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Former US Secretaries: Russia Won’t Return Annexed Ukrainian Provinces (Az.)
Top Officials Are Panicking That $100 Billion In Aid Isn’t Enough (Korybko)
The Attack On Western Europe (Ugo Bardi)
Bye Bye 1991-2022 (Escobar)
BRI Is Back With A Bang In 2023 (Escobar)
General Soleimani Kick-started The Multipolar World (Escobar)
Brazil Anti-Lula Protestors Storm Presidential Palace, National Congress (PM)
El Paso Cleans Migrant Camps Ahead of Visit By President Biden (CB)
White House Pushed Facebook to Censor Tucker Carlson on COVID-19 Vaccines (ET)
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Responds To Impeachment Talk (CB)
A Summer of Illness and Excess Death in Australia (Chudov)
Experts Trying to Explain White Lungs in China (ET)
Swiss National Bank Posts Record $143 Billion Loss In 2022 (R.)

 

 

 

 

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No, it won’t. As always with articles like the WaPo one, you have to scrutinize the timing.

Former US Secretaries: Russia Won’t Return Annexed Ukrainian Provinces (Az.)

The Washington Post has published an opinion article by Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009, and Robert M. Gates, US Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011, Report informs. “When it comes to the war in Ukraine, about the only thing that’s certain right now is that the fighting and destruction will continue. Vladimir Putin remains fully committed to bringing all of Ukraine back under Russian control or — failing that — destroying it as a viable country. He believes it is his historical destiny — his messianic mission — to reestablish the Russian Empire and, as Zbigniew Brzezinski observed years ago, there can be no Russian Empire without Ukraine. Both of us have dealt with Putin on a number of occasions, and we are convinced he believes time is on his side: that he can wear down the Ukrainians and that US and European unity and support for Ukraine will eventually erode and fracture.

To be sure, the Russian economy and people will suffer as the war continues, but Russians have endured far worse,” reads the article. “For Putin, defeat is not an option. He cannot cede to Ukraine the four eastern provinces he has declared part of Russia. If he cannot be militarily successful this year, he must retain control of positions in eastern and southern Ukraine that provide future jumping-off points for renewed offensives to take the rest of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, control the entire Donbas region and then move west. Eight years separated Russia’s seizure of Crimea and its invasion nearly a year ago. Count on Putin to be patient to achieve his destiny.

“Meanwhile, although Ukraine’s response to the invasion has been heroic and its military has performed brilliantly, the country’s economy is in a shambles, millions of its people have fled, its infrastructure is being destroyed, and much of its mineral wealth, industrial capacity and considerable agricultural land are under Russian control. Ukraine’s military capability and economy are now dependent almost entirely on lifelines from the West — primarily, the United States. Absent another major Ukrainian breakthrough and success against Russian forces, Western pressures on Ukraine to negotiate a cease-fire will grow as months of military stalemate pass. Under current circumstances, any negotiated cease-fire would leave Russian forces in a strong position to resume their invasion whenever they are ready. That is unacceptable.”

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“All four top officials shattered prior narratives by either admitting Ukraine’s proxy role and/or acknowledging the success of Russia’s special operation thus far.”

Top Officials Are Panicking That $100 Billion In Aid Isn’t Enough (Korybko)

Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov and Ambassador to the UK Vadim Prystaiko tried guilting NATO into sending more arms by emphasizing Ukraine’s status as that group’s proxy in the hopes of swaying popular Western perceptions to its side, while the second-mentioned also contributed to former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s fearmongering that the failure to do so would leave Russia in control of extremely strategic territory. All four top officials shattered prior narratives by either admitting Ukraine’s proxy role and/or acknowledging the success of Russia’s special operation thus far.

Zelensky’s trip to DC last month wasn’t the success that the US-led West’s Mainstream Media (MSM) spun it as being as evidenced by the panic that’s since taken hold of top Ukrainian and former US officials. They’ve begun an information warfare offensive alleging that the approximately $100 billion in American aid that Kiev’s received thus far supposedly isn’t enough to completely dislodge Russia from that former Soviet Republic’s pre-2014 borders, let alone defend against any forthcoming offensives. Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov told national TV last week that “Today, Ukraine is addressing [the] threat (of Russia). We’re carrying out NATO’s mission today, without shedding their blood. We shed our blood, so we expect them to provide weapons.”

This was followed up by Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK Vadim Prystaiko telling Newsweek something similar in spirit shortly thereafter. According to him, “The West now has a unique chance. There are not many nations in the world who would allow themselves to sacrifice so many lives, territories and decades of development for the purpose of defeating the archenemy…This is what I mean: All hands on deck, every single thing we can spare to help Ukraine win.” He also expressed concern that the West might pressure Kiev to agree to a ceasefire with Russia if the present stalemate isn’t soon broken. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice then jointly authored an opinion piece for the Washington Post on Saturday dramatically headlined that “Time is not on Ukraine’s side”.

Their narrative is completely contrary to the “official” one that’s popular among most Westerners claiming that Russia will inevitably collapse the longer that its special operation drags on for. Instead, Gates and Rice warned that “Absent another major Ukrainian breakthrough and success against Russian forces, Western pressures on Ukraine to negotiate a cease-fire will grow as months of military stalemate pass”, which would result in Russia retaining “much of [Ukraine’s] mineral wealth, industrial capacity and considerable agricultural land” if the Line of Control (LOC) is frozen. This is an important point that was also reaffirmed by Prystaiko.

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“..if relations between Europe and Russia are relatively friendly, there is less need for NATO, less need for expensive US-made weapon systems and less need for a US military presence on the continent..”

The Attack On Western Europe (Ugo Bardi)

As the journalist Mike Whitney notes, if relations between Europe and Russia are relatively friendly, there is less need for NATO, less need for expensive US-made weapon systems and less need for a US military presence on the continent. But wouldn’t all that be a plus from the US point of view? Like former President Trump, don’t most Americans want to stop subsidising Europe’s security? They might, but that’s not how many in the US foreign policy establishment see things. Which raises an important point: when I refer to what “the US wants”, I’m really talking about what certain elements within the foreign policy establishment want (“US hawks” is a useful shorthand).

