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 February 21, 2022  Posted by at 9:30 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,

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Biden And Putin Accept Macron’s Proposal (RT)
Biden-Putin Peace Summit Certain to Bring Nobel Peace Nomination (CTH)
Ukraine DM: Low Probability of Major Escalation With Russia (Antiwar)
Europe Has Next To No Gas Left – Gazprom (RT)
New World Order Desperate as Plan Falls Apart – Martin Armstrong (USAW)
The Next Step for the World Economic Forum (Koops)
The Great Reset Becomes The Great Awakening (Luongo)
Why People Believe Wrong Things: A Response to Reader Critiques (Eugyp)
The CDC Isn’t Publishing Large Portions of the Covid Data It Collects (NYT)
Scientists Reluctant to Study Vaccine Side Effects, Notes Top Journal (DS)
American Truckers Are Launching The People’s Convoy (Malone)
Ottawa Mayor Wants To Sell Confiscated Freedom Convoy Trucks (RT)
US Congresswoman Proposes Asylum For Canadian Protesters (RT)
A Social Credit System Arrives in Canada (Sacks)
Trudeau to Make Surveillance Powers over Financial Transactions Permanent (NR)
Eric Adams Admits That Vax Mandates Don’t Work, But Won’t Change Them (NYP)





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“..such a meeting “can only be held at the condition that Russia does not invade Ukraine,” the Elysee palace added”

Biden And Putin Accept Macron’s Proposal (RT)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Joe Biden have both agreed in “principle” to hold a meeting to halt escalation of conflict in Ukraine, the Elysee Palace said in a statement on Sunday night. Emmanuel Macron “proposed a summit to be held between President Biden and President Putin and then with relevant stakeholders to discuss security and strategic stability in Europe,” according to the statement. “Presidents Biden and Putin have both accepted the principle of such a summit,” it added. However, such a meeting “can only be held at the condition that Russia does not invade Ukraine,” the Elysee palace added. The “substance” of the summit, should it take place, will be prepared by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during their meeting expected on Thursday, February 24.

While the Kremlin has yet to issue a comment, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that President Biden “accepted in principle a meeting with President Putin following [Blinken-Lavrov] engagement, again, if an invasion hasn’t happened.” French President briefed his US counterpart on Sunday evening on his talks with Vladimir Putin of Russia and Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, in a call that reportedly lasted only 15 minutes on Sunday evening. In a call with Putin earlier on Sunday, Macron offered to mediate talks in the so-called Normandy Format “in the next few hours” to secure a ceasefire along the line of contact in the disputed region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin confirmed that “the two leaders agreed to maintain contact at various levels,” but did not provide any specific details on such plans.

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“..they must take the manufactured crisis to the brink of thermonuclear war, so that Joe Biden can save the world and be seen as this legendary diplomat.”

Biden-Putin Peace Summit Certain to Bring Nobel Peace Nomination (CTH)

To understand why there has been so much escalating rhetoric about Russia going to invade Ukraine at any moment, you must realize the intent. The motives of the crisis narrative are crystal clear. Everything about the Russia invasion of Ukraine has to be increasingly imminent, horrible and loomingly catastrophic for the planet, so that when it doesn’t happen the glorious victory for Dear Leader Biden can be proclaimed and amplified from the mountaintops. Russia has absolutely no plan to invade Ukraine and doesn’t even have a role in this theatrical production from the White House. The way the game is played; and believe me, everything about this is a game; they must take the manufactured crisis to the brink of thermonuclear war, so that Joe Biden can save the world and be seen as this legendary diplomat.

In the annals of U.S. historym there has never been such an important summit. The nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, that Ron Klain wants in this mid-term election year, is dependent on magnanimous and strategic Biden overcoming all geopolitical odds to save the world. Everything is carefully planned and scripted with a ‘this’, then ‘that‘ approach toward sequencing. Earlier today, the Sunday news talk shows were filled with pending invasion rhetoric. Putin was mere moments away from a massive army entering Ukraine. The smells of heavy diesel loomed in the valleys as the thundering sound of tank tracks approached ever closer. Dark men with black weapons were beating drums and carrying the flag of Mother Russia, as millions were seen marching by U.S. spy satellites in the region.

The birds all fled as the sounds of the battle groups began converging on the Ukraine border. “The Russians are coming; The Russians are coming” one lad shouted to the CNN crew as he whizzed by on his bicycle, trying to peddle fast while carrying a bag of sausages for his sullen and sickly grandparents in eastern Ukraine. CBS David Martin and Margaret Brennan reported {link} the Russian generals were informing their troop commanders of the invasion plans. CNN then broke into the news cycle quoting three sources {link} “saying that the US has intelligence indicating that orders have been sent to Russian commanders to proceed with an attack on Ukraine.” Things looked really bad just before noon…

Everything within the game needs to be looming on the precipice of crisis in order for it to have maximum impact when it doesn’t happen. However, it was always never going to happen, because it is pretend. It is all a big performance, a ruse, built on a completely manufactured scenario they know will never happen… because the White House is making it up.

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“Ukraine’s own assessment is clearly far afield of America’s.”

Ukraine DM: Low Probability of Major Escalation With Russia (Antiwar)

Ukraine DM Oleksii Reznikov told parliament on Friday that there is a low probability of any major escalation with Russia. He added that Ukraine intelligence sees every move made in the area. Tensions at the Russia-Ukraine border have been ongoing, with several Western nations repeatedly predicting a huge war. Ukraine has chided those nations for causing a panic. Predictions of such a conflict go back years, and while previous Ukraine officials had similar pessimism about it, more recently officials see a lot more chance for diplomacy. President Biden again predicted a Russian invasion Friday, noting a Russian offer to talk later this month and suggesting there’d be no point if invasion happens first. Ukraine’s own assessment is clearly far afield of America’s.

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Gazprom has honored all contracts.

Europe Has Next To No Gas Left – Gazprom (RT)

Underground gas storage facilities (UGS) in Europe were 95.3% empty as of February 17, Russia’s state energy giant and major gas exporter Gazprom said on Saturday, citing data from Gas Infrastructure Europe. This means that Europe now has only 4.7% of its gas reserves left for the remainder of the winter season. The volume of active gas in storage facilities is 21% or 8.3 billion cubic meters less compared to the same time last year. In total, 44.8 billion cubic meters have already been withdrawn from Europe’s UGS this winter. According to Gazprom, gas reserves in underground storage facilities in Ukraine are also at a minimum, having dropped to 10.6 billion cubic meters, which is 45% less than last year. Also, earlier this week, authorities in Germany, which has one of the largest underground storage capacities in Europe, reported a plunge in storage volumes to historically low levels compared to previous years.

The European Union, however, this week claimed that its supplies were sufficient to last several more weeks in the event that Russia stops its gas flow to the bloc amid tensions over Ukraine. Russian gas supplies to European countries had already started to fall in mid-2021, and the decline accelerated at the beginning of 2022. Gazprom, however, repeatedly insisted that it is still supplying Europe with gas in strict accordance with existing contracts. Despite this, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Saturday called Gazprom’s supply policy intentionally harmful. “Gazprom is consciously trying to store and deliver as little as possible while prices and demand are skyrocketing,” she said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference, as quoted by Anadolu news agency.

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“The financial system has come to an end.”

New World Order Desperate as Plan Falls Apart – Martin Armstrong (USAW)

Legendary financial and geopolitical cycle analyst Martin Armstrong thinks the New World Order’s so-called “Great Reset” plan for humanity is falling apart, and the globalists are becoming increasingly “desperate.” Armstrong explains, “They are basically desperate at this stage. I don’t think they anticipate the amount of resistance that they are getting. It’s not just with the truckers in Canada, but this is starting everywhere. There has been an awful lot of resistance consistently that the press does not cover in virtually every city throughout Europe. . . . . They never step out and talk to the people because we are too stupid to actually have an opinion. They know better. This is what Klause Schwab does. He is far more sophisticated than people realize.

