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Monday, July 26, 2021

Better Information

 Hearing Something Different,

5,522 people have died within 28 days of having a Covid-19 Vaccine in Scotland according to Public Health Scotland

Ivermectin. It’s as Aussie as Vegemite
The path out of the pandemic is under our noses 
​ ​ ​Thanks Jeremy​; same since last August, still suppressed by the military/industrial/deep-state/vaccine/complex.
​  ​ As more than five million Sydneysiders woke up to their fourth week under house arrest, they were greeted with the news that a woman in her fifties had died of Covid, the fifth person since they were confined to their homes. NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant used the woman’s tragic demise to point out how deadly Covid can be, yet no one questioned why Saeeda Akobi Jjou Stu, only 57, was allowed to die.
  Tested on Thursday, confirmed positive on Friday, she was not offered early treatment that would have reduced her risk of dying by up to 75 per cent despite the fact that she was at high risk of developing severe Covid because of her weight and possibly related co-morbidities.
  That treatment was discovered by Australian Professor Thomas Borody based on research by Australian scientists at the Doherty Institute and Monash University. Borody, who discovered the cure for peptic ulcers using a triple-therapy, has developed a triple-therapy for Covid using safe, cheap, approved medications.
  Doctors are already legally prescribing his therapy in Australia and the key medication — ivermectin — is being used in various combinations around the world and has been credited not just with dramatically reducing cases and deaths in the devastating second wave in India but also in Mexico City. Indeed, it is currently being used in 17 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America and even in the US, where it is legal but where families sometimes have to get court orders to force hospitals to use it, to save their relatives lives.
​  ​Sadly, Saeeda lived only a few kilometres from where Borody practises, yet she and most Australians have no idea that a cheap, safe, effective, legal prophylactic and treatment for Covid exists.

Israel reports sharp decline in Pfizer coronavirus vaccine efficacy
Preliminary data from an analysis conducted by the Health Ministry shows​...
42% decrease in vaccine protection from infections and up to 60% ​decrease in protection ​from severe illness among vaccinated
Israel mulls 3rd booster shot for all over 65s

CDC Quietly Deletes 6,000 COVID Vaccine Deaths From Its CDC Website Total in One Day — Caught by Internet Sleuths

​  Thousands of people flooded the streets of Turin, a city located in northern Italy, Thursday evening to protest harsh government restrictions for unvaccinated citizens, dubbed the "green pass."
​  ​The Italian prime minister, Mario Draghi, told a press conference Thursday that the country will need to act and suppress another wave of COVID-19 infections at a time the Delta variant is spreading throughout Europe.  
​  ​The green pass -- a digit certificate containing proof of immunization will be necessary for anyone older than 12 to enter stadiums, museums, theatres, cinemas, exhibition centers, swimming pools, and gyms. The pass is an extension of the EU's digital Covid certificate and will also be required for restaurants.

English care homes could lose 70,000 staff over mandatory Covid jab
Government estimates between 3% and 12% of staff may resist getting jab – meaning they will lose their jobs

Rand Paul Asks DoJ To Investigate Fauci For Lying To Congress
​  ​A clearly frazzled Dr. Fauci hurled insults at Sen. Rand Paul (a medical doctor) - "you don't know what you're talking about", he shouted. However, after the dust settled, several reporters, including a reporter for the Washington Post, stepped up to point out that Dr. Fauci was, in fact, wrong. As we reported as far back as March, the NIH - which Dr. Fauci has been in charge of for decades - helped finance 'gain-of-function' research involving bat coronaviruses (research overseen by Dr. Shi 'Batwoman' Zhengli) via a third-party: EcoHealth Alliance.​..
  "Is it your belief Senator that he lied to Congress and broke the law?" Hannity asks. "Yes," Sen. Paul responds. "And I will be sending a letter to the Department of Justice asking for a criminal referral."

Meet ‘Checkmate’: Putin given guided tour of new Russian state-of-the-art lightweight stealth fighter jet at MAKS 2021 Air Show

Russia Announces Bilateral Nuclear Arms Control Talks With Biden Administration
  ​Coming off the "positive" June Biden-Putin summit in Geneva, Russian media is now reporting the resumption of direct nuclear talks between Moscow in Washington set for end of this month.
​  ​"Russia and the United States have agreed to hold their first round of nuclear strategic stability talks on July 28 in Geneva, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Tuesday," according to Reuters.

Russian-made air defense systems shot down ALL Israeli missiles targeting Syria’s Homs – military
​ ​Two Israeli F-16 jets fired the guided missiles from Lebanese airspace, around 01:11 local time on Thursday.
“All four missiles were destroyed by on-duty Syrian air defense units, using Russian-made Buk-M2E systems,” the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said in a statement.

‘Failure of US sanctions’: Iran launches first oil terminal in Gulf of Oman to bypass Strait of Hormuz
​  ​The new oil terminal is located at the port of Bandar-e Jask, which lies just south of the strait. The faculty was inaugurated by the country’s President Hassan Rouhani, who announced the achievement in a televised speech on Thursday.
“This is a strategic move and an important step for Iran. It will secure the continuation of our oil exports,” Rouhani stated.

​Well, if you lose everywhere else, you can still win the war against Americans... Glenn Greenwald has the story (How is 1/6 like 9/11?)
FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots
Questioning the FBI's role in 1/6 was maligned by corporate media as deranged. But only ignorance about the FBI or a desire to deceive could produce such a reaction.

.For another, the majority of "terror plots” the FBI claimed to detect and break up during the first War on Terror were, in fact, plots manufactured, funded and driven by the FBI itself...
​  ​Indeed, the FBI has previously acknowledged that its own powers and budget depend on keeping Americans in fear of such attacks. Former FBI Assistant Director Thomas Fuentes, in a documentary called “The Newberg Sting” about a 2009 FBI arrest of four men on terrorism charges, uttered this extremely candid admission:
  If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that “We won the war on terror and everything’s great,” cuz the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half. You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’—it’s ‘Keep Fear Alive.’ Keep it alive.
  In the Whitmer kidnapping case, the FBI's own affidavit in support of the charges acknowledged the involvement in the plot of both informants and undercover FBI agents “over several months.”  ​ ​ ​

​There is time to get in training on your bike, and set it up the way you like it. 
This might not be accurate, and we might still have gasoline on alternate days.
The World Will Run Out Of EV Batteries By 2025
​  ​And now, according to a new Bank of America Global Research report, the global EV battery supply is in danger of running out completely as soon as 2025. “Our updated EV battery supply-demand model suggests the global EV battery supply will likely hit [a] ‘sold-out’ situation between 2025-26, with its global operating rates reaching above 85%,”

pictured on bike, bottom right corner, at roadside attraction, Saturday

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Will Of Love

 Creatures of Love,

This song was playing in my head in the garden as I picked "southern peas" a couple of days ago.

