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June 07, 2020

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2020-45

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Other issues:

Skripals - MI-6 claims they are now in New Zealand which of course means that they are certainly elsewhere.

POISONED DUO FLEE Targets of Salisbury Novichok poisoning flee Britain after two years in MI5 safe house - The Sun

The censorship of the American Herald Tribune

FBI launches open attack on ‘foreign’ alternative media outlets challenging US foreign policy - Grayzone


China delayed releasing coronavirus info, frustrating WHO - AP
Full Text: Fighting COVID-19: China in Action - China's State Council Information Office

Hong Kong - Someone has pulled the plug.

Hong Kong’s Protest Movement Is Running Out of Cash

Modi's idea of playing with the U.S. against China does not work well.

India’s strategic illusions, delusion and hallucinations - Asia Times

Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on June 7, 2020 at 13:44 UTC | Permalink

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TruthDig is dead; TruthDig lives. For those of you who followed Chris Hedges, Mr Fish and others promoted by Robert Sheer, they're back. The new site: Sheerpost dot com . Looks much more tough and irreverent than TruthDig used to be.

Posted by: Jay-Ottawa | Jun 8 2020 13:31 utc | 101

Barr's father Donald, a Jew before bizarrely converting to Catholicism
Posted by: | Jun 8 2020 12:21 utc | 87

Interesting. But I would tend to assume that it was most likely a fake conversion. What year was the conversion?

Posted by: BM | Jun 8 2020 13:32 utc | 102

@ Posted by: ADKC | Jun 8 2020 13:15 utc | 96

Except that it doesn't: Germany indeed enforced a lockdown, so all it has to do it analyze the really existing numbers.

Besides, the pro-lockdown aren't the ones producing and leaking memos.

Posted by: vk | Jun 8 2020 13:39 utc | 103

Farmer even mentions seeing satanic symbolism, which caught my attention, considering I think the religious beliefs of the global elite are worth better understanding instead of just dismissing because talking about that facet of this evil enterprise makes us sound silly.

The religion of the extractive wealthy elite is sadistic exploitation and all the rituals that it encompasses. Very much like any other religion.

This talk of satanic symbolism is a poisoning of the well of legitimate inquiry, in my opinion. Whether that poisoning is purposeful and witting or not, is a good question.

If Epstein was middle management, he lived a hell of a life style for a middle manager.

Is the Netflix documentary neutered and a form of containment, intended or not? Yes. Is it still informative and worth the while? Yes, I think it is. In the least, you need to understand the containment measures being used so you can help overcome them.

Posted by: | Jun 8 2020 13:42 utc | 104

@Mark, 02:

>>>What has happened to the internet ? (Since Trump)
>>>Where have all the thousands of activists sites gone ?

Stop it with the faux concern. This trend started in the Obama admin, under the Obama government: #Russiagate started long before Trump took office, and #JulianAssange was in carefully-monitored right-wing prison--while dreading trial--under Obama. Trump just inherited the case.

Stop it with the faux concern, Rightist.

@vk, #08:

That was a pro-unification, pro-China advocate killing himself. Certainly not a "Liberal," as you would define it.

And let me guess: You're one of those non-Dalit Indians, who has latched on to Communism's tres gauches, in your current political environment. Mr. Vaishya, perhaps? Maybe Kshatriya?

Next time you start talking about "degenerates" in Taiwan, first know that I'm way more left than you, and way more informed.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Jun 8 2020 13:44 utc | 105

Wikipedia is not clear precisely when Donald Barr converted to Catholicism. I would imagine it was sometime after he left for college in 1937, but that doesn't narrow it down all that much.

Columbia College is a creepy place the more you dive into it.

Barr was born to a Jewish family, but later converted to Catholicism.[6]He graduated from Columbia College, where he majored in mathematics and anthropology, in 1941.[5]

Posted by: | Jun 8 2020 13:48 utc | 106

but i think pretty soon what a few of us have been saying from the beginning is going to be undeniable.
Posted by: john | Jun 8 2020 13:23 utc | 98

It cannot fail to come out. The only question is, will it be too late?

The scandal in Germany over the report could be instrumental. Germany is more sensitive to Big Brother developments than other EU countries because of its past. Maybe the elites were hoping that with the WW2 generation mostly dead they will get away with it, but the current scandal raises questions about that. What if - in response to this scandal - families of patients fatally denied urgently needed medical intervention bring legal cases against Merkel, the Interior Minister, and senior officials for criminal neglect resulting in the death of their loved-ones? There are many tens of thousands of such people in Germany!!!! It could well go to the Constitutional Court - far more independent than the normal courts. All the other western countries will be terrified completely stiff of that!!!

Therefore one thing is certain - US/UK/EU etc will throw everything they have got into interfering in this scandal to try at all costs to block it and pervert it.

Posted by: BM | Jun 8 2020 13:48 utc | 107

"The report estimates that collateral deaths from untreated cancer, heart disease and other major causes of death directly resulting from the anti-Covid measures would be many orders of magnetude higher than the total deaths from Covid-19. In addition, millions of people's life expectancy would be substantially reduced by the catastrophic fall in quality of life and quality of medical care, for decades to come, and many other substantial costs to society. "BM@85

It is not clear what your point is. What are you suggesting should be done? My guess is that you are in favour of the Swedish policy of leaving the virus to kill as many as it will while the rest of us, cross to the other side of the road and look away.
If the central finding of the report is true, and the number of those dying as a result of attempts to deal with the virus exceeds deaths from the coronavirus itself, it is an indictment of a public health system which is not designed to cope with pandemics. And is deliberately planned to ignore threats to public health which would involve unprofitable investments in spare ICU capacity, reserves of medical staff, stockpiled PEP and research into disease prevention and cure that while guaranteed to save lives would not involve the profitable (in financial terms) investment of capital.
In short the 'report' calls on the government to let vulnerable populations die in agony because saving their lives and sparing their pain would involve the transfer of capital from profitable uses (keeping troops in Iraq, putting gold leaf on military uniforms, the Eurovision Song Contest etc) to the unprofitable business of keeping populations surplus to labour requirements alive. And, of course, devouring food and other resources.
Such thinking is entirely consistent with the thought processes that lay behind the construction of Auschwitz and Dr Asperger's pioneering work in designating autistic children to be starved to death.
And you wonder why the 'report' was not adopted by the government!

Posted by: bevin | Jun 8 2020 13:48 utc | 108

Even more interesting and perhaps telling is the fact Donald Barr wrote a book called Space Relations. A bizarre book, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

Space Relations

Here's a review per that link to the book on Amazon. I wonder if Jeffrey Epstein had a copy of this book? I bet he did. I bet he pleasured himself to it on any number of occasions.

I have a copy of this book. It is a really badly written book whose only excuse seems to be to refer to human trafficking and sex slavery either as an appeal to prurient interests - in which case it fails, or to relate reminiscences in fiction, or possibly as a payoff, because the dialogue and connecting thoughts are lacking, as well as any real plot even after half the book is read.

The writer seems to like putting everything in terms of girls, and boys, and children, even when the scenes do not necessarily (but often do) involve kids. So while for instance the 14 year old girl getting raped in the first few chapters is really supposed to be 14, the hero of the book in danger of being sodomized - 'bend down kid and make it good' (sic) is not supposed to be a kid. It is that way throughout the book. They are either labeled like they are children (the queen was a 'child'), or actually boys or girls. So it pretty much starts with the word "naked" and goes down from there.

