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Why Crimea is Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Greatest Bargaining Chip (G.)
Germany & the Lies of Empire (Patrick Lawrence)
No Consensus In EU Over Ukraine Tribunal – Borrell (RT)
Civilian Death Toll From Ukrainian Attacks On Donbass Revealed (RT)
Twitter Became the Ministry of Truth (David Stockman)
Swimming With Sharks (CJ Hopkins)
Link Between MRNA Vaccine, Heart Inflammation ‘Covered Up’ – British MP (ToI)
DeSantis Forms Florida Grand Jury To Investigate Covid Vaccine Rollout (ZH)
The Mother of all Economic Crises (Ron Paul)
Bankman-Fried Lieutenant Alerted Regulators To Misuse Of Customer Funds (Block)
Trump Sues Pulitzer Board For Defamation (JTN)
Senate Unanimously Passes Ban On Using TikTok On Government Devices (JTN)
How Economic Sanctions in Ancient Greece Backfired, Prolonging War (GR)
With Elon Owning Twitter Government Only Controls 97% Of The Media (BBee)

 

 

 

 

Laura Ingraham: The left wants Covid amnesty, the right wants answers

 

 

 

 

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The color blindness in pieces like this from the Guardian is stunning. Western politicians and their media want their people to think they’re winning. But Crimea is Russian, and can’t be bargained with. It makes no difference what Zelensky says. Or anyone else. The only thing this attitude is good for is to keep the war going.

Why Crimea is Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Greatest Bargaining Chip (G.)

In a little noticed intervention the former British prime minister Boris Johnson – seen as a bosom ally of Volodymyr Zelenskiy – made the startling statement that if Russian troops were returned to lands they held inside Ukraine before the 24 February invasion that would represent a basis for reopening talks between Ukraine and Russia. The statement implies Ukraine would have to accept that the removal of Russian troops from Crimea would not be a precondition for the start of talks. In proposing this, in a piece last week in the Wall Street Journal, Johnson was making an admission made in private by many diplomats that a militarily enforced return of the Crimean peninsula – which was annexed by Russia in 2014 in a move rejected by the UN – to full Ukrainian control is fraught with risk.

Writing in the Spectator Henry Kissinger, the veteran diplomat, made a similar proposal, arguing Russia should only be required to disgorge territory gained since February this year. Land occupied nearly a decade ago, including Crimea, “could be the subject of a negotiation after a ceasefire”. If that negotiation failed to resolve particularly divisive territories, “internationally supervised referendums concerning self-determination could be applied”. Historically and ethnically Crimea is different from the rest of Ukraine, the argument goes. There are also 30,000 Russian forces dug in with little available Ukrainian amphibious access. Crimea’s retention in some form is so precious to Vladimir Putin that if he felt it were slipping from his grasp some fear he may act on his threat to deploy tactical nuclear weapons, the escalation that terrifies, and holds back, Washington and Europe.

In public Ukraine opposes a ceasefire with Putin retaining any land annexed since 2014. Zelenskiy has said countless times, for example at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore: “A simple ceasefire won’t do the trick. Unless we liberate our whole territory, we will not bring peace.” Zelenskiy has also invested diplomatically in setting up the Crimea Platform, a coordination body to put pressure on the world to keep the illegal occupation of Crimea in its sights. At the August meeting of the Platform the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, said: “Crimea is and was as much a part of Ukraine as Gdansk or Lublin are parts of Poland.” He added: “I think many of us need to do some examination of conscience for what has happened in the last year. Was the de facto consent to the occupation of Crimea a wrong signal from many countries to Russia?”

[..] One Ukrainian deputy defence minister, Volodymyr Havrylov, said Ukrainian forces would be on the peninsula by the end of December. In other pieces of bravado the senior presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak suggested a war crimes tribunal should be staged there on the basis “What started in Crimea must end there”. Petro Poroschenko, the former Ukrainian president, suggested a new Yalta conference could be held there next year, replicating the 1945 summit held to plan the post-second world war order.

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“By her own account, she was using diplomacy just as Kiev was, to scuttle the accord she pretended to sponsor.”

Germany & the Lies of Empire (Patrick Lawrence)

[..] how interesting to hear a German citizen object, in effect, that the Federal Republic has betrayed itself and its historical inheritance the very week its former chancellor told Germany’s leading newsmagazine and one of its leading dailies that the fruitful ambiguity of the nation’s past is gone now in favor of the manipulative, Russophobic dishonesty that lies at the heart of the proxy war the U.S. now wages against Russia in Ukraine. As has been widely reported and excellently analyzed — except in the mainstream American press, where Merkel’s remarks last week go unmentioned — the former German leader described her cynical, treacherous betrayal of Moscow during negotiations of the two Minsk Protocols, the first signed in September 2014 and the second the following February.

Berlin, Paris, the post-coup Kiev regime and Moscow were signatories to those accords. How well I recall the earnestness with which Russian President Vladimir Putin entered into the talks. How hopeful many of us were that, with Kiev having swiftly breached Minsk I, the second accord would produce what the Russian president sought — a lasting settlement that would leave Ukraine united and stabilize the security order on Russia’s southwestern border and Europe’s eastern flank. Earlier this year Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s first post-coup president, shocked everybody when he stated publicly that Kiev never had any intention of honoring the commitments it made when it signed the Minsk Protocols:

The talks in the Belarusian capital and all the promises were meant simply to buy time while Ukraine built fortifications in the eastern regions and trained and armed a military strong enough to wage a full-dress war of aggression against the Russian-tilted Donetsk and Lugansk regions. There was never any interest in the federal structure envisioned in Minsk II. There was never any intention of granting the breakaway regions the measure of autonomy Ukraine’s history and its mixed languages, cultures and traditions called for. Committing to all that was a ruse intended to deceive Moscow and the Donbass republics while Ukraine rearmed and shelled the latter in anticipation of the war that broke out in February.

Shocking, O.K. But Poroshenko was a jumped-up candy magnate running the wildly irresponsible, rabidly Russophobic regime that had seized power in Kiev. So: Shocking but also in keeping with the conduct of a corrupt-up-to-the-eyebrows pack of nobodies with no notion or regard for statecraft or responsible governance. It is another matter, to state the very obvious, for Merkel to say the very same things. The former chancellor was supposed to be leading the West’s diplomatic démarche along with François Hollande, France’s president at the time and plainly a junior partner to Europe’s most powerful political figure. By her own account, she was using diplomacy just as Kiev was, to scuttle the accord she pretended to sponsor.

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“the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy..” What a joke.

No Consensus In EU Over Ukraine Tribunal – Borrell (RT)

There is still no agreement on setting up a special tribunal to deal with alleged war crimes in Ukraine, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has said. Speaking in Brussels on Wednesday at the EU-NGO forum on human rights, Borrell stated “there’s a polemic about do we need something more than the [International Criminal Court] in order to fight impunity in Ukraine.” He said that “together with the commission” he had presented a proposal to establish a separate body for that purpose. “On Monday, we were discussing about it,” the diplomat remarked, while acknowledging that the consultations ended “without a result.”

