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August 22, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-064

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

It was a week where the U.S. retreat from Afghanistan overshadowed everything else. That is okay as huge consequneces will flow from these events.

sayed salahuddin @sayedsalahuddin - 11:59 UTC · 22 Aug 2021
Almost all parts of Afghanistan enjoying peace for a week now after over 42 years of war, but Kabul airport has become the most violent part.

Some haggling seems to continue today but the outcome is assured.

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Other issues:

Lebanon:

Covid-19:

Science:

Vaccination / Breakthroughs:


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Big question:

Use as open thread ....

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Posted by: james | Aug 23 2021 1:06 utc | 93

I was always against going into Afghanistan, and against treating 9/11 as a military problem, rather than a criminal one. But I was much in the minority in that at the time, lot's of yellow ribbons and flag decals.

Iraq on the other hand provoked massive demos, both here and abroad. Totally ignored. Now forgotten.

Bush II himself got a lot of pushback on his "selection" as we called it, not unlike Trump's inauguration.

Posted by: Bemildred | Aug 23 2021 1:45 utc | 101

Posted by: james | Aug 23 2021 1:06 utc | 93

Who is cheering on big Pharma? b's post of the chart is an uncomplicated endorsement of a hysteria that has resulted in billions siphoned off from public purses into the share portfolios of big Pharma investors, mostly because they needed a new source of profits. Don Draper couldn't have come up with a better marketing campaign. Flu vaccine? meh.

Hypothetical: what if, in 2040, after twenty years of 'the war on covid' we went through a watershed moment comparable to the fall of Kabul? It began the same way (9/11 ~ covid outbreak) and then developed (Patriot act ~ suppression of dissent) and then WMD (casus belli) as an excuse for unrestrained public expenditure on materiel/mass pharmaceuticals. But what if, after 20 years of lingering doubts, suppressed side-effects, failures of containment and extraordinary levels of collateral damage, this website spoke of the war on covid as it now speaks of the war on terror?

Lest anyone accuse me of being an anti-vaxxer: nothing I say is incompatible with a strong adherence to vaccination. But I don't see the same response to preventible deaths which occur arguably at orders of magnitude higher: road accidents, cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, suicide, drone strikes, etc. Yemenis must think we live in paradise if a seasonal respiratory illness is enough to induce this sort of mass panic. God I wish I had pharmaceutical stocks!

Posted by: Patroklos | Aug 23 2021 1:51 utc | 102

@ David G Horsman

some of the below might help explain the 'opinions' of warmongering neo con ASPI, hint, they are given generous donations from the Israeli Embassy and assorted wealthy Zionists, see Pearls and Irritations.

Ouch... that hurts:

"It took umbrage to Canberra’s call for an open, honest, international investigation into the source of the Covid-19 pandemic. Australia’s stance on the South China Sea, the Himalayas and international espionage attempts haven’t helped."

The 'umbrage' was accelerated by two former Australian foreign ministers amplifying Trump's bellicose conclusion that the 'investigation' would result in the cancellation of the US national debt to China followed by: 'China will owe us big time'.

A typical real estate and construction lawsuit counter claim offset.

https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/china-slashes-steel-exports-to-australia-by-50-per-cent-to-wean-itself-off-nations-iron-ore-industry/news-story/69fa36f8dae6684a35afeeed96e45f1d

https://stockhead.com.au/resources/iron-ore-posts-biggest-single-day-fall-ever-where-is-it-heading-next/

Shock and Awful, Collapse of the Empire:

"Magnify this current sense of shock tenfold, or maybe even 100-fold, and we can begin to approximate the impact of the collapse of the United States imperial system amongst Australia’s leadership. Yet despite what is quite clearly an accelerating collapse there is next to no discussion or debate on what this means for Australia. A contemporary example being the recent ASPI publication ANZUS at 70: The past, present and future of the alliance, which does not consider this possibility at all".

https://johnmenadue.com/shock-and-awful-the-collapse-of-the-empire/


More Shock:

https://johnmenadue.com/the-fall-of-kabul-false-friends-for-over-sixty-four-years/

Posted by: Paul | Aug 23 2021 1:52 utc | 103

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Below is a link to a supplier, which I have used twice to get Ivermectine and Hydrochloriquine.
The company is in India and only accepts $USD for payment; paypal works well for this.

https://buyivermectin.us/

Posted by: V | Aug 23 2021 1:54 utc | 104

@71 Tom_Q_Collins - "what should we expect to see in the coming years in the segment of the population that took an mRNA shot?"

The answer can only be unknown at this point, obviously enough, but for a very coherent and grounded presentation of the possible consequences, I have seen none better than Dr. Ryan Cole's interview. Many thanks to commenter pogohere for the link in a recent thread.

Dr. Ryan Cole #StoptheMandate [August 11, 2021 - 32 minutes]

Dr. Cole cites lab data and results from the real world of treating patients and studying pathologies that are presenting now. He is seeing indications of diseases ranging from infertility to cancer, with massive upticks in incidence, up to 20 times the amount compared to other years. Everything he sees fits the predictions based on history and the science of virology and vaccination.

Dr. Cole says that one cannot really expect the true direct consequences from the experimental vaccines to be apparent for another 3-5 years yet. But other such experiments in animals have resulted in large numbers of death, further down the road - this stems from artificially creating a limited antibody to defeat a current variant, that then proves inadequate or even harmful in countering a new variant.

He makes the point that the vaccination drive is attacking last year's virus, which is why it's failing on this year's variants. This is not just an academic "oops", this is a deadly harm from bad science.

I haven't studied any of the claims about millions dying from the vaccines - I gather they're out there but I think they're in the minority compared to the standard range of harm that the theory and the current initial indications are saying can be happening.

And what is that standard range of harm? Well, if you were preparing a brief to be presented at a new Nuremberg trial, you would take Dr. Cole's evidence as a central component.

I've seen a lot of damning studies and reasoned analyses on the western experimental vaccines. This one is the tightest and most compelling I've encountered yet, in how it lays out the facts of the situation, and how it clearly outlines the malfeasance in coercing people into being part of what is formally acknowledged as a medical experiment - nothing other than a medical experiment, for which coercion to participate is a crime against humanity.

Posted by: Grieved | Aug 23 2021 1:55 utc | 105

@ Grieved | Aug 23 2021 1:55 utc | 104

I take great exception to Moderna an Pfizer (and any other mRNA product) being called Vaccines; they are gene therapy, not vaccines...

Posted by: V | Aug 23 2021 2:04 utc | 106

I've seen a lot of damning studies and reasoned analyses on the western experimental vaccines. This one is the tightest and most compelling I've encountered yet, in how it lays out the facts of the situation, and how it clearly outlines the malfeasance in coercing people into being part of what is formally acknowledged as a medical experiment - nothing other than a medical experiment, for which coercion to participate is a crime against humanity.

Posted by: Grieved | Aug 23 2021 1:55 utc | 104

Yes, agree, 100%...thank you...

Posted by: V | Aug 23 2021 2:06 utc | 107

Thierry Meyssan anyone?
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2021/08/22/7-lies-about-afghanistan/

Posted by: Australian lady | Aug 23 2021 2:09 utc | 108

Jen #94

If the ASPI claims to have credible open source satellite evidence of forced labour camps in Xinjiang province in China, they may be getting it from the same hucksters Bellingcrap buy their stuff from with cryptocurrency.

Exactly my thoughts at the time I wrote my polite retort. I have been practising calm abiding after my Afghan lash the other day ;)) I read enough in the board members profiles to be convinced that they are nothing more than contemptible, paid shills.


David G Horsman #90

On the Dengvaxia scandal, it appears that the prosecutions are still on foot and there is no judgement yet for the Sanofi directors who appear to have absconded. Now why would an honest vaccine manufacturer be reluctant to defend themselves and their staff. Note: the WHO gave it a blue tick for the kids.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 23 2021 2:10 utc | 109

@ Bemildred | Aug 23 2021 1:45 utc | 100.. thanks bemildred... as a canuck - i can speak as a world citizen in saying all the wars since vietnam from my point of view, have made little to no sense to me... afganistan was another example of a war that made no sense and the justification for it made no sense whatsoever.... so maybe for the most part wars make no sense to me... the usa went from the war in afganistan to one on iraq about 1 1/2 years later too - another completely unnecessary war, unless there is a bigger picture for these wars i am failing to understand.. and, i think there is... war=money... it isn't about much of anything else most of the ones i have seen in my lifetime... no matter how it gets sold - it is for the most part complete bullshit...

