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René Magritte La belle captive 1946

 

The End of 500 Years of Conquistador Civilisation (Batiushka)
Hollande, Merkel Confessions ‘Formalization Of Betrayal’ – Russian Senator (RT)
German Chancellor Merkel Has Just Declared Russia Was Never Pacified (Helmer)
US Congress Urged To Assess ‘Risks’ Of Patriot Delivery To Ukraine (RT)
Russian Oil Products Refined Abroad Exempt From Price Cap – US Treasury (RT)
Elon Musk: Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘Cannot Be Regarded As A Scientist’ (DW)
10 Ways COVID Changed How People Think About Health–Part 1 (ET)
The Shameful Suppression Of Pandemic Public Policy Dissidents (OCR)
Age-Stratified Infection Fatality Rate Of Covid-19 In The Non-elderly (Ioannidis)
Why It Isn’t Mad To Oppose The World Economic Forum (Gregg)
In War for Control of Humanity (ET)
Law Will Install Kill Switches In All New Cars (Y!)

 

 

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The End of 500 Years of Conquistador Civilisation (Batiushka)

[..] now we come to the end of the vital crossroads year of 2022 and a revolution that happens only once every 500 years. What we had been waiting for over so many years is now here. The date of 24 February 2022 has already gone down in world history. With the incredibly aggressive refusal of Washington to allow the Kiev puppet regime to grant freedom to the people of the Donbass, Russia has been obliged to turn to Defence Plan B, to partial mobilisation and the demilitarisation and liberation of all of the Ukraine and even beyond, as the suicidal attitudes of the Western world will oblige it to do. A limited operation has had to be turned by Western aggression into a full-scale war and the US/West/NATO has deprived itself of peace and prosperity through its suicidal sanctions. It means the end of Western Conquistador Civilisation.

Thus, we try to peer over the horizon into 2023 and beyond. What will come once the Ukrainian war is over? Some who follow the Western reporting of the conflict may be surprised by these statements. However, that reporting has been a strange mixture of delusional fantasies/wishful thinking and straightforward propaganda, organised by Western secret services and PR agencies, omitting truth, logic and reality. Venal journalists have been ordered to report such nonsense from on high – otherwise, they would have lost their careers and their income. Such reporting has essentially been destined to try and keep Western peoples under control in the hardships they are facing as a result of the suicidal decisions of their US-controlled political elites.

The US elite is making use of the meagre resources of its NATO vassals (so-called ‘allies’), using as its battlefield the Ukraine and as its cannon fodder Ukrainians and mercenaries. But Russian victory is inevitable, even if delayed because the US is deliberately and suicidally making the Ukraine into its Second Vietnam. The Western elite wants to fight ‘to the last Ukrainian’. (“We don’t care how many Ukrainians will die. How many women, children, civilians and military. We don’t care. Ukraine cannot take the peace decision. The peace decision can only be taken in Washington. But for now we want to continue this war, we will fight to the last Ukrainian.” Former US Senator Richard Blake). Therefore, it is immorally supplying all sorts of lethal arms for hundreds of thousands more of these hoodwinked Slavs to die or to be maimed.

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How are they ever going to negotiate peace after this?

Hollande, Merkel Confessions ‘Formalization Of Betrayal’ – Russian Senator (RT)

Thousands of people have lost their lives in eastern Ukraine since 2014 because the West treated the Minsk agreements as scrap paper, the vice speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament said on Saturday. Senator Konstantin Kosachev was reacting to an admission by former French president Francois Hollande that the Minsk agreements were actually a ploy to buy time for the Kiev government to strengthen its military. This move should be credited for Ukraine’s “successful resilience” to Russia in the ongoing conflict with its neighbor, he added. Hollande was echoing a statement by former German chancellor Angela Merkel, who described the Minsk accords in December as “an attempt to give Ukraine time” to build up its armed forces.

The Minsk-1 and Minsk-2 deals were signed in 2014 and 2015 following mediation by Germany, France and Russia. They were designed to put an end to fighting between Kiev and the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk by giving them special status within the Ukrainian state. Kiev’s failure to implement those agreements has been cited as one of the reasons for Moscow launching its military operation on February 24. “For the West, the territorial integrity of Ukraine is all about control over land and not about achieving social consensus. It’s about territory, not people. It’s about violence, not negotiations,” Kosachev wrote on Telegram. This approach “directly contradicts so-called European values,” he said. The senator noted that Western attitudes towards the territorial integrity of the UK and Spain have been completely different in the face of Scotland and Catalonia’s push for independence.

“The confessions by Merkel and Hollande are a formalization of betrayal… The price of this betrayal is thousands of human lives lost over the past eight years of civil war in Ukraine. The civil war that the West didn’t stop by treating the Minsk agreements as scrap paper,” Kosachev wrote. According to the UN estimates, more than 14,000 people were killed in Donbass between 2014 and early 2022. The only co-author of the Minsk agreements that genuinely tried to act as a guarantor was Russia, the senator claimed. Moscow sided with the people and left the territorial issue aside for as long as “it was still possible to implement the Minsk accord,” he added. The People’s Republic of Donetsk and Lugnask, as well as Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, joined the Russian state in autumn after holding referendums. Kiev and its Western backers have called the votes a “sham” and refused to recognize the results.

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Merkel hated the Soviet Union and that is somehow supposed to make all this alright.

German Chancellor Merkel Has Just Declared Russia Was Never Pacified (Helmer)

Angela Merkel, the chancellor who destroyed the Christian Democratic party in German politics always hated Russia and President Vladimir Putin most of all. She concealed this for as long as she calculated she needed to preserve the votes of East Germany, German businesses and unions for her re-election. But lie after lie she leaked through her staff to the German and English press. She even tried to promote a German candidate to rule the Ukraine in her war against Russia – until Washington installed their own in Kiev, and told Merkel to fall in line. She did. The outcome of Merkel’s rule between 2005 and 2021 is her 4-election failure to win a majority of votes or seats in the Bundestag; the defeat of every German voting bloc which had supported her in power in Berlin; the rebuilding of the Berlin Wall in the minds of the remaining Germans who disagree and who resist; and the return of Russia-hating and Adolf Hitler’s war aims for Germany against Moscow.

They are also the war aims of Joseph Kennedy, father financier of the US Democratic Party whose fascist line was tolerated by the White House until the fighting war started in earnest in Europe and Kennedy was gotten rid of. No comparable resistance to the alliance between German and American fascism exists today in the US, Europe, Berlin or London. The resistance, however, is worldwide; does not speak English as a native language; and the Russian armed forces are stronger than they ever were. The problem for them is how wide and deep the demilitarized zone must be drawn to defend Russia for the foreseeable future – how far west of the Dnieper River? To the Oder and Neisse Rivers of Poland and Germany, or to the Berlin Wall? With every new bombing, missile, and drone raid, the Stavka meeting daily in Moscow conducts its experiment in drawing the lines westward to the last Ukrainian, then to the last German.

