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Pieter Bruegel the Elder Hunters in the snow 1565


When That Ol’ Mojo Stops Workin’ (Kunstler)
CDC Director Says US May See ‘Precipitous Decline’ In Omicron Cases (ABC)
Justice Sotomayor Claims 100,000 Children in ‘Serious Condition’ from Covid (Y!)
Top Epidemiologist Harvey Risch Blasts Fauci’s Covid Strategy, CDC Data (JTN)
True Number Of US Covid Deaths Likely Undercounted, Experts Say (G.)
Global Research On Omicron Raises Questions About Unvaccinated Blame Game (JTN)
Victoria Records Huge Spike In Cases (G.)
Scholz Pushes Mandatory Jabs As Resistance Grows In Germany (RFI)
Sajid Javid Directly Challenged On Mandatory Coronavirus Jabs (Sky)
Parents Sue Chicago Teachers Union Over School Closures, ‘Illegal Strike’ (JTN)
Norwegian Conscripts Told To Return Underwear As Covid Hits Supplies (G.)
The Day Jake Tapper Sold His Soul to Pharma (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr)
What the Jan. 6 Panel Won’t Probe (Strassel)
What Kazakhstan Isn’t (Murray)
2022, The Year of The Hangover? (Lacalle)





New York has its first official breakdown of what share of people are hospitalized for COVID vs. how many are hospitalized with incidental COVID. In NYC it’s 49% for COVID, everyone else just happened to test positive






Italy mandatory



“Lunacy is exhausting.”

When That Ol’ Mojo Stops Workin’ (Kunstler)

You will have to be nimble and resourceful. The Covid lockdowns of the past two years have destroyed many small businesses, but think of that as the tide going out before the blowback of a tsunami that will sweep away the large businesses next. The WalMarts, the automobile industry, the airlines, trucking, Amazon.com, major league sports, the fast-food empires, the oil industry, the mega-banks — all these systems have gone into speed-wobble and most of them will crash hard. It’s an issue of scale. The broken giants will have to be replaced by lower-scaled systems for producing stuff, moving it, and selling it. That includes food, especially, by the way. How are you going to be part of that where you live? What role can you imagine yourself in? What are you good at? What do you dream of being good at? Can you assemble a social network for yourself?

Do you have any ability to look after the public interest? Can you speak coherently? Do you mean what you say? Are you grounded morally in right-and-wrong? Can others depend on you to keep your word? These are the questions that will matter going forward, not whether you were vaccinated, or voted for Mr. Trump, or know the lyrics to God Bless America. It looks like the disorders of economy and community are heading to center stage as the Covid-19 melodrama closes down. Since human nature is perverse, the current mass formation psychosis may transfer its energy onto new hobgoblins. But the mass of Americans — putting aside blue and red insignia for a moment — might simply be tired of lunacy. They may even begin to show some impatience with those who generate it, for instance the cable TV news channels.

Some of the most practiced conveyers of lunacy are heading out the door in the months ahead. Joy Reid of MSNBC is reportedly on her way off-camera (not by choice), and a while back the redoubtably dishonest Rachel Maddow announced her exit for April of this year, probably in anticipation of all her beloved narratives falling apart. Lunacy is exhausting. Soon enough, even the crazed governments of Euroland and Australia will suddenly drop their lockdowns and vaccination tyrannies as reality presses on the bubbles they occupy. In the face of the Omicron fade-out, they’ll turn 180-degrees and try to pretend that the episode of madness never happened. I doubt they will get away with it. Many politicians in these lands will be bum-rushed from office at the first opportunity.

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Yeah, yeah, more studies needed, yada yada, but they easily know enough already to take their hands off the panic button. They don’t.

CDC Director Says US May See ‘Precipitous Decline’ In Omicron Cases (ABC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said Friday there is a good chance that the U.S. will follow the “ice-pick”-shaped curve of South Africa’s omicron surge of the COVID variant, but cautioned that it could roll through different parts of the country at various times, as previous waves have. “I do think in places that we are seeing this really steep incline, that we may well see also a precipitous decline, but we’re also a much bigger country than South Africa,” Walensky said in a briefing with reporters. “And so it may very well be that we see this ice-pick shape, but that is it travels across the country,” she said.

As far as the rapid spread of coronavirus cases contributing to that decline, Walensky said there was not yet conclusive data to say for sure that people who recovered from omicron would be protected against reinfection. The CDC is setting up studies to find out more, Walensky said. There is data to show that previous delta infections do not fully protect against omicron infections, but that lab studies have shown omicron infection may protect against future delta infections, she said. “But we don’t yet have data that has demonstrated, at least clinically, that omicron protects against omicron,” Walensky said. “We are setting up studies to evaluate that, but we don’t have that information quite yet.”

As for the record-breaking high rates of pediatric hospitalizations, Walensky described a culmination of winter bringing higher rates of hospitalizations, many kids testing positive in hospitals when they come in for other issues and the low vaccination rates among kids in the face of the most transmissible variant yet. For the week ending Jan. 1, Walensky said the rate of hospitalization for kids up to age four was 4.3 per 100,000, but that the population over 65 was seeing rates of 14.7 hospitalizations per 100,000. “So, rates are higher in the pediatric populations than we’ve seen previously, but they’re also higher among our other populations and many populations that are also vaccinated,” Walensky said, reflecting how much the virus has spread.

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The SCOTUS justices performed a weird sort of comedy there, showing off their utter ignorance. And THEY get to decide?

Justice Sotomayor Claims 100,000 Children in ‘Serious Condition’ from Covid (Y!)

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor falsely claimed that 100,000 children are in “serious condition” from Covid during oral arguments on the Biden administration’s employer vaccine mandate on Friday. “We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators. We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, and many on ventilators,” Sotomayor claimed. The current number of confirmed pediatric hospitalizations with Covid in the U.S. is 3,342, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services released on Friday. The average number of children admitted to the hospital per day with Covid was 776 as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the total number of children hospitalized with Covid from August 2020 through January 4, 2022 is 81,923, the CDC states.

