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Dorothea Lange Ex-slave with long memory, Alabama 1937


Zelensky Achieves Unique Results In The Destruction Of Ukraine (Zadorozhnaya)
Wagner Group Claims Full Control Of Soledar (RT)
What Would It Take? (Saker)
A Rift in the Lute? (Batiushka)
G7 Seeks Two Price Caps For Russian Oil Products (RT)
G7 Wants To Force India To Accept Russian Oil Price Cap – Reuters (RT)
The Ukrainian Crisis And Europe – The Opinion Of Experts (Milacic)
Why The CIA Attempted A ‘Maidan Uprising’ In Brazil (Escobar)
Biden’s Classified-Records Headache Is Garland’s Nightmare (Turley)
Biden May Have Taken Secret Documents For His Book (Turley)
We Now Have Evidence Pfizer Committed Fraud (midwesterndoctor)
Excess Deaths In 2022 Among Worst In 50 Years (BBC)





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If you read one thing today… Alyona Zadorozhnaya, translated for the Saker. Devastating.

Zelensky Achieves Unique Results In The Destruction Of Ukraine (Zadorozhnaya)

By the end of 2022, Vladimir Zelensky has achieved unique and in many ways tragic results. He managed to reduce the population of Ukraine to the level of a century ago, put the country in bondage to the West and deprive fellow citizens of the elementary benefits of civilization. What other “successes” could be added to Zelensky’s track record? In 2023, a catastrophic drop in the birth rate is expected in Ukraine. This was stated by the director of the Ptukha Institute of Demography and Social Research, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Ella Libanova. According to her, by 2030 the population will decrease to 35 million people, and the reduction process has been going on since 1994. At the same time, Libanova assures that 34-35 million people still live in Ukraine.

However, these figures are questionable. The number of refugees who arrived in Russia from the territory of Donbass and Ukraine has already exceeded five million people. In the summer, according to the UN, there were about 6.3 million Ukrainian citizens who left the country in all the European states. Experts are convinced that Libanova gives inflated figures – and already today there are significantly fewer people living in Ukraine than she claims.. “Even before the start of the SVO, it was difficult to understand how many people really live in Ukraine. Official figures were around 40 million people, while in reality there were approximately 33 million people, if not less,” economist Ivan Lizan told the newspaper VZGLYAD. “From 2016 to 2019, Ukrainians were leaders among those who obtained primary residence permits in Poland. Every year, up to 500 thousand people “flowed out” this way. Also, do not forget that a large number of their refugees have recently moved to Europe,” the expert emphasizes.

“Thus, there are at best 25-27 million people left in Ukraine, which is comparable to the population as of the 1920s of the last century. Mostly men remained in the country, because they were simply banned from traveling abroad,” the source notes. “I am sure that these trends will continue in 2023. We will also observe internal migration. In those areas of the front where the situation is heating up, people will run away. As, for example, from the Kiev–controlled part of Donbass, local residents fled to Dnepropetrovsk,” the economist claims. “A terrible situation is developing in the labor market. State employees mostly live on bare salaries. Teachers who are forced to move to other regions of Ukraine due to the proximity of hostilities have enough money only to pay for rented housing,” says Lizan.

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Bakhmut is next.

Wagner Group Claims Full Control Of Soledar (RT)

Units of Wagner Group have taken control of the “entire territory” of Soledar, the head of the private military company Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed on Tuesday evening. Fighting is still going on in the center of town, where an unknown number of Ukrainian soldiers has been encircled. “There is a cauldron in the center of town, where urban fighting is taking place,” Prigozhin said in a statement released to the media. “We’ll announce the number of prisoners tomorrow.” He added that only Wagner “and no other units” had taken part in the storming of Soledar. A video showing two Wagner fighters standing calmly outside the town administration building was released on social media earlier in the day.

Such recordings, usually accompanied with geospatial coordinates, have commonly been used during the conflict to announce territorial control. Named after its salt mines, Soledar had around 10,000 residents before the conflict. The Ukrainian army turned it into a strongpoint after being pushed out of Popasnaya in mid-2022. Russian control over the town creates problems for Kiev’s forces in the embattled bastion of Artyomovsk, which Ukraine has renamed Bakhmut. Prigozhin said last week that his objective was not necessarily to take the towns, but “the destruction of the Ukrainian army and the reduction of its combat potential.” On Sunday, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky acknowledged that the situation in Soledar was “very difficult” and called it “one of the bloodiest spots along the front line,” but vowed that Ukrainian troops would continue to hold “no matter what.”

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“..it appears that 40% of the Ukrainian electrical grid is down forever, since nobody (except Russia) can replace the extremely heavy (and costly) transformers..”

What Would It Take? (Saker)

NATO did “celebrate” the Orthodox Nativity, but in its own way. First, a few headlines:
Remember the truce offered by Russia? It was rejected. Instead we got this:
• Donetsk shelled in first minute of Christmas truce – authorities
• Two Serbs shot in Kosovo Christmas Eve attack
And, just to clarify, NATO uses Serbia as a defenseless victim to show Russia what it can do to its allies, the message being, as Stoble Talbott said, “after Serbia, you are next”, so the link here is strong. NATO did not stop at that, it also continued its policy of persecutions, see these headlines:
• Zelensky sanctions over 100 Russian public figures
• Zelensky deprives Orthodox priests of citizenship – media.
Speaking of issues of freedom of religion, NATO is planning to completely ban the parishes which used to have an autonomous status under the Moscow Patriarchate, which then turned against Moscow and condemned the SMO. But that was not enough, so, just like in NATO occupied Kosovo, the persecution of Orthodox clergy and faithful is both a “feel good” operation for Orthodoxy-haters and a “message” to Moscow. NATO did not stop at that, it also announced yet another military aid package for Banderastan: (no translation needed I suppose)

None of that will be enough to make a difference, but there are many more such “aid” programs being discussed, so NATO wants to continue to draw out this war for as long as possible and fight the Russians down to the last Ukrainian. Not that any of this did any good to “Ze” and his gang: having rejected the Russian truce, the Ukronazis are now loosing the towns of Soledar and Artemovsk (see here for details), which are not only tactical victories for the Russians, but this now threatens the operational defenses of the Ukronazis which will have to fall back on what we could call a “third line of defense” if they want to restabilize the front.

Russia has also continued with her strikes, including an absolutely huge explosion at the NATO base in Ochakovo and a retaliatory attack following the HIMARS strike which killed nearly 100 Russian soldiers. The retaliatory attack was aimed at two barracks in Kramatorsk and, according to the Russian, it killed 600 Ukronazis soldiers. Finally, it appears that 40% of the Ukrainian electrical grid is down forever, since nobody (except Russia) can replace the extremely heavy (and costly) transformers needed to reconnect that grid (now all electrical power is local, with no means to distribute it through the grid).

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“Civil war in the USA. Bankruptcy in the UK. Collapse in Germany. Revolt in France and Southern Europe. Chaos in Eastern Europe. The end of NATO.”

A Rift in the Lute? (Batiushka)

There is no such thing as racial superiority among modern woke Americans, only of moral superiority. This is in fact even more insulting and condescending nonsense, which means the acceptance of ‘our’ values, i.e. ‘freedom and democracy’. Thus, Victorian London imposed the Puritan Englishman as the model for salvation (‘wash more often and your skin will become as white as ours’), whereas ‘liberal’ Washington says ‘wear jeans and trainers, eat at MacDonalds, drink coca cola and watch Disney, and you too will be saved, even though you are the wrong skin colour’. Same old, same old. Among the Victorians there were politicians with personalities: Palmerston, Disraeli and Gladstone, the only one adored by Bulgarians. Of course, the first two were obnoxious imperialists – but they did have personalities.

