We Always Knew He Was Corrupt: “Biden Shut Down Wuhan Lab Investigation Probing COVID-19 Origins”

How many people voted for this corrupt tool just because Orange Man had a Twitter account?

I know – a lot.

Creepy, confused, “bought and paid for”.

And now, accomplice after the fact.

Some 600,000 dead Americans later (more than 3 million globally), “the Science!” which the Tech Oligarchy suppressed last year (and thousands of virologists self-censored for fear of Fauci) is finally coming to light, despite Corrup Joe trying to bury the truth.

Here’s ZeroHedge: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/biden-shut-down-wuhan-lab-investigation-probing-covid-19-origins-report

According to three unnamed sources, when Biden was briefed on the investigations’ findings in February and March, he pulled the plug – and instead opted to trust the findings of the World Health Organization, which conducted an ‘investigation’ earlier this year which turned out to be nothing more than political theater, the cast of which included the highly conflicted Peter Daszak, the Fauci-funded virologist who was studying bat viruses at the Wuhan lab.

“The way they did their work was suspicious as hell,” said one former State Department official who (we’re guessing was rooting for team Schiff during Trump’s impeachment).

Pompeo, meanwhile, said in May 2020 that there was “enormous evidence” and a “significant amount of evidence” to support the lab-escape theory. And according to former senior State Department official David Feith, “People in the US government were working on the question of where Covid-19 came from but there was no other effort that we knew of that took the lab leak possibility seriously enough to focus on digging into certain aspects, questions and uncertainties.

The revelation that Biden shut down the inquiry is awkward at best, after the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were so sick in November of 2019 that they sought hospitalization, citing the intelligence report that Biden rejected.

The details of the reporting go beyond a State Department fact sheet, issued during the final days of the Trump administration, which said that several researchers at the lab, a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens, became sick in autumn 2019 “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.

The disclosure of the number of researchers, the timing of their illnesses and their hospital visits come on the eve of a meeting of the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, which is expected to discuss the next phase of an investigation into Covid-19’s origins. -WSJ

And of course now we know that the ‘venerable Dr. Fauci’ was involved in funding research in Wuhan via EcoHealth Alliance, and now admits “there’s no way of guaranteeing” that American taxpayer funds didn’t go towards “gain-of-function” research to make bat coronaviruses better-infect humans.

The lab leak theory, floated by Zero Hedge and several other outlets in early 2020, was promoted heavily by former President Trump, who blamed China for unleashing the virus on the world and derailing historic economic growth following three years of ‘America First’ international negotiations, along with generous tax breaks.

“I said it right at the beginning, and that’s where it came from,” Trump told Newsmax Tuesday night, taking somewhat of a victory lab over the MSM’s ‘come to Jesus’ moment over the mounting lab leak hypothesis. “I think it was obvious to smart people. That’s where it came from. I have no doubt about it. I had no doubt about it. I was criticized by the press.”

Trump also said he remains confident that the lab leak theory is correct.

“‘People didn’t want to say China. Usually they blame it on Russia,” he continued. “I said right at the beginning it came out of Wuhan. And that’s where all the deaths were also, by the way, when we first heard about this, there were body bags, dead people laying all over Wuhan province, and that’s where it happened to be located.”

To me it was very obvious. I said it very strongly and I was criticized and now people are agreeing with me, so that’s okay.

As the former President said yesterday: “I was criticized by the press because China has a lot of people taken care of — they took care of Hunter, they took care of Joe…”

Coin Crash and Investor Scalping

Coinbase Share Price Chart Since Going Public on April 14

Wall Street on Parade: https://wallstreetonparade.com/2021/05/house-lawmakers-will-hear-today-how-the-integrity-of-u-s-markets-is-being-dirtied-by-spacs-and-direct-listings-coinbase-should-be-a-case-study/

Crypto market manipulation? Say it ain’t so, Joe.

Well, there’s a hearing today before the Uniparty. Here’s the back story, courtesy of Wall Street on Parade

House Lawmakers Will Hear Today How the Integrity of U.S. Markets Is Being Dirtied by SPACs and Direct Listings: Coinbase Should Be a Case Study

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: May 24, 2021 ~

The House Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets will hold a hearing today on the grossly disfigured initial public offering (IPO) process in the U.S. today, which is allowing the rich to get richer as the small retail investor is being effectively looted. The hearing is titled:Going Public: SPACs, Direct Listings, Public Offerings, and the Need for Investor Protections.”

Coinbase, the cryptocurrency exchange, went public on Nasdaq via a direct listing on April 14. On its first day of trading it closed at a share price of $328.28, giving it a market capitalization of $85.8 billion. In a traditional IPO, early investors and company executives are not allowed to sell their shares for several months due to a so-called lockup period. There’s no such prohibition in a direct listing. According to an SEC filing, Coinbase’s Chairman and CEO, Brian Armstrong, sold 750,000 shares on April 14 at an average share price of $389.10, raising approximately $291,825,000. Since then, Coinbase has been on a steady descent, closing this past Friday at $224.35, a decline of 32 percent in less than two months.

The month prior to Coinbase going public, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a federal regulator, levied a paltry $6.5 million fine against Coinbase for the following outrageously manipulative conduct spanning more than three years:

“According to the order, between January 2015 and September 2018, Coinbase recklessly delivered false, misleading, or inaccurate reports concerning transactions in digital assets, including Bitcoin, on the GDAX electronic trading platform it operated. During this period, Coinbase operated two automated trading programs, Hedger and Replicator, which generated orders that at times matched with one another. The GDAX Trading Rules specifically disclosed that Coinbase was trading on GDAX, but failed to disclose that Coinbase was operating more than one trading program and trading through multiple accounts.

