Feb 032022

James McNeill Whistler Arrangement in Pink, Red and Purple 1883-4


Deliberate Infections Give Unique Covid Insight (BBC)
Letter From NHS Clinical Scientist Who is Quitting Over the Covid Vaccines (DS)
Has The Red Carpet Been Rolled Out For A Mainstream Pivot On Ivermectin? (QTR)
New Zealand To End Quarantine Stays And Reopen Its Borders (Fox)
US Truckers Got Booted Off Of Facebook (Kirsch)
Facebook Stock In Free-fall (RT)
Ukraine Invasion No Longer ‘Imminent’ – White House (RT)
Russia Condemns Destructive US Troops Boost In Europe (BBC)
America’s Putin Psychosis (Ritter)
Don’t Blame Putin for Europe’s Energy Crisis (FP)
Why Is Trust In Media Plummeting? Just Look At What’s Happening At CNN (G.)
World Leaders Support Joe Rogan (RT)
MPs Push For Julian Assange To Be Granted Political Asylum In France (EN)





PCR “We have built this crisis with this new definition of “cases”.



The 10 billion, 90%-efficacy vaccine shots have caused the noticeable trend break downwards.



Bunch of idiots





ADP predicts huge job losses. Watch tomorrow.

Dave Collum: ”The job market is not tight, it’s broken.”



1/ The fact that Imperial College did such a study tells you they KNEW no-one was going to die. You can’t take that risk, even if they volunteer. 2/ It was an early version of the virus, which a/ no longer exists, and b/ was 10-100x more lethal than Omicron. And they still already knew there would be no deaths.

Deliberate Infections Give Unique Covid Insight (BBC)

The world’s first Covid “challenge trial” – which deliberately infected people – gives a unique view on the early stages of the disease. The virus was given to 36 young, healthy and unvaccinated volunteers, at the Royal Free hospital, in London. The results show where and when the virus takes hold in the body – and that some resist the infection. Future challenge trials could help find the next generation of Covid vaccines and drugs. They allow scientists to study the earliest stages of an infection, even before symptoms develop. Each of the volunteers, aged 18-30, had an identical dose of Covid – equivalent to the amount in a single droplet propelled out of somebody’s nose during the peak of their Covid infection – squirted up their nose. But only half of them became infected.

And understanding how the others – unvaccinated and without immunity from previous infections – resisted the virus will be the focus of future research. In those that did develop an infection, the virus took off rapidly, the first symptoms and positive test results appearing within just 42 hours. The previous consensus had been it took five days from exposure to the virus to first symptoms. And while the virus takes a foothold in the throat, the greatest amount was found when it moved up to the nose, leading the researchers to stress the importance of facemasks covering both. “It’s a really unique study,” Prof Christopher Chiu, from the Institute of Infection, at Imperial College London, said.

The amount of virus peaked about five days after the infection and remained detectable up to 12 days later. Symptoms were mild but some volunteers had a prolonged loss of their sense of smell. Prof Chiu said: “Lateral flow tests correlate very well with the presence of infectious virus. “Even though in the first day or two they may be less sensitive, if you use them correctly and repeatedly, and act on them if they read positive, this will have a major impact on interrupting viral spread.” The virus used was an early variant taken from a patient at the start of the pandemic. Further studies will explore more recent versions.

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The damage to healthcare will last for a long time.

“.. I know which doctors I will trust when all this is over.”

Letter From NHS Clinical Scientist Who is Quitting Over the Covid Vaccines (DS)

“[..] a letter from an NHS Clinical Scientist of some 25 years – currently employed at an NHS University Hospital Trust but who has just resigned – to Health Secretary Sajid Javid to tell him why she is quitting over the complicity of the health service in the national scandal that is the Covid vaccine rollout.”

A core principle in healthcare is to ensure that patients are given free access to all information, to enable them to make a proper and informed choice about any treatment. As a scientist, I have been and still am gravely concerned about the Government and NHS misrepresentation of these vaccines as ‘safe and effective’ – a mantra still promoted by our Government and media, despite the overwhelming evidence demonstrating otherwise of the MHRA Yellow Card scheme and worldwide databases for reporting adverse effects. Worryingly, the great majority of GPs have not being raising awareness of this scheme, leading to significant under-reporting and, consequently, under-estimation of the actual situation.

I personally have spoken to people who, after experiencing bad reactions to the first dose, have been encouraged by doctors to continue regardless and take the second, with serious consequences for their health. They had never heard of the MHRA Yellow Card scheme and wouldn’t know how to make a report. Misinformation starts from the seniors: I have been told (in writing) by Human Resources senior staff at my hospital that that vaccines have been “licensed”, genuinely oblivious to the fact that MHRA has granted only emergency approval. I have been appalled by the NHS willingness to trample over the concept of personalised medicine in the promotion of products still in phase three trials. There has been no stratified analysis of the balance of risks and benefits.

No scientific reference to real data from the pandemic statistics nor to those of the adverse effects – deaths and life-limiting injuries – reported globally. No mention of the unavailability of medium and long term safety data, which may not be relevant for the elderly but it certainly is for the young. No information about alternative treatments. This is not the NHS I joined and embraced. Primum non nocere: first, do no harm. Equally important is the right to bodily autonomy, including the right to refuse any treatment or medication. Enshrined in law for the protection of all human beings, this core principle extends to everybody, patients and healthcare staff alike. The Government mandate, offering NHS workers the alternative between taking an experimental product against their best judgement or lose their livelihood, can hardly be portrayed as ‘free choice’.

I hope it is clear that the motivation of NHS staff across all professions in resisting this coercion is founded on ethical grounds. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, clinical scientists – we all feel that our integrity would be compromised, that the fundamental principle of trust, at the core of our unique relationship with the patients we serve, would be irreparably transgressed; and that this erosion of professional ethics would carry the inherent danger of establishing coercion as an acceptable practice in future, with NHS staff imposing procedures on patients against their will – the victim becoming the perpetrator. From a patient prospective, I know which doctors I will trust when all this is over.

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“Duh, of course ivermectin works and we’ve known it all along, it just doesn’t work as well as [insert big pharma drug here]”

Has The Red Carpet Been Rolled Out For A Mainstream Pivot On Ivermectin? (QTR)

I couldn’t help but think when this Japanese study popped up yesterday that the timing sure would be convenient now for the mainstream media to start a pivot on ivermectin. Now that Moderna has received official FDA approval for its vaccine and Pfizer is happily seeking Emergency Use Authorization to jab kids as young as 6 months – and now that major drug manufacturers have had their antiviral Covid pills approved – maybe it can finally be time to pump the brakes on the ivermectin hysteria and allow the truth and reason to nudge their way in. In other words, the fat pigs are finally finished stuffing their gluttonous faces at the trough of the FDA, stocked with newly-printed U.S. dollars.

Unable to physically consume anymore, and noticing that all but a few molecules of feed are even left, they can now reluctantly relinquish their positions at the front of the line and waddle away, leaving the rest of the animals a chance to squabble over the remains. All of the major pharmaceutical companies (and their lobbyists) finally getting the approvals that they want for all of their Covid drugs may roll out the red carpet for us to finally embrace reality and the truth, which I believe is that ivermectin has efficacy. What we’re seeing now in the media is a massive pivot regarding Covid. With the emergence of omicron and many geographic locations around the world lifting their Covid restrictions – and most notably politicians understanding they can’t win an election by locking us in our home [..] the media pivot on Covid has been pronounced since 2022 began.

And not unlike the pivot we’ve already seen on the lab leak and whether or not vaccines would end the virus, I’m expecting we see a similar pivot on ivermectin. Of course, I could be wrong. I don’t mind being wrong. I exist on the fringe, as my readers know. In the words of Peter Venkman: “If I’m wrong, nothing happens! We go to jail – peacefully, quietly. We’ll enjoy it!” But if I’m not…and the narrative on ivermectin does in fact change to wind up as “Duh, of course ivermectin works and we’ve known it all along, it just doesn’t work as well as [insert big pharma drug here]” everybody responsible for suppressing over the last 2 years needs to be held accountable for what, in my opinion, may wind up amounting to crimes against humanity.

