Feb 182022

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Civil Liberties Group Files Court Action Against Use of Emergencies Act (CP)
Ottawa May Euthanize Truckers’ Pets As Punishment (Bexte)
Unvaccinated Truckers Delivering Vaccines, Covid Devices Exempt From Rules (TS)
Canada Reveals the Core Conflict of Our Age (McGrogan)
American Truckers to Drive From California to DC in ‘The People’s Convoy’ (ET)
‘Russiagate’ Is Indeed Worse Than Watergate (Malic)
Australia Starts Vaccine Injury Payouts (RT)
Kulldorff: ‘Science and Public Health Are Broken’ (ET)
RFK, Jr.’s ‘The Real Anthony Fauci’ Is a Record-Smashing Bestseller (CHD)
Ukraine Invasion Scheduled for Wednesday Canceled (McGovern)
Harris Flies To Europe To Help Secure Ukraine Border, Biden Stays Behind (NYP)
German Central Bank Doesn’t Rule Out Gold Revaluation (GO)





Edward Dowd





Bank accounts have already been frozen and people have been arrested, under the Emergencies Act. Which the House of Commons and the Senate must vote on first. If they vote it down, it’s null and void. But then the damage will have been done.

Civil Liberties Group Files Court Action Against Use of Emergencies Act (CP)

The federal government faced a constitutional challenge Thursday over its historic invocation of the Emergencies Act, as police began to move on protesters with large trucks paralyzing the heart of the national capital. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said using the emergencies law was a measure of last resort to bring an end to the illegal and undemocratic blockades that had harmed Canadians for nearly three weeks. He made the remarks during debate in the House of Commons over his government’s decision to use the law for the first time since its introduction in 1988. The Conservatives accused the prime minister of failing to try to de-escalate the conflict before turning to emergency powers. Trudeau said using the act was not the first, second or even third choice of the government.

“We did it to protect families and small businesses, to protect jobs and the economy,” the prime minister said. “We did it because the situation could not be dealt with under any other law in Canada.” Hours later, the federal government was told it would face court action over its decision, as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association announced it was seeking a judicial review of the government’s invocation of the act. The group said at a Toronto news conference it did not want to minimize the effects of the protests across the country, but added it was unclear that the demonstrations endanger the lives, health or safety of Canadians so seriously that they constitute a national emergency.

“The government has brought in an extreme measure that should be reserved for national emergencies, a legal standard that has not been met. Emergency powers cannot and must not be normalized,” said Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, the civil liberties association’s executive director. Police deal with complex law-enforcement issues every day and have cleared multiple border blockades across the country without emergency powers, the association said. The group’s criminal justice director, Abby Deshman, said the Emergencies Act orders do not apply only in Ottawa and actually affect the rights of every Canadian. The group believes the measures are clearly unconstitutional and it will be asking the courts to step in to defend the rule of law and the constitutional rights of all people across the country, she said.

“Local police across this country have cleared several highly disruptive border blockades and are successfully managing numerous other protesters in communities across the country, all without emergency powers,” Deshman said. Through the Emergencies Act, new powers have been granted to freeze bank accounts of protest participants and bar people from assembling in specific places or joining protests that threaten trade, critical infrastructure, individuals or property. It is also now illegal to bring children to within 500 metres of the blockades or provide supplies or property to participants. The new powers took effect earlier this week but the House of Commons and the Senate must both vote to confirm use of the emergencies law. The House debate will continue through the weekend and Monday with a vote planned for 8 p.m. ET that day. If the motion fails, the act will be suspended immediately.

[..] Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said at a news conference bank accounts had already been frozen and more will be put on hold in the coming days. But she refused to say how many, or even declare if accounts could be frozen for people who aren’t participating in the blockade but who donated to the convoy’s various online fundraisers.

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Ottawa May Euthanize Truckers’ Pets As Punishment (Bexte)

The same day that videos emerged of Ottawa and Quebec police gearing up to go after peaceful Convoy supporters in the capital, the Ottawa government has warned protesters that their pets may be confiscated following their arrest. Moreover, position statements issued by the Ottawa Humane Society reveal that they may unilaterally euthanize any animal that they deem to be “not suitable for adoption.” Arbitrary behavioral and health tests would be used to make the call. These decisions about the life of a trucker’s pet would, thus, be made without their consent or knowledge while they are imprisoned for indefinite periods of time via the Emergency Powers of the Trudeau regime.

“Attention animal owners at [the] demonstration,” Ottawa By-law writes in a Tweet. “If you are unable to care for your animal as a result of enforcement actions, your animal will [be] placed into protective care for 8 days, at your cost. After 8 days, if arrangements are not made, your animal will be considered relinquished.” As anyone with experience in pet care or animal shelters will know, “relinquishment” means that ownership of pets will be handed over to animal shelters, where the pets will be housed while awaiting a prospective owner to adopt them or to be euthanized. As Adopt-a-Pet explains, “When shelters run out of kennel space, sometimes even healthy adoptable dogs are put to sleep.

Some shelters simply don’t have the manpower to spend time with each dog, so they spend most of their time alone in a small cage… What is true at every shelter is that when you surrender a dog, what happens to him is completely out of your hands.” It isn’t clear what length of time Convoy supporters may face if arrested for peacefully protesting, but the government has been clear that it could be up to one year in prison, in addition to a possible $100,000 fine.

