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Yahoo! News Informs the Stupid Peasants Why the US Needs to Go to War to Protect Taiwan


By Andrew Anglin | The Daily Stormer | October 14, 2021

Yahoo! News had this headline at the top on Thursday morning.

When you click the article, you get this different headline:

The actual appropriate headline for this article would be "A Baby's First Guide to Why the US Must Initiate a World War in Order to Prevent Chinese Reunification."

The article gives a quick, slanted and false outline of the situation which does not attempt to either:

  • Explain the Chinese position on Taiwan, or
  • Explain why Taiwan is important to "American interests."

It then gives a series of quotes from supposed experts on what Joe Biden should do.

A firm commitment to defend Taiwan is the best way to prevent an invasion

"The United States needs to remove the ambiguity about whether it would come to Taiwan's defense. Uncertainty about U.S. intentions raises the risk of war. … President Biden should declare that, though we will not support a Taiwanese declaration of independence from China, we will defend the island if it is attacked." — Max Boot, Washington Post

The U.S. must accept it has nothing to gain from defending Taiwan

"Bluntly put, America should refuse to be drawn into a no-win war with Beijing. It needs to be said up front: there would be no palatable choice for Washington if China finally makes good on its decades-long threat to take Taiwan by force." — Daniel L. Davis, defense priorities senior fellow, Guardian

The U.S. should maintain its noncommittal position as long as it can

"As a superpower, the United States should preserve flexibility in its global security relationships. It also is not even obvious that Taiwan's body politic would welcome an explicit security guarantee from the United States." — Therese Shaheen, National Review

Taiwan is too important to U.S. interests to let it be taken by the Chinese

"Abandoning Taiwan in the face of a Chinese military assault would be a monumental disaster. … The U.S. cannot afford to see a country that occupies vital strategic space in the Western Pacific subdued by Beijing." — Hal Brands, Bloomberg

War with China would pose an existential threat to the U.S.

"Stumbling into a shooting war over Taiwan is akin to opening a Pandora's box, and it would make the last 20 years of conflict in the Middle East look like an uneventful peacekeeping mission. A fight between Washington and Beijing could also escalate to the nuclear level, particularly if the Chinese Communist Party determines that the use of such weapons is the only thing standing in the way of a humiliating defeat." — Daniel R. DePetris, NBC News

America has a duty to protect the free world from authoritarianism

"The United States and its allies have built and defended a rules-based system over the past 75 years that has produced unprecedented peace, prosperity, and freedom globally. I don't want to trade that in for a world in which Americans stand by as revisionist autocracies like China gobble up neighbors by military force." — Matthew Kroenig, Foreign Policy

The U.S. also has diplomatic tools to deter China from invading

"To further demonstrate U.S. resolve, Biden should tell Beijing that any more threats of force against Taiwan's participation in the democracy summit will trigger immediate diplomatic recognition of Taiwan and an official statement of Washington's new 'One China, One Taiwan' policy. Beijing must understand that war would mean instant Taiwan independence." — Joseph Bosco, The Hill

The best way to defend Taiwan is through investment, not military threats

"Hyping the threat that China poses to Taiwan does Beijing's work for it. Taiwan's people need reasons for confidence in their own future, not just reminders of their vulnerabilities. If American policy makers want to help Taiwan, they will need to go beyond focusing on the military threat. They need to modernize the U.S.-Taiwan economic relationship, help Taiwan diversify its trade ties and provide platforms for Taiwan to earn dignity and respect on the world stage." — Richard Bush, Bonnie Glaser and Ryan Hass, NPR

Some of those are funnier than others. The idea that a country that is force-vaccinating its population is less authoritarian than a country that is not doing that is actually so ridiculous that it borders on the deranged or outright insane.

But this is actually more anti-war material than you usually see anywhere on a mainstream website, so I guess good job with that, Yahoo!

But while they do include people saying "we really should probably think about whether or not we want to start a nuclear war," what is lacking is a sober perspective.

Why is Taiwan even an issue?

Why are we even talking about this at all?

Not one single person in this entire media landscape will either:

  • Outline, in real terms, how occupying Taiwan is in "the interests of America," or
  • Point out that no one will give that outline

You end up in a situation where no one even has any idea what we're actually talking about.

How is it possible that we've reached the point where we're considering a nuclear war over vague "strategic interests" that no one is able to explain in concrete terms?

Furthermore – and I hate to be the one to have to point this out – but things are tough all over.

America and the rest of the West have a lot, lot, lot of problems. We have very real economic, political and social problems that no one is offering any solutions to. So the idea that we're talking about going to war to protect some fake country on the other side of the globe is simply inexplicable.

If I was allowed to offer a 200-word sound bite for that Yahoo! News article, it would be this:

Taiwan is a part of China, and the reasons the US occupied it originally are no longer relevant. Instead of continuing to support the fantasy of a democratic China under the guise of the myth of Taiwanese nationhood, the United States should open talks about reunification. China will be open to giving wide-ranging concessions in exchange for the opportunity at peaceful reunification, and this will allow the West to clear up various unrelated conflicts with China, including on matters of international trade. — Andrew Anglin, Hoax Watch

I am happy that some in the media are finally saying that what we are talking about here is a nuclear war. That's a long way from where we were a couple years ago, when the State Department first started its saber-rattling under Donald Trump. The humiliation in Afghanistan seems to have sobered a few people up.

But the fact that this discussion still remains so very far outside of the real, in the realm of the viciously and confusingly abstract, speaks to the moronic nature of the American mind. These people are literally asking you to believe that every single person in the entire Western world supports the idea of an "independent and democratic Taiwan" being "strategically important to the United States and its allies" even while not one person among this unified chorus is capable of explaining what either of those concepts means.

The basic fact, which anyone who knows the history knows but which no one in the American media is willing to say (and it wouldn't be printed if they were willing), is that Taiwan was set up as an alternative government to the CCP government of China. The American goal was to foster a "democracy" government in Taiwan, which would eventually rule all of China. To this day, the government of Taiwan officially claims that it is the legitimate government of the entirety of China. This is not a secret, and yet somehow, it remains totally unsaid, and instead we are told that "Taiwan" is some kind of independent country that "China" is trying to invade and conquer.

The fact that Taiwan is not a country, but a piece of China occupied by the United States, does not necessarily mean that we should just give it back to China. But any serious discussion about whether we should or should not give it back to China should start from the point of accurately defining what Taiwan is. Obviously, if it is accurately defined, that would lead a lot of people to grasp the Chinese perspective on the issue, and make China look much less villainous, which is why there is some kind of soft ban on properly defining Taiwan in the media.

I think it would be morally good to simply give Taiwan back to China. But geopolitics are not based around moral goodness, so it makes sense that because America currently maintains control of Taiwan, America would instead negotiate concessions from China as part of the reunification process. But because we live in this fantasy world, we can't have that discussion, and instead it's simply "should we go to war to protect Taiwanese independence?" – a stupid and nonsensical question.

America is not a serious country, and its fixation with censorship has ensured that there can never be any form of seriousness injected into any discussion. Instead of talking about actual reality, the media and the political class argue about fantasies with only abstract connection to physical realities.

This is what a "dying empire" looks like.

translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 10:10 am

Vat-Grown Protein Is Just Patented Fake Meat


By Dr. Joseph Mercola | October 14, 2021

July 12, 2018, the FDA convened a public meeting to talk about what to call lab-grown meat. As reported in The Atlantic,1 at the end of the meeting there was no consensus. The war of words was aimed at choosing an association that would evoke a specific emotional response in the consumer.

Various speakers got up and called the lab growth "clean meat," "artificial meat," "in vitro meat," "cell culture products," "cultured meat" or "culture tissue." Each term had its advocates and critics.

For example, the beef producers didn't like the term "clean meat." Danielle Beck, a lobbyist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) told the reporter from The Atlantic the term is "inherently offensive to traditional meat producers, as if real meat is somehow dirty."2

However, that's exactly what the fake meat industry would like you to believe. In fact, the lab-grown meat market rests on the shoulders of the claim that eating real meat is destroying our planet. Singapore3 was the first country to give regulatory approval for products that look like meat and did not come from real animals.

The decision paved the way for the rest of the world, and today fake meat is becoming so popular that you'll find it in most Walmarts, Targets, other grocery stores and some popular chain restaurants.4 The fake meat industry offered their product as a light in a dark world, as many were laboring under the excessive news reports of COVID-19 cases.

It may have seemed that the big tech giants were looking out for the food supply at an unprecedented time in history. But you don't have to look too deeply into what's happening to discover that patented fake meat is not about "saving the planet" or "sustainability" but, instead, is just another foray into controlling populations and amassing great wealth.

Lab-Grown Meat Is About Big Business

The food critic for the Financial Times5 wrote a piece in early September 2021, in which he made a strong case for how lab-grown meat is not about sustainability or making "green" decisions but, rather about intellectual property (IP) and creating a financial windfall.

He took a historical perspective on IP, listing the patents that have been filed protecting breakfast cereals, carbonated beverages, drugs, vaccines, genetically modified plants and pesticides. In each case the IP owned by Kellogg, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Big Pharma and agrichemical businesses was the lifeblood of their financial success. He writes:6

"Currently, there's not a lot of IP in the meat industry … Saving animal lives, preventing the clear-cutting of rainforest, even the reduction of methane farts don't excite investors — those changes can't translate to profit.

The holy grail is replacing the meat we consume with a proprietary product, owning the IP on meat. Coca-Cola and McDonald's managed to grow patented food products into two of the top food companies on the globe by market cap, but a patent on animal-free 'meat' could entirely dwarf their achievements."

Bill Gates promotes the idea of eating 100% synthetic beef to fight climate change.7 The idea is one of his core tenets in his new book in which he lays out how to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. Mind you, this book was written by a man8 who built a 65,993 square-foot (6,131 square-meter) home with a 23-car garage, 20-person cinema and 24 bathrooms. He owns five other homes, a horse farm, four private jets and a "collection" of helicopters.

According to one study reported in Business Today, his annual carbon footprint is 7,493 metric tons of carbon, much of which is produced by his aircraft. In an article published in Forbes, March 22, 2021, one reporter writes:9

"Now, I don't necessarily agree with Gates. And I hate the idea of governments deciding what their citizens should eat (which seems to be what Gates is suggesting). But my job is to help you make money. And there's no question that there's billions to be made in the technology behind plant-based meat."

Unfortunately, that may be the path that many will take to acquire wealth over health. Beyond Meat is already worth $12 billion10 and it's projected to double by 2025. And yet, as the Forbes reporter points out, the meat industry is the tip of the iceberg. Synthetic biology uses technology to allow scientists to program life. It reconfigures DNA so that it produces something entirely new.

This is the technology that Beyond Meat uses to create more "realistic" burgers using soybeans. He also points out that Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines are made of a synthetic strand of genetic code and goes on to write, "I believe, with the possible exception of artificial intelligence (AI), synthetic biology has the biggest potential of any disruptive technology to radically reshape our world."

