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Putin Calls for Ceasefire, Ukraine Rejects, Biden Pushes for More War (Celente)
White House Rejects Putin’s Christmas Truce As But A “Cynical Ploy” (ZH)
Ukraine Warns Germany Of ‘Russians Outside Berlin’ (RT)
US Won’t Fulfill Ukrainian Request – WaPo (RT)
2022: The World As We Knew It Ended. Decades Of Conflict Lie Ahead (Timofeev)
Russian “New Mobilization Process” For Major Offensive Imminent? (ZH)
Arrest Of Russian Outlet’s Journalist Is Blow To Press Freedom – Moscow (RT)
The Coup We Never Knew (Hanson)
The Ginni Thomas Investigation Ends Without a Mention in J6 Report (Turley)
Trump Announces Plan To Destroy The Drug Cartels With The US Military (PM)
Sotomayor Felt “Sense of Despair” Because Babies Would be Protected (LN)
These Doctors Pushed Masking, Lockdowns on Twitter. But They Don’t Exist (SFS)
Swiss Organization To Provide Safe Blood Transfusions From Unvaxxed (NN)
What Caused Damar Hamlin’s Cardiac Arrest? Experts Weigh In (CHD)

 

 

 

 

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“..the West wants to destroy Russia, so it provided Ukraine with more weapons than it could ever imagine and Zelensky’s goals grew..”

Putin Calls for Ceasefire, Ukraine Rejects, Biden Pushes for More War (Celente)

Ukraine rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call for a unilateral, 36-hour ceasefire to mark the celebration of Orthodox Christmas, calling Putin “hypocritical” for even suggesting laying down arms, albeit briefly. Mikhailo Podolyak, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s top adviser, took to Twitter and said Russian troops must withdraw from all occupied territories, and only then will they have a “temporary truce.” “Keep hypocrisy to yourself,” he concluded. Reuters reported that the Kremlin released the statement from Putin calling for the truce after a conversation with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

“Proceeding from the fact that a large number of citizens professing Orthodoxy live in the areas of hostilities, we call on the Ukrainian side to declare a ceasefire and allow them to attend services on Christmas Eve, as well as on Christmas Day,” Putin said, according to the report. Needless to say, Washington continued to promote war. President Joe Biden said the ceasefire was an effort by Putin to find breathing room. “He was ready to bomb hospitals and nurseries and churches” on 25 December and on New Year’s Day. I think he’s trying to find some oxygen,” he said. Annalena Baerbock, the German foreign minister, said if Putin was sincere with his peace goals, he would withdraw troops. “A so-called ceasefire brings neither freedom nor security to people living in daily fear under Russian occupation,” Baerbock tweeted, according to Al Jazeera.

Ukraine’s position has been clear since the outbreak of war: all Russian troops must leave the country before any negotiated settlement can occur. But the West wants to destroy Russia, so it provided Ukraine with more weapons than it could ever imagine and Zelensky’s goals grew. Kyiv now wants Crimea and said it will not negotiate until Russian leaders face war-crime trials, which will never happen. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, spoke with Putin on the phone Thursday and called for the ceasefire. He said “calls for peace and negotiations should be supported by a unilateral ceasefire and a vision for a fair solution.” Putin, again, indicated that he is willing to negotiate for peace, but he will not part with any new territory.

Zelensky, meanwhile, warned that he expects a major Russian offensive after Putin mobilized hundreds of thousands of troops. “We have no doubt that the current masters of Russia will throw everything they have left and everyone they can muster to try to turn the tide of the war and at least postpone their defeat,” Zelensky said. “We have to disrupt this Russian scenario. We are preparing for this. The terrorists must lose.”

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NATO wants to keep up the fight.

White House Rejects Putin’s Christmas Truce As But A “Cynical Ploy” (ZH)

Update(1553ET): The White House has rejected Putin’s call for a Christmas truce in Ukraine. The Russian leader earlier in the day ordered a unilateral 36-hour ceasefire for his forces starting Friday, which will still apparently be in effect despite Ukraine rejecting it. Presumably Russian forces have been told to cease firing along the line of contact starting on Orthodox Christmas Eve day (Friday), unless they are fired upon from the Ukrainian side. The Biden administration cast it as a “cynical ploy” in order for Russian forces to regroup. Biden himself said the ceasefire proposal isn’t “serious” – as The Hill cites of the president’s words: President Biden said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call for a temporary, Christmas ceasefire is an effort to “find some oxygen,” dismissing that the Kremlin is serious about finding an off ramp for its assault against Ukraine.

The president said he was “reluctant to respond to anything Putin says,” but characterized the Kremlin as cynically attacking civilians over the December holidays. “He was ready to bomb hospitals and nurseries and church’s on the 25th and New Years — I mean, I think he’s trying to find some oxygen,” Biden added. At the State Department, spokesman Ned Price called Putin’s Christmas truce declaration a “cynical ploy… to rest, to refit, to regroup, and ultimately to re-attack, to re-attack with potentially even more vengeance, even more brutality, even more lethality, if they had their way.”

The majority of the populations in both countries are adherents of the Orthodox Church, with Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Christians traditionally celebrating Christmas on Jan. 7th. Germany was earlier in the day among the first Western countries to reject Putin’s announcement as inauthentic. And yet, ironically enough, calls have rang out from the West for months since the start of the conflict for Russian troops to cease fighting. One would think that any pause in fighting, however temporary, would be welcomed by the West – but alas not.

Update (1109ET): Within a mere hour after President Putin declared there would be a 36-hour ceasefire for all Russian forces along the line of contact in observation of Orthodox Christmas, Zelensky’s office has issued a firm rejection, calling it “hypocrisy” and demanding that all Russian troops must leave occupied territory immediately. Zelensky advisor Mykhailo Podolyak announced on Twitter, that Russian forces… must leave the occupied territories – only then will it have a “temporary truce”. Keep hypocrisy to yourself. He had earlier responded to Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill by calling the proposed Christmas ceasefire “a trap”. Ukrainian officials are also calling this a ploy for Russian forces to regroup and to take the momentum out of the Ukrainian army counteroffensive, which has been making some gains of late.

Update (1015ET): Shortly after Erdogan spoke with Putin this morning, the Russian leader has ordered a temporary cease-fire in Ukraine Friday and Saturday to mark Orthodox Christmas. The statement from the Kremlin cites earlier appeal from Patriarch Kirill for ceasefire over the holiday. Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill had previously said in a statement posted to the church’s official website: “I, Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and of all Rus, appeal to all parties involved in the internecine conflict with a call to cease fire and establish a Christmas truce from 12:00 on January 6 to 00:00 on January 7 so that Orthodox people can attend services on Christmas Eve and on the day of the Nativity of Christ.” [..] Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7th, and is a major holiday just as in the West during December (the Orthodox Church’s Julian calendar December 25 falls on January 7 on the West’s Gregorian calendar).

Bloomberg has meanwhile hinted at a negative response from Ukrainian leaders, given their initial reaction to Patriarch Kirill’s Christmas truce call: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his forces to cease fighting in Ukraine for 36 hours starting Friday at noon, Moscow time, in what appeared to be a rare sign of conciliation in an invasion that’s heading for its second year. The Kremlin said Putin gave the order Thursday for Russian Orthodox Christmas. It follows an appeal by the patriarch of that church, which has close ties to the Kremlin. Ukrainian officials denounced that as a trap. Kyiv has demanded Russia remove its troops from Ukraine as a condition for any ceasefire.

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Almost funny.