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement on Friday that “pediatric hospitalizations are at their highest rate compared to any prior point in the pandemic.” However, Walensky also told reporters that CDC data on pediatric Covid hospitalizations included some patients who were admitted to the hospital for a separate issue. Sotomayor’s comments came as the Court heard arguments on the Biden administration’s employer vaccine mandate, which states that businesses with 100 or more employees must require Covid vaccinations for all workers and weekly testing for those workers who do not get vaccinated. Challengers claim that the agency charged with developing and enforcing the mandate, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, does not have the Constitutional authority to do so.

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“Fauci [..] not only isn’t trained in public health but “has interests that do not align with the public health interests of the United States,”

Top Epidemiologist Harvey Risch Blasts Fauci’s Covid Strategy, CDC Data (JTN)

President Biden can claim that COVID-19 remains a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” partly because “the CDC has played fast and loose with a lot of studies and data,” Yale School of Public Health epidemiologist Harvey Risch says. “We have not been careful or objective with our data,” he told the John Solomon Reports podcast Friday. “We don’t even know, for example, the mortality from COVID,” which the CDC pegs at more than 800,000. Risch noted the agency told physicians to put COVID on death certificates regardless of whether they think the infection played a role. Hospitalizations have also conflated admissions “with” and “from” COVID, he said. As a member of a committee advising Connecticut early in the pandemic, Risch urged ignoring case counts and focusing on hospitalizations and deaths.

That advice was largely ignored until the current “sky-high” yet mild Omicron variant wave, but now “finally people are waking up to say that the cases don’t matter,” he said. The U.K. is among countries that more carefully track COVID, according to Risch. Its data show vaccinated adults constitute the majority of cases, “and it’s not a hospitalization of the unvaccinated” either. While vaccines are a “potential and reasonable component” of COVID mitigation, those developed are “somewhat ineffective” and their large-scale deployment has driven an unexpected number of “mutant strains” extending the pandemic and causing higher mortality, Risch said. President Biden’s chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, not only isn’t trained in public health but “has interests that do not align with the public health interests of the United States,” Risch argued.

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The Guardian manages to draw conclusions from the insurance story that are 180º different. Not one word about vaccine deaths as a possible factor.

True Number Of US Covid Deaths Likely Undercounted, Experts Say (G.)

The true number of deaths from the Covid pandemic in the US are likely being undercounted, due to the long-lasting and little-understood effects of Covid infection and other deadly complications that surged during the past two years. “We are seeing right now the highest death rates we have ever seen in the history of this business,” J Scott Davison, CEO of insurance company OneAmerica, told journalists on 30 December. “Death rates are up 40% over what they were pre-pandemic,” he said, among working-age people between 18 and 64. Deaths among older Americans have also increased, with one in 100 Americans over the age of 65 dying. There have been an estimated 942,431 excess deaths in the US since February 2020, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hispanic, Black and Native American and Alaska Native populations have been disproportionately affected with high death rates, research shows. The pandemic pales in comparison to other previous crises, Davison said. “A one-in-200-year catastrophe would be a 10% increase over pre-pandemic [levels]. So 40% is just unheard of.” Many of the deaths aren’t counted in the official Covid tally, he said, because they happen months after Covid infections. “The deaths that are being reported as Covid deaths greatly understate the actual death losses among working-age people from the pandemic. It may not all be Covid on their death certificates, but deaths are up in just huge, huge numbers.”

[..] “We’re seeing the statistics get written as we go, almost,” Micah Pollak, associate professor of economics at Indiana University Northwest, said. And high rates of mortality and disability will only continue as more people get infected, he said. “We really don’t know what the tail of this thing looks like,” Pollak said of long Covid. “The further you get out [from infection], the longer time you have to potentially develop some kind of complications.” The high rates of death haven’t surprised him, Pollak said, given the equally high rates of cases and the unknown effects of a novel virus. “There’s just so much evidence of these long-term effects of Covid that I naturally assumed people realized that, hey, we’re gonna see probably a lot of deaths down the road – not necessarily soon after infection, but indirectly as a result of infection, as well as not just deaths but disability.”

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“..two-dose mRNA vaccines are “not protective against” the new variant, while the booster shot only improves effectiveness to 37% seven or more days later.”

Global Research On Omicron Raises Questions About Unvaccinated Blame Game (JTN)

President Biden’s oft-repeated belief that COVID-19 remains a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” is running headlong into global data on the real-world performance of vaccines against the Omicron variant, which the CDC estimates now accounts for 19 in 20 U.S. infections. A new study by Ontario, Canada’s public health agency and health researchers at Canadian universities found that two-dose mRNA vaccines are “not protective against” the new variant, while the booster shot only improves effectiveness to 37% seven or more days later. That’s in stark contrast to the 93% effectiveness against the Delta variant they observed among vaccinated and boosted individuals seven or more days later.

Researchers reviewed provincial data on 3,442 Omicron positives, 9,201 Delta positives and 471,545 “test-negative controls.” There were important differences between the populations testing positive for each variant. Omicron cases were 10 years younger on average, more likely to be male and two-dose vaccinated, and less likely to have “any comorbidities” or a booster, relative to controls. Delta cases were far less likely to be vaccinated at all, relative to controls. Digging further into the preprint, which hasn’t been peer-reviewed, California-based epidemiologist Tracy Hoeg was floored that two-dose vaccination actually reduced protection from reinfection by Omicron 38% four to six months after injection, and 42% by eight months.

“Why mandate?” Hoeg tweeted while acknowledging the Ontario Public Health study didn’t look at vaccine effectiveness against severe COVID infections. The Danish-American citizen highlighted official Denmark data suggesting two-dose vaccine recipients are “equally” protected against ICU admissions as boosted individuals. Their reinfections have surpassed those of the unvaccinated, however, and the boosted are “catching up.”

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The wild success of dictatorship.

And Djokovic had every right to his exemption. But is still locked up.

Australia will have very few politicians left if it does what needs to be done.

Victoria Records Huge Spike In Cases (G.)

