Open Thread – 5 April, 2021

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49 Responses to Open Thread – 5 April, 2021

  1. cirsium says:

    Col – who was the artist who created the illustration on your post?

  2. Fred says:

    Prince Hamzah of Jordan claims to be under house arrest. I wonder what might be going on in the kingdom.

    • Pat Lang says:


      He and hid mother Nour made a failed attempt to depose King Abdullah II.

      • kodlu says:

        Who would support them in this? US? Israel? Another power? I noticed Saad Hariri also made a supportive statement about King Abdullah.

        • Pat Lang says:


          Some of you obviously can’t be bothered to read my earlier comments on this. “IMO this is a tale of two mothers, one English and the other American and their respective sons. Abdullah II and Feisal on the one hand and Hamza on the other. Hamza and Nour seem to have sought the loyalty of the more conservative members of society who are not pleased with being drawn into the orbit of the Al-Saud and the Israelis. Trump’s foolishness in this matter was probably the trigger that caused this intra-dynastic problem. The old wise men in Jordan remember well that the Al-Saud have ever been the enemies of the Hashemite House. Trump was oblivious of that and did not care anyway. The at least nascent putsch failed and Hamza will probably be sent into exile in Europe.”

          • Tess says:

            There seem to be some more implied than the eye can catch.

            Read over there on a late standoff between current king of Jordan and Netanyahu on water supply in the middle of recent droughts which ended with Netanyahu´s plane being denied Jordanian air space after a lack of agreement…

            I recall amongts those offerinf first their support to King Abdallah, was Benny Gantz, but read nothing of Netanyahu…

  3. Deap says:

    “Can we finally stop pretending George Floyd’s death had anything to do with racism?”

    Report from relative – downtown Minneapolis store windows are all boarded up. The Democrat narrative sows nothing but hate.

    • Seward says:

      Also relevant to me; if no one else: I grew up in St. Paul, a completely separate city, with its own police force, plus a young, African-American mayor elected by a predominately white electorate. Older, half the size of Minneapolis, and mildly contemptuous of it. Yet by midnight the night of George Floyd’s arrest, rioting, looting, and burning had broken out in St. Paul and in its north, east, and south suburbs, all on opposite sides from Minneapolis to the west: 170 incidents in all; including Woodbury in the next county 20 miles to the east, where my parents are buried: an upscale suburb of 70,000, near 3M headquarters. Barbarians all.

    • Seamus Padraig says:

      The media will never stop pretending. Have they admitted their errors in the cases of Michael Brown or Treyvon Martin? QED.

  4. Jose says:

    PL, any comments on Abbas the Kingmaker?

  5. longarch says:

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    Example of military history

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  6. Rob Waddell says:

    Dear Turcopoles..

    A couple of true story war movies I have seen recently on Netflix and highly recommend.

    ‘Danger Close: the Battle of Long Tan’ The 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF)
    ‘D’ company, 11 platoon reconnoitering VC and PANV forces near the Phước Tuy Province are eventually surrounded and rely on good communication and accurate field gun support for survival.

    ‘The Siege of Jadotville’. A small contingent of Irish troops, ‘A’ Company, serving as part of United Nations Operation in the Congo (Opération des Nations Unies au Congo, ONUC) are besieged at their Jadotville compound. With ‘A’ company suffering minor casualties but inflicting high losses on a much larger besieger they hold out for five days before eventually surrendering. According to RTÉ (Ireland national Broadcaster), “Commandant Quinlan’s action is cited in military textbooks worldwide as the best example of the use of the so-called perimeter defence”.


  7. Sam says:

    Where did the Wuhan virus originate? Is it a man-made virus? Will we ever know the truth when many who have the technical expertise follow Upton Sinclair’s maxim.

    Why are US institutions like the intelligence apparatus, the CDC and the political apparatus not aggressively trying to uncover the evidence? Why are they covering for the Chinese communist party?

