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October 20, 2021

Open Thread 2021-81

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"Sometimes nothing can be a cool hand"...

Posted by: notlurking | Oct 20 2021 18:15 utc | 1

Colombia Reports Colombia’s increasingly authoritarian President Ivan Duque is set to suspend electoral guarantees in his regime’s latest and most blatant attack on democracy. Duque’s expressed intention to suspend the “Guarantees Law” makes fair elections unlikely as the initiative throws the door wide open for fraud.

El Salvador Perspectives: Protesters returned to the streets in large numbers again on Sunday, October 17, to protest policies of the Bukele government. The protests were somewhat smaller than the September 15 protests. One reason for the smaller size may have been the police and military checkpoints which went up on the major routes into San Salvador early Sunday morning, stopping all the buses. For his part, Bukele tweeted 41 times during the day trying to suggest that the protest marches were a "failure" or that people were brought to the march without knowing what they were protesting.

Venezuelanalysis: The Venezuelan government suspended negotiations with the US-backed Juan Guaidó opposition on Saturday following Alex Saab’s extradition to the United States.

Guyana Oil Now: Some companies serving the Guyanese oil industry are moving their regional offices to Guyana, as the country is gearing up to be one of the oil provinces which will hold out the longest throughout the global energy transition. According to Guyana’s Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh, they are beginning to see Guyana as their regional hub. Dubai-based Unidome Global DWC LLC is one of the latest foreign companies which have decided to act on this basis. Unidome on Tuesday decided to partner with Guyanese owned Global Infrastructure Solutions to open a US$5 million manufacturing plant in Guyana to serve the needs of the oil sector. The partners intend, not to serve Guyana alone, but the entire Caribbean region.

Posted by: Maracatu | Oct 20 2021 18:24 utc | 2

The "moon of alabama" header grafic only wks on the main page. It's nice, so I report this. Salud.

Posted by: El gato loco | Oct 20 2021 18:24 utc | 3

Sometimes doing nothing is the best strategy of all.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 20 2021 18:25 utc | 4

Facebook is moving to the 'metaverse'. That is all.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/facebook-is-planning-to-rebrand-the-company-with-a-new-name/ar-AAPJ2RB

Posted by: gottlieb | Oct 20 2021 18:25 utc | 5

Try this one

https://thecradle.co/Article/investigations/2695
"The sectarian shooting of peaceful protestors last week in Beirut brought into focus, yet again, the name of Samir Geagea, leader of the right-wing, militantly Christian Lebanese Forces (LF) political party. Geagea’s name is synonymous with the history of Lebanon’s civil war – and with the horrific war crimes committed during those 15 years of strife.

While Geagea was by no means the only person with a proven record of war crimes, it is indubitable that his record exceeds that of other warlords during that brutal period – even by the standards of the right-wing militias which perpetrated many of the worst atrocities."

https://thecradle.co/Article/investigations/2695

Posted by: Loubnan | Oct 20 2021 18:26 utc | 6

And for some morning shits and giggles here is latest on the "Havana Syndrome". Hospitals are full. Where have I heard that lie before? My question is, if anyone dies, will HS be penciled in as cause or COVID? Decisions decisions. North Korean press have more credentials that MSM.

juliaioffe

There are now so many cases of Havana Syndrome that Walter Reed is at capacity. The U.S. government has started outsourcing cases to other hospitals

My latest, for @PuckNews.

puck.news/havana-syndrome-in-bidens-washington/?utm_code=julia%40puck.news

Posted by: Tom | Oct 20 2021 18:34 utc | 7

my brother who follows the covid dairies more closely shared this with me.. some of my american friends might find it interesting...

office of the attorney general - nebraska on the topic of prescription of ivermection, hcq and etc... it is a 48 page pdf..

report from state of nebraska - office of the attorney general

Posted by: james | Oct 20 2021 18:40 utc | 8

Rest where rest is needed. Enjoy the evening, b :)

Posted by: pachinko | Oct 20 2021 18:42 utc | 9

Ramin Mazaheri is back!

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog

(Author’s note: This is my first article after a 5-month sabbatical. 2019 Yellow Vests, 2020 corona/US election – I needed a break. However, I’m glad to see everything has been fixed in my absence!)

http://thesaker.is/is-1-of-the-us-now-iranian-american-no-thats-an-undercount/

Ramine highlights the enormous gains in education in Iran, and how that is one of the keys of their revolution.

Re #7 not that Puck Press is MSM, but Julie Loffe could stand in for Racist Madcow on her day off. No difference.

Posted by: Tom | Oct 20 2021 18:42 utc | 10

james #8. I'm getting a 404 error.

Posted by: Tom | Oct 20 2021 18:44 utc | 11

"Now it is not uncommon for liberals to say “free speech is bad.” They say: “conservatives can use free speech to convince people to implement policies that are bad for you.” That is how irrational most liberals and even many so-called progressive leftists have become. They want a dictatorship in the name of liberalism and progressivism. They have gone nuts for tyranny." Tulsi Gabbard Has Not Changed — Her Critics Have

Posted by: Kali | Oct 20 2021 19:00 utc | 12

@ 11 tom... i see that... it comes up via the wayback machine here..

wayback">https://ago.nebraska.gov/sites/ago.nebraska.gov/files/docs/opinions/21-017_0.pdf/">wayback machine version of @8 link

Posted by: james | Oct 20 2021 19:19 utc | 13

Posted by: Tom | Oct 20 2021 18:34 utc | 7

Unfortunately there's a paywall at this The Onion wannabe site "Puck News" so I didn't get to have all the pleasure and laughs I had hoped for. Would you be able to post a transcript so that we can all have a good chuckle?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Oct 20 2021 19:21 utc | 14

How's that US "democracy" thing working out? . .Not so well.

President Biden's disapproval poll is steadily rising, now at 51% here.
Congressional job approval at 69% disapprove here.
Direction of country? Wrong track 60% here.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 20 2021 19:21 utc | 15

trying that yet again.. oh well..

@ 11 tom... i see that... it comes up via the wayback machine here..

https://web.archive.org/web/20211020051012/https://ago.nebraska.gov/sites/ago.nebraska.gov/files/docs/opinions/21-017_0.pdf">https://ago.nebraska.gov/sites/ago.nebraska.gov/files/docs/opinions/21-017_0.pdf">https://web.archive.org/web/20211020051012/https://ago.nebraska.gov/sites/ago.nebraska.gov/files/docs/opinions/21-017_0.pdf

it won't let me format this url using the html tags..

Posted by: james | Oct 20 2021 19:22 utc | 16

crazy... i don't get it..

Posted by: james | Oct 20 2021 19:23 utc | 17

https://ago.nebraska.gov/sites/ago.nebraska.gov/files/docs/opinions/21-017_0.pdf

last try!

Posted by: james | Oct 20 2021 19:25 utc | 18

Afghan Withdrawal: Sunday With the Military Industrial Complex

In case there was any doubt that the corporate MSM is simply an extension of the deep state, having long ago merged with and/or been captured by the Military-Financial-Surveillance-Infotainment-Complex.

Yes, Virginia There is a Deep State.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Oct 20 2021 19:30 utc | 19

It has just been discovered that the Facebook Covid vaccine Fat-Checkers are funded by vaccine companies from RT

https://twitter.com/i/status/1450696150223179776

This should come as no surprise. We lie cheat we steal rot has spread throughout the west.

Posted by: Tom | Oct 20 2021 19:32 utc | 20

Some may find Putin's meeting with the State Council Presidium and its discussion about Russia’s "transport strategy until 2030, and forecast until 2035" very instructive dealing as it does with the ongoing development of Russia that still has a rather long way to go thanks to its continental extent. Putin admits to problems in relying on private interests in developing what are a series of natural monopolies that must be owned and run by the public at either the local, regional or national level. Some of the stats are eye-opening. As with many other nations, Russia finances its road network via fuel taxes which have served well so far:

"In the past decade, the total length of road surfaces in Russia has increased by 400,000 km."

But with vehicles being propelled by other energy sources as the future unfolds, something will need to be done, which is actually a small challenge. Overall integration of transport is the key issue, and that means more than just roads, with ports and airports/air services also being discussed:

"Furthermore, to ensure the dynamic advance of the national economy as a whole, we must develop comprehensively all types of transport: air, water, rail and motor. It is necessary to make them meet the requirements of the people in the best possible way....

"Synchronisation between the different types of transport – we have already talked about synchronisation, more precisely, we have talked about insufficient synchronisation, say, in the Eastern Operating Domain. The railway infrastructure is underdeveloped, for example in the approaches to seaports. By the way, the same is happening in the southern regions, in Daghestan, and in the Azov and Black Sea basin."