As Hastings Ismay, the first Secretary General of NATO, is reputed to have said: the purpose of NATO is not only “to keep the Soviets out”, but also to “keep the Americans in, and the Germans down”. Although Ismay was an Indian-born British general, his quip undoubtedly reflected the views of the organisation’s main backers, the Americans. This awkward truth was not lost on more nationalistic European leaders at the time. Noting that “Europe is useless if it doesn’t control its own defence,” the French President Charles de Gaulle described NATO as “a machine to disguise the stranglehold of America over Europe.” He added, “Thanks to NATO, Europe is placed under the dependence of the U.S. without seeming to be”.

And you don’t have to go back to the sixties to find evidence that US hawks see NATO as vehicle for exerting influence over Europe, rather than as a costly burden on American taxpayers. In 1997, the Project for the New American Century (a thinktank closely tied to the Bush administration) published a report titled ‘Rebuilding America’s Defences’, which explained how the US can “preserve and extend its position of global leadership”. Regarding Europe, it noted: The region is stable, but a continued American presence helps to assure the major European powers, especially Germany, that the United States retains its longstanding security interest in the continent. This is especially important in light of the nascent European moves toward an independent defense “identity” and policy; it is important that NATO not be replaced by the European Union, leaving the United States without a voice in European security affairs.

Of course, American subsidisation of European security is hardly something that had to be forced on unwilling European leaders. Most of them were quite happy to spend less on defence, while prioritising election-winners like better healthcare, larger pensions and a bigger safety net. At the same time, increasing talk of European strategic autonomy evidently worried some US hawks for whom American “leadership” of the West remains crucial.

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Pepe has been busy.

“Apart from Ukraine and Poland there is no NATO force worth mentioning.”

Bye Bye 1991-2022 (Escobar)

The CIA abandoned Afghanistan in a humiliating retreat – even ditching the heroin ratline – just to relocate to Ukraine and continue playing the same old broken records. The CIA is behind the ongoing sabotage of Russian infrastructure – in tandem with MI6 and others. Sooner or later there will be blowback. Few people – including CIA operatives – may know that New York City, for instance, may be destroyed with a single move: blowing up the George Washington bridge. The city can’t be supplied with food and most of its requirements without the bridge. The New York City electrical grid can be destroyed by knocking out the central controls; putting it back together could take a year. Even trespassed by infinite layers of fog of war, the current situation in Ukraine is still a skirmish. The real war has not even started yet. It might – soon.

Apart from Ukraine and Poland there is no NATO force worth mentioning. Germany has a risible two-day supply of ammunition. Turkey will not send a single soldier to fight Russians in Ukraine. Out of 80,000 U.S. troops stationed in Europe, only 10% are weaponized. Recently 20,000 were added, not a big deal. If the Americans activated their troops in Europe – something rather ridiculous in itself – they would not have any place to land supplies or reinforcements. All airports and seaports would be destroyed by Russian hypersonic missiles in a matter of minutes – in continental Europe as well as the UK. In addition, all fuel centers such as Rotterdam for oil and natural gas would be destroyed, as well as all military installations, including top American bases in Europe: Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Ramstein, Baumholder, Vilseck, Spangdahlem, and Wiesbaden in Germany (for the Army and Air Force); Aviano Air Base in Italy; Lajes Air Base in Portugal’s Azores islands; Naval Station Rota in Spain; Incirlik Air Base in Turkey; and Royal Air Force stations Lakenheath and Mildenhall in the UK.

All fighter jets and bombers would be destroyed – after they land or while landed: there would be no place to land except on the autobahn, where they would be sitting ducks. Patriot missiles are worthless – as the whole Global South saw in Saudi Arabia when they tried to knock out Houthi missiles coming from Yemen. Israel’s Iron Dome can’t even knock out all primitive missiles coming from Gaza. U.S. military power is the supreme myth of the fish to be fried variety. Essentially, they hide behind proxies – as the Ukraine Armed Forces. U.S. forces are worthless except in turkey shoots as in Iraq in 1991 and 2003, against a disabled opponent in the middle of the desert with no air cover. And never forget how NATO was completely humiliated by the Taliban.

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How could the West let this slip through their hands?

BRI Is Back With A Bang In 2023 (Escobar)

The year 2022 ended with a Zoom call to end all Zoom calls: Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping discussing all aspects of the Russia-China strategic partnership in an exclusive video call. Putin told Xi how “Russia and China managed to ensure record high growth rates of mutual trade,” meaning “we will be able to reach our target of $200 billion by 2024 ahead of schedule.” On their coordination to “form a just world order based on international law,” Putin emphasized how “we share the same views on the causes, course, and logic of the ongoing transformation of the global geopolitical landscape.”


Facing “unprecedented pressure and provocations from the west,” Putin noted how Russia-China are not only defending their own interests “but also all those who stand for a truly democratic world order and the right of countries to freely determine their own destiny.” Earlier, Xi had announced that Beijing will hold the 3rd Belt and Road Forum in 2023. This has been confirmed, off the record, by diplomatic sources. The forum was initially designed to be bi-annual, first held in 2017 and then 2019. 2021 didn’t happen because of Covid-19. The return of the forum signals not only a renewed drive but an extremely significant landmark as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in Astana and then Jakarta in 2013, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

That set the tone for 2023 across the whole geopolitical and geoeconomic spectrum. In parallel to its geoconomic breadth and reach, BRI has been conceived as China’s overarching foreign policy concept up to the mid-century. Now it’s time to tweak things. BRI 2.0 projects, along its several connectivity corridors, are bound to be re-dimensioned to adapt to the post-Covid environment, the reverberations of the war in Ukraine, and a deeply debt-distressed world. And then there’s the interlocking of the connectivity drive via BRI with the connectivity drive via the International North South Transportation Corridor (INTSC), whose main players are Russia, Iran and India.


Expanding on the geoeconomic drive of the Russia-China partnership as discussed by Putin and Xi, the fact that Russia, China, Iran and India are developing interlocking trade partnerships should establish that BRICS members Russia, India and China, plus Iran as one of the upcoming members of the expanded BRICS+, are the ‘Quad’ that really matter across Eurasia. The new Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing, which are totally aligned with Xi’s priorities, will be keenly focused on solidifying concentric spheres of geoeconomic influence across the Global South.

