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    Daily Digest 4/19 – After The Banks Leave, Bitcoin’s nosedive: What happened and what’s ahead?

    by Daily Digest

    Monday, April 19, 2021, 8:38 PM

Economy

After The Banks Leave

Over the last five years, foot traffic in banks has declined by about 35%. With the pandemic, the shift to online and smart-phone banking just accelerated. As a result, over the past 12 months, banks have closed 3,745 branches, about 4 percent of all the banks out there.

The loss of local bank branches means customers have to travel further, might not get the chance to learn about financial options as much, and in some cases, just lose a hub of social interaction. But something else is also lost when a bank branch disappears, particularly if it’s the only branch in a neighborhood or a small town. Even if a rural small-town downtown or an urban neighborhood is struggling, as long as there’s still a bank branch, the other retailers can usually hang on. The bank may be the last thing standing between viability, survivorship and complete decay.

China Launches New App Allowing Citizens To Report Others For Expressing “Mistaken Opinions”

The new platform will target anyone who criticizes the dictatorship’s ruling CCP, disputes the official version of the country’s history or engages in “misinformation.”

The new website and app was proudly unveiled by China’s Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), with authorities calling on users to play an “active role” in helping to identify “malicious people distorting facts and confusing” others.

Johnson & Johnson suffers another setback as FDA tells Md. vaccine maker to suspend production

Emergent BioSolutions has shut down new manufacturing of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine at its Baltimore plant at the request of the Food and Drug Administration after an inspection of the troubled facility last week, Emergent said Monday.

The halt in production is another setback for Johnson & Johnson as it attempts to meet its promise to deliver nearly 100 million doses of vaccine to the U.S. government by the end of May.

Apple reinstates Parler App after review

Apple confirmed Monday that it will allow the conservative-friendly social network Parler back on its app store after it was temporarily forced offline following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The decision, included in the letter sent to Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), was obtained by FOX Business.  Parler’s Interim CEO Mark Meckler thanked the two legislators for their efforts. In a statement, Meckler said their undertaking had “helped facilitate Parler’s re-launch on the App Store and has empowered Parler’s users to re-engage in the ability to freely express themselves and share ideas free of the viewpoint discrimination that they face on other platforms like Twitter and Facebook.”

New-home construction rebounds as America faces dire housing shortage

New-home construction surged after winter weather had caused a slowdown in February, at a time when the housing market desperately needs more inventory to meet burgeoning demand from first-time buyers.

U.S. home builders started construction on homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.74 million in March, representing a 19% jump from the previous month’s upwardly-revised figure, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday. Compared with March 2020, housing starts were up a notable 37%.

Bitcoin’s nosedive: What happened and what’s ahead?

Bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, battled back Monday following a weekend flash crash.

Prices hovered near $56,000 late in the day after plunging as much as 14% to $51,541, wiping out the majority of its gains from the previous week which led to a record-high value of $63,200 as tracked by Coindesk. 

India, Farming, and the Free Market

There’s a battle raging over just how free market India’s economy should become.

For months, India has been dealing with the one of the largest protests the world has seen in modern history. Tens of thousands of farmers across the country are demanding that the government revoke a series of reforms that will change India’s agricultural sector.

Lumber Hasn’t Had A Down Day Since March 26… And It’s Sending Home Prices Soaring Even Higher

Less than a week ago, we published an article explaining that the ongoing “Supply Chain Collapse Leads To Lumber Frenzy, Soaring Home Prices.” Since then the lumber buying frenzy has gotten even more out of control, with prices surging another 12%, and as Bloomberg’s Aoyon Ashraf points out, “lumber hasn’t had a down day since March 26 and keeps hitting all-time highs with few signs of stopping.” In an amusing comparison, Ashraf also notes that while Lumber futures have climber a staggering 58% in just the past month since bottoming on March 16, “Bitcoin has fallen 3% and S&P 500 returned only 5% over this period” (of course, any comparison that is not goalseeked and stretches further beyond just a few weeks will show bitcoin trouncing lumber, but we get the idea).

China Says It Has No Desire To Replace Dollar As Global Reserve Currency With Digital Yuan

Apparently all it takes to replace a global reserve currency is a digital currency alternative just waiting to be released any moment… and a deep-seated desire to do so.

As regular readers know, China is leaps and bounds ahead of every other central bank and indeed plans to release a digital Yuan in the near future, but for now it supposedly has no interest in dethroning the dollar as the reserve currency… at least according to China.

