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April 07, 2021

Open Thread 2021-026

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@Passer by | Apr 8 2021 16:14 utc | 99

The desire to rule the world, and the memory of it, as opposed to the long term decline will ultimately cause mental craziness and hysteria among euro supremacist elites.

Ultimately? The situation among the euro supremacists are well beyond the stage of mental craziness and hysteria at this point. We are looking at insanity now.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 8 2021 16:33 utc | 101

OUTRAGEOUS! Defense Contractors Will Sue Pentagon If Wars End (The Jimmy Dore Show w/ Ron Placone).

Posted by: S | Apr 8 2021 16:50 utc | 102

@ Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 2:09 utc | 53

I think that possibly Russia was content to watch its adversary destroy itself without need for assistance from Russia. The paniced attemp at provocation may suggest that Ukraine is aware of its decline. But I suspect also an effort by owners to
- Disrupt any Russia/EU relations (particularly BRI)
- Disrupt Russia plans in Idlib
- Distract from economic problems in west
Turmoil seems tool of choice.

Posted by: jared | Apr 8 2021 16:55 utc | 103

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Apr 8 2021 16:57 utc | 104

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Apr 8 2021 17:00 utc | 105

@Posted by: S | Apr 8 2021 16:50 utc | 102

thx(?)

My new (@93) "Not the Onion!" bookmarks folder is filling up fast!

Posted by: librul | Apr 8 2021 17:28 utc | 106


@90 Jackrabbit

how about cross checking? Let me search that for you ...


kremlin.ru
Telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

and now drumroll please ... here's the corpse called media today:

usnews
merkel demanded putin reduce

reuters
us ukraine crisis merkel putin

zerohedge
merkel demanded putin reduce

Posted by: picosecond | Apr 8 2021 17:45 utc | 107

to Mina - belatedly, so sorry. First, I'm not an MD. Second, I'm surprised that the live Dr. Cole interview was taken down. It may be still up at Lew Rockwell.

As for sudden hearing loss - as I say, I'm not an MD. There are various reasons for sudden hearing loss not necessarily covid related. Example, a backed up sinus from a tooth infection. An eye,ear, nose, throat medico would be the person to ask. Stress, sudden high blood pressure events connected with panic attacks are other thoughts. Good luck with your friends. And please take your Ds.

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Apr 8 2021 17:47 utc | 108

Hello migueljose,

How goes the J&J experience?

My wife and I had our J&J vaccines about 72 hours ago (Monday afternoon).
My wife has had no aftereffects at all. My experience has been quite different.
The first 24 hours I had flu symptoms - nasty. Improved quickly after that to
maybe 90% better but with low energy. Energy is still about the same, low, and
am a bit woozy.

Taking it easy for now, drinking lots of water, and trying to get back to eating normally.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

Posted by: librul | Apr 8 2021 17:50 utc | 109

@ picosecond | Apr 8 2021 17:45 utc | 107.. thanks for your links - top one in particular..

Posted by: james | Apr 8 2021 18:02 utc | 110


bundeskanzlerin.de
telefonat-von-bundeskanzlerin-merkel-mit-dem-russischen-praesidenten-putin-1886540

kremlin.ru
Telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel


Above is the official german statement, very short and in tone similar to the reuters article, so reuters at least reported correctly.

But comparing those two statements is like night and day ..

Posted by: picosecond | Apr 8 2021 18:31 utc | 111

By the way, how did the US and Israel know that some stuff quickly developed in a small German company was better than the ones that were in development in their own companies?

It's German, although the founders are Turkish.
It is always better.

Posted by: Duncan Idaho | Apr 8 2021 21:57 utc | 112

- Was there a attempt to execute a coupe in Jordan ?

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/08/coup-attempt-in-jordan-leaves-a-trail/

Posted by: Willy2 | Apr 8 2021 22:29 utc | 113

Posted by: Fran | Apr 8 2021 7:09 utc | 69

Thanks for the link and heads up about Schall's new books. I look forward to the English (or Spanish) translation(s).

Posted by: _K_C_ | Apr 8 2021 23:09 utc | 114

Mr. Paco

More like what is called ouzo in Greece, which tastes just like turpentine.

Posted by: Fyi | Apr 8 2021 23:24 utc | 115

fyi drinks turpentine... what next? lol... we have a connoisseur of turpentine in our midst!

Posted by: james | Apr 8 2021 23:26 utc | 116

Mr. Quasi Retired anonym

Would like to know if the Judeo-Christians, currently waging a war against Islam, would decamp en mass from this planet and await the Armageddon, the Rupture, and the Second Coming on the Moon.

A nice possibility, the Free White Judeo-Christian Republic of the Moon, no?

Posted by: Fyi | Apr 8 2021 23:31 utc | 117

What of barflies make of the space ecomony?

Quasi Retired anonym | Apr 8 2021 14:01 utc | 85:


While I find all things Space fascinating, I can't see how one can grow one's business beyond cargo delivery.   Any manned missions beyond LEO are not economically feasible given our level of technology in material science, power generation and propulsion systems without taxpayers assistance.

Space colonies are incredibly expensive where the only benefits are bragging rights for politicians.   Unfortunately only the wealthy would benefit from Space tourism until someone finds a way to lower the price to be on par with cruise tourism.

Space mining would only be feasible IF we're mining for something that is incredibly useful and isn't available on Earth.   But, in order to find that rare mineral, someone has to take a huge economic hit for resource exploration.   I can't see any business willing to take that enormous risk without taxpayers assistance.

I see all this interest in Space as a guise to further militarize it.   It's not the first time something was being abused for nefarious purposes.   Until the propulsion and even power generation problems have been solved, we're all stuck on this wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Posted by: Ian2 | Apr 9 2021 0:07 utc | 118

One year after Wuhan restarts, CPC shows strength, firmness in crisis

CPC's decisive role

For many frontline doctors who are also CPC members, volunteering to go to the frontline in the battle against the disease in Wuhan was just what they were supposed to do as medical professionals, just like many other Western medical volunteers who volunteered in the pandemic. They were not forced to do it, not forced by anyone.

"Wuhan is my hometown, and I saw my family members get infected, and saw my relatives died from the disease. If I could do something, anything actually, I must stand out to protect my city," Zhou Ning, a cardiologist at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, who was also infected with the virus during his frontline work, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

Wuhan's frontline doctors who are CPC members made many first steps during the fight against COVID-19, and some like Zhou were infected with the virus, and others scarified their lives like Li Wenliang, but those who survived did not regret what they had done.

They compared what they did during the epidemic with soldiers in battlefield.

"Facing war, soldiers have to rush to the battlefields without any hesitation; In the face of an infectious disease, it's the doctors' duty to fight in the frontline," Zhou said.

When Zhou and other doctors joined the frontline battle in the early stage of Wuhan's outbreak, little was known about the deadly disease.

Hospitals set up quarantine wards and treated patients or suspected patients according to the SARS standards formulated in 2003.

When Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University set quarantine wards in early January, it was those doctors who were CPC members who first stepped in the wards.

"The first step those CPC members had made gave the rest of us the strength and confidence to follow their steps," Peng Zhiyong, director of the intensive care unit of the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, told the Global Times on Thursday.

After the city was placed under lockdown in the end of January 2020, Peng said that one of his colleagues who was already in her hometown made several detours to finally reach the suburbs of Wuhan, and persuaded police officers to let her come back to the city so that she could fight alongside her colleagues.

Many doctors who were not CPC members were deeply moved, and expressed their willingness to join the CPC after the epidemic. Peng said more than 10 young doctors in his department applied to join the CPC.

