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London man crushed to death by urinal. (Such stupid toilets would never have been necessary if the police had strictly enforced the laws on public urination.)
Pfizer does the slow roll to our oblivion:
This is good. “Dilbert” creator gets had:
Nobody won, just dead, injured, lost jobs, families divided, divorced, people who have lost everything, people who cannot collect unemployment and the children, the poor children, what a despicable man. Who will ever trust any government again?
My favorite cousin had a mild stroke within a week of her second booster. We both know one TIA leads to another…
She KNEW the vaxx won’t stop the spread or prevent hospitalization/death.
– “But it STILL protects against long covid.”
That’s a vague malady she describes as invisible monsters lurking in the closet, under the bed, fantasy heebie-jeebies.
My brilliant cousin. Lived all over the world, polished, sophisticated, fun. Regressed to this??
FORTUNE – What’s CH.1.1?
Meet ‘Orthrus,’ a new wildcard Omicron strain with a concerning Delta mutation
Omicron spawn XBB.1.5, also known as “Kraken,” now dominates the U.S. COVID variant scene, comprising an estimated 61% of cases, according to federal health data released Friday.
But there’s now a new player being tracked by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that could give Kraken a run for its money. CH.1.1, or “Orthrus,” was estimated to comprise 1.5% of U.S. cases as of Friday. Another Omicron spawn, it was named after a mythical two-headed cattle dog killed by Hercules, by Australian variant tracker Mike Honey.
Not much is known about the relatively new strain, levels of which have been rising globally since November. Like other “high flying” COVID variants, it has the potential to be more transmissible, evade immunity from vaccine and infection, and cause more severe disease.
What’s more, it features a concerning mutation seen in the deadly Delta variant that generally isn’t seen in Omicrons—one that could make it even more daunting of a foe. While CH.1.1 isn’t a “Deltacron”—a recombinant, or combination, of Delta and Omicron—it’s a prime example of convergent evolution, a process through which COVID variants evolve independently but pick up the same mutations.
It’s anyone’s best guess as to how CH.1.1 will play out in various countries throughout the world, including the U.S., Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), tells Fortune.
“I don’t think we have a real sense of what variants to be concerned about and which not to be,” he says.
Case in point: XBB.1.5, which “started out looking like it was going to be a very serious challenge, in terms of COVID” in the U.S. But after attaining dominance in the Northeast, “it just began to peter out throughout the rest of the country,” where it hasn’t risen as swiftly, he says.
“We’ve seen this before: What might appear to be a challenging variant turns out not to be a real challenge.”
The bottom line, according to Osterholm: Anyone who thinks they can tell you what the future of the pandemic looks like —and make no mistake, we’re still in a pandemic, he says—“probably has a bridge to sell you.”
Lack of crystal ball aside, here’s what we know about the variant under monitoring by the World Health Organization.
Where and when was it discovered?
CH.1.1 emerged in Southeast Asia this fall and is now responsible for more than a quarter of infections in parts of the United Kingdom and New Zealand, according to a preprint paper released last week by researchers at Ohio State University.
Its prevalence has risen sharply since November, and it now comprises about 10% of COVID samples sequenced each day around the globe, according to outbreak.info, a community repository of COVID information.
The variant is among those being monitored by the WHO, the international health organization said in a Wednesday report.
What countries has it been located in?
New Zealand is seeing the bulk of CH.1.1 cases right now, according to outbreak.info. There, it’s responsible for more than a third of sequenced cases. Other hotspots include Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea—it comprises around a quarter of cases in each country. It’s behind slightly less than a fifth of cases in Cambodia and Ireland.
Why is it so concerning?
XBB.1.5 continues to be the most transmissible COVID strain yet, according to a Jan. 19 report from variant tracker Cornelius Romer, computational biologist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, and others. But CH.1.1 is worth watching, he says. Like XBB.1.5, it’s highly transmissible, with levels doubling every two weeks or so.
CH.1.1 also binds well to ACE2 receptors, the site where COVID infects human cells, according to Ohio State researchers. That means it has the potential to override—at least partially—antibody immunity from prior infection and vaccination, as well as to cause more severe disease. It may be able to out-perform other competitive Omicron strains in these arenas due to a concerning L452R mutation seen in Delta, but generally not in Omicron.
The Ohio State researchers used a lab-created version of CH.1.1 and examined how well serum from 14 healthcare workers—who had received between two and four doses of the original vaccine, and the new Omicron booster—neutralized it. They found that the workers’ sera created 17 times fewer antibodies against CH.1.1 as they did against BA.4 and BA.5.
CH.1.1 and another new variant, CA.3.1, are more immune evasive than XBB and BQ subvariants, the researchers wrote, calling the finding “astonishing.”
How did it evolve?
CH.1.1 is a descendent of BA.2.75, a variant that was dubbed “Centaurus” this summer but eventually fizzled out.
Most dominant COVID strains right now are descendents of either BA.5, which swept the world this summer, or BA.2.75. The variant “family” is important to note, experts say, as recent exposure to BA.2.75 or BA.5—or one of their spawn—may offer some temporary protection against infection from that family.
For example: If you were recently exposed to a BA.5 variant, you may be less vulnerable to new BA.5 variants for a time, but more vulnerable to BA.2.75 variants, and vice versa. (Of note, XBB.1.5 is also a descendent of BA.2.75.)
But with COVID, there are exceptions to every rule, it seems: Japan just saw back-to-back BA.5 waves that caused deaths there to skyrocket to an all-pandemic high, Osterholm notes.
Will the new Omicron COVID booster protect me?
Protection offered by the original COVID vaccine is waning, the Ohio State researchers wrote. They recommended the new Omicron booster but noted that it will offer less protection against CH.1.1 and CA.3.1 than it will against other variants like XBB and BQ.1.1.
JAN 29 2023 DAILY MAIL – Army spied on lockdown critics: Sceptics, including our own Peter Hitchens, long suspected they were under surveillance. Now we’ve obtained official records that prove they were right all along
Military operatives were part of an operation that targeted politicians and high-profile journalists who raised doubts about the official pandemic response
A shadowy Army unit secretly spied on British citizens who criticised the Government’s Covid lockdown policies, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Military operatives in the UK’s ‘information warfare’ brigade were part of a sinister operation that targeted politicians and high-profile journalists who raised doubts about the official pandemic response.