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  • Tue, Apr 20, 2021 - 8:24am

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    sand_puppy

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    Banking Regulation as an extension of Government Surveillance

    2 days ago VTGothic recommended and linked this excellent video talking about the governmental financial surveillance of citizens.  One point was that the banks were put in the position of being the enforcers of government policy.  SARs (suspicious activity report) to the government are filed by banks on their customers at the slightest suspicion of illegal activity.

    Video here

    Well, I had the ex[perience of encountering this dynamic personally last week as I tried to sell Bitcoin, held on my hard wallet, a Nano Ledger, through the software Ledger Live, that runs the Ledger Nano.  I was removing BTC, selling it on Ledger's "partner exchange, Coinify", and asking the USD to be sent back to my checking account at an American bank.  Then I get this email from Coinify, a European exchange.

    Dum-da-dum- dum....

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    Let’s get your trade completed

    You have now hit the milestone for 10,000 EUR (or equivalent) in trading volume! As such, we are required by regulation to collect documents from you that prove the source of your funds is legitimate.

    In order to have your most recently placed trade processed as quickly as possible, and to continue being able to trade in the future, please upload these documents as soon as possible.  [Yes, they locked my account while the document verification process happened.  It was completed in 5 days.]

    Please upload the following documents to the link below:
    Note: If you have received the crypto from a private individual (such as a friend or a relative), you will need to provide the same proof as below showing how that individual acquired the crypto. For more information visit our help center.

    1. Bank Account

    Your personal bank account statement that confirms you are the owner or co-owner of the account used in Coinify trades.  [SP note--Fortunately, all of my crypto purchases came out of one US bank account.  I sent them my bank statements for the last 3 months showing my work paychecks being deposited into that same account and ACH transfers to coinbase.]

    2. Proof of address
    Proof of address can include an utility bill or other document stating your name and address that is maximum 3 months old.  [Bank statements, social security statements, drivers license all showed my address.]

    3. Proof of crypto address
    The proof must show the crypto address used to send coins to us. Screenshots from blockchain.com cannot be part of documentation, as they only show that you have received/sent crypto, but it doesn't provide information on sender.

    3. Source of your crypto

    The source of the crypto you have been selling in the form of a receipt from the service/exchange you bought the crypto from e.g. a purchase receipt, a purchase confirmation, a screenshot of your withdrawal history or trading history etc.  [SP note--Turns out, they needed me to submit the screen shots of each confirming email that coinbase sent me for each BTC purchase and each transfer.  About 20 emails.]
    And after having my Ledger locked by Coinify, it was opened again this morning.
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    My conclusions:
    1.  Save all confirming emails from your exchange in a folder.  You may need them in the future.
    2.  The trading, sending and exchanging cryptos was NOT scrutinized, only the conversion from crypto to USD triggered the investigation.
    3.   The exchanges are a privacy leak point.
    The video above was especially interesting to me in the light of this experience.

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  • Tue, Apr 20, 2021 - 9:22am

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    kunga

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    kunga said:

    I am wondering when this will happen for those who sell precious metals in small amounts.

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  • Tue, Apr 20, 2021 - 9:58am

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    pinecarr

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    Remember Fukushima?

    And then there's the 3rd E, the Environment. This article is from a mailing list I am on for fairewindsenergy.org (with Arnie and Maggie Gundersen, who did, and continue to do, in-depth coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster).

    "Fairewinds Nuclear Spring Series: TEPCO Aims for Cheap & Quick Fukushima Waste Dump in Pacific" @ https://www.fairewinds.org/demystify/nuclear-spring-series-tepco-aims-for-cheap-quick-fukushima-waste-dump-in-pacific.

    "By Arnie Gundersen

    In this eighth installment of our Nuclear Spring Series, I wanted to discuss and dispel some myths about the recent headlines concerning the release of more than 1,000,000 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima Dai-ichi. This decision, according to the New York Times, was approved last week by the government of Japan. Claiming that these discharges would be harmless, Japan’s government said that Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) had no other alternative but to dump highly toxic water into the Pacific.

    So, here we go again, just as TEPCO and the Japanese government tried to claim that everything was fine after Fukushima and contended for weeks that there was no meltdown, they are at it again. Now, Japan’s government has teamed up with TEPCO once more, covering up the consequences of the extraordinary amounts of radioactivity they plan to unleash upon the world.

    No matter what TEPCO and Japan claim,  dumping more than one million tons of radioactive liquid into the Pacific is one more death knell to the ocean, to its aquatic life, and to other countries where it will end up.

    Such an approach is a blatant disregard for all life on our small and interconnected Planet Earth. And a move like this also sets a legal precedent that will open the door to allow countries worldwide to decimate the international environment; however, they wish with no limits to whom they hurt or how."

