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The Pentagon’s Response To The DEMD Data Is An Even Bigger Story (Blaze)
Pfizer Quietly Adds Language Warning On Data (ZH)
Let The Re-Writing Of Covid History Begin? (Rossini)
Joe Rogan Shows Us The Real Purpose Of Cancel Culture (OffG)
The Blue Stack Strikes Back (Jilani)
First Canadian Provinces Scrap Covid Mandates (RT)
Towing Companies Refuse to Move Freedom Convoy Trucks (TC)
Johnson & Johnson Stops Covid-19 Vaccine Production (RT)
Americans Have ‘Lost Touch With Reality’ – Russia (RT)
Scientists Divulge Easy Way To Lose Weight (RT)
Elon Musk Gives Views On ‘Traditional’ Media (RT)
Lithium Price Rockets Nearly 500% In A Year (G.)
Jeff Bezos’ Yacht Can Count On Rotten Eggs (Engelen)








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Why the changes when you know Renz has all the files?

The Pentagon’s Response To The DEMD Data Is An Even Bigger Story (Blaze)

One thing is clear about the revelation of the 2021 military epidemiological data and the military’s response to it: There is undoubtedly a public health and national security crisis in the military, and the Pentagon’s reaction only seems to be concerned with exonerating the vaccine, not fixing its own alleged problem. It’s now certain that the military’s health surveillance system — DMED — showed a massive increase in sickness and injury diagnoses in 2021 over previous years, particularly in the neurological, cardiovascular, oncological, and reproductive health categories. The military, in a very terse and cryptic statement to PolitiFact last week, admitted as much, but claimed without any further explanation that the data in the system accessed by several military doctors working with attorney Thomas Renz was only a “fraction” of the true numbers that existed. In the words of the Pentagon spokesman, it was a “glitch in the database.”

Where those true numbers existed, why they weren’t in the system for five years, what exactly was in the system, and why the 2021 numbers were accurate according to the DOD account remain a mystery. However, one by one, the military public health officials have been adding back random numbers to the 2016 through 2020 codes. I’m told by Renz and two of the whistleblowers that throughout the past week, they have queried the same data again, and in most of the ICD categories, they have found that the numbers from 2016 through 2020 were “increased” exponentially to look as though 2021 was not an abnormal year. This has been done without any transparency, any press release, any statement of narrative, and sloppily in a way that makes the already unbelievable narrative simply impossible to believe.

In addition to believing that every epidemiological report for five years was somehow completely tainted with false data — including during the first year of the pandemic itself — we would have to believe that the minute they discovered this from Renz, they suddenly discovered the exact numbers. A five-year mistake fixed overnight! Just take a look at the following statement given to the Epoch Times, the only other public comment delivered by an authorized Pentagon spokesman: “Comparing the DMED database to the source data contained in DMSS, AFHSD discovered that the total number of medical diagnoses from 2016-2020 that were accessible in DMED represented only a small fraction of actual medical diagnoses for those years. In contrast, the 2021 total number of medical diagnoses were up to date in DMED. Comparison of 2021 to 2016-2020 resulted in the appearance of significant increased occurrence of all medical diagnoses in 2021 because of the under-reported data for 2016-2020. AFHSD has taken DMED offline to identify and correct the root-cause of the data corruption,” said Maj. Charlie Dietz.

That’s it! They are only concerned with downplaying any potential culpability of the vaccine, not explaining how they were flying blind, according to their official narrative, on such an important endeavor for so many years. Just consider the fact that at last week’s meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), officials revealed that they have been monitoring vaccine safety data from the DOD, among other places.

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Full immunity, but not from investors.

Pfizer Quietly Adds Language Warning On Data (ZH)

Two weeks ago, the FDA begged a Texas judge to delay production on the first monthly batch of 55,000 pages of Covid-19 vaccine data submitted to the agency by Pfizer. Originally, the agency was set to produce just 500 pages-per-month. Now, Pfizer – which just forecast $54 billion in Covid-related sales in 2022, appears to be anticipating some bad news, as evidenced by several redline changes in their Q4 earnings releases. As Rubicon Capital’s Kelly Brown notes on Twitter, the changes center around disclosures of unfavorable safety data. For example, in Q4 they added: “or further information regarding the quality of pre-clinical, clinical or safety data, including by audit or inspection.”

More from Brown, who notes that Pfizer is now highlighting “concerns about clinical data integrity…” The company also notes that Covid-19 may “diminish in severity or prevalence, or disappear entirely.”

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“Truth and Liberty go hand-in-hand; as do lies and tyranny.”

Let The Re-Writing Of Covid History Begin? (Rossini)

It took much too long, but it appears that the tide of public opinion has finally turned. The term “trust the science” has suddenly lost its luster, especially when it comes from the mouth of a politician or so-called “expert.” The meanings of the words “science” and “expert” have been blown to pieces. But such is always the case when politicians get involved in things they shouldn’t be involved in. They have an uncanny ability of destroying everything they touch. Well, they touched the words “science” and “expert” and made them completely unrecognizable. I’ve heard the phrase “You can’t tell what’s true anymore” more than enough times over the last several years. We’ve all had a front row seat in what a so-called “post-truth” world looks like — It looks like totalitarian tyranny! Truth and Liberty go hand-in-hand; as do lies and tyranny.

Miraculously, as public opinion has changed, so has the “science”! Imagine that. The “science” now says that masks, lockdowns, and mandates are bad. If only the “science” crystal ball had said such things two years ago! Imagine all the pain, suffering and death that could have been avoided. One must also wonder, if public opinion didn’t change, would the “science” have remained unchanged as well? Who knows? But as the tyranny is (reluctantly) peeled away, the predictable re-writing of history has begun. Think of the Iraq War as an analogy for what you should expect going forward. The mania of lies and smears that led up to that failed war was deafening. Now think about today… How many people actually admit to supporting the Iraq War? Roughly… You can probably count them on one hand. Very (very) few people. Only the hard-core warmongers will admit to it.

