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C&C.  C&C Censored? Ukraine Inflection Point? Bio-Labs. UFOs.

Sept 26, 2022. By Jeff Childers

Source: C&C NEWS ☙ Monday, September 26th, 2022 ☙ ADMISSION BY SILENCE

🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞

🪖 More commenters than usual reported last week that their C&C emails were disappearing and the Google was flagging links to the website as dangerous. It looks like they might be onto something:

I guess somebody doesn’t like it when you point out all their psyops narratives all the time. Would it help if I apologized? Or sent flowers or something?

🗞*WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

🔥 LibsofTikTok ran an atypical multi-part post last week, exposing Wisconsin hospital chain UW health’s revolting pediatric gender surgical program.

Within 24 hours, UW Health had scrubbed its website and made all its gender-related YouTube videos private. Whoops! Never mind!

If there was nothing wrong with what these hospitals and doctors were doing, then they would defend it, not hide it. Hiding things suggests you know it’s wrong. I can even get a jury instruction that an attempt to conceal provides an inference of consciousness of guilt.

Here’s the young lady, Dr. Gast, the “gender surgeon” who performs the permanent experimental medical procedures on kids for UW Health:

This story shows the power of LibsofTikTok. With one tweet, she shut down the public face of UW Health’s gross medical program.

💉 In a video interview with the Atlantic last week, that weasel Fauci tried to slime his way out of responsibility for the vast harms he caused while advising two administrations about covid. He pitifully tried to make the case for having to break a few eggs to make an omelet, or the ends justifying the means, or something:

“You have to do something that’s rather draconian, and sometimes when you do draconian things, it has collateral negative consequences. Just like when you shut things down even temporarily, it does have deleterious consequences on the economy, on the school children, you know that, but you have to make a balance.”

In other words, Fauci just admitted he KNEW the mitigation measures were going to hurt kids. He just thought it was worth it. To HIM, it was worth it. The kids? Well, who knows. Who cares?

Fauci only offered two examples to justify the “draconian things” that he “balanced” for our own benefit: (1) “overrun” New York Hospitals, and (2) “ICUs in hallways.” It’s telling that’s the best he could come up with.

Both are lies that are trivially easy to disprove.

Even worse, Fauci tried to silence any opposing opinions. The authors and signers of the Great Barrington declaration publicly warned that the lockdowns wouldn’t work, and would cause enormous collateral damages. Fauci’s response to that age advice — proven correct in hindsight — was to secretly conspire with Francis Collins to cancel the scientists who signed the declaration. “You have to make a balance.”

Paul Alexander, a former adviser to the WHO and HHS, has compiled a [list of more than 400 studies](https://brownstone.org/articles/more-than-400-studies-on-the-failure-of-compulsory-covid-interventions/) showing that COVID-19 lockdowns, shelter-in-place policies, school closures, masks and mask mandates have failed to curb virus transmission or reduce deaths.

Fauci was wrong. He’ll never admit it, of course, but at least he’s being forced now to admit “collateral negative consequences.” That’s Fauci-ese for “we broke stuff.”

🚀 Last week, the American Conservative published a critical piece on the Ukraine war titled, “Holding Ground, Losing War.” The sub-head explains, “Zelensky’s strategy of defending territory at all costs has been disastrous for Ukraine.”

The Conservative plainly stated the article’s main point, that Russia hasn’t really started to fight yet: “Russia always had the resources to dramatically escalate the fighting and end the fighting in Ukraine on very harsh terms. Escalation is now in progress.“

But even within the context of the current, more limited conflict, the article describes the Russians being historically patient and deliberate, while the Ukrainians let themselves be pushed around like checkers in a game played by unsupervised two-year-olds.

According to the Conservative, Ukraine made the classic strategic error of valuing inches over lives. In other words, again and again Ukraine’s military — undoubtedly encouraged by U.S. intelligence agencies who craved headlines for their psyops — traded transitory minor territorial gains for significant lives and hardware.

As an example, the Conservative pointed to the recent “victories” in Eastern Ukraine, describing them as a propaganda win but a military disaster:

U.S. satellite arrays undoubtedly provided Ukrainians with a real-time picture of the area showing that Russian forces west of Izium numbered less than 2,000 light troops (the equivalent of paramilitary police, e.g., SWAT and airborne infantry).
The Russian command opted to withdraw its small force from the area that is roughly 1 percent of formerly Ukrainian territory currently under Russian control. However, the price for Kiev’s propaganda victory was high— … an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 Ukrainian troops were killed or wounded in a flat, open area that Russian artillery, rockets, and air strikes turned into a killing field.

