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    RicDre

    CDC Director Now Says To Just Do Whatever Texas Did 12 Months Ago

    February 10th, 2022 – BabylonBee.com

    https://babylonbee.com/news/cdc-director-now-says-to-just-do-whatever-texas-did-12-months-ago?utm_source=Gab&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=Gab

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    jkb

    Matt Ridley on the origin of Wuhan virus.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYuSgEyGRMg

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    tonyb

    A concerning new report about the possible effects on the heart through use of the vaccine

    https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/health-nightmare-alert-over-covid-jabs-injecting-a-heart-damaging-toxin/

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      OldOzzie

      Heart-disease risk soars after COVID — even with a mild case

      Massive study shows a long-term, substantial rise in risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, after a SARS-CoV-2 infection.

      Even a mild case of COVID-19 can increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular problems for at least a year after diagnosis, a new study1 shows. Researchers found that rates of many conditions, such as heart failure and stroke, were substantially higher in people who had recovered from COVID-19 than in similar people who hadn’t had the disease.

      What’s more, the risk was elevated even for those who were under 65 years of age and lacked risk factors, such as obesity or diabetes.

      “It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, it doesn’t matter if you smoked, or you didn’t,” says study co-author Ziyad Al-Aly at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and the chief of research and development for the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System. “The risk was there.”

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        Earl

        Obvious risk management exercise. As reported right from the start of the inoculation program people experienced heart issues, blood clots/stroke due to the liquid not the man-made virus. That is why the pure bloods now must be rounded up and disposed of because in effect we have become the control group for the whole experiment. The first pfizzer test group was disbanded within 6 months.

        [No I am not stalking you lol]

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        theotherross

        Does this indicate that the spike proteins in the covid virus and the mRNA vaccines are causing the same complications ?

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    tonyb

    so it looks as if the funds for the truckers via give send go have also been frozen

    https://dailysceptic.org/2022/02/11/court-freezes-8-million-for-freedom-convoy-raised-on-givesendgo-at-request-of-government/

    I am sure if you want to give funds for them via BLM or XR it will be no problem

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      RicDre

      GiveSendGo Defies Fa$cist Canadian Govt. Order to Freeze Freedom Convoy Trucker Funds

      Christian-owned funding platform GiveSendGo said it would not comply with an order by a Canadian court to freeze over $8.6 million in donated funds destined for the Canadian truckers’ Freedom Convoy 2022, saying the court has no jurisdiction over the U.S-based company.

      https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/02/11/givesendgo-defies-fascist-canadian-govt-order-to-freeze-freedom-convoy-trucker-funds/

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        bobby b

        Once the money enters Canada, there is jurisdiction. The order will allow for the seizure of funds from truckers looking to buy gas (with a very low burden of proof – see Canadian civil asset forfeiture) based on those funds possibly having come from prohibited sources.

        Combine that with Ontario’s new State of Emergency declaration and the recent recorded-phone-conversation leak of Ford announcing that he’ll shortly lift mandates – it all points to a very dangerous situation coming up in the next several days for the truckers. Gov will shut them down and at the same time try to manage the PR by announcing mandate easing. Gov is going to attempt to save face while shutting this down – but it’s going to be a mess.

        Ontario declares state of EMERGENCY: Freedom Convoy drivers can now be fined $100,000, jailed for a year, have their trucks seized and licenses revoked after Biden urged Trudeau to get even tougher

        – Conservative Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Friday declared a state of emergency, threatening fines and jail
        – White House is urging Justin Trudeau’s government to use its ‘federal powers’ to end the Freedom Convoydonations to truckers on a crowdfunding site GiveSendGo

        Effin’ Biden. Telling Trudeau

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          bobby b

          (oops.)

          Telling Truedeau to man up. Just what the world needs – an aggressive Alzheimers patient in charge of the world.

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    tonyb

    I hope all you Aussies have got your third shot so you can continue to access all the necessary services?

    https://www.rebelnews.com/three_doses_required_to_be_up_to_date_in_australia

    Does Victoria still have covid passports? Any other States?

    It might be useful to schedule in your monthly booster shots to save time in future. What could possibly go wrong?

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      OldOzzie

      ‘Goalposts move again’: Anti-boosters fume over ‘fully vaccinated’ definition change

      News that Australians will require a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated against Covid-19 has been met with a mixed response online, as one expert urges health officials to reassure the public they will not be required to get a shot “every three or four months”.

      Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that from the end of March, three doses would soon be considered “up to date” as the country shifts away from using the term “fully vaccinated”.

      People who do not get their booster within six months of their second dose will be considered “overdue”.

      Social media pages of news outlets announcing the change have been swamped with anti-booster sentiment, with many users saying they had been double or even triple vaccinated but would not be getting any more shots.

      “Well I’ve had my three and that’s all I’m having,” one woman wrote on the ABC News Facebook page.

      “Had side effects with the last two, I’m not putting any more in my body. Done my part for the herd immunity far as I’m concerned.”

      Another woman said, “I’ve had two, I don’t plan to have my booster when the time comes. If that deems me unvaccinated and facing ridiculous mandates then so be it.

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      OldOzzie

      Booster effectiveness wanes after four months, CDC study shows

      Researchers found the booster shots remained highly effective against moderate and severe COVID-19 for about two months after a third dose. But their effectiveness declined substantially after four months, suggesting the need for additional boosters, the study published on Saturday AEDT said.

      The vaccine was 91 per cent effective in preventing a vaccinated person from being hospitalised during the two months after a booster shot, the study found. But after four months, protection fell to 78 per cent.

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      Forrest Gardener

      I’m not sure what a covid passport is, but I am still required to drive from Melbourne to NSW to legally play golf. In Victoria golfers are required to provide proof of injection.

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      robert rosicka

      Tony B we still have restrictions on “Unvaxxed “ in Victoriastan.