Control Food Supply = Control Populations and Countries

In January 2021, an analysis by The Land Report11 found that Bill Gates owns 242,000 acres of farmland in the U.S. This has made him the largest private farmland owner.12 During Gates' interview with MIT Technology Review, Gates said:13

"So no, I don't think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat. I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they're going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand."

It is the last sentence in that paragraph that makes the most sense as you consider how Gates and other technocrats are aiming at controlling populations through central production and distribution of food. He says, "change the behavior of people or use regulation to totally shift the demand." Promoting lab-grown protein is not about sustainability but, rather, about wealth and power.

Using intellectual property, tech giants hope to replace living animals with patented plant- and animal-derived alternatives, which will effectively control food supply. And Gates' 242,000 acres of farmland spread across Illinois, Louisiana, California, Iowa and nearly one dozen other states14 appear to be earmarked for genetically engineered corn and soy crops.15 In other words, he's farming the basic crops needed for (plant-based) fake meat and processed foods.16

Lab-grown meat alternatives differ from their vegetarian counterparts by virtue of initially starting with cell cultures from living animals. Mosa Meat grows their meat after harvesting a small number of cells from livestock "who are then returned, almost unscathed, to their fields."17

As described in Popular Mechanics, Memphis Meats, in which Gates is a serious investor,18 tries to avoid animals whenever possible. Instead, they use cells that have been procured from animal biopsies.19

In other words, when a veterinarian has decided to biopsy an area of an animal to make a medical determination about an abnormal growth, Memphis Meats harvests cells that would have otherwise been discarded and grows those into lab grown meat. Swapping traditional, whole food grown by small farmers for mass-produced fake foods is part of the plan for The Great Reset.

The objective is to control the entire food supply. To that end, researchers and manufacturers are also looking at milk proteins made from genetically engineered Trichoderma reesei fungus to produce a dairy-like protein casein and whey. Popular Science named Perfect Day's animal-free whey protein as the Grand Award winner in the engineering category of the 100 greatest innovations of 2020.20

The EAT Forum, co-founded by the Wellcome Trust, developed a Planetary Health Diet21 designed to be applied to the global population. It entails cutting meat and dairy intake by up to 90%, and replacing it largely with foods made in laboratories, along with cereals and oil.

Their largest initiative is called FReSH, which aims to transform the food system by working with biotech and fake meat companies to replace whole foods with lab-created alternatives. In other words, once tech giants have control of meat, dairy, cereals and oils, they will be the ones profiting from and controlling the food supply.

Private companies that control the food supply will ultimately control countries and entire populations. Biotech will eventually push farmers and ranchers out of the equation and will threaten food security. In other words, the work being done in the name of sustainability and saving the planet will give greater control to private corporations.

Health Dangers Associated With Linoleic Acid

It's important to realize that whether it is plant-based or lab-grown, fake meat is a processed food. Imitation meat is not better, or even equal, to real meat. Foods that are not directly from the ground, vines, bushes, trees, bodies of water or animals is considered processed.

Lab-grown meat starts with a muscle sample from a cow. Once in the lab, technicians separate stem cells from the sample and then multiply those dramatically. The cells differentiate into fibers that form muscle tissue. Mosa Meat believes that one tissue sample can yield 80,000 quarter-pounders.22

Tissue growth inside an animal occurs when the blood supply delivers appropriate nutrients to produce healthy muscle growth. This requires that the animal is fed a whole and balanced diet, from which the body extracts the necessary nutrients in an appropriate amount to feed the cells.

The human body then extracts the nutrients found in regeneratively and biodynamically pastured meat. However, as science has demonstrated in the last two decades, growing cells on sugar causes growth, but will not yield health. The sheer ability to grow lab-cultured meat does not indicate that the end product will have any health benefit to the end user.

Plant-based fake meat contains excess amounts of omega-6 fat in the form of linoleic acid (LA). This is one of the most significant contributors to metabolic dysfunction. In my opinion, this metabolic poison is the primary contributor to the rising rates of chronic disease. LA leads to severe mitochondrial dysfunction, decreased NAD+ levels, obesity, insulin resistance and a radical decrease in the ability to generate energy.

The genetic engineering used to produce the flavor and texture of real meat does not reproduce healthy fatty acid composition because the substrate is canola and sunflower oils as the primary sources of fat.23,24 The sunflower oil used in both Impossible Burgers and Beyond Meats is 68% LA,25 which is an extraordinarily high amount.

It is dangerous because LA is susceptible to oxidation and causes oxidation byproducts called OXLAMs (oxidative linoleic acid metabolites). These byproducts devastate your DNA, protein, mitochondria and cellular membranes. This means that fake meat is failing all measures of sustainability and health.

Have You Considered Cultured Meat From Human Cells?

While lab-grown meat and dairy products may sound like science fiction, the next step for food manufacturers comes directly out of the 1973 dystopian film "Soylent Green."26 The science fiction movie takes place in New York in 2022. In the story, the Earth is severely overpopulated, and people are living in the streets.

For sustenance, people are given rations of water and Soylent Green, which supposedly is a high-protein food made from plankton. In the end, you discover in this futuristic nightmare fantasy of controlling big corporations, that the high-protein drink is actually made from people.

Now, just months away from 2022, scientists are working on lab-grown "meat" made from human cells that are harvested from the inside of human cheeks.27,28 This grisly product was first presented as 'art' by a scientist and founder of the biotech firm Spiderwort. Tech Times reported November 22, 2020, that:29

"A new 'DIY meal kit' that can be used to grow steaks that are made mostly from human cells was just recently nominated by the London-based Design Museum as the 'design of the year.'

Called 'Ouroboros Steak,' this is named right after the circular symbol of a snake known for eating itself tail-first. This hypothetical kit would later on come with everything that one person would need in order to use their own cells to grow miniature human meat steaks …"

These kits are not commercially available — yet. But it begs the question of what possesses someone to think that eating a lump of meat made from your own body could be a viable idea? The question must also be raised about whether this is cannibalism.

Those defending the concept claim that since you're eating your own body, it's not cannibalism. However, if it ever becomes commercially available, what's to prevent someone from growing meat from other people's cells — and selling it? And the ick factor aside, how could this impact the spread of disease? For example, tribal cannibalism in Papua, New Guinea,30 led to a prion disease, which nearly wiped out a tribe of people.

In many villages, after an individual died, the villagers would cook and consume the body in an act of grief. Scientists who studied the tribe believe that one person developed a sporadic incident of Crutchfield-Jakob disease, also known as mad cow disease. Eating the neurological tissue then spread the disease throughout the tribe.

It doesn't take much to imagine that the strange and unusual side effects being reported by people after receiving a COVID-19 injection may have long-term effects on body tissue. What happens when you culture and eat that body tissue, from yourself or someone else?

translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 9:19 am

The truth is still in lockdown


The first cross-party report says we didn't lockdown early enough. The truth is, lockdowns don't work.

By Laura Dodsworth | October 15, 2021

We now move, work, socialise, worship and meet around the UK with relative freedom.* Sadly, truth remains in strict lockdown.

Information is infectious and its transmissibility must be suppressed if it is deemed inconvenient, even if truthful. If it escapes, it can travel faster on social media than an airborne virus and must be captured, quarantined and sanitised to prevent onward infection. Most recently, in a long list of examples, a speech made by MP David Davis about vaccine passports was temporarily suspended from Youtube. Many videos and articles from reputable sources have been labelled misinformation if they run counter to WHO or governmental policy. Social media giants, governments and public health authorities are petrified of outbreaks of misinformation and even, sometimes, the truth.

So it was no surprise that the first cross-party report into the management of the epidemic in the UK, Coronavirus: lessons learned to date was unwilling to tackle certain truths.

One of the main inferences is that lockdown should have been implemented earlier. The truth is that lockdowns don't work and cause great harm.

The report's conclusions are assumptions. Opinions are not backed up with evidence. There is an unwillingness to interrogate the modelling that provides the foundations for the conclusions. The only thing that matters in this report is Covid and deaths by Covid. It is almost as if there are no other societal losses to put in the balance. There is no quantifiable cost benefit analysis of lockdown.

I spoke to Professor Simon Wood, Chair of Computational Studies at the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh about the report. Wood authored a peer-reviewed paper published in Biometrics, which found that Covid-19 levels were probably falling before each of the three lockdowns. A separate paper, with colleague Ernst Wit, came to the same conclusion for the first two lockdowns, by the alternative approach of re-doing Imperial College's major modelling study of the epidemic.

In summary he told me,

"The whole report is written within the framework that the only thing that counts is avoiding deaths from Covid, and that full lockdowns were essential. Evidence for the latter seems to be entirely absent. The closest we seem to get to actual evidence on lockdown efficacy is Neil Ferguson's opinion in paragraph 77. The extent to which the committee is really able to weigh scientific evidence, as opposed to opinion, is questionable if paragraph 94 is any guide. This is such a gross misrepresentation of what the cited paper said, that it could have appeared on Twitter, rather than a parliamentary report."

I asked him what he thought about the reliance on modelling throughout the epidemic. There are multiple flaws (expanded on in more detail in my book A State of Fear, and it's appendix, "Lockdowns Don't Work" and in many articles and papers online, some listed here) but one key flaw is that the Infection Fatality Rate in the initial modelling was 0.9%. By autumn 2020, a peer-reviewed paper by the WHO had put the IFR at 0.23%, and in the UK it is currently (albeit post-vaccination) at 0.096%. Wood generously told me it was,

"difficult to get the IFR right at the outset. We did the analysis thinking Imperial were very on the high side, but it in fact it wouldn't have been assessed as less than 0.6% at the outset." He went on: "The main error is to put too much emphasis on modelling not on measuring. Often models are being used for prediction purposes they were not designed or validated for."

I put it to Wood that, in circular and fallacious reasoning, the modelling is being used to measure the success of lockdown by deaths 'saved' against those predicted by the unsubstantiated and flawed simulated forecasts of the modelling. He agreed: "the post hoc justification for the measures using modelling often looks like bending the model to the conclusion you want to achieve."

There is a growing body of evidence that light interventions and voluntary behaviour changes – ie not lockdowns – are sufficient to reduce the R. Real world examples support this, namely Sweden, South Dakota and Florida. Conversely, as economist Professor David Paton reported, early and strict lockdowns did not always work. Czechia's did not stop subsequent surges of the virus and further lockdowns. Czechia currently has the sixth highest death rate per million in the world. Peru, another country which enforced very strict and early lockdown, has the worst death rate in the world.

The report's authors state we should learn lessons internationally, but fail to explain what they think happened in Sweden, for instance. In science it's generally a good idea to have a control treatment and, to a limited extent, Sweden provided that. Surely it deserves some discussion if weighing up the evidence on what should have happened. It seems the report's accusation of "British exceptionalism" only travels in one direction.