In the Russian Foreign Ministry’s final briefing for the year, spokesman Maria Zakharova had not yet registered what Merkel said in Italian, in her interview with Corriere della Sera on December 27. That was: “ We all knew that it was a frozen conflict, that the problem was not solved, but this gave Ukraine precious time…the Cold War never really ended because Russia was never pacified.” For Merkel’s “problem to be solved” and “pacify Russia” read the US and NATO war to destroy Russia. “Today we act like this under the pressure of war,” she added, “which I approve of.” According to Zakharova, referring to Merkel’s earlier interviews in German with Die Zeit and Der Spiegel, “Angela Merkel’s confessions that the Minsk agreements only served to buy “time for Ukraine” leads to an interesting situation.

The Western countries prevented their media from visiting Donbass. At the same time, they needed time, as they say, for the Kiev regime to grow stronger. This is real evidence of what Russian leadership has been talking about. All this indicates that the Ukrainian army and the West are using unacceptable methods not only on the battlefield, but also in the information war that they have unleashed against Russia. The Kiev regime and its Western handlers are trying to hide their own crimes and the truth about what is really happening in Ukraine.”

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“..operation of the system requires dozens of trained personnel..”

“Training repair crews for the Patriot system alone takes some 53 weeks..”

“..estimated to cost about $4 million per missile.”

US Congress Urged To Assess ‘Risks’ Of Patriot Delivery To Ukraine (RT)

The US Congress is facing issues “in both its legislative and oversight roles” over the planned delivery of Patriot anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) has warned. The research institute is a US government agency that provides expert support to members of Congress on a nonpartisan basis. The US government pledged to deliver one battery of the advanced MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft system to Kiev earlier this month, following an unannounced visit to Washington by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. The timeframe for the delivery remains unclear, as the operation of the system requires dozens of trained personnel. US media outlets have suggested that Ukrainian troops may be invited to America for training, which has yet to occur in the context of the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Training repair crews for the Patriot system alone takes some 53 weeks, the CRS noted, adding that “there is a lot of learning to do before Ukraine will have a functioning Patriot system on the ground.” The research body also urged lawmakers to examine the exact source of the battery to be supplied to Kiev. It’s still unclear whether Washington itself or some of its NATO allies will provide the Patriot battery. The CRS warned that, ultimately, the “battery and associated interceptors being sent to Ukraine could be taken from existing army units and stockpiles.” “If it is withdrawn from other operational forces, such as US Central Command or US Indo-Pacific Command, transferring the system to Ukraine may create opportunity costs and potential risks in those theaters,” it said, adding that supplying a battery from the US homeland “could impede training or modernization cycles.”

The research agency also raised concerns over the “massive price tag” of the Patriot systems and their interceptor missiles, which are “estimated to cost about $4 million per missile.” According to available data, “a newly produced Patriot battery costs about $1.1 billion, including about $400 million for the system and about $690 million for the missiles,” the CRS said. Congress should therefore consider the question of whether certain “restrictions [would] be imposed on what types of hostile systems can be engaged by” the systems operated by Ukrainian troops, the agency suggested.

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They declare sanctions with big words…and then seek to undermine them.

Russian Oil Products Refined Abroad Exempt From Price Cap – US Treasury (RT)

Seaborne deliveries of Russian petroleum products that are ‘substantially transformed’ outside Russia will not be subject to a price cap, the US Treasury Department said in preliminary guidance on the measure on Friday. The cap on Russian oil products is set to come into force on February 5. In order to be exempt from the price limit, Russian oil products must undergo one of a number of processes abroad, according to the document. These include distillation, thermal or fluid coking, catalytic cracking, hydrotreating, de-waxing, as well as other refinery processes involving chemical transformation, separation, conversion, or treatment. Previously published guidance confirmed that the same exemption applies to Russian oil if it undergoes deep refining outside of the country.

“Once Russian petroleum products or Russian oil are substantially transformed… in a jurisdiction other than the Russian Federation, they are no longer considered to be of Russian Federation origin, and thus the price cap no longer applies,” the document states. It noted, however, that blending operations, including gasoline, distillate and crude blending, would not be considered “substantial transformation” and therefore oil products resulting from them would still be subject to the price cap. The US Treasury Department has not yet provided specific figures for the price cap on Russian oil products. The price ceiling on Russian oil was set at $60 a barrel, but may be revised depending on market conditions.

It was introduced by the EU, the G7 countries, and Australia, and came into effect on December 5. Earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning the supply of oil and petroleum products under contracts that apply or even mention the price cap. According to Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, Russia is ready for a partial output reduction that is expected as a result of the measure. Novak expects output to drop by between 500,000 and 700,000 barrels per day, or between 5% and 7% of the total production volume.

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Scientific method.

Elon Musk: Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘Cannot Be Regarded As A Scientist’ (DW)

Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday that the social media company’s new official policy will not penalize users for legitimately questioning scientific claims and narratives that are promoted in the media. The statement from Musk comes as he has taken multiple shots at leftists this week for buying into mainstream media narratives. “New Twitter policy is to follow the science, which necessarily includes reasoned questioning of the science,” Musk said. In a subsequent tweet, Musk responded to professor Gad Saad, who posted a video mocking Dr. Anthony Fauci and his decision to retire as Republicans are set to take over the House of Representatives next week.

“Anyone who says that questioning them is questioning science itself cannot be regarded as a scientist,” Musk said in response to the video about Fauci. Prior to Musk’s purchase of Twitter, users could often face suspension or permanent bans for questioning some scientific matters, especially those surrounding COVID, vaccines, and transgender issues. Musk called out other social media companies and Google earlier this week for alleged censorship on their platforms. Musk made the remarks in response to a tweet from left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald, who wrote: “For the crime of reporting that the US Security State agencies are heavily involved in Big Tech’s censorship regime, and for confessing that he found this deeply disturbing, liberals have spent a full week saying that @mtaibbi has mental health problems and needs therapy.”

Included in Greenwald’s tweet was a screenshot of one of journalist Matt Taibbi’s Twitter Files threads. “The government was in constant contact not just with Twitter but with virtually every major tech firm,” Taibbi said. “These included Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, Reddit, even Pinterest, and many others. Industry players also held regular meetings without government.” Musk responded, “Most people don’t appreciate the significance of the point Matt was making: *Every* social media company is engaged in heavy censorship, with significant involvement of and, at times, explicit direction of the government.”

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10 Ways COVID Changed How People Think About Health–Part 1 (ET)

1. Declining Trust in Vaccinations – Vaccines, once seen as sacrosanct in modern medicine, have begun to lose favor with the general public since the COVID-19 pandemic response. As early as June 2022, an analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that the uptake of influenza vaccine doses has fallen in states that also saw low COVID vaccine uptake. Authors of the study suggest that the two polarizing attitudes toward the COVID-19 vaccines are influencing behavior toward other public health measures, and that those who approved of the COVID-19 vaccines readily took up the influenza annual vaccine, while those that declined the COVID-19 vaccines also declined subsequent vaccines.