@ Patroklos | Aug 23 2021 1:51 utc | 101... thanks patroklos... i missed that, but yes, you are correct.... my eyes and ears tend to gloss over on the talk about covid. it is just so endless and tiring... but i do think it is a fair analogy to make and the idea of ''war on covid'' like the war on drugs and terrorism and etc is a good way to frame it too in so far as these previous wars are furthering a particular agenda which has not be good... i like what you say, except the last part about owning pharma stocks... that is more of the same problem, or very related to this same problem... finding a way out of this dog eat dog profit driven world isn't easy, but i would prefer to not join them in that same slavish behaviour to the almighty dollar, or money ruling my life... it is bad enough as it is just threading water today... it would be interesting if b were to come out and comment directly with his viewpoint on covid and etc, but i do believe he is fairly tolerant in allowing people at this point to present differing views on covid without fear of censorship... maybe i am wrong, but this is what it looks like 1 1/2 years into covid mania..

Posted by: james | Aug 23 2021 2:12 utc | 110

Hi James @ 93. Eek. I think the cave and analogy belongs to Plato or someone much more esteemed than myself. I like it though.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Aug 23 2021 2:28 utc | 111

all good david! i was just reading the desirata poem which is downstairs in the bathroom i am tiling...
"And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy." https://www.desiderata.com/desiderata.html

i never read plato... i was into heraclitus and diogenes of sinop and never got round to reading any plato... i liked what one of these 2 had said of plato... platos philosophy is an endless conversation! now, not knowing what he said, i still like it for what it suggests... back to tiling...

Posted by: james | Aug 23 2021 2:45 utc | 112

@ james who wrote

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... it would be interesting if b were to come out and comment directly with his viewpoint on covid and etc, but i do believe he is fairly tolerant in allowing people at this point to present differing views on covid without fear of censorship... maybe i am wrong, but this is what it looks like 1 1/2 years into covid mania..
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At this point I think that b's position of allowing us barflies to keep throwing shit at the textual white noise void while he does not wade in is smart....too many unknowns unknowns yet...and he does get his digs in with the Oregon Covid stats...doesn't he???

I just had a stressed FaceTime visit with a 40+ year old friend who does think Americans should be forced to vaccinate and at least I ended the conversation with him agreeing to watch the Stop the Mandate video....

Brainwashing works using that TV thing, IMO...

One of the points that Dr. Cole made in his Stop the Mandate video was that according to his understanding of the process to approve these mRNA vaccines, they should fail. I am also reading that Big Pharma is planning to have booster mRNA shots available by mid-October which it was reported would be 6 weeks after final approval of the mRNA vaccines...any barflies know what the approval process/dates are and perhaps how it might be gamed as Dr. Cole said they would have to do????

What geo-political oddities or war crimes will occur this week?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 23 2021 2:46 utc | 113

S.P. Korolev @ 97 Tx for the link. I guess the criticism of the other essay's PMC term lacking clarity is valid but it was a thought provoking take. I think the less intelligent are in deep trouble within any meritocracy. It is different from being uneducated. That article broadened my thinking on the topic.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Aug 23 2021 2:47 utc | 114

Joe Biden is the perfect bag holder for the MIC, CIA, EU, blue/red team.
He is a husk of a world leader, therefore he’s perfect to take the fall.
The shit is hitting the fan, because Joe Biden is a zombie politician who happens to be CIC of the USA.
And his second is a dumb ho, who is weaker than Joe,

Posted by: Cadence Calls | Aug 23 2021 2:48 utc | 115

@100 Bemildred

Fair point. I was remembering too optimistically, all the protests were overwhelmingly focused on the Iraq war.

The supposed root of the Afghan adventure, the 2001 WTC bombing itself, is a black hole few have any desire to look into. It's just too depressing. Knowing a little more about human nature now, it's easy to understand why going along with the story is the more appealing path.

Then again, FWIW, it was the flat-out Islamophobia, and instant transformation of the media into shameless propaganda mode, that helped open my own eyes to how few limits there are to the ... er... inconsistencies in the official presentation of world events. (not that the 80's and 90's didn't have everything a halfway awake observer would need to draw the same conclusion).

Posted by: ptb | Aug 23 2021 2:52 utc | 116

Posted by: ptb | Aug 23 2021 2:52 utc | 115

agree re 911. In some ways it's like the pandemic; better to go along with the official narrative, in spite of the narrative-spinners track record over time, because the alternatives are too hard to face. cheers.

Posted by: gottlieb | Aug 23 2021 3:01 utc | 117

@Bemildred #100
I was always against going into Afghanistan, and against treating 9/11 as a military problem, rather than a criminal one. But I was much in the minority in that at the time

Yes, there was some discussion by important people (I forget whom) that regarding terrorism, in its correct definition, not the ensuing one promoted by the US, there ought to be lawful civilian reactions to terrorism crimes. (Hey, let's call it the rules-based international order?)

Alas, there was no money in that strategy, compared to how the MIC could profit from warfare. So we got the war on terror, complete with lies like the current ones on Afghanistan, previous ones on Iraq, and the endless baseless charge that Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism. This stupid policy requires, and gets, the full support of the mainstream media.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 23 2021 3:01 utc | 118

I note that all the people who are virtue signalling about giving Afghan women asylum elsewhere never mention how those women are supposed to earn a living afterwards. As housemaids? Prostitutes? What?

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Aug 23 2021 3:03 utc | 119

Hi Paul.

Cameron Leckie in the Pearls and Irritations article
Shock and Awful – The Collapse of the Empire
is indeed saying that the external appearances are true. Australia really does have a few ostriches with their heads buried. They appeared incompetent to me.

I recall that blog had other good articles. Thanks.

A fallacious insult to the noble ostrich perhaps but an apt image. Mind you it can't compete with that mining article. The Simpson's motor home going over a cliff. Doh!

Posted by: David G Horsman | Aug 23 2021 3:16 utc | 120

Posted by: blues | Aug 23 2021 0:17 utc | 88

Actually the number is not 90%+ but rather 78% of over 12-year olds as of mid August, 2021 and it was merely in the 60% range when Delta arrived In Israel via jet.

There are several factors to consider other than the mono-targeted aspect of the novel vaccines (mRNA and adenovirus vector vaccines) which can make the vaccination battle appear less dire than some make it out to be. Foremost, the interval between first jab and second jab vaccine was only a few weeks rather than the usual many months or even a year for a normal vaccination process because the dire pandemic circumstances meant people needed immediate protection from hospitalization and death. So we were primed to expect more duration from the vaccines than could be expected; and many erroneously believe they are 100% protected after being vaccinated despite this being false.

Second, this virus now reproduces much faster than the wild type, outpacing our much slower primate response time not all of which is biological but also social and cultural. Depends on the society and culture. Where I live is like living in the Middle Ages due to political infighting. Science takes a backseat to power polemics. We are heroic social Darwinist losers, falling on the sword of never masks again despite delta and despite we know the vaccinated can transmit it in high viral loads so it is a free for all for the virus to mutate and take down the unvaccinated which includes children under 12. Never loose your ego kind of fall.

Because the virus has evolved to extreme transmission potential it will take not just vaccines but public health measures and international cooperation to collectively apply needed measures, protocols and the sharing of diverse vaccines to quell the biological inventiveness of a virus which exploits the current human propensity for not staying home in a global population exceeding 7 billion.

We humans are the host. If we deprive the virus of being its host, we win. Unfortunately people will be jetting around at one end of the wealth spectrum and resorting to horse medicine at the other because, unlike the well off, they do not have access to doctors to prescribe human medicines. BTW, whatever happened to gm who was taking horse medicine starting last December?

Posted by: suzan | Aug 23 2021 3:54 utc | 121

vk @17, thanks for sharing the link to the article by Chandran Nair via SCMP: "Remember Mao’s famine, forget Churchill’s racism: how the West colonised Asian minds"!

From that article:

"Young people in Hong Kong are a good example, as they are taught through a British education system to dislike China and worship the West. They are enamoured by all things Western and some even educated to believe they are not Chinese.

"This subservience explains why many of the elite in former colonies - such as Hong Kong, Singapore , India, and Malaysia – are more interested in emulating British and Western culture than their own or that of any others."

It can also be seen as the "house slave" vs. "field slave" mentality, as brought to life in Tarantino's movie Django Unchained through the character Stephen. "Being a senior house slave more respected than the rest, Stephen personally views himself second only to the white man with all his fellow black people beneath him."

Those that lived inside the colony (example Hong Kong, Indian elites) and were educated/trained to serve the colonial masters often see themselves as superior to their brethren in the fields who weren't as close to the master.

