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Lew Rockwell

Lew Rockwell
1 Feb 2023 | 5:01 am

1. A Panicked Empire Tries To Make Russia an ‘Offer It Can’t Refuse’


Those behind the Throne are never more dangerous than when they have their backs against the wall.

Their power is slipping away, fast: Militarily, via NATO's progressive humiliation in Ukraine; Financially, sooner rather than later, most of the Global South will want nothing to do with the currency of a bankrupt rogue giant; Politically, the global majority is taking decisive steps to stop obeying a rapacious, discredited, de facto minority.

So now those behind the Throne are plotting to at least try to stall the incoming disaster on the military front.

As confirmed by a high-level US establishment source, a new directive on NATO vs. Russia in Ukraine was relayed to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Blinken, in terms of actual power, is nothing but a messenger boy for the Straussian neocons and neoliberals who actually run US foreign policy.

The secretary of state was instructed to relay the new directive – a sort of message to the Kremlin – via mainstream print media, which was promptly published by the Washington Post.

In the elite US mainstream media division of labor, the New York Times is very close to the State Department. and the Washington Post to the CIA. In this case though the directive was too important, and needed to be relayed by the paper of record in the imperial capital. It was published as an Op-Ed (behind paywall).

The novelty here is that for the first time since the start of Russia's February 2022 Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine, the Americans are actually proposing a variation of the "offer you can't refuse" classic, including some concessions which may satisfy Russia's security imperatives.

Crucially, the US offer totally bypasses Kiev, once again certifying that this is a war against Russia conducted by Empire and its NATO minions – with the Ukrainians as mere expandable proxies.

'Please don't go on the offensive'

The Washington Post's old school Moscow-based correspondent John Helmer has provided an important service, offering the full text of Blinken's offer, of course extensively edited to include fantasist notions such as "US weapons help pulverize Putin's invasion force" and a cringe-worthy explanation: "In other words, Russia should not be ready to rest, regroup and attack."

The message from Washington may, at first glance, give the impression that the US would admit Russian control over Crimea, Donbass, Zaporozhye, and Kherson – "the land bridge that connects Crimea and Russia" – as a fait accompli.

Ukraine would have a demilitarized status, and the deployment of HIMARS missiles and Leopard and Abrams tanks would be confined to western Ukraine, kept as a "deterrent against further Russian attacks."

What may have been offered, in quite hazy terms, is in fact a partition of Ukraine, demilitarized zone included, in exchange for the Russian General Staff cancelling its yet-unknown 2023 offensive, which may be as devastating as cutting off Kiev's access to the Black Sea and/or cutting off the supply of NATO weapons across the Polish border.

The US offer defines itself as the path towards a "just and durable peace that upholds Ukraine's territorial integrity." Well, not really. It just won't be a rump Ukraine, and Kiev might even retain those western lands that Poland is dying to gobble up.

The possibility of a direct Washington-Moscow deal on "an eventual postwar military balance" is also evoked, including no Ukraine membership of NATO. As for Ukraine itself, the Americans seem to believe it will be a "strong, non-corrupt economy with membership in the European Union."

Whatever remains of value in Ukraine has already been swallowed not only by its monumentally corrupt oligarchy, but most of all, investors and speculators of the BlackRock variety. Assorted corporate vultures simply cannot afford to lose Ukraine's grain export ports, as well as the trade deal terms agreed with the EU before the war. And they're terrified that the Russian offensive may capture Odessa, the major seaport and transportation hub on the Black Sea – which would leave Ukraine landlocked.

There's no evidence whatsoever that Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the entire Russian Security Council – including its Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev – have reason to believe anything coming from the US establishment, especially via mere minions such as Blinken and the Washington Post. After all the stavka – a moniker for the high command of the Russian armed forces – regard the Americans as "non-agreement capable," even when an offer is in writing.

This walks and talks like a desperate US gambit to stall and present some carrots to Moscow in the hope of delaying or even cancelling the planned offensive of the next few months.

Even old school, dissident Washington operatives – not beholden to the Straussian neocon galaxy – bet that the gambit will be a nothing burger: in classic "strategic ambiguity" mode, the Russians will continue on their stated drive of demilitarization, denazification and de-electrification, and will "stop" anytime and anywhere they see fit east of the Dnieper. Or beyond.

What the Deep State really wants

Washington's ambitions in this essentially NATO vs. Russia war go well beyond Ukraine. And we're not even talking about preventing a Russia-China-Germany Eurasian union or a peer competitor nightmare; let's stick with prosaic issues on the Ukrainian battleground.

The key "recommendations" – military, economic, political, diplomatic – were detailed in an Atlantic Council strategy paper late last year.

And in another one, under "War scenario 1: The war continues in its current tempo," we find the Straussian neocon policy fully spelled out.

It's all here: from "marshaling support and military-assistance transfers to Kyiv sufficient to enable it to win" to "increase the lethality of military assistance transferred to include fighter aircraft that would enable Ukraine to control its airspace and attack Russian forces therein; and missile technology with range sufficient to reach into Russian territory."

From training the Ukrainian military "to use Western weapons, electronic warfare, and offensive and defensive cyber capabilities, and to seamlessly integrate new recruits in the service" to buttressing "defenses on the front lines, near the Donbass region," including "combat training focusing on irregular warfare."

Added to "imposing secondary sanctions on all entities doing business with the Kremlin," we reach of course the Mother of All Plunders: "Confiscate the $300 billion that the Russian state holds in overseas accounts in the United States and EU and use seized monies to fund reconstruction."

The reorganization of the SMO, with Putin, Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, and General Armageddon in their new, enhanced roles is derailing all these elaborate plans.

The Straussians are now in deep panic. Even Blinken's number two, Russophobic warmonger Victoria "F**k the EU" Nuland, has admitted to the US Senate there will be no Abrams tanks on the battlefield before Spring (realistically, only in 2024). She also promised to "ease sanctions" if Moscow "returns to negotiations." Those negotiations were scotched by the Americans themselves in Istanbul in the Spring of 2022.

Nuland also called the Russians to "withdraw their troops." Well, that at least offers some comic relief compared with the panic oozing from Blinken's "offer you can't refuse." Stay tuned for Russia's non-response response.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

Reprinted with the author's permission.

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Lew Rockwell
1 Feb 2023 | 5:01 am

2. Size Matters – On a U.S. Ground Intervention in Ukraine


A European financial research company has sent me one of their quarterly research letters. It is a 'contrarian review of political and military ramifications' of the war in Ukraine. It analyzes 'winners and losers' of the war.

It is contrarian only in the sense that it counters the false views of 'western' mainstream media with reality. The losers of the war are all on the 'western' side with the only two winners being the owners of the U.S. defense industry and Russia.

I was sent the courtesy copy because, as the company writes, the discussions at Moon of Alabama were "immensely helpful" in forming their view.

Note to the authors: You are welcome.

I will not quote from the paper as it seems to be a somewhat confidential business product. But I will steal two graphics from it that will help to understand the size of the war in Ukraine and how it will NOT end.

There have been theories that Poland or some U.S. led coalition force would intervene with their troops on the ground in Ukraine to 'kick the Russians out'.

The two graphics though dispel any hope for such an operation.

The following is an operational map of Desert Storm. The U.S. led operation in spring 1991 to kick Iraq out of Kuwait.

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It took the U.S. some nine month to assemble a forces of some 700,000 U.S. and 250,000 allied troops with all their equipment. Iraq had an estimated 650,000 troops in the theater. The U.S. first created total air superiority by destroying Iraq's fighter aircraft and air defense forces. With that done it took only 100 hours of ground operation to destroy a third of the Iraqi forces. The rest of the Iraqi army retreated under fire towards Baghdad.