“In addition, the order finds that while Hedger and Replicator had independent purposes, in practice the programs matched orders with one another in certain trading pairs, resulting in trades between accounts owned by Coinbase. Coinbase included the information for these transactions on its website and provided that information to reporting services, either directly or through access to its website.

“Reporting firms such as Crypto Facilities Ltd., which publishes the CME Bitcoin Real Time Index, and CoinMarketCap OpCo, LLC, which posts such transactional information on its website, received access to Coinbase’s transactional information via Coinbase’s Application Programming Interface, while the NYSE Bitcoin Index, received it directly in transmissions from Coinbase. According to the order, transactional information of this type is used by market participants for price discovery related to trading or owning digital assets, and potentially resulted in a perceived volume and level of liquidity of digital assets, including Bitcoin, that was false, misleading, or inaccurate.

“The order also finds that over a six-week period—August through September 2016—a former Coinbase employee used a manipulative or deceptive device by intentionally placing buy and sell orders in the Litecoin/Bitcoin trading pair on GDAX that matched each other as wash trades. This created the misleading appearance of liquidity and trading interest in Litecoin. Coinbase is therefore found to be vicariously liable as a principal for this employee’s conduct.”

Marc Andreessen is a member of the Board of Directors of Coinbase, according to its website. He is also a cofounder and general partner at the venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz. According to the prospectus for the direct listing of Coinbase, “Andreessen Horowitz and its affiliates beneficially own more than 5% of our outstanding capital stock. Marc L. Andreessen and Kathryn Haun, members of our board of directors, are both general partners at Andreessen Horowitz.”

Despite the fact that Andreessen Horowitz would seem to have a dog in this fight, today’s House hearing will have as one of its witnesses, Scott Kupor, a Managing Partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. You might want to take what he has to say with a grain of salt.

Typically, Democrats, who currently control both houses of Congress, get to pick the majority of witnesses at these hearings. The minority party, currently packed with right-wing Republicans, gets to select at least one witness. We would be inclined to wager that Republicans selected Kupor.

A more unbiased assessment will come from Andrew Park, the Senior Policy Analyst for the Wall Street watchdog, Americans for Financial Reform. According to his written testimony, which has been released by the Subcommittee, Mr. Park will weigh in as follows on the subject of SPACs, those blank-check companies that are also a scheme for the rich to get richer while leaving the retail investor holding the bag:

“Although many people have just started hearing about these SPACs recently, SPACs are far from new. In fact, they date back to the 1980s when they were called blank check companies and often associated with scams, bilking unsuspecting investors out of millions of dollars. Fraud was so pervasive in these blank check companies that Congress passed the Penny Stock Reform Act (PSRA) in 1990 to address some of the problems, which was followed by the SEC putting in place Rule 419 for blank check companies. Blank check company issuers, however devised the modern-day SPAC structure to get around those rules, reminding us that properly regulating new assets requires continuing attention and action.”

As for the rich-getting-richer scheme, Mr. Park reveals the following:

“…retail investors who chase these SPACs with high hopes are losing. A 2012 analysis of 158 SPACs issued between 2003 and 2008 found their average one-year return was -33% while that loss deepened to -54% after three years. Between 2010 and 2018, the average one-year return following a merger was -15.6%.”

The full list of witnesses for today’s hearing is as follows:

Stephen Deane, Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Outreach, CFA Institute

Andrew Park, Senior Policy Analyst, Americans for Financial Reform

Usha Rodrigues, Professor & M.E. Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law, University of Georgia School of Law

Scott Kupor, Investing Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

The hearing will begin at 12 noon. You can click here to watch the webcast of the hearing.

If You Can’t Do the Time, Don’t Do the Crime

John Sullivan is seen in a Utah jail mugshot. the Tooele County, Utah Sheriff’s Office, lawandcrimw.com

Law and Crime: https://lawandcrime.com/u-s-capitol-siege/crime-does-not-pay-government-defends-seizure-of-90k-from-capitol-siege-defendant-who-sold-video-to-cnn-nbc/

Federal authorities have seized more than $90,000 from a Utah bank account owned by a defendant charged with playing a role in the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol Complex.  The defendantJohn Earle Sullivan, 26, of Sandy, Utah, illegally earned the money, federal authorities say, by licensing video he recorded of the throngs of protesters both inside and outside the seat of government to various media companies, including NBC and CNN.  Sullivan has filed court papers describing himself as “legitimately self-employed as a documentarian” and has asked that the government return the money.

According to documents on file in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Sullivan spoke with federal authorities several times after the deadly breach beginning the very next day after the siege occurred. On Jan. 7, Sullivan told investigators he was present when Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed and provided video of the incident.

The defendant’s recording, which remainlive on YouTube as of the time of this writing, contains statements federal prosecutors have attributed to Sullivan which suggest he was not merely a passive observer.

“There are so many people. Let’s go. This shit is ours! Fuck yeah!” he said at one point, according to prosecutors’ federal court filings. “We accomplished this shit. We did this together. Fuck yeah! We are all a part of this history” he said at another point.

“Let’s burn this shit down,” he later said. “We gotta get this shit burned.”

“It’s our house, motherfuckers!” he continued. “We are getting this shit.”

While reviewing the video, prosecutors noted that Sullivan argued with officers who asked him to leave the capitol building.  From the prosecutors’ arguments, at length:

Several times during the video, the defendant encounters law enforcement officers who are trying to prevent further advancement by those who entered unlawfully. Shortly after entering, officers try to direct the defendant and others out of an exit, but he tells them, “we’re just recording, there’s too many people to be acting like this. Like you’re not solving anything. I’m just recording events, it’s not worth it; I’m just trying to record, I’m just filming. No freedom of press?” At other points, the defendant tells the officers to stand down. Among other things, the defendant can be heard telling officers, “you are putting yourself in harm’s way,” “the people have spoken,” and “there are too many people, you gotta stand down, the people out there that tried to do that shit, they got hurt, I saw it, I’m caring about you.”

