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Twitter Stops Enforcing COVID-19 Misinformation Policy (ZH)
‘Negative Efficacy’ Should Have Stopped COVID Vaccine Recommendations (ET)
12 Ways To Hold Big Pharma Accountable For Covid Evils (Fed.)
A Look from Inside – The Fauci Deposition
Elon Musk’s Twitter Is A Monster Of The Left’s Own Making (QTR)
Musk Says Exposé of Twitter’s ‘Free Speech Suppression’ Coming ‘Soon’ (ET)
Kremlin Outlines Conditions For Ukraine Talks (RT)
NATO Says ‘Door is Open’ for Ukraine Membership….But (Celente)
EU Fails To Agree On Russian Oil Price Cap As Full Ban Looms (ZH)
Rand Paul Calls Out Complete Lack Of Oversight On Ukraine Aid (SN)
The Four Fuckeries (Jim Kunstler)
Will The US Try To Pull Off A “Grenada” In Serbia? (Saker)
US Paralyzed By Islamic Republic Of Iran’s Strategic Swing (Escobar)
Apple Turns Off China Protest Communication Tool (SN)
SBF Doesn’t Know What Happened To His Twitter Stake (Axios)

 

 

 

 

Actual scientists are speaking out. Watch. “Most of them fall asleep crying.”

 

 

 

 

Finland PM Marin Sanna visits New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

A good step, but only step no. 1. You will have to address the lives lost due to censorship of for instance doctors, on top of the whole Pfizer/Fauci/White House/EU terror. Twitter is complicit in this.

Twitter Stops Enforcing COVID-19 Misinformation Policy (ZH)

Twitter will no longer enforce its Covid-19 misinformation policy, under which users who deviated from prevailing establishment narratives frequently had their accounts locked or suspended. The longstanding policy did not apply to misinformation from government officials, who regularly lied about things such as transmission, masks, vaccine efficacy, side effects, or any of the other ‘science’ which turned out to be patently false. Twitter did not officially announce the change, rather, the company added a note to a page on its website outlining its Covid-19 policy. “Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy,” reads the note, which follows a line that still reads: “As the global community faces the COVID-19 pandemic together, Twitter is helping people find reliable information, connect with others, and follow what’s happening in real time.”

What’s more, Sky News reports that the company’s Covid-19 ‘misleading information’ policy was nuked, which showed that the company operated on a strike system in which those who had a label added to their tweets were given one strike, while those with deleted tweets were given two strikes. Users with two to three strikes would have a 12-hour lockout, while those with four strikes were permanently suspended. “The platform suspended more than 11,000 accounts and removed nearly 98,000 pieces of content for violating its COVID misinformation policy between January 2022 and September 2022, according to information published by Twitter. The site also reduced the visibility of tweets or accounts believed to be in violation of the policy by stopping tweets or retweets from those accounts appearing in certain parts of Twitter, displaying their replies in lower positions in conversations and excluding their tweets or account from recommendations on the site.” -Sky News

Of note, half of Twitter’s content moderation, human rights and communications teams were laid off when new owner Elon Musk took over. Hundreds more left after Musk issued an ultimatum to staff requiring them to sign up for “long hours at high intensity” or leave.


Twitter reports that since January of 2020, 11.72M accounts were “challenged,” 11,230 accounts were suspended, and 97,674 pieces of content were “removed.”

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Talk about sliding scales. Not even when we knew the mRNA was endangering and killing people, did we stop.

‘Negative Efficacy’ Should Have Stopped COVID Vaccine Recommendations (ET)

It is a well known fact that COVID vaccine effectiveness wanes quickly as time goes on; this is confirmed by countless studies. Although the official narrative for COVID-19 vaccines nowadays only emphasizes its efficacy on protection against ICU admission and death rates, it actually implies the indisputable fact that vaccines don’t protect, contrary to their design, against infection or even symptomatic infection, especially after the emergence of various Omicron variants. Even the protection two shots offers against hospitalization drops to about 40 percent after less than a year. It’s actually looking worse for protection against severe symptoms, as efficacy rates seem to drop into the negatives about five months into full vaccination.


When a vaccine’s efficacy drops into the negatives, it means that vaccination actually elevates the risks of hospitalization and severe diseases rather than reducing the risks. In simple terms, it does more harm than good when the efficacy is negative. During the time prior to the pandemic, any vaccine with an efficacy less than 50 percent would be regarded as a poor product. When a product shows negative efficacy, it should be banned. It seems that the pandemic isn’t only bad for our health, but also is tugging at our common sense.

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No room for all twelve here.

12 Ways To Hold Big Pharma Accountable For Covid Evils (Fed.)

What is the common denominator between the pharmaceutical companies, the public health bureaucracy, medical associations, the corporate media, and Big Tech companies when it comes to censorship and medical misinformation? Money, of course. According to Statista, the pharmaceutical and medical industry spent $5.6 billion on U.S. television advertising in 2021, second only behind the life and entertainment industry at $10.1 billion. For reference, total U.S. TV ad spending is expected to exceed $68 billion in 2022. According to eMarketer, pharmaceutical and health care companies combined spent an estimated $9.5 billion on digital media in 2020, with 56 percent going toward search advertising, dominated by Google and Facebook, which have aggressively censored medical information that deviated from the official public health narrative.

This accounted for about 7.1 percent of all U.S. digital ad spending. The pharma industry pays, in the form of user fees, for 75 percent of the FDA’s drug review budget, according to Forbes, and 45 percent of its overall budget. One investigation showed that 40 of 107 physician advisers on the FDA committees examined “received more than $10,000 in post hoc earnings or research support from the makers of drugs that the panels voted to approve, or from competing firms.” According to an analysis by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has numerous conflicts of interest, including openly accepting private gifts through the CDC Foundation, accepting supposedly “prohibited” donations, and “automatic” conflict of interest waivers for advisory committee members.

In 2010, the CDC inspector general noted a “systemic lack of oversight” of its ethics program. The CDC uses taxpayer money to develop patents and then receives money from pharma companies in the form of licenses and royalties. The NIAID, headed by Fauci, also accepts donations, such as a $100 million pledge by Bill Gates for work on gene therapies. Individual public health officials and scientists, including Fauci and former NIH Director Francis Collins, receive royalties on patents used by the industry, teaching hospitals accept industry donations, and doctors accept “consulting fees,” and other travel and meals payments from pharma companies when they promote their products.

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Strange story: a 7-hour Fauci deposition, and absolute crickets from the media.

Jim Hoft and attorney John Burns were present at the deposition. Excellent read.

A Look from Inside – The Fauci Deposition

Here are some observations and highlights from the Fauci deposition: ** Fauci is a skillful liar. As we have seen now for months in his public comments, he lies when he feels he can get away with it or when he feels there will be no meaningful consequences. ** Fauci frequently lied unless and until he was confronted with alternate facts. For example, he claimed he really wasn’t familiar with Ralph Baric (creator of the COVID virus) or Peter Daszak (who brokered Fauci’s NIAID grant money to the Chinese biolab in Wuhan), until he was confronted with evidence that his own chief of staff emailed him describing Daszak and Baric as being part of Fauci’s team! ** Fauci claimed that he had no knowledge that his communications team did not coordinate with social media companies to stop “misinformation and disinformation” until he was forced to admit that he actually did know of certain instances of coordination.

** Fauci continued to push the now-debunked assertion that COVID-19 was a naturally occurring virus. ** Fauci said disinformation and misinformation (information he disagrees with) puts lives at risk. ** Fauci refused to define “gain of function” research saying it was too broad of a term to define. ** FUN FACT: until VERY recently, Fauci’s daughter worked for Twitter. ** FUN FACT: Fauci is a hypochondriac. In a bizarre and stunning segment during the deposition, Fauci blew off some of his frustration on the poor court reporter. The court reporter transcribing the deposition sneezed, and Fauci stopped the deposition and scolded the court reporter: “WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU??? Do you have some sort of respiratory illness, because in the era of COVID, I’m concerned about being near you.” Court Reporter: “I’m not sick, I just have allergies. I can wear a mask though.” Fauci: “Ok. Thank you, because the last thing I want is to get COVID. [notably, (1) Fauci himself did not wear a mask at any point during the deposition, and (2) he appeared to be several feet away from the court reporter].

** FUN FACT: in another Fauci hypochondria spasm, Fauci conspicuously mean-mugged Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry after Landry sneezed into his suit coat jacket. ** Gamesmanship. Whenever introduced to a difficult topic, he dishonestly refused to define key terms so he could avoid being pinned down and held accountable. For example, when discussing the topic of “gain of function” research, he refused to acknowledge what the term meant, objecting that it was a term so broad it could not be defined. ** Fauci repeatedly claimed that he “couldn’t recall” or “couldn’t remember,” and attempted to bolster these incredible statements by appealing to the volume of emails he would receive or issues or studies that would come across his desk. This is simply not credible for nearly all of such statements, because the incidents in question were either recent or within the past three years, and they were all highly politically charged.

