Jan 182022
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Johannes Vermeer The lacemaker 1669-71


No Time for Crybabies (Jim Kunstler)
Israel Finds 4 Covid Vaccine Jabs ‘Not Good Enough’ Against Omicron (RT)
The War on Treatment Is Fiercer Now Than Even Covid Itself (Pfeiffer)
Incriminating Evidence (Steve Kirsch)
Returning Travellers To Hand Over Phones, Passcodes At Australian Border (G.)
Australia’s Government Is From the Dark Ages (Simon Black)
Watch Australia Closely (Berenson)
Djokovic Facing Fresh Grand Slam Blow (RT)
Oh Look, MORE BS! (Denninger)
Beta and Delta Variants Trigger Fc Effector Function (Cell)
Poor UK Households May Have To Spend Half Their Income On Energy (G.)
Airlines Say 5G Will Create ‘Economic Calamity’ (RT)
Eisenhower’s Warning About The Military-industrial Complex Is Still Valid (CST)







Covid profits



“..a culture of junk food, junk work, junk art, junk environments, junk government, junk economics, and, lately, junk science..”

No Time for Crybabies (Jim Kunstler)

[..] it’s obvious now, after a year on-the-scene, that the vaxxes work poorly at best to protect against infection or control the spread, and, at worst, induce terrible long-term damage to organs, blood vessels, and the immune system. The vaxxes can kill you or gravely disable you. The statistics in the CDC’s VAERS registry show this in no uncertain terms: 1,003,992 Covid vaxx adverse event reports including 21,745 deaths linked to them through January 7 — and these figures are said to be deeply understated due to the poor design and difficulty using the VAERS website with its clunky, out-dated code that the CDC refuses to fix.

Dr. Fauci has avoided addressing these adverse reactions and the negative efficacy of the “vaccines.” He simply states that the vaxxes are “safe and effective.” That so many Americans believe him, despite all the evidence, and go along with the crusade to vaxx-up everybody, is proof that they are insane. But now that the whole story is unravelling, they are ever more determined to stick to the script. Covid-19 has been their security blanket for two years. As long as it was in the picture, raging and killing as an invisible demon, it could be the focus of all their free-floating terror.

Terror of what, you might ask? Of the meaninglessness, alienation, and debility induced by the managerial class in its own sick institutions and corporations… in short, the 21st-century America that the managers evolved in and supported — a culture of junk food, junk work, junk art, junk environments, junk government, junk economics, and, lately, junk science… a sickening panorama of systems out-of-control and entering failure mode. Confronting the disaster of its own incapacity to sustain a healthy culture and an economy with a future, the managerial class went nuts. Its insane actions now are killing people while seeking to punish those who refuse to walk sheepishly into America’s version of the gas chamber, the Anthony Fauci “vaccines.”

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Israel Finds 4 Covid Vaccine Jabs ‘Not Good Enough’ Against Omicron (RT)

A fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine showed dwindling effectiveness against the Omicron variant, according to a trial conducted in Israel, with one its lead researchers saying the immunization is simply “not good enough.” A study involving 154 medical staffers at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv found that a fourth shot of the Pfizer vaccine gave only marginal protection against the Omicron strain compared to previous mutations. A separate group of 120 volunteers were also given a fourth dose of Moderna’s inoculation following three rounds with Pfizer, but their immune response was similar. “We see an increase in antibodies, higher than after the third dose. However, we see many infected with Omicron who received the fourth dose,” said Gili Regev-Yochay, one of the head researchers on the trial, adding that while “the vaccine is excellent against the Alpha and Delta [variants],” for Omicron “it’s not good enough.”

Despite the new findings, Israeli health officials already moved ahead with fourth doses for the elderly, the immunocompromised and medical workers beginning earlier this month, with some 500,000 receiving a second booster on top of an initial two-dose regimen as of Sunday. Though the trial is still in an early phase and the hospital did not offer specific figures, Regev-Yochay said she made its preliminary conclusions public as boosters are a matter of “high public interest,” according to the Times of Israel. She noted that giving fourth doses to high-risk residents is “probably” still the best approach, but suggested the booster campaign should be limited to an even older age group than the current over-60 guideline.

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Good overview.

The War on Treatment Is Fiercer Now Than Even Covid Itself (Pfeiffer)

Omicron is tearing through the country, with Covid cases quadrupling and quintupling in thirty-five states from last winter’s peak.That’s the bad news, but only sort of.The good news: For the first time in twenty-two months, experts are uttering words we haven’t heard in answer to the central question: Are we nearing the pandemic’s end? “I think we are,” said Dr. Pierre Kory, a pulmonary and critical care specialist and president of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance.“I am optimistic for this,” said Dr. Harvey Risch, a Yale epidemiologist and treatment advocate. “The more Omicron cases the better until the peak starts to turn downward.”

These two early treatment pioneers echo the sentiments of other experts, some guarded but mostly hopeful, that the highly transmissible, less-virulent Omicron may end covid as we know it. “I’m so happy that Omicron is milder, that Omicron is winding up the pandemic,” said Dr. Mobeen Syed, known to a half-million subscribers of Drbeen Medical Lectures on YouTube.From France, treatment advocate Dr. Christian Perronne, author of the aptly titled, Is There A Mistake They Didn’t Make?, told me, “It could be the end of the pandemic soon.” By all indications, the U.S. and Europe—where a “west-to-east tidal wave” is unfolding—will follow the South Africa–United Kingdom model.

There, Omicron rose and fell fast, obliterating the more fearsome Delta, and leading to far lower rates of hospitalization and death. Experts are anxiously waiting for that to happen in exploding Omicron hot spots like the United States. But one certainty remains. The U.S. and first-world governments still do not want doctors to treat covid early and are doing all it can to stop them. This article covers that ongoing problem, how to adapt to a veritable blockade on safe effective generics, and how I got around those obstacles when I got sick.

