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March 10, 2021

Open Thread 2021-020

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snake @ 54

Here’s one explaining what you ask for:

Of course you can read the Pfizer documents. Which will tell you nothing.
Biggest takeaway from the Schmidt-Krueger testimony is we know very little, have not even asked questions. Basic stuff like where does that mRNA go in your body, how long does it persist, are not known, have not been looked at. If you can follow the discussion in that link I could give you more.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 11 2021 6:47 utc | 101

Hopeless typist here. First ‘n’ in link above should be a ‘z’. No, my preview key is still dead. No edit function on this site. All reasons to eschew links. But wanted to reply to snake.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 11 2021 6:53 utc | 102

Worse yet. Try

No links for me. No more.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 11 2021 6:59 utc | 103

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 11 2021 6:11 utc | 95

Better yet, why don't you fully describe this "lights go out" scenario so I can at least work from a mutually understood basis. When ALL the lights go out, we're left with agrarian farming and preserving. In that scenario crytpo is worthless. So are stocks in publicly traded corporations. Likely so is possession of gold. It will be a true bartering society, world-wide, but you're ignoring the drastic measures and scenarios that would lead to such a situation. We'd all be fucked. Hence, your broad brush dismissal of crypto is meaningless in any practical sense. It's good for some people to make a living day trading, but it's good for others as a long term investment. It's proven to be far less volatile than the government/central banker backed fiat currencies in the short time period within which we can compare them, and in each case where a crypto bubble has popped it's fucking obvious to anyone with a pulse that it was going to happen (same with 2008 in the traditional markets).

People 45 and younger should definitely do their due diligence and pick a few cryptos to buy and hold onto, especially those of us who foresee a future where we need to conduct monetary transactions outside the purview of the interwoven central banks and CIA/NSA.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Mar 11 2021 7:00 utc | 104

snake @ 54

Here’s one explaining what you ask for:

Of course you can read the Pfizer documents. Which will tell you nothing.
Biggest takeaway from the Schmidt-Krueger testimony is we know very little, have not even asked questions. Basic stuff like where does that mRNA go in your body, how long does it persist, are not known, have not been looked at. If you can follow the discussion in that link I could give you more.

Posted by: oldhippie |@ 100 link is unreachable from here..

Posted by: snake | Mar 11 2021 7:01 utc | 105

Re: Bitcoin.
Folks on this board who have expressed reservations (understatement!) have expressed very good reasons for being against the concept. There's a lot of esoteric math involved that most folks don't have the training to unravel. The basic concept of 'do more math than last time' to get a new coin, and 'do all the math over again' for each transaction is a pretty blunt indicator of disastrously high energy requirements.

To be hyperbolic, would you mine yet another coin if that energy was just diverted from a hospital nursery incubator?

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 11 2021 3:18 utc | 75

This story about terrawatts of energy being "wasted" on mining Bitcoin makes no sense and sounds ultra-hysterical to me. I've heard it almost every week on the TeeVee News this year.
Clearly, Bitcoin is causing angst in some Monetary Power Centres, BUT wasteful power consumption in a Free Market is very desirable since there's no such thing a Free Electricity. At least in my home.

Does anyone know who makes up this nonsensical tosh?
Has anyone ever turned on their PC and used it to solve Graphics Algorithms in order to keep the room warm?

There are probably billions of computer-based gismos in use around the planet and the number being used for Bitcoin transactions couldn't possibly greater than the number of Bitcoin user-fans which, last time I checked, was 1 million or fewer. And even if it's 10 million it's a minuscule and irrelevant threat to global power grids.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 11 2021 7:03 utc | 106

psychohistorian #95

I understand that if there is a collapse there won't be an internet, but paper money and stocks won't be redeemable either.

I wanted to diversify and potentially increase my purchasing power as I approach retirement age (that event horizon is retreating by government fiat).

Most coins are secure and unforgeable, the greatest danger is forgetting your PIN. I have small amounts of stocks cash and bullion and looked at the long term useability and technologies of cryptos, there are increasingly coins and tokens that allow interchain transfers of value. At the moment the market is mostly speculative, but there are all sorts of businesses and services offering loans and payment using different coins, and they are increasing.

I would have thought you would be all over this tech given your relentless advocacy for public money.

Posted by: DeQuincey | Mar 11 2021 7:07 utc | 107

@snake | Mar 11 2021 6:47 utc | 98
I just scanned that quickly, but the headline claim "Global Coup d’État: Mapping the Corporate Takeover of Global Governance" matches what I am seeing. That's what fascism is made of. It happens in my community and at my workplace.

I could tell stories. My focus @97 is on the collaborators that make this possible. Or, let's use another word, I should remind the world about a contribution to the English language that my country has provided: Quisling. May I also remind the world it didn't end well for him.

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 11 2021 7:11 utc | 108

@Horsewhisperer @105 re: power use

I'm going to dig over the next few days because I'm interested to see where it's headed. I also want to back some of the stuff I've said! :)

I have no personal stake in any, and don't have the disposable income to risk it. Also, I don't watch MSM news, so would not be aware they have said anything about it. I do use PayPal, and they are pushing it on me at each login.

The stuff about power use has been known for some time. That drove the growth of mining pools. Stories a couple years ago about rich folks setting up private server farms were a hint that the small folks should probably look elsewhere. Other coins use less (as _K_C_ notes), but BTC and similar PoW schemes must use the energy.

Here's an interesting comment on the length of time needed to crack the large numbers. It's a 10-yr-old comment, and times have certainly come down. Quote:

... Even a TWINKLE-enhanced sieving half would be nowhere near 12μs. Instead, it would rather help bringing a four month sieving effort down to, say, three weeks. Which is good, in a scientific way, but not a record breaker, especially since linear reduction dominates for larger sizes. ...

So, weeks to crack a 512-bit number back then, even with custom-built hardware involved in the process. I think I read that 512-bit has since been rendered obsolete for anything but short-term stuff like VPNs. The calcs for BTC are the same kinds of crypto calcs. Weeks of 100% CPU/GPU use is not a nothingburger, and it drove out most of the small folks. In my travels I will invariably stumble across current numbers for the robustness of the big numbers. I'll include that in future posts.

Lastly, to your comments about prevalence, agree that it isn't very popular right now. Currently it's not a disaster, but an attempt to scale it up to a national currency would be bad.

Quantum compute would help, so would off-planet mining operations.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 11 2021 7:39 utc | 109

he Manifesto of Great Awakening. Against Great Reset.