Well, as Covid “history” is fabricated and branded into digital ink, you can be sure to see the same behavior from the lying class. Denial, followed by more denial: “I never supported the wearing of masks.” “I was always against lockdowns.” “Vaccine passports? What do you think I am, some kind of Nazi?” Be prepared, because just as people will not admit that they supported the Iraq War, so will they start changing their tunes about being petty dictators for a solid two years. The blame will also be offloaded onto a fictional collective. Be prepared to see the word “we” over and over: “We” should have known better. “We” made mistakes. “We” need to do a better job. The government needs more money. “We” thought that the masks, lockdowns & “vaccines” would work.

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“Far more likely is that it was created and deployed to discredit Rogan’s COVID-questioning without having to engage with the Covid sceptic evidence or arguments.”

Joe Rogan Shows Us The Real Purpose Of Cancel Culture (OffG)

Joe Rogan has just been cancelled. Again. It’s not about covid “misinformation” this time. No, now he’s a racist. Some enterprising young mind combed through 13 years and hundreds of episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience, and cut together around twenty instances of Rogan using “the n-word”. This video was shared by award-winning musician India Arie, and used to explain her pulling her music from Spotify’s platform in protest of Rogan’s continued presence there. Rogan claims that these clips are all taken out of context in his recent apology video, and none were ever intended to be racist. This may well be true…we can’t check for ourselves, because Spotify removed all the episodes. These important bits of context were, naturally, removed from the viral video. Besides, it has since been said that context doesn’t even matter.

And you know what, they’re right. The context doesn’t matter, perhaps the intention doesn’t even matter, what matters is “Why now?” Some of these clips are over twelve years old, and yet there have never been any calls to boycott Spotify or cancel his show until just the last couple of days. Were they not racist before? Or was everyone just OK with the racism? Could there be something else behind this? …but why bother pausing the hate-fest to ask questions, right? The only message that matters is – Joe Rogan is a racist now, and streaming giant Spotify have pulled over seventy episodes of his show from their platform as a result. Of course the cyber-torches and internet-pitchforks coming for Joe Rogan is nothing new. Having preached the tenets of a healthy lifestyle, promoted alternate Covid treatments, and invited dissenting experts onto his show, Rogan has obviously been on the establishment’s hit list for a while.

[..] Rogan’s uses of “the n-word” are not new. They are all several years old and from 23 separate episodes, all multiple hours long. And there are almost 1800 episodes of the show to plough through if you decide to go searching. So making this video is at least two days’ work of simply watching the episodes – and that’s assuming you know where to start looking. And that’s before editing or trying to make it “go viral”. Was all this done on a whim by some bored pro-vaxxer? Does that sound likely? Far more likely is that it was created and deployed to discredit Rogan’s COVID-questioning without having to engage with the Covid sceptic evidence or arguments. It’s even possible the video may even have already existed before the current controversy. After all, why create this climate of stifling sensitivity if you don’t have the tools to use it?

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“It’s designed to look like they’re doing something, but they’re not doing anything. It’s more spectacle than substance.”

The Blue Stack Strikes Back (Jilani)

[..]The U.S. government, forbidden by contemporary constitutional law from simply censoring Rogan itself, dispatched Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to reinforce President Joe Biden’s message imparted last year that social media platforms are “killing people” by allowing too much freedom of speech about the pandemic, the virus, and the vaccines. “People have a right to make their own decisions, but they also have a right to accurate information to make that decision with,” Murthy told MSNBC. “This is not just about what the government can do,” he coyly noted, “this is about companies and individuals recognizing that the only way we get past misinformation is if we are careful about what we say and use the power that we have to limit the spread of misinformation.”

Murthy’s message reinforced the media outlets that had taken aim at Rogan, inspiring a wave of new reports not only focused on his discussions of COVID but also labeling him problematic in other regards. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, whose role in this ecosystem is to disguise Democratic Party talking points as humor, criticized a segment in which Rogan and author Jordan Peterson poke fun at the absurdity of modern racial categorization, noting that nobody is actually “white” or “Black.” CNN signal boosted Noah’s criticism, as did a range of other outlets. Other activists found old clips of Rogan mentioning (but not using) racial slurs. Eventually, Spotify got the message. It announced new platform rules that include adding advisories to select content dealing with COVID.

It began deleting dozens of older Rogan episodes that contained transgressive content. Its CEO promised to devote $100 million of company money on content from “historically marginalized groups,” which in this case is likely to be defined exclusively by progressive activists (don’t expect a lot of sponsored podcasts on Asian American opposition to racial preferences in college admissions). In the span of a week, Rogan posted two separate apologies for his past content. The authors of the open letter that initiated the firestorm, however, are not satisfied. One of them told Rolling Stone that the Spotify advisories will just create a “‘false balance’ problem. It’s designed to look like they’re doing something, but they’re not doing anything. It’s more spectacle than substance.”

These activists know how to play the game. If you look back at any of the recent controversies over free speech—from QAnon to COVID to the last two presidential elections—this is how things work when a development or outcome is seen as unfavorable or undesirable by the favored political camp. First, activists create a panic about misinformation or offensive speech. Second, the social media platforms try to meet them halfway by introducing measures like warning labels. Third, the activists realize they’ve drawn blood, and continue to push for outright censorship. Finally, the social media platforms give in and remove the offending voice from their platforms altogether.

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Nothing much changed so far.

“Kenney just says he won’t bring back the vaccine passport “Unless we redefine full vaccination as having three shots”. Kenney said that “would make practical sense… make a requirement that people get a third shot.”

First Canadian Provinces Scrap Covid Mandates (RT)

Canada’s province of Saskatchewan announced on Tuesday it would stop requiring vaccine passes and masks. It comes as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted on the effectiveness of Covid-19 mandates amid trucker protests gripping the capital Ottawa. The prairie province, situated between Alberta and Manitoba, said it would stop requiring vaccine passports from next week and allow the mask mandate to expire at the end of February. It is one of the first Canadian provinces to offer a roadmap to ending the virus restrictions. Praising the soon-to-be-phased-out restrictions for helping to stem the spread of the virus, Premier Scott Moe, however, noted that they had created “two classes of citizens,” arguing that “the benefits of this policy no longer outweigh the costs.”

