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    Daily Digest 12/27 – Pfizer Fades, Plus Pill Dangers; Rise of Household Debt; Higher Michigan Utility Rates

    by Stewart

    Monday, December 27, 2021, 9:15 AM

Economy

Food Prices Continue to Surge
Mayonnaise, soup and more get expensive as inflation accelerates.

 

Canadian PM Implores Nations to Stand Together Against China
“We need to do a better job of working together and standing strong so China can’t play the angles and divide us one against the other,” Trudeau said in an interview with Global television.

 

Debt Is On The Rise, Increasing Risks For Many Households
Households are sinking deeper into debt. Some of this debt creates financial risks for households. They still need to repay that debt, even if they lose a job or encounter a health emergency, among other unforeseen events. The combination of multiple financial risks could be toxic.

 

Energy

Industrial Projects Receive Special Electric Rates While Residential Rates Increase
The Michigan Public Service Commission approved a hike in residential electricity rates. The $27.1 million increase was requested for improvements in its distribution system, to make up for declines in sales revenue and to add 300 megawatts of solar power generation.

 

Health

China’s Strict Zero Covid Policy Continues to Fail
The country has the world’s strictest strategy with the most recent one being imposed on 13 million residents in the city of Xi’an after 200 cases were recorded.

 

Pfizer Covid Pills Potentially Dangerous with Other Meds
One of the two drugs in the antiviral cocktail could cause serious interactions with widely used prescriptions, including statins, blood thinners and some antidepressants.

 

Pfizer Booster Wanes in Weeks for Asymptomatic 
New data from the UK indicates that the effectiveness of Pfizer vaccine booster shots in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 as a result of the Omicron variant drops considerably within 10 weeks of receiving the inoculation.

 

Anger Spurs States to Curb Health Officials’ Power
At least 19 states this year have restricted state or local authorities from safeguarding public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Angry Crowds in NYC Compete for Tests
Friday was the second day that free at-home COVID testing kits were handed out at pop-up sites across New York City, and in some areas of the city, larger-than-expected turnouts led to angry crowds and arguments.

 

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 11:35am

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    westcoastjan

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    NZ getting scarier - covid euthanasia law

    https://catholicherald.co.uk/new-zealand-okays-euthanasia-for-covid-patients/

    ...The admission that COVID patients were eligible for a lethal jab came after Henoch Kloosterboer, editor of the anti-euthanasia The Defender website, made a request under the Official Information Act – the New Zealand equivalent to the 2000 Freedom of Information Act.

    He said the policy left “the door wide open for abuse” of elderly and vulnerable patients – especially if the country’s health service came under pressure from a COVID surge.

    He said: “It would not be hard to envisage a situation in which a speedy and sizeable rise in COVID-19 hospitalisations could result in pressure to utilise euthanasia and assisted suicide as tools to resolve such a serious crisis.”

    The euthanasia law, he added, “has now made the COVID-19 pandemic potentially even more dangerous for the people of Aotearoa New Zealand”. ...

    ...In the UK, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, a professor of palliative medicine, said the New Zealand euthanasia law contradicted the fundamental purpose of medicine and health services to heal the sick.

    She said: “It is bizarre that a country which has been trying to protect it citizens by closing down completely from a virus from which people can fully recover … is now suggesting that these patients should be killed by their doctors. ...

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 12:17pm

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    nordicjack

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    nothing new , has been done already in the US

    If you recall early in the epidemic, people were removed from vents and sent home to die basically., because they felt due to their infirmities , they should not be allocated resources that could save healthier people.  they were prioritizing life and death.

    This is more of the same.

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 3:34pm

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    thc0655

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    What you thought joining The Resistance would look like…

    So far…

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 4:52pm

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    sand_kitty

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    Malone's 5 best Covid articles this week

    Malone's substack is here

    1.  Children have little to worry about

    Children develop robust and sustained cross-reactive spike-specific immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection

    Nature Immunology volume 23, pages40–49 (2022)

    New data show that, compared with adults, children infected by SARS-CoV-2 preferentially activate pre-existing immunity to endemic common-cold coronaviruses that are cross-reactive with SARS-CoV-2.

