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28.11.2022 - 22:37 [ Tess Summers / Nitter ]

„Covid infection levels across China have broken previous records“. No, testing has broken records. It’s amazingly disappeared in all countries that don’t test all the time. Proof that the tests were always about control over people, not disease.

28.11.2022 - 06:34 [ CDC.gov ]

Guidance for Certifying Deaths Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19)

(April 4, 2020)

In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID–19 cannot be made, but it is suspected or likely (e.g., the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty), it is acceptable to report COVID–19 on a death certificate as “probable” or “presumed.” In these instances, certifiers should
use their best clinical judgement in determining if a COVID–19 infection was likely. However, please note that testing for COVID–19 should be conducted whenever possible.

(…)

When a death is due to COVID–19, it is likely the UCOD and thus, it should be reported on the lowest line used in Part I of the death certificate. Ideally, testing for COVID–19 should be conducted, but it is acceptable to report COVID–19 on a death certificate without this confirmation if the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty.

24.11.2022 - 16:39 [ @wikileaks / Nitter ]

Julian Assange speaking in 2011: „The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war“

(18 Aug 2021)

24.11.2022 - 12:05 [ @Hromadske / Nitter ]

The Biden administration is concerned that Russia may use chemical weapons in Ukraine if its troops continue to lose ground. They are trying to prepare allies for such an event. However, the US has no intelligence data to suggest that the use of chemical weapons is imminent.

24.11.2022 - 11:57 [ Politico.com ]

U.S. concerned Russia could use chemical weapons in Ukraine

The U.S. does not have any intelligence to suggest such an attack in Ukraine is imminent, the people said. In fact, many DoD officials believe the fighting will stall during the winter months, with neither side able to take much ground.

But in the case of continued battlefield losses, or a complete collapse of the Russian army, some top officials working on the issue have determined that Moscow might resort to employing chemical weapons — including those the country has been associated with using in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

24.11.2022 - 11:50 [ Newsweek ]

Exclusive: Inside the Military’s Secret Undercover Army

(17. May 2021)

No one knows the program’s total size, and the explosion of signature reduction has never been examined for its impact on military policies and culture. Congress has never held a hearing on the subject. And yet the military developing this gigantic clandestine force challenges U.S. laws, the Geneva Conventions, the code of military conduct and basic accountability.

17.11.2022 - 10:05 [ Michael Butter, Professor of American Literary and Cultural History, University of Tübingen / Yahoo.com ]

There’s a conspiracy theory that the CIA invented the term ‚conspiracy theory‘ – here’s why

(March 16, 2020)

One may find the CIA’s attempt to influence public opinion problematic. But there is not a single sentence in the document that indicates the CIA intended to weaponise, let alone introduce the term “conspiracy theory” to disqualify criticism. In fact, “conspiracy theory” in the singular is never used in the document. “Conspiracy theories” in the plural is only used once, matter-of-factly in the third paragraph:

Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organisation, for example, by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us.

14.11.2022 - 07:02 [ newagebd.net ]

Corrupting the system at every level

‘JULIAN is fighting for his survival and he’s going through hell, that’s the best way to put it,’ Stella Assange says when I ask how he’s doing.

The wife of the world’s most famous political prisoner is speaking to Declassified as part of her relentless battle to save her husband’s life.

04.11.2022 - 06:27 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

26.10.2022 - 06:16 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The lockdown files: Rishi Sunak on what we weren’t told

(27 August 2022)

Lockdown – closing schools and much of the economy while sending the police after people who sat on park benches – was the most draconian policy introduced in peacetime. No. 10 wanted to present it as ‘following the science’ rather than a political decision, and this had implications for the wiring of government decision-making. It meant elevating Sage, a sprawling group of scientific advisers, into a committee that had the power to decide whether the country would lock down or not. There was no socioeconomic equivalent to Sage; no forum where other questions would be asked.

So whoever wrote the minutes for the Sage meetings – condensing its discussions into guidance for government – would set the policy of the nation. No one, not even cabinet members, would know how these decisions were reached.

26.10.2022 - 06:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak is just the start. The great lockdown scandal is about to unravel

(25.08.2022)

For some time, I’ve been trying to persuade Rishi Sunak to go on the record about what really happened in lockdown. Only a handful of people really know what took place then, because most ministers – including members of the Cabinet – were kept in the dark. Government was often reduced to a “quad” of ministers deciding on Britain’s future and the then chancellor of the exchequer was one of them. I’d heard rumours that Sunak was horrified at much of what he saw, but was keeping quiet. In which case, lessons would never be learnt.

His speaking out now confirms much of what many suspected. That the culture of fear, seen in the Orwellian advertising campaign that sought to terrify the country, applied inside Government.

26.10.2022 - 05:48 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak replaces third of Liz Truss’s Cabinet as he vows to fix mistakes of her premiership

Three were given their old jobs – Dominic Raab, the Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary, Mr Gove, the Communities Secretary, and Steve Barclay, the Health Secretary.

24.10.2022 - 19:33 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

21.10.2022 - 19:30 [ CraigMurray.org.uk ]

The Party is Over

It is fascinating that both the Tory and Labour parties have now adopted exactly the same mechanism to prevent the membership electing a leader again with views outside the narrow Establishment consensus – in both parties that mechanism being an increase in the number of MPs who have to nominate, before a candidate can get their name before the party membership.

The professionals are to radically limit the options of the members.

21.10.2022 - 18:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

‘Like being in a cult’: MPs on the seven days that brought down Liz Truss

One weary-sounding Conservative MP said they felt they had been in the grip of a cult over the last six weeks – and had escaped just in time. Others, however, still felt trapped, they said. “That is literally what it’s been like … It’s such a sense of relief. I just thank God it’s over.”

21.10.2022 - 00:50 [ Spiked ]

Britain is a political wasteland

It all paved the way for the Jeremy Hunt coup. That nerdy technocrat is hardly Pinochet. He’s an improbable usurper of power. Yet the political and strategic fragility of Trussism meant he could very easily sweep in and take control. He now runs the country. He has stuffed the Treasury with Osbornites and Hammondites and others who, like him, love ‘competence’ above all else. They want to steer the nation from the choppy waters of Brexit and Boris back to the safe shore of technocracy. Even though we didn’t vote for that, and don’t want it. That sappy Remainers could seize the reins of power was further proof of the infirmity of Trussism. One house of cards replaced with another.

09.10.2022 - 13:30 [ CommonDreams.org ]

OPEC’s Slap in the Face Shows Biden Critics Were Right About Meeting With Murderous Saudi Prince

President Joe Biden has a lot of reasons to be furious with his national security team who, against his better judgment, systematically pressured him for 18 months to do an about-face on Saudi Arabia.

The White House has reportedly been in a state of „spasm and panic“ since Wednesday, when it became clear that several of the U.S.’s Persian Gulf partners, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, were set to commit what the White House considered „a hostile act“: an extensive cut in oil production coordinated with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, which will send oil prices soaring and very likely harm Democrats in the U.S. midterm elections in November.

25.09.2022 - 17:35 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

24.09.2022 - 21:42 [ BiometricUpdate.com ]

EU parliament majority now in favor of banning AI surveillance in public

(23.09.2022)

According to the document, some EU countries are pushing to add more exemptions for law enforcement.

These include the police being able to use real-time facial recognition (RTFR) to prevent any “substantial threat” to critical infrastructure. The exceptions join the list, which already includes searching for kidnapping victims and suspects of crime.

German liberal Svenja Hahn told Politico that negotiations are still ongoing, but the EU parliament will formally try to secure its position on the matter by the end of the year.

24.09.2022 - 21:09 [ AlgorithmWatch.org ]

A guide to the AI Act, the EU’s upcoming AI rulebook you should watch out for

(28.08.2022)

The unfolding of this is being attentively watched by other global players as the law will also have an effect outside the EU.

Currently, the EU Parliament and EU Council are each negotiating the draft written by the EU Commission within their own institutions. After this, the three bodies will go into trilogue negotiations.

Here is a guide for you to understand this new regulation and the political processes around it.

21.09.2022 - 20:58 [ Newsweek ]

Ex-Putin Advisor Threatens Nuclear Weapons in First 20 Seconds of Interview

Show host Justin Webb interjected to ask Markov if he believes Putin’s speech included „a clear threat“ to „start a general nuclear war that would kill everyone.“

„Not everyone,“ Markov replied, but it would „kill a lot of people in the Western countries.“

19.09.2022 - 15:33 [ US Supreme Court ]

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES: NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS, ET AL., APPLICANTS 21A244 v. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, ET AL

(13.01.2022)

Administrative agencies are creatures of statute. They accordingly possess only the authority that Congress has provided. The Secretary has ordered 84 million Americans to either obtain a COVID–19 vaccine or undergo weekly medical testing at their own expense. This is no “everyday exercise of federal power.” In re MCP No. 165, 20 F. 4th, at 272 (Sutton, C. J., dissenting). It is instead a significant encroachment into the lives—and health—of a vast number of employees. “We expect Congress to speak clearly when authorizing an agency to exercise powers of vast economic and political significance.” Alabama Assn. of Realtors v. Department of Health and Human Servs., 594
U. S. ___, ___ (2021) (per curiam) (slip op., at 6) (internal
quotation marks omitted). There can be little doubt that
OSHA’s mandate qualifies as an exercise of such authority.
The question, then, is whether the Act plainly authorizes
the Secretary’s mandate. It does not. The Act empowers
the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures.