Urging Canadians not to “judge” their neighbors over their vaccination status, Moe said people should be entitled to decide whether to get vaccinated or not. “This government is going to respect that right,” he added. Another province, Alberta, also moved to ditch the restrictions on Tuesday. From midnight on Wednesday, residents will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination in public places, and from Monday next week children aged 12 and under would no longer be required to mask up. Compulsory masking will no longer apply to students in schools. “We’ll never be able to do a full accounting of the extent of the pain and hardship that restrictions have caused,” Premier Jason Kenney said.

[..] PM Trudeau has refused to meet with the truckers or hear their demands, referring to them as a “small, fringe minority” engaged in violence and hateful conduct. In a speech to the parliament on Monday, he accused the truckers of “trying to blockade our economy, our democracy, and our fellow citizens’ daily lives,” and demanded that their protest “has to stop” because the people of Ottawa and Canadians in general “deserve to get their lives back.” On Tuesday, the PM defended the mandates and restrictions his government put in place during the pandemic, saying they worked and will not be removed any time soon. “I can understand frustrations with mandates, but mandates are the way to avoid further restrictions,” he told reporters.

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“..heavy-duty tow trucks can transfer air from their system to the trucks to release their brakes. However, he added that “we have all the capabilities on our tow trucks to do it … but I don’t think anyone would want to.”

Towing Companies Refuse to Move Freedom Convoy Trucks (TC)

“I’ve contacted them all and they’re all refusing, as of today, to provide heavy tow truck work,” city manager Steve Kanellakos told reporters Monday evening, according to a report from the CBC. “Right now we’re reviewing their contracts or standing offer, and reviewing what actions we can take to deal with this unprecedented situation,” Kanellakos added. There are currently more than 400 trucks parked throughout the city in protest, which began over a week ago. The drivers have said that they will not move the trucks until the COVID vaccine mandates for drivers doing trips between the US and Canada are lifted. Kanellakos said that Mayor Jim Watson has also been reaching out to towing companies in other cities, but none are willing to help stop the protest.

“Right now, the consensus seems to be that many of them — or most of them — don’t want to do the work because … they rely on on the the heavy truck industry for their livelihood, and they don’t want to damage that part of their business,” Kanellakos said. “That’s the position they’re taking, at least.” The CBC report added that deputy police chief Steve Bell confirmed that they are having trouble finding a willing tow truck operator in “every jurisdiction that’s faced this, and it’s forcing us to come up with some creative solutions.” While Bell wouldn’t say what those creative solutions may be, he did say that they are moving “toward a position where we’re not going to let the tow truck operators … be an obstacle to ending what’s occurring.”

Also speaking to the CBC, Trucker Lloyd Crowe said that there is no way the city will be able to move the trucks without cooperation from the drivers who are protesting. “If you know anything about truck air brakes, once you pull that button, all 18 wheels are locked,” Crowe told CBC on Wednesday. “Nothing can move it, except maybe a big wrecker. And no wrecker worth his salt is going to come anywhere near this, because they’re on our side.” David Allen, president of Gary’s Towing in Thunder Bay told the news organization that while it would be hard, he does not believe that it is impossible. He explained that heavy-duty tow trucks can transfer air from their system to the trucks to release their brakes. However, he added that “we have all the capabilities on our tow trucks to do it … but I don’t think anyone would want to.”

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Johnson & Johnson Stops Covid-19 Vaccine Production (RT)

US multinational Johnson & Johnson suspended production of its Covid-19 vaccine late last year amid a massive push by the federal government and health officials to promote getting inoculated, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the situation. The pause in production is reportedly temporary, but the one plant producing the vaccine in the Dutch city of Leiden has apparently shifted its focus to producing a potentially more profitable vaccine for an unrelated virus. It’s unclear if the production pause has affected the availability of the single-jab Covid vaccine, as the company has a stockpile of doses. However, one person familiar with the situation says the suspension could mean a reduction in output of a few hundred million doses.

The plant is expected to produce more after a few months’ break. Other facilities are awaiting regulatory approval or to actually be up and running to produce the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the NYT report. Organizations that distribute the vaccine worldwide told the NYT they were unaware of the production pause, with some expressing concern about the timing. “This is not the time to be switching production lines of anything, when the lives of people across the developing world hang in the balance,” Dr. Ayoade Alakija, co-head of African Union vaccine distribution. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, Johnson & Johnson’s offering requires only a single shot for the initial inoculation, while the others are delivered via two shots.

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Long ago.

Americans Have ‘Lost Touch With Reality’ – Russia (RT)

Washington’s rhetoric about the possibility of imposing colossal sanctions on Russia is so outrageous that Moscow sees little point in even responding, one of the country’s top diplomats has said. In an interview with RIA Novosti on Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin was asked about the possibility of Washington imposing unprecedentedly harsh measures on the Russian energy and financial sectors, including additional sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline linking the gas fields of Siberia to consumers in Germany. “It’s long been clear to everyone that American legislators have lost touch with reality and are living in a kingdom of their own phobias regarding our country, churning out obscurantist plans to deter Russia on all fronts, with any justification or without one,” Pankin replied.

“I don’t see the point in reacting to the Capitol’s routine initiatives about this. We can only repeat once more our regret about what has happened, and confirm that there will inevitably be negative consequences from the harsh restrictions laid on us by the Western initiators of such measures,” the diplomat added. Asked whether Russia is prepared for the possibility of being cut off from the SWIFT banking system, which some American and European leaders have threatened if Moscow decides to invade Ukraine, Pankin said, “Our hope is that, as opposed to Washington’s completely unjustified movement towards the ‘sanction field’, reason will still prevail in Brussels and these measures will not happen, which would damage the stability of the international finance system itself, as well as global economic recovery and the possibility of fulfilling the [UN initiative] Sustainable Development Goals on time.”