Victoria has reported a massive jump in Covid cases, a day after launching its online system allowing people to self-report rapid antigen test results for the first time. New Covid cases surged above 100,000 per day nationally for the first time, with Victoria reporting 51,356 new cases and nine deaths, New South Wales 45,098 cases and nine deaths, Queensland 11,174 cases and two deaths, and South Australia 4,274 cases and five deaths. The Australian Capital Territory recorded 1,305 cases and Tasmania had 2,223 cases. Saturday’s case numbers in Victoria are more than double Friday’s figure, but health authorities say almost half (26,428) the positive cases in the past 24 hours were RAT results, with many of those taken earlier in the week.

Only 5,923 of Saturday’s positive RAT results were from the latest 24-hour reporting period. “We don’t want Victorians to think that the daily transmission has doubled overnight,” the health minister, Martin Foley, said on Saturday. “The reported figure has certainly significantly spiked based on that week’s worth of unreported figures that we are now capturing in the system.” The new RAT reporting system was set up after the PCR testing regime came under extreme pressure, with suspected cases queuing for hours to get tested and results taking several days to come through. Saturday’s figures included a further 24,928 cases identified through PCR lab tests, of which more than 89,000 were conducted.

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No, really, straight faced, and not from the government, but from the opposition:

“..our greatest asset… is and remains our freedom..”

You wouldn’t know freedom if it hit you between the eyes.

Scholz Pushes Mandatory Jabs As Resistance Grows In Germany (RFI)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz insisted Friday that his plan to introduce mandatory coronavirus jabs was on track, despite fierce debate about the controversial move and growing resistance from his own coalition partners. Scholz, who recently took over as chancellor from Angela Merkel, in late November touted compulsory jabs for all adults as the surest way out of the pandemic. The centre-left Social Democrat asked MPs in the lower of house parliament to draft the necessary legislation with the goal of introducing the measure in “late February or early March”. Little progress has been made since then however, and the fast-spreading but less severe Omicron strain has raised fresh doubts about the project, particularly among the pro-business FDP party.

Speaking after a meeting with the leaders of Germany’s 16 states on tighter coronavirus curbs, Scholz reiterated that “it would be good if we ended up with a general vaccine mandate”. He said all of Germany’s state premiers had declared their backing for the plan. “I feel fully supported” by them, he said. The same cannot be said for the FDP, who along with the Greens make up Scholz’s three-way coalition government. Although coronavirus cases are rising, Germany has so far been spared the steep Omicron surge that has swept other nations — prompting Justice Minister Marco Buschmann from the FDP to call for a wait-and-see approach on a general vaccine mandate.

FDP chief Christian Lindner said new findings “could play a role in the decision”, in a nod to Omicron infecting even the triple jabbed, and studies suggesting a lower hospitalisation rate than with the Delta variant. “Protecting human health and life is highly desirable. But our greatest asset… is and remains our freedom,” he said on Thursday.

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Not everyone is crazy.

“The vaccines are reducing transmission only for about eight weeks for Delta, with Omicron it’s probably less. “And for that, I would be dismissed if I don’t have a vaccine?”

Sajid Javid Directly Challenged On Mandatory Coronavirus Jabs (Sky)

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has been directly challenged by an unvaccinated hospital consultant over the government’s policy of compulsory COVID jabs for NHS staff. During a visit to King’s College Hospital in south London, Mr Javid asked staff members on the intensive care unit about their thoughts on new rules requiring vaccination for NHS workers. And Steve James, a consultant anaesthetist who has been treating coronavirus patients since the start of the pandemic, told the health secretary about his displeasure. “I’m not happy about that,” he said. “I had COVID at some point, I’ve got antibodies, and I’ve been working on COVID ICU since the beginning.

“I have not had a vaccination, I do not want to have a vaccination. The vaccines are reducing transmission only for about eight weeks for Delta, with Omicron it’s probably less. “And for that, I would be dismissed if I don’t have a vaccine? The science isn’t strong enough.” Mr James also revealed another of his colleagues held the same position.


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“Throughout this entire pandemic, our kids have paid a tremendous price for adults’ mistakes and miscalculations, and now the teachers’ union has hastily and recklessly put them on their political roller coaster again..”

Parents Sue Chicago Teachers Union Over School Closures, ‘Illegal Strike’ (JTN)

Seven parents of Chicago Public Schools students are suing the district’s teachers’ union, calling this week’s closure of schools over union claims they were unsafe an “illegal strike.” The parents are asking the court to rule that the Chicago Teachers Union’s action violates its collective bargaining agreement with CPS and prevent the union from continuing “to authorize its members to stop in-person teaching,” among other demands. “CTU’s resolution calling members to not show up for work in-person is a strike regardless of what CTU calls it and violates both the collective bargaining agreement with CPS and Illinois law,” Jeffrey Schwab, senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center, which is representing the parents, said in a statement. “CTU cannot unilaterally decide what actions should be taken to keep public schools safe, completely silencing parents’ input about what is best for the health, safety, and well-being of their children.”

The CTU voted late Tuesday to urge Chicago Public Schools to switch to fully remote learning because of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, and authorized teachers to refuse to report to work is CPS refused. Schools have been closed since Tuesday with no remote learning options, and CPS on Friday said schools also would be closed Monday as negotiations continue with the union. “Throughout this entire pandemic, our kids have paid a tremendous price for adults’ mistakes and miscalculations, and now the teachers’ union has hastily and recklessly put them on their political roller coaster again,” Laurel Golden, one of the parents named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, said in a statement. “The science is clear, and so is the desire of parents: Our kids need and deserve to be in school. This illegal strike must be ended immediately, and we must get kids back into the classroom.”

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The crisis hits everywhere!

Norwegian Conscripts Told To Return Underwear As Covid Hits Supplies (G.)

Norwegian conscripts are to return their underwear after completing military service for the next recruits, as the army struggles with dwindling supplies due to Covid. Norway, which guards Nato’s northern borders and shares a border with Russia, calls up about 8,000 young men and women for military service every year and until recently allowed newly discharged conscripts to leave barracks with the underwear they were issued. But the pandemic has seriously strained the flow of supplies with factory shutdowns and transport problems, leading the Norwegian military to ask conscripts to hand over underwear, including bras and socks.

