BRUTAL FRANK’S BAR & GRILL

On the outpost between ‘civil society’ where political correctness reins despotic, and a neo-anarchist state of the free mind. To quote Jim Morrison, “out here on the perimeter we are stoned immaculate.”

Here there is no interest in “transhumanism” – just in the idea of remaining human, remaining sane, and retaining individuality. Here it is understood that we control our own emotions; that to be insulted one must allow a cutting remark to have it’s effect. The insult ‘taken’ is how you make your own pain of it.

Here there is no belief in lasting consensus – community is an ever shifting and morphing myth based on false notions of stasis.

Here there is no prophesy, just a continuum of a timeless state of wonder. [1≡∞]

The Prime Question

What does it mean to be well adjusted to a pathological society?

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HEART OF DARKNESS

Heart of Darkness centers around Marlow, an introspective sailor, and his journey up the Congo River to meet Kurtz, reputed to be an idealistic man of great abilities. Marlow takes a job as a riverboat captain with the Company, a Belgian concern organized to trade in the Congo. As he travels to Africa and then up the Congo, Marlow encounters widespread inefficiency and brutality in the Company’s stations. The native inhabitants of the region have been forced into the Company’s service, and they suffer terribly from overwork and ill treatment at the hands of the Company’s agents. The cruelty and squalor of imperial enterprise contrasts sharply with the impassive and majestic jungle that surrounds the white man’s settlements, making them appear to be tiny islands amidst a vast darkness.

Marlow arrives at the Central Station, run by the general manager, an unwholesome, conspiratorial character. He finds that his steamship has been sunk and spends several months waiting for parts to repair it. His interest in Kurtz grows during this period. The manager and his favorite, the brickmaker, seem to fear Kurtz as a threat to their position. Kurtz is rumored to be ill, making the delays in repairing the ship all the more costly. Marlow eventually gets the parts he needs to repair his ship, and he and the manager set out with a few agents (whom Marlow calls pilgrims because of their strange habit of carrying long, wooden staves wherever they go) and a crew of cannibals on a long, difficult voyage up the river. The dense jungle and the oppressive silence make everyone aboard a little jumpy, and the occasional glimpse of a native village or the sound of drums works the pilgrims into a frenzy.

Marlow and his crew come across a hut with stacked firewood, together with a note saying that the wood is for them but that they should approach cautiously. Shortly after the steamer has taken on the firewood, it is surrounded by a dense fog. When the fog clears, the ship is attacked by an unseen band of natives, who fire arrows from the safety of the forest. The African helmsman is killed before Marlow frightens the natives away with the ship’s steam whistle. Not long after, Marlow and his companions arrive at Kurtz’s Inner Station, expecting to find him dead, but a half-crazed Russian trader, who meets them as they come ashore, assures them that everything is fine and informs them that he is the one who left the wood. The Russian claims that Kurtz has enlarged his mind and cannot be subjected to the same moral judgments as normal people. Apparently, Kurtz has established himself as a god with the natives and has gone on brutal raids in the surrounding territory in search of ivory. The collection of severed heads adorning the fence posts around the station attests to his “methods.” The pilgrims bring Kurtz out of the station-house on a stretcher, and a large group of native warriors pours out of the forest and surrounds them. Kurtz speaks to them, and the natives disappear into the woods.

The manager brings Kurtz, who is quite ill, aboard the steamer. A beautiful native woman, apparently Kurtz’s mistress, appears on the shore and stares out at the ship. The Russian implies that she is somehow involved with Kurtz and has caused trouble before through her influence over him. The Russian reveals to Marlow, after swearing him to secrecy, that Kurtz had ordered the attack on the steamer to make them believe he was dead in order that they might turn back and leave him to his plans. The Russian then leaves by canoe, fearing the displeasure of the manager. Kurtz disappears in the night, and Marlow goes out in search of him, finding him crawling on all fours toward the native camp. Marlow stops him and convinces him to return to the ship. They set off down the river the next morning, but Kurtz’s health is failing fast.

Marlow listens to Kurtz talk while he pilots the ship, and Kurtz entrusts Marlow with a packet of personal documents, including an eloquent pamphlet on civilizing the savages which ends with a scrawled message that says, “Exterminate all the brutes!” The steamer breaks down, and they have to stop for repairs. Kurtz dies, uttering his last words—“The horror! The horror!”—in the presence of the confused Marlow. Marlow falls ill soon after and barely survives. Eventually he returns to Europe and goes to see Kurtz’s Intended (his fiancée). She is still in mourning, even though it has been over a year since Kurtz’s death, and she praises him as a paragon of virtue and achievement. She asks what his last words were, but Marlow cannot bring himself to shatter her illusions with the truth. Instead, he tells her that Kurtz’s last word was her name.

Note: The film APOCOLYPSE NOW is based on Heart on Darkness.

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KING LEOPOLD’S GHOST

King Leopold’s Ghost speaks to the same topic of the Belgian Congo

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa (1998) is a best-selling popular history book by Adam Hochschild that explores the exploitation of the Congo Free State by King Leopold II of Belgium between 1885 and 1908, as well as the large-scale atrocities committed during that period.[1] The book, also a general biography of the private life of Leopold, succeeded in increasing public awareness of these crimes in recent decades.[2]

The title is adopted from the 1914 poem “The Congo”, by Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay. Condemning Leopold’s actions, Lindsay wrote:Listen to the yell of Leopold’s ghost,Burning in Hell for his hand-maimed host.Hear how the demons chuckle and yell,Cutting his hands off, down in Hell.

The book was refused by nine of the ten U.S. publishing houses to which an outline was submitted, but became an unexpected bestseller and won the prestigious Mark Lynton History Prize for literary style. It also won the 1999 Duff Cooper Prize. By 2013 more than 600,000 copies were in print in a dozen languages.

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial  Africa: Hochschild, Adam: 9782702823316: Amazon.com: Books

Original cover of KING LEOPLOLD’S GHOST

Leopold II, King of the Belgians, privately controlled and owned the Congo Free State from 1885 to 1908. In 1908, the area was annexed by Belgium as a colony known as the Belgian Congo. Leopold used his personal control to strip the country of vast amounts of wealth, largely in the form of ivory and rubber. These labor-intensive industries were serviced by slave labor, and the local peoples were forced to work through various means, including torture, imprisonment, maiming and terror. Christian missionaries and a handful of human rights organizers internationally publicized these atrocities. Slowly, various nations, including the United Kingdom and the United States of America, began to object to Leopold’s tyranny with the result that the country’s administration was transferred to Belgium. Little changed inside the country, however, until the ivory and rubber were exhausted.

European interest in the African continent can be traced back to the late 1400s, when the European explorer Diogo Cão sailed the west coast and saw the Congo River. By the 1860s, most African coastal regions were claimed as colonies of European powers, but the vast interior of the continent remained unknown to Europeans. Henry Morton Stanley, a complicated man and renowned explorer, ventured through much of that unknown during a descent of the Congo River. Leopold II, King of the Belgians, was fascinated with obtaining a colony and focused upon claiming the interior of Africa—the only unclaimed sizable geographic area. Moving within the European political paradigm existing in the early 1880s, Leopold gained international concessions and recognition for his personal claim to the Congo Free State.

His rule of the vast region was based on tyranny and terror. Under his direction, Stanley again visited the area and extracted favorable treaties from numerous local leaders. A road and, eventually, a rail line were developed from the coast to Leopoldville (present-day Kinshasa). A series of militarized outposts were established along the length of the Congo River, and imported paddle wheelers commenced regular river service. Native peoples were forced to gather ivory and transport it for export. Beginning c. 1890, rubber—originally manufactured from coagulated sap—became economically significant in international trade. The Congo was rich in rubber-producing vines, and Leopold transitioned his exploitative focus from dwindling ivory supplies to the burgeoning rubber market. Slavery, exploitation and the reign of terror continued and even increased.

Meanwhile, early missionaries and human rights advocates such as Roger CasementE. D. MorelGeorge Washington Williams, and William Henry Sheppard began to circulate news of the widespread atrocities committed in the Congo under the official blessing of Leopold’s administration. Women and children were imprisoned as hostages to force husbands and fathers to work. Flogging, starvation and torture were routine. Murder was common—tribes resisting enslavement were wiped out; administration officials expected to receive back a severed human hand for every bullet issued. Rape and sexual slavery were rampant. Workers failing to secure assigned quotas of rubber were routinely mutilated or tortured. Administration officials so completely dehumanized local peoples that at least one decorated his flower garden with a border of severed human heads. News of these atrocities brought slow, but powerful, international condemnation of Leopold’s administration leading, eventually, to his assignment of the country to Belgian administration.

In 1908, Belgium annexed the Congo as a colony and proclaimed a general sea-change in administrative policy. Actual change, however, was nearly imperceptible. The era of World War I shifted attention from atrocities in Africa to European trench warfare. In the post-war era, the global demand for reform was largely forgotten. However, commercial rubber tree farming had become firmly established and the collection of wild rubber became commercially insignificant, just as ivory supplies had been exhausted years earlier. Because of this, the slave labor industries of the Congo diminished in importance and atrocities became far less frequent. Finally, in 1960, the Congo gained independence.

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STANLEY & LIVINGSTON – A PROPAGANDA STUNT

John Rowlands had become Henry Morton Stanley, who began living a very American series of adventures: he fought for the Confederacy, was taken prisoner and, when offered the chance to switch sides, fought for the Union. He drifted west after the war to try to make his fortune mining gold and silver, and he became a journalist covering the American Indian Wars, rubbing elbows with Ulysses S. Grant and Wild Bill Hickok. There seemed no limit to the things he was willing to take on.

During the march to Tabora, Stanley had written regularly in his journal but had sent nothing to the newspaper. On July 4, he penned his first dispatch to Bennett in the form of a 5,000-word letter—enough to fill the front page of the Herald. In it, Stanley told of his fears and even his contemplation of suicide. “I should like to enter into more minute details respecting this new land, which is almost unknown,” he wrote, “but the very nature of my mission, requiring speed and all my energy precludes it. Some day, perhaps, the Herald will permit me to describe more minutely the experiences of the long march, with all its vicissitudes and pleasures, in its columns, and I can assure your readers beforehand that they will be not quite devoid of interest. But now my whole time is occupied in the march, and the direction of the expedition, the neglect of which in any one point would be productive of disastrous results.” Stanley held back the information his audience wanted most until the final paragraph. Livingstone, he told them, was rumored to be on his way to Ujiji. “Until I hear more of him or see the long absent old man face to face, I bid you a farewell,” he signed off. “But wherever he is be sure I shall not give up the chase. If alive you shall hear what he has to say. If dead I will find him and bring his bones to you.”

Stanley sent his dispatch with a caravan going east with instructions to give it to the American consul in Zanzibar, who would then send it to New York by ship. But Stanley hadn’t told his readers everything. Afierce tribal war blocked the road to Ujiji, threatening to derail his entire expedition. Stanley would either have to embroil himself in the fighting or find an alternate—uncharted—route to the south.

Africa, however, scared Stanley. The fear had set in as he sailed to Zanzibar to purchase supplies and hire men for the expedition. He had had nightmares and even pondered suicide to avoid traveling into the “eternal, feverish region.” Despite his anxieties, by March 21, 1871, he had managed to assemble one of the largest expeditions to ever set forth from Zanzibar—so big that Stanley was forced to divide it into five subcaravans and stagger their departures to avoid robbery. As Stanley set off, he heard rumors that a white man had been seen near Ujiji, some 750 miles inland.

As he pondered his course of action, he encountered a far more lethal obstacle. On July 7, as Stanley sat in the shade in Tabora’s afternoon heat, drowsiness washed over him like a drug. “The brain was busy. All my life seemed passing in review before me,” he wrote. “The loveliest feature of all to me was of a noble and true man who called me son.” Stanley’s intense visions evoked long-forgotten emotions: “When these retrospective scenes became serious, I looked serious; when they were sorrowful I wept hysterically; when they were joyous I laughed loudly.” In fact, Stanley was suffering from dementia brought on by cerebral malaria, the often fatal strain of that disease.

Nyangwe, Congo, July 15, 1871—Livingstone took his usual seat in the shade to observe the marketplace. Soon, slave traders arrived and started squabbling with the Africans. Suddenly, the slavers began firing their guns into the crowd. A horrified Livingstone watched as the villagers fled and more Arabs joined the slaughter. “Men opened fire on the mass of people near the upper end of the marketplace, volleys were discharged from a party down near the creek on the panic-stricken women who dashed at the canoes,” Livingstone wrote. “These, some 50 or more, were jammed in the creek and the men forgot their paddles in the terror that seized all.”

The Arabs stood along the riverbank, calmly aiming and firing, then reloading to kill again. When the villagers leapt from their canoes and began swimming, the Arabs picked them off. Livingstone had run out of paper, and was writing his journal on any scrap he could find—old checks, magazine pages. Livingstone’s supply of ink was gone too. Instead, he was using a red dye he had made from roots; the color brought a graphic realism to the tales of murder: “As I write I hear the loud wails on the left bank over those who are there slain, ignorant of their many friends who are now in the depths of the Lualaba. Oh, let Thy kingdom come!” he implored God.

Livingstone fled Nyangwe for Ujiji a few days after the massacre. The path he took was new to him, and in the heavy equatorial heat, his dysentery returned. His feet had swollen; his shoes were falling apart. “The mind acted on the body,” he wrote. “And it is no overstatement to say that every step of between 400 and 500 miles was [taken] in pain.”

On November 1, after two weeks of searching, Stanley finally reached the MalagarasiRiver. Villages lined its banks, and fish-eating birds could be seen in the shallows. The caravan restocked with food and water, but the Malagarasi offered up another challenge. Crocodiles dotted the surface as far as the eye could see, and the only way to cross was to hire locals to ferry the caravan. By sunset, all were across except the donkeys, which were to swim alongside the canoes, held by their halters. The first donkey to go was a favorite of Stanley’s named Simba—“lion” in Swahili. Halfway across, to Stanley’s horror, crocodiles attacked Simba and dragged him underwater. That night, sadness permeated the caravan. Simba’s gruesome death was a reminder that the same could happen to any of them. All traces of melancholy vanished the next morning, however, when a passing traveler told of seeing a white man in Ujiji.

Lake Tanganyika, October 8, 1871—Livingstone’s endurance was remarkable, but by the time he had reached Lake Tanganyika, his will was shattered. Describing the moment, he wrote, “I was reduced to a skeleton.”

The continued failure of his mission was breaking Livingstone. He set off by canoe to cross to Ujiji, hoping to find supplies from the British Consulate waiting for him. But when he reached Ujiji, there was nothing. Livingstone now faced the desperate choice of becoming a beggar or starving to death. He spent his days in Ujiji praying for deliverance. “I made up my mind to wait until men should come from the coast,” he wrote, still hoping the British consul would send help. “But to wait in beggary was what I never contemplated, and now I felt miserable.”

Rescue looked bleak. Both to the east and to the west, Arabs and Africans were fighting. “I felt, in my destitution, as if I were the man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves. But I could not hope for priest, Levite or good Samaritan to come by on either side,” Livingstone wrote.

As Stanley entered Ujiji, thousands of people pressed around the caravan. Livingstone had been sitting on a straw mat on the mud veranda of his small house, pondering his woeful future, when he heard the commotion. Now Livingstone got slowly to his feet. Above the throngs of people, he saw the American flag snapping in the breeze and porters bearing an incredible assortment of goods: bales of cloth, huge kettles, tents. “This must be a luxurious traveler,” Livingstone thought. “And not one at wit’s end like me.”

Livingstone pushed through the crowd and saw a tanned, gaunt man. His boots were worn and his sun-beaten helmet clean. The man had such a formal bearing that, despite the Stars and Stripes, Livingstone assumed he was French. He hoped the traveler spoke English, for Livingstone didn’t speak a word of French. He thought that they would be “a pretty pair of white men in Ujiji if neither one spoke the other’s language.”