    And

    "Oh, by the way, we wanted to put 1,000,000 tons into perspective.

    The math: one million tons is two billion pounds. This truck carries 5,000 gallons, or about 40,000 pounds of water. 2B/40,000= 50,000 truckloads"

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  • Tue, Apr 20, 2021 - 10:05am

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    davefairtex

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    Drug ODs (671) outpace COVID deaths (173) in San Francisco

    If the people of California actually care about the drug OD fatalities (my guess is: they don't, given who it is that died) then this will go over poorly for Governor French Laundry.

    "Lock down the city!"  A bunch of drug ODs occur.

    https://ktla.com/news/california/staggering-surge-in-drug-overdose-deaths-far-outpace-covid-19-fatalities-in-san-francisco/

    A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far.

    The data reflects the number of times people report using Narcan to the Drug Overdose Prevention and Education Project, a city-funded program that coordinates San Francisco’s response to overdose, or return to refill their supply. Officials at the DOPE Project said that since the numbers are self-reported, they are probably a major undercount.

    Last year, 441 people died of drug overdoses — a 70% increase from 2018 — and 2,610 potential overdoses were prevented by Narcan, a medication commonly sprayed up the nose to reverse an opioid overdose, according to data from the city Medical Examiner’s office and the DOPE Project.

    Note that it is an unholy union of the CCP & Pharma that caused the fentinyl epidemic, which goes virtually unreported.

    While nearly 40% of the deaths occurred in the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods near downtown, city data showed the epidemic has touched every part of the city. Many people overdosed in low-income apartment buildings and in city-funded hotel rooms for the homeless. Others died on sidewalks, in alleyways and parks around the city.

    If 671 people had been shot dead, this would be a nationwide "systemic racism/black lives matter" issue.  Cities would have been ripped apart long ago.

    But since the CCP is the supplier, and Pharma profits - nobody says anything.

    "Some animals are more equal than the others."

    Not to mention how ridiculous the whole COVID "pandemic" was for the city of San Francisco.

    Facts don't matter - the narrative is all-important.  I'm surprised Twitter hasn't censored the article by now.  "For violations of the Terms of Service."

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  • Tue, Apr 20, 2021 - 11:06am

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    Grover

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    Need To Wear 2 Swim Suits For Protection [humor]

    Fauci picture with caption: "If you wear 2 swim suits ...

    ... You're safe from pee in the pool."

    [Note: Sometimes the cartoon image mysteriously disappears after a short time. Hmmm.]

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  • Tue, Apr 20, 2021 - 11:13am

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    Steven Kelso

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    The Age of Over-Abundant Elites

    Chris, I just re-subscribed, so I hope you're alive and well and just biding your time.
    My one small request: Please do an interview with Peter Turchin.

    I like how the author of this article points out that every populist movement (BLM, MAGA, etc) has millionaire-billionaire-cantillionaire sponsors. Divide & Conquer is just a proletariat proxy war for the elite factions who want to maintain western hegemony.

    The Age of Over-Abundant Elites

    “According to this theory, population growth in excess of the productivity gains of the land has several effects on social institutions. First, it leads to persistent price inflationfalling real wagesrural misery, urban migration, and increased frequency of food riots and wage protests.

    Second, rapid expansion of population results in elite overproduction—an increased number of aspirants for the limited supply of elite positions. Increased intra-elite competition leads to the formation of rival patronage networks vying for state rewards. As a result, elites become riven by increasing rivalry and factionalism."

    “all these trends intensify, the end result is state bankruptcy and consequent loss of military control; elite movements of regional and national rebellion; and a combination of elite-mobilized and popular uprisings that expose the breakdown of central authority.”

    "First, the elites become accustomed to ever greater levels of consumption. Furthermore, competition for social status fuels “conspicuous consumption” (Veblen 1973 [1899]). Thus, the minimum level of consumption necessary for maintaining the elite status exhibits runaway growth. Second, the numbers of elites, in relation to the rest of the population, increase. The third consequence is that the twin processes of declining living standards for the commoners and increasing consumption levels for the elites will drive up socioeconomic inequality. As a result of the growth in elite appetites and numbers, the proportion of the total economic pie consumed by them will increase. However, there are limits on how far this process can go. Eventually, increasing numbers of elites and elite aspirants will have to translate into declining consumption levels for some, leading to the condition that has been termed elite overproduction (this is reminiscent of population growth leading to overpopulation). Intra-elite competition for limited elite positions in the economy and government will become more fierce."