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Steve risks overkill.

Incriminating Evidence (Steve Kirsch)

For many people, the most convincing argument is not the scientific data presented here, but seeing what happened to a formerly perfectly healthy friend or family member (or famous public figure) after they took the vaccine. In my case, I lost confidence in the COVID vaccines when a friend told me that three of her relatives died shortly after being vaccinated (and they were all perfectly healthy before the shot). A week later, another friend had a heart attack 2 minutes after getting the vaccine and his wife developed Parkinson’s symptoms after she got her vaccine. Today, my wife just told me that one of her friends recently got boosted and now her four kids don’t have a mother anymore. It’s tragic, but for most people, it takes many events like this before people wake up and realize they’ve been lied to.

In most cases, the victims remain silent because they don’t want to be ostracized or receive death threats. So you rarely hear of the incidents. Also, the press will never cover the reactions because the media cannot prove the vaccine was the cause of the event. [..] Tragically, when all these events happen, the news reports never mention that the person was recently vaccinated. Many never realize it was due to the vaccine because the vaccine is supposed to be completely safe. For example, Celine Dion’s career ended shortly after she got vaccinated. Did anyone ever notice that the singer never announced the cause of her sudden uncontrolled muscle spasms? Did her agent ever tell the public why the vaccine was ruled out as a possible cause? Nope.

Uncontrolled muscle spasms post-vaccination is a very common side effect of the vaccine, especially in women. Is it possible that her injury was just bad luck? Of course, but statistically, it is far more likely that her injury was caused by the COVID vaccines. If she isn’t being treated by a specialist in vaccine injury, she may never return to the stage.

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Returning Travellers To Hand Over Phones, Passcodes At Australian Border (G.)

A man who was forced to hand over his phone and passcode to Australian Border Force after returning to Sydney from holiday has labelled the tactic “an absolute gross violation of privacy”, as tech advocates call for transparency and stronger privacy protections for people’s devices as they enter the country. Software developer James and his partner returned from a 10-day holiday in Fiji earlier this month and were stopped by border force officials at Sydney airport. They were taken aside, and after emptying their suitcases, an official asked them to write their phone passcodes on a piece of paper, before taking their phones into another room. It was half an hour before their phones were returned, and they were allowed to leave. James initially posted about his ordeal on Reddit.

“We weren’t informed why they wanted to look at the phones. We were told nothing,” he told Guardian Australia. “Who knows what they’re taking out of it? With your phone and your passcode they have everything, access to your entire email history, saved passwords, banking, Medicare, myGov. There’s just so much scope.” James said he has no idea what officials looked at, whether a copy of any of the data was made, where it would be stored and who would have access to it. “It’s an absolute gross violation of privacy.” Under the Customs Act, ABF officers can force people to hand over their passcodes to allow a phone search, as part of their powers to examine people’s belongings at the border, including documents and photos on mobile phones.

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“..these politicians think that Australian residents will only become vaccine hesitant if Djokovic is physically present in Australia..”

Australia’s Government Is From the Dark Ages (Simon Black)

Vaccination rates in Australia are among the highest in the world, and they’re feverishly (no pun intended) administering booster shots to the population. Yet despite this adherence to public health authorities, cases are surging to record highs. In the last 24 hours there were 55,232 new Covid cases in Australia. By comparison, Australia had 10 (yes, ten) new daily cases a year ago in January 2021, just prior to the vaccine rollout.But now that 92.6% of eligible Australians have been vaccinated, the infection rate has increased more than 5,000x from a year ago. Obviously vaccinated people are transmitting the virus to other vaccinated people.Yet the government seems to be asserting that only unvaccinated people like Djokovic can spread Omicron… which is a very flat-earth, anti-science view.

But the Australian government’s dumbest reason to expel Djokovic was that his presence in the country may increase vaccine or booster hesitancy. This one is really extraordinary.Let’s we assume for a moment that their point is true, i.e. Djokovic could infect Australian people with his dangerous ideology.Even so, the Australian government apparently believes that ideas only spread through physical contact.In other words, these politicians think that Australian residents will only become vaccine hesitant if Djokovic is physically present in Australia, as if he’s going to sneeze and his ideas will spread like Omicron droplets.But as long as they keep him out of the country, then Australians will be sufficiently socially distanced from his ideas and no one will be exposed to his heresy.

Just like the rest of their arguments, this notion is completely absurd. And yet it was their ‘rational’ basis for punishing someone whose only transgression was exercising independent thought.Back in the 1600s (and prior), anyone who disagreed with the civil or religious authorities was branded a heretic. And their censorship was especially brutal; people were expelled, imprisoned, tortured, and even put to death for questioning authority and expressing a different view.We have once again returned to medieval intolerance for ideological differences.

Australia’s government is a sad example of this Dark Ages-era mentality– that they (and they alone) dictate truth. And anyone who questions their supreme wisdom must be banished.Back then people faced Inquisition, witch hunts, and public beheadings. Today it’s the Twitter mob, cancel culture, and expulsion.It’s not quite as bloody, but still ruinous.

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“..because their risk of infection is higher, a vaccinated person will need to have substantial post-infection protection to have an overall lower risk of serious outcomes.”

Watch Australia Closely (Berenson)

Australia now averages more than 100,000 new Covid cases per day – equal to about 1.5 million in the United States. One fine day last week, it reported 175,000, the equivalent of about 2.5 million, maybe the highest per-capita total any country has ever reported.Not even six months ago, Australia was still chasing zero Covid and patting itself on the back for “Doughnut Days” – with no new Covid infections. (Because a doughnut is shaped like a zero, see?) By the way, Australia is among the world’s most Covid vaccinated counties. Its policy of open coercion and discrimination against the unvaccinated has “succeeded” – more than 95 percent of Australians 16 and over have received at least one vaccine dose, and 93 percent two doses. Those figures effectively represent full vaccination – many of the people left are probably simply too frail to tolerate Covid vaccines.