Though originally voluntary, it has now been made mandatory, public broadcaster NRK reported on Friday. “Now that we have chosen to reuse this part of the kit, it helps us. … We don’t have enough in stock,” the defence logistics spokesman Hans Meisingset told NRK. “The textiles are washed, cleaned and checked. What we distribute is in good condition,” he said. A conscripts’ representative, however, criticised recurrent shortcomings, saying they could end up affecting operations. “Severe shortages of equipment and clothing can potentially affect operational readiness and, in the worst case, the safety of the soldier,” Eirik Sjohelle Eiksund told trade publication Forsvarets Forum.

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“..CNN and Tapper provide Pfizer a platform to market its products and allow the drug company — a serial felon — to dictate content on CNN..”

The Day Jake Tapper Sold His Soul to Pharma (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr)

In 1999, in response to exploding epidemics of autism and other neurological disorders, CDC decided to study its vast Vaccine Safety Datalink — the medical and vaccination record of millions of Americans, archived by the top HMOs — to learn whether the dramatic escalation of the vaccine schedule, beginning in 1989, was a culprit. CDC’s in-house epidemiologist, Thomas Verstraeten, led the effort. Verstraeten’s initial data run suggested that mercury-containing hepatitis B vaccines — administered during the first month of life — were associated with a wide range of neurological injuries, including a dramatic 1,135% rise in autism risks among vaccinated children.

[..] Tapper saw an early draft of my Rolling Stone story and proposed that, in exchange for exclusivity, he would do a companion piece for ABC timed to air on the magazine’s publication day. Tapper spent several weeks working on the story with me and a team of enthusiastic ABC reporters and technicians. During his frequent conversations with me over that period, he was on fire with indignation over the Simpsonwood revelations. He acted like a journalist hoping to win an Emmy. The day before the piece was to air, an exasperated Tapper called me to say that ABC’s corporate officials ordered him to pull the story. The network’s pharmaceutical advertisers were threatening to cancel their advertising. “Corporate told us to shut it down,” Tapper fumed. Tapper told me that it was the first time in his career that ABC officials had ordered him to kill a story.

ABC had advertised the Simpsonwood exposé, and its sudden cancellation disappointed an army of vaccine safety advocates and parents of injured children who deluged the network with a maelstrom of angry emails. In response, ABC changed tack and publicly promised to air the piece. Instead, following a one-week delay, the network duplicitously aired a hastily assembled puff piece promoting vaccines and assuring listeners that mercury-laden vaccines were safe. The new “bait and switch” segment precisely followed Pharma’s talking points. “I’m putting my faith in the Institute of Medicine,” ABC’s obsequious medical editor, Dr. Tim Johnson, declared in closing. Two pharmaceutical advertisements bracketed the story. After that piece aired, I called Jake to complain. He neither answered nor returned my calls.

During the 16 intervening years, Pharma has returned Mr. Tapper’s favor by aggressively promoting his career. Pfizer shamelessly sponsors Tapper’s CNN news show, announcing its ownership of the space — and Mr. Tapper’s indentured servitude — before each episode with the loaded phrase: “Brought to you by Pfizer.” Under the apparent terms of that sponsorship, CNN and Tapper provide Pfizer a platform to market its products and allow the drug company — a serial felon — to dictate content on CNN. This arrangement has transformed CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper into a propaganda vehicle for Pharma and effectively reduced Mr. Tapper to the role of a drug rep — shamelessly promoting fear porn, confusion, and germophobia, and ushering his audience toward high-yield patent pharmaceuticals. Tapper’s main thrust during the pandemic has been to promote levels of public terror sufficient to indemnify all the official lies against critical thinking.

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This one is easy: anything to do with Democrats.

What the Jan. 6 Panel Won’t Probe (Strassel)

Select committees come and go, with varying impact. The growing risk of Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 Committee is that it will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. A year after the riot, it’s a fair time to evaluate what that committee has and hasn’t accomplished since its summer creation. By its charter, the committee is assigned with investigating “the facts, circumstances and causes” of the event, as well as those “relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police” and other law-enforcement agencies. The country would hugely benefit from a straightforward accounting of that day. Committee members have so far met with some 300 witnesses, received thousands of documents, and subpoenaed some 50 individuals, as well as phone and bank records.

The committee’s leaks, and releases of White House text messages, have provided color, while its litigation and contempt citations have kept the press in gravy. Yet the body’s near-manic focus on Donald Trump’s culpability (the facts of which have been known for a year) has also meant it has produced little that’s new. On “Face the Nation” this week, the committee’s Vice Chairman Elizabeth Cheney waxed about the committee’s “tremendous progress,” yet cited as her only example that it now had “firsthand testimony” that “President Trump was sitting in the dining room next to the Oval Office, watching on television as the Capitol was assaulted.” “Six hours of paralysis: Inside Trump’s failure to act after a mob stormed the Capitol,” was a headline from a Jan. 11, 2021, story in the Washington Post, which reported the president “was too busy watching fiery TV images of the crisis unfolding” to listen to pleas from family and colleagues to intervene.

Thanks to the committee we now know where Mr. Trump lounged, and how many people he ignored. More notable is what the committee has failed to find. Members made no secret they hoped to prove a coup plot run from the White House. Yet in all its 725 prosecutions, the Justice Department hasn’t presented a scintilla of evidence supporting the hypothesis. Neither has the committee—even after 300 witnesses, or texts of the former White House chief of staff. Twisting in the wind are the urgent issues the committee won’t explore. In a memo this week to colleagues, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis—the ranking Republican on the House Administration Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Capitol complex—noted that the select committee, a year after the riot, is “no closer to finding out what led to the catastrophic security failure,” even as the security situation has arguably deteriorated because of Capitol Police resignations and poor morale.

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Between 2002 and 2004, Craig Murray was the British ambassador to Uzbekistan.

What Kazakhstan Isn’t (Murray)

When you jump into a taxi in Kazakhstan, getting your suitcase into the boot is often problematic as it will be already full with a large LPG canister. Roof racks are big in Kazakhstan. Most Kazakh vehicles run on LPG, which has traditionally been a subsidised product of the nation’s massive oil and gas industry. Fuel price rises have become, worldwide, a particular trigger of public discontent. The origins of the gilets jaunes movement in France lay in fuel price rises before spreading to other areas of popular greivance. The legacy of fuel protests in the UK have led for years cowardly politicians to submit to annual real reductions in the rate of fuel duty, despite climate change concerns.

