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Rand Paul rips 'petty tyrant' Fauci for advising vaccinated people not to dine indoors

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Senator Rand Paul (left) and Anthony Fauci (right)
Sen. Rand Paul slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci for ignoring "100 years of vaccine science" and accused Fauci of being a "petty tyrant."

"Fauci continues to ignore 100 years of vaccine science. His only real theme is 'do what I say' even when it makes no sense," Paul said on Twitter Monday. "If you've recovered or been vaccinated - go about your life. Eat, drink, work, open the schools. Enough with the petty tyrants.

Paul's comment was in response to remarks Fauci made in an interview discouraging vaccinated people from dining indoors.

Comment: Fauci's views on masks and Covid in general have had so many twists and turns that sensible people are (finally!) ignoring him.


Dollar Gold

Greensill scandal: government orders inquiry into Cameron lobbying

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David Cameron has come under pressure from Labour to answer questions from MPs.
Independent investigation launched into former PM's lobbying for now-collapsed firm.

No 10 is to a launch an independent investigation into former prime minister David Cameron's lobbying for the now-collapsed Greensill and the role of the scandal-hit financier Lex Greensill in government.

The independent review, commissioned by Boris Johnson, will be led by the legal expert Nigel Boardman, a non-executive board member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Comment: See also: UK's Greensill lobbying scandal and former PM Cameron's involvement


Control Panel

From "Event 201" to "Cyber Polygon": The WEF's Simulation of a Coming "Cyber Pandemic"

BI.ZONE CEO Dmitry Samartsev
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BI.ZONE CEO Dmitry Samartsev presents at the first Cyber Polygon session at the World Economic Forum annual meeting, January 2020.
Last year, the World Economic Forum teamed up with the Russian government and global banks to run a high-profile cyberattack simulation that targeted the financial industry, an actual event that would pave the way for a "reset" of the global economy. The simulation, named Cyber Polygon, may have been more than a typical planning exercise and bears similarities to the WEF-sponsored pandemic simulation Event 201 that briefly preceded the COVID-19 crisis.

On Wednesday, the World Economic Forum (WEF), along with Russia's Sberbank and its cybersecurity subsidiary BI.ZONE announced that a new global cyberattack simulation would take place this coming July to instruct participants in "developing secure ecosystems" by simulating a supply-chain cyberattack similar to the recent SolarWinds hack that would "assess the cyber resilience" of the exercise's participants. On the newly updated event website, the simulation, called Cyber Polygon 2021, ominously warns that, given the digitalization trends largely spurred by the COVID-19 crisis, "a single vulnerable link is enough to bring down the entire system, just like the domino effect," adding that "a secure approach to digital development today will determine the future of humanity for decades to come."

Comment: Only a few months ago, President Putin personally gave Schwab and the whole WEF a major tongue-lashing (however diplomatically) for their short-sighted neoliberal ways. Putin will also be making another major speech about the direction Russia is moving towards in coming days.

It's possible that part of the reason for Russia's participation in Cyber Polygon 2020 was to gather intelligence not only about how its tech industry may position itself to respond to such an attack - but to get a sense of how an attack of this nature is likely to go down from those likely affilated with the WEF Great Reset agenda itself.

See also:


Pirates

Ukraine claims Russia ignoring call for crunch talks to avert all-out war in Donbass, but Moscow says it never received an invite

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© Sputnik / Sergey Averin; (inset) Volodymyr Zelensky REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque; Vladimir Putin Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Kremlin via REUTERS
House in the village of Veseloe, Donetsk region, damaged during the hostilities in the DPR.
The Kremlin has denied ignoring requests from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to hold a crisis summit after days of bloody escalations in the war-torn Donbass region, insisting it hasn't actually been invited to take part.

On Monday morning, a government spokeswoman in Kiev claimed that an appeal for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin had gone unacknowledged. Yulia Mendel told journalists from Reuters that "we have not received an answer yet and we very much hope that this is not a refusal of dialogue."

However, later that day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he was unaware of the request, and had not seen any such contact from Ukrainian officials in recent days.

Comment: Clearly the situation is heating up and it would seem that it is Ukraine, with the full backing of the West, that is fanning the flames:


Bad Guys

Pelosi 'unloads' on The Squad, mocks AOC in new biography - does anyone care?

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly bashes members of "the Squad" in a new biography by USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.

Pelosi spoke ten separate times with Page for the book, scheduled for release April 20. During the interviews, Pelosi took shots at several prominent members of her own party including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. She mocks Ocasio-Cortez specifically for her youth and apparent ignorance, according to Axios:

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Republican house judiciary members witness border crisis: This is 'Biden's mess; America has become 'Sanctuary Nation'

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House Judiciary Committee reports to the public
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) led several Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee on a two-day visit to McAllen this week where they witnessed the ongoing border crisis, and all the members — as they recapped their visit — said the Biden administration was at fault for surging numbers of illegal migrants.

Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 170,000 migrants crossing the southern border illegally in March, a 72 percent increase from February. As Breitbart News reported, in the first two full months of President Joe Biden's time in office, February and March, apprehensions were at a combined total of nearly 210,000, while in the last four months of former President Donald Trump's tenure, apprehensions were at a combined total of just over 280,000.

Jordan, the ranking Republican member on the Judiciary Committee, gathered from speaking with Border Patrol agents that the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, also known as Remain in Mexico — which Biden's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended on his first day as president — is imperative to reinstate as a first step in controlling the migrant influx.



Comment: Pulling no punches, quite a damning bunch of observations are presented by the House Judiciary Committee - worth a viewing. It's scathing!


