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The deranged and dangerous President who started no wars

Let it be noted:

US Presidents and their Wars, a list. Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump.

Tell the children about all the Presidents Wars…

Obviously an outbreak of prolonged peace was a disaster. That had to stop…

I seem to remember a man called Dwight saying something about this in 1961:

“Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. ..

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes” — Eisenhower

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216 comments to The deranged and dangerous President who started no wars

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    Stuart

    Key word here is “started”.

    Trump continued the international coalition set up by Obama to destroy Isis and was in charge when the alliance finally destroyed the ‘caliphate’ in Syria and Iraq.
    It was also his administration that launched the raid that killed the Isis supreme commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October 2019 and Trump also ordered the killing of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani.

    Clearly he is not weak, nor is he disposed to picking fights.

    (Just in case someone tries to argue the US were still fighting wars during Trumps’ presidency.)

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      Custer Van Cleef

      There seems to be a connection between wanting to be strong and willing to talk about that strength, and NOT having to use it. (Or very limited use).
      Trump understood that.

      Compare that with Obama who did his “apology tour”, down-graded the military, and oversaw fiascos in Syria and Mosul, Iraq.

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      OldOzzie

      The True Legacy of Donald Trump

      Donald Trump is a difficult man to understand, to say the least. He says controversial things, is a stranger to political correctness and yet his actions steer towards patriotism and conservatism.

      Quite often, conservatives are left alone in defense of these values. Many times they feel bullied, excluded, unwanted guests in their own countries by the media, the left, the so-called woke mobs and even right-wing politicians, who desperately seek inclusion in elite circles.

      In this context, most conservatives see Donald Trump as the protector and champion of these beliefs. They rise to the defense of someone who finally stood up for them. Without understanding the deep chasm between the common people and the elites, it is impossible to comprehend the rise of Donald Trump and the devotion of his supporters around the globe. Yet, the establishment refuses to grasp this reality. They detest those who are not obedient. Hence, Donald Trump did not divide Americans. He was a defense mechanism of the common people in an environment of deep divisions and cultural conflicts.

      In a rarity in national politics, President Trump does not leave a legacy merely to his own people, but to the entire world. On a planet where everyone does their best to mingle, hide their differences, erase their personalities, and forget about individuality, Donald Trump reminded us that our uniqueness, our identity, our nation, our community and most importantly our history and family are what make us special, giving hope that every individual can determine his own destiny. He urged everyone to reject dependence on government, unleash the potential within and live, think, and act freely. If an individual knows where he comes from, his strengths and advantages, he can go far. That takes away the power from the politicians and special interests and gives it to the individual. That is why Donald Trump is today the most attacked person on Earth.

      Conservatives around the world should be proud of these achievements. Donald Trump’s four years in office are the perfect model of how to build up a nation and lead it to prosperity. Not every President can make a lasting influence in the world. Donald Trump’s triumphant doctrine will be his true legacy in the history books.

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        OldOzzie

        74,216,722

        74,216,722.

        That number keeps coming back to me.

        74,216,722 votes for a president who was relentlessly vilified, maligned, lied about, and falsely accused of treason (not to mention high crimes and misdemeanors) every day of his presidency.

        74,216,722 votes for a man who made unforced errors and harmed his own cause in innumerable ways but still managed to accomplish policy goals the polished, practiced, professional Republicans who came before him only gave lip service to but never really intended to lift a finger to accomplish.

        74,216,722 voters who defied the overwhelming, multi-headed leviathan of academia, pop-culture, mainstream news media, Hollywood, Broadway, professional sports, and big tech by going out of their way in a pandemic to vote for the most demonized figure in modern American history.

        74,216,722 voices who are now expected to just go away.

        Well, we won’t. We aren’t going anywhere.

        “Unity” seems to be the word of the hour. It’s a lovely notion. I mean, who doesn’t want unity? Things are so much easier when we are unified, aren’t they?

        But unity is a goal without any moral, principle, or value associated with it. To merely unify is a meaningless activity without examining what we are to unify around.

        That important detail was glaringly absent from President Biden’s inauguration address.

        To unify a nation around a destructive, immoral, and even evil policy is no great accomplishment.

        We are all for unity. We would have appreciated a little unity around “America First” or perhaps around “Enforce our immigration laws as written” or “The US Embassy in Israel belongs in the capital city of [email protected]” These are all good ideas and would be worthy of unified support. Instead, all we got was The Resistance.

        The calls for unity are really calls for no more debate. As Obama (the last great “Let’s all unify” president) said as he dismissed Republicans who wanted some input into some of his more radical agenda items, “I won, you lost.”

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          OldOzzie

          ‘This Is What 80 Million Votes Looks Like’: Biden Inauguration EMPTY (PICS)

          Joseph Biden’s “inauguration” is empty. It’s that simple, and that humiliating.
          And that goes beyond the COVID restrictions freshly introduced for the event – with even the near-side of the National Mall which is allowed to be occupied – empty.

          Compare the images from 2017 (Trump’s inauguration) and 2021 (Biden’s) for yourself.

          As the left say at their protests: “This is what democracy looks like.”

          …and it’s humiliating.

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            James

            Look at the counts on the video on the yt platform ? They had to disable the down vote up vote as almost no one like him!

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            Ian

            “Compare the images from 2017 (Trump’s inauguration) and 2021 (Biden’s) for yourself.”

            Why not compare apples with apples rather than apples with anchovies?

            Since 2017 your disastrous ex-president presided over the deaths due to Covid-19 of more than 400,000 Americans. Perhaps that’s a reason for less people on the streets.

            The reduction in numbers is however due to Covid-19 and security concerns both of which involve ex-President Trump.

            Trump ignored masks and so influenced many others to do the same, thus unnecessarily increasing the number of Covid-19 cases. He also incited invasion if the Capitol thus increasing security concerns.

            Your comparison is utterly worthless

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          OldOzzie

          Hail to the Thief

          Democrats celebrate a “victory for democracy” with barbed wire, soldiers, and political terror.

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            OldOzzie

            Law prof: Election fraud evidence significant, cases dismissed only on legal process grounds

            ‘I’ve reviewed hours upon hours of public hearings. I have read almost all of the lawsuits that are out there … There is evidence,’ the professor emphasized.

            LAS CRUCES, New Mexico, January 19, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A business law professor at New Mexico State University (NMSU) said that anyone who proposes there “is no evidence” for massive election fraud in November’s presidential election doesn’t know what they are talking about.

            Professor David K. Clements released a provocative video in response to a letter sent to the entire faculty of NMSU from Dr. John Floros, the university’s president. Clements described the letter as “regurgitating” the narrative “in the media” regarding the election and the January 6 violence at the U.S. Capital.

            While broadly addressing many issues on these topics, he was very specific with regards to his own personal investigation into the election fraud question.

            For those who believe “there is no evidence, you don’t know what you are talking about,” he said. “I’ve reviewed hours upon hours of public hearings. I have read almost all of the lawsuits that are out there. Most of them were dismissed on legal process grounds.”

            These suits, he said, were dismissed due to a legal lack of standing. “The general argument” that was presented in these cases, he said, “was that because this was a general harm,” then “you have no standing because your harm has to be particular. It’s not because there isn’t evidence. There is evidence,” the professor emphasized.

            “In fact, I’m in possession of 574 pages of sworn affidavits, forensic reports, all of which would make its way in a court of law under the rules of evidence in a federal or state court. The fact that the evidence has not been heard here by these courts” should not be conflated into “this idea that there is no evidence,” Clements argued.

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              Susan Fraser

              Prof David Clements is so interesting in his analysis of the cases having lack of legal standing due to “general harm”, because your harm has to be particular in order for the court to hear it.

              Now that President Trump has had the Presidency illegally given to someone else, isn’t that a ‘particular harm’to him?

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                Lucky

                When or if the supreme court hears the case, we could imagine them agreeing with the claim, but it is not possible to imagine that they would require a remedy.

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            OldOzzie

            Commentary: How to Restore Faith in the Constitution

            Public opinion polls make clear that most Republicans are convinced that this was a stolen election, and most Democrats differ. We were a divided nation before, but with so many Americans now convinced that if Biden is inaugurated, we will have an illegitimate president, it is difficult to understand how we can continue to have faith in our electoral system and in the notion that ours is a government of laws and not one of arbitrary power exercised by a sinister cabal.

            There is only one way out of our dilemma, and that is for some neutral fact-finder to examine the evidence of fraud put forth by Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Peter Navarro, Trump himself, and others among the president’s advocates, and to reach a conclusion the American people will accept.

            It would be better if our mainstream media would do its investigative job, and if the Supreme Court would exercise its responsibility. This now appears unlikely, and faith in our basic institutions and in our exercise of the franchise is endangered. Those who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote by Congress had argued for the appointment of an independent governmental commission modelled after the one used in the 19th century to resolve a similar contested election. That effort foundered in the face of the disturbances at the Capitol on January 6.

            Nevertheless, the very idea of the supremacy of popular sovereignty is at risk unless somehow we can create a means for these charges of election chicanery to be examined, perhaps by a consortium of objective researchers, academics, and lawyers, who could then submit their findings to the court of public opinion. That court has always been the highest tribunal, and, as always, only the virtue of the American people can preserve this republic.

            These are unprecedented times. There must be a clear confirmation or denial of a stolen election in 2020, and the American people must demand accountability in 2022 and 2024. Only that will restore faith in our constitutional system.

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            Ian

            “There is only one way out of our dilemma, and that is for some neutral fact-finder to examine the evidence of fraud put forth by Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Peter Navarro, Trump himself, and others among the president’s advocates, and to reach a conclusion the American people will accept.”

            It’s already happened. Quite a lot of “neutral fact-finders” known as Judges have examined the evidence of fraud put forward by Giuliani, Powell, Ellis and Trump in 62 lawsuits all but one of of which were rejected due to lack of admissible evidence. And pease don’t come back with that hackneyed response “the courts never examined the evidence”. They certainly did and the judges’ reasons for rejecting the lawsuits have been widely publicised, primarily in the MSM

            “It would be better if our mainstream media would do its investigative job, and if the Supreme Court would exercise its responsibility. This now appears unlikely, and faith in our basic institutions and in our exercise of the franchise is endangered. Those who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote by Congress had argued for the appointment of an independent governmental commission modelled after the one used in the 19th century to resolve a similar contested election. That effort foundered in the face of the disturbances at the Capitol on January 6.”

            Who was responsible for the disturbances on January 6? Trump of course so blame him for that.

            As for the rest of your statement do you really believe the Supreme Court, with 6 justices appointed by Republicans and 3 appointed by Democrats did not “exercise responsibility” when dealing with the lawsuit of a Republican President??

