Reader’s Links for December 29th, 2022

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55 Replies to “Reader’s Links for December 29th, 2022”

  1. 55 minutes on the next 10 years from a financial perspective. Discussed are the risk of having multiple counter-parties to personal assets, de-dollarization, commercial banking fragility, the West vs the global South, currency confidence, central banks–worthwhile because it doesn’t take a technical analyst to understand what he’s saying:

  2. Zoltan Pozsar has come out with his year-end paper. His last sent shock waves around the financial world about one month ago. It was, supposedly, leaked. If I were one of the world’s leading experts on financial plumbing, and I wanted to transmit an instructional economic idea that would be a net positive to the world, I would “leak” it too. In it he described a scenario where those who retain hard money (precious metals) would double their–let’s say solvency rather than wealth–in a matter of days:

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2022/12/27/zoltan-pozsars-gold-mageddon-deconstructed/

    Two days ago his latest paper points out the freshly-planted sprout of the Petroyuan. This, as a consequence of Saudi Arabia seemingly turning its back on the Biden regime, along with the Petrodollar, while simultaneously welcoming Xi. Get it? It takes far less than a falling sky to reverse world polarity. The last such reversal came when the Iron Curtain fell, which it turns out was not what it seemed. That event saw an increase in freedom (though chaotic) in former Soviet satellite states, and an acceleration of the long march in the West into a relatively short jog. So the iron curtain never really fell. Instead it turned into something of a shield against Western-styled woke-ism, which is worse than the supreme Soviet when one takes into account watermelons, trannies, Keynesianism, CBDCs, and all the rest of socio-economic poverty being imposed in the name of UN Agenda 2030. (Yes, it’s all a smokescreen and the Russians and CCP are on the same page as the WEF…I wait for the fat lady on this.)

    Now we see more countries applying join the BRICS brigade. Here on the original group 3 min but 7 yrs old:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F03yzqR4gYI

    Now come the latest countries considering membership: Algeria, Argentina, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Senegal, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. A motley crew in some cases, but taken together have enormous clout. And this may not be the end of it:
    “…Many other nations have signed BRI agreements and have increasingly close trade ties with China and Russia. That means these additional future potential candidates could be expected to later include:

    Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama

    Latin America: Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela

    Caucasus: Azerbaijan

    Central Asia: Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

    South Asia: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam

    https://www.silkroadbriefing.com/news/2022/11/09/the-new-candidate-countries-for-brics-expansion/

    While I can’t find a free copy of Pozsar’s latest writing yet, it’s clear this trend comprises some of the snow in his crystal ball. And let’s be very clear, while the original BRICS have been around for a while, there were exactly two recent events that countries watched happen that have pushed this hard money ball to the top of the proverbial hill. First, Trudeau’s freezing of truckers’ bank accounts showed everyone what happens when you fall on the wrong side of totalitarianism. Second, the freezing of Russian assets by the West put on display the very same possibility, but on a scale that showed explicitly that the world reserve currency (USD) no longer extends membership to political black sheep. This was a fatal mistake.

    • DAILY MAIL – Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon warns mass layoffs are just weeks away as firm prepares to cut up to 4,000 jobs to ‘weather the headwinds’ of economic slowdown

      Solomon issued the warning in his traditional year-end memo to employees
      He said a ‘headcount reduction will take place in the first half of January’
      It follows reports the investment banking giant plans to cut about 4,000 jobs
      Layoffs affecting white-collar workers have been rising in recent months

      […]As much as 8 percent of the bank’s workforce could be canned after the firm asked managers to draw up a list of candidates, sources told Semafor earlier in December.

      The insiders said the layoffs will impact every division in the bank and will occur around January, the same time bonuses are usually distributed.

      The layoffs would see the company trim its 49,1000 workforce for the first time since 2019, as its usual two to five percent annual culling was halted during the pandemic.

      […]Morgan Stanley and Citigroup have also undertaken recent layoffs, as banking giants return to the annual culls of ‘underperformers’ that were common prior to the pandemic.

      Most investment banks slash the bottom 1 to 5 percent of employees just before bonus time, to free up more bonus cash for those who remain.

      […]

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11581161/Goldman-Sachs-CEO-David-Solomon-warns-mass-layoffs-just-weeks-away.html

      bloomberg – Goldman Sachs to Cut Jobs Next Month

    • WSJ – ‘We Want to Be More Cautious:’ Goldman Sachs CEO on 2023’s Global Financial Outlook

      ( 27 min 58 )

      Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon discusses inflation and how chief executives are preparing for tightening economic conditions, including the chance of a soft landing or a recession, at WSJ’s CEO Council.

  3. Christine Grady, an American nurse, who went on to get a Ph.D., is the chief of the NIH Department of Bioethics. They are the company that approves drugs for the FDA. She is the person who is supposed to make sure Anthony Fauci behaves ethically. Christine Grady is Anthony Fauci’s wife.