    I emphasized the part that provides the most telling signal of them all. If you pay attention to the argument Turchin has been laying out, left to itself, an expanding population with expanding consumption will hit some sort of Neo-Malthusian limit and then begin to reverse under its own constraints.

    But this dynamic doesn’t happen at the elite level. The capstone class of society simply continues getting larger and consuming more of the economic pie and owning more of the wealth, exacerbating wealth inequality. The elites are not constrained by limits, until there is nothing left to strip from the underclass and they come into conflict with each other.

    Then, well, things need to get serious. We need a world war, or a global lockdown, or a climate emergency to keep the rabble in line so that the people on top can finish sorting out the spoils.

    (It is important to note: I’m not saying this is all planned. I don’t think it’s a conspiracy. It’s a dynamic. The people impelling these shifts probably really do think they’re benefactors of humanity and that they deserve to sit atop of it. Divine right persists to this day.)

     

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  • Tue, Apr 20, 2021 - 12:59pm

    DennisC

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    That Triggered Me

    What happens in this case?

     

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  • Tue, Apr 20, 2021 - 1:06pm

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    pinecarr

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    China oil crypto purchases?

    “Proprietary analyst & founder of KirbyAnalytics.com, Rob Kirby, returns to Liberty and Finance to reveal how the Fed “forces” banks to accomplish Yield-Curve-Control (YCC) with a can’t-lose deal, at the expense of everyone else, including wage earners, savers, and retirees. Rob also exposes the Bitcoin workaround China is using to flout US sanctions, driving an outsized surge in BTC transactions and price.” [Bold Mine]

    For those not familiar with Rob Kirby, he is an expert in financial markets and precious metals (bio @ https://kirbyanalytics.com/author.html ).

    I found Rob’s discussion at 23:00-26:35 minutes, relating to Bitcoin and Precious Metals and oil, really interesting. Rob brings up an angle for Bitcoin prices rising so much since last fall, that I had not heard before.  Rob thinks it has to do with China wanting to buy oil from Venezuela and Iran.  But because of US sanctions, Iran and Venezuela were prevented from using SWIFT for dollar settlements (for making int’l payments) of oils sales.  So Rob believes that China helped Venezuela and Iran skirt the sanctions by buying their oil using Bitcoin instead.  His thinks that purchases of that magnitude would explain the vertical leap in the price of Bitcoin since last fall.

    (Of course, I can’t help thinking about VT Gothic’s recent post about us needing to come up with some narrative just to make sense of things in our own heads! : )

    Rob also gives a nice hat-tip to Chris Martenson and the Crash Course at 38:51, for so clearly explaining exponential growth, and illustrating how compound interest in fiat currency leads to disaster.

    Kirby also discusses this with Kerry Lutz, from FinancialSenseNetwork.com: "China Oil Crypto Purchases A Game Changer - Rob Kirby #5119".

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  • Tue, Apr 20, 2021 - 4:12pm

    Quercus bicolor

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    At that pace ...

    Over 600 deaths in three and a half months is on track to about 2200 for the year, 5 times last year’s total.

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  • Wed, Apr 21, 2021 - 6:14am

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    sand_puppy

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    Privacy Cryptos in a Time of Over - Surveillance

    Tom Luongo, a clear supporter of gold and cryptos, writes a piece focusing on the CB monopoly destroying effect of Bitcoin.

    It may be time to light three lanterns in the window because the central banks are coming both by land and by sea but nothing worth having was ever gained by not fighting for it.

    The issue that caught my eye most was discussion near the bottom of the page of the value of privacy in a world of over-surveillance.  He cites Pirate Chain (symbol ARRR)  [<--love it] and Monero (XMR), two crypto-coins whose blockchain hides the users identity.

    This is a political and ethical movement, not a "trade" aimed at making money.  It is an effort to build the world that we would like our children to inherit.

    But once Turkey made its announcement and the SEC rumor hit the markets what really saw a move was the ultimate privacy coin, Pirate Chain (ARRR). It doesn’t take a 200+ IQ to figure that one out. Pirate Chain has been quietly building momentum all year and exploded in a 10x move that made even Dogecoin (DOGE) look tame. Moreover, there seems to be no slowing it down, because this isn’t a trade, it’s a defensive move.

    Since ARRR doesn’t really trade on any major exchanges liquidity is non-existent and holders of it have no intention of letting go just because the central banks are coming. If the SEC is worried about money laundering with a fully transparent blockchain like bitcoin or ethereum, what will they do when the world wakes up to the complete anonymization of capital coins like ARRR and XMR are capable of delivering?