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Scientists Divulge Easy Way To Lose Weight (RT)

Sleeping more can help people to consume less calories per day and to lose weight, if those healthy sleeping habits are maintained over a prolonged period of time, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago, Illinois. The findings were published on Monday in peer-reviewed journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The clinical research involved 80 adults aged between 21 and 40. All the participants qualified as overweight with a body mass index ranging from 25 to 29.9, while ‘normal’ body weight falls into the range between 18.5 and 24.9. All the participants also had habitual sleep of 6.5 hours per night or less. The research was conducted for a prolonged period of time, running from November 2014 to October 2020.

The participants were observed for a two-week period to establish a baseline and were then randomly separated in two groups. The control group continued with their sleeping habits without any intervention, while another group received “an individualized sleep hygiene counseling session,” aimed at prolonging their bedtime to some 8.5 hours. No further support beyond the counseling was provided to the participants, who continued to sleep in their own beds, though they wore tracking devices to register the duration of their sleeping time. “Most other studies on this topic in labs are short-lived, for a couple of days, and food intake is measured by how much participants consume from an offered diet,” lead researcher Dr Esra Tasali at the University of Chicago’s Sleep Center stated.

“In our study we only manipulated sleep and had the participants eat whatever they wanted, with no food logging or anything else to track their nutrition by themselves.” The sleep duration was increased for the sleep extension group by 1.2 hours per night on average, which led to a significant decrease in energy intake compared to the control group. The people from the sleep extension group consumed some 270 kilocalories on average less, which is quite significant given that recommended daily intake is 2,000 kilocalories for women and 2,500 for men. “No significant treatment effect in total energy expenditure was found, resulting in weight reduction in the sleep extension group vs the control group,” the study reads.

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Fear sells, not just negative news.

Elon Musk Gives Views On ‘Traditional’ Media (RT)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, known for his prolific tweeting, questioned his 73 million followers about why “traditional” media outlets operate as a “relentless hatestream” before then engaging in discussions with his followers on the topic. “Why is the “traditional” media such a relentless hatestream? Real question,” Musk tweeted on Monday. This post was quickly followed by another, clarifying the billionaire’s position. “Most news outlets attempt to answer the question: ‘What are the worst things happening on Earth today?’ It’s a big planet! Obviously, some bad things are happening somewhere at any given time, but focusing relentlessly on those does not give an accurate picture of reality,” he wrote.

Musk then engaged in debate with followers, disagreeing with one view that “negative news sells better,” pointing to some popular “citizen podcasts” which “aren’t negative.” “Maybe part of why traditional media outlets are so negative is because old habits die hard? They so rarely even try to be positive,” Musk added, sharing his frustration over the constant flow of the “news that makes one sad & angry.” The degree of Musk’s apparent disdain for traditional news media became known when he agreed with another commenter who said the target audience of most media was “the amygdala of the bottom 50% of humanity.” “Sadly true,” the carmaker’s chief executive wrote.

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When everyone’s got an EV, they’ll be useless.

Lithium Price Rockets Nearly 500% In A Year (G.)

Lithium prices have “gone ballistic” as surging electric vehicles sales worldwide create massive demand for the critical component of lithium-ion batteries. According to figures from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI), the price of the lithium-rich raw material spodumene rose 478.3% between January 2021 and January 2022. In January alone the price of spodumene jumped 45.5% to US$2,400 a tonne, up from $1,650 in December. Similar price rises were recorded for lithium carbonate and hydroxide – refined lithium at different stages of purity – over the past year. BMI is forecasting the price will continue to increase for at least the next six month off the back of massive demand for battery cells.

In January the consulting firm McKinsey predicted the market for lithium batteries would grow to at least $360bn by 2030, with growth averaging 20% a year until the end of the decade. But some analysts have sounded a note of caution as lithium pricing can be volatile – demand can grow quickly but new mines open and increase supply, dropping the price again. Tim Buckley, an energy transition analyst and director of Clean Energy Finance, says demand for lithium is likely to remain high. “It’s unsustainably high – it’s gone ballistic. It’s just brilliant to watch – the world’s transforming before our eyes,” Buckley said. “Nothing excites financial markets more than a 500% increase in prices.”

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Google translation from Dutch.

Jeff Bezos’ Yacht Can Count On Rotten Eggs (Engelen)

Not so long ago there was a ship whose fortunes could serve as the perfect symbol of the age in which we were then. And no, I’m not talking about the Titanic, that monument of hubris and stupidity, which went down on its maiden voyage and disappeared into the icy ocean with 1,522 people on board, and with that, two years before the outbreak of the First World War, announced the end of the bourgeois belle époque. Not to mention the Probo Koala, that tanker full of chemical waste on its way to the Ivory Coast to discharge its toxic cargo, which suddenly became the focus of our nascent environmental consciousness, only to then, like a hot potato, to be shifted from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, to end up in the harbor of Amsterdam where it lay rotting for months and acted as a constant reminder of the end of our ecological innocence.

No, I’m talking about that Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, which, with over four thousand passengers on board, ran aground at nightfall off the coast of Italy, at the port of Giglio, and began to overturn slowly, because the sun-tanned captain of the ship, and I’m exaggerating oly a little here, let his Moldovan sweetheart give him a blowjob during the maneuver. Meanwhile, a new ship has forced itself as a symbol on our collective consciousness. I am, of course, talking about the three-masted three-masted ship owned by Amazon boss, Jeff Bezos, which is currently being built at a cost of half a billion dollars at yacht builder Oceanco in Alblasserdam and is nearing completion. It would be a sailing yacht with a length of 127 meters long and a height of 55 meters, which, according to news agency Bloomberg, sets a new standard in the wonderful world of superyachts, with many undisclosed details.

