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    Daily Digest 6/15 –Fed Explores ‘Once in a Century’ Bid to Remake the U.S. dollar; Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Houston Hospital Employees over Covid-19 Vaccinations

    by Whitney

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 1:57 PM

Economy

A COVID-19 outbreak at a major Chinese port is worsening the global shipping crisis, which could disrupt orders for the holiday season, experts say

Shipping disruptions around the world could lead to a shortage of goods for the holiday season, according to industry experts.

A recent coronavirus outbreak in the province of Guangdong, in southern China, prompted authorities to introduce strict COVID-19 measures, causing congestion at four major ports, Reuters reported on Friday.

This is worsening a worldwide shipping crisis that has hiked costs and led to shortages of semiconductors, chicken, and other goods, as Insider’s Rachel Premack reported.

Michael “Big Short” Burry: This Is The Greatest Bubble Of All Time In All Things “By Two Orders Of Magnitude”

Earlier this year, none other than Michael ‘Big Short’ Burry confirmed BofA’s greatest fears, as he picked up on the theme of Weimar Germany and specifically its hyperinflation, as the blueprint for what comes next in a lengthy tweetstorm cribbing generously from Parsson’s seminal work, warning that:

“The US government is inviting inflation with its MMT-tinged policies. Brisk Debt/GDP, M2 increases while retail sales, PMI stage V recovery. Trillions more stimulus & re-opening to boost demand as employee and supply chain costs skyrocket.”

Fed explores ‘once in a century’ bid to remake the U.S. dollar

The Federal Reserve is taking what may be the first significant step toward launching its own virtual currency, a move that could shake up banks, give millions of low-income Americans access to the financial system and fortify the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency.

The idea of creating a fully digital version of the U.S. dollar, which was unthinkable just a few years ago, has gained bipartisan interest from lawmakers as diverse as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) because of its potential benefits for consumers who don’t have bank accounts. But it’s also sparking strong pushback from those with the most to lose: banks.

Health

$250,000 reward for Fauci whistleblowers

Here is your big chance to help yourself and help the world at the same time.

Judge dismisses lawsuit by Houston hospital employees over Covid-19 vaccinations

A federal court in Texas on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit by 117 hospital employees who challenged their employer’s vaccination requirement.

In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas’ written decision, Judge Lynn N. Hughes said lead plaintiff Jennifer Bridges, a nurse, and 116 other Houston Methodist Hospital employees who challenged the requirement, had no case.

Environment & Society

Seed keepers in Turkey revive old farming methods to confront new climate threats

Huseyin Kara introduces each crop on his farm in southern Turkey with the pride of a new grandfather. Three types of okra, beans and tomatoes grow happily from the dry, crusty earth. In a nearby garden, trees blossom with young figs, lemons and pomegranates.

Girard Series, Part 1: The Death of the Festival

The natural order is unraveling. Plagues, floods, droughts, political unrest, riots, and economic crises strike one upon the next, before society has recovered from the last. Cracks spread in the shell of normality that encloses human life. Societies have faced such circumstances repeatedly throughout history, just as we face them today.

We would like to think we are responding more rationally and more effectively than our unscientific forebears; instead, we enact age-old social dramas and superstitions dressed in the garb of modern mythology. No wonder, because the most serious crisis we face is not new.

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  • Tue, Jun 15, 2021 - 2:57pm

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    tg43

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    Seed Keepers - good read.

    Great read from the Seed Keepers.  Additional photos on fb are linked within the article.

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  • Wed, Jun 16, 2021 - 5:16pm

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    Houston Case

    I'm really surprised this was thrown out.  I work in pharma and have read all the EUA guidance.  These drugs are considered experimental and as thus should not be legally allowed to be mandated.  How the judge ruled threatening to fire people doesn't constitute coercion is beyond me.  If you go back and watch the first vaccine advisory committee meeting from last October I think it was the head of a CDC division said point blank that these couldn't be mandated with EUA as they're not approved.  Wonderful judge 🙄

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  • Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - 1:06pm

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    This is what we “antivaxxers” and critical thinkers are faced with

    https://jimbovard.com/blog/2021/06/17/bidens-buffoonish-war-on-extremism/

    The Biden administration revealed on Tuesday that guys who can’t get laid may be terrorist threats due to “involuntary celibate–violent extremism.”That revelation is part of a new crackdown that identifies legions of potential “domestic terrorists” that the feds can castigate and investigate. But there is no reason to expect Biden administration anti-terrorism and anti-extremism efforts to be less of a farce and menace than similar post-9/11 campaigns.