After reading this it's clear Russia has lots of work to do which means plenty of jobs to keep its people busy; but for that to happen, the government must do its planning job both extensively and minutely, and it all must be very well managed. Plus it all must be done within the context of an ongoing pandemic which is giving Russia a rather hard time.

This meeting today with an extensive panel of government members discusses the pandemic. The current situation has grown worse raising Putin's level of concern:

"Let me repeat what I have said at the beginning: I took a look at the situation unfolding in neighbouring countries. We must prevent developments similar to those that we are witnessing with great regret and concern in some European countries, such as when people are unable to enter hospitals for several hours and sometimes several days, when they are put on ventilators even inside ambulances. Some of them never make it to the hospital due to a shortage of beds. I am asking you to do everything possible so that this country does not face anything like that."

Putin then asks, "What must be done in this regard?" He goes on to list several main points, the second of which has already made the news:

"Second. Let me repeat, right now it is extremely important to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colleagues, in view of the current developments, I support your proposal to announce a paid non-working week in the entire country between October 30 and November 7, inclusively."

That appears rather similar to China's initial crackdown; I'm curious to see how it's organized and then carried out. I would imagine help's being provided by China. There's more:

"It is also clear that the epidemiological situation in each region is different, with its own dynamic and trends.

"Therefore, as we initially agreed when we started fighting this outbreak, the regional heads have the authority to introduce additional measures. In this particular case, it is possible to announce non-working days before October 30, before the stay-at-home period begins for the rest of the country, and extend these non-working days beyond November 7, if it proves necessary....

"I want to stress once again that these days off must be paid.

"I would like to address specifically the heads of the regions where the morbidity rate is particularly high and healthcare facilities are overwhelmed. Please consult with experts to evaluate the situation, and, if necessary, announce non-working days starting this Saturday, October 23. Once again, you have the authority to do so. Do take charge since you have this authority, and do not wait too long to make the necessary decisions. I will instruct my envoys in the regions to closely monitor this situation and provide support if you need it."

It pleases me that Putin clearly shows his #1 priority is the wellbeing of Russians. One could ask why he waited so long to issue this order; but as the discussion shows, it was a decision made jointly.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 20 2021 19:41 utc | 21

@ Maracatu 2
re: El Salvador Perspectives: Protesters returned to the streets in large numbers again . .
I suspect US backing for these protests, reacting to an increased China presence in that country. Perhaps rooftop snipers are next?

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 20 2021 19:43 utc | 22

Non stop Russia Russia Russia, Trump's fault. Putin making us look like fools.

"Soon, stories like this had started popping up at the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China. One woman, who represented the Commerce Department, told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell something that really stuck with me: Not only did this woman become so ill that she had to be evacuated from China, but her dogs also felt the effects of whatever this thing was. They started vomiting blood and avoiding the room where this woman had heard that paralyzing sound.

There had even been attacks on U.S. soil, in Philadelphia and in Arlington, Virginia. Worse, C.I.A. investigators had placed agents from the F.S.B., the Russian security services, at the location of at least one attack. But Gina Haspel, then the head of the C.I.A., refused to take the concerns seriously—or brief the president on them. As one government official explained it to me, “In the world of Trump, you don’t say anything bad about Russia.”

. Meanwhile, the number of government employees suffering from Havana Syndrome has jumped from a couple dozen to a couple hundred. Some reports place the figure of affected government employees as high as 300. I’ve heard from several sources that the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, where some of those affected have been going for treatment, is overwhelmed to the point of no longer being able to take new patients. The government is now outsourcing these victims to non-government hospitals.

But some in the intelligence community are getting restless, eager to see the people who wounded so many of their comrades punished. Even if the intelligence is “medium confidence,” one member of the community told me, that should be enough to go on. “We got bin Laden with medium confidence.”

http://puck.news/havana-syndrome-in-bidens-washington/?utm_code=julia%40puck.news

Posted by: Tom | Oct 20 2021 19:51 utc | 23

I hear you, b. But it's not because you've got nothing. It's a reflex of an empty, banal and repetitive world where the grifters and carpetbaggers rule. You're feeling like Sisyphus... Psychohistorian always signs off "the shitshow continues until it doesn't...": we're all waiting for that moment like characters in a Beckett play. vk has all the conviction of a preacher proclaiming "the end of capitalism is a-comin!" but capitalism seems to go instead from strength to strength. Karlof has faith in the Russians and rails agains the Outlaw Empire, but where's a Sheriff when you need him and who would bring that Outlaw to justice if there was one?

We've all got nothing... anyway, back to pushing my rock.

Posted by: Patroklos | Oct 20 2021 20:01 utc | 24

Michael Hudson on how the US extracts wealth from other nations who wish to participate in the us dollar economy. All nations are strongly encouraged to participate or else. The US in indebted to majority of these countries and has no plans to pay these countries back. All the funds stolen from these other countries are funneled into military imperialism. God forbid any should be used to help it's citizens.
https://thegrayzone.com/2021/10/19/super-imperialism-economist-michael-hudson/

Posted by: Joe | Oct 20 2021 20:03 utc | 25

The Jesuits are revolting - still. And now in China.

An interesting piece by Matthew Ehret at Strategic Culture.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 20 2021 20:04 utc | 26

Russia MFA has released the joint statement from today's meeting. Of the nine points, IMO the final two are the most important:

"8. Expressing deep concern over the deteriorating economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the sides expressed confidence in the need for the international community to mobilize consolidated efforts to provide urgent humanitarian and economic assistance to the Afghan people in the post-conflict reconstruction of the country.

"9. In this context, the sides have proposed to launch a collective initiative to convene a broad-based international donor conference under the auspices of the United Nations as soon as possible, certainly with the understanding that the core burden of post-conflict economic and financial reconstruction and development of Afghanistan must be shouldered by troop-based actors which were in the country for the past 20 years. [My Emphasis]

To that final point, I say good luck getting one copper penny from any of them, especially the Outlaw US Empire. I know Russia, Pakistan and China have agreed to provide crucial aid. Unfortunately, there wasn't anyone from that cabal present to hear that very reasonable demand. Here's a list of the participants:

"Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as a high-level delegation of the interim Afghan government."

On the week in review thread I provided Wang Yi's assessment of why the Outlaw US Empire bailed-out of this meeting. It's rather hilarious given its realistic assessment; so if you haven't read that yet, I suggest you do so.

The problem now becomes one of aid provision given the reality that the aggressors won't do shit. Shelters, foodstuffs, heating devices and fuel to run them are the primary items needed; then an equitable distribution must occur.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 20 2021 20:09 utc | 27

Enjoy

Let’s Go Brandon: The Second Shot Heard Around the World
https://torrancestephensphd.substack.com/p/lets-go-brandon-the-second-shot-heard

&

Lancet COVID Origins Investigator Wins $1 Million Chinese Prize For Claiming Virus Developed Naturally.
https://thenationalpulse.com/exclusive/lancet-covid-investigator-wins-china-nobel-prize/

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Oct 20 2021 20:33 utc | 28

To that final point, I say good luck getting one copper penny from any of them, especially the Outlaw US Empire
karlof1

Even if the US did agree to pony up, they are agreement incapable. Vietnam is an example of backing out of agreements and starting a propaganda campaign with the MIA bullshit. Bush the senior said something to the effect that the war in Vietnam was mutual. Don't think he would of said that if NVA was invading California. US only gives aid if it traps the nation in question with insurmountable debt. The carrot has been replaced with a poisoned chalice.

And the gift that keeps on giving, Russia stole the 2016 election for Trump.

https://www.rt.com/russia/537968-fbi-raid-over-trump-election/

"Sick of these f**king jokers’: FBI raid over Trump election allegations ‘staggeringly dumb,’ Russian billionaire Deripaska blasts"

"According to him, Trump only “had help from these dumbasses in Washington DC who drove the voters to the point of such despair that they were ready to vote for just about anybody else – even a cartoon character – instead of the Clinton clan that is knee-deep in fraud and bribery.”

Posted by: Tom | Oct 20 2021 20:46 utc | 29

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 20 2021 20:04 utc | 26

Ah the Jesuits. Reminded me of the JFK speech to the American Newspaper Publishers Association in which he speaks to secrets (and secret societies) with great power and sway over the American government and his very Presidency.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhZk8ronces

The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.

