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Caravaggio St. John the Baptist in the wilderness 1604

 

Omicron Breaks Through Immunity in a Battle Against Delta (McCullough)
Omicron Offers an Off-Ramp From Our Failed Pandemic Policy (ET)
Stop Letting Them Test You: Breaking The COVID Construct (Fed.)
My Secret Plan To End The Vaccine Madness (Kirsch)
The Psychological Cruelty of Denying Natural immunity (Tucker)
Not Vaccinating Kids ‘Doesn’t Make Any Sense’ – Fauci (RT)
“Omicron DEATH!” (Taibbi)
When Covid Vaccine With Lifelong Protection Might Be Available (RT)
Forecast 2022 — Dumpster Fire Blazing on the Frontier of a Dark Age (Kunstler)
2021 Year in Review: Crisis of Authority and the Age of Narratives (Collum)




 

 

YouTube has now removed the Joe Rogan interviews of both Dr Robert Malone as well as Dr Peter McCullough.

 

 

The most heavily vaccinated large US county

 

 

 

With 92% of adults fully vaccinated and 67% boosted, cases in Iceland have skyrocketed to new highs — up 4,564% since they were credited with “hammering COVID with science”

 

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“..Omicron appears to generate immunity not only against itself, but also against Delta..”

Omicron Breaks Through Immunity in a Battle Against Delta (McCullough)

From an evolutionary biology perspective, we are witnessing the full range of ways a virus works to survive and propagate the species relying on hosts for replication and spreading to more hosts. As we were coming down from the formidable Delta outbreak curve, there was hope that natural immunity and whatever meager herd immunity that could have been building from mass vaccination would bring the COVID-19 pandemic to a low simmer.Instead, we have witnessed two months of building and now explosive epidemic curves all around the world with Omicron, the most highly mutated form of SARS-CoV-2. It is now clear that Omicron can infect those with previous COVID-19 infection and natural immunity, as well as those fully vaccinated, and of course, the smaller fraction of individuals who are COVID-19 naive.

While we have a mix of prolonged Delta cases and in many cases with moderate to severe symptoms, Omicron syndrome has been characterized as mild and brief with a notable absence of pulmonary symptoms. How did Omicron secure this large and growing ecological niche? We have learned that Omicron replicates at a 70-fold increased rate over Delta. Additionally, Omicron appears to generate immunity not only against itself, but also against Delta, the prior dominant variant. So as Omicron moves through the population rapidly, it is providing a larger immunologic barrier to further Delta expansion and will likely work to bring down the Delta curve as the same time the Omicron peak continues to build in a sharply upward, and hopefully brief spike in cases.

There are modeling studies suggesting that the dual Lilly (bamlanivimab and etesevimab) and Regeneron (casirivimab and imdevimab) monoclonal antibody products are unlikely to neutralize Omicron, leaving only sotrovimab by GSK as the remaining monoclonal antibody in our armamentarium for high-risk seniors who develop severe symptoms with Omicron. While many have said Omicron is “mother nature’s booster,” it will be some time before we can celebrate as the blend of Delta and Omicron, which present with similar features but take two separate clinical courses, is bound to confuse both the patients and the doctors trying to grapple with this new clinical reality.

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“..an opportunity for leaders to use the novel Omicron variant to save face..”

Omicron Offers an Off-Ramp From Our Failed Pandemic Policy (ET)

IGiven the magnitude of our failure as a society in dealing with COVID, and the cardinal rule that human beings (but especially politicians) will go to gargantuan lengths to avoid responsibility, I posit that Omicron provides an off-ramp that doesn’t require admission of guilt. We need to halt the highly objectionable COVID policies being employed today, while giving up, for now, the assigning of blame. Omicron has changed the game. With the preliminary research in, the data appears to show several things:
• Omicron is more contagious than Delta and other variants
• COVID vaccines seem to do little to stop Omicron infection
• Remarkably, there is some evidence that Omicron is breaking through natural immunity from previous variants
• Omicron is much less severe than other variants, with many scientists comparing its symptoms to the common cold
• Omicron is unexpected—its high level of mutation leaves scientists asking questions

Whatever the past reality, the difference in risk from COVID infection between the vaccinated and unvaccinated now appears to be lower than it was with previous variants. Whatever the past reality, the unvaccinated are not more a danger to society than the vaccinated. As the infection goes endemic, many people will get the virus, irrespective of vaccination status or past inflection. The obsession with asymptomatic testing for COVID can be left behind with heads held high, as can masks. Ignorance of the past power of natural immunity vs. the virus becomes a non-issue at present. And, unlike past variants, Omicron is indeed a bit of an enigma in terms of both its genetics and of how it functions.

In other words, a perfect opportunity to effect a dramatic shift in pandemic policy, for example to policies laid out in the Great Barrington Declaration and past pandemic public health standards. Vaccine mandates can be dropped in an instant, policy can indeed be “left to the states” as President Biden has suggested, and state leaders can also follow in kind. It’s an opportunity for leaders to use the novel Omicron variant to save face, as an “off ramp” off the current authoritarian and unpopular policy track, enacting policies that will have them celebrated and also work well, helping us start to heal our society. The sooner, the better.

