Reader’s Links for October 12th, 2022

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  1. “Massive earthquake on Earth,” said Merle. It was only Tuesday night, but the two Martian friends had convened an “emergency” assembly because their wives had gone to an overnight spa.
    “Really?” said Argyle. “Let me see.”
    Merle waved his hand. “Not literally. A spokesperson for Pfizer has admitted to a member of the EU that their syrum was never tested for preventing transmission of the corona virus.”
    “That’s huge,” replied Argyle.
    “Indeed. It should fix a few things. Should.”
    “All those poor people who lost their jobs. All the bankruptcies from the mandates. All the broken families–“.
    “–Yes. It’s a watershed moment. Now people have the licence–the right–to cite this at every turn. Maybe it can even put to rest the Shadow Power Half-Billion theory.”
    “What’s that?”
    “You know, the one from Dr. Zelenko. He posited the idea that world leaders were given the choice of five-hundred million dollars or death to their families if they refused to go along with the fraud.”
    “I see. How much credence do you give it?” asked Argyle as he hauled on his cigar.
    “Well,” Merle continued as he poured more Mung blood, ” it’s as believable as anything in an era of lies. And not only that but it may put an end to the Falling Stars phenomenon.”
    “What’s that?”
    “That’s where leaders of the resistance are consistently deplatformed by aspersions cast on their integrity. They are presented as compromised in some way. It spoils the faith of people to continue to fight.”
    “Like who?”
    “Reiner Fuellmich, Dr. Geert Vanden bossch, Dr. Robert Malone, to name a few.”
    “And are they compromised?”
    “Who knows? Probably. But at least they now have a chance to prove what side they are on in the face of real truth.”
    “Are there any real truths?”
    “Of course. This one came from Pfizer, and it will come at their own expense.”
    “Ok, but then you get the expanding circles phenomenon. You know, where a so-called “truth” is revealed, but only in order to hide a greater lie, the larger plot.”
    “I understand. Yet, if we follow the money there must be some resolution to this. The money is the music. When it stops we see who is left standing, do we not?”

    The two fell silent, pondering the developments on Earth. Finally Merle said after taking another gulp of Mung blood, “The biggest fraud in human history deserves the biggest class-action lawsuit in history. I can see no moral or ethical impediment to any lawyer with an ounce of integrity, retired or active, to not join this fight.”

      • After attending an all candidates meeting (the sky is falling – only 12 years left claptrap) for the up coming municipal election in Ontario, I quote Thomas Paine:

        “Freedom hath been hunted around the globe. Asia and Africa have long expelled her. Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! Receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.”

      • Russian Energy Week International Forum plenary session

        Vladimir Putin spoke at the plenary session of the Russian Energy Week International Forum. The topic of the panel discussion is Global Energy in a Multipolar World.

        President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, friends, ladies and gentlemen.

        I would like to welcome all the participants and guests of Russian Energy Week, a respected and recognised platform for dialogue on key global energy topics.

        Such direct and transparent communication is essential now, when the global economy in general, the fuel and energy sector are in the middle of, let me be direct, an acute crisis due to unstable price dynamics of energy resources, an imbalance in supply and demand, and the overtly subversive actions of individual market participants, who are guided solely by their own geopolitical ambitions, resort to outright discrimination in the market, and if that does not work, they simply destroy the infrastructure of their competitors.

        In this case, I am of course talking about the sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. There is no doubt that this is an act of international terrorism, the purpose of which is to undermine the energy security of the entire continent. The logic is cynical: to destroy and block cheap energy sources, hence depriving millions of people, industrial consumers of gas, heat, electricity and other resources and forcing them to buy all this at much higher prices. Forcing.

        The attack on the Nord Streams has set an extremely dangerous precedent, which shows that any critical piece of transport, energy or communications infrastructure is under threat, regardless of its location, management or whether it lies on the seabed or on land.

        It was proven by, well, it may not be the right place to talk about this, as Russian Energy Week is not directly related. However, I must say that it was proven by the terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge committed by Ukrainian intelligence. I have already said that the Kiev regime has long resorted to terrorist methods, organising political assassinations, ethnic purges and crackdowns on civilians. They upload results on the internet, and then realise it was a mistake and immediately delete them. But the content stays online. They do not stop at nuclear terrorism either, specifically the shelling of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, terrorist attacks near the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant in Russia and, of course, sabotage attempts against TurkStream.

        I would like to repeat that there is solid documented evidence. These crimes were plotted and ordered by the end beneficiaries seeking instability and conflicts.

        And who stands behind the sabotage against the Nord Streams? Clearly, those who want to completely sever ties between Russia and the European Union, to fully undermine and crush Europe’s political agency, weaken its industrial potential and seize the market. And, of course, those who – I want to stress it – have the technical capacity to organise such explosions and in fact have committed similar sabotage in the past and were caught red-handed but evaded punishment.

        The beneficiaries are well known. I believe no specific details are necessary since the remaining gas systems will acquire greater geopolitical significance. They stretch across Poland (Yamal?Europe), and Ukraine, the two pipelines that Russia once built with its own money. And, of course, the United States, which will now be able to supply energy resources at high rates.

        As they say, in decent companies, this is “highly likely.” Everything is clear. It is obvious who stands behind this and who stands to gain.

        Now it is possible to impose large volumes of LNG from the United States on European countries, LNG which is obviously less competitive than Russian pipeline gas. After all, the price of American LNG is much higher, and this was common knowledge before. Now the difference is even greater and there are additional risks. The risks lie in high instability – any supplies may float away to other countries. Incidentally, we watched this happen quite recently, when American tankers carrying LNG to Europe turned around halfway and changed their destinations because LNG sellers were offered a higher price elsewhere. They ignored the interests of their European customers.

        I would like to recall who helped Europe at that time and sent additional gas supplies to the European market. It was Russia. However, the leaders of these countries prefer not to recall this. Moreover, they deem it possible to reproach us for being “unreliable.” Do we deny supplies to them? We are ready to ship and we are providing them with all the quantities, as agreed under our contracts. We are supplying them with all the contractual amounts. But if someone does not want to take our product, what do we have to do with this? That is your decision.

