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C&C. Canada. mRNA. Snowden. Breast-milk. Raid.

Source: C&C NEWS ☙ Tuesday, September 27, 2022 ☙ RAMMING

🗞*WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

💉 It’s the end of an era. Canada’s last remaining covid restrictions are falling. As of this Friday, rules about mandatory vaccines, testing, and quarantines for international travelers will be dropped, and travel will be back to pre-pandemic normal.

I remember — almost exactly one year ago — meeting a large group of Canadian border-crossers at the Covid Summit in Ocala. It was a sobering moment. They described how they’d left all their property and in a harrowing night-time tale of underground railroads, planes, trains, and automobiles, they managed to slip across the U.S.’s northern border and made their way immediately to the Free State of Florida.

It was a jarring reminder of how we Floridians were taking things for granted, and encouraged me to broaden the fight and start trying to help, however we could, our blue state friends and northern neighbors.

I wonder sometimes, when these stories appear, if the folks I met in Ocala are ready to head home, or if they are now here to stay.

💉 A blockbuster new JAMA Pediatrics study found mRNA particles in breast milk — you know, exactly what they swore on a Bible would never, ever happen.

The good thing though is that at least no expecting mothers lost their jobs over the jabs or anything.

Oh, wait. Nevermind.

Anyway, don’t worry, the CDC still says the shots are totally safe for pregnant women:

Dr. Naomi Wolf says the Pfizer documents show that four women’s breast milk turned blue-green, which doesn’t sound too good, and one breastfeeding infant in the Pfizer clinical trials DIED.

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“Breast milk…turned blue-green” -Dr. Naomi Wolf

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But it’s okay! You can trust everything ELSE they told us about the safety and efficacy of the shots because … science! Shut up!

💉 The Epoch Times ran a quiet but profoundly important story yesterday headlined, “Doctor Turns Against Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccines, Calls for Global Pause.”

This is the missing link we’ve been waiting for: Medical professionals who previously supported the jabs now admitting they were wrong and doing the right thing, which takes almost as much courage as opposing the shots in the first place.

Think about this: none of the doctors who initially opposed the shots have changed their minds.

The story explains that Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a telegenic British cardiologist who sits on the board of the Journal of Insulin Resistance, just published a peer-reviewed article in that journal critical of the mRNA shots, in which he called for a worldwide halt of the jabs. His paper is titled, “Curing the pandemic of misinformation on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines through real evidence-based medicine.”

The Epoch Times drily added, “Pfizer and Moderna did not return requests for comment.” Haha, I bet they didn’t.

Dr. Malhotra was all-in. He took the jabs himself in January 2021, and the handsome, well-spoken doctor even went on British TV to push the shots. He was 100% convinced the mRNA shots were safe and effective.

It took his father dying.

About six months after getting the Pfizer vaccine, Dr. Malhotra’s fit and healthy father died at home of a sudden and unexpected heart attack. Dr. Malhotra asked for an autopsy, which showed two of his father’s major arteries severely blocked.

So, the doctor began researching post-vaccination injuries, including a study published in the journal Circulation, which showed a higher risk of hear attackd after the mRNA jabs, and a study of Nordic counties showing an elevated risk of myocarditis.

Dr. Malhotra now believes his father’s death was caused by the vaccine.

It is truly tragic that takes the deaths of people who doctors love to get us to this point. But note that it wasn’t just his father’s death, it was also the two studies he mentioned. Like the JAMA Pediatrics study I reported above about mRNA in breast milk, a critical mass of scientific consensus is building over the jab’s risks.

The word is getting out. Legitimate consensus is building. And the building consensus is getting strong enough, and loud enough, to convince at least one doctor to publicly change his position. There will be more.

Believe me, we’re getting there.

🔥 The Washington Post ran a story yesterday headlined, “Putin Grants Citizenship To Edward Snowden, Who Exposed U.S. Surveillance.” Snowden has been living in Russia since 2013, applied for Russian citizenship back in 2020, but his permanent citizenship status was just approved yesterday, by a decree signed by president Putin.

Curious timing, isn’t it?

The WaPo slyly says Snowden just “considers himself a whistleblower,” but later the article admitted that Snowden “disclosed the existence of the NSA’s collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, a program later found by a federal appeals court to be unlawful and since shuttered.”

Unlawful. Shuttered.

WaPo also quoted Jameel Jaffer, executive director of Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, who tweeted yesterday, “{Snowden] did an immense public service by exposing mass surveillance programs that multiple courts later found to be unconstitutional.”

