May 032022
 


Andy Warhol Judy Garland 1978

 

Supreme Court Has Voted To Overturn Abortion Rights, Draft Opinion Shows (Pol.)
SCOTUS Draft To Overturn Roe v. Wade Leaked (TCS)
Upon Reread, It Looks Like FAKE NEWS (CTH)
This Is Why Nancy Pelosi And Adam Schiff Were In Kyiv Yesterday (CTH)
New Pure-bred ‘Schrödinger-seizable’ Euros (Vilches)
“Disinformation” is Just a Boot in Your Face (Kunstler)
The Clinton Campaign Is About To Lose Its Privilege Fight (Techno Fog)
Ghosting Propaganda (Dodsworth)
Fraudulent Trial On Ivermectin Published By World’s Top Medical Journal (Kory)
Your Face Is Now a Weapon of War (NI)
The Vacuum Effect of the US Dollar (Lacalle)

 

 

 

 

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Cernovich:
Hack of the Supreme Court’s email must be presumed, even if that turns out to be inaccurate after a full investigation. This is far too important an issue to speculate that it was a leak. Immediate Special Counsel appointment, unlimited budget.

 

 

 

 

Not acceptable. How can the judges work this way? Was this leaked, or is the court’s email system compromised?

Supreme Court Has Voted To Overturn Abortion Rights, Draft Opinion Shows (Pol.)

The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO. The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes. “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he writes in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

Deliberations on controversial cases have in the past been fluid. Justices can and sometimes do change their votes as draft opinions circulate and major decisions can be subject to multiple drafts and vote-trading, sometimes until just days before a decision is unveiled. The court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months. The immediate impact of the ruling as drafted in February would be to end a half-century guarantee of federal constitutional protection of abortion rights and allow each state to decide whether to restrict or ban abortion. It’s unclear if there have been subsequent changes to the draft.

No draft decision in the modern history of the court has been disclosed publicly while a case was still pending. The unprecedented revelation is bound to intensify the debate over what was already the most controversial case on the docket this term. The draft opinion offers an extraordinary window into the justices’ deliberations in one of the most consequential cases before the court in the last five decades. Some court-watchers predicted that the conservative majority would slice away at abortion rights without flatly overturning a 49-year-old precedent. The draft shows that the court is looking to reject Roe’s logic and legal protections.

A person familiar with the court’s deliberations said that four of the other Republican-appointed justices – Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – had voted with Alito in the conference held among the justices after hearing oral arguments in December, and that line-up remains unchanged as of this week. The three Democratic-appointed justices – Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan – are working on one or more dissents, according to the person. How Chief Justice John Roberts will ultimately vote, and whether he will join an already written opinion or draft his own, is unclear.

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“The court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months.”

SCOTUS Draft To Overturn Roe v. Wade Leaked (TCS)

In an unprecedented turn of events, someone leaked a SCOTUS initial draft majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade to Politico. “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” writes Justice Samuel Alito in the leaked document. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.” “…. Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

The justices that support striking down Roe v. Wade and making abortion a state issue are Justice Alito, Justice Thomas, Justice Barrett, Justice Kavanaugh, and Justice Gorsuch, with Justice Roberts being a flip vote and the three Democrat Justices opposing the overruling. As many have pointed out, leaking a draft of a SCOTUS vote is unprecedented and appears to be a clear attempt to instigate left-wing riots across the country to pressure justices not to overturn Roe v. Wade. There are many potential reasons for doing this. As Politico notes, “Justices can and sometimes do change their votes as draft opinions circulate and major decisions can be subject to multiple drafts and vote-trading, sometimes until just days before a decision is unveiled.


“The court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months.” Moreover, the leak will have huge ramifications regarding the upcoming midterms and even the 2024 general election, as both sides will indefinitely utilize the decision (and even the draft vote if it’s dropped) as the ultimate wedge issue to argue that if Americans don’t vote for a particular candidate, then Roe v. Wade will or won’t be overturned. As it stands, many on Twitter are already calling for the Biden administration to pack the courts, and the Supreme Court has been barricaded as they await the impending riots likely to pop off tomorrow afternoon.

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Twitter thread by Sundance. “The leak is real, the news is fake. Alito opinion is real. The justice’s concurrances or formal alignments are not. How does the court respond to an accurate Alito opinion, and a non factual alignment?

Why would Politico want to participate in a strategically explosive political effort to manufacture a fear of a not real SCOTUS opinion based on fabricated claims?”

Upon Reread, It Looks Like FAKE NEWS (CTH)

Having read the Politico article carefully, my original suspicions have shifted a bit. “Exclusive: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito writes in an initial majority draft circulated inside the court.” First, Politico is in the Domestic DOJ/FBI pipeline with the New York Times. CNN = State Dept. WaPo = CIA/Intel. NYT/Politico = FBI/DOJ. So the outlet sourcing leans toward DOJ and Justice Branch coverage. Which makes sense given the leaker is inside SCOTUS giving stolen documents to Politico. However, there’s no citation in the article for the actual alignment of the other justices with the Alito opinion. Factually there’s nothing other than Politico author supposition for judicial alignment with Alito opinion.

There’s nothing cited in the politico report that would indicate this is anything more than just Alito telling his peers what his position on the oral arguments was/is. Essentially, here’s my draft of what I believe. There’s nothing more than that present. Reread it. With no factual citation for the claim that Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett are in concurrence, the article framework could likely be much ado about absolutely nothing. It’s one justice’s opinion, which is not surprising as Alito has already outlined this opinion before. Nothing else. Every reaction is complete projection based on unsubstantiated claims (of concurrences) by the Politico journalist. The “majority” is the part that matters…. and there is zero evidence to substantiate a claim that a majority decision exists.

Upon reread, it looks like FAKE NEWS. Then you switch to motive. Why would Politico want to participate in a strategically explosive political effort to manufacture a fear of a not real SCOTUS opinion based on fabricated claims? The answer to that question is found in the immediate reaction from the political left. Just the accusation alone is enough to trigger the most extreme of leftist base political demands. From that perspective, everyone is reacting to a carefully coordinated con job…. that carries the odor of Ron Klain, the DNC, and a desperately needed political reset for 2022 all over it.

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“U.S. taxpayers are also going to subsidize farming in Europe and fund the climate change initiatives by paying for the development of alternate energy sources.”

This Is Why Nancy Pelosi And Adam Schiff Were In Kyiv Yesterday (CTH)

The details of the Joe Biden $33 billion supplemental budget allocation have been released. I would strongly urge everyone to read the proposal which now heads to congress for passage. The spending request outlines a massive amount of money for various ideological foreign policy initiatives under the guise of Ukraine relief (it isn’t). The proposal outlines a kickback and bribery scheme. Some of the spending includes an allocation of funds to the State Dept including funds to USAID to “provide $8.8 billion to the Department of State for economic support and assistance to the people of Ukraine and other affected countries, including direct budgetary support, as well as support for food security, democracy, anticorruption, cybersecurity, counter-disinformation, human rights, atrocity documentation, energy, and emergency infrastructure needs.” The request specifically authorizes the transfer of these funds globally, outside of Ukraine.