        I have noted many times that the Nord Stream lacks any political background. It is a strictly commercial project, in which Russian and European companies take part on equal terms. Hence, Russia and our partners in EU countries should resolve the future of Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2.

        It is certainly possible to repair the damaged gas pipelines that run under the Baltic Sea. But this will make sense only if their further use is economically feasible and the safety of their routes can be ensured – this is the fundamental prerequisite.

        If we come to an agreement with the Europeans to supply gas through the surviving branch – and one branch of Nord Stream 2, apparently, has survived… Unfortunately, we are not allowed to help inspect this branch, but the pipeline is holding pressure. It might be damaged, but we do not know this, because as I have said, we are not allowed to inspect it, but there is pressure, which means, apparently, that it is in working order. Its capacity is 27.5 billion cubic metres per year, which is about 8 percent of Europe’s gas imports.

        Russia is ready to begin deliveries. The ball is in the EU’s court. If they want to, they can just turn on the tap and that is that. I repeat that we are not restricting anyone or anything, and are ready to supply additional volumes in the autumn and winter period.

        We have spoken more than once, including at the Russian Energy Week platform, about the causes and nature of the crisis that is unfolding in the European market, including their excessive enthusiasm over renewable energy sources to the detriment of hydrocarbons. Of course, alternative types of energy should be explored – solar, wind, tidal and hydrogen energy. We need to explore them all, but we need to take into account the current volume of consumption, the growth rates of the global economy, the demand for energy resources and the level of technological development. But jumping the gun, for political reasons, especially populist domestic policies – come on, who does that? But this is what they did – and here is the result. The same holds true for the curtailment of nuclear energy, as well as the rejection of long-term contracts in the gas sector and the shift to exchange quotations.

        Incidentally, according to expert estimates, this year alone, the spot gas pricing mechanics have caused Europe more than 300 billion euros in losses – about 2 percent of the Eurozone’s GDP. This could have been avoided if they stuck to long-term oil-linked contracts. You are all professionals and must understand what I am saying: the price difference between the spot market and long-term contracts is three- or four-fold. And who did it? Was it Russia? They did it themselves. In fact, they imposed this trading system on us. They have essentially forced Gazprom to shift, in part, to a link to the spot market, and now they are groaning. Well, it is their own fault.

        It is clear how this problem of high rates will be solved. We have seen the same strategy being used with other commodity groups. They simply print more money. In the past year alone, the money supply in the EU has increased by around one trillion euros. The problem is what Europe is going to do with this money. Europe will, just like with other goods, including food, grab them and gas from the global market. As a result, other countries, especially developing countries, will have to overpay for these energy resources.

        The resources that come to the European market are sold literally triple the price, as I have said, and this feeds inflation. It has already reached 10 percent in the euro zone. It is hitting ordinary Europeans as their electricity and gas bills have more than tripled over the past year. The European population is stocking up on wood for winter, like in the Middle Ages.

        What does Russia have to do with it? They are constantly trying to blame others for their own mistakes, in this case Russia. I want to stress again that it is their own fault. It is not even a result of certain actions during the special military operation in Ukraine and Donbass. Absolutely not. It is the result of years and years of bad energy policy. Years and years.

        Rising costs are crippling local companies. Some industries are experiencing production decline in the double digits. Deprived of affordable energy resources from Russia, European businesses have to shut down and look for better conditions in other jurisdictions. This process is underway.

        I cannot help but quote some statistical data. According to EU statistics, exports to Russia amounted to 89.3 billion euros in 2021 and imports from Russia to 162.5 billion euros. The deficit in Russia’s favour is 73.2 billion euros. That is data for 2021. In the early months of 2022, this deficit increased to 103.2 billion euros.

        What caused it? We sell our goods and we are ready to buy European products, but they refuse to sell them. They imposed embargos on several categories of goods one after another, hence the deficit. What does this have to do with us? They will blame us again. We sell what they want to buy – and at market rates. We are ready to buy from them but they will not sell. The deficit keeps growing, to repeat, through no fault of our own. Just do not walk away from cooperating with Russia. That is it.

        I would like to note – as European officials at the highest level also mentioned – that European wellbeing in the past decades has been mainly based on cooperation with Russia.

        The consequences of the partial rejection of Russian goods are already hitting the European economy and residents. But instead of working on restoring their own competitive advantage in the form of affordable and reliable Russian energy sources, the Eurozone countries are only making the situation worse, including by capping the price of oil and oil products from our country. But it is not only European countries; they are doing this together with North America, as planned, beginning December of this year.

        I will quote the American economist, Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman: “If you want to create a shortage of tomatoes, for example, just pass a law that retailers cannot sell tomatoes for more than two cents per pound. Instantly you will have a tomato shortage. It is the same with oil or gas,” end of quote. Let me remind you that Milton Friedman passed away in 2006. He had nothing to do with the Russian government and cannot be designated as a Russian agent of influence.

        It would seem that these are truisms. But the leaders of some countries, their bureaucratic elites dismiss these obvious considerations, and, on someone else’s command, are deliberately pursuing a policy of deindustrialising their countries, reducing people’s quality of life, which will certainly entail irreversible consequences.

        It should be clearly understood that if the price of oil from Russia or other countries is limited, if some artificial price caps are imposed, this will inevitably worsen the investment climate in the entire global energy sector, then exacerbate the global shortage of energy resources and further increase their cost, and this, I repeat, will primarily hit the poorest countries. These inevitable consequences are plain to see. And experts, including world-class ones – I just gave you a quote – talk about it all the time.

        No amount of intervention or the unsealing of oil reserves will remedy the situation. They simply do not have as much spare resources as they need – that is the whole point. They need to understand this eventually.

        The fact is that aggressive promotion of the green agenda, which, of course, needs support, as I said, but it should be done right, so, the aggressive promotion of this agenda, including in the euro area, has led to underinvestment in the global oil and gas sector. Already. Meanwhile, the EU and the United States have imposed sanctions on leading oil producers, which make up about 20 percent of the global output.