    Price of Pirate Chain pops IN THE LAST 3 WEEKS.  (see here for bigger pic) 

    With the central banks and The Davos Crowd making their moves on the entire crypto-space it validates what I’ve been saying about the futility of their actions trying to maintain their power and control. They are putting a premium on anonymity and privacy in a world increasingly under surveillance.

    I would love to know the secondary and tertiary layer developments in the BTC world (cue VTGothic) towards privacy on the Bitcoin network.

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  • Wed, Apr 21, 2021 - 8:19am

    EddieLarry

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    Lost bitcoins

    My understanding is that approximately 3,000 to 5,000 mined bitcoins have been lost due to people forgetting, losing their keys, and or dying.  Will the system protect folks from losing their bitcoin?  Should miners replace lost bitcoins?

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  • Wed, Apr 21, 2021 - 9:47am

    Steven Kelso

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    Steven Kelso said:

    This is a political and ethical movement, not a "trade" aimed at making money.  It is an effort to build the world that we would like our children to inherit.

    Ten years ago, Damon Vrabel called monetary reform the “civil rights issue of the 21st century”.

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  • Wed, Apr 21, 2021 - 9:08pm

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    Steven Kelso

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    THE PUSHBACK | Oracle Films | The Day the World Stood Together

    THE PUSHBACK

    On March 20th 2021, people in over 40 countries across the world gathered in peaceful unison for a worldwide demonstration - to oppose disproportionate government measures threatening the very foundation of their rights and freedoms. This huge international effort was appallingly misrepresented and downright ignored by the mainstream media.

    Produced by Oracle Films, in collaboration with CoviLeaks and independent journalists in over 40 nations – this documentary is an authentic account of what really happened on March 20th, what protestors worldwide were standing against, and why the media went to such lengths to conceal the truth.

    ⁣We received no funding for this project. Since our PayPal was shut down at the behest of the BBC, we have been asked where people can donate to us. We are a self-funded collective of professional filmmakers with our own equipment, software and resources. We feel it's important to emphasize that we are not producing content like this for financial gain, but simply to inform.

    Download the film here: https://we.tl/t-mp90sST0Ts

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  • Thu, Apr 22, 2021 - 11:56am

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    We are being conditioned to believe “the big reveal” about UFO’s

    http://endoftheamericandream.com/why-have-ufo-sightings-more-than-doubled-over-the-last-two-years/

    Did you know that the number of reported UFO sightings has increased dramatically over the past two years?  I didn’t realize this either until I looked up the numbers.  Of course the skeptics will always find a way to explain away any facts that they do not like, but to me it appears that something very unusual is happening.  According to the New York Times, more than 7,200 sightings were reported to the National UFO Reporting Center in 2020, and that represented an increase of “about 1,000” from the year before…

    It turns out that the increase in UFO sightings during 2019 was even greater than the increase that we witnessed during 2020…

    In fact, the Pentagon created quite a stir recently when it confirmed that leaked UFO photos taken in 2019 were indeed legitimate.  The following comes from CNN

    The Defense Department has confirmed that leaked photos and video of “unidentified aerial phenomena” taken in 2019 are indeed legitimate images of unexplained objects.

    Photos and videos of triangle-shaped objects blinking and moving through the clouds were taken by Navy personnel, Pentagon spokeswoman Sue Gough said in a statement to CNN. She also confirmed that photos of three unidentified flying objects — one “sphere” shaped, another “acorn” shaped and one characterized as a “metallic blimp” — were also taken by Navy personnel.

    In the old days, the Pentagon would have never made such a shocking admission.

    And we have also learned that in one stretch during 2014 and 2015 U.S. Navy pilots were seeing UFOs on an “almost daily” basis…

    Every once in a while, a news item surfaces that prompts you to throw up your hands, sink back into your chair and begrudgingly welcome the impending apocalypse. The most recent item on this docket: A New York Times report confirming that between 2014 and 2015, Navy pilots reported “almost daily” sightings of unidentified flying objects lurking in the air, including one that resembled a “spinning top moving against the wind.”

    These UFOs that Navy pilots were encountering were not just stationary objects.  In fact, some of them “reached seemingly hypersonic speeds”

    According to the Times report, the sightings began in the summer of 2014, with Navy pilots reporting that they spotted the vessels nearly 30,000 feet in the sky while they were conducting training maneuvers between Virginia and Florida. Sometimes, they reported, the vessels reached seemingly hypersonic speeds. One of the Navy pilots even almost collided with one of the objects, which apparently (and justifiably) freaked him out so much that he issued an official incident report about it to the Navy. The sightings apparently grew so frequent that earlier this year, the Navy issued official guidelines for how to report “unexplained aerial phenomena.”