Apparently, the State Dept is going to set up an international version of DHS “disinformation governance board.” But wait, it gets worse… U.S. taxpayers are also going to subsidize farming in Europe and fund the climate change initiatives by paying for the development of alternate energy sources. “This would include [$500 million] support for small- and medium- sized agrobusinesses during the fall harvest and for natural gas purchases by the Ukrainian state energy company.” Mechanisms to legalize defense contractor kick-backs: “This request would authorize Ukraine to utilize Foreign Military Financing Program funds appropriated in this Act and prior Acts to the Department of State to contract directly with U.S. companies to procure defense related materials which would facilitate the delivery of military assistance and security sector support.”


Mechanisms to spread the money all over government institutions without prior approval: …”This request would provide the authority to reprogram funds appropriated in this Act and prior Acts making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for assistance to Ukraine without regard to any minimum amounts specifically designated in such Acts. This authority would provide the needed flexibility to match resources with evolving needs and decrease reliance on new appropriations.” The last segment is a massive change in the U.S. government power to seize Russian private property and assets, sell them to whoever Biden chooses, and then give the proceeds of the sales to U.S. politicians, friends, family members, or perhaps Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

 

 

Pelosi Ze -again-

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“This will necessarily impact beyond belief a still clueless population which continues to play the role of vassal puppets to Anglo-Saxon malignant dictates..”

New Pure-bred ‘Schrödinger-seizable’ Euros (Vilches)

The EU had already promoted and achieved all-around chaos regarding very simple yet absolutely essential trading terms urgently to be agreed with the Russian Federation. As if that were not enough, now adding fuel to the fire EU member countries continue to dangerously play their traditional fiddles while declaring that “ some contracts are holier than others, didn´t you know ? ” This daring criterion also means getting back to square one with an ever larger and riskier conflict while everybody´s patience is running thin. If Europe does not reverse course within a very limited time frame it will needlessly smash itself head-on against a very harsh reality. Once triggered, the subsequent uncontrolled demolition cannot rewind no matter how many desperate “emergency meetings” EU officials call for.

The EU has now come up with a ground-breaking legal criterion that international jurisprudence should rapidly adhere to and possibly improve. Thus it could include it in Treaties and other important legislation and, in view of its apparent virtues, even apply it ex-post-facto such as in this case. By the way, with this new international flat-Earth public policy, the EU would be the only party entitled to unilaterally uphold some contracts and not others per its own wishes and convenience as if it were a God-given right. Not anybody else, no way. So Europe, supposedly the cradle of Western civilization, is now trying hard to earn “The Joker” award disregarding the livelihood of at least 800 million human beings plus serious negative impact upon the rest of the world. Granted, history will not be kind with EU leaders.

Obviously, in view of the above, the interruption of Russian imports – including very specific, exclusive, and unreplaceable grades of Russian natural gas, oil, and coal – is now definetly in the cards for some or all European countries. This will necessarily impact beyond belief a still clueless population which continues to play the role of vassal puppets to Anglo-Saxon malignant dictates without actually following how they are being had. Four weeks ago, in view of the massive seizure of its legitimate funds, Russia was left with the only option of requiring Rubles as payment for its exports as such currency is exclusively under Russia´s purview and thus cannot be freezed and/or seized by any stakeholder, EU included. And negotiations were making very definite progress along such lines up until the past week.

A month ago, the only real problem was for EU countries to find Rubles other than by selling their “theoretical” gold bullion vaulted in the UK and the US which many claim is either non-existent or highly encumbered with many dozens of claimees standing in line. So the alternative viable solution wisely found up until last week was to convert euros into Rubles at Russia´s Gazprombank as it had not been sanctioned – at least not yet – as possibly the EU had foreseen its role for the proposed solution at hand. So Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, took the trouble to personally explain the exact simple two-step payment procedure by phone conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. By the way, the procedure is so simple and so straight-forward that even tie-wearing boomers can understand it.

But now European governments and energy companies are proudly rejecting the idea of paying in Rubles on the basis that gas import contracts clearly specify that the allowed currencies to be used for payment are only euros or dollars, not Rubles. Accordingly, they argue that one side of the deal – in this case the Russian Federation – cannot change such contractual obligation by its own decision (!). The EU now says “This is an absolutely clear circumvention of the EU sanctions.” “Opening a Ruble account at Gazprombank in and by itself may breach the EU sanctions…”

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“If Mr. Biden is still on-the-scene in January next year, he’ll be the first president not only impeached but convicted and removed by the Senate..”

“Disinformation” is Just a Boot in Your Face (Kunstler)

Now we have the Disinformation Governance Board to be run by a TikTok musical comedy star, Nina Jankowicz, an instant laughingstock, since retailing disinformation has been her main occupation in the scant years she’s been on the Deep State scene. Ms. Jankowicz is a notorious RussiaGate hoaxer and psy-op agent in the October 2020 emergence of Hunter Biden’s laptop. She has zero credibility as anything but a professional falsifier. Her Disinfo Governance Board has no authority to regulate anything. It’s just a lame charade that can only draw more attention to the Left’s hatred of truth and reality. The Left pretends that free speech is a threat to civilization because, as usual, they are projecting psychologically. Their world is a mirror. In fact, the Left is a threat to civilization.

Behind all this is the growing panic in the Left that they are culpable for an enormous raft of crimes committed against their own country, and will eventually end up in court, in prison, or worse. Mr. Durham is just the leading edge of what will eventually be a heavy blade of judgment falling down on their necks. He’s busy sorting out the “Russia collusion” flimflam that turned into a coup to oust Mr. Trump, but that is only the beginning. In November, the Democrats will lose control of Congress and its oversight powers of agency operations, and in 2023 there will be inquiries galore into the neo-Jacobin craziness imposed on our country by the folks behind “Joe Biden.”

That includes such dicey matters as the several years of malevolent mismanagement of Covid-19, which looks more and more like a deliberate effort to kill a large number of citizens, and then moving along to the behind-the-scenes official support for those 2020BLM /Antifa riots, the ballot shenanigans around the last presidential election, the colossal failure to enforce border security (featuring Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorkis), the Biden Regime’s conduct in provoking and prolonging the war between Russia and Ukraine, and (not least) the overseas moneygrubbing of President Biden’s family, as documented in Hunter’s laptop. I’m sure I left a few things out.

If Mr. Biden is still on-the-scene in January next year, he’ll be the first president not only impeached but convicted and removed by the Senate. And if for some reason he avoids criminal prosecution for treason out of some pitiful need for the government to maintain official decorum before the rest of the world, his brothers and his degenerate son may not be so lucky.

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“..the DNC and Hillary for America violated the law by hiding the real purpose of payments meant for Fusion GPS as “legal and compliance consulting.”

The Clinton Campaign Is About To Lose Its Privilege Fight (Techno Fog)

As part of the prosecution of former Clinton Campaign/DNC lawyer Michael Sussmann: Special Counsel Durham is seeking the following e-mails/communications that have been either redacted or hidden from his review: Documents involving Fusion GPS’s provision of opposition research and media-related strategies to Hillary for America, the DNC, and Perkins Coie. This includes the Fusion GPS/Perkins Coie contract and 38 e-mails and attachments between and among Fusion GPS, Rodney Joffe, and Perkins Coie. Communications between Fusion GPS and Rodney Joffe relating to the Alfa Bank allegations, and “other emails that precede, and appear to relate to, those communications.” This include emails between Joffe and Laura Seago, whom Durham has subpoenaed as a trial witness.