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“..this exemption requires a ministerial invitation and had been “rarely used.”

Unvaccinated Truckers Delivering Vaccines, Covid Devices Exempt From Rules (TS)

Unvaccinated truckers bringing COVID-19 vaccines and medical devices into Canada to combat the pandemic are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements at the border, a government order says. The exemption is due to the “urgent public health necessity” of the supplies they are transporting, Health Canada states. The government has given exemptions from testing and quarantine rules for certain people crossing the border into Canada to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. They include unvaccinated and vaccinated people invited by the health minister to help with the COVID-19 “response.”

A spokeswoman for Health Canada said in a statement that this exemption requires a ministerial invitation and had been “rarely used.” She said it had been used, for example, to help with the supply of ventilators. The exemption is one of a number set out in an order-in-council published last month that outlines decisions made by cabinet, such as regulations or appointments. Drivers dropping off students on either side of the U.S.-Canada border at a college, school or university are also exempt from quarantine and testing requirements, the order says.

The order makes clear that unvaccinated truckers are not exempt from the testing and quarantine requirement in other circumstances. They must obtain a pre-arrival COVID-19 test, quarantine and undergo COVID-19 molecular testing in Canada. The restrictions on unvaccinated cross-border truckers have caused much political debate in Canada and are ostensibly a major sticking point for the protesters camped outside Parliament Hill. But the order reveals that unvaccinated truckers can avoid the border requirements if they are transporting medical supplies, including products with a drug identification number, such as medications and vaccines authorized for use in Canada.

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“It is only the state’s power that saves and secures. And since only the state can save, it is the only legitimate source of authority..”

Canada Reveals the Core Conflict of Our Age (McGrogan)

Justin Trudeau’s confrontation with the Canadian truckers may be the single most significant event of the Covid pandemic – not because of its eventual outcome, whatever that may be, but because of what it symbolises. It captures, in perfect microcosm, the tensions between the competing imperatives of the age: freedom versus security; the rule of law versus flexible ‘responsive’ governance; the priorities of the workers versus those of the Zooming bourgeoisie; the need for real-world human interaction and belonging versus the promises of splendid online isolation; the experiences of the common man, who knows where it hurts, versus those of the professional expert class, who know nothing that cannot be expressed as a formula.

More than all of that, though, it gives us a lens through which to view a much deeper, much older conflict of much larger scope – one which underlies not just the struggles of the Covid age, but of modernity itself. On the one hand, the state, which seeks to make all of society transparent to its power. On the other, alternative sources of authority – the family, the church, the community, the firm, the farm, and the human individual herself. For centuries, the state has waged a quiet war against those competitors, and bent them to its will. It has done this not through conspiracy or deliberate strategy but merely through the single-minded pursuit, across generation after generation of political leaders, of one goal: legitimacy. Governments and other state organs derive their legitimacy, and therefore their positions of rulership, from convincing the population that they are necessary.

They do this by suggesting that without their intervention, things will go badly; left to their own devices, ordinary people will suffer. The family, the church, the community, the firm, the farm, the human individual – these are inadequate to the task of securing human well-being. That task, only the state is equipped to achieve, for only the state can keep the population educated, healthy, safe, prosperous and satisfied. Since this is the case, only the state is fit to deploy power – and only those who govern the state are fit to rule. The logic of this argument is writ large, of course, in the Covid response across the developed world. What will keep us ‘safe?’

Certainly not traditional sources of succour, such as the church or the family. Certainly not individual people, who cannot be trusted to behave responsibly or assess risks for themselves. No – it is only the state, first with its lockdowns, then with its social distancing, its mask mandates, its vaccine programs, and lately its vaccine mandates and ‘passports.’ It is only the state’s power that saves and secures. And since only the state can save, it is the only legitimate source of authority – along, of course, with its leaders.

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“I think that the truckers, when they hit the Capitol, may well wake up a large number of our representatives and senators that are kind of a little bit asleep right now,” Malone said.

American Truckers to Drive From California to DC in ‘The People’s Convoy’ (ET)

California truckers fed up with the federal government’s endless emergency powers mandating masks and vaccines are gearing up for what they hope will become a Canadian-style “freedom convoy” to Washington, D.C., and are set to roll on Interstate 40 heading east from Barstow on Feb. 23. A national group, called The People’s Convoy, is organizing the truckers who will hit the road for the nation’s capital city to demand the Emergency Powers Act be lifted, ending the mandates, according to Chris Marston, chairman of the American Foundation for Civil Liberties, a non-profit that advocates for civil liberties issues and is helping coordinate the trucker’s protest. Though previous news reports stated the convoy wouldn’t depart California until March 7, organizers now say the convoy will leave earlier than planned.

“Freedoms can’t wait,” Marston told The Epoch Times. The group said it is calling on the American people to join the “call to freedom” in the spirit of “our brave and courageous neighbors to the north—our Canadian brothers and sisters who led the charge.” The Freedom Convoy in Canada has captured international attention the last handful of weeks as hundreds of truckers have parked in protest outside Parliament in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s resignation and an end to mask and vaccine mandates. A map of the convoy’s expected route will be posted to the group’s website, Maureen Steele, a The People’s Convoy organizer, said Feb. 16 on “War Room,” a streaming political talk show and podcast hosted by former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon.

