Jan 202023
 


Rembrandt van Rijn Portrait of his father 1628-29

 

Russian Orthodox Church Issues Apocalyptic Warning (RT)
Going, Going, Gone: Fiddling While the West Burns (Batiushka)
World Economic Forum Wants You to Trust Them (ET)
‘Russiagate’ Is Dead, But Social Media Control Is Here To Stay (Livshitz)
Global South: Gold-Backed Currencies To Replace The US Dollar (Escobar)
Economist: Turkey Could Be On ‘Brink Of Dictatorship’ (K.)
Over 1 Million Workers Hit French Streets Against Macron’s Pension Reform (ZH)
How A Corrupt FBI Could Save Joe Biden In Classified-Docs Scandal (Bovard)
CDC Knowingly Left Serious Adverse Events Off Post-Vaccination Surveys (ET)
How the CDC Became the Speech Police (Soave)
Safety Signals for Heart, Blood, Reproduction in Yellow Card Vaccine Data (DS)
Fauci Lied; 120,000 US Children Died (Exp.)
Twitter Files Show Authoritarian “Cult Of Identity” Controls The Media (Gurri)

 

 

 

 

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“We pray to the Lord so that he enlightens those madmen and helps them understand that any desire to destroy Russia will mean the end of the world..”

Russian Orthodox Church Issues Apocalyptic Warning (RT)

Any attempts to destroy Russia could spell disaster for the entire world, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, warned on Thursday. Speaking after a religious service marking the Orthodox Christian holiday of Epiphany, the primate claimed that both the international community and Russia are facing “very huge threats.” According to Patriarch Kirill, the root of the problem is that some “madmen” believe that Russia, which “has powerful weapons and is populated by extremely strong people… who had never given in to an enemy and had always emerged victorious, could be defeated under the current circumstances.” Neither would it be possible to “impose on them certain values that cannot even be called values, so that they would be like everyone else and obey those who have the power to control most of the world,” he noted.


“We pray to the Lord so that he enlightens those madmen and helps them understand that any desire to destroy Russia will mean the end of the world,” he added. The Patriarch’s remarks echo a statement by former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday, who warned the countries that want to see Moscow defeated in Ukraine that nuclear powers such as Russia had “never lost a major conflict on which their fate depended.” Should such a nation lose a conventional war, such an outcome could trigger a nuclear conflict, he added. Earlier this month, the head of the Russian Church appealed to both Moscow and Kiev’s forces to establish a truce in the run-up to and during Orthodox Christmas on January 7 to give the faithful a chance to attend religious services. Hours later, the proposal was supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who ordered Moscow’s troops to stand down for 36 hours. The ceasefire, however, was rejected by Kiev, with Ukrainian officials dismissing the offer as “hypocrisy” and a military ruse.

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“Europeans hate their elites. The spoilt elites may tell their peoples: ‘Let them eat cake’. But they have forgotten that what the people want is bread.”

Going, Going, Gone: Fiddling While the West Burns (Batiushka)

Let us not forget that the conflict in the Ukraine is about the struggle of the United States to maintain its dinosaur’s status as the world’s last superpower. More exactly, it is about America’s attempt to destroy China as a rival. For since China, allied with Russia, is unbeatable, China has to be attacked through Eurasian Russia. In this crazed neocon video-game fantasy, the USA has overlooked Western Europe. In one sense that is understandable, since its leaders are just a pack of mindless Pavlovian dogs, intent on copying their master in Washington – and a pile of dollars greatly helps their salivating capacity for imitation. However, the US mistake is as usual to look only at its puppets. This was the same mistake as in Baghdad and Kabul, or for that matter in Tehran and Saigon, not to mention in Manila and a host of capitals in Latin America. Appoint an English-speaking yes-man, give him a Swiss bank account full of dollars and a US passport, ensure he has control over the capital and its TV and radio station and then you will control the whole country. Only Hamid Karzai didn’t and you won’t either.

Western Europe, the EU and the UK, with a few other bits and pieces, is also inhabited by 500 million people (the other 50 odd million belong to the elite). Some, especially from the elites, live in the capitals. The vast majority do not live there and generally despise those who do live in the capitals. Ask a Frenchman what he thinks of ‘les sales parisiens’ (filthy Parisians), ask a Romanian what he thinks of the elite in Bucharest, a Pole what he thinks of those in Warsaw or an Englishman what he thinks of Londoners. If you don’t believe me, ask Macron in France. Alternatively, ask any Frenchman what he thinks of France’s real rulers – the grossly overpaid super-elite in Brussels. The English hated them so much, they had Brexit. A lot of Germans, who by a huge majority never wanted to give up the Deutschmark, got quite jealous of that, even though the incompetent and perfidious British elite totally mishandled the Brexit negotiation process.

If in Western Europe, the vast majority don’t like their leaders, they will eventually – even the passive British – get rid of them and they will appoint leaders whom Washington does not like, Le Pen, Farage etc. Remember Orban? He is already in power, as is Erdogan (though he is in Turkey). The Ukrainian conflict is already reshaping Europe’s totally outdated (1945) security architecture and forcing a reconfiguration. The realignment will not be in Washington’s favour. Demonstrations against NATO are already starting in various European countries. But what is more likely to topple the US puppet elite is strikes and protests. Europeans hate their elites. The spoilt elites may tell their peoples: ‘Let them eat cake’. But they have forgotten that what the people want is bread.

Once Western Europe, including even the UK, has gone, the end of the short unipolar era will be here. The domino effect, from Kiev to Dublin, is surely only a matter of time. Remember the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989? Within twenty-five months the whole of the Soviet Eastern European Empire fell, one country after another, until in December 1991, the Soviet Union itself fell. Berlin to Vladivostok. Well, the time is now up for the American Empire in its turn. It will also fall, and for the same reasons. The SU (Soviet Union) went. So will its reverse, the US (United States). Red stars, white stars, they have both had their time. Keep your eyes on Western Europe.

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World Economic Forum Wants You to Trust Them (ET)

One of the central themes of the World Economic Forum summit this week is “restoring trust”; this initiative comes at a moment when progressive corporate organizations such as the WEF are being scrutinized for violating U.S. antitrust laws. A WEF panel discussion called “Disrupting Distrust” featured speakers from Mastercard, the United Way, and Consumers International, as well as communications consultant Richard Edelman. It proceeded under the slogan: “Trust is at the heart of meaningful multi-stakeholder cooperation … Yet levels of distrust are higher than ever.” The panel was hosted by Kathleen Kingsbury, an opinion editor at The New York Times.