“Safety concerns and mistrust of COVID-19 vaccines or government” may also have been associated factors, the authors wrote. The pandemic response to COVID-19 saw many changes to public health. For the first time in history, emergency-use products were mandated and heavily promoted by the government and social media with little to no disclosure of possible health risks and informed consent. Dr. Robert Malone, a biochemist and one of the inventors of the mRNA pharmaceutical platform, said mandating experimental drugs challenged basic bioethics. It has since resulted in “push back,” against Big Pharma by the public, said CEO of Progenabiome and gastroenterologist Dr. Sabine Hazan.

Despite the continuous “safe and effective” narrative from public health agencies on COVID-19 vaccinations, emerging reports of myocarditis, pericarditis, immunological, and neurological symptoms, as well as an unprecedented increase in vaccine adverse event reports suggest otherwise. A December poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports on COVID-19 vaccines found that 57 percent of Americans were concerned about “major side effects” of the vaccine. Hazan said that doctors are getting more and more of their patients coming to their clinics, asking why they are falling ill after vaccination, and have had to challenge the safe and effective narrative. “It’s hard to tell a parent who’s son was an 18-years-old athlete who died 4 days after a shot, that [the death] is not from the shot,” Hazan wrote to The Epoch Times.

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“It’s lucky that Twitter didn’t exist when Pope John Paul II proclaimed, “Be not afraid.” The Soviet Union might still be standing.”

The Shameful Suppression Of Pandemic Public Policy Dissidents (OCR)

In March 2021, Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Martin Kulldorff answered a question on Twitter about whether younger age groups and people who had already had COVID needed to be vaccinated. “No,” he responded, “Thinking that everyone must be vaccinated is as scientifically flawed as thinking that nobody should.” Dr. Kulldorff recommended vaccination for “high-risk people and their care-takers,” but said it was not needed by children or those with prior natural infection. Internal emails at Twitter show that a moderator flagged the tweet by Kulldorff, a Harvard Medical School professor, as “false information” and a violation of the company’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. Twitter slapped a “Misleading” warning on the tweet and suppressed its reach. “This Tweet can’t be replied to, shared or liked,” the warning label stated.

Twitter flagged tweets as “misleading” if they diverged at all from the official government line, even if the tweets quoted or copied data directly from scientific journals or government websites. Dr. Andrew Bostom, an internal medicine specialist who was on the faculty of Brown University Medical School from 1997 to 2021, was permanently suspended from Twitter for tweeting a link to a scientific article on COVID-19 vaccines lowering sperm counts. Dr. Bostom’s account has been restored to Twitter under Elon Musk’s new regime, along with the accounts of many other distinguished, accomplished and frequently published scientists and medical doctors. One particularly revealing communication about content moderation unearthed by Zweig involves then-President Donald Trump’s personal experience as a COVID patient.

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 p.m.,” Trump tweeted on October 5, 2020. “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!” Twitter Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker, formerly a top attorney at the FBI, sent an email to two Twitter executives that read, “Why isn’t this POTUS tweet a violation of our COVID-19 policy (especially the ‘Don’t be afraid of Covid’ statement)?” One of the executives responded that the tweet is a “broad, optimistic statement” that “doesn’t incite people to do something harmful,” and so “doesn’t fall within the published scope of our policies.” However, the executive acknowledged that Baker might have a “different read on it.” It’s lucky that Twitter didn’t exist when Pope John Paul II proclaimed, “Be not afraid.” The Soviet Union might still be standing.

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It’s not the Infection Fatality Rate we’re worried about. It’s the vaccines.

Age-Stratified Infection Fatality Rate Of Covid-19 In The Non-elderly (Ioannidis)

The largest burden of COVID-19 is carried by the elderly, and persons living in nursing homes are particularly vulnerable. However, 94% of the global population is younger than 70 years and 86% is younger than 60 years. The objective of this study was to accurately estimate the infection fatality rate (IFR) of COVID-19 among non-elderly people in the absence of vaccination or prior infection. In systematic searches in SeroTracker and PubMed (protocol: https://osf.io/xvupr), we identified 40 eligible national seroprevalence studies covering 38 countries with pre-vaccination seroprevalence data. For 29 countries (24 high-income, 5 others), publicly available age-stratified COVID-19 death data and age-stratified seroprevalence information were available and were included in the primary analysis.

The IFRs had a median of 0.034% (interquartile range (IQR) 0.013–0.056%) for the 0–59 years old population, and 0.095% (IQR 0.036–0.119%) for the 0–69 years old. The median IFR was 0.0003% at 0–19 years, 0.002% at 20–29 years, 0.011% at 30–39 years, 0.035% at 40–49 years, 0.123% at 50–59 years, and 0.506% at 60–69 years. IFR increases approximately 4 times every 10 years. Including data from another 9 countries with imputed age distribution of COVID-19 deaths yielded median IFR of 0.025–0.032% for 0–59 years and 0.063–0.082% for 0–69 years. Meta-regression analyses also suggested global IFR of 0.03% and 0.07%, respectively in these age groups. The current analysis suggests a much lower pre-vaccination IFR in non-elderly populations than previously suggested.

Large differences did exist between countries and may reflect differences in comorbidities and other factors. These estimates provide a baseline from which to fathom further IFR declines with the widespread use of vaccination, prior infections, and evolution of new variants.

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“..Schwab’s core commitment is to political and economic arrangements which used to be known as corporatism.”

Why It Isn’t Mad To Oppose The World Economic Forum (Gregg)

A key concept for Schwab’s vision of a reset world is ‘stakeholder capitalism.’ In his 2021 book Stakeholder Capitalism: A Global Economy that Works for Progress, People and Planet, Schwab defines it as ‘a form of capitalism in which companies do not only optimise short-term profits for shareholders, but seek long-term value creation, by taking into account the needs of all their stakeholders, and society at large.’ By value-creation, Schwab partly has in mind economic prosperity. But he also calls for the promotion of three other values: ‘People,’ ‘Planet,’ and ‘Peace.’ These rather broad concepts illustrate just how all-embracing Schwab’s stakeholder capitalism seeks to be.

So who are the stakeholders who will collaborate to usher in the four Ps? For Schwab, they are ‘governments,’ ‘companies,’ and ‘civil society’ (NGOs, unions, etc.). At this point we arrive at the essence of Schwab’s grand redesign. For all his invocation of the predictable woke pieties, Schwab’s core commitment is to political and economic arrangements which used to be known as corporatism. Schwab is quite explicit about this. In one article describing the origins of his present outlook, he writes: “This approach was common in the postwar decades in the West, when it became clear that one person or entity could only do well if the whole community and economy functioned. There was a strong linkage between companies and their community. In Germany, for example, where I was born, it led to the representation of employees on the board, a tradition that continues today.”

Corporatism is a broad concept. It can run the gamut from the hyper-authoritarian version embraced by Mussolini’s Italy to worker-boss structures of the type described by Schwab in postwar western Europe. All forms of corporatism, however, share some common themes. One is the necessity of limiting market competition in order to preserve social cohesion. Another is mandating cooperation between representative groups of different social and economic sectors – a process overseen and, if necessary, enforced by government officials for the sake of the common good. What, you might ask, could be wrong with this? The answer is: plenty.

