Open Thread, 13 August 2021

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  1. James says:

    This small remote controlled jet is not a drone – but it could be. I can’t help but imagine it with a 5kg warhead and enough AI smarts to locate targets on its own.

    I don’t think the whole “man in the loop” thing is going to be maintained in the event of a real war.

    • Fasteddiez says:

      Boy Howdy, That is a cool gizmo. This puppy can do Imellman turns. Imagine our evil enemies sneaking up near a military base and launching some of these all the way up the buttocks of an F-35 taking off. The day of the pilot is nearly over, I think.

  2. Deap says:

    Making the case, cognitive dissonance” is the far better term for covid – but there is no vaccine against that either:

    Far too many loose ends about “covid” to ever declare it will ever be over, or even why it started. We were driven into a partisan cul de sac during and election year, with no road map out.

    How do Democrats save face and declare they “won” the war against covid is primary task ahead. Right now they are shooting for 100% vaccination so they can declare victory, leaving their dead on the battlefield.

    Admitting “covid” was just another flu season exploited for political gain is the sane option, but Las Vegas is not even taking bets that will happen.

    • Fred says:

      “cognitive dissonance”

      Hogwash. The economic war against the Western middle class continues apace. Wuhan varient X will be declared or released from a lab any time it looks like Western nations might though the bastards out and take back charge of their representative governments.

  3. Is that what they call a self-licking ice cream cone?

  4. Deap says:

    People often ask what happened to California – in such. short period of time – a real slide into dysfunction after in just two decades. Help is now showing up on the horizon.

    Ballot initiative just started to ban public employee unions in this state, which has been the real power behind the throne throwing this entire state into fiscal and governance chaos over the past 20 years:

    People power is rising in this state – and one failure does not yet spell defeat, even if the recall fails. Momentum and awakening this state to its key destructive polices is happening. That alone is victory.

    20 years of closed shop government employment built up huge public sector union due war chests. After the SCOTUS ruling making closed shops no longer mandatory, there has been a increasing number of government employees opting out of previously mandatory union memberships. Teachers unions and SEIU in this state are suffering this loss the most, but still it is only a trickle.

  5. Fred says:

    I’m really disappointed in the week’s news. My namesake “hurricane” has already be downgraded to a Tropical Storm and only managed to rain on Communism’s parade in Cuba. At least it could have made a turn to the open sea, moved up the coast and visited Cuomo land as a Cat 5. What is happening to climate change these days is truly sad.

    • Hurricanes vary in strength.
      But the pattern of ever-increasing average temperatures marches on, the occasional cold-snap not withstanding.
      July [2021]was Earth’s hottest month ever recorded.

      • Eric Newhill says:

        I thought they only started even attempting to record world wide temperatures around 150 years ago and weren’t too good at it, due to various technical and resource limitations, until maybe 50 years ago, though there remain various confounds.

        At any rate, “hottest month ever recorded”, while perhaps technically true, seems like meaningless hyperbolic click bait to me.

        There’s one born every minute.

        • A more complete report is available from NOAA.
          Both that report, and theHill article to which I originally linked, state explicitly that
          record-keeping only started 142 years ago,
          which gives adequate context to “ever recorded”.

          There is a clear long-term trend;

          The last seven years have been the warmest seven years on record,
          typifying the ongoing and dramatic warming trend,

          said [Goddard Institute for Space Studies] Director Gavin Schmidt.
          “Whether one year is a record or not is not really that important –
          the important things are long-term trends.

          The above quote is from:

          What were the hottest and coldest years?
          I am unsure how reliable this source is
          (can anyone find better?),
          but the data from

          probably has at least some validity:

          18 of the last 19 years have been the warmest in recorded history.
          the planet’s 20 coldest years all occurred nearly a century ago, between 1884 and 1929.

          Some argue the scientific community is confirmist.
          Indeed, in some areas involving social policy there is great pressure from non-scientific communities to “do no harm”.
          But on the issue of human contribution to global warming,
          I can’t see that same level of external pressure on the scientific community.