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      Deano

      I’m in Western Australia where we now have a requirement to show proof of vaccination in order to be served at most dining and entertainment venues including purchasing alcohol at ‘bottle shops’. But if I entered a grog shop and wanted to buy a bag of peanuts and a Coke, no vax certificate needed. If the person standing right next to me wanted a bottle of Johhnie or Jack he would need to show proof.
      This is all just being done to protect us of course and is based on “the best scientific medical advice” which must have discovered the virus doesn’t like teetotalers.

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    My simple method for assessing the unreliability of solar is spreading:
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/02/04/more-focus-on-the-impossible-costs-of-a-fully-wind-solar-battery-energy-system/

    I love this line: “The beauty of considering the worst-case scenario is that the math becomes so simple you can do it in your head.”

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      William Astley

      One month storage does not solve the winter months problem. Many of the northern countries, regions…. For example, Canada, Russia, Northern Europe, Northern US states, and so on there are cold windless days and there is insufficient sunlight. There is a surplus of green energy in the summer and a deficit in the winter in these countries.

      The winter months problem requires months of storage. One month storage will not solve the problem that some years are less windy than others. The magic storage system must store electricity for years to pass power from a windy year to a year that is not windy.

      The storage calculation needs to include the energy to build the wind, sun gathering systems and the battery system and the energy to replace them when they wear out.

      It does not matter how much money is spend. Zero CO2 emission are impossible to achieve with sun and wind gathering and batteries for a major country. The green schemes saturate. The green schemes, no longer reduce CO2 emissions when the magic battery is required.

      This is a quote from the Google Engineers who were assigned to study the problem and look for any possible solution.

      At the start of RE<C, we had shared the attitude of many stalwart environmentalists: We felt that with steady improvements to today’s renewable energy technologies, our society could stave off catastrophic climate change. We now know that to be a false hope … Renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach.”

      As the Register notes (see quote). Obviously our countries will be bankrupt and there will be riots, if electricity costs were to increase by a factor of five, ten, or twenty. As more and more batteries and/or hydrogen storage system were constructed to try to zero emissions.

      https://www.theregister.com/2014/11/21/renewable_energy_simply_wont_work_google_renewables_engineers/

      “In reality, well before any such stage was reached, energy would become horrifyingly expensive – which means that everything would become horrifyingly expensive (even the present well-under-one-per-cent renewables level in the UK has pushed up utility bills very considerably). This in turn means that everyone would become miserably poor and economic growth would cease (the more honest hardline greens admit this openly). That, however, means that such expensive luxuries as welfare states and pensioners, proper healthcare, reasonable public services, affordable manufactured goods and transport, decent personal hygiene, space programmes (watch out for the meteor!) etc etc would all have to go – none of those things are sustainable without economic growth.”

      http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/renewables/what-it-would-really-take-to-reverse-climate-change

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      Mantaray Yunupingu

      Let’s look at Snowy 2.0. Will someone tell me what’s wrong with the following analysis and question….

      Was recently looking at the main works now underway at Tantangara Reservoir (about 40ks NW from Adaminaby). An Adit leads into the tunnel which is being drilled directly west to the underground power station at Lob’s Hole. Had a look at that under construction too. The water released from Tantangara will go 25 ks very gently downhill in the tunnel until the extreme drop-off into Lob’s, through the turbines creating power WHEN NEEDED at peak times. That’s early eveing and early morning. The water then ends up in Talbingo / Blowering reservoirs, a bit further west.

      Later, by day when wind / solar are at their max, un-needed power from these renewables will pump the water held in Talbingo / Blowering back up into Tantangara, to await another Peak Period when it can be released again back downhill..and again and again,

      OK, so when the dream of having hundreds of thousands…or millions… of Electric Vehicles needing to be charged AT ALL HOURS in Oz becomes reality, will there ever again be “un-needed power” by day to pump the water uphill into the “battery” lake at Tantangara?

      BTW: I won’t go into evaporation, lack of inflows to Tantangara, especially in winter when the “water” is often compacting snow, but that is surely another problem, since it’s only about 5 years that the lake has been “full” after about 10 years of constant shrinking.

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    John R Smith

    Here in America, our ‘leaders’ and medical ‘experts’ are running for the life boats. Head of Propaganda Jen Psaki just said Joe Biden never ever, ever supported lockdowns.
    Guess the ‘leaders’ of Oz, NZ, and Canuckida are going down with the ship.
    Don’t forget to salute.

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    Peter C

    Convoy to Canberra

    We arrived in Canberra last night ready for the big event to day. All is quiet in the middle in Canberra right now but it should get busy over the next few hours. A massive crowd of campers has settled at Epic Park to the North of the city. I have no idea how many people are staying in city hotels but bookings are tight apparently so it could be a lot.

    I had dinner with Kalm Keith last night. Gee Aye provided a recommendation which we took up and we dined at Au Lac vegan restaurant in Dickson. A first for me and also for Keith. Ok. I enjoyed it but may need some meat tonight.

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      Peter C

      Instagram from Epic Park last night showed Bus and car convoys being split up by police. Camp is full! People milling about. They are worried they might be locked in. It is a long walk to Commonwealth Park.

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      Kalm Keith

      Yes, a good dinner last night Peter with Gee Aye’s restaurant turning out some interesting vegan dishes.

      My vegan banh xeo was a good dose of veggies but the real thing is something else and I look forward to that when I get home.

      The run up past EPIC was very slow and for those trying to get in nearly impossible.

      Today looks like being a gigantic traffic jam. 🙂 🙂

      KK

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      Peter C

      Today was an impressive sight. Trucks not part of the parade which was foot traffic only.

      The crowd lined up along Northbourne Ave as far as I could see, which was about a kilometre, but surely was longer. It took about an hour and a half to file up the ramp the Parliament House. Estimates of the size of the crowd varied between 40,000 ( mine) to 1 million! Flags galore. It was very colourful.

