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January 09, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2022-003

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Other issues:

Russian ultimatum:

> When asked recently whether he could point to any evidence that the Russians were deterred by recent sanctions, a senior aide to Mr. Biden paused a moment and then said, “No, none.” <

Various items:

The Wannabe-Sultan is cooking the books:

Let 'er rip!

Matthew Cortland, JD @mattbc - 2:12 UTC · Jan 8, 2022
Today, @CDCDirector said:
"The overwhelming number of deaths, over 75%, occurred in people who had at least 4 comorbidities. So really these are people who were unwell to begin with and yes, really encouraging news in the context of Omicron."
This is eugenicist.

Compare and contrast:


Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on January 9, 2022 at 13:28 UTC | Permalink

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The eugenicist logic of the "new normal" and "Great Barrington" and "herd immunity" discourses and policies was also raised in a recent WSWS article:

Posted by: Prof | Jan 9 2022 13:37 utc | 1

I liked the Matt Taibbi article on the slavish devotion of the democrats to their alleged erstwhile foe, Cheney.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 9 2022 13:43 utc | 2


West: "Will you attack Ukraine?"

Putin: "No."

West: "Will you attack Ukraine if we agree to all your terms?"

Putin: "No."

West: "So what is the difference? Why should we dismember NATO?"

Putin: "Are you afraid that we will attack Ukraine?"

West: "Yes, very much so."

Putin: "Would we have a reason to attack Ukraine, if you dismember NATO?"

West: "???... no."

Putin: "You see."

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Jan 9 2022 14:03 utc | 3

NATO website.

Relations with Kazakhstan

Last updated: 29 Jul. 2021 08:26
EnglishFrench Georgian Kazakh Russian Ukrainian
NATO and Kazakhstan actively cooperate on democratic, institutional and defence reforms, and have developed practical cooperation in many other areas.

Democracy required freedom, especially free market prices for LNG, now things make more sense.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 9 2022 14:03 utc | 4

Speaking of democracy, I’m wondering if Chomsky is speaking about this Middle Eastern history because Israel is now open for attack/invasion.

“Well, all of this ended when Saddam invaded Kuwait. He wasn’t supposed to do that. When you violate orders, the godfather punishes you. So there was severe punishment. But up until then, Saddam was the darling of the United States, right through his worst atrocities. When the United States invaded Iraq later, Saddam’s atrocities were used as an excuse, the pretext for invasion, without mentioning that the United States supported all these atrocities, strongly supported them. But that was kept quiet, and the media and the intellectual community were polite enough to keep quiet about that.”

A Requiem for Israel, Mr. Chomsky?

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jan 9 2022 14:21 utc | 5

Posted by: Prof | Jan 9 2022 13:37 utc | 1
Their suggestion:
"The example of China shows that COVID-19 can, and must, be eradicated! Through the closure of schools and non-essential businesses, coupled with a massive government program to roll out widespread testing, high-quality masks, quarantining, contact tracing and isolation, the pandemic could be brought to an end and life could get back to normal in a matter of months."

That boat sailed almost two years ago in the US. Its vaccines for profit that will save US. Well, some in the US.

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jan 9 2022 14:42 utc | 6

Attack on HMS Invincible

The Royal Navy always claimed that the attack on its aircraft carrier HMS Invincible on 30 May 1982 never took place during the Falklands conflict. However Argentine pilots claim HMS Invincible was struck by an Exocet fired from a Super Etendard, and a few seconds later by bombs dropped from a pair of A-4 Skyhawks. Below is a link to a video testimony of one of the pilots involved in the attack (English subtitles):

A late realization for some (myself included), but found acknowledgement from the British that the attack did take place, as Prince Andrew talks about it during an interview:

A re-enactment of the attack:

Posted by: Bystander | Jan 9 2022 14:44 utc | 7

Deputy FM of Russia Sergei Ryabkov says if Russian demands are not addressed, the first meeting with the US might be the last.

Machine translated from Russian:

RIA Novosti
It is possible that the dialogue with the United States on security will be limited to one meeting: there is no point in continuing it if our arguments are not heard, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 9 2022 15:09 utc | 8

I think the US set up Saddam to invade Kuwait. he asked what the US response would be and the ambassador gave him some kind of noncommittal answer. He wasn't as useful to them, so they decided to Noriega him.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 9 2022 15:27 utc | 9

US administration officials have stated that if Russia intervenes in Ukraine, there would be significant restrictions on products exported from the U.S. to Russia. . .here. . . Looking at the web, the top Russia import from the US in 2019 was mineral fuels ($13 billion), while in 2019, the total export value of mineral fuels and oils from Russia reached 221.69 billion U.S. dollars.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 9 2022 15:29 utc | 10

The 'experts' claim the the 'nuclear option' for US vs. Russia would be the expulsion of Russia from the SWFT financial messaging system. But perhaps it's time for that to happen, and for Russia, China and others in Asia especially to step up and do it their way. There's been talk about it for years but no action.
Meanwhile there are other opinions like: How a SWIFT ban would and wouldn’t hurt Russia

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 9 2022 15:39 utc | 11

@ 11. . .make that SWIFT -- Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 9 2022 15:42 utc | 12

Below is a ZH link that I think shows serious cracks in the MSM/empire facade

Mainstream Media Is "Being Swallowed" By Joe Rogan

There is a graph in the piece showing Joe Rogan getting as much viewing as the next four players in the MSM game combined.

May the light shine on our shit show and blow away the curtain of cover showing the God of Mammon private finance elite moving societal levers.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 9 2022 15:51 utc | 13

Blinken: no dialogue, we're only putting things on the table.
. . .from TheHill. . .

“I don't think we're gonna see any, any breakthroughs in the coming, in the coming week,” Blinken told co-anchor Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“We're going to be able to put things on the table, the Russians will do the same, both directly with us at NATO at the [Organization for Security and Cooperation] and we'll see if they're grounds for moving forward,” he added. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 9 2022 15:53 utc | 14

US administration officials have stated that if Russia intervenes in Ukraine, there would be significant restrictions on products exported from the U.S. to Russia. . .here. . . Looking at the web, the top Russia import from the US in 2019 was mineral fuels ($13 billion), while in 2019, the total export value of mineral fuels and oils from Russia reached 221.69 billion U.S. dollars.

US officials claim they will ban the "export" of products made with US Technologies or Software to Russia, as their "Sanctions From Hell".

From the above quoted piece, we see that US-Russian trade is primarily heavy ural crudes, which are essential for blending with Gas Condensate/Light Crudes from the Permian and other tight oil basins.

Russian Urals crudes have replaced Heavy Orinoco Crudes from Venezuela, following US seizure of CITGO, and embargoes against Venezuela.

The "exports" to be interdicted, actually come from S. Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. The US no longer makes chips in any appreciable amount, and most certainly, none of interest to Russia.

The problem with such plans, is that the products in question are fabricated in China, only the components come from US satraps, and China is moving rapidly to replace them. In particular Huawei, for internal reasons, is at the forefront of this.

As for plans to interdict AVIONIC exports to Russia, she makes her own, including those for civil aviation. This shifted into high gear following US perfidy against the SJ100 and MC-21 projects, some years ago. Things have progressed to the point that only a low percentage of components in those planes now comes from NATO countries, and that is constantly being reduced, as we speak.

Un mentioned, are Russian exports of Titanium sponge to the US, without which US civil/military aviation cannot function. Exports of Aluminum ingot to the US, without which US civil/military aviation, and civil industries, such as can manufacture, and car body manufacture, cannot function.

What I don't understand, is why Russia nullifies all sanctions against the DPRK, and commences building oil/gas pipelines to and through it to the ROK, in essence demanding the ROK pay transit fees to the DPRK for it's oil and gas as part of it's demands that the US leave it's near abroad in asia. Same for oil/gas exports to the UK and EU.