It is pretty shocking a headmaster of a school would write this junk. It's not the only low grade sf story out there with this non-writing in it - but they are always bad reads. exploitation novel at best, says something about the writer regardless.

Another reason the Netflix documentary is worth your while is the priceless footage from Epstein's various depositions. He was a psychopath, no doubt about it. He exhibits every telltale sign. A psychopathic narcissist.

Posted by: | Jun 8 2020 13:55 utc | 109

It is not clear what your point is. What are you suggesting should be done? My guess is that you are in favour of the Swedish policy of leaving the virus to kill as many as it will while the rest of us, cross to the other side of the road and look away.

If you are going to make such stupid and patently false accusations, Bevin, then we have nothing to discuss.

Posted by: BM | Jun 8 2020 13:56 utc | 110

BM @ 98

Startpage has had a change of ownership that has raised some concerns. Quant and DDG are not great replacements I find. Search engines are a minefield. I'd be curious to know who here uses what for searching. Also what browsers people here prefer as well as operating systems?

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Jun 8 2020 14:20 utc | 111

I would prefer to use Linux, but unfortunately am linux-illiterate, so I am forced to use windows 7. I would prefer XP, but it doesn't exist for 64bit so I have to use 7. Anything after windows 7 for me is a no-go! Browsers are another problem area! Ten years ago I was moderately happy with firefox, but its nasty qualities increase more and more with every version. older versions like 29 are not so bad, but there are too many sites that completely block out early versions. Version 58 is just about tolerable but not quite, many problems controlling site permissions and cookies. I did try Palemoon for a while, but soon gave up.

Android (What a nasty OS is that? Google paradise) is an almost insoluble problem for me, I avoid using internet from android like the plague. My fundamental problem with browsers is that I expect to be able to control them, whereas the browser expects to be able to control me and to allow websites to control me. Incompatible personalities.

Posted by: BM | Jun 8 2020 14:37 utc | 112

@vk Post no. 8

Where is the rest of the post?

Posted by: Utpal | Jun 8 2020 14:39 utc | 113

Thanks BM ha ha
The aurthoritys hide from me grrrr.
To hell with censorship, with one exception ! I respect b’s judgement on that, for the good of this blog. Others should.
On active manipulation well i’l take my chances, we swim in a swamp sadly.
Personal safety ? What’s that ? A coward dies a thousand times, a brave man but onece!
Trade in private information. Move on there’s nothing to see here.
This set of ‘aurthoritys’ won’t be wanting any help from me,
Ps fancy buying a statue of Edward Colston the slaver trader. Going cheap.

Posted by: Mark2 | Jun 8 2020 14:54 utc | 114

"I was moderately happy with firefox, but its nasty qualities increase more and more with every version.
BM | Jun 8 2020 14:37 utc | 112"


Have you tried Brave, for a browser?

Posted by: Rd | Jun 8 2020 15:03 utc | 115

@ Posted by: Utpal | Jun 8 2020 14:39 utc | 113

Accidentally hit enter before finishing the comment.

The story is typical of some employees venting their frustration that the MSM is trying to politicize. The complaint hovers around China allegedly holding off gene sequencing of the virus for circa 10 days (1st January - 11th January). Another employee is quoted complaining that he did not have the free hand in China he had in motherfucking Congo (in the sense that he was somewhat treated as a second class employee).

The MSM then twisted the narrative to imply China's one-week delay in releasing the gene sequencing cost "hundreds of thousands of lives", and that Congo is a democracy while China isn't.

This narrative is risible, as it is public record Trump considered the Covid-19 "a hoax" until the first week of February - well after it was declared it was a potential pandemic (January 23rd). It is also known that the intelligence committee of the Senate intentionally withheld information about the pandemic until one week earlier, in order to traffic influence and profit from the stock market.

Posted by: vk | Jun 8 2020 15:05 utc | 116

Re: Discussion of Turks in Libya

Best explanation I can think of is that Erdogan demanded control of Libyan oil as compensation for loss of Revenue from Turkstream and loss of energy imports from Iran.

IMO USA will not allow Russian energy deliveries into Europe (except via Ukraine, where it supports a 'front-line' ally).

It appears to me that the Empire's battle against the upstarts is focused on keeping Turkey and India "on-side", safeguarding Europe, demolishing China's economy, and overcoming Russian weapons advancements (by developing their own hypersonic missiles and militarizing space).


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 8 2020 15:58 utc | 117 109

Former Chief of Staff to Dick Cheney Lewis 'Scooter' Libby seems to have a similar vivid fantasy.

From his book The Apprentice

Then the young samurai's mother had the child sold to a brothel, where she swept the floors and oiled the women and watched the secret ways. At age ten the madam put the child in a cage with a bear trained to couple with young girls so the girls would be frigid and not fall in love with their patrons. They fed her through the bars and aroused the bear with a stick when it seemed to lose interest. Groups of men paid to watch. Like other girls who have been trained this way, she learned to handle many men in a single night and her skin turned a milky white.

Took him 20 years to write this crap.

Posted by: vato | Jun 8 2020 16:42 utc | 118

Under mild to severe COV lockdowns, GDP (p. month p. cap) sinks *at least* 50%, imho, natch. All the official ‘projections’ and ‘predictions’ are deliberate lies or repeat prop blather.

USA. examples (not exhaustive, not an overview): Big Corps. Airlines almost no income / activity at all (why the bailouts is another question.) Intermediate, e.g. chain restaurant, zero churning, supposedly ‘help’ with fixed costs prevents closure, to real estate, local biz of many kinds (swimming pool, anyone?) down to … the nail salon, food truck, etc. who most likely collapse. Service economy.

+ Energy industry aka oil prod. have a glut, prices down due to lack of movement, transport, industrial use, construction, other. (Though this began before COV19 was official. Future of the fracking industry?) Agriculture always on a tight rope, when the usual transport / transform / package / shunt to end-buyer chains are disrupted, they suffer greatly, besides being so called ‘essential’..

Debt.. “dollar printing”, rises to the stratosphere:

Quote: US National Debt Spiked by $1.5 trillion in 6 Weeks, to $25 trillion. Fed Monetized 90% by W. Richter.  May 6, 2020.

chart at:

Forbes, April 27: " ...billionaire wealth has boomed, while over 26 million people have filed for unemployment since mid-March. The percentage of taxes paid by billionaires has fallen 79% since 1980. From the start of March to now, the group of billionaires’ total wealth has increased by $308 billion. Billionaires boast a combined net worth of $3.229 trillion and their collective wealth skyrocketed up 1,130% between 1990 and 2020."


Doesn’t look rosy, who knows where all this goes.

Posted by: Noirette | Jun 8 2020 16:59 utc | 119

@ Jay-Ottawa @ 101

Thank you, Jay. I do like Scheer, so I'm glad to have this info. I just want to note that the correct spelling is Scheer, and the site is Scheerpost[dot]com.

Posted by: teri | Jun 8 2020 17:10 utc | 121

I just watched this New World Next Week episode on THE GREAT RESET and I'm flipping out a bit because one of the topics I've been researching--gentrification--is very much a part of the changes they will try to implement now.

the video shows how this idea of a great reset goes back over 10 years to NEW URBAN gurus like Richard Florida, who wrote a book called THE GREAT RESET.

the forces of capital and the slick buzzwords these fuckers use need to be resisted. this is part of what I am fighting in my sleepy little progressive mountain college town where self-described THOUGHT LEADERS like Karen Tempkin lecture us about sustainability after using her powers of NEW CORPORATE SPEAK to provide cover for nice companies like Raytheon.