The Clinton Campaign (including Robby Mook and John Podesta), Fusion GPS, Perkins Coie, Rodney Joffe, and the DNC are fighting to keep these e-mails and records secret, reasoning Fusion’s “role was to provide consulting services in support of the legal advice attorneys at Perkins Coie were providing to” the Clinton Campaign. That argument – that Fusion GPS was helping with “legal advice” – is hopefully the last conspiracy theory they’ll provide to the public, after Fusion GPS has already poisoned the America, through the FBI, DOJ, and the press, with baseless allegations of secret back-channels between Trump Organization and Russian marketing servers, piss tapes, and broader allegations of Trump/Russia collusion.

Today, Special Counsel Durham addressed those arguments by providing to the court the FEC findings where the agency found “probable cause to believe” the DNC and Hillary for America violated the law by hiding the real purpose of payments meant for Fusion GPS as “legal and compliance consulting.” In support, he provided the First (link) and Second (link) General Counsel Reports, which recommend that the Federal Election Commission find the DNC and Hillary for America violated election laws (52 USC 30104(b)(5)(A)) “by misreporting the payee of the funds paid to Fusion GPS through Perkins Coie LLP.” While much of the information in these now-public reports has been known for years (Glenn Simpson’s testimony to Congress, for example), they provide additional context – and newly uncovered details – on how the FEC dismantled the bogus Hillary for America/DNC Billing.

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“He emblemised wartime courage as Father Christmas does the spirit of giving.”

Ghosting Propaganda (Dodsworth)

He was not written into existence by “Ukrainians” but by the Ukrainian authorities. The Ukraine Security Service originally showed a fighter pilot on Telegram, with a caption calling the Ghost of Kyiv an “angel” for downing 10 Russian planes. The Ukrainian military released a photograph on Facebook of the Ghost of Kyiv in March 2022 with the caption, “Hello, occupier, I’m coming for your soul!” His name evoked the dark hero of a fairy tale. His feats were exaggerated, gathering mythic status. Whereas an ‘ace’ might eliminate 5 enemy aircraft, the Ghost was reputed to have downed about 40 Russian pilots. He didn’t seem real. And now we know that he was a purposeful piece of propaganda. He emblemised wartime courage as Father Christmas does the spirit of giving.

[..] This has not been the only Ukrainian propaganda. (Of course there has been Russian propaganda too, but it’s not for this article.) BBC Breakfast used old footage of a Russian parade to show the invasion of Ukraine. It’s hard to see how it was used in error, but that’s the claim. An early, blurry video claiming to show a Ukrainian girl confronting a Russian soldier actually showed a Palestinian girl confronting an Israeli soldier. Billboards declaring “Be brave like Ukraine” were displayed in London, Rome, New York, Amsterdam, Washington and Stockholm. A powerful campaign entitled “Stop Bloody Energy” – again in English, for us and the international audience – linked buying Russian fuel directly with funding the Russian war campaign and calls on us to stop financing terror and genocide.

The masterfully produced but gruesome video includes real life footage of dead bodies. (Not necessarily verified.) The video is produced by Ukrainian energy companies. The irony is that every modern machine of war uses oil. (We’ve also never seen anything like this to persuade us of the immorality of buying goods from China which is arguably ethnically cleansing the Uyghurs.) Ukrainian propaganda has been enthusiastically received. Social media avatars switched from masked faces to Ukraine flag colours overnight. Beyond the support which is natural and due to a country which has been invaded, I wonder if the enthusiasm also signalled the relief of having a good old-fashioned baddie. During Covid, we were all vectors of disease and potential ‘enemy agents’. Once more, the enemy is located in a distant snowy country with a red button at his fingertips. We can follow a war which pits us against Russkies, not our neighbours, families and co-workers, and sink into a fear which is familiar. It’s close, but not too close.

Azov

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BMGF = Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Fraudulent Trial On Ivermectin Published By World’s Top Medical Journal (Kory)

Big Pharma (Pfizer and BMGF from what it looks to me) dropped another nuclear bomb on ivermectin 3 weeks ago with their successful publication of the fraudulent Brazilian TOGETHER trial. They did it in one of the world’s top read and rated medical journals, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), a journal born in the year 1812, but captured by Pharma for who knows how long now. This is an open secret as per former Editor Marcia Angell in the book Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption: “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” -Dr. Marcia Angell.

First off, the saddest part of this fraud is that the TOGETHER trial’s published conclusion brazenly contradicted the data within the manuscript as it actually showed an 81% “Bayesian” probability of the superiority of ivermectin. But media and science reporters no longer critically analyze the data or questions the abstract’s conclusion, instead they all trumpet headlines in unison that “ivermectin doesn’t work in COVID.” Further contributing to the catastrophic toll of human life due to yet another deployment of “the Diversion,” a Disinformation tactic that Big Pharma employs when “science inconvenient to their interests” emerges.

Their first successful Disinformation campaign was against hydroxychloroquine in 2020, and despite Robert Kennedy’s in-depth, highly referenced and detailed exposing of the numerous sinister actions against HCQ in his best-selling book called “The Real Anthony Fauci,” they are again having success against ivermectin (just not as much – I would credit the work of the physician leaders and science experts of numerous non-profit, non-conflict-of-interest groups such as the US’s FLCCC, American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, Truth For Health, Covid Early Treatment Fund, South Africa’s Transformative Health Justice, UK’s World Council for Health, the Canadian COVID Care Alliance, and the anonymous C19early.com group among others).

Yet real people, real families, across the world destroyed each day by a lack of access to or support for safe, effective, early treatments with repurposed, generic medicines such as ivermectin, fluvoxamine, or hydroxychloroquine. All a direct result of Big Pharma and BMGF tactics like this one. Time to remind ourselves that BMGF is not a philanthropic organization but rather a corporation with massive investments in vaccines (and many other problematic industries) that has been corrupting public health the world over in service of the vaccine industry for decades now, none more so than in the last two years. By the way, what kind of philanthropist organization.. increases its wealth in a global pandemic?

MEP

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“it plans to have scraped 100 billion facial images from the internet.”

Your Face Is Now a Weapon of War (NI)

Who owns your face? You might think that you do, but consider that Clearview AI, an American company that sells facial recognition technology, has amassed a database of ten billion images since 2020. By the end of the year, it plans to have scraped 100 billion facial images from the internet. It is difficult to assess the company’s claims, but if we take Clearview AI at face value, it has enough data to identify almost everyone on earth and end privacy and anonymity everywhere. As you read these words, your face is making money for people whom you’ve never met and who never sought your consent when they took your faceprint from your social media profiles and online photo albums. Today, Clearview AI’s technology is used by over 3,100 U.S. law enforcement agencies, as well as the U.S. Postal Service.

In Ukraine, it is being used as a weapon of war. The company has offered its tools free of charge to the Ukrainian government, which is using them to identify dead and living Russian soldiers and then contact their mothers. It would be easy to shrug this off. After all, we voluntarily surrendered our privacy the moment we began sharing photos online, and millions of us continue to use websites and apps that fail to protect our data, despite warnings from privacy campaigners and Western security services. As so many of us sympathize with Ukraine and are appalled by Russia’s brutality, it is tempting to overlook the fact that Ukraine is not using Clearview AI to identify dead Ukrainians, which suggests that we are witnessing the use of facial recognition technology for psychological warfare, not identification. Some people will be fine with the implications of this: if Russian mothers have to receive disturbing photos of their dead sons, so be it.