Elsewhere, prosecutors characterize Sullivan as admitting to an active role in the destruction of federal property:

At one point in the video, the defendant enters an office within the Capitol Building. The defendant approaches a window and states, “We did this shit. We took this shit.” The defendant also appears to break a window and says, “I broke it. My bad, my apologies. Well they already broke a window, so, you know, I didn’t know I hit it that hard. No one got that on camera.” Later, the defendant can be heard saying, “I am ready bro. I’ve been to too many riots. I’ve been in so many riots.”

“Hey guys, I have a knife,” he later said, according to federal prosecutors. “I have a knife. Let me up.”

At another point, the defendant said he carried a camera in a talismanic effort to prevent himself from being arrested.  Here is how prosecutors described his words and efforts:

The defendant’s video captures someone in the crowd near the main entrance to the House Chamber describing how people are “getting arrested” by officers. The defendant can be heard saying, “That’s why I’m a photographer. That’s why you gotta have ID . . . It’s ok though, you’ll be fine, it’s only a little jail time . . . I do this all the time.”

Federal prosecutors elsewhere summarized various other attempts by the defendant to, in their view, feign being a journalist.

“The defendant admitted to law enforcement, however, that he has no press credentials and the investigation has not revealed any connection between the defendant and any journalistic organizations prior to the events of January 6, 2021,” they said to rebuff those claims.

They also said Sullivan was captured by another person’s camera “expressing excitement” that he had recorded the final moments of Ashli Babbitt’s life.

The defendant stated, “Everybody’s gonna want this. Nobody has it. I’m selling it, I could make millions of dollars.” The defendant also spoke to someone on speakerphone, stating, “I brought my megaphone to instigate shit. I was like, guys we’re going inside, we’re fucking shit up…. I’m gonna make these Trump supporters f—all this shit up…. But I mean you’ll see. I have it all, I have everything, everything on camera, everything I just told you, and I mean everything. Trust me when I say my footage is worth like a million of dollars, millions of dollars. I’m holding on to that shit.”

“[T]he government determined that the defendant received at least $90,875 in payments from at least six companies for the rights to use his video footage of the events at the U.S. Capitol,” the documents go on to state. “$89,875 of the payments went to the defendant’s personal bank account ending in 7715. A $1,000 payment went to a Venmo account ending in 2020 that is registered to the defendant’s phone number and former residence and connected to his bank account ending in 7715.”

Invoice recordfiled in federal court by Sullivan’s own attorneys indicate that the defendant sold footage of the siege to CNN on Jan. 6 for $35,000. He also sold material unidentified in invoices but alleged by prosecutors to be recordings of the siege to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for $2,500 (less taxes) on Feb. 12, to NBC Universal on Jan. 27 for $35,000, and to Left/Right, LLC on an unknown date for $5,000. Other court documents say Sullivan also sold footage to Rocky Mountain Public Media.

The defendant’s attorneys filed the invoices while describing Sullivan as “legitimately self-employed as a documentarian” for the purposes of pretrial release. Filing the invoices appears to have backfired because prosecutors directly cited them in court documents which argue in favor of seizing the ultimate proceeds from the sales. Federal prosecutors cited 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(C) — a federal civil forfeiture law — as legal grounds for the seizure.

The defendant balked at the seizure and asked a judge to force the U.S. government to return the cash.

“At the outset, defendant notes that he needs the funds in the seized bank account in order to pay his rent and household necessities,” the defense wrote. “Additionally, the proceeds of the seized bank account are not the product of criminal activity alleged in the indictment. Defendant is being deprived of his needed asserts is in violation of the Due Process Clause of the United States Constitution.”

Prosecutors rubbished the notion that Sullivan really needed the money and said the defendant wasn’t even entitled to a hearing on the matter.

“Here, in any event, no financial need has been demonstrated, and there is ample probable cause to believe the seized funds – a portion of the $90,875 in profits that the defendant reaped from selling his video footage from his breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 – are forfeitable proceeds,” prosecutors wrote in a reply.

Prosecutors summed up their arguments supporting the forfeiture by saying that the defendant was at the Capitol Complex on Jan. 6 “to both film and instigate mayhem” and, therefore, “was no mere bystander but rather an active participant” in the alleged illegal chaos.

“The defendant would not have obtained footage inside the Capitol at all had he not unlawfully breached and remained in the building,” the government arguments continue. “More fundamentally, the defendant would not have obtained the footage he got — with the proximity and front-line vantage points he achieved, nor of the length and scope he captured — had he not engaged in the very conduct for which he is being charged in Count One.”

“In sum,” prosecutors concluded, “there is ample probable cause supporting the traceability of the defendant’s proceeds to the crime. By targeting the defendant’s $90,875 in gross profits, this case encapsulates the core purpose of forfeiture — tohelp to ensure that crime does not pay.’”

Sullivan is charged with obstruction of an official proceeding; civil disorder; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon; unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon on capitol grounds or buildings; disorderly conduct in a capitol building; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a capitol building; giving false statements or representations to an agency of the United States; and aiding and abetting.

Per Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Earle_Sullivan

Sullivan started attending Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests from June 2020. According to Lex Scott, the founder of Black Lives Matter-Utah, none of the activists knew him before that. He also has engaged in anti-government commentary, calling for burning down the current political system and replacing it with another system to benefit the people and grant them more freedoms.

