Reader’s Links for January 7th, 2023

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Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

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44 Replies to “Reader’s Links for January 7th, 2023”

  1. Dear Maplewood, Vlad:

    Sorry for my delayed response to your questions. I just saw them.

    Marc Faber is one of my long-time favourite money men. He’s a crusty old bugger who takes no prisoners. I have not seen this particular video that you refer to, but I am familiar with his views, which are healthy for their cynicism towards government and all forms of collectivism. He lives in Thailand and manages the money of rich family wealth, from what I gather. He is a historian (as all good money managers are) with a brilliant memory for dates and statistics. I also like him because he sometimes chain smokes on screen, which shows him to be very incorrect. I am familiar with Wall Street Silver and have no objections to it.

    In this video he mentions the peril that pension funds are currently exposed to. Pension funds need a certain percentage of return in order to remain solvent. Such returns are almost impossible to attain in the current economic environment. Recently we saw the British government quietly bail-out a large pension fund. This will happen everywhere so politicians can socialize pension fund solvency in order to preserve their own political capital. The result will be more money printing, more inflation due to currency debasement, etc.–it is a vicious trap from which there is no escape in a world devoid of leadership integrity. He talks about much more, and I take it as gospel. I say this about very, very few pundits.

    He also predicts the fall of the USD, which is considered a certainty in the eyes of every Austrian-school economist I have listened to. Timing is the only question here that nobody can answer.

    The first twitter clip I have seen. I have pointed out before that in 2013 the Canadian Harper government tabled a budget that put in law bail-ins of creditor deposits over $100,000 (I think) if one of the main commercial banks becomes insolvent. This $100k threshold may comfort some people, but under government regimes where rule of law is by fiat I personally can take little comfort in this. Also, considering that there are hundreds of trillions of dollars in dubious shadow banking assets held by all major commercial banks worldwide, and considering that they use each other as collateral, I consider it a mathematical certainty that there will be serious daisy-chain failures. So regardless of whether these two twitter clips are legitimate, I truly believe such conversations are taking place. Money men have to be the smartest men in the money room to survive. The only real prerequisite to becoming a good money manager, imho, is that one never becomes a Keynesian. Keynesianism is the religion of clueless academics who run our central banks. They bath in their own bullshit while thinking they smell like roses.

    The four states turning to hard money is heartening, Vlad, but under the cloud of a communist Fed one wonders just how far and how many more states will follow. It’s very interesting, though, and they are definitely front runners to the inevitable necessity for real money. So on one hand it matters little the brand of Fed in power because math ultimately rules. The real question then becomes how draconian will a hostile federal government become to hard money, which represents freedom, private property ownership, self reliance, rights–all the fundamentals that made the U.S. history’s greatest nation. In a way one can extrapolate from this that the nexus in any coming counter-revolutionary (North) America war, after all woke political bullshit is exhausted and we get down to the bare bones of unbridled tyranny, will be the simple matter of precious metals ownership.

    I hope this has helped a little.

    • JAN 04 2023 – Why Are Healthy People Dying Suddenly Since 2021? w/ Ed Dowd

      ( 78 min )
      What is causing the exponential increase in sudden deaths among individuals in the prime of their lives?

      Edward Dowd, former leading BlackRock portfolio manager, examines the epidemic of sudden deaths (not linked to c0r0navirus) which began in 2021 with the rollout of national vaxxinations.

      Throughout Ed’s career in finance he excelled at an elite level in pattern recognition, which propelled him to become one of the most renowned and successful in the world. Early in 2021, he took his data analyst skill set and directed it to examine the drastic uptick in sudden deaths among very fit athletes and other seemingly healthy young people across the country, a phenomenon that is now coined “Sudden Adult Death Syndrome”.

      His thesis points at the Covid Vaxxines as the causal factor, and he openly invites anyone with an opposing viewpoint to offer an alternate explanation. This is a heavy podcast as each statistic is not merely a number, but a human life.

      The podcast ends with a message of hope. That regardless of what has happened, the human mind and body is capable of miraculous healing. And from a macro perspective, on the other side of tragedy is the invitation for a renaissance. We humans have always triumphed over resistance and I have no doubt that we will again.

