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The end of merit in med schools will be deadly

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Editor's Note: America is at war. This is not a traditional war, fought on a battlefield against an external enemy. It is a civilizational conflict against an internal enemy: the group quota regime, a revolutionary threat that seeks to reorganize American society around the principle of outcome equality — what the regime's partisans call "equity."

This cold civil war may go unnoticed by many day-to-day, but its stakes are often as high as life and death. Here, Roger B. Cohen, a celebrated oncologist and professor in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, explains how the group quota regime has taken hold of the American medical education system and asks urgent questions about the consequences for medicine, for the sick, and for the country.

The United States enjoys a reputation as a bastion of excellence and scientific rigor in medical education. Our country also leads the world in medical progress and innovation. That has not always been the case. It is hard to imagine the backwardness of American medical schools before a man named Abraham Flexner set out to transform them into institutions built on rigorous science.

Comment: A fair assessment of the influence of social justice to alter proven medical standards for certification and patient care.


Truong My Lan: Vietnamese billionaire sentenced to death for $44bn fraud

Comment: That's certainly one way to do it...

© EPATruong My Lan is accused of looting one of Vietnam's largest banks over a period of 11 years
It was the most spectacular trial ever held in Vietnam, befitting one of the greatest bank frauds the world has ever seen.

Behind the stately yellow portico of the colonial-era courthouse in Ho Chi Minh City, a 67-year-old Vietnamese property developer was sentenced to death on Thursday for looting one of the country's largest banks over a period of 11 years.

It's a rare verdict - she is one of very few women in Vietnam to be sentenced to death for a white collar crime.

The decision is a reflection of the dizzying scale of the fraud. Truong My Lan was convicted of taking out $44bn (£35bn) in loans from the Saigon Commercial Bank. The verdict requires her to return $27bn, a sum prosecutors said may never be recovered. Some believe the death penalty is the court's way of trying to encourage her to return some of the missing billions.

The habitually secretive communist authorities were uncharacteristically forthright about this case, going into minute detail for the media. They said 2,700 people were summoned to testify, while 10 state prosecutors and around 200 lawyers were involved.

The evidence was in 104 boxes weighing a total of six tonnes. Eighty-five others were tried with Truong My Lan, who denied the charges and can appeal.

Bizarro Earth

A tale of two fates: Gonzalo Lira and Rafi Jabar

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© Sergey Baturin/SputnikA hole is seen in the bridge's roadway after a recent shelling by Ukrainian Armed Forces in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in Donetsk, Donetsk People's Republic, Russia.
I have a friend here named Rafi Jabbar, who I served with in 2015 in Vostok Battalion. Rafi earned his DPR and Russian citizenship in combat, where he was known as a brave and expert soldier until he got wounded by a boobytrap in early 2019.

And by "wounded", I mean both his legs were blown off. In 2023, he, like Gonzalo Lira, was arrested in a foreign country on bogus charges, but he was not tortured and he did not die, and in fact, was released in less than a month, on the orders of the very highest levels of the Russian government. Here's Rafi's story - compare and contrast with the horrific fate of Gonzalo Lira, who the latest reports from reliable sources (not yet, but I think soon to be 100% confirmed) was actually extorted for over $250,000 by agents of the SBU, with the the knowledge and connivance of the vice consul of the US embassy, and when Lira tried to contact a lawyer, was beaten and tortured to death in his jail cell.)


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Majority of Germans do not believe Ukraine can win - poll

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in Berlin, Germany, on February 16, 2024.
© Global Look Press / dpa / Michael KappelerFILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in Berlin, Germany, on February 16, 2024.
Less than a half of those asked in the NATO country want an increase in military aid to Kiev, a new survey has shown

The vast majority of Germans do not believe that Ukraine can prevail against Russia, even with Western arms at its disposal, a new poll conducted on behalf of the broadcaster ZDF has suggested. Only one in ten Germans thinks that Kiev can win, the survey, published on Friday, found.