        As a result, in 2020–2021, investment in oil and gas production dropped to the lowest levels in the past 15 years. You see, it happened in 2020 and 2021, long before our special operation in Donbass. Investment was less than half of what it was in 2014 in the wake of what the so-called Western politicians did, and businesses underinvested by $2.5 trillion. I will come to that later: what does the OPEC+ decision have to do with it? The OPEC+ decision is designed solely to balance the global market. They have found their scapegoat in OPEC+. What does it have to do with anything? Clearly, to reiterate, they are simply covering up their mistakes. I will come to that later.

        There is one more important point. Suppose the oil price cap is imposed. Who can guarantee that a similar cap will not be imposed in other sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, the production of semiconductors, fertilisers, or the metal industry, and not only with regard to Russia, but to any other country? No one can give such guarantees, meaning that with their reckless decisions, some Western politicians are breaking the global market economy and are, in fact, posing a threat to the well-being of billions of people.

        The so-called neo-liberal ideologists of the West are known to have destroyed traditional values before, we all see. Now, they seem to have set their sights on free enterprise and private initiative.

        As I mentioned earlier, Russia invariably fulfills its obligations in stark contrast to Western countries, which cynically refused to honour signed finance and technology, as well as equipment supply and maintenance contracts.

        I am here to say one thing: Russia will not act contrary to common sense or underwrite someone else’s prosperity. We are not going to supply energy to the countries that introduce price caps. I want to tell those who prefer con jobs and shameless blackmail to business partnerships and market mechanisms – we have been living in this political paradigm for decades now – you should know that we will not do anything that disadvantages us.

        We strongly believe that stability, balanced energy markets and a secure future for all nations can only be ensured through joint efforts in an open and honest dialogue based on the principles of joint responsibility and consideration for each other’s national interests.

        This is the kind of dialogue we have established with our partners under the OPEC+ agreement, as I have just mentioned. As you know, we recently reached the most recent agreements, which primarily reflect supply and demand trends for oil, as well as long-term investment programmes for the oil industry, which, as I have already said, is objectively underfunded.

        In October, the quota for oil production in our countries will remain at the August 2022 level, and then it will be cut by 2 million barrels per day. We hope that these decisions will suit both oil producers and consumers. At the same time, the coordination between the OPEC+ partners will certainly continue to ensure the stability and predictability of the market. Experts know that predictability is the key issue.


        Russia is one of the key participants in the global energy market and among the world leaders in oil and gas production and exports, as well as electricity generation and coal mining.

        Despite the sanctions and sabotage of infrastructure, we do not intend to cede our positions. We will continue to ensure stable energy security and expand ties with countries that are interested in this.

        Oil production in Russia has already recovered and is even slightly higher than last year. We plan that by 2025, our total oil exports, as well as production, will remain approximately at today’s level.

        There is something I would like to note. In recent decades, Russian oil production has been largely dependent on foreign equipment and services, but by 2025, we plan to increase the share of domestic equipment in the industry to 80 percent. That is, despite the Western companies leaving the Russian market (they are only making it worse for themselves), we will be able to ensure oil production at the required level.

        As for Russian gas, we will certainly take our product to the international markets. Projects such as Power of Siberia and TurkStream have proven their effectiveness. We have the Blue Stream for Turkiye’s domestic market, and 14 billion cubic metres of gas are in transit to Europe via TurkStream. Not a lot, but still something.

        Here is what I would like to say in this regard. We could move the lost volume of transit through the Nord Stream pipelines along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea region and thus make Turkiye the main route for the supply of our fuel, our natural gas to Europe and create a major gas hub for Europe in Turkiye, if, of course, our partners are interested in seeing this happen. It is an economically viable project with much higher safety levels as can be seen from recent events.

        The high-tech LNG segment is making strides. Its production in Russia increased by almost 60 percent in August. In particular, the unparalleled Yamal LNG plant located in the Arctic latitudes is operating successfully. Our systematic measures to develop the Arctic’s resource base, the Northern Sea Route and the transport and icebreaker fleet have yielded good results.

        We will continue to increase energy exports to fast-growing markets. Of course, we will be expanding the geography of our deliveries, identifying key pieces of infrastructure for doing so and building them, including promising projects such as Power of Siberia-2 and its Mongolian section Soyuz Vostok, as well as lining up the Asian and European segments of the national gas transmission system. We will continue to support LNG terminal projects. All of the strategic and very specific goals in this area have been set before the Government of Russia. I am sure they will be fulfilled.

        We will continue the transition to settlements in national currencies when delivering Russian energy resources. I have already mentioned one such instance where Gazprom and its Chinese partners decided to switch to the ruble and the yuan in equal proportions when paying for supplied gas. Some European partners have also transitioned to payment in rubles for our gas, which you are well aware of as well.


        No doubt, Russia has been and will remain one of the global energy market’s major participants. However, our key goal is to make sure that the domestic fuel and energy complex works for the benefit of the national economy, primarily, its competitiveness, the development and betterment of our regions, urban and rural areas, and improvement of the quality of life of our citizens.

        Increasing the volume of raw material processing is a separate strategic goal. We are already implementing ambitious plans in this regard, including projects in the Far Eastern Federal District to develop large- and small-scale oil and gas chemical plants. The number of such projects will increase markedly in the years to come.

        The social programme for connecting households to the gas distribution system is gaining momentum. I am referring to towns and villages where the gas network is available. By the beginning of October, over 300,000 addresses had been connected.

        At the same time, the cost of gas equipment and installation is a heavy burden on many Russian families; we have already spoken about this. First of all, we are talking about large families, veterans, people with disabilities, and low-income families. We definitely need to help them, and we will. What kind of help are we talking about? I ask the regional authorities to ensure the provision of subsidies for the purchase and installation of gas equipment to those who cannot afford it. The subsidy should be at least 100,000 rubles per connection.

        I am aware that different regions have different financial means, so these subsidies in regions with a low level of budget security will be supported by federal resources.

        I ask the Government to monitor the implementation of this measure to support families and assess whether any additional steps are needed.

        We have made one more decision – we agreed to include schools in the social programme to link them to the gas distribution system. I think that the Government and Gazprom should add medical facilities such as outpatient clinics, hospitals and rural health centres to the programme in the near future – it would be the right thing to do.

        This will ensure that the key social facilities in the regions – medical and educational centres – have a source of cheap and environmentally friendly energy, which is especially important for rural areas.