When data proves that lockdowns cannot be credited with controlling the virus, why does the argument persist? Why is truth still locked down?

Ironically, the authors accuse the government of groupthink, but they might still be under its sway themselves. It will be hard for the enactors and supporters of the lockdown to admit it was a brutal, ineffective and harmful policy. Far easier to assert the main problem is that it wasn't imposed early and hard enough.

The harms of lockdown only get passing mentions. I can't weight this article with the full burden of harms, but in brief: In the first year of lockdown the government borrowed £229 billion, the highest figure since records began in 1946. The pain of broken tax pledges, fiscal drag, inflation, and unemployment won't be felt in full for months and years to come. The NHS waiting list is now 5.74 million and 7.5 million fewer people were referred for routine hospital care between January 2020 and July 2021.

These problems should not appear unexpected – they were foretold by the UK's most eminent disaster and recovery planners.

In this 145 page report, the world "children" is mentioned a mere three times, but the impact of the lockdown on them is not mentioned at all. On World Mental Health Day, the ONS released data on children's mental health and the impact of restrictions. A quarter of 11 to 16 year olds with a probable mental disorder in 2021 said Covid restrictions had made their lives much worse. And the number of young people aged 0 to 18 years old referred to mental health services between April and June 2021 increased by 93% from the same period in 2020, and 41% on 2019 in England.

Another word that is only mentioned three times is "obesity" alongside the other pre-existing health conditions which are known to be associated with poor outcomes for Covid-19. This really is the elephant in the room. The truth is, Covid-19 death rates are ten times higher in countries where more than half the adult population is overweight. In that sense, perhaps our pandemic preparedness should have started many years earlier with better health and dietary advice. Not only does lockdown not tackle the underlying chronic co-morbidities which lead to severe Covid-19 illness and deaths, but lockdown caused British people to gain weight, cease normal exercise and drink more alcohol.

The UK had multiple pandemic plans, including for SARS/MERS outbreaks. The authors of this report claim that we didn't abandon the plans earlier in the crisis because of "groupthink". This is a bizarre subversion – crisis management plans are not supposed to be abandoned during a crisis. If the government were guilty of groupthink, it was in following other countries in implementing an experimental policy. As Professor Ferguson put it,

"It's a communist one party state, we said. We couldn't get away with it in Europe, we thought. And then Italy did it. And we realised we could."

The report does not mention Exercise Alice, a pandemic simulation exercise for MERS that has only been released after persistent Freedom of Information requests. It's not clear that the authors are aware of it.

We will need a more wide-ranging inquiry that establishes whether lockdowns work, if they are sensible, proportionate and moral. Essentially, we must be truthful about what the costs are. We need to balance the losses.

Truth is infectious. Eventually it will peek around the doorframe, dare to stroll outside, evade quarantine and someone will catch a glimpse. Then another. Soon, everyone will be queueing up to greet our old friend Truth with hail-fellow-well-met and a hearty slap on the back. Then we must clutch Truth to us and never again lock it down.

* Although mandatory vaccine passports are a concerning development in Scotland and Wales.

translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 3:16 am

27,247 Deaths 2,563,768 Injuries Following COVID Shots in European Database


By Brian Shilhavy | Health Impact News | October 15, 2021

The European Union database of suspected drug reaction reports is EudraVigilance, and they are now reporting 27,247 fatalities, and 2,563,768 injuries, following COVID-19 injections.

Health Impact News subscriber from Europe reminded us that this database maintained at EudraVigilance is only for countries in Europe who are part of the European Union (EU), which comprises 27 countries.

The total number of countries in Europe is much higher, almost twice as many, numbering around 50. (There are some differences of opinion as to which countries are technically part of Europe.)

So as high as these numbers are, they do NOT reflect all of Europe. The actual number in Europe who are reported dead or injured following COVID-19 shots would be much higher than what we are reporting here.

The EudraVigilance database reports that through September 25, 2021 there are 27,247 deaths and 2,563,768 injuries reported following injections of four experimental COVID-19 shots:

From the total of injuries recorded, almost half of them (1,222,818) are serious injuries.

"Seriousness provides information on the suspected undesirable effect; it can be classified as 'serious' if it corresponds to a medical occurrence that results in death, is life-threatening, requires inpatient hospitalisation, results in another medically important condition, or prolongation of existing hospitalisation, results in persistent or significant disability or incapacity, or is a congenital anomaly/birth defect."

Health Impact News subscriber in Europe ran the reports for each of the four COVID-19 shots we are including here. It is a lot of work to tabulate each reaction with injuries and fatalities, since there is no place on the EudraVigilance system we have found that tabulates all the results.

Since we have started publishing this, others from Europe have also calculated the numbers and confirmed the totals.*

Here is the summary data through October 9, 2021.

Total reactions for the mRNA vaccineTozinameran (code BNT162b2,Comirnaty) from BioNTechPfizer: 12,835 deathand 1,124,072 injuries to 09/10/2021

  • 30,454   Blood and lymphatic system disorders incl. 177 deaths
  • 32,024   Cardiac disorders incl. 1,894 deaths
  • 296        Congenital, familial and genetic disorders incl. 24 deaths
  • 15,348   Ear and labyrinth disorders incl. 10 deaths
  • 943        Endocrine disorders incl. 5 deaths
  • 17,445   Eye disorders incl. 30 deaths
  • 97,494   Gastrointestinal disorders incl. 528 deaths
  • 291,182 General disorders and administration site conditions incl. 3,649 deaths
  • 1,271     Hepatobiliary disorders incl. 63 deaths
  • 11,416   Immune system disorders incl. 66 deaths
  • 40,375   Infections and infestations incl. 1,269 deaths
  • 14,956   Injury, poisoning and procedural complications incl. 201 deaths
  • 28,358   Investigations incl. 404 deaths
  • 7,934     Metabolism and nutrition disorders incl. 231 deaths
  • 145,368 Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders incl. 159 deaths
  • 922        Neoplasms benign, malignant and unspecified (incl cysts and polyps) incl. 91 deaths
  • 195,566 Nervous system disorders incl. 1,394 deaths
  • 1,495     Pregnancy, puerperium and perinatal conditions incl. 44 deaths
  • 177        Product issues incl. 1 death
  • 20,700   Psychiatric disorders incl. 164 deaths
  • 3,873     Renal and urinary disorders incl. 209 deaths
  • 30,210   Reproductive system and breast disorders incl. 4 deaths
  • 48,955   Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders incl. 1,504 deaths
  • 53,542   Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders incl. 116 deaths
  • 2,209     Social circumstances incl. 17 deaths
  • 1,318     Surgical and medical procedures incl. 36 deaths
  • 30,241   Vascular disorders incl. 545 deaths

Total reactions for the mRNA vaccine mRNA-1273(CX-024414) from Moderna: 7,322 deathand 328,594 injuries to 09/10/2021

  • 6,545     Blood and lymphatic system disorders incl. 69 deaths
  • 10,153   Cardiac disorders incl. 787 deaths
  • 130        Congenital, familial and genetic disorders incl. 3 deaths
  • 4,082     Ear and labyrinth disorders incl. 3 deaths
  • 279        Endocrine disorders incl. 3 deaths
  • 4,949     Eye disorders incl. 22 deaths
  • 27,956   Gastrointestinal disorders incl. 286 deaths
  • 88,398   General disorders and administration site conditions incl. 2,715 deaths
  • 540        Hepatobiliary disorders incl. 30 deaths
  • 2,817     Immune system disorders incl. 11 deaths
  • 10,710   Infections and infestations incl. 562 deaths
  • 7,148     Injury, poisoning and procedural complications incl. 134 deaths
  • 6,185     Investigations incl. 130 deaths
  • 3,158     Metabolism and nutrition disorders incl. 170 deaths
  • 40,736   Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders incl. 149 deaths
  • 407        Neoplasms benign, malignant and unspecified (incl cysts and polyps) incl. 48 deaths
  • 56,868   Nervous system disorders incl. 735 deaths
  • 629        Pregnancy, puerperium and perinatal conditions incl. 8 deaths
  • 65           Product issues incl. 2 deaths
  • 6,131     Psychiatric disorders incl. 129 deaths
  • 1,898     Renal and urinary disorders incl. 131 deaths
  • 5,644     Reproductive system and breast disorders incl. 6 deaths
  • 14,462   Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders incl. 743 deaths
  • 17,687   Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders incl. 65 deaths
  • 1,480     Social circumstances incl. 28 deaths
  • 1,131     Surgical and medical procedures incl. 74 deaths
  • 8,406     Vascular disorders incl. 279 deaths

Total reactions for the vaccine AZD1222/VAXZEVRIA (CHADOX1 NCOV-19) from Oxford/ AstraZeneca5,633 deathand 1,027,132 injuries to 09/10/2021

  • 12,420   Blood and lymphatic system disorders incl. 227 deaths
  • 17,765   Cardiac disorders incl. 638 deaths
  • 169        Congenital familial and genetic disorders incl. 7 deaths
  • 12,102   Ear and labyrinth disorders incl. 1 death
  • 545        Endocrine disorders incl. 4 deaths
  • 18,094   Eye disorders incl. 27 deaths
  • 99,247   Gastrointestinal disorders incl. 294 deaths
  • 270,596 General disorders and administration site conditions incl. 1,355 deaths
  • 892        Hepatobiliary disorders incl. 54 deaths
  • 4,190     Immune system disorders incl. 26 deaths
  • 28,330   Infections and infestations incl. 359 deaths
  • 11,689   Injury poisoning and procedural complications incl. 162 deaths
  • 22,549   Investigations incl. 132 deaths
  • 11,969   Metabolism and nutrition disorders incl. 83 deaths
  • 153,909 Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders incl. 82 deaths
  • 554        Neoplasms benign malignant and unspecified (incl cysts and polyps) incl. 18 deaths
  • 212,950 Nervous system disorders incl. 884 deaths
  • 483        Pregnancy puerperium and perinatal conditions incl. 10 deaths
  • 174        Product issues incl. 1 death
  • 19,153   Psychiatric disorders incl. 56 deaths
  • 3,848     Renal and urinary disorders incl. 56 deaths
  • 14,092   Reproductive system and breast disorders incl. 2 deaths
  • 36,247   Respiratory thoracic and mediastinal disorders incl. 673 deaths
  • 47,145   Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders incl. 42 deaths
  • 1,361     Social circumstances incl. 6 deaths
  • 1,240     Surgical and medical procedures incl. 24 deaths
  • 25,419   Vascular disorders incl. 410 deaths

Total reactions for the COVID-19 vaccine JANSSEN (AD26.COV2.S) from Johnson & Johnson1,457 deaths and 83,970 injuries to 09/10/2021