    • University of Maryland – Dr. Christine Grady Hooded by Husband Dr. Anthony Fauci After Receiving Honorary Degree at UMB

      Christine Grady, PhD, MSN, has served as chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center for the past 10 years, has studied ethical implications of the pandemic such as the inequities of treatment, rollout of the vaccines, and effects of the pandemic on nurses.

      She received an honorary Doctor of Public Service from the University of Maryland, Baltimore at its May 19, 2022 Commencement.

      Her husband, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, hooded Grady following the degree’s conferral.

    • At home with Dr. Anthony Fauci

      Dr. Jennifer Ashton spends the day with Dr. Anthony Fauci to learn his secrets to staying healthy and sharp at the age of 81.

    • DECEMBER 2022 – Dr Ashish Jha – There is no study in the world about mask

      There is no study in the world that show that mask works that well : Top White House C0vid avdiser Dr. Ashish Jha

      • If worn during pollen season, severe asthma attacks (ER-level) can be reduced by 90%. Pollen – huge blobs compared to virus particles.

        Before covid that was just anecdotal. Now they’ve got the data. It’s good news: usage of steroid inhalers can be cut to the minimum.

    • DECEMBER 2022 – Dr. Ashish Jha serving as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator

      this is what Dr. Jha is talking about, when he says “there is no study in the world that shows masks work that well”.

    • Egyptian man suffers heart attack and dies after celebrating Argentina’s World Cup win

      The young man collapsed two hours after the match as a result of ‘happy heart syndrome’

      A young Egyptian man died from what’s known as “happy heart syndrome” while celebrating in downtown Cairo after Argentina were crowned champions at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

      “A young man from Shubra district died two hours after the match (between Argentina and France) because of his immense happiness after Leo Messi’s win. We have to learn a lesson from what happened, we don’t have to exaggerate in expressing our sadness or happiness,” cardiologist Gamal Shaaban said on Facebook.

      The 26-year-old, identified as Mostafa Abdel Aal, watched the final in a coffee shop in the center of the Egyptian capital with his friends and, upon arriving home posted a message on social media praising Messi and expressing that it was “the best day of his life.”

      Immediately after, the young man collapsed after suffering a heart attack and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died as a result of “happy heart syndrome,” a rare heart condition that can develop in cases of “immense happiness,” according to Shaaban, who served as former director of the Egyptian National Institute of Cardiology.</

      On Sunday, Argentina lifted their third World Cup after beating France in a penalty shootout following a hard-fought match that ended in a 3-3 draw, a historic victory that was widely celebrated in Egypt, a country where there is great admiration for Messi.

      https://www.marca.com/en/world-cup/2022/12/20/63a216a722601da2028b45f5.html

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      Egyptian man suffering from ‘happy heart syndrome’ dies after celebrating Argentina’s World Cup win

      A 26-year-old Egyptian man died from a heart attack after celebrating Argentina’s World Cup win in Cairo.

      He was reportedly suffering from what’s known as “happy heart syndrome”.

      “A young man from Shubra district died two hours after the match (between Argentina and France) because of his immense happiness after Leo Messi’s win,” cardiologist Gamal Shaaban posted on Facebook.

      “We have to learn a lesson from what happened, we don’t have to exaggerate in expressing our sadness or happiness.”

      Mostafa Abdel Aal watched the World Cup final in a coffee shop with his friends on Sunday night.

      Upon arriving home, he posted a message on social media praising Messi and expressing that it was “the best day of his life”.

      The young man collapsed immediately after suffering a heart attack and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

      He died due to a rare condition called “happy heart syndrome” that can develop in cases of immense happiness, according to Shaaban, who was the former director of the Egyptian National Institute of Cardiology.

      Argentina lifted their third World Cup on Sunday after beating France in a penalty shootout following a hard-fought match that ended in a 3-3 draw, a historic victory that was widely celebrated in Egypt, a country where there is great admiration for Messi.

      https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1160497/Egyptian-man-suffering-from-happy-heart-syndrome-dies-after-celebrating-Argentinas-World-Cup-win

      • VOA – COVID Vaccine Supplies Improved in 2022, But Demand Plummeted

        Three years ago, scientists in Wuhan, China first reported infections from a novel coronavirus.

        Since then, the world has developed and delivered 13 billion shots against COVID-19.

        It is an unprecedented achievement, but it has been tarnished by unequal access.
        The global program aimed at improving vaccine equity has announced it will narrow its focus to the poorest countries.

        VOA’s Steve Baragona has a look at the global COVID vaccine drive as a pandemic blamed for more than 6.5 million deaths enters its fourth year.