There are some 550,000 Russian troops in and around Ukraine. A hypothetical operation to 'kick Russia out' would thereby have about the same size as Desert Storm. But the geographic dimensions differ drastically.

The following is an operational map of Desert Storm from above overlaid in scale on the map of Ukraine.

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The map was turned to the left by 90 degree. North is to the left, east at the top and Crimea in the south to the right.

Russia occupies some 87,000 square kilometer of Ukraine. The Desert Storm theater around Kuwait was five times smaller.

A hypothetical U.S. coalition of the size of Desert Storm could probably cross the Dnieper and cut of Crimea. But it could do little more than that. The Donetz and Luhansk oblasts and Crimea itself would still be in Russian hands.

But there are many reasons why no such operation will ever be planned and executed.

  • The U.S. no longer has a force of the size it committed to Desert Storm. Nor do its allies.
  • The U.S. was able to create air superiority in Iraq because it could fly from nearby Saudi airfields and from aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf. Air superiority in eastern Ukraine could only be achieved with the destruction of long range air-defenses within Russia. The next safe air fields the U.S. could use are in Poland and Romania. No U.S. aircraft carrier will dare to enter the Black Sea. U.S. fighter planes to not have the necessary reach for combat missions in eastern Ukraine.
  • The Ukrainian rail system is by now a mess. It is incapable of moving a large force from the west into east Ukraine.
  • Any attempt to move a large force through Ukraine would be subject to deep battle interdiction by Russian and Belorussian forces.
  • Iraqi equipment was badly maintained and Iraqi forces were barely trained. Russia has a well trained high tech army.

I could go on but you can certainly see the point.

No U.S. ground troops will move into Ukraine. It is ludicrous to think otherwise.

Reprinted with permission from Moon of Alabama.

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Lew Rockwell
1 Feb 2023 | 5:01 am

3. The GOP’s Impending Great Betrayal


Don't expect much from the thin new GOP majority in the U.S. House—at least anything that will materially turn the ship of state from its headlong dash toward fiscal disaster. That because on the big issues that really count, the beltway lifers who dominate the GOP's senior ranks and committee/subcommittee chairmanships are on the wrong side!

That starts with the Warfare State and its symbiosis with the Welfare State, intermediated by the log-rolling politicians of the bipartisan duopoly. The fact is, all of Washington's abominable spending, borrowing and money-printing flows from that deadly coalition of convenience.

But today's GOP is not about to sever this convenient nexus, and pivot in favor of nonintervention abroad and drastic curtailment of the Washington spending machine at home. This means, in turn, that the vastly bloated $850 billion defense budget, and the neocon foreign policy of global intervention and Forever Wars which it funds, will not likely shed a single dime of its current budgetary obesity.

That's because the GOP national security leaders are raving neocon interventionists. The worst of these is Rep. Michael McCaul, who has now become chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Like the overwhelming share of the GOP rank and file on the Potomac, he's never seen a US foreign intervention that he couldn't embrace lock, stock and barrel.

Thus, he (and they) cheered on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the interventions in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iran and assorted others; and now is especially whooping it up for proxy war against Russia in Ukraine and hot war with China, if Washington is given half the excuse.

Indeed, McCaul is such an incorrigible interventionist that he see's fit to prance around the Imperial City as co-chair of the "Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan"!

You can't make this up. Both of these notional nations are among the "sh*thole" countries of the world that the Donald once fulminated about. Racked by civil war, poverty, famine, disease and ethnic strife, these two ostensible nations (divided in 2011) have GDPs of $34 billion and $1 billion, respectively, which together amount to the equivalent of 11 hours worth of US economic output.

South Sudan itself has a population of 10 million, with 6 million considered to be victims of famine by the UN, and a per capita income of $100.

And, no, we did not forget any zeros!

Its national income is just $100 per miserable soul in what has become truly one of the hell holes of the planet.

So why might the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, presumably charged with looking after the great issues of America's homeland security, busy himself with advocating in the halls of Capitol Hill for this absolute cipher among the nations of the earth?

Alas, there happens to be a ready neocon explanation. There always is.

It so happens that the population of South Sudan's neighbor and the home of its former countrymen, Sudan, is 97% Muslim and allegedly a refuge for various woebegone factions and tiny encampments of Islamic militants.

These wanna be "terrorists", in turn, are alleged to be a threat to the largely Christian population of South Sudan. That is, when the latter are not busy killing each other in what has been a brutal, decade-long civil war there between the Dinka ethnic group, led by a no count politician who is the country's president and the Nuer ethnic group, led by another adventurer who is vice-president.

As it happened, the post-2011 political tensions between South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit and First Vice President Riek Machar erupted into open violence a few years later, with the former announcing that the latter had attempted a coup. In turn, that triggered a widespread outbreak of civil war.

Soon, armed groups targeted civilians along ethnic lines, committed rape and mayhem, destroyed property, looted villages and recruited children into their ranks. At length, starvation and disease stalked the land.

And we do mean this was brutal. The UN's estimated civilian death count amounts to 4% of the entire population, which on a US scale would be the equivalent of 13 million corpses.

Of course, none of this has the remotest bearing on the safety and liberty of the citizens of Portland ME or Portland OR or anywhere else from sea to shinning sea. But never mind. The "terrorists", whoever they are, must be stopped.

So right on cue, Rep. McCaul has gotten his undies bunched up in a knot owing to a few thousand woebegone Islamic militants domiciled deep in the heart of sub-Saharan Africa.

For crying out loud. It doesn't get any more ludicrous than this. The predicate, apparently, is that "terrorists" marauding around even the most remote, desolate and god-forsaken margins of the planet are an intolerable threat to national security and most be dealt with by the full force of Imperial Washington's bountiful tool kit of diplomacy, economic aid, security assistance, arms sales, censure, sanctions and military interventions if need be.

But we say, not at all. Washington needn't give a sh*t about the shenanigans in the Sudans or, for that matter, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Taiwan or most especially, not Russia's doorstep in Ukraine.

All of this imperial intervention is a throwback to the false predicate of the cold war and the notion that the countries of the world are essentially little more than a long-line of dominoes waiting to be tipped-over into tyranny by any aggressor who shows up on the stage of history.

But it was never true about Soviet communism, which was destined to collapse under the weight of its own misbegotten command-and-control folly, and actually did just that in 1991. And its absolutely not even remotely true today.

None of the alleged domino-tripping "aggressors" on the present scene are a threat to America's homeland security or to its triad nuclear deterrent. And none could mount the massive conventional force armada that would be required to traverse the great ocean moats that are America's ultimate safeguard against hostile armies landing on the shores of New Jersey or California.

  • Certainly not the late Islamic Caliphate with it armed Toyota pick-ups and captured US machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades that were once (and temporarily) strewn about the dusty, miserable stretches of the Upper Euphrates;
  • Not Russia with a $1.8 trillion GDP compared to the $40 trillion economic expanse of the US and its NATO subalterns;
  • Not the great $50 trillion debt Ponzi of China, which would collapse under its own weight even faster than did the Soviet Union were its leaders foolish enough to attack the 5,000 Walmart stores and Amazon warehouses in America on which its economy utterly depends.

Stated differently, the world doesn't need Washington's "leadership" or its hegemonic pretensions.The planet is not lurking with latter day Hitler's and Stalin's ready to spread tyranny far and wide among falling dominoes if given half the chance.

To the contrary, the totalitarian excrescences which emerged in the 1930s, along with the Great Depression which gave them faint plausibility, were a once in 10,000 years aberration. They arose from the madness of WWI, Woodrow Wilson's destructive intervention to make the world safe for democracy and the absolute folly of the vindictive peace imposed on Germany by the victors at Versailles.

Indeed, it is more than fair to say that Woodrow Wilson's foolish declaration of War in April 1917—when for all practical purposes the Great War had ended in stalemate, exhaustion and bankruptcy among all the original belligerents—changed the course of history and decidedly for the worse.