    • Why Are Healthy People Dying Suddenly Since 2021? w/ Ed Dowd

      00:00- Intro
      3:14- Every Statistic Is A Human Life | Undeniable Data
      9:05- Narrative Shapes Reality | Psychodynamics At Play
      10:57: Excess Mortality Is Up Across The Globe
      16:50- The Logic Doesn’t Work | Global Cover-up?
      29:15- Meta Fraud & Corporatocracy
      41:40- The Sunk Cost Fallacy & Offering Hope
      56:30- Effects In The Macro & The Economy
      1:10:30- A Message Of Hope & Action Steps


    • MSNBC – ‘A moment for collaboration’ What China’s COVID surge means for the world

      Andrea Mitchel spoke with Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, Vice Provost of Global Initiatives at University of Pennsylvania about the new COVID variant in the US and people can do to protect themselves.

    • China in talks with Pfizer for generic Covid drug, says reports

      China is in talks with Pfizer to secure a licence that will permit domestic drugmakers to manufacture and distribute generic version of the U.S. firm’s Covid drug as cases surge.

    • JAN 07 2023 – China: 40-day Lunar New Year migration begins amid surging Covid

      The 40-day Luna New Year travel period known as “chun yun” began on Saturday in China, igniting concerns about a massive influx of travellers and the further spread of Covid-19 infections.

  2. JAN 02 2023 – Scientist Stories: Katalin Kariko?, Developing mRNA Therapeutics for COVID, Cancer, and Beyond

    Katalin Karikó, PhD, is a biochemist and researcher, best known for her contributions to mRNA technology and the COVID-19 vaccines

    . Karikó and co-collaborator Drew Weissman, MD, PhD, invented the modified mRNA technology used in Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infection.

    More than 15 years ago at Penn Medicine, Karikó and Weissman found a way to modify mRNA and later developed a delivery technique to package the mRNA in lipid nanoparticles. This made it possible for mRNA to reach the proper part of the body and trigger an immune response to fight disease.

    These laboratory breakthroughs made mRNA safe, effective, and practical for use as a vaccine against COVID. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine received FDA approval in August 2021, and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized by the FDA for emergency use.

    Karikó is a senior vice president at BioNTech and an adjunct professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and began collaborating with Weissman in 1997.

    Karikó received her bachelor’s degree in biology in 1978 and her doctorate in biochemistry in 1982 from the University of Szeged in her native Hungary. She was working at the Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged before immigrating to the United States in 1985.

    • Pfizer & Gene Therapy : Exploring a Potentially Transformative Treatment Approach

      Gene therapy has the potential to transform the way genetic diseases are treated, addressing the cause of the disease – at the cellular level.

      Delve into the science behind Pfizer’s innovative approach, and learn about the nearly 6,000 rare genetic diseases we could one day impact

    • twitter @backtolife_2023

      Syndicated talk show feature on Covid19 vaccines

      + 7 min 52 video

      Diversity, feminism and propaganda all in one

      combined IQ of 125

      sponsered by pfizer

      PFIZER – The Real: What’s Up Doc? Covid-19 Vaccines Edition with Pfizer’s CPO, Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron

      Our Chief Patient Officer, Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron stopped by The Real to talk #COVID19 vaccines & answer some FAQs.

    • global news – Bee industry buzzing with excitement about new vaccine to protect crops

      … a newly developed vaccine approved by the U.S. to keep honeybees healthy

      + comments on the YT page

    • city news – How sports fans and players can move forward amid the Damar Hamlin collapse

      A UCalgary professor shares his thoughts on how fans and players can mentally recover.

    • JAN 05 2023 – twitter @FallonTonight

      Jimmy performs a tiny song about the new COVID variant, XBB.1.5.

      + 59 sec video

      There was Alpha, then Delta
      Then Omicron next
      But this latest variant might be the best
      It’s XBB.1.5 ?

      Another brand of COVID-19 has arrived
      It’s a new strain
      But it isn’t the same
      Sounds more like Elon Musk’s kid’s name ?
      It’s XBB.1.5

      Not UB40, who sings “Red Red Wine”
      Put on your mask when you’re inside a facility
      It could be a robot from a “Star Wars” trilogy
      It’s XBB.1.5 ?