Among them we can also include the Kurd-gassing Churchill and the Pinochet-loving Thatcher. They were Victorians in their mentality. Racist to the core. But they did have personalities. It seems now that they were the last of the line. After Thatcher came a series of nonentities, the believing in his own delusions Blair and then in 2022 the three geniuses: Johnson, whose name is now a synonym for a buffoon; Truss, who gave the world a new word, a ‘Trussism’, e.g. ‘Peru is the capital of Africa’ or ‘Inflation is overcome by printing more money’; and then there is the Indian banker, sunny Sunak, not quite a billionaire, but well on his way. Say no more.

Such British geniuses should recall that the neocons who run NATO and then think that if they extend their war in the Ukraine and hope to drag it out for a decade or so, that will destroy Russia. Clearly, they live not in the real world, but in a virtual world. The longer it lasts, the greater the damage to the West. This is what they will create: Civil war in the USA. Bankruptcy in the UK. Collapse in Germany. Revolt in France and Southern Europe. Chaos in Eastern Europe. The end of NATO. The trouble is that, as Col. Douglas MacGregor always quotes his Spanish NATO friend as saying: ‘The USA is not another country, it is another planet’. Having been to different parts of the USA four times, visiting from the Old World, I can confirm the words of the Spanish officer.

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Exercise in futility.

G7 Seeks Two Price Caps For Russian Oil Products (RT)

The Group of Seven (G7) coalition will seek to set two price caps on Russian refined products in February, one for products trading at a premium to crude oil and the other for those trading at a discount, a G7 official said, Report informs via Reuters. The coalition – which consists of Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States, plus the 27-nation European Union – introduced a $60 per barrel price cap on Russian crude from Dec. 5, on top of the EU embargo on imports of Russian crude by sea. From Feb. 5, the coalition will also impose price caps on Russian products, such as diesel, kerosene and fuel oil, to further reduce Moscow’s revenue from energy exports and its ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine. But capping Russian oil product prices is more complicated than setting a price limit on crude alone, because there are many oil products and their price often depends on where they are bought, rather than where they are produced, the official said, asking not to be named.

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India is an independent country.

G7 Wants To Force India To Accept Russian Oil Price Cap – Reuters (RT)

The G7 intends to impose two price caps on Russian petroleum products in February that will target refined products trading at a premium to oil and those which are being sold at a discount, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing an unnamed G7 official. Additional restrictions would come on top of the previously agreed upon price ceiling on oil products, such as diesel, kerosene and fuel oil, which is due to come into force on February 5. Late last year, the EU, G7 countries, and Australia introduced a price cap on Russian seaborne oil exports, which bans Western companies from providing insurance and other services to vessels transporting Russian oil unless the cargo is purchased at or below the set price. Imposing a price ceiling on refined products is more complicated than capping crude alone, the official told Reuters, explaining that the price of oil products “often depends on where they are bought, rather than where they are produced.”

Meanwhile, India may also join the Russian oil price cap if crude costs go above $60 per barrel, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday, citing the country’s oil ministry and industry officials. Oil supplies to India, which remained Russia’s top importer for three months in a row as of December, have not been affected by Western sanctions, as the country is buying crude at a discount with prices standing between $53 to $56 per barrel, the outlet said, quoting sources familiar with the matter. Russia supplied a record 1.17 million barrels a day to New Delhi in December, up from November volumes by 24%, according to oil-flow tracking data from energy intelligence company Vortexa. Indian authorities, however, are “weighing options” to slash oil imports from Russia if the EU imposes additional restrictions for nations buying crude from the sanctioned country or if the price crosses the set limit of $60 per barrel, according to the outlet.

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“Treating Ukrainian soldiers in German hospitals is a good sign of humanity. Sending weapons and training soldiers has nothing to do with humanity.”

The Ukrainian Crisis And Europe – The Opinion Of Experts (Milacic)

Since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, we have been bombarded with mass information and opinions about the war and Europe’s attitude towards it. As someone who deals with geopolitics, I carefully followed the conferences and debates of European experts and politicians and their arguments. That is exactly why I would recommend the online conference and debate that was held on January 5th. The information presented in the debate is very interesting for anyone dealing with the Ukrainian crisis and European policy towards the crisis.

Hansjörg MÜLLER (former member of Bundestag from AfD): Training soldiers makes Germany participant of the war. A Bundestag council stated that Russia would be right if attacking Germany in the framework of international law, because Germany started participating in anti-Russian aggression. Treating Ukrainian soldiers in German hospitals is a good sign of humanity. Sending weapons and training soldiers has nothing to do with humanity. It is act of aggression of war. Regarding the peace opposition in Germany: about 40 percent of German citizens do not believe the media propaganda that Russia started the war. Every history has its prehistory. The war did not start 24.2.2022, but six days earlier, when Ukraine started to shell Donbass 10 times more than before.

The prehistory for that is the illegal coup on Maidan, which was financed and operated by the Americans. In Bratislava conference NATO drew a red line where Baltic States, Ukraine and Belarus should be dragged into NATO. All this started in the beginning of the 20th century, when the Anglo-Saxons realised that if the German empire develops further, there will be a power independent of Anglo-Saxon control of seaways, which was the initial spark of the WWI. The ongoing crisis is nothing more than continuation of the ongoing Anglo-Saxon aggression against Germany and Russia for more than 120 years. Land-Lease of 1941 was renewed in 2022. Who provoked this war? It is the Anglo-American weapons industry. There will be no regime change in Russia. The main questions is: who has bigger warehouses and production of weapons. When Russia wins, it will be a change for the new financial system and a big blew for the US.

Patrick POPPEL (geopolitical expert from Austria): Austria is part of the West in this conflict and supporting the interest of NATO. NATO is supporting Ukraine. Austria is a neutral country by constitutional law but in practice not. Also during the pandemics, many politicians worked against the law and the constitution of Austria. People in our government and the media are not neutral. Neutrality is the special weapon of Austria. This neutrality was given to us by Russia, because SovietUnion liberated us. Austria was kept outside NATO and Warsaw Pact and given a constitution of neutrality. Supporting Ukraine is a big mistake because Austria is loosing the reputation of neutral country.

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Why The CIA Attempted A ‘Maidan Uprising’ In Brazil (Escobar)

The failed coup in Brazil is the latest CIA stunt, just as the country is forging stronger ties with the east. A former US intelligence official has confirmed that the shambolic Maidan remix staged in Brasilia on 8 January was a CIA operation, and linked it to the recent attempts at color revolution in Iran. On Sunday, alleged supporters of former right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court, and presidential palace, bypassing flimsy security barricades, climbing on roofs, smashing windows, destroying public property including precious paintings, while calling for a military coup as part of a regime change scheme targeting elected President Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva. According to the US source, the reason for staging the operation – which bears visible signs of hasty planning – now, is that Brazil is set to reassert itself in global geopolitics alongside fellow BRICS states Russia, India, and China.

That suggests CIA planners are avid readers of Credit Suisse strategist Zoltan Pozsar, formerly of the New York Fed. In his ground-breaking 27 December report titled War and Commodity Encumbrance, Pozsar states that “the multipolar world order is being built not by G7 heads of state but by the ‘G7 of the East’ (the BRICS heads of state), which is a G5 really but because of ‘BRICSpansion’, I took the liberty to round up.” He refers here to reports that Algeria, Argentina, Iran have already applied to join the BRICS – or rather its expanded version “BRICS+” – with further interest expressed by Saudi Arabia, Turkiye, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. The US source drew a parallel between the CIA’s Maidan in Brazil and a series of recent street demonstrations in Iran instrumentalized by the agency as part of a new color revolution drive: “These CIA operations in Brazil and Iran parallel the operation in Venezuela in 2002 that was highly successful at the start as rioters managed to seize Hugo Chavez.”