Now that Russia has begun its mobilization — which is moving full steam ahead — the Conservative says the war has entered a new phase, provoking a critical inflection point: “Washington confronts a stark choice: Talk about having successfully ‘degraded Russian power’ in Ukraine and scale back its actions. Or risk a regional war with Russia that will engulf Europe.”

Europe, as the article notes, is on the brink of its own revolution, a rightwing ascension induced by the war’s social and political side effects:

Sanctions are hurting America’s European allies, not Russia… Discontent is growing, making it quite plausible that governments in Germany, France, and Great Britain will likely follow the path of their colleagues in Stockholm and Rome , who lost or will lose power to right-of-center coalitions.

You can add Sweden to that list. The Ukraine war may have the unexpected effect of cementing more rightwing nationalist governments in Europe. An equal and opposite affect.

🚀 On Thursday, the Russian Duma (their congress) held a meeting of the committee investigating Ukrainian bio-labs. Irina Yarovaya, Deputy Chairwoman of the State Duma, summarized the current findings from Russia’s point of view:

It has become clear that the Pentagon is working on secret plans of using tactical biological weapon of mass destruction. The Pentagon’s military biological activities violate the regime of non-proliferation of biological weapons and require the adoption of relevant measures at the international level.

Referencing documents and evidence that the Russians have collected from Ukrainian facilities, Yarovaya repeatedly stressed what is probably the most damning fact: the United States has not denied that any of the documents are authentic. To the contrary, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has equivocated about the purpose of the labs, refusing to tell our Congress that we have NOT been undertaking bio research there.

Instead, Yarovaya claimed that American officials are attempting to “distract attention by nuclear threats, while they are developing the most dangerous military-biological types of weapons of mass destruction.”

Here’s my take. It is inexcusable that American officials refuse to deny or otherwise come clean about the biolabs and the U.S. involvement in bioweapons research in Ukraine. Let me explain.

For the last 50 years, the threat of nuclear war has been successfully checked by the policy of “MAD” — mutually assured destruction. Nobody wants to start a nuclear war, because everyone loses.

But genetic editing offers the prospect of a new generation of targeted, untraceable weapons of mass destruction. International law bans this kind of research. If other governments somehow get the idea that the U.S. is ignoring international law precluding bioweapons development — hiding it behind the pathetic excuse of “pandemic preparedness,” say — then they will start doing the same thing.

They can’t afford to fall behind.

Because it is so hard to prove where a bio attack came from — just look at Wuhan — the current generation of bioweapons are inherently destabilizing. There’s no “MAD” for bioweapons, if you can’t prove who unleashed a pandemic, to know who to hit back. Bioweapons present the awful possibility of an unlimited arms race with no upper limit. Ever-escalating, tit-for-tat bioattacks can now be directly targeted at certain genetic or geographic populations.

See, e.g., monkeypox. Remember that one? The virus that never before had a mechanism for sexual transmission, which broke out simultaneously in a bunch of countries. Guess where it has hit hardest?

America’s ‘strategy’ — if you can call it that — of refusing to engage in the biolab discussion at all, and of trying to change the subject to nuclear threats, is an unforgivably reckless policy choice, in that it creates an information vacuum for Russia and other world actors to fill, and encourages people to interpret the U.S.’s silence as an admission.

Biden claimed his administration would be the most transparent in history. Time to put up or shut up.

👽 UFO News! The United States National Intelligence Manager for Aviation (NIM-A), which reports to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, rolled out its new logo last week.

It has a UFO on it. See for yourself:

I don’t blame you for being skeptical. Here’s a link to the agency’s home page.

Don’t ask me. I did some searching for an explanation but couldn’t come up with anything that made sense except that military patches sometimes include fantastical elements. But, unless Chinese hackers took over the NIM-A website, this is the official agency LOGO. Not just a patch.

Does it mean that we have UFO’s in our arsenal? Are UFOs keeping a close eye on our high-tech sky fleet? Is it a joke of some kind?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I report, you decide.

Have a magnificent Monday, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more.