    This study quantitatively profiles the antibody and T cell immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 in a cohort of 91 children and 154 adults — one of the largest cohorts examined to date — who had mild or asymptomatic disease in the United Kingdom during the latter half of 2020.

    Highlights:
    Children mount exceptional immune responses, when compared to adults.  The child’s pre-existing immunity is cross-reactive with pre-pandemic ‘common cold’ human coronaviruses as well as SARS-CoV-2. These enhanced immune responses likely derive from prior common cold exposures. Therefore, children generate robust, cross-reactive and sustained immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 with focused specificity for the spike protein.

    One issue with this study is that it is profiling the original variant of SARS-CoV-2, not Delta or the new Omicron variant.  Although the immune profile observed by children to Delta and Omicron imply that this immune response profile is most likely unchanged.

    The CDC estimates 146.6 million cases of COVID-19, that is 45% of the US population.  Unfortunately, their page is grossly outdated -with the last update being October 2, 2021.  Assuming a linear curve, that would mean another 20 million have been infected since that date, bringing the total to 166 million. This is basically 50% of the US population.

    Ergo: at least 50% of children have had SARS-CoV-2. But even if they haven’t had COVID-19 the child’s pre-existing immunity to the common cold will provide more than adequate protection from COVID-19 disease

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    2.  Virus is evolving to be more transmissible

    Evolution of enhanced innate immune evasion by SARS-CoV-2

    Nature 2021 Dec 23. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-04352-y. Online ahead of print.

    From the Abstract:

    “Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs) suggests viral adaptation to enhance human-to-human transmission. Although much effort has focused on characterization of spike changes in VOCs, mutations outside spike likely contribute to adaptation. Here we used unbiased abundance proteomics, phosphoproteomics, RNAseq and viral replication assays to show that isolates of the Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant3 more effectively suppress innate immune responses in airway epithelial cells, compared to first wave isolates. We propose that more effective innate immune suppression, through enhanced expression of specific viral antagonist proteins, increases the likelihood of successful Alpha transmission, and may increase in vivo replication and duration of infection. The importance of mutations outside Spike in adaptation of SARS-CoV-2 to humans is underscored by the observation that similar mutations exist in the Delta and Omicron N/Orf9b regulatory regions.”

    Why is this important.  This study not only emphasizes that Omicron increases in-vivo replication by more effectively suppressing innate immune* responses in airway epithelial cells, compared to first wave variants and that Omicron also increases duration of infection.  Increased replication (more virus in the body) and duration of infection means that for a longer time, more virus can be spread to others.  So, more “viral load” being produced for a longer time means higher transmissibility.  This peer reviewed study confirms what other, very early studies have hypothesized about Omicron.

    *Innate immunity:  Innate immunity is an evolutionary old defense system that generates a fast inflammatory response that is generic to all types of pathogens or tissue damages and does not confer immune memory to the host. The innate immune system is defined as the first line of host defense against invasive pathogens by discrimination of “non-self” versus “self.” Virtually all cells can contribute to innate immunity by producing certain proteins, called cytokines that are secreted by cells to regulate the immune system. However, Macrophages, DCs, and natural killer cells are the main immune cell types responsible for innate responses.

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    3.   Can't vaccinate with leaky vaccines to stop spread of Omicron

    Omicron: A Drug Developer's Perspective

    Emerg Microbes Infect 2021 Dec 24;1-10. doi: 10.1080/22221751.2021.2023330. Online ahead of print.

    This is an interesting paper. The authors tabulate the 35 spike mutations in Omicron, listing out the mechanisms of action for each mutation as determined via computer modelling. This exercise gave insights into what Omicron might be capable of. They then tried to use this data to integrate new perspectives on future approaches in combating SARS-CoV-2.

    The authors write that Omicron appears to have learned from the older variants:

    “Only 6 of its 61 mutations are unique, the rest already existed in the sequenced genomic pool of SARS-CoV-2, including 20 very abundant convergent mutations that Omicron shares with other prominent variants. Notably, the Omicron spike protein contains 15 convergent mutations, all of which confer an advantage either in immune evasion or in transmissibility.”

