Insurrections galore spark off all of a sudden, and 2023 was just born days ago! Want to know why? Because the business model of the global economy is broken and the supposed remedy for that is centralized control of populations and super-strict regulation of all their activities — that is, techno-tyranny (with Marxist characteristics, as the Chinese like to put it). Not everybody wants to ride that bus, and so an epic economic problem becomes an arduous political struggle, here and elsewhere in the world.
A great mob of many thousands went apeshit in Brazil over the weekend in that country’s weird, geographically isolated capital, Brasilia, a horror of 1960s-style Modernist city planning. They stormed the national congress and trashed the offices within to protest the fishy election of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva over the former incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. As in our own country, the quarrel was over the mysterious behavior of voting machines and the unwillingness of election officials or courts to verify the results. The New York Times offered a thumbnail of Mr. Bolsonaro, who is sitting out the current action in Florida:
The resulting picture showed an elected leader, first as a congressman and then as president, who has built a narrative of fraudulent elections based on inaccuracies, out-of-context reports, circumstantial evidence, conspiracy theories and downright falsehoods — much like former President Donald J. Trump.”
Get it? There’s no way fraud could have happened, just like in our country. And Bolsonaro is another Trump. It explains everything. All complaints are “baseless,” “false,” and “conspiracy theories.” End-of-story…. Are these shopworn tropes maybe losing their mojo? And is The New York Times embarrassing itself, a little bit, to trot them out as if they are actually arguments against anything?
The truth is more that Mr. Lula is another Hugo Chavez, poised to wreck Brazil with a fresh attempt at nationalizing all enterprise, ramping up a Marxist police state, and inviting China to partner-up in the action, including new Chinese military bases in the western hemisphere — an interesting challenge to the Monroe Doctrine (if anyone remembers what it says). And so, Mr. Lula has arrested hundreds of protesters and declared a national emergency.
The US base located in the Konico gas field, in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, was hit by a rocket strike, considered the most violent recorded to date, various media reported.
Unidentified gunmen launched more than 10 projectiles at the enclave; alarms went off and the sound of ambulances was heard, while reconnaissance planes and helicopters intensified their flights after the action, according to activists.
They added that plumes of smoke were observed at the site, as US forces established a strong security cordon around the perimeter of the camp and on nearby roads.
Sources quoted by the Al-Mayadeen channel indicated that two of the projectiles fell near the soldiers’ barracks.
In turn, tribal representatives confirmed to the al-Watan diary that the attacks are the expressions of rejection of the US presence in Syrian territory.
Linda Karlström, age 45, was made sports Coach of the Year in the village of Kronoby in Finland on 26 November 2020. Nine months later, she sued the Government of Sweden for violating her rights according to the European Convention. The trial starts on 7 February 2023.
On 26 November 2020, Linda Karlström, 45, and mother of five, received the Coach of the Year Award, for her work in gymnastics, in Kronoby, a Swedish-speaking enclave on the coast of Finland with a population of 6,439. Normally, the ceremony would have been followed by a banquet. But since 2020 was Year One of the Covid-pandemic, or “plandemic,” as Mrs Karlström puts it, the event was scaled down.
On 16 December 2020, Swedish state television (SVT.se) aired the final episode of a three-part documentary titled “Vaccinkrigarna,” or The Vaccine Warriors, a critical take on vaccine scepticism. The next day, 17 December 2020, the media went ballistic: Coach of the Year is a Conspiracy Theorist and Anti-Semite, their headlines shouted.
A former soccer player has won her lawsuit for refusing to bend to a coach’s woke order.
The Western Journal reported that the coach of this player’s team insisted that all players kneel before the game as the national anthem was playing. However, one brave player decided she wouldn’t go through with this absurd command.
Kiersten Hening played for the women’s Virginia Tech soccer team from 2018 to 2020, but she decided to go against the woke order of coach Charles Adair in 2020 because she would not kneel before the game. This is based on reporting by the New York Post.
Hening filed a lawsuit against Coach Adair in 2021. According to WSLS-TV:
She alleged that “because she refused to kneel, he benched her, subjected her to repeated verbal abuse, and forced her off the team.”
A federal judge gave the go-ahead to allow the lawsuit to move forward. However, the Roanoke Times reported that a $100,000 settlement was reached before the lawsuit could proceed further. The settlement stated that Hening’s First Amendment rights were violated because of her coach’s woke demands, which is why she could push for this sizable settlement for what happened to her.