      There were very few police, which was unexpected because of what I have seen previously in Victoria (which amounted to gross over reaction). The police told us to keep off the parliamentary forecourt and not to enter the building. Apparently one man trespassed on the forecourt and was arrested.

      Speeches and some musical performances followed.

      I would say that the objective was achieved, which was to demonstrate that there is a large number of Australians who oppose the vaccine mandates and the vaccine passports and we are about to vote in a Federal election.

      Not enough trucks present to shut down Canberra. About 20 trucks were lined up outside old Parliament House.

      Hopefully the crowd number is sufficient to cause some change at the Federal parliamentary level.

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      Canberra convoy Millions march to parliament protest 12th Feb 2022 by drone
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocULvVMeFm4

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    We are on the way to. Canberra on the Hume Hwy. seeing lots of cars draped with Aussie flags. Are there any police blockades?

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    another ian

    “breaking news! rats in NYC! and they have Covid!”

    https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/new-york-city-covid-19-variant-rats/2022/02/10/id/1056393/

    Via Chiefio

    No names mentioned?

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    Harves

    Trudeau’ as genius!!! He’ll get the supply chains moving again by suspending trucking licences.

    Trudeau said authorities are prepared to hit protesters where it hurts the most by suspending commercial trucking licenses and pursuing charges that could result in jail time.

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    another ian

    “Tucker Carlson Interviews Dr Robert Malone
    February 11, 2022 | Sundance | 226 Comments

    Fox News host Tucker Carlson had an extensive interview with Dr Robert Malone to discuss the background events of the overall COVID-19 pandemic.

    The hour-long interview is being heralded as one of the deepest and most fascinating discussions as more information surfaces about how the COVID-19 pandemic has been exploited by large institutional interests. WATCH:”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/11/tucker-carlson-interviews-dr-robert-malone/

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      another ian

      And

      “Tucker Carlson Notes the Success of the Freedom Trucker Protest and the Hypocritical Political Response
      February 11, 2022 | Sundance | 268 Comments

      During his opening segment today, Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed the Canadian Freedom Convoy and the results they are achieving. During a portion of the segment Carlson mentions the YouTube channel ZOT. Tucker Carlson does a great job outlining the current status of events in/around Ottawa and contrasts the response from the government. It’s a good segment. WATCH”

      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/11/tucker-carlson-notes-the-success-of-the-freedom-trucker-protest-and-the-hypocritical-political-response/

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      Earl

      Dr Malone starts talking about the synthetic RNAs that have been used at the 34minute mark by referencing a newly published paper. He mentions how the synthetic does not perform in the “normal” way that RNAs should. The synthetic “seem” to be sticking around in the body for upto 60 days whereas rnas should be degraded within hours. How do “they” know they stick around for 60 days …. well that is the milestone that “they” tested up to. I wonder what an 80 day or 100 day test would reveal. Guess what folks contraceptive pills contain a synthetic estrogen. I recall comments from years ago that suggested that coming off the pill in order to have a baby could mean an upto 2 year delay until fertility got back to normal and conception would be successful.

      I’ll leave it there because if we start wondering at the incidence of autism and adhd etc since the swinging 60’s female liberation contraceptive pill days would get this comment dismissed as a conspiracy theory.

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        Mantaray Yunupingu

        Earl. I was at school in the 60s and 70s. There were 80 kids in each age group at primary school (in two classes of 40 apiece). Also took part in many sports and activity groups with loads of kids NOT from my school.

        I do not recall ANY “autistics” amongst them, though two seem to have been “withdrawn”. Also we ate everything at school picnics and sports carnivals etc (peanuts, food additives etc) and no seizures nor fits at all.

        The family GP, when asked about a rash I developed on my back, said “probably contact with something. Food allergies are very very uncommon”. He was right…stopped wearing the 100% nylon school shirt and the rash vanished.

        Anyhow. Autism etc, and food allergies appear to be INDUCED….since when exactly? Maybe you are correct about the Pill indeed!

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          Earl

          Mantaray. Greetings. NZ system was based on three schooling blocks viz primary (age 5 to 10), intermediate (age 11 and 12) and high school (13 – 17, then off to uni if you stayed on till age 17/18 and passed entrance exam). As you moved through the different schools they got bigger and kids from numerous schools funneled into the next layer so you came in contact with new kids all the time. My experience was our only health worry was polio – at primary I was friends with a kid (only one I ever met) who had been crippled by it and the measles and we all took an oral vax for them. The other “mass” activity that everyone “enjoyed” was free milk during summer – which was always warm – and hot milky milo during winter. No one spoke of or personally showed signs of lactose intolerance in those days.

          Makes you wonder indeed. Cheers.

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          yarpos

          mmmm the nylon school shirt; an invention of the devil for the Oz climate

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      mawm

      Dr Robert Malone makes a very good interview subject. His knowledge is more than just the medical/research angle but also a lot of the behind the scenes political manoeuvring. I have watched several of these interviews and have learned a lot from them.

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    Harves

    Trudeau is a genius. No one else would have come up with the idea of suspending trucking licences to get the trucks moving.

    Trudeau said authorities are prepared to hit protesters where it hurts the most by suspending commercial trucking licenses and pursuing charges that could result in jail time.

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    yarpos

    Remember when Kiribati was the canary in the coalmine on accelerated sea level rise? how it was in imminent danger of submerging?

    https://www.climatehotmap.org/global-warming-locations/republic-of-kiribati.html

    not so much now it seems

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/02/buried_news_china_setting_up_an_airstrip_close_to_hawaii.html

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      KP

      “Republic of Kiribati told Reuters last year China has drawn up plans to upgrade an airstrip and bridge”

      Well, at least if the Chinese do it we know they are investing money they have earned, not like the Yanks who just print dollars and spend them making us do the work! This means the Chinese will be limited in how much they can throw around the world buying influence, so they’re unlikely to take over. Building an airstrip on an island is a lot cheaper than building and maintaining a military base, like the Americans have in Diego Garcia.