            Why do you think there were no dissents from any of the court’s nine justices? Because the the evidence was not acceptable. Has that thought ever crossed your mind? Or are you so blind to reason and reality that you blame everyone but Trump and his demonstrably useless team of lawyers for his failure to win all bit one lawsuit?

            No OldOzzie there have been no cover ups in the MSM. There have been no dodgy legal decisions. What there has been is no evidence to support Trump’s claims of fraud.

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              Gunga Din

              “neutral fact-finders” known as Judges !!!!
              You mean like the Federal Judge that dismissed a case during the Georgia senate runoff?
              The case involved sequestering mail in ballots that a group Stacy Abrams was a part of that recruited non-Georgia residents to send in mail in ballots so they could be checked out.
              The Judge was Stacy Abrams’ sister.

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              Gnrnr

              Ian, they never looked at the evidence. they prevented the cases from going forward to evidentiary hearing on the basis of standing, or Laches (look it up). The net result of the decisions made is that no person can ever bring a case forward as no person can ever qualify to have standing. There is ample evidence of fraud, none of it heard in court.

              https://hereistheevidence.com/

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          OldOzzie

          I Watched Biden’s Inauguration First-Hand

          Haunted and numb in a horribly sanitized city.

          As I grabbed some coffee before heading to the Capitol Building to watch the 46th President of the United States of America take his title, the lovely lady behind the counter told me she had never seen anything like this in D.C. in her life.

          And all I can say as I stand here now in the freezing cold with a handful of others is that I hope America never has to see anything like this again. Nothing is as it seems. It is just horrible, in every sense.

          There is no one here. And I am not saying that in the weird competitive way people talk about crowd sizes as a measure of popularity. Remember the endless quarrel over the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd versus Obama’s?

          What I mean is that there is literally no one here. Even pressed up to the gates within sight of the Capitol Building there is barely a handful of Biden supporters — alongside a small gaggle of media, scratching about, trying to find something to film.

          And yet on Black Lives Matter Plaza, just a block or two from the White House, BLM protesters seem to enjoy special privileges. The entry point to this place remains relatively open and welcoming, their music system gives the place a party feel, and there are no National Guards visible here.

          How did we end up at a place where Republicans and Democrats are policed differently, even inside a militarized zone?

          Biden stepped up to the podium, on an empty stand, addressing a mall void of life and spoke of his hopes for unity:

          I look around just as he asks us to do, and I see how barren it all is. This man is all but alone with his lies. Nothing has prevailed here, not joy, not emotion, and certainly not the will of the American people.

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          Simon B

          It’s as simple as; there’s no tolerance in the tolerance movement. 75,000,000 Americans believe it, millions more worldwide believe it. It’s also a simple truth that they believed in the rules of battle and don’t control the machinery of war. It will take a monumental fight to wrest back equilibrium, maybe decades, unless they too change the rules.

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          Zigmaster

          The lefts idea of unity is quite simple. Everyone agrees with us or else. That way we can all be unified. Amazing what a bit of reprogramming can do.

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        OldOzzie

        Trump’s Top-10 Triumphs: A Last Look At A Remarkable Presidency

        I & I Editorial Board
        January 21, 2021

        President Donald Trump became an ex-president on Wednesday, as Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. We wish him nothing but the best. But before we let Trump go, we thought we’d review some of his biggest accomplishments while in office. We call them “triumphs,” because they were all big achievements executed against great odds.

        More than any other president of recent memory, Trump fought hard for average working Americans.

        1. Slashed taxes on individuals and businesses.
        2. Forged peace in the Mideast.
        3. Created Operation Warp Speed.
        4. Deregulated the nation’s economy.

        It’s not sexy. But Trump promised to cut two regulations for every new one proposed. He beat even that estimate, cutting eight regulations for every one added. If you think that doesn’t matter, consider this: Regulations currently cost the economy nearly $2 trillion a year, or about $14,000 a year for every U.S. household. Trump’s rule-cutting saved the average American household an average of $3,100 a year.

        5. Got rid of Obamacare’s “individual mandate”.
        6. Restored Supreme Court balance.
        7. Forced NATO to reform.
        8. Encouraged U.S. energy independence.

        By encouraging fracking and approving the Keystone XL pipeline, Trump set off an energy boom

        9. Reformed immigration and built the border wall.

        10. Withdrew from the Paris Climate Deal.

        The U.S. is the only major country actually living up to the Paris Climate Accords’ steep cuts in CO2 emissions. But the deal is still a bad one, since it commits the U.S. and other major industrial nations to shrink their economies over the long run to meet arbitrary CO2 limits in the future. Meanwhile, fast-growing countries such as China and India have few binding requirements on their emissions. The result: Those two countries, with more than a third of the world’s population, continue to spew CO2. This year China’s coal use surged above 2015 levels, “undercutting climate pledges,” according to a news report out this week. Biden’s plan to rejoin the Paris deal will only bolster China and hamstring the U.S. going forward. It’s a climate-based “America last” policy.

        We could add much more to this list. But these were exceptional advances, and showed how productive and imaginative Trump has been in reshaping American life as president. As columnist, thinker, educator and rabbi Dennis Prager recently wrote, Trump “has not only surpassed many of our expectations but also thus far governed in a manner more consistent with conservative principles than any president since Ronald Reagan, and arguably Calvin Coolidge.“

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    Roger

    Biden seems to have already declared his first war – it’s against all the white people who voted for Trump.

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      John R Smith

      We also have brand new agitprop for this war.
      “Nativism”
      (I swear there’s a script)
      Not to be confused with “indigenous”.
      We’re for the indigenous, but we’re against the natives.

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      OldOzzie

      “He Was Celebrating… We Have Bigger Issues to Worry About” – WH Press Sec When Asked Why Joe Biden Violated His Own Mask Mandate (VIDEO)

      and

      Fox News Reporter Roasts Biden Press Sec. on Mask Mandate Violation, Her Answer Gives up the Game (Watch)

      As we reported earlier, the Biden administration got off to a rocky start within hours of the inauguration festivities when not only Joe Biden was spotted not wearing a mask while on federal property, but family members and his press secretary Jen Psaki were seen doing the same.

      Their actions were a direct violation of the first executive order Biden issued in his presidency hours earlier, an EO that mandated masks be worn at all times while on federal property during the pandemic:

      “Laws for Thee but NOT for Me”

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        OldOzzie

        Press Secretary: Biden Exempt From His Own Mask Order Because He Was ‘Celebrating’

        President Joe Biden asked Americans to wear masks for at least 100 days, but he thinks he is exempt because of his inauguration celebrations.

        Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday, mandating the use of masks on all federal property.

        “Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue — it’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives. That’s why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It’s time to mask up, America,” he wrote on Twitter.

        Despite his recent mask order, the new president and his family were spotted parading around the Lincoln Memorial without face coverings during Wednesday evening’s inauguration celebrations.

        Biden wants you to follow the rules that he won’t.

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          Masks continue to puzzle me.

          My wife is a nurse and she confirms that hospital studies show masks are of no effect on viruses, and the home made and fabric cheapies, in large scale use, even if masks worked, are utterly useless.
          I have numerous papers all showing masks are of no effect. A large peer reviewed study specifically with covid in Denmark had its results released in November and AGAIN found masks of no significant effect.

          Then one only has to study the case curves and look at highly masked placed vs low masked and there is no correlation whatsoever.

          Biden and co have access to these figures, as does our hopeless CHO here in QLD Dr Young.

          Clearly there is something else going on here when there is no point at all in masks, and they will actually cause more problems from bacterial infections (a Vietnamese study found masks significantly increased bacterial infections). Even the challenged Dr Fauci stated that masking during the Spanish flu pandemic actually had many dying from bacterial pneumonia bought on by the masking.

          I can only conclude that Biden, Dr Young and their ilk are totally and utterly incompetent, are dazzled by virtue signalling, or purposely want to use masking to silence and stifle communication. I am not a conspiracy theorist but suspect Dr Young (and the other Australian CHOs) is guilty of the first two, but Biden and the Democrats also have some interest in the third.

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      OldOzzie

      3 Republican state senators in Georgia demoted after pushing for election integrity

      ATLANTA, Georgia, January 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Three Republican state senators in Georgia have been demoted and stripped of their chairmanships after they were pushing for election integrity and criticizing the Republican secretary of state’s handling of the 2020 election.

      “It doesn’t take long to connect the dots. There were a few of us fighting for election integrity. And it just so happens that the ones who were doing that no longer have their chairmanships,” said state Sen. Burt Jones.

      Last week, Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R) changed committee assignments for Republican state Sens. Brandon Beach, Matt Bass, and Jones. Beach will no longer chair the senate panel on transportation, while Jones lost his chairmanship of the Insurance and Labor Committee. Both were removed from the respective committees altogether.

      Brass, meanwhile, remains a chairman, but was downgraded from his previous post as the head of the committee that will oversee the redrawing of Georgia’s counties this year.

      “I won’t put myself in the penalty box and be silenced by what I think is right and what I think the people who voted me [in] here would want me to do,” Jones said, adding that he “can’t let petty politics get in the way of wanting to see a glaring problem with our elections remedied.”

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      OldOzzie

      Now the Washington Post Admits Trump Did Not Incite the Capitol Riot

      Washington Post admits Trump did not incite the Capitol riot. The riot was necessary for some reason, likely to provide cover for deploying the troops to DC, which was going to happen, for reasons we still have no clue of. So it was always going to happen. I assume the timing of it, before Trump finished his speech, was probably by design, because all of this was scripted. The greater picture is still unknown though.

      With the second bogus impeachment in the books, the Washington Post has finally seen fit to admit that President Trump did not incite the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 with his speech, acknowledging that it was, in fact, planned in advance.

      The article, published Tuesday, the day before Biden’s inauguration, declares in its headline “Self-styled militia members planned on storming the U.S. Capitol days in advance of Jan. 6 attack, court documents say” and opens with the following paragraphs.

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      OldOzzie

      ‘The Most Popular President Ever’ is Getting DESTROYED by ‘Dislikes’ on YouTube.

      Videos posted to Joe Biden’s White House YouTube account are getting flooded with ‘dislike’ interactions from the American public – some even dwarfing the number of likes on a video by over six times.

      The data is the latest evidence at odds with President Biden receiving the most votes in any presidential election in U.S. history.

      At the time of publishing, of the seven videos uploaded to the account – which now has comments turned off – all have more dislikes than likes. In most cases, the like to dislike disparity is striking.

      The video “President Biden Reviews the Readiness of Military Troops in a Pass In Review” has 12,000 dislikes – nearly seven times the mere 1,800 likes the video garnered.

