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World Economic Forum warns cyber risks add to climate threat

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In this Sept. 12, 2017, file photo, attendees walk past an electronic display showing recent cyberattacks in China at the China Internet Security Conference in Beijing. Cybersecurity and space are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum said in a report Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.
The World Economic Forum says cyberthreats and the growing space race are emerging risks to the global economy, on top of existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.

Cyberthreats and the growing space race are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum said in a report Tuesday.

The Global Risks Report is usually released ahead of the annual elite winter gathering of CEOs and world leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, but the event has been postponed for a second year in a row because of COVID-19. The World Economic Forum still plans some virtual sessions next week.

Comment: It's surprising that patriarchal gender norms and racism didn't make the list. Surely they're a bigger threat than the space race.

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Kanye West plans to meet Putin - reports

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Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, is seen in Chelsea, New York City, January 5, 2022.
The artist currently known as Ye also reportedly seeks business opportunities in Russia.

According to reports, Ye will soon journey to Russia to put on shows, meet with President Vladimir Putin, and pursue business deals with Russian moguls - the logical next step for the artist who once called himself "Young Putin."

Kanye West, who legally changed his name to Ye in 2021, will travel to Moscow later this year to put on his first shows in Russia and pursue business deals with property tycoon Aras Agalarov and his musician son Emin, according to a Billboard report released on Tuesday. The outlet cites Ye's advisor, Ameer Sudan, saying the rapper will help Emin boost his international reputation as a singer too, and expects whatever undisclosed deals he strikes with the Agalarovs to add billions of dollars to his already formidable wealth.

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Snakes in Suits

Key takeaways from first day of US-Russia European security talks

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US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov attend the security talks in Geneva, Switzerland, January 10, 2022.
The US and Russia are no closer to resolving their strategic impasse after talks in Switzerland, with Washington refusing any limitations on NATO expansion and Moscow insisting the bloc must "never" include Ukraine and Georgia.

The encounter in Geneva between US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov lasted for more than seven hours on Monday. Its main focus was a proposal Moscow sent to the US last month, and made public on December 17, insisting on curbing NATO's further expansion and deployment of offensive weapons on Russian borders.

"For us, it's absolutely mandatory to make sure that Ukraine never ever becomes a member of NATO," Ryabkov told reporters on Monday. The same goes for the former Soviet republic of Georgia, he added. Moscow's non-negotiable demand is that NATO change its 2008 platform that opened the door for membership to the two countries, the diplomat added.

The US is open to discussing the placement of its missiles in Europe and the size and scope of NATO military exercises on the continent, but any limits on NATO's enlargement are a "non-starter," Sherman told reporters in a separate press conference.

Washington "will not allow anyone to slam closed the door to NATO membership to anyone," she said.

Comment: Starting positions: Today polarities were emphatically reinforced and Do Not Cross lines reiterated.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price, on Monday said Washington will not consider Russian proposals to legally prohibit the eastward expansion of the NATO military bloc, and has no intention of even discussing the idea.

Earlier that day, in Geneva, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov spoke for almost eight hours. According to Price, American diplomats are happy to accept various reciprocal agreements on missiles and transparency of troop movements. He noted that Washington was unwilling to make decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine's input.
"Negotiations on complex topics like arms control can not be completed in a matter of days, or even weeks. We must give diplomacy the time and space required to make progress on such complex issues."
A NATO-Russia meeting is planned for Wednesday, in which diplomats will discuss another set of security proposals, pitched by Moscow, also in December. The text delivered to the 30-member bloc last month focuses mainly on the movement of military personnel and material, including a promise that no signatories will station their forces on European states that were not members of NATO in 1997. It also includes a clause that current NATO members renounce any military activity on the territory of Ukraine, as well as in other Eastern European, Transcaucasian, and Central Asian states.



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To descend into totalitarianism or to rise up and free ourselves?

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We in Western societies naively imagine we would never descend into Totalitarianism, because such systems are unmistakably evil and we are undeniably good. Not only would we immediately recognise it, but our moral goodness and inestimable courage would see to it that we stopped it before it ever took root.

In reality, however, such systems never arise vowing to deliver evil, but always promising to do good. The Bolsheviks were apparently redressing the plight of the workers against their bourgeois oppressors. The National Socialists were of course restoring the pride of Germany after the ignominies of Versailles and hyperinflation. The theme connecting all such systems is that those propagating them are the self-proclaimed saviours of society, dealing with the problem and the enemy which they themselves have defined, and presenting the cause to the masses not as outright evil, but rather unmitigated good.

In our smugness, we imagine that we could never go along with such systems because we would see from early on the evil intent and — because we're not evil — would oppose it with all our might. Yet our ability to oppose such a system does not depend on our ability to see the evil from the comfort of our armchairs decades after it reached its hideous fullness. Rather, it depends on our ability to spot Totalitarianism in its fledgling form in our day, and on summoning the courage and resolve to stand against it here and now.

Comment: The numbed mind has no context by which to assess or judge its confinement.


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What does America stand to gain by surrounding Russia with missiles?

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US President Joe Biden • Russian President Vladimir Putin • Ukraine
In the wake of the December 31 phone call between Presidents Biden and Putin, two very different perceptions of reality were brought into conflict which we can only pray will be resolved in the coming days and weeks of meetings between both sides.

Where one side sees itself committed to supporting Ukraine's independent right to join NATO in order to help empower the trans Atlantic rules based order, the other side sees an encroaching military encirclement of its vast territory under a military doctrine dubbed "full spectrum dominance". This latter doctrine, born in the bowels of Brzezinski's "Flexible Response" doctrine of 1980, assumes that it is possible to deliver a nuclear first strike on Russia (and China) with only minor "acceptable" rates of collateral damage suffered as a consequence.

Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul correctly identified President Putin's fears of NATO's ongoing encroachment in a December 21 tweet, but was McFaul correct to dismiss these concerns as the crazy ravings of a paranoid Russian dictator with no bearing in reality? Or is there something to Putin's fears?

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Putin stamps out the fire in Kazakhstan and Ukraine

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Troops in Almaty's main Republic Square • January 6, 2022
This week's events in Kazakhstan are not surprising.

Less than one week before a major summit between the United states NATO and Russia over the security architecture of Eastern Europe, we're treated to another failed color revolution in the most strategically important place along Russia's southern border.

There was looting, horrific violence and former government buildings, the ultimate symbols of power, set on fire.

What may have been surprising was how quickly Russia and Kazakh's President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev invoked the CSTO to come in and stop the nonsense. But, if it didn't happen this way the consequences for Russia and the rest of Asia would have been catastrophic.


Comment: CTSO: Collective Security Treaty Organization


Kazakhstan is simply too big and too important for Russia to even consider allowing to fall back into the hands of someone like Nursultan Nasarbaev, a true post-Soviet meglomaniac, Russophobe and self-interested jackass whose double dealings with the West are just shy of those by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

This article by Fyodor Lukyanov, brings up a lot of good points about what this intervention means for the future and I highly recommend it. But what's most important now is that this was a stiff message to Washington, London and Brussels. Get out of Central Asia and stay out. Russia is now in control of the Heartland.

The situation is complicated.

Attention

What they REALLY mean by 'living with Covid'

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"Covi...I'm home!"
Why are media dialing back on the Covid hysteria? Is it because the "pandemic" is really over? Or is it an important part of the gaslighting process?

The past few days, even weeks, have seen a definite alteration in the media's attitude to the Covid "pandemic". There have been numerous examples of what, if the media were not so tightly controlled, might be referred to as "dissent". But, since the media is tightly controlled, we must call it an apparent change in the message.

Famously, Dr Steve James, a consultant anaesthetist, confronted UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid over the weakness of the science supporting vaccine mandates. Note this was actually aired on Sky News:
A few days ago Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, went on Good Morning America to discuss the "Omicron" wave, and ended up pointing out that most "omicron deaths" have multiple co-morbidities.

In another interview, with Fox News, Dr Walenksy said the CDC was going to publish data on how many people had died of Covid, and how many died with it.

This begs a series of important questions:
  1. Why is the director of the CDC (seemingly) engaging with these Covid skeptic arguments after two years of pretending they don't exist?
  2. Why would Sky News air, and then tweet out the video clip of a doctor challenging the health secretary?
  3. Why is the Guardian running headlines like "End mass jabs and live with Covid, says ex-head of vaccine taskforce" and quoting medical personnel who say we need to "treat Covid like the flu"?
  4. Why are new studies being promoted that claim T cells from ordinary colds can "protect you from Covid"?

Comment: FYI: It can't be over. The fat lady never sang.


Star of David

Israel says it will not be bound by any nuclear deal with Iran

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Israeli PM Naftali Bennett
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that Israel would not be bound by any nuclear deal with Iran and would continue to consider itself free to act "with no constraints" if necessary.

Indirect talks between Iran and the United States on salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resumed a week ago in Vienna. France's foreign minister said on Friday that progress had been made, although time is running out.

Bennett said in public remarks, in a briefing to a parliamentary committee:
"In regard to the nuclear talks in Vienna, we are definitely concerned... Israel is not a party to the agreements. Israel is not bound by what will be written in the agreements, if they are signed, and Israel will continue to maintain full freedom of action anywhere any time, with no constraints."
Israel, which has long warned about Iran becoming a nuclear power, has called on countries to maintain a credible military option against Iran while they pursue an agreement.

Comment: If Israel was truly concerned with Iran's nuclear capabilities, it would join those who want the agreement. It's habit of crying 'wolf' increases leverage and options, but only so long as it works. If the agreement comes to pass, we can bet Israel has a 'next move' - be it bluff, false flag, or direct strike. Containing Iran does not contain Israel.


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The time to resist vax passports is now

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Health passport
Once QR code scanning becomes habitual, a social credit system is inevitable.

I had Covid over Christmas break, after my triple-vaxxed husband brought it home from a conference, which means two things: I now have natural immunity, and you will never persuade me that vaccinated people don't spread the virus to others.

That was supposed to be the rationale for vaccine passports. If vaccines prevented the spread of Covid, then there might be value in giving people the peace of mind of knowing their local cafe or museum or office building was a safe space where nobody would infect them.

Now that vaccines turn out to be better at protecting yourself than protecting others, the rationale for making them mandatory is dissolving. And yet this is the exact moment when cities across the country are launching their own vaccine passports.

The cities of Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., all have vaccine passport systems coming into effect this month, covering restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues, and other indoor locations. Los Angeles launched SafePassLA in November, following the lead of San Francisco and New York City, which launched their vaccine passports last fall.

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Damning new documents reveal Fauci's efforts to quash early beliefs that SARS-CoV-2 was engineered

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Dr. Anthony Fauci
And how debate was shut-down to protect "science"

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci and NIH Director Francis Collins have decried the theory that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a conspiracy theory.

Back in March 2020, Collins said claims that COVID-19 was engineered in a lab were "outrageous." He pointed to a new study that "debunks such claims by providing scientific evidence that this novel coronavirus arose naturally." Notably, one of the study's authors, Kristian Anderson, had previously informed Fauci that some features of the virus "look engineered."