That is to say, a peace of the exhausted would not have opened the door to Lenin's storming of the Winter Palace in Czarist Russia. Nor would it have enabled the rise of Hitler in 1920's Germany on the back of an abandoned army of disgruntled veterans and the revanchist fires ignited by the loss of millions of Germans and related territories to Poland, France and Czechoslovakia at Versailles.

Needless to say, the truth that Hitler and Stalin were nigh to unrepeatable aberrations of history and that the nations of the world are not dominoes perennially fixing to "fall" invalidates the entire GOP/Washington foreign policy framework. Namely, that America is the "indispensable nation", that is must lead through "strength" (whatever that means) and that the business of Washington is to mind everyone else's business across the length and breadth of the planet.

Indeed, Chairman McCaul's own website claims exactly that.

In his capacity as the committee's chairman, McCaul is committed to ensuring we promote America's leadership on the global stage. In his view, it is essential the United States bolsters international engagement with our allies, counters the aggressive policies of our adversaries, and advances the common interests of nations in defense of stability and democracy around the globe. He will continue to use his national security expertise to work to counter threats facing the United States, especially the increasing threat we face from nation state actors such as China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, among others.

Nothing could be more diametrically opposed to the non-interventionist posture that small government republicans in the Robert Taft tradition once adhered to than the clap-trap contained on McCaul's website. And there is no way that the nation's runaway public debt will ever be contained unless the defense budget is cut by 50% or more, and Washington retirees to minding the public's business within these homeland shores, not the business of the 195 odd nations which stretch to the four corners of the planet.

But McCaul, along with most of the GOP ranks on Capitol Hill, is infected with the hegemony disease. Like Speaker McCarthy and countless other senior Republicans, the man is 60 years old and has been on the public teat most of his adult life, including being a Member of the House since 2004.

He actually thinks, therefore, that his job is to peddle the indispensable nation gospel and to support the bipartisan War Party in its global interventions and adventures—-all the way to, well, the "sh*tholes" known as Sudan and South Sudan.

Not surprisingly, a lame-brain who doesn't even get the joke about Sudan is putty in the hands of the Washington War machine when it comes to larger, dangerous adventures like the current insane proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.

Here is what McCaul had to say about the latter during an appearance on the Sunday talk shows this past weekend. It is truly a word salad of dangerous idiocy and stunning historical ignorance.

As to the latter, even establishment historians know what the Munich conference between Hitler and Chamberlain was about. To wit, the return of several millions of uprooted Germans in the Sudetenland, who had been seconded to the artificial state of Czechoslovakia at Versailles.

That's ironic of, of course, because that's exactly what today's civil war in the Ukraine is about. The Russian speaking populations of the Donbas and the Black Sea rim were historically citizens of "Novorossiya" (New Russia). It was the bastard son of Wilson's crusade to make the world safe for democracy, Vladimir Lenin, who put them in Ukraine in 1922 in order to better manage his Soviet tyranny.

I'm working on a bill I've introduced to get- we're getting key Democrats on board. It would be an assistance package of lethal aid to Ukraine. That's important. But what's also important is the message of deterrence.

We need joint exercises in Poland, the Baltic states, Romania, Bulgaria to show Putin that we're serious. Right now. He doesn't see we're serious and that's why the buildup is taking place. I think this all started, MARGARET, with Afghanistan and the unconditional surrender to the Taliban when he saw weakness, weakness invites aggression.

We saw that with Chamberlain and Hitler. You know, Reagan talked about peace through strength. And right now, whether- and-and the thing is, this is not just about Ukraine. It's about China. It's about President Xi and Taiwan. It's about the Ayatollah and the bomb. It's about North Korea that just fired off two missiles, they said, were, you know, these, you know, these hypersonic weapons. I think this has broader global ramifications. We're seen as weak right now be-because of President Biden, his-his comments about a limited- a limited invasion was somehow acceptable, and that NATO was divided. I think one thing he said was true is that NATO is divided, and that's- Putin's goal is to divide and weaken NATO. He's accomplished some of that.

As we said, don't expect much from the GOP's new majority. Their leaders are part and parcel of the problem, as we will also show with respect the Climate Change Hoax and the runaway Welfare State in Part 2.

Reprinted with permission from David Stockman's Contra Corner.

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Lew Rockwell
1 Feb 2023 | 5:01 am

4. Dr. Naomi Wolf: The Vaccine Is Genocidal


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Lew Rockwell
1 Feb 2023 | 5:01 am

5. The Continuous and Terminal Political Gaslighting of the American Masses


"Gaslighting is implanted narratives cloaked in secrecy."meaning that: "Gaslighting are lies with a purpose to confuse and control."  

Tracy Malone

The term "gaslighting" is a relatively modern term, although it was the title of a 1944 movie of the same name, but has actually only been in vogue for a short period of time. The current purposeful use of the word gaslighting in all circles of the mainstream and many alternative sources, is in fact a form of gaslighting itself. If this is confusing, it is because it was put into the general everyday language intentionally, a smoke and mirrors technique, so as to cause a particular reaction. A little known term has now become mainstream, and this happened almost overnight. In the context of this essay, I am using the term in the sense of large scale political manipulation, not personal relationship matters. Obviously, lies are constantly used to achieve nefarious ends, and in many different manners, but when used as a control measure for the masses, it has especially largescale and devious intent.

In order to gaslight (fool and confuse) the many at once, a combination of truth and lies are necessary, as gaslighting is dependent on clouding reality to imitate fiction, by using believable lies to create doubt in the minds of otherwise seemingly sane people. This tactic is especially effective with those who are weak, self-conscious, dependent, committed to collectivism, or consumed by fear. That is why it is so useful to the narcissistic monsters who make up the ruling and political classes, whose only mission is to plant false narratives in the minds of their flock, so as to gain total control over them.

This is the major objective of all those who are actually attempting to take both sides of an issue in order to gain the confidence of their victims, so as to sway their opinions; those who might be referred to as 'controlled opposition.' This group would include those who are involved with the mainstream media, the political parties and political system, and much of the alternative media as well. Those who attempt only to spread truth, and are not pursuing the acceptance of any agenda, and not trying to fool others into taking their side, are not guilty of gaslighting, but those pushing state narratives while at the same time denouncing those same narratives, are practicing trickery through hypocrisy. These are mostly people who possess no soul, and who would be hard-pressed to show any honest or legitimate empathy toward others; although fake or pretended empathy is certainly used as a tool, and pursued by these deceiving con artists.

I could name the names of many of these obvious gaslighting individuals, but that would only upset so many readers here and elsewhere who have been fooled into believing the claptrap presented by all these pretenders who excel in doublespeak propaganda. A mix of partial truths and partial lies are strong brews for those who fail to do their own research, and for those who only want to know that which does not upset their false perception of reality. Since the fake 'covid' scam, mainstream talking heads, new bloggers, reporters, podcasters, and others, many who came directly from the dragon's mouth, are now considered to be new heroes, 'credible' whistleblowers,  and truthtellers, all without any real verifiable evidence, and who are often accepted by alternative and 'libertarian' types without question. In many cases, but certainly not all, these politicians and so-called presenters of 'news,' are simply wolves in sheep's clothing, gaslighting the gullible subjects of not only the common class, but of a broad range of political types. This is obvious when regardless of whether one claims to be Republican, Democrat, Independent, or Libertarian, many continue to be fooled by the same propaganda, as has happened en masse, especially these past three years.

