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October 03, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-076

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

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Other issues:

AUKUS:

Pierre Morcos @morcos_pierre - 12:36 AM · Oct 1, 2021

French foreign minister @JY_LeDrian testified yesterday at a French Senate hearing on the implications of #AUKUS. An important discussion with French Senators which will be followed by other hearings. A 🧵 on the main highlights ...

> "This is an appalling episode in Australia's international affairs and the consequences of it will endure to our disadvantage for a very long time," Turnbull said. Former Prime Ministers Paul Keating and Kevin Rudd, who led the center-left Labor Party, have also been vocal critics of the nuclear deal. <

Covid-19 misreporting:

The first story confirms that the data analysis in the NYT, criticized in the second story, is skewed. The last story, also by the NYT, is of Asia but makes no mention of China at all. This while China has applied more than 2.2 billion doses of vaccine and is exporting a billion more.

Assange:

I had linked to the first one in last week's review. While it has valuable new information it also includes some propagandistic 'Russiagate' nonsense.

Crickets:

Use as open thread ...

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‘Most absolute of evils’: Investigation estimates up to 3,200 pedophile priests in French Catholic Church since 1950

I'm sure there were much more. These were only the discovered ones, as the study was - once again - very gentle to the Catholic Church and only involved what they voluntarily gave to the investigators. Couldn't have been different, as the inquiry was set up by the Church itself.

One of the greatest tragedies of 20th Western History. Also one of the largest child-raping schemes covered up with the help of the Western governments themselves.

We will only know the true extent of this mass rape scheme when the Western Civilization falls, and the archives are fully open. The Christian will have to die before we know the full extent of His crimes.

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Seems the Americans are going to confirm my "Byzantine hypothesis":

In the United States it was announced the decline of Europe

I don't see any future for Europe - at least not as a "global player". I truly don't.

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Doing the right thing is not always the easiest, but it is almost always the one that will bring the most long-term benefits and returns:

China has adopted a right path since the COVID-19 outbreak, criticizing the politicization of origins tracing: top expert Zhong Nanshan

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Oh, so colonialism, neocolonialism and genocide have now become a ‘Resource Curse’:

How African Countries Can Overcome the ‘Resource Curse’

Liberals are the most barbaric people of History. They also have the best propaganda machine of History. Necessity really is the mother of invention, after all.

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Meanwhile, the imbecilization of the West continues at a fast pace:

Wonking Out: Biden Should Ignore the Debt Limit and Mint a $1 Trillion Coin

Now, even logic is not allowed.

Posted by: vk | Oct 3 2021 14:59 utc | 1

I continue to characterize the global conflict(s) we are seeing as a civilization war between public/private finance or socialism/barbarism. I think we are seeing the tipping point moment when the control of the global social narrative is no longer totally managed by God of Mammon cult.

Below are two data points that speak to that assertion.

The first link is to a posting at The Register that came out on September 30 with the title of "China demands internet companies create governance system for algorithms".

I encourage you to read the article but think for a second about the arrow that this is aiming at the marketing/sales/manipulation heart of empire.....GRIN

I have not seen any mention of this bombshell in the MSM which to me gives more credence to its significance.


The second link is to the actual PDF of the report that was linked to from The Register article I commented about in the last Open Thread.

The report [PDF] considers phase two of Project Inthanon-LionRock (IL2), the cross-border experiment announced in February 2021 by China, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates, along with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Bank for International Settlements Innovation Hub.

From The Register article

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"The results of IL2 estimate an approximate 80 per cent reduction in transaction time," the document states. "There is currently a 3–5 day delay between payment and settlement for a typical cross-border transaction processed via correspondent banking.

"The IL2 prototype demonstrates the potential to shorten these transactions from days to seconds."

That's not just significant because it's fast. The report notes that another effort to reduce cross-border payment times – SWIFT gpi – can exchange messages in under five minutes and clear 92 per cent of payments within 24 hours.

But IL2 participants expect SWIFT gpi transactions "could experience half to a full day delay at each intermediary correspondent bank".

The peer-to-peer tech used in this trial reduced transaction times to between two and ten seconds.

It also reduced the cost of cross-border transfers by an estimated 50 per cent.
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Yes, much of the report quickly get into the techie weeds but this quote from the abstract of the report is more to my point

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With the joining of BIS Innovation Hub Hong Kong Centre, the Digital Currency Institute of the People's Bank of China and the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, the project has evolved into Phase 3 and to this effect has been renamed mCBDC Bridge project or, in short, mBridge.
Phase 3 involves further experimentation with design choices and technology trade-offs and a future roadmap from prototype to a production-ready network that can serve the broader central banking community as a public good through open-sourcing. To achieve this, collaboration with the public and private sector will continue and trials will be conducted in a safe environment.
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The adoption of this sort of production-ready network that can serve the broader central banking community as a public good through open-sourcing is a shot to the heart of the private BIS and its ongoing manipulation of foreign exchange rates through Reserve Currency requirements....it doesn't matter that SA and the BIS are inside the tent, IMO

Both of the civilization war arrows described above don't need to hit their mark to succeed. Simply to bring light to shine on those areas of social "organization" will do wonders to force human conversation about them which empire does not want....the curtain must stay closed.

The shit show continues until it doesn't.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 3 2021 15:02 utc | 2

On AUKUS there has been a lot of chatter especially on US naval sites that Oz would be getting nuclear submarines soon. That makes the France-Australia program (now dead) milestones interesting.
. . .from the linked tweets:
An intergovernmental agreement was signed in December 2016 and then a Strategic Partnering Agreement in February 2019. . .The production was supposed to start in 2023 and the first submarine to be delivered by 2033/2034.

And in the link to Scott Ritter, he is saying that the US screw-up with France is worse for US - Europe military relations is worse than anything Trump did, which was a lot.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 3 2021 15:11 utc | 3

@psychohistorian | Oct 3 2021 15:02 utc | 2

Very interesting regarding Project Inthanon-LionRock! It caught my eye as I have been to Doi Inthanon once, the highest peak in Thailand. May the payment system succeed!

Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 3 2021 15:13 utc | 4

Woke ideology is so absurd that you have to deny reality to subscribe to it.

Tucker Carlson Youtube clip (11:21)

You’re not allowed to point out this is insane

Posted by: Down South | Oct 3 2021 15:26 utc | 5

I wonder how much the CCP is paying the USA media hacks? Isn't that treason?

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Oct 3 2021 15:28 utc | 6

Financial Empire’s Oligarchy, Lackeys & Orcs are EVIL?

The Economist takes a jab at a Bilderberger, Peter Thiel.

“All this takes tech investing beyond Silicon Valley into new realms, some of them menacing to many observers. That will not worry Mr Thiel. Palantir is named after a “seeing stone” most often used by Sauron, ruler of J.R.R. Tolkien’s evil empire of Mordor in “The Lord of the Rings”. Evidently Mr Thiel, ever the contrarian, does not view Mordor as harshly as most Tolkien fans do. As he once told a friend: “I’d rather be seen as evil than incompetent.”

Empire’s team isn’t stupid or incompetent, but evil.

Peter Thiel, a neoliberal, backer of Trump & Ron Paul, Bilderberg committee member,...

Orcs ~ Individuals without Conscience (dark - evil souls)... They pursue...?

Sauron’s hegemonic collapse holds potent lessons for the Empire... Why Mordor failed?...

Posted by: Max | Oct 3 2021 15:31 utc | 7

USA-centric (sorry): Trump strategist Steve Bannon predicts 'sweeping' victories for "MAGA" in 2022 and 2024. I don't think he's wrong as Democrats with no mandate other than 'kill Trump' over-play their political hand, especially their WEF devoted Build Back Better theme which simply means Totalitarianism.

The Dems have proved that the best of the political class are inbred mediocre corporatists who believe a thumb in the dike will stop a tsunami. Don't think "Trump!" is going to hack it anymore as the Dems fail to make any meaningful changes in the lives of millions and millions still struggling to survive the effects of malfeasance which was the reaction to the non-plague; Covid-19.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/steve-bannon-predicts-sweeping-maga-wins-in-2022-and-2024-urges-quick-government-takeover/ar-AAP4IxV

Posted by: gottlieb | Oct 3 2021 15:35 utc | 8

Western media bias against China deplorable, dangerous

Like I said many times, the media, for all intents and purposes, are the Propaganda Ministry of the West. They are part of the military, and should be considered military targets.

It would be one thing if they had been telling the truth - that is journalism. But they're only telling lies, therefore they're propaganda. And propaganda directed for war is military.

Posted by: vk | Oct 3 2021 15:39 utc | 9

@ ph 2

Thanks for that. Finally a bank transaction-reporting system that the US can't meddle in to further its nefarious foreign policy objectives, as it does with SWIFT. . .Do I have that right?

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 3 2021 15:49 utc | 10

Found an interesting article in Kommersant, for those unfamiliar with Soviet History:

Religious NEP: How Lenin, Bonch-Bruevich and Stalin solved the sectarian issue

Posted by: vk | Oct 3 2021 15:57 utc | 11

@ DP 6
I wonder how much the CCP is paying the USA media hacks? Isn't that treason?
No.
US Constitution
Article III, Section 3, Clause 1: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.//

China is officially a competitor not an enemy.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 3 2021 15:58 utc | 12

Address to the National Press Club By the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull - Malcom Turnbull <-- Devastating!

I continue to believe that the real import/impact of AUKUS is that Australia will host missile bases. The subs frakus is just smokescreen.