— JFK

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Oct 20 2021 20:47 utc | 30

When your world has turned asunder
and your plans have laid to waste
and the promises of happiness
now leave a bitter taste
Now is not the time
to give in your tears
to focus on the negative
will re enforce your fears

Just know that you are worthy
know that you are strong
square your shoulders, steel yourself
and then you soldier on
When the storm is over
and the sun shines once again
These memories that haunt you
and fill your heart with pain
will dissipate like parting clouds
and a new chapter can begin

Posted by: ld | Oct 20 2021 20:52 utc | 31

If you want to see what the ruling class in Australia think about the poor, check this out: it's not a joke

https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/don-t-underestimate-the-underclass-20211018-p5910c

(open in private/incognito window to avoid blocks)

Posted by: Patroklos | Oct 20 2021 20:56 utc | 32

karlof1 #27

Thank you for that report and a similar question is posed by Ramona Wadi here "If, according to the U.S., Cuba does not deserve a seat at the UNHRC, what has the U.S. done to deserve it?" Ramona does a good deconstruction in this report.

I guess if the USA is scheming about how to screw up the NHMRC you will find a Rhodes Rat at the head of the gang.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 20 2021 21:11 utc | 33

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Oct 20 2021 20:47 utc | 30

Oh goodie, the old "secret societies" speech snippet. Edited for the uncurious and the lazy.

Here is the full speech.

So Kennedy here was in fact asking American publishers to voluntarily censor and keep the lid on certain items. He pointed out to the them that US was in a war. The enemy being Communist International.

Of course, quality commentator (that's sarcasm Tom-Q-INTEL) on "dissenting blogs" love to post the snippet since it hints at "Illuminati" (which at this point we must conclude was a psyops spun out of Langley to sow the 'cognitive chaos' that they deem necessary to maintain narratives).

(@VK: He starts with a cute little joke about Karl Marx - you may like it!)

Posted by: no_really | Oct 20 2021 22:15 utc | 34

Various reports of drone attack on Americans at al Tanf in Syria.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Oct 20 2021 22:15 utc | 35

Just came out yesterday, from the European Journal of Epidemiology (Harvard contributed to the study as well, re the US data): Increases in Covid -19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination in 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States. In fact the higher the percentage of fully vaccinated, the more COVID cases there are.
As I mentioned yesterday, Pfizer and Moderna at best has 40 to 60 efficacy (according to a report leaked to the WP) and that is not enough to achieve herd immunity. All it does is to create new variants, that will spread among the elderly and immuno compromised.
Emerging scientific evidence suggest that vaccines are not enough, hospitals need to use medications to treat patients.
The figures we were given regarding the efficacy of the vaccines were based on very low sample data, in controlled environment. BTW there is no real data on the effect of vaccines on children.
THE STUDY SUGGESTED THAT THE USE OF VACCINES NEED TO BE RE-EXAMINED.

Posted by: Peter Schmidt | Oct 20 2021 22:21 utc | 36

Posted by: no_really | Oct 20 2021 22:15 utc | 33

Thanks for the link and clarification. Kennedy was a complicated and complex figure and it would have been nice to be able to ask him in detail about that speech after his presidential terms ended the normal way. He had an open distrust/dislike of secretive agencies (FBI, CIA) and it's pretty clear that the government was and is infiltrated by members of secret societies, but yeah - after listening to the whole speech in context it takes on a different meaning. Oh well.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Oct 20 2021 22:27 utc | 37

Posted by: no_really | Oct 20 2021 22:15 utc | 33

Tom_Q_INTEL - lol, that's funny. No, I'm not some "intelligence community" (oxymoronic to their demonstrated collective IQ) asset here to spread conspiracy theories, and as I mentioned in my first reply I'm glad you corrected the record. Interestingly, that condensed, out-of-context video that I linked was taken directly from a Strategic Culture piece (where it was linked) posted here by one of the regulars, so it also renders that author (at SC) suspect.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Oct 20 2021 22:31 utc | 38

@ ut 26
The Jesuits are revolting - still. And now in China.
Perhaps I missed it in the article. The Vatican does not recognize PRC, but ROC, and is Taiwan's only remaining diplomatic partner in Europe.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 20 2021 22:40 utc | 39

If you want to see what the ruling class in Australia think about the poor, check this out: it's not a joke

https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/don-t-underestimate-the-underclass-20211018-p5910c

(open in private/incognito window to avoid blocks)

Posted by: Patroklos | Oct 20 2021 20:56 utc | 32

I can feel your pain. She even calls them the underclass. Which she clearly does not see herself as having anything to do with. I can remember when we still got to be citizens and had rights and were allowed to speak for outselves.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 20 2021 22:43 utc | 40

re: John Kennedy
A much more important speech a couple years later in 1963, the one that I believe got him offed in November that year, was at American University.
wiki

The American University speech, titled "A Strategy of Peace", was a commencement address delivered by United States President John F. Kennedy at the American University in Washington, D.C., on Monday, June 10, 1963.[1] Delivered at the height of his rhetorical powers and widely considered one of his most powerful speeches,[2] Kennedy not only outlined a plan to curb nuclear arms, but also "laid out a hopeful, yet realistic route for world peace at a time when the U.S. and Soviet Union faced the potential for an escalating nuclear arms race."[3] In the speech, Kennedy announced his agreement to negotiations "toward early agreement on a comprehensive test ban treaty" (which resulted in the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty) and also announced, for the purpose of showing "good faith and solemn convictions", his decision to unilaterally suspend all U.S. atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons as long as all other nations would do the same. Noteworthy are his comments that the United States was seeking a goal of "complete disarmament" of nuclear weapons and his vow that America "will never start a war". The speech was unusual in its peaceful outreach to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and is remembered as one of Kennedy's finest and most important speeches.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 20 2021 22:50 utc | 41

@ ld 31
Thanks for the poem. We ought to remember the mind-body connection, that focusing on the negative is unhealthy, whereas positive thinking and happiness is healthful. The brain even provides some agents to help keep us healthy as we 'soldier on!' . . .for more, read anything by Norman Cousins.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 20 2021 22:56 utc | 42

To all MoA readers in Australia,

You may be interested in reading and perhaps signing ePetition EN3364. It closes 27 October 2021.

Posted by: Jen | Oct 20 2021 23:02 utc | 43

Don Bacon @41--

Keeping the soul healthy ought to be habitual for us cynics. Today I reviewed Asimov's Foundation Series to reawaken them in my mind and to determine if the Apple TV series has merit. I'll stick with the books. I then thought about rereading Hesse's The Glass Bead Game, which I finished 30+ years ago. That so many have tried to emulate the Foundation Series, I find comforting. I also find it comforting that nobody's been successful at writing an entire screenplay from prequels through sequels, not just the initial trilogy.

I also found it amusing that Austin replied to Russia that it had no control over NATO's choices of members on the same day that Lavrov told NATO to go pound sand. Funny what provides solace for the soul.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 20 2021 23:49 utc | 44

I gave up buying into covid debates long ago as the level of bulldust on either side became insurmountable, however in the interest of full disclosure I own to having taken the vaccination prior to travelling as it doesn't seem to matter how much I exercise & manage my tucker, my blood pressure sits at around 190 over 100. Hypertension rules. I'm just not into this getting old bizzo - weird aches 'n pains etc suck!
Anyway I came across this article in Ireland's Waterford News & Star:

DESPITE having the highest uptake of the covid vaccine, as of midnight, October 18, Waterford still has the highest incidence rate (per 100k population) of coronavirus in the whole country. Between October 5 and October 18, Waterford recorded 1185 cases of Covid with an incidence rate of 1020.0 per 100k – the highest that figure has ever been. In the last week, Waterford has had 715 new cases.

In University Hospital Waterford, covid patient numbers went as high as 27 last week, but as of 9:30am this morning, that figure is now 20, with three patients in Intensive Care Units.

Last weekend, the hospital was under so much pressure that hospital manager Grace Rothwell issued a memo to staff to warn them that the hospital was “significantly over capacity”.

In a message to staff on Monday morning (October 18), Ms Rothwell said that there were 27 Covid positive patients in the hospital, and they had also admitted 11 suspected cases that night.

“Without doubt, this has been our busiest weekend in months and we are significantly challenged this morning (Monday).”


I always doubted the true efficacy of the vaxes, that they wouldn't stop infection or transmission but for some reason I believed the claim that getting vaccinated would prevent hospitalisation, now it seems that is a crock. 99.7% of Waterford Co's adult population is fully vaccinated but their hospitals are so overcrowded with covid patients that admissions for all other treatments have been suspended.

Oh well I guess anyone who bought pharma stocks last year is creaming it - a pity that only the already wealthy can dabble in the stock market, but you get that eh.
It is almost certain that none of us moa-ites is gonna be around if/when the entire ugly structure finally crashes, but that doesn't let us off the hook, it makes it even more imperative that we implement non-boring, non-haranguing ways of assisting younger humans, particularly those who have been exposed to the Me, Me, Me cult since birth, to comprehend that there is a viable & non-tyrannical way for all humans to get a fair share.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Oct 21 2021 0:23 utc | 45

Just talked to a guy I worked with, not long ago. Focuses on medtech startups.
I asked him about vaccination and COVID.

