Apr 262022
 


Andy Warhol Ingrid Bergman 1983

 

Tucker: You Just Became A Little More Powerful (CTH)
Taking It Back From Wall Street Is the Correct First Step: Jack Dorsey (Var.)
Media/Politics Collusion Destroyed Trust in Public Health: Dr. Ben Carson (ET)
Shocks to the System (Kunstler)
US A ‘Co-belligerent’ In Ukraine War (Carden)
Kremlin Condemns Blinken Visit To Ukraine & US Arms Shipments (ZH)
The Ukraine War is a Racket (Ron Paul)
The Moskva Riddle (Escobar)
Vaccine Effectiveness Falls To MINUS-391% (DE)
Heart Inflammation More Prevalent Among Vaccinated Than Unvaccinated (ET)
The CDC’s Mask Mandate Is Dead and Won’t Be Back (TH)
Most Young Adults Say US Has A ‘Mental Health Crisis’ (Hill)
Durham Has Hundreds Of E-mails Between Fusion GPS And Reporters (TFog)
Assange’s Fate Can’t Be Left In The Hands Of Priti Patel (John Rees)

 

 

Everyone has an opinion on Elon Musk buying Twitter. I’ll add mine: he couldn’t make it any worse than it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mass graves

 

 

 

 

“There is opportunity for much more understanding of how the social media platforms operate just by permitting increased transparency.”

Tucker: You Just Became A Little More Powerful (CTH)

There is an angle to this move which looms. If the doomsday predictions of Twitter’s Thursday anticipated first quarter financial earnings are correct, it is entirely possible that Musk is about to take a massive financial hit. Some, including myself, who understand the financial black hole that Twitter’s business model represents, have suspicions that Twitter may be hung around Musk’s neck like a millstone as he’s thrown into the deep state sea of social media. It will be interesting to see how quickly Musk responds to those Q1 financials. [NOTE: I foresee be a small user fee in the future]


News Release – “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” said Mr. Musk. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.” Tucker Carlson outlined the political ramifications surrounding breaking one of the big social media platforms away from the deep state control agents.

President Donald Trump will not be returning to Twitter, he is sticking with TruthSocial which is nearing completion. “I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump told Fox News. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.” There are a lot of downstream ramifications that have yet to surface as a result of the Musk-Twitter purchase. Will users find out what the rules are for the specific network containers they have been assigned to? Will the scale of simultaneous user data-processing be made public along with the algorithms that Twitter uses once you have been given a specific container assignment?


There is opportunity for much more understanding of how the social media platforms operate just by permitting increased transparency. There’s a possibility once the container assignment process is made public, people will then start to inquire about Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and other Big Tech platform processes that divide people based on arbitrarily determined viewpoints. Most social media users do not understand the technology behind the platform they are using, although a greater awareness is ongoing.

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@jack was running the joint when Trump et al were banned, and all the “non-compliant” Covid doctors.

Taking It Back From Wall Street Is the Correct First Step: Jack Dorsey (Var.)

Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey commented on Elon Musk’s acquisition of the social media platform on Monday night, kicking off his thread with Radiohead’s song “Everything In Its Right Place.” “I love Twitter. Twitter is the closest thing we have to a global consciousness,” he wrote. After stepping down from Twitter in November 2021, Dorsey continued to sit on the company’s board of directors. The board approved Musk’s $44 billion acquisition Monday morning. “The idea and service is all that matters to me, and I will do whatever it takes to protect both. Twitter as a company has always been my sole issue and my biggest regret. It has been owned by Wall Street and the ad model. Taking it back from Wall Street is the correct first step,” his Twitter thread continued.


“In principle, I don’t believe anyone should own or run Twitter. It wants to be a public good at a protocol level, not a company. Solving for the problem of it being a company however, Elon is the singular solution I trust. I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness,” Dorsey wrote. “Elon’s goal of creating a platform that is “maximally trusted and broadly inclusive” is the right one. This is also @paraga’s goal, and why I chose him. Thank you both for getting the company out of an impossible situation. This is the right path…I believe it with all my heart. “I’m so happy Twitter will continue to serve the public conversation. Around the world, and into the stars!,” Dorsey wrote.

Musk: Asphyxiation of society

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“..we’ve gotten into a system where we have the media in cahoots with the executive branch, sort of overlooking all the other safeguards that we have in our system..”

Media/Politics Collusion Destroyed Trust in Public Health: Dr. Ben Carson (ET)

In the wake of a court decision to end federal mask mandates, Dr. Ben Carson, former U.S. secretary of the Housing and Urban Development and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said he is glad there are checks and balances in our system of government but in order to truly restore trust in public health agencies, the mainstream media needs to be held accountable for colluding with the executive branch. “What we’ve done is we’ve gotten into a system where we have the media in cahoots with the executive branch, sort of overlooking all the other safeguards that we have in our system,” Carson told The Epoch Times. “And as a result of that, what we’ve done has completely destroyed the trust of the people in the CDC, the NIH, the government health system. It’s going to take a very long time to get that trust back.”

A Trump-appointed district judge struck down federal mask mandates in a ruling on Monday, saying that the CDC exceeded its authority with the mask mandate and inappropriately did not seek public comment before imposing the order. In addition, Carson said the Biden administration’s decision to end the CDC health rule, Title 42—which limits the entry of illegal immigrants into the country during the pandemic—but at the same time having its health agency heads calling to keep mask mandates for U.S. citizens doesn’t make sense and is divergent thinking. “There is no justification for getting rid of Title 42 on the one hand, and telling us we need to extend the mask mandates,” said Carson, adding that the public has to push back for agencies to actually follow the science, instead of ideology.

“If you have an executive branch that just begins to dictate, without any pushback, we’ve got to a very bad place. It’s too bad that a federal court system had to come in and bring some common sense into the discussion,” said Carson. “But the fact of the matter is, we all know, from multitudinous data, that the masks aren’t doing very much, particularly in things like airplanes that already have HEPA filters.” The neurosurgeon said common sense and scientific data should drive public health policies, including a broad range of treatments for COVID-19 and not just vaccinations.

“[Hydroxychloroquine] was roundly criticized by our government officials. So was ivermectin and some other therapeutics that work perfectly fine in other parts of the world. Why would they work in other parts of the world and not work here?” said Carson. “Why is it, in Western Africa, there’s almost no COVID? Because they take hydroxychloroquine as an anti-malarial. Why in southern India is there almost no COVID? Because they take ivermectin. Maybe they’re not taking it specifically for COVID, but look at the results.

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“My guess: they tried to persuade Mr. Zelenskyy to throw in the towel. He may be too desperate and crazy to listen, but it’s truly game-over.”

Shocks to the System (Kunstler)

There is something about being detached from reality that makes it hard to go about your everyday business. In the quaint asylums of yore, it was understood that a few shocks to the system could bring lunatics out of a fugue state of derangement — a cold water plunge… an insulin hot-shot to induce convulsions… some electrodes placed artfully on select regions of the brain…. It looks like America is about to be treated to some shocks. Will they break the mass formation psychosis that styles itself unironically as “progressive politics?”

The first shock will be the painful recognition that Ukraine is not prevailing against Russia’s Operation Z, despite the combined efforts of the US news media and the Intel Community to put over that narrative. True, it took Russia more than a few days to overcome Ukraine’s NATO-fortified defenses, but now most of that has been neutralized, and we’re into the final weeks heading towards resolution — which will be a Ukraine that is unable to make any more trouble in that corner of the world. That’s right, hard as it is to accept, Operation Z came down on Ukraine because it misbehaved badly, egged-on by delusional war-gamers in Washington, who could only pretend to support Ukraine once the real action started.