(…)

The Solicitor General does not dispute that OSHA is lim-
ited to regulating “work-related dangers.” Response Brief
for OSHA in No. 21A244 etc., p. 45 (OSHA Response). She
instead argues that the risk of contracting COVID–19 qual-
ifies as such a danger. We cannot agree. Although COVID–
19 is a risk that occurs in many workplaces, it is not an occupational hazard in most. COVID–19 can and does spread at home, in schools, during sporting events, and everywhere else that people gather. That kind of universal risk is no different from the day-to-day dangers that all face from
crime, air pollution, or any number of communicable diseases. Permitting OSHA to regulate the hazards of daily life—simply because most Americans have jobs and face those same risks while on the clock—would significantly expand OSHA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization.

19.09.2022 - 15:21 [ theGuardian.com ]

US supreme court blocks Biden’s workplace vaccine-or-test rules

(13.01.2022)

The court’s conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (Osha) vaccine-or-test rule on US businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would have been affected.

“Osha has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the Covid-19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what Osha has promulgated here,” the conservatives wrote in an unsigned opinion.

In dissent, the court’s three liberals argued that it was the court that was overreaching by substituting its judgment for that of health experts.

19.09.2022 - 13:45 [ CBS News ]

President Joe Biden: The 2022 60 Minutes Interview

Scott Pelley: Mr. President, first Detroit Auto Show in three years. Is the pandemic over?

President Joe Biden: The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. It’s– but the pandemic is over. if you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.

The car show was a reminder that gasoline prices hit a historic high last June—in part because Russia cut fuel supplies in its war on Ukraine.

19.09.2022 - 13:42 [ CNN ]

Biden: ‘The pandemic is over’

“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. It’s – but the pandemic is over,” Biden said.

The US government still designates Covid-19 a Public Health Emergency and the World Health Organization says it remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. But the President’s comments follow other hopeful comments from global health leaders.

05.09.2022 - 15:10 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu congratulates Liz Truss on succeeding Boris Johnson as UK PM

“I am sure that under your leadership the deep friendship between Britain and Israel will be further strengthened in all fields,” tweets Netanyahu.

The former prime minister also adds his thanks to outgoing PM Boris Johnson “for his valued contributions to the excellent relations between our two countries.”

05.09.2022 - 13:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

New Prime Minister LIVE: Liz Truss on course to be named next Tory leader at 12.30PM after brutal six-week battle with rival Rishi Sunak to succeed Boris Johnson

Follow updates here as the next Prime Minister is revealed as the winner of the Tory leadership contest is announced at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre:

03.09.2022 - 17:36 [ Spectator.co.uk/ ]

Is Liz Truss the British Trump?

If you are a right-wing MP or ambitious wonk on the Truss campaign ‘pivot’ is such a useful word. Far better to say ‘we need to pivot from campaign mode to governing mode,’ than to blurt out that ‘now we have their votes we can forget the lies we told to win over Conservative members’. Far better for Truss herself to say, ‘I am pivoting from my previous position on tax cuts’ to ‘I admit that I was wrong’.

Pivoting calls to mind the elegance of a ballerina turning on her points. Not the cynicism of a politician breaking promises she made only a few days before.

03.09.2022 - 16:54 [ Spectator.com.au/ ]

Why didn’t more people resist lockdown?

As it will take years for culpable parties to retire, I once feared that a full generation would need to elapse before we recognised lockdowns for what they were: the biggest public health debacle in history. Yet everywhere I turn lately, still another journalist is decrying the avoidable social, medical and economic costs of this hysterical over-reaction to a virus, while deriding lockdown zealots for having vilified sceptics of a policy that may well end up killing more people than it protected. The Covid revisionism is welcome – though it’s a good deal easier to publish these opinion pieces now than it was two years ago, and I speak from experience.

03.09.2022 - 16:34 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The lockdown files: Rishi Sunak on what we weren’t told

(27 August 2022)

Lockdown – closing schools and much of the economy while sending the police after people who sat on park benches – was the most draconian policy introduced in peacetime. No. 10 wanted to present it as ‘following the science’ rather than a political decision, and this had implications for the wiring of government decision-making. It meant elevating Sage, a sprawling group of scientific advisers, into a committee that had the power to decide whether the country would lock down or not. There was no socioeconomic equivalent to Sage; no forum where other questions would be asked.

So whoever wrote the minutes for the Sage meetings – condensing its discussions into guidance for government – would set the policy of the nation. No one, not even cabinet members, would know how these decisions were reached.

03.09.2022 - 16:13 [ theArgus.co.uk ]

Empowering Sage scientists over Covid lockdown left us ‘screwed’, claims Sunak

The meetings were “literally me around that table, just fighting”, which “was incredibly uncomfortable every single time”.

At one meeting he raised the impact on children’s education: “I was very emotional about it. I was like, ‘Forget about the economy. Surely we can all agree that kids not being in school is a major nightmare’, or something like that.

“There was a big silence afterwards. It was the first time someone had said it. I was so furious.”

Setting out the problems he found with Government policy being influenced by outside academics, he said: “If you empower all these independent people, you’re screwed.”

03.09.2022 - 16:05 [ GBnews.uk ]

Rishi Sunak says he wasn’t ‚allowed to talk about the side effects of lockdown‘ during the pandemic

Mr Sunak said one of the Government’s biggest mistakes was giving too much power to scientists and claimed the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) edited its minutes to hide dissenting opinions.

The former chancellor made the statements in an interview with the Spectator magazine.

“We shouldn’t have empowered the scientists in the way we did,” he is quoted as saying.

22.08.2022 - 05:13 [ RT.com ]

Western media’s favorite Russian philosopher: Who is Aleksandr Dugin, whose daughter was killed in a Moscow car bombing?

Dugin has been dubbed ‘Putin’s brain’ and ‘Putin’s Rasputin’ by the anglophone press for his supposed influence on the worldview of President Vladimir Putin and the country’s ruling elite. Foreign Policy magazine included him in its 2014 ‘Global Thinkers’ list “for masterminding Russia’s expansionist ideology.”

However, the reality is that he’s not influential in the Kremlin. Nor is he even a mainstream figure in Moscow. Instead, he’s become a totem for ultra-nationalist campaigners, most of whom believe President Vladimir Putin is too moderate in his foreign policy.

Thus, Dugin has become a curious anomaly: famous in the West, but a fringe figure at home.

22.08.2022 - 05:05 [ ]

Car blast kills daughter of Russian known as ‚Putin’s brain‘

In this handout photo taken from video released by Investigative Committee of Russia on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, investigators work on the site of explosion of a car driven by Daria Dugina outside Moscow. Daria Dugina, the daughter of Alexander Dugin, the Russian nationalist ideologist often called „Putin’s brain“, was killed when her car exploded on the outskirts of Moscow, officials said Sunday. The Investigate Committee branch for the Moscow region said the Saturday night blast was caused by a bomb planted in the SUV driven by Daria Dugina.

06.08.2022 - 20:42 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

31.07.2022 - 18:26 [ Nadine Dorries, UK Secretary of State for @DCMS / Nitter ]

Liz will deliver. As Prime Minister, I will deliver for the British people so we can succeed like never before

27.07.2022 - 17:31 [ Computerweekly.com ]

Home Office ‘unlawfully’ approved MI5 bulk surveillance warrants

The Security Service has admitted during the course of legal hearings that it stored the public’s data when it had no legal right to do so, and that it failed to disclose the problems either to the Home Office or to oversight bodies.

According to submissions presented to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, MI5 broke key legal safeguards by unlawfully retaining and using individual’s private data gathered through covert surveillance.

27.07.2022 - 16:10 [ Newsweek ]

Exclusive: Inside the Military’s Secret Undercover Army

(17. May 2021)

No one knows the program’s total size, and the explosion of signature reduction has never been examined for its impact on military policies and culture. Congress has never held a hearing on the subject. And yet the military developing this gigantic clandestine force challenges U.S. laws, the Geneva Conventions, the code of military conduct and basic accountability.

19.07.2022 - 18:30 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

18.07.2022 - 14:53 [ Natasha Bertrand, @CNN reporter covering the White House and national security / Nitter ]

President Zelensky announces he has fired Iryna Venediktova – the Prosecutor General – and Ivan Bakanov, head of the powerful SBU, or State Security Service. Zelensky said many officials within both of those departments were suspected of treason.

via @TimListerCNN

11.07.2022 - 16:18 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Trial | Milchan Said He Got Netanyahu to Make Yossi Cohen National Security Adviser, Aide Testifies

„One Friday, I received a call from Arnon and he said to me, ‚Speak to Yossi Cohen and tell him that Sara likes him,'“ Klein continued. „‚Tell Yossi what Sara says about him.‘ Arnon told him that he spoke with the Netanyahus. And then Arnon met with [then-Mossad chief] Tamir Pardo on Friday afternoon. He told Pardo that he spoke to the Netanyahus and they both approved this appointment, and Tamir told Milchan: ‘You did something bad for the State of Israel.’”