I'm just starting Pt 3. Very interesting read. I am not well educated enough to call BS on the history, but the current attacks on gender make a bit more sense seen through this lens.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 11 2021 7:41 utc | 110

Most Corona and Rhino viruses, connected with the common cold, as well as the flu viruses, are triggered by cold weather conditions often in fall and late winter/early spring (two "waves" in COVID 19 parlance). From my own personal experience, I would even suggest that some of these viruses are "living" dormant within us and activated by temperature drops in our bodies' surroundings, giving us a "chill", causing us to sneeze, and if we do not immediately warm up leading to a cold, quite independent of whether we "catch" it from another person. I do not know if this is true, but it is something that I have experienced, while having been isolated from people for various reasons for days. So catching a "cold" from a person seems out of the question in these situations.

The thing about COVID is that the half a dozen people (three around mid 60s) that I know that have allegedly caught the disease, have not suffered anything as drastic as the usual mild flu like symptoms. One has briefly lost his sense of taste (teenager), but this can happen with a cold or the flu, as well.

I have had neither a cold, flu (nor Covid) for the past four years at least (I am in my early 60s), this living in the heart of Istanbul for 6 months of the past year, during COVID as well. Of course, since last mid March we have had various mild "lockdowns" in Turkey (except the summer months) primarily on weekends and in evenings, but I have managed to get out and about during day time most days, including weekends for walks to get food supplies, or just for exercise (lots of hills to climb and descend :).

I do wear a mask in shops and over my nose and mouth in crowded outside places (if only as a courtesy to others), but not when a crowd is lacking. Most other people wear masks as well. Social distancing here is practiced in few places according to the 1.5 meter theory, although, floors in shops and pharmacies are often marked, indicating where people ought to stand when waiting in line. Most encroach on that personal space to some extent, but are not standing on top of other people. They also tend to converse with neighbors, if they know them, or want to make some sort of inquiry. It is pretty close to normal, except for the masks and occasionally the face shields worn by cashiers. In a market, it is not uncommon to be right next to someone when examining merchandise, as in non-Covid times.

Yet Turkey, seems to be much less affected by COVID than the West with Western countries reported on again off again, often draconian "lockdowns". It makes me feel that Western governments and oligarchs, especially those benefiting from the virus' existence, have an interest in keeping the virus going. I don't believe the virus is a hoax, it exists, but the damage it is doing seems to be less a result of the effects of the virus than the effects of the people interested in profiting in some way by keeping the virus "dangerous". Thus, I concur with Norwegian in 97, that investigations need to be made and negligent and malicious actors need to be prosecuted. Some are obvious, like the governors of Michigan and New York, and their advisors, some may be acting more behind the scenes. All the vermin must be outed.

Posted by: Bluedotterel | Mar 11 2021 8:01 utc | 111

@Bluedotterel #110 re: mask imposition

It is my 'pet theory' (I'm not a doctor, said before) that we normally walk around in an innoculatory fog, all breathing germs at eachother at all times. The mask stops that. We humans should be sharing our germ catalogs, as it is the encounter with new germs that keeps our immune systems sharp. I also can accept that my body is full of these things waiting for the right conditions to attack....that's a very good point, thanks!

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 11 2021 8:13 utc | 112

French investigators have determined that the last contact of Samuel Paty's killer in the fall of 2020 was a man named Faruq Shami in Syria's Idlib province. The teenager of Chechen origin sent a picture of the teacher's severed head to Shami from his cell phone as his last message. The newspaper quotes investigators as saying that Faruq Shami is an "activist" of the Haiʾat Tahrir ash-Sham terrorist organization:


English translation:


A jihadist from Tajikistan, Shami poses as a journalist and reports primarily on fighters from Russia or the former Soviet republics.

Faruq Shami is also the director and protagonist of a long video from Khan Sheikhoun in which he shows the bodies laid out and explains in Russian what is said to have happened on April 4, 2017, and which includes footage in which the White Helmets take samples and determine that it was an attack with sarin:

These samples were given to the OPCW, whose inspectors were unable to enter Khan Sheikhoun itself.

So "citizen journalist" Faruq Shami, perhaps trained by the CSSF of the FCO, who informed us of a "chemical weapons attack" by the "butcher" Assad, is actually a terrorist and was the handler of the murderer of Samuel Paty. Who would have thought? And who will report?

Posted by: Cherrycoke | Mar 11 2021 8:25 utc | 113

The deluded generals who have seized power in Myanmar/ Burma are planing to have a brutal genocide of their Muslim Rohingya citizens and continue their murderous campaign against unarmed protesters. The generals look around the world and see the model Bandit State they would like to emulate, Israel.

Clearly the Generals believe 'why can't we do that too?' So they have hired the old spook and lobbyist Ari Ben-Menashe to sprout the familiar hasbora semantics for them in the back rooms of Washington and Ottawa.

Ben-Menashe will take their $2m but where is the Myanmar lobby and where are the legions of crazy followers who believe God gave them the right to bomb ,murder and steal land with impunity?

Fortunately he is now required to register as a foreign agent. Why not AIPAC? More legal impunity.A fools errand.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 11 2021 8:27 utc | 114

"Work is the Curse of the Drinking Class":
Fortunately I am now an old age pensioner and retiree, so no work to burden me! Here in Norway, most restaurants and shopping malls are under strict lockdown in Oslo and sour-rounding Communes (Kommuner, aka municipalities) but the state lickor stores (Wine and Booz Shops) have mercifully expanded their opening hours.

Posted by: Tadlak Davidovitsh N | Mar 11 2021 10:05 utc | 115

Grieved @ 84

I also read Israel Shamir's article at Unz, and I also have some reservations in his regard, but the Dugin piece is on the back burner and I'll get to it when I can muster an hour or two and my full concentration.

Dugin had already blown me away with this from some months ago, so I'm ready to roll...

...and if I eventually have something pertinent to say, I'll get back to you...

Posted by: john | Mar 11 2021 11:20 utc | 116

Maracatu | Mar 10 2021 17:53 utc | 1
and others.

The US is having to use dirty methods to counteract the revival of the left in South American countries. This is from Ecuador, where the third placed candidate has called for a military "intervention". He is now excluded from the runoff. Leader is; Andrés Arauz, who won the first round of the presidential election in a landslide (Correista). Second up is; right-wing CREO party of banker Guillermo Lasso.

Haiti is also trying to get a military dictatorship as the locals don't Want moise, to contnue as "leader".

When "Democracy" fails to give the "correct" results - call in the Military.

Posted by: Stonebird | Mar 11 2021 12:27 utc | 117

Blue dot
I guess you should thank your Mediterranean diet!
What about the cats of Istanbul? Did they reduce their number or it was not needed?

Posted by: Mina | Mar 11 2021 13:04 utc | 118

I got a link to Agit Papadakis' vk page from MoA, in relation to a helicopter crash story

from this weekly MoA review:

His latest post is on Covid... some pretty explosive claims which run counter to much of MoA's work on the topic so far.

Would be interesting to see what @MoA has to say about this latest Agit Papadakis post, since the link to the author, albeit on another topic, came to my attention through this blog?