Borrell suggested there is still a possibility that a special tribunal for Ukraine will be set up, saying “this is an interesting discussion that, for the time being, has not a concrete answer.” Borrell went on to claim that Russia’s actions in Ukraine are tantamount to the “destruction of a country” and a “war crime.” He said Moscow had deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure in an attempt to carry out the “assassination of millions of people by cold.” The top EU official also accused Russian troops of forced deportations and kidnappings of Ukrainians, including children. Earlier this month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted that the West has no legal right to establish courts to investigate and prosecute Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

Russia consistently denies its troops have committed any war crimes, saying its military personnel are doing all they can to minimize civilian casualties. Moscow also insists its aerial bombardments, which have intensified in recent months, target facilities related to Ukraine’s military and defense capabilities. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the harsh new tactics came in response to a Ukrainian attack against the Crimean bridge in early October and other “terrorist attacks” perpetrated on Russian soil. Moscow has also accused Kiev’s Western backers of turning a blind eye to evidence of war crimes allegedly committed by Ukrainian troops, including indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Donbass.

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Ukraine uses western weapons on its own territory, against its own citizens. Yes, things have changed since the September referenda, and the subsequent Russian decision to incorporate the regions. But what else could they do? Putin refused exactly this for 8 years, but was left with no choice.

Civilian Death Toll From Ukrainian Attacks On Donbass Revealed (RT)

Weapons supplied to Ukraine by NATO countries have allowed Kiev’s military to significantly ramp-up attacks on civilian targets in Donbass, a local watchdog has said. They further claim that over 4,500 civilians have been killed and 4,000 injured since Ukrainian forces escalated shelling in mid-February. “Military terror has escalated beyond all limits after NATO members started supplying weapons to Ukraine,” the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC), a monitoring group that tracks attacks on the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, said on Wednesday. “We have recorded a four-fold increase in the number of victims among the civilian population,” Natalya Shutkina, a JCCC representative from Donetsk, said as quoted by TASS.

The JCCC held a press conference on Wednesday during which it showed fragments of Western shells and rockets collected after Ukrainian strikes in Donbass and explained the toll these attacks had taken. Since February 17, 4,527 civilians have been killed, including 154 children, Shutkina stated. Another 4,317 civilians, including 274 children, have been injured, she said, adding that Ukrainian attacks have damaged over 12,000 homes, 128 medical facilities, and 67 sites required for providing basic utilities, such as water and heating. The record-keeping begins in mid-February when the Donbas republics reported a significant escalation of strikes by Kiev in the lead-up to Russia having recognized the DPR and LPR as sovereign states and pledged to defend them.

The two regions have since been incorporated into Russia following referendums in September. Shutkina pointed out that the weapon systems provided by the US and its allies are supposed to be more accurate than the Soviet-era artillery guns and rocket launchers that Ukraine possessed previously. This leads the JCCC to believe that the Ukrainian attacks on civilian facilities have been intentional rather than being part of indiscriminate strikes, she stressed. Darya Morozova, the human rights ombudsman for the Donetsk People’s Republic, urged international organizations to acknowledge Kiev’s actions, arguing that “if the world community didn’t encourage the Ukrainian leadership with its inaction, the war in Donbass would have stopped a long time ago.” She called on Kiev’s sponsors to stop sending heavy weapons to Ukraine.

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Twitter numbers make no sense. Not if it were a business.

Twitter Became the Ministry of Truth (David Stockman)

Meanwhile, what was happening back at the ranch in 2020-2021 when the Twitter HQ was being transformed into the Village of the Damned? Well, on the one-hand the company’s stock price was coming up roses. After hitting the skids in 2015-2016, the Twitter’s market cap had risen from $12.5 billion in the fall of 2017 to $27 billion by the fall of 2019 to a peak of $54 billion in July 2021. In short, given a quadrupling of the company’s stock price in just four years and the resultant massive gains in the value of executive stock options, the top echelon apparently felt free to become moonlighting volunteers for the Deep State. That is, doing well they faced no penalty for doing good at the shareholders’ expense.

And we do mean shareholders’ expense. During its 2020 and 2021 fiscal years combined, which encompassed the peak period of the C-suite insanity chronicled by the Twitter Files, the company did harvest $8.8 billion of revenue from the Lockdown-world’s acceleration of the advertising migration from legacy to digital venues. Moreover, collecting those sums only required $3.2 billion in cost of goods sold, resulting in sterling gross profits at $5.6 billion and 64% of sales. In turn, that should have resulted in a shareholder bonanza on the bottom line. Except it didn’t. In fact, the company’s moonlighting management spent far more than that—$6.1 billion—on R&D, sales and marketing, general overhead and other top-side expenses. That is to say, Twitter’s putative business model went bust, with cumulative operating losses of nearly one-half billion dollars during the two year period.

Likewise, its bonifides as a cash-burning machine were reinforced. During 2020-2021 it generated $1.6 billion of cash from operations, but spent nearly $1.9 billion on CapEx. Accordingly, Twitter’s operating free cash flow came in at -$260 million. In short, when the company reached a peak valuation of $54 billion in July 2021 it was bleeding red ink and burning cash. It essentially had an infinite valuation multiple, which absurd valuation, in turn, amounted to a flashing green light for rampant moonlighting by not only its top management, but nearly the entirety of its the 7,500 work force.

In that regard we have been waiting for our Twitter screen to go dark ever since Elon Musk fired the employment rooster back to at least its December 2017 level (3,372). But, alas, the tweets just keep on coming, even as expenses have been pared back to the levels extant when Twitter was valued at the aforementioned 25% of its eventual peak.

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More good questions. At least we can finally ask them.

Swimming With Sharks (CJ Hopkins)

So, here’s the other thing that is bothering me (i.e., in addition to how this story is gradually devolving into a “red/blue” slugfest). You saw the news about how James Baker, the FBI guy who worked with the Clinton team on perpetrating the Russiagate hoax and had a hand in censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story, was “vetting” the Twitter Files before they were released. Well, according to the story, Baker was doing this “vetting” unbeknownst to Elon Musk, who had apparently just accidentally forgotten to fire his Deputy General Counsel (who he had been aware of for at least eight months) when he fired all those other liberal “bad apples,” and so Elon, being totally “in the dark,” as it were, had absolutely no idea what Baker was doing to the Twitter Files until Bari Weiss caught it and brought it to his attention.

That bothers me…as in I do not believe it. I want to be clear about what I’m saying. I’m not questioning Matt’s or Bari Weiss’ motives, or methods, and certainly not their characters. If I were in their positions, I’d be doing the same thing, getting my hands on as many “Twitter files” as possible and reporting the story that is there to report. They are journalists. That is what journalists do. They have also been around the block a few times, so I assume they are aware that they are swimming with sharks. If they weren’t previously, they certainly are now, after this fishy Baker “vetting” business. What I’m saying is, how can we trust what they are getting? How many files were “vetted” by Baker? Why was he still in a position to “vet” them? Who’s “vetting” the files now that Baker has been “exited”?

Which files have been given to Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss and which files have not been given to them? The reporting they are doing is like creating a collage; they can only work with the materials they are given, and the materials they are given will determine the story, or at least limit the nature and scope of the story. Also, and notwithstanding my respect and disturbing affection for Matt Taibbi, neither Matt nor Bari Weiss have been particularly interested in covering the roll-out of the official Covid narrative, i.e., the most insidious propaganda and gaslighting campaign in human history, or the destabilization and radical restructuring of global society that I keep mentioning in this column and have been writing about, extensively, since March of 2020.