No amount of chanting Putin-Putin-Putin availed to stop the grinding Russian advance. State’s Antony Blinken and DoD’s General Austin were in Kiev over the weekend on a face-saving mission. My guess: they tried to persuade Mr. Zelenskyy to throw in the towel. He may be too desperate and crazy to listen, but it’s truly game-over. The Russians will treat him with kid gloves, perhaps give him leave to settle in Miami and enjoy the American dream with the fortune he has squirreled away. There will be changes in the map. Ukraine will sink back into peaceful obscurity while the US and Europe have to struggle with the impoverishing blowback from wrecking the global trade settlement system.

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“likely we have a limited footprint on the ground in Ukraine, but under Title 50, not Title 10..”

US A ‘Co-belligerent’ In Ukraine War (Carden)

Conversations over the past week with current and former US officials about whether, to their knowledge, there is any real debate inside President Joe Biden’s administration over the approach it is taking in Ukraine has produced only slight variations of the same answer: “Not really.” As of now, what the Biden policy amounts to is a replay along the lines of president Franklin D Roosevelt’s policy toward the war in Europe from 1939 to December 1941, during which the US was a co-belligerent all but in name. In their public statements, Biden and his Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin seem intent on obfuscating the true extent of American involvement. A story in the defense-industry-sponsored Politico quoted unnamed US officials as saying “military options in Ukraine aren’t on the table – echoing Biden’s repeated position of not wanting to spark World War III.”

If taken at face value, Biden’s policy would seem to be at odds with itself. Not wanting to start a third World War is a prudent, appropriate policy objective, but if that’s the goal, the administration is taking the long way around, because whether they admit it or not, the US is, and has been for some time, a co-belligerent in the war. [..] The open spigot of funding has naturally attracted the attention of the defense industry, and last week, the chief executives of Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and L3Harris Technologies met at the Pentagon with Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks. But US involvement goes deeper than arms sales and intelligence sharing.

A Pentagon official who requested anonymity told me it is “likely we have a limited footprint on the ground in Ukraine, but under Title 50, not Title 10,” meaning US intelligence operatives and paramilitaries – but not regular military. Bruce Fein, a constitutional expert and former associate attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, told me this week that in his view, “the United States and several NATO members have become co-belligerents with Ukraine against Russia by systematic and massive assistance to its military forces to defeat Russia.” According to Fein, the US and its NATO allies are now vulnerable to attack by “an enemy belligerent,” meaning Russia, because of their “systematic or substantial violations of a neutral’s duties of impartiality and non-participation in the conflict.”

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“The Kremlin has also said it views any Western military aid entering the country as a “legitimate target”.

Kremlin Condemns Blinken Visit To Ukraine & US Arms Shipments (ZH)

Moscow has reacted to the Sunday visit of top US officials to Kiev where they met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin discussed specific weapons systems to soon be transferred into Ukraine, also as Zelensky and his team reportedly requested heavier weaponry and in larger quantities. “What the Americans are doing is pouring oil on the flames,” Russia’s ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov told Rossiya 24 TV channel. “I see only an attempt to raise the stakes, to aggravate the situation, to see more losses.” Antonov confirmed that the Kremlin recently delivered another diplomatic note of protest to the US condemning the arms shipments and formally requesting their cessation, but said no response has been given.

Instead, the “response” came in the form of the Pentagon chief meeting face-to-face to Zelensky while saying “we have the mindset that we want to help them win.” And specifying further the purpose of the hundreds of millions of dollars in approved military aid making its way to Ukraine: “We believe that they can win if they have the right equipment,” Defense Secretary Austin said, and added: “the right support, and we’re going to do everything we can … to ensure that gets to them.” Austin in statements given to the press after the Zelensky meeting went so far as to say Washington’s strategy is to see a “weakened” Russia.

“We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine,” the Pentagon chief said. “It has already lost a lot of military capability, and a lot of its troops quite frankly” – he added, speaking of the Russian military. But Antonov in his Monday statements emphasized further: “We stressed the unacceptability of this situation when the United States of America pours weapons into Ukraine, and we demanded an end to this practice.” The Kremlin has also said it views any Western military aid entering the country as a “legitimate target”.

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“By many accounts these shipments of weapons like the Javelin anti-tank missile (jointly manufactured by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin) are getting blown up as soon as they arrive in Ukraine. This doesn’t bother Raytheon at all”

The Ukraine War is a Racket (Ron Paul)

“War is a racket, wrote US Maj. General Smedley Butler in 1935. He explained: “A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.” Gen. Butler’s observation describes the US/NATO response to the Ukraine war perfectly. The propaganda continues to portray the war in Ukraine as that of an unprovoked Goliath out to decimate an innocent David unless we in the US and NATO contribute massive amounts of military equipment to Ukraine to defeat Russia. As is always the case with propaganda, this version of events is manipulated to bring an emotional response to the benefit of special interests.

One group of special interests profiting massively on the war is the US military-industrial complex. Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes recently told a meeting of shareholders that, “Everything that ‘s being shipped into Ukraine today, of course, is coming out of stockpiles, either at DOD or from our NATO allies, and that’s all great news. Eventually we’ll have to replenish it and we will see a benefit to the business.” He wasn’t lying. Raytheon, along with Lockheed Martin and countless other weapons manufacturers are enjoying a windfall they have not seen in years. The US has committed more than three billion dollars in military aid to Ukraine. They call it aid, but it is actually corporate welfare: Washington sending billions to arms manufacturers for weapons sent overseas.

By many accounts these shipments of weapons like the Javelin anti-tank missile (jointly manufactured by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin) are getting blown up as soon as they arrive in Ukraine. This doesn’t bother Raytheon at all. The more weapons blown up by Russia in Ukraine, the more new orders come from the Pentagon. Former Warsaw Pact countries now members of NATO are in on the scam as well. They’ve discovered how to dispose of their 30-year-old Soviet-made weapons and receive modern replacements from the US and other western NATO countries. While many who sympathize with Ukraine are cheering, this multi-billion dollar weapons package will make little difference. As former US Marine intelligence officer Scott Ritter said on the Ron Paul Liberty Report last week, “I can say with absolute certainty that even if this aid makes it to the battlefield, it will have zero impact on the battle. And Joe Biden knows it.”

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“..If the Russian Ministry of Defense finds out that NATO did it, they will let loose all the dogs from Hell on NATO, as in “asymmetrical, lethal and fast”.

The Moskva Riddle (Escobar)

Neither NATO nor Russia is telling us what really happened with the Moskva, the legendary admiral ship of the Black Sea fleet. NATO because in theory, they know. Moscow, for its part, made it clear they are not saying anything until they can be sure what happened. One thing is certain. If the Russian Ministry of Defense finds out that NATO did it, they will let loose all the dogs from Hell on NATO, as in “asymmetrical, lethal and fast”. [..] it’s hard to believe the Neptune/Bayraktar fairytale angle. After all, as we’ve seen, the Russian fleet had established a multidimensional surveillance/defense layer in the direction of Odessa. The Moskva was near Odessa, closer to Romania.

A year ago, the source maintains, a new phased array locator was installed on it: the illumination range is 500 km. According to the standard Ukrainian narrative, first the Moskva was hit by a drone, and the locators and antennas were smashed. The Moskva was half blind. Then – according to the Ukrainian narrative – they launched two Neptune cruise missiles from the shore. Guidance was carried out by NATO’s Orion, which was hanging over Romania. The missiles zoomed in on the ship with the homing heads turned off, so that the radiation beam would not be detected. So we have guidance by NATO’s Orion, transmitting the exact coordinates, leading to two hits, and subsequent detonation of ammunition (that’s the part acknowledged by the Russian Ministry of Defense).

