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Clip of murder suspect fleeing Oregon courthouse before trial goes viral

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An Oregon man accused of murder is going viral after footage posted to social media showed him fleeing police and escaping the courthouse.

Edi Villalobos, 28, who is charged with murdering 33-year-old Artemio Guzman-Olvera, fled the Washington County Courthouse on Feb. 27 during the pretrial jury selection, according to a report.

Footage from security cameras shows Villalobos being escorted into a courtroom by two officers who placed him in a chair and removed his handcuffs and leg shackles in accordance with state law.

Comment: Guess it was worth a try.


Heavily Criticised Pro-lockdown Paper Cited Far More Than Anti-lockdown Papers

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Formal scientific institutions took a battering during the pandemic, and deservedly so. From the wildly inaccurate predictions of SAGE modellers to the denial of natural immunity by signatories of the John Snow Memorandum, 'Science' (uppercase 's') has not had a good three years.

A particularly striking illustration of this is citation patterns in the scientific literature. If things were working well, the best studies would get cited the most. Unfortunately, that appears not to be the case: citations have flowed disproportionately to studies that uphold The Narrative.

In June, 2020, researchers from Imperial College London (including our old friend Neil Ferguson) published a paper in the prestigious journal Nature titled 'Estimating the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in Europe'.

They concluded - on the basis of a complex model-fitting exercise - that lockdowns had saved the lives of 3.1 million people across 11 European countries. That's right, 3.1 million lives saved, and during the first three months of the pandemic alone.

Doesn't very plausible, does it? After all, Sweden didn't lock down, and they saw about as many deaths - or even fewer - than the countries that did lockdown. So how did the researchers get to the figure of 3.1 million lives saved?

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'We were wrong': Pioneer in child gender dysphoria treatment says trans medical industry is harming kids

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Dr. Susan Bradley, a Canadian psychiatrist and pioneer in child gender dysphoria treatment, came out against the popular model of affirming children's transgender identities and putting them on puberty blockers — a practice she was once involved in — in an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Bradley started a pediatric gender clinic in 1975 aimed at treating children with gender dysphoria — a deep sense of discomfort with one's body and biological sex — in which she offered a therapy-focused approach; most patients outgrew their feelings of being transgender over time, she told the DCNF. Around 2000, the clinic began prescribing puberty blockers to gender-dysphoric children as a way to alleviate their distress, a model which has since become widely adopted by medical establishments around the world, including in the U.S.

Bradley, who is now in her early eighties, expressed regret that the clinic had participated in the administration of puberty blockers for gender dysphoria, which she now believes can cement a child's sense of confusion out of which they would likely otherwise grow. She also expressed concern about the drugs' side effects.

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Bizarro Earth

Ukrainians give neo-Nazi facelift to signpost in Antarctica

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Kiev's Antarctic agency has praised the explorers for their "incredible job"
Ukrainian polar explorers have repainted a signpost at the country's Antarctic station, commemorating the country's "allies," as well as daubing a ceremonial signpost in the red and black colors of the WW2-era Nazi collaborator Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

The makeover was announced by the National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine in a Facebook post on Saturday, with the agency praising the explorers for their "incredible job."

The signpost is located at the Akademik Vernadsky polar station, formerly known as Station Faraday before it was transferred to Kiev by the UK in the mid-1990s. The signpost had remained untouched for some 20 years and direly needed to be repaired, the agency explained.

Black Cat

Too little, too late: Michigan Governor Whitmer admits COVID-19 lockdowns went too far

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) admitted on Sunday that her administration's pandemic-era lockdown policies went too far, such as her April 2020 executive order barring most stores from selling gardening supplies, including seeds and plants, to Americans who wanted to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

"There were moments where, you know, we had to make some decisions that in retrospect don't make a lot of sense, right? If you went to the hardware store, you could go to the hardware store but we didn't want people to be congregating around the garden supplies," Whitmer told CNN's Chris Wallace.

"People said 'oh, she's outlawed seeds.' It was February in Michigan, no one was planting anyway," she continued (except it was in April). "But that being said, some of those policies I look back and think, you know, maybe that was a little more than what we needed to do."

Comment: Whitmer's pseudo-admission doesn't even begin to cover all the Totalitarian messaging and policies her malevolent administration put forth and implemented against the people she was elected to serve.


EU nation arrests politician following Donbass visit

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Aivo Peterson
Estonian authorities announced on Friday that politician Aivo Peterson had been arrested on suspicion of activities against the state, along with two other individuals whose names were not released. The Baltic country's security service detained Peterson in the town of Narva-Joesuu, on the border with Russia.