Posted by: Et Tu | Mar 11 2021 13:10 utc | 119

Lastly, to your comments about prevalence, agree that it isn't very popular right now. Currently it's not a disaster, but an attempt to scale it up to a national currency would be bad.

Quantum compute would help, so would off-planet mining operations.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 11 2021 7:39 utc | 108

Thanks for the response to my over-simplified critique of the Bitcoin Power Consumption dilemna. And thanks also for conveying your superior understanding of cryptographic reason for said computer-time/workload.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 11 2021 13:13 utc | 120

Another question about Turkey: are the (Turkish) owners of BioNTech treated as national heroes?

Posted by: Mina | Mar 11 2021 13:17 utc | 121

CNN blaming KSA for famine in Yemen

Posted by: Mina | Mar 11 2021 14:04 utc | 122

Posted by: Mina | Mar 11 2021 14:04 utc | 121

It appears that Pres. Biden is Irish and does not think much of the UK or its aristocrats. And he also does not like Hamhanded bin Salmon and Nuttyahoo. Getting close to Trump seems to have been a mistake.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 11 2021 14:13 utc | 123

This was interesting back in 2017:

Posted by: UnionHorse | Mar 11 2021 14:43 utc | 124

Thanks. Interesting that he is of Irish descent. I had skipped that.
Among 4,000 princes the Dems sure have their other jockeys to replace MbS.

Posted by: Mina | Mar 11 2021 14:49 utc | 125

New Yorker hack Jonathan Blitzer is ready with excuses…

Covid bailout bill will cost just $69,000 per family…

After Review, Apple Refuses To Allow Parler Back In App Store Due To “Racist Content” — Here’s A Bunch Of Racist Content I Found On Twitter

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Mar 11 2021 14:59 utc | 126


I have a little more than 4 btc. Had them for years. We're donated to my news feed on Twitter before I was permanently banned 3 years ago. Then in 2010 value was $17 dollars. I use my Bitcoin credit card like fiat money based credit cards.

Kraken is my wallet of choice

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Mar 11 2021 15:07 utc | 127

It's getting more and more expensive to be an American ally:

Korea to pay 13.9% more to host US troops

[EXCLUSIVE] LG considers building battery line in US for EV startups

Not only South Korea will have to pay more to be militarily occupied, it will now have to forcefully deindustrialize because some Americans are whining they don't have those "well-paid manufacturing jobs".

The USA has definitely decided it will not commit the same mistake of the USSR: it will suck its provinces dry first before it collapses.


HK electoral changes bring an end to U.S. Trojan Horse politics

The British are still inconsolable over their loss of HK. The Guardian has published again another incendiary piece on the issue, essentially asking the EU to torpedo its free trade deal with China because of the democratic reforms of the city.

The UK is not even in the dispute. It quickly retired itself from the color revolution when the CPC begun to actively investigate the HSBC. After the Chinese secret service busted a British (Australian) spy within the CGTN, the UK banned the outlet from its own territory the next day - a very standard intelligence maneuver (burn the bridges to save the rest of the network). Beijing then answered with the banishment of the BBC - which was what they wanted from the beginning, given the BBC's blatant propaganda warfare against the PRC. The MI6 was played like a fiddle, but the fact is the UK already was in a very precarious position from the very beginning, as it is now outside of the EU.


The collapse of the Scottish project:

Scots turning against SNP plan for independence referendum, poll finds

Let me recap what happened: the SNP came out of nowhere just to implode Labour and give the Conservatives essentially eternal hold on the UK for the foreseeable future. Then it monumentally failed to do its only political promise as it was defeated on the independence referendum.

Now, the Scottish people is without the party that defended its interests (Labour) and without its independence. They're now condemned to be second class citizens in a highly London-centric Conservative UK. Lose-lose.


Joke of the week:

Biden is leading a quiet revolution


The inevitable happens:

Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia suspend AstraZeneca Covid vaccine after reports of potentially fatal blood clots

Chimpanzee adenovirus is a completely new technology on vaccines and is not tried and tested at all. Oxford pulled this one out of their ass because they wanted a quick profit.

There's a reason biological sciences are not treated as hard sciences: there are simply too much variables and unknown unknowns compared to the relatively simple equations of the hard sciences. Empiricism gains a lot more importance over theory in bio sciences and, in the case of studies with human subjects, decades are necessary to come to a decisive conclusion (as you can't breed humans as lab test subjects).


What we already knew is now on the Mainstream:

BBC secrets revealed: Leaked files indicate UK state media engaged in anti-Moscow information warfare operations in Eastern Europe


Nobody talks about the capitalist version of Chernobyl:

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Nearly 'Ended The Japanese State', Radioactive Waste Specialist Explains

Somebody calls Gorby and ask him to tell the whole world capitalism is finished!


If you're European or Japanese, here's where all your vaccines are going to:

Confident of Supply, More U.S. States Expand Access to Vaccines

The USA has so far vaccinated (one dose at least) a staggering 62.5 million of its inhabitants. Proportionately, only Israel and one or two micro-nations have inoculated more.

One of the advantages of being an empire is that, when the cookie crumbles, you're always the first on the line for the good things.

Posted by: vk | Mar 11 2021 15:16 utc | 128

Posted by: Mina | Mar 11 2021 14:04 utc | 121

Thanks. This is a must-watch. I can't believe it was on CNN. It would be nice if this turned out to be a "Cronkite on Viet Nam" moment for the war against Yemen.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Mar 11 2021 15:22 utc | 129

A prototype of the AURUS electric motorcycle was presented in Russia. The developed platform assumes the possibility of creating several models of motorcycles that can be used in the work of Russian departments, for example, units of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. It is also possible to develop models for free sale. The peak power of the motorcycle's electric power plant is 140kW. The dynamics of acceleration of the motorcycle from 0 to 100 km / h will be 3.7 seconds.

Posted by: alaff | Mar 11 2021 15:39 utc | 130

I had to laugh because it didn't make much sense for CGTN to loudly proclaim the NPC and then not talk about it. So I'm wondering if ALL of the Christian Colonial Cuntries were on board with the Scum Mo gambit? Unfortunately, it doesn't really matter what the dickless CCCs think about because they're insane with jealousy and penis envy.

You can get the info you want from Pepe Escobar's coverage, or from "Here Comes China" by Godfree Roberts.


Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Mar 11 2021 16:12 utc | 131

Just finished participating in the Zoom Meeting with Pepe Escobar and Michael Hudson, and I must sadly report that the outlook for those captured within Neoliberal nations is very poor as some aspect of the planned WEF Reset is likely to affect us. I followed up the one question of mine that was answered by asking if the only way for us hoi polloi to win the Class War is to foment a violent revolution that ousts all those currently in control? That question's now in the queue to be answered at the beginning of the next Hudson-Escobar session at some unknown future date. My current presumption is Hudson will say there's no other way as all the other potential avenues are controlled by the 1% based on his talk.