The Moskva was on combat duty 100-120 km away from Odessa – controlling the airspace within a radius of 250-300 km. So in fact it was ensuring the overlap of the southern half of Moldova, the space from Izmail to Odessa and part of Romania (including the port of Constanta). Its positioning could not be more strategic. Moskva was interfering with NATO’s covert transfer of military aircraft (helicopters and fighter jets) from Romania to Ukraine. It was being watched 24/7. NATO air reconnaissance was totally on it. As the Moskva “killer”, NATO may have not chosen the Neptune, as spread by Ukrainian propaganda; the source points to the fifth-generation NSM PKR (Naval Strike Missile, with a range of 185 km, developed by Norway and the Americans.)

He describes the NSM as “able to reach the target along a programmed route thanks to the GPS-adjusted INS, independently find the target by flying up to it at an altitude of 3-5 meters. When reaching the target, the NSM maneuvers and deploys electronic interference. A highly sensitive thermal imager is used as a homing system, which independently determines the most vulnerable places of the target ship.” As a direct consequence of hitting the Moskva, NATO managed to reopen an air corridor for the transfer of aircraft to the airfields of Chernivtsi, Transcarpathian and Ivano-Frankivsk regions.

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Go get yer booster…

Vaccine Effectiveness Falls To MINUS-391% (DE)

Official data published by the UK Health Security Agency confirms Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness against infection has fallen to minus-391% among triple jabbed 60-69-year-olds, and between minus-298% and minus-324% among those aged 30 to 59. All other age groups have also suffered a significant drop in vaccine effectiveness with figures showing all triple vaccinated adults now between 3 and 5 times more likely to be infected with Covid-19 than unvaccinated adults. The following chart shows the total number of Covid-19 cases by vaccination status in England between 3rd Jan and 27th March 2022, separated by age group and week. The data has been extracted from the the Week 5, (page 43), Week 9 (page 41) and Week 13 (page 41) UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Covid-19 Vaccine Surveillance reports –

[..] cases have been highest among all age groups who are triple vaccinated since at least the turn of the year. This data on its own at least shows the Covid-19 injections clearly do not prevent infection. But the UKHSA also provide us with further figures that indicate something is seriously wrong, and those figures are the Covid-19 case-rate per 100,000 individuals by vaccination status. [..] Here’s a chart showing the real-world Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness among the triple vaccinated population by age-group and week in England between 3rd January and 27th March 2022.

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This is old news treated as new. We’re standing still.

Heart Inflammation More Prevalent Among Vaccinated Than Unvaccinated (ET)

Heart inflammation requiring hospital care was more common among people who received COVID-19 vaccines than those who did not, according to a new study of tens of millions of Europeans. Rates of myocarditis or pericarditis, two types of heart inflammation, are above the levels in an unvaccinated cohort, pegged at 38 per 100,000 after receipt of a second dose of a vaccine built on messenger RNA (mRNA) technology in males aged 16 to 24—the group studies have shown are most at risk of the post-vaccination condition—researchers with health agencies in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway found.

“These extra cases among men aged 16–24 correspond to a 5 times increased risk after Comirnaty and 15 times increased risk after Spikevax compared to unvaccinated,” Dr. Rickard Ljung, a professor and physician at the Swedish Medical Products Agency and one of the principal investigators of the study, told The Epoch Times in an email. Comirnaty is the brand name for Pfizer’s vaccine while Spikevax is the brand name for Moderna’s jab. Rates were also higher among the age group for those who received any dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, both of which utilize mRNA technology. And rates were elevated among vaccinated males of all ages after the first or second dose, except for the first dose of Moderna’s shot for those 40 or older, and females 12- to 15-years-old.

Researchers pulled data from national health registers, analyzing 23.1 million people aged 12 or older. The analysis was of data from Dec. 27, 2020, to incidence of myocarditis or pericarditis, or the end of the study time period, which was Oct. 5, 2021. “The risks of myocarditis and pericarditis were highest within the first 7 days of being vaccinated, were increased for all combinations of mRNA vaccines, and were more pronounced after the second dose,” researchers wrote in the study, which was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association following peer review.

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“Federal Judge Kathryn Mizelle did what a federal judge is supposed to do—she reined in the CDC when it went too far.”

The CDC’s Mask Mandate Is Dead and Won’t Be Back (TH)

Federal Judge Kathryn Mizelle did what a federal judge is supposed to do—she reined in the CDC when it went too far. She struck down the mask mandate for mass transit. Most travelers rejoiced and said goodbye to masks, perhaps for good. But not everyone was happy. The ruling sent COVID doomsdayers into panic mode. There was a flurry of claims that Mizelle made an improper decision because TheScience™ is not for the courts – or so they say. Doctor “TheScience™” Anthony Fauci himself was quick to condemn the ruling while exposing his legal ignorance at the same time. “We are concerned…about courts getting involved in things that are unequivocally public health decisions…This is a CDC issue. It should not have been a court issue.”

Fauci is wrong. He exposed his ignorance of how American government works. This was not a ruling based on science. Judge Mizelle did not issue a public health order – she issued a legal order. And as much as Fauci may dislike it, Mizelle got it exactly right! Fauci and TheExperts™ will not want to hear that her ruling is ironclad and will hold on appeal. Public health policies made by government agencies are not merely scientific actions. They’re government actions. Government actions are subject to review by courts when they violate federal law. Federal agencies are creatures of statute and are bound by law to operate within the law imposed by Congress. Agencies are not separate entities that may act as they wish. Their authority is limited to what Congress grants them.

So the CDC is governed by Congress – not by any President – and certainly not by career bureaucrats like Fauci. Judge Mizelle made that expressly clear in her ruling. Specifically, she addressed how the CDC and government officials violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) in issuing this mandate. The issue was not whether masks work to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Nor is the issue whether it is wise policy to order millions of traveling Americans to strap a piece of cloth over their breathing and talking holes (except when chomping Biscoff cookies or chugging chardonnay.) The real issue was whether the CDC had legal authority to issue such an edict in the first place – and if so, did it issue the rule as prescribed by law. The answer to both questions is: no.

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“..63 percent of young adults experienced symptoms of depression or anxiety in June 2020..”

Most Young Adults Say US Has A ‘Mental Health Crisis’ (Hill)

Nearly three-quarters of young adults across the country believe “the United States has a mental health crisis,” according to a new poll. A survey released Tuesday by the Institute for Politics at Harvard Kennedy School found that only six percent of survey respondents disagreed with the idea that the U.S. is undergoing a mental health crisis. 52% of young adults surveyed reported experiencing feelings of depression and hopelessness, and nearly a quarter said they had thought about self-harm. The latter represents a four percent decline from a year earlier when 28 percent of survey respondents said they thought about harming themselves. More than a quarter said they know someone who has committed suicide. The Spring 2022 survey measured the responses of more than 2,000 U.S. adults between the ages of 18 and 29 from March 15-20.


The Harvard poll adds to a growing body of research regarding the decline of mental health in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. A recent study revealed that nearly half of young adults experienced mental health symptoms during the pandemic’s second year. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) used a sample of 2,809 adults ages 18-25 years from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey data to evaluate the scope of anxiety and depression symptoms from June through early July 2021. They found 48 percent of young adults reported mental health symptoms. Meanwhile, 39 percent of the population with symptoms said they used prescription medications, although more than a third reported being unable to receive needed counseling treatment. The teams’ findings showed a decline from a year prior. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 63 percent of young adults experienced symptoms of depression or anxiety in June 2020.