To understand why we might want to rethink the use of facial recognition technology in conflict, consider the following thought experiments. First, imagine that it was Russia that had scraped Ukrainian biometric data from the internet to build a facial recognition technology tool which it was using to identify dead Ukrainians and contact their mothers. Liberal democracies would likely condemn these actions and add them to its growing list of Russia’s barbaric actions. Second, imagine a conflict in which the United States was fighting against an opponent who had taken American faceprints to train its facial recognition technology and was using it to identify dead American soldiers and contact their mothers. This would almost certainly cause howls of protest across the United States. Technology executives would be vilified in the press and hauled before Congress, where lawmakers might finally pass a law to protect Americans’ biometric data.

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“..the US dollar has created the conditions to be the most demanded currency simply because other central banks have been much more reckless.”

The Vacuum Effect of the US Dollar (Lacalle)

April 2022 will go down in history as a milestone that has only been seen on three previous occasions since 1973. A month in which the S&P500 Index and US Treasuries have fallen at the same time, 5% and 2% respectively. Additionally, the US dollar has appreciated against the main currencies with which it trades and reaches a new year high. Years of monetary laughing gas have not diminished the strength of the US dollar as world reserve currency, rather the opposite. Now we witness the vacuum effect. Inflows into the US dollar in a period of risk aversion. The PBOC, the Central Bank of China has had to give in and allow an aggressive devaluation of the yuan, although it tried to keep the currency stable via capital controls and a daily fixing.

The government-programmed weakness of the yuan is probably designed to provide a boost to the Chinese economy in a slowdown and dissolve part of the yuan-denominated debt. However, it reduces the Chinese yuan’s appeal as an alternative to the US dollar as global investors may fear both the central bank fixing as well as the tight capital controls imposed in China. It is not surprising, for example, that many commodity-exporting countries’ currencies have weakened against the US dollar despite rising exports and foreign exchange inflows. From the Norwegian krone to the currencies of major exporters, it seems only the Brazilian real appears to be holding strong… and that’s because it’s had several atrocious years, so it is more a bounce than an appreciation.

[..] It is very worrying that the European Central Bank is allowing the euro to get dangerously close to parity with the US dollar because of its obsession with staying far away from the normalization process of other central banks. The global demand for euros is falling, and the trade surplus that supported the European currency is diminishing. All those who defend a weak euro should look at reality. Empirical evidence shows that the eurozone does not export more due to a weak euro, but with products of higher added value. With a weak euro, imports skyrocket and become more expensive. Thus, the US dollar has created the conditions to be the most demanded currency simply because other central banks have been much more reckless.

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    Andy Warhol Judy Garland 1978   • Supreme Court Has Voted To Overturn Abortion Rights, Draft Opinion Shows (Pol.) • SCOTUS Draft To Overturn Roe
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 3 2022]

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    Andy Warhol Judy Garland 1978

    Now that’s a great work…
    Garland’s look is intense; which describes her life…
    …but in Warhols work she is beautiful as well…
    A tragic figure in the end…

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    “Zelensky’s government is targeting and disappearing journalists.” ordinary people. There was a video yesterday of them SWATting and arresting a Ukrainian who posted bad memes. This is the “frontier of democracy” as Pelosi says, that is the model we can only aspire to.

    You’ll own nothing and be happy. Or else! Or else you’ll be too terrified to post memes about it.

    Also the U.S. is targeting and disappearing journalists for years. Obama targeted the entire AP without a warrant, jailed all the whistleblowers, illegally locked up a journalist neither in the U.S., nor a citizen, but he didn’t invent it. I remember Bush having security haul the Press corps out by their ankles and threw them in the street. “Anybody else have any questions?” HRC said, “Can’t we just drone strike that guy?”

    “Setting the stage for a nuclear explosion…” Yes, that’s why they had that lunatic foaming at the mouth about how much Russia has failed. By taking Mariupol and half the south. Because it sets the narrative for WHY they would just HAVE to fall back on nukes.

    “Supreme Court Has Voted to Overturn Abortion Rights, Draft Opinion Shows (Pol.)”

    Conservative Justices are against R. v Wade?? When did this start??? JHC people are so dum. Water is Wet! News at 11. Conservatives were against R v Wade in 1973 and are equally against it now, that just proves how far Right they’ve moved to!!! No. It proves they’re in the same place. Lawyers often write many drafts, sometimes even for and against. Nothing matters except the official ruling.

    Anyway, yes, that story therefore has zero to do with the ruling, which isn’t even a ruling, but with who leaked it. Why not Sotomayor? They’re impartial in the sense that they are totally political, add/remove Justices only at strategic times, and impeach Justices who have family members who have opinions. How dare they!!! …But only the Republican ones. The Democratic opinions are the “right” ones and obviously everyone is entitled to speech we agree with. But it doesn’t have to be a hack and probably isn’t. It’s just average fund raising and electioneering the base in 2022 to release all internal info, IRS records, accusations, everything.

    They are right though, Roe was “egregiously weak” case, based on a feather, thrice removed. “Privacy” gives you the right to abortion? Wow. No one heard of that in the previous 1,000 years about it, including the first 150 years of the nation. But lo! One day in 1973, the Supreme Court slapped their foreheads and said, “What were we thinking??? OF COURSE this was legal the whole time! That’s clearly what Alexander Hamilton would have wanted!” Boom, now legal and Constitutional. No Congress, no law, no President, no Amendment. “We just said so.” Suck it, peasants. You don’t vote for the Supreme Court, but we’re the government now. Just like the CDC, where Fauci says they are above, preeminent to, and overrule the courts and judiciary. On anything they want. Like evictions.

    If you want a Roe v Wade, just pass one. There are processes to make that happen. Legally. Like most every law I can think of, they didn’t bother. 1A, 2A, 4A, 10A anyone? Congressional declarations of war? Interstate commerce lets them search my home and arrest me because I MIGHT whittle a letter opener on the front porch? That then isn’t sold and doesn’t cross state lines, but MIGHT change prices, which they claim the right to set? If only I were kidding. That’s literally “The Law”, unpassed, just flip-flopped, made up by the Court.

    You want a law, like Roe, like masks: Pass One. It’s very simple. But then you’d have to be honest, and can’t.

    I actually don’t understand the kerfuffle about or the long delay on Roe. That means it actually depends on something far more sinister and hidden, like the lucrative sale of live baby body parts they caught on tape with Planned Parenthood. But even that I don’t understand. Who’s the end buyer? Why? What’s the pricing? How are they distributed?

    “Politico wants to participate in a strategically explosive political effort to manufacture a fear”

    We already said: to rig an election. That’s why everything is published. News is a zero-profit business. Yet somehow publishers are fabulously wealthy. The only logical reason to be in it is to sell favors and lies. Then everyone says “No it isn’t” because I, the murderer, publish that I’m totally innocent! Ah, pure magic, I tells ya.

    “U.S. taxpayers are also going to subsidize farming in Europe and fund the climate change”

    Yes, the Davos crowd is trying to murder and harvest the whole U.S. All our wealth to them. The Fed and others are trying to harvest the whole EU and send their money to us. Nobody is trying to create more wealth, only to murder people and steal it from others because they lack both hard work and imagination, and there are no remaining property rights or capitalism.