Posted by: vk | Apr 9 2021 0:41 utc | 119

Biswapriya Purkayast | Apr 8 2021 16:03 utc | 97

cited
2. That the so called government of Ukraine is completely at the mercy of out and out Nazis of various groups, and that 3000 Pravii Sektor Nazis actually stormed and trashed the Verkhovna Rada, the so called Ukraine parliament, on 16 March.
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This is pretty garbled report. I am not aware of ANY recent attack on Verkhovna Rada. There was a similar event on March 20, a demonstration of some activist (not necessarily from Pravy Sector, their groupings cleave and coalesce), police observed the festivities from a distance, and the participants defaced the presidential office with profanities against the president and (probably more important) minister of Interior, and even a swastika, plus the send a lot of flares and fireworks, broke a couple of windows and burned a door -- with no attempts to enter, mind you, so not really "storming and trashing".

This report is from a source rather sympathetic to "protesters":

Protesters gathered on Bankova Street on Sternenko's birthday, March 20.

Yet another rally was held on Saturday outside the President's Office in Kyiv in support of Serhiy Sternenko, an Odesa activist protesters believe was illegally jailed, as well as Andriy Antonenko – war volunteer believed to be unlawfully accused of a journalist's assassination.
Unlike previously held events, the latest one appeared to be more vivid, with protesters throwing flares toward police officers and at the building, eventually breaking several windows.
The main entrance and walls of the building were massively vandalized, with graffiti spray-painted all over them.
Sternenko's supporters put forward their demands against President Volodymyr Zelensky, including to dismiss Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova, contribute to Sternenko and Antonenko's release, and impose sanctions against Andriy Portnov, a lawyer and ex-official from ex-president Viktor Yanukovych team who activists claim has and exerts major influence over the country's judiciary.

Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/sternenko-case-president-s-office-building-vandalized-during-rally-in-support-of-jailed-activist-11359975.html
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Sternenko is a former (?) gangster and a leader of the Nazi hoodlums in Odessa. One of his exploits was that "in self-defense" he pursued a person that he and his girlfriend claim that attacked Sternenko for 100 meters and stabbed "the attacker" in the back, fatally. That legal action proceeds very, very leisurely. However, recently he was sentenced for a much earlier case, kidnapping a member of a local council and torturing him, demanding resignation and emptying the wallet of the victim -- ca. 20 dollars. He was sentenced for seven years, which enraged the hoodlums who for many years enjoyed almost total impunity.

One problem that Ukraine has is that the fascists are of low quantity and quality. With tacit support (or forbearance) of police they can "rule the streets", but as a military force they are not particularly capable. For starters, former "volunteers" are quite comfortable far from the front line, and even if they were inclined to volunteer en masse for a new hot war, they would not amount to much.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 9 2021 1:02 utc | 120

So just yesterday H&M just shows the China nine-dash-line in one of their chinese store website.
https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/921038/fadovn-stops-trading-h-m-products-over-map-with-nine-dash-line.html

This is hilarious, now they are gonna earn a boycott from Vietnam too.

Posted by: Smith | Apr 9 2021 1:02 utc | 121

Below is the title of a ZH piece followed by the authors names and the link to the institute that pays for the drivel behind the headline

"
Financial Tyranny: Footing The Tax Bill For The Government's Fiscal Insanity

Authored by John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute
"

I chuckled while skimming the piece to see that their reference to 1913 is the creation of the US income tax while saying absolutely nothing about the creation in 1913 of the Fed with its 12 private regional banks nor is private finance written about anywhere in the piece.

Give me a piece titled

Financial Tyranny: Public Footing The Tax Bill For Private Finance's Fiscal Insanity

Until then we have the best propaganda blood money can buy

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 9 2021 2:48 utc | 122

Magufuli has departed so where to now for Tanzania?

Will deputy president Samia Suhulu fill the role or switch?

In contrast to Magufuli, who routinely stood up to predatory corporations and imperialist designs on his country, Samia Suhulhu and Tanzanian opposition politician Tundu Lissu are poised to offer up their country’s resources, and their population, on the altar of the Western elite-driven 4th industrial revolution.

An interesting read published at Limited Hangout by reporters Jeremy Loffredo and Whitney Webb.

Magafuli was exceptional in his absolute dedication to serving in the interests of the people and seems to have seriously annoyed the western elites.

This worth a read as we hear too little from Africa in our western centric news cycle.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 9 2021 6:48 utc | 123

Rare earths, the Pentagon and Africa

Following on from my link above and the unfortunate deaths of independent minded African leaders, I figured I should enquire a little further.

I should open with this from Mining Technology.com as it sets the tone from the USA perspective and is dated 2019:

Critical minerals and national security
Struggling supply and escalating prices are encouraging the US to take increasingly dramatic action to ensure it has access to a supply of rare earth minerals. Last year, President Trump declared a number of minerals “critical”, making the trade and stockpiling of a number of commodities not simply a matter of economic need, but national security.

In response, the Pentagon has been involved in securing a number of these minerals. [my emphasis]


And once again from the same report: “The Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency reported that it plans to buy 416t of rare earth minerals on the open market this financial year, according to SP Angel more than ten times the volume of tin the agency expects to purchase. “

Not much doubt about the extraordinary linkage between the Pentagon and the ‘market’ as the USA euphemistically calls it. Now just how many $Trillions was unaccounted for in the Pentagon budget all those years ago? $23 Trillion afaik and so what is the chance for it to be considerably more today. This is perhaps the real military industrial complex at work.

In a 2013 report, the US Congress called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate US reliance on foreign imports of rare earth minerals, and concluded that not only was the US dangerously dependent on imports, but that replacing this supply chain with a more stable one would take considerable time and effort.

“GAO concluded that revamping the defence supply chain could take 15 years or more,” read the report “Congress has required that the Secretary of Defense … conduct an assessment of the rare earths supply chain issues and develop a plan to address any supply chain vulnerabilities.”

However, this intensified desire for rare earths has not yet translated into formal trade deals, raising questions about the US’s ability to deliver on this increased demand. Despite the US Department of Defense claiming to have opened negotiations with Mkango, the company itself said that “detailed discussions have not yet taken place” in a press release published on the same day as the Department of Defense announcement. Similarly, there are no plans in place for US involvement in Rainbow, with the company having already raised $5.75m in funding in the last 18 months, suggesting that Rainbow is shifting its focus to the management of its established assets, rather than encouraging investors to back new ones.

So we can see how the 'burden' of having to maintain a strategic mineral stockpile is shifted from the corporate side to the public funded side - the Pentagon. Now I would think creates an unbalanced 'free' market and degrades all those good public investments like schools and hospitals and roads and bridges. Tell me if I am wrong.

Over the next while I will cobble together some tangents and thoughts on this issue including Chinas developmental support for African nations and post to this thread.

Enjoy the links and do contribute with linked material and critical thoughts on the African plunder.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 9 2021 8:05 utc | 124

The Kremlin is gonna outplay the “Empire”.

“This is the beginning of the end. The walls are closing in.”

Posted by: Featherless | Apr 9 2021 9:15 utc | 125

Proxy warring is a double-edged sword.

It’s all gonna be super-legal, and USA/NATO are going to look stupid.

Posted by: Featherless | Apr 9 2021 9:20 utc | 126

IMO It’s gonna look like a replay of the Minsk Accords : Bomb Defusion.

Posted by: Featherless | Apr 9 2021 9:32 utc | 127

Except with 20 times more muscle, and a number of bloody noses.