        Overall, taking into account the number of new applications from households and the growing number of newly connected facilities, I ask the Government to extend this social programme beyond 2022.

        One more thing. Despite the difficult economic situation and the external restrictions, the Russian energy system continues to be updated. This year, facilities with a total capacity exceeding 2000 megawatts were built or modernised.

        Due to this systematic approach, we have been able to keep electricity prices in Russia at the lowest level in Europe. Let me remind you that energy prices in the EU have increased several times over this year alone.

        Particular attention should be paid to improving the reliability of the electric grids. Special programmes have been launched this year to support the regions where the situation is the most difficult, and I ask the Government to start implementing them as soon as possible.


        The global energy industry is now facing unprecedented challenges and problems. The short-sighted and erroneous actions by a number of Western countries have been pushing the international community into this situation for years – I have already mentioned this, and I think I was quite convincing.

        Effective and constructive ways out of the situation should certainly be the subject of thorough, professional, and depoliticised discussions, including at Russian Energy Week.

        I repeat: Russia is ready for a trust-based partnership in the energy sector that serves the interests of our countries’ sustainable development and their reliable access to affordable energy. And we know that this approach is shared by the overwhelming majority of our partners and countries around the world.

        I would like to wish you rewarding discussions and to thank you for your attention.

        Thank you very much and all the best.

    • europravda – Ukraine war: Putin tells Europe he’s ‘ready’ to resume gas supplies

      The Russian leader claimed the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines was an attempt by the US to weaken Europe by disrupting the flow of cheap gas from Russia.

    • Putin on gas pipeline blasts, Russia’s readiness to supply EU and energy deals in roubles

      ( 8 min 23 )
      Putin said on Wednesday (October 12) that major leaks which suddenly erupted in the Nord Stream gas pipelines running from Russia to Europe were an “act of international terrorism”.

      Putin said the attacks on the pipelines, which European and Western governments have called sabotage, set a “dangerous precedent”.

    • zero hedge – Aluminum Price Surges After White House Weighs Ban On Russian Metal

      The Biden administration’s economic war against Russia could soon be stepped up a few notches as Bloomberg reports the White House is considering a complete ban on Russian aluminum.

      People familiar with the matter said the White House is reviewing three options: an outright ban, expanding tariffs to levels that would impose an effective ban, and or sanctioning the country’s top metal producer, United Co. Rusal International PJSC.

      Whatever route the White House takes against Russia could have severe consequences for global metal markets, forcing customers in the US, Europe, and elsewhere into a panic to source replacement metal.


      • M.K. Bhadrakumar:
        Two potentates meet up at St. Petersburg

        …In geopolitical terms, Sheikh Mohammed’s decision to travel to Russia to meet with Putin comes in the backdrop of the temper tantrums of the American political elites threatening to “punish” Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The Democrats have brashly called for the withdrawal of US troops in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and cutback on arms supplies.

        These Neanderthal men ought to have become museum pieces by now. They do not comprehend that the West Asian elites have a cosmopolitan mindset and know these hollow men well enough, having interacted with them in their pristine years and watched stoically more recently as they began ageing, showing signs of exhaustion and senility.

        By this visit to St. Petersburg, Sheikh Mohammed may have in his own astute way shown that such crude American threats will only be counter-productive. Earlier once, the Biden Administration had bullied him to severe UAE’s relations with China to qualify for F-35 jets, whereupon, in disgust, he turned to France’s Rafale.

        Russia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have the potential to form a troika where each of the members augments the political power of the other two members and at the same time collectively impact the actual distribution of power in a multipolar world. The OPEC Plus has shown the way. Sheikh Mohammed’s meeting with Putin comes within the week of the OPEC Plus meeting in Vienna.

        They’re also cultures that value face. They will exact recompense for crude *Biden* insults.

    • sky news australia – Australia expected to join methane emissions reduction pledge

      The government will attend the United Nations COP27 climate conference in Egypt next month.

      Livestock is responsible for roughly 48 per cent of Australia’s methane emissions.

    • sky news australia – New Zealand to introduce cow burp tax

      …. a world-first scheme that would tax emissions from burping farm animals.

      The move is part of the country’s plan to tackle climate change, but it has already faced backlash from farmers.

  2. “…We’ve gone from an incremental trend to a chaos resolution…”.

    Chaos theory gives the answer to my friend’s statement, who yesterday said (paraphrased), “In all the years I’ve been watching finance the calls for the sky falling has never happened.”

    But it has. We just forget, or weren’t watching the way the money men do, who are all historians. How can an eight-fold increase in gold happen three times in fifty years, yet the sky never fall? One example was the August 15th, 1971 example when President Nixon took the dollar off gold backing. This was a default, pure and simple, but was never permitted to be characterized as such. Quiet sky, quiet fall.

    By his own admission this is one of Rafi Farber’s few heroes (for what it’s worth):

  3. Amyloid deposits – – Amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when a protein called amyloid builds up in organs. Many different proteins can lead to amyloid deposits. These misshapen proteins are called amyloid deposits or fibrils.

    Neurodegenerative diseases, Prion diseases or spongiform encephalopathies, Huntington disease, Alzheimer……

    Just thinking


    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines for Use as a Booster Dose in Younger Age Groups

    For Immediate Release: October 12, 2022

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent to authorize their use as a single booster dose in younger age groups. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent is authorized for administration at least two months following completion of primary or booster vaccination in children down to six years of age. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent is authorized for administration at least two months following completion of primary or booster vaccination in children down to five years of age.

    These bivalent COVID-19 vaccines include an mRNA component of the original strain to provide an immune response that is broadly protective against COVID-19 and an mRNA component in common between the omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 lineages to provide better protection against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant. The mRNA in these vaccines is a specific piece of genetic material that instructs cells in the body to make the distinctive “spike” protein of the original virus strain and the omicron variant lineages BA.4 and BA.5. The spike proteins of BA.4 and BA.5 are identical.

    “Since children have gone back to school in person and people are resuming pre-pandemic behaviors and activities, there is the potential for increased risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccination remains the most effective measure to prevent the severe consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D. “While it has largely been the case that COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults, as the various waves of COVID-19 have occurred, more children have gotten sick with the disease and have been hospitalized. Children may also experience long-term effects, even following initially mild disease. We encourage parents to consider primary vaccination for children and follow-up with an updated booster dose when eligible.”