11.07.2022 - 13:43 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak ‘dirty dossier’ sent around Tory WhatsApp groups as leadership race turns nasty

The memo circulated on Tory WhatsApp group reportedly attacks the former chancellor personally and accused him of having a “big tax and big spend agenda”.

According to The Telegraph, which first reported the “mucky memo”, the 424-word anti-Sunak missive was written by someone on the Thatcherite right of the party.

11.07.2022 - 13:37 [ inews.co.uk ]

Tory right battles to stop Rishi Sunak reaching No 10 as challengers row over tax, Brexit and trans rights

Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Grant Shapps and Mr Zahawi all promised to cut the tax burden on Sunday, while Mr Sunak has insisted it would be irresponsible to do so while the UK is still running a large budget deficit.

Ministers who are close to Mr Johnson have publicly denounced Mr Sunak’s track record and warned that he will reverse the achievements of the Government.

Jacob Rees-Mogg told Channel 4: “I will not be supporting Mr Sunak.” He has previously referred to him as “the socialist Chancellor” because of the pandemic spending he introduced.

04.07.2022 - 04:48 [ i24news.tv ]

Lapid invites Netanyahu for security briefing amid dispute over procedure

The preference is for Netanyahu to receive the security updates, usually a routine matter, only from Israel’s military secretary, Brigadier General Avi Gil, instead of both Lapid and Gil being present in the room.

30.06.2022 - 03:12 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Lawmakers to Vote to Dissolve Knesset; Lapid to Become PM

The wording of the approved bill sets November 1 as the date elections will be held.

If the vote passes, Lapid will assume the position of prime minister on Thursday at midnight, replacing his coalition partner Naftali Bennett, who on Wednesday evening announced that he would not run in the upcoming election.

21.06.2022 - 06:50 [ Vincent Manancourt / Nitter.net ]

A flyer for the conference gives a taste of the fare on offer. „Social media monitoring“, „defeating encryption“, „TOR/DarkNet traceback“ etc. etc. 2/3

(14.06.2022)

14.06.2022 - 05:59 [ @Podolyak_M, Adviser to the Head of the Office of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy ]

Being straightforward – to end the war we need heavy weapons parity: 1000 howitzers caliber 155 mm; 300 MLRS; 500 tanks; 2000 armored vehicles; 1000 drones. Contact Group of Defense Ministers meeting is held in #Brussels on June 15. We are waiting for a decision.

14.06.2022 - 05:18 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

12.06.2022 - 06:42 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Mike Pompeo summoned by court to explain alleged US government plot to assassinate Julian Assange, say Spanish media reports

Spanish National High Court Judge Santiago Pedraz summoned Pompeo and former US counterintelligence official William Evanina as witnesses to explain the alleged assassination plot and whether they received information through the security firm.

Evanina allegedly previously confessed to having access to security camera footage and audio recordings from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, Assange’s lawyers claimed in letters seen by Spanish outlet The Objective.

24.05.2022 - 03:42 [ theHill.com ]

Pentagon working on plans to send troops to protect US Embassy in Kyiv

“Some of the things that may have been out there in the media, those are planning efforts that are underway at a relatively low level,” Milley told reporters at the Pentagon, seeming to refer to the Journal’s report.

Such plans “have not yet made it to [Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin] or myself for that matter, for refinement of courses of action and what’s needed,” he noted.

24.05.2022 - 03:38 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Pentagon Weighs Deploying Special Forces to Guard Kyiv Embassy

President Biden has yet to be presented with the proposal.

20.05.2022 - 15:43 [ AmericaOutLoud.com ]

Biden Handing Over U.S. Sovereignty to WHO

(May 4, 2022)

Please take seriously the severity of this existential threat to everything free people hold dear. Do everything in your power to pass this report on to others and to find ways to communicate with and to influence people to stop empowering WHO to take over our national sovereignty and freedom.

On May 22-28, 2022, ultimate control over America’s healthcare system, and hence its national sovereignty, will be delivered for a vote to the World Health Organization’s governing legislative body, the World Health Assembly (WHA).

This threat is contained in new amendments to WHO’s International Health Regulations, proposed by the Biden administration, that are scheduled as “Provisional agenda item 16.2” at the upcoming conference on May 22-28, 2022.1

These amendments will empower WHO’s Director-General to declare health emergencies or crises in any nation and to do so unilaterally and against the opposition of the target nation. The Director-General will be able to declare these health crises based merely on his personal opinion or consideration that there is a potential or possible threat to other nations.

20.05.2022 - 14:32 [ NorbertHaering.de ]

International Health Regulations: A big step toward a health dictatorship is imminent

(12 May 2022)

A US proposal to amend the International Health Regulations (IHR) is scheduled to be voted on at the May 22-28 World Health Assembly.

The proposal was sent to WHO member countries by the WHO Director General as early as January 20. However, the proposal was only made available to the public on April 12, and in a way that hardly anybody took notice. Mainstream media coverage is virtually nonexistent. I became aware of it through a May 8 report by the independent Austrian news portal tkp.at, which in turn learned of it only through a May 4 report by the portal America Out Loud.

The US proposal is characterized throughout by changes that would empower the WHO to declare health emergencies for countries and regions without involvement or consent of the respective governments, and to dictate countermeasures, even including the deployment of foreign teams of experts.

20.05.2022 - 14:09 [ theParadise.ng ]

WHO Stealth Coup to Dictate Global Health Agenda of Gates, Big Pharma

Doing something with stealth means doing it in a secretive or concealed manner, to prevent it being widely known and possibly opposed. This applies to the proposal given by the Biden Administration to the Geneva WHO in January 18, 2022 according to official WHO documents. The WHO hid the details of the US “amendments” for almost three months, until 12 April, just a month before the relevant body of the WHO meets to approve the radical measures. Moreover, rather than the previous 18 month waiting time to become treaty in international law, only 6 months are used this time. This is a bum’s rush. The US proposal is backed by every EU country and in total 47 countries ensuring almost certain passage.

The proposals, officially titled, “Strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies: Proposal for amendments to the International Health Regulations,” were submitted by Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs (OGA) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Loyce Pace, as “amendments” to a previously ratified 2005 WHO International Health Regulations treaty. The WHO defines that 2005 treaty thus: “the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) provide an overarching legal framework that defines countries’ rights and obligations in handling public health events and emergencies that have the potential to cross borders. The IHR are an instrument of international law that is legally-binding on 196 countries, including the 194 WHO Member States.”

20.05.2022 - 13:43 [ theParadise.ng ]

“Pandemic Treaty” Will Hand WHO Keys To Global Government

The first public hearings on the proposed “Pandemic Treaty” are closed, with the next round due to start in mid-June.

We’ve been trying to keep this issue on our front page, entirely because the mainstream is so keen to ignore it and keep churning out partisan war porn and propaganda.

20.05.2022 - 13:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: If there’s one lesson from this pitiful farrago, it’s that such a sweeping affront to our liberties must never happen again

During the pandemic, the British state imposed unprecedented constraints on the liberties we cherish.

When visiting dying relatives or drinking a cup of coffee on a park bench in open countryside becomes a criminal offence, something has gone terribly wrong.

The restrictions inflicted huge damage to the economy, children’s education and the public health. And latest evidence seriously questions whether they had much real effect.

If there is one lesson we must learn from this pitiful farrago, it is that such a sweeping affront to freedom can never be allowed to happen again.

16.05.2022 - 19:03 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Ukraine will develop like Israel as country always ready for war – expert

(today)

Oleksandr Komarov, the president of the Kyivstar mobile operator, believes that even under the best scenario, Ukraine will develop like Israel, becoming a country always ready for war.

„My vision of the future is this: even in the best scenario, Ukraine will develop like Israel, becoming a country always ready for war. And this factor should be taken into account in planning. We do not invest for a year, our horizon is 7-10 years. And therefore, all these factors must be taken into account.

16.05.2022 - 18:53 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

12.05.2022 - 15:38 [ Daphne Keller, Stanford Cyber Policy Center / Twitter ]

I’m on NPR, warning smaller platforms that they need to start gearing up for DSA compliance and singing the praises of career civil servants in Brussels.

08.05.2022 - 16:20 [ New York Times ]

The Banality of Systemic Evil

(September 15, 2013)

In “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” one of the most poignant and important works of 20th-century philosophy, Hannah Arendt made an observation about what she called “the banality of evil.” One interpretation of this holds that it was not an observation about what a regular guy Adolf Eichmann seemed to be, but rather a statement about what happens when people play their “proper” roles within a system, following prescribed conduct with respect to that system, while remaining blind to the moral consequences of what the system was doing — or at least compartmentalizing and ignoring those consequences.