What Stanley saw was a pale white man wearing a faded blue cap and patched clothing. The man’s hair was white, he had few teeth, and his beard was bushy. He walked, Stanley wrote, “with a firm and heavy tread.”

Stanley stepped up crisply to the old man, removed his helmet and extended his hand. According to Stanley’s journal, it was November 10, 1871. With formal intonation, representing America but trying to affect British gravity, Stanley spoke, according to later accounts, the most dignified words that came to mind: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

“Yes,” Livingstone answered simply.

“I thank God, doctor,” Stanley said, appalled at how fragile Livingstone looked, “I have been permitted to see you.”

“I feel thankful,” Livingstone said with typical understatement, “I am here to welcome you.”

 Livingstone, worn down by disease, died in today’s Zambia, on May 1, 1873, a year and a half after his meeting with Stanley. His attendants mummified his body and handed it over to British authorities. His remains were buried in Westminster Abbey. Stanley was a pallbearer at Livingstone’s funeral. Afterward, he fulfilled a vow he’d made to the explorer to return to Africa to search for the source of the Nile. In his failed attempt, Stanley circumnavigated lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, then traveled the length of the Congo River to the Atlantic. Later, however, he besmirched his reputation by accepting money from King Leopold II of Belgium to help create the Congo Free State and promote the slave trade. Though he returned to Britain, married in 1890 (he and his wife, Dorothy, adopted a 1-year-old Welsh child in 1896), resumed his British citizenship in 1892 and served in Parliament, when he died at age 63, he was denied burial in Westminster Abbey because of his actions in the Congo Free State.

By Martin Dugard

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2003136

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  1. Life Under Joe Biden Will Be Like This for All of Us Very Soon

    COVID numbers have plummeted significantly since this time a year ago. Very few people are still getting sick and even fewer are dying. The danger to children is still statistically zero. The “Delta variant” (if it’s even real) is not more dangerous than the previous version(s). So, why all of the insane hysteria from Democrats about COVID?

    We all know why. Communists have taken over virtually every institution in American and weaponized them against us. And now that the vaccines have proven to not actually work as advertised, Team Biden is trying to make the vaccines mandatory for everyone.

    Biden and his friends in the tech industry are trying to make life as difficult as possible for people who choose to not take this experimental medicine that was rushed to market without any safety trials.

    https://www.biggunbulletin.com/articles/life-under-joe-biden-will-be-like-this-for-all-of-us-very-soon/

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      1. CRT Shares the Same Ideology as China’s Cultural Revolution, Chinese American Warns
        BY LILY SUN AND WILLIAM HUANG August 4, 2021

        The Heritage Action for America, a partner organization of the Heritage Foundation, hosted a panel discussion on critical race theory (CRT) in Georgetown, Delaware, on July 29. Six speakers stressed the dangers of CRT and how it has penetrated American society. One speaker compared the similarities of CRT and China’s Cultural Revolution.

        About 500 people attended the event in person, while thousands watched it via livestream.

        At the beginning of the panel discussion, Jonathan Butcher, senior policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, talked about the history of CRT and what it’s all about. He said CRT, an offshoot of Critical Theory from the neo-Marxist Frankfurt School, is built upon Karl Marx’s ideas and has slowly and methodically worked its way into American society, infecting the education system, workplace, military, and everything in between. He added that CRT is destructive and advocates for the exact opposite of what it claims to be—treating individuals differently based on the color of their skin.

        CRT adherents believe America is systemically racist, that racial oppression exists in every institution, and an individual is either an oppressor or oppressed based on the color of their skin. They reject the idea that America has strived, for more than two centuries, to fully live up to the founding creed that all men are created equal and should be treated so under the law.

        Feels Like Communist China
        Keynote speaker Xi Van Fleet told the audience that America is starting to feel like communist China during the Cultural Revolution—a sociopolitical movement that occurred between 1966 to 1976 under former Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

        “We have been seeing that America is going the wrong direction,” she said, in reference to CRT.

        Van Fleet was attending elementary school as a first-grader when the Cultural Revolution began. After she completed her education, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forced her and other young adults to work in the countryside for three years.

        After the panel discussion, Van Fleet told The Epoch Times, “It’s the same tactic; it’s Marx’s tactic. So what they do is to create chaos. As Mao said, ‘When the worst chaos emerges, that is when the greatest control can be achieved.’ They want to create chaos so that they [can] overthrow the existing system. … Cancel culture is the same because what the people [want to] do here is to overthrow the American founding [principles], just like [in] China–to overthrow the traditional culture and our civilization.”

        “I did not really want to go … public. It is difficult for the Chinese; most of us would rather be quiet. But now I feel like it’s really not about me. It’s about America.”

        She continued, “I want Americans to know that what’s happening today is communism taking over.”

        CRT Versus Chinese Cultural Revolution
        Van Fleet realized that today’s woke revolution, driven by CRT, has “a twin brother”—the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which derived from Mao’s Class Conflict Theory (CCT).

        “The grandfather of CRT and the CCT is the same guy, Karl Marx. And the ideology is cultural Marxism,” Van Fleet said. “Just like CRT, Mao’s CCT divides people into groups: [the] oppressors and the oppressed. The only difference is … class rather than race.”

        Van Fleet said that during the Cultural Revolution, everyone can be a class enemy; that is Mao’s way to ensure he always had an ample supply of fake class enemies. Similarly, CRT creates fake racial divisions, and redefines the concept and the definition of racism. “So divid[ing] people and pit[ting] them against each other is the hallmark of Marxism, and that is the business model for the CCP and CRT,” she said.

        During the Cultural Revolution, Van Fleet witnessed how students were violent with each other and with their teachers. She said Mao launched the Cultural Revolution by unleashing the Red Guards to create chaos. The Red Guards were communist youth who were led by Mao to persecute those who were identified as the CCP’s enemies. They resorted to violence, looting, rioting, and destroyed all the known enforcement and court systems. “That’s exactly what we saw on American streets last year,” she said, referring to the riots organized by Black Lives Matter activists. Furthermore, Van Fleet believes that there’s no difference between the social justice warriors today in America and Mao’s Red Guards.

        She said that Mao also ordered these Red Guards to destroy the “Four Olds”: old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits. They tore down Buddha statues, destroyed temples, raided homes, and destroyed personal property such as antique furniture and family heirlooms.

        Mao’s Red Guards also changed street names, store names, school names, and personal names. “That’s what the cancel culture [is],” Van Fleet said. “They want to destroy the entire western civilization, Christianity, and the American founding [principles]. [They are] the same thing.”

        She believes the United States is experiencing a culture war. “Cultural Marxism and American ideals, there’s no common ground.”

        Van Fleet concluded, “We have to fight this war and win it to preserve America.”

        Audience Members Moved by Van Fleet’s Speech
        Many audience members appreciated Xi Van Fleet’s speech.

        Marilyn Booker, the chairperson for the Sussex County Delaware Republican Committee, told The Epoch Times: “Hearing Xi Van Fleet speak about what went on in communist China, and her being able to draw those parallels to what’s happening in this country, I found it fascinating and scary, to be perfectly honest.” Booker added: “We are a meritocracy, where we used to be, and we need to continue to be, so there will be people who will do better in some things than others.”

        Jim Boothby, the pastor of the Mountain State Baptist Church in West Virginia, told The Epoch Times that he was also impressed by Van Fleet. “In Mao’s China, she experienced it with her flesh, with her body. It’s not about reading a book to her.” Boothby said Van Fleet told him two days ago: “We are further down the road of our cultural revolution in America, which may result in a similar type of disaster [as China’s Cultural Revolution].” He added, “Prescient words. Scary words.”

        Boothby shared that anti-CRT proponents won three seats on the five-person school board which used to support CRT in Queen Anne’s County in his home state of Maryland. He said they have worked very hard to stop CRT because it’s deeply connected with communism. “This is the secret: school boards elect the right people,” he said.

        Another keynote speaker, Joe Mobley, a podcaster, agreed with Van Fleet’s views on communism. “I think, as Xi Van Fleet said, the [communist] indoctrination has gone on for at least 60 years, maybe as much as 100 years. So the institutions are indoctrinated from the military to the financial institutions, to schools; universities are completely far gone,” he said.

        Mobley believes that religious freedom is still pushing back against communism under the protection of the constitutional rights of the First and Second Amendments.

        He emphasized: “I don’t want to live in a socialist country. I don’t want a social credit score. I don’t want the government to redistribute land or wealth or educational opportunities. I want to live in a meritocracy.”

        Carmela Ciliberti, a lawyer running for clerk of courts in Chester County, Pennsylvania, told The Epoch Times after the panel discussion that she felt “inspired.” “It’s just heartwarming to see others stand up, speak so clearly about the threat that we face here in America, and work to get the grassroots motivated to push back on these ideas.”

        Ciliberti said, “I think hearing the personal stories, especially from Xi [Van Fleet], clearly described what we have ahead of us and what is currently being used. It’s the same skeleton that we find here.”

        The host of the event, Melody Clarke, senior regional coordinator at Heritage Action, mentioned a bill in her speech—the Stop CRT Act—that the organization supports. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced the bill in July 2021. It would implement former President Donald Trump’s executive order banning federal agencies and contractors from using CRT training.

        https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/crt-shares-the-same-ideology-as-chinas-cultural-revolution-chinese-american-warns_3930826.html

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      2. BOOM! Jen Psaki CONFRONTED with the Question of the CENTURY

        Anyone who has actually paid attentiobn to the oinkage from the so-called “government” during this burlesque called a “pandemic” must realize by now that it is all a sham. There is no such thing as a “Corona Virus” It is a myth and a lie. There are a multitude of bioweapons that have been let loose on the world population that have had varying degrees of leathal effectiveness. But none of these are as leathal as the new mRNA injections that are now being mandated.The full effect of this poisnous jab will not be seen until it is too late for the fools that have taken it.
        Once this toxic soup is in your system you are as if one dead. It is just a matter of time before the blood clots caused by this stuff will kill you.
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    1. How the COVID Scam Is Perpetrated: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

      I have provided numerous documented detailed accounts demonstrating the lack of evidence supporting the official Covid narrative. The next time you hear Big Pharma’s propagandists say “believe the science,” ask them what science.

      When believers in the official narrative and Covid vaccine are confronted with facts, they retreat to a second line of defense. If the Covid threat is exaggerated and the vaccine unsafe, why did all the doctors and nurses get vaccinated? If the vaccines are unsafe, why haven’t the predicted deaths and injuries showed up?

      The answer is that all the doctors and nurses are not vaccinated, do not believe in the extent of the “pandemic” or the hyped threat of Covid—indeed, many regard the hype and vaccine as greater threats than Covid—and the adverse effects of the vaccines are showing up. The believers in the narrative just do not know it because the presstitute scum suppress the information and do not report it unless to ridicule and denounce it as “disinformation.”

      All doctors and nurses are not vaccinated. For example, here is a report of an entire hospital—200 doctors and 1,500 nurses—on strike in protest of the Macron nazi’s attempt to force them to be vaccinated: see this.

      As for the alleged belief in the Covid narrative by doctors and medical personnel, here are 1,500 health professionals who say Covid is the “biggest health scam of the 21st century:” see this.

      A survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons finds that 60% of doctors are not vaccinated: see this.

      There are two stronger reasons than doctors’ belief in the efficacy and safety of the vaccine that explain why some doctors are vaccinated. One is that they get vaccinated in order to save their practices. Their fear-driven, terrorized patients are afraid to be examined by a doctor who hasn’t been vaccinated.

      The other reason is that the main consequence of Obamacare was the buy-up of independent practices by hospital chains and health care organizations. This transformed independent doctors into employees who have to follow guidelines. Many who have ignored guidelines by treating patients with HCQ or Ivermectin and by refusing vaccination have been fired. The big organizations for convenience and liability reasons follow whatever is the line of NIH, CDC, FDA, and WHO. In other words, coercion displaces medical judgement.

      As for the adverse effects of the vaccine, EudraVigilance, the European Union’s database of suspected drug reaction reports covering 27 European countries, reports that as of July 17, 2021, there have been 18,928 deaths and 1,823,219 injuries: see this.

      In the US the VAERS database reports a total of 463,457 adverse health effects among all age groups following Covid vaccination, including 10,991 deaths and 48,385 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020 and July 9, 2021: see this.

      A CDC whistleblower has revealed in a sworn statement under penalty of perjury that the VAERS deaths released in the report are understated at least by a factor of five and that the actual figure in the VAERS database as of July 9, 2021, is 45,000: see this.

      In response to the large numbers of deaths and adverse reactions associated with the vaccines, America’s Frontline Doctors filed a federal lawsuit to curtail emergency use of Covid vaccines: see this.

      The British counterpart to the US VAERS is called the Yellow Card system. It is operated by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Based on this database, researchers at the Evidence-based Medicine Consultancy (EbMC) have concluded that the Covid-19 vaccines are “unsafe for humans.” The research group’s director, Dr. Tess Lawrie concluded: “The scope of morbidity is striking, evidencing a lot of incidents and what amounts to a large number of ill:” see this.

      Dr. Lawrie arrived at this conclusion based on the Yellow Card data for the first four months of 2021 during which the UK recorded 888,196 adverse vaccine events and 1,253 deaths.

      Authorities acknowledge that the reports in the databases of adverse vaccine effects are massively underreported, capturing only from 1-10% of adverse vaccine effects. One reason for the underreporting is that it is not easy to report an adverse vaccine event. The reporting doctor or health organization has to be determined and persistent. The reporting takes time and energy from other demands. Consequently, there are pressures not to report.

      In the case of adverse effects associated with the Covid vaccine, more powerful forces restrict reporting. Democrats do not want the adverse reactions reported. They have groomed Fauci as the hero who saved us from Trump’s rantings about HCQ and saved all of us from dying from Covid by getting a vaccine out in time. Health care organizations and medical associations that have complied with the official narrative want to protect their credibility from adverse reports in order to avoid providing grounds for employees and members to voice divergent opinions.

      A colleague says that her son experienced cardiac failure and blood clot following his vaccination, which kept him hospitalized for 22 days with his life hanging in the balance. The adverse event is not being reported to VAERS. The doctors or hospital administrator have avoided reporting to VAERS by attributing his case to an “unknown virus.” Her son refuses to report the case because he is an ideological Democrat and Democrats have made Fauci and the vaccine their issue.

      My colleague also says that her cousin, who lost the use of his legs immediately after the vaccine just as did my friend, then lost the use of his arms the next day, had a heart attack on the way to the ER, and another heart attack 3 days later that killed him. The doctors won’t report it to VAERS. The cousin’s wife, an ideological Democrat, defends the vaccine and will not report the case either.

      Let’s take the most optimistic case that VAERS, Yellow Card, and EudraVigilance capture 10% of adverse Covid vaccine effects. That means that databases covering the US and part of Europe through about the middle of July 2021 would reveal 299,190 deaths if all deaths were captured by the reporting systems and 639,280 deaths if the whistleblower’s correction of the VAERS deaths is used.

      The databases covering the US and part of Europe would show 22,866,760 injuries.

      Assuming the UK reporting also captures 10% of adverse events, during the first four months of 2021 the British experienced 8,881,960 adverse effects and 12,530 deaths.

      These large numbers are from a small part of the world. They don’t include Russia, China, India, the rest of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Canada, Australia. If the same underreporting is characteristic of these areas, the deaths and injuries from the vaccine far exceeds those from Covid.

      Read entire artcle:

      https://www.globalresearch.ca/how-covid-scam-perpetrated/5751126

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      1. “They Can’t Arrest Us All” – Sen. Rand Paul Urges Americans To “Resist” Pelosi & The Petty Tyrants

        They can’t arrest us all. They can’t keep all your kids home from school. They can’t keep every government building closed – although I’ve got a long list of ones they should.

