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The "progressive" logic of Build Back Better — and its dangers

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"Build Back Better" is far more consequential than the earlier COVID relief packages. That's why Democrats are so angry at those who blocked its passage and so determined to push it forward.

Why is BBB more important than the COVID legislation? Because pandemic relief was essentially a massive stimulus program, with the usual smorgasbord of treats for favored groups, but little more than that. Although BBB is also a massive stimulus, its real importance lies in the permanent entitlement programs it would launch, everything from universal pre-K and Medicare expansion to mandated paid leave from private employers.

Those are major building blocks in the Democrats' long-term plan to construct a full-fledged social-welfare state along European lines. Achieving that ambitious, transformational goal — while making irreversible changes in how America governs itself — is why the party is fighting so hard and why the left is so furious about the Senate stalemate, personified by West Virginia's Joe Manchin, a Democrat who refuses to go along, either to pass the bill or eliminate the filibuster to pass President Biden's non-budget initiatives.

Comment: While "progressive" policies can have an important and useful place in politics, what the Dems are moving towards, along with their Technocratic brethren, is nothing less than a full blown Totalitarian state - for which the benign-seeming social justice veneer of Build Back Better/Green New Deal legislation is just a highly cynical ruse and marketing ploy.


EU to stage large-scale cyberattack exercise on supply chains

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European Union governments will launch later this week a large-scale simulation of cyberattacks against multiple member states.

Participants will be confronted with attacks on their supply chains and some spillover socio-economic effects in other member states, before having to coordinate public communications and a diplomatic response, according to people familiar with the matter and documents seen by Bloomberg.

The aim of the six-week exercise is to stress-test Europe's resilience, strengthen preparedness and cooperation among member states, and improve the effectiveness of a joint response.

Comment: Throughout the last two decades, we've seen that a significant number of these 'exercises' are either accompanied with, or followed by, a real live attack. And with the supply chain already teetering on the edge of collapse, it wouldn't take much to trigger its downfall.

Russia doesn't stand to benefit, because its economy is fairing much better than those in the West and it is already being smeared for an attack that has yet to even happen. In addition, a significant disruption of the supply chain would likely be followed by the enforcement in the West of a number of policies that just so happen to fulfill the schemes of The Great Reset gang, not Russia's: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Is The Government Hyping Shortages? And is 'Vaccination Shedding' Really a Thing?

Eye 1

US admits it's pressuring Germany to block Nord Stream II gas pipeline despite soaring gas prices


Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.
America is working alongside EU partners to halt certification of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and is encouraging Germany not to give it official approval, the US undersecretary of state for political affairs has said.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, Victoria Nuland also noted that Washington is considering further sanctions against the system if Russia were to invade Ukraine.

Nord Stream 2 was completed in September but is yet to be certified and has not yet begun operations. It directly connects Russia to Germany, cutting out any third-party countries, which could significantly lower the price of gas. Washington has repeatedly sanctioned the system, claiming that it threatens Europe's 'energy security', while some have accused the US of cynically trying to stop the pipeline so it can sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the continent.

Comment: From the perspective of the ailing and desperate US hegemon, it has a lot more to lose than just 'energy policy self-interest', because projects like Nord Stream II demonstrate Russia's integral position on the world stage, and cheap and reliable gas deals based on a mutually beneficial relationship is not something the US wants its lackeys, like Germany, to become accustomed to: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse

Black Magic

Fauci agency blasted for trans monkey study

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The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) gave $205,000 to researchers for HIV study
US corona czar Dr. Anthony Fauci's agency awarded over $200,000 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic to an experiment injecting male monkeys with female hormones, in a bid to find out why trans women have higher rates of HIV.

Fauci's department, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, awarded $205,562 in funding to Scripps Research last month to inject male monkeys with female hormones. Scientists plan to monitor how the hormones impact the males' immune systems, testing the hypothesis that feminizing hormones negatively affect trans women's immune systems and thus increase their likelihood of becoming HIV positive.

Comment: Investigative reports documenting Fauci's sinister history conducting all kinds of cruel, inhumane, pointless, and some extremely dangerous studies would, at the very least, disqualify him from a position of authority forever; and, what with Fauci's recent grilling at the US senate by Rand Paul, there are signs that his time may be up:

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What war with Russia would look like

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov Russian Mission in Geneva.
If ever a critical diplomatic negotiation was doomed to fail from the start, the discussions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine and Russian security guarantees is it.

The two sides can't even agree on an agenda.

After a pre-meeting dinner on Sunday hosted by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is leading the U.S. delegation, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the press from the Russian perspective, the situation is clear:
"The Russian side came here [to Geneva] with a clear position that contains a number of elements that, to my mind, are understandable and have been so clearly formulated — including at a high level — that deviating from our approaches simply is not possible."
Ryabkov was referring Russian President Vladimir Putin's demands to U.S. President Joe Biden in early December regarding Russian security guarantees, which were then laid out by Moscow in detail in the form of two draft treaties, one a Russian-U.S. security treaty, the other a security agreement between Russia and NATO.

The latter would bar Ukraine from joining NATO and rule out any eastward expansion by the trans-Atlantic military alliance. At the time, Ryabkov tersely noted that the U.S. should immediately begin to address the proposed drafts with an eye to finalizing something when the two sides meet. Now, with the meeting beginning on Monday, it doesn't appear as if the U.S. has done any such thing.

Comment: Scott Ritter provides a jaw-dropping analysis of a hypothetical confrontation between the US and Russia. Well done, sir.


Biden to advocate altering the filibuster to pass voting bill during Georgia speech

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US President Joe Biden • Statuary Hall, US Capitol • January 6, 2022
When he takes the podium to deliver a voting rights speech in Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday, President Biden is expected to make the case that the Senate must abandon its longstanding commitment to the filibuster or risk losing democracy.