Ukraine Warns Germany Of ‘Russians Outside Berlin’ (RT)

Should Germany fail to provide Ukraine with tanks, it will soon have to use them to defend its own capital from advancing Russian troops, Alexey Danilov, the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, warned on Wednesday. Speaking to Ukrainian TV, Danilov took a swipe at Germany’s leadership, particularly at Chancellor Olaf Scholz, criticizing him for refusing to send Kiev modern Leopard 2 battle tanks. If Scholz “wants the Germans to deploy German tanks to fight off the Russians outside of Berlin and Stuttgart, he could continue this game, conducting sociological surveys on whether they need to give us tanks or not,” he said. The official also highlighted the significance of the Ukraine conflict for Europe, adding that it poses “huge challenges” to the region.

“Those countries that understand that help us at 150% capacity. Those countries that are slowly wising up about the need to tackle this issue, they also started to act,” Danilov stated. While Berlin has been providing Kiev with large amounts of weaponry, it has been reluctant to supply it with modern Leopard 2 battle tanks. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had earlier explained that because no other country had made equivalent weaponry available to Ukraine, Berlin should not be the first one to do so. A December YouGov poll also showed that 45% of Germans do not want to send Leopard 2 tanks to Kiev, with another 33% saying they were in favor of such a step. Ukrainian officials have repeatedly voiced discontent over Germany’s stance on the matter, with Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba saying last month that Kiev does not understand why Germany is sending artillery but not heavy armor.

On Monday, Michael Mueller, who sits on the Bundestag’s Foreign Policy Committee, told the German media that Berlin would continue to refrain from any “ill-considered unilateral moves,” especially in the context of arms shipments. Such deliveries are possible only “in coordination with our NATO partners,” he said, adding that the US-led military bloc wants to avoid becoming a direct party to the Ukraine conflict. Moscow has long warned Kiev backers against sending weapons to Ukraine, arguing that it would only prolong the hostilities. President Vladimir Putin also accused the West of turning Ukraine into “a colony,” and using its people as “cannon fodder, a battering ram against Russia.”

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M1 Abrams main battle tank is scrap metal: “..tanks’ heavy fuel consumption and propensity to break down make them unsuitable for the Ukrainian military.”

US Won’t Fulfill Ukrainian Request – WaPo (RT)

The US will not send M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing officials. Despite repeated requests from the Ukrainian government, no NATO power has donated Western-designed battle tanks thus far. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official said that the Abrams tanks’ heavy fuel consumption and propensity to break down make them unsuitable for the Ukrainian military. One of the heaviest main battle tanks in service worldwide, the M1 Abrams weighs in at 60 tons, with the latest M1A2 variant increasing this heft to more than 73 tons. An M1 Abrams tank costs more than $450 per mile in fuel and repairs, according to a 1991 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report adjusted for inflation.

The Abrams’ poor reliability was noted by the GAO. After a decade in service with the US military, the report stated that the average M1 Abrams needs its track replaced after as little as 710 miles, with engines typically suffering catastrophic “blowouts” after 350 hours of operation. However, the US Army insists that the latest M1A2 variant, which rolled off production lines in 2020, “is the most reliable Abrams tank ever produced.” Ukraine has repeatedly requested delivery of the American-made behemoths, portraying them as crucial to its war effort. Mikhail Podoliak, an advisor to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, put them on his “Christmas wishlist” in a social media post last month, while Zelensky has himself repeatedly asked the US and its allies for tanks since March.

Zelensky and his officials have singled out Germany in particular, asking Berlin for Marder infantry fighting vehicles and Leopard main battle tanks on multiple occasions. Germany has thus far rebuffed these requests, with lawmaker and Bundestag Foreign Policy Committee member Michael Mueller telling reporters this week that sending the tanks could trigger “an escalation that none of us want to imagine.” France on Wednesday became the first NATO member to announce the transfer of Western-made “light tanks” to Ukraine, although the vehicles in question – six-wheeled AMX-10 units – are outdated, and technically closer to armored fighting vehicles than tanks such as the Abrams or Leopard.

The French AMX-10s are similar in weight to the US-made Bradley Fighting Vehicle, with both coming in at less than 30 tons. US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the transfer of an unspecified number of Bradleys is currently being discussed in the White House. Russia has repeatedly warned the West against arming Kiev, saying that doing so will only serve to prolong the conflict, and risks making Western nations de-facto participants.

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“..It remains to be seen if the next cycle will not be the last for mankind..”

2022: The World As We Knew It Ended. Decades Of Conflict Lie Ahead (Timofeev)

In 2022, the remnants of the ‘end of history’ era finally became a thing of the past. However, there has not been a return to the Cold War either. Russian policy is mainly concerned about security interests. It is not derived from ideology, although it does include components of the identity of ‘the Russian world’, as well as historical motives for opposing Nazism. Russia does not offer a global ideological alternative comparable to liberalism – nor has China yet taken such initiatives. The end of the ‘end of history’ is notable for several other details. Firstly, a major power has risked giving up the benefits of the ‘global world’ overnight. Historians will argue about whether Moscow anticipated such harsh sanctions and the departure of hundreds of foreign companies so quickly. However, it is clear that Russia is vigorously adapting to the new realities and is in no hurry to return to US-centric globalization.

Secondly, Western countries have embarked on a very tough ‘purge’ of Russian assets abroad. Overnight, their jurisdictions ceased to be ‘safe havens’ where the ‘rule of law’ is followed. Now it is politics that calls the shots and Russia is the only harbor to which its citizens can return to relative peace. Stereotypes about the ‘stability and security’ of the West are breaking down. Of course, they are unlikely to begin a similar purge of other assets there. But looking at the Russians, outside investors are wondering whether they should hedge their risks. Thirdly, it turned out that in the West, they might face not only asset stripping, but outright discrimination on the grounds of nationality. Thousands of Russians ‘fleeing’ the ‘bloody regime’ have suddenly faced rejection and contempt. Others trying to prove that they are even bigger ‘Russophobes’ than their host partners are running ahead of the anti-Russian propaganda train. However, this does not guarantee that the stubborn dogmatists will embrace them.

The conflict between Russia and the West is likely to drag on for decades, regardless of how the conflict in Ukraine ends. In Europe, Russia will play the role of North Korea, while possessing much greater capabilities. Whether Ukraine has the strength, the will, and resources to become a European South Korea is a big question. Conflict between Russia and the West will lead to a strengthening of China’s role as an alternative financial center and source of modernization. A stronger China will only accelerate its rivalry with the US and its allies. The ‘end of history’ has ended with a return to its usual course. One of these is the collapse of the world order as a result of large-scale conflicts between centers of power. It remains to be seen if the next cycle will not be the last for mankind, given the risks of an open military clash between the great powers with a subsequent escalation into full-scale nuclear conflict.

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Ukraine makes up stories and the west duly repeats them.

Russian “New Mobilization Process” For Major Offensive Imminent? (ZH)

Ukraine says it’s bracing for a major new Russian offensive, which will involve a large influx of new ground forces at a time Russian forces are under pressure and reportedly lacking enough manpower to maintain front lines, but did not give a timeline for the expected push. In fresh statements widely circulated Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia is planning a major “new offensive” which will involve a planned “new mobilization processes.” He suggested the new mobilization is imminent given recent Russian battlefield losses in the east, which includes the devastating strike on a barracks in the city of Makiivka, resulting an a huge Russian troop death toll.

“We have no doubt that the current masters of Russia will throw everything they have left and everyone they can muster to try to turn the tide of the war and at least postpone their defeat,” Zelensky said. “We have to disrupt this Russian scenario. We are preparing for this. The terrorists must lose.” Kiev had begun issuing these warnings of a major escalation by Moscow shortly after last month Putin referred to the Ukraine special operation as a “war” for the first time. As the The Hill also details: Some Ukrainian officials also warned last month about a potential new Russian offensive in January or February, including Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, a top commander in the Ukrainian army who told The Economist that Russia is preparing some 200,000 troops and could have another go at Kyiv.

