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Russia in the palm of the Sorcerer's Apprentice
We are at a strange pass in The Saga of Covid. It seems the spikey virus wants to leave center stage... is weary of all the attention... wants to fade into the eternal parade of microorganisms that cozily coexist within the human life-stream — like Tony Fauci's HIV, a fellow traveler in the old-time throng of human viruses, now semi-retired, and yet still every bit as mysterious in the actual mechanism of AIDS as it was when Dr. Fauci pinned his NIAID distinguished service medal on its elusive bosom, so to speak (but you'd have to read Bobby Kennedy's book on Fauci to get the drift of that).

Omicron is sweeping the country, as love once did in George Gershwin's day. (We are a different country now, as anyone tuned into the Turner Classics Movie channel can discover.) Omicron: the 36-hour head cold that Covid-19 has been demoted to. Omicron: a mere wise-cracking gecko compared to the roaring dragon that was Covid-19 in the winter of 2020. Omicron: kind of an embarrassment to "vaccine" tyrants who still seek to jab every arm on earth, and at ever-shortening intervals — like a med school version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, only with syringes running amok instead of brooms.

The Party-of-Chaos (the one headed by the ectoplasmic "Joe Biden") does not want to let go of Covid-19, its Swiss army knife of destruction. With Covid-19, you can push people around and mess with their lives every which way, shut down their businesses, lock them in their homes, screw them out of their livelihoods, delete their reputations, board-up their social venues, cancel their careers, revoke their licenses, drag them into court, fine them into penury, cram them into prison camps, and much more.

If Covid-19 actually does make that move to exit the scene, the Party-of-Chaos will have to find a new focus for its anxiety-driven lunacy. And if the front page of The New York Times is the party's id, a signifier of intent, then the focus will shift to fomenting war with Russia.

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Panopticon: How mainstream academia normalized mass imprisonment

Blockchain cities
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Blockchain in Smart Cities
The panopticon of the Smart City is a system set up so that free citizens police, interrogate, and report on each other.

Academia, with its woke newspeak, is a god-awful thing. Only through the complete destruction of language can actually fascist policies, which threaten to eradicate humanity, be passed off as progressive, even social-democratic. Our aim is to build upon our previous chapters to show that these were not intellectual fishing expeditions - we're here with the receipts.

Jeremy Bentham's horrific theory and model of the Panopticon is openly presented as a 'positive vision of the future' which official academia endorses through its ivory-tower liberal idealists as the foundation of 'Smart Cities'. The Great Reset openly takes its inspiration for the 'Smart City' from the Panopticon prison system.

In his 1975 work, Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison, the French poststructuralist Michel Foucault, combining the ideas of his Marxist mentor Althusser and those of Nietzsche, looks at Bentham's panopticon and traces it back in time to the concept of the quarantine justified by a plague. He goes on to describe the 17th century city under quarantine as the basis of our modern conception of prison in horrifically prescient detail, given the present reality of a plague-justified lockdown, citizen tracking, and control system already imprisoning millions of people in Europe and the Anglophone world.

Stock Up

Bill targets super-successful stock traders of Congress

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Democratic senators want to ban fellow lawmakers from trading individual stocks, a controversial practice that many see as inherently corrupt.

A bill that would ban sitting members of the US Congress and their family members from stock trading has been introduced in the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently defended market access as essential in a free economy.

Jon Ossoff, a Democratic senator from Georgia, joined forces with his fellow party member Mark Kelly of Arizona to sponsor a new anti-insider-trading bill. It requires US lawmakers and their family members to either divest from stock assets or put them into a blind trust while holding office. The measure is meant to reduce the conflicts of interest that investor lawmakers face as public servants. Ossoff said:
"Members of Congress should not be playing the stock market while we make federal policy and have extraordinary access to confidential information."

Comment: A conflict of Capital and Capitol, Pelosi has cleaned up but not cleared out.

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New Fauci-Zuckerberg emails reveal offer of 'data reports' to aid lockdown policies, vaccine development

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Mark Zuckerberg • Dr. Anthony Fauci
In private emails between Mark Zuckerberg and Anthony Fauci - obtained exclusively by The National Pulse - the Facebook founder and CEO offered to send "data reports" on users to "facilitate decisions" about COVID-19 lockdowns.

The revelation is a stark example of how Big Tech corporates and government can easily collude using user data to restrict the liberties of the general public. In the exchange, Zuckerberg insists: "I want to make sure you have all the resources you need to expedite the development of a vaccine."

Zuckerberg - whose personal foundation referenced in the email plowed hundreds of millions of dollars into securing a victory for then-candidate Joe Biden in 2020 - offered the assistance to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director just one month after the pair had connected over emails that were redacted by the U.S. government.