In Afghanistan, the "house slaves", aka "interpreters, cooks, fixers, etc.", probably including a few "Stephens", are the ones at Kabul airport hoping that the departing masters will take them with them.

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Aug 23 2021 4:16 utc | 122

lose, not loose

Although my many typos and misspellings are excellent troll food

Posted by: suzan | Aug 23 2021 4:17 utc | 123

On Strasserism and the Decay of the Left
https://tinkzorg.wordpress.com/2020/05/07/on-strasserism-and-the-decay-of-the-left/
- S.P. Korolev @ 97 I spent a great deal of time with various street people and other social discards. By gosh even immigrants. Yes, immigrants even. I was not homeless, but to an uneducated observer would appear to be so.

I am intrigued with the author's view that "the left" hold the very people they profess to care for in some sort of contempt. They like them, at a distance. That was always my impression and I have seen this same complaint from others with the author's background.

And this is the second time that someone has pointed out the inherent contradiction of the left having a sincere concern for the less fortunate. The idea itself is incoherent at the very least.

One can contrast this systemic disdain with local people having everyday jobs. With regards to the homeless they are outwardly awkward about their encounters, not wanting to give offense, yet in 99% of cases very nice. They want to help in some small way.

Of course there are exceptions and they followed a pattern. I invested a lot of time educating folks from Eastern Europe. We get along well enough. Having said that these were the worst offenders for targeting and harassing homeless people. They were also extremely racist against Muslims. And that's always in superior numbers where they don't expect a fight.

I think a mandatory part of Christianity should require living like Jesus for a few years. It builds character. But it's all fake anyways isn't it? Christians in particular and SJW's more generally. I was an early SJW interventionist before either term was popular or a reality TV show.

The people I was involved with considered me more of a spy / investigator / government informant with a vast sense of superiority. Sound familiar? Of course I was also a suspected drug trafficer, pimp, paedophile and drug addict. Drug addiction was the low bar to get acceptance. I even had people that lied about my drug use (or lack thereof) in order to help me be accepted, as opposed to knifed. The loyalty of real friendship I guess. Who knows?

The dark underbelly of society is certainly filled with sad stories, as you would expect, but it is much more filled with normality, for lack of a better term.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Aug 23 2021 6:03 utc | 124

Maximilian C. Forte of zeroanthropology points to a Statement of Non-Compliance with Mandatory Vaccination in Canadian Universities.

Typically, such vaccination mandates stipulate the following: faculty, staff, and students must show proof of full vaccination in order to access campus and perform their duties. If they do not do so (and some allow refusal only on grounds of medical or religious exemptions), then they must submit to still undefined special measures, such as frequent testing (perhaps twice each week, using rapid antigen tests), and masking at all times and in all spaces on campus.

This will be, for most Canadian faculty, the first if not the only real test of their integrity and dignity, and their purpose as scholars and intellectuals. It is absolutely essential that they not fail this test from the start.

It must be emphasized that this is not a position that can be taken only by non-vaccinated faculty. Action to prohibit and prevent discrimination, and actual abuses of human rights, is a stance to be taken by all faculty, whether fully vaccinated or not.


The declaration points to the history of other viral epidemics to elaborate its case: "We must also point out that in the early fall of 2009, some Canadian faculty contracted H1N1, and in some cases they had to be absent from class for weeks. At no point did any university administration in Canada manifest any concern about this fact. It is important to recall that in 2009, the World Health Organization declared H1N1 to be a “global pandemic,” under the very same definition it then used for Covid-19. By enacting radically different measures today, Canadian universities are thus directly at odds with their own practice, from the recent past."

It is a good declaration and will be interesting to watch it unfold.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 23 2021 7:27 utc | 125

Posted by: Australian lady | Aug 23 2021 2:09 utc | 107

Thanks for that link to Voltair. Not the Onion
"the Heritage Foundation (Washington), President Reagan’s think tank, was distributing T-shirts bearing his image(Bin Laden) with the slogan "He fights for our freedoms"."

Those t-shirts would go for a pretty penny on e-bay or in Idlib.

Posted by: Tom | Aug 23 2021 7:32 utc | 126

To: Norwegian @25
Of course the ancients had machines. The very word "machine" comes from ancient Greek. Hydraulic sawing for stones was available, for instance. The very thin Roman crustae would have been impossible without them.
The machine-less past is a modern myth. (Read any book about ancient technology and machinery. Google about Anticythera mechanism).
What they did not have were internal combustion engines. But wind and water operated mills were in use and have been for 2300 years at least.
Of course this YouTube video is crap. But inventing history is more fun than just studying it, I suppose.

Posted by: Giovanni Dall'Orto | Aug 23 2021 7:48 utc | 127

The shots are not the cure.
They are the equivalent of flu shots,
Less than 50% efficacy, and you can’t take it back.
You are a lab rat.
Big pharm and the .gov are screwing us over.
It’s all a big scam.

Posted by: Cadence Calls | Aug 23 2021 8:23 utc | 128


Posted by:David G Horsman @ 119

I am glad you enjoyed the articles. You are right to notice the incompetence of the Australian leadership, however you are not the first to point to their incompetence. Author Donald Horne wrote a book about it in 1964, 'The Lucky Country':

When it was first published in 1964 The Lucky Country caused a sensation. Horne took Australian society to task for its philistinism, provincialism and dependence:

'Australia is a lucky country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck.'

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-lucky-country-9781742531571

Australian leadership has, sadly, deteriorated since 1964. Now it's luck is running out, but you make your own luck.

Posted by: Paul | Aug 23 2021 9:12 utc | 129

@100 Bemildred

Fair point. I was remembering too optimistically, all the protests were overwhelmingly focused on the Iraq war.

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Then again, FWIW, it was the flat-out Islamophobia, and instant transformation of the media into shameless propaganda mode, that helped open my own eyes to how few limits there are to the ... er... inconsistencies in the official presentation of world events. (not that the 80's and 90's didn't have everything a halfway awake observer would need to draw the same conclusion).

Posted by: ptb | Aug 23 2021 2:52 utc | 115

Yes, thank you, it was the beginning of the "Raygun Revolution" in 1981 that really made it all clear to me. Like flipping a switch. Since then I've been waiting for this where we are now, or something very like it. That sort of corruption has consequences.

We all have to come to it in our own time, when we are ready to see. It was only with Bush the Lesser that I gave up on hope of reform. Sometimes you can't fix it. The only way out is through.

++++++++

Alas, there was no money in that strategy, compared to how the MIC could profit from warfare. So we got the war on terror, complete with lies like the current ones on Afghanistan, previous ones on Iraq, and the endless baseless charge that Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism. This stupid policy requires, and gets, the full support of the mainstream media.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 23 2021 3:01 utc | 117

Yep, loot wins every time here. Didn't use to be that way. The military is the biggest grift of all, the media close behind, Congress for some reason settles for peanuts. They not only sell us out, they do it for chicken feed compared to what they give away. I suppose appearances have to be maintained.

Posted by: Bemildred | Aug 23 2021 10:30 utc | 130

David G Horsman @ 123

Re the '..inherent contradiction of the left having a sincere concern for the less fortunate.'

I believe the author pushes his argument a little too far in this regard. He is correct in stating that classes cannot but act as they do, and that a 'Left' movement dominated by petty bourgeois 'PMC's' and their concerns is not likely to have working class interests at heart. But this does not mean that it is impossible for 'middle class' individuals to overcome the limits of their class consciousness and play a role in working class organisations. Marx, Lenin and Mao all came from 'middle class' backgrounds (Marx and Mao's fathers' were low level bureaucrats, Lenin's was a teacher).

It is almost inevitable that in the early stages of building a Left movement a majority of recruits will be drawn from outside the core of the working class. This has been overcome in the past and can be overcome again, under the basic principle that any new Left organisation has much more to learn from working people than vice versa. It also requires prioritising ideological and organisational work to draw clear distinctions between the new organisation and the degenerate 'Left' that the article's author so comprehensively skewers. He correctly identifies 'identity politics' and immigration as major fault lines, and as a proud 'tankie' and 'Sputnik Leftist' I would add foreign policy/anti-imperialism also.

The author sees the downwardly mobile 'middle class' as a threat, infiltrating the Left in order to feather their own beds. But the contradictions within the 'middle class' are also ripe for exploitation by the Left. As Jorgen Hassler pointed out on a previous thread, the 'Professional-Managerial Class' is not a class in the scientific sense, overlapping into both the working class and the petty bourgeoisie. Wannabe petty bourgeois social climbers seeking to create BS jobs for themselves would seem to be more attracted to the DNC faction or the Blairite wing of the Labour party than the Sanders or Corbyn campaigns and any new Left organisations seeking to surpass their achievements. In declining Western capitalist nations the lower echelons of the 'PMC' share material interests with rest of the more 'traditional' working class despite often ideologically identifying with their betters. Splitting these layers away the more bourgeois 'PMC's that dominate the degenerate Left parties and directing them toward a shared working class consciousness is an organisational necessity.