The current political crisis in Kazakhstan was spiked by moves to deregulate the LPG market and end subsidy, which led to sharp price increases. These brought people onto the streets. The government quickly backed down and tried to reinstate price controls but not producer subsidies; that would have led gas stations to sell at a loss. The result was fuel shortages that just made protest worse. Kazakhstan is an authoritarian dictatorship with extreme divisions in wealth and power between the ruling class – often still the old Soviet nomenklatura and their families – and everybody else. No political opposition is permitted. Infamously, after a massacre of striking miners, Tony Blair contacted former dictator Nazarbayev offering his PR services to help limit political fallout.

This resulted in a $4 million per year contract for Blair to assist Kazakhstan’s PR, a contract on which BBC favourites Jonathon Powell and Alastair Campbell both worked. One result of the Blairite media management for Kazakhstan was that the Guardian, publishing US leaked diplomatic cables in cooperation with Wikileaks, refused to publish US Embassy reports on corruption in Kazakhstan. The Kazakh dictatorship is also a favourite destination of troughing royals Prince Andrew and Prince Michael of Kent.

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Not sure what the use is supposed to be of a prediction like this.

2022, The Year of The Hangover? (Lacalle)

The global recovery has slowed down significantly since the peak of the re-opening effect in June 2021. What many expected would be a multi-year cycle of above-trend growth is proving to be a more modest bounce. Furthermore, according to Bloomberg Economics, the global economy will likely grow in the next ten years at a slower pace than in the decade prior to the pandemic. The causes of the slowdown are clear. On one hand, China’s real estate bubble is a larger problem than anticipated, and there is no way in which the Chinese authorities can engineer higher growth from other sectors to offset real estate, which accounts for almost 30% of the country’s GDP and was growing at double-digit rates in the past years.

Additionally, Inflation is rising all over the world due to a combination of excessive monetary policy and supply chain challenges brought by the lockdowns. Global food prices reached a new record-high, making it more difficult for the poor to navigate the crisis. Finally, large stimulus plans have delivered no significant multiplier effect. Why would 2022 be the year of the hangover? Because the signs of overheating of the global economy are multiplying. 2021 was a year of massive demand-side policies. To the effect of the re-opening, policy makers added enormous deficit-spending plans, infrastructure and current spending boosts, and a massive monetary stimulus. The triple effect of the largest monetary stimulus in years, the re-opening and enormous government spending programs have overheated the economy. It is evident in inflationary pressures, housing, indebtedness, and twin deficit imbalances in most large economies. And those effects will not be there, or at least be present in the same proportion, in 2022. 2021 was the year of binge spending. 2022 is likely to be a hangover.

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    For TAE fans in need of a bit of comedic relief – recommend the movie “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix.) It was almost made for this audience. I found it humorous, enjoyable, irreverent and full of mordant humour about our current crisis. The cast is well-chosen. The media, social media, the “science,” and political leadership and citizens (that’s us) get skewered un-mercifully. Some of the players are thinly-disguised composites of bathetic real-life characters (Hunter Biden, Bill Gates)

    It is the most un-woke, caustically funny film I have seen in years. I can’t believe Netflix made it. Or that so many Hollywood a-listers and stars went along with it. Fair warning there is quite a bit of blue humor and swearing. The lead (DiCaprio) plays an astronomer at the focus of the story. His path is touching and runs from obscurity to fame to equanimity.

    Apologies if someone here has mentioned it already.

    agree about meta-studies. They can be misguided (unintentionally) or cherry-picked as much as individual studies can be. There I go assuming the “rational actor” model for humans again, I should know better. 😀 Meta-studies work well in non-politicized topics of science. Much like Wikipedia – is still (surprise) a good resource for non-politicized topics, like the Rankine cycle or plate tectonics (wacky-doodle science nonsense theory :-D) Anything on Wiki remotely related to current events is toxic-ally bent by bad actors (probably state actors) and not even worth visiting the page.

    Figmund Sreud

    @ Mr. House: … even the sober minded no longer believe the FED

    Well, … true that. I have been trying to hear out few sober minds on FED. The best analysis – so far – I think is from Michael Pento. Following is two-parts-long interview of him. It’s well worth to consider his thinking.

    Part 1: https://youtu.be/UmHkNiuSveo
    Part 2: https://youtu.be/QMoyEiTEeSk

    … and here is his latest commentary to his clients:



    Doc Robinson

    “Notes from a call with Edward Ryan MD, Director of International Infectious Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital”

    By coincidence, Rochelle Walensky was the “chief” of Infectious Diseases at that same hospital before her political appointment by Biden to the top position at the CDC. Her expertise is HIV/AIDS, not respiratory infections.



    Robert Malone MD , originator of mRNA therapeutics,

    John Day

    Robert Malone MD is “an” originator/developer of mRNA therapeutics, not “the” developer.
    I stand corrected on that statement

    He is “the developer without a conflict of interest” as he explains.
    He’s not getting paid from profits from the products.

    those darned kids

    chooch: that’s great news (re: dr. ryan). this has me very worried.

    what happens when the money train stops for darth pfizer?

    then again, so many people have been injured from the injectable products that they’ll have clients for some time.

    later, they can market fertility treatments.


    “”Wow, I had no idea it was this bad. They’re all complete idiots,” said local HVAC repairman Joe Bob Smith who was standing outside the Supreme Court. “How could that many people in a high position of authority be that uninformed and dumb? It boggles the mind.”

    “I hope he can hold out, but it’s not looking good,” said Smith. “I mean, how did any of these judges pass middle school? Do they spend every waking hour watching CNN? Do they need to see a doctor? I just don’t understand.

    Smith was interrupted as a short yellow bus arrived to take Justice Sotomayor home.”