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        OldOzzie

        In contrast, President Trump’s latest address – live-streamed on the Right Side Broadcasting Network account – has over 145,000 likes and just 4,500 dislikes.

        For Team Biden the situation is so dire that YouTube has even begun removing dislikes from the account.

        . Biden’s “The Work Begins” video has 2,400 likes and 10,000 dislikes;
        . The “President Biden and Vice President Harris Participate in a Wreath Laying Ceremony” video has 1,600 likes and 11,000 dislikes;
        . The “President Biden Signs Executive Orders and Other Presidential Actions” video has 3,200 likes and 13,000 dislikes;
        . The video “President Biden Swears In Day One Presidential Appointees in a Virtual Ceremony” has 3,300 likes and 13,000 dislikes.

        What’s more, the first press briefing has over three times as many likes as dislikes.

        The divide is especially startling given it is occurring on YouTube – a video platform which is hardly the home of right-wingers given its routine banning and censoring of conservative content.

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          OldOzzie

          The ruling class against Trump

          It was incredibly sad to see Donald Trump depart the White House. As my wife watched his farewell address, there were tears in her eyes. She saw him as a good, decent man who was maligned at every turn, all because he strove to put the interest of ordinary Americans first.

          The unending harassment Trump had to deal with as president will not abate. There’s the vindictive second impeachment coming, which now is apparently supported by senior Republican senator Mitch McConnell and other GOPers. Heaven only knows what else private citizen Trump will be forced to endure in the future for himself, his businesses, and his family. For as sure as God made little green apples, the ruling class will not be satisfied that he is out of office. The elites have to ruin the man as payback for having the gall to challenge them, to deflate his base of support, and to discourage another Trump from rising in 2024.

          Looking back at the hate, the lies, and even criminal actions directed at Trump, one might ask, what was his crime? Strip away all the superficial charges of his coarseness and lack of knowledge of Washington, and what remains is what Angelo Codevilla wrote. It was Trump’s challenge to the prerogatives of the ruling class, who for years have been enriching themselves at the expense of the country.

          In the political sphere, Joe Biden is the poster boy of this enrichment process. Biden is by all accounts a mediocre individual with no ethics. Without being in politics, the low-watt Biden would be using his law degree to chase ambulances. Yet Joe has grown exceedingly wealthy in “public service.” And sadly, rather than being the exception, Biden is the norm in Washington politics. With that understanding, it’s no wonder that the Uniparty wanted Trump gone. He was blowing the whistle on them. As Codevilla writes:

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        OldOzzie

        Biden disbands Trump’s 1776 project, a committee that promoted ‘patriotic education’

        The 1776 Commission was established to counter the New York Times’ 1619 Project.

        President Joe Biden on the first day of his term shuttered former President Trump’s 1776 Commission that championed “patriot education.”

        Biden ended the project Wednesday with an executive order that also overturned a final report released this week by the group.

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      OldOzzie

      Not An ‘Administration’.
      A Regime.

      JANUARY 20, 2021 RAHEEM KASSAM

      At noon today the scenes on Capitol Hill were arguably no different to those we saw on January 6th: a desecration of the Republic. This time, by a humiliating scene of an empty National Mall, and a handful of people who stole an election in the dead of night.

      Much is made of the phrase “peaceful transition of power,” but this was no peaceful transition.

      A stolen election doesn’t equal a peaceful transition.

      Another phony impeachment doesn’t equal a peaceful transition.

      And 30,000 troops doesn’t equal a peaceful transition.

      In reality, this was not an inauguration in the same way that there was never really an election. An election requires that certain rules are followed. They were not. An inauguration requires a valid result. There was none.

      And it’s a testament to the political establishment’s loathing of the American public that over the past year they have sought to strike fear into people’s hearts over a pandemic, and now they seek to divide the nation further by referring to one side as “domestic terrorists.”

      That’s not how democratically elected administrations come to power in free republics.

      That’s how authoritarian regimes seize power and wield it over their naysayers in banana republics.

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      WSJ – Joe Biden’s Inaugural Purge

      The firing of Peter Robb belies all the happy talk about unifying the country.

      By Kimberley A. Strassel

      The “unity” lasted all of a couple of minutes. Then, hours after President Biden pledged in his inaugural address to show “tolerance and humility,” the brass knuckles came out.

      One duster was aimed at Peter Robb, general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. Within minutes of Mr. Biden’s swearing-in, and as the new president told the nation it needed to “be better,” the new White House delivered Mr. Robb an ultimatum: resign by 5 p.m., or be fired.

      The general-counsel position is a Senate-confirmed four-year appointment at an independent agency; Mr. Robb had 10 months left in his term. No NLRB general counsel had ever been fired, and the Biden White House provided no cause for the action. Mr. Robb pointed all this out in a return letter and respectfully declined to step down. So Mr. Biden (“we must end this uncivil war”) canned him.

      For four years, the media and Democrats cast every action of the Trump administration as something law-breaking or verging on a constitutional crisis. This week’s headlines, by contrast, were a mass media celebration of the return to “normalcy.” Mr. Biden ran on, and won on, a promise to restore norms to Washington.

      The Robb firing illustrates the falsehood of both those narratives. For all Mr. Trump’s bad manners, his administration’s actions were largely by the book. Mr. Trump never fired Richard Griffin, Barack Obama’s NLRB general counsel, who served nine months to the end of his term in 2017. For all the talk of Mr. Biden as the embodiment of gentlemanly politics, Democrats have no intention of playing by the rules. They intend to impose an agenda and won’t let a little thing like a 70-year-old precedent, or embarrassment over double standards, get in their way.

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        OldOzzie

        Biden Learns to Love Brett Kavanaugh

        Democrats suddenly adopt the theory of the unitary executive.

        By The WSJ Editorial Board
        Jan. 21, 2021 6:50 pm ET

        Well, well. Democrats are finally appreciating Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the unitary executive. We’re referring to Joe Biden’s day one dismissal of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) director Kathy Kraninger and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel Peter Robb.

        A President deserves his own people to lead administrative agencies. But Mr. Biden’s dismissals are a break with long precedent at the NLRB and a 180-degree reversal of Democratic views about the CFPB. The good news is that this could trigger a legal challenge to hoary Supreme Court precedents.

        In 2010 the Democratic Congress created the CFPB as an independent agency whose director could be removed by the President only for inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance. While on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, then-Judge Kavanaugh wrote both a decision and a dissent arguing this limitation violated the separation of powers. His logic was adopted by the High Court last summer (Seila Law v. CFPB).

        Speaking of drive-bys—at 12:23 on Wednesday, the Biden team sent Mr. Robb a letter similar to the one Ms. Kraninger received ordering him to leave or be fired. This is the first time a President has removed an NLRB general counsel since the position’s creation in 1947. Mr. Trump let Obama appointee Richard Griffin torment businesses until his term expired in November 2017.

        Congress intended for the position to be “independent.” While the National Labor Relations Act doesn’t forbid a President from firing the general counsel, the Supreme Court in Morrison v. Olson (1988) upheld limitations on the President’s ability to terminate an independent counsel. Justice Antonin Scalia, the lone dissenter, argued persuasively that the law violated the separation of powers.

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      OldOzzie

      Look Who’s Still Rioting

      Trump is gone, but in Seattle and Portland the violence continues.

      By WSJ The Editorial Board
      Jan. 21, 2021 6:49 pm ET

      President Trump has left office, but peace and harmony have not descended upon the land. Left-wing rioters rampaged in the streets of Portland, Ore., and Seattle on Wednesday, no matter Joe Biden’s unity plea.

      In Portland, rioters smashed the windows of the Democratic Party headquarters and scrawled graffiti on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building. Demonstrators carried signs reading “we are ungovernable” and “we don’t want Biden—we want revenge! For police murders, imperialist wars, and fascist massacres.”

      Portland police say some rioters carried “pepper ball guns, electronic crowd control weapons similar to Tasers, large fireworks, shields and rocks” and that “weapons were seized including Molotov Cocktails, knives, batons, chemical spray and a crowbar.” No doubt mostly peaceful protesters, as CNN likes to describe this sort of thing.

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    Harry Passfield

    I remember in the ’60s hearing that the Bell helicopter Co would have gone out of business but for the Vietnam war. And LBJ was happy to oblige.

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      Hanrahan

      LBJ was a despicable character, crude personally, possibly involved in the JFK killing and fought the Vietnam war as if he never wanted it to end. {Did he have shares in Bell?]

      By comparison Trump was just a ladies’ man, but not while in office, he could not get away with that. I know who I’d trust.

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    GD

    Today, I opened my Facebook page. The gloating, the laughing, and the derision of departing President Trump was gut-wrenching.

    Such a great man, yet the comments from my so-called friends and colleagues damning him as Satan or Hitler incarnate were truly unhinged.

    I only keep a Facebook account to find out who among my ‘friends’ has shuffled off this mortal coil. I never enter into conversation.

    I am as saddened today, as I was on the morning of November 4, when I read that Biden had the lead. I was gobsmacked, then I was downcast, then plain depressed.

    I have been that way ever since, apart from hoping for the big fraud reveal by Trump and Guiliani which never eventuated.

    Now the overwhelming global opinion is that it’s good riddance to Trump and may we never again have to experience such an outsider ever again.

    Long Live The Swamp!

    In Australia, the only politician who recognises this is Craig Kelly, along with ex-Senator Cory Bernardi.

    We are truly fvcked!

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      Ian

      “I have been that way ever since, apart from hoping for the big fraud reveal by Trump and Guiliani which never eventuated.”

      Now I wonder why that was. After all the proclamations, seemingly daily, of revelations of, fraud by Trump, Giuliani, Powell, Ellis and others that would sink Biden, none of these so called “revelations’ eventuated.

      Why not?

      Because these “revelations” never existed except in the minds of the Trump team and those Americans who desperately wanted them to be true.

      In hindsight, the Trump team that won only one of the 62 lawsuits they presented must have been the most ineffectual and incompetent Presidential campaign team in American history.

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        Interested

        Ian: “In hindsight, the Trump team that won only one of the 62 lawsuits they presented must have been the most ineffectual and incompetent Presidential campaign team in American history.”

        No. The lawsuits were neither won nor lost. They were simply never heard in court. Nor was the mountain of irrefutable evidence – including the indisputable evidence of rampant foreign interference by various countries, particularly Italy.
        The “presidential campaign team” wasn’t incompetent at all. They were simply up against representatives of the most evil cabal the world has ever known, generally described as ‘the deep state’ or ‘the swamp’.
        I’ve seen most of the evidence demonstrating the theft of the election by the swamp. Have you even LOOKED for that evidence yourself, Ian, outside the usual disinformation spouted by the MSM? Obviously not. Only the wilfully blind could see it and not recognise it. It’s not a matter of opinion. There’s no ‘act-of-faith’ required. It’s as plain as daylight to anyone with eyes to see – assuming they WANT to see.