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“..the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is almost entirely (86%) funded by the pharmaceutical industry while research departments also get most of their money from so-called “Big Pharma” too..”

Link Between MRNA Vaccine, Heart Inflammation ‘Covered Up’ – British MP (ToI)

In a bombshell revelation, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has demanded the suspension of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, alleging the ‘cover-up’ of research linking mRNA jabs with heart inflammation by prominent health authorities of the British Heart Foundation (BHF). In addition, the British MP claims that the problems related to COVID vaccines are being suppressed due to its financial associations with big pharma giants. MP Andrew Bridgen has said, “It has been brought to my attention by a whistleblower from a very reliable source that one of these institutions is covering up clear data that reveals that the mRNA vaccine increased inflammation of the heart arteries. “They are covering this up in fear that they may lose funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

“The leader of that cardiology research department has a prominent leadership role with the British Heart Foundation and I am very disappointed to say that he has sent out non-disclosure agreements to his research team to ensure that this important data never sees the light of day. “This is an absolute disgrace. Systemic failure in an over-medicated population also contributes to huge waste of British taxpayers’ money and is an increasing strain on the NHS.” Adding to the claims he says that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is almost entirely (86%) funded by the pharmaceutical industry while research departments also get most of their money from so-called “Big Pharma” too. “In effect we have the poacher paying the gamekeeper,” he says.

The MP has been vocal about his opinions about the COVID vaccines. In the past, he has warned against the vaccination of young children, saying that the jabs are still in their experimental stages. Along with his latest allegations, he highlighted research that showed a 25 percent increase in heart attack and cardiac arrest incidences in 16-39 year olds in Israel associated with the first and second doses of vaccine and not linked to SARs-CoV-2 infection. He also notes that since the vaccination rollout, there had been 14,000 additional cardiac arrests in 2021 since 2020.

UK Parliament

Cole Bigtree

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DeSantis Forms Florida Grand Jury To Investigate Covid Vaccine Rollout (ZH)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is establishing a grand jury through the state’s supreme court to investigate malfeasance involving the rollout of the covid mRNA vaccines. The investigations will include the claims of vaccine safety by pharmaceutical companies and the CDC, along with the rising number of deadly reactions to the jab including Myocarditis. The announcement was made in a virtual town hall-style meeting and was met with a positive response. DeSantis notes the moral bankruptcy of the scientific establishment in the US during the pandemic lockdowns – With the federal government and many scientists admonishing the public for going outside their homes (even though UV light from the sun is a natural sterilizer), while at the same time supporting the BLM protests in which thousands of people congregated on city streets to riot.


Stopping the spread was not important in the case of BLM, but deadly important when it came to people walking on the beach or protesting the lockdowns. DeSantis has proven to be a consistent opponent of the lockdowns and mandates, despite Florida’s large population. This policy helped to provide proof that the lockdowns were pointless. If Florida (along with other defiant red states) could stay open without any noticeable jump in fatalities compared to blue states, then what was the point of the lockdowns and restrictions? A trend is growing among the American public which runs contrary to the mainstream covid narrative. People are beginning to question the validity of government policies, the claims of snake oil salesmen like Anthony Fauci and the rules enforced by the CDC. Most importantly, they are beginning to apply skepticism to the mRNA vaccines, which is something that should have been done before they were ever distributed.

Bannon Wolf

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“..interest on the national debt is already on track to consume 40 percent of the federal budget by 2052 (should be 25?)and will surpass defense spending by 2029! ”

The Mother of all Economic Crises (Ron Paul)

The Fed has been trying to eliminate price inflation with a series of interest rate increases. So far, these rate increases have not significantly reduced price inflation. This is because rates remain at historic lows. Yet the rate increases have had negative economic effects, including a decline in the demand for new homes. Increasing interest rates make it impossible for many middle- and working-class Americans to afford a monthly mortgage payment for even a relatively inexpensive home. The main reason the Fed cannot raise rates to anywhere near what they would be in a free market is the effect it would have on the federal government’s ability to manage its debt. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), interest on the national debt is already on track to consume 40 percent of the federal budget by 2052 and will surpass defense spending by 2029!

A small interest rate increase can raise yearly federal debt interest rate payments by many billions of dollars, increasing the amount of the federal budget devoted solely to servicing the debt. The federal government’s fiscal picture is made worse by the fact that the Social Security “Trust Fund” will begin to run deficits by 2035 while the Medicare Trust Fund will run deficits by 2028. The looming bankruptcy of the two major entitlement programs, combined with the unwillingness of most in Congress to reduce either welfare or warfare spending, puts the Fed in a bind. If it raises rates to the levels needed to really combat price inflation, the increase in interest payments will impose hardships on individuals and businesses, as well as raise federal interest payments to unsustainable levels.

This will cause a major economic crisis including a government default on its debt causing a rejection of the dollar’s world reserve currency status. Also, if the Fed continues to facilitate federal deficits by monetizing the debt, the result will be an economic crisis caused by a collapse in the dollar’s value and rejection of the dollar’s world reserve status.

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Where is SBF’s girlfriend, the Alameda chick?

Bankman-Fried Lieutenant Alerted Regulators To Misuse Of Customer Funds (Block)

One of Sam Bankman-Fried’s top lieutenants told Bahamian authorities that customer funds from the firm were used to plug holes in the balance sheet of his investment fund, Alameda Research. In a Nov. 9 call with Bahamian regulators, FTX Digital Markets co-CEO Ryan Salame told Bahamas Securities Commission Executive Director Christina R. Rolle that client assets possibly held by FTX were transferred to Alameda Research to cover the hedge fund’s financial losses. The transfer of customer assets was “contrary to normal corporate governance and operations at FTX Digital,” Rolle wrote in a Nov. 11 court document filed to the Supreme Court of the Bahamas, seeking an emergency intervention for the regulator to seize control of the company’s remaining assets.

“Put simply, that such transfers were not allowed or consented to by their clients.” Salame’s comments to the regulator also prompted her to alert the Bahamian police, requesting an investigation into the company, “on an urgent basis.” The request to police notes that Salame was in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 9. The FTX DM co-CEO told officials that only three people had passwords necessary for the transfer: Bankman-Fried, Nishad Singh and Gary Wang. A Monday court filing by FTX’s representatives in bankruptcy proceedings named Bankman-Fried and Wang as responsible for a separate shift in funds, as well as the minting of new tokens, after they had filed to start the bankruptcy process.

Rolle’s request, which was granted by the court, was included in a new filing in the bankruptcy case today made by the Bahamian government in response to arguments in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, suggesting that it is coordinating with Bankman-Fried. Lawyers for FTX, representing the company’s new leadership, have argued that Bankman-Fried, Wang and Bahamian authorities, including the Securities Commission, may have violated bankruptcy law around movement of assets after initiating the process. The Bahamian regulator has vigorously denied coordination with Bankman-Fried, and filed these documents as evidence in support of its argument. The judge presiding over the case will hear further arguments on Friday, with a full hearing on the issue scheduled for Jan. 6.

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Pulitzer prices have lost all value.