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The EU is sleepwalking into anarchy

Sept. 26, 2022 – By Thomas Faze

Source: The EU is sleepwalking into anarchy – UnHerd

All eyes may be on the Italian election results this morning, but Europe’s got much bigger problems on its hands than the prospect of a Right-wing government. Winter is coming, and the catastrophic consequences of Europe’s self-imposed energy crisis are already being felt across the continent.

As politicians continue to devise unrealistic plans for energy rationing, the reality is that soaring energy prices and falling demand have already caused dozens of plants across a diverse range of energy-intensive industries — glass, steel, aluminium, zinc, fertilisers, chemicals — to cut back production or shut down, causing thousands of workers to be laid off. Even the pro-war New York Times was recently forced to acknowledge the “crippling” impact that Brussels’s sanctions are having on industry and the working class in Europe. “High energy prices are lashing European industry, forcing factories to cut production quickly and put tens of thousands of employees on furlough,” it reported.

Zinc, aluminium and silicon production cuts (amounting to a staggering 50% of output) have already left consumers in the Europe’s steel, auto and construction industries facing severe shortages, which are being offset by shipments from China and elsewhere. Meanwhile, steel plants in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and other countries — more than two dozen in total — are beginning to slow down or entirely stop their output.

The fertiliser industry, which is heavily dependent on gas as a key feedstock as well as a source of power, is in even bigger trouble. More than two-thirds of production — around 30 plants — has already been halted. The German chemicals powerhouse BASF has temporarily shut down 80 plants worldwide and is slowing production at another 100 as it plans further output cuts depending on what happens to gas prices. To make things worse, EU sanctions have also limited imports of Russian fertilisers.

Dwindling supplies of fertilisers are also having a dramatic knock-on effect on European farmers, which are being forced to scale back their use of the key nutrient. This means higher prices for less output, and the consequences are bound to be felt well beyond Europe’s borders, potentially triggering a global food shortage.

But the shortage of fertiliser isn’t the only problem facing European farmers. Across northern and western Europe, vegetable producers are contemplating halting their activities because of the crippling energy costs — in some cases ten times higher than those of 2021 — required to heat greenhouse through the winter and keep harvests refrigerated, on top of rising transport and packaging costs. Greenhouse industry group Glastuinbouw Nederland says up to 40% of its 3,000 members are in financial distress. This further threatens food supplies — and will certainly lead to even higher food prices which, coupled with soaring energy bills, is likely to drive millions of European into poverty. In other words, the European energy and cost-of-living crisis is on course to descend into an outright humanitarian crisis.

In the UK, 45 million people are forecast to face fuel poverty by January 2023; as a result, “millions of children’s development will be blighted” with lung damage, toxic stress and deepening educational inequalities, as children struggle to keep up with school work in freezing homes. Lives will be lost, experts warn. Meanwhile, in Germany’s Rheingau-Taunus district, the authorities have carried out a simulation of what such a blackout would mean for them, and the results are shocking: more than 400 people would die in the first 96 hours. And this in a district of just 190,000 inhabitants.

Now, these numbers may well be overestimates, but the local government can’t afford to ignore them. Indeed, Gerd Landsberg, general manager of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, has urged residents to stockpile water and food for 14 days. Landsberg says that Germany is “in no way” prepared for such a scenario.

What’s important to understand is that this is not some temporary crisis where all we need to do is grit our teeth through the winter, after which things will return to normal. The reality, as the chief executive of Shell recently made clear, is that if European governments insist on decoupling Europe from Russian supplies, the continent will face gas shortages “likely to last several winters”. It’s a bitter truth, but there’s simply no short-term alternative to Russia’s gas. Indeed, the European Commission forecasts gas and electricity prices to “remain high and volatile until at least 2023”.

To put it simply, if it stays on its current course, Europe is looking at years of economic contraction, inflation, deindustrialisation, declining living standards, mass impoverishment, and shortages — and this without taking into account the terrifying prospect of an outright military confrontation with Russia. How can anyone think Europe can survive this without plunging into anarchy?

The folly of the situation becomes even more apparent when we consider that, in its attempt to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, the EU is increasing its reliance on supplies from countries like China and India — which, it would appear, are simply reselling to Europe gas that comes from… Russia (at a higher price, of course). If people’s lives weren’t on the line, this whole thing would seem like a sick joke.

Europe has lost the energy war

By Thomas Fazi

It’s truly a sign of the feebleness of Europe’s politicians that despite the fast-approaching cliff, no one can bring themselves to state the obvious: that the sanctions need to end. There’s simply no moral justification for destroying the livelihoods of millions of Europeans simply to school Putin, even if the sanctions were helping to achieve that aim, which they clearly aren’t.