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What must the pressure on him be like?

Durham Has Hundreds Of E-mails Between Fusion GPS And Reporters (TFog)

Durham also destroys the declarations of John Podesta and Robby Mook on behalf of Hillary for America, stating Mook has stated Perkins Coie was to handle and oversee “international” opposition research. Mook also received “general updates concerning” these findings though he says he was unaware who had been specifically retained. As to Joffe’s privilege arguments? They fail because “Perkins Coie hired Fusion GPS to assist HFA and the DNC, not [Joffe].” Today’s filing follows a series of interesting developments disclosed in these last few days. On Friday, April 22, attorneys for Michael Sussmann filed this motion relating to evidentiary issues. I’ll spare you the long and boring legal arguments (your humble author favors brevity) and get to the good stuff: the Special Counsel has issued trial subpoenas to the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The reason for calling the Clinton Campaign and DNC as trial witnesses is to get them to testify to their assertion of attorney-client privilege under oath. As you might recall, the Clinton Campaign, the DNC, Fusion GPS, Perkins Coie, and Rodney Joffe have all made appearances in this case in order to fight against the production of records to Durham. We reported on that story here, stating Durham requested the court require production of records that included “emails and attachments between and among” Perkins Coie, Rodney Joffe, and Fusion GPS.” On behalf of the Clinton Campaign, Robby Mook (Hillary’s campaign manager) and John Podesta (the Clinton Campaign chair, who has already been interviewed by Durham) submitted declarations in support of the position that Fusion GPS was assisting with “legal services and legal advice to [Hillary for America].”

One would rightly assume, then, that those trial subpoenas were issued to Robby Mook and John Podesta. Last Friday also saw this filing by Special Counsel Durham which also addressed evidentiary issues. It explained a “joint venture” starting in June 2016 by Rodney Joffe and his team of researchers to collect derogatory information on Trump and his associates. Durham described the goal of the joint venture to be: “to gather and disseminate derogatory non-public information regarding the internet activities of [Trump] and his associates.

This “joint venture” – what is also called a conspiracy – continued into August 2016, where: Sussmann, Rodney Joffe, and “agents of the Clinton Campaign” met at the Perkins Coie office of Mark Elias where they discussed the same Alfa Bank allegations that Sussmann would give to the FBI. “The evidence will show that at the meeting, the parties agreed to conduct work in the hope that it would benefit the Clinton Campaign, namely, gathering and disseminating purportedly derogatory data regarding Trump and his associates’ internet activities.”

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And don’t you forget it:

“The fact that there is currently no ongoing court case means that Patel has a purely political decision to make.”

Assange’s Fate Can’t Be Left In The Hands Of Priti Patel (John Rees)

Priti Patel, the uber-conservative Home Secretary, is about to make a life-or-death decision: whether or not to send Julian Assange to the United States to face charges of espionage. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 175 years in jail. It is not an exaggeration to say that, even if he served a small fraction of that time, he would likely die in prison. The fact that there is currently no ongoing court case means that Patel has a purely political decision to make. Should she sanction an application for extradition when the charges being brought equate investigative journalism with spying? Should she allow that the US 1917 Espionage Act, under which the charges are being made, can for the very first time be used against a journalist?

Should the US be allowed to extend the reach of its archaic spying laws to other countries and to a journalist who is not a US citizen? These are far from the only fundamental questions that Patel should consider. She might want to consider the irregularities of the trial. These include the fact that the lead prosecution witness has admitted that he lied in court, the discovery that that the CIA spied on the defendant and his lawyers, and that the CIA also discussed kidnapping and assassinating Assange in London. She might also want to consider whether an Extradition Treaty that has allowed 200 individuals to be taken from the UK to the US but only allowed eleven to pass the other way is fit for purpose.

In any normal case any, let alone all, of these issues might be enough for a Home Secretary to declare the extradition request void. But this is no ordinary case and no ordinary Home Secretary, even by the House of Horror standards of previous Tory Home Secretaries. This case is above all a political revenge attack on Julian Assange for revealing material which the US government found embarrassing about the Afghan and Iraq wars, about Guantanamo Bay prison, and about US diplomatic manoeuvres. And this is the crux of the matter: should journalists only be allowed to report government press hand-outs and corporate PR statements, the news the rich and powerful want to be heard, or should they have the freedom to report matters which are otherwise hidden from the public gaze?

No harm was suffered by any individual as a result of WikiLeaks publications. That much was admitted in court by the US lawyers. No foreign state supplied or was given privileged access to material published by WikiLeaks. The sole beneficiaries were the public who learned facts of the gravest importance which they would otherwise not have known. It is for that public service that Julian Assange is spending his fourth year in Belmarsh High Security Prison and now faces extradition to the US. Priti Patel is an ultra-hawk and a devotional worshipper of US power. She is currently engaged in attempting to send desperate refugees seeking asylum to Rwanda, and is highly unlikely to do anything but sign the extradition order.

But she can, and has been, politically embarrassed in the past. Both her off-piste illegal lobbying of Israel and the bullying of staff in her own department have damaged her and the government. Mass lobbying of Patel now can have the same effect and prepare the ground for the next stage in the legal battle. This is essential because Patel does not yet have the final say. Even if she signs the extradition order Julian Assange’s lawyers have one more chance to reverse the extradition in the UK courts. They can and will appeal the elements of the original Magistrates Court ruling which turned down their original case against extradition.

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    Germ
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    The world has gone mad!

    “Unvaccinated people increase risk of SARS-CoV-2 for vaccinated people even when vaccination rates are high” Hahaha!

    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-04-unvaccinated-people-sars-cov-vaccinated-vaccination.html

    🤡🤡🤡

    #106835
    Germ
    Participant

    Very mad:

    “The unvaccinated increase the risk of COVID-19 for the vaccinated when they mingle”

    https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/unvaccinated-people-put-vaccinated-people-at-higher-covid-19-risk-when-they-mingle

    This is how “the lemmings” are kept in their constant state of fear of the unvaccinated.

    🤡🤡🤡

    #106836
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    No justice for Assange…ever…death seems his only escape from his prison…
    The world should weep…but forgets…
    My rage and anger are but dust in the wind…

    #106837
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    This is how “the lemmings” are kept in their constant state of fear of the unvaccinated.

    When there is no understanding of what critical thinking entails; and refusal to take responsibility for those who do understand critical thinking…then it’s all for naught…
    True critical thinking means (by definition) taking responsibility for what is understood by that very process…
    Failure to do so obviates that whole process…
    We’re lost……………………

    #106838
    Germ
    Participant

    The Explosion of Cancer and Latent Disease: The Lipid Nanoparticle Platform Is Asking for Trouble

    https://rumble.com/v128lrv-the-explosion-of-cancer-and-latent-disease-the-lipid-nanoparticle-platform-.html

    🤡🤡🤡

    #106839
    Germ
    Participant

    Watch 5 minutes and then try to spell “Schadenfreude” !!

    “PANDA’s Marc Girardot on how the COVID vaccines damage your body”
    https://rumble.com/v128d14-pandas-marc-girardot-on-how-the-covid-vaccines-damage-your-body.html

    🤡🤡🤡

    #106840
    Red
    Participant

    Germ. I heard this on the radio news this morning here in Canada and it wasn’t the CBC,(covid broadcasting corporation). They’re using models again and we know how well they preform. Models?!