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“..the imperial machine – following trademark, decades-long mockery of international law – assassinated a de-facto diplomatic envoy.”

General Soleimani Kick-started The Multipolar World (Escobar)

The consensus among future historians will be inevitable: the 2020s started with a diabolic murder. Baghdad airport, January 3, 2020, 00:52 a.m. local time. The assassination of Gen.QassemSoleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic RevolutionGuards Corps (IRGC), alongside Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi, by laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles launched from two MQ-9 Reaper drones, was, in fact, murder as an act of war. This act of war set the tone for the new decade and inspired my book Raging Twenties: Great Power Politics Meets Techno-Feudalism, published in early 2021.

The drone strikes at Baghdad airport, directly approved by the pop entertainer/entrepreneur then ruling the Hegemon, Donald Trump, constituted an imperial act engineered as a stark provocation, capable of engendering an Iranian reaction that would then be countered by, “self-defense”, packaged as “deterrence”. The proverbial narrative barrage spun to saturation, ruled it as a “targeted killing”: a pre-emptive op squashing Gen. Soleimani’s alleged planning of “imminent attacks” against US diplomats and troops.No evidence whatsoever was provided to support the claim. Everyone not only along the Axis of Resistance – Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Hezbollah – but across the Global South had been aware of how Gen. Soleimani led the fight against Daesh in Iraq from 2014 to 2015, and how he had been instrumental in retaking Tikrit in 2015.

This was his real role – a true warrior of the war on terror, not the war of terror. For the Empire, to admit his aura glowed even across – vassalized – lands of Sunni Islam was anathema. It was up to then-Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, in front of Parliament in Baghdad, to offer the definitive context: Gen. Soleimani, on a diplomatic mission, had boarded a regular Cham Wings Airbus A320 flight from Damascus to Baghdad. He was involved in complex negotiations between Tehran and Riyadh, with the Iraqi Prime Minister as a mediator, and all that at the request of President Trump. So the imperial machine – following trademark, decades-long mockery of international law – assassinated a de-facto diplomatic envoy.

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Jan 6 revisited. Which side is more corrupt?

Brazil Anti-Lula Protestors Storm Presidential Palace, National Congress (PM)

The headquarters of Brazil’s executive and legislative branches were stormed by demonstrators protesting against the election of socialist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Sunday, breaking into the presidential palace as well as the National Congress building. Palácio do Planalto, or Planalto Palace in English, is the workplace of Brazilian presidents, and is located in the same plaza as the National Congress of Brazil, as well as the Supreme Federal Court. The Praça dos Três Poderes, or Three Towers Plaza, is in the capital city of Brasília.

Brazilian outlet Metropoles reports that a hundreds of “Bolsonarists,” or supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, “broke through blocks that prevent the entry of non-accredited people and entered the Planalto parking lot,” before eventually making their way into the Planalto Palace and National Congress buildings. Footage shared by American conservative activist ALX shows the moment protestors broke through the barrier as police attempted to subdue them. Eventually the police had to retreat while the crowd stormed through. Video from inside the Planalto Palace shows the protestors, decked out in patriotic outfits, walking through the gas around the offices. Around 2:40 pm, the protestors also entered the National Congress building under a “shower of tear gas bombs.”

More footage shows masses of protestors climbing up the ramps on the outside of the congressional building to get inside. Renato Souza, a reporter with Brazilian publication Portal R7, shared video from the inside of the building. “President Lula is not on site,” he reported. Portuguese news outlet LUSA reports that the protestors are calling for “military intervention” to overthrow President Lula. In response to the invasion, Lula has “decreed federal intervention in the Federal District,” according to the Brazil-based Tupi Report. Meanwhile, Bolsonaro is suspected to have been in Orlando, Florida, since December, reported The Hill. Lula, who was inaugurated just one week ago, won 50.83 percent of the vote compared to conservative incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, who won 49.17, in the country’s October 2 vote. There was a runoff election afterwards on October 30 which Lula won, and that win was immediately ratified by the Superior Electoral Court.

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Caricature.

El Paso Cleans Migrant Camps Ahead of Visit By President Biden (CB)

The city of El Paso is putting its best face on for President Joe Biden who is finally making a visit to the Southern border. The city has been cleaning up migrant encampments that have been languishing, ahead of the president’s photo op visit, The New York Post reported. Encampments near the downtown bus station and the Sacred Heart Church, which operates a shelter, have been dismantled by local authorities over the last two nights as the city prepares to host President Biden’s first visit to the southern border, according to a photographer for The Post who witnessed it. Six buses loaded with mostly Venezuelan migrants were spotted crossing a downtown bridge to Ciudad Juarez, the frontier city in Mexico, Saturday, as police escorted dozens more to a pedestrian crossing.

A Border Patrol agent who did not want to be identified told The Post that 200 people were sent back to Mexico Saturday. “People are saying that if you are out in the streets the Border Patrol will get you and deport you because the President is coming to El Paso and they don’t want to show him the reality of things,” said Venezuelan migrant Maria Rodriguez said to The Post. She said that for the past three days she has been living in a dumpster in El Paso. “I hope we get shelter tonight because it took us a lot of courage to go out of that dumpster after three days…We just don’t want to keep running. All we are asking is for one chance,” she said. Another Venezuelan migrant, Joan Enriquez, 21, said he had been sleeping on the steps of a church and is furious with President Biden for making false promises.

“I really think politicians are playing with us,” he said. “Both side, Democrats and Republicans. We are props to them because like Biden, he first said he wanted to help us, and then he shut the border down and we can’t find a way to get legal in this country.” And critics are seizing on the cleaning of the camps by El Paso authorities saying that they are attempting to cover up what is really happening. “El Paso being cleaned up as if nothing unusual ever happened there. Just in time for Biden’s ‘visit to the border’. We suggest just landing in Des Moines, Iowa and telling him it’s El Paso. He’ll never know the difference,” the Border Patrol Union said.