Much of the presentation was a rehash of the information provided before to get everyone the required prior knowledge needed to understand the discussion, so one of the few new additions was the news from Brazil about Lula and its implications. The session will eventually be published, the when/where currently unknown. Was it worth arising at 5:40am to participate? Yes, because I was able to inject a dozen questions overall. The overall turnout was disappointing; Zoom counted 66 total participants, far less than the sold-out first session, but then there wasn't much advance notice this time. It didn't occur to me to make a plug for MoA until the very end when no time remained. Oops!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 11 2021 16:41 utc | 132

@All you cryptards

You're greedy, stupid, or a toxic cocktail of both. Your Dunning-Krugerrands have done more harm than good for every single person who had better things to do with their time and resources.

The only people who benefited big time from it were the greedy assholes who shilled this bullshit monopoly money when everyone else with half a brain were donating their spare cycles to SETI, Folding@home or any of the distributed computing projects for scientific progress. I wonder where those went? Oh. Riiiiight.

I'm not going to even bother arguing with you about how "Satoshi" was likely a finance/government/monied outfit, that it's *not* anonymous, and I Can't Believe It's Not Fiat™ (Buy Good Cryptos from you New 1%ers with our Bad Fiat Money or love being poor when it takes over? Sounds old school, boss.).

Also I believe I represent the 45-and-younger club that are still waiting for video card prices to return to normal so we can finally upgrade our gaming rigs: F- you and that crypto horse that rode you in on.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Posted by: Anonymouse | Mar 11 2021 16:55 utc | 133

@Dr Wellington Yueh #75
The math isn't what wastes all the electricity.
What wastes the vast majority of power is the guessing of the 64 digit hexadecimal number, in order to be chosen to be one of the handful of blockchain processors for a given block (and to get the 6BTC reward).
The guessing is the feature behind decentralized consensus.
The math calculations (hash calculations) are relatively fast and don't consume that much power, but having hundreds of thousands (or more) computers trying to guess the number simultaneously, 7 times a second (btc capacity), 24/7/365 wastes an enormous amount of electricity.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 17:28 utc | 134

I was correct in my surmise that Lavrov would visit Qatar after Saudi. There he met with Turkey's FM also, and joined by Qatar released this joint statement which aside from the inclusion of help against COVID essentially reiterates what was previously declared.

So, where to next for Lavrov? Iran, Iraq, Syria, Occupied Palestine, Lebanon, Kuwait? We'll know soon.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 11 2021 17:31 utc | 135

@Hoarsewhisperer #106
The bitcoin electricity consumption is not a myth.
Is it really higher than the annual electricity consumption of Ukraine? Impossible to say for sure, but we have some validating data: Inner Mongolia is (was) a major cryptocurrency miner haven because it has super cheap electricity generate by the coal reserves there.
Yahoo finance article on cryptomining ban in Inner Mongolia

In 2016-2019, energy intensity in Inner Mongolia rose by 9.5% while overall energy consumption grew by 65.62 million tonnes.

Note IM doesn't just host cryptomining. It traditionally hosted high energy manufacturing such as steel, ferroalloy, coke, graphite electrode and coal-fired power. They also host aluminum refining etc.

The cryptomining drove up the overall energy intensity of the entire region by 10% - that's impressive.

Look at the pics here to get an idea of the size and scale of just one company doing this in Inner Mongolia: Bitmain
NY Post Bitmain

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 17:36 utc | 136


The mountain of meat scandal took place 16 years ago, not two.

Posted by: Jörgen Hassler | Mar 11 2021 17:41 utc | 137

@ Anonymouse | Mar 11 2021 16:55 utc | 133 who wrote about the crypto myopia
This is why we can't have nice things.

Thanks for that but lets try and help folks understand what they are missing.

In the old days we had barter and it still exists. But cows are hard to carry around so humans tried to come up with something that has widely held intrinsic value and is easy to carry around but not to duplicate. Gold and silver passed those tests for many years, in fact, until 1971.

I have written before that crypto backed by a sovereign nation has its place in the new world but not ones that represent the same mostly private fiat we have now. You would be much better advised to put your money into art than privately owned crypto. At least you get to enjoy the art and your odds of appreciation in long term value are much better, IMO.

I have been in the techie world since 1969 and think those that tulipbits are permanent and failsafe are living on a different planet than I am. I will put up with sovereign nations managing/standing behind their own tulipbits but I demand a form of money that is that one step up from barter that is a store of value outside tulipbits and can used as a medium of global exchange. My only idea of what that could be is a measure of energy or breadbasket of precious metals and food.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 11 2021 17:43 utc | 138

@Anonymouse #133
You clearly are in the upper edge of that age range you stipulated.
cryptocurrency miners have long since moved away from video cards. The ASIC/FPGA rigs are 5-8x faster while consuming 1/4 or less the power.
nVidia even missed earnings due to this shift.
What's happening now is entirely due to WFH and COVID lockdowns.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 17:44 utc | 139

@Dogon Priest #127
As far as I understand - Kraken doesn't provide a credit card (or debit card) to anyone. Nor is there any legit bitcoin credit card in the US right now.
Are you using one of their partner banks? Or banking somewhere offshore to the US?

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 17:50 utc | 140

@psychohistorian #138
A basket - like how unemployment or inflation is measured? LOL
Note I have repeatedly said bitcoin is a ponzi and a scam - and is nothing more than nerd art.
Doesn't mean it can't have value but it does mean it isn't currency, isn't going to change the world or the financial system etc etc.
But I am not averse to riding the wave up when I got an accurate preview of what (and how it) would happen.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 17:53 utc | 141

Yet another of the same: "Biden Seems Intent on Falling in Line With America's History of Failed Foreign Policy". Really lame and Bacevich ought to know better. Outlaw US Empire policy is a glowing success for those it serves--the 1% Rentier Class in its Class War on the world via Neoliberalism. Hudson's Super Imperialism proves that beyond all doubt. So, why do we continue to see Liberal historians trot out the same old tune? Perhaps because they're also part of the problem since they abet the Establishment Narrative that keeps everyone enslaved.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 11 2021 17:59 utc | 142

Unable to find and produce vaccines, French Institut Pasteur gives a tracking study made through a .... poll of 70,000 people who have been "contacts" between october 2020 and january 2021. Instead of being able to do the contamination history quick enough and find the clusters.
50 percent know who contaminated them (= symptomatic).
Almost no contamination in open air, rather within the family, in shared offices, during meals.