For a start, corporatism – including its Schwabian expression – isn’t big on freedom. It’s all about forming and then maintaining a consensus on economic and social policies. For this reason, corporatism doesn’t cope well with dissent. Indeed, it discourages any questioning of the consensus, whether the issue is tax-rates or climate change. The language of corporatism, like that of Schwab’s WEF, may be one of coordinated consultation, but the agenda is one of control. For what matters is the harmonisation of views, no matter how absurd the idea and or how high the cost in liberty.

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The Gorgon Stare.

In War for Control of Humanity (ET)

Inventor of mRNA vaccines Dr. Robert Malone, having worked with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for many years, warns that a war is being waged by the government for control of people’s minds, and that social media platforms are being weaponized in this war and are “actively employed” by the intelligence community to influence what people think and feel. “This new battleground, in which your mind and your thoughts, your very emotions are the battleground. It is not about territory,” Malone said during a recent interview for EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program. “Twitter, it’s clear now, has become the premium platform for shaping emerging global consensus about the topics of the day.”

During his work with the DOD, Malone became aware of companies researching multilingual programs that assess the emotional content of the language used on social media, which those companies then use to “map relationship clouds,” including what topics people are discussing, who the influencers are, and who is at the fringe of that cloud, said Malone. Phenomena like being deplatformed, shadowbanned, and a “tweet” going viral is a part of this weaponizing of social media. “By using these tools of manipulating what information, what tweets you put out, what messages you put out to your influencer cloud, they can modulate how those people behave,” he said. “You can actually very actively control what individuals are thinking, the information that they’re gathering, what they’re being influenced to do.”

The people who control information warfare weapons can modulate the messaging within the influencer clouds that can be readily mapped, Malone said. “Your current state of mind, based on the language that you’re using and the topics that you’re talking about, can be mapped very precisely, psychologically,” he said. “It can be tied into a web of influence relationships.” Members of a specific “influencer cloud” can be tracked using the military spy technology called the Gorgon Stare, said Malone. This spy technology is capable of detecting movements including what car you drive, who gets in your car, and where you go, he said.

The Gorgon Stare is a surveillance technology, originally created to target terrorist groups, that utilizes high-tech cameras mounted on drones to capture video images of large areas, such as entire cities. Then artificial intelligence is used to analyze the surveillance footage. Arthur Holland Michel, author of the book, “Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All,” called this technology the “pinnacle of aerial surveillance” during a 2019 interview with the CATO Institute and said the things he learned while writing the book were so troubling, they kept him up at night.

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Law Will Install Kill Switches In All New Cars (Y!)

According to an article written by former U.S. Representative Bob Barr, hidden away in the recently passed infrastructure bill, the very one I warned before would negatively impact drivers across the country if it were to pass, is a measure to install vehicle kill switches into every new car, truck, and SUV sold in this country. The regulation likely won’t be enforced for five years, so maybe there’s time to do something about this. As we’ve seen both in this country and others recently, what constitutes “law-abiding” can change drastically overnight. For example, in September a car was pulled over in New Zealand and the occupants arrested when police discovered the trunk was full of Kentucky Fried Chicken meals. They were smuggling the fast food to customers in locked-down Auckland, against quarantine measures. Yet not too long before, delivering restaurant orders to people was considered a reputable, legal activity.

It gets even better: Barr points out that the bill, which has been signed into law by President Biden, states that the kill switch, which is referred to as a safety device, must “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired.” In other words, Big Brother will constantly be monitoring how you drive. If you do something the system has been programmed to recognize as driver impairment, your car could just shut off, which could be incredibly dangerous. There is the possibility the kill switch program might measure your driving as impaired, then when you try to start the car up again the engine won’t fire up. That would potentially leave you stranded.

But wait, there’s more. This kill switch “safety” system would be open, or in other words there would be a backdoor. That would allow police or other government authorities to access it whenever. Would they need a warrant to do that? Likely not. Even better, hackers could access the backdoor and shut down your vehicle. Barr points out what a tremendous violation of Americans’ privacy this is, and he’s right. In addition, the term “impaired driving” isn’t defined by the legislation, so it would be open to interpretation by regulators such as the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Do you want government regulators helping to write algorithms which might force your car to pull over and stop because you might be a little tired instead of tipsy?

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    René Magritte La belle captive 1946   • The End of 500 Years of Conquistador Civilisation (Batiushka) • Hollande, Merkel Confessions ‘Formalizati
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 1 2023]

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    V. Arnold
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    René Magritte La belle captive 1946

    A friend of mine sent me an incredible catalogue of Magrittes’ work…utterly amazing…

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    oxymoron
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    That you can go from killing babies for stem cells (rich people) to a bride to be being loved and remembered by her father in one feed suggests a man that looks at the world without a censored and curated model for what it’s like. It is impressive to say the least and I thank you for aggregating real news and bringing the interest, the humour, the art and the reality of spaceship earth.
    Raul – wishing you the best for 2023 while I nurture an epic comedown from too much of everything last night.

    And now to bed

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    aspnaz
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    Angela Merkel, the chancellor who destroyed the Christian Democratic party in German politics always hated Russia and President Vladimir Putin most of all.

    You have to wonder who is pressuring these ex-politicians to destroy their legacies, to write them into the history books as incompetents, so filled with hate that they could not do the best for their countries. I do not believe these confessions, they are just too extreme and too ridiculous to be credible. Don’t get me wrong, these are despicable people, they deserve to be mutilated in the town square, but for them to volunteer their untrustworthyness is very bizarre and, unless they both suffered mental collapse at the same moment, an unbelievable coincidence. NATO squeezing the balls of its minions.

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    aspnaz
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    I actually suspect that Hollande and Merkel are now outside the in-crowd and are desperately trying to get back to the respected politicians they were before Russia became the killer for every career. Merkel used to sing the praises of Putin while she was chancellor, very sensibly plugging Germany into the Russian power socket. She obviously was on the wrong team as her strategy for Germany was wiped off the board when Russia became persona non grata. But these are politicians, they grew up kissing ass, confessing to sins they never believe to be sins, doing anything they need to do to gain that extra hair-width of status in their owners’ minds: now they are crawling again, doing what they feel will get them back in the owners’ cool crowd. It is good to watch such previously elevated wankers crawl infront of the world, crawl for some, just a titbit of owner respect. Kind of pathetic, but an interesting bit of theatre.

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    aspnaz
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    The US government pledged to deliver one battery of the advanced MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft system to Kiev earlier this month, following an unannounced visit to Washington by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.

    I suspect they will have to provide very many radar systems with this system – hint to operators, do not sit in the vehicle carrying the radar – as hypersonic missiles are likely to focus on the radar and take the whole system out in one blow. The replacement radar system – god knows how much it costs – will suffer the same treatment. Eventually the USA will run out of patriot missile radar operators. Shame.

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    Participant

    Elon Musk: Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘Cannot Be Regarded As A Scientist’ (DW)

    Ummm, yes, he’s a doctor, not a scientist. They have different names because they have different jobs. Doctors supply the medical union’s accepted surgeries and pharma drugs to people. Scientists accept money from corporations to make up data that proves that the corporation’s version of science is valid; like magic. One is a crooked salesman, the other is a crooked author of corporate science.