Deaths are still relatively low by American standards. But they have risen sixfold in the last two weeks and are now at their highest level ever, equal to almost 700 deaths in the United States a day. The trend adds to other worrisome signs about Omicron in highly vaccinated countries. At this point two facts about Omicron are near-certain: 1: Vaccinated people are at HIGHER risk of being infected with Omicron than the unvaccinated (and whatever protection boosters offer does not last). In Scotland, another highly vaccinated country, vaccinated people are more than twice as likely to be infected as the unvaccinated – and people who have received a booster are 30 percent more likely. 2: Omicron is less dangerous than earlier variants.

But how much less dangerous is not entirely clear, because infections have risen so fast that hospitalizations and deaths are still catching up. In South Africa, the first country to see an Omicron spike, deaths from Omicron didn’t peak until Jan. 11 – almost four weeks after infections peaked. In Britain, infections peaked 10 days ago, but deaths are still soaring; they have tripled since late December. Unfortunately, at this point we still do not know how those two facts interact. In other words, if you are vaccinated and infected with Omicron, will your risk of being hospitalized or dying the same, higher, or lower than someone who is infected but unvaccinated? Remember, because their risk of infection is higher, a vaccinated person will need to have substantial post-infection protection to have an overall lower risk of serious outcomes.

In other words, vaccinations will only help and not hurt against hospitalization or death from Omicron if they somehow substantially reduce the risk of getting very sick even though they substantially increase the risk of infection. Is that tightrope even biologically possible? Sure, it’s possible. The vaccine advocates have lately been writing stories about T-cell protection. But possible doesn’t mean plausible. In reality the vaccines do little to drive broad B- or T-cell responses – and that fact was known before Omicron.

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That only took 48 hours.

Djokovic Facing Fresh Grand Slam Blow (RT)

After his deportation from Australia, Novak Djokovic could be forced to miss another Grand Slam after French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu signaled a vaccination pass will be mandatory for international athletes. World number one Djokovic was deprived of the chance to defend his title in Melbourne after a federal court backed the decision by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to cancel the unvaccinated tennis star’s visa. Djokovic is due to arrive back in Serbia on Monday, but could now find himself barred from the second Grand Slam of the season after the French National Assembly approved the introduction of a controversial new vaccine pass which will exclude anyone who is not fully jabbed from restaurants, sports arenas and other venues.

The legislation is set to come into force in the coming days, and was backed by Sports Minister Maracineanu. “The vaccination pass has been adopted. As soon as the law is promulgated, it will become mandatory to enter public buildings already subject to the health pass (stadium, theater or lounge) for all spectators, practitioners, French or foreign professionals,” she tweeted. “Thank you to the sports movement for the work of conviction with the last rare unvaccinated. We will work together to preserve the competitions and to be the ambassadors of these measures at the international level.” Sunday’s parliamentary vote in France means Sports Minister Maracineanu appears to have been forced to backtrack on previous comments which suggested Djokovic’s vaccination status would not be an issue for his participation at the French Open.

“He would not follow the same organizational arrangements as those who are vaccinated,” Maracineanu told the FranceInfo radio station earlier this month. “But he will nonetheless be able to compete [at Roland Garros] because the protocols, the health bubble, allows it.” That position now appears to be in doubt after the more stringent rules are due to be imposed.

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“It’s hard to sell fear — and jabs — to those who have already been infected if you tell them the truth..”

Oh Look, MORE BS! (Denninger)

Not only do the shots not work they have negative efficacy — that is, they make it more likely for you to not only get it but get seriously ill with it. Of course that’s exactly the opposite of what the medical “profession” has claimed, isn’t it? When you make pronouncements without evidence that has a way of happening. Let’s not forget you’ve been bull****ting people for quite some time in public, haven’t you?”Not only that, but multiple studies have shown that the Omicron variant itself affects the upper airways far more than the lungs, even as it’s much more transmissible than any other variant. This is exactly what happened in the later stages of 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, according to John M. Barry, author of “The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History,” who spoke to me about it on SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio this week.”

I thought *****-19 was the deadliest plague in history? Oh, you mean it isn’t? In fact its not even close, as you’re well-aware, but scaring people is hard when you admit that there have been many pandemics through history that have been worse, isn’t it? Indeed. And yes, this very same pattern did happen in 1918. It has also happened in every other respiratory pandemic, including the one in the late 1800s that we think was caused by a beta coronavirus that is known as OC43 and circulates today. We can’t prove that one because we have no preserved samples to test, but genetic sequencing and back-fitting does appear to line up with a pandemic that caused disease very similar to what we saw this time around — and both are beta coronaviruses. In fact there is not one respiratory pandemic where this pattern has not been true.

How do I know this is a fact? You and I are both on this planet along with many billions of other humans, that’s how. Were this not true the human race would have ceased to exist long ago — well before anything known as “modern medicine” showed up.Of course admitting that blows up all the screaming and fear-mongering too, doesn’t it, including that nice fear-mongering OpEd you got published in August? Yeah, it does. Especially for those who already had it, they’re ok, and thus no longer have a reason, statistically-speaking, to fear it in any way. It’s hard to sell fear — and jabs — to those who have already been infected if you tell them the truth about how every respiratory pandemic in history has played out isn’t it? Never mind it being rather tough to convince such people they should wear a mask too eh?

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Going to have to take a closer look at this.