          • Eric Newhill says:

            In the 1970s scientists had proof in temperature data that we were heading for a catastrophic Ice Age.

            I thought we are all going to die from covid. Who cares about the temperature? Maybe a warmer earth will good thing for the handful of pandemic survivors. Warm is good you know, for lots of people, especially those who live where its cold.

            You know how many generations have seen signs that they were living at the end of times?

          • Above, Eric wrote

            In the 1970s scientists had proof in temperature data that we were heading for a catastrophic Ice Age.

            Eric, can you give some specific citations for that?
            I have a vague memory that Time magazine, or some such, ran a cover story on the research of a handful of climatologists reading their data in that way.
            But my memory tells me it was clearly presented, by the media, as a minority view.
            In any case, if you have specific citations backing up, at least in part, what you said,
            I think it would be beneficial if you would present them.

          • Eric wrote: “Anyone can check this with a quick look at Google scholar.”
            Eric, what search criteria did you give to Google Scholar to obtain those references?
            Thanks, Keith

        • Ah, a little Googling found this:

          which says

          Some press reports in the 1970s speculated about continued cooling;
          these did not accurately reflect the scientific literature of the time,
          which was generally more concerned with warming from an enhanced greenhouse effect.

          • Eric Newhill says:

            Anyone can check this with a quick look at Google scholar. Here are two examples they have missed, but there are many more. Return of the ice age and drought in peninsular Florida? Joseph M. Moran, Geology 3 (12): 695-696 (1975) Convection in the Antarctic Ice Sheet Leading to a Surge of the Ice Sheet and Possibly to a New Ice Age T. Hughes, Science Vol. 170. no. 3958, pp. 630 – 633 (1970) What is strange is why people attempt to re-write recent history in this way, when their claims can so easily be disproven. Where did all the stories in the papers, TV and magazines come from? Were they all just fabricated? No of course not, they came from scientists who made suggestions (like the above ‘possibly to a new ice age’) which were then hyped and exaggerated by the media. Much the same thing is happening now with the global warming scare.

    • Eric Newhill says:

      I was wondering what you were thinking about having a hurricane named after you – and striking your home turf too boot.

      It would be awesome if you acquired a hang glider and came swooping in, like a male Valkyrie, riding on the storm’s winds; perhaps sporting a cape and form fitting shirt emblazoned with a large red “F”

  6. Deap says:

    File this under “I see dead people”. Durham report to finally see the light of day?

  7. LG says:

    Some updates on covid from India. Many of you might be aware of the covid situation in india when deaths were at a peak around May. It was covered well in the media.

    Let me put some faces to the figures. From my family. My cousin’s daughter in law died late may in my village in western india. She was 40, mother of three, the youngest is just seven years old. She decided to spend ramadan in the village as the mosques in the cities were shut. Probably was infected in the village and died within a week. She was a tall strapping strong woman. No co morbidities. A very painful death. My aunt’s nephew, only 44 also died, was asthmatic. No other co morbidities. Anothers cousins nephew by marriage only 34, strong big guy, no comorbities died in Basra, Iraq last month where he was working for an Indian-based multinational.

    But as more and more people are getting vaccinated i think its getting better. The cases mount but deaths on the decline. I took four doses of vaccine, two chinese made last year in southeast asia where i work and two indian made this year. I got covid according to test but no symptoms. I am attending muharram commemoration in my local mosque. People sre relaxed, masked up but relaxed. Kissing hands, touching each other. Mask mandates here are also relaxed. But in mumbai and bangalore the cops fine you if your mask is lowered a little bit

  8. LG says:

    Another point. Several people among friends and family who have tested positive or had covid like symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, tiredness, i have advised them to take 4 tabs of vitamin d3 cholecalciferol 60000 iu. Works like a charm if taken early on and has probably saved a few lives. Vitd3 in such super high doses is the best prophylactic and treatment, it is unfortunate that no one talks about it all.