I gotta go, our Mayor is defending his misuse of Tax Increment Financing on a live video feed. our lovely alcoholic Mayor who thought shaking hands with the Carlyle group and getting their word they would sell us back the water company was a good idea. our lovely Mayor who disappeared for a month, then used the disclosure of his alcoholic intervention and treatment to launch his reelection campaign.

Posted by: lizard | Jun 8 2020 17:24 utc | 122

Paveway IV @ 50

Always pleased to meet someone who can teach new levels of cynicism.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jun 8 2020 17:32 utc | 123

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Jun 8 2020 14:20 utc | 111

I have two laptops.

DuckDuckGo still the best search engines, after junking Google on day two in 1994. Never regretting it. Opera browser ownership changed now Chinese investors owned. Can I trust Opera with Chinese ownership, YES. Can I trust Google NO. For too long we trusted the corrupted NeoLiberal and NeoCon. What if the Chinese spy on me, what can they find or gain? Who most likely will spy on me, Google, US government, Cops, FBI. Still using WinXp OS 64bits main laptop with Eudora V7.1 email client. Backup laptop Win10 OS 64 bits. Opera V68.

Posted by: JC | Jun 8 2020 18:49 utc | 124

James Baldwin, 23 seconds.

today’s briefest must see.

Posted by: Noirette | Jun 8 2020 19:52 utc | 125

oh the irony.

Black Lives Matter has been funded by the Ford Foundation.

This Ford Foundation

Posted by: somebody | Jun 8 2020 20:09 utc | 126

@teri (121)

Good catch. Thanks. I hope my misspelling doesn't frustrate others in finding the link.

Once again, with feeling,

Scheerpost dot com.

Posted by: Jay-Ottawa | Jun 8 2020 20:16 utc | 127

@ 123 oldhippie, lol.. paveway is pretty good at that!

@bm... man you really have an axe to grind with b.. that is unfortunate.. linux isn't that hard to get.. find someone to set it up for you like i did... good luck..

Posted by: james | Jun 8 2020 20:28 utc | 128

teri and jay - here is a direct link for others to see what you are talking about -

Posted by: james | Jun 8 2020 20:29 utc | 129

@126, the Ford Foundation's been at it a long time. It appears its goal is not so much liberation as it is racial division and racial strife. Afterall, it's been over 70 years now and despite the Ford Foundation's relentless campaign of racial liberation via black power, blacks are still impoverished and living in ghettoes. Either the Ford Foundation is a failure or a success. I think it's a success so long as we're discussing its true goal. I know Malcolm X would agree.

Top Down: The Ford Foundation, Black Power, and the Reinvention of Racial Liberalism (Politics and Culture in Modern America)

At first glance, the Ford Foundation and the black power movement would make an unlikely partnership. After the Second World War, the renowned Foundation was the largest philanthropic organization in the United States and was dedicated to projects of liberal reform. Black power ideology, which promoted self-determination over color-blind assimilation, was often characterized as radical and divisive. But Foundation president McGeorge Bundy chose to engage rather than confront black power's challenge to racial liberalism through an ambitious, long-term strategy to foster the "social development" of racial minorities. The Ford Foundation not only bankrolled but originated many of the black power era's hallmark legacies: community control of public schools, ghetto-based economic development initiatives, and race-specific arts and cultural organizations.

In Top Down, Karen Ferguson explores the consequences of this counterintuitive and unequal relationship between the liberal establishment and black activists and their ideas. In essence, the white liberal effort to reforge a national consensus on race had the effect of remaking racial liberalism from the top down—a domestication of black power ideology that still flourishes in current racial politics. Ultimately, this new racial liberalism would help foster a black leadership class—including Barack Obama—while accommodating the intractable inequality that first drew the Ford Foundation to address the "race problem."

Posted by: | Jun 8 2020 20:40 utc | 130

Posted by: | Jun 8 2020 20:40 utc | 130

The Ford Foundation used to be and presumably still is acting as a CIA front. I got interested in it as it looks like there is a "Black Lives Matter" branch in Germany now, too. A large part of their support is bound to be genuine, as there is a lot of everyday racism and black people did get killed by the police in this country, too, though not recently. The fascinating thing is that politicians throughout the "politically correct" range are accepting their demands, same politicians who tried to get the populist vote by being strict on refugees a few years ago.

There has been a shift in Germany from "the mainstream" ie media, police, secret services, funding, that used to support right wing "populist" movements to supporting left wing "anti fascist" movements, to the point where the ex-communist party suddenly is "in" as the preferred coalition partner to the right wing Trumpist party. It used to be the other way round. "Antifa" has been clearly coopted to support the cops as agents provocateurs.

I suspect there is a global campaign trying to influence US elections, Covid-19 shutdown for an economic downturn, black lives matter, second wave with economic downturn in October.

But this, of course is conspiracy theory.

Posted by: somebody | Jun 8 2020 21:21 utc | 131

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jun 8 2020 13:06 utc | 96

The factor that seems to count most in this pandemic is the number of hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants.

It is 13 in Japan, 8 in Germany, below 6 in France and Belgium, 3 in Spain and Italy, 2.7 in the United States and 2 in Iran.

Neoliberalism kills.

By the way, Cuba had 5 hospital beds per 1000 in 2014.

Posted by: somebody | Jun 8 2020 22:03 utc | 132

Mina #83

Thank you for the Lady Sale link, I will read that heroic/folly tale with interest.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 8 2020 22:05 utc | 133


Try installing a version of Linux using a WUBI will install alongside your windows OS like a program...or better still run Linux from a flash drive. Rd is correct, Brave is a very good browser. As James suggests, if you're challenged by Linux have someone install it for you.

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Jun 8 2020 22:07 utc | 134

Barr's father Donald Hired Jeffrey Epstein as a teacher at the Dalton School for children in 1973- 1974. How bizarre is that?

Posted by: Kay Fabe | Jun 8 2020 22:25 utc | 135

migueljose #85

"Wexner is the head of the snake"... and so is Ghislaine Maxwell.

From my reading Wexner handed the building over to Epstein and it was fully cctv installed at that point. Wexner set it up and Epstein was the manager.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 8 2020 22:35 utc | 136

vk #93

The report, albeit being in "professional" language, is still an educated opinion of a politician or team of politicians and officials from the German government. The problem lies in the fact that they don't have a way to gauge a parallel Germany where no lockdown was ever enforced. They don't know - and don't have the means to know - if this alternative universe Germany would fare better than the really existing Germany.

Total BS - absolute propaganda writing vk - You couldn't whitewash a bed sheet successfully.

You set up a BS statement about a politician written report and prattle on about no way to gauge impact. Overtly propagandist and misleading. There is multitude ways to gauge a business as usual model with a reasonably reliable data set and everybody other than you is aware of it.

Your stance on just about every aspect of the official line has been to support it and fend off criticism by artful text constructions that are transparently shifty. Pathetic.

Your stance on medication approaches has been woeful and deceptive.

Fail- go straight to Jail, do not pass GO and do not collect your $200.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 8 2020 22:47 utc | 137

Posted by: somebody | Jun 8 2020 22:03 utc | 132

Sure Neoliberism kills and after 50 years of outlaw embargo not so bad for Cuba.

Posted by: LuBa | Jun 8 2020 23:00 utc | 138

Noirette #125

YES to that +++ thank you.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 8 2020 23:02 utc | 139


“What has happened to the internet ? (Since Trump)”

2012 March 29, the Obama administration announced more than $200 million in funding for ‘‘Big Data Research and Development Initiative’.’ Information Innovation Office, explains Lee, has replaced the Information Awareness Office. The first wave of agency commitments includes National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Geological Survey, and Department of Defense (including DARPA).