    #106841
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    When the world goes mad it’s time to focus on those you love, let go of toxic, crazy people & prepare for Armageddon…

    Pray for the insane,

    Gary

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    #106842
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Populism” Democracy Averted for Now, But ‘Chaos Is Infectious’” Macron

    “Following the subpoenas, lawyers for Sussman moved to prevent materials being admitted in the case with their argument that they are protected by attorney-client privilege. They’ve called Durham’s subpoenas “astonishing and legally inappropriate.”

    We’ve already settled that there’s no attorney-client privilege. They settled that back with Trump and Cohen. (Besides, I don’t see the slightest legal work here: bag men and research, not legal advice)

    “‘They Might Be Foreigners!’ Washington Post’s Lorenz Justifies Hit Piece on ‘Libs Of TikTok‘”

    RussiaRussiaRussia! But also Liberals are xenophobic and hate foreigners and diversity? Really? That’s your argument?

    ““I think it’s rare to see an account gain so much prominence so quickly and be shaping these narratives in such an effective way,…I think it’s incredibly important, you know, as someone that covers the influencer industry to know who is exerting influence in this way.”

    “Telling people what to think is our job” –MSNBC Oh, so it’s just simple jealousy by the mean girls! Well! Carry on then.

    Actually, as it’s WaPo and Lorenz, every word is a lie. She obviously discovered full well the person was American and a nobody, barely involved. AND saying it’s really important to know who she was, well, then why didn’t you take the time to interview her? What’s the story without that? What’s the story at all? “Someone re-tweets accounts on the internet”? And then obviously publishing her home address to maximize harm and get her killed AFTER finding out she’s just a ordinary nobody. Like usual. Love and Tolerance, children. I’m so afraid I cried on camera, a Swiss private school girl in the 2nd most powerful journalist position in America. I’m the victim here and I have the tears to prove it!

    Speaking of though, there ARE a few foreigners I’d like you to look into. Apparently the son of a prominent position, with access to the nuclear codes, took a million dollars from Moscow. And a Billion from China. And $80k/month in Ukraine. And purchased bioweapons labs there. But if you don’t want to follow this fellow, there was a congressman on special security committee who was sleeping with a Chinese spy. And a Congresswoman who had a Chinese spy in her office for 20 years, and made some odd Billion dollars in Chinese business investments at the same time. If it’s saving children you’re after, a number of these people were involved with Epstein, and the full connections to them and his child trafficking have not been run down, nor, via Maxwell, all the foreign connections and influence that involved.

    And so on. We know all this but sometimes it pays to review. Foreigners. Hey, if you’re that racist and xenophobic, I won’t stop you, go ahead and follow up on the foreign influence problem. I suspect you can start right there in the office with your owner Mr. Bezos.

    “The dirty secret is that nobody will be going “green” the way fantasists propose. Rather, we’ll be going medieval.” –Kunstler

    I should probably keep this quote on speed dial.

    “At two dealerships, there was no inventory of new cars on the lots. The low-mileage used cars were actually priced higher than the new ones”

    And this is with them at $40k, a year’s income for most people, doubled as they’re all financed 3-6 years. But the problem is that the U.S. economy is 80% consumption (dead) with restaurants (dead), cars (dead), and housing (soon dead from interest rates.) So, what’s the economy again?

    Who cares?!?!?! It doesn’t have any attachment to the stock market anyway. Hasn’t in years.

    “@EdwardDowd Gettr
    A commodities trader with 25 years pointed out to me the natural gas anomaly in Europe. Normally the Q4/Q1 spread is below zero due to seasonality and storage owners putting gas into storage & withdrawing at profit(left chart). Notice what happened in Aug/Sep of 21 after Merkel visited Biden (right chart). Speculators playing mean reversion got hammered as there was a mysterious unlimited capital bid. IMHO it would take a central bank to do this so I speculate this was a planned war in Ukraine going back to summer of 21 & it was known by big players.”

    But Putin! RussiaRussiaRussia! He saw Ukraine on TV and his Generals told him to grab land!
    Meanwhile we AGAIN have OPEN pre-existing market trading, that we can CLEARLY track and trace and prosecute to EXACT individuals illegally insider trading. And don’t.

    @jack was running the joint when Trump et al were banned, and all the “non-compliant” Covid doctors.”

    Yes but he says he was outmaneuvered and outvoted by all the board who owned no stock and never logged in. When you’re an inbred pinhead like him, trying to become Rasputin but only in the fashion sense, these things happen.

    “Twitter is the closest thing we have to a global consciousness,”

    Lord God, I hope not. 1/10th of 1% of the dumbest people use it: reporters and politicians. Squirrel!

    “Musk: Asphyxiation of society”, Death.

    I hate to say this is mostly true. It doesn’t have to be, but it is. “Science progresses one funeral at a time.”

    ““..we’ve gotten into a system where we have the media in cahoots with the executive branch,
    Democratic Party and their owners. I mean, they weren’t in cahoots a minute ago when Trump was the executive, were they? Use your head.

    the Biden policy amounts to is a replay along the lines of president Franklin D Roosevelt’s policy toward the war in Europe from 1939 to December 1941,”

    Absolutely, and after they had paid million$ to get a weird nobody in to attack Russia and remove Stalin who had screwed up their Bolshevik takeover plan they paid a TRAINLOAD of gold for. And “F the EU” “We’re putting in our boy Trotsky!”. Then FDR arranged an intentional war. …Or maybe you think breaking all treaties, arming all bases, and cutting all oil to Japan wasn’t creating a certainty of war. While we had the Pacific code and were aware of Pearl Harbor weeks ahead of time, parking all the warships as sitting ducks, to which the captains were defying direct military orders to have them safely at sea as they did. Oh yes, very similar to WWII. The same people set up both of them, following the same rulebook, because it works. Nobody learns anything from history.

    P.S. the domestic U.S. is a replay of the Bolshevik Russian Revolution, but we are not falling for it quite as easily. They’re minons: incapable of new ideas or imagination. Just following orders, plans. And why not? I can tell people but since they’d rather die than crack a book, rather go to the hospital than listen, the plans work just fine.

    “likely we have a limited footprint on the ground in Ukraine, but under Title 50, not Title 10,”

    Like we need a leak to tell us this? OF COURSE the are there, been there all along, it was NYT public knowledge that we exist to arm and train the Nazis. Are the bioweapons labs we solely created even under 50, or is that yet ANOTHER front in a universal, total, 5GW war? It certainly was the PR wing.

    if this aid makes it to the battlefield, it will have zero impact on the battle. And Joe Biden knows it.”

    Yes, but they’re overlooking this isn’t the point again. The aid will murder Slavs, specifically Ukrainians who use this .38 revolver from 1932 in a 2022 theatre of war. So: 1) get rid of old toys 2) tie up Europe to their drug-dealing Americanos 3) Kill civilians and Slavs 4) Profit! Oh and Step 5) Distract from the universal failures of everything at home: Covid, scandals, banking, economy, shortages, prices…

    “Guidance was carried out by NATO’s Orion,”

    So NATO did this even under the fake story. Okay, so why is the article written again? What is Russia waiting for?

    Again, I’m suggesting that the only thing to stop the Potomac is to get punched hard enough to break through their denial. Like Russia sinking the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and also “denying” it. Since this is the high water mark and the end of the U.S. in Europe, this needs to happen under Joe Biden. And a real confidence-builder for markets and the US$.

    “The CDC’s Mask Mandate Is Dead and Won’t Be Back (TH)”

    Masks work! That’s why they didn’t stop the spread at all, and why Texas and California, NJ and FL were the same…or actually the non-mask states were slightly better. All masked states and nations universally the worst in the world. Science! Where we find out what is true, then methodically choose the thing that kills the most people like a heat-seeking missile.