[..] ** Other Fauci deceit tactics: throwing subordinates under the bus. Fauci is a famous survivor among bureaucrats. One way he has survived this long is by only taking credit for wins and pawning off losses on hapless subordinates. This trend continued in his deposition, in which he brazenly argued that, while he is the head of the NIAID and its $6 billion dollar budget, he repeatedly didn’t have any knowledge about what his immediate direct reports were doing right under his nose. Fauci supports accountability, so long as he has a subordinate to sacrifice.

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“The social media platform had been the topic of political discussions about censorship, but no one had really done anything about it.”

Elon Musk’s Twitter Is A Monster Of The Left’s Own Making (QTR)

I don’t believe Musk about everything, as my long-time followers know, but I do believe him when he says the platform has become more popular since he took it over. Not only is it more entertaining than its ever been, it’s simply a nice feeling not to have to run my Tweets over in my head before publishing them, thinking: “What would some hyper left-wing hipster in a beret in an office in San Francisco working a 4 hour work week as a content moderator think of what I’m about to post?” But this article isn’t just for those who are enjoying Twitter’s re-birth. More importantly, it’s for those who are having emotional meltdowns over it. What these users, former users, advertisers and general fragile individuals need to understand is that Elon Musk buying Twitter never even happens without an environment that creates the impetus for it to take place.

Putting Musk’s actual motives aside (I have often wondered if he actually wanted to buy Twitter when it came down to brass tacks), he projected publicly that his interest in taking a stake in the company was because they were actively suppressing free speech. Soon, a public discussion about Twitter’s censorship – which had kicked off years prior when Tim Pool publicly skewered head Twitter censor Vijaya Gadde on Joe Rogan’s podcast – was on the table. The social media platform had been the topic of political discussions about censorship, but no one had really done anything about it. Nobody made drastic moves to affect change. And love him or hate him, that’s exactly what Elon Musk did. The impetus for Musk to throw his hat in the ring on the discussion wasn’t just run-of-the-mill moderation issues, either. It was, instead, an incessant and burning need to eliminate content that Twitter didn’t view as favorable to its political leanings.

No matter what side of the aisle you’re on politically, it’s tough to push back against the idea that conservatives were targeted for suspension disproportionately on the platform. Furthermore, legitimate news stories that otherwise would have been worthy of Pulitzer Prizes – like the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story – were actively blackballed from the platform and users who discussed them risked being suspended or banned. These are nearly the very same actions that Beijing takes on Chinese social media when a story or narrative gets out that isn’t stamped with the government’s approval. Now, it looks as though we’re going to find out exactly what was going on behind the scenes at Twitter when the decision to actively censor a major story that could have had an impact on the 2020 election was made. And I don’t care who is running the platform, that type of transparency is sorely needed.

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This goes back to the lives lost to mRNA. Let’s see you do it.

Musk Says Exposé of Twitter’s ‘Free Speech Suppression’ Coming ‘Soon’ (ET)

Elon Musk said Monday that Twitter’s internal files on the company’s “free speech suppression” will be revealed “soon,” raising expectations that light will be shed on the circumstances around Twitter’s censorship of the New York Post’s explosive story that exposed information on a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden. “The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened …” Musk said in a post late Monday. Critics have long held that Twitter has used vague standards to censor or suspend accounts and that the ones targeted are predominantly those expressing conservative views. Twitter has denied any bias in its actions, repeatedly insisting it is simply following its content moderation policies.

Weeks before the 2020 presidential election, the New York Post published an article that allegedly detailed meetings President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, had with a Ukrainian energy firm before then-Vice President Biden pressured Ukrainian government officials to fire a prosecutor probing the company. The story was seen by Biden’s political opponents as evidence of corruption and the news quickly spread across Twitter, prompting the social media firm to start removing links to the article and, for a period of time, suspending the New York Post’s Twitter account. Conservatives saw Twitter’s actions in this regard as evidence of the company’s pro-Biden, anti-Trump bias. Twitter said at the time that it was simply enforcing its rules on hacked materials, which prohibit distribution of information that is obtained through hacking.

Musk in April spoke out in opposition to Twitter’s decision to temporarily suspend New York Post’s Twitter account. “Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate,” Musk said in April, responding to a post about the Hunter Biden laptop story. Musk, who took over Twitter in late October, has vowed to make the platform into a politically unbiased bastion of free speech. He said in an open letter following his acquisition of Twitter that he bought it because “it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence.” “There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society,” Musk added.

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“Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky emphasized that “there will be no Minsk-3 [agreement], which Russia would violate right after sealing it.”

Of course Zelensky knows full well Russia didn’t violate Minsk 1 and 2. Ukraine did. And US.

Kremlin Outlines Conditions For Ukraine Talks (RT)

Peace negotiations could start between Russia and Ukraine if Moscow sees genuine “political will” on the part of Kiev to engage in dialogue, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said. Earlier this month, he noted that the Ukrainian leadership seemed reluctant to sit down for talks at present. When asked by Russian journalists on Tuesday whether there are any preconditions for any potential dialogue to begin between Moscow and Kiev, Peskov said: “It has to be political will, readiness to discuss those Russian demands which have been known for long.” Speaking via video-link during the G20 summit in Indonesia’s Bali in mid-November, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky emphasized that “there will be no Minsk-3 [agreement], which Russia would violate right after sealing it.”

The Ukrainian head of state was referring to the Minsk-1 and Minsk-2 agreements brokered by Germany and France back in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The accords, among other things, envisaged special status for Donetsk and Lugansk regions within the Ukrainian state. Russian President Vladimir Putin cited Kiev’s failure to implement the agreements as one of the reasons for the start of Moscow’s military campaign against its neighbor in late February 2022. Commenting on Zelensky’s remarks at the G20 summit, Peskov argued at the time that they “absolutely confirm” Kiev’s unwillingness to engage in talks. Addressing leaders in Bali, the Ukrainian head of state proposed ten steps that, in his view, would lead to peace. Among the key points of his plan is the complete withdrawal of Russian forces from all Ukrainian territories and respect for the country’s borders drawn up in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, Moscow claims some of those regions, most notably Crimea, as its own, following referendums it had held there. It came shortly after The Washington Post reported in early November that the Biden administration had privately asked Zelensky to signal willingness to hold talks with Russia, if only just for show. Washington was reportedly concerned that Kiev’s irreconcilable position could see support from some of its Western allies dwindle amid what anonymous White House officials described as a growing “Ukraine fatigue.” The article claimed that Washington was not serious about getting Kiev to negotiate, and only sought to ensure that weapons and other aid kept flowing from as many nations as possible.

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Escalation tactics. Anytime it’s clear Russia is winning, they bring in heavier weaponry. Forcing Russia to follow suit. Same with dangling NATO membership in front of Zelensky. The war must go on.

NATO Says ‘Door is Open’ for Ukraine Membership….But (Celente)

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, dangled the possibility that Ukraine may someday, in the future, join the Alliance and benefit from the protection of Article 5 that, when distilled, says: an attack on one, is an attack on all. He made the comment during a two-day summit in Bucharest where Ukraine’s electric grid and Russia’s relentless air campaign took center stage. The Russian strikes have left millions in the dark as temperatures hit 19 degrees in Kyiv. “NATO’s door is open,” he said, according to The New York Times. But he noted that the calvary is not coming during this conflict. “NATO will continue to stand for Ukraine as long as it takes. We will not back down.” In September, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, announced that Kyiv filed a new, expedited application to join NATO in light of Russian President Vladimir Putin annexing four occupied regions in the country.

Zelensky, correctly said in a statement that Finland and Sweden benefited from an accelerated accession into the Alliance. (But neither of those countries are members.) “De facto, we have already proven interoperability with the Alliance’s standards, they are real for Ukraine — real on the battlefield and in all aspects of our interaction,” Zelensky said. “Today, Ukraine is applying to make it de jure. Under a procedure consistent with our significance for the protection of our entire community. Under an accelerated procedure,” the statement continued. Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, killed the idea and said, the issue should be taken up “at a different time.”

NATO’s refusal to accept Ukraine into the fold is understandable because it would assure the beginning of WWIII. But it has still been a sensitive subject in Kyiv. Last summer, Ihor Zhovkva, the deputy chief of staff for Zelensky, said in an interview that Kyiv was told by NATO that it is “not a member because we do not want you.” “NATO is telling us we are not giving you anything,” he said in an interview with a local news outlet in Kyiv, according to Bloomberg. Some could argue that Ukraine was the victim misleading public statements from the U.S. and NATO prior to the invasion. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Stoltenberg said Moscow would be met with a“forceful” response if there was an invasion. Blinken went further and said the U.S. has a “sacred obligation” to defend its allies.

