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Jim Jordan subpoenas former Biden disinformation czar Nina Jankowicz to appear before Judiciary Committee

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The Committee on the Judiciary has issued a subpoena to former Disinformation Governance Board head Nina Jankowicz, compelling her to appear before the Committee on April 10, 2023. In a letter to Jankowicz, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, said that the Committee is "conducting oversight of the so-called 'Disinformation Governance Board.'"

The Committee intends to look into the Board's "creation, its activities, and related matters." Jordan said, "We have repeatedly sought information from you concerning your official actions and duties as a DHS employee and former Executive Director of the Board, including how the Board intended to define disinformation, how it planned to collect information and from what sources, how it anticipated countering disinformation, and how it proposed to protect First Amendment rights."

Jordan noted that the Judiciary Committee had requested Jankowicz's "voluntary cooperation" in May 2022, but and again requested documentation in December 2022, January, February, and March 2023, but that she has "declined to comply voluntarily with our request for a transcribed interview."

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New emails show Dr. Anthony Fauci commissioned scientific paper in Feb. 2020 to disprove Wuhan lab leak theory

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New emails uncovered by House Republicans revealed Dr. Anthony Fauci’s nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New emails uncovered by House Republicans probing the COVID-19 pandemic reveal the deceptive nature of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

They show he "prompted" or commissioned — and had final approval on — a scientific paper written specifically in February 2020 to disprove the theory that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China.

Eight weeks later, Fauci stood at a White House press conference alongside President Donald Trump and cited that paper as evidence that the lab leak theory was implausible while pretending it had nothing to do with him and he did not know the authors.

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Polish deputy minister calls EU's approval of insects a 'food war'

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Cieciora said the Polish cabinet was critical of using insects as food and vowed that the government "will protect traditional food values and the freedom of choice."
A Polish deputy agriculture minister has criticised the EU's recent approval of two types of insects for use in food products, saying there was a campaign to overturn the "dietary values of the West".

Comment: The West's dietary guidelines are fairly skewed already - favoring detrimental carbohydrates over optimal animal products - but this propaganda push for insects is another level of sinister.

In January, the EU approved house crickets and the larvae of lesser mealworms for human consumption in powder and other dried forms as part of a drive to limit the impact animal farming has on the environment.

Insects, which are a popular food choice in many parts of the world, are rich in protein and require much less land and water than meat to produce.

Comment: See also: Scotland bans anaesthetic because of its 'impact on the climate', EU to follow

Eye 1

Laughable: Paranoid US suspects Chinese-made cranes are 'Trojan Horses' used to gather intelligence

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The Pentagon sees giant Chinese-made cranes operating at US ports, including several shipping hubs used by the military, as a potential "Trojan horse" that China could use to gather intelligence on materiel being moved in and out of the country, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Fresh from the Chinese "spy balloon" debacle, unnamed "national-security and Pentagon officials" have reportedly turned their attention to yet another alleged espionage tool. While the newspaper did not indicate whether there have been any actual cases of a crane being used for spying, it cited former US counterintelligence official Bill Evanina expressing concerns that it could provide remote access to disrupt the flow of goods.

"Cranes can be the new Huawei," Evanina said, referring to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies, whose products had been banned from the US market over similar spying concerns. "It's the perfect combination of legitimate business that can also masquerade as clandestine intelligence collection."

Comment: Why does this feel like a case of the US projecting their own methods onto China?

Bad Guys

Lockdown Files: Matt Hancock rejected advice to cut Covid isolation as it would 'imply we've been wrong'

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Matt Hancock rejected advice from England's Chief Medical Officer to replace the 14-day Covid quarantine with five days of testing because it would "imply we've been getting it wrong".

Mr Hancock was told by Prof Sir Chris Whitty in November 2020 that it would be "pretty well as good" for contacts of positive Covid cases to test for five days "in lieu" of a fortnight's isolation.

WhatsApp messages between the two have also revealed that the 14-day quarantine period was likely to have been "too long all along".

By then, nearly a million people in England who had come into contact with an infected person had been told to self-isolate for a full fortnight, even if they had no symptoms.

Although ministers reduced the self-isolation period to 10 days in December 2020, it was not until the following August that some groups were made entirely exempt from the requirement.

In November 2020, Sir Chris and other government advisers were "in favour" of trialling the alternative system.

But Mr Hancock, the then health secretary, resisted, saying it "sounds like a massive loosening" and that removing the quarantine requirement could make it appear that ministers had made a mistake.

Comment: More from the Lockdown Files and Hancock's perfidy:

Better Earth

EU's solutions for Ukraine don't work - member state

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.
The first step in bringing peace to Ukraine should be to stop people from being killed and establish a ceasefire as soon as possible, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Sunday, during an interview with Sweden's SVT.

The diplomat dismissed the idea of supplying Ukraine with weapons, currently being done by a number of NATO countries, as a viable method to achieve peace. Asked why Hungary refuses to send weapons to Kiev, Szijjarto pointed to the devastating consequences of the war, and how Western arms have only exacerbated the conflict.