(sorry about the multiple posts)

Posted by: Featherless | Apr 9 2021 9:38 utc | 128

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/10/408817/World/Africa/African-Union-drops-AstraZeneca-vaccine,-which-COV.aspx

African Union drops AZ.... how many months after SA announces AZ is not effective against the SA variant?

Mentioned in passing at the end... "South Africa has cancelled orders of the AstraZeneca vaccine after finding it gave only minimal protection against mild-to-moderate infection caused by the country's dominant, highly infectious variant."

But let the EU and others continue to use AZ, if it can help control of population it must be good. The UK variant has now almost extinguished the older strain in France, and the SA variant has been detected months ago in Europe now, so one can bet it is competing with the UK one.
https://www.france24.com/en/france/20210212-covid-19-patient-in-france-critical-after-reinfection-with-s-african-variant
The SA variant does not even care about post infection antibodies...

Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2021 9:40 utc | 129

Plundering Africa

I thought I would use the above search term to see what unexpected links might be revealed.
Barflies with a desire to consider Africa and the imperial plunder might consider some of these. All the more so when we observe the murderous mendacity loosed on the Middle East and beginning to emerge in Africa.

Given China’s drive to extend the One Belt One Road fair trade and development project into Africa and the decrepit state of the old extractive empire, I guess it is worth establishing the depraved level of extraction that has been underway for centuries and the Africa remains locked in poverty. If China can lift 100 million out of poverty in 50 years then the same fomula applied to Africa can be a world changer.

Plundering Africa: British imperialism 2016


A recent report by War on Want, The New Colonialism: Britain’s scramble for Africa’s energy and mineral resources, underlines the continued role of Britain as one of the world’s dominant imperialist powers.1 Researcher Mark Curtis has once again produced a vital report providing a savage indictment of the capitalist system. The report exposes the naked plunder by British extractive companies of African resources, ripping minerals, oil and gas out of the ground without concern for the human, social, and environmental cost. All this wealth is then transferred out of Africa through the City of London and tax havens. The report provides ammunition for revolutionaries in the fight against imperialism, in solidarity with African resistance to the plunder and destruction of their countries.

Imphal Times is a good resource but I have no permission to copy any of their content. So do have a read of this and other mighty interesting posts.

France is still Plundering the African Colonies


The Coalition of Supporters Unions of Africa (COSUA), is a Pan African NGO, founded on September 7, 2006, in Ghana’s capital Accra, to use sport to rebuild African unity.

COSUA is doing this by mobilizing their members from all the 53 countries of Africa to support Africa in all international sporting competitions. They have the mandate of the African Union and other sub-regional bodies like ECOWAS in fulfilling this mission.

At this moment, COSUA is taking its petition for the postponement of the African Union Commission elections to the doorsteps of France and its president, Emmanuel Macron.

The powerful African Union partner organization, which recently made history by garnering over 28 million signatures in support of its global online petition for the postponement of the African Union elections, intends to go all out to achieve its aims.

Advocate Sarfo Abebrese who is founding President of the organization, laid the blame for the current stalemate on France’s undue influence in Africa’s political processes.


EU ‘plundering African continent’ as Seaspiracy probe exposes horrific fishing practices


Netflix’s ‘Seaspiracy’ has left viewer shocked after filmmaker Ali Tabrizi uncovered the impact commercial fishing has on the world. Through a number of interviews with experts and activists, a sobering picture of the marine ecosystem is painted, including a claim that humanity faces “empty oceans” by 2048 if we continue to fish at the current rate. Under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the EU “aims to ensure that fishing and aquaculture are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable”.

But Mr Tabrizi claimed that government incentives were playing a part in the sustainability problem. He said: “A subsidy is taxpayer money given to an industry to keep the price of a product or a service artificially low.
“In an increasing number of countries, more money was going out than the value of fish coming back in. “Subsidies were originally started as a means to ensure food security.

“But, ironically, they are now the cause of food insecurity in many developing regions.”

And the EU is said to be top of that list, with a fishing fleet of nearly 100,000 vessels, according to reports.
Nonprofit ocean conservation organisation Oceana previously claimed that “despite the precarious condition of fisheries in Europe and beyond, the EU continues to provide massive subsidies to support its fishing fleets”.
They claimed that Europe was one of the world’s top three subsidisers, along with China and Japan
And Sea Shepherd Captain Peter Hammarstedt said this has led to the EU “plundering” waters in developing countries.


Further plunder links fyi.
USA

EU

China

blackeconomics reveals some good information as well:

More wealth leaves Africa every year than enters it – by more than $40bn (£31bn) – according to research that challenges “misleading” perceptions of foreign aid.

Analysis by a coalition of UK and African equality and development campaigners including Global Justice Now, published on Wednesday, claims the rest of the world is profiting more than most African citizens from the continent’s wealth.


I don’t vouch for any links here but I trust you find some interesting material from them. Do let me know of others you can recommend.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 9 2021 9:51 utc | 130

Welcome to the next strain...
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-04-06/double-mutant-coronavirus-variant-found-california?utm_source=nl_landingpage&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=covid_bytes_daily_newsletter
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/coronabytes

The double mutant variant of the coronavirus first identified in India has been classified officially as B.1.617, The Hindu reports, separating it from the UK (B.1.1.7) and South Africa variants (B.1.351).

B.1.617 has two specific mutations that have not been seen together in other variants, namely E484Q and L452R.
The variant has been found in circulation in Maharashtra, which is in the throes of a second wave of the Covid-19.
It has since been found in California, US.
India's health officials had previously said there is no proof yet that the variant is causing the resurgence in cases in the country.
The mutations E484Q and L452R, found on the receptor-binding domain of the virus, possess traits that are worrying.

L452R, also found in the California variant, has been shown to make the virus more transmissible.
E484Q is closely related to the E484K mutation, which has been found in the South African (B.1.351) and Brazilian (P.1 and P.2) variants and is less susceptible to neutralising antibodies.
The Indian variant has these two mutations at the same time.

Experts say:
“What we don’t know is how those [two mutations] will behave when they’re put in the same virus,” Dr. Benjamin Pinsky, director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Stanford University, tells the LA Times. “There’s a reasonable amount of information about those [two mutations] individually. But will it be worse if they’re together? We don’t really know how they’re going to interact.”

Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2021 9:55 utc | 131

Mina #131

Thank you, I guess, but it looks grim to me. This could seriously redefine 'normal'.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 9 2021 10:16 utc | 132

psychohistorian #122

Financial Tyranny: Public Footing The Tax Bill For Private Finance's Fiscal Insanity

Until then we have the best propaganda blood money can buy


Keep away from ZH it will rot the crutch out of your jocks.

I did appreciate your retitled ploy. They just keep on hating the public sector and ZH is a fanatic at that game.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 9 2021 10:21 utc | 133

uncle tungsten @ 123

From your link:

Running afoul of the most powerful corporate and banking cartels followed then by the mysterious onset of sudden regime change would normally garner considerable coverage from anti-imperialist independent media outlets, which recently covered similar events in Bolivia that led to the removal of Evo Morales from power. However, the very outlets that have extensively covered Western-backed regime change efforts for years have been entirely silent on the very convenient death of Magufuli. Presumably, their silence is related to Magufuli’s flouting of COVID-19 narrative orthodoxy, as these same outlets have largely promoted the official narrative of the pandemic

Indeed, as we have seen even in these here threads, the high and minor priests have provided the believer’s imagination with the codification for a whole new 21st century piety.

Now, roll up your sleeve...

Posted by: john | Apr 9 2021 10:29 utc | 134

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 9 2021 9:51 utc | 130

Latin America, not far from Africa.

https://kawsachunnews.com/bolivia-reduced-drug-trafficking-by-expelling-the-us-military-interview

"Selling dope and making hay" a line by Lennon that cost him dearly. So here we have the "war on drugs" which is a lot like the war on terrorism. Gringo when are you going to go home?