To ensure donations for the truckers won’t be frozen or routed to other causes—a problem the Canadian truckers encountered with the crowdsourcing platform GoFundMe—The People’s Convoy is taking donations directly on their website. Peter Navarro, Trump’s former economic adviser—and a regular on Bannon’s show—praised Canadian truckers for leading the charge against what he called government tyranny. “They are like the Boston Tea Party. They’re the fountainhead of a worldwide movement, which is basically on the right side of both science and economics. And we have to thank those Canadian truckers,” Navarro said. Dr. Robert Malone, a virologist, immunologist, and inventor of mRNA vaccines, who has been an outspoken critic of the federal government’s handling of the pandemic and mandates, also suggested on the show that Washington may soon see a new kind of “woke”—that supporters have called an “awakening.”

“I think that the truckers, when they hit the Capitol, may well wake up a large number of our representatives and senators that are kind of a little bit asleep right now,” Malone said.

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“..Trump-hater John Brennan actually briefed President Barack Obama in July 2016 that Clinton had signed off on a proposal to vilify Trump by “stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.”

‘Russiagate’ Is Indeed Worse Than Watergate (Malic)

On Friday, Durham filed an innocuously-titled Motion to Inquire into Potential Conflicts of Interest in the Sussmann case. The 13-page document pointed out that the legal firm representing Sussmann – Latham & Watkins LLP – previously represented his firm of Perkins Coie, its former partner Marc Elias, and the Clinton campaign, all in dealings with the Durham investigation. So far, so boring – except that the filing also lays out the role of a tech company that exploited access to Trump Tower, another Trump-owned building, a “healthcare provider,” and even “the Executive Office of the President of the United States” (EOP) in order to “mine Internet data to establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’ tying then-candidate Trump to Russia.”

While the Durham documents do not name the company or the executive, they have since been identified by the New York Times as Neustar and Rodney Joffe, respectively. Durham says Neustar was hired by the Obama administration to “access and maintain dedicated servers for the EOP as part of a sensitive arrangement whereby it provided DNS resolution services,” and had access to these servers since at least 2014. Recall that Sussmann was accused of “coordinating” the tech company’s work with the Clinton campaign, including feeding the Alfa Bank story to the FBI. He allegedly also leaked the story to the press, which then ran multiple articles about the FBI investigation – which were promoted by Clinton herself as well as her aide Jake Sullivan, now President Joe Biden’s national security adviser.

According to Durham, Sussmann also packaged the false Alfa Bank story with another claim that came from Joffe and Neustar – that Trump and his aides used “Russian-made wireless phones” at the White House – and fed it to the CIA, on February 9, 2017, almost three weeks into Trump’s presidency. Durham “identified no support for these allegations” by Joffe. Now, the FBI is not supposed to spy on Americans without a warrant, while the CIA is not supposed to spy on US soil at all. So how did these two agencies respond to these attempts to weaponize them for political purposes? Well, we know that the FBI was instrumental in the ploy to pressure Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn to resign over allegedly lying about his perfectly legitimate conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US.

As for the CIA, its then-director and confirmed Trump-hater John Brennan actually briefed President Barack Obama in July 2016 that Clinton had signed off on a proposal to vilify Trump by “stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.” Three days later, the FBI opened a probe dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane” – targeting not Clinton, but Trump.

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Same MO as the adverse effects registration sites:

“..very complicated and very hard to navigate, particularly if you’re suffering an adverse health effect..”

Australia Starts Vaccine Injury Payouts (RT)

Australians who experienced adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines have started receiving compensation, local media reported on Wednesday, though the number of people applying to the scheme is far lower than expected. Figures from Australia’s Health Department show that less than 10% of the more than 10,000 people who registered their interest in the government scheme before December have submitted claims. The no-fault indemnity scheme grants people a one-off payment ranging from AU$1,000 (US$720) to AU$20,000 (US$14,400) for lost wages or other expenses if they suffered bad reactions to Covid-19 vaccines. The conditions for application include having spent at least one night in hospital and having suffered at least AU$1,000 (US$720) in economic losses.

Services Australia has received 861 applications – including death claims – as of February 9, a Health Department spokesman told news.com.au. One case has been paid but 11 have already been withdrawn, they added. The authorities have requested further information from 225 claimants. A total of 849 “remain under consideration.” “With the indemnity scheme having only been opened for a short period of time, information on eligible claims and payment amounts is still being assessed,” the spokesman said. Shine Lawyers’ head of medical negligence, Clare Eves, said the number of claimants was “disappointing” and attributed some blame to the complex nature of the scheme’s application process.

The website the government had set up was “very complicated and very hard to navigate, particularly if you’re suffering an adverse health effect,” she said. As of February 6, Australia’s medicines regulator had registered a total of 108,000 total reports of adverse reactions, most of which were minor, believed to be as a result of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. Nearly 51.2 million total doses have been administered.