Posted by: George W Oprisko | Jan 9 2022 15:58 utc | 15

Covidian Cultist you are, b.

Citing Reddit.


Any other pro-mandate outlets?

What the fuck is wrong with you?

I am unemployed without healthcare because of the mandate and my family currently has omicron. It is exacerbating my crohn's disease, but that is the worst part.

It is a bad cold, that's it. I will feel like a million bucks in one week and have better immunity than vaccine-based.

You, sir, are suffering under the Covidian-cult. People like you are greasing the skids for these livelihood-stealing mandates.

It is unacceptable. I won't ever visit your corner again.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jan 9 2022 16:12 utc | 17

Mintpress article by Whitney Webb

As the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis comes to dominate headlines, little media attention has been given to the federal government’s decision to classify top-level meetings on domestic coronavirus response and lean heavily “behind the scenes” on U.S. intelligence and the Pentagon in planning for an allegedly imminent explosion of cases.

The classification of coronavirus planning meetings was first covered by Reuters, which noted that the decision to classify was “an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the U.S. government’s response to the contagion.” Reuters further noted that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar, and his chief of staff had “resisted” the classification order, which was made in mid-January by the National Security Council (NSC), led by Robert O’Brien — a longtime friend and colleague of his predecessor John Bolton.

Posted by: ld | Jan 9 2022 16:24 utc | 18

@14 Thanks for the updates Don. I'm kinda hoping Blinken will put on a Cossack outfit and tell a few anti-Russian jokes just before the meeting. That should lighten the mood.

Posted by: dh | Jan 9 2022 16:25 utc | 19

The CBP’s pandemic response document, obtained by The Nation, reveals that the CBP’s pandemic directive “allows the agency to actively surveil and detain individuals suspected of carrying the illness indefinitely.” The Nation further notes that the plan was drafted during the George W. Bush administration, but is the agency’s most recent pandemic response plan and remains in effect.

Posted by: ld | Jan 9 2022 16:33 utc | 20

b, thanks for all your work.

This year you have published a "The MoA Week In Review - OT 2022-001" and this entry is "The MoA Week In Review - OT 2022-003" but I see no "The MoA Week In Review - OT 2022-002." Is this an oversight or is "Slow News day" considered to be "OT 2022-002"?

Posted by: spudski | Jan 9 2022 16:54 utc | 21

@ George W Oprisko | Jan 9 2022 15:58 utc | 15
US and western friends have mistaken badly the hard sanctions move on Russia following Ukraine colored rev. Russia was supposed not to have resources to make by herself what was supplied by the west. Result? Russia started to make internally what was buoght abroad, many companies observed sales goes to zero with big amount of losses. European companies, who cares; US "they'll learn the lesson".
I guess it was a strategy with poor assumptions, a short term outcome expected, may be they believed russia to collapse quickly, But it didn't. yy

Posted by: y | Jan 9 2022 16:58 utc | 22

Posted by: Anon | Jan 9 2022 16:00 utc | 16

Great article. It always amazes me that Turkey seems to have such a much more rational approach to the Covid than the US and many other countries. It is hardly perfect, but does make one wonder which coutries are the truly authoritarian ones.

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jan 9 2022 17:15 utc | 23

Speaking of COVID, I visited China mainland last summer and came back in November. So perhaps the barflies here would be interested in what I saw.

I stayed in two provinces during that time and quarantined in a 3rd one. The quarantine was tough. I got tested so many times that I lost count. Throughout my time there people's lives seemed to have returned to normal. No masks in the public or even in enclosed areas like restaurants, except in public transportation or hospitals. The health code was very loosely enforced, again except at airports and railroad stations. Vaccines were encouraged but never mandatory. I was and still is non vaxxed. Bear in mind one of the provinces that I stayed in has never had any covid case since the beginning, the other one had only a minor outbreak. So the controls might be tighter in other places.

Posted by: Cindy6 | Jan 9 2022 17:27 utc | 24

thanks b... look forward to finding some time to read the links....

@ 16 anon.. i thought that was well written and stated..

@ NemesisCalling | Jan 9 2022 16:12 utc | 17 "I won't ever visit your corner again." i doubt it... i hope things get better for you..

Posted by: james | Jan 9 2022 17:32 utc | 25

@ Cindy6 | Jan 9 2022 17:27 utc | 24 - thanks cindy..

Posted by: james | Jan 9 2022 17:34 utc | 26

@Prof 1
WSWS used to be one of the rare bastions of critical thinking, now it is one of the loudest sources of leftist braying and swill throwing. Zero-COVID just like Zero-flu! Where do you COVID-moronic perverts come up with such brilliant ideas ? Trying to make any virus extinct is quite an undertaking !?!?!? Any rare survivors of the global nuclear war that your Trotskyist neocons may cause soon will still have to contend for survival with COVID, cold and flu viruses. You may make the humanity extinct but a virus never.

Naturally, your zero-COVID is now doing terribly well in China, LOL.

Posted by: Kiza | Jan 9 2022 17:37 utc | 27

@Kiza | Jan 9 2022 17:37 utc | 27

Trying to make any virus extinct is quite an undertaking !?!?!?
The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 9 2022 17:41 utc | 28

Posted by: Kiza | Jan 9 2022 17:37 utc | 27
Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 9 2022 17:41 utc | 28

They have certainly done their best to make this one continuous. One wonders how they will keep it going should Omicron reduce to a common cold coronavirus. I am sure they will find a way.

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jan 9 2022 17:48 utc | 29

Someone once said that Central Asia, or Kazakhstan to be more specific, was a knife at the belly of Russia, whilst Ukraine was a knife at Russia’s throat. It appears that the Russian leadership was aware of the neocon machinations in Kazakhstan when it issued its “ultimatum” to US/NATO. One does not prepare a color revolution in two weeks, it takes at least several months. Therefore, the Russian “ultimatum” was a purely defensive move - the last chance for peace offered to the West: bugger-out off the Russian border regions or get slapped. The slowly creeping war on Russia must stop or else …

It is unlikely that the turning of the two knives at the Russian belly and throat will be stopped by these negotiations. We can only await the yet unknown Russian military or other response. The sooner the better, because the dirty Europeans need to freeze to learn the cost of their neo-imperialist policies towards Russia.

Posted by: Kiza | Jan 9 2022 17:55 utc | 30

Posted by: Kiza | Jan 9 2022 17:55 utc | 30

It will be interesting to see if the Russians can get these psychopaths to concede anything at all. And even if they did, we already know that they are incorrigible in their lying, cheating and stealing, so whatever they promise will not be worth the paper it is written on.

Why am I always reminded of Monty Python's Black Knight

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jan 9 2022 18:08 utc | 31

@Norwegian 28
Obviously, by setting up a totally impossible “goal” one makes the “war” permanent. HIC just like it’s close cousins, the MIC and the AGWIC (Climate Change IC). Boot stamping on your head and a hand in your pocket forever, to paraphrase Orwell.

What would cattle know anyway? They were told before the false stories of other (sleeping) viruses and bacteria having been eradicated. And it may even all be about the Terrain instead of agents of contagion, I am still making my mind up.

Posted by: Kiza | Jan 9 2022 18:12 utc | 32

It looks like the former Kazakhstan Intelligence Chief now under arrest is a close friend of the Biden's, a picture speaks a thousand words.

According to emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop, the President Joe Biden’s wayward son referred to Kazak spy chief Massimov as a “close friend.” Both Joe and Hunter have also met with Masimov (photo above).

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Jan 9 2022 18:18 utc | 33

New variant of Covid discovered.

Researchers at the University of Cyprus recently identified 25 cases of what they’re calling “deltacron”

"A new combination strain of the delta and omicron variants of COVID-19 was recently discovered in the Middle East, Bloomberg News reported Saturday.

A team of researchers at the University of Cyprus in the island country Cyprus has identified 25 cases of what they’re calling “deltacron,” the outlet said referencing Leondios Kostrikis who heads the school’s Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology.