    • the gateway pundit – Vaccine Salesman of the Year: WHO Chief Says COVID Boosters “Are Used by Countries to Kill Children” – Fake Fact-Checkers Freak Out

      A video went viral this week of failed World Health Organization Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, talking about vaccinating children.

      In the video, Tedros tells international health experts that countries are using COVID booster shots to kill children.

      Tedros Ghebreyesus: “If it’s going to be used it’s better to focus on those groups, who have risk of severe disease and death rather than as we see some countries are using to give boosters to kill children which is not right.”

      For some strange reason the fake news mainstream media did not report on this. The media totally ignored this shocking statement.

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      44 sec video

      https://twitter.com/DaperReptilian/status/1607357760903196674

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      Reuters completely rewrrote Tedros’s statement in order to defend shooting up kids with the COVID vaccine.

      These are not good people.

      A video showing the head of World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking about prioritizing vaccination efforts for poorer countries and more vulnerable populations over giving booster shots to children has been misconstrued online.

      Some social media users have pointed to the clip to erroneously claim he “admitted” or “revealed” COVID-19 booster shots are being used “to kill children”.

      While the scene highlighted online is authentic, users have misconstrued his message. A WHO spokesperson told Reuters the sentence was the result of a slip of the tongue.

      https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/vaccine-salesman-year-chief-says-covid-boosters-used-countries-kill-children-fake-fact-checkers-freak/

    • DAILY MAIL -AUSTRALIA – Family doctor who was subject to death threats from anti-vaxxers during the pandemic dies suddenly right before Christmas

      Dr Wilson Chin, who trained in Britain, emigrated to Australia in 2018, has died

      He became the target of vile threats after two girls fainted after receiving jabs

      The false rumours claimed two girls had died when they were unharmed

      A ‘gentle and kind’ family doctor who was subjected to death threats from anti-vaxxers during the pandemic has died suddenly.

      Hong Kong-born Dr Wilson Chin, who broke down in tears describing the abuse he received running a Covid vaccination clinic on the Gold Coast, passed away shortly before Christmas.

      […]’Dr Chin had to stay at a friend’s place because he was so concerned for his safety and there have been sleepless nights for fellow GPs, the practice manager and the other members of the practice team.

      ‘[This] shows you how reckless anti-vaxxers can be,‘ Dr Price added.

      […]On Wednesday, Pacific Pines MedCentres director Deon Raju confirmed Dr Chin had passed away.

      He told the Gold Coast Bulletin the cause was a medical issue and ‘not mental health related’.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11578455/Wilson-Chin-Gold-Coast-doctor-received-death-threats-anti-vaxxers-dies-suddenly.html

    • Yahoo- Growing vaccine hesitancy fuels measles, chickenpox resurgence in U.S.

      A rapidly growing measles outbreak in Columbus, Ohio – largely involving unvaccinated children – is fueling concerns among health officials that more parent resistance to routine childhood immunizations will intensify a resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases.

      Most of the 81 children infected so far are old enough to get the shots, but their parents chose not to do so, officials said, resulting in the country’s largest outbreak of the highly infectious pathogen this year.

      “That is what is causing this outbreak to spread like wildfire,” said Mysheika Roberts, director of the Columbus health department.

      The Ohio outbreak, which began in November, comes at a time of heightened worry about the public health consequences of anti-vaccine sentiment, a long-standing problem that has led to drops in child immunization rates in pockets across the United States. The pandemic has magnified those concerns because of controversies and politicization around coronavirus vaccines and school vaccine mandates.

      More than a third of parents with children under 18 – and 28 percent of all adults – now say parents should be able to decide not to vaccinate their children for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) to attend public schools, even if remaining unvaccinated may create health risks for others, according to new polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health-care research nonprofit.

      Public sentiments against vaccine mandates have grown significantly since the pandemic, said Jen Kates, a Kaiser senior vice president. A 2019 poll by the Pew Research Center found that less than a quarter of parents – and 16 percent of all adults – opposed school vaccination requirements.

      The growing opposition stems largely from shifts among people who identify as or lean Republican, the Kaiser survey found, with 44 percent saying parents should be able to opt out of those childhood vaccines – more than double the 20 percent who felt that way in 2019.

      Adam Moore, a father of three in the Detroit suburbs, said none of his children – 9, 12 and 17 and enrolled in private school – have received routine childhood immunizations, let alone vaccines for the coronavirus or flu. He values personal liberty and says the government has no right telling people what to do with their bodies.

      “I find it a hard argument when the government says we’re all for individual liberty on abortion rights and all this other stuff, but when it comes to vaccinations, there’s no such thing as ‘my body, my choice,'” said Moore, 43, an account manager for a marketing company.

      Moore, who describes himself as Republican-leaning, said he does not view childhood diseases such as measles and polio, which have resurfaced in recent years, as threats. But if the deadly Ebola virus were circulating, he said, he would want his children to get vaccinated.