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“Have local health care “experts” done anything to gain my trust? Or have they done everything they possibly can to betray it?”

Stop Letting Them Test You: Breaking The COVID Construct (Fed.)

DC Health is giving out “Home COVID-19 Testing Kits” at libraries across the capital city. At the majority of these sites, you’ll be handed two plastic, red, white, and blue envelopes per person. “Muriel Bowser, Mayor,” they read at the bottom. “Testyourselfdc.com.” “Isn’t that wonderful!” you might be thinking, as you tear open the seal. “I want to be sure these winter sniffles aren’t COVID before I see my mother, or visit grandpa, or go away with some friends.” Inside the envelopes, you’ll find a one-ended Q-tip (a “Nasal Self Swab”), wrapped in plastic; an official-looking LabCorp test tube, wrapped in plastic; and instructions to report your name, race, age, and sex to the city government, stick the Q-tip up your nose, deposit it in the test tube, put the “specimen bag” in the return envelope and drop it off at “one of the District’s specimen collection boxes by 8 p.m. the same day.”

Staring at this kit Wednesday morning, sniffling, I thought, “Why would I do that?” Seriously, why the hell would I do that? Do I live in Florida, where if seriously ill, I’ll be given access to monoclonal antibody treatments while family, friends, and neighbors go about their lives? Do I live in Georgia or Texas, where I’d receive the same? Or Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana? Or do I live in a city where the numbers will be rushed to the press, schools will be shuttered, mask mandates will be extended, new restrictions on the eternally wicked “unvaccinated” will be rolled out, and if I have a bad case I’ll have to drive hours to find a pharmacy willing to fill a doctor’s prescription? Have local health care “experts” done anything to gain my trust? Or have they done everything they possibly can to betray it?

By and large, Omicron is the sniffles. A cold; maybe some aches, and the sniffles. If you live on the East Coast, you might already know more than a dozen people with Omicron and aside from an occasional fever, every one of them is fine. “But don’t forget,” the headlines blare – “a man died in Texas last week.” Don’t you dare believe your lying eyes. “Just because the per-individual risk of severe illness may be lower,” CNN’s resident doctor politician warns, “that doesn’t mean on a societal level Omicron doesn’t pose a real risk.” “Omicron’s cold-like symptoms mean UK guidance ‘needs urgent update,’” The Guardian newspaper screams.

“You’re looking,” the president of the United States threatened, “at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.” It’s like we’re not experiencing this bug ourselves; like we’re incapable of observing it in our friends and families, and seeing what it does. It’s like we trust the “experts” more than we trust ourselves; damn our eyes. But if we dare take a step back and process the very thing we’re told we’re living through, we might recognize – more than ever – the increasingly obvious truth that COVID is a construct: a word we’ve been trained to fear more than the disease itself. COVID means fear, control, and lockdowns because we’ve allowed people to make it mean fear, control, and lockdowns.

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“Find a way to discredit the “authorities” in a way that the “blue pill” public can relate to..”

My Secret Plan To End The Vaccine Madness (Kirsch)

There is no one thing that ends the madness. Each activity contributes to moving the ball forward. The good news is that people in healthcare are getting really upset now and many are sacrificing their jobs to speak out. So I think this will end sooner than later. As always, our biggest “convincer” is the vaccine itself. Sooner or later doctors and nurses are going to have to stop ignoring the side effects and speak out just as occurred here. I’m currently of the belief that there are only two basic ways to victory: 1/ End the censorship of doctors. Enable the 30% of “red pill” healthcare providers to speak out without fear of retribution 2/ Discredit the authorities. Find a way to discredit the “authorities” in a way that the “blue pill” public can relate to, e.g., a debate, show “hidden camera footage,” get The New York Times to run a whistleblower story, etc.

Here are some of the activities I’m involved in now (in my copious free time while not writing Substack articles):

