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Germany considers extended lockdown as expected Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of 'risk of mutation'

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The German government is considering the extension of the country's lockdown into February following the detection of new variants of Covid-19 and persistently high numbers of infections.

"We still have a big risk... that is the risk of mutation," Steffen Seibert, Angela Merkel's spokesman, said at a news conference, revealing that the chancellor had brought forward a meeting with the leaders of Germany's 16 states to Tuesday.


Comment: A virus mutating should not be catching any government off guard, as that is what viruses have been doing for as long as we've been able to study them.


The country has reported multiple cases of the Covid-19 variant discovered in the UK, and on Monday three people in the southeastern state of Bavaria were found to have tested positive for another new strain of the virus.

Seibert said Germany needs to bring down its virus incidence rate from its current level of around 146 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, to 50, but said "we are not fast enough on the way to this target value."

Briefcase

Navalny's courtroom wager - biomedical and drugs evidence and Article 275 of the Russian Criminal Code

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Alexei Navalny would have suffered from dramatic cholinesterase inhibition effects from the combination of drugs he took before his collapse and hospitalisation in Omsk on August 20, and before these drugs were detected in his blood and urine on his admission to the Charité - Universitätsmedizin in Berlin on August 22.

European medical sources report the lithium found by the Berlin doctors in Navalny's blood is commonly used to treat bipolar disorders. It is known to depress the butyryl cholinesterase which Navalny's laboratory testing also revealed in the German hospital.

According to a leading medical psychiatrist treating patients for depression and bipolar disorder, if Navalny was also being treated to stabilise his insulin level with the well-known Metformin, that drug is known to be a cholinesterase inhibitor.

When Navalny appears in a Moscow court, his full medical records, including the laboratory tests recorded at Omsk Emergency Hospital No. 1 before he left for Germany, are likely to be produced in evidence. His previous medical history, including reported episodes of acute pancreatitis and diabetes, which Navalny's spokesmen have denied, is also likely to be revealed.

At stake is a courtroom test of Navalny's allegation that he was attacked with a Novichok nerve agent by men of the Federal Security Service (FSB). Also at stake is a forensic test of the medical evidence of Russian, German and other doctors that Navalny "collapsed because of the drugs he was taking", as the expert source on the use and abuse of benzodiazepines says he suspects.

The western government case is that Navalny was the target of the crime of attempted murder, and that a Russian-made Novichok was the weapon used. The Russian government case is that the medical evidence is of a metabolic crisis caused by the combination of alcohol, lithium, and benzos taken by Navalny himself.

Chess

Why they hate Trump so deeply

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In the words of Ronald Reagan, here we go again. The unbelievable hatred that Democrats, liberals, progressives, and the mainstream press have toward President Trump continues to consume them, with the latest manifestation being a second impeachment of President Trump, just a few days before he leaves office.

Isn't the purpose of an impeachment to remove a public official from power? Trump is out of power on January 20. The impeachment trial won't even be held until after January 20. What's the point?

I'll tell you the point: hatred — deep, unfathomable, all-consuming hatred for Donald Trump.

After all, if Trump committed a criminal offense by "inciting" an insurrection, a rebellion, a revolution, or a Reichstag Fire, as his detractors are claiming, there is a remedy for that: a criminal prosecution. The Justice Department under President Biden could secure a criminal indictment against Trump the day he leaves office or afterward.

So, why go the impeachment route?

Attention

Joe Biden: Return of the CFR

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Former VP Joe Biden at CFR
A Joe Biden presidency means a "return to normality" simply because it means a return of the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

In 2008, Barack Obama received the names of his entire future cabinet already one month prior to his election by CFR Senior Fellow (and Citigroup banker) Michael Froman, as a Wikileaks email later revealed. Consequently, the key posts in Obama's cabinet were filled almost exclusively by CFR members, as was the case in most cabinets since World War II. To be sure, Obama's 2008 Republican opponent, the late John McCain, was a CFR member, too. Michael Froman later negotiated the TPP and TTIP international trade agreements, before returning to the CFR as a Distinguished Fellow.