1) Vaccination does not prevent infection or transmission. It does work against the original COVID but not against the variants - i.e. like last year's flu shot vs. this year's.
I asked him about Connecticut and Israel. His response was that it is common for inbred ethnicities to have less resistance against disease.
2) I then asked him: would mass vaccination eliminate COVID? Categorical no. "The cat is out of the bag, probably since at least June 2020". However, his view is that vaccination benefits are primarily general health. Even people who are asymptomatic have around 20% lung capacity loss. This lung capacity loss affects the level of oxygenation, including oxygen to the brain in turn meaning people end up feeling depressed/tired for many months.
3) Safety. I asked him about the pseudo codon. He had clearly assumed it was ok, but when I questioned him further, acknowledged that it is difficult to categorically state that there can be no risks for something like that. It is something I expect we will talk about more in the near future.
4) Risk vs. reward. In other words, do people who are extremely low risk (i.e. under 40, no major comorbidities) really visibly benefit from vaccination? We have already established that vaccination is not going to eradicate COVID regardless.
He agreed that the difference is there but extremely small in absolute terms. He doesn't believe that vaccination should be compulsory but does think everyone should get it.
Interesting data points not just because of his medical background, but also because his brother runs a research group studying the COVID data out of Johns Hopkins.

Posted by: c1ue | Oct 21 2021 0:48 utc | 46

Posted by: Patroklos | Oct 20 2021 20:56 utc | 32

The first thing about the article that struck me was she said she was the daughter of a shop keeper, like Thatcher. And we know what Margarate turned out like!

Posted by: Tom | Oct 21 2021 1:04 utc | 47

Debs

The articles you cite say that there is a high % of first-dose vaccination in the population— but critically not full double-dose vaccination , vaccination that is recent, less than 6 months double vaccination. This translates into a critical difference re antibody titers and memory cell levels between the two protocols, Also, it is clear that since schools and all else opened up fully recently, there has been a massive infection spread especially amongst young people who either are unvaccinated due to age or
are unvaccinated due to not seeing the reason to become vaccinated (especially perhaps since common practice is not to aspirate to prevent inadvertent intravenous injection complications with sometimes serious side effects, even death if not recognized and immediately treated.) This creates higher prevalence in the population which can then find targets in the vulnerable.

It is clear than vaccination alone without other preventive measures will not stop the mutational spread of this virus. It does not matter whether it was a lab leak or so-called natural. The outcome of dealing with its reality nature is the same. Denialism is a dead end and it appears that societies dependent on a certain form of functioning will continue on blindly, without wisdom and compassion for their people. In such societies we are responsible for ourselves and our neighbors without relying on incompetent or unauthorized political power. This can take many forms depending on your situation.


Posted by: suzan | Oct 21 2021 1:05 utc | 48

Posted by: Patroklos | Oct 20 2021 20:56 utc | 32

The first thing that struck me about the article was she said she was the daughter of a shop keeper. Well, Thatcher was also a daughter of a shop keeper. We know how that turned out!

Posted by: Tom | Oct 21 2021 1:08 utc | 49

c1ue: "Even people who are asymptomatic have around 20% lung capacity loss. This lung capacity loss affects the level of oxygenation, including oxygen to the brain in turn meaning people end up feeling depressed/tired for many months."

Technically wouldn't tiredness or depression be symptoms, hence not asymptomatic? I know I'd certainly notice a 20% reduction in lung capacity, V02, whatever it's called during exercise.

Anyway, if so, it would behoove people to stock up on compressed oxygen like they sell for climbers and pilots. The prices shot up early on in the pandemic, but I think Amazon and Wal Mart have gotten the gouging under control now. Also, might be good to look into having an oxygen concentrator in the home from here on out. They aren't cheap, though.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Oct 21 2021 1:10 utc | 50

I hadn't seen this posted yet. It's at antiwar.com, a pretty reliable source, IMHO so it probably has some merit.

Israel approves $1.5Bn budget for future attack on Iran

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Oct 21 2021 1:15 utc | 51

More from FBI raid on Deripaska

https://www.rt.com/russia/537968-fbi-raid-over-trump-election/

"At the same time, Deripaska asked, “what mind-blowing sums of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s money did you find yesterday in those abandoned houses? Did you grab and enjoy the jam that went off in the pantry, or the vodka, like the Bolshevik dogs used to do during their searches? I’m so sick of these f**king jokers,” the billionaire concluded."

It's a tough world for billonairs. Either the Boshevik dogs get you or the running dogs of capitalism do.

The comment section is pretty funny as well.

Posted by: Tom | Oct 21 2021 1:16 utc | 52

@51 Poor Deripaska. So now he has discovered the US not an earthly paradise for Russian billionaires he wants to go back to Russia with his stolen money. If Putin will take him. He should probably settle for a nice bit of beachfront in the Cayman Islands.

Posted by: dh | Oct 21 2021 1:50 utc | 53

Here’s something interesting… a recent report from George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies reveals that NATO has been training far-right Neo-Nazis in Ukraine.

https://www.illiberalism.org/far-right-group-made-its-home-in-ukraines-major-western-military-training-hub/

According to this Canadian CTV report, the Azov Regiment has been trained by Canada, Germany, the US and the UK. So… what’s the imperial power play here? Would Nuland’s Moscow trip play into this?

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/far-right-extremists-in-ukrainian-military-bragged-about-canadian-training-report-says-1.5631304

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Oct 21 2021 2:37 utc | 54

@ Suzan #47 The article I linked to dated september 23 quotes stats as of 15 September that in Waterford Co 99.7% had at least one jab and (Ireland wide) 90% had both jabs. Six weeks have passed since then and given that 90% of the population had copped both jabs then, it would be fair to assume that most of the 9.7% on a single jab at sept 15 will have grabbed their second in the intervening period so that the figure of those infected between October 5 and October 18, when Waterford recorded 1185 cases of Covid will in the vast majority be humans who had received both jabs and many will have been infected during the period we are told that the vax provides maximum protection.
The 23 september byline article written before Waterford Co was bowled over seems to try on the not uncommon msm ploy of mixing statistics & anecdotes by quoting Ireland wide figures vis a vis vaccination & hospitalisation so the standard assertion they make that only the unvaccinated go to hospital should best be ignored.

I'm not saying don't get a jab, I am saying that getting a jab provides much more limited protection than the capitalists claim. For older humans or those of any age who have a disease or disability, only a mug would visit crowded venues before a truly effective treatment for covid-19 has been developed.
Michael Morecock predicted in one of his yarns of about 50 years ago that in the future everyone would be extremely careful to ensure they didn't get too close to others, especially unknown others without wearing infection protection. It looks as though he was right on the button.

I'm a bit hot under the collar about it as the Aotearoa government has been media manipulated into jettisoning its covid zero strategy even tho the vast majority of kiwis wanted it to continue until a treatment was developed & implemented. The only people who didn't seem to be the capitalists & their lickspittles.
There are many side benefits to the zero policy, one of the major ones was the halt it put on immigration meaning a shortage of cheap labour which must eventually result in better pay and a reduced demand on housing driven by bourgeois blow ins, so that house prices could eventually become affordable for actual waddatheycallem, citizens.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Oct 21 2021 3:05 utc | 55

U.S. readies plan to vaccinate kids ages 5-11 against COVID-19

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/white-house-lay-out-plan-vaccinate-kids-ages-5-11-nbc-news-2021-10-20/

I get a feeling in my gut when I think about this.
I find it deeply disturbing. Experimenting on children like their are animals.

The betrayal of trust. Children trust adults and someone is trying to make a buck
off them. It is disgusting. It is disturbing.