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Pointless and endless.

New Zealand To End Quarantine Stays And Reopen Its Borders (Fox)

New Zealand’s government on Thursday said it will end its quarantine requirements for incoming travelers and reopen its borders, a change welcomed by thousands of citizens abroad who have endured long waits to return home. Since the start of the pandemic, New Zealand has enacted some of the world’s strictest border controls. Most incoming travelers need to spend 10 days in a quarantine hotel room run by the military, a requirement that has created a bottleneck at the border. The measures were initially credited with saving thousands of lives and allowed New Zealand to eliminate or control several outbreaks of the coronavirus.

But, increasingly, the border controls have been viewed as out-of-step in a world where the virus is becoming endemic, and in a country where the omicron variant is already spreading. The bottleneck forced many New Zealanders abroad to enter a lottery-style system to try and secure a spot in quarantine and passage home. The shortcomings of the system were highlighted over the past week by pregnant New Zealand journalist Charlotte Bellis, who was stranded in Afghanistan after New Zealand officials initially rejected her application to return home to give birth. After international publicity, officials backed down and offered her a spot in quarantine, which she has accepted.

The border changes mean that vaccinated New Zealanders returning from Australia will no longer need to go into quarantine from the end of this month, and vaccinated New Zealanders returning from the rest of the world can skip quarantine by mid-March. They will still be required to isolate at home. However, most tourists will need to wait until October before they can enter the country without a quarantine stay. And anybody who isn’t vaccinated will still be required to go through quarantine.

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Why does Facebook need to get into this?

US Truckers Got Booted Off Of Facebook (Kirsch)

I just got off the phone with Brian Brase who is organizing the US truckers. He’ll be on the VSRF call tomorrow (register at vacsafety.org). They got kicked off of Facebook because Facebook said they violated their QAnon policy. I suggested Substack and Brian said, “What’s that?” So I suggested I might be able to help them find a group of people who could run the IT for them to provide the truckers and their supporters a way to communicate. If you have both the time and expertise to do this, please volunteer using this form and we’ll get these guys re-platformed ASAP.

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They lost $200 billion in market cap overnight.

Facebook Stock In Free-fall (RT)

Shares of Facebook’s parent company Meta went into a nosedive after the markets closed on Wednesday, following an underwhelming quarterly report, the first since CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the name change. The stock stood strong at $323 a share when the markets closed at 4 pm EST, but collapsed to $249 just half an hour later, for a loss of almost 23%. In just the first eleven minutes of after-hours trading, $16 billion in Meta’s market cap had been wiped out. What triggered the sell-off was Meta’s quarterly report showing lower revenue, earnings per share, and the numbers of daily and monthly active users than expected by investors.

Whereas the investors expected around $30.15 billion, Facebook’s figures showed $27-$29 billion, CNBC reported, citing a Refinitiv survey of market analysts. According to the same source, earnings per share came in at $3.67, short of the expected $3.84. The number of daily active users (DAU) stood at 1.93 billion, less than the expected 1.95 billion, while the monthly active users (MAU) also undershot the 2.95 expectation, ending up at 2.91 billion, according to Street Account. This is the first quarterly report since Zuckerberg announced his social media behemoth would be changing its name to Meta, to better represent its focus on the upcoming “metaverse” and encompass the existing Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp brands.

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Awkward walk back.

Ukraine Invasion No Longer ‘Imminent’ – White House (RT)

The US government is no longer using the word ‘imminent’ in its narrative around the alleged Russian ‘invasion’ of Ukraine, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, on Wednesday, explaining that it was sending an unintended message. “I used it once. I think others have used that once, and we stopped using it because I think it sent a message that we weren’t intending to send, which was that we knew that President Putin had made a decision,” Psaki said at a press briefing. “I would say the vast majority of times I’ve talked about it, I’ve said he could invade ‘at any time,’” she added. Psaki’s remarks come after the US envoy to the UN backtracked from the use of ‘imminent’ in an interview with NPR aired on Tuesday.

“No, I would not say that we are arguing that it’s imminent,” Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the broadcaster. The official transcript of Psaki’s January 25 briefing says otherwise, however. Asked whether the Russian invasion of Ukraine – which the US media and intelligence agencies have claimed since late October would happen any day now – was still “imminent,” here’s what Psaki had to say. “When we said it was imminent, it remains imminent,” she told one reporter. “Well, ‘imminent’ has a pretty intense meaning. Doesn’t it?” she said in answer to the very next question. “And it’s still the belief that it’s imminent?” was the followup, to which Psaki replied, “Correct.”

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3,000 troops vs 130,000 Russia?!

Russia Condemns Destructive US Troops Boost In Europe (BBC)

Russia has condemned a US decision to send extra troops to Europe to support its Nato allies amid continuing fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moscow said it was a “destructive” step which heightened tension and reduced the scope for a political solution. The Pentagon said 2,000 US troops would be sent from North Carolina to Poland and Germany, and a further 1,000 already in Germany would go to Romania. Russia has some 100,000 troops near Ukraine. It denies planning to invade. The tensions come eight years after Russia annexed Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula and backed a bloody rebellion in the eastern Donbas region.

Moscow accuses the Ukrainian government of failing to implement the Minsk agreement – an international deal to restore peace to the east, where Russian-backed rebels control swathes of territory and at least 14,000 people have been killed since 2014. Responding to US President Joe Biden’s decision to deploy extra troops to Europe this week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said it was a “destructive” and an “unjustified” step. Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Grushko added that it would “delight” the Ukrainian authorities, who would continue sabotaging the Minsk agreement “with impunity”. The Pentagon earlier said the American troops being deployed would not fight in Ukraine – but would ensure the defence of Washington’s allies. Their deployment is in addition to the 8,500 troops the Pentagon put on alert last month to be ready to deploy to Europe if needed.

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“They said one thing, they did another,” Putin said. “As people say, they screwed us over, well they simply deceived us.”

America’s Putin Psychosis (Ritter)

The war of words between Russia and the United States over Ukraine escalated further on Tuesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin responded for the first time to the U.S. written reply to Russia’s demands for security guarantees that were expressed in the form of a pair of draft treaties submitted by Moscow to the U.S. and NATO in December. “It is already clear…that the fundamental Russian concerns were ignored. We did not see an adequate consideration of our three key requirements,” Putin said at a press conference that followed his meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Moscow.

Putin said the U.S. had failed to give “adequate consideration of our three key demands regarding NATO expansion, the renunciation of the deployment of strike weapons systems near Russian borders, and the return of the [NATO] bloc’s military infrastructure in Europe to the state of 1997, when the Russia-NATO founding act was signed.” He detailed what he alleged was NATO’s long history of deception, re-emphasizing the 1990 verbal commitment by former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker that NATO would not expand “an inch” eastward. “They said one thing, they did another,” Putin said. “As people say, they screwed us over, well they simply deceived us.”

With some 130,000 Russian troops deployed in the western and southern military districts bordering Ukraine, and another 30,000 assembling in neighboring Belarus, U.S. policy makers are scrambling to figure out what Russia’s next move might be, a choice most U.S. policy makers believe boils down to diplomacy or war. Rather than examine the situation from the perspective of Russian national security interests, however, these officials have placed the fate of European peace and security in the hands of a single individual: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.

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“European natural gas topped $60 per million Btu, equivalent to an oil price of an astonishing $350 per barrel.”

Don’t Blame Putin for Europe’s Energy Crisis (FP)

Europe typically depends on Russia for more than one-third of its natural gas use. Although Russia has been sending less to Europe this winter, it is fulfilling its long-term contractual commitments. The difference now is that it has all but cut off the additional supplies it usually sells on the spot market. If Russia were to cut or reduce contracted deliveries to Europe as well—which half a century of energy relations suggests is unlikely—it would be exceedingly difficult and expensive for Europe to replace lost Russian gas flows. Spot prices, already skyrocketing to unprecedented levels, would go even higher as European buyers tried to pull in LNG supplies otherwise headed for Asia, energy-intensive industries would shut down, and even household heating and electricity use would likely need to be rationed to prevent power outages.