All this constant gaslighting is of course based in narcissism, with most of the perpetrators being psychopaths, liars, cheats, thieves, politicians (but I repeat myself), and power-brokers. A good analogy for this behavior is that of a 'good cop' and bad cop simultaneously playing one side against the other; all the while expecting to gain from the deception. Of course, those who use the system without directly participating in the gaslighting, are in effect attempting to accomplish similar nefarious goals; all while claiming to be outside the corruption. This could and does apply to many in the general population, as so long as they can gain something for themselves, and not be subject to harsh scrutiny, they will practice deception in their own way, by using the state to benefit themselves at the expense of others.

This is a real problem, because the norm in a society of this nature, is one of complicity with the state system by the general population, where collusion and proxy power due to government involvement, employment, and the evil voting booth; without regard for friends, neighbors, or strangers who are secretly abused, indicates a type of hidden local fascism. This would be an informal and unstructured partnership voluntarily pursued simply for personal gain.

There are many examples of this atrocious behavior. Consider some obvious instances, such as the medical establishment, doctors, and hospitals accepting large sums of money to record certain types of diagnoses, certain causes of death, and to administer very suspect treatments, and in many cases fatal protocols, in order to continue to receive payoffs for their compliance with government. Do no harm was thrown off the cliff in a hurry in order to gain from this fraud during the 'covid' hoax. Consider all the state and local businesses nationwide, who gain their sustenance from government and military contracts, which support every aspect of maiming, torturing, and murdering innocents around the world. The number is staggering, as virtually every city and town has companies who receive government contracts, whether military or domestic. In addition, there are according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, well over 22 million government employees, this excluding the military, CIA, NSA, Imagery and Mapping Agencies, and the Defense Intelligence agencies. All of these people, and many more are fully dependent on government and contract employment. This number is certainly considerably understated, because much is considered classified information or secret, and trusting government figures is only a fool's game.

How many in this country either work directly for the government, survive due to government largesse, (stolen money) are dependent on government welfare, or are making their living due to government laws, regulations, and warmongering? How many 'private' companies and corporations hold monopolies protected and funded by government; thereby causing all employees to be dependent on the state. How many in this country are dependent on this so-called 'healthcare system; a system fully controlled, subsidized, managed, and funded by government? This would obviously be an extremely high percentage of this population.

Mass gaslighting of a controlled and dependent society is an easy task to achieve, because personal responsibility has virtually disappeared. As always, nothing the state does is natural, organic, coincidental, or accidental; all is planned in advance and is part of one agenda or another. The state has nothing, produces nothing, creates nothing, and only steals and murders in order to survive. So long as the common man remains a part of this heinous system, voluntarily allowing rulers to exist and lord over him, lives in constant fear of non-existent threats and emergencies, and continues to depend on the state for most every aspect of his life, prepare to be lied to at every turn, and understand that serfdom will be the only result possible, unless and until sanity awakens.

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind."

Edward Bernays, Propaganda

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1 Feb 2023 | 5:01 am

6. Understanding the Pentagon’s Provocation of Russia


President Kennedy had a unique ability that Pentagon generals did not have. He was able to analyze an international crisis by placing himself in the shoes of his adversary in an attempt to understand his adversary's motives. Doing that enabled him to figure a way out of the crisis that did not involve war. The response of the generals and the Pentagon was always the same: invade, bomb, kill, and destroy.

Today's generals are no different from their counterparts back in the early 1960s. They are unable to step into the shoes of Russian officials and try to figure out a resolution of the crisis in Ukraine. Instead, their answer is bombs, missiles, death, destruction and, now, tanks. They are simply not mentally equipped to do what Kennedy did. 

Understanding how Kennedy resolved the Cuban Missile Crisis goes a long way toward understanding what motivated the Russians to invade Ukraine. 

In 1962, Kennedy learned that the Soviet Union (i.e., Russia) was installing nuclear missiles in Cuba. With the full support of the Pentagon, Kennedy decided that he could not let that happen. There was no way that U.S. officials were going to permit the Russians to install nuclear missiles pointed at the United States from only 90 miles away.

And yet, the Soviets had every right in the world to install nuclear missiles in Cuba, so long as it was done with the consent of the Cuban regime. After all, even though the Pentagon and the CIA considered Cuba to be a de facto U.S. colony, Cuba was, in fact, an independent and sovereign country. If it wanted Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba, it had the right to invite the Soviets to install them there.

Nonetheless, both Kennedy and the Pentagon decided that they would not permit Russia's nuclear missiles to remain in Cuba. Why? Because they simply did not want nuclear missiles pointed at the U.S. from only 90 miles away. They considered such missiles to a grave threat to U.S. "national security."

Reflecting how important this principle was to Kennedy, he was even willing to go to nuclear war against Russia to prevent those Russian missiles from being stationed in Cuba. In fact, what is not widely recognized is that Kennedy actually did initiate war against the Soviets. That was when he ordered a military blockade against Soviet ships carrying nuclear weapons to Cuba. Under international law, a blockade is an act of war. Fortunately, the Soviets did not respond with retaliatory war measures.

Yet, Kennedy's blockade was met with severe disapproval of the generals. It was considered to be too weak. One member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff compared Kennedy's blockade to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler at Munich. With their one-track mind, the generals were pressuring Kennedy to bomb and invade Cuba. Their insistence on pressuring Kennedy to take an action that would almost certainly result in nuclear war reflected how strongly they felt about not having Russian missiles so close to America's border.

Thus, if Kennedy were president today, he wouldn't need to ask why the Russians felt the same way about having U.S. nuclear missiles stationed in Ukraine, which shares a border with Russia. He would understand that their sentiments would be no different from the sentiments of Kennedy and the Pentagon with respect to Russian nuclear missiles in Cuba.

But there was another factor that Kennedy considered when he stepped into the shoes of the Russians in an attempt to understand the crisis and arrive at a mutually agreeable peaceful resolution of it. Ever since Kennedy became president, both the CIA and the Pentagon were hell-bent on achieving regime change in Cuba. That's what the CIA's invasion at Cuba's Bay of Pigs in 1961 was all about. After it failed, the Pentagon began incessantly pressuring Kennedy to initiate a full-scale military invasion of the island. The Pentagon even came up with a fraudulent false-flag operation named Operation Northwoods to provide Kennedy with an excuse to invade Cuba. To his everlasting credit, Kennedy rejected it.

Kennedy figured out that the reason the Cubans wanted those nuclear weapons was to deter the Pentagon and the CIA from invading Cuba again. If the deterrence failed, Cuban officials wanted the nuclear weapons as a way to fight back against a vastly more powerful army.

What mainstream journalists and commentators fail to realize is that in the long state of hostilities between the United States and Cuba, it has always been the United States  — specifically the Pentagon and the CIA — that has been the aggressor. Given such, Cuba had every right in the world to defend itself from what Martin Luther King described as the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world."

When Kennedy came to the realization that it was the obsessive quest of the Pentagon and the CIA to invade Cuba that had provoked the Cuban Missile Crisis, he figured a way out of the crisis. He simply promised Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev that he would never permit the Pentagon and the CIA to bomb or invade Cuba again. His promise worked. The Soviets removed their nuclear missiles from Cuba and took them home.

Except for one thing. At the last minute, Khrushchev asked Kennedy to remove U.S. nuclear missiles from Turkey that were pointed at the Soviet Union. Yes, you read that right. While it was opposing Soviet missiles in Cuba that were pointed at the United States, the Pentagon had its nuclear missiles in Turkey that were pointed at Russia.

Kennedy understood Khrushchev's point, and he agreed with it. He promised the Russian leader that he would remove the nuclear missiles in Turkey within six months.

Needless to say, most Americans were relieved and pleased with Kennedy's resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Not so, however, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They were livid. Kennedy had effectively left Cuba permanently in communist control, something that the Pentagon considered to be a grave threat to "national security." As I point out in my book An Encounter with Evil: The Abraham Zapruder Story, the JCS considered Kennedy's resolution of the crisis to be the biggest defeat in U.S. history. They considered Kennedy to be a "weak sister" when it came to confronting the communists. They considered him to be a coward and, even worse, a traitor for making nice with Russia.

