Jul 042022
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Russia Claims Control Of Pivotal Eastern Ukrainian Province (AP)
To Avoid Civil War, Learn to Tolerate Different Laws in Different States
Yes, You CAN Blame Biden For High Energy Prices (Shellenberger)
Bezos Slams Biden Appeal For Lower Gasoline Prices (F24)
Supreme Court Marshal Calls on States To Crackdown on Protesters (Turley)
NY To Require 3 Years Of Social Media History For Gun Carry Permit (PM)
Text Messages Show Cassidy Hutchinson Referring To Jan 6 Committee As ‘BS’ (DC)
Are the Covid mRNA Vaccines Safe? (Kulldorff)
Spartacast 01 (Spartacus)
US Drag Queens Stand Their Ground Amid Intimidation By The Far Right (G.)



“France now imports more Russian liquefied natural gas than at any time in history, writes Welt.
The requirement to pay for gas in rubles does not apply to LNG supplies, and France has as many as four terminals for receiving such tankers.”






Myocarditis cases in USA, Ages 12-20:
2019: 16
2020: 9
2021: 2,301







The MSM still can’t do normal reporting on Ukraine. Because Russia keeps winning.

Russia Claims Control Of Pivotal Eastern Ukrainian Province (AP)

Russia claimed control Sunday over the last Ukrainian stronghold in an eastern province that is key to achieving a major goal of Moscow’s grinding war. The General Staff of Ukraine’s military reported that its forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk in Luhansk province. President Volodymr Zelenskyy acknowledged the withdrawal but said the fight for the city was still raging on its outskirts. If confirmed, Russia’s complete seizure of Luhansk would provide its troops with a stronger base from which to press their advance in the Donbas, a region of mines and factories that President Vladimir Putin is bent on capturing in a campaign that could determine the course of the entire war. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Putin that Russia’s troops, with a local separatist militia, “have established full control over the city of Lysychansk” and now hold all of Luhansk, according to a ministry statement published Sunday.

As is typical with such descriptions, the Russian statement characterized the victories as “the liberation of the Luhansk People’s Republic.” Separatists in Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk, which make up the Donbas and are home to significant Russian-speaking populations, declared independence from Kyiv in 2014 and their forces have battled Ukrainian troops there ever since. Russia formally recognized the self-proclaimed republics days before its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian and Russian forces fought fiercely for Lysychansk in recent days after the neighboring city fell last week. On Sunday evening, the General Staff of Ukraine’s military confirmed on social media that its forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk “to preserve the lives of Ukrainian defenders.”

In his nightly video address, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy noted the withdrawal. But he added that “Ukraine does not give anything back” and vowed to return with more modern weapons. Citing his forces’ success in recapturing other territory, he promised, “There will be a day when we will say the same about Donbas.” Earlier, Zelenskyy said Kyiv’s forces were still battling Russian soldiers on Lysychansk’s outskirts “in a very difficult and dangerous situation.” “We cannot give you the final judgment. Lysychansk is still being fought for,” Zelenskyy told a news conference in Kyiv given alongside Australia’s visiting prime minister. He noted that territory can move quickly from one side to the other.

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Good advice. And a good day for it too.

To Avoid Civil War, Learn to Tolerate Different Laws in Different States (Mises)

Most commentary on the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization—which overturns Roe v. Wade—has focused on the decision’s effect on the legality of abortion in various states. That’s an important issue. It may be, however, that the Dobbs decision’s effect on political decentralization in the United States is a far bigger deal. After all, the ruling isn’t so much about abortion as it is about the federal government’s role in abortion. State governments are free to make abortion 100 percent legal within their own borders. Some states have already done so. The court’s ruling limits only the federal government’s prerogatives over abortion law, and this has the potential to lead to many other limitations on federal power as well. In this way, Dobbs is a victory for those seeking to limit federal power.

The decentralization is all to the good, and there’s nothing novel about it. Historically, state laws in the US have varied broadly on a variety of topics from alcohol consumption to divorce. This was also true of abortion before Roe v. Wade. Moreover, decentralizing abortion policy in this way actually works to defuse national conflict. This is becoming even more important as cultural divides in the United States are clearly accelerating and become more entrenched. Rather than fight with increasing alarm and aggression over who controls the federal government—and thus who imposes the winner’s preferences on everyone else—people in different states will have more choices in choosing whether to live under proabortion or antiabortion regimes.

In other words, decentralization forces policymakers to behave as they should in a confederation of states: they must tolerate people doing things differently across state lines. This will be essential in avoiding disaster, and laissez-faire liberals (i.e., “classical liberals”) have long supported decentralization as a key in avoiding dangerous political conflicts. Ludwig von Mises, for example, supported decentralization because, as he put it, it “is the only feasible and effective way of preventing revolutions and civil … wars.”

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Huh? “If Biden got America on a wartime footing, as he should be given Russia’s aggression in Europe, we would see the lowering of oil, gas and petroleum prices in less than one year.”

Yes, You CAN Blame Biden For High Energy Prices (Shellenberger)

This July 4th, as you fill up your car or truck, you might be tempted to blame President Joe Biden for high gasoline prices. You shouldn’t, say some experts. It’s Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fault, they say. The US had to cut off Russian oil imports to punish Putin for invading Ukraine. Meanwhile, Biden himself has blamed the American energy industry. “At a time of war,” Biden wrote in an open letter to the industry on June 15, “high refinery profit margins being passed directly onto American families are not acceptable… companies must take immediate actions to increase the supply of gasoline, diesel, and other refined product.” But US refineries are already operating at 94 percent of their capacity, with US refineries in the Gulf of Mexico running at 98 percent, which is the highest rate in 30 years.