Posted by: Paco | Apr 9 2021 10:30 utc | 135

@Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2021 9:55 utc | 131

"Experts say:
“What we don’t know is how those [two mutations] will behave when they’re put in the same virus,”

Fear of the unknown, or fearmongering for unknown agendas?

Here is some positive Knowns

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.02.27.433180v1

Negligible impact of SARS-CoV-2 variants on CD4+ and CD8+ T cell reactivity in COVID-19 exposed donors and vaccinees

Posted by: librul | Apr 9 2021 11:30 utc | 136

Curious...my posts aren't posting.

Or are they delayed? If so there will be a double-posting.

Posted by: librul | Apr 9 2021 11:37 utc | 137

Negligible impact of SARS-CoV-2 variants on CD4+ and CD8+ T cell reactivity in COVID-19 exposed donors and vaccinees

Posted by: librul | Apr 9 2021 11:39 utc | 138

Interesting...

When I posted the link to the research paper whose title I gave @137
my post didn't post.

Posted by: librul | Apr 9 2021 11:40 utc | 139

When Mina (Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2021 9:55 utc | 131) posted the following which is pure speculation

Experts say:
“What we don’t know is how those [two mutations] will behave when they’re put in the same virus, Dr. Benjamin Pinsky

it posted fine for Mina. However, a link I posted to a research paper was blocked.

That research paper can be found at other links. Let me DuckDuckGo:
Negligible impact of SARS-CoV-2 variants on CD4+ and CD8+ T cell reactivity in COVID-19 exposed donors and vaccinees
and see what happens when I try posting their links.

Posted by: librul | Apr 9 2021 11:47 utc | 140

Librul posting oddity.

I found some vanished last week and started using tinyurl consistently and all good. The above Africa posts all went fine without tinyurl and one or two were from left sources. I gather it is a capricious algorithm and maybe we just tolerate it for now. Save your text first before you post as a precaution.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 9 2021 12:02 utc | 142

paco #135

I think the gringo is staying. A scorpion under sheets will send him on.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 9 2021 12:05 utc | 143

#137-#140

Yes. This confirms what is known and long known. The immune system recognizes antigens by many epitopes.. Minor variants of a known antigen will be identified as known antigens. And killed.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 9 2021 12:28 utc | 144

Now backtracking up to #131

There is science and there is straightforward propaganda.

Variants are variants. It is the same virus. Immune system does not care about Dr. Pinsky’s fearmongering. The information from librul’s post is redundant confirmation of basic knowledge. Fearmongering variant BS depends on presuming that medical science knows nothing and the public can be told anything.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 9 2021 12:46 utc | 145

Given Phil's repeated quip that "should reincarnation be true, I wish to come back as a virus that wipes out humanity", we should be a bit concerned if a new bug has a name that is derived from Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg or Battenberg/Mountbatten or Φίλιππος.

Posted by: tucenz | Apr 9 2021 12:50 utc | 146

Looks like B will soon be able to make a follow-up to his past article on Leonardo da Vinci's alleged Salvator Mundi:
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/salvator-mundi-feature-film
Looks like French experts knew early on that it was from Leonardo's workshop and not from the maestro, but China and Saudi Arabia were eager to spend hundreds of millions to claim to have a genuine Leonardo painting in their museums, so eventually greed and shenanigans were such that the massive doubts if not downright obvious evidences were quieted and the thing was paraded as the real deal. Louvre wasn't keen on it and wouldn't have displayed it as "Leonardo's", so of course when the big exhibition happened, MBS - the sucker who ultimately bought it - told them to get lost.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Apr 9 2021 12:52 utc | 147

@Apr 9 2021 12:50 utc | 145

You beat me to it!

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 9 2021 12:52 utc | 148


@Apr 9 2021 12:50 utc | 145

You beat me to it!

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 9 2021 12:52 utc | 147


Well, I am 12 or so hours ahead where I live!

Posted by: tucenz | Apr 9 2021 12:58 utc | 149

"The US has set up bio-labs in 25 countries and regions across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and former Soviet Union, with 16 in Ukraine alone. Some of the places where the labs are based have seen large-scale outbreaks of measles and other dangerous infectious diseases, the ministry said, citing media reports."

Calls mount for probe into US bio-labs after Russian claim

Posted by: arby | Apr 9 2021 13:17 utc | 150

Posted by: librul | Apr 8 2021 17:50 utc | 109

Hey librul hope you're better after getting the J&J vaccine. My wife and I got the J&J over a month ago and still no reaction. Physical movement,Sunshine, vitamin D, mushrooms and dandelion leaves every day, that's my recommendation!

Posted by: migueljose | Apr 9 2021 13:21 utc | 151

@above
well good to know... thanks for the dose of optimism

Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2021 13:47 utc | 152

I wondered a few times about why there seemed to be slightly flattering articles about Viet Nam the last couple of years.

Pentagon campaign to recruit Vietnam as military ally against China exposed delusions of US war strategy

"The Pentagon’s focus on Vietnam began when then-Defense Secretary James Mattis visited Vietnam in both 2017 and 2018, meeting several times with Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich, who had previously visited him in Washington. During his January 2018 visit, Mattis waxed enthusiastically about the future of US-Vietnam cooperation, calling the two countries “like-minded partners.”"

Posted by: arby | Apr 9 2021 14:34 utc | 153

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, or as ex-Oz Liberal PM and Right-wing Crank and Mr "Shirt-front Putin" blusterer, Tony Abbot dubbed him, Sir Duke of Edinburgh, passed away peacefully this morning aged 99 5/6 after a brief illness.
There will be a private military funeral.
He was a funny old codger and enjoyed a joke. His main job was persuading the Royal Family not to take themselves too seriously.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 9 2021 15:25 utc | 154

migueljose @ 150

Physical movement,Sunshine, vitamin D, mushrooms and dandelion leaves every day, that's my recommendation

So why the experimental potion?

Just asking.

Posted by: john | Apr 9 2021 15:32 utc | 155

Of course, no need to tell the Brits that AZ vaccine does not function against the SA variant, spreading within the community as of early Feb. in the UK
https://www.ft.com/content/d0d95244-d685-484b-a98c-2e27d74795af
https://www.afro.who.int/news/new-covid-19-variants-fuelling-africas-second-wave

Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2021 15:55 utc | 156

Posted by: arby | Apr 9 2021 13:17 utc | 149

Similar questions were raised early last year by the ‘western’ alt press, only to be rewarded with being seized and shut down by censorious authorities. Unlike some academics, Professor Anthony Hall did not stay within the Overton window of so-called acceptable interrogation and was punished.

Gradually a portion of the public is becoming aware that a conflict of interests exists between the military and public health applications of the microbiology field within the so-called life sciences. How many practitioners of the so-called life sciences are really devoting themselves to the death sciences? The public has reason to question, for instance, the procedures involved in the production of vaccines by an industry with one foot in the health care field and another foot in military research.

Why should the public not fear that some practitioners in the field of microbiology might confuse their dual responsibilities in projects aimed at both saving and killing people? What is to be said of the development of vaccines, in some cases by the same people involved in genetically engineering the very diseases that vaccines are meant to protect against?

Feb 26, 2020
Prof Anthony J Hall
Editor-in-Chief and founder of AHT

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Posted by: suzan | Apr 9 2021 16:12 utc | 157

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Try this.

Posted by: suzan | Apr 9 2021 16:14 utc | 158

Don’t know why the preview looks okay but it turns up unusable. Sorry for my ignorance on this.