    Do the skeptics want to try to claim that all of those Navy pilots were crazy?

    At this point, it is becoming increasingly difficult for UFO skeptics to retain their credibility.

    Something is clearly happening, and I believe that all of the leaks that have been occurring are meant to mentally condition us for further disclosures in the future.

    The stage is being set for a deception of absolutely epic proportions, and most people will swallow whatever they are told hook, line and sinker....

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  • Thu, Apr 22, 2021 - 10:18pm

    Boomer41

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    Re: THE PUSHBACK | Oracle Films | The Day the World Stood Together

    Great catch Steven Kelso! I just watched the video. It is very well done, but most importantly it documents the beginning of what might become a world-wide movement of People vs Deep State. I highly recommend watching and then finding out more about the protest movement. It is being organized on the Telegram app. The next world-wide demonstration is scheduled for May 15th.

    https://t.me/s/worldwidedemonstration

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  • Fri, Apr 23, 2021 - 5:38am

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    thc0655

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    DOJ files civil suit against makers of product with Vitamin D and zinc

    https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/doj-files-civil-case-against-vitamin-d-and-zinc-product-promoted-by-steve-bannon/

    The Department of Justice has filed a civil complaint against the makers of an alleged treatment for Covid-19 promoted by Steve Bannon on his website. Donald Trump’s former adviser appears in ads on his website for “The War Room Defense Pack”, which pairs vitamin D3 and zinc pills under the slogans: “You can’t fight if you’re sick!” and “The ultimate defense against sickness.”

     

    Named as defendants in the justice department’s case are Eric Anthony Nepute and Quickwork LLC, doing business as Wellness Warrior. Mr Bannon is not named in the suit....

    ...According to a complaint filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the defendants advertised that their vitamin D and zinc nutritional supplements could prevent or treat Covid-19 without competent or reliable scientific evidence to support their claims.

    They also allegedly advertised, without scientific evidence, that their supplements were equally or more effective therapies for Covid-19 than the currently available vaccines.

    The complaint seeks civil penalties and injunctive relief to stop the defendants from continuing to make deceptive advertising claims....

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  • Fri, Apr 23, 2021 - 8:01am

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    sand_puppy

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    Suddenly, Dad isn’t so embarrassing

    My oldest daughter is a nurse in Charleston who is frequently embarrassed by iconoclastic father.

    ”Dad!  You have to stop believing crazy things! Can’t you see how it drives people away.  Just try and be normal!”

    After returning home from work and reporting a particularly intense Covid exposure I brought her a handful of supplements and some apple flavored horse snacks.  She flatly refused to consume it.

    After all, she is smart and works at a hospital staffed by medical school faculty who are surely the ultimate authorities in the correct way to do things.

    well this morning she texted me saying that a nurse coworker is friends with one of the Medical College of South Carolina (MUSC) who is a famous researcher who discovers how to measure vitamin D in blood.  And, guess what!!  He is treating Covid patients with vitamin D and Ivermectin!!

    Perhaps, just perhaps, her opinion of her crazy Dad may have been shifted from off-his-rocker to visionary, brilliant and ahead of the curve.

    Maybe.

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  • Fri, Apr 23, 2021 - 8:08am

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    brushhog

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    nice going

    Haha, nice going SP, but I wouldnt count on being promoted from crackpot to visionary that quick.

    After your dead she'll say "Old Dad tried to tell me this stuff but I was too pig headed to listen".

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  • Fri, Apr 23, 2021 - 9:38am

    sebastian

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    The crazy family member...

    I told my Mom about Invermectin even cited studies done in Argentina (where she is from) but just got a quiet blank stare. It wasn’t until a week later when the governor of her province who is a physician she went to high-school with recommended it as treatment for the province that she admitted that she though I was crazy. Now it’s a small validation for me but in a way I find it more isolating. Having the knowledge of the 3Es etc can really be hard sometimes. I feel affirmed in the path that we’ve chosen towards resiliency for our family and at the same time disheartend to be surrounded by either   completely unaware people or those who keep themselves intentionally ignorant.

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  • Fri, Apr 23, 2021 - 10:52am

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    davefairtex

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    your friends getting red-pilled, and: Andrographis Paniculata

    I had a fun red-pill experience with a friend of mine.  Recently, he sent me a link via a chat app: "You know the WHO says that hydroxychloroquine doesn't work."  We have gone back and forth on this a number of times - on ivermectin too.  But this time, I spent a few hours digging around, and found that his country's national COVID19 treatment guidelines included .... ready?  ...  chloroquine as the first line treatment for COVID19.  OMG.  Chloroquine!!