  1. Enable doctors to speak the truth without fear of retribution from medical boards and hospitals. Stopping the censorship of doctors either in a single state, or across the country with a coordinated day where 100,000 healthcare providers speak out at the same time. This includes activities such as suing state medical boards for violating the free speech rights of doctors and creating a special substack to coordinate action
  2. Get RFK Jr. on Rogan
  3. Publicizing the actual rates of child injury from school medical officials and making this public with names of the institutions
  4. Discredit the ringleaders (Fauci, CDC) with evidence that they can’t defend. This is harder than it sounds. For example, Malone mentioned the Biden / Modi call. Professor Peter Schirmacher who is beyond reproach showed at least 30% of the deaths post-vaccine were caused by the vaccine, but the CDC was able to get the story quashed and the mainstream media refused to acknowledge it.
  5. Survey of the public on vaccine side effects using professional polling organizations to show the CDC has been lying the American people
  6. University study of vaccine side effects so that the survey can be published in peer-reviewed medical journals making it hard to challenge
  7. Showing people what is in the vials (analysis done by a very trusted actor). Multiple brands, multiple batches, multiple labs. Just to remove all doubt. This one thing alone can end it instantly depending on what they find.
  8. Debate with prominent pro-vaxxer(s). This is a low probability event. Nobody on their side wants a fair debate. We couldn’t even get pond scum like @ZdoggMD to the debate table. Even very low-profile people like “Your local epidemiologist” wouldn’t debate. Apparently, all these “experts” are deathly afraid of being challenged publicly.
  9. Careful athlete/pilot adverse event analysis that survives every fact checker showing comparison with previous years.
  10. Expose Gavin Newsom as lying about his vaccine injury (requires a relative to permanently end his Newsom relationship so that is hard).
  11. Using humor to educate people on what is going on (similar to JP Sears videos). I’m talking with comedian Tyler Fisher about this (he does a great Fauci impersonation).
  12. Convince some prominent narrative supporters to switch sides, e.g., imagine if Sanjay Gupta told the truth about the vaccines and then was fired from CNN. Or a prominent writer for the New York Times to blow the whistle. These acts of courage will start to wake people up.
  13. Creating mass awareness, e.g., I’m funding the Jan 23 Defeat the Mandates March on Washington event and follow @dchomecoming on Twitter.
  14. Continue to educate people on the evidence in plain sight. Sadly, this moves the needle very slowly. For example, it’s crystal clear from the data that masks do nothing, but people can’t read science so they keep their masks on.
  15. Get people like Robert Malone, Peter McCullough, Brian Tyson, etc. back on Twitter so that their voices can be heard and not silenced.
  16. Organize volunteers. We have hundreds of volunteers. If you want to help, register your skills here on the resource registration form.
  17. Encourage all my followers to do something to advance the ball on a daily basis. Can you convince one person a week to switch? Can you share your success with others?

If you have other ideas that you think will help move the needle, let me know in the comments. There are many approaches, but convincing the public is the hardest since they trust their doctors. The fastest way to win this is either: 1/ Get lots of doctors to convince their peers/speak out in unison and/or 2/ Thoroughly discredit Fauci/CDC in a way the public will embrace. By discrediting the top authority figures, the entire narrative topples.

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“You promote despair. You create a permanent state of fear. You rob people of optimism. You create dependency and promote sadness. No one can live this way. And we do not have to.”

The Psychological Cruelty of Denying Natural immunity (Tucker)

Covid’s coverage of the country is so broad now that everyone knows one or many people who have had it. They share stories. Some are short bouts. Others last a week or longer. Nearly everyone shakes it off. Some people die from it, particularly the elderly and infirm. And this universal tactile experience has also given rise not so much to another round of panic – that is certainly there – but exhaustion and the great question: when will all this end? It ends, as the authors of the Great Barrington Declaration said, with the arrival of population immunity. In this sense, it is like every pandemic that has come before. They swept through the population and those who recover have lasting immunity to the pathogen and probably others in the same family.

This happens with or without a vaccine. It is this upgrade of the immune system that provides the way out. And yet even now, millions of people have not been made aware of the payoff to confronting the virus. They have been denied hope that it ever will end. They simply do not know. The authorities have not told them. Yes, you can find out if you are curious and read competent opinion on the topic. Maybe your doctor has shared that view. But when you have the leading voices in public health seeming to go out of their way to pretend that natural immunity does not exist, you are going to throttle that knowledge in the general population. The immunity passports do not recognize it. The people who are fired despite having demonstrated robust immunities know this all-too-well.

Of all the scandals and outrages of the last two years – the incredible failings of public officials and the silence of so many people who should have known better – the strange silence on acquired immunity is among the worst. It has a medical cost but also a huge cultural and psychological one. This is not just an arcane matter of science. It is a main means by which the population can see the other side of the pandemic. For all the fear, suffering, and death, there is still hope on the other side, and we can know this because of our awareness of how the immune system works.

Take that away and you take away the possibility of the human mind to imagine a bright future. You promote despair. You create a permanent state of fear. You rob people of optimism. You create dependency and promote sadness. No one can live this way. And we do not have to. If we know for sure that all this suffering was not for naught, the universe and its functioning seem a bit less chaotic and appears to make a greater degree of sense. We cannot live in a pathogen-free world but we can confront this world with intelligence, courage, and conviction that we can get to the other side and live even better than we did before. We do not need to give up freedom.

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It’s all about Pfizer’s immunity.