    What the legal ruling held is that they can suspend your human rights and trample them for 28 months without consequence. And then invent another “emergency” and trample them for the next 28 months all over again, forever and ever, amen. I have a feeling this is not the legality or intent of the Founding Fathers. I give you 2A.

    “..63 percent of young adults experienced symptoms of depression or anxiety in June 2020…”

    There’s a lot to this, but for example women have never been unhappier since records were kept. Now they we got rid of their pesky husbands and children, Feminism is working! Children and teens have been in a straight line drop long before Covid. Drug use, arguably a symptom, has been increasing since before the War on Drugs, m-kay. What does that tell you? The entire society is terrible, inhuman, an utter failure, and needs to be scrapped. “Burn it all down!” And they have wide support for this. Or…you could simply go back to where you got off “the path”? Lost your “Way”? Left the Tao? And therefore came into rebellion against God and #Logos? “Re-pent” and get back on the path? Nah. That would lead us to 1952, and we all know if we did what made the average person happy and satisfied, we’d also have to use candles, ride horses, and re-install those second drinking fountains. …Which according to Progressives, we’re still doing and still exist right now worse than ever anyway. So since we’ve made no progress, racism is worse than 1950, we’re never going to get black billionaires, black policemen, black generals, black Presidents and black congressmen and supreme court justices, what’s the risk? That you might make everybody else happy so they don’t kill themselves on bullets and fentanyl?

    The real problem they have is that all those things are pro-life. And they are pro-death, as their religion. Denying all human nature. Machine robotic-loving biophobes. #AntiLife, wherever it is found. War? Yes. Glyphosate? Yes. Cancer? Yes. Drugs? Yes. Human trafficking? Yes. Children? No. We will fight to the DEATH for abortion, sterility, universal birth control, surgically removing or sterilizing children before puberty. Yes!!!!!!!!! Support mothers? Whaddya crazy? Some kind of hippie are ya? Support fathers?

    …Uh, who? ‘Nuff said. They hate all life, they love all death, look at their news, essays, and laws.

    And you wonder why humans born in an #AntiHuman, purpose-designed, death-cult-run, open-air concentration camp, as B.F. Skinner proudly said then did, have mental health problems? Please. We’ve been at this 50 years now: it’s so obvious even a scientist could see it. But if you want an intro, 100% of these things were tested on Native Americans down on the ‘Rez. Then rolled out to YOU. Because you said nothing.

    Including poison, sterility, FBI frame-ups, and denial of medical care. Enjoy, Palefaces!

    “Assange’s Fate Can’t Be Left in the Hands of Priti Patel (John Rees)”

    Thankfully Biden is President or they’d never risk extraditing him to America where he can testify before Congress. And run down the exact election interference by Steele run from the Queen’s MI6. (P.S.: As Usual) Try to think positively. And Foreigners, Cluephone: it’s for Ms. Lorenz. But never fear! The wonderful Mrs. Markel and her human-shaped-consort are the British Invasion! Back in the USSA to run for Mrs. President in 2024! The crowd goes wild! She’s a narcissistic, sociopathic harpy whose husband is not a man, and I hear they love that sort of thing, with Trudeau, Macron, HRC, Kamala…

    “Australian Covid.” #Winning! Vaccines, masks, and social distancing. Oz is the bestest, with Singapore! Now where’s our pancakehead to comment on how we need to follow the Scienz? Vaccines work!

    “Netflix Donations”: you shouldn’t have published this article. Now Netflix is going to seek out and fire that one Republican they still have employed. Because we love Diversity in all its forms.

    #106843
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Haven’t read the “US mental health crisis” article yet, but that’s something I’ve known or suspected for more than three decades now. We’re a socially-atomized society that’s horribly alienated from everything normal and healthy for human life, and it has only been getting steadily worse since the early nineties when I started fully realizing it. Even before knowing anything about Peak Oil and what-not, I knew we were heading into some kind of crisis, and it was pretty apparent to me that the way we are existentially was going to make (and indeed is making) that crisis so much worse.

    #106844
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Empire of Big Lies and Hate sent it’s Department of Defense Operations (DoDo) General Austin ‘Powers’ to slink into Ukraine in a vain attempt to save their faces from their asses. Didn’t work, what a shock.

    Years ago, a friend was making a wildlife documentary about anacondas.

    Anacondas can feed on dogs, sheep, deer, and even jaguars. They like big stuff and can go a month or so between happy meals.

    So his film crew and a local guide located an anacondas that was nearly 30 feet long and tipped the scales at close to 600lbs. A very big snake as snakes go.

    I asked him how the guide found the snake, he said, “Oh, when a child goes missing near a village that a good sign.”

    He said that Anacondas often likes knee deep grass to wait in and contrary to movie myth, it grabs and strangles it’s prey remarkably fast, not a slow movie drama misconception. The slow part is squeezing the now deceased prey to break it’s bones thoroughly enough so as to swallow it smoothly, he said, “Like a tube of tooth paste consistency.”

    Well kids, that’s what Russia has done to the Ukraine, it’s gone, but it needs to be squeezed and ‘kneaded now into a smooth paste so as to comfortably swallowed it.

    I asked my friend how thick was the diameter of this anaconda he filmed was.

    He said, “Think of an Olympic sprinters thigh muscle, but 30 feet long, it’s surprisingly strong as you might imagine.”

    .

    #106845
    zerosum
    Participant

    • Shocks to the System (Kunstler)
    There will be changes in the map.

    Washington’s strategy is to see a “weakened” Russia.
    ———–
    Disposal of military museum inventory

    http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2022/april/25/the-ukraine-war-is-a-racket/
    The Ukraine War is a Racket

    The more weapons blown up by Russia in Ukraine, the more new orders come from the Pentagon. Former Warsaw Pact countries now members of NATO are in on the scam as well. They’ve discovered how to dispose of their 30-year-old Soviet-made weapons and receive modern replacements from the US and other western NATO countries. While many who sympathize with Ukraine are cheering, this multi-billion dollar weapons package will make little difference.

    War is a racket, to be sure. The US has been meddling in Ukraine since the end of the Cold War, going so far as overthrowing the government in 2014 and planting the seeds of the war we are witnessing today. The only way out of a hole is to stop digging. Don’t expect that any time soon. War is too profitable.
    ———–
    Modern military hardware for WWIII got destroyed
    • The Moskva Riddle (Escobar)
    https://thesaker.is/the-moskva-riddle/

    The Moskva was on combat duty 100-120 km away from Odessa – controlling the airspace within a radius of 250-300 km.

    As a direct consequence of hitting the Moskva, NATO managed to reopen an air corridor for the transfer of aircraft to the airfields of Chernivtsi, Transcarpathian and Ivano-Frankivsk regions.

    There is the proof …. there is no way to defend a fleet of warships in WWIII.
    ———–
    critical thinking entails; ….
    loss of control by the snobs
    social/economic collapse/change of the system
    ———

    #106846
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Thanks God Twitter-Twatter is in Good Hands now!

    .

    #106847
    Kassandra
    Participant

    Haven’t read the “US mental health crisis” article yet, but that’s something I’ve known or suspected for more than three decades now. We’re a socially-atomized society that’s horribly alienated from everything normal and healthy for human life, and it has only been getting steadily worse since the early nineties when I started fully realizing it. Even before knowing anything about Peak Oil and what-not, I knew we were heading into some kind of crisis, and it was pretty apparent to me that the way we are existentially was going to make (and indeed is making) that crisis so much worse.

    Good to see this article, and I appreciated all the comments a couple days ago.