Sullivan founded Insurgence USA, a group participating in the protests against police violence. Sullivan organized events in Provo, Utah. In one event, he invited the Proud Boys to speak to the black activists. He also organized another event, a counter-protest to a pro-police event on June 29, 2020where a Back the Blue protest was held consisting of a number of vehicles driving around the Provo police station. Sullivan and others organized a counter-protest blocking vehicles. At the protest, shots were fired into a vehicle and one driver was injured. One man, Jesse Taggart, was charged with attempted murder. According to a police affidavit after the shooting, Sullivan damaged vehicles and cooperated with Insurgence USA to recruit protesters for a protest. Sullivan indicated that he thought the driver who was shot at was trying to run over protesters.

On July 22, 2020, Sullivan held a solo, armed protest at the Utah State Capitol, carrying an AR-15. The protest lasted a couple of hours, during which he was confronted by twenty armed men from Utah Citizens’ Alarm.[4][19]

Sullivan was treated with suspicion in left-wing activist circles. Labor activist Talia Jane said he is “reviled throughout the activist space”, noting he had been escorted from a December 12 event at Black Lives Matter Plaza after he was identified. Many suspected him to be a double agent working for law enforcement. An activist from Portland warned people not to trust him, after he got local activists arrested in September 2020 by leading them down a wrong route and into a police kettle. Anonymous activists from Seattle published a memo in November 2020 accusing him of being an agent provocateur, pointing to his getting activists arrested or exposing their identities. Activists noted that his brother is a pro-Trump supporter, a supporter of theBlexitmovement and speaking at a Proud Boys rally. After a man was shot in Provo during the protests in summer 2020, a right-wing militia started appearing to police Sullivan’s group. During one of his rallies, Sullivan handed the microphone to a Proud Boys member. According to Lex Scott, he told them that his group wanted to work with them, which led to other left-wing activists refusing to work with him. He later got his group firearms training. As he began carrying assault rifles to protest, this invited hostility from both the right and the left.

Others believe Sullivan exploited the racial justice movement for self-gain. Lex Scott said that Sullivan seemed to have “a death wish” as he thought it would be “cool, or amazing, if he was killed at a protest and it started a revolution”. She has also denied Sullivan is a member of BLM-Utah and expressed suspicions of his seeking fame, adding he never attended any BLM meetings nor worked alongside them to advance their agenda. The Salt Lake Tribune reporter Robert Gehrke also stated that he had been selling merchandise and indulging in self-promotion on many websites; his Insurgence USA website sells protest-related gear, such as black clothing, gloves, and gas masks, branded “bloc gear collective”. In Signal chat groups, Sullivan would discuss himself from various sock puppet accounts.

Are You a Marxist? We Know the Uniparty Is All-in

Karl Marx's Legacy Is Death | FreedomWorks

Karl Marx lived in exile with his wife and children in London for decades, where he collaborated with German thinker Friedrich Engels, publish his writings, and researchied in the reading room of the British Museum.

His best-known titles are the 1848 pamphlet The Communist Manifesto and the three-volume Das Kapital (1867–1883).

The Communist Manifesto, originally the Manifesto of the Communist Party (GermanManifest der Kommunistischen Partei), is an 1848 pamphlet prepared by German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

Commissioned by the Communist League and originally published in London just as the Revolutions of 1848 began to erupt, the Manifesto was later recognised as one of the world’s most influential political documents. It presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and then-present) and the conflicts of capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, rather than a prediction of communism‘s potential future forms.

The Communist Manifesto  summarises Marx and Engels’ theories concerning the nature of society and politics, namely that in their own words “[t]he history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles”. It also briefly features their ideas for how the capitalist society of the time would eventually be replaced by socialism. In the last paragraph of the Manifesto, the authors call for a “forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions”, which served as a call for communist revolutions around the world.

“Proletarians and Communists”, the second section, starts by stating the relationship of conscious communists to the rest of the working class. The communists’ party will not oppose other working-class parties, but unlike them, it will express the general will and defend the common interests of the world’s proletariat as a whole, independent of all nationalities. The section goes on to defend communism from various objections, including claims that it advocates communal prostitution or disincentivises people from working.

In Chapter 2, Marx and Engels outline a set of short-term demands, the implementation of which would result in the precursor to a stateless and classless society:

Here are the 10 “Planks” and the extent they’ve been implemented in the United States.