Posted by: S.P. Korolev | Aug 23 2021 10:31 utc | 131

a note about the satellite imagery of the Kabul airport chaos. you can clearly discern human bodies, resolution is down to least the one meter level. yet the ASPI satellite photos alleging concentration camps in Xinjiang never show prisoners just empty grounds. one to three million in those camps supposedly, but somehow those masses are invisible to satellites trained on them, even when they go out to exercise and what not. more proof the Xinjiang story is a sham

Posted by: mastameta | Aug 23 2021 10:36 utc | 132


max @ 44

If your conclusion is “the Globalist will never surrender..”, then what are Americans-humanity’s choices? Be ENSLAVED or challenge the imperialism and enslavement?

I conditioned my conclusion on the continued existence of the nation state (NS) system. but if the actors in charge of the nation state system were made subject to audit by the masses. (my call for a second government with its constitution developed from the principles of the rights of mankind as opposed to the authority of the actors in charge).

The NS system is like a steep mountain; it tolerates organizations that can successfully climb its heights and it denies all others. Challenge to the Actors, the operating elements of the NS System, are not tolerated as things stand today.

In other words, the nation state system provides Oligarch not only security from the objections of the masses, but also personal wealth taken from those who are subjects of the NS system. Political power has been used to accumulate personal wealth.

But then you ask what kind of world do we want?

I think global humanity wants a global set of control systems that pursue only goals the masses have establish by interactive unbiased (without misleading MSM propaganda) dialogue that has been formulated to accomplish objectives and provide for needs that will improve the quality of human life in a hierarchy that serves those who need it most first and to make opportunity available to all to foster personal ambition.

Such a system must

1. encourage the masses to grade Actor Performance against the operative goals established by the masses and to use that grading process as the basis for promotion (no more election of people because they have long toe nails or belong to the Democrap or Reputaturd political parties, or they have sex with an underage victim).

2. employ the 2nd watch dog government idea. Every governed person has the right to enforce morality on any system that claims to exist to control human behavior.
Only open government is moral. There is no room for secrets, corruption, or private agenda based government. Moral government is a prerequiste to any system that seeks to control or limit human activity). Among those human rights vested in the governed, are the continuous right, of every person, who is among the governed, to investigate each and all activities of every person who is among the governors ( an element of the control system).

3. when a member of the governed class, discovers a member of the governor class in violation of one or more of the rights of mankind that governed person is protected to bring charges, to prosecute in a court independent of the control system that governor class person and the independent human rights court has the authority of all of mankind to punish any governor person for immoral activity while serving as a member of the governor class.

4. All in the control system found guilty of violating the ethics established by the rights of mankind government will be punished. The only government that should be global is the rights of mankind government.

5. rights of mankind government can be funded by requiring all control system governments to forward 10% of their revenues each year to the rights of mankind government.


So to answer your question "what kind of world do we[all of humanity] want? " The answer is <=its a moving target..but one based on moral need, not greed and want..


Posted by: snake | Aug 23 2021 10:43 utc | 133

@gottlieb | Aug 23 2021 3:01 utc | 116

agree re 911. In some ways it's like the pandemic; better to go along with the official narrative, in spite of the narrative-spinners track record over time, because the alternatives are too hard to face. cheers.

This is textbook cognitive dissonance. One may subconsciously accept that a certain narrative is false, but the perceived consequences of accepting the truth causes too much psychological stress, and the result is that truth is rejected.


Cognitive Dissonance
In this important theory, ‘cognitions’ embrace ‘knowledge’, attitude, emotion (or ‘ambivalence’), belief, and behaviour. Cognitions that contradict each other are termed ‘dissonant,’ while cognitions that agree with each other are ‘consonant.’ Cognitions which neither agree nor disagree are ‘irrelevant.’ The sudden arrival of a new cognition that is dissonant with a currently-held cognition creates a ‘state of dissonance.’ The important issue then becomes how can this disruptive dissonance be reduced, or eased, for the believer.

Amelioration may be achieved by trying either to eliminate one of the cognitions altogether or to create a new, consonant cognition between the two competing cognitions. We should also note that there can be significant degrees of dissonance. The maximum possible dissonance is equal to the resistance to change of the less ‘resistant cognition’. Thus, once dissonance attains a level that overcomes the resistance of one of the cognitions, that cognition will be amended, or eliminated, and dissonance will be reduced for the believer.

In terms of social behaviour, this will cause people who suffer the pain of dissonance either to seek out actively ‘knowledge’ that will reduce the dissonance for them personally, or to avoid/ignore the competing ‘knowledge’ completely. If the latter, then people who are involuntarily exposed to such ‘knowledge’ will do their level-best to discount that ‘knowledge’, either by deliberately misinterpreting it or by denying it vigorously, at least to themselves.

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 23 2021 11:14 utc | 134

@Giovanni Dall'Orto | Aug 23 2021 7:48 utc | 126

Of course the ancients had machines.

In real science, "of course" does not exist. Everything should be backed up by hard evidence. And by the way, the mainstream archaeologists of today do not accept in any way the existence of ancient (12 000+ years ago) machinery even if the evidences are compelling. And you essentially reject it too, at the end of your post.

The very word "machine" comes from ancient Greek. Hydraulic sawing for stones was available, for instance. The very thin Roman crustae would have been impossible without them.

In this context, "ancient" refers to a period many thousands of years before our current civilization which started (or rather, re-booted) in Mesopotamia around 3-4000 BC. In this context, that is not ancient. And the Greeks are even younger. Only in the narrow context of the Modern world, the Greeks and the Romans are ancient, but they built on top of the really ancient megaliths, such as for example the Roman Jupiter temple in Baalbek Lebanon. There is no way the Romans could have made or moved the 12000 ton base blocks.

The machine-less past is a modern myth. (Read any book about ancient technology and machinery. Google about Anticythera mechanism).

"Of course" (there it is again) I know about the Antikythera mechanism, and it is a fascinating thing. But I don't think there is anyone claiming it doesn't belong to our present civilization. One might of course ask where the knowledge about machining came from.

What they did not have were internal combustion engines.

Actually we don't know that, because we have not found any tools or mechanisms that can explain the truly ancient megaliths such as Sacsayuaman in Peru or Puma Punku in Bolivia, and lots of other places. But if they had the equivalents of internal combustion engines made of steel, it is so long ago that any traces of it has rusted away long ago.


But wind and water operated mills were in use and have been for 2300 years at least.

Clearly, you have misunderstood what I am discussing


Of course this YouTube video is crap. But inventing history is more fun than just studying it, I suppose.

There is that "of course" again. Please explain what you think is factually wrong with it, or is it just a preconception?

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 23 2021 11:37 utc | 135

Sawing and drilling granite with a copper tools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeS5lrmyD74


Quarrying and carving large grindstones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtNLEYQnFRs
Carving small grindstones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z7TchLLXww

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 23 2021 12:21 utc | 136

@BritainWantsARerun:213 JackRabbit:

JR: Saw your post, I'm getting hammered by the must-do task list, will respond shortly. Great work, needs a decent response, and it'll get a good effort from me.

Tom

Posted by: Tom Pfotzer | Aug 23 2021 12:26 utc | 137

China hits zero COVID-19 cases with month of draconian curbs

Western MSM spams headlines like this one and then wonder why there's a rise of the far-right anti-lockdown movement in their own countries.

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First COVID-19 death in U.S. occurred in early January 2020: CDC

Newly-released U.S. death records show that the first deaths related to COVID-19 in the country dated back to January 2020, weeks earlier than previously officially reported.

Data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) suggests there were six COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. before its first known fatality case on February 6, 2020. The first COVID-19-related death took place between January 5 and January 11, 2020, and another five from January 12 to February 1.

[...]

It's likely that these earlier cases were written off as colds or flus, The Mercury News reported, citing John Swartzberg, infectious disease expert and professor emeritus at UC Berkeley.

Swartzberg said the new data suggests it's "entirely possible" that the novel coronavirus was present in the U.S. "as early as December or even November," as it takes about three weeks for people to get infected and die from COVID-19.

"I would certainly guess the virus was introduced on multiple occasions before it was identified as a problem," he said, noting that states like Alabama and Oklahoma don't generally see a lot of travel to and from China.