So.

Government actors quoted for the story were not quite so charitable. Sue Gordon, a former principal deputy director of national intelligence, said Snowden’s new Russian citizenship “takes away any illusion that what he was doing [through his disclosures] was to help America.”

Jim Clapper, former director of national intelligence, criticized Snowden, but admitted that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records was something “we probably should have been more transparent” about. Ya think?

“Probably should have been more transparent.” These people kill me. If you love transparency so much, how about not waiting till you get caught, and go ahead and apply that love of transparency to whatever you’re up to right now? How about to the Ukraine bio-labs?

Regardless of how you feel about Snowden, the real story is how his new Russian citizenship is the fruit of Biden’s sanctions program.

🔥 The takes on Snowden’s citizenship vary, of course, largely depending on whether the pundit is part of the political party controlling the intelligence agencies or not.

Matt Gaetz says Biden should just go ahead and pardon Snowden:

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Joe Biden should PARDON @Snowden

Biden delegate, Princeton grad, and lefty social media influencer Lindy Li says Snowden is obviously a Russian secret agent, just like President Trump:

For his part, for some reason, Snowden doesn’t seem like much of a CIA fan. So the feeling is mutual.

🔥 Snowden just published a Substack article titled, “The CIA Is Not Your Friend.” In the article, Snowden made some pretty incredible claims about the CIA:

Within a year [of its founding], the young agency had already slipped the leash of its intended role of intelligence collection and analysis to establish a covert operations division. Within a decade, the CIA was directing the coverage of American news organizations, overthrowing democratically elected governments (at times merely to benefit a favored corporation), establishing propaganda outfits to manipulate public sentiment, launching a long-running series of mind-control experiments on unwitting human subjects (purportedly contributing to the creation of the Unabomber), and — gasp — interfering with foreign elections. From there, it was a short hop to wiretapping journalists and compiling files on Americans who opposed its wars.

What nonsense! How dare he! That’s slander! That’s totally defamatory! (None of it’s true, is it?)

There were a lot of ways the Snowden disclosures could’ve been prevented. Our intelligence agencies could have, for example, simply refrained from spying on Americans. Then there would have been nothing for Snowden to reveal.

Or, as another totally random example, they could stop doing stuff like helping political parties manufacture fake dossiers against sitting presidents and blaming everything on Russia.

I’m just saying. A smidgen of self-restraint. And a crumb of morality. That’s all we’re asking for.

🔥 The Epoch Times reported on some developments in the Biden Raid case. Although blocked by the 11th Circuit from viewing the classified materials, Judge Dearie has been issuing orders and trying to do his job the best he can.

Judge Dearie has agreed the DOJ should provides copies of everything to Trump’s legal team. He entered a confidentiality order, requiring Trump’s lawyers and professionals to keep private the copies of what was seized. The DOJ wanted the names of everyone who’d be viewing the material, which sounds sinister, but was probably more because they want to be able to enforce leaks.

Given the political stakes, Judge Dearie refused to make Trump’s team list the names of reviewers, which was the right call. Having served on the FISA court, Judge Dearie knows full well just how easy it is for the government to listen in on someone’s calls and read their emails.

Another order required the DOJ to swear in an affidavit that everything they told the court so far is complete and true. This obviously isn’t Judge Dearie’s first rodeo with the government. The order resulted in the DOJ “updating” its list to add 64 new documents that weren’t previously disclosed. It also removed a handful of items (a couple magazines and empty file folders).

Uh huh.

Finally, in a darkly hilarious development, Judge Dearie had to move back the deadline for the DOJ to scan all the documents for turnover, because out of six scanning vendors the DOJ and Trump’s team contacted, only ONE returned their phone calls. Of the other five, only one even bothered to say, “no thanks.”

The rest were like “oh no, nuh-uhn, nope.”

I guess the one remaining scanner can now name its price. They’d better budget in enough to cover all the media harassment they are going to get.

🔥 Is President Trump reading Coffee & Covid? Last week on Thursday (September 22), President Trump told Sean Hannity that as president he has broad declassification powers, and he said stuff that was right out of that morning’s C&C post.

Here’s what Trump said: “Different people say different things but as I understand it, if you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified, even by thinking about it.”

Trump explained, “because you’re sending it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you’re sending it. There doesn’t have to be a process. There can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be.” Trump continued, “you’re the president … you make that decision.”