    With today’s authorization, the monovalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is no longer authorized as a booster dose for individuals five through 11 years of age. Both the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine continue to be authorized for primary series administration in individuals six months of age and older.

    For each of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines authorized today, the FDA relied on immune response and safety data that it had previously evaluated from a clinical study in adults of a booster doseof a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine that contained a component of the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and a component of omicron lineage BA.1. The FDA considers such data as relevant and supportive of vaccines containing a component of the omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 lineages. In addition, the FDA has evaluated and considered immune response and safety data from clinical studies of the monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, including as a booster dose in pediatric age groups. These data and real-world experience with the monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, which have been administered to millions of people, including young children, support the EUA of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines in younger age groups.

    What You Need to Know: Authorization of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent

    The data supporting FDA’s authorization of a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent for both the 6 years through 11 years age group and 12 through 17 years age group is based on the FDA’s previous analysis of immune response and safety data from a clinical study in adults 18 years of age and older who received a booster dose of Moderna’s investigational bivalent COVID-19 vaccine that contained a component of the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and a component of Omicron lineage BA.1.

    For the 12 through 17 years age group, the authorization is also based on the effectiveness of a single booster dose of the monovalent Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in this age group. The FDA’s analysis included a comparison of the immune response among approximately 250 clinical trial participants in this age group who received a single booster dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at least five months after completion of a two-dose primary series of the vaccine to the immune responses among approximately 300 clinical trial participants 18 through 25 years of age who had received a two-dose primary series of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in a previous study which determined the vaccine to be effective in preventing COVID-19. The immune response to the booster dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in the 12 through 17 years age group was comparable to the immune response to the two-dose primary series in the adult participants.

    For the 6 years through 11 years age group, the authorization is also based on the effectiveness of a single booster dose of the monovalent Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in this age group. The FDA’s analysis included a comparison of the immune response among approximately 100 clinical trial participants 6 years through 11 years of age who received a single booster dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at least six months after completion of a two-dose primary series of the vaccine to the immune responses among approximately 300 clinical trial participants 18 through 25 years of age who had received a two-dose primary series of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in a previous study which determined the vaccine to be effective in preventing COVID-19. The immune response to the booster dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in the 6 years through 11 years age group was comparable to the immune response to the two-dose primary series in the adult participants.

    The safety of a single booster dose of monovalent Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine was evaluated in approximately 1,300 participants 12 through 17 years of age who received a booster dose of monovalent Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at least five months after the second dose of the primary series, and approximately 1,300 participants 6 years through 11 years of age who received a booster dose of monovalent Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at least six months after the second dose of the primary series. The most commonly reported side effects after a booster dose of the monovalent Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in the clinical trial participants for both age groups were pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, underarm swollen lymph nodes in the same arm as the injection, nausea/vomiting and fever.

    Individuals who receive the bivalent vaccine may experience similar side effects reported by individuals who received the monovalent Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.

    The data for the monovalent Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine are relevant to the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent because these vaccines are manufactured using the same process.

    What You Need to Know: Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent

    The data supporting the authorization of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent for individuals 5 through 11 years of age is based in part on the FDA’s previous analysis of immune response and safety data from a clinical study in adults greater than 55 years of age who received a booster dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech’s investigational bivalent COVID-19 vaccine that contained a component of the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and a component of Omicron lineage BA.1. In addition, the authorization is based on the FDA’s previous analysis of safety and effectiveness data of a booster dose of monovalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in children 5 through 11 years of age.

    Individuals who receive Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent may experience similar side effects reported by individuals who received the monovalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

    The fact sheets for both of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines for recipients and caregivers and for healthcare providers include information about potential side effects, as well as the risks of myocarditis and pericarditis.

    The amendments to the EUAs were issued to Moderna TX Inc. and Pfizer Inc.

    • ctv news – QUEBEC – Health minister calls on Quebecers to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

      Quebec public health officials held a COVID-19 news conference Wednesday, urging people to stay up-to-date on their vaccines.

      Health Minister Christian Dubé and Public Health Director Dr. Luc Boileau began the press conference at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in Montreal.

      On Wednesday, Quebec released its most recent data, showing COVID-19 hospitalizations surpassed 2,000 for the first time since mid-August.

      Meantime, the rate of Quebecers keeping up with their booster shots is low. Only 22 per cent of the eligible population are considered up to datewith their vaccines, meaning they’ve received the jab within the last five months.

      The rate falls to just seven per cent for adult Quebecers under 40; 17 per cent for those aged 40 to 59.

      Dube said he was encouraged by the higher rate among the target population: 39 per cent for those aged 60 to 79; and 52 per cent for those 80 and up.

      “There is nothing better than an updated vaccination to protect you against the COVID virus,” said Dubé, calling on people to take personal responsibility for keeping their boosters updated, saying people know when they had their last vaccine or when they last had COVID-19.

      “For anyone who never had COVID-19, if it’s been five months since you had your last booster, it’s time to get another dose,” added Boileau.

      A total of 16,845 Quebecers have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

      OTTAWA – Residents continue to get the Moderna bivalent shot, but some waiting for Pfizer

      The Moderna bivalent booster has been available to adults since Sept. 26, but it seems like the rush to get vaccinated might be over. Some might just be waiting for Pfizer’s new shot.

      Liz Davies is about to get her fifth COVID shot. She says the pandemic is far from over and thinks being vaccinated is still very important.

      “I’m hoping for the most recent one, the Pfizer one. But I’ll take whatever they give me,” says Davies. “You can’t assume just because it’s over that it’s really over. So I’m just looking to protect myself and my family the best way I can.”

      Davies will get the Moderna bivalent shot, but Dennis Riopelle wants to keep all his vaccines with the same manufacturer, Pfizer.

      “I’m looking for the Pfizer 4-5. And so if they don’t have it than I’m not going to stay,” says Riopelle. “They approved it last week and I wanted to find out if they’ve received it. If they have not received it, then I’m just going to wait for it.”