      • Fourth and Long says:

        Thanks, Patrick. An excerpt below from the newsweek article:
        Pretty nifty how “variants” have magically appeared just as vaccines were getting going. Not so magically given that this says they were intentionally engineered. By the “good guys.” Cleverly arranged by the Satanic Fauci and his funders so that hurried, anxious, fearful Americans can be confused into believing that it’s the fault of Kitai.

        “second phase of the project, beginning that year, included additional surveillance work but also gain-of-function research for the purpose of understanding how bat coronaviruses could mutate to attack humans. The project was run by EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit research group, under the direction of President Peter Daszak, an expert on disease ecology. NIH canceled the project just this past Friday, April 24th, Politico reported. Daszak did not immediately respond to Newsweek requests for comment.“

        • Tess says:

          Professor Montagnier lends his support to the complaint for the cessation of mass vaccination in Israel these past days.


          In a letter dated March 21, 2021 published on the website, Professor Montagnier, Nobel Prize winner in medicine, supports the request of Dr Seligmann and engineer Haim Yativ for the suspension of vaccination against Covid-19

          It is addressed to the President, MM. judges of the Supreme Court of the State of Israel.

          This letter is in support of the petition for the suspension of vaccination against covid-19 which was presented to you by Messrs. Yativ and Seligmann.

          I am Luc Montagnier, doctor of medicine, professor emeritus at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, director of research emeritus at CNRS, Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for the discovery of the AIDS virus.

          I am an expert in virology, having devoted much of my research to RNA viruses, in particular mouse encephalomyocarditis, Rous sarcoma virus, HIV 1 and HIV 2 virus.

          Considerable effort has gone into vaccination against the coronavirus covid-19 responsible for a global pandemic. In particular, the State of Israel has organized a mass vaccination of its population so far, 49% of its total population has received two doses of Pfizer vaccine.

          I would first like to stress the novelty of this type of vaccine.

          In conventional vaccines, the genetic information carried by viral DNA or RNA is inactivated and virus proteins are used to induce vaccine antibodies. In some cases, the virus remains alive, but is attenuated by successive passages in vitro.
          In the case of so-called RNA messenger vaccines, these vaccines are made from an active fraction of the RNA of the virus that will be injected into the vaccinated person. It therefore penetrates the cells of the latter which will manufacture the vaccine proteins from the code of the injected RNA.
          We can immediately see that this last step depends a lot on its success on the physiological state of the recipient.

          I would like to summarize the potential dangers of these vaccines in a mass vaccination policy.

          1. Short-term side effects: these are not the normal local reactions found for any vaccination, but serious reactions involve the life of the recipient such as anaphylactic shock linked to a component of the vaccine mixture. , or severe allergies or an autoimmune reaction up to cell aplasia.

          2.Lack of vaccine protection:

          2.1 induction of facilitating antibodies – the induced antibodies do not neutralize a viral infection, but on the contrary facilitate it depending on the recipient. The latter may have already been exposed to the virus asymptomatically. A low level of naturally induced antibodies may compete with the antibodies induced by the vaccine.

          2.2 The production of antibodies induced by vaccination in a population highly exposed to the virus will lead to the selection of variants resistant to these antibodies. These variants can be more virulent or more transmissible. This is what we are seeing now. A never-ending virus-vaccine race that will always turn to the advantage for the virus.

          3. Long-term effects: Contrary to the claims of the manufacturers of messenger RNA vaccines, there is a risk of integration of viral RNA into the human genome. Indeed, each of our cells has endogenous retroviruses with the ability to reverse transcriptase RNA into DNA. Although this is a rare event, its passage through germ cell DNA and its transmission to future generations cannot be excluded.

          “In the face of an unpredictable future, it is better to abstain. ”

          Professor Luc Montagnier

          This honorable man whose hard work has given quantious benefits to humanity has been labeled “senile” in order to shut him up as he tried to warn us in the first times of the pandemic…

          Try to at least save your children.

          There are currenlty real battles in the homes in Europe between a young population with a mind quite more open and prone to get informed through the net, and the older generations trying to pressure them to vaccinate themselves so as to not get prejudized in their future life, jobs, and society in general.
          Remember that health is the greatest fortune you can bequeath to your children.