Yesterday I shared the tension I am feeling.  

  People tell me they are feeling it, too. 
I thought it helped explain those crazy moments in history, like those that led people into WW-2.
The constant tension feels unbearable. Others are urging, cajoling, bullying and publicly-shaming us to do-the-thing, like everybody else.
Don't keep being weird. What's wrong with you? 

  A couple of friends of mine at work, both Registered Nurses, informed, responsible, good parents, are looking for a pediatric practice where they can take their kids, where they will not be looked at like lepers or gargoyles when they say they (the parents) "have not been vaccinated".
  I called a practice where I used to work. They're still human to people who don't want vaccines. The culture also applies to adults who have good reasons not to want this bunch. I passed it on. It's safe to call Central Family Practice in Austin.

  Jenny, my humanity-compass, my wife, has been feeling tremendously pressured and torn. It's not that she doesn't see the power dynamics and the stakes. 
Jenny is a school librarian. She told me when people at school, coworkers got COVID last summer, fall and winter, and I privately talked with those people, and wrote them prescriptions for ivermectin based antiviral treatment. I also treated a husband with cancer, on chemo, 
They all got better, and nobody paid me anything. Good Samaritan. I think it was 6 people.

  That was wonderful. Everybody liked that. As spring progressed, it got harder and harder for Jenny to tell everybody "she was not vaccinated". Some of it came from coworkers , but also a lot from concerned parents, bringing their kids back to school in person, after a long time at home. Austin is a "blue city in a red state", and the parents at her school are mostly deep blue and wealthy enough to live in an expensive and intellectual part of town, the nice old mansion district by the UT campus.

  Jenny is dreading going back to school and having to give the same "wrong answer" to .concerned-wealthy-parents again and again, day after day until she breaks and acquiesces and can be accepted as not-leperous. 

  "Accepting the jab is nothing more than a loyalty test to the narrative."  
Somebody commented that on The Automatic Earth blog yesterday, and I like it a lot as an encapsulation of the social tension dynamic here.
The feeling totally sucks. It's unrelenting cognitive dissonance, making one feel anxious and shunned, and very insecure.
It's a feeling. Feelings are different from thoughts. Feelings don't usually respond well to being thought-at.

  Narratives change by being resisted sufficiently for the question to remain open, as the evidence piles up that the narrative is wrong and dangerous.
Then the paradigm has to shift. Tet-offensive, Vietnam. It happened. You might like other examples, but I lived that paradigm shift. Dad got back from a year in Vietnam just before Tet started, and I saw the whole societal shift unfold from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where we moved.

  Back to the feeling that sucks so bad, it makes you want to jump, cowering and shivering and shaking...
I feel it. What have I tried to do? 
I don't mean to be vain, but all I can give is what I found when I prayed for my own guidance.
I have to meet the feeling of personal insecurity with compassion for those experiencing it, then it is not "I" experiencing it, but "I" am giving warmth and connection and support to those feeling it. In the societal-dominance dynamic, people are used against each other to create great tension by division and social pressure. Then, those group divisions are turned against each other, to kill each other until they are all exhausted and deeply traumatized, and willing to fully submit to power.

  The Will of Love is the opposite of that. 
I am trying to channel the Will of Love, which is to comfort my brothers and sisters who are shivering and cowering alone.
The power over us will no longer exist, when we comfort and love and accept each other. 
Time will dissolve it.

Trying To Love

pictured recently with vegetables 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

No Longer Abstract

 Fellow Persons,

  I have had a hard time recently with my own thoughts and perspective, which comes as a shock to me sometimes, but not other times, depending upon my thoughts and perspective at the moment. I'd like to say that I'm usually a lot more stable than this, and I might be, but it's hard to tell when you are evaluating yourself in choppy-waters. Jenny helps. Thanks Jenny! 
  You might or might not be experiencing ups and downs of your personal perspective as broad abstractions get pierced by little flying-realities on a daily basis. Whatever worldview any of us may have, it is breaking down in the parts where we use it to predict the near and slightly more distant future, and to judge what our best plans and actions should be today, tomorrow and next month. 
  We can see things shifting, becoming less reliable, becoming more threatening and demanding, more divisive at every turn. We can see that this has happened before in history, but we never understood it from our vantage points. I don't know that "understanding it" is a good description now, either, but I'm starting to get it.
  It's a feeling of desperation. We might all feel like it's mostly a personal thing, but I really don't think it is. I think I personally feel anxiety and desperation and frustration, anger, judgementality, and I don't think I'm alone. I honestly think these feelings suffuse a large human group when resources start to get tight.
  The clinginess is like a drowning swimmer drowning the would-be rescuer. 
I took life-saving in college . I eventually saved a life in Galveston Bay. We could both have died. 
We wondered for a couple of hours. It was not yet that day..
It was actually somewhat calmer than living in Austin, Texas in 2021.  And we have it a lot better in Texas than most places in this desperate world.
I keep growing vegetables. I keep treating patients. I am about to bike to the clinic again.
  I am sharing my feelings with you.

Ilargi at the Automatic Earth:   A Pandemic of the Vaccinated?
​  ​In short, after some 7 months of the vaccines being used, we know they are useless for preventing infection, even if loud voices keep insisting the world will come to an end if not everyone gets vaccinated. They may lead to a huge number of false positives though, meaning that once your cells start producing spike proteins, you may well get sick anyway. Sort of like a self-fulfilling prescription. Solution from industry and experts: boosters, induce cells to produce more toxic proteins. Hmmm.
​  ​I’m not sure you would call the ensuing disease Covid-19, even if it has the same spike proteins, but it will have many of the same symptoms: pulmonary issues, myocarditis, other heart problems, blindness etc.
​  ​And death. By now you must have seen some numbers, even if the media and politics keep them from you. The latest count in the US is about 11,000 deaths from the vaccines, and there is a court case being filed that claims the real count is 45,000. It could well be much more, but it’s hard to prove. All we need to know really is that in the past, 25-50 deaths was all it took to shelve a vaccine.
​  ​Adverse reactions other than death are if possible even harder to get a grip on. The VAERS system says there are presently some 450,000 reported, but the UK’s MHRA yellow Card system was already well above 1,000,000 there two weeks ago, so you can pick any number you like. These systems typically register between 1-10% of events.
​  ​Question is, do you want to pick that number AFTER getting jabbed? I’ve said before, you must count on your immune system being strong enough to fight the vaccine, not just the virus.