  • 786        Blood and lymphatic system disorders incl. 36 deaths
  • 1,428     Cardiac disorders incl. 137 deaths
  • 30           Congenital, familial and genetic disorders
  • 805        Ear and labyrinth disorders incl. 1 death
  • 52           Endocrine disorders incl. 1 death
  • 1,140     Eye disorders incl. 6 deaths
  • 7,423     Gastrointestinal disorders incl. 66 deaths
  • 21,965   General disorders and administration site conditions incl. 381 deaths
  • 104        Hepatobiliary disorders incl. 9 deaths
  • 347        Immune system disorders incl. 7 deaths
  • 2,564     Infections and infestations incl. 102 deaths
  • 791        Injury, poisoning and procedural complications incl. 16 deaths
  • 4,223     Investigations incl. 88 deaths
  • 502        Metabolism and nutrition disorders incl. 34 deaths
  • 12,777   Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders incl. 34 deaths
  • 41           Neoplasms benign, malignant and unspecified (incl cysts and polyps) incl. 2 deaths
  • 16,999   Nervous system disorders incl. 160 deaths
  • 31           Pregnancy, puerperium and perinatal conditions incl. 1 death
  • 21           Product issues
  • 1,143     Psychiatric disorders incl. 13 deaths
  • 325        Renal and urinary disorders incl. 16 deaths
  • 1,356     Reproductive system and breast disorders incl. 5 deaths
  • 2,985     Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders incl. 167 deaths
  • 2,565     Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders incl. 5 deaths
  • 258        Social circumstances incl. 4 deaths
  • 606        Surgical and medical procedures incl. 45 deaths
  • 2,703     Vascular disorders incl. 121 deaths

*These totals are estimates based on reports submitted to EudraVigilance. Totals may be much higher based on percentage of adverse reactions that are reported. Some of these reports may also be reported to the individual country's adverse reaction databases, such as the U.S. VAERS database and the UK Yellow Card system. The fatalities are grouped by symptoms, and some fatalities may have resulted from multiple symptoms.

COVID-19 Shots Continue to Kill and Injure People Worldwide

The true number of people dying and becoming crippled worldwide following the COVID-19 shots is unknown, since the adverse reaction systems used in most countries are passive systems, and there is tremendous pressure to NOT relate a disability or death to the COVID shots.

translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 1:07 am

Two New Studies Test Quercetin And COVID Outcomes


By Dr. Joseph Mercola | October 14, 2021

In an August 21, 2021, newsletter,1 Dr. Michael Murray discussed the use of quercetin for respiratory infection symptoms. In November 2020, he'd suffered a "very mild and brief bout of COVID-19."

He also recounts an anecdotal story of a friend who developed suspicious respiratory symptoms. His friend had been taking a number of supplements said to offer protection, but was still feeling awful.

As it turns out, the one thing he'd not taken was quercetin, and as soon as he did, that same day, his symptoms started to dissipate. This experience, Murray says, "is consistent with the results from two clinical trials" that were recently published.

Quercetin seems to be a safe, far less expensive, and easier-to-obtain and it works by a similar mechanism, driving zinc into the cells to stop viral replication.

Statistical Improvement in Clinical Outcomes

In the first study,2 42 COVID-19 outpatients were divided into two groups. One group of 21 patients received standard medical therapy consisting of analgesics and an antibiotic (acetaminophen 500-milligram (mg) to 1,000-mg dose if body temperature was higher than 37.5 degrees C — 99.5 F — with a maximum daily dosage of 3 grams, and 500 mg azithromycin for three consecutive days).

The other group of 21 patients received standard therapy plus the equivalent of 600 mg of quercetin per day (divided into three doses) for seven days, followed by another seven-day course of 400 mg of quercetin per day (divided into two doses).

The quercetin was used with sunflower lecithin, which has been demonstrated to increase absorption in the gut by as much as 20 times, compared to pure quercetin formulations.

The main outcomes being evaluated were virus clearance and symptoms. After one week of treatment, 16 of the 21 patients in the quercetin group tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 and 12 reported that all symptoms had diminished.

In the standard care group, only two tested negative and four had partially improved symptoms. By the end of Week 2, the five remaining patients in the quercetin group tested negative. In the standard care group, 17 of the 19 remaining patients tested negative and one had died.

"These results are impressive and hopefully additional studies will be conducted on hospitalized patients to see how quercetin might be helpful in more severe cases," Murray wrote in his newsletter.

Can Quercetin Reduce Hospitalizations and Deaths?

The second study3 — a prospective, randomized, controlled and open-label trial — gave 152 COVID-19 outpatients a daily dose of 1,000 mg of quercetin for 30 days to evaluate its adjuvant effects in the treatment of early symptoms and the prevention of severe infection. According to the authors:

"The results revealed a reduction in frequency and length of hospitalization, in need of non-invasive oxygen therapy, in progression to intensive care units and in number of deaths. The results also confirmed the very high safety profile of quercetin and suggested possible anti-fatigue and pro-appetite properties.

QP (Quercetin Phytosome®) is a safe agent and in combination with standard care, when used in early stage of viral infection, could aid in improving the early symptoms and help in preventing the severity of COVID-19 disease. It is suggested that a double-blind, placebo-controlled study should be urgently carried out to confirm the results of our study."

Mechanisms of Action

As noted in the first study4 above, quercetin was chosen based on the fact that it has antiviral, anti-blood clotting, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, all of which are important in the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection. In the second study, more detailed mechanisms of action are reviewed. According to the authors:5

"SARS-CoV-2 proteases, like 3-chymotrypsin-like protease (3CLpro), papain-like pro-tease (PLpro), RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, spike (S)protein and human angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (hACE2) are considered possible targets for developing effective anti-COVID-19 drugs.

Recently, molecular docking studies have suggested the possible binding interaction of quercetin with the 3CLpro, PLpro, and S-hACE2 complex. Some recent results, obtained by biophysical techniques, appear to support the results of the molecular docking studies.

Quercetin, a flavonol not naturally present in the human body, is the most abundant polyphenol in fruits and vegetable and is widely used as a dietary supplement to boost the immune system and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Quercetin is characterized by three crucial properties: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory. The combination of these actions allows quercetin to be a potential candidate to support all unhealthy conditions where oxidative stress, inflammation and immunity are involved."

Initially, quercetin gained attention because it's a zinc ionophore, meaning it shuttles zinc — which has well-known antiviral effects — into your cells just like the drug hydroxychloroquine.

Some proposed the primary reason hydroxychloroquine and quercetin worked was because of this feature. Of course, you also had to take zinc along with either of them. To effectively act as a zinc ionophore, the quercetin also needs vitamin C.

Since then, other studies, including the two reviewed here, have shown quercetin has other actions that make it useful against SARS-CoV-2 as well. As reported by Murray in his newsletter:

"In particular, quercetin exerts significant inhibition on the binding of specific spike proteins to ACE-2 receptors, thereby blocking the ability of the virus to infect human cells. Quercetin has also been shown to directly neutralize viral proteins the are critical in the replication of SARS-CoV-2."

In some studies, quercetin has also been shown to inhibit the release of inflammatory cytokines, which could help alleviate infection-related symptoms and suppress excessive inflammatory responses from occurring. Its antioxidant effects may also help prevent tissue damage caused by scavenging free radicals, thereby aiding in the recovery process of viral infections.6

Quercetin's Antiviral Properties

Quercetin's antiviral properties have been attributed to three main mechanisms of action:

  1. Inhibiting the virus' ability to infect cells
  2. Inhibiting replication of already infected cells
  3. Reducing infected cells' resistance to treatment with antiviral medication

For example, research7 funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), published in 2008, found it lowers your risk of viral illness such as influenza and boosts mental performance following extreme physical stress, which might otherwise undermine your immune function and render you more susceptible to infections.

Here, cyclists who received a daily dose of 1,000 mg of quercetin in combination with vitamin C (which enhances plasma quercetin levels8,9) and niacin (to improve absorption) for five weeks were significantly less likely to contract a viral illness after bicycling three hours a day for three consecutive days, compared to untreated controls. While 45% of the placebo group got sick, only 5% of the treatment group did.

Quercetin Works Against Many Common Viruses

Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, several studies had highlighted quercetin's ability to prevent and treat the common cold and seasonal influenza.10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18 By attenuating oxidative damage, it also lowers your risk of secondary bacterial infections,19 which is actually the primary cause of influenza-related deaths.

Importantly, quercetin increases mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle, which suggests part of its antiviral effects are due to enhanced mitochondrial antiviral signaling.20 Quercetin also works against other viruses, as demonstrated in the following studies:

A 1985 study found quercetin inhibits infectivity and replication of herpes simplex virus type 1, polio-virus type 1, parainfluenza virus type 3 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).21

A 2016 animal study22 found quercetin inhibited mouse dengue virus and hepatitis virus.

Other studies have confirmed quercetin's power to inhibit both hepatitis B23 and C24 infection.

A March 2020 study25 found quercetin provides "comprehensive protection" against Streptococcus pneumoniae infection, both in vitro and in vivo, primarily by neutralizing pneumolysin (PLY),26 one of the toxins released from pneumococci that encourages S. pneumoniae infection to blossom in the first place.

Streptococcus pneumoniae is responsible not only for pneumonia, but can also be involved in some ear and sinus infections, meningitis and certain blood infections.27 As reported by the authors of this study:28

"The results indicated that quercetin significantly reduced PLY-induced hemolytic activity and cytotoxicity via repressing the formation of oligomers.

In addition, treatment with quercetin can reduce PLY-mediated cell injury, improve the survival rate of mice infected with a lethal dose of S. pneumoniae, alleviate the pathological damage of lung tissue and inhibit the release of cytokines (IL-1β and TNF-α) in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid.

Considering the importance of these events in antimicrobial resistant S. pneumoniae pathogenesis, our results indicated that quercetin may be a novel potential drug candidate for the treatment of clinical pneumococcal infections."

How Quercetin Combats Inflammation and Boosts Immunity

Aside from its antiviral activity, quercetin is also known for boosting immunity and combating inflammation. As noted in a 2016 study29 in the journal Nutrients, mechanisms of action include (but is not limited to) the inhibition of:30

  • Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) production in macrophages. TNF-α is a cytokine involved in systemic inflammation, secreted by activated macrophages, a type of immune cell that digests foreign substances, microbes and other harmful or damaged components
  • LPS-induced mRNA levels of TNF-α and interleukin (IL)-1α in glial cells, which results in "diminished apoptotic neuronal cell death"
  • The production of inflammation-producing enzymes
  • Calcium influx into the cell, which in turn inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokine release, as well as histamine and serotonin release from intestinal mast cells31

According to this paper, quercetin also stabilizes mast cells, has cytoprotective activity in the gastrointestinal tract, and "a direct regulatory effect on basic functional properties of immune cells," which allows it to inhibit "a huge panoply of molecular targets in the micromolar concentration range, either by down-regulating or suppressing many inflammatory pathways and functions."32

Bioavailability

While quercetin does have potent antiviral effects, in order for it to work effectively you need sufficiently high dosages to raise the level of quercetin in your body's tissues. The relatively low absorption rate of quercetin is why a sunflower lecithin formulation was used.