Straussian neo-cons placed at the top of the CIA, irrespective of their political affiliation, are livid that the “G7 of the East” – as in the BRICS+ configuration of the near future – are fast moving out of the US dollar orbit. Straussian John Bolton – who has just publicized his interest in running for the US presidency – is now demanding the ouster of Turkey from NATO as the Global South realigns rapidly within new multipolar institutions. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his new Chinese counterpart Qin Gang have just announced the merging of the China-driven Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Russia-driven Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU). This means that the largest 21st century trade/connectivity/development project – the Chinese New Silk Roads – is now even more complex, and keeps expanding.

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“..some of those experts have rushed to distinguish the two cases and assure us that there really is no comparison..”

Biden’s Classified-Records Headache Is Garland’s Nightmare (Turley)

The Justice Department reportedly is investigating the discovery of 10 classified documents found in an old private office used by President Biden when he served as vice president. The discovery could not come at a worse time for the Justice Department — or a better time for former President Trump. While there are significant differences in the number of the documents involved in each case and the reported response of the Biden and Trump teams, the underlying allegation — removing and retaining classified material — is the same. Moreover, there remain questions that are likely to be pursued by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives in the coming weeks. Those questions not only deal with the scope of the alleged violations but the increasingly conflicted and irreconcilable positions of Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the Biden and Trump investigations.

Biden’s lawyers have said they found the documents just days before the midterm elections and are “cooperating with the National Archives and the Department of Justice regarding the discovery of what appear to be Obama-Biden Administration records.” The White House Counsel’s Office notified the National Archives on Nov. 2 of the discovery as it was closing out a Washington office, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, that Biden used as part of his relationship with the University of Pennsylvania after he left the vice presidency in 2017. That academic appointment itself is considered controversial by some Biden critics. Biden was made an honorary professor from 2017 to 2019 and reportedly paid nearly $1 million for a few visits to the school. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he was paid $371,159 in 2017 and $540,484 in 2018-2019. He has used the appointment to claim the status of a professor in speeches.

The newly discovered material reportedly includes some top-secret files with the “sensitive compartmented information” designation, also known as TS-SCI, which is used for highly sensitive information obtained from intelligence sources. There is no accusation of false statements or obstruction in this instance, both of which are being investigated in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago matter. However, the incident further highlights AG Garland’s unintelligible position. This controversy will again raise prior cases of knowing or negligent removal of classified material by government officials and the relatively light punishment given in even some of the most egregious cases. After the raid on Mar-a-Lago, experts and pundits went into a frenzy about Trump being given an “orange jumpsuit,” and some insisted that even a misdemeanor conviction should bar him from office. It is not clear if the same view (which I criticized then) will now apply to Biden — but some of those experts have rushed to distinguish the two cases and assure us that there really is no comparison.

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“.. Biden insisted “if I had intended to cheat, would I have been so stupid?” Many are likely to be asking the same question in the weeks ahead.”

Biden May Have Taken Secret Documents For His Book (Turley)

“How that could possibly happen, how anyone could be that irresponsible,” President Biden, struggling to find words to express his revulsion at the very idea of moving classified material to Mar-a-Lago in a “60 Minutes” interview. “And I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods.” So how does Biden explain the roughly dozen documents found sitting in a closet at a private office supplied by the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement? For the moment, he is not saying anything at all. It is easy to understand why. According to reports, the clearly marked classified documents include those at the highly classified “Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information” (TS/SCI) level. The documents reportedly include material related to Iran, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. When the documents on such subjects were found at Mar-a-Lago, media experts immediately opined that Donald Trump may have sold material or was endangering national security for a book or vanity.

For two days, Biden has refused to answer questions from reporters as his allies in the media struggle for a spin out of this scandal. His silence is hardly surprising. Biden has always been better at expressing revulsion than responsibility. Time and again, he has literally rushed before cameras to denounce others, often without basis, for alleged crimes. He has not waited for investigations, let alone trials. For instance, when mounted agents were falsely accused of whipping migrants in Texas, the president was there. Even though the whipping story was clearly refuted by the available videotape, Biden rode the wave of media outrage, declaring: “It was horrible what — to see, as you saw — to see people treated like they did: horses nearly running them over and people being strapped. It’s outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay.” This week, the president appeared on the southern border and held a photo op with border agents. Yet he has never had the decency to apologize to the agents who were cleared of all whipping allegations. Instead, his administration is still seeking to punish them on other grounds.

Biden may have to take responsibility for this debacle, but he faces a potential criminal charge. While Attorney General Merrick Garland has again refused to appoint a special counsel, any acknowledgment of Biden’s knowledge or interaction with the documents could have serious legal ramifications. These documents may have been relevant to his last book. The book, “Promise Me, Dad,” released in November 2017, was marketed as his insider view of America’s relations with countries like Iran and Ukraine: “As vice president, Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq.” If he worked off these documents, it is impossible to deny the violation — or his hypocrisy in his comments on Mar-a-Lago.

He is now the subject of the same inquiries he raised with CBS’s Scott Pelley: “I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods. By that, I mean, names of people helped or et cetera.” The fact is past cases of the removal or mishandling of classified material have not resulted in major prosecutions. Yet many in the Democratic Party and the media have insisted on criminal charges in the Mar-a-Lago case, including barring Trump from office for even a misdemeanor conviction on unlawful possession. Biden has previously weathered scandals, often by denying culpable intent. When accused of plagiarism, for instance, Biden insisted “if I had intended to cheat, would I have been so stupid?” Many are likely to be asking the same question in the weeks ahead.

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“..although by all reasonable standards, Pfizer and Moderna should be criminally convicted for allowing such a dangerous vaccine on the market (they clearly knew the vaccines had to be dangerous), nothing has been done..”

We Now Have Evidence Pfizer Committed Fraud (midwesterndoctor)

Fraud is a huge allegation to put forward, so since that time we did our best to vet the discovery and sent it out to independent parties who could validate it prior to publishing. Based on the feedback we have received since publishing this, I am no longer sure if one of my allegations holds (that the image being a digital straight line means it was not representative of the actual proteins present) as there was an additional approach to evaluating this we were not aware of at the time of publication. I still believe the central allegation (that the vaccines do not contain what was advertised) holds true and is critically important to understand, but we do not presently have the information to determine if the numerous suspicious characteristics we specifically identified in Pfizer’s western blots could be explained by something besides fraud.

One of the things that is less appreciated about governance is that governments will never have the resources to address every single problem that arises in their territory. Because of this, governments inevitably prioritize addressing problems which would otherwise cause them to lose money, and will prioritize protecting the (typically financial) interests of the upper class who support government officials (e.g., by paying for their election). This has lead to the curious phenomena whereby there are much harsher penalties for institutional level fraud than there are for an institution harming members of the general public. For example, as I have tried to show throughout this Substack, pharmaceutical companies frequently commit egregious harm against consumers and clinical trial participants, but in spite of this, most of our institutions will refuse to prosecute them for this conduct.

Conversely, one of my friends who is a paralegal in the industry has told me that pharmaceutical companies have to be honest with their investors, or they can and will be sued for financial fraud. For this reason, you can get typically get the most accurate information on their products by reviewing what pharmaceutical companies share with their investors. Similarly, although by all reasonable standards, Pfizer and Moderna should be criminally convicted for allowing such a dangerous vaccine on the market (they clearly knew the vaccines had to be dangerous), nothing has been done. However, Brook Jackson is currently pushing through a whistleblower lawsuit against Pfizer which makes the case that Pfizer conducted their clinical trials in a fraudulent manner, and by extension, committed fraud. The sale of the vaccines to the US government was predicated upon their clinical trial data and thus if that data was fraudulent, Pfizer’s sales constitute fraud.

