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Psaki rejects talk of federal vaccine deadline extension

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© Reuters/Brian Snyder
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has dismissed reports that the Biden administration has recommended federal agencies avoid firing employees not compliant with Covid vaccine mandate until after the holidays.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget released the memo in question, according to ABC News, which obtained the communication. In it, they recommend agencies hold off on punishing employees until after the holidays, leaving them employment that lasts through Christmas and New Year, before they have to greet 2022 with a job search, according to ABC.

Asked during a press briefing on Monday about a possible extension on the vaccination deadline for federal workers - which was earlier this month - Psaki denied any such move. She said any suggestion that the deadlines are being extended is "inaccurate." However, Psaki did acknowledge there was always a plan for "counseling" as an initial approach to noncompliant employees.

Comment: More lawsuits, please!


Target

Biden reveals what new normal will be

Biden Fauci
© Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
US President Joe Biden • Dr. Anthony Fauci
White House • November 29, 2021
There won't be a new lockdown if everyone gets vaccinated and takes booster shots, and masks up indoors, US President Joe Biden said in response to questions about his plans to deal with the Omicron strain of Covid-19.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, Biden said
"the best protection against this variant or any of the variants out there, ones we've been dealing with already, is getting fully vaccinated and getting a booster shot."
Asked about the possibility of a lockdown, the US president said "there's no need" for one, but cautioned that his administration is still reviewing the data about the latest variant of concern. He said there won't be a new lockdown, but a push for "more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing, and more!" A detailed strategy will be announced on Thursday.

Comment: They make it up as they go...carrot and 'stick'.


Attention

Death threats and peak Davos

Davos Snipers
© Armstrong Economics
Reliable sources have confirmed that Klaus Schwab and even attendees have been getting such threats of violence and death that he has postponed Davos in January for the first time, claiming it is due to the pandemic, which is not true. Schwab is, at last, starting to realize that there is a price to his academic theories. There has been an avalanche in Switzerland but it is death threats rather than snow. This sweeping wave of anger is erupting worldwide, and there is no way that security measures can be enacted to protect world leaders. Even the Swiss news outlet Südostschweiz has also reported about the violent threats. Both employees, as well as attendees, have also been targeted personally.

Schwab is going to discover that there is a huge price to pay for his bizarre ideas that you can destroy the world economy in 2 to 3 years and build it all back better, GREEN, in the blink of an eye. Just looking at the USA, there are approximately 350 million people in the USA, and interestingly, according to the 2016 census, there are 3.14 (pi!) persons per family, on average. Consequently, that implies that the number of homes in the United States at most would be 100 million (give or take).

According to the 2010 census, we find about 80% of the population lives in cities rather than the suburbs. We are probably looking at about 50% of that 80% living in apartments/condominiums, which would suggest that up to 40% of Americans live in multi-family type housing. If we then take the remainder of 60%, that would seem to be about the round maximum living in single-family structures. If we take the pi number for a family, that implies that there are about 70 million single-family homes. If we look at Statista, then record the number of owner-occupied housing units in the United States by the 2nd quarter 2021 has reached 82.51 million.

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What Is The Relationship Between The Political Left And Globalism?

WEF Social Justice
No one educated and sane likes the political left. This is not a shocking revelation. As I have been outlining for many years (but specifically in the past few years), leftists are the ONLY people in the country that consistently support draconian government policies and oppressive corporate monopoly.

They are the only people that support mass censorship of opposing viewpoints through Big Tech and social media. They are the only people demanding the deplatforming and "canceling" of public personalities that dare to utter any views that are contrary to the leftist narrative. They are the only group that has a vast majority in support of the authoritarian covid lockdowns and mandates. They are the only people that aggressively call for forced vaccinations of the populace. They are the only people demanding that the unvaxxed be removed from their jobs or face potential criminal charges. They are the only people that push for the indoctrination of school children with Critical Race Theory (which is essentially racism repackaged as academic activism). And, they are also the only people that are hyper-obsessive about propagating sexual politics in public schools.

These folks are exceedingly unlikable. One would think that they would remain on the very fringes of society where they can do little harm, but this has not been the case. Why? Well, it's not because they are the majority, at least not in any traditional way. They are actually a minority on most issues with a few exceptions. However, they are highly organized, single minded (some would say hive-minded), and, they have the full support of our national power structures.


Light Saber

Russia & China to team up against 'illegitimate' US sanctions

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© Reuters
The relationship between Russia and China is improving, and teaming up is the best response to unfriendly actions and unilateral sanctions by other countries, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a videoconference with his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang, Mishustin called for Moscow and Beijing to "join forces" on the principles of "equality, mutual trust and respect."

"Russian-Chinese cooperation is developing in a difficult external environment," Mishustin said. "Unfortunately, some foreign partners continue to take unfriendly actions against us and use techniques of unfair competition, often violating the basic norms of the multilateral trading system."