Now here’s what I posted on the morning of the same day, September 22:

My reading of the applicable law is that Trump needn’t do anything at all to declassify a document. In my view, all he has to do is DECIDE, and then act in conformity with that decision. So, I believe that if President Trump moves a classified document twelve inches, say moving it one foot out of the secured area into the common area, that’s all he has to do to declassify.

Taking the documents to Mar-a-Lago is an act in conformity with his decision to declassify. To me, it’s that easy.

Compare them. Our summaries are eerily similar. Or, maybe we were just on the same wavelength last Thursday. What do you guys think?

🔥 Giving you an idea where we’re at these days, when a group of Brazilian cross fitters ran past a sidewalk restaurant yesterday, it caused a panic:

With the way things have been for two years, can you blame them? They were like, that’s good enough for me, we’re out of here.

🔥 Yesterday, NASA completed a mission to ram a fabulously expensive spacecraft right into a football-stadium-sized asteroid named Dimorphos.

Is it just me, or does that asteroid look like a computer model of a lump of cement? Plus, right before impact, I could swear I saw part of Hilary’s email server in there. Weird.

🌪️ For those of you outside Florida, I’m sure you’ll be flooded with dramatic Hurricane Ian storm images all week, but here are a couple of early ones.

The new projections now show the storm making a right turn and driving right up the middle of Florida:

Coffee & Covid and its author are located right in northern part of the expected path. The good news for me is, by the time it gets to my part of the state, it will have degraded into a tropical storm. Still, we could expect power problems, flooding, trees down, and so forth.

As of last night, storm surge was already affecting Miami — on the other side of the state:

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Water is already overwhelming storm drains in Downtown Miami. #Ian

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With two days left to go, there is still a lot that could happen. But folks in west Florida should be focusing on prep at this point.

For all you new Floridians, welcome to your first hurricane! With all the water, you might get to meet your first alligator, too.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and good luck with your Hurricane hoarding! I’ll be back tomorrow with more.

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Anthony Fauci still won’t admit that prolonged school closures- fueled by his rhetoric- was bad policy

Source: Anthony Fauci still won’t admit that prolonged school closures- fueled by his rhetoric- was bad policy

Vinay Prasad Recently in a television interview, outgoing Dr. Anthony Fauci defended the decision to close schools. He says that it made sense prior to adult vaccination— and once teachers were vaccinated, shutdowns were not prolonged.
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First, let me be clear: I think that it was forgivable to have closed schools for 4-6 weeks in March 2020. It wasn’t the right call, but it was forgivable because of uncertainty. The correct call was to keep elementary schools open, as Sweden did, but I don’t blame the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, and the US for closing school briefly. Of course, the story doesn’t end there.

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A few weeks later it became clear: schools could be run safety (largely through Sweden’s experience), the risks to children were low, teachers did not have vastly elevated risks of death, and, by late summer, a German study proved that opening school did not drive substantive community transmission.

Many European nations reopened after 6 weeks (e.g. Switzerland) in the spring of 2020, while nearly all reopened by the fall of 2020. Some US states managed to reopen rapidly too, such as Florida, Texas and Rhode Island. But many cities remained closed: DC, Chicago, SF, Portland, Los Angeles.

During these months, Fauci went on television stirring up fear that reopening schools was dangerous. This would be disastrous advocacy. Even now, in 2022, with the benefit of hindsight, Fauci comments remain full of errors. He still doesn’t not get it— He was wrong; Spectacularly wrong; Once in a century error sort of wrong.

Let’s consider the errors in the quote.

  1. Fauci says it was OK to wait till you had “vaccines available for the general population” to reopen schools. This is profound ignorance. It is contradicted by the experience of nearly all European nations, as well as many US states (FL/ RI/ TX). The truth is that adult vaccines were not necessary to reopen schools, and many places on earth did not wait— to the benefit of their children.
  2. Fauci says shutdowns weren’t prolonged. This is false. Cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles closed schools to kids from March 2020, until the Fall of 2021. They did not reopen in the Spring of 2021—even after vaccines were prioritized to teachers (who took them, but whose unions still resisted return to school). Fauci appears to be ignorant of recent events.

Fauci elaborates in the interview to further fear-monger about the harms to children, but many of his statistics and comments are inaccurate.

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Here are some errors. Fauci laments the loss of 1400 kids, but the CDC tracker as of 9/21/22 says 1282, but more to point: it is unclear which deaths are due to COVID and which are from COVID. Fauci also doesn’t distinguish the risks to elementary kids which are profoundly different than teenagers. He doesn’t distinguish risks to health kids vs. those with co-morbidities. Finally, he has no evidence that school closure lowered this number! The best studies shows that closure did nearly nothing to alter it.