    • lysias says:

      Do you really mean four tabs of 60,000 IU per day, I.e., 240,000 IU per day?
      That is a LOT of Vitamin D. I think I take a lot, with 18,000 IU per day. I was taking 25,000 IU per day, but the diarrhea was too bad, so I had to cut down.

      • lysias says:

        And I had my blood Vitamin D content tested. It turned out to be 84 ng/mL, which they say is on the high end of “optimal,” which goes up to 100. So it was more or less what I was aiming for.

        • lysias says:

          One thing taking that much Vitamin D has done is to practically cure my Type 2 disbetes. My Hba1c has dropped from 6.5 to 5.8, practically normal.
          Also, the fungal infection in my toenails has cleared up.
          Finally, I have lost weight, since megadoses of Vitamin D reduce appetite. That should be of benefit if I ever contract covid.

    • jerseycityjoan says:

      I had a vitamin D deficiency and so did my brother. We both ended up taking a daily supplement of 2,000 international units per our doctors.

      I would be curious to know the science and medical studies that back taking over 200,000 iu a day as a cure for Covid-19. Most people survive so the studies would have to prove it was the Vitamin D that saved them and not just the disease running its course.

      I looked it up and yes, you can overdose on Vitamin D supplements. Taking too much has various undesirable side effects.

    • James says:

      I am also a believer in Vitamin D. My pharmacist mother came around after she read this:

  9. Barbara Ann says:

    50 years ago today at Camp David President Nixon took the decision to exit the Bretton Woods system. Two days later he announced the temporary suspension of the dollar gold standard. The dollar has been a fiat currency ever since.

    • Sam says:

      Barbara Ann,

      Blue Peacock a while back showed some charts of the takeoff of total credit market debt to economic output. The mid-70s is the inflection point. The genesis of the financialization of the US economy. It was Ronald Reagan’s term however that saw the beginning of the exponential rise in credit market debt. We’ve not looked back ever since. The Trump era began the annual federal government debt increase to the trillions.

      Republicans and their supposed financial prudence. Although to be fair it is bipartisan.

      I’d be curious if the shift in our society to one of fearfulness of adversity and of course “safety” and the consequent relinquishment of our liberty is correlated?

  10. walrus says:

    Covid is indeed a very strange virus. It appears to be specifically engineered to cause a high proportion of Americans to lose their minds – as demonstrated by the numerous conspiracy theories about the (non) existence of the virus, testing for the non existent virus, symptoms and lethality of the non existent virus, the treatment of the non existent virus and of course the spread and numbers of people infected by the non existent virus.

    …..And in the rest of the world, Covid19 and all its variants behave just like you would expect a pathogen to behave. It’s behaviour, treatment, spread and chemistry follows straightforward scientific expectations to the point of being boring even if it’s a nasty disease.

    The fiendish, evil, Chinese scientists who developed this virus to destroy the USA, and only the USA, did a remarkable job.

    • Sam says:


      That’s why you need to shut down your capital city for one case. And have your military checking on people if they’re more than whatever radius they’re allowed to travel, reminiscent of CCP rules. Aussies sure have become a bunch of wussies. Definitely not the Gallipoli generation.

    • JK/AR says:

      “It appears to be specifically engineered to cause a high proportion of Americans to lose their minds.”

      Yup. Good thing though the National Institutes of Health aware of that, performed a study:

      I suppose they’ve been following the news.

      Probably watched Fauci too. Why that feller’s done so many 180°s it’s a wonder he ain’t twirled himself down to the Earth’s core!

    • Fred says:

      How’s that 6th lockdown working down under? If you hold a George Floyd memorial will the “pathogen” refuse to appear? How about a “mostly peaceful” even involving 5 finger discounts of merchandise and spontaneous combustion of the retail establilshments housing them? Will the “pathogen” avoid private jets, private parties, haircuts of legislators and birthday bashes for multi-millionaire ex-politicians? Just curious.