    The authors then reviewed recent literature.  They write that Omicron significantly escapes the two-dose vaccine regime, ranging from complete loss to 33- to 44-fold* reduction of neutralizing activities and that the 2-dose vaccination and the boosted vaccine(s) regime quickly loses protection against delta.

    The authors hypothesize that future COVID19 therapies should ideally meet three criteria:


    1.) it should have high potency and resistance barrier;
    2.) it should be effective at reducing viral replication and minimize viral spreading;
    3.) it should be effective against all SARS-CoV-2 variants, including the future ones, and avoid introducing additional selective pressure towards resistant variants.

    The authors conclude that the prospect of controlling spread of Omicron and the future SARS-CoV-2 variants by vaccination is not viable, especially if the virus continues to enhance its abilities in immune evasion and transmissibility.

    *Fold: A fold change is basically a ratio. It indicates the number of times something has changed in comparison to an original amount. For quantities A and B, the fold change of B with respect to A is B/A.  For example, A twofold increase indicates that an amount doubled. Fold change is useful in examining data for increases and decreases.

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    4.  Most of the monoclonal antibodies for early COVID use not effective on omicron

    Omicron overpowers key COVID antibody treatments in early tests

    Nature, News. Dec 21, 2021

    News: preliminary experiments suggest that most of the antibody treatments for the disease are powerless against Omicron.

    Doctors use artificial versions of natural antibodies to stave off severe COVID-19 in high-risk people who are infected with the coronavirus. But a slew of (pre-print) publications posted on preprint servers report laboratory evidence that Omicron is totally or partially resistant to all currently available treatments based on these monoclonal antibodies.

    The preprint reports that only two antibodies show strong evidence of retaining some ability to thwart the variant: sotrovimab, developed by Vir Biotechnology in San Francisco, California, and GSK, headquartered in London; and DXP-604, which is undergoing clinical trials in China and was developed by BeiGene and Singlomics, both based in Beijing.

    US health officials have said they will ration sotrovimab.  It is being allotted to states on the basis of numbers of infections and hospitalizations as well as the prevalence of Omicron. Other countries either have no product or face severe shortages of sotrovimab.

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    5.  Less severe disease with omicron.  And more likely to re-infect COVID recovered.  Booster vax DID offer short term protection agains omicron.

    Covid-19: Hospital admission 50-70% less likely with omicron than delta, but transmission a major concern

    BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n3151 (Published 24 December 2021)

    Highlights:

    Using a small sample size which excluded people with previous COVID-19 infections, data from the UK shows that someone infected with the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to be between 31% and 45% less likely to attend emergency care than if they had been infected with the delta variant and 50-70% less likely to be admitted to hospital, analysis by the UK Health Security Agency has shown.

    Due to increased transmission, the number of people who end up in the hospital at once could be huge.

    The analysis also found that omicron was more likely than previous variants to reinfect people who have previously had covid-19, with 9.5% of those infected having a history of past infection. This did not include asymptomatic prior infections, meaning they are not reported in the numbers.

    Looking at vaccine efficacy, the report said that the data are continuing to show lower effectiveness against symptomatic omicron. Evidence indicates that although two doses of vaccine are less effective against omicron than against the previously dominant delta variant, a booster dose improves protection. But this extra protection may wane more rapidly against omicron than delta, being about 15-25% lower from 10 weeks after the booster.

    It’s still too early to estimate vaccine effectiveness against hospital admissions.

    The agency’s findings are consistent with three recent studies, not yet peer reviewed, from researchers in England, Scotland, and South Africa, which all concluded that omicron carried a lower risk of hospital admission than delta.

    Even though this study is not about Omicron, is not yet peer reviewed and is four months old, I believe it is one of the most important studies recently published.  The impact of COVID-19 policies on children is one of the most important issues not being reported on.

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    6.  Pandemic is harming cognitive and social development of children, even those who were not personally infected!  [DaveF was right on the adverse lockdown effects on the psyche.]

    Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Early Child Cognitive Development: Initial Findings in a Longitudinal Observational Study of Child Health

    Medrxiv -preprint published in August, 2021 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.08.10.21261846

    Leveraging a large on-going longitudinal study of child neurodevelopment, the study examined general childhood cognitive scores in 2020 and 2021 vs. the preceding decade, 2011-2019.