THAT truth would be truly devastating but media and pundits are surprisingly incurious about the missile aspect of the AUKUS announcement.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Oct 3 2021 16:04 utc | 13

ph@2, thank you again. mbz is a very tricky snake. i've been waiting, watching to see what/where he might surface b/c realigning with china with makes perfect sense. i suppose blinken, nod & jake will leave the detail work to eric schmidt & mossad. again, ph, your work is very much appreciated.

Posted by: emersonreturn | Oct 3 2021 16:07 utc | 14

@ Don Bacon | Oct 3 2021 15:49 utc | 10 with the question to my comment about whether the new financial transaction system includes SWIFT ones.

Good question.

I haven't had time to plumb the depths of that report to find out. Hopefully it will grow, if it doesn't already, to include all international financial transactions and eliminate the current private control/assumed manipulation.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 3 2021 16:10 utc | 15

Posted by: vk | Oct 3 2021 15:39 utc | 9

It's not just news media either.

Twice in the last week I saw on TV which I seldom look at an NCIS show where they were after someone who was stealing some invention by the US for the good of the human race but in China's hands it was going to be used for devastating evil. I turned the channel. Then a day or two later I turned on PBS and there was a group of Chinese singers singing about democracy and freedom. I assumed that was falun gong inspired crap. Turned it off.

Posted by: arby | Oct 3 2021 16:19 utc | 16

@ JR 13
I continue to believe that the real import/impact of AUKUS is that Australia will host missile bases
Do you evidence of that?
Here's the "Joint Leaders Statement On AUKUS" which only specifically mentions nuclear submarines, also -- "These initial efforts will focus on cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, and additional undersea capabilities."

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 3 2021 16:22 utc | 17

The military industrial establishment serves the political agenda of the power elite in their quest for a unipolar hegemonic empire. Just because they also believe in fighting jihadists some times — that doesn’t equate to Tulsi also supporting world domination by the power elite. Tulsi Gabbard Has Not Changed — Her Critics Have

Posted by: Kal | Oct 3 2021 16:27 utc | 18

thanks b and fellow posters.. lots to ponder with the morning coffee and etc. etc..

Posted by: james | Oct 3 2021 16:28 utc | 19

Don Bacon @Oct3 16:22 #17

From the Australian Prime Minister's Office (emphasis is mine):

Throughout the decade, Australia will rapidly acquire long-range strike capabilities to enhance the ADF’s ability to deliver strike effects across our air, land and maritime domains.

These include:

  • Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, to be fielded on our Hobart class destroyers, enabling our maritime assets to strike land targets at greater distances, with better precision.
  • Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (Extended Range) will enable our F-A-18F Super Hornets and in future, our F-35A Lightning II, to hit targets at a range of 900km.
  • Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (Extended Range) (LRASM) for the F/A-18F Super Hornet.
  • Continuing collaboration with the United States to develop hypersonic missiles for our air capabilities.
  • Precision strike guided missiles for our land forces, which are capable of destroying, neutralising and supressing diverse targets from over 400km.
  • Accelerating $1 billion for a sovereign guided weapons manufacturing enterprise – which will enable us to create our own weapons on Australian soil.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Oct 3 2021 16:35 utc | 20

@ ph 15
Hopefully it will grow, if it doesn't already,

On page 23 of the China report is a map of "Active correspondent (AC) banks vs. value of cross-border payments" which illustrates: "The graph crosses country-level data on active correspondents (ACs) with the value of payments sent or received over the same period" -- China and others increasing and US decreasing, which seems rather obtuse but it is what it is.
Perhaps there are readers who understand banking. I will remind that SWIFT, and this one, only cover reports of bank transaction intentions, not the transactions themselves. But the US has gotten inside the knickers of Belgium-based SWIFT to halt transactions via SWIFT on countries the US doesn't like, especially Iran.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 3 2021 16:38 utc | 21

Don Bacon @Oct3 16:22 #17

It possible/probably that the 'Joint Leaders Statement' that you reference is only about submarines because the missile part only involves USA and Australia.

Once again, IMO the subs are a smokescreen to distract the public and prevent opposition. I have no doubt that China knows what is going on.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Oct 3 2021 16:41 utc | 22

Yep, "mass psychogenic disorders" triggered in the deranged minds of CIA spooks with generalized anxiety disorder and impostor syndrome. Triggered by something they had never heard before in their wealthy suburban northern Virginia gated communities that are regularly patrolled by bug spray trucks... crickets.

In other words, mass hysteria.

When an entire population loses touch with reality and embraces delusion then this sort of behavior is to be expected.

Disgusting.

Of course readers noticed from that CIA recruitment video that was posted here some time ago that the individual it focused upon mentioned her generalized anxiety disorder and impostor syndrome like they were badges of honor, right? She's basically saying "I am noble and due respect because I am a victim of these ailments that are the products of my own imagination!" This is how Millennials have been raised to define honor, personal achievement, and merit. In a world where everyone gets a trophy, what else can they be proud of? What foundation is left for them to build self-respect on?

Older readers may scratch their heads and wonder how it is possible to redefine cognitive and emotional frailty as an achievement worthy of accolades, but that is where we in the US have ended up.

Crickets!

Posted by: William Gruff | Oct 3 2021 17:09 utc | 23

Evil Empire’s modus operandi: Deceptions, Debt, Dollarization, Disorder, Destruction,...

What are your key takeaways from the WWI propaganda? British Five Bulldog propaganda (Australia, Canada, New Zealand...), U-Boat attacks, the sinking of the Lusitania, ‘Zimmerman telegram’ (it envisaged an offer to Mexico of territory including the states of California, Texas and Arizona in return for declaring war on the U$A),... Welcome back... However, the Empire can’t fool all the people all the time!

“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” Are you being fooled again?

What happens when China declares it won’t accept the US$ for its goods & manufacturing services?

Posted by: Max | Oct 3 2021 17:19 utc | 24

@ Don Bacon | Oct 3 2021 16:38 utc | 21 with more SWIFT/ banking questions

One of the basic components of the Bretton Woods agreement was that if country A wants to buy something from country B then country A goes to the privately owned BIS and says, How many US dollars do I have to purchase with my currency to purchase X amount of country B's currency?

This puts the BIS in the position of being able to manipulate the exchange rates while they make money on the process of foreign exchange.

SWIFT, also a private organization which I think is in Luxembourg, was created to handle small dollar amounts but high volume from consumers rather than the machinery/airplane/big stuff transactions where it is bank to bank but the same BIS in-the-middle still pertains.


Your comment Don
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But the US has gotten inside the knickers of Belgium-based SWIFT to halt transactions via SWIFT on countries the US doesn't like, especially Iran.
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misses the bigger picture of the global private bankers pulling the levers with the US as a face to the shit show we are watching.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 3 2021 17:22 utc | 25

SWIFT is located in La Hulpe, Belgium. Why? Which Private Imperial Money Oligarchy have controlled Belgium?

Ganchao - “catch up and surpass.” China is pursuing a strategy in the currency realm similar to what it did in the communication realm with 5G and BeiDou. It is the only nation in our world with an end to end solution in the communication arena. It has a complete independent value chain away from the U$A interference.

China is working on multiple fronts to achieve multiple objectives in the currency realm: currency swaps, independent payment transaction platforms, digital currency,.... without any $ & Empire’s involvement. The EU is pursuing similar strategies for €. Also,China’s key goal is to reduce exposure of its global payments data to the Empire. China wants DATA sovereignty!

China is plugging into SWIFT more deeply too. The control the U$A once had in these transaction systems is no longer the same. SWIFT will process transactions in Renminbis. When will CBDC take off?

Posted by: Max | Oct 3 2021 17:34 utc | 26

@ Max | Oct 3 2021 17:34 utc | 26 with the headquarters of SWIFT contrary to my rememberance

Wiki agrees with you and I need to do research...Hmmmm

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 3 2021 17:47 utc | 27

Triggered by something they had never heard before in their wealthy suburban northern Virginia gated communities that are regularly patrolled by bug spray trucks... crickets.

In other words, mass hysteria.

When an entire population loses touch with reality and embraces delusion then this sort of behavior is to be expected.

Disgusting.

Posted by: William Gruff | Oct 3 2021 17:09 utc | 23

I am not sure if this is accurate. First, I live in a suburb, at least, from ecological point of view, with very similar climate to northern Virginia. There are critters here that can be pretty noisy at night, on tree branches and shrubs, so insect generated noise is not something unusual. In fact, when I lived in a biggish city and knew about USA only from movies, scenes with insect noise in the background were striking with its exotic flavor and romantic associations -- warm night, "the sound of crickets", warm feelings...

Second, ANYONE could succumb to irrational psychosomatic symptoms in some circumstances, like a job in a remote location, gloomy and boring daily actives, plus the availability of lengthy sick leave would you develop those symptoms.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 3 2021 18:33 utc | 28

Another major tax-haven leak of documents- the so-called Pandora Papers.

It should be interesting to see which names come up, and perhaps equally what doesn't come up. As I recall the Panama papers revealed few American names (~1% of the total), and nobody at all who was high profile.

Posted by: Billb | Oct 3 2021 18:39 utc | 29

Yesterday (Saturday) I came across a video of an American talking what appeared to be publicly about the latest evidence on COVID-19 and he used a British report for evidence to prove that vaccines were ineffective against the Delta variant. So off I went to read the report but then I couldn't find the video again so here is what I found.
The report is called "SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation in England .Technical briefing 23".
The interesting bit for me was the table entitled "Table 5. Attendance to emergency care and deaths of sequenced and genotyped Delta cases in England by vaccination status
(1 February 2021 to 12 September 2021)" on pages 19-20.
The first row of data is about Delta cases.
For people under 50 years it shows the vaccinated (to any stage) as 198,775 (30,359 + 83,009 + 85,407) and the unvaccinated as 248,803.
The last row is about the dead.
For people under 50 it shows the vaccinated dead as 65 (6 + 11 + 48) and the unvaccinated dead as 132.