Running refineries at a higher capacity than that risks damaging the equipment. As such, Biden isn’t just wrong, he insulted some of the hardest working people operating in one of the most dangerous industries in America. But, on May 12, Biden’s Interior Department blocked a proposal to open up more than one million acres of land in Alaska for oil and gas drilling. Two days later, Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency blocked plans to expand an oil refinery in the US Virgin Islands. Biden and his defenders said he had to block the expansion of the Virgin Islands refinery, given how polluting it was. But had Biden’s EPA allowed the Virgin Island refinery to expand, the owners would have poured nearly $3 billion into retrofitting the plant so it produced gasoline and other products more cleanly, while significantly increasing production at the same time.

Furthermore, anybody who cares about air pollution and climate change should want more oil and gas drilling, not less. US emissions declined 22% between 2005 and 2020, mostly because cheap natural gas has replaced coal. In truth, there are many things Biden could have done, and still should do, to lower energy prices. He could invoke the National Defense Act to accelerate the rate of oil and gas permits. He could set a floor of $80/barrel for re-filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), which would be a powerful incentive for the industry, because it would prevent prices from falling to unprofitable levels. Biden could announce trade agreements with American allies to supply them with liquified natural gas, which would incentivize more natural gas production and lower prices. If Biden got America on a wartime footing, as he should be given Russia’s aggression in Europe, we would see the lowering of oil, gas and petroleum prices in less than one year.

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“99% of gas stations in America are small business owned. The average gas station’s profit actually DROPPED from April to May. ”

Bezos Slams Biden Appeal For Lower Gasoline Prices (F24)

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has criticized President Joe Biden for calling on oil companies to lower sky-high gasoline prices, prompting the White House to come to the US leader’s defense on Sunday. “My message to the companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump is simple: this is a time of war and global peril,” Biden tweeted Saturday. “Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you’re paying for the product. And do it now,” Biden added. Bezos said Biden’s remarks amounted to “either straight ahead misdirection or a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics.” “Ouch. Inflation is far too important a problem for the White House to keep making statements like this,” the US billionaire tweeted Saturday.

Gasoline prices at the pump have become a symbol of broader price rises in the United States, and they are sapping Biden’s approval rating ahead of legislative elections in November. Biden has regularly attacked oil companies, saying they only care about profits and not the well-being of the average consumer. The companies say in turn they have increased production to try to tame prices but that these are set on the world market and are subject to dynamics that are not under the control of US oil giants. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Twitter Sunday that oil prices have dropped about $15 a barrel over the past month. “But prices at the pump have barely come down. That’s not ‘basic market dynamics.’ It’s a market that is failing the American consumer,” she wrote.

Gasoline prices have been above $5 a gallon since early June, which is unprecedented in the car-crazy nation. Prices have fallen slightly since, but remain far from the $3 a gallon level of a year ago. John Kirby, White House spokesman on national security issues, also defended the president Sunday in an appearance on Fox News. “The president is working very, very hard across many fronts… to try to bring that price down,” Kirby said.

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Governors refuse.

Supreme Court Marshal Calls on States To Crackdown on Protesters (Turley)

In a rare move, Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley has sent letters to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin demanding that authorities put an end to picketing and “threatening activity” outside the homes of SCOTUS justices. The letter seeks to use state laws to achieve what the Justice Department has clearly rejected under federal law. If the letter prompts arrests, we could see a major free speech challenge in the courts. The timing of the letter, however, is particularly interesting and may reflect a recognition of the limits of the federal law. Like most Americans, I have denounced these protests targeting the homes of justices as excessive and reckless (though one law professor actually suggested that such protests could be more aggressive).

However, I have also questioned the use of a federal law to arrest protesters. Under a federal law, 18 U.S.C. 1507, any individual who “pickets or parades” with the “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer” near a U.S. court or “near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer” will be fined or “imprisoned not more than one year, or both.” I believe that a court would declare the use of the federal law against protesters on public sidewalks to be unconstitutional. There are issues of free speech, assembly, and vagueness that would be likely raised in federal court. Indeed, if you apply the broad interpretation of the law, even protests outside of the Supreme Court building could result in arrests since courthouses are also included.

However, the timing is particularly interesting. After the release of the decision in in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, I noted that it would be even harder to use this law because the statute refers to “interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge … in the discharge of his duty.” With the release of the decision, there is no chance that the protesters are interfering, impeding, or influencing the decision. Thus, even if the constitutional arguments were rejected, a court could question whether the law can be read as applying to protests generally against the justices for their views. That is what makes the date so interesting. Dobbs came out on June 24, 2022. One week later, Curley sought enforcement of state laws as an alternative to federal enforcement.

It may reflect the view that, even if the law is constitutional to arrest protesters, it would be narrowly construed in light of the fact that Dobbs is now on the books. Since it was clear for weeks that the Justice Department would not enforce the law to arrest protesters outside of these homes, the timing of the letter could reflect a dwindling likelihood of enforcement in light of the end of the term. Curley wrote Gov. Hogan: “I would respectfully request that you direct the Maryland State Police to enforce Maryland and Montgomery County laws that squarely prohibit picketing at the homes of Supreme Court Justices who reside in Maryland.” Both the Maryland and Virginia governors responded by calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to use his authority under federal law to stop the protesters.

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That’s a first for me. Sounds crazy.