    Since the French Revolution, politicians have defined terrorism to stigmatize their opponents, a precedent followed by the Biden administration’s National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. The report labels the January 6 clash at the Capitol as a “domestic terrorism” incident but fails to mention it spurred a mushroom cloud of increasingly far-fetched official accusations. Capitol Police acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told Congress that January 6 was “a terrorist attack by tens of thousands of insurrectionists.” Less than a thousand protestors entered the Capitol that day but apparently any Trump supporter who hustled down the Mall towards the Capitol became the legal equivalent of Osama Bin Laden. Unfortunately, this “seen walking in the same zip code” standard for guilt could be the prototype for Biden era domestic terrorist prosecutions.

    The Biden report did not bestow the same “terrorist” label on the mobs who burned U.S. post offices in Minneapolis or assailed a federal courthouse in Portland last year. In its litany of terrorist incidents, the report cites “the vehicular killing of a peaceful protestor in Charlottesville” at the 2017 Unite the Right ruckus but omits the 49 people killed in 2016 by a Muslim enraged by U.S. foreign policy at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Maybe that case was excluded because the murderer was the protected son of a long-term FBI informant and FBI falsehoods derailed the subsequent trial of his widow. Nor did the report mention the worst terrorist incident since 9/11—the Las Vegas bloodbath where a single shooter killed 58 people and injured 900 others. The FBI claimed it could never find a motive for that slaughter and its “final report” on the incident was only three pages long. Never mind.

    The White House claims its new war on terrorism and extremism is “carefully tailored to address violence and reduce the factors that… infringe on the free expression of ideas.” But the prerogative to define extremism includes the power to attempt to banish certain ideas from acceptable discourse. The report warns that “narratives of fraud in the recent general election… will almost certainly spur some [Domestic Violent Extremists] to try to engage in violence this year.” If accusations of 2020 electoral shenanigans are formally labeled as extremist threats, that could result in far more repression (aided by Facebook and Twitter) of dissenting voices. How will this work out any better than the concerted campaign by the media and Big Tech last fall to suppress all information about Hunter Biden’s laptop before the election?

    The Biden administration is revving up for a war against an enemy which the feds have chosen to never explicitly define. According to a March report by Biden’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence, “domestic violent extremists” include individuals who “take overt steps to violently resist or facilitate the overthrow of the U.S. government in support of their belief that the U.S. government is purposely exceeding its Constitutional authority.” But that was the same belief that many Biden voters had regarding the Trump administration. Does the definition of extremism depend solely on which party captured the White House?….

    …As part of its anti-extremism arsenal, DHS is financing programs for “enhancing media literacy and critical thinking skills” and helping internet users avoid “vulnerability to…harmful content deliberately disseminated by malicious actors online.” Do the feds have inside information about another Hunter Biden laptop turning up, or what? The Biden administration intends to bolster Americans’ defenses against extremism by developing “interactive online resources such as skills-enhancing online games.” If the games are as stupefying as this report, nobody will play them.

    The Biden report stresses that federal law enforcement agencies “play a critical role in responding to reports of criminal and otherwise concerning activity.” “Otherwise concerning activity”? This is the same standard that turned prior anti-terrorist efforts into laughingstocks.

    Fusion Centers are not mentioned in the Biden report but they are a federal-state-local law enforcement partnership launched after 9/11 to vacuum up reports of suspicious activity. Seventy Fusion Centers rely on the same standard—“If you see something, say something”—that a senior administration official invoked in a background call on Monday for the new Biden initiative. The Los Angeles Police Department encouraged citizens to snitch on “individuals who stay at bus or train stops for extended periods while buses and trains come and go,” “individuals who carry on long conversations on pay or cellular telephones,” and “joggers who stand and stretch for an inordinate amount of time.” The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security recommended the reporting of “people avoiding eye contact,” “people in places they don’t belong,” or homes or apartments that have numerous visitors “arriving and leaving at unusual hours,” PBS’s Frontline reported. Colorado’s Fusion Center “produced a fear-mongering public service announcement asking the public to report innocuous behaviors such as photography, note-taking, drawing and collecting money for charity as ‘warning signs’ of terrorism,” the ACLU complained.