He has methodically gone out and created his young global leaders. He is basically sticking people in government positions that are loyal to him. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau is one of them. . . . They think communism is a step up, and the last time this was attempted, it led to the death of 200 million people. This is absurd. . . . You are not allowed to think freely. That’s what communism really is. . . . You don’t realize this whole thing we are going through right now is the same thing. This is cancel culture. Someone said something I don’t like, and that was 20 years ago, so cancel them. This is exactly what took place in communism. You are destroying the right to speak freely.” The so-called “Great Reset” is all about control and tyranny. Armstrong says, “Just look at Canada. Trudeau is one of Klaus Schwab’s young global leaders. The worst countries have leaders that have graduated from his school. Make everybody comply, and if they don’t, crush them to the ground.”

The only good news is, according to Armstrong and his “Socrates” computer analysis, this is “not going to work out well for the globalists pushing communism.” Armstrong says, “With Karl Marx, at the time, people owned nothing. Schwab is saying, ‘You will own nothing and you will be happy.’ This is absurd because what you are doing is creating a fake image. Schwab is saying I am going to relieve you of all your debt. . . . That is a front because the government has gone to the point of no return. What you have to understand here is it is really the government that has to default. What I have said is, look, governments are going to have to default because this is no longer sustainable.” Armstrong predicted last year, “The financial system has come to an end.”

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A WEF overview. Can you still get elected anywhere without being a member?

The Next Step for the World Economic Forum (Koops)

If I give you the names of the following people – Biden, Trudeau, Ardern, Merkel, Macron, Draghi, Morrison, Xi Jinping – what do you think that they have in common? Yes, they are all pampered and stumble over themselves, but that is also not the connection. One can see very quickly that these names certainly connect to lockdown countries and individuals who have ignored their own laws and/or tried in some way to usurp them. But, there is more to it than that and I will give a hint by providing a link with each name. Joseph Biden, President, United States Boris Johnson, PM of United Kingdom Jacinda Ardern, PM of New Zealand Angela Merkel, Former PM of Germany Emmanuel Macron, President of France Justin Trudeau, PM of Canada Xi Jinping, CCP Leader, China Mario Draghi, PM of Italy Scott Morrison, PM of Australia

They are all associated with the World Economic Forum (WEF), a “nonprofit” private organization started (in 1971) and headed by Klaus “You will own nothing and be happy” Schwab and his family. This is a private organization that has no official bearing with any world governance body, despite the implication of the name. It could just as well have been called the “Church of Schwabies.” The WEF was the origin of the “Great Reset” and I would guess that it was the origin of “Build Back Better” (since most of the above names have used that term recently). If you think that the WEF membership ends with just leaders of countries, here are a few more names: Gavin Newsom, Governor of California Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State Anthony Fauci, Director NIAID Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House .

Allow me to introduce more of the WEF by giving a list of names for the Board of Trustees. Al Gore, Former VP of the US Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action T. Shanmugaratnam, Seminar Minister Singapore Christine Lagarde, President, European Central Bank Ngozi Okonja-Iweala, Director General, WTO Kristalian Georggieva, Managing Director, IMF Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Minister of Canada Laurence Fink, CEO, BlackRock

You can see a cross section of political and economic leaders on the board. The leader of the organization, that is the leader of the Board, is still Klaus Schwab. He has built an impressive array of followers. If you want to really see the extent of influence, go to the website and pick out the corporate name of your choice; there are many to choose from: Abbott Laboratories, Astra-Zeneca, Biogen, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Serum Institute of India, BASF, Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Blackrock, CISCO, Dell, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Zoom, Yahoo, Amazon, Airbus, Boeing, Honda, Rakuten, Walmart, UPS, Coca-Cola, UBER, Bank of China. Bank of America. Deutsche Bank, State Bank of India, Royal Bank of Canada, Lloyds Banking, JP Morgan-Chase, Equifax, Goldman-Sachs, Hong Kong Exchanges, Bloomberg, VISA, New York Times, Ontario (Canada) Teacher’s Pension Plan

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“That’s what the State is folks, violence. Always has been. This is why Klaus Schwab and his minions like Trudeau, Arden and others will fail.”

The Great Reset Becomes The Great Awakening (Luongo)

The reality is that Arden and Trudeau are both hanging on by a thread because public opinion already turned against them. The only thing propping Trudeau up at this point is the shock at the speed he has escalated events. That shock will wear off very soon. If parliament doesn’t act to limit/censure or simply get rid of this guy, Canadians will have a much bigger problem on their hands. Too many Canadians are still asking, “Is this Canada?” When they should be stating, “This is not Canada.” Stop asking for permission to feel outraged and feel the outrage.

In New Zealand, the veil of authority for Arden is thinner thanks to Trudeau’s mistakes in Ottawa. No doubt they are seeing the same things we are and want no part of it. The knives will come out for Arden quickly if she doesn’t back down. I say all the time, spooks start civil wars, militaries end them. In Canada, the civil war there is just beginning. What we’ve not seen in New Zealand means it’s likely over before anyone even realized they were in one. The Great Reset rests on tyrants like Justin Trudeau to win through fear, intimidation and the banal corruption of weak people to support them. With each image of peaceful people being trampled under the bootheel of Canadian stormtroopers, more people awaken from the slumber of the comfortable lie the government protects us from chaos.

That’s what the State is folks, violence. Always has been. This is why Klaus Schwab and his minions like Trudeau, Arden and others will fail. There is no law these people recognize. There is no restraint on their behavior they feel is justified for their holy cause. The sooner we accept that, like many of the truckers who organized this protest, the sooner we can all begin bridging the divide.


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“The problems we have go a lot deeper than the World Economic Forum and Bill Gates.”

Why People Believe Wrong Things: A Response to Reader Critiques (Eugyp)

People on the establishment side of the debate mainly argue that Corona is an unprecedented and unusual virus, and that the scientific response has been totally reasonable and justified. People on our side of the discussion tend to see Corona as nothing special, but the scientific and political response as something new and unusual. I suggest that it helps to see the virus, despite its laboratory origins, as a biological threat of the kind we’ve lived with for millennia; and that it likewise helps to see our unbalanced reaction to this virus as an expression of our own declining society and institutions. That’s a big reason why fixing this has proven to be so hard.

The problems we have go a lot deeper than the World Economic Forum and Bill Gates. In many ways, those guys are just the surface manifestations of this much deeper rot. I know a lot of you conceive of what happened in 2020 as a kind of mass hysteria or hypnosis, or compare our current policies to National Socialism in the 1930s. I think there can be polemical value in both points, but I also think the most important thing, is to recognise that containment is a characteristic policy not of Nazi Germany, but of western liberal democracies. These regimes have enthusiastically embraced lockdowns, compulsory vaccination, and widespread restrictions. For two years, our governments pursued containment as their highest and most central political goal; it became a kind of ideological system unto itself, and persists as one. These are western, liberal, democratic policies by definition, and they show that something is terribly wrong with our political order.

I think it is important to come to terms with these simple facts, because these dangerous crazy lunatics are still running everything. The pandemicists have come out of the past two years more entrenched and powerful than ever before. Our public health bureaucracies have learned what they can do now, and with what little pretence. SARS-2 research will receive tidal waves of funding for decades to come; even people who study elephants or soil fungi will now find incentives to make their work at least a little bit about Corona. The SARS-related virus research will also continue, there will be more lab leaks, and the vaccinators will show up every fall with their mRNA snake oil. It would be better, if all of this nonsense were directed, or the result of some unusual passing madness. It’s not; it is the way things are. This is the nature of the political and social institutions that govern us.

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What’s more striking, that the NYT goes after the CDC, or that they do it only now?

The CDC Isn’t Publishing Large Portions of the Covid Data It Collects (NYT)

For more than a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected data on hospitalizations for Covid-19 in the United States and broken it down by age, race and vaccination status. But it has not made most of the information public. When the C.D.C. published the first significant data on the effectiveness of boosters in adults younger than 65 two weeks ago, it left out the numbers for a huge portion of that population: 18- to 49-year-olds, the group least likely to benefit from extra shots, because the first two doses already left them well-protected. The agency recently debuted a dashboard of wastewater data on its website that will be updated daily and might provide early signals of an oncoming surge of Covid cases. Some states and localities had been sharing wastewater information with the agency since the start of the pandemic, but it had never before released those findings.