And so, rather depressingly, the only voice of reason appears to be that of Hungary’s prime minister, Victor Orbán. For weeks he and other members of his government have been warning about the economic calamity facing Europe. “The attempts to weaken Russia have not succeeded,” he said recently. “By contrast, it is Europe that could be brought to its knees by brutal inflation and energy shortages resulting from sanctions”. This is a statement of fact, not an opinion. But nobody seems to want to listen.

In response, the technocrats in Brussels are proving to be just as senseless as national leaders. Not only is the EU’s gung-ho approach to Russia one of the main causes of the present crisis, but its leadership continues to pour petrol on the fire. Just this month, Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said that “the strategy against Russia is working and must continue” — and promised new sanctions.

Even worse, the EU isn’t even doing anything to help cushion the effects of the crisis it helped create. After dropping the ridiculous proposal of capping only the price of Russian gas — which would have led to the latter’s immediate cut-off — Brussels is now mulling a cap on all gas imports, which even the German Minister of State for Europe has warned could lead to severe shortages.

The proposal also fails to take into account a basic fact: it’s not energy exporters that are ramping up the price of gas; the latter today is linked to the price at which gas is traded on virtual trading markets such as the TTF in Amsterdam, where speculators have been rallying up prices for months, making huge profits. Moreover, in today’s liberalised market, which is based on so-called marginal-cost pricing, the final price of power is set by the most expensive fuel needed to meet all demands — in this case gas. This means that as gas prices soar, so does electricity, even if cheaper, clean sources contribute to the total mix.

So, if the EU were serious about tackling about energy prices, it would decouple the price of gas from speculative trading markets and overhaul the marginal-cost pricing system. But that would go against the European technocrats’ fundamental ideology: the idea that prices should be set by markets. Indeed, the EU was among the most ardent supporters, against Putin’s advice, of the shift from long-term, fixed price gas deals to a system where the price is set by virtual trading markets.

Civil disobedience is coming

Given the unlikelihood of radical reform, what will Brussels do next? In all likelihood, it will settle for half-baked solutions — such as a cap on the excess revenues made by non-gas power plants and a windfall tax on surplus profits — as well as for what it does best: austerity. Meanwhile, the ECB, instead of announcing a new round of bond purchases to provide governments with the cash they need to cushion citizens and companies from soaring gas and energy prices, has started to taper its quantitative easing programmes and hiked interest rates, causing the spread between 10-year government bonds issued by Italy and Germany to widen to their highest levels since the pandemic began. This could easily precipitate a new debt crisis, which is the last thing Europe needs.

Without central bank support, governments in the EU have essentially been left to fend for themselves. Once again we are reminded of what it means for euro countries to have given up the power to issue their own money; it’s no coincidence that the UK alone has allocated more than 50% of what has been set aside by the EU as a whole.

This is already leading to beggar-thy-neighbour policies: those countries, such as Germany, that can rely on financial markets to raise the cash they need to help citizens and businesses, and nationalise or bail out ailing energy utilities, will inevitably outcompete weaker countries that are already facing stress on bond markets, such as Italy. In fact, this is already starting to happen, as more and more countries engage in what can only be described as energy protectionism.

In theory, Europe’s gas security is governed by a regulation adopted in 2017, which makes solidarity among European countries mandatory. But EU countries don’t always observe those rules when confronted with a supply crisis. So, for example, the Italian newspaper la Repubblica recently reported that Italy had received written notification from France’s state-controlled utility EDF regarding a potential two-year halt on power exports as part of France’s energy-saving plans. A spokesperson for Italy’s Ministry of Ecological Transition later confirmed the newspaper report, although it was denied by EDF. Similarly, Croatia and Hungary have both announced that plans to implement measures to limit exports of natural gas to neighbouring countries. While Norway, which has supplanted Russia as the EU’s largest source of gas, making gigantic profits on the back of higher gas prices, has thus refused to back a price cap on its gas exports.

Yet while moaning about such “lack of solidarity” between European states is easy, it is also naïve. This, after all, is simply how capitalism works. For all the talk of “global capitalism”, individual nations — or better, their respective capitalist elites — are still engaged in competition with each other. While the ruling classes of individual countries are more than happy to collaborate to pursue the interests of capital-in-general at the expense of workers — just look at the European Union — their competing interests inevitably re-emerge in times of crisis.