  1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
  2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
    • The Sixteenth Amendment (Amendment XVI) to the United States Constitution allows Congress to levy an income tax without apportioning it among the states on the basis of population. It was passed by Congress in 1909 in response to the 1895 Supreme Court case of Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co.
  3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
    • There’s is no federal inheritance tax, but inherited assets are taxed on residents of six states: Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania..
  4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
  5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
    • The Federal Reserve Act was passed by the 63rd United States Congress and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on December 23, 1913. The law created the Federal Reserve System, the central banking system of the United States.
    • The Federal Reserve System, consisting of twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks jointly responsible for managing the country’s money supply, making loans and providing oversight to banks, and serving as a lender of last resort.
  6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
    • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government that regulates communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable across the United States. The FCC maintains jurisdiction over the areas of broadband access, fair competition, radio frequency use, media responsibility, public safety, and homeland security.
    • The FCC was formed by the Communications Act of 1934 to replace the radio regulation functions of the Federal Radio Commission. The FCC took over wire communication regulation from the Interstate Commerce Commission. The FCC’s mandated jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States. The FCC also provides varied degrees of cooperation, oversight, and leadership for similar communications bodies in other countries of North America. The FCC is funded entirely by regulatory fees.
    • The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a federal Cabinet department of the U.S. government concerned with transportation. It was established by the Department of Transportation Act of Congress on October 15, 1966, and began operation on April 1, 1967. The Secretary of Transportation is the head of DOT.
    • The department’s mission is “to develop and coordinate policies that will provide an efficient and economical national transportation system, with due regard for need, the environment, and the national defense.”
    • The idea of having a federal department of transportation was first proposed by former President Woodrow Wilson in 1921–22, and includes the following administrations:
      • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
      • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
      • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
      • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
      • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
      • Maritime Administration (MARAD)
      • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
      • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
      • Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)
      • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
      • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)
      • John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
      • Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)
  7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
  8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
  9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
  10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c.
    • The United States Department of Education (ED or DoEd) (also referred to as the ED for (the) Education Department) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government. It began operating on May 4, 1980, having been created after the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was split into the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services by the Department of Education Organization Act, which President Jimmy Carter signed into law on October 17, 1979.
    • The Department of Education is administered by the United States secretary of education. It has under 4,000 employees (2018) and an annual budget of $68 billion (2016). The 2019 Budget also supports $129.8 billion in new postsecondary grants, loans, and work-study assistance to help an estimated 11.5 million students and their families pay for college.
    • Student loans are a form of Federal financial aid used to help students access higher education. Student loan debt in the United States has grown rapidly since 2006. The debt was ~$1.6 trillion in 2019 which was ~7.5% of 2019 GDP.
    • Loans usually must be repaid, in contrast to other forms of financial aid such as scholarships, which never have to be repaid, and grants, which rarely have to be repaid. Research indicates the increased usage of student loans has been a significant factor in college cost increases.
    • US leaders have acknowledged the rise in student loan debt as a crisis. Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said that Federal Student Aid’s portfolio “is nearly 10 percent of our nation’s debt.” Approximately 45 million people have student loan debt. In 2018, the average borrower owed $37,172 at the time of graduation, an increase of $20,000 from 2005.
    • The default rate for borrowers who didn’t complete their degree is three times as high as the rate for those who did. A 2018 Brookings Institution study projected that “nearly 40 percent of students who took out loans in 2004 may default by 2023.

Clear Enough? Any Questions?

Video: Communist Professor Declares That U.S. Was Defeated In ‘Biological War’ With China

CCP affiliated researcher says China “put the U.S. back in its place” 

19 May, 2021

Steve Watson

A professor with close ties to the Communist Chinese Government has declared that his country ‘defeated’ the U.S. in 2020, winning a biological war, and putting America ‘back in it’s place’.

The comments were made by Chen Ping, a Senior Researcher at The China Institute of Fudan University, a CCP affiliated think tank, and a professor at Peking University.

The video, which appeared online recently, was translated by New York-based Chinese blogger Jennifer Zeng.

Zeng writes that the researcher claims “the Western model has failed, the 500-year maritime civilization is doomed, the CCP has won and ‘will lead the way of the modernization in the new era after the biology revolution’ after the 2020 CCPVirus (COVID19) pandemic.”

Ping states in the video that “In 2020, China won the trade war, science and technology war, and especially the biological war.”

“The achievement is unprecedented. This is an epoch-making historical record,” he continues, adding “So for the liberal, America-worshiping cult within China, their worship of the U.S. is actually unfounded.”

“After this trade war and biological warfare, the U.S. was beaten back to its original shape,” Ping emphasised.

Ping also commented on the 2020 U.S. election, noting “I think Trump’s attempt to restore the declining international status of the U.S. during his 4 years has failed. This failure is not only the failure of Trump’s personal campaign for re-election as president, but also the failure of the neo-liberalism-led globalization of the past four decades led by the U.S. and the UK.”

“Therefore, the development and modernization model of the U.S. and Europe is not worthy of China’s imitation and repetition,” Ping added.

China’s economy has expanded by 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year, marking the biggest increase since China started keeping quarterly records in 1992.

The country has undoubtedly been able to rebound quickly by getting ahead of the pandemic in late 2019, stalling and obscuring the facts of what was unfolding while a criminally compliant World Health Organisation parroted CCP talking points to the rest of the world.

With Trump out of office, America is now at the mercy of the Communist state, with Joe Biden having a long track record of selling out American industry to Chinese investors.

As we recently reported, a group of the world’s leading scientists have urged more investigation into the possibility that the coronavirus pandemic was caused by a leak from Wuhan’s Institute of Virology, saying that the World Health Organisation has dismissed the notion without proper consideration.

Meanwhile, GOP representatives on the House Intelligence Committee have demanded an update from the White House and the Director of National Intelligence on the possibility that the coronavirus leaked from the lab.

The Republicans, led by Ranking Member Devin Nunes also want access to any intelligence on the “gain of function” research that was undertaken at the Wuhan lab in conjunction with US agencies.

As we reported earlier in the year, top US National Security officials have indicated that they believe the most credible theory on the origin of COVID-19 is that it escaped from the Chinese laboratory.

Global Cooling: Distinguishing Between Dalton and Maunder Minima

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Miyahara et al. (2021)

The Maunder Minimum, also known as the “prolonged sunspot minimum”, is the name used for the period around 1645 to 1715 during which sunspots became exceedingly rare, as was then noted by solar observers.

The term was introduced after John A. Eddy published a landmark 1976 paper in Science. Astronomers before Eddy had also named the period after the solar astronomers Edward Walter Maunder (1851–1928), and his wife Annie Russell Maunder (1868–1947),who studied how sunspot latitudes changed with time. The period which the Maunders examined included the second half of the 17th century.

Two papers were published in Edward Maunder’s name in 1890 and 1894. He cited earlier papers written by Gustav Spörer Spörer noted that, during a 28-year period (1672–1699) within the Maunder Minimum, observations revealed fewer than 50 sunspots. This contrasts with the typical 40,000–50,000 sunspots seen in modern times (over similar 25 year sampling).

Let’s put some context to the historic record.

The Maunder Minimum occurred with a much longer period of lower-than-average European temperatures which is likely to have been primarily caused by volcanic activity.

In the current era, substantial research money has gone into the role of greenhouse gas concentration (GHG) in driving up climate temperature since 1850. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports GHG has been rising since the mid-19th century and attribute that rise to European and North American industrialization that went global by the mid-20th century.