Previously, Ukraine’s defense minister Oleksii Reznikov also issued a New Year message, and in it appealed to the Russian people, warning that Putin his about to declare martial law and close borders to men, in preparation for a new wave of mobilization. Reznikov called for Russians to resist these efforts and stand for peace in the video address… Within Russia, public opinion appears increasingly divided on how military and Kremlin leadership is executing the war, particularly in the wake of the Makiivka barracks attack, which left up to hundreds of Russian conscripts killed. Hawks within Russia in the meantime have continued pushing for a more muscular escalation in order to achieve the military objectives laid out since the start of the invasion. Others are calling for both sides to implement a Christmas truce this weekend in observation of Orthodox Christmas (Jan.7 according to the Julian calendar).

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“Just last month, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia protested French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to offer Russia security guarantees..”

Arrest Of Russian Outlet’s Journalist Is Blow To Press Freedom – Moscow (RT)

The arrest of Sputnik Lithuania’s editor-in-chief is a violation of international norms of freedom of speech and the rights of journalists, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. She called on international organizations to react appropriately to Latvia’s “overreach” in arresting Marat Kasem. “Riga has once again demonstrated that for it such values of a democratic society as media pluralism and the rights of journalists are nothing more than empty phrases,” Zakharova said in a statement. Earlier, the spokeswoman shared a video on her Telegram channel of Kasem speaking about the problems he was facing, noting that he had complained for years about pressure and mistreatment at the hands of governments in the Baltic states.

All the international organizations concerned with freedom of speech, who spent years ignoring Kasem’s safety concerns, should “finally justify their existence” and intervene, Zakharova argued. “It is not just a duty, but an obligation of the international community to do everything so these overreaching regimes would return to following the law,” she said. Kasem is a Latvian citizen, but has lived and worked in Moscow for the past several years. He returned to Latvia on family business just before New Year’s Eve. On Thursday, the authorities in Riga ordered his arrest and charged him with espionage and violating EU sanctions against Russia. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years behind bars. His lawyer has not yet been given the case files, and her request to release Kasem on bail has been denied. He is currently being held in Riga’s Central jail.

Moscow has complained about the ongoing persecution of several journalists in Baltic states back in 2021, prior to the conflict in Ukraine escalating. Kasem had been detained in Vilnius and deported from Lithuania as a “threat to national security” in 2019. His colleague Valentin Rozentsov, editor-in-chief of Sputnik Latvia, was detained and interrogated in Riga in 2018. The former Soviet republics have adopted a hardline stance on the conflict in Ukraine. Just last month, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia protested French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to offer Russia security guarantees, and demanded no exemptions on the ban on Russian fertilizer exports, despite EU concerns about potential famine in Africa.

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Lots of things changed and somehow became normal.

The Coup We Never Knew (Hanson)

Did someone or something seize control of the United States? What happened to the U.S. border? Where did it go? Who erased it? Why and how did 5 million people enter our country illegally? Did Congress secretly repeal our immigration laws? Did Joe Biden issue an executive order allowing foreign nationals to walk across the border and reside in the United States as they pleased? Since when did money not have to be paid back? Who insisted that the more dollars the federal government printed, the more prosperity would follow? When did America embrace zero interest? Why do we believe $30 trillion in debt is no big deal? When did clean-burning, cheap, and abundant natural gas become the equivalent to dirty coal?

How did prized natural gas that had granted America’s wishes of energy self-sufficiency, reduced pollution, and inexpensive electricity become almost overnight a pariah fuel whose extraction was a war against nature? Which lawmakers, which laws, which votes of the people declared natural gas development and pipelines near criminal? Was it not against federal law to swarm the homes of Supreme Court justices, to picket and to intimidate their households in efforts to affect their rulings? How then with impunity did bullies surround the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, John Roberts, and Clarence Thomas—furious over a court decision on abortion? How could these mobs so easily throng our justices’ homes, with placards declaring “Off with their d—s”?

Since when did Americans create a government Ministry of Truth? And on whose orders did the FBI contract private news organizations to censor stories it did not like and writers whom it feared? How did we wake up one morning to new customs of impeaching a president over a phone call? Of the speaker of the House tearing up the State of the Union address on national television? Of barring congressional members from serving on their assigned congressional committees? When did we assume the FBI had the right to subvert the campaign of a candidate it disliked? Was it legal suddenly for one presidential candidate to hire a foreign ex-spy to subvert the campaign of her rival?

Was some state or federal law passed that allowed biological males to compete in female sports? Did Congress enact such a law? Did the Supreme Court guarantee that biological male students could shower in gym locker rooms with biological women? Were women ever asked to redefine the very sports they had championed? When did the government pass a law depriving Americans of their freedom during a pandemic? In America can health officials simply cancel rental contracts or declare loan payments in suspension? How could it become illegal for mom-and-pop stores to sell flowers or shoes during a quarantine but not so for Walmart or Target?

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The emptiness expands.

The Ginni Thomas Investigation Ends Without a Mention in J6 Report (Turley)

The Jan. 6 committee issued its long-awaited report at 2022’s end, with the expected breathless punditry. Spoiler alert: It turns out the culprit of this “whodunit” was … wait for it … Donald Trump. What’s more interesting is the dog that did not bark. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story “Silver Blaze,” the local inspector asks Sherlock Holmes, “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” Holmes responds, “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” When the inspector objects, “The dog did nothing in the night-time,” Holmes replies, “That was the curious incident.” In the 895-page report, the “curious incident” is the lack of any reference to Ginni Thomas, Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife.

For months, members, the media and an army of pundits hammered away at the “smoking gun” texts Thomas sent to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows and others calling the election stolen and demanding challenges to certifying the electoral votes. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was the first member of Congress to call for Justice Thomas to be impeached over his wife’s 29 messages. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) called for Thomas to resign immediately as a “corrupt jurist.” Former Sen. Barbara Boxer and others joined these calls. (Boxer was particularly ironic since she used the same underlying federal law to challenge the certification of George W. Bush’s election.) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) demanded an investigation. On the committee itself, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) fueled the frenzy and demanded subpoenas for both Thomases.

The media also went into hyperbolic overload. Liberal sites demanded Thomas be impeached, citing “watchdogs” who turned out to be the same crowd that has long denounced the justice. MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan tweeted, “I have a question for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats: Why haven’t you impeached Clarence Thomas yet?” CNN and MSNBC commentator Tristan Snell tweeted that the couple had to be subpoenaed: “At best, they are material fact witnesses. At worst, they are co-conspirators to be charged with seditious conspiracy.” Professor Laurence Tribe (who declared Trump should be charged with attempted murder) also demanded the justice and his wife be subpoenaed. MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem declared in June that the scandal “keeps getting worse” but “the silver lining is that it will likely intensify calls for overhauling the high court, and help strip more people of the illusion that the Supreme Court is an apolitical branch of government and a neutral arbiter of the law.”

Activists like Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Take Back the Court Action Fund executive director, declared that “there’s much more to the story of Ginni Thomas’ participation in the January 6 attack that the House Select Committee and the American public deserve to know.” Yet it turns out what we knew was largely all we needed to know. There was not “much more to the story.” The entire Ginni Thomas scandal merited nary a mention in the massive report. Indeed, it doesn’t appear the committee had anything more than what we knew when the controversy began. The texts were never denied, and they weren’t surprising since Ginni Thomas was publicly supporting Trump and his claims. She was willing, moreover, to answer the committee’s questions voluntarily.

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Something’s not going right.

