washing, and cancelling their fellow citizens. They’re going so far now as to engineer their vicious narrative to brand their opponents as “domestic terrorists.” Think that’s going to work?

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    Pablo Picasso Family of Saltimbanques 1905   • New Zealand To Enter Nationwide Lockdown After 1 Local Covid Case (Axios) • Uttar Pradesh Logs Low
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle August 17 2021]

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    V. Arnold
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    Pablo Picasso Family of Saltimbanques 1905
    Family of Saltimbanques (French: Famille de saltimbanques) is a 1905 oil on canvas painting by Pablo Picasso. The work depicts six saltimbanques, a kind of itinerant circus performer, in a desolate landscape.

    I would opine that this is a very special Picaso; beautifully rendered, blah, blah, blah……… 😉
    I just really like this painting…

    #84169
    Huskynut
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    To our (NZ) Western cousins.. my sympathies on the retarded lockdown mandates that we now share

    #84170
    V. Arnold
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    “Floundering. Friendless. Broke. Broken!”

    • Strange Days Ahead (Kunstler)

    Kudos to James; he has expressed that which I struggled with…
    Bankrupt; on all levels

    #84171
    Huskynut
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    Can anyone assist pls – I’m sure I’ve seen a story in the last day or two on how/why the three international press agencies (AP, Reuters, APN(?)) enjoy untramelled access to domestic reprint. Can anyone provide the link to that story?

    The context is I took a couple of complaints to the NZ Press Council three-odd year back and they were rejected – the paper argued that they were incapable of fact checking the articles they published as they lacked international presence.
    it just occurred to me that argument/ruling + the mainstream evidencing of the minimal diversity of international coverage is quite a good illustration of why we can;t have nice things (or at least a substantial debate),
    Wish I’d saved the article now – I hope someone else has.

    #84172
    Huskynut
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    PS – if I’ve asked that before and you’ve responded, please just link to the previous reponse.
    I’m not sure quite what’s going on, but recently I find myself frequently thinking “have I said that before..? have i asked that before?” and I’m worried I’ll self-censor without getting the answer, so apologies in advance for any repeated questions or statements..

    #84173
    those darned kids
    Participant

    Michael Hudson – Biden forfeits his Afghan victory by defending his Deep State advisors

    ol’ michael’s not in a good mood:

    The media are showing pictures of the Afghan palace and one of the warlord’s office. I did a double-take, because the plush, wretched-excess furnishings looked just like Obama’s $12 million McMansion furnishings in Martha’s Vineyard.

    #84175
    John Day
    Participant

    No pics, just what you know.
    The battle is joined. It cannot long be hidden that the vaccinated are more susceptible to the new strains.
    https://www.johndayblog.com/2021/08/vaccines-help-delta.html

    This scientific paper from The Journal of Infection looks at ADE, antibody dependent enhancement of viral pathogenicity.
    This is the phenomenon whereby antibodies may help a virus infect an organism more aggressively.
    The context for this is antibodies formed in response to vaccines against the “alpha” coronavirus.
    There are populations of blocking antibodies and populations of facilitating antibodies.
    In the battle against the alpha SARS-CoV-2, the blocking antibody effect is clearly dominant.
    Those same vaccination-antibodies have a different summation against the delta variant.
    They tend to help it infect human cells.
    This is true for all of the vaccines against the original spike protein. Yep, that’s what you got.
    ​ ​However, in the case of the Delta variant, neutralizing antibodies have a decreased affinity for the spike protein, whereas facilitating antibodies display a strikingly increased affinity.
    https://www.journalofinfection.com/article/S0163-4453(21)00392-3/fulltext

    ​Israel is one of the most completely vaccinated countries in the world. They gat that special deal from Pfizer. Their cases started going UP as more people got vaccinated, and now…
    Health officials predict thousands of seriously ill COVID patients within month
    Bennett reportedly agrees to expand hospital capacity after being presented with numbers showing hospitalizations quadrupling by mid-September; funding for plan unclear..​.​
    The predictions from the health experts were based on a doubling of the number of hospitalizations and serious illnesses every 10 days.
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/health-officials-predict-thousands-of-seriously-ill-covid-patients-within-month/