Two full years into the pandemic, the agency leading the country’s response to the public health emergency has published only a tiny fraction of the data it has collected, several people familiar with the data said. Much of the withheld information could help state and local health officials better target their efforts to bring the virus under control. Detailed, timely data on hospitalizations by age and race would help health officials identify and help the populations at highest risk. Information on hospitalizations and death by age and vaccination status would have helped inform whether healthy adults needed booster shots. And wastewater surveillance across the nation would spot outbreaks and emerging variants early.

Without the booster data for 18- to 49-year-olds, the outside experts whom federal health agencies look to for advice had to rely on numbers from Israel to make their recommendations on the shots. Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the C.D.C., said the agency has been slow to release the different streams of data “because basically, at the end of the day, it’s not yet ready for prime time.” She said the agency’s “priority when gathering any data is to ensure that it’s accurate and actionable.” Another reason is fear that the information might be misinterpreted, Ms. Nordlund said.

[..] Last year, the agency repeatedly came under fire for not tracking so-called breakthrough infections in vaccinated Americans, and focusing only on individuals who became ill enough to be hospitalized or die. The agency presented that information as risk comparisons with unvaccinated adults, rather than provide timely snapshots of hospitalized patients stratified by age, sex, race and vaccination status. But the C.D.C. has been routinely collecting information since the Covid vaccines were first rolled out last year, according to a federal official familiar with the effort. The agency has been reluctant to make those figures public, the official said, because they might be misinterpreted as the vaccines being ineffective.

Ms. Nordlund confirmed that as one of the reasons. Another reason, she said, is that the data represents only 10 percent of the population of the United States. But the C.D.C. has relied on the same level of sampling to track influenza for years. Some outside public health experts were stunned to hear that information exists. “We have been begging for that sort of granularity of data for two years,” said Jessica Malaty Rivera, an epidemiologist and part of the team that ran Covid Tracking Project, an independent effort that compiled data on the pandemic till March 2021. A detailed analysis, she said, “builds public trust, and it paints a much clearer picture of what’s actually going on.”

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CDC doesn’t publish, and scientists don’t research.

Scientists Reluctant to Study Vaccine Side Effects, Notes Top Journal (DS)

While current evidence suggests that serious side effects are rare, the same is true of Covid itself when we’re talking about healthy, young people or those with a prior infection. Hence it’s by no means clear that vaccination actually makes sense for these people – especially if you factor in the possibility of unknown, long-term effects. So far, there’s evidence of an increased risk of blood clots following the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines, and an increased risk of heart inflammation following the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. While the absolute risks are still low, any side effects – however rare – have to be taken seriously. What’s more, there’s evidence that side effects are more common in young people and those who’ve already had Covid – two groups that face very little risk from the disease itself.

However, we still don’t know exactly what the risk of side effects is for specific subgroups, such as ‘people aged 18–30 with a prior infection’. In addition, some conditions that have been linked to the vaccines (including one that resembles long Covid) are not yet well-understood. Shouldn’t scientists be rushing to answer these and other unanswered questions about vaccine side effects? You’d certainly think so. But unfortunately, that isn’t the way science works in our current, politicised era. As this surprisingly candid report in the journal Science notes, scientists have other things to consider aside from how pressing certain questions might be:

“Probing possible side effects presents a dilemma to researchers: They risk fomenting rejection of vaccines that are generally safe, effective, and crucial to saving lives. “You have to be very careful” before tying COVID-19 vaccines to complications, Nath cautions. “You can make the wrong conclusion. … The implications are huge.” [Avindra Nath is clinical director at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke]” Researchers are reluctant to work on vaccine side effects for fear of causing, or being accused of causing, ‘vaccine hesitancy’. The Science report goes on: “Other researchers note the scientific community is uneasy about studying such effects. “Everyone is tiptoeing around it,” Pretorius says. “I’ve talked to a lot of clinicians and researchers at various universities, and they don’t want to touch it.” [Resia Pretorius is a physiologist at Stellenbosch University in South Africa]”

Needless to say, this does not bode well for science. Nor does it bode well for vaccine uptake in the long term. After all, people will only take vaccines – whether for Covid or anything else – if they trust the medical establishment. And ignoring side effects, even rare ones, isn’t the way to build trust.

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American Truckers Are Launching The People’s Convoy (Malone)

American truckers are launching The People’s Convoy, a peaceful and unified transcontinental movement, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, from the Adelanto Stadium in Southern California. Starting at 10:00 a.m., hundreds of truckers will hear words of encouragement and blessings from a group of speakers including FLCCC President Dr. Pierre Kory and Godspeak Church Pastor Rob McCoy. The truckers and blue-collar workers of the United States will be joined by freedom-loving supporters from all walks of life – frontline doctors, lawyers, first- responders, former military servicemen and women, students, retirees, mothers, fathers and children – on this peaceful and law-abiding transcontinental journey toward the east coast. The truckers encourage one and all to come out to the stadium in the heart of Adelanto, California to wish them well, see them off and join in the journey.

This convoy is about freedom and unity: the truckers are riding unified across party and state lines and with people of all colors and creeds – Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Mormons, Agnostics, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Republican, Democrats. All individuals are welcome to participate by either attending the launch gathering – at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday February 23, at Adelanto Stadium – or by getting in their own vehicles and following the big rigs from Adelanto toward the east coast! The message of The People’s Convoy is simple. The last 23 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a rough road for all Americans to travel: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and – not least – financially.

With the advent of the vaccine and workable therapeutic agents, along with the hard work of so many sectors that contributed to declining COVID-19 cases and severity of illness, it is now time to re-open the country. The average American worker needs to be able to end-run the economic hardships of the last two years, and get back to the business of making bread – so they can pay their rents and mortgages and help jumpstart this economy. To that end, it’s time for elected officials to work with the blue collar and white-collar workers of America and restore accountability and liberty – by lifting all mandates and ending the state of emergency – as COVID is well-in-hand now, and Americans need to get back to work in a free and unrestricted manner.

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“Watson said that officers had “done a remarkable job,” and were “very measured in their response.“

Ottawa Mayor Wants To Sell Confiscated Freedom Convoy Trucks (RT)

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has praised the police crackdown on anti-mandate Freedom Convoy protesters in the Canadian capital. With the demonstrations cleared, he told state media that trucks, campers, and vehicles seized from the protesters should be sold off, claiming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial emergency powers allow him to do so. Speaking to CBC on Saturday, Watson commended police officers for clearing protesters from downtown Ottawa, where they had been camped for three weeks protesting vaccine mandates. The demonstrations were broken by city and federal police officers between Friday and Saturday after Trudeau invoked the never-before-used Emergencies Act on Monday.

Despite video footage showing shocking scenes of police brutality, Watson said that officers had “done a remarkable job,” and were “very measured in their response.” At least 170 protesters have been arrested, more than 50 vehicles have been seized, and the government has frozen the bank accounts of at least 76 protest participants and supporters. “Under the Emergencies Act I’ve asked our solicitor and our city manager, ‘how can we keep the tow trucks and the campers and the vans and everything else that we’ve confiscated, and sell those pieces of equipment to help recoup some of the costs that our taxpayers are absorbing?’” Watson told CBC.

[..] It is unclear whether Watson’s plan will go ahead, and whether the Emergencies Act actually allows the city to auction off seized vehicles. Ottawa Police have previously stated that seized vehicles will be held for seven days, after which time they can be retrieved. Likewise the Emergencies Act is currently being enforced despite not being debated in Parliament, and could end up amended significantly. While some of Canada’s provincial premiers have relaxed their rules on masking and vaccination since the protest began, Trudeau’s nationwide vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers and a rule requiring Canadians be vaccinated to leave the country remain in effect.

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Ha! Yeah, that’ll work…

US Congresswoman Proposes Asylum For Canadian Protesters (RT)

A US congresswoman has promised to introduce legislation to grant asylum to Canadian truckers facing persecution from their government for being involved in the recent ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests against Covid-19 restrictions. Republican New Mexico Congresswoman Yvette Herrell announced her campaign to provide refuge to dissident Canadians on Saturday, comparing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “heavy-handed crackdown against peaceful protesters” to that of “an authoritarian regime like Venezuela.”