"Look at the infrastructure, look at the people, look at the number of people leaving the country, look at their former houses, look at the damage, the energy infrastructure. This country is being demolished, destroyed. I don't think that would be of interest to anyone," he said.

Szijjarto stated that Hungary, as opposed to other European countries, sees the first priority in the Ukrainian conflict as being to "stop killing people," and suggested that the only way to achieve that is to enter discussions that would hopefully lead to a sustainable peace agreement.

He also noted that the solutions that were being offered in Europe "simply did not work" because everyone is too invested into the "war psyche." As for sanctions, the minister pointed out that they have also failed to achieve an effect.

"We have introduced packages of sanctions already. Did it bring us any closer to a solution? No. Did it make the war less brutal? No. Did it put Russia on its knees? No. Did it hurt us? Yes."

Comment: As usual, Hungarian politicians are the only Europeans talking any sense.


Russia and Cuba working to counter US sanctions - ambassador

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Moscow and Havana have been implementing financial mechanisms to shield their economic cooperation from US sanctions, Russian Ambassador to Cuba Andrey Guskov revealed last week.

"The introduction of independent settlement mechanisms is being successfully carried out, which will help protect cooperation with Cuba from the negative impact of the US trade, economic and financial blockade, as well as establish ties bypassing the financial organizations of unfriendly states," the Russian diplomat said.

In January, the chairman of the Russia-Cuba Business Council, Boris Titov, said that in order to mitigate the effect of Western sanctions, the countries are considering new mechanisms for mutual settlements, including in ruble and cryptocurrencies, as well as clearing schemes.

Comment: It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Russia has more allies around the globe than the US does. That's what happens when don't go around telling countries how to run themselves.

Arrow Up

China leads US in tech that matters most: report

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Australian think tank says China well ahead in AI, hypersonics, drones and e-batteries while US clings to chip making and high-speed computing...

China is now leading the world in 37 out of 44 key technologies, including hypersonic missiles, artificial intelligence, drones and electric batteries, according to a recent Australian research report.

China ranks first globally in defense- and space-related technologies in terms of high-impact research, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) said in the report.

ASPI is a defense and strategic policy think tank based in Canberra founded by the Australian government and funded by overseas governments as well as defense and technology companies.

China also excels in areas including nanoscale materials and manufacturing, coatings, 5G and 6G technologies, hydrogen and ammonia power, super-capacitors, electric batteries, synthetic biology and photonics sensors, the ASPI report said. It may pose technology monopoly risks to other countries within these areas.

ASPI said its findings should be a wake-up call for democratic nations, which it said should pursue a strategic critical technology step-up.

Comment: Think what it could be if all countries were to enhance cooperation and complement each other's efforts in service to and benefit for all mankind. The BRI may come close.


Meet the British intelligence-linked firm that warped MH17 news coverage

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Staffed by British special forces veterans, Pilgrims' Group quietly shaped international coverage of the MH17 disaster as it shepherded journalists to and from the crash site.

In November of 2022, a final judgment arrived in the trial of alleged perpetrators of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). Russian nationals Igor Girkin and Sergey Dubinskiy, and Donbas separatist Leonid Kharchenko, were convicted in absentia for the murder of MH17's 283 passengers and 15 crew members. They were ruled to have arranged the transfer of the Buk surface-to-air missile system that reportedly struck the plane.

Oleg Pulatov, the only defendant to seek legal representation during the trial, was conversely acquitted on all charges, which prosecutors will not appeal.

The Malaysian airliner had been purportedly shot down by a missile on July 17th 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew aboard.

Heavily dependent on information supplied by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and the Western government-funded "open source" investigations organization known as Bellingcat, the guilty verdicts appeared to vindicate an established narrative in which Russia and its Donbas allies were solely culpable.

But as this investigation will reveal, much of the news coverage of MH17 was heavily influenced by a shadowy entity called Pilgrims Group, which is closely tied to British intelligence.

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Bad Guys

West created 'Nazi paradise' in Ukraine to fight Russians - Dugan

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Kiev's backers, however, ultimately don't believe it will win, the political philosopher said...

The West has fostered the creeping "nazification" of Ukraine in order to make its people hostile to Russia, political philosopher and author Aleksandr Dugin has told RT. In an exclusive interview aired on Saturday, he said that Kiev's backers have tried to hide from their own citizens the growing tolerance of nationalists and neo-Nazis in the country. Dugin said:
"The West thinks in such a manner: We could not create artificial nationalism in Ukraine and push Ukrainians to fight Russians [any other way]. For a traditional society, liberal values cannot be the goal to defend. So they need something [else]. The most radical [tool] to create and promote this artificial pseudo-consciousness is nationalism ... or Ukrainian Russophobic fascism. And it is being used by the [globalist] liberals. They destroy any kind of nationalism on their [own] territories. But in Ukraine, on the other hand, they make it flourish. In the end, a Nazi paradise has been created in Ukraine."