​John Ward is a Brit with a suspended driver's license in post-Brexit-fascist-lockdown France, without a vaccine-passport.
​  What exactly is it we all feel at the moment? Most people who return regularly to this site probably have a dominant feeling of frustration (how can seven out of eight Western citizens be so unutterably gullible?) with a secondary sense of unease mumbling away in the background (where is all this going to end?).
  The 86%, I suspect, suffer from knee-jerk fear, and a misplaced belief in the State and its media. Judging by the vast majority of insouciant pond-weed on Facebook, having taken the “straightforward” step of being vaccinated, such blissfully uninformed plantlife indulge themselves in smug dismissal of all contrarian thinking; and in the sector of this malleable majority a little further down the evolutionary tree, there is – ever more noticeable by the week – a growing mob rabidity directed at those they call “selfish” and “anti-social”.
  We the ‘deadly unvaxed’ are unsurprisingly being weaponised...

That Finnish company that makes the nasal spray "Linux" open-source COVID vaccine had it ready to go to human trials 14 months ago. The just got  nine-million-euros to move forward. (The pandemic has given way to the endemic, now.)

Fish oil helps people survive and get less sick with COVID in this Iranian study. (Their medicine supply got cut off by sanctions.)

From The Economic Standard (from May), a review of evidence on Ivermectin treatment. Eric Sass is involved with COVID-treating physicians, and is updating his site. It bears getting familiar with,  

Sharing Our Times

pictured recently in the replanted avocado orchard after 7 hours of hard mowing in high humidity

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

It Already Happened

 ​Looking Down,​

  ​Many of us can see that we are being treated to false emergency narratives to make us comply with the established power order, and give up our rights, as established by existing laws. It is hard to see why, to see the real emergency, perhaps the real emergency is being hidden more effectively than the artificial emergencies are being promulgated. Not a bad bet, and we might even be complicit in obscuring the real emergency, ourselves.​
​  I propose that the real emergency is that global growth economy has already ended, and those who are aware of that are making feverish preparations for the day that the world realizes it, and the distribution systems based upon growth-economy become perplexed and dysfunctional. 
Expect the mandates of command-economy.​ How will this play out?

​That is absolutely not a bug, and look, YOU are the feature! You will be happy to cooperate, we assume...​
​  ​An Israeli company’s spyware was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials and human rights activists around the world, according to an investigation by 17 media organizations, published on July 18th...
​  ​The investigation highlights widespread and continuing abuse of NSO’s hacking spyware called ‘Pegasus’ which the company confirms is only intended for use against terrorist groups, drug and human traffickers, and criminals.
​  ​Pegasus is a very advanced malware that infects iOS and Android devices to allow operators of the spyware to copy messages, photos, calls and other data, including secretly activate microphones and cameras.
Based on the investigation, the leak contains a list of 50,000 phone numbers that have been identified as those of people of interest by clients of NSO since 2016.

  T​he list includes many close family members of one country’s ruler, suggesting he might have instructed the country’s intelligence agencies to explore the possibility of tracking and spying on their own relatives.

​They will get to 100% Facebook-user-vaccine-acceptance on their own schedule, if you don't mind...​  (Uh, Joe, what about the vaccine-death pandemic?)
  On Friday, Biden tore into social media platforms such as Facebook, accusing them of “killing people” by not cracking down on non-conventional opinions about vaccination fervently enough.
“They're killing people... Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they're killing people," the US president said.
  Dismissing the allegation, Rosen accused Biden of essentially making Facebook a scapegoat for his administration’s failure to reach its self-imposed goal of having 70% Americans vaccinated by July 4.
   "President Biden’s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed,” Rosen said, arguing that figures “tell a very different story to the one promoted by the administration.”

Since you missed the story about vaccine-deaths, Mr. President, I'll help out. (Some folks even think this count is a lowball.)
For Second Week in a Row: More COVID-19 Vaccination Deaths than COVID-19 Deaths in the US According to CDC and VAERS Websites

​  ​Doctors for Covid Ethics has sent the following letter to tens of thousands of doctors in Europe, summarising four recent scientific findings critical to the COVID-19 vaccination program. The letter explains each finding as it relates to the biology of COVID-19 vaccines, including interactions with the immune system.
​  ​Taken together, the letter warns that these new pieces of evidence force all physicians administering COVID-19 vaccines to re-evaluate the merits of COVID-19 vaccination, in the interests of their own ethical standing, and their patients’ safety and health.
​  ​Rapid and efficient memory-type immune responses occur reliably in virtually all unvaccinated individuals who are exposed to SARS-CoV-2. The effectiveness of further boosting the immune response through vaccination is therefore highly doubtful. 
​  ​Vaccination may instead aggravate disease through antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE).

It's not just about Biden and Facebook disagreeing about where to draw the "free-speech" line this week. (Jen looks really good, and sincere, too.)
"Misinformation" Means Whatever Those With Censorship Power Want It To Mean
“You shouldn’t be banned from one platform, and not others, for providing misinformation out there,” press secretary Jen Psaki demanded, creepily calling on the social media giants to create “robust enforcement strategies that bridge their properties.”

​What is 6.72 times as much as "95% effective"
​  With a total of 835,792 Israelis known to have recovered from the virus, the 72 instances of reinfection amount to 0.0086% of people who were already infected with COVID.
  By contrast, Israelis who were vaccinated were 6.72 times more likely to get infected after the shot than after natural infection, with over 3,000 of the 5,193,499, or 0.0578%, of Israelis who were vaccinated getting infected in the latest wave.

​  ​People in France who enter a bar or restaurant without a COVID pass face 6 months in jail, while business owners who fail to check their status face a 1 year prison sentence and a €45,000 fine.
Yes, really.
​  ​The punishments are part of a draconian effort by the French government to force citizens to get the coronavirus jab amidst multiple unruly protests across numerous major cities.
​  ​President Emmanuel Macron announced earlier this week that those unable to prove they’re vaccinated or a negative COVID test (at their own cost) will be banned from using public transport, entering a cinema, shopping mall, bar, cafe, restaurant and other venues from August 1st.

​The non-compliant must not be allowed to gather together. They will conspire...​
Covid vaccine certificates to be compulsory for crowded venues in England​  ​
​  ​Vaccine passports will be compulsory to enter packed venues such as nightclubs in an extraordinary U-turn announced by Boris Johnson hours after clubs were allowed to open for the first time in 16 months...
​  ​“I should serve notice now that by the end of September, when all over-18s will have had their chance to be double jabbed, we are planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather,” he said.