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Kulldorff: ‘Science and Public Health Are Broken’ (ET)

Dr. Martin Kulldorff is one of the most qualified public health pandemic experts in the United States. To the narrative-shapers, he’s a pariah. As a prominent epidemiologist and statistician, Kulldorff has worked on detecting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks for two decades. His methods are widely used around the world and by almost every state health department in the United States, as well as by hundreds of people at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Kulldorff has also worked on vaccine safety for decades, developing globally used methods for monitoring adverse reactions in new vaccines. His résumé on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website is 45 pages long and includes a list of 201 peer-reviewed published journal papers. His work has been cited more than 27,000 times.

Since 2003, Kulldorff worked at Harvard Medical School, first as an associate professor of population medicine and later as a professor of medicine. In November, Harvard and Kulldorff abruptly parted ways. Kulldorff prefers to keep the reasons private, but it’s hard to ignore that he placed himself in the crosshairs of the pandemic narrative early on in the “15 days to slow the spread” lockdown and has since paid the price. It’s quite something for a public health scientist at the top of his game to admit that “both science and public health are broken.” “For some reason, a public official narrative was established, and you weren’t allowed to question it—which, of course, is very detrimental, both to the pandemic and how to deal with the pandemic, because you have to have a vibrant discussion to figure out how best to deal with these things,” he told The Epoch Times.

The Swedish native said he tried to point out in March 2020 that there was a very steep age gradient on mortality for COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Kulldorff said he attempted to publish a paper both in U.S. medical journals and mainstream newspapers stating that while anyone could contract the virus, the focus should be on protecting the elderly and those at high risk. His paper was knocked back from all directions.

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…But Mainstream Media Pretends It Doesn’t Exist

RFK, Jr.’s ‘The Real Anthony Fauci’ Is a Record-Smashing Bestseller (CHD)

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s record-smashing bestseller, “The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health,” demolishes the public images — piously promoted by corporate media — of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates. Unfortunately, however, you won’t be able to read a review of Kennedy’s book in major media. That’s because the corporate establishment has circled the wagons to censor it — by pretending it doesn’t exist. But it does exist. The book surged to #1 on Amazon.com even before it hit the bookstores, and it swept the bestseller lists of the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly — none of which will even mention that the book was published, let alone review it.

It seems we are witnessing a mind-boggling first in U.S. book publishing history — when the hottest runaway bestseller of the season can’t even get its name mentioned in any major newspaper, TV or cable news program anywhere in the 50 states. Say hello to a new kind of suppression: censorship by oblivion — brazen, vicious, ugly and cowardly. This type of censorship subverts your right to make up your own mind after hearing both sides of a controversy. Instead, it simply labels the side it doesn’t like as “misinformation” and keeps you from hearing it at all. Astonishingly, given how much establishment firepower was lined up to crush this book, it is not working. Against all odds, the disturbing portrait Kennedy paints in “The Real Anthony Fauci” led the book to sell a record-breaking 110,000 copies in its first week. Through word of mouth, sales have reached more than 900,000 copies.

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“Biden made this commitment to Putin during the telephone call of Dec. 3..”

Ukraine Invasion Scheduled for Wednesday Canceled (McGovern)

At yesterday’s press conference, Chancellor Scholz at times played straight man for Putin, calling the announcement of the Russian troop pullback a “good signal” and agreeing that diplomatic options are “far from exhausted”, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had reported to Putin on Monday. Here’s what’s important (and was given appropriate prominence in AP’s reporting). Putin at the presser with Scholz: “… as [Lavrov] reported yesterday, the [US and NATO] responses still contain a number of considerations that we are not only ready to discuss but that we have actually suggested to our partners over the years. I am referring to our proposals on European security, certain weapons systems, notably, intermediate and shorter-range missiles, and military transparency. We are ready to continue this joint work. …

So far, the NYT has omitted that statement by Putin, which, coming yesterday together with the troop pullback, is highly significant. That the Times “forgot” to include it is yet another sign that even the most sensible, rudimentary negotiations on key matters of concern to Russia will be resisted tooth and nail by the MICIMATT (Military-Industrial-Congressional-MEDIA-Academia-Think-Tank) complex in which the NYT is right there in the middle, the fulcrum – the key “M.” Still, some Times editor apparently insisted on slipping in the important acknowledgment by Mr. Biden today that: “Neither the US or NATO have missiles in Ukraine. We do not, do not have plans to put them there as well.” [Emphasis added.] Biden made this commitment to Putin during the telephone call of Dec. 30 that Putin had urgently requested. It amounts to a major concession and enabled Moscow to conclude that at least one or two of Biden’s retinue – or Biden himself – have their heads screwed on right.

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Harris Flies To Europe To Help Secure Ukraine Border, Biden Stays Behind (NYP)

Vice President Kamala Harris set off Thursday on a peace mission to Europe as Russia appeared to accelerate preparations for an invasion of Ukraine — undeterred by her failure to resolve the ongoing US-Mexico border crisis as President Biden’s point person on illegal immigration. About two hours after Harris departed DC to attend the Munich Security Conference, Biden emerged from the White House and said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin will launch an invasion of Ukraine “within the next several days.” As Harris flew east to Germany, Biden traveled west to Lorain, Ohio, to talk about fixing Great Lakes pollution through his three-month-old bipartisan infrastructure law — prompting his aides to insist the jaunt wouldn’t distract him from the potential outbreak of the largest and deadliest conflict in Europe since World War II.