NY To Require 3 Years Of Social Media History For Gun Carry Permit (PM)

New York Governor Kathy Hochul once again signed sweeping gun legislation into law on Friday that created several severe new restrictions on obtaining a gun in the state, including drastically increasing concealed carry regulations and requiring applicants to turn over social media history. According to the the legislation, part of Hochul’s new criteria to obtain a concealed carry permit will be an applicant giving the government a list containing three years of history of their current and inactive social media accounts. Applicants must also have 16 hours of firearm training, provide four character references, and list the contact information for any domestic partners or adults of any kind they live with.

Potential applicants will also be required to show “good moral character,” meaning “the essential character, temperament and judgment necessary to be entrusted with a weapon and to use it only in a manner that does not endanger oneself and others. At a press conference regarding the new legislation, Hochul said “we are creating a definitive list of sensitive locations where individuals will not be able to carry firearms.” This list includes “schools, summer camps, libraries, daycares, parks and playgrounds, places children gather, theaters, museums, entertainment venues, places of worship for religious observation, polling places, educational institutions, and health medical facilities. Federal State Local government buildings, homeless and domestic violence shelters, places where alcohol is consumed, restaurants, bars, public transportation, subway buses, airports and at public demonstrations and rallies, and in Times Square.”

Another new rule is a “Default of No Concealed Carry on Private Property and Businesses Unless Deemed Permissible by Property Owners.” Hochul said of this law, “We are making ‘no open carry’ the default position for private businesses. That means that any business, grocery store, retail, private home, place that wants to allow guns on their premises will have to demonstrate that and establish that they put a sign out there that says concealed carry guns are welcome here.”

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She is a strange story.

Text Messages Show Cassidy Hutchinson Referring To Jan 6 Committee As ‘BS’ (DC)

The January 6 committee’s key witness, Cassidy Hutchinson, called the committee “bs” in a text message obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller. On Feb 1. Hutchinson sent a text to a conservative activist with connections to the First Amendment Fund, which is a group started by the American Conservative Union that helps Trump officials cover costs for Jan. 6 lawyers. Matt Schlapp said Hutchinson approached CPAC for help through the First Amendment Fund. Schlapp said he is happy they did not end up assisting her because she was relaying White House “hallway gossip as fact.” In the text message, Hutchinson says: “Hey (redacted)! This is Cassidy Hutchinson. Kind of a random question, but do you still work for the Schlapp’s at the ACU?” To which the person responded, “Hi, Yes!”

Hutchinson then said, “Do you happen to know a First Amendment fund POC I could reach out to? I was subpoenaed in early Nov., but the committee waited to serve me until last week (after Ben’s deposition).” “I had to accept service because the U.S. Marshalls came to my apartment last Wednesday, but I haven’t made contact with the Committee. I’m just on a tight timeline and just trying to figure out what my options are to deal with this bs,” Hutchinson added. In another text message reviewed by the Daily Caller, Hutchinson told the conservative activist that she does not want things to get “unnecessarily elevated” in regards to the Jan. 6 committee. Hutchinson made headlines after testifying before the Jan. 6 committee, where she claimed former President Donald Trump lunged for the steering wheel in an effort to reroute the car to the Capitol where protesters were gathering. Sources close to the Secret Service have denied her claims.

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Kulldorff tries too hard to sound reasonable. No, they are not safe. So say so.

Are the Covid mRNA Vaccines Safe? (Kulldorff)

Covid-recovered people have natural immunity that is stronger than vaccine-induced immunity. So, the benefit of vaccination is – at best – minimal. If the risk of adverse reactions is the same as in the randomized trials, there is a negative risk-benefit difference. Why are we mandating people in this group to be vaccinated? It is both unethical and damaging to public health. While everyone can get infected, children have a minuscule risk of covid mortality. There is very limited safety data from the trials on children. If the risk of adverse reactions is the same as for adults, the harms outweigh the risks. Children should not receive these vaccines. Older people above 70 have a much higher risk of covid mortality than the population in the Fraiman study. If their risk of adverse reaction is the same, then the benefits outweigh the harms.

Hence, older people who have never had covid and are not yet vaccinated may benefit from these vaccines. However, we do not know if they are better than the Johnson & Johnson and Astra-Zeneca vaccines. It is unclear from the clinical trial data whether the benefits outweigh the risks for working-age adults who have not been vaccinated and who have not already had covid. This is true both historically, for the original covid variants, and currently for the newer ones. The Fraiman study analyzes data after the first and second doses. Both risks and benefits may differ for booster shots, but no randomized trial has properly evaluated the trade-off. These results concern only the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines. Fraiman et al. did not analyze data on the adenovirus-vector vaccines marketed by Johnson & Johnson and Astra-Zeneca.

Benn et al. found that they reduced all-cause mortality (RR=0.37, 95% CI:0.19-0.70), but nobody has used trial data to analyze AESIs for these vaccines. Critically, the Fraiman and Benn studies had a follow-up of only a few months after the second dose because Pfizer and Moderna, unfortunately, terminated their randomized trials a few months after receiving emergency use authorization. Of course, a longer-term benefit can provide a basis to tolerate negative or neutral short-term risk-benefit differences. However, that is unlikely since we know from observational studies that mRNA vaccine efficacy deteriorates a few months after the second dose.

There may also be long-term adverse reactions to the vaccine regarding which we do not yet know. Since the randomized trials ended early, we must look at observational data to answer that question. The publicly available data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is of low quality, with both under- and over-reporting. The best observational data is from CDCs Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) and FDA’s Biologics and Effectiveness Safety System (BEST), but there have only been limited reports from these systems. Fraiman and colleagues have produced the best evidence yet regarding the overall safety of the mRNA vaccines. The results are concerning. It is the responsibility of the manufacturers and FDA to ensure that benefits outweigh harms. They have failed to do so.