But even if Russian gas flows continue uninterrupted, Europe still faces an energy crisis this year and, more importantly, in the years to come. By late summer of 2021, it was already evident that Europe was facing a looming energy crisis with gas storage levels unusually low. As winter set in, prices predictably soared to record levels, reaching such heights late last year that many industrial firms shut down production. In Britain, nearly 30 power utilities went bankrupt. European natural gas topped $60 per million Btu, equivalent to an oil price of an astonishing $350 per barrel. (Brent crude sells for around $90 a barrel, and the comparable U.S. gas price is around $4.) European household energy bills will rise another 50 percent this year, according to Bank of America.

Faced with public backlash and worries about the impact on the macroeconomy, governments with few other options to keep prices in check have resorted to subsidizing energy costs for people feeling the pinch. Denmark has announced it plans to send checks to households using natural gas for heating to offset the rise in prices. Norway, France, and several other European countries have done the same. Energy prices have eased in recent weeks, but only because Europe has been lucky with the weather. Winter temperatures have not been as cold as feared. The same has been true of Asia, allowing Europe to draw some cargoes of LNG that otherwise would have been needed there.

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Is this the end? The MSM start eating each other, like here the Guardian devouring CNN, in the same way that CNN’s Cuomo and Zucker go after each other. Because: they have no viewers left.

CNN calls itself “the iconic network”, Brian Stelter goes after Rogan saying he’s not credible because he doesn’t have a large media corporation like CNN behind him. He does have 25x more viewers though.

NOTE: wonder if the Guardian knows it’s part of “Media” too, and losing trust.

Why Is Trust In Media Plummeting? Just Look At What’s Happening At CNN (G.)

Media outlets are supposed to report the news not become it. On Wednesday CNN found itself coming afoul of that rule when Jeff Zucker abruptly resigned from his position as network president amid lurid circumstances. In a memo sent to colleagues, Zucker explained he was stepping down after failing to disclose a “consensual relationship” with a close colleague. While Zucker didn’t name the colleague directly, Allison Gollust, CNN’s executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, has confirmed her involvement in a memo to employees. Hang on a minute. Is a powerful man really resigning from a big job because he had a consensual relationship with a colleague? That’s not the usual way of things; many men have been accused of far worse transgressions and still managed to cling to power.

Well here’s some context: Gollust happens to be the former communications director for disgraced former New York governor Andrew Cuomo. And Zucker’s relationship with Gollust came up during an internal investigation into former anchor Chris Cuomo, who was fired from CNN in December after using his job to help his brother, Andrew, combat sexual harassment allegations (leading some commentators to dub CNN the “Cuomo Nepotism Network”.) Zucker stood by Chris Cuomo for months when his conflict-of-interest scandal first hit but eventually fired him a few days after the anchor was accused of sexual misconduct by a junior colleague at another network. Like his brother, it seems Chris holds a grudge. Two sources told Politico that it was Cuomo’s legal team, which is still negotiating his exit from the network, who flagged the relationship between Zucker and Gollust.

A reporter from media startup Puck News has also claimed that CNN received a letter from Cuomo’s lawyers asking for all communications between Zucker, Gollust and Cuomo to be preserved. While Zucker may not be having a very good week, Donald Trump (whose views on CNN are common knowledge) is having a ball. “Jeff Zucker, a world-class sleazebag who has headed ratings and real-news-challenged CNN for far too long, has been terminated for numerous reasons, but predominantly because CNN has lost its way with viewers,” Trump wrote in a statement. I hate to say it, but Trump has a point. You don’t have to be a cynic to reckon that CNN’s dismal ratings may factor into Zucker’s sudden departure: CNN had record ratings during the Trump years but has seen viewership plummet recently.

The Cuomo scandal certainly hasn’t helped the network’s credibility: during the early days of the pandemic Chris Cuomo repeatedly interviewed his brother on air and it was largely treated like hilarious banter instead of a clear conflict of interest. And that’s hardly been the only embarrassment the network has suffered: last year Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s chief legal analyst exposed himself on a Zoom call with colleagues. While the New Yorker fired Toobin from his staff writer position, CNN gave him a little tap on the wrist and put him back on the air.

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Optimistic headline.

World Leaders Support Joe Rogan (RT)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and El Salvador President Nayib Bukele both came out in defense of American podcast host Joe Rogan this week after critics, including the White House, encouraged Spotify to censor his show. The campaign – which has attempted to get Rogan’s Spotify show censored after he expressed skepticism over Covid-19 vaccines for young people and hosted several vaccine-skeptic doctors – was bolstered on Tuesday after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said there was “more that can be done” by Spotify to crack down on speech which goes against the national Covid-19 line. Psaki’s comments were condemned by free speech activists in the US, who claimed they were unconstitutional and amounted to the state pressuring a private company to censor dissidents.

The two world leaders also came out in defense of Rogan’s right to free speech. In a statement, Bolsonaro said, “I’m not sure what [Rogan] thinks about me or about my government, but it doesn’t matter.” “If freedom of speech means anything, it means that people should be free to say what they think, no matter if they agree or disagree with us. Stand your ground! Hugs from Brazil.” Bukele – who has been accused of threatening freedom of the press in his county by criticizing ‘fake news’ journalists – used Psaki’s comments to mock critics who claim free speech “is under attack in El Salvador,” and appeared to argue that the White House’s interference in the Rogan matter amounted to a more egregious attack on free speech than anything his administration is accused of doing. Following calls for Rogan to be censored, Spotify announced it would start adding a ‘content advisory’ to shows that discuss the Covid-19 pandemic. The advisories will direct listeners to allegedly ‘trusted sources’ on the coronavirus, including scientists and academics.

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“WikiLeaks was formerly based in France and Assange’s children live in the country, but his lawyers admitted in 2020 that the fact that he is not on French soil would complicate the process.”

MPs Push For Julian Assange To Be Granted Political Asylum In France (EN)

Four French MPs are pushing for Julian Assange to be offered asylum in France amid the WikiLeaks founder’s ongoing fight against extradition from the UK to the US. Jennifer De Temmerman, Jean Lassalle, Cedric Villani and Francois Ruffin are due to speak at a press conference in Paris on 1 February where they will explain why Assange — currently in prison in the UK — should be given sanctuary in France. Assange’s defence team announced in February 2020 that it would be seeking asylum for him in France, ahead of the hearing in the UK on whether the 50-year-old should be extradited to the US for trial.

Two years on, Assange continues to fight extradition to the US, where would face trial over the release of a trove of classified military documents more than a decade ago. In December 2021, Britain’s High Court overturned a ruling by a lower court that Assange could not be extradited due to concerns over his mental health. In January, Assange won the right to appeal this decision to the UK Supreme Court, further delaying his possible extradition. WikiLeaks was formerly based in France and Assange’s children live in the country, but his lawyers admitted in 2020 that the fact that he is not on French soil would complicate the process.

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    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle February 3 2022]

    Veracious Poet

    I’m unclear about the “How close humanity is to understanding that their governments are organized criminals” picture ~ Is that supposed to be “close”?

    Because from where I’m sitting it looks the same as it has for decades, except for the awake active few…

    If “humanity” actually decides to have a seminal moment, will it start in the courts? Because the opposition pretty much has that one sewn up tight.

    And what type of representative government apparatus will “humanity” replace the current rotten ones with? Asking for a friend…

    I’m afraid the seeds of complacency were sewn deep, VERY deep, then add to that a lot of “diversity” fertilizer + lunatic fringe “lefties”, clueless “conservatives” + a soft center & you have a recipe for compliance, not revolt…

    Sure, the totally corrupt, murderous “leadership” is scared they may have stirred the sleeping giant (thus the JAN 6 witch hunt fiasco), but all I see is the same lost & stupid people shuffling around in survival/hedonism mode, minus a few awakened humans shouting FIRE!