In order to be able to choose the sea in the future, however, the yacht has to cross the Nieuwe Maas through the Koningshaven in Rotterdam. As it happens, the iconic Lift Bridge blocks the passage of the yacht: up to 44 meters high, the mouth of the bridge can be opened, too low for the masts of Bezos. And so, despite previous promises to residents, the city council has pledged to dismantle the bridge one more time to allow the yacht to escape. It is again the perfect fusion of an era, in this case of the corona pandemic entering its third year in three weeks, and of the neoliberal nature of the crisis that accompanied it. The measures taken by the state to prevent the spread of the virus and to prevent healthcare overload have had major redistributive consequences. Not only have the billions in monetary easing by central banks further exacerbated wealth inequalities, as the insane house and apartment prices in major cities illustrate: good for investors, bad luck for residents.

The shutting down or throttling of social intercourse has also greatly favored some and disadvantaged others. Household consumption expenditure did not fall during the four so-called lockdowns. What has happened is that one retail channel (the middle class with its physical stores) has been closed and the other retail channel (Amazon) has remained open, with a massive shift in terms of employees, logistics, turnover and thus profits from one channel to another. [..] That is what makes this such a significant event: after two years of corona measures, we have finally arrived in the neofeudal caste society that Thomas Piketty has been warning about since 2014. In that world, ordinary citizens with their bridges are only set pieces in the lives of the super rich. Knowing that will help you understand a little better why Twitter – another such platform – is circulating the call to treat Bezos’ ship with rotten eggs as it passes. You can hardly miss him!

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    absolute galore

    From today’s NYT:
    Fact-Checking the Joe Rogan Interview That Caused an Uproar

    The popular podcast host and his guest, Robert Malone, a controversial infectious-disease researcher, offered a litany of falsehoods over three hours.

    Here is a sample of what they call “False:”
    “Now one of the things that people have said in response to the vaccine injuries is that it’s approximately one in 1,000 that are getting these significant injuries like myocarditis.” — Mr. Rogan

    False. Studies have shown that the Covid-19 vaccine can be associated with an increased risk of myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscle, but Mr. Rogan’s one-in-1,000 figure comes from a retracted study.

    Seriously? An entertainer (I believe this “takedown” was published in the NYT Arts and Leisure section) says “one of the things people have said…” is that a definitive statement of fact? I don’t think so. Ninety percent of the piece is like this and worse. Most of it is weakly labeled “Misleading”. Wow. The convolutions are amazing.


    You want to change the system stop using it as much as possible. I’ve spent most of my adult life looking for ways to participate within it as little as possible. I have spent most of my time raising our own food on a mostly bouldery piece of land. We trade/barter or buy with cash as much as possible. My daughter is lactose intolerant and this wasn’t discovered until she left home for university, goats milk mostly up till then. Doctors were stumped at first, they figured that would have been discovered very early on, (haven’t seen it so doesn’t happen) sound familiar? Have my own wood lot which produced the lumber for the four homes I have built over this time. Had a small turn down mill of my own and traded logs for lumber for some of it. Stop using big banks, head for the credit union, a little less evil maybe. Protesting the multi-nationals and international institutions has done what, exactly. Meaningful protest comes from the wallet. Pay as little tax as humanly possible and trade/barter locally as much as possible it keeps the transaction off the books so to say. I spent several years working in a liaison committee with our provincial government to clean up a major chemical spill at the head waters of a local river, PCP’s. All volunteer time for those of us on the civic side. The river system was closed to catch and keep fishing and we were told at the time that after we got a clean bill off health for the fish we would be able to keep a few again for a fry up. We got that clean bill almost twenty years ago, still can’t keep a trout to eat and the deputy minister, you know the unelected bureaucrat, has said repeatedly at public meetings it’s because of the PCP’s. Bold face lies and you think a bunch of virtue signalling is going to do anything meaningful besides make you feel good. How has that worked out for you? You want change? Change the way you live first. Don’t play the game as much as you can. Walk as often as possible, don’t drive, grow or purchase from local growers all you can preserve for the coming off season. Smoke, dry, pickle, can, freeze, salt do whatever you can do, for yourself. That is about as strong a statement as us serfs can make. I don’t even have a phone anymore, you want me send an email or come find me. If I’m not on the property my wife can tell you where to find me or when I’m expected back. Protesting the multi-whatever’s is nothing more than virtue signalling. The CEO’s see this and just laugh it off or worse they find a way to exploit it for financial gain. Any how good luck getting a large enough group together that have the same values front to back, top to bottom as yourself. Even the tyrants can’t do that. You will most likely end up as myself, an army of one.


    On Monday I attended my son’s IEP meeting (individualized education plan) at the high school. After the winter break, a mask mandate went into effect. I walked into the room, maskless. I was asked to put on a mask — they could provide one — “if you don’t mind” said the vice principal. “I have one with me,” I responded, “and, I mind. I don’t believe that the masks work at all. It is mask theatre.” No one commented, and the meeting began. My purpose there was to have a successful IEP meeting, and I wasn’t going to allow the mask issue to prevent the meeting from going forward. (I had called for the meeting, after all.). Of course, all others present were school personnel, and as employees successfully subjected to the coercion tied to their ability to provide for themselves and their families the necessities of life. I was the only one at liberty to acknowledge and point out the elephant in the room…so I did.

    Last night I attended my daughter’s parent teacher conferences. The middle school also has a mask mandate. However, the sign outside the office door says that non-school people are merely “strongly recommended” to wear a mask. Cool. I entered the office maskless. A masked worker there spoke with me — but it was to ask if I had an appointment (“yes”) and if I needed an interpreter. (“No, porque ya puedo hablar espanol e ingles.”). Most of the student families that I saw were masked. I met with five teachers. Every one was masked. I remained mask-free. Not one teacher seemed the least bit bothered by my non-compliance. No one said anything to me about a mask. At one moment the Asian math teacher removed her mask briefly. I saw the rest of her face! It was different than I’d imagined. I felt surprise. What an odd sensation — to have a concept of someone that misses half of their face. Totally weird. I didn’t know the location of the music/drama room and walked into the gym, which was in the same building. 3 teachers were conversing there — all without masks. (They considered themselves “off the clock?” And therefore “mask-free?”) I explained my predicament, and one walked me to the music/drama room.

    Figmund Sreud

    … and here we have Escobar on recent Putin / Macron rendezvous:

    “Do You Want a War Between Russia and NATO?”



