TINFOILHAT: The Moskva Riddle — NATO, Ukraine, sabotage, or accident?

https://www.unz.com/pescobar/the-moskva-riddle/

The Moskva Riddle
Pepe Escobar • April 23, 2022 •

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Martyanov also stresses, “it is impossible to hide the external impact of the anti-shipping missile – one will immediately know what hit the ship. Moreover, to hit and sink such a target as the Moskva one has to launch a salvo and not only two missiles, likely 3-4 at least. In this case, Russia would know who attacked Moskva. Does NATO know? I am positive this event has NATO written all over it, if it is not an internal sabotage which absolutely cannot be excluded at this stage. I am sure if Nebo was operational it would have seen the salvo.”

Which brings us to the inevitable clincher: “If NATO was involved, I am sure we will see some retaliation, after all, as I am on record all the time, US bases in Middle East and elsewhere are nothing more than fat prestigious targets.”

So get ready: something lethally “asymmetrical” may be about to pop up.

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Now here’s a good question for a “Conspiracy Theory”.  Apparently, there are four good alternatives for what happened.  It’s seems to be a well proven “fact” that something did happen. But, since I have not touched the hull or have someone reputable touch it, I can’t know for certain.

The author makes a plausible motivation for why NATO might have done something, but that is not evidence.  And, one can’t really expect any reliable dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) from Russia on the topic.  

The whole Ukrainian tale about sneaking cruise missiles in while the crew was distracted by drones seems less likely. 

So we just have to wait and see what “leaks” out.

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GOVERNACIDE: If there is a silver lining to this grotesque charade, it is our growing awareness of the moral bankruptcy in our government, our media, our medical institutions

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/04/connecting_the_dots_on_early_covid_treatments.html

Connecting the Dots on Early COVID Treatments
By Antonio R. Chaves

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As you may well know, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and ivermectin are among the most frequently mentioned drugs for early treatment of COVID-19. Both drugs were originally used to combat tropical diseases like malaria (HCQ) and river blindness (ivermectin). What follows is a very brief history of how they were repurposed for treating COVID-19

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Whether or not you believe HCQ and ivermectin are effective early treatments is beside the point: Both of these generic drugs are considered safe for pregnant women and many nations sell these drugs over the counter.

Given that there is no moral or scientific basis for this unprecedented disruption of the doctor-patient relationship, why are the CDC and FDA doing this? Why do some dying patients need to resort to a court order to access alternative treatment?

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If there is a silver lining to this grotesque charade, it is our growing awareness of the moral bankruptcy in our government, our media, our medical institutions. Most importantly, it has shed light on how easily massive segments of the population can be frightened into blind obedience.

If you still believe the lockdowns, mandates, and medical recommendations were hammered out in good faith, I have some Moderna stock to sell you.

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It seems fairly obvious that Big Pharma got a huge payday and the Gooferment, the politicians, the bureaucrats, the media, and medical institutions were in on the scam.

I don’t think that “We, The Sheeple” even today have any clue as to how badly they were fooled.  And, the long term effects have yet to be seen

Sigh!

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IPHONE: ​Name a Legacy Contact so your “stuff” isn’t locked up forever. 

https://nj1015.com/iphone-users-should-do-this-before-they-die/

​Name a Legacy Contact so your “stuff” isn’t locked up forever.  Death certificate requred.

And, I’m sure I’ve mentioned that EVERYONE  — regardless of age  — needs a will, a durable complete function power of attorney, a medical power of attorney, as well as an advance directive.  If an attorney says one size will fit all, get another attorney.  If someone says “do it yourself online at http;//… …”, get your legal advice from someone with a valid law license in your state and who specializes in estate law.  Don’t fall for​ the 99$ advertisements either.  Doing it correctly will entail at least two visits to a lawyer and a few hundred dollars in legal fees.

P.S., the will should have “self-proving” affidavits.  If it doesn’t, find another lawyer.

P.P.S., the lawyer as part of the fee should “vault” your original will for you and just give you copies.  One of which is for your executor.

P.P.P.S., Do NOT put these papers in a safe deposit box in YOUR NAME.  It’ll be sealed on your death.  I paid for my executor to rent a save deposit box in her name and my stuff is in there.  Easy cheap work around.

Remember all the famous people who died without paperwork and left a mess to get sorted out in the courts.  Wills bring out the worst in nice people. 