        The judiciary have clearly failed in their constitutional duty, as have the legislatures … which leaves only the military.
        Fortunately, the U.S. military have NOT forgotten their oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies – both foreign and domestic. They do not accept Biden as a legitimate president and do not recognise him as Commander-in-Chief. None of his orders will be obeyed by them. (Didn’t you notice Biden had to charter his own flight into DC? No military plane was provided. Didn’t you notice the fact that all the troops in DC turned their backs to Biden as his car went past? Check the footage.)

        The Swamp is not restricted to Washington DC. It’s an international cabal.
        But nevertheless its days are numbered.
        The purge has already started behind the scenes and the best is yet to come.

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      truth

      GD…

      You are so right…

      ….and many Australians still think we have an actual media …and still trust the ABC.

      Last night’s heavily-edited 7.30 with Laura Tingle should have changed that…but it won’t because only those people who watch SKY after dark here plus FOX after dark in the US have a hope of knowing about the horror of the last five years.

      After interviews and reports from exclusively Democrats…ie LW Institutions like Brookings…rabid propagandists for Democrats like Robert Reich…with a gay couple who said …almost crying…that for the last four years they’ve lived in fear…that ‘when someone leading the country condones violence and destruction…that’s what you get’……

      The ABC field reporter in the US waxes on about Biden’s lifetime of political wisdom…all the political skills he has honed…and Tingle moons about Biden’s ‘50 years resume’ …..’notably expertise in foreign affairs’…invites Reich to tell the world about how Biden will fix everything…COVID …the recession…climate change…budget deficit …whereupon Reich says Biden will get it done but first he has to ‘give up [ believing ] the mythology of centrism’ , because there’s only extremism on the Right….’ ….’racism and white supremacy’.

      ‘The problems are so huge’, whines Reich….as a pre-emptive excuse for when Biden/Harris inevitably bring America to existential ruin …it will always be Trump’s fault.

      But Tingle really got into her stride with her Comey ‘interview’.

      Egged on by Tingle’s obvious admiration….Comey expressed his profound relief at the coming of Biden.

      Biden will restore ‘ the rule of law and trust in our institutions’, sez he.

      Not a word or a question was heard from ABC’s smug hack about Comey’s own probably permanent destruction of all faith in the institutions of the FBI..DoJ…FISA Court…media…Grand Jury…all of which he proudly admitted to using as political tools ….. breaking the law…to get his personally-preferred ‘Democrats’ into power and to try to destroy Trump…his use of what he knew was a confected dossier …concocted by collusion with Russian spies and operatives, and officials from Obama’s DoJ..in order to get a bogus ‘go-ahead’ to destroy the lives of innocent law-abiding Americans, so that they’d lose everything they’d ever worked for…..in having to try to defend themselves against Deep State savagery , criminality and political hate.

      Nothing either, from Tingle ….about Comey’s admission that he released classified information to a journalist expressly in order to get him to call for the Mueller Inquiry…and about Australia’s and DFAT’s heinous sting for a massive Clinton Inc –concocted lie that was then communicated to the US Democrats and used by the FBI as pretext for Mueller to hound and defame Trump’s presidency for more than two years.

      Comey…on GreenLabor’s ABC…said Trump is a sociopath..a term that applies only to the Democrats and their Fascist Cabal…’a sociopath who lied relentlessly to the people’, sez Comey.

      Asked by La Tingle about the future of the Republican Party…Comey said …with emphasis…it ‘must be burnt down’.

      He said Trump should be tried for crimes and some people want him jailed for four years…but Comey wanted us to think of him as the essence of nobility and patriotism when he replied that he thought that shouldn’t happen because it would be bad for the country.

      The real reason IMO is that Comey would be cross-examined by Trump lawyers under oath…and would…should …end up in jail himself.

      Tingle shows that we’ve got all the elements of the Fascist Cabal right here….certainly our closed-shop-for-the Left ABC and our propaganda-peddling ‘journalists’…just on a smaller scale …and with our FBI and CIA equivalents if we have them…less likely to insert themselves into politics.

      We have even less chance of getting the truth.

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        James Murphy

        Biden’s 44 years of being a public servant, yet somehow managing to become a multi-millionaire on a good, but not fantastic salary, should make one question his integrity. His brother receiving large business deals for work in Iraq when Joe was VP should have raised concerns….

        Biden is not alone in profiting from a political position, but I very much hate the way he is painted as being honest by his friends in the media

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    TdeF

    The military industrial complex which dominates most advanced societies needs war to prosper. War is very profitable for some. The biggest exporter of arms used to be France but they are now third, behind the US and Russia. Consider Australia which is now paying up to $220Billion from the original $20Billion for uniquely useless French diesel submarines which they hope never to use and in fact are useless, worse than what we have.

    Fascism differs from Communism in that it is a partnership between big business and government to dominate a society. Stalin controlled everything. Hitler would not have been in charge without fear of Stalin and the financial support of the world’s biggest company run by the Krupp family. Stalin and HItler competed for control of the world and Stalin was the original AntiFA. Both detested democracy.

    It is extraordinary that AntiFA are assumed to be enemies of Donald Trump when they are violent enemies of democracy as can be seen in Seattle. But then that is why universities now refuse to teach historical fact and pretend gender and race are the drivers of world politics.

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      TdeF

      Then Climate Change is also fact free fantasy science supported by school dropouts like Greta Thunberg and most of Hollywood. And every communist party in the world. It is an engineered religion designed to devastate democracies with another guilt based religion. And a tenet of the leftist Democrats and Labor parties around the world. Anti democracy, anti free speech and anti human rights. Just like Biden’s Democrats.

      And the Climate Change and French submarine profits keep rolling in as Australia taxes Australians out of heavy manufacturing and uses the income from coal and iron ore to buy Chinese windmills to prevent Climate Change. We are even refusing to use our own abundant coal even when 50% of CO2 allegedly comes from China.

      Australia is being turned into a vassal state comprised of uneducated rich peasants. Useful idiots, bogans led by leftist compliant journalists. Even the Labor party is having real fits about the fact that their politicians are actively killing Union worker jobs and so killing off their own party. The same is happening in the US as the the black, hispanic and worker communities support the Republicans while the Democrats are in now bed with Hollywood, big business, IT giants and Washington Hawks. Expect another war of liberation soon.

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      el gordo

      Importantly, Donald the great single handily brought an end to American adventurism abroad. Any resumption by Joe would be a retrograde step and history will take note.

      The primary difference between fascism and communism is that the former embraces capitalism, China is communist in name only.

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        Kalm Keith

        “China is communist in name only.”

        And they use a massive force of unpaid “influencers” to help you see that.

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          el gordo

          My influence comes from history, socialism with Chinese characteristics.

          ‘Deng Xiaoping Theory or Dengism is the series of political and economic ideologies first developed by Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. The theory does not claim to reject Marxism–Leninism or Maoism but instead seeks to adapt them to the existing socio-economic conditions of China.

          ‘Deng also stressed opening China to the outside world, the implementation of one country, two systems, and through the phrase “seek truth from facts”, an advocation of political and economic pragmatism.’ (wiki)

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            Analitik

            Xi is not Deng.

            And Deng opened up the Chinese economy in an unspoken deal to NOT open the country politically so that the masses would be satisfied with prosperity rather than freedom.

            “One country, two systems” was a unique situation forced by the 1898 treaty with Great Britain over the Opium War settlement. The CCP have blatantly violated this to further remove any calls for greater political freedom in the mainland and are willing to sacrifice some of their economy to do so. The same goes for the recent announcements to curtail the dominance of AliPay and WeChat Pay.

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              el gordo

              True, his fascist intent came across when he altered socialism with Chinese characteristics to fit the new era. He is a Marxist/Lennist to the boot straps and we can only hope he dies soon and is replaced by a moderate.

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            Bozotheclown

            “Seek truth from facts”

            So using that model: The “truth” of the Uyghur or the facts of Uyghur?

            China “truth” so vewy squishy

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        Rupert Ashford

        You should read more about history – the raw, unbiased versions. And maybe get out more…;-)

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          el gordo

          Should we focus on the invasion of China by the European powers or perhaps Commodore Perry’s gunboat diplomacy?

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            Bozotheclown

            Old news isn’t much better than fake news.

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              el gordo

              This outbreak of peace is due to Donald Trump and the new technologies which make conventional armoury obsolete. A single unmanned drone can take out the leader of a powerful rebel gang and not start another war of adventurism.

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            Kalm Keith

            Nobody condones that type of colonialism but what’s happening now is not useful either.

            Getting people hooked on drugs was disgusting but what goes around comes back if you lose focus.

            Look at the U.K. and France, they’re both stuffed and I’m not sure about Spain and Portugal.

            The U.S. is either on the brink of a huge cleanup over the next couple of years, or a big collapse into the slush pile.

            KK

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      Richard Jenkins

      As of now Goggle “antifa.com”and see where they are now based!

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        Richard C (NZ)

        >Goggle “antifa.com”

        I DuckDuckGo’ed it instead (my default browser search engine).

        Same result – White House. Odd because of what anti-fascism is opposed to:

        Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” — Benito Mussolini

        That well defines the Biden installation.

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          Richard C (NZ)

          >”…White House. Odd because of what anti-fascism is opposed to”

          >”That [Mussolini definition of fascism] well defines the Biden installation”

          Antifa appear to agree:

          We Don’t Want Biden – We Want Revenge!”

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            Chris

            That’s interesting, because if you went to the Antifa site before the elections it immediately directed you to Joe Bidens donation page.

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            truth

            Antifa sound more like Obama’s good friends …the Weather Underground …. who just wanted to completely overturn the system and establish a Communist State….and leaders Ayers and Dohrn urged every young person to ‘go home and kill your parents’.

            Wikipedia:

            ‘The Weather Underground was a domestic terror group responsible for bombings of the United States Capitol, the Pentagon, and several police stations in New York…

            In a speech during the December 1969 “War Council” meeting organized by the Weathermen, attended by about 400 people in Flint, Michigan, Dohrn said, “First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the pig Tate’s stomach! Wild!” In greeting each other, delegates to the war council often spread their fingers to signify the fork.]

            I wonder what their children are doing now.

            Barack Obama had to have known everything about the evil pair when he launched his political career with their sponsorship with an event in their living room.

            They’re completely unrepentant to this day…and will be over the moon that the election was stolen from Trump.