        We don’t have to accept the mandates, lockdowns, and harmful policies of the petty tyrants and feckless bureaucrats. We can simply say no, not again.

        Speaker Nancy Pelosi — you will not arrest or stop me or anyone on my staff from doing our jobs. We have all either had COVID, had the vaccine, or been offered the vaccine. We will make our own health choices. We will not show you a passport, we will not wear a mask, we will not be forced into random screening and testing so you can continue your drunk with power rein over the Capitol.

        President Biden — we will not accept your agencies’ mandates or your reported moves toward a lockdown. No one should follow the CDC’s anti-science mask mandates. And if you want to shutdown federal agencies again — some of which aren’t even back to work fully — I will stop every bill coming through the Senate with an amendment to cut their funding if they don’t come to work.

        No more.

        Local bureaucrats and union bosses — we will not allow you to do more harm to our children again this year. Children are not at any more risk from COVID than they are for the seasonal flu. Every adult who works in schools has either had the vaccine or had their chance to. There is no reason for mask mandates, part time schools, or any lockdown measures.

        Children are falling behind in school, and are being harmed physically and psychologically by the tactics you have used to keep them from the classroom last year. We won’t allow it again.

        If a school system attempts to keep the children from full-time, in-person school, I will hold up every bill with two amendments. One to defund them, and another to allow parents the choice of where the money goes for their child’s education.

        Do I sound fed up to you? That’s because I am.

        I’m not a career politician. I’ve practiced medicine for 33 years. I graduated from Duke Medical School, worked in emergency rooms, studied immunology and virology, and ultimately chose to become a surgeon.

        I have been telling everyone for a year now that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other public health officials were NOT following science, and I’ve been proven right time and time again.

        But I’m not the only one who is fed up.

        I can’t go anywhere these days — from work, to events, to airports and Ubers, restaurants and stores, without people coming up to me thanking me for standing up for them.

        For standing up for actual science. For standing up for freedom. For standing against mandates, lockdowns, and bureaucratic power grabs.

        I think the tide has turned, and more and more people are willing to stand up. I see stories from across the country of parents standing up to teacher unions and school boards.

        I see members of Congress refusing to comply with Petty Tyrant Pelosi.

        We are at a moment of truth and a crossroads. Will we allow these people to use fear and propaganda to do further harm to our society, economy, and children?

        Or will we stand together and say, absolutely not. Not this time. I choose freedom.

        zerohedge.com/political/they-cant-arrest-us-all-sen-rand-paul-urges-americans-resist-pelosi-petty-tyrants

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      2. Canceling the Constitution: Biden Hailed for Violating Law
        Jonathan Turley, The Hill August 8, 2021

        During the 2020 presidential campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden told voters that the choice between him and Donald Trump was between the lawful and the lawless. He called for voters to support “the rule of law, our Constitution,” a choice repeated mantralike by the media to “end Trump’s assault on the rule of law.” Now, six months into his presidency, Biden is openly flouting the Constitution with a knowingly invalid extension of the eviction moratorium — and some law professors and advocates on the left are cheering him for it.

        A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled on the authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to impose a nationwide moratorium on the eviction of renters during the pandemic. Some of us criticized the CDC order as unconstitutional. The reason is the breathtaking authority claimed by the CDC under a federal law that gives it the power to “make and enforce such regulations as in [its] judgment are necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases.”

        I have long been a critic of such unchecked and undefined authority in pandemics. This, however, is a particularly chilling example. It would give the CDC authority over huge swaths of our economy to avoid even the possibility of the “introduction” or spread of a disease. It means that a Constitution designed to prevent tyranny and authoritarianism becomes largely irrelevant if you put on a white lab coat. After all, the law was designed to control disease, not democracy, as a public health priority.

        In its 5-4 decision in Alabama Association of Realtors v. Department of Health and Human Services, the Supreme Court kept the CDC moratorium in place but left no question that a majority of justices ultimately view the CDC order as unconstitutional. On the minority side of the vote, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett wanted to suspend the eviction moratorium as unconstitutional. Yet the CDC’s original order was about to expire anyway, so — in a somewhat baffling concurrence — Justice Brett Kavanaugh supplied the fifth vote in favor of the CDC to allow the law to simply expire and thereby enable an “additional and more orderly distribution of the congressionally appropriated rental assistance.” Thus, Kavanaugh voted with the majority in this case — but also indicated that he agreed with his conservative colleagues on the larger point that the CDC never had the authority to issue the nationwide eviction moratorium in the first place without a congressional act.

        Biden acknowledged the obvious — that any new order to extend the moratorium would be unconstitutional. Indeed, he admitted that legal experts overwhelmingly told him so: “The bulk of the constitutional scholarship says that it’s not likely to pass constitutional muster.” Yet he added that he was able to find “several key scholars who think that it may and it’s worth the effort.”

        The fact that most scholars relied upon by the Biden White House said the move would be unconstitutional is itself remarkable. Given the makeup of most law faculties, Democrats in Congress usually can expect hundreds of supportive academics to sign letters and attest to their legal positions.

        The question then arose as to who would offer Biden constitutional cover when virtually every other liberal professor declined to do so — and the “several key scholars” were guessed by some of us to be a single figure: Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe. After his own White House counsel agreed that the move would be unconstitutional, Biden reportedly told his chief of staff, Ron Klain, to call Tribe, who has been consistently there for Democrats, from supporting court packing to declaring Trump a terrorist to attacking Republicans and those with conflicting views.

        Tribe and I have long disagreed on constitutional questions, but the partisanship was often laced with some plausibility. The advice in this instance is incredible for its sheer mendacity. The court clearly stated that the CDC lacks this authority, but Tribe reportedly assured Biden that this technically would be a new order, even though it is based on the same unconstitutional claim. It is like being given a parole for stealing a BMW and then immediately stealing a Lexus because it is a different car. The problem was the act, not the make of the car.

        What is particularly alarming was Biden’s reason for why it may be “worth the effort” — that “at a minimum, by the time it gets litigated, it will probably give some additional time while we’re getting that $45 billion out to people.” In other words, with appeals, the Biden administration could rush out money before the courts could shut it down.

        Biden was hailed for his extraconstitutional commitment to social justice. One liberal commentator declared that “with one small action, Biden reveals himself as a better leader than Trump.” That “small action” was violating the Constitution — the document he swore to uphold, “so help me God,” at his inaugural. Nevertheless, gutting the rule of law is somehow now seen as “a sign of leadership in action.”

        Biden is not a first-time offender. When he was vice president, the Obama administration green-lighted the expenditure of billions under ObamaCare despite lacking congressional approval. I represented the House of Representatives as lead counsel in successfully challenging that clearly unconstitutional act, but the administration was never required to get the money back. With the cover offered by Tribe in this instance, Biden apparently hopes to repeat the same tactic to bar evictions while evading the Constitution.

        Biden emboldens establishment Democrats with ballot box wins
        Sunday shows preview: US grapples with rising COVID-19 cases
        When confronted on his unconstitutional strategy, Biden repeatedly reminded reporters that a pandemic is raging. Yet, just months ago, Biden declared his election would amount to the triumph of the “rule of law” and would show that “the flame of democracy” cannot be extinguished, “not even [with] a pandemic or an abuse of power.”

        So, Biden is now blowing out that flame while attempting to excite political demands for extraconstitutional action. It will come at a great cost for the country and his own legacy. The oath that he took on Jan. 20 did not include an exception for political convenience. Indeed, it is often inconvenient to uphold the Constitution — but the alternative is a type of self-eviction on the basis of one’s oath of office.

        Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. You can find his updates on Twitter @JonathanTurley.

        https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/566836-canceling-the-constitution-biden-hailed-for-violating-rule-of-law

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    2. Over 1 Million People Entered U.S. Illegally in First Six Months of 2021
      Total greater than tenth largest U.S. city, individual populations of nine states and District of Columbia
      By Editor | August 7, 2021

      (The Center Square, Bethany Blankley) – More than 1.1 million people entered the U.S. illegally who were processed by Border Patrol from January through July of this year, enough to create the tenth largest city in the U.S. and more than each of the populations of nine states.

      Currently, the tenth largest city is San Jose, California, with a population of 1.03 million.

      To date, the number is also greater than each of the populations of Wyoming (581,075), Vermont (623,251), Alaska (724,357), North Dakota (770,026), South Dakota (896,581), Delaware (990,334), Rhode Island (1,061,509), Montana (1,085,004) and the District of Columbia (714,153).

      If nothing changes, and the numbers continue at the current pace, those entering the southern border illegally will total close to that of the fourth largest city of Houston, with a population of 2.3 million, a population greater than 15 states and the District of Columbia.

      These numbers exclude the estimated 30,000 to 50,000 who reportedly evade capture every month.

      In July, more than 210,000 people entered the U.S. through the Southwest border, an increase from 188,829 in June – primarily through the Rio Grande Valley and Del Rio sectors of Texas.

      In the Rio Grande Valley sector, described as the “epicenter of the current surge,” Border Patrol agents stopped roughly 78,000 people in July, up from 59,380 in June and 51,149 in May. These numbers exclude the tens of thousands who have evaded capture.

      According to preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the daily average encountered by Border Patrol was 6,779, including 616 unaccompanied children and 2,583 family units.

      In July, roughly 19,000 unaccompanied children came through, surpassing the previously highest recorded number in March of 18,877. In June, 15,253 unaccompanied children entered the U.S. illegally.

      In July, the second-highest number of families in recorded history – 80,000 – came through, up from 55,805 in June. The highest number, 88,857, entered in May 2019.

      Border Patrol officials say their facilities are strained with 17,778 people in custody as of Sunday alone, with the Rio Grande Valley sector holding 10,002.

      July’s preliminary total of 210,000 is the highest number of people recorded entering the U.S. illegally in over 20 years. Since January, Border Patrol has found that people have come from over 150 countries.

      https://headlineusa.com/over-1-million-people-entered-u-s-illegally-in-first-six-months-of-2021/

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      1. Bill Kristol PNC neocon

        The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was a neoconservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. that focused on United States foreign policy. It was established as a non-profit educational organization in 1997, and founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan.

        John Pilger reveals the American plan: a new Pearl Harbour

        Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W Bush said what America needed was a “catastrophic and catalysing event”.

        The threat posed by US terrorism to the security of nations and individuals was outlined in prophetic detail in a document written more than two years ago and disclosed only recently. What was needed for America to dominate much of humanity and the world’s resources, it said, was “some catastrophic and catalysing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”.

        The attacks of 11 September 2001 provided the “new Pearl Harbor”, described as “the opportunity of ages”. The extremists who have since exploited 11 September come from the era of Ronald Reagan, when far-right groups and “think-tanks” were established to avenge the American “defeat” in Vietnam. In the 1990s, there was an added agenda: to justify the denial of a “peace dividend” following the cold war. The Project for the New American Century was formed, along with the American Enterprise Institute, the Hudson Institute and others that have since merged the ambitions of the Reagan administration with those of the current Bush regime.

        One of George W Bush’s “thinkers” is Richard Perle. I interviewed Perle when he was advising Reagan; and when he spoke about “total war”, I mistakenly dismissed him as mad. He recently used the term again in describing America’s “war on terror”. “No stages,” he said. “This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq . . . this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war . . . our children will sing great songs about us years from now.”

        https://www.newstatesman.com/node/192545

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    3. EVANGELICAL PATRIOTISM

      At the onset of World War Two, Gen. George Patton said. “While the Nazis were building tanks, we were building refrigerators”

      Well, he was right, we needed some tanks to defeat the Nazis.

      So the US and Rosy the Riveter built some tanks,and some bombers, and submarines. And we beat those bastards.

      But the fact of the matter is, the common people would rather have refrigerators. As it turns out we need both tanks and refrigerators.

      I am an evangelical promoter of patriotism.

      By patriotism I mean the principles stated so eloquently in the Declaration of Independence, that ALL people are born equal, and hold natural inalienable rights to Liberty.

      That governments are established by the people in order to guarantee these rights to Liberty. And any government that fails to guarantee such rights should be abolished and begun anew to reestablish a government of the people for the people and by the people.

      Do I think that Glenn Greenwald would agree with such a proposition? Yes I do.

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      1. The True Story of The Patton Prayer

        by Msgr. James H. O’Neill

        (From the Review of the News 6 October 1971)

        As the Chief Chaplain of the Third Army throughout the five campaigns on the Staff of General Patton, I should have some knowledge of the event because at the direction of General Patton I composed the now world famous Prayer, and wrote Training Letter No. 5, which constitutes an integral, but untold part, of the prayer story. These Incidents, narrated in sequence, should serve to enhance the memory of the man himself, and cause him to be enshrined by generations to come as one of the greatest of our soldiers. He had all the traits of military leadership, fortified by genuine trust in God, intense love of country, and high faith In the American soldier.

        He had no use for half-measures. He wrote this line a few days before his death: “Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself and to American tradition.” He was true to the principles of his religion, Episcopalian, and was regular in Church attendance and practices, unless duty made his presence Impossible.

        The incident of the now famous Patton Prayer commenced with a telephone call to the Third Army Chaplain on the morning of December 8, 1944, when the Third Army Headquarters were located in the Caserne Molifor in Nancy, France: “This is General Patton; do you have a good prayer for weather? We must do something about those rains if we are to win the war.” My reply was that I know where to look for such a prayer, that I would locate, and report within the hour. As I hung up the telephone receiver, about eleven in the morning, I looked out on the steadily falling rain, “immoderate” I would call it — the same rain that had plagued Patton’s Army throughout the Moselle and Saar Campaigns from September until now, December 8. The few prayer books at hand contained no formal prayer on weather that might prove acceptable to the Army Commander. Keeping his immediate objective in mind, I typed an original and an improved copy on a 5″ x 3″ filing card:

        Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.

        I pondered the question, What use would General Patton make of the prayer? Surely not for private devotion. If he intended it for circulation to chaplains or others, with Christmas not far removed, it might he proper to type the Army Commander’s Christmas Greetings on the reverse side. This would please the recipient, and anything that pleased the men I knew would please him:

        To each officer and soldier in the Third United States Army, I Wish a Merry Christmas. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We march in our might to complete victory. May God’s blessings rest upon each of you on this Christmas Day. G.S. Patton, Jr, Lieutenant General, Commanding, Third United States Army.

        http://www.pattonhq.com/prayer.html

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    4. YOU CAN WATCH THIS YOURSELF AT THE LINK BELOW

      Hunter Biden is Seen in Unearthed Footage Telling a Prostitute that Russian Drug Dealers Stole a Third Laptop

      That three hard drives, full of of Hunter Biden’s videos and his incriminating business contracts with high-level criminals in the CCP, in Central Asia, in Ukraine and elsewhere – that these are in the hands of ALL the major news outlets – to say nothing of Federal law enforcement agencies – and that this has never been huge news story is yet another shocking illustration of the abject fakeness of the Fake News and of how captured our whole planet is.

      One wonders why this new Hunter Biden video is coming out now? Is this the beginnings of a Biden Removal Op?

      https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/hunter-biden-is-seen-in-unearthed-footage-telling-a-prostitute-that-russian-drug-dealers-stole-a-third-laptops/

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    5. William Whitten 1:36 — 8/14/2021
      Obama wasn’t born in the US. He was probably born in Kenya.

      I did an inspection of the Hawaiian birth certificate when it was published — back during the controversy.

      I used Photoshop as a forensic tool, which has several apps that can be used to test images, plus a stereoscopic app which can actually test the texture of a document.

      Tyoed documents have a distict impression in the letters on a page. Not only were the actual fonts of the new numbers and dates missmatched on the birth cert. but they were abviously products of photo manipulation as there was no impression depth to the new name and birth date on the certificate.