Trump Announces Plan To Destroy The Drug Cartels With The US Military (PM)

Former President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he would order the US military to declare cartels as enemy combatants if he were to be reelected president. Trump said that he would deploy the Navy and Special Forces to defend the security of the Western hemisphere. Trump made the announcement as President Joe Biden prepares to make his first trip to the southern border, after having previously said that there were “more important” things to deal with. “The drug cartels are waging war on America—and it’s now time for America to wage war on the cartels,” President Trump said in his announcement. “The drug cartels and their allies in the Biden administration have the blood of countless millions on their hands. Millions and millions of families and people are being destroyed. When I am back in the White House, the drug kingpins and vicious traffickers will never sleep soundly again.”

A statement from Trump lays out an action plan that he says will “destroy the drug cartels,” which includes steps such as:
• “Restore all Trump border policies and fully secure the border”
• “Deploy all necessary military assets, including the US Navy, to impose a full naval embargo on the cartels, to ensure they cannot use our region’s waters to traffic illicit drugs to the US”
• “Order the Department of Defense to make appropriate use of special forces, cyber warfare, and other covert and overt actions to inflict maximum damage on cartel leadership, infrastructure, and operations”
• “Designate the major drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations”
• “Cut off the cartels’ access to the global financial system”
• “Get full cooperation of neighboring governments to dismantle the cartels, or else fully expose the bribes and corruption that protect these criminal networks”
• “Ask Congress to ensure drug smugglers and traffickers can receive the Death Penalty”

“Joe Biden has spent the last two years dismantling the southern border,” the statement says. “Biden’s Open Borders policies are killing innocent Americans, ravaging American communities, enriching the cartels, and destabilizing large parts of Mexico and Latin America.” Trump’s statement points out that since Biden took office, 200,000 Americans have died from drug overdoses, with hundreds of thousands of pounds of fentanyl, heroin, meth, cocaine, and other illicit narcotics “pouring across our wide-open border and into American communities.” Enough fentanyl was seized at the border last year to kill every single American. “BOTTOM LINE,” Trump’s statement ends, “Biden has destroyed the border—President Trump will destroy the cartels.”

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From Abortion

Sotomayor Felt “Sense of Despair” Because Babies Would be Protected (LN)

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed a “sense of despair” and sadness Wednesday about recent decisions by the conservative-majority court, including the Dobbs v. Jackson abortion case. Sotomayor and two other justices dissented in the historic June ruling, which overturned Roe v. Wade and began allowing laws to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Research estimates at least 10,000 unborn babies were saved from abortions just in the first two months. Speaking at the Association of American Law Schools’ annual meeting in San Diego, Sotomayor said she feels “deeply sad” about the new direction of the court, according to Reuters. “I did have a sense of despair about the direction my court was going,” the Obama appointee said.

Although she did not mention the Dobbs case specifically, Sotomayor talked about feeling “shell-shocked” and “deeply sad” about recent rulings, adding: “It’s not an option to fall into despair. I have to get up and keep fighting,” Reuters reports. Sotomayor would have upheld Roe and continued to force states to legalize killing unborn babies for any reason up to viability, but she was overruled. Some of her arguments against Dobbs were based on false and misleading claims by the pro-abortion movement and have been debunked by researchers and doctors. The Dobbs decision may have been the most monumental ruling by the Supreme Court in decades. For nearly 50 years under Roe, American abortion laws were among the most extreme and permissive in the world.

Just a few other countries, including China and North Korea, allow elective abortions up to birth, as Roe did. As a result, more than 63 million unborn babies were legally aborted in the U.S. Now, because of Dobbs, state and local lawmakers may pass legislation to protect unborn babies again. Already 14 states are enforcing laws that limit or ban abortions and eight more are fighting in court to do the same. In November, voters also elected more pro-life lawmakers to their state legislatures in several states, paving the way for even more protections. Despite her pro-abortion leanings, Sotomayor recently did defend her conservative colleague Justice Clarence Thomas from unfounded leftist attacks, saying she knows he “cares about people.” Thomas joined the majority in Dobbs.

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Whatever.

These Doctors Pushed Masking, Lockdowns on Twitter. But They Don’t Exist (SFS)

Last month, Dr. Robert Honeyman lost their sister to Covid. They wrote about it on Twitter and received dozens of condolences, over 4,000 retweets and 43,000 likes. Exactly one month later, on Dec. 12, Honeyman wrote that another tragedy had befallen their family. “Sad to announce that my husband has entered a coma after being in hospital with Covid. The doctor is unsure if he will come out,” they tweeted. “This year has been the toughest of my life losing my sister to this virus. This is the first time in my life I don’t see light at the end of the tunnel.” Again, the condolences and well-wishes rolled in. But there was a problem: Honeyman wasn’t real.

The transgender “Doctor of Sociology and Feminist studies” with a “keen interest in poetry” who used they/them pronouns was, in fact, a stock photo described on DepositPhotos, a royalty-free image site, as “Smiling happy, handsome latino man outside—headshot portrait.” Their supposedly comatose husband, Dr. Patrick C. Honeyman, was also fake. His Twitter photo had been stolen from an insurance professional in Wayne, Indiana. The two fake doctors, whose accounts urged extreme caution about Covid-19, were part of a network of at least four fake accounts that touted their ties to the LGBTQ+ community, vocally advocated for mask-wearing and social distancing, and dished out criticism to those they felt were not taking the pandemic seriously.

The Honeymans could not be reached for comment, as they do not exist. At publication time, Robert Honeyman’s account was no longer active. The fake doctors were uncovered by Joshua Gutterman Tranen, a self-described “gay writer” pursuing a master’s of fine arts at Bennington College. He saw Robert Honeyman’s tweet about their husband being in a coma, noticed people he followed also followed them, and thought that they might be part of the LGBTQ+ academic community. But after 10 minutes of googling, Gutterman Tranen concluded that Robert Honeyman’s photo was a stock image and their biography stretched boundaries of believability: an academic who left no traces on academic websites and had lost two family members to Covid in late 2022, despite masking and distancing.

The character looked like “liberal Mad Libs,” Gutterman Tranen said. “I’m a self-identified leftist, and I understand that people have a lot of different identities, but it felt concocted in the lab about how many identities and horrible experiences can we put on one person,” he said.

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“..Della Pietra has contacted hundreds of clinics all over Europe, all of which still don’t allow people “the human right of free blood choice.”

Swiss Organization To Provide Safe Blood Transfusions From Unvaxxed (NN)

An organization in Switzerland called Safe Blood Donation has been set up to provide people all over the world with safe blood transfusions exclusively from people who remain unvaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). The organization was founded in late 2022 by Swiss naturopath George Della Pietra. According to the group’s website, the group’s goal is to provide people all over the world with a way to receive life-saving blood transfusions while refusing to take the vaccines developed against COVID-19. “Be it an emergency, a scheduled operation or because you need regular transfusions for other medical reasons. This is where Safe Blood Donation comes into play as an intermediary,” reads a statement on the organization’s website.

The group will essentially act as a middleman to connect people all over the world with medical partners who are willing to accept blood donations and provide blood transfusions to people with health needs, but are hesitant to go to hospitals where they will almost certainly receive blood from vaccinated individuals. Della Pietra created his organization due to the release of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines causing disputes all over the world over blood treatments and transfusions. Specifically, people who are skeptical of the benefits that come with taking the experimental vaccines and doesn’t want their body tainted by the unsafe products. [..] Della Pietra has contacted hundreds of clinics all over Europe, all of which still don’t allow people “the human right of free blood choice.”

Furthermore, dozens of clinics he contacted have all refused to become a partner of the new organization. Some of these clinics are sympathetic, but claimed they do not want to be mentioned for fear of reprisals from the mainstream medical community. The founder further noted that his main goal is not to run Safe Blood Donation as a blood bank, noting that “this is not possible at the moment” due to legal concerns, but to act as a quick referral service “to match blood donors and recipients” who are then sent to a medical partner’s clinic where the safe, unvaccinated blood transfusion will be handled. In return for providing people with this service, members are also urged to “make themselves available as blood donors” for other people looking for unvaccinated blood transfusions.