The EU, in fact, far from encouraging solidarity among countries, actually makes inter-capitalist competition even more fierce, by depriving countries of the basic economic tools that are required to deal with external shocks. It doesn’t matter if the continent is experiencing a financial crash, a global pandemic or an energy shortage. In Europe, beggar-thy-neighbour policies aren’t an exception to the rule — they are the rule.

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Excess deaths keep rising across EU

Source: Excess deaths keep rising across EU – The Post

By Rob Lownie, Sept. 20, 2022

The latest figures from July show 15% more deaths than normal

EU excess deaths reached new highs in the month of July 2022, the latest EU figures show. Excess mortality hit +15.8% — equivalent to 53,000 excess deaths — compared to the same month in the years 2016-2019. This figure marks a steep rise from June and May 2022, both of which were around 7%.

Credit: EuroStat

While one EU member state, Latvia, recorded few or no excess deaths (-0.5%) in July, eleven countries had rates over 15%. The highest of these was Spain, with a rate of 36.9%, followed by Cyprus at 32.9% and Greece at 32.1%.

EU officials claim that July’s unusually high value “may be due to heat waves that affected parts of Europe”, which is why southern European countries suffered the highest rates of excess mortality. The spike is not attributed to Covid.

‘Excess mortality’ measures the number of deaths, from any cause, exceeding what would be considered normal during a particular period. Since April 2020, national statistical bodies from the EU and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) have submitted weekly death figures to Eurostat. In this time frame, the four clearest peaks have come in April 2020 (25.2%), November 2020 (40.0%), April 2021 (20.9%) and November 2021 (26.5%), most of which was driven by the Covid pandemic.

Outside the EU, during an eight-week period between 11 June and 5 August the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) listed 8,200 excess deaths in England and Wales, adjusted for age.

These statistics show cardiovascular issues such as heart failure and circulatory diseases to be overrepresented as causes for excess mortality. Diabetes and urinary problems also feature heavily, while numbers for respiratory infections are skewed by Covid-19.

However, according to the ONS’s most recent statistics, in the week ending 2 September only 3.5% of total excess deaths in England and Wales involved Covid as a contributing factor. In 182 of these 314 cases, the coronavirus was recorded as the underlying cause of death. This is down from the previous week, in which Covid-19 accounted for 4.1% of excess mortality.

For a discussion of potential causes, don’t miss the recent UnHerdTV discussion with actuary Stuart Macdonald.

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C&C. Loose cough? VAERS child deaths. EU Purchase.

Source: Coffee & Covid ☙ Wednesday, August 3, 2022 ☙ LOOSE

*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

🔥 For months, corporate media maniacally laughed at Republican candidate John Gibbs for merely suggesting there might have been some cheating during the 2020 elections. But Gibbs won the Republican primary in Michigan against Congressman Peter Meijer yesterday. It wasn’t even close: 63% – 37%. Meijer, the incumbent, was one of about ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. So, scratch another one. There are only a couple left.

NeverTrumpers complained bitterly that Gibbs won’t have the chops to defeat democrat Hillary Scholten in November, whereas Meijer would have been defending as the strong incumbent. The Cook Political Report moved Michigan from “toss up” to “leans D” following the news. But NeverTrumpers are missing the point.

The point is, Michigan Republicans don’t like RINOs, or something.

💉 Former Vice President Joe Biden’s covid rebound — his second bout of covid within 30 days — just became symptomatic yesterday, as media reported that Biden’s doctor said the Resident has a “loose cough.”

I wondered about that “loose cough.” I’ve heard of a “dry cough” and a “wet cough” but never a “loose cough.” So I went on HealthLine.com and found the page titled “What Does My Type of Cough Mean?” There were four types of coughs listed there: wet, dry, paroxysmal, and croup. No loose.

Googling didn’t help either. Biden’s rebound is the first link returned. Doesn’t seem like “loose cough” is a common expression. Does his cough fall out sometimes? Does it rattle around in this throat whenever he turns left? Is a loose cough like loose bowels? What’s it mean?

Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe one of our healthcare C&Cers can explain it.

Anyway, Biden will be quarantined until Thursday, at least, depending on what his tests show. He’ll probably be locked away until the news cycle improves. His rebound is convenient timing, in that he doesn’t have to answer any questions about Pelosi’s lunatic trip to Taiwan.