      Other parents who oppose school immunization mandates echo long-standing misinformation about vaccines that continue to spread via anti-vaccine groups.

      Bianca Hernandez, a 37-year-old dog breeder in the Albuquerque metropolitan area, described concerns about the link between vaccine ingredients and autism, a view that has been extensively disproved. She said her two youngest children receive religious exemptions from school vaccination requirements.

      Support for immunization mandates has held steady among Democrats, with 88 percent saying that children should be vaccinated to attend public schools because of the potential risk for others when they are not.

      Overall, 71 percent of all adults still support school immunization requirements, compared with 82 percent in 2019.

      “The situation about increasing negative sentiment about childhood vaccination is concerning, but in absolute terms, vaccines remain the social norm,” said Saad Omer, director of Yale’s Institute for Global Health and an infectious-disease expert who has studied vaccine hesitancy.

      Anne Zink, chief medical officer for Alaska’s health department, said that even in a state with historically lower vaccination rates, childhood immunization rates have yet to return to their pre-pandemic levels. In the years before the pandemic, about 65 percent of Alaskan children 19 to 35 months old had completed their routine childhood immunizations. By the end of 2021, 46 percent had.

      “I think there is more mistrust of the government, there’s more questioning of vaccines, and we’ve been having a harder time getting people vaccinated,” said Zink, who is also president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

      A few weeks ago, Zink, an emergency room doctor, saw her first case of chickenpox when a young woman walked into the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer covered in large, painful lesions. The woman said she and her family did not believe in vaccinations and told Zink she thought chickenpox no longer existed.

      “I was like, ‘Well, it really doesn’t when all of us choose to get vaccinated, but you aren’t vaccinated, your family’s not vaccinated, and the people you hang out with are not vaccinated. Chickenpox has been spreading in your community, and now you’re really sick,'” Zink recalled.

      In the past, Zink said, herd immunity would have protected the woman against such childhood diseases. But that protection has waned as anti-vaccine sentiment grows, she said.

      To distance its push for vaccination from the current political narrative, the Alaska health department recently brought back images and language from a 1960s promotion for polio vaccination. The new social media campaign uses the vintage Wellbee cartoon and rocket – “Get a booster!”– to remind people that immunization has always been part of the country’s history.

      It is too early to see the effects of eroding public support for school vaccination requirements on childhood immunization rates because federal data typically lag by about two years. During the pandemic, routine vaccination rates slipped because of school closures and because children were not going to the doctor.

      The growing negative attitudes about school immunization requirements are troubling for health workers. Kentucky officials are urging that people get flu shots after six children – none of whom were vaccinated – died after contracting influenza. South Carolina officials had also promoted childhood vaccinations after two chickenpox outbreaks in March – the first since 2020 – affected nearly 70 people.

      A case of paralytic polio in a New York man this summer prompted worry that low childhood immunization rates and rising vaccine misinformation could result in the disease’s resurgence, decades after vaccination had eliminated it in the United States.

      “There is definitely a group of parents who have shifted their attitudes,” said Jennifer Heath, immunizations program coordinator for Minnesota’s health department who works on vaccine hesitancy and outreach. “Part of it is true attitude shift. But part is a disconnection to the primary care provider, the human being who’s telling you that vaccines are important.”

      School vaccination requirements are among the most effective tools to keep children healthy. All states and the District of Columbia require children to be vaccinated against certain diseases, such as measles, polio and whooping cough, to attend public school. All states grant exemptions based on medical reasons; a growing number allow religious or philosophical exemptions.

      D.C. also requires students 12 and older to be vaccinated against covid-19 but has delayed enforcing the mandate until the 2023-2024 school year. California has a pending statewide student coronavirus vaccine mandate that will not take effect until after July 2023. Nearly two dozen states have some form of ban against student coronavirus vaccine mandates.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, with the first dose at 12 to 15 months, and the second dose between 4 and 6 years old. One dose of the vaccine is about 93 percent effective in preventing measles, one of the most infectious pathogens on the planet that can cause serious complications, including death. Two doses are about 97 percent effective at preventing the disease.

      In the Ohio measles outbreak, only three of the 81 children had received a single dose of vaccine, according to state data. None were known to be fully vaccinated.

      “I think some of these attitudes were here before the pandemic, and then we probably picked up some additional community members who were accepting of vaccines before but now maybe are more critical about vaccines as a result of what transpired with the coronavirus vaccine,” Roberts said.

      Some of the cases occurred in Columbus’s large Somali community, the second-largest Somali population in the United States after the Minneapolis area, Roberts said. Parents have said they “intentionally delayed” giving their children the measles vaccine because of their fear of autism, she said, despite considerable research disproving any relationship between vaccines and autism. Those fears echoed similar concerns of parents in Minnesota’s Somali community during a 2017 measles outbreak that infected 75 children, mostly unvaccinated preschool kids.