      Barb Grisdale is getting her fifth dose as well. All her previous shots were also Pfizer, but she says she doesn’t want to wait for those doses to show up at clinics.

      “I’ve had Pfizer all along,” says Grisdale. “And I know it’s been approved but obviously it’s not delivered yet I guess. So I’ll give Moderna a crack.”

      For some, it seems like being vaccinated isn’t a priority like it used to be.

      Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch says it is partly because of a communication issue from public health.

      “If we really want to see good uptake, especially among those who need it the most, those over the age of 60 and those with underlying medical conditions, you really have to take those communication steps, community engagement steps, and lowering barrier steps to get people vaccinated,” says Bogoch.

      According to Ottawa Public Health, as of Tuesday, 30,634 Moderna Spikevax Bivalent vaccines have been administered in Ottawa; 28,776 of those are fourth doses.

      “I’m getting my fifth COVID shot and I’m happy to hear it’s the bivalent,” says Stella Val. “So hopefully it will deal with the Omicron virus.”

      “I think it’s the best protection for myself and everyone I care about,” says Blue Morgan. “And people I don’t even know.”

      Riopelle was offered a Moderna shot. He decided not to get it and will come back for Pfizer.

      “I’m ready to wait,” says Riopelle. “I think that’s what a lot of people will do as well. Because I want to stick specifically to Pfizer which I have not had any issues with. Not even a sore arm. So I’m sticking with it.”

      Liz Davies on the other hand, happy she’s walking away today with a little more protection.

      “I had a charming fellow who gave me the shot,” says Davies. “He was so good at distracting me I didn’t even feel it go in.”

    • Lab Rat Offspring Got Rib Malformations After COVID Vaccination: Moderna Trial Documents

      Judicial Watch, an organization that promotes government transparency and accountability, obtained reports from Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial on animals.

      During the study, female rats were given human doses or 100 micrograms of the mRNA vaccine—two before and two during pregnancy.

      The test results show that about 4 percent of their offspring had statistically significant skeletal malformations, specifically abnormally wavy ribs.

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  5. No one imagined this was feasible. Every expert put the timeline for repair at around a year. However, the git r’ done crews and the Florida Dept of Transportation have accomplished a massive feat of reconstruction in phenomenal time. Major kudos to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the construction crews who worked every hour of every day, day and night, for two straight weeks and have created/built a temporary bridge to Sanibel Island. [Videos below]

    Trust me, having seen the aftermath, this is absolutely remarkable. The causeway is made up of three bridge spans (A, B, and C) and three spoil islands.

  6. The Biggest Corruption Scandal In The History Of Mankind!!

    “The purchase of 4.5 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for 450 million EU residents is the biggest corruption scandal in the history of mankind.”

  7. europravda -Free iodine tablets at the ready in Poland amid Ukraine nuclear fears

    Attacks around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant — occupied by Russian forces — have raised fears of a disaster.

    • CBC – How close is Putin to launching a nuclear strike in Ukraine?

      Jon Wolfsthal, a senior adviser for Global Zero, sheds insight into why world leaders are openly worried about Putin launching a nuclear strike in Ukraine.

    • CBC – Canada announces $47M in new military aid for Ukraine

      Anita Anand announced a new military aid package aid for Ukraine at NATO headquarters in Brussels, including winter clothing and equipment, artillery rounds and communications technology.

    • Ukraine needs $3-$4 bln in external financing per month next year -IMF chief

      Ukraine will need an estimated $3 billion to $4 billion in external financing help per month next year to keep its economy running as Russia’s war drags on, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Wednesday.

      Georgieva said Ukraine’s international partners have committed $35 billion in grant and loan financing for Ukraine in 2022, enough to close its financing gap for this year, but its financing needs would remain “very large” in 2023.

      Speaking at a high-level meeting held on the sidelines of the annual IMF and World Bank meetings, Georgieva said Ukraine had made progress in normalizing economic policies and stabilizing its economy despite “extremely difficult circumstance” since the start of the war.

      But risks remained “exceedingly high”, as demonstrated by Russian missile attacks on Ukraine this week, and high levels of external help would remain necessary to cover ongoing budget costs and initial infrastructure repairs, Georgieva said.

      U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told the same event that donors to Ukraine needed to continue their efforts. She said the United States would begin to disburse another $4.5 billion in grant assistance to Ukraine in coming weeks bringing its budget assistance to $13 billion since the start of the war.

      “We welcome the efforts of all donors to meet Ukraine’s needs. However, the scale, predictability, and grant component of disbursements must improve,” she said.

      Georgieva said the IMF planned to work with the Ukrainian authorities to set up a new “Ukraine Economic Forum” at the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to facilitate the sharing of information and clarify financing needs.

      This would enable coordination on macroeconomic developments, policies, and projections, based initially on a new IMF monitoring instrument known as Program Monitoring with Board Involvement (PMB) that Ukraine requested last week.

      She said the IMF would start talks with Ukraine soon about the PMB and an agreed comprehensive macroeconomic framework that would clarify external financing needs, which “should pave the way for a full-fledged IMF program once conditions allow.”

      The IMF last week approved $1.3 billion in fresh emergency financing for Ukraine through a new food shock window, on top of $1.4 billion in emergency funding approved in March.

      The fund has also mobilized $2.2 billion for Ukraine through an administrative account, she said.
      Live: Zelensky virtually joins IMF-world Bank roundtable to give update on Ukraine

    • global news – Ukraine’s prime minister urges residents to stock up candles, batteries for harsh winter

      Shmyhal said people should make sure they have good supplies of warm clothes, candles, torches, and batteries after Russian airstrikes launched on Monday (Oct. 10) hit key infrastructure targets.

      He asked Ukrainians to decrease electricity consumption at night and called for businesses to turn off power-consuming appliances such as advertisement banners.

      However, Shmyhal said authorities had already secured sufficient energy resources and power networks, as well as extra equipment.

  8. reuters – Russia’s FSB arrests eight for Crimean Bridge bombing

    MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Russia’s Federal Security Service said on Wednesday that it had detained five Russians and three citizens of Ukraine and Armenia in connection with the bombing of a vital bridge to Crimea, an attack it said was masterminded by Ukraine.