For people under 50 this gives the death rate of vaccinated people as 32.7 per hundred thousand and for unvaccinated people as 53.1 per hundred thousand, so unvaccinated people are 1.65 times more likely to die than vaccinated.

Simlarly:
For people 50 and over it shows the vaccinated (to any stage) as 79,434 (314 + 7,129 + 71,991) and the unvaccinated as 8,551
For people 50 and over, it shows the vaccinated dead as 1,714 (32 + 11 + 138 +1,565) and the unvaccinated dead as 590

For people 50 and over this gives the death rate of vaccinated people as 2,157.7 per hundred thousand and for unvaccinated people as 6,899.7 per hundred thousand, so unvaccinated people are 3.2 times more likely to die than vaccinated.

The man featured in the video was lying.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Oct 3 2021 18:49 utc | 30

Piotr Berman @28

You should check out some of the bedroom communities just west of Washington DC. Quite educational. Neighborhoods that are dead silent at night seem a little creepy to those of us who have grown up in less manicured environs.

As for some crickets, cicadas, and similar loud insects, experiencing them in real life is a little different than hearing them on TV. Real reality is slightly more immersive and can make things sound and look different than what people might expect from the TV reality that they are accustomed to.

Virginia spray trucks(ewetoob, 1m), though these ones are run by the county rather than the homeowners' associations.

Posted by: William Gruff | Oct 3 2021 19:01 utc | 31

America the pooped-over 'beautiful? Really?

Not so

This is horrendous!!!

Posted by: blues | Oct 3 2021 19:04 utc | 32

The Indies short-tailed cricket, Anurogryllus celerinictus, recorded in NW St Catherine, Jamaica.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB6RuVBy444

Posted by: Michael Weddington | Oct 3 2021 19:05 utc | 33

Blues @32

The Bonesmen guard the Gates of Hell
Near Tent City where the hoi palloi dwell
There was a time they all lived well
but there's not much left except the smell

Little by little with less and less
the boiling frogs were dispossessed
living rough in cars and tents
abandonned by their governments

inflicting torment and despair
spreading mayhem everywhere
while they wallow in the excess
due to every billionaire

Posted by: ld | Oct 3 2021 19:41 utc | 34

@Posted by: Max | Oct 3 2021 17:34 utc | 26

@Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 3 2021 17:47 utc | 27

Before SWIFT there was Telexes between banks, but then the US forced everyone to float their currencies and that was nowhere near good enough so the Banks formed a consortium to computerize the process - hence SWIFT. I have no idea why it is in Belgium, and certainly can't find any conspiratorial reasons.

SWIFT was simply an FX messaging system that grew exponentially with the growth in FX transactions, until the US started demanding that its US data centre provide information under US laws:

"In 2001, shortly after 9/11, a Wall Street executive told a senior Bush administration official about the SWIFT database. (Lichtblau and Risen 2006) Quickly realizing the possibilities of monitoring a financial database of such scope, the Bush administration officials were eager to gain access. According to the Los Angeles Times, the CIA developed a clandestine way in the late 1990s to access the SWIFT network. (Meyer and Miller 2006) In October 2001, the CIA pushed to enhance the covert surveillance of SWIFT, while the Treasury Department wanted to provide a legal basis for a SWIFT surveillance program. The legal strategy prevailed, and within weeks after 9/11, the secret “Terrorist Financing Tracking Program”4 (TFTP) was established."

"The Treasury Department has been issuing a monthly subpoena to SWIFT, ordering them to reveal and transmit transaction messages. Legally, this was possible due to the fact that SWIFT, a Belgian cooperative, has a data operation center situated in the US."

https://books.openedition.org/iheid/321?lang=en

Then the US government bullied SWIFT into becoming a weapon of the US.

"there could be consequences if it resists US pressure to cut off Iran again. Richard Goldberg, senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think-tank, argued in this blog that in 2012, Congress authorised any president to impose sanctions on SWIFT’s board of directors (which includes executives from some of the world’s biggest banks) if it refused to disconnect Iranian banks blacklisted by Washington."

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2018/11/5/what-swift-is-and-why-it-matters-in-the-us-iran-spat

Posted by: Roger | Oct 3 2021 19:53 utc | 35

Ghost Ship @ 30 For people 50 and over this gives the death rate of vaccinated people as 2,157.7 per hundred thousand and for unvaccinated people as 6,899.7 per hundred thousand, so unvaccinated people are 3.2 times more likely to die than vaccinated.
The man featured in the video was lying.

To what video are you referring?
Why do you presume he was lying?

Do you doubt the numbers?
The fact that so many vaccinated are still dying should give pause. I don't think anyone disputes that they reduce death in the short term

Posted by: ld | Oct 3 2021 20:06 utc | 36

@ Roger | Oct 3 2021 19:53 utc | 35 with the excellent follow up about the history of SWIFT

Thanks for that. I am a big picture sort and miss some of the details in the weeds sometimes.

I would appreciate if you could also add meat/history to my description of the BIS and what is suppose to happen under Bretton Woods but nations are evolving away from...thanks

I also wanted to encourage barflies to read the study to understand a bit more about blockchain technology and the whole permissioned/permissionless versions. Most of the non-nation crypto currency's are premissionless and can't scale hence the ponzi scheme aspect of them.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 3 2021 20:17 utc | 37

Today's Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC is funded in whole or in part by the Australian Government) hate China / push for a war story:

Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, asks Australia for help

Posted by: Dim sim | Oct 3 2021 20:39 utc | 38


@vk | Oct 3 2021 14:59 utc | 1

About the inquiry on sexual abuse in the French Church.

« I'm sure there were much more », « the study was - once again - very gentle to the Catholic Church ... Couldn't have been different, as the inquiry was set up by the Church ».

Always the same old stuff whatever the subject.

The study vk criticises will be published on Tuesday (it is Sunday).

As the RT article states, the CIASE (« Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church ») is an independent commission. It is headed by the former president of the Conseil d’État (the highest administrative court in France), who was able to choose all the members of this commission at his discretion. They seem quite qualified to me :

https://www.ciase.fr/composition-de-la-commission/

So explain to us what innate or acquired gift would make you more competent, probe and unprejudiced than these people.

Or just unprejudiced.

Posted by: Leuk | Oct 3 2021 20:46 utc | 39

@ Roger 35
Thanks for that on SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, another illegal US pressure point in the rules-based international order.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 3 2021 20:59 utc | 40

Posted by: Billb | Oct 3 2021 18:39 utc | 29

Pandora oh Pandora, the kings of copyright love ancient greek and roman names. But this short paragraph sets the tune for the symphony:

Not everyone named in the Pandora papers is accused of wrongdoing. The leaked files reveals that Tony and Cherie Blair saved £312,000 in property taxes when they purchased a London building partially owned by the family of a prominent Bahraini minister.

The Guardian and Lemonde, they'll do their masters job ditching whomever might be necessary to ditch, just like they did with Assange.

Of course all those easterners are wrong doers not like our own Tony Bliar war criminal for ever more, Aliev doing business with the royals, just like pre-revolutionary Azerbaijan, and Zelensky on the edge. It will be fun to watch the new charade.

Posted by: Paco | Oct 3 2021 21:09 utc | 41

vk @1:
> I don't see any future for Europe - at least not as a "global player". I truly don't.

IMHO, the future of Europe is as a warning to others, as an example what not to do.


Posted by: Passerby | Oct 3 2021 21:21 utc | 42

I'm not what other Aussies here heard but Turnbull's address to the NPC was not widely reported here. We've had Keating and Rudd, which was to be expected, disseminated through MSM (SMH) but not Turnbull's. It also points to possible opposition within government ranks about the sub deal. But my response to all those conspiracy theorists out there on this topic (e.g. Jackrabbit) is this: the goons who make up the current government are all carpet-baggers with reputations for mendacity, incompetence, and laziness. They're lobbyists for fossil fuels and mining, and their primary task is keeping the property market boiling away. Their horizons are winning the next election at best.

To understand what's going on here requires a knowledge of Australia's history and imperial outpost mentality. There's no connection to the land, at least not in the cities: Sydney and Melbourne (35% of the pop.) are Western cities who pretend the rest of the continent doesn't exist; the remainder are like the inner station in Conrad's Heart of Darkness. As a result there can never be a mythological imaginary of culture, identity, land and language that one finds in France, Germany, England, Russia, China, etc etc. Our fragmented sense of self is either inherited in a neurotic way (from the UK) or imported in a poorly understood way (from the US). "Australian-ness" lacks definition by design, and is least defined among Australians themselves. Truth be known, most Australians hate the interior and simply see it as a get-rich-quick-opportunity (like the pilgrims and the ivory in Conrad once again). The true bearers of an Australian mythological imaginary have and continue to be the victims of a vicious deracination from 1788 on. In fact, deep down the Anglo-celtic rump of this country suffer from the usual colonial self-loathing. Understand that, you understand AUKUS. Whitlam, Keating, Rudd and (to some extent) Turnbull wanted to change this because they knew sovereignty required first the reinvention of national selfhood. Until then we will do what mummy (UK) and daddy (USA) tell us.

Posted by: Patroklos | Oct 3 2021 21:51 utc | 43

"Counter-flicting" claims:

While anyone infected with the delta variant has a higher viral load than past infections, vaccinated and unvaccinated levels are largely the same. The key difference is that those who are vaccinated are much less likely to become infected in the first place. Unvaccinated individuals are five times more likely to get infected than those who have gotten the vaccination.
(Here)

And...