07.05.2022 - 09:41 [ @JComm_NewsFeeds / Twitter ]

Ukrainian President Zelensky used advisors linked to Likud, Netanyahu – report: During the war with Russia, Zelensky used the services of strategic advisors Srulik Einhorn, who ran a Likud campaign, and Yonatan Orich, Netanyahu’s spokesperson.

(May 3, 2022)

04.05.2022 - 16:05 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(today)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

01.04.2022 - 22:30 [ apnews.com ]

China rejects sanctions as Ukraine war tops summit agenda

At a virtual summit, European Council President Charles Michel, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell sought signs from Chinese President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang that Beijing would help to end the war in Ukraine.

01.04.2022 - 06:41 [ Reuters ]

U.S. bars ex-spies from becoming ‚mercenaries,‘ following Reuters series

(March 16, 2022)

“We don’t want our best trained intel officers going straight into the hands of foreign governments for the sake of money,“ Castro said. „This discourages intelligence mercenaries and protects our national interest.“

The UAE spying operation, called Project Raven, hacked into Facebook and Google accounts and thousands of Apple iPhones, targeting activists that human rights groups say were later arrested and tortured

01.04.2022 - 06:16 [ theRecord.media ]

Intelligence community gears up for surveillance powers renewal

(today)

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently started convening an informal team of representatives from a handful of relevant spy agencies to study, and potentially plot a course for, the reauthorization of the sweeping warrantless program allowed under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, two sources familiar with the effort told The Record. The powers are due to sunset in December 2023 unless lawmakers act.

Congress last extended the life of the surveillance powers — which allow the federal government to collect the emails and electronic communications of foreign intelligence targets from U.S. companies like Google, but also incidentally vacuum up the personal data of Americans — in early 2018.

24.03.2022 - 22:02 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

The Pentagon said that over past 7-10 days #US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chief of Staff Mark Milley have tried to get in touch with Russian Defense Minister and Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov.#Russian military leadership does not make contact.

24.03.2022 - 21:34 [ the-Sun.com ]

CRUMBLING KREMLIN: Putin ‘loses 40,000 troops’ in Ukraine invasion as tyrant PURGES general and aide defects in his crumbling inner circle

Chubais had a hand in economic reforms that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union but remained in Putin’s government and had maintained close ties with Western officials.

In response to the faltering invasion, Putin has now reportedly placed General Vladislav Yershov under house arrest.

Under his command, the 6th Army has lost 2000 soldiers including 180 conscripts doing national service, says Ukrainian media.

He was sacked by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who himself has not been seen for 12 days and is said to be suffering from “heart problems”.

23.02.2022 - 10:20 [ Naomi Wolf ]

Thinking Like a Tyrant

Something that is slowing down many people from fully grasping what is upon us, is that they are making mistakes in their reasoning about events, because they are engaged, naturally enough, in what intelligence analysts call “mirror imaging.” That is, because most of us are decent people with basic compassion at our cores, and are not sociopaths or psychopaths, we tend to “mirror image” in assuming that others are also driven by basic human motivations such as empathy, altruism, and kindness — or even just by the basic notion that other human beings are also deserving of life, self-determination and dignity. How can such brutality be imposed on us? How could others be at the helm of such vicious policies?

But this assumption, that those currently influencing events and making certain key decisions, are “like us” — is a fatal error.

18.02.2022 - 07:22 [ MarketWatch.com ]

Canadian banks restrict funds to trucker protest groups

The trade group for Canada’s biggest banks on Wednesday said lenders will work to carry out an emergency order from the government to freeze bank accounts for truckers and their parent companies involved in illegal blockades to protest COVID-19 requirements.

The Canadian Bankers Association said its members will “diligently implement” measures laid out by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to impose 30-day suspensions of bank accounts associated with the protest.

18.02.2022 - 06:43 [ Ezra Levant / Twitter ]

Trudeau’s finance minister, who happens to be a director of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum, tells Canadians she is spying on their every financial move.

Is Schwab trying to destabilize Canadian banks? I can’t think of anything that could destroy confidence in Canada faster.

15.02.2022 - 16:37 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Women say they are having heavier and more painful PERIODS since getting their COVID-19 vaccines – as several claim it has also messed up their monthly cycle

(7 April 2021)

In February, officials looked at nearly 7,000 reactions reported to the agency’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

They found that nearly 80 percent of the reactions were reported by women, making them four times more likely to report a side effect than men.

This held true whether they were receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, and is despite the fact that women are less likely to fall severely ill from COVID-19 than men are.

14.02.2022 - 06:11 [ Gale.com ]

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

In The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, Philip Zimbardo theorizes that people discount situational influences when judging the actions of others. In particular, he recounts in detail the events of the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE), which he designed and directed: He replicated a prison block in a Stanford building and assigned male undergraduate volunteers to act the part of guards and prisoners.

The experiment, which was originally planned for two weeks, grew so dangerously out of control that Zimbardo was forced to shut it down after less than a week.

Drawing on his experience as an expert witness for the court-martial hearings on Abu Ghraib, Zimbardo presents a body of research evidence to suggest that the military as well as the Bush administration fostered a situation that turned ordinary soldiers into torturers and abusers. Zimbardo also suggests, however, that the power of situations can be used to promote good behavior and turn ordinary people into heroes. The Lucifer Effect is at times unbalanced and disjointed but well worth reading to remind us that where we are may affect us as much as who we are.

14.02.2022 - 05:31 [ Naomi Wolf / Substack ]

Is it Time for Intellectuals to Talk about God?

I have seen bad politics all of my life and this drama unfolding around us goes beyond bad politics, which is silly and manageable and not that scary. This — this is scary, metaphysically scary. In contrast to hapless human mismanagement, this darkness has the tinge of the pure, elemental evil that underlay and gave such hideous beauty to the theatrics of Nazism; it is the same nasty glamour that surrounds Leni Riefenstahl films.

In short, I don’t think humans are smart or powerful enough to have come up with this horror all alone.

24.01.2022 - 15:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

No 10 police give ‚extremely damning‘ evidence to Sue Gray over ‚partygate‘

The statements, described by one source as “extremely damning”, are expected to form a key part of Ms Gray’s report, which is due to be published within days.

The senior civil servant has also spoken to the Prime Minister, civil servants and political advisers, and accessed security pass logs and even Boris Johnson’s official diary.

Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s former chief aide turned hostile adversary, will be interviewed by Ms Gray on Monday, according to report

24.01.2022 - 15:36 [ Independent.co.uk ]

MPs subjected to ‘blackmail’ as Boris Johnson fights for political life, claims senior Tory

Senior Conservative William Wragg sensationally revealed that he had received reports of Johnson loyalists threatening to place smear stories in the press about Tories considering declarations of no confidence in the prime minister.

And he said that MPs had told him of warnings that investment in their constituencies would be at risk if they failed to back Mr Johnson in battle to save his political life.

22.01.2022 - 14:00 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚Boris Johnson is unfit for office‘: Ex- Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson takes aim at the PM and warns he is in a ‚perilous situation‘ with growing ‚fatigue‘ among MPs amid Partygate scandal

Tory peer Ruth Davidson, who successfully campaigned against Scottish independence in 2014 and quit frontline politics five years later, said the Prime Minister is in a ‘perilous situation’ ahead of Sue Gray’s report into the lockdown party scandal.

In an interview with The Times, the former MSP said that she would have already submitted her letter of no-confidence in Mr Johnson to the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers if she were a Member of Parliament.

She also warned that Mr Johnson’s authority was teetering in part because of a growing ‘fatigue’ within the party ‘for the amount of drama that has been emanating from No10’ over allegations of lockdown-busting gatherings across government.

22.01.2022 - 13:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Scotland Yard to meet with William Wragg over Downing Street blackmail claims

Scotland Yard will meet with a leading rebel Conservative to discuss claims of threats and blackmail of backbenchers by government whips early next week, The Telegraph can disclose.

A detective from the Metropolitan Police will meet with William Wragg, a senior Tory MP who first raised the concerns, to discuss the allegations, including threats to withdraw investments from constituents.

22.01.2022 - 13:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

About a dozen Tory MPs said to have accused party whips of blackmail

“It is illegal. We are meant to operate as MPs without fear or favour. The allocation of taxpayer funding to constituencies should be according to need, not according to the need to keep the prime minister in his job.”

He described the government’s levelling up fund as “an open opportunity for government ministers to corruptly hand out money to some MPs and not to others”.

21.01.2022 - 00:05 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Government whips and advisers ’not above the law‘ says Speaker, after claims rebel MPs were ‚blackmailed‘

William Wragg, the chairman of a scrutiny committee, claimed several Tories who oppose Boris Johnson had been subjected to „pressures and intimidation“ in the wake of the Downing Street party scandal.

Downing Street staff, special advisers and government ministers had sought to encourage „embarrassing“ stories in the media about those who no longer back the Johnson premiership, Mr Wragg alleged.

15.01.2022 - 19:24 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Our acceptance of a mass lock-in is more dangerous than any party

Let’s put aside for the moment the immediate furore over Boris Johnson’s future and the further flood of Downing Street festivity stories which may not be finished yet. We need to ask the question that must, given what has prevailed in our lives for the past two years, be most serious. How on earth did we get to a point where events and decisions which would once have been regarded as commonplace, even virtuous – an employer expressing good wishes to staff at a party, a child embracing elderly grandparents, a relative making regular visits to a dying hospital patient – became illegal?