Under Article 10 of the 1949 Washington Treaty, NATO has the right to invite any willing European country into the fold. But Stoltenberg made it clear, before the invasion, that there is a distinction between a NATO partner and ally. Kyiv is a partner. NATO is compelled to only defend allies. NATO countries never embraced Ukraine as an ally because it meant certain war with Russia.

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“(see, it was all theater, everything – from day one – and politicians knew it as soon as they did the math)”

EU Fails To Agree On Russian Oil Price Cap As Full Ban Looms (ZH)

In its relentless pursuit of virtue-signaling hills that it is willing to die on within minutes, several months ago the EU had a brilliant idea: let’s implement a toothless oil price cap on Russian oil exports, one which actually has zero impact on deeply discounted Russian oil and thus doesn’t lead to any more European energy shocks, but because of the optics and the much “lower” permitted transaction price, it will make for great headlines and show the world just how powerful the EU is. Well, the plan almost worked… until Poland and the Baltics forgot to read the fine print, thought that Europe actually does mean business, and blew up the deal. Recall on Friday, negotiations on the Russian oil price cap were suspended – despite a willingness by most European nations to just cross the checkmark and move on – as Poland and the Baltic states objected to a proposed ceiling of $65.

There was some hope that this opposition was just for show, and that come Monday the Poles would relent after some “closed door” negotiations, Europe would slap a $65 price cap, Russia would continue to sell its oil to China and India, and – quietly – to Europe, and gradually renormalize a fractured oil market where India and China pay a 25% discount for oil while the rest of the world has to pay a premium as an offset. However, it was not meant to be, and on Monday European Union governments again failed to agree on a price cap on Russian seaborne crude oil, as Poland again insisted that the cap had to be set lower than proposed by the G7 to cut Moscow’s ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine, diplomats told Reuters. “There is no deal. The legal texts have now been agreed, but Poland still can’t agree to the price,” one diplomat said.

No new date for talks has been set yet, diplomats said, even though a far worse outcome may await Europe in just one week: as a reminder, the price cap mechanism is to enter into force on Dec. 5. And if there is no agreement on the G7 price cap idea by next Monday, the EU would implement harsher measures agreed at the end of May – a ban on all Russian crude oil imports from Dec. 5 and on petroleum products from Feb. 5, Polish diplomats said. That would be a truly catastrophic scenario, and one which could promptly send the price of oil into the stratosphere as JPMorgan explained not too long ago. To be sure, it’s not too late for Poland to fall in line: Hungary and two other landlocked central European states secured exemptions from that ban for the pipeline imports they rely on.

Meanwhile, even the G-7 group of nations has proposed a softer version of the EU ban to keep oil supply to the global economy steady, because Russia supplies 10% of the world’s oil (see, it was all theater, everything – from day one – and politicians knew it as soon as they did the math). It proposed that the EU and other global customers keep buying Russian crude, but only if its price is at or below a G7 agreed level. That would cut the Kremlin’s revenues. The G7 has proposed a cap of $65-70 per barrel, but Poland and some others argue this will not hurt Moscow because Russian crude is already trading below that range at $63.50, and after today’s oil price rollercoaster, the “Russian” price briefly dipped below $60. With Russian production costs estimated at around $20, Moscow has a very large profit from its oil exports. Poland, Lithuania and Estonia have been pushing for a price cap of $30 per barrel.

And yet, despite consensus that Polish opposition would be overturned, the country’s resolve has only hardened: “The Poles are completely uncompromising on the price, without suggesting an acceptable alternative,” the EU diplomat said. “Clearly there is growing annoyance with the Polish position.” Which is hilarious because only Poland is adhering to the principle of what the price cap was supposed to achieve – namely choke off Russian oil profits; and yet for all the pompous rhetoric by G-7 nations, everyone is happy to keep the spectacle going knowing full well that this is just one giant virtue-signaling scheme. Everyone, except Poland that is… and as a result the “annoyance” is not with Putin but with the “Polish position” which is keeping fat European technocrats away from their well-deserved 3-star meals for a fake job well done.

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“..the Biden administration inspected only 10% of 22,000 weapons the U.S. has provided to Ukraine..”

Rand Paul Calls Out Complete Lack Of Oversight On Ukraine Aid (SN)

Senator Rand Paul reacted Monday to news that the Biden administration is struggling to account for some $20 billion in aid that was sent to Ukraine, noting that both political parties ignored his call for an inspector general to overlook it. A report from Fox News, linked in a tweet by Paul, notes that according to the Washington Post, the Biden administration inspected only 10% of 22,000 weapons the U.S. has provided to Ukraine between February and November. It also outlines how Republicans could push for audits to determine where all the military aid is going and how much of it is ending up in the wrong hand.


“Didn’t someone try to legislatively mandate a special inspector general to scrutinize Ukrainian spending?” Paul urged, adding “Oh, that’s right, it was my amendment and most Democrats AND Republicans opposed any semblance of oversight.” Just a fortnight ago, following the throughly debunked “Russian missile attack” on a Polish border town, which turned out to be a Ukrainian missile that had stayed off course, Biden asked Congress to provide another $37.7 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine. The United States has already pledged more than 52 billion euros in military, financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine since the war began in February 2022 and October 3, way more than any other nation or nations combined.

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“..and also stranded the media in an endless loop of ass-covering they are still locked into..”

The Four Fuckeries (Jim Kunstler)

“We want to save the planet, and the life upon it, but we’re not willing to pay the price and bear the consequences. So we make up a narrative that feels good and run with it.” — Raul Ilargi Meijer.” I doubt there is another era in the history of Western Civ when the forces in-motion acting on society were so mystifying to those acted upon. And isn’t it especially galling that this is so in an age after rational scientific practice had decoded so many of nature’s secrets? Did that project somehow fail in the end? Has the Enlightenment been defeated? How have we become trapped like frogs being boiled haplessly in our own pond-water? I have reduced these forces to four obvious streams of the sheerest seemingly evil fuckery, which is to say nefariously managed events meant to harm us. They are surely all related in some way. Let’s try to de-mystify them to understand what we’re up against.

First: Covid-19. How is it that we don’t know for sure how this organism came into the world, or understand what ensued after it did? Answer: the people who caused it to happen in the Wuhan lab have been busy covering their asses for three years, and successfully so. Yet we know exactly what Anthony Fauci, Francis Collins, Peter Daszak, Ralph Baric and others did. The paper trail in correspondence and patents alone is clear. We just can’t seem to do anything about it. We don’t know why they did it yet, too, but there are plausible guesses. Maybe Dr. Fauci wanted to cap his long, checkered career with a final heroic triumph: the introduction of world-saving mRNA vaccines — incidentally, a great financial boon to himself and the pharma industry he secretly served. Like everything else Fauci worked on for forty years, this experiment ended in disaster: a Frankenstein disease that persists in the population and vaccines that maim and kill people. How did Fauci and company get away with it? Here’s how:

Two: Government’s war on its own citizens. I’d date this for the sake of simplicity to the DOJ’s and FBI’s campaign to defenestrate Donald Trump starting in 2016 for the crime of winning an election. What began as the Russia collusion prank morphed into RussiaGate, another ass-covering extravaganza in which public officialdom gave itself blanket permission to lie about everything it was doing. The likes of James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Barack Obama’s girl squad in the White House — to name just a few of many participants — also managed to hook in the mainstream news media under the supposition that they were the good guys fighting a disgusting, pussy-grabbing supervillain, which disposed the news media to go along with all the FBI and DOJ lies, and also stranded the media in an endless loop of ass-covering they are still locked into.

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“..it was simply impossible to fail no matter how inept and incompetent the entire invasion was..”

Will The US Try To Pull Off A “Grenada” In Serbia? (Saker)

Remember the 1983 US invasion of Grenada aka “Operation Urgent Fury”? It all began on October 23, 1983 when two truck bombs blew up the buildings housing the US and French “Multinational Force in Lebanon”. This attack resulted in 307 people killed including 241 U.S. and 58 French military personnel. Following the bombings, US diplomats engaged in their usual frantic flag-waving and promises to never ever give in to terrorism. The biggest problem for the US was that it had no way to retaliate in a way which would satisfy the flag-waver’s desire for blood. Just blowing up random buildings in Lebanon made very little impact, as for the promises to stay for as long as needed, it was obvious PR – it was clear to everybody that the time to pack and leave had come.

Of course, this was very humiliating for the wannabe “indispensable nation” cum “city upon a Hill”,,, So Reagan, with his undeniable genius for PR and optics, ordered the invasion of Grenada just two days after the bombings in Beirut. Why Grenada? Well, for one thing it was barely defended (mostly by Cuban engineers and locals with small arms) and truly tiny (so tiny, in fact, that the overwhelming majority of US Americans had no idea where it was or why there was suddenly an urgent need to invade. Second, it was very close to the USA, so everybody could get a slice of the cake, including the 1st and 2nd battalions of the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, the 82nd Airborne and the Army’s rapid deployment force, U.S. Marines, Army Delta Force, Navy SEALs, and ancillary forces totaling 7,600 troops.