Not Vaccinating Kids ‘Doesn’t Make Any Sense’ – Fauci (RT)

White House health adviser Anthony Fauci has pushed back on parents who refuse to vaccinate their children based on the low number of serious cases among minors, insisting their arguments don’t make sense. During an appearance on NewsNation’s ‘Morning in America’ on Thursday, he took a blunt approach with those hesitant to vaccinate their offspring. After host Adrienne Bankert observed that only zero to four children per 1.1 million in the US had required hospitalization due to Covid-19 last week, despite a general surge in cases, Fauci said the rationale of parents who refer to such statistics to justify declining to immunize their kids “doesn’t make any sense.” “We vaccinate children for any number of childhood diseases when the mortality of those diseases is far less than the mortality and the morbidity of Covid-19 in children,” Fauci said.


With a rising number of child hospitalizations, it was the “responsibility” of parents to vaccinate their children, he went on. He acknowledged that children were at “less” risk of experiencing severe outcomes from Covid than those in other age groups, however. “It’s true that when you compare hospitalizations and severe illness in young children compared to adults, particularly the elderly, there’s no doubt that the likelihood of getting seriously ill for a child is less than for an adult when you’re dealing with Covid-19,” Fauci said, though he added that this did not mean “children don’t get seriously ill.” They are “suffering” and “dying,” Fauci noted, adding that this would be “avoidable” if their parents simply vaccinated them. Children aged five and up have been eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in the US since November. As cases surge across the county, significantly increased by the Omicron variant, so have the number of minors admitted to hospital.

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“..an address urging calm from President Mumbles..”

“Omicron DEATH!” (Taibbi)

It was the world’s loudest record-scratch when the WHO in the first week of December said the ominous “Omicron variant” of Covid-19 had been detected in 38 countries, but without any known deaths.No deaths? How could that be? In the United States in late November, we’d already skipped past the stunned-curiosity phase and moved straight into active mass panic, with “fallout from the Omicron variant” causing the Dow to fall 652 points in a day when news of the mutant contagion arrived. Right away, we had a travel ban from southern Africa, an address urging calm from President Mumbles, and a declaration of a “Variant of Concern” from the CDC, as “scientists raced” to learn more about this “almost Frankensteinish” new strain of Covid-19.

The next month of Omicron coverage offered a fascinating window into our Covid-fixated future. For most of December, we were presented with an unbroken string of scare stories that in many cases actively buried the lede on the most important question: is this thing going to kill me? The Washington Post on December 14th, for instance, ran a story about how the “CDC warns” that a “punishing wave” could be coming as soon as January. The piece noted Omicron was “dramatically more transmissible” and “a more slippery foe when encountered by neutralizing antibodies,” but ignored the issue of lethality altogether, which would seem impossible to do by accident. “How deadly is the Omicron variant? WHO releases death report,” wrote the Express U.K. earlier this week, with the following sub-headline:

OMICRON cases have increased more than tenfold since authorities identified the first UK infections in November, but scientists’ knowledge of the variant has increased in kind. The World Health Organization (WHO) released its first death report this weekend, outlining how dangerous it really is. Reading that headline hits your fear center, making you anxious to know just exactly “how dangerous it really is.” What does that mean? Scrolling down, you first read that Omicron mutations “allow it to escape immunity provided by both vaccine doses,” that “it reduces two doses of Pfizer to 30 percent effectiveness, with AstraZeneca potentially down to zero,” and that while boosters can restore effectiveness to 75 percent, “many are at Omicron’s mercy.” Not good! Only far down the piece do you read that since the WHO’s “no deaths” report in early December, the disease has “spread rapidly, and one person in the UK has died with the new variant… Recent data suggests the disease Omicron causes is milder than its predecessors…”

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Why the obsession with vaccines?

When Covid Vaccine With Lifelong Protection Might Be Available (RT)

A Covid-19 vaccine potentially able to give lifelong protection has proved effective on mice and primates and is set for clinical trials. Production is planned for 2024, Japanese scientist Michinori Kohara told the Japan Times. With all the existing Covid-19 vaccines requiring booster shots to remain effective, the emeritus investigator at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science decided to create one based on the 18th-century smallpox vaccine, which is credited with the elimination of the deadly disease. “I have worked on various vaccine technologies such as the adenovirus and messenger RNA, but the vaccine using the vaccinia virus vector is the most powerful of all with few side effects,” Kohara said, adding that the vaccine “can induce antibodies and lifelong immunity.”

According to the researcher, one shot of a recombinant vaccinia virus containing the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains effective for more than 20 months, and “there is no other vaccine that can achieve these effects.” Two shots taken three weeks apart increase neutralizing antibodies tenfold, he said. Testing the vaccine on avian flu-infected mice and coronavirus-infected macaques proved to be effective. Clinical trials are set to start in the first half of 2023 with the participation of 150 to 200 volunteers. If the trials, which will be conducted by Japanese pharmaceutical company Nobelpharma Co., turn out to be a success, the final phase will be launched. Mass production is planned for 2024 at the earliest.