Trump Sues Pulitzer Board For Defamation (JTN)

Former President Donald Trump filed a defamation suit on Wednesday against the Pulitzer Prize board, pointing to a statement it made backing the reporting of the 2018 winning articles. Trump had requested the board review its decisions to award the 2018 prizes to the New York Times and Washington Post staffs for reporting on the now-debunked Russia collusion narrative. The board honored Trump’s request and conducted the reviews, after which the organization stood by its original choices, saying “no passages or headlines, contentions or assertions in any of the winning submissions were discredited by facts that emerged subsequent to the conferral of the prizes,” according to The Hill.

The former president repeatedly threatened to sue the board over its statement, but only filed the suit on Wednesday. He is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. “On the facts known to Defendants at the time these reviews were allegedly conducted, it would have been impossible that a single objective, thorough and independent review would have reached such a conclusion, much less two. Defendants knew this and published the Pulitzer Statement anyway,” the suit reads. “A large swath of Americans had a tremendous misunderstanding of the truth at the time the Times’ and the Post’s propagation of the Russia Collusion Hoax dominated the media. Remarkably, they were rewarded for lying to the American public,” it further reads, per the New York Post.

New York Times spokesman Charlie Stadtlander told The Hill that “[t]he mission and responsibility of The New York Times is to report thoroughly and impartially on matters of newsworthy importance. The foreign manipulation of the 2016 elections was both consequential and unprecedented in United States history. Our journalists thoroughly pursued credible claims, fact-checked, edited and ultimately produced groundbreaking journalism that was proven true time and again.”

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“The Senate bill comes the same day a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation to prohibit the app in the United States entirely..”

Senate Unanimously Passes Ban On Using TikTok On Government Devices (JTN)

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would ban federal employees from using Chinese social media platform TikTok on government-issued devices. The upper chamber sent the measure to the House for approval after granting it their unanimous consent, the Wall Street Journal reported. TikTok has long been the subject of federal scrutiny over potential security concerns involving its handling of U.S. user data and the close relationship between its parent company, the Beijing-based ByteDance, and the Chinese communist regime. Former President Donald Trump unsuccessfully attempted to ban the app outright though lawmakers have continuously warned of the lingering threat it poses.


The Senate bill comes the same day a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation to prohibit the app in the United States entirely. Moreover, it follows the Wednesday unveiling of a bipartisan plan to sanction Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, another Chinese company under scrutiny for its ties to Beijing. The plan would add the company to the Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals list, which would prohibit American firms from dealing with the company almost entirely.

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Didn’t work then either.

How Economic Sanctions in Ancient Greece Backfired, Prolonging War (GR)

Sanctions date back to antiquity, with the “Megarian Decree” issued by Athenian statesman Pericles in 432 BC being the first economic sanction recorded. The Megarian Decree was an act of revenge by the Athenians for the treacherous behavior of the Megarians some years earlier. However, if Athens openly attacked the Spartan ally it would violate the peace. Athens imposed the embargo to show other Spartan allies that Athens had other means of punishing attackers who were under Sparta’s military protection. Thus, the decree could be seen as an attempt to avoid provoking Sparta directly. Some historians argue that the Megarian Decree ultimately helped to prolong and intensify of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC). Using the excuse of sacrilege against the land that was sacred to Demeter, known as the Hiera Orgas, Pericles wanted to punish Megara.


The supposed killing of the Athenian herald who was sent to Megara to reproach them, and their giving shelter to slaves who had fled from Athens, brought about the economic sanctions against the city. The decree dictated that Megarian merchants would be excluded from the market of Athens and the ports in its empire, called the Delian League. The decree was something like a modern trade embargo. If farmers had trespassed on sacred land, it was strange that the Megarian Decree aimed at punishing the merchants of the city. That implied a political aim. Even though such sanctions were known and applied in the Near East, they had been unheard of in the Delian League. Pericles was the first westerner to apply them, and for some historians that was the first time that economic sanctions had been used as foreign policy.

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“..This is dangerous to democracy.”

With Elon Owning Twitter Government Only Controls 97% Of The Media (BBee)

The White House issued a dire warning this week, reminding the nation that Elon’s continued ownership of Twitter means they now only control 97% of the media. “We can’t overstate how dangerous this is,” said gay black Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “Yes, we still control Facebook, Google, Apple, Instagram, YouTube, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Hollywood, TIME, USAToday, The Wall Street Journal, and pretty much all the rest, but we don’t control Twitter. This is dangerous to democracy.” The entire intelligence community at the CIA, FBI, and NSA concurred with the warning, stating that “Elon’s ownership of Twitter leaves America vulnerable to dangerous opinions we do not approve of.”


Leaders with the agencies are recommending immediate investigations to bring down the Twitter CEO provided their planned drone strike doesn’t work first. “Democracy is at stake,” said all the agency leaders in a shared statement in which they all recited the words simultaneously in a robotic monotone. “We must do something. Democracy is at stake.” At publishing time, several watchdog groups had underscored the warning, pointing to a 128% increase in exposure to unapproved opinions since Musk’s Twitter purchase.

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    Saul Leiter Taxi c1957   • Why Crimea is Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Greatest Bargaining Chip (G.) • Germany & the Lies of Empire (Patrick Lawrence
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 15 2022]

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    Germ
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    It’s Bosco-Tastic:

    Newborn Baby In Washington State Dies Of Blood Clot After Hospital Gives Him Vaccinated Blood Transfusion Despite Arrangement Parents Had Made For Untaxed Blood

    https://celiafarber.substack.com/p/newborn-baby-in-washington-state

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    Veracious Poet
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    #123453
    Veracious Poet
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    There’s an old German saying:

    Once your reputation’s gone, you can boldly carry on…

    Western .gov, run for & by sociopaths, one & all…

    Merry Christmas!

    Please do try to keep the whining & verbose egomania to a minimum, remember “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” 😐

    #123454
    Formerly T-Bear
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    @ https://autoearth.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/VaxxAccidents.jpg
    Could that higher risk grow from the fact more non-injected are still alive to drive? Or are we there yet?

    #123455
    D Benton Smith
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    News Flash !!

    Healthy, living, people who can still afford cars and fuel have more automobile accidents than populations who have been impoverished, sickened or killed by the clot shot.

    #123456
    The Markster
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    Never was much of a Rob Reiner fan, but his direction of that fascistic hoax rehash piece has severely damaged my former admiration for DeNiro and Perez. For similar reasons I now avoid Walgreen’s altogether, having watched their horrifying ad with the nurse bragging about jabbing thousands of people with the clot shot one too many times.

    We do need to keep asking questions, and daylighting the stories of the clot shot dead and injured to the county, state and federal officials who lied to us about safety and efficacy. Medical fraud and captured agencies, medical associations and legislatures need ntye disinfectant of sunlight.

    And with that I will follow the excellent advice of Veracious Poet and shut my pie hole for the day. Wishing you all glad tidings and joy of the season, gratitude for the tonic of the critter beauty at the end of each daily digest here, and a big virtual hug to Ilargi and TAE commentariat.

    And as Judy Garland belted out towards the end of the 1950 classic Summer Stock with Gene Kelly:

    “Forget your troubles come on get happy, the Lord is waitin’ to take your hand. Sing Hallelujah come on get happy, we’re goin’ to the promised Land!”