Kostrikis, a biological sciences professor, described deltacron as having omicron-like genetic signatures within its delta genomes."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Jan 9 2022 18:22 utc | 34

@ 15

Re: Sanctions

"The problem with such plans, is that the products in question are fabricated in China, only the components come from US satraps, and China is moving rapidly to replace them. In particular Huawei, for internal reasons, is at the forefront of this."
- Note that at this point every cell phone uses US technology and I would assume every laptop and desktop as well. China is as you noted developing replacements for the (key) components, but workable cell phones without US technology are a couple of years out, at best.

Posted by: schmoe | Jan 9 2022 18:34 utc | 35

@ Republicofscotland | Jan 9 2022 18:22 utc | 34 with the next Covid variant chapter

Thanks for that. We will see if omicron is the vaccine it looks like we need to counter variants like this.

I keep thinking that this civilization war I keep writing about has a cyber flank and this bio-warfare flank.

Will any be around to write the history of these untold proxy wars that are part of our bigger struggle?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 9 2022 18:39 utc | 36

The new bar is naked capitalism or 5 guns west. Got banned repeatedly and had enough. Enjoy your 10th booster while your mates spread it to the unvaxxed shit corners of the world.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 9 2022 18:39 utc | 37

Don Bacon 10

No matter what Russia does or doesn't do they will be hit with those sanctions in the not too distant future.
Whenever US starts talking about or threatening new sanctions, it always finds an excuse to use them.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 9 2022 18:51 utc | 38

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Jan 9 2022 18:22 utc | 34

It was written somewhere that this deltacron was really samples contaminated by delta and omicron mix. That it is not a new varient, but maybe they are wrong. Possibly, a Pfizer wet dream.

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jan 9 2022 18:52 utc | 39

Very few, if any, around my neck of the woods appear concerned over current geopolitical events. Kent, England, Greater London, really.

Yes folks are more concerned whether an ambulance will turn up early enough during their heart attack.

A lot of stress I feel disappears, and you can try it for yourself, when I view Putin singing Blueberry Hill. A must watch/revisit.

Posted by: WTFUD | Jan 9 2022 18:53 utc | 40

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Jan 9 2022 18:22 utc | 34

“The Cypriot ‘Deltacron’ sequences reported by several large media outlets look to be quite clearly contamination,” virologist Tom Peacock said on Saturday, explaining that “they do not cluster on a phylogenetic tree and have a whole Artic primer sequencing amplicon of Omicron in an otherwise Delta backbone.”

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jan 9 2022 18:54 utc | 41

@Republicofscotland | Jan 9 2022 18:22 utc | 34

New variant of Covid discovered. is meant to be continuous.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 9 2022 19:08 utc | 42

Nationwide study of instances of myocarditis risk, effects of vaccines v infection above/below age 40.

Latest stats appear to show increased transmission of Omicron among vaxed. Though I have been told this doctor is a conspiracy theorist and the gov are using NIMS denominators instead of ONS and this makes 5million difference in the figures of the unvaxed. :-)

Posted by: Andy | Jan 9 2022 19:23 utc | 43

Blinkln made the following remark on Friday:

“NATO never promised not to admit new members. It could not and would not – the “open door policy” was a core provision of the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty that founded NATO. The Russian president at the end of the Cold War, Mikhail Gorbachev, was asked directly about this in an interview in 2014, and said very clearly that the topic of NATO expansion was not discussed at all in negotiations about German reunification that led to the end of the Cold War. There was no promise that NATO wouldn’t expand.”

He is expressing seven-year old “talking points”, part of the NATO expansion dialogue, or debate, which has occasionally flared into the public sphere, usually associated with new memberships. Before 2014, the NATO line was often a curt dismissal that there had been any previous dialogue with Soviet officials re: NATO or regional security concerns. In 2014, related to the Ukraine events, the position was revised to “any alleged promises referred only to East Germany.” This position was then upended by the publication by the National Security Archive, in 2017,2018, and this past November, of declassified documents outlining a pattern of deceit and dissembling by US and NATO officials to representatives of the Soviet Union and later the Russian Federation.

A further revision by US and NATO officials followed, by which it was claimed that NATO is entirely defensive and well-meaning but the Russians attacked Ukraine out of nowhere and NATO is only since reacting to aggression. Blinken used both the 2014 and later revisions in his remarks on Friday. It is one thing for an academic or former official to peddle revisionism in an op-ed or policy journal, but for the senior diplomat of the US to articulate such ahead of a serious meeting regarding regional security concerns is not just amateurish, but telegraphs that Mondays meeting will likely go nowhere and some sort of material crisis awaits.

The Security Archives briefing books, particularly the two dealing with the Yeltsin era, are essential background.

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Posted by: Bruised Northerner @ 5

Who wrote:

"...Saddam was the darling of the United States, right through his worst atrocities. When the United States invaded Iraq later, Saddam’s atrocities were used as an excuse, the pretext for invasion, without mentioning that the United States supported all these atrocities, strongly supported them. But that was kept quiet, and the media and the intellectual community were polite enough to keep quiet about that...”

Right on Bruised Northerner, proof of this is below. Saddam's Dujail massacre was reported by the Economist magazine on July 31, 1982. Donald Rumsfeld is pictured meeting Saddam and shaking his hand on December 20, 1983.

"...One of the few contemporaneous accounts came in the Economist magazine, which on July 31, 1982, reported that Dujail had been the site of an “assassination attempt that looked more like a military engagement.”

Some four months later, on Dec. 2, 1982, the magazine reported the town had been “erased from the map,” apparently in retaliation by Saddam.

Donald Rumsfeld Meets Saddam Hussein In 1983

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 20: (VIDEO CAPTURE) U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (L) and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein shake hands December 20, 1983 in Baghdad, Iraq. Rumsfeld met with Hussein during the war between Iran and Iraq as an envoy for former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Anglo/Zionist Captive Nations were happy to see the war between Iraq and Iran continue forever for obvious reasons.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 9 2022 19:44 utc | 45

Posted by: Bruised Northerner @ 5


"...Saddam was the darling of the United States, right through his worst atrocities. When the United States invaded Iraq later, Saddam’s atrocities were used as an excuse, the pretext for invasion, without mentioning that the United States supported all these atrocities, strongly supported them. But that was kept quiet, and the media and the intellectual community were polite enough to keep quiet about that...”

Right on Bruised Northerner. Proof of this is below. Saddam's Dujail massacre was reported by the Economist Magazine on July 31, 1982. Donald Rumsfeld is pictured meeting Saddam and shaking his hand on December 20, 1983.

"...One of the few contemporaneous accounts came in the Economist magazine, which on July 31, 1982, reported that Dujail had been the site of an “assassination attempt that looked more like a military engagement.”

Some four months later, on Dec. 2, 1982, the magazine reported the town had been “erased from the map,” apparently in retaliation by Saddam.

Donald Rumsfeld Meets Saddam Hussein In 1983

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 20: (VIDEO CAPTURE) U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (L) and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein shake hands December 20, 1983 in Baghdad, Iraq. Rumsfeld met with Hussein during the war between Iran and Iraq as an envoy for former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. (Photo by Getty Images)

Posted by: Paul | Jan 9 2022 19:51 utc | 46

Paul Jay talks to Larry Wilkerson about US meddling in Ukraine and Taiwan. Worth watching.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Jan 9 2022 20:01 utc | 47

Thanks Paul@46. I had trouble finding that photo and the accompanying article places it in proper context.

Posted by: spudski | Jan 9 2022 20:19 utc | 48

Had childhood asthma? Family history of diabetes, or, God forbid, are currently diabetic? Obesity, even on paper? Do you smoke? Any hypertension?

Congratulations, you have 4+ comorbities. Our ruling class has decided your death or maiming is not only acceptable or a necessary evil, but a positive necessity.