          • JerseyJeffersonian says:

            Thank you, Tess, for bringing this eminent virologist’s clearly stated trepidations to the fore.

            There has clearly been an effort by Big Media working in tandem with Social Media to circumscribe the discussions about CoVID-19 in several crucial ways; in regard to the nature of the virus, the methodologies of the vaccines being developed against it, the social policies aimed at “containment”, and the intersection of all of these together in deciding upon the most efficacious, the safest, and the least societally intrusive way forward.

            This article linked below points out the ways in which rational consideration of each of these areas has been blighted through active censorship.


            This is another way in which The Great Reset is advanced, I suppose. Only experts advocating conceptual understandings, and above all policies conducive to the pecuniary interests of the members and hangers on of the World Economic Forum get to have a say. How very unappetizing.

          • Fourth and Long says:

            Montagnier also claimed to have found evidence of sequences “inserted” into the genetic code of the Covid-19-sars-2 virus which sequences he said resembled sequences of the code for HIV virus. That was immediately claimed to be erroneous by PTB. The virus certainly creates illnesses more severe than garden variety corona viruses, including Guillam-Barre type syndromes in children. Gain of function is a euphemism for very diabolical manipulation of the most sinister and dangerous kind IMO. Everyone owes it to themselves to reread the concluding paragraphs of the article at Patrick’s link above.

            We don’t know but the variants generated by the intercellular contests induced by RNA vaccines described by Montagnier above might have been discovered through the gain of function researches. In other words, RNA style vaccines may, for all we know, have been originally developed as a tool for inducing virus variants and specifically by evil people for variants more infectious, more virulent and themselves vaccine resistant. Fauci lost my trust when he (later admittedly, saying it was a white lie on behalf of medical workers short of PPE) lied to the world telling people that masks were useless; in the context of Woodward’s revelations that the Trump administration intentionally deceived the public as to the seriousness of the viral illness (he had Trump on tape saying so) – well, what can one say? It reminds me of a famous book read long ago: The Nazi Doctors.

          • Sam says:

            Why is there such a push to inject mRNA into humans all over the West? What if this was a man-made virus created by the Chinese with the funding and support of the USA or more specifically the NIH? What are the details of the NIH grant laundered through Daszak to the lab in Wuhan ? What specifically was the gain-of-function research being conducted in Wuhan sponsored by the NIH?

            Why was there this response to shutdown the western economy and in particular to devastate the working class who couldn’t Zoom to earn a living?

          • CNu says:

            Thank you Tess for posting this letter. It led me down the rabbit-hole to the dismaying finding that francesoir’s youtube channel has been removed, not however, before a most interesting interview with Dr. Montagnier was downloaded and reposted. Please turn on closed captions for the English translation.

            HIV discoverer professor JEAN LUC MONTAGNIER : Corona vaccine will cause serious cancers

        • cirsium says:

          Interview with Peter Daszak – he comments how easy it is to manipulate coronaviruses in a laboratory at the end of the interview

          University of North Carolina, funded by Eco-Health, NIH among others, researched the infectivity of coronaviruses with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and staff from University of North Carolina worked at Fort Detrick

          July 2019 – Fort Detrick is closed because of safety deficiencies
          June-July 2019 – residents die of unusual pneumonia in a nursing home an hour’s drive from Fort Detrick.
          October 18-27  – the World Military Games at Wuhan with the 300-strong US contingent
          October 25 – Five contestants at the Military Games developed a fever and were taken to an infectious-diseases hospital for treatment. What happened next

          • Fourth and Long says:

            Scary stuff ..
            Passage from article in 2011 discussing that a famous Bird flu actually was successfully modified to transmit between mammals (which it previously could not do) and become airborne as method of transmission (also innovated). Same techniques presumably apply to bat viruses.
            “The work by Fouchier’s team suggests otherwise. They first gave H5N1 three mutations known to adapt bird flu to mammals. This version of the virus killed ferrets, which react to flu viruses in a similar way to humans. The virus did not transmit between them, though.
            “Then the researchers gave the virus from the sick ferrets to more ferrets – a standard technique for making pathogens adapt to an animal. They repeated this 10 times, using stringent containment. The tenth round of ferrets shed an H5N1 strain that spread to ferrets in separate cages – and killed them.
            “The process yielded viruses with many new mutations, but two were in all of them. Those plus the three added deliberately “suggest that as few as five are required to make the virus airborne”, says Fouchier. He will now test H5N1 made with only those five.”