Meanwhile, a number of new vaccines are being developed around the world. Cambridge University professor Jonathan Heeney recently announced trials of a new needle-free Covid-19 jab that he hopes will be able to give broader protection against Covid variants and other coronaviruses. A new Russian vaccine against the coronavirus, called Convasel and created by the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Vaccines and Serums, is set to be registered before the end of the first quarter of 2022, the head of the Russian Federal Medical-Biological Agency Veronika Skvortsova, said on Friday.

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“Dr. Anthony Fauci’s treasonous public health empire, the murderous pharmaceutical companies, the recklessly dishonest news media, and a demonic host of federal agencies..”

Forecast 2022 — Dumpster Fire Blazing on the Frontier of a Dark Age (Kunstler)

The American people have been played backwards and forwards, inside and out, through and through, and up and down; driven to the very edge of national suicide by a combine of enemies within and without. If China’s CCP wanted to take maximum advantage of a weakened, confused USA, they couldn’t have found more zealous help-mates than the seditious Democratic Party, along with Dr. Anthony Fauci’s treasonous public health empire, the murderous pharmaceutical companies, the recklessly dishonest news media, and a demonic host of federal agencies, especially the three-stooge “Intel Community” — the CIA (Moe), DOJ (Larry), FBI (Curley) — plus the many secret horror chambers in the Pentagon. Throw in the Big Tech tyrants, the Marxist mandarins on campus, and the satanic narcissists of Hollywood. Oh, and let’s not forget the evil principality of grift and swindling that is Wall Street.

We still don’t know exactly what role the CCP and its Peoples’ Liberation Army played in the origins of Covid-19, and we don’t know because the US government doesn’t want us to know — because they had a role in it — and the news media won’t lift a finger to find out, either, because they are the propaganda arm of the regime in power. We do know an awful lot about the operations of Dr. Fauci and his colleagues in funding the development of the virus in Wuhan for the purpose of introducing a wildly profitable set of “vaccines” which, if anything, prolonged and exacerbated the pandemic, and harmed or killed millions all over the world.

We also know that this same set of players in public health and Big Pharma gamed the clinical trials that preceded the emergency use authorizations that loosed the “vaccines” on the people, and that they deliberately obstructed and suppressed proven treatments with inexpensive off-patent drugs that would have saved many hundreds of thousands of lives if they had been allowed within so-called standards-of-practice that rule medicine these days. The same gang fudged their statistical reporting wherever possible, especially by failing to fix the kludgy CDC VAERS website for listing adverse reactions to the “vaccines,” but also in creating conditions that made it impossible to discern actual Covid deaths from “vaccine” deaths, and deaths either caused by co-morbidities or extraneous occurrences such as highway accidents or gunshot killings.

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One can be forgiven for thinking that the years are getting longer, because Dave Collum’s review does all the time. It now takes as long for you to read as it takes him to write. That is, a whole year.

Well, at least he has one reliable source left:

2021 Year in Review: Crisis of Authority and the Age of Narratives (Collum)

I am an openly white, right-leaning, closeted hand-sexual male with audacious opinions. I promise, however, that I will sling barbs without regard to race, creed, or color. If I think you are a douche bag, I will say so. When anger consumes me, however, it gives way to angst because somebody may have suckered me into playing a role in some higher authority’s master plan to disrupt the American Dream. As we are being dazzled by the Harlem Globe Trotters, recognize that we are the Washington Generals. Remember the olden days when the wealthy and powerful nefariously assaulted the unsuspecting populace? If caught, scandal followed, heads rolled, and we moved on, leaving us plebes with the sense that justice was served. Since the government was small relative to GDP, the systemic corruption represented a few percent of the system. It’s now growing like a tumor and devoid of consequences for the powerful. In the Age of Narratives, we snarf down platters of propaganda served by powerful media empires. This bread and circuses is free but leaves us marinating in ignorance.

It’s a trap Mickey: the cheese is not free! The Western media is now the arm of the State, no better than Pravda. Failed business model led the media into the oldest profession. How many narratives have we fallen for? How many have you fallen for? I think you owe it to yourselves to replay the tape from years past and ask whether you were duped. Malcolm Gladwell’s latest (see Books) suggests we are hard-wired to trust. As social animals, we cannot function if we don’t. It’s difficult to push back but push back we must. The more highly politicized the topic—climate change, pandemics, vaccines, elections, central banking, foreign wars—the greater the urgency to repel. I offer up one of several quotes from Gore Vidal, a thought-leader canted profoundly left whom I have come to view as the intellectuals’ George Carlin: “Our rulers for more than half a century have made sure that we are never to be told the truth about anything that our government has done to other people, not to mention our own.” ~ Gore Vidal

Sources and Social Media. I am a Twitter long hauler with 70,000 followers but haven’t yet figured out how to monetize the micro-fame enough to buy a mocha Frappuccino. I do, however, find it a useful sounding board. One tweeter—probably a Twitter bot—captured the essence: “If you need something researched for free and you don’t feel like doing it just post a tweet about it that’s mildly incorrect and wait.”~ @InternetHippo