It is very possible - in the age of the tourism industry and of the airplane - that the COVID-19 is the first truly international pandemic, having mutated in many countries in different continents before lining up and bursting in Wuhan, the first metropolis it had access to.

Posted by: vk | Aug 23 2021 13:56 utc | 138

The full fucking FDA press release

"
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

"The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S."

Since Dec. 11, 2020, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has been available under EUA in individuals 16 years of age and older, and the authorization was expanded to include those 12 through 15 years of age on May 10, 2021. EUAs can be used by the FDA during public health emergencies to provide access to medical products that may be effective in preventing, diagnosing, or treating a disease, provided that the FDA determines that the known and potential benefits of a product, when used to prevent, diagnose, or treat the disease, outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.

FDA-approved vaccines undergo the agency’s standard process for reviewing the quality, safety and effectiveness of medical products. For all vaccines, the FDA evaluates data and information included in the manufacturer’s submission of a biologics license application (BLA). A BLA is a comprehensive document that is submitted to the agency providing very specific requirements. For Comirnaty, the BLA builds on the extensive data and information previously submitted that supported the EUA, such as preclinical and clinical data and information, as well as details of the manufacturing process, vaccine testing results to ensure vaccine quality, and inspections of the sites where the vaccine is made. The agency conducts its own analyses of the information in the BLA to make sure the vaccine is safe and effective and meets the FDA’s standards for approval.

Comirnaty contains messenger RNA (mRNA), a kind of genetic material. The mRNA is used by the body to make a mimic of one of the proteins in the virus that causes COVID-19. The result of a person receiving this vaccine is that their immune system will ultimately react defensively to the virus that causes COVID-19. The mRNA in Comirnaty is only present in the body for a short time and is not incorporated into - nor does it alter - an individual’s genetic material. Comirnaty has the same formulation as the EUA vaccine and is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart.

"Our scientific and medical experts conducted an incredibly thorough and thoughtful evaluation of this vaccine. We evaluated scientific data and information included in hundreds of thousands of pages, conducted our own analyses of Comirnaty’s safety and effectiveness, and performed a detailed assessment of the manufacturing processes, including inspections of the manufacturing facilities,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. "We have not lost sight that the COVID-19 public health crisis continues in the U.S. and that the public is counting on safe and effective vaccines. The public and medical community can be confident that although we approved this vaccine expeditiously, it was fully in keeping with our existing high standards for vaccines in the U.S."
"

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 23 2021 14:01 utc | 139

@138 psychohistorian

Jesus wept.

Posted by: Grieved | Aug 23 2021 14:07 utc | 140

Hide yo' mamma, hide yo' wife, hide yo' kids: Old-Neo-Bolshevik Lukashenko is coming for the entire European Peninsula:

No One in Europe Is Safe From My Country’s Dictator, by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, for the NYT

Posted by: vk | Aug 23 2021 14:21 utc | 141

@124 uncle tungsten

Re: Max Forte letter against vax mandate at Canadian Uni's

The introduction to his letter, making up most of the argumentation, does read like an anti-vax position. Which is too bad, because the following point is vital and should be reinforced:

2) That infection is spread only by the non-vaccinated. We now know definitively that the advertised “vaccines”—those in use in Canada—do not protect the injected from infection, nor do they stop them from spreading the virus, or even falling sick and dying from the virus. If the fully vaccinated can—and do—spread the virus, then any requirement for frequent and rapid testing must equally apply to them. Failure to do so is proof of discrimination on the basis of health characteristics.

Canada has done well to avoid what happened in the US. The fast path to large scale natural immunity involves overloaded hospitals, thus improper treatment and more people dying. Not to mention the side effects of the non-lethal "medium-severity" cases, which are just as potentially serious, yet poorly known (not enough time, not enough willingness) as the long term side effects of the vaccines.

Posted by: ptb | Aug 23 2021 14:36 utc | 142

@vk | Aug 23 2021 13:56 utc | 138

It is very possible - in the age of the tourism industry and of the airplane - that the COVID-19 is the first truly international pandemic, having mutated in many countries in different continents before lining up and bursting in Wuhan, the first metropolis it had access to.

It is very possible that this whole BS is cooked up by power hungry maniacs and their acolytes.

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 23 2021 14:44 utc | 143

David G Horsman @63: "They claim to have satellite imagery."

Here is satellite imagery of a culture genocide center in Sydney, Australia! See the fence around it? Such totalitarianism! We should bomb it right away!

So you think maybe genocide isn't taking place there? Then prove it!

Maybe you are skeptical because some English speaker could ride a bike over and take a look, maybe talk to some of the teachers and students present there?

Assuming you have a functional mind, try using it. Why would these asshats at the "Australian Strategic Policy Institute" even bother mentioning "satellite imagery" if they had ANYTHING like real evidence? This is 21st century China we are talking about here, not Mars or 19th century central Africa. There is nothing stopping people from booking a flight to Xinjiang and checking what this "satellite imagery" supposedly shows in person. If they weren't too lazy to do that then they could use pictures they took at the scene as their evidence instead of this ridiculous "satellite imagery".

Anyone who touts "satellite imagery" as their evidence like this is nothing more than a sLimey, neck-bearded, middle-aged, virgin panty-sniffer like Barfingcat's Eliot Higgins, living in mom and dad's basement and posting shit online that they actually have no clue about.

Basically, whenever you hear some clowns referring to "satellite imagery" as their evidence you are dealing with troglodytes whose "open source investigation" is nothing more than doing some Google searches from their bedroom. They are not even worth debunking.

Posted by: William Gruff | Aug 23 2021 15:25 utc | 144

William Gruff | Aug 23 2021 15:25 utc | 144

Well said! Pure Australian Bellingcrap!

Posted by: Doesitreallymatter | Aug 23 2021 15:49 utc | 145

David G Horsman @ 123, there are saints among the disposessed,and among the sinful there as well. Many have been recognized by the Church, many go unrecognized. I don't want to give away the story of "The Island" but that Russian movie does much to separate out the challenges of Christianity even for those who most represent that faith, being monks and priests in clerical garb.

Read Paul's letters, he says in them that the person Christians are called to follow isn't Paul and it isn't any other Christian leader. It is Christ. If even back then he had to write this to one of the churches, how much more does it need to be said today. And in every monastery, every one! - the same struggle has been going on, which is the struggle to follow Christ alone. That's what many of the homeless are actually doing - I know because my son spent many years among them - it's where the kindness of strangers flourishes.

Still, the potential homelessness of Afghanis fleeing the nascent country of their birth is a sad thing to witness. Blessings be upon those who stay.

Posted by: juliania | Aug 23 2021 15:50 utc | 146

The Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine even though its trial that we're participating in has resulted in unprecedented numbers of adverse effects and deaths, even though its original efficacy of 95% dropped to 84% in a couple of months and then to 39% in Israel, the most vaccinated country.

So, it doesn't prevent infection and it doesn't prevent spread, and it might even make your heart explode, but now it's approved and its stock price is soaring.

But don't fret, they'll probably recall it in a year or ten.

Posted by: john | Aug 23 2021 15:50 utc | 147

@ snake (#132), thank you for the detailed response and good ideas.

EMPIRE
The nation state (NS) system is a construct of the Financial Empire of the Global Ruling CLANS. "Democracy" is a temporary phase of history which allows the Empire to take control from the earlier generation of dominant power players: the monarchies. The fact is that most democracies are a suzerainty externally and an Animal Farm internally. The Empire installs a central bank and private money (money creation by banks) apparatus to fund its selected kleptocrats and control political parties and media. To understand a nation state understand its central banking history and monetary system. Name a democracy that isn’t a suzerainty.

ADMINISTRATION
A government serves people and the administration rules/controls people. We don’t have a government, but “Double Administration.” There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policies almost unchecked. The purpose of the neoliberal state is to control the collective from which it draws its power so as to benefit the Ruling Clans (national & international) and their lackeys (kleptocrats). The collective serve the neoliberal state, not the other way around. Our challenge is to install a real government that serves and governs for the populace.

Audit by masses IDEA
The ideas of subjecting “the actors in charge of the nation state system... to audit by the masses,” is an interesting idea but impractical because of the POWER dynamics and lack of moral values (integrity, fairness, justice...). Agree, that a socioeconomic system be the one based on moral need, not greed and want...

Why do many not question the fact, that the nation’s money supply being in the hands of private coterie is effectively prima facie evidence that the administration is already under the thumb of the private Money Power? Whoever controls money has power over others.