In terms of hardware, the US brought in 7,300 troops, 4 tanks, 1 LHA (USS Saipan LHA-2), 1 aircraft carrier, 3 destroyers, 2 frigates, 1 ammunition ship and even 27 F-14A Tomcats. All that against a few hundred construction workers armed only with small arms! I won’t go into all the details here, but let’s just say that this invasion was one of the worst and most poorly executed operation in the history of warfare: a truly HUGE US force was brought in to strike at a basically defenseless tiny island nation with the sole purpose of changing the optics of the disaster in Lebanon.

But, no to worry, the Pentagon handed our more medals than the number of participants, while some US special forces who wanted to press charges against helicopter pilots for cowardice (who abandoned the SOF on a runway because of small arms fire) were “counseled” against the idea. Bottom line is this: after the epic disaster in Beirut, the US wanted a quick and easy war to restore the “prestige” of the US armed forces, only to end up with yet another epic disaster, but at least in the case of Grenada, it was simply impossible to fail no matter how inept and incompetent the entire invasion was.

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Iran=BRI, SCO, INSTC, BRICS+.

US Paralyzed By Islamic Republic Of Iran’s Strategic Swing (Escobar)

Iran’s parliament has just approved the accession of the Islamic Republic to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), previously enshrined at the Samarkand summit last September, marking the culmination of a process that lasted no less than 15 years. Iran has already applied to become a member of the expanding BRICS+, which before 2025 will be inevitably configured as the alternative Global South G20 that really matters. Iran is already part of the Quad that really matters – alongside BRICS members Russia, China and India. Iran is deepening its strategic partnership with both China and Russia and increasing bilateral cooperation with India.

Iran is a key Chinese partner in the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It is set to clinch a free trade agreement with the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) and is a key node of the International North-South Transportation Corridor (INSTC), alongside Russia and India. All of the above configures the lightning-fast emergence of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a West Asia and Eurasia big power, with vast reach across the Global South. That has left the whole set of imperial “policies” towards Tehran lying in the dust. So it’s no wonder that previously accumulated strands of Iranophobia – fed by the Empire over four decades — have recently metastasized into yet another color revolution offensive, fully supported and disseminated by Anglo-American media.

The playbook is always the same. Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei actually came up with a concise definition. The problem is not bands of oblivious rioters and/or mercenaries: “the main confrontation”, he said, is with “global hegemony.” Ayatollah Khamenei was somewhat echoed by American intellectual and author Noam Chomsky, who has remarked how an array of US sanctions over four decades have severely harmed the Iranian economy and “caused enormous suffering.”

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Apple is not looking good lately.

Apple Turns Off China Protest Communication Tool (SN)

As it mulls kicking Elon Musk’s Twitter off the app store, it has now been revealed that Apple restricted the use of AirDrop in China, a move that harmed the organizational efforts of demonstrators protesting against the CCP’s lockdowns. Over the past week, multiple major cities across China have seen massive protests against lockdowns, with the normally compliant Chinese exploding into rage in response to their government’s ‘zero COVID’ policy. Much of the unrest blew up in response to an incident in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi, where at least 10 people, some say up to 40, were killed during an apartment fire because lockdown rules stopped residents from fleeing the burning building.

Most of the city’s residents have been prevented from leaving their homes for over 100 days as a result of the draconian rules, which are still in place nearly three years after the pandemic began. With Beijing now trying to contain what some are calling the most serious mass uprising since Tiananmen Square, Apple is apparently helping them to crush dissent. Earlier this month, Apple restricted the use of AirDrop in China, which protesters had been using to evade censorship. AirDrop allows local connections between devices, meaning it cannot be monitored or censored by local authorities. However, Apple launched an update to the app in China that restricted usage to just 10 minutes, making it harder for protesters to communicate with other activists, as well as send messages nearby bystanders and tourists.

AirDrop was also being used by protesters in Hong Kong, who were brutally suppressed by the CCP during months of unrest in 2019. The smartphone company chose to roll out the new “feature” in China only right as the country experienced its biggest demonstrations in decades, which some would suggest is more than just a coincidence. “Apple has helped Beijing to suppress public dissent multiple times, mostly by complying with its requests to remove apps used by protestors for information and communication,” reports Reclaim the Net. “Apple also helps the Chinese Communist Party prevent users from remaining private by banning VPNs in the region.”

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“..Bankman-Fried, as of Nov. 10, either believed that Alameda owned a stake in Musk’s Twitter, or that he was uncertain, and therefore misleading potential investors.”

SBF Doesn’t Know What Happened To His Twitter Stake (Axios)

Sam Bankman-Fried tells Axios that he always intended to roll over at least a portion of his former firm’s $100 million Twitter stake into the new, privately held entity led by Elon Musk. But the former FTX CEO said in an interview on Monday night that he’s not sure that ever happened with the Alameda Research controlled stake. It’s the first time Bankman-Fried has addressed the question around his Twitter stake since Musk said last week that neither SBF nor FTX ever held a position in the privatized Twitter, a statement that contradicted a Semafor news report. Alameda Research, the entity that Bankman-Fried said owned the Twitter stake, is the trading firm that he controlled and is the entity at the center of FTX’s implosion.

A text message seen by Axios that Bankman-Fried sent to Musk said the Twitter stake Alameda owned was worth around $100 million. “I believe that that it was intended for Alameda to rollover at least $20 million or more,” Bankman-Fried told Axios. “I don’t know for sure whether that ultimately happened.” Bankman-Fried noted that at least some of the Twitter stake may have been sold prior to Twitter going private, but he could not confirm. Bankman-Fried, through his advisers, had offered to help Musk buy out Twitter in the spring with potentially billions of dollars. But he later backed out of his offer after the two spoke by phone, Axios previously reported.

Bankman-Fried said at the time that he was interested in rolling the stake into the privatized company, with Musk acknowledging that Bankman-Fried was “welcome to roll.” The Twitter stake was listed on a Nov. 10 balance sheet shown to prospective FTX investors before the company went bankrupt, according to the Financial Times. The balance sheet, upon which Semafor also relied for its reporting, listed $43.3 million of Twitter stock as an illiquid deliverable — or sellable — asset. That suggests that Bankman-Fried, as of Nov. 10, either believed that Alameda owned a stake in Musk’s Twitter, or that he was uncertain, and therefore misleading potential investors.

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    Pablo Picasso Coffee maker 1943   • Twitter Stops Enforcing COVID-19 Misinformation Policy (ZH) • ‘Negative Efficacy’ Should Have Stopped COVID V
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle November 30 2022]

    #122300
    teri
    Participant

    “Despite appearances, they don’t have brains.” – said a dolphin talking to an octopus about the humans they saw on the shoreline.

    #122301
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    @ teri
    “Despite appearances, they don’t have brains.” – said a dolphin talking to an octopus about the humans they saw on the shoreline.

    Kudos to you…brilliant…

    #122302
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Oh they have brains all right, just no brain cells to fill their brains with so they use custard that has gone off and turned rock hard. Try getting something creative or original out of that or a new idea or thought in.

    #122308
    Red
    Participant

    “Fauci is a skillful liar.”
    He is also a stranger to most. How many politicians do you know personally? Do you know anyone here personally? The cardinal rule for children, never trust a stranger! Of the people I do know personally there are a sizeable number I would not trust completely. Why do we trust politicians and bureaucrats who are complete strangers to the majority? I might add they also prove to be liars and cheats almost universally and yet still they are trusted! How many here have been cheated on by a significant other? How many were the cheater? These were people you knew and trusted. I’ve been cheated on numerous occasions and also have been the cheater. It’s hard to find fully trustworthy people and even harder to be one. Moral of the story, moral!?, NEVER TRUST A STRANGER.

    #122309
    Dr. D
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    Apparently Britain declaring war on everyone.

    “UK PM Sunak Says “Golden Era” With China Is Over, Rejects “Cold War Rhetoric”

    …With Napoleon’s Army.

    “The British Army will soon have just 72,500 soldiers, the lowest figure since the Napoleonic Wars…”

    Already declared war on Russia, Germany, most of Europe, and with the Steele dossier, the United States. I don’t know who they think they are, but that’s chuff.

    “US Mulls 100-Mile Range Rockets for Ukraine with Boeing’s Help”

    In other news, Ukraine says they’re going to conquer Crimea in the next two months. Joke’s on them: we probably only own 20 of those rockets.

    “Twitter Stops Enforcing COVID-19 Misinformation Policy (ZH)”

    Although winning, still losing. Saying this sounds like “We promote wrong information” instead of the #Opposite, aka “Science”, where there is discussion and debate. The one side just doesn’t care and has no sense about presentation, feeling things speak for themselves. Clearly not, as maybe a few hundred million people already killed themselves in adherence to a slogan. “Safe and effective” Slogan, as all “Data” said the #Opposite.

    “Not even when we knew the mRNA was endangering and killing people, did we stop.”