Still, there are lots of other unanswered questions. Does Biden want to roll the dice with Paxlovid again? Or is he going to demand a full refund since his first course of Paxlovid backfired? Maybe they’ll give him a credit for future doses. Or, would he like to try monoclonal antibodies yet? Has he learned his lesson — is he going to do a better job of wearing his mask from now on? Is Jill bringing him his favorite flavors of ice cream to make him feel better?

Inquiring minds want to know.

🚀 Speaker Pelosi’s broomstick, I mean plane, landed hours ahead of schedule yesterday and touched down in Taiwan around noon. The Hill reported around 6:20am this morning that she’d just left. It was a quick trip.

Fortunately, the Chinese didn’t blow her plane out of the sky, nuke any carriers, or otherwise kick off World War III. And — seriously — kudos to all the military members involved on both sides for staying accident-free during the fractious episode.

While Pelosi fans (whoever they are) are excited that the Speaker courageously “showed support for Taiwan,” whatever that means, back at home, the State Department publicly and explicitly announced that the U.S. does NOT support Taiwanese independence, a statement presumably intended to cool down the China situation, but which seems like a net loss for Taiwan. In other words, on the one hand, they got Pelosi (please keep her!), on the other hand it forced the U.S. to formally deny supporting the island’s independence.

Meanwhile, the Chinese might not have started a war over the trip, but they definitely remain less than fully gruntled about the Speaker’s visit. I know just how they feel, Pelosi was in Florida last year house shopping, and blech. I still feel oily. Anyway, the Chinese plan massive military exercises including live fire right off Twain’s coast on Thursday. So China’s going to make Taiwan pay for this trip for a while. Pelosi’s visit also gives China cover to offer more support to Russia with regard to sanctions and Ukraine, making that unfortunate conflict even more difficult and expensive for us.

Now that it’s over, can somebody explain what EXACTLY we accomplished that justifies the expense and the risk? Hello? Anyone?

💉 As of July 2022, VAERS now includes 45 post-covid-vaccine deaths in children, 60% of which were previously healthy (no comorbidities), and most of which involved blood clots or cardiac arrests. Before covid, any vaccine would have been pulled from the market after 25 to 50 deaths of people of ALL ages, let alone children. Just saying.

VAERS also includes 1,892 other reports of serious adverse events in children, including ER admissions, hospitalizations, permanent disabilities, birth defects, and other life-threatening events.

Corporate media has been completely silent about the pediatric VAERS reports. It’s SO weird that media can’t WAIT to breathlessly report on every other kind of potential threat, except for this one.

💉 We’ve finally gotten hold of one of the top-secret government contracts for vaccines, the one between Pfizer and the European Commission. It’s titled “Advance Purchase Agreement” and you can review it here: https://www.rai.it/dl/doc/2021/04/17/1618676600910_APA%20BioNTech%20Pfizer__.pdf

I haven’t waded through the whole thing yet, but I look forward to giving you more of my legal take on it after I complete my review. But I did note the following provision with great interest:

The Participating Member State further acknowledges the the long-term effects and efficacy of the Vaccine are not currently known and that there may be adverse effects of the Vaccine that are not currently known.

How about that? “Not currently known.” The contract dates to November, 2020. Do you think some folks might have benefited from knowing about that little disclaimer, while the media was promoting the jabs as safe and effective and saying the risk of long-term side effects was nil, instead of “not currently known”?

Even more sketchy, the next sentence provides that the jabs will NOT get serial numbers, which would have made bad batches a LOT easier to track:

Further, to the extent applicable, the Participating Member State acknowledges that the Vaccine shall not be serialized.

Gosh. Serial numbers would have been incredibly helpful for accountability. It’s almost like the jab makers didn’t WANT accountability or something.

🔥 The LA Times ran a story yesterday headlined, “Newsom Declares A State Of Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak.”

Governor Newsom issued a statewide declaration of emergency yesterday over monkeypox, explaining it was needed to “bolster the state’s vaccination efforts.” There have only been 800 cases of monkeypox identified statewide, but the LA Times article says lawmakers are asking for a $38.5 MILLION DOLLAR appropriation for just the FIRST 90 DAYS.

That’s $48,125 per case of monkeypox just in the first three months. The vast majority of the cases resolve naturally at home without requiring treatment, and the disease can be easily avoided by staying away from festivals for a few weeks. But whatever. It’s expensive.