What would Kennedy have done with Ukraine if he had been president? He would never have allowed the Pentagon to use NATO to absorb former members of the Warsaw Pact. He would have also recognized that Russia's reaction to U.S. nuclear missiles in Ukraine would have been the same as the U.S. reaction to Russian missiles in Ukraine. He would have understood that their reaction to having U.S. nuclear missiles in Ukraine would be no different from their reaction to having those U.S. nuclear missiles in Turkey. In fact, there is no doubt that Kennedy would have recognized that NATO was a Cold War dinosaur that needed to be put down, especially given the end of the Cold War.

Where is President Biden in all this? Needless to say, Biden, unfortunately, is no John Kennedy.

Reprinted with permission from The Future of Freedom Foundation.

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1 Feb 2023 | 5:01 am

7. History of Nuclear War. The “90 Seconds to Midnight”


90 Seconds to Midnight according to the Doomsday Clock. The Nobel Peace Laureates are casually blaming Russia, without recalling the history of nuclear war, not to mention Joe Biden's 1.3 trillion dollar program to develop "more usable", "low intensity" "preemptive nuclear weapons" to be used on a "first strike basis" against both nuclear and non nuclear states as a means of "self defense". 

Let us recall the history of  the "doomsday scenario" which was part of America's Manhattan project launched in 1939 with the support of Britain and Canada.

The Manhattan Project was a  secret plan to develop the atomic bomb coordinated by the US War Department, headed (1941) by Lieutenant General Leslie Groves.

Prominent physicist  DrJ. Robert Oppenheimer  had been appointed by Groves to head the Los Alamos Laboratory (also known as Project Y) which was established in 1943 as a "top-secret site for designing atomic bombs under the Manhattan Project". Oppenheimer was entrusted in recruiting and coordinating a team of prominent nuclear scientists including Italian Physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Enrico Fermi who joined the Los Alamos Laboratory in 1944. 

Oppenheimer not only played a key role in coordinating the research, he was also engaged in routine consultations with the head of the Manhattan project Lieutenant General Groves, specifically with regard to the use of the first atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

Below is the Transcript of an August 6, 1945 telephone conversation, declassified (Between Gen.G and Dr. O) in the immediate wake of the Hiroshima bombing, screenshot below, click link to access complete transcript )

The September 15, 1945 Blueprint to "Wipe the Soviet Union off the Map"

Barely two weeks after the official end of World War II (September 2, 1945), the US War Department issued  a blueprint  (September 15, 1945) to "Wipe  the Soviet Union off the Map" (66 cities with 204 atomic bombs), when the US and the USSR were allies. This infamous project is confirmed by declassified documents. (For further details see Chossudovsky, 2017)

Below is the image of the 66 cities of the Soviet Union which had been envisaged as targets by the US War Department.

The 66 cities. Click image to enlarge 

The Hiroshima Nagasaki "Dress Rehearsal "

The preparatory documents (see below) confirm that the data pertaining to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks were being used to evaluate the viability as well as the cost of  a much larger attack against the Soviet Union. These documents were finalized 5-6 weeks after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings (6, 9 August 1945).

Note the correspondence between Major General Norstad and the head of the Manhattan Project, General Leslie Groves:

On September 15, 1945 Norstad sent a memorandum to Lieutenant Leslie Groves requesting an estimate of  the "number of bombs required to ensure our national security"  ( The First Atomic Stockpile Requirements )

Lieutenant General Groves responded to Norstad in a Memorandum dated September 29, 1945 in which he refers to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

See section 2, subsections a, b and c.

"It is not essential to get total destruction of a city in order to destroy its effectiveness. Hiroshima no longer exists as a city even though the area of total destruction is considerably less than total."

Read carefully. The text below confirms that Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a Dress Rehearsal.  Bear in mind the name of the country which is threatening America's "national security" is not mentioned.

The 1949 "Dropshot Plan": 300 Nuclear Bombs, Targeting More than 100 Soviet Cities

Numerous US war plans (under the Truman presidency) to attack the Soviet Union were "formulated and revised on a regular basis between 1945 and 1950". Most of them were totally dysfunctional as outlined by J.W. Smith in his book entitled "The World's Wasted Wealth 2".

"The names given to these plans graphically portray their offensive purpose: Bushwhacker, Broiler, Sizzle, Shakedown, Offtackle, Dropshot, Trojan, Pincher, and Frolic. The US military knew the offensive nature of the job President Truman had ordered them to prepare for and had named their war plans accordingly"

Dr. Michio Kaku and Daniel Axelrod in their book entitled:

"To Win a Nuclear War: the Pentagon's Secret War Plans,"

provides evidence (based on declassified documents) that the September 1945 blueprint was followed by a continuous plan by USG to bomb the Soviet Union (as well as Russia in the post-Cold War era):

"This book [preface by Ramsey Clark] compels us to re-think and re-write the history of the Cold War and the arms race… It provides a startling glimpse into secret U.S. plans to initiate a nuclear war from 1945 to the present."

The September 1945 Blue Print (66 Cities) was followed in 1949 by another insidious project entitled the Dropshot Plan: 

According to Kaku and Axelrod, the 1949 DropShot consisted of  a plan directed against the Soviet Union to "drop at least 300 nuclear bombs and 20,000 tons of conventional bombs on 200 targets in 100 urban areas, including Moscow and Leningrad (St. Petersburg). According to the plan Washington would start the war on January 1, 1957."

The Dropshot Plan was formulated prior to Russia's August 1949 announcement pertaining to the testing of its nuclear bomb.

The Cold War List of 1200 Targeted Cities

The initial 1945 list of sixty-six cities was updated in the course of the Cold War (1956) to include some 1200 cities in the USSR and the Soviet block countries of Eastern Europe (see declassified documents below). The bombs slated for use were more powerful in terms of explosive capacity than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Excerpt from list of 1200 Soviet cities targeted for nuclear attack in alphabetical order. National Security Archive, op. cit.

The Bulletin: Founded by Manhattan Project Scientists in September 1945

In a bitter irony, in the immediate wake of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was founded in 1945 in Chicago by Manhattan Project scientists, who had been involved in the development of the atomic bomb.

Two years later, in 1947, The Bulletin devised the Doomsday Clock, "with an original setting of seven minutes to midnight".

The initiative was formulated at a time when there was no arms race: There was only one nuclear weapons state, namely the USA, which was intent upon carrying out a Doomsday scenario (genocide) against the Soviet Union formulated in September 1945.

In 1947, when the Doomsday Clock was created, the "justification" which was upheld by The Bulletin was that:

"the greatest danger to humanity came … from the prospect that the United States and the Soviet Union were headed for a nuclear arms race."

The underlying premise of this statement was to ensure that the US retain a monopoly over nuclear weapons.

While in 1947, "The Plan to Wipe the Soviet Union of the Map" was still on the drawing Board of the Pentagon, the relevant documents were declassified thirty years later in 1975. Most of the former Manhattan project scientists were not aware of the September 1945 blueprint against the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union emerged as a nuclear power in August 1949, two years after the launching of the Doomsday Clock, largely in view of applying what was later entitled "deterrence", namely an action to discourage a nuclear attack by the US. At the height of the Cold War and the Arms Race, this concept eventually evolved into what was defined as "Mutually Assured Destruction".

While several authors and scientists featured by The Bulletin have provided a critical perspective concerning America's nuclear weapons program, there was no cohesive attempt to question the history nor the legitimacy of  the Manhattan Project.

The broader tendency has been to "erase history", sustaining the "rightfulness" of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while also casually placing the blame on Russia, as well as China and North Korea.

