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A lawyer representing the now-derided FTX exchange announced in a bankruptcy hearing that the company was able to find $5 billion in liquid assets on its books.
I have had a number of horrible falls since I started taking a blood-pressure drug called bisoprolol, which seems to make me feel dizzy and faint. I am 87. Do you have any idea why this is?
Bisoprolol is known as a beta blocker and is used to treat high blood pressure, angina and heart failure.
Dizziness and blackouts are side effects of all beta blockers, and bisoprolol can sometimes cause a drop in blood pressure when you stand up, which can cause people to faint.
As a cardiologist, I have received many reports of cardiovascular events (unstable angina, myocardial infarction) occurring after COVID-19 vaccination. Each vignette is different from an explosive fatal heart attack to rapid progression of coronary disease and the need for stenting or bypass surgery. A study by Gundy, who measured multiple biomarkers before and after vaccination was presented as an abstract at the American Heart Association; it predicted heart attacks would happen with COVID-19 vaccination based upon indicators that atherosclerotic plaque within coronary arteries would destabilize with circulatory Spike protein and cytokines.[i] This inflammatory milieu in combination with the thrombogenic nature of the Spike protein is a recipe for fatal and nonfatal heart attacks in patients with existing coronary disease.
Trust the Authorities, trust the Experts, and trust the Science, we were told.
Public health messaging during the Covid-19 pandemic was only credible if it originated from government health authorities, the World Health Organization, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as scientists who parroted their lines with little critical thinking.
In the name of ‘protecting’ the public, the authorities have gone to great lengths, as described in the recently released Twitter Files (1,2,3,4,5,6,7) that document collusion between the FBI and social media platforms, to create an illusion of consensus about the appropriate response to Covid-19.
They suppressed ‘the truth,’ even when emanating from highly credible scientists, undermining scientific debate and preventing the correction of scientific errors. In fact, an entire bureaucracy of censorship has been created, ostensibly to deal with so-called MDM— misinformation (false information resulting from human error with no intention of harm); disinformation (information intended to mislead and manipulate); malinformation (accurate information intended to harm).
From fact-checkers like NewsGuard, to the European Commission’s Digital Services Act, the UK Online Safety Bill and the BBC Trusted News Initiative, as well as Big Tech and social media, all eyes are on the public to curtail their ‘mis-/dis-information.’
“Whether it’s a threat to our health or a threat to our democracy, there is a human cost to disinformation.” — Tim Davie, Director-General of the BBC
A coalition of outspoken critics and skeptics of the mainstream narratives on COVID-19 has brought an antitrust lawsuit against some of the world’s largest news organizations, accusing them of working in collaboration to suppress dissenting voices surrounding the pandemic.
The lawsuit (pdf), filed on Tuesday in a federal court in Texas, targets The Washington Post, the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC), The Associated Press (AP), and Reuters—all of which are members of the “Trusted News Initiative (TNI),” a self-described “industry partnership” formed in 2020 among legacy media giants and big tech companies.
“By their own admission, members of the TNI have agreed to work together, and have in fact worked together, to exclude from the world’s dominant internet platforms rival news publishers who engage in reporting that challenges and competes with TNI members’ reporting on certain issues relating to COVID-19 and U.S. politics,” the complaint reads.
An American doctor is joining the calls for the withdrawal of the messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccines, pointing to new research that highlights a connection between the shots and adverse events.
Dr. Joseph Fraiman, a doctor based in Louisiana who also conducts research on COVID-19 and other health issues, says it’s time to halt the administration of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines until new clinical trials prove the benefits from the vaccines outweigh the harms.
The new research, including a reanalysis of the trials for the vaccines, raise concerns about whether the benefits from the vaccines outweigh the harms, according to the doctor.
n 2019, reporter Lynzy Billing returned to Afghanistan to research the murders of her mother and sister nearly 30 years earlier. Instead, in the country’s remote reaches, she stumbled upon the C.I.A.-backed Zero Units, who conducted night raids — quick, brutal operations designed to have resounding psychological impacts while ostensibly removing high-priority enemy targets.