The discussion opened with a report from Edelman’s Annual Edelman Trust Barometer, which found that trust in government had declined substantially, leaving corporations as the most trusted institutions in society. Edelman also warned of a “growing mass class divide” in public opinion. The divergence of public opinion started in 2013 in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, he said, and it has now “metastasized” to three-quarters of the countries in the world. Helena Leurent, director of Consumers International, said “economic pain” is the top issue causing mistrust. “The consumer is embattled,” she said, citing dramatic increases in food and fuel prices over the past two years. “The cost of living is the body blow.” “I find a lot of irony in this,” Joel Griffith, research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Epoch Times.

“The energy crisis that we’re facing now across the world is a problem that by and large has been caused by the 50-plus world leaders that are gathered there, because almost in lockstep these world leaders, from [President Joe] Biden, to the European Union leaders, to our counterpart in Canada, have declared a long-term war on fossil fuels,” Griffith said. “They’ve created this energy crisis, they’ve created the inflation crisis, created the rising price trajectory, and they are not acknowledging responsibility.” Another topic on the trust agenda was what Edelman called the “battle for truth.” Rather than what had previously been the “Moses model,” in which truth is handed down from higher institutions to the masses, Edelman said, “now trust is local, in my employer and in my company and my CEO.” Speaking for The New York Times, Kingsbury said that “in journalism, we struggle with an issue of a lack of trust … particularly in our expertise.”

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“the relationship between the number of posts from Russian foreign influence accounts that users are exposed to and voting for Donald Trump is near zero..”

‘Russiagate’ Is Dead, But Social Media Control Is Here To Stay (Livshitz)

Donald Trump’s time as president was dominated by years of mainstream news headlines declaring that his unexpected victory was attributable to Saint Petersburg’s Internet Research Agency (aka ‘The Russian IRA’). The company reportedly corralled online networks of bots and trolls that perpetuated pro-Trump propaganda in a bid to get the outsider elected at the Kremlin’s request. This narrative quickly became widely accepted among US liberals, and remains entrenched today – but a new study decisively shows it to be false. The paper, published in the respected academic journal Nature, investigates the exposure of Twitter users to alleged activity on the social media platform by the IRA during the 2016 US election, “and its relationship to attitudes and voting behavior.”

The study’s findings speak for themselves. For example, 70% of purported IRA-connected posts during that campaign were seen by just 1% of the network’s users, “who strongly identified as Republicans.” Coverage of these posts was moreover “eclipsed by content from domestic news media and politicians.” The academics also found “no evidence of a meaningful relationship” between exposure to these tweets, and “changes in attitudes, polarization, or voting behavior.” Alleged IRA posts seen on Twitter by users were “overshadowed – by an order of magnitude – by posts from national news media and politicians.” For every four IRA tweets published in the last month of the 2016 election campaign, 106 per day from national news media and 35 per day from US politicians were seen on average. In other words, 25 times and nine times more posts respectively.

The academics also probed whether there was any connection between exposure to alleged IRA posts and “changes in respondents’ positions on salient election issues” and political polarization, surveying them on “eight major policy issues salient during the election, and respondents’ self-reported political ideology.” They bluntly concluded that there were not “statistically significant relationships between exposure on any of the issue-based and polarization outcomes.”
Extensive data-based analyses were also conducted to “examine the relationship between exposure to Russian foreign influence accounts and vote choice.” Again, the conclusion couldn’t be more damning – “the relationship between the number of posts from Russian foreign influence accounts that users are exposed to and voting for Donald Trump is near zero (and not statistically significant).”

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“..India’s purchases of Russian crude have increased year-by-year by a whopping factor of 33..”

Global South: Gold-Backed Currencies To Replace The US Dollar (Escobar)

First: One of the key take aways from the World Economic Forum annual shindig in Davos, Switzerland is when Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan, on a panel on “Saudi Arabia’s Transformation,” made it clear that Riyadh “will consider trading in currencies other than the US dollar.”So is the petroyuan finally at hand? Possibly, but Al-Jadaan wisely opted for careful hedging: “We enjoy a very strategic relationship with China and we enjoy that same strategic relationship with other nations including the US and we want to develop that with Europe and other countries.”

Second: The Central Banks of Iran and Russia are studying the adoption of a “stable coin” for foreign trade settlements, replacing the US dollar, the ruble and the rial. The crypto crowd is already up in arms, mulling the pros and cons of a gold-backed central bank digital currency (CBDC) for trade that will be in fact impervious to the weaponized US dollar. The really attractive issue here is that this gold-backed digital currency would be particularly effective in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Astrakhan, in the Caspian Sea. Astrakhan is the key Russian port participating in the International North South Transportation Corridor (INTSC), with Russia processing cargo travelling across Iran in merchant ships all the way to West Asia, Africa, the Indian Ocean and South Asia.

The success of the INSTC – progressively tied to a gold-backed CBDC – will largely hinge on whether scores of Asian, West Asian and African nations refuse to apply US-dictated sanctions on both Russia and Iran. As it stands, exports are mostly energy and agricultural products; Iranian companies are the third largest importer of Russian grain. Next will be turbines, polymers, medical equipment, and car parts. Only the Russia-Iran section of the INSTC represents a $25 billion business. And then there’s the crucial energy angle of INSTC – whose main players are the Russia-Iran-India triad. India’s purchases of Russian crude have increased year-by-year by a whopping factor of 33. India is the world’s third largest importer of oil; in December, it received 1.2 million barrels from Russia, which for several months now is positioned ahead of Iraq and Saudi Arabia as Delhi’s top supplier.

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He’s been in charge for 20 years already.

Economist: Turkey Could Be On ‘Brink Of Dictatorship’ (K.)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or rather his shadow, has made the cover of this week’s issue of the Economist in a decidedly unflattering way, as a leader that has taken his country “to the brink of disaster.” As the introduction to the financial paper’s report on the state of the country ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections states, “Mr Erdogan’s behavior as the election approaches could push what is today a deeply flawed democracy over the edge into a full-blown dictatorship.” The Economist says Erdogan’s now 20-year-old reign was initially beneficial to Turkey: he mended the economy, neutralized the country’s meddling generals and secured, in 2005, the formal opening of accession talks to the EU, while putting his islamist agenda, which had alarmed the long-dominant secularist heirs to Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish Republic’s founder, mostly to the side.

But, as the paper points out, “the longer Mr Erdogan has been in power, the more autocratic he has grown.” Moving on from Prime Minister to President, he turned that mostly ceremonial post into a really powerful one in the service of an autocracy. “Approaching his third decade in power, he sits in a vast palace snapping orders at courtiers too frightened to tell him when he is wrong. His increasingly eccentric beliefs swiftly become public policy,” the article says. Erdogan once likened democracy to a tram journey: when you reach your destination, you get off. His treatment of mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, whom the Economist calls the “most plausible rival” for the presidency is indicative. A 2-year prison term and a ban from politics for calling election officials who had annulled his first election “idiots” have taken Imamoglu out of the presidential race if the conviction is not annulled or overturned and have cast doubt that the election will be fair or free, the Economist says.