Posted by: suzan | Apr 9 2021 16:15 utc | 159


Why Amazon unionization is getting such positive msm press and Dem support


Leadership of the Amazon Trade Union Movement: RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum

https://labornewswire.com/leadership-of-the-amazon-trade-union-movement-rwdsu-president-stuart-appelbaum-a-government-official/


"The organization that Amazon employees are being asked to vote for is not a means of advancing a fight against conditions of repression at Amazon. A look at the background of RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum is instructive.

He is a longtime government official deeply embedded in the Democratic Party and the AFL-CIO bureacracy, including the AFL-CIO's overseas operations conducted with the aim of undermining workers' resistance to tyranny..."

Posted by: John Gilberts | Apr 9 2021 16:25 utc | 160

@Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2021 15:55 utc | 155

You are relentless, Mina. Does it pay?

You posted:

"Of course, no need to tell the Brits that AZ vaccine does not function against the SA variant" [my emphasis added]

Seems to me that you had better define "does not function", because, as written, it is patently false.

Posted by: librul | Apr 9 2021 16:36 utc | 161

@Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2021 15:55 utc | 155

You are relentless, Mina. Does it pay?

You posted:

"Of course, no need to tell the Brits that AZ vaccine does not function against the SA variant" [my emphasis added]

Seems to me that you had better define "does not function", because, as written, it is patently false.

Posted by: librul | Apr 9 2021 16:37 utc | 162

@arby #152

Interesting how the Western media (on non-political matters) has consistently been referring "Vietnam" rather than to the "Vietnamese Communist Party", in contrast with what they do with China.

But in the past few months their coverage (including such sources as VOA) has turned distinctly negative- as Vietnam has squelched so-called pro-democracy bloggers. Rights Groups Deplore Arrest of Vietnam Writer and Activist Pham Doan Trang

"Coincidentally", she was openly critical of Vietnamese government efforts to tamp down anti-China sentiment such as renaming streets named after martyrs of the 1979 border skirmish.

Cowardly systematic

Posted by: bill baly | Apr 9 2021 16:53 utc | 163

@ suzan... you can always try the preview option, instead of the post option to be able to see what your post is going to look like... it has helped me..

Posted by: james | Apr 9 2021 17:06 utc | 164

@ suzan... that is odd if it looks okay in preview and not when you post it.. i haven't had that problem..

Posted by: james | Apr 9 2021 17:07 utc | 165

why then did south africa stopped using AZ and had to find (the few) pfizer available?
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/south-africa-sells-astrazeneca-doses-to-other-au-nations/2183679

Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2021 20:25 utc | 166

interesting, first time i see a country declaring the ratio of symptomatics among the cases

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/turkey-reports-over-55-500-new-covid-19-cases/2203857

Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2021 20:33 utc | 167

uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 4:57 utc | 59

https://nikolaivavilov.wordpress.com/about/

He says it is a pseudonym, chosen because he admired the scientist.

Posted by: foolisholdman | Apr 9 2021 20:59 utc | 169

Heavy blow to the Gradualists and the Democratic Socialists in the USA:

Amazon Workers Vote Down Union Drive at Alabama Warehouse

The largest problem of the American Left of the 21st Century lies in the fact that it is extremely small and extremely weak. It's almost non-existent (such was the ferocity of the systematic persecution of the original Leftists from 1920 to 1982) and has to start everything basically from zero.

Let's see how much personnel they'll lose to the Accelerationists and how much they'll degenerate to far-left methods of politics. Or if they'll use the episode to gather more strength and find a new synthesis.

My personal opinion: the Gradualists are doomed to fail and the Democratic Socialists are doomed to degenerate to Social Fascists (maybe even converging with the Gradualists at this point). The key here is that unions are, ultimately, a tool of bourgeois democracy: they increase their activity and success rates when leftist governments are in power and they disappear/are humiliated when rightist governments take power after the previous leftist government (with which the unions glued themselves politically and in propaganda) is taken down after the inevitable capitalist cyclical crisis. Unions are reformist institutions par excellence, and cannot - and will not - build socialism. That makes unionization in present-day USA a precarious enterprise, because the American economy is decayed, its social profit rate at the lowest levels of recent history. Meanwhile, the Democratic Socialists in the two houses keep sinking themselves with the Biden ship in the name of democratic centralism. On the other side, the Accelerationists offer a way out that doesn't require money: collapse and anarchic violence.

Therefore, I expect the Accelerationists to gain the upper hand for the next 2-4 years. I don't think they'll be ultimately successful, though, as the USA is much more right-wing oriented in the anarchic violence field, and the American Armed Forces will support the far-right to crush the far-left if put to choose between Nazifascism and Socialism.

Posted by: vk | Apr 9 2021 21:29 utc | 170

Paul | Apr 8 2021 9:34 utc | 74

Ignore Google. If you go to Duckduckgo and put in the query box
"the Deir Yassin Massacre", you get seven accounts of the masscre before you get the first whitewash entitled: "Setting the Record Straight on Deir Yassin The Massacre ..."

Posted by: foolisholdman | Apr 9 2021 21:36 utc | 171

Some interesting analysis and comparisons from Credit Suisse:

https://www.credit-suisse.com/about-us/en/reports-research/studies-publications.html

Australian public companies pay approximately 80% of profits back as dividends, but for how long?

Neoliberalist tax systems favour real estate rather than encouraging investment in productive capacity.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 9 2021 22:14 utc | 172

Deir Yassin Remembered

Posted by: james | Apr 9 2021 22:49 utc | 173

@150 arby

Thanks for the Global Times report on Russian and Chinese claims regarding US bio-labs. Pepe Escobar just published a piece on the Nikolai Patrushev interview, highlighting several points he made, including the bio-lab comments which the GT report cites.

Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Patrushev rarely speaks publicly, and when he speaks, says Escobar, he is to be listened to. Over at the Saker:

Russia ‘would really not want’ Cold War 2.0

I found Patrushev's perspective astonishingly clear and to the point. He's a man worth listening to for sure. Here's what he says about bio-labs, in a few words:

On US bio-labs: “I suggest that you pay attention to the fact that numbers of biological laboratories under US control are growing by leaps and bounds across the world. And – by a strange coincidence – mainly at the Russian and Chinese borders … Of course, we and our Chinese partners have questions. We are told that there are peaceful sanitary and epidemiological stations near our borders, but for some reason they are more reminiscent of Fort Detrick in Maryland, where Americans have been working in the field of military biology for decades. By the way, it is necessary to pay attention to the fact that outbreaks of diseases uncharacteristic of these regions are recorded in the adjacent areas.”

Posted by: Grieved | Apr 9 2021 22:59 utc | 174

Posted by: foolisholdman | Apr 9 2021 21:36 utc | 171

Thank you, I have tried to delete Google and install DuckDuckGo a number of times. I admit, I am simply not digital. I am easily frustrated by digital gymnastics. I don't want to go back to school.

I'll ask the mythical 'someone' for some help.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 9 2021 23:10 utc | 175

Posted by: james | Apr 9 2021 17:07 utc | 165

Hey there James. Perhaps it is because I linked to the way back machine that the links were not represented accurately in preview stage? The preview looked okay both times. I’ve never linked to the way back machine b4 so perhaps that is not readily permitted with the system I use?

I’m planting a new orchard now as the one I planted 45 years ago is for practical purposes, other than microbial life, over as far as productivity s concerned. So some hope here for a future despite all the dismal global news.