14.01.2022 - 21:46 [ After Skool / Youtube ]

MASS PSYCHOSIS – How an Entire Population Becomes MENTALLY ILL

This video was made in collaboration with Academy of Ideas. They create videos explaining the ideas of history’s great thinkers in order to help supply the world with more knowledge, to empower the individual, and to promote freedom.

13.01.2022 - 10:24 [ @VinysBack / Twitter ]

Im guessing whitty and most of SAGE will disappear too they where only safe whilst Boris was P.M. Van-Tam is sensing the end of the Boris Johnson regime it will be like rats jumping ship now !

#BorisResign #BorisOut #BorisJohnson #BorisMustGo

13.01.2022 - 10:20 [ talkRADIO / Twitter ]

BREAKING: England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam will be leaving his role, according to sources.

07.01.2022 - 15:11 [ Israel365News.com ]

Most of the ‘medical experts’ determining Israel’s Covid policies aren’t even doctors

(30.12.2021)

In a rather shocking revelation, of the 90 alleged health experts on the Health Ministry’s official panel recommending the fourth vaccine, only 42 are medical doctors reports Mako News.

This is the Helth Ministry’s panel that has submitted their official recommendation of the fourth booster shot.

07.01.2022 - 09:36 [ New England Journal of Medicine ]

Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons

(April 21, 2021)

Among 3958 participants enrolled in the v-safe pregnancy registry, 827 had a completed pregnancy, of which 115 (13.9%) were pregnancy losses and 712 (86.1%) were live births (mostly among participants vaccinated in the third trimester).

07.01.2022 - 09:30 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: More than 13,000 women report changes to periods after having vaccine but experts say fertility not affected

(7 July 2021)

The number of women reporting changes to their menstrual cycle linked to having a COVID vaccine has risen to 13,000.

The figure has increased from around 4,000 women last month.

02.01.2022 - 16:38 [ Election Wizard / Twitter ]

Dr. Malone on the #GreatReset: „They’re proud of it. They don’t hide it. This is the vision. This is a full-on globalist totalitarian vision with the money and control…this is not about the vaccine.“

01.01.2022 - 13:38 [ Washington Examiner ]

‚They may go in for a broken leg‘: Fauci says child COVID-19 hospitalizations are overblown

„But the other important thing is that if you look at the children who are hospitalized, many of them are hospitalized with COVID as opposed to because of COVID,“ Fauci continued. „And what we mean by that — if a child goes in the hospital, they automatically get tested for COVID. And they get counted as a COVID-hospitalized individual. When in fact, they may go in for a broken leg or appendicitis or something like that. So it’s overcounting the number of children who are, quote, ‚hospitalized with COVID,‘ as opposed to because of COVID.“

01.01.2022 - 13:35 [ Disclose.tv / Twitter ]

NEW – Dr. Fauci: „Important thing: Many of the children are hospitalized with Covid as opposed to because of Covid.“

(31.12.2021)

01.01.2022 - 13:08 [ Disclose.tv / Twitter ]

JUST IN – Robert Koch Institute report released today states that 95.58% of the #Omicron cases in Germany are fully vaccinated (28% of those had a „booster“), 4.42% are unvaccinated.

(30.12.2021)

29.12.2021 - 14:42 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Ministers vote to advance online censorship bill

Critics argue that it is dangerous to give the court such immense power over public speech.

“Bennett and Sa’ar… bring a law that will censor social networks and deprive citizens of freedom of expression,” Israel’s Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu said.

27.12.2021 - 08:02 [ Marketwatch.com ]

White House lifting omicron travel ban on South Africa and seven other southern African countries

(24.12.2021)

White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said on Twitter that the decision was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Munoz said the temporary travel bans bought scientists necessary time to study the new virus variant and conclude that the current vaccinations are effective in blunting its impact.

27.12.2021 - 07:42 [ Aaron Ginn / Twitter ]

While several EU countries enact Christmas lockdowns over omicron hysteria, this is India today.

26.12.2021 - 09:26 [ theGuardian.com ]

Head of US FDA’s advisory group: ‘We never expected Covid vaccines to be so good, so effective’

(25 Dec 2021)

In an interview with the Guardian, Monto considered both this possible future – in which Covid-19 “is not going away, in spite of how well our vaccines perform” – and an incredible and perplexing year of vaccine distribution.

“The first thing is [that] we never expected our vaccines to be so good, so effective,” said Monto. “This was a very happy surprise to everybody – and it was a surprise.”

26.12.2021 - 09:15 [ New England Journal of Medicine ]

Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons

(April 21, 2021)

Among 3958 participants enrolled in the v-safe pregnancy registry, 827 had a completed pregnancy, of which 115 (13.9%) were pregnancy losses and 712 (86.1%) were live births (mostly among participants vaccinated in the third trimester).

26.12.2021 - 09:02 [ Reuters ]

Fact Check-Data from a study does not conclude that over 80% of pregnancies end in miscarriage after COVID-19 vaccinations; figures taken out of context

(04.08.2021)

Of the 3,958 participants, 827 had what the study defines as a ‘completed pregnancy’. This term includes those who either had a baby (what the authors call a ‘live birth’), or those who suffered from a miscarriage or still birth (termed ‘pregnancy loss’ in the study). The rest were either still pregnant or a follow-up had not yet been made by the time the preliminary analysis had been released.

Of the 827 women who had a completed pregnancy, 104 had a miscarriage.

26.12.2021 - 08:36 [ Standard.co.uk ]

One in 5 women in survey said menstrual cycles changed after Covid jab

(05 December 2021)

One in five women who took part in a survey said their menstrual cycles were affected after they received a covid jab, UK researchers have revealed.

However there was no evidence of the vaccine causing long-term disruption to their periods or affecting their fertility.

26.12.2021 - 08:30 [ Boston Globe ]

Researchers at Harvard, BU to study possible links between coronavirus vaccines and changes in menstruation

(September 9, 2021)

Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Public Health are among a group of institutions awarded funding to study potential links between coronavirus vaccinations and changes in menstruation.

Researchers at five institutions were awarded a total of $1.67 million by the National Institutes of Heath to look into the question after anecdotal reports from women earlier this year that after they were vaccinated, they saw changes, including earlier, heavier, and more painful periods.

26.12.2021 - 08:27 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Group to Research Link Between Menstrual Changes and COVID Vaccines

30.09.2021)

The medical establishment could not explain the phenomenon or associate it with the vaccination, among other things because irregular menstruation is common and influenced by many factors. It is usually not considered exceptional. However, the mounting complaints and increased concern women were showing over taking the shots due to the phenomenon, has spurred the medical community to look into the matter. Preliminary research has been published in Britain and the United States, and the U.S. government has allocated $1.67 million for research on the subject.

26.12.2021 - 08:22 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: More than 13,000 women report changes to periods after having vaccine but experts say fertility not affected

(7 July 2021)

The number of women reporting changes to their menstrual cycle linked to having a COVID vaccine has risen to 13,000.

The figure has increased from around 4,000 women last month.

26.12.2021 - 08:14 [ New Indian Express ]

Changes in menstrual cycle after COVID vaccine jab? Don’t worry, say doctors

(28th June 2021)

Doctors point out that there is no scientific evidence to show that vaccination can alter cycles and bleeding patterns. They, however, say it could be related to stress.

26.12.2021 - 07:59 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Women say they are having heavier and more painful PERIODS since getting their COVID-19 vaccines – as several claim it has also messed up their monthly cycle

(7 April 2021)

In February, officials looked at nearly 7,000 reactions reported to the agency’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

They found that nearly 80 percent of the reactions were reported by women, making them four times more likely to report a side effect than men.

This held true whether they were receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, and is despite the fact that women are less likely to fall severely ill from COVID-19 than men are.

23.12.2021 - 08:31 [ brownwatch.squarespace.com ]

CDC Study at Federal Prison in TX Finds No Vaccine Benefit: Vaccinated and Unvaxed Persons Infected w/COVID Transmitted It at the Same Rate. No Infected Prisoners Died Even Though Over 70% were Obese

(20.12.2021)

CDC Researchers studied a Corona outbreak in a prison in Texas in July 2021. In the following weeks, regular smears and tests were taken from a selected group of inmates. The result: There is no difference whatsoever between the vaccinated and non-vaccinated inmates.

No statistically significant difference was detected in the duration of viral culture positivity between participants who were fully vaccinated (median: 5 days) compared with those who were not fully vaccinated.

23.12.2021 - 07:36 [ medRxiv.org ]

Transmission potential of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in a federal prison, July—August 2021

(19.12.2021)

Results A total of 978 specimens were provided by 95 participants, of whom 78 (82%) were fully vaccinated and 17 (18%) were not fully vaccinated. No significant differences were detected in duration of RT-PCR positivity among fully vaccinated participants (median: 13 days) versus those not fully vaccinated (median: 13 days; p=0.50), or in duration of culture positivity (medians: 5 days and 5 days; p=0.29).