2016- December 23, obama signs Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act. (CFPDA)In both the House and Senate the bill was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017. It passed the House in this fashion in a conference report vote on 2 December 2016. The Senate then passed the measure in a conference report on December 8 by a tally of 92–7. the United States Secretary of State to collaborate with the United States Secretary of Defense and other relevant Federal agencies to create a "Global Engagement Center" (GEC) to fight against propaganda from foreign governments, and publicize the nature of ongoing foreign propaganda and disinformation operations against the United States and other countries. The bill said this inter-agency effort should: "counter foreign propaganda and disinformation directed against United States national security interests and proactively advance fact-based narratives that support United States allies and interests

2018-April 6, n a job request posted last week to the Federal Business Opportunities website, the main contracting website used by the federal government, DHS wrote that it is seeking a contractor that is able to monitor up to 290,000 global news sources.

The successful contracting company will have “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”

“Any and all media coverage,” as you might imagine, is quite broad and includes “online and social media.”

The chosen contractor should “present contact details and any other information that could be relevant, including publications this influencer writes for, and an overview of the previous coverage published by the media influencer.”One aspect of the media coverage to be gathered is its “sentiment.”

DHS says the “NPPD/OUS [National Protection and Programs Directorate/Office of the Under Secretary] has a critical need to incorporate these functions into their programs in order to better reach Federal, state, local, tribal and private partners.”

And of course you have social media giants who censor these blogs which present narratives that contrast with officially sanctioned narratives. Lets look at Google and Facebook (Zuckerberg calling for more regulation to help FB censor and Trumps ready to give him what he wants with his fake war against Twitter pretending such regulation will stop censoring-lol)

To understand how interlocked they all are one needs to look back into the past

1998/September , Andreas Bechtolsheim and David Cheriton, both connected to DARPA, invested $100,000 each in Google.

1999-After Google’s incorporation, the company received $25 million in equity funding led by Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. According to Homeland Security Today, “A number of Sequoia-bankrolled start-ups have contracted with the Department of Defense, especially after 9/11 when Sequoia’s Mark Kvamme met with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to discuss the application of emerging technologies to warfighting and intelligence collection.”

1999-Similarly, Kleiner Perkins had developed “a close relationship” with In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s newly created venture capital arm, named in reference to Q, the fictional inventor who supplies technology to James Bond. The idea was to essentially replace the functions once performed by the ORD , by mobilizing the private sector to develop information technology solutions for the entire intelligence community. In addition to the CIA, In-Q-Tel has also been backed by the FBI, NGA, and Defense Intelligence Agency, among other agencies. Gilman Louie, is a former CEO of In-Q-Tel , was a participant of the Highlands Forums. As was fellow board member Dr. Anita Jones, a CFR member and MITRE trustee , who served as director of DARPA and head of research and engineering at the Pentagon.

In-Q-Tel has been investing in companies engaged in social media mining and surveillance. Dataminr streams data from Twitter in search of trends for law enforcement agencies and hedge funds. Geofeedia collects social media messages in order to follow activists for police departments and corporations. Pathar is hired by the FBI to mine social media in order to determine networks and signs of radicalization. Netbase scans billions of sources online and Recorded Future monitors the world’s online traffic to predict future events

2002- TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS. Platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube are leading the way towards Total Information Awareness (TIA), a mass detection program by the United States Information Awareness Office established by DARPA in 2002.

Based on the concept of predictive policing, TIA aimed to digitally collect detailed information about individuals in order to anticipate and prevent crimes before they were committed. TIA was the aim of the Information Awareness Office (IAO) established by DARPA in 2002.

Shortly after 9/11, Brian Sharkey, chief technology officer at SAIC and deputy director of the Information Systems Office (ISO) at DARPA, teamed up with John Poindexter to propose the Total Information Awareness (TIA) surveillance program.

The IAO was headed by Admiral John Poindexter, former United States National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan. Poindexter was convicted in April 1990 of multiple felonies as a result of his actions in the Iran–Contra affair, but his convictions were reversed on appeal in 1991. According to David Teacher, besides the channels to Reagan via CIA director William Casey, Le Cercle and Brian Crozier’s 6I also liaised directly with Reagan’s successive National Security Advisors, Dick Allen, William P. Clark, Bud McFarlane and Poindexter

Following public criticism that this technology could potentially lead to a mass surveillance system, the IAO was defunded by Congress in 2003. However, several IAO projects continued to be funded and merely run under different names, as revealed by Edward Snowden during the course of the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures.

Although the TIA program was formally suspended, its data mining software was later adopted by other government agencies, with only superficial changes being made.

2004- Thiel (Trump supporter) and his business partner Alex Karp met with John Poindexter in 2004, at the home of Richard Perle, another Andrew Marshall acolyte. “I told them I thought they had an interesting idea,” says Poindexter. After 9/11, co-founder Alex Karp had reconnected with Thiel, who had the idea that Silicon Valley should do something to improve national security and secure civil liberties.

Thiel and Karp then founded the CIA-backed Palantir Technologies, headquartered in Palo Alto, which specializes in big data analysis for the intelligence community, and which supposedly helped to locate Osama bin Laden. Thiel named the company after the crystal ball used by evil lord Sauron in The Lord of the Rings. Thiel saw Palantir as a “mission-oriented company” which could apply software similar to PayPal’s fraud recognition systems to “reduce terrorism while preserving civil liberties.” Karp counts former CIA director George Tenet as a friend, as well as Tenet’s employer, Herb Allen, who runs Allen & Co, a Palantir investor. Thiel had also met with Gilman Louie of In-Q-Tel, securing the backing of the CIA. Poindexter also helped Palantir open doors, and to assemble “a legion of advocates from the most influential strata of government.”

Palantir’s clients included at least twelve groups within the U.S. government, including the CIA, DHS, NSA, FBI, CDC, the Marine Corps, the Air Force and Special Operations Command. Although the company denies the connection, the majority of security analysts are convinced that Palantir is the principal company behind the design of software used for the NSA’s PRISM program. PRISM’s existence was revealed when The Washington Post and The Guardian published leaked documents by Edward Snowden, which exposed the involvement of Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype and Apple. A source told the Post that with PRISM, the NSA can “quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type.”

2004 Feb 4, The Pentagon canceled its so-called LifeLog project, an ambitious effort to build a database tracking a person's entire existence.
Run by Darpa, the Defense Department's research arm, LifeLog aimed to gather in a single place just about everything an individual says, sees or does: the phone calls made, the TV shows watched, the magazines read, the plane tickets bought, the e-mail sent and received. Out of this seemingly endless ocean of information, computer scientists would plot distinctive routes in the data, mapping relationships, memories, events and experiences.LifeLog's backers said the all-encompassing diary could have turned into a near-perfect digital memory, giving its users computerized assistants with an almost flawless recall of what they had done in the past. But civil libertarians immediately pounced on the project when it debuted last spring, arguing that LifeLog could become the ultimate tool for profiling potential enemies of the state.

On same day Zuckerberg at Harvard set up Facebook. In June former Napster and Plaxo employee Sean Parker, who assumed himself as the “President” of Facebook was seeking investors for Facebook. He approached Reid Hoffma, CEO  of LinkedIn who declined to invest in the social media platform “because of the potential for conflict of interest with his duties as LinkedIn CEO.”

He redirected Parker to Peter Thiel who he knew from the days of PayPal (both are considered as the members of PayPal Mafia). Parker and Mark really got along and Thiel agreed to back Facebook.