Posted by: Cesare | Jan 9 2022 20:22 utc | 49

@NemisisCalling 17
I had the sniffles once too. Hope all good with you, certainly know that should your words disappear, they would be missed... I too note, what you note here in your post, the sentiment is somewhat shared.

- - - - -

On the subject of Omicron, this is taken from the Omicron thread a few weeks back - I wonder if anyone can lead me to the thread where the answer resides.

Many thanks in advance.

I don't know if b will read this, but I would have one question.

Can you state, b, the precise and objective criteria according to which you consider a medication proven ?

Posted by: Micron | Dec 18 2021 21:53 utc | 133

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 9 2022 20:55 utc | 50

For a minute there I was hoping to read that Pimpeous had contracted a rare and painful wasting disease. Alas...

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 9 2022 21:02 utc | 51

Cesare, if in the last two years of psychodrama and panic you have not managed to get rid of some bad habits and tried a healthier lifestyle/environment, you are beyond help and there is no reason millions of young people should be made suicidal because of your problems or addictions.
You still dont answer the issue that vaxxed ppl are mainly found in rich countries while Africa has 3 percent vaccinated. It seems clear that the Westerners consider them as disposable from the very beginning.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 9 2022 21:11 utc | 52

I give no credence to ol' befuddled Noam .. since expressing his dismissive dislike and outright disregard for all those dirty unvexedhe drained in ragging about.

Go away Chomsky. Live your life in your academic cave as you see, uhh, fit .. I'll do likewise

Posted by: polecat | Jan 9 2022 21:23 utc | 53

Don't really see the point in linking to an anonymous opinion at Jeff Bezos' blog. Is Max Boot on the editorial board? Lloyd Blank-fine? I honestly don't care enough to look it up.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 9 2022 21:30 utc | 54

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jan 9 2022 16:12 utc | 17

I think you are mistaken on b's part - I myself had been considering posting the piece from Naked Capitalism - "They Really Are Trying To Kill Us" - but had held off since it was so strong on the subject of the mandates. I praise b for posting it, and would recommend also the comments section of that post. I don't always agree with the NC stance, but this one got so much attention and comments from Yves that were exactly right. She has been emphasizing the transmissability of covid as well as the fact that vaccinated people can and do both transmit and have breakthrough infections. Those are points even some Supreme Court Justices now considering lawsuits on the mandates are foggy about.

Thank you, b.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 9 2022 21:36 utc | 55

Posted by: spudski @ 48

I have seen that famous photo before. Probably Getty Images wanted me to pay for the whole nauseating video of the two war criminals shaking hands. It is probably on the net in your area for free. At least we jagged the caption. As if Rumsfeld's handlers were unaware of the Dujail atrocity at the time of the meeting of the like minded creeps.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 9 2022 21:37 utc | 56

In my post above, I should have put parentheses around (but had held off) to indicate a separation from the sentence ending, the latter being part of my consideration to post, not the reason I held off doing so. Sorry.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 9 2022 21:43 utc | 57

Russian propsals for this week's meetings are clear, and Russia is prepared to discuss them even though the US has declared that it won't be a part of any dialogue.
...from Sputnik News:

The Russian Foreign Ministry laid down publicly a pair of security proposals to the US and NATO which Moscow believes could ease tensions considerably and end the East-West standoff over Ukraine. . .the demands of the United States and other NATO countries that we carry out some 'de-escalation measures' on our territory are out of the question. . .
The Russian Foreign Ministry published two draft proposals on security guarantees between Russia, the US and NATO in mid-December. [So the US knows what Russia wants, while claiming ignorance - not difficult]]
The proposed agreement between Russia and the US calls on both countries not to deploy forces and missiles in areas where they might be perceived as a threat to one another's national security, limits on the deployment of intermediate and shorter-range missiles, and a halt to NATO's eastward expansion.
The second treaty, between Russia and NATO, similarly proposes a halt in the Western bloc's expansion, including the explicit request that Ukraine not be allowed to join the alliance. It also sets limits on the deployment of weapons and troops by NATO members to the alliance's eastern frontiers, except in exceptional circumstances and with Russia's agreement. The agreement calls for an explicit affirmation by both sides that they do not consider one another as adversaries. . .here

Minsk 2 wasn't mentioned, but it bound to come up, as it should. It requires a change in the Ukraine Constitution (by 2015!) to give some autonomy to Donbas, which is a widely employed concept in Europe and so why not for Ukraine. Blinken has said that Russia is required to move independently on Minsk 2, which is BS.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 9 2022 22:24 utc | 58

Outlaw US Empire's efforts to rehabilitate Nazi War Criminal Stepan Bandera are funded by all tax -paying citizens--even Holocaust survivors:

"The Ukrainian language channel of US state-run broadcaster RFERL is making a concerted effort to rehabilitate the life and legacy of WWII-era Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, widely held by historians to have been a war criminal.

"A video posted by the broadcaster, registered as a 'foreign agent' in Russia, earlier this month argued that Ukrainians are deeply divided about whether the wartime leader was a hero or a villain – while leaning heavily in favour of the hero narrative. RFE/RL is part of the US Agency for Global Media, a government controlled organisation, with an annual budget of over $800 billion, which is charter bound to promote the 'foreign policy objectives of the United States.'"

I'm not certain of the budget amount Diesen provides, but it's likely far more than the amount of money provided by Russia to all its English language media platforms--and they certainly don't go about resurrecting and promoting lies about WW2. Diesen makes the following observation:

"The US does not in itself have an ideological proclivity towards neo-Nazism, at least in the mainstream, but its policies come down to a question of power politics."

I would point out to him it's not "the mainstream" we ought to be concerned with; rather, it's the elite, and there's lots of evidence to support that group--particularly those from 1930-1970--to be American Fascists as described by Henry Wallace the famous NY Times op/ed he wrote in 1944, which I've cited numerous times. As some know and as I've written about on occasion, in the closing years of WW2 as areas of Europe were liberated by Anglo troops on the Western Front, members of the Resistance--who were generally Leftists of various types, including communists--were not allowed via force by the Anglos to take over administration in liberated areas, which were instead turned over to those who collaborated or were actual members of the Axis. (In Asia, the collaborators were always put back in charge, even to the very positions the resistance had ousted them from.) Indeed, there was an actual war that was waged in Greece by the Anglos to keep the Left from gaining the power it won by defeating the Nazis. Yugoslavia is another, similar, story. As Kolko details in his Politics of War, the Cold War began in occupied Italy in 1943 with deliberate disruption of relations between Soviet and Anglo forces that were subtle at first but escalated as time went by leading to the efforts by Alan Dulles to try and arrange a sperate peace with German forces than cutout Soviet involvement--involvement that was agreed to by higher levels of command. The point here being that Fascism/Nazism was active within FDR's wartime administration and the US Military, as well as in the civilian world.

The "revisionism" we've witnessed regarding events before and during WW2 began shortly after Putin became Russia's President and has escalated since egged on by longstanding British Russophobia. That has prompted Putin to open Russia's archives to reveal the evidence that proves the "revisionists" to be liars and propagandists of the worst sort that have tarnished legitimate revisionist historians. (All history is revisionist as I've argued here on several occasions.) But what points to the Outlaw US Empire as being a fascist operation is its Imperial Policy and its utter negation of FDR's post-war promises and vision--especially the negation of the UN Charter and thus gutting of the US Constitution.

The problem with Diesen's conclusion is the Outlaw US Empire has allied itself with Fascists and actively recruited, paid and made into an auxiliary force what I call its Terrorist Foreign Legion--since 1945, not just recently in Syria or Ukraine:

"States tend to act in accordance with their fundamental interests, and then clothe these policies in the language of values and virtue. Much like US recognised the value of jihadist allies in Syria and Yemen, so have the fascists been a reliable ally against Russia. US support for extreme nationalists and fascists is sold as 'democracy promotion', and the suppression of the political opposition and media is sold as 'fighting the Russian hybrid war'. The bold new video from RFERL shows that Washington has no qualms about continuing the long tradition of rebranding fascists as freedom fighters."