Fauci talks about long covid in kids, but this relies almost entirely on low quality research. Hirt and colleagues performed a systematic review of long-covid in kids and they find, “The reported proportion of children with post-COVID syndrome was up to 66.5% in children with and 53.3% in children without SARS-CoV-2 infection. All studies had seriously limited validity due to critical and serious risk of bias in multiple domains.”

In conclusion, Anthony Fauci did position himself initially as a forceful defender of school closure. When much of Western Europe and Ron DeSantis reopened— Fauci went on TV to criticize the Florida governor. Even now, 2 years later, Fauci clings to delusional ideas to justify closures. He denies the reality that many US cities—with strong allegiance to him— closed the longest. Fauci’s comments show a person not capable admitting error. I suspect these comments will not age well in history.

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C&C. Russian Election. Head-scarf Mandates. Myocarditis?

Source: Coffee & Covid ☙ Saturday, September 24, 2022 ☙ DOTS

🗞*WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

🚀 Russia is already holding referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine, which make up about 20% of the country. There are only two boxes on each ballot: a box to join Russia and a box to remain in Ukraine. Depending on which ‘side’ you are on, the referendum is either a shining example of democratic self-determination, or it’s a disgusting travesty of a sham election. In fact, the Economist’s story about the referendum this morning even has the word ‘sham’ right in the headline:

I won’t list all the various elections issues Remainers are rightfully complaining about, there are a lot. But one is that the election is being run by armed Russian soldiers, which might tend to depress the Remain vote for some reason. And the election’s lightning speed leaves no time for campaigning, education, or even any real discussion. Just hurry up and vote! Third, Remainers validly complain that many pro-Remain voters fled when the Russians occupied the zone, reducing their voting bloc.

On the other hand, the Russians appear to be making every effort to be transparent; for example, the soldier/proctors clearly don’t object to being recorded on video, and — from what I can tell — citizens are even being allowed to record video INSIDE polling locations, which you can’t do in Florida. I have seen no complaints about cheating or backdoor ballot deliveries or secret suitcases of ballots under tables.

Even better, they aren’t using machines. No electronics. It’s just paper. I wish America would go back to paper. The machines are a problem.

Remainers in the occupied territories also have understandable gripes about the legitimacy of the vote in general. To them, it probably feels a lot like it would feel here if the Mexican cartels held a “referendum” in South Texas about whether a bunch of Texas counties should join Mexico. Um, problem.

On the other hand, the referendum would have no chance at all if there weren’t a large group of Ukrainians in the territories, obviously profoundly unhappy with their existing government, who clearly prefer to live under Russian rule. It might even be a majority; there’s no way to tell now.

Pro-Ukraine Remainers are allowed to protest and rally:

Pro-Russia voters seem happy to vote to leave Ukraine:

Maybe even a whole LOT of them:

And the Russians may have invited foreign observers to monitor the fairness of the elections:

I can’t vouch for any of the videos; I’m just including them for flavor. During my research, I found pictures and videos of rallies and protests that were re-used from other past events, sometimes other causes, sometimes even the other side of the issue. So who knows? Everybody is lying.

There’s a strategic reason Russia is racing to complete the referendums. Once the occupied territories become part of Russia — a result that seems inevitable at this point — then Russia can claim self-defense, and can legally access previously-unavailable military tools. That’s where all the nuclear talk (on both sides) comes from.

This new strategy is Russia’s response to the recent Ukrainian military gains in the occupied territories. Russia has done this before; it was the strategy it used to annex Crimea. So Western military experts should have easily predicted this would happen, but of course, well, you know. Our brain-damaged experts have been completely useless for ages. They’re just bleating packs of ‘yes’ men now, apparently.

Swirling internet rumors suggest that the warp speed Russian mobilization announced this week is secretly a whole lot bigger than 300,000 new troops. Since I can’t confirm it from any official Russian source, I won’t cite the figures. Whether it’s 300,000, or more than 300,000, the timing suggests that the new troops will be used to hold the annexed territories. In other words, Russia could end the war by just hunkering down, loudly claiming legal entitlement to the annexed regions, and threatening a nuclear response to any continued hostility.

So get ready for all the people who claimed the 2020 U.S. elections were the fairest and cleanest elections in history to start bitterly complaining about the Russian referendum election. And, whereas criticizing U.S. election results makes you a domestic terrorist and an insurrectionist, the schizophrenic psyops teams are going to try to make it your moral duty to criticize the Ukraine election, including all-new Facebook profile flags or ribbons or something.