Internationally, Erdogan could cause trouble for Greece and Cyprus by “foment[ing] fiercer territorial quarrels; he could “create further confusion and strife in Syria”; he could “allow the 5m migrants and refugees in Turkey to set sail for southern Europe.” And he could continue to block the accession of Finaland and Sweden into NATO. Yet, the Economist contends, Erdogan cannot afford to make a total break with the West, because he needs investments and he needs armaments. But, the article argues, it is time for a firmer stance by western powers, beginning with the US. “Mr Erdogan is a bully who sees timidity as a reason to press his advantage and toughness as an incentive to mend fences,” the Economist says.

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“On Thursday the walls of the Élysée palace must tremble..”

Over 1 Million Workers Hit French Streets Against Macron’s Pension Reform (ZH)

President Macron’s retirement and pension reform program has unleashed the expected mass demonstrations, strikes, and likely soon to be riots on the streets of France. The much anticipated reform bill headed through parliament will see the official retirement age rise by two years, from the age of 62 to 64. And just like that, it’s popping off… as French authorities brace for more chaos in the coming weeks. Previously, the unions promised the “mother of all battles”. As a result, public transport has seen significant disruptions in service, while many schools are already closed, amid some 200+ well-attended protests all across France on Thursday. Various forms of public transport were brought to a standstill in Paris, Toulouse, Marseille, Nantes and Nice, due to the strikes, and the Eiffel Tower was closed to visitors as well as the protests spread.

Eight major unions had designated Thursday the “first day of strikes and protests” – with promises of many more to come. France’s education ministry said that over 40% of primary school teachers, as well as one-third of high school teachers are participating in the strikes, forcing many to close their doors for the day, and possibly weeks ahead. French rail authority SNCF reported a “severe disruption” across the country, with metro lines in the capital having to implement partial closures. “On some rail lines, as few as one in 10 services were operating, while the Paris metro was running a skeleton service,” BBC reported. A reported over one million people total are believed to have participated in Thursday’s protests and strikes, according to the unions, which plan to keep up the intense pressure until Macron’s bill is defeated.

Likely the demonstrations will get more and more radical and violent, as French protests tend to go… All the country’s unions – including so-called “reformist” unions that the government had hoped to win to its side – have condemned the measure, as have the left-wing and far-right oppositions in the National Assembly. “On Thursday the walls of the Élysée palace must tremble,” Communist Party leader Fabien Roussel said on Tuesday.In many places, crowds clashed with police, who deployed riot control measures including tear gas and batons, as they struggled to clear streets against vastly superior numbers.

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“It looks bad — but the FBI got Hillary out of a worse legal tar pit.”

How A Corrupt FBI Could Save Joe Biden In Classified-Docs Scandal (Bovard)

The White House is being whipsawed by the discovery of secret documents from President Joe Biden’s vice presidency recklessly stored around his garage, his Delaware house and his rented Washington office. The appointment of a special counsel to investigate Biden’s classified-document violations could imperil the president’s survival. But Biden may be saved by the charades the FBI concocted to rescue Hillary Clinton. But breaking news Tuesday night revealed the investigation may already be turning into a farce. Amazingly, the Justice Department is permitting Biden’s personal lawyers to control the evidence — without the FBI. Federal law penalizes the removal or mishandling of classified documents via “gross negligence” by up to 10 years in prison.

The number of clearly marked confidential documents discovered on Biden’s turfs is up to 20 — all of which were supposedly “inadvertently misplaced” (for at least six years), per White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. It looks bad — but the FBI got Hillary out of a worse legal tar pit. Clinton’s presidential campaign was roiled by the disclosure she’d used an insecure private email server to handle top-secret documents while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. In 2015, the FBI Counterintelligence Division opened a criminal investigation of the “potential unauthorized storage of classified information on an unauthorized system.” The FBI treated Clinton and her coterie like royalty worthy of endless deference, according to a 2018 report by the Justice Department inspector general.

The FBI agreed to destroy the laptops of top Clinton aides after a limited examination of their contents (including a promise not to examine any post-Jan. 31, 2015, emails or content). When BleachBit software and hammers were used to destroy email evidence under congressional subpoena, the FBI treated it as a harmless error. The IG criticized federal investigators for relying on “rapport building” with Team Hillary instead of using subpoenas to compel the discovery of key evidence. The IG recommended possible disciplinary penalties for five FBI employees who sent blatant anti-Trump texts (some of those agents later staffed special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump). FBI investigators shrugged off every brazen deceit they encountered.

The IG report quoted an unnamed FBI agent responding to a fellow agent’s question on how an interview went with a witness who worked with the Clintons at their Chappaqua residence: “Awesome. Lied his ass off. Went from never inside the scif [sensitive compartmented information facility for classified documents] at res [residence], to looked in when it was being constructed, to removed the trash twice, to troubleshot the secure fax with HRC a couple times, to everytime there was a secure fax i did it with HRC. Ridic.” The agency waited until the end of the investigation in July 2016 to question Clinton and refused to videotape that crucial interview. Bizarrely, the FBI planned to absolve her “absent a confession” by Clinton during the interview, the IG report noted.

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“Updated versions of the protocol list the same 15 adverse events. None of the conditions were included in the actual surveys.”

CDC Knowingly Left Serious Adverse Events Off Post-Vaccination Surveys (ET)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) didn’t include serious adverse events like heart inflammation on post-vaccination surveys even though the agency knew the issues could be linked to COVID-19 vaccines, documents show. Even before the surveys were rolled out in December 2020 after the first vaccines were authorized, the CDC knew that myocarditis—a form of heart inflammation since confirmed as being caused by the Pfizer and Moderna shots—and other serious adverse events were of “special interest” when it came to the vaccines, according to a newly disclosed version of the protocol for the survey system. The Nov. 19, 2020, protocol for V-safe, the survey system, lists myocarditis, stroke, death, and a dozen “prespecified medical conditions.”

The protocol was obtained by the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), a nonprofit that seeks transparency around health information. All of the conditions can cause severe symptoms. V-safe is a system of surveys that was introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic to monitor vaccine safety. It was developed and is managed by the CDC. Updated versions of the protocol list the same 15 adverse events. None of the conditions were included in the actual surveys. Respondents could check boxes if they experienced certain symptoms, but only 10 lower-level problems such as fever and nausea were listed as options.

“It’s deeply troubling that the CDC would construct V-safe in a manner that does not permit it to be able to easily assess the rate of harm from adverse events the CDC had already identified as potentially being caused by these products,” Aaron Siri, a lawyer representing ICAN, told The Epoch Times. “This calls into question what the CDC was really trying to accomplish with V-safe. Was it trying to assess the actual safety of these products? Or was it trying to design a system that would be more likely to affirm its previous public pronouncements regarding the safety of these products?”

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“We’ve never had a situation where the federal government at very high levels is coordinating or coercing social media to do its bidding in terms of censoring people.”