Because fraud has much greater standing in our legal system than harming the general public, Brook’s lawsuit is critically important, and if it succeeds in proving fraud on Pfizer’s end, can collapse this entire vaccination campaign. Likewise, Brook has an even stronger case if a smoking gun were to be present which: 1) Showed that Pfizer beyond a shadow of a doubt intentionally committed fraud. 2) This fraud directly undermined the entire basis for their product. So understandably, we wanted to make sure our allegations were correct before moving forward.

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Does mention the vaccine, but only to insist that couldn’t be it.

Excess Deaths In 2022 Among Worst In 50 Years (BBC)

More than 650,000 deaths were registered in the UK in 2022 – 9% more than 2019. This represents one of the largest excess death levels outside the pandemic in 50 years. Though far below peak pandemic levels, it has prompted questions about why more people are still dying than normal. Data indicates pandemic effects on health and NHS pressures are among the leading explanations. Covid is still killing people, but is involved in fewer deaths now than at the start of the pandemic. Roughly 38,000 deaths involved Covid in 2022 compared with more than 95,000 in 2020. We are still seeing more deaths overall than would be expected based on recent history. The difference in 2022 – compared with 2020 and 2021 – is that Covid deaths were one of several factors, rather than the main explanation for this excess.

So what else might be going on? A number of doctors are blaming the wider crisis in the NHS. At the start of 2022, death rates were looking like they’d returned to pre-pandemic levels. It wasn’t until June that excess deaths really started to rise – just as the number of people waiting for hours on trolleys in English hospitals hit levels normally seen in winter. On 1 January 2023, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine suggested the crisis in urgent care could be causing “300-500 deaths a week”. It is not a figure recognised by NHS England, but it’s roughly what you get if you multiply the number of people waiting long periods in A&E with the extra risk of dying estimated to come with those long waits (of between five and 12 hours).

It is possible to debate the precise numbers, but it’s not controversial to say that your chances are worse if you wait longer for treatment, be that waiting for an ambulance to get to you, being stuck in an ambulance outside a hospital or in A&E. And we are seeing record waits in each of those areas. In November, for example, it took 48 minutes on average for an ambulance in England to respond to a suspected heart attack or stroke, compared to a target of 18 minutes. Some of the excess may be people whose deaths were hastened by the after-effects of a Covid infection. A number of studies have found people are more likely to have heart problems and strokes in the weeks and months after catching Covid, and some of these may not end up being linked to the virus when the death is registered. As well as the impact on the heart of the virus itself, some of this may be contributed to by the fact many people didn’t come in for screenings and non-urgent treatment during the peak of the pandemic, storing up trouble for the future.

[..] The rise in cardiac problems has been pointed to by some online as evidence that Covid vaccines are driving the rise in deaths, but this conclusion is not supported by the data. One type of Covid vaccine has been linked to a small rise in cases of heart inflammation and scarring (pericarditis and myocarditis). But this particular vaccine side-effect was mainly seen in boys and young men, while the excess deaths are highest in older men – aged 50 or more. And these cases are too rare – and mostly not fatal – to account for the excess in deaths.


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    Some stuff about GPTChat/GPT3 – PART 2 of 4

    In the takeover/implosion of the LATOC forums which happened IIRC, perhaps in 2012, we had an influx of new people starting in perhaps 2010, all around the same time, all promoting the entire basket of wokeist tenets – Planetary Meltdown, gender, feminism, etc etc. All doing the Alinsky Rules for Radicals playbook – push into the crowd, spread out, and yell “We ARE The Crowd!” They would organize on Facebook and then dogpile targeted old-time members, one by one.

    I’ve wondered why they left me mostly alone – maybe because, at the time, if someone refered to Marx derisively out of hand, I’d tend to say “hey at least Marx was Working The Problem.” and I tended to argue with Internet Ayn Randites. And I was an annoying, argumentative atheist. (I AM sorry now) I really don’t know though.

    They seemed to run little experiments. For instance, one of the newcomers advised us all to mix up an industrial grade floor cleaner in a bucket, add vitamin C, and drink it. As a ground-breaking health remedy, good for when you are sick or a daily preventative. Other newcomers chimed in “Oh yes, I will definitely do that.” and “Yes, it’s great, I’ve been drinking it 3x a day for the past week already!” Taking a dangerous “health remedy” because everyone else is doing it and thinks it is great. The first time I made a comparison between the events on a peakoil forum in 2012 and events in 2022, I felt like someone walked over my grave. It takes on the appearance, to me, of a teeny tiny practice run. But then everything is coincidence so nevermind.

    (we know that experiments have been run in sandbox video game environments – such as a plague on a large World of Warcraft server)

    An interesting sub-plot to this was – if a forum member became particularly frustrated, they would often delete their own forum account. Creepily, they would reappear weeks or months later under the same exact forum name, but with somewhat altered opinions and communication style. But with the cache/weight behind them of a long time forum member.

    I discovered that it was possible to create a brand new account under an old forum-member’s name, provided they had deleted it. This is an incredibly primitive version of what seems possible now. Isn’t it interesting, the push for everyone to have a unique Internet Identity ssn type thing?

    Jordan Peterson says that GPTChat, at his request, wrote an entire new 13th chapter to his 12 Rules For Life in his own style and that in terms of quality and even style, HE can’t tell the difference between GPTChat and himself. What’s to stop me from being denied internet access, and for a persona that convincingly acts like me to start shilling whatever the AI creator would like – under my unique Internet Identity, proving it is me?

    I remember back around 2007, in LATOC, we were talking about various intelligence agencies, the US Air Force, etc, having software that would help a single person have the “leveraged” presence of 100 online. I’m sure all those programs are more sophisticated and powerful now. And there’s probably AI assist versions. And why not AI programs running with just a little human supervision? Surely the GPTChat we are being shown is 10 year old tech? 15?

    How easy was it for a crowd of people to show up and Be The Crowd, destroy LATOC? Was it even a crowd or just one or two software-leveraged individuals? How much easier and cheaper would it be NOW for 20, 50, 500, 1000 instantations of GPTChat to show up and do the same?

    What’s to stop, starting this second forward, every book, audiobook, tv appearance, and internet appearance that SEEMS to be Jordan Peterson from being a masquerading AI? Given the suite of available technologies?

    I see no specific reason why right now, each of us can’t find ourselves in a detailed online discussion with multiple participants in which we are the ONLY human being.

    And I don’t mean, with any of this speculation, to declare what I think specifically will be done with AI, but to suggest the possibilities by comparison with relatively crude tools. Incredible subtlety becomes possible as well as power. Endless experiments with infinite shading of criteria become possible.

    The worst problem I see arising from this:

    I think a lot of libertarian/pro-capitalism types tend to rail against bureaucracy as the opposite of capitalism, failing to see that it’s the same exact strengths (individual human beings exercising intelligent choice/action) that make it both useful and effective.

    A healthy bureaucracy has individuals at the bottom couple rungs implementing the system. If there is something stupid, destructive, unfair, the individual human beings perceive this and soften the system, take a different path, stop rather than triggering some undesirable effect, make an exception, etc.

    Only when morale is destroyed in the lower echelons OR when people at top attempt to establish complete control over minutia does the system stop being useful and transform into a torture device. And what difference is there between establishing control over minutia involving people or control of minutia while removing those people?
    (continued in 3 of 4)

    D Benton Smith


    We’re starting to sound like our parents and grandparents. They even told me this would happen. Oh, the irony!



    We both had the honor of witnessing the .19¢ hamburger. It’s wasn’t just MacDonalds, there waere a number of burger joints popping up in the day and they had to match the low price.

    The 2023 listed price for The Classic McDonald’s Burger, no frills, is $1.59

    An 8.3% increase.

    This does not mean it weights the same or is the same quality of meat.