    Boilingfrog- remdesivir article
    The article ignores the clinical trial data that shows that remdesivir badly damages vital organs.
    However, it is my understanding that R does inhibit viral replication, so it does make more sense to use it early on for Covid, rather than at a late stage, when the virus is no longer replicating. Unfortunately, a subset of those following the advice of this article are going to get vital organ damage from the treatment. (Aw, shucks, the blame for organ damage can just be pinned on Covid!)


    Sumac.carol “ Were any others here involved in these protests?”

    I came into a more full realization of what was going financially on in 2011 as I focused on the problems of the world as a distraction from the problems in my marriage. In 2011 I had 3 very young children. When I drove past the Occupy Phoenix protest I honked to show support. In 2012 my ex lost his job due to alcoholism, and my life spiraled apart. Much of the last 10 years I have spent maintaining as much stability as I could for my children, dealing with family court issues, and healing from the trauma of my marriage. I have often “been hanging on for dear life.” I am not aware of any such protests in Phoenix since Occupy. I have participated in protests regarding the water protectors, the environment (XR), and – recently – against mask mandates, I attended a Bernie Sanders rally in 2015, participated in a time bank for a couple of years, and some local Democracy at Work meetings. I am not in a financial position where it is feasible to travel to protest.


    @ John Day
    Thanks for the link yesterday about the Rice University research on nano-technology. It was timely. Here is the latest publication from scientists in New Zealand. At the very end of the article is a PDF download with 38 stunning
    images of the contents of Comirnaty vials. The authors (NZDSOS: New Zealand Doctors Speaking Out with Science) are a group of concerned health professionals speaking out against coercion and censorship. They have presented their evidence to the NZ government and are working on further legal action. Work in progress…

    It’s a Small World: Micro-tech in the Jabs?


    Matt Taibbi interviews Russell Brand:

    “..Of course, Brand’s real crime is the basis of the show’s success: the welcoming, positive tone, the breezy lack of judgment, and a refusal to denounce anyone as enemies. The opening salutation — “Welcome, you 4.9 million shimmering wonders, you awakening souls, my brothers and sisters” — is a funnier, more exultant update on radioman Lowell Thomas’s legendary salutation from a century ago, “Good evening, everybody.” Thomas set the tone for generations of media outlets that saw their programs as places where the whole population could come together for discussion and debate, as opposed to being herded into warring camps. Brand is doing the same thing, just with more panache (saying a lot, since Thomas was also a storied stage performer).

    This willingness to court all audiences is an affront to the basic formula of current commercial media, which relies upon a strategy of identifying out-groups and rallying audiences to escalating hatreds. Any show that sends an opposite message that people with differing views can and should coexist, or that people who cross conventional wisdom may be interviewed for any reason beyond being “called out,” must now themselves be considered reactionary. We’re seeing how intense the propaganda about this sort of thing can get with the Rogan situation. Make no mistake, if the Jim Acostas and Brian Stelters and Daily Beasts of the world succeed in chopping Rogan’s knees out, they will go looking for the next target, which could easily be Brand or anyone else on that list of “right wing” terrors..


    “..Transparently, this is a tactic by a political mainstream so desperate to control what people say and think that it refuses to concede there’s even a word for legitimate disagreement with its dictates. As stupid as mainstream press people are in general, this specific stratagem is clever. First, it provides a massive disincentive for left-liberal thinkers to step an inch outside conventional thinking. Secondly, while people are arguing over the superficial provocation — Hey, wait, I’m not a right-winger! — even more dubious notions are slipped in through the back door, like the idea that Joe Rogan isn’t allowed to interview conservatives, or that if he does, he must do so using some bizarre pre-approved mathematical ratio..”


    Taibbi really has been sticking his neck out these days- brave man.


    I think one of the primary purposes for articles like the NYT “fact check” linked above by A.G. (thanks) is to update
    the Professional-Managerial Class on this week’s Required Beliefs, lest they inadvertently get out of line.

    Having said that, there was a curious amount of hedging in that piece, and I’m not sure what to make of that.


    ‘The Blue Stack Strikes Back’ was very good, I thought:

    “..The institutions successfully driving this push for ideological conformity across American life—progressive nonprofits, large portions of the news media, woke corporations, Democrats in government—can collectively be called the “blue stack,” which represents an enforcement mechanism for the ruling ideology to express hegemony over American democracy..”

    That the rulers used the [mole]”left” and the Democrat Party to inflict all this on the 90% was really quite clever.
    On the other hand, I sure wouldn’t want to be a PMCer these days, either: all those Required Beliefs/Updates/Reversals on behalf of their Masters..


    On protest- I fully understand the level of commitment required for people to look after their families and appreciate not everyone can do this at all points in their lives.
    No I do not expect to have everyone singing from precisely the same song sheets, but there are limits and the truckers leadership are way past that.

    Latest on truckers – both sides of the protest are making death threats against tow truck driver who answered a request by Pat King (the leader of the protest) to move their shack. Pat King has been silent while this guy is fielding the death threats -real classy guy Pat King and lots of not classy people in all sides.


    Re truckers owning the means of production: my take is they are more like workers in the new gig economy. Trucking companies get the contracts and hand them out to the owner operators. Owner operators carry the logos of the truck companies. If truckers don’t “behave” they won’t get work from the trucking companies.

    No I am not allergic to Marx at all. Far from it.

    Re the vax administration methods aspiration: according to Robert Malone this is a complete red herring.

    Michael Reid

    @ Red

    I second your comment.

    those darned kids

    sumac: if the truckers are unsuccessful, you can say good-bye to being able to protest anything, anytime ever again.


    I support the collective action the Canadian Truckers are presently taking against Covid Vaccine Mandates.

    Veracious Poet

    Oh where, oh where can my pandemic be? Oh where, oh where can it be?

    A new strain of Avian influenza that was present in Europe, only last year, is reported in the southern states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida.

    It is another highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) strain.