Posted by: librul | Oct 21 2021 3:19 utc | 56

@TQC 50
re: Israel approves $1.5Bn budget for future attack on Iran
A country the size of New Jersey, within easy missile range of Iran and its ally Hezbollah, threatens to bomb Iran sometime.
Let's move along, nothing to see here....
. . .from google archives. . .
Aug 10, 2012 — American and Israeli officials repeat the phrase "all options are on the table" with Iran so often it sounds like a ritual incantation.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 21 2021 3:41 utc | 57

@ karlof 43
Keeping the soul healthy ought to be habitual for us cynics
I don't know about soul. It's a brain-body connection.
I guess this is my favorite saying, one that drives me. . ."Life is too short to be taken seriously." (I'm not young.)
So I go off on stuff, but also I don't take it seriously. It is what it is.
Like the old joke: There's got to be a pony in here somewhere.
I stay connected to nature. Out hiking, come to a hill, got to go up the damned thing no matter what I may think. . . . might as well laugh at it and get up top as fast as I can.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 21 2021 3:59 utc | 58

more covid dairies

"In summary, even as efforts should be made to encourage populations to get vaccinated it should be done so with humility and respect. Stigmatizing populations can do more harm than good. Importantly, other non-pharmacological prevention efforts (e.g., the importance of basic public health hygiene with regards to maintaining safe distance or handwashing, promoting better frequent and cheaper forms of testing) needs to be renewed in order to strike the balance of learning to live with COVID-19 in the same manner we continue to live a 100 years later with various seasonal alterations of the 1918 Influenza virus."

from - Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States

by S. V. Subramanian & Akhil Kumar

seems to go hand in hand with my post from the nebraska attorney generals office linked effectively @18

Posted by: james | Oct 21 2021 4:00 utc | 59

@ 54 debs... good to see you back! i agree with the last paragraph in your post @ 54.. it seems there is no way to put the brakes on all of this madness..

Posted by: james | Oct 21 2021 4:05 utc | 60

global public-private-partnership recommended article. Highly descriptive and useful contribution to the literature that studies why no person or no local group, in any one nation state <=can accomplish a successful reverse direction activity.

The hypothesis under debate is that the political processes traditionally found within each of the different 256 nation states has been removed from the local nation state to the vastly bigger, global political space. Voters and their elected politicians <=no longer have real input to the politics that determine the fate of those who are the governed. National decisions are no longer the political result of national voting processes; no longer subject to the anger and outrage found in peaceful demonstration and private court actions. instead all important decisions are made in the global political space .. by un_elected and un_seen persons, global organizations, global public private partnerships and global infighting among the private imperial global oligarchs.

In short, the global monsters, the PIGOs and their independent think tank organizations and their ownership of the control of digital platforms operating on digital networks has advanced the reach of mind control technology and subjected the mass of humanity in the world to one world control. The persons and entities who control things are generally invisible to the governed and their elected politicians within each of the different nation states.

All of this non nation state decision control is financially supported by privately owned corporate powerhouse advertising expenditures made by mostly private owners to the MSM, operating inside of the public media space within each local nation state.
The nation is now a political subdivision of the global. And I predict the next true revolution will find the global nation state governed humans rising against the global monsters operating inside to the global control and decision space.

The digital platform has enhanced the continuous expansion of the scope and reach of mind control powers. The classification of nation state global activity as secret and the nation to nation integration of the intelligence apparatus in each nation state with the global political space, the use of monopoly powers which allows those external to the internal nation state space, to extract the wealth still remaining within the citizens of the local nation state, and the classification of nation state activities as in guarded state secrets have removed awareness and knowledge of the activities of the globalist involving government and the view of the 8 billion citizens governed by the nation state system.

Posted by: snake | Oct 21 2021 4:33 utc | 61

karlof1 and others, I like that idea of keeping the soul healthy, a need for everyone. In the spirit of that I investigated my longheld "Sacred Horses" book, and will do so with other elements of my oddly unsorted stacks and shelves - it beats staring at a tiny screen trying to find answers to life's questions. I now know more about the unknown saga of the Turkmen horses (It's okay "men" in turkmenese means "I am", nothing adversely politically incorrect about that.)I enjoyed the re-read, then spent much time following up on what had happened since it was written. Not a happy tale, this second one.

And now I am beginning Pascal's Pensees. Some mind-blowingly beautiful passages I had forgotten but helpfully underlined in my student days, or rather, when the Penguin paperback came along in the early '70s. His bio in the translator's foreword however, again a very sad story. It seems even in the mid-17th century it was hard to follow ones own path; his soul was healthy, his mind as well, and he knew the importance of his heart. I know I'll enjoy this read as well. I mention it because of the references to the Jesuits here above. They were not just persecuting in far off lands; at home as well.

I'll maybe post some short passages here.

Posted by: juliania | Oct 21 2021 4:40 utc | 62

my brother who follows the covid dairies more closely shared this with me.. some of my american friends might find it interesting...

office of the attorney general - nebraska on the topic of prescription of ivermection, hcq and etc... it is a 48 page pdf..

report from state of nebraska - office of the attorney general
Posted by: james | Oct 20 2021 18:40 utc | 8

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Posted by: snake | Oct 21 2021 4:43 utc | 63

@ snake - read further down to my post @ 18 where the link is given without trying to make it cell phone friendly thru use of the html tags..

Posted by: james | Oct 21 2021 5:11 utc | 64


https://www.journalofinfection.com/article/S0163-4453(21)00392-3/fulltext

Peer reviewed study suggesting COVID VAX enhances likelihood of infection. Asserts the claim the existing VAX are designed to combat the original Alpha variant but the Delta variant requires an altered vaccine.

This claim is supported by current situation in UK which has a high level of vaccination but which is experiencing increased hospitalizations due to a new Delta variant.

Highlights

• Infection-enhancing antibodies have been detected in symptomatic Covid-19.
• Antibody dependent enhancement (ADE) is a potential concern for vaccines.
• Enhancing antibodies recognize both the Wuhan strain and delta variants.
• ADE of delta variants is a potential risk for current vaccines.
• Vaccine formulations lacking ADE epitope are suggested.

Posted by: Sushi | Oct 21 2021 5:21 utc | 65

Below is a quote from a ZH piece that originated at a site called American Greatness

"
After being forced to take livestock medicine to treat his COVID, the Marine is on the warpath.

“If you ever wanted to find out what it is to punch a Marine in the face and what type of response you’re gonna get, well, America, you’re about to see the type of response that you get. Because if you take on me and my family, and you stand between our physician and the health care that they have prescribed to me as a life-saving thing — in my opinion that is what it did — then you have got a fight on your hands and I am coming for that fight,” he told Deace.
"


And then there is the American Institute for Economic Research piece

The FDA’s War Against the Truth on Ivermectin

I want the lies about Covid to be the straw that begins The Great Unraveling


Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 21 2021 5:31 utc | 66

Below is a Xinhuanet posting with some interesting statistics about the finance sector and other details about current/ongoing regulation

"
BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- China strives to create a better finance environment through strengthened laws, regulations, and innovation, Guo Shuqing, chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, told Xinhua in an interview.

As the world's second-largest modern financial system, China's financial system has strong vitality with its openness, competitiveness, fairness, and inclusiveness at a high level, said Guo, also Party secretary of the People's Bank of China, the central bank.

In terms of competitiveness, he said, there are more than 4,000 institutions in China's banking system. The market share of the four major state banks is only about 34 percent, with the industry concentration far lower than that of developed countries.

In addition, China's mobile payment, online credit, and internet insurance businesses are booming, and these fields are dominated by private capital, he said.

"Without the support of financial institutions and policies, it is difficult to have such a situation," Guo added.

On the other hand, Guo admitted that "monopolies and unfair competition are prominent problems in certain areas of China's financial sector."

He cited the disorderly expansion of industrial capital in the finance field, illegal financial activities disguised as "financial innovation," and unfair competition of some large internet platforms in various financial services as major problems in the sector.

Therefore, anti-monopoly and preventive measures against disorderly capital expansion are urgently needed and conducive to fostering a new development paradigm, advancing high-quality development, and promoting common prosperity, Guo said.

China has taken a slew of measures to combat monopolies, including strengthened supervision over behaviors of major shareholders of banking, insurance, and securities institutions and their equity management, and the 2020-2022 action plan for the corporate-governance reform of state-owned enterprises.

Guo stressed that Chinese authorities place equal emphasis on strengthened regulations and innovation, noting that financial innovation is encouraged on the premise of "people first."

He pledged further measures to create a better finance environment for the private economy, such as encouraging banks to accelerate their digital transformation and providing private businesses with more convenient financial services.
"

It is the "people first" focus that will be the downfall of global private finance of the West because they cannot compete on merit, only Mafia like control....which is seeing its limitations

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 21 2021 6:04 utc | 67

An interesting article on Zerohedge has a bit that describes how the health care system works in prevent ivermectin from being approved by the FDA.
https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/fdas-war-against-truth-ivermectin

Quote from article:
"Here’s how the FDA-regulated pharmaceutical industry really works.

"The FDA judges all drugs as guilty until proven, to the FDA’s satisfaction, both safe and efficacious. By what process does this happen? The FDA waits for a deep-pocketed sponsor to present a comprehensive package that justifies the approval of a new drug or a new use of an existing drug. For a drug like ivermectin, long since generic, a sponsor may never show up. The reason is not that the drug is ineffective; rather, the reason is that any expenditures used to secure approval for that new use will help other generic manufacturers that haven’t invested a dime. Due to generic drug substitution rules at pharmacies, Merck could spend millions of dollars to get a Covid-19 indication for ivermectin and then effectively get zero return. What company would ever make that investment?