How the CDC Became the Speech Police (Soave)

Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s most prominent authority on COVID-19, had his final White House press conference two days before Thanksgiving 2022. The event served as a send-off for the longserving director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who was finally stepping down after nearly four decades on the job.Ashish Jha, the Biden administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, hailed Fauci as “the most important, consequential public servant in the United States in the last half century.” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre described him as a near-constant “source of information and facts” for all Americans throughout the pandemic.

Indeed, the U.S. public’s understanding of COVID-19—its virality, how to prevent its spread, and even where it comes from—was largely controlled by Fauci and bureaucrats like him, to a greater degree than most people realize. The federal government shaped the rules of online discussion in unprecedented and unnerving ways. This has become much more obvious over the past few months, following Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter. Musk granted several independent journalists access to internal messages between the government and the platform’s moderators, which demonstrate concerted efforts by various federal agencies—including the FBI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and even the White House—to convince Twitter to restrict speech. These disclosures, which have become known as the Twitter Files, are eye-opening.

But Twitter was hardly the only object of federal pressure. According to a trove of confidential documents obtained by Reason, health advisers at the CDC had significant input on pandemic-era social media policies at Facebook as well. They were consulted frequently, at times daily. They were actively involved in the affairs of content moderators, providing constant and ever-evolving guidance. They requested frequent updates about which topics were trending on the platforms, and they recommended what kinds of content should be deemed false or misleading. “Here are two issues we are seeing a great deal of misinfo on that we wanted to flag for you all,” reads one note from a CDC official. Another email with sample Facebook posts attached begins: “BOLO for a small but growing area of misinfo.”

[..] Jay Bhattacharya and Martin Kulldorff, professors of medicine at Stanford University and Harvard University, respectively, have claimed that social media platforms repeatedly muzzled their opposition to lockdowns, mask requirements, and vaccine mandates. The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a public interest law firm that has joined the lawsuit, thinks the federal government’s campaign to squelch contrarian coronavirus content was so vast as to effectively violate the First Amendment. “What’s at stake is the future of free speech in the technological age,” says Jenin Younes, the group’s litigation counsel. “We’ve never had a situation where the federal government at very high levels is coordinating or coercing social media to do its bidding in terms of censoring people.”

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“..many adverse events will go unrecorded, and this becomes more likely the longer the delay between treatment and the associated adverse reaction.”

Safety Signals for Heart, Blood, Reproduction in Yellow Card Vaccine Data (DS)

The strength of the C-19VYC reporting scheme is that it is capable of generating an enormous amount of valuable information about adverse reactions to the experimental COVID-19 vaccines. Reports of suspected adverse reactions can be submitted not only by physicians but also by the recipients of the vaccines themselves, providing valuable feedback to the MHRA based on first-hand experience. This inclusive aspect of the C-19VYC reporting scheme has proved very successful, with nearly half a million adverse event reports submitted, roughly one for every hundred recipients of the COVID-19 vaccines in the U.K. Despite this strength in terms of quantity of data, the C-19VYC reporting scheme has a number of serious weaknesses related to the nature of the data collected.

These weaknesses place limits on the scheme’s ability both to detect and to measure safety signals. The first problem is that the scheme does not identify or include a control group of individuals, who have not taken the vaccine, against which to compare those who have. Other major weaknesses are that reporting is passive rather than planned and takes place at a single point in time. Thus, reporting relies on the sufferer of the adverse reactions or his or her physician making the connection between the vaccine treatment and the adverse reaction. As a consequence, many adverse events will go unrecorded, and this becomes more likely the longer the delay between treatment and the associated adverse reaction. Reporting rates of adverse reactions are also likely to represent only a fraction of actual cases because physicians or recipients may have too little time to fill out the onerous paperwork, may not have knowledge of the Yellow Card scheme, or may be unwilling to countenance the idea of harms resulting from a medication in which they have placed trust.

As well as being low, reporting rates are expected to vary substantially between different sectors of the population. Experience shows that females post roughly three times more adverse event reports than males, and the reporting rate for adverse reactions varies with age, dropping off in the elderly population where adverse reactions may be obscured by multiple forms of pre-existing chronic illnesses. In addition, reporting rates are likely to vary with the severity of the adverse reaction. Individuals are far more likely to have the motivation and tenacity to file a report if their adverse reaction is severe than if it is mild. On the other hand, if the adverse event results in death, grieving friends or relatives may be too preoccupied to file a C-19VYC report.

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“..nearly half a million children and young adults died within a year of his fateful announcement with over 118,000 of those deaths suspected to be due to the Covid-19 vaccine..”

Fauci Lied; 120,000 US Children Died (Exp.)

Time and time again throughout 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci, stood at the podium, the bright lights of the cameras blinding him as he faced the nation. With a steady hand, he held up a vial of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, promising it would be the key to protecting America and its children from the “deadly” Covid-19 disease supposedly ravaging the country. But little did the public know, the truth about the Covid vaccine’s safety had been buried deep within Fauci’s own lies and deceit and confidential U.S. Government and Pfizer documents. Fauci used propaganda, lies and manipulation to coerce parents into getting their children vaccinated.

But the weight of the lives lost has quickly come crashing down on him and the nation, as a secret Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report has revealed that nearly half a million children and young adults died within a year of his fateful announcement with over 118,000 of those deaths suspected to be due to the Covid-19 vaccine’s dangerous side effects. The CDC report should spark widespread outrage and be on the front page of every single major newspaper. But instead, it has been and will continue to be met with a deafening silence. Despite the staggering death toll the report will be buried and swept under the carpet.

The mainstream media, consumed with working overtime to distract the public with propaganda on the war in Ukraine, alleged climate change and the cost of living crisis, has paid and will pay no attention to the devastating consequences of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s deception. The public wil continue to be kept in the dark, and the U.S. Government will move quickly to cover up its own involvement in the tragedy. With Dr Fauci quietly announcing his “retirement” in August 2022. It’s all business as usual and simply just another day at the office. But it is also a shocking failure of transparency and accountability, and the people of the United States should be forever haunted by the lives lost due to the Covid-19 vaccine scandal.

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“If Elon Musk successfully purchases Twitter, it could result in World War 3 and the destruction of our planet..”

Twitter Files Show Authoritarian “Cult Of Identity” Controls The Media (Gurri)

Only yesterday, Elon Musk was a hero to progressives. He had made the electric car sexy and organized a migration to Mars to save humanity from the coming ecological apocalypse. Musk voted for Barack Obama twice and for Biden once. When he offered to purchase Twitter on April 14 of last year, he clearly believed he was reconnecting progressivism to its liberal roots. “For Twitter to deserve public trust it must be politically neutral, which effectively means upsetting the far right and the far left equally,” he said. Famously, Musk characterized himself as “a free speech absolutist.” But elites took that for a declaration of war and changed their tightly synchronized minds about the man. Twitter in the hands of Musk was “dangerous to our democracy,” said Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren.