Yet, it’s important to note that GHG merely amplifies the primary driver of temperature: solar irradiance.

As demonstrated below, solar irradiance has been rising since 1850, coincidental with GHG. The rise in solar irradiance is known as the Modern Maximum.

The Modern Maximum refers to the period of relatively high solar activity which began with Solar Cycle 15 in 1914. It reached a maximum in Cycle 19 during the late 1950s and may have ended with the peak of Cycle 23 in 2000, as Cycle 24 is recording, at best, very muted solar activity. Another proposed end date for the maximum is 2007, with the decline phase of Cycle 23. In any case the low solar activity of Cycle 24 in the 2010s marked a new period of reduced solar activity.

This maximum period is a natural example of solar variation, and one of many that are known from proxy records of past solar variability. The Modern Maximum reached a double peak once in the 1950s and again during the 1990s.

Does that mean GHG drive up temperature? Or, does rising temperature increase GHG?

Well, let’s check satellite data for the lower troposphere.

Here, we see temperatures dynamically stall from around 2000-2015, followed by a late decade peak. We now see a leg-down, similar to 2018. So far, 2021 has been “off the charts” cold.

NASA announced late in 2020 the beginning of Solar Cycle 25 following the solar minimum in December 2019, The Sun’s activity is expected to peak in July 2025. NASA expects Solar Cycle 25 to be as strong as the last solar cycle, which was a below-average cycle.

Miyahara et al. (2021) found that a 16-year long cycle occurred three solar cycles before the onset of prolonger sunspot disappearance. They argue that Solar Cycle 23’s lengthening suggests the potential for a minimum occurring as early as Solar Cycle 25.

References:

Miyahara, H., Tokanai, F., Moriya, T., Takeyama, M., Sakurai, H., Horiuchi, K., & Hotta, H. (2021). Gradual onset of the Maunder Minimum revealed by high-precision carbon-14 analyses. Scientific Reports11(1), 5482.

Potter, S. (2020). Solar cycle 25 is here. NASA, NOAA scientists explain what that means. Retrieved from https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/solar-cycle-25-is-here-nasa-noaa-scientists-explain-what-that-means

Laws for Thee But Not for Me

Ohio State researcher shared work with China, U.S. Justice Department says  | CTV News

As reported in The Epoch Times: https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/former-professor-sentenced-to-37-months-in-prison-for-using-federal-grants-to-aid-chinas-medical-research_3816589.html

Former Professor Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Using Federal Grants to Aid China’s Medical Research

BY CATHY HE May 15, 2021 Updated: May 15, 2021

A biomedical professor has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for carrying out a scheme to use millions of dollars in federal grant money to advance research in China, according to the Justice Department.

Zheng Songguo, a former professor at Ohio State University (OSU), pleaded guilty in November to lying on his National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications, in order to use $4.1 million in research grants to develop the fields of rheumatology and immunology for China, the department said.

He was arrested last May in Anchorage, Alaska, as he was preparing to board a charter flight to China in an attempt to flee the United States. When taken into custody, he was carrying multiple items, including two laptops, three cell phones, several USB drives, several bars of silver, expired Chinese passports for his family, and deeds for property in China.

More in The Epoch Times – great story.

So, if Professor Songguo gets 3 years to advance Federal grant money to advance research in China, what should Dr. Anthoy Fauci get for subsidizing gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that led to over 3 million deaths to date?

Let me guess – they’ll name a building after Tony.

Fauci’s “Gain of Function” Conference in Wuhan

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Most of us are familiar with Speilberg’s Jurrasic Park. The screenplay is based on a book by the late Dr. Michael Crichton. Crichton received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1969 but did not practice medicine, choosing to focus on his writing instead. Initially writing under a pseudonym, he eventually wrote 26 novels, including The Andromeda Strain (1969), The Terminal Man (1972), The Great Train Robbery (1975), Congo (1980), Sphere (1987), Jurassic Park (1990), Rising Sun (1992), Disclosure (1994), The Lost World (1995), Airframe (1996), Timeline (1999), Prey (2002), State of Fear (2004), and Next (2006).

Here are few quotes from his Jurrasic Park:

  • “God creates dinosaurs, God kills dinosaurs, God creates man, man kills God, man brings back dinosaurs.”
  • “A karate master does not kill people with his bare hands. He does not lose his temper and kill his wife. The person who kills is the person who has no discipline, no restraint, and who has purchased his power in the form of a Saturday night special.”
  • “Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.”
  • “You know what’s wrong with scientific power? It’s a form of inherited wealth. And you know what assholes congenitally rich people are.”
  • “They don’t have intelligence. They have what I call ‘thintelligence.’ They see the immediate situation. They think narrowly and they call it ‘being focused.’ They don’t see the surround. They don’t see the consequences.”
  • “Scientists are actually preoccupied with accomplishment. So they are focused on whether they can do something. They never stop to ask if they should do something.”

Responding to a question from Dr. Rand Paul in a Senate hearing before, Dr. Fauci said: “Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely, entirely and completely incorrect. The NIH has not ever, and does not now, fund ‘gain of function research’ in the Wuhan Institute.”

Dr. Paul subsequently said Dr. Fauci lied to Congress under oath.

On May 12, Natalie Winters published the following piece in the The National Pulse: https://thenationalpulse.com/exclusive/fauci-researchers-headlined-wuhan-gain-of-function-event/

EXC: Fauci-Funded Researchers Headlined Wuhan Lab ‘Gain Of Function’ Conference.

A press release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology – believed by many to be the source of COVID-19 – recounts the “2nd China-U.S. Workshop on the Challenges of Emerging Infections, Laboratory Safety and Global Health Security.”