"Our vaccines are working exceptionally well. They continue to work well for Delta with regard to severe illness and death - they prevent it, but what they can't do anymore is prevent transmission," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "So if you’re going home to someone who is not vaccinated…I would suggest you wear a mask in public indoor settings," she continued. (Here)

...

So exactly why am I losing my job over my refusal? Do any Mandaters here want to explain to me why I should lose my job? Because I am a danger to our over-streched hospitals? What a joke.

B?


Posted by: NemesisCalling | Oct 3 2021 22:20 utc | 44

@ William Gruff | Oct 3 2021 17:09 utc | 23

About the CIA recruitment video

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PHckeZoYx04

At first glance, this video is funny, but it is very elaborate, if not in its form, at least in its conception.

It has three characteristics:

1) extreme simplicity of message (« I am unapologetically me »),

2) deeply emotional nature of the message, excluding controversy,

3) irrelevance of the message, focusing not on what the CIA does, but on the CIA group as a group (I will never feel alone again),

These three aspects being intimately linked.

The message is not addressed to potential CIA recruits. It is addressed to the public. It says: "I, in the CIA, am just like you". I’m as sick as you are, you’re as sick as I am.

Then Jiminy Cricket, the voice of conscience, appears.

A state, is called the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly lieth it also; and this lie creepeth from its mouth: "I, the state, am the people."

Posted by: Leuk | Oct 3 2021 22:45 utc | 45

Posted by: ld | Oct 3 2021 20:06 utc | 36
Do you doubt the numbers?
The fact that so many vaccinated are still dying should give pause. I don't think anyone disputes that they reduce death in the short term

There is good reason to doubt the numbers.

For the unvaccinated there is considerable evidence that a US government $50,000 payment per treated COVID victim gives considerable incentive to medical institutions to classify as many victims as COVID victims as possible. Since a COVID victim is considered to be infected with a highly transmissible and lethal virus few autopsies are performed. The victim is quickly cremated. Families are refused the opportunity to claim their dead.

In effect, any individual near end-of-life may be designated a COVID case, the substantial fee creates significant incentive and the outcome is a concomitant spike in the COVID death statistics.

For the vaccinated are subjevt to a restriction governing when the individual is deemed to be vaccinated. The definition appears subject to variance by jurisdiction but in the US you are not considered to be vaccinated until 21 days following the second shot.

So if you suffer a lethal blood clot 48 hours after vaccination that has nothing to do with the vaccination itself. It is more than likely a death due to COVID given the fact the victim was "unvaccinated." I suspect the astute barflies can hear the repeated "ka-ching, ka-ching" of the cash register above the tumult in the bar.

There is further problem in that medical professionals are known to refuse to acknowledge or report a COVID related adverse event. There are no existing treatment protocols for an adverse event resulting from COVID vaccination. The physician therefore has no known method of treating the victim. Physicians do not like problems for which they have no immediate fix. Further, if the cause of death is the vaccine, then such a designation may deprive the institution of the $50,000 government COVID stipend.

I am sure there are more problems than these few. It is suggested that most of the "official" COVID statistics may be less than reliable.

Posted by: Sushi | Oct 3 2021 23:07 utc | 46

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 3 2021 20:17 utc | 37

non-nation crypto currency's are premissionless and can't scale hence the ponzi scheme aspect of them
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When I read something like that I get these flashing DERP DERP DERP DERP images and I am pretty sure that the writer of such words has no clue what he or she is saying and is just repeating nonsense like a parrot.

crypto currency is a Ponzi scheme for the same reason all Ponzi schemes are. The nature of a Ponzi scheme is that if you get your money in early and get your money (the profits) out before the attributes of the scheme becomes widely known you make a gain if you don't you lose.

The reason crypto-currency is a Ponzi scheme is because the cost of transactions is greater than the overall benefits but that cost is hidden in the present and instead pushed into the future, but like all Ponzi schemes they will fail when eventually the future becomes the present.

Posted by: jinn | Oct 3 2021 23:39 utc | 47

@ Billb 29 , regarding these Pandora Papers:

"A huge tranche of leaked data on offshore companies that is larger in size and scope than the Panama Papers, hit the global headlines Sunday night, laying bare the financial secrets of the global rich and powerful, including Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet members, financiers, retired generals, media owners and businessmen.

The names of more than 700 Pakistanis have been discovered in the data and majority of them are tax-residents in this country." https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/897471-hidden-offshore-treasures-of-rich-and-powerful-revealed

For obvious reasons there are no Pandora Papers media partners for China: https://www.icij.org/investigations/pandora-papers/about-pandora-papers-investigation/

Posted by: Antonym | Oct 4 2021 1:06 utc | 48

Antonym #48

So, the target is Pakistan. Forgive my cynicism but perhaps Blinken had this future Pandora event in mind when he announced that the USAi had a variety of ways to continue its meddling in eurasia. I guess president Xi has a chef or a chauffeur yet to be discovered in the file ;/

I think I can wait until bellingcat makes some form of pronouncement about how it has become the new wikileaks etc and then I will know for sure whether it is worth considering.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 1:25 utc | 49

Australia with its severe lockdown strategy designed to flatten the curve and keep spare beds has just created an overcapacity problem in one of its state hospital systems: the influx is from people severely beaten by police for attending a peaceful anti-mask rally.

I would link it but twitter is blocking my ability to copy a link as I am not signed up ://

see @TheBabylonBee

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 1:44 utc | 50

@Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 1:44 utc | 50

"The Babylon Bee is a conservative Christian news satire website that publishes satirical articles on topics including religion, politics, current events, and public figures. It has been referred to in the media as a Christian, evangelical, or conservative version of The Onion"

Are you trying to take the piss?

Posted by: Roger | Oct 4 2021 1:49 utc | 51

Dr John Campbell is reporting on a Merck anti viral just announced by press release.

I get the impression that the clever little pharmaceutical is about to be among us in nice little bottles, prescribed by a doctor at a 'fair market value'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVW2QqHUJUw&t=531s

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 1:50 utc | 52

@ 46 sushi... id is replying to @30 ghostships numbers earlier in the thread.. they focus on data from the uk.... out of curiousity, do you live in the usa??

Posted by: james | Oct 4 2021 1:54 utc | 53

Roger #51

I am known for spreading mirth and irreligious gossip.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 2:36 utc | 54

I just discovered a great report.

The USA army vets who were recently defeated by their own military decision making complex are stressed and anxious that the Bagram airbase they just left behind is being landed on by OTHER PEOPLE's PLANES!! https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42610/satellite-imagery-contradicts-reports-of-foreign-aircraft-at-bagram-air-base

Perish the thought.

After killing tens of thousands of Afghanistan citizens, stealing their national bank deposits in the USA, building next to zero infrastructure, replacing edible croplands with opium poppy fields of gold - these lads are all excited that the only useful thing they left behind in workable condition might be used by someone else.

Maybe it is China delivering food and vaccination supplies for the Afghanistan people? Regardless these warzone crazies suspect the planes were pushed into hangars to hide them because the daylight satellite images reveal no strangers parked on the site. Duh!

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 2:48 utc | 55

Antonym | Oct 4 2021 1:06 utc | 48, uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 1:25 utc | 49

That is because the article Antonym is published in a Pakistani paper. If you look at e.g El Pais (Spain), they talk about ~600 Spanish names – rich people, media stars, politicians.

Posted by: phiw13 | Oct 4 2021 3:05 utc | 56

phiw13 #56

Thank you for clarifying that. I found a few references on the web but lying Luke Harding at the grauniad never gets my attention due to his second salary from MI6. I will check out El Pais etc.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 3:12 utc | 57

@ Roger (#35), thanks for the refresher on SWIFT. It was conceived in Europe by six banks and then extended. Airline companies back then had a global messaging system that was run on a cooperative basis. The European banks came to the conclusion that they could take the global systems used to relay messages in aviation and create a similar global and standardized messaging system for financial transactions that would be much more efficient than the telex and unstandardized mechanism. However, why locate in Belgium?

– A good American President or the Fed chairperson would want a transactional system where majority of transactions are in the US$ to be located in the U$A. China has located CIPS in China. Also, VISA has developed an identical system to SWIFT. So we Americans have the knowhow and talent to manage the technical infrastructure. Why let it be in Belgium?
– SWIFT’s data centers are located in Virginia (U$A), Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Netherlands. All these locations have strong CIA & MI6 presence. None in ME/Qatar/UAE, LATAM, Singapore/Japan, Africa,... Don’t these regions have good number of transactions? It is unfortunate that these nations have shown no initiative to build their independent infrastructure and develop transactional standards, particularly Japan, India, Brazil, South Africa. China took the initiative and launched its system in 2002.
– SWIFT is under supervision of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) too, which has a unique private structure and is publicly listed on the Euronext under the symbol (BNB). Who are its real owners?
– BNB has an interesting history like the U$A’s central banks. The National Bank of Belgium was established with 100% private capital in May 1850. Who were its owners then? Banks of the Private Imperialist Oligarchy were involved then. Who were the owners of the First Bank of the United States?

Based on the historical fractal of the private central banks and its construct, one can conclude the involvement of the Private Imperialist Money Oligarchy. This Oligarchy wants to capture Iran and will be happy to block them from SWIFT, a swift decision!