      “The construction “would offer China a foothold deep in territory that had been firmly aligned to the United States and its allies since World War Two.”

      As Hawaii was invaded by the USA and has remained a territory ever since, the Hawaiians never had a choice but to be ‘firmly aligned’ to America!

      Anyway, it seems the Chinese don’t believe their coal-burning will submerge Kiribati anytime soon, so there’s hope for us yet!

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    OldOzzie

    If DC Fears Trump, He Deserves Four More Years

    Still, there are things that boil my blood faster than I can tend to my passions and mediate my hatred. And one of those instances came this week when Mitch McConnell pushed the D.C. Leviathan’s lie that January 6 was a “violent insurrection” in his clear attempt to set the stage for a time in the near future when the power-mad monsters of Washington declare to the country that President Donald Trump will not be “permitted” to run for election in 2024.

    I could write an avalanche of essays explaining how important I believe Trump’s presidency has been for this country. But that seems secondary to the need to roll up six years of government-orchestrated hoaxes, crimes, and propaganda used to undermine the 2016 (and, in my opinion, 2020) election(s) and shove all of Washington’s corruption right down its collective throat. Even if I did not like Donald Trump, the Uniparty’s and Deep State’s relentless efforts to prevent his 2016 election, sabotage his presidency, undermine 2020 ballot security, censor evidence of election fraud, criminalize his supporters as “domestic terrorists,” and now put Trump in legal jeopardy by framing him as having attempted to overthrow the federal government are more than enough to ensure that I would walk through fire to vote for him again. In my mind, justice demands it. The D.C. denizens have just gone too far to ever be forgiven or for their treachery to ever be forgotten.

    I know we are living in communist cuckoo land now, where “The Science” is always right, Dementia Joe is always lucid, printing money creates prosperity, and men can break women’s records in sports, but at what point do the Deep State despots crafting one fanciful lie after the next finally step back and say, “Nah, nobody will ever believe this nonsense”? The Russian collusion hoax is now understood by everyone but the most brainwashed (or those invested in the lies because they were doing the brainwashing) to have been an elaborate conspiracy involving Hillary Clinton’s political campaign, Barack Obama’s FBI and CIA, and a propagandistic press laundering their disinformation as the gospel truth. Four years of Establishment Republicans (in the majority in the House until 2018 and in the Senate until 2020) giving Democrats carte blanche to legitimize conspiracy theories in Congress with outrageous claims the Republican president was a Russian spy only opened up the eyes of Republican voters to how insidiously the Uniparty in D.C. operates.

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      OldOzzie

      Mitch McConnell Shouldn’t Promote Media Lies About RNC Censure Of Cheney

      Republican voters would like their leaders to meet the simple test of not calling them terrorists for engaging in peaceful political protest.

      It’s no surprise that the corporate media are defending Liz Cheney in her campaign to help Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hurt Republicans, but why is Mitch McConnell, the leader of Senate Republicans, joining them in their efforts?

      Last year, Pelosi blew up the commission to investigate the security breaches and events of January 6 by removing the Republican Party’s picks from the committee. Since then, no Republican-appointed members serve on the committee and it has been used to seize private communications of political opponents of the committee. Even prior to kicking off Republican-appointed members, Pelosi chose rabid anti-Trump extremist Cheney to serve her on the committee.

      Cheney had already been ousted from her Republican leadership position. Absolutely obsessed with opposition to Donald Trump and his supporters, Cheney had convinced her colleagues she was unable to perform her actual duties and they took the unusual step of removing her.

      Republicans in Wyoming, the state she purports to represent from her home base in Northern Virginia, took the unusual step of voting to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican.

      Republican voters are eager for Republicans in positions of authority to fight Cheney and other servants of Pelosi. But that runs in direct contrast to a major effort from corporate media and other Democrats to use Republicans who support the Democrats’ agenda against other Republicans.

      For crying out loud. The RNC did not call any riot “legitimate political discourse.” Why would McConnell accept that obvious lie and say that they did? It is no surprise that McConnell is the least popular politician in the country, somehow even less popular than Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

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        OldOzzie

        McConnell States the People Can Never Be Permitted a Voice in Politics, and January 6th Was a Terrorist Attack

        Mitch McConnell and his team of UniParty leaders made a strong statement today against anyone who would ever have the audacity to stand in opposition to the upper elite within the United States government. The timing of McConnell to align with Joe Biden is not coincidental.

        First, to the status of the January 6th protestors, DeceptiCon party leader Mitch McConnel affirms the united DC position that all J6 protestors were violent domestic terrorists, carrying out an insurrection attempt, intent on destroying the carefully constructed democracy the DC elites are providing to the people.

        Stunningly, the second point was McConnell admonishing the RNC for rejecting Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger as members of the Republican Party platform. McConnell now states the Republican Party should have no input in determining who is supported by the Republican membership.

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    Turtle

    I wrote this ten years ago. Still relevant today. Climate and Covid have been built on dodgy models.

    https://youtu.be/Ze2bik1mFtc

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    farmerbraun

    Cats and dogs here at the moment , and a couple of days of it still to come. Looking less and less like a false break .
    🙂

    https://www.metservice.com/maps-radar/satellite/tasman-sea-infrared

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      Hanrahan

      There’s a 973 low NW of you. Looks ugly on windy.

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      Greg in NZ

      I’m glad somebody finally mentioned the weather

      Thanks to soon-to-be ex-Cyclone Dovi, curve-balling its way down the Tasman Sea toward the capital/protest city (Wellington) lovely humid warm northerlies are going to give way to fresh cold southerlies. Combine the two air masses within the eye of the storm and voila!