Research33 published in the July-December 2021 issue of the Journal of Natural Health Products Research, found a quercertin matrix has the same total absorption rate as quercetin phytosome — and higher peak blood levels.

"Since both of these forms of quercetin produce similar blood levels, they should produce the same effects at equal dosages based upon quercetin content," Murray wrote in his newsletter, adding:

"My dosage recommendation as part of a nutritional supplement program to support immune function is 250 mg twice daily.

And in patients with active Infection, my recommendation is … six capsules twice a day providing a total of 3,000 mg of quercetin. This high dosage should be taken for at least 10 days and then reduced to a maintenance dosage of 250 mg twice daily …

[This] high dosage may not be necessary. But my dosage calculations are based upon likely tissue concentrations needed to exert the strongest antiviral effects. And given the safety of quercetin, there is no harm at this level."

Protocol Using Quercetin

One doctor who early brought quercetin into the limelight was Dr. Vladimir Zelenko. As hydroxychloroquine became difficult to obtain, Zelenko switched to recommending quercetin instead, as it's readily available as an over-the-counter supplement. For a downloadable "cheat sheet" of Zelenko's protocol for COVID-19, visit VladimirZelenkoMD.com.

Other Health Benefits of Quercetin

There are also other lesser known benefits and uses for quercetin, including the prevention and/or treatment of:34

High blood pressure35,36
Cardiovascular disease37
Obesity38 and metabolic syndrome39 (a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglyceride levels and fat accumulation around the waist that raise your risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke)
Certain kinds of cancer, in particular leukemia, and to a lesser degree breast cancer40
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)41
Gout42
Arthritis43
Mood disorders44
Aluminum-induced neurodegenerative changes, such as those seen in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).45
Longevity, thanks to its senolytic benefits (clearing out damaged and worn-out cells)46,47

Research has also highlighted quercetin's epigenetic influence and ability to:48

  • Interact with cell-signaling pathways
  • Modulate gene expression
  • Influence the activity of transcription factors
  • Modulate microRNAs

MicroRNAs used to be considered "junk" DNA. But far from being useless, research has revealed so-called "junk" DNA is actually microRNA and plays a crucial role in regulating genes that make the proteins that build your body.

The microRNA function as "on/off" switches for the genes. Depending on the microRNA input, a single gene can code for any of more than 200 protein products. Quercetin's ability to module microRNA may also help explain its cytotoxic effects, and why it appears to improve cancer survival (at least in mice).

Sources and References

translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 12:31 am

US Treasury deputy sec warns unvaxxed Americans that shortages will continue until EVERYONE is jabbed


RT | October 15, 2021

The deputy secretary at the US Treasury has put Americans on notice that the only way to end the plague of empty shelves around the country is for every resident to be vaccinated. The frank warning came off as a threat to many.

Wally Adeyemo, the Biden administration's second-highest official in the Treasury Department, appeared to publicly blackmail the still-sizable portion of Americans who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 during a Thursday ABC interview, seemingly blaming them for the ongoing shortages of consumer goods that have led many to mock the president as 'Empty Shelves Joe'.

Despite viral photos depicting thousands of cargo ships lined up at the Port of Los Angeles ready to unload their goods, Adeyemo claimed that the supply chain issues plaguing so many US retailers are an international issue and will only let up when a sufficient percentage of the country has been vaccinated.

Describing the disastrous economic conditions as "an economy that's in transition," Adeyemo acknowledged that "we are seeing high prices for some of the things that people have to buy." While he praised the administration's stimulus payments, he also pinned the blame squarely on the unvaccinated.

"The reality is that the only way we're going to get to a place where we work through this transition is if everyone in America and everyone around the world gets vaccinated."

While the ABC reporter repeatedly suggested that the country's shortages of toilet paper and other panic-buy items could be traced to international supply chain disruptions, a growing number of Americans are demanding answers regarding the weirdly specific nature of certain products missing from store shelves. Some have even voiced doubt concerning whether the shortages are being introduced deliberately, either to gin up hatred against the unvaccinated or keep Americans economically off-balance as they grow accustomed to the wild disruptions of the pandemic.

Adeyemo did the Biden cabinet no favors by adding fuel to the conspiratorial fire, explaining the primary reason Biden continued to push for everyone to be vaccinated was that only then could the White House "provide the resources the American people need to make it to the other side" of the supply chain problem.

Despite blaming the international shipping industry for empty shelves in the US, the media establishment has acknowledged that the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – which together process 40% of the nation's imports – had their busiest years on record last year, giving the lie to the notion that the products missing from American shelves simply don't exist. However, many truckers working for shipping companies have balked at the idea of mandatory vaccination, leaving their firms' fleets woefully understaffed, and others have gone on strike to demand better working conditions.

The Biden administration has attempted to address the supply chain problem by calling for the Port of Los Angeles to run 24 hours, but while he praised his own promised move as a "game changer," the executive director of the port has made it clear that there is no timetable in place for the promised schedule shift. Meanwhile, Biden's cabinet has come across as woefully out of touch – White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, for example, pooh-poohed the issue of empty shelves as a "high class" problem earlier this week, eliciting criticism from both Left and Right. And Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been quietly vacationing on paternity leave since mid-August, leaving the country without even a semblance of logistical oversight as the cargo clog shows no signs of dissipating.

Labor shortages are being felt far beyond the US, though often for similar reasons. In Italy, thousands of protesters turned out to block cargo ships from unloading their bounty earlier this week. The demonstrators were outraged over the country's adoption of a mandatory vax-to-work policy similar to that threatened by the Biden administration. And the UK government has begged lorry drivers to return to work, even luring foreign drivers in with temporary visas as the country frets over its own empty shelves issues.

Australian 'truckies' have united with other unions to exert pressure on the government, which has kept cities like Melbourne under lockdown for months despite vanishingly few reported cases of Covid-19. The government was already floating policies like 'no jab, no job' over a year ago and has led the way in leveraging the pandemic to turn Five Eyes 'democracies' into police states.

translate | 15 Oct 2021 | 11:58 pm

Russia: Syria held back fire as Israel used civilian aircraft as cover in Homs raid


Press TV – October 15, 2021

Israel has once again used civilian aircraft as a shield against Syrian air defense systems during its attacks on the Arab country, says a Russian general.

"On October 13, from 23:35 to 23:39, four F-16 tactical fighters of the Israeli Air Force entered Syrian airspace in the US-occupied al-Tanf zone in Homs Province and struck a phosphate ore processing plant in the Palmyra region," Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said at a briefing.

Kulit said the Syrian military, however, decided not to target the Israeli jets that carried out the strike in central Syria because there were two civilian airliners in the sky at the time.

"The Syrian military leadership decided not to use air defense systems, since at the time of the Israeli aviation attack, two civilian passenger aircraft were in the zone of destruction of the anti-aircraft systems," Kulit said, Sputnik news reported.

The Syrian Defense Ministry announced earlier that the Wednesday attack killed one soldier and injured three others.

Israel has repeatedly used civilian aircraft as a shield against Syrian air defense systems in its aggression against the Arab country.

In February, an Airbus A320 with 172 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing at the Russian-operated Hmeimim Air Base during an Israeli attack.

Back in 2018, Israel had to apologize for using a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft as a shield during an attack, causing a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile to shoot down the Russian aircraft instead and kill 15 Russian and two Syrian service members.

Israel's Wednesday attack came just days after Syria's air defenses thwarted an Israeli missile attack on a military air base, known as T-4, in Homs, shooting down most of the incoming projectiles.

That aerial assault had been initiated from the direction of the al-Tanf area as well, with Syrian official news agency SANA reporting that it wounded six soldiers and resulted in some material losses.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups.

Israel frequently targets the positions of the Syrian military and its allies, who are fighting against the foreign-backed terrorists wreaking havoc in the Arab country.

translate | 15 Oct 2021 | 9:08 pm

Congress has introduced over 70 pieces of Israel-centric legislation so far in 2021


By Kathryn Shihadah – If Americans Knew – October 14, 2021

For a country that practices apartheid, defies international law, and engages in ethnic cleansing, Israel is popular in the US Congress. During just about 125 days in session, the houses of Congress managed to entertain more than 70 new pieces of legislation pandering to Israel.

It is no coincidence that the pro-Israel lobby is arguably the most pervasive and influential lobby in the U.S. – and that Israel partisans, many of them billionaires, make massive campaign donations to both parties.

This year's legislative items include plenty of military aid and non-financial perks for Israel, and scoldings for those who speak ill (if truthfully) of the Jewish state.

Americans need to know how generous our legislators are with our tax dollars – toward a country that is universally known to be a human rights abuser. Below is a list of legislation currently under consideration in Congress (and there will be more in the coming days). Also find links to plenty of facts about Israel –  illustrating that Israel may not be the sort of state that Americans should bankroll.

(Note that the three bills in support of Palestinian rights – one quite robust, and two marginally beneficial – at the bottom of the article.)

A fire rages at sunrise in Khan Yunis following an Israeli airstrike on targets in the southern Gaza strip, May 12, 2021. During the recent violence, Israeli military forces killed 260 Gazans, while Palestinian resistance forces killed 13 Israelis – sources & more information here. (YOUSSEF MASSOUD | Credit: AFP via Getty Images) LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE MONEY FOR ISRAEL

This first batch of legislation seeks to provide the standard annual $3.8 billion in military aid to Israel ($10.8 million a day), and then some.

Since 1946, two years before Israel's founding on 78% of mandatory Palestine, the US has given Israel $154.7 billion in total military aid (adjusted for inflation: $243.9 billion) – more US assistance than any other country since World War II – this in spite of US laws that forbid military aid to countries committing gross human rights violations (like Israel).

Some of the legislation listed here ensures the flow of the usual sum of $3.8 billion a year; others seek to fund Israel through less direct ways. If these pass, taken together they may bring our daily contribution on behalf of Israel closer to $20 million.