    “So, why is this one not working?”
    “It’s working, the infectivity is presenting exactly like the lab trials.”
    “But nobody’s dying!”
    “That’s the part we can’t predict. All the models showed that we should have gotten 5 to 9 million deaths by now..”
    “So, what went wrong.”
    “Sometimes these things happen. Our extrapolations of in-vitro experiments don’t always pan out into in-vivo field trials.”
    “So omicron is a flop, do you have anything else to deploy?”
    “You of little faith. We are just getting started on the alphabet. Some of these are sure to land on the mark. Just be patient, just don’t be a patient.”
    “Heh, good one.”

    Figmund Sreud

    Globe & Mail today – behind the paywall, so I’m just pasting it all:

    PUBLISHED JANUARY 8 2022, 8:00AM

    UPDATED JANUARY 8 2022, 9:30AM

    COVID-19 hospitalizations look different in the Omicron wave, and vaccination status is playing a part

    In early December, emergency room staff at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ont., began seeing a troubling change in patients coming to the hospital with serious COVID-19 symptoms. Unlike during earlier waves, multiple people were showing up at once. Sometimes entire families came in, all sick, likely with the newly identified Omicron variant of the virus.
    Now, the hospital’s intensive-care unit is at capacity, with 70 per cent of patients there as a result of COVID-19 infections. About 90 per cent of the COVID-19 patients in the ICU are unvaccinated, chief of staff Michel Haddad said in an interview this week. Among the hospital’s entire population of COVID-19 patients, both inside and outside the ICU, two-thirds are unvaccinated.
    In the past two weeks, the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to Bluewater has quadrupled. Meanwhile, a significant chunk of the staff – nearly five times the typical number – is on sick leave, in many cases because of Omicron. This has forced others to work double shifts and postpone holidays.
    The situation is so urgent the hospital sent an open letter this week in which it urged community members to get vaccinated and limit social contacts.
    Canada’s health care system ‘stretched too thin,’ health minister says, as hospitals grapple with Omicron wave
    Versions of this are playing out at hospitals around the country. On Friday, Ontario said 2,472 people were hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, a new provincial record. The same day, Quebec officials said more than 2,100 patients were in the hospital as a result of the disease, also a new record. The Quebec government expects that figure to reach 3,000 by mid-January.
    But this new flood of COVID-19 hospitalizations is different from those in previous waves. High vaccination rates, combined with a variant that appears to cause less severe disease than previous versions of the virus, have led to a situation where patients being admitted are often unvaccinated, and many are vaccinated but suffering from chronic health conditions that make them more vulnerable.
    Despite growing evidence that the Omicron variant is less likely to lead to severe illness requiring hospitalization or mechanical ventilation, its highly contagious nature poses a major threat.
    “There’s so many people that are infected out there that a smaller percentage of a larger number is still a big number,” Dr. Haddad said.
    Physicians say there’s no typical patient in the Omicron wave. People who are unvaccinated are much more likely to be hospitalized or end up in the ICU and experience severe outcomes. But people with compromised immune systems or other serious health problems are also being admitted.
    “What we’re seeing during this wave, I would say, is a wider spectrum of disease,” said Jessica Liu, an internal medicine physician at Toronto’s University Health Network.
    B.C. to end classroom alert for COVID-19 exposures, monitor school attendance instead
    Under a COVID-19 curfew in Montreal, a lonely doorman stands watch over an empty city
    According to the Ontario Science Table’s online dashboard, the hospital occupancy rate for the unvaccinated was 611 per million unvaccinated people in the province’s population as of Jan. 7, compared to 129 per million among those who had received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The ICU occupancy rate among the unvaccinated was 153 per million, compared to about 11 per million among those who have received at least two vaccine doses.
    It seems as though Omicron infections are leading to fewer cases of severe COVID-19-related pneumonia, compared with infections seen in earlier waves of the pandemic, said Vikram Kapoor, hospitalist and site division head at William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital.
    “It’s not a uniform pattern. It’s very specific to each individual patient and their own specific risk profile,” Dr. Kapoor said.
    For instance, many frail, elderly patients who get infected are coming to the hospital because they can no longer manage to take care of themselves, he said. In other cases, people with chronic illness, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, experience flare-ups of symptoms after a COVID-19 infection, resulting in hospitalization.
    Some people are testing positive for COVID-19 despite being admitted for something else. But from a hospital perspective, it doesn’t make much difference, because the same isolation protocols are put in place for everyone who tests positive, Dr. Kapoor said.
    At Bluewater, according to Dr. Haddad, unvaccinated ICU patients often range in age from 40 to 60. The hospital’s vaccinated COVID-19 patients include people undergoing chemotherapy and transplant recipients, he said.
    While some patients are still experiencing breathing problems and respiratory distress severe enough to require mechanical ventilation, the overall proportion of patients needing this kind of treatment appears to be less during this wave than in previous ones, said Bram Rochwerg, site lead at the Juravinski Hospital ICU in Hamilton.
    About 20 to 30 per cent of patients in the hospital’s ICU have classic COVID-19 pneumonia, Dr. Rochwerg said. Others have multiple health problems, along with COVID-19 infections.
    The less-severe nature of Omicron appears to be leading to shorter hospital stays. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said in a briefing on Thursday that the average length of a stay for a COVID-19 ICU patient has dropped from 13 days in early December to six.
    “That, to me, is a very good trend,” Dr. Moore said. He added that shorter stays will give the province more flexibility to treat higher numbers of patients.
    The stress on the hospital system is being exacerbated by the fact that many health workers are isolating or taking sick leaves because of COVID-19, while many others are off the job because of pandemic fatigue and burnout.
    Quebec health minister Christian Dubé said on Thursday that 20,000 health care workers are absent as a result of COVID-19 in the province. That’s on top of 50,000 health care workers who are on longer-term leave because pandemic burnout and other issues, he noted.
    “Everyone is exhausted in the health system,” Mr. Dubé said.


    those darned kids


    figmund: that hospital must be an outlier because according to the above (updated today): full 137, part 18, un 123.

    that’s for the entire province!

    ontario population = 14,915,270 with 278 total icu patients = 0.0019% of the population.

    run for the hills!!!!!


    Apologies if Tessa has been posted already, but I thought it prudent, as it fits with just about everything that has happened and will happen in the near future.