    As the front line treatment!  Not even hydroxychloroquine!  Old-school chloroquine!

    It took everything I had not to take a victory lap.  But there's a reason his country has one of the lowest CFRs in the world.  I wasn't quite sure what caused it.  My guess: this treatment is happening on the q/t.  The country's medical system admits into hospital literally everyone who tests positive, and any patient at risk they immediately dose with chloroquine, as well as another antiviral treatment.  They really don't play around.  They treat right away, just as if ... hours counted in treating a viral infection with anti-viral medicines.  Kinda what you'd imagine would happen in a government healthcare system that cared about human life.  Result: just about nobody dies.  Unless they come in late, and have co-morbidities.  CFR is roughly 0.2%.

    Both the treatment guidelines, and its evident success seems to be a reasonably well-kept secret. I don't want to out the country, for fear that Pharma will come and crush them for their insolence in treating pandemic patients with cheap anti-viral drugs that work.  So if you somehow recognize this country - I beg you, please don't out them here.  Pharma cares nothing about the human cattle it wants to harvest.  Millions have died.

    Anyhow.  The ministry of public health in country publishes their national treatment guidelines, but the guidelines are not well known to the citizens.  The mainstream news narrative in country talks about fines for not wearing masks (outdoors!), and how the real spread of virus is due to younger people socializing at bars (bad, bad 20-somethings!), which of course ends up killing granny.  Meanwhile, road accidents kill perhaps 5 times more people each day than COVID19.  Depending on the day, of course.

    All this, while this country's medical system is - secretly - one of the most effective in the world.  Because - ancient chloroquine!!

    But that's not all.  There is a "regional" herb (andrographis paniculata) which has recently been revealed to work as an early treatment; the public health ministry has started give it to anyone testing positive in mild/moderate cases.  Clears symptoms in 3-5 days for most people.  This has created a stir as well.  Apparently you can buy it at the local convenience stores.  I did some research - no bullshit - it's probably a real thing too.  (in-silico, and in-vitro look good.  Water soluble, absorbed into the body, binding better than chloroquine, actually, for that spike protein, low toxicity).  No clinical trial though - no funding for an RCT.  Chalk up another probable herbal generic anti-viral (similar to a. annua) exposed by the systemic sociopathy from NIH/WHO's stubborn refusal to recommend any outpatient treatment at all for the millions of COVID patients.  Locals seem to be on board with the herb.  I've had reports that some take the herb in order to "prepare" for their close-contact COVID tests.

    (Downside of the local health care system: you are required to take a COVID test if you are a close contact of a positive person; if you test positive, you are forcibly admitted into hospital - you have no choice in this decision - where you stay for 14 long days.  This explains the enthusiasm to take herbs to "make sure you test negative"; who wants to be bored, in a bed, with no income, in some field hospital with 2000 other people for 14 days?)

    My friend's red-pill experience will get even more intense once he notices that that the WHO won't be beating down the door to push this cheap (literally $2.50), effective, early outpatient herbal treatment worldwide.  I admit - I spoiled the surprise.  "Fauci demands an RCT."

    Of course: my friend gets his news from CNN.

    My takeaway: red pills are coming for most of the CNN viewers.  Its just a matter of time.  The lies are too egregious to hold up for much longer.

    Last point.  You too can buy andrographis paniculata at iherb.com.  It's $10 for more capsules than you'd ever use for your 5-day COVID19 treatment regime.  Not medical advice - has side effects for pregnant women and some others too.  Ivermectin probably works better.  But I ordered some "just in case."  Who knows what the clinical trials will show when they finally appear?  For heaven's sake, its $10!

    Ok, I admit it.  This has become a hobby.

    And - we are living through history.  This bottle will most definitely end up on my shelf.  I want to have a bottle of every substance that has been shown to have efficacy.  Each one will have a story behind it.

    I'm especially proud of my bee propolis. 🙂

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  • Fri, Apr 23, 2021 - 1:42pm

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    westcoastjan

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    an interestng twist - banning people who are vaccinated

    https://globalnews.ca/news/7782133/coronavirus-okanagan-business-bans-people-vaccinated-against-covid-19-from-entering/

    Nice to see some awareness 'out there'.

     

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  • Fri, Apr 23, 2021 - 1:52pm

    wotthecurtains

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    @westcoastjan

    Ive mentioned that Clif High had recently taken the theoretical problems with nRna vaccines to their full-on dystopian sci-fi extreme in pretty grim detail.

    The reasoning of the store owners matches exactly what he was talking about.   I guess his reach is wider than I thought.