    XO ☮️

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    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Another Big Reversal FOMC Day: Markets Call Hawkish Fed’s Bluff”

    Huh? I don’t think he’s bluffing. Why would he bluff? Has the Fed ever bluffed before in history? The Fed raises until something breaks. Nothing’s broken yet. Therefore, they will raise. Until Europe breaks.

    Then Russia runs them over.

    Easy peasy.

    “Laura Ingraham: The left wants Covid amnesty, the right wants answers –“

    What would they want amnesty for? Vaccines are safe and effective. Nobody died, nothing went wrong. Somehow, again, they are pre-aware that although the above statement is true, somehow it is also very VERY NOT true at the same time. And although Safe and Effective, it’s also very UN-safe, and UN-effective, and they are at great personal and professional risk. Which can only mean that THEY believe it wasn’t just a little bad, but killed people. And not 1-2, not 1-2,000 considering the size of the program, but way, WAY more than that. 100,000k?

    Because otherwise they wouldn’t need, discuss, or think about amnesty. It would just be “medicine” within fairly normal parameters.

    So how do they “Pre-know” what they don’t know again? How do you both know something and not know it at the same time? Are they deeply mentally ill or something?

    “the Crimean peninsula – which was annexed by Russia in 2014 in a move rejected by the UN”

    Is it now? Which part? The UN monitors themselves oversaw the referendum and couldn’t find anything. The only actionable portion of the UN – The Security Council – didn’t vote against it because that part has a Russian veto. So this translates as “Some guy who was once hired by the UN didn’t like it”?

    “arguing Russia should only be required to disgorge territory gained since February this year.”

    You and whose army? And note the Left is about twice as much of a warmonger as Kissinger now. It’s the Right who is wishy washy, wants discussions, audits, and who contains a very few anti-war dissenters.

    “he may act on his threat to deploy tactical nuclear weapons,”

    So many lies, so little time, but this is “The Guardian.” He did not threaten nuclear weapons since I don’t know when. It’s the standard MAD protocol all nations have since nukes were invented in 1945. Second, this protocol is not “Tactical”. Because words: The Guardian fails, does not know how to use them. It’s like a Baskin Robbins that can’t make frozen ice cream, and nothing else either.

    “Tactical” is a stupid, modern word, but when it’s used, they mean, “the art of organizing and employing fighting forces on or near the battlefield.” – Wikipedia. That is, LOCAL. The problem and fear for the West isn’t that someone uses a different rainbow colored hug-bomb, but that the U.S. and Russia will exchange strikes that erase most cities from the face of the earth, and thereafter, most life from the planet. That is: NOT TACTICAL. Global. Or as they jargon: “Strategic”. The #Opposite of what they wrote.

    1) Putin never threatened tactical nukes: it’s only the West that is (revealingly) talking about it. 2) The West wouldn’t care if they did outside of PR and general escalation.

    3) If I followed every lie in even a single Guardian article, each article would require a book.

    “Andrzej Duda, said: “Crimea is and was as much a part of Ukraine as Gdansk or Lublin are parts of Poland.”

    Both halves of that statement are in question as Poland’s borders move all the time, but let’s just point out again that Ukraine doesn’t exist. It has had no stable borders or people ever, and even today’s borders don’t exist, were set up as a random political administration by the USSR, and changed many times even up to 1954 when Crimea – which is not Ukrainian, ethnically or historically — was added. So he is defending Stalin, as is Joe Biden. Go Stalin!

    “Petro Poroschenko, the former Ukrainian president, suggested a new Yalta conference could be held there next year, replicating the 1945 summit held to plan the post-second world war order.”

    This is a great example, as name stealers and word-changers, if anybody does anything, or has anything, or creates anything valuable, like actual people did at Yalta orginally, they can’t stand it, jump in and imitate it as a means of stealing and hollowing out all value and meaning from it. Media was laboriously built over centuries to instill trust? Take them over from within and steal/sell/use the social capital within. Churches do good work? Infiltrate or convince and con them into doing things that use their power towards their ends, preferably by damaging their power and reputation. And so on. Petro is a nobody from nowhere and doesn’t deserve to shine the shoes of the waiters at Yalta, and he knows it. For their terrible faults, those three were men of actual power, not some borrowed glory.

    It’s worth noting because it’s like 80% of what they do, and also demonstrates who they are: Nobodies. Con men. Panhandling Hobos.

    “except in the mainstream American press, where Merkel’s remarks last week go unmentioned — the former German leader described her cynical, treacherous betrayal of Moscow during negotiations of the two Minsk Protocols, the first signed in September 2014 and the second the following February.”

    The Duran pointed out that high-class well-educated political lawyers in UK had no idea what a “Minsk” was. Because they refuse to report anything, and that inaccurately, it has serious consequences for the rest of us. You know: like world-wide nuclear war leading to the death of ourselves and all life on earth. Thanks 4th estate.

    “Poroshenko was a jumped-up candy magnate running the wildly irresponsible, rabidly Russophobic regime that had seized power in Kiev.”

    Like this: Petro did not “Seize power”. Victoria Nuland said “F the EU”, and paid some $6 Billion dollars, minimum, to actively and illegally — and militarily, by shooting police, civilians, and lighting buildings on fire — topple the legitimate democracy of Ukraine and INSTALL a fake, Illegal government. As an act of open war. So Petro seized nothing. He was sitting around, and they handed it to him, along with “Our BOY, Yats.” What does “Boy” usually suggest in modern English?

    Again, as the Right and Alt is reactionary to the lies of the Left, they regularly eat complete falsehoods like this from time to time and regurgitate them without thinking. Don’t be reactionary: think for yourself.

    “There is still no agreement on setting up a special tribunal to deal with alleged war crimes in Ukraine, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has said.”

    You and whose army? So many lies, we keep acting as if these guys are relevant and have power. Power that they can wield to accomplish actions. And those actions outside of the 3rd conference room in EU headquarters. They can’t. They are nobodies. And that’s what “War” is. To them it’s a mere abstraction, so apparently somebody needs to deliver the reality of it to them, and someone will although that somebody probably won’t be Russia.

    Russia’s America’s actions in Ukraine Iraq and Syria are tantamount to the “destruction of a country” and a “war crime.” He said Moscow Washington had deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure in an attempt to carry out the “assassination of millions of people by cold depleted uranium.” Uh huh.

    “It’s not fascism when we do it,” the Docktor says yet again. So I assume the EU is planning a long-delayed special tribunal that will call for extradition of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld to a war crimes tribunal.

    Or this? ““Military terror [against civilians] has escalated beyond all limits after NATO members started supplying weapons”

    Pope calls for Humble Christmas, while not sending even on gold leaf from one soup spoon to Ukraine from his own account.

    “Twitter numbers make no sense. Not if it were a business.”

    If it’s not a business, then what? Then it’s not Capitalism for one. It’s not “muh private corporation” for two. It’s an arm of the federal government, for three. So should we reduce Twitter to three letters? CIA, FBI, NSA, TWR?

    Since the funding and positioning come from other fields, the SEC, Banks, NYSE, etc, which is in coordination and collusion with the Federal Government, then is that not the definition of a “Deep State”? A “Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex”?