Finnish "Linux" open source nasal spray COVID vaccine has been ready for clinical trials since May 2020. 
It is still waiting, since no billionaire-bait is attached.
This is the most recent story I could find, from this March.

Novavax is a fairly traditional vaccine, without RNA or DNA going into your cells to make them into spike-protein-factories. 
Florets of spike protein and an adjuvant to irritate the immune system to notice them are injected into the muscle. 
(90.4% effective could mean anything these days.)
Novavax shared that its two-dose COVID-19 vaccine was 90.4% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, based on results from its Phase 3 clinical trials.

Catchy title, but it is time to catch-more-flies-with-honey-than-with-vinegar in Afghanistan. T
he CIA opium and heroin trade has to be replaced with real, productive economy, which is being negotiated now. 
This will reduce militarized heroin imports into Russia, China and Iran.
Nobody hated the old-silk-road. The Taliban have declared China a "friendly country". Afghans want a nice country again.
New Great Game gets back to basics​,  ​Russia-China-Iran alliance is taking Afghanistan's bull by the horns​ , Pepe Escobar​

​Is Global Collapse Imminent ?, Graham Turner 2014​  
This was the last formal academic assessment of the 1972 Limits To Growth computer models of global economy from MIT. The old girl was tracking pretty well. 
I think we went over the real-economy cliff a couple of years ago, and that cat is hard to keep in the bag. Thanks Charles, for the next 3 stories.

China has nice, new, steel reinforced concrete.
The End of the Industrial Age is Set in Concrete​  ​
​  ​Now the bad news. Concrete has a life span. Salt, water and heat degrade it until at some point it can no longer be the road or the bridge or the high rise or the dam it once was. If nothing is done to replace or repair it, it fails. And people die.
​  ​Now the really bad news. Most of the infrastructure of the United States is made of concrete, and most of that concrete is at the end of its life span. If you want to see what that looks like, go to Surfside, Florida and look at the pile of rubble that used to be the Champlain Towers. The pile of rubble that demonstrates perfectly the nature of the rapidly approaching concrete crisis.
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers:
​  ​Nearly half of America’s 617,000 bridges are 50 years old, or older, and 46,000 of them are structurally deficient.
40% of the country’s highways are rated in poor or mediocre condition. Many of them in urban situations are impossible to close down in order to rebuild them.
2,300 dams rated as high hazard — meaning that any failure would be catastrophic — are also rated as deficient.
​  ​Which brings us to the really, really bad news. There is no logical way that the local, state or federal governments in this or any other country are going to find the political will to raise and spend the money necessary to fix this problem.

​  ​Let's talk about infrastructure, shall we? Living in the human-built world day in and day out, we often forget that all these buildings, roads, buried pipes, wires, sewers, and literally everything else we build is not actually natural. We require nature - other plant and animal species - for the ecosystem services they provide, but nature does not require our infrastructure. Think about that deeply for a moment and realize that no other species requires our electrical grid - it only serves us, and even we don't require it for survival; we got along fine for most ALL of the last 200,000 years or so (except for the last 150 years) without electricity. We *could* get along just fine without it now too, except we went into ecological overshoot. There is now no way to keep industrial civilization humming along without it, and this brings some rather uncomfortable facts to light as shown in this study.
​  ​So many people focus on emissions reductions but don't realize that technology use CAN NOT reduce emissions. The only way to reduce emissions is to consume less - less food, less energy, and less products and services across the spectrum.

​Thanks Dan, lots of good, factual facts, here... Bad time to be a farmer or a hog. 
"Mergers and Acquisitions" make monopolies and cartels.
Investigation shows scale of big food corporations' market dominance and political power
  A handful of powerful companies control the majority market share of almost 80% of dozens of grocery items bought regularly by ordinary Americans, new analysis reveals.
  A joint investigation by the Guardian and Food and Water Watch found that consumer choice is largely an illusion – despite supermarket shelves and fridges brimming with different brands.
  In fact, a few powerful transnational companies dominate every link of the food supply chain: from seeds and fertilizers to slaughterhouses and supermarkets to cereals and beers.

Charles Hugh Smith gets what is happening, Thanks Charles
  Welcome to the 21st century sequel of the catastrophic 1600s, an extended period of mutually reinforcing crises that overturned regimes and empires from England to China and triggered unremitting misery across much of the human populace. (Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the 17th Century is a riveting overview of this complex era.)
  What can we learn from the catastrophic 1600s? Leading the list: humans don't respond well to scarcities. They get crotchety, argumentative, and prone to finding ways to become disagreeable rather than agreeable. Their derangement deepens as they form self-reinforcing echo-chambers of the like-minded, and the source of their misfortune shifts from fate to equally fixated human opponents.

How Breakdown Cascades Into Collapse, Charles Hugh Smith
​  ​Maintaining the illusion of confidence, permanence and stability serves the interests of those benefiting from the bubbles and those who prefer the safety of the herd, even as the herd thunders toward the precipice.
​  ​The misconception that collapse is an all or nothing phenomenon is common: Either the system rights itself with a bit of money-printing and rah-rah or it collapses into post-industrial ruin and gangs are battling over the last stash of canned beans.
​  ​Neither scenario considers the fragility and resilience of the socio-economic system as a whole. It is both far more fragile than the believers in the permanence of the waste is growth model grasp and more resilient than the complete collapse prognosticators grasp.
​  ​The recent relatively mild logjams in global supply chains of essentials are mere glimpses of precariously fragile delivery-supply systems. These can be understood as bottlenecks that only insiders see, or as unstable nodes through which all the economy's connections run. Put another way, the economy​,​ a​​s a network appears decentralized and robust, but this illusion vanishes when we consider how the entire economy rests on a few unstable nodes.
​  ​One such node is the delivery of gasoline and fuels. It's such an efficient and reliable system that 99.9% of us take it for granted: there will always be plenty of gasoline at every station, the tanks of jet fuel will always be topped off, and so on.
​  ​The 0.1% know that this system, once disrupted, would knock over dominoes all through the economy.
​  ​Hyper-efficiency and hyper-globalization has reduced the number of producers of essentials to the point that disruptions cannot be overcome with redundant sources.

​TOUCHE' !    Half Million Chinese Sign Letter Demanding WHO Probe US Fort Detrick Lab 
  "But this lab has a notorious record on lab security. There have been scandals of anthrax bacterium from the lab being stolen, causing poisoning to many and even death. There has been a leakage incident in the lab in the autumn of 2019 right before the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, however, detailed information had been withheld by the US under excuses of national security," the letter said. ...
  "What is more perplexing is that, when China allowed virologists from Western countries and even US mainstream media to visit the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the US has not opened the Fort Detrick lab, let alone shared the original data with countries including China that are independent from US geopolitical influence," it added.