Had the second jab of Pfizer-BioNTech two weeks ago, so am now “fully vaccinated” against the currently advertised demon, covid 2, and, having taken vit d supplements throughout the dark months of winter, apparently I am charged as to carry on regardless. I do believe vit d helps with many other ailments such as being down on dark winter days . Cheers.

Ps I would have preferred karlofo1 to have been fully vaccinated before his sojourn across NA and back but I hope for the best. I miss his contributions and also appreciate the activity of others which fills in the void.

Posted by: suzan | Apr 10 2021 0:05 utc | 176

foolisholdman #169

"He says it is a pseudonym, chosen because he admired the scientist."

Thank you. Still his prattle about China was ridiculous, confused and imaginary. The dead scientist he so admires is more credible right now that that clown.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 10 2021 1:26 utc | 177

paul #175

If you are on firefox. goto preferences - search - one click search engines.

If duckduck go is not there then at bottom is - find more search engines. Type in duck etc., and in table above tick it as the favorite or default. You can even delete the undesirables.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 10 2021 1:33 utc | 178

Here is a mighty good report by Alex de Waal in the Boston Review on the history of pathogens and the pandemics. It looks back at Hamburg in the late 1800's and the cholera outbreak.

It is a good read and profoundly well written. I recommend it as a means of separating the role of the sciences and their individual vitality and necessity in times of pandemic.

It takes a close look at the origins of the USA in relying on its military for social hygiene measures while it simultaneously destroys its public sector infrastructure investments.

Alex de Waal finally fails the test of own scientific rigor when he succumbs to the very political errors that he describes and criticises. He is too tricky by half in attempting to hide his anti-China bigotry, but not clever enough. Toward the end of this long text he says this:

The 2003 SARS outbreak is the immediate precursor to COVID-19 in both pathogenesis and politics. It holds two political lessons. First, it shamed China’s government, but not enough. The government concealed the initial outbreak and reacted too late—the coronavirus spread across the world sparking local outbreaks, notably in Canada. Commentators speculated that SARS could be the crisis that cracked the Communist Party’s authoritarian control. In a volume reviewing the outbreak, Tony Saich asked whether SARS was “China’s Chernobyl or Much Ado About Nothing?” Saich reserved judgment, concluding that the Chinese authorities ought to learn. And seventeen years on, Saich’s assessment of the response to COVID-19 is “no, they didn't learn from the SARS epidemic.”

Alex de Waal is a propagandist and a slippery liar. As he uses another author to express his falsehood and his misconstruction of the events in Wuhan. The Chinese authorities acted lightening fast in preparedness, analysis, identification and then immediate notification to the World Health Organisation. They had indeed learned much from Sars outbreak and even went so far as to hold a three day preparation and response practice before the Wuhan Global Military Games as a precaution.

It was the nations of USA and UK and Brazil that repeated the Hamburg blunder and slipped a bag over their heads in denial.

The Boston review is diminished by this error and owes China a direct and humble apology.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 10 2021 3:45 utc | 179

Below is a link to the latest from Wall Street on Parade and a take away quote from the posting that should get your attention

Senate Banking Chair Sherrod Brown Sends Letters to Wall Street Banks on the Archegos Blowup and Opens a Big Can of Worms, Including Antitrust Issues

The take away quote

"
Question seven is a real humdinger and invokes thoughts of criminal investigations by the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. It asks:

“To address news reports regarding the Archegos margin call, please explain [name of bank] participation in, or consideration of, any coordination with other banks to sell, or to refrain from selling, stocks related to Archegos transactions.”

This question includes a footnote to a March 30 article that appeared in the Financial Times, which carried this eyebrow-raising tidbit:

“Before the troubles at the family office burst into public view at the end of the week, representatives from its trading partners Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, UBS and Nomura held a meeting with Archegos to discuss an orderly wind-down of troubled trades.”

If this report is correct – and other news outlets have also reported that such a meeting did occur – it raises a host of serious legal issues.

At the top of the list of concerns is that no federal regulator was called in to preside over this negotiation, thus raising antitrust concerns about these banks coordinating their actions in secret.

Another concern is that when a customer breaches industry rules on maintenance margin, there are set, non-negotiable actions required, like providing a prescribed period of time to meet the margin call and, if it is not met, then selling out the account. If these banks rewrote industry rules on initial and maintenance margin with their bespoke (customized) derivative contracts, or if they simply thought they could contain losses by negotiating in secret, these are serious legal issues.
"

What is it going to take for the public of Western nations to wake up to the jackboot on their necks by global private finance that clearly don't give a shit about the legality, let alone morality, of their actions?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 10 2021 4:05 utc | 180

Below is a short but powerful Xinhuanet posting

"
BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- China's State Administration for Market Regulation imposed an administrative penalty on Alibaba Group Saturday for monopoly conduct of implementing an "exclusive dealing agreement" based on results of investigation.

The administration ordered Alibaba Group to stop illegal activities and pay a fine of 18.228 billion yuan (about 2.79 billion U.S. dollars), which equals to 4 percent of its sales in China in 2019.
"

The governments in the West are not managing commerce in this manner, are they?

Below is a link to another Xinhuanet posting about further enforcement of commerce by China

Xi urges resolute efforts to curb telecom, online fraud

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 10 2021 4:17 utc | 181

So here we are 10 years past the meltdowns at Fukushima and Japan is seemingly unilaterally deciding to dump its tritium contaminated water into the ocean.

Below is a short Xinhuanet posting about China's opinion of that

"
BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday expressed hope that the Japanese government will conduct a thorough assessment of the possible impact of the disposal plan for tritium-contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

"The radioactive leak caused by the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant has had a profound impact on the marine environment, food safety and human health," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a daily press briefing.

"We hope the Japanese government will act with a high sense of responsibility toward its own people, neighboring countries and the international community, conduct a thorough assessment of the possible impact of the disposal plan for tritium-contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, disclose relevant information in a voluntary, timely, strict, accurate, open and transparent manner, and make prudent decisions after full consultation with neighboring countries," Zhao said.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday that his government will soon decide whether to discharge treated radioactive water building up at the disaster-stricken nuclear complex in Fukushima Prefecture into the sea despite strong opposition from the fisheries sector.
"

The nukes were forced on Japan as a war colony and this is just another glaring example of where profits have been privatized but humanitarian consequences are being socialized.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 10 2021 4:29 utc | 182

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 10 2021 1:26 utc | 177

The dead scientist he so admires is more credible right now that that clown.

Most definitely, Nikolay I. Vavilov is a legend as a scientist and as a symbol, with deep consequences in the fields of genetics and agriculture. Imagine someone in the US adopting the alias of Mark Twain or JFK, a clown to start with. Many books and even films about this great scientist have influenced soviet culture and the dark side of conspiracies among scientists to cultivate influence with false theories that sounded "socialist" but where ineffective and false science with deep consequences since we're talking about feeding humanity. Someone like Vavilov is much needed nowadays, he would demolish the GMO crowd. Travelled all over the world and deeply studied the “Milpa” system by the Maya in Central America, a system under threat by the free trade deals that dump cheap subsidized US corn in Mexico destroying the milpa way of raising food, displacing people to big cities or force immigration to the US. Vavilov is one of those historical characters that should be talked about and studied now.

Nikolai I. Vavilov (1887–1943) is recognized as the foremost plant geographer, botanist and geneticist of contemporary times. In the early 20th century, the world did not appreciate the urgency of protecting the environment and scientists thought little about the gradual disappearance of valuable plant species. Vavilov was among the first to recognize the need for intensive plant collecting, research and preservation. He organized and took part in over 100 collecting missions in the major agricultural areas of the world. During these expeditions, Vavilov paid special attention to leguminous crops as sources of protein and as means of increasing soil fertility (Sinskaja 1991). He considered these issues to be of the highest priority in biological and agricultural sciences for developing sustainable agricultural production.

