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Covid Is Over (If You Want It)

War is over banner John Lenon
This holiday season, lets all exhale, gift ourselves peace and freedom from the psychological burden of the pandemic, turn off the media and get back to what's important.

The title of this blog post is, of course, an homage to the classic John Lennon Christmas song "Happy XMas (War is Over)", which then spurred the popularity of the phrase "War is Over! (If You Want It)".

Despite my distaste for Yoko Ono (and John Lennon being one of my least favorite Beatles), the song is undeniably one of the greatest ever written, both musically and lyrically.

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Gunman kills 1, wounds 4 in terror shooting in Jerusalem Old City

Palestinian attacker shot dead by officers near entrance to Temple Mount; Hamas hails 'heroic operation'; incident comes days after stabbing nearby; PM warns of 'copycat attacks'
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Jerusalem's Old City on November 21, 2021.
A Hamas gunman opened fire in the alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday morning, killing one Israeli man and wounding four others, two of them seriously, Israeli officials said.

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You don't own your Tesla!

A Tesla model 3 car.
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A Tesla model 3 car.
An interesting item in the news the other day got almost no attention.

The thing that got attention in the news was the news that a " . . .problem with Tesla servers on Friday once again left hundreds of drivers unable to enter and operate their electric cars."

No analysis of the italicized implications was offered.

Ergo, it's well to considering them.

For the past 120 years or so - since the first cars began rolling under their own power - it was taken as a given that the people who owned them controlled them. The keys were a physical symbol of ownership because he who held the keys controlled the car. Parents would threaten to withhold the keys from their teenaged drivers, if their grades slipped, for instance.

But once you were no longer a kid, if you held the keys then the car was yours. You used to see dangling-suggestively keys in car ad copy; the implication being - this could be yours (and by implication, no one else's).

Not anymore.

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NewsReal: Rejecting The Cure - Massive Freedom Rallies Around The World

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Huge numbers of people in dozens of cities all over the world recently turned out for protests against mandatory vaccinations and other government pandemic measures. Most state and 'private' media apparently missed them ('cause they're not reporting on them) so on this NewsReal Joe and Niall run through some of the highlights - including police apparently shooting at protesters with live rounds in The Netherlands.

But first up this week: the Rittenhouse trial outcome, the discreet 'retraction' of the Steele dossier, the new Oliver Stone documentary JFK Revisited, and the 'hidden hand' that has been faking news ad nauseum since 1963...

Running Time: 01:40:09

Download: MP3 — 68.8 MB


The media's verdict on Rittenhouse was composed of nothing but lies

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Kyle Rittenhouse pulls numbers of jurors out of a tumbler during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 16, 2021
Why so many got this story so wrong.

Here is what I thought was true about Kyle Rittenhouse during the last days of August 2020 based on mainstream media accounts: The 17-year-old was a racist vigilante. I thought he drove across state lines, to Kenosha, Wisc., with an illegally acquired semi-automatic rifle to a town to which he had no connection. I thought he went there because he knew there were Black Lives Matter protests and he wanted to start a fight. And I thought that by the end of the evening of August 25, 2020, he had done just that, killing two peaceful protestors and injuring a third.

It turns out that account was mostly wrong.

Unless you're a regular reader of independent reportingJacob Siegel of Tablet Magazine and Jesse Singal stand out for being ahead of the pack (and pilloried, like clockwork, for not going along with the herd) — you would have been served a pack of lies about what happened during those terrible days in Kenosha. And you would have been shocked over the past two weeks as the trial unfolded in Wisconsin as every core claim was undermined by the evidence of what actually happened that night.

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Tens of thousands of protesters demand 'end to tyranny' in Australian cities

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People hold up placards during a rally against Covid-19 lockdown and vaccination measures in Melbourne, Australia, November 20, 2021
Protesters thronged the streets of Australian cities on Saturday, demanding an end to what they called the "tyranny" and "oppression" of lockdowns, vaccine mandates, and the proposed expansion of the government's pandemic powers.