    Nor stop now. They still know, still promoting it everywhere, for infants, on some inertial baseline that it’s all CDC/FDA recommended right now. According to Fauci, he never recommended it, or lockdowns, and neither did anyone else. But he always says both a thing AND its #Opposite, that way he’s sure to be right!

    “What is the common denominator”

    It’s not money. A bunch of these people are going to be sued, bankrupted, lose all their money. FTX LOST money on it, as donations. The largest slice, health care people on the ground, were ground up, abused, get no money or essentially lost money. It’s something deeper than that. It’s a religion. A world view. And they have subjected all of us, from atheists to orthodox Jews, to their stampeding #Theocracy.

    Who knew the only religion worse than the ones we already had would be one refusing to admit it IS a religion? But this supposed #Science is far more intolerant, oppressive, anti-data, anti-freedom than anything we’ve seen since the Middle Ages.

    “Putting Musk’s actual motives aside (I have often wondered if he actually wanted to buy Twitter”

    Again, he owns a communication system, the servers, and in fact all the satellites to be a crypto-banking system. On Doge? Probably. Whatever reality is the strangest, funniest, and most ironic is the one that happens.

    And speaking of Tim Pool, there’s quite a sizeable explosion over Kanye walking out of his show right now. I can’t get a pin on Kanye, and he’s a genius – grifter – but the elements seem to be POWER. He’s specifically setting up and getting close to Trump. Why? Couldn’t tell, but how about “I want to see what it takes to be the guy in POWER.” He says for the second time he wants to be President. Jamie Dimon tossed him out of his office as a nobody – which he is – and the next day he starts in on “The Joooooos”. He buys Parler then a second later gets to smash Elon as anti-free speech over his new anti-semitic comments… conveniently double-binding and poaching Leftists for $$$ and POWER from the Blue Bird. For the Jooos? Whut? You seriously report that he cattle-rustled users to HIS coral and it’s for some Antisemitism? My GOD Aibishter, you are stupid.

    …Which we know from his whole career, he dgaf about. And neither does the left, clutching their pearls over it: look at Ilan Omar, every day, and in a position to DO something about it. Yes, Kanye hated them so much his entire staff resigned, because they were all Jewish, all along. Suuuuuuure he never noticed that until 2022. Now he can claim he’s a victim; the Man is keepin’ him down! …A Billion-dollar victim. Those are the pieces. How about this?

    Kanye, being a genius in his own world – grifting – but not up to speed on, you know, reality, believes that racism runs the world. That’s what they say about Trump, right? so he wanted to see for himself. Just puff up some pointless bulls—t about races, use that for political power. Works like a charm: read European history. So in this Jamie Dimon, Parler, system, he does what he often does and gets free media attention.That’s his WHOLE day job. Like the Taylor Swift thing. Can’t say it’s all planned, I don’t think so, but it’s not NOT planned either. Like a General, he simply knows where he’s headed and when there’s an opening in the line, jams the whole army through. So to be an adequate power broker, with the common Hollywood, and frankly, Black belief that the world runs 99% on racism, and every body, every where, all the time, is racist – he positions himself in the longstanding yet idiotic race friction between Black Americans and Jews.

    This is exactly what he’s done last few times he’s opened his mouth. Tim specifically says yes, he knew this would come up, but it was all normal until the guest said “Yes, but isn’t the whole mainstream media (and every other power) all Jews, REALLY?” Boom, before he could finish the sentence, Kanye walked out, thanked the staff, told security he got what he came for, and laughed all the way to his car. Mission Accomplished.

    Why? The Media reported it EXACTLY the way he thought they would. Played like punks that they are. Now if Kanye can breakaway a serious race strife, then like other top grifters, Jesse Jackson and Rev Sharpton and Farrakhan, he can push and pull the Black Vote on command, and is young enough to do it. What’s that worth to an already-billionaire?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_American%E2%80%93Jewish_relations#Antisemitic_expressions_by_high_profile_African_Americans

    How does that work? He already did a test demonstration of his new weapon. The reason he was happy was he got Trump into dinner with key people he can claim are antisemites, and did in fact would Trump in a pleasant double-bind. That he has this power, he’s consolidating, and to the right bidder can point the weapon at Trump again. Or whoever. He’s a grifter. He can use these steps of power to yes, actually be the official democratic or GOP nominee some day, in order for that party to secure the Black vote he hopes to own.

    I know, or HOPE, no one cares about Cheeto, a non-President, and actually – gasp, clutch pearls – TALKING to AMERICANS who have different or even views disapproving of Jews (like Ilan Omar, the NYC feminists, the DNC, and a wide swath of others do every day). Because, as said, it’s all Bulls—t.

    TRUMP’S OWN FAMILY IS JEWISH. You morons. As I’ve had to say before. But the weapon still works because media: a greater hive of scum and villainy…and illiterate pinheads…cannot be found. Kanye just says, “Oh I’m Black, you Mr. President, you Mr. Dimon, won’t see me?” Then if they see him he goes off on a semitic rant on camera unless they ALSO give him whatever his toddler-brain wants. All woke, grievance, Critical Race Theory politics, based on hate and division, not “content of character” of MLK, moral or spiritual good of the people regardless of color.

    Lose-lose for his target. And he’s good at it. Tim Pool pointed out Kanye tested that line on him just 10 minutes before running the same scamwith the staged walkout. But it is all entirely a scam, he doesn’t believe a word of it, and he’s not crazy in the slightest. The media is just too retarded — and too arrogant – to ask questions about how they’re being his little b-tch, and for free. They actually think any of it is real, and bark right on command, as yesterday. Ugh. What. Incredible. Morons.

    Since nobody cares about Kanye and wants to follow him, not even me, he might get away with it too. So is it a waste of my/our time to even bother with him? Or as with Trump joke candidate, not? As he’s both going to sell a large voting block AND gin a race war?

    “Musk Says Exposé of Twitter’s ‘Free Speech Suppression’ Coming ‘Soon’ (ET)”

    That’s better. I keep seeing it posted as “Elon Musk Leaks”. Although salacious, you can’t leak information you already own and control. Then it’s just a Press Release.

    Remember, Elon can pay for Twitter via the legal crimes he can discover and substantiate in court, counter-suing the previous sellers for damages and fraud. Which it ABSOLUTELY was. What are they going to do? Deny discovery? He owns all the servers the data is/was on.

    “Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky emphasized that “there will be no Minsk-3 [agreement], which Russia would violate right after sealing it.”

    He’s right, but of course it would be the West that violated it. Only last month they told him not to have peace, and to pretend so they could get another 8 years to get an army together. I don’t see any “Political Will” as he says.

    “NATO Says ‘Door is Open’ for Ukraine Membership….But” (Celente)

    We talked about this with de-facto NATO membership. Therefore, Russia cannot allow it; it’s not like they don’t know. But Europe is about to collapse into the new North Korea, as adored and promoted tirelessly by Klausinator and the NY Times. A ruthless impoverished dictatorship is where they want to go. They say so 10x a day. See how the map looks different if Russia is the new young America, empty and having all possibilities, and Europe is a sclerotic, hateful, bigoted, oppressive wreck? Sure Europe may still have factories and more men than Russia, but what can they DO with them? No one agrees on a direction of march, everything any Klaus wants is fought from the grass-level, through Italy, right up to UK openly bombing them and lying about it.

    It takes time for wheels of time and empire to turn. Look how long it took the U.S. – already outvoting all of Britain by 1800, thus why London HAD to force taxes with no representation, – to FEEL and appear larger than the homeland? 100 years to 1910? So with Russia.

    Or with China who apparently I’m going to have to look at closer, as this riot is not a false alarm this time. Xi appears to have pushed a nationwide bio-genocide as much written in their (our) papers, and the people have had it. They don’t care about nothin’. They are not being locked down, welded in, lit on fire, told to report to concentration-reeducation camps that THEY are then billed for. They’ve gone too far and I think the Chinese people may burn it down, tear it apart brick by brick. It’s been suggested that they’re so gas-lit up the rear orifices of CCP officials the CCP are claiming the PLANET is in lockdown, and all the WEST is flying on airplanes using bio-suits because Covid is so bad. And they own the Internet and so can post the photos of it. Thus, you see little China, that you simply MUST lock down, obey, and if necessary, die. That’s bananas. Hard to believe, but a worse media than here? Really?

    Sure the U.S. is in there for color revolution, but this ain’t one. There’s no idiots zombie-ing in from their little blue screens for a carefully posed Iranian photo op. They ARE willing to go to jail and die. Because – and they’re not wrong – they really HAVE nothing left to lose. And this is not the Chinese way. The Chinese way is different from ours, sure, it’s authoritarian, sure, it can be brutal and careless, sure, but it’s not like this.