      South Island High Country:
      Saturday – Snow to 1,800m, -6°C
      Sunday – Snow to 1,000m, Hanmer Springs 60cm, Mt Hutt 50cm
      (via farmerbraun’s link above, Mountains & Parks > Skifields).

      Half-a-metre of freezing cyclone-snow in the middle of high summer should cause some entertaining, and verbally acrobatic, consensus-splaining from the likes of Brandolino, Renwick, Salinger, et al.

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      el+gordo

      Captain Cook encountered one of these ex tropical cyclones in December 1769, a few leagues off Cape Maria Van Dieman. He referred to it as a ‘hurricane’ and that the sea was ‘prodigious high’.

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    OldOzzie

    In Major Setback For Pfizer, FDA Postpones Decision On Drugmaker’s Covid Jab For Young Children

    U.S. drug regulators on Feb. 11 announced they are pushing back a decision on whether to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 6 months old.

    The Food and Drug Administration had planned to consult its vaccine advisory committee on Feb. 15 on the jab for young children and could have granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the shot within hours of the meeting. But that plan has changed, based on a preliminary assessment of data Pfizer sent on Feb. 1.

    FDA officials now believe that they cannot clear the shot for children aged 6 months to 4 years until they receive data from an ongoing trial examining a three-dose regimen for the age group.

    “The data that we saw made us realize that we needed to see data from a third dose, as in the ongoing trial, in order to make it the term determination that we could proceed with doing an authorization,” Dr. Peter Marks, the director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, told reporters on a call.

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      Furiously+Curious

      Who cares? The FDA overrode an advisory panel recommendations on a new Alzheimer drug a couple of months ago (the panel was 11 to 1 against).

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    Furiously+Curious

    Still ploughing through “The Real Anthony Fauci”, on kindle. I’d much prefer a book, but it is one hell of a read. Getting through the various war-gamed pandemics, that Gates and the military intelligence community staged this century. All focussed on propaganda, and control of populations. The book could easily be re-titled ‘Welcome To Fked’!

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    Environment Skeptic

    Many thanks to Amy Proal for her work. It gives me hope.

    “Interview with Dr. Resia Pretorius: LongCovid microclots (spike protein, apheresis + other topics)
    “7,977 views
    “Dec 19, 2021

    PolyBio Research Foundation
    822 subscribers
    “Dr. Resia Pretorius is both the Department Head and a Research Professor in the Physiological Sciences Department, Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Her team has used super-resolution and electron microscopy, together with several other methods to identify microclots containing trapped inflammatory molecules in the blood of patients with LongCovid. She has recently partnered with several clinical collaborators to trial if HELP apheresis (a form of blood filtration) can remove these LongCovid microclots and improve patient symptoms. Soon she will be extending her research on blood clotting and possible viral protein-driven platelet hyperactivation to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS).

    Here is a link to Resia and team’s recent paper where you can see images of microclots identified in LongCovid blood:

    https://cardiab.biomedcentral.com/art

    Here is a link to Resia and team’s paper where you can see that platelets (red blood cells) have receptors that recognize a wide range of bacterial, viral and fungal proteins. Sensing such proteins can contribute to platelet hyperactivation and subsequent clotting pathology:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti

    Also H.E.L.P Apheresis stands for: “Heparin Induced Extracorporeal Lower Density Lipo-Protein (LDL) Precipitation (H.E.L.P.) Apheresis System.”

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    OldOzzie

    Dark Money Link to Democrats’ Climate Probes

    It was Democrats who nearly a decade ago first labeled the opaque funneling of millions of dollars into various political influence operations “dark money” and railed against the then-GOP-dominated practice.

    Over the past two election cycles, however, Democrats have not only caught up but surpassed Republicans in channeling unlimited sums of special interest and billionaire spending through nonprofits that do not disclose their donors’ identities.

    During the final years of the Trump administration, a small but powerful group of former Democratic congressional aides and Obama administration appointees created an organization to help House and Senate Democrats exercise their oversight authority over the executive branch. The group is funded through the largest liberal dark-money channel in the country: Arabella Advisors.

    Liberal billionaire donor George [email protected], billionaire founder of eBay Pierre Omidyar, as well as the Gates, Buffet, and Ford Foundations, have all directed billions of dollars to the Arabella network, a vast array of groups promoting a variety of liberal causes — everything from the Paris Climate Agreement and broader green agendas to overhauling Obamacare to packing the Supreme Court, according to the conservative Capital Research Center, which has been studying the group for several years. Eric Kessler, a former Bill Clinton appointee, who started out at the League of Conservation Voters, is the founder and head of Arabella.

    Schiliro and Barnett’s recent work with Democrats on Capitol Hill stirred Republican scrutiny in recent months after the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held an October hearing titled, “Fueling the Climate Crisis: Exposing Big Oil’s Disinformation Campaign to Prevent Climate Action.” After the hearing, the panel issued subpoenas to oil companies whose executives were called to testify.

    n 2017, Arabella Advisors and its New Venture Fund were directly involved in that U.S. Climate Alliance, communicating with governors’ offices who were members and providing a memo outlining “ways that the New Venture Fund and Arabella Advisors might support you and the other governors’ offices with the U.S. Climate Alliance.”

    In those communications, the New Venture Fund and Arabella Advisors offered to help you “quickly secure and deploy resources for the Alliance,” in order “to help governors form the secretariat, recruit additional partners, and secure fundraising and communications support for” Climate Alliance activities. It noted that “Arabella is working with several climate funders.”