They compiled dossiers on public figures such as ex-Minister David Davis, who questioned the modelling behind alarming death toll predictions, as well as journalists such as Peter Hitchens and Toby Young. Their dissenting views were then reported back to No 10.
Documents obtained by the civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, and shared exclusively with this newspaper, exposed the work of Government cells such as the Counter Disinformation Unit, based in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the Rapid Response Unit in the Cabinet Office.
But the most secretive is the MoD’s 77th Brigade, which deploys ‘non-lethal engagement and legitimate non-military levers as a means to adapt behaviours of adversaries’.
According to a whistleblower who worked for the brigade during the lockdowns, the unit strayed far beyond its remit of targeting foreign powers.
They said that British citizens’ social media accounts were scrutinised – a sinister activity that the Ministry of Defence, in public, repeatedly denied doing.
Papers show the outfits were tasked with countering ‘disinformation’ and ‘harmful narratives… from purported experts’, with civil servants and artificial intelligence deployed to ‘scrape’ social media for keywords such as ‘ventilators’ that would have been of interest.
The information was then used to orchestrate Government responses to criticisms of policies such as the stay-at-home order, when police were given power to issue fines and break up gatherings.
It also allowed Ministers to push social media platforms to remove posts and promote Government-approved lines.
The Army whistleblower said: ‘It is quite obvious that our activities resulted in the monitoring of the UK population… monitoring the social media posts of ordinary, scared people. These posts did not contain information that was untrue or co-ordinated – it was simply fear.’
Last night, former Cabinet Minister Mr Davis, a member of the Privy Council, said: ‘It’s outrageous that people questioning the Government’s policies were subject to covert surveillance’ – and questioned the waste of public money.
Mail on Sunday journalist Mr Hitchens was monitored after sharing an article, based on leaked NHS papers, which claimed data used to publicly justify lockdown was incomplete. An internal Rapid Response Unit email said Mr Hitchens wanted to ‘further [an] anti-lockdown agenda and influence the Commons vote’.
Writing today, Mr Hitchens questions if he was ‘shadow-banned’ over his criticisms, with his views effectively censored by being downgraded in search results.
He says: ‘The most astonishing thing about the great Covid panic was how many attacks the state managed to make on basic freedoms without anyone much even caring, let alone protesting.
Now is the time to demand a full and powerful investigation into the dark material Big Brother Watch has bravely uncovered.’
The whistleblower from 77 Brigade, which uses both regular and reserve troops, said: ‘I developed the impression the Government were more interested in protecting the success of their policies than uncovering any potential foreign interference, and I regret that I was a part of it. Frankly, the work I was doing should never have happened.’
The source also suggested that the Government was so focused on monitoring critics it may have missed genuine Chinese-led prolockdown campaigns.
Silkie Carlo, of Big Brother Watch, said: ‘This is an alarming case of mission creep, where public money and military power have been misused to monitor academics, journalists, campaigners and MPs who criticised the Government, particularly during the pandemic.
‘The fact that this political monitoring happened under the guise of ‘countering misinformation’ highlights how, without serious safeguards, the concept of ‘wrong information’ is open to abuse and has become a blank cheque the Government uses in an attempt to control narratives online.
‘Contrary to their stated aims, these Government truth units are secretive and harmful to our democracy. The Counter Disinformation Unit should be suspended immediately and subject to a full investigation.’
A Downing Street source last night said the units had scaled back their work significantly since the end of the lockdowns.
DAILY MAIL PART 2 –
This snooping was wrong, it hangs over my proud Army career like a black cloud
By Anonymous (Ex-77th brigade officer)
I was serving in the British Army in March 2020 when I was seconded to 77th Brigade, on the basis I would be helping root out foreign state misinformation on social media.
We were told what was legally allowed – such as ‘scraping’ online platforms for keywords – and what was illegal. This included repeatedly looking at a named UK individual’s account without authorisation, although some people would do that from their own accounts after their shift.
We would take screenshots of tweets from people expressing dissatisfaction with the UK Government’s action against Covid. The project leader would then gather these screenshots and send them to the Cabinet Office. Feedback from the Cabinet Office would direct us over what to look for the next day.
To skirt the legal difficulties of a military unit monitoring domestic dissent, the view was that unless a profile explicitly stated their real name and nationality they could be a foreign agent and were fair game. But it is quite obvious that our activities resulted in the monitoring of the UK population… the social media posts of ordinary, scared people. These posts did not contain information that was untrue or co-ordinated – it was simply fear.
We learned from the feedback that the Government were very keen on hearing what the public thought of their Covid response.
I entered this role believing I would be uncovering foreign information warfare. Instead, I found the banner of disinformation was a guise under which the British military was being deployed to monitor and flag our own concerned citizens. There may have actually been social media campaigns from China to promote lockdown policies but because we were directed to monitor sentiment towards the success of lockdown, we would have completely missed them. I had the impression the Government were more interested in protecting the success of their policies than uncovering foreign interference, and I regret that I was a part of it.
Recently, I looked over my medals and thought of all I have done in my career – things I am proud of, in the defence of the people of this country – except my work on ‘disinformation’ in 77, which hangs over my career like a black cloud.
It was about domestic perception, not national security. Frankly, the work I was doing should never have happened. This domestic monitoring of citizens seemed not to be driven by a desire to address the public’s concerns, but to identify levers for compliance with controversial Government policies.
I do not doubt that the activities I participated in were conceived for good reasons, but they were undemocratic, wrong, and should not be allowed to happen again.
PETER HITCHENS: How shadowy censors tried to remove my ‘unhelpful’ Covid views from YouTube
I have been annoying people for decades. It is my job as a journalist to do so. And when I look back on my career, I only regret that I did not annoy more of them. News is what powerful people want to keep out of the media. Interesting commentary strays outside the mainstream and challenges conventional wisdom. That is why it so often wears better, over time, than the standard official opinion.