“I doubt [Putin’s] sitting back at the Kremlin right now shaking because Kamala Harris is over there,” Rep Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in an interview with Newsmax TV Wednesday. “She couldn’t pour something out of a boot if there were instructions written on the heel,” Burchett added. “She can’t even find our southern border, much less the Ukrainian border. This is a joke, this is a travesty.” Biden tapped Harris in March to stem illegal immigration across the southern border, but the crisis only got worse, with a record-breaking 1.9 million arrests in 2021. Critics blame lax Biden administration enforcement policies, but Harris defended her work last month in Honduras, saying addressing the “root causes” of illegal immigration wouldn’t have an effect “overnight.”

The vice president’s performance on the US border crisis received bipartisan blowback, including from Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who said in December, “She was tasked with that job, [but] it doesn’t look like she’s very interested in this.”

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“[Banca D’Italia] can also continue to absorb debt, say, an additional €500 billion euros, and then revalue gold times ten.”

German Central Bank Doesn’t Rule Out Gold Revaluation (GO)

When the gold price rises the value of the gold on the asset side of a central bank’s balance sheet increases. At the same time, on the liability side of the balance sheet an equal increase will be recorded in what is referred to as a “revaluation account.” A gold revaluation account, which effectively has no limit, registers the unrealized gains on gold. An example: the German central bank owns 3,359 tonnes of gold, which was purchased for €8 billion euros. Currently the gold is worth €173 billion euros, creating a gold revaluation account of €165 billion euros (173 – 8).*

While researching this subject I asked the German central bank (the Bundesbank, or “BuBa” in short) if it’s possible to use gold’s revaluation account to write off bad debt. I tend to aim such questions at the Bundesbank because they always respond very quickly. I’m aware that Italy’s government debt is the elephant in the room, but these countries are part of the same monetary union and Germany is the main guarantor of the E.U. Recovery Fund (Next Generation EU). BuBa replied that according to the prevailing accounting rules any unrealized gains in gold can only be used for unrealized losses in gold, not for losses in assets such as U.S. dollars or European bonds.

[..] They could have just said no, but they didn’t. They replied that, “at this stage, we prefer not to speculate” about changing the accounting rules and revalue gold to write off bad debt. Meaning, they don’t rule out this possibility. Also note, BuBa writes that “in general” the accounting rules are set “by the ECB Governing council in accordance with the limits set by the European Treaties.” Implying that there are exceptions. Why did BuBa write this to me? Possibly, this was a signal for the market to revalue gold, saving BuBa the hassle of doing it themselves (printing money to buy gold). As a reminder, former Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann wrote in 2018 that gold is “the bedrock of stability for the international monetary system.” A comment that is anything but discouraging investors from buying gold and driving up its price.

Weidmann added that gold is a “major anchor underpinning confidence in the intrinsic value of the Bundesbank’s balance sheet.” If gold is underpinning confidence in BuBa’s balance sheet, why wouldn’t it underpin confidence in investors’ balance sheets? It’s impossible to furnish the Italian government substantial debt relief without revaluing gold. Italy’s government debt is €2.7 trillion euros, of which is €600 billion euros is held by the Italian central bank (Banca D’Italia, or BDI). BDI’s gold revaluation account is currently over €100 billion euros, so the gold price has to be multiplied by approximately five for BDI to be able to write off its domestic government bonds. Though, BDI can also continue to absorb debt, say, an additional €500 billion euros, and then revalue gold times ten.

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    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle February 18 2022]


    Geert’s latest:

    “The widely held belief that during the course of a pandemic viruses tend to become more infectious but less virulent is a myth—one kept alive by those who don’t understand the evolutionary dynamics of a pandemic.”



    Dr. D

    “Nation Prepares to Celebrate 2nd Anniversary of Two Weeks to Flatten the Curve” –BBee

    Again, IS the Babylon Bee, but no, that is not a joke. That’s just headlines. We live in a world you can’t parody.

    “Harris Flies to Europe to Help Secure Ukraine Border, Biden Stays Behind (NYP)”

    See what I mean?

    By the way, “Which borders?” I read a long article on “Ukraine’s borders.” Ukraine historically barely has borders, they shift every 20 years. But Biden, Blinken and Nod are now causing nuclear war to solidly enforce RUSSIA’S borders, since it was the attacks and arbitrary decrees of Soviet dictators like Stalin that established these borders. So go Brandon, supporting Stalin and Socialism to the death once again. Actually, if you want history, we should erase Poland as a nation under this same principle, which are less solid than Ukraine’s borders. See what I mean? So this is all political, about power, and nothing to do with people or borders, right? Can we just admit that now?

    “Finnish MP Criminally Charged after Quoting Bible”

    And I thought we went over the horizon to madness and oppression years ago. But there are still new levels to find. So…is reciting history a crime now? Actually yes. Same reason Huck Finn, etc were outlawed or worse. “History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right” — George Orwell

    And shoots your dog.

    So Predictable… Latest Propaganda Claims Liberty Activists Are Russian Pawns”

    Not new, every day, but it strikes me: so an oppressive dictatorship (according to them) is travelling worldwide supporting freedom and liberty and speech? That’s your story? Okay, one: If so, why would we stop them? And two: what was that about “a house divided cannot stand”? Three: Am I going to be arrested for quoting that? Or just have my bank cut off?