The May 2017 event was “co-organized by U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), CAS and Hubei Society for Microbiology.”

According to the Wuhan lab, the event had five academic sessions, the first of which was “gain of function research, gene editing, targeting and delivery and other novel biotechnology.”

Among the Americans in attendance as special guests were Professors Linda Saif, James LeDuc, and David Relman. Together, the three professors have received nearly 200 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with 75 coming from Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

LeDuc, whose earliest grant can be traced to 2006, has received 32 grants from the NIAID, according to the NIH registry. He runs the Galveston National Laboratory, which was constructed under grants awarded by the NIAID/NIH.”

Saif, who counts funding from NIAID since 1985, has received a total of 56 grants from the NIH, 43 of which came from Fauci’s NIAID.

And Relman, who’s been funded by the NIH since 1996, has received 90 grants from the NIH. He has also received the NIH’s Pioneer Award and the Transformative Research Award.

EVIDENCE OF NIH-FUNDED ATTENDEES.

The unearthed conference follows a heated exchange between Fauci and Senator Rand Paul, where the NIAID Director denied providing funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to conduct gain of function research.

NIH grant records reveal, however, that money sent to the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance was used for research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The official event web page states:

The opening ceremony was chair by Prof. Zhiming Yuan, the Director of Wuhan National Biosafety Level 4 (P4) Laboratory. Prof. Xinwen Chen, the Director General of WIV, delivered the opening address, in which he pointed out that as a qualified academic exchange activity, this workshop will definitely put forward new ideas for the research on emerging viral diseases control, biosafety laboratory and global health security. The workshop is divided into five academic sessions, including (1) gain of function research, gene editing, targeting and delivery and other novel biotechnology; (2) public health response to outbreaks and issues; (3) emerging infectious diseases and global health security; (4) high-level biosafety laboratory: construction, commissioning, and sustainment, and (5) biosafety, biosecurity and bioethics. Experts delivered 23 speeches in the workshop, and mainly discussed policies in response to emerging infectious diseases. Prof. Linda Saif (academician) from Ohio State University, Prof. David Relman (academician) from Stanford University, Prof. James LeDuc, the Director of Galveston National Laboratory, and Prof. George F. Gao (academician) from Institute of Microbiology, CAS attended the workshop as special guests.

“Welcome to Jurrasic Park.”

And don’t forget your mask.

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Russian Military Recruitment Video from NORSKK on Vimeo.

The video above is a recruiting advertisement for Spetsnaz (спецназ), the acronym for the Russian Special Operations Forces (Войска́ специа́льного назначе́).

The Sock Puppet Administration through their corporate propaganda arm claims Russia is an imminent threat to the US.

Perhaps it is, though I suspect Russua sees our interventionist policies to be an imminent threat to them. They sure seem spooked by us – given the lunatics the Oligarchy installed as President and Vice President last November, can’t blame them.

Whatever.

If we are to believe our Sock Puppet Administration that Russia is a threat, watch the video above, and consider the warrior ethic Russia embraces for its спецназ. You don’t need to understand Russian to get the point of who they want in their military.

Now, consider what we seem to be looking for in the way of recruits.

Check out this US Army recruiting video (warning – it is very painful if you were ever part of a combat arm in the US military): https://cdn.jwplayer.com/players/Pot0BbLN-XLzx33eA.html

Compare.

  • Who do you take more seriously?
  • Who do you consider delusional?
  • How seriously do potential adversaries take us with our video?
  • What’s the potential for their miscalculation (or rational conclusion we are led by lunatics) when they do the same comparison?

“The Book of Isaiah is the first of the 18 “Prophetic Books”. Isaiah is the first of the six “major prophets” active between 750 BC and 450 BC. He shared his vision on the destiny of Jerusalem into and after the Exile.

The Deutero-Isaian part of the book describes how God will make Jerusalem the center of his worldwide rule through a royal savior (a messiah) who will destroy her oppressor (Babylon).

Isaiah speaks out against corrupt leaders and for the disadvantaged, and roots righteousness in God’s holiness rather than in Israel’s covenant.

Here’s Isaiah from his “Song of the Vineyard” (5:25-30):

Therefore the wrath of the LORD blazes against his people,

he stretches out his hand to strike them;

The mountains quake,

their corpses shall be like refuse in the streets.

For all this, his wrath is not turned back,

his hand is still outstretched.

He will raise a signal to a far-off nation,

and whistle for it from the ends of the earth.

Then speedily and promptly they will come.

None among them is weary, none stumbles,

none will slumber, none will sleep.

None with waist belt loose,

none with sandal thong broken.

Their arrows are sharp,

and all their bows are bent,

The hooves of their horses like flint,

and their chariot wheels like the whirlwind.

They roar like the lion,

like young lions, they roar;

They growl and seize the prey,

they carry it off and none can rescue.

They will growl over it, on that day,

like the growling of the sea,

Look to the land—

darkness closing in,

the light dark with clouds!

Their arrows are sharp,

and all their bows are bent,

The hooves of their horses like flint,

and their chariot wheels like the whirlwind.

They roar like the lion,

like young lions, they roar;

They growl and seize the prey,

they carry it off and none can rescue.

They will growl over it, on that day,

like the growling of the sea,

Look to the land—

darkness closing in,

the light dark with clouds!

Mark the Date: CCP/Wuhan/CoVid Pandemic Ends

CDC tracks excess deaths associated with a range of causes: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

Over the past year, CDC included estimates of excess deaths due to the Wuhan pandemic likely originating from gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Insitute of Virology.

Estimates of excess deaths can provide information about the burden of mortality potentially related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including deaths that are directly or indirectly attributed to COVID-19. Excess deaths are typically defined as the difference between the observed numbers of deaths in specific time periods and expected numbers of deaths in the same time periods.