    “Other affected countries”. Being: anybody we want. For any reason we want. And then they funnel money by the billions back to us CongressCreeps, usually using Ukraine as the official laundry.

    There is no water in Flint. 0% competency at graduation in Baltimore. Chicago has more murders than all of Denmark. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia…

    Pelosi is there to defend her money. Just like the rest of them. It’s “Our” war. That is: COngresses, to defend their hidden bank accounts, not the American Peoples’. But then, it never is.

    “interruption of Russian imports…is now definitely in the cards for some or all European countries.”

    Yes, but they were already shooting Gilet Jeunes in the face and WANT to kill every European. This is ever so much better as they can blame Russia for it too! While sunning on that Russian yacht I just bought at discount. …Well who did you THINK bought the stolen Russian yachts? The mailman? They put them on time-share for the Italian people? Heavens no! –I– wanted that yacht, I was jealous, so I stole it. Very simple. I don’t see the problem here.

    “Question. What if I see something that I wanna take and it belongs to someone else?”
    “Then you will be arrested.”
    “But what if I want it more than the person who has it?”
    “Still illegal.”
    “That doesn’t follow. No, I want it more, sir. Do you understand me? What are you laughing at?” –Rocket Raccoon, Guardians of the Galaxy.

    See? Very simple. The yacht existed and Murdoch wanted it MORE. Just like your house mortgage in ‘08 which was unregistered in MERS. And the Iraqi oil. And the Libyan oil. And the Syrian oil. And the Russian oil… M O A R.

    “DNC and Hillary for America violated the law”

    Hahahahaaha! But it’s “The Law”! We don’t enforce those. We only enforce not-laws, like mask mandates and Supreme Court reversals.

    ” Fraudulent Trial on Ivermectin Published by World’s Top Medical Journal (Kory)”

    Which one? There have been so many, esp the original one in The Lancet, a medical-shaped-object, which was written by adult film stars, was out faster than the data could have been collected, and was immediately retracted. Doesn’t matter! No backsies!!! I have an invisible force field. Lancet has no loss of credibility and the study is still referred to as solid by Pancakeheads. Even after official retractions, worldwide. Over and over and over and over.

    First, imagine that it was Russia that had scraped Ukrainian biometric data from the internet to build a facial recognition technology tool which it was using to identify dead Ukrainians and contact their mothers.”

    They have. They did for 8 years to identify every Azov and are using it daily now. There were news articles about the TikTok volunteers from the U.S. about it. I don’t really know what the article is saying because we WANT to identify dead soldiers, that’s why they wear dog tags. So he needs a better metaphor.

    “Tesla”: yes, it’s a shareholder mining company: it mines shareholders and pension funds. But he has a sideline in illegally rigging prices to screw shorts and then Tweeting the SEC to “S.E.C.”. And they do, of course.

    #107219
    boilingfrog
    Participant

    Begins with lines from Carl Sandburg’s poem, “The People, Yes” (copyright 1964) as follows.
    “Get off this estate.”
    “What for?”
    “Because it’s mine.”
    “Where did you get it?”
    “From my father.”
    “Where did he get it?”
    “From his father.”
    “And where did he get it?”
    “He fought for it.”
    “Well, I’ll fight you for it.”

    Carl Sandburg, “The People, Yes!” 1964

    Had reason to be in the ER recently and in a private moment asked a nurse her opiniin on “masks”… and then, if she was following some of tge latest from Vanderbilt hospital.

    Both raised her blood pressure, especially the latter, and she was only too happy to yank her (useless) mask off and hold forth. VERY upset at what happened in Nashville, would love to make a change in career, but few opportunities here in Appalachia and she wanted to keep her trailer. She described it as a smoke grenade to hide misdeeds at a senior administrative level…

    We see the same thing at the local university. A house cleaner picks up $0.50 off a desk for a soda – charged and prosecutioned. A professor boinks a coed, commits grant fraud and embezzles $500,000 – they are quietly passed along to another institution. Wouldn’t want to sully the name, turn off the spigot. “Justice” is well and good, but we’re here to serve a higher purpose: the pursuit of knowledge (remotely or in person)! Athletic departments defended with the same twisted self-serving greed: “That I May Serve (mySELF)”

    ALL rationalized for a “higher good”. It’s biblical, and Thoreau touched on it, too: whenever someone is making bank pursuing a “higher good”, I check to make sure I still have my Timex, and put a firm hand on my wallet.
    Still observing the China reverse-embargo in a “smokescreen”… WT_…?

    #107220
    WES
    Participant

    Yes Tesla uses the same secret sauce that bullion banks use to suppress physical gold with endless supply of paper gold. All perfectly legal too if you are in the club.

    Since drug companies are in the club, everything they do is perfectly legal too!

    Everything Congress does is perfectly legal because they are in the club too.

    Universities are in the business of disciplining ideas and knowledge because they are club members too.

    You are not a club member, so anything you do is illegal.

    #107221
    zerosum
    Participant

    TAE has just illustrated what is happening ….
    Focus …. its not about life …. its about who has power, who can control your thoughts, your actions

    Three estates of the realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners.

    The term Fourth Estate or fourth power refers to the press and news media both in explicit capacity of advocacy and implicit ability to frame political issues.

    Blogs and social media as a Fifth Estate
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Estate

    The USA sheeps are being manipulated again
    everyone is reacting to a carefully coordinated con job….

    Everything else, other topic, have been moved …. to the back burner ….. (ie. Joe Biden $33 billion, )

    • Supreme Court Has Voted To Overturn Abortion Rights, Draft Opinion Shows (Pol.)
    ————
    “The leak is real, the news is fake.

    #107222
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    “…leaking a draft of a SCOTUS vote is unprecedented and appears to be a clear attempt to instigate left-wing riots across the country to pressure justices…”

    No it won’t. We have The January 6th Committe and Dead-eye Dick’s daughter Liz to redirect their gaze and protect us from all those deplorable white supremacist grannies and grandpas who might find common cause with the liberal agenda’s dinosaur.
    Talk about a circus of monumental distraction. Christ…

    #107223
    Mr. House
    Participant

    I think the leak is for two things: To get the “left” fired up thru out the summer and increase turn out for the midterms and to create a precedent for reversing the jab ruling from last fall.

    #107224
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Seriously, that is going to be the entire message in the run up to the midterms: You can’t vote in republicans because they then nominate and confirm anti abortion judges and is why you must vote democrat this november. Our politics have fully devolved into high school popularity contests.

    #107225
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Honestly feels like astroturf, but then so does everything else these days.

    #107226
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    #107227

    The “leak” appears to be a really bad thing for the functioning of the judicial system. 9 judges each have 4 “subordinates”, so 36 + 9 = 45 possible leakers. But the 4 “Dem” judges, plus their 16 “helpers” (= 20) are much more suspect. A grand old mess.

    But I am wondering what all you guys and gals think and feel about the whole issue. Me, first I think Alito’s argument that Roe was a poor piece of legislation warrants attention. Second, I support the right to abortion, but it feels too much of a free for all today. Yes, you can decide about your own body, but not to some infinite degree. For one thing, a term limit, as most countries have, appears to make sense.

    There are two lives at stake, whether you like it or not.