            Ayers and Dohrn benefited back then …from the corruption of the legal system and of Judges and officials …and universities complicit with, and facilitators of the likes of their mayhem ….similar to the climate of America today without Big Tech…detailed in some books like The Closing of the American Mind…but not in most because back then and since, the Democrats and the rest of the Left were still worshipping the nefarious Kennedys….and hell bent on destroying Nixon….all very much like they’ve done with Trump.

            As now the LW media ensured the Left got away with murder and treason …and they drove Nixon to the edge of insanity.

            Same evil party…same evil media with new actors…same contempt for the law and for law-abiding working Americans …same MO …same corruption amongst judiciary and academe…same corrupt actors in the higher echelons of the FBI..but a step-jump in power.

            The world’s flirtation with the Left is going to end in collapse of the West and China cleaning up IMO…I’m worried for my kids.

            Hope I’m wrong…but who is there now to stop it?

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              Richard Jenkins

              “who is there to stop it” There was Trump. This second empeachment scam is only an attempt to bury him!
              Good evidence shows emails that Pelosi had to be aware of on the 4th Jan. The likes of John Sullivan involved in getting BLM & ANTIFA to dress as MAGA. Sure some Trumpists were sucked into the congress but it surely appears they were conned and it gave Pelosi a slim chance to make Trump’s peaceful voices look bad.
              I hope Trump has taught good people to fight fake news.
              Harris the threat. Get rid of her and Pelosi as by the new low bar they are seriously empeachable. Then let Joe wait as he has dementure and Hunter’s laptop jails the big guy joe Biden.

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    Henning Nielsen

    These last few weeks have been very exhausting for everyone following the situation in America. Many, many thanks to Joanne for her diligent covering of all this, your site is one of the best for good and up to date information.

    Now, I am very reluctant to go into conspi-land, we have all had our fill of weird claims and theories. But if you can stomach some more, I recommend this podcast (sorry if someone has linked to it already in another thread) with Charlie Ward, Simon Parkes, David Nino Rodriguez and Tiana Islam. The issues discussed are huge, and I won’t in any way vouch for the truth of it, but true or false, you may feel it is worthwhile listening to. And they are all in a happy mood!

    https://www.simonparkes.org/post/simon-parkes-charlie-ward-david-nino-rodriguez-tiana-islam

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    Peter Fitzroy

    Mind you he did declare economic war on just about everybody, with active sanctions against 30 countries including Canada, Fiji and Cuba. Also lets not forget the failed coup attempt in Venezuela. So, instead of a quick death by drone, or as collateral damage (murder of innocents), Trump supports the denial of medicines (as with Cuba) to ensure that the innocent get a long painful death. But that is the right wing for you.

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      Harves

      Wow, fancy a President looking after the well-being of his own people rather than sending troops to kill foreigners. Now I know why you detest him so much….

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        Peter Fitzroy

        The foreigners still die, it just takes months instead of minutes.

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          TdeF

          Cuba has an army of occupation of 30,000 in Venezuela, along with the Chinese and the Russians. In just a few years they have turned it into a third world country where disease is rampant, diseases like tuberculosis. And most of the medicines are made in China anyway, as even the Amercians found out last year when China threatened to cut medical supplies to the US.

          Cuba exports their doctors as wage slaves to fund their economy. I cannot see how any of that is done by Americans. It was Trump who had free food and medicine on the border of Venezuela, medicine and food which was refused by the Socialist government. The only thing wrong with your version of history is that all your facts are wrong.

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            TdeF

            And how a first world country like Venezuela, the world’s richest oil country with more oil than Saudi Arabia has been turned from a prosperous country into a disease ridden third world military dictatorship with no sewage, no electricity, no petrol and no hope has been totally neglected by the world’s press.

            It’s a lesson for strident socialists across the world, but not something the universally socialist press wants known. They sing the praises of China and Cuba. Military occupiers of Venezuela. Trump’s last move gave amnesty to thousands of Venezuelan refugees, something again played down by the press. According to the press, there are no refugees from Socialism. Which is why Trump won Florida.

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              TdeF

              Like Australia, even their domestic refining industry has been shut down as the operators and engineers fled. And foreigners are pumping the crude and shipping it out while the locals use donkeys instead of cars. It is Australia’s fate too as an open cut mine and gas producer with no value added processing. One day they will come for our coal too. And they will squeeze the water our of the brown coal, something the Victorian government stopped as The Age said it made coal ‘blacker’. And every greenie knows black carbon is pollution. Like diamond pollution. And invisible CO2 the world’s greatest pollution, mostly generated in China which is a third world country officially.

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          MP

          The US makes very little of its own drugs, China and India are the largest suppliers of prescription medication into the US.
          How are they limiting supply into places like Venezuela, sanctions are not followed by China. Its the socialist governments of these countries doing this to their own people, as is the history of socialism.

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          Serp

          Just because you blurted out something stupid doesn’t oblige you to be prepared to die in a ditch defending it; or is it that to swallow that unbecoming pride means you miss out on a stoush?

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      el gordo

      Economic war is OK, the market should find a way through.

      Forget about left and right, Donald was withdrawing from overt clandestine wars, which should be applauded.

      Something has just come up on my political radar, Biden is going to counter Xi’s Belt and Road by building his own. If all goes according to plan then the US will compete to make the world a better place.

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        Harves

        Gee, PF will detest Biden if he declares such an economic war on China. Unless of course he’s a hypocrite.

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        Peter Fitzroy

        Well imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, China will be please.

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          el gordo

          Beijing wants to create a new world order on a benevolent footing, aware that capitalism needs new markets to survive and flourish. So the super powers should compete to drag the impoverished Third World into a greater middle class.

          As this unfolds, tensions ease and wars of adventurism become a thing of the past.

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            GARETH LEWIS

            EG, I have spent time in Africa on contract work. May I assure you that in the eyes of the locals, China is seen as a far worse colonial master than any European power. Ditto in The Bahamas. China’s NWO is based upon China’s inward-looking supremacist beliefs.

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            Analitik

            benevolent fitting

            Financing of economically unviable infrastructure projects is not benevolence when the loan can be called in to take hold of the resulting asset. Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka is a case in point. The Nile GER dam in Ethiopia will be another.

            Debt traps are another form of imperialism

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              el gordo

              A legitimate democratic government took the task on and then defaulted, so its purely a commercial matter and not imperialistic.

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                Analitik

                Because the benefits were oversold. Yes, the government was incompetent but Belt and Road projects are debt traps, nonetheless

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                Analitik

                Plus there are almost certainly “incentives” provided to the local politicians so it’s taking advantage of a combination of both incompetence and corruption

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                el gordo

                ‘According to available data, Sri Lanka is not in a Chinese debt trap — Sri Lanka’s debt to China amounts to only 6 percent of GDP. Rather, Sri Lanka has a general debt problem, owing about 27 percent of GDP to international financial markets and multilateral lenders like the World Bank.’ (The Diplomat)

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                Harry Passfield

                A legitimate democratic government took the task on and then defaulted, so its purely a commercial matter and not imperialistic.

                I would lay odds that if the government offering the ‘task’ had been the USA or UK you would be claiming that it was colonialism writ large when the default occurred.

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        Rick Kinsman

        All that will do is replace one marxist hegemony with another one – and it won’t be for the better.

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          el gordo

          At the moment world markets enjoy relative harmony, apart from the trade wars, but the Beijing way of doing business distorts this free market.

          Just say for example that Australia decides to build a continental bullet train network and seeks tenders, a Chinese consortium would win because they undercut all rivals. This is how the princelings do business, laissez faire style.

          The hot and cold wars of hegemonic rivalries over the past century can now be converted from spending money on arms to eradicating poverty world wide, think of it as enlightened self interest. Beijing plays a long game.

          ‘A benevolent dictatorship is a government in which an authoritarian leader exercises absolute political power over the state but is perceived to do so with regard for benefit of the population as a whole, standing in contrast to the decidedly malevolent stereotype of a dictator who focuses on their supporters and self-interests. A benevolent dictator may allow for some civil liberties or democratic decision-making to exist, such as through public referenda or elected representatives with limited power, and often makes preparations for a transition to genuine democracy during or after their term. It might be seen as a republican form of enlightened despotism.’ (wiki)

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        MP

        Link?
        Or is your “radar” another voice inside your head.

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    Mick

    I’m noticing the urgent fervour with which the new Biden administration is re-joining/re-funding the UN.

    I’m guessing that the UN is absolutely desperate for money since Trump stopped paying them, and now they’ve got “their man Joe” to give them all the US taxpayer money they so desperately need.

    I’m hoping that the blatant and foul corruption of the UN, the CCP, and the new “biden administration” helps to finally WAKE UP the people of the world.

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      PeterS

      Some will wake up but it’s too late now. They have to learn the hard way and then they will wake up. Also, if Trump does start a new party, both Democrat and Republican supporters will move over to the new party as they wake up to the fact that their respective parties arr splitting apart for a variety of reasons thanks to the Great Reset. The interesting thing then is what happens when no candidate reaches the 270 electoral votes? Then the election is determined via a contingency procedure established by the 12th Amendment, which in itself will be chaotic. It’s yet another sign of the coming collapse of the Constitutional Federal Republic, which is already by name only due to the fraudulent counting practices conducted in the last election.

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        OriginalSteve

        I suspect the NAU will be formed to replenish the USA coffers once Joe Xi-den has peed trillions against the wall.

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    Harves

    If only he’d declared war on coal, eh Peter?

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    Jojodogfacedboy

    They are now closing President Trump’s bank accounts and calling in his loans.
    They want him completely destroyed.

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      Ted1

      The total destruction of Donald Trump, his business and his family will be the primary objective of the Democrats and the RINOs.

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        Ted1

        Henry Ergas has a very good reflection on fairly modern history in today’s Oz.

        Hatred is a terribly destructive thing.

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      Annie

      The vindictiveness of the left is astonishing.

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        TdeF

        Like twice impeaching Donald Trump while the sitting President. Without any evidence at all. And the assaults on Trump, his wife, children and friends are unprecedented and appalling. Imagine anyone presenting a bloodied head of Barack Obama as comedy?

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        Neo

        It’s hardly vindictive for people to call in their $ Trump owes them. Or for the US Govt to follow through on the tax investigations that relate to what he did before he was president. Get a grip people, a president is not above the law.

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          TdeF

          “for people to call in their $ Trump owes them”. What $? Where do you get your facts? Or did you just make that up?

          Four years of accusations and not a single real fact. Trump donated his entire salary. He did not need the house, the job, the aircraft. Biden and Clinton and Obama though all revelled in free accomodation and luxury.