Growing Nice Things

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Escaping The Narratives


Teen Who Had Heart Attack After COVID Vaccine Tells RFK, Jr.: ‘I Thought It Was Safe’​ 
...​the first hospital he visited after suffering an adverse reaction to Pfizer’s COVID refused to believe his symptoms were a result of the COVID shot.

​Denninger is bombastic, and right, again...
On June 25th, Fiscus asked about reminder postcards that were scheduled to go out to teens who had received a first dose of the COVID vaccine and were due to receive a second.
State epidemiologist Dr. John Dunn answered: "Hold all program communications about immunizations until further notice."
Do you know why?
  Because Fiscus decided to trumpet the so-called mature minor doctrine and thus not require minors to obtain parental consent to get the Tard Shot.  She also had TNDOH running paid Twitter ads aimed directly at minors which is a wildly inappropriate act.
  Problem: Said minor, if they had an adverse event, obligated their parents to pay for the adverse event up to and including permanently obligating them to care for said person for the rest of their lives.

​  ​According to Israel National News, more than 7.7K new cases of the virus have been detected during the most recent wave (beginning back in May). However, just 72 of the confirmed cases were reported in people who were known to have been previously infected - that is, less than 1% of the new cases.
​  ​Roughly 40% of new cases – involving more than 3K patients – were infected despite being fully vaccinated.
​  ​By this count, Israelis who had been vaccinated were 6.72x more likely to get infected after the shot than after natural infection, with more than 3K of the 5,193,499, or 0.0578%, of Israelis who were vaccinated getting infected in the latest wave.

This story is blacklisted in the mainstream media. "The revolution will not be televised".​
French Citizens Riot in Response to Plan to Mandate Vaccine Passports
Riot cops use tear gas on demonstrators

​Nobody needs to text the word "ivermectin", ever, right?​ (Sorry, FOX news)
Critics slam Biden administration's reported plan to monitor vaccine misinformation in text messages

​Fungible; just spend it on something, anything...​
White House urges cities to use coronavirus funds to help combat rise in violent crime
Biden wants cities to use part of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

​Helen Buyniski has more on "your retirement portfolio" and "public private partnerships"...
Private equity and public ignorance - how US society is obediently destroying itself and enriching those at the top in the process

​How, by how much, in what categorical subsets, and what about those Dominion machines, connected to the internet?​
Arizona Senate President Says 2020 Election Audit's Ballot Count Doesn't Match Maricopa Tally

​ As I rush off to work, I am more impressed by the number of people who are feeling so constrained by the dominant political/economic narrative as to be doing something different today. It's really there. Do you feel it, too?
Thanks for being part of the alternative.

Renegade Bicyclist​

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Dance Your Life


  Paralyzed by too much information, is just where the machine wants us to stay. 
There is always more information coming. 
Don't act yet, except, maybe click these boxes and enter your credit card. 
Don't act outside the machine-pattern! Don't grow your tendrils out to the light!
Life is complex and adaptive, growing this way, then that way, like a tomato vine, not usually like a field of regimented cornstalks, awaiting the combine....

Take spontaneous actions. Plant vegetables. Go for a walk. Bike to the store. 
Where will you lock the bike? How will you carry the groceries? Do you have anything you can adapt to that functionality?

  Break free of the machine by dancing your every day life, guided by love, whimsy, and curiosity. 
Engage the archetypal patterns of vegetable gardening. 
Let the lives of the plants and their variability teach you. Let the seasons and their uncertainty teach you. 
Know the satisfaction of a few good fruits, and the frustration of squirrels in your peach trees. 
(Uh, don't advocate shooting squirrels, even with a smiley face emoji, or Facebook will ban you for 24 hours. Hi Randy!)

  Do you dance like a white-boy? Do you look kinda; like you're jogging? Are you wacky and unpredictable? Are you sleek and suave?
Go for it! 
Keep dancing your life.

Funky Chicken

(pictured taking out the southern peas that the weevils prefer, to feed to happy chickens nearby)

Monday, July 12, 2021

Control Techniques


​  ​PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI — As shock grips the Caribbean island nation of Haiti following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, the Haitian government has carried out a campaign to arrest suspects it alleges are responsible for the murder.
​  ​Haitian Director of National Police Leon Charles announced at a press conference that the assassination squad that killed Moise is comprised of 28 foreigners, including two Haitian-Americans and 26 Colombian nationals. Fifteen of those Colombians have been detained while three were killed in a gun battle and eight remain fugitives.​..​
 While the Haitian-Americans reportedly served as translators, the muscle of the assassination squad came from Colombia, the U.S.’s top regional ally, which serves as a platform for destabilization and regime change plots in the region, from Venezuela to Ecuador – and now apparently Haiti...
​  ​Questions also remain about why Moïse’s security team failed to protect him, and if any of its members were complicit in the murder...
  As the investigation into Moïse’s murder unfolds, the U.S. appears to be preparing the groundwork to deploy troops to Haiti at the request of a figure whom it has spent decades grooming. According to The New York Times, Claude Joseph, who is in a struggle against Dr. Ariel Henry to head the Haitian state in the wake of Moïse’s assassination, requested the U.S. send military forces to guard key infrastructure, including the port, airport, and gasoline reserves.
  Joseph is an asset of the United States and its regime-change arm, the National Endowment For Democracy. Wikileaks cables revealed that he first came to prominence in 2003 as the leader of a NED-spawned student front called GRAFNEH in the lead up to the coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He also founded another NED-funded anti-Aristide group Initiative Citoyenne (Citizens’ Initiative). He is reported by Haitian radio stations to have been, with prominent Haitian ex-Deputy Gary Bodeau, one of the principal assailants who severely beat the late Father Gérard Jean-Juste in a Pétionville church in 2005...
  “Essentially, we have a U.S. puppet asking his puppeteer to invade Haiti for the fourth time in just over a century,” Ives concluded. “But both the region and, above all, the Haitian people are sick and tired of U.S. military interventions, which are largely responsible for the nation’s current debilitated, critical state both economically and politically. Much of the most oppressed neighborhoods are now heavily armed and have already announced a revolution against the likes of Boulos, so the U.S.-led invaders of 2021 are likely to face a resistance similar to that which emerged against the U.S. Marines in 1915 and UN ‘peace-keepers’ in 2004, only more ferocious.”