    God help us, because humanity won’t help themselves…

    Waiting for the next shoe to drop,


    Basseterre Kitona

    Covid is becoming lethal as flu.

    Probably less lethal than flu since omicron arrived.

    Does anybody remember back in 2020 when theautomaticearth.com used to lead with daily updates on coronavirus numbers? Personally, I was always most interested in the death rate of Cases Closed because all that really mattered to me was the odds of dying if I became a case. I double check the Archive and it appears that the peak death rate was a whopping 21% of Closed Cases during the stretch of April 5–21, 2020.

    A secondary metric that I watched closely was the percent of “Mild” Cases amongst the Active Cases. And even during the peak of 21% of Closed Cases resulting in death, some 95% of Active Cases were still considered “Mild”.

    After theautomaticearth.com discontinued the daily posting of Cases and Death numbers, I have continued to make some basic calculations on my own once per week. With the recent spike in Omicron cases, the overall death rate has been dropping a lot, under 1% by my admittedly imperfect calculations. But even better are the 28 day rolling average numbers which, in some countries now, appear to be less than 0.1%.

    It appears that we are now definitely into flu-like territory and knowing that it primarily impacts the old & sick there is no reason to continue the charade of ridiculous restrictions and mandates. It is over.


    Organised criminals? Sorry I want Don Vito. When I pay him protection money my business gets to stay open. Only psychopaths demand protection money then shut you down themselves.

    Is this the final evolutionary phase of Big Government? They become so corrupt they stop providing the services they continue to charge people for? They have Luca Brasi so they can take everything for nothing. Like health care with doctors who have blown up their credibility.

    Final showdown to come: workers who produce and create things(like truckers) versus government workers who provide less and less but never miss a pay cheque. I’m looking forward to dancing on the graves of lost government jobs and celebrating when those golden goose gvt pensions become worthless. Yes it’s cutting off my nose to spite my face. Nevertheless they created this situation..

    Dr. D

    Warning: long again

    New satellite images show buildup of Russian military around Ukraine” – CNN

    Translation: The Russian military IS IN RUSSIA. That’s ridiculous! They should be stationed on 400 military bases worldwide like ours are. That’s how you know they’re peaceful!

    Here was the usual, boring, predictable, expected, plan: https://thesaker.is/virtual-ukrainian-invasion-virtually-imminent/

    No invasion. They just print it on TV like “Wag the Dog.” Or like 2014 where they (BBC, Reuters, paid by MI6) posted the “Invasion” which was the Georgian (loss and retreat) from years before. In this case, they had a film crew come and cover Ukrainian exercises, lots of smoke pots, etc., then edit and pre-send all the footage to …BBC, NYT, CNN, CBC, you know everyone who hasn’t printed the truth in 30 years. In fact, the article points out honest coverage in Ukraine stolen and re-posted as “Proof of Invasion”. Already.

    What a dumb playbook. You know why they keep doing it? It keeps working. They’ll stop the minute Americans read the news and reject these transparent lies. They won’t. If I pay a guy to fly a Confederate flag, an AMERICAN Confederate flag, in Canada, everyone just believes it. “I guess Jefferson Davis must be invading!” When the creases from the shipping bag are still in it. Despite that the media hasn’t told the truth in the lifetime of any human alive. They post a non-sequitor, that makes no sense in context, and they lap it up. Same with “Troops buildup” (of Russians in Russia) while we send ANOTHER 10,000 men to Gawd-knows, like to murder brown children in Sudan, while wearing blackface AND a Sari, AND women’s lipstick at home. Yay! We know we’re the goodie-goods, by the 1994 Crime Bill and Blackface, and THEY’RE the bad guys, because their army is in their own borders and has never left, ever, never-ever-ever-ever. (And Joe sends 3,000 troops to the Eastern bloc. Breaking)

    What can logic say to that? The people are blindingly illogical. End of story. And it won’t get better until they stop.

    So they post fake footage – hey remember that “Nighttime shooting/bombing in Ukraine/Syria” that turned out to be the local fireworks display in Kentucky? And CNN was not given a lifetime ban for “disinformation”? They lap it up, love it, join it, make excuses for it, forever and ever, toss your kiddies in the woodchipper-of-war, love it.

    An American Confederate flag. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Srs ppl? Why do you make it so easy, make it required, inevitable, for the bad guys to lie, and win? Show the suspicion of a golden retriever at least. F’ing Embarrassing.

    Moving to Time Magazine: “[Crisis] would suddenly evaporate were President Vladimir Putin to order the troops amassed on Ukraine’s borders to return home.”

    Return home…to Russia? Because they’re IN Russia. They are ALREADY home, unlike all 3,000+ new U.S. troops. Now how did the Russian Army get on top of OUR free gas and oil? What are they doing there? Did Exxon allow this? Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick, Time Magazine, STOP SNIFFING GLUE.

    Noting that Europe won’t cease to exist – but Europe (and therefore their directed monster the U.S.) THINK they will if they don’t invade and steal, control, own all Russia. For all Russia’s gas and oil, and therefore continue to send it to Brussels cheap, while the very few Russians remaining die in abject poverty.

    This is of course the same plan for the United States and food, vis-a-vis China. All rural Red people killed, 30,000 at a pop, with robot-tractors farming via GPS, shipping through a few complicit, compliant Blue port cities.

    Continuing, Time adds that Russia stated: “capturing a country with a destroyed infrastructure and an angry population is the worst possible scenario.” But they’re going to do it anyway? And we know this because their troops are inside their own borders? And they COULD have done this for 30 years without breaking a sweat. But they ARE going to do this exactly tomorrow, why exactly? Why wouldn’t Russia let Europe collapse supporting their bad decision? (Their violent, illegal coup?)

    Time: [Russia will attack using] “an amphibious invasion through the Sea of Azov.” WTF kind of Bizzarro fantasy world? Okay, I live in Amsterdam, but instead of WALKING DOWN THE STREET to my neighbor, I was planning on swimming the canal instead. In February. Like I said, this works, Americans, Brits, they Loooooove it. It seems the picture of perfect logic to them. What is it, like 1,000-mile border? But they’re going to swim. AND 10x their casualties. Gotcha. Because like evilly-evil Stormtroopers, they’re the bad guys and can’t shoot straight. For the love of God stop getting your reality from cartoons.

    “In urban areas and in the west of the country, Russian troops and even transport convoys would be subject to isolated but deadly attacks”

    Yes, they would. But FIRST THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE THERE. They are not, so stop creaming your war fantasies of “Beautiful bombs” and how you’d “Show the Russian Bear what-for. Lemme at him!” I’m going to beat Russia like Napoleon did!

    “[Scenario: Putin] had no alternative but to order a series of air strikes and limited ground operations against targets inside Ukraine, … A symbol of imperial power rather than an ugly battle for territory.”

    Time just said the sentence before that such single-strike tactics of power are “All-American.” That is, “Imperial” aka “Empire”. The U.S. is the empire, Russia is the defender from Empire. Gotcha, Time, loud and clear.

    “We no longer live in the old liberal order where rules must be enforced and violators punished. We live in a new order where power must be balanced with power.” Got it. I’ve been seeing this from the U.S. since 2001. Our Power, right or wrong. We break all rules. The good and right are punished, wherever they may be. A million Iraqi children were “worth it.” Girlz Rule.

    “The U.S. must reflect on whether it can afford to reduce its presence in Europe before a proper counterweight to Russia has been created in Brussels.”

    Well that’s never going to happen, never-ever, Europe is broke and we’re owed what, a Trillion in back-pay for NATO and defense? $50B new outlay this year alone to back-fill and actual military? Germany with near-zero functional jets? UK same. We’re the reason YOU have health care and we don’t. And Canada too. Thank Raytheon. There was something-something from Eisenhower about this.

