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  1. Sensible. The UK has the highest per capita rate of cases in the world. The US isn't far behind. World leaders.
  2. Nein, Herr Lanka. Nein! 👇 https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/germany-covid-pandemic-curbs-winter-jens-spahn-vaccines-b959332.html Germany ‘won’t need more Covid curbs this winter’ because 3.5million people more have been jabbed than was thought
  3. Is there anything hosted on Bitshite that you don't believe?
  4. Just f**k off with your nonsense, m'kay? Ticket agent who helped Sept. 11 hijackers make flight finds forgiveness Vaughn Allex will never forget the faces of two of the 9/11 hijackers. He looked them in the eye that morning and asked who packed their luggage. Allex was an American Airlines ticket agent at Dulles International Airport on Sept. 11, 2001 when two men ran into the terminal -- appearing lost -- and approached his counter. Brothers Salem and Nawaf Al-Hazmi arrived late that day, but with two full-fare, first-class passengers standing in front of him, instead of rebooking them, Allex ensured they made flight 77. Allex has lived with that decision for the last 20 years. "The check-in was odd. The two that I checked in, two brothers, one was kind of gruff and the other one was standing a couple of paces behind him. And this sounds odd, but this is what caught my attention. He was almost dancing, he was moving from foot to foot and grinning and looking around, and my thought was, here's somebody that's never been on an airplane and boy is this guy excited," Allex recently recalled in an interview at Dulles airport in Virginia. "And I kind of watched him for a couple of minutes as we went through the whole check. And he was totally unresponsive as far as whatever we asked him to read, to look verbally. He just smiled and danced and was oblivious to what was going on," he continued. "That's the image I have, is the two of them standing there and the one just dancing, it was the oddest thing." ... "I didn't know on September 11th, on that night and the morning of September 12th, I was dealing like everybody else was with what happened with losing friends, losing passengers, losing the crew. I knew all of the crew on the flight deck and I knew all of the cabin crew, I'd worked with them for years. What I didn't know until about mid-morning (Sept. 12) when the FBI was talking to me was that those last two passengers that I checked in were actually two of the hijackers. I had no idea until that moment that I had been involved in it," Allex said.
  5. Jeremy Corbyn's Venezuela! I knew there had to be an explanation.
  6. You explicity denied the existence of the plane that struck the Pentagon! Unprepared to defend that contemptible lie you've now concocted half a dozen more.
  7. But the Establishment narrative doesn't deny that Wall Street was made whole after 2008. The scale of the thing was kept off-stage and the systemic criminality never admitted but no-one has ever tried to suggest that Goldmans would have survived without public money and a co-ordinated rescue by the US Treasury. The essential defence, of course, is that having tested the waters with Lehmans the likely shock to the financial system would have been intolerably worse if the Squid had also been left to fail. In contrast, by denying the literal truth of 9/11 you're implicating thousands of eyewitnesses in a grand conspiracy to deceive and carelessly insulting the memory of the dead.
  8. New Zealand vaccinates 2.5% of its population in a single day! 👍 https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/new-zealand-vaccinates-25-its-people-day-drive-live-with-covid-19-2021-10-16/ Oct 16 (Reuters) - New Zealand vaccinated at least 2.5% of its people on Saturday as the government tries to accelerate inoculations and live with COVID-19, preliminary health ministry data showed. Through an array of strategies, gimmicks and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's encouragement through the day, 124,669 shots were administered by late in the day in a country of 4.9 million. "We set a target for ourselves, Aotearoa, you've done it, but let's keep going," Ardern said, using a Maori name for New Zealand at a vaccination site, according to the Newshub news service. "Let's go for 150 [thousand]. Let's go big or go home." Forty-one new cases were reported on Saturday, 40 of them in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. It has been in lockdown since mid-August to stamp out the Delta outbreak. Officials plan to end the strict restrictions when full vaccination rates reach 90%. As of Friday, 62% of New Zealand's eligible population had been fully vaccinated and 83% had received one shot.
  9. Lol. It's a matter of historical record, established beyond peradventure. The more interesting question is your motivation in trying to deny it. Like Trump's case for a stolen election your claim is pure invention.
  10. 'Psychic' commander General Albert Stubblebine? The guy who tried to walk through walls? 🙄 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Stubblebine By 1980, General Stubblebine commanded the Electronic Research and Development Command (ERADCOM). Stubblebine was strongly influenced by Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon's New Age-inspired First Earth Battalion Field Manual (1979). Stubblebine became a proponent of psychic warfare and initiated a project within the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), which he commanded from 1981 to 1984, to create "a breed of 'super soldier'" who would "have the ability to become invisible at will and to walk through walls". He attempted to walk through walls himself[3][4] — but failed, as he himself described in a 2004 interview.[5] (These activities feature prominently in Jon Ronson's 2004 book The Men Who Stare at Goats.[6][7])
  11. Correct. The reigning economic orthodoxy in global affairs was a false belief in the absolute superiority (Pareto optimality) of free trade and free markets realised operationally through the mechanism of privatisation, globalisation and deregulation. It began with Thatcher and Reagan in 1979/80 and ended by way of the Great Financial Crash with Trump's election in 2016. In the process it's bankrupted most of the Western world including the UK and gifted the future to China.