Arguing that Canada’s treatment of protesters “is not the action of a Western Democracy,” Herrell said the US should provide asylum for protesters “who have been subjected to violence, had their property confiscated, and their bank accounts frozen by a government that is quickly becoming the embarrassment of the free world.” “I am introducing legislation that would temporarily grant asylum to innocent Canadian protesters who are being persecuted by their own government,” she said. “We cannot be silent as our neighbors to the north are treated so badly “

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“When these protestors or those that supported them end up in financial hardship because they lose their job, business, or bank account, what will happen to those who try to help them?”

A Social Credit System Arrives in Canada (Sacks)

On Monday, the rhetoric turned to action when Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act. This heretofore-unused 1988 law gives the government virtually unlimited power for 30 days to deal with a crisis. Invoking the law under the present circumstance would require the threat or use of “serious violence,” yet the vast majority of protesters have been entirely peaceful—playing “We Are the World” and waving Maple Leaf flags. Indeed, the government has made little attempt to justify the need for emergency powers beyond Trudeau’s frequent bemoaning of the truckers’ alleged “hateful rhetoric.” His public safety minister Marco Mendocino stated that such extraordinary measures were necessary due to “intimidation, harassment, and expressions of hate.” Perhaps he doesn’t realize that none of these are listed in the law as valid reasons to invoke it.

Trudeau escalated things further on Tuesday night, when he issued a new directive called the Emergency Economic Measures Order. Invoking a War on Terror law called the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act, the order requires financial institutions—including banks, credit unions, co-ops, loan companies, trusts, and even cryptocurrency wallets—to stop “providing any financial or related services” to anyone associated with the protests (a “designated person”). This has resulted, according to the CBC, in “frozen accounts, stranded money and canceled credit cards.” Banks, according to this new order, have a “duty to determine” if one of their customers is a “designated person.” A “designated person” can refer to anyone who “directly or indirectly” participates in the protest, including donors who “provide property to facilitate” the protests through crowdfunding sites.

In other words, a designated person can just as easily be a grandmother who donated $25 to support the truckers as one of the organizers of the convoy. Because the donor data to the crowdfunding site GiveSendGo was hacked—and the leaked data shows that Canadians donated most of the $8 million raised—many thousands of law-abiding Canadians now face the prospect of financial retaliation and ruin merely for supporting an anti-government protest. Already, a low-level government official in Ontario was fired after her $100 donation came to light. A gelato shop was forced to close when it received threats after its owner was revealed to have donated to the protest. On Wednesday, Justice Minister David Lametti went on Canadian television to say the quiet part aloud, namely that anyone contributing to “a pro-Trump movement” should be “worried” about their bank accounts and other financial assets being frozen.

When these protestors or those that supported them end up in financial hardship because they lose their job, business, or bank account, what will happen to those who try to help them? Will Canadian financial institutions be forced to play Six Degrees of Deplorables? The fear of being ensnared in the dragnet will surely have a chilling effect on the commercial prospects of those suspected of “unacceptable views,” creating a caste of untouchables whom no one will dare to transact with or help. B.J. Dichter, one of the protest organizers who has had all of his bank accounts and credit cards frozen, expressed the sense of desperation: “It feels like being banished from the medieval village left to die.”

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Make sure you have cash.

Trudeau to Make Surveillance Powers over Financial Transactions Permanent (NR)

As all eyes were trained on the aggressive police sweep of the Ottawa trucker convoy this week, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s administration was quietly moving to implement a sweeping expansion of surveillance power at the federal level. The Trudeau government’s financial war against the truckers has been covered at length. But one underreported aspect of this broader assault on Canadian civil liberties is the effort to bring crowdfunding and payment service providers — two of the most prominent routes for financial transactions on the Internet — under the permanent control of a centralized government authority.

In a February 14 news conference, Canadian finance minister Chrystia Freeland said that the government was using the Emergencies Act to broaden “the scope of Canada’s anti-money-laundering and terrorist financing rules so that they cover crowdfunding platforms and the payment service providers they use.” That broadened power requires all forms of digital transactions, including cryptocurrencies, to be reported to the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Center of Canada. (I.e., “Fintrac”). “As of today, all crowdfunding platforms and the payment service providers they use must register with Fintrac, and they must report large and suspicious transactions to Fintrac,” Freeland said. She justified the move as a way to “mitigate the risk” of “illicit funds” and “increase the quality and quantity of intelligence received by Fintrac and make more information available to support investigations by law enforcement.” Trudeau, standing behind Freeland at the press conference, nodded his head in agreement.

Freeland said the trucker convoy, which had assembled to protest coronavirus restrictions, had “highlighted the fact” that digital assets and funding mechanisms “weren’t captured” by the Canadian government’s pre-existing surveillance powers. As a result, she said, “the government will also bring forward legislation to provide these authorities to FinTrac on a permanent basis.” Freeland reiterated that point in a subsequent press conference this past Friday. “We reviewed very, very carefully the tools at the disposal of the federal government, and we used all the tools that we had prior to the invocation of the Emergencies Act, and we determined that we needed some additional tools,” she said. “Now some of those tools, we will be putting forward measures to put those tools permanently in place. The authorities of FinTrac, I believe, do need to be expanded to cover crowdsourcing platforms and their payment providers.”

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New York can’t pick a decent mayor, can it?

Eric Adams Admits That Vax Mandates Don’t Work, But Won’t Change Them (NYP)

Mayor Eric Adams admitted Wednesday that vaccine mandates don’t work — yet he’s still going ahead with firing city workers who refuse to show proof they got their shots. “The rule was put in place; to start changing it now would send mixed messages,” he said while lamenting the fact that un-jabbed Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving can’t play at his home arena even though unvaxxed out-of-towners can. Mixed messages? We’ve heard time and again that vax mandates are a life-and-death question of public health, fending off some new COVID surge. That’s plainly no longer true, if it ever was. So what’s the point now? New York City’s positivity rate is below 2%, down from an Omicron peak of near 23%. It’s clearly time to rethink draconian COVID approaches

The disconnect between policy and reality here is so glaring that the best Adams can offer in defense is a lukewarm worry that changing it might scramble political messaging. But at least he’s finally, albeit inadvertently, come clean about mandates: They’ve become pure hygiene theater. As we’ve said before: The vaccines are safe and effective and almost everybody should get them. But the data reveal that mandates have near-zero effect on COVID outcomes. Look at Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis actively restricted vaccine mandates. Per Mayo Clinic data, the Sunshine State saw about 347 average daily cases per 100,000 people at its Omicron peak. New York, with vastly stricter policies, saw 366. Florida’s fatality rate at the peak was 1.2% vs. New York’s 1.4%. And those outcomes were this similar even before Delta hit.

But even if you don’t want to “follow the science,” what about basic logic? You are allowed to play ball at Barclays Center or the Garden if you’re not vaccinated; you just can’t play for a New York team. Guess we missed that epidemiological principle: Away players are never disease vectors. A rule so self-contradictory has nothing to do with health. It’s pure power politics. Kyrie Irving is lucky. He earns many multiples of what average Americans will see in a lifetime even with his haircut for missed home games. But what of the hundreds of teachers, cops, firefighters and so on Adams just axed for refusing a vaccine? If the mandate’s main purpose is now literally rhetorical, it’s indefensible.

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Police in Paris have joined the march against Covid mandates.





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    Signs of the times:

    local income tax

    “Two dozen cities and counties in Washington state have adopted ordinances that prohibit the imposition of a local income tax.Kittitas County, located south of Yakima, became the ninth county city to adopt such a ban when the county board of commissioners approved a resolution on Tuesday.”


    make you chose/select their Conspiracy Theory as being superior to yours.

    Are you saying that Sergio Aguero’s lifelong heart problem is a conspiracy theory?

    Are you saying that Sergio Aguero have covid last year is a conspiracy theory?

    Are you saying that Sergio Aguero collapsing in 2017 is a conspiracy theory?


    Police officers, from across Canada are legally occupying Ottawa and preventing the normal circulation of the citizens.


    no shame, no honour, no courage

    No shame is using a 6 year old disabled boy as a tool for your own anti-vax propaganda campaign.

    No honour is insinuating that I am glad this boy is suffering.

    No courage is regurgitating right wing anti-vax propaganda at every turn and claiming that other people have no shame, no honour, and no courage.

    those darned kids

    no clue.


    This is how bullshit stories get floated (I’ll give you a guess by whom) and how they often end up. It has to do with a story about John Durham’s investigation and some information that was released about it.