Posted by: Mina | Mar 11 2021 18:06 utc | 143

vk@128 uses some inane phrasing about how the USSR didn't suck its provinces dry...the USSR was never imperialist, despite nonsense about social imperialism. The USSR did not have a bourgeoisie exploiting labor; exporting capital for superprofit; undervaluing raw materials aka constant capital; manipulating colonial markets, etc. The USSR was not an empire, and all serious uses of the concept are symptoms, not thoughts.

Two additional points about Fukushima. First, the HBO Chernobyl series was diversionary, an anti-Communist propaganda piece aimed to make people think Chernobyl was a crime (while forgetting about the act of God Fukushima, or so they hope.) Second, it is not clear that Fukushima is over. The neutron-emitting materials that sank underground in the meltdown are creating more radioactives. Geological sorting by density (melting too?) will also change the configurations of radioactives. Another earthquake, or a mere geysering effect from the heat, can yet produce a monstrous level of radioactive fallout. Perhaps the Japanese people will be lucky. Planning on being lucky never struck me as a good plan, it never worked for me personally.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 11 2021 18:13 utc | 144

@ Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 11 2021 18:13 utc | 144

Yes, I agree with you in that the USSR was not an empire. That's why it didn't suck its allies dry in the first place.

Posted by: vk | Mar 11 2021 18:28 utc | 145

@ Posted by: Mina | Mar 11 2021 18:06 utc | 143

The Pasteur is correct. Unless you're in an extremely densely packed place (e.g. Sunday beach), contamination in the open air is almost null.

Posted by: vk | Mar 11 2021 18:30 utc | 146

hmmm, those brave white helmet dudes

— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) March 6, 2021

Posted by: arby | Mar 11 2021 18:34 utc | 147

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 11 2021 16:41 utc | 132

I would've liked to participate but it took place at an awkward hour for me. Hopefully it will be posted soon.

Zakharova making fun of Twitter and their statement concerning the slowdown, “deeply concerned by increased attempts to block and throttle online public conversation”

Is this the same Twitter that blocked the President of the United States a couple of months ago, or is it something else? They ought to have a notebook of their digital exploits, otherwise the impression is that there is not enough RAM on the server.

The slowdown is real and working just fine.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 11 2021 18:39 utc | 148

Oh yeah,you could count on it it:In Paris quite a lot of television "medical experts",magazine pundits and director of the extreme Macron-propaganda channel BFMTV along with some fifteen "journalists" have been seen in one of those "clandestine restaurants" that they are speaking bad off all day long.Of course no distance respected,no masks and no other "gestes barrières".Those are the same mof###rs that are specialized in procuring corona-fear in us deplorables every day and every evening,and calling doom upon those who do not obey their authoritarian injonctions.Revealed by "Le Canard enchaîné".

Hang'em high,people of Paris!

Posted by: willie | Mar 11 2021 18:44 utc | 149

Glenn Greenwald is Execellent -

So why does such a bright person fail to see that these "cancel" (an other propaganda) initiatives do not start with the petty scribes who launch the attack but rather the source is their backers which under-write the "Fourth Estate".

Same issue with Caitlin Johnstone.

As if they intend to divert attention away from the dark forces behind the current.

At least he does touch on the point of why "real" journalists show no sympathy for Assange.

Posted by: jared | Mar 11 2021 18:44 utc | 150

Well, it seems obvious to everyone in northern Europe than in open air you don't need a mask. But the French and Belgian governments think differently and impose it also for sport (i mean, if you are an anonymous citizen, of course, and not a star in a well-known team).
Le réveil sera brutal.

Posted by: Mina | Mar 11 2021 18:51 utc | 151

arby @147

Judging by the very angry tone of the article the attack on the oil smugglers has dealt some serious hurt to the headchoppers. That Russian/SAA operation was impressively precise and effective.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 11 2021 19:13 utc | 152

Oprisko @ 45
I'll second that!
What kind of journalists/editorialists write crap like that and allow it to be published? But I've seen much worse science reporting. And they are not the only ones. Why is there so much poorly designed medical research out there?

Posted by: JRem | Mar 11 2021 19:36 utc | 153

psychohistorian | Mar 11 2021 17:43 utc | 138

Put your money in "digital" artwork? I don't have that sort of cash. Could I pay in tulipbits?

Posted by: Stonebird | Mar 11 2021 19:39 utc | 154

You can get the info you want from Pepe Escobar's coverage, or from "Here Comes China" by Godfree Roberts.
Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Mar 11 2021 16:12 utc | 131

Thanks for the tips :-)

I'm not losing any sleep over's plans for their future.
I was steamed up about the juvenile futility of 'silencing' CGTN by the CCCs.
I can still log on to CGTN's website but I'm waiting to see how negatively the Western Fake News Media spins the outcomes of the NPC.
We know they won't be able to shut up about it,which will make the knee-jerk banning all the more hilariously childish, in retrospect...

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 11 2021 19:43 utc | 155

@ Stonebird | Mar 11 2021 19:39 utc | 154 with the digital artwork link

I saw that too and rolled my eyes...can we get further away from reality?

My tulipbits are better received than your tulipbits so I am the king of the mountain....sigh

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 11 2021 19:44 utc | 156

arby | Mar 11 2021 18:34 utc | 147
William Gruff | Mar 11 2021 19:13 utc | 152

There is supposed to be an upcoming assault on the Idlb "enclave". ie. Across multiple fronts, to stretch the "opposition". This has been reported previously but didn't happen. The SAA lacks fuel for tanks etc.

Very peeved article , I would say, as this must have been one of the main sources of cash. I wounder if the Oil also originated in the US held areas? ($30 million per month from East Syrian oilfields)

Posted by: Stonebird | Mar 11 2021 19:52 utc | 157

The Christian Colonial Cranks remind me of that old Platters hit from the 1950s...

Oh yes I'm the great pretender (oohwa ooh)
Adrift in a world of my own...

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 11 2021 20:09 utc | 158

@ Posted by: arby | Mar 11 2021 18:34 utc | 147

Seems Russia munitions do not comply with specifications.
And the use of weapons against owner surrogates will contribute to food insecurity.
Rules please.

Posted by: jared | Mar 11 2021 20:41 utc | 159

jared @159: "Rules please."

Don't steal someone else's oil? That rule seem's pretty straightforward to me.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 11 2021 20:48 utc | 160

@c1ue #134:

That 'guess' is a hash calculation. It's called 'finding a collision'.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 11 2021 21:13 utc | 161

@Dr Wellington Yueh #161
The guess is what goes into the hash calculation - the output, if it matches, can be a collision but is not necessarily.
A true hash collision is where 2 different inputs result in the same hash output.
Not very likely in the case of a single 64 digit hexadecimal number but common for short, small lengths of text. A Google research team also managed to do so for full pages.
In any case, the reality is still the "guess" going in - and the waste is still the thousands? millions? billions? of guesses attempted per block, repeated 7 times per second, every minute, every hour, every day, every month, all year long.
This isn't math - this is taking advantage of the one-way operation of hash function to essentially randomly pick block processors.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 21:19 utc | 162

@c1ue #162:

How do you propose to check the validity of the guessed number without, you know, doing the compare, which involves math? Also, see my comment re: brokenness of 512 bit numbers.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 11 2021 21:29 utc | 163

@ Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 11 2021 20:48 utc | 160

Mr Gruff,

1) I was being sarcastic.
2) You do realize it is a war? They are shooting at each other with intent to kill, in the most restrained and humane manner possible - under the circumstances.
3) The only rule of war, is that there are no rules. So stealing oil is not really too out of line in the scheme of things.