2004- Thiels’ Founders Fund was one of the earliest investors in Facebook. Facebook’s second round of funding came from venture capital firm Accel Partners. Accel’s manager James Breyer was formerly chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, and served on the board with Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel. One of the Accel Partners’ key areas of expertise are in “data mining technologies.” Breyer and Louie also served on the board of R&D firm BBN Technologies, which was one of those companies responsible for the rise of the internet. In-Q-Tel’s board member Dr. Anita Jones also joined the firm. 

Posted by: Kay Fabe | Jun 8 2020 23:10 utc | 140 #106

Wikipedia is not clear precisely when Donald Barr converted to Catholicism.

Ill bet it isn't clear. Citing wiki... is like citing the guardian or zh or pat lang. Wiki has been a controlled propaganda system for at least a decade. There are teams of people working 24/7 to keep political input 'accurate'.

Search for criticisms and exposes they are plentiful. See Craig Murray for a detailed takedown from his personal experience.

Use wiki with great scepticism if at all.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 8 2020 23:14 utc | 141

Posted by: BM | Jun 8 2020 14:37 utc | 112 I am forced to use windows 7. I would prefer XP

You're concerned about privacy - but you're using a browser which is ten years out of date, and prefer one which is 20 years out of date.

What's wrong with this picture?

I don't know what anti-malware software you run, but if you're not running at least two (compatible), you're probably hosed, anyway, which could well be why you have problems with the browsers and search results. Malware can manipulate search results and if you're system is compromised, "privacy" is the least of your worries. The problem for you is that not all of the current antimalware products will run on your ancient version of Windows. Avast does. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will run on Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, so you could try that. Running those two would provide the on-access and "second opinion" capability one needs.

"Ten years ago I was moderately happy with firefox, but its nasty qualities increase more and more with every version."

I agree it's a pain. I tried Chrome some years ago, but they botched the "Save File As" in Linux, so dumped that for normal use. Still have the current version on the machine for sites where Firefox craps out.

"many problems controlling site permissions and cookies."

I assume you use NoScript. I tried using various ad-blockers, but they interfere with site usability. NoScript is bad enough, as most sites have so many servers they reach out to that one spends half the time "allowing" this, that and the other in order to get the page to load at all.

Frankly, there is no option for "privacy" on the Internet - at least in terms of site tracking. Forget about it. You could try using a text-based browser on Linux, but that's about it.

"My fundamental problem with browsers is that I expect to be able to control them"

Again, to quote Percival Rose: "That ain't gonna happen." That's true of almost all software these days, commercial or open source, Windows or Linux or Mac.

This is what Edward Snowden uses. However, the "that anyone can use" line doesn't mean the technically illiterate can use these. It just means they're legal.

These Are Edward Snowden's Favorite Security Tools (That Anyone Can Use)

I don't bother with any of these. It doesn't matter what you use. The NSA hoovers up *everything* going over the Internet. If they get interested in you, they will find out everything you've ever looked at. Tor is helpful, but can be defeated.

Use a VPN to keep your ISP from looking at your stuff. Use a "decent" paid-for commercial VPN - if you can find one. I use Private Internet Access and that silently breaks every other day and has to be restarted, but it works reasonably well when it's up. Don't bother with "free" VPNs - they suck.

Forget about ad-tracking - there's next to nothing you can do about that. Even if you block someone's ad server, the site you're going to is selling your info to them anyway, in most cases. If they say they aren't, they're probably lying.

Check out this forum where people compare their security setups: What is your security setup these days?.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jun 8 2020 23:34 utc | 142

First line of my post should change "browser" to "OS"... Not the first time I've wished for an editing function...

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jun 8 2020 23:35 utc | 143

Oh, and for the record I run openSUSE Linux 15.1, which is probably one of the easier Linux distros to use, but is well supported and has a commercial company backing the open source community that maintains it. I don't run any antivirus on it, although once in a while I run two of the Linux rootkit checkers just to be sure. Always comes up clean.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jun 8 2020 23:40 utc | 144

@141 uncle tungsten

I agree and I do use Wikipedia only for generic information and never to form an opinion about anything. In otherwords, Wikipedia is a starting point by which no conclusions should ever be drawn.

Posted by: | Jun 9 2020 0:06 utc | 145

@135 Kay Fabe

It is incredibly bizarre. Yet another coincidence. There should be a number like π, that when you reach it and exceed it for number of coincidences, it means that to which the coincidences apply, collectively, is no longer a coincidence. A tipping point of coincidences, so to speak.

Posted by: | Jun 9 2020 0:11 utc | 146

re *98

I enable cookies on my browser, but they are deleted when I close it. Saves a hassle of having to pissfart around with custom settings on various web pages.
Yandex browser is the one that I have most trouble with deleting cookies on, if I try to get very far at all into its settings everything goes Cyrillic so I put in a Yandex addon called "Cookie Cleaner" which claims to do the job of deleting all cookies and when it tested it it sure seemed to, but I still am concerned that it may not be 100%. Still just cause firefox tells you it has deleted the data it claimed to may not mean it actually has either.
We are made to put too much trust in apps made by people for whom deception is second nature.

I would love to find a search engine which didn't serve up the same irrelevant mainstream tosh on the front pages. Qwant is better than most but even it seems to place irrelevant answers ahead of ones that are specifically correct but on small or obscure sites.

The best searches I had was before google when every search engine delivered up pages of porn totally irrelevant to the search before you got to a usable answer, there was an app whose name escapes me that would crash into about 8 or 9 different search engines, strip out the porn, advertorials and other irrelevancies then leave only results that were relevant. It was french& had a tough time with search engines continually trying to code it out but it would devise a work around every time. It was in a continuous update state but the results were great. I'm pretty sure it is long dead now, killed by google.

Posted by: A User | Jun 9 2020 0:50 utc | 147

A quick late reply and apology to snow_watcher:
I didn't mean to disagree or be as strident-sounding (or worse!) as my comment was. I lost sight of my own point (aimed at everyone) about COVID-19 still increasing. I apologize and regret writing it like I did.

I hope you still see this even though it's such a late reply.

- - -

Thank you uncle tungsten; I also thought I was paying close attention at the time.

- - -

Separate topic to all about oil and shipping:
Significant percentages of the world's oceanic shipping capacity has been put into holding with crews dismissed or even fired as the shipping companies do their best to avoid going out of business. Despite the empty ships themselves being fine their availability won't simply magically reappear at a moments notice, it will take time to get them back into operation when they're needed.

And as far as shipping is concerned a change for the better is nowhere in sight but if the oil price could jump to 200 tomorrow it would still take just as long.

So while there are some full tankers anchored along the US coast etc. (perhaps not the best idea in the world if at war, I think Iran/anyone could reach those) I doubt that and the US strategic reserve (if either still exists) would be enough to significantly soften the blow of the insane US oil prices and insurance premiums for delivery to or from the US that would result from a US attack on Iran or similar (the way I see it the rest of the world in general wouldn't experience the same kind of increases).

Just another piece of the puzzle I guess, and maybe my opinion is wrong.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 9 2020 2:35 utc | 148

The effect of large-scale anti-contagion policies on the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF)

Finds that the shutdown orders prevented about 60 million coronavirus infections in the United States.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jun 9 2020 6:30 utc | 149

Idiots still can't comprehend the following simple facts:

1) The coronavirus is more dangerous than ordinary flu, as the number of deaths has proven.
2) Countries that had their head out of their ass were able to defeat it without a lockdown.
3) The US was not one of those countries.
4) The virus is not "over", so we can expect a resurgence within the next 30 days, as a result of the protests.