    Robert Rapier summed it up nicely:

    “Earlier this week, they (Fox News) were complaining that other networks weren’t covering a story they had mostly fabricated. And, later in the week special counsel John Durham — whose court filing spawned the Fox News hysterics — came out and distanced himself from the Fox News reporting. So, if you wonder why the rest of the mainstream media didn’t cover the reporting, it’s because it was just one of those issues where Fox misled its viewers to rile them up.”

    And boy did people get riled up.

    People are even saying it is worse than Watergate!!!

    All the usual players got involved. Glenn Greenwald, Trucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and all your typical, favorite “personalities”.

    Unfortunately, for the over-reactive morons at least, Durham had to make a public statement to declare that certain segments of the media had in fact misinterpreted his findings. DOH! How embarrassing.

    But, in typical fashion, the people who spread this bullshit just stopped spewing it. Their intended damage was already done. They offered no followup story to correct the record, and millions of dipshits are out there right now, continuing to concoct their crazy conspiracies based on the bullshit they swallowed hook, line, and sinker.

    In Glenn Greenwald’s case, his giddiness to promote this story offers further proof of his new found bias and love for alt-right propaganda. He is like some butt hurt catty teen who didn’t get invited to the ‘cool kids party’ and is now so laser focused on getting revenge, that he cannot even perceive his own failings or missteps. He “hasn’t changed”, he declares! Everyone else has changed!! He made no correction or reference to the little tirade he went on or how wrong it was. He just went on to the next thing to be aggrieved about- like the handful of trucker’s getting their little protest shut down in Canada. He just goes on to the next bright light. Like a moth to a flame. Just like you all. Like one big happy, deluded family. Pearl clutchers extraordinaire. Projecting feigned exasperation at every and any liberal policy or proclamation as if they are just now realizing that they live in a fascist country. Decades of fucking evidence have been in their faces to which their typical response has been to mock any protest of ‘the system’ or ‘Mericuh, followed by subsequent calls for ‘law and order’, or ‘support the troops’, or ‘back the blue’. They still, to this day, mock Portland protesters who remain there after the George Floyd fiasco. Not only do they mock those people through pathetic alt-right pseudo-libertarian attack dogs like Andy Ngo, but they call for the police, no, actually, they BEG the police to bring back “law and order”. They didn’t even bat an eye when protesters were rounded up in Portland and thrown in unmarked police vans to be taken to detention centers at unknown locations. THIS you cheered as a victory for “the blue”. For “law and order”. But the fucking truckers, who were allowed to “play hockey in the streets” and “share apple pies” for three weeks, who were granted the ability to park their fucking vehicles in the streets of a major city, honking their fucking horns all day and night to end some fucking mandates that would eventually go away on their own, THIS you support. Yeah, the Portland situation got out of hand on occasion, but mostly in reaction to brutal police tactics like the one I mentioned above, oh, and that little situation in Minnesota WHERE A FUCKING COP KNEED ON A BLACK MAN’S HEAD UNTIL HE DIED. But now you big mad that the same police tactics used to end protests everywhere, all the fucking time, are now bad simply because you are 1) paying attention and 2) the tactics come against your “brothers-in-arms” in Canaduh. The same morons who were “back the blue” just a few weeks ago, now pretend that a light just went off in their calcified pea brains. Now, there is this tiny little kernel of realization for them that cops actually do suck, that liberals are losers, that republicans are losers, that we live in a fascist state made possible by their very own ignorance and support for decades. I just can’t wait until their brains explode from all the cognitive dissonance of having spent years poo pooing anyone raising doubts about American domestic and foreign policy or protesting police brutality. Problem is, they are way too fucking dumb to put all that together. So there won’t be any cognitive dissonance happening. Just a whole bunch of low 90 IQ types pretending to be Noam Chomsky and Thomas Jefferson and Ron Paul all rolled into one, in solidarity with a couple hundred truckers who decided to play Braveheart at the bitter end of the pandemic. So. Fucking. Stupid.

    It’s time to update the passports for any US dweller who has more than 2 brain cells to rub together. Your country is heading nowhere and fast. Just like it always has. What is now hastening that descent is the fact that you fucking idiots are just realizing what millions of others have already figured out and have been protesting for years. The US is the shithole.

    Glad you had to wait two years into a fucking pandemic that has killed millions of people, that is killing more than the number of people who died on 9-11 EVERY SINGLE FUCKING DAY to grow some balls to stand up for your rights and privacy. Where the fuck you been for 25 years? Besides mocking anyone pointing out that very fact?!? You fuckers are so late to the party and are so fucking stupid that you choose a pandemic THAT COULD KILL YOU to make your stand!!!! And you have the nerve to act aggrieved over some piddly ass mask policy or vaccine policy that a desperate government implemented to possibly save their economy?? Because they have constituents like you complaining that their fucking businesses are suffereing from lockdowns???? You snowflakes want to have your cake and eat it too. Fucking Karens. Bunch of toughies whose knees buckle at the slightest inconvenience. Crying over piddly liberals. 90% of truckers got the vaccine!!!!!!! And like 95% of Canada think you’re idiots. Get the fuck out of here with your phony patriotism and your new found appreciation for civil liberties and bodily autonomy. I must have been mistaken to see you same ignoramuses telling women what they can and can’t do with their bodies for the last 50 years. Fucking hell…. So brave of you to stand up for freedumb so late in the hour! Simply because you are too dumb to have any sort of nuance to your thoughts and can only see the world through simple lenses and concepts- like FREEDUMB- and even then it has to be pounded into your skull by charlatan organizers with questionable interests and agendas and right wing misfits who have lured you in like pied pipers. Boy, oh boy you’re pathetic. And today I see another right wing dumbass- Benny Johnson- insinuating that Trudeau is the son of Fidel Castro in some report where he claims to be “just asking questions”. Oh my fucking god! I wonder how long it takes blogs like this to link to it? And I wonder then how many dumb asses start going around at their local pearl clutching parties repeating what old Benny had to say.
    This is how you folks spread all sorts of information, from people like Steve Kirsch to Robert Malone to Pierre Kory. They have just enough credibility to lure you suckers in with their bullshit and you spread their grift like obedient lap dogs. From VAERS, to ivermectin, to antivax propaganda that is decades old. And you have the fucking nerve to claim that NOW the narrative is crumbling?!?!?! Not that most every goddamn person in the world has been infected by the new, highly infectious Omicron, or have been vaccinated in some fashion either by the disease or Operation Warp Speed (which was an operation lauded by the morons two years ago because their beloved cult leader pushed it). No, no, no. It was none of that. You dummies think that it has been some sort of a ruse the whole time, with the entire world in on some hoax. That the previous versions of the virus that were deadlier never really existed, because “look how the narrative is crumbling”, because you are too goddamn stupid to understand basic scientific concepts and that we currently have a slightly less deadly mutation getting people sick. That the lifting of mandates has nothing to do with falling infection rates and everything to do with their “narrative” crumbling. And you claim that people like me, who simply come here to point out the rather significant and glaringly obvious flaws in your arguments, are now back pedaling?!?!?! You people are impressive, I’ll give you that. You have no shame in your wrongness and have an incessant knack for just doubling, tripling down on your own bullshit. You lie only to yourselves about this shit and pretty much every other thing as far as I can tell. And you fret and stress about the lies you tell each other. What a way to live and think.

    Dumb all over. A little ugly on the side.


    The bugle sounds.
    Light the signal fires



    Old news:

    “According to findings by the United Nations, the number of newborns in Europe and the USA fell significantly during the corona pandemic. “Changes in the human birth rate are never obvious in the short term at nine months of pregnancy, but as the pandemic continues, the decline in birth rates is becoming increasingly clear,” says a study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the results of which are available to the dpa news agency. UNFPA plans to publish the study on World Population Day on July 11.”



    Some protective tinfoil might be required to read this:

    “Former Lebanese Interior Minister and current MP, Nohad Machnouk, has become the first senior Lebanese politician to blame Israel for the blast at Beirut Port last week.

    During a press conference, Machnouk said Israel was “clearly” responsible for the huge explosion which has killed over 200 people and wounded thousands.

    ‘This operation in Beirut was carried out by Israel in a clear and explicit manner,” Machnouk said. “It is clear we are looking at a crime against humanity, and therefore no one dares to claim responsibility for it.’