FWIW YMMV FAIWWYPFI,
Crazy Old Ferd

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RANT: Sounds like there should be a long pause to let the truth about mRNA vaccines emerge

https://palexander.substack.com/p/dr-byram-w-bridle-a-hero-of-mines?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjo0MTQyNTAzMCwicG9zdF9pZCI6NTI2ODg5NDQsIl8iOiJ3dWtjQSIsImlhdCI6MTY1MDY2Nzc0NiwiZXhwIjoxNjUwNjcxMzQ2LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItNTc5MzU2Iiwic3ViIjoicG9zdC1yZWFjdGlvbiJ9.2ue0HhTC3FgYnB0SdQ6wv1LuyZgx6MM490g5A2rlkfk&s=r

Dr.Byram W. Bridle, a hero of mines, a friend and colleague out of Canada: “A Moratorium on mRNA ‘Vaccines’ is Needed”, I am saying URGENT, I am saying clearly, a STOP, now! None in Children EVER!  I share this substack from him for he deserves to be heard, he is brilliant and like me, our families were harassed and even stalked, our lives threatened and family’s, often by University faculty

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I repeat, we are seeing a 40% spike in deaths (excess mortality) in the 18-64 year age group and 82% excess deaths in 25-44 year age group in the last quarter…we have to take a serious look at this and understand that these are tracking back to the vaccine. Not COVID.

IMO, these injections, these mRNA lipid nano particle injections must be stopped now and should have never ever been brought. It is time to end this, they have been shown to be ineffective and not safe.

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Don’t “TL;DR”. It’s a long hard read, but it certainly asks some interesting questions. It was a profitable “experiment” for Big Pharma and all its toadies. Unfortunately, “We, The Sheeple” don’t know how it works out for us lab rats. Bottom line: I’m not “boosting” and I wouldn’t believe anything anyone says for a long long time. YMMV FWIW Crazy 

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PEACE: Don’t poke the bear!

https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/first-priority-avoid-us-war-with-russia/

First Priority — Avoid US War With Russia
Pat Buchanan • April 22, 2022 • 900 Words • 29 Comments • Reply

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Asked if the U.S. should send troops to fight beside the Ukrainians, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Sunday the time may have come.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “will only stop when we stop him,” said Coons.

“We are in a very dangerous moment where it is important that … we in Congress and the administration come to a common position about when we are willing to go the next step and to send not just arms but troops to the aid in defense of Ukraine.”

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As U.S. forces fighting and killing Russians in Ukraine would ignite a U.S.-Russia war, which could escalate to nuclear war, we are not going to take that first step and risk the security and survival of our country, even if our staying out of this two-month war means the defeat of Ukraine.

Call it the Eisenhower position.

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I often agree with Pat Buchanan and this time is no exception.

I would point out that the USA overthrew the elected Government in the Ukraine when it was pro-Russia. 

I would also point out that the USA via “Voice of America” encouraged the Hungarian revolution and then (once again) “hung the poor dupes out to dry”.

The USA should just stop being the instigator and MYOB!

Oh BTW, Chris Coons should go put boots on the ground; not “our” young women and men.

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HEALTH: Is the covid “jab” responsible for a huge number of vaccine injuries to athletes?

https://www.theepochtimes.com/a-staggering-number-of-athletes-collapsed-this-past-year_4413773.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=BonginoReport

A Staggering Number of Athletes Collapsed This Past Year
BY Joseph Mercola TIME April 19, 2022

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Story at-a-glance

  • The shocking statistic was revealed by One America News Network (OAN), which also found the average age of the athletes who suffered cardiac arrest is just 23 years old
  • An updated report by Good Sciencing, a team of investigators, news editors, journalists and “truth seekers,” has detailed 890 cardiac arrests and other serious issues among athletes, including 579 deaths, following COVID-19 shots
  • With cases like these becoming impossible to ignore, even a mainstream media sports channel in Australia speculated that the health issues could be linked to COVID-19 shots, and one of the hosts acknowledged that multiple players have suffered from heart issues and Bell’s palsy following COVID-19 booster shots

More than 769 athletes have collapsed on the field during a game from March 2021 to March 2022. The shocking statistic was revealed by One America News Network (OAN), which also found the average age of the athletes who suffered cardiac arrest is just 23 years old.[1] The unprecedented surge in cardiac arrest and other heart issues among elite athletes coincides with the rollout of COVID-19 jabs.

The Miami Open made headlines in early April 2022 after 15 players — all of whom had reportedly received COVID-19 injections[2] — dropped out. Among them were favorites Paula Badosa and Jannik Sinner. Badosa left the court in tears after becoming unwell, and Sinner’s opponent said he saw him “bend over” on the court, noting “it was very strange.”[3] Even the fans were confused, with one stating, “What is going on?”[4]

As Pearson Sharp of OAN explained, “These are just two of more than 769 athletes who have collapsed during a game, on the field, over the last year.” He continued:[5]

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I know that the corporate establishment media puts the rap on One America News Network.  But even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Where is the Gooferment, corporate establishment, or anyone reporting on or debunking this.

I’d like to now and until I do, I suspect that the Covid-19 jab is to blame.