With no sponsor, there is no new FDA-approved indication and, therefore, no official recognition of ivermectin’s value. Was the FDA’s warning against ivermectin based on science? No. It was based on process. Like a typical bureaucrat, the FDA won’t recommend the use of ivermectin because, while it might help patients, such a recommendation would violate its processes. The FDA needs boxes checked off in the right order. If a sponsor never shows up and the boxes aren’t checked off, the FDA’s standard approach is to tell Americans to stay away from the drug because it might be dangerous or ineffective. Sometimes the FDA is too enthusiastic and these warnings are, frankly, alarming. Guilty until proven innocent.

There are two reasons that Merck would warn against ivermectin usage, essentially throwing its own drug under the bus.

Once they are marketed, doctors can prescribe drugs for uses not specifically approved by the FDA. Such usage is called off-label. Using ivermectin for Covid-19 is considered off-label because that use is not specifically listed on ivermectin’s FDA-approved label.

While off-label prescribing is widespread and completely legal, it is illegal for a pharmaceutical company to promote that use. Doctors can use drugs for off-label uses and drug companies can supply them with product. But heaven forbid that companies encourage, support, or promote off-label prescribing. The fines for doing so are outrageous. During a particularly vigorous two-year period, the Justice Department collected over $6 billion from drug companies for off-label promotion cases. Merck’s lawyers haven’t forgotten that lesson.

Another reason for Merck to discount ivermectin’s efficacy is a result of marketing strategy. Ivermectin is an old, cheap, off-patent drug. Merck will never make much money from ivermectin sales.

Drug companies aren’t looking to spruce up last year’s winners; they want new winners with long patent lives.

Not coincidentally, Merck recently released the clinical results for its new Covid-19 fighter, molnupiravir, which has shown a 50% reduction in the risk of hospitalization and death among high-risk, unvaccinated adults. Analysts are predicting multi-billion-dollar sales for molnupiravir.

While we can all be happy that Merck has developed a new therapeutic that can keep us safe from the ravages of Covid-19, we should realize that the FDA’s rules give companies an incentive to focus on newer drugs while ignoring older ones. Ivermectin may or may not be a miracle drug for Covid-19. The FDA doesn’t want us to learn the truth.

The FDA spreads lies and alarms Americans while preventing drug companies from providing us with scientific explorations of existing, promising, generic drugs."

End quote.

I would say that the for profit system of producing and approving of pharmaceuticals is broken and needs replacement, first by removing the profit motive which does not benefit humanity since it focuses on profit rather than people. It merely uses human frailty to promote drugs for profit, not human health.

Posted by: Bluedotterel | Oct 21 2021 6:17 utc | 68

Below is another Xinhuanet posting with this focus on housing investment

"
BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's property market continued to ease in September amid strict government regulations to curb housing speculation, official data showed Wednesday.

New home prices in four first-tier cities stood unchanged in September from a month earlier, compared with month-on-month growth of 0.3 percent in August, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed.

Prices of second-hand homes in the four cities edged down 0.4 percent last month from that in August, reversing the mild month-on-month increase seen in August.

A total of 31 second-tier cities also saw no month-on-month change in new home prices, while 35 third-tier cities saw a month-on-month decline of 0.2 percent in new home prices.

The latest data came amid the country's strict housing sector regulations, which follow the principle -- "housing is for living in, not for speculation."

Since the beginning of this year, China has implemented a "long-term mechanism" governing the property sector, curbing housing acquisitions by speculators while supporting purchases by families with pressing needs, said NBS spokesperson Fu Linghui.

Under this mechanism, local governments introduced city-specific measures to keep land and home prices stable. Regulators closely monitored loans to home buyers and real estate companies amid the regulations.

Wednesday's data showed that China's over-five-year loan prime rate, a market-based benchmark lending rate on which many lenders base their mortgage rates, remained unchanged from the previous reading of 4.65 percent, said the National Interbank Funding Center.

The latest NBS data showed that the country's property investment rose 8.8 percent, year on year, in the first nine months, slower than the 10.9-percent growth seen in the first eight months.

"The housing market has remained generally stable, with steady investment, sales, and prices," Fu said.

While some worry that tight property market regulations could weigh on the overall economic growth, Fu said that the impact is "limited", as the average growth rate of real estate sector output for the past two years dipped only mildly in the first three quarters.

In a September meeting on real estate sector finance, the country's central bank and the top banking regulator reiterated that "housing should never be used as a short-term stimulus for economic growth."

As China further diversifies housing supply through various channels and facilitates the property rental market, market behavior would become more rational, contributing to the stable development of the housing market, Fu said.
"

One needs to remember that in China, there is no private ownership of property, like is assumed in the West....only leases of different durations that I don't know more about. So the investment that those in China make in property leases is very much controlled by the state and the implications are significant, IMO.

Money has two major uses, commonly accepted medium of exchange and store of value/savings. One can simply take excess cash and put it under the mattress or in a bank account but humanity in the West has been inculcated to believe in risk based investments subject to the vagaries of Hand, The Invisible or the PBOC. I think what you are reading above are shots across the bow of the investment community that China is about to launch a serious regulatory effort of the "services" of finance.

I think many in the world will learn a lot from this process that China engages in.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 21 2021 6:21 utc | 69

Typepad ate my post about the Glass Bead Game, a mind changing story about culture, preservation of knowledge and one man’s life within that.

My bad for posting from a tiny phone UI.

Thanks k1 for the reminder.

Posted by: jonku | Oct 21 2021 7:00 utc | 70

I think we need to and are moving toward a COVID treatment vs. prevention model.

Even though it will be expensive and profit taking. Get your C And D vitamins and some Ivermectin on hand while you can.

Posted by: jonku | Oct 21 2021 7:13 utc | 71

Jen@42
Thanks Jen.
They're just unbelievable. They'll ban reality next.

Posted by: Dim sim | Oct 21 2021 7:17 utc | 72

Does anybody know anything about what seems to be happening in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland)? I gather that the King there is a horrid dictator who probably should be overthrown, working closely together with the big business interests which turned Swaziland into an immense sweat-shop during the apartheid era. But here in South Africa we are being bombarded with anti-Swazi propaganda bigging up the “Swazi resistance” which all seems to be based in South Africa with plentiful access to Western media, and currently the claim is that the repressive forces in eSwatini are all Equatorial Guinean mercenaries, which sounds a bit implausible since most countries can manage to shoot protesters all on their own. This makes me wonder whether this is not some sort of colour revolution in the making which nobody has noticed because nobody gives a damn about Southern Africa and the South African media are all controlled by Western interests anyway. Or can it be that those corrupt Western-controlled media have suddenly and uniquely developed altruistic interest in democracy with respect to eSwatini and nowhere else? Does anyone know what Western country might have an interest in installing a puppet government in eSwatini?

Posted by: MFB | Oct 21 2021 7:42 utc | 73

From the sounds of things, pressure is being applied to the Al Tanf area occupied by the US.

Elijah J. Magnier
@ejmalrai
·
2h
#Syria & #Iraq resistance sent 5 armed drones message to the #US occupation forces to leave. An indication that:
Resistance forces r needed against occupation forces so states can deny any involvement and avoid consequences
US can't continue occupying the area & be unaccountable.

A statement by CENTCOM

https://twitter.com/LaqsLaqs16/status/1450958908999278592/photo/1

And for a shits an giggles responce from some USAF dude.

Adam Kinzinger

This is very concerning. The mission in Tanf is humanitarian, and they are testing us. They only respond to strength. twitter.com/soccermouaz/st…

more of those humanitarian bombs.

Retaliation for the Israeli attack on T4. The Israeli's use Al Tanf to attack western Syria.

Posted by: Tom | Oct 21 2021 8:18 utc | 74

Posted by: jonku | Oct 21 2021 7:13 utc | 70

Let's hope so. This over dependence and propaganda on the vaccine (big pharma) God to save us has caused a lot of unnecessary deaths in many countries, as well as economic damage, and related illnesses from that.

Because of the infectious nature of this virus and its mutation rate, vaccines alone were never going to be the answer, and belatedly most health practitioners and peoples, if not their governments, are beginning to realize this. The need is to focus on inexpensive and effective therapeutics and prophylactics (including boosting our immune system with proper diet, exercise) to mitigate the effects of the disease in the early stages and to even "prevent" the disease from infecting us. This would have made any properly designed and tested vaccines more effective.