    The high-ranking politician served as Lebanon’s interior minister in 2014 and again in 2016. He is a member of ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement, the country’s Sunni bloc and opposes the Hezbollah movement. In the aftermath of the explosion, he said: ‘This is the first time since the Phoenician era that we don’t have a port in Beirut.’”
    Privately, a former Defense Minister contacted Veterans Today an hour after the explosion and credited it to an Israeli attack, first by a sea based small missile, which started a fire and then an air attack from an F 16 which launched, according to the source, a missile with a tactical nuclear warhead, much as described by President Donald Trump, quoting his Pentagon sources.

    Similarly, in response to claims this was a fertilizer explosion, a spokesman for Hezbollah, speaking directly to VT Bureau Chief Nahed al Husaini in Damascus made the following observation.
    “Fertilizer can’t explode, it burns.”

    “Thus, we outline our controversy, and the only real fact we can all agree on and that one is hard science, ammonium nitrate fertilizer can’t explode without extreme effort and certainly not under the circumstances as seen in Beirut.”


    Tactical nukes are the New Thing but I don’t see why a nuke would be necessary to shock-wave the fertilizer into a high-yield explosion. We have some might powerful conventional bombs these days.

    those darned kids

    calm down. go for a walk. sniff the birdies. watch the flowers.

    John Day

    Doc Robinson posted this snippet;
    The agency has been reluctant to make those figures public, the official said, because they might be misinterpreted as the vaccines being ineffective.“

    That is a “limited hang out”.
    What the public might logically do is interpret the “vaccines” as being harmful and sometimes fatal.

    “Paging Stromectol, White courtesy telephone, please!”


    Old news:

    “Belgium breaks own record for longest period without government
    Monday, 3 August 2020“


    Building Joe Biden, blop by blop:

    The Making of Joe Biden, President Extraordinaire


    With clowns thee is always a circus, yes?

    Uranian Circus



    Oh Canada


    “Los Angeles County Sheriff: Vaccine mandate is ‘definitely a backdoor way for defunding’ police
    The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted last week to take COVID mandate enforcement responsibilities away from Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who has said since October he would not enforce the county’s vaccine mandate.”

    Covidiotic defunding of LA cops?

    John Day

    Finally, a new picture showing progress despite supply shortage https://www.johndayblog.com/2022/02/no-agreed-narrative.html

    WEF Young Global Leader of yesteryear, (emperor) Justinian Trudeau had a 16% approval rating last week before he brought in special police units to teach Canadian Freedom Convoy protesters how to get beaten up, arrested, bashed in the head and have their trucks confiscated after breaking the windows.

    I’m just watching from afar as I try to do what is necessary in my own life to adapt to changes and prepare for worse.
    I think a lot of people could describe themselves that way. It seems to me that Trudeau has lost control of the “Noble Lie”, the societal narrative that allows for a society to work together in unison. It looks like he has no “plan-b”.
    Maybe the owners are working feverishly on a plan-b that throws Justin under the truck/bus, … maybe.
    Maybe the owners can’t agree on a control-narrative. Maybe they are divided into globalist and nationalist camps. A war is how this is usually worked out, but a big-enough “conventional war” would ignite a global nuclear war (mos’ prob’ly…), and the “deciders” might get fried, so even they have “skin in that game”.

    This is a tough spot for all of us, and since the western financial economy is breaking down, due to long years of parasitic extractions and promising future wealth which can never exist, there is every reason to expect a decade of difficulty as we all work to cobble-together some kind of economy to meet our needs and employ our talents in serving each other.
    I think the globalists are barking up the wrong tree, myself, that smaller systems have the efficiency advantage, without as many layers of hierarchy and extraction, and decision-making that favors extraction over efficient production and distribution of the necessities of life.

    Narratives imposed by elites fail when people can’t get the necessities of life. French and American and Bolshevik revolutions, China’s Cultural Revolution, the collapse of the USSR, Nazi Germany and Pol Pot’s Cambodia all come to mind.
    The British Empire faded away less dramatically, but it did have more support from a working western international economic system which was growing quite well at the time.

    The Post WW-2 “social contract” in the western world has already been violated and the promised retirement security has already been embezzled and reinvested in other accounts. Those accounts will also fail to produce returns when the economy fails, which it (yet again) appears poised to do. I’m working to secure some basic needs for food, shelter and non-violent surroundings for myself, Jenny, and our adult “children” if they need to bolt. There were no electrical sockets for Yoakum, Victoria or Halletsville Friday, so the electricians did not install them in the upstairs. I managed to find some at higher cost Sunday, so they can go in today.
    I feel fortunate every time I find something we need to proceed with the project, because I don’t expect to “go back to usual”.


    The glasses… they do nothing!

    Clown Ninjas

    John Day

    The Toronto Sun has the (now infamous) picture of police horses trampling an elderly lady and her walker. (The report that she died was sensational, but not factual)
    Have you ever been stepped upon, even lightly, by a horse. Man, it hurts for a long time. It does damage. I was 15 when a Shetland pony(Tammy) trod on my foot.
    I couldn’t run for weeks.

    Tom Luongo has this image and more insights.
    Trampling the Truckers – The Great Reset Becomes the Great Awakening
    ​ ​I​​t was all fun and games making Trudeau/Hitler memes until yesterday when Trudeau’s enforcers on horseback trampled an old woman.
    A man with any sense of decency does not send men on horseback into a crowd. The only thing worse than that are the people commenting on this saying some variation of ‘well, she deserved it.’
    ​ ​Yes, she could have gone home.
    ​ ​Yes, she could have gotten the clot-shot.
    ​ ​Yes, she could have just complied with whatever Justin Trudeau told her what her morality was.
    But Trudeau could have chosen differently as well. As opposed to acting like a scared little boy worried about facing public ridicule, he could have sacked up and met​ with the protesters.

    Trampling the Truckers – The Great Reset Becomes the Great Awakening

    Ontario Government Employee Fired Over $100 Contribution To Freedom Convoy
    The communications director for the Ontario ministry responsible for enforcing the law was fired this week after her $100 donation to the Freedom Convoy was revealed in the hack of donors to a GiveSendGo campaign.​ (Presentable as evidence in a court of law?)

    ​The Canadian Parliament was supposed to meet Friday to ratify or reject PM Trudeau’s “emergency measures”, but did not meet, because of the emergency of police actions ordered under those measures. ​”CATCH-22″ for Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

    Parliament axes Friday plans to meet over Emergencies Act amid ‘police operation’

    Canada Moves to Make Asset Freezing Under Emergencies Act Permanent​ ​​ (Just until Parliament meets, though, right?)

    Canada Moves to Make Asset Freezing Under Emergencies Act Permanent

    John Day

    I personally believe that one is only “responsible to God” for one’s own actions and intentions, though those actions may well harm others.
    I also think “God” has instituted spiritual rules of cause-and-effect, as automatic as gravity, and does not need to get angry, but that’s my mental model.
    ​ ​Canadian clergy rebuke Trudeau for invoking Emergencies Act, other ‘tyrannical actions’
    The clergy warned Trudeau is dividing Canada and ‘exposing this government and people to the judgment of God’

    ​This will fix it and it’s bound to be legal in an emergency…
    Ottawa mayor wants to sell confiscated Freedom Convoy trucks

    John Day

    Even a little-bit of buy-in from more than half of Americns would help “our government” a lot right now… Can Putin please “play ball” a little bit?
    ​ ​Everything about the Russia invasion of Ukraine has to be increasingly imminent, horrible and loomingly catastrophic for the planet, so that when it doesn’t happen the glorious victory for Dear Leader Biden can be proclaimed and amplified from the mountaintops…​ ​
    ​ ​Yes, let the church bells ring from the mountains as Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Helsinki summit with Michael Gorbachev has now been eclipsed in strategic geopolitical importance.
    ​ ​France and the United States jointly announce that the brilliant and incredibly strategic Joe Biden, and the dastardly villain of all things villainous, Vladimir Putin, will meet and come to an incredibly intense agreement over the Ukraine invasion that Putin never planned.
    ​ ​Together both leaders will save the world from a war that Putin never intended to participate in.