Meanwhile, the world situation is getting worse:

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the pandemic appeared to be worsening as the number of new daily cases worldwide hit a new high on Sunday. “Yesterday, more than 136,000 cases were reported — the most in a single day so far,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organization’s director-general, said at a briefing on Monday.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jun 9 2020 6:33 utc | 150

Tomas Pueyo in Medium on Should We Reopen Churches?

We need to do the same thing for reopening churches. The debate is asking the wrong question. It shouldn’t be “Should we reopen churches?” but rather “How do we reopen churches safely?”

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jun 9 2020 6:42 utc | 151

Kay Fab s history of the internet upthread should be made into a post.

Posted by: Mina | Jun 9 2020 7:10 utc | 152

Sunny Runny Burger #148

That global shipping story is big news. If the maritime oligarchs take a huge hit the OBOR strategy will get some relief and surge ahead. IMO.

I consider the ceaseless assault on countries on the periphery of Russia and China to be absolutely linked to defence of maritime superiority and mainly to UK company benefits wherever flagged.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 9 2020 7:33 utc | 153

Mina #153

Kay Fabes history of the internet upthread should be made into a post.

Thank you Mina, I definitely support that. I would be pleased to follow the contributions to such a post as would many others in the world.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 9 2020 9:06 utc | 154

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jun 9 2020 6:33 utc | 151

"1) The coronavirus is more dangerous than ordinary flu, as the number of deaths has proven."

Numbers proved the opposite of what you claim in most countries - for some reason not in the US.

Look here WHO-influenza season 2018/19

"In the USA, pneumonia was diagnosed in 29% of patients hospitalized for influenza, 18% required admission to an ICU, about 6% required mechanical ventila-tion and 3% died, similar to the rates in previous seasons. Most of the influenza-associated ICU admissions and deaths in adults and children were due to influenza A viruses"

There are some graphs in the paper - they are the same shape as Covid-19.

Flue related deaths - CDC

CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.

So why does Covid-19 act differently in the US - let me guess
- death by flue is estimated not counted or tested
- Covid-19 death was taken as likely if the symptoms seemed to fit not tested
- people were treated the wrong way in hospitals - wrong medication, breathing machines used prematurely, no medication for thrombosis, infected people were sent to care homes from hospitals
- for some reason black and brown people were hit much more than anybody else - see enzyme deficiency and cloroquine - they were treated with medication that killed them
- suicides

The difference is that children don't get hit, but old people and people with immune deficiency. It is a virus a healthy immune system copes with without symptoms.

Covid-19 deaths in Japan are 916 for 127 million people. For the US this would be below 3000.

Posted by: somebody | Jun 9 2020 10:35 utc | 155

Can't say I knew about DuckDuckGo's existence,or what it was.

Now I know,since yesterday's barflies posting,at the same time as my passing through one minor and one major French city,where the billboards are full of it.It is a very deliberate campaign appealing to people with complaints about Google...

Posted by: willie | Jun 9 2020 10:53 utc | 156

Thanks for the various responses concerning browsers and Linux. I'll give Brave a try. It would be nice if the linux WUBI was an application that run within Windows (no good for security, but good for acclimatising to the OS) but that does not seem to be the case - it is just an installer, which installs linux as a separate boot.

I can remember search engines were far better in 1997 before google came along, you could specify precisely what you want, and no results would be returned that did not conform to the specification. Now the vast majority of what you get is just crap with nothing to do with your request. There were all sorts of search engines to choose from in those days.

Posted by: BM | Jun 9 2020 11:04 utc | 157

Posted by: somebody | Jun 9 2020 10:35 utc | 156 CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.

What part of over 110,000 plus another 30,000 expected this month at the current rate of 1,000 per day - and we haven't even hit the second wave - don't you get? We are well on track for 200,000.

Sweden got screwed. Italy got screwed. England got screwed - despite all the efforts made to conceal it. *Only* the countries that had their head out of their ass controlled it.

"So why does Covid-19 act differently in the US - let me guess"

"Guess" is the operative word.

"for some reason black and brown people were hit much more than anybody else - see enzyme deficiency and cloroquine - they were treated with medication that killed them"

There appears to be some sort of genetic predisposition in terms of the severity based on an article I saw today over at Medium. The main conclusion, however, is that black and brown people are simply poorer and therefore have more underlying comorbidities.

"people with immune deficiency."

How many times do I have to list the number of people in the US with underlying comorbidities? It's well over 100 million.

You people just don't quit with your agenda. Don't waste my time.

Posted by: r | Jun 9 2020 12:08 utc | 158

@BM 112,158

Richard has some good recommendations that would keep you relatively safe online. The main reason I use Linux and a decent browser, Brave, is because it makes my online experience far less annoying than if you're hooked into the MS, Android/Google nightmare. Privacy is indeed a thing of the distant past online. A decent adblocker or browser with one is handy for filtering out tons of the nonsense, but Snowden knows that everything is vacuumed up by various factions globally. Pay for a VPN if you want to use one to hide your location and thwart any ISP trackers, don't use the free ones. I haven't run malware/spyware software since I left Windows, but do run checks occasionally and like Richard come up clean. At best online security is a state of mind. There is always a way into your system if someone wants in bad enough. It's not difficult to set up a system though that will make the online world less annoying to navigate.
The beauty of the dual boot system is that if you feel the need to have Windows as a back up OS on your machine as a fallback while you get to know Linux, it's there. Most people find the changeover to Linux seamless. I think you'll discover that the difference between running a browser and surfing on a Linux system and one on Windows is indistinguishable. Less bloat though, and your machine will run more streamlined. Linux is also opensourced so viruses are not really that much of a concern either by the sheer volume of people involved in keeping the OS secure.

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Jun 9 2020 12:26 utc | 159

Donald Barr was OSS and original 1947 CIA. No one ever leaves the company. He was simply on assignment at Dalton School. William Barr began his career with five years working at Langley. Spent those years leisurely completing a law degree at Georgetown. CIA of course paid full tuition and he had no duties but being a law student. And then he left the company too. Except no one ever leaves.

We don’t even know Epstein’s name. Story that Barr plucked him from obscurity and handed him a plum job makes no sense. Were Epstein the lowly prole we are told he was he would not even have known how to behave in front of a classroom of Dalton girls. Any meeting with parents would have led to swift dismissal. Instead we see him driving his students over to Teterboro and giving them flying lessons. So when did he even learn to fly? Get an instructor’s rating? And why would parents trust him? Young man with no resume, no record, no nothing. More likely story would be he was vetted the usual way, by pedigree. He was trusted because they knew his family, his lineage, everyone connected to him as cousins ten times over. With zero evidence offered here my guess is still far more likely than the absolute rubbish offered in the news.

Epstein has a brother Mark who is also rich, a few hundred million made in real estate. So rags to riches and the American Dream for two Epstein boys. Rags to riches stories are always BS. The two of them were born rich and are connected in every possible way. If you want to know the story find out who they are.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jun 9 2020 12:31 utc | 160

Lockdowns saved 3 million lives in Europe

The study came out at Nature magazine of June 8th, and was made by the Imperial College in London.

Memo leaked here, memo leaked there. Study here, study there.

We can play this game forever.