    #124765
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Patriot Missile ‘batteries’….

    Just another Military Industrial Mafia hoax-crap ‘weapon’ maximized for profit not performance.

    I’m sure the Russians are just itching to embarrass this Empire of Lies blazing Turd of a missile to the world audience.

    “..estimated to cost about $4 million per missile.”

    They have to be fired in pairs to even have a remote chance of hitting a barn door.

    That’s $8 million a pop and still will miss a Russian missile by a country mile.

    This Blazing Turd will bleed the West dry.

    Like everything designed and ‘built’ in the Empire of Lies, it’s like the crap junk food that’s fed to the Sheeple, bah, bah.

    It’s like the Sponge Bob Square Pants of weapons systems

    Advertised to please

    Hahahahaha!

    Make my missile with Fruit Punch & Cotton Candy with extra Gumballs!

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    #124766
    EoinW
    Participant

    Awesome to see all the Calvin & Hobbes again. Cheers!

    #124767
    Oroboros
    Participant

    And now for a Daily Affirmation for UKtardistanies® for the New Year

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    #124768
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    I was really surprised to see the BBC article about harvesting stem cells from babies. Then I noticed the date was 2006.

    Nowadays the Ukrainians can commit almost any atrocity without comments in the Western media.

    #124769
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    Kill Switch

    Saddam Hussein and Erdogan found out that Patriot missile systems ALSO have a kill switch, much to their surprise!

    #124770
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Collective West is hanging on by a whisker.

    I told a German friend recently that Germany looked like it is producing a ‘Snuff Film’ about itself for a World Premiere Gala.

    He was not familiar with the concept.

    Told him to Google it.

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    Progress is Our Most Important Product

    #124771
    Dora
    Participant

    #124772
    Dr. D
    Participant

    WHO labels people. Still?

    We’re a post-truth world. Where a thing and its #Opposite are true all the time. Definition of #AntiLogos.

    The reason for this is if Logic has no reality, no leverage on people, the only thing they can adhere to is #Power.

    “This erudite priest has become one of my favorite writers.”

    He certainly approaches things from a different point of view, which is valuable right now. However, in a hurry to make his case, he generally ignores all evidence. I’m sure glad Eastern Europe never had war before the Franks attacked, nor anywhere else: China, Africa, Egypt. It’s good to know Columbus was a private “Capitalist” and not working for the Queen or anything but totally private. It’s quite clear the the Norman attacks – so primitive as to be Viking raid, and by the same people/culture too – are neatly equivalent to “Dubya” – who always lived in North America, a whole other continent – invading Iraq, and in that 1500 year period no non-European nations invaded each other like at Poitiers, and the Mongols and Huns (aka “Russians”) were a peaceful stay at home people who only interacted with Europe by parcel post. So he’s a writer deeply versed in ancient history while also remembering nothing about the broad sweeps of ancient history. I don’t find this to be useful and is a poor reflection on a man of his abilities.

    “Thus, we try to peer over the horizon into 2023 and beyond. What will come once the Ukrainian war is over?”

    If you’re going to base it on what Viking colonists did in Normandy 1,500 years earlier, you’re going to be disappointed. And if you think neither China nor Islam has ever attacked, you are placing Mother Russia in great danger.

    Dowd: It is having no good effect on labor whatsoever. If people were really that injured, then prices for un-injured employees would go up, be in demand, and be hired quickly. I do not see this anywhere. It could be masked by other forces (denial, total lack of bankruptcy) but I don’t see it. And we’re over a year in to it happening, with for example, pilots leading the possible way.

    German Chancellor Merkel Has Just Declared Russia Was Never Pacified (Helmer)”

    Why would it need to be Pacified? Has the U.S. ever been “pacified”? Is it like being baptized or something?

    “US Congress Urged to Assess ‘Risks’ of Patriot Delivery to Ukraine (RT)
    The US Congress is facing issues “in both its legislative and oversight roles”

    They haven’t done any of these things in years. They do what they’re told. By whom? Why do they not use the power they have, which is the master power over all, both as the Executive merely “Executes” the will of Congress, and the power of the purse? Why indeed.

    “It’s still unclear whether Washington itself or some of its NATO allies will provide the Patriot battery.”

    I’m sorry: ONE battery? Because Ukr is a big place and I’d guess you’d need a lot more than one. In the sense of “we’re shipping every Patriot battery worldwide”? They can also destroy them for a $22,000 drone.

    Did you hear about the new Russian system? All it does is combine their artillery forces and intel into a unit. The unit back-traces the launch trajectory of anything fired, then fires back on that location. In under three minutes. That is, in the military sense, instant. Fired: destroyed. Fired: destroyed, before the firing crew has the slightest chance of moving. This is modern war. Nor is there the slightest chance this can be evaded, as the process isn’t even “electronic” in our modern sense of being high-tech digital battlefield and disreputable. And it’s being installed now, although things take time.

    Not just a change of war for Ukraine, although we don’t have other wars going on right now, really, but it changes the very IDEA of warfare. It’s like Mutual Assured Destruction for a single bullet or hand grenade. Anything shot will be vaporized at the POINT of being shot. I don’t think anyone’s even hypothesized what that means.

    “They declare sanctions with big words…and then seek to undermine them.”

    That’s true and well-meant, however, all oil would also stop if they didn’t. Do the “single drop of black blood” treatment to all ships and refineries worldwide? India once did a ship, in 2021, by accident. Now we can never use that refinery again while our own ships go dark. All you have to do to shut a ship down is pour a fiver of Russian gasoline in the top. Poof! Contaminated forever!

    So if you can’t sanction, and you can’t not sanction, you’re really just making it all up on behalf of my pals, which is perfect. No laws at all, only the appearance of them for the muppets. It’s the “Rules-based order”. I make the rules, I give the orders.

    ““Anyone who says that questioning them is questioning science itself cannot be regarded as a scientist,” Musk said”

    I’d like to say that’s entertaining hyperbole, but it’s literal definition of fact.

    “*Every* social media company is engaged in heavy censorship, with significant involvement of and, at – ALL — times, explicit direction of the government.”

    Reddit is particularly a hive of scum and villainy, perhaps the most biased of them all, which is really saying something. They’ll be known as the Hitler Youth shortly.

    “a moderator flagged the tweet by Kulldorff, a Harvard Medical School professor, as “false information”

    All information from Harvard is false? That’s an argument I could get behind. But then they use Harvard and Hopkins as the Appeal to Authority in the universal fallacy. So everything Harvard says is also true and must be believed? Which is it?

    …Or should we discuss it like we usual do and have done for 1,000 years up ‘til now? Pick any of the three is fine with me, but we want to co-exist all of them, whichever is convenient for my profit at that moment.