07.12.2021 - 18:51 [ After Skool / Youtube ]

MASS PSYCHOSIS – How an Entire Population Becomes MENTALLY ILL

This video was made in collaboration with Academy of Ideas. They create videos explaining the ideas of history’s great thinkers in order to help supply the world with more knowledge, to empower the individual, and to promote freedom.

19.11.2021 - 06:56 [ CNBC ]

Biden administration suspends enforcement of business vaccine mandate to comply with court order

The White House previously told businesses to proceed with the implementation of the requirements.

10.11.2021 - 06:53 [ BGR.com ]

Biden official tells businesses to ignore court order on vaccine mandate

Former FDA commissioner and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb shared some thoughts via his Twitter account over the weekend about a federal court temporarily pausing the implementation of the Biden vaccine mandate.

03.11.2021 - 09:11 [ AtlantaBusinessJournal.com ]

Shockingly, CDC Now Lists Vaccinated Deaths as Unvaccinated

(15.09.2021)

For example, the CDC has quietly changed the definition of “vaccine,” apparently in an attempt to validate calling the COVID mRNA gene therapies vaccines. In an August 26, 2021, archived version7 of vaccine, the CDC defines it as a “product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.”

But a few days later, a new definition appeared on the CDC’s website,8 which now says a vaccine is a “preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.” The differences in the definitions are subtle but distinct: The first one defined a vaccine as something that will “produce immunity.”

03.11.2021 - 09:03 [ NPR.org ]

CDC recommends Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children ages 5 through 11

CDC director Rochelle Walensky issued the recommendation Tuesday, just hours after a unanimous vote by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices supporting the use of the vaccine for children in this age group.

Walensky’s decision means that approximately 28 million children ages 5 through 11 will be eligible for the shots.

16.10.2021 - 07:06 [ Marc Garlasco, @PAXPoC Military Advisor was DIA, HRW, CNA, UN analyst in defense, human rights, and targeting specialized in collateral damage ]

Heading to Germany soon to participate in an #urbanwarfare #wargame with #NATO focused on protecting civilians in an Article 5 scenario.

It’s open to web based participation! Joining info below @LarryLewis_
@SpencerGuard
@40ID_DeputyCG
@SebastianBae
@AndrewBellUS
@KaurinShanks

16.10.2021 - 03:16 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Only Congress Can End Washington’s Endless Wars

(07.10.2021)

The war on terror is a constitutional aberration. The U.S. legislature must reclaim its war powers from an overempowered executive branch.

16.10.2021 - 02:50 [ Michael O'Grady / Twitter ]

The 2022 military spending bill, known as the #NDAA, which passed the House on Sept. 23 would hand a whopping $740 billion to the Pentagon and $38 billion to other departments, for a total of $778 billion in military spending, a $37 billion increase over last year’s budget.

(07.10.2021)

14.10.2021 - 00:29 [ NBC Washington ]

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Spar on Vaccine Mandates, Education

When an educator asked if that meant requiring vaccines for school children, McAuliffe did not hesitate.

“If the CDC says these vaccinations are safe for our children than I want everybody to be vaccinated,”he said.

13.10.2021 - 08:10 [ the Hill ]

Texas governor opens new front on vaccine mandates

Abbott’s move is an escalation in the Republican battle against vaccine mandates, something that many public health experts view as a key tool in the fight against the pandemic, given that voluntary efforts like incentives have hit their limits. The politicization of vaccine mandates could also undermine vaccination efforts even for other diseases, some experts warn.

23.09.2021 - 16:48 [ National Geographic ]

Why you may not need a COVID-19 booster yet after all

/17.09.2021)

Given what we know about breakthrough infections, most experts remain unconvinced there’s enough data to justify an extra dose for most Americans.

23.09.2021 - 16:42 [ whyy.org ]

FDA advisory panel rejects widespread Pfizer booster shots

(12.09.2021)

Over several hours of discussion, members of the Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts voiced frustration that Pfizer had provided little data on safety of extra doses.

And they complained that data provided by Israeli researchers about their booster campaign might not be suitable for predicting the U.S. experience.

23.09.2021 - 06:44 [ Pharmaceutical-Technology.com ]

Covid-19 vaccines and periods: what do we know so far?

(July 22nd, 2021)

Quickly gaining attention is another potential side effect that some jab recipients have noticed: changes to their periods and menstrual cycles.

The UK’s Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has so far received more than 13,000 reports from people who have experienced period changes after having a Covid-19 jab.

23.09.2021 - 06:40 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: More than 13,000 women report changes to periods after having vaccine but experts say fertility not affected

(7 July 2021)

The number of women reporting changes to their menstrual cycle linked to having a COVID vaccine has risen to 13,000.

The figure has increased from around 4,000 women last month.

16.09.2021 - 18:28 [ Washington Post ]

Natural immunity to covid is powerful. Policymakers seem afraid to say so.

More than 15 studies have demonstrated the power of immunity acquired by previously having the virus. A 700,000-person study from Israel two weeks ago found that those who had experienced prior infections were 27 times less likely to get a second symptomatic covid infection than those who were vaccinated.

16.09.2021 - 18:20 [ Yahoo.com ]

Fauci lacks ‚firm answer‘ on COVID-19 natural immunity question

(13.09.2021)

Fauci, who is President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, was asked on Friday by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta whether people who have tested positive for the virus should still get a shot. He cited data from Israel in August suggesting people who recovered from COVID-19 had a lower risk of contracting the delta variant than those who got a full Pfizer vaccine.

11.09.2021 - 13:55 [ Zero Hedge ]

Biden Adviser Says President „Will Run Over“ GOP Governors Who Resist Vaccine Mandate

„The one thing I admire about this president is the fact that we are always going to put people above politics. And we’re going to fight for those who really need our help,“ Richmond told CNN in response to a question about governors resisting the mandate. „And those governors that stand in the way, I think, it was very clear from the president’s tone today that he will run over them,“ he added.

„And it is important. It’s not for political purposes. It’s to save the lives of American people. And so, we won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way. We will always err on the side of protecting the American people.“

10.09.2021 - 19:44 [ NBC News ]

‚A heavy price‘: Two decades of war, wariness and the post-9/11 security state

What Biden outlined was pointedly not an end to the post-9/11 era. Rather, it was a much narrower admission that an idea once shared by conservatives, liberals and foreign policy elites, including Biden himself — that the U.S. could use force to destroy other societies and then rebuild them in America’s image — had proved a failure. And it was an acknowledgment that the nature of warfare, not the enemy, has changed for the world’s pre-eminent superpower.

09.09.2021 - 15:35 [ Advisory.com ]

Covid-19 vaccine immunity may be waning. Here’s what that means—and doesn’t.

Explanations for Israel’s vaccine effectiveness data

When Israeli researchers announced last month that people vaccinated in the winter were more likely to contract Covid than those who had been vaccinated in the spring, many assumed this demonstrated waning vaccine effectiveness.

The data from Israel’s Ministry of Health suggested that vaccine effectiveness against both infection and symptomatic disease had decreased to around 40%, but this decline may have been due to other factors and not the vaccines, Wu writes

07.09.2021 - 04:26 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

Ben Rhodes‘ Book Proves Obama Officials‘ Lies, and His Own, About Edward Snowden and Russia

The memoir of Rhodes, now appropriately an MSNBC contributor, is an incredibly self-serving homage to himself that repeatedly attempts to demonstrate his own importance and accomplishments. The passage about Rhodes’ conduct regarding Snowden is very much aligned with those goals. While repeatedly emphasizing how traumatic the Snowden revelations were for the Obama administrations, Rhodes boasts of the crucial role he played in preventing Snowden from leaving Russia as the NSA whistleblower was desperately attempting to do so — exactly the opposite of what people like Rhodes and Hillary Clinton were telling the public about Snowden.

It is really beyond words how willing these people are to lie.

06.09.2021 - 18:11 [ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Washington Post ]

Improving communications around vaccine breakthrough and vaccine effectiveness

(July 29, 2021)

Vaccine breakthrough cases may reduce public confidence in vaccines

(…)

Delta variant vaccine breakthrough cases may be as transmissible as unvaccinated cases

06.09.2021 - 18:02 [ CitizenFreePress.com ]

CDC didn’t want you to see this data…

(August 5, 2021)

A graph, originally created by the New York Times, shows internal CDC documents acquired from the Washington Post of how infectious and lethal the delta variant is in comparison to other diseases.

06.09.2021 - 16:18 [ Language Log / University of Pennsylvania ]

Merriam-Webster gives „vaccine“ a new definition

(April 30, 2021)

Prefatory note: In this post, I take the noun „vaccine“ as the basic word under discussion, but also consider other cognate terms („vaccinate“, „vaccination“).

Here’s a standard dictionary entry for „vaccine“:

n.

1. any preparation of weakened or killed bacteria or viruses introduced into the body to prevent a disease by stimulating antibodies against it.
2. the virus of cowpox, used in vaccination, obtained from pox vesicles of a cow or person.
3. a software program that helps to protect against computer viruses.