    Various other Fusion Centers have attached warning labels to gun-rights activists, anti-immigration zealots, and individuals and groups “rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority.” A 2012 Homeland Security report stated that being “reverent of individual liberty” is one of the traits of potential right-wing terrorists. The Constitution Project concluded in a 2012 report that DHS Fusion Centers “pose serious risks to civil liberties, including rights of free speech, free assembly, freedom of religion, racial and religious equality, privacy, and the right to be free from unnecessary government intrusion.” Fusion Centers continue to be bankrolled by DHS despite their dismal record….

    …The Biden report concludes that “enhancing faith in American democracy” requires “finding ways to counter the influence and impact of dangerous conspiracy theories.” But permitting politicians to blacklist any ideas they disapprove won’t “restore faith in democracy.” Extremism has always been a flag of political convenience, and the Biden team, the FBI, and their media allies will fan fears to sanctify any and every government crackdown. But what if government is the most dangerous extremist of them all?

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  • Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - 3:03pm

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    What happens when FDA approves The Vaccines?

    I have read somewhere recently that Pfizer (at least) are asking the FDA to give formal approval, and that approval will be given in October. Or is that just a conspiracy theory? Dunno.

    If and when that happens, what grounds remain to refuse the jab? Maybe the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights which says,

    Article 6 – Consent

    1. Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.

    Source

    but I expect governments to over-rule this on the grounds of a public emergency or the like.

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  • Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - 3:04pm

    ezlxq1949

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    Kafka would love this.

    and common sense has fled.

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  • Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - 3:14pm

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    All the more reason to get our vax-nullifying protocol....

    ....nailed down asap...

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  • Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - 3:50pm

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    Biden’s nominee to head the BLM has an eco-Terrorism background

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/2021/06/bidens-bureau-land-management-nominee-was-daniel-greenfield/

     

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  • Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - 3:53pm

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    Beware of Fed agents posting on websites to entrap

    https://voxday.blogspot.com/2021/06/beware-fed-posters.html

    Unfortunately, far too many Trump supporters didn't learn from the Charlottesville debacle, which permitted the FBI to set them up on January 6, 2021.

    Court filings suggest that FBI operatives were among the mob who stormed the US Capitol in January, and may have set up the riot. With the riot used as justification for new terrorism policy, the media is downplaying the story.

    Fox News broadcast possibly the most consequential report in recent cable news history on Tuesday night. Fox host Tucker Carlson alleged that the Capitol Hill riot on January 6 – dubbed an “insurrection,” an “assault on our democracy,” and “domestic terrorism” – may have been, at least partly, an inside job.

    Carlson’s claims were first made a day earlier by Revolver News, an upstart right-wing news site. Revolver pored over charging documents against members of the ‘Oath Keepers’ and ‘Proud Boys’ militias who took part in the riots, and discovered that alongside the rioters were dozens of “unindicted co-conspirators.” These co-conspirators allegedly committed crimes equal to or greater than those of the militia members, but were kept anonymous in the court documents and not charged.

    Some of them allegedly booked and paid for hotel rooms for militia members, others provided transport to Washington DC. They set up communications channels on walkie-talkie-style apps, and used these apps to whip their comrades into a riotous frenzy. “I want to see thousands of normies burn that city to ash today,” one UCC said in a Proud Boys group chat, while another, identified only as “Person 1,” replied, “God let it happen… I will settle with seeing them smash some pigs to dust.”

    One alleged member of the Oath Keepers, 65-year-old Thomas Caldwell of Virginia, was charged with conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding, destruction of government property, and unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds – a rap sheet that could see him face 20 years in prison. However, a certain “Person Two” who took part in the exact same actions as Caldwell was not charged. Neither was a “Person Three” who offered Caldwell a hotel room and spoke of bringing explosives to the riot.

    The false flags are getting a little more sophisticated. This is why Boomer-style mass demonstrations are such a bad idea. Whether the organization is suborned like the Tea Party or false-flagged like the Capital Hill fake riot, the probabilities lie with the situation being very different than the participants imagine.

    Never take an Internet tough guy at face value, especially not when he's publicly preaching violence against the government. Keep this in mind:

    The militia plot last year to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was orchestrated almost entirely by the FBI. The plotters’ driver and ‘explosives expert’ were both agents, while the militia’s head of security was an undercover informant. At every meeting leading up to the supposed kidnap attempt, an FBI source was present, and out of the five men who drove a van to kidnap Whitmer, three were FBI agents and informants.