Beta and Delta Variants Trigger Fc Effector Function (Cell)

SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs) exhibit escape from neutralizing antibodies, causing concern about vaccine effectiveness. However, while non-neutralizing cytotoxic functions of antibodies are associated with improved disease outcome and vaccine protection, Fc effector function escape from VOCs is poorly defined. Furthermore, whether VOCs trigger Fc functions with altered specificity, as has been reported for neutralization, is unknown. Here, we demonstrate that the Beta VOC partially evades Fc effector activity in individuals infected with the original (D614G) variant.

However, not all functions are equivalently affected, suggesting differential targeting by antibodies mediating distinct Fc functions. Furthermore, Beta and Delta infection trigger responses with significantly improved Fc cross-reactivity against global VOCs compared to D614G-infected or Ad26.COV2.S vaccinated individuals. This suggests that, as for neutralization, the infecting spike sequence impacts Fc effector function. These data have important implications for vaccine strategies that incorporate VOCs, suggesting these may induce broader Fc effector responses.

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Trumped by Nordstream 2 posturing.

Poor UK Households May Have To Spend Half Their Income On Energy (G.)

Soaring energy bills could eat up more than half of some UK households’ incomes, a leading poverty charity has said, amid warnings that vulnerable people will be left unable to eat regularly or could even be at risk of death from the cold. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said that while households across the board faced bill increases of 40% to 47% from April, there would be huge variations in the ability of families to cope. Energy bills would amount to 6% of the average income of a middle-income family but 18% for a low-income family. This would rise to 25% for lone parents and couples without children, while single-adult households on low incomes could be forced to spend 54% of their income on gas and electricity when the new energy price cap comes in on 1 April, the JRF found.

“Rising energy prices will affect us all but our analysis shows they have the potential to devastate the budgets of families on the lowest incomes. The government cannot stand by and allow the rising cost of living to knock people off their feet,” said Katie Schmuecker, the deputy director of policy and partnerships at the JRF. The warning came as one of the UK’s most respected financial advisers, Martin Lewis, said ministers must intervene urgently to help vulnerable people whose lives could be at risk. Lewis, the founder of the consumer advice website MoneySavingExpert, said the government must provide billions of pounds in support to millions of poorer households who faced major financial stress and “heat or eat” decisions.

“We absolutely know we need a substantial increase in the billions of pounds funding to vulnerable people, and people on low incomes, or it is not an exaggeration to say some will have to choose between heating or eating, and that is not appropriate in one of the world’s richest economies and a civilised nation,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “What we can’t get away from is we are going to need to put money into the system or we are going to have an absolute, not a relative, an absolute poverty crisis in this country, with people really being unable to eat or dying because of the cold.”

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Rollout is tomorrow.

“The ripple effects across both passenger and cargo operations, our workforce and the broader economy are simply incalculable… To be blunt, the nation’s commerce will grind to a halt.”

Airlines Say 5G Will Create ‘Economic Calamity’ (RT)

Some of the US’ largest commercial and cargo airlines have sounded the alarm about the potentially “devastating” effects of 5G service around airports, saying the technology could effectively grind travel and shipping to a halt. Airlines for America – a lobbying group that represents JetBlue, American Airlines, Southwest, United, Delta, UPS, and FedEx, among others – issued a letter on Monday warning that the new 5G C-Band service could have a massive impact on aircraft operations around the country and create a “completely avoidable economic calamity.” “Unless our major hubs are cleared to fly, the vast majority of the traveling and shipping public will essentially be grounded,” it said, adding that up to 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers could experience delays and cancelations per day.

While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has acknowledged the new cell network could interfere with key aircraft systems – namely radio altimeters, which help pilots land in low visibility – as of Sunday, the agency said it had cleared less than half of the US fleet to operate alongside C-Band towers. The latest update came just days ahead of a planned rollout set for January 19, which itself followed several delays due to the ongoing safety concerns. However, the airlines stressed that the interference goes beyond one system, as altimeters “provide critical information to other safety and navigation systems in modern airplanes,” which could mean that “huge swaths of the operating fleet” are “indefinitely grounded” until the issues are resolved.

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MORE valid.

Eisenhower’s Warning About The Military-industrial Complex Is Still Valid (CST)

President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address of Jan. 17, 1961, is just as relevant today as back then. Ike warned American citizens of the “military-industrial complex” and the dangers it presented to our nation and the world. Eisenhower was rightly wary of the armaments industry, which at that time was relatively new. Ike knew that such a massive arms industry could dominate the nation. Eisenhower said in his speech, “This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.”

Resources for this arms industry would come from the American people. And if the arms industry is large, that burden becomes substantial. The more you finance the military, the less money you have for other priorities. With people profiting from armaments and their development, there will inevitably be the push for more weapons. Any arms buildup will encourage other nations to build up their weapons. Arms races remain a continuing danger. Eisenhower further warned, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

Ike believed the American people needed to be politically active when it came to regulating the arms industry. He said, “Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” We need to question military spending, especially when it comes at the expense of social programs. For example, the Build Back Better legislation is being rejected by many senators complaining about its costs. This means important social programs, such as the Child Tax Credit, free school meals and summer feeding for impoverished children won’t get passed because they claim they’re too expensive.

Yet those same senators are not questioning a nearly $2 trillion program of nuclear weapons modernization. Spending on nuclear weapons simply encourages arms races with Russia and China. Eisenhower warned against such reckless military spending that comes at the expense of the American people. Ike said, “As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow.” Eisenhower emphasized in his speech the need for diplomacy and peacemaking. He said, “Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.”