    ​The bulk of hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the January through June time period occurred well before May. Anybody not receiving a second vaccine 2 weeks or more before being diagnosed with COVID was counted as “unvaccinated”.
    That’s how they got that “pandemic of the unvaccinated” line. It was. Now it looks more like a”pandemic of the vaccinated.”.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House and most mainstream media, what we have now is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” with 95% to 99% of COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths being attributed to the unvaccinated.
    To achieve that statistic, the CDC included hospitalization and mortality data from January through June. The vast majority of the U.S. population was unvaccinated during that timeframe.
    By Jan. 1 only 0.5% of the U.S. population had received a COVID shot. By mid-April, an estimated 31% had received one or more shots and as of June 15, 48.7% were fully “vaccinated.”

    How CDC Manipulated Data to Create ‘Pandemic of the Unvaxxed’ Narrative

    India, birthplace of the ‘Delta variant” (previously known as “the Indian strain”), uses ivermectin based treatment for COVID. Uttar Pradesh is 2/3 the population of the USA, and much poorer, much more congested. There is good reason to be dubious of any statistics from India, but the clearly beat COVID in New Delhi.
    At 17, Uttar Pradesh Logs Lowest Ever Daily Covid Figure, Active Caseload Drops to 419
    https://www.news18.com/news/india/at-17-uttar-pradesh-logs-lowest-ever-daily-covid-figure-active-caseload-drops-to-419-4093550.html

    #84176
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Well, the PetroDollar should collapse pretty shortly.

    China says: “WHEN we attack Taiwan in the China Sea, you can now see that the American support and the Taiwan government will collapse in days.” What can you say to that?

    How about: “If the PetroDollar falls, the Americans and Patriots win”? Along with the people?

    As the BTC video yesterday, PetroDollar is murder-backed, by U.S. Army power protection projection. So if we can’t protect anyone, what’s the US$ worth? So we may be counting weeks now. Rosh Hashanah Sept 6, followed by 9-11.

    Although it’s hard to see a connection, F-Stan actually DID happen on Nixon Day, moved up like +2 weeks from expected. That IS a major event.

    “coordinate their response, which at the time I thought would lead to some form of regional secession”

    This is how it’s SUPPOSED to be. That IS the Constitution, with a WEAK central government. We’re going back there, real fast. And thank god, since the Federales are going to collapse and be unoccupied. Like, can’t pay their employees and all go home. That WOULD normally be bad. But in our system, power and control simply devolves to the States and Governors, which have more than adequate tools to carry on. That is, stop riots, keep order, enforce rule of law, and protect property so people will feel safe continuing to create goods and trade them. And that IS the economy, not “money”. Money is irrelevant, an accounting chit.

    Disruptive, yes, but necessary, and no reason it should go badly. They are so violent, oppressive, and extractive, getting them off our back should lead to an unexpected boom of prosperity. Default on the debt alone would liberate more cash than the whole planet had before 2000.

    “he described anomie as “derangement,” and “an insatiable will.”

    The Wendigo, psychological cannibalism. A mental illness that consumes all, and because of it, cannot be satisfied with norms and limitations.

    Unfortunately, as you see, event the smallest officials of the least concern like school boards behave as tyrannical petty Hitlers – and always did, actually. The Wendigo is transmissible and everywhere. Like pedos, the attacked grow up to become the attackers. That means devolving is no panacea. However, unlike Federal level or higher, you CAN bring them to heel relatively easily, with a lot of pressure and shouting, which the people are doing right now, relatively easily; although it doesn’t seem so, it is.

    “Afghans Fleeing Taliban Need Negative PCR Test for Now-suspended Flights (RT)”

    That can’t be right: as many have said, the Taliban are experts at wearing masks, and masks work. Because masks work, no need for tests.