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“..if ‘reduction’ means ‘pumping our most vaccine hesitant audience with [T]ucker Carlson saying it doesn’t work’ then … I’m not sure it’s reduction!”

White House Pushed Facebook to Censor Tucker Carlson on COVID-19 Vaccines (ET)

The White House pressured Facebook to take action against Fox News host Tucker Carlson for supposedly saying COVID-19 vaccines “don’t work,” according to a document released by Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry, who characterized the move as a request to censor the journalist. Landry shared the document—an email exchange between White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty and an unidentified Facebook employee—in a Jan. 7 post on Twitter, with the comment: “Rob Flaherty tells facebook to censor” Tucker Carlson. “Since we’ve been on the phone—the top post about vaccines today is [T]ucker Carlson saying they don’t work. Yesterday it was Tomi Lehren [sic] saying she won’t take one,” Flaherty reportedly said in the message to the Facebook staffer, whose name and email address have been redacted.

“This is exactly why I want to know what ‘Reduction’ actually looks like—if ‘reduction’ means ‘pumping our most vaccine hesitant audience with [T]ucker Carlson saying it doesn’t work’ then … I’m not sure it’s reduction!” Flaherty continued, per the document shared by Landry. Signaling action regarding the request, the unidentified Facebook employee then reportedly wrote: “Running this down now.” [..] Landry, together with Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, sued the Biden administration in May 2022 for allegedly pressuring and colluding with social media giants to suppress free speech. Schmitt on Jan. 5 was sworn in as a U.S. senator and has been replaced in his role as Missouri attorney general by Andrew Bailey.

Bailey took to Twitter on Jan. 7 to say that when he took the oath of office, he swore he would protect the Constitution and explained “why.” “We now have hard evidence that President Biden’s Administration colluded with social media companies to censor differing viewpoints and silence ‘misinformation’ that was later deemed true,” Bailey wrote in a series of posts. Bailey shared a screenshot of an email from White House COVID-19 Digital Director Clarke E. Humphrey to an unidentified Twitter employee with the subject line “Flagging Hank Aaron misinfo” and requesting the Twitter staff to “get moving on the process for having it removed ASAP.” In her request, Humphrey provided a link to a Twitter post by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a known critic of the Biden administration’s narrative on COVID-19 vaccines.

Tucker Jan 6 – real good
https://twitter.com/i/status/1611972143482568704

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“..Every order, every action and every failure will determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry..”

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Responds To Impeachment Talk (CB)

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is hitting back at Republicans who want him to resign or to impeach him. He appeared on the ABC show “This Week” on Sunday and said he does not have any intention of resigning, knowing that he faces investigations and even a possible impeachment from the Republican House of Representatives. “As of yesterday morning, Kevin McCarthy is speaker of the House. And back in November, he suggested that you might be impeached if you don’t resign. Here’s what he said,” host George Stephanopoulos said as he played a clip of what Speaker Kevin McCarthy said. “If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate. Every order, every action and every failure will determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry,” the Speaker said.


“What’s your response to the speaker?” the host said. “I am joining the president today on his visit to El Paso, Texas. I’ve been to the border quite a number of times,” the secretary said. “I’m joining the president at the North Mexican Leader’s Summit in Mexico City to work with our partners in Mexico and Canada to address the security of the homeland. I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m proud to do it, alongside 250,000 incredibly dedicated and talented individuals in the Department of Homeland Security and I’m going to continue to do my work,” he said. “So, you have no intention of resigning?” the host said. “I do not. I’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’re going to do it,” the secretary said. “Are you prepared for the investigations?” the host said. “I am. I will be. And I’ll continue to do my work throughout them,” the secretary said.

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“..NSW’s reports became so inconvenient for COVID vaccine promoters that NSW decided to stop reporting hospitalizations and deaths by vaccine status.”

A Summer of Illness and Excess Death in Australia (Chudov)

January marks the middle of summer in Australia. Unfortunately, despite “health experts” hoping that Covid is a seasonal disease and would go away in summer, Australia is in the middle of yet another wave of Covid. New South Wales, one of the Australian states, publishes “weekly surveillance reports.” Compared to November, COVID hospitalizations more than tripled, according to the latest report. Here’s the strange part: the unvaccinated comprise exactly ZERO out of 1,779 hospitalized people. If we are to believe that so many unvaccinated people die of Covid without ever being hospitalized (a phenomenon seen only in NSW and not anywhere in the world), only 6% of deaths in NSW are unvaccinated.


94% of deaths are in vaccinated people, but only 84.3% of all Australians are vaccinated. NSW health authorities want us to believe that unvaccinated people die of Covid without being hospitalized before dying! While people certainly do die without being hospitalized, the pattern I compiled from recent reports is odd.

The table shows that out of 27 dead unvaccinated people, only four were hospitalized before death. Not sure about you, but to me, this isn’t easy to accept. Are they counting any deaths with “unknown” status as unvaccinated to pad their numbers? I looked at persons over 16 in NSW and compiled hospitalization data (with known status) and percentages of the population with the respective number of doses.

While some of this is explained by age affecting the number of vaccines received, the NSW data shows the utter failure of Covid vaccines. A year ago, NSW health minister Brad Hazzard said at 2:12: There is no question that we will NOT get out of this pandemic without a very substantial portion of our population being vaccinated. Now this “substantial portion,” sadly, is quite sick as Brad is nearing his retirement – while no unvaccinated people are in NSW’s hospitals. NSW’s reports became so inconvenient for COVID vaccine promoters that NSW decided to stop reporting hospitalizations and deaths by vaccine status.

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Is this real?

Experts Trying to Explain White Lungs in China (ET)

While the official data from China reports mild disease and low mortalities surrounding the latest COVID-19 outbreaks, Chinese social media is awash with reports of “white lung,” a form of pneumonia often seen in moderate to severe disease. Anecdotal accounts of deaths after infections, and overwhelmed hospitals and morgues, have flooded Weibo and Chinese short-form video platforms. Pulmonary critical care specialist Dr. Joseph Varon from Baylor University expressed his perplexity at the white-lung reports on Chinese social media. “It doesn’t make sense,” he said, referring to the official reports from China that state the dominant circulating strains as BA.5.2 and BF.7, both Omicron variants that cause mild disease.