    8.3 times increase


    Stuff about GPT Addendum

    Just to put what I see as a algo war into more concrete, less wishy washy terms, perhaps it works like this

    Algo #1 – looks for things to de-rank, shadowban, or deplatform

    Algo #2 – looks for human-generated content to uprank or make viral

    Algo #3 – probes Algo #2, susses out its criteria

    Algo #4 – goes out and finds human generated material that Algo #2 loves but carries a poison pill of some kind

    And of course you certainly COULD create something from scratch to appeal to Algo #2. I bet it gets done all the time.

    A meme is created the moment the text and image are put together and not before. Who created the Ghost of Kiev MEME and how did it initially gain traction, go viral? It certainly SEEMS like it was given a boost by pro NATO entities.

    The Sam Hyde inside-joke meme is great of course. Like a prominent hill on a battlefield. A mature Algo-war wouldn’t take existing meme-structures into account?

    It was just too perfect. The Ghost of Kiev craze – I waited in line at the grocery store next to people wearing, unironically, Ghost of Kiev T-SHIRTS for crissake – to be followed, with perfect timing by the Sam Hyde meme, enjoying initial virality (?) followed by perfectly timed debunking-deflation-implosion.

    If it was organic, that’s awesome and hilarious. The timing was PERFECT though and fraught with political overtones. On an issue that massive manipulation and monitoring must have been aimed at. Looking at the continual “revelations” from Twitter, how does this shit get through without some sneakiness?

    Idunno. I still suspect it is an example of the complex I am talking about – humans, software-assist, and AI. Which, looking at the tip of the iceberg, GPT, could turn into a flurry of AIs & Algos engaged in memetic judo. If that isn’t already happening.





    GPTChat, AI, algorithms…

    Which returns humans to face-to-face, in-person communication being the only medium that we can have confidence in — not that humans are always honest in person, however, our minds have developed over millennia to be able to function with other humans in face-to-face interactions, which means that our innate bullshit detectors — while certainly not flawless, and capable of misdirection — work at their best in that environment.


    “Injected by a licenced piercer.” [from video above]

    ‘The Scorpion has achieved unique results in the destruction of Airstrip Five.’

    But hang on a minute, isn’t The Scorpion supposed to strengthening Airstrip Five? -as a supplier of fiat currency for money-laundering, as a supplier of uninformed idiots to provide ‘assistance’, and as a supplier of outdated weapons to send to the battlefront with Eurasia.

    Now I’m really confused, as everything economic, financial, social, environmental and political goes superfast down the sewer created by agents of the City of London, the WEF and other evil looters and saboteurs who infest the ‘corridors of power’ in London, Washington, Brussels, Ottawa, Canberra and Wellington. Not forgetting the utterly dysfunctional and completely compromised ‘United Nations’, which failed to live up to its own charter within one year of being established.

    Interestingly, the massive storm systems that are the product of severely overheated oceans caused by the trapping of gazillions of Joules of heat energy that is caused by the massively high atmospheric CO2 levels have given Airstrip Five its worst pounding ever over the past week: road and bridges washed away and mud and debris ‘everywhere’.

    Undoubtedly there are still TAE participants who will continue to insist that 420 ppm atmospheric CO2, 190 ppm above the recent 800,000-year average of 230 ppm, and rising ta the fastest rate in geochemical history, is nothing to do with carnage that we are witnessing, and that data from eons ago, when the Earth had not been fucked-up by industrial humans, still applies.

    Interesting times get more ‘interesting’ by the day.

    Just what will Big Brother do, when news starts to leak through the censorship and control systems that yet another war engaged in by The Party has been lost?

    Start another war in a different location?

    The trouble for Big Brother and The Party is that it takes energy and resources to fight wars, and Oceania is scraping the bottom of the barrel on both counts..

    So that leaves even bigger lies and even more propaganda as the only option for The Scorpion and its colleagues.

    I played bridge yesterday. Made 7NT on a 6NT contract. And the sacrifice bid of 4S over opponents’ 3NT resulted in making 5S because partner had a complimentary void -facilitating nine cross ruffs!

    It is sad that there are people who still think that if only National were to be put into power instead of The Scorpion’s LINO (Labour In Name Only) party matters might improve for the proles living on Airstrip Five. Where does one start? when they have been indoctrinated from birth and still believe most of the lies generated by The Empire of Lies.

    Oh what fun! My [bridge] partner had a copy of ‘Putin’ -which she said she hadn’t read. 800 pages. Published 2022.

    “My hero,” I declared.

    I haven’t been arrested yet.





    You should probably take into account The Boy Who Cried Wolf in your weather related arguments.

    20+ years of hysterical refences to weather events showing us on a road to planetary death along with 20 years of constant “Fools, we’ve abandoned that as proof, therefore it turning out to be NOT proof or even DISproof isn’t a disproof of our beliefs at all”

    Like that episode of Sienfeld where he makes a bet with Kramer that he won’t build levels into his apartment. Then Kramer later says “No, I decided not to build levels after all” but won’t pay up, while sienfeld keeps saying “Bro, THAT’S the bet”

    Sick of it.


    Afewknowthetruth – Thought Experiment for you

    A hostile alien race makes a giant heat laser. They aim it at the earth and fire, heating the Earth up by EXACTLY the amount you are warning human-generated CO2 will do.

    What happens next please?

    A. Planetary Meltdown ensues
    B. Nothing. Insufficient quantities of CO2


    ‘Which returns humans to face-to-face, in-person communication being the only medium that we can have confidence in — not that humans are always honest in person, however, our minds have developed over millennia to be able to function with other humans in face-to-face interactions, which means that our innate bullshit detectors — while certainly not flawless, and capable of misdirection — work at their best in that environment.’

    That is well worth repeating, especially now that all the fakery that the Empire of Lies has been using is being exposed as fakery.

    Difficult times lie ahead for those who do not know how to communicate with other humans face-to-face, the Age of Screens coming to an end mighty fast.

    I see that Lake Mead is not only at its lowest level ever for the time of year but is also falling at a time of year when it has risen in the past.

    Will the electricity supply to much of the southwest US be terminated later in 2023?



    ‘Undoubtedly there are still TAE participants who will continue to insist that 420 ppm atmospheric CO2, 190 ppm above the recent 800,000-year average of 230 ppm, and rising ta the fastest rate in geochemical history, is nothing to do with carnage that we are witnessing, and that data from eons ago, when the Earth had not been fucked-up by industrial humans, still applies.’

    Sure enough. jb,hb is straight in with the bullshit. No opportunity to post bullshit is missed!


    Afewknowthetruth – The Man Who Hated Ad Hominem


    Anyone notice the reports that Lake Mead was being actively drained to fill other dam systems? Weird, huh. Why would they do that?


    ‘Which returns humans to face-to-face, in-person communication being the only medium that we can have confidence in — not that humans are always honest in person, however, our minds have developed over millennia to be able to function with other humans in face-to-face interactions, which means that our innate bullshit detectors — while certainly not flawless, and capable of misdirection — work at their best in that environment.’

    “That is well worth repeating, especially now that all the fakery that the Empire of Lies has been using is being exposed as fakery.

    Difficult times lie ahead for those who do not know how to communicate with other humans face-to-face”

    Churchill’s bit about “May I say, across the havoc of war”

    I completely agree. That DOES cut right to the heart of the matter for all of us.


    Interesting. Yet to be confirmed, but there are whispers of the UkoNazis losing 25,000 soldiers in the unsuccessful defence of Soledar.


    The [fake] business model is now broken


    Rep. Politician Santos Won’t Resign For Lying.