    “They are lying

    It’s obscene.

    We are asked to live in a reality that’s completely manufactured—and to act like slaves and snitches.

    Nonsense reigns.

    Scientific standards have been banished, and honest doctors, censored.

    Signal jamming is so heavy that it works like magic, and a lot of people have succumbed because they don’t yet know that believing liars can potentially harm them more than having to live with an uncomfortable truth.

    Wherever I look, from horizon to horizon, I see lies. “

    ” It’s like an ultimate horror movie where someone’s loved one trusts the serial killer who works as a cop assigned to the case. “


    Maxwell Quest

    I could really related to this recent Neil Oliver video… only 9 mins:


    Veracious Poet


    See def comment?
    Scroll past.
    Do not waste your time.
    Do not waste bandwidth.
    Do not engage.

    This is the way…

    Never wrestle with an misanthropic pig ~ It gets mud all over you and the pig likes it.


    Veracious Poet

    Today’s Associated Proglodyte propaganda:

    Omicron-driven COVID-19 surge spurs breakdown in basic functions, services across U.S.


    Looks like They’re preparing the herd for martial law, or perhaps at least fantasizing about it 😐

    All the best,


    P.S. Even the word monkeys in the Mother court were amazed that a partisan dunce like Sotomayer was so rapidly advanced up the chain of power, as progressive as the SDNY “reporters” were, they all shell shocked in disbelief when I told them she was Obama’s nominee (had an inside scoop) ~ The “supreme” court is now just another mechanism to sweep fascist crap under the rug, in fact I expect the mandate to be upheld to protect the corps that tyrannically applied Resident Xiden’s diktat (if for no other reason) ~ Can’t add anymore straws on the fake capitalistic power brokers’ backs, they’ve got too many balls in the air already.

    I sincerely hope I’m wrong 😐

    Doc Robinson

    Thanks tdk for the link to the latest Ontario government statistics on the vaxx status of the Covid patients in Ontario’s hospitals. A large majority of the hospitalized cases are vaxxed.

    In hospital but not the ICU:
    Unvaccinated cases 457
    Partially vaccinated cases 115
    Fully vaccinated cases 1353

    In ICU:
    Unvaccinated cases 123
    Partially vaccinated cases 18
    Fully vaccinated cases 137



    S. F.

    The globe & mail is firmly in the msm and spews the party line.

    It was so painful to read so many lies, I stopped!

    As of yesterday in Ontario 80% with covid were vaxxed! The unvaxxed were less than 13% of covid cases.


    Today’s painting.

    Yes I noticed the hunters and their dogs.

    But what I really noticed were all the people out on the frozen ponds! Playing hockey?

    those darned kids

    are they hunting the skaters?

    TAE Summary

    “Let us work,” said Martin, “without disputing; it is the only way to render life tolerable.”

    The whole little society entered into this laudable design, according to their different abilities. Their little plot of land produced plentiful crops. Cunegonde was, indeed, very ugly, but she became an excellent pastry cook; Paquette worked at embroidery; the old woman looked after the linen. They were all, not excepting Friar Giroflée, of some service or other; for he made a good joiner, and became a very honest man.

    Pangloss sometimes said to Candide:

    “There is a concatenation of events in this best of all possible worlds: for if you had not been kicked out of a magnificent castle for love of Miss Cunegonde: if you had not been put into the Inquisition: if you had not walked over America: if you had not stabbed the Baron: if you had not lost all your sheep from the fine country of El Dorado: you would not be here eating preserved citrons and pistachio-nuts.”

    “All that is very well,” answered Candide, “but let us cultivate our garden.”

    the end of Candide by Voltaire


    A large majority of the hospitalized cases are vaxxed.

    How many people in Ontario are vaccinated?


    Robert Malone MD is “an” originator/developer of mRNA therapeutics, not “the” developer.
    I stand corrected on that statement

    He is “the developer without a conflict of interest” as he explains.

    On his own twitter account bio, he referred to himself as “The inventor of mRNA vaccines and RNA as a drug, Bench to Bedside vaccines and biologics consulting.”

    You can see it here:


    Re – Where in the mouth sounds and letters are formed:

    I want to bring your attention to how important this diagram really is. As most of you already know I am basically deaf and blind from Ushers Syndrome, where the nerve cells in both the eye and ears die off over time, one by one.

    When I was younger, I was considered only hard-of-hearing. As such I learned to be a pretty good lip reader (about 50%). These days I am too blind to lip read anymore.

    Lip reading requires knowing the mouth shape and the position of the tongue that goes with each sound. Very tricky to do as multiple sounds can come from the same mouth shapes, or tongue positions, and combinations of both mouth and tongue positions.

    For example PBMW sounds/letters require the lips to close. This is very tricky for lip readers as you only have a 25% chance of guessing correctly. You need to depend upon, the length of time the lips are closed, the proceeding/following sounds, or the context to increase your odds above 25%. Hitting 50% is really hard because you can’t see the tongue’s position.

    This lip reading/hearing process requires remembering immediate past sounds while processing new incoming sounds, and then reviewing past, present, and new incoming sounds, to clarify what you thought you heard but weren’t exactly sure, and then either deciding what you heard or deciding that you still don’t know what you heard. Meanwhile you need to process new incoming sounds. Not everyone is good at mentally mulri-tasking. If your mind isn’t wired for parallel processing, the world is a really tough place.

    This lip reading/hearing proccess, requires a lot of continuos mental energy, often leaving you exhausted at the end of the day.

    Another complex aspect of hearing loss is what part of the human hearing spectrum, 0 to 15,000 hertz, your hearing loss is located. This is important for determining your ability to discriminate between different sounds. Vowel sounds like a, e, i, o, are usually below 6,000 hertz. Constance sounds like sh, ch, are above 6,000 hertz.

    For example, are we talking about kitchen or chicken? If you have lost your high frequency hearing all you might hear is “ic-en”! If you are not in the kitchen with chicken, then God help you!