H.R.4373 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2022
  • This bill provides the largest chunk – $3.3 billion – in military aid to Israel, and encourages Arab states to end their boycott of Israel and normalize relations.
  • This bill also earmarks $3 billion more in expenditures not to Israel itself, but for Israel's benefit.
  • Read about the billions of taxpayer dollars earmarked for Israel in this bill here.
H.R.4432 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2022
  • This bill provides FY2022 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military activities, including $500 million for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system (despite the fact that Israel, a human rights abuser, sells military technology to other states that are human rights abusers, and refuses to share some technology with the US, even though we subsidized its development).
  • Read the details of funding to Israel in this bill here; read about the massive US investment in Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system here (and US expenditures overall in Israel here); read about the minor effects of Gazan rockets on Israel here; read about Israel's refusal to share technology with the US here.
H.J.Res.54S.1751, H.R.3706H.R.3977S.2944H.R.5323S.2789S.2839S.2830H.R.5311H.R.5305: bills (introduced in the weeks following the attack on Gaza) to provide, through various means, extra funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system 
  • These bills call for an additional $1 billion in emergency funding for Israel's Iron Dome (on top of the standard $500 million/year), with various fiscal strategies, including taking money earmarked for Gaza or the Palestinian authority.
  • Several of the bills were introduced following the removal of the "emergency" $1 billion in Iron Dome funding from the budget bill. The removal of the funding demonstrated America's waning support for Israel; the flurry of separate bills demonstrates Congress' ongoing infatuation with Israel.
  • Israel "needed" the funding because its military had depleted its Iron Dome materiel during an attack on Gaza – in which Israel killed 260 Gazan Palestinians (vs. 13 Israelis killed).
  • H.R.5305 may be in a league of its own because of the deviousness with which its Iron Dome funding appeared as a line item. Read about it here.
  • Read about the massive US investment in Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system here (and US expenditures overall in Israel here); read about the minor effects of Gazan rockets on Israel here; read about Israel's recent attack on Gaza that resulted in depletion of Iron Dome supplies here and here.
S.Con.Res.14 Setting forth the congressional budget for the US Government for fiscal year 2022 and budgetary levels for fiscal years 2023 through 2031 and S.Con.Res.5 – A concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and budgetary levels for 2022 through 2030
  • An amendment in S.Con.Res.14 establishes a reserve fund for preventing terrorist attacks and ensuring that no US tax dollars benefit terrorist organizations "such as Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad"; part of S.Con.Res.5 relates to funding for the US Embassy in "Jerusalem, Israel."
  • Read about Israel's (and America's) controversial use of the word "terrorist" herehere, and here.
  • Read about the controversial move of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem here, and about the Palestinian struggle to hold onto East Jerusalem here.
S.1193 & H.R.2659 US-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2021 and S.2120 ​​& H.R.5148 United States–Israel Artificial Intelligence Center Act
  • These four bills propose that the US partner with Israel to facilitate (and pay for) cybersecurity research and development. The Dept. of Homeland Security would provide "not less that $6 million" a year; the State Dept., Commerce Dept., and National Science Foundation would provide another $10 million a year.
  • The legislation is framed as part of the fight against Russian, Iranian, and Chinese technological advances and/or cyberattacks – but ignores the fact that Israeli cyber technology has gone rogue again and again, is suspected in a high-profile murder, and has been caught multiple times spying on the US. Israel's most notorious US spy exhorted young Jews to spy on America for Israel ("if we're Jews, we will always have dual loyalty").
S.221 & H.R.852 United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research Act (also mentioned in H.R.4350–NDAA, National Defense Authorization Act)
  • These bills establish a grant program (no dollar amount indicated) for collaboration between the US and Israel to advance research on post-traumatic stress disorders. "Our ally Israel, under constant attack from terrorist groups, experiences similar issues with Israeli veterans facing PTSD symptoms." (The bill overlooks the fact that Palestinians have suffered from Israel's devastating attacks at a much higher rate than Israelis have suffered from Palestinians' meager attempts at resistance.)
  • Read about Gazan trauma here (especially for children) here and here; read a comparison of Israeli airstrikes and Gazan rockets here and here (video here).
S.1518 To authorize appropriations for the US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development (BARD) Fund 
  • This bill would create a blank check ("such sums as are necessary") to support agricultural R&D activities mutually beneficial to the US and Israel – embracing Israel's "legitimacy" in the international community, in spite of its rampant human rights abuses that have drawn censure from most of the world.
  • Read  about Israel's destruction of the natural environment of Palestine here.
segregated road in israel (legislation)
Non-monetary legislation for Israel includes recognition of Israel as the "only democracy in the Middle East." Pictured: view of  segregated road (Route 4370), northeast of Jerusalem, which separates vehicles of Israeli citizens and non-citizens. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/JNS)
LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE NON-MONETARY PERKS FOR ISRAEL

As always, Congress members lined up to introduce legislation in support of what they claim is America's "greatest ally." The facts don't support this claim – see this, and this, and this and this.

S.Res.226 Expressing the sense of the Senate that the US supports Israel, our greatest ally in the region, and its right to defend itself against terrorist attacks
  • This resolution denounces Hamas rockets (but not Israeli airstrikes), mourns the loss of 13 Israeli lives caused by the rockets (but not the 260 Palestinian lives lost due to airstrikes), and urges "steadfast support for Israel" (but not for justice and self-determination for Palestinians).
  • Read about Israel's alleged "right to self defense" here, about Hamas rockets here and here, and about Israel as America's supposed "greatest ally" here.
H.R.3976 America Stands with Israel Act
  • This bill authorizes the President to introduce U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities or to direct immediate transfer of defense articles or services to ensure the survival of Israel and its people from an existing or imminent threat. The President thus would act without oversight or limitation, and could tell Congress about such actions after the fact.
  • Israel's "existential threat" ideology rests on its "vulnerability"; it claims to be threatened by the Palestinian-led boycott movement (BDS), by the rising Palestinian population, by Iran and Gaza, and by the "delegitimization" caused by factual reporting on its human rights abuses.
  • Read about a high-ranking Israeli who insists that Israel no longer faces any existential threat here; read the deconstruction of the nonviolent BDS movement as an existential threat here; read about Israel's response to the growing Palestinian population ("demographic threat") here; read about Israel's disproportionately powerful military here; Israel's "secret" nukes here; and Israel's decades of human rights abuses herehere, and here.
H.Res.394 Expresses support for Israel's efforts of self-determination and collective security against external forces, recognizes Jerusalem as the legitimate capital city of Israel, and condemns actions by Hamas against the people of Israel
  • This resolution, introduced during Israel's attack on Gaza, purports to support both Israelis' and Palestinians' right to live in peace and security, then condemns Hamas rockets only (not Israel's aggression that prompted the rockets), recognizes Israel's (but not Palestine's) claim to Jerusalem and right to self-determination.
  • Read about Israel's attack on Gaza here and here; about Hamas rockets here and here, and Israel's actions in Jerusalem here and here.
H.Res.422 MORDECAI Resolution
  • This resolution declares that Israel is a crucial ally of the US, and that antisemitism and hostility against Israel should be rejected. The language claims that Israel "is the only democracy in the Middle East"; that Gazan resistance rockets are "unprovoked"; and that boycott, divest, and sanction (BDS) is used by "radical, racist, and extremist organizations." All of these claims are inaccurate.
  • Read about the myth that Israel is a democracy here; read a few examples of why the people of Gaza resist Israel here and here; read about Gaza rockets here and here; read about the nonviolent Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement here and here, and why BDS is not antisemitic here.
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One piece of pro-Israel legislation seeks to halt the resumption of aid to the UN agency providing food for Gaza's poorest. (Pictured: UNRWA food distribution for Palestine refugees in Gaza during the COVID-19 pandemic is being conducted through home deliveries.) (Khalil Adwan UNRWA)
LEGISLATION CENSURING PALESTINIANS (HAMAS AND OTHER "TERRORISTS"), THEIR ALLIES, AND OTHER NE'ER-DO-WELLS

A supply of new legislation in 2021, as always, takes the form of threats and punishment of Israel's adversaries.

H.R.1543 No Social Media Accounts for Terrorists or State Sponsors of Terrorism Act of 2021
  • The purpose of this bill is to provide authorities to prohibit the provision of services by social media platforms to certain individuals and entities on the Specially Designated Nationals List and senior officials of governments of a state sponsor of terrorism. The bill provides 4 examples of foreign leaders who have used their social media accounts to promote hate – 3 of them involved alleged "antisemitic" rhetoric; the 4th names a regime "responsible for multiple gross violations of human rights."
  • Read about Israeli officials' use of social media to spread hate and racism here and here, and their manipulation of social media here and here; read about Israel's appropriation of "antisemitism" to cover its atrocities here; read about Israel's gross violations of human rights here and here.
S.2479  & H.R.4721 UNRWA Accountability and Transparency Act
  • The purpose of these bills is to withhold US contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). As the Biden administration makes plans to restore funding to UNRWA cut by Trump, the bill alludes to the Israel-centric IHRA definition of antisemitism, seeks to limit refugee status, and recommends withhold funding from UNRWA unless every employee passes an extreme vetting process (e.g. conveying information that calls Israelis "occupiers" or "settlers," supports BDS or the Palestinian right of return, or shows a map that does not include Israel).
  • Read about UNRWA cuts here and here, the IHRA definition of antisemitism here, and the Right of Return here.
S.1904 & H.R.261 Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2021; H.R.3685 Hamas International Financing Prevention Act; S.1899 Stop Taxpayer Funding of Hamas Act
  • These bills impose sanctions on individuals and groups (including governments and the UN) that support Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and any affiliate or successor groups, or that encourage "anti-Israel or antisemitic ideas or propaganda."
  • Read the little-known facts about Hamas' and Israel's weapons here and here (video here); read about the severity of Israel's impact on Gazan life here and here; read about the United Nations and Israel here.
H.Res.396 Condemning the rocket attacks perpetrated against Israel by Hamas in May, 2021, and expressing that the US must continue to invest in and support Israel's security and sovereignty
  • This resolution declares Israel's right to self-defense and denounces Hamas rockets, while ignoring Gazans' right to self-defense and overlooking Israel's 14-year blockade, its many brutal attacks, and the preventable humanitarian disaster Israel has caused for the people of Gaza.
  • Read about Israel's attack on Gaza here and here; about Hamas rockets here and here, and about Israel as America's supposed "greatest ally" here.
H.R.2374 Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act
  • This is a repeat of a bill that was introduced in the last session of Congress (H.R.2343), about the alleged failure of the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA to "eliminate all content and passages encouraging violence or intolerance" from textbooks, perpetuating the falsehood that Palestinians teach their children to hate Jews. Studies have found that Palestinian textbooks are largely neutral (as they have been monitored closely for years) – unlike Israel textbooks which, according to Israeli scholar and academic Nurit Peled-Elhanan, regularly "marginalize Palestinians, legitimize Israeli military action and reinforce Jewish-Israeli territorial identity."
  • Read about studies of Palestinian textbook content here (also bookvideo) and here; read about the ADL, which itself prepares educational materials for US schools on equality – but silence calls for equality when it comes to Palestinians, here.
S.2829 Mind Your Own Business Act
  • This bill would hold corporate officers personally liable when actions they take on behalf of the corporation are considered political, "un-American," or in some other way not in the best interests of the shareholders. It specifically mentioned the act of "boycotting a state."
  • As Foundation for Middle East Peace explains, "the bill would on the one hand open up companies to shareholder lawsuits if they take business decisions that reflect their progressive political views/ideologies/conscience, while on the other hand, it would explicitly exempt from this same shareholder accountability companies that act to punish other companies for boycotting Israel/settlements."
  • This proposed restriction on free speech ignores the fact that Americans in general are very supportive of boycotts: only about 1 in 5 agree with such anti-BDS legislation.
  • Read more about S.2829 here; read about the nonviolent Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement here and here, and why BDS is not antisemitic here.
LEGISLATION SEEKING TO LIMIT OR CENSURE FREE SPEECH WHEN USED TO CRITICIZE ISRAEL (SOMETIMES ERRONEOUSLY CALLED "THE NEW ANTISEMITISM")

A number of bills and resolutions were introduced during and after Israel's attack on Gaza in May – some were related to alleged and actual antisemitic incidents triggered by the attack; others targeted Congress members who criticized Israel's actions.