    John Day

    Since I couldn’t upload any Substack links yesterday, I’ll try just my blog link first: “Owning The World”

    Tried – Faile Gapping between “dot” and “com”
    https://drjohnsblog.substack. com/p/owning-the-world

    John Day

    That worked, but Substack is still a forbidden-domain…

    Beardless boys to catch Russian bullets and shrapnel for NATO. Pictures of Ukrainian boys leaving for war.
    ​ ​Children of Azov Conscripted to Die

    ​ ​For the civilized, the idea that children as young as 13 or 14 should be used as Russian bullet stoppers (and this is precisely what they are) is barbaric and inhumane, something usually found among the warring tribes of sub-Saharan Africa.
    ​ ​The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict states that warring parties “shall take all feasible measures to ensure that members of their armed forces who have not attained the age of 18 years do not take a direct part in hostilities.”

    Children of Azov Conscripted to Die

    ​ Soledar has 186 miles of vast salt-mine tunnels, which have been used for weapons storage since WW-1. Soledad has been taken by Russia’s Wagner mercenary group. Bakhmut is a bloodbath and a critical point for supply to Ukrainian troops at the Donbas front. It is expected to come under Russian control soon. Inside Ukraine’s 120+ Mile Salt Mine Tunnels Just Captured By Russia’s Wagner Group

    Poland, the next Ukraine?
    The Polish military will create a new infantry division equipped with state-of-the-art hardware in the eastern part of the country, Poland’s Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has said…
    ..According to the minister, the division will comprise four brigades, separated into four battalions. A division is a military formation, consisting of between 6,000 to 25,000 troops.
    The new forces will be armed with US-made Abrams and South Korean K-2 tanks, locally-made Krab and Korean K-9 howitzers, as well as reconnaissance drones, he said…
    ..“We know who threatens us and where… For Poland, the main threat is Russia and its imperial tendencies. That is why more troops are needed in the east of the country and that’s why a new division is being set up,” https://www.rt.com/news/569648-poland-defense-infantry-division/

    Pepe Escobar, The failed coup in Brazil is the latest CIA stunt, just as the country is forging stronger ties with the east.
    A former US intelligence official has confirmed that the shambolic Maidan remix staged in Brasilia on 8 January was a CIA operation, and linked it to the recent attempts at color revolution in Iran.
    On Sunday, alleged supporters of former right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court, and presidential palace, bypassing flimsy security barricades, climbing on roofs, smashing windows, destroying public property including precious paintings, while calling for a military coup as part of a regime change scheme targeting elected President Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva.
    According to the US source, the reason for staging the operation – which bears visible signs of hasty planning – now, is that Brazil is set to reassert itself in global geopolitics alongside fellow BRICS states Russia, India, and China…
    ..The same old CIA playbook though remains at work. It still boggles the mind how easy it is to subvert Brazil, one of the natural leaders of the Global South. Attempted old school coups cum regime change/color revolution scripts will keep being played – remember Kazakhstan in early 2021, and Iran only a few months ago…
    ..The future, unfortunately, is ominous. The US establishment will not allow Brazil, the BRICS economy with the best potential after China, to be back in business with full force and in synch with the Russia-China strategic partnership.
    Straussian neo-cons and neoliberals, certified geopolitical jackals and hyenas, will get even more ferocious as the “G7 of the East,” Brazil included, moves to end the suzerainty of the US dollar as imperial control of the world vanishes. https://thesaker.is/why-the-cia-attempted-a-maidan-uprising-in-brazil/

    ​ ​Top Marine General In Japan Bluntly Describes US Is “Setting The Theatre” For Future War With China​
    ​ “Why have we achieved the level of success we’ve achieved in Ukraine? A big part of that has been because after Russian aggression in 2014 and 2015, we earnestly got after preparing for future conflict: training for the Ukrainians, pre-positioning of supplies, identification of sites from which we could operate support, sustain operations,” he said.
    ​ ​”We call that setting the theatre. And we are setting the theatre in Japan, in the Philippines, in other locations.”

    John Day

    I hypothesize that “Dr.D” is really this guy, Emanuel Pastreich.
    “Prove me wrong”, as they say. 🙂

    “How World Governments Are Run by Multinational Companies”​ Thanks Red.

    ​ ​American presidential candidate and international relations expert Emanuel Pastreich discusses the events of 2020 and how it was really an attempted totalitarian takeover of local and central governments around the world by billionaires and bloodline families working through IT companies, and private intelligence firms.​..
    ..At the end of the Second World War we had this very sad experience —and equally true in London as it is in Washington DC–which is that during the Second World War there was an effort in Washington DC or in London to move away from the imperialist financial system and to get back to something closer to a republic, something based upon representation of the interests and the needs of the average citizen, to move away from global finance.
    ​ ​But that effort, that effort to maintain healthy institutions, started to fall apart at the end of the Second World War. It took another 30 years to weave the spider’s web in which American and British corporations set up their Headquarters, in the Virgin Islands and other places, and thereby created a parallel alternate universe that is not subject to the rule of law, that is not overseen by anything; just trusts, corporations, offshore holdings.
    ​ ​And today that “spider’s web economy” has become the dominant paradigm. So we live in the terrarium economy—you, me, our friends– and then there’s this “Untouchable” Brahmin class of people who have accumulated billions and billions of dollars. They make up money, they control money, and they inhabit the the leftovers of the British Empire. They have become the dominant mode for economic interaction for both the United States and Great Britain, and other countries as well. We’ve signed, unbeknownst to Ourselves, a sort of death pact to have our societies torn apart, sold off at fire sale prices, to benefit this tiny handful the super-rich. Now it’s no longer just in London and New York, but also includes wealthy individuals from around the world—from Japan, from Germany, from China, from Russia, etc.​..