Nuclear War versus the "Imminent Dangers of CO2"

In the last fews years, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists "seeks to provide relevant information about nuclear weapons, climate change, and other global security issues".

According to Mary Robinson, Chair of The Doomsday Clock Elders and former President of the Republic of Ireland (2023 statement):

The Doomsday Clock is sounding an alarm for the whole of humanity. We are on the brink of a precipice. … From cutting carbon emissions to strengthening arms control treaties and investing in pandemic preparedness, we know what needs to be done. … We are facing multiple, existential crises. Leaders need a crisis mindset. (emphasis added)

CO2 is casually put forth as a danger to humanity comparable to nuclear war.

The Doomsday Clock is now said to "represent threats to humanity from a variety of sources" according to a collective of Nobel Prize Laureates.

What nonsense.

Presenting C02 or Covid as a danger comparable to nuclear war is an outright lie. Its intent is to mislead public opinion. It is part of a rather unsubtle propaganda campaign which provides legitimacy to the US doctrine of first strike "preemptive nuclear war", i.e. nuclear war as a means of "self-defense".

What is of concern is that U.S. decision makers including Joe Biden believe in their own propaganda, that a preemptive first strike nuclear war against Russia is "winnable". And that tactical nuclear weapons are "instruments of peace".

Meanwhile history is erased. America's persistent role in developing "a Doomsday Agenda" (aka genocide) since the onslaught of the Manhattan Project in 1939 is simply not mentioned.

What is of concern is that there is a continuous history of numerous projects and WWIII scenarios to  "Wiping Russia off the Map" and triggering  a Third World War.

Nuclear war against Russia has been embedded in US military doctrine since 1945.

The original source of this article is Global Research.

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1 Feb 2023 | 5:01 am

8. The War Against Us


"We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy our economy " – Chris Hedges

The question you might ask these days: how did we weaponize everything in American life against ourselves? Can you name an institution that is not at war with the people of this land? The exact mechanisms for all that bad faith stand in plain sight these days, and persons responsible can be easily identified. What's missing are discernible motives. For now, it just looks like the greatest collective act of ass-covering in history.

It's pretty clear, for instance, that all the criminal misconduct in the FBI / DOJ — continuing to this moment — emanates from the years-long effort to cover up the seditious campaign to nullify Donald Trump starting well before Nov. 8, 2016. All the players in the agencies, and their news media accomplices, stand to lose at least their reputations, if the public cared about how dishonestly they acted. Many of those still working would lose their jobs and their livelihoods too, and quite a few would lose their freedom in prison. So, their motive to keep up the skullduggery is simple self-preservation.

The Covid-19 pandemic looks like a pretty large-scale racketeering operation gone awry with plenty to hide. You have the reckless, symbiotic relations between the US public health bureaucracy and the pharmaceutical companies, and tons of money at stake, plus the colossal ego of hapless Dr. Anthony Fauci wishing to pose as an historic world-saver, another Louis Pasteur or Alexander Fleming. And then you have the amazingly foolish act of imposing an untested, dangerous "vaccine" on the world, and years of lying and covering-up its repercussions of injury and death. And then the opaque and nefarious roles of other actors in the story ranging from the CCP to the WEF to the Bill Gates and George Soros empires of money in what looks a genocide.

It's harder to unpack the enigma of the obviously unfit "Joe Biden" getting installed in the White House. My guess: the Obama claque behind him knew that "JB" was easily manipulable, and that his lame rivals, Klobuchar, Buttigieg, Liz Warren, and especially the proud socialist Bernie Sanders, could not be counted on to do exactly what they were told. The Obama claque especially needed a president to appoint agency heads who would cover-up its creation of an Intel Community Frankenstein, and all that monster has inflicted on the American public.

Of course, the main device the claque had for pulling "Joe Biden's" strings was the flagrant record of his many years of bribery and treason. The major effort to cover-up all that criminality was the DOJ and FBI's suppression since 2019 of the Hunter Biden laptop, and the most stunning upshot was that the incendiary evidence of bribery and treason came out anyway, because so many copies of the laptop's hard-drive got distributed. And absolutely nothing was ever done about it, nor about the actual persons — Christopher Wray, William Barr, and Merrick Garland — who worked to squash it, making themselves accomplices to ongoing bribery and treason.

All this criminal misconduct is connected in a foul matrix of lawbreaking. The fact-patterns are well-established. Dozens of excellent books have catalogued the misdeed of RussiaGate and scores of websites daily dissect the shady intrigues around the "vaccine" crusade. The infamies of gross election interference have been systematically laid-out in the Twitter Files of the past two months. Many books, published essays, and videos substantiate the reality of massive ballot fraud in 2020 and 2022, including the felonious role of Mark Zuckerberg's front org, the Center for Tech and Civic Life, and the election law manipulations of Lawfare goblin Marc Elias.

There's an understandable wish that upcoming hearings in Congress will lead to a reckoning for all of this. To banish consequence from public life, as we have done, is a pretty grave insult to nature, but who can tell whether accountability might restore our institutions at this point. We may be too far gone. The US is visibly collapsing now: our economy, our financial arrangements, our culture, our influence in world affairs, and our basic consensus about reality. We're entering a phase of disorder and hardship that is likely to moot the further depredations of a government at war with its people. For one thing, it's becoming impossible to pretend that this vicious leviathan has the money to carry on because the money is only pretending to be money.

It's no wonder that the collective ability for sense-making has failed. It will be quickly restored by each of us in the scramble to survive these disorders and hardships. The bewildering hypotheticals of recent years begin to dissolve like mist on the mountain and things come back into focus: your health, your daily bread, your shelter, your associations with other people close to you, your values, and most of all the power of your own choices. Nature, much insulted and maligned, will sort out the rest.

Reprinted with permission from Kunstler.com.

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1 Feb 2023 | 5:01 am

9. Why Are the EKGs of Pilots No Longer Normal?


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires first-class airline pilots to receive an electrocardiogram (EKG) starting at age 35, and continuing annually after age 40.1 EKGs record the heart's electrical activity to provide a measure of heart health and certain parameters must be met in order for pilots to be deemed fit to fly.

October 24, 2022, the FAA changed the EKG requirements necessary for pilots to fly — but not to make them safer. With no public announcement or explanation, the agency expanded the allowable range for the PR interval, a measure of heart function.2

Widening this parameter means those with potential heart damage, disease or injuries are now allowed to fly commercial aircraft, potentially putting passengers at risk, should they suffer a heart attack or other event while in the air. Why would the FAA make such a drastic and risky move without informing the public?

COVID Shots May Have Damaged Pilots' Hearts

On an EKG, a normal PR interval measures 0.12 to 0.2 seconds.3 If the PR interval is shorter or longer than this, it can be indicative of a problem. According to Steve Kirsch, executive director of the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation, the FAA widened the acceptable EKG parameters from a PR max of 0.2 to 0.3, and potentially even higher. He says:4

"They didn't widen the range by a little. They widened it by a lot. It was done after the vaccine rollout. This is extraordinary. They did it hoping nobody would notice. It worked for a while. Nobody caught it. But you can't hide these things for long. This is a tacit admission from the U.S. government that the COVID vaccine has damaged the hearts of our pilots. Not just a few pilots. A lot of pilots and a lot of damage."

Kirsch gives five reasons why he's confident these widened parameters were necessary due to the widespread heart damage pilots — and the U.S. public — experienced due to COVID-19 shots. According to Kirsch:5

"I believe it is because they knew if they kept the original range, too many pilots would have to be grounded. That would be extremely problematic; commercial aviation in the US would be severely disrupted. And why did they do that quietly without notifying the public or the mainstream media?

I'm pretty sure they won't tell me, so I'll speculate: it's because they didn't want anyone to know. In other words, the COVID vaccine has seriously injured a lot of pilots and the FAA knows it and said nothing because that would tip off the country that the vaccines are unsafe. And you aren't allowed to do that."