          Biden and family though are all multimillionaires on Biden’s $150K a year salary. Please explain.

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          James Murphy

          In that case you should be totally in favour of Biden being investigated, right?

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      David Maddison

      This unpersoning and destruction of President Trump is straight from the Left’s instruction manual, Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four.

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        el gordo

        They can’t ‘unpersonate’ Donald, he is as large as life.

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          David Maddison

          They can try because they have cut off all his social and other media access. Plus are trying to destroy or harass him in other ways such as recalling loans as mentioned elsewhere.

          I find it tragic that the Left are unable to tolerate alternate opinions and have to be told what to think.

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      PeterS

      Then Trump can sue them for billions. “Go ahead make my day!”.

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        MP

        Sue them?
        With the legal system we just witnessed fail at every level.

        Think its time everyone realised Trump was a 4 year propaganda campaign.

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    Mike Jonas

    My first thought: fake news. But a DDG search – closing donald trump bank accounts – has a raft of hits, eg. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jan/12/deutsche-bank-severs-ties-with-donald-trump
    But the bloody events of last week and the looming threat of a second impeachment trial appear to have finally persuaded Deutsche’s managers to terminate its association with Trump. A Deutsche spokesperson refused to elaborate on Tuesday, telling the Guardian: “We decline to comment. [..]
    Another of Trump’s key lenders, Signature Bank, said it was closing his two personal accounts, which held a combined $5.3m in deposits. The New York bank has previously financed Trump’s Florida golf course. Ivanka Trump sat on its board.
    The bank called on Trump to quit. “We witnessed the President of the United States encouraging the rioters and refraining from calling in the National Guard to protect the Congress in its performance of duty,” it said in a statement.[..]
    “.

    Did the president of the United States really refrain from calling in the National Guard? It looks like it wasn’t his decision. The decision was made by ‘House, Senate security officials’. Were they under orders from Donald Trump? That seems extremely unlikely, because if he had done that surely it would have been reported that way. Let’s face it the media has always had open season on Donald Trump.

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      ColA

      I read that it was Nacy Pollosi’s duty to secure and protect the Congress and that the Washington frontline Police asked for back up in the morning and it was ignored/denied

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      truth

      Deutsche Bank has it completely wrong but won’t be called out…it wouldn’t care anyway.

      Pelosi’s responsible for the Capitol not being adequately defended and for not informing Trump about the intel they had about plans for an incursion that they’d uncovered.

      Did she tell Biden/Harris I wonder?

      Trump should be able to sue her for withholding such information from the POTUS.

      Did his Secret Service detail know about the intelligence I wonder …he may have been in more than the usual danger at his rally…with his security people unaware.

      He could have warned his supporters had he known …as its by no means certain that the intel was about any of them.

      Did Pelosi withhold the information as part of an entrapment exercise …that would fit with the conundrum of the Capitol police clearly waving and beckoning the Trump supporters to come in.

      The FBI seem very tardy and inept with discovering who was behind the pipe bombs too.

      In this climate we’ll maybe never know….conveniently for Biden Inc.

      Deutsche wanted any excuse to get rid of Trump ..Deutsche Bank has been at the forefront of banks withdrawing funding for anything related to fossil fuels for the last few years, so it wasn’t going to miss a chance to dump on Trump.

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    David Maddison

    It’s interesting and disturbing to note that the promotion of transgenderism is one of Biden’s controllers’ most urgent priorities.

    Approved by Obama, banned by Trump and now reapproved by Biden’s controllers, men will again be allowed to use women’s bathrooms. Note that the said male only has to “identify” as a woman, and doesn’t even need to dress like one. Last time it was allowed it lead to sexual assaults of women and girls.

    And just to help normalise transgenderism he has already appointed one to a Deputy Secretary or similar.

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      truth

      And the one he’s appointed Deputy Secretary of Health is the one who ordered COVID patients be moved into nursing homes in Pennsylvania I think it was…with many resulting avoidable deaths….just after moving her own mother out of the nursing home into the safety of a hotel.

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    YallaYPoora Kid

    How many peace agreements? Would also be impressive considering the total lack of support by the Demorats.

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    Harves

    So despite an Antifa leader and leftist photojournalist being identified on video as instigators at the Capitol, and despite the FBI admitting that they knew of plans to riot days beforehand, and despite security guards (controlled by Congress) simply opening the doors to protestors, plans to impeach Trump are going ahead?
    Oh, and the dumbest part is that apparently Trump was encouraging insurrection … it’d be the first time ever someone was found guilty of trying to overthrow their own government.
    But you wouldn’t put anything past the Democrats and cowardly RINOs

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    David Maddison

    The Left will be loving it. Not since Obama has there been so many Americans who again will no longer have to think for themselves or take responsibility for their actions.

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      OriginalSteve

      The downside is they will have an army of potential brown shirts…..

      If there is now a potential opportunity for a Krystal Nacht against conservatives, then “The Purge” ceases to be just hollywood fiction……

      If the Left lets loose its jackals, there will be civil war.Honest law abiding people will defend thierfamilies, which is why the Left will make sure guns are confiscated before it really gets bad.

      Standard communist playbook – disarm, then murder…..favoured by all thugs

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    Harves

    Biden claims to want to unify the US. So his first actions are to sign Executive Orders that he knows full-well will rule at least $75 million citizens – rejoining Paris and stopping the wall.

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    Harves

    Aaaaargh “rile”

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    David Maddison

    Biden’s controllers are wasting no time revising history. They have again removed Sir Winston Churchill’s bust from the Oval Office, just like Obama did. And the UK doesn’t care.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jan/21/no-10-takes-relaxed-view-as-biden-removes-churchill-bust-from-oval-office

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      Annie

      No.10 takes a relaxed view of the removal of Winston Churchill’s bust from the Oval Office? Quite a lot of the UK will care, though not our trendy lefty brigade.

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    Peter Fitzroy

    By the way, Qanon, what happened?

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      David Maddison

      Why don’t you ask their followers?

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      David Maddison

      How’s Kony 2012 going Peter?

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      MP

      Got to the end of the garden path I think.

      The question should be why was this allowed to happen, there used to be laws that prevented propaganda being used against the people.
      People had hope that there was an end to the absolute corruption in government and the take over by private corporations, same thing you are against.
      People had hope for a better world for them and their families, that’s a good thing. They were deliberately mislead by even Trump.

      Hope is a good thing. without it there is no hope.

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      MP

      Bit of a poor video but it explains the USSR propaganda campaign against their own people and the “Trust the plan” movement against the present.

      The “Trust” plan. https://www.bitchute.com/video/BmJrYhv1drw/

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      Peter Fitzroy

      Like Krakens, Qanon played 75 million americans.

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        MP

        Nah Q played the world and Trump could of countered that at any time in the last 4 years, but he also played the game and the people.
        People on here believe the left are stupid, what has and is happening is brilliant all be it evil.
        Sad state of things really.

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    TdeF

    One major change in Democracy is the rise of the professional politician, people who have never had any other job. Biden, Shorten, Albanese, Andrews. Climb the greasy pole and a politician like Biden with a wage of $150K pa can find he and his family members are some of the richest people in America. All kickbacks from big business and the military industrial giant which makes fortunes from defence and needs wars to thrive. Or perhaps someone could explain how Biden’s family obtained their millions? Clever investment? Lucky guesses?

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    David Maddison

    How can anyone take Biden seriously as a President? He neither looks nor sounds like one. He is an empty vessel but under the control of some very evil people.

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      Serp

      I don’t see Joe as anybody’s stooge, he’s been too long in the power game for that and now through the same cunning which has enriched his family he is become CIC, and remember he was open and honest enough brazenly to advise the public that he was running the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organisation in US political history so the stooge is us for thinking he was gone gaga for saying that when he’s been laughing hisself to sleep remembering it every night since and on election night he had the biggest laugh of all which does explain why he was so keen to go to bed before counting was done.

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        williamx

        Serp

        Your quote above.

        “so the stooge is us for thinking he was gone gaga…”

        Serp, I hate to correct u but…

        B1den did go gaga, the national anthem was sung by an elitist, multi millionaire, ignorant and entitled leftist.
        Her name I believe is lady gaga.

        Love your posts, insightful. Keep posting and stay well.

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      James Murphy

      Don’t make Biden out to be a victim in any shape or form. He’s had 44 years of revelling in the swamp. In his lucid moments, he knows full well what’s going on.

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      truth

      We all know the emperor has no clothes…nor marbles either…so it’s long past time for an announcement about who the actual POTUS is.

      Surely allied leaders should be told who will have that final say …the deciding vote re whether America goes to war or not.

      Do the Military chiefs know…you’d think they might want to.

      Does China know?

      Who would be negotiating in a tricky situation?

      Is it Kerry…or Hillary…or Clinton fixer John Podesta…or Obama?

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    David Maddison

    If we were wrong about the Left, they wouldn’t need to censor us would they?

    And notice Leftists are allowed on this blog but we are not allowed on theirs.

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      Dave
      I gave up long ago on the SMH. Complete and utter joke. Climate Change, Covid, US election – never had one of my posts allowed through!

      We get annoyed with El Gordo and Peter Fitzroy and some others, but they are allowed to post.

      My brother in law seems to get all his news from the SMH. Any rational review of their articles shows extreme bias, out and out falsehoods and complete inability to report the whole story. I have ceased talking with him, he literally cannot listen to what I am saying. One day he will hopefully wake up, but he works (well he goes to) at a university. Say no more…

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        PeterPetrum

        I have the same problem with my daughter’s in-laws and, sadly, increasingly with her!

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          truth

          I know exactly what you mean.

          The thing is… the Left will permit no discourse at all…no matter what cataclysmic events are occurring.

          They do discuss politics vociferously amongst themselves though….it’s just that everyone must come to the same conclusions and conservative thought is not welcome.

          There’s no way of finding out what reasoning brings them to their conclusions…it’s just instant shutdown…similar to the ban on any comment from climate sceptics on The Conversation…despite the fact that it’s largely taxpayer-funded.

          They can’t be surprised that we think they can’t discuss because they haven’t bothered to inform themselves about what’s actually going on…are just going with the fashionable noble-pose version because they think it puts them on the side of the angels….or the less benign explanation …that they’re fully aware that the international Left intends to destroy the sovereignty of nations…intends that we’ll all be divested of everything we own …and that’s what they too intend for us…but they want us silenced until it’s a fait accompli.

          But this is a really weird situation now, because how is it possible for the Left to be so gung ho for the extreme persecution…silencing..canceling…bans on flying…and in many cases destruction of the lives of millions of law-abiding people…mums and dads who want a sovereign America …jobs for Americans…a fair go… free speech?