            Read more:

      • Mal says:

        I’ll give you something else to chew over, 2 scientists were physically removed by the Mounties, from Canada’s Level 4 bio lab located in Winnipeg, MB. The scientists were removed for protocol breeches, unofficially, without permission, sending Ebola and Henipah virus’ to the Wuhan lab. Henipah being one of the most deadly virus’s carried by bats…… hard would it have been to send cv19 samples (sent to where, sent to whom) from the same lab where it is being studied. Their removal took place Sept/Oct 2019, a few months before the world faced a global pandemic……….there be smoke……..chances are, someone in Government (they are already stalling) will cover-up the fire.

        Nomenclature; cv19; bat virus, henipah; bat virus……….would the Canadian government bend/twist the TruTh calling cv19 henipah to throw the public of the trail…..the Canadian Government, eh……….hmm.

    • JerseyJeffersonian says:

      This article is from a journalist who has done a lot of reportage on the astonishing number, and frightening seriousness of lab leaks over a period of years, in the US and elsewhere. Difficult to just blow off this sort of evidence of a besetting issue. And this particularly so when one adds in the possibility of gain of function research being done in such facilities that could drastically increase the dangers of failures of containment of pathogens thus enhanced. The mind reels.

      • Fourth and Long says:

        This is very interesting and relevant. And note that he elucidates that direct gene editing is not the only sort of Gain of Function or Virus modification done or known to research and practice. There is also “serial passage “ which allows modifications “which we don’t know how to do,” meaning that it’s a technique which allows evolution to do the work.

        Dr Bret Weinstein: Evidence For and Against Lab leak hypothesis:

  8. Ed Lindgren says:

    Ron Paul, in his April 5th online column, questions the current efforts of the National Security State in turning up the heat on the Ukraine crisis:

    I was speculating as to whether the objective is to goad the Russians into a heavy-handed kinetic response (similar to Georgia in 2008), with the hope of using the fallout as a club to beat the Germans into dropping their Nord Stream 2 collaboration with Moscow. Ending NS 2 is a major policy objective of both Kiev and the DC Swamp.

  9. Monk says:

    On April 1st the wreck of USS Johnston was discovered at a depth of 21,180ft / 6,456m making her the deepest documented shipwreck. She appears to be in fantastic condition all things considered.

    The following footage was released by Caladan Oceanic captured by their submersible Limiting Factor.

    Bow –
    Bridge –
    Gun Mounts –
    Torpedo Launchers –

    For those unfamiliar with USS Johnston here is a brief overview –

  10. Leith says:

    Great new book out on the early launches of Space-X. It focuses on when SpaceX was an underdog startup, with only a single rocket , the Falcon-1. The first four launches were failures. The fifth was a success just before the money ran dry. It is not just about Elon, but also about his key engineering staff.

  11. Tidewater says:

    Tal Inbar was head of the UAV research center at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies at Hertzliya, Israel, until 2019. He focuses on Iranian capabilities. Recently, Iran has been showing off its new weapons. There seem to have been a remarkable improvement in Iranian missiles. Many experts see these launches, test-firings, and maneuvers as an ongoing drumbeat of warning to the United States. In January, there was the exercise called Great Prophet 15; then, on February 1st came the annual Iranian celebrations of the (40th) anniversary of the Iranian revolution, called the Ten-Day Dawn. A great deal of information mining and comment has been going on by OSINT Twitterers (if you will!) about what appears to me to be a remarkably changing military situation in the Persian Gulf. Inbar’s conclusion, which is in agreement with the thinking of another commenter, Patarames, is: “Iranian missile accurate hits. These missiles are not good relative to Iran’s capabilities –they are good–period.”