    As someone who works in IT (started in 1998 in SF, CA) I had a front row seat for all of it. A friend I used to work with had a theory that working in IT (or with IT all day) was driving people crazy because in essence it meant you were living in an abstraction, your whole day and everything you would do abstracted from reality. Even those of us building systems and deploying code couldn’t really “see” anything we did. Some people working on the user interface would see something, but it still wasn’t real to ones mind. The best and the brightest at Stanford and UC Berkeley, in computer science and data and information sciences no longer know how it all works! They don’t know there really is an infrastructure out there somewhere. And now we have a generation that didn’t know “before”, when even the magic technology had cords and nobs and antennae. They are living in the matrix and don’t really know any different. And the wizard behind the curtain wants to make them crazy, and is succeeding.

    Every once in a while I experience something that gives me hope. Like last week, meeting a 19 year old that makes mixed tapes, yes, cassettes! They are out there, seekers of the real. We need to tell those stories too.

    #106848
    Oroboros
    Participant

    So You Want It Darker

    That can be done.

    #106849
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    MASKS

    For a test put on some glasses and put on the mask.

    Breathe.

    The glasses will mist up.

    Each of the fine water droplets will be hundreds of times bigger than the virus.

    My conclusion would be that masks ensure that the virus is blown up into the air giving a wide dispersion.

    #106850
    Germ
    Participant

    Speechless …

    “FDA Approves First COVID Treatment for Younger Kids”

    — Agency expands remdesivir indication to include patients as young as 28 days

    https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/98392

    #106851

    I’ve seen quite a few people on Twitter today who say that in the past 24 hours, they’ve magically gained 1,000-10,000 followers, ostensibly because of changed “measures” (or is that a Covid only term?).

    No such luck here. @AutomaticEarth has been virtually frozen for as long as I can remember, ie 10 years+, at 3,800 followers +/- 1% or so. Through those years, there have been huge shifts in readers numbers, both up and down, 50% (?!), but followers has always remained in that very narrow range.

    It’s just something I’ve accepted. Someone put a freeze on it 10-12 years ago and that’s it. But yeah, it’s still weird to see it. Of course, Facebook simply cancelled our account for murky reasons, and never explained, 6-7 years ago?!. Not sure if that’s better or worse than being frozen for a decade.

    #106852
    zerosum
    Participant

    Reminder for Biden
    Russian President Vladimir Putin briefed his US counterpart Joe Biden during the video talks about Ukraine’s failure to comply with the Minsk agreements, according to Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov.

    “Our president informed [Biden] in sufficient detail about how Kiev fails to fulfill the relevant Minsk agreements. It was said directly that Ukraine sabotages the Minsk implementation, in addition, it sabotages the agreements reached within the framework of the Normandy Four summit, delays the negotiation process in the contact group, seeks to exclude Donbas from the negotiation process,” Ushakov said following the leaders’ talks.

    Ushakov said that, in his meeting with Putin, Biden emphasied that the US and NATO are concerned about Russian force movements near Ukraine’s borders.

    According to Russian state-controlled RT News, the Kremlin said in a readout that Moscow is “seriously interested” in obtaining “reliable and firm legal guarantees” excluding NATO’s further expansion eastward and the deployment of “offensive strike weapons systems in countries adjacent to Russia.”

    According to Ushakov, the two leaders spent a lot of time discussing Ukraine during their meetings.

    According to him, Biden informed Putin that the US is preparing large-scale penalties in the event that the situation in Ukraine worsens.

    According to Ushakov, Putin told Biden directly that Russia is concerned about Ukraine’s and NATO’s military buildup.

    Putin, he added, mentioned the recent NATO drills in the Black Sea.

    According to a Russian presidential aide, Putin informed US President that the “red lines” for Moscow are NATO’s continued eastward expansion and the deployment of offensive weapons in Ukraine.

    The subject of whether Putin committed not to deploy troops to Ukraine in a talk with Biden, according to Ushakov, is strange and was not even considered.

    He claimed that Biden informed Putin in an acceptable manner about the possibility of further sanctions against Ukraine.

    “Biden discussed the possibility of sanctions.What was previously spoken publicly and relayed to us through various routes has now been said, but in a more acceptable and presidential-worthy form”, Ushakov explained.

    What are the Minsk agreements on the Ukraine conflict?

    The Minsk Protocol was an agreement aimed at ending the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas area.

    It was drafted by the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, which included Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), with the leaders of France and Germany serving as mediators in the so-called Normandy Format.

    Here are the 13 points of Minsk agreements, in brief:

    1. An immediate and comprehensive ceasefire

    2. Withdrawal of all heavy weapons by both sides

    3. Monitoring and verification by the OSCE

    4. To start a dialogue on interim self-government for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in accordance with Ukrainian law, and acknowledge their special status by a resolution of parliament.

    5. A pardon and amnesty for people involved in the fighting

    6. An exchange of hostages and prisoners.

    7. Provision of humanitarian assistance.

    8. Resumption of socio-economic ties, including pensions.

    9. Restore full control of the state border by the government of Ukraine.

    10. Withdrawal of all foreign armed formations, military equipment and mercenaries.

    11. Constitutional reform in Ukraine including decentralisation, with specific mention of Donetsk and Luhansk.

    12. Elections in Donetsk and Luhansk on terms to be agreed with their representatives.

    13. Intensify the work of a Trilateral Contact Group including representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE.

    #106853
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    The Bad Guys modus operandi is unchanged down through the ages and differs not at all from the garden variety “dark triad” criminal . (narcissism + psychopathy + Machiavellianism ). They pretend to be one thing (for examples: an American or a Jew or a Catholic or a German or a Capitalist or a Communist ) and ruthlessly climb to the top within that false identity by using the lower echelons to commit horrific and profitable crimes on their behalf. When the victims finally rebel (which is truly an irresistible tide of real strength) the Bad Guys flee by directing that ferociously righteous vengeance toward the patsy (Jew, Ukrainian Nazi, Capitalist, etc.) while themselves slipping away unnoticed to infiltrate and steal the identity of their next victim.

    This time, however, I believe we have their number. This time I think we’ve got a good shot at catching the slower ones and forcing the others back into the private Hell they have created for themselves.

    #106854
    Dora
    Participant

    “Are We Being Hypnotized, And Do We Like It?” – A Conversation with Professor Mattias Desmet, PhD

    #106855
    willem
    Participant

    Yesterday I saw the following interesting post by Riley Waggaman (aka Edward Slavsquat), which has me revisiting my theories about what exactly is going on with the Ukraine situation:

    https://edwardslavsquat.substack.com/p/russia-says-its-fighting-the-whole?s=r

    For those not familiar with Riley, he is an American “self-exiled living in Moscow”. Interesting perspective.

    #106856
    zerosum
    Participant

    Wait …The pain hasn’t reached the brain cells
    https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/russia-halted-gas-supplies-to-poland-onet-pl-reports-1.1757174
    Russia Halted Gas Supplies to Poland, Onet.pl Reports
    52m ago
    Poland won’t pay for Russian gas deliveries in rubles, Piotr Naimski, a government official in charge of strategic energy infrastructure, said earlier on Tuesday.

    #106857
    John Day
    Participant

    Last night Thomasjkenney said (about being directed to use the automated check-out, instead of engaging a human being):
    “The robot takes a final breath, reads the tally, and requests some dough. I show it my chip, there’s a vague slurping sound in the back, and it’s over.
    I say a hearty “Fuck you, robot!” and walk proudly out the exit.

    It’s ok to refuse, because this does cost some humans their employment, and short-changes other humans, like you, of their human engagements, which are part of a normal(ish) life.