      There is a crosshatch pattern on the certificats that show interuptions and slight size differences in areas that inticate erasures on the certificate. The 3D spectroscopic images showed flaws in the material as well.

      One can blow up areas of an image 100s of %. One cannot see any of these things I discoverd by the naked eye.

      Yea, I expect a lot of bitching at me fr this one. What the hell.

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      1. Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance shortly after the American Revolution. It established a government for the land northwest of the Ohio River (think Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and even a portion of Minnesota). It also outlined the process for admitting a new state into the Union.

        It’s sometimes known as one of the four “organic” laws of the United States. The others? The Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution—so it’s in pretty rare company.

        The Northwest Ordinance holds special significance, not just to America but also to us here at Hillsdale. The best person to explain this is, of course, my boss and teacher, Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn.

        He does so during the“Hillsdale Dialogues,” where each week, conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt speaks to Dr. Arnn or another guest from the College.

        These talks air nationwide on Hugh’s radio show and are released as podcasts so you, and anyone else, can listen at any time.

        As I mentioned, Hugh and Dr. Arnn discussed the Northwest Ordinance in a recent segment. It’s a great conversation, and you can listen to it using this link:

        https://blog.hillsdale.edu/dialogues/american-heritage-the-northwest-ordinance-4-30-21

        Image result for Northwest Ordinance article 6
        Slavery and involuntary servitude were forbidden in the Northwest Territory, thereby making the Ohio River a natural dividing line between the free and slave states of the country. Unanimous consent from the states was required for the Northwest Ordinance to be passed.

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    6. The Supreme Court may reconsider a major case concerning freedom of the press. The Times’s Adam Liptak explains why.

      A First Amendment precedent

      Four years ago, at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch indicated that a 1964 precedent protecting press freedom was secure. “That’s been the law of the land for, gosh, 50, 60 years,” he said of the decision, New York Times v. Sullivan, which made it very hard for government officials to win libel suits.

      But last month, Gorsuch said it was time for the Supreme Court to take another look at the case. “What started in 1964 with a decision to tolerate the occasional falsehood to ensure robust reporting by a comparative handful of print and broadcast outlets,” he wrote in a dissenting opinion, “has evolved into an ironclad subsidy for the publication of falsehoods by means and on a scale previously unimaginable.”

      He is not alone in calling for reconsideration of the decision, which has only one rival as the most important legal triumph for the press in American history, also involving The Times, the Pentagon Papers decision in 1971. Justice Clarence Thomas, for instance, has repeatedly called for the Supreme Court to reconsider Sullivan and rulings extending it, saying they were “policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law.”

      ‘The wrath of press and media’

      In March, Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit endorsed that view in a dissent but said that overturning Sullivan would be a heavy lift. “I recognize how difficult it will be to persuade the Supreme Court to overrule such a ‘landmark’ decision,” he wrote. “After all, doing so would incur the wrath of press and media.”

      The press is biased, he wrote, and so does not deserve Sullivan’s protections. “Two of the three most influential papers (at least historically), The New York Times and The Washington Post, are virtually Democratic Party broadsheets,” Silberman wrote. “And the news section of The Wall Street Journal leans in the same direction.”

      There are echoes of Donald Trump’s frustration with modern defamation law in some of these critiques.

      “We’re going to open up those libel laws,” Trump said on the campaign trail in 2016. “So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.”

      NY TIMES — August 18, 2021

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    7. Is there a law that requires Americans to pay a federal income tax? To a lot of people they might say, we’ll of course there is a law, why else would we be required to pay income taxes if  there wasn’t a law. This book is going to answer that question and at the same time expose a terrifying outlook of our government and Americas central banks. All of the information that is in this book can be researched for yourself.

      Russo, Arron. America Freedom to fascism: The biggest conspiracy ever perpetrated on the American People . Unknown.

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  2. The coming Delta lockdown is designed to invoke nationwide protests – here’s why

    Within the next 12 days, multiple sources have told us, the pretender-in-chief Joe Biden will announce a nationwide lockdown, fraudulently blaming the “delta” variant and “anti-vaxxers” for the overzealous action.

    The new lockdown will be perceived as so overreaching and totalitarian that nationwide protests will soon commence.

    This is actually all part of the plan. The lockdown push is being engineered to invoke a backlash, even among Leftists who will join conservatives in taking to the streets to protest the medical tyranny.

    During this backlash, the corrupt Biden regime will roll out false flag events that are designed to permanently destroy the Bill of Rights, take away citizens’ firearms and force mandatory vaccines at gunpoint, nationwide.

    Full details in today’s podcast here:

    https://www.brighteon.com/a6149c85-923e-4ecb-8f77-b6c1d9e05f1c
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    1. Super-spreaders of digital disinformation’ hindering COVID vaccine efforts

      Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound with the formula H ₂O ₂. In its pure form, it is a very pale blue liquid, slightly more viscous than water. It is used as an oxidizer, bleaching agent, **and antiseptic,** usually as a dilute solution in water for consumer use, and in higher concentrations for industrial use.
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      1. William WhittenWrites https://thedissedent.page/blog ·just now
        Operation Paperclip

        Operation Paperclip was a secret United States intelligence program in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians were taken from former Nazi Germany to the U.S. for government employment after the end of World War II in Europe, between 1945 and 1959.

        Why No One Could Find Mengele: Allen Dulles and the German SS

        Peter Dale Scott

        https://www.jstor.org/stable/4383422

        In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

        By Eric Lichtblau

        Oct. 26, 2014

        WASHINGTON — In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.

        At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. They believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed what one official called “moral lapses” in their service to the Third Reich.

        The agency hired one former SS officer as a spy in the 1950s, for instance, even after concluding he was probably guilty of “minor war crimes.”

        And in 1994, a lawyer with the C.I.A. pressured prosecutors to drop an investigation into an ex-spy outside Boston implicated in the Nazis’ massacre of tens of thousands of Jews in Lithuania, according to a government official.

        The Center for the Preservation of Modern History

        P.O. Box 23511, Santa Barbara, California 93121 Tel: (805) 899-3433 Fax: (805) 899-4773 BBS: (805) 899-4737

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      2. William WhittenWrites https://thedissedent.page/blog ·Jul 16
        Gen. Mark Milley Compared Trump Supporters To Nazis: ‘These Are The Same People We Fought In World War II’

        General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, compared supporters of former President Donald Trump to Nazis, according to a new book.

        Milley, who has been widely criticized for being “woke,” claimed that Trump was preaching “the gospel of the Führer” when he contested the results of the 2020 election and claimed that Trump had led the U.S. to the brink of its own “Reichstag moment,” a reference to an incident in 1933 that Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler used to consolidate political power in Germany.

        New York Magazine reported:

        … the general’s worries grew rapidly as the president plunged the nation into chaos following Election Day. Seven days later, Milley got a call from “an old friend” with an explicit warning that Trump and his allies were trying to “overturn the government.” Milley was confident that any attempts by Trump to hold on to power would be thwarted, because the military wouldn’t go along. “They may try, but they’re not going to fucking succeed,” he told aides. “You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with guns.”

        The book says that Milley responded to the January 6 riot by saying, “These guys are Nazis, they’re boogaloo boys, they’re Proud Boys. These are the same people we fought in World War II.”

        The report concludes by saying that Milley told Michelle Obama on Biden’s inauguration day that “no one has a bigger smile today than I do. You can’t see it under my mask but I do.”

        A separate book documented a separate incident that happened with Milley when Trump was in office in which Milley snapped at Senior White House Adviser Stephen Miller after Miller warned Trump that far-left riots were destroying America last summer.

        The allegations are made in a new book by a Wall Street Journal reporter who released excerpts to CNN, which reported:

        During one Oval Office debate, senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller chimed in, equating the scenes unfolding on his television to those in a third-world country and claiming major American cities had been turned into war zones.

        “These cities are burning,” Miller warned, according to the excerpts.

        The comment infuriated Milley, who viewed Miller as not only wrong but out of his lane, Bender writes, noting the Army general who had commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan spun around in his seat and pointed a finger directly at Miller.

        “Shut the f–k up, Stephen,” Milley snapped, according to the excerpts.

        Milley stirred controversy during a recent hearing in front of Congress in which he said he wanted to understand “white rage” and that he found it “offensive” that he was being accused of turning the military “woke” because “we’re studying some theories that are out there.”

        Related: WATCH: ‘I’ve Read Mao Tse-Tung. I’ve Read Karl Marx. I’ve Read Lenin. That Doesn’t Make Me A Communist’: Top-Ranking U.S. Military Official Defends Teaching Critical Race Theory

        https://www.dailywire.com/news/gen-mark-milley-compared-trump-supporters-to-nazis-these-are-the-same-people-we-fought-in-world-war-ii

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        It is obvious that the Biden regime is cueing up for pogroms agains Trump suppoters. Stay alert, this is getting serious very quickly!

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      3. NATIONWIDE 1/6-TYPE FALSE FLAG IN ABOUT 10 DAYS

        Clif says the Commies are terrified of the dual beach head that’s forming, with the audits on the one hand and the vaccine lawsuits and the collapse of the pandemic narrative on the other.

        He predicts that around August 14-15th, the Biden regime will make an announcement – such as mandatory vaccinations – that will cause people to go out into the streets in protest, which is the true purpose of the announcement, as he says the Bidenistas are planning a nationwide January 6th-type of event, using a large cast of federal agents and -assets, posing as “Trump supporters” (aka “White Supremacists”) to create a violent false flag that would ultimately give them the narrative they need to confiscate all legally-registered guns.

        The initial purpose of this draconian announcement will be to drive the news cycle, because the results of the Arizona Audit are expected around that time and these will have the effect of delegitimizing the Biden regime, so they want to keep those findings out of the news. This, of course, points to how weak the Biden regime actually is and it’s a perfect example of Sun Tzu’s axiom to “Look strong when you are weak.”

        https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/wooplosion/
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      4. The US Constitution established a Republic. The FORM is repulican. Yes the democratic mechanism is employed in which the representatives of the federal government are chosen in general elections. But as far as the presidency is concerned even that process is tempered by the republican process of an Electoral College to make the final decision of who will become the president.

        As has been noted by Mr.Africanus in his excellent commentary, a large portion of the US politicians are not at all satisfied with the system created by the United States Constitution and have taken it upon themselves to rule by fiat, while attempting to give the perception of adherence to the Constitution. This burlesque has become more and more obvious in the years since President Trump was elected President.

        Trump’s unique approach was singularly constitutional in manner, which created a distinct contrast to what had come before. It showed an unfavorable light on the people in power taking advantage of the system like a party of drunken pirates. Once seen in the light of day these scoundrels left an indelible image on the patriots who support President Trump. These cockroaches can scamper back under the rug and behind the closed doors of their offices, but they are now identified as a group and as specific individuals.

        They are now like cornered rats…much more dangerous than ever before because they now fear the repercussions of their hubris and folly.

        We have heard their recent murmerings of threats against the Trump supporters from both Biden and his supposed henchman General Milley the Woke.

        Prepare, a call to the ramparts may be near.

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      5. Half Of Americans Believe 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

        “The United States is a strongly conspiratorial society.”
        –Tia Ghose | December 27, 2016

        A majority of Americans believe that the government is concealing information about the 9/11 attacks, one new survey suggests.

        And that’s not the only conspiracy theory believed by a wide swath of Americans: Around 40 percent believe the government is hiding information about aliens, the John F. Kennedy assassination and global warming. Conspiracy theories about the JFK assassination abound, and scientists say these ideas have become embedded in the very culture surrounding his death, with heaps of TV shows, books and movies on them. [Top 10 Conspiracy Theories Explained]

        “We found clear evidence that the United States is a strongly conspiratorial society,” study lead author Christopher Bader, a sociologist at Chapman University in California, said in a statement. “We see a degree of paranoia in the responses. Most indicative is nearly one-third of respondents believed the government is concealing information about ‘the North Dakota crash,’ a theory we asked about that — to our knowledge — we made up.”

        Exactly why so many Americans seem to hold the right mix of belief and paranoia required to buy into conspiracy theories isn’t quite clear, though the study did identify certain types of people who are more or less likely to hold such beliefs.

        Conspiracy Theories

        The findings are based on survey answers from 1,511 Americans ages 18 and over who took part in the National Survey of Fears – Wave 3. The surveys were weighted to provide demographically representative results based on the American population as a whole.

        Results showed that a solid minority of people who not only believed in conspiracies involving the 9/11 attacks, but also held conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birth certificate and the origin of the AIDS virus. Nearly a fourth found something suspicious in the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

        Here’s the breakdown:

        The government is concealing what they know about …

        >The 9/11 attacks: 54.3 percent agree or strongly agree

        >The JFK assassination: 49.6 percent

        >Alien encounters: 42.6 percent

        >Global warming: 42.1 percent

        >Plans for a one-world government: 32.9 percent

        >Obama’s birth certificate: 30.2 percent

        >The origin of the AIDS virus: 30.1 percent

        >The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: 27.8 percent

        >The moon landing: 24.2 percent

        Who Believes?

        Past research into the math behind conspiracy theories has found that the more people who are involved in keeping a plot secret, the higher the odds it will be unmasked eventually.

        People who believe conspiracy theories tended to be more pessimistic, less trusting of people they know, and more likely to do things like buying a gun out of fear, the survey results indicated.

        Based on the survey results, the person likeliest to have a conspiratorial mindset is a white, employed Republican with a lower income, who is affiliated with a Christian denomination but doesn’t attend religious services too often.

        “Conspiracy theorists tend to be more pessimistic about the near future, fearful of government, less trusting of other people in their lives and more likely to engage in actions due to their fears, such as purchasing a gun,” Bader said.

        This suspicion of government and conspiracy theories does not correspond with skepticism about everything. For instance, more than two-thirds of Americans, regardless of conspiracy-theory attitudes, held some belief in the paranormal.

        Original article on Live Science.

        https://www.huffpost.com/entry/half-of-americans-believe-911-conspiracy-theories_n_5804ec04e4b0e8c198a92df3

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      6. “The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences.”–Carroll Quigley

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      7. Bill Kristol PNC neocon

        The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was a neoconservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. that focused on United States foreign policy. It was established as a non-profit educational organization in 1997, and founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan.

        John Pilger reveals the American plan: a new Pearl Harbour

        Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W Bush said what America needed was a “catastrophic and catalysing event”.

        The threat posed by US terrorism to the security of nations and individuals was outlined in prophetic detail in a document written more than two years ago and disclosed only recently. What was needed for America to dominate much of humanity and the world’s resources, it said, was “some catastrophic and catalysing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”.

        The attacks of 11 September 2001 provided the “new Pearl Harbor”, described as “the opportunity of ages”. The extremists who have since exploited 11 September come from the era of Ronald Reagan, when far-right groups and “think-tanks” were established to avenge the American “defeat” in Vietnam. In the 1990s, there was an added agenda: to justify the denial of a “peace dividend” following the cold war. The Project for the New American Century was formed, along with the American Enterprise Institute, the Hudson Institute and others that have since merged the ambitions of the Reagan administration with those of the current Bush regime.

        One of George W Bush’s “thinkers” is Richard Perle. I interviewed Perle when he was advising Reagan; and when he spoke about “total war”, I mistakenly dismissed him as mad. He recently used the term again in describing America’s “war on terror”. “No stages,” he said. “This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq . . . this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war . . . our children will sing great songs about us years from now.”

        https://www.newstatesman.com/node/192545

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        The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 is a book written by David Ray Griffin, a retired professor of philosophy at the Claremont School of Theology. It draws analogies between the September 11, 2001, attacks and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941

        Click to access 1D070EA544FE7928BEEF09659C079ACC_David_Ray_Griffin_-_The_New_Pearl_Harbour.pdf

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    2. How Rudy Giuliani Went From 9/11’s Hallowed Mayor to 2021’s Haunted Ghoul

      OR

      How VANITY FAIR takes a disinfo shit on everybody associated with President Trump as well as Trump himself as often as possible…that is every single stinking issue.