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Haven’t followed the Spartacus group for a bit.

Spartacast 01 (Spartacus)

SARS-CoV-2 was not the product of natural zoonosis. It was not the product of an accidental lab leak, either. It was the product of deliberate, willful bioterrorism by what I’ve come to call the Biodefense Mafia. This Biodefense Mafia grew out of an expansion of USAID, DARPA, BARDA, and DTRA-affiliated civilian biolabs, both in the US and elsewhere, thanks to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program and Robert Kadlec’s expansion of biodefense after Amerithrax. That initial expansion of the Biodefense Mafia involved Kadlec awarding rigged contracts to Fuad El-Hibri’s company, BioPort, for anthrax vaccines. BioPort was a spinoff of DynPort, which, in turn, was spun off from the American mercenary company DynCorp in a partnership with Porton in the UK.

Yes, the same DynCorp that Kathryn Bolkovac blew the whistle on in Bosnia for sex trafficking of young girls, the same DynCorp that continued to receive US State Department contracts even after soliciting “dancing boys” in Afghanistan, and the same DynCorp whose OV-10 Bronco turboprops loaned from the US State Department for coca eradication crop dusting with RoundUp in Colombia happened to have the same tail number as a helicopter mentioned in Jeffrey Epstein’s flight logs, N474AW, on one of the aircraft. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Robert Kadlec again awarded rigged contracts for COVID-19 vaccines to Fuad El-Hibri and Emergent BioSolutions, which is what BioPort renamed themselves to. Emergent BioSolutions came under fire due to the scandalous condition of their vaccine manufacturing facilities and the poor quality-control practices exercised there.

Throughout the 2000s, Michael Callahan was part of an effort by the US State Department called the BioIndustry Initiative, authorized in the Defense and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2002, where US scientists would visit various former Soviet biowarfare labs in Russia and discuss technologies the Soviets developed that could be patented, commercialized, marketed, and “peacefully” used in drugs and therapies. He was on the ground in Wuhan in 2019 and 2020, as DARPA’s “Man in Wuhan”, suggesting that the H2 blocker famotidine might be useful for treating COVID-19, based on observations of patient data.

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Nothing against drag queens, but don’t push them on little kids.

US Drag Queens Stand Their Ground Amid Intimidation By The Far Right (G.)

The drag queens were out in force across New York’s recent Pride parade triggering cheers and waves with their flamboyant and extravagant costumes. But this year the world of American drag has been marred by growing fears of violence and intimidation as they have been specifically targeted by conservatives and extremist far-right and militia groups amid a general rise in anti-LGBTQ hate. One of the main targets for rightwing ire has been Drag Queen Story Hour events where drag queens will read books to children at public libraries. Three weeks ago at a reading in a library in San Lorenzo, 30 miles from San Francisco, a group of men, one wearing a T-shirt stenciled with the image of an assault rifle, interrupted a drag performer reading The Kindness Book to pre-schoolers, frightening all.

Authorities said at least five men who appeared in the black and yellow uniform aligned with the extremist Proud Boy group hurled homophobic and transphobic slurs at the story hour’s performer, Panda Dulce, who later said the interruption was “a brazen act of vitriolic intimidation”. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime. Members of the same organisation – designated a hate group by The Southern Poverty Law Group – also disrupted a Pride story-time event in South Carolina where kids were being read Daddy and Dada and Heather Has Two Mommies. One parent was told they were a child abuser. Last week a drag event at a California bar, Mojos, was cancelled after protestors yelling homophobic abuse sought to enter the premises.

The pattern of intimidation, in cases not limited to the intimidation of drag queens, comes as Pride month itself has become a target for rightwing extremists in the US. Recently in Idaho a group of far-right Patriot Front extremists were arrested amid fears they intended to attack a Pride march in the state. Drag queens themselves, however, are standing their ground.

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    Salvador Dali Invisible Sleeping Woman, Horse, Lion 1930   • Russia Claims Control Of Pivotal Eastern Ukrainian Province (AP) • To Avoid Civil Wa
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    Thank you for that final quote by Camus. Wonderful.

    Yeah drag queens.
    They should not be vilified but they were not born to read stories to children in libraries. IMO

    The function of reading to children is the story telling which is where the focus should be. Sucking all the energy into the room is what drag is about which is not what reading stories to children is about – I know, I still have to do it every night and it is tiring – after all I could be following up the 8000 articles TAE and the commentariat have laid beffore me ffs.

    I snuck out of my house 27 kms from the centre of Brisbane Queensland – which I travelled to – as a 14 year old boy to dance (which turned into decades of dancing). The only place that would let me in was the gay clubs, so gay clubs it was. Drag Queens blew my mind. They were/are deviant. That’s fine, people deviate. No problem, but now as a society we are allowing every line to be crossed and this is a big fucking problem.

    We need tolerance but we need space. I do not want your balls publicly in my face. Privately at the club it was amazing, terrifiying, weird and funny. A library is a public place. I do not want Drags to read my kids stories. They can take their hair and make up off to get in their pj’s can’t they? Well take a little hit, less limelight to read to kids, it won’t kill ya and kids are learning about the world, they need boundaries. Give the little suckers a few…

    Oh and BTW before anyone hangs shit on me for being right wing (what ever that means) I was about THE ONLY straight kid in 1985 in the city of brisbane dressing gay to fit in to the night club scene because I accepted them. Where were all the rainbow supporters then? The mask wearing – ‘I support the current thing’ types? Now I’m a hate-speech guy apparently and also anti-environment for not jumping up and down to have more black kids shoved down tunnels to mine cobalt for electric cars.