    “Age-Stratified Infection Fatality Rate of Covid-19 in the Non-elderly (Ioannidis)”

    Yes, for the 40th month in a row: Covid isn’t deadly. It kills almost no one. You have a 99.93% chance of being fine. That makes it “Not a disease” at all in the usual sense of the word. We don’t bother to distinguish or chase the common cold which are equally (non)deadly. Why? We have real death causes to worry about: Opioids, heart disease, and diabetes, along with calling the Canadian Health System with complains about service times. Those are the real causes of death.

    “..Schwab’s core commitment is to political and economic arrangements which used to be known as corporatism.”

    “Corporatism”. I’ve heard that name and definition somewhere before.

    “’Takeover Capitalism”? Truth in advertising, maybe they update the name.

    This Corporatism as he describes as well-meaning, well, maybe it is. But it is also the USSR 2.0, just like the EU is, is staffed by, and was always designed to be.

    Since what he says is logical and practical, what’s the solution, what’s the alternative? Liberty. That’s it, just: leaving people alone. The one thing they can never do. Note there are no political parties in service anywhere that promote this, the single and only alternative to Corporatism. So it’s Corporatism or nothing, I guess.

    “Inventor of mRNA vaccines Dr. Robert Malone, having worked with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for many years, warns that a war is being waged by the government for control of people’s minds, and that social media platforms are being weaponized in this war and are “actively employed” by the intelligence community to influence what people think and feel.”

    Last month this statement would have seemed pretty crazy and out there. Even from an insider working with the DoD. Now we have reality a la carte: it’s both still crazy and false to half, while confirmed and obvious to the other half. The proof is published but still not true. “It’s only true if you believe it is” reality a la New Age.

    “The Gorgon Stare is a surveillance technology, originally created to target terrorist groups, that utilizes high-tech”

    …Who were completely installed everywhere and utterly lost to Ahkmed the goat herder. I’m so. Scared.

    “hackers could access the backdoor and shut down your vehicle. Barr points out what a tremendous violation of Americans’ privacy this is,”

    Wasn’t what I was thinking. I was thinking China shuts down every American car on the road in the first day of the Taiwan war. Nice going, Joe! You NSA guys are geniuses! IF THEY CAN USE IT, I CAN USE IT. I’m not even a hacker, but you don’t need to be: you just need to be literate on the internet. Unlike building an A-bomb, there’s no special equipment to track, so I can practice all year before hand without anyone knowing and get good at it. Annoying Reporters might even have mysterious car crashes because of it…oh, wait.

    BBC News, yes, WHY are they so sold on abortion and have been hell slap for leather for 50 years? Because they need these products from living infants. Living. As in, when Planned Parenthood was on camera in the scandal about selling baby organs, those organs aren’t DEAD. You don’t get them in an alcohol jar any more than you get a heart transplant in formaldehyde. It has to be ALIVE. The heart donor is ALIVE when the heart comes out. In Ukraine, or in Uygher China, or Muncie Indiana.

    Same with this. In DoD research, most probably extensions of Project Paper Clip, they already knew how to make twins, implant embryos, all kinds of things decades ahead of time, one of which was stem cells. But where to get enough stem cells to work on in 1968? You know, to REALLY do all those human bioweapons experiments? –And life extension for rich, evil guys, of course. You create an industry in creating babies with the 1st Summer of Love, of course, then you create a parallel industry in murdering them, and squeezing out their little organs to get a jar of the good stuff.

    Now can you see why Abortion has been put in place by air drop then non-stop defended as the Maginot Line for 50 years? They’re literally passing laws for post-birth abortion and thinking nothing of it. This is why – and I know this is a terrible point and it stinks on ice – we don’t start with Canadian Euthanasia. First for the old and nearly dead. Then for the chronically ill. Then the insane. Then the disruptive and annoying. Then the undesireables. Then petty thieves in St. Johns. And then? YOU.

    IT’S AS IF WE NEVER WENT THROUGH THIS EXACT SAME EUGENICS THE FIRST TIME, 100 years ago in 1930. And was completely discredited then. This is the same terrible slope we have with abortions defined any other way. At first it is of course and logically for rare, needed, unusual cases. Then it’s for post-healthy births, maybe up to 6 weeks post-birth while the parents decide and the State approves because “it’s logical.”

    It’s not an awful lot more logical to set the line at never killing the old and sick or never having abortions, but at least at that end there IS a line.

    Anyway, so we see today: worldwide abortion industry in abortion products. For what? For bioweapons labs. Or for better skin cream, ladies. So common the top execs can be caught on camera selling human hearts and nothing happens. Worldwide industry in organ harvesting. In Ukraine and China especially, but who is receiving them? It’s not like John’s Hopkins orders in your heart from Silk Road. Israel, China. But that means ADULT organ harvesting is going to the same DoD research labs Fauci funded. There’s no other possible location for the number reported to be in play. Again, you’re cut open ALIVE for your kidneys in Wuhan. There’s no market for dead kidneys.

    So here we are: BBC Reports that demand the foundation of a highly lucrative, world-wide trafficking in abortion products. And therefore, the creation of abortions to GET the products. Defended at the highest levels, including courts, Congress, the CIA, and Pentagon. It’s impossible for it to be otherwise. This is one of the things fought over in the epicenter of human – and baby – trafficking, that is Ukraine. And the fight over the top tunnels, in the port city, Mariupol. How else could it possibly be? Unless you want to suggest Ukraine does NOT have labs and is NOT a hub of human trafficking. If they are, then it’s obvious this must exist as the BBC reports, and it must be in Azov bases like Mariupol, distilled for export more lucrative per ounce than Fentanyl, sold worldwide. Babies. Again.

    All I can say is: DON’T GET STARTED. Same as if you don’t want a hole, don’t start digging one, if you don’t want a universal eugenics program, slavery, ethnic cleansing run by the state, don’t start one. Don’t start with day two or week two or ten. Don’t start with killing old people two days, two weeks before their time. Always and everywhere, before even a few years have passed: You’re Next. Your kids are next. Picked up and trafficked all over the United States, all over the world, as reported in the nightly news about such rings for years now. Elizabeth Smart was just to break the ice on this industry, imported from Mexico daily. Don’t get started.

    BBC Reports a “Wall of Silence” indeed. The “Wall of Silence” that comes from us not saying anything, doing anything, for 30 years of just letting another milk carton get printed while your town becomes less and less safe every hour of every passing year. A “General culture of trafficking”. Oh they used to do this on the Rez, too. It ain’t new. You have somebody stand and watch the Doctors, the trusted “Authorities” every minute in fear of their lives.

    Yes, why would we believe Cory Feldmen when he told you on national TV? Clearly he makes all kinds of money from this and it’s doing wonders for his film career. Clearly the truthtellers must be powerful billionaires and power brokers like Weinstein and all the other studios.

    I need to turn my mind from this horror to more positive things now. It’s OBVIOUS, but no one will believe it. Let’s go chop wood. Having to say this, I need a shower on the inside.