    So when China flips – which is a big thing Russia has to worry about – THAT is why Armstrong’s computer says China becomes the world center for finance. Which they can’t right now under the CCP, not trustworthy. They’re not going to install a pro-Western puppet government, no how. Even if anyone knew what that would look like. They’re too big, in too much motion and are going to pick a new mandate of heaven that expresses China. The people and culture. Sounds great to me, I’m excited to see it, compared to non-stop tottering geriatric dinosaurs on re-run every minute of my life so far.

    “Apple Turns Off China Protest Communication Tool (SN)”

    Apple is pro-slavery, pro-oppression, everywhere they go. Apple = CCP. How people respect or buy from them is a mystery, but just shows advertising and presentation, spin and illogical emotion all work. Get with the program, GOP. Since they believe fee-fees to the #Opposite of every fact including their own eyes, buy a Madison Avenue psychopath and feed it to them.

    “Paul urged, adding “Oh, that’s right, it was my amendment and most Democrats AND Republicans opposed any semblance of oversight. Yup.

    “So Reagan, with his undeniable genius for PR and optics, ordered the invasion of Grenada just two days after the bombings in Beirut.”

    Kind of. But Reagan’s Plan – that he totally accomplished and won – was to get Russia to over-spend, then cut off income in gold, wheat, and crash the highly-defended Ruble, collapsing the USSR. “Ending” the Cold War, NOT “Winning” it, as generals, the totally lying never-saw-nothin’-CIA, and ChickenHawks like Cheney demanded. They needed to WIN. And attack and occupy Russia, same as today. So attacking Grenada said “Hey, this guy is CRAZY! He’ll attack and escalate ANYTHING. This totally upsets the long comatose stand-off world order.” Russia then did and had to spend on their “colonies” in the Americas and did indeed get stretched too far. Some of the colonies were eating better than Moscow.

    All for a mostly-harmless Army photo-op and minor personal embarrassment. Say how unhinged and alzheimer’s he was. I mean, they had to pick SOMEWHERE. Where would you pick? Miami? Cuba? Haiti like Clinton and Biden re-invade every four years? Somebody might get hurt! No, pick Grenada, that worked just fine, with a super-ultra-minimum of casualties. Surprised Saker doesn’t know this.

    “SBF Doesn’t Know What Happened to His Twitter Stake (Axios)”

    They didn’t have ANY accounting, so that’s no surprise. Maybe he never bought it, never owned it. You don’t want to keep records when you’re running the world’s largest, SEC-approved fraud. It would lead back to Gary Gensler and the entire Congressional Banking Committee. (D + R united!)

    #122310
    Red
    Participant

    Rules for thee, not for me. Never trust a stranger.
    Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, last year at the Atlantic Council, called people who spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation “criminals,” in his calls for censorship of misinformation online.

    However, this year, Dr. Bourla is himself found responsible by the UK’s pharmaceutical regulator of making “misleading” statements about vaccination of children.

    Last December, in an interview with the BBC, Dr. Bourla said that “there is no doubt in my mind that the benefits, completely, are in favor of” vaccinating children between the ages of five and 11.

    He continued to say that “Covid in schools is thriving.”

    “This is disturbing, significantly, the educational system and there are kids that will have severe symptoms.”

    The interview was conducted before the vaccine was approved for children between the ages of five and 11 in the UK.

    After the interview was published, parent campaign group UsForThem filed a complaint with the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA). The complaint accused Dr. Bourla of making “disgracefully misleading” comments about vaccinating children and that the comments were “extremely promotional in nature,” and that he violated several clauses of the code of practice by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

    “There is simply no evidence that healthy schoolchildren in the UK are at significant risk from the SARS COV-2 virus and to imply that they are is disgracefully misleading,” the complaint said.

    Pfizer CEO, Who Said Online “Misinformation” Is Criminal, Is Found Guilty of “Misleading” Vaccine Statements

    #122311
    John Day
    Participant

    Last night DBS wrote:
    When and if there are “too many people” the real world will let us all know in no uncertain terms. In the meantime I suggest people should stick to the business of doing the best they can with what they’ve got and leave that larger question to God, or Nature, or Reason (or whatever ya wanna call it.

    “God”, the Divine Guidance, that is what I am attempting. If it works, it will be the best solution. It often works on a personal and small group level, and I think it can work wonderfully with enough “buy-in”. It takes time to learn how to accept guidance, though some people are born with the capability.
    I think there are political greater/lesser evils, and paths through politics for the necessary changes to begin, but not an answer in politics.
    AI is dependent upon the programmers, who work for the owners, ya’know?

    #122312
    John Day
    Participant

    Mentally Stuck Here post is up, with picture of the shelves all installed in the closet. IT’s getting sturdy.
    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/mentally-stuck-here

    A few excerpts from a recent Michael Hudson interview. Thanks Christine:
    ​ ​The problem is that Europe cannot withdraw from NATO without dissolving the European Union, which commits military policy to NATO and hence to an immense balance-of-payments drain to purchase high-priced U.S. arms as well as other necessities. If the question is how long Germany and Europe can put political and military loyalty to the United States over their own economic prosperity and employment, the answer by the Greens is that “shock therapy” will help make Europe greener.
    ​ ​At first glance that is right as heavy industry is shut down. But it seems that Europe’s fuel of the future is coal and cutting down its forests.​..
    ​..​The United States does indeed care about what happens outside of the United States. That is the essence of imperialism: You take care to conquer other countries economically, financially and technologically, making them dependent on yourself so that you can charge monopoly prices and siphon off their economic surplus for your own financial and corporate elites.
    ​ ​The aim of U.S. unilateral diplomacy is to establish trade, monetary and military dependency. That is how politicians “care” about what foreign countries are doing – and why the U.S. meddles so much in their political processes.​..
    ​..​U.S. sanctions and military confrontation are driving other countries to defend themselves by creating alternatives to the US dollar and also to dependency on U.S. suppliers for food, energy and critical technology so that they can avoid being “sanctioned” to force them into compliance with U.S. dictates.
    ​ ​This break did not occur before because it was not urgent. It has been the U.S. sanctions and threat that the US/NATO war against Russia will persist much longer than Ukraine. It is ultimately a drive against China, and President Biden has said that this will take twenty years or so. For Americans, the threat of losing their ability to control the economic policy of other nations is a threat to what they view as civilization itself.​..
    ​..The exponential mathematics of interest-bearing debt makes debt crises inevitable. That has been the case for thousands of years. The expansion path of debt is more rapid than that of the underlying “real” economy.
    ​ ​At some point, either debts will have to be wiped out – annulled – or countries will fall into debt peonage to the creditor powers, just as within creditor nations the economy is polarizing between the creditor One Percent and the increasingly indebted 99 Percent…
    ​..​The global system will need to move beyond reliance on the US dollar, and turn national banking and credit systems into public utilities. That is the only way that governments can write down debt – mainly, debt owed to themselves – without inciting a political and even violent fight against their moves to free the economy from its debt overhead.

    Michael Hudson Answers Questions on Europe’s Self-Immolation, Fed’s Malpractice, Changing World Order

    ​Charles Hugh Smith on “The Oil Curse”
    ​ ​The price of oil appears to be reflecting the global recession that’s baked into receding stimulus and liquidity and higher inflation. China’s attempt to secure Zero Covid is also exerting downward pressure on oil demand. As consumers globally come to grips with layoffs, depleted savings and maxed-out credit cards, demand can be expected to drop further…
    ​ ​There’s another twist to The Oil Curse story: now that the easy-to-get oil is gone, it now requires massive, permanent investments in future production to keep the oil flowing. Governments (like the oil Sheikdoms) ​seeing their revenues decline will naturally slash investment to fund the politically essential welfare-graft that enables their grip on power.
    ​ ​Starved of essential investment, oil production inevitably declines, further reducing revenues of oil-dependent states. This feedback loop is unforgiving: less investment leads to less oil which leads to less revenues which further squeezes investment.
    ​ ​It’s not just the price of oil that matters: how much disposable income consumers have left to buy more goods and services matters, too. Put another way: demand can fall below supply for longer than oil producers can remain solvent.
    ​http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2022/11/the-oil-curse-and-splashy-pr.html

    ​ This essay is mostly the history of technocracy, a movement which began in the 1800s, and did some good work in its early years. Some of those who contributed insights and ideas were not fully sold on the product, nor was the product what it has become with the internet, AI and social media,
    nor was Zbigniew Brzezinski Chinese.​ We have largely had a bureaucratic technocracy for a long time, some call it “the deep state”.
    China: The World’s First Technate – Part 1​ Ian Davis
    ​https://off-guardian.org/2022/11/25/china-the-worlds-first-technate-part-1/

    ​We might feel anonymous in a crowd, but AI knows where our smartphone is, and what it is transmitting and receiving, and can report on that in detail.
    ​(In related news, Justin Trudeau says Chinese citizens have the right to protest against COVID lockdowns, because they are not Canadian truck drivers.)
    Beijing protesters spooked by phone calls from police

    Beijing protesters spooked by phone calls from police

    #122313
    John Day
    Participant

    Paul Craig Roberts: ​COVID Roundup. Was the mRNA Vaccine Intended as a Population Reduction Measure?
    ​ ​The circumstantial evidence is substantial that it was.
    The multi-decade agitation for population reduction by Bill Gates and a passel of elites and organizations and a decade or longer of research to develop the Covid virus suggest that the “vaccine” had an intent that is not acknowledged, but we will never know unless someone confesses.
    ​ ​The process of defrocking doctors, medical scientists, and nurse whistleblowers who provide facts unwelcome by authorities continues.