While Russia is certainly on the "correct" side of this one, I suspect they do it primarily for more pragmatic purposes:
- blocking the gas pipeline to Europe
- embarrassing the U.S.
- malign the U.S. (as surrogate for the owners, of course) in it's endeavors toward global domination
- pay-back for the Ukraine.

I can't imagine that Russia has great strategic interest in Syria.

Posted by: jared | Mar 11 2021 21:44 utc | 164

Marcatau #1

Thank you for the links and I found this one regarding el Salvadore. The overwhelming victory by the President Bukele reveals that interesting times remain in the forefront of Salvadorean lives'

"Bertha Deleón was Bukele’s attorney between 2016 and 2019 during two legal processes. For many years she was his confidant in the courts until on February 9 last year she cut ties with him definitively via WhatsApp: “You blew it,” she messaged his personal cellphone when the president walked into the Assembly flanked by military personnel in an attempt to force deputies to approve a US loan of $109 million destined for law enforcement funding. “But he never replied and we haven’t spoken since,” says Deleón, who is now a member of Nuestro Tiempo, a political party formed by former members of ARENA in 2019. That February Sunday in 2020 was a turning point in Bukele’s political career and set alarm bells ringing in the international community, which has since followed his every step with close attention. “I overestimate my own ability to plan ahead; I do what I think I need to do,” he told EL PAÍS at the time, while intimating that “the people” had led him to that juncture.

“Bukele speaks with hate in a violent country. He is a brilliant man when it comes to advertising because it should not be forgotten that he comes from that world,” says Deleón, who describes her former client as “someone who is addicted to surveys regarding his image and what people in the street think, but incapable of holding a conversation because he is transfixed by his cellphone.” Deleón reserves her harshest criticism for Bukele’s treatment of what he has termed the “farcical” peace accords signed when he was a child to end a civil war that claimed 100,000 lives. “He was brought up with a silver spoon in his mouth and never felt the effects of the war,” Deleón says."

This does not look good. Time will tell.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2021 22:13 utc | 165

War may be coming back to Ukraine. Increase in low-level attacks on LDNR, reports of considerable amounts of military equipment being moved closer to the front by Kiev, attack rumoured for May, expect Russia to directly intervene.

Article (and comments) worth reading:

Is Ukraine on the brink of war (again)?

Posted by: ADKC | Mar 11 2021 22:15 utc | 166

uncle tungsten @ 70, there has just been a series of 7-8 magnitude earthquakes in the Kermadec Islands, which are a thousand kilometers northeast of New Zealand. They are volcanic and uninhabited, but both NZ islands felt the tremors. Iceland's a long way away, but I was amazed at how many active undersea volcanoes are in the Kermadec chain, stretching all the way down to White Island, which had a tragic eruption a bit more than a year ago. Not a lot of loss of life, but there were tourists on the island at the time, very sad.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 11 2021 22:20 utc | 167

juliania #167

Thank you, yesterday I was looking at video of the tidal surges in New Zealand that followed that major earthquake. I have read that during grand solar minimums (such as the one were are moving through now and for the next 20 or so years) there is a probability of increased volcanic activity and so on as a result of changes in stress patterns on the crustal plates.

I have no idea of the actual science developed knowledge of this but there is apparently strong conjecture regarding the event relationships over the past centuries. Shake rattle and roll!

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2021 22:50 utc | 169

Gruff and Stonebird--

How come there isn't ranting and raving about Russian aggression on what looks like a very serious hit?

Posted by: arby | Mar 11 2021 23:14 utc | 170

jared #164

I can't imagine that Russia has great strategic interest in Syria.

I will assume you were extending you sarcasm in that line as well as your #159. But in case you actually meant that, then I shall retort.

(Imagine shouting)Are you f'ing kidding me?

(calmly) There is a need to consider the past three hundred years here as that sets out much of the hottest wars of contention in this region. Imagine if the Jihadis took control of Syria and Iraq and through their erstwhile manager in Turkey were able to extend their Jihadi influence through Azerbaijan and then Georgia and then consider this map.

Russia recently suffered grossly destabilising and murderous assaults by jihadis from Chechnya. Hundreds died in shocking circumstances. Moscow was terrorised by a bombing campaign.

There is a long and deep memory in Russia of the old periodic raiding parties from the south where slaves were taken by islamic ruffians and unpleasant lads from the south. Read The Great Game by Hopkins to get an initial sense of it.

The strife in the middle east has immense strategic interest to Russia. It has many trading partners there and it relies on food resources from those warmer regions.

Russia also benefits from having ONE naval/military base in that region and it is not about to lose that without a struggle. The USA on the other hand has many Naval bases in the region (apart from Fort Israel).

Peace in the middle east and a peace free from jihadi supremacy is ideal for Russia and the people of the region. One could do as the CIA wants and install jihadi religious autocracies everywhere but Russia is a secular society with many religious currents attenuated from political life. Syria is the same. Iraq was once the same.

Over all of this is the UKUSA perpetuating their centuries old 'hate russia' mendacity and it would be suicidal for any nation to allow this pair of belligerents to continue unopposed. That is what Yeltsin did and he nearly destroyed Russia. They are unlikely to allow a repeat.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2021 23:20 utc | 171

Grieved @ 85 - You have posted a link which does challenge what I have been doing for the past year, and indeed, Texas has had cruel times visited upon it - I am sympathetic, the mask mandate is onerous. So are the facts of this virus. I'm not happy with a mandate, but I do think it is still wise to be cautious. What is happening in Great Britain isn't a chimera, nor are the death statistics bogus.

I am elderly, and I don't want to leave this world before I've actually seen and held my youngest grandson. But I would rather do a simple thing like wear a mask in order to make that possible. That's my decision, not the government's. I am concerned, however, if the government will mandate that I take one of their vaccinations -- I haven't yet seen a persuasion on any vaccine that has convinced me it is worth the risk. The corona viruses mutate, and this one is doing that rapidly. My mask doesn't have side effects for me -- and maybe I'm wrong and the vaccines are safe. But I haven't seen anything to convince me that as a corona virus, the dangerous germ won't simply dance away and either dissolve into nothing or become a mutation impervious to the current vaccine offered. So that another must quickly be devised, tested, disseminated.