We’ll have to wait and see how the Ukraine war goes, which almost everyone currently thinks is a good thing. But the near-unanimous view of the Covid crisis back in 2020 is now beginning to look a bit threadbare.
Did we really do the right thing, squandering all that money we didn’t have on making people stay at home? Now we’re deep underwater in unpayable debt, the currency is shrivelling, multitudes have given up regular work patterns and a terrifying number of businesses are in permanent trouble because their customers have melted away. And we absolutely did not save the NHS. In fact, we made it much, much worse.
I was almost alone in criticising these measures when they began. In fact, for the first few days I was totally alone – except that The Mail on Sunday, upholding the proper tradition of a free press – allowed me to dissent and gave me generous space to do so. That was absolutely proper. I was responsible for what I said. The newspaper did not have to agree with me, but it took the civilised view that open debate favours the truth, or as Milton put it in his great defence of free speech, Areopagitica: ‘Who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?’
After a few weeks, it became clear that not everyone was as enlightened as The Mail on Sunday.
Invitations from broadcasters, who had previously been friendly and reasonably generous with their time, stopped arriving, with a few heroic exceptions such as Mike Graham on Talk Radio.
Various people went on to Twitter and elsewhere to ludicrously accuse me of ‘denying’ Covid or of having caused the deaths of people by expressing doubts about the restrictions, a very nasty slander.
Despite having been vaccinated myself, I was simultaneously denounced as an ‘anti-vaxxer’ by Covid zealots, and became the object of fury from genuine anti-vaxxers who decided madly that I was a traitor even though I had never adopted their cause (one of these pursued me on to a train to shout at me, only the other day).
But the deeper effect was harder to pin down. For it was on the internet, the most vital forum of all. Here, you can never be sure.
I use Twitter a lot, but are others seeing my tweets? I have no idea, and will never know whether I was ‘shadow-banned’ – a form of censorship in which your impact is reduced but not actually obliterated, so hard to measure or spot.
But at two points it was clear beyond doubt that something very creepy was going on. I give quite a few interviews which appear later on YouTube, sometimes getting more than 100,000 viewers.
In June 2020, I gave an interview about the virus farce to two clever young men, Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster, who run a popular web broadcast called TRIGGERnometry. I said what I have been saying here – that the crashing of the economy and the stifling of personal liberty were utterly out of proportion to the danger from Covid-19. I gave evidence for my view and quoted eminent experts. I do not think I said anything that was false or abusive. But, within a couple of hours of launching the interview, Konstantin and Francis noticed a very strange thing. It was almost impossible to find, even if you knew where to look. Usually, their programme quickly garners large numbers of viewers, and it had done so on a previous occasion when I’d been interviewed by them on another matter.
I am pretty sure (but cannot prove) I was the victim of shadow-banning. Someone had fiddled with the computer algorithms, which guide the searches everyone makes on the World Wide Web. A lot of people kindly protested. And as mysteriously as it had been applied, the ban evaporated, albeit too late. The audience for the interview was irretrievably reduced. That’s not all – on January 25, 2021, YouTube posted a version of a conversation I had had with Mike Graham on Talk Radio. But 75 seconds of the original broadcast were missing.
A few weeks before, YouTube had suspended the entire Talk Radio station from its output. The ban was ended after a major public fuss. I have never really got to the bottom of what happened to my censored words, but I think I can say that someone deliberately cut them because they did not like the opinions I was expressing.
I mention these things because we now have an even more worrying connection. The report from Big Brother Watch probably only touches the surface of what Government agencies were up to during the closedown of the country. We know they were at one stage interested in what I was up to, but I suspect there was a lot more than this that we will never find.
But the key is Whitehall’s special access to the giant internet companies, which, of course, include YouTube and Twitter. These shadowy monitors clearly had hotlines to the web monsters, which allowed them to ‘flag’ things they did not like. Did someone whose salary was paid by you and me, with the special powers given to government, dislike what I said? Was someone else afraid that the popularity of TRIGGERnometry would give me and my unwelcome views a new, wider audience? I can only guess, and so can you.
But the circumstantial evidence is strong. And I believe that this is the way censorship will reappear among us, as governments grow less tolerant of opposition.
To me, the most astonishing thing about the great Covid panic was how many attacks the state managed to make on basic freedoms without anyone much even caring. This was partly because of the fear the Government had deliberately spread (as SAGE minutes reveal).
So now is the time to demand a full and powerful investigation into the dark material which Big Brother Watch has bravely uncovered – and to stand against the tendency towards censorship and suppression which flourishes like bindweed if it is not ruthlessly cut back.
We’ll have to wait and see how the Ukraine war goes, which almost everyone currently thinks is a good thing.
Martin, this is a positive sign!
Put it together and "threadbare" is massive understatement.
This came out Oct. 20, 2022:
Leaked document: How the Federal German Government is working on “Gleichschaltung of the narrative” on the Ukraine war
NachDenkSeiten has exclusively been leaked an internal document of the German Government. We were able to verify the paper and we also know the identity of the whistleblower. The document gives an illuminating insight into the extent of the horizontal and vertical structures of—there is no other way to put it—propaganda by the German state at federal level, especially as regards the official involvement of media (e.g. Der Spiegel and Stern), Western social media corporations, educational institutions and so-called “fact-checkers”.
Even primary school children are being targeted. What emerges is a concerted attempt by the Federal Government to subject information to Gleichschaltung.
UK – DID THEY SPY ON YOU?
We’ve found that lots of members of the public were included in ‘counter-disinformation’ reports held by central government, simply for criticising the government. Anyone could be affected.
Did they spy on you? Find out if any of your social media posts have been monitored by the Ministry of Truth by exercising your legal right to request your data. It’s free, and takes about two minutes.
Army SPIED on public during lockdown, whistleblower reveals
La Presse . ca – L’« idiot utile » suédois
Rasmus Paludan ? On dirait un nom de médicament. A-t-il le pouvoir de guérir ?
Ce politicien d’extrême droite dano-suédois est plutôt un poison.
C’est un expert en manifestations anti-islamiques et ses provocations outrancières sont la source de beaucoup de problèmes en Suède.