My Twitter long hauling has occasionally been interrupted by Twitter time-outs. They range from 12 hours to ponder the err in my ways for posting an inappropriate link to Bichute or The Lancet, to a full week for calling Tony Fauci “a skanky whore.” A permanent ban would (will) be painful because I have old and new friends there—Rudy: I love ya man!—who enrich my life with their wisdom. New posse members joining the already eclectic mix include @JonNajarian (getting me closer to winning CNBC Twitter Bingo), scholar and author @BretWeinstein (see Books), actor @AdamBaldwin, polymath rapper @ZubyMusic, and waves of bitcoin hodlers. Favorite news sources include podcasts—I am an audiophile—as well as blogs and newsletters by Tony Greer, James Grant, Jesse Felder, Bill Fleckenstein, Automatic Earth, Grant Williams, Ron Griess of The Chart Store, Chris Martenson, emails from a woman named Denise, and the 500 lb. gorilla of the internet—Zerohedge. I know I’ve missed many more. Apologies.

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  • #96776
    absolute galore
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    phoenixvoice wrote: I have a couple close friends who respect me enough to occasionally listen, however, all friends that I have shared the information with, and two of my siblings, have rejected it.

    Sometimes, it is difficult to discern who the swine are. Once I figure out who they are, I stop casting my pearls before them, as it is a waste of precious resources.

    It’s been interesting. I’m trying to take things on a case by case. Family gets the most slack, and very little pushback. Just not going to go anywhere, so why? More important is the relationship of my son with his cousin. Friends, it depends. Even the ones that agree with much of my position often question my ultimate positions on masks and mandates when push comes to shove. Local businesses that require a vaccine passport.? That one’s easy.

    #96777
    Veracious Poet
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    Always a bit nauseating when celebrity NPD word monkeys switch hit in their obsession to increase/rebuild notoriety and/or proselytize for new followers (who should know better)…

    Pro Tip: CULTS of personality always end badly…

    #96778
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    RE: Kunstler’s Forecast 2022 (full version) was an excellent read. He refers to things in original ways, really getting to the essence of the issues and connecting the dots between them. Missing from his enemies within list are the Republican politicians who deserve some heat for never offering up a compelling alternative VISION for anything.

    Here’s an interesting prediction from the article: “His poll numbers are in the sub-basement…. So, okay, he basically takes a dive and retires from the scene. Kamala Harris is sworn in. President Harris nominates Barack Obama as vice-president. Say, what…!” But that’s not all: “Democrats clamor for Ms. Harris to resign and officially hand the reins to Mr. Obama. (Presidents are limited to two elected terms in office, but the constitution does not stipulate such a circumstantial appointment to office.) Kamala graciously steps aside. For the sake of “unity” and gender balance, Mr. Obama nominates Liz Cheney as the new vice-president. ”

    Hummmmmm. Anything is possible!

    And this: “All the anxiety driving the mass formation psychosis that had first focused on Trump, and then on Covid-19 (and the unvaccinated), may now finally shift its energy at the actual source of our woes and sorrows: the DC establishment. The decline and fall of Covid-19 is going to leave a big hole in the nation’s anxious, wasted soul, and it will have to be filled with something. We’re thrust into a scene that resembles Civil War, but it becomes harder and harder to determine who is on what side, or what the sides even are…”

    Perhaps this impending vacuum and what will fill it – is what Dr. D has been pondering/pointing to in recent posts.

    Kunstler’s ending was uplifting, so I will repeat it here: “I wish you all fortitude in the twelve months ahead, and courage, and kindness, and all the good things that we are capable of. We’ll need that. There is still a lot to cherish about this country of ours, the good old USA, and I believe we’ll rediscover that in Double-deuce, along with some ability to tell ourselves the truth about things that matter and act consistently with it! Excelsior, brave hearts!”

    #96779
    ctbarnum
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    #96780
    zerosum
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    Battle of freedom fighters.
    Pilots vaccine mandate still having unintended consequences.
    Flights are still being cancelled, Sunday 02 Jan2022, +2,000, one week after Xmas, due to pilots calling in sick.

    #96781
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    He states openly that “he knows” but “can’t say”, because…contracts (and in other cases, orders, etc.) -> He can go on TV and do interviews and whatever, but can’t address xyz, or communicate some abc knowledge he has.

    A great example of totalitarian control that stretches to what one voice can transmit to others… in some areas… Not flash news of course (secrets and hidden plots are, well, just human..) but the modern twist is that ppl admit publicly their communications are controlled by outside, supra-ordinate force and this is accepted! Audience Nods!