      • walrus says:

        Lockdown has worked pretty well everywhere but New South Wales – epicentre Sydney. They were too slow and didn’t lock down hard enough. Delta got away and will now only be stopped by mass vaccination.

        There are no riots and demonstrations have been easily defused.

        I agree with you about “exceptions”.

        I’m not locked down and am deciding whether to go skiing or out to a long Sunday lunch.

        • Fred says:

          So the rich guy with a private estate outside of town can take a skiing holiday and calmly says to us that demonstrations are easily “diffused “. Perhaps you could explain what you mean by “diffused” , and “worked” in regards to a physical and economic lockdown that has imprisoned your fellow Australians six times.

          How’s it going for those who need to work to pay the bills? Any second order effects showing up, other than the need to deploy the army to reinforce the police for lockdown #6?

          • walrus says:

            Fred, thank you for asking. I’m 45 minutes drive to the ski resort and at my age, I get a free lift pass for the whole season! I go out with grandchildren on sunny days. I skied for 50 years and can still beat a few snowboarders down some runs.

            Yes, I am rich. I don’t owe anyone any money. I cut my own firewood. I have abundant wildlife: kangaroos, wombats, deer, parrots and other birds to keep me company along with great neighbours and a vegetable garden that produces an abundance that we give away. I have great kids and grandkids who visit and the local community is great, so yes, I am rich! I even get to drive a firetruck sometimes as part of the local volunteer brigade. Who could ask for more?

          • walrus says:

            Fred, I won’t explain “diffused” but its harmless. State and Federal governments have multiple compensation schemes for businesses and individuals in financial trouble although I acknowledge they are far from perfect. Biggest current problem is that employers cant fill job vacancies.

          • Eric Newhill says:

            Is there a test that patients are given that turns blue for regular covid and green for delta variety covid? Just curious how people think they can know that delta is on the loose and comprises the majority of cases.

          • Fred says:

            “who could ask for more”

            Everybody locked into their homes by your government. You are gleefully creating the socialist dream along with China style social control. Congratulations.

    • Sam says:


      Watch as Police in Melbourne gathers in HUGE numbers to quash dissent under the guise of health.

      No one is spared.

      Not even the homeless.

      RT to show the world what’s happening down under.

      Because it’s coming to you next.

      Police gather in numbers with no social distancing. The lunacy is staggering.

    • English Outsider says:

      Walrus – yes, it’s a real public health emergency. The picture I’m getting is of a number of administrations, ours in the UK too, being caught flat-footed at times and not handling it that well.

      I’m not seeing anything more sinister than that. And somebody in the States, lots of somebody’s, did a superb job getting vaccines out and distributed so fast.

      Also here. The practice manager for my own area, someone with no experience in handling large numbers of volunteers and staff in such circumstances, worked out a system that ran like clockwork – vaccinations to the minute week after week and very few queues – and made damn sure beforehand that he’d not be held up for lack of supplies.

      That was replicated all over the country by all accounts. A few loose ends – there are always screw-ups – but an achievement. Confirms my belief that we’re sadly adrift at the top but most here are still OK, if that doesn’t sound too polyannish.

      It was and is a true emergency, not one built up by the press. In some local hospitals they were having to triage. Staff sleeping at the hospital. Lectures for med students cancelled because it was all hands to the pump for the lecturers. There was nothing fake about that, and nothing fake about the disease.

      So common ground. I hope you manage to keep the thing at bay in Australia. But in all the massive efforts being made, and in all the uncertainty that surrounds this pandemic and will, there are still two questions one doesn’t have to be a Covid sceptic to ask. One is about aspiration. Why are the Danes the only people, as far as I know, to insist on it?

      The second is about Ivermectin and other such prophylactics and treatment methods. Cheap, safe, and many specialists are finding they work.

      WHO is still against. The national medical authorities won’t say they are useful. They won’t say they are dangerous. They just ignore them. Why?