Posted by: Max | Oct 4 2021 3:16 utc | 58

NemesisCalling@44

My condolences bud. I got a q@a from the company I work for which is federally mandated to have its employees vaccinated.
The q@a asks great questions but gives wishy washy answers but basically says that I have to be vaccinated by nov 1st or submit to rapid testing on my own time but at company expense. What this rapid testing will be I don't know.
I have to complete an online questionnaire by Oct 15th about my vaccination status and come up with some sort of plan with HR. I'm not declaring shit and will be considered unvaxxed.
I think they just want to see if anyone will say no but unfortunately I'm a lone bunny wabbit in a sea of sharks out of about 100+employees and my union(fuck teamsters) agree with the mandate lol
I had the same question as you with the tests and as to why I should be the only one when anyone could have covid.
Good luck man as I'm sure my time will come.Keep fighting.

Why is Assange still in prison? If you need any further examples of media ignoring the fuck out of something. Yahoo news lol give em a pullitzer. Entertaining read.

Posted by: PleaseBeleafMe | Oct 4 2021 3:24 utc | 59

Trading in Hong Kong for shares of China Evergrande were suspended on Monday.

The details seem confusing but I expect there is lots going on behind the scenes. What impact will it have on the other global markets? Can/will this be used as excuse for "real soooon now" market crash?

The global financial elite have had since 2008 to set up this next global reset and they are, and have been, taking the emergence of China into account. I keep wondering if the selling of Covid as cover for raping US Treasury and creation of income stream for Big Pharma was test phase for selling a war against the China/Russia axis of some sort....sanctions/extended trade war, more bio-terrorism, more techie attacks, another proxy war somewhere, ???

Given all the truth/reality breathing down the neck of empire, something big has to be attempted soon to get back control of the global narrative....nasty business, whatever it will be.

Rocktober! Here we are!

I keep waiting to read some Western reaction to China's announcement of regulation intent of Internet algorithms which I think is going to going to be significant on multiple levels from all internet marketing/sales to High Frequency Trading. Is China going to point out that America used to regulate it businesses?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 4 2021 4:07 utc | 60

India is head over heels in love ... with Zionist Israel.

This is totally appropriate, as the world's largest apartheid democracy of India shares much in common with the Middle East's only Western-style apartheid democracy, Israel.

This India-Israel Axis is not only based upon hard power like military armaments (where India is the leading buyer of Israeli weapons) but also an ideological convergence between two increasingly fundamentalist ethno-religious states disguised as secular democracies.

India’s deepening love affair with Israel
https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/9/9/indias-deepening-love-affair-with-israel

Posted by: ak74 | Oct 4 2021 4:45 utc | 61

@ak74 - 61

Life is simple for some: Modi's Hindu nationalist government & Bennett's Jewish nationalistic governments are bad; Xi's Han nationalistic government & Khan's Sunni nationalistic government are good.
Aljazeera is owned and funded by the government of Qatar.

Posted by: Antonym | Oct 4 2021 4:59 utc | 62

PleaseBeleafMe @ 59
I think they just want to see if anyone will say no but unfortunately I'm a lone bunny wabbit in a sea of sharks out of about 100+employees and my union(fuck teamsters) agree with the mandate lol

<= I think the 100+employees could be a good study group.Maybe some hypotheses could be developed to explain why members of this study group have no interest in defending their lives against experimental mRNA vaccination and no interest in challenging the vaccination propaganda?

This group you describe seems not to care about their future health (almost like it is too much trouble to care about), its members express behaviors that fail to heed mRNA vaccination adverse outcome warning signs, the members of the group seem not to have grasped that the information they depend on is psycho-engineered to control their minds, the members of the group seem not to comprehend the difference between misleading and truthful propaganda, nor do they understand, how a $50k bonus given to a treating hospital for each treated covid patient impacts the information they hear in reports they encounter from MSM distributed propaganda[re; y: Sushi 46].

One thesis [professional knowledge syndrome] anything about or requiring medicine represents too much trouble to sort the data out, so just go along with the crowd or leave it to the recommendation of attending professionals.

Another thesis [message confusion syndrome] involves confusion intentionally produced into contents and target audience directed narratives that serve to block the untrained, science knowledge deficient, mind from evaluating the merits and demerits of the alternatives.

another thesis [don't rock the boat syndrome] involves fear of future employer treatment if recognized as a black sheep in the crowd of white sheep?

Digging into why people reject analysis, refuse to understand data, follow the crowd, do things that are obviously detrimental when told to do so without questioning the data and reasoning-used by the information source, and why people refuse to learn more about that which they know nothing could explain why people naked, standing in line, towel and soap in hand, don't jump the guards, before their Krypton shower.

one explanation for the Krypton Shower Syndrome i heard was hope vested in chance of survival. No matter how slim, hope produces in most minds, Krypton Shower(hope dependant) Syndrome. At the entrance to the Krypton shower facility was a final check desk , , Occasionally a person was removed from the line and directed to a door in non transparent wall, what was happening behind that was not known to the people in the 1st line. Traversing the door to the unknown, the Krypton victim discovered another naked person, towel and soap line existed on the side of the facility, but that 2nd line led to the back door of the Krypton Shower facility.. everyone in the first line, hoped those excepted individuals, somehow escaped the Krypton shower and peacefully stayed in their line because they were hoping to be one of the exceptions.

The people in line who refused to challenge the guards expressed slim chance (hope) syndrome. <=before they will admit defeat and risk everything, there must not be any other outcome.. I think this is why most people go to hospitals to die..

Discovering the basis for reluctance to rationally-decide personal-behavior could help to expose malicious propaganda to would be victims.

Posted by: snake | Oct 4 2021 5:29 utc | 63

@ antonym

Life indeed is simple for some--but in the opposite sense that you intended.

India is incessantly fawned over as the the world's leading "democracy" by the self-styled "Free Press" and indeed India aggressively propagandizes itself as such--just like Israel. Never mind that India is based upon an apartheid caste system and a Hindu fundamentalist regime and its proxies like the RSS, who literally were devotees of Mussolini and Hitler.

This stands in stark contrast to the tired "China Bad" (or "Iran Bad," "Russia Bad," or even 'Pakistan Bad") narrative that is incessantly peddled by this very same Free Press and leading capitalist oligarchies/"democracies" around the world.

The simplistic Good vs Evil mindset defines the so-called Free World, as personified by America and its allies like Israel and India.

Posted by: ak74 | Oct 4 2021 5:43 utc | 64

@ ak47 - 64

The percentages of 'minorities' today in each of these four nations shows who are bluffing/ intolerant and who are actually multi-cultural/ tolerant.

"India aggressively propagandizes itself" Where?
Here I am a lonely voice in the Wilderness while Xi-Han China fans are tripping over eachother in admiration for their new "Messiah" - THE man without flaws.

The simplistic Good vs Bad is an Old Testamental frame used in the West and totally un-Hindu. In The Mahabharata both camps are fractions of the same family, because both Homo Sapiens - same possibilities & problems.

Posted by: Antonym | Oct 4 2021 6:45 utc | 65

I am not sure if this is accurate. First, I live in a suburb, at least, from ecological point of view, with very similar climate to northern Virginia. There are critters here that can be pretty noisy at night, on tree branches and shrubs, so insect generated noise is not something unusual.
Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 3 2021 18:33 utc | 28

Maybe Gruff's thesis is that in wealthy suburban northern Virginia gated communities that are regularly patrolled by bug spray trucks, such critters would not be allowed in at the gate. Therefore if your community is not gated, it does not provide a valid comparison. In gated communities, any crickets that manage to sneak past the heavily policed gate must be using unique and horrifyingly covert techniques to do so, therefore they must be Russian spies. Or if not, then Chinese, Cuban or Iranian spies.

Posted by: BM | Oct 4 2021 8:08 utc | 66

As I recall the Panama papers revealed few American names (~1% of the total), and nobody at all who was high profile.
Posted by: Billb | Oct 3 2021 18:39 utc | 29

Naturally that should not come as any surprise. The primary purpose of the leak is to bash Russia, on behalf of the elites, so why should the US elites expose their own names?

Posted by: BM | Oct 4 2021 8:26 utc | 67

Before SWIFT there was Telexes between banks
Posted by: Roger | Oct 3 2021 19:53 utc | 35

That is nonesense. SWIFT itself used to use telex, long before email was invented, indeed before - and after - even fax was invented. Telex ensured authentication of the source, destination and of the message itself. The telex was just the medium, the messages had to go through SWIFT as the collating agency. Messages have to go between pairs (sometimes several consecutive pairs) of "corresponding banks" - which agree to maintain corresponding accounts at each other's banks in a mutually agreed range of currencies. On the basis of messages managed by Swift, the corresponding banks would make transfers into or out of the respective accounts, to balance the funds for the transfer. Usually the corresponding bank (on either side) may in fact make the relevant transfer up to a week later, on whatever day best suited its own financial investments - this is the cause of the long delays in SWIFT transfers, which had nothing to do with the technology of the process.

SWIFT is in effect an authorised "Man in the Middle". As I understand, the significance of block chain is that it provides the means to incorporate everything that SWIFT does into the block-chain communication itslef, so that no "Man in the Middle" is required. Hence it is intrinsically safer from 3rd party interference. The transfer of block chain messages if no faster than email, and not much faster than telex (since the messages are relatively short); more significant is the contractual basis agreed between the parties, which presumably requires account balances to be effected immediately at both ends of each corresponding pair. That this is allegedly completed in "seconds" rather suggests that the actual transfer between accounts is probably effected automatically as a part of the technology used, and the block chain message will therefore intrinsically contain both the order for the transfer and the confirmation that it has been carried out at both ends. In which case, "seconds" would I suspect mean a small fraction of one second in most cases, but probably giving margin for slight delays that could arise in the system.