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“..in all cases there has been “airtight privacy” about whether they were vaccinated and what their diagnosis was..”

What Caused Damar Hamlin’s Cardiac Arrest? Experts Weigh In (CHD)

Damar Hamlin’s sudden collapse on live TV during Monday night’s NFL game triggered an avalanche of media coverage, with experts weighing in on what might have caused the 24-year-old player’s cardiac arrest after what appeared to be a routine tackle. Some news outlets quickly concluded Hamlin’s heart attack most likely was caused by commotio cordis, a rare phenomenon that occurs when a small and extremely fast-moving projectile — such as a baseball, hockey puck or lacrosse ball — strikes the chest in a precise location, disrupting the heart’s rhythm. The condition affects about 10-20 people per year, usually teenage boys. Most mainstream media reports rejected the theory that Hamlin’s cardiac arrest might be linked to COVID-19 vaccines, using terms such as “far-right,” “vile,” “anti-vaxxer” and “conspiracy theorists.”

However, Dr. Peter McCullough told “Good Morning CHD” host Aimee Villella McBride why he believes the vaccines can’t be ruled out. McCullough, an internist, cardiologist, epidemiologist and leading expert on COVID-19 treatment, explained the possible role of the vaccines in cardiac arrest and other heart injuries among athletes. He explained that any physician watching replays of Hamlin’s collapse immediately starts thinking through a differential diagnosis of what could have caused it. He said: “Let me tell you that I did see head and neck contact with a tackle, which is not uncommon at all in football. Remember that the shoulder pads have a breastbone protector, [a] pretty substantial breastbone [protector], so they take helmets in the chest all the time.”

McCullough acknowledged that when a baseball hits an unprotected breastbone, it can precipitate a cardiac arrest, but said he was not aware of that happening in pro football, leading him to rule out commotio cordis. “And as I watched things unfold it was relatively clear that [Hamlin] was in a primary cardiac arrest,” he said. McCullough believes there is a public health obligation to disclose what happened. He said: “This is a player who is employed by a team, and the team and the league mandated the vaccine very publicly. “So we have a situation where we have a public figure, the public employer mandates the vaccine in a very public manner, there is a disclosure that 95% of the players have taken the vaccine, and the FDA says the vaccine causes myocarditis and the published peer-reviewed literature says that it can be fatal.”

“This is not a time for privacy,” McCullough said. “The public needs to know that diagnosis because he was under one of these mandates and this happened on the national and world stage.” McCullough said numerous athletes have collapsed on the field and been resuscitated, but that in all cases there has been “airtight privacy” about whether they were vaccinated and what their diagnosis was. “I think the Hamlin case is going to break through all this,” he said.

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    Dorothea Lange One nation indivisible. San Francisco 1942   • Putin Calls for Ceasefire, Ukraine Rejects, Biden Pushes for More War (Celente) • W
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 6 2023]

    #125194
    Just Some Randomer
    Participant

    “Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official said that the Abrams tanks’ heavy fuel consumption and propensity to break down make them unsuitable for the Ukrainian military.”

    So as well as repeating the British WWII mistakes in developing warships that are outdated before they set sail, the US Military has also repeated the Nazi mistakes of developing wunderwaffen tanks that are too big, too heavy and too complicated to be of much use on the battlefield. The superficially superior German Tiger tanks were no match for the swarms of Russian T34s that made up with numbers what they lacked in sophistication, firepower and armour.

    Much like the $20k Shahed drone vs $3m patriot missile situation.

    Is there anyone in the US military planning team with any knowledge of history?

    #125196
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Now its the NYT, Trump and Musk supporting McCarthy …. the world gets weirder every day. Something is up!

    #125197
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Howard Cox from FairFuelUK says electric cars ‘are not practical’ despite hopes to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

    Which means that Bill Gates must have a project in Africa to kidnap underage children, force them to service the politicians of the west, then send them for a life terminating sentence in the cobalt mines of Congo. How else is Elon going to find the cobalt they need for his businesses and how is Bill going to find enough kids for his pedo and “let’s inject them to death” bribem schemes?

    #125198
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Zelensky, meanwhile, warned that he expects a major Russian offensive after Putin mobilized hundreds of thousands of troops.

    I am so looking forward to the day when Putin smacks this cockroach along with his oligarch enabler. I am sure it will happen, not because Putin is a vengeful man, but because it would be a great gift to the people of Russia.

    #125199
    Red
    Participant

    This is an excellent summary of the events leading up to the present day although we should spend a bit more time on Angela Merkel’s comments. What Merkel actually said in her interview with Die Zeit was the following:

    “The 2014 Minsk Agreement was an attempt to buy time for Ukraine. Ukraine used this time to become stronger, as you can see today.” According to the ex-Chancellor, “it was clear for everyone” that the conflict was suspended and the problem was not resolved, “but it was exactly what gave Ukraine the priceless time.” (Tass News Agency)

    Merkel has been sharply criticized for admitting that she and the other western leaders deliberately deceived Russia about their true intentions vis a vis Minsk. The fact is, they had no intention of pressuring Ukraine to comply with the terms of the treaty and they knew it from the very beginning. What we know for a fact is that neither Merkel nor her allies were ever interested in peace.Second, we now know that they maintained the fraud for 7 years before she spilled the beans and admitted what they were really up-to. And finally, we now know from Merkel’s comments that Washington’s strategic objective was the opposite of the Minsk agreement. The real goal was to create a heavily-militarized Ukraine that would prosecute Washington’s proxy-war on Russia. That was the primary objective, war on Russia.

    Alexander Mercouris: “Something Big Is on the Way”

    #125200
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Miraculously effective vaccines have no lower death toll” –NYT

    Yes, that’s what “miraculously effective means.” –eyeroll–

    “the net zero target is going to cost every household a thousand pounds!’

    It’s merely and only a wealth transfer from the poor to the rich. That’s the whole point, soup to nuts, alpha to omega, from spark of conception to the grave. If it transferred wealth from the rich to poor it would be stopped in 2 minutes. Like their tax-free jets and yachts.

    “M1 Abrams main battle tank is scrap metal: “…tanks’ heavy fuel consumption and propensity to break down make them unsuitable for the Ukrainian military.”

    Ouch. And the ouch part is it’s true. Not that it isn’t a pretty good tank. But pretty good isn’t good if it weighs too much to deliver and it breaks down. That makes it a s—t show that needs replacement. I would have said the age of tanks is mostly over, but Ukr proved otherwise.

    Stereotypes about the ‘stability and security’ of the West are breaking down”

    We saw this with Cullum’s end of year: he pasted Ukr war pics in a collage with pics of Detroit, Baltimore, D.C. Beirut, etc. There are eggs in Kiev but not in London and NY. That sort of thing. We know them so I won’t list again, just reminding our childhood baseline is gone forever. Adding: the oil is now in Russia, and the factories are now in China. We are Bolivia.

    “The arrest of Sputnik Lithuania’s editor-in-chief is a violation of international norms of freedom of speech and the rights of journalists,” Like this.

    “Did someone or something seize control of the United States? What happened to the U.S. border? Who erased it?” And this, whole thing. Where he’s barely naming half of it.

    But we know who seized control. The central bank of Ukraine. Who seized it is clear and unavoidable: who is the money directed to? Simple.

    “and help strip more people of the illusion that the Supreme Court is an apolitical branch of government and a neutral arbiter of the law.”

    Sold! I am totally on board. For years you said we had to do wrong things like R v Wade and gunz because “the Court said so.” But now we don’t follow the Court? All-rightie then. The people are the government and can resist anything the Court…or the Congress…or the President…says. Right? I’m an autonomous zone? Safe in my human rights? You sound like a Republican. An ultra-conservative one.