Omicron in general, “[doesn’t] give you white lungs,” he argued. “Those images [on social media] suggest that you’re dealing with something very similar to Delta.” Whiteness in Computed Tomography (CT) scans is a telling sign of severe disease. “The whiter the lungs are, the more chances of dying you have,” said Varon, referring to a study he co-authored on disease prognosis. Omicron’s different surface markers make the variant more capable of infecting the upper airways rather than causing inflammation and pneumonia in the lungs. Pneumonia is more likely seen in patients infected with Omicron if they are old and severely immunocompromised.

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“It is equivalent to slightly more than the annual GDP of Morocco..”

Swiss National Bank Posts Record $143 Billion Loss In 2022 (R.)

The Swiss National Bank posted an annual loss of 132 billion Swiss francs ($143 billion) in 2022, it said on Monday, the biggest in its 115-year history as falling stock and fixed-income markets hit the value of its share and bond portfolio. A strengthening Swiss franc also had a negative impact. Monday’s provisional figure, which marked a reverse from a 26 billion franc profit in 2021, was far bigger than the previous record loss of 23 billion francs chalked up in 2015. It is equivalent to slightly more than the annual GDP of Morocco. The SNB will release detailed annual figures on March 6. It made a loss of 131 billion francs from its foreign currency positions – the more than 800 billion francs in stocks and bonds it bought during a long campaign to weaken the Swiss franc.


Global stock markets weakened and bond prices fell last year as central banks around the world, including the SNB, hiked interest rates to combat inflation. The strong Swiss franc – it rose above parity versus against the euro in July – led to exchange rate-related losses. The only positive was the SNB’s gold holdings which stood at 1,040 tonnes at the end of 2021 and gained 400 million francs in value during 2022. The 2022 loss meant the central bank will not make its usual payout to the Swiss central and regional governments, it said. Last year the SNB paid out 6 billion francs. Still, the loss is unlikely to have an impact on SNB policy. It hiked interest rates three times in 2022 as Chairman Thomas Jordan moved to stem high Swiss inflation, analysts said.

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    David Hockney A bigger splash 1967   • Former US Secretaries: Russia Won’t Return Annexed Ukrainian Provinces (Az.) • Top Officials Are Panicking
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 9 2023]

    #125534
    Just Some Randomer
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    Anecdotal:

    I caught up on teams chat this morning with a work colleague who’s been on leave since before Christmas. His wife is one of those considered ‘Vulnerable’ to Covid, so both of them, and their wider families, are vaxed and boosted to the max and very pro-vax.

    The conversation went like this:

    Me: “Welcome back, how was your break?”

    Colleague: “been sick all christmas, am on antibiotics and my wife is now testing positive for covid. Love my life”

    Me: “Oh dear – hope your wife is OK”

    Colleague: “She’s getting there – taken a lot out of her esp with her brother dying just before Christmas. Roll on 2023”

    Me: “Oh – very sorry to hear that. My condolences. Was it unexpected?”

    Colleague: “totally. 52, having tea with his kids, walked over to the sink and just collapsed – massive coronary”

    No comment necessary.

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    aspnaz
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    Nazis started the holocaust, communists ended the holocaust, Jews invented the holocaust.

    FIFY

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    V. Arnold
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    Yeah, I could read it…

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    oxymoron
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    The Anecdotes are on the up.

    If we are to assume that weapons manufacturing is financed by banks and that the repayments are made by national governments and the people of those countries are paying the taxation to make those repayments possible then how is NATO failing exactly? It went through endless equipment in Afghanistan and now Europe and Ukraine. I think a great many of these writers – Ugo and Escobar included miss the central point that the house always wins and the rest is a distraction.

    Also – Putin noted how Russia-China are not only defending their own interests “but also all those who stand for a truly democratic world order and the right of countries to freely determine their own destiny.”  in which Putin displays that he hasn’t heard of the political system in China. NOT A DEMOCRACY VLAD – jusssayin’ Not that anywhere is these days.

    Could the white lung thing be a racial / asiatic gene response to spike binding to ACE2? Feels like warfare everywhere I look these days but the world keeps turning and the summer is ripening my delicious fruit so me not complain.

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    Red
    Participant

    Goats! gotta love them. Raising goats for several decades it always amazed me to watch the kids on the four inch ledge that was horizontal bridging for the board and batten exterior wall of the barn. They would jump up the two feet to stand on it an then turn 180 degrees to go the other way by running their hind quarters up the wall and swing around. Always fun to watch. They would be about 25-30 pounds and do this often.

    #125539
    tboc
    Participant

    How could the West let this slip through their hands? RIM

    The West takes it does not build.

    #125540
    Just Some Randomer
    Participant

    @Oxy #125537

    “The Anecdotes are on the up.”

    Personally I am seeing an unmistakable pick-up in the frequency of these events in both the media and personal contacts over the past month. Could be the onset of winter here boosting the numbers, or maybe it’s the effect of cumulative damage from the Vax-Spikes reaching a critical level now. If the latter, things could get really real quite quickly.

    #125541
    Red
    Participant

    Scientific manipulation. Hmm have any of you read The Big Fat Lie? Not promoting eating meat only just the deep dive into the drive to go to more carbs based on a falsified narrative. Or the tobacco narrative, the glyphosate narrative and so on. Don’t deny just say it’s not settled or conclusive, until then steady as she goes. Just don’t fund anything looking to prove an opposing argument.

    #125542
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    This Twitter thread is an important counterpoint to the Post-Millennial’s right-biased coverage of the unrest in Brazil:

    #125543
    EoinW
    Participant

    As I understand this, what happens in Australia is a sneak preview for what’s coming to North America in 6 months. We’ve certainly followed their trend of last winter with lots of sick leave from the work force. My store began the end of September, before it had even gotten cold! As life is a mixed bag, I should add that we’ve never been as bad since then. Still, employees calling in sick – 2 or 3 per week – has become the new normal.