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    Gerry

    The ATAGI Document below states, inter alia, that different administration may apply rules differently which begs the question of whether Andrew’s will lump all 2 doses (the highest hospitalisation and death group)in with the lepers

    https://www.health.gov.au/news/atagi-statement-on-defining-up-to-date-status-for-covid-19-vaccination

    ATAGI statement on defining ‘up-to-date’ status for COVID-19 vaccination | Australian Government Department of Health
    This guidance summarises ‘up-to-date’ vaccination status, as defined by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) in their clinical guidance for the use of COVID-19 vaccines.
    http://www.health.gov.au
    Rationale for including requirement of a booster dose in adults to be considered up-to-date for COVID-19 vaccination
    3rd Para
    Early estimates of vaccine effectiveness against infection have similarly indicated lower initial vaccine effectiveness from two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine (36-88%)7,8 against the Omicron variant which then wanes rapidly to 0-34% from about 4 months after the 2nd dose. A Pfizer booster dose appears to restore moderate levels of effectiveness against symptomatic Omicron infection (71-76%).
    APPEARS? and, which is effectively better 2×0 or 1000×0
    Pre penultimate paragraph:
    ‘However, evidence to confirm this, and the duration of protection, is awaited.’
    Reference No, 7 states:
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.12.14.21267615v1
    Effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against the Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of concern | medRxiv
    Background A rapid increase in cases due to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant in highly vaccinated populations has raised concerns about the effectiveness of current vaccines. Methods We used a test-negative case-control design to estimate vaccine effectiveness (VE) against symptomatic disease caused by the Omicron and Delta variants in England.
    http://www.medrxiv.org
    Conclusions (Of the paper)
    Primary immunisation with two BNT162b2 or ChAdOx1 doses provided no or limited protection against symptomatic disease with the Omicron variant. Boosting with BNT162b2 following either primary course significantly increased protection.
    Again: what is significantly increased relative to zero?
    Bourla stated this but about a month ago. It appears they have deleted the footage. It seems ATAGI’s policy is give it a go and we’ll let you know?

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    John Connor II

    Via Martin Armstrong

    Our model shows a Panic Cycle in the Euro next week. Note that there will be rising volatility into the ECM turning point of March 14th. The risk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine rises next week. Be mindful of the risks following this weekend.

    Pay to do some stocking up just in case of panic buying by the masses 😉

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      Hanrahan

      Gold had a near $40 jump o/night.

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      John Connor II

      Update:

      “I do not believe that Putin will bomb Kyiv. He is more likely going to take Eastern Ukraine. Our model shows that a move can take place on the weekend. The key days seem to be Monday and Wednesday. But there is a risk that this escalates later in April/May.”

      On a sidenote, Martin mentioned the “event” I’ve been tracking but not disclosing.
      Well even he doesn’t see the big picture here or the info I have, weeks ahead of him…perhaps I should tell him..
      When you dig deeper like I did last week (US gov MIL sites info & others) you’d better PRAY this doesn’t go anywhere because the existing solutions are useless.
      That having been said there is no significant change in the event.

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        Mantaray Yunupingu

        Hmmm. Following the money…

        Down at Coles the already-half-price Chicken Kievs are further reduced to 75% Off. Huge short selling indicates INVASION on the way…or what?

        Get out of EVERYTHING Ukrainian, while you still can!

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          Earl

          Meanwhile in other parts of the country Chinese restaurants and takeaways are adjusting their open hours for the remainder of the year to 10am-2pm. Guess they getting ready to “tie one” on with everyone distracted by the Chicken Kievs. LOL.

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    John Connor II

    Immune imprinting, breadth of variant recognition, and germinal center response in human SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination

    During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, novel and traditional vaccine strategies have been deployed globally. We investigated whether antibodies stimulated by mRNA vaccination (BNT162b2), including third-dose boosting, differ from those generated by infection or adenoviral (ChAdOx1-S and Gam-COVID-Vac) or inactivated viral (BBIBP-CorV) vaccines. We analyzed human lymph nodes after infection or mRNA vaccination for correlates of serological differences.

    https://www.cell.com/cell/pdf/S0092-8674(22)00076-9.pdf

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    John Connor II

    “It’s time for the American people to declare independence from every last Covid mandate.
    We have to tell this band of tyrants and racists that we are done having them control our lives, mess with our children, close our businesses.
    We’re moving on from Covid whether they like it or not”

    Donald Trump, Jan 29

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    John Connor II

    Truly sad news. His legacy of truth will remain.

    Virulent anti-vaccine critic and Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier passes away
    Luc Montagnier, the French virologist, Nobel laureate and vehement vaccine critic has died. He was 89. He passed away on February 8 at a hospital in a suburb of Paris.

    The scientist from the Pasteur Institute in Paris shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Germany’s Harald zur Hausen. He will be remembered as a scientist who spoke the truth to power.

    https://freewestmedia.com/2022/02/11/virulent-anti-vaccine-critic-and-nobel-laureate-luc-montagnier-passes-away/

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    John Connor II

    For those with an interest in astronomy you might like this site I found the other day whilst studying something else.

    https://astronomypoetry.tumblr.com/

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      Mantaray Yunupingu

      Geez John. Been into Astronomy Poetry ever since “Twinkle twinkle little star; how I wonder what you are” first hit the charts….

      Good site indeed.

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    OldOzzie

    Satellite images reveal China’s damning Olympic reality

    A satellite image shared by NASA shows contrasting white lines in a mountainous region roughly 75km northwest of Beijing’s centre.

    The image depicts the staggering amount of artificial snow dumped in the Yanshan mountains which offer steep slopes ideal for multiple events.

    China has been forced to bring in close to 400 snow guns at a cost of roughly $83 million, Time reports, with Beijing’s snowfall during February vastly inadequate for the Games.

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      Hanrahan

      But it is not pure water, chemicals are added to slow the melt. This could be a problem.

      And what BS when they say they will only use “renewable” energy. Electrons aren’t barcoded.

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      Greg in NZ

      The little I heard of the 5-Circle Games was when knuckledragging chick snowboarding sportswoman extraordinaire, Zoi whatshername, won NZ’s first-ever gold medal at a winter games.

      All the women boarder athletes described the artificial (icy) ‘snow’ they had to perform on as hard, difficult, treacherous, unforgiving. Apart from the bitter cold, they were also padded-up under their jackets and trousers to minimise injury in case they came into contact with said ‘hard ice’.