This is what frequently happens with 'flu vaccines. By the time they are brought forward into the final stages, the 'flu virus has moved on.

My thought is, I will take precautions but I will not take the vaccine. There are too many unknowns. I will do what I always do to maintain my health with healthy eating and exercise and plenty of sunshine.

I hope Texas, and you, fare well in doing the same while not wearing masks. The country may benefit without lockdowns, especially if people can be wise about the virus and if it soon mutates to a more benign germ everyone can fight off. If it does, hooray - I think it is too soon to know. I don't even know if I've already got the virus and am handling it well, but that does not concern me. I will wear my mask and curtail my indoor activities with friends and family because I can and it makes sense to me as long as folk are still suddenly dying from their exposure. I'll be one less person exposing others.

I don't believe this is going to go on much longer. I do believe we can get back to better socialization, normal activities. But I am prepared to wait it out for that to happen, doing my insignificant bit, wearing my mask. Even if it takes another year. And if that happens, which I hope it won't, there will have to be adjustments in the government's response. People will have to have ways to cope with the financial stresses that will come, better than has been this last year's austerity. If we can't earn a living from previous employments crumbling or at extreme risk, better and safer fields of endeavor must be found.

Self service at supermarkets is one bad policy -- it is too risky for employees and customers alike. Walmart had far better go to smaller sized stores with limited occupancy, good ventilation, than try to maintain their behemoths. That's one policy I'd like to see a mandate on!

Posted by: juliania | Mar 11 2021 23:26 utc | 172

@Dr Wellington Yueh #163
Wow, you really think it is a mathematical challenge to compare two hashes to see if they are identical?
Which are nothing but X-length strings?

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 23:35 utc | 173

Stonebird #157

There is supposed to be an upcoming assault on the Idlb "enclave". ie. Across multiple fronts, to stretch the "opposition". This has been reported previously but didn't happen. The SAA lacks fuel for tanks etc.

Very peeved article , I would say, as this must have been one of the main sources of cash. I wounder if the Oil also originated in the US held areas? ($30 million per month from East Syrian oilfields)

It is spring and operations get easier by the end of March so I expect there will be 'operations' in the north but they may well be targeted to the north east to reclaim the prime agricultural land and (perhaps) the least resistance. This will also render immense difficulty to the oil theft and smuggling run by the USA and Turkey.

It could also give Iraq some relief from the looming kurdish mercenaries entrenching their expansion into an illegal state.

Clearly the northern border lands between Syria and Turkey need to be restored to national government control as were the southern border lands with Jordan and the illegally Israel occupied Golan Heights. The restoration of border control is a safe rubric to defend joint action by Syrian forces with Russian support. It also sits firmly within the UN 'sense' of national sovereignty and the internationally recognised world negotiating framework.

The densley fortified Idlib province could wait. Time will tell.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2021 23:39 utc | 174

I'll just add to my post at 172, as I said for supermarkets, the same goes in spades for schools! If it is important for children to have socialization and contact with teachers - smaller schools are the way to go.

How come New Zealand can monitor its case load - it's a small country! And if we are concerned about large populations and the difficulties for containing the virus, that size factor is a no-brainer!

Posted by: juliania | Mar 11 2021 23:41 utc | 175

@uncle tungsten #171
What you're saying isn't untrue, but I would posit that the greater reason for Russia to support Syria is to ensure that no pipelines get from the Persian Gulf nations to Europe without some degree of Russian agreement.
Much as the reason for Ukraine regime change was to starve Russia of European natural gas money - prior to Nord Stream, over 80% went through Ukraine and that nation took great advantage of that.
Turkey, Syria and Georgia - as well as Russia - form a contiguous land barrier between Azerbaijan, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to Europe.
This is the same reason why Turkey is trying to assert coastal rights contiguous to Libya - to block the Med sea route.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 23:41 utc | 176

Please read this and listen to the video message of the doctor. It is urgent!

I am gravely, gravely concerned (can't sleep) with what is taking place with the vaccines and the total corporate media blackout of questions, concerns and warnings from medical professionals.

Posted by: JB | Mar 11 2021 23:46 utc | 177

@juliania #172
My personal view is that elderly people are better off getting vaccinated than not. The mortality rates for those over 60, who get COVID, are significantly bad.
The benefit for those under 50 who aren't diabetic or asthmatic - far less clear.
Not so much for the potential negative effects of the vaccine - which exist but are not even close to as widespread or dangerous as COVID itself - but because the vaccines don't actually do a lot for these people.
They're already very low risk to go pneumonic/serious/hospitalized/die.
The vaccines don't prevent getting the disease - not even clear they prevent spreading it.
And none of the vaccines are likely to work medium, much less long term.
What has been clear is that getting vaccinated makes a lot of people, very sick for days to a week or so.
What's the symptomatic rate of COVID in the population vs. the vaccination illness rate? I wonder which is worse...

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 23:46 utc | 178

arby #170

How come there isn't ranting and raving about Russian aggression on what looks like a very serious hit?

Allow me to suggest that the thief that stole the oil - USA - is in no legitimate position to wail.

The smuggler - kurds - is in no position to complain.

The fence - Turkey - likely hasn't paid.

The recipient - Israel - has other sources anyway.

Certainly there are variations available to this sad story of plundering Syria's natural resources and depriving their people of benefits but then the indefensible piracy going on here is 'rules based' isn't it?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2021 23:54 utc | 179

juliania #172

Thank you and I trust your grandson is cute and cuddly and warms your heart.

On vaccines, they improve over time and as an elderly myself, I would be considering the most conventional if and when available. The mRNA versions show signs of being less than satisfactory and many countries are producing suitable conventional proven science based vaccines. If they need to be modified to keep up with mutations that is a simple thing with the conventional series and I suspect a well worn path given our history of a century or more of applied research and global use.

Certainly the USA will likely ban the Cuban products as that is what they do, but I suggest there will be a more open market in the near future. Maybe a iVax (TM) centre will open in Mexico for all those USAians that still consider choice to be a constitutional right.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 12 2021 0:07 utc | 180

Posted by: vk | Mar 10 2021 21:44 utc | 34

"Except for the fact that Russia and China aren't mass using Vitamin D for COVID-19 treatment (or many of the other silver bullets propagandized by the Western internet community)."

And you know this because? You read RT?

This may come as a surprise to you but just like we have to search out reliable sources for world news, its the same for natural and preventative health. the MSM absolutely suppresses information on this.
So you won't find such information even in Russia nd China in their MSM. I can't explain this except to say that this points to these countries having bias in some areas just like the west, which is interesting to me.

My sources of information on this topic come out of the natural health modalities own media in their own countries as well as international health media where it exists.

Just like with GEO Politics you need to have a passion and an open mind to even find such sites as MOA. Do you see where I', coming from?