These Blundering Fools on Television that Say I Shouldn’t Stand in Front of a Church with a Bible” – President Trump on Top Generals in the Military (VIDEO)
By Joe Hoft
Published January 29, 2023 at 9:40am
In his speech in New Hampshire, President Trump discussed the generals at the top and the military.
President Trump discussed how the top generals in the military were fools but the men and women in the military overall are great.
You see these blundering fools on television that say I shouldn’t stand in front of a church with a bible.
Remember? “That was a terrible thing to do.”
I’m standing with a bible in front of a church that these terrorists tried to burn down the day before
Rep. Lauren Boebert Destroys Leftist Trying to Claim President Trump’s Children Were as Bad as Hunter Biden (VIDEO)
By Joe Hoft
Published January 29, 2023 at 9:20am
The left is sick. Far-left zealot Dan Abrams took on Lauren Boebert and tried to claim that President Trump’s children were as bad as Hunter Biden. It didn’t go well for Abrams.
Dan Abrams is behind the website Law and Crime which always takes a far-left slant on cases it reports. He also has a podcast,” Dan Abrams Live.”
Conservative Brief reported that on Friday, Abrams invited US Rep. Lauren Boebert on his show. He began by comparing President Trump’s children to Hunter Biden. It didn’t go well.
Air Force General Predicts U.S. Will Be At War With China In 2025: ‘I Hope I Am Wrong’
By Mike LaChance
Published January 29, 2023 at 12:22am
A general in the United States Air Force has predicted that by 2025, the United States will be in a war with China.
It’s disturbing to even consider this.
America’s armed forces are struggling to meet recruitment quotas, U.S. Military leaders have been wasting time pushing woke nonsense on our soldiers, and Biden is giving away our resources to Ukraine, not to mention the equipment he left behind in Afghanistan.
Interesting number of comments: “404”.
That’s how Russophones or (pro-Russian commentators) refer to the Ukraine. “404 Error: file can’t be found.”
President Trump Says We Need a Leader to Stand Up to the RINOs – Lindsey Graham Laughs in the Background (VIDEO)
By Joe Hoft
Published January 29, 2023 at 10:20am
President Trump gave a moving speech in South Carolina on Saturday as he announced his leadership team in the state. When he pointed out RINOs, US Senator Lindsey Graham laughed.
President Trump introduced his leadership team in South Carolina yesterday and according to many, it was a great speech.
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During President Trump’s speech, Lindsey Graham was standing behind him. When the President said that the country needs a leader who will stand up to the RINOs, globalists and China, Lindsey Graham laughed.
CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Ray Epps Led Break-In of First Set of US Capitol Barriers – Now We Have Video He Led Break-In of Second Set of Barriers on Jan. 6
By Jim Hoft
Published January 29, 2023 at 10:40am
Ray Epps was involved in the first breach of barriers at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Ryan Samsel attended the January 6, 2021, protests in Washington DC.
Samsel pushed the flimsy bike racks and stormed the US Capitol after Ray Epps was filmed whispering in his ear. According to court documents, Samsel allegedly injured a female police officer.
But you can see from the video that Ray Epps was involved in this first breach of bike rack barriers after Ray Epps whispered in his ear. You can also see that Ryan actually helped the female police officer that day.
Suspected Israeli Drone Attack Rocks Iranian Military Site
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BY TYLER DURDEN
SUNDAY, JAN 29, 2023 – 10:00 AM
Iran’s military is on high alert after it says an inbound drone attack was foiled on the country’s central city of Isfahan late Saturday night. The target was reportedly a military factory there, and immediate suspicion has fallen on Israel as being behind the operation.
The ministry said at least three drones were involved, with one being intercepted by anti-air systems; however, the extent of damage is unconfirmed, and no casualties were reported. But widely circulating social media footage suggests large, powerful explosions in more than one location in the country, and one instance of an oil refinery on fire.
Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, slammed the “cowardly” incident as part of broader efforts to destabilize the country and emphasized it would not change Iran’s “determination and intention regarding the peaceful nuclear progress”.
The military called the attempted attack unsuccessful: “One of [the drones] was hit by the … air defense and the other two were caught in defense traps and blew up,” as quoted in state-run IRNA. “Fortunately, this unsuccessful attack did not cause any loss of life and caused minor damage to the workshop’s roof,” it added.
Purported footage of a drone strike on an Isfahan military plant:
US Monitoring Iranian Bid To Establish ‘Military Presence’ in Panama Canal
The State Department said on Tuesday that it is monitoring “Iran’s attempts to have a military presence in the Western Hemisphere,” putting the Biden administration in an increasingly difficult position as it balances anti-regime protests, Iranian military escalation, and collapsing diplomacy over a revamped nuclear deal.
A State Department spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon that it is tracking a recent announcement by the commander of Iran’s navy indicating that warships will establish a presence in the Panama Canal as soon as next month. Already, two Iranian warships—including one equipped with “anti-ship cruise missiles, torpedoes, and naval cannons”—were granted permission to dock in Brazil earlier this week, according to documents published by the Brazilian Navy.
Biden Envoy Met Secretly with Iranians Amid Tehran’s Violent Crackdown on Protests
“Since Malley’s objective remains securing some form of nuclear agreement with Iran that includes the United States lifting sanctions on Tehran, secret meetings between Malley and the regime in Tehran raise serious concerns about the Biden administration’s commitment to the Iranian protest movement and Ukraine’s defense from the Russian-Iranian war machine.
“The administration should answer basic questions on the timing, content, and third-party coordination of these meetings: Who authorized these meetings, what was discussed, and who has been briefed outside of the U.S. government?” — Richard Goldberg, FDD Senior Advisor Reported Meetings Would Embolden Tehran Regime
Obama Border Chief Says Immigration Crisis ‘Much Bigger’ Now As 77 Democratic Lawmakers Slam Biden
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BY TYLER DURDEN
SUNDAY, JAN 29, 2023 – 08:55 AM
Former Obama secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, admitted last week that the immigration crisis is ‘much bigger’ than it was when he was running things.
Well, the job, first of all, is different than it was when I was in office seven, eight years ago,” Johnson told David Lat on the Original Jurisdiction podcast. “The current secretary was my deputy secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas. The job is different. The immigration problem is much bigger than it was.”