    #107228
    boilingfrog
    Participant

    Raul,
    With regard to the leaked document, I immediately thought: “blatant attempt at manipulating the coming eelection”. Locate ’em and sentence ’em, just like Chelsea Manning.
    I’m no lawyer nor (do I identify as) a woman, but I think a safe abortion should be an option to a point, especially in certain situations (rape comes to mind).

    Where I struggle is with the “selective pro-life” folks, abortion of babies is evil, especially white babies (let’s be honest), but killing children far away gets nary a mention. You’re either for all life or you’re not, not a lot of gray.
    But I’m open to listen to other logical viewpoints and willing to change my view.

    #107229
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Just look at the coverage at drudgereport if you want to know how .gov wants you to feel about this “leak”. He has become a good bellweather of what the manipulators want you to think and feel.

    #107230
    chooch
    Participant

    Last week, I returned from a trip the Smokies. I remember how I felt leaving the Pigeon Forge area and entering the forest. The hyper commercialization and the demands for your attention as you navigate the traffic are overwhelming. It’s all so distracting, it knocks you off center. But then you hit nature and the weight of what you experienced lifts and you breathe a sigh of relief.

    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die and discover that I had not lived. I do not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear.” (Thoreau)

    Our greatest threat is distraction and not hedonism, collectively it is our greatest weakness. In the limit, it leaves us soulless.

    The leak=distraction.

    #107231
    Mr. House
    Participant

    I thought this is worth sharing, also damning and confirming of what many of us have been saying since the beginning.

    Yves Smith
    May 3, 2022 at 8:58 am

    Boosters do little to nothing to prevent infections. They prevent hospitalizations. And Omicron and BAs that ought to be named variants but aren’t largely escape the vaccines. The latest from IM Doc, and his reports for the last two months have been like this save everyone in his hospital being sick:

    We now have an entire urgent care staff – including 2 MDs – who are all COVID positive. I am not just swamped – I am torpedoed.

    Cases in my practice last week were up again – 88 in total. Not a single unvaxxed patient, 48 double vaxxed, 22 with one booster, and 18 with 2 booster. No vaxxed, No J&J, and no partial vaxxed.

    Thankfully, no admissions. Just like last year, long phase of very mild illness.

    One theory I have heard and made me think – is maybe all the unvaxxed vulnerable have died and all the unvaxxed we have left are young and healthy. I do not think so – still seeing lots of unvaxxed with risk factors in the office every day.

    I have now gone two months without seeing a single unvaxxed patient. In an attempt to see if somehow this was just me, I contacted family practice docs in each of our surrounding counties with much lower VAX rates – on the order of 30-40%. Both had the same story – the absolute number of cases was WAY higher than this time last year……but in one county he had seen only 1 unvaxxed patient since MAR 1, the other county doc had seen only 7.

    Something is very very wrong. Again, cases are way higher than last year and virtually all are among the VAXXED. I learned this week that in the official reporting, all of the double vaxxed only patients are being sent in as UNVAXXED – so it appears our unvaxxed rate is about 50%. But as I have explained above, that is completely misleading. The truly UNVAXXED are not the problem here. Furthermore, the numbers being reported are doing good to being 1/6 of the total. Almost all are on home or rapid tests. But unfortunately, as of this weekend, on the Drudge Report running 7 day counter – we are now seeing higher official numbers than last year. You just have to multiply by 6 on this years’s number to get close to accurate – so we are in a whole new world.

    Now, I have attached an article from the paper over this weekend [contains anecdotes of many getting Covid and isolating]. Please note – this is in stark contrast to last year. I tracked down the first article of the year last year of an “unexpected surge” – which was published the week after JULY 4 – so we are two months ahead. The cases were MUCH lower last year – and we were still in the “vaccines have solved everything” mode.

    I thought you would find this video of interest – after reading the attached article…..

    All I can say is that did not age well – and would be considered misinformation today. These people are never going to be able to take back this stain on the reputation of public health. “Vaccination is like a superpower”…..and the nurse explaining that she was doing the VAX to get to visit her mom.

    Again, in the attached article – one year later, the NH [nursing home] is in lockdown – and has been since March. Multiple patients from there with COVID in and out of the ER and hospital. All quadruple vaxxed.

    Now, the scary part. The doctor’s meeting this last week was on FRI – everyone is noticing this too. Almost universally, the positive patients are vaxxed/boosted. And at my medical conference, this same pattern is being noted everywhere. The medical conference speaker had a long talk about Original Antigenic Sin and how this may be playing a role. There was also an open discussion about withholding the 4th shot until June – because JUL and AUG historically have been the bad months – and the shots are doing well to last a month. Also – a big discussion ensued as to whether the truly unvaxxed were safer in their current status. Still no resolution there – lots of arguments back and forth.

    This I can tell you. We already have entire countries, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, abandoning their VAX programs – clearly largely because of what we are seeing. But there is something all of a sudden missing from press articles – that has been there for.a year – look at this attached one from small town America – not a word about getting vaccinated or boosted – not a peep. Not a peep about the advantage of vaccination, etc. I think the lack of mention is the first step.

    Just look at these three random large articles. For a year now – every article would be stuffed with either entreaties to be vaccinated or jeremiads against the losers who were not. All of a sudden the past few weeks – NOTHING OF THE SORT.

    I may be cynical from years of Big Pharma PsyOps. But something is up. I think there is growing realization of a big problem.

    #107232
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    One thing I find very dismaying is all the casual transphobia that is floating to the surface on Twitter attending the SCOTUS abortion kerfuffle.

    #107233
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    R.I.M.
    Once aeons ago the information about abortions was only available by whisper; who, where, when, etc. Being one of sufficient ‘orbits’ to recall that time little in the way of sexual education was available in the educational system and that which was available was loaded with moral judgment.

    The issue of abortion has only two participants with standing; the woman and her physician, both addressing the facts before them. The physician with the medical facts presented, and the woman with the facts of her life to consider. No other interest has any standing in that decision process; no priest, no lawyer, no bureaucrat, no politician, nobody has a right for even an opinion; close friends and family are on thin ice when carrying an opinion about the condition and must exercise great caution. There are indeed two lives involved, one existing, the other potential. Nature has its ways of deciding which pregnancy will proceed or not according to its own measures. Ultimately it is the decision of the woman alone that decides the social continuation of the condition given the medical opinion of her doctor for guidance. The responsible partner involved may in favourable circumstances offer their opinion and support to the woman but that is the limit their standing. Few are faced with greater responsibility for their decisions than a just pregnant woman.
    Few now have recall of stories of back room abortions, attempts of self-aborting via wire coat-hanger and other damaging attempts to self-abort and the gore and bloody results many ending the ability to conceive again. Keeping medical facilities open and available carries a higher moral duty than realised by the moral opponents of abortion.
    This unique divulging of Supreme Court (SC) deliberations is troublesome and extremely disquieting in that external agendas are politically manipulating the heretofore sanctum sanctorum of the adjudicating deliberations of the SC just prior to politically crucial mid-term Congressional elections. The act itself indicates extreme political panic of a party faced with political extinction after losing their mandate from heaven to rule. Could be either political party knowing current course of behaviour – a political false flag attack on the opposition to discredit (fake news). Those responsible must be publicly crucified.