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Naomi Wolf: The FDA ‘knew’ COVID jabs weren’t ‘safe and effective’ but pushed them anyway – LifeSite

‘The danger and the lasting damage that they knew about are clearly on display’ said Wolf about the FDA and Pfizer’s knowledge of the COVID jabs.

Source: Naomi Wolf: The FDA ‘knew’ COVID jabs weren’t ‘safe and effective’ but pushed them anyway – LifeSite

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FDA: What did the FDA know and when did they know it? We need this agency, past and present commissioners under oath, and we need them to explain and if they were reckless and costed lives, JAIL!
Naomi Wolf: The FDA ‘knew’ COVID jabs weren’t ‘safe & effective’ but pushed them anyway. ‘The danger and the lasting damage that they knew about are clearly on display’ said Wolf about the FDA/Pfizer

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TECHNOLOGY: Banks should have a better security system on checks

A friend got a check “washed” that had been mailed in a drop box, altered, and cashed.

Needless to say, they didn’t even conceive of such happening.

I suggested a few follow ups on what to do. 

First and foremost, immediately file a police report.

He’d notified bank and changed accounts Updated on the credit reporting agencies (transunion, experian, equifax, etc).

Then, he’s going to notify all the places he hold accounts.

Argh!

I think IMHO the banks should have the ability for account holders to “pre post” the checks they write with the check number and amount.  In effect, “write” it twice — once on paper and once on line.  Then if the check gets altered, the bank will no to reject it.  Seems simple enough to me and would be a great “value added service”.  I’d think it would be real popular with business.  After all the bank’s bill pay is almost that already.

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HEALTHCARE: Fully Private, No-Insurance Hospitals are possible

https://mises.org/wire/how-fully-private-no-insurance-hospitals-help-common-man

How Fully Private, No-Insurance Hospitals Help the Common Man
04/14/2022 Daniel Diefenbach

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How does one make an economic decision when the price of a good is not evident? To any adherent of the Austrian school, this of course is impossible. There is no way to decide whether to purchase something if the only way of knowing the price is after committing. For example, who would fill up their car only to see what the price was at the end? No one. In no aspect of life would this make sense, yet it is the standard in the American healthcare system.

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In June 2021, the Mises Institute held the Medical Freedom Summit in Salem, New Hampshire, and one of the speakers was Dr. G. Keith Smith of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, an institution that is truly free market and receives no money from the federal government. He spoke of the successes of his business and of the simple model he and Dr. Steve Lantier established in 1997. Smith describes their first patient experience as follows:

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He later told the story of a Georgia man who was quoted $40,000 for his surgery at home. The Surgery Center of Oklahoma quoted him $4,000. Upset at having lost a patient to them already, the man’s hometown surgeon decided to match the price. The patient told Dr. Smith that the Surgery Center of Oklahoma “had saved him $36,000 and … hadn’t even performed his surgery.”

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Once again we learn that the Gooferment has really really messed up “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else like our lives.

Just separate “health insurance” from employment by making health insurance premiums deductible from the top line, just as it is for businesses, and level the playing field.

After all you don’t lose your car insurance when you change jobs.  Why should health insurance be any different?

Argh!

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RANT: Biden kills “union funds transparency”

https://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2022/04/15/president_biden_sides_against_union_rank-and-file_827217.html

President Biden Sides Against Union Rank-and-File
By James Sherk  April 15, 2022

James Sherk is the director of the Center for American Freedom at
the America First Policy Institute. He previously served as a special
assistant to the president in the Domestic Policy Council at the White
House during the Trump administration.

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Of course, siding against workers is not the best look politically.

Neither is shutting down transparency.

The Biden Administration understandably rolled back the transparency regulation very quietly. Biden’s Labor Department killed the rule without fanfare on December 30 — the day before the New Year’s Eve holiday, when most union members and the press enjoyed Christmas vacations. 

President Biden proclaims himself “the most pro-union President leading the most pro-union administration in history.” He is actually leading the most pro-union boss administration in history. As UAW members can attest, those are not the same thing.

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I missed this one and, of course, so did “the Fourth Estate” aka the Gooferment’s house propaganda arm.

I would think that there must be a ton of Federal and State laws broken.

And, I would think there would also be a slew of pissed off union workers.

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ECONOMICS: Anti-trust? Let Musk buy Twitter. It’d would be a hoot!

https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/04/15/why-elon-musk-has-rattled-them/

Why Elon Musk has rattled them

  • His attempted takeover of Twitter has revealed just how terrified the liberal elites are of freedom of speech.

Tom Slater Editor 15th April 2022

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We stand here on the edge of tyranny… Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter. That, roughly speaking, has been the commentariat reaction in recent days as the world’s richest man has launched a takeover attempt of the social-media giant, citing his concerns about its censorious policies as his main motivation.