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Posted by: Paco | Apr 10 2021 4:44 utc | 183

Paco #183

Thank you I will study Vavilov further.

Corn, beans and squash in a running cycle sounds good to me. I follow the Mayan method of incorporating bio-char in my sandy soil to act as a catalyst for the mycorrhizal fungi. I complement that with what I have learned from the Australian Aboriginal technique of soil layer development such that the garden is now a thick topsoil of sponge like fertility and moisture retention. If I accidentally step off the tracks it is like a deep soft cushion. Layer after layer added throughout the seasons. The bio-char is from a charcoal merchant and I purchase her waste fines at a good price and activate it.

It is extraordinary after three years.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 10 2021 6:09 utc | 184

psychohistorian #182

Thank you, it is good to hear that China is making representations. The Fukushima reactor melt downs are a serious threat to humanity. The ocean currents will disperse highly carcinogenic reactor waste throughout the Pacific. Japan must be strenuously compelled to get this pollution source under serious control. It is not a minor matter.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 10 2021 6:42 utc | 185

Earlier this year someone here stated, while referring to the biography of the CIA's "Poisoner in Chief" by Stephen Kinzer, that it's not the drugs which are the real hidden power moves in the arsenal of secret services (therefore deeming the book a limited hangout), but this would in fact be the phenomena of parapsychology, a niche science exploring things like telepathy, remote viewing, psychokinesis etc.

I'd like to pick up from there with news about the Freiburg (Germany) Institute IGPP, which was founded by Prof. Hans Bender, but stripped of funding from the University after his death, and now is facing the end of funding from the state, in addition to a significant sum the state wants them to return (for some kind of legal technicality). The sums involved are about 250,000 DM, enough to spell the end for this little gem of a research facility. Before I'll link to an open petition asking the state to keep funding IGPP, let me have a few words about the general situation with this subject.

True paranormal phenomena are not rare, but mostly appear hushed, quiet and vague, often distorted by something whch looks a lot like the weird logic you see in dreams. It is rare for them to enter an unsuspecting consciousness, which creates a problem with all examples throughout history that people tried to remember, and there surely were a lot of them. A few examples: Do you know what absolutely groundbreaking work CG Jung did, whom everyone knows, but no one seems to be taking seriously? Just ponder the true power of a single term he coined, the collective subconcsious. Or how do feel about reading the chinese I-Ging as actually describing the plasticity of "reality" [an ugly term, almost resembling res extensa, revealing the latin language worldview as that of a bricklayer] in the face of our affections and wishes?
Have you ever talked to people who experience visions of the future, or realized telepathic contacts with next of kin, or animals?

Well, you should! Just be attentive towards strange patterns within you, which can be learned at least somewhat (like a technique), and of course requires a calm state of mind to allow for the fine-tuned listening necessary to discover the subtle signs of ... well, let's just call it the noosphere for now.

But if stories are related without also caring for the "how" of narrating them (i.e., applying a thorough and appropriate methodology), two generations after the fact no one believes in the tales anymore, and things get forgotten immediately. This has been the case until Arthur Schopenhauer started a continuous description which took hold in the german language (before him, we find discussion of the topic way back to Aristotle, and notably also as the decisive inspiration behind the work of Immanuel Kant). Around 1900 a second and different tradition developed into a proper science, this time in England, using empiricist tools to conduct experiments with things like playing cards, which were to be sensed by subjects, and in the end proved statistical significance for cards mixed and pulled by a machine in a distant city in the future (cf. J.B. Rhine, The reach of the mind). Later experimenting only added to prove of such phenomena, these days mostly done by Dean Radin, who also wrote the up-to-date book on the number science. Another weird topic is Ghosts and Spirits, which also fall into the tasks tended to in Freiburg, as they are offfering advise and counseling in cases where people are troubled from experience of ... well, IT. That is a unique service of manifest importance for keeping standard psychology tidy at the reams, offered nowhere else on the planet!

As a side note, forget about the TV series and stuff. To quote Walter von Lucadou on the topc of hauntings: "Rosenheim 1968 (a well documented and fairly famous case) was in our view a normal haunting. We receive information of such cases regularly, and do not drive out to inspect them anymore".

Apart from the anglo and german traditions, no real approach to serious scientific work is known to this author outside of intelligence agencies and, to a lesser degree, police work (though I can't claim full view of the field, it needs to be said).

That said, the field desperately needs a working methodology to really get the traction necessary to tackle problems like the placebo effect, homeopathic medicine, swarm intelligence in animals, or the bizarre conduct of slime mould. Or, for that matter, a truly transparent view of quantum mechanics and the role of experiments as consciousness-inducing acts by people (or cats). - Fun fact: Anton Zeilinger promised to send virus through the double slit a few years ago.

Well, that should be enough to make clear how important the IGPP is for the development of our species. These intellugence agencies are really on a wrong footing ethically, if they have much more insights than Radin or Walter von Lucadou, and which remain a secret for the time being. I, for one, tend towards a more sceptical guess on their abilities, and would say that they likely don't have much more than public efforts towards the field, maybe with the exception of possessing good screening ability to detect special talents among the public, like famous clairvoyant Gerard Croiset. - Hint: use nonwestern search engines for further exploration of the field.

That'd be it for now, I will keep an eye on this thread to catch your discussion and questions, but can't read all MoA threads, so I suggest keeping it focused for now. Or is there a simple working alert for certain topics available?

At last, here's the Petition (in german). I suggest good spreading among the few who know what's at stake here.

Posted by: persiflo | Apr 10 2021 7:47 utc | 186

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 10 2021 6:09 utc | 184

Obviously you're interested in cultivating healthy food therefore you'll be fascinated by the life and work of that great scientist. There is a book which I think has been translated as "The White Garments", a TV serial was filmed based on that book plus the works of Vavilov himself. One of those characters that should be at the center of discussions and analysis instead of the Kardashians, but then again you're what you eat I was told, intelectually too.

Posted by: Paco | Apr 10 2021 7:59 utc | 187

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 10 2021 4:17 utc | 181

Jack Ma (very stupidly) infuriated most Chinese for his shameless promotion of 996 labor slavery.

The meteoric rise of alternative e-commerce platform Pinduoduo also took a lot of market away from his once dominant Taobao/Tmall platforms.

Couldn't be a better time for the CCP to show who's the real boss in charge in China.

Posted by: J W | Apr 10 2021 8:27 utc | 188

Scotland's Dirty War


After what happened yesterday I'm anticipating a major show of strength from the "Rules based international order". Scottish patriots must NEVER underestimate the malevolence that they are facing.

There will be the Knights of the Garter, that is the Kings and/or Queens of Europe.

There will be the Freemasons, that is the Scottish Rite in North America and the Great Eastern in France.

There will be the Commonwealth Heads, that is the General Assembly of the United Nations.

And at the centre of these three overlapping circles will be the poor Widow. And next to her, the Widow's son.


I doubt that Russia, China and Iran will be guests of honour

Posted by: John Cleary | Apr 10 2021 9:36 utc | 189

suzan @ 176

Had the second jab of Pfizer-BioNTech two weeks ago, so am now “fully vaccinated” against the currently advertised demon, covid 2, and, having taken vit d supplements throughout the dark months of winter, apparently I am charged as to carry on regardless

Your use of quotation marks and phraseology suggests a rather dismissive attitude toward the vaccine and pathogen. Your use of vitamin D suggests a naturopathic approach to healthcare. Your planting of a new orchard because the one you planted 45 years ago is no longer productive suggests that you take considerable care about what you eat.