    #107234
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    A pre-release draft of Roe vs Wade ruling “secretly” “leaked” from the political smoke filled back room of the Supreme Court which is, of course, far too noble to be swayed by politics, ambitious personal greed or fear. The topic of the draft is about putting an end to the currently ongoing industrial scale murder of the unborn in America (sixty-two MILLION so far, and counting).

    A Looney Tunes censorship czar with unlimited funding and mental health issues gets anointed by the de facto but not-elected “secret” President, Barrack Obama, to end free speech as the only way to save democracy.

    Half a trillion dollars is stolen outright from Russia by the EU & USA, followed by international effort to force Russia to sell its natural gas for counterfeit Euros and Dollars which Russia is forbidden (by the EU & USA themselves) from spending anyway.

    It has become not just gauche but statutorily illegal to differentiate males from females in any way whatsoever.

    An election is stolen in broad daylight, assisted by the FBI and US Justice Department, and the issue is kept from investigation or hearing in courts of law for years.

    A population is poisoned en mass, with millions dead and more dying, by the most lethal genetics experiment in medical history, promoted and protected by the world’s biggest and most powerfully authoritative medical institutions, universities and agencies. The culprits are known, but nothing official happens except more of the same, doubled-down.

    The so-called Reserve Currency of the planet is transparently counterfeit and bereft of tangible collateral to underpin its value. The USA just prints up as much as it needs or wants and everybody else has to give REAL stuff in exchange for it, and EVERYBODY knows it.

    Need I go on? It’s beyond obvious, isn’t it? It’s even beyond brazen. BIG outfits are doing BIG things, flamboyantly in plain sight, which are the sorts of things that in earlier times were done only in the deepest darkest, and most hidden secret places.

    Why are they doing such absurdly crazy nut-job stuff right out in the open where people can see it? None of us have ever seen anything like this amount of outright insanity, and yet it accelerates by the day. That’s not NORMAL, not even for criminals and lunatics.

    Why do they do such suicidally crazy shit? The answer is: Because they have to. They do it for the reason that they have no other choice but do it. They know that they MUST lie, cheat, steal, hate, censor (and even kill) or else the truth WILL keep coming out. And that will be the end of them. Failure to silence the increasing storm of revelations of wrongdoing can only result in even more revelation of ever greater and greater wrongdoing.

    So how much, wrongdoing is that?

    Quite a bit, actually. Lots. I reckon All of it. Or at least so close to all of it that the difference won’t make much difference.

    Here is what “all of it” consists of, to the best of my research and reckoning: our so-called “civilization” is built upon the very foundation of everyone accepting a certain amount of lying, cheating, stealing, hating, hiding, censoring and even killing . . . so long as there is something in it for us personally, and wrongdoing does not go TOO far or get completely out of control.

    Well, things went too far. It is out of control. And now the extremely uncomfortable (terrifying, really) truth is being revealed that our ruling classes, elites, institutions, corporations, et al, routinely and professionally Lie, Cheat, Steal, Hate, Hide and Kill as the bedrock of their business model. In other words, those transgressions against humanity are what governing authorities do to make a living. Except for a stingily small allocation spent on window dressing, whitewash and camouflage it’s pretty much ALL that they do.

    So when they stop doing those things then they will reap the whirlwind and become consequently and instantly dead in their own footsteps . . . and they know it.

    That will happen when YOU know it. too.

    #107235
    zerosum
    Participant

    Distraction/mind control from the social/economic problems
    The 4th, the media estate, are flexing their muscles by bring up abortions, at this time.
    If you did not have a TV or radio you would living normally in ignorance and be happy.

    #107236
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    #107237
    willem
    Participant

    @Mr. House: I wonder if the doctors seeing exclusively vaxxed patients has anything to do with a loss of trust in their profession by the unvaxxed. Although I myself admittedly have never been a great one for going to the doctor anyway, I have now lost my trust in the profession almost completely, and would only go see one for acute care like an injury. And hospitals–I guess I’m going to be dying at home….

    #107238
    willem
    Participant

    Raul: Although I have always tended to disfavor abortion, I was not passionate about my beliefs, and could see both sides of the argument–it is a difficult moral question. But last year, my daughter’s first born arrived early after only 24 weeks, and was little bigger than my thumb. But in what almost seems like a miracle, the NICU saw him through those 12 or 13 weeks, and he went home at about the time he would have reached full term. Last month he celebrated his first birthday, and he is a happy and healthy baby with no apparent problems. This has rather changed my beliefs on the issue, since the early foetus has thus been shown to be a viable human being. I think this makes the moral argument for permitting abortion much more difficult (again, barring exceptional circumstances).

    As an aside, the early birth was a placental failure/infection that occurred about 7-10 days after my daughter’s doctor advised her that getting the jab was perfectly safe and that she should do it. That is ground already well-traveled, and need not be revisited here.

    #107239
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    @RIM on “the whole issue”

    The leak = distraction, courtesy of TPTB. The left is getting hammer-blamed, but their involvement seems way too obvious to have been considered a good strategic choice for them. The right might have done it to further prove how insane the left really is (as the left’s response is very predictable), but few are looking in that direction. With such a small pool of potential leakers, how might anyone think they could get away with it? My guess is that no leaker will be found!

    If Roe is overturned, abortion rights/access will be determined by the States (and not completely eliminated). If that is what the USSC decides, then so be it. Roe in original form is flawed. Glenn Greenwald has a good piece up today that gives important detail:

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-irrational-misguided-discourse?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyMzQ0MDMyNiwicG9zdF9pZCI6NTMyOTE3NjYsIl8iOiI2QlFoWiIsImlhdCI6MTY1MTYwMzIxMCwiZXhwIjoxNjUxNjA2ODEwLCJpc3MiOiJwdWItMTI4NjYyIiwic3ViIjoicG9zdC1yZWFjdGlvbiJ9.aBlO-VPyakBIpwMqg0ZfN86qN5-L6b2AaNOF8SmmjK4

    I support a women’s right to choose. Personally, I would like to see zero abortions. It seems reasonable that birth control – including morning after options (they work up to 5 days/best within 72 hours), would have risen to a level of sophistication, effectiveness, and availability so as to prevent pregnancy. As for pregnancy testing, it should be advanced enough to offer a highly accurate result – reducing the need for abortions after 3 (or less) weeks. Since there are plenty of couples unable to conceive, what about creating a private system for supporting a “Life” – pregnancy to adoption pipeline? Taking every possible action up-front to reduce and or eliminate abortions makes sense. Abortion should always be a last-resort option, exercised in extreme situations, with defined parameters – a private matter.


    @boilingfrog
    . I agree: Where I struggle is with the “selective pro-life” folks, abortion of babies is evil, especially white babies (let’s be honest), but killing children far away gets nary a mention. You’re either for all life or you’re not, not a lot of gray.

    #107240
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @william

    I don’t think they wouldn’t go to the doctor if they truly felt something life threatening was going on. I had Delta last August and not once ever felt the need to go the MDs. Which is also something i take contention with above in YVES assertion that the boosters or jabs or whatever don’t prevent transmission but they do prevent hospitalization. How do you quantify that? I remember all thru out 2020 many people saying that everyone has covid but they just don’t know it, do you remember that? They’re counting on you not remembering that so they can pin something of positive benefit that the jabs do. Steve Kirsch just recently had an article stating the problem is so big they won’t be able to ignore it forever and i agree with that.