          How can they treat those people so savagely …want to take their children away….treat those National Guard soldiers who’ve just protected them all at the inauguration…like something they stepped in…..and yet expect to adopt their beloved noble pose and be applauded for it?

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            williamx

            Re your first point. I agree.

            The last bastion of freedom is to allow ALL to speak without fear or favor.

            I want ALL to be able stand on the soapbox and prosecute their case.
            We can then present facts, debate, compromise, refute or agree to the argument presented.

            When the right to do that is shouted down, persecuted, legislated against, censored or blocked,

            Then it is a total loss of our freedom.

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    Kalm Keith

    That’s hilliaryous;

    “Well imitation is the sincerest form of flannery”.

    🙂

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    RossP

    Any one else wondering why more troops are moving into DC and the fences are still going up ? I thought the troops would have gone home last night.

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      Hanrahan

      I didn’t know they were. Where did you read that?

      Are these troops to replace those who turned their backs on Joe?

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      OldOzzie

      News Briefs – 01/21/2021

      Biden was sworn in. I am surprised it has gone this far, given Biden now has an incredible capability to sell everything to China and damage America for more Renminbi to Hunter. I find it hard to believe a plan could not be conceived that did not require this risk.

      But there are still unusual data-points, pointing away from a normal transition of power. 25,000 troops are still in a DC ringed in concertina wire and seven foot tall non-scalable fencing, and they never had to be there in the first place. There was never even supposed to be a crowd of democrat civilians to attend the inauguration. That does not point to normalcy. I have checked FlightAware, and see no signs of planes to take them home approaching DC, nobody is talking about them leaving, and one anon said their orders were to be there for one month. I do find it interesting they have set up checkpoints, and are checking IDs of people leaving, as if they were making sure that during this period, no classified data could be smuggled out by dirty actors.

      The interesting aspect of it all is the troops were deployed on President Trump’s watch, and are being kept on under Biden. Possible explanations I see are Biden and Trump agree on something and are working together (highly unlikely, although not impossible if Biden’s blackmail was used by some intelligence/NatSec group to get him to acquiesce to something), or Biden lacks the power to send them home, or possibly the military/NatSec apparatus has been calling the shots all along (and still is) and they called it out and are keeping it. I do not see how Biden can’t immediately send them home, to show himself “restoring normalcy,” but it would appear he cannot or will not.

      What the 26,000 Guardsmen are doing, or why 2,000 have been sworn in as Marshals, is also still a mystery, but it does not point to the same old, same old. In addition, Durham is still out there as a Special Prosecutor beyond Biden’s reach, his mandate was expanded to election fraud prior to the most fraudulent election in history, there are a raft of over 200,000 sealed indictments at last count, as shown below election audits are continuing, and there is still an election fraud case about to go before the Supreme Court. It would feel strange even if a Chinese asset, owned by Beijing through both bribes and blackmail did not just waltz into our Presidency under the nose of our National Security machinery. Probabilities have shifted, and it is now anybody’s guess which equally unlikely prediction will prove to be correct.

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    Hanrahan

    What a strange nation is the US. First day in office – 17 EOs undoing the previous President’s EOs who undid the previous prez’s EOs.

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      Hanrahan

      Joe can hardly claim a mandate, a tied senate and a slim house majority don’t give him any moral authority.

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    PeterPetrum

    Talking about censorship I posted this comment in The Australian below an article on how Trump ‘instigated’ the attack on the Capitol.

    Yes, and it has just been announced by the FBI that leading BLM activist, John Earle Sullivan, has been arrested for his breaching of the Capitol. He was caught on film boasting about breaking a window to get in and encouraging others to “burn this s*** down”. All Donald Trump’s fault, of course, but there is increasing evidence coming to light that the breaching of the Capitol was planned well ahead of the day by other than Trump supporters.

    It was rejected, despite the fact that it is factual and widely reported. My subscription to the Oz is under review!

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    OldOzzie

    CRIME
    2020 Saw Unprecedented Murder Spike In Major U.S. Cities


    Majority DemoCrap Controlled – ? Las Vegas

    plus

    LAWNEWS – America’s Top 20 Cities for Crime, and What Party Runs Them

    18 out of 20 DemoCrap controlled Cities – Hmmm the Future of America?

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    David Maddison

    I bet President Trump didn’t make this demand!

    So much for Leftists being egalitarian…. Typical hypocrites.

    Kamala Harris fury as Democrat ‘demands staff stand up when she walks into room’

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1386136/kamala-harris-inauguration-joe-biden-donald-trump-president-white-house-us-news-vogue-spt

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    OldOzzie

    EXC: Biden Just Picked A CIA Director With A 7-Year-Long Relationship With Chinese Communist Party Fronts

    Bill Burns – Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency – serves as the President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace which has over a decade-long relationship with the China-United States Exchange Foundation and other Chinese Communist Party-linked groups.

    Burns has served as President of the think tank since 2014, overseeing its involvement with the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) which dates back to at least 2009.

    CUSEF – part of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front effort that seeks to “co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition” and encourage foreign actors to “adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies” – has sponsored trips for Chinese Communist Party officials to speak at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    In 2009, the think tank hosted former Shanghai Mayor and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party’s Political Consultative Conference for a“keynote speech” on a trip paid for by CUSEF.

    Similarly, two year later, CUSEF’s founder Tung Chee-hwa, who chairs the “highest-ranking entity overseeing” China’s United Front, spoke at a a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace event according to CUSEF promotional brochures.

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      David Maddison

      Beijing is very pleased with their choice.

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        OldOzzie

        Biden Immediately Removes ‘China Challenge’ As ‘Policy Issue’ On State Dept Website

        The Biden regime has revised the Trump-era State Department website to omit describing the Chinese Communist party as one of the department’s main “policy issues.”

        The site – state.gov – also revised China’s country profile page to lead with “U.S. Relations With China” as opposed to its predecessor, “The Chinese Communist Party: Threatening Global Peace and Security.”

        A January 19th archive of the site reveals 23 items as “policy issues” on a drop-down menu on the Trump administration’s version of the site.

        Among the issues flagged by the Trump administration but omitted from the Biden regime’s newly launched site include 5G security, The China Challenge, Illegal Immigration, Iran: A Dangerous Regime, Nicaragua: A Return to Democracy, and Venezuela: a Democratic Crisis.

        Changes have also occurred on the country profile portion of the State Department site.

        Before Biden assumed the presidency, the Trump administration’s China profile was headed “The Chinese Communist Party: Threatening Global Peace and Security.”

        Now, it is titled “U.S. Relations With China.” or how much money the Biden Family can make.

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          OldOzzie

          Biden Rescinds Trump’s ‘[email protected] Travel Ban’ as ‘Inconsistent with American Values’

          Even as most of the nations on that list have just appeared on another more troubling list.

          In reality, Trump banned entry from those eight nations because they were all to various degrees either state sponsors of terrorism and/or posed a serious security threat to the U.S; most or all of them regularly appear on the State Department’s list of “countries of particular concern,” while others are known state sponsors of terrorism.

          Interestingly, and perhaps even more tellingly, most of these eight nations appeared on another list just a few days ago. On January, 18, 2021, Open Doors, an international human rights organization that annually ranks the 50 worst nations that persecute Christians, published its latest findings. Six of the eight nations affected by Trump’s so-called “[email protected] ban”—that is, 75 percent of them—are on this list.

          Change @ for U on link

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          OldOzzie

          Biden Admin Recognizes Gaza Strip And West Bank In Ambassador-To-Israel Twitter Account Name Change

          The title of the official U.S. Ambassador to Israel’s Twitter account was changed to “The official Twitter account of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza,” in a complete reversal of policy Trump administration policy.

          The U.S. had maintained a strict ‘hands off’ approach towards territorial disputes in the Levant, leaving issues to be settled between Israeli and the Palestinian authorities.

          “The United States has for decades declined to take a policy position on the West Bank and Gaza territories, maintaining the Israelis and the Palestinians must decide in negotiations how the areas will be split up for a future Palestinian state. By including Gaza and the West Bank in the ambassador’s portfolio, the Biden administration appears to be determining that neither area is part of Israel—a move that is certain to rile Israeli leaders,” the Washington Free Beacon wrote.

          Biden is now criticized for reversing years of progress made in effort towards peace in the Middle East. The Trump administration’s move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a historic shift in policy, and the Abraham Accords have brought the normalization of relations between Israel and several Middle Eastern states.

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        OldOzzie

        Biden Re-Engages With China-Centric World Health Organization

        Why Americans should be worried.

        Joe Biden signed an executive order on Day One of his presidency, which fully re-engages the United States with the World Health Organization (WHO). In doing so, the sleepy “woke” 46th president of the United States is rewarding an incompetent global governance body that helped the Chinese regime cover up the severity of the coronavirus it unleashed upon the world. Biden is committing the United States to waste many millions of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars on this unreformed globalist bureaucracy. Biden has also laid the groundwork for participating in the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, which is seeking to administer the worldwide distribution of coronavirus vaccines. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Chief Medical Adviser to President Biden, is the Biden administration’s representative to the World Health Organization.

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    OldOzzie

    How Joe Biden Misunderstands Unity

    In Biden’s speech, St. Augustine’s deep warning about misdirected unity in love of the wrong thing becomes the spiritual equivalent of “c’mon, man.”

    Yesterday’s remarks from Joe Biden were what we thought they would be: a lot of talk about unity, and a lot of condemnations of other Americans along the way. The unity talk went over just as expected, with Republicans rolling their eyes. Of course there was unity on that dais in Washington, with a thousand of America’s elites — nearly all of them already vaccinated, but wearing masks to send a message — guarded by tens of thousands of troops against the dire threat of revolt that we are told came this close to toppling our democracy. The mixed message of what you were being told and what you saw on screen was obvious. The Bidens feel temporary, the government feels fragile, and the media’s attempts at spin and fluff feel irritating but obvious — as John Cleese would say, like setting Julie Andrews on fire.

    The speech itself was uninteresting and workmanlike, but it contained an interesting misunderstanding that was unintentionally revealing. Midway through the speech, Biden said: “Many centuries ago, Saint Augustine, a saint of my church, wrote that a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of their love. What are the common objects we love that define us as Americans?” He went on to list several bits of normal political pablum: opportunity, security, decency, etc.