So, Billing attempted to catalog the scale of civilian deaths left behind by just one of four Zero Units, known as the 02, over a four year period.
The resulting report represents an effort no one else has done or will ever be able to do again. Here is what she found:
A vaccine adviser to the Food and Drug Administration is questioning whether young, healthy people should get new COVID-19 boosters, arguing those shots should be used for older individuals.
“I believe we should stop trying to prevent all symptomatic infections in healthy, young people by boosting them with vaccines containing mRNA from strains that might disappear a few months later,” wrote Dr. Paul A. Offit, an FDA vaccine panel adviser and professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in New England Journal of Medicine on Jan. 11.
Transhumanism is a social and philosophical movement involving the development of human enhancement through technology.1 Essentially, it seeks to redefine what it means to be human, which is driven by artificial intelligence (AI). It does not mean that the global cabal wants to turn you into robots, they only want to control your thoughts, emotions and physical body.
In early June 2022, Google engineer Blake Lemoine announced he was convinced that an AI chatbot program called LaMDA had achieved sentience, or self-aware consciousness.2 Just days before he revealed this discovery, another AI expert predicted that virtual children could one day become commonplace and would solve the issue of overpopulation while meeting the very human need to procreate.3
Over the last several decades, the technocratic cabal has set a course for mankind. The concepts of transhumanism and digitizing human life are part of The Great Reset agenda, which will not be complete until humanity is enslaved to an unelected few who run the world through algorithms and AI. In fact, with sentient AI, it may be manmade sentient computerized “beings” that will be running the show.
In November 2022, the Air Force updated its safety rules for airlift of nuclear weapons to allow the C-17A Globemaster III aircraft to transport the new B61-12 nuclear bomb.
The update, accompanied by training and certification of the aircraft and crews, cleared the C-17A to transport the newest U.S. nuclear weapon to bases in the United States and Europe.
Special Counsel Robert Hur, appointed Thursday by Attorney General Merrick Garland to probe President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified information, was among those at the Justice Department who had knowledge about the Russia hoax perpetrated on former President Donald Trump.
According to a Justice Department document, Hur is a former DOJ official “who handled, participated in, or have personal knowledge of the FBI’s relationship and communications with” Christopher Steele, who authored the infamous dossier that paved the way for the Russia hoax.
The US has committed over $110 billion in military and economic aid and intelligence support to Kiev for the conflict in Ukraine, which Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has characterized as a Western “proxy war” against Russia.
Kentucky progressive Democrat and gubernatorial candidate Geoffrey Young has proposed that President Joe Biden be “immediately” thrown out of office for a series of war crimes committed by his administration.
“I think Joe Biden (D-War Criminal) should be impeached immediately for war crimes in Ukraine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq etc,” Young tweeted, specifying that reasons for impeachment include “the illegal proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.”
Young, 66, calls himself as a “Peace Democrat,” and is an outspoken critic of imperious US foreign policy who has savagely criticized the sending of US taxpayer money to Kiev by both parties, and slammed the conflict in Ukraine as a lost cause for the US and NATO.
The ATF has finally unveiled its "final rule" regarding pistol braces.
This rule, also called "Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached Stabilizing Braces," could result in serious criminal charges for owners of up to 40 million guns if they do not register their braced firearms with ATF.
GOA's Legal & Federal Affairs team are currently going over the final rule with a fine-toothed comb, but here's what we know so far.
According to the final rule, gun owners who possess braced firearms will have 120 days to destroy, reconfigure, register, turn in their firearms to ATF, or face NFA violations which include $250,000 in fines and a hefty prison sentence.
In addition, ATF has released a list titled "Commercially available firearms equipped with a stabilizing brace that are short-barreled rifles."
ATF claims that the list is representative of how the agency will apply the definition of "rifle" to firearms equipped with a stabilizing brace.
Webmaster addition: the BATF only lists 2 occurrences where a stabilizing brace was used in a crime. This new rule is not about fighting crime but about reducing Americans' ability to oppose tyranny, reminiscent of when the British tried to seize the colonists' guns, triggering the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the American revolution.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that data collected on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine merits an investigation into potential stroke risks for people aged 65 and older.