Two Estonian citizens and one Russian national with permanent residence were detained, Security Police spokesman Harrys Puusepp confirmed to local media, identifying only Peterson by name. Puusepp did not offer any details about the charges against them, saying only that the state prosecutors were investigating them for "creating associations against the Estonian Republic."

Peterson is a prominent member of Together (known in Estonian as Koos, and in Russian as Vmeste), a leftist political movement advocating the peaceful coexistence of Estonians and Russians. He ran for parliament as a candidate of the Estonian United Left in last week's election. His arrest amounts to government repression, Together activist Andrey Pozdnyakov told the outlet Postimees.

Estonian outlets, such as Postimees and the state broadcaster ERR, described Peterson as a "pro-Kremlin activist" and accused him of making "pro-Russian statements."


Dad dresses as Julius Caesar at school board meeting to protest teacher's gender-fluid attire

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New Hampshire dad, Michael Guglielmo, dressed as Julius Caesar at a school board meeting
A Concord, New Hampshire father, who was banned from occupying an elementary school's property, dressed up as Julius Caesar at a school board meeting on Monday to drive his claims that a public school district is "facilitating gender confusion."

Michael Guglielmo said:
"I am Caesar. Julius Caesar of Rome, the emperor. I am also a female. Does anybody here believe that? That I am Julius Caesar? Anybody believe that? No, of course not. It's ridiculous."
Guglielmo called for the suspension of both Concord School District Superintendent Kathleen Murphy and Christa McAuliffe Elementary School Principal Kristen Gallo for "facilitating gender confusion" by allowing an art teacher who identifies with the LGBTQ community to continue teaching in the elementary school.

Guglielmo has been outspoken about the art teacher, Silas Allard, who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, for his decision to wear traditionally female clothing during the school day. He has also criticized Allard's previous social media posts, arguing they are inappropriate for children.

Dollar Gold

Central bank digital currency is the endgame - part 1

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Central bank digital currency (CBDC) will end human freedom. Don't fall for the assurances of safeguards, the promises of anonymity and of data protection. They are all deceptions and diversions to obscure the malevolent intent behind the global rollout of CBDC.

Central Bank Digital Currency is the most comprehensive, far-reaching, authoritarian social control mechanism ever devised. Its "interoperability" will enable the CBDCs issued by various national central banks to be networked to form one, centralised global CBDC surveillance and control system.

Should we allow it to prevail, CBDC will deliver the global governance of humanity into the hands of the bankers.

CBDC is unlike any kind of "money" with which we are familiar. It is programmable and "smart contracts" can be written into its code to control the terms and conditions of the transaction.

Policy decisions and broader policy agendas, restricting our lives as desired, can be enforced using CBDC without any need of legislation. Democratic accountability, already a farcical concept, will become literally meaningless.

CBDC will enable genuinely unprecedented levels of surveillance, as every transaction we make will be monitored and controlled. Not just the products, goods and services we buy, even the transactions we make with each other will be overseen by the central bankers of the global governance state. Data gathering will expand to encompass every aspect of our lives.

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Are humans becoming an extension of their machines? ChatGPT may have irrevocable consequences for learning and decision-making

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We already rely on digital crutches in numerous aspects of our lives - will we delegate even our essential faculties to AI?

Mankind's modern trajectory has been defined by several inflection points. The invention of electricity, the light bulb, the telegraph system, the computer and the Internet, among others, have all signaled new irreversible milestones in our modus vivendi.

The recent introduction of ChatGPT may, however, prove to be more than an inflection point. It, and AI models like it, may be a permanent disruptor to our way of life; their bloopers and Wokist tantrums notwithstanding.

Chat GPT is now the fastest-growing consumer app in history. Within two months of its launch in November 2022, ChatGPT managed to garner more than 100 million users. Its developer OpenAI, which began with 375 employees and thin revenue, is now valued at $30 billion and counting.

Stock Down

America's small banks are crashing and the vultures will soon be circling

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Deposits as a percent of liabilities in twenty-four major banks
Over the weekend, when parsing through the carnage sweeping the US banking sector, we analyzed (above) which banks are facing the highest deposit-run risk in the aftermath of the SIVB - and now SBNY - failures, and focused on a handful of names who have the bulk of their funding in the form of deposits - deposits which are now suddenly at risk amid what seems to be a major bank run.

JPM's Michael Cembalest - whose bank is poised to benefit the most from the ongoing carnage - chimed in with the following chart, which added an additional axis looking at loans plus securities as a % of total deposits, but which after the new BTFP bailout facility is irrelevant since the Fed and TSY are effectively backstopping unrealized losses on securities.