    Oh My God

    Dr. D

    “Several Hit by Gunfire at Copenhagen Mall, Police Say”

    But I thought they had gun control!

    They do have more restrictive abortion laws than we do/did. Practically far-right religious fundamentalists, those Danes.


    Goes to show economic bombs are far more effective than nuclear ones. Visit any city in America. ANY CITY. And EVERY city in several states. Ohio and Michigan come to mind.

    And you think these guys will enlist and support the war in Ukraine for the “Liberal World Order”? Since they’re pissed off and also dumb, Biden probably put a target on the foreheads of the mostly not-same “Liberals” in the U.S., the same way a few annoying fringe weirdos have now put a target on all gays’ foreheads. This is not deadly dangerous yet, but it is ominously and very likely to become dangerous quite suddenly. You could not go backward any faster than this, nor kill your own supporters any more thoroughly than this. I also can’t think of a quick way to reverse it. Make the people smart and detail-focused?

    To Avoid Civil War, Learn to Tolerate Different Laws in Different States (Mises)”

    Yes, but it has the word “tolerance” which they don’t have in the slightest. The response to Roe, where they have MORE abortion rights than ever, proves this. Laws are for everybody else. Everybody else’s situation is my only concern, never my own. That’s what lemon-sucking religious scolds are. Even if their religion is scientism and progressiveism.

    “this is a time of war and global peril,” Biden tweeted Saturday. “Bring down the price you are charging at the pump”

    It’s always somebody else’s fault: the poor and powerless. And if this is a time of war, then I think you’re legally required to declare it. Here he says “We”, the United States, is in a real and direct war. With whom, Mr. Biden? Russia? You also said we are emphatically NOT in that war. We are in a war but none of our troops are there? None of our hardware? No jets?

    Strange war. Strange because it’s merely a campaign to murder Ukrainian civilians.

    NY to Require 3 Years of Social Media History for Gun Carry Permit (PM)”

    This is what happens when you allow them anything. That’s why it is and has to be “Not Infringed” At all. Ever. Why not a blood draw and a family tree/race test? Political party membership, which is what they’re doing here. They’ve already shattered all veteran/rural male seeking mental health care for the same reason: they will DEFINITELY take your guns. No health care for you! So anyone with a gun would be slightly MORE likely to need mental health support than average, a great example of governments causing the opposite of their goals 100% of the time.

    Like the war on drugs, war on crime, war on poverty, the minute they get involved, things get noticeably worse. #Helping. They haven’t declared one, but they started a war on guns and gun crime many years back and it’s already several times worse. Clearly it’s near-impossible for Americans to learn anything, 100 years after starting this behavior.

    Next, USSC will overturn NY immediately. NY doesn’t care. Like Biden, they will just change 1 word in the law, pass it again, and make you sue them again, which takes 5-10 years and several million dollars. Forever and ever until the sun burns out. The burden is always on the citizen who is guilty and loses all rights by default, instead of being innocent and keeping their rights by default. Hey wait: isn’t that illegal too?

    NY also delineates you can carry a gun, except in all and every place you might need one. The USSC was just CRYSTAL CLEAR on that, saying your house is the LEAST likely place to defend yourself, clearly you are more likely to defend yourself outside, in your town. NY knows this, read it, doesn’t care. Their own state is most restricted AND most dangerous, AND from the Left, as the Brooklyn shooter showed. Not embarrassed, doesn’t care.

    It’s the law: we don’t follow those. We follow the #Opposite. But this is NY, so, state’s rights. Ah but The right to bear arms is in the NYS Constitution as well. They. Do not. Follow. The law. Ever. Unless you’re rich, famous, and in the club. Like baseball players and comedians didn’t have to follow the mask law since they were interacting with all the public nationwide? Like Epstein getting caught 20x in Manhattan?

    When this is true, NY is worse than a Kingship. It’s more like a prison colony.

    “Are the Covid mRNA Vaccines Safe? (Kulldorff)”

    His argument is a pancake since they refuse to test for Covid antibodies. It doesn’t matter if it’s better in theory. They will die before helping you. Or make YOU die before helping you. That’s medicine.

    How’s this: I would just assume 100% of all people HAVE had Covid by now and therefore ARE immune. I mean, YOU said it was wildly transmissible and posted the numbers right? So unless YOU prove otherwise with an anitbody test, we should assume NOBODY should be allowed an unsafe, unuseful, experimental vaccine.

    “extremist far-right and militia groups” “Interrupted”.

    Ooooooh. Sounds like life in prison. How dare they “Interrupt”? If this “Interrupting” goes on, boy I don’t see how America can survive. It’s “Extreme” Interrupting.

    If you’re an actual extremist group and not a made-up one, don’t you have to, I dunno, firebomb +20 clinics or something? David Koresh: Interrupter at Large.

    I’d say these guys are a joke, but apparently it’s us the people that are the joke.

    Since that’s a low point to leave on, here are some of said “Radicals” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7JaE7QJx8k

    There is NOTHING these guys could do to look more stages, made-up, fake, Police plant, and anti-Right. Nothing. They even ordered all their pants out of the same catalog, tags still on, clearly, like the flag they fabricated up at the trucker protest. Like when the week before, the bullhorn they used had the words “FBI” painted on it. Oops.