On the participation of BIS and SWIFT in the trial system run by China - this presumably must reflect contractual relations between BIS, SWIFT and China that provide for an eventual integration of the Chinese block chain network with the SWIFT network, so that transfers could be made between the two networks. Not that that would have been contractually committed already, but I am asserting that the participants of the trial would hope to be able to do that eventually. BIS and SWIFT have an interest in joining the Chinese network if they gain commissions from the transfers in so doing (although presumably they will only get a commission for transfers in which they are one of the corresponding banks involved); China would have no incentive whatsoever to include BIS and SWIFT unless there was a declared intention to move towards an eventual integration of the two networks. In the latter case, BIS and SWIFT would then earn commission any time there is a transfer between the two networks.

Posted by: BM | Oct 4 2021 9:06 utc | 68

As the RT article states, the CIASE (« Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church ») is an independent commission. It is headed by the former president of the Conseil d’État (the highest administrative court in France), who was able to choose all the members of this commission at his discretion. They seem quite qualified to me :
So explain to us what innate or acquired gift would make you more competent, probe and unprejudiced than these people.
Posted by: Leuk | Oct 3 2021 20:46 utc | 39

So explain to us what innate or acquired gift would make youthese paedophile-compromised elites more competent, probe and unprejudiced than these peoplethan the average small-time criminal.

There, fixed it for you!

Posted by: BM | Oct 4 2021 9:14 utc | 69

Merck anti viral just announced by press release.
I get the impression that the clever little pharmaceutical is about to be among us in nice little bottles, prescribed by a doctor at a 'fair market value'.
Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 1:50 utc | 52

That clever little pharmaceutical is so clever, they have taken ivermectin - which has been proven to be highly effective in curing covid-19, but which has the major handicap that it is out of patent and therefore is disallowed - they have given that ivermectin a tinly little tweak so that it can be given a new name even though it allegedly has all the same properties as ivermectin, voila they have a new patentable drug capable of treating covid-19. Isn't that clever?

By the way, the FDA approval application for this clever little drug extensively cites research validating the efficacy of the original ivermectin as evidence in favour of the presumed efficacy of the new drug, on the declared basis that they are practically the same. So any laggard deniers of ivermectin need only study the approval application for the new Merck drug to convince themselves of the effectiveness of the original ivermectin, as testified by Merck themselves no less.

Uh hmm, by the way any medical authorities thinking of prescribing the new drug on taxpayer funds might consider that they could be making themselves liable for charges of fraudulent abuse of authority in misuse of taxpayer funds, on the basis of using an overpriced variant of a cheap, effective, out of patent equivalent, which is even declared to be equivalent in the approval application.

Posted by: BM | Oct 4 2021 9:47 utc | 70

BM #66

In gated communities, any crickets that manage to sneak past the heavily policed gate must be using unique and horrifyingly covert techniques to do so, therefore they must be Russian spies. Or if not, then Chinese, Cuban or Iranian spies.

The last intelligence assessment I read reported that a Chinese lab had cloned silk like wings and had attached to the crickets with a special silicon flexible adhesive. They were surprised to see it was made from a stolen 3M formula too. The little f'kers fly over wall and straight in to the trees. Other specialists figured the high pitched chirp was actually a battery charging process before the next flight.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 10:16 utc | 71

It looks like we may be starting to see the start of a flow of data, rather than speculation or guesswork, that none of us who have been Western type vaccinated want to read. My highlights.

What this study finds is exactly what vaccine developer Geert Vanden Bossche (Belgium) has been predicting. The predominance of antibody-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants in vaccine breakthrough cases from the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

The California study finds that vaccinated individuals are more susceptible to COVID variant infections than unvaccinated. Geer Vanden Bossche has been warning that vaccine antibodies would suppress natural antibody responses. The vaccine antibodies take control of the immune system and defend only against a targeted virus.

Among vaccinated individuals, a COVID variant virus is not recognized by the specialized antibodies provided by the vaccine, and the natural antibodies have been programmed to stand down.

(MedRxiv) Associations between vaccine breakthrough cases and infection by SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants have remained largely unexplored. Here we analyzed SARS-CoV-2 whole-genome sequences and viral loads from 1,373 persons with COVID-19 from the San Francisco Bay Area from February 1 to June 30, 2021, of which 125 (9.1%) were vaccine breakthrough infections. Fully vaccinated were more likely than unvaccinated persons to be infected by variants carrying mutations associated with decreased antibody neutralization.

These findings suggest that vaccine breakthrough cases are preferentially caused by circulating antibody-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants, and that symptomatic breakthrough infections may potentially transmit COVID-19 as efficiently as unvaccinated infections.

Be careful around vaccinated people, because they can carry a more resistant form of COVID-19. Additionally, the highly specialized antibodies in the vaccine create a need for a booster for each antibody resistant variant. Israel is already on booster #2.

Dr. Vanden Bossche has been using Israeli data and showing how the widespread vaccination rates were creating pressure on the virus to mutate into variants with higher levels of contagion. The unvaccinated group has been keeping the pressure down by defeating the virus and carrying natural immunity. However, as the unvaccinated population is increasingly made smaller, the pressure on the virus to mutate increases. Subsequently, these mutations stay at higher or more effective levels of infection.

Israel is already on its second round of booster shots.

The long term impacts of antibody dependency are unknown. Some doctors and scientists are already worried that normal cancer fighting antibodies will become dormant and we could see an explosion of unusual cancer clusters due to antibody suppression caused by the COVID vaccines.

Remember, no one knows exactly what this targeted vaccine will do to the overall human immune system as it responds to other viruses or infections.

The vaccinated population are the human trial subjects, and the unvaccinated population are the control group.

Incomplete link in case the full link upset some mobiles
theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/10/03/there-it-is-study-finds-predominance-of-antibody-resistant-sars-cov-2-variants-in-vaccine-breakthrough-cases-in-san-francisco-bay-area/

Posted by: JohninMK | Oct 4 2021 10:20 utc | 72

Prof. Richard Wolff, my favourite USA Marxist, is interviewed on RT for six minutes here and funny enough the left half of the screen has the grauniad article written by MI6 Harding. RT is doing a repeat image of showing the Putin face and then highlighting the paragraph that says Putin name is not mentioned but his friends are. You cant make this crap up unless your name is Luke Harding.

Wake up RT this is just pathetic.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 10:30 utc | 73

The last intelligence assessment I read reported that a Chinese lab had cloned silk like wings and had attached to the crickets with a special silicon flexible adhesive.
Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 10:16 utc | 71

Ah, I see. Well spotted UT. Just a technical question: are the new cloned wings better than the original wings? Are they aimed at better defeating the anti-cricket air defence radar at the gate, or what?

Posted by: BM | Oct 4 2021 10:32 utc | 74

The California study finds that vaccinated individuals are more susceptible to COVID variant infections than unvaccinated.
Posted by: JohninMK | Oct 4 2021 10:20 utc | 72

Shame you didn't cite the UK study in the next paragraph of your link:

157,400 Delta variant cases amid the fully vaccinated (26.52% of total cases), and 257,357 Delta variant cases amid the unvaccinated (43.36% of total cases). However, when it came to severe outcomes 63.5% of deaths were from the fully vaccinated group.

These are not the first such results. A couple of weeks ago I read a study from eastern Europe with somewhat related results, based on the Sputnik vaccine (but if I remember correctly just mild infections - mild infections in vaccinated were more likely to be new variants compared to mild infections in unvaccinated). More and more such studies are coming out now. The Israel results are becoming a clear demonstration of what not to do.

Posted by: BM | Oct 4 2021 10:55 utc | 75

BM @74

Which brings us full circle. It really is super secret Soviet tech (because the Chinese are, as we well know, technology thieves and could not have developed it on their own) that is crippling our spooks! The hysteria that is triggering fragile Millennial snowflakes to melt down into odoriferous yellow puddles is entirely justified!

Well, at least those yellow puddles match the theme of the era: Yellow peril, yellow journalism ...

Posted by: William Gruff | Oct 4 2021 11:28 utc | 76

On RT ... You cant make this crap up unless your name is Luke Harding.
Wake up RT this is just pathetic.
Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 4 2021 10:30 utc | 73

Try taking a look at de.rt.com UT. I started looking there a few days ago and it was an eye opener - it is amazing the difference to the english version.

Take this very interesting article, for example, of which I could find no mention whatsoever on the english RT edition despite being about testimony to the FDA in the US:

US-Corona-Forscher vor der FDA: "Pfizer-Impfstoff tötet mehr Menschen, als er rettet"

Or this one.

Or this one "Die Lymphozyten laufen Amok" – Pathologen untersuchen Todesfälle nach COVID-19-Impfung.

Or this one showing how the RKI (somewhat equivalent in certain respects to the FDA) manipulated its own data in its presentations on alleged benefits of vaccination.

Also take a look at this tag for lots of interesting articles on covid-19.

Through de.rt.com I also fount this website https://2020news.de/ and https://2020news.de/en/ with dozens of highly interesting articles including this one:

Riesenskandal aufgedeckt: Covid-19-Impfung zerstört unser Immunsystem nachhaltig (older study).

Posted by: BM | Oct 4 2021 11:29 utc | 77

@ Posted by: Antonym | Oct 4 2021 4:59 utc | 62

The difference here is that you're making a false equivalence. "Xi's government" is not nationalist, but socialist. And it is not Xi's government, but the CPC government.

Modi is a Hindu nationalist (and capitalist) government that is completely centered around his cult of personality.

So, it's really a case of apple and oranges.

Posted by: vk | Oct 4 2021 11:40 utc | 78

New evidence suggests coronavirus jumped from animals to humans multiple times

Newsflash: science is hard, and takes a lot of time.