If you say the Ukraine elections were fair, you’re also a terrorist or insurrectionist or whatever. You can follow this, right? Criticizing U.S. elections = bad. Criticizing Ukraine elections = good.

It’s so simple!

🚀 Iran has been roiled with country-wide protests by thousands and thousands of angry women who are sick and tired of being threatened into wearing the muslim hijab, or headscarf. The genesis of the massive waves of unrest is disquietingly similar to the George Floyd protests here in the U.S. in the summer of 2020.

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What is undisputed is that a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, was arrested in Iran for not having her hijab on properly. According to reports, she was wearing a hijab, but it wasn’t the right kind or was out of place or something. After being arrested, she fell into a coma and several days later, she died. Widespread rumors in Iran claimed she was beaten to death, but Iranian authorities claimed Amini suffered from “pre-existing conditions.”

Sound familiar?

Mostly-peaceful protests broke out all over the country. Thousands of Iranians have been arrested, all over Iran, according to regional reports, and at least eight people have been outright killed by security forces.

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi told media that the government’s initial investigation showed it had done nothing wrong. “Reports from oversight bodies were received, witnesses were interviewed, videos were reviewed, forensic opinions were obtained, and it was found that there had been no beating,” Vahidi claimed. In a statement last week, Tehran police said right after her arrest, Amini “suddenly suffered from a heart problem” and was “immediately taken to hospital”.

But Amini’s father says the 22-year-old had no pre-existing health problems, and he says the police are responsible for her death.

Hmm. You know, I can think of ONE reason that an otherwise healthy 22-year-old might experience sudden and unexpected heart problems, especially when under stress. It’s given in two doses. But I’m not allowed to name it on Facebook, so mum’s the word. And I doubt the officials are going to suggest that possibility, either.

Seventy-four percent of Iranians are vaccinated:

Iran didn’t use the mRNA vaccines, but it did use AstraZeneca, well-known to have similar problems to the mRNA jabs. It would be ironic, wouldn’t it, if the government’s vaccine policy led to a George Floyd event? They can’t tell the truth to stop the protests, because that would probably lead to other protests. It’s a conundrum.

I don’t know; I’m not saying anything. I’m just saying.

Finally, mandatory headscarves are a lot like mandatory masks. Both are religiously based and include strong associations with social conformity and government compliance.

So.

💉 God bless him, Tucker Carlson continues courageously reporting on problems with the jabs. Most recently, he discussed a Lancet study following up with kids 12-29 who suffered from myocarditis. Almost a third of the studied kids required chronic medication to manage the condition at three months, and a fifth (20%) said they still experienced pain.

Tucker also reported on Presbyterian Hospital’s goofy new advertisement for pediatric myocarditis — a condition that used to be so rare nobody’d ever heard of it before last year. People are upset at Presbyterian, not because it ran the ad — treating these vaccine injuries is important, as is awareness — but they are understandably upset because the ad ignores what CAUSED the kids’ heart damage.

True, so far it’s only Tucker. But Tucker’s audience exceeds the combined totals of the other networks. And there are signs the signal is getting through the noise: booster uptake is pitiful. NBC ran a story yesterday headlined, “Less Than 2% of Eligible People Have Gotten Updated Covid Booster Shots, 3 Weeks Into the Rollout.”

Oh no. (Sad emoji.)

NBC reported Dr. Scott Roberts, a Yale Medicine infectious disease expert, called the relatively low booster uptake “demoralizing.” He’s demoralized! He explained glumly, “I would expect a much higher proportion of Americans to have gotten the booster by this point.”

Dash it! Disappointed expectations!

Dr. Eeyore, I mean Dr. Roberts, blamed Joe Biden for the new jab’s pitiful performance, and he isn’t too optimistic about its future prospects either. “The fact that this booster came out days before Biden said the pandemic is over is a huge mixed message,” he sighed. “Now it’s going to be that much harder to convince those at risk who are on the fence to get a booster.”

Poor, poor experts. 🎻

Still, nearly 5 million Americans have taken the new shot, even though, as NBC admitted in its article, the jabs “were distributed without results from human trials.” There are a lot of customers who want even MORE spike protein out there, they can’t get enough of the stuff, and as long as that holds, and as long as the rivers of cash keep flowing, they’ll keep making them.

As for me, nope. No thanks. I’m doing fine!

Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy this cooler weather, and I’ll be back on Monday with some seasonal pumpkin-spiced Coffee & Covid for you.

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C&C. Its Total Madness. Timing. Electric Heaters.

Source: Coffee & Covid ☙ Wednesday, September 14, 2022 ☙ MADNESS!

🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

💉 Even though the 11th Circuit partially vacated the injunction on the federal contractor mandate last month, effectively limiting its scope to just the plaintiff states, the Biden Administration’s GSA issued new guidance yesterday stripping the mandate from federal purchasing requirements. The government now says it will take no action to enforce the mandate “absent further written notice from the agency.”

Ding, dong. Another jab mandate is dead.

🔥 One of the dreariest but most rewarding parts of a litigating lawyer’s job is reviewing bank statements. There’s a lot I could say about it, but for this morning, that often mind-numbing task is not just about WHAT people did with their money but it’s also about the TIMING. You can learn so much about people by looking at what they do with their money and especially, WHEN.

For example, say you have a guy who is a defendant in a lawsuit that went to trial on January 1st. He wound up losing big and owing a lot of money. That guy’s December bank statement is going to be EXTREMELY interesting, as would the entire last half of the year before trial while he was fretting about what would happen. You’re looking for large transfers to relatives or foreign jurisdictions that suggest he was trying to get ready to be judgment proof.

Once, I looked into a guy who only used his Venmo account when he traveled, and it was always to give $200 or $300 dollars to individuals, usually female names, suggesting he was always lonely when he was away from the comforts of home. By the way, you can always tell when someone was traveling, because the charges on their statements are from out-of-state or out-of-country gas stations, hotels, restaurants, and shops.

On the other hand, cash transactions are not so helpful. Sure, you can point to cash withdrawals and say “aha! Look, judge, he took out $10,000 cash out of the account every time he went to Vegas!” But it doesn’t PROVE anything. The witness will just say, “I needed it for something else; I can’t remember. I definitely didn’t gamble with it, are you insane?” Sure, it makes them look bad, and the judge might help you out, but it can’t prove where the money WENT. You still need the casino receipts.

Many people think this is part of reason governments are suddenly pushing for digital currencies; because it’s so easy to know everything worth knowing about someone by their account records.

But I digress. The point is about the TIMING. When you’re trying to figure out what another person is up to, the WHY of something they’re doing, you should consider whatever they did in the context of what ELSE is happening around the same time.

Right now, we have to consider everything Joe Biden does in the context of the mid-term elections.

🔥 Biden issued a massive new executive order yesterday that sweeps through every agency in the U.S. government, with the awkward title, “Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy.”

It’s the E.O. on A.B.B.I.S.S.S.A.B!

The order sets the driving policy of the Biden Administration to massively increase investment in bioengineering and manufacturing, because “[t]he COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the vital role of biotechnology and biomanufacturing in developing and producing life-saving diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines that protect Americans and the world.”

Stop laughing! He’s serious, pay attention.

Biden’s latest mega-order claims that the government has a CRITICAL NEED; a need to re-program people like robots. I’m not making that up. Here’s exactly what the E.O. says:

We need to develop genetic engineering technologies and techniques to be able to write circuitry for cells and predictably program biology in the same way in which we write software and program computers[.]

Haha! “Predictably program biology.” In case you missed the memo in second grade, YOU are biology, partner. Biden wants you to be predictable. Like a computer program. No pesky software bugs. No garbage in, garbage out. No MAGA extremism.

Haha, this is so over the top I’m starting to think they’re deliberately trolling us. I’m also sensing that the robot program must be struggling, since Biden seems to think it’ll be easier to re-program US than our metallic assistants.

Anyway, within the next two months, the order requires the Secretaries of HHS, Energy, Agriculture, and Commerce, plus the Director of the National Science Foundation, to come up with recommended programs to incorporate biotechnology and biomanufacturing into nearly every aspect of American government, “in order to further societal goals.”

Sounds legit, right?

After the agency heads turn in their proposals, the E.O. gives the OMB and other agencies about 3 months to “develop a plan (implementation plan) to implement the recommendations in the reports. “ They have to “solicit input” from “experts” on ethics, environmental sustainability and environmental justice, whatever that is, and however it is different from regular “justice.”

Soliciting input is not the same as following input.

Then, within two years, the agencies will have to report on how well they’ve implemented the bioengineering plans.