“If Elon Musk successfully purchases Twitter, it could result in World War 3 and the destruction of our planet,” wrote David Leavitt. The White House expressed newfound concern about “the power of large social media platforms … over our everyday lives … tech platforms must be held accountable for the harm they cause.” Before Musk’s takeover, Twitter management had gone on record stating, “We do not shadow ban [i.e., secretly block users]. And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology.” Thanks to Twitter’s internal emails and messages released by Musk, we now know both claims were false. “Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics—all in secret, without informing users,” wrote journalist Bari Weiss. The targets were offenders against elite orthodoxy—a conservative activist, a right-wing talk show host, and a Covid-dissenting doctor, among others.

In December, Musk invited Weiss, Matt Taibbi, and Michael Shellenberger to examine the company’s internal Slack messages and emails. Taibbi and Weiss are fierce critics of establishment media; Shellenberger is a strong anti-establishment voice on energy and homeless policy. All are, in Weiss’ phrase, “politically homeless,” neither right nor left, but tend to write about aspects of the struggle between the elites and the public. Taibbi, Weiss, and Shellenberger are clear thinkers and good writers but two traits, in my opinion, separate them from the pack: independence and integrity. Musk could have bought himself a passel of hired hacks who would have churned out whatever spin he wished. With these three authors, he gave up control over the Twitter Files output in exchange for their ironclad credibility.

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    Participant

    If you haven’t read this, you should. Peer reviewed, on the most prestigious NIH website, and authored by a neurosurgeon.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most manipulated infectious disease events in history, characterized by official lies in an unending stream lead by government bureaucracies, medical associations, medical boards, the media, and international agencies … ”

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9062939/

    Shut him up!

    TVASF

    #126608
    Germ
    Participant

    Leslie Jordan cause of death confirmed: Beloved actor died of a ‘sudden cardiac dysfunction’ at 67 after a car accident in LA.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-11655729/Leslie-Jordan-cause-death-confirmed-Beloved-actor-died-sudden-cardiac-dysfunction-67.html

    “Dysfunction ” – that’s a medical problem right?
    Hahaha

    TVASF

    #126609
    Germ
    Participant

    Why are they FINALLY “admitting” the Covid Vax could be harmful?

    Why are they FINALLY “admitting” the Covid Vax could be harmful?

    Limited hangout.

    TVASF

    #126610
    Germ
    Participant

    #126611
    Germ
    Participant

    Britain: NHS Director Confirms Hospitals Lied About Cause of Death to Create Illusion of COVID Pandemic

    Britain: NHS Director Confirms Hospitals Lied About Cause of Death to Create Illusion of COVID Pandemic

    Tell us something we don’t know!

    TVASF

    #126612
    Germ
    Participant

    Murder narrowly avoided.

    TVASF

    #126613
    Germ
    Participant

    Fox News FTW !

    ☠️☠️☠️

    TVASF

    #126614
    Germ
    Participant

    Too late darling .

    ☠️☠️☠️

    TVASF

    #126615
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Morgan Stanley CEO: ‘Let’s Be Honest, Davos Is an Echo Chamber’”

    What is this for? Luongo. U.S. and particularly the U.S. Commercial Banks are in opposition to Davos. Clearly, as Al Gore – still having no shame, says the same discredited things he said in 1990 – the government is FOR Davos, or at least the DNC is. “Eet Ze Bugs!” should be their new campaign slogan, I’m sure it’ll be great.

    Powell said the same thing: Climate and ESG doesn’t appear to be in my Congressional mandate, ma’am.

    Others pile on BlackRock, ESG central, who just bought 10% of all U.S. homes to drive up the prices and lock kids out of the market? Yeah, we raised rates 500%, real estate prices are cratering. How’s Davos’ unelected policies going?

    And per Davos’ plan, “Over 1 Million Workers Hit French Streets against Macron’s Pension Reform”

    That’s also math, but if France needs to get the money somewhere, why are they buying 10 doses of vax per citizen on a no-bid contract and giving the few remaining weapons from the French army to Ukraine? Um, no, we’ll stop that first THEN look at pension reform. Similar things are throughout Europe, uncovered.

    Speaking of, so they take the no-bid contract of 10x more doses than people and apply a lot of that direct corporate welfare to direct MSM advertising. Pfizer didn’t “Make” money and buy GMA slot: they stole money to cover the PR of stealing money. From you.

    “UPenn paid President Biden more than $900,000”

    Was that the UPenn that was in a scandal where adults could shower with children for money? For decades? I hear Joe may know something about that. Wait: so how is China involved? Because they know too and have the tapes.

    “any desire to destroy Russia will mean the end of the world..”

    Yes, but they WANT a nuclear war. You’re missing the point. That’s merely a fast-forward to their 500 million people left on earth with them on top in flying cars out of military bunkers in Denver, and everyone else a tribal serf, living in a hut. You know: the Hunger Games. This is written in all their papers as a goal much to be desired. It’s Green. It’s the theocracy of Mother Earth, and they are its priests and acolytes.

    “trust in government had declined substantially, leaving corporations as the most trusted institutions in society.”

    They are trying long term to make corporations eclipse government in size, then replace them. However, they forget to mention that although corporations may be better than government right now, thanks to what they just paid government to do, corporation trust may still be below 20% – rock bottom. Yes, higher than Congress, but still below bedbugs.

    “Edelman said, “now trust is local, in my employer and in my company and my CEO.”

    Uhhh. No. Mr. Edelman, the people HAVE a boss, they already know what that’s like. The boss just screwed them with every waking breath. YOU just screwed them with every waking breath. They have a company in cell phone and internet contract monopolies reaming them while they eat ramen. I don’t think you’re participating and sharing in that “Trust” which is earned, not given, and nowadays starts with Trust-o-Meter at 0%. Every job you’re hired at you expect to be screwed and have to immediately quit again until proven otherwise, unlike the 70s.

    Tucker does have really good writers, doesn’t he? I wish I could be so succinct and still be engaging.

    “‘Russiagate’ Is Dead, But Social Media Control Is Here to Stay (Livshitz)”

    No it’s not: everyone I know still believes it. Somehow they know not to look at the new information ahead of time. They know to never look, so they will never know. Also Mueller is a Putin Puppet who found everything but let Cheeto go anyway. Fact! Also lockdowns worked perfectly. We know because there was a worldwide pandemic that went everywhere. Vaccines were safe and effective, that’s why everyone who was vaxxed immediately got the disease, including Fauci himself.

    Even facts in front of their own eyes have zero effect, much less to go back and reverse old beliefs.

    “We’re in a huge Milgram experiment here, we got Anthony Fauci in his white lab coat.”

    Yes, and his victims are black, brown, and poor working people so they shock away with abandon.