    #124773
    zerosum
    Participant

    January 1, 2023 – We are still here – We survived 2022 – success
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    The information war – MSM vs THE WEB

    Breaking ranks – (I still don’t forgive you for the harm you have done)

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/covid-19-travel-restrictions-for-china-arrivals-not-effective-little-bit-absurd-infectious-disease-experts-1.6213083
    COVID-19 travel restrictions for China arrivals ‘not effective,’ ‘little bit absurd’: infectious disease experts – Isaac Bogoch

    Testing requirements implemented on travellers arriving from China due to the country’s surge in COVID-19 cases are “ineffective” and “a little bit absurd,” according to two infectious disease experts.

    The Public Health Agency of Canada said it is “monitoring” the situation in China and will use genomic sequencing data to track the potential impacts of cases.

    Testing requirements implemented on travellers arriving from China due to the country’s surge in COVID-19 cases are “ineffective” and “a little bit absurd,” according to two infectious disease experts.

    Dr. Dale Kalina, infectious disease specialist at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ont., echoed similar sentiments on required testing at airports.

    “What we’re seeing right now, with policies changing in the United States, for example, swabbing everybody who’s coming to the United States from China, are a little bit absurd,” Kalina told CP24 at Noon on Thursday.

    Kalina cited the policies on testing passengers from China “doesn’t work”.

    “I do think that the federal government here is doing enough to prevent more COVID coming to the country,” he said. “But that’s in a situation where we already have widespread COVID around our entire country, so performative actions, like swabbing, tests and restrictions really won’t help anybody at all.”
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    #124775
    Germ
    Participant

    Happy New Year one and all.

    #124787
    Sweet Kenny
    Participant

    I agree with Aspnaz, Raul is a gift.

    #124788
    The Markster
    Participant

    Happy New Year to all, even the Batiushka bashers, those who claim Ukraine is the only US war (cough Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, domestic dissidents, Trump, cough) and those who punch down at child abuse victims because a few decades ago they made some money in Hollywood and that should make it all better.

    Showering out the filth on our insides, indeed.

    #124790
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    @Dora: thank you for the link to the Weinstein video. I’m listening to the interview now and it’s …. quite disturbing.

    Dr Malhotra believes “1/800” serious events in the [drug company] randomized control trials is “a significant underestimate” because this was only tracked in the first two months following administration of the shot, and then the trial was un-blinded and the control group was offered the shot. Malhotra also notes the trial recruited individuals at lower risk of severe reactions (which we also already knew …)

    Nearly all my family and friends got the covid shot. I can’t help but wonder what this could mean to our future. 🙁

    Raul: thank you for all that you do. 🙂 Happy new year to an individual committed to providing more sides of the story.

    #124803
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Each New Year brings new surprises

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    #124806
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Test

    #124807
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Testing

    #124814
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    On the other hand, nearing the end of the Weinstein/Malhotra interview …

    “Something, something … excuse, excuse, excuse …” for why medical professionals, scientists, et. al., were unable to see there could be problems with the vaxx. Not until there was increased “ramping up and mandating” of the vaxx did these professionals notice there was something amiss. Because they “didn’t have the data.”

    Seriously? Keep it up, y’all. You couldn’t see there might be a problem with a novel product being brought to market within a matter of months that only had 60 days of trial data?

    I suggest they find another line of work. One that’s more fitting with their intelligence level.

    Rest in peace, medical establishment. May it be another few centuries or more before this level of incompetence raises it’s ugly head again.

    Feeling a bit peevish today. Sorry. Tired of the BS excuses from “medical professionals” who apparently have no brain, do not care about their patients, and can’t be bothered to read studies before making recommendations to get injected with novel, untested products.

    #124816

    Child-sex trafficking is the “benign” side the hyper-rich and powerful are willing to let us speculate about, in order to cover for the child organ-harvesting programs they have in place.
    It seems the loftier the position, the more depraved the volition.

    Unvaccinated people and their offspring will be targets. Why so many useless tests? Genotyping may have been one of the primary goals of the covid attack.

    #124817
    Oroboros
    Participant

    @upstateNYer

    “…You couldn’t see there might be a problem with a novel product being brought to market within a matter of months that only had 60 days of trial data?”

    Rest in peace, medical establishment. May it be another few centuries or more before this level of incompetence raises it’s ugly head again.

    This is exactly the level of betrayal that Angela Merkel BRAGGED about lying to the Russians with the Minsk ‘agreements’.

    The Russians will finally go for generations before believing anything the Collective West vomits out it’s pie-hole.

    There is no mid ground after this in regards to ‘medicine’ in the Empire of Lies® or in global affairs with the Empire of Lies®

    It’s not just always lies cause their lips are moving, it’s lies even if they Pantomime something.

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    #124818
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    I’m with Batiuska all the way.

    ”Some who follow the Western reporting of the conflict may be surprised by these statements. However, that reporting has been a strange mixture of delusional fantasies/wishful thinking and straightforward propaganda, organised by Western secret services and PR agencies, omitting truth, logic and reality. Venal journalists have been ordered to report such nonsense from on high – otherwise, they would have lost their careers and their income. Such reporting has essentially been destined to try and keep Western peoples under control in the hardships they are facing as a result of the suicidal decisions of their US-controlled political elites.’

    except for one word.

    ‘elites’

    It needs to be replaced with one of the following:

    scumbags

    psychopaths

    sociopaths

    fascists

    maniacs

    or all of them in one phrase.

    Two words, now I come to think of it.

    It is interesting how the English language has changed. The word ‘and’ is now frequently used as a replacement for ‘to’.

    Try to make things better for the community.

    Try and make things better for the community. ???

    I always try to do things well. And sometimes I fail.

    I used to spend a lot of time (and money) trying to pull people out of The Matrix. But that is an almost futile exercise, I now realise. So now I just make ‘outrageous’ comments as the opportunity arises.

    Others try and do things, even if there is no ‘and’ and they actually don’t do anything much at all, other than eat, drink, sleep, piss, shit, shop, look at screens and drive around in metal boxes.

    Try is a terrible word really.

    In the silly run-with-the-odd-looking-ball-that-doesn’t-roll game, after a particularly successful run, a player can score a try.

    “I’m trying.”

    “But are you trying hard enough?”

    “I’m trying to try.”

    Back to my previous statement:

    I know. There is no community. Community is just another of the numerous fake words churned out by the Empire of Lies as in ‘vibrant community’; ‘welfare of the community’ blah, blah blah.

    On Oceania there is just a collection of slave camps (or concentration camps in many locations). Or one can think of them as pastures on which the ‘sheep’ are allowed to graze until the operators of the farm, that having fleeced them regularly, decide it’s time to slaughter them.

    Of course, The Empire of Lies needs to fleece ‘sheep’ continuously to keep the ‘mills’ running. And it needs to slaughter them. Often it needs to torture them for a long time before slaughtering them, because more ‘blood’ can be extracted from the ‘sheep’ that way.

    I grew up in the heart of The Empire of Lies and know its stories off by heart. Medieval castles, commerce and trade, expeditionary forces, museums celebrating expeditionary forces, Mayflower, Titanic, Spitfire, coal-burning power station, gas works, stem trains, oil refinery, diesel-electric trains, development, annihilation of nature and replacement with concrete and asphalt, indoctrination centres..