      Minnesota is also battling a new measles outbreak – 22 cases – as vaccine hesitancy around the MMR vaccine continues to be an issue, said Doug Schultz, spokesman for the Minnesota health department.

      Officials are bracing for more cases in the coming weeks as families travel and gather indoors for the holidays. At least 29 of the Ohio children have been hospitalized, some so sick they required intensive care.

      Most of the sickened children – 78 percent – are Black, 6 percent are Asian, 6 percent are White, and 4 percent are Hispanic, according to Columbus officials.

      Because the measles virus is so contagious, an overall community vaccination rate of about 90 to 94 percent is needed to keep the virus from causing large outbreaks, according to infectious-disease experts. In the United States, nearly 91 percent of children have received at least one dose of the MMR vaccine by age 2. In the Columbus area, Roberts said, the measles vaccination rate is estimated at 80 to 90 percent, but health-care providers are not required to report data to Ohio’s vaccine registry.

      Even if overall coverage in a community is high, measles can transmit easily in clusters of under-vaccinated or unvaccinated people. The Columbus outbreak began when one or two unvaccinated people traveled to countries where measles is still common between June and October and infected others in the community, Roberts said.

      In recent years, many of the measles cases reported to the CDC have occurred in underimmunized, close-knit communities, where anti-vaccine misinformation has gained a foothold. In 2019, the United States reported the highest annual number of measles cases – 1,294 – in more than 25 years; three-fourths of those cases occurred among New York’s Orthodox Jewish communities. Outbreaks have also occurred among the Amish in Ohio and Eastern European groups in the Pacific Northwest.

      Health officials in Ohio have been working closely with the Somali community to increase vaccination uptake without stigmatizing them. Columbus public health workers have hosted vaccine clinics at a community center and a mosque and are conducting home visits to provide shots. They have also reached out to schools, day-care centers and grocery stores about the importance of vaccination.

      The efforts appear to be making a difference.

      Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus recently saw a 20 percent increase in the number of parents seeking the MMR vaccine, Roberts said. The health department, too, has seen a small uptick in vaccinations.

      “They are trickling in,” she said, “slowly but surely.”

      https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/growing-vaccine-hesitancy-fuels-measles-135931583.html

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      CBS NEWS – Vaccine hesitancy sparks measles, chickenpox rise

      + 4 min 58 video

      Anti-vaccine messaging has sparked hesitancy among some parents about vaccinating their children, and doctors are reporting increased cases of measles and chickenpox in unvaccinated children.

      Dr. Shannon Dillon, a primary care pediatrician at Riley Children’s Health, joins “CBS News Mornings” to share the concerns she’s hearing from parents and her response to them.

      https://www.cbsnews.com/video/vaccine-hesitancy-sparks-measles-chickenpox-rise/#x

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      twitter @backtolife_2023

      Vaccine hesitancy sparks measles, chickenpox rise
      Source: CBS News (Youtube)

      + 4 min 58 video

      https://twitter.com/backtolife_2023/status/1608556693847420928

      • WaPo connects the dots between measles outbreak in Ohio and — you guessed it! — Orthodox Jews in N.Y.

        Apparently anti-vaccine sentiment is on the rise in America, and it’s causing a resurgence in cases of vaccine-preventable diseases in children such as measles and chickenpox. The Washington Post has a new story about the issue today…

        Notice anything about that tweet? Here’s a screenshot: https://twitchy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Screenshot-2022-12-26-at-9.47.01-AM.jpg

        The caption below the photo in the Washington Post’s piece reads, “An Orthodox Jewish man walks with his children in Brooklyn during large measles outbreaks in 2019 that spread rapidly among hundreds of unvaccinated people in these New York communities….”

        And if you actually read the article, the 2019 measles outbreak is discussed in just one paragraph, and that’s the only paragraph where New York Orthodox Jewish communities are mentioned:

        In recent years, many of the measles cases reported to the CDC have occurred in underimmunized, close-knit communities, where anti-vaccine misinformation has gained a foothold. In 2019, the United States reported the highest annual number of measles cases – 1,294 – in more than 25 years; three-fourths of those cases occurred among New York’s Orthodox Jewish communities. Outbreaks have also occurred among the Amish in Ohio and Eastern European groups in the Pacific Northwest.

        The article is not mainly concerned with anti-vaccine sentiment in New York, but in states around the country. So why use an image of Orthodox Jews to grab people’s attention?

        “Ohio outbreak with a photo of NY Jewish people”; “Subtle AF, Wapo”; “Why is there a photo of visible Jews in a story that has nothing to do with Jews but does have to do with contagious diseases?”