Why should a small private clans of people (Money Power) profit by renting humanity its money supply? How long will they have this money power?

"To keep any great nation up to a high standard of civilization there must be enough superior characters to hold the balance of power, but the very moment the balance of power gets into the hands of second-rate men and women, a decline of that nation is inevitable."

CHOICES
Nations, individuals and entities are at a fork: be enslaved or gain sovereignty. The former path is followed by those without conscience (Orcs) and the latter by those with conscience, fortitude, temperance,... Understand the necessity about survival, but not the leisure. Also, as many have said at MoA and other places, the Empire is incapable of reforming and needs to be defeated for a meaningful change in our world. Orcs can’t ask for their sins to be forgiven while enslaving and destroying world. The Empire is heading towards a DEFEAT! It has ran out of luck. Interesting times...

“There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, false pride and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith.

The wolf that wins? The one you feed.”

Which inside wolf are you feeding: evil or good?

Posted by: Max | Aug 23 2021 16:08 utc | 148

@ psychohistorian | Aug 23 2021 2:46 utc | 113 quotes -

"Brainwashing works using that TV thing, IMO..."

"What geo-political oddities or war crimes will occur this week?"

it's easy to get disillusioned...

@ uncle tungsten | Aug 23 2021 7:27 utc | 125... interesting.. thanks..

Posted by: james | Aug 23 2021 16:11 utc | 149

Our local peace group did hold weekly vigils against the attack on Afghanistan. It did not make a difference.
Back then there was no social media, but I did post on a listserve that if we were going to bomb the place that "trained the terrorists" we should bomb Florida. That didn't go over well. Neither did drawing an analogy between Bin Laden "hiding in a cave", (which was a favorite insult of Americans back then) and Bush hiding in a cave in Nebraska on 9-11.
Americans were quite prickly back then.
But yeah, the propaganda flipped a switch, for sure. During the 80s, we were supposed to love the plucky Muslims fighting the evil commies in Afghanistan. Then in the 90s, we bombed Yugoslavia to save the plucky Muslims being attacked by the evil Serbs. You would think the sudden change in propaganda would give Americans whiplash. Apparently not.
As for the FDA approving the mRNA injectibles, well, we all knew that would happen. It's called regulatory capture. Fine sounding words about "thoroughly tested" and "safe and effective" are bs, of course. They haven't been tracking the effects of the vaccine and we all know it. The only source we have is VAERS, and they trashtalk that as unworthy. OK, then why isn't there some sort of honest tracking and accounting? How do you run an experiment with millions of people, refuse to track results, admit that it doesn't work as advertised, and then approve it?
Now that we have social media we know how many people are having horrible side effects and that many people are dying. I talked to one woman whose healthy 50 y.o. brother died after the jab, while their mother held his hand and cried for him to hold on. She told me that she begged the doctor, in tears, to report it to VAERS, but he refused. Apparently, it is an involved process of many pages and on every page, they warn the health care providers of harsh repercussions if they submit a "false" report. And who determines what is "false"? Maybe the same people who have banned the Nobel Prize-winning drug that has been given to billions of people as "unsafe"?
No wonder doctors refuse to submit the side effects and deaths.

Posted by: wagelaborer | Aug 23 2021 16:21 utc | 150

CA COVID update: 8488 hospitalized, 1692 ICU beds available.
Barring a major change, we will pass the July 2020 peak of COVID hospitalizations this week.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 23 2021 17:01 utc | 151

john | 147 and the FDA approval

So the FDA are OK with this bit, it seems:

5.2.2. Continuation of Blinded Phase 3 Registration Study

Pfizer and BioNTech intend to continue the pivotal Phase 3 study with participants in both the vaccine and placebo groups as originally allocated for as long as possible, to obtain long-term data and to ensure sufficient follow-up to support traditional licensure. Nevertheless, we have an ethical responsibility to inform all ongoing study participants of the availability and eligibility criteria of any COVID-19 vaccine made available under an EUA. We will appeal to participants to remain in the ongoing Phase 3 study as originally randomized for as long as possible, ideally until a COVID-19 vaccine has full regulatory approval following the accumulation of 6 months of safety follow-up data after Dose 2. The study team responsible for study conduct would remain blinded to individual participant randomization until this time.
When a COVID-19 vaccine is available under an EUA, placebo recipients who choose not to remain in the ongoing study will need to be unblinded to determine whether they received BNT162b2 or placebo, and given the option to receive BNT162b2 when they are practically eligible for a COVID 19 vaccine (ie, eligible under applicable regulatory approval and national immunization recommendations, and when the national program supply is available in the area in which they reside). In this situation, it is Pfizer’s preference that such individuals are vaccinated within the study in order that both safety and efficacy data can continue to be collected. We believe this approach will minimize the number of current participants who choose to withdraw from the study once a vaccine is available and will maximize the collection of data that can inform the long-term efficacy and safety of BNT162b2. When there is full regulatory approval of a vaccine in the participants’ country, BNT162b2 will be offered to all placebo participants. We recognize that we may be obliged to do this earlier, in accordance with ethics committee, clinical, and regulatory guidance, as the planned interim and final analyses of efficacy have been completed with overwhelming success.
In all cases, we intend to follow participants in the ongoing Phase 3 study up to the original planned 24 months post-vaccination, regardless of any participants opting to crossover from placebo to active vaccination. The statistical considerations and details regarding the appropriate protocol language, informed consent, and logistics of this process would need to be carefully developed with regulatory agency input.
If an EUA initially prioritizes vaccination for particularly vulnerable individuals, placebo participants in lower risk categories will continue within the placebo group, allowing some assessment of efficacy for a longer timeframe. Safety follow up of actively vaccinated participants, including monitoring for COVID-19 cases, will provide ongoing information on continuing effectiveness, even in the absence of a placebo group, particularly by reference to local COVID-19 rates. Comparison of safety events with rates in standing cohorts will provide support for continuing vaccine safety evaluation.
Pfizer and BioNTech anticipate collaborating with FDA on scientifically and statistically sound methods to assess long-term effectiveness and safety of BNT162b2 in the Phase 3 study.

Source: https://www.fda.gov/media/144246/download

Breaking protocol and sh*tt*ng in the face of any scientific soundness and established practice? No, that's just science 2.0, deal with it.
Do you know who else fondly "anticipated collaborating" with their regulatory agency? Boeing did, with the FAA. The 737 MAX fiasco, anyone?

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Aug 23 2021 20:15 utc | 152

@ Max

Here is an article I came across and decided to share with you.

"is it the end of Fiat Currency"

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/300387577/monday-thoughts-is-it-the-end-of-fiat-currency

Posted by: Paul | Aug 23 2021 20:26 utc | 153

Thanks very much everyone it is much appreciated. I will continue with the working evaluation that Austrailia and Canada are much alike.
Location. Location. Location.
And Oz is in a very bad one. Sitting on the tracks cursing the approaching freight train is ill advised.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Aug 23 2021 21:18 utc | 154

@ Paul (#153), thanks for thinking about me and sharing the article. I really appreciate it.

The article is a good example of how myths are maintained in our society. It doesn’t mention that majority (90+%) of money creation is done by private banks. It gives an impression that money is created by central banks. The private banks new deposits and loans (private credit) are convertible to the central bank notes. However, I enjoyed the comment section of the article and understanding people’s perspectives. They do raise good issues.

Posted by: Max | Aug 23 2021 21:58 utc | 155

Posted by: Max | Aug 23 2021 21:58 utc | 155

Of course you are right when you write: 'majority (90+%) of money creation is done by private banks.'

That's one of the problems it's a legal 'racket'.

The money is created as a book entry by the private banks who agree with each other to honour each others book entries.

The trouble is individual 'borrowers' are legally obliged to 'pay it back' in legal tender or forfeit their property.

I owe no bank anything, by design, for the above reason.

In both Australia and NZ the same Big Four [private] banks dominate the banking market.

One Labour leader in Australia long ago wanted to nationalise the banks and he then stood no chance of election.


Posted by: Paul | Aug 23 2021 22:33 utc | 156

@ Paul (#156), all money in the nation must be created by the sovereign monetary authority, sovereign money. It is backed by people and their property. It needs to be invested in the education and healthcare of the populace, given to people as loans, invested in the infrastructure and economic well-being of the nation. No money creation for speculation.

There is no need to nationalize banks, just takeaway their privilege to creat money/credit. No public credit for private gains. This is a better way to address the monetary challenge.

So if one wants to buy a million dollar home, they get a loan of $800k from the sovereign monetary authority and pay loan processing fees. Over the next thirty years they payback this loan and save nearly $2 million in interest that they would have given to a private bank. This way a family will be rich by $2 MILLION and will not be dependent on the society. They will be happy!