    “Trump Announces Plan to Destroy the Drug Cartels with the US Military (PM)”

    Yes, because the “Drug Cartels” are really Papa Bush’s CIA. Run by the Central Bank of Ukraine. They are indeed all enemies of the military and the United States. They already were shooting at each other in Syria, this just makes it official for the rubes.

    “Sotomayor Felt “Sense of Despair” Because Babies Would Be Protected (LN)”

    That’s because the babies are black. Also her team lost a huge income center selling baby parts. Now how will they fund elections? Wait, not done, one more: She’s also not a judge as she didn’t “Do” anything: they told the appropriate branches of government (legislatures) to do their d—n jobs. Clearly she’s sad the court did their job and Congress has to do theirs: so much easier to rule from the bench by diktat.

    ““..Della Pietra has contacted hundreds of clinics all over Europe, all of which still don’t allow people “the human right of free blood choice.”

    They’re not just being jerks, this would require a really complex, expensive infrastructure on a system that’s already running at breakeven. Generally they pull your own blood first and store it (or claim to).

    #125201
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “This means that more often than we would like to admit, systems thrown together with various parts or pieced together haphazardly are prone to be unreliable. When we try to explain events in terms of cause and effect the bigger picture has a way of getting lost.”

    Yes, and that’s a strong argument against conspiracy. What I see instead is interlocking motives. You show up somewhere and everyone points their door to the west, you can be pretty sure there’s a strong east wind. Similarly, what do each of these systems all have in common? Among other things, centralization and the ushering of money and power up the pyramid. What we talk about each day are often the tracks of these complex machines that were ad hoc created, but not from nothing: out of a personal value system, that was also shared by the other people in charge of creating/patching that system. Or as Rahm Emmanuel says “Never let a crisis go to waste (create one if you have to)”. They often talk about how nothing gets done without a crisis, and run-to-failure model. Cloward-Piven if you will, on the borderline. I don’t see the difference between this and a seditious conspiracy just because it’s slower. If you know there’s a hole in the ship and don’t patch it, just saying “I was getting around to reporting it” doesn’t wash. It’s a criminal alibi, not an explanation.

    Because it’s all cobbed together is why they wish to replace it with something new, simple, and beautiful. I understand that. But that only reveals their value system instead of being able to hide it behind “politicians are stupid” “an Accident”, and “Nobody knew”. Their WEF value system says you eat bugs, they eat steak, and they’ll break down your door, arrest you, and castrate your kids if you say anything about it. What they forget is:

    The reason the system is so complicated is that it’s a web of lies that steals from the people.

    Any real system, economic or political that is NOT doing this is relatively simple, organic mechanism that’s relatively contained by its design parameters of what it was created to do. “Govern”, for example. Or “Sell”. It could not possibly BE this complicated without a lot of work because things cost time and money and that’s inefficient. So if it collapses, that would be a GOOD thing, since it’s mostly made of cheats, frauds, and graft. The dumbest thing two clan chieftains cobble together would be better, and we can prove it since that’s what most historic governments like Parliament or the ALLThing are.

    So there’s no problem to solve. The system is too complex and inefficient which needs to be fixed, but we fix it completely merely by removing fraud, graft, and crime from it. Everyone except the criminals are in favor of this. So they cannot, by design, replace it with a simple, elegant, and streamlined system of oppression and graft. They merely expose that their system serves literally no one but 10 guys at the very top, not even the 1% PMC apparatchiks who run it, and that will become blindingly obvious the minute repairs are made.

    I appreciate Polemos, I was thinking the several things, but one is about the Global Warming, that although it’s entertaining to mention, really the important part is what we DO. Regardless under almost every case, the plan is the same: we all want safe places, full of food and forests, water and grass. Clothes and food and dreams. It’s all the same, isn’t it? Let the world go hang, what difference to us?

    If whatever, then nothing happens, we’re all fine. If not, well a lot of people will die, and we’ll know and be prepared ahead of time. Less people is what everybody wanted, right? Quiet, empty houses. More forests, less parking lots for your kids? Either way, the joys of the days are the same.

    Maybe that’s what troubles me about the extremes. All answers are the same except in one case: that there’s nothing to set up and prepare for, no gardens to grow because the all life on earth will burn up and end. This is preposterous, of course, the whole planet was covered in ice, then covered in volcanoes from end to end in Siberia. Life didn’t blink. Not in geologic terms. So the only possibility that can sour such a bright outlook or doing the same green things is also the most unlikely. And that is the one everyone is stuck on. It’s really the pop version of “The Rapture” where we needn’t do anything hard, think about anything bad, because we’re all going to go to heaven. No effort, no responsibility plan. I don’t change anything in my life: I’m a saint! Otherwise I wouldn’t be Raptured as God’s elect, right? Or in this case, god’s elect flying on Tahiti vacations, telling everyone what to do, how to save on CO2. Same thing. Everyone needs to sacrifice but me. I got a magic ticket. Because YOU’RE bad, I get a new car and to fly from London to Swiss vacations, guilt free.

    But it’s the same thing, even for the true believers, those who really do live like monks. Which I appreciate; at least they actually believe it.

    But the whole thing comes not from the reality that’s easy to deal with, but from the belief. The belief it’s hopeless, everything is pointless, all over and done. Now where does that come from? When in any of our long, sorry lives has there ever been no hope? Never got out of a jam? People choose all kinds of things, and they often choose destruction, but when that’s the root of it, that’s just ridiculous. It’s being an goth Emo child. We’re all too old for that.

    “the next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to.”

    “What we’re doing is we’re killing our way of life.”

    Yes. But that’s a GOOD thing. That way of life needed to change more than 40 years ago.

    We need to address all the productive things are as Cullom, PhD Ivy League Chemist said: resource depletion, pollution, etc. Adding CO2 stops all that. It’s a thought stopper. An action stopper. And a vector for a newer, larger, more complete control system. Not a fan, even if it’s true, solving the other problems will solve it, while addressing CO2 will collapse the world anyway in the resource depletion/pollution ways, and I think they know that. It’s like pretending plastics are recycled so that the shopping, buying doesn’t slow down.

    And I’ll note, no one ever piled on like this before. Despite uninformed slander here, Raul was/is AGW for years, I said my piece and dropped it: we knew each other’s PoV. True of others, as I believe there are other AGW posters here for years. Clearly Day is on one side or the other and is happy to let it drop. Yet somehow the specific approach is drawing out immense counter-fire. So it’s not the AGW argument or Science that’s the local problem. It’s the specific presentation that’s bugging people so much. To me it’s like this:

    “What’s your point of view? Show me the chart data and process.”
    “The Science exists. We have the charts.”
    “Show me.”
    “No. Now go away and stop denying Science.”

    And the Peanut gallery pipes up in unison: ♫“That’s not Science”♫

    That’s really the ultimate throwdown and will rightfully draw a lot of ire. I’m generally done because that’s how it is, I’m satisfied it’s an unfounded belief system, or founded years ago, and for emotional reasons won’t be looked at again. Fine, it’s not my job, we have things to do. I don’t have to allocate resources by committee with this person who is by all accounts, acting positively and productively for all things earth despite this unnecessary and illogical thorn in his foot. It can be pulled whenever it bugs him enough, as it’s clearly foreign and a close examination will tell him so.

    Hb-jb pipes up “Here are the charts, what’s wrong on them?” and is answered with:
    “You already know.”
    No seriously. It’s not rhetorical. Point to the part that hurts. I never get tired of teaching or explaining the same thing over and over to express my case and make agreement (clearly), but we’re not all the same. That’s okay: is guess that’s how it is and that’s how some of us say “Leave me alone.” I was a little confused because those weren’t the words you SAID, but okay.