  12. Chinese bankers and property speculators aren't getting a bailout. Chinese tech billionaires aren't going to get away with not paying their taxes. Prosperity as a common good is Xi Jinping's publicly expressed credo. Sounds to me that the Chinese know more about the shortcomings of capitalism than we give them credit for.
  13. The $700 trillion tower of credit derivates responsible for the GFC was deliberately created outside the reach of any regulatory authority, govt treasury or central bank.
  14. TSMC to open its first fab in Japan. https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Tech/Semiconductors/TSMC-announces-plans-to-build-first-chip-plant-in-Japan TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's biggest contract chipmaker, on Thursday announced it plans to build its first-ever chip plant in Japan, answering Tokyo's call to strengthen the local semiconductor supply chain to cope with an unprecedented global crunch in key components. TSMC CEO C.C. Wei told investors that the company has received support from both its customers and the Japanese government to proceed with the investment, which is subject to its board of directors' approval. Wei said the plant will focus on 22-nanometer and 28-nanometer specialty technology that can be applied to many chip types, from image sensors to microcontrollers. Construction of the factory is planned to start next year, with production slated to begin in 2024. Wei did not disclose the size of the investment. The same day TSMC reported its net profit for July-September rose nearly 14% as the company ramped up production of processors for the new iPhone 13 lineup.
  15. Pandemic's over in Japan too. Jab. Jab Jab. 👏 Back from the brink: how Japan became a surprise Covid success story This week, almost a fortnight since emergency measures were finally lifted, new infections continue to plummet in Tokyo and across the country. While parts of Europe, including Britain, struggle to contain cases – despite a modest decline globally since August – infections in Japan have fallen to their lowest levels in more than a year, triggering optimism that the worst may be over for the world’s third-biggest economy. On Monday, Tokyo reported 49 cases, the lowest daily figure since late June last year, while the nationwide count was 369. Experts say no single factor can explain the extraordinary turnaround in Japan’ fortunes. But there is broad consensus that after a frustratingly slow start, its vaccination rollout has transformed into an impressive public health campaign that has met with little of the resistance that has slowed the rollout in the US, despite Japan’s complicated historical relationship with inoculations. To date, Japan has administered Covid vaccines to protect almost 70% of its 126 million population. The government has said that vaccines will have been given to everyone who wants them by November, while this week the new prime minister, Fumio Kishida, said booster shots would be offered from December, beginning with medical workers and older people. Another factor cited by experts is the widespread wearing of masks – a habit ingrained during pre-pandemic flu seasons. As other countries drop requirements for face coverings in indoor and other settings, most Japanese still shudder at the thought of venturing out maskless.
  16. Barrel scraping ******wittery. 🙄 https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/labour-party-withdraws-subsidised-tickets-1110874 Labour has withdrawn its offer of discounted tickets for black and ethnic minority people to hear Jeremy Corbyn speak after concerns were raised with an equalities watchdog. The Conservatives complained to the Equalities and Human Right Commission (EHRC) after BAME (black and minority ethnic) activists were offered £30 tickets to hear the Labour leader speak in Loughborough next month while other attendees were charged £40. The Tories say the tiered charging policy is racist and patronising to BAME while Labour says is was simply subsidising tickets for its East Midlands Regional Conference to encourage participation from under represented groups. East Midlands Labour has however now withdrawn the offer of discounted tickets. The EHRC told the Mercury: “Charging people different rates because of their race is unlawful discrimination unless it can be shown that this is a proportionate way of addressing low levels of participation. “We will be writing to the Labour Party to ask them for their justification for this policy.” An East Midlands Labour party spokeswoman said: “The Labour Party is taking advice on other ways we can increase the representation of BAME members at East Midlands Regional Conference in February. “The intention behind the BAME pass was to increase the representation of under-represented groups which remains a priority for the party.” Labour says none of its members have complained about the pricing structure and says the Tories and parts of the media are stirring up the issue for political reasons.
  17. But they're more likely to be institutional rent farmers than hobbyists. Institutional investors have deeper pockets and much longer investment horizons and unlike the BTL brigade are capable of insuring themselves against voids and the vicissitudes of the business cycle.
  18. Neither vain nor futile. Zero Covid has proven itself to be the optimal strategy for protecting lives, economies and social freedoms. And it's not just the vaccines we have at our disposal now but a host of new and repurposed therapeutics. Ironically, the 'let it rip' Nietzschean Supermen are the ones who've fared worst. Flag-shaggers like Trump, Bolso, Putin, and Johnson who've sought at every turn to prioritise narrow economic interests over the communal welfare and built a pile of bones to the Moon instead. https://www.institutmolinari.org/2021/09/21/the-zero-covid-strategy-continues-to-protect-people-economies-and-freedoms-more-effectively/
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