No, the Outlaw US Empire's Death Squads have been on the prowl since 1945 (even before in Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Philippines, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Santo Domingo, and United States) when they were sent into Eastern Europe and used in Korea and Southeast Asia to keep the winners there out of government. Then it was Central America that saw them followed by South America--recall that those terror formations never ceased operating in Asia and were officially if off the record reinforced. Africa didn't escape either, although it's avoided the worst. Of course, I'd be remiss if not to mention the domestic Death Squads formed by the various gangs and mafias that exist--some with CIA support--within the Outlaw US Empire; those first Death Squads were those populated by White slaves to track down Black slaves, not to omit Pilgrim Death Squads and their ilk--Scalping was an Anglo Terror action brought from the Homeland, not native American.

The Anglo 1% has never shrank from terrorizing anyone, including their own people if there was profit to be made. And it continues today--right now as I type. IMO, Xi, Putin and other national leaders understand that rather grizzly and hard to deal with truth. Pushing back against the BigLies is one thing, and essential; neutering its militarism however is a must, but must be done in a delicate manner to avoid a catastrophic nuclear war. In all honesty, I don't expect to see any progress at the negotiations, only stonewalling. And even if Biden were to say yes to a few items, I'd predict they'll never be followed through, meaning the Hardball will need to escalate.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 9 2022 22:26 utc | 59

>> Pimpeous

Perhaps tha should be: Mike “Plumpeo”?

Posted by: son of spam | Jan 9 2022 22:30 utc | 60

It's not the hot topic, but a few days ago there was a very interesting exchange regarding the shortcomings and malaises of identity politics, even if I don't agree to everything said 100%

I would like to add a few things:

1) The term "identity" is used as a hodgepodge hyperonym that is useful exactly for confounding things and nothing more. The categories often regarded as identities compose a perfectly heterogenous set, the examples have nothing in common, regarding them as "identities" doesn't explain them any better, and they don't lead to a functional concept of what "an identity" might be.

2) There is a false equivalence often assumed that is completelly bollocks. Your identity may very well be "cello player with insomnia", but that doesn't mean that "cello player" or "insomnia sufferer" are identities. The first is a musical career and skill, the second a health problem. This is inextricably related to point 1, and can be handily explained by a failure to parse the meanings of the verb "to be" (or non-english equivalent).

3) Physically, materially, the only thing that "an identity" can possibly be is a psychological construct, as such, taken on its own, "an identity" has zero impact on the world at large. The only way an identity can have an impact on the world is through the actions of the pertinent subject.

4) Most often, people engaged in "identity politics" aren't worried about identities at all, they're worried about practices or physical traits, and society's acceptance or lack thereof towards such. I do not wish to enter any specific debate regarding these, my point is that it's yet another confounding aspect of "identity politics". I don't think it's an aspect of the theory that helps their proponents with their practical problems, either.

5) Identity politics is often used in an historically-revisionist way to categorize as "identity politics" social movements predating this "theory", which were articulated around practical issues and whose theories certainly had no need for "identity politics"

I could go on for a while but I do not wish to delay this post any more.

Posted by: Misotheist | Jan 9 2022 22:35 utc | 61

This Kazakhstan color rev. is attracting interests in Hong Kong's news media, mainly due to HK's own recent painful lessons at the hands of the Empire. The think tank analyst I transcribed before has another cogent column today on this subject that strikes a positive tone. He thinks that this is a bad event that ends up delivering good.

First, unlike 2014 when CSTO hesitated, this time CSTO's immediate support prompted Kazakhstan itself to act swiftly and suppressed the insurgence in no time. The presence of CSTO peace keeping forces will likely maintain stability in Kazakhstan for quite a while to come, allowing for cleaning up remnant bad elements and set out long term measures for lasting peace. As was in Kyrgyzstan, the Empire will not concede defeat and will abide time for another trial. This gives reason for Kazakhstan to collaborate with CSTO, as what that organization was meant for in the first place. Second, Tokayev has the chance to clean out Nazarbayev's corrupt tentacles in the government, remove Nazarbayev's nephew as head of security forces, and to do something meaningful for the Kazakh people for once. Third, this event exposed the organization that the Empire has cultivated in Kazakhstan over a long time. They now know where weapons are who to chase after in days to come. The Empire lost all, while gaining nothing.

This event showed the evolution of color revolutions, including lessons the Empire gained from the Hong Kong event, but concurrently, Russia also learned from this same evolution and is likely better prepared for future events. The Serbian presidential election is coming up in April. One can expect the Empire to stir and goad again. Not only should Serbia be on alert, so should the rest of the world because the Empire is by now the ostensible source of chaos.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Jan 9 2022 22:43 utc | 62

@son of spam, #60:

Mike Plumpeo just shed 90 lb. His is now Mike Blimpeo.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Jan 9 2022 22:45 utc | 63

How about Mike "we lied we cheated we stole" Pimpeous formerly known as Mike "Plumpeo"?

Or maybe he can do what Prince did and adopt a symbol for his name. I nominate the pentagram.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 9 2022 23:33 utc | 64

Or Mike "Slimpeous" formerly known as "Plumpeous"? There are a number of good options.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 9 2022 23:41 utc | 65

Note that at this point every cell phone uses US technology and I would assume every laptop and desktop as well. China is as you noted developing replacements for the (key) components, but workable cell phones without US technology are a couple of years out, at best.

Huawei and other cell phones using 5G use Chinese technologies. The OS is now 100% Chinese ( Huawei Harmony). The days when US technologies dominated cell phones are gone.

The US claims ownership of chip fabrication tools that have US made software in them. This is easily replaceable. Particularly so because US software is so poorly written.

China is busy building it's own foundry tools, as we speak. It now makes it's own 28 & 16 nm DRAM, and MPUs. Claims that the US has China by the throat in chips are from those living in the past.

I am of the opinion China could effectively shut US control of chips down via the simple expedient of destroying ROK and ROC Fabs with missiles. They could claim, that if they can't have it, no one will.

Instead, the PRC will take advantage of COVID chaos in NATO/ROK/ROC land and build it's domestic infrastructure using whatever technologies it wishes to use... Claiming them for itself as compensation for US sanctions.


Posted by: George W Oprisko | Jan 9 2022 23:44 utc | 66

Promised to post this link here to a VK friend and fellow barfly: "Defeat The Mandates" with a massive march on DC is the message. This is an attempt to utilize the right granted by the 1st Amendment to Redress Grievances, which was a direct result of abuses directed at the Colonies by British Kings and Parliament. Those curious about the historical background should take the time to read this short historical note related to the main reasons for founding the Continental Congress in 1774. IMO, the proposed and already enacted mandates to become vaccinated--many of which are unproven, having fatal side effects, along with the fact that the public is denied access to the most effective vaccines available globally against a virus very similar to flu--are very similar to what are know as the Intolerable Acts, a view held by a plurality of US citizens.

The lesson provided by history is if you don't actively defend your rights, you will lose them, particularly when the government is as corrupt and unlawful as the Outlaw US Empire's.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 9 2022 23:47 utc | 67

I ran onto this bit of news earlier

The Food and Drug Administration won't have 75 years to release thousands of pages of documents it relied on to license its COVID-19 vaccine. Instead, the federal agency will have just over eight months to do so, per a federal judge's ruling.

Sure makes it look like FDA have something to hide. I think it will be very much like Boeing and FAA.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 9 2022 23:57 utc | 68

Moon Of Alabama?

Must be satire?

This site is about as far away from Bertolt Brecht as one could get.