    “Pretty nearly everything I ever learned that was worth knowing turned out to be something I was wrong about just before that.”

    Yes. It’s painful to eat crow, but it’s good for you. Most of what I know – sadly about what 6 weeks ago was ‘conspiracy’ – was all going out to get data to prove the other guy wrong. Whoops, turns out that was me.

    #125202
    Germ
    Participant

    Just published:

    Circulating Spike Protein Detected in Post–COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Myocarditis

    “free spike antigen was detected in the blood of adolescents and young adults who developed post-mRNA vaccine myocarditis, advancing insight into its potential underlying cause.”

    https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.122.061025

    TVASF

    #125203
    Germ
    Participant

    TVASF

    #125205
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #125206
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Reptile Rep

    #125207
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #125208
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #125209
    Germ
    Participant

    I’ve just returned from the hairdresser – all the talk was of one of the hair cutters who was recently admitted to hospital riddled with blood clots.

    I just sat and listened – they are all clueless as to why?

    TVASF

    #125210
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Speaker of the House

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    Tweaker of the House

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    #125211
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #125212
    oldandtired
    Participant

    “Let me be clear, Title 42 or not, the border is not open,” Mayorkas said during the press conference in Washington. ”

    Ok. Now make that clear to all the millions of people crossing the boarder illegally.

    #125213
    Germ
    Participant

    The UK NHS is completely fucked!

    nhs

    As are the death-vaxxed.

    #125214
    oldandtired
    Participant

    Part of 1.7 trillion dollar budget:

    Funding for January 6 attack prosecutions: The law provides $2.6 billion for US Attorneys, which includes funding efforts “to further support prosecutions related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol and domestic terrorism cases,” according to a fact sheet from the House Appropriations Committee.

    Attack? Seen worse at Waffle House.

    2.6 billion to support further prosecutions. They are not done yet.

    Paying “your fair share” to Pocahontas so she can roll your *ss up at 4 am. Shoot your dog. ‘Murica!

    #125215
    Germ
    Participant

    VAIDS – and a scary story provided by the PR department of Pfizer to encourage clueless morons to keep injecting:

    ‘Please get the flu jab’ urges Londoner, 26, hospitalised in intensive care after virus led to pneumonia

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/please-flu-jab-urges-londoner-140012008.html

    TVASF

    #125216
    Germ
    Participant

    That moron Londoner in the story above!

    YES! – TVASF

    #125217
    oldandtired
    Participant

    More of your fair share:

    Additional funding for the US Capitol Police: The law provides an additional $132 million for the Capitol Police for a total of nearly $735 million. It will allow the department to hire up to 137 sworn officers and 123 support and civilian personnel, bringing the force to a projected level of 2,126 sworn officers and 567 civilians.

    Round numbers: $225,000 per employee. This is just for DC. Who couldn’t handle a few dozen protesters wanting to enter the Capitol Building. The Police Chief resigned the next day, and wrote a book. Courage Under Fire
    How much was he paid for that? 10 million? 20 million? All perfectly legal. Your fair share.

    #125218
    Oroboros
    Participant

    @Germ

    Thanks for the Ambulance queue graph.

    An interesting metric I never would have thought of.

    Like Ed Dowd zeroing in on insurance claims and funeral home profits, the crime of the century is leaking it’s poison stats on the carpet in strange ways

    #125219
    Dora
    Participant

    Today’s Kunstler essay.

    ” The signal has been clear for the better part of a year. The mRNA products made by Pfizer and Moderna did not stop transmission of Covid-19 and were causing widespread harm, especially in the working-age population between 25 and 64 who were forced to take the shots to keep their jobs. For the whole population all-causes deaths and disabilities were still rising at the end of 2022.

    ” The trend appeared to start with the unnatural deaths of professional athletes dropping dead on their playing fields. Then, in early 2022, life insurance companies issued reports that the death rates of policy-holders employed by companies with insurance plans were up 40 percent. The numbers were confirmed in mid-2022 by the Society of Actuaries — the professional org of people who actually parse the statistics that the insurance industry bases its business model on. In fact the number of excess deaths in younger age groups had grown dramatically — Covid vaccination produced a 78-percent increase in excess deaths among the 25-34 age group, a 100-percent increase in excess deaths among the 35-44 age group, and a 80-percent increase in excess deaths among the 45-54 age group.”

    Repentance

    #125220
    tboc
    Participant

    Sus, voice and upstate you have been beacons of courage and compassion these last few years.
    Sat Naam
    v arnold I have to look up the acronyms myself. tboc = that baldheaded old cracker

    #125221
    Oroboros
    Participant

    @Dora

    Kunstler’s doctor rant sounds like his very own version of a ‘conspiracy theory’, something he says he’s allergic to.

    Hahaha

    Gee, doctors by the hundreds of thousands acting in unison to poison their patients.

    Just a coincidence.

    No coordination or talking points, just randumb actions resulting in a uniform result.

    How odd.

    Even friends conspire about something, I wonder what?

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    #125222
    John Day
    Participant

    This was my immediate thought, but I see Dr.D already wrote it and this is the earliest I can get-on-record:
    ““Trump Announces Plan to Destroy the Drug Cartels with the US Military (PM)”

    Yes, because the “Drug Cartels” are really Papa Bush’s CIA. Run by the Central Bank of Ukraine. They are indeed all enemies of the military and the United States. They already were shooting at each other in Syria, this just makes it official for the rubes.”

    #125223
    tboc
    Participant

    Items of agreement:
    The atmosphere on planet Earth, Terra is in flux. The gaseous mass, atmosphere, is acted upon by forces exerted from within the Local Group, the Milky Way, the local Heliosphere and from Earth’s moon. The climate is the state of the atmosphere and can be described locally and globally. The atmosphere, the climate, is in flux.

    There is a parcel of land in Northwest Florida on Santa Rosa Sound that i have known for sixty years. The mean hightide is now in the range of six to eight inches higher today than in 1962. There has been some drift of the nearshore due to development along the shoreline. The majority of the parcel is in it’s native state and circa one third is in old field succession. The native wild flowers in this region which were once seasonal now flower throughout the year. The brown anole lizard, native to Cuba, has extended it’s range into Northwest Florida. The hurricanes during the last forty years have distributed non-native flora that have found niches in the environment. The Yaupon holly still ties the scrub together and the ecosystem is thriving. The upper edges of wetlands are working overtime extending the pine savannah. The cycles of precipitation are returning to those experienced in the mid nineteen sixties and seventies. Santa Rosa Sound, a portion of which was decimated by runoff from a nearby testing range, is finally showing signs of marine flora. The environments locally and globally are in flux.

    Carbon dioxide was identified as a greenhouse gas by Eunice Foote in eighteen fifty six. Mauna Lua began testing for the presence of carbon dioxide in nineteen fifty eight. The role of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas has been a matter of scientific enquiry for one hundred and sixty six years. The continous single point used to calculate the rise in carbon dioxide has a history of sixty four years.

    To the interested observer there seems to be no effort to quantify the loss of carbon sequestration from the following:
    1. The loss of habitat to the housing booms of recent decades.
    2. The loss of diversity in the flora where vast areas have been placed within palm platations.
    3. Desertification that is part of historical environmental knowledge.
    4. The vast swaths of environment that have been cleared for wind and solar electrical generation.
    5. The development of the Amazon watershed.
    The increased amount of carbon dioxide does not at first glance have the loss of botanical sequestration included as a part of the calculation. Define the percentage of carbon dioxide increase attributed to lost biosphere.