    Nadal said: “The only way out of this nightmare is vaccination. Our responsibility as human beings is to accept it. “I know there is a percentage of people who will suffer from side effects,”

    Hmmm. Whose nightmare? If you’re vaccinated, your nightmare has ended forever: you’re safe. So where’s the nightmare? In someone who deeply and voluntarily chooses and desires it? Truly strange thinking. Also appallingly illiterate and unscientific as there’s no such thing as natural immunity, when the CDC and experts in that Atlantic article definitively said there is no way out via vaccination. So he’s also anti-science, I guess?

    Or perhaps when you are living in delusion, there really IS no end to the nightmare. The only end is waking from delusion.

    “Afghanistan: We Never Learn (Taibbi)”

    And Greenwald last night, “Governments Have Been Lying to Us.” Uh, duuuh? But we never learn because it wasn’t painful enough. Yet. We’re going to cure that shortly in the next few months. And by “learn’, THEY know. They profit while we die. That’s a great lesson, well-learned! It’s WE who seem to have the learning disability, Mr. Jesus-bombs-Baghdad.

    Anyway, that’s it: put a fork in it. Collapse is definite and imminent. They lost.

    #84177
    Dr. D
    Participant

    CNN: “Taliban ‘Mostly friendly'” And mask safe! Way better than the Maga-heads. We gave them the country cause they wanted it! We’d never do that back home.

    #84178
    madamski cafone
    Participant

    Lao

    #84179
    madamski cafone
    Participant

    Apparently, the vax vs job plight so many are facing affected me. Yesterday, working on fiction, I opened a page and tore it a new one:

    “Oh, he was just a snakeskin in a sharksuit. He told me to do it or he’d fire me. I ignored him. Took him awhile to realize I wasn’t doing what he’d said.

    ‘Pack your stuff and leave,’ he said.

    “I ignored him. He grabbed me by the shirt. I swiveled my chair and stomped on his instep. He didn’t like that. I grabbed his nuts, squeezed, then elbowed his face as he stooped over.

    “‘If you’re not gone by the time I take lunch, I’ll make you fire me again, spitlicker.’” Something like that. You could see the incomprehension in his eyes. I took my pistol out of my personal drawer and a few odd’n’ends. Dumped the rest of my drawers, and my files, on him as he lay clutching his nuts. Kinda buried him.

    “ ‘Fuck with my paycheck or my royalties or I’ll come back to work for you, I swear it.’ ”
    <end>

    #84180
    madamski cafone
    Participant

    “or I’ll”

    ‘AND I’ll…’

    #84181
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Breaking: Australia will vaccinate 24,000+ students without parents present and they will not be allowed to be there…

    I’d tell Australian men to grow a pair but I know now that their balls must be in a little pink sack at the bottom of their wives purses.

    Here’s a headline worthy of The Onion or Babylon Bee

    Australian Officials Institute Mandatory Sex Education for ALL Australian Children by Actually Having Sex with Them

    Parents will not be allowed to watch

    Good on ya mate!

    #84182
    madamski cafone
    Participant

    “Australian Officials Institute Mandatory Sex Education for ALL Australian Children by Actually Having Sex with Them

    Parents will not be allowed to watch

    Good on ya mate!”

    Well done!

    #84183
    Oroboros
    Participant

    As opposited to the Eunuchs of Australian somehow I don’t think French Men would allow Macron and his Vichy government to rape their children.

    The people of France spray liquid horseshit on the French presidential palace

    #84184
    those darned kids
    Participant

    However despite getting jabbed, students in the eight council areas will not – unlike their peers – return to the classroom from 16 August.

    They will instead return at an unspecified later date.

    Year 12 students from other parts of Sydney will return to school on 16 August for essential education as well as wellbeing support.”

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/thousands-of-students-to-get-pfizer-jab-as-year-12-vaccination-push-begins-in-sydney

    #84186
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Hate to say this, but send them to the Outback with a tent until this blows over. Go Wolverines!

    #84187
    zerosum
    Participant

    Are journalist coming out of hiding?

    Journalism is the production and distribution of reports on current events based on facts and supported with proof or evidence.