Economic greed, political power lust and sheer incompetence have been a great booster shot to this virus's infection and death rate among us.

Posted by: Bluedotterel | Oct 21 2021 8:44 utc | 75

To Dim sim @72

They are banning reality - it'd be exhausting to enumerate the various examples of this, but for one, Youtube has just deleted a video by John Campbell, respected nursed educator, because it focussed on his strong recommendation that injectors "aspirate" (ie draw back the plunger, to ensure they are not erroneously injecting into a blood vessel) when injecting.

Thanks, Jen, @42. Can we also have a petition, or other action, calling on the CSL to continue producing AZ for home consumption? (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-14/opposition-aid-groups-urge-government-extend-csl-astra-zeneca/100539494 ) The way our whole population is being herded to become perpetual customers/suppliants to a foreign corporation is sickening and appalling.

Posted by: Hope | Oct 21 2021 8:49 utc | 76

Also to Jen @42: Is there any way to know how many people have signed the petition?

Thanks also to James, @18 - very heartening news from Nebraska.

Posted by: Hope | Oct 21 2021 9:08 utc | 77

The CIA has nothing either, just fear and loathing in abundance. These clowns have just established their China Mission Centre to get one step ahead (or is that behind) the US military.

Methinks the empire is having sphincter failure these days.

So here it is from the Sputnik report:

"We set in motion a sort of more formal review process as well, which produced a lot of thoughtful recommendations... on China, it was to create a single China mission center, as a way of ensuring that since China and that geopolitical challenge cuts across literally everything we do at the agency, to make sure that we were focusing and integrating that work in the most effective way possible. I will start shortly a weekly meeting just focused on that mission center and on China," Burns said.

Earlier this month, Burns said the CIA was launching the new mission center to address the global challenge posed by China that cuts across all of the agency’s mission areas."

I guess they are beginning to suffer from the shortage of opium and are exploring delirium with a dash of coke.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 21 2021 10:02 utc | 78

From gas we grow food, well from the nitrogen fertilizers that is.

But when gas gets mighty expensive the Norwegian fertilizer giants cease production.

That might focus some minds in Western Europe and they might even think of taxing financial market profiteers to keep gas price and inflation at a low level.

Yes, I know, I am delusional and better have another drink at the bar providing they can grow hops without fertilizer that is :/

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 21 2021 10:12 utc | 79

Tom | Oct 21 2021 8:18 utc | 73

The missiles and drones were aimed at non-major targets as a warning. Probably in "retaliation for the last two (Unusually major) attacks carried out from the Al-Tanf area, by Israel (and?) the US. This was followed by a threat from the Syrians that from now on there would be effective resistance to such acts. I asssume the war has gone up a notch as a "red-ine must have been crossed somewhere.

From the same source; Elijah J. Magnier.

A dormitory, a Kitchen, a food storage house were targeted and destroyed by the drones to avoid casualties, indicating the attack was only a message to the #US occupation forces on the borders off #Syria and #Iraq.
*
The last #US - #Israel attack against the Syrian allies in #Syria took away all redlines. The allies of Syria are no longer involved in defending Syria but now they have decided to be involved in responding against the #US occupation forces.

*****
The next major upset will be the real result of those vaccination campaigns on children, the aged and the weak. A sample of what is to come?

I have just had a conversation with an upset midwife in a large 8000+ births per year hospital delivery unit.

They have had a cluster of babies this month who have been born seemingly healthy, but died within 48-72 hours from pulmonary haemmorhage....

Posted by: Stonebird | Oct 21 2021 10:19 utc | 80

Debsisdead @44: "It is almost certain that none of us moa-ites is gonna be around if/when the entire ugly structure finally crashes..."

Have you aver seen a train wreck? I mean, for real? A big ol` freight train loaded with ore hundreds of cars long and hauling ass at its top speed of 40MPH. You know, the crash doesn't end when the lead engine runs into something. The freight keeps moving and the wreckage just keeps piling up long after you think the mayhem should have finally stopped. It goes on and on, and there is nothing you can do but watch in fascination and try to stay out of the way.

This "entire ugly structure" is one enormous globe-spanning train and the crash started years ago. The engines of this big ugly train are already buried under a small mountain of wreckage, and that mountain just keeps growing as more global (metastasized American) culture piles on. The wreck of the empire goes on and on year after year and it cannot be stopped. Empires this big don't die overnight.

You're seeing the crash of that "entire ugly structure" right now in real time. We're actually lucky to be alive at this moment in history to witness such an enormous and momentous event, so cheer up and enjoy the show! Just be careful and try to avoid the flying wreckage.

Posted by: William Gruff | Oct 21 2021 10:21 utc | 81

Hope @ 76:

The signature count is at the link that I posted @ 42.

Posted by: Jen | Oct 21 2021 10:51 utc | 82

@William Gruff | Oct 21 2021 10:21 utc | 80

That's a 'wonderful' way to describe the state of the Empire today! Sounds about right. Problem is to know the direction of travel so you don't get buried in the wreckage.

Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 21 2021 11:31 utc | 83

In US now they are talking broadly about mixing and matching vaccines and boosters. Seems the sciene has gone out the window and the clown troupe is running things. They dont even want to tell you what booster is recommended for what vaccine. "Dont matter. Mizmx n match. Just get booster" this doesnt sound like "following the science" much. I have no problem with 65+ year olds boosting at will. But the younger healthier people should have enough protection from original vaccine to not need this at all.

It just makes no sense this urge to keep shooting up the population.

Posted by: Comandante | Oct 21 2021 12:41 utc | 84

WG @ 80. agree

I think the financial crash happened in 2008 and the military one ten years later.

((I think there was a good reason that Mattis came out less than an hour after the attack on Syria started and said 'ok we're done'

Posted by: financial matters | Apr 18, 2018 ))

So they lost financial and military relevance.

You'd think more people would be starting to understand the problems of living in a corporate dominated state.

The latest evidence is our inability to pass Medicare for all as corporations use the current setup for power and income.
Such as stopping health insurance for striking John Deere workers.

Posted by: financial matters | Oct 21 2021 12:51 utc | 85

Posted by: james | Oct 20 2021 19:25 utc | 18

Thanks James, appreciate the post. I got up to page 20 in the Neb att. gen.'s letter, impressive compilation of evidence, he seems to be following a very logical protocol and responding the way I would expect a "public servant" to do--- not used to that! My wife and I had a long discussion at lunch over the letter and ivermectin-- I'm pro and she's anti-- then she read some of the letter and was also impressed. Thanks again James, you always have good input.

Posted by: migueljose | Oct 21 2021 12:56 utc | 86

The Orchestrated Conservative "Awakening"

1) OMG! Progressives Control the Democratic Party

2) OMG! Deep State supports Biden and the Democrats

3) OMG! Trump fought back and the Deep State hated him for it

4) OMG! Americans must rally behind conservatives to prevent Woke authoritarianism

The possibility that the Deep State is behind BOTH Biden and Trump, of course, not something that is considered. The possibility that wokism and hyper-partisanship is being used as a tool by the Deep State is also not considered. Lefty 'extremism' (Defund the Police! Free Tuition! Open Borders! Vaccine mandates! etc.) is used to prompt outrage from the right. What has the Left gained from that woke 'extremism'? Virtually nothing

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Neoliberal ZeroHedge, which often cites Epoch Times is one of many media outlets that support this orchestrated turn to the right.

Examples:

  • Newman: "Deep State Cannot Stop Unprecedented Awakening"

    “The entire propaganda machine was non-stop bombarding Americans with anti-Trump propaganda, and Americans went to the polls. Even with all the voter fraud in 2016, Trump still won in an Electoral College landslide. That’s how much they have lost control of the narrative.

    They thought by shadow banning us and rigging their algorithms, people should not come across our information. That failed, and that’s why they had to ban you. This is why they had to ban thousands of top content creators that were making huge amounts of money for them.

    They have lost total control of the narrative, and they are left with what can they blow up and what can they do to scare us?

  • Joe Biden & The Disappearing Elephant: How To Make A Full-Sized Scandal Vanish In Front Of An Audience Of Millions

    Some 50 former intelligence officials, including Obama’s CIA directors John Brennan and Leon Panetta, also insisted the laptop story was likely the work of Russian intelligence.

    The laptop is, of course, now recognized as genuine even by some of the early deniers. Hunter remains under criminal investigation for possible tax and money laundering violations. But the greatest “reveal” is the person referred to as “the Big Guy” and “Celtic” in these emails: President Biden.

    Recently released emails reference payments to President Biden from son’s accounts and indicate the possible commingling of funds.