    Another highly pathogenic avian influenza strain invades southern states

    Trust the Science is a euphemism for Trust the System


    An interesting comment from elsewhere:

    “To understand the Niel Youngs of the music world I recommend you read “Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon”, by David McGowan, it’ an analytical look at the late 60s and 70s music scene as viewed from LA’s famous Laurel Canyon and home of the US Army studio Lookout Mountain.
    The author connects the dots between the CIA and the Tavistok Institute, to the music I loved and believed in as anti-estanlishment and revolutionary. Like Covid19 the Hippy/Acid generation was generated, not organic in any manner.
    It was anything but. Members of the most popular groups were blood relatives to military intelligence operators and blue blood money. ”


    @absolute galore

    “The only thing that will stop the Technosphere is a lack of enough energy to keep its grip.”

    Agreed, but the fly in that ointment is the distribution by resources PER CAPITA.

    For example, kill 7.5 billion people, useless eaters, ration the remaining 500 million on barely minimum caloric intake, mud huts, and grass clothes, and let the 3,000 or so oligarchs and their families continue to live like, well, Kings and Queens.

    Sounds like a plan to ‘save’ the planet’ that would actually work.

    It would certainly drastically reduce natural resource consumption for most, but leave the ‘elite’ life styles alone.

    That would work fine and is probably the model being followed as we speak using a Plandemic Depopulation Operation as a proof of concept idea. It’s just a first prototype, ‘they’ have more modified viruses in the freezer (weaponized smallpoxs or tuberculous or Black Plague)

    I’ll be damned if I will live like a serf to ‘save the planet’ so that MAGGOTS like Bezos and Gates and Soros can fly between mansions on private jets.

    I’d rather burn the whole planet to ash than to allow the .001% to exist at their current level of consumption.

    That is precisely why ‘They’ are actively, premeditatedly trying to kill the population off with the spike protein bioweapon Plandemic exercise.

    Covid is just the warmup act. If you don’t hunt them down and terminate them root and branch this time, ‘They’ are going to double down as sure as the night follows the day and come back to finish you off with something really truly deadly, not some half-assed coronavirus with a fatality rate of .03% (three one hundreds of a single percent)

    “Sustainable” coming from ‘environmentalists’ sound like code for ‘subsistence’ living which in turn sounds like Share Cropper.

    Historically, been there, done that.

    Slavery is ‘illegal’ so we’ll rebrand it as ‘indentured servant’

    Hey, maybe a jingle, “You Own Nothing and Be Happy!”

    “Environmentals are the Soros Shock Troops to sell that ditty to the bah-bah-bah Sheeple.

    The whole environmental movement has been co=opted like a social justice Woketard spinoff.

    There is not going to be electric tractor trailer rigs, EVER. delivering your food and vitals. (despite Elon Musk’s Song & Dance)

    If you think they will appear like Chariots of the Gods to Save Humanity, you need to put down your crack pipe and slowly push away from the coffee table.

    The over consumption of natural resources is NOT a problem, it’s a dilemma, which has no solution, only coping mechanisms.

    D Benton Smith

    @those darned kids suggests possibility that , “Anderson Cooper 360” will now be known as “Anderson Cooper 219”

    Us here in the peanut gallery are waiting for the show to be , ““Anderson Cooper Does A 180”


    aggressive redefined

    This is how normal behavior gets redefined as “anti-social” behavior.

    Daughter may have sinus infection, we are sitting at Nextcare Urgent Care. Sign on the door says “masks required.” Inside is this HUGE sign. (I’ve added photo, but not sure how/whether it will display.)

    Aggressive behavior will not be tolerated.
    Examples of aggressive behavior include:
    – physical assault
    – verbal assault
    – abusive or foul language
    – threats
    – failure to respond to staff instructions

    Since when does “non-compliance” fall under the category of “aggressive behavior”?

    (Gosh…Ghandi sure was aggressive, wasn’t he?)


    Think of the truckers as a picket line and two truckers as scabs.


    Absolute galore “ Please pass the electric car and the plane trips to my eco vacations and my Amazon Prime membership. The only thing that will stop the Technosphere is a lack of enough energy to keep its grip.”

    Exactly the reason why I stepped away from “climate stuff” — I wanted to focus on helping people figure out how to adjust their lifestyle to practices that create less waste — gardening, composting, shopping thrift stores, repurposing, recycling (I know, it depends,) bring your own grocery bag, avoiding purchase of things made on other continents, etc. Most of those I met with wanted to sign petitions and write to politicians, and complain about new natural gas plants being built, feeling good about their Tesla purchase. Ick.


    “if the truckers are unsuccessful, you can say good-bye to being able to protest anything, anytime ever again”
    You forgot to add “going on strike”

    Veracious Poet

    Dr. D:

    And without gas, how do you think the trucks are going to move and drive away?

    All part of the plan ~ Designate the trucker activity as unlawful & terroristic, confiscate the trucks/tractors for the regime to use as they will…

    Perhaps Resident Xiden will relocate some of his newly minted loyal subjects to operate the equipment @ min. wages, on behalf of the Canadada State?

    Stranger things have happened ~ Me thinks the Canucks missed their chance to rebel 245+ years ago 😐

    So simple a Moose can do it…

    After all, You’ll have nothing & like it!

    The mind boggles,


    those darned kids

    vp: funny thing is that most mexicans are actually very (repeat VERY) conservative people, and they actually repelled by all the “actions” of the biden administration.


    @ Red – I second that also. Not easy but the only way as it is the bedrock of system change.

    @ Oroboros “Sustainable” coming from ‘environmentalists’ sound like code for ‘subsistence’ living which in turn sounds like Share Cropper. – Just because they have tried to capture what the word means doesn’t mean me and Red and others here are not carefully considering our environment and how to live within it long term.


    A commenter posted
    “People are speaking.
    Are you listening”
    The comment was “under moderation”, then deleted by CBC…..
    Too controversial a concept, I guess

    Veracious Poet

    vp: funny thing is that most mexicans are actually very (repeat VERY) conservative people, and they actually repelled by all the “actions” of the biden administration.

    those darned kids

    we’ve spent the last two years in a science friction novel.

    those darned kids

    sorry, vp, i lived there for ten years. trust me on this one.