    That conservation has been removed as a possibility for mitigation and only the abandonment, sequestration, of fossil energy is presented is obvious. Starting with The Limits to Growth in nineteen seventy two through today in twenty twenty two the western nations and their peoples have refused mass transit in all forms and have expanded the use of fossil energy with abandon. The western societies have even demanded that peoples poised to gain an improved standard of living be denied even an opportunity for improvement so the use of energy by the west would not be limited. These same societies are now poised to impoverish a vast swath of their own populations rather than accept a modified lifestyle.

    When one divides the years of knowledge of carbon dioxide as a green house gas by the age of The Quartenary Period 166/2.58ma(million years) the quotient is 0.000064. All of the data, coincidental and measured is defined in this timeframe. When the time frame of accurate single point measurement is given a similar treatment the quotient is 0.000025. The data that we have may be considered by the interested observer as insufficient for extrapolation of a convincing argument for carbon dioxide derived from use of fossil energy destroying Earth’s ecosphere. The final thought is the micro-biome, the force that created the atmosphere, does not seem to play any role in the current debate surrounding our atmosphere.

    Please friends, economy often guilds the text. One might say:
    I am firmly convinced that the use of fossil fuels is destroying the ecosphere.
    The ecosphere is in flux and I am not convinced that the use of fossil fuels is the main driver.

    cracker

    #125224
    John Day
    Participant

    Dr.D, long-winded, can be elegant and parsimonious of speech, and therefore of thought:

    “The reason the system is so complicated is that it’s a web of lies that steals from the people.”

    #125225
    Polemos
    Participant

    At one point in my life, I was working on a degree in Bible Studies because I wanted to be a Christian apologist. Apologetics was a way to reach different varieties of people who, at the least, wanted to engage with what, at that time, was something very important and influential in my life. I was not satisfied, though, with how the institution I attended taught apologetics, because it did the same kind of “If they say this, then you say that” kind of exchange that’s crucial to sales and marketing techniques. What I find much more rewarding, for myself and my strangers, was to have conversations, working from a broad but detailed knowledge of many things, getting to know the patterns and shadows of a person’s inner thoughtlife (not the language I used then), and especially asking what their sources were so that I could go to them myself.

    Prior to apologetics, I found libraries to be amazing places. You find all kinds of viewpoints in a library open to genuine freedom of thought and discussion —with the ideological capture of library science degrees and the women who tend to work in library systems, you don’t find that much anymore. Anyway, I’d find out where this other person sourced their perspective, and then dove into it. Over and over and over, I came away with the same metalevel discovery: people don’t bother with primary sources and get vast amounts of their information from hearsay and third-order versions. Wikipedia made this situation much worse (precisely because it’s quicker, with less time spent between the question and the synthesis of answering). So when I went back and said, “Hey, this what you said was so important to you that you’re willing to hinge your eternal soul upon, it’s not saying what you say it said,” they change the subject again, and either I went to the sources for that new subject or I myself moved on, especially if the other person just stops responding.

    But in the process of discovering how much people misinform themselves and their closest allies, I also began to discover my own misinformation. I very much understand what D Benton Smith and Dr D are humorously talking about when it comes to how we change our thinking, our minds, our behaviors.

    It’s part of why that scene in They Live where Frank and Nada have their beat down in the alleyway stands out the way it does. For me, what takes like eight minutes of movie time happened over a long series of decades, but once I put on the sunglasses, I understood the brutality and the pain and the frustration and the anger. Branching outwards, I get why people —males— want to start insulting and tell each other to do sexually humiliating things, because there is a kind of frustration with one’s own impotency in moving another person out of their locked-in behavior, so they might as well inseminate themselves (we’re all just disseminating). There is a part of Plato (see around 490a) that makes this much clear: the Real has sex with you, for inside you is a womb to copulate with that reality and then within gestate ideas, and your labor produces the offspring Truth and Understanding. (You could also link this, since he does, to the Cave and Womb metaphors persisting throughout Republic and other Platonic dialogues: again, ad fontes! ) I called this with my students “thoughtbabies” but most people already know this concept (get it!? It’s a Dad joke!) when they use the phrase “brain child.” Men have a “hard time” moving other men into the supposedly passive/receptive mode (because reasons), and so there’s less a feeling of accomplishment when there’s no children —truth and understanding— obviously born. This can make some men very frustrated, because if it’s not the fertile soil, the other’s womb-inside-their-soul, then it must mean not so much one’s seed so scattered is wasted (“I’m not going to spend my time on people unwilling to listen to me!”) but rather one doesn’t have potent seed to begin with (“What if the problem is my own understanding? Nah!!!“).

    At any rate, I’m a slut for new ideas, so I’ve had a lot of partners and so I’ve had a lot of misunderstandings, fights, scars. Being a Cancer, I’m okay receiving the seeds Reality wants to lay into me, but labor, as always, that’s difficult, but I’m doing my breathwork exercises. As Socrates points out, you work a lot better as a midwife to ideas anyway, when it’s not your own seeds you’re scattering but helping others along in their own birthing process. Telling someone to go (mind)fuck themselves is satisfying, sure, but there’s lots of spilled seed already, and Onan learned that some gods don’t like their plans thwarted by such joy-without-rewards.

    Hey, have a great day! It’s Insurrection Day!
    So scary, Be Wary, the Sixth of January!
    Shamans, Red Hats, and Pot
    I see no Treason
    Nor weedsmoking reason
    When Q-Anon must always be fought.

    #125226
    zerosum
    Participant

    Yesterday is gone
    • The Coup We Never Knew (Hanson)
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    Solution for election for speaker of the house
    Democrats don’t show up for the vote.
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    The economic/social/political/health systems can be fixed merely by removing fraud, graft, crime and lies.
    The economic/social/political/health systems need complexity to have fraud, graft, crime and lies.

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    Guide for living happily
    Don’t read Germ
    Don’t read TAE
    Don’t listen, watch anything that could change your opinion
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    #125227
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Web of Life is being replaced by the Web of Lies

    The Web of Lies is a man-made Matrix

    The Technosphere is also an artificial life form that has a Mind of it’s own.

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    #125228
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Technosphere

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    #125229
    Germ
    Participant

    Talk about a “Web of Lies”

    These Doctors Pushed Masking, Covid Lockdowns on Twitter. Turns Out, They Don’t Exist

    ” “Sad to announce that my husband has entered a coma after being in hospital with Covid. The doctor is unsure if he will come out,” they tweeted. “This year has been the toughest of my life losing my sister to this virus. This is the first time in my life I don’t see light at the end of the tunnel.”
    Again, the condolences and well-wishes rolled in. But there was a problem: Honeyman wasn’t real. ”

    https://sfstandard.com/technology/these-doctors-pushed-masking-covid-lockdowns-on-twitter-turns-out-they-dont-exist/

    #125230
    Oroboros
    Participant

    A shout out to Kevin McCarthy

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    #125231
    Dr. D
    Participant

    11 Time loser to the Speaker of the House. Why not go for 12?

    So what is it that is making him keep trying? It’s really embarrassing for himself and the Party. Surely at this point there’s no chance that he believes his concessions will change any votes. Did someone order him to make a public spectacle of himself? So they are all up to something.

    I’m enough for the obvious: wake people up that these are not normal times, but unprecedented. Stand on principle for not voting in back-stabbing RINO lizards with tiny horns. Educate people generally about Speakers, parliaments, process, and the Constitution. And if they never seat one, we’re all that much safer.

    Still, as productive as those events are, they’re still up to something. Running out the clock? Trying to arrange some very strange outside speaker? Trying to prevent order so the USSC can’t safely issue a weird ruling? Something.

    #125232
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #125233
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #125234
    Oroboros
    Participant

    I glad to see the Right to Bare Memes is back in full swing on Twitter taking a Poleaxe to a Loser Lizard like McCarthy

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