      Not OMG or MP3 or TCBY
      Or an eye chart made by a really high guy
      Sounds like the password of your parents’ Wi-Fi
      It’s XBB.1.5

  3. 28 year old Ontario socialist (Ontario NDP staffer) died for Pfizer and Moderna
    Dr. William Makis MD – January 7, 2023

    NDP MPP Jennie Steven’s ‘LGBYQ+ rep’ Liam Coward calling for “elimination of capitalism,” “Marxist feminism”
    by Sandor Ligetfalvy – June 22, 2022

    “Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny.” ~ Aristotle

  4. Arkansas Court Could Force Hunter to Reveal Anonymous Artwork Buyers

    An Arkansas court could force Hunter Biden to reveal the anonymous buyers of his artwork, according to court documents.

    Hunter has been working with a well-connected Chinese art dealer, Georges Bergès, to sell paintings to anonymous buyers for up to $500,000. Hunter has reportedly sold at least five pieces of art for $75,000 each. One of his reported paintings hangs in first lady Jill Biden’s White House office.

    The sales raise concerns that Hunter is peddling influence to President Joe Biden through anonymous sales. Rep. James Comer (R-KY) told Breitbart News he believes Chinese officials have purchased Hunter’s art.

    Hunter might have to reveal who has bought his art because child support payments are being renegotiated between Hunter and the mother of Hunter’s illegitimate child. The mother of Hunter’s biological son formally requested the Biden scion disclose his art transactions. Child support is often calculated based on the income of both parents.

  5. You’re Finished” Mike Rogers Threatens Matt Gaetz After Lunging at Him on House Floor
    By Cristina Laila
    Published January 7, 2023 at 12:20pm

    GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA) was voted in as Speaker of the 118th United States Congress early Saturday morning on the 15th vote.

    McCarthy was able to flip over a dozen GOP rebels in the 12th and 13th vote, however, there were still a few holdouts going into the final round.


    GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz voted “present” in the 14th round and all hell broke loose.

    Rep. Mike Rogers lunged at Matt Gaetz after the Florida lawmaker blocked McCarthy in the 14th round.


  6. CTH – Watch Closely – Mexico Releases Agenda for North American Leadership Summit, January 10th Mexico City

    […] Mexico has the least to gain from economics behind the climate change agenda. Conversely, if Mexico were to go rogue, they would gain the most. This dynamic puts Mexico in a more powerful position than most realize.

    During a July 2022, meeting at the White House, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez-Obrador (AMLO) appeared to indicate -for the first time- his understanding of his new position as the ‘Green New Deal’ (climate change) energy agenda was being deployed by the U.S. and Canada. AMLO read from a prepared script in the oval office during a public bilateral meeting with Joe Biden. AMLO’s remarks were quite remarkable in their independence.

    “In our country, we shall continue producing oil throughout the energy transition. With the U.S. investors, we are going to be establishing gas-liquefying plants, fertilizer plants, AMLO said, striking a chord that is not in alignment with Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau. AMLO continued, “and we’re going to accomplish this with the support of thermal electric plants and also through transmission lines to produce energy in the domestic market, as well as for exports, to neighboring states in the American union, as for instance, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.” It’s not just what he said, it’s how AMLO said it.

    […]AMLO is using the western energy transition to keep himself in a position of economic strength. In order to pull AMLO into the western climate change energy program, Biden and Trudeau will have to bribe him with major economic incentives; essentially, promises and economic outcomes to close the wealth gap.

    If Mexico goes rogue, their economy can skyrocket. However, if Mexico goes rogue, the people behind Biden will destroy AMLO (Brazil exists as a reminder to him).

    The U.S. and Canada are going to push every possible political pressure point in order to force Mexico to change energy policy. The stakes are high. It is going to be remarkable to watch what happens as this battle takes place.

    more :


    CTH – Watch Closely – U.S. Intel Begins Positioning Mexican President AMLO as Enemy of North America

    Joe Biden and Canada’s Justin Trudeau are in ideological alignment, willing to destroy the entire North American economy as they construct the new climate change energy systems for the U.S and Canada. However, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez-Obrador (AMLO) has already indicated -including direct statements to Joe Biden at the White House– that he is not willing to put the Mexican economy into collapse and try to engineer an economic future on solar panels and windmills.

