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Fauci admits in deposition that China convinced him to push lockdowns

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Dr. Anthony Fauci in a House hearing May 11, 2022
Health chief unable to cite scientific evidence for flipping position on masks

During seven hours of questioning in a landmark lawsuit alleging the federal government colluded with social media companies to censor speech, Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed the communist Chinese government convinced him to press for the crippling COVID-19 lockdowns, according to attorneys and plaintiffs who were at the deposition Wednesday.

Fauci, who is retiring as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after 38 years, also was unable to cite any study backing his sudden change of position on the effectiveness of masks in curbing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.



In their dreams: NATO reaffirms pledge to expand into Ukraine and Georgia, despite conflict

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gestures during a press conference in Bucharest, Romania, November 29, 2022.
The head of the US-led military bloc could still offer no timeline for when Kiev might attain membership

NATO has reiterated its 2008 pledge to admit Ukraine and Georgia - both neighbors to Russia, insisting that the organisation will continue to expand its presence in the former Soviet Union.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that it regards the encroachment of the miltary bloc towards its borders as a major security threat.

Following meetings in the Romanian capital of Bucharest on Tuesday, NATO foreign ministers issued a statement reaffirming the 14-year-old attempt to someday grant membership to Kiev and Tbilisi

Comment: More proof that NATO, the EU and the Empire as a whole have lost touch with reality. Putin has made it clear since 2007, that the territorial integrity, the survival of Russia is paramount, and they will defend themselves with everything they have. But it's not likely to come to that. NATO has seen what Russia can do in a limited action where they are barely breaking a sweat. They have no desire to take on the Russian bear. NATO will hide behind its proxies.

Bizarro Earth

US-EU alliance heading for 'ugly divorce' - ex-Russian president

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Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
The "marriage" between the US and EU will likely end in divorce, following the obvious "economic cheating" by the American "alpha-male," former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said. The remarks were made on Monday amid media reports that EU nations are becoming increasingly angry over what they see as American opportunism amid the Ukraine crisis.

Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia's Security Council, wrote on his Telegram channel:
"The US has no intention to share his income. On the contrary, he steals the last savings of his aging partner and pockets the money without any qualms."
Washington increasingly makes the business conditions at home attractive to European companies and encourages other nations to buy its products, he noted. Meanwhile, the market for European goods is shrinking, in part because of its decision to decouple from Russia, he added.

Comment: Uncle Sam's mask is slipping, its revelation stark.


Stoltenberg says NATO will back Ukraine 'for as long as it takes'

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has pledged the alliance's support for Ukraine "for as long as it takes" and has reiterated that the door to membership in the world's largest security organization remains open to all, including Kyiv.

Speaking in Bucharest on November 29 as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the other NATO foreign ministers gathered in Romania, Stoltenberg called on partners to step up aid for Ukraine, whose energy infrastructure has been devastated by a barrage of Russian attacks at the onset of the winter season.

"Our message from Bucharest is that NATO will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will not back down," Stoltenberg told a conference in the Romanian capital ahead of the ministerial meeting.

He added that the only way to get the right terms for negotiations with Moscow to begin would be for Ukraine to advance on the battlefield. "To create the conditions for a lasting peace, which ensures that Ukraine prevails as an independent sovereign state, we must continue to provide military support to Ukraine."

Comment: Stoltenberg offers a gush of promises built on a dearth of facts. In war, nobody 'wins'.

See also:
NATO to boost presence in Baltics and Black Sea to 'send a clear message to Russia'


EU chief's assessment of Ukrainian casualties deleted

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
A claim about the number of Ukrainian soldiers killed during the conflict with Russia has been removed from a speech by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the executive's official website.

"More than 100,000 Ukrainian military officers have been killed so far," she declared during an address earlier on Wednesday, adding that around 20,000 civilians had also died in nine months of fighting. The source of this information was not provided.

However, her reference to Kiev's death toll soon disappeared from the text of the speech on the European Commission's website. It was also cut from a video of the address on the website and on von der Leyen's account on Twitter.

The editing was noticed by some media outlets and social media users, who compared the two versions of the statement online. The move was then officially confirmed by the European Commission.

Comment: Ursula von der Leyen: Tool of the US?
Self-censorship from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, after she deleted a tweet which mentioned Ukrainian casualties, is "humiliating", former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

He added that the climbdown showed the bloc is nothing but a US puppet. Medvedev said in a post on VK:
"It is obvious that 'Aunt Ursula' was slapped upside the head by her bosses in Washington. Seemed to hurt, too. It looks extremely humiliating. There is no EU, there is only the 51st [US] state."
Medvedev has been an outspoken critic of the West since the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine. On Tuesday, he said NATO was a "criminal entity" that should repent for its crimes against humanity and be dissolved. Earlier this week, he commented on his Telegram account that the "marriage" between the EU and the US is headed for a divorce due to Washington's "economic cheating."

Arrow Down

Australia steps up calls for US to drop WikiLeaks charges

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange • December 5, 2011
Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he recently told U.S. President Joe Biden's administration to bring WikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange's prosecution to a close.