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    Johannes Vermeer The lacemaker 1669-71   • No Time for Crybabies (Jim Kunstler) • Israel Finds 4 Covid Vaccine Jabs ‘Not Good Enough’ Against Omi
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 18 2022]

    V. Arnold

    Johannes Vermeer The lacemaker 1669-71

    That is one amazingly beautiful picture/painting.
    The detail is just incredible…


    The managerial class will try to pretend that they never did the things they did. Kunstler. Ah but we’ll know by the jabbed status and a reiteration of the famous phrase I have long heard re – deforestation and environmental destruction “we didn’t know”.
    But we all did. And there will be evidence at least of who held ground, chopped their own wood and stopped their kids from being jabbed n stabbed.
    I’m with Martin Luther King. Love is the way but am I allowed to be a bit shitted of with the almighty dumbness of status-loving woke ning-nongs running the place?

    a kullervo


    To be enthralled by one’s own life is the average fate.
    To either despise or cherish others’ life is the exception.
    Those who despise the life of others now have the upper hand.
    Fight ’em, if you must.
    In time, your party will regain the upper hand.
    And then, lose it again…

    Radical acceptance: there is no free will, only God’s will.

    Veracious Poet

    WASHINGTON (The Hill) – Senate Democrats believe there is a good chance the Department of Justice will prosecute former President Trump for trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election and inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, which would have major political reverberations ahead of the 2024 presidential election.



    I really, really do try to listen to both (or more) sides of an argument.

    From The Guardian today, here’s Eric Topol from Scripps leading the quote:

    “I think that’s grossly inaccurate,” Topol said. He recently cared for a Covid-positive patient with chronic lung disease who was coded as hospitalized “with”, not “for,” Covid. That’s because the patient needed to be treated for the lung disease – but it had only flared up because of Covid. [So ‘science’ now says, grab the most dramatic, possibly one-off case you can find, and then make the biggest unsubstantiated generalization possible. Dr. Topol, why not go even farther, for example, if the patient was a male, extend your argument to ALL males?]

    “We do have 150,000 US hospitalizations with or for Covid, which is well beyond any record and is completely overwhelming health systems,” Topol said. “So, this debate is just nonsensical.” [Really?! THAT’S the part of this you find ‘nonsensical? Really and truly?!! And the context for that big scary numer, 150k, is ?]

    There are cases where patients are undergoing surgery or getting treated for accidents when they test positive for Covid incidentally. But that’s not very common, experts said [Again, no data. Listen science-type folks, you can’t consciously choose to NOT collect, or share, the data and then make statements like this and expect people still supporting logic (I know, it’s so antiquated) to believe you]

    V. Arnold

    “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes)
    Written by the ever wise King Solomon c. 425 – 200 B.C.

    That was a long, long time ago…
    But it still rings true, lo these eons hence…
    If ever there was a time to look back and ponder that homily; isn’t it now?


    I can’t find anything to support the Peter Sweden tweet you posted. I find things that support France shortening the time frame TO be boosted…but not shortening the time to the 2nd booster (generally, 4th shot).

    A little help? (I know we don’t want bad info here)


    Apologies RIM, MY bad… I should never comment before coffee! Delete if you’re able and willing!

    a kullervo

    If you believe you are clever because you cram your brain with complex jargon, think again: you are not an abacus, just a self-infatuated tablet of clay.

    We’re all patina in the making.
    (Some will never recognize this.)

    One should deal with thoughts as a lapidary do with precious stones: before exposing them, a meticulous and well planned cutting must be executed, until their most exquisite form is attained. Even then, most thoughts will never be more than an ersatz.

    John Day

    About Beta and Delta variants being good for Fc functions.. Wazzat?
    “The fragment crystallizable region (Fc region) is the tail region of an antibody that interacts with cell surface receptors called Fc receptors and some proteins of the complement system. This property allows antibodies to activate the immune system.”
    “The other part of an antibody, called the Fab region, contains variable sections that define the specific target that the antibody can bind. By contrast, the Fc region of all antibodies in a class are the same for each species; they are constant rather than variable. The Fc region is, therefore, sometimes incorrectly termed the “fragment constant region”.
    Fc binds to various cell receptors and complement proteins. In this way, it mediates different physiological effects of antibodies (detection of opsonized particles; cell lysis; degranulation of mast cells, basophils, and eosinophils; and other processes).[6]” Wikipedia
    (I needed to look. I took Immunology in 1983-1984) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragment_crystallizable_region

    those darned kids

    i know we’ll find saddam’s wmds soon..

    Dr D Rich

    Canary in the coal mine.
    2 years ago about 37 years ago.
    Andrew Lubaczewski’s Ponerology

    February 27, 2020 at 12:16 amin reply to:Debt Rattle February 26 2020#54457REPLY

    Dr D Rich


    Always, another personal anecdote.

    I was front row at a nearly vacant Bethesda Maryland auditorium in early-mid 1980s as two titanic egos debated for credit over identifying the causative viral pathogen of the as-yet–to-be named disease characterized by opportunistic infections such pneumocistis carinii, oral thrush (candida) and unusual vascular neoplasias like Kaposi’s sarcoma. The two men, Robert Gallo and Anthony Fauci, settled on HTLV-III as a name for the virus was ncorrectly identified as AIDS causative agent which fell away to Luc Montagniers (currently full professor in Shanghai) Pasteur Institutes team correct Identification of LAV which we know today as HIV.
    And here’s Fauci in the spotlight again.

    But once again let Whitney Webb clarify things in a non-hysterical way and link it to the Great Economic Game.

    Is Wall Street Behind the Delay in Declaring the Coronavirus Outbreak a “Pandemic”?

    March 1, 2020 at 3:34 amin reply to:Debt Rattle February 29 2020#54606REPLY

    Dr D Rich


    As I wrote earlier, i watched Fauci argue with Robert Gallo one afternoon in Bethesda as to who deserved credit for discovering HTLV-3 as the causative agent for AIDS. They were both wrong and Luc Montagnier was correct with LAV which was renamed HIV. And Luc Montagnier has been expert in resident at a major Shanghai university in the past few years.
    The game is being rigged and the numbers do not justify the panic and propaganda, as Dr. D continues to intimate

    those darned kids

    gaddafi used generic viagra – he must be punished!