    That puts Mexican President AMLO in the crosshairs of a unified climate change agenda as outlined by the World Economic Forum and western leadership under the guise of the Build Back Better agenda.

    more :


    global news – Canada seeks progress in dispute over Mexican energy policies at summit: Trudeau

    ….”Both President Biden and I are going to be… fairly clear with López Obrador that this… needs to be understood as a way to help Mexico develop,

  7. New York Judge Orders Trump to Face Lawsuit By NY Attorney General Letitia James
    By Cristina Laila
    Published January 7, 2023 at 2:20pm

    A New York Judge on Friday ordered Trump to face a lawsuit by NY Attorney General Letitia James.

    Letitia James in September announced a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his family

    AG James has been investigating whether the Trump Organization inflated values of some of its properties.

    “Today, I filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump for engaging in years of financial fraud to enrich himself, his family, and the Trump Organization.” Letitia James said on September 21.

    • Putin celebrated Orthodox Christmas alone.

      Putin was the only one standing at a midnight service at a Kremlin church. This was the first time that Putin celebrated an Orthodox Christmas in Moscow in many years. The Russian president usually attends services outside Moscow during major orthodox holidays. However, this Christmas was different as Russian troops are fighting a battle in Ukraine. Putin announced a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine for orthodox Christmas, which was rejected by Kiev.

  8. Public School Districts Begin Closing Schools After Losing Nearly 2 Million Students During The Pandemic
    By ProTrumpNews Staff
    Published January 7, 2023 at 3:20pm

    Americans are pulling their kids out of public schools.

    Between 2020 and 2021, almost 2 million students stop attending public schools

    Charter school enrollment rose during this time.

    The Hill

    Almost 2 million students stopped attending public schools between 2020 and 2021, enrollment data shows.

  9. Former Canadian Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, and his new book coming out on the 17th.

    Interesting what he has to say about Justin Trudeau and how he manages his office. In summary, Justin is a PR job, nothing more. Justin will not like this book.

    ” Morneau on Trudeau: “sorely lacking” ”

    Justin Trudeau’s “management and interpersonal communication abilities were sorely lacking,” former finance minister Bill Morneau writes in a new book. Lingering challenges were “not managed on a daily basis at the highest level.”

    The federal cabinet was “chosen not necessarily for what they brought to the business of governing but to the needs of promotion.” Morneau says the Prime Minister’s Office often told him to “give” quarrelsome colleagues “something to keep them happy,” so that “money became a means for the PMO to manage egos and relationships between cabinet ministers.”

    MORE and a MUST READ:

  10. U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy pledges to tackle immigration, ‘woke’ education policies and IRS funding
    Ashley Capoot

    Newly elected U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy took the gavel of the chamber after a bruising weeklong battle within his own party, promising to carry out a conservative, America-first agenda, tackling the immigration crisis at the Mexican border, cutting back funding at the IRS and fixing “woke indoctrination in our schools.”

    After 14 failed votes since Tuesday, the California Republican was able to overcome opposition after making extraordinary concessions to a small bloc of far-right holdouts who refused to support his speaker bid.

  11. Brazil: Arrested Chief Serere has Medical Emergency and is Forced to Issue “Hostage Letter”
    By Richard Abelson
    Published January 7, 2023 at 8:10pm

    Indigenous chief and pro-democracy protestor Pastor José Acácio Serere Xavante suffered a medical emergency Jan. 4 after being held without charges for almost a month. His wife fears he may have had a heart attack. Shortly thereafter, the firebrand Bolsonaro supporter released an odd letter apologizing for his protests and calling corrupt Communist President Lula “Brother”.

    Pastor Serere was brutally arrested by Brazil’s Stasi Federal Police Dec. 12 in front of his wife and kids (Gateway reported) for leading the pro-Bolsonaro protests in Brasilia and has been held without charges since.

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