Posted by: Duncan Idaho | Jan 9 2022 23:58 utc | 69

Result of preliminary meeting between Russia and Outlaw US Empire published:

"Answering questions from the media on his assessment of the preliminary consultations, Ryabkov said that they were 'stunning' and that the 'conversation was difficult but business-like' with the participants having 'dived into the matter of upcoming affairs.'

"'I think we are not going to waste time tomorrow,' he noted, adding that he never loses optimism."

There's no info available at Russia's MFA website as yet or other media at of 1600PST.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 10 2022 0:01 utc | 70

What is this story being pushed about?

Is it really about a dead parrot?

Why is the 5+1 eyed Guardian suddenly taking a tabloid turn?

War time propaganda is my guess having warmed up to it through Covid.

Posted by: D.G. | Jan 10 2022 0:01 utc | 71

England (and perhaps other parts of UK) is wracked with the worst scandal in months. The shocked public learned that he attended BYOD party during one of innumerable periods of COVID restrictions -- which could be OK, nothing less English than passing on an occasion to drink with friends (or even backstabbers who babble about it later). But he did not bring his own drink!

Honestly, the last sentence above is my deduction, because the mere attendance of a BYOD party should not raise such a wave of irritation.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 10 2022 0:05 utc | 72

Peter AU1 @68--

Thanks for the update on that issue; I'd heard the 75-years of disclosure before. You're damn right they're hiding, and it more than just one thing. But as with Russiagate, we know the Outlaw US Empire is absolutely incapable of investigating and policing itself--it's an Outlaw after all!!

CSTO will hold a meeting tomorrow that Putin will attend. Sure would like to know what was "stunning" about today's meeting.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 10 2022 0:12 utc | 73

Russia will not willingly be part of a US publicity charade.

Talks begin on Monday in Geneva before moving to Brussels and Vienna, but the state-owned RIA news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying it was entirely possible the diplomacy could end after a single meeting.
"I can't rule out anything, this is an entirely possible scenario and the Americans ... should have no illusions about this," he was quoted as saying. . .here

Where's Lavrov?

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 10 2022 0:21 utc | 74

Ryabkov also made some statements prior to his meeting with Sherman, most of which merely echo previous chatter.

Don Bacon @74--

Lavrov's orchestrating it all from Moscow as there're three separate meetings occurring along with the Kazakh events and tomorrow's CSTO meeting. All his subordinates are vastly superior to what the West has on hand.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 10 2022 0:29 utc | 75

would *any* number of breakthrough infections convince you the drugs don't work?

it is like watching the opening scenes of Shaun of the Dead every fucking morning

Posted by: Rae | Jan 10 2022 0:30 utc | 76

karlof1 73

It is difficult to think of American intelligence and diplomacy that is stunning so perhaps it is the other end of the spectrum that is stunning.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 10 2022 0:34 utc | 77

This is the Sherman that trotted of to China expecting to have a meeting with the foreign minister but was met by an official further down the pecking order and from what I could make of it was diplomatically told to f off.

"Sherman’s China Visit Was a Quiet Disaster"

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 10 2022 0:45 utc | 78

PeterAU1 @ 38 stated; "Whenever US starts talking about or threatening new sanctions, it always finds an excuse to use them.

Yep, you can count on it. Gott'a keep that Commerce hegemony thing going.

Question: Does public safety ever override individual freedoms? Isn't that the goal of speed limits & stop signs?

Posted by: vetinLA | Jan 10 2022 1:01 utc | 79

Unfortunately Huawei phones are dependent on either US chips or ASML fab equipment used by Taiwan's TSMC to fab chips, but that needs a US license. Huawei is still making cell phones but they use Qualcomm 4G chips, so are not cutting edge competitive and this is under a US license (this from a few weeks ago):

". . . Huawei may not be on the path to being the world’s number one smartphone maker right now but it’s still more than capable of designing phones that offer something a little different from what has gone before. Today see’s [sic] the launch of the P50 Pocket, a clamshell smartphone with a striking aesthetic and powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor."

I recently bought a Chinese Oppo phone under the Nord brand (and love it!) and it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. I am virtually certain that there is not any Chinese phone that is not dependent on US licensed technology at least for creating its chips. Huawei's Hisilicon can design cutting edge chips, but until China builds a competitive DUV or EUV machine that is basically a good cake recipe with no oven.

You are most correct in your summary of China's efforts, but at this time those are works in process.

Posted by: schmoe | Jan 10 2022 1:12 utc | 80

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 9 2022 22:26 utc | 59
"I would point out to him it's not "the mainstream" we ought to be concerned with; rather, it's the elite, and there's lots of evidence to support that group--particularly those from 1930-1970--to be American Fascists as described by Henry Wallace the famous NY Times op/ed he wrote in 1944, which I've cited numerous times."
thank you
Your post encapsulates, articulates and details the current status of the confrontation of the Empire by the others and predicts a truncated series of meetings this week followed by unilateral actions to be taken by Russia, maybe even China, Iran and others. Hard to predict but I want to thank you for your work on studying, processing and putting out your thoughts on what's going on. Impressive and very much needed.
I read biographies of Alan Dulles and Henry Wallace, people you mentioned. Dulles could lay claim to being the originator of the coup that brought the German Nazis and the American sociopaths together and took over the U.S. power elites, giving us the multifaceted network of oligarchs who are currently in full collapse.
Wallace's bio is also worth reading. He was a principled, straight laced Iowa Republican who FDR elevated and supported until he finally let the Democrat hacks push him out in favor of Truman, allowing for a merging of Dulles' fascist aristocrats with urban democrat street thugs (Chicago's Daly machine) to set up the military imperial machine that morphed into the current parasitical monster which is now in its last and terminal phase.
Here's the book on Alan Dulles and his brother, John Foster Dulles. It's more about Alan. Both brothers are far out on the sociopathic scale but Alan is farther out IMO. I wish I could find a better link than Amazon.

Here's the book on Henry Wallace. Along with being rooted in Iowa's farm families and their values, he was loved and welcomed in many parts of the world, including wildly successful trips to South America and also to Mongolia (during Stalin's time).

Posted by: migueljose | Jan 10 2022 1:18 utc | 81

"Is there any programming inside associated with epsilon, omicron?" -

The Greenbaum Speech by D. C. Hammond, 1992. Full Transcript

D. Corydon Hammond, PhD

Posted by: Omni | Jan 10 2022 1:32 utc | 82

George W Oprisko | 66
>…China could effectively shut US control of chips down via the simple expedient of destroying ROK and ROC Fabs with missiles..
Or. Use the Israeli precedent. Use a Stutnex.

Piotr Berman | 72
BYOD party. It took me a re-read before realising the “D” was “drink”, not “drugs”…… of course, the hospitable hosts are expected to supply those.

Don Bacon | 74
Where’s Lavrov.
This is the equivalent of the southern outer Gulargambone under sevens league.
Messi doesn’t waste his time there.

schmoe| 80
China graduates 400k STEM graduates a year. I’m no “tech guy”, but surely the chips solution can be found with enough brains and yuan?
What about signing up a few of those dastardly Russian hackers?

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 10 2022 1:44 utc | 83

Not the flu !!! (JR where are u?)

This paper is pre Omicron. However, if Omicron does not severely infect the lungs like Delta and other previous versions of the thing, SarsCov2 could now be more flu like, or cold like, insofar as “viremia leading to body-wide dissemination, including across the blood-brain barrier, and viral replication ... occur[ring] early in COVID-19, even in asymptomatic or mild cases” would be curtailed? But It still sounds like we want to keep the little suckers out of our blood stream at all costs, even Omicron.

When I read of China’s extreme public health measures to avoid this 21st century disease, and the prompt response of another country in particular which involved and still involves mass vaccination ( a country known for being in the know by whatever backdoor means), I knew I wanted to avoid this infection too.

It has been an interesting two years, but then we live in interesting times.