      Part of the mainstream parade of constant insidious propaganda against Trump and his supporters. Macy’s Satanist Parade every fucking week. All aboard for the Shit Train!!

      More from the Vanity Fair hit piece – the real point of the article:

      If 20 years on, we find the man we had lionized for his leadership on that day unfit to represent its memory—not because he is old, infirm, or gracefully losing his marbles, but because he is the face of a Trumpian madness in which great swathes of the country are implicated—that in itself is important.

      https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/08/how-rudy-giuliani-went-from-911s-hallowed-mayor-
      to-2021s-haunted-ghoul

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      1. The 10 STAGES OF GENOCIDE may be happening here, NOW

        Glenn says it’s clear WHO the far-left currently is targeting and WHAT is coming. Because history is repeating itself, he says, and like so many Jews who did not escape before World War II, are we failing to see the signs? Glenn and Pat go through the ’10 stages of genocide,’ and some of the early ones are frighteningly similar to what we’re experiencing in America today.

        https://rightwingcountrynews.com/the-10-stages-of-genocide-may-be-happening-here-now/

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  3. Dr. Mercola – Why I Am Deleting All Content After 48 Hours

    A week ago, I was de-platformed by my main advertising company, due to my articles about the vaxx and I will not be paid for the past 2 months of working at all hours, 7 days a week. I never ask for money but I’m going to put this right HERE.

    De-monetization and de-platforming have been a big part of my life for the past 6 years but I don’t know how much longer I can do this, not for any lack of will on my part but because at the rate things are going, websites like mine will soon cease to exist.

    Dr Mercola, publisher of one of the most popular independent websites of all time was targeted by the Biden administration and threatened with the seizure of his domain and has now been forced to take down his article archive of over 25 years’ worth of content in 48 hours.

    Google had already been blocking search traffic to his site since mid-2019, the year that I was de-platformed by three Big Tech companies, as part of what I now understand were preparations for the COVID hoax, which has since engulfed our planet.

    Dr Mercola says, “I will continue to publish new articles, BUT going forward, each article I publish will be available for only 48 hours and will then be removed from the website.

    “We are at the crossroad where change is unavoidable. We all must make choices that determine our future. To many, this looks like a war … but what we need to find is peace. I am going to find peace through this sacrifice.

    “Just to be clear, ALL my content will be removed. This includes articles on:

    • Great Reset

    • General nutrition

    • The coronavirus

    • My interviews with experts

    “These will be removed to appease the individuals in power who have an arsenal of overwhelming tools at their disposal, and are actively engaged in using them. COVID-19 has activated and authorized emergency powers that have weakened our constitutional rights. Sadly, cyberwarfare and authoritarian forces are beyond our abilities to withstand, and this is now our only way forward.

    “Over 15,000 articles full of vital information that has helped tens of millions across the world take control of their health, will be removed. There was a time when people could debate and respect each other freely. That time is now gone. I believe laws are best applied like medicine – locally and specifically.

    “Local food, local democracy – our local community strength is the best way to achieve peace moving forward, and to stop authoritarian technocracy. I also believe we are at our strongest when we can care and maintain respect for each other. This is how we can make our most important decisions in life.”

    https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/dr-mercola-why-i-am-deleting-all-content-after-48-hours/

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    1. THE VOYEUR

      I’ve had a belly full a smelly full of twisted fisted sometimes not dreaming but I saw her turn and nod like a pod on a beanstalk winking a simmering shimmering sometimes not glimmering blue eye like she was saying follow me which I did though I hid at the corners where she would turn around to be sure I was bound on her course of course on horse trodden ground where the hound bugled at the voyeur caught at the curtain of the lovers
      but this I did not stay to survey to the climax for following the winking wench I am
      soon under a doorway under a yellow moth ridden mosquito bitten shadow churning candle burning flickering porch lamp and it seems damp on my lip and in my pants watching her fondling the doorknob
      again she turns and passion burns she smiles and leaves the door a’crack and with a smack pulls off her back that which held the tasty snack of her pink erected nipples
      I’ve now sprung to her window with breath contained like a screaming a strong wind my heart seeps a fart and with a start
      am I dying?!
      No! just too much excitement for one night and what the hell am I doing standing in the cold my fist a’hold of the rod called ‘deflowerer’?

      © Willy Whitten – 1976
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  4. In its September 2019 report, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board — a joint arm of the World Health Organization and the World Bank — warned that technological advances “allow for disease-creating micro-organisms to be engineered or recreated in laboratories,” and that the release of such organisms could cause greater devastation than a natural outbreak
    On the Board are Sir Jeremy Farrar (director of the Wellcome Trust) and Dr. Anthony Fauci (director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIAID), both of whom have defended the zoonotic origin theory for SARS-CoV-2 and helped suppress the lab-leak theory
    February 1, 2020, Farrar set up a confidential conference call with a dozen individuals, including Fauci. Two days later, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made a public call for censorship of “misinformation”
    Five days after that call, Peter Daszak circulated the first draft of a scientific consensus statement that eventually got published in The Lancet, and thereafter was used by mainstream media and fact checkers everywhere to “debunk” any and all evidence of a lab leak
    Six weeks after Farrar’s group call, several of the participants published a commentary in Nature Medicine, in which they stated they “do not believe that any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible”
    In the July 22, 2021, article,1 “Did Scientists Stifle the Lab-Leak Theory,” foreign reporter and columnist for Unherd, Ian Birrell, analyzes the circumstances that led to a near-complete blackout of questions about SARS-CoV-2’s origin.

    In September 2019, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board issued a warning that a new infectious disease was poised to spread around the world, and that nations were ill prepared for such an event.

    The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board is a joint arm of the World Health Organization and the World Bank — two technocratic entities that aren’t always working in the best interest of humanity as a whole.

    On the 15-person Board are Sir Jeremy Farrar (director of the Wellcome Trust), Dr. Anthony Fauci (director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIAID) and George Fu Gao, director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Technocrat-Led Board Predicted Manmade Pandemic
    As noted by Birrell, the board’s warning was “astonishingly prescient,” as SARS-CoV-2 emerged in December 2020. Importantly, the board did not necessarily focus its prediction on the emergence of natural zoonotic diseases but, rather, warned of technological and scientific advances that “allow for disease-creating micro-organisms to be engineered or recreated in laboratories.”

    According to the board, accidental release of such manmade organisms could actually be far more devastating than a natural outbreak. “Accidental or deliberate events caused by high-impact respiratory pathogens pose global catastrophic biological risks,” the board stated in its September 2019 report, titled “A World At Risk.”2 In passing, the report also mentioned the need to control the flow of information:

    “A deliberate release would complicate outbreak response; in addition to the need to decide how to counter the pathogen, security measures would come into play limiting information-sharing and fomenting social divisions.”

    Same Board Members Denied Possibility of Manmade Pandemic
    Despite the Board’s recognition that manmade pathogens pose a significant threat, some of its board members — Fauci and Farrar in particular — have played central roles in roundly dismissing the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from a lab. As reported by Birrell:3

    “Farrar was a central figure behind two landmark documents published by influential science journals that played a key role in shutting down discussion of the lab leak hypothesis by branding it conspiracy theory.

    These statements, signed and promoted by leading figures in the scientific establishment, pushed an idea that the pandemic was a natural occurrence by arguing against the plausibility of ‘any type of laboratory-based scenario.’ Critics say this ‘false narrative’ set back understanding of the disease for more than a year.”

    In his book, “Spike: The Virus vs. The People — the Inside Story,” Farrar praises China for its pandemic response at the outset of the pandemic. This despite the fact that the Communist dictatorship is known to have silenced doctors who wanted to warn the public, and allowed the annual Chinese New Year’s celebration to proceed, thereby ensuring massive spread as people from all parts of China and across the world gathered.

    Did Fauci and Farrar Collude to Suppress Lab-Leak Theory?
    Birrell goes on to detail how Farrar and Fauci reacted to early reports suggesting the virus had telltale signs of gain-of-function. Emails4 obtained via freedom of information act (FOIA) requests reveal Fauci received a Science magazine article detailing the work of Peter Daszak (EcoHealth Alliance) and Shi Zhengli at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).

    “The article discussed controversies over risky ‘gain of function’ experiments, including mention of a 2015 paper by Shi and a U.S. expert on modification of a Sars-like bat virus to boost infectivity to humans,” Birrell writes.5

    “Emails released through freedom of information requests show Fauci instantly circulated the article to U.S. officials and contacted Farrar saying it was ‘of interest to the current discussion’ …

    [Scripps virologist Kristian] Andersen, when sent the Science article at the end of January, admitted a close look at the genetic sequences of Sars-CoV-2 showed that ‘some of the features (potentially) look engineered’ and that other experts agreed the genome was ‘inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory’ …

    The Wellcome boss then set up a conference call for the pair of them with 11 other experts from around the world, warning their discussions were ‘in total confidence’ and information ‘not to be shared’ without prior agreement.

    Farrar also sent Fauci a link to an article on ZeroHedge … that tied a Wuhan researcher to the virus outbreak. The site was banned the next day from Twitter …”

    While we don’t know the full details of what was discussed during that February 1, 2020, phone call, Birrell points out what we do know. For example, we know they discussed contacting the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and that two days later, Ghebreyesus made a public call for censorship of misinformation.

    Five days after that call, Daszak also circulated the first draft of a scientific consensus statement6 that eventually got published in The Lancet, and thereafter was used by mainstream media and fact checkers everywhere to “debunk” any and all evidence of a lab leak.

    The dam is breaking. And with the surging floodwaters, comes a stunning realization: Almost across the board, our elite institutions got the most important question about COVID wrong. ~ James Meigs
    The statement, signed by 27 experts, including Farrar, condemned “conspiracy theories suggesting that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin.” A FOIA request revealed Daszak was the mastermind behind that Lancet statement7 — which, by the way, presented no actual evidence of natural origin — and that he wanted to make sure it could not be identified as being from a single individual or organization.

    Six weeks after Farrar’s group call, four of the participants on the call — including Andersen — also published a commentary in Nature Medicine, titled “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2,”8 in which they stated they “do not believe that any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible.”

    “This statement in a world-renowned journal, which has been accessed 5.5 million times, further depressed debate of alternative theories on the origins, despite being challenged by a few brave voices in the scientific community,” Birrell writes.9

    Unanswered Questions
    In his book, “Spike,” which was published July 22, 2021, Farrar admits he had deep concerns about the “huge coincidence” of SARS-CoV-2 emerging in a city with a biosafety level 4 (BSL4) laboratory that just so happens to specialize in collection, storage and research of bat coronaviruses. Birrell writes:

    “The new coronavirus ‘might not even be that novel at all,’ he thought. ‘It might have been engineered years ago, put in a freezer, and then taken out more recently by someone who decided to work on it again. And then, maybe, there was … an accident?’

    He was so concerned that he confided in Eliza Manningham-Buller, then the Wellcome Trust chair and a former head of the MI5 intelligence service, who told him to start taking precautions such as avoiding putting things in emails and using a burner phone for key conversations.

    So what changed his mind so firmly he started signing letters and tweeting about alleged conspiracy theories? When I asked Farrar to share the evidence that set his mind at rest, he pointed to the Nature Medicine article. Yet his office told me later he helped ‘convene’ these five authors.

    They also insist that ‘the weight of available data and scientific evidence continues to point towards zoonotic origins.’

    But scientists have found no hard evidence on the pandemic origins, despite testing 80,000 samples on animals to find a natural link, while China has made increasingly ludicrous claims over the origins as well as covering up the outbreak, lying over the date of first cases and taking offline Wuhan’s key database of samples and viral sequences.”

    In his book, Farrar also discusses specific concerns brought forth by Andersen in January 2020. Recall, in April 2020, Andersen published “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2” with four other co-authors. But in January, three things alarmed him about the virus:

    The receptor binding domain, which is like a perfect key for entering human cells
    The furin cleavage site, which is not found in other bat coronaviruses and would be expected “if someone had set out to adapt an animal coronavirus to humans by taking a specific suit of genetic material from elsewhere and inserting it”
    A scientific paper describing the use of that very technique to modify the original SARS virus. Andersen allegedly thought it “looked like a how-to manual for building the Wuhan coronavirus in a laboratory”
    Evidence of Collusion
    Before Farrar’s February 1, 2020, call, Andersen was “60 to 70%” convinced SARS-CoV-2 was a lab creation, according to Farrar’s account. Yet Andersen also told Farrar he did not want to be a front man for the lab leak theory. Birrell writes:10

    “Anderson told [Farrar] that he suddenly realized he might be the person who proved the new virus came from a lab. ’I didn’t necessarily want to be that person,’ he said.

    ‘When you make big claims like that you had better be sure that you can conclude something is based on evidence and not on speculation.’ So according to Farrar, then five experts wrestled with the evidence and, the following month, they declared in Nature Medicine that Sars-CoV-2 was ‘not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus’ …

    They offered the circumstantial evidence that RaTG13, the closest known coronavirus to Sars-CoV-2, had different binding mechanisms — yet similar ones were found on pangolins, so ‘the ingredients … were out in the wild. They did not need to have escaped, or been unleashed, from a containment lab.’”

    The problem with this argument is that they have no firm evidence of natural emergence. What’s more, while Andersen and co-authors claim they spent many sleepless nights carefully analyzing and evaluating the lab leak theory before finally dismissing it, in a May 2021 interview,11 co-author Robert Garry admitted the first draft of the Nature Medicine paper was finished February 1, 2020 — the day of Farrar’s conference call, which included four of the five co-authors.

    Fauci’s email trove also reveals Farrar sent Fauci a rough draft of the Nature Medicine paper three days after that conference call, urging him to keep it confidential. That same day, Andersen also told another group of experts that the data “conclusively show” there was no engineering involved. “So far from having ‘many sleepless nights,’ these scientists seem to have changed their minds amazingly fast and reached fresh conclusions,” Birrell writes.

    Elite Institutions Have Subverted the Truth
    Another article addressing the subversion of truth by some of our most trusted scientific institutions is James Meigs’ Commentary piece, “The Lab-Leak-Theory Cover-Up.”12

    “The dam is breaking,” Meigs writes. “And with the surging floodwaters, comes a stunning realization: Almost across the board, our elite institutions got the most important question about COVID wrong.

    Worse, they worked furiously to discourage anyone else from getting it right. The leading scientific experts turned out to be spinning the truth. Our public-health officials put their political agenda ahead of any scientific mandate.

    And the press and social-media giants eagerly played along, enforcing strict rules about which COVID topics were acceptable and which had to be banished from the national conversation.

    During the Trump years, we heard a lot of hand-wringing about the public’s unwarranted ‘distrust’ of our society’s designated experts and leaders. But to be trusted, people and institutions have to be trustworthy.

    The COVID-19 pandemic revealed a profound corruption at the heart of our expert class. The impact of that revelation will reverberate for years to come.”

    As noted by Meigs, leading institutions not only declared the lab-leak theory incorrect, but also “dangerous and malicious,” and went to extraordinary lengths to “protect” the population from hearing anything that might infect their minds with such wrongthink.

    In the end, all such efforts failed. Despite the ridicule, personal attacks and censorship, common sense and logic have managed to break through and, today, the failures of our most prestigious science institutions are laid bare.

    Government Only Pays Lip Service to the Truth
    The lab-leak question has also revealed corruption within other cherished institutions, such as the U.S. intelligence community. Two separate teams, one in the State Department and another under direction of the National Security Council, have been tasked with investigating the origin of SARS-CoV-2.