    If you are wondering why most seniors lose their high frequency hearing but not their low frequency hearing it is very simple! The high frequency nerves in your ear canal, are located right next to your ear drum! Over time the hearing bones attached to your ear drum vibrate the high frequency nerves first and hardest! Naturally that is what wears out first! Your low frequency nerves are located at the other end of the ear canal so they don’t get beaten up first or as badly.

    If you were to take a picture of the nerve cells in your ear canal, you would see that each nerve cell puts up a single hair, looking like a lawn of grass. Damaged nerve cells in the ear canal look like someone trampled the grass! Once these nerve cell hairs are trampled down, they don’t pop back up!


    Only the true believers that listen to the real prophet that do not listen to the false prophets will be saved.
    (this is a line from s-f )
    What should the deaf people at TAE do?



    As of yesterday, 78% of Ontario’s adults were double vaxxed, 83% were single, double, or triple vaxxed, less than 13% were unvaxxed, 3% unknown status, and 27% were triple vaxxed.

    80% of Ontario’s covid cases were vaxxed.


    and …. can I assume that nobody knows how many people have herd immunity?



    Unfortunately deaf prophets listen to msm’s “closed” captioning!



    Unfortunately because Ontario’s health authorities have been using the latest and greatest models, they haven’t got a clue!

    Michael Reid

    But if 0.003% of the population or 3 in 100,000 are in danger, you can’t tell the whole country to stop what they’re doing and stop living their own lives and live for the sake of the 3 in 100000.

    But we have done that and worst. We have been very stupid. Is that clear now? No studies are necessary to confirm.

    those darned kids

    whoopdeedoo, at least dr. malone is fighting to save people’s lives, not herd them into injections created hastily by some of the world’s most corrupt corporations at the behest of some of the world’s most corrupt institutions in order to supposedly fight a disease about as deadly as a bad flu.

    a disease, we must remind ourselves, that was created by some of the very people who are profiting handsomely from the so-called cures.



    There is another image floating around showing just how out of bed omicron is with the previous variants. Forgot to archive it when I came across it a few days ago. There is some bio weapon speculation chatter out there but nothing really to run with. Zero Covid China makes you wonder, US being the real target in that case. Keep an eye on deaths in SA, Israel and Scandanvia. Yep, I’m wearing my tin foil hat.

    Yuri Deigin (@ydeigin) Tweeted:
    Doesn’t look like Omicron arose through human circulation. That much is obvious. Doesn’t even fit the “spent a year in an immunocompromised person” bill well. The best fit? An engineered polymutant then passaged in mice or one from serial passaging in the presence of antibodies.



    First of all, yes, obviously, something is happening. Western hospitals are full in hot spots, staff is burned out. There are worker shortages, supply issues. Commenters here and elsewhere have reported that they were/are ill from COVID or from the injection of the mRNA vaccines. I believe them because I’ve read their other comments. Yet in my tiny circle of people who I know, there are no coronavirus deaths. Also, gene therapies work. My Ex’s Christmas present was the disappearance of her tumor thanks to cancer immunotherapy.

    But this is true; “President Biden’s chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, not only isn’t trained in public health but “has interests that do not align with the public health interests of the United States,”

    Humans see the world through our brain’s representation of what it senses, memories, in an inherited framework (up down, left and right), and emotions to hopefully allow one’s survival and reproduction. Humans most importantly evolve in tribes. Culture and language allow learning instead of inventing things over and over again each new generation.

    My interpretation is that western governments have been seized by a global financial oligarchy that is so divorced from reality that it is a cult. This is the elephant in the room that TAE and the comments are trying to describe. Simply put the ruling plutocrats and purchased politicians only goal is to increase profits and their wealth no matter the consequences. mRNA vaccines make money thus they are the sole US national response to the coronavirus pandemic along with mandates to maximize the number of the injections that do not prevent transmission, appear to compromise the immune system, and cause heart inflammation in young males. The death rate of workers in Indiana in 2021 has increased by 40%.

    Democracy has disappeared. Western citizens no longer matter. Neither are they served or protected by their governments. The USA is a failed state.

    Veracious Poet

    More vaccine madness:

    Covid Vaccines in Action: Brazilian Reporter, 36, Suffers Cardiac Arrest, Collapses During Live Broadcast ~ Back on December 28, Minas went on social media to brag about how he received his booster shot in obedience to the government.

    Covid Vaccines in Action: Brazilian Reporter, 36, Suffers Cardiac Arrest, Collapses During Live Broadcast

    No jab, no job: Citigroup Inc staff in the United States who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 14 will be placed on unpaid leave and fired at the end of the month unless they are granted an exemption, according to a company memo seen by Reuters on Friday.


    V. Arnold

    @ VV
    Democracy has disappeared. Western citizens no longer matter. Neither are they served or protected by their governments. The USA is a failed state.

    I self exiled in May of 2003 based on the illegal invasion and destruction of Iraq. My last straw in the long list of U.S. aggresions across the planet.
    I did not/could not see what the future has wrought since that time. Looking back, I think the clues were all there for those smarter than I, to see our place on the world stage, failing at an increasing velocity…
    My present fears center on what the U.S. will do in reaction to the world awakened to the obvious decline…the wreckage is piling up…

    absolute galore

    WES — thanks for sharing that information on lip reading. People might think its easy because we see it but it’s just an exclamation or a short sentence, with the context obvious. The way you described it gives me real insight into just how difficult it is–and an appreciation for how exhausting it can be.

    those darned kids

    ok, this goes beyond “must watch” into the territory of “holy funk!”

    you may have heard that hospitals get 3,000$ for a covid admit, 3,000$ for vents, 30,000$ for death..

    well, try more like 350,000$ per patient.

    please, please watch: https://rumble.com/vs6tbt-aj-depriest-uncovers-the-enormous-covid-bribes.html


    “What should the deaf people at TAE do?”

    Look for a camel attempting to pass through the eye of a needle. That’s what I do anyway.


    See that attempt, it’s a false prophet.



    That is the brief image you get when the camel sticks the needle in your eye!

    Maxwell Quest

    Thanks for the DePriest link, TDK. I just downloaded a copy of the Covid-19 guidelines from the NIH website, and sure ’nuff page 33 contains the statement she pointed to in the interview.

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