        Because for millennia, Jews have been the scapegoats of choice. Who is the Washington Post to question that time-honored tradition?

        “Tell me you hate Jews without saying you hate Jews.”

        At this point, the Washington Post — like the rest of the mainstream media — just needs to come right out and say it. We all know they mean it. Just be open and honest about it.

        https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2022/12/26/wapo-connects-the-dots-between-measles-outbreak-in-ohio-and-you-guessed-it-orthodox-jews-in-n-y/
        ………….
        ………….
        One of the reasons I found usage of the yellow star at vaxx protest rallies distasteful. Pogroms followed every plague in Europe. A couple thousand years of history, I get nervous when a symbol that shrieks “Jew” is associated with disease or poison vaxx.

        Just leave us out of it.

    • NBC News – Growing Concerns Over Impact Of Medical Misinformation On Public Health

      Across the U.S. there’s growing concern about medical misinformation and the impact it’s having on much more than just Covid vaccine rates.

      NBC News’ Kristen Dahlgren spoke to health officials in Oklahoma City about the dangerous situation and how they’re pushing back.»

    • CDC -DEC 2022 – COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe & Effective

      CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older to help protect against severe illness and hospitalization.

      Talk to your child’s doctor about COVID-19 vaccines today.

    • CDC – DEC 2022 – Help Protect Children From COVID-19

      Even healthy children can get very sick from COVID-19.

      Getting them vaccinated can help protect them against severe disease.

      Talk to your child’s doctor about COVID-19 vaccines today.

    • CDC – 6 Facts to Know About COVID-19 Vaccination for Children

      For the best protection, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible.

      Learn 6 facts about COVID-19 vaccination for children.

    • CDC – DEC 2022 – Children Who Have Had COVID-19 Should Get Vaccinated

      Has your child already had COVID-19?

      Vaccination can provide them with an added layer of protection.

      Talk to your child’s doctor to learn more today.


    • CDC Director Debrief: Interview with Student Reporter Felix

      CDC Director Dr. Walensky discusses respiratory illnesses currently circulating and what you need to know with student reporter Felix.

    • ‘Long-serving’ lifeguard collapses and dies at swimming pool just days before Christmas

      A lifeguard has collapsed and died only days before Christmas, a leisure centre has said.

      The ‘long-serving” and “well-loved” staff member tragically died at the centre in Blackburn, Lancashire, on Wednesday night.

      The sudden tragedy has left colleagues “devastated”, Blackburn Leisure Centre on Thursday, prompting managers to close the facility as a mark of respect.

      While the lifeguard’s identity has not been released, the centre said they had been working there a long time with their tragic death hitting staff hard.

      In a statement confirming the sad news, Blackburn Leisure Centre wrote: “Following the tragic passing of a long-serving member of staff at Blackburn Leisure Centre last night, the venue will remain closed today (Thursday, December 22) as a mark of respect.

      “The centre was closed last night following the sudden collapse of one of our well-loved lifeguards who sadly passed away.

      “Colleagues at BwD Leisure are naturally devastated. We are closing the centre as mark of respect and to allow colleagues some time to come to terms with the loss.

      “To all our members and customers we respectfully ask for your patience at this sad time. Our sincerest condolences are with family, friends and colleagues.”

      Staff at the centre, which is run by Blackburn and Darwen Council, thanked customers for their patience during an “incredibly sad time”, confirming the centre would re-open on Friday morning.

      https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/long-serving-lifeguard-collapses-dies-28798112

      video :

      https://t.me/ozrita1/1252

  4. UKRAINE – 16 out of 18 French CAESAR self-propelled guns delivered need repair – Le Figaro.

    The French publication writes that due to the high rate of fire, the resource of the barrels of the supplied self-propelled guns wears out quickly.

    This problem is quite sensitive for the Ukrainian army, which does not have access to spare parts.

    Ukrainian fighters at a meeting with the French Minister of Defense said they want to simplify cooperation and be able to repair the Caesars on their own in their country, and not send them for any complex repairs to Poland, as this takes a lot of time and exposes self-propelled guns to unnecessary risk.
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    Le Figaro – Guerre en Ukraine: Sébastien Lecornu en visite à Kiev

    Le ministre français des Armées prépare l’accompagnement militaire de 2023.

    […]Au sol, les canons d’artillerie Caesar fabriqués par Nexter sont un autre atout. L’un d’eux, porté sur une barge flottante, avait permis de toucher les positions russes sur l’île aux Serpents, a rappelé le ministre ukrainien en espérant «en recevoir davantage». L’armée française ne semble pas prête à en prélever de nouveaux sur ses stocks mais le ministre pousse les industriels à accélérer leur rythme de production pour en fournir d’autres en 2023.