When asked if he had any advice for Mayorkas – who is facing calls for impeachment over the Biden administration’s mishandling (stoking of) the border crisis, Johnson said he just needs to stick to the script.
Op-Ed: Do Illegal Aliens Have a Constitutional Right to ‘Family Integrity’? Judges to Decide Soon
Activist lawyers are mounting a major assault on American sovereignty in a surprisingly underreported court case due to be decided soon.
M.S.E. et al. v. United States involves four pairs of illegal alien parents and their children, all apparently still in the country, who are seeking money damages from the U.S. government for having their supposed constitutional right to “family integrity” violated when they were caught sneaking across the border and separated from each other in 2018.
Represented pro bono by legal giant Hogan Lovells, among others, the case follows continued efforts over the years from the left to grant illegal aliens the kind of rights enjoyed by citizens
euroaktiv – The dissolution of the Russian Federation is a far less dangerous than leaving it ruled by criminals
The invasion of Ukraine is a direct continuation of Russia’s imperial and colonial policies; policies that never disappeared. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has been coupled with a propaganda campaign denying the very existence of a Ukrainian nation, genocide being actively committed against Ukrainians, all completed with the colonisation of occupied territories by ethnic Russians. This is what is happening in Mariupol, Donbas or Bakhchysarai. Russia’s policy in these instances has been copy-pasted from Krasnaya Polyana or Kamchatka in the 19th Century, writes Anna Fotyga, ECR MEP and former foreign minister of Poland.
Anna Fotyga is a Polish Member of the European Parliament and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
Whether it was Tsarist, Soviet or led by Putin, Russia has not changed over the centuries. It is driven by the same imperial instincts, repeating the same scheme: conquest, genocide, colonisation, and then seeking a silent acceptance of the status quo, bribing the international community through a mirage of economic cooperation or the illusion of a vast Russian market. We cannot be misled into thinking that Moscow is a part of the solution to any global problems. We should remember that even when Russia was falsely seen as a stabilising force in Europe, it was at the expense of nations of my region, with my country being partitioned and occupied by Russia. Even then, Moscow planned to further “go West”, to export its “stabilisation” in the 19th century or its revolution in the 20th. Moscow has no shame in openly repeating this imperialist scheme in Ukraine in the 21st century. This is why Moscow’s imperialism must end forever.
We should be aware that Putin and his gang of war criminals are not the cause, but the consequence of the problem, the root of which is the authoritarian and imperial essence of Moscow and the phobias of the Okhrana, KGB or FSB, which captured the Russian state long ago. Russian imperialism has very deep roots. However, today we find ourselves not in the 16th century of Ivan the Terrible or the 18th of Catherine II, but in the 21st century of international law, common organisations and shared values. The European Parliament and many other parliaments around the globe have labelled the Russian Federation a terrorist state. Such an acknowledgment has certain consequences. This terrorist organisation, even if it is seen by many as an empire, should be dismantled. Otherwise, we should have no doubts that in a blind desire to maintain ‘the empire’, other criminals in its leadership will continue to create constant threats, destabilisation, hybrid attacks and wars for its neighbours and other countries, and enslave and oppress its own citizens. Therefore, as it was the case of the German Third Reich, as an existential threat to humanity and international order, the Russian Federation should undergo drastic changes. It is naive to think that the Russian Federation, after being ultimately defeated, will remain within the same constitutional and territorial frames. It never happened in history that such centralised empires, subjugating so many nations, remained unchanged after being defeated in a crucial war. Therefore, the international community cannot take a comfortable position on the side lines, waiting for developments, but must undertake a brave initiative that supports re-federalisation of the Russian state, taking into account the history of Russian imperialism, and the respect for the rights and desires of its nations. The victims of Russian imperialism should be able to rebuild their own statehoods, exercise their right to celebrate their heritage, and determine their own future.
Unfortunately, we cannot draw any positive conclusions from anti-war demonstrations organised by Russian society in the country or outside, because there are no such protests. However, we should learn a lesson from mass protests against subjugations to Moscow in the regions of the Federation, such as those in Ingushetia or in the Far-Eastern city of Khabarovsk.
There are no such things as Russian gas, oil, aluminium, coal, uranium, diamonds, grain, forests, gold, etc. All such resources are Tatar, Bashkir, Siberian, Karelian, Oirat, Circassian, Buryat, Sakha, Ural, Kuban, Nogai, etc. For most of the inhabitants of the regions — be they ethnic Russians or indigenous people — Moscow represents only war, repression, exploitation and hopelessness. Harassment and discrimination against ethnic minorities in Russia is commonplace. Hyper-centralisation has exposed the country’s multiple weaknesses, but foremost, subjugated theoretically autonomous regions and republics to the will of the Kremlin. Moreover, with its odious war of aggression, Moscow is sending ethnic minorities to the meat grinder, implementing a real ethnic policy by further harming both the Ukrainian and already conquered nations of the Far East.
Taking into account the national and ethnic map of the territories of the Russian Federation, we should discuss the prospects for the creation of free and independent states in the post-Russian space, as well as the prospects for their stability and prosperity. The international community has the obligation to support the rights of indigenous nations that, due to Russian conquest and colonisation, now exist also within the borders of the Russian Federation. We cannot only focus on the preservation of some indigenous people and not others. The same rights must belong to Khakas, Tuvans, Sakha or Evenks. We cannot neglect the fact that ethnic Russians, while being the biggest nation of the Russian Federation, are just one of many. We should put more focus on the regions and nations of the Russian Federation, their capacities, and their perspectives for sovereignty. We should get to know their leaders, their histories, and their strengths. We should be aware that the Russian Empire denied the very existence of a culture of subdued nations, often stealing their heritage. The Western term ‘cultural appropriation’, has many examples in Russia, be it Mikhail Lermontov stealing the legends of conquered Circassians, or Russians trying to separate ethnic Ukrainian Nikolay Gogol from his Ukrainian national identity.