    “Man Donates to Truck Convoy under Name ‘Hunter Biden’ So Washington Post Won’t Dox Him” – BBee

    “Biden’s $770B Pentagon Budget Proposal Denounced as “Absurd” by Progressive Dems”

    Well good, and that’s a switch to see them not pro-war, but … “Inflate or die.” A TRILLION a year, for this ONE thing alone. Does this cause the 20% inflation we’re experiencing now? Yes? Does that kill all poor people? Yes? Would a rounding error on that cure all homelessness and fix all the water in the U.S.? Yes?

    Trudeau Having Difficulty Teaching Canadian Mounties to Goose-Step” –BBee

    Or not, sadly. But now they all know Canada is not a democracy and like us, hasn’t been for years. They plant guns on protestors, arrest them, take their dogs and put their children in cages, shut off their bank accounts in the winter so they will starve and freeze. Pure love! Helping!

    So…no one is going to lose faith in government over this? No one is going to pull half their bank funds out of TD for this? Now this may be a slow-roll, but um, did you not know that modern states are a bank-government symbiants, where confidence is the sole bolt holding it all together? And you want to pull a pin that undermines all three in a single blow? “Did these guys go to bad governance school?”

    So they’re trying to undermine confidence in the bond market when rates have doubled in the last six months, doubling their already astronomical interest payments? I mean clearly like the chimps in “2001” they do not know how this machine works. Or as Willy Wonka says, “No. Don’t. Stop.”

    Or, put another way, “Go Bitcoin”. I mean unless you have another money that doesn’t rest on confidence and legitimacy of governments that kidnap your pets and shoots them for bad facebook posts.

    The kind of lost legitimacy that gives a $1,000 one-time payment for a mandated lifelong injury, while the corporation merged with the state mandate gets $50B a year in profit. You go with that. I’ll sit over here and watch.


    The Geert article while not an easy read is sobering. A pity it won’t register with the vaccine fanatics. Looking at you Jacinda et al.



    Let’s be honest, the truckers and their supporters are guilty of the worst possible crime. Like Julian Assange, they have embarrassed those in power.


    There are a bit too many of there around, but this is well done.



    It’s too bad Canada has a little boy for a leader whose ego is so fragile he can’t simply admit he was wrong and end all mandates – like what is being done in a dozen European countries. To take this a step further and imagine Dictator Trudeau – oops! there goes my breakfast!

    After a decade of revolutionary chaos, Napoleon made himself Emperor and had the support of citizens because he gave them back law and order. One may question the value of that but, at least he gave people something. Consequently he ruled for over a decade.

    Mussolini went after the Mafia. he even made Italy’s trains run on time! That might not seem like much to us but it was good enough for him to rule 2 decades. Had he stayed out of the war he could have lasted as long as Franco.

    Hitler even built the autobahn. Like the others, he did improve people’s lives enough to justify his early rule.

    Will the reign of First Citizen Justin last a dog’s life or longer? Don’t bet on it. The problem with our modern rulers is that what they see as an advantage to allow them to rule uber alles, is actually their greatest weakness. With complete control of the media they can dictate reality to people. Why take the trouble to improve people’s lives when you can simply lie that you improved their lives? Thus they continue to provide people with less than nothing while becoming further lost in their own echo chamber. They’ll maintain the support of people they can bribe – gvt workers and pensioners. Oh dear, they’re also eroding the value of the currency they bribe people with. Okay some special citizens will get, eventually, worthless paper, while the rest of us get to shake our heads in dismay.

    If one steps back they can see this is another stage in the economic collapse. It’s unfortunate that our rulers have decided to turn that into a civilisation collapse. They won’t win, however everyone losing isn’t much of a consolation.

    Veracious Poet


    The ongoing mass vaccination campaigns are a threat to our human species. Vaccine mandates and immunologic discrimination are, therefore, a crime against humanity and will undoubtedly be referred to as such in the history of mankind.

    Some of us, like Geert, have noticed that those charged with protecting the current crop of “humanity” from “crimes” are no where to be found, thus the statement “referred to as such in the history of mankind”.

    What a sad state of affairs & a $hitty time to be alive, what with psychopaths like Fauci et al. granted license to inflict so much damage, suffering & death upon so many…

    I hope someone is left after this reckoning to record & learn NOT to allow mental cases to accumulate + wield so much wealth & power,



    The Ukraine fiasco is blinding to some other actual military things going on globally. China and Russia have agreed to have each others backs quietly in the background over the past months/years. There is a real Russian military build up happening in Syria that seems as if it is going unnoticed. Hmm? So you have China starting to look hard at US control of the shipping in the pacific and now with Russia setting up camp, that may have the ability to sway/control the mediterranean, and already has an overly large piece of the energy mix in Europe the “west” may well have already fallen. Check out what Alexander says starting around the 29:00 minute mark. If there is any chance this plays out the real panic and confusion has yet to start. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Y_DD7t2uA

    Mister Roboto

    “That’s just headlines. We live in a world you can’t parody.”