    At least two Presidents openly said so. A top Senator just said so recently: that is the “They” who can “get you six ways to Sunday” and do not report to Congress or the People. Should we believe them? Or are they liars?

    “Why was [Baker] still in a position to “vet” them?”

    Because Musk needed the story to 1) come out, and then create story #2) Baker, an FBI, in the Twitter Board Room, RIGHT NOW, editing and censoring your reality RIGHT NOW, as in undeniable.

    Now isn’t that a better story? Musk didn’t fabricate that story, either. It’s real. All he did was not pre-prevent the story and undercut his own position and reduce our own appropriate reaction to it.

    “Which files have been given to Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss and which files have not been given to them?”

    Ah yes, but Hopkins, I know we lose track of this, but THIS IS ALWAYS TRUE. The DNC files were released and someone withheld the name of the person who locally downloaded them, for example. Deepthroat released files but declined to reveal his position and personal goal in releasing them to remove Nixon from power, which is a CIA operation, choosing Presidents. It’s never not true.

    He also can’t muddy the Story 1 and 2 (We’re on story 3, Yoel’s private life with children) but dropping all 199 stories at once won’t work, although Elon has released movie trailers that the medical Story 4 is coming up shortly. When he wishes, he will at that time forward these documents to Taibbi and Weiss who will compile and release them as you desire.

    CJ, you may not have noticed, but events in reality happen in TIME, where it’s not “everything, everywhere, all at once.” I want them too, but why not comment this: WE ALREADY HAVE THEM. “We” already know everything that Twitter will release because you’d have to be dumber than a Bush to NOT know already.

    So maybe an article on why we are a-twitter about re-releasing information everybody already knows? As “The Atlantic” reported? Step 1) “There’s no censorship.” Step 2) “There’s no story because everybody already knows there IS censorship.” LITERALLY. Yeah, thanks.

    Already know like this: “Link Between MRNA Vaccine, Heart Inflammation ‘Covered Up’ – British MP (ToI)”

    Are we ever going to know that we know? Or are we going to not-pre-know that we know that we know-don’t know? See why this annoys me so much? I cannot know and not know the same thing at the same time.

    “DeSantis Forms Florida Grand Jury to Investigate Covid Vaccine Rollout (ZH)”

    The AMA, FDA and everybody did everything right, so they have nothing to worry about. That’s what they tell me as they wiretap, collect, and pre-arrest me all day long, right?

    Naomi Wolf: Okay, who’s running protection for DeSantis? Because it doesn’t appear the other Governors have this protection, or even the opposite. Does the Protector only have power enough to protect one state, or are they quite miserably allowing the other 49 states to suffer and be exposed?

    “…interest on the national debt is already on track to consume 40 percent of the federal budget by 2052 (should be 25?)and will surpass defense spending by 2029! ”

    Yes, we’re not going to pay; we’re going to default. But we’ve been saying that since 1990, (when Reagan set it up) so timing matters.

    “client assets possibly held by FTX were transferred to Alameda Research to cover the hedge fund’s financial losses.”

    Passive tense. Those “Assets” don’t wander out of the fence and over to the barn by themselves. Some PERSON did that. On a DAY. For a REASON. On purpose, with intent. Intent to steal and defraud.

    “How Economic Sanctions in Ancient Greece Backfired, Prolonging War (GR)”

    Good approach. We usually point out the most recent ones that don’t work, like Venezuela or Cuba. But since like Socialism, they’ve never worked ever once in history, we can go back to the 1st one, or back to cave men as well.

    “ultimately helped to prolong and intensify of the Peloponnesian War”

    I wonder if this was on purpose then too. That is, we desire to increase and prolong the wars.

    Swans: this is how we use “Science” as religion and “Scienceism”. So, you have a “Swan Landing Gene” you want to demonstrate you’ve discovered and confirmed? No? Then why did you toss in the word ‘evolution’ in there just to sound “Sciency”? The statement has the same implication they intend, I appreciate the video, I’m just deconstructing it so we can see our own bias.

    #123458
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    “Figures can’t lie, but liars can figure” – Anonymous

    Just thought this might be a good time to mobilize a wizened old veteran.

    #123459
    Michael Reid
    Participant


    James Roguski discusses WHO’s secret meetings and how the 2005 International Health Regulations amendments are the backdoor to total global control and the establishment of a planetary digital surveillance system. The proposed IHR amendments would blatantly strike out respect for our dignity, human rights, and fundamental freedoms! The IHR and WHO Pandemic Treaty are the one-two punch for world government and the global Algorithm Ghetto. People need to act now.

    James Roguski: IHR Amendments Are WHO’s Backdoor to Global Control

    #123460
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Anonymous apparently is unacquainted with statistics.

    Just an opinion.

    #123461
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    @ #123460

    Addressed to DBS @ 123458

    #123462
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @FormerlyT-Bear re: #123458 , #123460 , #123461

    Not to brag or anything (well, maybe a little bit, and I’m aware I’ll pay the price for my bad manners) but he aced Probability & Statistics at Southern Illinois University, 1967, at the top of his class.

    However, getting back to your point, I ain’t saying that figures don’t lie. I’m saying that once a really good liar starts writing those figures down the probability of his getting away with using true figures to tell a lie and get away with it approaches 100%.

    And of course there’s always the possibility that the statistician is lying about the numbers themselves. He coulda just pulled them out of thin air (or some darker damper place) and the raw stats are themselves pure fantasy. In today’s world the odds on that aren’t very good in our favor either.

    Jimmy the Greek won’t even touch the bet.

    #123463
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #123464
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Sgt Pepper eat your heart out

    .

    #123465
    Oroboros
    Participant

    .

    #123466
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @FormerlyT-Bear

    Dammit. Now I feel remorseful. I’ve gotta come clean with the FULL story of how I ranked top of my class in Stats & Probability.

    Grades in the class were based on three mid-term tests and a Final Exam. The midterms would account for half and the Final would be the other half.

    I felt like a hapless hopeless idiot throughout, and during the Final I felt even worse. I resigned myself to failure and just waited for the ax to fall when my test came back at 27% correct answers . I had done a little bit better on the midterms, but not by much. All questions were math based, to include all of the work sheets as well as the mathematically expressed answers themselves.

    Imagine my shock when the grades were posted and I got an A+.

    So, I went to the Professor and respectfully informed him that I did not understand half of what was on the exam and certainly did not deserve even a passing grade, much less an A+.

    His answer sort of changed the direction of my life. First of all, said that since the course was about statistics and probability that all grading was done on a purely math based curve. Secondly he said that for this reason the Final Exam was designed in such a way that a perfect 100% score was as close to impossible as they could manage because they wanted to bracket the entire range of best possible to worst possible. And lastly he told me that I got the high grade and top position because that’s where I landed on the curve, and added, “You just aren’t aware of how badly everyone else did.”

    The other thing I learned (many many decades later) was that anyone who would look a gift horse in the mouth and go back a teacher to COMPLAIN about getting an A+ grade was some kind of REAL WEIRDO.

    #123467
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    @ D Benton Smith #123462

    My #12460 was based on remarks by a certain Samuel L. Clemens of some notoriety on the subject. I will leave you to take it up with that authority, not one hiding behind anonymity and entirely unaddressable. Consider my point as being the statement issues in #123458 as being false, sort out the analytical debris at your leisure.