      • jld says:

        “They won’t say they are dangerous.”

        One more such blatant lie might be difficult to sustain may be?

        “They just ignore them. Why?”

        Nothing “sinister” I hope…

        • English Outsider says:

          I don’t know. It all hinges on whether Ivermectin is harmless in the doses mentioned. If so then hell, why not give it a go?

          This does not seem to be the cheerful attitude adopted by the authorities I’ve been grubbing around in – the BMJ, the WHO, various other bits and pieces. They want full proof before allowing it.

          The thought occurs to me that people like Dr Cory are such dynamic and committed medics that if they prescribed old tea leaves their patients would probably get better out of sheer conviction.

          The thought also occurs to me that if I got ill with Covid I’d rather have a medic like that, watching all the signs like a hawk and trying every damn thing according to his judgement, than some semi-bureaucrat of a doctor scared to go beyond what general guidelines told him.

          On aspiration one is on firmer ground. No potentially harmful side effects there. The reverse. So just do it and remove at least one possible variable.

          As for whether the reluctance to allow Ivermectin and other “fringe” prophylactics and treatments is “sinister”, no idea. There’ll be hell to pay if it turns out some do work, and people have died unnecessarily.

          But once groupthink gets set, in the bureaucratic sludge that is the top of any big administrative structure, it’s pretty well impossible to shift. In another field, isn’t that mostly what we’re seeing with the neocon stuff? So it could just be that in this field, definitely on aspiration and maybe with Ivermectin.

      • walrus says:

        EO, Yes. The pandemic is a learning situation and mistakes are made. What matters is how fast we recover from them.

      • Deap says:

        Too hard to bifturcate the actual “disease”, from the administrative state overkill in response to the “disease”.

        18 months into this global charade, when we talk about “covid” we far more talk about what we now have to do because of “covid” and its real deadly artificial impacts; not clinical horror stories from patients allegedly afflicted by “covid”.

        Early vivid hysteria driven primarily due to forced use of ventilators, which they finally concluded did lead to higher rates of “negative outcomes” – the nice way of saying iatrogenic outcomes. .

    • Mark Logan says:


      The genius is in the ability of the disease to instill abject fear of the vaccine against it, which is a remarkable accomplishment for virus engineering. This trait seems to have evolved naturally though, it predates the science.

  11. Jim says:

    “two possible mechanisms responsible for breakthrough infections, lack of immune response elicited by the vaccine and a subsequent infection with the variant virus” [?]

    Breakthrough cases: a person gets infected despite being fully vaccinated.

    Respect to getting infected with COVID-19 — after covid shot infections . . . The government, the CDC, the NIH, NIAID, WHO, etc. and our politicians in Washington DC, all have known about this “Breakthrough” “phenomena” —for more than a half-year

    And now big media/big tech, et al. are trumpeting those with the shots getting infected — are on the rise — all of a sudden.

    The first “Breakthrough” was reported to CDC/VAERs from December 2020; six more in January; 17 in February; 14 more in March, then 40 back in the month of April 2021: After covid vax infections.

    A week ago, based on data submitted to CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, there was 161 covid infections reported by those that had already taken the covid shot.

    That data was through July 30, 2021; classified as “Breakthrough” cases.

    The latest weekly data release today, Aug. 13, 2021, through Aug. 6, 2021 shows 204 covid infections [“Breakthroughs”] reported to CDC by those that had gotten the covid shot.

    This, an increase of 26.7% from last week.

    After covid shot “Breakthroughs” that resulted in death:
    Last week: 22 reported deaths.
    This week: 25 reported deaths.

    This, an increase of 13.6% since last week.