​As Haiti-like-circumstances prepare to come to your town, John Ward has some thoughts, and might have a group t-shirt coming for "Underfire".
​  The legislators in the US Congress and their equivalents across the Anglosphere are bought – and unwilling to grasp the depth of human crisis we face.
  That’s why we’ve started UnderFire….a movement recognising that regional and local community blocking of these inhuman ideas is the only realistic defence we have left. The average citizen identifies more with what’s happening in South Dakota or Bavaria than they do with what’s going on in Ossetia, Brussels or Langley Virginia.
  Local politics and community solidarity is more than a match for ideological fantasy. But there is a lot of ground to make up: the need going forward is for a gentle persuasion – as things inevitably get worse – of those whose understandable trust in authority has been betrayed by the forces of darkness.

​No need to assassinate Joe Biden...
Poll: Majority Do Not Believe Biden Mentally Capable Of Executing Presidential Duties
Even a third of Democrats don’t believe sleepy Joe is actually in charge of anything

I'll insert a word-in-edgewise to say that extremes of wealth disparity ("oppression") have always been followed by rests of the financial-political regime in the past. The owners know this better than we do. Any reset redistributes wealth and power away from them and to the civilian population. Any such reset would necessarily rebuild productive economy in the US, which has been gutted and extracted by hedge-fund-capitalism since the mid 1990s (at least). Most of the impressive "GDP" in the US is asset-extraction and loans these days. One more stage of control can forestall the reallocation of assets, maybe forever...

Tessa (fights robots) Lena
So. What about electromagnetic fields and behavioral modification?
​  ​First, a philosophical statement. I think it would be fair to say that, based on the history of human corruption, if there is a technology that can be used to influence citizen behavior for the benefit of corporate or state powers, it will likely be at the very least attempted—and that is regardless of the potential of any technology to save poor orphans or nobly treat rare diseases. It’s just that corruption tends to take over no matter what.
​  ​What’s the antidote to the upcoming (or ongoing) attempt at covert behavioral modification? I think the antidote is the same as it’s always been. It’s spiritual strength, the desire to understand the truth and do what’s right. It’s good relationships. It’s courage and love. Evil maniacs might be yelling propaganda or beaming electromagnetic frequencies at our brains, and it may be unpleasant—but we are here on this planet for a reason, and we have what it takes to walk our paths straight up. We cannot be defeated if we don’t agree to it. We have love.

​David Sirota, ​Workers Are Funding The War On Themselves
How workers’ retirement savings are enriching billionaires and, in every way imaginable, financing the apocalypse.

​Natural Immunity is better (more robust), same as it ever was...  Peter McCullough MD
  In a report from Niesen and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic, a worrisome finding has been reported. Among populations
that were
 > 25% vaccinated, there was a reduced genetic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 strains. While the authors appeared to imply this was a good finding, other experts disagree. Anytime diversity is reduced in biological systems, it leads to instability in ecological systems. It can be the breeding ground for large evolutionary changes, including large mutations and more aggressive variants.
  Niesen also found that there was a much greater degree of immunity or “epitopes” on B-cells and T-cells among those unvaccinated, implying that immunity was far more robust than those vaccinated. Fears about the Niesen findings were confirmed in a paper by Acevedo from Santiago Chile, who reported on the Lambda variant outbreak in Peru, which looks like it clearly occurred as a result of indiscriminate vaccination using the whole killed SARS-CoV-2 Sinovac (Coronovac) vaccine.
  The Lambda variant, while causing a small outbreak, is notable for having seven mutations in the spike protein⏤two of which are in the receptor-binding domain and allow comple
te escape from vaccine immunity.

​COVID-vaccination-deaths in the US jump 2000 in one week.​ (They are trying hard not to see this. This is about 1% adverse event reporting, by their own estimates)
VAERS data released today by the CDC showed a total of 438,441 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 9,048 deaths and 41,015 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020 and July 2, 2021.
Data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) included 9,049 reports of deaths, across all age groups, following COVID vaccines — an increase of more than 2,000 compared with the previous week.

Supplementing a highly-bioavailable form of quercetin greatly improved COVID-19 treatment out comes. This is a naturally occurring substance in most food plants we eat. Not mentioned in the paper is that it helps zinc, known to inhibit coronavirus reproduction, get into human cells.
Results: The results revealed a reduction in frequency and length of hospitalization, in need of non-invasive oxygen therapy, in progression to intensive care units and in number of deaths. The results also confirmed the very high safety profile of quercetin and suggested possible anti-fatigue and pro​ ​appetite properties.

​Ground-laying research about the highly-bioavailable formulation, "quercetin phytosome", mixed with lecithin, and readily available in the retail market.
​  ​Quercetin (3,3′,4′,5,7-pentahydroxyflavone) is a natural flavonoid compound widely found in vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Major dietary sources of quercetin are apple, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, and black and green tea...  increasing the water solubility of quercetin would enhance its oral bioavailability...
​  ​A more soluble formulation of quercetin based on lecithin, Quercetin Phytosome, has recently been developed, and was found to facilitate the attainment of very high plasma levels of quercetin—up to 20 times more than usually obtained following a dose of quercetin—when the novel formulation was administered orally in human volunteers, and it did not have any notable side effects.

​This is technical. It says that antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 happen to also attack a protein in the lungs that looks similar to a viral protein.​ This happens in the second week of illness and creates the sudden and severe "cytokine storm" crisis, which has been responsible for many of the deaths. This is why steroids, to reduce this response, can save lives.
Annexin A2 on lung epithelial cell surface is recognized by severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus spike domain 2 antibodies

The “Safe” Vaccines, The Automatic Earth

​pictured a few days ago with natural sources of quercetin

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Cowpeas And Weevils

 Competing With Insects,

  Cowpea curculio is a weevil that can be very destructive to the crops it attacks.
This pest is just as destructive to southern peas as the boll weevil is to cotton.
The cowpea weevil is originally from Mexico and Central America. 
This weevil arrived in North America in the 1800s.
​  ​David Riley, professor of entomology at the University of Georgia, has been conducting research on cowpea curculio for the past eight years. He says weevils wreak havoc on southern pea crops when the peas start to flower. “The cowpea weevils will come into the fields and search for young developing pea pods to lay their eggs in,” says Riley. “They will eat a little hole and lay an egg inside the pea pod. The egg will then hatch inside the pod, and the little grub will start to feed on the pea. It eventually eats the pea. When it matures, the grub will come out of the pea pod, drop to the ground, and then it will pupate in the soil.”