    The actual quote comes from Augustine’s “City of God,” Book XIX, Chapter 24. You’ll find it here, and you’ll see it means something quite different than both Meacham and Biden seem to think it means:

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      PeterS

      If Biden is going to carry forward the theme by the left that all those who refuse to comply with their ideologies should be treated as though they are the enemy then he has a big lesson to learn. Most Americans don’t like being told what to think and believe. So much for using Saint Augustine to support his agenda when in fact Biden twists the true meaning only to expose how little Biden knows about having true love of the people. To be consistent with the way the Democrats and their supporters behaved in the past, Biden is really saying loving the people means attacking, imprisoning and murdering those who disagree with the political agenda of the Democrats. Let’s wait and see which path he ends up using, peace and love of all Americans, or peace and love for a minority who are slaves to the leftist ideologies and war and hatred for the rest. It will be very telling.

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        PeterS

        The path he has chosen is being revealed already. Some 52,000 jobs lost on day 1 by cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline and other projects. The way I see it is as long as Americans aren’t brain dead they will demand Biden step down or else.

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          el gordo

          Ummm …. its my melancholy duty to inform you that Biden has been elected for a four year term.

          While you’re there, do you think the spirit was here when the dinosaurs were wiped out? These theological questions interest me.

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      Serp

      https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/120119.htm Chapter 24 has a definition of a people but fitting it to today’s society is daft beyond clickbait.

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    Tadpole

    I have heard that the viewing numbers for the recent Inauguration were around 10 million.

    Didn’t the other 70 million who voted for Joe want to share in the big win?

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      GARETH LEWIS

      The 15m or so in Hell were all watching even though the message would have had an air of predictability for them.

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    OldOzzie

    FBI feared foreign power was targeting money to Clinton before 2016 campaign, memos show

    Bureau delayed FISA warrant and instead gave candidate defensive briefing, in stark contrast to Trump, declassified memos show.

    FBI agents opened an investigation in late 2014 into a foreign power’s effort to curry influence with Hillary Clinton’s prospective presidential campaign through donations, but the bureau’s leadership slow-walked a surveillance warrant and instead arranged for the candidate to get a defensive briefing, newly declassified memos show.

    FBI agents became so frustrated that they were being stonewalled from securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to investigate the foreign money plot that they even escalated to then-FBI Director James Comey, according to the memos declassified by President Trump on Tuesday night and obtained by Just the News.

    “The FISA application has remained in limbo for the last four months, even though subsequent investigative activity by [redacted] provided additional probable cause for the FISA application,” an FBI employee wrote Comey in an April 14, 2015 email in which he expressed concern he was “overstepping” his chain of command by raising his concerns.

    That email stated the FBI field office leading the probe was “still uncertain as to why the application has not been sent to DOJ for final approval although several reasons have been put forth by CD [Criminal Division], most recently that the decision to put the application on hold originated ‘on the seventh floor.'”

    The seventh floor of the FBI headquarters is where the FBI director and his team have their offices and is a common reference among field agents to the FBI’s management team.

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      OldOzzie

      Hmmm Snake in the Grass – President Biden Will Keep Christopher Wray as FBI Director

      Decision provides stability atop agency as new administration confronts rising threat of domestic extremism after Capitol riot

      The decision comes as the Federal Bureau of Investigation is moving swiftly in its probe of hundreds of members of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the halls of Congress on Jan. 6—one of the most substantial investigations undertaken in U.S. history. Agency watchdogs are scrutinizing the government’s inability to prevent the deadly attack.

      The acting U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., Michael Sherwin, who has been running the investigation into the riot, briefed the new Justice Department leadership on Wednesday about the sprawling inquiry that has already led to the arrest of more than 100 alleged rioters on federal charges, an agency spokesman confirmed.

      Investigators are focused particularly on the role of alleged right-wing militia members who may have planned the attack and violent incidents such as assaults on police officers. Many of the charged defendants have begun cooperating, law-enforcement officials said. Prosecutors are also soon expected to charge people who allegedly attacked members of the media, officials said.

      Mr. Wray also has been criticized for what current and former law-enforcement officials have described as a concerning lack of public visibility in the aftermath of the attack. The FBI didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

      FBI – Hunter Biden’s Laptop???????????

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    OldOzzie

    Biden agenda stuck in neutral as power-sharing deal eludes Senate

    Who’s on first, what’s on second, and nobody knows exactly how the Senate is being run right now.

    Though Democrats technically took the reins of the chamber this week, they have been unable to reach a power-sharing deal with Republicans, leaving the Senate partially frozen.

    Democrats hold the gavel in the chamber itself, but GOP lawmakers are still the chairs of committees, for now.

    Senators are also at the mercy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who despite leading her troops to approve an article of impeachment on Jan. 13, has yet to transmit it to the Senate.

    “Speaker Pelosi will determine when she will send the articles over,” newly minted Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Thursday.

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    Kevin a

    Look What They Did to The White House YouTube Channel After the Inauguration
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrjglXGIgaA

    ALL White House Videos deleted!

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      Hanrahan

      It won’t be easy, four years knowing that you are illegitimate, that most of the faces you see know this too and you have minuscule genuine support.

      Will those in power care? I think not.

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    Old Goat

    Ok , where are we at ? Biden (puppet) in charge and Harris (sold out to highest bidder) as backup . Media running cover for both . How long before their spending blows the USA into bankruptsy ? When the economy collapses and the general public are all hungry and desperate civil war is on the cards. The heat is building – The army is already divided at best (no ammo allowed ??) and is ripe for insurrection.
    Who gains from this scenario ? Who is waiting in the wings to “rescue” the USA . Beware…..

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      Henning Nielsen

      The army has plenty of ammo. The NG units in DC had it removed for the occasion. I guess they were afraid of soldiers firing into the air, Arab-style, in their wild joy of seeing Biden as POTUS / sarc.

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    OldOzzie

    Biden’s Man at Homeland Security

    Alejandro Mayorkas is getting the questions he dodged the last time.

    By The WSJ Editorial Board
    Jan. 21, 2021 6:48 pm ET

    With the recent attack on the Capitol, Latin American migrants headed to the U.S. border, and other looming threats, the Biden Administration is pushing for quick Senate approval of national-security nominees. On Tuesday Sen. Josh Hawley (R, Mo.) inflicted a small setback by objecting to fast-tracking Mr. Biden’s pick to head the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, to a confirmation vote.

    The Senator says he has concerns about the Biden Administration’s immigration plans, and that Mr. Mayorkas “declined to say he would enforce the laws Congress has already passed to secure the border wall system.” Mr. Mayorkas is also well known as an architect of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Barack Obama pushed through by executive fiat after he couldn’t get it through Congress.

    Those pushing for quick approval argue Mr. Mayorkas has been confirmed by the Senate three times over his political career. But as Ohio Republican Rob Portman noted at Tuesday’s confirmation Senate hearing, Mr. Mayorkas was last confirmed in 2013. That was before the release of a scathing Inspector General report in which individuals “throughout the ranks of USCIS” complained that, as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Mr. Mayorkas had intervened to benefit wealthy and politically connected foreign investors seeking EB-5 visas.

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    Kalm Keith

    Neo.

    Dymium.

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    Contemptible Blackguard

    The bumbling old fool aint President he is merely an occupant of the seat and should not be called President.

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    Harley

    Trump has stabbed the Kurds and Palestinians in the back and emboldened N Korea to forge ahead with it’s N program, plenty of potential for war that he has fueled,

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    Nucleic acid testing (NAT) technologies that use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of SARS-CoV-2

    WHO guidance Diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 states that careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed (1). The cycle threshold (Ct) needed to detect virus is inversely proportional to the patient’s viral load. Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology.

    WHO reminds IVD users that disease prevalence alters the predictive value of test results; as disease prevalence decreases, the risk of false positive increases (2). This means that the probability that a person who has a positive result (SARS-CoV-2 detected) is truly infected with SARS-CoV-2 decreases as prevalence decreases, irrespective of the claimed specificity.

    Most PCR assays are indicated as an aid for diagnosis, therefore, health care providers must consider any result in combination with timing of sampling, specimen type, assay specifics, clinical observations, patient history, confirmed status of any contacts, and epidemiological information.

    Published on inauguration day, so Biden will have a good start as anti-COV-19 fighter, who will have thought that ? 😀

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    David Maddison

    Google “donald trump achievements” without quote marks then do the same with DuckDuckGo.

    Compare.

    One is the Leftist censored version, the other is for free thinkers.

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    KevJ

    I’m an old Aussie as well.. It was sad watching Melania’s farewell speech, but with DJT, it felt like we had lost everything. There is no one left to stand for me and others like me. At times I feel I have woken into an an alternative universe.
    The pendulum will swing back eventually, but not in my lifetime..

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    Kalm Keith

    In coming back to this thread I found something extraordinary that had been on my mind for a while.

    There appeared before me a resolution of the Massive Misinformation Morass that has plagued the western “democracies” for the last fifty years.

    We really have been “led up the garden path” by master manipulators and we need to understand where we came from and and assess what needs fixing.

    Starting at post #1.0 and reading to about 1.2.2 I found a series of commentaries that has been extracted from U.S. sources and which summarise so much of what needs to be said.

    Thank you OldOzzie, they are extraordinary finds that give me hope.

    Turning the Woke World around was never going to be easy but defining the problem is a good start. Thanks.

    KK

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    CHRIS

    Will be interesting to see how Biden stands up to the CCP (LOL). I can imagine it…China annexes Hong Kong and Taiwan, and Biden morphs into Neville Chamberlain. Then China announces ‘if we can have South East Asia, there will be no more territorial ambitions”. Biden submits, and then announces ” Peace in Our Time”. Sound familiar?

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    Si vis pacem, para bellum

    There is nothing wrong with preparing to defend. One recognizes that one has something that others may want to take without a legitimate right.

    We lock our doors and windows and we build fences to define and to protect our personal property — a tight of ownership and sovereignty over that property. People banding together into a nation built on common values grants a fraction of the individual sovereign right to the nation; to defend as one against a common threat.

    Entitling a nation to sovereignty is (in part) the recognition of other nations’ sovereignty over their territories. In Westphalian sovereignty, borne out of 30 years’ war, is the rule that one sovereign nation not interfere in the internal politics of another sovereign nation. There’s a natural consequence (learnt via decades of wars) that violation of that rule creates unrest in the interfered and the interferer’s nations; creating misery and poverty.

    In the modern world, interference by a “superpower” in a small nation, invites asymmetric warfare not necessarily in the shape of violence but with a disrupting effect on the ability of government to operate. Like electing Joe Biden as President. 😉

    Seriously though, while the march through the institutions has so far provided the required outcomes, it is tiny compared to the impact of the destruction of e.g. a nation’s fiat currency through “trades”. Once the trust is gone, so is the currency. A government cannot govern without money.

    Remember; the three branches of government are the banks, the media and the corporate cartel.

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