    Having reached the 2nd week of January, I’m beginning to hope mask mandates won’t return in Ontario. Just a couple of months more and we’re through flu season and the government won’t be a threat until next winter. Is that naive thinking?

    According to the data coming from NSW during their summer, is it time to congratulate the medical experts? It appears they have succeeded in abolishing the flu season! Influenza rules 12 months a year now. Masks forever?

    #125547
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    Although 100 Billion Dollars has been promised for Ukraine how much actually gets through?

    How many weapons are given to troops rather than being sold off? More seriously, how much money actually gets through to benefit ordinary Ukrainians? Finally how much humanitarian aid is not stolen?

    My personal guesstimate would be that 20 billion dollars of aid actually arrives to those it is intended for.

    #125548
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Lula, who was inaugurated just one week ago, won 50.83 percent of the vote compared to conservative incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, who won 49.17, in the country’s October 2 vote.

    Isn’t it amazing how in every country where there are elections between two parties, the vote is always rattling around the 50:50 mark. It is as if the result is always rigged to make it feel like a real competition. The political parties have all sorts of ways of fixing this, just look at the wards system in the UK, enabling the election to be scientifically fixed. In the USA they do not have such a system, so they appear to resort to outright vote rigging. Why would anybody believe that the country could be split 50:50 by any two candidates? I personally think the chances are extremely slim and so we will continue to see the occasional surprise vote, such as Brexit, or Trump, where the people managing (rigging) the election drop the ball.

    #125549
    Germ
    Participant

    This is quite special.
    All the heroes is one place: Laurie, Malone, Moran, Urso, Oliver, ….. and more …..
    Recorded last night. What a listen!

    https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1YqKDoVRaDoxV

    TVASF

    #125550
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • Former US Secretaries: Russia Won’t Return Annexed Ukrainian Provinces

    Andrei Martyanov deals with this head on in his latest Reminiscence of the Future…

    https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2023/01/about-angst.html

    He links M. K. BHADRAKUMAR piece Biden’s existential angst in Ukraine

    Biden’s existential angst in Ukraine

    “Robert Gates and Condoleezza Rice ….. is the case with many policy “pieces” in the United States…. it is written by people who fucked it up big time one way or another in their distinguished careers…”

    “Rice and Gates indirectly acknowledge that Russia is on a winning streak, contrary to the western triumphalist narrative so far. Evidently, the expected Russian offensive ahead is rattling their nerves… Pentagon is unsure of Surovikin’s future strategy. From what they know of his brilliant success in evicting NATO officers from Syria’s Aleppo in 2016, siege and attrition war are Surovikin’s forte. But one never knows. A steady Russian build-up in Belarus is underway. The S-400 and Iskander missile systems have been deployed there. A NATO (Polish) attack on Belarus is no longer realistic. “

    Alexander Svechin wrote in his “Strategy” almost 100 year ago–“Each war represents an isolated case, requiring an understanding of its own particular logic, its own unique character.” Yes, it is that simple..

    In other words….General Surovikin is going to surprise the hell out of the Collective West in the way he will conclude his Special Military operation because it is a unique isolated case, just like all other wars.

    #125551
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Six Journalists Arrested For Releasing Video Showing South Sudan President Wetting Himself”

    You need Presidents wetting themselve in public, look no further: we’re Number 1! (Literally. But also Number 2)

    “German Government declares investigating vaccines The Truth Would be dangerous for Democracy”

    The only enemy is the truth.

    “Top Officials Are Panicking That $100 Billion In Aid Isn’t Enough (Korybko)”

    Still haven’t learned money is not the world, money is the representation and call on goods in the world. They could have a trillion dollars and it still wouldn’t make more artillery appear. Mines would need to open, railroads and trucks built, factories opened, people trained. That requires the one thing wars don’t have: time. Time is what you run out of in a war. Or how they are won: ask Ireland, about to be unified shortly.

    Vietnam shows this well. Quotes from them? “We have to win because where else can we go? But the Americans can always go home.” We haven’t yet, but point taken.

    “Like former President Trump, don’t most Americans want to stop subsidising Europe’s security? They might, but that’s not how many in the US foreign policy establishment see things.”

    This points out that although the Military is generally nationalist, it’s not uniform: particularly the top brass that just came from, or is about to go to Raytheon, only care about sales and power, etc. It’s easier to note the CIA vs Pentagon spread but there are good people in the CIA and bad people in the Army too. It’s probably only the ranks where you’d have a stable undertone of Pro-Americans, and possibly not there either. In war games the Air Force in particular was happy to fire on the American People. The Marines overwhelmingly wouldn’t. It’s not simple at all.

    Same would be true of all other countries. Did the German people really want to defend the shutting off of NordStream II? Don’t think so.

    “de Gaulle described NATO as “a machine to disguise the stranglehold of America over Europe.”

    And they’re still swallowing this trollop today. Unfortunately, NATO has broken free from “America” in general (see previous paragraph) and now works mostly for itself, as bureaucracies generally do. Look at the EU’s expense accounts.

    “ Bye Bye 1991-2022 (Escobar)”

    He’s not wrong, but I’d be careful, they’re sucking you in. Is today a day we DO have a 3-year orbiting space plane, or does that plane not exist? Night vision shows we seem to have fleets of space faring Aurora fighter bombers. Do we? If so, where do they land and refuel themselves? And we didn’t have hypersonic missiles or technology until Russia showed them, then 12 months later, we officially did. Careful: we didn’t spend $40 Trillion on DUMB bases for nothing. (Or did we? With zero Congressional oversight and no media, how would we know?) What’s in the bases? A pallet of canned beans? Or a lot of tech? They’re powered with firewood? Or do we know how to make real (Arc) reactors?

    “directly approved by the pop entertainer/entrepreneur then ruling the Hegemon, Donald Trump,”

    If there’s one thing history will be sure if, it’s that Trump was not ruling the hegemon. It was clearly ruling him. Totally believe he gave the order though. But you go ahead and explain internal Iranian factions to me, why all of all places on planet earth the Obama-Rice(?) Intel people came from there as a bloc, and why it seems IRG are their own breakaway power, then we can start to understand what happened.