    Opinion is a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

    shunning – (persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something)

    Censorship – (the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information. This may be done on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or “inconvenient”. Censorship can be conducted by governments, private institutions, and other controlling bodies.)

    ignoring – ( refuse to take notice of or acknowledge; disregard intentionally.)

    ———–
    A US military defeat – paying a huge price rather than earning profit.
    ——–

    Ron Paul: Kabul Has Fallen – But Don’t Blame Joe Biden


    Ron Paul: Kabul Has Fallen – But Don’t Blame Joe Biden (blame yourself)
    “Until more Americans demand a pro-America, non-interventionist foreign policy they will continue to get fleeced by war profiteers …”
    The military industrial complex spent 20 years on the gravy train with the Afghanistan war. They built missiles, they built tanks, they built aircraft and helicopters. They hired armies of lobbyists and think tank writers to continue the lie that was making them rich. They wrapped their graft up in the American flag, but they are the opposite of patriots.

    [..] Political control in Afghanistan has returned to the people who fought against those they viewed as occupiers and for what they viewed as their homeland. That is the real lesson ….

    ——-
    Must read …. is this journalism

    Biden forfeits his Afghan victory by defending his Deep State advisors


    Biden forfeits his Afghan victory by defending his Deep State advisors
    By Michael
    Monday, August 16, 2021
    His first pretense was that we invaded Afghanistan to retaliate against “its” attack on America on 9/11. This is the founding lie of U.S. presence in the Near East. Afghanistan did not attack us. Saudi Arabia did.

    Biden tried to confuse the issue by saying that “we” went into Afghanistan to deal with (assassinate) Osama Bin Laden – and after this “victory,” we then then decided to stay on and “build democracy,” a euphemism for creating a U.S. client state. (Any such state is called a “democracy,” which means simply pro-American in today’s diplomatic vocabulary.)
    ——

    #84188
    zerosum
    Participant

    Change is in the air

    The rats are abandoning and attacking Biden.

    #84189
    chooch
    Participant

    News18 explicitly mentions oxygen plants. Ivermectin must have been edited out at print time.

    I remember Bob Malone said he choose to get the Pfizer injection because Moderna was 3x the spike instructions.

    #84190
    zerosum
    Participant
    #84191
    madamski cafone
    Participant

    “However despite getting jabbed, students in the eight council areas will not – unlike their peers – return to the classroom from 16 August.

    They will instead return at an unspecified later date.

    Year 12 students from other parts of Sydney will return to school on 16 August for essential education as well as wellbeing support.”

    I like to read this as an awareness on some authorities’ part that they know the vakzines don’t really work. Wadda maroon! I tellz myself. Hope Springs Eternal, my favoprite tourist trap.

    #84192
    madamski cafone
    Participant

    “Wadda maroon! I tellz myself. “ meaning the maroon is me.

    #84193
    madamski cafone
    Participant
    #84194
    Mr. House
    Participant

    #84195
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Half-hour video:

    #84196
    madamski cafone
    Participant

    While people argue whether the climate is a problem caused by humanity, a position marked by high moral dudgeon easily exploited by the usual suspects, or is natural, a position marked by casual acceptance and shoulder-shrugging bordering on apathy while nonetheless screaming about how the usual suspects are making a killing selling gangrene energy, the climate continues making life harder every day.

    But we’d rather argue opposing political positions on the issue rather than do something about it.

    It’s like complaining about how God made the world fflawed but focusing not on the world but on what a poopy-head God must be to make a world like this. FInd someone to blame rather than deal with the problem. But isn’t that what we usually do?

    Sunny-day flooding is about to become more than a nuisance

    #84197
    Oroboros
    Participant

    OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUE from The PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA

    From: Old White Round Eyes Bedpan Joe

    To: CCP

    You can take Taiwan, our military is just a hollowed out store front, a Potemkin Village, for military industrial corporations to loot the public treasury. They haven’t ‘won’ a conflict since WWII.

    That’s by design, stealing everything that’s not nailed down to the floor is the whole point. All conflicts since WWII are ‘wins’ to the U.S. Masters of War

    The checked flag is up for Taiwan, go for it!