    There has been a revolution in military affairs. Iran is yet another example of this. It is everywhere.

  12. English Outsider says:

    Colonel – my one foray into Covid evangelism was a little while ago on your site, when I wrote in pushing the virtues of vitamin D as a possible prophylactic. I’m now 100% certain that it works. As proof I offer the fact that I’ve been taking it and haven’t had Covid yet. Nevertheless I came across a more sceptical view on the subject recently –

    Verdict? As far as I can see Professor Spector doesn’t think it makes a whole lot of odds. And Professor Spector is something of a heavyweight.

    So I thought I should write in with that information. Not, of course, before shorting the hell out of the brand leaders in health supplements in the States, just in case Professor Spector collapses the market.

    • Deap says:

      I have an almond latte every morning at breakfast and have not had covid either. Proof that almond lattes work too. Run the numbers, the chance of even being exposed to someone with active covid, let alone spending at least 15 minutes in close down win contact with them are virtually nil. Absence of disease is not proof of prevention – just absence of exposure. Need more evidence.

      Taking Vit D as a supplement so far has come up empty to support any of its recent faddish claims. Hydroxycholorquinine has a far better track record than Vit D for “covid” prevention – see PubMed case research from the National Library of Medicine.

      • English Outsider says:

        Deap – agree on the vitamin D. That’s why I submitted a link to Professor Spector. He debunks it. And quite a lot else too.

        From memory it was on the EVMS list, but only as one of a series of possible methods. The updates now seem to have been shifted to here –

        – and I see they are now going big on Ivermectin. Your mention of hydroxychloroquine reminds me that that was the one Trump got laughed at for mentioning but I see that that’s still used by many.

        This is a very uneasy time. It’s a race of the vaccines against the new variants with the added complication that many are deeply suspicious of those vaccines. And always the fear that some new mutation will get past the vaccines. Also the fear, that I hear being voiced in Canada, that some mutation will get the young.

        What else can one say but “Best of luck”. And hope for the same for us over in Europe too.

  13. Deap says:

    Paul Joseph Watson: The Truth About Vaccine Passports

    Remarkably articulate young man. He sanely warns against this rush for digital vaccine passports. Not to be confused with our old-fashion yellow hard copy records because they just did what they said they would do- officially listed our certified vaccine records.

    Too easy to forge today, but hard copy passports with permissive security chips might be the first step into this personal digital records world.

    The ramifications of global electronic-monitoring that allow social credit scores and digital tracing, is chilling. The recent cancel culture targeting conservatives is red flag caution enough against turning even more power over to the “government”.

    This much control for an influenza type infection that has a 99.99% recovery rate, for most people, continues to give me pause. It never was the Zombie Apocalypse as originally threatened, and it is time we stopped acting like it was.

    TB remains far more worrisome infection, but TB did not provide a convenient election year hi-jacking; just a chronic, global and deadly that we still have not yet conquered. Ho hum. Where are the mandatory TB vaccination passports? Where are the global TB shutdowns and masking demands?

  14. Ken Roberts says:

    POTATO – Pacific Ocean and Trans-Atlantic Treaty Organization

    A good discussion at Moon of Alabama today (06-Apr-2021) of Alastair Crooke’s latest (05-April) article. Comments have some good thinking as well. One item, bit of humour is the above POTATO aconym proposal.

    Reminds me of the Potato museum in western Prince Edward Island. Fascinating museum. Big collection of varieties of potato pests and diseases — lotsa ways to get in trouble. Remember walking up the path to the museum door, which has potato plants along both sides, and observing the plants were infested with potato bugs. Almost had a bird! Though if I had a bird, maybe it could have eaten the bugs?

    Anyway, comments thread also mentioned Putin’s coming 21-Apr “new era” address. Curious to see what a lateral-thinking guy, who finds expediency works maybe better than ideology, will say.

    We live in interesting times. But when have the times not been interesting?

    Best wishes to all,

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