Musk revealed last week that he had become Twitter’s largest shareholder, with a 9.2 per cent stake. Now he’s offered to buy the whole company for a cool $43 billion, a nice premium on its current worth. As it stands, Twitter’s board is resisting and America’s great and good have gone berserk.

The Washington Post’s Max Boot was swift out of the blocks. ‘I am frightened by the impact on society and politics if Elon Musk acquires Twitter’, Boot tweeted. ‘He seems to believe that on social media anything goes. For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.’

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What better way to break up Big Tech than to have some “wild card” break in?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Surveillance Cameras fail in NYC … … AGAIN!

https://thefreethoughtproject.com/surveillance-cameras-from-new-york-subway-shooting-suspiciously-malfunctioned-not-taking-any-video/

Surveillance Cameras from New York Subway Shooting Suspiciously “Malfunctioned” Not Taking Any Video
Matt Agorist April 13, 2022

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Adding to the suspicious nature of the shooting is the fact that the surveillance cameras in the area of the shooting had reportedly malfunctioned.

A preliminary review indicates there was some sort of malfunction with the camera system at the station, Adams told WCBS Radio880 AM. There are almost 10,000 cameras in the MTA system including almost 600 cameras on the Brooklyn section of where the attack took place, MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

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It’s Epstein all over again!

Argh!

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FUN: Remembering when I was a “Miles Chaser”

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/bitcoin-songsheet-airline-miles?utm_source=Bitcoin+Magazine&utm_campaign=4e1027bcbe-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f7d45fbb67-4e1027bcbe-357073741&mc_cid=4e1027bcbe&mc_eid=386b7b0895

Bitcoin Songsheet: Airline Miles Are The Original Altcoins
Airline miles are the original altcoin, allowing zombie companies to issue
value for nothing while encouraging people to be “Miles Chasers.”
Jimmy Song
Apr 11, 2022

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Confessions of a Miles Chaser

I used to be one of those Miles Chasers. I’d spend an hour looking for a way to earn miles so I could get the equivalent of $8 in miles. Somehow, it never registered that I was giving myself a job at $8/hr. The sadder thing is that the work didn’t really benefit anybody or build anything. It was as productive as doomscrolling through Facebook. Unfortunately, Miles Chasing is a hard habit to break because of the scarcity mentality that’s so common to fiat money: You can take the miles from my cold, dead hands.

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I was once a “miles chaser”, but I never bought into the credit card offers and other ”extra miles” gimmicks.

I had a job at AT&T where I was doing database trying for a new footprint side roll out.  I had to visit an absurd number of cities in — as I remember it — in 8 week window.  The United plan had some number of miles and “segments” for a few week in Hawaii including free round trip first class tickets for two people.  Getting miles was the “easy part”; segment were much harder. Reading the “rules”, a non-stop counted as one segment, but stops along the route counted as segments. Since I was allowed to chose my flights, I took the roll out schedule and figured out how to do the training and collect the required number of segments. Laugh!  (Just tell me the rules and I’ll figure it out.)  So I was doing two cities a week Monday / Tuesday in City #1 and then Thursday / Friday in City #2.  So Sunday night I went Trenton to Pittsbugh to O’Hare then proceeding to City #1. On Wednesday I’d fly from City #1 to City #2; non-stop unless I needed more segments. And finally on Friday night, inbound to home from City #2 to O’Hare, Pittsburgh, and Trenton. Laugh!  No problem. Then Frau Reinke and I went to Hawaii via LA and San Fran with side trips to Las Vegas and Reno. 

Made it all worthwhile. Got a great appraisal for doing the training with a raise, bonus, and promotion. No much of a life for those 8 weeks but everything in life was a trade off.  I even got kudos for “saving travel money” since the price of direct flights at the time was about triple my connectors. 

It was a great “life hack” and I learned to always study the rules.

Laugh!

I never used or collected “miles” after that. 

Laugh!

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Why the New World Order Wants Programmable Currency

Technocracy is the proverbial operating system for the “superclass,” a centralized global elite that is working toward securing the exclusive ownership of all the world’s assets, reducing the rest of us to indebted serfs. While the plans for a NWO based on technocracy, i.e., The Great Reset and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, are clearly outlined on websites like that of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and world leaders are using these terms on a regular basis, when people point out the nefarious meaning of these terms, they’re typically dismissed as loony conspiracy theorists. 1 But the NWO is no conspiracy theory.

Source: Why the New World Order Wants Programmable Currency

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Foundations were made ‘tax exempt’ in the U.S. as ‘charitable’ organizations by the Revenue Act of 1917. This enabled the wealthiest people on Earth to fund their various social engineering projects without the need to pay any income tax. Income tax is only for the little people …

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Seems like it’s time to tax “foundations”!