    In totalitarian regimes torture, death & imprisonment (Gulags anyone?) are the instruments of CONTROL ~ In western civ the legal shystem has been employed to keep deplorables at bay, gag any anti-corp dissident communication, which now has been supplemented in the “new” age of technocracy with algo filters, banishment, social credit systems, et al. ~ Cutting off employment, food water, fuel & transportation are other acts of tyranny wielded against the namby pamby sheeple ~ All of which completely ILLEGAL under American jurisprudence, until the March 1933 advent of PERMANENT EMERGENCY POWERS by FDR…

    Rights under Natural Law have suffered a death of a thousand jabs, while the herd runs confused in circles blaming each other 😐

    Another consideration is that Big Pharma has been in trouble for some time. This article and chart is from 2017 (many others exist, just one ex.) shows a long term trend, which imho has gotten worse, leading to ‘desperate measures..’

    During my tenure in da mother court I witnessed an ever increasing volume of fed lawsuits filed by da PharmMafia trying to shutdown generic drug mfg., AFTER the patents had expired ~ A BIG piece of the puzzle…

    Letting these MONSTERS distribute vexxines with no legal recourse (can they defy gravity too?) is THE elephant in the room 😐

    #96782
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Dave Collum’s year in review is great.

    He refers to it as his Urine Review

    He was interviewed by Jim Kunstler a little while ago:

    [audio src="https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/kunstlercast/KunstlerCast_349_Alt.mp3" /]

    Bon Appétit

    https://newworldbeast.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/dave-collum-goes-deep-768×403.jpg

    #96783
    Oroboros
    Participant
    #96784
    chooch
    Participant

    This is going to be one nutty start to the new year.

    Israel to offer fourth Covid-19 vaccine shot to over 60s, medical staff.

    It should be pretty obvious in about 6-8 weeks that the jab is fueling the omicron wave.

    Just last week we did a post on this Big Mystery: Where have all the workers gone? 

    Amazing. One week ago it was a big freakin’ mystery, and now—thanks to the wonder of the internet—eh, not so much.

    The answer is simple and all too final: They’re dead. Further question: Why?

    https://meaninginhistory.substack.com/p/where-have-all-the-workers-gone-mystery

    #96785
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Facts are stubborn things:

    Dave Collum:
    Just listened to an ex-military guy lament the politicization of the military and then o balls-to-the-wall about rooting out domestic terrorists. He is the domestic terrorist.

    …And whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

    An attempt to chronicle human folly and world events for the entire year. It captures key moments before they slip into the brain fog. The process of trying to write a coherent narrative helps me better understand WTF just happened and seminal moments that catch my eye.

    2021: The year liberals threw eggs at black politicians, republicans pushed to legalize pot, conservatives declared “my body, my choice”, and libertarians muttered, “just shoot me now.”

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    2021 Year in Review: Crisis of Authority and the Age of Narratives
    by David Collum

    Saturday, January 1, 2022, 8:58 AM

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    Every year, friend-of-the-site David Collum writes a detailed “Year in Review” synopsis full of keen perspective and plenty of wit. This year is no exception. Poignant and delightfully acerbic when necessary, considering the troubling times. As with past years, he selected Peak Prosperity as the site where it is published in full. It is longer than our usual posts, but worth the time to read in full. This is Part 1.

    David B. Collum
    Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology – Cornell University
    Email: [email protected] – Twitter: @DavidBCollum

    Introduction

    Dave: You do lack self control, but I learned and laughed making my way thru this.

    ~ Larry Summers (@LHSummers), former Secretary of the Treasury

    I’ve been trying to reach you about your car’s extended warranty. What began more than a dozen years ago as a synopsis of the year’s events in markets and finance for a few friends morphed beyond my control into a Year in Review (YIR)—an attempt to chronicle human folly and world events for the entire year. It captures key moments before they slip into the brain fog. The process of trying to write a coherent narrative helps me better understand WTF just happened and seminal moments that catch my eye.

    By far my favorite end-of-year recap for the last ten years. Finished it yesterday. Once again David hasn’t disappointed. He’s on my I want to go to dinner with list.

    ~ Jim Pallotta (@jimpallotta13), money manager and former owner of Boston Celtics

    I’m game, Jim, even if it’s just a pretzel, nachos, and a brewski. The title, “Crisis of Authorities,” is a double entendre. On the one hand, previously trusted authorities that we relied on to better understand the world are long gone. Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and Tim Russert have been replaced with Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, and Brian Stelter. Oops. Scratch Chris Cuomo. Ponder the following: which acronymed organization do you still trust? FBI? CIA? FEMA? DOJ? CBS? ABC? Fox? CNN? At one point I would have comfortably offered up the CDC, FDA, and NIH. Portions of those three should be razed. Social media offered up one acceptable answer: KFC. The second, more deeply disturbing meaning is that smoldering socialism has veered toward authoritarianism, a seismic shift that is global and quite possibly unstoppable.

    2021: The year liberals threw eggs at black politicians, republicans pushed to legalize pot, conservatives declared “my body, my choice”, and libertarians muttered, “just shoot me now.”

    I am suffering future shock—the struggle to adapt to an abruptly changing world. Topics that seemed farcical not long ago are less entertaining now. Silly events in public schools and college campuses loosely defined as political correctness have morphed into religious wars. Progress was made in the Cancel Culture Wars. They tried to get Joe Rogan and couldn’t put a glove on him. The populace and the workers at Netflix went after Dave Chappelle and learned that not everybody kowtows:

    If this is what being canceled is like, I love it… To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands.