    In Commentary, Meigs points out that both teams report facing intense internal pushback, according to Vanity Fair reporter Katherine Eban. Their own institutions urged them “not to open a ‘Pandora’s Box,’” which suggests the State Department and the NSC aren’t particularly interested in the truth. Of particular concern was the role the U.S. government may have played by funding gain-of-funding research on bat coronaviruses at the WIV.

    While the ramifications of the truth might be extremely uncomfortable for some, if we allow individuals to shirk responsibility, the ramifications of that course of action could ultimately turn out to be lethal for mankind.

    If U.S. institutions such as the NIAID funded gain-of-function research that resulted in a pandemic, we need to know, so we can close loopholes and implement better safeguards. I’ve argued that gain-of-function research that makes pathogens more dangerous to humans ought to be banned altogether, to prevent the creation of a truly lethal pandemic.

    But even if we don’t ban it, we need to know what government agencies have been doing with our tax dollars, and decide whether they’ve been put to good use or not. In my opinion, creating pathogens capable of killing us is hardly a good use of our taxes, and should be stopped.

    Origin Story Shows Importance of Independence
    Most people want to trust government, academic and scientific institutions, and the media. Unfortunately, if the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that these institutions aren’t worthy of unequivocal trust.

    They say they’re trustworthy, and they insist we must trust them, but their actions tell a different story. The pandemic has also shown us just how important it is for investigators, researchers and reporters to be truly independent. As noted by Meigs:13

    “The story of why the line of inquiry survived is not an account of leading scientists and health organizations dutifully parsing the evidence.

    Instead, it is largely the story of little-known researchers — many working outside the bounds of elite institutions — who didn’t let the political implications of their findings derail their efforts.

    Much of what we know today about the Wuhan Institute’s risky research is thanks to these independent skeptics who challenged the institutional consensus. Some risked their careers to do so.”

    One key group of self-organized researchers is the Decentralized Radical Autonomous Search Team Investigating COVID-19 (DRASTIC). They’ve made a number of important discoveries that have kept the lab-leak theory alive.

    Massive Collusion to Suppress Inquisitiveness
    “Throughout the pandemic we’ve often heard admonitions to ‘follow the science.’ Looking back we can see that few scientists — and even fewer journalists — really did,” Meigs notes. Among the few journalists who did tackle the elephant in the room were former New York Times reporters Nicholas Wade and Donald McNeil Jr.

    “Notice the irony here: While two refugees from the New York Times were publishing deep, well-reported articles on an alternative outlet, the Times itself was still mostly ignoring the Wuhan-lab story,” Meigs writes.14

    “One of its current pandemic specialists, Apoorva Mandavilli, was on Twitter urging everyone to ‘stop talking about the lab leak’ … When the pandemic hit last year, we were all urged to fall in line and listen to the authorities. Scientists and bureaucrats were elevated to near-divine status.

    ‘Let us pray, now, for science,’ Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo wrote last February. ‘Pray for reason, rigor and expertise … Pray for the N.I.H. and the C.D.C. Pray for the W.H.O.’ Now the public is waking up to the fact that, prayers notwithstanding, those institutions largely failed us.

    The WHO kowtowed to China’s deceptions. Anthony Fauci trimmed his public statements to fit the prevailing political winds. Some of the nation’s top virologists didn’t just dismiss the lab-leak possibility, they appeared to be covering up their own involvement with Wuhan gain-of-function research.

    Journalists and social-media companies conspired to suppress legitimate questions about a disease that was killing thousands of Americans each day.”

    Establishment Needs a Deep Clean
    While we certainly need expertise, as Meigs points out, we must also be able to trust our experts, and the only way for trust to rebuild, experts must act from a strong ethical foundation, and be held responsible for dangerous failures.

    “If the public concludes that COVID-19 was, in effect, an inside job, the political fallout could last a generation,” Meigs writes.15 “I don’t mean people will believe the virus was deliberately released … but that they will see the disease as a product of an elite power structure that behaves recklessly and evades responsibility.”

    What makes the situation so problematic is that it’s not just one type of institution that is behaving recklessly and shirking responsibility. It’s not just the legacy media, or academia, or government, or public health, the intelligence apparatus, Big Tech, Big Pharma or the medical journal system. It’s all of them.

    The Medical Journal System Has Failed Us Too
    Continuing along that same line of reasoning, a July 27, 2021, Spectator article16 by Stuart Ritchie reviews the unhealthy relationship between The Lancet and China, and its role in thwarting scientific investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2. Ritchie points out how The Lancet’s editor-in-chief, Richard Horton, has routinely defended China’s actions:

    “It’s not just the scientists and health workers of China that the Lancet has praised. In May last year, Horton appeared on the state-owned broadcaster China Central Television to praise how ‘tremendously decisively’ the Chinese Communist party had handled the pandemic. He also penned multiple editorials about China, including one entitled ‘Covid-19 and the Dangers of Sinophobia.’”

    Ritchie also stresses that “some of the most famous stories of scientific fraud have originated at The Lancet during Horton’s tenure as editor,” including, most recently, fraudulent papers proclaiming to show that hydroxychloroquine is dangerous when used in COVID-19 patients, and Daszak’s “scientific statement” condemning the lab leak theory as wild conspiracy theory.

    “The purpose of the Lancet, back in 1823, was to slice away the immorality and complacency of the medical establishment … [Lancet founder Thomas] Wakley would have been stunned to see that his journal now exemplifies that establishment,” Ritchie writes.17 “It embodies an unaccountable or only partially accountable elite that does often make progress, but fails abjectly to face up to its many faults.

    In 2021, we might find that the best rejoinder to our establishment isn’t a new Wakley-style journal, but an entirely new way to think about science and how it’s published: a way that doesn’t hand over all our trust to editors and reviewers, but that emphasizes openness and transparency right from the start.

    There are several proposals for how it could happen. The next rotten thing that needs to be cut away could be the journal system — and the Lancet itself.”

    The censorship rolled out during the COVID pandemic has revealed a disconcerting truth, namely that corruption and collusion are rampant everywhere. By the looks of it, we need to do a clean sweep across the board, and that will require time, effort, and most of all, open public discussion.

    Laws Have Been Broken. Who Will Hold Them Accountable?
    In closing, I strongly recommend listening to Dr. David Martin’s explanation of antitrust law in the video below, and how, in the case of a criminal conspiracy, liability shielding evaporates.

    In his view, having reviewed the evidence, there’s no doubt that the NIH/NIAID, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ATI, Moderna and Pfizer are guilty of criminal conspiracy (the legal definition thereof) and premeditative antitrust violations.

    Without that criminal conspiracy and their premeditative acts, we would not be in the situation we’re in now, where censorship and pandemic measures and rules are putting the public health, well-being and sanity at risk. Unfortunately, while there is, theoretically, a legal way out of this pandemic, deep cracks in our justice system has also been exposed over the past year and a half.

    Martin is currently struggling to find a state attorney general willing to pursue these violations so that we can bring this faux pandemic to a close. Hopefully, once enough people understand the illegality of the situation, someone will have the courage to step up to the plate.

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/08/04/how-scientists-stifled-the-lab-leak-theory.aspx

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  5. A recent study published by King’s College in London, which operates the ZOE COVID Study app to monitor COVID infection and vaccination rates, found that, as of July 15, 2021, there was an average of 15,537 new daily symptomatic cases COVID-19 among partly or fully vaccinated people in the United Kingdom—an increase of 40 percent from the previous week’s total of 11,084 new cases.1,2

    Infections in Vaccinated People in U.K. Are Outpacing Infections in the Unvaccinated
    The Zoe COVID Study, led by epidemiologist Tim Spector, MD, of Kings College in London, estimated that there were 17,581 new daily symptomatic cases of COVID-19 in unvaccinated people, or 22 percent less than the previous week’s total of 22,638 new cases.

    According to a press release issued by the study’s authors, “With cases in the vaccinated group continuing to rise, the number of new cases in the vaccinated population is set to overtake the unvaccinated in the coming days.”3,4

    On July 17, the U.K.’s Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced he had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus despite having received two doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University’s experimental AZD1222 COVID vaccine on Mar. 17 and May 16.5 In a message posted on Twitter, Javid wrote:

    “This morning I tested positive for COVID. I’m waiting for my PCR result, but thankfully I have had my jabs and symptoms are mild.”6

    With a population of more than 66 million people, two-thirds of adults in the U.K. have received COVID-19 vaccine, representing a total of 82,592,996 vaccinations as of July 20. Some 46,349,709 Britons have received the first dose and 36,243,287 have gotten the second dose. The country is not vaccinating children.7

    The U.K. is among the most highly vaccinated countries in the world, but it is experiencing a third wave of coronavirus infections reportedly largely due to the spread of the Delta variant of the virus.8,9 Other highly vaccinated countries like Israel are also experiencing a new wave of coronavirus infections due to the Delta variant.

    Most Infections in Israel Are Among Vaccinated People
    In Israel, about 60 percent of the country’s population of 9.3 million has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. About 85 percent of adults in Israel have been vaccinated. Yet most of the new coronavirus infections are occurring in vaccinated people.10

    In early-July, former Health Minister Chezy Levy, MD confirmed that “55 percent of the newly infected [people in Israel] had been vaccinated.”11

    There has also been a concerning rise in the number of vaccinated people in Israel being hospitalized. An article in The Jerusalem Post last week noted that the Israeli Health Ministry reported 124 people had been hospitalized for COVID-19 on July 20 and that 65 percent of them were fully vaccinated. Of the 124 people, 62 were in serious condition and 70% of those patients were fully vaccinated.12

    Earlier this month, the Health Ministry estimated that the Pfizer/BioNTech’s BNT162b2 COVID biologic was only 64 percent effective in preventing symptomatic infections of COVID-19, specifically those caused by the Delta variant. But the effectiveness rate for Pfizer’s experimental COVID vaccine in preventing infection (and transmission) could be lower.13

    “We do not know exactly to what degree the vaccine helps, but it is significantly less,” said Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.14

    Infections in Chile, Seychelles and Mongolia Mostly in Vaccinated People
    Another example of a highly vaccinated country which has been experiencing a new outbreak of coronavirus infections mostly among its vaccinated population is Chile. Of the thousands of new coronavirus cases being reported daily in that country, 80 percent of them are in vaccinated people. Chile has fully vaccinated 55 percent of its population.15

    The examples of the U.K., Israel and Chile, as well as other highly vaccinated countries like the Seychelles and Mongolia experiencing coronavirus infections mostly within the vaccinated segments of their populations pose a dilemma.16 The governments of these countries have to decide if the problem is that not enough of their people have been vaccinated, or that the vaccines are simply not as effective as initially assumed they would be.

    Could Vaccinations Be Causing Rise in Infections?
    There is also a third possible problem which was raised by French virologist and Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier, MD in May 2021. In an interview with Pierre Barnérias of Hold-Up Media, Dr. Montagnier said he believed that the mass vaccination programs for COVID may actually be causing SARS-CoV-2 mutations like the Delta variant and, thus, prolonging the pandemic.17

    Dr. Montagnier explained that in each country that undertakes a mass vaccination campaign, “the curve of vaccinations is followed by the curve of deaths.” He said that the COVID vaccines create antibodies that force the virus to “find another solution” or “die,” adding that it is the variants that “are a production and result from the vaccination.”18

    Dr. Montagnier’s views are admittedly controversial. The thought that vaccinations may actually be exacerbating the COVID pandemic is perhaps too difficult a concept for government officials to consider. But this possibility should not be dismissed outright.

    One of the best explanations of this dynamic was given by Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) in a 2011 interview when she described the evolution of pertussis bacteria to evade the vaccines:

    “[E]very life form wants to live, wants to survive. Universal principle. And viruses and bacteria are no exception. And when you put a pressure on a virus or bacteria that’s circulating, with the use of a vaccine that contains a lab-altered form of that virus or bacteria, it doesn’t seem that it would be illogical to understand that that organism is going to fight to survive, it’s going to find a way to adapt in order to survive.”19

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/08/03/coronavirus-spreading-among-the-vaccinated-in-highly-vaccinated-countries.aspx

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    1. ExpatZ3 hr ago
      “Wow, homophobic as well as far right and facist.”
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      William Whitten 11 AM — 8/4/2021
      ExpatZ has no grasp of what he reads. I am not at all homophobic. My comment is about free speech. The most novxious part of this “scandal” over Matt DAmon is that his remarks were made at his own dinner table at home in front of nonone but his own family.

      That his own daughter in effect “squealed on him”. Only those who are familiar with history are aware of the danger of authoritarian societies wherein family members are encouraged to report on members of their own family who “break the law”, and how utterly absurd that free speech is now considered against the law by some fantastic majority of Americans that should know better.
      That is what is revealed by the reality now controled by the propaganda organs such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others. On top of this, the legacy “maintream media” and the Neo-Marrxist ÜberLiberals of the fanatics in the Democratic Party is part of this propaganda system promoting this agenda against FREE SPEECH in the United States today.

      And now this asshole ExpatZ has the nerve to call me a “homophobic far right facist.”

      Idiots such as Expat are part of the crisis of the Neo-Marxist takeover of the American Republic, as his anal hurlant is spewed on these very pages.

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      1. Biden Took An Oath To Uphold The Constitution, Not Violate It’: Turley Opines On CDC’s Revised Eviction Moratorium

        WEDNESDAY, AUG 04, 2021 – 04:20 AM

        Weighing in on the CDC’s moratorium extension is constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, who says “President Biden took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not to violate it when he can use the delay in any final order to get the money out the door.”

        Jonathan Turley
        @JonathanTurley:
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        Biden admitted that “the bulk” of the constitutional experts consulted said that extending the moratorium would be unconstitutional. Yet, he indicated that he would still like to pursue it due to a couple of scholars encouraging him.

        ..What was astonishing is that Biden acknowledged that it is still likely unconstitutional but that they could tie it up in courts to get the money out in the interim…
        ..That line would be at the start of filings in federal court to impose an injunction on the program. The President expressly acknowledged that they would seek a likely unconstitutional program hoping to get money out the door before the court killed the program.

        Given the ideological makeup of law school faculties, it is chilling that most of the preferred advisers to the Biden Administration admitted that this would be likely unconstitutional. It is equally unsurprising that there are a couple dismissing such constitutional concerns.

        …President Biden took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not to violate it when he can use the delay in any final order to get the money out the door. In so doing, he is admitting that he would be spending federal money without constitutional authority.


        Update (1710ET): During remarks on vaccines, President Biden said that the CDC would be announcing an extension of the eviction moratorium – which we assume will be promptly nullified after landlords sue.

        After the Democrat-controlled Congress adjourned for 6 weeks without taking action on the now-expired eviction moratorium, mass finger pointing ensued on the left.

        Responding to calls for the CDC to extend the moratorium, the Biden administration originally pointed to a June Supreme Court decision which made clear that only Congress has the authority to extend the program.

        On Tuesday, however, the Washington Post reports that the Biden administration “is expected to announce a new action to limit housing evictions, moving swiftly after intense pressure from liberal House Democrats.”

        The exact details of the measure were not clear, the people said. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity to reflect a matter not yet made public.

        The congressional pressure campaign intensified in recent days after a national eviction moratorium created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expired at the end of July. The Biden administration has repeatedly insisted that it lacked the legal authority to renew that program. However, the delta variant has renewed concerns about the impact of the expiring moratorium on millions of renters and White House officials have explored other options. -Washington Post

        According to the New York Times, the extension could consist of a freeze which would remain in place until October 3, however final decisions are yet to be made.

        On Tuesday, tensions between the White House and lawmakers intensified – with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ruling out bringing lawmakers back from vacation to address the issue via new legislation.