    The city of El Paso is putting its best face on for President Joe Biden”

    Are they bad at politics? You put on the worst face to get help. Then you spend the money they give you on yachts, beach houses, and coke. While wearing blackface. World-leader ready!

    “is furious with President Biden for making false promises.”

    I don’t know where they get their information from. There are no jobs for normal Americans. But we saw Soros NGO’s taking out billboards, handing out flyers, printing T-shirts, creating special sneakers, and busing people up in order to make this mess. Cloward-Piven. The United States must fall and Human Rights (The Constitution) erased. Then corporations have preeminence. It’s only logical.

    “White House Pushed Facebook to Censor Tucker Carlson on COVID-19 Vaccines (ET)”

    Full spectrum attack. There are so many illegalities we can’t address them all. I was thinking of addressing that Tucker was right; the White House was wrong: Vaccines are neither safe nor effective and this approach aged badly. That should make it easy to reverse and prosecute. Why doesn’t it?

    That he was both correct and that they don’t work should be the bigger news, but that’s a tough call when everyone involved in this should be impeached, effectively toppling the U.S. government. I’m not just saying that to be a lark, it’s literally the legal definition of like 50 Federal laws.

    I see Twitter’s point of view now: compared to what they WANTED, Twitter was really moderate and held the line. It’s just that what government WANTED was North Korea – which the NY Times supports and approves of. All Swiss boarding school girls do.

    “Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is hitting back”

    Media: “We Make S—t Up!” Translation: Republicans: we would like you to resign. Secretary: No thank you. This is “Hitting Back” What did you think he would say: “Oops! You got me!”? Nobody thought that, nobody hit anybody. “Hitting” would be one side or the other issuing an arrest warrant.

    Meanwhile there’s a genocidal war on civilians by our allies that hasn’t been talked about in a year. We take to the fainting couch for brown people unless they’re Yemeni? Then it’s “Cluster bomb away”? Time is precious in media: don’t waste the readers’.

    ““…NSW’s reports became so inconvenient for COVID vaccine promoters that NSW decided to stop reporting hospitalizations and deaths by vaccine status.”

    The only enemy is truth. It’s our enemy expressly so we can kill as many as possible.

    “Omicron in general, “[doesn’t] give you white lungs,” he argued.”

    Speaking of, is this new Western bioweapon what China’s gone Zero “Covid” about, or is it the CCP themselves doing it? Not great when you can ask this question. Like us, they may think we’re all on a lifeboat where the food’s running out and the only logical thing to do is kill everybody. …Which just coincidentally saves your own life and makes you rich. Totally accidentally, of course. I only have Mother Earth and the greater good in mind.

    “Swiss National Bank Posts Record $143 Billion Loss In 2022 (R.)”

    Somebody is stopping the contagion and the Financial Collapse from these numbers, trillions suck all over, in Tesla, Amazon, and Crypto alone. (Powell, the WEF personal fortunes) Have to admit, they’re all dong a stellar job. Which says to me we didn’t have to have an ‘08 where all the black houses were foreclosed under Obama. They could have just patched it behind the scenes like right now had they wanted to. Which is why they were never worried for an instant. As Eisman said in The Big Short “They knew.” They planned to be bailed out the whole time.

    “Boston Dynamics robots by CNET”

    Don’t worry: I’ll use a $29 Microwave from WalMart to disable it. What microwave? I don’t see no damage to it, do you?

    “Paul Newman and Marlon Brando at a sit-in protest for fair housing in California in 1963.”

    Seemed to work a treat. Thanks to Hollywood, California housing in better than ever. Especially L.A.

    Aw, and I was being short today. Failed again.

    #125552
    Oroboros
    Participant

    “Russian boreal forests represent the largest forested region on Earth (approximately 12 million km2), larger than the Amazon. ”

    This is what the Collective West wants to Rape & Plunder

    This is why I fervently hope and wish that Russia face stomps the Empire of Lies & it’s Western Whores into the ground

    .

    #125553
    Germ
    Participant

    This is what happens when you poison the immune system of a nation.
    Scotland has the highest vaxx rates in the Union.

    Scottish hospitals are almost full, says Nicola Sturgeon

    “Demand for hospital beds had been driven up by “extraordinary” levels of winter flu, rising rates of Covid infections and cases of Strep A.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-64211393

    This is not rocket science folks!

    TVASF

    #125554
    Oroboros
    Participant

    What Is Ukraine Hiding in the Bakhmut Salt Mines?

    7 January 2023 by Larry Johnson

    What Is Ukraine Hiding in the Bakhmut Salt Mines?

    “The prolonged battle for Bakhmut is portrayed in the press as a symbol of Russian weakness. I know that many Westerners have scratched their heads and wondered why such a fierce battle is being waged over this particular piece of territory.

    The answer, I believe, lies below the surface of Bakhmut/Soledar in the Soledar Salt Mines (aka Artyomsol Salt Mines).

    The Salt mine is a monster, with a 125 miles of tunnels.

    .

    “And the icing on the cake is the system of Soledar and Bakhmut mines, actually a network of underground cities. In which there is not only a cluster of people at a depth of 80-100 meters, but also tanks and infantry fighting vehicles move. And stockpiles of weapons have been stored since the First World War …..Prigozhin

    Many in Larry’s comment section goes on the theorize how to basically kill all the Ukronazis hiding in the Bakhmut salt mines with CO2. Seal the entrances and pump it full of the heavier than air gas.

    Talk about a local climate change

    #125555
    Oroboros
    Participant

    .

    #125556
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Many hundreds of thousands of excess deaths occurred among the Covaxxed in 2022. Luckily they were all anecdotal cases. Whew, that was a close one! It really had us worried about vax safety and effectiveness there for while.

    #125557
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The ground is finally freezing all over Ukraine.

    The Ukronazis can’t even free up one of their few remaining tanks from the frozen mud…

    Extrapolate that to all their forces frozen in place in the Bahkmut area surrounded with no supplies, food, ammo, no medicine being pounded by overwhelming artillery 24/7 and no mobility to flee or maneuver.