On August 27, 2021, Dr. Scott Gottlieb - a Pfizer director with over 550,000 Twitter followers - saw a tweet he didn’t like, a tweet that might hurt sales of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccines.
The tweet explained correctly that natural immunity after Covid infection was superior to vaccine protection. It called on the White House to “follow the science” and exempt people with natural immunity from upcoming vaccine mandates.
It came not from an “anti-vaxxer” like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., but from Dr. Brett Giroir, a physician who had briefly followed Gottlieb as the head of the Food & Drug Administration. Further, the tweet actually encouraged people who did not have natural immunity to “Get vaccinated!”
By suggesting some people might not need Covid vaccinations, the tweet could raise questions about the shots. Besides being former FDA commissioner, a CNBC contributor, and a prominent voice on Covid public policy, Gottlieb was a senior board member at Pfizer, which depended on mRNA jabs for almost half its $81 billion in sales in 2021. Pfizer paid Gottlieb $365,000 for his work that year.
Up to 5,000 Swiss military personnel will be deployed to provide logistics and security for participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos next week, the Swiss government said on Monday.
“The Federal Parliament has set a ceiling of 5,000 troops who will serve in support during the WEF, which will run from January 10 to 26. Some of them will be stationed directly in Davos, where the annual meeting will be held from January 16 to 20,” the statement read.
Other servicemen will guard infrastructure and provide services related to logistics and air force operations throughout Switzerland, according to the statement. Soldiers will be authorized to “use coercive police measures to carry out their respective tasks,” the government said.
A Michigan orthodontist is facing criminal charges after allegedly soliciting sexually explicit photos and videos from a minor in North Carolina and possessing child pornography in digital storage.
Thomas Shannon, 41, was arrested Thursday on multiple felonies, including aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, using a computer to commit a crime and possession of child pornography.
He had allegedly been contacting minors for sexually explicit photos and videos dating back to 2019.
The Kent County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan initially learned of the allegations against Shannon in late 2021 after it was contacted by the Fuqay-Varina Police Department in North Carolina about him contacting a 17-year-old girl.
Shannon allegedly offered to pay for explicit photos and videos of the girl. He also allegedly asked for more photos, particularly from when she was in eighth or ninth grade.
A Kent County Sheriff’s Office detective interviewed Shannon at his business, Shannon Orthodontics, and asked if he could recall communicating with the minor on Snapchat roughly two years ago, and if he offered to pay for nude photos
Webmaster addition: Our society has gone off the rails!
The American Heart Association (AHA) has published research that suggests mRNA shots are linked to cases of myocarditis.
The AHA published a bombshell report on a study conducted by Harvard Medical School.
In the study, Harvard Med researches discovered a link between the spike antigen in the shot itself and myocarditis.
The research suggests that the spike antigen could be a trigger for myocarditis, which can be fatal.
Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium), according to Mayo Clinic.
The inflammation can reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood.
The Canadian government has inked a C$19 billion (US$14.2 billion) deal with Lockheed Martin to acquire a fleet of 88 F-35 fighter jets, Minister of Defense Anita Anand said on Monday.
“Today, I am announcing that Canada is acquiring a new fleet of 88 state of the art F 35 fighter jets through an agreement that we have finalized with the United States government and Lockheed Martin with Pratt and Whitney. This investment is estimated at $19 billion, making it the largest investment in our Royal Canadian Air Force in 30 years,” Anand said during a news conference.
Canada will acquire the aircraft in tranches and the first tranche will include 16 jets, the second in 2026 will include four jets, the third in 2027 will include six jets and the fourth in 2028 will also include six jets.
The rest of the fleet should be delivered by the end of 2032 just in time for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) phase out of its fleet of CF-18 jets, Anand added.
The defense minister noted that there is no clause in the agreement holding Lockheed Martin accountable for failing in the delivery schedule.
In an effort to protect minors from accessing online pornography, Louisiana lawmakers have enacted a new law requiring age verification on adult websites.
Act No. 440, which went into effect on Jan. 1, will now require residents of the Bayou State to provide proof of their age with a government-issued ID or digital ID card before accessing online pornographic websites.
The act states that pornography is a public health crisis for younger viewers, citing that it “contributes to the hyper sexualization of teens and prepubescent children and may lead to low self-esteem, body image disorders, an increase in problematic sexual activity at younger ages and increased desire among adolescents to engage in risky sexual behavior.”
Pornographic sites will have to determine whether a viewer is 18 or over or be at risk of possible lawsuits by the state.