    ~ Dave Chappelle, wisdom

    Politicians groping for their vig—10% for the Big Guy—have mutated into total MAC (Mutually Assured Corruption). Social contagions are more virulent than biological pathogens. Attempts to stem the movements are emblematic of proto-authoritarianism of the past. I am unable to keep up—unable to even catch my breath on some days. Following up after listening to a widely distributed QTR podcast, a friend and long-time YIR reader asked, “Are you OK?” I said I was fine, but on further reflection realized I was not so sure.

    https://www.peakprosperity.com/2021-year-in-review-crisis-of-authority-and-the-age-of-narratives-part-1/

    #96786
    those darned kids
    Participant
    #96787
    Kimo
    Participant

    Deaths in the US up 40%, “Just to give you an idea of how bad that is, a three-sigma or a one-in-200-year catastrophe would be 10% increase over pre-pandemic,” he said. “So 40% is just unheard of.”

    It’s not covid. Recognition about the vaccines will be slow.

    #96788
    those darned kids
    Participant

    Flurona’: Israel records its first case of patient with COVID and flu at same time

    Hoo, my little pretty ones, my pretty ones
    When you gonna give me some time, Flurona?
    Hoo, you make my covid run, my influ run
    Mixin’ up in my snot, Flurona

    M-m-m-my Flurona

    #96789
    absolute galore
    Participant

    @Veracious — I’m not overly familiar with Tiabbi or his history, but also not sure where the hate on himi is coming from, or how the titles you present make a case against him. I suspect many TAE commenters have made similar shifts, if that’s what you want to call it. I have not read his book about his time in Russia, but I believe it chronicled the years of Russian mafia/oligarch control, pre Putin, and had nothing to do with Russiagate, etc. And while Trump served well as a disrupter of the putrid status quo, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t an insane clown. The way this country has been run the past few decades, I’m not sure how much sense it make to claim to be a proud American. I believe he left his position at Rolling Stone because he was unhappy with the direction that publication was going. Most writers, if they are lucky, make a modest living. I highly doubt Taibbi went in any particular direction based on money or “popularity.” He seems like a sincere person, finding his way through the madness just like the rest of us. I kinda doubt he “sold out,”even if that were a realistic option.

    #96790
    WES
    Participant

    Absolute Galore:

    I went to Russia in 1983 and look how I turned out!

    #96791
    VietnamVet
    Participant

    Nature has the last word. It is reaching the point where the cognitive dissonance becomes so overwhelming one goes of the rails or sees reality. This is not about the virus. It is about the exploitative western economic/political system that has to keep doing what its doing – making the rich richer; divorced from the truth, until it falls apart.

    In the best possible scenario, if the fifth US omicron wave turns out to be the final wave; like the Spanish flu, the pandemic will intentional be ignored due to the utter failure of those in charge and then forgotten just like before. But climate change still looms. It won’t go away. It must be mitigated to avoid an extinction event for human beings on Earth.

    Only restoration of governments by and for the people will save western civilization. Empires based on greed and caste always fall. There is no guarantee that the secession of the USA, the splintering of the United Kingdom, and the collapse of the Western Empire will avoid nuclear holocaust like the fall of the Soviet Union; let alone, revert to a sustainable world economy.

    #96793
    TAE Summary
    Participant
    #96795
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #96796
    those darned kids
    Participant

    where did all the terrorists go?

    did they get covid?

    #96797
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    @ TAE summary
    Love the map. 🙂

    #96809
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    G’day oxymoron,

    Trees in your bailiwick are dropping their branches to conserve water. In mine (Canberra) we have had a number of “tree failures” as the NSW government calls them, owing to far too MUCH water. Another big hail storm about an hour ago raged across the city, from south to north unusually, with tons (literally) of hail and high winds. Four or 5 trees were blown over near me, one damaging the fascia and part of the roof of a house. The big ironbark just to the west of my house dropped a couple of big branches, and has a cracked biggie sitting more or less safely way up high. The Fire & Rescue man suggested I don’t go under the tree for a while until they come and deal with it. Fine by me.

    The SES have busy, quite a few sirens around the suburb. Half the power circuits in the house are out. At least the fridge is OK.

    Amazing. The weather radar showed the oncoming storm with the black spot — maximum intensity — tracking right across Canberra. One would almost think it was deliberately aimed.

    Tell me again the climate change is not any sort of reality. Now tell our recalcitrant pollies.

    #96815
    zerosum
    Participant

    The covid map need to have the lair of “the Freedom Fighters” – (TAE)

    #96847
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    @TAE-Summary

    That “Map of Covid” was a great find. The more I look at it the better it gets. Man, how I love the creativity one finds on the internet!

    #97056
    hexadec
    Participant

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