[1800–05; < New Latin (variolae)vaccīnae cowpox = vacc(a) cow + -īnae, feminine pl. of -īnus -ine] Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary (cited) Let us compare that with the new M-W entry for "vaccine": : a preparation that is administered (as by injection) to stimulate the body’s immune response against a specific infectious disease:

06.09.2021 - 16:10 [ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC.gov ]

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Case Investigation and Reporting

For the purpose of this surveillance, a vaccine breakthrough infection is defined as the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA or antigen in a respiratory specimen collected from a person ≥14 days after they have completed all recommended doses of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Identifying and investigating hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases

CDC monitors reported hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases for clustering by patient demographics, geographic location, time since vaccination, vaccine type, and SARS-CoV-2 lineage. Reported data include hospitalized or fatal breakthrough cases due to any cause, including causes not related to COVID-19.

(<....) Hospitalized or fatal COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases reported to CDC as of August 30, 2021

As of August 30, 2021, more than 173 million people in the United States had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

During the same time, CDC received reports from 49 U.S. states and territories of 12,908 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infection who were hospitalized or died.

06.09.2021 - 16:01 [ medpagetoday.com ]

Why CDC Changed Its ‚Breakthrough Case‘ Definition

(May 26, 2021)

The CDC’s recent shift in monitoring breakthrough COVID-19 infections after vaccination hasn’t sat well with everyone, as some scientists are concerned it could miss the full picture of what is happening with these breakthrough cases.

As of May 1, the agency went from monitoring all breakthrough infections after COVID-19 vaccination to focusing on only hospitalized or fatal cases.

05.09.2021 - 21:31 [ The Reclaim Party / Twitter ]

„The reason Keir Starmer and the Labour Party did not oppose anything that the Government did with any degree of effectiveness is because the Government abdicated its political duties to experts…That is the start of totalitarianism.“ @WeAreFairCop told @talkRADIO

01.09.2021 - 13:16 [ theGuardian.com ]

Raab rejects US claims Britain indirectly to blame for Kabul attacks

(31.08.2021)

“We coordinated very closely with the US, in particular around the Isis-K threat, which we anticipated although tragically were not able to prevent, but it is certainly right to say we got our civilians out of the processing centre by Abbey gate, but it is just not true to suggest that other than securing our civilians inside the airport that we were pushing to leave the gate open.

“In fact, and let me just be clear about this, we were issuing changes to travel advice before the bomb attack took place and saying to people in the crowd, about which I was particularly concerned, that certainly UK nationals and anyone else should leave because of the risk.”

01.09.2021 - 13:06 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

US military ‚blames BRITAIN for making Kabul suicide attack death toll worse‘: Leaked Pentagon papers say airport gate had to be kept open for UK evacuees – as questions grow over how many were killed by panicked troops firing on civilians

(30.08.2021)

The British Ministry of Defence declined to respond to allegations they were to blame for keeping the gate open, but said in a statement: ‚Throughout Operation Pitting we have worked closely with the US to ensure the safe evacuation of thousands of people.

01.09.2021 - 12:56 [ theGuardian.com ]

Report reveals US decision to keep open Kabul airport gate before attack

(30.08.2021)

The Pentagon criticised the leaking of the call details reported in Politico, telling the news website: “This story is based on the unlawful disclosure of classified information and internal deliberations of a sensitive nature.

“As soon as we became aware of the material divulged to the reporter, we engaged Politico at the highest levels to prevent the publication of information that would put our troops and our operations at the airport at greater risk. We condemn the unlawful disclosure of classified information and oppose the publication of a story based on it while a dangerous operation is ongoing.”

01.09.2021 - 12:32 [ Politico.com ]

Exclusive: Pentagon prepared for ‘mass casualty’ attack at Kabul Airport hours before explosion

(30.08.2021)

Commanders calling in from Kabul relayed that the Abbey Gate, where American citizens had been told to gather in order to gain entrance to the airport, was “highest risk,” and detailed their plans to protect the airport.

“I don’t believe people get the incredible amount of risk on the ground,” Austin said, according to the classified notes.

On a separate call at 4 that afternoon, or 12:30 a.m. on Thursday in Kabul, the commanders detailed a plan to close Abbey Gate by Thursday afternoon Kabul time. But the Americans decided to keep the gate open longer than they wanted in order to allow their British allies, who had accelerated their withdrawal timeline, to continue evacuating their personnel, based at the nearby Baron Hotel.

01.09.2021 - 12:20 [ Antiwar.com ]

87 Retired Admirals and Generals Demand Resignation of SECDEF and CJCS

(30.08.2021)

The letter takes aim at the President and the highest ranks of military leadership, but mostly chastises them for not doing more to convince the Commander-in-Chief to maintain a US troop presence in the country.

Despite reported assurances from the Taliban that the remaining Americans who desire to leave Afghanistan will be afforded the opportunity to do so, the letter claims they are „de facto hostages of the Taliban“.

Strangely, the letter also claims that China, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea are the beneficiaries of the withdrawal.

27.08.2021 - 17:41 [ Glenn Greenwald / Rumble ]

Permanent War Advocates Exploit the Kabul Bombing to Demand More War

Glenn Greenwald analyzes the reactions to the horrific terror attack in Kabul this morning, and debunks the propagandistic talking points used by Deep State operatives and their media allies to push the US into indefinite war.

27.08.2021 - 17:29 [ Cato Institute / Twitter ]

The War on Terror was an ill‐​defined campaign that eroded safeguards built into U.S. institutions, enhanced execute power, & gave federal agencies license to engage in torture & other crimes. “Reign of Terror” author @attackerman joins the @CatoPodcast …

27.08.2021 - 17:29 [ The Lead CNN / Twitter ]

Amb. Ryan Crocker, former US ambassador to Afghanistan: “That’s one way to end a war: surrender. It’s real quick, but the war is yet to come. This whole withdrawal announcement and process has been an enormous morale boost for Islamic radicals everywhere.”

27.08.2021 - 17:04 [ Matt Taibbi / Twitter ]

Chait overlooks that the negative press for Biden this week is passing through the same loophole that allowed Trump to be praised by CNN when he bombed Syria – the overriding constant in American corporate media is fealty to the Pentagon.

27.08.2021 - 17:00 [ Lucas Tomlinson / Twitter ]

“We’re probably going to have to go back in” to Afghanistan to get ISIS, former defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta tells CNN

27.08.2021 - 16:51 [ The Post Millennial / Twitter ]

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald weighs in on the media’s response to the Afghanistan withdrawal: “That is the political party to which the media is most loyal when it comes to foreign affairs … it’s the military, and the CIA.”

24.08.2021 - 05:45 [ CNN ]

US military gives Biden a deadline to decide on extending Afghanistan evacuations

Military advisers have told the White House that the decision must be made by Tuesday in order to have enough time to withdraw the 5,800 troops currently on the ground, as well as their equipment and weapons. If the President agrees, the military anticipates „a few more days“ of trying to evacuate as many people as possible before the drawdown of US forces begins, possibly at the end of this week.

21.08.2021 - 14:51 [ Krystal Ball, Author of bestselling book: The Populist’s Guide to 2020 / Twitter ]

There are a million articles out right now with leaks from intel ghouls insisting that they tried to warn Biden that the Afghan Army would crumble immediately. This would suggest those articles should all be safely discarded as propaganda and bullshit.

21.08.2021 - 13:05 [ Fox News ]

Pompeo: Biden ‚has refused‘ to show leadership during Afghanistan ‚debacle‘

„I didn’t hear a single thing that would give comfort to the very allies you spoke about. I’ve heard from people in the region. They are frightened by the American collapse—the American collapse of temerity and strength and power that we demonstrated for four years that had frankly kept the Taliban at bay and prevented precisely what you’re precisely seeing happen today, and I didn’t hear a single thing that would frighten a single Taliban who thinks there’s any risk that this administration would impose any cost on them for their activities, for what they are doing to Americans today and holding them hostage—not permitting them to get into the airport in Kabul so that we can get them home to their families. „

21.08.2021 - 12:34 [ Warren Gunnels, Majority Staff Director for Budget Chairman @SenSanders / Twitter ]

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and other defense contractors received $445.5 billion from the Pentagon this year alone. All of them have been convicted or reached settlements for misconduct. Fraud is the business model of the military industrial complex.