    Firefighters Brace for North Carolina Fertilizer Plant Explosion, 6,500 People Evacuated”

    What a coinky-dink. Same day as Moscow cutting fertilizer to Europe. They’re so neck-deep in bad farming (manure is economically illegal) you can cut the yields in half without chemical steroid fertilizers, delivered on trucks, to giant $100k spray rigs, exactly on time.

    (P.S., “brace”? We don’t usually brace for events that happened in the PAST, but when you have no logic, and your brain has melted to pudding, past, present, future: they’re all really the same. Like we issue drugs THEN test them, and the FDA approves THEN gets the data. We report on wars, THEN they happen.)

    “Putin Will Follow in the Footsteps of Hitler.” – Mirror

    You have no idea how inflammatory that is, considering Putin (i.e. Russia) fought and defeated Hitler almost single-handedly. Like Germany moved 6 divisions, or HALF the worldwide German army to Stalingrad for ONE battle. THAT is what abandoned North Africa to Britain for example and they STILL could barely take it. There was no one on the Western front when Normandy happened because of this. Rah-rah Anglos! Russia was more than 2/3rds of the war by every measure. As set up beforehand, and directed by Chamberlain. Mackinder: Divide Asia so Germany does not align with Asia (Russia) and Turkey.

    “They lost $200 billion in market cap overnight.” “• Facebook Stock In Free-fall (RT) “

    Yes, but most stocks are. Be careful. They say the same of Spotify, but their decline started weeks before the present dust-up, and Tesla, everyone else, all fell too. It’s generalized market crash.

    There’s a lot of down out there, but PayPal -50%? Already? Goooo Elon! We fell so fast in some quarters the collapse is almost over. (90%)

    “Three witnesses who were in the hallway outside the Speaker’s Lobby of the U.S. Capitol when Ashli Babbitt was shot were once wanted by the FBI, but their photos have disappeared from the FBI’s January 6 Most Wanted page.

    I guess because time now flows in all directions, they’ve never been in the Capitol, or are going to the Congress in the FUTURE, not the PAST? …Or they could be FBI instigators. Your choice of raw insanity.

    “White House Urges Spotify to Censor More after ‘COVID-19 Misinformation’ Concerns”

    I mean this is every day, but need to Impeach for the 1st Amendment. Shall not infringe free speech. …Oh and free assembly, and religion, AND not establish a State “Woke” religion of #Sciencism. …And stopping the press, not just in censorship, but arresting them, imprisoning them without trial – even foreigners – and preventing all Freedom of Information Requests, perhaps for 75 years or more. Also if you assemble in a Rally for “Redress of Grievances” they track your cell phone and/or arrest you and keep you in solitary for a year without trial.

    Might that be Impeachable? Asking for a friend.

    It is pretty difficult to count 50,000 trucks. Or even 1,000. But they have airplane aerial shots out west (higher than drones) as they rolled along. I can’t count 50k, but we can do some math. Most are cabs which are 20 feet long. Let’s say spacing is x5 so the math is easy. 100ft/unit. 50 trucks per mile. Seem about right? That’s 1,000 miles. Too long to be credible. However, they are coming both east AND west, and some from elsewhere. Okay, back into credible, but barely. Also some joined, ran 100 miles, then went home. Some are cars. The convoy is not a tight military formation. We have reports that when it started arriving, more were still arriving 24h later. 50/mile, 1 mile/minute (60mph), 24h, round down. (Normal uninvolved traffic is also on the road) That equals 72,000 trucks, and only one direction. I’d guess under +20k presently, maybe sub-20k as a standing force. 20k is a lot, but total linear feet of city streets are long.

    But we don’t have to debate: Guinness records was called and will give an official number. The largest before this was like 2k? So it’s still 10x the largest convoy ever on earth. AND we had the Canadian people come out in support, widespread, coast-to-coast, so it’s not just an Alberta thing, which is important.

    So in warning us not to be knee-jerk contrary/reactionary are you telling us because it’s not 50k trucks, it’s therefore zero trucks? Or like 20 trucks? That seems knee-jerk contrary except instead of contrary to CNN, it’s just reactionary to US as your mental focus instead. We’re not important. Just a couple of dumb guys on the internets. However, we’ve been mostly right (except Covid for the 1st 6 months, besides me) and CNN, CBC, BBC has been wrong like 75% of the time.

    25 Million would die. Masks don’t work. Vaccines don’t stop the spread. It wasn’t a natural virus. Social distancing has no science, no studies, and was completely made-up.

    Why are you reacting to us and not all the guys who were dead-wrong, and being dead-wrong destroyed kids and gave $10 Trillion to billionaires? Bezos made more SINCE THE LOCKDOWN, to give every employee $500,000. But you’re not going after him? Death rates appear to be climbing, maybe even 40%, AFTER – as your chart – Covid is dropping everywhere but Maine. You’re not asking questions, going after them? Your material is focused on PEOPLE only, their popularity. It’s similar here. We’re chasing the data, like 40%??? That’s unprecedented outside of war, and Armageddon-alarming. You have no interest in data. Only people, whether to support them, for being rich, powerful, and popular, or to denigrate them for being not-popular-at-this-time, although Great Barrington is now re-popular, as the CDC supports it, and looks like Lab-leak and IVM will be next on the list to be approved and “Popular” again. Will you switch then? When the rich and powerful, the authorities support it?

    That’s just so weird to me. Attack the man, always, address the data, never. As asked, where is your accounting of how many truck WERE there, i.e. “data”? You don’t have one. The point is that whatever WE say is wrong, i.e. “attack the man”. People are wrong all the time and it’s rare indeed to hit the bullseye, so we need to focus on the data, not the man, to try to get closer to accurate over time, using open data and discussion. I.E. “Science.” You appear to be against this method, and this principle. What do you get out of it? This badgering of others charges you up. Why? We’re not getting closer to an accurate view using that approach.

    Back to the issue: 40% increase in death rates, needs to be confirmed. But we DO have a patient ratio that appears to be moving up from a baseline <5:1 into >10:1. Since beds, nurses, doctor numbers don’t move very fast, that implies perhaps a DOUBLING of hospital incidents. I know they have no response, will hire more admin, fire more providers, steal more money for insurance lobbyists, but What is causing this? Any curiosity at all? Just one day, about Sept 2021, (young) people dropped dead and hospitals filled up. Huh. Funny ol’ world.

    Whoops, gotta go, BillyJoe on the interenets said something stupid. Forget about all these deaths and the felony charges that should logically follow and ATTACK THOSE POOR PEOPLE. Anybody who works. DEFEND THE BILLIONAIRES, their media, their banks, their bailouts, their wars, by ANY MEANS, because I mentally associate myself with them. They=me.

    SMH man. They are killing you, your family, your country, and your friends. Because go get THEM and not us, will ya?


    all that really mattered to me was the odds of dying if I became a case

    I think this is a mistake. I think that Long Covid is a real thing. I think that short term thinking (do I die in the acute stage?) is too shortsighted, especially given that there is a possibility of reinfection. I think long term exposure to spike protein is a real risk. I think repeated exposure to spike protein vaccines, especially gene transfer vaccines that produce a different amount of spike protein in every person, is also a real risk. I think this is an unnatural bioweapon, and that the Chinese might have a good reason (other than national pride) to try to keep their people from catching this. But maybe I am just paranoid . . .


    Don’t forget, Russia was also the country that sent two ‘assets’ to walk in front of cameras and then use a highly toxic, murderous poison to “off” an ex-spy who they’d held in prison for years, and swapped away…/s

    Formerly T-Bear

    The next national election in Australia will be a national IQ test. Returning any currently holding public office will determine (inverse proportion) the Australian’s IQ. Curious what that will be (but subjects will be subjects).

    Same for Canada in their next national election. Returning the PM will start the count at zero and proceed downwards from there, counterbalanced by whatever current MP gets themselves replaced for allowing the current state of affairs. How will the subjects vote?

    Dr. D


    “Workers of the world stop uniting! Stop Uniting! Do what you’re told!”

    Ah, PMC salty, salty tears.