      Beijing 2022: the first 100% artificial man-made faux-game-circus. Bring on the powder!

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      el+gordo

      ‘Natural snow finally fell on the National Alpine Ski Center here on the 11th day of Olympic activity — and became a problem for snow sports that have grown accustomed to operating on artificial surfaces.

      ‘Organizers canceled the second day of women’s downhill training “due to the snowfall.” (Yahoo Sport)

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    John Connor II

    How would you describe this man?

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1492247702683357184

    I’d describe him as a power drunk, spineless, condescending nobody who would be absolutely nothing without the power given to him by the people he is now stomping into the dirt.

    He will regret his actions in the fullness of time, like all his kind.

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    Rod

    And in breaking news Caitlyn Jenner is to donate testicles to Justin Trudeau 😅😅

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    John Connor II

    The chart of coercion vs Covid-19

    https://wickedtruths.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/biderman-covid.jpg

    See how it works and how you are being played?

    More detail here:
    https://www.oyetimes.com/views/columns/330070-the-biderman-chart-of-coercion-a-roadmap-for-government-coercion-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

    We’re just entering the eye of the storm now…

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      OldOzzie

      Biderman Report

      Journeyman

      This refers to the Biderman Report created by Dr. Alfred D. Biderman M.A., or to give it the full citation: COMMUNIST COERCIVE METHODS FOR ELICITING INDIVIDUAL COMPLIANCE. Presented at a combined meeting of the Section on Neurology and Psychiatry with the New York Neurology Society at The New York Academy of Medicine, November 13, 1956 as part of a Panel Discussion on Communist Methods of Interrogation and Indoctrination. This report is based on work done under ARDC Project No. 7733, Task 77314, in support of the research and development program of the Air Force Personnel and Training Research Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

      This is the primary report on communist brainwashing techniques used by the Chinese and North Koreans on captured American pilots and other military members to get false confessions and propaganda statements supporting the communists and against the UN Forces fighting them. It was, and to some extent still is, the core source for capture resistance training for the US Air Force and to some extent for the other services and has been since the late 1950’s. The techniques used in Korea worked to varying extents.​

      The 10 page pdf of the full report can be found here.

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    OldOzzie

    Authoritarian Science and the Case of Hydroxychloroquine

    The approach to medical information increasingly taken by authorities and the media is damaging to public health and scientific inquiry.

    The dismissal of hydroxychloroquine as a possible Covid-19 treatment, however, was never based on solid science. The Los Angeles Times article reveals a fundamentally authoritarian worldview: medical claims are “unproven,” and dangerous for the public to discuss, until some official body endorses them—an approach that threatens public health and science alike.

    Interest in hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment stretches back at least to 2005, when an in vitro study showed that chloroquine, a very similar compound, might protect against SARS infection. Based on laboratory studies and small clinical trials, medical authorities in China and South Korea recommended chloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment in February 2020.

    Some doctors outside East Asia followed. Vladimir Zelenko, a doctor in a Hasidic community in New York, advocated a combination of HCQ, azithromycin (an antibiotic to guard against secondary infections), and a zinc supplement: HCQ increases the uptake of zinc ions into cells, a property that Zelenko surmised might provide antiviral effects. In an open letter in April 2020, Zelenko claimed to have treated about 1,450 patients, including 405 that he judged “high risk,” with only two deaths.

    The Recovery and Solidarity trials also both tested HCQ alone, even though the most widespread protocols combined it with other medications such as zinc, and they used bizarrely high doses. Most doctors who prescribed HCQ used low doses: for instance, Zelenko’s original treatment regimen comprised 2,000 milligrams in total of hydroxychloroquine sulfate (a compound that is about 78 percent HCQ by weight), comprising two doses of 200 mg each per day for five days—quite similar to the regimen of 2800 mg total recommended by a group of Chinese researchers based on in vitro study.

    As blogger Scott Alexander has pointed out, the phrase “no evidence,” frequently used to dismiss potential alternative Covid-19 treatments, is one of the most overused in science communication, applied both to assuredly false statements and to those that are likely true but simply lack sufficiently authoritative proof. Critical thinking about medicine or any topic requires weighing multiple sources against one another and distinguishing between degrees of certainty, not ruling out all sources of evidence but one and equating “unproven” with “false.” The approach to health information increasingly taken by public officials, reporters, and social media—under which any statement is “unproven” and must be assumed harmful, barring some definitive pronouncement by public health authorities to the contrary—is thus not only authoritarian but also damaging to public health and science as a whole.

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    Rod

    If you haven’t been jabbed yet, it is clear you don’t want it. They know that. They just don’t care.

    If you’ve made it this far and are thinking of giving up, remember this:

    They are squeezing you because they think you are weak. They know if they squeeze, you’ll cave.

    When you don’t hand yourself over, they freak out and squeeze harder.

    The longer you hold out, the crazier they get.

    The crazier they look, the more people notice.

    The more people notice, the more people wake up.

    The more people wake up, the more fearful they become.

    The more fearful they get, the crazier they get.

    The crazier they get, the more people wake up.

    And on and on until they eventually destroy themselves.

    Be brave, be strong and do not comply with insanity.
    It’s literally the only thing we can do.
    Don’t give that away so easily.
    Make them have to fight you for it.

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      PeterS

      Yes, the crazier they get, the more people wake up but it’s far from over simply because most people still have woken up, which means it has to get much crazier. I expect by the time it’s all everyone will wake up but by that time the things that will happen will make what we’ve been through so far look like a picnic. Such is life. History repeats.

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    Rod

    Weekend entertainment.