    The data on “Breakthrough” and deaths, as follows, including time by month; and days from shot until death? and counts — for deaths:
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Feb., 2021 10-14 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Feb., 2021 15-30 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Mar., 2021 31-60 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Mar., 2021 61-120 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION May, 2021 61-120 days 6
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jun., 2021 61-120 days 3
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jun., 2021 Over 120 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jul., 2021 61-120 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jul., 2021 Over 120 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Unknown Date 15-30 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Unknown Date 31-60 days 1
    Total 25

    The data as follows, including time by month; and days from shot until “Breakthrough”; and counts — for infections:
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jan., 2021 10-14 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jan., 2021 15-30 days 3
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Feb., 2021 10-14 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Feb., 2021 15-30 days 8
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Feb., 2021 31-60 days 4
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Mar., 2021 10-14 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Mar., 2021 15-30 days 2
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Mar., 2021 31-60 days 4
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Mar., 2021 61-120 days 5
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Apr., 2021 10-14 days 2
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Apr., 2021 15-30 days 15
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Apr., 2021 31-60 days 11
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Apr., 2021 61-120 days 8
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION May, 2021 31-60 days 11
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION May, 2021 61-120 days 14
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION May, 2021 Over 120 days 2
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jun., 2021 15-30 days 1
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jun., 2021 31-60 days 2
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jun., 2021 61-120 days 9
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jun., 2021 Over 120 days 3
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jul., 2021 31-60 days 3
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jul., 2021 61-120 days 20
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Jul., 2021 Over 120 days 38
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Aug., 2021 61-120 days 3
    VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Aug., 2021 Over 120 days 8
    Total 204

    From 2007 to 2020, there had previously been a total of 142 non-covid “Breakthrough” infections after getting vaxxed, in past 14 years, or 10.1 per year; or 0.845 per month.

    The first after covid shot “Breakthrough” from December—- should have been a “signal”. And they continue to rise, with average now approaching 30 per month.

    There had been, from 2019/2020 only two deaths after getting vaxxed [via a flu shot and a rabies shot]. No other data on Breakthrough resulting in deaths was found on the CDC/VAERS/Wonder data search.

    Of note,
    April 21, 2021 New England Journal of Medicine reported “Vaccine Breakthrough Infections with SARS-CoV-2 Variants”, saying: “Given the unusual clinical histories of these two patients, RNA obtained from the saliva samples was sequenced after reverse transcription and targeted PCR amplification of the SARS-CoV-2 S gene. This test revealed a number of differences between the sequences and the original sequence first identified in Wuhan, China, including several variants that have been suggested to be of potential clinical concern.”

    June 4 2021 Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology reported:

    [[Altogether, these observations suggest two possible mechanisms responsible for breakthrough infections, lack of immune response elicited by the vaccine and a subsequent infection with the variant virus. Whether or not novel variants play a part in the risk of post-vaccination remains unclear, and so it is important in this current state to perform viral DNA sequencing from patients with breakthrough infections.]]

    And [[With the apparent discrepant results of CoronaVac efficacy (50.7–83.5%) [1] and the emergence of novel viral variants [2], concern regarding the incidence of breakthrough infections is inevitable.]]

    The 50.7% VE referred to China, reported April 13, 2021 at

    [[“We will solve the problem that current vaccines don’t have very high protection rates,” said George Gao, director general of the Chinese CDC, on 11 April at a Chengdu conference on covid-19 vaccines. “It’s now under consideration whether we should use different vaccines from different technical lines for immunisation.”]] [Note: I also read Chinese government disputes this, saying allegedly Gao was taken out of context -Jim]

    And for what it’s worth, this report out of Israel, make of it what you will, titled, “Vaccinated Israelis account for 53% of new daily COVID cases”

    With subdeck: “Health Ministry chief: Outbreak worsening despite new restrictions to stop spread of virus. Noting police issued over 2,000 fines for COVID violations, PM calls on Israelis to mask up, maintain quarantine, and get vaccinated.”

    Reported today, Friday the 13th, at:

    This israelhayom report includes:

    [[On Twitter, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned of further restrictions. “We are ramping up enforcement with all our might: In cooperation with Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev, we ordered an increased enforcement campaign across the country. Just yesterday, the Israel Police issued 2,064 fines [an increase of around 400% compared to the beginning of the week].