    Doc Robinson

    Speaking of corrupt governments, whistleblower former ambassador Craig Murray, who was released from prison a couple months ago, is naming names. This excerpt regarding Julian Assange is from Murray’s fascinating and disgusting article today which explains “How the Establishment Functions.”

    The leader of the UK Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, has a prominent role.

    [Keir] Starmer was indeed, as Director of Public Prosecutions, responsible for the non-prosecution of [Jimmy] Savile.

    But just as Savile was to be protected from actual sex crime, Starmer knew that Assange was to be persecuted over fake sex crime. Starmer’s conduct of the Assange case was entirely corrupt.

    It is important for you to understand that Assange was never charged with any sex crime in Sweden. He was wanted for questioning, after Stockholm’s chief prosecutor had decided there was no case to answer, but a prosecutor from another district had taken up the case. Assange always believed the entire thing was a ruse to get him sent from Sweden to the United States. His legal team had offered the Swedish prosecutors the chance to interview him in the Swedish Embassy back in 2011, which should have enabled the case to be closed.

    Under Starmer, the Crown Prosecution Service told the Swedish prosecutors not to come to London. The emails in which they did this were destroyed, and only recovered by an FOI request at the Swedish end. You will recall that, when after a further seven long years Swedish prosecutors finally did interview Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy, it resulted in the Swedish investigation being dropped.

    Had Starmer not prevented it, the Swedish investigation could have been closed in January 2011 following interview.

    Then in October 2013, while Starmer was still DPP, his staff emailed Swedish prosecutors in response to reports that they wished to drop the case, saying “Don’t you dare get cold feet”. The Swedes responded explaining they did indeed wish to drop it. The Crown Prosecution Service again dissuaded them.

    Why was Starmer intervening to insist a foreign state continue an investigation that state itself wished to stop, and which involved no British nationals?

    I am very confident there is no other example of the British DPP interfering in an overseas investigation in this way. It certainly was nothing to do with the ostensible subject matter of the Swedish investigation, which doesn’t rate a mention in the email correspondence. There can be no doubt that Starmer’s motive was entirely ulterior to the Swedish investigation, and almost certainly is related to the illegal CIA activity against Assange and the current US extradition effort. Starmer is revealed as a highly unscrupulous and mendacious character.

    That has of course been confirmed by the downright lies Starmer told in seeking election by the Labour Party membership, when he stated he would maintain Corbyn’s popular left wing economic policies, particularly on rail and utility nationalisation. Once in power Starmer simply ditched these pledges in favour of billionaire-enabling policies, and started a purge of the left of the party on an epic scale.

    The British Establishment likes Starmer.

    How the Establishment Functions

    Mister Roboto

    @Dr D: Indeed.

    Mister Roboto

    Not just posting this because the videographer is a cute young guy. 😉


    ““I guess Jefferson Davis must be invading!” “


    those darned kids

    i put this up late last night. it’s the dmed stats. unfortunately (comma*) it seems america will be devoting much, much more of its budget to the veterans administration in the coming years.


    * ;•)


    Who objected to, opposed, shouted out about,

    — CPR tests fake positives, treatment of the elderly in care homes, the banning of remedies like HCQ, IVM, putting ppl on ventilators and killing them, enforcing ‘sanitary passes’ that are useless, encouraging jabbing all, including children, with possibly toxic substances, etc. —

    NOT the medical sector.

    Yet, they are the ppl the most qualified, the best informed, on the ground, to dope it out, explain. And supposedly, those who have a duty to help and never do harm.

    There are some notable exceptions, individuals, who deserve praise and eternal thanks. + Many lower-down ppl who don’t have media exposure and tried their best, well and good… kudos…

    The med. sector massively adhered to the scripted, imposed narrative. Yes, the med. industry has been taken over and corrupted, maybe since 20, 30, years re. the VAX push (recall Tamiflu, or the 2009 swine flu vax effort), you pay ppl, and they bow. Ugo Bardi’s latest post is about ‘buy a scentist’ (link), just an ex. at a lower level, it works like that, I’ve seen it.

    The easy mega-profits, making ppl spend their last cent and go into debt to save loved ones or themselves, is so compelling, over-riding, it can’t be resisted, be it by Med. prof. corps, ‘associations’, Cos., incl. payment schemes like health insurance cos., the med-machine industry, various middle-men, skimmers, all making a living out of screwing over patients and those who pay.

    Inevitably, tensions between a) keeping ppl alive so they pay, b) killing them off because they can’t any longer, arise….

    Covid switched things to option b) ! (Ok I’m being hyper cynical and only one aspect treated..)

    What the industrial-med-Corps, the med. professional ppl, and many hangers-on (Big Pharma not included) don’t grasp is that they are shooting themselves in the foot and will be marginalised, de-jobbed, de-funded, rendered obsolete.



    I remember …. when TAE was explaining the coming energy shortages
    I don’t remember any story of Russia invading Ukraine because the Ukraine doesn’t have enough energy.
    Of course, the same situation exist fo Europe.

    Historically, a country got invaded to seize assets, not to take on debts and liabilities.
    However, Canada is being forced to send its resources to USA, under false information


    Speaking of the truckers, here’s an updated update: Tamara Lich is now MIA and Pat King (a white nationalist who praised someone on YouTube for beating up someone else – said he “would be” that guy) has declared himself leader of the trucker protest.

    Maxwell Quest

    “The protests in Ottawa are being completely misreported by the legacy media.”

    Nice kid, but too nice. Try this script, Harrison: “When I went into Ottawa to scope out the Freedom Convoy protests, the first thing I discovered was that the Canadian legacy media is a bunch of lying bastards. Nothing they’re telling the Canadian people about this movement is true, it’s nothing but lies. For instance, …”

    The Freedom Convoy is reminiscent of the Occupy movement, so I will expect intel agencies to consult their old playbook in attempts to discredit the participants. And just as with OWS, they were caught off guard, not expecting that the movement would tap into the brewing discontent, receive an avalanche of public support, and inspire similar revolts in other western nations.

    Even now emergency meetings are running late into the night between govt and their Mockingbird media plants, creating false stories, making their plans on infiltration and disruption, consulting with ex-OWS operatives on which tactics were most successful at turning the public against that movement. Stories of gang rapes by drug-crazed truckers coming to a TV near you in 3…2…1…

    those darned kids

    sumac: pat king is not supported by the imf, the world bank, every central bank, nato, the u.s. empire..

    mr. trudeau is.

    if not the truckers, ¿who?


    On Ukraine invasion no longer imminent as stated by Psaki at the White House.

    It is a reaction to the fact that the alarmist hype emanating from the US, to Poke the Bear, still championed by poodles, the UK, Poland, the 3Bs, is deflating, collapsing.

    Zelensky has denied that any build-up of Russian milit. on ‘his’ borders exists and has vociferously called for de-escalation (in a raucous phone call with Joe B.) The Russians have denied it as well. Many military analysts see no evidence of any invasion, escalation, threats, etc.

    So the two parties who are supposed to fight each other, Russia to invade Ukr and Ukr to resist ‘to the last Ukranian’ because they supposedly aspire to join W democracies…will not take place.

    Looks like proxy wars are going out of fashion 🙂 🙂


    Trudeau. Look around you. Mandate are being removed everywhere. End the trucker demands. Present your plan. – free advise from Omicron

    those darned kids

    for example, “However, in 2019, Canada doubled its weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, despite a “moratorium on export permits following the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and mounting civilian deaths from the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.”

    that sounds like cheering on a lot more than one person being beat up.