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POLITICAL: Don’t depends upon the USA; countries need their own gold and nukes

https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/message-from-ukraine-nukes-do-deter/

Message From Ukraine — Nukes Do Deter
Pat Buchanan • April 12, 2022

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What the Ukraine war has demonstrated is the vulnerability of not having nukes.

Taiwan and South Korea, especially, should take note.

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Pat Buchanan always hits the mark in “foreign policy”.  In this case, countries should be examining just how much or how little they can depend upon the USA.  If I was a foreign leader, then I’d say “not at all”.  

Forewarned is fore armed.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Airlines are “zombie companies” due to Gooferment bailouts

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/bitcoin-songsheet-airline-miles?utm_source=Bitcoin+Magazine&utm_campaign=4e1027bcbe-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f7d45fbb67-4e1027bcbe-357073741&mc_cid=4e1027bcbe&mc_eid=386b7b0895

Bitcoin Songsheet: Airline Miles Are The Original Altcoins

  • Airline miles are the original altcoin, allowing zombie companies to issue value for nothing while encouraging people to be “Miles Chasers.”

Jimmy Song
Apr 11, 2022

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Because governments view airlines as a display of national prestige, there’s a tendency to bail them out of their troubles. The three major U.S. airlines (Delta, American and United) have gone through at least one bankruptcy in the last 20 years. The bankruptcy proceedings usually result in a merger or some new company that’s injected with government funds. Even airlines that might go bankrupt are bailed out by the government such as during the travel shutdowns of the pandemic. The result is that airlines are now zombie companies that repeatedly get revived through government intervention.

Zombie companies typically don’t do that well in the marketplace. It’s no coincidence that air travel times are slower now than in the ‘70s. Planes might be more fuel efficient, but they’re not really faster or more convenient. The way these zombies have survived, besides government intervention, is through the financialization of their miles programs.

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One really has to see the link between bailouts and inefficient zombie companies.

Real competition between financially healthy airlines would make air travel faster, more convenient, as well as “cheaper”.

The DHS / TSA “airport security” is “security theater” at best and further allows zombie airlines to shift costs to the public at large.

Argh!

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HEALTH: Eat your blueberries … every day?

https://nutritionfacts.org/2022/04/05/benefits-of-blueberries-for-artery-function/?utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=b8f251f008-RSS_BLOG_WEEKLY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-b8f251f008-25228005&mc_cid=b8f251f008&mc_eid=f40a62cbab

Blueberries Can Improve Artery Function
Written By
Michael Greger M.D. FACLM
on April 5, 2022

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If you eat blueberries week after week, you also get chronic benefits, in terms of reduced artery stiffness and a boost in your natural killer cells, which are one of your body’s natural first lines of defense against viral infections and cancer. How can blueberries have all these amazing effects if the anthocyanins—the blue pigments in blueberries purported to be the active ingredients—hardly even make it into our system? Indeed, women were given more than a cup of blueberries to eat, and the researchers couldn’t find hardly any in their bloodstream or flowing through their urine.

At 2:47 in my video, you can see a chart called a chromatogram. The spikes show all of the anthocyanin peaks in blueberries. Before eating blueberries, there is no sign of the pigments in the participants’ blood, which makes sense because they hadn’t been ingested. After one hour of eating them, however, you start to see the spikes appear, and, a few hours after that, they become a bit more distinct. All in all, though, just a few billionths of a gram per milliliter show up. So, “either anthocyanins are extremely potent and, therefore, active at low serum [parts-per-billion blood] concentrations…or their dietary occurrence or bioavailability has been underestimated.” Researchers decided to radioactively tag them and trace them throughout the body.

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Can’t hurt!

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TECHNOLOGY: Old fashioned keys are “better” than fobs

https://newjersey.news12.com/folly-of-the-fob-skyrocketing-car-thefts-more-proof-that-old-metal-keys-were-better

Folly of the fob: Skyrocketing car thefts more proof that old metal keys were better
Apr 08, 2022, 6:32pmUpdated 10h ago
By: Brian Donohue

# – # – # – # – #

I agree.

It’s funny when I switch cars and look for the start button to press in the truck.

Force of habit and a lack of mindfulness.

How many people still walk around their vehicle and look underneath before driving?  I was taught to look at each of the tires reporting the .  Yes, I’m older than dirt!  Was driving long before tires reported they were flat.

It’s like the habit of opening the (left) driver’s side door with your right hand.  And visa versa.  (With distracted pedestrians on the sidewalk, one has to look out for those fools as well. Argh!)

FWIW.

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BITCOIN: Bitcoi … … makes sanctions quite ineffective

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/russia-sanctions-bitcoin-conundrum?utm_source=Bitcoin+Magazine&utm_campaign=993d277006-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f7d45fbb67-993d277006-357073741&mc_cid=993d277006&mc_eid=386b7b0895

SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA POSE A CONUNDRUM FOR BITCOIN
Bitcoin is a free and open monetary network, accessible by anyone — which makes sanctions quite ineffective.
DOMINIC COLLARD
MAR 31, 2022

  • This is a guest post by Dominic Collard. Opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.