    COVID Roundup. Was the mRNA Vaccine Intended as a Population Reduction Measure?

    ​The Birth of the Biostate​ .Thanks Christine
    ​ ​During the Business 20 (B20) panel held ahead of the G20 summit, Indonesia’s Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin made the same recommendation in even starker terms: “Let’s have a digital health certificate acknowledged by WHO — if you have been vaccinated or tested properly, then you can move around.” In a 132-page document that contains a series of recommendations for the G20, the B20 urged the widespread adoption of digital Covid-19 certificates that would be part of a “technology-enabled ‘always-on’ global health infrastructure”.
    ​ ​Sadikin added that G20 countries have agreed to the proposal and now plan to introduce it as a revision to the IHR framework at the next World Health Assembly, scheduled for May 2023 in Geneva. The idea is that the WHO should be given legally binding powers to implement such measures in the future. This is an attempt to revamp the WHO’s so-called international pandemic treaty — an effort to give it sweeping powers to dictate public health measures to countries with the full backing of international law, potentially overriding their national sovereignty.
    ​ ​This reform would effectively transform the organisation into something akin to a “world health government” with unprecedented powers to overrule the decisions of national governments in all matters of public health​.​.​.​
    ​..​A fundamental aspect of this brave new world envisioned by Schwab is the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, which in his own words consists in “the fusion of our physical, digital and biological identities”. Digital IDs, in this sense, should be understood as just the first step in a “revolution” aimed at completely blurring the lines between our bodies and emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, and so on.
    https://unherd.com/2022/11/a-biostate-wont-cure-the-west/

    ​ Edward Slavsquat, in Moscow, says Russia’s not too different from Canada, China or New Zealand in some regards. Thanks Robin.
    ​ ​Whatever Putin’s personal views on mandatory vaccination may be, the reality is that Russia’s capital introduced the country’s first compulsory vaccination policy in mid-June, which required various business sectors to meet a 60% vaccination quota among employees. Workers who refused the shot were at risk of being suspended indefinitely without pay (or, in layman’s terms, “being fired”). Many other regions followed suit with similar (and even more stringent) mandates.
    ​ ​After the State Duma elections in late September, Russia’s regions began mass adopting vaccine mandates as well as QR-coded “health” passes. All 85 federal subjects of the Russian Federation now have compulsory vaccination rules (some more strict than others). For example, in Leningrad Oblast, all state, municipal and private organizations must ensure 100% of employees are fully vaccinated, or have a medical exemption or proof of prior infection in the last six months. Hold-outs will need to be tested every 72 hours.
    https://edwardslavsquat.substack.com/p/i-believe-we-are-facing-an-evil-that

    #122314
    John Day
    Participant

    ​Fertility declines near the end of the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence of the 2022 birth declines in Germany and Sweden
    https://www.bib.bund.de/Publikation/2022/Fertility-declines-near-the-end-of-the-COVID-19-pandemic-Evidence-of-the-2022-birth-declines-in-Germany-and-Sweden.html

    ​ ​”The Missing Babies of Europe”​ Strongest decline in birth rate (10%) in 100 years begins 9 months following COVID-vaccination peak​
    https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/the-missing-babies-of-europe

    ​ ​Blinded by COVID-19 Vaccination
    Visual Loss a Cruel Reminder that Vaccine Injury ​(often) ​Strikes within Days
    https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/blinded-by-covid-19-vaccination

    #122315
    Red
    Participant

    An epidemic of sudden death by “unknown cause” is taking effect in Canada. It has overtaken dementia and heart disease to become Alberta’s top killer. And after doctors have had to comply — or else — to strict vaccine mandates, 93 Canadian physicians have now succumbed to sudden death.

    It’s not just doctors who are dying suddenly or unexpectedly. Of course, doctors are the most vaccinated young people. Most of them have had four shots, even five shots. They have to be fully vaccinated to be able to work. But it’s other professions that are seeing sudden deaths as well. We’re seeing it in nurses. We’re seeing it in paramedics, police, firefighters — but now we’re even seeing it in teachers.

    I’ve recently been contacted by an Alberta teacher who wishes to remain anonymous, but this individual told me that they’ve just lost a grade 2 student in their school. They’ve just lost suddenly — sudden death. They’ve also lost a teacher in their 30s — also sudden death, sudden cardiac death. And they are panicking.

    https://vigilantfox.substack.com/p/2nd-grade-student-suddenly-dies-kids

    #122316
    Red
    Participant

    🗞*WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
    🔥 That didn’t take long! ZeroHedge ran a story yesterday headlined, “London Mayor Unveils ‘Crippling’ Vehicle Emission Charge For All Of London, Despite 80% Opposition.” The gist is, Mayor Khan took an existing $15 daily tax for driving “non-compliant vehicles” in London’s “low-emission zone,” and extended the tax to cover the entire city of London.

    The daily tax applies to all cars and trucks older than a 2005 model year if gas fueled, or 2015 model year if diesel. So, it is a tax on non-élites, who are more likely to own an older vehicle, and on small businesses’ delivery vans and trucks (‘lorries’ in the UK). Estimates suggest over 200,000 vehicles could be subject to the new ‘tax’ which, if accurate, would fill the city’s coffers with up to THREE MILLION DOLLARS A DAY.

    The money printer goes brrrrrrrrr.

    As the headline suggested, the World Economic Forum might approve, but Londoners are seriously not happy with Mayor Khan over his awesome driving tax. He’s facing pushback from consumers, business owners, and conservative politicians. According to ZeroHedge, the Federation of Small Businesses opposed the tax, insisting it would harm many members in Outer London, and the Alliance of British Drivers claimed the move was just a smokescreen to fix the disastrous budget of Transport for London, the city’s public transportation agency.

    Now you might be asking, how could he possibly justify this driving tax? Why, it’s for SAFETY, of course! Mayor Khan is directing his wrath towards air pollution, the silent killer.

    When you think about it, if this logic holds, there is literally NOTHING that couldn’t be done in the name of “cleaner air.” Next up, they’ll be banning bovines, burritos and barbecue beans.

    Folks, this is what happens when you let politicians arbitrarily change the rules for “safety” from a virus. We never should have let them get away with that. Now everything they want to do — like make it too expensive and inconvenient to drive our own cars — can just be draped in the sticky fabric of ‘health and safety’ and — ta-da! — walked right by near-unanimous public disapproval.

    https://www.coffeeandcovid.com/p/c-and-c-news-tuesday-november-29

    #122317
    Dimitri
    Participant

    Ursula tweets a speech where she talks about 100.000 Ukrainian military personnel killed then she deletes the tweet and posts another with an edited version of her speech where the above number is not mentioned. Of course nothing dies on the Internet.

    You can’t make this shit up.

    #122318
    zerosum
    Participant

    what is good for the goose is good for the gander
    • Twitter Stops Enforcing COVID-19 Misinformation Policy (ZH)
    • ‘Negative Efficacy’ Should Have Stopped COVID Vaccine Recommendations (ET)
    • 12 Ways To Hold Big Pharma Accountable For Covid Evils (Fed.)
    ———-
    Strange story: a 7-hour Fauci deposition, and absolute crickets from the media.
    Excellent read.
    • A Look from Inside – The Fauci Deposition
    and witnessed the octogenarian squirm, stall, and lie for seven hours.

    EXCLUSIVE: A Look from Inside – The Fauci Deposition: Attorneys General from Missouri and Louisiana Depose Dr. Fauci, Prove He Was Not Honest with the American Public


    By Jim Hoft
    Published November 25, 2022 at 10:00am
    303 Comments
    ** Fauci claimed HCQ was ineffective in treating COVID, but couldn’t cite a single study to support his claim. Fauci also rejected the list of 371 studies on HCQ and its effectiveness in treating the disease when he was presented with the list.
    —————-
    Creative bookkeeping
    • SBF Doesn’t Know What Happened To His Twitter Stake (Axios)
    ————–

    #122319
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    “Fauci is a skillful liar. As we have seen now for months in his public comments”

    Nah…my 22 year old self saw this megalomaniacal reprobate lying his ass off beside Bob Gallo as they spearheaded NIH/NIAID/U.S. Gov’t’s attempt to steal credit from Luc Montagnier and Pasteur Institute.
    The system selects for this fraudulent behavior.
    Fauci hasn’t changed one bit.