    V. Arnold

    Hey; oxygen is still free’ and so are we to go whoopie….
    So, suck it up and enjoy freeeeedoooommmmmmmmm….
    dumb and dead…


    It might be funny now, but it won’t be once BA.2.75 hits the vaxxed!



    “Moderna’s updated Covid vaccine is a combination or “bivalent” shot that produces spike proteins from both the original Wuhan strain of coronavirus and the first Omicron variant, BA.1.”


    What a fuckin’ joke.



    Rik Mayall tried to warn us about depopulation in his 2014 film, “One by One”, before his sudden death at fifty-six:



    “At least 10 teachers have died in the last four weeks, some of them suddenly. ”


    Normal! 🤡☠️☠️☠️🤡


    The Dutch farmers have “unexpectedly” changed tactics today, and now block distribution centers for supermarket chains. Supermarkets complain: there will be no bread tomorrow! Well, that’s sort of the idea, isn’t it? Striking is that media and gov’t can’t get a handle on what to expect next; the tactics are not centralized but “distributed”. Like a blockchain. Farmers say they will keep this up for days. Earlier, fishermen joined the protests, and blocked -smaller- ports. The threat to blocking highways and airports remains.



    “What a fuckin’ joke.”
    If only.


    Dr D. How’s this: I would just assume 100% of all people HAVE had Covid by now and therefore ARE immune. I mean, YOU said it was wildly transmissible and posted the numbers right? So unless YOU prove otherwise with an anitbody test, we should assume NOBODY should be allowed an unsafe, unuseful, experimental vaccine.

    This logic is so crystal clear it is like fresh air and spring water had a baby and called it the above sentence. Bravo

    John Day

    Martin Kulldorff Ph.D. an originator of the Great Barrington Declaration, wrote that article as if he would need to defend it in court. Every statement is completely conservative and definsible.
    Are the Covid mRNA Vaccines Safe?

    Oxymoron commented on the transfer of “deviancy” from traditionally deviant groups, like drag queens, but didn’t say where it had gotten to. There has to be some form of deviancy from any big group, right?

    “Unvaccinated” might still be “deviants” in some places, but that did not reach critical-mass in Texas, for which I am grateful, though still unemployed. That seems like a victory-of-conscience for me in a way.

    The Hannah Arendt quote from last night remains important. “Totalitarian” is when you “are not in Kansas anymore”, when the rules are like WW-2 Germany, or Pol Pot’s Cambodia, but it is too late then.
    You have to see the move to creating “deviants”, “untermenschen”, and fight it immediately, or run far away immediately, before that “just following orders” wartime “norm” arises, and anything but “just following orders” becomes “deviancy” and is punished by those “just following orders”.


    Neil Oliver – smashing it out of the park


    George Washington before Spin Doctors

    “Father, I can not tell a lie, I did it with my little hatchet!”



    How to identify a leader. They have multiple ways of saying,
    “It’s somebody else’s fault”

    Background noise.
    It’s hard to be humble lyrics/song

    Kudos to everyone who dig/persist/finds the info published, (buried in the noise), that makes/helps TAE be the best blog.


    Pinocchio, you little Punk

    “What’s a sweet heart like you doing in the dump like this

    …..steal a little and they throw you in jail,

    steal a lot and they make you King.”

    ~ b dylan



    Another reason for peace or to go to war with Russia
    Russia makes massive oil discovery in the Arctic
    It is one of the largest recent findings on the Russian shelf, energy giant Rosneft says


    Ever since the EU started, Germany was chided for its huge trade surplus. Now it’s gone. Anybody happy?



    “Why Pregnant People Should Get COVID-19 Vaccines As Soon As Possible”

    “If I were an unvaccinated pregnant person, I would definitely get vaccinated in the first trimester. But I would also probably use the opportunity then to be boosted in the third trimester,”


    FIRST trimester!!


    John Day

    Thanks Germ,
    If I were “an unvaccinated pregnant person” I would remain in that sttus for about 9 months, if all went normally.
    Take your poison. Give the poison to your children. Take the poison for your unborn child.
    Watch Dr. Fauci. Watch Elmo.
    We are now in an epoch of great human tragedy.
    We will understand it like Carl Jung and Hannah Arendt did.


    I think it’s a sterilisation program

    “SARS-CoV-2 Infection of Human Ovarian Cells: A Potential Negative Impact on Female Fertility



    John Day

    Picture of Jenny in the Banana-garden-of-Yoakum (200 mi. South-southeast of Eden, Texas) https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/genocidal-social-mentality

    ​ A friend, ​Phoenixvoice quoted Hannah Arendt​, who she has been reading, trying to comprehend totalitarianism.​
    ​ ​“Under conditions of total terror not even fear can any longer serve as an advisor of how to behave, because terror chooses its victims without reference to individual actions or thoughts, exclusively in accordance with the objective necessity of the natural or historical process.
    ​ ​[​Arendt​ has just spent the last few paragraphs talking about how totalitarianism follows a “natural” or “historical” process.]
    Under totalitarian conditions, fear probably is more widespread than ever before; but fear has lost its practical usefulness when actions guided by it can no longer help to avoid the dangers man fears. The same is true for sympathy or support of the regime; for total terror not only selects it victims according to objective standards; it chooses its executioners with as complete a disregard as possible for the candidate’s convictions and sympathies.”