S.Res.250S.Res.252H.Res.428S.1939H.R.3515H.Res.557 (all of these resolutions are built on an inaccurate, Israel-centric reading of current events, in which pro-Palestine or pro-Hamas Americans attacked or harassed Jews (allegedly antisemitic acts), triggered by "violence against Israel" at that time)
  • S.Res.250 is Israel-centric, mentioning Israel 16 times. S.Res.250 affirms Israel's "right to self-defense" and labels the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as antisemitism. The title of S.Res.250 places blame for Israel's attack on "terrorists" from the Gaza Strip. S.Res. 252 focuses more on actual antisemitism, and mentions Israel twice, although the "antisemitic violence and harassment" it refers to have been disputed.
  • Three of the bills refer to alleged antisemitic incidents tracked by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – an organization with a strong pro-Israel bias.
  • Read about Israel's dangerous misappropriation of the term "antisemitism" here; read about Israel's alleged "right to self defense" here; read about why BDS is not antisemitic here and here; read a comparison of the weapons of Gazan "terrorists" vs. Israel here; read a rebuttal of the alleged antisemitic nature of incidents in May here; read about the ADL, which claims to fight for human rights everywhere but ignores Palestinian rights, here and hereRead about the run-up to Israel's attack on Gaza here (note the warnings Israel was given in the timeline), Israel's attack here and here.
S.Res.232H.Res.474, and H.Res.431 accuse Reps. Cori Bush (D-MO), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) of various "antisemitic" statements (see below) in relation to Israel's attack on Gaza in May. 
  • The resolutions describe the reps' comments – all of which were factual and not antisemitic – as "poisonous rhetoric," and accuse them of "defending foreign terrorist organizations and inciting antisemitic attacks across the United States," and declare that "blaming Israel for Hamas rocket attacks…is a form of antisemitic speech."
  • Some of the statements the legislation denounces:
  • Cori Bush tweeted, "The Israeli military's occupation continues. The blockade continues. The ethnic cleansing continues." These statements are accurate: see thisthis, and this.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar described Israel as an "apartheid state." This reality has been detailed by experts and others here and here.
  • Rashida Tlaib tweeted that the Israeli military was killing "babies, children and their parents," and asserted that Palestinians are "being massacred" in a form of "ethnic cleansing." These are also accurate statements. See this and this.
  • Ayanna Pressley said in a House speech, "We cannot remain silent when our government sends $3.8 billion of military aid to Israel that is used to demolish Palestinian homes, imprison Palestinian children, and displace Palestinian families," and "the pain, trauma and terror that Palestinians are facing is not just the result of this week's escalation, but the consequence of years of military occupation." See this.
  • Pramila Jayapal stated in a CNN interview, "we condemn Hamas' firing of those rockets, but I think you have to look at what prompted even that behavior…this has been a pattern of action from Israel that…has led to increased hopelessness from the Palestinian people…we have to look at the power balance here, or imbalance as it were, and we have to put more responsibility on Israel in maintaining peace in the region."
  • Read about Israel's appropriation of "antisemitism" to cover its atrocities here; read about Israel's May attack on Gaza here and here.
LEGISLATION THAT PROMOTES ISRAEL INTERNATIONALLY

This session of Congress has seen a slew of bills that, rather than giving Israel "special" treatment, seek to position Israel as just another state like all the rest. This tacit acceptance of Israel as a "normal" state ignores the fact that it was established in 1948 by a war of ethnic cleansing, has been violating international laws for decades, has been censured by the United Nations hundreds of times, and is therefore considered a rogue state by much of the world.

H.R.2409 U.S.-Israel Cooperation Expansion Act
  • The purpose of this bill is to support security and law enforcement training and cooperation between the US and Israel, specifically by supporting the inclusion of Israel in the International Law Enforcement Academies in Europe (ILEAs are training facilities run by the US Department of State, to instruct local police on counterterrorism and other practices).
  • Read about how Israeli police teach American forces militaristic, often violent techniques, and Israeli officers' use of torture and other cruel methods against Palestinians here.  (video here).
S.1061 & H.R.2748 Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021
  • This bill requires the Department of State to take certain actions promoting the normalization of relations between Israel, Arab states, and other relevant countries and regions, building on the so-called Abraham Accords of 2020.
  • Read about the Abraham Accords here; read about the "normalization" of Israel here and here.
S.Res.344 Expressing support for the State of Israel joining the African Union under observer status
  • This resolution encourages heightened cooperation between the State of Israel and African nations, particularly in areas such as economic growth, sustainable agriculture, and humanitarian development – in spite of the fact that many African nations object strongly to Israel's presence.
  • This resolution declares that Israel, "in the span of a few decades, has emerged as a developed nation and therefore offers an example of a path to economic progress for developing countries" – a statement that belies the fact that the US has ensured Israel's "development" with subsidies to the tune of $243.9 billion (adjusted for inflation); the statement also ignores the fact that Israel joined the AU without approval from the 55 member states, and the move has been described as a breach of the AU's own protocols.
  • Read more about Israel and the African Union here and here.
S.1260 United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, or Endless Frontiers Act
  • This bill seeks to establish programs to strengthen US leadership (over China) in critical technologies. One amendment solicits "cooperation with our close friends and allies," specifically including Israel, and excluding "nations that engage in discriminatory boycott, divestment, and sanctioning (BDS) efforts" against Israel – including "Jews living anywhere in Israel."
  • The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) explains this last phrase as targeting "the mere act of differentiation between sovereign Israel and the occupied territories…to coerce the entire world into treating the West Bank and Israeli settlements in it as part of Israel.
  • Read about illegal Israeli settlements here; read about the nonviolent Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement here and here, and why BDS is not antisemitic here; read about Israel's de facto annexation of parts of the West Bank here and here.
H.R.3569 Organ Donation Clarification Act of 2021
  • This bill is a repeat of legislation that died in the last session of Congress (H.R.7900). Its purpose is to clarify parts of the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act. In addition to citing statistics showing how economical organ transplants are, the bill singles out Israel for the "sweeping changes" it made to its national organ donation program in 2010, and as a result saw organ donation approximately triple over a 10-year period. The bill neglects to mention Israel's history on the subject of organ trafficking.
  • Read a review of the 2020 version of this bill (including Israel's history of organ trafficking) here.
S.2000 U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021
  • The bill encourages ongoing partnership between Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and the US.
  • Read about global condemnation of Israel's human rights abuses here and here, read about US failure to join in that condemnation here.
S.Res.271 Affirming that the United States supports the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum and the Eastern Mediterranean gas pipeline.
  • The Forum includes Israel, Greece, and Cyprus.
  • Read about the background of the pipeline here and here.
A woman yells while holding a sign "#BDS," referring to "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions," in front of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles on May 14, 2018
Among the legislation being proposed in Congress so far this year is the "Combating BDS Act of 2021," which would limit Americans' free speech regarding Israel. (Pictured: a woman yells while holding a sign "#BDS," referring to "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions," in front of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles on May 14, 2018.) (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
MISCELLANEOUS LEGISLATION FOR ISRAEL H.R.5356 Anti-BDS Labeling Act
  • This bill seeks to block the Biden administration from reversing the Trump-era policy requiring goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank to be labeled as "Made in Israel."
  • The bill fails to take into account the fact that, under international law, Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are not part of Israel.
  • Read more about the bill here; read about illegal Israeli settlements here.
S.Res.237 Approving of the sales of defense items to Israel notified to Congress on May 5, 2021; S.J.Res.19 H.J.Res.49 Disapproving of the same sale
  • These resolutions are responses to an almost-unnoticed approval by the Biden administration for the sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel. In days when Israel enjoyed bipartisan support, such an arms sale would sail through Congress; today, however, no-strings support is under scrutiny. All three pieces of legislation were introduced within a few days after Israel attacked Gaza, killing 260 Palestinian men, women, and children.
  • Read more about the arms sale here, and about the changing climate in Congress vis-a-vis Israel here and here.
S.2119 Combating BDS Act of 2021
  • "To provide for non-preemption of measures by State and local governments to divest from entities that engage in certain boycott, divestment, or sanctions activities targeting Israel or persons doing business in Israel or Israeli-controlled territories…Nothing in this Act shall be construed to infringe upon any right protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States."
  • Read about the nonviolent Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement here and here, how anti-BDS laws do in fact infringe on First Amendment rights here and here, and why BDS is not antisemitic here.
S.1641 & H.R.3190 Israel Sovereignty Reassurance Act of 2021 (ISRA)
  • This legislation seeks to prohibit rescinding the recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights – a region that Israel captured from Syria in 1967, and has illegally occupied ever since. During the 50+ years of occupation, most of the world has never recognized the region as Israeli.
  • Read about former president Trump's ill-informed decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights here; read about mainstream media's inaccurate coverage of the Golan Heights here.
S.1182 SECURE F–35 Exports Act of 2021; H.R.5302 U.S.-Israel Military Technology Cooperation Act
  • S.1182 requires specified assessments and certifications related to the sale of F-35 aircraft to countries in the Middle East to ensure that the sale, export, or transfer of these aircraft does not present a significant danger of compromising the critical military and technological military advantage of Israel or the U.S. Armed Forces (this in the context of the fact that Israel, a human rights abuser, sells military technology to other states that are human rights abusers, and refuses to share some technology with the US, even though we subsidized its development).
  • H.R.5302 directs the US Secretaries of Defense and State to provide a forum in which the US and Israel can work together in developing weapons technology.
  • Read about the costs (in lives and tax dollars) of American support for Israel's military here and here; read about Israeli sales to human rights abusers here and here; read about Israel's refusal to share technology with the US here; read about Israeli weaponry compared to Palestinian weaponry here.
H.R.4712 Desalination Development Act; H.R.3404 Furthering Underutilized Technologies and Unleashing Responsible Expenditures (FUTURE) for Western Water Infrastructure and Drought Resiliency Act
  • These bills seek to subsidize desalination project development and drought resilience in US states, with several requirements – one of which is that the state "demonstrably leverage the experience of international partners with considerable expertise in desalination, such as the State of Israel."
  • It is entirely possible that Israeli consultants or companies will be paid American taxpayer dollars through this program.
  • Read about the failure of Israel's own desalination efforts here; about Israel's withholding of water from Palestinians here and here; about the "normalization" of Israel here and here; and about global condemnation of Israel's human rights abuses here and here.
H.Res.558 & S.Res.377 Urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization
  • These resolutions ask the EU, which already considers Hezbollah's military wing a terrorist organization, to also include its political wing in the designation.  The legislation calls attention to Hezbollah's violence against Israelis in the past and its destabilizing effect on the region – ignoring the immense damage that Israel has done to Lebanon, Hezbollah's home base.
  • Not everyone agrees that Hezbollah is a terror group – read about it here; read about Israel's devastating 2006 attack on Lebanon here, Israel's 1982 invasion here, and its 1978 invasion here – also here.
H.R.3465 Iran China Accountability Act
  • This bill outlines alleged ties between Iran and China, and imposes certain requirements on Iran (vis-a-vis its relationships with China and Hamas) before the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action relating to Iran's nuclear program may be renegotiated.
  • The bill includes the curious statement, "The United States Government unequivocally condemns the Hamas-incited terrorist attacks originating from Israeli land currently occupied by Hamas." This may be a reference to the most radical Zionist belief that all of Mandatory Palestine is actually part of Israel.
  • Read about the alleged threat Iran poses to Israel, and Israel's meddling in US-Iran relations here; read about Israel's transfer of U.S. weaponry and technology to China here and here.
H.R.5344 Two-State Solution Act
  • "The purpose of this Act is to preserve conditions for, and improve the likelihood of a two-state solution that secures Israel's future as a democratic state and a national home for the Jewish people, a viable, democratic Palestinian state, an end to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, and peaceful relations between the two states, and to direct the Department of State and other relevant agencies to take steps to accomplish these ends."
  • While this description seems promising, leaders in Palestinian rights organizations remain unconvinced: the bill offers no mechanism for ensuring Palestinian rights, and fails to hold Israel responsible for its decades of human rights abuses; it also locks the US into two states as the only solution – in spite of the growing popularity in some circles of the one-democratic-state solution.
  • Read about the problems with the two-state solution, and the benefits of the one-democratic-state solution here.
LEGISLATION ACKNOWLEDGING THAT BOTH PALESTINIAN AND ISRAELI LIVES MATTER S.Res.225 & H.Res.429 Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the value of Palestinian and Israeli lives and urging an immediate ceasefire and diplomatic efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • These resolutions are the only pieces of legislation that make an attempt to assign equal value to Palestinian and Israeli lives.
  • The resolutions, introduced during the May attack by Israel on Gaza,  urge an immediate cease-fire and support diplomatic efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, uphold international law, and protect human rights.
  • Read about the United States' complicity in Israel's atrocities here, and President Biden's pandering to Israel here.
LEGISLATION SEEKING JUSTICE FOR PALESTINIANS H.R.2590 Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act
  • This is the only bill so far in the 2021-2022 Congress that specifically advocates for justice for the people of Palestine. The purpose of this bill is to promote and protect the human rights of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation and ensure that United States taxpayer funds are not used by the Government of Israel to support the military detention of Palestinian children, the unlawful seizure, appropriation, and destruction of Palestinian property and forcible transfer of civilians in the West Bank, or further annexation of Palestinian land in violation of international law.
  • Read about the significance of this bill here; read about previous versions of the bill, and why such legislation is needed, here and here.
If it seems to you like our Congress is spending too much of its time – and too many of our tax dollars – on Israel, please contact them and tell them so.