    Ron Klain Organizes a Stunning, Massive and Magnificent Biden-Putin Peace Summit Certain to Bring Nobel Peace Nomination

    Dmitry Orlov has maintained for a year that Russian interests in Ukraine are best served by not invading, but by evacuating ethnic Russians into Russia when there are offensives into Donetsk and Luhansk by the Ukrainian army. Russia does not have to “own” the poisoned and destroyed pill, which the US/NATO and EU have been preparing, and do not want to swallow, either. Russia already has a lot of the young, productive workers, and none of the geriatric Chernobyl-style nuclear reactors to clean up. Russia triple wins by staying out.
    (Russia can bombard the Ukrainian army, jam military communications, and shoot down the Ukrainian air force from Russia, if necessary.)
    Putin’s Ukrainian Judo Revisited

    ​Abusers always accuse their victims of what they, themselves are doing…
    Ukraine – Who Is Firing At Whom And Who Is Lying About It?
    The concentration of impacts on the left of the above picture is a bit south-east of Svitlodarsk. Artillery rounds landed on both sides of the line of control but the vast majority of them exploded on the Donbas side. The same can be said for the impacts north-east of Luhansk. On Thursday both of these areas were also the aim of artillery concentrations. These are likely crossing points through which the Ukraine military plans to direct its upcoming attack.

    ​ ​Update(9:48amET): Separatist leader Denis Pushilin has issued a formal request to President Vladimir Putin calling on Russia to recognize the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Luhansk republic has simultaneously published the same request, at a moment Putin is holding an urgent session of the Russian Security Council. This followed quickly on the heels of what Russia’s southern command said was a serious attempt of Ukrainian armored vehicles to breach its​ ​​ (Russia’s)​ ​border, that resulted in five Ukrainians killed.
    ​ ​However, the Ukrainian government and army rejected the entirety of the allegations as “fake news” – rejecting that its forces are even in the area where it’s said to have occurred (though without addressing the possibility that they could have been irregular forces). But Russia’s FSB Director Bortnikov Russian responding by saying the Russian military “destroyed Ukrainian forces that tried to infiltrate the border and took one Ukrainian POW” – thus doubling down on the claims.

    ​Russia Today says European gas supplies for heat and electricity are low, but that Russia is meeting all contractual obligations. (Europe bought cheap on the spot market, which as become expensive, and made fewer long term contracts, which is now an expensive way to buy gas.)​ European people and industry will get hurt, and people can be expected to die, if a scenario is played where the EU/NATO stop buying Russian gas. This is obvious, right?


    ‘Captain, the warp loop has entered an absurdity continuum.’

    ‘What does that… have to do with our ratings… or my scene-steals… and what… is an ‘absurdity continuum’?’

    ‘It means we’re passing through the wake of the ratings probability engine drive of that new TV show, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.’

    ‘What… can we… do?’

    ‘Stop speaking like you’re on Thorazine laced with meth?’

    ‘How do you DO that with your eyebrow? My scene is… now… yours!’

    ‘Captain, please. We have a serious problem. Look at the holoscreen. The scrolling marquee that googlemaps runs through even our most powerful ad blockers.’

    (holoscreen subtitles with robot voice overlay) ‘Biden appoints gender-fluid drag queen ‘pup’ fetishist for high-level role at Energy Department He bragged about wearing stilettos to Congress, and his reported alter ego is “Sister Ray Dee O’Active.’

    ‘So… this-is-it.’

    ‘I’m afraid so, captain.’

    Sulu: ‘Captain, if I may, sir. I had a cousin who was a flaming cross-dresser, did a cabaret act. I know all the tricks.’

    ‘You mean… fight fire… with… fire?!?’

    (scene change after a commercial for Muskville Manor Apts)

    Spock and Kirk dressed as green-skinned alien sex goddesses with lizard tongues.

    ‘And we just… beam down to the studio and blend in?’

    ‘Seven words without a dramatic pause. Impressive, Captain.’

    ‘Don’t you dare raise that eyebrow, Spock. I’m still the captain of this ship.’

    ‘We walk in and act all huggy-huggy with the talking man-lady/ladyman heads like we belong there. Then I do the neck nerve block thing on them while we strip our clothes and show our manly upper torsos before the security goons rush in and…’

    ‘No one takes their shirt off around me except Ohura, and that’ an order, Spock.’

    ‘Certainly, Captain.’

    ‘What are my lines?’

    Spock raises an eyebrow like the safety on phaser’s muzzle.

    ‘You’re the captain, Captain.’

    Biden’s New Nuke Waste guru is Ray Dee O’Active

    The ab
    nove link is apparently not satire. The source cited, Deep Isolation, Deep Isolation, is a real nuclear company. All this said, the guy and his company do sane work. Their solution to nuclear waste storage is the only geologically sane solution I know of, one told me by my old dead friend, a geology student named Ben Hull whose leg I helped shoot off (at his request) in ’90 or ’91, I forget. New Years Eve or NYEve Day.

    Victory at Last!

    John Day

    The Winter of Our Discontent: Hubris is Ascendant , Charles Hugh Smith
    ​ ​We’re constantly assured everything’s on the mend but this trying-too-hard marketing has the opposite effect: it confirms everything’s unraveling. We’re told inflation is transitory (you mean like terminal cancer is “transitory”?), the economy is opening up and growing smartly.
    ​ ​None of this is remotely persuasive. OK, we get it: the pandemic shutdown crushed supply chains and demand, and then trillions of dollars, yen, yuan and euros of monetary and fiscal stimulus boosted pent-up demand which then snarled creaky supply chains. Inflation is transitory because the effects of this massive stimulus is temporary and the global supply snarls will all be unkinked shortly.
    ​ ​But this happy story only accounts for a thin wafer of global supply issues. Yes, a few items may be restored to low-cost production and shipping, but all this rah-rah ignores the primary dynamics: all the cheap, easy-to-get resources have been extracted and consumed, and labor costs, crushed for the past 45 years, have reversed: after being stripmined by capital for the past 45 years, labor is now demanding some modest restoration of decades of diminished purchasing power, not just in the U.S. but in China and other production nodes in global supply chains.
    ​ ​Capital’s screams of agony are laughable, as the top tier of capital has added trillions in wealth at the expense of the bottom 99.5%. The wealth of the few has metastasized into hyper-wealth–$100 million yachts and villas barely scratch the surface of the billions gained by gaming financialization and the Federal Reserve’s financial fentanyl.
    ​ ​Although nobody benefiting from the Fed’s financial fentanyl seems to have noticed, hyper-wealth has extinguished democracy and destabilized the economy and society. With trillions gushing into the wealthiest families and corporate insiders, “democracy” has been reduced to an invitation-only auction of political favors.

    Paul Alexander Ph.D. (This does not directly address adverse events like death, stroke, neurological impairments and myocarditis.)
    Scotland has announced that they will no longer release this data to the public because “it is being misrepresented by anti-vaxxers”.
    ​ ​Most updated Public Health Scotland COVID-19 & Winter Statistical Report As at 14 February 2022 Publication date: 16 February 2022
    page 37, Table 13: PCR-confirmed COVID-19 age-standardised case rate per 100,000 individuals by vaccine status, seven-day rolling average from 15 January 2022 to 11 February 2022
    ​ ​What do we see below as to cases? We see clearly that the cases among the vaccinated are far higher than the unvaccinated and the double vaccinated are highest…
    ​ ​What do we see as to hospitalizations?
    Double vaccinated are at greatest risk…
    ​ ​What do we see as to deaths? We see:​ ​unvaccinated: we see across Jan up to Feb 4th, that double and triple vaccinated incurred most deaths, for a total of 61 in unvaccinated to 415 in the vaccinated; 476 deaths in all across this 4 week period with 87% occurring in the vaccinated; thats right, I wrote that, near 90% of deaths are in the vaccinated in Scotland with a massive spike in the triple vaccinated (boosted).