Comment: With so many countries suffering under US sanctions, it was only a matter of time before they decided to simply bypass the US altogether, with the ultimate result being that the US loses out directly, by blocking potentially profitable deals for itself, as well as indirectly by crippling the economies of its supposed partners who are also locked out of mutually beneficial deals:


Bad Guys

Lavrov says NATO military equipment being moved to Russian border

NATO
© REUTERS / Ints Kalnins
Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that the country has been detecting over 50 new NATO reconnaissance aircraft and drones near its borders every week.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that NATO is amassing a significant amount of military equipment on Russia's border.

Speaking at the press conference with his Brazilian counterpart, Lavrov also noted that Moscow cannot rule out the possibility of Kiev undertaking some kind of "military venture," which would pose a threat to Russia.

Comment: For further insight on the situation, see:


Russian Flag

Kremlin lays out who it believes is behind 'hysteria' around possible Ukraine invasion

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© Sputnik / Konstantin Mihalchevskiy
Russian servicemen take part in an amphibious assault exercise along the coast held by army corps and naval infantry units of the Russian Black Sea Fleet at the Opuk training ground near Kerch, Crimea, Russia.
Suggestions that Russia is planning an attack on Ukraine are completely groundless, and the entire scenario is being whipped up by media outlets, with the backing of top political leaders in Kiev, the Kremlin claimed on Sunday.

Speaking to the press, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed the accusation as simply "wrong."

"This hysteria, which is being stirred up now in the Anglo-Saxon media, in the Ukrainian media, and is supported by Ukrainian politicians led by the head of state [President Volodymyr Zelensky], is absolutely unacceptable," Peskov said.

Comment:


NPC

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's resignation leaves behind content controversy, sagging stock

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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey said Monday he'd step down as CEO after a series of missteps — including the censoring of a bombshell story on Hunter Biden — and a share price that stubbornly lagged behind peers.

The long-bearded and nose-ringed Dorsey, who had been under pressure from hard-charging billionaire Paul Singer's hedge fund Elliott Management after doing double duty as CEO of Twitter and payments giant Square, said a hand-picked successor, Parag Agrawal, would succeed him.

Agrawal, who started at Twitter in 2011 as a software engineer and has served since 2017 as the company's chief technology officer, could more forcefully push the company toward arenas beyond its 280-character social posts. He has led Twitter's artificial intelligence and machine-learning efforts.

Cult

Bait-and-switch: India now to impose lockdowns over air pollution

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© Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
India Gate in New Delhi, India, amid smog seen on November 15, 2021.
Pollution levels in New Delhi, considered the world's most contaminated capital city, have gone off the charts in recent weeks.

Authorities in India plan to enforce a new lockdown to combat air pollution in New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital city.

Pollution levels in some parts of city have registered off the charts several times over the past fortnight. On Tuesday, the air quality index scored 437 out of a maximum 500 points.

Indian cities have long struggled with pollution, but levels spike each winter as fumes from farmers burning their crops mix with pollution from cars and industrial plants, the Associated Press reported.

Comment: Alternative journalists such as James Corbett and Catherine Austin Fitts have been warning for some time that this move was coming. Even the NY Post had an article about it not too long ago:
As a recent Nature journal piece notes, COVID-19 lockdowns have prepared people for "personal carbon allowances." Restrictions on individual freedoms "that were unthinkable only one year before" have us "more prepared to accept the tracking and limitations" to "achieve a safer climate," the piece notes.

And many self-professed defenders of our "democracy" have been clamoring for the Department of Health and Human Services to take unilateral action and treat climate as a "public health issue" or to declare a "climate emergency." The White House has given the issue a required identity-based twist, noting that global warming's risks "disproportionately affect poor and minority communities." (Which reminds me of P.J. O'Rourke's old joke about NPR coverage: "World To End — Poor and Minorities Hardest-Hit.")

Americans experienced the authoritarian reach of government during the pandemic. We see what normalizing those ideas can look like in Australia.



Family

Afghanistan: The Taliban begin their 'war on drugs' - addiction treatment first priority

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© AFP / Bulent Kilic
A Taliban fighter stands guard next to a bridge where hundreds of addicted people gather in Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 9, 2021.
RT has got a sneak peek into the Taliban's drugs war by talking to patients and doctors at a Kabul hospital. The group promised a 'narcotics-free' Afghanistan as it took power in mid-August and has since set some plans in motion.

Millions of Afghans are addicted to drugs. Up to 10% of the nation's population - roughly 3.5 million people, including 800,000 women and children - take drugs, according to Ahmed Zahir Sultani, the head of a Kabul hospital responsible for the rehabilitation of drug addicts.

Comment: The current Afghanistan government is trying to address the mess left by the U.S. occupation. When the first, far more militant version of the Taliban took power, they reduced the opium trade by nearly 90%. Of course the CIA and their NATO lackeys weren't taking kindly to having one of their major black funding sources cut off, so a new war was instigated to take it back. The Afghan people were the one to suffer. They deserve the world's help.