    En attendant, l’armée ukrainienne s’inquiète du taux de disponibilité des canons qui s’usent après des cadences de tir infernales. «Certains dégâts deviennent sérieux sur les Caesar», admet Sébastien Lecornu. Un canon, sur les dix-huit livrés, est complètement hors d’usage. D’autres sont immobilisés pour maintenance. La partie «camion» a souffert. Des tourelles doivent parfois être remplacées. Les tubes des canons vont aussi bientôt devoir être réparés.

    L’armée ukrainienne doit parvenir à assurer une maintenance locale pour ne pas avoir à faire transiter les Caesar jusqu’en Pologne, ce qui prend du temps et leur fait courir un risque, argumente-t-on côté français. «Nous avons trois niveaux de maintenance», détaille ministre ukrainien: les réparations de base sur le champ de bataille, celles qui peuvent être assurées par les entreprises ukrainiennes, «de complexité moyenne», et celles qui nécessitent un transfert du matériel à l’étranger. Oleksiy Reznikov a souhaité davantage de coopération avec les entreprises françaises pour faciliter les réparations en Ukraine.

    Sébastien Lecornu. «La maintenance et la formation» sont discriminantes pour la poursuite de la guerre, assure-t-il. C’est aussi pour cette raison que Paris ne livrera pas, a priori, de chars Leclerc, assure le ministre: leur entretien est trop complexe pour une armée qui en aurait besoin immédiatement.

    Dans le huis clos des réunions, les Français ont aussi mis en garde leurs interlocuteurs. L’administration ukrainienne est jugée trop lourde et trop lente alors que la France a mis en place un fonds de soutien doté de 200 millions d’euros, grâce à l’amendement du député Benjamin Haddad, présent mercredi dans la délégation. Il permettra à l’Ukraine de passer commande directement avec les industriels. Trois centrales d’achat se chargent de passer commande, se lamente-t-on en France. Depuis plusieurs mois, Paris invite ses interlocuteurs à passer commande de pièces de rechange. Sans perdre de temps.

    https://www.lefigaro.fr/international/guerre-en-ukraine-sebastien-lecornu-en-visite-a-kiev-20221228

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    French defence chief pledges fresh support for Ukraine in visit to Kiev

    France’s Minister of Defence Sebastien Lecornu said Ukraine has his government’s full support and promised a €200 million fund and military equipment in a visit to the war-torn country.

  5. SWEDEN – Luna, 9, raped by a 15-year-old Ethiopian migrant last July

    […]The lack of oxygen after the strangulation has left Luna with permanent brain damage and she cannot speak and has difficulty moving her arms and legs

    https://9gag.com/gag/anz9gnB

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    ( in Swedish )

    Luna överfölls av 15-aring i Skelleftea – nu berättar familjen

    https://www.expressen.se/nyheter/luna-overfolls-av-15-aring-i-skelleftea-nu-berattar-familjen/

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  6. city news – Convoy demonstration sets sights on Winnipeg

    Justice and police officials say they’re assessing information that’s circulating online indicating a large convoy event, set for three days in February, could be headed to Winnipeg in 2023

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    • BREITBART – The World’s Freedom Convoys: How Truckers Changed the Course of History in 2022
      As the world entered its second year of pandemic lockdowns, supply chain disruptions, and a new era of high fuel prices and inflation, the world’s most essential cargo transport professionals – truckers – took the lead in organizing anti-government protests in nearly every region of the planet.

      Truckers were the protagonists of arguably the most successful anti-lockdown protests in the world in January, leading the “Freedom Convoy” movement to demand an end to vaccine mandates, business lockdowns, school closures, and other civil liberties violations. The “Freedom Convoy” movement inspired similar uprising in Europe, Asia, and Latin America that expanded beyond the anti-lockdown goals into varied demands such as better salaries, cleaner elections, and even the toppling of longstanding authoritarian regimes.

      It all began in Canada. The governments of Canada and America agreed on a coronavirus vaccine mandate imposition on truckers crossing their mutual border, meaning anyone who did not wish to ingest a vaccine product and worked as a trucker would be out of a job. Outraged truckers began organizing convoys on the border demanding they be allowed to cross and deliver their shipments without being forced to consume a medical product against their will, many citing that truckers are largely working alone and less exposed to others potentially carrying Chinese coronavirus than others in larger industries.

      more :

      https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2022/12/29/the-worlds-freedom-convoys-how-truckers-changed-the-course-of-history-in-2022/

  7. JUNE 2022 – DAILY MAIL – EXCLUSIVE: Family of Bill Clinton advisor who admitted Jeffrey Epstein into White House seven times has blocked release of files detailing the death scene after he was found hanging from a tree with a shotgun blast at a ranch 30 miles from his home

    Top Clinton advisor Mark Middleton died by suicide at the age of 59 on May 7, the Perry County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas confirmed