    #125558
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    No matter what the Ukrainians are (or were) hiding in the salt mines and coal mines of Bakhmut & Soledar and elsewhere, it does them little good underground. If it’s fuel, food or wonder weapons I think now might be a good time to haul it out and use it.

    Personally, my guess is that the vast salt mine tunnels are where the United States Command & Control cowards are hiding from hot lead, richly deserved retribution, and king-sized unmarked grave.

    #125559

    DBS, from yesterday- “one could quite easily become comfortable with “conversing ” with an invisible and non-existent entity . . . like a schizophrenic.”
    Every once in a while I wonder if all you TAE commenters aren’t just “voices” in my head. 😉

    #125560
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is a racist phuck.

    He hides his gross incompetency behind his ethnicity and his Manwhoredom®

    Just like Obomber, the Oreo president, ‘black’ on the outside, white on the inside.

    Reagan and the Berlin Wall

    .

    Obomber imitating Reagan

    .

    #125561
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Sorry Obomber and the Wall

    .

    #125562
    Oroboros
    Participant

    BLM running the touchdown into the end zone

    .

    #125563
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @MyParentsSaidKnow

    ” Every once in a while I wonder if all you TAE commenters aren’t just “voices” in my head. 😉 ”

    Well, in point of TRUE fact, that’s precisely what ALL of us are . . . but that is rather spiritually esoteric and a topic for some other day.

    Here’s my rules of thumb for the puzzling conundrum at present:

    It’s just fine to talk to yourself. It’s also okay to reply to that talk with suitably imagined mental voices. The time you need to start worrying is when you have to ask yourself what the hell it was you said in the first place.

    #125564
    Oroboros
    Participant

    don’t know why this cartoon won’t post right

    Bad Karma on him I guess

    .

    #125565
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Boston Dynamics robots with guns

    I’m not really interested if the droids can dance

    How are they with a Smith & Weston?

    .

    #125566
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Here’s a pleasant thought to entertain the minds of the Nazis cowering in the caverns under Bakhmut and Soledar in those quiet moments between earth jarring vibrations of artillery and missile strikes far overhead:
    Every inch of the entire warren of tunnels and facilities is intimately mapped and fully understood by your enemy, and 1 in 10 of your fellow denizens down there is a Russian spy.

    #125567
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    D Benton: “The time you need to start worrying is when you have to ask yourself what the hell it was you said in the first place.”

    I’m in trouble.

    #125568
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Boston Dynamics ultimate goal, to be sure, is all about hair products

    #125569
    Oroboros
    Participant

    #125570
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Damn the word press is odd today

    #125573
    tboc
    Participant

    A word about los tres amigos Americanos del Norte, Johnson, Macgregor and Ritter. All of these honorable gentleman have taken a National Security Oath in order to access confidential information. In the event they wish to ever gain a security clearance as consultant they will not break their pledge now. In their world that is honorable.

    it is curious that the Western War Alliance spent eight years building the Ukraine armed forces and delivered no NATO arms to said nation. What could be in the salt mines, what could be in the salt mines? How about the NATO armaments that were supposed to be used in the siege of Donbas and Luhansk? The siege Merkel and Hollande tried to stop with the Minsk Accords.

    lets go out on a limb and imagine that those repair depots the RF kept destroying were actually assembly points for armaments that were not there and had not been delivered yet. Have you seen any cell phone videos of NATO armaments being moved by rail? Have you seen any videos of RF armaments being moved by rail? Just a coincidence, fer sure.

    Martyanov considers himself western. Proof? Everyone is stupid but himself. Exceptional!

    #125574
    zerosum
    Participant


    TAE VOICES …

    PEACE
    That is unacceptable.

    (Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009, and Robert M. Gates, US Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011,)

    https://www.azerbaycan24.com/en/former-us-secretaries-russia-won-t-return-annexed-ukrainian-provinces/
    Former US secretaries: Russia won’t return annexed Ukrainian provinces

    https://korybko.substack.com/p/top-ukrainian-and-former-us-officials
    Top Ukrainian & Former US Officials Are Panicking That $100 Billion In Aid Isn’t Enough

    https://www.senecaeffect.com/2023/01/the-attack-on-western-europe-you-cannot.html
    • The Attack On Western Europe (Ugo Bardi)
    the US got involved in Ukraine in order to provoke Russia; it took the various actions that it did, starting in 2008, with the aim of inciting conflict between Russia and Ukraine (though not necessarily all-out war)…… there is less need for NATO, less need for expensive US-made weapon systems and less need for a US military presence on the continent..”

    https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2023/01/08/695938/How-General-Soleimani-kick-started-the-multipolar-world
    How General Soleimani kick-started the multipolar world
    By Pepe Escobar

    The consensus among future historians will be inevitable: the 2020s started with a diabolic murder.

    ————-
    • White House Pushed Facebook to Censor Tucker Carlson on COVID-19 Vaccines (ET)

    The White House pressured Facebook to take action against Fox News host Tucker Carlson for supposedly saying COVID-19 vaccines “don’t work,” according to a document released by Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry, who characterized the move as a request to censor the journalist.

    ———–

    #125575
    Germ
    Participant
    #125576
    Red
    Participant

    If you believe why not that?

    This is my rebuttal to those in the federal government and elsewhere that are attempting to claim that the job market is in good shape. No matter how many workers get laid off, the Bureau of Labor Statistics always seems to find a way to post a positive jobs number each month. We were told that the U.S. economy somehow added 256,000 jobs in November even though Challenger, Gray & Christmas determined that the number of layoffs in November 2022 was actually 417 percent higher than it was during the same month a year earlier. And even though the tsunami of layoffs continued in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is telling us that the U.S. economy somehow added 223,000 jobs last month. It is almost as if there is a certain number that the BLS refuses to go below. For each of the last five months, the number of jobs that the U.S. has “added” has miraculously come in between 200,000 and 300,000 each time. But meanwhile large companies all over America have been laying off workers at a staggering rate.

    Unfortunately, the pace of layoffs seems to be picking up speed during the early days of 2023. The following are 10 major layoff announcements that have already happened so far this year…

    10 Major Layoff Announcements That Have Already Happened So Far In 2023

    #125577
    Germ
    Participant

    haha

    TVASF

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