In Melbourne, Sky News reporter Sophie Elsworth described "tens of thousands of people streaming through the streets." The march came after a week of smaller protests aimed at Victoria Premier Dan Andrews' controversial pandemic bill, which if approved by the state's legislature would allow Andrews and Health Minister Martin Foley to declare an indefinite state of emergency and issue public health orders by decree - including "any order... that the minister believes is reasonably necessary to protect public health."

Should the bill pass, it would allow Andrews to target certain classes of people with these orders, categorizing them by age, occupation, or vaccination status. Fines for noncompliance would range from up to AU$21,800 for people and AU$109,000 for businesses.


Christian emigration from US to Russia shows Moscow now 'leader of the free world' - Church Patriarch

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Patriarch Kirill • Moscow, Russia, November 4, 2021
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, has argued that his country's independence from negative outside influence is what makes it truly free, in his eyes.

In an interview broadcast on the Rossiya-1 TV channel on Saturday, the religious leader was asked to comment on instances of Orthodox Christians having emigrated from the US to Russia.
"I can imagine the types of reaction to my words from different corners, but I can prove that Russia today is the true leader of the free world. We're free from the most powerful influences from abroad. We're developing in accordance with our own path and, by God's will, our path shall be successful. Russia can serve as an example for others. We have many problems, but these problems are solvable."


BBC reveals whether surge in deaths in mental health units was due to Covid

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Almost twice as many people died during the first 12 months of the pandemic while receiving treatment in mental health wards in England compared to usual figures, BBC has reported.

Some 490 people died in England between March 2020 and March 2021 while detained under the Mental Health Act, the broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing data from the latest report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

According to BBC, the average annual death toll among psychiatric ward patients between 2012 and 2019 amounted to 273 people, which means the figure released by the CQC was almost twice as high. The care services regulator also said that only 166 of those deaths were caused by Covid-19, while another 324 patients died because of "non-Covid" reasons.


Sweden has had 'negative' excess mortality since the start of 2020

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We all remember what happened last year when Sweden's unflappable state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell announced there wouldn't be a lockdown. His "trust-based" approach was roundly denounced - not only in the media, but also by some 'experts'.

As Johan Anderberg notes, Sweden's pandemic strategy was variously described as "deadly folly" (Guardian), "a disaster" (Time magazine) and "the world's cautionary tale" (New York Times).

Since the end of the first wave, however, Sweden has been gradually creeping down the list of countries by official Covid death rate. As of 16th October, it was ranked 52nd - well below the European average.

Yet this actually understates how well Sweden has done. As I and others have consistently argued, number of Covid deaths per million is not the best measure of the pandemic's impact on mortality. Far better is age-adjusted excess mortality.


HUGE protests erupt across Europe, Australia, against lockdowns & vaccine passports

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As cases rise again, a number of European governments have started to reimpose limits on activity, ranging from Austria's full lockdown to a partial lockdown in the Netherlands and restrictions on the unvaccinated in parts of Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Austria is to reimpose full lockdown from Monday. Country will also mandate vaccines for everyone from February 1
  • Partial lockdown introduced in The Netherlands on November 13, with limits on home visitors, working from home encouraged, and public events scrapped
  • German ministers say they can't rule out full lockdown, with decision to be determined by hospitalisation rates
  • Restrictions imposed on the unvaccinated in Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Unvaccinated banned from restaurants in Germany
  • Belgium ICU coordinator says there is an increasing risk country will have to resort to triage as cases mount
  • France's Emmanuel Macron says he thinks high levels of vaccines will be enough to avoid future lockdowns
  • Britain, with higher infection numbers than most European countries, is rolling out booster jabs

Comment: It's fairly clear by now that the shots don't work, so the question remains, why are governments hellbent on jabbing everyone? And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Covid Cases Among the Vaxxed Explode... So Govts Lockdown the Unvaxxed!