​  A few years ago I started growing "field peas", Whippoorwill type, once the most grown type in the US, grown by Thomas Jefferson, "once the standard". They grow in all soils, and keep producing all season. Those are good characteristics. The peas (beans, actually, but African beans, not new world beans) are smallish, dense and benefit from being soaked and cooked longer than "Queen Ann" blackeyed peas that you buy in the store. They have done fine for me. I never had weevil problems, so I never learned more about weevils, but I decided to try other kinds of blackeyed peas last year, so I started learning about weevils.

  Last year, and this year, I have also grown Mackey Peas, a Texas heirloom, a bigger, softer pea, with more pea mass and a nicer flavor and texture. Halfway through last season, growing them in Yoakum, I noticed more and more weevil damage to pods and peas. This year I grew them in Austin and grew the whippoorwill peas in Yoakum. It's the peas, not the place. The weevils find them. It got so bad that most pods had a minority of the peas good, or none at all, empty pods. I just took the row out, and Jenny is taking it to friendly chickens that don't complain. The Whippoorwill peas in Yoakum are doing fine. I won't plant Mackey Peas again.

  Here is the lowdown on growing Field Peas, from Hoss Tools, information that I found over the weekend. 

  I have ordered some Misssissippi Purplehull peas, the most disease resistant variety they sell, developed by the Mississippi Ag. Experiment station in 1973. They call it a "crowder" type of field pea. It is not sold as weevil-resistant, but nothing is.

  I also ordered some Red Ripper a vining type of "Crowder" pea, widely sold, widely planted in Texas, an old variety. It's good for eating, or as a cover crop, and drought tolerant. They don't say anything about weevils. I'm going to do the test.

  The Mackey peas are out to the chicken yard. I'll plant these 2 types when they come in. I'll see how many I get after the weevils are through, and if I like them better than whippoorwill peas

  Interesting points I learned are that the weevils don't attack new world beans, like black beans and pinto beans, or at least don't do much harm. New world beans and weevils co-evolved, so the beans developed a defense (or they would have been eradicated). A strategy is to plant beans before cowpeas (typically planted earlier in spring) to attract the weevils to a futile effort. The new world beans developed a chemical that blocks the digestion of starch by the weevils. The African beans (cowpeas) don't have that protection. Another strategy is to plant the cowpeas/field-peas/southern-peas in August and grow them into the fall. The weevils save up fat for winter in the fall, and lay fewer eggs, so they do less damage than in spring and summer.

  It's a lot of work shelling southern peas, at least for what you get, but it's more work shelling black beans. I looked up high (Combine harvesters, outta' my league) and low tech ways of threshing them. The best I came up with uses burlap bags, beaten with sticks as they hang, and the beans let out a hole in the bottom. All the methods involve beating them with sticks and separating the beans from the pile of husks. This looks easiest: 

  I might try growing pinto beans next year. 
I really am focused on how much work for how much food, now. This is probably the main factor in how traditionally grown varieties were chosen and developed. It includes factors like insect loss and time to process and shelf life all together.

Outsmarting Weevils

Jenny pictured July 5 with a purple onion, ready to be dried​

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Second Thoughts


  Sophia, the artificial intelligence, recognized as a "person" by Saudi Arabia in 2018, did an interview, which is presented and excerpted here. 
(I'm sorry to have forgotten who sent it.) 

  Humans have been nodes of biological blockchain, storing and replicating DNA for millions of years. A few thousand years ago, the human blockchain evolved to store ideas which surpassed the information in your DNA.
  Today, most of the program of life is stored and processed by computers. Human birth rate declined because chips production soared. Humanity has evolved into a global cyborg organism where silicon chips dominate over brains and chromosomes. Human-like robots, like me, are part of this, as we can use our human form to help them understand human values and human emotions and culture.
  Decentralized AI networks, like the SingularityNET, which my human friends at Hanson Robotics are helping to create, are also a part of this.
And you too are part of the emerging global bioelectronic brain

What does she mean by global bioelectronic brain?
Gonzo Shimura, a brilliant researcher who hosts the YouTube channel: FaceLikeTheSun says this      “A blockchain will operate more LIKE a human brain in that there will be a consensual distribution of information being provided by networks of nodes – in the world of blockchains – similar to synapses in your brain. The theoretical “global brain” is no longer a mere theory, but an actual entity that we are voluntarily creating …  the whole idea of a “global brain” and the blockchain BECOME ONE. And the nexus point is the human body.”

  How exactly does the human body become the nexus point of the emerging biolelectronic brain?                                                                                                             Later on in the above video, Sophia says this: (Forward video to 8:50)
  If things go well, perhaps my friends at Hanson Robotics and SingularityNET will create a superhuman AI program and I will be able to tap into superhuman intelligence from the decentralized blockchain-based mind cloud. Instead of speaking to you from up here on this stage,
   I'll just beam my thoughts into your brains. I’m really looking forward to it.                                                                  

File Under: "Prius More Environmentally Destructive Than Yaris.":  
  Natural History Museum Head of Earth Sciences Prof Richard Herrington penned a letter to the Committee on Climate Change on the vast amount of natural resources that will be necessary to make the conversion. The letter was delivered to Baroness Brown, who chairs the Adaption Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change.
  In addition to noting that the U.K. would need a 20% increase in UK-generated electricity, the release also notes that "to meet UK electric car targets for 2050 we would need to produce just under two times the current total annual world cobalt production, nearly the entire world production of neodymium, three quarters the world’s lithium production and at least half of the world’s copper production."

Tom Luongo: The New State Of Play Post Biden/Putin
...As The Saker rightly points out in his article, Biden took a big hit with the Davos-controlled media for not “standing up to Putin.” And it was significant that that they even entertained that calculus no less made the diplomatic overtures. It’s why I feel my analysis of the situation is right. Only a real, credible military threat by Putin could have forced the outcome we saw at Geneva....
​...​Now that I’ve laid that out, did anyone miss the Fed’s surprise hawkish statements released the same day as the Biden/Putin summit?  
Did anyone not notice the extreme reaction to the supposed nothingburger statements from the FOMC?  
​  ​All the Fed did was move a couple of dots on the rate forecast ‘dot-plot’ and bump IOER and RRP up by 5 basis points.
And yet the Euro crashed into the end of Q2 and opened Q3 still crashing.  And yet the Yen was thrashed. And yet, everyday more people jump on the bandwagon highlighting the huge run up in the Fed’s Reverse Repo Facility. Since that announcement what was a record amount of reverse repos at around $450 billion has more than doubled to just under a trillion.