    I got as far away from the heart of The Empire of Lies as I could -like the opposite side of the Earth. But the Empire of Lies got here long before I did, and The Empire of Lies set up its fake institutions and ‘sheep-fleecing’ systems long before I arrived here on Airstrip Five.

    After a period of pseudo-prosperity, the proles on Airstrip One are about to feel the full impact of the endless wars Oceania has been engaged on with Eurasia and Eastasia, the loot-and-pollute system coming to an end mighty quickly…very likely over the next year or so. Maybe two.

    It is now 8 days after the Summer Solstice and the Sun is appearing noticeably later and disappearing noticeably earlier than a week ago.

    I’ll reluctantly use the fake, very much butchered, Roman calendar because it would be almost impossible not to at this stage in the collapse.

    But the fake, very much butchered, Roman calendar has no influence in the remnant of natural world that The Empire of Lies didn’t have the time and energy to destroy in this region.

    There’s that word again: energy.

    I will be able to acquire a lot more chemical energy harvested via photosynthesis this growing season than I was able to harvest last growing season.

    I see little evidence that the dumbed-down proles of the district have made any effort whatsoever to feed themselves in the near future, despite surging food prices and shortages. I guess they still think the system will still provide food and fuel…believing the Lies churned out by the corporate media and the professional liars who are the temporary managers of Airstrip Five.

    By the way, Entropy never sleeps.

    #124820
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Ed Dowd’s presentation on that video is brilliant in it’s clarity.
    Grim though.
    And, yet no shortage of mindless chuckle from the audience.

    #124821
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Dr. D
    You know better.

    Henrietta Lacks
    HELA. immortalized cancer

    PER C6
    targeted harvested, fetal retinal cells from an elective abortion. Jannsen. The Dr. Dude knew what he wanted BEFORE the expectant mother knew she wanted an abortion.

    HEK-293 human embryonic kidney

    At Russ Vangelder harvests chick retina cells for his research, supposedly

    #124822
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Some very interesting thoughts on where the war between Oceania and Eurasia is headed.

    #124824
    zerosum
    Participant
    #124825
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    @Oroboros: “This is exactly the level of betrayal that Angela Merkel BRAGGED about lying to the Russians with the Minsk ‘agreements’.

    The Russians will finally go for generations before believing anything the Collective West vomits out it’s pie-hole.

    There is no mid ground after this in regards to ‘medicine’ in the Empire of Lies® or in global affairs with the Empire of Lies®”

    Can’t argue with that. Let the cards fall as they may.

    #124826

    I agree with Aspnaz, Raul is a gift.

    #124827
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    Said with LOVE, worth repeating:

    “That you can go from killing babies for stem cells (rich people) to a bride to be being loved and remembered by her father in one feed suggests a man that looks at the world without a censored and curated model for what it’s like. It is impressive to say the least and I thank you for aggregating real news and bringing the interest, the humour, the art and the reality of spaceship earth.
    Raul – wishing you the best for 2023″.

    The wedding video is pure LOVE. Magic, mystery, miracle – or all three? Whatever it is, may we be open to receive you.

    Been waiting for you to post the final Calvin and Hobbes strip. I remember how I felt when reading it for the first time – it was/is a brilliant expression of potentiality. Yes….”IT’S A MAGICAL WORLD, HOBBES OL’ BUDDY”.

    @Dr. D: thinking you might need a soak in hot mineral spring waters and a patchouli/sandalwood/jasmine oil massage. Seriously, you deserve it. Same goes for Ilargi.

    Happy New Year if you want it.
    Om Shanti.
    LOVE to All who visit here.

    #124828
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    I grew up in the heart of The Empire of Lies and know its stories off by heart.

    Also:

    Coalbrookdale -noted for the development of iron smelting that led to the Industrial Revolution

    Ironbridge -where the first iron bridge ever constructed

    The numerous canals that linked the industrial and commercial centres of England

    The smoke chimneys of Cornwall, where steam engines pumped out water to allow access to the tin.

    The various museums of London, where artifacts stolen from around the world were (are) held.

    The stolen statues and obelisks erected because ‘we could’…

    The Mary Rose, Henry’s flagship, that sank off Portsmouth because it was top-heavy with guns.

    The Victory, Nelson’s flagship in the defeat of the combined French-Spanish fleet.

    Various country houses and estates constructed and manicured on the back of slavery and theft.

    The Warrior, the first iron steamship, so fast and powerful it never saw active service.

    The armaments factory at Woolston.

    The Seaforts constructed in the Solent to protect Portsmouth and Southampton.

    The Victorian Military Hospital at Netley.

    The Old Docks that serviced The Empire of Lies.

    The railway that cut through the heart of the city to transport travellers quickly from So’ton to London.

    The railway station in London named after the place where The Empire of Lies had beaten Napoleon’s army.

    The underground military base at Portsdown (overlooking Portsmouth); few know just how deep those tunnels and manmade caverns are..

    The Airstrips constructed in the New Forest as operations bases for the RAF.

    The seaplane base at Lee on Solent with its watchtower..

    The submarine base at Gosport.

    The tank museum at Bovington.

    The RAF base at Nether Wallop (and others).

    The Army’s practice grounds on Salisbury Plain.

    The village stolen and depopulated by the military on Salisbury Plain.

    Never saw it but knew it was there: the chemical weapons and biological weapons development centre at Porton Down

    The nuclear power stations at Harwell and Winfrith

    Lots of barbed wire and warning signs saying RESTRICTED AEA and KEEP OUT.

    What was not-so-long-ago a public-access wharf at New Plymouth was fenced off and the fences capped with barbed wire shortly after one of the biggest lies the Empire ever told prior to the ‘safe and effective lies of recent times: 9/11. For security.

    The Empire of Lies loves gates, fences, barbed wire and warning signs.

    But there are no warning signs on banks. Just barriers. Because “We’re here to help you.”

    The crime of robbing a bank is a mere trifle compared to the crime of establishing a bank.

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    Oroboros
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    Oroboros
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    Veracious Poet
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    John Day
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    Thanks Ilargi. Thanks fellow commenters.
    That’s pretty dark business, Dr.D, but we already know a fair amount of that story to be trus, so it’s necessary to consider further implications and business-possibilities. If there is a business possibility, somebody has considered it, already.

    @AFKTT: Nancy Pelosi is a political elite. Jamie Dimon is a financial elite. Nancy is a “Left” political elite. It’s a personality-type thing of sorts. Newt Gingrich is still a “Right” political elite.

    They are not “Owners”. Bush family and Rothschild family are “owner” families, for instance. Soros is a new, individual “owner”, who doesn’t hide himself so much.
    The Triumverate For The World used to push this “Family Ties” theme.
    “What’s My (blood)Line?”

    I’m just trying to explain why I use the words I do. It’s not that I admire these elites.
    Jesus was not an elite in any way. Buddha was born into royalty, but walked away into poverty to find truth.
    I do greatly admire both of them.

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    Two Perfectly Legal Ways To Kill Someone:

    1. Offer them a cigarette.

    2. Give them a vaccine.

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