The two words of greatest interest are so broadly defined in the E.O. that they aren’t particularly helpful:

(b) The term “biotechnology” means technology that applies to or is enabled by life sciences innovation or product development.
(c) The term “biomanufacturing” means the use of biological systems to develop products, tools, and processes at commercial scale.

Now. I know what you’re thinking. You want to talk about the awful dystopian implications of predictably reprogramming everybody’s cells, but that’s bait.

Think about the timing. Right before mid-terms.

The real story is, the gold rush is on! Aside from anything else this order might actually accomplish, it will positively be a HUGE cash grab. Nearly every federal agency is going to be wanting to buy new products with the “bioengineered!” label on them. Every federal agency is going to be soliciting grants for products and services that help achieve the new bio-plans. Every federal agency will be handing out lucrative low-accountability bio-contracts to its special friends, like candy at Halloween. Some for you, some for you, and some for YOU!

It might be even bigger than the Covid Gold Rush.

So here we are, less than 60 days out from the midterms, and Biden is offering a brand-new gold rush, a massive across-the-board federal purchasing program that depends on a cooperative Congress to fund it. It’s an offer to corporate America — forget about the supply chain! Forget about mandates! Forget about CRT!

Because, if the right people get elected, we’ll shower you all with crisp, newly printed cash. And remember, you’ll only get the money if you play ball. They’ll remember who their friends were — and weren’t — during the elections.

And as a side benefit, the E.O. is bioengineered to spin up MAGA extremists and the medical freedom lobby, who are expected to decry and condemn the E.O., which will turn MAGA into a threat to anybody who stands to make oodles of money from all the proposed new programs.

Don’t take that bait! I’m not saying you should relax into this, just wait till the day after the elections, and then be smart about it.

Now we know why Joe Biden has been on vacation for the entire summer. They were resting him up for all this stuff he’s doing now, from his Great Big Hate Speech to his stump speeches and executive orders. It’s all about the midterms.

🔥 Trump’s lawyers and the DOJ have now traded feisty briefs on whether the judge should stay her order requiring a special master until the DOJ’s appeal runs its course. Which of course will be well after the FBI finishes doing whatever it is planning to do. But a spectacular opportunity is shaping up for President Trump, and if he planned it this way, he’s a genius.

There’s a lot of great stuff in the briefs. President Trump’s brief persuasively argued that the president has sole authority to declassify whatever he wants; it even cited a very helpful Obama executive order reinforcing that authority. But I’m detecting a momentum, a momentum pushing toward a single legal issue, and that issue was neatly summarized by the DOJ in its reply brief, filed yesterday, which made this perfectly legitimate point:

[Former President Trump’s] attempts to change the subject by holding out the possibility that he could have declassified some of the seized records and-or that he could have designated them as “personal” records fare no better. As already noted, Plaintiff [Trump] has now filed multiple lengthy submissions with the Court that stop short of asserting that he in fact took any of these actions with respect to any of the seized records, including those at issue in the stay motion.

The DOJ is right. If President Trump wants to argue that the classified records he was keeping at Mar-a-Lago were declassified, he needs to say so, and say it clearly. At present, Trump is playing coy, one of his usual strategies, and is trolling the government by saying that he’s NOT saying he did declassify or didn’t declassify, but as far as the government knows, he DID.

That kind of fence-sitting won’t hold up forever. In fact, it’s probably not going to hold up for very much longer at all, now that the DOJ has explicitly called him out. The judge can see this issue looming on the judicial horizon just like I can. It’s the key to the entire case. I wouldn’t be surprised if the judge sets a special trial just to determine whether the records are or are not declassified.

So so this could quickly and finally produce a miraculous victory for Trump, not just in the case but against the entire Deep State, a definitive victory once again snatched right out of the jagged jaws of defeat. We know that, shortly before he left office, Trump had proposed to declassify a bunch of records relating to Russiagate and other FBI corruption. He sent those records to the FBI so they could offer redactions of anything that would harm U.S. interests. But the FBI slow-walked their response until Trump was out of office.

Sorry!

It is not unreasonable to assume the records snatched by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago were the very same ones Trump proposed to declassify: the evidence of FBI corruption (and maybe a lot more) in the Russiagate papers, at least.

So Trump has been trapped in a weird middle ground. Were the records declassified even though the FBI never completed its redactions? Was Trump’s act of requesting the redactions merely a courtesy, and not a requirement for redaction? These are unsettled questions. Trump can’t — shouldn’t — release those documents until a court says they’re declassified, or they COULD lock him up.