Posted by: vk | Jun 9 2020 13:20 utc | 161

"The difference is that children don't get hit, but old people and people with immune deficiency. It is a virus a healthy immune system copes with without symptoms."
This is absolute bullshit. There are people who died from it without any other known aggravating factor, and there are way way more people who were sick and are still not recovered but have major breathing and fatigue problem, 2 or even 3 months later.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Jun 9 2020 14:10 utc | 162

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Jun 9 2020 14:10 utc | 164

See WHO Covid-19 vulnerable and high risk groups

and Euromomo excess mortality in Europe - age groups - you are completely safe up to age 14.

Scroll down to the country figures - in some countries everybody was absolutely safe - except for the normal mortality rate.

"and there are way way more people who were sick and are still not recovered but have major breathing and fatigue problem, 2 or even 3 months later"

That is the result of surviving a breathing machine. In the beginning survival rate was much lower because doctors used breathing machines immediately.

"There are people who died from it without any other known aggravating factor"
I would need a source for this which is not just "I heard".

Posted by: somebody | Jun 9 2020 15:28 utc | 163

@ BM - i agree with @ 161 Digital Spartacus... funny enough i have the same type set up - brave browser, on linux - ubuntu and a dual boot system as well.. i am sure not sure about brave.. i liked firefox, but brave is better i think... some of it i am not sold on, as DS notes - forget about having privacy today.. it ain't gonna happen and i think the vpn concept doesn't work from what i have been told... if someone wants into your system - they can figure it out....... teh dual boot idea is cool if you want to retain certain programs that only run on windows... i have one computer for this and another for going on the net..

Posted by: james | Jun 9 2020 17:13 utc | 164

Posted by: Mina | Jun 9 2020 17:33 utc | 168

Yeah, science has become an echo chamber with meta studies and dubious sources for data. Covid-19 marketing creating a lot of money to study a disappearing virus so they have to be fast to spend it - studies, medication, testing, vaccine, apps and all. It is all for the bin.

Posted by: somebody | Jun 9 2020 17:43 utc | 166

Kay Fabe’s history of the internet is great.

To add, from the ground. Way back when, the idea that citizen journalism (local reports, etc.) would create a new media-sphere .. didn’t happen. Repression, individuals couldn’t make it, got no support, or only a mix of of insults and hoorays, or became bored, tired of the whole scene, etc. The no. of independent pol. bloggers has been hugely reduced.

Even the enthusiasm for ‘sharing’ knowledge in non-political spheres, such a deciphering Sumerian texts (one area I followed and was amazed! finally to see this or that! mind blowing!) sort of died down, atrophied, or didn’t blossom as hoped.

Not that they are all gone today, but the share and communicate more impulse was eroded for lack of funding, communal support, discouraged by those in power in many fields who were married to competition, authoritarian moves to conserve positions of power, or were just suspicious of employees, ordinary citizens, ‘going off the reservation’ aka questioning the conventional wisdom set up in a top-down structure.

Really only old-time bloggers are left to ‘trust’ - unfortunately they are dependent on MSM information, which is very carefully and rigorously censored, deceptively cherry-picked, molded, spun.

The result is that even with huge expenditure of time and thought on some topic, like the Skripal Saga, no conclusion emerges except that the ‘Official Story’ is BS. There is no alternative, plausible, coherent, narrative. Citizen journalists, commentators can’t get it together, because: fractioning, no central repository, no central coordination, etc., nothing is ever established, they (we..) argue and quarrel and can’t come up with anything solid. The PTB observe, take it for granted, smirk, the internet is their ever-lasting friend.

Posted by: Noirette | Jun 9 2020 18:28 utc | 167

Here also is a great German documentary on the history of the internet. Fascinating. Unheralded for obvious reasons. The truth usually is.

The Net: The Unabomber, LSD & The Internet

Posted by: | Jun 9 2020 18:48 utc | 168

@ noirette... speaking of the skripal case - john helmer has another article up on this -


Posted by: james | Jun 9 2020 19:13 utc | 169

A holocaust is taking place in Sweden.
"..."A lot of elderly in homes for the elderly are denied basic healthcare when they get sick. They are not sent to the hospital when sick, and are offered morphine instead of oxygen when they are suffocating", he says, highlighting that patients aged 60 and above with multiple conditions as well as patients aged above 80 have been denied ICU care, while at least one third of nursing homes have COVID-19 cases.
The doctor reveals that in accordance with official directives, elderly patients with COVID symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, are not forwarded to hospitals for intensive care with potential oxygen treatment, but are included in palliative care and prescribed morphine. Thus, a document issued for physicians at Karolinska University Hospital in April claims that intensive care is not required for people with a "biological age over 80" or for those above 60 with multiple conditions.

"Likewise, a directive of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare for Region Gävleborg dated 17 April 2020 reads that those with "high biological age and a high degree of morbidity" are "not relevant for intensive care". It continues to say that "oxygen therapy is not relevant for palliative or curative care of COVID-19 patients in nursing homes or special accommodation", asserting that "opioids provide better symptom relief [for the elderly] than delivery of oxygen".

Last year the Swedish Finance Minister told a conference of bankers that one of the problems his country faced was that of a "Meat Mountain" of baby boomers, no longer active in the economy and collecting pensions, which had to be maintained by younger people.
That was the rationale behind Sweden's decision not to impose quarantine regulations and to encourage the spread of the virus. But at least it was openlytaken. In the UK and the United States governments are pursuing similar policies, aimed at culling the weak and elderly, while pretending otherwise after being forced by public anger into taking overdue measures.
And while they do so, they pause to 'pay tributes' to veterans of the Second World War, old men who are considered ineligble for oxygen when they take up space in the ICUs.

Posted by: bevin | Jun 9 2020 19:49 utc | 170

Another assassiantion intend.
A policeman a ton of weight beats a deadly bump in the neck to a girl of 40kg weight who was only trying to liberate her friend from the same fate, to then fall over the girl with all his weight in a clear attempt to crush her or suffocate her.

As these psychos are clearly Trump followers, it is obvious they have received the order of continuing provoking mayhem and if possible kill more people, so that nobody pays attention ot the sinking economy, and Kushner criminal management of protective gear for health workers and hekath material until Trump is reelected.

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 9 2020 20:10 utc | 171

@Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 9 2020 20:10 utc | 174

Notice how these cowards rage against these young girls but do not dare against any of the young boys or men.

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 9 2020 20:14 utc | 172

@Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 9 2020 20:14 utc | 175

Here the same criminal jumping like a beast over another young woman...

Salary of the psycho payed by city tax payers, amongst whom probably the woman, or her parents....One guess this is base salary, then it will be more from rate of arbitrary detentions...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 9 2020 20:21 utc | 173

Posted by: bevin | Jun 9 2020 19:49 utc | 173

I don't know about Sweden, but in Germany you can write down your will if you want to go to an intensive care unit at the end of your life or prefer palliative care.
You have to be very healthy and fit to survive a breathing machine.
Pneumonia is "an old man's friend".
If there is no will the doctor has to decide, if there is a chance to survive a hospital stay or intrusive treatment is simply cruel.
Sweden seems to have cut down on hospital beds, so it is quite possible that old people did not have a choice but the same is true for Britain, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Italy.
Neoliberalism kills.

Posted by: somebody | Jun 9 2020 20:41 utc | 174

Springer Nature study cited in post #150 above is dated March 22 and as currently published includes additional data up to April 6, 2020. Does anybody here even bother to click on the links and read them before they post? Study posits a covid doubling time of 2 days with no anti-contagion policies in place. Presuming this is correct at that rate it takes just over two months to infect the entire planet. For countries that dragged their heels over doing anything at all the horse had left the barn long before lockdowns were in place.