    “India’s purchases of Russian crude have increased year-by-year by a whopping factor of 33..”

    So has Europe’s by purchase price. They’re purchasing from Russia via India.

    “ Economist: Turkey Could Be on ‘Brink of Dictatorship’ (K.)”

    Whiskey Tango? Since day one. And certainly since he outlawed opposition parties and got rid of the Ataturk rules. What this says is: The Economist, mouthpiece of the Rothschilds and thus the Davos Man, is only now turning against Erdogan. Meta-reality: that means up until now despite everything, they have always been FOR Erdogan, at least officially when they weren’t running an open coup against him.

    So this is really a position paper, and one that demonstrates the PR approach they will attack with. Now Erdogan is near dictatorship, essentially not elected, but so is all Europe that pretends to criticize him.

    “How a Corrupt FBI Could Save Joe Biden in Classified-Docs Scandal (Bovard)”

    They already have. This was already demonstrated in the different enforcement. Good: now we know who you are.

    “ CDC Knowingly Left Serious Adverse Events off Post-Vaccination Surveys (ET)”

    Sounds like nationwide fraud. Most likely blackmail and extortion. Pretty sure that would be covered by the FBI.

    “We’ve never had a situation where the federal government at very high levels is coordinating or coercing social media to do its bidding in terms of censoring people.”

    Sure we have, since President Adams. However, it’s still illegal and we need to discourage that sort of thing strongly and publicly.

    “How the CDC Became the Speech Police (Soave)”

    As they are established to create exactly this misunderstanding, the CDC has NO POWER. They are an advisory board. They are not the government, exactly. Similar to the Fed, which is created via Congress but also entirely private. And a few other groups, actually.

    So as an advisory board which has no power – much less legislative power – can someone explain to me how they can “Police” or “Enforce” anything? They have the same authority I do. I’m sorry officer if you misunderstood who I am, thought I was Mayor, and started taking orders from me. Not my fault, it was completely voluntary on your part.

    Con Men.

    As they are not official to begin with, they are also not held responsible after. No consequences, the perfect picture of whispering in the King’s ear. But let’s be productive: if you establish such a group, they both need the tools to do their jobs, and direct accountability to someone about doing it. Their power must also be clearly defined – for example they are not a legislative body and cannot pass laws, and are also not the police and cannot enforce them. We know who they are accountable for by who funds them: +51% from the Pharmaceutical companies. You know: like Congress.

    #126616
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Word of the day: Depletion. As in “NATO is Depleted.”

    “Depletion”? Yes, but look at it further than the military. Eggs? Depleted. Rail? Depleted. Ports? Depleted. Refineries? Depleted. Neon? Depleted. Chips? Depleted. What else? Create your own list. The West is depleted of everything. Including talent, people, patience, trust, and time.

    Think of Russia, or the “Brics” at large, China for instance, as starting a first wave of the “Phony War” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoney_War (The Bore War, “Sitzkrieg”) in order to utterly deplete and hollow out the West before an actual attack. Let’s say Taiwan. But why not take Vietnam? How about Australia? Why not take Austria and Greece? See what I mean about what happens after you are ALREADY depleted?

    Our leaders have no interest in it or getting a war economy or any working economy at all; that would be creative and building things. They actually prefer the depletion too since it wipes out that annoying middle class, handing them more relative power. However, being depleted without even a limp attempt at filling the gap leaves you utterly helpless. Others can do whatever they please. They may not intend to, but if you flap around like a wounded duck long enough, maybe they do.

    #126617
    aspnaz
    Participant

    To understand Davos, you need to understand government by power. Here in China, we have government by power. What does that mean? Government by power means that you want to sell your brand of cigarettes in China, so you need to meet the Chairman of China National Tabacco Corporation. After your meeting, your will go to a karaoke parlour with your new friend and he will introduce you to the person who will distribute the cigarettes for you, as in “you really should do business with Chen over here”. Easy, you have the CCP’s tip to go with this guy, who will pay the CNTC chairman a kickback, so you get to distibute your cigarettes. All good. Then after a year, your boss is complaining that you have only sold 10 fags in China when you should have sold 20, so now you have to go and somehow get Chen to put in place a decent distibution system, you have to fix Chen’s business if you are going to meet your boss’s goals, but Chen is paying half his income to the Chairman of CNTC, so he doesn’t have the money to improve his procedures, maybe you can help him by providing some under the table finance? But we are a listed company, we cannot do under the table finance, so we have to find a lawyer (ironic) to break the law and do it for us.

    We are watching the news and suddenly discover that the top person “Chairman of the party” has decided to fire the Prime Minister, the person responsible for managing the state corporations. Oh shit, this means that the Chairman of CNTC will be fired and the new Prime Minister’s buddy will be installed as Chairman, that means that our distributor will also be fired and we will have to find out from the new PM exactly who we should be using as distributor.

    So, we throw away all the work we have done in the last three years and now meet the new CNTC chairman, he identifies the person we should be using for distribution. We change all out distirbution procedures to adopt the new distributors, but they are crap and they do not deliver.

    My boss is pissed, I get fired for not delivering.

    That is communism, that is how all the communist countries in Asia work, that is why they are so sluggish to achieve anything. Here is an example of how it works, from Vietnam, communist but different from China: Two VPs are fired within the week, one for hyping the price of PCR tests and keeping the excess for himself and his buddies, second for hyping the price of visas and keeping the excess for himself and his buddies. They will probably be shot. Their boss, the president will probably be fired, as will the Prime minister, as a result all the companies in Vietnam will change to new service providers, people that are friends of the replacement appointments.

    There are no laws in communist politics, but if you make life difficult for those above you, you will be removed and shot. That was the case in Vietnam. Don’t feel sorry for these people, they have no law that they follow, they kill people, they steal peoples’ possessions, they are total crooks. They deserve no sympathy and their families often end up in poverty, a good job if it keeps them out of our face.

    Davos is full of these people, they are so ambitious to win, are so willing to take risks, but they can disappear in a moment, killed by another shit just like themselves, that is the game they play. It is all about greed, not need, just greed, greed for things that they do not need, their families do not need, it is just the pleasure of stealing.

    #126618
    boilingfrog
    Participant

    Well, compared to nuclear war I guess this issue pales, but… avian flu. Allegedly avian flu has been discovered here in Virginia in Rockingham County.
    This is a very, very big ‘industry’ in Western Virginia with semi trucks of caged white turkeys and chicken billowing feathers as they move up and down I-81.

    Perversely, it makes me think of the WEF. The major poultry corporations (I hesitate to call them producers) force farmers who want to participate to strictly follow their protocol, and take on debt and subsequent risk. The truly Al Gore /John Kerry galling hypocrisy comes from the cut-throat competition they foster between these farmers while simultaneously lobbying to create monopolies and eliminate their OWN competition.