Posted by: Max | Aug 23 2021 23:19 utc | 157

psychohistorian | 139
That scared the bejeebus out of me.
I am more convinced than ever not to take any shot they offer.

Its like they aren't even human and these lizards are trying to figure out how to control us on the fly.

TommyKnockers 2.0

Posted by: ld | Aug 24 2021 7:07 utc | 158

Snipet from the behind the paywall AFR:

Caption:
Kamala Harris uses south-east Asia visit to defend US leadership role

For the amusement oF barflies:

Singapore | US Vice-President Kamala Harris has re-affirmed America’s global leadership role and its commitment to the Indo-Pacific while defending US actions in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s lightning-fast return to power.
Ms Harris on Monday met with Singapore’s leaders on the first stop of a south-east Asia tour designed to shore up ties in the region, a task complicated by the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country a week ago.

Posted by: Paul | Aug 24 2021 8:58 utc | 159

David G Horsman #154

And Oz is in a very bad one. Sitting on the tracks cursing the approaching freight train is ill advised.

Agreed, but they are having a lovely BBQ and lots of grog and are oblivious to trains and will never even hear it above the beat of the music. Poor fellow my country.

William Gruff #144

Thank you, very well expressed. Randwick Race Course also serves as a cultural genocide centre. You cannot see one survivor these days thanks to the cultural genocide of the state premier.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 24 2021 9:50 utc | 160

Posted by: Paul | Aug 24 2021 8:58 utc | 159

As for the stance on Covid vaccines, they are not gonna matter anymore when hyped-up mRNA is losing effectiveness against Delta as early as 4 months according to Israeli data. This virus is gonna mutate faster than you say "booster".

Posted by: J W | Aug 24 2021 10:18 utc | 161

@Max #157
You are naive, and not coincidentally, ignorant of history.
Yes, banksters today are abusing the American economy and much of society.
However, a National Bank is not better. Both American and foreign national banks have inevitably become centers of corruption themselves. Adding a sovereign power monopoly on top of the already "network effect" centralization of banking is a proven bad idea.

There is no solution to where we are at.
The powers that be are entrenched and are not going to be put back down without a literal revolution - and since a literal revolution is the only way the banksters are going back into their kennels, might as well hope the revolution goes all the way into reforming the governance of the United States.

As I've been saying since 2012 or so, to paraphrase Mao: "The worse, the better". So long as things keep getting worse, the chance of said revolution will continue to increase. The mindless groupthink of the American oligarchy - billionaires and their PMC bitches both public and private sector - is such that I don't see a Theodore or Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or an Andrew Jackson rising up to push back the tide.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 24 2021 13:50 utc | 162

@Paul #153
The article is deluded.
It isn't belief that underlies "fiat currency", it is the law: "Good for all debts public and private".
As Dr. Michael Hudson noted: currency was created by early Middle Eastern theocracies and kingdoms for tax purposes; law and government created fiat currencies later on for similar economic control purposes on top of the taxes. Belief had nothing to do with it, particularly since "private" purveyors of currencies have inevitably succumbed to theft and/or incompetence and/or monopoly (usually all 3).

Yes, in other countries, foreigners often use the USD to hedge against their own country's monetary antics - but the same doesn't apply for Americans. Even disregarding FATCA and such, the difficulty for Americans in maintaining usable reserves of foreign currencies is reserved for the very wealthy, nor are any of the other major currencies (or gold or crypto) any better. Nor do Americans have an easy path to obtaining foreign currencies except through accounts that report directly to the US government, are under the CUSIP control of the banksters, etc etc.

Unless and until we have foreign currency exchange booths on every other corner in major cities as you see with USD everywhere else, the situation for Americans is not going to change.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 24 2021 14:00 utc | 163

"@vk | Aug 23 2021 13:56 utc | 138
It is very possible - in the age of the tourism industry and of the airplane - that the COVID-19 is the first truly international pandemic, having mutated in many countries in different continents before lining up and bursting in Wuhan, the first metropolis it had access to.

It is very possible that this whole BS is cooked up by power hungry maniacs and their acolytes.
Norwegian @ 143

It is also very possible that nobody has heard of the cold or flu as well... Wait a minute... how could I say that if it were true!
Is linguistic paradox a Covid symptom?

Posted by: David G Horsman | Aug 24 2021 16:32 utc | 164

William Gruff @ 144 "Our Lady of Consolation"? Lol. Sorry you landed in Australia?
Yup. We definitely should bomb it.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Aug 24 2021 16:40 utc | 165

You know Mr Gruff upon landing on the site I asked myself why a full map was not prominently linked?
Kinda suspicious no?

Posted by: David G Horsman | Aug 24 2021 16:42 utc | 166

While the insane empire is rushing about screaming and killing, the sane empire is investing State Common Wealth on transport policies through licensed private companies in both China and Taiwan!

Just have a think about battery swaps and you might appreciate China's goal of a predominant domestic EV fleet by 2030 and a fully installed EV fleet by 2035.

The global private finance strategy of the west is entirely moribund NOW and the thrashing corpse is evidenced in the Kabul Airport idiocy - a blunt reminder that it has lost its mind. Having taken the lead in small private transport systems, the west is beyond consolation as this is the next domino to fall after 5G went to China. Perhaps this is why the foaming at mouth and grinding of teeth over Taiwan and freedumb blah blah is the mantra from the mendacious. Unfortunately for the west China is obviously instituting a parallel technology strategy with their Taiwan subsidiary in case the West blockades the island.

So to the global private finance psychotics I might say - too late mate, its all sorted, have a beer.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 24 2021 22:51 utc | 167

Astra Zeneca is useless...and that is the real cause of the current wave in Vietnam
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3897733

Posted by: Mina | Aug 25 2021 8:24 utc | 168

Through a link from a Telesur article, I arrived at this one on the rise of the neo-Pentecostal narco-militia in Brazil. I knew nothing about this - it’s really startling.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/rise-narco-militia-pentecostal-brazil-en/

Btw, for those who haven’t watched the GrayZone interview with Pepe Escobar, he mentions that he received information from some of his insider sources, who report that some very powerful people (no names given) lost their piece of the heroin trade with the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan. They are pissed (I believe that’s the term he used) and can be expected to respond somehow.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Aug 25 2021 12:45 utc | 169

For all those smoking crack on China's "green"ness:

China announces 43 new coal fired plants and 18 new blast furnaces

New coal power and steel projects announced in China in the first half of 2021 alone will emit CO2 equal to Netherland’s total emissions, new mapping of the project pipeline shows. A total of 18 new blast furnace projects with a total capacity of 35 million tonnes per year and 43 new coal-fired power plant units were announced; if approved and built, they will emit an estimated 150 million tonnes of CO2 a year.

Yes, the CCP (rightly) believes that China's emissions intensity will decrease overall as it moves further up the value chain.
However, only a fool will believe that this makes up for the increased emissions due to higher consumption that arises from China's 1.4B people getting visibly richer every year.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 25 2021 13:39 utc | 170

More on solar and wind power nonsense

CAISO is the California grid operator. They manage and collect data on California's electricity grid.

Here is CAISO's data on how much solar and wind power is curtailed (i.e. thrown away or disabled) due to said power sources producing electricity when there is insufficient demand - i.e. duck curve mismatch.

Note the numbers: 3 months in both 2021 and 2020 saw curtailments in the 200+ gigawatt-hours range with peaks over 300 gigawatt-hours.

To put this in perspective: 300 gigawatt-hours is roughly 10% of all solar electricity produced in a month in California - and Solar supposedly produces 20% of the electricity in California.

Does building more make sense?

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 25 2021 13:52 utc | 171

And the scams roll on: big box stores now retroactively litigating to reduce their already low property taxes

source

The Peter White Public Library would now be closed on Sundays.

Marquette has been hit hard by a tactic that the country’s biggest retailers are using to slash their property taxes. Known as the “dark store” method, it exemplifies the systematic way that these chains extract money from local governments. It’s also the latest example of the way that, even as local governments across the country continue to bend over backwards to attract and accommodate big-box development, these stores are consistently a terrible deal for the towns and cities where they locate.

Marquette is one of the countless places that has bought into big-box economic development. Over the years, the township in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan spent millions extending water mains, law enforcement, and other infrastructure and services to its big-box commercial corridor along U.S. 41. When the Lowe’s opened there in 2008, local officials including the mayor turned out for a “board-cutting” ceremony—the home improvement center version of a ribbon-cutting.