    @ boogaloo
    Yes, anecdotal, however…
    Long Covid vs. horribly vaccine injured
    In my circle of family, friends, clients, etc.,
    – I am aware of 3 individuals with “long Covid”
    – One elderly woman who says she had a heart attack due to Covid (however, it also may have been shortly after she was vaccinated…I’m not sure)
    – 2 were badly injured from the vaccine, and the connection is obvious
    – 8 have had weird medical issues since vaccination that are consistent with Covid vaccine injury, but they have had no interest in tying them to the vaccines — it is hard to know whether or not they are related. These run the gamut from: blood clots, cancer (in 30s), can’t walk due to balance issues, strange bleeding, lesions on the brain, “mini” stroke, Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

    Since we can’t stuff the genie back in the bottle, early treatment and prophylaxis looks like the best available option.

    those darned kids

    weekly covid deaths before and after mass vaccination campaigns by country:


    Figmund Sreud

    … latest from Pepe Escobar

    The Year of the Black Water Tiger will start, for all practical purposes, with a Beijing bang this Friday, as Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, after a live meeting before the initial ceremony of the Winter Olympics, will issue a joint statement on international relations.

    The Year of the Tiger Starts with a Sino-Russian Bang

    The Year of the Tiger Starts with a Sino-Russian Bang


    those darned kids

    John Day

    I’ve compiled another collection of trees in the forest of history unfolding awkwardly, but first I’d like to comment on job opportunities in the shaping of societal narrative public opinion.

    It’s a big deal, worthy of high level military attention, and everybody is doing it:
    Defense Primer: Cybespace Operations: https://sgp.fas.org/crs/natsec/IF10537.pdf
    Russian disinformation must be countered in the trenches of cyberspace.

    Obviously, there is a lot of automation involved. There are weaponized narratives, and a continuously updated catalog of weaponized countermeasures, readily at hand, with which to answer.
    Much of this can be automated, or semi-automated, and stylistic signature-packages can be customized to each account. Some human attention and decision-making is required to maintain credibility.

    This means green-jobs, good-paying green jobs, at all levels. Some accounts can be almost completely automated. Others will need more close attention, but there are flags to bring attacks by the enemy to the attention of automated and human combatants, things like names, words, and key phrases. Specific disinformation links will already be assigned effective informational countermeasures, which can be applied promptly, often with a personal flourish to increase impact and effectiveness.

    This is serious work. Serious talent and sustained effort are well rewarded by nations, groups representing the rights and interests of political and ethnic constituencies, and of course private interests, with much to lose from harmful rumors and disinformation.

    If you have talent and are well motivated, this may be the career you have been looking for. You can be helpful and influential beyond what one person could ever do in the world before, and can expect excellent benefits and retirement packages.

    John Day

    The picture is of the decorative, functional, and easily removable panel I prettied up from cabinet plywood, for the shower plumbing, just before the bathroom door, which I did a nice job of finishing, and the sheetrock walls went in. I should be able to get pictures of that after the icy roads thaw tomorrow afternoon and we can get back down to Yoakum. https://www.johndayblog.com/2022/02/dont-miss-out.html

    ​70 Per Cent of Americans Say It’s Time to ‘Accept COVID and Get On With Our Lives’
    ​ ​“Fully 7 in 10 Americans (70%) agree with the sentiment that “it’s time we accept that Covid is here to stay and we just need to get on with our lives” – including 78% of those who report having gotten Covid and 65% of those who say they have not been infected,” according to Monmouth.
    The main difference in sentiment is predictably seen in political affiliation, with 89% of Republicans wanting to move on, along with 71% of independents but only 47% of Democrats.

    70 Per Cent of Americans Say It’s Time to ‘Accept COVID and Get On With Our Lives’

    ​ Wait, Wait, we won’t even know how to think about things if these guys cease to exist!
    How will we talk to each other?
    ​ Facebook – or Meta now that it’s in the witness protection program – is making record after dismal record this morning after its catastrophic earnings and guidance last night: not only is the company’s 22% drop the biggest in its history… but according to Bloomberg, the one-day crash ranks as the worst in stock-market history: the Facebook crash has erased some $195 billion of its market cap.

    ​American Truck Drivers, organizing a Freedom Rally, get deplatformed by “Facebook”.
    YOU, Outta’ the Metaverse!

    John Day

    ​ Who is killing Americans, again? What’s the case for that?
    Are you sure you don’t have it backwards?
    Video: CBS News Tells Viewers Joe Rogan Is KILLING People
    “You don’t have a First Amendment right to appear on a platform as large as Spotify”

    Video: CBS News Tells Viewers Joe Rogan Is KILLING People

    There is no medical coverage or reimbursement when this happens. there “should” be, but it turns out there is not.
    Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Injuring Record Number of Young People. Will Shots Also Bankrupt Families?

    Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Injuring Record Number of Young People. Will Shots Also Bankrupt Families?

    ​ Misreading public sentiment? Desperation? Just greedy?
    ​Ottawa City Councillor Demands Government Seize $7 Million Raised By Canadian Truckers

    ​Tyranny is nothing new. People who embrace it, and who lust after power, tend to follow a similar pattern. There are no brakes. They always push it too far. They always overplay their hand. They can’t seem to stop themselves once they have a grip on the population.
    ​ ​Canada experienced a shocking amount of tyranny over the last several years. And yet, under the extreme pressure that the Canadian people were forced to endure, it appears that a diamond has been formed. Out came a force for liberty that has caught the attention of the entire world!

    John Day

    Canadian Truckers Vow To Continue “Until It’s A Free Nation Again”
    Overnight, truckers with the Freedom Convoy who have gathered in Coutts, Alberta near the border with Montana managed to refuel and re-supply as supporters continued to contribute to keep the protests going even as the RCMP continue to surround them in a blockade that has disrupted commerce – something the government has tried to blame on the truckers.​..
    ​ Back in Ottawa, where hundreds of protesters remain camped out after this weekend’s Freedom Rally at the seat of Canadian government, locals – and local officials (who have already tried to seize money raised for the truckers on GoFundMe) are growing increasingly anxious, since organizers expect the number of supporters in Ottawa to swell in the coming days as the weekend arrives and with it, another wave of protests.
    ​ ​The movement’s organizers have pledged not to relent until the Canadian government drops some of its more draconian policies, including a quarantine requirement that essentially would make life impossible for unvaccinated truckers.​..
    ​ Tamara Lich, a spokeswoman for the protestors, said she and fellow organizers had been surprised by the turnout at first “but we are now well organized and are settling in, until Canada is a free nation again.”​ …
    ​Chris Barber – one of the convoy leaders – said the group understood those frustrations but was also being bullied by politicians and members of the press.
    ​ ​”The responsibility for your inconvenience lies squarely on the shoulders of politicians who prefer to vilify and call us names rather than engage in respectful, serious dialogue,”​

    ​ ​It’s a mitzvah, not anti-Semitism, to attack George Soros’ dangerous DA campaigns​ , Dov Fischer, conservative Rabbi
    Ever since Jonathan Greenblatt, a woke former Obama White House official, took over the Anti-Defamation League, it reflexively screams “Anti-Semitism!” when critics fault Soros’ political work — and the left loyally follows suit.
    It therefore falls upon established rabbis with authentic Jewish lifetime bona fides, like yours truly, to assert unequivocally that it’s a mitzvah (a righteous act) — not “anti-Semitism” — to castigate George Soros for his radical attempts to undermine public safety and the American republic…
    Disbursing tens of millions of dollars, Soros has funded local campaigns across America to elect progressive district attorneys who agitate for the lethal cocktail of defunding police and decriminalization. These prosecutors tend not to prosecute property crimes or severe misdemeanors. Instead, they purposefully undercharge felonies as misdemeanors, then plead them down to disorderly-conduct violations. The result? A new term, “smash and grab,” has entered the crime lexicon.