Comment: Stowaways run high risks to illegally enter the US:
Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents found a group of migrants packed into three grain-hopper railcars near Uvalde, Texas. Migrants attempting to sneak past Border Patrol agents frequently risk injury or death by utilizing railcars for transportation into the U.S. interior after illegally crossing the border from Mexico.

About a month ago, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents found a group of 16 migrants locked inside a conex box loaded on a railcar near Hebbronville, Texas, approximately 50 miles inland from the U.S.-Mexico Border.



Monkey Wrench

Apple's quiet war on independent repairmen

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Apple Innards
In the past, a Goliath's strength would be gauged in height measured in cubits, the brass of the helmet, the coat of mail with a weight in thousands of shekels in bronze and a spear's head weighed in hundreds of shekels of iron. Nowadays, a Goliath corporation can just hire another Goliath, such as the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend, with its 650 lawyers and 19 offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. The firm boasts that "5 of the 10 world's most valuable brands turn to Kilpatrick Townsend to grow and defend the value of their products and businesses." One of those "5 of the 10 world's most valuable brands" was interested in a video made by YouTuber Louis Rossmann.

When Rossmann was contacted by Kilpatrick Townsend on behalf of Apple he felt as if the grim reaper was knocking at his door. An owner of a small business, an Apple devices repair store, a few years back Rossman had started a YouTube channel to cover all things that interested him: Apple device repairs, business advice, personal advice, and occasionally, though more so of late, social or political commentary. The video that had gotten the attention of Apple was one in which Rossmann had showed a schematic of an Apple device and proceeded to show his viewers how they could fix their own device if they faced the same issue. For Apple, the act of showing the schematic on YouTube was a violation of its intellectual copyright. They wanted Rossmann to quietly make the video disappear. Rossmann hired a lawyer, and the lawyer advised that the request was sensible, there was no lawsuit, and thus the reasonable thing was to comply; besides, a genuine effort had been made to butter up Rossmann — the word came that both Kilpatrick Townsend and Apple liked his work. Rossmann thought about the option that he was given. Then he fired his lawyer.

Comment: We've all been there. They've done that.


Pirates

US needs Turkey for its al-Qaeda and ISIS links

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Members of Syrian Democratic Forces hold a flag of the Islamic State militants
Raqqa, Syria • October 4, 2017
Turkey's manipulation of 'Islamist terrorists' as geopolitical tools in Syria will come in handy for US-led regime change in Afghanistan.

Exactly a decade after the United States sought a pioneering role for Turkey by launching the regime change project in Syria, it has solicited help from Ankara for another political transition in the Greater Middle East - in Afghanistan.

Analogies never hold 100% in politics or diplomacy but the similarities are striking.

If in Syria the project involved the overthrow by force of the established government of President Bashar al-Assad, in Afghanistan the agenda is somehow to ease out the elected government led by President Ashraf Ghani and have it replaced by an interim government that includes the militant Islamist group the Taliban.

Both situations narrow down to co-opting jihadi groups who masquerade as "liberation movements."

Comment: Turkey rode the diplomatic fence between East and West to serve its needs, especially regarding al-Qaeda - a manipulatable opportunity of which Biden and Obama were more than passingly aware.


Mail

Veteran intelligence officials issue letter to Biden urging to avoid war in Ukraine

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Scene from Ukraine conflict
Dear President Biden,

We last communicated with you on December 20, 2020, when you were President-elect.

At that time, we alerted you to the dangers inherent in formulating a policy toward Russia built on a foundation of Russia-bashing. While we continue to support the analysis contained in that memorandum, this new memo serves a far more pressing purpose. We wish to draw your attention to the dangerous situation that exists in Ukraine today, where there is growing risk of war unless you take steps to forestall such a conflict.

At this juncture, we call to mind two basic realities that need particular emphasis amid growing tension between Ukraine and Russia.

First, since Ukraine is not a member of NATO, Article 5 of the NATO Treaty of course would not apply in the case of an armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Second, Ukraine's current military flexing, if allowed to transition into actual military action, could lead to hostilities with Russia.

We think it crucial that your administration immediately seek to remove from the table, so to speak, any "solution" to the current impasse that has a military component. In short, there is, and can never be, a military solution to this problem.

Your interim national security strategy guidance indicated that your administration would 'make smart and disciplined choices regarding our national defense and the responsible use of our military, while elevating diplomacy as our tool of first resort.' Right now is the perfect time to put these words into action for all to see.
[continued]

Comment: Though an impressive list of signatories, collective wisdom and excellent advice, it will take more than a letter to change the Biden trajectory.


Blue Planet

How Eurasia will be interconnected

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International transit route 'Lapis Lazuli'
The extraordinary confluence between the signing of the Iran-China strategic partnership deal and the Ever Given saga in the Suez Canal is bound to spawn a renewed drive to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and all interconnected corridors of Eurasia integration.

This is the most important geo-economic development in Southwest Asia in ages - even more crucial than the geopolitical and military support to Damascus by Russia since 2015.

Multiple overland railway corridors across Eurasia featuring cargo trains crammed with freight - the most iconic of which is arguably Chongqin-Duisburg - are a key plank of BRI. In a few years, this will all be conducted on high-speed rail.

The key overland corridor is Xinjiang-Kazakhstan - and then onwards to Russia and beyond; the other one traverses Central Asia and Iran, all the way to Turkey, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe. It may take time - in terms of volume - to compete with maritime routes, but the substantial reduction in shipping time is already propelling a massive cargo surge.

The Iran-China strategic connection is bound to accelerate all interconnected corridors leading to and crisscrossing Southwest Asia.