    When your tell your dog he needs a Covid shot:
    https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_r5uvesLTUF1w5pr9j.mp4

    Car fell into a frozen lake? No worries…
    https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_r5uwahVSQB1w5pr9j.mp4

    Double face palm again..try for jobs at CNN.
    https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_r5t67wAGpb1w5pr9j.mp4

    That’s all folks.
    https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_r5i9tdEEud1w5pr9j.mp4

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    el+gordo

    Surely this is a joke, did Macron know?

    ‘Vladimir Putin ‘has decided to invade Ukraine on WEDNESDAY’: Australia warns citizens to leave NOW as American spy chiefs fear deadly aerial bombardment of Kiev will begin within days.’
    (UK Mail)

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      Sean McHugh

      Vladimir Putin ‘has decided to invade Ukraine on WEDNESDAY

      That’s because of Global Warming, which is because Australia doesn’t have enough windmills.

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      mawm

      I was told on good authority that Putin was waiting for Biden to finish bringing in all his advanced weaponry before going in to retrieve it.

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    Rod

    It’s going to be a hot weekend so just a reminder to everyone to wear sunblock to protect the people around you.
    This message brought to you by a government health expert (or maybe a celebrity).

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      OldOzzie

      Why does it look totally grey outside and there is this is the funny liquid stuff falling out of the sky constantly?

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    another ian

    “Dishonesty is a Bad Business Plan”

    “https://kunstler.com/cluster-YOU Know What-nation/dishonesty-is-a-bad-business-plan/”

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    CHRIS

    Putin imagines himself to be the reincarnation of Stalin. Why else would he annex the Crimea? Putin is counting on NATO doing next to nothing (ie: useless sanctions) as his troops invade Ukraine. Remember that, during WW2, Ukrainians were anti-Stalin. If that idiot Hitler had embraced the feelings of the Ukrainians, he could have raised more than 1 million soldiers, and the Nazis could have beaten the Soviets. Eastern Europe and the USSR have always had a tribal hatred for each other.

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      Graeme No.3

      On the other hand Putin may be taking advantage of the current situation. A weak USA President, Germany reluctant to take action and a divided EU.
      And don’t forget that it is NATO and the USA who broke agreements, not Putin. Gobachev, Yeltsin and Putin all were given stories about NATO not expanding. And it was the Ukrainians who overthrew their elected President (conveniently for NATO) and tried to change the agreement about the Russian Black Sea fleet, leading to annexation of the 97% Russian speaking Crimea (which was Russian for hundreds of years before it was given to The Ukraine as a political stunt).
      Fine while Russia was weak. And consider the way the USA reacted to missiles in Cuba. Sauce for the goose.

      Putin knows that the threat to stop Russian gas imports to Europe is false, and he wants Nordstream 2 operating and delivering money back to Russia. He only started the project because he foresaw the result of Germany’s decision to close nuclear and coal power stations in 2011. He hopes a bit of “sabre rattling” will work. As I have said before who moves troops around (with little concealment) months before a “surprise attack” to occur in the depths of winter. It is interesting the rush by western leaders facing a coming election (which they might lose) to appear as the saviours of The Ukraine. The worst they can do is insist on lecturing Putin in a conference or two à la Macron.
      Putin is a thoroughly nasty bit of work but he is no fool and quite patriotic.

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    PeterS

    Things like this are bound to occur more often…
    Swiss Man Identifies as a Woman to Retire Early

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    John Connor II

    Vaccine-Induced Mortality, Part 8
    And what an amazing coincidence that the vaccine rollout schedule for 2021 was chosen to largely match COVID-19 fatality numbers from 2020.

    https://roundingtheearth.substack.com/p/vaccine-induced-mortality-part-8

    It’s a good read with great info.

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    John Connor II


    SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein binds to heart’s vascular cells potentially contributing to severe microvascular damage.

    A new study has shown how SARS-CoV-2 may contribute to severe microvascular damage seen in severely-ill COVID-19 patients by transforming human heart vascular cells into inflammatory cells, without infecting them.

    https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2022/february/heartstudy-sars.html

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    el+gordo

    America has no idea on how to counter this.

    ‘Argentina’s entry into the Belt and Road Initiative is a significant advance in Beijing’s bid to strengthen ties with Latin America, according to experts.

    ‘During a high-profile visit to Beijing last week for the opening of the Winter Olympics, Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez signed his country up for China’s sweeping infrastructure programme, paving the way for investments worth more than US$23 billion.

    ‘Fernandez was one of the few leaders from South America – considered to be “America’s backyard” – to attend the opening ceremony amid a diplomatic boycott by the United States and other Western countries.’ (SCMP)

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    John Connor II

    Comments anyone?

    Any amendment to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1901 MUST be voted on in a referendum before the Constitution can be changed.

    State legislation is always subordinate to a Constitutional Act. All state legislation imposing covid restrictions are NULL and VOID. We, the people of the Commonwealth of Australia, can lawfully refuse to obey any state legislation that is against the constitution.

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    Deano

    I was looking at 3D printers on the net and noticed you can get chocolate 3D printers. The fact that profit motivated businesses have developed and produced chocolate 3D printers tells me they KNOW global warming is a scam!

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    John Connor II

    With his companies miracle drug (vaccine) out for a little over a year, the CEO of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, has gotten busy selling off his stock shares and then deleted his twitter account. Now that corona virus is defeated, and the twin hero companies of Moderna and Pfizer riding high, some may think this is odd behavior but maybe he just felt like his work here was done, and just wants to move on? This comes shortly after a former Blackrock executive began investigating the death statistics from insurance companies and funeral homes.

    Overall, he has dumped $400 million in stock.

    Rats deserting the sinking ship…

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    yarpos

    A snapshot of the uselessness of that which is mandated

    https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/02/13/table-5-is-damning/

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    psychedelia smith

    Has Bit Chute now been Trudeau’d? Is anyone getting a dead video in this post with the message “Channel Restricted – Contains Incitement to Hatred”?

    WTF is going on here? I thought Bit Chute was independent and incorruptible?

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