Its the same for health.

First of all the use of Vitamin D is preventive as another poster explained. it's not a magic bullet, its about supporting the immune system to be able to fight the virus.

Actually there are doctors from many western and non western countries including China and Russia who use Vitamin C IV in very high doses for actual treatment of Covid (or any sars or mers related virus)

Vaccines and natural medicine can help each other, it does not have to be an either or.

The problem with Pharma and vaccines is how governments and vested interests use them.

I'm just not sure why you are so agitated about using Vitamin D to help with prevention? it seems simple enough to me to do whatever we can to enhance our own immunity.

In addition to this the mainstream propaganda is absolutely not on the side of vitamins or natural medicine so there is zero danger of you being held down and forced to take vitamin D.

Whereas there is every possibility we may be forced to get the jab.


Posted by: K | Mar 12 2021 0:19 utc | 181


64-bit processors have to walk the entire 512 bits, 64 bits at a time, doing XORs. That's math.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 12 2021 0:32 utc | 182

@ Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2021 23:20 utc | 171

To me, it reads like you copy/pasted that from Cheney's rationale for why we had to attack Iraq. Which was B/S of course.

What Russia needs to do is get it's sht together internally and screw the rest of world. He also has major problems with powerful interests and corruption. But he needs to get the economy cranking.

Posted by: jared | Mar 12 2021 0:40 utc | 183

Quick DuckDuckGo of "how to generate 512 bit random number":

How to generate a random number of n bits length?

n = 4

number = randi([1, 2^(n-1)]) + 2^(n-1) - 1

That's a dirt-simple, probably inefficient method. Looks like math to me, and that's just to get the number that later needs to be compared. So you cannot even generate the number without using some math.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 12 2021 0:45 utc | 184

arby @170: "How come there isn't ranting and raving about Russian aggression on what looks like a very serious hit?"

In a real fight you hide the pain when you take a serious hit. You try not to let your opponent know they got to you. The Americans freak out in the mass media when they get the tiniest scratch from "adversaries", so when they clam up over missile strikes on their overt and covert bases you can know that it hurt bad. If it didn't cost them anything then there would be endless histrionics in the big business media. If they pretend it was nothing then you can count on them having definitely felt the cost.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 12 2021 0:45 utc | 185

thanks arby... ditto wgs comment above..

Posted by: james | Mar 12 2021 1:08 utc | 186

@ Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 12 2021 0:45 utc | 185

Or because they are planning retaliation and dont want to spoil the surprise. Carrier group.

Posted by: jared | Mar 12 2021 1:11 utc | 187

Agreed on your pipeline response. I am sure Russia will protect its economic interests.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 12 2021 1:19 utc | 188

from the open thread yesterday I want to add this EU doctors and scientists challenge covid 19 vaccine safety and reveal some problems

Posted by: snake | Mar 12 2021 1:19 utc | 189

@ Posted by: snake | Mar 12 2021 1:19 utc | 189

The Russian and Chinese vaccines are safe.

The Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are not safe.

It all comes down to which vaccine your country will receive.

Posted by: vk | Mar 12 2021 1:35 utc | 190

b, I see that you have deleted my post re: innoculatory fog, and deleted the post to which I was responding. It's annoying, but I'll deal with it. However, I won't get over it. It leaves me wondering what other things you've been deleting that we all should be allowed to see. Ideas survive or fall on their merit. They must be exposed for people to pass judgement on that merit.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 12 2021 2:16 utc | 191

I'm attempting to link to a TAE thread, and it's being eaten. This is a test.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 12 2021 2:54 utc | 192

K #181

I see people willingly lying down taking their Vitamin D at beach clinics, rooftop clinics. These infidel clinics have sprung up overnight. Counter-revolutionary anarchists I say.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 12 2021 3:04 utc | 193

'Bugaloo' is some sponsored bullshit, just like antifa, with the same negative kinetic potential, and ultimately under the direction of the same manipulators.
There's that.

Posted by: Josh | Mar 12 2021 3:19 utc | 194

@191-192 Dr. Wellington Yueh

It's not personal, it's a filter in the Typepad platform that holds your post for moderation. As I write, in the US, b is presumably asleep, in Germany. When he gets to the morning chores, if we're lucky he'll spot your post and release it. It will appear right where you put it, at approx #190.

look for it tomorrow. Meantime, try the link as an obfuscated thing, e.g. spell it out with "d o t org" or whatever the link is. See if that goes through.

Sometimes we think to copy our big comments with strange links before we post and see it held for moderation. Usually it's precisely the one we didn't copy that gets caught.

Comes with the territory here. We've all been burned. No blame.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 12 2021 3:40 utc | 195

@Grieved: Understood about the link, but the deleted comment was up for a few hours yesterday. Anyway, my link was to 'vaccine disinformation' so I'm not hopeful they will appear, if they require mod approval.


Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 12 2021 3:44 utc | 196

@172 juliania

I suspect you went to the Shamir article and stopped at the opening part about Texas and didn't go any further.

If true, this would be tragic. I tried to warn people not to make too heavy weather over this minor part of his article, but time was very limited for me and the themes to talk about were of an immense scale.

Please read past all the personal viewpoint from both Shamir and Dugin about small stuff like that and go to the big themes. Shamir is talking about Putin opposing the Great Reset, throwing down the gauntlet to the World Economic Forum.

And Dugin is talking about something both fearsome and wonderful - the culmination of hundreds of years of destruction of collective identity into its natural end, the destruction of the meaning of the word "human" itself. And of the instinctive and as yet blind awakening by humanity as it senses this destruction and begins to rebel against the jackboot pressing down on its face.

Dugin ends with offerings of great hope, and I personally would be enormously sad if you never managed to read your way to those important tidings.

Nothing in my post @85 is about masks, or hoaxes or viruses or Texas (where by the way we're all still wearing masks). The themes are vastly greater.

I hope you will revisit this.


And fortunately, in his conclusions Dugin says that we can understand this, and therefore we can explain it to others. And I will write more about it over time.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 12 2021 3:55 utc | 197

@196 Dr. Wellington Yueh

Ah, I didn't understand. Got it. Yea, that's a bummer, and seems also to be part of the territory ;)

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 12 2021 4:04 utc | 198

@Grieved & juliania re: the Dugin piece

Also recommend highly, scary but hopeful.

I missed that you had posted it, posted a second link to it. The atomization aspect was something I tried to highlight early last year. Nobody was really interested in discussion of that at the time.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 12 2021 4:49 utc | 199

ADKC #168

That is because they are stark raving mad and can't tell the difference between mRNA vaccine and a jar of leeches.

Eventually the non-mRNA vaccines will get through to the open market. It demonstrates the extent to which the empire controls the political class. The national pharmaceutical regulator is revealed as a lying fraud.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 12 2021 4:52 utc | 200

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