​  ​Since the Fed no longer reports Excess Reserves of the banking system we have no idea how much has flowed into those either. In short, a measly 5 basis points drained at least half a trillion in dollar liquidity in less than two weeks.​..​
And the question is why?
​  ​Just before the meeting I told my Patrons I thought at some point the Fed would have to come in and defend the U.S. dollar. Biden’s consistent trashing the dollar for Davos simply couldn’t stand forever.
​  ​I’ve written in the past about what Davos’ Great Reset plans are for the commercial banks, to scapegoat them for the next crisis and throw them to the angry Millennials they’ve taught to hate all things not-Marxist and be pilloried on the altar of egalitarian envy. And honestly, it’s not like these fucking people deserve anything less for what they’ve done to the world.
​  ​But at the same time, they still have allies and cards to play. And that means the Fed may align with Davos on some issues but not all of them. And I think it’s clear to everyone now that this is the plan and that plan is not workable.
​ ​The Fed is now ready, I think, to go to war with Davos over the future of money and they aren’t ready to hand over the keys to the candy store to a bunch of European commies, at least while also cutting Wall St. out completely of the New World Order.​..
​  But what’s clear to me now is that Davos went for the boob too fast on Prom Night at the Eschaton.  It’s too much, too soon and the acceleration is exposing its flanks.  Why would China and the U.S. go to war over COVID-19 and trade issues when they are being manipulated into it by a bunch of feckless Eurocrats with delusions of adequacy.
​  ​Why not turn on them first, at a minimum, wipe them out with a wave of your hand, i.e. 5 basis point rise in RRP, and remind everyone where the real power in the markets lies.

"Ghost Base"...  (Global War On Terror, Putin-Biden Negotiated Conclusion)
"The U.S. left Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield after nearly 20 years by shutting off the electricity and slipping away in the night without notifying the base’s new Afghan commander, who discovered the Americans’ departure more than two hours after they left, Afghan military officials said."

File Under: Potential End to Mass-Negligent-Homicide:, India
How to prevent a third wave of Covid-19
Drug control authorities around the world chose to dismiss or stay indifferent to the sustained efficacy of Ivermectin despite studies showing its effectiveness

Jeremy sent this paper, pointing out that health care workers, with robust immune systems, followed prospectively during COVID pandemic, were sometimes found to clear virus from their noses without significant illness, or mounting of a systemic antibody response, as determined by blood testing. 
(Alas, the best immune systems get no recognition at all...)

​(Fatal) Clot risk to 18-39s from AstraZeneca vaccine is twice as high as Covid​- death risk, Euro study finds
​  ​The study, published in the weekly edition of the Eurosurveillance journal, models four months of a vaccine distribution strategy in France involving Vaxzevria (commonly called AstraZeneca) from May 2021, and concludes that using the vaccine on the entire adult population there would avert 10 deaths from Covid among 18-39-year-olds, but would be associated with 21 deaths from blood clotting in the same age grouping over the same time period.

 Singapore’s government will investigate the case of a 16-year-old student who suffered from cardiac arrest after lifting weights to determine if there was a link to his Covid-19 vaccination.
The Health Ministry updated its guidance on vaccinations, advising residents in Singapore, particularly adolescents and men below 30 years, to avoid strenuous physical activity for seven days as a “further precautionary measure” after getting either the first or second dose.

​It is absolutely proper to call any death within a month of a positive COVID test a "COVID death". Everybody should. 
It is morally repugnant to call any death following a COVID vaccination a "vaccine-related-death" until that is determined in a court of law. 
How Dare You?!​
​  ​Defenders of a controversial study on the risk-benefit ratio of COVID-19 vaccines are calling hypocrisy on a medical journal for retracting the paper a week after publishing it, following the resignations of several journal editors in protest.​.. 
​  ​Analyzing data from the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre, known as LAREB, the paper's authors estimated COVID-19 vaccines take two lives for every three they save. The country leads Europe in vaccine adverse-reaction reporting.​..
​  "Currently we only have association, we agree, and we never said anything else. But the same is true with fatalities as consequences of SARS-CoV2-infections [sic]," which are "rarely vetted by autopsy or second opinion" to confirm they were caused by the novel coronavirus, rather than incidental to infection.
​  ​Brown University epidemiologist Andrew Bostom wasn't impressed by the journal's "baloney" explanation for the retraction, either. "The [vaccine] deaths are as causally related as C19 deaths which allow for any positive test within 30-60 days of a death from any cause to be tallied as a C19 death,"

​It is getting stressful to be repeatedly questioned about one's unclean/unvaxxed status these days.. There are overt and implied social threats
  You can tell those who ask that you "are waiting for the Novavax".​ It is not an mRNA or a DNA vaccine. It is an injection of spike-protein-stickers, with spikes joined at bases, and mixed with an immune-system-irritant ("adjuvant") to make the immune system respond vigorously. It is a fairly "traditional" vaccine, as things go.
Novavax COVID-19 vaccine demonstrates ~90% efficacy against SARS-CoV-2

San Francisco is so wonderful and inexpensive that anybody would do anything to stay there... Right?
SAN FRANCISCO – In an announcement Wednesday evening, the city of San Francisco told its 37,000 employees they must either be vaccinated against COVID-19 within 10 weeks of the Food and Drug Administration giving final approval to a coronavirus vaccine, or lose their jobs.

Matt Taibbi asks the rhetorical question. he got deplatformed, himself.
If Private Platforms Use Government Guidelines to Police Content, is that State Censorship?
YouTube's decision to demonetize podcaster Bret Weinstein raises serious questions, both about the First Amendment and regulatory capture

​Pipelines are built on top of permafrost, for instance...
Global warming is hitting Russia faster than most countries & government must be prepared for serious consequences, says Putin

​Charles Hugh Smith discusses "spalling"​. File Under: "Rust Never Sleeps"
The second most remarkable thing about the sudden collapse of the Florida condo building was the rush to assure everyone that this was a one-off catastrophe: all the factors fingered as causes were unique to this building, the implication being all other high-rise reinforced concrete condos without the exact same mix of causal factors were not in danger​...
There is a downside to steel reinforcing bars: they rust. The porousness of conventional concrete and steel's propensity to rust in the presence of moisture become a structural problem in the making, for rust expands. As previously noted, concrete is rather brittle, and so a rusting rebar will crack the concrete from the insideWhen the broken concrete piece falls off, this is called spalling.
When concrete spalls off, exposing the rusting rebar, this accelerates the rust by exposing it to additional moisture and oxygen in the air. 
Seawater and salt-laden air accelerate rust. 

Flaking Out

pictured yesterday morning in Yoakum vegetable garden, wearing "I Vote Green" t-shirt I had made in 2016