    #122321
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Twitter, free speech vs. absolutist free speech

    I’ve been mulling this over. I am for free speech, but I recognize that in some rare instances it may be appropriate for there to be a few brakes on absolute free speech. This is akin to the “shouting fire in a theater” issue. As a society, we generally value safe-guarding children — preventing them from abuse and exploitation, parents having the authority to strongly regulate what they come in contact with, as children can be strongly affected by their experiences. It is appropriate to block child pornography, etc., from Twitter, even though that is technically a violation of absolute free speech.

    It looks like the idea of Twitter users paying a small fee for a verified badge backfired…but that may in the future have a comeback. In a “Wild West” free-for-all of ideas, it helps to have some sort of mechanism to determine whether someone is who they claim to be — of course, if a tiny fee is all that is required, then the verified badge is useless for this purpose. A verified badge must require some sort of transparent vetting process, and it is logical that some fee be involved to cover the costs of the procedure.

    The most reasonable curb to planning to commit a crime on Twitter is that everything tweeted be transparent and in the “public record” and therefore admissible evidence in court. If users want to be stupid enough to plot a crime publicly…let them.

    Adults need to start acting like adults. When my ex started using the family court system to come after me, the situation became an enormous trigger for the PTSD that I was suffering from the former marriage. It was very challenging to face what was going on when I kept having debilitating emotional flashbacks. I do not like the terms my first attorney used to get me to stand up and face it — I’m not sharing them — but I recognize that she was correct in what I had to do. I felt like a victim — and I *was* being victimized — yet I had to stand up and be an adult. Yes, it is very uncomfortable when social media is used to bully other adults, to spread lies, etc. However, as adults we need to act like adults, and face the issues. Perhaps there needs to be an easy way for anyone accused of something on Twitter to refute the accusation. However, in order for free speech suppression to actually meet the threshold of “shouting fire in a theater” the bar has to be held very high. Social media is in the “virtual world” — which means that like the “sticks and stones” nursery rhyme, what occurs there does not cause immediate bodily harm, and does not meet the bar of “shouting fire in a theater.” Does that mean that culturally we embrace cyber bullying? No, not at all. It is appropriate to educate users about what cyber-bullying is and how to recognize it. The best way to curb cyber-bullying is not to retweet it.

    #122322
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    We see Elon positioning himself nicely to survive the vicious anti-covidiocy backlash, and even prosper from it. By prosper I mostly mean deflect heat from the immolation of Tesla like a giant battery caught on fire.

    ***

    Today’s Yogi tea tag aphorism: You can measure the love you bring to each day by the joy you experience in each moment.

    …quoth a little stream in an old church song…

    ***
    Let’s raise some eyebrows:

    What’s Really in the Shots? To graphene or not to graphene, that is the question

    Very conflicting results from independent studies. Maybe you guys already covered this material and I missed it. Anyway, no one can tell what’s really in the shots. Something, nothing, everything. I think maybe we’re all losing our minds.

    I’m not saying it was aliens… but…

    ***

    The Aztecs (from Jim Kunstler’s “Four Fuckeries” article): when crazy civilizations collide, both become
    crazier.

    ***

    Death by Xmas music:

    Drunk Santa at the Elfin Karaoke Ball

    Xmas gift suggestion for that someone who is hard to buy for.

    #122323
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    … steady as she goes!

    The system will include a single payment card – in direct competition with Visa and Mastercard – merging the already existing Russian MIR, China’s UnionPay, India’s RuPay, Brazil’s Elo, and others.

    The Global South births a new game-changing payment system
    https://thecradle.co/Article/Columns/18975

    F.S.

    #122324
    Farmer McGregor
    Participant

    @John Day

    Am I mistaken, or is the “edwardslavsquat” substack article you referenced in comment #122313 a year old?
    If so, then not sure of its relevancy at this time. Not trying to nit-pick, just curious.

    #122325
    WES
    Participant

    In recent readings, I have noticed governments are starting to introduce new taxes on “green enegy”.

    I have seen new yearly road use taxes for EVs introduced, increased taxes for EV’s with more powerful electric motors, EV charging station taxes, solar panel taxes, new taxes for existing solar panel already connected to the grid, special windfall taxes for solar and wind power, to just name a few that I can remember.

    The irony is all of these so called “green energy” solutions depend greatly upon government tax payer subsidies to exist. Obviously politicians have no morals when they want more money to spend. Tax black mailing existing “green energy” is par for the course.

    More than 20 years ago I was going to add some solar air heating panels to the sunny south side of my house. ^

    I phoned the local building office, in the most green city in Canada, to see if I needed a building permit. I was told I would have to pay a $250 fee to have my house tax re-accessed and would likely incur a permanent property tax increase of several hundred dollars a year.

    Since the heating savings by installing solar air heating panels would likely only be about $50 per heating season, I quickly dropped any further interest in the project.

    I better insulated my house instead, since I could get away with doing this, inspite of needing a building permit to do so, because there is no public exterior evidence for anyone to see.

    #122327
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Vile Satanist Stoltenberg Goes 1984: “War Is Peace”


    #122328
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Douglas Macgregor interview with Andrew Napolitano

    November 29th – This major offensive is obliterating Ukraine


    #122329
    Redneck
    Participant

    AFNTT
    From the 29th.
    This is the kind of completely Orwellian garbage TDB publishes:

    ‘The battle for Bhakmut is led by Wagner Group mercenaries, fighting for the Russian government. This battle is unique because it includes the use of Russian criminals released from prison on condition that they fight in Ukraine.

    You do know that this a proven fact?
    Wagner contracts criminals to fight six months on the front line and then they are free. However pretty sure that the six months has now been extended indefinitely so maybe not getting so many volunteers.
    The taxpayer military contracts have been extended too.
    The Russian media has been quite open about the crims signing up.
    There is a video of Wagner recruiting inside a prison.

    #122330
    Redneck
    Participant

    Russia’s two main allies China and Iran are blowing up.
    Two of the main players in Putin’s fair new world are not happy , it seems the citizens there feel they are NOT being treated fairly and have hit the streets.
    Ya gotta laugh when Chine asks NK to quieten down , they play such a duplicitous game , like NK is not China’s proxy?

    #122331
    Redneck
    Participant

    Iranians cheer the countries loss to the US in the soccer , god damn those colour revolutions!

    #122332
    Redneck
    Participant

    You would almost think that Russia’s mates are arseholes , the Iranian and Chinese people seem to think so.

    You see , they are no different than us , worse in fact.

    #122333
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Elections in Taiwan, ruling party suffers massive defeat

    Taiwanese utterly reject the Empire of Lies and their running yellow dog lackeys

    #122334
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Another banned birthday xpert- like major expert.

    And we say Science is the new religion. Ha the ‘I’ is the new religion.

    The Problem with the COVID Narrative

    #122335
    Oroboros
    Participant

    As Ukraine Faces Bakhmut Defeat

    EU Commission President Ursula Speaks of 100,000 Ukrainians Killed in Action in the War

    #122336
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Interesting cartoon, … U.S. oil company stock price has lately outperforming WTI!

    https://realinvestmentadvice.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/wtic-xle-1.png

    The correlation is currently negative as the prices of XLE* and crude oil are diverging significantly. Early 2014 was the last time the prices were significantly negatively correlated.

    *) XLE – Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund

    F.S.

    #122337
    WES
    Participant

    As we head into the month of December, I have noticed there are very few food sales in local grocery flyers. December is a bad month to be buying food. Sure glad I stocked up earlier.

    #122338
    John Day
    Participant

    @Farmer McGregor: Yes, th Slavsquat article IS from 11/26/21. not 11/26/22. That explains why the Russian vaccination rate he quotes is a little under 50%,when Statista says 55%. It doesn’t look like it increased much since then…
    I have to make this mistake at least a couple of times per year…
    My apologies. At least I’m not Iggy Pop as Father Christmas with no shirt (Boscohorowitz video link above).
    That guy is still Iggy Pop!

    @Figmund Sreud: Thanks for the link to the new global-south payment system story.

    #122339
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    `Snake eating it’s own tail‘: … commercial example of:

    <em> With record-high car prices, dealer markups, more expensive financing, and inventory shortages the automobile industry is set for dark times.</em>

    F.S.

    #122340
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    @ Dr. John Day – Thanks for the link to the new global-south payment system story.
    ———————————-

    No trouble whatsoever. We live in most interesting times, … and so it goes!

    “Triffin’s paradox states that with the benefits of the reserve currency also comes an inevitable tipping point or failure.”

    Here is the best description – I can find – of the system that it will eventually replace, … two-part story:

    Part I: https://realinvestmentadvice.com/our-currency-the-worlds-problem-part-1
    Part II: https://realinvestmentadvice.com/one-monetary-policy-fits-all-part-ii

    F.S.

    #122372
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “Am I mistaken, or is the “edwardslavsquat” substack article you referenced in comment #122313 a year old? If so, then not sure of its relevancy at this time. Not trying to nit-pick, just curious.”

    Developments from past events move forward in time to the present?

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