    Figmund Sreud

    Here we go, Alastair Crooke:

    [W]ill the U.S. practitioners of meme-politics, absorb and comprehend that this latest stance by the Russia – in riposte to its real security concerns – may not be some same-ilk, meme-mobilisation, but rather, that their ‘red lines’ are ‘red lines’ … literally?

    Unfortunately, probably not.

    Dialogue of the Deaf in Geneva

    Dialogue of the Deaf in Geneva


    Doc Robinson

    “Dr. Fauci has avoided addressing these adverse reactions and the negative efficacy of the “vaccines.” He simply states that the vaxxes are “safe and effective.”

    “Safe and effective” is repeated so much not only to keep the delusion going, but it’s actually a legal requirement for vaccines, or else their approval gets revoked.

    § 601.5 Revocation of license
    The Commissioner shall notify the licensed manufacturer of the intention to revoke the biologics license… if the Commissioner finds any of the following…
    (vi) The licensed product is not safe and effective for all of its intended uses or is misbranded with respect to any such use.


    Unfortunately, the FDA Commissioner is a political appointee (as is Rochelle Walensky at the CDC), appointed by the president, and given the power to overrule the experts on the advisory committees.

    Biden picks Dr. Rob Califf as FDA commissioner
    November 12, 2021

    In choosing Califf, Biden passed over Dr. Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner. Though Woodcock was once considered for the role, she fell out of contention after it became clear she could not win the support of critical senators who criticized her role for how liberally the FDA approved opioids when she ran the drug division within the agency…

    In a statement released on Friday, Manchin announced his opposition to Califf’s latest nomination.

    “I have made it abundantly clear that correcting the culture at the FDA is critical to changing the tide of the opioid epidemic. Instead, Dr. Califf’s nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward. His nomination is an insult to the many families and individuals who have had their lives changed forever as a result of addiction,” Manchin said in a statement.

    When he was head of the FDA, Califf oversaw the controversial 2016 approval of eteplirsen, a drug used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare form of the genetic disorder. In a review of the decision, Califf backed Woodcock, who went against the FDA’s independent advisory group that recommended against eteplirsen’s approval.



    Welcome the topic and tone of Kunstler’s piece. He’s very powerful and effective when directing his “hate” at the true villain and not at the folks on the “divide” (L/R, D/R, Women/Men). In this one, the term “managerial class” seems too nice. I was in corporate America’s middle management ranks in the 80’s when the Empty Suits appeared on the scene. For those of us women trying to break barriers to the upper realms (above the VP level) it was pure insanity. The competition was fierce; “producers” achieving superior results, creatives applying great ideas, proven/demonstrated leadership building teams/employees who stayed, no fear to speak the truth (yes, #WINNING/#WINNERS were once real, #WINNING was earned through dedication, integrity and responsibility) – were NOT the ones promoted into the higher levels. The Empty Suits became the winners no matter what, the ones corporate America wanted despite realities on the ground (many of us left for entrepreneurial America). A Culture of junk jobs and junk companies is a direct manifestation – and the only result possible. WMD Bush, Obama and now Biden are/were the ultimate empty suits…actually the list is endless.

    Am looking good with my patina touches!

    Sticking with LOVE – always.


    Ya know, Israel has a lot of enemies surrounding it. Most of it’s enemies are poor countries that couldn’t afford to ‘vax’ their populations.

    They are watching Israel march off the cliff of mass psychosis with the multiple, ineffective vax jabs, killshots if you will, and they must be thinking, these people are not that smart. Really

    Israel is the poster child for knee-jerk, mass psychosis, scared to death of the Covid-19 boogiemaneyman.

    Booga booga booga booga, run for your life! The Rona and the Coof are coming!

    Israel’s enemies are wondering what other gapping holes in some basis in reality and reason and logic and common sense that the people of Israel are afflicted with. They are advertising their psychological and even spiritual weakness to their surrounding enemies.

    Not a good move.

    Israel has a giant “Kick Me” sign scotch taped to it’s collective mass psychotic back.

    It’s a dangerous mass psychotic for all the world to see now, exposed as a pretender of Faith.

    We’re gonna keep vaxxing until it works!!!!

    Wow, batshit crazy for a culture that prides itself on intelligence.

    Remember, many observers, including Mattias Desmet, have commented that MFP effects the most ‘intelligent’ the worst.

    PHD’s have just about the highest vax rate of any group in the world.


    Caitlin has a nice piece up today: “Surprise Ending.” I’m up for a good surprise, you?

    “Humanity’s collective awakening will unfold in ways that nobody is anticipating, for the same reasons an individual’s awakening always unfolds in ways they can’t anticipate….And I point this out because I see a lot of people giving up hope for our future; based on what they can perceive and understand about our situation they see no reason to believe humanity will avoid being locked in an Orwellian dystopia if Armageddon and extinction doesn’t end us altogether. But that’s just it: there’s so very much we can’t yet see and understand about our situation, because we’re simply not conscious of it yet…We are a young species. So much is still hidden in our collective unconsciousness. There are so many lights that can yet be switched on. So many potential doors currently hidden in darkness creating the illusion that there is no exit.”

    The Surprise Ending

    Figmund Sreud

    Meantime, in the financial-corporate world:


    – On January 14, BlackRock reported 4Q21 adjusted earnings of $10.42 per share, up from $10.18 a year earlier and above the market consensus of $10.15. Revenue rose 14%, with total assets under management (AUM) rising 15% to more than $10 trillion. [Note: … that’s trillion, a million million (1,000,000,000,000 or 10^12)

    – Long-term net inflows were strong at $169 billion, though they included $49 billion of fixed-income inflows from a single insurance company mandate.

    … what’s to fret about?