We should be aware that the dissolution of the Russian Federation might bring certain difficulties and risks, as with any transition period. However, those risks will be far less dangerous than leaving this aggressive empire unchanged. After a period of sleep, it will return with further aggressions as it has done throughout centuries. There are many possible solutions and strategies for a controlled, constructive, and non-violent dismantling of the last colonial empire in Europe. The rupture of the Russian Federation will bring unquestionable benefits in the security, including energy security, and in the economy of Europe and Central Asia. I agree with Janusz Bugajski that new pro-Western states can emerge from within the Russian Federation, enhancing stability in several regions of Europe and Eurasia.
The dismantling of the last colonial empire in Europe is inevitable. Therefore, it must be controlled and constructive, solving the problem of the imperial policies of “United Russia”. Dissolution of the Soviet Union was a catastrophe for Putin and his KGB colleagues. For the Baltics, Ukrainians and Georgians, but also for Kazakh or Kyrgis, it was blessing. I am convinced it will be also the case of the Russian Federation, bringing freedom to Ichkerians, Circassians, Buriats, Chuckots and many others.
That is why, together with my colleague Kosma Zlotowski, we are glad to host numerous experts, historians, journalists, politicians from both sides of Atlantic, and leaders and representatives of more than 20 nations of the Russian Federation, who will gather in Brussels in the European Parliament to discuss prospects for the decolonisation and deimperialisation of the Russian Federation. Join us for this important discussion, you can find more information on the website of the ECR Group.
NATO is ready for war with Russia & militarized economies – Head of NATO Military Committee
This Time It’s Different
Until it decided to confront Moscow with an existential military threat in Ukraine, Washington confined the use of American military power to conflicts that Americans could afford to lose, wars with weak opponents in the developing world from Saigon to Baghdad that did not present an existential threat to U.S. forces or American territory. This time—a proxy war with Russia—is different.
Contrary to early Beltway hopes and expectations, Russia neither collapsed internally nor capitulated to the collective West’s demands for regime change in Moscow.
Washington underestimated Russia’s societal cohesion, its latent military potential, and its relative immunity to Western economic sanctions.
As a result, Washington’s proxy war against Russia is failing. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was unusually candid about the situation in Ukraine when he told the allies in Germany at Ramstein Air Base on January 20, “We have a window of opportunity here, between now and the spring,” admitting, “That’s not a long time.”
Alexei Arestovich, President Zelensky’s recently fired advisor and unofficial “Spinmeister,” was more direct. He expressed his own doubts that Ukraine can win its war with Russia and he now questions whether Ukraine will even survive the war. Ukrainian losses—at least 150,000 dead including 35,000 missing in action and presumed dead—have fatally weakened Ukrainian forces resulting in a fragile Ukrainian defensive posture that will likely shatter under the crushing weight of attacking Russian forces in the next few weeks.
Ukraine’s materiel losses are equally severe. These include thousands of tanks and armored infantry fighting vehicles, artillery systems, air defense platforms, and weapons of all calibers. These totals include the equivalent of seven years of Javelin missile production. In a setting where Russian artillery systems can fire nearly 60,000 rounds of all types—rockets, missiles, drones, and hard-shell ammunition—a day, Ukrainian forces are hard-pressed to answer these Russian salvos with 6,000 rounds daily. New platform and ammunition packages for Ukraine may enrich the Washington community, but they cannot change these conditions.
Predictably, Washington’s frustration with the collective West’s failure to stem the tide of Ukrainian defeat is growing. In fact, the frustration is rapidly giving way to desperation.
Michael Rubin, a former Bush appointee and avid supporter of America’s permanent conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan, vented his frustration in a 1945 article asserting that, “if the world allows Russia to remain a unitary state, and if it allows Putinism to survive Putin, then, Ukraine should be allowed to maintain its own nuclear deterrence, whether it joins NATO or not.” On its face, the suggestion is reckless, but the statement does accurately reflect the anxiety in Washington circles that Ukrainian defeat is inevitable.
NATO’s members were never strongly united behind Washington’s crusade to fatally weaken Russia. The governments of Hungary and Croatia are simply acknowledging the wider European public’s opposition to war with Russia and lack of support for Washington’s desire to postpone Ukraine’s foreseeable defeat.
Though sympathetic to the Ukrainian people, Berlin did not support all-out war with Russia on Ukraine’s behalf. Now, Germans are also uneasy with the catastrophic condition of the German armed forces.
Retired German Air Force General (four-star equivalent) Harald Kujat, former chairman of the NATO Military Committee, severely criticized Berlin for allowing Washington to railroad Germany into conflict with Russia, noting that several decades of German political leaders actively disarmed Germany and thus deprived Berlin of authority or credibility in Europe. Though actively suppressed by the German government and media, his comments are resonating strongly with the German electorate.
The blunt fact is that in its efforts to secure victory in its proxy war with Russia, Washington ignores historical reality. From the 13th century onward, Ukraine was a region dominated by larger, more powerful national powers, whether Lithuanian, Polish, Swedish, Austrian, or Russian.
In the aftermath of the First World War, abortive Polish designs for an independent Ukrainian State were conceived to weaken Bolshevik Russia. Today, Russia is not communist, nor does Moscow seek the destruction of the Polish State as Trotsky, Lenin, Stalin, and their followers did in 1920.
So where is Washington headed with its proxy war against Russia? The question deserves an answer.
On Sunday December 7, 1941, U.S. Ambassador Averell Harriman was with Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill having dinner at Churchill’s home when the BBC broadcast the news that the Japanese had attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. Harriman was visibly shocked. He simply repeated the words, “The Japanese have raided Pearl Harbor.”
Harriman need not have been surprised. The Roosevelt administration had practically done everything in its power to goad Tokyo into attacking U.S. forces in the Pacific with a series of hostile policy decisions culminating in Washington’s oil embargo during the summer of 1941.
In the Second World War, Washington was lucky with timing and allies. This time it’s different. Washington and its NATO allies are advocating a full-blown war against Russia, the devastation and breakup of the Russian Federation, as well as the destruction of millions of lives in Russia and Ukraine.
Washington emotes. Washington does not think, and it is also overtly hostile to empiricism and truth. Neither we nor our allies are prepared to fight all-out war with Russia, regionally or globally. The point is, if war breaks out between Russia and the United States, Americans should not be surprised. The Biden administration and its bipartisan supporters in Washington are doing all they possibly can to make it happen.