    I, Old White Round Eyes Joe, endorse this ad! Is this an ad?

    Where is Taiwan? Isn’t that the Chinese takeout place on D St near the White House that I love?

    #84199
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Those are CCP landing craft headed for the Taiwan coast.

    #84200
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The first flag in the video is the mandatory white surrender flag

    #84201
    those darned kids
    Participant

    the chinese don’t see america’s inability to conquer afghanistan as a weakness they can exploit, for it is a weakness they understand they possess as well.

    hahaha, i imagine when the chinese withdraw from kabul in 2037 at least they’ll do it in a more orderly fashion.

    taiwan will reunite with china when the economic, not military, situation demands it. i imagine around 2029.

    i could be wrong – i imagined that kabul wouldn’t have fallen until later this week.

    #84202
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Day after day, year after year, I have come to these Hallowed Halls of The Automatic Earth to see how the world has been ending recently and read my fellow travellers’ estimates on when it will get the job done. It continues to be a very good and instructive experience which I value deeply . . . but it does become just an itsy bit repetitious at times. The same human frailties keep getting lamented over and over again.

    So why not pile on while the piling is good? If there was ever a time when i could get away with such straight up phylosophizin’ this has gotta be it.

    Bottom line of our problem as human beings is that our very short range physical senses and personal productivity, operating only in real-time , and saved as skewed memories (or short-shelf-life “stuff”), are just not sufficient to keep us alive for very long. To survive for more than a few hours or days we depend, we utterly DEPEND, upon information and help from others.

    To be of much use that information and help must be true and beneficial , but AT THE SAME TIME the same fundamental rule applies to those we must compete with for limited resources. If our competitor gets the true info and the good stuff then THEY will be the one’s who survive, not us. We lose. Too much losing results in death. And so at the same time that we REQUIRE truth, fairness and help, we MUST lie, cheat and steal. Ouch.

    This is the ORIGINAL damned if you do and damned if you don’t dilemma, isn’t it ? It looks so hopeless just on its face that most folks simply avoid thinking about it at all. Too bad, because if you think about it long enough and honestly enough the way out of the trap becomes more and more obvious ( albeit gradually ) and the escape route is this : be as aware as you can. Be as truthfull as you can. Be as realistic as you can. And when faced with the choice of ignoring known consequences in order to obtain a trinket of only delusional transiet value, take a good hard look at those consequences again . . . and then choose to forego the trinket and the self-inflicted obliviousness that goes with it. Because the PRICE that you SHALL pay for ignoring WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW TO BE TRUTH (i.e. the known consequences) , is the very definition of stupidity. It is deliberate and self-inflicted UNawareness of truth.

    So what is truth ? Aw c’mon ! Skip the disengenuous sophistry. You know damned well what the truth is. The truth is simply your most honestly realistic scientific wild ass GUESS of what it is.. That guess get’s updated as new information arrives. Hopefully that’s fairly often.

    As mentioned earlier a LOT of that information is second hand (third hand, fourth, etc.) data, that is relayed to you from a host of outside sources and ultimately from other people . . . who are doing basically the same damn thing that you are. And what are YOU doing ? You are truthfully and faithfully helping ANDyou are lying, cheating and stealing . Which of those things, when to whom is based upon your currently best beliefs and assessment of reality.

    Those beliefs are your map of the terrain. They may or may not be very accurate. Truth and consequences will tell. But the FACT is simply, that there IS terrain. And you are in that terrain whether you like it or not, and you have a map of some kind or another, so happy trails.

    Now, we are told not to mistake the map for the terrain , and that’s pretty good advice , but the corollary to that advice is to recognize that maps can be very useful (almost necessary) things when passing into or through strange new territory that can’t be seen all at once with your own two eyes. Used properly, and for its intended purposes, a map can and frequently does save the traveler’s ass by revealing what is just over the horizon of their own limited senses. Where are the destinations, and which roads lead to them , and what obstacles or dangers exist along the way? Where is the treasure, and where be the dragons?