    Middleton was President Bill Clinton’s special advisor who admitted Jeffrey Epstein to the White House seven of the at least 17 times the pedophile visited

    The married father-of-two, who lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, shot himself at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, 30 miles away from his home

    DailyMail.com can now reveal Middleton’s father Larry and his widow Rhea are fighting to keep photos and ‘other illustrative content’ of his death sealed

    The two filed for an injunction arguing that blocking the release of the footage would halt a proliferation of ‘unsubstantiated conspiracy theories’

    The lawsuit claims the family ‘has been harassed by outlandish, hurtful, unsupported and offensive online articles’ regarding Middleton and his death
    Perry County Sheriff Scott Montgomery said Middleton was discovered hanging from a tree with a shotgun blast to his chest

    After the petition was filed, Montgomery denied DailyMail.com’s FOIA request for any of his paperwork on the case

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    The family of a top advisor to Bill Clinton who admitted Jeffrey Epstein to the White House multiple times during his presidency is pulling out all the stops to keep details of his mysterious death becoming public.

    […]His death adds to the number of close associates of the former president and first lady who have died unexpectedly, many in small plane crashes. The phenomenon has led to a conspiracy theory called Clinton Body Count which even has its own Wikipedia page.

    […]In an interview with RadarOnline – before he decided to clam up – Sheriff Montgomery said Middleton was discovered hanging from a tree with a shotgun blast to his chest.

    […]’He died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the chest. He found a tree and he pulled a table over there, and he got on that table, and he took an extension cord and put it around a limb, put it around his neck and he shot himself in the chest with a shotgun.

    ‘It was very evident that the shotgun worked because there was not a lot of blood or anything on the scene. You can tell the shotgun blast was on his chest, you can tell that because there is a hole in the chest and pellets came out the back of his back. It was definitely self-inflicted in our opinion’.

    […]Several Clinton’s former associates have died over the years in unexpected circumstances, including deputy White House counsel Vince Foster.

    His 1993 death was ruled a suicide but sparked a slew of conspiracy theories about the involvement of the Clintons.

    After Epstein hanged himself while awaiting trial in 2019 Donald Trump retweeted conspiracy theories that Clinton was involved.

    Many others with links to Bill and Hillary Clinton have died in mysterious circumstances over the years. Wikipedia even has a page called Clinton Body Count which lists those people. Others whose deaths have been linked to the Clintons without foundation have been Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer who was murdered in 2016 with no culprit having been found.

    […]Former Clinton associate Larry Nichols, told DailyMail.com then: ‘I’m not saying the Clintons kill people. I’m saying a lot of people around the Clintons turn up dead.’

    more :

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10882101/Family-late-Clinton-advisor-Mark-Middleton-block-release-files-relating-suicide.html

  8. Democrat Senator Ben Cardin: “If You Espouse Hate, If You Espouse Violence, You’re Not Protected Under the First Amendment” (VIDEO)
    By Cristina Laila
    Published December 29, 2022 at 12:40pm
    706 Comments

    Democrat Senator Ben Cardin recently said during a hearing that so-called hate speech violates the First Amendment.

    It doesn’t.

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    you espouse hate, if you espouse violence, you’re not protected under the First Amendment. I think we can be more aggressive in the way that we handle that type of use of the internet.” the US Senator from Maryland said.

    There is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/democrat-senator-ben-cardin-espouse-hate-espouse-violence-not-protected-first-amendment-video/

  9. Trump Warns Republicans Not To Fall For Democrat Traps On Social Security, Abortion
    By ProTrumpNews Staff
    Published December 29, 2022 at 2:50pm
    45 Comments

    Donald Trump is warning the GOP of the Democrats’ latest traps.

    Trump warned Republicans in an interview with Breitbart about the Democrat trap on the issues of abortion and social security.

    Trump vowed not to ever cut social security saying “it’s a contract with the people.”

    Trump also argued that Republicans must support three exceptions to abortion.

    Those exceptions are rape, incest, and the life of the mother.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/trump-warns-republicans-not-fall-democrat-traps-social-security-abortion/

  10. State Judge Announces Democrat Kris Mayes Beat Republican Abe Hamadeh by 280 Votes in Arizona’s Attorney General Race
    By Cristina Laila
    Published December 29, 2022 at 4:25pm
    48 Comments
    state judge on Thursday announced Democrat Kris Mayes beat Republican Abe Hamadeh by 280 votes in the race for Arizona’s Attorney General.

    Hamadeh was only down by 511 votes against Mayes out of more than 2.5 million ballots cast in the Attorney General race.
    However, a “significant miscount” of hundreds of votes was discovered in the recount results.

    Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason announced Mayes won on Thursday afternoon during a hearing.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/state-judge-announces-democrat-kris-mayes-beat-republican-abe-hamadeh-280-votes-arizonas-attorney-general-race/

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