SARS-CoV-2 infection and persistence throughout the human body and brain
Dec 20, 2021 preprint

COVID-19 is known to cause multi-organ dysfunction in acute infection, with prolonged symptoms experienced by some patients, termed Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC). However, the burden of infection outside the respiratory tract and time to viral clearance is not well characterized, particularly in the brain. We performed complete autopsies on 44 patients with COVID-19 to map and quantify SARS-CoV-2 distribution, replication, and cell-type specificity across the human body, including brain, from acute infection through over seven months following symptom onset. We show that SARS-CoV-2 is widely distributed, even among patients who died with asymptomatic to mild COVID-19, and that virus replication is present in multiple extrapulmonary tissues early in infection. Further, we detected SARS-CoV-2 RNA in multiple anatomic sites, including regions throughout the brain, for up to 230 days following symptom onset. Despite extensive distribution of SARS-CoV-2 in the body, we observed a paucity of inflammation or direct viral cytopathology outside of the lungs. Our data prove that SARS-CoV-2 causes systemic infection and can persist in the body for months.

Here we provide the most comprehensive analysis to date of SARS-CoV-2 cellular
tropism, quantification, and persistence across the body and brain, in a diverse autopsy cohort collected throughout the first year of the pandemic in the United States... [the study took place from April 2020 through March 2021, so pre Omicron]

We show SARS-CoV-2 disseminates across the human body and brain early in infection at high levels, and provide evidence of virus replication at multiple extrapulmonary sites during the first week following symptom onset. We detected sgRNA in at least one tissue in over half of cases (14/27) beyond Day 14, suggesting that prolonged viral replication may occur in extra-pulmonary tissues as late as Day 99.

While others have questioned if extrapulmonary viral presence is due to either residual blood within the tissue, or cross-contamination from the lungs during tissue procurement, our data rule out both theories...

Others have previously reported SARS-CoV-2 RNA within the heart, lymph node, small intestine, and adrenal gland. We demonstrate conclusively that SARS-CoV-2 is capable of infecting and replicating within these tissues. Current literature has also reported absent or controversial expression of ACE2 and/or TMPRSS2 in several extrapulmonary tissues, such as the colon, lymphoid tissues, and ocular tissues, calling into question if these tissues can become infected by SARS-CoV-2 . However, we observed high levels of SARS-CoV-2 RNA and evidence of replication within these organs, as well as SARS-CoV-2 RNA via ISH in colonic mucosal epithelium and mononuclear leukocytes within the spleen, thoracic cavity lymph nodes, and GI lymphoid aggregates. We believe these ISH positive cells represent either infection or phagocytized virus in resident macrophages. Further, we isolated virus from a mediastinal lymph node and ocular tissue from two early cases.

Our use of a single-copy sequencing approach for the SARS-CoV-2 spike allowed us to demonstrate homogeneous virus populations in many tissues, while also revealing informative virus variants in others. Low intra-individual diversity of SARS-CoV-2 sequences has been observed frequently in previous studies, and likely relates to the intrinsic mutation rate of the virus as well as lack of early immune pressure to drive virus evolution in new infections. It is important to note that our HT-SGS approach has both a high accuracy and a high sensitivity for minor variants within each sample, making findings of low virus diversity highly reliable .

The virus genetic compartmentalization that we observed between pulmonary and extrapulmonary sites in several individuals supports independent replication of the virus at these sites, rather than spillover from one site to another. Importantly, lack of compartmentalization between these sites in other individuals does not rule out independent virus replication, as independently replicating populations may share identical sequences if overall diversity is very low. It was also interesting to note several cases where brain-derived virus spike sequences showed non-synonymous differences relative to sequences from other tissues. These differences may indicate differential selective pressure on spike by antiviral antibodies in brain versus other sites, though further studies will be needed to confirm this speculation.

Our results collectively show while that the highest burden of SARS-CoV-2 is in the airways and lung, the virus can disseminate early during infection and infect cells throughout the entire body, including widely throughout the brain. While others have posited this viral dissemination occurs through cell trafficking due to a reported failure to culture virus from blood, our data support an early viremic phase, which seeds the virus throughout the body following pulmonary infection.

Recent work by Jacobs et al..., supports this mechanism of viral dissemination. Although our cohort is primarily made up of severe cases of COVID-19, two
early cases had mild respiratory symptoms (P28; fatal pulmonary embolism occurred at home) or no symptoms (P36; diagnosed upon hospitalization for ultimately fatal complications of a comorbidity), yet still had SARS-CoV-2 RNA widely detected across the body, including brain, with detection of sgRNA in multiple compartments.

Our findings, therefore, suggest viremia leading to body-wide dissemination, including across the blood-brain barrier, and viral replication can occur early in COVID-19, even in asymptomatic or mild cases. Further, P36 was
a juvenile with no evidence of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, suggesting infected children without severe COVID-19 can also experience systemic infection with SARS-CoV-2.

Finally, a major contribution of our work is a greater understanding of the duration and locations at which SARS-CoV-2 can persist. While the respiratory tract was the most common location in which SARS-CoV-2 RNA tends to linger, ≥50% of late cases also had persistence in the myocardium, thoracic cavity lymph nodes, tongue, peripheral nerves, ocular tissue, and in all sampled areas of the brain, except the dura mater. Interestingly, despite having much lower levels of SARS-CoV-2 in early cases compared to respiratory tissues, we found similar levels between pulmonary and the extrapulmonary tissue categories in late cases. This less efficient
viral clearance in extrapulmonary tissues is perhaps related to a less robust innate and adaptive immune response outside the respiratory tract...

These data coupled with ISH suggest that SARS-CoV-2 can replicate within tissue
for over 3 months after infection in some individuals, with RNA failing to clear from multiple compartments for up to D230. This persistence of viral RNA and sgRNA may represent infection with defective virus, which has been described in persistent infection with measles virus.

The mechanisms contributing to PASC are still being investigated; however, ongoing
systemic and local inflammatory responses have been proposed to play a role . Our data provide evidence for delayed viral clearance, but do not support significant inflammation outside of the respiratory tract even among patients who died months after symptom onset. Understanding the mechanisms by which SARS-CoV-2 persists and the cellular and subcellular host responses to
viral persistence promises to improve the understanding and clinical management of PASC.

Posted by: suzan | Jan 10 2022 2:08 utc | 84

The covidiots that any post touching on the subject attract are always so sad to read.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 10 2022 2:09 utc | 85

There were no wars in the eastern front.

But ever since THE 911 FF, gringo used
the carte blanche to plant JSOC death squads into the hunt AQ.
tHATS when terrorists attacks on gringo Chinese started to explode like mushrooms after a rainfall

Exhibt A

TTP killed Russian and Chinese tourists...... to avenge drone strikes which are carried out by US. ???

PAK 2006

In May 2004, a car bomb killed three and injured nine of the 300 Chinese technicians working at Gwadar port. Then in October 2004, two Chinese technicians employed by the Syno Hydro Corporation on the Gomal Zam Dam project were kidnapped. And most recently, on February 15 this year, three Chinese engineers were killed in Hub, some 700 km southeast of Quetta.


Many Chinese nationals have been attacked, kidnapped and killed in the country since May 2004, when three Chinese engineers were killed in Gwadar.


21 Killed Before Chinese Bus Burnt Down in Kyrgyzstan

China consul killed in Kyrgyzstan

Markets Closed After Chinese Traders Killed In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Four Chinese killed in Kazakhstan

China believes unrest in Kazakhstan supported by external forces [3]

These are merely the tip of an iceberg,
too much mayhem, too little time,.




Posted by: denk | Jan 10 2022 2:22 utc | 86

. . .from State today. . .