Albanese's comments Wednesday to Parliament appear to be an escalation of Australia's diplomatic pressure on the United States to drop spying charges against the 51-year-old who is resisting extradition from Britain.
"I have raised this personally with representatives of the United States government. My position is clear and has been made clear to the U.S. administration: That it is time that this matter be brought to a close."
Albanese told Parliament:
"This is an Australian citizen. I don't have sympathy for Mr. Assange's actions on a whole range of matters, but ... you have to reach a point whereby what is the point of ... continuing this legal action which could be caught up now for many years into the future?"
Albanese did not say whether he discussed Assange directly with Biden when the pair held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines a Cambodian summit two weeks ago. But Albanese said he had advocated for Assange "recently in meetings."

Cell Phone

Google gave FBI location data for thousands of cell phones near Jan. 6 riots, court records show

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FBI Billboard
Filings in the case against suspect David Rhine show Google identified 5,723 devices as being in or near the building, Wired reported. Google in May 2021 provided names, details, and maps for 1,535 devices to the FBI. The warrants for user data are sealed, but an effort by Rhine's attorney to throw out location data showed the extent of the information sharing.

Google's sharing of cellphone information is the tech giant's largest-ever disclosure of geolocation data to law enforcement agencies. Some legal experts warn the move is a dangerous precedent for civil liberties. American University law professor Andrew Ferguson told Wired:
"The January 6 cases are going to be used to build a doctrine that will essentially enable police to find almost anyone with a cellphone or a smart device in ways that we, as a society, haven't quite grasped yet."
He added that the move could expose journalists and political dissenters to government surveillance.

Comment: Expect the worst and prepare accordingly. We shall never be disappointed.


Biden's Secret Service rental vehicles burst into flames after he left Nantucket vacation

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Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Hunter Biden, grandson Beau, Daughter-in-law Milissa Cohen
Nantucket, Massachusetts • November 25, 2022
President Joe Biden's rented Secret Service vehicles burst into flames in a parking lot Monday, just one day after he left his Nantucket vacation.

Biden spent Thanksgiving on the ritzy Massachusetts island with his family last week. The Secret Service rented five vehicles from Hertz to carry the president and his family, and all five of them caught fire in the parking lot, according to footage first obtained by the Nantucket Current.

Footage shows firefighters spraying down the smoldering remains of one vehicle's engine block. The five vehicles included a Chevy Suburban, Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX80, Ford Expedition and a Jeep Gladiator.

The vehicles were parked at the Nantucket airport and the blaze reportedly spread to just 40 feet away from the facility's jet fuel tanks. It is currently unknown what caused the fire. Fox News reached out to the White House for information, but they did not immediately respond.
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Secret Service rental cars burned in Nantucket Harbor compound.


China reiterates support for Palestinian people on International Day of Solidarity, also observed by UN

Zhao Lijian
Zhao Lijian
Chinese President Xi Jinping's congratulatory message to the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People observed by the United Nations (UN) demonstrates China's firm support for the just cause of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate national rights, and reflects China's responsibility as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Xi sent the congratulatory message to a UN meeting commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29, 2022.

According to Zhao Lijian, spokesperson of China's Foreign Ministry, it was the 10th consecutive year that President Xi sent a congratulatory message to the meeting.

Comment: With Israel's murder of Palestinians at its highest since 2005, one might conclude that Israel is aware that the tide is turning and that they're getting desperate; because it seems unlikely that the emerging multipolar world will tolerate the continuance of the apartheid state and Israel's genocidal assault on Palestine:


Huge new cracks appear in the empire's edifice

The very foundations of the "rules-based global order" seem to be collapsing.
Trilateral Report
As westerners we know that our strength lies in our unity cemented by our shared values. But these days it appears that all that strength is proving increasingly hollow. Spats and mudslinging among European powers has become a daily diversion, but last week we saw cracks appearing at the very foundation of the empire's architecture.

On Saturday, 19 November the secretive Trilateral Commission held a meeting in Tokyo. For the first time in the organization's 50 years, the press - three reporters from Nikkei Asia - were allowed to witness the proceedings of the Commission's Asia Pacific Group on condition that they don't identify delegates by name in reporting their statements. Even so, what they reported was remarkable, showing that cracks are appearing in the very foundation of the empire, a.k.a. the "rules-based global order."

Rahm Emanuel, the US Ambassador to Japan delivered his remarks in a speech titled, "Democracy vs. autocracy: You are going to see 2022 as an inflection point in the success of democracy." It was a serving of all the usual globalist talking points, but it seems that the Asian delegates weren't too impressed. A former Japanese official challenged Emanuel: "What is the ambassador saying? We must engage China. If we force countries to choose sides, the Southeast Asian nations will choose China. The key is not to force them to choose."

A veteran member from the Philippines said, "When two elephants fight to the death, we will all be dead. And the question is, what for?" Commission's executive committee member and next director of the Asia Pacific Group Masahisa Ikeda said, "We feel that the U.S. policy toward Asia, especially toward China has been narrow-minded and unyielding..."

Although the language of the discussions was diplomatic, it was clear that Asian delegates largely reject the American policy towards Asia. Overall, the gathering was described as "nervous that the world is heading in the wrong direction," that "the problem is America" and that "It's the U.S. penchant for exporting its ideology that is the main concern for many."