Green Light

Russian decree unlocks the stranglehold of the Ukrainian economic sanctions on Donbass region

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Russian decree by Putin allows products from DPR and LPR to enter the Russian market without restrictions.
Following the decree on economic humanitarian aid signed by Vladimir Putin, allowing products from the DPR and LPR (Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics) to enter the Russian market without restrictions, including for public procurement, the first products from the Donbass benefiting from this decree are starting to be exported to Russia, thus breaking the economic blockade imposed by Ukraine

On 15 November 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on economic humanitarian aid to the DPR and LPR, allowing products from the two Donbass republics to be exported to Russia without restriction, thus gaining access to the Russian market, including public procurement.

Following this decree, a forum dedicated to the economic integration of Donbass and Russia was organized in Donetsk in December 2021 to facilitate the harmonisation of legislation on both sides of the border.

This work is finally bearing fruit, as the Enakievo meat processing plant has just sent its first batch of sausages (1.5 tonnes) to the Rostov region, thanks to this decree.

The factory, founded in 1930, was one of the main sausage factories in Ukraine and the first DPR enterprise is the first have taken steps to benefit for the Russian President's decree from December 2021.

This development of products from the Donbass republics into the Russian market has been commented on by the DPR Ministry of Industry and Trade as a break in the economic blockade imposed by Ukraine.


Comment: Again Russia is finding a solution to help the people of Donbass. Ukraine has done everything to antagonize the people there, by bombing them, sanctioning them, sabotaging them, cutting off pensions and basically making life very miserable there. Opening up economic activity will be a life saver for the breakaway republics.


Comment: Given that the republics are not invaded by Ukraine, they will slowly get back on their feet again. Ukraine along with its Western backers will do what they can to make sure that doesn't happen, yet Russia has said that it will not abandon the people there.


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Hypocrisy: Democrats support photo ID to dine out in D.C. but oppose it for absentee voting

Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C.
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Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C.
The nation's capital under Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to institute some of the nation's strictest COVID measures, effective Saturday

Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to require photo identification and a vaccine passport to dine out or work out in the nation's capital — even as her party vows parliamentary scorched earth to power through a national ban on requiring photo ID — or any documentary proof of identity — to vote absentee.

Effective Saturday, Washington, D.C. institutes one of the most restrictive COVID-19 mandates in the nation, requiring all patrons over the age of 18 to show photo identification, while ages 12 and up must show proof of vaccination before visiting most indoor establishments.

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Blinken's blinkered, dangerous vision of Russia

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Relations between the US and Russia are at an all-time low, but rather than seeking a reasonable diplomatic resolution, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken seems comfortable uttering nonsensical assessments devoid of reality.

"One lesson of recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it's sometimes very difficult to get them to leave."

The level of hubris-laced ignorance it would take an ostensibly intelligent, well-informed individual to make such a statement, in public, in an official capacity, goes beyond political parody.

And yet, there was the American Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, uttering those words at the tail end of a press statement where he questioned the legitimacy of Russia's dispatch of military forces to Kazakhstan. The Russian actions took place in the wake of widespread violence that prompted the Kazakh President to request help from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which Russia leads.

Arrow Down

How low can he go? Biden's approval rating drops to 33% as inflation surges

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President Joe Biden's approval rating has declined even further amid higher inflation, vaccine mandates and the president's push for new voting laws.

Quinnipiac released new polling showing that surveyed Americans give Biden a job approval rating of 33%, a figure that has steadily declined since he took office.

"Americans give President Joe Biden a negative 33-53 percent job approval rating, while 13 percent did not offer an opinion," Quinnipiac said. "In November 2021, Americans gave Biden a negative 36-53 percent job approval rating with 10 percent not offering an opinion."

The poll came a day after Biden chided Republicans Tuesday for refusing to support Democrats' voting measures and on the heels of the defeat of Biden's "Build Back Better" spending bill in Congress.

Snakes in Suits

Prince Andrew stripped of military titles after sexual abuse case moves to trial

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Prince Andrew is to be stripped of his military titles, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The decision comes in the wake of a decision by a US judge to allow a civil sexual abuse case involving the Duke of York to move to trial. Andrew denies all the allegations.

In a statement, the palace said: "With the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York's military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."

Bad Guys

Not enough children in Canada are getting COVID-19 jabs - PM Trudeau

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Not enough Canadian children are being vaccinated against COVID-19 at a time when the Omicron variant threatens to swamp healthcare systems, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday.

As of Jan. 1, 87.6% of Canadians above the age of 12 had received two shots. But among those aged from 5 to 12, that number dipped to just 2%, with 45.6% having received one dose.

"Almost half of kids across this country have gotten their vaccine. ... We need to get more, so please ask your parents if you can get vaccinated," Trudeau said, addressing children directly during a regular briefing.

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