The number of skeptics in Germany continues to grow, according to the survey results from Politbarometer. While in August, 70% of respondents said they did not see Kiev winning, currently as many as 82% of those surveyed do not believe it can prevail.

Less than half of Germans want their government to send more military aid to Ukraine, the poll showed. According to the data, 42% of respondents are in favor of stronger support, while 31% want it to remain at the same level and 22% believe that it should be reduced.

Comment: Wars are not decided by public polls, but the polls do show that most people in Germany and the EU think that their politicians are trying to
beat the odds.

However, despite the poor odds as perceived by the public, if one takes the following statement: "42% of respondents are in favour of stronger support, while 31% want it to remain at the same level and 22% believe that it should be reduced" then on the balance of opinions, the more war party is twice the size of the less war party. From this perspective the leading German politicians by pushing for more aid/war to Ukraine are, it would seem, doing what their voters want, come hell or high water (link to dictionary explanation).


Germany electric car sales plummet 30% as country floats idea of weekend driving ban!

There's been a drastic drop in the registration of new electric cars in Germany as sales of the "clean" electric cars have slumped nearly 30% compared to a year earlier, reports Germany's online Blackout News here.
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© greencarreports.comAlso: Germany’s transportation minister, Dr. Volker Wissing, threatens weekend driving ban (Fahrverbot) in order to meet climate targets!
The massive sales drop is bad news for the current German socialist-green government, which aims to have 15 million vehicles on the road by 2030. Currently there are just 1.4 million!

The dismal trend underscores the unpopularity of electric cars and consumers' hesitancy when it comes to purchasing them. Electric vehicles are plagued by limited range, sparse charging infrastructure, steep upfront purchase price and their huge environmental impact, which involves the largescale mining of rare earths.

"Their market share has fallen to just 11.9%. This casts a harsh light on the mismatch between Germany's political goals and the reality of the automotive market. It is clear that political incentives and measures are inadequate," reports Blackout News. "The abolition of the electric bonus at the end of 2023 has revealed another problem. The sector's dependence on state subsidies became apparent. This has further exacerbated the crisis of confidence in the electric car market."

Brick Wall

10 examples of the censorship industry suppressing factually true information

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The era of online censorship was fueled by media-driven panics about "fake news" and "disinformation." The focus of fear switched many times, from the spy-thriller narrative of Russian agents spreading disinformation intended to undermine U.S. elections, to "conspiracy theorists" questioning the official response to COVID-19 and undermining "election integrity" by raising concerns about mail-in ballot fraud.

Eventually, these narratives led to the censorship of true information. The Foundation for Freedom Online has compiled some of the top examples:

1. Targeting of Domestic "Malinformation."

There are three categories used by the censorship industry and its government partners to distinguish between speech violations on social media: dis- mis- and mal- information (MDM). The DHS's Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) has been at the forefront of popularizing the MDM framework. They maintain an entire website for MDM resources (as documented by FFO, it was later scrubbed to remove all mentions of targeting domestic speech).

They define disinformation as speech that is deliberately created to mislead, harm, or manipulate. Misinformation is information that is factually incorrect, but not on purpose. The third level of bannable speech - "malinformation" - is defined as factually accurate, true speech that is deemed to be taken out of or lacking context. In other words, malinformation is information that is completely true or accurate, but used in the wrong way.

Comment: Excellent example of doubleplusgood doublespeak. Orwell had nothing on these folks.

Evil Rays

Sydney mall knife attack: 6 dead, several wounded, incl. baby, perpetrator was known to authorities

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Eyewitnesses have described scenes of chaos as they fled a busy Sydney shopping mall where a knifeman killed six people and wounded several others.

"It was carnage," said a witness, who was in a cafe nearby with his two young children as the attack began.

The man, who did not want to be named, told ABC News he saw a man suddenly "stabbing people indiscriminately".