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov today in Geneva. . .The Deputy Secretary stressed the United States’ commitment to the international principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the freedom of sovereign nations to choose their own alliances. . .here

Sherman made no reference to the lack of the aggressive US to respect the sovereignty of various countries being occupied, attacked and sanctioned by the US, and also the aggressive US penalties on the freedom of some states to choose alliances with countries on the US hate list.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 10 2022 3:15 utc | 87

@ 83

"schmoe| 80
China graduates 400k STEM graduates a year. I’m no “tech guy”, but surely the chips solution can be found with enough brains and yuan?"
- China does graduate a sh)tload of STEM graduates, but newly minted college graduates have no knowledge base to make for China's 20 years of neglect its semiconductor industry, and catching up in 2-3 years when 15 years behind will be tough. China has hired experienced Taiwanese engineers, but it still is a long process and there will be many disappointments.

Posted by: schmoe | Jan 10 2022 3:24 utc | 88

Ryabkov was quoted after a preliminary meeting evening 9 Jan, that the discussion was "stunning" and that time would not be wasted in the main meeting on 10 Jan, or words to that effect.

I have not found the original Russian so having a bit of difficulty in establishing the Russian word for "stunning." Maybe a tad of gamesmanship here but Ryabkov comes off as a tough negotiator but says he is an optimist.

Posted by: Thomas | Jan 10 2022 3:33 utc | 89


Why the U.S. Is Building a High-Tech Bubonic Plague Lab in Kazakhstan


We're looking forward to this becoming a regional training facility focused both on human and animal infections," he said. "Cholera is also one of the major problems in our region, mostly with our numerous southern neighbors."

Increased trade with its eastern neighbor China also threatens to increase the transmission of disease.



barely 1 year later, Chinese border town Yumen hit by Bubonic plague...triggering ​a lockdown. !



Posted by: denk | Jan 10 2022 4:33 utc | 90

@Posted by: schmoe | Jan 10 2022 3:24 utc | 88

I found the article below a very balanced one about China's chip industry. Its at the 28 nanometre level when it comes to scale production, for 14nm in 2023, versus the 7nm and 5nm produced by ASML and Samsung (Intel is struggling with 7nm). The speed improvement from 14nm to 7nm/5nm is not double, although you do get the same output with noticeably less heat output. Even for 5G "Only a tiny fraction of downstream 5G applications will need anything more powerful than 14nm processors and support chips".

The Chinese firms may have their own 28nm lithography by the end of this year, but will be dependent on ASML lithographs and other foreign technology for 14nm. ASML won't sell the 7nm lithography due to US pressure, but with China representing 40%+ of the market for chip production technology many foreign manufacturers will still supply China - just not with the very latest tech. So currently, the Chinese are about 2 generations behind for a fully domestic supply chain and 1 generation with technology from abroad. Its interesting that the Chinese are also searching the second hand market for machines.

Being always one generation behind isn't that bad, and in the background China will continue the work on a fully domestic supply chain for the latest chips. By 2030 they may be very close, there is also the possibility of chips hitting the Moore's Law wall - which would bring stability to nm size and redirect competitive edge to other factors - an inflection point where Chinese manufactures may shine. If the runner in front of you suddenly slows down it makes it a lot easier to catch up, even better if you are moving from swimming to running and you are better at running.

"It is a high probability that SMIC, plus half a dozen other Chinese foundries, will be able between them to make the vast bulk of the chips China needs by 2025 by meeting the rising demands from China’s growing base of fabless companies designing their own chips–these include Hi Silicon, Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, Horizon Robotics, Cambricon, Xiaomi, Oppo and ByteDance."

"In extremis, China may need to counter the threat of tougher US sanctions over the mid-term by closing vital Chinese markets to US companies, notably Apple, and/or by cutting off supplies of rare earths, industrial grade battery materials or APIs. As Dr Handel Jones, the highly respected Founder/CEO of International Business Strategies, puts it: ‘’the Chinese are master strategists.’’

"As the decade unfolds and moves towards a post Moore world shaped by big data, AI and by new chip architectures, packaging and materials, China could emerge as the leader at the post Moore inflection point. It has done so at previous technology inflection points. For example, it has achieved leadership in 5G, in high-speed trains, in quantum communications and in big data driven AI."

Posted by: Roger | Jan 10 2022 4:53 utc | 91


See how it goes but after the disturbance in Kazakhstan I think US will be told to go home along with its NGO's and labs.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 10 2022 5:16 utc | 92

i liked the matt taibbi quote from the link b shared... it is a fairly insightful article around all the bullshit of jan 6th..

"Dick Cheney did more to destroy democracy in ten minutes of his Vice Presidency than Donald Trump did in four years."

Posted by: james | Jan 10 2022 5:28 utc | 93

Peter AU1 92

HIgh time everybody kick the gringo outta their country and slap a quarantine on FUKUS.


[SOMEBody should do an autopsy on the
minister !]

Posted by: denk | Jan 10 2022 5:33 utc | 94

@84 Suzan
Thanks... but be careful! When I posted that Omicron was so different it may not be a variant but a different version of coronavirus b first deleted my post, then ranted and gave me a new posting name "brainlesss"

Formerly Les7
But now

Posted by: Brainles7 | Jan 10 2022 5:34 utc | 95

No doubt Tokaev was pre-informed by Russia that a 'disturbance' was in the making and if he appealed to CSTO immediately things got too hot, he could count on the CSTO response to be fast and effective.
It looks like lots of 'players' were well aware of what was cooking way before the pot boiled over.

Posted by: digital dinosaur | Jan 10 2022 5:48 utc | 96

If Sherman were a tank, this review would surely sink her
Wendy Sherman and the art of failing upward
Despite negotiating disastrous nuclear deals with North Korea and Iran, the veteran diplomat has been tapped by Biden to be No. 2 at the State Department. Tehran must be cheering.
Jonathan S. Tobin……January 18, 2021

>”…while experience is usually an asset in most facets of life, there are exceptions to that rule. When people continually fail at their jobs—and then not only don’t learn from their mistakes, but are so self-deluded that they believe they’ve been right all along—that’s where that line about insanity may prove relevant.
>…”Sherman’s claim to fame is not her glittering résumé and connections. She is what passes for an “expert” in negotiating nuclear agreements with rogue regimes. That makes her a living, breathing example of how overrated diplomatic experience can be. No one else can claim credit for playing the principal role in two of the worst negotiations ever conducted by an American diplomat.
>…”One would think that after this abysmal failure, Sherman would have lost any credibility as a diplomat. But if you are a member in good standing of the foreign-policy establishment, there’s no such thing as having your work judged by arbitrary standards like success or failure. In that world, the only assets worth having are experience and connections—and Sherman had both.
So the next time a Democrat arrived in the White House, she was back in business at the State Department with an even more important title and an even bigger task: negotiating an agreement with Iran that would fulfill President Barack Obama’s campaign promise to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jan 10 2022 5:52 utc | 97

There was some pissed off protesters some of them shot by police. they got into a government building. Big deal but now this word democracy is splattered around like a brain e dead religion and rather than a protest it was an attack on the sacred religion of democracy. Orthodox Russians were a bit pissed about Pussy riot videoing themselves fucking in a cathedral
But for the american propaganda machine those protesters violated American democracy far more than pussy riot fucking in a cathedral.
The Russian diplomat saying something along the lines of amazing.. I think its how much Americans are messed up in the mind that he finds amazing.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 10 2022 6:04 utc | 98

Below is the intro to a Reuters piece I picked up on a Reuters web site drive through that saw zero reporting of the January 10th US/Russia meeting.

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Iran will face severe consequences if it attacks Americans, the White House said on Sunday, including any of those sanctioned by Tehran for the 2020 killing of General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 10 2022 6:29 utc | 99

Canada's FM Joly: Response to the Ukraine problem...

Joly Won't Rule Out Sending Weapons To Ukraine Over Russian Military Pressure

"Foreign Affairs Minister Joly hasn't ruled out the possibility of Canada sending weapons to Ukraine as Russia amasses troops along the Eastern borders, noting that her cabinet colleagues are working closely on the issue..."

Posted by: John Gilberts | Jan 10 2022 6:34 utc | 100

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