    ​ I​​t seems that Hannah Arendt is saying that totalitarianism is a different ​human-group paradigm, where everybody does as they are told, including killing other people,​unquestioningly, feeling the fear and stress and turning off their inner moral guidance, the voice of god and conscience.​ ​(“Well, we are at war.”)​

    ​ ​If we take this as an alternate human-setting, and we look at history, we can see that this setting was active in wartimes, and those times that we always had a hard time understanding how people could do all those horrific and crazy things.

    ​ ​People who have drunk of the excitement of mass team sports might understand the rioting of fans afterwards, and might get a feeling for massed battles of crowds, and lynch mobs.

    ​ ​Maybe we have to understand the mindset within totalitarian times as being something humanly useful for those kinds of times. It leads to mass killing of humans, which seems to be “the objective necessity of the natural or historical process”.

    ​ ​Perhaps that is the function of this setting in humans, to reduce the population at times until it is completed. Who/what decides? Must there be a human Fuhrer?

    ​ ​“Science” the faceless god seems to be cast in that role this time, mostly for people who don’t understand scientific method, or who see it as secondary to power.

    ​ ​I have never been wired to feast on crowd-energy. I am a scientist, and it comes naturally to me, and I do not crave power, but like camaraderie and friendship.

    ​ ​I was recently criticized for using “zetigeist” to mean a living ​conscious and intentional ​form in the collective mind, rather than a stylistic epoch or wave tied to a time.

    ​ ​I don’t really have another word for that. It seems to me that mass-consciousness is not necessarily blind, can be ruthlessly destructive or powerfully good and beneficent. People can answer calls to righteousness​,​ and ​also ​to killing their very neighbors. It keeps happening.
    They said that in Rwanda it was not really Hutu and Tutsis​ killing each other​, but people whose kids went to school barefoot killing people whose children wore shoes to school.

    ​ ​I’m ​postulating​ that we, as a species, seem to have factory settings that kick in at critical times, which are completely invisible at other times, repeatedly apparent in history, and ​subsequently misunderstood and misrepresented to students and citizens who come later.

    ​ ​Sociopaths ​might thrive​ in these phases, feel right at home, but ​sociopaths ​also get culled.
    ​I speculate that w​e may have ​such “wartime”​ settings because we do not have natural predators other than sociopaths, and there must be some mechanism to reduce our numbers when we outgrow our environmental support system.

    ​ ​It may be that people who resonate to these wavelengths are more susceptible to the killing and being killed, though it can obviously reach out and touch anybody.

    ​ ​I feel that I have different settings​. I​ have felt for my whole life that I would need to make it through a time like this​. I felt ​that I needed to learn from my Grandfather who ​was in both world wars and raised a family in the Great Depression. I felt that I​ needed to really understand…

    ​ ​If we are dividing into human groups with different settings for times of “selection events” or “herd culling” or “world war”, then maybe we need to reconsider history this way. The herd splits into clumps that behave differently, in synchrony, like a murmur of Starlings, and some members of the herd split away, maybe ​to ​congregate elsewhere in smaller groups.

    ​ ​​People now are so broadly unable to employ their rational processes for simple​ ​preservation​ of themselves and their families​ lately.
    We seem to be living in different worlds, and going forward into different worlds.
    I don’t feel like I can try to convince anybody who is living in that other world where COVID vaccines are good, protect you, protect the children, and​ “​everybody needs to trust Dr. Fauci and get behind the science”.

    There are multiple edible faux-human-flesh meat-products popping up. What is the point? Who funds these projects? Who are the expert taste-testers?
    This one is ideal for “cannibalism-curious” vegans.
    Burger ‘that tastes like human flesh’ despite being vegan wins top award
    If you’ve ever hankered after the taste of human flesh, now you can sample it in the form of an all-new plant-based burger that claims to perfectly replicate the taste and texture of human meat


    Spot the difference:



    “Put your masks on and proceed to Room 1” – Hahahaha.
    We are paying for this fucking clown show.


    “Why Pregnant People Should Get COVID-19 Vaccines As Soon As Possible”
    Pregnant people? In the old days when just what used to be called women would get pregnant, this would have read Pregnant Women. But pregnant people is open to other possibilities, or is it that people who don’t identify as women could get pregnant and calling them pregnant women would be insenstive to their chosen identity?
    Might be interesting to read Time’s style sheet.

    Maxwell Quest

    Just watched the clip from the film One by One (2014) that Germ posted. Here are a couple of the lines from the clip which reminded me of a discussion we had here at TAE recently:

    John: There’s no going back from this deal. Everything will change for you once you know.

    Dion: Tell me.

    I’m hearing echoes of Morpheus talking to Neo as he holds a red pill in one hand and a blue pill in the other. Warning Neo that there is no going back once he takes the red pill so as to exit the Matrix.

    One could easily dismiss the idea that there are those currently orchestrating the culling of the global population as too far out, paranoic, fantasy, conspiracy tin-foil-hat stuff. Many felt the same way during WWII when they first heard from the conspiracy theorists of that time that the Nazis were gassing people and then burning the bodies in ovens. I’m sure that this time is different, since we are so much more civilized than people were way back in the 1940’s. We even have the Georgia Guidestones lighting the way to a better future. Take for instance principle #1 carved into each of the stones many languages:

    1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.


    @ oxymoron. @ John Day “ Must there be a human Fuhrer?”
    The “supreme leader” in a classical totalitarian movement is more than an idea or figurehead. The individual is an active part of the phenomenon, the “embodiment” of the ideals of the movement, and the final authority on all issues. All allegiance is directly to the supreme leader. For this reason, there are no logical, nested lines of hierarchy, such as we tend to see in corporate, government, education, or military systems. Lines of authority are constantly in flux in totalitarian systems as they align and realign. If what we are currently experiencing has no “supreme leader” then we are not dealing with classical totalitarianism, but rather something else that shares many major characteristics.