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Almost half of Russia’s $630 billion reserves have been seized by foreign governments since the invasion of Ukraine. It was relatively easy to do given modern financial infrastructure.

The mainstream temptation is to react favorably to this move. Russia will be poorer and so less able to fund its war. The baddies lose, the goodies win.

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The Bitcoin community risks confirmation bias by not thinking through the full implications. It would be naive to think there is only upside. They say Bitcoin changes people; that it is “F-you money” and with it you are no longer beholden to anyone. But what if the person, or the government, with bitcoin needs to be held down. What then?

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Maybe I’ve become to cynical of all the politicians and bureaucrats.  I wouldn’t assign labels of “baddies” or “goodies” to anyone.  Just a lot of gray.

That being said, I think — as the Canadian Truckers demonstrated — “We, The Sheeple” should be more afraid of “our” Gooferment than some one a great distance away.

“Would you tell me please, Mr. Howard, why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away? An elected legislature can trample a man’s rights as easily as a king can.” Mel Gibson as the character Benjamin Martin in the movie The Patriot http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0187393/quotes

“Think locally; act locally.” — BrionMcClanahan (where I first heard it)

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TECHNOLOGY: Automating a beehive?

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/beewise-hives-save-colonies-from-colony-collapse/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=05-04-2022

Company’s Innovative Smart Beehive Gets $80 Million in Funding to Save Bees From Any Hazard

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The traditional hive most commonly used in the world today (the Langstroth box) was designed by humans about 150 years ago. Most people are so used to them they mistakenly confuse them with bees’ natural habitat.

By completely redesigning the beehive, a company called Beewise was able to address many of the inefficiencies of the box and significantly improve bees’ well-being and life longevity.

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I found this fascinating.

And, an example of replacing a 150 year old solution with an improved one.

400$/month? Too rich for my backyard.

Maybe a GoFundMe could put one in a park as a way of “helping”?

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TINFOILHAT: Did Will Smith Smack Chris Rock on Behalf of Big Pharma?

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2022/04/06/big-pharma-advertising-at-all-time-high.aspx?ui=f9839516412491bb1e06c9e47058c6fb81b9b9b6acedf03e65e93dfdb263c1b9&sd=20210317&cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1ReadMore&cid=20220406_HL2&mid=DM1147686&rid=1454211325

Big Pharma Advertising Dollars Are at an All-Time High
Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola
April 06, 2022

  • The drug industry influences and manipulates media through advertising dollars. In 2021, drug companies spent an aggregate $6.88 BILLION on direct-to-consumer advertising (DCTA), up slightly from $6.86 billion in 2020
  • The U.S. and New Zealand are the only two countries that permit DCTA, making media in these countries more likely to have pro-pharma bias
  • The Will Smith-Chris Rock drama during the Oscars may have been nothing more than a subliminal publicity stunt for Pfizer’s upcoming alopecia drug

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Over the past year, the U.S. government spent $1 billion of U.S. taxpayers’ money to advertise the COVID jab, which is the most dangerous and least proven drug ever marketed, while simultaneously calling for the censorship of anyone who dared to address the risks of this novel treatment
By law, drug ads must not be false or misleading, must present a “fair balance” of information describing both the risks and benefits of a drug, must include facts that are “material” to the product’s advertised uses, and must include a “brief summary” that mentions every risk described in the product’s labeling. Few if any ads for the COVID jab have fulfilled these requirements

How do you control major media? The short answer — illustrated in the video above — is: through advertising dollars. Big Pharma advertising dominates, making up a large portion of a given media outlet’s revenue, and that funding gives Pharma the power to dictate what ends up in the news and what doesn’t.

While Big Pharma has frequently spent more on advertising than on research and development, over the past couple of years, ad spending has increased to new heights.1

In 2021, drug companies spent an aggregate $6.88 BILLION on direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA), up slightly from $6.86 billion in 2020.2 And, remember, DTCA is only permitted in two countries in the world, the U.S. and New Zealand, so media tend to be particularly biased in favor of Big Pharma those two countries.

Did Will Smith Smack Chris Rock on Behalf of Sponsors?

Pfizer, Novartis, Eli Lilly, Incyte and Exact Sciences even sponsored the 2022 Academy Awards, which was “an unusual turn for the industry,” according to some biopharma professionals.3 Chances are you heard about how Will Smith smacked Chris Rock across the face. Smith supposedly took offense over a comment about his wife’s lack of hair.

Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia areata, which is believed to be an autoimmune disorder. Isn’t it amazing, then, that Pfizer, a primary sponsor of this year’s Oscars,4 is working on an alopecia drug? They announced “top-line results” from a Phase 2b/3 trial in August 2021.5

 
It’s especially curious since three of the other sponsors — Eli Lilly, Incyte (partnering with Lilly) and Novartis — also have alopecia drugs nearly ready to go.6,7,8 Coincidence? Or a cleverly disguised publicity stunt for soon-to-be-released drugs? If the latter, it would put a whole new spin on the concept of subliminal advertising.

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Well, here’s a a Conspiracy Theory that needs some watching?  

Clearly, like all “good” Conspiracy Theories, it has some plausibility.  Money, motive, opportunity … …. and best of all it has “that’s just crazy” defense.  

I’ll have to dig out my “conspiracy theory” ruler to measure how to label this.

Remember my 2010 taxonomy on conspiracy theory: (1) Government; (2) Political; (3) Historical; and (4) Miscellaneous. S0 I may have to add a “Commercial” category.

Can’t find my conspiracy theory ruler.  Guess I’ll have to reinvent it. Argh!  The scale would go from “Generally Accepted As True” all the way to “Generally Accepted As False” with “tab stops” at “unlikely”, “plausible”, “possible”, “less likely than not”, “more likely than not”.  I welcome input on my scale.

For this one, I’d assign it a label of “plausible”.  I take no opinions but would like to see evidence (i.e., a Pfizer email; a check to the parties involved).  Rumors and innuendo can move it on the scale.

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Conspiracy Theory Ruler

“Generally Accepted As True”
“unlikely”
“plausible” — plausible conspiracy theory
“possible”
“less likely than not”
“more likely than not”
“Generally Accepted As False” 

Taxonomy

Government
Political
Historical
Commercial — commercial conspiracy theory
Miscellaneous.

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RANT: Hollywood hypocrisy — Will Smith outrage; Roman Polanski award

https://nypost.com/2022/04/04/spare-me-hollywoods-nauseating-hypocrisy-over-will-smith/

Spare me Hollywood’s nauseating hypocrisy over Will Smith — these same people gave Roman Polanski an Oscar after he raped a child
By Piers Morgan
April 4, 2022 4:55pm  Updated

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There are few better illustrations of Tinsel Town’s warped morality than the shocking case of acclaimed film director Roman Polanski who was 44 when he drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl. 

He admitted unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor but before he received his full sentence, he fled America in 1978 and has never returned to face justice for his despicable crime.

Now, given Hollywood’s current fit of faux-indignant moral rage over Will Smith’s slap to Chris Rock’s face, and its frantic effort to cancel him off the face of the acting planet, you might assume that it reacted with far greater fury and disgust to someone who abused and sodomized a young girl after plying her with quaaludes.

But you would be wrong.

Instead, Hollywood carried on hiring Polanski to direct movies from his European exile, and in 2003, it awarded him the Oscar for Best Director at the Academy Awards for his work on The Pianist.

Of course, he wasn’t there to receive it in person … … … 

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Once again I find myself on the same side of an argument as Piers Morgan.  What’s the world coming to?  Who’s moving which way?

I really don’t care what “celebrities” do or say.  And, especially when the hypocrisy is overflowing.

That goes for politicians, bureaucrats, and “experts” who are out of their area of expertise.  

In this case, Piers Morgan is spot on and “over the target”.

Careabout

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: You really didn’t think that Hunter’s art work was worth a kool ½ mill $ each. Did you?

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2022/04/02/mark-levin-biden-may-be-the-most-corrupt-president-in-american-history/

Mark Levin: Biden ‘May Be the Most Corrupt President in American History’
JEFF POOR  2 Apr 2022

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Earlier this week, during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” conservative talker and host of FNC’s “Life, Liberty & Levin” Mark Levin weighed in on the ongoing saga of corruption allegations aimed at President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and other members of Biden’s family.

Levin described President Biden as possibly the “most corrupt president in American history” and called for a special counsel to investigate.

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“Possibly”?  “May Be”?

I’d suggest there is no “possibly” or “may be” at all. 

It the Biden’s were R’s, then the mob would be “outraged”.

You really didn’t think that Hunter’s art work was worth a kool ½ mill $ each.  Did you?

Argh!