    ​Scroll down to the bullet-points to see the details. The results of this survey were technically “available to the public”.
    The Israeli Ministry of Health Actually Did a Survey of Adverse Events after The Booster Dose

    John Day

    Pluto returns to America tomorrow, Tuesday, after last visiting in 1776.
    (I don’t believe in astrology, but who could pass this up? I have a dentist’s appointment…)
    ​ ​Nothing says a cosmic rebirth like enigmatic Pluto, the power-hungry dwarf planet that symbolizes transformation and renewal. According to the stars, the United States is finally getting a spiritual makeover with its first-ever Pluto Return on Feb. 22, 2022. Astrologically, a Pluto return is when the heavenly body returns to the same position in a birth chart where it was when the chart began. It happens around every 248 years, meaning this is the Pluto return in the United States since the country was founded in 1776.
    ​ ​“Pluto rules death and rebirth, influencing the end and beginning of new karmic cycles. It also rules things like interpersonal skills, power struggles, and shows the source of your personal power. This planet is the portal through which your spiritual and shadow energy is transformed and released into the exterior world,” astrologer Lauren Ash tells Bustle.


    Fun to watch defbot get his Inner Ranter going strong like that. I know it’s just a frog and phony show, but when he tries, he’s mildly entertaining.


    Ooh. The WaPo said Durham was misinterpreted. The actual genuine immaculately accurate then now and forever WaPo. Well, that settles that. I’m convinced. Next on our broadcast: why gravity isn’t real.

    John Day

    Completely unexpected!
    Biden Extends US National Emergency Over COVID-19


    Before tinfoil was the turban:


    Knows all sees all, tells all. He sees you when you’re sleeping, too — and he knows when you’re awake! ai-EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!


    @ a kullervo: can’t resist…will throw down on this one…

    “Everything changes ⇔ Everything is transient

    Happiness: is it the pursuit of attachment or is it the pursuit of detachment?”

    It is both – the pursuit of desires/attachments AND the response of aversion/detachment.

    If you agree that everything changes and is transient, then the question to be asking in the background of everyday living is:

    WHO AM I – in the everyday process of change known as living/dying?

    Better yet: WHO AM I in this moment?

    Seeing your-SELF. Owning your response. Going beyond the duality: by bouncing back and forth from side to side within it, letting go and holding on – until you do or until you don’t. UNDERSTAND.

    Like my fencing coach DC used to say: “Practice makes permanent”. Pursuit of enlightenment/freedom takes AWARENESS. The mind and senses are always “on”; the discernment to sort through the input is a constant “battle” (back to the Gita). Practice makes permanent.

    WHO AM I is the unending mantra. It’s why we are here.


    Grasp but don’t cling, I’ve heard said.



    Still selling the same old scam:

    “The European Union unveiled what it is touting as an “alternative” to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Called the “Global Gateway,” the EU claims it will deliver better alternatives consisting of “high standards, good governance, and transparency,” in a rollout almost indistinguishable from the vague and poorly received US “Build Back Better World” (B3W) proposal.

    US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) would claim in its article, “Global Gateway: Can The EU’s Giant Infrastructure Plan Rival China’s Belt And Road?,” that:

    …the initiative will focus on building projects like fiber-optic cables, transport corridors, and “clean-power transmission lines” that will offer “attractive investment and business-friendly trading conditions, regulatory convergence, [standardization], supply-chain integration, and financial services.”

    EU’s Proposed Alternative to China’s Belt and Road Program

    John Day
    John Day

    @”deflationista”: “Takin’ care of business and working overtime…”


    The vax causes microclots that can be measured in 60% of those vaccinated.
    We know that in people with healthy hearts that the vax causes myocarditis and periocarditis in a small percentage.
    So…is it that difficult to realize that people who already have somewhat compromised hearts are more likely to experience exacerbation of their heart conditions from the Covid vax (I.e. toxic spike protein invasion)?
    My cousin was born with an enlarged heart. He had heart surgery as a child. However, he *had* apparently overcome this initial challenge, living a full, active life, although he did have regular cardiology visits to monitor his heart. Many in my large extended Mormon family have had the anti Covid injections. A few who received them were already Covid-recovered. The only person who received the injection who had a heart-related reaction was my cousin with the enlarged heart. His heart is now, well, trashed. He can barely function.

    So it is not surprising — seeing so many athletes with heart conditions after the jab — that Sergio Aguero would have his pre-existent heart condition exacerbated.

    (There are other medical anomalies that have occurred in my large extended family after Covid vaccination — anomalies that the unvaxxed suspect are due to the vax, and the vaxxed scoff at the idea of correlation — my institutionalized aunt who stopped walking, and another cousin in his 30s who was diagnosed with cancer.)


    Dr D: People don’t loathe Candace Owens because she is black. They loathe her because she’s an asshole. She is an equal opportunity grifter. Anti-vaxx pandering really is a blackhole for modern day culture war grifters.

    This whole thread just about sums it up:

    And let’s not forget how Candace Owens got her “start”. She now calls the NAACP “one of the worst groups for black people” despite the fact that they “launched” her career:


    Its my story and I’m sticking by it

    Trudeau – The emergency is not over. Trucks might come back
    Freeland – If you want your account unfrozen, take it up with your institution
    Biden – RussiaRussiaRussia war is coming
    Fauci – Do what I say or you might get sick and die

    Zerosum – enyminnimo I pick option #5

    Figmund Sreud

    Jordan Peterson met Elon Musk, … and now talks about it:

    ( … it’s all about Peterson, me thinks, …)


    D Benton Smith

    There is a lot of angst going around. It’s almost a pandemic in itself, of numerous uncomfortable and discomforting psychological conditions.

    Perhaps this is due to humankind being irredeemably psychologically unsuited for survival . This the materialistic school of thought premised on the notion that humankind itself is intrinsically fatally deficient/flawed and therefore MUST be changed/fixed at the structural level, or we will go extinct very very soon.

    On the other hand, maybe the increased psychological pain reportedly being experienced so broadly is at least partly the effect of Psychological Warfare actions being deliberately deployed against the public for specific purposes. Really ?? That is certainly what the evidence supports. The hardest part about believing that evidence is the sheer size of the body of convincing evidence (material , documentary , and testimonial . . . all three types). It might take you a while to review it ! Here is the latest 5 hours worth from the Corona Committee Grand Jury : https://www.bitchute.com/video/Mg0PSJ0tG8hy/

    The encouraging thing is that MOST psychological warfare loses all or most of its effectiveness when the details of how and why it works are fully understood. ( not all, but MOST).


    Someone is in desperate need of a Xanax


    I promised to write a “chain-mail”, so to speak, intro for sharing rototiller’s Two Narratives. Here it is. Something like this:

    You’re receiving this because I received and decided it was important. Old-fashioned chain mail! The claims it makes sound extreme and are very frightening, but I’ve looked into them, and the data is real, accurate, and fits what is claimed.

    I don’t want to frighten anyone or make some urgent call for action. I like to mind my own business for the most part. But what this addresses has been declared everybody’s business since covid first became known, and we’ve seen everybody’s business come under mounting government control while the solutions it insists we must use (vaccines, masks, etc.) not only don’t work but cause serious health issues of their own.

    So, fwiw, here is some data provided by someone I personally know and has always behaved honorably in my experience: (rototiller’s pdf of Two Narratives; I may add another thing or two when I turn my full attention to it.)

    Take care of yourselves and each other as best as possible,

    John Hancock


    “Someone is in desperate need of a Xanax”

    I want one!


    “( … it’s all about Peterson, me thinks, …)”

    Figmund, I say yes and no. JP, what I know of him, is famous because he is seen as an expert on psychology, self-actualization etc. From what I’ve seen, I tend to agree. He seems to practice what he preaches and is very much himself, seems to me.

    Like I say to people who say, ‘My6 Robin, you’re rather full of yourself, aren’t you?’

    ‘Whom else should I be full of? And what’s so good about being less than full, sloshing around half-empty?’

    Every thing I’ve seen of JP strikes me as someone passionately committed to being honest… first of all to himself, the foundation on which all other honesty rests. I hear him just describing, as honestly and subjectively as he can while remaining neutral, detached about the whole Musk is God/Musk is Devil bipolarity around Musk’s media aura.

    Musk, from all I’ve heard, is a stone-cold fire-eater. Man has balls, for sure. Not much of a conscience, imo, but cajones up the yin-yang. His neighbor, Quincy Jones, said simply, “The man is fearless.”

    That it’s easy to infer that he thinks Tesla’s technology is advanced just reminds me that he’s a psychologist not a physicist. Everyone has a blind spot, and it seems that the bigger the person’s celebrity, the bigger the blind spot.

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