Counts of deaths from all causes of death, including COVID-19, are presented. As some deaths due to COVID-19 may be assigned to other causes of deaths (for example, if COVID-19 was not diagnosed or not mentioned on the death certificate), tracking all-cause mortality can provide information about whether an excess number of deaths is observed, even when COVID-19 mortality may be undercounted. Additionally, deaths from all causes excluding COVID-19 were also estimated. Comparing these two sets of estimates — excess deaths with and without COVID-19 — can provide insight about how many excess deaths are identified as due to COVID-19, and how many excess deaths are reported as due to other causes of death. These deaths could represent misclassified COVID-19 deaths, or potentially could be indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., deaths from other causes occurring in the context of health care shortages or overburdened health care systems).

As is evident in the CDC graph above, excess mortality began to plummet in early January and is now back to levels below the 2015-2019 average.

Ryan McMaken of the Mises Institute explains the end of the Wuhan pandemic and the high likelihood that no second wave is apparent on the horizon: https://mises.org/wire/covid-deaths-plummet-excess-mortality-falls-pre-covid-levels

In any given year during the past decade in the United States, more than 2.5 million Americans have died—from all causes. The number has grown in recent years, climbing from 2.59 million in 2013 to 2.85 million in 2019. This has been due partially to the US’s aging population, and also due to rising obesity levels and drug overdoses. In fact, since 2010, growth rates in total deaths has exceeded population growth in every year.

In 2020, preliminary numbers suggest a jump of more than 17 percent in all-cause total deaths, rising from 2.85 million in 2019 to 3.35 million in 2020.

The increase was not all due to covid. At least one-quarter to one-third appear to be from other causes. In some cases, more than half of “excess deaths” were attributed to “underlying causesother than covid. But whether due to untreated medical conditions (thanks to covid lockdowns), or drug overdoses, or homicides, total death increased in 2020. In other words, total excess mortality is a partial proxy for covid deaths. Whatever proportion of total deaths covid cases may comprise, it stands to reason that if total deaths decline, then covid deaths are declining also. Moreover, looking at total deaths helps cut through any controversies over whether or not deaths are properly attributed to covid. 

What has been the trend with these “excess deaths” in recent months?

Well, according to data through mid-March reported by Our World in Data and by the Human Mortality Database, excess mortality began to plummet in early January and is now back to levels below the 2015-2019 average:

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[Econophysics2020 Note: this trend is also evident in CDC Excess Death reports]

Excess mortality peaked the week of January 3 and then it began to collapse, dropping back to summer 2020 levels by mid February. By March 14, excess mortality was at 1 percent above the 2015-2019 average. All this occurred even as very few Americans were vaccinated. When excess deaths began to drop, less than one percent of Americans had been fully vaccinated. At the end of January, less than two percent of Americans had been fully vaccinated. By the end of March, when excess mortality returned to 2019 levels, 15 percent of the population had been fully vaccinated. 

As of May 11, only one-third of Americans had been fully vaccinated, although “experts” insist 60 to 70 percent of the population must be vaccinated before we can expect to see a drop-off in deaths like that which occurred earlier this year.

Yet, as of the week of March 22—excess mortality was below both the 2015-2019 average and below the total for the last year before the official beginning of the covid pandemic (2019).

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It’s likely these facts won’t stop “public health” bureaucrats from continuing to insist that another “wave” of covid deaths and cases is right around the corner. These activists have many strategies for pushing vaccine passports, mask mandates, and even continual precautionary business closures. They’ll tell us that new covid variants are sweeping the globe. This is what they were saying in January, for instance, when Vox was telling us it was too dangerous to even visit the grocery store. At least one expert in late January warned us that the coming weeks would bethe darkest weeks of the pandemic.”

It’s now clear such predictions were spectacularly wrong. By late January, totals deaths were already in precipitous decline. 

But what about the lag in data? We’re only looking at data up to mid-March because it tends to take several weeks for estimates of total deaths to become reasonably reliable. Yes, that data shows a big drop off. But what about the numbers for April and May? Should we expect those death totals to surge again with a promised “fourth wave” of new covid death?

If we consider the more recent case and death totals attributed to covid, we see few signs of a new surge.

Although Anthony Fauci and other government employed technocrats have been unable to provide any explanation at all for it, the fact remains that months after Texas and Florida and Georgia have either abolished or greatly scaled back all social-distancing and mask mandates, cases and deaths are generally declining, and total deaths per million (attributed to covid) remain below what we’ve seen in states with severe lockdowns. 

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The trend in the United States overall is similar.  Indeed, it appears that nearly all states have seen sizable drops in both cases and deaths, regardless of the mask or social-distancing policies in place. 

Notably, it’s only in recent weeks that “CDC guidelines” are beginning to admit the reality. It wasn’t until April 26 that the CDC declared that fully vaccinated Americans are allowed to venture outside without masks on. The CDC states these “recommendations” unironically as if it weren’t the case that most Americans—outside of true-believer hotspots like San Francisco and Chicago—stopped wearing masks outside a long time ago. The hermetically sealed world of government employees and corporate journalists appears unaware that at least half the country pretty much went back to normal last fall. 

So now what?

The technocrats know that they need to keep pressing hard for more de facto vaccine mandates—pushed mostly by corporate America for low-risk younger populations.  Most Americans can already see that covid numbers are already in decline in spite of months of Americans flouting mask mandates and social distancing guidelines. People can see that children—an increasing number of whom are returning to schools—aren’t a significant factor in the spread of disease. So it will be important for the regime to push vaccines for children more aggressively before people stop listening to the “experts” completely. 

Don’t expect the regime to admit it has been wrong about anything. If anything, it will double down on the usual narrative. It’s worked pretty well so far. 

Mark the date – I know I am.