    ·      Children born during the pandemic have significantly reduced verbal, motor, and overall cognitive performance compared to children born pre-pandemic.

    ·      Males and children in lower socioeconomic families have been most affected.

    Results of this study highlight that even in the absence of direct SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 illness, the environmental changes associated COVID-19 pandemic is significantly and negatively affecting infant and child development.

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    7.  The retracted study of mechanism of ivermectin effect in COVID has now been approved for publication.  [Gee Thanks, censors.]

    The mechanisms of action of ivermectin against SARS-CoV-2—an extensive review

    The Journal of Antibiotics, Published 21 December 2021

    Previously retracted 15 June 2021, this extensive review has now been permitted to be published. Includes both a table of studies addressing probable mechanisms of action of ivermectin against SARS-CoV-2 as well as a summary graphic. The 72 cited references can be downloaded here.

    The authors conclude that “We have summarized published results on the inhibition of multiple viral and host targets that could be involved in SARS-CoV-2 replication and the disease COVID-19. Although multiple antiviral and host target activities have been reported for ivermectin in SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, it is still unclear if any of these activities will play a role in the prevention and treatment of the disease. The controlled clinical trials that are underway will reveal if these activities will translate into clinical efficacy.”  [wimpy!!]

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    And there are more.  🙂

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 4:58pm

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    westcoastjan

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    Where is the Canadian outrage?

    https://spencerfernando.com/2021/12/26/canadians-should-be-outraged-by-authoritarian-mass-surveillance/

    ... Note how it’s mentioned above that the government plans to “track population movement for roughly the next five years,” and will use it to “address other public health issues.”

    If you read between the lines, you can realize how this lays the groundwork for the permanent mass surveillance of the Canadian People.

    Among the ‘issues’ that the government believes justifies the mass tracking of Canadians are ‘mental health’ and ‘chronic disease prevention.’

    That is completely wide-open, and if anyone really believes the government will only do that for five years then they’ll believe anything. After all, the government never even asked for your consent or the consent of your fellow Canadians before they decided to institute mass surveillance, so why would they just limit themselves to five more years of it? ...

     

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 5:02pm

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    Arthur Robey

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    A UFO sighting.

    About a week ago I was sitting in the wooden barrel that serves as a bathtub, under the stars.

    And the Moon rose. In the North. This was the topic of animated discussion. How could the moon rise from the North? Of cause I did not observe what the moon looked like. We all know what the moon looks like, don't we?

    A couple of days later, the moon arose in it's accustomed place; and it struck me, we had seen a UFO.

    So. where did the thought come from, "It's only the moon. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along."?

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 6:29pm

    CatastrophicNewEngland

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    CatastrophicNewEngland said:

    "There is no moon"

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 6:52pm

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    Pro sports in the US disprove the vaxx narrative

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 7:04pm

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    Re: UFO Sighting

    Arthur, where have you been? As CatastrophicNewEngland pointed out, there is no moon. What most people think of as 'the moon' is really an UFO. I'm very surprised you didn't know that.

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 8:05pm

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    CatastrophicNewEngland said:

    I don't know about that one... Though there are many very odd coincidences to do with the moon, and the documented phenomena of "flashes" of light occurring on it, for one. I meant it in a broader sense, that reality may not be as it appears to be. There are so many unexplained phenomena, including like in thc0655's post, how things can be obvious and right in the open and many people can not see it. Something I can't quite put my finger on just feels... off... with the world, but not in a way that is easily put into words.

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 8:42pm

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    GET BOOSTED NOW! - courtesy of the UK gov't

     

    https://www.indy100.com/politics/best-reactions-government-get-boosted-now-b1982865

     

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  • Mon, Dec 27, 2021 - 9:00pm

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    Canuck21

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    Finland suspends vax passports as useless

    (my bolding)

    Finland: Vaccination certificate no longer considered sufficient
    UPDATED YESTERDAY 17:23PUBLISHED YESTERDAY 17:15
    The rapid spread of omicron means that vaccine certificates are no longer a safe form of protection.
    That's the view of the Finnish government, which has decided to temporarily scrap the certificates and shut down parts of society once again.
    In an attempt to slow the spread of the new virus mutation omicron, the Finnish government has decided on a series of new restrictions.