    • Beta and Delta Variants destroyed by Omicron.
    Now money can be spent for “heat or eat” decisions, or feed the car or feed the kids, or feed the tax man or lose the house, rather than buy the med or buy the food etc


    • The War on Treatment Is Fiercer Now Than Even Covid Itself (Pfeiffer)

    The War on Treatment Is Fiercer Now Than Even Covid Itself

    This article covers that ongoing problem, how to adapt to a veritable blockade on safe effective generics, and how I got around those obstacles when I got sick.
    January 17, 2022
    Dr. Mollie James turned covid around for her brother, Nick James, by treating him at home with high-dose ivermectin for ten days, hydroxychloroquine for five days, a blood thinner, intravenous vitamin C, and—the ultimate breakthrough— four days of hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

    “We were prescribed the full portfolio of agents—which our local pharmacies would not fill,” Malone told me. “(We) ended up self treating with high dose famotidine [also called Pepsid] and adult aspirin.” Both drugs are over-the-counter. The Malones, who are both in their sixties, were better within about a week.

    Here is a collection of evidence that highlights the glaring errors in our pandemic response.

    In the hope of resolving these issues, I’m extending my offer until the end of January 2022. $1M to have a recorded discussion with the committee members on each item in this article.

    For example, Celine Dion’s career ended shortly after she got vaccinated. Did anyone ever notice that the singer never announced the cause of her sudden uncontrolled muscle spasms? Did her agent ever tell the public why the vaccine was ruled out as a possible cause? Nope.

    Uncontrolled muscle spasms post-vaccination is a very common side effect of the vaccine, especially in women. Is it possible that her injury was just bad luck? Of course, but statistically, it is far more likely that her injury was caused by the COVID vaccines. If she isn’t being treated by a specialist in vaccine injury, she may never return to the stage.
    When did 5G start to be used in China.
    Does China still use 5G?
    Are planes grounded in China?

    • Airlines Say 5G Will Create ‘Economic Calamity’ (RT)
    However, the airlines stressed that the interference goes beyond one system, as altimeters “provide critical information to other safety and navigation systems in modern airplanes,” which could mean that “huge swaths of the operating fleet” are “indefinitely grounded” until the issues are resolved.

    those darned kids

    every study i read says “these vaccines are freakin’ dangerous”, and then goes on to say, “but you should get vaccinated”.

    i wonder who funds these studies. i wonder who funds all the studies..

    D Benton Smith

    A question or three .

    Is either the tumultuous status quo or the proposed authoritarian techno-homogenized society sustainable?

    Second question, if so then why so and if not then why not?

    Third question: In either case, what is the “end state” (or natural consequences) of your answer to questions 1 and 2.

    those darned kids

    The Last Days of the Covidian Cult

    haven’t read it yet. let’s see..


    D Benton Smith

    @ those darned kids

    Thank you very very much for the link . That CJ Hopkins is pretty dam good at thinking, I think.

    Mr. House
    those darned kids

    de benton: i hadn’t seen your questions when you posted them. funny how the answers (kinda) came. fasten seatbelts and cross all toes.

    those darned kids

    mr house: neither is true. people never trusted the “leaders”; more than anything, they’ve been frightened into submission. as to the populists, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.

    we must scrap elections and replace them with lotteries.

    those darned kids

    robert mueller is going to release the real info in two weeks after the lockdowns end.

    Maxwell Quest


    The Last Days of the Covidian Cult

    I’ve been checking CJ’s website the past week wondering when he was going to release his next article. Haven’t read it yet either, ’cause I met some friends for coffee this morning and just got back.

    I will say this: his Jonestown photo is every bit as provocative as the one he used in his last article. This is war and the gloves are off. I admire that.

    Maxwell Quest

    Not looking too good in Austria these days:

    The Hills are closed

    those darned kids
    Maxwell Quest

    I second Figmund Sreud’s recommend of the latest Alastair Crooke article:

    Dialogue of the Deaf in Geneva

    Notable quotes from Crooke’s analysis of Russia’s ‘red line’ stance on NATO expansion (highlights are mine):

    “In fact, by setting out the demands so starkly, Putin was, as it were, burning his bridges behind him: There was thus no way back, short of unacceptable political humiliation (which is not Putin’s style). Deliberately, the President was signaling to his public that it was Russia, and not just Putin, that was up against the wall; that there were no bridges left standing, over which the Federal Republic might retreat. Russian security was at stake.”

    “This is precisely the case for Russia today, which now feels obliged to ‘burn its bridges’ as the only means to have its red lines addressed seriously. This is the point of the ‘ultimatum’. If Moscow does not act, its military encirclement by NATO becomes inevitable.


    I thought this investigative piece from the Ethical Skeptic was fascinating.

    China’s CCP Concealed SARS-CoV-2 Presence in China as Far Back as March 2018

    China’s CCP Concealed SARS-CoV-2 Presence in China as Far Back as March 2018

    Keep in mind if you read it, that zone 1 includes China and Australia which would imply that China is on the verge of getting Omicroned big time. Not sure how they will save face in regards to their Zero Covid policy.

    The next link to this case study is interesting for two reasons, (1) this case was pre-delta/omicron and (2) omicron’s affinity for sialic acid receptors is increased while it’s affinity for ACE2 to has decreased. (let’s hope it doesn’t develop an affinity for DDPIV)

    Abstract: We describe the successful treatment of a 10-month-old female with respiratory distress secondary to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with the nebulized investigational drug, DAS181. Therapy was well tolerated, and the patient had minimal side effects. The patient’s respiratory distress and positive viral polymerase chain reaction rapidly resolved after initiation of therapy.


    Back when I was developing an understanding of how Cov2 moves from the lungs to the blood stream I came across this drug that was being develop as an inhaled/nebulized mist to block the viral attachment to sialic acid receptors. Here is a nice video on it.

    Here is another promising avenue with an already approved drug that can thwart this attachment to cells in the respiratory tract.

    SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, uses a surface spike protein to latch onto human cells and initiate infection. But heparin, a blood thinner also available in non-anticoagulant varieties, binds tightly with the surface spike protein, potentially blocking the infection from happening. This makes it a decoy, which might be introduced into the body using a nasal spray or nebulizer and run interference to lower the odds of infection. Similar decoy strategies have already shown promise in curbing other viruses, including influenza A, Zika, and dengue.



    British police in Austria? A newly borderless world?

    Australia has a federal election coming up this year some time. In spite of ample and strident criticism of the incumbents from many quarters, including to an increasing extent the MSM (which surprises me), I gloomily expect the secretive neoliberals to be re-elected. Not only are there just too many who would vote for a drover’s dog if the party put one on the ticket, but also Her Majesty’s loyal opposition seem to have completely lost their mojo, their verve, their spark. Their silence is deafening. There are so many good, future-oriented ideas ready and waiting for implementation, but no. Baffling.

    I read recently that Canberra is one of the most vaccinated cities on the planet. I think the figure is over 98%. So, in years to come, could that mean that Canberra will become one of the sickest cities on the planet? Or have we escaped the worst of the worst because for the over-50s we used AZ while reserving Pfizer for the under-50s? Time will tell.

    And now they’re offering boosters. If we have made a vaccination mistake, there’s no correcting it.

    absolute galore

    Stopped into my local bikeshop today and the owner is getting ready to close and move to Colorado. He showed me some chatter on a bike biz board that the city of Taijin is about to be locked down. This is where a ton of parts are made. He has not been able to get Shimano or Sram parts for more than a year. Granted, the bigger shops still have some access, but the current buzz is that the coming shutdowns will be brutal for everyone not working with a mega brand. And in fact Trek is now opening its own retail shops, further crushing small indy bike biz.

    The WSJ, on the shutdowns coming:
    China Covid-19 Lockdowns Hit Factories, Ports in Latest Knock to Supply Chains
    The potential consequences are more severe this time, economists warn, because of the highly contagious nature of Omicron, which has been detected in some areas of China. The variant is hitting the country as Beijing seeks to contain outbreaks ahead of the Winter Olympics, which are set to begin on Feb. 4.

    “The risk posed by the Omicron variant is that we could take a huge step back in terms of supply-chain bottlenecks,” said Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC. “This time, the situation could be even more challenging than last year given China’s increasingly significant role in global supply.”

    Several economists said China may escalate its containment policy and some have touted the possibility of a nationwide lockdown, unseen since April 2020. Goldman Sachs on Tuesday cut China’s 2022 growth forecast to 4.3% from 4.8% in light of the latest Covid-19 developments.


    As for those who say “the Narrative is Collapsing!- perhaps, tactically, for the moment.
    “Go back to Sleep”, as my Vietnam-vet Special Forces boss used to say… Mmm.

    Anyone notice the similarity in appearance of sites like Global Research, Unz Review, and WSWS? All cluttered to the point of absurdity; blue-and-white theme; no focal point on
    the page?

    probably nothing.

    Veracious Poet

    (Warning: Namby Pambies, Chads & Karens may be triggered if they read this, be advised…)

    While the satirists hack away on their laptops in a cozy Berlin/New Yawk/San Fransicko cafe’, courageously penning their latest ditty lambasting tyranny (So easy a cave man could do it), craven despots wield levers of power & creep forward with “The Narrative”…

    Out of the progressive wet dreams of psychotic academia emerged escalating generations of despicable, pathological sociopaths, so enamored by bedtime fantasies of totalitarian utopia De La Profesory, they became infected with fever dreams of crushing non-believers of their manic obsessions with establishing the proglodyte CULT’s new normal ~ Total destruction of the Natural Order (Law), placing the human brain (EGO) as the ultimate source of power, to HELL with the Infinite, His creation, His Programming & Plan.

    To this end, all things irreverent, deviant, destructive & were continuously foisted upon the deplorables, in a WAR to eradicate & remove the untermensch from ALL representative protection & consideration…

    For the Party of Chaos “The Ends Justify The Means; Gaslighting, de-platforming, silencing & mendaciously destroying credibility has been the constant psychopathic drum beat of the maniacal CULT against it’s enemies, utilizing every underhanded opportunity to inaugurate Machiavellian plots as status quo, lies, disinformation & HATE the Modus Operandi of the politically correct New World Order ~ Finally realizing the materialization of a cruel real reality where There is no shame & anything goes!

    All Hail the victorious! Death to the Rebellion!

    Which side did you support/vote/fight for during The War?

    To date mankind seems ill-equipped to identify the culprits of this depravity, this genocide of Normality & Truth, instead turning into a pile of craven neurotics, suffering from a state of mass formation psychosis where fear, not Love, is the impetus for day-to-day existential meaning…

    Even in the face of wanton destruction, manifested from the leaders of hallowed institutions of .gov, .mil, banking, industry, media et al. that is so obvious only a mentally challenged person should be confused, humanity’s collective awakening seems more akin to a surrender to the DEATH CULT than a moment of reflective revulsion, indeed with each passing day the culling advances with hardly a whimper.

    Perhaps the satirists will serve to distract & entertain the few experiencing cognitive dissonance, but for this Son of Liberty it is all dark vane cynicism ~ Cries from the blogosphere (excepting those providing documented evidence of the depravity) are all empty words of the pusillanimous (I told you so!), that may or may not only be useful to future historians, for future propaganda…

    While the preened Caesar Flickermans on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC et al. engage from their assigned roles in soliloquy with “guests”, regarding current manifestations of the New Normal, the deplorables suffer for their past rebellions against the Capitol, fantasizing of winning the tribute lottery to fight in the Games, before they starve to death and/or become infirm.

    Got Psyops?

    Be nice,


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