    #123469
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    @ D.Benton Smith # 123466

    Posted above before seeing your latest. I too have a story. When Sputnik graced the cold evening skies, the country was moved to improve and fund education, I being a recipient of that national effort. The state found they had no statewide information as to competency in math levels and issued the first statewide math competency test. the top three were within 2 points of each other. A young lady came in first followed by a tie for second. The other second place went to MIT, they sat on the other side of the room when the test was given so it was impossible to observe each other’s work. I had enough sense not to get involved in further maths. But I still have a reasonable familiarity with the logic. The population of the state at that time was 3.200,000 more or less. I have no idea what the school population might have been; go figure. That is my math story.

    #123470
    Oroboros
    Participant

    So the Empire of Lies® is just a collection of Mafias.

    A collection of organized criminal conspiracies

    Gangsters

    The Military Industrial Mafia

    The Financial Industrial Mafia

    The Pharmaceutical Industrial Mafia

    The Media Industrial Mafia

    Etc…

    Yeh, yeh, I know the lines blur and parties from one mafia drift into an adjacent one.

    They are in fact Interlocking Directorates

    Members come and go, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes not.

    The cast of hoodlums change like a poison kaleidoscope, but the mafias continues to ‘exist’ over time.

    Like a Standing Wave

    Standing waves depend on a very delicate balance of stream bed or river bed topology, speed of the current, direction of the current, water content (debris), water viscosity, the list goes on, all combined in XYZ axis with Time.

    The Empire of Lies® is such a Standing Wave, a whirlpool of Satanic Being

    Putin coined the epithet.

    I propose a new term for the entity formerly known as the USA.

    Like:

    a Pile Of Leaves

    a Packet Of Information

    a Flock of Birds

    I will borrow from the Crows to get the essence of the place.

    Interchangable with The Empire of Lies® I will use the term

    A Murder of Mafias®

    to refer to the United States of America

    It captures it’s present rotten core to a tee.

    .

    #123471
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @ Formerly T-Bear Re: #123469 (etc.)

    I figure that’s a good story, a good reference to the maestro (Sam Clemens) , and a good hint to not even think about ever challenging you on a maths quiz.

    #123472
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Chirp Heil!

    #123473
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    My goodness, @Oroboros, you are on a roll!

    In fact, everybody’s coffee seems to be working this morning.

    #123474
    John Day
    Participant

    Vague War Reporting post is up. Something’s afoot (maybe) https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/vague-war-reporting

    Spartacus at ICENI Bulletins, argues It Wasn’t a Lab Leak, it Was Intentional , but the release of SARS-CoV2 could readily have been both.
    https://iceni.substack.com/p/it-wasnt-a-lab-leak-it-was-intentional

    There is an embedded assumption that SARS-CoV2 virus was “released” once into the human population, then spread like wildfire, but there is evidence that multiple strains of the virus, only distantly related, cropped up in different places and at different times.
    The military knows that weaponized viruses leak out of labs by infecting humans. This has always happened. The military makes contingency plans. The military monitors for leaks, and keeps their findings secret, often actively denying the truth.
    If a virus leaks out and starts killing people, perhaps from Ft. Detrick Maryland something must be done to obscure the origin. https://www.johndayblog.com/2021/06/fort-detrick.html
    The Ethical Skeptic presented excellent genomic and viral spread analysis which showed that the Omicron variant had a most recent common ancestor with any prior COVID strain, no later than March 2018. Omicron was clearly different, clearly a game-changer and clearly a fresh lab-release.

    China’s CCP Concealed SARS-CoV-2 Presence in China as Far Back as March 2018


    One of the early, large-scale national epidemics of COVID occurred in Iran, after 3 days of nationwide mourning in the streets for General Soleimani, assassinated in Iraq, on a State visit, apparently carrying out a diplomatic mission on behalf of the US, by American drones.

    Financial N-option will settle Trump’s oil war


    The timing of the street demonstrations of mourning was in America’s hands. Preparations could have been made to release SARS-CoV2 into the Iranian population during the public speeches at these mass gatherings. A lot of Iranian government officials caught COVID and spent January 2020 sick or dying.
    Considerations of how to obscure the trail of spread can take many forms, including covert use as a weapon, interpreted as natural-spread.
    If SARS-CoV2 accidentally leaked from Ft. Detrick in May/June 2019, then contingency plans to obscure the origin would have been activated. Event 201 and the inclusion of US forces in the Wuhan Games that same mid-October 2019 (first time ever), would have helped to obscure the original leak.
    Using the weapon as a covert bioweapon would also present itself as a one-time opportunity, which would already exist as a contingency plan somewhere in DARPA.
    What entity did release Omicron, and why? I don’t know.
    The Omicron release immediately appeared to be a friendly-action towards most humans. Maybe that was incidental to it being an attack upon the PANDEMIC control-narrative, but attacking that control-narrative is still a friendly action towards non-elite humans.
    Intentional release of Omicron, a little over a year ago, implies that some elite faction, opposed to the current global cabal, sabotaged their control-narrative and plan by releasing a milder virus, which would act as a self-spreading vaccine against the more fatal strains.
    This did remove the fear-of-COVID from a majority of people. Pandemic-fear now only works as a control-narrative in a minority of people in the US, Europe, China and the world.
    What is next in the elite contest for global power. WAR as a control-narrative is tried-and-true, but slowly-losing has never been an effective iteration of that narrative. Everybody can only say they are “winning” for a limited period of time, then what?

    #123475
    John Day
    Participant

    I have been avoiding this 2 hour video, basically a shared lecture by Colonel Douglas Macgregor US Army ret. and Michael Vlahos, who has extensive military, CIA and State Dept. experience, and lectures at an American War College. (Eleni said I had to watch every minute, as there is no transcript. She was serious.)
    If you watch from 1:33 you will catch the last half hour as Macgregor segues into the message given later. It gets closer to that message after 1:50.
    The last 10 minutes, starting 1:53 gets to the point of regime-change in America. From 1:56 , the last 7 minutes, is that American regime-change message.
    “War of decision” is the theme that develops into a need to change the “courtiers” in the “court of the American Empire”.
    From 1:59:30 there is discussion about getting “new-blood” in the governing elites, because the elites are globalists, not serving the interests of American citizens or even the American economy.
    The last 2 minutes is “The War of Decision is at Home” part.
    The failure of the “wholly owned by the Washington elites” War in Ukraine will provide the opportunity to wrest power from them in a “revolution”, which Macgregor “thinks is coming”.
    “Revolution” is a term much bandied about, but both men are visibly tense in the last few minutes. Macgregor relaxes some after making the decisive statement.
    Who is the target audience for this message? Does it have multiple target audiences? Several levels of meaning? Is it a signal? To whom?

    #123476
    John Day
    Participant

    About car accidents and COVID-vaccine “compliance”:
    I suggest that non-compliant people have more car-accidents in general. COVID-vaccination propaganda was aimed at the highest-compliance group in the US, college educated, white women.
    Some subsets of vaccine-non-compliant people will have very few car-accidents.