But to get a judge to issue a “declaration” of a party’s rights — like the rights of a former president to publish declassified records — there must a REAL and PRESENT dispute over those rights, not just a hypothetical dispute. This may not make sense to non-lawyers, but judges may not give pure ‘advisory opinions.’

In other words, the only way Trump could have gotten this issue in front of a judge, the issue of whether the records ARE IN FACT declassified, was to pick a fight with someone over it. I have no idea whether the Trump team planned it this way, but it could not have possibly played out any better than it has. If Trump had been the one to instigate a dispute, it would have almost certainly been heard in D.C., where all the agencies are located, and where the deck is completely stacked against the 45th president.

To get the issue into an unbiased jurisdiction, Trump had to get someone ELSE to start the fight, in a place where he could fight on neutral ground. Where better than Florida?

Because the FBI raided Trump in Florida, starting a case there, and because the DOJ has now called the issue out, the decision over the records’ classified status will be heard in Florida, the inevitable appeal will travel to the 11th Circuit, and then it will go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

I will skinny out onto a thin branch and predict Trump is likely to win in all three courts. If he’d started in D.C., he would’ve lost twice — at the D.C. federal court and then the D.C. appeals court — and then the Supreme Court would’ve had the odious and unwanted duty of overturning both lower courts. If it had played out this way, the corporate media would have trumpeted the Supreme Court decision as more evidence of out-of-control judicial activism, and the whole thing would have looked illegitimate.

All that noise would have distracted from the real story, which is the Deep State’s corruption, exposed by the declassified records.

Trump’s lawyers know a lot more than I do. I might be missing something. But the strategy now looks crystal clear to me. All Trump has to do now is say the magic words, “I DID declassify those records,” and the judge can set the matter for a showdown in Florida.

I know it sounds weird, but this could be the best thing that ever happened to Trump. Thanks, DOJ!

💉 Fox ran an uplifting story yesterday headlined, “Navy Quietly Rolled Back Punishments for SEALs Seeking Religious Exemptions to the COVID Vaccine.” The article explains that the Navy’s jab order, issued a year ago, was titled “Trident Order #12,” and medically disqualified any SEALs who asked for religious jab exemptions, precluding them from training, traveling for deployments, and other standard business.

In other words, making them unemployable.

Fox reported that the Navy just filed a brief in the case that attached a May 2022 order rescinding Trident Order #12. The new order plainly states, “This order rescinds reference A [Trident Order #12] on COVID-19 Vaccinations.”

Even the SEALs were surprised to see the order. It’s not clear whether the Navy might’ve replaced Trident Order #12 with a new jab order, but the lawyers in the case don’t think so.

So. Progress!

🚀 Reuters ran an article Sunday headlined, “Germans Switch to Costly Fan Heaters as Gas Shortage Fears Bite.” The headline tells you the whole story; Germans aren’t stupid. They’re buying up every electric heater they can get their hands on and German grid operators are freaking out. Electric heaters place HUGE demand on the grid. But it’s better than freezing.

So as you can see, the Russia Sanctions are really working out great. The GERMANS are starting to feel the pain. Russians, not so much. Maybe Germany will surrender soon?

And it’s a good thing Germany’s best and brightest are in charge. Guess what they’re up to now?

Last week, the Guardian UK ran a story headlined, “German Chancellor Rejects Calls to Reverse Nuclear Power Plant Closures.” Hahaha! That’s right, suckers! You Germans think you can warm yourselves with electricity, with your cute little heaters? Think again!

The Guardian reported that German chancellor Olaf Scholz rejected calls to extend the life of the country’s three nuclear power plants, insisting that Europe’s largest economy will have plenty of energy to get through the winter, don’t worry.

If you think that sounds crazy, you’re not alone. The Guardian said the opposition conservative alliance and at least one leading economist described the decision to close one reactor and place the country’s last two remaining reactors on standby status, in case of an emergency, instead of letting them produce electricity, as “madness.”

Madness!

I wonder what “emergency” they’re waiting for.

It gets better. After taking criticism for his decision, Scholz blamed German conservatives for the country’s power problems. “You were incapable of bringing about the expansion of renewable energies. You led defensive battles against every single wind turbine,” Scholz whined.

Hahaha! Wind turbines! These guys kill me. It’s even funnier that corporate media takes that kind of kooky talk seriously.

Have a wonderful Wednesday! I’m flying this morning to meet with some state politicians about proposed parents’ rights legislation, so I have to cut it short. But don’t worry! C&C will be back tomorrow morning with another great roundup. See you then.

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