    The FSB said the attack was organised by Ukrainian military intelligence and its director, Kyrylo Budanov – echoing accusations by President Vladimir Putin over what he has called a “terrorist attack” against critical civilian infrastructure.

    “The organizer of the terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge was the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, its head Kyrylo Budanov, its employees and agents,” said the FSB, the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB.

    Ukraine has not officially confirmed its involvement in the bridge blast on Saturday, but some Ukrainian officials have celebrated the damage and an unidentified Ukrainian official told the New York Times that Kyiv was behind the attack.

    The FSB said the explosive device was camouflaged in rolls of construction polyethylene film on 22 pallets with a total weight of 22.7 tonnes, and moved from Ukraine to Russia via Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia.

    “Control over the movement of the cargo along the entire route and contacts with participants in the criminal transportation scheme were carried out by an employee of HUR MO,” the FSB said in a statement, using the acronym for Ukrainian military intelligence.

    The 12-mile (19 km) road and rail bridge, a prestige project personally opened by Putin in 2018, had become logistically vital to his military campaign, with supplies to Russian troops fighting in south Ukraine channelled through it.

    The explosion wrecked one section of the road bridge, temporarily halting traffic. It also destroyed several fuel tankers on a train heading towards the annexed Crimean peninsula from neighbouring southern Russia.

    On Monday Russian forces launched mass missile strikes against Ukrainian cities, including power supplies, in what Putin said was retaliation for the bridge bombing.

    The FSB, headed by Putin ally Alexander Bortnikov, also said that it had prevented Ukrainian attacks in both Moscow and the western Russian city of Bryansk.

  9. Project Veritas has delivered again. The undercover journalism operation dropped a blistering undercover video compilation on Tuesday exposing Katie Hobbs and several members of her campaign. In it, viewers get a deep dive into the thinking behind Hobbs not debating Kari Lake, as well as some juicy statements that may not sit well with Arizona voters.

    I have no idea how Project Veritas got this close to Katie Hobbs given the more intimate nature of some of the conversations shown, but hats off to them for doing so. Their journalists are out there putting in work and deserve recognition.

    The video shows numerous undercover clips of Hobbs, her campaign manager, her political strategist, and several other positions in her campaign. The Post Millieniel provides some telling excerpts, which we’ll get to in a moment. But first, here’s the full video on YouTube, which is a little under eight minutes long.

  10. Chicago’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Open To Illegal Immigrants
    Tyler Durden’s Photo
    TUESDAY, OCT 11, 2022 – 09:20 PM
    A Chicago-area guaranteed income pilot program will be open to illegal immigrants, who can apply for the chance to become one of 3,250 residents who will receive $500 per month in cash assistance for two years.

  11. Good Russian military/geopolitical site:
    Describes our stuff from their vantage point, ground reports that’ll never reach us. Candid criticism of RF MIC, the frustrating shortcomings we’ve been wailing about for months.
    “We” – being my Russki and fellow travelers in the Soviet diaspora.

    Pro-Russian propagandists popular in the West spool spin to refute the enemy’s messaging.
    RF running out of weapons? Here's a video of train-loads of [cgi] tanks!

    They explain away mistakes as 64-D chess, defend unpalatable realities of war with heavy whataboutism. That’s their mission.

    They still help – given the state of the Western intelligence/media complex: a collective, shameless liar. Alternative Russia-friendlies offer a flip-side narrative.
    ~~ PLUS ~~ names and links to really good stuff that can be run through DeepLTranslate.

    But that’s not going to affect LIVES on the battlefield.
    Constructive analysis in Russian OSINT can make a difference where it counts. It reaches into the relevant Ministries and expands public buy-in for the military operation.
    Also a safety-valve for tension within the intelligentsia. CAUTION: Stay away from open windows and flights of stairs…

    I’m surprised the system is actually this open. Lots of armchair warrior junk, controlled opposition. But some of it leaves our think-tank blob in the dust. Terrific technical analysis we used to do. Think STRATFOR back in the day.

  12. Man acquitted of spraying corrosive liquid at asylum shelter in Ter Apel NOW
    A 22-year-old man from Morocco was acquitted by the police judge in Assen on Wednesday of spraying a liquid through the fence of the asylum seekers’ center in Ter Apel. Five people received a corrosive substance in their faces on September 5.
    Among the victims were a security guard and two employees of the center. They suffered from burning eyes, tightness or nausea. Ambulance personnel treated them at the scene. No one had to go to the hospital.
    Based on CCTV footage, the man was arrested immediately after the incident for attempted aggravated assault. He was released more than a week after his arrest. The judge found the images too unclear to hold him any longer.
    According to the public prosecutor, it cannot now be established that there was a risk of serious physical injury. This is because research by the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) was unable to demonstrate which substance was sprayed.
    The public prosecutor demanded a three-month prison sentence for assault. But even after enlarging the camera images, the judge was not completely convinced that the 22-year-old man was the one who injected the liquid in the first place.
    The Moroccan has been handed over to Germany, where an asylum procedure is already underway.

  13. The Ukrainian electric power apparatus that’s under siege right now. Meaty, with maps:
    (John Helmer, Moscow October 9, 2022)

    Russian Army Fires Old Sparky; US loses the electric war in the Ukraine

    Moon of Alabama:
    Ukraine SitRep – Recent Incidents Of Concern For All Sides

    + Telegram cartoon +
    Ukrainian economist blogs the war. High on the list of daily Must-See. The first half of this video (yesterday) is an orientation to power-grid warfare.

    It’s the interview Democrats are talking about.

    Mark Finchem, who’s running for Secretary of State in Arizona, has committed to securing the state’s elections.


    He’s committed to election transparency, integrity, and ensuring that the rule of law is followed.

    During a 1 hour interview with CBS, Finchem announced that a Democrat whistleblower came forward about “35,000 manufactured votes.”

    To be clear, Biden allegedly won Arizona by a mere 10,000 votes.

    If 35,000 votes were truly manufactured for Democrats, then President Trump would have won the state.

    Here’s the clip that has Democrats shaking in their boots:

    It’s the interview Democrats are talking about.

    Mark Finchem, who’s running for Secretary of State in Arizona, has committed to securing the state’s elections.