Crowds poured from Westfield shopping centre in Bondi when the terrifying incident began just after 3pm.

"It was insanity," a visibly upset woman said, as she described seeing a wounded woman lying on the floor.

Comment: If it is indeed correct that the perpetrator was known to authorities, it's reasonable to question whether someone had foreknowledge that an attack like this might happen. Because, in a number of instances, there's strong evidence showing that the establishment actually facilitated the attack. That said, it's also possible that the perpetrator just 'went off': For other examples of where the attacker was known to authorities, see:


'1930s Germany': Police shut down Palestine conference, block Gaza doctor from entering country

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© John Macdougall/AFPPolice officers stand guard in front of the entrance to the venue of the Palestine Congress in Berlin
Renowned Palestinian-British doctor Ghassan Abu Sittah was barred from entering Germany on Friday where he is due to speak at a now cancelled pro-Palestine conference in Berlin about the challenges faced by medics in Gaza.

The New Arab correspondent Rabeea Eid, who is covering the conference, spoke to Abu Sittah who confirmed "they didn't let him in and he cannot now make a statement until the evening".

Abu Sittah, who was recently appointed rector of Glasgow University, is currently being held at a Berlin airport and will not be able to make the conference.

Comment: Former Minister of Finance of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, who was also scheduled to speak had this to say:

And the doctor:

So those are some examples of what Germany is stopping, and the below are just a few, recent, examples of what Germany is supporting:

More on the ICJ case against Germany:


The real book about the "white working class"

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Interview with Les Leopold, author of "Wall Street's War on Workers," the book neither party wants you to read

In late February a new book by journalist Paul Waldman and University of Maryland professor Thomas Schaller called White Rural Rage hit the bookshelves. The book was a compendium of Hee Haw! caricatures of hayseed America mixed with a blunt diagnosis: rural Americans are disproportionately racist, conspiratorial, authoritarian, and supportive of political violence, key culprits in the rise of Donald Trump. "Rural Americans," Waldman and Waller wrote, "are overrepresented among those with insurrectionist tendencies."

Media response was instantaneous and ecstatic. Morning Joe hyped White Rural Rage as if it were a cross of What Happened and The Grapes of Wrath; Mika Brzezinski sat rapt as Schaller described rural voters as "the most racist, xenophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-gay geo-demographic group in the country." Echoing one of the book's constant refrains, Paul Krugman at the New York Times wrote about "The Mystery of Rural White Rage," complaining about the illogic of rural white disdain for Democrats, while Salon's Amanda Marcotte after reading it felt emboldened to take off the "kid gloves" and pop rural America's "racist, sexist, homophobic bubble."


Why is the WHO asking doctors to lie to promote climate alarm?

Last month, everybody's favourite intergovernmental agency, the World Health Organisation (WHO), published a "new toolkit empowering health professionals to tackle climate change". The toolkit is the latest attempt to enlist one of the most trusted professions into the climate war. But not only is this transparently ideological and condescending 'toolkit' lacking in fact, it requires 'healthcare professionals' to use their authority to eschew science and lie to their patients and politicians. The climate war is, after all, political.

The problem for climate warriors of all kinds since the climate scare story emerged in the 1980s and became orthodoxy in the 1990s and 2000s has been the rapid improvement of all human welfare metrics the world over. On the one hand, all life on Earth and the collapse of civilisation hangs in the balance - that is supposedly the implication of data that shows the atmosphere has got warmer. But on the other hand, people living in economies at all levels of development are today living longer, healthier, wealthier and safer lives than any preceding generation. The era of 'global boiling', as UN Secretary General António Guterres put it, also happens to be the era in which unprecedented social development has occurred.

That is a paradox if you accept the green premise that economic development comes at the expense of the climate. The UN, which has staked its authority on being able to address 'global' issues such as environmental degradation, is committed to defending the 'global boiling' narrative. But, at the same time, actively trying to retard the development of low-income countries risks undermining its authority in the developing world.