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https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/ron-johnsons-unanswered-2020-questions-joe-biden-loom

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  1. Why did you meet with Devon Archer, your son’s now-convicted business partner, at the White House on April 16, 2014? What was discussed?  Did you discuss anything related to Ukraine, Hunter Biden or Burisma?
  2. Were you aware that Devon Archer joined the board of Burisma six days later?
  3. In April 2014, you gave a speech in Kiev calling for Ukraine to expand its natural gas production, Burisma’s core business. In private emails, Hunter Biden and Archer took credit for the language in the speech. Why did you make the request and did your son or his business partner have anything to do with it? (NEW)
  4. Were you aware that Burisma’s owner, Mykoloa Zlochevsky, was generally viewed as a corrupt oligarch and that his London bank account containing $23 million had been seized by British officials only15 days before Hunter Biden joined the board of a company he owned?
  5. Was Hunter Biden aware that British officials had seized Zlochevsky’s bank account?
  6. When did you first become aware of Zlochevsky and Burisma’s reputations for corruption?
  7. Do you believe Zlochevsky and Burisma are corrupt?
  8. Were you aware in April 2014 that Hunter Biden joined the board of Burisma? When did you first become aware that Hunter Biden joined the board of Burisma? When did you become aware of how much Hunter Biden was being compensated by Burisma?
  9. Why do you believe Burisma recruited and paid Archer and your son to be on its board?
  10. What skills or knowledge do you believe Hunter Biden possesses that qualified him to be on Burisma’s board and receive $50,000 to $166,000 per month for his and his partner’s services?
  11. When did you learn your son had not paid taxes on some of his overseas work, including on monies received from Burisma?
  12. When did you first learn your son was facing a federal investigation?
  13. State Department officials have testified your son’s work for Burisma while you oversaw [as vice president] Ukraine policy created the appearance of a conflict of interest and they further wrote in a classified email in 2016 that the conflict had undercut U.S. anticorruption efforts in Ukraine. How do you respond to those criticisms? (NEW)
  14. What exactly had Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin done that caused you to threaten to withhold $1 billion in desperately needed aid from Ukraine if President Poroshenko didn’t fire him?
  15. What do you know about Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China?
  16. A 2017 series of memos referred to a Chinese business deal your son was involved in that reserved 10% equity for the “big guy.” What did you know about it and were you that “big guy?” (NEW)
  17. What if anything do you know about your son’s dealings with Russian oligarch Elena Baturina?
  18. Did you ever meet with any of Hunter Biden’s foreign business partners from China, Russia or Ukraine, including but not limited to Burisma’s Vadym Pozharskyi or Baturina or her Moscow mayor husband?
  19. What do you know about financial benefits your brothers and sister-in-law have obtained because of their relationship to you?
  20. Emails on your son’s laptop now in the hands of the FBI refer to shared accounts or bills between you and him. Did your son ever give your any money, gift or financial benefit from his business dealings? (NEW)

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GUNS: “Disarm the population” is NEVER a good idea for the poor slob who is sent to it!

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/04/02/al-gop-senate-hopeful-mike-durant-in-2011-disarming-the-population-would-be-a-pretty-good-step-toward-law-and-order-in-u-s-cities/

AL GOP Senate Hopeful Mike Durant in 2011: Disarming the Population ‘Would Be a Pretty Good Step Toward Law and Order’ in U.S. Cities
JEFF POOR
2 Apr 2022

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U.S. Army veteran Mike Durant, the current frontrunner in Alabama’s U.S. Senate Republican primary race, once suggested applying military philosophy to restore “law and order” in some U.S. cities by disarming the population.

In 2011, Durant discussed the violence initiated by United Nations forces going door to door to seize firearms in a speech before the U.S. Army War College.

As an aside, he speculated about how doing that in “some of our U.S. cities” could be a means to achieving “law and order.”

“[F]rom a military perspective, the first thing that needs to be done is disarm the population,” he said. “Let’s face it, if we could do that in some of our U.S. cities, that would be a pretty good step toward law and order. But you ever ask yourself, why don’t we do it here? Because it’s hard. It can result in rioting and widespread rebellion and you know, making the situation worse than it already is. But for some reason, we sort of hand-wave all that kind of stuff and go head and hand all those missions down to our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. And that’s what happens here.”

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I don’t this it’s fair to paint him as having recommending this.  He said: “ask yourself why”.

For all the gun grabbers, who want to disarm “We, The People”, I invite them to go into the big cities and have at it. 

No, they want others to their dirty work for them.  And a lot of good people will get killed in another “fool’s errand”.

Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

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EDUCATION: Another reason for the separation of “education” and the State?

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/04/03/south-carolina-womens-basketball-team-refused-to-take-court-during-national-anthem/

South Carolina Women’s Basketball Team Refused to Take Court During National Anthem
WARNER TODD HUSTON 3 Apr 2022

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Ahead of Friday’s NCAA Final Four tournament game, the South Carolina Gamecocks refused to take the court and remained in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem.

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I’m sure that the Taxpayers of South Carolina, the veterans —  disabled or not — in and from South Carolina, as well as all the parents of the KIA, MIA, WIA, and other war related casualties are very “proud” of these snowflakes expressing their opinion while risking nothing.

As a little L libertarian, I’ll just add this to file “Reasons Why the Gooferment should not be involved in EDUCATION”.  (Among other things.)

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