"Following the availability and use of the updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines, CDC’s Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), a near real-time surveillance system, met the statistical criteria to prompt additional investigation into whether there was a safety concern for ischemic stroke in people ages 65 and older who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent," reads a Friday statement.
"Rapid-response investigation of the signal in the VSD raised a question of whether people 65 and older who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent were more likely to have an ischemic stroke in the 21 days following vaccination compared with days 22-44 following vaccination," the release continues.
The bivalent vaccine includes "a component of the original virus strain to provide broad protection against COVID-19 and a component of the omicron variant to provide better protection against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant," according to the FDA.
The agency notably did not see the same "preliminary signal" that prompted the investigation in the Moderna vaccine.
Hunter Biden asked for a judge to deny his estranged four-year-old daughter born to a stripper from taking his surname, claiming that doing so would rob the child of a 'peaceful existence.'
The request was made by the president's son on January 6, just a couple of weeks after the child's mother Lunden Roberts filed a name change petition for their daughter, Navy Joan Roberts.
Roberts, 31, who is raising Navy in Arkansas, filed the petition last month amid an ongoing paternity suit over child support payments that were adjusted because Biden's 'financial circumstances' had undergone a 'substantial, material change.'
Webmaster addition: Hunter is a real slime ball.
The M982 Excalibur extended range guided artillery rounds are potentially the most dangerous part of the United States military aid to Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Militia told TASS on January 14.
The Excalibur round, which was jointly developed by BAE Systems and Raytheon, is guided by a GPS-aided inertial navigation system. It has a circular error probable of less than four meters.
The round can be fired from several 155 mm howitzers which were supplied to Kiev forces after the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, including the self-propelled PzH 2000 and AHS Krab as well as the towed M777.
“This is probably the most dangerous part of the delivery. These munitions are equipped with a seeker and can adjust their flight path upon approaching the target. They are GPS-and inertial-guided,” DPR People’s Militia spokesman told the Russian news agency.
According to the spokesman, counter-battery fire and strikes on Excalibur rounds caches are the most effective countermeasures.
Russia may launch another attack on Ukraine from Belarus to open a new front and threaten Ukraine's capital Kyiv, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has warned.
Morawiecki hinted at such a possibility in an interview with the Polish private radio RMF FM on Saturday.
"Poles should be concerned about what's happening in Ukraine," he said.
The Leopard 2 tanks that Warsaw wants to donate to Kyiv as part of a broader international coalition were purchased from Germany and require the German government’s consent to be given to a non-Nato country.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, will go to Berlin on Monday to try to convince his German counterpart, Olaf Scholz, to agree to Poland’s handing over a company of Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
According to the Americans, Brussels should also step up its mediation in the conflict.
This was reported by the Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Senior adviser of the State Department, Derek Chollet visited Priština and Belgrade earlier this week.
He was the highest envoy sent by Washington to the Balkans in recent years.
This media sees Schollet’s visit to Pristina and Belgrade as an increased effort by America to finally advance the process of dialogue, after years of unsuccessful negotiations between the parties with the mediation of the EU.
“The purpose of the visit is to prevent the “regional metastases of violence,” said the diplomat.
The Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced recently that the Polish Army would add a new army division in order to raise the uniformed soldiery of the country to 300,000 in a bid to become a “true land superpower in Europe”.
The new army will also be accompanied with “unprecedented” purchases of military firepower all in the name of preparing for possible war with Russia.
I repeat it ad nauseam--high intensity policing operations, that what COIN effectively is, in Afghanistan and Iraq, at which the US still managed to fail spectacularly, are not the real wars between state actors. Many people in the US military still don't get it. It is one thing when some US general cannot wrap his brains around it, but what would you expect from lower ranks? Larry gives some insights:
Meet Ryan O’Leary. He currently is in the Bakhmut area of operations fighting under the command of Ukrainian officers. Mr. O’Leary is not happy. He is a 34 year old alumni of Carroll High School in Iowa and a National Guard veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He reports that his unit is undermanned and lacking in heavy weapons because “they’ve gone missing.” In other words, the weapons are being sold on the black market. O’Leary blames the logistics problems on the corrupt, criminal behavior of his Ukrainian chain of command — from the Major General to his Captain. He specifically calls out a Captain Baroda, noting that Baroda traffics in a host of illegal narcotics. Read the following series of tweets. They are self-explanatory... I fear that young Mr. O’Leary has signed his death warrant.