    It may be that the leader is currently hidden, or that what is going on currently is nascent, not fully formed, and such a leader has yet to emerge. Or, it may be something different than what has gone on before.

    @ Neal
    Yes. There were 2 examples of classic totalitarian systems: Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Stalin’s USSR. Both were dissected, compared, contrasted by Arendt.

    @ Redneck
    Valid point about Bandera. Antisemitism was very very prevalent throughout Europe prior to WWII. Arendt saw it as the culmination of a historical thread: Jews were not integrated with the nations where they live and some Jews and Jewish families had helped the European aristocracy for centuries. By 1900, Jews become an easy scapegoat for problems in Europe, including Russia, and this lead to tragedy, especially under the two totalitarian regimes.

    “ Communism and Bolshevism was a Jewish inspired phenomenon , Karl Marx was a Jew , Jews were involved in the starving to death of six million Ukranians , the event known as the Holodomor .”

    The idea that there was/is a “Jewish conspiracy” is a few hundred years old, and — according to Arendt — is/was false. (Of course, Arendt is Jewish.) Jews have been involved in a great many things; so have white humans of European descent (Crusades, etc.,) but we don’t generally expand this to a “white conspiracy” either (although the true believers of critical race theory do propose this idea. And how does it make us white folks feel? Personally, I feel indignant for have nothing to do with the creation of “white supremacy” — I am just trying to support myself and my kids.)

    Crowd energy may explain some events in a totalitarian system, but doesn’t explain the entirety. Mass formation due to propaganda does a better job of explaining the behavior of the “party members” and “sympathizers.” One of the odder aspects of totalitarian systems is that a little bit of terror and a lot of propaganda are used to get the totalitarian system in power. Once in power, that is when “the gloves come off” and the terror ramps up.


    @Redneck re: post 110891 (from yesterday): I completely agree with everything you say concerning the false equivalence being drawn between today’s Russia and that of the early Soviet regime. I was not trying to imply otherwise, simply pointing out the commonality in some modern European views along those lines.

    Many in the US who have only 200-300 years of history to draw on don’t realize that people in many other parts of the world have racial memories that seem to sustain hatreds and irredentist dreams based on grievances going back hundreds or even thousands of years.


    Decentralization of laws is helpful — multistate and international corporations don’t much like it — patchwork laws are a headache for them…but we citizens can navigate it pretty well. I also suspect that a patchwork of laws makes it more difficult for the WEF folks to take over. However, the totalitarian types will create new bureaucracies that coexist with current structures, and the new structures will be imbued with more immediate authority than the older structures.


    Americans who celebrate Independence Day but who wear face masks and are triple vaxxed, Where are we? What planet, what century? It’s a much more real sequence of Back to the Future.

    Veracious Poet

    Michael Reid

    The decline is not an accident. It’s a planned demolition. And it’s going well. For those who actually pull the strings, profit will be made from the crisis. Not for everyone, of course, but most certainly for those few who are creating it.

    But many say that the US is waking up, that its citizenry are coming to the conclusion that the Deep State – that corporatist ruling class that are made up of governmental and big-business leaders – has increasingly destroyed the prosperity, production and liberty that once existed and replaced them with massive debt, an exit of production to other countries and a vanishing middle class.

    And they’d be entirely correct. The endgame for the once-great US Empire is now underway, and over the next few years, we shall bear witness as it tumbles downhill.

    So, what are Americans to do?

    Is There Hope for the US?

    Michael Reid
    Veracious Poet

    Veracious Poet

    Reconstruction Plan for Ukraine.
    Send more bombs.

    Michael Reid




    @Willem “many in the US who have only 200-300 years…” You understand that none of our histories are that short as Americans. My father’s family is Roman Catholic so we obviously trace our traditions to the Classical era. My mother’s family is Lutheran so there was a deliberate break with tradition, but please don’t condescend to Americans as ahistorical. The country was founded on classical principles. Cultural traditions among especially rural people in the US reflect in some cases 1000s of years of hard-won knowledge and experience. You don’t need to live next to a medieval castle or ancient temple to have history.

    Figmund Sreud

    @ zerosum – Reconstruction Plan for Ukraine.

    As the reconstruction plan for Ukraine is being contemplated – at “high-level” conference in Lugano, Switzerland today, Alistair Crooke chimes in – in part – with following:

    Yet, the realpolitik of Ukraine is reshaping the global geo-politics. At one level, it has prompted ‘others’ to rebel against the pretensions of the West calling itself The Civilised World, as if to say, ‘there is no civilisation outside our civilisation’. This conceit explains why the West condemns all other civilisations, both in the present and in the past, as backward and as potential threats to global stability and security. This is why it uses euphemisms to define itself as ‘the international community’.

    Why? It is because western Zeitgeist refuses to be content with the unchanging law of social tradition which rules oriental cultures, “but manifests as a spirit that strives to incorporate itself in humanity and to change the world” — Christopher Dawson so wrote, nearly a century ago in Religion and the rise of Western Culture. This means that, unlike Chinese, Indian, Buddhist, Amazonian, Orthodox Christian, Muslim or any other civilisation, Western civilisation is unique, as it has continually sought to spread itself aggressively in a missionary way, imposing itself on, and taking over the rest of the world. In other words, it alone claims to be global.

    The Deeper Meaning of Ukraine


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