    It has also decided to suspend the use of vaccine certificates until 17 January next year, writes Hufvudstadsbladet.

    The certificates have been used in several public places and have allowed bars and restaurants to stay open as usual despite an increase in the spread of the disease.

    "No longer works"
    Markku Tervahauta, director-general of the Institute for Health and Welfare, says that omicron has changed the rules of the game and that the vaccine certificates are no longer a safe protection.

    - The new variant is so easily transferred that the idea that those who can show a corona passport are not infected no longer works, he says in an interview with Dagens Nyheter.

    Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

    Source: https://www.svt.se/nyheter/utrikes/finland-stanger-ner-stora-delar-av-samhallet

     

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  • Tue, Dec 28, 2021 - 1:05am

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    Izzy Bea

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    Dr. Chetty, Brilliant as always

    Highly recommend this interview of Dr. Chetty, he explains covid and related fears and importance of early treatment (hint: antihistamine is one of them, watch video and you will be amazed) with correct diagnosis and then right medicine. Guy has treated over 8,000 patients, without oxygen or any hospitalization, including critical patients with oxygen level at 40% brought to him in a stretcher, his record still all 8,000 recovered, 0 deaths. Please watch as it's extremely well discussed, scientifically.

     

    This and other such interviews should be shown on national TV but they won't, for obvious reasons, so everyone should do their due diligence and make an educated, logical, data driven decisions to protect themselves and their family. Risk vs benefits, always, and individual, not influenced, manipulated choice.

    Dr. Chetty, "If I was dealing with politicians, who are simply ignorant to the science, then it would be easy for me to stroke logic and get them to understand what is required, but it seems like the ignorance has the agenda, that makes it more difficult to change. So Everytime you show them the science, the agenda tends to override the science, and I think I am not into business of converting donkeys into horses. It is definitely agenda dictating the ignorance.

    Fuckers of YT have deleted his video already

    https://youtu.be/5h0QgGXWWkg

     

     

    https://rumble.com/vrdu2b-real-truth-about-omicron-variant-you-need-to-know-by-dr-chetty.html

     

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  • Tue, Dec 28, 2021 - 1:23am

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    The Moon's a Balloon.

    Well, whatever it is, I wish it would behave itself and rise in it's appointed place every night.

    How are the Admiralty Astronomical tables going to work if it fails to cooperate?

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  • Tue, Dec 28, 2021 - 2:09am

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    Arthur Robey

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    What went through my Head

    when I saw the moon rise from the North; "Already Ben?"

    "I had anticipated more Drama."





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  • Tue, Dec 28, 2021 - 5:42am

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    Arthur Robey

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    Paul Craig Roberts, PCR invalid.

    The august CDC have known for months that the PCR tests cannot differentiate between Covid and common flu, but kept pushing it to inflate numbers and their fear porn.

    PCR.

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  • Tue, Dec 28, 2021 - 6:22am

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    Arthur Robey

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    Catherine Austin Fitts discusses the Oera Linda.

    First they mock you .  .  .





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  • Tue, Dec 28, 2021 - 12:57pm

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    and then...

    They mock you some more.  🙂

    Its tough being the only Freyan in a sea of Abrahamists.  Amirite?

    I do wonder just how much of history is legitimate.  All those elongated skulls have me curious.  Among other things.

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  • Tue, Dec 28, 2021 - 1:00pm

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    Arthur, so interesting to see the Oera Linda interview is out there on Solari....

    Thanks for this reference to the Solari interview.  I don't check there that often.  I am an intrigued armchair student of Freya and a student of the culture of freedom of the ancient far north.  This is part of my heritage, but has not been part of our family culture for hundreds of years.  Can't wait to listen to it all.  Wondering what CAF has to say.

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  • Tue, Dec 28, 2021 - 1:02pm

    Kate

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    Arthur, also thanks for the magnetic shift updated video, another fascinating reference

    Two in one day, nice.  Thanks so much.  I will digest this one over the next few evenings.

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