Then, less than two years later, Lowe’s flipped the script. The mega-retailer, which reports annual net sales of about $50 billion, went to tax court to appeal its property tax assessment. Marquette had pegged the taxable value of the store, which had just been built for $10 million, at $5.2 million. In front of the Michigan Tax Tribunal, an administrative court whose members are appointed by the state governor, Lowe’s won assessments that were, instead, $2.4 million in 2010, $2 million in 2011, and $1.5 million in 2012.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 25 2021 14:08 utc | 172

California COVID update:

#hospitalized patients with COVID: 8675 as of 8/23/2021
This is vs. absolute peak of 8820 in July 2020. We are almost definitely going to pass that this week.
The good news is that the trend may be bending down finally so extremely unlikely we will hit the January 2021 peak.

Other news:

CDC report on LA County COVID infections: 25% fully vaccinated, 3.3% partially vaccinated and 71% not vaccinated.

LA County has a vaccination rate of roughly 67% - so in theory vaccination reduces the chance to get COVID. But of course, it seems to me that people who got vaccinated also tend to be much more careful about not getting COVID (masks, isolation etc).

What really matters though is: total infected = 43127 infections vs. a population of nearly 10 million.
1 in 231 people got COVID in 3 months.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 25 2021 14:23 utc | 173

Breaking: Bolivia
There is an attempt to break Añez out of prison happening now. News is very thin, what I read on Kawsachun is that the top fascist leaders are working together:Camacho, Quiroga, U.S. favorite Carlos Mesa and others. That's all I know from the news.

My speculation is that the break is well planned and well funded, probably using a Blackwater-type merc team with all the support drones, armoured vehicles and assasins needed along with bribes ahead of time. But that's my paranoid speculation which includes my fear that they will succeed and wisk Añez to Brazil and then Miami. The Bolivian government has put a great deal of work into investigating, arresting and prosecuting fascist murderers and colluders; a few days ago a forensic report was released which documented the Sencata massacre and others, establishing evidence trails that will be crucial to prosecutions. The people are insisting on justice and were very supportive of the report.

Kasechun, Telesur and Orinoco News will likely have updates later today if you want to follow this. I trust them. They are also on Twitter, maybe Facebook if you are (I'm not).

Posted by: migueljose | Aug 25 2021 14:26 utc | 174

Bolivia
anez escape attempt update
Here's the link. Sounds like the Bolivian government got ahead of the bad guys and is preparing for them, maybe they will win this round...

https://kawsachunnews.com/apdhb-anez-escape-attempt-underway

Posted by: migueljose | Aug 25 2021 14:48 utc | 175

Pilger--

"Under the monarchy, life expectancy was thirty-five; one in three children died in infancy. Ninety per cent of the population was illiterate. The new government introduced free medical care. A mass literacy campaign was launched.

For women, the gains had no precedent; by the late 1980s, half the university students were women, and women made up 40 per cent of Afghanistan’s doctors, 70 per cent of its teachers and 30 per cent of its civil servants.

So radical were the changes that they remain vivid in the memories of those who benefited. Saira Noorani, a female surgeon who fled Afghanistan in 2001, recalled:

“Every girl could go to high school and university. We could go where we wanted and wear what we liked … We used to go to cafes and the cinema to see the latest Indian films on a Friday … it all started to go wrong when the mujahedin started winning … these were the people the West supported.”

For the United States, the problem with the PDPA government was that it was supported by the Soviet Union. Yet it was never the “puppet” derided in the West, neither was the coup against the monarchy “Soviet-backed”, as the American and British press claimed at the time."

"In August, 1979, the US Embassy in Kabul reported that “the United States’ larger interests … would be served by the demise of the PDPA government, despite whatever setbacks this might mean for future social and economic reforms in Afghanistan.”

Read again the words above I have italicised. It is not often that such cynical intent is spelt out as clearly. The US was saying that a genuinely progressive Afghan government and the rights of Afghan women could go to hell."

More than a generation ago, Afghanistan won its freedom, which the United States, Britain and their “allies” destroyed.

Posted by: arby | Aug 25 2021 15:11 utc | 176

Hey MoA barflies!!

About the FDA approval of the mRNA vaccine for Pfizer.

I got an email from a MoA lurker who sent me the following:
"
Read your quote for the approval of Pfizer’s gene therapies, but were you aware that the approval WAS NOT for the present gene therapy? It’s for a pfizer ‘vaccine’ that isn’t even in production yet, which is explained by Dr Malone in a seven minute video below. The fda has approved a future ‘vaccine’, which won’t have shielding from liability, like the present one does. Apparently who’s at fault are our newspapers that didn’t discern, nor investigate the announcement with any scrutiny whatsoever, according to Dr. Malone.

https://www.bitchute.com/video/kcifQKTleRTf/
"

I am too busy to follow up, sorry

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 25 2021 15:37 utc | 177

@ c1ue (#162), don’t assume and no personal accusations. I have stated multiple times that no nation has changed their financial system without a revolution. Also, there is a big difference between the monetary authority and the national bank. Didn’t say it will be an overlay on the existing banking system. You’re making too many baseless assumptions. Learn to engage.

The change will come through a black swan event. Orcs (individuals without conscience) are in majority still. After looting the land they wanted to loot the world for the Global Ruling Clans. They will be held accountable.

Posted by: Max | Aug 25 2021 15:45 utc | 178

Nord Stream 2 Loses Case For Exemption From EU Directive In Yet Another Hurdle

Nord Stream AG, the operator of Nord Stream 2, lost the court case to exempt the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project from the requirements of the EU Gas Directive.

According to media reports, Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court rejected a complaint from Gazprom to overturn the decision of the Federal Network Agency of Germany.

Nord Stream 2 AG previously appealed in German courts against the refusal to satisfy the request to exempt Nord Stream 2 from the provisions of the Gas Directive. A lawsuit has also been filed to repeal the amendments to the Gas Directive in the EU Court of Justice.

The updated EU gas directive has brought under its own rules not only onshore, but also offshore sections of gas pipelines in the EU. Among other things, the directive requires that the pipeline entering the EU is either partially filled by an alternative supplier, or part of it, which runs through the Union, belongs to a third company.

The EU rules require the companies that produce, transport and distribute gas on European Union territory to be separate, or “unbundled”. They aim to ensure fair competition in the market and to prevent companies from possibly obstructing competitors’ access to infrastructure.

The Nord Stream 2 operator claims the rules, amended in 2019, were aimed at torpedoing the pipeline.


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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Aug 25 2021 16:10 utc | 179

Hi c1ue 170, 171

I think that in Canada tthe primary (“real”) way that the authorities seem to want ato address climate change is through land management. Forestry, agriculture, conservation. I received an email from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) recently that mentioned how conservation can help us achieve emissions targets. There is a carbon tax as well, but in my view, that policy has other motives than just carbon. I think it’s one way the govt can pry some power back from the ever-aggressive-and-demanding energy companies.

Today on Tass, there is a piece on Xi visiting a forest farm:
https://tass.com/press-releases/1329945

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Aug 25 2021 16:35 utc | 180

Jackrabbit @179
It would serve them right if Russia shut off the spigots and let the EU pay through the nose to the US. A few freezing winters would do them good.
In a world of dwindling energy he who has the resources holds the cards in the end.

Posted by: ld | Aug 25 2021 16:48 utc | 181

@Max #178
Dream on - I wish you well but I won't be holding my breath.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 25 2021 17:37 utc | 182

@Bruised Northerner #180
Canada is one of the worst CO2 emitters per capita in the world.
Worse than the US and only exceeded by a bunch of oil producing nations and Australia.
So you'll pardon me if I consider any Canadian "climate change" nonsense to be utter bullshit.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 25 2021 17:40 utc | 183

Ok California, I’ll bite my tongue and not respond. We can’t compare to the contribution from your state, for sure. My point was that the supposed policies to address climate change, such as the carbon tax, have a different motive and it’s the land-use policies that are intended as climate protection. Like it or not, Canada does occupy a very large land mass.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Aug 25 2021 18:10 utc | 184

@Bruised Northerner #184
My comment was not directed at you personally.
I personally understand that the energy requirements to live at/near the Arctic circle are going to be radically different than living in San Francisco or LA, even disregarding the enormous population density differences as well (population density = lower per capita energy use).
The point is that any form of "conservation" from a Canadian government and economy significantly based on massive fossil fuel sales is, quite frankly, bullshit. Canada exports in the order of $120B a year in oil and natural gas. This is more than 1/3 in size compared to the central government of Canada's budget, to put in perspective.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 26 2021 20:11 utc | 185

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