Five Clues COVID Shots Are Likely to Blame

Five factors suggest that pilots' worsening heart health is due to COVID-19 shots, and not COVID-19. As noted by Kirsch, they include:6

  1. The change in EKG parameters was made quietly. "If it was COVID, you can be public. But the vaccine is supposed to be safe."
  2. The timing of the change in October 2022, which is later than it would have been if COVID-19 were to blame. "If it was due to COVID, it would have happened well before now. They can make changes every month."
  3. The widespread injuries. "The vaccine creates far more injury to the heart than COVID." For instance, an Israeli study of adults who did not get a COVID-19 shot but did get COVID-19 found the infection was not associated with myocarditis or pericarditis.7
  4. Anecdotal reports from cardiologists about heart damage began post-shot.
  5. Many sudden deaths have been reported post-shot.

Kirsch estimates that 20% of pilots screened may have suffered heart damage due to COVID-19 shots, based on an upcoming study set to be published in The Epoch Times. A Thailand study also revealed "cardiovascular manifestations" including rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), palpitation and myopericarditis in 29.24% of adolescents who'd received an mRNA COVID-19 shot.8

"But kids are indestructible so a 30% injury rate in kids translates into a higher rate for adults," Kirsch says, adding:9

"Bottom line: The most logical conclusion is that the FAA knows the hearts of our nation's pilots have been injured by the COVID vaccine that they were coerced into taking, the number of pilots affected is huge, the cardiac damage is extensive, and passenger safety is being compromised by the lowering of the standards to enable pilots to fly.

The right thing would be for the FAA to come clean and admit to the American public that the COVID vaccine has injured 20% or more of the pilots (based on their limited EKG screening), but I doubt that they will ever do that."

Pilot Has Heart Attack After Shot

In May 2022, The Epoch Times reported the case of Robert Snow, a pilot for American Airlines with 31 years of experience flying commercially and seven years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.10 Snow does not have coronary disease, but he suffered a cardiac arrest about six minutes after landing a plane he flew from Denver to Dallas Fort Worth.

According to the news outlet, "He believes that his cardiac arrest is connected to the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine he was forced to take in order to keep his job on November 4, 2021, even though he already had natural immunity from previously contracting the virus." And he's not the only one with that suspicion. Snow told The Epoch Times:11

"I would just tell you that there are other pilots out there that have had concerns, not just pilots, also because it was an employee mandate. So we have flight attendants, we have mechanics, we have dispatchers, we have gate agents, you name it.

Of course, for pilots, we consider that a safety-sensitive job so we're a little bit more concerned from the standpoint of aviation safety; but yes, I have received calls from other pilots and other communications stating that they have concerns but because of the nature of this, they're afraid to come forward."

Dr. Peter McCullough is a cardiologist, internist and epidemiologist and the chief scientific officer of The Wellness Company.12 He also is one of the most published cardiologists in America, with over 1,000 publications and 660 citations in the National Library of Medicine, and is a recipient of the Simon Dack Award from the American College of Cardiology and the International Vicenza Award in Critical Care Nephrology for his scholarship and research.

He told The Epoch Times "there is no other explanation" for Snow's cardiac arrest. "The MRI pattern is consistent. Indeed, it may have been vaccine-induced myocarditis …"13

McCullough also spoke with Joshua Yoder, an airline pilot and cofounder of U.S. Freedom Flyers, which formed to help pilots and other transportation industry employees oppose federal shot mandates.

Yoder's group has received hundreds of reports from pilots who have suffered adverse events from COVID-19 shots, including chest pains, myocarditis and pericarditis. McCullough told Yoder that if every pilot who'd received a COVID-19 shot received a health screening, about 30% would fail due to shot-induced injuries.14

Doctors Call on FAA to Flag Pilots Who Received COVID Shots

McCullough, along with pathologist Dr. Ryan Cole, Robert Kennedy Jr. and others, sent a letter to the FAA December 15, 2021, calling on the agency to medically flag all pilots who received a COVID-19 shot and, within four weeks, have them undergo thorough medical reexaminations to include:15

  • D-Dimer tests to check for blood clotting problems
  • Troponin tests to check for Troponin in the blood, which is a protein released when the heart muscle has been damaged
  • EKG analysis to check electrical signals that determine cardiac health
  • Cardiac MRI
  • PULS test to determine heart health

Adding cardiac MRI to pilots' screening is "critical," the letter said, explaining:16

"A recent study showed that using only ECG [EKG] results and symptoms to screen patients resulted in a 7.4 underdiagnosing of actual myocarditis, while the PULS test is also critical as a study published … showed that 'MRNA COVID vaccines dramatically increase … inflammatory markers' and that the risk of acute coronary syndrome more than doubled in those vaccinated …

… leading the authors to conclude that 'the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines dramatically increase inflammation … on the endothelium and T cell infiltration of cardiac muscle, and may account for the observations of increased thrombosis, cardiomyopathy, and other vascular events following vaccination."

Will the US Federal Air Surgeon Investigate?

January 21, 2023, Kirsch spoke with the FAA's federal air surgeon, Dr. Susan Northrup. She said she was aware of Snow's case, but no one from the FAA had reached out to investigate the near-miss tragedy. Kirsch also emailed Northrup the names and contact information for several shot-injured pilots. Further, he noted:17

"More importantly, in that email, I also invited her to host a public roundtable at the FAA inviting people on both sides of the 'safe and effective' narrative so that the FAA could learn the truth. I just talked to Senator Ron Johnson and I can assure you that he'd be DELIGHTED to help her assemble a roundtable of doctors on both sides of the narrative to brief top FAA officials on the risks of these vaccines.

And I offered to publish her revised statement to the public so we can get the truth out that the vaccines are NOT safe and are disabling pilots. Here's the kicker. The corruption at the FAA runs deep. Did you know that nobody at the FAA has ever called Bob Snow? How can the FAA investigate this incident without ever even talking to the pilot?"

At this point, Northrup has been duly informed of the very real potential that COVID-19 shots could be making it unsafe for jabbed pilots to fly. But then, she was probably already aware. Her husband, John Hyle, a pilot, refused the jab due to safety concerns. Whether or not a real investigation will happen, however, remains to be seen. Kirsch added:18

"So it's not just a few 'anti-vaxxers' spreading 'misinformation.' Susan clearly realizes that intelligent people she clearly respects have legitimate concerns that cause them to refuse to take the shot. The narrative is falling apart.

We need public transparency on all of the things above. And we need it now before lives are lost. We've had a couple of close calls. The FAA needs to be proactive about this, not REACTIVE after a crash happens. What do you think will happen next?"

FAA Broke Its Own Rule Letting Pilots Fly After COVID Shots

In its Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners, the FAA states that aviation medical examiners should not issue medical certificates to pilots who've taken drugs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved less than 12 months prior:19

"The FAA generally requires at least one-year of post-marketing experience with a new drug before consideration for aeromedical certification purposes. This observation period allows time for uncommon, but aeromedically significant, adverse effects to manifest themselves."

Now, the FAA states pilots can resume flying just 48 hours after receiving a COVID-19 shot.20 Leigh Dundas, an attorney who was the primary author of the FAA letter, told The Epoch Times:21

"The Federal Aviation Agency is charged with ensuring the safety of the flying public. Instead, as we speak the FAA, as well as the commercial airline companies, are acting in contravention of their own federal aviation regulations and associated guidance which tells medical examiners to NOT issue medical certifications to pilots using non-FDA approved products.

… The title of the section I'm talking about literally says 'Do Not Issue — Do Not Fly' and then instructs medical examiners to 'not issue' medical certifications to pilots using products that the FDA 'approved less than 12 months ago' …

The pilots are flying with products which are not even recently approved — in violation of the above wording — they are flying with injections in their bodies which were NEVER approved by the FDA at all (as no COVID vaccine which is commercially available in the U.S. has received FDA approval)."