    He’s committed to election transparency, integrity, and ensuring that the rule of law is followed.

    During a 1 hour interview with CBS, Finchem announced that a Democrat whistleblower came forward about “35,000 manufactured votes.”

    To be clear, Biden allegedly won Arizona by a mere 10,000 votes.

    If 35,000 votes were truly manufactured for Democrats, then President Trump would have won the state.

    Here’s the clip that has Democrats shaking in their boots:

  15. The New Puritans: How the Religion of Social Justice Captured the Western World, by Andrew Doyle (Constable, 336 pp., $28.99)

    We often hear that cancel culture does not exist, that it’s a myth concocted by right-wing conspiracy theorists to provoke a culture war. With some irony, the purveyors of this falsehood tend to call themselves free-speech advocates. They use various methods of coercion, including gaslighting, to sow doubt. How many times have free-speech absolutists been met with the “yes, but” argument? Sure, I believe in free speech, but there must be limits. You can’t just say anything you want.

    Jerry Sadowitz recently learned this pattern all too well. During the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the magician-cum-comic saw his scheduled performance at the Pleasance Theatre canceled for “offensive content,” which the theater alleged consisted of “racism, sexism, homophobia and misogyny.” The theater’s director, Anthony Alderson, released a statement that exemplified doublespeak. “The Pleasance is a venue that champions freedom of speech and we do not censor comedians’ material,” it read. And then came the “but.” “This type of material has no place on the festival and the Pleasance will not be presenting [Sadowitz’s] second and final show.”

    Or you could have obscenities yelled at you in public. That’s what happened to the political satirist and writer Andrew Doyle. While he was enjoying a drink with friends in a Soho bar, a man called him “a f—ing Nazi c—t.” The man was enraged at Doyle for voting for Brexit and, writing as his alter-ego Titania McGrath, for satirizing left-wing ideas on Twitter. It turns out that this man was no stranger, but the son of a close friend. Doyle, in fact, is his godfather.

    Note: I love Titania McGrath!

  16. The real threat to U.S.-Israel relations comes from anti-Semitic Democrats

    Shockingly, two of the most pro-Israel congresspeople in the Democratic Party, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), recently interfered in Israel’s upcoming elections. It was reported that Menendez privately threatened Benjamin Netanyahu over forming a government with a right-leaning party that is likely to become Israel’s third-largest.

    Sherman went even further. On Twitter, he publicly called for “ostracizing” right-leaning Israeli electoral candidates, calling them “extremists.” Both Democrats outrageously threatened that failure to heed their threats would harm bilateral support for the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    If Israel foolishly succumbed to Menendez and Sherman’s threats, it would likely be unable to form a strong, stable center-right governing coalition that protects Israel’s population. Israel could face another unworkable, likely-to-fail coalition of ideologically-opposed parties that absurdly relies upon the Hamas-allied Ra’am Party, and other Arab parties that oppose Israel’s existence, for its majority.

    Israel would also likely be unable to undo the enormous harm to Israel’s security and sovereignty done by far-left interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid. Against the will of the majority of the Israeli people, and in violation of his role as interim prime minister, Lapid endangered Israel by endorsing and legitimizing a Palestinian-Arab terrorist state at the U.N. and by making a disastrous, unauthorized and illegal deal to give Israel’s gas fields to Hezbollah.

    There has been extremely strong backlash against Menendez and Sherman’s interference in Israel’s democracy. On Twitter, Israel National News and other Jewish and Israeli news sites, as well as countless Israelis and American Jews, appropriately told Menendez and Sherman to stay out of Israel’s elections and focus instead on ostracizing the vicious, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel “Squad” in their own party.

    The “Squad”—which includes Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and others—is indeed the real problem here. Fear of the Squad’s growing power may explain why two traditionally pro-Israel U.S. Democrats attacked Israel’s democratic, sovereign right to choose her own government.

  17. University of Minnesota Medical School students recited a revised version of the Hippocratic Oath during an August white coat ceremony. The pledge was packed with woke references to climate change and anti-racism.

    Students vowed to recognize the “inequities built by past and present traumas rooted in white supremacy, colonialism, the gender binary, ableism, and all forms of oppression.”

    During the ceremony, a program handout with the oath was provided to the medical students and their friends and family attending the event. The program noted that fifteen incoming medical students wrote the modified pledge.

  18. Socialist medicare in the UK:

    Pensioner left lying in cold Helston street for nine hours due to no ambulances
    Mary Kinsella still hasn’t been admitted to hospital 24 hours after the fall in which she broke her hip

    And in an unrelated story in the US:
    SILVERDALE – St. Michael Medical Center’s beleaguered emergency room became so overwhelmed on Saturday night that a nurse at the facility made an unusual, desperate plea for help. It came in the form of a call to Kitsap 911.

    In an interview with the Kitsap Sun, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Chief Jay Christian described the call: “The charge nurse expressed two times that they feel like they’re drowning because they had over 45 patients in the waiting room and only five nurses. She said, ‘We’re in dire straits, we need the fire department help, can somebody come up here and help us?’”

    Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue sent a crew to the hospital, and two firefighters worked in the emergency room for about an hour and a half, Christian said. They cleaned rooms and beds, moved patients and took vital signs. They provided two extra sets of hands, and once the pressure had been relieved, a manager at the hospital dismissed the two.

    So, what happened to all those nurses and MDs who refused the Fauchi Ouchie?

  19. An FBI document being kept from the public under court seal undermines the government’s seditious-conspiracy case against the Oath Keepers, shows that the indicted members of the group “are not guilty,” and “proves that the prosecution is lying to the jury,” a former Oath Keepers attorney said in a statement provided to The Epoch Times on Oct. 7.

    Jonathon Moseley, who previously represented Oath Keepers defendant Kelly Meggs before his law license was revoked, said an FBI interview with a U.S. Capitol Police officer shows the Oath Keepers protected the officer from an angry mob near the Capitol Rotunda on the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021.

    “This document—together with a photograph of the moment inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6—proves that the prosecution is lying to the jury,” Moseley said in the statement (pdf). “No one who engages in seditious conspiracy or insurrection stops to come to the aid of the police against the mob.

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