Trump says world is on the “brink of WWIII” with Russia’s war in Ukraine
Russophobia comes naturally to the British and Continentals. Aped by imperial wannabes from America steeped in Rhodes scholar mythos. Synthetic auld lang syne, gobbled up by illegitimate, deracinated historical losers.
It’s the go-to other of Europe. Here it’s unnatural, except among a class of elites that have always infested the State Dept and hidey-holes of academe. Lazy easy.
That’s how we got FDR who baited the Japanese into bombing Pearl Harbor. And the Arabist diddlers who knew nothing about clans, couldn’t read maps, yet got to carve up the Mideast into ersatz states.
And I think CHY-na is leading them all by the nose. China is not Russia’s friend. Pushing them together is madness. Only an archenemy would do this.
CBC – Ukraine’s defence minister appreciates Canada’s contributions
… and says he is optimistic fighter jets from allies will be next on his wish list for Kiev.
CNN – Hear what experts think about a compromise to end Putin’s war in Ukraine
B REITBART – Klain: Biden Has ‘Managed the Largest Land War in Europe Since Truman’ as Part of Record of Accomplishments
On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” outgoing White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain stated that President Joe Biden has had “a record of impressive achievement and accomplishment,” including the fact that he “managed the largest land war in Europe since Truman” and passed “the largest climate change bill” in America’s history.
Klain stated, “I’m very proud of what the President’s been able to get done here. He’s passed the most significant economic plan since FDR, managed the largest land war in Europe since Truman, passed the second largest healthcare bill since LBJ, got more judges confirmed in his first year than any President since JFK, passed the largest climate change bill in history, and managed to pass the most significant gun control legislation since President Clinton. That’s a historic record. He did it all while tackling a public health crisis worse than any President since Woodrow Wilson has faced and with the narrowest legislative majority in the Congress of any Democratic President in 100 years. So, I think it’s a record for the ages. I think it’s a record of impressive achievement and accomplishment, and I think it’s been done under some very difficult circumstances.”
CNBC – Former Covid chief Jeff Zients to replace Ron Klain as White House chief of staff, Biden confirms
Jeff Zients, former White House Covid-19 response coordinator under Biden and former Obama era economic advisor, will replace Ron Klain as White House chief of staff.
Zients helped turn around healthcare.gov after it’s hectic rollout and served as Obama’s head of the National Economic Council.
He’s worked at Bain & Co. consulting and later Mercer Management Consulting and served as CEO of health care consulting firm the Advisory Board Company.
Jeff Zients, former White House Covid-19 response coordinator under Biden and an economic advisor to former President Barack Obama, will replace Ron Klain as White House chief of staff, President Joe Biden confirmed in a statement Friday.
“When I ran for office, I promised to make government work for the American people. That’s what Jeff does. A big task ahead is now implementing the laws we’ve gotten passed efficiently and fairly,” Biden said.
Zients is a longtime ally of both Biden and Klain and has a reputation of getting things done. Biden first worked with Zients when he was acting director of the Office of Management and Budget under Obama and helped implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He later helped turn around healthcare.gov after it’s hectic rollout and served as Obama’s head of the National Economic Council.
His work turning around the Obamacare website gave him the nickname “Mr. Fix-It.”
Zients helped with Biden’s transition team and then moved on to oversee the White House’s coronavirus response. He left the job in April of last year. In recent weeks he has returned to the White House to help coordinate staff turnover after the midterms, where he has worked closely with Klain.
“It is important to fill Ron’s shoes with someone who understands what it means to lead a team, and who is as focused on getting things done,” Biden said. “I’ve seen Jeff Zients tackle some of the toughest issues in government.”
The White House will hold an official transition event next week to welcome Zients and thank Klain, Biden said in his statement. Jared Bernstein, a member of Biden’s White House Council of Economic Advisers who served as Biden’s chief economist and economic advisor during the Obama administration, expressed support for Zients in a tweet.
“Really excited about working with Jeff Zients to implement the @POTUS agenda for bottom-up, middle-out, sustainable growth,” Bernstein wrote. “After @WHCOS himself, can’t think of anyone more ready to hit the ground running on this essential work.”
Zients has had extensive experience outside of government in the business sector. He worked at Bain & Co. consulting and later Mercer Management Consulting. Zients worked as CEO of health care consulting firm the Advisory Board Company, which is now part of UnitedHealth.
In Washington, Zients is also known as the co-founder of the wildly popular Call Your Mother bagel shop and “Jew-ish” deli.
DEC 2021 – Jeff Zeints delivers strong warning to those who are unvaccinated
…. warned unvaccinated Americans that they’re “looking at a winter of severe illness and death.”
Biden Taps Corporate FRAUDSTER As Next Chief Of Staff
JULY 2021 – ‘We need to continue to vaccinate everyone, particularly young people’: Jeff Zients
Dead Foreign Mercenaries
On Vatutina Street, in the southeastern part of Bakhmut, soldiers of the “Wagner PMC” are working in the area of the Trubny Headquarters.
“Wagnerites” found dead foreign mercenaries of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In an attempt to hide the number and nationality of those killed, Ukrainian militants cut off the mercenaries’ hands and heads.
The mercenaries came from Israel and Poland.
Wagner Chief Yevgeny Prigozhin commented on the information about the corpses of foreign mercenaries:
“Today in Bakhmut, units of the Wagner PMC found bodies with severed heads and hands as well as telephones and other information that these bodies belonged to the foreign mercenaries. Due to the dense fighting, the enemy was unable to pull out these bodies and thus tried to hide the identities of these corpses. However, the electronic devices were found along with the bodies.
“All the bodies and other evidence will soon be handed over to the investigating authorities for further decisions.”
@orchestra_w Pix: Bodies with severed head and hands
The Battle for Ukraine’s Titanium
Western support for Ukraine over the past year has tied the U.S. and its European Union-NATO allies inextricably to Kyiv’s fate. President Vladimir Putin’s second invasion of the country appears to have backfired, driving Ukraine deeper into the arms of the Euro-Atlantic community and cementing Kyiv’s ambition for membership of the EU and NATO.