Stop with your linear, vulgar and unfounded conspiracy theories about the origins of the virus. Enough with this lab leak bullshit.

Posted by: vk | Oct 4 2021 12:03 utc | 79

A useful idiot:

Fiona Hill explores why it's tough to get ahead in 'There Is Nothing For You Here'

Compares Putin to Trump, very similar politicians, apparently. She does have an actual working-class background. But completely class-deaf.

"But for me the most striking — and worrisome — part of the book is the Russia connection. No, she doesn't believe Trump was working for Russian President Vladimir Putin ("Trump was only ever concerned with himself."). For Hill the link is that the U.S. is traveling down the same populist road that Russia started down two decades earlier. "Russia is America's Ghost of Christmas future," she writes, "a harbinger of things to come if we can't adjust course and heal our political polarization."

The roots of populist politics that have infused the U.S. (and the UK) can be found in Putin's populist approach of the 2000s. Putin offered narratives for people who had lost their identities and cultural moorings. Putin was straightforward, plain speaking, working class guy who offered scapegoats for Russia's decline. He said only he could fix the problem. Sound familiar?

Putin not only became immensely wealth, he has become an autocrat who has stayed in power for years and will continue. He short circuited Russia's nascent democratic movement, as Hill details."

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 4 2021 12:10 utc | 80

F Hill: The roots of populist politics that have infused the U.S. (and the UK) can be found in Putin's populist approach of the 2000s. Putin offered narratives for people who had lost their identities and cultural moorings. Putin was straightforward, plain speaking, working class guy who offered scapegoats for Russia's decline. He said only he could fix the problem. Sound familiar?

If this is from a book, I wonder how it is argued. For starters, in Russia the concept of "working class" does not include "intelligentsia", roughly while collar workers + assorted free lancer types, say, writers. Putin was never "working class", and he never spoke like "a working class guy". I would like to see quotes of him "scapegoating". What were the "narratives for people who lost their identities and cultural moorings"?

In year 2000, Russia had quite different problem than "lost identities" and "cultural mooring". Tycoons were not vilified as a group, instead their influence was systematically reduced, something that is conspicuously absent in USA where we have "money primaries", treks of GOP candidates to get a blessing from Sheldon Adelson etc. Some aspects of "identity politics" were adopted like restrictions on LGBT, enmity to foreign workers and other non-Russian was never encouraged. Putin also avoids simplistic speeches to the point that some find him boring. In short, he is a technocrat, but unlike Western technocrats, he actually checks what people want. That, and appearance of competence makes him popular, and that appearance is not merely an illusion of propaganda, as it was in the case of Trump and Biden.

Russian system, in part by necessity, has an immense scope for corruption, like export licenses and export taxes and public/private partnerships. Given that, it mostly delivers, all opaque leaks notwithstanding, and I would guess, more efficiently than in USA and UK.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 4 2021 13:45 utc | 81

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 4 2021 13:45 utc | 81

Thanks for your comment.

The truth is I would not know where to start in "analyzing" that. What I notice are the embedded false assumptions (like populism is the gateway to dictatorship and authoritarianism) and the "factoids" like "Putin not only became immensely wealth" (sic). Putin does not need money, it would encumber him to have to worry about such things. Putin is the anti-Trump. The un-Trump. And the absolute lack of concern about whether what she says makes sense in the real world. I hadn't realized it had become this bad.

It reeks of the "Interagency" mentality, the rule of "experts", and a deep-seated dislike and distrust of the citizens which permeates the bureaucracy. They fear and hate the public, the people they claim to serve. Like this guy DeJoy who is busy degrading the Postal Service. What the public needs is not better service from the government, no, it needs a new narrative to make it feel better.

No way forward for us until all those people are put back in their place (in the crowd with the rest of us.)

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 4 2021 14:12 utc | 82

Posted by: james | Oct 4 2021 1:54 utc | 53
@ 46 sushi... id is replying to @30 ghostships numbers earlier in the thread.. they focus on data from the uk.... out of curiousity, do you live in the usa??


The UK does not have a $50,000 bonus payment for an alleged COVID victim treatment. But there is similar anecdotal evidence from UK health professionals in regard to the medical treatment of COVID victims. The UK anecdotal evidence is to the effect victims are placed on life support and then given powerful sedatives and this treatment protocol amounts to deliberate euthanasia.

In the years rior to the pandemic there was considerable outrage over the decline in funding to the UK health service - the state has given preference to investing in submarine and missile targets intended to carry F-35s which the public purse cannot afford due to the high expense of constructing the flat decks.

So apologies to id and Ghostship for bumping into their conversation but I believe there to be good reason to question the reliability of state COVID statistics. In some jurisdictions questioning the state will result in a truncheon bludgeoning. The diggers may have a more colourful term to describe this muscular imposition of "democratic accountability."

Once lived in US but no longer. Sailed around your island 85+ times. But that was back when there was no Salish Sea, no Great Bear rainforest, and minimal western presence north of the Yucultas.

Cheers!

Posted by: Sushi | Oct 4 2021 14:13 utc | 83

Your dialy amusement from Istanbul
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/stray-dog-tours-istanbul-using-public-transportation-168346

Many resourceful dogs here. Humans provide free transportation, health care (and often food and water). Quoted from article

"After the dog was noticed by several people for having used different modes of mass transportation throughout the city and its photos being shared by locals on social media, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality decided to attach a tracking device on his back to trace him and ensure his safety.

The data obtained from the tracking system showed that the dog traveled 29 stops in a day, covering a distance of at least 30 kilometers by public transport vehicles. He even travels between continents from time to time."

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Oct 4 2021 14:18 utc | 84

Posted by: snake | Oct 4 2021 5:29 utc | 63
Digging into why people reject analysis, refuse to understand data, follow the crowd, do things that are obviously detrimental when told to do so without questioning the data and reasoning-used by the information source, and why people refuse to learn more about that which they know nothing could explain why people naked, standing in line, towel and soap in hand, don't jump the guards, before their Krypton shower.

Eric Fromm's The Fear of Freedom (aka 'Die Angst vor der Freiheit' and Escape from Freedom) gives a good understanding of the above. It explains the behaviour of both those who shower and those who later shovel.

Posted by: Sushi | Oct 4 2021 14:23 utc | 85

@30 Ghost ship

The UK (unsure of other countries doing similar) are not counting you as vaccinated until six weeks have passed after injection.

This includes the second and subsequent jabs.

Posted by: Some Random Passerby | Oct 4 2021 14:41 utc | 87

@78 vk
You just rephrased the comment of Antonym @62.

China = good

India = bad

Posted by: m | Oct 4 2021 15:26 utc | 88

Posted by: m | Oct 4 2021 15:26 utc | 88

To the surprise of many, national government are often nationalistic to some degree. Actually, a lot, e.g. "American exceptionalism", or "why Latvia is very, very special". If there is any devil in it, it is -- surprise! -- in details.

Modi is of RSS mold, and one has to check what it means. Assertions of pride in the nation AND religion, oh well, and murderous hatred to Muslim and disdain to the "unclean", leading to occasional massacres and more persistent anti-poor policies. And if hate Muslim, who can be your best friend? No wonder that Qataris offer some derision.

Their other motivations perhaps go back to the time when banu Saud clobbered banu Thani, and most al-Thanis had to flee to Qatar, intra-Wabbabi animosity ca. 200 years old. Till today, what makes Saudis (as an extended family) unhappy, it makes al-Thanis happy and vice versa. An example of a non-nationalistic motivation.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 4 2021 15:54 utc | 89

There were many more comments than usual under Pat Lang's "Inside every —— there is an American trying to get out" post.
Very interesting discussion.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 4 2021 15:57 utc | 90

Some here think China isn't nationalist; I beg to differ. Over the past week of National Day celebrations, we've seen the release of a new patriotic film The Battle at Lake Changjin about the Korean War (1950-53) showcasing China's efforts in defeating the Outlaw US Empire's attempt to make Korea into a 100% Capitalist totalitarian entity followed by a record breaking number of sorties flown in Chinese airspace around its island of Taiwan aimed at the Outlaw US Empire to show the futility of its attempts in that area to undermine China's sovereignty. Those efforts were capped by the release of this Global Times editorial, "Time to warn Taiwan secessionists and their fomenters: war is real" reminds both that China will become unified with Taiwan:

"The secessionist forces on the island will never be allowed to secede Taiwan from China under whatever names or by whatever means, and, the island will not be allowed to act as an outpost of the US’ strategic containment against China.

"After Tsai Ing-wen came to office, the status quo of peaceful cooperation across the Taiwan Straits was disrupted. The US government and the DPP authorities are trying to deeply integrate the island into the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy targeting China. The Chinese mainland will not tolerate the integration of the island and the US....

"Without giving up efforts for a peaceful reunification, it has increasingly become the new mainstream public opinion on the Chinese mainland that the mainland should make earnest preparations based on the possibility of combat....

"Resolving the Taiwan question and realizing national reunification has never become so weightier on the shoulders of all Chinese people. Not only the US, but also some other countries are trying to use the Taiwan question as a card to play against Beijing. A fundamental solution to the Taiwan question is becoming all the more reasonable day by day....

"Time will prove that this warning is not just a verbal threat." [My Emphasis]

Do take careful note of the extra emphasized text: the only way to end the Taiwan headache once and for all is to do what couldn't be done in 1949-1950--recapture the island. And most importantly, this action is moving from the realm of option to action thanks to the machinations of the Outlaw US Empire in its vain and useless attempts to hold back China's development.