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  • Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - 4:51pm

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    Global cyberpandemic in 3… 2… 1…

    https://apnews.com/article/technology-business-b372a6796f95a3f51fbbb2bc8f6b40bf

    A software bug at a major network provider briefly knocked dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies across the globe offline during peak business hours in Asia.

    Akamai, which runs one of the internet’s main content-delivery systems, said the outage Thursday was not caused by a cyberattack, but rather a software bug on a service that protects customers against denial-of-service attacks.….

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  • Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - 5:07pm

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    wotthecurtains said:

    That FBI stuff reminds me of a "News Of The Weird" article I read in 2001 (doesn't look like the site exists anymore).

    There was some town in Virginia where the local KKK had been so infiltrated by the Intelligence agencies that they realized that of the 17 members only 2 were actual members and the rest were government operatives set to investigate the group.

    On top of everything else the 2 real members were reported to be only "half into it".  Most of the time they didn't even show up to meetings.   Never thought Id remember that article with nostalgia.

    You know, this sort of stupidity wouldn't be much of a threat if the populace was more or less united, but it can cause all sorts of problems now because of how divided people are.  Does the reader think we will get more divided or more united going forward?   I see these govt agitators making things a lot worse in the days ahead.

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  • Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - 5:57pm

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    Feds probably everywhere

    Would be surprised if the feds also weren't heavily involved in the antifa stuff.

    I remember a few years ago those riots in Berkeley, didn't make much sense.  The people making damage looked like they were trained and military to me, just seemed off.

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  • Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - 11:37pm

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    David Allan

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    Judicial Impartiality?

    The financial regulators were captured long ago. Now the top echelons of  Health administration have been captured. Even the government and mechanism for electing it is questionable.  There are a number of interesting law suits and actions  planned or in process (or being thrown out!)  As  a non American ( living down in the south Pacific) I'm interested to hear opinions on what extent, if any, you feel the justice system has been captured.

    I guess another way to ask this question is 'Is there still a way back for America?' Without  all out revolution I mean.

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  • Fri, Jun 18, 2021 - 2:34pm

    Bonesaw93

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    Bonesaw93 said:

    Once it's approved there actually is the power to mandate it.  As stated above my reading of the regulations would argue it can't be mandated while experimental.  This is going to be put on the vaccine schedule for children is my guess, at least in the communist state of NJ I live in.

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  • Sat, Jun 19, 2021 - 10:54pm

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    NFL Player Says He Would Rather Retire Than Take COVID-19 Vaccine

    From The Epoch Times,

    Buffalo Bills player Cole Beasley made clear his pro-freedom position to the NFL and NFLPA in regards to their new vaccine protocol, and said he would rather give up playing than get the COVID-19 shots.

    “I will be outside doing what I do. I’ll be out in public. If you’re scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated,” the NFL player wrote on Twitter, “I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living.”

    The 32-year-old wide receiver’s message comes as the league, which has been steadily losing viewership for the 9th consecutive year, has updated their vaccine protocols, which don’t say that vaccination is mandatory but order unvaccinated members to be tested daily for COVID-19, wear masks while in team facilities, and not talk to anyone outside of their traveling team while on the road.

    “I have family members whose days are numbered. If they want to come see me and stay at my house then they are coming regardless of protocol. I don’t play for the money anymore. My family has been taken care of,” he declared publicly.

    ...

    “Fine me if you want. My way of living and my values are more important to me than a dollar. I love my teammates and enjoy playing ball because all the outside bs goes out the window in these moments. I just want to win the Super Bowl and enjoy these relationships that will be created along the way.”

    He went on to explain that he is focused on building his immunity by having a better diet and doing exercise to keep healthy.

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  • Sun, Jun 20, 2021 - 8:23am

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    SD Judge charges US Marshals for refusing to disclose vaccination status in open court

    https://policetribune.com/judge-charges-3-u-s-marshals-after-deputy-marshal-refused-to-say-if-she-was-vaccinated/

    Aberdeen, SD – A federal judge in South Dakota brought criminal charges of contempt of court and conspiracy to obstruct justice against three U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) officials on Monday in connection with a deputy marshal’s refusal to reveal her vaccination status to his court.

    In March, U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann tried to require all courthouse employees to be vaccinated, the Associated Press reported.

    But U.S. Marshal Daniel Mosteller, who heads up the agency in South Dakota, told Kornmann that wouldn’t work because USMS was not requiring its marshals to be vaccinated.…

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