Policies that made sense in the early phases of an epidemic are just meaningless after all the time elapsed. The number of confirmed cases is nothing but an index of how much testing is done. With PCR tests that index tells almost nothing. Tests done on an epidemiological basis might yield a small amount of information, using the tests as individual diagnosis, as is done to exclusion of all else in US, yields no useful information at all. Second wave? If you read the study we should be in third or fourth wave by now. Thinking about what we should have done in January and trying to apply that now is foolish.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jun 9 2020 22:05 utc | 175

A User | Jun 9 2020 0:50 utc | 147

You may be thinking about Copernic Agent.
My dad pointed me in its' direction back in the late 90's.

I'll have to re-evaluate it, they do appear to have a free version "Copernic Agent Basic" you can get from Softonic, CNet, etc.


Posted by: Jon_in_AU | Jun 9 2020 22:11 utc | 176

Appears to be: "Version 7 Free Edition" for a freebie version.

Posted by: Jon_in_AU | Jun 9 2020 22:15 utc | 177

Wall street paraded naked again. Pumping the corpse is what the Fed does best. In a very perverse way I sometimes see the Fed's pumping frenzy as a form of debt jubilee for the RICH and to hell with the rest.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 9 2020 22:23 utc | 178

Mina #168


Thank you Mina, the report at Scientist is devastating news for the lancet.

Will Richard Horton and Astrid James and Rebecca Cooney please resign.

This nonsense from Surgisphere should never have been published and a half way diligent review of the company would have set alarm bells ringing if not encouraged the writing of a report alerting readers to Covid-19 fraud and the extraordinary global vendetta against a pharmaceutical and its many beneficiaries.

The Lancet has successfully participated in a medical hoax resulting in danger and perhaps severe illness in thousands of people.

Shame on The Lancet. This is mala fide.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 9 2020 23:52 utc | 179

I came across these charts by data journalist Mona Chalabi today and while the idea of linking to anything in the graun is abhorrent Chalabi does have a unique way of expressing hard data by illustrating it in a more accessible form. Although a month old, Chalabi's work reveals the huge variations in charges for Covid 19 medications across different markets as well as whether the drug in question is still under patent. For example did you know that former Gilead lobbyist Joe Grogan , now makes his earner from a gig as a member of the "Presidential Coronavirus Task-force"? There is no attempt to conceal DC corruption it is out there in brazen and destructive glory. Chalabi highlights the daylight robbery drug companies indulge in if they believe desperate/corrupt governments will assist the extortion.

Posted by: A User | Jun 10 2020 0:53 utc | 180

Re: Lancet and NEJM paper that was so ignominiously withdrawn.

It is relevant to note that the lead author is Dr Mandeep Mehra from Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston (M.R.M.)

Dr Mehra disclosure statement in accordance with the ICMJE for the initial report in the NEJM reads as follows:

Dr. Mehra reports personal fees from Abbott, personal fees from Medtronic, personal fees from Janssen, personal fees from
Mesoblast , personal fees from Baim Institute for Clinical Research, personal fees from Portola, personal fees from Bayer,
personal fees from Triple Gene, personal fees from Leviticus, personal fees from NupulseCV, personal fees from FineHeart,
other from Riovant, outside the submitted work; .

The grauniad puts it this way:

Then in May, the most respected medical journal in the world, the New England Journal of Medicine, published a study featuring two of the same authors as the pre-print ivermectin study. The renowned Harvard University vascular surgeon Dr Mandeep Mehra was the lead author, Desai the second author. The study also based its results on the Surgisphere QuartzClinical database, including data from Covid-19 patients from 169 hospitals in 11 countries in Asia, Europe and North America. It found common drugs given for heart disease were not associated with a higher risk of death in Covid-19 patients.

It appears that the Lancet and the NEJM are overlooking / ignoring the public interest for the advancement of other interests and their stenographers (perhaps touts).

Speaking of other interests there may be a conflict of same at the Brigham as indicated in the closing statement of the NEJM publication:

Supported by the William Harvey Distinguished Chair in Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The development and maintenance of the Surgical Outcomes Collaborative database was funded by Surgisphere.

Disclosure forms provided by the authors are available with the full text of this article at

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 10 2020 1:47 utc | 181

Patel fired and Mehra yesterday giving apologies as reported in french papers but cant find anything in english yet.

Posted by: Mina | Jun 10 2020 5:33 utc | 182

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 10 2020 1:47 utc | 184

Ron Paul has the right position here:

"Two prestigious medical journals, The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine, were forced to retract studies they had published concluding that Hydroxychloroquine was harmful to Covid patients. The rush to print the studies looks very much like a political move rather than one based on scientific principles."
"This is what happens when medicine merges with the state. We get the worst of both. We get career bureaucrat Dr. Fauci telling us we can never shake hands again and that we must stay home until a vaccine is found. Meanwhile, doctors across the globe are reporting that this variation of the coronavirus is disappearing on its own."

Of course, the virus will be kept alive by the USAians. Not only are their governments venal, the majority of the population seem to be nincompoops. These exceptional neoconservatives have become an exceptional threat to humanity on many fronts:

As Paul Craig Roberts notes:

"Western civilization is collapsing because allegations from the least credible sources carry more weight than facts. Emotions have displaced facts as the basis for understanding. Emotion routinely shouts down facts.
Universities have abandoned their mission of searching for truth. They have become propaganda ministries that spew the acids that eat away foundations of civilization."

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jun 10 2020 6:00 utc | 183

Here is a police tactic I have not seen before:

Law Enforcement Slashed Parked Car Tires During Minneapolis Protests

Videos and photos posted to social media from protests on May 30 and May 31 show officers knifing car tires in at least two locations, including a Kmart parking lot, with confused protestors, news crews, and medics questioning online why it was done.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Andy Knotz said that county deputies followed orders from the state’s Multiagency Command Center to join the patrol and slash tires.

"Multiagency Command Center" usually refers to federally-financed police coordinating agencies, which begs the question, did the feds orders tires to be slashed, and on whose orders? When the Occupy Movement was destroyed a few years ago, that operation was coordinated by the federal-financed "fusion centers", or whatever they are called this year.

It probably means nothing, but I note that the cops who scooped up Floyd's body and put him in the ambulance were wearing what appeared to be typical Sheriff's uniforms, with the tan shirts and dark shirt pocket flaps. That would put the "EMT" sheriffs deputies in the same agency as the tire slashers.

One question I have is, are other cops using the same tactic? And the answer is yup, they sure are... in Afghanistan!

Police Slash Tires in Kabul to Prevent Theft

Posted by: Trailer Trash | Jun 10 2020 17:56 utc | 184

The fraudulent Lancet "study" author terminated
Patel fired and Mehra yesterday giving apologies as reported in french papers but cant find anything in english yet.
Posted by: Mina | Jun 10 2020 5:33 utc | 182

Thanks for that Mina. It seems clear this Mehra fellow is the mastermind behind this fraud - he is in up to his fingernails with his hands raised high above his head - but he didn't do this fraud off his own at, that is 100% certain. Behind this criminal venture is Big Pharma. There needs to be a criminal investigation into this fraud, and it can start in any one of the countries alleged to have contributed data. Mehra - and the unseen hands pushing him along - are putting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people at risk by their fraud. They must be investigated, convicted, and sent to jail for long periods - especially the unseen hands.

Posted by: BM | Jun 10 2020 18:00 utc | 185

Ah, good to know the US police are learning something useful from their Afghan colleagues /sarc

Posted by: BM | Jun 10 2020 18:01 utc | 186

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