Kathryn Shihadah is an editor and staff writer for If Americans Knew

translate | 15 Oct 2021 | 8:50 pm

Is it Time for a Special Counsel on the Hunter Biden Scandal?


By Jonathan Turley | October 14, 2021

"Come on H this is linked to Celtic's account." Those nine words from a retired Secret Service agent to Hunter Biden in recently released emails may prove a nasty complication for some in Washington who have struggled to contain the blowback from the still-unfolding scandal linked to Hunter Biden's infamous laptop.

"Celtic" was the Secret Service code name for Joe Biden, and recent disclosures may puncture the media's cone-of-silence around the scandal. The emails link President Biden to his son's accounts and indicate a commingling of funds with money coming from controversial foreign sources. Even more embarrassing, the shared account may have been used to pay a Russian prostitute named "Yanna."

The commingling of funds is the latest contraction of President Biden's repeated claims that he was unaware and uninvolved in past dealings by his son. Given these links, there are legitimate questions of why the Justice Department has not sought a special counsel in the ongoing investigation of alleged money-laundering and tax violations linked to the president's son. More importantly, even if there are no criminal charges, there is now a compelling need for an independent report on the alleged influence peddling operation by Hunter, his uncle James Biden, and potentially his father, President Biden.

In the latest disclosures from the laptop, a former secret service agent reportedly texted Hunter on May 24, 2018, when he was holed up with a Russian prostitute in an expensive room at The Jeremy Hotel in Los Angeles. Hunter wired the woman $25,000. That alone was nothing out of the ordinary for Hunter who, while his father served as vice president, seemed to divide his time equally between influence-peddling and personal debaucheries.

Hunter clearly only had influence and access to sell. We know now that foreign interests gave Hunter millions at a time that he admits that he was a crack addict and alcoholic — in his words, "Drinking a quart of vodka a day by yourself in a room is absolutely, completely debilitating," as well as "smoking crack around the clock."

However, the tranche of emails raises a new and disturbing element: the possible mixing of accounts and funds between Hunter and his father. If true, President Biden could be directly implicated in ongoing investigations into his son's money transfers and dealings.

Most notable are the new emails from Eric Schwerin, his business partner at the Rosemont Seneca consultancy, referencing the payment of household bills for both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. He also notes that he was transferring money from Joe Biden. If true, the communications indicate that some of President Biden's personal expenses were paid out of shared accounts with Hunter, including accounts that may have been used to pay for prostitutes. Rosemont Seneca is directly involved in the alleged influence peddling schemes and questionable money transfers from Chinese and Russian sources.

Schwerin also was involved in President Biden's taxes and discussions of a book deal for the then-vice president; he popped up in the donation of Biden's official papers to the University of Delaware, with restrictions on access.

President Biden has long insisted that that his son did "nothing wrong." That is obviously untrue. One can argue over whether Hunter committed any crime, but few would say that there is nothing wrong with raw influence peddling worth millions with foreign entities. The public has a legitimate reason to know whether the President or his family ran an influence peddling operation worth millions.

Given this record, there is little reason for the public to trust what it is reading about the scandal. The media has long refused to investigate the allegations or even report on emails contradicting the President. This was most evident when social media like Twitter actually blocked postings on the laptop or its content before the election. Powerful figures then issued false statements about the scandal to the public. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff who assured "this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin." Some 50 former intelligence officials, including Obama's CIA directors John Brennan and Leon Panetta, also insisted the laptop story was likely the work of Russian intelligence. The laptop is now recognized as genuine.

This is not the first contradiction for President Biden in his repeated denials of knowing anything about his son's business dealings. Hunter himself contradicted his father's repeated denial. Likewise, a key business associate of Hunter Biden, Anthony Bobulinski, confirmed the authenticity of the emails and accused Joe Biden of lying about his involvement. Bobulinski has detailed a meeting with Joe Biden in a hotel to go over the dealings.

Past emails included discussions of offering access to then-Vice President Biden. They also include alleged payments to Joe Biden. In one email, there is a discussion of a proposed equity split of "20" for "H" and "10 held by H for the big guy?" Bobulinski confirmed that "H" was used for Hunter Biden and that his father was routinely called "the big guy" in these discussions.

Just to make things more concerning is Hunter Biden's recent acknowledgement that one of his laptops may have been stolen by Russian agents and was likely being used for blackmail purposes. The fact that the president's son admitted that Russians may have intentionally seized one of his laptops during a drug binge, in order to blackmail him, raises serious potential national security concerns — especially if any of the emails include compromising information about the president directly benefiting from the very same accounts used by his son.

That creates a rather nasty problem at the Justice Department. Federal regulations allow the appointment of a special counsel when it is in the public interest and an "investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney's Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances."

I do not see direct evidence of criminal conduct by President Biden even if he lied about his past knowledge of his son's conduct. Indeed, influence peddling is not a per se crime even for Hunter. However, one value of a special counsel is the expectation of a report that can address whether the family engaged in influence peddling with foreign powers and whether foreign powers may have acquired compromising material from these laptop files.

In 2017, Democratic members and activists were adamant that the Justice Department should carry out an investigation involving President Trump and his family.  Then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) insisted that, without a special counsel, "every American will rightfully suspect … a coverup."

There is already a federal criminal investigation into these matters involving Hunter Biden, and the latest emails now link President Biden receiving money and benefits from related accounts as well as key players. Even if one questions a direct conflict of interest, it is hard to deny the towering appearance of a conflict in the ongoing investigation.

"The Big Guy" is now president and his administration is handling an investigation that could have political as well as legal implications for him and his family. It may be time for a special counsel.

translate | 15 Oct 2021 | 7:00 pm

Anti-Trump Neocons Led By Ex-CIA Operative To Back Democrats In Midterms


By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | October 14, 2021

A group of Republicans who hate all things Trump are set to endorse a slate of Democratic lawmakers throughout next year's midterm election season in a bid to stop the Republican party from regaining control of Congress.

Led in part by former CIA counterintelligence officer and failed 2016 Reoublican presidential candidate Evan McMullin (now an independent), the "Renew America Movement" (RAM) claims to support "principled Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who have the courage to stand up to political extremists in races across the country."

'Founding signatories' include notable neocons and anti-Trumpers McMullin, Anthony Scaramucci, George Conway, Max Boot, Michael Hayden, Michael Chertoff, Tom Ridge and dozens of others.

Trump, meanwhile, has endorsed several candidates who are mounting primary challenges against GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach him over the Jan. 6 Capitol riots – such as Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, according to Reuters :

RAM, whose leadership includes former Republican Governors Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and Bill Weld of Massachusetts, said supporting moderate candidates is vital to safeguarding American democracy.

"With the mounting threats to our democracy and Constitution, we need people who work proactively to lead their party and the country away from the political extremes," the group's national political director, Joel Searby, told the outlet.

So far, RAM will endorse and/or campaign for 11 moderate Democrats, 9 moderate Republians and one independent running in next year's midterm elections. Those backed include Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and Sen. Mark Kelley (D-AZ).

Unsurprisingly, they're also supporting Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

While claiming to 'lead the country away from the political extremes,' we note that the group doesn't seem to be opposing any far-left Democratic socialists – arguably the most 'politically extreme' faction in DC.

translate | 15 Oct 2021 | 6:46 pm
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