It was fun to watch the LA Times’ euphemism machine working at full capacity as it described monkeypox vaccine eligibility criteria as including people who “attended a high-exposure event.” Uh huh. Darned ‘events.’ It also said eligible people include those who “visited a commercial sex venue.” What? I thought brothels were illegal everywhere except Las Vegas. Golden Staters, please explain.

So far, monkeypox emergencies have now been declared in three U.S. states: California, New York, and Illinois.

I know folks are still skittish about all these emergency declarations. If it makes you feel better, pay attention to what’s MISSING. Absent from the LA Times’ breathless report about Governor Newsom’s lightning-fast monkeypox response is any mention of DEATHS. The article reports “800 cases” — who knows how many have already resolved — but doesn’t provide ANY fatality figures.

Look where monkeypox is spreading: Europe, the US, and Canada. That’s it. Isn’t that weird? Where’s all the analysis of that odd fact? How are the eastern and southern countries avoiding the pox? But even in the European countries with the highest number of cases per million residents — Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands — only Spain has reported two deaths — both of which could be tied to existing comorbidities. So.

Without a running death counter, the monkeypox narrative will need a LOT of propping up.

📉 Remember how the Biden Administration and his corporate media allies scolded everyone last week for using the regular definition of “recession” and swore that the “real” definition was much more nuanced, and since employment was so strong we were obviously in a fake recession, and things are really quite awesome? Remember that?

Bloomberg ran a story yesterday headlined, “Amazon Shrinks Staff by 100,000, Joining Netflix and Google in Hiring Slowdown.”

Haha, “shrinks staff,” these people kill me. You’re not fired. Just shrunk!

And “hiring slowdown!” Hahahaha! When a democrat is infesting the White House, you can fire ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND employees and the good little media doggies will roll over, beg for a treat, and call it a “hiring slowdown.” Fired slowly.

Calling a 100K layoff a “hiring slowdown” is like saying a rocket that exploded in midair “experienced an acceleration reduction.” My eyeballs rolled so hard it peeled part of my scalp off.

Just within the last few months, Bloomberg has also reported double-digit layoffs for lots of major companies: Carvana (-12%), Coinbase (-18%), Compass (-10%), Gemini Trust (-10%), GoPuff (-10%), Microsoft (-1%), Niantic (-8%), Peloton (-20% of corporate staff), Redfin (-8%), Robinhood (-9%), Rivian (-5%), StitchFix (-15%), Tesla (-10%), Unity Software (-4%). Companies that Bloomberg has reported having announced hiring freezes or reductions this year include: Apple, Lyft, Meta, Netflix, SalesForce, Spotify, Twitter, and Wayfair.

So, it’s just going great! Great employment numbers.

Amazon’s reductions are a little worrisome, in that the reason for the layoffs is shrinking inventories due to increasing supply-chain problems that Amazon apparently doesn’t expect to resolve anytime soon. And Amazon should know. It’s not critical, not yet, as the online reseller still has 1.5 million worldwide employees and remains the largest big-tech employer. But the 100K layoff figures are just for the first quarter of this year, so it’s not clear how many additional employees have been terminated in the most recent second quarter. Either way, it’s sure not going the right direction.

But it’s not a recession. Be positive!

🔥 The Washington Post ran a morbid story yesterday headlined, “Zawahiri Appeared on His Balcony. The CIA Was Watching — and Ready To Kill Him.” According to the report, Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri, 71, was killed by a CIA-arranged hellfire missile drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan over the weekend.

The article takes several paragraphs to describe Joe Biden’s close involvement in the planning and execution of the mission, which if you believe that, I have some prime Everglades waterfront property to sell you where you can relax and hunt Python all day with no upper limit.

Oddly, back in November 2020, there were also reports Zawahiri had died of natural causes.

 

Who knows? Maybe the 2020 death reports were just disinformation. If so, what makes this week’s news any different? We have only the CIA’s word they killed Zawahiri yesterday. It’s not like there are any before and after photos. I suppose time will tell.

The ghastly reports celebrating the CIA blowing Zawahiri to bits in minute detail are unbecoming, to say the least. I guess Biden has to do SOMETHING to prop up his poll numbers. Unfortunately, Zawahiri should have been taken out 20 years ago. There are now voters who were born after the September 11th attacks who don’t even know who he was.

Have a wonderful Wednesday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more.

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