    @ cloudhidden. Yep thought police doing the filtering is sooooo 1984


    Summary what it really is.


    I think we’ll find out fairly soon that there’s no online figure or group or anything like that to rally behind- none.
    Atomization is a big part of the ruling class project, as it would need to be to achieve their goals.
    Lockdowns for Da Kovid™ were effective as Part I.. small business essentially destroyed, millions of
    person immiserated, while the few are on Better Than Ever Street.



    That’s why- I think- we have on this here darpaNet Ten Thousand Articles about what’s being done to We-the-90%,
    but essentially none about what that large group might do about it..

    My impression is that any significant people-benefiting action will not involve the darpaNet, or *anything* Digital.

    D Benton Smith

    It’s time we stopped looking at this “authoritarian elites” problem as an “us” vs “them” situation.

    Because there is no “them”.

    There is ONLY “us”.

    The elite can’t do much to us on their own. They couldn’t manage a successful sandbox, much less an entire world. There does of course exist a small group of people who harbor such intentions. There is indeed a micro micro micro minority of inbred imbeciles who delusionally believe themselves to be “Elite” (i.e. more deserving than others due to an assumed innate but utterly vague and undefined superiority of some kind) . But that’s just narcissistic personality disorder. As individuals they can’t do shit. The only way an elite can do anything TO us is to get US to do it for them.

    This is especially ( ridiculously, often tragically) true when it comes to violence, coercive force and oppression.

    So let’s look at this “us” vs “them” thing more rationally. The only way we can be harmed is by harming ourselves when some inbred psychotic megalomaniacs tells us to do so. So don’t do it. Sure, the order to harm yourself is not usually DIRECT. It wends and flows down through a long chain of command . But just because an order comes down through a longer line of cowards does not change the basic and essential fact one bit. It still comes to hurting ourselves because we were told to.

    So when someone (a boss for instance) tells you to do something that is wrong/false/harmful, just don’t do it. Simple as that. NEVER allow someone else to impose their will upon you against your will. The decision to let them (or not) is always and only yours to make. Do not comply.

    In which case “they” can’t do fuck all.

    They can fire you from the “job” of being their overworked underpaid slave, possibly, but what’s the trouble with that? Is there some benefit to giving the power of your work to a lunatic asshole who is intent upon harming your enlightened best interests ? Seems to me that NOT working for a dangerous jerk like that would be the benefit.

    They could arrest and jail you for a while (if you are incautious or unclever enough to evade the traps) but once again, do the math. What’s better , a fine and some time in the slammer, or a lifetime of pain, poverty, suffering, humiliation and premature death? Hmmmm. Tough question. Lemme think about it.

    This train of thought has many names, but the latest one , “awakening” , seems good enough to serve. So, wake up. The coffee is on, it’s going to be a very good day and this is a great time to be alive.


    @Sumac et al
    One of the NZ media tropes common recently in coverage of anti-jab-mandate protests has been to observe the range of people present (everything from Trump flags, to Maori-sovereignty protesters, to ownership of water assets) and comment “these people don’t even have a consistent message”. I’ve heard the meme repeated by intelligent friends and challenged them:
    It used to be well understood in politics that groups with very different agendas or identities could (and should) come together to make common cause where their interests and concerns converged. In the current environment that seems heresy to a great many people. I’m not entirely when or how it happened (though I can speculate), but it’s crystal clear to me that the primary beneficiary of the change is vested interests. And that being so, it’s in the collective interests of minor powers to overturn the trope.
    Similarly, one of the main protest instigators here (recently jailed for his activism) is an evangelical pastor (and self-anointed Bishop) who makes my skin crawl. Yet he has stood up when the Left, the Intelligensia (not much of a presence in NZ.. ;-), the medical and legal councils, the courts and vast numbers of the general public have not. I trust him as far as a rattlesnake, but I’ve attended protests alongside his kith and kin because on mandates we have common cause.
    I don’t mind admitting my younger, more idealistic self would probably have baulked at that, but these days I’m more about pragmatism.
    Unlike previous decades, we share the planet with a generally apathetic and uninformed mass, who have little concept or interest in genuine history and politics. We don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing the perfect running mates.
    Or, as a more base analogy, I think we need to be looking for a good time – not a long time – in our choice of political partners to confront the mandates with urgency, ie those with agency, willingness and availability. Yes, optics are a consideration, but peer pressure is precisely what inhibits many from raising their voices. It’s a time to put less emphasis on how we look from the outside.


    One person here- an MD, who seems principled to me- lost his job because of ruling-class diktats. My brother, another MD, moved his family and practice (quite a big deal) to a Southern state in response to similar issues, at quite a cost; and not just monetary. Not everyone can do that, to say the least: for most of us, a living = a life.

    Just say “no”, eh?

    Veracious Poet

    Heather McDonald collapsed shortly after her “joke” and fractured her skull, the crowd laughs on.


    Just watched a Tucker Carlson Today long interview with Dr Robert Malone, who calls Rogan’s 2 recent apology videos (on Instagram and FB) “hostage videos.” Lol. Couldn’t agree more. Rogan folded.

    My forecast: If you think Rogan is playing some type of three dimensional chess where he comes out on top because he’s the “apologetic, bigger person”, you haven’t joined the rest of us in Alice’s Wonderland yet. Blood’s in the water now and Rogan will be watered down. Say buh, buh to your 10s of millions of followers, Joe …

    Look at the bright side … blue check is all in once Rogan is underwater.

    Veracious Poet

    Mass Formation Narcissistic Personality Disorder (MF-NPD) on display:



    Your conditions for supporting a fellow protestor are unnervingly similar to the statistically recommended conditions for choosing a partner: did you know that the longest lasting relationships are those where both partners share the same values? Maybe you are single, searching for that one partner and confusing the aim of achieving a political goal with the aim of achieving a personal goal?

    Life involves compromise at all levels: you use money yet protest against banks: somewhat hypocritical?

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