He did. As did this guy, form UK.
Dead bodies are being stored in makeshift morgues to deal with a backlog of deaths over the winter months as the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) struggles to cope and hospitals reach full capacity. Temporary mortuary sites are being opened up across the UK in a bid to deal with increased demand following a deadly Christmas/New Year holiday period.
Some sites that were erected to compensate for the number of Covid-19 deaths during the pandemic are now reopening their doors again. Others installed include one at a council gritting yard in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and another at a former landfill site near a nature reserve in Wollaston, Northamptonshire.
It is estimated around 4,000 more Brits died than normal towards the end of the year - with a combination of flu, Covid and hospital and ambulance delays all blamed. As a result, the refrigerated units - some which resemble shipping containers - are being used to cope with the current winter death rates.
In Northamptonshire, Wollaston Mortuary, which was used during the pandemic, has been ‘reactivated’ as part of the county's 'death management activation plan'. Named The Leys, it consists of two large cold rooms with mortuary-level racking, an office, and a covered reception area for discreet transport to and from the site.
The new package of US military aid to Kiev is aimed at replenishing the losses of the Ukrainian armed forces and demonstrates that the Russian army has destroyed quite a serious amount of weapons on Ukrainian territory during the special operation, the People's Militia of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) told TASS.
"All this supply shows the real needs of the Ukrainian armed forces, their real losses from our work, and it is quite optimistic in this sense. It is clear that it will bring us some problems, but what is important is the basis on which it (the decision to supply more arms - TASS) is made. It is vital to make up for their losses and to make an objective assessment of the stock that remains in Ukraine after a very short time of our work. In fact, a year is very little. And suddenly it turns out that there are no warehouses with aviation missiles, no warehouses with Soviet 152 mm shells, no Soviet artillery systems, no guided missiles for aviation, and no large caliber MLRS (multiple rocket launchers - TASS). This is a very eloquent acknowledgement of the effectiveness of our combat work," the source said.
About half of those fighting on the Ukrainian side near Soledar, in the Donetsk People's Republic, are foreign mercenaries and military personnel from NATO countries, the coordinator for inter-parliamentary relations with the People's Council of the LPR, first deputy chairman of the State Duma’s Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, Viktor Vodolatsky, told TASS on Friday.
"[Near Soledar] there were about five brigades and various special units. Their total strength is estimated at 20,000-25,000," he said. "It is a hard fact that half of them were mercenaries and NATO’s military personnel."
At the same time, Vodolatsky said that Ukraine’s exact losses remained unknown, since a complete cleanup of the city had not yet been carried out. "Some ran away earlier, while others were wounded or trapped in the cellars. A cleanup operation is to be finalized before the Ukrainian military’s losses are clear," he added.
Israel’s government, the most right-wing in its history, is barely three weeks old and already leaving its mark, quickly pressing ahead with legislation that critics fear will erode Israeli democracy. Benjamin Netanyahu has returned as prime minister, this time leading a coalition of conservative, far-right and ultra-Orthodox parties.
I spoke with Isabel Kershner, a correspondent in The Times’s Jerusalem bureau, about the right’s push to transform Israel.
Ian: What is the new government trying to accomplish?
Isabel: The right-wing parties in the coalition are all extremely ideological, and Netanyahu has made a lot of concessions to them. The new minister of national security is an ultranationalist who has been convicted of inciting anti-Arab racism. He got more authority over the police. The new hard-right finance minister is claiming more authority over Jewish settlements and civilian affairs in the occupied West Bank. Ultra-Orthodox lawmakers want more autonomy and more funding for religious students and schools.