    ​..The same people at BlackRock, or Cisco, or Facebook, or Google who are funding the corrupt parts of Black Lives Matter, ordering them to push this gender blending, race-based, fake ideological struggle, are the same people who are funding the Trump people and their MAGA (Make America Great Again) groups, those who are attacking immigrants as the threat to America without identifying the real problem of global finance.​..
    ..These big companies work through academia, they work through the education system so as to capture the so-called intellectuals. It is a paradox that the people who have abdicated their critical thinking skills ARE the intellectuals themselves.​..​
    ​..​This high level manipulation goes back to the Phoenix Project of the 1960s that set down the groundwork for what we see being done here today. Originally the Phoenix Project was carried out in Vietnam by the US government, and the corporations hiding behind government, as a means to take over Vietnam. The files for the Phoenix Program are pretty explicit. They are a handbook for controlling society…
    ​..Seizing control of the intellectuals was a big part of the Phoenix Program. There was a carrot and a stick for the educated (then in Vietnam, now in DC). The carrot is how intellectuals are flattered, are made to feel like they’re part of the establishment.
    ​ ​Rich people take them out to dinner and feature them in the media as experts. The intellectuals who go along with the plan get to be famous in a way that they wouldn’t normally. It is a seduction. Eventually it becomes a form of sort of sexual abuse, almost like rape, in which intellectuals are so compromised by these ​il​licit relationships with global finance that they themselves can no longer face the reality and fall into a cycle of denial…
    ​..​Above all, we see the intentional confusion, pushed by multinational corporations and the rich, of science with technology. If we’re going to look for one major Factor, the origin of the current crisis, the cause for the collapse of medicine, the collapse of journalism, the collapse of academics, then this intentional confusion of science with technology is key…
    ​..​The smartphone, the internet, the search engine, social media all these things which could theoretically be used in a positive sense have been transformed into covert operations whose primary goal today is to diminish and undermine, to degrade the capacity of the individual to think for herself or himself, to compromise the individual’s role in the community through these relationships with so-called friends who are actually enemies of the ordinary citizen and through that process to create a economic, social, political environment in the United States, or for that matter in other countries, in which it is no longer possible to resist the authority from above and to be critical…
    ​..It’s not science but rather this ideology that holds that if you’re a Harvard professor, if you work at the Center for Disease Control, if you have this stamp of approval…, then you have the authority to dictate to the people what is true…
    ​..​Anytime you hear “trust the science” you know it’s not science…
    ​..​Twitter is basically a platform for controlling public opinion that is run for profit and is co-owned by a series of global funds, which they tend to hide behind multinational corporations, funds like BlackRock, or Goldman Sachs, or Vanguard. But behind that they are basically funds belonging to extremely wealthy individuals and families. The primary goal of Twitter is to control opinion…​
    .​.The reason is that the incestuous relationship is so compromising to everybody that it’s no longer possible to even discuss it. It is a taboo and that’s the process right from the Kennedy assassination, to 9/11, and then on to what we have now, this “health crisis” in which an enormous number of intellectuals, people who are knowledgeable, were so profoundly compromised by these incidents that they were no longer able to express any form of resistance, and they became pawns of the system…
    ..From the perspective of the billionaires, however, the difference between having five million dollars in assets and being homeless is the difference between being an ant and a cockroach. I mean it’s it’s nothing to them. And so a system came into being in which at the highest levels the Brahmin class, beyond your reach, they come up with policies that they enact in manner that transcends not only local government, but also national governments, and even supra-national, global organizations. As a result, all these governments are essentially run by their pets.
    ​ ​That is why it’s so hard to conceive of how this small group of people would engage in policies which are meant to degrade your ability to think. Basically everybody, 95% of the population 95, or more, is their target. They destroy your bodies, your ability to reproduce. They introduce chemicals into your body that’ll cause cancer and other diseases and that will over time kill you off in the what they call “the slow kill.”​…
    ​..We’re unable to conceive of the fact that all of these people, all the way up to Joe Biden or Donald Trump, all of them are basically in the same lobster pot in which we are being slowly cooked, and that there is another class of people above them who are willing to kill all of us, or turn us into slaves according to whatever proportion fits their latest algorithm. They don’t care if we live or die. The people we see on TV for the most part are not the people making the real decisions…
    .​.What I see as the most likely scenario is you have maybe a couple thousand people in these very wealthy families who got these intelligence reports telling them how much of a crisis we’re going to be facing economically and environmentally and they embraced this plan to create a class society made up of slaves and the super-rich (with a lot of people marked to disappear over the next 20 years). But the actual planning is not done by the super-rich, but rather by this class of advisors, often ex-military and intelligence…
    ..from the CIA, a call for Asia experts. The advertisement said that basically all the positions had been outsourced to Facebook, Cisco, Microsoft, and Google. Basically these government organizations are no longer government organizations at all. There no is government in the sense that in an engine you have a governor. There’s only the parts of government, whether in the UK or the United States, or in Japan Germany, China, or Russia, that have been outsourced to for-profit organizations pursuing their own narrow short-term interests. That is why we’ve been rendered blind…
    ..They are following, basically, the model for the colonization of the new world which was to destroy all the native populations of North and South America. Same strategy for the project of 1940s to destroy millions in Europe. Most people describe it as “destroying the Jews” which I think is not entirely accurate. Most of the people who were killed off systematically in death camps were Russian POWs. The basic plan was to kill off a large number of people in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and throughout Europe to create this “living space” which would then be settled by Germans following the American model: destroy the native peoples and take the land.
    ​ ​Now we find ourselves in the position where we (establishment upper middle-class Americans) are the ones, we who thought WE were the elites, who are being treated like the Navajos or the Iroquois: slated for extermination…​
    ​..​After being forced to do repeat that ritual (wearing the mask) over and over again the individual loses the capacity to resist.
    ​ ​That is how profoundly they are compromised by this act of participation in the destruction of their free will.
    ​ ​Most of the people wearing these masks, at some level, know that these masks are not scientifically meaningful. But they do it anyway. They participate in their own mental violation. It is form of mental rape, what Joost A.M. Meerloo calls “The Rape of the Mind.”…
    ​..Although we start with nothing, if we look at history we see that in the past there have been numerous times in history when it was possible, starting with a tiny minority who are willing to stick to principles and take risks, to flip things so that the whole equation was reversed.

    John Day

    ​JPMorgan-Epstein Lawsuit Amended By Virgin Islands; ‘Client List’ Shortened​

    ​Recall that in late December, Attorney General Denise George sued the bank, claiming they reaped financial benefits from Epstein’s sex-trafficking operation.
    ​ ​T​​he original complaint against the bank filed by George included a lengthy-but-redacted section on “High Net Worth Clients” Epstein brought to JPMorgan. It had 11 separate entries spanning three pages of the complaint – which James O’Keefe of Project Veritas wants to get his hands on…
    ​..​One week after George’s firing, the US Virgin Islands has filed an amended complaint which significantly shortens the “High Net Worth Clients” list to just three entries, and unredacts a name we already knew about; Glenn Dubin​.

    ​ ​Corporate trail apparent in all four assassinations of US presidents — security official
    Nikolay Patrushev believes that an increasingly large number of Americans say that the Republicans and the Democrats are merely “two actors in one staging that has nothing to do with democracy” https://tass.com/politics/1560277

    ​ ​The Neocons know that a defeat for the US in this conflict would be the end of the US dollar, hegemony and economy. At the same time, Russia is determined not to lose the war, whatever it takes. This is the kind of background that has a high risk of ending badly. https://goldswitzerland.com/ominous-military-financial-nuclear-threats-could-erupt-in-2023/

    ​ The US probably got as much nuclear death as Japan did, but slowly, and hidden, and denied. It was not just the testing in Nevada, but uranium mining got in the soil and water, and was not a “concern”​ until much later. It’s still there, especially on Indian Reservations.

    The Cold War Legacy Lurking in U.S. Groundwater

    John Day

    ​16 national graphs of COVID deaths by month show huge rises after “vaccination” in those countries, like this in Israel. (Thanks Red.)
    Why? Delta was no worse, and then came Omicron.​

    Seeing Is Believing: What the Data Reveal About Deaths Following COVID Vaccine Rollouts Around the World

    ​ CJ Hopkins makes the case that the Twitter-files releases are a form of damage-control and narrative reset, called “limited hangout”, where less damaging information is publicized as if it is the whole story, the public is satisfied and walks away after awhile.​
    The Mother of All Limited Hangouts
    https://cjhopkins.substack. com/p/the-mother-of-all-limited-hangouts

    ​ I’m sure they will get to the bottom of the corruption and root it all out this time. After all, we “deserve” to believe that has been done…​
    ​ ​Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who chairs the House Rules Committee, said the new panel is modeled on the Church Committee, a U.S. Senate select committee in 1975 that investigated U.S. intelligence agencies. That committee “uncovered and exposed a wide variety of abuses, including many [abuses] directed against American citizens,” Cole told fellow lawmakers on the House floor on Tuesday.
    ​ ​“Similar to the situation that confronted America in the 1970s, in recent years we have witnessed abuses of the civil liberties of American citizens committed by the executive branch,” Cole said, adding that such violations are “often for political purposes.”
    ​ ​He said the newly-created panel “will be tasked with studying and reporting on the executive branch’s authority to collect information on or otherwise investigate citizens of the United States.”
    ​ ​“The American people deserve to have confidence in their government,” Cole said. “They deserve to know that the broad powers granted to the federal government through the FBI, to the Department of Homeland Security, and to the intelligence agencies, are not being abused.” https://www.zerohedge.com/political/house-creates-panel-weaponization-federal-government

    ​ Thanks Ugo. Science has become “science”, an advertising pitch for business, which is seen in “scientific” research, which is funded to produce a desired result, which leads to some profitable product or process. ​This was a part of the system when I did research in college and med school, for NASA, which really wanted facts. Other labs did well with private corpot=rate funding, and always did well… They got the results they expected.
    ​ ​The tragedy in oncology is that we have dismantled the system that is meant to tell real innovation from pseudo-innovation. Almost no one understands the problem, even few care about fixing it, and instead most hope to fatten themselves of the riches, while the opportunity exists. Meanwhile, we have entirely lost sight of the goal— the purpose of our task. We have forgotten that this is about helping people sick and dying of cancer live long and live better. That goal is lost. https://theproudholobionts.blogspot.com/2023/01/the-tragedy-of-science-we-cannot-fault.html

    ​ Oh, this blood-thinner, Xarelto, to prevent strokes looks like it kills more people than it saves, but they covered-up some deaths in the treatment group and it looked great in the studies as a result.​ A whole lot of it has been, and is being, used in the world since then.
    ​ ​’​S​erious and numerous data deficiencies’ in results from eight of the 16 hospitals involved in the rivaroxaban trial.
    ​ ​According to The British Medical Journal, it also said stated that two of the 16 hospitals failed to report serious side effects and four of the patients taking rivaroxaban in the trial died, which the researchers failed to explain.
    ​ ​Dr Wilmshurst says: ‘It is shocking that a death can be allowed to go unexplained when a patient dies during a three-week trial.’