    About 2003, about William Gibson:

    “In 2001, the glamour of the Net has faded somewhat. But at the same time, technological change has raced forward so fast that the cyberpunk visions of just 10 or 15 years ago are now passé. In “No Maps” Gibson acknowledges that the pace of change — and the fundamental absurdity of the change — makes it increasingly challenging to do what he does, to imagine a future somehow off-kilter from the present. He recalls another writer sending him a note with the news that Michael Jackson had married Lisa-Marie Presley. “This makes your work harder,” read the note.”


    “he even made Italy’s trains run on time! ”

    Here I am, bubble-bursting, but my understanding is that the “trains on time” thing is mostly a myth. Probably based on some wag expressing via metaphor the fact that there was certainly some increased order and efficiency from Mussolini’s early rule.

    Mister Roboto

    In stark contrast, this commentator on Unherd makes a compelling case for why he thinks the truckers will not prevail.


    Today’s Picasso strikes me as being perfectly between his earlier, conventional, more easily enjoyed/understood work, and his later, more demanding, cubist space-time anomaly work.

    Here, the “cubism” (what a dumb name, eh?) works to bring out the woman’s personality perhaps better than a more directly representational approach would, per my eyes.

    This is a nifty quick sample overview of Picasso’s mature phases as an artist:



    From Mr. Roboto’s link to ‘Why Truckers Will Lose’:

    “The drivers of Right-wing populism — divisive racial preferentialism, permissive immigration policy, a widespread sense of the loss of control — are thus not present in Canada. In other countries, pandemic restrictions may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, the latest in a long line of elite excesses that long predated Covid-19.”

    Well then. Hands-on (populist) right wingers are not right-wing populists if they’re not a) racist, b) obsessed with borders, and c) disturbed by the decay of democracy into tyranny (per usual). There are surely no other issues concerning RWPops. Not mandatory injections of mysterious toxic potions or just plain atrocious governance ruining a once pretty nice nation. That doesn’t bother them?

    Getting paid to write for the public good is an invitation to corruption by vanity, greed, lust, addiction, and simple inability to comprehend what’s happening. The idea of a professional 4th estate or whatever is like that of being a professional democrat or republican (not per the partisan definition but the ideological one). Being PAID to be a citizen is not good for the cause of liberty (whatever that is*).

    *like the judge said about porn many decades ago in a court decision regarding censorship (paraphrase alert): “I can’t define it in words but I know it when I see it.”


    Masking little people – they know they damage done to early childhood development.



    Imagine, the liberty convoy moves from the front of parliament before monday. The vote on the “Act” is monday.
    Take a Guess, will the vote for the “Act”, pass?

    The trucker win because :
    1. the world has noticed.
    2. The mandates are ending
    3, The ruling snobs will realized that they are standing on quicksand if they pass the “Act” when the convoy has been displaced from “the red zone”

    Doc Robinson

    • Australia Starts Vaccine Injury Payouts

    The US hasn’t yet made any payments for Covid vaxx injury claims, according to the latest update (from .GOV).
    None, zip, zero.

    As of January 1, 2022, the CICP has not compensated any COVID-19 countermeasures claims.

    Alleged COVID-19 Countermeasure Claims Filed as of January 1, 2022…
    Of the 6,155 COVID-19 countermeasure claims, 3,321 allege injuries/deaths from COVID-19 vaccines and 2,834 allege injuries/deaths from other COVID-19 countermeasures.



    Attitudes change with time and social conditions and these are changing now at rates that are quite astonishing. The link below is interesting for that reason only.

    “When will human beings go extinct? Perhaps sooner than we first predicted
    Britons are less sure than they were that humanity is here to stay. The number of those who believe human beings will never die out has dropped by seven points since 2016 to 23%.”


    The link below, if you just scroll the headlines, does give those changes above some reasons to ponder.

    18th Feb 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News


    Would the world look any different if it was run by “Organized Crime”?

    I woke up laughing this morning- I was dreaming I was reading a book call “All Lies: the Story of the First Chinese Supreme Court Justice”. (Kinda more of a ZH joke.)

    Three laugh-out-louds already today. Great all-over-the-place post today RIM.


    A friend of mine died of covid today. Not super close but she was real nice. Unvaxxed, 64 a little over weight but healthy.
    Sad day.


    Will the truckers “win”? Well, I know this: they haven’t lost. They’ve already scored major hits in many directions. Wars are rarely won by one battle although they often end with one last decisive one.

    John Day

    Addressing yesterday’s topics late:

    Jordan Peterson: He advised Canadian protesters to go home with things as they now stand, before getting arrested, and let the political machine work in their behalf, since they have made their point.
    This may be helpful advice for the faint-of-heart, but anybody at the protests already got all the memos.
    I would not look at second order effects right now. The first order effect is to support the tyranny by reducing opposition numbers on the ground. The tyrants cannot deal with the numbers as they now stand. Standing firm helps force the tyranny to change course or fail ignominiously.