    In case its not clear I'm not saying there is any evidence that vaccinated people will "infect" the rest of us by shedding rna at us, (though it would be an interesting question to ask certain trusted people around here).

    Still this is pretty funny.   I mean, when the public health authorities handle Covid as badly as they did and still do, this is what you can expect.   They have no one to blame but themselves for this state of affairs.

    If the business was a fast food chicken outfit in the US this would quickly escalate into a circus of boycotters vs supporters of the managers.

    Can a gold/silver pawning outfit inspire the same passion as deep fry?   Stay tuned Canada!

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  • Fri, Apr 23, 2021 - 2:25pm

    Quercus bicolor

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    Andrographis!?

    I just bought the tincture yesterday at my local natural foods grocery store as a prophylaxis against lyme disease after a recent (brief) tick bite.  I apply it to the bite site and take it internally for a week or so after the bite.

    It looks like it has multiple uses for me!

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  • Fri, Apr 23, 2021 - 10:11pm

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    davefairtex

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    correction: not chloroquine, favipiravir

    Well, thank heavens I didn't take that victory lap with my friend!

    It turns out, the ministry of public health left an old version of the treatment guidelines on their website, and I clicked on the wrong link.  I saw the word "March", but not the number "2020".  So I was wrong about the specific anti-viral in use (chloroquine was so 2020, favipiravir is 2021), but everything else was accurate.  My best information is, the ministry of health is in the process of updating the treatment guidelines to include andrographis paniculata also.

    Heh.  And nobody - nobody - wants to go to that field hospital.

    Currently, the guidelines say:

    * no treatment in asymptomatic cases

    * consider Favipiravir in mild symptoms & no risk factors

    * recommend Favipiravir in cases with risk factors

    * recommend Favipiravir + corticosteroids in cases with pneumonia

    Most importantly, there is specific language in the new guideline urging early treatment:

    [The] important factor in reducing the risk of disease’s severity ... is the treatment with favipiravir within 4 days of symptom onset.  Moreover ... favipiravir helps reduce viral load, therefore the medicine should be prescribed before the symptom[s] get worse, and [should be] considered in patient with severe symptom[s] or in all patients with fever even without other risks.

    Treating a viral infection early is the key.  Even if the patient isn't that sick - you should give them the anti-viral, to prevent them from deteriorating.  Who knew?  Well, this country knew, then they acted on the information, and the result: a very low CFR.  It makes for a fascinating national case study.

    Imagine if this had happened in the US.  Truly, the path not taken.  Just looking at the numbers, if the US CFR was 0.2%, that's, what, 400,000 fewer people dead?  Even with the overcounting - the number is still quite considerable.

    Instead of anti-virals given early saving 400,000 American lives, the Oligarchy tells the plebes: "No Treatments For You", imposes Soviet Union-level censorship & narrative control via tech & the media, and then gives us "Black Lives Matter" and "equity" to distract us, imports an unlimited supply of low-cost labor to work in their gardens and factories, while calling us "racist" and "conspiracy theorists" if we object to any of it.

    Oligarchs gonna oligarch.

    We are definitely not in Kansas anymore.

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  • Sat, Apr 24, 2021 - 4:13pm

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    M3

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    covid vaccine conditioning

    July 2020. No study results. Really?

    Other: Control message

    Other: Baseline message

    Other: Personal freedom message (vaccines and passports for freedom)

    Other: Economic freedom message (you can travel if vaccinated)

    Other: Self-interest message (variants are more lethal, children sick, need more boosters)

    Other: Community interest message (news story grandma finally sees grandson after getting vaccinated)

    Other: Economic benefit message (people can go back to work, states can open)

    Other: Guilt message (what if grandma dies because you didn't get vaccinate)

    Other: Embarrassment message (Lockdowns again, not enough vaccinated)

    Other: Anger message (family and friend conflicts)

    Other: Trust in science message (social media fact checker says it's not true)

    Other: Not bravery message (selfish)

    https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/study/NCT04460703?term=Vaccine&cond=Covid19&cntry=US&draw=2

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  • Sat, Apr 24, 2021 - 4:37pm

    Canuck21

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    Never not be afraid

    I'm trying for some light entertainment this evening to forget the world's problems, and the best on offer on TV is The Croods about a family of cave people. The movie storyline is astonishingly like the official covid script. Hide in a cave. "Never not be afraid" (direct quote). Fear the darkness. Suspect all things new. Huddle in a defensive circle. Don't live, just survive.  And the opening scene even has a red spiky thing very like a coronavirus. That was a bit freaky.

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