So why did you succumb to the very experimental vaccine that's not a vaccine and not even mandatory, yet?

I'm running a kind of mini survey.

Posted by: john | Apr 10 2021 10:29 utc | 190

Por fin, finally

:https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210409-former-minister-blasts-pro-israel-lobby-over-disgusting-interference-in-british-politics/

As a side note, I DON'T LIKE MEMO, Too tame for me.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 10 2021 10:48 utc | 191

Wanna make your own experiments? Buy yourself one of the latest covid strains for just 1500 euros. Academic get a discount.
https://www.european-virus-archive.com/virus/sars-cov-2-virus-strain-hcov-19netherlandsnoordholland101592021-south-african-variant

(no wonder everyone can get novichok lately...)

Posted by: Mina | Apr 10 2021 12:00 utc | 192

Wanna make your own experiments? Buy yourself one of the latest covid strains for just 1500 euros. Academic get a discount.

Posted by: Mina | Apr 10 2021 12:00 utc | 192

Thank you Mina, that is great. I can see my new bio-hacking hobby is going to be easy to get started with. I was thinking some bacterial forms would be good to work with too, do you know where one can get some typhus? /Obligatory Network Sarcasm Marker/

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 10 2021 13:01 utc | 193

suzan @ 176

Had the second jab of Pfizer-BioNTech two weeks ago, so am now “fully vaccinated” against the currently advertised demon, covid 2, and, having taken vit d supplements throughout the dark months of winter, apparently I am charged as to carry on regardless

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Your use of quotation marks and phraseology suggests a rather dismissive attitude toward the vaccine and pathogen.

Posted by: john | Apr 10 2021 10:29 utc | 190

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It is for sure none of my business, but what suzan said suggests to me a dismissive attitude towards all the bullshit we have had shoveled on us during the pandemic by politicians and PR hacks like Fauci, not the virus or pandemic themselves. For a lot of people, getting vaccinated is what you have to do to keep your job, your school, whatever it is you have to do.

I have been self-sequestering for around 15 months now, I can assure you I take it seriously, yet I have no plans to get the "jab" any time soon, and I have no problem with other people making their own choices, while respecting mine.

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 10 2021 13:14 utc | 194

Significant development in Yemen?

Breaking: Saudi coalition flees from Ma’rib as resistance advances
The Saudi-led military coalition ordered its agents to clean the remaining heavy weapons from war fronts around Ma’rib, including American armored vehicles, Lebanon’s al-Akbar newspaper reported on Friday.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 10 2021 13:54 utc | 195

Late stage capitalism and why McKinsey is willing to soak up all those surplus $US - for nothing.

It is a good story with not too much blah blah.

Matt Stoller's DIRE WARNING: Don't Let McKinsey Anywhere NEAR Infrastructure Bill.

A seven minute video at The Hill, 'rising', names like Biden, Mayor Pete Butigieg etc.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 11 2021 0:57 utc | 196

Norwegian #195

The Saudi-led military coalition ordered its agents to clean the remaining heavy weapons from war fronts around Ma’rib, including American armored vehicles, Lebanon’s al-Akbar newspaper reported on Friday.

Good news. So I guess all those heavy weapons and vehicles are going north as the mountain passes south to Aden appear to be Houthi controlled. Here is an August 2020 map to assist.

This is the USA's most evil and disgusting wars and all of the FUKUSI scum lent a hand to the devastation of Yemenis. The Saudi and the Omani elites will go down in history as the most despicable members of the 'arab coalition' of murderous thugs.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 11 2021 1:20 utc | 197

On Ecuador and today's election.

Sunday’s second round presidential elections in Ecuador will have a profound impact not just on the nation's future, but on the global scene as well, argues Peter V. y C. Vann Woodward a professor at Yale University in the United States.

What is at stake here: “Four years ago, during another election in which Lasso participated, Ecuadorian voters approved a referendum banning politicians from holding capital in offshore tax havens. It was the first vote of its kind anywhere in the world. In 2018, the government acted on voters' wishes by formalizing rules against tax havens into law. Not only were public officials banned from having assets or capital in such jurisdictions; but the ban also includes electoral candidates.

“Today, on the eve of the second round of elections in Ecuador, this issue takes on great importance. The election pits Lasso, a banker who for years has used tax havens and other low-tax jurisdictions, against Andres Arauz, an economist who helped design Ecuador's groundbreaking anti-tax haven reforms when he was head of the Central Bank.

“Lasso himself has admitted that he owns a bank in Panama, although he claims it is not a violation of the law. In 2014, even before the Panama Papers, Ecuador passed legislation prohibiting banks or their shareholders from having subsidiaries in tax havens, such as Panama. This law is of utmost importance for the Ecuadorian economy and the Ecuadorian people."

Add to that the large number of expat USAians seeking respite in Ecuador from the gross dysfunctional society at home then I guess you have a recipe for belligerent uncle Sam to exact revenge should the Ecuadorian people choose liberty and good government in the form of an Arauz Presidency. My suggestion to Arauz, send 90 percent of the US embassy staff home and watch the remainders very closely.

Watch this space.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 11 2021 1:38 utc | 198

teleSUR reports that Peru is going to the ballot box in an attempt to find its way out of the mire.


Perú is again facing a complex general election, in the context of perhaps the worst political economic and health crisis in decades. The spectacular loss of popular credibility in the political establishment is mirrored in the amount of presidential hopefuls: 18 of them, of which polls show nothing less than five in technical tie. Abstention from voting is expected to run high.

Almost two thirds of current members of Parliament have been indicted on corruption charges. All living former presidents are in jail, wanted or under investigation for corruption.

In November 2020, a popular uprising took hundreds of thousands to the streets to protest the state of affairs, after acting president Martín Vizcarra was dismissed by Congress. Two young protesters were killed by riot police. The protest prompted yet another presidential change in order to guarantee a smooth electoral process.

According to polls, over 80 percent of Peruvians support the call for a democratic Constitutional Assembly to replace the current one, imposed by dictator Alberto Fujimori in 1983, which opened the way for a neoliberal structural adjustment. Fujimori is serving a jail sentence while his daughter Keiko (currently an MP) is running for President.

Who are the 'left' team in this collection of opportunists and color revolutions in waiting?

"Verónika Mendoza:
Candidate for the Together for Peru coalition (JPP) and leader of the democratic socialist New Peru party. Her leftist platform had its first presidential bid in 2016, in which she came third and was instrumental in Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s runoff victory, by backing him to prevent Keiko Fujimori from winning. She previously served in the Congress of the Republic of Peru from 2011 to 2016, representing the constituency of Cuzco.

"Yonhy Lescano:
Candidate for the Popular Action party. According to the latest polls, he is the favorite, but only with a minimum advantage. Served as a member of Congress from 2001 to 2019 representing Puno constituency, he achieved the nomination on a center-left platform in an internal election against the conservative Edmundo del Aguila Herrera. His support is mainly concentrated in the southern regions of the country, where his home region is located."


Lescano seems like a flake to me.

It will be a fascinating one to watch and likely close results and a run off in a month.

This Sunday is a BIG day for South America as "Super Sunday! Elections coming up in Bolivia (regional), Ecuador (presidential 2nd rd) and Peru (general).

Leftist Arauz is favored in Ecuador,

Bolivia's MAS is going for a majority of governors and mayors. If the continental tide continues to go left that's good news for Vzla "

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 11 2021 1:57 utc | 199

There are rats in London.


This is the story of one of the emerging rats worthy of ridicule.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 11 2021 5:01 utc | 200

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