    He called vaccines “the most important tool, and they are our ‘Iron Dome’ against the coronavirus. I am happy to see Israel’s citizens are indeed taking responsibility and going to get vaccinated. ]]


    • Deap says:

      Known by FDA since Dec 2020 – on the eve of the Fauci Ouchie experimental inoculation campaign, aka the “Covid Vaccine”:

      ………”The document, posted on the FDA website, is titled, “Vaccines and Related Biological Products; Advisory Committee Meeting; FDA Briefing Document Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.” [1]

      It is dated December 10, 2020. The date tells us that all the information in the document is taken from the Pfizer clinical trial, based on which the FDA authorized the vaccine for public use.

      A key quote is buried on page 42: “Among 3410 total cases of suspected but unconfirmed COVID-19 in the overall study population, 1594 occurred in the vaccine group vs. 1816 in the placebo group [who received a saltwater shot].”……

    • walrus says:

      Sam, meaningless pseudo scientific technobabble.

      • Eric Newhill says:

        Oh the staggering mind blowing irony of *you* – a Covidian to the marrow – making that statement about pseudo scientific technobabble.

        • walrus says:

          Eric, Yes, look at Israel. Don’t you wish you had their “problem”?

          “The number of serious COVID-19 cases in Israel passed 500 on Sunday for the first time since March, amid the current surging coronavirus outbreak.

          Health Ministry data showed there were 524 patients in serious condition, with 84 of them on ventilators. In total there were 877 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

          Health Ministry data showed that the rate of serious cases was far higher among unvaccinated Israelis aged 60-plus, who constituted 134.1 people per 100,000 in serious condition on Saturday; among the vaccinated the figure was 20, and among the partially vaccinated 35.5.”

          • Eric Newhill says:

            Meaningless pseudo scientific technobabble.

            No one knows what’s going on; especially not you. There is only perpetual contradictory BS from the media and the technocrats. What one extracts and choses to believe from all the noise is a psychological ink blot test as opposed to anything rational. Meanwhile, I, see nothing like a pandemic in the data to which I have access.

  12. Alex says:

    Having just watched MSNBC and Fox News it is clear to me that the U.S. still does not understand what is happening in Afghanistan. The Pashtuns do not want a u.s proxy government in Kabul, they do not want a Nato puppet running the country. The news shows don’t mention this fact, viewers are left asking “why didn’t the afghans fight to defend their country”? Blah, blah, blah. So called radio conservatives keep saying it’s like VietNam, we poured all that money and training into it and got our hat handed to us. On and on. We were blind in Nam and were are still blind in Middle East. What is it about the U.S. that for all our money and might we still get beat by a poor people who want their own way of life?

    • AK says:

      Because our governing elite and the “adults in the room” don’t understand the concept of “people who want their own way of life”—whether in Kandahar or in Kansas. It is antithetical to their view of the human species.

  13. BillWade says:

    I find this article and associated video very disturbing, I suppose because it’s close to home. My wife knows of a woman who has just died here in Port Charlotte from covid, she’s in her early 50s and a little fat, not obese by any stretch. They are also saying that ambulances are lined up at the doors to hospitals in St Pete with patients that there is no room for.

    I drove by our two hospitals yesterday and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary.

  14. Babeltuap says:

    Afghanistan is just getting kicked off. It will de-evolve into full blown tribal warfare worse than before and spread like cancer. And when Taiwan gets overrun all the gutless and feckless crony globalists and their legacy media, social media outlets will come crawling back to the people they have demeaned, humiliated mentally and financially.

    It was a stupid plan that only works on paper. Way too complicated to pull off. Too many spinning plates and they are beginning to hit the ground. This time though the good people of this world are not cleaning it up. Not happening. Time to get these tyrants and drag em in the streets.