    John Day
    Dr. D

    That’s President Pastreich to you! Good article though, makes all the points I would.

    “GPTChat, AI, algorithms…
    Which returns humans to face-to-face, in-person communication”

    And we’re also universally kinder, more helpful, and less troll -ey. Just as I would be if we were in person. Unfortunately, I have to wait for people to bail out on that garbage before they’ll look at the people in front of them again. People who will give them groceries or drag them out of a ditch. Clearly they don’t want that. They want clinks online for anons they will never see again.

    That Greek pic needs the guy with the puppet behind him to be holding a knife. The puppet show is a mere distraction for the pointy end of the tool.

    Dr. D

    P.S. wouldn’t allow me to edit this morning, so unpolished 2nd post. Happens from time to time, but we see wordpress misbehavior comes in bunches.

    John Day

    Thanks “President D”


    What do the Big Brother managers of Oceania businesses [that many uninformed [people believe are countries] always do?

    1. Protect and promote Ponzi schemes.

    2. Reward senior Party Members.

    3. Fight wars to acquire control of resources and to reduce the of capacity competing businesses or actual nations to compete.

    4. Orchestrate and promote the looting and polluting of the common.

    5. Lie to the Proles on a continuous basis.

    6. Attempt to impose increased levels of censorship and reduced levels of freedom.

    As we progress through the [fake] year of 2023, we must anticipate more of all of the above until the Ponzi schemes fully implode, until the military defeats become impossible to hide, and until the brutal attacks on the Proles via ‘security forces; and ‘medical professionals’ no longer generate the required results [for The Party].

    If there is any time and if there are any resources left after The Party has destroyed almost everything in its pursuit of its insane ideology, we Proles might be able try freedom and democracy.

    Unfortunately, there are many bottlenecks -created by The Party- to get though before we reach that point.

    One thought that offers encouragement: ‘The Machine Stops.’


    1909! How prophetic!




    The Duh-mericans are reaching new heights in Situational Awareness Priorities

    Please help, please!





    Doctors said he was walking “too briskly”


    I have a rare instance of disagreeing with our venerable Dr. D. Above, “…Nor are resources depleted. The U.S. in particular has frozen ALL resource use. Every mine was de-licensed, every mill shut down…”

    Actually can’t totally disagree. YES those resources are there. YES those resources could be tapped. Yes “they” are probably keeping them off limits for political games (shortages and strife are the lifeblood of sociopaths, sycophants and lawyers after all)

    It’s the cost to get at it that matters. And cost is not just tabulated in dollars (that’s easy, brrrrrrrrr!!) but rather in the cost to Nature, the cost against the future.

    The easy stuff IS depleted. For oil, coal, even 10-cent bitcoins: the easy stuff is gone. The high ERoEI stuff is long gone. What’s left takes extravagant amounts of capital and energy and “cost” in terms of wealth and “cost” to the future health of the local ecology.

    The 1901 Pennsylvania crude that was 100:1 (one unit of energy to extract 100 units of energy) was done by the 1960’s. Last time I drove through those parts, they are drilling there again, fracking like mad for crude and natgas. At extreme rates of capital depletion, for wells that last a year or two, take 100 tractor-trailers of sand and 200 tons of steel pipe. Nobody publishes ERoEI for fracking wells (not credible ones) but I’d guess 20:1 max, probably 10:1 average for a good well. They are better at extracting fiat from investors, than petroleum. When it’s done, the chemicals and the wastewater they injected never go away. It will find its way into aquifers and surface water. Could take a year, could take generations but it will poison whatever tries to live there in the future.

    It’s a problem for “future” Homer Simpson. Most people DGAF. I suspect quite a few TAEs do GAF. I certainly do, some real actual environmentalists (rare beasts, indeed) do. Some landowners and farmers do, particularly the Amish because they have a long-term stake in particular place. They want to work the land generations from now, preferably without groundwater that’s hopelessly poisoned.

    “Rare earths” are not that rare. There are deposits around the world. The refining process OTOH is dirty and results toxic chemicals, toxic slag and lakes of contaminated water. China has a monopoly on rare earths mainly because they are willing to do that dirty work, in backwater places far far from the centers of power. There’s an unknowable unseen toxic plume of contamination under Baotou that will persist for literal eons.

    I’m sad to admit it, but if we’re gonna have rare earths, I’d rather mine them 8000 miles away where it’s Someone Else’s Problem. Inner Mongolia Homer’s problem.

    I don’t have a solution for it. Well a small one, but *few* people want to partake. “Just. Use. Less.“
    Conservation. The *other* C-word, toxic, that nobody says since Jimmy Carter “ruined” it. But then I’m a rarity.

    It’s hard. It’s hard to get away from it even if you actively avoid it. I bought a tiny bourbon, came in a cutesy cardboard box with cheap throwaway rare-earth magnets to snap it shut. I’m sure they made a million of those boxes, 2 million magnets mined, refined, unappreciated and then tossed back into the Earth in a landfill. Profligate, senseless use of a valuable costly resource. My two I keep in a drawer because they might come in handy some day.

    Reference: Mongolia Homer lives in Bautou, there’s a decent BBC (ugh) article about it. You can view the toxic wastewater lake (it’s vast, shared by many mining companies) from your choice of corporate overlords, the googles earth or bing maps


    War, 1 dead to 10 wounded
    Can we apply the same ratio for “sudden death” to survivors that got sick.


    People at work today were talking about Zelensky’s great speech at the golden globes last night.

    The first world war claimed millions of lives, the second world war clamped tens
    of millions of them. There will be no third world war. It is not a Trilogy. Ukraine will stop the Russian aggression on our land. We will make it together with a whole free world and I hope that
    all of you will be with us on the victorious day,the day of our victory


    Equal justice
    Lying Zelinsky Ukraine
    Santos(R) Won’t Resign For Lying.


    Amendment and correction:

    What do the Big Brother managers of Oceania businesses [that many uninformed [people believe are countries] always do?

    1. Protect and promote Ponzi schemes.

    2. Reward senior Party Members.

    3. Fight wars to acquire control of resources and to reduce the of capacity competing businesses or actual nations to compete.

    4. Orchestrate and promote the looting and polluting of The Commons.

    5. Promote short-term money-making [for individuals and corporations] scams that make matters worse as ‘solutions’ to real world problems and predicaments

    6. Lie to the Proles on a continuous basis.

    7. Attempt to impose increased levels of censorship and reduced levels of freedom.

    By the way, Judith Collins, ex-leader of the blue sector of The Party on Airstrip Five blurted it out on one occasion a couple of years ago: “Well, it is a business, after all.”


    Horrible news out of Brazil. Arrested protestors are being forcibly injected with the Covid shots against their will.



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