    #107241
    Mr. House
    Participant

    I still assert that TPTB were lying from the beginning of covid for lots of reasons the media will never print. I think the philosophical salon article we’ve shared here many times comes nearest to the truth. (though Ugo Bardi, who’s blog gets posted from time to time here thinks the author is just a good story teller)

    #107242
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Did anyone notice this part of his post:

    “I learned this week that in the official reporting, all of the double vaxxed only patients are being sent in as UNVAXXED – so it appears our unvaxxed rate is about 50%. But as I have explained above, that is completely misleading.”

    uh huh. But they wouldn’t like about the deaths, number of infections or anything for that matter. The percent of the population that actually got the jab? They wouldn’t like about that to nudge people would they?

    #107243
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    @Mr. House: It would appear that anybody who isn’t fully-boosted is being counted as unvaxxed, much the same as the way anyone who hadn’t had both initial shots was during the rollout phase of the vaccination campaign.

    #107244
    teri
    Participant

    The original Constitution allowed for slavery. Women were not allowed to vote. Should we return to that? Yet we can’t get rid of assault rifles because, you know, 2nd amendment and all. The USA can bomb the fuck out of any country and kill millions of innocent people without a declaration of war. There is no political interest in helping a woman forced to have a baby she doesn’t want and can’t support raise that child for the next 21 years. We don’t care about poor children or homeless people or education or the costs of healthcare in this country. So don’t be shining me on with how we must respect the “sanctity of life”.

    The 1973 Roe decision was decided 7-2 and was written by a Nixon appointee. The 1987 Casey decision (upholding Roe) was written by a Reagan appointee on a Court w/ 8 justices appointed by GOP presidents. Just so you know.

    If you feel that you have the right to make a “my body, my choice” decision about taking an experimental vaccine, you should allow women the right to make a choice about their bodies as well.

    And I know this to be true: if men could get pregnant, you’d be able to get an abortion at every damn Jiffy Lube in the country.

    #107245
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “If you feel that you have the right to make a “my body, my choice” decision about taking an experimental vaccine, you should allow women the right to make a choice about their bodies as well”

    I agree, it is their biz if they want to kill potential offspring. I never understood the huge fight over this.

    @Mr Roboto

    Exactly, the point is they lie about everything. (sorry it was mistyped as likes in my original post)

    #107246
    zerosum
    Participant

    I thought that the 1% wanted to reduce the world population.

    #107247
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Exactly, the point is they lie about everything. (sorry it was mistyped as likes in my original post)

    Official statistics state that something like 20% of the 12 and over population of Wisconsin is unvaxxed. I often wonder what the real number is.

    #107248
    Germ
    Participant

    @ House – do you have a link to Yves’ piece.
    Thanks.

    #107249
    WES
    Participant

    Oh, look!
    A squirrel!
    O.K. folks, stay calm!
    A trapped squirrel just escaped out of the Supreme Court building!
    This poor squirrel must have been hungry and was looking for some nuts to eat!
    Now there are plenty of nuts outside the Supreme Court building for the squirrel to eat!

    #107250
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @ Germ

    Its from todays links section. You have to scroll down but you’ll see it.

    #107251
    Eric Blair
    Participant

    Abortion: “There are two lives at stake, whether you like it or not.”

    Since when have our rulers cared for the lives of their citizens subjects, unborn or alive? A born life used to be cannon fodder, and now it’s fodder for medical experiments. Abortion is about control over a woman’s body, not about saving lives. The “concern” for the unborn stops the minute they are born.
    Or just reverse the situation: If men could have babies, image them being forced to have them if they oops made a mistake.
    No, it’s the patriarchal order that is under attack and abortion is only one facet of the backlash. Whether it’s abortion or vaccines, have you notices that the ruling class is asserting more control over our bodies?

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    Dr. D
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    “You are not a club member, so anything you do is illegal.”

    Er. Yes. I guess that’s so, hain’t it? Explains a lot.

    D Benton. That is a breathtaking list of indictments. Instead of compounding, somehow they all distract from each other, like seeing too many trees, whichever in front of you most of all. Maybe we shoudl line them up and list them all every Monday, like the Pledge of Allegiance, so we don’t forget.

    “If Roe is overturned, abortion rights/access will be determined by the States” This is an excellent point. As Roe, in the leak, says the COURT grabbed the issue from the Legislature, from the People, and should they have? If they let it go again, it merely goes BACK to the lawmakers and the people, who can then pass laws like normal people do. There are processes, as that Tweet about Obama and his supermajority illustrates. (Also M4A) So Alabama can live as they wish, and Massachusetts can live as they wish. And is that the sort of crisis it has always been painted to be? As I say every day about the law, ain’t nobody going to follow it anyway, it’s more of an advisory. So mandating or prohibiting it?

    I agree with Susmarie, however there are neither going to be zero abortions, nor responsible, mature people doing the choosing. So ‘tis a muddle, as Dickens would say.

    I do disagree with some approaches, as if you are pro-life you are wildly pro-black, as they are the majority of abortions, and where they locate and promote the clinics. It’s pretty well known and straight back to Sanger. It’s such an overwhelming force that should they have all lived, they would be a clear block vote over white America. Yet all the so-called bad people still wish for this to happen. Shouldn’t one or the other beliefs have to give way here? Clearly they actually believe in innate value, and clearly they must not be racist, or at least value life itself far more than color? It’s really the only explanation so it doesn’t mesh well with tropes. Vice-versa, what is the explanation of supporting such a tremendous tragedy and setback on the Black community yet lauded among the woke and pro-choice? Seems a tough case.

    For Teri, I’m not trying to create push button issues here, but in quite a super majority of cases the choice of the two individuals happened the night before? Does that not count? For anyone? We don’t wait for the car crash to look for what went wrong, we don’t stop the addiction on the night of the overdose. Is there nothing to improve this hours, months and years, decades beforehand? Something we should try first? Makes me sad. It’s like some intersection where there are constant fatal crashes. “Have you tried driving slower, changing the road?” “Wot? No, never! We’ll be hanged before we’ll fix this road!” It’s what it feels like sometimes, because, tomorrow? Another fatal death. Now as he says, counting 62 Million, but we won’t fix the road. Because That’ll show ‘em? I don’t get it. I have deeper thoughts and experiences on it, but it goes too long. It’s possible many advocates involved believe as they do because they’ve done it, and see what that cost. Or have not done it, and saw what that meant. It’s not abstract at all the way it is for college students.

    Anyway, they are correct, besides running the midterms, it’s the same division and distraction as always. And I’ll be happy to turn my mind to happier objects, like worldwide nuclear wars.

    #107253
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “I thought that the 1% wanted to reduce the world population.”

    What if the jabbed can’t conceive anymore and in anticipation they plan on outlawing abortion, cause ya know people would be surprised if a huge drop off happened out of nowhere.

    Just a thought

    #107254
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    A lot of people don’t know this, but a lot of red states have arranged it so that abortions are effectively unavailable for working-class and poor women in those places. All the “true-blue” states have a codified right to get an abortion, and if Roe v. Wade is struck down, I’m guessing that upper-class women in the other states who want to terminate their pregnancies will just hop on an airplane to a major city in one these “true-blue” states, as they have probably been doing for a while now.

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    Mr. House
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