    These corporations, and the folks running them (corporations ARE people, right Mitt?), are truly psychopathic.

    Am wondering if it has over through my free-ranging flock and now the remainder have natural immunity? Either way, I’m sure we’ll have an mRNA “cure” soon/sarc off.

    Time for more voting with our feet.

    #126619
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Dr. D said

    Word of the day: Depletion.

    Go to Amazon, look for a surf board, nothing in stock. In fact, Amazon is becoming a dessert, so many products yet so few available. My advice to people on here who live in cold places: go buy a kerosene heater, a bunch of k2-kerosene (I think that’s what it’s called) and keep yourself warm without using the pathetic electric heaters which sometimes just never manage to raise the temperature by one degree and definitely will not work in a proper storm. Cheaper than electricity, will heat your place at over 10 times the rate of an electric heater, you can store months of kerosene in the yard.

    #126620
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Europeans hate their elites. The spoilt elites may tell their peoples: ‘Let them eat cake’. But they have forgotten that what the people want is bread.

    I don’t hate them so much that I wouldn’t eat them. Elites taste like chicken, from what I have heard, kind of ironic given that chicken is the cheapest meat. I could eat an elite sandwich.

    #126621
    Alexander Carpenter
    Participant

    https://www.oftwominds.com/blogjan23/petro-yuan1-23.html

    Charles Hugh Smith on petroyuans and gold-backed currencies; worthwhile nuances.

    #126622
    aspnaz
    Participant

    One of the central themes of the World Economic Forum summit this week is “restoring trust”

    Psychos, all of them, including those in the UN, like Helen Clark. Restoring trust takes trust and these people overtly threatened the unvaxed as people who should die. No, not going to trust them. So they complain that people do not trust them: that’s what happens when you bully people, that’s what happens when you try to kill people with a vacine, that’s what happens when you continuously lie to people, that’s what happens when you stigmatise people, that’s what happens when you encounrage the vaxxed to hate on the unvaxxed, that’s what happens when you kill people on ventilators, that’s what happens when you put people in lockdown in order to slow down and extend the pandemic and thereby extend your emergency powers … I could go on, but we have lots of reasons not to trust the WEF wankers. Still looking for a SAM missile on the black market, someone has to shoot down one of those private jets.

    #126623
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Germ said

    Britain: NHS Director Confirms Hospitals Lied About Cause of Death to Create Illusion of COVID Pandemic

    I still don’t believe that Covid exists, happy to be persuaded but no real persuasion has been forthcoming. Trust your own brain and your gut, the rest is trying to kill you. I understand that some of the doctors on TAE believe in Covid, but if Covid has taught us anything, it is that doctors don’t know fuck.

    #126624
    Red
    Participant

    Only in Canada ‘ey! I doubt it. Here’s the sales pitch:

    I wake up to the sunlight and salty coastal air of the Adriatic sea. I don’t live anywhere near the Mediterranean, but my AI, which is also my health advisor, has prescribed a specific air quality, scent, and solar intensity to manage my energy levels in the morning, and has programmed my bedroom to mimic this climate.

    The fresh bed sheets grown in my building from regenerating fungi are better than I imagined; I feel rested and ready for the day. I need to check a few things before I get up. I send a brain message to open the app that controls my insulin levels and make sure my pancreas is optimally supported. I can’t imagine having to inject myself with needles like my mother did when she was a child. Now it’s a microbe transplant that auto adjusts and reports on my levels.

    Exploring Biodigital Convergence

    #126625

    Too late darling .

    Not sure. Saw something from I think the FLCCC guys, Kory?!, about how a combo of fasting and ivermectin could rid the body of spike proteins.

    #126626
    Germ
    Participant

    @ Raul

    Yes – fasting, IVM, NAC+Bromelain, Pine Needle Tea, etc. etc. …..
    There’s a whole lot that assists the body clearing Spike.

    But …..
    If you’ve been death vaxxed and your cellular machinery has reverse transcribed the code for Spike into your DNA then you (and likely your offspring) are fucked.

    Think it can’t happen:

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35723296/

    #126627
    Germ
    Participant

    Thanks Horse Face

    Yup – TVASF

    #126628
    Red
    Participant

    Dr.D “eat ze bugs”:

    The most recent approval was on January 5: From now on, after mealworms, grasshoppers and crickets, the grain mold beetle can also be used as an ingredient in foods such as bread, soups, pasta, snacks, peanut butter and chocolate products.

    The mealworm received the first approval for a so-called “edible insect” in June 2021 : The EU Commission’s Implementing Regulation 2021/822 approved the placing on the market of dried larvae of Tenebrio molitor (meal beetle) as a “novel food”.

    Officially approved by the EU: Four insects hiding in your food

    #126629
    Germ
    Participant

    Sie fallen wie fliegen in Deutschland:

    https://vigilance.pervaers.com/p/german-excess-mortality-part-1

    TVASF

    #126630
    tboc
    Participant

    When the pen was first put to paper in the delineation of the Declaration of Independence, put aside for a moment any class based perspectives, the conviction that self-governing men could bond themselves together as a self-governing nation was a radical concept that ran counter to a millenia of modern history. A radical concept. The concept that men are equals in pursuit of a just nation was and is a radical concept. I am a radical.

    Are you a radical?
    Do you wish to be a radical?
    Do you long for Animal Farm?

    #126631
    Germ
    Participant

    And the Scots are dropping like flies too!

    TVASF

    #126632
    Germ
    Participant

    The WHO continues its lies about the death vaxx protecting others continues.

    NO – the death vaxx does NOT prevent transmission.

    #126633
    Red
    Participant

    Hahaha they are the neonazis.

    As a string of attacks on electrical substations unfolded in Oregon and Washington in 2022, the FBI was warning utilities of white supremacists’ plots to take down the nation’s power grid

    https://www.opb.org/article/2023/01/19/surge-in-oregon-washington-substation-attacks-as-fbi-warns-neo-nazi-plots/

    #126634
    zerosum
    Participant

    Public Opinion
    You’re the “boss”.
    You fucked it up.
    NOW, Fix It.

    trust in government had declined
    “economic pain” is the top issue causing mistrust.
    energy crisis
    “in journalism, we struggle with an issue of a lack of trust … particularly in our expertise.”
    “restoring trust” – (restoring the belief in your lies/illusions)


    NO!
    Excess deaths is not the answer/the way to fix the problem that you caused.