        After speaking with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on a private call, Pelosi said that the consensus amongst the Democratic caucus was that the House should stay on vacation – and that it was up to the Biden administration to extend the moratorium. As the Post notes, “even if an extension were to pass the House, the measure is almost certain to fail in the Senate, given that Democrats would need 10 Senate Republicans to support the effort to overcome the filibuster.”

        “We will not relent until families and landlords have been protected from this crisis,” Pelosi said in a Monday letter, despite doing absolutely nothing to meaningfully address the matter when Congress was in session.

        During the call, Yellen answered questions from lawmakers over delays in disbursing over $46 billion in emergency rental assistance – which the Treasury Department has struggled to execute.

        According to Moody’s, over six million Americans are behind on rent.

        On Monday, White House official Gene Sperling told the press that the administration was encouraging state and local officials to enact their own eviction moratoriums – while also working on federal agencies such as the USDA to extend eviction moratoriums if possible.

        “States and cities need at least another couple months to get this money out, and there’s no sticks or carrots Treasury can wield to make that happen faster. What we need is time,” said housing expert Paul Williams, a fellow at the nonprofit Jain Family Institute and the author of an analysis on the current crisis. Williams says officials from several city governments he’s spoken to are doing everything they can to tap into federal funding, however they’ve faced nothing but roadblocks from the Biden Treasury.

        “There’s no stick you can beat them with to make them go faster. They’re limited by technical and staff capacity to actually get this done,” said Williams.

        –Jonathan Turley

        https://www.zerohedge.com/political/after-claiming-hands-tied-biden-admin-issue-targeted-eviction-ban

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      2. Maricopa County and Dominion continue to defy legislative subpoenas for the items needed by the Arizona Senate to complete the first full forensic election audit in state history.

        In a contemptuous letter to the Senate, Jack Sellers mocked citizen efforts to preserve our right to vote, secure our elections, and save our country.

        Sellers doesn’t want us to see what is on these routers. Who does China Jack really work for?

        These subpoenas were ruled by a judge legal and enforceable. The County has violated the law and it’s time to take action.

        Congress Launches New Policy For Cars Used Less Than 49 Miles/Day
        Arizona State Senator Sonny Borrelli has another tool in the toolbox that he has been waiting to use.

        Arizona SB 1487, introduced by Congressman Andy Biggs during his time as an Arizona State Senator, gives any member of the legislature the power to enact an investigation by the Attorney General’s office into law violations by a county, city, or town.

        When a law has been violated, The Attorney General shall provide notice that the county, city, or town has 30 days to resolve the violation. If they fail to resolve the violation within 30 days, the treasurer shall withhold state shared revenue from the county, city, or town. Shared funds will not be returned to the county, city, or town until the violation is resolved.

        Maricopa County is in violation of the law. Maricopa will lose state funding if they do not cooperate.

        SB 1487

        Introduced by Senators Biggs, Kavanagh, Smith, Yee; Representatives Farnsworth E, Petersen: Senators Allen S, Begay, Farnsworth D, Shooter

        AN ACT

        AMENDING TITLE 41, CHAPTER 1, ARTICLE 5, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 41-194.01; AMENDING SECTIONS 42-5029 AND 43-206, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES; RELATING TO STATE SHARED REVENUES.

        Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona: Section 1. Title 41, chapter 1, article 5, Arizona Revised Statutes,

        is amended by adding section 41-194.01, to read:

        41-194.01. Violations of state law by counties, cities and towns; attorney general investigation; report;

        A. AT THE REQUEST OF ONE OR MORE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL INVESTIGATE ANY ORDINANCE, REGULATION, ORDER OR OTHER OFFICIAL ACTION ADOPTED OR TAKEN BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN THAT THE MEMBER ALLEGES VIOLATES STATE LAW OR THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA.

        B. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL MAKE A WRITTEN REPORT OF FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS AS A RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION WITHIN THIRTY DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF THE REQUEST AND SHALL PROVIDE A COPY OF THE REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE MEMBER OR MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE MAKING THE ORIGINAL REQUEST AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE. IF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCLUDES THAT THE ORDINANCE, REGULATION, ORDER OR OTHER ACTION UNDER INVESTIGATION:

        1. VIOLATES ANY PROVISION OF STATE LAW OR THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL PROVIDE NOTICE TO THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN, BY CERTIFIED MAIL, OF THE VIOLATION AND SHALL INDICATE THAT THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN HAS THIRTY DAYS TO RESOLVE THE VIOLATION. IF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DETERMINES THAT THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN HAS FAILED TO RESOLVE THE VIOLATION WITHIN THIRTY DAYS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL:

        (a) NOTIFY THE STATE TREASURER WHO SHALL WITHHOLD AND REDISTRIBUTE STATE SHARED MONIES FROM THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 42-5029, SUBSECTION L AND FROM THE CITY OR TOWN AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 43-206, SUBSECTION F.

        (b) CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE RESPONSE OF THE GOVERNING BODY, AND WHEN THE OFFENDING ORDINANCE, REGULATION, ORDER OR ACTION IS REPEALED OR THE VIOLATION IS OTHERWISE RESOLVED, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL NOTIFY:

        (i) THE GOVERNOR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE MEMBER OR MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE MAKING THE ORIGINAL REQUEST THAT THE VIOLATION HAS BEEN RESOLVED.

        (ii) THE STATE TREASURER TO RESTORE THE DISTRIBUTION OF STATE SHARED REVENUES TO THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN.

        2. MAY VIOLATE A PROVISION OF STATE LAW OR THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL FILE A SPECIAL ACTION IN SUPREME COURT TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE, AND THE SUPREME COURT SHALL GIVE THE ACTION PRECEDENCE OVER ALL OTHER CASES. THE COURT SHALL REQUIRE THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN TO POST A BOND EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT OF STATE SHARED REVENUE PAID TO THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN PURSUANT TO SECTION 42-5029 AND 43-206 IN THE PRECEDING SIX MONTHS.

        3. DOES NOT VIOLATE ANY PROVISION OF STATE LAW OR THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL TAKE NO FURTHER ACTION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.

        Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently weighed in on States’ rights and duties to handle elections in a proactive way and to take the necessary steps to secure elections.

        Senator Borrelli: Fire Away.

        https://freedomjournalist.com/breaking-az-sen-releases-the-kraken-arizona-ag-to-investigate-county-noncompliance/

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    1. Clarity amid confusion on Covid-19, masks, and vaccine adverse events
      The Sharyl Attkisson Podcast

      POLITICS NEWS SOCIETY & CULTURE
      freedomsinvestigative reportingnational security,privacy
      © Sharyl Attkisson Website

      We’d have more confidence in our public health experts and agencies if they would admit what they don’t know rather than pretending to know what they don’t. Today’s podcast looks at this week’s confusing landscape mask recommendations, Covid-19 vaccines, and adverse events. Are the vaccines wearing off? Are masks for kids good or bad? And what are the most common adverse events reported so far after Covid-19 vaccines? I have an original analysis.

      Subscribe to my two podcasts: “The Sharyl Attkisson Podcast” and “Full Measure After Hours.” Leave a review, subscribe and share with your friends!

      Order “Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism” by Sharyl Attkisson at Harper Collins, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, IndieBound, Bookshop!

      Visit JustTheNews.com, SharylAttkisson.com and http://www.FullMeasure.news for original reporting.

      Do your own research. Make up your own mind. Think for yourself.

      https://art19.com/shows/the-sharyl-attkisson-podcast/episodes/31d62218-8d5f-417d-99f0-798a9dd6db2c?fbclid=IwAR2q6-KH0Puv8ny-VkApx43suo6ag5CpkvPctrVrQIE7Ik1RCqt-FVQCLKs&utm_source=JangoMail&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Here+we+go+again!+(343034091)&utm_content=

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  6. “However, the assumption that because the word “socialist” appeared in the party’s name and socialist words and ideas popped up in the writings and speeches of top Nazis then the Nazis must have been actual socialists is naive and ahistorical. What the evidence shows, on the contrary, is that Nazi Party leaders paid mere lip service to socialist ideals on the way to achieving their one true goal: raw, totalitarian power.”–David Emery

    https://www.snopes.com/news/2017/09/05/were-nazis-socialists/

    Yes despite what the Nazis themslves claimed, and despite the name being; ‘National Socialist German Workers’ Party’ Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei

    Emery’s assertions are true because. because? Because he agrees with ExpatZ and his position that Mussoline and the Nazis were not acrually socialist, regardless of what they have claimed historically themselves.

    I am famiiar with Emery. I listened to his broadcasts on KPFK Los Angeles in the early 1980s when living in So Cal.

    His mastery of the history of the Third Reich is clear. However his opinion on the question of National Socialism is not supported by the facts.

    National Socialism v International Socialism is a struggle carried out throughout the 20th century. If one wishes to call one form of socialism “rightwing” and the other “leftwing”, it is a matter of personal opinion, not a matter of empirical facts.

    BOTH National Socialism & International Socialism are forms of socialism. This is an empirical fact.

    Dinesh D’Souza is a much better researcher and a more profound thinker than David Emery. I am intimately familiar with both authors.

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/exploiting-police-emotions-for-partisan/comments?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyODc1MDE5OSwicG9zdF9pZCI6MzkyNzg5MDIsIl8iOiJuMzMyeSIsImlhdCI6MTYyODEwMDQxNCwiZXhwIjoxNjI4MTA0MDE0LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItMTI4NjYyIiwic3ViIjoicG9zdC1yZWFjdGlvbiJ9.qpiRVagIBp1Kjhkdjmduke1OPCvKpbTjy8K3QxSrIAI#comment-2533643

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    1. In statement after statement, Hitler could not be clearer about his socialist commitments. He said, for example, in a 1927 speech, “We are socialists. We are the enemies of today’s capitalist system of exploitation … and we are determined to destroy this system under all conditions.”

      The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left by Dinesh D’Souza,

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      1. DeSantis Responds To Biden: ‘I Am Standing In Your Way’ From Taking People’s Freedoms, ‘Do Your Job’

        Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis slammed Democrat President Joe Biden during a press conference on Wednesday after Biden suggested that DeSantis “get out of the way” earlier in the week — remarks that Biden made in reference to his administration’s struggling efforts to get the pandemic under control.

        “So I think the question is, we can either have a free society, or we can have a biomedical security state,” DeSantis said. “And I can tell you, Florida, we’re a free state, people are going to be free to choose, to make their own decisions about themselves, about their families, about their kid’s education, and about putting food on the table.”

        “And Joe Biden suggests that if you don’t do lockdown policies, then you should quote, ‘get out of the way,’” DeSantis continued. “But let me tell you this, if you’re coming after the rights of parents in Florida, I’m standing in your way, I’m not going to let you get away with it.”

        “If you’re trying to deny kids a proper in person education, I’m gonna stand in your way and I’m gonna stand up for the kids in Florida,” DeSantis continued. “If you’re trying to restrict people, impose mandates, if you’re trying to ruin their jobs and their livelihoods and their small business, if you are trying to lock people down, I am standing in your way and I’m standing for the people of Florida.”

        “So why don’t you do your job? Why don’t you get this border secure?” DeSantis added. “And until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you. Thank you.”

        https://www.dailywire.com/news/desantis-responds-to-biden-i-am-standing-in-your-way-from-taking-peoples-freedoms-do-your-job

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      2. The birth of client-centered therapy: Carl Rogers, Otto Rank, and “the beyond.”

        Abstract
        An encounter with Otto Rank in 1936 revolutionized the way Rogers practiced therapy. Rogers became infected with Rankian ideas (e.g., will and relationship therapy). Rank had overturned fundamental tenets of Freud in 1924 by proposing that the preoedipal mother–child relationship was the prototype of the therapeutic relationship. Rank emphasized the separation–union, will–love, and creativity–relationship dialectics. Rank and Rogers stressed empathic understanding to affirm clients’ creative will. For Rank, assertions of will carry guilt, and fear of life (separation) and death (union) are ultimate anxieties. Like Rank, Rogers concluded that there is a realm beyond psychology which he prized as the transcendent. The spiritual was hidden in what was most central to Rogers: the empathic I–Thou relationship between therapist and client. The spirit of Rank, from whom client-centered therapy originated, lived on in Rogers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

        https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1996-12263-001

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  7. “I’M GETTING THE WORD OUT”: INSIDE THE FEVERISH MIND OF DONALD TRUMP TWO MONTHS AFTER LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE

    In an hours-long interview with Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker for their book I Alone Can Fix It, the former president repeated his election lies, bashed Mitch McConnell (“he’s a stupid person”), and teased a triumphant comeback.

    BY CAROL LEONNIG AND PHILIP RUCKER | JULY 19, 2021
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    PERHAPS THE BEST CONCIEVED MOST RANCID AND VILE HIT PEICE ON PRESIDENT TRUMP OF ANY OF VANITY FAIR’S PROPAGANDA ARTICLES.

    I do not recognise this characature that these disinformants present as Donald Trump. The feverish minds are their own. Wallowing in ÜberLiberal transentental bias is their claim to infamy.

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/07/the-feverish-mind-of-trump-after-leaving-the-white-house#intcid=recommendations_right-rail-personalized-popularity-experiment_534573b6-b360-4806-90

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      1. –The Cartesian Dilemma
        What are the keys to Descartes argument concerning extreme or hyperbolic doubt?
        Descartes used “hyperbolic doubt”, a method of reasoning that stated that though he may doubt, he cannot doubt that he exists. He set out to trust only that which is clearly and distinctly seen to be beyond any doubt. Anything that could be doubted was rejected.

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  8. THIS DAY IN HISTORY | August 6

    1945

    American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

    On August 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000… read more

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/american-bomber-drops-atomic-bomb-on-hiroshima?

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  9. ASHLI BABBITT STORY TAKES BIG TURN AS NEW DOCUMENTS SHOW DC MEDICAL EXAMINER SUBMITTED REQUEST TO CREMATE HER JUST TWO DAYS AFTER GAINING CUSTODY OF BODY

    1. On January 8, 2021, at 7:13 p.m., an application to cremate the body of Babbitt is labeled “completed successfully.” Copies of the permit are sent to OCME officials Kimberli Hall and SaVern Fripp, as well as Melinda Smith, Jennifer Love, Lisa Tabron, Jeanette Belle, and Perlieshia Gales.
    In a January 6, 2021, email sent at 9:48 p.m. from OCME official Denise Lyles to medical examiner Francisco Diaz, the subject line is, “Case #21-00106 ID Confirmed.” [Case 21-00106 was Ashli Babbitt’s file number.]

    2. On January 6, 2021, at 9:43 p.m., Lyles emails OCME official Dr. Jennifer Love an attachment with the message, “I am updating the information we received from IAD [Internal Affairs Division] re the confirmed ID for OCME Case #21-00106 [Ashli Babbitt’s case]. These are the prints that returned from the FBI, that the detectives from IAD provided. I dropped them in the e-case file. Their names are noted below.”

    3. Lyles appears to have forwarded the file after having received it at 9:33 p.m. on January 6 from someone (whose name is redacted) within the Prince George’s County, MD, Police Criminal Investigation Division, assigned to the “Homicide Unit – FBI/Cross Border Task Force.” The file had been sent to that person at 9:30 p.m. on January 6 from someone with the email address efcon@gmw00001.str0.ngi.cjis.

    4. On January 6, 2021, at 7:42 p.m., OCME official Jamie Spann emailed a scanned file called “21-00106 FBI Submission Form” to Grant Greenwalt, Manager of the Crime Scenes Sciences unit of the DC Department of Forensic Sciences, as well as someone with the email address spc@leo.gov, and copying medical examiners Francisco Diaz and Jennifer Love, asking, “Please run the attached prints.” This document contained Ashli Babbitt’s fingerprints.