    ... President Biden is in full display in these emails. The question is whether the public – or the prosecutors – want to see him.


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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Oct 21 2021 12:57 utc | 87

Gruff and tungsten, good to see you're both in fine form, Gruff's train wreck and Tungsten's coked up opiated cocktail, I would buy a comic book version if you ever come out with one.

Posted by: migueljose | Oct 21 2021 13:06 utc | 88

Quote from article:
"Here’s how the FDA-regulated pharmaceutical industry really works.
Posted by: Bluedotterel | Oct 21 2021 6:17 utc | 67

I'm afraid that description is pure fiction. The reality is that the primary consideration determining whether a drug is approved or not is the size and power of the applicant. The procedures and standards that are applied or ignored are totally different for a major multinational pharmaceutical and for a small independent pharmaceutical. Whilst in theory the procedures are supposed to be the same, in reality that is fiction. For major pharmaceuticals, ALL the procedures are a fig leaf. Especially for drugs for less common conditions, the process can be a complete farce. Regulations which are legally required are routinely waived or ignored. Clinical trials are routinely too small, unbalanced, disingenuously designed, and conclusions disingenuously drawn. Clinical trials which got the "wrong" results are flushed down the toilet, replaced by new experimental designs intended to cover up the "wrong" results. Drugs which are highly toxic and/or have highly dangerous side effects and which have minimal benefits (as indicated by flawed clinical trials) are given approval, due to close ties between regulators and the major pharmaceuticals, and bribes. Many times approved drugs have had devastating toxic effects, and decades later the producer has been fined (as a result of pressure from legal cases) billions of dollars for misrepresenting the dangers.

For small pharmaceuticals by contrast, they have to go 200% "by the book". They have to prove in the minutest detail that everything was done correctly. Clinical trials that are too small, or have the slightest defect in design will be rejected and must be repeated. Toxicity studies must show a significant benefit-cost ratio, and toxicity/side effect dangers must be proven to be low.

Then there is the third category - drugs from small producers that are actively un-wished by the major pharmaceuticals. In this case the major pharmaceuticals will move heaven and earth to block approval, using every dirty trick in the pharmaceutical book - and every dirty trick in the Chicago mafia book. Including even the production of toxic FAKE drugs allegedly from the applicant, which the mafia-pharmaceuticals then document to be dangerous by giving them to real patients and documenting the toxic effects from the fake drug. Well-designed clinical trials are torn apart out of context and claimed to be faulty. Irrelevant studies are misused to allege that the applied-for drug is dangerous even when it is extremely safe. Pressure is put on regulatory authorities, pressure is put on companies collaborating with the applicant, pressure is put on universities to cease collaborating with the applicant (for example, threat of terminating grants), and so on. It is enough to make the blood boil. I have seen hundreds of pages of such internal documentation for one such application from a small company, showing this mind-boggling abuse of process in black and white. The FDA (and its EU equivalent is almost as bad) behaves like a classic corrupt banana republic administration, endlessly regurgitating logically non-sensical arguments which have long since been demonstrated to be untrue, while rejecting strong defences as irrelevant or invalid.

Modern western medicine is dead. It is so corrupt, so degenerate, so contrary to science and truth that it is like a dead rotting corpse propped upright by wooden stakes. We need a new medicine based on real science, on the motive of helping society, and founded on ethical principles; not a dead rotting carcase determined to make profits for the 0.01% at all costs irrespective of the harm to the patient.

Posted by: BM | Oct 21 2021 13:11 utc | 89

A bit of European culture: A 'Skald' is an old Norse poet - a storyteller. Interestingly, an entirely French band calls itself SKÁLD and sings in Old Norse! Norðrljós means 'Northern Lights'.

Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 21 2021 13:28 utc | 90

Helmer has new piece up on Ms Nudelmann's visit to Moscow:

THE BLIN-NOODLE GANG (BLINKEN-NUDELMAN) SINKS FROM THE BALTIC TO BLACK SEA AND THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 21 2021 13:29 utc | 91

More energy fun:
US energy outlook based on drilling

In particular, scroll down and look at the weekly rig count changes:
oil +12 to 445, gas -1 to 98.

To put this in perspective: the peak rig counts in 2019 were around 1100.

No, the energy situation IS NOT going to get better in the short term. Even the medium term is unclear if it will.

Posted by: c1ue | Oct 21 2021 13:34 utc | 92

It just makes no sense this urge to keep shooting up the population.

Posted by: Comandante | Oct 21 2021 12:41 utc | 83

For US ruling class, it is not possible to admit being wrong, because they are "experts". That's why. They will NEVER admit error, esp. not category errors, because that indicates they do not know what they are speaking about. Their excellent decision making is their main selling point. This is dogma. Trump is exemplary of this sort of "thinking". They will cling to their vaccination policy until the strike of doom. Much of the infelicity of living here these days comes from this sort of perverted expertise. Fauci is a classic example.

You have to gut the social safety net to get this sort of society, everybody clings to their jobs.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 21 2021 13:41 utc | 93

LA cargo ship backlog worsens to historic highs:

Guardian on LA Cargo Ship backlog

On Tuesday more than 100 ships were waiting to unload thousands of containers outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The backlog has seen dozens of ships idling in the waters outside the ports for weeks, and the bottleneck is expected to continue into next year.

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In June, the Los Angeles port became the first in the western hemisphere to process 10m container units in a 12‑month period. The Long Beach port will likely process more than 9m container units this year, exceeding last year’s record of 8.1m units, the most in the port’s 110-year history.

The ports together move 40% of container imports in the US and 30% of exports, meaning the severe backlog has far reaching effects across the country and in California.

See note above on CARB regulatory impact on CA big rig carrying capacity.

Posted by: c1ue | Oct 21 2021 13:48 utc | 94

This meeting today with an extensive panel of government members discusses the pandemic.
Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 20 2021 19:41 utc | 21

I was surprised by what Putin said at the end of that segment:

I remember asking some of my friends, people from my university, back at the start of the vaccine rollout, did you get vaccinated? And they ask me back, did you? I say, not yet, and they said, I would rather wait until you do. Okay, I have now, and I ask them again, did you get vaccinated? No. Why? Well, I don’t know, I’ll still wait. It's strange, I mean, those are educated people, with advanced degrees, I don't even understand what is going on. And we have a reliable and effective vaccine.

It is indeed strange - my understanding was that Putin got his vaccination right at the start, during the clinical trials, before even the full roll-out. And indeed, I would expect him to be one of the first. What gives?

Posted by: BM | Oct 21 2021 13:51 utc | 95

@Tom_Q_Collins #49
Asymptomatic means no coughing, no fever, no chills etc.
Would you ascribe a week or month or multi-month feeling of tiredness as COVID?
What about people who are already tired - those who are paid poorly and work multiple jobs? How would they differentiate between normal tiredness and COVID induced lung capacity diminishment caused tiredness?

Posted by: c1ue | Oct 21 2021 13:54 utc | 96

RE #90, that's from April, my mistake. Need to read things first.

It is indeed strange - my understanding was that Putin got his vaccination right at the start, during the clinical trials, before even the full roll-out. And indeed, I would expect him to be one of the first. What gives?

Posted by: BM | Oct 21 2021 13:51 utc | 94

I will hazard a guess that a lot of people are not convinced they need to worry about it. A product of mixed and muddled messaging, right from the beginning.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 21 2021 13:58 utc | 97

Continuing from my comment @Oct21 12:57 #86

Now ZeroHedge posts the call to arms from John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute:

We need to stop being silent bystanders.

It’s time to stand up for truth—for justice—for freedom—not just for ourselves but for all humanity. Tomorrow may be too late.


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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Oct 21 2021 13:58 utc | 98

Sushi @ 64

The study you link to does not ‘claim’ or ‘assert’. It finds. It identifies. It recognizes. Claims and assertions are for issues lacking evidence. The study presents the evidence.

You can question the evidence if you wish, rhetorical attacks are moot.

The added verbiage about new and improved vaccines is a sop. Once ADE is out of the bag it is much too late. Consequences will follow. Les jeuxs sont fait.

Posted by: oldhippie | Oct 21 2021 13:58 utc | 99

A polemic on energy use: The true feasibility of moving away from fossil fuels

I don't agree with a lot of what is said - mostly because it is abundantly clear that Ms. Tverberg has no idea what real world engineering or energy use really is.

However, the data is absolutely worth looking at. In particular, how energy use decline is a direct outcome of economic decline due to economic or outright attack.

I also highly question the link between interest rates and oil/other fossil fuel production. In particular, Ms. Tverberg makes no consideration of the decline in dollar purchasing value...

Posted by: c1ue | Oct 21 2021 14:19 utc | 100

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