    ———–

    #126635
    zerosum
    Participant

    Why he is the # 1 conman.
    Vladimir Zelensky.

    https://www.rt.com/russia/570183-zelensky-scolds-germany-leopard-tanks/
    20 Jan, 2023 08:15

    Zelensky scolds Berlin for stance on tank deliveries
    The Ukrainian president has said not to make excuses if there is no political will to supply the Leopard 2

    #126636
    zerosum
    Participant

    Why he is the # 1 con man.
    Vladimir Zelensky.

    https://www.rt.com/business/570169-doj-seized-russian-assets-kiev/
    20 Jan, 2023 00:31

    US ‘poised’ to transfer seized Russian assets to Kiev – DOJ
    The head of the forfeiture task force says he hopes the precedent will be used by others

    #126637
    kultsommer
    Participant

    @asp
    “That is communism, that is how all the communist countries in Asia……..”
    In communism there is no private production of “anything” on the scale that you described in your story.

    Words have a meaning and should be used wisely.

    #126638
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Once in Mexico Germ will be “go-to guy” for daily updates of Sinaloa cartel killings.
    Not that I do not appreciate his info provided, minus the TVASF boast.

    #126639
    jb-hb
    Participant

    “We need more of your trust. We’re having problems with getting enough of it.” Yes. Yes you do. Yes you are.

    Ever been in a relationship with a Cluster-B (Narc, Borderline, etc) who begins incessantly saying “YOU need to really open up more, be more vulnerable”? This usually presages great unpleasantness rather than greater intimacy. At least as NON lizard robot insect alien psychos conceive of intimacy.

    Need everyone else’s trust but can’t even pretend to talk about earning trust to get trust. Does not compute. YOU need to go ahead and trust. That’s YOUR job.

    #126640
    jb-hb
    Participant

    There’s the abstract idea of communism and then there’s what very predictably happens anytime human beings try to actually DO it

    So what “is” communism?

    The abstract idea that’s Never Really Been Tried?

    Or what actually HAPPENS in the world each time there is “Communism”

    #126641
    zerosum
    Participant

    Stupid me.
    I expected that communist gov. was there to work for the people.

    #126642

    Oh say can you see? If you don’t even look?
    What was shrouded has failed at controlling the meming.
    The broad swipes by Bright Stars in the perilous fight
    O’er the dark arts have watched and are gallantly streaming.
    Those who grok it have dared- with hearts bursting on air-
    To give proof of what’s right: that the truth is still there.
    O say does that fact-checker’s banner still wave
    When the land of the sheep b’comes the home of the brave?

    #126643
    John Day
    Participant

    “Propaganda Experts” blog post is up. There is a picture of plants that survived a hard freeze under clear glass bowls. I’m testing to see if Substack links will upload today.
    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/propaganda-experts

    #126644
    jb-hb
    Participant

    I just had a flashback to the good ol Foundation series by Asimov. I love how Asimov, as part of his scifi concepts, has human advances in things other than just physical technological objects.

    Advanced techniques in language-analysis apparently are developed, using computers. A diplomat shows up, they talk with this diplomat for a week or so. They’re feeling really positive. They feel like he’s saying good things. We’re making real progress here.

    Then they consult their logician who informs them that every part of what the diplomat said mathematically cancels out every other part of what they said. They talked for days and the guy managed to say nothing.

    I wish there were an analysis we could do like that on communism. When all the deceptions and self-contradictions are subtracted, what remains? Because over and over, people adopt these principles and then act like corrupt tribal 3rd-worlders in the application of Communism. Without fail. So many real-world experiments to refer to. They ALWAYS say they’re going to really DO it this time, be purists, stick to the principles etc.

    If you could run Asimov’s logic-reduction on it, what would we find that communism actually says? I’d think you’d have to run some sort of logic-reduction to determine if true communism applies. Like Communism is 4 – 8 + 10 = 6. Why are we never getting 4? 4 is expressly promised in the manifesto! We probably just need to obey the equation harder.

    #126645
    John Day
    Participant

    Good, Substack links are uploading. I’ll try to avoid posting what’s already up.

    ​ ​Guy Debord’s Warning of “The Role of the Expert”: A Philosophical Perspective on the Rise of Fact-Checking​ (This essay is profound.)
    ​ ​When it comes to “fact-checks” and “experts”, Debord is clear: in a society subjugated by the economy, where “everything that was once directly lived has faded into representation,” such professionals do not exist to provide us the truth — they exist to serve the state and media through lies and distortions spun into what appears as true. If the “experts” lose influence, it will be because the public has learned and can articulate that their job is to systematically lie.

    Guy Debord’s Warning of “The Role of the Expert”: A Philosophical Perspective on the Rise of Fact-Checking

    ​ Art Berman, an “oil man’s oil man” kind of “expert”:
    ​ The good news is that U.S. oil production has recovered to pre-pandemic levels. The bad news is that only 60% of it is really oil.
    U.S. oil production exceeded the 2020 pre-pandemic peak of 20.3 mmb/d in October and November of 2022 (Figure 1). Unfortunately, less than 60% of U.S. “oil” production is really oil. The rest is non-petroleum and comes from natural gas, corn & refinery gain.

    They’re Not Making Oil Like They Used To: Stealth Peak Oil?

    China’s President Xi visit with Saudi and GCC leaders marked the birth of the petroyuan and a leap in China’s growing encumbrance of OPEC+’s oil and gas reserves: that’s because with the China-GCC Summit, “China can now claim to have built a ‘special relationship’ not only with the ‘+’ sign in OPEC+ (Russia), but with Iran and all of OPEC+.” …​
    ​..​Saudi Arabia is open to discussions about trade in currencies other than the US dollar, according to the kingdom’s finance minister.
    ​ ​“There are no issues with discussing how we settle our trade arrangements, whether it is in the US dollar, whether it is the euro, whether it is the Saudi riyal,” Mohammed Al-Jadaan told Bloomberg TV on Tuesday in an interview in Davos.
    ​ ​“I don’t think we are waving away or ruling out any discussion that will help improve the trade around the world,” Al-Jadaan said.
    And echoing Poszar’s comments above, Al-Jadaan appeared to confirm The Kingdom’s goal seeking to strengthen its relationship with crucial trade partners, most notably China:
    “​We enjoy a very strategic relationship with China and we enjoy that same strategic relationship with other nations including the US and we want to develop that with Europe and other countries who are willing and able to work with us,” Al-Jadaan said.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/poszar-was-right-saudis-admit-non-dollar-oil-trade-plans-davos

    ​ This headline is somewhat more dramatic than the details, but the fact is that Switzerland reduced $US treasury holdings, increased Yuan/Renminbi holdings, sent a LOT of gold to China, and has made arrangements to buy IRanian oil for cryptocurrency.​ Thanks Paul.
    23 NATIONS DE-DOLLARIZE! Swiss Sells $36.4 billion U.S. Treasuries Replaces Dollar with CNY.

    ​”Perfect Storm” for the $US global financial regime this year? Not just bluffing about the debt-ceiling until the last minute like every other time?
    US Treasury Hits Debt Ceiling, Begins Using “Extraordinary Measures”, Yellen Tells Congress
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/treasury-begins-using-extraordinary-measures-debt-ceiling-hit-yellen-tells-congress

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