It's Not Only Pilots Whose Hearts Are Damaged

While the implications of commercial airline pilots flying with shot-induced heart damage raises significant safety concerns, it's not only pilots who are affected. Any person who received a COVID-19 shot could face similar risks. As Kirsch noted:22

"At a more conservative 20% injury rate, we are looking at 50M Americans with heart damage caused by the jab. As more studies are done, it's going to be crystal clear why so many people are dying suddenly, especially kids. It's also going to explain why nursing homes have lost up to 33% of their residents in 12 months where before they were losing only 1 or 2% a year.

… Confidence in the CDC and the medical community should hit rock bottom after it is revealed how extensive the damage caused by these vaccines is. The fact that … the FAA quietly changed their EKG guidance should at least open your mind to the possibility that I might be right. This narrative is going to start falling apart at an accelerated rate."

Sources and References

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10. *You* Can Prove that the Covid Vaccines Are Killing People of All Ages and Should Be Immediately Stopped


If the CDC was honest, this is what their new ads should look like!

Executive summary

This is the most important article I have ever written in my life.

It shows a novel method that anyone can use to prove that the COVID vaccines are leading to premature death in anyone who takes them, no matter what age. So you don't have to believe me. You can collect the data yourself and do the same analysis I did. It's very easy. It took me about an hour to collect the data and analyze it.

The methodology is both technically sound and objective. Anyone can collect their own data including any state in the US and many foreign governments. I predict no one will look. That tells you everything you need to know.

I asked UK Professor Norman Fenton to critique the method I used here. More about him in the text below. Bottom line: he loved the method I used (which he hadn't seen before), he validated the calculations in the figure below, and he wasn't aware of any way the conclusion could be legitimately challenged. There are always all sorts of hand-waving arguments such as "your study wasn't IRB approved" or "your study is unethical because you are looking at deaths from the COVID vaccine" but they are just that: hand-waving.

To further prove my article cannot be challenged, I am pioneering a unique approach to that as well that is fair, thorough, and transparent. I'm publicly offering 10X your wager to anyone who believes that the data actually shows the opposite of what I claimed. See details of the offer in the text below. If you think I got it wrong, you can turn $25K into $250K in days!

This article describes how a simple objective analysis of objective death data (age, date died, date of last COVID vaccination) can be used to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the COVID vaccines are shortening lifespans and should be immediately halted.

This explains why all the world's health authorities are keeping their data secret; their data would reveal that all world governments have been killing millions of people worldwide. No government wants that disclosed. They won't debate me on this. They will try to censor this article because they can't hide from the truth. Or they will try to create FUD by arguing the survey is biased without describing the bias.

I predict that this article will be ignored by the mainstream press and the medical community. The longer they ignore me, the worse it will look for them. The first rule of holes is that when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Unless there is a serious error in my methodology or someone can explain precisely how surveying "my followers" creates a biased sample that shifts the numbers for the vaccinated or shows us a more comprehensive, trustable data set, the game is now over.

If the vaccines are safe, the CDC should have produced this analysis using statewide data long ago. It is trivial to do. Why didn't they? The answer is simple: because they know it would blow the narrative and prove to the world that they are incompetent fools.

If you want to prove me wrong, let's get the statewide data from all states and make it public. All we need is Age, date of death, date of last COVID vaccine. That does not violate HIPAA or a dead person's privacy because there is no PII.

But states will refuse to release that data because they know if they did, they are finished.

So in the meantime, they will say, "Your survey is biased." But nobody can explain the "bias" that explains the result because my readers DO NOT CONTROL THE DATE THAT THEIR FRIENDS WERE VACCINATED, their age, or the DATE they died.

My readers may be more affluent than the average American so that's a bias. But if the vaccine is killing affluent people, we have a problem. My readers might be more intelligent than the average American, so that's a bias. They may have more intelligent friends. So this survey, it could be argued, just shows that intelligent people are being killed by the vaccine. That SHOULD be a stopping condition.

Or you could argue that my readers are less intelligent than the average person. And once again, unless you are trying to cull a society, that should be a stopping condition as unethical.

ANYONE CAN REPLICATE MY SURVEY if you think it is "biased." The New York Times could replicate my survey and prove I'm wrong.

But they won't.

And that tells you everything you need to know, doesn't it?

If they want to argue with this article, THEY need to show us THEIR data and not engage in hand-waving arguments to create FUD that have no evidentiary basis.

The game is over. We have won. You cannot hide from the truth any longer.

We'll see if anyone wants to challenge this article and get paid 10X their wager if they are right. Bring it on!

Introduction

This article is a follow up on my article entitled, "The death records show the COVID vaccines are shortening lifespan worldwide." That article gives John Beaudoin credit for being the first to realize that linking the death and vaccination records (a table join) is key to ending the false narrative.

In this article, I show a clever new method for analyzing the death/vax records that is simple and objective; it relies on just a simple division of two time measurements.

The survey

A month ago, on December 25, 2022, I announced the survey below.

The survey asked people if they knew anyone who died in 2020, 2021, or 2022.

If they did know someone, simply report objective facts about the death: age, date died, and if vaccinated, the date most recently vaccinated.

If people knew >1 person who died in the period, just report the person whose details you are most familiar with (e.g., family member vs. friend).

As of January 29, 2023, I received 1,634 responses. The analysis here looks at the responses.

We only consider OBJECTIVE data and our analysis is OBJECTIVE. It's all math.

If the vaccines are causing death, the analysis will pick it up.

Methodology

The analysis is done by looking at "days in category before death" divided by "days possible in category if you had lived to the end of the observation period."

We do this for both vaxxed and unvaxxed people… across all ages, and also in various age ranges which I arbitrarily chose. You can choose your own if you don't like the age categories I chose. It won't change the result.

Here's how the method works (credit to Clare Craig who suggested this wording):

Imagine a timeline for 2021 and 2022. For the unvaccinated we would expect an even distribution of deaths over time except for seasonal differences. For each person, we can compare how long they did live in that period with how long they could have lived. A few who died early would have lived for only a tiny fraction of their potential and a few that died late for a large fraction. However, most will be in between and the mean will be 0.5.

For the vaccinated, we start the clock on their date of their last vaccine. The timeline will therefore vary for each person but with a harmless vaccine we would still expect exactly the same distribution – a few early, a few late and most in the middle with a mean of 0.5.

If the vaccine killed people we would end up with more deaths early on. The mean ratio of life lived compared with life that could have been lived will fall below .5.

Given ratio=((time in category)/(time possible in category)) and knowing that the person died sometime in Jan 2021-Dec 2022, we have:

  1. If the intervention (i.e., the vax) does nothing, ratio = .5
  2. If the invention shortens life, ratio <.5
  3. If the intervention increases lifespan, ratio > .5

It's that simple. The important thing is that the ratio tells us if the intervention is helpful, neutral, or harmful.

The analysis is independent of the rates people die. The fact that older people die faster than younger people is immaterial. Pre-existing conditions, etc. do not matter.

There is an argument to be made that people who got vaccinated first were more vulnerable and were more likely to die, and thus the rate in a category changes over time, but that effect isn't very large. I've run the numbers for those who died and were last vaccinated in 2022 and the numbers are all less than .5. You are welcome to prove me wrong, but you'll need to do it with evidence, i.e., actual queries and not hand-waving arguments. Numbers talk.

To date, everyone who thinks they can debunk this has produced only handwaving arguments and no analysis.

Sorry, but that's not very convincing.

Read the Whole Article

The post *You* Can Prove that the Covid Vaccines Are Killing People of All Ages and Should Be Immediately Stopped appeared first on LewRockwell.

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