    Tulsi Gabbard: She was once (not for 7 years, as per Doc Robinson) a promising WEF protege, but she went to mideast wars in a medical unit twice. She is an Army Reserve officer. She has called “bullshit” and resigned a DNC position over the defrauding of Sander/Sanders-voters. She has diverged while in the Democratic Party, and shot down Harris in the September (or so) 2019 debate, shot her down in flames, made her stumble and burble on camera, Tulsi has released her moorings to the DNC. She is clearly principled, and speaks eloquently, and to core constitutional issues which define the American Republic, and she looks straight at the camera, as she looked unwaveringly into my eyes when I explained HCQ for COVID to her 3/2/20 in Austin (image on blog) https://www.johndayblog.com/2020/03/six-billion-doses.html She listened intently to my entire explanation. I have watched her politically since 2010, when I was working in Hawaii. I saw that she was principled. This struck me as unusual. I have watched her intently. She has been consistent and reliable.
    For “Great Man” leader in the next “First Turning”, I nominate Tulsi Gabbard. If Trump runs in 2024, with her in VP position, and wins, it means regime change has happened, because “they” would have been defeated in the present and for the foreseeable future by this one-two-punch.


    Germ: “
    Instead of highlighting the harmful effects 😷s & lockdowns have had on children, the CDC just lowered the bar for milestones.”

    Right now, children who are language delayed as toddlers can start receiving services to remediate the problem at no cost to the parents, provided by the public schools. My twin sons started going to free preschool due to language delays a couple months before turning 4 years old. I can’t help but wonder whether this will change the criteria used to determine whether a preschooler is language delayed? If so, that is awful.


    Make of this what you may, but wouldn’t make the arrests illegal since they were done with the thought that they would be backed up when the writ goes through, assuming it would get through the senate.



    There is also the timing of it all.

    those darned kids

    during the last two years, we have lost faith in:





    these people were previously the pillars of our society, acting to counterbalance the nefarious acts of politicians, lawyers, judges, big media and ceo’s.

    they have now been replaced by:






    those darned kids

    so, they close parliament today even though it has been open this entire time.

    tomorrow’s headline:


    D Benton Smith

    Kunstler’s latest , which is well worth the read (here https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-unmasking/ ) concludes with the statement and promise :

    “Stand by, now, to find out who has been behind all this deadly mischief. We
    will rip off their masks and the rule of law will be restored.”

    Personally, I believe that he will be good to his word and deliver the goods…when it’s safer.

    Meanwhile I strongly advise that you do not idly “stand by” waiting for the cavalry.

    There is work to do, and you know what it is and who has to do it.

    You have to go find some Truths and then tell somebody.

    You will find it somewhere between digitalized nihilistic materialism and Magic Healing Crystals.

    Hint : it’s closer to the crystals than it is to the aetheists.

    If you have to choose between Sam Harris and David Icke, leave Sam to knowing more and more about less and less, and go rave with Dave.

    those darned kids

    “go rave with Dave.”

    This is pretty ravey to this squarehead old wannabe hipster:

    Ravin with David

    those darned kids

    FDA says parents should avoid certain powdered baby formula after reports of 4 bacterial infections



    Yeah, Kunstler sells false political hope. You can surely nail him on that one, DBS. It is a self-evident pattern. Is it sincere or phony? That’s unknown.

    Just at the time when solidarity is needed, we’re discarding some of our favorite go-to gurus and leaders because they’re not perfect human beings, which in these cases, usually means “lousy rat traitor”, which is hardly justified factually although the venting may be healthy for a fellow.

    We know what we know, and don’t know what we don’t know. 2+2=4


    Concerning the Geert post-

    Radagast was on this back in December.
    In today’s post, he says:
    “Because of the mass vaccination campaign, we become more susceptible to infection, more susceptible to rapid reinfection and in the long run, the vaccines also cause the individual infections themselves to become more severe.
    “You should expect to see the first signs of this process begin to emerge and lead to disturbingly high levels of hospitalizations in Israel and Denmark in the weeks ahead. Denmark will be first and then followed by Israel, as Israel has again decided to kick the can down the hall by giving people a fourth injection with the exact same vaccine, based on an extinct old variant.”


    Well, I transcribed Jordan Peterson’s 2:30 video with arthritic fingers reeling from a fresh parrot bite, edited one eentsy thing, and it’s gone forever.. I’ll do it again when my fingers aren’t so sore (I have a book to write now and need them for that), but I’ll do it again later to support what I say to Doc Day now regarding his claim that JP is urging people to quit and go home: NO.HE.ISN’T. If you diagnosed patients with the level of attention by which you’ve ‘diagnosed’ JP as a traitor, you’d be drowning in malpractice lawsuits, Doc.

    You’re talking unsubstantiated smack, Doc. Slinging your own shit and blaming the mess on others.


    Gated communities
    Look at Ottawa police actions.
    Preview of our future
    How the elites, gov. workers will protect themselves from the rebels, demonstrators, riffraff, blue collar workers, starving poor

    D Benton Smith


    I’m not saying to toss Kunstler onto the scrap heap. He has helped a little, and every little bit helps.

    What I’m saying is to hold that show-off’s feet to the fire and insist that he put up or shut up.

    If it so happens that this process roasts his feet off all the way up to his hip replacements then it’s on him.


    “I’m not saying to toss Kunstler onto the scrap heap. He has helped a little, and every little bit helps.

    What I’m saying is to hold that show-off’s feet to the fire and insist that he put up or shut up.”

    I know. My earlier critique was simply: just don’t go talking unsubstantiated smack about a man, especially one who has been so helpful in this Peak Oil/TEOTWAWKI info-struggle.

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