In 2017, CFR nightmare President Donald Trump immediately canceled these trade agreements - because he viewed them as detrimental to US domestic industry - which allowed China to conclude its own, recently announced RCEP free-trade area, encompassing 14 countries and a third of global trade. Trump also canceled other CFR achievements, like the multinational Iran nuclear deal and the UN climate and migration agreements, and he tried, but largely failed, to withdraw US troops from East Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, thus seriously endangering the global US empire built over decades by the CFR and its 5000 elite members.

Comment: The complicated and overlapping connections to this political cabal show exactly why President Trump has been so valuable to the American people and why he changed course in so many agreements. It also shows the depth, breadth and strength of his opposition and likewise his courage to uncouple its hold on America.
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Stop

Lindsey Graham urges Chuck Schumer not to hold impeachment trial

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Senator Lindsey Graham
Sen. Lindsey Graham has urged incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer not to hold an impeachment trial in the chamber once President Trump leaves office because it would only "incite further division" and delay the nation's "healing."

The South Carolina Republican said in a letter to Schumer on Sunday that he should hold a vote to dismiss the one article of impeachment passed last week by the House 232-197 for "incitement of an insurrection."​ Graham said a Senate attempt to disqualify Trump from seeking office in the future
"would be an unconstitutional act of political vengeance, not a righteous constitutional act to protect the Nation by removal of an incumbent president. Such a gratuitous, meaningless effort ... is neither worthy of our great institution, nor a service to our great Nation and the American people. It will incite further division. We will be delaying indefinitely, if not forever, the healing of this great Nation if we do otherwise [and] the Senate fails to dismiss the article of impeachment and proceed with a trial."
Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the trial against Trump would not be able to begin at least until after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on Wednesday because the chamber is in recess until Tuesday.

By the time a trial would get underway, Trump would be out of office. ​

Comment: One would think that 'being there' would help correct and clarify perceptions instead of solidifying certain narratives as spouted by MSM.
On ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked first-term Republican Rep. Peter Meijer (Mich.) if he was concerned that he had ended his career by voting to impeach Trump.
"I may very well have. But I think it's also important that we have elected leaders who are not thinking solely about what's in their individual self-interest, not what is going to be politically expedient, but what we actually need for the country."
Stephanopoulos also asked Meijer if he thought it was time for the Republican Party to move past Trump.
"I think it's time that we acknowledge that what happened on Jan. 6 was a betrayal of what had been accomplished over the past four years, that it was a culmination of a politics that at all too often, you know, fanned flames rather than focusing on building and governing.

"You know, the president brought some necessary energy. He brought some necessary ideas. He shook the tree. He was a change agent. The challenge was that he didn't know when to stop, and he didn't draw a line, and to me, political violence is the line that we must draw."
Meijer said last week that he was buying body armor and changing his routine due to fears of more violence at the Capitol.
Tearing down detrimental structure was Trump's forte. He acted in favor of The People regardless of personal and political cost.

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Pelosi baselessly claims GOP reps are dangerously bringing guns to inaugural

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims lawmakers might be carrying firearms to this week's inaugural ceremony as more than 20,000 troops secure the nation's capital on lockdown.

According to ABC News congressional reporter Ben Siegel, on a call with Secret Service Wednesday Pelosi said she was "very, very concerned" about lawmakers bringing their weapons.
Pelosi speaks as if colleagues trained to protect themselves and others by carrying firearms pose a significant threat after security failed at the Capitol earlier this month. Instead, the events vindicated Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert's vows to carry legally on the hill.

"I walk to my office every morning by myself, so as a 5-foot-tall, 100-pound woman, I choose to protect myself legally, because I am my best security," the freshman congresswoman said in an ad released days after the new Congress was sworn in.

Comment: What we say and what we do are rarely the same - especially in Washington!


Arrow Up

Reversal of fortune: Josh Hawley's book on big tech tyranny to be published despite cancellation attempt

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Former Acting Sec. of Defense Patrick Shanahan and Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO)
Sen. Josh Hawley's highly anticipated book The Tyranny of Big Tech will be published after all. Washington-based Regnery Publishing has picked up the book and will publish it this spring.