    #106858
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Regarding children/teen mental health during pandemic…
    I have 3 teens. The boys have rolled with the online school, in-person masked school, etc., reasonably well. My daughter experienced depression and began self-harming while school was online. She was having imaginary conversations with characters from books. (She asked me if that was alright. I told her it was fine as long as she could tell the difference between reality and her imagination.) The depression finally lifted a few weeks afterin-person school (masked) began again fourth quarter of the 20-21 school year. She was ecstatic to interact with peers for several weeks. The depression and self-harming returned the first quarter of the 21-22 school year (in-person, masked,) — I think that she was “out of practice” with managing the stresses of new teachers, peer relations, etc. Half-way through 3rd quarter she has regained her bearings and is doing well again.

    On the upside, the lockdowns resulted in my daughter creating a reading diary. She is taking notes on books she reads, noting what she likes, dislikes with the writing style. She is thinking of writing books as an adult. It also super-charged her interest in visual art and she has been improving and honing her drawing and painting skills. She is getting very good at her craft. Without all of the time on her hands from school closures and lockdowns, she likely wouldn’t have created the reading log nor focused on her art.

    Life is a mixed bag. The same circumstances that cause mental distress will also push individuals to deal with that stress. Not all coping strategies are detrimental.

    #106859
    John Day
    Participant

    Dr. D said:
    “Then FDR arranged an intentional war. …Or maybe you think breaking all treaties, arming all bases, and cutting all oil to Japan wasn’t creating a certainty of war. While we had the Pacific code and were aware of Pearl Harbor weeks ahead of time, parking all the warships as sitting ducks, to which the captains were defying direct military orders to have them safely at sea as they did.”
    FDR had the Japanese code and kept the reports to himself. The commanders at Pearl Harbor were kept in the dark, and at Clark Air Base. They were ordered to cluster the planes to protect them from saboteurs, but really to make them easier targets for bombing. The aircraft carriers were ordered out of Pearl by FDR 2 weeks before 12/7/41, and the other modern ships left on 11/30/41, leaving the WW-1 ships and crew to absorb Japan’s attack on the “climb the highest mountain” day, per Japanese code.
    The US was legally at war with Japan a week before 12/7/41, by a secret treaty with the Dutch Empire, when the Japanese fleet crossed a parallel line in the Pacific. That was never announced, either.
    FDR and Lincoln are generally ranked as America’s top presidents as I recall.
    I think we can all make our own rankings if we want.
    I still rank LBJ as worst…

    #106860
    John Day
    Participant

    @Ilargi: Maybe they have only figured out and rescinded the newer censorship algorithms at Twitter?

    #106861
    John Day
    Participant

    @Ilargi: Musk says he’ll make the Twitter algorithms open-source.
    That means replacing whatever is bottling you up.

    Also: Ghislaine Maxwell’s right breast looks larger in that picture with Musk.
    In most women the left breast is larger, and most men have a larger left testicle.

    Why?

    #106862

    I find all this scary as hell:

    Vice President Kamala Harris tests positive for Covid

    Harris completed her two-dose regimen of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in January 2021. She received her first booster dose in late October and a second booster vaccine on April 1. The vice president’s positive Covid-19 test comes as the US has largely lifted most of its Covid-19 mitigation measures after the Omicron variant spike over the winter.

    Safe and effective. But the scariest part is here:

    Harris had been scheduled to receive her intelligence briefing at 10:15 am ET Tuesday

    The cackling witch of the west gets intelligence briefings. She’s one step away from the no. 1 office. Couldn’t get over 2% in the presidential run. The US is in a war. That is scary.

    #106863
    willem
    Participant

    @Germ: I took a look at this paper, and the abstract & conclusions read more like a political science term paper than a piece of medical research. Although I’m not done picking it apart yet, it looks like the authors may have started with their conclusions and worked backwards.

    Interestingly, I searched on the first listed author, David M. Fisman MD, and looked at his Wikipedia entry. Interestingly, the study was published on April 25, and here it is only a day later, and his page has already been updated with a paragraph prominently reporting the “results” of this “study”.

    #106864
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Fun fact

    If the Pathocrats can management to get Old White Pedo “Joe Biden” to fog a mirror to late Jan 2023, Kama Kama Khameleon can be voter frauded into serving not only two four year terms but also the last two years of Old Bidet’s term, making a full ten years of her craptastic presence.

    That’s more than most Pimps can get from even theira best endurance Hoes.

    Pro Tip:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9758063/amp/Hunter-Biden-wanted-prostitutes-unionize-just-like-job.html

    Hunter Biden wanted prostitutes to unionize because they need ‘more protection’ and were ‘business savvy like strippers’

    “……Hunter Biden thought prostitutes should unionize to give themselves ‘protection’, they did a job ‘just like everyone else’, a recording from his laptop has revealed.

    He made the comments in a 2018 recording of a conversation with a Chateau Marmont employee that is on the infamous laptop he lost.

    It’s unclear why Hunter had a recording of the conversation. In it, he said: ‘You organize without even organizing in any traditional way. If you want to advertise legally you go through the unions [of which] you’re a member…..”

    .

    #106865
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Smedley Butler, the most highly decorated soldier of his time, supposedly thwarted the infamous Business Plot coup attempt in 1933 against FDR. It was also called the Wall Street Putsch

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot

    Well, what if it wasn’t really thwarted, it was successful, and the plotters just sat FDR down and said do what we tell you to or you’re a dead man and so is your family. Boy Howdy.

    What if the Wall St “White Shoe Mafia” told him to get into WWII because, as Smedley Butler famously said, “War is a Racket”. A very profitable racket, still is.

    That would explain a lot of the song and dance leading up to the US involvement in WWII.

    The Military Industrial Mafia in the 1930’s was Bush League compared to what it morphed into during and after WWII.

    At best FDR was captured and controlled opposition, at worst he was a mobster and definitely not a traitor to his ‘class’.

    Smeadley wrote a book in 1935 called “War is a Racket”

    Still a page turner after all these years.

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    #106866
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    Raul, “Harris had been scheduled to receive her intelligence briefing at 10:15 am ET Tuesday.”

    Not to worry overly about that. Harris’ intelligence briefing MIGHT be a bit different than that of others in the WH. Sort of an … intelligence … in brief, so to speak … “Ukraine is a country in Europe. Russia is a much BIGGER country on its border. Russia invaded Ukraine for no reason …

    #106867
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    Really, Oros, must we see those freaking Hunter pictures? The guy is disgusting.

    #106868
    Dora
    Participant

    BS word salad.

    #106869
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    #106870
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @william

    About a 3rd of the way thru the substack you posted, the author seems to think America can afford infinite expenditures…………… take it with a grain of salt. Looking back over the past 20 years, who is rising and who is falling? Who seems confident and who seems desperate? If things were so great in the good ole US of A we wouldn’t be calling half our country deplorables and trying to censor them at every turn. The situation in the Ukraine is even more of a Mind $*)# then covid. My take of the trend is decline and lavishing money in a super corrupt country such as the ukraine and having problems on the home front doesn’t spell success. Like i said a grain of salt.

    #106871
    willem
    Participant

    @Mr. House: I don’t disagree with anything you said, quite the contrary in fact. My main takeaway from the article was that Russia might have some downsides I hadn’t previously considered.

    #106872
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “My main takeaway from the article was that Russia might have some downsides I hadn’t previously considered.”

    Don’t we all? 😉

    Its like dating someone and then the honeymoon period ends and all those downsides you hadn’t consider rear their ugly head!

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