    Informations in the form of words and pictures are a lot like maps. Think of their relayed, descrptive words , illustrations and advices as sense multipliers or perception extenders. . . and understand that they are only approximate. When (if) you do actually reach the represented places that you have been told are there (if they even truly exist in the first place!) that their actuality is going to be one hell of a lot different , in lived real experience, than the thin paper Travellers’ Guide to Life The Universe & Everything that helped or hindered your passsage. Whatever that destination turns out to be will be the real thing, not a more or less fictitious second or third hand description from other peoples’ viewpoints. Expect to revise or even change preconceived notions in a hurry.

    And, by the way, please update that map for the next guy in line.

    #84203
    absolute galore
    Participant

    Sources: US to recommend COVID vaccine boosters at 8 months

    Question #1: Is Delta more virulent than Alpha (or Original Coke, or whatever?) Or is it LESS virulent? I have heard both.

    Question #2: Are the boosters exactly the same composition as the original vaccine,? Or have they been genetically manipulated again to correspond to the Delta variant?

    #84204
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Chinese don’t need to invade Afghanistan, they will offer them a business deal they wouldn’t refuse.

    Ilargi said:

    “China will recognize the Taliban. And then build a pipeline.”

    .

    https://theautomaticearth.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ChinaIran.jpg

    #84205
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Year 12 – is that the equivalent of 12th grade in the US?
    Are run of the mill people in Australia aware that the vaccinated can still contract and transmit Covid?
    Are run of the mill people in Australia aware of the myocarditis/pericarditis risks, of the blood clot risks?
    Are they really going to permit their precious children to get jabbed?
    WTF is going on?

    (Or perhaps there it is like so many senior citizens here, most of whom are completely unaware that there are significant numbers of vaccine adverse reactions. They have been convinced by the propaganda that all of the “noise” about adverse reactions is just baseless anti-vaxx kerfuffle.)

    #84206
    Dr. D
    Participant

    SWAG: #1. No, it’s the same, they’re making it up. Note this fits well with them having Nooooo Delta test to speak of and extrapolating a single test 10,000x. And with ADE/Vaccine CAUSING Covid, the only “logical” explanation in that paradigm is that it MUST be Covid. Or it would work. Because J&J would never lie although they pay fines for lying 12x a year.

    #2. Boosters are reputedly exactly the same. Because they didn’t work the first time. Logic. In actuality, who the heck knows since there’s no penalty for putting anything or nothing in them, and mismarking them endlessly. We’re already pretty sure there is graphene in them.

    Why should they bother to change anything since although they’re what didn’t work before, people are lining up to make sure they don’t work the third time? I mean, saves on advertising. Until they protest and you have to make up a new story, run with this one.

    #84207
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Taiwan is already actively renegotiating their ‘business’ deal with the CCP as we speak, they just bought a clue watching the Afgan Clusterfuck.

    Taiwan also saw the Hong Kong ‘accord’ via the British wasn’t worth wiping your butt with.

    Democracy for Hong Kong!

    hahahahaha!

    #84208
    zerosum
    Participant

    The Kabul Airlift is going to be more challenging than the Berlin Blockage
    Troops going in. Reffugies coming out. Logistic night mare …. food, potties, etc needed at both end of the airlift

    Pentagon Says Goal To Evacuate 5,000 To 9,000 People Per Day From Kabul Airfield
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pentagon-says-goal-evacuate-5000-9000-people-day-kabul-airfield

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Blockade
    At the height of the Airlift, one plane reached West Berlin every thirty seconds.[7]

    Seventeen American and eight British aircraft crashed during the operation.[8] A total of 101 fatalities were recorded as a result of the operation, including 40 Britons and 31 Americans,[7] mostly due to non-flying accidents

    #84209
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Phoenix: Have you met other parents? They’ll tie their kids down and force it down their throats kicking and screaming against every reason, even when the kids vow to disown them and pick their nursing home.

    I don’t know that I’ve met a parent that cares about their children before. Not really. They’re not humans, just annoying extensions of the parent ego. Sorry I don’t have a good view.

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