Biden is expected to advocate a special voting rights "carve out" to the filibuster, a move that Republicans argue will effectively kill the rule as each party devises specific exceptions for its top legislative priorities when it comes to power.

Biden will say, according to an excerpt of his statement published by the White House:
"The next few days, when these bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation. Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadow, justice over injustice? I know where I stand. I will not yield. I will not flinch. I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies foreign and domestic. And so the question is where will the institution of United States Senate stand?"
It is strategic for the president to choose Georgia as the location of his address given that the state enacted a voting right bills of its own nearly a year ago, causing an uproar among Democrats, who claimed it was a restrictive measure that would suppress minorities' right to vote and usher in a new era of "Jim Crow."


Fauci confronts Rand Paul over murder plot

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Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky testify before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the federal response to Covid-19 on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 11, 2022.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of being responsible for over 800,000 US deaths from the coronavirus. The Biden administration's covid czar said Paul's criticism put his life in danger.

The latest clash between Paul and Fauci came on Tuesday at the Senate Health Committee hearing on the US response to Covid-19 variants.

At one point, President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser held up a printout of a page on the Kentucky senator's website, with a "Fire Dr. Fauci" banner, to claim that such rhetoric inspired a California man arrested last month for allegedly plotting to murder him. The man, arrested in Iowa on December 21, had an AR-15 rifle and multiple magazines, and told police he was driving to Washington, DC to kill Fauci, the doctor told senators.

"You are making a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain," Fauci told Paul.

Comment: Fauci has a value and serves a purpose - but it is not his posturing, confusing dictates, admonitions nor reams of advice. It is his inevitable expendability as the face to blame, a set-up courtesy the PTB.

Arrow Up

Inflation up, virus down as priorities in US: AP-NORC poll

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Trucks line up to enter Port of Oakland, CA shipping terminal • November 10, 2021
Heading into a critical midterm election year, the top political concerns of Americans are shifting in ways that suggest Democrats face considerable challenges to maintaining their control of Congress.

A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that management of the coronavirus pandemic, once an issue that strongly favored President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats, is beginning to recede in the minds of Americans. COVID-19 is increasingly overshadowed by concerns about the economy and personal finances — particularly inflation — which are topics that could lift Republicans.

Just 37% of Americans name the virus as one of their top five priorities for the government to work on in 2022, compared with 53% who said it was a leading priority at the same time a year ago. The economy outpaced the pandemic in the open-ended question, with 68% of respondents mentioning it in some way as a top 2022 concern. A similar percentage said the same last year, but mentions of inflation are much higher now: 14% this year, compared with less than 1% last year.

Consumer prices jumped 6.8% for the 12 months ending in November, a nearly four-decade high. Meanwhile, roughly twice as many Americans now mention their household finances, namely, the cost of living, as a governmental priority, 24% vs. 12% last year.

Comment: The normalcy-biased sampling of interviewees was chosen to convince others the plandemic was merely inconvenient, not an evaporating lifestyle with serious downgrades to come.


Repeat COVID-19 vaccine booster shots trigger regulator warning about immune-system risks

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The exterior of the European Medicines Agency is seen in Amsterdam on Dec. 18, 2020.
The EU's drug regulator has expressed doubts about whether a second booster dose of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines would be a sustainable long-term approach.

"There is an emergency discussion around the possibility of giving a second booster dose with the same vaccine currently in use. Data has not yet been generated to support this approach," Marco Cavaleri, the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) head of vaccines strategy, told a media briefing. "We would like to see this data before we can make any recommendation, but at the same time we are rather concerned about a strategy that [involves] repeated vaccinations within a short term."

An additional vaccine booster shot "could be considered as part of a contingency plan," but "repeated vaccinations within short intervals will not represent a sustainable long term strategy," according to Cavaleri.

Comment: At this point, government and medical officials who aren't questioning the COVID narrative, suggesting either alternative treatments, or refusing to play up the fear about a mild cold sound and act an awful lot like Daleks. For these people there's only one solution to all of life's nuanced and complicated problems, vax-terminate!!

Bad Guys

The Kazakhstan crisis: A much bigger deal than Western media is letting on

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Kazakhstan borders on the US main rivals: Russia and China.
Geopolitical commentator Clint Ehrlich has reported while on the ground in Moscow that "the situation in Kazakhstan is a much bigger deal than Western media is letting on." He further argues that the mayhem unleashed this past week and ongoing violent destabilization significantly increases the risk of NATO-Russia conflict.

He asks the key question: what really is happening in Kazakhstan? After all, he writes "In America, the situation in Kazakhstan is a small news item" but it remains that "in Moscow, it is currently receiving 24/7 news coverage, like it's an apocalyptic threat to Russia's security. I've had the TV on here while writing this thread, and Kazakhstan has been on the entire time." Below is Ehrlich's mega-thread from Twitter exploring the crisis and connecting the dots in terms of why this is a bigger deal than many believe...

Mass protests and anti-government violence have left dozens dead. Russia is deploying 3,000 paratroopers after Kazakh security forces were overrun. The largest city, Almaty, looks like a warzone. To appreciate why Russia is willing to deploy troops to Kazakhstan, it's critical to understand the depth of Russia's vital national interests inside the country. This isn't just any former Soviet republic. It's almost as important to Russia as Belarus or Ukraine.

Comment: Since this was written, the situation in Kazakhstan has settled somewhat. Tokayev has felt confident enough of the country's stability to announce the impending end of the CSTO mission. NED, and by extension, the CIA, are most likely nursing bloody noses in private. Pepe Escobar's brilliant overview: Pepe Escobar: After Kazakhstan, the color revolution era is over