21.08.2021 - 12:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

David Petraeus‘ bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists

(2.9.2015)

Former CIA director David Petraeus is advocating giving arms to members of al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida off-shoot, to beat Isis. That is madness

21.08.2021 - 11:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

General David Petraeus tells Biden it was premature to leave Afghanistan because Al Qaeda was always ‚going to come back‘ and the Afghan forces were ’not sustainable‘

– Petraeus commanded forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and helped formulate ‚counterinsurgency‘ strategies
– He criticized Biden’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan in a New Yorker interview
– Disagreed with decision to pull out liaison, special forces trainers, contractors
– Said it began an epidemic of ’surrender‘ for the Afghans
– Called departure ‚premature‘ but didn’t say how much more time was needed
– Warned Al Qaeda could reemerge
– Acknowledged ‚overbuilt‘ nation-building aspects, but said it was necessary for a hand-off
– Biden said the U.S. could not fight when Afghans were unwilling to do so
– ‚To say that the Afghans won’t fight for their country needs an asterisk‘

21.08.2021 - 11:28 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan

Now, Justin Sink of Bloomberg.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. You just said that you would keep a laser-focus on counterterrorism efforts and that you don’t see as great of a threat of terrorism from Afghanistan as other parts of the world. But if you and your administration so badly misassessed how quickly the Taliban would sweep through Afghanistan and we no longer have an embassy there from which to run intelligence operations, how can you at all be confident of your assessment of the risk of terrorism and the ability of the U.S. to conduct over-the-horizon missions to keep it in check? Can you tell Americans that they’re safe and will remain safe from terror attacks in Afghanistan?

THE PRESIDENT: I think you’re comparing apples and oranges. One question was whether or not the Afghan forces we trained up would stay and fight in their own civil war they had going on.

No one — I shouldn’t say “no one” — the consensus was that it was highly unlikely that in 11 days they’d collapse and fall, and the leader of Afghanistan would flee the country.

20.08.2021 - 09:14 [ JM Rieger, Video Editor, The Washington Post / Twitter ]

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley: “The intelligence clearly indicated that multiple scenarios were possible … there was nothing, that I or anyone else saw, that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days.“

(18.08.2021)

20.08.2021 - 09:08 [ New York Post ]

‘Nothing I saw indicated a collapse of this government in 11 days’: Milley on Afghanistan

(18.08.2021)

“There was nothing that I saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days.”

His comments came just one day after sources told the New York Times that US intelligence officials had been warning of a quick Taliban takeover in Afghanistan — even as President Biden was publicly downplaying the threat.

19.08.2021 - 18:45 [ RollCall.com ]

Taliban takeover seen narrowing prospects for 2001 AUMF update

And Biden’s Monday characterization of the terrorist threat has some analysts like Anderson wondering just how narrow an AUMF the administration would support, particularly if it’s one that that includes geographic limitations.

“Their logic, now the way they are describing counterterrorism operations, sounds like the last three presidential administrations who have said, ‘This is why we can’t take away the 2001 AUMF,’” said Anderson, a former attorney-adviser at the State Department.

17.08.2021 - 13:44 [ CNN ]

Audit reveals Army’s trillion-dollar accounting gaffes

(August 23, 2016)

The audit, conducted by the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General, found that the Army erroneously made $2.8 trillion in adjustments in the third quarter of 2015 to its Army general fund – one of the main accounts used to fund the service. The error amount skyrocketed to $6.5 trillion for all of last year, the report said.

The June report, first disclosed by Reuters on Friday, found „unreliable“ data was used to prepare the financial statements, leading to the possibility that the Army’s finances were „materially misstated.“

17.08.2021 - 13:36 [ theFiscalTimes.com ]

Pentagon’s Sloppy Bookkeeping Means $6.5 Trillion Can’t Pass an Audit

(July 31, 2016)

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the behemoth Indianapolis-based agency that provides finance and accounting services for the Pentagon’s civilian and military members, could not provide adequate documentation for $6.5 trillion worth of year-end adjustments to Army general fund transactions and data.

(…)

A further mystery is what happened to thousands of documents that should be on file but aren’t. The IG study found that DFAS “did not document or support why the Defense Departmental Reporting System . . . removed at least 16,513 of 1.3 million records during Q3 FY 2015.

17.08.2021 - 13:33 [ Salon.com ]

The Pentagon’s dark money: Billions of federal dollars are vanishing into thin air

(May 28, 2016)

Don’t for a moment imagine that the Pentagon’s growing list of secret programs and evasive budgetary maneuvers is accidental or simply a matter of sloppy bookkeeping. Much of it is remarkably purposeful. By keeping us in the dark about how it spends our money, the Pentagon has made it virtually impossible for anyone to hold it accountable for just about anything. An entrenched bureaucracy is determined not to provide information that might be used to bring its sprawling budget — and so the institution itself — under control.

15.08.2021 - 12:46 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Escape from Kabul: Diplomats flee US Embassy in Chinook helicopters as Taliban fighters storm Afghan capital – in stark echoes of the Fall of Saigon

– Helicopter – believed to be US Air Force Chinook – seen flying over Kabul today from the US Embassy in Kabul
– It comes as Taliban closes in on the Afghan capital with shots heard on outskirts before fighters stormed city
– Around 3,000 US troops have been sent into city to aid with US evacuation, while British troops also deployed
– It is believed around 500 British staff needed to be evacuated and by Saturday the number was in ‚the tens‘

15.08.2021 - 12:26 [ NPR.org ]

Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul As Helicopters Land At U.S. Embassy

Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Sunday and said they were awaiting a „peaceful transfer“ of the city after promising not to take it by force, but panicked residents raced to the leave, with workers fleeing government offices and helicopters landing at the U.S. Embassy.

14.08.2021 - 09:37 [ USA Today ]

Reports: US Embassy in Kabul directs staff to destroy sensitive documents as many diplomats prepare for evacuation

The memo to U.S. Embassy staff urged diplomats to destroy computers and other sensitive documents before they leave, as well as items featuring the American flag, embassy logos and other articles that „could be misused in propaganda efforts,“ according to CNN.

A State Department spokesperson said the notice was part of its „standard operating procedure“ for embassy drawdowns.

14.08.2021 - 09:17 [ theHill,com ]

US pushing to relocate thousands of Afghans in Qatar: report

“We are evaluating all available options. We have no announcements to make on third country relocation sites for Afghan SIV applicants,” a State Department spokesperson told The Hill in a statement, referring to special immigrant visas.

The Biden administration said Thursday there would be 1,000 U.S. troops going to Qatar to help process applications from Afghans already in the country. The Afghans are seeking visas to the U.S. for assisting the U.S. during the war.

13.08.2021 - 09:23 [ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC.gov ]

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

(27.08.2021)

– If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.

(…)

What We Know

– COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, including severe illness and death.
– COVID-19 vaccines are effective against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant.
– Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. When these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild.
– If you are fully vaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, you can spread the virus to others.
– People with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.

13.08.2021 - 09:21 [ New York Times ]

Covid-19: C.D.C. Reverses Testing Advice for Fully Vaccinated

Published July 28, 2021
Updated Aug. 12, 2021

Anyone who has been potentially exposed to the virus should get tested, the C.D.C. now says. Previous guidance recommended testing only for fully vaccinated people who were symptomatic.

12.08.2021 - 08:27 [ theHill.com ]

Pressure builds for full FDA approval of vaccines

(11.08.2021)

The latest mandate came Monday, when Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced he would move to make the vaccine mandatory for troops by mid-September but would act “immediately” if it received full approval before then.

Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, added to the chorus on Sunday, when he expressed hope that the approval would move quickly.

12.08.2021 - 08:06 [ Yahoo.com ]

Pentagon will seek to mandate Covid vaccine for 1.4 million troops

(09.08.2021)

DoD officials have made several calls to key lawmakers in recent days to gauge support for the mandate, according to a congressional source and a senior administration official familiar with the talks.

12.08.2021 - 08:01 [ Yahoo.com ]

Pentagon to seek approval to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory

(09.08.2021)

The Pentagon on Monday said that it will seek U.S. President Joe Biden’s approval by mid-September to require 1.3 million military members to get vaccinated against COVID-19, anticipating full regulatory clearance for a vaccine by then.

12.08.2021 - 07:50 [ apnews.com ]

Fauci hopeful COVID vaccines get full OK by FDA within weeks

(08.08.2021)

The FDA has only granted emergency-use approval of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but the agency is expected to soon give full approval to Pfizer.

04.08.2021 - 08:50 [ White House ]

Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Incoming Israeli National Security Advisor Dr. Eyal Hulata

(02.08.2021)

Mr. Sullivan congratulated Dr. Hulata on his new role and emphasized that he looks forward to working together to strengthen all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership. Mr. Sullivan and Dr. Hulata discussed the strategic challenges in the region, including the threat posed by Iran, and agreed to consult closely on these issues.

04.08.2021 - 08:48 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Bennett taps senior Mossad officer Hulata as national security adviser

(11.06.2021)

Hulata, 45, served as the head of the Mossad’s Department of Strategic and Political Planning and its Technology Department.

01.08.2021 - 12:00 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Spare us from the mental torture of crazy travel rules

It sometimes seems as if someone wants to punish us for wanting to live normally again.

30.07.2021 - 17:08 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

I refuse to be imprisoned by an incompetent Government invoking bogus science

The „amber plus“ regime for those returning from France is on one level a trivial detail, hardly newsworthy when set against the magnificent fiasco of the British pingdemic.

Yet nothing quite so illustrates the bureaucratic incoherence of Britain’s post-vaccination policy as this lunatic quarantine rule for travellers.

Furthermore, it is slightly alarming to see the authorities deploy the coercive power of the state so breezily, in such a random fashion, and in violation of the known scientific data. Bad habits are being formed.