    ​His “Open Society Foundation” specifically…​
    Soros calls for regime change in China
    The liberal financier singled out Xi Jinping as the greatest threat to the ‘open societies’ of the world

    John Day

    ​ ​Gas-pipelines are a choke-hold on Europe’s economy, a strategic-asset.
    ​ ​US-Qatar relations seem to be getting better and better. During a conversation at the White House with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, US President Joe Biden promised to elevate Qatar’s military status, considering it a major non-NATO ally. The measure favors the Qatari state as it allows the country access to a select sphere of the American arms market, with special prices and favorable tax conditions. In fact, this case looks like a real trade-off to encourage Qatar to play a major role in US energy strategy: Biden simply wants Doha to produce and export more and more gas to Europe in order to prevent international cooperation projects with Russia.
    ​ ​In recognition of the historic cooperation between both countries and the role played by Qatar as a rescuer of US troops fleeing Afghanistan during Taliban’s seizure of Kabul, Joe Biden decided to designate Doha as Major non-NATO Ally, a status that grants Qatar privileged access to special conditions in the trade of weapons and military equipment between the two countries, which makes the American proposal very profitable for the Qataris.​..
    (Do they have a Plan-B?)
    ​ ​Qatar will accept a prestigious position in the gas market and a high military status but will become dependent on the West to maintain its economic stability, ceasing to occupy the role of regional power with its own sovereign interests, which has been its main characteristic in recent years.

    US-Qatar Rise in Cooperation May be Related to Washington’s Energy Strategy

    ​Hungary’s President Orban (who excludes Soros’ “Open Society”) has another long, cordial meeting with Russia’s President Putin. their 13th in 13 years.​
    Last week the Biden administration approached Hungary to formally request that it host a temporary deployment of US forces aimed at Russia, amid the ongoing Ukraine crisis which has resulted in a flurry of diplomatic activity and ratcheting accusations. The country’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto confirmed days ago it had “received an American request about temporary deployment of troops.”
    It appears the White House has received its answer from the ‘wayward’ NATO-member ally, as Viktor Orban was in Moscow on Tuesday where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They greeted each other as old friends and settled in for a marathon meeting, which the Kremlin said lasted nearly five hours…
    … EU officials and Hungary’s political opposition hurled accusations of “treason” over the visit to Moscow at a moment Russia has come under near-universal condemnation in the West. “Viktor Orbán is undermining joint decisions in Brussels by continuing to veto them,” Hungarian MEP Márton Gyöngyösi was quoted as saying after the trip was first announced….
    …Following the meeting, the following was confirmed:
    Putin went on to say that Russia and Hungary had signed long-term contracts that would allow the EU nation to purchase discounted gas from Russia until 2036. He also reported that Hungary currently buys gas five times cheaper than the European market rate. “This is primarily the result of your work,” he told his counterpart.
    Orban replied that many in Europe are in fear of an upcoming energy crisis, and that Hungary is grateful for the contract.
    Meanwhile, as Western media and officials have been expressing increased concern over the question of whether Putin may be successfully “dividing Europe” and NATO unity, it appears that Hungary is a first example showing that yes, this is precisely what’s happening with the Ukraine crisis 2.0. Germany has of course also featured centrally in this, given its refusal to allow German-made weapons to be transferred to Ukraine forces. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/hungarys-orban-answers-biden-troop-hosting-request-flies-moscow-marathon-meeting-putin

    John Day

    Moon of Alabama (in Germany) has: How A Misguided Grand Strategy Led To This U.S. Defeat
    It’s longish, so I will summarize briefly:
    ​ The US/UK/NATO are strident in their claims that Russia is about to invade Ukraine​, and provocative in their “counter-moves” to “prevent” it, by moving arms and troops to the Russian border, while refusing in-writing to address Russian national security concerns of broken promises that NATO would not expand towards Russia, and continues to the Russian border, trying to include historically-Russian eastern Ukraine (Kiev was once the capital of Russia).
    Neocons in the US/NATO (Cheney, Nuland, Blinken) have long sought to break Russia into smaller pieces, to prevent it ever challenging the US/NATO/neoliberalism again. If they could only do this, take #3 out of the competition, they could focus their efforts on China (currently number 1.5?)
    This has been going poorly since last spring. Ukraine was to assault Donbass, but this was thwarted by Russian troops in Russia. That Belorussian color revolution was also thwarted. Russia won’t play “checkers”.
    Equally bad is the fact that European “allies” (tributary states) are balking at accepting a trip-wire arrangement, whereby they give up Russian natural gas if Russia “invades Ukraine”, which is to be determined by the US. Well, we know there will be a false-flag attack and Europe will have no Russian gas, right?
    Everybody knows that everybody (who is anybody) knows.
    Russia continues with plodding, methodical, polite and reliable diplomacy…
    ​ ​”The U.S. strategy to ‘fix’ Russia in Europe by imposing ‘crushing sanctions’ on it to then attack China is failing. That is because it was completely misconceived.
    ​ ​Russia is the most autarkic country in the world. It produces nearly everything it needs and has highly desirable products that are in global demand and are especially needed in Europe. Russia also has huge financial reserves. A sanctions strategy against Russia can not work.
    ​ ​To use the Ukraine to g​oa​d Russia into some aggression to then apply sanctions was likewise a rather lunatic attempt. There is nothing in the Ukraine that would tempt Russia to invade. Everything that may have ​t​o be done in the Ukraine can be done from Russian territory by Russian missiles or its air force and navy.”

    ​ ​On Wednesday the White House walked back its prior consistent assertions that a Russian invasion of Ukraine was “imminent”.
    ​ ​Spokeswoman Jen Psaki and other admin had in the last week or more doubled down on the word (which included Blinken in media statements) even as Ukraine’s President Zelensky openly disputed the alarmist assessment, essentially telling Biden directly to ‘calm down’ the hyped rhetoric.

    ​ ​Russia is speaking softly. Russia must have a “big stick”​.​​
    The US needs to negotiate, or it would not be willing to do so.
    ​Leaked Documents Show US Is Serious About Arms Control With Russia
    Washington’s written response to Moscow’s security proposals was leaked and published by the Spanish newspaper El Pais. While the US isn’t willing to give a written guarantee that Ukraine won’t ever join NATO, the document contained serious offers from the US on the issue of arms control.

    Leaked Documents Show US Is Serious About Arms Control With Russia

    ​How Empires End is not long, and not complicated. It’s a recurring pattern.
    The current western empire is in a fairly late stage, and can clearly make better and worse choices going forward.​

    How Empires End


    What exactly *is* a “white nationalist, anyway? Should I not support the actions of the
    truckers in Canada because that label was slapped onto one of them by a third party?

    conveniently broad brush.. who benefits ?

    those darned kids

    John Day- Oh man, I wanna build something again!

    John Day

    @My Parents Said Know: I’m just getting back into it. I have not had a woodshop since 2005, and have not built nice cabinetry since around 2008. I am doing a lot of finishing work with nice cabinet plywood, which will be all of the upstairs walls, and which looks like the finish on that removable-for-plumbing-access shower wall.
    It’s relaxing with the polyurethan fumes… (Well ventilated, actually, but had to make the joke.)

    John Day

    The first move to desert is the move best-rewarded.

    Saskatchewan Premier Pledges To End All COVID Restrictions As Ottawa Braces For More Protests

    John Day

    Does this mean it really already happened and the perpetrators are trying to front-run the evidence as a false-flag?
    The Washington Post supposedly broke the story. WES, does that mean CIA? I always forget.

    A senior administration official told CNN that the US has intelligence suggesting that the Russian government, with the help of Russia’s intelligence services, has been planning to produce a propaganda video depicting graphic scenes of a “staged false explosion with corpses, actors depicting mourners, and images of destroyed locations and military equipment,” the official said. The US believes Russia has already recruited actors to be involved in the fake attack.


    These are the days of empires ending;
    Of hopes now exhausted; of lonely winds fleeting-
    Winds cold like the breath of Persephone, whistling-
    That ashens the skin as the clouds pass us over.

    D Benton Smith

    @Bill7 asked, “What exactly *is* a “white nationalist, anyway?”

    Answer : I’m pretty sure that white nationalist means everyone who disagrees that everyone who says everyone who disagrees with them is a white nationalist. Luckily you don’t need to be white , or a nationalist. That’s important because if you did then it would be hard to understand. Luckily again, you don’t need to understand either ! Just listen to the Mainstream Narrative and it well tell you who is and who’s not. Easy peasy. You don’t even need to remember (our luck runneth over), because they will tell you who is and isn’t over and over and over and over and . . .

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