    • Fred says:


      “Time to get these tyrants and …”

      Sounds just like the thing all those FBI informants were telling the proud boys and all the rest of the January 6th people.

    • James says:

      I do not believe the talk of “Taiwan being overrun”. I think it is neocon propaganda.

      Taiwan has been good for China, and China has been good for Taiwan. Foxconn is a Taiwanese company – a Chinese company would not be able to deliver the quality that Apple demands from its manufacturers. Call me racist if you like, but that is just how it is. The Chinese leadership understand this.

      Continuing the current arrangement is very good for both Taiwan and China – it is the neocons who want the current arrangement to be disrupted.

  15. TV says:

    Covid anecdote madness.
    Hard numbers in my state:
    26,040 cases.
    264 deaths.
    99% survival. You’ve got a better change of winning lotto or being hit by lightning.

    • Deap says:

      My county: 780 active case – 2 deaths. 0.002% fatality.
      99.98% survival Pop: 450,000

      The active cases I assume come from the current “high testing” demand to even get medical treatment and will rise as schools and government employees are forced to submit to weekly testing – no criteria mentioned about “active” status- symptomatic, asymptomatic, accuracy level of testing protocol

      We have had far more gang deaths, domestic violence assaults and car accident deaths during the same time period.

      Stay tuned, I go in for my first forced “nose rape” in order to continue my time line for my first cataract surgery, which now requires a covid test and a gratuitous pre-op medical exam.

  16. prneost says:

    most of us-initiators and supporters of that war warned that the brakedown of ANA would happen, few months ago. did they knew how fast things will happen or were there only afraid of such possible progress, finalising the monumental loss of money, effort and own people!
    kabul has 4 mio people – will be there a real siege of kabul or will taliban be welcome like the others days in smaller cities?

    btw, in germany we have now a few politicians with strong sugestions,
    to send german armies to stop taliban advance and retake kabul and other cities for the sake of those city residents. but no word about which new tactics would make a break throurgh.
    IMO, I would love to send these politicians to Afghanistan.

  17. Barbara Ann says:

    Did anyone notice HR 4980 introduced by Rep. Richie Torres last week.

    “To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that any individual traveling on a flight that departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a territory of the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and for other purposes”

    • blue peacock says:

      Nice. “…for other purposes”. So not just vax passport.

      Maybe a century ago Rep. Torres would have been sent through a woodchipper. Definitely not now. Many Americans are clamoring for just this. Nothing new in the long arc of giving up personal liberty. Mass electronic surveillance wasn’t stopped when Adm. Poindexter began it under GOP St. Ronnie. And even before when Hoover’s FBI framed people and had them locked up for decades, and God knows how far back the DOJ has been knee deep in prosecutorial misconduct.

  18. J says:

    On Friday Biden’s DHS officially designates any American who opposes lock-down — A Terrorist.

    The Biden Administration is advertising ‘ Internment Re-settlement Specialist’ to turn the U.S. Military against the U.S. citizenry

  19. Sam says:

    Back again, although (like Berenson), I have to assume my days on Twitter are numbered, given the fanatic censorship regime here (which grows only more intense as bogus narratives fail.) Please note that I am now posting at in addition to gab/luigi_warren.

    If the Big Tech/Big Media/Big Pharma/Big Government narrative is correct, why are the so afraid that are resorting to censorship?

  20. Sam says:

    Hilarious but some truth to it.

    There’s a lot of persuasion technique in this. Spot the layers.

    • Deap says:

      Not only be tested, but use a test with a terrible track record for accuracy for anything.

      Sage of our Times Elon Musk – four tests, same day, same lab. Outcome: two positive-two negative. What do you tell him – does he have the deadly disease or not?

  21. Sam says:

    A comprehensive, excellently researched, fact-based insight into how “science” had to submit to a one-party government.

    China, the WHO and the powergrab that fuelled a pandemic | Sunday Times investigation

    An important reason for the ramp up of the fascist state conveniently buried by Sir Fauci, et al.

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