Once China reunifies with Taiwan, what options will the Outlaw US Empire have as most of world opinion will side with China? Militarily, it's absolutely helpless, and there's nothing any of its Quad allies can do either. As has been abundantly clear for quite awhile, China holds all the cards just as it did with Hong Kong.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 4 2021 16:06 utc | 91

BM@70

ivermectin - which has been proven to be highly effective in curing covid-19

Wow, we found the cure! MoA, you rock!

Posted by: Quo Vax | Oct 4 2021 16:10 utc | 92

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Oct 3 2021 18:49 utc | 30

Yesterday (Saturday) I came across a video of an American talking what appeared to be publicly about the latest evidence on COVID-19 and he used a British report for evidence to prove that vaccines were ineffective against the Delta variant. So off I went to read the report but then I couldn't find the video again so here is what I found.

I suspect the below URL links to the video referenced by Ghost Ship

https://twitter.com/SenRonJohnson/status/1443777704994672644

The data from Israel (with a population now 80% fully vaccinated using the Pfizer mRNA jab) suggests:

The Pfizer jab does not prevent infection.

The Pfizer jab does not prevent transmission by those vaccinated.

There is some debate over the reasons. Possibilities include:

Genetic Variation
Deleterious variants in ACE2 differs among 9 populations in gnomAD (v3).
Ashkenazi Jews are less affected but "Specifically, 39% (24/61) and 54% (33/61) of deleterious variants in ACE2 occur in African/African-American
(AFR) and Non-Finnish European (EUR) populations"

Given that the Israeli population will include a significant number of persons returned from Europe it is likely that some portion of the population carry the deleterious genetic coding.
(See New insights into genetic susceptibility of COVID-19: an ACE2 and TMPRSS2 polymorphism analysis, Hou et al. BMC Medicine (2020) 18:216 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12916-020-01673-z)

Leaky Vaccine
The vaccine is "leaky." It does not prevent infection or transmission. It is claimed to moderate the severity of any infection and reduce the chance of death or hospitalization.

Delta variant
The vaccine is less effective against the Delta variant (there appears to some debate about the Delta variant. Some reports claim it exhibits increased transmissibility but lower severity/lethality. A decline in severity/lethality is the expected natural progression of a viral pathogen)

Vax effect decline
The vaccine effectiveness declines with time with some debate over how much decline over what period of time. This is in contrast to developed natural immunity which last the duration of the lifetime of a recovered COVID victim.

Iatrogenic injury
The increased infections and associated deaths represent an iatrogenic injury resulting from the vaccine itself. There is evidence that repeated vaccinations (Pfizer requires two shots) result in increased likelihood of adverse event. Since Israel demands the mandatory administration of a booster shot (3rd shot) and is contemplating a subsequent booster shot (4th shot) there will be experimental result from Israel which may confirm the fact of iatrogenic injury. The West Bank and Gaza may form the control group.

Posted by: Sushi | Oct 4 2021 16:13 utc | 93

Some intelligence agency got hold on private documents, made a swift selection and passed to "independent journalists" in a well decorated Pandora Box. So you have some harmless tidbits on Tony Blair, some stuff on Putin's friends (longest expose in The Guardian), I had not time to check about Pakistan (tax avoidance in Pakistan? Is Sun rising in the West?), but pretty explosive stuff was on the inner circle of Volodymyr (Vladimir to some) Zelensky, including himself.

There is some tax avoidance, avoidance of property declaration required by law, and hints of washing money looted from Privat Bank by former employer of Zelensky, Ihor (Igor to some) Kolomoisky. The latter in some fashion is hated by Anglo-Americans. Nevertheless, probably there is a deeper cause, and my conjecture is as follows.

1. The empire rules using pressure on political and business elites of the vassals, and has vast opportunities to know most of their dirt. But this knowledge is used rather sparingly. And it was used
now.

2. Many policies followed under the imperial pressure are either unpopular per se, or have unpopular outcomes. In many countries, a political party responsible for those policies cannot survive long, and the solution is to switch from one well-controlled clique to another that presents itself as a bunch of fresh faces -- or so un-fresh that it lacks personal responsibility for economic mayhem in the preceding 15 years or more. It is clear that a political force is needed that would be fresh, could replace Zelensky and yet with good links to the Empire.

3. If I was in charge of Ukraine file while working for DoS, I would bet on Razumkov, speaker of Ukrainian parliament, and successor of the president if the latter cannot fulfill his duties.

4. Zelensky energetically proceeds toward dictatorship, and his latest step in this direction is the removal of Razumkov -- takes some time to collect enough votes, but this is being done even as I type it. That may be directly against longer term Imperial plans for Ukraine. There are other steps by Zelensky that exceed what he was supposed to do, even threatening some monumental headaches -- attacking Donbass and getting clobbered by Russia? By chronology, it could turn orderly retreat from Afghanistan into Ukraine Mark 2. Be sane, my man!!. And if you are not, good bye.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 4 2021 16:17 utc | 94

Nord Stream II takes a step forward, opening the door to future competition between EU and Asia for natural gas

https://tass.com/economy/1345543
https://tass.com/economy/1345509

Posted by: ptb | Oct 4 2021 16:28 utc | 95

@59 pbm

Thanks, pal.

Yes, I had a similar situation with my employer.

Multi-billion dollar tech company name Qualtrics facilitated the online survey portal for my employer.

Being the steward for our shop, we had guys who didn't even want to give up their intention on the vaccine to this online survey. I didn't want to either.

However, after several heated conversations with my rep and then president, it became apparent that employers do have the right per the EEOC to know whether you are vaccinated or not. So, the initial survey question falls outside of the mandate meaning if you don't fill out the survey, you could be fired merely for insubordination. And you want to be let-go for refusing the mandate on Nov. 1st, not just for insubordination shortly after the Oct. 15 deadline for the survey.

I did the survey at the last minute to prolong my employment a month or so. I convinced a friendly coworker to do the same. I think we made the right choice on that. At least the prudent one. But my friend and I both understand that this gathering of vaccine-status by these tech companies will in the future be integrated into local and state health authorities for rolling out vaccine passports. This is a dry-run to iron out the kinks.

Definitely talk to your steward and rep.

Most people are just sheepishly going along with this, so you will definitely get some cross-eyed looks from your reps. "It's about the greater-good, man!"

As for me, I am done with the public sector and probably with unions, or at least unions with a lot of members in the public sector.

The public sector is a awash in federal cash and grants. And as I have said before, the Fed is the greatest terrorist threat in the world right now, bar-none. These public sector entities have completely given up their autonomy and have become totally infiltrated by political actors. It is no longer merely the simple dictum of providing a service in the public sector. It has become weaponized.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Oct 4 2021 16:34 utc | 96

Adding to Piotr's comment @94 is this Kit Klarenberg article updating the involvement of "security services" in the selective nature of Pandora Paper releases, "Could the CIA be behind the leak of the Pandora Papers, given their curious lack of focus on US nationals?" is a very reasonable question whose answer is likely affirmative given this interesting bit:

"In June, a White House press conference was convened on the subject of 'the fight against corruption.' Over the course of proceedings, a nameless 'senior administration official' announced that the US government would place 'the anti-corruption plight at the center of its foreign policy,' and wished to 'prioritize this work across the board.'

"They went on to state the precise dimensions of this anti-corruption push '[remained] to be seen,' but it was expected that 'components of the intelligence community,' including the director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, would be key players therein.

"Their activities would supplement existing, ongoing US efforts to 'identify corruption where it’s happening and take appropriate policy responses,' by '[bolstering] other actors' such as 'investigative journalists and investigative NGOs' already receiving support from Washington.

“'We’ll be looking at what more we can do on that front… There are lines of assistance that have jump-started [investigative] journalism organizations,' they stated. 'What comes to my mind most immediately is OCCRP, as well as foreign assistance that goes to NGOs.'

"These illuminating words, completely ignored at the time by Western news outlets, have gained an even eerier resonance in light of recent developments. Indeed, they seem to establish a blueprint for precisely what has transpired, courtesy of the OCCRP, the very organization it 'jump-started' and financially supports to this day." [Emphasis Original]

When I read the initial announcement last June, for me it signaled an escalation in Lawfare, but also perhaps a ploy to keep Establishment members of the Outlaw US Empire in line lest their lawbreaking be "discovered" and publicly humiliated via arrest, trial and prison, and of course forfeiture of illegally acquired assets.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 4 2021 16:41 utc | 97

@ Sushi | Oct 4 2021 14:13 utc | 83... thanks... i think you are smart to be skeptical of all the information we are being given on this topic... you did a lot of sailing! i would love to sail around this island, but have only done parts of it! cheers...

Posted by: james | Oct 4 2021 16:47 utc | 98

>>>>>>: Some Random Passerby | Oct 4 2021 14:41 utc | 87

The UK (unsure of other countries doing similar) are not counting you as vaccinated until six weeks have passed after injection.

Not according to the report I was referring to. The headings for the vaccinated were "<21 days post dose 1", "≥21 days post dose 1" and "≥14 days post dose 2", which cover everyone who has received an injection.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Oct 4 2021 18:22 utc | 99

>>>>> Sushi | Oct 4 2021 16:13 utc | 93
That is the one. Thanks for that, it appeared for a brief period on my twitter feed and then disappeared I know not why

>>>>> ld | Oct 3 2021 20:06 utc | 36

To what video are you referring?

This one found by Sushi.
Why do you presume he was lying?

I'll rephrase that, he was being economical with the truth
The fact that so many vaccinated are still dying should give pause.

Yes, being in a high risk group myself (over 65, diabetic, reduced lung function) I'll keep wearing the mask, social distancing, etc. for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Oct 4 2021 18:51 utc | 100

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