Now, there is a nascent effort underway in the U.S. and allied nations to identify, develop, and utilize Ukraine’s vast resources of a key metal crucial for the development of the West’s most advanced military technology which will form the backbone of future deterrence against Russia and China.
Titanium is a lightweight yet strong metal used extensively in advanced military applications like fighter jets, helicopters, naval ships, tanks, long-range missiles, and many others.
If Ukraine wins, the U.S. and its allies will be in pole position to cultivate a new conduit of titanium. But if Russia manages to seize the country’s deposits and plants, Moscow will boost its global influence over increasingly strategic resource.
A Vital Commodity
The Interior Department has classified titanium as one of the 35 mineral commodities vital to U.S. economic and national security. But the U.S. still imports more than 90 percent of its iron ore, and not all from friendly nations.
The U.S. no longer holds titanium sponge in its National Defense Stockpile, and the last domestic producer of titanium sponge closed down in 2020.
Ukraine is one of only seven nations producing titanium sponge, the basis for titanium metal. China and Russia—America’s most prominent strategic rivals—are among this select group.
China produced more than 231,000 tons of titanium sponge last year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, making up 57 percent of global output. Next came Japan with 17 percent, and Russia with 13 percent. Kazakhstan produced almost 18,000 tons and Ukraine more than 4,000 tons…
Most of the fighting has centered on eastern and southern Ukraine, home to trillions of dollars of mineral wealth. Russian forces seized at least two titanium ore sites in the opening months of the invasion.
Even before February’s attack. Moscow looked to secure vital titanium resources through its corrupt web of oligarchs, officials, and intelligence assets in Ukraine…
Fighting back against the thuggish ‘ESG’ woke agenda
There’s no such thing as blue money or red money. Only the green stuff will pay bills.
On Friday, North Carolina Treasurer Dale Folwell became the latest of officials from nearly half the states across the country — including Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, Arizona and West Virginia — to protest Wall Street’s blue investment strategy, called ESG.
What is ESG? E stands for environment, S for social justice and G for corporate governance. ESG funds invest in companies that oppose fossil fuels, push for unionization and stress racial and gender equity over merit in hiring and board selection.
That’s a partial definition because at least a dozen rating firms tag companies with an ESG score, often based on subjective and somewhat secret criteria, even including a company’s stance on abortion rights.
State officials are pulling billions of dollars out of Wall Street asset managers like BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard, citing ESG’s lousy returns and strong-arming of corporations that don’t bow to the left-wing agenda.
Pay attention to these officials’ warnings, because ESG is also hurting small investors. In fact, even if you don’t invest at all but you pay taxes, ESG puts you at risk. You’ll be on the hook when states invested in ESG funds incur losses and have to come to taxpayers for more money. New York City taxpayers, beware.
Folwell calls ESG “wacktivism,” warning that “a focus on ESG is not a focus on returns.”
NAACP Considering Lawsuit Over Florida’s Ban of African American Studies Class That Contained CRT and Section On ‘Queer Theory’
By Cassandra MacDonald
Published January 29, 2023 at 7:00pm
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is considering filing a lawsuit over Florida banning a high school AP African American Studies class that contained sections on Critical Race Theory and Queer Theory.
The course was banned after a review found that it violated the state law prohibiting CRT from being taught in K-12 classrooms.
According to local news station WESH, the NAACP held a press conference about the ban on Saturday morning.
Our intent is to litigate vigorously on the grounds of equal protection,” Roger Jackson of the NAACP said in the opening message.
Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump has already threatened the state with a lawsuit.
Downhill, Disaster, Hard Times” – Under Joe Biden, 71% of Americans Say Country is on the Wrong Track: NBC Poll
By Cristina Laila
Published January 29, 2023 at 5:41pm
71% of Americans say the country is on the wrong track, according to a new NBC poll.
“Asked to describe where America is headed in the next year, more than two-thirds use negative words and phrases: ‘downhill,’ ‘wrong track,’ ‘disaster,’ ‘hard times,’ and ‘uncertainty’” NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd said on Sunday.
Good Sunday morning —
Americans are losing confidence in their institutions — including the police — and their political leaders. The latest NBC News polls paints a picture of a deeply pessimistic country.
More than 70% of Americans say the nation is on the “wrong track.”
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100,000 chickens dead in fire
Multiple fire departments responded to a massive fire at Hillendale Farms in Connecticut.
Hillendale is one of the largest suppliers of chicken eggs where an estimated 100,000 hens have died.
TGP Exclusive: Service Member Karolina Stancik Speaks Out About Her Horrific Injuries, Heart Attacks, Stroke from COVID Vaccine – PLEASE DONATE BELOW
By Margaret Flavin
Published January 29, 2023 at 9:00am
Karolina Stancik joined The Gateway Pundit’s Twitter Space on January 25th to discuss the military vaccine mandates and share the heartbreaking story of the vaccine injury that resulted from the mandate
Karolina is a 23-year-old athlete, patriot, and Christian who joined the military because of her desire to serve her country and to help others.
Her GiveSendGo shares, “In order to serve, she took the COVID-19 vaccine, but tragically, her life has been permanently altered because of it. After two doses of the Moderna vaccine, Karolina has had two heart attacks and a mini-stroke, and she suffers from multiple other ailments and complications because of the vaccine.”
Jews who give money to Harvard are dumb
JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin speaks with entrepreneur and philanthropist Bernie Marcus, the founder of the Home Depot chain of stores, to his new book, Kick Up Some Dust: Lessons on Thinking Big, Giving Back, and Doing It Yourself. Marcus believes that Americans need to rediscover capitalism and hard work and reject woke socialist myths.
He’s just as angry about what he considers self-destructive behavior on the part of American Jews, who continue to support institutions and universities that promote woke antisemitism.
“Jews are not the brightest people in the world…”
Jews, he said, need to wake up and begin to defend their interests just as Americans need to reject the left’s toxic ideas.
Assimilated Jews may think the antisemites won’t come for them, but in the end they will be targeted just as much as are the Orthodox Jews, who are more easily identified, he warns.