Simon and Schuster canceled the book Jan. 7, quickly caving to a pressure campaign organized by leftist activists and making the Missouri Republican one of the highest-profile victims of cancel culture. The New York-based publishing conglomerate claimed, without evidence, that Hawley was complicit in the storming of the U.S. Capitol the day prior because of his leadership role in debating questions of election integrity in the 2020 election.

Hawley immediately and unreservedly condemned the incursion, which has since been reported to be the result of organized planning rather than impromptu incitement, as media and leftist activists had initially claimed.

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Light Saber

ABC News: Rudy Giuliani working on Trump's defense for impeachment trial, open to the president testifying - UPDATE: Giuliani will NOT represent Trump at trial

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Rudy Giuliani said he is working on Trump's defense for the impeachment trial and that he's open to the president himself testifying, ABC News report says Kelsey Vlamis 5-6 minutes

Giuliani said he would not be "strongly opposed" to Trump himself testifying during the trial.

Rudy Giuliani said he is working on President Donald Trump's defense for his upcoming impeachment trial, according to ABC News.

Giuliani told ABC he plans to argue the president did not incite violence because the unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud are true - despite the fact that many of the claims have been debunked and none have held up in court.

Comment:

UPDATE 18/01/2021: ABC News reports:
Giuliani, who has been leading the president's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl late Sunday that will not be part of Trump's legal team for the upcoming Senate impeachment trial due to his involvement in the Jan. 6 Washington, D.C., rally that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.

"Because I gave an earlier speech [at the rally], I am a witness and therefore unable to participate in court or in the Senate chamber," Giuliani said.

Giuliani initially told ABC News he was working on the president's defense, saying Saturday that he was prepared to argue that the president's claims of widespread voter fraud did not constitute incitement to violence because the widely-debunked claims are true.

The House of Representatives voted last week to impeach Trump for inciting supporters to storm the Capitol.

A representative for Trump subsequently announced that no decision has been made on the president's legal team.

"President Trump has not yet made a determination as to which lawyer or law firm will represent him for the disgraceful attack on our Constitution and democracy, known as the 'impeachment hoax,'" Hogan Gidley tweeted early Sunday.



Question

Was some Trump opposition research courtesy of the CCP?

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Hidden between tens of thousands of emails, IMs, documents, videos, sound recordings, and encrypted files is a collection of communications between Hunter Biden and one JiaQi.

JiaQi, AKA JaiQi Bao, AKA Jiaqi Wang, AKA Jiaqi Wang Bao, AKA Wang Bao Jiaqi, AKA Qinping Bao, AKA TianTian Bo, was Ye Jianming's US based assistant/advisor. If you don't recall the cast of characters in this Chinese finger puzzle, Ye Jianming, was the chairman of the China Huaxin energy conglomerate and Hunter's and Jim Biden's business partner.

Ye Jianming and his US based staff worked closely with Chinese intelligence which controlled large parts of the strategy, funding, and overseas operations of CEFC and another of the Biden's Chinese joint ventures named Bohai Harvest RST (BHR).

Blackbox

Can China lead a world economic recovery when it experiences large debt defaults?

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At the beginning of December China's Xi Jinping officially declared that China had eliminated poverty entirely, part of his priority program. Western financial pundits have praised the remarkable economic recovery of China following the severe lockdowns a year ago to combat the coronavirus. Predictions that China would once again, as it did in 2008, lead the rest of the world, especially the EU and North America, out of deep recession are common. Yet behind the official Beijing statements there are indications that China's decades of economic boom are coming into deep problems, far deeper than officially acknowledged. If true, the consequences for the rest of the world as well as for China could be severe.

Eliminating by Definition?

On December 1, 2020 Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping announced that China had achieved the goal of "eradicating absolute poverty" and becoming a "moderately prosperous society" before the end of 2020. At the November G20 summit in Riyadh, Xi boasted that this was ten years ahead of the deadline set by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Yet as even Chinese analysts point out, there are major questions to this achievement.

A binding target to eliminate absolute poverty by the end of 2020 was incorporated into China's 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020) in November 23, 2016. Now impressively, the goal is declared won, and just on time.