    #123477
    Germ
    Participant

    Thai princess collapses from heart condition, palace says

    “She is a fitness enthusiast …”. 🤪☠️🤪

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-63983803

    Not even the high and mighty are spared the ravages of the climate change virus ☠️

    TVASF

    #123478
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @John Day re compliant vs noncompliant personality traits

    You raise very good points. I would add to them by hazarding a guess that the folks who establish and maintain true nations are largely (and ironically) predominantly noncompliant types.

    #123479
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “Bosco. I’m pretty happy. I feel the anger and all the stuff but the more of a nobody I become the less of a someone there is to care about. I’m just some guy with concerns and opinions. I like you alot and I like that you give a shit and that you are weird and wonderful so you go girl.”

    Thank you, oxy. I enjoy your expressions too.

    “the Cottagecore was interesting. Really ties in with the quiet quitting going on.”

    Aye. I try to track what’s happening in the 40-and-under crowd since the future belongs to a) the young and able-bodied, and b) the old and wise — especially where the two intersect and cooperate.Since we homos are more irrational than not, I think it helps to understand what the younguns are feeling and why.

    “I put down MY The Science™, he puts down HIS The Science™, and we wrestle each other, like civilized people?”

    I say do it the civilized way if you like that kinda kink. 😉

    “It’s Bosco-Tastic:”

    Whatever that means? btw, my youngest son got the jab despite my urging him not to. Got shingles six months later. THankfully not the serious kind. (He has avoided the boosters, thank Allah.) I have a niece with 3 kids aged 5 and under who is a total vax-believer, and I can do nothing to stop it. Maybe I should send her a Xmas card from Germ telling how fucked she, her hubs, and her kids are? I’m sure that will help.

    ***
    Today’s Yogi tea tag tip: Without the storms and rain, life would cease to be.

    Relevant song: It’s, like, the weather, dude

    ***

    Xmas will let you know when it’s through with you. Until then, submit or die:

    I Will Give My Heart

    ***

    Bonus Xmas music invasion: L&L The best in any art not requiring major athletic exertion are often old old old people…. you can hear the drummer’s wisdom in every brush stroke. He warn’t nearly as good when he originally recorded this tune in the early 60s for the famous tv cartoon.

    #123480
    zerosum
    Participant

    Reminder – Headlines. You wrote the stories
    Collusion
    – secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others:

    – Julian Assange

    – the Russiagate hoax

    – to keep the war going

    – proxy war

    – two Minsk Protocols

    – Twitter

    – FTX

    – Hunter Biden laptop

    – the official Covid narrative, i.e., the most insidious propaganda and gaslighting campaign in human history, or the destabilization and radical restructuring of global society that I keep mentioning in this column and have been writing about, extensively, since March of 2020.

    – the ‘cover-up’ of research linking mRNA jabs with heart inflammation

    – “In effect we have the poacher paying the gamekeeper,”
    (investigate the covid mRNA vaccines, Anthony Fauci, etc.)

    – Read more …
    https://babylonbee.com/news/government-warns-that-with-elon-owning-twitter-they-will-only-control-97-of-the-media
    (Government Warns That With Elon Owning Twitter They Will Only Control 97% Of The Media
    Dec 14, 2022 · BabylonBee.com)
    ———-
    – Alternate storyteller/truthteller, +A, Dr. D, ( top position because that’s where he landed on the curve)

    ———-

    @John
    Day

    If SARS-CoV2 accidentally leaked from Ft. Detrick in May/June 2019,
    obscure the origin
    – Event 201,
    the inclusion of US forces in the Wuhan Games that same mid-October 2019 (first time ever),
    The Omicron release immediately appeared to be a friendly-action towards most humans.
    ———-
    Question:
    Are those “free test” for covid19 effective for detecting Omicron.
    (I got hit with a bad case of drippy nose, (flue), but tested negative.
    I treated it with vitamin D and Zinc)
    ———–

    #123481
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “highest-compliance group in the US, college educated, white women”

    You noticed this also? Around 2015-2016 i noticed that the mega corporations in my area seemed to predominately favor highering women for many back office jobs. Not in a 60/40% spread or anything like that, more like 80/20 or 90/10 spreads. Good article i read on that a few weeks back, the author referred to them as “head girls”. Whooo boy though, don’t tell a woman this. Hell hath no fury and all that.

    #123482
    Noirette
    Participant

    Re. article from Consortium News, top post: Germany and Lies of the Empire. https://bit.ly/3W284kI

    Well Hit – ler would turn over in his grave if he was told that to conquer more Lebensraum (use cheap labor, sell products, to the East, infeodate, control), to get rid of the Gypsies (keep them at home – I’m leaving the Jews out here, they could all go to Isr-a-hell), and fight a covert war against France, knock out those bothersome Greeks, impoverish them, turn some neighbors of, and those ‘traditionally close to’ the arch-enemy, then the USSR, into crazed opponents of Russia: …

    That all he had to do was invent a kind of pan-European Thingie which would garner International Recognition, and work stubbornly and quietly in the corridors of power, using German territorial and industrial superiority to dominate.

    Plus point! Promulgating and achieving goals in tune with to his personal bents, smoking cigarettes and gobbling meat, would gradually be phased out, discouraged and *in fine* Verboten.*

    more: 🙂 🙂 .. spinning offf here…

    The pact would have included: accepting + championing homosexuality, same-sex marriage. I suppose Hit – ler would have had no problems with that at all. Leni Rifenstahl could glorify it with glorious cinematography, there you go, a mini price to pay for domination of Western Europe and further East, as… nobody cares about deviants, or – ppl have the right to their preference.

    *were German / Nazi social tropes at the time, not just those of Hit – ler.

    Much more could be said about the Merkel interview(s), what is hidden here is intra-EU fights.

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    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    I’ll question whether compliance or non- creates more traffic accidents. I’d say that it comes down to who can pay the most effective attention to what’s happening ahead of their windshield, behind their rear-view, and especially what’s going on around their blind sides. Vigilance and caution are qualities that exist outside the rules.

    If anything, I’d bet that the compliant are the more dangerous drivers.

    #123484
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    As for Jamie Collum, MilliGenzies, and the chronic presence of the ooh-ooh melody; here we hear itin one of its countless reiterations. Not sure but I think it’s Kanye’s fault?

    You’re Not the Only One

    #123485
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    Lone Wolf

    #123486
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    What would I call the current flocks of people divided into left/right<>vaxxed/unvaxxed<>Putin Is the Devil/Putin Is Just Doing his Job-Is a Savior<>global climate disruption is real/GCD is not real, etc., etc… ?

    I would call it an Echo of Chambers.

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    boscohorowitz
    Participant
    #123488
    Oroboros
    Participant

    “the folks who establish and maintain true nations are largely (and ironically) predominantly noncompliant types…..”

    The Founding Fathers

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    boscohorowitz
    Participant
    #123490
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    @ Dr. John Day

    I have just listened to Vlahos/Macgregor vid to ~20 min. point, … and I just had to stop to register my first subconscious impression. Here it goes:

    *** Colonel Douglas Macgregor US Army (ret.) sounds like he must have a very, very close access to all the intricate Russian war planning machinations! ***

    And so, above said, this can’t be good, can it? I don’t have much experience as an observer of how PR industry works, … but I suspect that any fair to good PR team – contracted out – could pretty well make a good Colonel sound as the most perfect Russian operative! No? ( … me, just musing out loud.)

    F.S.

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