    5. Greeenwalt forwards the request to David Chumbley, an officer of the DC Police Department. Chumbley forwards the prints on from his iPhone at 8:06 p.m. on January 6 to someone identified as Jamese Kororma within the DC government. The email sent to “Jamese Kororma” resulted in multiple Microsoft “undeliverable” messages being returned, written in what appear to be Chinese characters.

    6. On January 7, 2021, Forensics photographer Matthew Brown emailed OCME colleagues regarding Babbitt’s case with “High” importance,” stating, “Due to the high-profile nature of case 21-00106, Dr. Diaz has requested limited access to this case. Please create a secure folder on the photo server for case 21-00106 and provide access only to the following OCME staff: Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Diaz, Anna Francis, Matthew Brown.”

    https://www.streetwisepolitics.com/articles/ashli-babbitt-story-takes-big-turn-as-new-documents-show-dc-medical-examiner-submitted-request-to-cremate-her-just-two-days-after-gaining-custody-of-body/

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    1. “Reality television show star Mike Rowe addressed the debate over vaccinations in a lengthy Facebook post and said that he regretted jumping on board the lockdown campaign early on in the pandemic.”
      https://www.theblaze.com/news/mike-rowe-pandemic-lockdown-fb
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      PUBLIC SHAMING is a draconian tecnique for crowd control in Communist China. It is an ourrage that it is taking place in America today.
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      1. Laura Ingraham had this tough message for an anti-Trump RINO Senator

        A group of Republican Senators sold out Donald Trump and his supporters.

        Conservatives were furious.

        And Laura Ingraham had this tough message for an anti-Trump RINO Senator.

        Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy was one of seven Republicans who bought the media’s narrative about January 6 and voted to convict Donald Trump in the Democrats second impeachment.

        If that wasn’t bad enough, Cassidy turned around and became one of 18 Republicans championing Joe Biden’s trillion dollar big government agenda by supporting a spending bill that is a Trojan horse for socialism.

        Laura Ingraham interviewed Senator Cassidy and noted that the media reported how happy the White House was that Republicans supported the so-called “infrastructure” bill because it gave moderate Democrats cover to vote for a $3.5 trillion spending bill that would push America one step closer to becoming a socialist nation.

        “The White House is, as I said, quite giddy about this. Reuters describes this as a glide path to the $3.5 trillion tonight as they write this up Senator. Your response?” Ingraham asked Cassidy.
        Cassidy responded that supposedly Fox News viewers loved the bill, but that he thought Pelosi didn’t have the votes to pass $3.5 trillion in new socialist spending.

        “I talked to Fox News watchers. They love this bill . . . Actually for the wealthy this means less [for them] because they have chauffeurs, they have private jets, they can fly here-and-there if it floods, but it’s the people who live in their homes at risk of flooding: as regard to $3.5 trillion – Pelosi wants to link the two, she doesn’t think she has the votes for that $3.5 trillion,” Cassidy responded.

        Ingraham scoffed at the idea Nancy Pelosi couldn’t line up 218 votes by pointing out that Democrats always stick together.

        The Fox News host then listed off the parade of horribles Schumer and Pelosi intended to stuff the $3.5 trillion spending bill with telling Cassidy “you guys got played.”
        “Amnesty, tax increases, all the nightmares that we delineated tonight – let them show their hand – but that got flipped, didn’t it, and you guys got played on this and you had to vote first or agree first. They still haven’t shown the text of their [reconciliation] legislation, have they sir?” Ingraham responded.

        Cassidy was left stammering with no suitable answer for his actions.

        https://patriotpulse.net/laura-ingraham-had-this-tough-message-for-an-anti-trump-rino-senator/

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  10. CIA memo 1035-960

    COUNTERING CRITICISM OF THE WARREN REPORT

    the agency also directed its members “To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose.”

    1035-960 further delineates specific techniques for countering “conspiratorial” arguments centering on the Warren Commission’s findings. Such responses and their coupling with the pejorative label have been routinely wheeled out in various guises by corporate media outlets, commentators and political leaders to this day against those demanding truth and accountability about momentous public events.

    No significant new evidence has emerged which the [Warren] Commission did not consider.

    Critics usually overvalue particular items and ignore others.

    Conspiracy on the large scale often suggested would be impossible to conceal in the United States.

    Critics have often been enticed by a form of intellectual pride: they light on some theory and fall in love with it.

    Oswald would not have been any sensible person’s choice for a co-conspirator.

    Such vague accusations as that “more than ten people have died mysteriously” [during the Warren Commission’s inquiry] can always be explained in some natural way e.g.: the individuals concerned have for the most part died of natural causes.

    Today more so than ever news media personalities and commentators occupy powerful positions for initiating propaganda activities closely resembling those set out in 1035-960 against anyone who might question state-sanctioned narratives of controversial and poorly understood occurrences. Indeed, as the motives and methods encompassed in the document have become fully internalized by intellectual workers and operationalized through such media, the almost uniform public acceptance of official accounts concerning unresolved events such as the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing, 9/11, is largely guaranteed.

    Photocopies of actual CIA documents:

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  11. Tom Cotton: Illegal Aliens Committing “Murder”, “Rape” Because Joe Biden “Won’t Secure Border”

    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) warned in an interview with Breitbart News that illegal aliens are committing “murder” and “rape” because President Joe Biden “won’t enforce the law and secure our border.””

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  12. THE BEWILDERED HERD

    Public Opinion is a book by Walter Lippmann, published in 1922. It is a critical assessment of functional democratic government, especially of the irrational and often self-serving social perceptions that influence individual behavior and prevent optimal societal cohesion.[1] The detailed descriptions of the cognitive limitations people face in comprehending their sociopolitical and cultural environments, leading them to apply an evolving catalogue of general stereotypes to a complex reality, rendered Public Opinion a seminal text in the fields of media studies, political science, and social psychology.

    .The introduction describes man’s inability to interpret the world: “The real environment is altogether too big, too complex, and too fleeting for direct acquaintance”[2] between people and their environment. People construct a pseudo-environment that is a subjective, biased, and necessarily abridged mental image of the world, and to a degree, everyone’s pseudo-environment is a fiction. People “live in the same world, but they think and feel in different ones.”[3]

    Human behavior is stimulated by the person’s pseudo-environment and then is acted upon in the real world.[4] Some of the general implications of the interactions among one’s psychology, environment, and the mass communications media are highlighted.

    More recent research uses the term “social constructionism” or “constructed reality” to describe what Lippmann (1922) called “pseudo-environment”.

    By definition, pertinent facts are never provided completely and accurately; by necessity they are arranged to portray a certain, subjective interpretation of an event. Those who are most familiar with the greatest amount of facts regarding a certain environment, construct a pseudo-environment that aligns with their own ‘stereotypes’ and convey this to the public, knowingly or not, to suit their own private needs. This is inescapable human nature. Propaganda is inherently impossible without a barrier of censorship between the event and the public. As a consequence, the mass communication media, by their very nature as vehicles for informational transmission, are essentially vulnerable to manipulation.

    The blame for that perceptual parallax falls not upon the mass media technology (print, radio, cinema, or, inferentially, television) or logistical concerns but upon certain members of society who attend to life with little intellectual engagement. That causes the following:

    The buying public: the “bewildered herd” (a term here borrowed from The Phantom Public) must pay for understanding the unseen environment by the mass communications media. The irony is that although the public’s opinion is important, it must pay for its acceptance. People will be selective and will buy the most factual media at the lowest price: “For a dollar, you may not even get an armful of candy, but for a dollar or less people expect reality/representations of truth to fall into their laps.” The media have the social function of transmitting public affairs information and their business profit role of surviving in the market.
    Nature of news: people publish already-confirmed news that are thus less disputable. Officially-available public matters will constitute “the news” and unofficial (private) matters are unavailable, are less available, or are used as “issues” for propaganda.
    News truth and conclusion: the function of news is to signal an event, and that signalling, eventually, is a consequence of editorial selection and judgement; journalism creates and sows the seeds (news) that establish public opinion
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    Manufacture of consent

    Lippman argues that, when properly deployed in the public interest, the manufacture of consent is useful and necessary for a cohesive society, because, in many cases, “the common interests” of the public are not obvious except upon careful analysis of the collected data, a critical intellectual exercise in which most people are uninterested or are incapable of doing. Therefore, most people must have the world summarized for them by the well-informed, and will then act accordingly.

    That the manufacture of consent is capable of great refinements no one, I think, denies. The process by which public opinions arise is certainly no less intricate than it has appeared in these pages, and the opportunities for manipulation open to anyone who understands the process are plain enough. . . . [a]s a result of psychological research, coupled with the modern means of communication, the practice of democracy has turned a corner. A revolution is taking place, infinitely more significant than any shifting of economic power…. Under the impact of propaganda, not necessarily in the sinister meaning of the word alone, the old constants of our thinking have become variables. It is no longer possible, for example, to believe in the original dogma of democracy; that the knowledge needed for the management of human affairs comes up spontaneously from the human heart. Where we act on that theory we expose ourselves to self-deception, and to forms of persuasion that we cannot verify. It has been demonstrated that we cannot rely upon intuition, conscience, or the accidents of casual opinion if we are to deal with the world beyond our reach.

    — Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion, Chapter XV

    Are we the ‘bewildered herd’ led by propagandists?

    Fake News. Alternative facts. “Truthiness.” These are new labels for an old enemy of democracy: propaganda. It is particularly relevant to take a critical look at how propaganda is employed by our own government today.

    Propaganda is the strategic use of misleading information to support political dominance. The term is used to describe an opponent’s efforts, never our own, of course. Linguist and critic Noam Chomsky argues that propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of our entrance into World War I. Although governments have always manipulated the truth, this particular era represents the first time U.S. leaders built and sustained a propaganda apparatus designed to maintain American public support for foreign intervention.

    Woodrow Wilson won the presidential election in 1916 because “he kept us out of war,” as his campaign slogan proclaimed. People who supported him were voting for non-involvement in the European conflict, a catastrophe that ultimately took 21 million lives. But once Wilson was in the White House, U.S. bankers and industrialists — who had a huge financial stake in Europe– were determined not to allow Germany to prevail. Within a year, Americans were being drafted.

    A sudden burst of spontaneous patriotism? No, the public changed its mind largely through the “manufacturing of consent,” a term coined by the journalist and pundit Walter Lippmann. An elite class of opinion makers was required to mold the public’s ideas, Lippmann and the engineers of official manipulation believed. The war was a great object lesson.

    Myth-making became an industry, based on the notion that the public was not intelligent enough to come to the right conclusions on its own. That lack of trust in ordinary Americans became a recurring theme. The public, Lippmann wrote, could never “understand nor influence the very events upon which their lives and happiness are known to depend.”

    https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/are-we-the-bewildered-herd-led-by-propagandists/

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    1. Border Patrol agents say they aren’t allowed to do their job, feel ‘downtrodden, almost dead inside’

      August 22, 2021

      There were 212,672 people apprehended at the United States southern border in July, the highest number in 21 years and a 13% increase from June. There were more than 19,000 unaccompanied children detained at the border, likely the second-highest total on record, according to the Associated Press. The massive influx of illegal immigrants arrived during some of the hottest summer weeks, which is typically when border crossings decrease due to the scorching heat. The overwhelming flood of illegal immigrants and the lack of tools to do their job has allegedly crushed the morale of U.S. Border Patrol agents.

      Members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection claim that the Biden administration has handcuffed their agents, which, in turn, has reportedly demoralized the agents trusted to protect the borders of the U.S.

      “Morale is in the toilet,” Jon Anfinsen, a spokesman for the Border Patrol’s union, told the Washington Examiner. “Morale is low because agents aren’t allowed to do their job — if our job is to be out patrolling the border in between the ports of entry and actively searching for people who have crossed illegally, but we’re not allowed to go do that job, it basically creates this defeated feeling in everyone.”

      Anfinsen, who is the president of the National Border Patrol Council’s Del Rio chapter, said that CBP agents are “burned out and there’s really no end in sight.”

      “Everyone shows up to work sort of downtrodden, almost dead inside, for lack of a better term,” Anfinsen stated. “They’re not allowed to [do] the job, and they know that people are getting away every single day, every hour.”

      A former senior official at CBP confirmed the plummeting morale, “Morale is tanking fast. This can be seen in the simple statements made by agents, but even more importantly, it can be seen in increasing processing times. Agents are just flat tired, and we are seeing and hearing it.”

      The report noted that “up to half of the agents in Texas have been pulled from the border and are indoors, processing people in custody.”

      “Agents are primarily indoors, processing, and we’re dealing with the people who are flagging us down — the ones who are walking up to us and turning themselves in,” Anfinsen explained. “Meanwhile, the immigrants who don’t want anything to do with us, they’re running away, although sometimes they’re walking because they have no need to run because we’re not there.”

      The Washington Examiner said it had spoken to five current agents and three former senior officials who worked in the Biden administration.

      An agent with the CBP’s Air and Marine Operations in Texas revealed that it is easy to spot groups crossing the Rio Grande River, but “there are no agents available” to take them into custody.

      The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the shortage of CBP agents. According to data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 10,228 CBP employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and 37 have died as a result of coronavirus.

      A former CBP employee, who is in daily contact with agents in the field, said, “These guys feel abandoned by CBP and DHS and the administration. Nobody’s coming to rescue them.”

      https://www.theblaze.com/news/border-patrol-morale-collapse-crisis

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  13. Another Ice Age?
    Monday, June 24, 1974

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    In Africa, drought continues for the sixth consecutive year, adding terribly to the toll of famine victims. During 1972 record rains in parts of the U.S., Pakistan and Japan caused some of the worst flooding in centuries. In Canada’s wheat belt, a particularly chilly and rainy spring has delayed planting and may well bring a disappointingly small harvest. Rainy Britain, on the other hand, has suffered from uncharacteristic dry spells the past few springs. A series of unusually cold winters has gripped the American Far West, while New England and northern Europe have recently experienced the mildest winters within anyone’s recollection.

    As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.

    (See photos of how scientists are trying to keep Africa’s deserts at bay.)
    Telltale signs are everywhere — from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest.Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data. When Climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since. Areas of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, for example, were once totally free of any snow in summer; now they are covered year round.

    (See a video on the history of climate change.)
    Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds — the so-called circumpolar vortex—that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the world. Indeed it is the widening of this cap of cold air that is the immediate cause of Africa’s drought. By blocking moisture-bearing equatorial winds and preventing them from bringing rainfall to the parched sub-Sahara region, as well as other drought-ridden areas stretching all the way from Central America to the Middle East and India, the polar winds have in effect caused the Sahara and other deserts to reach farther to the south. Paradoxically, the same vortex has created quite different weather quirks in the U.S. and other temperate zones. As the winds swirl around the globe, their southerly portions undulate like the bottom of a skirt. Cold air is pulled down across the Western U.S. and warm air is swept up to the Northeast. The collision of air masses of widely differing temperatures and humidity can create violent storms—the Midwest’s recent rash of disastrous tornadoes, for example.

    See TIME’s Pictures of the Week.

    http://content.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,944914,00.html

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  14. The Origins of Pelagian Liberalism: A Review of Eric Nelson’s The Theology of Liberalism
    By Daniel Strand on February 2, 2021

    Nelson explains that for modern liberal political philosophers (John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, John Milton), this was unacceptable. They sought to vindicate God from the apparent injustice of imputing sin to human beings that they did not deserve because they did not commit Adam’s sin but inherited it. For God to impute such sin would be an injustice, so the doctrine of original sin should be discarded because of its defective view of God’s justice. Secondly, they sought to vindicate humanity from a dark and helpless status as depraved sinners who had no natural ability to follow God’s law. Likewise, God was on the hook for allowing a lot of evil and bad stuff to happen in this world for no discernable reason. And so, as these philosophers reasoned, the traditional answers to these questions supplied by orthodox Augustinian Christianity were inadequate and unjust.

    https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/07/61667/

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